Saturday, March 31, 2012

Nikki Haley, The IRS Hack Attack, & Rape

South Carolina governor Nikki Haley wants to know why she is having to defend herself against utterly baseless accusations that she is about to be investigated by the IRS:

There is nothing, nothing, you can call any federal department of justice, everybody said there is nothing there. There is nothing there. What is sad in our country, what’s really sad in politics, is that a blogger can throw something out with no proof, no truth, no accuracy, total lies and that the media picks it up. It’s a very, very sad thing....And I will tell you every time this happens, I will call them out on it. How sad is that? That someone can go and make up everything you just said and absolutely none of it, none of it be true. It’s a terrible thing.”

Asked again whether there was any truth to the allegations, Haley shot back, “No, none! Absolute lies. I have never received any sort of letter, there is no investigation, there is nothing going on, it can all be verified by any agency you talk to. Absolutely not. What I can verify is these are the things I and Sarah Palin talked about– it will never stop. It will never stop.

...Governor Haley is no stranger to controversy. In her race for governor in 2009, she battled against two claims that she had been unfaithful to her husband. Those allegations were also never proven to be true.

So why, given that story had no proof, no truth, no accuracy, and was total lies, did the media run with it?

First: Because she is a Republican.

Compare the treatment Nikki Haley just got to that afforded to John Edwards - when non-mainstream publications had virtual proof that he was being unfaithful to his wife while she lay dying of cancer, the MSM acted in collusion to put a news blackout on the story, with the Los Angeles Times going so far as to order reporters not to even blog about it.  But when it is a Republican, well...even the accusations of a little-read blogger can become front-page fodder!

Second:  Because she is a Republican woman.

Still doubt who's waging a war on women?  Which party exhausted itself dehumanizing Sarah Palin, caricatured Michelle Bachmann as a nut, and derided Christine O'Donnell as a slut, all with the media's help?  A media who helped trumpet the false "infidelity" accusations against Governor Haley (which now make her "no stranger to controversy"), while launching assaults against figures such as Carrie Prejean and Michelle Malkin?

I stand by these words:

For some reason, when liberals see a Sarah Palin or a Carrie Prejean, the impulse immediately is for the lowest road possible: not to engage them, but to defile them. Not to prove them wrong, but to humiliate them in the vilest way possible. The immediate, insatiable urge of the Left is to wreck a female adversary so completely that no one can look at them the same way; so that anyone who sees their victim will see the marks on them and turn away in disgust or openly mock with righteous venom, and to hopefully so emotionally destroy their female "enemies" that their self-esteem is ravaged, and they slink away from public life, alone and ashamed.

There's a word for this type of assault. Rape.

Yes, the assault isn't physical, but the thought process behind the rapes of Palin and Prejean are identical to that of the common street rapist: To defile, degrade, humiliate, embarrass, and make themselves feel better in the process. A broken victim is what each hopes to obtain, and neither stops the assault until the surrender is complete.

Alas, Nikki Haley is right.  It will never stop.  Because she refuses to break.  So the rapes will continue, with the compliant women of the Left pinning her arms down, until she is broken, or at least retreats, Sarah Palin-style, behind Facebook and friendlier media (notice how the attacks on her have abated)

Or until America refuses to tolerate the rape of women who don't subscribe to the liberal media/Democratic party's female ideal, which is:
A fuck-toy who swallows government-funded birth control pills by the bottle so as not to burden their men with responsibility of child-rearing.  Who work 12 hour days, then come home to service their man (or men).  And who help defile, degrade, and join in the gang-rape of women who dare to chose a different path...

Friday, March 30, 2012

Recession Deepens; Donkeys Hardest Hit, not the two-legged mooching type, the hard-working four-legged farm worker...

Via Barking Moonbat:

With pastures withered from a lingering drought, farmers in Texas and northwest Louisiana have abandoned donkeys by the hundreds, turning them into wandering refugees that have severely tested animal rescue groups. 

The nation’s biggest donkey rescue group says that since March 2011, it has taken in nearly 800 donkeys abandoned in Texas, where ranchers mainly used the animals to guard their herds. 

“Hay prices still haven’t come down. And what little grass is growing, people are going to save it for the animals that are going to make them money,” he said 

The donkey market has shriveled with the dried-up fields of Texas, where auction houses won’t take them. 

“The last ones we tried to sell, they brought the donkeys back to us. They tried to get a $5 bid for both of them and couldn’t get a $5 bid,” Deputy Bill Pentecost, who wrangles stray livestock for the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office north of Austin, said last month. 

The drought, the economy and the high price of hay have forced ranchers across the state to sell off their livestock. Meyers said he’s been paying $290 to $350 a ton for hay, compared to a top price of $90 in normal times, and must send as far as Montana and Minnesota to get it. Even if the weather allows a crop this year, the price isn’t likely to go down immediately, he said. 

...a Claiborne Parish livestock farmer who works on contract for the sheriff’s office, blames U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., for the scores of donkeys he’s taking care of. Landrieu was among sponsors of a measure that shut down the nation’s only horsemeat processing plant by forbidding the U.S. Department of Agriculture to inspect such plants.

How does donkey-meat taste? We'll never get to know, since the Democrats have decided to make their processing (and thus, consumption) illegal...

Although, with the price of gas rocketing skyward, and Barack Obama promising to resolve it by...taxing the oil companies to death, maybe we should keep some of these lost donkey around. May wind up being the only way to get to work some day...

And Obama would call that "progress", until a pressure group made donkey-carts illegal, too...

California's Jerry Brown: Dumbest Motherf*ck*r Ever

Sorry for the scatological post title, but this galling display of ignorance is beyond the pale for a public official:

California Governor Jerry Brown also defended calling his proposal a “millionaires tax” on his initiative campaign website, even though the income threshold would be $250,000. “Anybody who makes $250,000 becomes a millionaire very quickly if you save it. You just need four years,” Brown said. “It is a millionaires tax. It taxes millionaires, right? And it’s for schools. And it protects public safety.”

Commentary over at The Corner:

Of course, the governor is assuming that people with an annual income of a quarter million do not buy any goods or services (including food, clothing, and shelter) and do not pay any federal, state, or local taxes. Apart from that minor caveat, it’s a perfectly reasonable assertion.

$250K in Cali goes about as far as $100K does in the rest of the nation.  But Californians had a choice between a smart businesswoman and this dumbf*ck, and they chose the person who represented them best.

Reap what you sow, bitches.

Reading The Tea Leaves In Massachusetts...

...and they don't seem to portend the easy victory that the Democrats assumed Elizabeth Warren had coming in the 2012 Senate race against Scott Brown. In some rather surprising commentary, Boston Mayor Tom Menino - a Democrat - refused to give Warren an outright endorsement over incumbent Scott Brown when given the opportunity:

Popular Boston Mayor Tom Menino — an influential Democrat many have credited with bringing the party's convention to his hometown in 2004 — told WBZ this week that he wasn't taking sides in Massachusetts's high-profile Senate race.

But Menino's reluctance to put the weight of his campaign operation behind Harvard professor and consumer rights activist Elizabeth Warren is a tough blow for the Democrat, who is hoping to upset incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown.

"When you vote, it's a secret ballot. I think, I've watched both these candidates, I know Scott Brown real well, I've interacted with him, I've watched Elizabeth Warren also. It's going to be a tough race. It's going to be a very close race," Menino said.

Menino went on to say that the campaign would hinge on mobilizing voters, noting that Scott Brown needed to turn out Republican and Tea Party voters, while Warren had "the Democratic establishment—for the most part."

Love that last sentence. Menino can read polls, apparently, and he knows that Scott Brown beat Martha Coakley 49%-46% in union households. Will these folks now switch their votes to Elizabeth Warren, a shriller and more elitist version of the cacophonous Coakley? Menino also is aware that despite current polls showing Warren with a 4-5 point edge, Mr. Brown overcame a deficit quadruple that amount two years ago.

Furthermore, Mitt Romney will run strong in Massachusetts, and while Obama may have coat-tails in November, they will like be made of cement, dragging fellow Democrats down into the briny electoral deep with him.

Menino knows a weak horse when he sees one. Or two, apparently...

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Barack Obama Stars In: "Betrayal: The Sequel"

It was only Monday that the president of the United States was caught begging the leader of Russia for a little more time, a little more "flexibility", so he could met their terms of surrender.  But not content with committing an act of treason against the greatest nation on earth, whose people entrusted him to lead and protect them, Barack Obama decided to betray America's closest ally: The tiny, perpetually endangered state of Israel.

Two reports today about Iran's nuclear program and the possibility of an Israeli military strike have analysts in Israel accusing the Obama administration leaking information to pressure Israel not to bomb Iran and for Iran to reach a compromise in upcoming nuclear talks.

The first report in Foreign Policy quotes anonymous American officials saying that Israel has been given access to airbases by Iran's northern neighbor Azerbaijan from which Israel could launch air strikes or at least drones and search and rescue aircraft.

The second report from Bloomberg, based on a leaked congressional report, said that Iran's nuclear facilities are so dispersed that it is "unclear what the ultimate effect of a strike would be…" A strike could delay Iran as little as six months, a former official told the researchers.

"It seems like a big campaign to prevent Israel from attacking," analyst Yoel Guzansky at the Institute for National Security Studies told ABC News. "I think the [Obama] administration is really worried Jerusalem will attack and attack soon. They're trying hard to prevent it in so many ways."

The Foreign Policy report by Mark Perry quotes an intelligence officer saying, "We're watching what Iran does closely…But we're now watching what Israel is doing in Azerbaijan. And we're not happy about it."

Via Ynet, respected Israeli defense analyst Ron Ben-Yishai pulls no punches:

Indeed, in recent weeks the Administration shifted from persuasion efforts vis-à-vis decision-makers and Israel’s public opinion to a practical, targeted assassination of potential Israeli operations in Iran.

The US Administration recently shifted into high gear in its efforts to avert an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities by the end of the year. The flood of reports in the American media in recent weeks attests not only to the genuine US fear that Israel intends to realize its threats; moreover, it indicates that the Obama Administration has decided to take its gloves off.

The first and most important American objective is to eliminate potential operational options available to the IDF and the State of is blatantly clear that reports in the past week alone have caused Israel substantive diplomatic damage, and possibly even military and operational damage.

Another Administration objective is to convince the Israeli public that an Iran strike (including a US attack) will not achieve even the minimum required to justify it; that is, a delay of at least 3-5 years in Iran’s nuclear program.

The third objective of the recent publications is to scare the Israeli public via an apocalyptic account of possible retaliation by Iran and its “clients.” This effort also aims to press Israeli decision-makers not to act...

Iran now has a decent picture of what Israel’s and America’s intelligence communities know about Tehran’s nuclear program and defense establishment, including its aerial defenses.

The targeted assassination campaign currently undertaken by the US government also sharply contradicts President Obama’s declaration at the AIPAC Conference, whereby he and the US recognize Israel’s sovereign right to defend itself by itself. One cannot utter these words and a moment later exposes Israel’s vulnerabilities and possible strike routes to its enemies.

Shocked at this betrayal, Mr. Ben-Yishai ?  Welcome to the club.  We are under this sick man's yoke for another eight months, but your people have no such obligation. Untether yourselves from our fate now; we will forgive you and your people once this cloud has passed.  I promise...

ObamaCare Arguments, Day Four: The Lashing-Out Phase Begins

Why did the administration's lawyers get their asses so thoroughly kicked by the conservatives challenging the Health Care reform Act?  And why are liberal columnists so stunned by their reversal of fortune?  Could it be - incredibly -  because no one on the left actually sat down and thought their way through the arguments?

The "esteemed" judicial blooger for the Times, Linda Greenhouse:

The constitutional challenge to the law’s requirement for people to buy health insurance — specifically, the argument that the mandate exceeds Congress’s power under the Commerce Clause — is rhetorically powerful but analytically so weak that it dissolves on close inspection. There’s just no there there.

Maybe the court will agree with that assessment, and maybe it won’t. I think it will, by a wide margin..

So I want to unpack the challengers’ Commerce Clause argument for what it is: just words.

Basically just one word, in fact: “unprecedented.

Turns out Linda was wrong. It was a bit more than one word. But there is no doubt that many liberals took Ms. Greenhouse's "expert" opinion to heart, and found solace in it. Younger lefties might have found greater comfort in the words of Dahlia Lithwick:

So let’s start by setting forth two uncontroversial propositions. The first proposition is that the health care law is constitutional. The second is that the court could strike it down anyway.

The law is a completely valid exercise of Congress’ Commerce Clause power, and all the conservative longing for the good old days of the pre-New Deal courts won’t put us back in those days as if by magic. Nor does it amount to much of an argument...the justices will vote 6-3 or 7-2 to uphold the mandate

Dalia sees the argument through the prism of leftist blinders: There can be no intellectual argument for striking down ObamaCare, because conservatives are stupid, so it must be about turning back the clock to the days of prohibition, racism, and barefoot women...

And now thatt Obamacare's future is officially in doubt, rather than analyze these failures, the Left instead has doubled down on its usual gambit - rage and hate against those whom disagree with their agenda. E.J. Dionne, a perfect example of the genre:

The conservative justices were obsessed with weird hypotheticals....

Liberals should learn from this display that there is no point in catering to today’s hard-line conservatives.

And a court that gave us Bush v. Gore and Citizens United will prove conclusively that it sees no limits on its power, no need to defer to those elected to make our laws. A Supreme Court that is supposed to give us justice will instead deliver ideology.

Legal Insurrection has a compilation of the dark threats against the Court being made by the "tolerant" left...

Hope you didn't soil your panties while writing that, EJ. And if liberals choose to do be introspective about this loss, rather than throwing a temper tantrum, these three quotes will tell you where you went wrong:

Jen Rubin :

What is going on here is the result of inattention and even contempt for the Constitution that has infected what passes for liberal jurisprudence over the past 30 or 40 years...In essence, the left ceased to be interested in research and perfecting arguments that were grounded in the words of documents and the intent of the drafters. They unilaterally disarmed just as conservative jurists and scholars were beefing up, studying historical text, perfecting their analytical skills.

Gail Collins of the New York Times epitomized the problem, and emulates Lithwick and Greenhouse:

I can’t believe this might be overturned. How can this law not be constitutional? The other alternatives are forcing taxpayers to cover the cost of the care in emergency rooms for people who don’t want to pay for their insurance, even if they can, or letting human beings just die on the side of the road. I can’t believe fiscal conservatives think either of those options is a good idea.

Really, I have my hands over my ears. Not listening

Yeah, that's a good grasp of the argument against Obamacare. Yeah, that's a good analysis of the legal technicalities involved: We want it, so why can't we have it? (note: you thought John Podhoretz was kidding this morning?)

Why were the pundits wrong? Why were Obama's lawyers caught so embarrassingly off guard?

From the 63rd stanza of the ancient Chinese text (whose name can be translated as either "The Way", "The Way of Virtue", "The Way of Power"):


In English:

He who promises lightly must be lacking in faith,
He who thinks everything easy will end by finding everything difficult.
Therefore the Sage, who regards everything as difficult,
Meets with no difficulties in the end.

Someone tell the president, and the lost-at-sea lefties above...

Yahoo! News: Tilt Left Much?

Saw this in a number of places around the web this morning:

Obama budget defeated 414-0

President Obama's budget was defeated 414-0 in the House late Wednesdayr...."It’s not a charade. It’s not a gimmick — unless what the president sent us is the same," said Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a freshman Republican from South Carolina who sponsored Mr. Obama's proposal for purposes of the debate. "I would encourage the Democrats to embrace this landmark Democrat document and support it. Personally, I will be voting against it."

But no Democrats accepted the challenge

But I didn't see this story on my Yahoo! news service. Instead, I got ths:

GOP-run House easily rejects bipartisan budget

The House voted decisively late Wednesday to reject a bipartisan budget mixing tax increases with spending cuts to wring $4 trillion from federal deficits over the coming decade.

Wow, what a bunch of ideological douchebags those conservatives are, blasting a bipartisan budget-cutting deal to pieces like that! Vote 'em out, and bring in more compromise-oriented...Democrats!

But Yahoo! makes the mistake of actually including a story with its inflammatory headline & lede:

The 382-38 roll call paved the way for Republicans to muscle through their own, more stringent budget on Thursday, a measure that would blend deeper spending reductions in safety-net programs for the poor with a plan to dramatically overhaul Medicare. The vote also underscored the partisan polarization dominating Washington this election year, with leaders of both parties showing little inclination to compromise and let the other side claim a victory.

Ah. A little more enlightening. Those Republicans are "stringent," all right, but this measure was defeated in a bi-partisan manner, not embraced in one. Almost as bi-partisan a defeat, say, as was the one dealt to Obama's budget above.

More bi-partisan agreement

The House also rejected a plan by the Congressional Black Caucus, 314-107, that was more generous than Republicans to many domestic programs...

Read it all, Democrats continually are described as "generous" (as above), but Republicans are tied into words like "manifesto", "slashing", "unprecedented cuts". Nice smear job, Yahoo/AP. Although most of the commentary on the article makes the same point as we do here. So I am not sure if the high-school jouranlism tactics are really that effective here...

A rally of Yahoo! news readers...

So Yahoo! tries again:

Obama outspends Republican campaigns by millions

With Republicans locked in a contentious and expensive primary, President Barack Obama has spent a small fortune in recent months to build and maintain a campaign operation that is larger, more diverse and more focused on November's general election than any of his opponents' organizations.

See?  Obama supporters are not "radicals"..they are "young professionals"!  Who will be sleeping in "Occupy" camps again when the money runs out...

It's a fait accompli, voters. So stay home this November - unless you want to cast a vote for the "sure" winner...

But again, Yahoo! gives away the game further on down the line:

Obama's operation had $84.7 million in cash-on-hand by Feb. 29. But the Romney campaign — which is hardly hurting for cash after raising about $74.8 million — says it's not impressed.

Pretty similar numbers. Except that Romney isn't spending $3-$4 million a month in overhead. There will be plenty of office space available this summer, too...

No wonder why Obama's fundraising pace is practically frantic these days. Comes from spending like the money will never stop flowing. Kind of like the way he governs.  Not Romney's style. And the people who can read through the lines in this hack-piece know that that is a good thing...

No matter how much the Lefties at Yahoo! think otherwise...

(more of my beefs with Yahoo's slanted news service here and here...)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Bad Week For Barack Gets Worse....

...on Monday, Benedict Barack gets busted planning to sell the nation out to Ruskies:

In the “space” of only a couple sentences, Obama bowed to the wishes of a foreign dictator, abandoned his allies and showed contempt for the intelligence of his fellow citizens....

On Tuesday, his "signature legislation", the one that would cement his place in history, the "big f*cking deal", was seemingly ripped to shreds by the Supreme Court. Stunned, the liberal intelligentsia was, and Jen Rubin explains why:

What is going on here is the result of inattention and even contempt for the Constitution that has infected what passes for liberal jurisprudence over the past 30 or 40 law schools, law journals and legal scholarship the left has dismissed out of hand textualism (originalism) in constitutional and statutory interpretation. It’s all a cloud of values, international norms, societal consensus and fuzzy empathy. In essence, the left ceased to be interested in research and perfecting arguments that were grounded in the words of documents and the intent of the drafters. They unilaterally disarmed just as conservative jurists and scholars were beefing up, studying historical text, perfecting their analytical skills.

Which also explains some of the Supreme stupidity here, and why Obamacare will be overturned 5-4. At which point Obama will beg for re-election, so he has the "flexibility" to implement the single-payer plan he always wanted. Which no doubt will appeal to the 57% of independents who hate Obamacare already

So how could it get worse? Jim Geraghty gives us a few facts we may not know off the top of our heads, but feel instinctively every freaking day in our wallets...first he directs us to this chart, showing year to year residential energy prices up about 5% Jan'11 to Jan '12.  More

Electric bills have skyrocketed in the last five years, a sharp reversal from a quarter-century when Americans enjoyed stable power bills even as they used more electricity. Households paid a record $1,419 on average for electricity in 2010, the fifth consecutive yearly increase above the inflation rate, a USA TODAY analysis of government data found. The jump has added about $300 a year to what households pay for electricity. That’s the largest sustained increase since a run-up in electricity prices during the 1970s.”

And then there's this:

National average gas price this morning: $3.88 per gallon. One month ago: $3.68.

In that light, this poll result isn’t that surprising: “More than two in three Americans disapprove of how President Barack Obama is dealing with soaring gas prices...Most Americans, 68 percent, disapprove of Obama’s handling of gas prices, including 89 percent of Republicans, 73 percent of independents and 52 percent of Democrats, a Reuters/Ipsos survey found Tuesday...

So maybe this weeks wasn't the best time for the nation's second-most hated agency to announce it would essentially be banning coal-fired power plants.   How much of a distater will that be?

Anti-energy crusaders are in a celebratory mood this week as the EPA effectively banned the construction of coal-fired power plants, and thus completed the federal government’s trifecta beat-down on affordable energy.

First, new obstacles to energy production resulted in oil production on federal lands dropping 11% in Fiscal Year 2011 vs. 2010. Second, President Obama announced earlier this year that his administration was blocking construction of the Keystone XL pipeline that would deliver large quantities of valuable oil from neighboring Canada. Third, the EPA announced this week its severe global warming restrictions on power plants...What we are left tremendous self-induced economic pain for absolutely no real-world environmental impact.

I remember in late November of 2008, after Obama was elected, a prominent professor imagined a scenario where Bush stepped down immediately, Cheney made Obama Vice-President, and then resigned himself so Obama could get on to the job of "remaking America" that much faster.  Based on the past few days (this week isn't even half over yet, folks!), maybe it is time for Obama to resign, and have Joe Biden hand the reigns over to President Mitt Romney and Vice President Ryan...

Sonia Sotomayor: A Third-Rate Intellect

Sorry, I referred to her intellect as second-rate a few minutes ago.  My mistake.  From the WSJ live blog of the Obamacare arguments before the Supreme Court:

Justice Sonia Sotomayor was first to interrupt the challengers' lawyer Paul Clement, who is arguing that the whole law should be invalidated, shortly after he began making his remarks. "Why shouldn't we let Congress" decide what to do, she asked him. "What's wrong with leaving it in the hands of people" who should be taking this decision, "not us?" she continued

Ah...let me try, Sonia dear:  Because Congress, as (allegedly) the representatives of the people, may in fact create laws, but even these must fit within the boundaries of the Constitutional , and the Supreme Court - where you sit -  is the final arbiter of that?

Does Sonia Sotomayor even understand what her role is here?

Probably not.  Maybe if Congress passed a law interning any and all "wise Latinas"...

More on how far we've strayed:

The Supreme Court's liberal justices went head to head with conservative judges on the bench Wednesday morning in an effort to protect the health law, arguing strongly in favor of keeping most of the overhaul legislation even if the individual requirement to purchase insurance or pay a fee is ruled unconstitutional.

40% of the SC's bench are advocates for the hard left.  Imagine if Obama wins another term...

So Much For Our "Independent Judiciary"...

Via Bob Krumm, we see Ezra Klein reveal a truth about Obamacare, and Democratic-appointed justices,  that we knew all along.

“You can mark the point — page 14 — when the liberal justices decide Verrilli is screwing up and step in to make his argument for him.

Just nice to hear the Left - in exasperation or desperation, or even by accident - admit a truth about how they've corrupted the constitutional system of checks and balances, by appointing SC justices not based on the sharpness of their legal minds, but on their fealty to liberal causes.  Elana  Kagen ( a sheltered, New York know-it-all) help advise on Obamacare, for chrissakes, and Sonia Sotomayor?  The definition of a second-rate intellect, selected by dint of the tint of her skin...

Incidentally, regular readers may note I almost never reference Klein on this blog.  I just searched it for his name (7 years worth of posts, effective March 26th! Yay!), and found it twice, and only one directly quoted him.  I can't understand why so many conservatives spend time rebutting Klein's work - he's a kid, with little real-world experience, who carries with him the Utopian fantasies of a college sophomore.  He writes well, but with little reason or deductive logical behind his words.

Still, that's the kind of resume that got a certain liberal into the White House...

Lightbulbs Unearthed From 1912 Still Work. Will Obama's $50- Bulbs Fare As Well ?

In with the new:

The U.S. government last year announced a $10 million award, dubbed the “L Prize,” for any manufacturer that could create a “green” but affordable light bulb.

Now the winning bulb is on the market.

The price is $50


Sure, $50 might sound expensive, says Merrill Goozner at The Fiscal Times. But LED bulbs "are one of the most cost-efficient investments consumers can make." Philips' bulb will last 10 years, and uses only 10 watts to produce the same amount of light as a 60-watt bulb.

Price of a standard incandescent on the soon-to-be black market, compared our $50 bulb, created with $10 million of taxpayer subsidies:

But how long will they last?  Ah:

GE bulb from 1912 still works

In preparation for the 100th anniversary of an industrial park in the Cleveland area next year, GE Lighting dug up a time capsule at one of Nela Park's original buildings.

But the real find was buried in sand above the capsule: Five incandescent light bulbs, at least one of which still worked when plugged in

GE spokesman David Schuellerman said via email the company thought the bulbs were buried inside the capsule, making the fact that any of them survived even more remarkable....One bulb plugged in at the site of the time capsule ceremony did, in fact, work. Schuellerman said a repeat test was done later in a lab on that bulb and it worked a second time.

Sorry, those bulbs are illegal now.  But not to worry - it's not about lavishing your hard-earned money on the government's allies, or forcing you to buy into a cultish, almost maniacal ideology on the threat of imprisonment.  It's for your own good that this miracle of science has been banned.  So sayeth honored Energy Secretary Stephen Chu:

“We are taking away a choice that continues to let people waste their own money”


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Shocker: Obama Nominates A Socialist To Head The World Bank

He's been caught selling out our nation to the Russians, and his "signature legislation" - ObamaCare - is being laughed out of the Supreme Court, so it is no surprise that the president's nomination of  Jim Yong Kim to run the World Bank has escaped serious vetting.

Or, perhaps less charitably, the media knows what an offensive candidate Kim actually is, and fear sinking the Good Ship Obama before she sails off into campaign season.

Over at Commentary, Abe Greenwald does the vetting the MSM won't, and finds something unsurprising about Obama's candidate: He's a hardcore Socialist and Chomskyite:

In 2000, Kim co-edited the subtly titled Dying for Growth: Global Inequality and the Health of the Poor. The Noam Chomsky inspired work seems to make the case that the World Bank is an evil capitalist tool and that economic growth in developing countries . . . kills.

In Kim's own words:

This book seeks to fill an important gap in knowledge by examining the documentable health effects of economic development policies and strategies promoted by the governments of wealthy countries and by international agencies such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the World Trade Organization.”

The studies in this book present evidence that the quest for growth in GDP and corporate profits has in fact worsened the lives of millions of women and men.

Using Cuba as an example, Chapter Thirteen makes the case that when leaders prioritize social equity and the fundamental right of all citizens to health care, even economically strapped governments can achieve improved and more equitable health outcomes

Considering Obama has embraced (literally) Daniel Ortega and Hugo Chavez, is there any shock at all he'd embrace a candidate who believes that the best model for economic and social development is the Communist prison cell known as Cuba?

Clinton, Kim, Obama: A Triumvirate of Egotistical Incompetents

This won't make you feel any better:

Kim's background is in medicine, not economics or business as has been the case with most previous World Bank presidents. He has worked with international organizations, serving as a senior official at the World Health Organization....He was one of the founders and former executive director of Partners In Health, a not-for-profit organization that supports health programs in poor countries.

He's a university lifer, who has no experience in banking, or profit-making, or...real life.  But hey, you can trust the president on this one - it's not as if Barack Obama has a record of making bad judgement calls or anything...

You Know Things Are Bad In California...

...when people flee that tax-burdened, regulation-heavy, proto-fascist state and instead relocate to....New York City?


It looks as if Hollywood is about to lose more business to New York.

Steiner Studios, the city’s largest sound-stages facility — where series like HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” are now shot — has added 45,000 square feet to its space at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, bringing its total to 355,000 square feet, officials announced yesterday.

Katherine Oliver, who runs the city’s film office, said 13 TV pilots are now filming here.

Los Angeles film officials blamed an 11.5 percent drop in the TV dramas shooting in their city on $420 million in tax breaks offered by New York.

They don't do "tax breaks" in LA...only tax hikes. It's hip and trendy, of course, but so was cocaine, until it killed enough people.

Eventually, the Left Coast will be on their knees, begging for businesses to return. It's a position they are familiar with, of course. Bankruptcy, less so.  But soon enough...

Shepard Fairey, Looking Less Than "Hope-Ful"... his mug shot:

Back on February 24th:

Shepard Fairey, the street artist who created the iconic Barack Obama “Hope” poster, pleaded guilty today to a federal contempt charge stemming from civil litigation brought over the image’s creation.

Fairey admitted destroying electronic records and creating phony documents in a bid to thwart a copyright lawsuit brought by the Associated Press, which contended that Fairey had based the “Hope” image on a photo of Obama snapped by an AP lensman.

The 42-year-old artist had, in fact, used the AP image as the “reference photo” for the Obama artwork. But he generated the fake documents (and sought to delete other records) so that it would appear the “Hope” artwork was based on another 2006 image of Obama with the actor George Clooney

By doing this, Fairey thought he could protect himself--not to mention his millions in profit from the “Hope” art--from the AP.

A fraud. Just like the man he pimped out to the American people. Would be nice - and just -  if they got to share a jail cell together...

Obamacare Before The Court: Why My Stomach Is Turning...

I feel like I am on trial myself, as a man who believes his freedom was a gift from God, not a grant from government.  My fate, and the fate of my descendants - both in blood and spirit -will be decided by nine political appointees in black robes.  And I am helpless to sway them.

As expressed by others more verbose than I...

The stage, set:

Few legal cases in the modern era are as consequential, or as defining, as the challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that the Supreme Court hears beginning Monday. The powers that the Obama Administration is claiming change the structure of the American government as it has existed for 225 years. Thus has the health-care law provoked an unprecedented and unnecessary constitutional showdown that endangers individual liberty.

It is a remarkable moment. The High Court has scheduled the longest oral arguments in nearly a half-century...

What is at stake:

Does anyone — on either side — really think that the Patient Deflection and Unaffordable Care Act is about health care? 

For if it’s about “health care,” aren’t there a myriad of ways in which the system could be improved without a “comprehensive” top-down solution? At a time of extreme economic dislocation, was there a nationwide clamor to make “health care” the top priority of the new administration?

Or is it really about the exercise of raw governmental power, to teach the citizenry an object lesson about the coming brave new world, one that surely will get even worse once Obama is safely past the shoals of his last election?

...Obamacare is just the canary in the coal mine of what’s coming next. That, once having established the hammer, the administration will use Obamacare (should the law be found constitutional) as the anvil upon which to smash the Republic once and for all. And the “progressives’s” Long March through the institutions will finally end in the all-powerful centralized government for which they’ve long yearned

And finally, endgame - should we lose, now and in November:

“We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.”

~A quote, from a woman who Saw It Coming a long time ago (and wrote a book about it)

Interesting times, I suppose...

Monday, March 26, 2012

Barack Obama - A Traitor? Who Would've Thunk It?

Is this really a shock?  That Barack Hussien Obama -  friend of domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, disciple of Reverend  Jeremiah "God Damn America!" Wright, a scion of the Hard Left, a "community organizer" who has embraced Socialism his entire life - would willingly sell out his nation to Russia?

If you haven't already heard it, here's the open mic conversation picked up in Seoul today between President Obama and Russian President Medveded:

President Obama: "On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space."

President Medvedev: "Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you…"

President Obama: "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility."

President Medvedev: "I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir."

"I will transmit this information to Vladimir"???   My God, it sounds like a bad late-70's political drama, but instead, it's our postmodern reality. I highly doubt Obama is looking for more flexibility to be tougher with the Russkies. He wants to fold, badly, but knows he can't tell the American people that we fought the Cold War for nothing, that's he's signing our surrender papers shortly, and that we should all prepare to welcome our new Soviet overlords.

Obama is desperate to finish the job he started - to create a socialist America.  He can't level with the American people, of course, so he blows smoke about a "war on women" and raises a lynch mob to hang a man who may be innocent.  But the pertinent question is this:  What would a second Obama term look like, given the "space" he needs from electoral constraints?

How about...
-Acquiescence to a nuclear Iran
-Abandonment of Iraq and Afghanistan
-The complete betrayal of Israel
...for openers.

And domestically?  While any taxation increases will need to go through Congress, what will the EPA, the NLRB, the IRS, and Eric Holder's "Justice" Department be able to get away with, when Obama lets them off the leash to run amok on the American people?

I'm not sure, even if he gets his $1B campaign, that Obama can win, any more than Benedict Arnold could have rationalized his treachery and won the presidency of the young Union.

If there were true justice, Obama would be heading for a jail cell right about now.  With his pal Jon Corzine...

Is Brooklyn Going "Red"?

We saw/heard the first rumblings of the landslide back in September, when Republican Bob Turner won the Congressional seat of the disgraced Anthony Weiner, in a district held by Democrats since the 1920's.  Now, in a smaller but still significant election, we a rookie Republican about to win a State Senate squeaker deep in Democratic territory.  From the New York Times(!) City Room blog:

State Senate Race Spotlights a Feeble Democratic Party

The latest evidence of rigor mortis comes by way of southern Brooklyn. Councilman Lewis A. Fidler, a loyal son of the Thomas Jefferson Club, once the most powerful Democratic club in Brooklyn, is heaving and perspiring as he tries to claim a measly State Senate seat. His Republican challenger, David Storobin, is the definition of neophyte, yet he is the one who now holds to a thin reed of a lead as the recount goes forward.

“How can they win in November when they can’t win a special election in a district where there are 70,000 more Democrats than Republicans?

Good question.  Important to note that Storobin is a young Russian, running in a district with a lot of them - as well as plenty of Jews.  Democrats claim they aren't concerned, that a redistricting will force Storobin to run again in a district that will be less Russian and even more Jewish.  Do the excuses all sound familiar to you?  They should, they were exactly what was offered up back in September, when the aforementioned Turner won in a shocker in a ...heavily Jewish community.

Republican David Storobin, declaring victory (hopefully not premature) in Brooklyn...

Lessons for Republicans: The Jews are up for grabs, Russians are conservatives (having learned their lesson back in old country), young, non-establishment candidates (Tea Party II, anybody?) can win big, and there is no reason not to make sorties and attacks deep in Blue territory - if the Democrats cannot hold Brooklyn, the foundations of all their strongholds must be cracking. Exploit their weaknesses, force them to defend previously safe turf, and you prevent them from incursions into Red America, while securing the swing states.

Lessons for Democrats.  Snap on the diapers. Because you are gonna shit when you see the massive rejection of your party and their policies come November...

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Why Isn't This Lying Sonofabitch In Jail Yet? Oh, Right...

Hate to say we told you so, but...we told you so.  My commentary, made at the time, in blue:

Posted on December 8th:

Jon Corzine tells Congress, "I'm a liar, and an economic illiterate"

Though anything he says could be used against him, Corzine hedges his testimony by saying he had too little time to prepare for the hearing and only limited access to records “essential to my being able to testify accurately.

...In Thursday’s statement, Corzine said that, though he “ultimately had overall responsibility for the firm,” he did not generally involve himself in the movement of cash and collateral or the mechanics of settling trades.

“Nor was I an expert on the complicated rules and regulations governing the various different operating businesses that comprised MF Global,” he said.

[Hmmm. See Jon's first statement casting doubt on his own ability to speak truthfully. Applies directly to the above. Jon is trying to evade responsibility - and perjury. He will fail at both

Posted on December 14th, 2011:

Did Jon Corzine Commit Perjury Before Congress? Oh, You Betcha!

“Mr. Corzine was aware because our employee had heard this, on the phone—‘Send back 175’ — and said he was aware of this loan,” Duffy told the Senate committee. …

“The only thing I can tell you [is] that MF Global transferred customer money to its broker dealer, and that Mr. Corzine was aware of the loans being made from segregated accounts,” he said. When asked for elaboration, a CME spokesman said the firm would not comment beyond the remarks Duffy made at the hearing.

That statement, sworn under oath, puts lie to Corzine's now-famous “I simply do not know where the money is, or why the accounts have not been reconciled to date"..

[Corzine knew all along where the money is - or was - and knows exactly why they can't reconcile customer accounts. Like a pathetic, down-and-out drunken gambler, he stayed at the table too long, convinced of his invincibility, bet the mortgage, and lied about it the next day...]

And so, yesterday:

Jon Corzine, MF Global Holding Ltd. (MFGLQ)’s chief executive officer, gave “direct instructions” to transfer $200 million from a customer fund account to meet an overdraft in a brokerage account with JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), according to a memo written by congressional investigators.

Edith O’Brien, a treasurer for the firm, said in an e-mail quoted in the memo that the transfer was “Per JC’s direct instructions,” according to a copy of the memo obtained by Bloomberg News yesterday. The e-mail, dated Oct. 28, was sent three days before the company collapsed, the memo says.

Barry Zubrow, JPMorgan’s chief risk officer, called Corzine to seek assurances that the funds belonged to MF Global and not customers. JPMorgan drafted a letter to be signed by O’Brien to ensure that MF Global was complying with rules requiring customers’ collateral to be segregated. The letter was not returned to JPMorgan, the memo said...

If it was clear to a two-bit Jersey blogger late last year, Corzine's criminality was no doubt clear to federal investigators well before then. So why isn't he behind bars?

Follow the money, bitches:

...despite President Obama decrying ‘Wall Street Fat Cats' - Corzine has already helped to raise at least half-million dollars for President Obama's re-election.

As for that half-million? The Obama campaign says it will give the money back - if Corzine is convicted of a crime. But if history is our guide -the kind of Wall Street firms Corzine once ran became ‘Too Big to Fail.

Maybe Corzine himself will be too ‘Big to Jail...

[Not too big. Just too valuable to Barack Obama. $500 million in Barack's pockets is enough to let you get away with squandering - illegally - Over $1B in innocent's people's money.]

Not to mention the fact that having the man who Joe Biden bragged was instrumental in sculpting the failed stimulus program -

"I literally picked up the phone and called Jon Corzine...
...and said 'Jon, what do you think we should do' ?

The reason we called Jon is because we knew he knew about the economy

- facing a massive prison sentence for fraud and perjury would be an allegorical nightmare for a president facing re-election.

So the innocent are ruined, while the guilty ride in limousines. For now. A defeated governor whose power as a fundraiser has been greatly diminished is of little value to anyone, and Obama might yet throw him under the bus two weeks before the election in a desperation ploy. If not, no doubt a Republican president will sic his AG on Corzine ASAP - what better way to momentarily satiate the class warriors, while making them out to be hypocrites if they doth protest too much?

But in the meanwhile, Corzine walks free, thanks to Obama's sickening sense of self-preservation above all. But Dirty Jon as been exposed as what we always knew he was: A liar, and a criminal. Sing it, Henry!

I'm perfect
in every way
cause I make you feel so strong and so powerful inside
you feel so lucky
but your ego obscures reality
and you never bother to wonder why
things are going so well
you wanna know why?
cause I'm a liar
yeah I'm a liar
I'll tear your mind out
I'll burn your soul
I'll turn you into me
I'll turn you into me
cause I'm a liar, a liar
a liar, a liar

....I'll come to you like an affliction
and I'll leave you like an addiction
you'll never forget me
you wanna know why?
cause I'm a liar
yeah I'm a liar
I'll rip your mind out
I'll burn your soul
I'll turn you into me
I'll turn you into me
cause I'm a liar, a liar
liar, liar, liar, liar

I don't know why I feel the need to lie
and cause you so much pain
maybe it's something inside
maybe it's something I can't explain
cause all I do
is mess you up and lie to you
I'm a liar
oh, I am a liar...

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Ronald Reagan...Or Scott Brown?

He’s still more or less what he’s always been: an affable, somewhat bumbling, mildly conservative fellow who, through a peculiar series of coincidences, wound up way over his head in a job that he’s not very good at. … It’s hard to get angry at someone you can’t take seriously.

It's a Massachusetts Democrat, talking about Senator Scott Brown.  Link via Legal Insurrection.

Liberals, lacking nuance, can only break conservatives up into two groups: Right-wing nut-jobs for those who speak of the anger their constituents feel (think Michele Bachmann), or amiable dunces (originally applied to Reagan), which applies to Republicans with cross-party appeal.  In the latter case, as we see above, Democrats cannot risk affixing their favored "hater" label here, for fear of appearing insane themselves.

We are either crazy-stupid, or sweet-stupid. But note the commonality...

And the media? Same as they ever were...note how they spoke of to the man who saved the economy when it was on the brink of utter ruin, and who saved the entire Western world from Soviet tyranny (all those things that Barack Obama whines aren't his fault):

"This President is treated by both the press and foreign leaders as if he were a child.... It is major news when he honors a political or economic discussion with a germane remark and not an anecdote about his Hollywood days."
--Columnist Richard Cohen

"He demonstrated for all to see how far you can go in this life with a smile, a shoeshine and the nerve to put your own spin on the facts."
--David Nyhan, Boston Globe columnist

"The task of watering the arid desert between Reagan's ears is a challenging one for his aides."
--Columnist David Broder

Brother, we can use a dunce like Ronald Reagan again...

Friday, March 23, 2012

Tebow Comes To Sodom

Welcome to New York, Time Tebow!

Some believe this is a bad, bad mix:

To put it in crude, political terms, Tim Tebow is a ‘red state’ phenomenon who will suddenly be in a ‘blue state’ spotlight . . . If you thought that Tebow was a nationally polarizing figure already, wait until he becomes the symbol of small town versus big city, real America versus Gomorrah, and so forth.”

Others, however, disagree:

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who in Rome last month told reporters, “New York seems to have an innate interest and respect for religion and I’m going to bring that up because I don’t like that caricature that New York is some neo-Sodom and Gomorrah".

Er...sorry about that post title, Cardinal....

Barstool Sports goes a bit overboard...or do they?

I’m the only one on this bandwagon, and I suggest you all jump on. I may be driving it a little bit buzzed, but its time for this city to embrace the Messiah. Because if you’re not convinced Tebow is the Second Coming by now, I don’t know what else to tell you...

An entire city and half the world who doubts him. Just like my man JC, its his mission and his quest to convert the non-believers and help them see The Light. Yes, Tebow would rather be a starting QB, but God works in mysterious ways, no? The last time God sent his son down to earth to become Man, he fucking killed him by having people nail him to a cross. The second time around 2,000 years later God decided he was gonna lighten up a little bit and just make his Son a backup quarterback. Sure, its not the most glamorous position. Running the Wildcat and QB sneaking half a dozen times a game is not the glitz and glamor you’d expect from the Son of God. But its all part of God’s plan...

And just maybe it is. Mark 2:13-17:

...And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. 16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? 17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

This city is rife with them.  And so, come to think of it, are the New York Jets.  How many of the Deadly Sins are epitomized by Rex Ryan (gluttony), Bart Scott (pride), Woody Johnson (greed), Warren Cromartie (excessive spreading of his bad seed), Santonio Holmes (wrath), Mark Sanchez (sloth)...the list goes on on on...

So maybe Tim Tebow is in the right place, at the right time.  No city needs the presence of Good more than Satan's Backyard.  And if there is any professional sports team that needs to be sprinkled with holy water and resurrected from a downfall, it is the New York Jets.

Good luck, Tim.  And again, welcome to the Big Apple.  Enjoy your stay....

Barack Obama: ALL Of America Is To Blame For Death Of Trayvon Martin !

Never let a crisis go to waste - especially when the crisis is an opportunity to divide America among racial lines, a central strategy to Obama's re-election effort.

Speaking out on the senseless shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida, Obama decides to blame all of America for the actions of one slightly disturbed man:

I think all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how does something like this happen. And that means we examine the laws, the context for what happened, as well as the specifics of the incident.”

John Podhoretz refuses to accept blame:

What soul-searching exactly is it “all of us have to do” here? A black kid was shot by a Hispanic adult apparently besotted with law enforcement whose volunteer work for neighborhood watch had him calling the cops in his Orlando suburb nearly 50 times in a year to report on his suspicions.

What President Obama here is doing is suggesting...there is some kind of collective guilt in the United States responsible for George Zimmerman pulling the trigger...Take this argument to its logical conclusion and George Zimmerman is some kind of monster of the American Racialist Id, not a man who did something apparently very wrong but a manifestation of all American hostility toward black people

It is what Obama has always been taught. It is what the Left so reverently believes. For Obama to admit this is a local law enforcement issue would be traitorous to his ideological grounding - and to Saul Alinsky as well.

If you live in New Jersey, you've seen this before. August 2007 brought us the "Newark Massacre" - a horrific incident in which six illegal aliens (one of whom was arrested and released for raping a child without being deported) accosted a group of four college-bound kids in a schoolyard, sexually assaulted the two females, then lined them up against a wall, on their knees, before executing them (one survived).

What was then-Governor Jon Corzine's response to this attack, precipitated by his demand for lax enforcement of immigration law? Why, to blame the people of New Jersey, of course:

"I have to say it is beyond comprehension. It is more than statistics and more than a story. It is about a failure of us to be inclusive and holistically look to bring everyone into our society."

Obama claims "we" have to "soul-search" for the murder of a minority youth by an unstable individual. Corzine blamed us for a rape-and pillage spree because we are not being "inclusive" and "holistic" enough towards psychotic illegal aliens.

The average American:  Paying for the sins - and ambition - of politicians.

Well, fuck you, Barack. I am not responsible for George Zimmerman any more than I am responsible for paying for my neighbor's mortgage or some bum's health care. And fuck you, Jon Corzine - if anyone has blood on their hands, it is you, for putting policies in place that allowed that sick pack of animals to stay in Jersey in the first place.

I do not accept unearned guilt. I do not accept the twisted code of values that attempts to force me to bear the blame for someone else's actions.  I stand with Any Rand - and Andrew Breitbart, who understood this better than anyone:

The sanction of the victim is the willingness of the victim to accept the moral terms under which he or she is accused. This willingness allows the oppressor to coerce the victim through guilt and obligation. Rational people will withhold their sanction when they do not accept the premise under which they are victimized. If their own moral code is not the code of their oppressors, they are not obligated to participate under the oppressors’ terms or to validate the oppressors’ position by accepting it as rational...

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Truer Words Never Spoken

While the following tale of King Narcissus is merely allegorical, do not be surprised if it is repeated as fact in some future American classroom, as the idea of our president's conceit becomes more and more ingrained into the nation's consciousness:

If one of his aides some morning remarked on a particularly lovely sunrise, it wouldn't surprise us if President Obama responded with a "thank you," so gifted is he in taking credit for successes that he has nothing to do with and that occur despite, not because, of his policies.

No King Canute, he...

Above via IBD

Did "Quantitative Easing" Cause The Gas Price Spike?

Oh, you betcha.

While Obama and his minions of half-wits, dimwits, and nitwits are barnstorming the nation blaming oil speculators for the rise of gas prices, they fail to mention one little thing:  That is was the Fed's policy of continued "quantitative easing" - the Newspeak term for the nonstop printing of money - that deflated the value of the dollar and forced investor to find other commodities to sink their money into.

Like gold.  Or the yuan.  Or oil.

But the price on one thing is dropping - US bonds! Hey wait - that's a bad thing! prices, as measured by Treasury’s 10-year note, had fallen (which automatically causes interest rates to rise) for nine straight days.

The market was going for its 10th straight loss on Tuesday when suddenly the Fed said, “that’s enough,” and intervened by purchasing $1.97 billion of a variety of US Treasuries.
The Fed, undoubtedly, was getting a little nervous because over the last three decades interest rates on the 10-year note had never climbed for 10 straight days.
Yesterday, the 10-year note continued its Fed-induced rally.

But the graffiti is on the Great Wall: Investors — especially our biggest customer, the Chinese — are getting nervous about buying US debt

John Crudele is not optimistic:

What happens next? If the economy shows signs of improving — and it usually does during spring — then rates should climb even higher as the market fears there will be an increased demand for borrowed money.
And the Fed could lose control over interest rates and the markets.

The debate should be this: After all we’ve been through, is the US economy broken?
I think it is..

Did you ever see the Mad Max movies, where anarchistic warriors battle on deserted streets for the remaining stores of gasoline?

It's about to be real.  Welcome to Obamaland...