Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Six-Trillion-Dollar Man

Fighting for truth, justice, and the European way.
By Mark Steyn | February 28, 2009 7:00 AM

The superheroes I always found hard to keep track of were the ones who kept relaunching themselves. I mean, Batman’s been Batman for 70 years and Spider-Man’s been Spider-Man for the best part of 50. But I’m thinking of chaps like Ant-Man. Very small, as one might expect. Then he became Giant-Man. Then he became Yellowjacket (his girlfriend was the Wasp). Then he became Goliath. I’ve lost track of him since then. But, thanks to my usual 20-second exhaustive research, I see he was relaunched only a month ago, this time as the Wasp. Hang on, I thought the Wasp was his chick? Has he had a sex-change? Hey, why not? For a while he was both Giant-Man and Yellowjacket, playing a kind of schizoid double-hero with each superpower emphasizing a different side of his identity.

Anyway, that’s how I feel about the endlessly morphing supergovernment hero battling the planet-swallowing economic crisis.

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Obama's Chief Vetter Has His Own Tax Problem

By Owen Thomas, 6:08 PM on Fri Feb 27 2009

White House general counsel Gregory Craig has seized control of Obama's vetting process after a series of nominees with unpaid taxes. But his wife's business may also have avoided taxes. Who vets the vetter?

Derry Noyes, Craig's wife, runs Noyes Graphics, a design business, out of the couple's home in northwest Washington. Between Craig's work and hers, they've been on Washington's A-list for a decade.

PBS's American Stamps aired a profile of her two days ago. She designs specialty postage for the U.S. Postal Service, including a number of notable stamps. One recent series celebrating the work of famous architect Charles Eames was featured in Metropolis. Noyes herself is the daughter of architect Eliot Noyes, a friend of Eames.

read more about Obama's tax cheaters here

2010 budget shows significant rise in spending

Unprecedented size, scope in president's proposal
By Richard Wolf, David Jackson and Mimi Hall, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — This is change, whether you believe in it or not. And not just pocket change.

Following through on many of his campaign promises, President Obama wants to spend about $3.6 trillion next year to pull the nation out of recession and begin major new initiatives in health care, energy and education.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Obama's new theme song

The right guy to make all the wrong mistakes.

Wrong lyrics

I was born with the wrong sign
In the wrong house
With the wrong insanity
I took the wrong road
That led to
The wrong tendencies
I was in the wrong place
At the wrong time
For the wrong reason
And the wrong rhyme
On the wrong day
Of the wrong week
I used the wrong method
Of the wrong technique


There’s something wrong with me
Something wrong with me inherently
The wrong mix
In the wrong genes
I reached the wrong ends
By the wrong means
It was the wrong plans
In the wrong hands
The wrong theory for the wrong man
The wrong lies
On the wrong ???
The wrong questions
With the wrong replies


I was marching to the wrong drum
With the wrong scum
Pissing out the wrong energy
Using all the wrong lies
And the wrong signs
With the wrong intentity
I was on the wrong page
Of the wrong book
The wrong rendition
Of the wrong hook
With the wrong mood
Every wrong night
With the wrong two ???
And the sound ???

Too long
Too Long
Too Long

I was born with the wrong sign
In the wrong house
With the wrong insanity
I took the wrong road
That led to
The wrong tendencies
I was in the wrong place
At the wrong time
For the wrong reason
And the wrong rhyme
On the wrong day
Of the wrong week
I used the wrong method
Of the wrong technique

Bernardine Dohrn in San Francisco saying she agrees with Eric Holder

This video is part of a larger report to be found at

Just like our new Attorney General Eric Holder, Bernardine Dohrn and William Ayers think the United States is a nation of cowards for not talking about race enough — as if 23 hours per day isnt satisfactory. In this video (sorry about the terrible camerawork), Dohrn says she agrees with Eric Holder. Which is exactly what Obamas detractors were saying during the campaign — that Obama would appoint people to powerful government positions who would in fact be promoting the Ayers/Dohrn philosophy. And now we know — thats exactly what has happened.

Home Prices, Historical Data Chart

Glenn Beck explains the housing bubble, why prices must fall

Barack the Messiah: there is only one official church and one official charity -- GOVT

Limiting Deductions on Charity Draws Ire

Published: February 26, 2009

Wealthy donors and the nonprofit groups they support were in an uproar over the Obama administration’s proposal to limit the value of deductions for charitable gifts, which was included in the budget the president presented to Congress.

Among donors, the concern was one of being forced to limit donations when charities need the support the most.

Charity trade associations echoed the unease. Nonprofit groups have been urging the administration and Congress to increase incentives for charitable giving by raising the limits on deductions and eliminating taxes on the investment income of foundations.

“In these hard economic times, we need to make sure tax and regulatory policy encourages growth in philanthropy,” said Steve Gunderson, chief executive of the Council on Foundations.

Under the administration’s proposal, taxpayers earning more than $250,000 will have their ability to deduct contributions to charities reduced to a rate of 28 percent from a rate of 35 percent, according to an analysis by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations.

That organization called on Mr. Obama to “immediately remove” the proposal limiting charitable deductions while commending him for a “bold and honest budget plan.”

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Obama's Straw Men

FEBRUARY 25, 2009, 11:47 P.M. ET | Wall Street Journal
By Karl Rove

President Barack Obama reveres Abraham Lincoln. But among the glaring differences between the two men is that Lincoln offered careful, rigorous, sustained arguments to advance his aims and, when disagreeing with political opponents, rarely relied on the lazy rhetorical device of "straw men." Mr. Obama, on the other hand, routinely ascribes to others views they don't espouse and says opposition to his policies is grounded in views no one really advocates.

On Tuesday night, Mr. Obama told Congress and the nation, "I reject the view that . . . says government has no role in laying the foundation for our common prosperity." Who exactly has that view? Certainly not congressional Republicans, who believe that through reasonable tax cuts, fiscal restraint, and prudent monetary policies government contributes to prosperity.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Mark Steyn on Hugh Hewitt

Wednesday, February 25, 2009
More Hugh Hewitt podcasts here

Miller Time on O'Reilly

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Posted on February 19, 2009 at 6:15 PM | Kevin Kelly

As far as Google knows the term collapsitarian was coined by Jim Kunstler in a January 26, 2009 New Yorker article on Dystopians.

There seem to be about six species of collapsitarians:

Luddites, anarchists, and anti-civilization activists (see The Unabomber Was Right) who are trying the hasten collapse as soon as possible.

Goldbugs, survivalists, Y2K holdouts, and slightly right wingers who see collapse as the penalty for modern liberalism.

Conservationists and greenies who see collapse as the penalty for environmental sins.

Somewhat leftist anti-globalists who see collapse as the penalty for globalism.

Critics of American super-power who see the collapse of America as an inevitable imperial overreach. Many are native academics, many reside outside of America, many are prominent historians.

Former financial employees who see nothing good in, but no escape from, this doom.

The idea of progress has been slowly dying. I think progress lost its allure at the ignition of the first atom bomb at the end of WWII. It has been losing luster since. Even more recently the future has become boring and unfashionable. No one wants to live in the future. The jet packs don't work, and the Daily Me is full of spam. No finds the Future attractive any longer.

The only thing left to believe in is collapse. That's not boring! The end of civilization would be terribly exciting, and unlike any future we could imagine, probably more likely. Dystopias are a favorite science fiction destination now.

We all are collapsitarians these days.

just words

I will not allow terrorists to plot against the American people from safe havens half a world away. -- Barack Obama, February 24, 2009

February 25, 2009 Posted by Paul at 7:10 PM
But a safe haven can be any nook or cranny in the world (nor need it be half a world; it can be a living room in Luton or in Bay Ridge). Does Obama really believe he can "disallow" all plotting against Americans? And what is he prepared to do to accomplish this? If he is to believed, nothing by way of interrogation that isn't in the army field manual.

Obama's faith in words was also evident in his only statement about the looming problems presented by "the growing costs in. . .Social Security." Obama intends to "begin a conversation" on "the best way to strengthen" Social Security.

What about "securing lasting peace between Israel and her neighbors"? That's easy, "we have appointed an envoy to sustain our effort."

Obama's faith in words is, I believe, a function of his life experiences. His faciility with words, both oral and written, is extraordinary -- and it accounts almost entirely for his astonishing success in life. Obama has never run anything substantial other than a political campaign, so he has not yet confronted the limits of his words. He has dabbled in lawyering, where words can take on a disproportionate significance, and in teaching law, where words are the be-all and end-all.

The president is a parent and, if he is lucky, his children take his words seriously. Whether other people's children, including those who dislike school and have other priorities, will do so is another matter.


Avoiding the End of The World

February 24th, 2009 11:53 pm | Belmont Club

A tax revolt is good to the the extent that it militates against the ponderous central planning approach to managing the crisis. But to the degree that it encourages another, albeit alternate version of the big fix it may lead to equally bad consequences. The alternative to a bad Five Year Plan is not another Five Year Plan. It is something else. In reality the system will have to find its own new equilibrium. Capitalism is the economy’s reconnaissance in force into the uncharted economic future. The reason capitalism works is that it can try different things. Unlike government, it is not obliged to do one Awesome Thing. As we venture into the unknown some businesses won’t come back. Others will, with news of a new and boundless vistas. But we have to let them go out. We can’t strike out in a central direction determined by bones cast upon a shaman’s cape. It could lead us to the promised land, or out into the desert.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Obama's Stunted Stimulus

By Robert J. Samuelson
Monday, February 23, 2009; Page A19

Judged by his own standards, President Obama's $787 billion economic stimulus program is deeply disappointing. For weeks, Obama has described the economy in grim terms. "This is not your ordinary run-of-the-mill recession," he said at his Feb. 9 news conference. It's "the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression." Given these dire warnings, you'd expect the stimulus package to focus almost exclusively on reviving the economy. It doesn't, and for that, Obama bears much of the blame.

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Obama sends almost a billion to Gaza

'U.S. plans to pledge $900 million for Gaza'
By Reuters | Last update - 22:24 23/02/2009

The United States plans to pledge more than $900 million to help rebuild Gaza after Israel's offensive against Hamas and strengthen the Palestinian Authority, a U.S. official said on Monday.

The money will be channeled through UN and other bodies and will not be distributed via the militant group Hamas, which rules Gaza, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to make the announcement next week at a Gaza donors conference in Egypt.

The March 2 donors conference in Sharm el-Sheikh resort aims to raise humanitarian and rebuilding funds for Gaza after Israel's offensive against Hamas at the end of last year. About 1,300 Palestinians were killed during the campaign, according to Gaza officials, as were 13 Israelis.

spending, spending, spending -- what did you get?

The $13 a week Joke

The $500-per-worker credit for lower- and middle-income taxpayers that Obama outlined during his presidential campaign was scaled back to $400 during bargaining by the Democratic-controlled Congress and White House. Couples would receive $800 instead of $1,000. Over a period of two years.

Officials estimated it would mean about $13 a week more in people’s paychecks this year when withholding tables are adjusted in late spring. Next year, the measure could yield workers about $8 a week. Critics say that’s unlikely to do much to boost consumption.

“The most highly touted tax cut in the original proposal now translates into $7.70 a week for middle-class workers,” said Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Millions of people receiving Social Security benefits would get a one-time payment of $250 under the agreement, along with veterans receiving pensions, and poor people receiving Supplemental Security Income payments. - Associated Press

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Stuart Varney of Fox Business Network talks with ACORN

Stu is talking to Bertha Lewis, New York ACORN Executive Director, Friday, February 20, 2009.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Why Bank Nationalization Is So Scary

February 22, 2009 02:27 PM ET | Rick Newman | US NEWS

Scan the headlines, and you’d think it’s a no-brainer: The government takes over the most troubled banks, whips them back into shape, then returns them to the private sector in a few years. Problem solved.

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has advocated nationalizing select banks. Famed prognosticator Nouriel Roubini says it’s the only way to go, since the whole sector is effectively insolvent. Sen. Chris Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, roiled the markets recently by saying nationalization may be necessary for awhile.

A federal takeover of Citigroup, Bank of America, and other tottering giants might end up being the only logical thing to do. But nationalizing such banks would be a desperate move, with no guarantee that it would accomplish anything the banks can’t do for themselves.

[See 4 myths about the Obama-Geithner bailout plan.]

Worst of all, a dramatic federal takeover might create expectations that the government can solve a deeply vexing problem overnight – then leave the nation feeling more distressed than ever when the move fails to stem vast losses, revive the credit markets or fix the foreclosure epidemic. Here’s why nationalizing the banks would be so draconian:

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Obama: President for the Mother of all Depressions

7 Broken Promises in Record Time

1. Make government open and transparent.

2. Make it "impossible" for Congressmen to slip in pork barrel projects.

3. Meetings where laws are written will be more open to the public. (Even Congressional Republicans were shut out of the process).

4. No more secrecy.

5. Public will have 5 days to look at a bill.

6. You’ll know what’s in it.

7. We will put every pork barrel project online.

Funny, but not one of Mr. Obama’s promises were met with the most expensive spending bill in our nation’s history.

Doug Ross @ Journal

Nation of Cowards getting mad as hell

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Rich Tourists are Cowards: thousands cancel trips to Guadeloupe

By Rodolphe Lamy, Associated Press Writer
FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique — Thousands of tourists looking for fun in the sun have canceled vacations to a pair of French Caribbean islands, where violent strikes have left one man dead, piles of smelly uncollected garbage in the streets, and stores looted and burned.

Protesters in Martinique and Guadeloupe have persisted with a work stoppage to demand higher salaries and lower prices, hurting scores of businesses including restaurants, hotels and car rental agencies during the islands' peak winter tourist season, Martinique Tourism Authority chairwoman Madeleine de Grandmaison said Wednesday

Click Here for Central Planning

February 21st, 2009 1:37 am | The Rosett Report — “the centerpiece of the President’s commitment to transparency and accountability.” Think of it as the Facebook of the Welfare State, the Twitter of the Visible Hand.

Nationalizing Community Organizers: Establishment of the White House Office of Urban Affairs

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release February 19, 2009


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Sec. 3. Functions. The principal functions of the Office are, to the extent permitted by law:

(a) to provide leadership for and coordinate the development of the policy agenda for urban America across executive departments and agencies;

(b) to coordinate all aspects of urban policy;

Guadeloupe not a nation of cowards: chooses Zimbabwe model

Britons flee French island of Guadeloupe as rioters turn on white families
By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 3:17 PM on 19th February 2009

Britons are among thousands of tourists fleeing Guadeloupe after full scale urban warfare erupted on the French Caribbean island.

Trouble broke out on the island earlier last month after protesters began rioting over high prices and low wages.

But the situation escalated this week after protesters began turning on rich white families as they demanded an end to colonial control of the economy.

The troubles come at the height of the holiday season, with thousands of mainly British, French and American tourists on the paradise tropical island.

Protesters were now targeting 'all white people', with the media in mainland France describing the situation as virtual civil war'.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Cowardly Conversation Starter

By Jonah Goldberg | February 20, 2009 12:00 AM

Hey, black folks, do you know any white folks? Good. O.K., I want you to go up to them right now and, as politely as you can, start sharing your most deeply held racial views. Hey, white folks, you’re not off the hook. I want you to go and do likewise with any black people you know.

Don’t want to do that? Really? Well, then, you’re a coward.

That’s the short version of Attorney General Eric Holder’s speech this week celebrating Black History Month.

Holder says we are “a nation of cowards” because we’re unwilling to discuss race to his satisfaction. Some might say that’s an ironic diagnosis given that Holder is the first black attorney general, appointed by the first black president of the United States.

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Miller Time on Leno

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Mark Steyn with Hugh Hewitt

Thursday, February 19, 2009
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sock puppet sworn in as CIA chief

overexposure at the grocery store

OK, the election is over. I took this picture today! Are people that interested in a new president to have this many magazines with him on the cover?

Obama expected to regulate carbon dioxide

By John M. Broder
Published: February 19, 2009

WASHINGTON: The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to act for the first time to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that scientists blame for the warming of the planet, according to top Obama administration officials.

The decision, which most likely would play out in stages over a period of months, would have a profound impact on transportation, manufacturing costs and how utilities generate power. It could accelerate the progress of energy and climate change legislation in Congress and form a basis for the United States' negotiating position at United Nations climate talks set for December in Copenhagen.

Lisa Jackson, the new EPA administrator, said in an interview that she had asked her staff to review the latest scientific evidence and prepare the documentation for a so-called endangerment finding.

. . . "We are poised to be specific on what we regulate and on what schedule," Jackson said. "We don't want people to spin that into a doomsday scenario."

according to Holder, we're a nation of cowards

A majority elected Obama, the first black president, but that's not enough. If blacks and whites don't want to mix socially, what is the cure? To force quotas? How do you enforce quotas on dating, church attendance, X-Box parties, or other social events? How do you force people to be friends with various peoples of various races? I guess we're cowards if we don't, according to Holder. I thought the race question was dead once we elected Obama. But maybe we're going to be hit over the head time after time during the Messiah's reign. The social shakedown of guilt will now begin. Beware of ATF agents knocking at your door. Is it SHOWTIME yet?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bill Press's Reason to Support Fairness Doctrine: 'I Want to be Heard'

"The Fairness Doctrine Will Let Me Make Money."
By Noel Sheppard |February 17, 2009 - 11:41 ET

After getting smacked around by Fox News's Megyn Kelly Monday, liberal talker Bill Press went on WOR radio's Steve Malzberg Show and accidentally exposed his real goal in supporting a re-enactment of the Fairness Doctrine: he wants to be heard.

In fact, he also wants the Fairness Doctrine back for his own financial gain:

I know why I'm interested in it because I get up every morning at 3:45, I do three hours of talk radio every day from six to nine, that's my life, it's my business, I want to make money at it, and I want to be heard.

The Real Lessons Of The Great Depression

Michael Barone | 2/16/2009

"Not since the Great Depression." "Not since the 1930s." You hear those phrases a lot these days, and with some reason. As Congress prepares to pass the Democratic stimulus package, it may be worthwhile to look back at Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and consider how well it worked as policy — and politically.

There's a fairly broad consensus on policy that some of Roosevelt's actions made a positive difference but that they didn't get us out of the Depression. Amity Shlaes in her path-breaking "The Forgotten Man" makes a strong case that some of Roosevelt's moves blocked recovery, and even his admirers admit that his policies led to a sharp recession in 1937-38. After eight years of the New Deal, unemployment remained at 15 percent in 1940 — double the figure for today. What really got us out of the Depression was World War II. The total number of employed persons and military personnel increased from 44 million in 1938 to 65 million in 1944.

So it would be unwise to copy the New Deal as a recipe for economic recovery.

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Slideshow: Protesters to Obama: 'No More Pork!'

February 17, 2009 | Face the State
While President Barack Obama was signing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, hundreds of Coloradans rallied blocks away at the state Capitol in opposition to the legislation.

The Independence Institute, a free-market think-tank, and Americans for Prosperity, a limited-government advocacy group, jointly organized the event. Families signed their names to four-foot wide checks made out to the federal government in the amount of $30,000, representing the stimulus' cost to the average American family of four.

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“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue,” said Jon Caldara, president of the Independence Institute. “It’s about our kids.”

The crowd chanted “No more pork!” and applauded the line-up of state Republican and conservative leaders. Barb Neville of Littleton paraded her pet pig across the stage. National commentator and author Michelle Malkin called the stimulus bill "generational debt" and served the crowd pork sandwiches after the rally.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Monday, February 16, 2009

Barack Obama "Public Will Have 5 Days To Look At Every Bill That Lands On My Desk"

This is just plain disgusting to watch. And to have him sign his "stimulus bill" in Colorado, makes me twice as sad. Politics is such a sickening, B.S. career for people to get involved in, and to watch the lies and waffles and flip-flops happen so fast in Obama's presidency -- no wonder I made this website to document it all.

Will America wake up in time? I highly doubt it. Seriously, you 20 to 30 people who read this . . . are you stocking up on survival supplies? Do you have any food storage whatsoever? Are you getting out of debt as fast as possible? Do you have friends and family you can turn to when disaster strikes? The time for preparing may already be coming to a close.

Chavez calls Venezuela vote mandate for socialism


CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez says a referendum victory that removed limits on his re-election is a mandate to intensify his socialist agenda for decades to come. Opponents warn of an impending dictatorship.

Both sides had called the outcome of Sunday's vote key to the future of this South American country, split down the middle between those who worship the president for redistributing Venezuela's oil riches and those who see him as a power-hungry autocrat.

"Those who voted "yes" today voted for socialism, for revolution," Chavez thundered to thousands of ecstatic supporters jamming the streets around the presidential palace. Fireworks lit up the Caracas skyline, and one man walked though the crowd carrying a painting of Chavez that read: "Forever."

Josefa Dugarte stared at the crowd from the stoop of her apartment building with look of dismay.

"These people don't realize what they have done," she muttered.

it was always about paying off special interests, not helping the economy

White House dampens stimulus expectations
February 15th, 2009 4:11pm
Now they tell us!

They haven’t even extracted the money yet and already they’re telling us poor suckers “not to expect instant miracles from the $787 billion economic stimulus bill he will sign this week, but said it would help eventually.”

Eventually? As in that “long run” about which Lord Keynes said, “in the long run we’re all dead”?

Something like that. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs today said that “the economy is going to get worse before it gets better.”

Friday, February 13, 2009

Afghan President Karzai hopes Obama will "settle down," show "better judgment"

Top of the Ticket | Los Angeles Times Blog
President Barack Obama is moving up in the world in terms of picking fights. Or walking into them.

First came a disagreement over the impact of the administration's economic stimulus package in East Peoria, Ill., with Jim Owens, the man who runs Caterpillar. The Ticket reported that one here this morning.

Now, it seems the new U.S. president has a problem with another president, Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, which Obama has long maintained is the actual central front in the ongoing global war on terror. Despite opinion poll numbers showing weak public support among Americans, Obama's expected to make a decision here soon on how many additional U.S. combat troops to send into that fractious land.

Mark Steyn with Hugh Hewitt

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federal surplus or deficit as a percentage of GDP from 1965 to the present

another year older and way deeper in debt

Not one member of Congress read the bill before voting for it

final vote for nation's largest ever spending bill
These are the people who need to be jailed for the evil they have brought upon this country, our kids and our grandkids.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Clinton wants Unfairness Doctrine -- NPR not enough

Clinton wants 'more balance' on airwaves

February 12, 2009 | Politico

Even though no member of Congress has scheduled hearings on the Fairness Doctrine, it remains on a hot topic on both liberal and conservative shows.

Today, radio host Mario Solis Marich asked former President Bill Clinton if it was time for "some type of enforced media accountability."

"Well, you either ought to have the Fairness Doctrine or we ought to have more balance on the other side," Clinton said, "because essentially there's always been a lot of big money to support the right wing talk shows and let face it, you know, Rush Limbaugh is fairly entertaining even when he is saying things that I think are ridiculous...."

Commerce and marxism do not mix

Thursday, February 12, 2009 | Drudge Report

Senator Gregg Statement on His Withdrawal for Consideration of U.S. Commerce Secretary

Sen. Gregg stated, “I want to thank the President for nominating me to serve in his Cabinet as Secretary of Commerce. This was a great honor, and I had felt that I could bring some views and ideas that would assist him in governing during this difficult time. I especially admire his willingness to reach across the aisle.

“However, it has become apparent during this process that this will not work for me as I have found that on issues such as the stimulus package and the Census there are irresolvable conflicts for me. Prior to accepting this post, we had discussed these and other potential differences, but unfortunately we did not adequately focus on these concerns. We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy. [yeah, like communism]

“Obviously the President requires a team that is fully supportive of all his initiatives.

“I greatly admire President Obama and know our country will benefit from his leadership, but at this time I must withdraw my name from consideration for this position.

“As we move forward, I expect there will be many issues and initiatives where I can and will work to assure the success of the President’s proposals. This will certainly be a goal of mine.

“Kathy and I also want to specifically thank Governor Lynch and Bonnie Newman for their friendship and assistance during this period. In addition we wish to thank all the people, especially in New Hampshire, who have been so kind and generous in their supportive comments.

“As a further matter of clarification, nothing about the vetting process played any role in this decision. I will continue to represent the people of New Hampshire in the United States Senate.”

Letting the Capitalism Out of the Bag

The wit and wisdom of the chairman of the Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee—basically, he's in charge of everything that has gone utterly FUBAR in recent months:

"This happens because capitalism keeps trying to destroy itself, by getting out of the bag we put it in to control it."

So says Congressman Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.), who is the number Democrat on the House Banking Committee, right under Barney Frank (D-Mass.).

h/t: Katherine Mangu-Ward | February 11, 2009, 4:32pm

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Henrietta Hughs ask the Messiah for a kitchen

Julio petitions the Messiah for help

Chucky says the American people don't care

Schumer's contact information, should you disagree

Here is a partial list of some of the pork in the stimulus bill, courtesy of Sen. Tom Coburn and Hot Air:

$2 billion earmark for FutureGen near zero emissions powerplant in Mattoon, IL
$39 billion slush fund for “state fiscal stabilization” bailout
$5.5 billion for making federal buildings “green” (including $448 million for DHS HQ)
$200 million for workplace safety in USDA facilities
$275 million for flood prevention
$65 million for watershed rehabilitation
$200 million for public computer centers at community colleges and libraries
$650 million for the DTV transition coupon program
$307 million for constructing NIST office buildings
$1 billion for administrative costs and construction of NOAA office buildings
$100 million for constructing U.S. Marshalls office buildings
$300 million for constructing FBI office buildings
$800 million for constructing Federal Prison System buildings and facilities
$10 million to fight Mexican gunrunners
$1.3 billion for NASA (including $450 million for “science” at NASA)
$100 million to clean up sites used in early U.S. atomic energy program
$10 million for urban canals
$2 billion for manufacturing advanced batteries for hybrid cars
$1.5 billion for carbon capture projects under sec. 703 of P.L. 110-140 (though section only authorizes $1 billion for five years)
$300 million for hybrid and electric cars for federal employees
$198 million to design and furnish the DHS headquarters
$255 million for “priority procurements” at Coast Guard (polar ice breaker)
$500 million for State and local fire stations
$180 million for construction of Bureau of Land Management facilities
$500 million for wildland fire management
$110 million for construction for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
$522 million for construction for the Bureau of Indian Affairs
$650 million for abandoned mine sites
$75 million for the Smithsonian Institution
$1.2 billion for summer jobs for youth
$412 million for CDC headquarters
$500 million earmark for NIH facilities in Bethesda, MD
$160 million for “volunteers” at the Corp. for National and Community Service
$750 earmark for the National Computer Center in MD
$224 million for International Boundary and Water Commission – U.S. and Mexico
$850 million for Amtrak
$100 million for lead paint hazard reduction

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Has Barack Obama’s presidency already failed?

Why Obama’s new Tarp will fail to rescue the banks
By Martin Wolf
Published: February 10 2009 18:06 | Last updated: February 10 2009 18:06

Has Barack Obama’s presidency already failed? In normal times, this would be a ludicrous question. But these are not normal times. They are times of great danger. Today, the new US administration can disown responsibility for its inheritance; tomorrow, it will own it. Today, it can offer solutions; tomorrow it will have become the problem. Today, it is in control of events; tomorrow, events will take control of it. Doing too little is now far riskier than doing too much. If he fails to act decisively, the president risks being overwhelmed, like his predecessor. The costs to the US and the world of another failed presidency do not bear contemplating.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Shepard Fairey sues AP over image of Obama

Feb 9 04:07 PM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - An artist who created a famous image of Barack Obama before he became president sued The Associated Press on Monday, asking a judge to find that his use of an AP photo in creating the poster did not violate copyright law.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan said street artist Shepard Fairey did not violate the copyright of the April 2006 photograph because he dramatically changed the nature of the image.

The AP has said it is owed credit and compensation for the artist's rendition of the picture, taken by Mannie Garcia on assignment for the AP at the National Press Club in Washington.

Lawyers for Fairey acknowledged that the artist used the photograph. But they said he transformed the literal depiction into a "stunning, abstracted and idealized visual image that creates powerful new meaning and conveys a radically different message."

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Obama Takes His Case to the People

February 9, 2009 Posted by John at 8:12 PM | Powerline Blog

Barack Obama gave a press conference tonight; the key topic, of course, was the Democrats' trillion-dollar pork bill. My guess is that the widely-televised event helped the Democrats' cause some. Those who weren't paying close attention probably thought Obama made a decent case.

Substantively, though, it was a weak effort. Obama repeatedly characterized his opponents (the Republicans) as people who want to do nothing about the current economic crisis:

As I said, the one concern I've got on the stimulus package, in terms of the debate and listening to some of what's been said in Congress, is that there seems to be a set of folks who -- I don't doubt their sincerity -- who just believe that we should do nothing.

This is not just disingenuous; frankly, it's an outright lie. The question is whether it's an effective one. Don't most people who would bother to watch a televised press conference know that the Republicans have made all kinds of alternative proposals? One would think.

Obama's attacks on the Bush administration were equally silly:

First of all, when I hear that from folks who presided over a doubling of the national debt, then, you know, I just want them to not engage in some revisionist history. I inherited the deficit that we have right now and the economic crisis that we have right now.

Right. And that's why his first act as President is to double or triple the deficit? Why, then, doesn't he say that the Bush administration was following the right policies, only needed to go farther?

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Barack Obama is a novice - and it shows

After a rocky start, the new President knows he has to seize back the political agenda, says Toby Harnden.
By Toby Harnden
Last Updated: 6:47PM GMT 08 Feb 2009

During last year's epic election campaign, Hillary Clinton said that in the White House "there is no time for on-the-job training". Joe Biden, too, remarked that the presidency was "not something that lends itself to on-the-job training". Both were aiming barbs at their then primary opponent. Mrs Clinton has since brought what she would refer to as her "lifetime of experience" to the role of Secretary of State, while Mr Biden has traded 36 years in the Senate for the vice-presidency. And the rookie they derided is President.

Now, the words of his former rivals are returning to haunt President Obama. After a distinctly rocky start to his presidency, he has admitted he "screwed up" and is returning to one thing in his political career that he has perfected – campaigning. In Elkhart, Indiana, today and Fort Myers, Florida, tomorrow, Mr Obama will try to seize back control of the political agenda with question-and-answer sessions with voters in two of the swing states that gave him victory.

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laughing at the stimuli

The so-called stimulus bill may not do much for the economy, but it's certainly stimulating a lot of laughter, as its supporters are reduced to arguing essentially that it would be irresponsible not to waste boatloads of taxpayer money. We do not exaggerate.

Consider this article by Michael Hirsh of Newsweek: 'Obama's desire to begin a "post-partisan" era may have backfired. In his eagerness to accommodate Republicans and listen to their ideas over the past week, he has allowed the GOP to turn the haggling over the stimulus package into a decidedly stale, Republican-style debate over pork, waste and overspending. This makes very little economic sense when you are in a major recession that only gets worse day by day. Yes, there are still some very legitimate issues with a bill that's supposed to be "temporary" and "targeted" -- among them, large increases in permanent entitlement spending, and a paucity of tax cuts that will prompt immediate spending. Even so, Obama has allowed Congress to grow embroiled in nitpicking over efficiency when the central debate should be about whether the package is big enough. When you are dealing with a stimulus of this size, there are going to be wasteful expenditures and boondoggles. There's no way anyone can spend $800 to $900 billion quickly without waste and boondoggles. It comes with the Keynesian territory. This is an emergency; the normal rules do not apply.'

Who is this Michael Hirsh, who has elevated unrestrained spending of the people's money to a high principle? Here's his bio: 'Michael Hirsh covers international affairs for Newsweek, reporting on a range of topics from Homeland Security to postwar Iraq. He co-authored the November 3, 2003 cover story, "Bush's $87 Billion Mess," about the Iraq reconstruction plan. The issue was one of three that won the 2004 National Magazine Award for General Excellence.' The bill for 'Bush's mess' is less than the margin of error in reckoning the cost of the 'emergency' legislation about which Hirsh now chides lawmakers for 'nitpicking over efficiency.' --Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto

Sunday, February 8, 2009

We're moving close to 'a savior-based economy'

February 8, 2009 | From CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

WASHINGTON (CNN) – As many state and local officials clamor for their share of the billions of dollars in federal aid in the stimulus bill under consideration in Washington, South Carolina’s Republican governor is sounding a note of dissent about federal efforts to help the economy.

“A problem that was created by building up of too much debt will not be solved with yet more debt,” Gov. Mark Sanford said Sunday, making a reference to the federal deficit spending that will likely finance the federal stimulus package.

“We’re moving precipitously close to what I would call a savior-based economy,” Sanford also said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.

The South Carolina Republican said such an economy is “what you see in Russia or Venezuela or Zimbabwe or places like that where it matters not how good your product is to the consumer but what your political connection is to those in power.”

“That is quite different than a market-based economy where some rise and some fall but there’s a consequence to making a stupid decision,” Sanford said after pointing to the powers granted to the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve to help deal with the current economic crisis.

“A lot of people who’ve made some very stupid decisions are being bailed out by the population at large,” he added.

I dreamt that Barack Obama was in my shower

NYT columnist Judith Warner | February 5, 2009, 9:00 pm

The other night I dreamt of Barack Obama. He was taking a shower right when I needed to get into the bathroom to shave my legs, and then he was being yelled at by my husband, Max, for smoking in the house. It was not clear whether Max was feeling protective of the president’s health or jealous because of the cigarette.

The other day a friend of mine confided that in the weeks leading up to the election, the Obamas’ apparent joy as a couple had made her just miserable. Their marriage looked so much happier than hers. Their life seemed so perfect. “I was at a place where I was tempted daily to throttle my husband,” she said. “This coincided with Michelle saying the most beautiful things about Barack. Each time I heard her speak about him I got tears in my eyes — because I felt so far away from that kind of bliss in my own life and perhaps even more, because I was so moved by her expressions of devotion to him. And unlike previous presidential couples, they are our age, have children the same age and (just imagine the stress of daily life on the campaign) by all accounts should have been fighting even more than we were.”

As we all know, in journalism, two anecdotes are just one short of a national trend. I figured that my friend and I couldn’t possibly be the only ones dreaming, brooding or otherwise obsessing about the Obamas. Were other people, I wondered, being possessed by our new first family?

I launched an e-mail inquiry. And learned that they were. Often, in strikingly similar ways.

Many women — not too surprisingly — were dreaming about sex with the president.
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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Hope. Change. The rest of the world still hates us.

Don Suber |

Not impressed.

The BBC took a poll. The world still hates us:

“Views of the US have improved modestly over the past year but remain predominantly negative, even though the poll was taken after President Obama’s election.”


“Views of the US showed improvements in Canada, Egypt, Ghana, India, Italy and Japan. But far more countries have predominantly negative views of America (12), than predominantly positive views (6). Most Europeans show little change and views of the US in Russia and China have grown more negative. On average, positive views have risen from 35 per cent to 40 per cent, but they are still outweighed by negative views (43%, down from 47%).”

What? The sky did not open? The light did not come down? Celestial choirs did not sing? The world is not now perfect? *

Reality is hitting liberals.

Envy, honey, envy.

We’re the bestest nation and they are soooooooooo jealous of us.

But don’t worry. Obama is prez. His new programs will make us just like the rest of the world…

Friday, February 6, 2009

Mark Steyn on Hugh Hewitt

More Hugh Hewitt podcasts here

50 De-Stimulating Facts

Chapter and verse on a bad bill.
February 5, 2009 4:00 AM
By Stephen Spruiell & Kevin Williamson

Senate Democrats acknowledged Wednesday that they do not have the votes to pass the stimulus bill in its current form. This is unexpected good news. The House passed the stimulus package with zero Republican votes (and even a few Democratic defections), but few expected Senate Republicans (of whom there are only 41) to present a unified front. A few moderate Democrats have reportedly joined them.

The idea that the government can spend the economy out of a recession is highly questionable, and even with Senate moderates pushing for changes, the current package is unlikely to see much improvement. Nevertheless, this presents an opportunity to remove some of the most egregious spending, to shrink some programs, and to add guidelines where the initial bill called for a blank check. Here are 50 of the most outrageous items in the stimulus package:

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The Barack Obama administration has dropped all charges against the mastermind of the USS Cole bombing

By LARA JAKES – 18 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's senior judge overseeing terror trials at Guantanamo Bay dropped charges Thursday against an al-Qaida suspect in the 2000 USS Cole bombing, upholding President Barack Obama's order to freeze military tribunals there.

The charges against suspected al-Qaida bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri marked the last active Guantanamo war crimes case.

The legal move by Susan J. Crawford, the top legal authority for military trials at Guantanamo, brings all cases into compliance with Obama's Jan. 22 executive order to halt terrorist court proceedings at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba.

Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Crawford withdrew the charges against al-Nashiri. However, new charges can be brought again later, and al-Nashiri will remain in prison for the time being.

"It was her decision, but it reflects the fact that the president has issued an executive order which mandates that the military commissions be halted, pending the outcome of several reviews of our operations down at Guantanamo," Morrell said late Thursday night.

The ruling also gives the White House time to review the legal cases of all 245 terror suspects held there and decide whether they should be prosecuted in the U.S. or released to other nations.

Obama was to meet with families of the USS Cole and 9/11 victims at the White House on Friday afternoon and may announce the move.

Seventeen U.S. sailors died on Oct. 12, 2000, when al-Qaida suicide bombers steered an explosives-laden boat into the Cole, a guided-missile destroyer, as it sat in a Yemen port.

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Sen. Stabenow wants hearings on radio 'accountability'; talks fairness doctrine

This morning, radio host Bill Press brought up the recent closing of liberal station Obama 1260 when speaking with Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, and talked about whether there needs to be a balance to right-wing talk on the radio dial.

BILL PRESS: Yeah, I mean, look: They have a right to say that. They’ve got a right to express that. But, they should not be the only voices heard. So, is it time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine?

SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): I think it’s absolutely time to pass a standard. Now, whether it’s called the Fairness Standard, whether it’s called something else — I absolutely think it’s time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves. I mean, our new president has talked rightly about accountability and transparency. You know, that we all have to step up and be responsible. And, I think in this case, there needs to be some accountability and standards put in place.

BILL PRESS: Can we count on you to push for some hearings in the United States Senate this year, to bring these owners in and hold them accountable?

SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): I have already had some discussions with colleagues and, you know, I feel like that’s gonna happen. Yep.

Although Obama has been publicly opposed to reinstating the fairness doctrine, conservative radio has talked nonstop about the fear of it returning (or perhaps something like it with another name) while there's a Democrat in the White House and a Democratic majority in Congress.

UPDATE: A commenter points out that Stabenow is married to Tom Athans, a liberal talk radio executive.

Labor Nominee's Hearing Off as Husband's Tax Liens Surface

By Michael A. Fletcher
Washington Post Staff Writer

Friday, February 6, 2009; Page A04

A Senate committee yesterday abruptly called off a session to consider President Obama's nomination of Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) to be labor secretary after learning that her husband had paid about $6,400 to settle tax liens, some on file as long as 16 years.

Solis's confirmation vote before the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee had already been delayed for weeks by questions over her role as unpaid treasurer of a pro-labor organization and her support of a hotly contested measure that would make it easier for workers to organize unions.

Obama's Audacity

AP to the Obama’s poster maker: Pay up, you pirates.

The other day, I mentioned that President Obama had so many lawyers on his taxpayer-paid staff that they had nothing better to do than go after people who use his image for commercial purposes.

A White House spokesbot told Bloomberg News: “Our lawyers are working on developing a policy that will protect the presidential image while being careful not to squelch the overwhelming enthusiasm that the public has for the president.”

The irony being that Obama swiped his slogan – “Yes we can” — from a children’s show.

A British children’s show.

Well, now the Associated Press has something that will really put those lawyers to work.

It charges that the Obama campaign stole a photo that AP owns and used it for his poster.

AP alleges copyright infringement of Obama image
Feb 4 06:56 PM US/Eastern
AP National Writer

Note to AP: Obama doesn't believe in capitalism. Intellectual property is just bourgeoisie rubbish to be confiscated and used by the proletariat to further party strength and superiority over the rich and undeserving wealthy class. You will not get one dime for you digital images.

Comrade Update

Glenn Beck on Obama's 'Change': Socialism

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Just Words

Posted on 02.04.09 by Danny Glover @ 10:58 pm

You can learn a lot about the character of a man by the words he speaks. Let’s take a look at Barack Obama’s words in the opening days of his presidency:
Jan. 23, in a pointed exchange with Republican lawmakers about Obama’s plan to stimulate the economy: “I won.”

Feb. 3, after being repeatedly embarrassed by tax scofflaws he picked to serve in his Cabinet: “I screwed up.”

What inspiring words, what great presidential speech, will Obama deliver next week?

Mark Steyn hosts the Rush show

Two segments in the first hour.

Obama caps exec salaries at $500k, corporations to move offshore

How can anyone take this guy seriously? Trust and confidence? Loss of faith? Timothy Geithner failed to pay some $43,000 in federal self-employment taxes for four separate years – and only coughed up $26,000 of that debt when he was named Obama’s Treasury Secretary-designate in November. Geithner's tax documents

"I will not tolerate it as president." -- Barack Obama, not speaking to terrorists or enemies of the USA, but to the corporate execs he is now dictating salaries to.

Hope He Can Change

February 3rd, 2009 9:07 pm | Pajamas Media

An Obamaplosion
by Victor Davis Hanson

I get loads of quasi-hate mail about questioning Obama’s candidacy and governance. But I am worried, not about Obama, or the politics of governance, but about the nation itself. The media has forsaken us. But after only two weeks we are in a crisis stage of confidence, and the story is spiraling by the hour out of control. I write here not to score points, but to warn readers that this is all very serious. Obama is our President, and we must hope he does something fast to save his administration from general ridicule that will incur real dangers for all of us abroad.

Again, anyone who cares about the US, at home and overseas, must be worried, very worried, about the disastrous last two weeks. Even the fawning media–that is responsible in some way for the crisis, given that they chose to be Pravda-like in encouraging the messianic style that got a haughty Obama in his present mess–will soon start bailing in efforts to restore their last fides. If a Dick Morris figure does not come to the rescue soon, Obama’s soaring rhetoric of hope and change will become the stuff of Leno/Letterman and general laughter. Bush was unfairly demonized, but no one abroad thought he was predictably soft and would be so-so about protecting US interests, or that his words and his deeds would be so often in direct antithesis.

What happened? Count the ways, and then let us see what might be done pronto!

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

If President Obama Blows The Stimulus....

Posted by: Hugh Hewitt at 9:59 AM

A serious slow-down in the crafting of the stimulus package is necessary because increasing attention on it has revealed that it simply won't do what the public expects of it. It is a "stimulate-the-Democratic-Party" bill, not a job creating jump start to a faltering economy that needs to turn over into growth mode.

And voters --especially the young ones who supported the new president so decisively-- know it. There's a story in the today on how the jobless are spending a lot of time online as a diversion from their predicaments, but they are also exchanging information and political opinions. The "stimulus bill" has been debated and dissected for just about 10 days, but its brand is already pork, and sites like guarantee that the brand won't improve unless the bill improves.

Tom Daschle Withdraws: Another Ethics Casualty for Obama

"Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter." ---Sen. Tom Daschle on 7 May 1998

More proof that the new president is failing to live up to his sanctimonious campaign rhetoric about "change."

February 3, 2009 - by Jennifer Rubin

How quickly they fall. Tom Daschle, who just yesterday had the full backing of President Barack Obama, has announced he is withdrawing his name from consideration as Health and Human Services secretary. For both Daschle and Obama, it has been a rough ride, calling into question the latter’s judgment and skill as a chief executive.

it's only been two weeks -- Obama's sick of the White House

"We were just tired of being in the White House."

On a tough day, Obama escapes for a while
Feb 3 04:37 PM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - On the rockiest day of his young administration, President Barack Obama did what surely made him happy for a while.

He left.

With little notice, the president and first lady Michelle Obama bolted the gated compound of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in their tank of a limousine on Tuesday. They ended up at a Washington public school, greeted by children who could not care less about the collapse of a Cabinet secretary nomination.

"We were just tired of being in the White House," the president candidly told the gleeful second-graders at Capital City Public Charter School.

"We got out! They let us out!" Mrs. Obama said as the kids and their teachers laughed.

The White House said the Obamas' trip had been planned, just not publicly announced.

The surprise timing, though, gave the feel of two different worlds.

At the White House, press secretary Robert Gibbs was getting grilled about Tom Daschle's doomed nomination for health and human services secretary.

Meanwhile, the president was getting questions from boys and girls who are the same age as his seven-year-old daughter, Sasha.

One child asked him if he had a favorite superhero. Spiderman and Batman, the president answered.