Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill Conspiracy: "Told You So!" Edition...

Yeah, so I've been going on about this for the better part of a month now, and just when I was about to toss the whole conspiracy idea overboard, a boatload of proof comes in that I've been on the right track all along.

Blow up BP Deepwater Horizon in order to create the crisis necessary to force cap and trade down the throats of the American people? Why not - because it sounds crazy? Well, here's a report from ABC News on a White House meeting yesterday regarding "energy policy":

In the wake of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama today summoned a bipartisan group of over 20 senators to the White House to push for energy and climate change legislation.

But one thing the President did not want to talk about at the meeting was the BP disaster, a Republican source told ABC News. And that, the source said, led to a pointed exchange with GOP senator Lamar Alexander from Tennessee.

“The priority should be fixing the oil spill,” Alexander told the President, according to the source. “That's what any meeting about energy should be about.”
But when Alexander tried to interject the BP leak into the meeting, the source said, the President told the senator, “That’s just your talking point.”

It's not about the spill anymore. The spill was just a means to an end - control over the entire American economy via carbon taxation. And now that he thinks he has some sort of a breeze at his back on "cap and trade" legislation, he's going to try to bully it down our throats, a la "health care reform". The spill was the crisis he needed as leverage. Now that he believes he has the leverage, all he wants to talk about is carbon taxes. And to hell of with the residents of the Gulf states.

Speaking of which, it is no surprise Obama's doesn't give a rat's ass about the cleanup; a sidebar bonus of his conspiracy to destroy the BP rig was the damage it would do the the previously thriving economies of the "Red States". Their continued economic success while the rest of America was floundering under liberal governance was an affront to The One; humiliating them under a sheen of oil is his way of extracting revenge.

Sound crazy? Sh*t, the Democratic party won't even let Gulf State Republicans visit the sites affected by the oil spill! God forbid they find out the damage Obama is intentionally inflicting upon the South:

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) wanted to fly 10 lawmakers down to the Gulf of Mexico to see the damage caused by BP’s gigantic oil spill first hand.

House Democrats said no.

Scalise’s trip was rejected for a variety of bureaucratic and logistical reasons, but it has also opened a new vein of partisan squabbling over who should be allowed to arrange a trip to view the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Is Obama hoping he can blame Congressional Republicans for their lack of oversight during the upcoming election season? Or is this more of the racial hostility that we have become used to from Barack Obama - a poisonous oil spill as retribution for the Civil War, and a guarantee written in death that the South will never , ever rise again?

Are there any other reasons - logical, sane ones - why Obama would be ignoring the cleanup effort (and "scolding" Senators who remind him of his responsibility) while trying to hide the damage from Republicans?

Obama blew the damn rig up, with Rahm at his side, and he won't quit moving forward until he insures this crisis hasn't been wasted - by imposing another draconian tax on all Americans.

Where is Oliver Stone when you need him?

Oh, right. On his knees, blowing Fidel Castro....

Pamela Gorman, Straight Shooter...

...and candidate for Congress in Arizona's CD-3.

Why do we love her? Because she has driven the Left to distraction, Sarah Palin-style, with her recent campaign video - via
Legal Insurrection:

The candidate
has some fun with her critics:

Who would have known that this little volunteer project would have been what triggered the Left to take notice and really hate me with such vigor?!
There is so much they could have already hated me for that they overlooked. I'm almost offended!

They are going to be really surprised when they find out that the fun little video is nothing compared to what they are really going to get when I serve in Congress!

I have received the most amazing and almost artfully profane messages as a result of this video. It seems that it triggers the deep dark nasty places in people's imaginations. Wish I had time to do a study on why that is. But, I will suffice it to say that nearly all of the twisted dark comments have come from the left... go figure. :)

My question, of course: Do the Democrats hate Pam because she's a woman, or do they hate her because her affinity for light weaponry emasculates them?

Or do they hate her because they fear her, and think she can win?

The mere fact alone she has stirred such passion is good enough for me to stop by
her site on payday with a little something for the campaign...

Obama Administration: Better Dead People Than Dead Geese

Let's hope every airline pilot flying the skies around New York City has the guts, the calm, and the cool of Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger. Otherwise your next trip out of JFK could be your last.

Common sense has no place in the world of government bureaucracies:

A year and a half after Canada geese forced an airliner to splash down in the Hudson River, officials are rounding them up in almost every part of the city — but flocks are still free to take off around John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The wild birds were at the center of a government vs. government battle on Tuesday.
A National Park Service official told The Associated Press that, for now, his agency won't touch the hundreds of birds living in a refuge near Kennedy airport's runways.

"Our mission is to protect and preserve wildlife — that's a law — and it isn't a given that the removal of the geese is necessary to protect the flying public," said Dave Avrin, the official at the Park Service's Gateway National Recreation Area, which includes the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

Officials of other federal and local agencies want the Park Service to limit the goose population in the only U.S. wildlife refuge under its jurisdiction, but these efforts have failed.

"We can only go onto properties where we have permission," said Carol Bannerman, spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services, which this month renewed measures to cull New York flocks after last year's near-disaster.

" isn't a given that the removal of the geese is necessary to protect the flying public" ? Maybe, just like it's not a given that stopping Arabic men paying cash and carrying weapons from boarding an airplane is necessary to protect the flying public....

"We can only go onto properties where we have permission"? Welcome to Obamaland, where even the most common-sense request has to go through a myriad of layers of bureaucrats to get approved; with any one of which, having a bad day or an axe to grind, can deny with a quick government-issued rubber stamp.

But I'm sure none of this will happen once the government takes over the health care system. Right?

And what happens the next time a plane dives into the drink after choking on a flockful of fowl? Unlikely the passengers will be as lucky as they were on Sully's jet. But that's OK. The Obama administration knows exactly how to handle it: Blame the airliner, put "their boot on their neck", disavow any responsibility, and use the catastrophe as an excuse to raise taxes.

Let's call it - from the amazing inefficiency to the unbelievable stupidity - "The BP Model..."

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill: Timeline of an Obama Conspiracy

...because nobody could intentionally be this stupid. This callous to the suffering of others. This incompetent in the face of a crisis.

It has to be part of a bigger plan...doesn't it?

The video below, produced by Right Change, lays out a timeline of tomfoolery by the president, as he and his lackey spew as much bullsh*t as the busted BP well spews oil.

But alas, what Barack Obama and the technocrats who now run our nation fail to understand is that talking is not the same as doing. And words won't plug the damn well:

Oil Spill Timeline from RightChange on Vimeo.

It would be a relief at this point to find out that the BP Horizon Deepwater oil spill was actually a Barack Obama/Rahm Emanuel conspiracy to impose draconian new regulations on American businesses, impose cap and trade taxation on American citizens, and to force Americans off oil by destroying our ability to drill for it. Oh - and to destroy the economy of the Red States for good measure.

For the alternative explanation - a president so adrift at sea that he is psychologically unable to handle a national crisis, one that certainly falls into his pay grade, and one that might not be the worse we see in his term of office - is certainly the more terrifying possibility...

Help Anna Little Defeat Frank Pallone This Fall !

Anna Little, the wonderful & plucky Tea Party/Republican candidate in New Jersey's CD-6, is going to need a lot of help in her battle against entrenched Democrat and left-wing nut Frank Pallone, a reliable vote for whatever is on the Obama/Pelosi agenda, no matter what the consequences for his district.

Little has got smarts, energy, and a strong grassroots following on her side. Pallone has a cadre of union thugs, and $3.9 million.

Right Klik is running a poll, asking who is the most worthy of a "Ten Buck Friday" money bomb-type push. While all the candidates listed below are of good character and caliber, I think the wonderful Anna may have the steepest hill to climb. And even in a year when money has been less meaningful as far as dictating electoral outcome, Little needs at least some financial help to get her message out against the most well-funded Democratic incumbent in Congress. New Jersey has been leading the way in tossing off the chains of socialism imposed on us by the Democratic party; we need the rest of the nation's help in order to subdue our leftists foes.

Please click Anna's name in the poll below. As of now, she has a slim lead - let's push her over the top! Beneath that, some information on Ms. Little, should you need further convincing. And you can go on over to Right Klik at the link above and post this poll on your own blog, if you are so willing:

Anna is a wife, a mother of three children, and currently serves as Mayor of the Borough of Highlands, New Jersey. As Mayor, Anna has proven her ability to manage a fiscally responsible municipality by reducing the budget, and implementing an economic growth vision for her hometown.
From 2006-2008, Anna served as a Monmouth County Freeholder, bringing her vision of responsible government to the county by establishing the Continuous Budget Review Committee, and by hosting an Economic Development Summit...

When Joe Biden Attacks...

Via Gateway Pundit, video of Wisconsin custard store owner Scott "lower our taxes! Borkin, who refutes the media's narrative that Joe Biden's verbal assault upon him was simply a case of "joking around":

Hey pal, you're just a prop, OK? Your supposed to smile and make nice? If you disobey the script, well...see this little dog at your feet? He's going to growl and bark and nip and show you who's you'd better behave, and read your lines. Or else.

Funny/Ironic: Wisconsin - the whitest of white states, the bluest of blue states - is the first to feel the authoritarian boot of the Obama doctrine placed firmly upon its neck for....daring to exercise their First Amendment rights.

If this could happen in "Bluconsin", you shouldn't be surprised if you see tanks rolling into Arizona...and not for securing the border, either...

David Weigel Goes Home...

...and all he had to do was click his heels together three times and say....

Ex-WP blogger Weigel becomes MSNBC paid contributor
Keith Olbermann made the announcement on his show Monday. Dave Weigel says the contributor arrangement is "just a way to keep coming on as I get my next reporting gig." He tweets: "Still in talks for main job."

And as for the reputation of the mainstream media? Melting, melting. Oh what a world, what a world....

Monday, June 28, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill: Conspiracy or Stupidity?

I've written so many posts about the Gulf/BP oil spill being a government conspiracy that I don't even have the time or energy to list them/link them; just type in the phrase in the search box on the blog and all of them will come up. Basically I posited (and presented admittedly shaky evidence) that Rahm Emanuel, using his contacts at BP, planned the explosion/spill - with Obama's knowledge and approval - as a way to create the crisis that would allow the Democrats to pass cap & trade legislation without the hostility that permeated their takeover of the health care industry.

But two stories have come out that have made me doubt my own conspiratorial writings. First, the extent of the spill, which now threatens to travel up the Mighty Mississippi:

This headline, 68 days after the spill began, is pretty appalling: No skimmers in sight as oil floods into Mississippi waters. The Biloxi Sun Herald shares the bad news: “A morning flight over the Mississippi Sound showed long, wide ribbons of orange-colored oil for as far as the eye could see and acres of both heavy and light sheen moving into the Sound between the barrier islands. What was missing was any sign of skimming operations from Horn Island to Pass Christian....

And why was there no skimming? From the link above:

“Admiral Allen was asked about the lack of skimmers by Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald. His response? ‘The discussions we are having with the Navy and other folks right now is the availability of skimmers that are on standby because they might be needed for a spill someplace else and how we might go about assessing the availability of those resources. ...that’s a work in progress inside the administration right now.’

So out of 2,0000 available skimmers, we have about 1% of them on the job, while the remainder are moored to the bulkhead of bureaucratic inefficiency. While the Gulf Coast dies, economically and environmentally, in D.C. they are still looking at what forms to fill out to requisition additional skimmers. That's the Obama administration for you, working night and day, "not resting" until...all proper forms are filled out in triplicate and approved.

But it gets worse - via Glenn Reynolds:

Some are attuned to the possibility of looming catastrophe and know how to head it off. Others are unprepared for risk and even unable to get their priorities straight when risk turns to reality...

Three days after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico began on April 20, the Netherlands offered the U.S. government ships equipped to handle a major spill, one much larger than the BP spill that then appeared to be underway....

To protect against the possibility that its equipment wouldn’t capture all the oil gushing from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, the Dutch also offered to prepare for the U.S. a contingency plan to protect Louisiana’s marshlands with sand barriers. One Dutch research institute specializing in deltas, coastal areas and rivers, in fact, developed a strategy to begin building 60-mile-long sand dikes within three weeks. . . .

Ironically, the superior European technology runs afoul of U.S. environmental rules. The voracious Dutch vessels, for example, continuously suck up vast quantities of oily water, extract most of the oil and then spit overboard vast quantities of nearly oil-free water. Nearly oil-free isn’t good enough for the U.S. regulators, who have a standard of 15 parts per million — if water isn’t at least 99.9985% pure, it may not be returned to the Gulf of Mexico. . . .

The Americans, overwhelmed by the catastrophic consequences of the BP spill, finally relented and took the Dutch up on their offer — but only partly. Because the U.S. didn’t want Dutch ships working the Gulf, the U.S. airlifted the Dutch equipment to the Gulf and then retrofitted it to U.S. vessels. And rather than have experienced Dutch crews immediately operate the oil-skimming equipment, to appease labour unions the U.S. postponed the clean-up operation to allow U.S. crews to be trained.

A catastrophe that could have been averted is now playing out....

And thus my doubts about the myriad of conspiracy theories that are out there (many of which are mine). Once Obama had made his case for cap and trade, wouldn't a speedy cleanup have proven his ability to be the "master of the crisis"? If it were a conspiracy, and closely planned out, would it not have made most sense for Obama to rescue us (with Dutch help) at the brink of disaster, and them warn a shaken America that without "cap and trade", he might not be able to save us next time?

Maybe I've mistaken stupidity for genius (like most Obama voters, and members of the media, I reckon). Maybe Obama and Slow Joe "Smartass" Biden really don't have a clue, and have delegated the entire cleanup to understudies, who - out of fear of losing their own jobs, or out of ideological allegiance with labor unions, environmentalists, socialists, and bureaucrats - are allowing the Gulf to be poisoned rather than push the paperwork aside and actually act.

And perhaps that's the problem with electing and appointing technocrats. They are great at policy discussions and position papers, but most of them have never actually, you know...done anything. In their entire frickin' lives.

Can you imagine how a President/Vice-President Palin would have handled this? One highly doubts we would be still be waiting for form 1713A to be filled out and approved with three signatures before a skimmer could be released....not that we would have need it. One glare from Sarah and the oil would have retreated back into the bowels of the Earth...

So if this was a conspiracy, it was a poorly planned one. But that would be par for the course (excuse the pun) for just about everything this administration has touched so far.

And if it is just incompetence mixed with stupidity and a little bit of nastiness, well, we're in a lot more trouble than we currently realize.

But maybe Obama just is not as bright as advertised. And maybe he simply got a "Dutch fleet" confused with a "Dutch rudder"....
(warning: link may not be safe for work!)

Klansman and Democratic Senator Robert Byrd Goes To The Great Cross-Burning In The Sky...

...and why shouldn't that be the lead? Shoot, if every story about the nomination of black Republican Tim Scott starts off by calling it a "break with South Carolina's racist past", I'm not going to let the hateful history of Robert Byrd be relegated to the final paragraph of the story, the way virtually every MSM outlet is doing.

Sad, thoughtful, reverent - that's the best way to describe the coverage that Robert Byrd's death is getting this morning. Much like the lionization of Ted Kennedy, where the media whitewashed his alcohol abuse, his womanizing, and most of all, his responsibility for the death of young Mary Jo Kopechne.

So since the media won't speak ill of this nasty Democratic racist, I will. And by "speaking ill", I mean simply telling the truth about him. Actually, I'll let Michelle Malkin do it:

This ex-Klansman wasn’t just a passive member of the nation’s most notorious hate group. According to news accounts and biographical information, Sen. Byrd was a “Kleagle” — an official recruiter who signed up members for $10 a head. He said he joined because it “offered excitement” and because the Klan was an “effective force” in “promoting traditional American values.” Nothing like the thrill of gathering ’round a midnight bonfire, roasting s’mores, tying nooses, and promoting white supremacy with a bunch of your hooded friends.

The ex-Klansman allegedly ended his ties with the group in 1943. He may have stopped paying dues, but he continued to pay homage to the KKK. Republicans in West Virginia discovered a letter Sen. Byrd had written to the Imperial Wizard of the KKK three years after he says he abandoned the group. He wrote: “The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia” and “in every state in the Union.”

The ex-Klansman later filibustered the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act — supported by a majority of those “mean-spirited” Republicans — for more than 14 hours. He also opposed the nominations of the Supreme Court’s two black justices, liberal Thurgood Marshall and conservative Clarence Thomas.

The ex-Klansman vowed never to fight “with a Negro by my side. Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”

And this is who the media, and the Democratic party will pay homage to over the next few days. Remember this, when they are calling you a racist for opposing Barack Obama's socialist policies. Their accusation of "hatred" is one of the most potent weapons in their twisted arsenal, for again to quote Michelle, "Democrats can join hate groups and utter the ugliest racial slurs and get away with it because they are Democrats."

But we can disarm them, reduce the potency of this weapon, and turn the muzzle back upon the Democrats, simply by calling them out, and pointing to the racial hatred that they embrace when - in the from of a once-powerful, now-dead Senator - it is useful to them.

Just as I am calling out Klansman Robert Byrd for his years of active violence against blacks, and the Democratic party, who are about to celebrate it. May you rot in hell together, you racist bastards.

Did Bill Clinton Cause Team USA Soccer's Defeat?

...because he's now just a celebrity hound; A-list to Democrats and One-Worlders, C-list to just about everybody else.

But like
Lady Gaga at a Met game, or Madonna watching her (A) Rod, the "hey look at me! I'm more important than the game! Me! Over here!" -type celebrity usually seems to do more harm than good for the team they are "rooting" for. And thus, Bill Clinton may have just done irreparable harm to the US soccer team - and the possible future of the sport in America - because he had to make it about him.

....I heard one name mentioned a few times, with worry: Bill Clinton.

....he was in the team’s locker room after the last game, drinking a beer with the boys...

...could being sudden homegrown heroes have been a distraction? I heard the alarm sounded on Morning Joe yesterday morning, by ESPN’s Roger Bennett, who fretted that the sudden attention and things like “Bill Clinton in the lockah room” could pull focus (Rogah is very British). He reiterated that point last night on Charlie Rose, talking about the World Cup with ESPN soccer commentator Tommy Smyth and Sports Illustrated’s Jen Chang.
Both times he noted that what had gotten the team this far had been focus and unity, and getting distracted by newly famous friends, media attention and the glamorous and lucrative world of endorsement and book deals would only be derailing for that work ethic.

Hey, when has it ever been about "work ethic" to liberals? It's about being famous, not how you got that way, and posing for a picture with the flavor of the moment (no offense to Team USA captain Carlos Bocanegra).
...So Team USA loses. Big deal. They'll always be another hot A-lister who will pose with me and burnish my bona fides as a true member of the "club". And somebody tell Carlos that I feel his pain, OK?

And the Clinton visit and the Obama call speak to each's hypocrisy as well - both have long argued that we are too proud, to boastful, to strong of a nation to peacefully co-exist with the world. A Team USA World Cup win would take away the only thing the rest of the world can say it is better than us at, and would likely cause more anti-Americanism than already exists. Based on their philosophy, Team USA should play gallantly but still lose willingly, bow out gracefully and admire our soccer betters openly (the same way each thinks we should fight terrorism). So what the hell are these two guys doing tying themselves to a team whose ultimate victory would be the antithesis of their dream of a world with America as a second-rate power?

Bunch of front runners. And trust me, this is how it's gonna end:

The only thing that’ll be cruel is if the Bill Clintons, the Obamas, the media and the legions of new fans suddenly fall away, distracted by the next shiny object that bounces by...

And of course they will.

They're politicians.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

WaPo's "House Catholic" Calls For Denial of Communion in Arizona

...well, not for all Arizona residents, of course. Only for those state officials who actually obey and enforce the law. For openers, anyway...

Anthony Stevens-Arroyo, who writes a column entitled "On Faith" for the Washington Post, is as much a true interpreter of the Christian teachings as David Weigel was a true "insider" of the conservative movement. Via
Red Blooded American Boy, we get his latest pronouncement of idiocy:

“In the face of hideous injustice, words are not enough. Will any of today’s bishops deny communion to Catholic officials who vote for this bill and its spawn of imitators in other states? Has censure been voiced against the local sheriff Joe Arpaio (a Catholic) who has led raids on Latinos?”

Interesting stand, considering the leftist Catholic "scholar" has
in the past written that he believes bishops shouldn't’t deny Communion to pro-abortion politicians…

Who else should be denied communion, I wonder? Congressional budget hawks who refuse to fund social welfare programs, and the tea-partiers who support them? Oil company employees? Health insurers? Registered Republicans?

Arroyo is a joke, and I thought this story was when it first came out. But with the David Weigel debacle still unfolding, one starts to wonder who else within the Washington Post has been given a beat not based on a deep understanding of the subject at hand, but based on ideological axes that the paper needs to grind. Hire a hateful liberal to cover conservatives, hire a leftist "scholar" to report on "faith". Is it any surprise both of these columnists show such a visceral disdain and disgust for those whom they are supposed to cover? And in Stevens-Arroyo's case, a complete misunderstanding about the role of the Church in public life?

Arroyo's argument is too dumb to be dissected here. It's just the comparison that is interesting - Weigel wanted conservatives (Drudge) to burn and die, Arroyo wants conservatives to be essentially excommunicated from their faith - a spiritual death, as it were.

Much like the one that the Washington Post is writhing though right now. Even for me, it is a bit hard to watch...

Saturday, June 26, 2010

A "Crap Czar"? Man, would he be busy!

Sounds crazy, I know, and Dick Durbin is crazy, I know (well, more stupid than crazy, but still), but maybe a "crap czar" wouldn't be all that bad. Because there are truckloads of crap in Washington DC, and maybe we do need some oversight in getting it all carted out:

Durbin asks Obama to appoint carp czar

As concerns mount about the presence of Asian carp near Lake Michigan, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin today urged President Obama to appoint a carp czar to oversee efforts to keep the invasive species out of the Great Lakes.

"We need to have one person who coordinates the efforts of the federal, state and local agencies that are doing everything they can to keep the Asian carp out of Lake Michigan," Durbin said during a news conference at the Shedd Aquarium. "We believe it's absolutely essential."

Durbin said he plans to introduce a bill next week that will ask the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to look at "hydrologic separation" between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River, a potentially massive engineering feat that would require severing the 100-year-old, man-made shipping corridors that now link the two waterways. mistake. Sorry. How embarrassing. He wants a CARP Czar, not a CRAP Czar! Understandable mistake - really, is there any difference between Durbin's proposal and mine?

Well, if there were a "crap czar", hopefully the first thing he would take aim at is a certain dull-witted Senator's request for a "massive engineering feat" that would require "massive taxpayer funding" in order to prevent a few crappy carp from apparently walking from one lake to the next.

Maybe a few dedicated fishermen could get the job done instead?

Oh Crap Czar, where are you?

Verizon Charges Dead Soldier's Widow A "Termination Fee"

So if you reached that moment in your life where it has come time to change/re-look at cell phone service providers, please consider how Verizon treats the families of American heroes who perish while fighting for our (and their ) safety overseas:

Verizon: Die Fighting In Afghanistan, Pay $350 Early Termination Fee

After a woman's husband died in Afghanistan, a marine felled by an IED, she moved back to her home town to be closer to her family and grieve. In the smaller town, she couldn't get any reception from Verizon, so she called them up to cancel. Despite being a widow and Verizon not living up to its contractual obligations to provide actual cellphone coverage, they slapped her with a $350 early termination fee.

Just something to keep in mind. I've always been a big supporter of unfettered capitalism, but maybe Obama should take over the cellphone business - after all, he possesses about 90% of what was previously known as the "private sector" of the economy,and he's done such a good job with it so far...

After all, we know government bureaucrats would never make a mistake like this...right?

More here.

Update: File this under karmic justice (or further evidence of Verizon's supidity):

Mr. Seidenberg, officially Verizon's CEO, moonlights as chairman of the influential Business Roundtable, the "association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies." That would be the same Business Roundtable that woke up this past month to discover the White House has been playing it for a patsy. It turns out that actively supporting a pro-tax, pro-regulation Democratic majority on issues like health care doesn't really get you anything save more taxes and more regulation.

This has clearly come as a shock to the Business Roundtable....

Friday, June 25, 2010

David Weigel, Journo-Dicks, And Zoo Animals

So the Washington Post hires a guy - David Weigel - to "cover" the "conservative movement". The fact that the editors felt such a column needed to exist speaks quite clearly to the fact that there are no conservatives inside the newsroom - after all, if you could see a somewhat rare, occasionally interesting, but overall dull and violent animal on a daily basis, you wouldn't feel it necessary to have it studied and reported on.

But the editors obviously do not understand the conservative mind, and believe that most of their readership did not either. To be fair, they felt us at least worthy of examination, and like an exotic animal caged in a zoo, they decided to observe us.

But with the interest level (both inside the newsroom and in their perception, outside) in the conservative movement so low, they decided that mediocre talent was all that was necessary. So, with little investigation, effort, or thought, they hired a fellow named David Weigel to cover the the conservative movement "from the inside".

But the question that now begs to be asked is: Did the folks that hired Weigel realize that he was a raging, white-hot, hate-filled liberal, and thus put him on this beat to discredit the Republican animal? Or, like most of their reporting and editorializing, did they act without doing even the smallest bit of research?

Here is Weigel, apologizing for being an asshole - he starts out with a confession:

I'm a member of an off-the-record list-serv called "Journolist," founded by my colleague Ezra Klein.

What is Journolist? Glad you asked:

A secret society of Republican-hating journalists, who happen to control most of the mainstream media outlets in America today. They exist in an echo chamber, hearing their prejudices ratified by like-thinking contemporaries, and then presume to speak for the majority of Americans.

From an insider at Journolist:

"There is probably general agreement on the stupidity of today’s GOP”...

Which is why Weigel made, and is now apologizing for (but refusing to retract most of) these comments:

"This would be a vastly better world to live in if Matt Drudge decided to handle his emotional problems more responsibly, and set himself on fire."

"I'd politely encourage everyone to think twice about rewarding the Examiner with any traffic or links for a while. I know the temptation is high to follow up hot hot Byron York scoops, but please resist it."

"It's all very amusing to me. Two hundred screaming Ron Paul fanatics couldn't get their man into the Fox News New Hampshire GOP debate, but Fox News is pumping around the clock to get Paultard Tea Party people on TV."

And this is the man the WaPo gave the job of reporting on the conservative movement. So what it is? Did Weigel lie to his bosses to get the job? Did the Washington Post want to discredit the Right, and thus put a plant in their paper? Or, in the perception of the editorial staff of the WaPo, is Weigel's reporting - if you call wishing death on Drudge "reporting" - an accurate read on the Right?

Let's just say this is why the mainstream media is going belly-up faster than the fish who swallowed the hook. Let's also point out this is why conservatives needed to create their own media outlets - the Rush Limbaughs, for example - to get an unfiltered message out.

And let us say this is the last time we'll ever link to Weigel. In his own parlance, I am thinking twice about rewarding this douchebag with any traffic....

UPDATE: Ann Althouse points out is Weigel who has set himself on fire. Ah, sweet karma....

UPDATE II: No need to worry about links, as Douchebag David Weigel has resigned. Still doesn't address the big problem of how to cover that freakish breed of American known as the "conservative"...

UPDATE III: Over at the Campaign Spot, some thoughts on Weigel, and Journo-List

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Obama Underwater in California

Wow. That's like the state of Massachusetts electing a Republican to fill Ted Kennedy's seat in the Senate! I mean really now, what are the chances of...

Oh. Right.

How far has Barack Obama’s star fallen? KPIX reports on a new Survey USA poll in California, where Barack Obama beat John McCain by over 20 points and which anchors the liberal Left Coast. Since winning 61% of the vote in November 2008, California voters have cooled considerably on Hope and Change, with Obama dropping to a 46/49 approval rating.

How will this affect Barbara Boxer's re-election campaign? Or the campaign of unrepentant liberal Jerry Brown to re-take the governor's mansions?

Whatever happens, remember: All politics are local, and what happened in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Virginia have nothing to do with the president. All good people know that the problems confronting this nation are all the result of George W. Bush's presidency, and will continue to be so until 2013. And maybe further.

Sowhen Obama's people get their asses kicked in November? Blame Bush....

Gulf Oil Spill: Apocalypse Now? And Will Tampa Bay Be Evacuated?

Look, we all know that the BP Deepwater oil rig explosion was no accident; it was a clever plot - nay, a conspiracy - by Barack Obama & Rahm Emanuel to walk back drilling proposals that enraged the left, destroy America's domestic oil industry, wreak havoc on "red" states, and force the nation to accept a "cap and trade" economy, one which would starve the people but empower and enrich the government.

But like all big plotters with small minds, they didn't quite realize that the consequences of what they supposed would be a quick one-off event could reverberate throughout the globe. And based on what's being said out there, we might be seeing a cataclysmic event unprecedented in human history (although, according to some, predicted in the Book of Revelations).

One theory that's out there: The "well bore" is cracked at the core, and oil is seeping up, sideways, and downways, into the floor of the Gulf. Proof: The fail of "top kill":

The actual "kill" can only take hours by nature because it must happen fairly rapidly. It also increases strain on the "behind" portion and in this instance we all know that what remained was fragile at best.

We later learned the pumping was shut down at midnight, we weren't told about that until almost 16 hours later, but by then...I'm sure BP had learned the worst. The mud they were pumping in was not only leaking out the "behind" was leaking out of someplace forward...and since they were not even near being able to pump mud into the deposit itself, because the well would be dead long before...and the oil was still coming up, there could only be one conclusion...the wells casings were ruptured and it was leaking "down hole"

"Despite successfully pumping a total of over 30,000 barrels of heavy mud, in three attempts at rates of up to80 barrels a minute, and deploying a wide range of different bridging materials, the operation did not overcome the flow from the well."

What does this mean?
It means they will never cap the gusher after the wellhead...They have shifted from stopping or restricting the gusher to opening it up and catching it. This only makes sense if they want to relieve pressure at the leak hidden down below the seabed.....and that sort of leak is one of the most dangerous and potentially damaging kind of leak there could be.

All of these things lead to only one place, a fully wide open well bore directly to the oil deposit...after that, it goes into the realm of "the worst things you can think of" The well may come completely apart as the inner liners fail. ...all the worst things you can think of are a possibility, but the very least damaging outcome as bad as it is, is that we are stuck with a wide open gusher blowing out 150,000 barrels a day of raw oil or more. There isn't any "cap dome" or any other suck fixer device on earth that exists or could be built that will stop it from gushing out and doing more and more damage to the gulf.

It's a race now...a race to drill the relief wells and take our last chance at killing this monster before the whole weakened, wore out, blown out, leaking and failing system gives up it's last gasp in a horrific crescendo.

Does the government know this? Oh, you betcha. That's why they already have a plan in place to evacuate Tampa Bay:

As FEMA and other government agencies prepare for what is now being called the worst oil spill disaster in history, plans to evacuate the Tampa Bay area are in place.

The plans would be announced in the event of a controlled burn of surface oil in the Gulf of Mexico, or if wind or other conditions are expected to take toxic fumes through Tampa Bay.

Would be nice if the government filled us in on this. But I guess they have a lot of other things to worry about - say, criminal indictments and all that.

Fortunately, the president is off golfing. Important to keep his head clear. More important then telling the residents of Tampa Bay that they aer about to be engulfed in a toxic nightmare...

If Barack Likes It...We Hate It !

And when I say "we", I'm not referring to us right-wing tea-partying racists in the blogosphere. I'm talking about "we", as the We the American people.

How else can you explain
this little piece of polling:

Forty-two percent (42%) of U.S. voters now believe Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan should not be confirmed following the Senate hearings scheduled to begin next week. That's up nine points from the week President Obama announced her nomination and the highest level of opposition to date...

It's not as if any bombshell revelations have come out. It seems more likely that Kagan's numbers are tracking with the president's, which are plummeting from heights unseen since Icarus took his mighty fall.

Folks don't believe Obama. They do not approve of his radical agenda. And the more that they see of his self-absorbed snippiness, they less they like him personally.

Why would they want to allow him to install a judge who reflects his unorthodox, un-American views; a judge whose rulings will affect the American people for a generation or better?

What can Obama say to defend her, to separate her from him? "Some people say we cannot appoint a white, Jewish, left-wing academic to a lifetime post on the Supreme Court. And I say yes we can!" I still think, that despite national approval for Congressional blockage of a judicial appointment based on ideology, that the Republicans will not filibuster this pick. The heat - from the media, from woman's groups, from the old "polite" guard - will be too much. Save a scandal, she is in.

But if you ever needed more reason to doubt her, Robert Bork will give it to you:

Former federal judge Robert Bork said Wednesday that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s admiration of Israeli supreme court judge Aharon Barak, a Harvard graduate widely regarded as a quintessential activist judge, is "disqualifying in and of itself."

"...Ms. Kagan has not had time to develop a mature philosophy of judging, and I think that I would say that her admiration for Aharon a prime example of that."

Sounds like a certain inexperienced chief executive that we know. And how has putting a person with a maturity deficit into high office worked out for us so far? Yeah, exactly...

Regardless - it appears as if the voters are turning hard on Obama, and if he says "black", the nation together screams, "No! White!" (no racial puns intended there).

Unless he can keep a suicidal Democratic party marching in goose-step with his agenda, it appears as if a whole lot of gridlock is on the horizon. Until November 2010, at least...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Maureen Dowd Slams Military, Fails To See Irony...

Maureen Dowd, having finally found an excuse to let loose her long-held hatred of the media, goes buck-wild in the pages of the New York Times today, invective flowing like the surging waters behind a long-held dam:

Military guys are rarely as smart as they think they are, and they’ve never gotten over the fact that civilians run the military.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his hard-bitten, smart-aleck aides nuked the president, vice president and other top advisers as wimps, losers and clowns in a Rolling Stone profile meant to polish the general’s image.

It was a product of the warrior-god culture, four-star generals with their own public-relations teams, that came from Gen. David Petraeus. And the towel-snapping was intensified by the fact that McChrystal used to be a tough special-ops, under-cover-of-the-night, rules-don’t-apply-to-us military guy.

Well, let us say at the very least, military guys are smart in the field of their choosing, the military. On outside matters - such as PR - maybe not as much. But one can say for sure that opinion columnists - such as the bitter Grey lady herself, Ms. Dowd - are never as smart as they think they are. But unlike military commanders, who get cashiered after an error in judgement, op-idiots like Dowd are allowed to keep on rolling. Maureen's column on Tuesday was shown to be full of factual errors and misstatements? That's OK, let's see what see comes out with on Thursday!

To wit, I would like to turn one of Dowd's statements back upon her:

McChrystal’s defenders at the Pentagon were making the case Tuesday that the president and his men — (the McChrystal snipers spared Hillary) — must put aside their hurt feelings about being painted as weak sisters. Obama should not fire the serially insubordinate general, they reasoned, because that would undermine the mission in Afghanistan, and if that happens, then Obama would be further weakened.

So the commander in chief can be bad-mouthed as weak by the military but then he can’t punish the military because that would make him weak? It’s the same sort of pass-the-Advil vicious circle reasoning the military always uses.

Vicious circle, Moesy? How about this one: " If we get attacked by terrorists who perceive us as weak we can not fight back, for it will only make them stronger via publicity and recruitment. Additionally, any changes in our national security - no-fly lists or tougher immigration laws - are admissions that the terrorists have in fact won, so we cannot implement them either. And if, through our lack of improved security, they attack again, we can not fight back because that will only make them stronger via publicity and recruitment...."

Heard that one before? Only out of the mouth of every anti-military, pro-terrorist liberal with a platform...

Pass the Advil, Maureen. You may perceive that the argument to keep McChrystal is a vicious circle, but that's only because your long-held liberal hatred of the military makes it hard to wrap your head around the concept of putting aside personal grievances - which is all you seem to have in life, by the way - in order to get the job done. And incidentally, it is your agreement with the "let's just lay down and take it" faction of foreign policy (as demonstrated above) that generates your venomous reaction to being in Afghanistan in the first place.


You think retaining McChrystal is a "vicious circle", Maureen ? Try explaining your own approach to foreign policy, without getting stuck in the same logical roundabout that liberal reasoning always finds itself in...

UPDATE: Dowd gets her wish as McChrystal is sacked by Barack Obama and replaced with Gen. David Petraeus . Funny, when General Petraeus was serving under a Republican Commander in Chief, he was known as "General Betray-us". Funny how things change oh-so-quickly...

Of course, should Afghanistan crash and burn, Maureen will still keep her job. For some, there is never a price to pay for ignorance and stupidity....

Gulf Oil Spill: Judge Martin Feldman Queers The Deal

Oh, and it was all going so well for Barack Obama and company - blow up the Deepwater Horizon rig (with BP's help), walk back previous comments about possibly expanding future offshore drilling, shut down all current offshore drilling, impose a cap and trade regime upon all Americans, and just watch the money roll in - enough money to fund the administration's current call to Socialism and line everyone's pockets in the process.

Gee, it almost sounds like blowing up the BP rig was an Obama-contrived conspiracy....

But all it took was one unbought judge to throw a wrench into the works, and to throw some light on what is actually going on here:

A federal judge struck down the Obama administration's six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico as rash and heavy-handed Tuesday, saying the government simply assumed that because one rig exploded, the others pose an imminent danger, too.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan ....sided with the plaintiffs.

"If some drilling equipment parts are flawed, is it rational to say all are?" he asked. "Are all airplanes a danger because one was? All oil tankers like Exxon Valdez? All trains? All mines? That sort of thinking seems heavy-handed, and rather overbearing."

He also warned that the shutdown would have an "immeasurable effect" on the industry, the local economy and the U.S. energy supply.

Would Obama ground all airline flights for six months after one jetliner crashed? Well, actually, bad example - maybe he would. I like the part about the administration's thinking being "heavy handed, and rather overbearing" - it pretty much sits as a great description of everything the Democrats has proposed/imposed since taking complete power.

But see that "..." in the quote from the AP article above? Let's fill in that blank:

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan and has owned stock in a number of petroleum-related companies, sided with the plaintiffs.

A-ha! And the media, ever complicit with the Obama administration, goes on the attack:

Feldman's financial disclosure report for 2008, the most recent available, shows holdings in at least eight petroleum companies or funds that invest in them, including Transocean Ltd., which owned the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig that blew up. The report shows that most of his holdings were valued at less than $15,000; it did not provide specific amounts.

It was not clear whether Feldman still has any of the energy industry stocks. Recent court filings indicate he may no longer have Transocean stock. The 2008 report showed that he did not own any individual shares in big companies such as BP, which leased the rig that exploded, or ExxonMobil.

So we don't know if Feldman currently owns stock, even the AP admits only that he has owned it in the past (which, by media standards, is apparently enough to define a conservative-appointed judge as "compromised"). And one could hardly imagine that the good jurist would sacrifice his reputation, and a judgeship held for over a quarter-century, for a holding valued at less than $15K (only a Democrat, seeing pure evil in all who do not agree with their views, could stretch their imagination that far). And I would be curious to know in what form these holdings are as well -in a pension plan or 401(k), perhaps? Shoot, I would bet 99% of all Americans invested in mutual funds do not know every single holding that constitutes their portfolio.

But with the audacious cutoff of domestic energy supplies exposed as a ruse, the media and the Democratic party are clutching at whatever straws they can find in order to keep this crisis afloat until the end-game of this audacious conspiracy are realized. Interior Secretary/Lying Sc*mbag Ken Salazar goes back to work this morning to create a new drilling moratorium that he hopes will pass some kind of legal muster, while the federal government once again forces the state of Louisiana to stop building sand berms, under the guise of safety and further environmental concerns (and where have we heard that before?).

The hysteria can't be allowed to fizzle before the aims of the conspirators come to fruition. So expect more illegal shutdowns, work slowdowns, and cries of woe is us, at least until cap and trade is passed. Because to "spill" all this political capital, and not even gain any ideological markers for it, would be the ultimate waste of a crisis....

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

VAT's Gotta Hurt!

An interesting story from once-Great Britain today illuminates America's future like a pair of hi-beam headlights on a dark, desolate country road:

British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne increased the value-added tax rate to 20 percent from 17.5 percent in the first permanent change to the levy on sales of goods and services in almost two decades.

“The years of debt and spending make this unavoidable,” Osborne told Parliament in London in his emergency budget today as he announced a package of spending cuts and tax increases to cut the U.K.’s record deficit..."That is 13 billion pounds we don’t have to find from extra spending cuts...."

Because God forbid additional spending cuts should be enacted...

Related (to us, anyway):

White House budget director
Peter Orszag plans to leave government in July, becoming the first member of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet to depart, administration officials said Monday.... Orszag has two signature accomplishments: the stimulus bill andhealth reform, which he advocated from the beginning of the administration.

More on Orszag:

Orzag gave a big-spending White House some credibility with budget hawks, thanks to his CBO background...This credibility gave Orzag the ability to argue (with a straight face) that spending more now could save money over the long run.

And now that he's be revealed as a first-class bullsh*tter, he's running out of town. Bravery, Obama-style, I suppose. But VAT will be the result for the average American?
Steny Hoyer drops some clues to the curious:

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that tax increases will eventually be necessary to address the nation's mounting debt, raising a difficult election-year issue as Democrats fight retain control of Congress.

In the shorter term, Hoyer raised the possibility that
Congress will only temporarily extend middle-class tax cuts
set to expire at the end of the year. He pointedly suggested that making them permanent would be too costly.

Because God forbid additional spending cuts should be enacted...

So VAT's gonna happen? I can't wait to hear what Orszag's replacement suggests, but methinks he will be of a like mind to Mr. Hoyer, and the aforementioned Chancellor of the Exchequer...

...and yet another truth comes out about Obamacare...

...more of a revelation, all in one simple AP headline:

AP sources: Obama to announce new health benefits

Not "Insurance companies announce...", but "Obama to announce...".

What's it called when the political leadership takes control of private corporations?

Oh, yeah.


How's this gonna work out for us?

See "Oil Spill, Gulf Coast"....

UPDATE: AP has revised headline to read "White House releases 'patients' bill of rights"

Phew. Close one. They almost let it slip out. Meanwhile, I gotta start taking screenshots...

UPDATE II: From the New York Times:

President Obama, whose vilification of insurers helped push a landmark health care overhaul through Congress, plans to sternly warn industry executives at a White House meeting on Tuesday against imposing hefty rate increases in anticipation of tightening regulation under the new law, administration officials said Monday.

“Our message to them is to work with this law, not against it; don’t try and take advantage of it or we will work with state authorities and gather the authority we have to stop rate gouging,” David Axelrod, Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, said in an interview...

Of course, the law as written gives the White House no powers in addressing insurance premiums. But when has that ever stopped a socialist before?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis: Proudly Working For Illegals

Shoot, how confident is the Obama administration in it's "I am the law" philosophy? Check out his Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis, promising illegal aliens that their "undocumented" status will not prevent the United States government from helping them get any due wages. All information will be kept confidential, swears (Broom) Hilda:

Not seeing anything about where she might be asking these folks to pay any income taxes on their ill-gotten salaries, either. No, that might be discrimination of some sort or another, and might get the Mexican president in a dither - after all, his countrymen need every cent of the salaries.

The selfish middle-class law abiding American taxpayer, however, had better fork over every dime they owe or there is a prison cell with their name on it.

But no jail cells for illegal aliens. They get help from the government. Law-abiding citizens, on the other hand, get terrorized.

Welcome to ObamaLand.


The Department of Labor exists - to make sure undocumented workers are paid fairly....

Gulf Oil Spill "Commission": Obama's Panel of Fools

When even the AP can't help but run blaring headlines decrying the politicalization of the Gulf oil spill, you know we've gone from the spin zone to the danger zone, at least as far as our nation's future is concerned.

This is pretty egregious, though, even by Obama's minimal standards:

Obama spill panel big on policy, not engineering

The panel appointed by President Barack Obama to investigate the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is short on technical expertise but long on talking publicly about "America's addiction to oil." One member has blogged about it regularly.

Only one of the seven commissioners, the dean of Harvard's engineering and applied sciences school, has a prominent engineering background — but it's in optics and physics.

The AP provides some background on this ideologically twisted, intellectually bereft, Obama-appointed panel:

Environmental activist Frances Beinecke on May 27 blogged: "We can blame BP for the disaster and we should. We can blame lack of adequate government oversight for the disaster and we should. But in the end, we also must place the blame where it originated: America's addiction to oil." And on June 3, May 27, May 22, May 18, May 4, she called for bans on drilling offshore and the Arctic.

Co-chairman Bob Graham, a Democrat who was Florida governor and later a senator, led efforts to prevent drilling off his state's coast. Commissioner Donald Boesch of the University of Maryland wrote in a Washington Post blog that the federal government had planned to allow oil drilling off the Virginia coast and "that probably will and should be delayed."

So we have a group of dunces, dullards, and dotards selected for their previous propensity for prejudice against oil companies and support for turning the oil pumps off and switching America to new fuel sources that...haven't been invented or perfected yet. Doesn't matter, though, the massive tax hikes that will be put in place via a "cap and trade" economy will subsidize development and usage of these marginal technologies. Until the economy collapses, that is. Which should be about fifteen minutes after such legislation takes effect.

But don't worry! The White House hears your concern about the obvious ignorance of the panelists in the field in which they will be recommending government action, and assures us they will be brought up to speed:

The oil spill commission will not be at a loss for technical help, White House spokesman Ben LaBolt said.

For one, he said the panel will draw on a technical analysis that the National Association of Engineering is performing. Also, members will "consult the best minds and subject matter experts in the Gulf, in the private sector, in think tanks and in the federal government as they conduct their research."

Why aren't these "best minds" on the Gulf oil spill commission panel? Maybe because the truth (and science) has no place in any of Obama's policy initiatives? And, pray tell, which "think tanks" will these yahoos be consulting with? One guesses it won't be the Heritage Foundation or the Club for Growth...but I'll bet the Sierra Club has a seat at the table.

But there is one statement made by these asshats that I am completely, 100% on board with, as any reader of this blog will know:

"Even as questions persist, there is one thing I know for certain: the Gulf oil spill isn't just an accident..."

Yup. It was an Obama-directed conspiracy, ushered along in order to create this very panel and the recommendations it will endorse...

Saturday, June 19, 2010

A Marine's Vigil

Video from "Rolling Thunder 2010" - a lone Marine stands vigil for three hours, in full dress, at attention, as a procession of bikers from across this great nation travels through Washington, D.C. to honor our war dead on Memorial Day.