Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Two Days Left for Chebama Blog

What started out as a school project to sell t-shirts and design a website, ended in the documentation of Obama's first year as president. I spent one to two hours per day to scour the news and find articles I thought were important to keep at my fingertips.

T-shirt sales never really took off. It was a fun experience, but nobody really picked up on the idea, and I didn't want to promote heavily to news organizations, radio programs etc., because of worries with copyright, even though Fidel Castro does not believe in intellectual property rights. I figured that if leftists can capitalize on Che and promote communism with t-shirts, posters and movies, a conservative could do the same and promote the opposite message.

It's been fun, but I would like to devote that one to two hours a day preparing for disaster. As a survivalist at heart, I may be preparing for the downfall of the Obama administration and possibly our government/money system/nation as a whole. Or it may just be the next ice storm that paralyzes my neighborhood.

Hyperinflation is maybe one year away -- two at the most -- ready to destroy the economy, ready to destroy our beloved USA. Our nation will continue to suffer from "Man-Caused Disasters" (terrorism) because the terrorists know that Obama doesn't really care. His words lack any force behind them. He's out snorkeling right now in the Hawaiian surf. He's out on the golf course right now. And when he IS in the White House, he's hosting parties for Hollywood leftists and party crashers. Even a Jack Bauer could not save us when an entire administration is filled with nothing but Chicago party hacks and communists. And I haven't said anything about Capital Hill.

We may be facing food shortages, major industrial strikes, work shortages, hyper-unemployment, and possibly flu plagues and other natural-caused disasters. Please acquire food and emergency supplies to withstand the storm. Then help your neighbors.

Thanks to all who came here, and especially to those who bought t-shirts. Half never sold. I guess they will go into my preparedness clothing supplies. Take care!

Minnesota University Wants K-12 Teachers to Hate America

by Kyle Olson | Posted Dec 30th 2009 at 7:41 am

We’re accustomed to strange political phenomena rising out of Minnesota.

We can accept the occasional Jesse Ventura or Al Franken winning statewide office, because the state’s voters obviously like to be different.

But we doubt even the most offbeat citizens of that state would approve of the new K-12 teacher education program that’s been proposed for the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus.

While the rest of the nation is trying to force teachers to help our children reach their potential, the university’s College of Education and Human Development wants to make sure future teachers are more anti-American, so they can share that philosophy with their future students.

We couldn’t even begin to make something like this up.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, College of Education officials recently established the “Race, Culture, Class and Gender Task Group.” It’s charged with helping to devise a new system for training prospective K-12 teachers, because current teachers lack “cultural competence,” a factor officials believe contributes to the poor performance of minority students.

The task force has issued its final report, which the group Foundation for Individual Rights in Education brought to light, and officials from the College of Education are expected to review its recommendations in January.

What’s the task force’s main recommendation? That new teachers be immersed in a liberal political agenda that’s highly critical of American social norms, particularly the notion that all people can positively influence their own destiny through hard work and determination.

The task force “recommended that aspiring teachers must repudiate the notion of the ‘American Dream’ and instead “must embrace – and be prepared to teach our state’s kids – the task force’s own vision of America as an oppressive hellhole: racist, sexist and homophobic,” according to writer Katherine Kersten of the Star Tribune.

“The report advocates making race, class and gender politics the ‘overarching framework’ for all teaching courses at the university,” Kersten wrote. “It calls for evaluating future teachers in both coursework and practice teaching, based on their willingness to fall into intellectual lockstep.”

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Napolitano: No War Here

by William Kristol on December 30, 2009 09:11 AM

It's worth reading (don't worry, it's short) Janet Napolitano's op-ed in USA Today. As if to confirm Dick Cheney's claim that the Obama administration doesn't understand we're at war, Napolitano never uses the word...war. Nor does she mention Islam, Yemen or Nigeria -- nor any of the details of the incident, nor the particulars of the government failures over the last few months.

Lots of op-eds ghost-written for cabinet secretaries are stupid. But this one may outdo them all in its vagueness and avoidance of substance, in its managing to be at once bureaucratic and cloying, and in speaking to the American people as if they are children. She attempts to reassure, and fails.

By the way, since this was a plot hatched overseas by people whom our intelligence agencies are listening in on and trying to bump off -- is Napolitano really the appropriate lead official? It's revealing who the White House put out Sunday -- Napolitano and press secretary Robert Gibbs. For the Obama White House, it's all spin and TSA procedures. Do we still have a CIA director? I'd heard Panetta wasn't getting along with the White House...but is he even in the loop?

Dick Cheney: Barack Obama 'trying to pretend'

By MIKE ALLEN | 12/30/09 4:21 AM EST | Politico

Former Vice President Dick Cheney accused President Barack Obama on Tuesday of “trying to pretend we are not at war” with terrorists, pointing to the White House response to the attempted sky bombing as reflecting a pattern that includes banishing the term “war on terror” and attempting to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

“[W]e are at war and when President Obama pretends we aren’t, it makes us less safe,” Cheney said in a statement to POLITICO. “Why doesn’t he want to admit we’re at war? It doesn’t fit with the view of the world he brought with him to the Oval Office. It doesn’t fit with what seems to be the goal of his presidency – social transformation—the restructuring of American society.”

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Barack Obama gets an 'F' for protecting Americans

by Toby Harnden | December 30th, 2009

There is no more solemn duty for an American commander-in-chief than the martialling of “all elements of American power” – the phrase Obama himself used on Monday – to protect the people of the United States. In that key respect, Obama failed on Christmas Day, just as President George W. Bush failed on September 11th (though he succeeded in the seven years after that).

Yes, the buck stops in the Oval Office. Obama may have rather smugly given himself a “B+” for his 2008 performance but he gets an F for the events that led to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab boarding a Detroit-bound plane in Amsterdam with a PETN bomb sewn into his underpants. He said today that a “systemic failure has occurred”. Well, he’s in charge of that system.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

“Obama, Obama, Are you with the regime or with us?”

The evil Khamenei regime thugs are running over freedom protesters in trucks.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Krauthammer Rips Obama's "Flacid, Meaningless" Words On Iranian Revolution

Obama should demand the resignation of Secretary Janet Napolitano and fire her if she refuses to resign

Official bungling led to plane attack
Examiner Editorial | December 28, 2009

Nearly 300 passengers and crew members of Northwest Airlines flight 253 came within a heartbeat of being incinerated on Christmas Day because 23-year-old Nigerian Jihadist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab somehow smuggled explosives past sophisticated anti-terrorist security measures in Europe. That the passengers and crew members survived is because of Jasper Schuringa, a brave man from Amsterdam who prevented Abdulmutallab from detonating a bomb sewn into his underwear. The device was made of pentaerythritol tetranitrate, an explosive that has been around since before World War I. Three more factors in this near-tragedy deserve particular attention:

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The system didn't work JANET!

If the system worked, Obama must want terrorists blowing up jets from sea to shining sea. Another win for Alinski/Cloward-Piven tactics.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Senator Max Baucus Drunk / Intoxicated on Senate Floor - Shouts Down Wicker

Moral decay on parade in the Senate. Nobody will care when DC is suitcase nuked -- what with all that goes on there. Corruption, money, power, and not one ounce of common sense. A two thousand page bill that will bankrupt the country twice over. Who do they think they are kidding? Deficit neutral. What a laugh. What lies. Every time Obama opens his mouth . . . lies.

Now I'm Really Getting Pissed Off

By David Michael Green | December 19, 2009 at 22:11:27

Hey did you hear about the iconic African-American guy who plays golf, and whose relationship with the public is in a free-fall lately?

No, as a matter of fact I'm not talking about Tiger Woods.

You know, I've really been trying not to write an article every other week about all the things I don't like about Barack Obama.

But the little prick is making it very hard.

Like any good progressive, I've gone from admiration to hope to disappointment to anger when it comes to this president. Now I'm fast getting to rage.

How much rage? I find myself thinking that the thing I want most from the 2010 elections is for his party to get absolutely clobbered, even if that means a repeat of 1994. And that what I most want from 2012 is for him to be utterly humiliated, even if that means President Palin at the helm. That much rage.

Did this clown really say on national television that "I did not run for office to be helping out a bunch of you know, fat cat bankers on Wall Street"?!?!

Really, Barack? So, like, my question is: Then why the hell did you help out a bunch of fat cat bankers on Wall Street?!?! Why the hell did you surround yourself with nothing but Robert Rubin proteges in all the key economic positions in your government? Why did you allow them to open a Washington branch of Goldman Sachs in the West Wing? Why have your policies been tailored to helping Wall Street bankers, rather than the other 300 million of us, who just happen to be suffering badly right now?

Are you freakin' kidding me??? What's up with the passive president routine, anyhow, Fool? You hold the most powerful position in the world. Or maybe Rahm forgot to mention that to you. Or maybe the fat cat bankers don't actually let do that whole decision-making thing often enough that it would actually matter...

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Michelle Malkin & Mark Steyn Report on Obamacare Backlash

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BREAKING -- Senate passes health bill

December 24, 2009 | Live Pulse - Politico

At 7:16 a.m., the Senate passed on a 60-39 party line vote a sweeping health care bill that will tighten insurance regulations, provide insurance for 31 million more Americans and cost $871 billion over the next decade.

"This is for my friend Ted Kennedy, aye," said Sen. Robert Byrd as he cast his vote.

Clearly exhausted, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid mistakenly voted no before changing his vote to yes, which got a laugh in the chamber, especially from Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

After the vote, Reid joked, "I spent a very restless night last night trying to figure out how I could show some bipartisanship and I think I was able to accomplish that for a few minutes."

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Compromise or Corruption? CBS News reports on vote buying

Why the 'Angry Mob' Is Angry

By Wendi Lynn G | American Thinker | December 23, 2009

I, like many, have had those heart-pounding dreams where I'm battling evil. When trying to cry out, I cannot utter a sound. I try to get away, but my legs won't move. At the height of fear, I wake up, relieved that it was only a dream. I wake up every day realizing that the America in which I am currently living is this nightmare, and I wish it were only a bad dream. Instead, the real-life heart-pounding is leading me to post-traumatic stress syndrome. I pray to get to the "post" part already because my heart cannot endure the present part of living in ObamAmerica much longer. I'm not alone, as a recent Rasmussen poll revealed that 71% of Americans are angry with our government and 61% oppose ObamaCare.

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equal protection under the law? No, it's cash for cloture

Beltway Christmas: Cash for corruptocrats
By Michelle Malkin • December 23, 2009 09:30 AM

My column looks at the year in Washington political bribery. And what a year it was for the Beltway’s reverse Santa Clauses, who are suspended simultaneously in mental states of denial and indignation. Democrat Sen. Mary “Louisiana Purchase” Landrieu defended her payoff while declaring that she “can’t be bought.”Democrat Sen. Tom “Iowa Bounty” Harkin dismissed the hundreds of millions of taxpayer-subsidized gifts to pols in the Demcare package as “small stuff.” And don’t even get me started on the 1,720 earmarks worth more than $4 billion in the defense appropriations bill. It’s nothing new, the Dems say in their defense. And that is precisely the point, isn’t it?

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Risch: Where is the outrage? - 12/22/09

U.S. Senator Jim Risch speaks on the Senate floor in opposition to the health care bill being offered by Senator Harry Reid.

George Will on the Laura Ingraham Show

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Chavez announces new discount 'socialist' stores

Dec 22 06:10 PM US/Eastern | Breitbart

President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday announced a new chain of government-run, cut-rate retail stores that will sell everything from food to cars to clothing from places such as China, Argentina and Bolivia.

"We're creating Comerso, meaning Socialist Corporation of Markets," Chavez said at the opening of a "socialist" fast-food location for traditional Venezuelan arepas (cornbread).

"They'll see what's good. We'll show them what a real market is all about, not those speculative, money-grubbing markets, but a market for the people," said Chavez in his drive to change Venezuela from a market-based economy to a socialist one.

"We're going to challenge all that junk food that just fattens people up," he added referring to the arepa stand he opened to the public.

Chavez said the Comerso chain of stores will include "a network of subsidiaries" that will sell new vehicles directly imported from China and Argentina, "without capitalist intermediaries."

"We're going to defeat speculation. Private individuals in sales can still sell, but they'll have to compete with us and with a people who is now fully aware," Chavez said.

He said the new discount retail chain will also sell clothing and furnishings imported from Bolivia, Venezuela's closest leftist ally in the region.

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democratic defections on the horizon?

Rep. Parker Griffith switches to GOP
By JOSH KRAUSHAAR | 12/22/09 10:57 AM EST | Politico

POLITICO has learned that Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman Democrat from Alabama, will announce today that he’s switching parties to become a Republican.

According to two senior GOP aides familiar with the decision, the announcement will take place this afternoon in Griffith's district in northern Alabama.

Griffith’s party switch comes on the eve of a pivotal congressional health care vote and will send a jolt through a Democratic House Caucus that has already been unnerved by the recent retirements of a handful of members who, like Griffith, hail from districts that offer prime pickup opportunities for the GOP in 2010.

The switch represents a coup for the House Republican leadership, which had been courting Griffith since he publicly criticized the Democratic leadership in the wake of raucous town halls during the summer.

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DOONESBURY -- today's daily dose at Slate

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global greenhouse deck of cards falling

Carbon prices fall in wake of Copenhagen
By Chris Flood and Fiona Harvey | Published: December 22 2009 02:00 | Last updated: December 22 2009 02:00

Carbon prices plunged yesterday in the aftermath of the Copenhagen conference on climate change, dealing a blow to the credibility of the European Union's carbon-trading scheme.

Prices for carbon permits for December 2010 delivery, the benchmark contract for pricing European permits, dropped nearly 10 per cent in early trading, before recovering to end the day 8.3 per cent lower at €12.41.

Lower prices give companies less incentive to invest in cutting their greenhouse gas output. Analysts estimate that prices of more than €40 a tonne are required to stimulate investment in new low-carbon technologies.

Carbon traders blamed the price fall on the Copenhagen conference, which produced an accord among the world's biggest developed and developing countries to limit their greenhouse gas emissions, but omitted details on what those limits would be. Governments now have a month to submit formal pledges on how far they will reduce their carbon output.

Ben Nelson backlash

Ben Nelson Faces Pro-Life Rally, Backlash After Abortion-Health Care Sellout
by Steven Ertelt | Editor | December 21, 2009

Washington, DC ( -- Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska faces a significant backlash after compromising his pro-life views on abortion by proposing language in the Senate health care bill that funds abortions and saying he would vote for the pro-abortion health care bill.

Since his announcement, pro-life groups have come down hard on Nelson saying his compromise just allows more abortion funding.

“I couldn't create the opportunity to be the 60th vote. It happened,” Nelson said on CNN on Sunday. “If you think it's fun having both sides on an issue mad at you when you're trying to do something in good faith, just think, it's like going home and getting bit by the family dog. So - who enjoys that?”

Nelson defended his abortion funding decision by saying even more abortion funding would be allowed had he not struck a deal with Senate leader Harry Reid. Nelson said Reid could have used the reconciliation process to bring up a bill that was even worse to get around his opposition preventing Reid from getting 60 votes.

“Then you wouldn't have gotten what’s in the bill right now,” Nelson said on CNN. Nelson added that

“The high intensity here is as harsh and as unforgiving and unrelenting as I have ever seen it in my nine years," he said about the response he faced.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Nelson's sellout on health won't play in Nebraska

By Chris Stirewalt | Political Editor | December 21, 2009

Nelson is part of a pack of Democrats who said they would never vote for a bill with a government insurance program. He stood out because of his ardent and oft-repeated objections to any federal dollars subsidizing insurance policies that covered elective abortions. Landrieu and other moderate Democrats raised strenuous fiscal objections, but bringing up abortion in the Senate is like announcing that you have a bomb in an airport. People take notice.

In the end, though, Nelson treated abortion like any other of the dozens of shoddy little deals that have been the hallmark of the legislation. The final abortion compromise that won Nelson's support was not substantially different than the one he had despaired of the week before. The change was that Nelson got free Medicare money for his state and some stroking for his own ego.

Landrieu, who holds the same Senate seat that Huey Long once did, will fly home to New Orleans with her head held high. I suspect Nelson's return to Omaha will not be so triumphal.

Sen. Whitehouse: Obamacare Opponents Are Birthers, Right-Wing Militias & Aryan Groups

Monday, December 21, 2009, 6:09 AM | Gateway Pundit |
Jim Hoft

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) slammed the 55% of Americans who oppose the democrat’s government takeover of health care. On the Senate Floor Whitehouse said those who opposed Obamacare were (racist) birthers, right-wing militias and aryan groups.

see Washington Times for more

more from the Washington Examiner:

Whitehouse approvingly cited a newspaper editorial by a liberal newspaper journalist who dismissed opponents of Obamacare as members of the "lunatic fringe" of the Republican Party.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Hookers Deeply Offended By Comparisons to Politicians

By Joy Tiz Sunday, December 20, 2009

Members of the world’s oldest profession are infuriated by the relentless and invidious likening of their industry to the world’s second oldest profession. Word on the street, literally, is that hookers are prepared to exact an apology for the defiling of their good names.

Even those not well acquainted with the whoring business should be able to appreciate the asymmetry between a freely bargained for and mutually beneficial exchange, versus extorting taxpayer funds in the service of tyrants.

Paid escorts everywhere are especially aggrieved by the hooker title being conferred upon thoroughly contemptible politicians; including Mary Landrieu and Ben Nelson. Nebraska Democrat Nelson, who was elected on a pro life platform, sold millions of unborn babies in exchange for extravagant tax payer funded perks for his soon to be former home state.

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DC Cop Waves Gun at Snowball Fight!

Around 2:30PM on Saturday, December 19, during a historic snowstorm, residents at the intersection of 14th and U Streets NW started throwing snowballs at passing Hummers.

One of the cars pelted was driven by a plainclothes police officer identified only as Det. Baylor. Baylor got out of his car and brandished his gun at the crowd.'s Dan Hayes was on the scene, capturing the tense confrontation between police and citizens who chanted "Don't bring a gun to a snowball fight!"

Approximately 5 minutes; harsh language throughout.

For a news account of the incident, go to

Obama faces new global warming skeptic: Joe Sixpack

As President Obama returns from Copenhagen, polls show that Americans are becoming more more wary of his global warming agenda – and of global warming itself.
By Patrik Jonsson Staff writer / December 19, 2009

Fresh from a global warming deal in Copenhagen, Denmark, President Obama returned to a cold, snowy Washington where the politics of global warming are slowly shifting underfoot.

Mr. Obama’s Copenhagen promise to cut US emissions 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020 will rely heavily on the cap-and-trade bill currently winding its way through the Senate. But a bill that was never going to be an easy sell has become even more fraught with potential complications during recent months.

Polls suggest that Americans have soured on Obama's climate strategy, and the "climategate" e-mail scandal has highlighted the public's increasing skepticism of the basic science driving some of the White House’s most aggressive policy prescriptions.

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Kristol: Ten Words To Remember

Posted by William Kristol on December 19, 2009 07:15 PM

There are lots of embarrassing little things to mock in the Senate bill (e.g., the special provision for Nebraska), and lots of bad provisions to attack (the tax hikes and federal funding for abortion, to mention two). But Republicans shouldn't lose sight of a core point, embodied in this passage from page 19 of the CBO letter:

"Based on the extrapolation described above, CBO expects that Medicare spending under the legislation would increase at an average annual rate of roughly 6 percent during the next two decades--well below the roughly 8 percent annual growth rate of the past two decades (excluding the effect of establishing the Medicare prescription drug benefit). Adjusting for inflation, Medicare spending per beneficiary under the legislation would increase at an average annual rate of less than 2 percent during the next two decades--about half of the roughly 4 percent annual growth rate of the past two decades. It is unclear whether such a reduction in the growth rate could be achieved, and if so, whether it would be accomplished through greater efficiencies in the delivery of health care or would reduce access to care or diminish the quality of care."

Here are the key ten words: "reduce access to care or diminish the quality of care."

CBO is explaining that the legislation's claim to fiscal responsibility requires cutting in half the rate of growth of per capita Medicare spending. And, according to CBO, absent magical greater efficiencies in the delivery of health care, accomplishing those fiscal goals might well require reducing access to health care and/or diminishing the quality of health care. So less access and lower quality is a very real possible consequence of this legislation. This is a point critics of the bill cannot allow to be lost in all the hubbub.

Republican Senators Ask Americans to Stop Flawed Health Care Bill

Republicans are fighting against Democratic health care reform proposals, which would cut your Medicare, raise your taxes, and threaten your health care choices. We believe that any health care reform legislation should lower costs and expand access without raising your taxes or adding billions of dollars to the deficit.

Obama will not be celebrating Kwanza-festivus

By MEGAN K. SCOTT | 12/18/09 11:41 AM EST

Kwanzaa, which runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, may be a mainstream holiday with greeting cards, postage stamps and public celebrations, but experts say its popularity is receding.

It will not be getting a boost from the first family. The Obamas do not personally celebrate Kwanzaa, according to White House aides, though a written message from the president is likely, in keeping with the practice of his most recent predecessors, Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Although Kwanzaa started here, it has become a Pan-African holiday. The African American Cultural Center places the number of those who observe Kwanzaa worldwide at 30 million, but even that is a small fraction of the hundreds of millions of people of African descent all over the world.

Some blacks, though, have rejected the concept of Kwanzaa all along, considering it a pagan holiday and taking issue with its founder, a black nationalist and ex-con — he was convicted of torturing two women.

Copenhagen closes with weak deal that poor threaten to reject

Non-binding accord limits temperature rises but includes no emissions targets
John Vidal and Jonathan Watts in Copenhagen |, Saturday 19 December 2009 14.23 GMT

The UN climate summit in Copenhagen has formally closed with a deal many countries admit falls far short of the action needed to tackle global warming.

The non-binding accord, which the US reached with key nations including China and Brazil, includes a recognition to limit temperature rises to less than 2C but imposes no specific targets for greenhouse gas cuts.

UK climate secretary Ed Miliband was branded both the hero and villain of the summit after he successfully intervened to salvage the accord at 6am. The talks were on the verge of collapse with the Danish prime minister, Lars Lokke Rasmussen, bringing his gavel down to abandon the meeting.

But at 7.45am the UN formally recognised the political statement steered through by the US President, Barack Obama, and Chinese premier Wen Jiabao late last night, outside the official negotiating process.

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Glenn on Leno - Friday, Dec. 18

Friday, December 18, 2009

Obama fails at shakedown party

India, China, Brazil Walk Out of Climate Summit

Obama must understand that Copenhagen is nothing but small nations shaking down successful nations for money. Whores take money -- they don't give "it" away for free. We're trying to do both.

In this case, the ends (creating world government through binding agreements) never justified the failed means. At least while wasting more millions in jet fuel, you proved yet again that man-made climate warming is a farce.

We the People in Obama's own words: "Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother"

Pelosi, Rahm do not scare Rep. DeFazio
By Walter Alarkon - 12/18/09 06:00 AM ET

Rep. Peter DeFazio’s phone rang. On the other end was Rahm Emanuel.

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Olbermann: I’ll go to jail before I comply with health-insurance mandate

For LBJ, it was Cronkite. For Obama, it's Olbermann.

"If I've lost Olbermann, I've lost middle Kos America."

The next SNL skit? Probably not. But you've got to wonder if health care will be Obama's Vietnam?

He's too narcissistic though to say something like, "I shall not seek, nor will I accept the nomination of my party for another term as your President."

No, he'll ride it all the way down, taking his party to ruins or staging a coup d'├ętat over some contrived "emergency."

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Franken Denies Lieberman an 'Additional Moment' to Continue Speaking on the Senate Floor

Tea Party - Los Angeles - 9/12/09

The Los Angeles Tea Party Rally in Westwood at the Federal Building. There were a lot of great speakers and a lot of great people. This is a tiny piece.

Bill O'Reilly, Dennis Miller on Climate Conference Chaos in Copenhagen

Other topics include bringing Gitmo prisoners to Illinois, and Slammy Awards.

Chavez Tells Copenhagen Summit “Capitalism Is the Road to Hell” – Gets Standing Ovation

by Jim Hoft | Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 10:28 PM | Gateway Pundit

Venezuelan Marxist Hugo Chavez told the global warming junk science conference representatives that “Capitalism is the road to hell” today during his lecture in Copenhagen.

Andrew Bolt reported:

President Chavez brought the house down.

When he said the process in Copenhagen was “not democratic, it is not inclusive, but isn’t that the reality of our world, the world is really an imperial dictatorship…down with imperial dictatorships” he got a rousing round of applause.

When he said there was a “silent and terrible ghost in the room” and that ghost was called capitalism, the applause was deafening.

But then he wound up to his grand conclusion – 20 minutes after his 5 minute speaking time was supposed to have ended and after quoting everyone from Karl Marx to Jesus Christ – “our revolution seeks to help all people…socialism, the other ghost that is probably wandering around this room, that’s the way to save the planet, capitalism is the road to hell….let’s fight against capitalism and make it obey us.” He won a standing ovation.

POLITICS OF FEAR: Obama Warns Govt "Will Go Bankrupt" Without Health Bill

President Obama said in an interview with ABC News' Charles Gibson today that if Congress fails to pass health care legislation that lowers costs, the federal government "will go bankrupt."

He also painted a gloomy picture resulting from the failure of health care overhaul.

"Anybody who says that they are concerned about deficit, concerned about debt, concerned about loading up taxes on future generations, you have to be supportive of this health care bill because if we don't do this, nobody argues with the fact that health care costs are going to consume the entire federal budget," the president said.

Hillary promises $100 billion to poor countries savaged by junk science

If I hear a politician use the word "transparency" one more time, I think I will explode from disgust and outrage.

New jobless claims rise unexpectedly


WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of newly laid off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week as the recovery of the nation's battered labor market proceeds in fits and starts.

The Labor Department said Thursday that the number of new jobless claims rose to 480,000 last week, up 7,000 from the previous week. That was a worse performance than the decline to 465,000 that economists had expected.

The four-week average for claims, which smooths out fluctuations, did fall, dipping to 467,500, the 15th straight decline, viewed as an encouraging sign that the labor market is gradually improving. The four-week average is now at its lowest point since late September 2008, the period when the financial crisis was hitting with full force.

Unemployment claims have been on a downward trend since this summer. That improvement is seen as a sign that jobs cuts are slowing and hiring could pick up as soon as early next year. But the rise in weekly claims of 7,000 last week, which had followed an increase of 19,000 the previous week, shows that the improvement has been halting.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Howard Dean: kill the bill . . . it costs too much money

Countdown - Dr. Howard Dean, livid, on the Health Care bill

Debt crisis portends liberalism's end

Examiner Editorial | December 16, 2009

Within the lifetimes of the vast majority of living Americans, government as we have known it since the New Deal will become paralyzed, unable to deliver even basic services, let alone the myriad of entitlements that politicians had promised would last forever. Liberalism will owe its undoing to its blind faith that government could forever be the inexhaustible provider of ever more spending, more benefits and more prosperity, with nary a day of reckoning.

This report does not come from some gold bug or fevered disciple of trickle-down economics. On the contrary, it is the product of a bipartisan commission led by three former congressmen, two Democrats and one Republican. The commission also includes two former comptrollers of the United States, seven former Congressional Budget Office directors, seven former Office of Management and Budget directors, three former chairmen of the House Budget Committee and one former chairman of the Federal Reserve.

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San Francisco: the Worst-Run Big City in the U.S.

Spend more. Get less. We’re the city that knows how.
By Benjamin Wachs, Joe Eskenazi | Published on December 14, 2009 at 1:19pm

Despite its good intentions, San Francisco is not leading the country in gay marriage. Despite its good intentions, it is not stopping wars. Despite its spending more money per capita on homelessness than any comparable city, its homeless problem is worse than any comparable city's. Despite its spending more money per capita, period, than almost any city in the nation, San Francisco has poorly managed, budget-busting capital projects, overlapping social programs no one is certain are working, and a transportation system where the only thing running ahead of schedule is the size of its deficit.

It's time to face facts: San Francisco is spectacularly mismanaged and arguably the worst-run big city in America. This year's city budget is an astonishing $6.6 billion — more than twice the budget for the entire state of Idaho — for roughly 800,000 residents. Yet despite that stratospheric amount, San Francisco can't point to progress on many of the social issues it spends liberally to tackle — and no one is made to answer when the city comes up short.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Code Red ObamaCare protest

Washington (CNN) - Activists opposed to the Democrats' health care reform plans rallied outside the U.S. Capitol Tuesday.

The "Code Red Rally," was organized by a long list of conservative groups, including advocacy organizations Americans for Prosperity and Patients First. Republican Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Rep. Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota, and talk show host Laura Ingraham were among the featured speakers.

The event was held as Senate Democrats try to reach agreement on a health care reform plan.

When Science Becomes a Casualty of Politics

Getting to the root of Climategate
Cathy Young | December 14, 2009 |

In the unfolding debate over "ClimateGate," the affair of the hacked emails from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia that offer an inconvenient peek behind the curtain of climate science, one thing is clear. Virtually every commentator's position on the issue—is this a scandal that exposes global warming as a scientific sham, or a faux scandal stoked by climate-change denial propaganda?—can be predicted by his or her politics. You can look at the byline or the publication, and predict with near-100 percent accuracy what the article will say. It is no surprise that The Wall Street Journal deplores the arrogant and dogmatic mindset of the "warmists," or that The New Republic assails the brazenness of the "deniers."

While the facts are ostensibly the same, the interpretations differ so dramatically that we might as well be talking about two different realities.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Is it Always Better to Have Health Insurance?

by Dr. Jane Orient | Posted Dec 14th 2009 at 4:00 pm |

Uninsurance is portrayed as being like a disease; it has even been called an epidemic. At a minimum, it puts you one medical bill away from bankruptcy, and you might even die from it, they say.

Yet some people I know, even doctors, do not want to buy health insurance.

And I know of at least one person who was very lucky to have had hers cancelled.

Here’s her story. She told an acquaintance, who happened to be a physician, about her eye symptoms. “Wouldn’t you know! I lost my insurance a couple months ago, and now this!”

The physician happened to have an ophthalmoscope in her truck, and took a look in the patient’s eye. Then she called a retinal surgery practice and told the receptionist the patient’s history, and the results of the limited examination she could do. She thought the patient might have a detached retina.

The receptionist asked what type of insurance the patient had and was told she had none.

“Oh, self pay,” the receptionist said.

The technician said to send her over. “And by the way, ask her not to eat or drink anything in case she needs an operation.”

the outcome?

Twitter Tapping

NYT Editorial | Published: December 12, 2009

The government is increasingly monitoring Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites for tax delinquents, copyright infringers and political protesters. A public interest group has filed a lawsuit to learn more about this monitoring, in the hope of starting a national discussion and modifying privacy laws as necessary for the online era.
Law enforcement is not saying a lot about its social surveillance, but examples keep coming to light. The Wall Street Journal reported this summer that state revenue agents have been searching for tax scofflaws by mining information on MySpace and Facebook. In October, the F.B.I. searched the New York home of a man suspected of helping coordinate protests at the Group of 20 meeting in Pittsburgh by sending out messages over Twitter.

In some cases, the government appears to be engaged in deception. The Boston Globe recently quoted a Massachusetts district attorney as saying that some police officers were going undercover on Facebook as part of their investigations.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

The (Marxist-Socialist) People Speak

Hollywood & Howard Zinn’s Marxist education project
by Michelle Malkin | Creators Syndicate | Copyright 2009

The two most important questions for society, according to the Greek philosopher Plato, are these: What will we teach our children? And who will teach them? Left-wing celebrities have teamed up with one of America’s most radical historians to take control of the classroom in the name of “social justice.” Parents, beware: This Hollywood-backed Marxist education project may be coming to a school near you.

On Sunday, December 13, the History Channel will air “The People Speak” – a documentary based on Marxist academic Howard Zinn’s capitalism-bashing, America-dissing, grievance-mongering history textbook, “A People’s History of the United States.” The film was co-produced/written/bankrolled by Zinn’s Boston neighbor and mentee Matt Damon. An all-star cast of Bush-bashing liberals including Danny Glover, Josh Brolin, Bruce Springsteen, Marisa Tomei, and Eddie Vedder, will appear. Zinn’s work is a self-proclaimed “biased account” of American history that rails against white oppressors, the free market, and the military.

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As you watch the trailer, substitute Tea Party crowds and anti-Obama crowds for the crowds in the film. The left thinks it has a monopoly on what the "people" think. And most of it is manipulated by the media. Words? Just words? Crowds? What crowds? I guess it all boils down to this . . . Are we selling our freedom for security . . . a security that's a lie.

Newt Gingrich: Has bureaucratic dictatorship arrived?

By Newt Gingrich | Examiner Columnist | December 11, 2009

President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson got rock star treatment at the U.N. climate change conference in Copenhagen this week.

The crowd of global environmental elites loved her, and one reason why may be that she continued her administration's unseemly practice of blaming its predecessor for all the world's ills.

But Jackson's biggest applause line was when she said she was "proud" of the EPA's announcement earlier in the week that it would regulate greenhouse gases as dangerous pollutants.

"That is a decision that has been a long time coming," Jackson said.

And it's true, a bureaucratic dictatorship has been a long time coming in America. And with this latest EPA ruling, it may have finally arrived.

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Sarah Palin on The Tonight Show w/Conan O'Brien & William Shatner

Friday, December 11, 2009

Armed Response to 'Climategate' question

Journalist Phelim McAleer ('Mine Your Own Business', 'Not Evil Just Wrong') asks Prof Stephen Schneider from Stanford University an Inconvenient Question about 'Climategate' emails. McAleer is interrupted twice by Prof Schneider's assistant and UN staff and then told to stop filming by an armed UN security guard.

The new socialism

By Charles Krauthammer | Friday, December 11, 2009

In the 1970s and early '80s, having seized control of the U.N. apparatus (by power of numbers), Third World countries decided to cash in. OPEC was pulling off the greatest wealth transfer from rich to poor in history. Why not them? So in grand U.N. declarations and conferences, they began calling for a "New International Economic Order." The NIEO's essential demand was simple: to transfer fantastic chunks of wealth from the industrialized West to the Third World.

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Barack Obama wasn’t ready to be president, and he better figure out what he’s doing before it’s too late

Hillary Was Right
by Reihan Salam | December 11, 2009 | 12:36am

As the first year of the Obama era draws to a close, the president is losing the battle for America's hearts and minds. It's hard not to feel some sympathy for him, given the disastrous state of the economy when he took office and the many smoldering international crises that keep flaring up. President Obama's predecessors deserve plenty of blame for his woes—as Obama and his advisers never tire of reminding us. But their not-so-subtle digs at President George W. Bush paper over their own unforced errors.

The most glaring and consequential unforced error came in how the Obama administration framed the health-care reform debate. The mantra of "bending the cost curve" was tailor-made for conservative and moderate intellectuals who preach the gospel of entitlement reform. If passing health-care reform were fundamentally about winning over the think tanks, the green-eyeshade approach might have made sense. But of course the real goal was to overcome the fear of the large majority of Americans who are insured and who deeply, desperately, and sometimes irrationally oppose anything that would change the status quo. A large number of those Americans are elderly Medicare recipients, and they vote in large numbers.

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Glenn Beck: Barbara Walters' Ten Most Fascinating People

Obama’s Individual Health Care Mandate is Unconstitutional

by Brian Darling | Posted Dec 10th 2009 at 6:15 pm

The Senate is debating the future of American health care, yet one very important issue has yet to get a full and fair debate. Is the individual mandate that forces citizens to purchase health care insurance a constitutional power of the federal government? When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) was asked this question, she answered with the non sequitur “are you serious?” Conservatives who respect the idea that the constitution maps out a federal government with limited powers would answer with a loud — “Hell No.”

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Vaclav Havel on the fall of the Berlin Wall, Barack Obama, and the hidden costs of moral compromise.

When someone soils his pants prematurely, then they do not respect you more for it.
Interview by SUSAN GLASSER | DECEMBER 9, 2009

Foreign Policy: This year marks the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Do you think the spirit of those times is still reflected in Czech and Eastern European society today?

Vaclav Havel: I think that the basic ideals of that time -- free elections, the democratic program, freedom of the press, and so on -- are being fulfilled. We have not abandoned that road, nor did we betray it. Nevertheless, everything has been much more difficult than we might have thought at that time. Everything is taking much more time, and the road is much more thorny than somebody might have thought in those times of passion.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Harry Alford: Obama takeover straight from the Communist Manifesto

Why Obama's Nobel speech was flat and uncompelling

By Byron York | 12/10/09 9:40 AM EST | Washington Examiner

. . . it was a speech Obama didn't want to make. It's odd when you start an address accepting a great honor by recognizing the painfully obvious fact that you don't deserve it. Many speeches begin with a note of false humility -- "I'd like to thank the Academy for this award, even though there were so many great performances this year" -- but rarely is the humility as appropriate as Obama's. In any event, the speech lacked a certain life because the president's heart did not seem in it.

But the bigger problem is that Obama doesn't actually know what he was talking about. At the highest levels of human achievement, we honor people who have done great things. When they speak, we know they have a deep knowledge of their subject. When Dwight Eisenhower talks about waging war, we listen. When Steve Jobs talks about the computer revolution, we listen. When Martin Luther King talks about civil rights, we listen. When Lech Walesa talks about standing up to communism, we listen. We listen to hear the deep knowledge that such experience gives a speaker.

Barack Obama hasn't done anything that would warrant our listening to his speech at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. It doesn't mean he doesn't know anything; if he gave a speech on, say, beating the Clintons at their own game, we would listen because he would have that kind of deep knowledge that brings real insight. But this? No.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Dick Cheney: Obama Does Not Share That Belief of American Exceptionalism

"I think most of us believe and most presidents believe and talk about the truly exceptional nature of America. Our history, where we come from, our belief in our Constitutional values and principles. Our advocacy for freedom and democracy and the fact that we’ve provided it for millions of people all over the globe and so unselfishly. There’s never been a nation like the United States of America in world history. And, yet when you have a president that goes around and bows to his host and proceeds to apologize profusely for the United States, I find that deeply disturbing. That says to me there’s a guy who doesn’t fully understand or share that view of American exceptionalism that I think most of us believe in."

Journalism and Freedom

Government assistance is a greater threat to the press than any new technology.
By RUPERT MURDOCH | DECEMBER 8, 2009, 3:47 A.M. ET | Wall Street Journal

We are at a time when many news enterprises are shutting down or scaling back. No doubt you will hear some tell you that journalism is in dire shape, and the triumph of digital is to blame.

My message is just the opposite. The future of journalism is more promising than ever—limited only by editors and producers unwilling to fight for their readers and viewers, or government using its heavy hand either to overregulate or subsidize us.

From the beginning, newspapers have prospered for one reason: the trust that comes from representing their readers' interests and giving them the news that's important to them. That means covering the communities where they live, exposing government or business corruption, and standing up to the rich and powerful.
Technology now allows us to do this on a much greater scale. That means we have the means to reach billions of people who until now have had no honest or independent sources of the information they need to rise in society, hold their governments accountable, and pursue their needs and dreams.

Does this mean we are all going to succeed? Of course not. Some newspapers and news organizations will not adapt to the digital realities of our day—and they will fail. We should not blame technology for these failures. The future of journalism belongs to the bold, and the companies that prosper will be those that find new and better ways to meet the needs of their viewers, listeners, and readers.

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