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DUBOB 11- more tales from the Dark UnderBelly Of the Beast...
various links and websites | 01-31-03 | The Heavy Equipment Guy

Posted on 01/31/2003 5:07:21 PM PST by backhoe

At the request of members, I am restarting those "Tales from the Dark UnderBelly Of the Beast"-- the stories and issues that the press and media either ignore, won't even talk about, or will mention once and forevermore claim "it's old news..."

Naturally, some will be stories which interest me, or things I think we all need to be aware of.

I am experimenting with a minor change in presentation- when I can, I will cut to

-GoogleNewsBeta--

with a keyword or two and see what kind of links to "mainstream" stories I can find in contrast to what we see here and on other sites.

May I remind you of a couple of points to bear in mind?
Each link usually has many other links within- follow them all to get "the rest of the story."
Don't forget the "open multiple browsers" trick with control-n -- this allows you to hold your place with one, and use the others to follow links, run searches, etc.

Rather than go back and rehash old links, I'll give you links to the original posts here:

-DUBOB 10- the *best of* the Dark Underbelly Series--

-DUBOB 9-- even *more* tales from the Dark Underbelly of the Beast..... --

DUBOB 8-- still *more* tales from the Underbelly***

DUBOB 7-- even *more* tales from the Dark Underbelly of the Beast.....

DUBOB 6-- yet *more* tales from the Dark Underbelly of the Beast.....

DUBOB 5-- even *more* tales from the Dark Underbelly of the Beast.....

DUBOB IV- yet more Tales from the Dark Underbelly of the Beast-

DUBOB III -- "Tales from the Dark Underbelly of the Beast"

DUBOB 2-- more tales from The Dark Underbelly of the Beast-- thread II

-The Dark Underbelly of the Beast- Stories the Media won't Discuss...--


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VIDEO: BP Buses In 400 Workers For Obama's Visit

Read more at wdsu.com ...

Frustrated (Unemployed) Workers Wait For Dwindling (Temp) Clean Up Jobs (Love this recovery!)

Golfing in Obamaville

8th State To Feds: Step Away From Our Guns

Enemy of the States (Washington, D.C.)

Video Report of Mexican Pirates Chasing American Pro Bass Fisherman In American Waters



We have all read the reports about the Somali pirates taking merchant ships and oil tankers in the Gulf of Aden and now even Thai fishermen in the Indian Ocean to hold for ransom.  Well it would seem that such pirate activity is something that could only happen in lawless places like Somalia.  However, right here in America many citizens of this country are now under assault from pirates who are operating with virtual impunity as they steal cash and electronics from Americans just wanting to fish on Falcon Lake between the American and Mexican border.
 
All along America's Southern border, we are having to deal with the results of our inability to stem the flow of illegal immigration.  From the ecological disaster created by illegals in the Sonoran desert, to the murder of an American rancher in Arizona, our Southern border is under assault from Mexico. Now there are even reports of how American fishermen are being stalked by pirates on an international Lake created by damming the the waters of the Rio Grande River.
 
In 1965 when the Falcon State Park opened up the reservoir for fishing there was never a second thought as to whether or not pirating would become an issue on the Lake. Fact is, for the last 45 years, anglers have been coming from all corners of the world to fish for record sized bass in what several Elite Pro Bass fishermen consider "the best bass fishing lake in the world,"  All these years anglers have fishing the waters of Falcon Lake with out trouble.  Unfortunately, America does not have the kind of leadership it did in 1965 when they opened the Park to the public. Lately, the bass are not the only ones dodging danger and fearing for their lives. 
 
The danger that I speak of is the one caused by the Mexican Governments inability to control the...Video Report of Mexican Pirates Chasing American Pro Bass Fisherman In American Waters

The Russian Nuclear Button

Who owns your Personal info? Facebook Google or You...?

How Children Outgrow Socialism

Comin' soon to the rest of  Ø-Merica:

Detroit to bulldoze thousands of homes in fight for survival

Deepwater Oil Spill - Why Top Kill Starts and Stops, Watching the Flows, and a Live Comment Thread

 

I don’t know that government itself can really do anything about the spill. That is fine with me. Most of us have no background in engineering or science, and Obama is no exception. However, had he been a real leader, he would have bypassed BP and called in all the great minds in the field to come up with a solution. Instead he chose to play politics and point fingers at BP and President Bush.

I heard it said that Obama should have called in Halilburton. I don’t know if the company has the expertise, but if he failed to consider Haliburton solely as a result of its association with Dick Cheney, then Obama was and is a fool. I’m a Republican, but if my house is burning down, I’m not going to stop the firefighters at the door to determine their party affiliation. In a disaster politics is irrelevant.

7 posted on Saturday, May 29, 2010 6:19:17 AM by fatnotlazy

Poll Shows Haley, Sheheen, Richter in the lead ["Scandal" didn't work?]

That's called the "Palin effect." Get used to it.

Clinton 'whiff of scandal' returns



“Did you plug the hole in your story yet, Daddy?”
 

Sestak was ineligible for job Clinton offered

It’s all BS but it is truly amazing that months after the fact they can’t come up with anything logical or sensible for a cover story.

Toomey needs to hammer this one hard. I don’t care about impeachment, etc. because we all know the Dems will never convict their own and the RINOs lack the balls to convict anyone.

 
 

Post your "wag the dog" scenarios, Bam may use

N. Korea: The nightmare scenario (time to prepare for the hair-raising end game)

The Hammer Nails It

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Filed under Barack Obama, Environmentalism, Politics, Technology at May 28th, 2010 - 7:00 pm

Charles Krauthammer sums up the whole Gulf spill situation brilliantly.

Here’s my question: Why are we drilling in 5,000 feet of water in the first place?

Many reasons, but this one goes unmentioned: Environmental chic has driven us out there. As production from the shallower Gulf of Mexico wells declines, we go deep (1,000 feet and more) and ultra deep (5,000 feet and more), in part because environmentalists have succeeded in rendering the Pacific and nearly all the Atlantic coast off-limits to oil production. (President Obama’s tentative, selective opening of some Atlantic and offshore Alaska sites is now dead.) And of course, in the safest of all places, on land, we’ve had a 30-year ban on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Ouch. There’s a spin you haven’t heard in the media.

So we go deep, ultra deep – to such a technological frontier that no precedent exists for the April 20 blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

Exactly. The procedures that were in place for decades, and served us well for all that time never adapted to the new depths. Then when all hell broke loose, they all start looking at each other as if “I thought you brought the beer”.

Not that the environmentalists are the only ones to blame. Not by far. But it is odd that they’ve escaped any mention at all.

The other culprits are pretty obvious. It starts with BP, which seems not only to have had an amazing string of perfect-storm engineering lapses but no contingencies to deal with a catastrophic system failure.

Yup. And Hayward has this “deer in the headlights” look all through this whole thing. What the press mentioned a lot less was all the government deer with the same look.

However, the railing against BP for its performance since the accident is harder to understand. I attribute no virtue to BP, just self-interest. What possible interest can it have to do anything but cap the well as quickly as possible? Every day that oil is spilled means millions more in losses, cleanup and restitution.

Ya think? To listen to the left, you’d think that oil spills are profitable. I fail to see the income stream.

Read the whole thing. It’s pure, unadulterated Krauthammer brilliance.

In the end, speeches will make no difference. If BP can cap the well in time to prevent an absolute calamity in the Gulf, the president will escape politically. If it doesn’t – if the gusher isn’t stopped before the relief wells are completed in August – it will become Obama’s Katrina.

That will be unfair, because Obama is no more responsible for the damage caused by this than Bush was for the damage caused by Katrina. But that’s the nature of American politics and its presidential cult of personality: We expect our presidents to play Superman. Helplessness, however undeniable, is no defense.

Moreover, Obama has never been overly modest about his own powers. Two years ago next week, he declared that history will mark his ascent to the presidency as the moment when “our planet began to heal” and “the rise of the oceans began to slow.”

Well, when you anoint yourself King Canute, you mustn’t be surprised when your subjects expect you to command the tides.

A bazillion updings.

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One thing that’s missing from the whole discussion is an understanding of how emergency response is supposed to work. If your house is on fire, and the fire dept comes, they don’t ask you where your extinguishers and hose bibs are, they ask you to stand aside and put it out with their equipment and personnel.

However, if you have an explosives plant, you have a different situation. The way it should work, the fire chief should visit the plant, become familiar with the facility and the procedures, and a protocol is hammered out so that when the unthinkable happens, everyone knows what to do.

That’s what should have happened in this instance. The company filed a drilling plan, the dept of interior, who runs the drilling concession, approves it, and on paper everybody knows what to do. Other government agencies that have an interest in this are the Coast Guard, the EPA, Homeland Security (apparently because FEMA is under their auspicious), and probably some others and the State of Louisiana. I see little evidence that anybody was prepared, and yet Obama was thumping his chest about how the government was going to “take control”. I can imagine a circumstance when this might be appropriate; such as when they agreed in writing to have certain equipment available, and turned out not to.

But as I said, BP wasn’t the only deer in the headlights. This was just plain piss poor emergency planning all around, and while apportioning an appropriate part of the blame to BP, it wasn’t their responsibility to manage the government.

And now we hear from all the usual quarters that the problem was deregulation under Reagan. Complete 100% bull. The regulations were there. The agencies weren’t following them, and they probably weren’t properly updated for deep water drilling.  The people who complain that there aren’t enough regulations, whether it’s in oil drilling of the financial markets never enforce the regulations that are on the books, but always want more.

Why? You decide.

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Some data on past oil rig disasters:

http://home.versatel.nl/the_sims/rig/losses.htm


12,401 posted on 05/29/2010 4:11:05 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Magazine--Polish Elite Assassinated in Russian Air Disaster

Deepwater Oil Spill - Varying the Junk Mix and Cutting the Flow UPdate 3:10pm

The Oil Drum ^  

We are reading that progress with top kill is incremental at best. The Washington Post is reporting:

As the nation remained transfixed by a busted oil well spewing millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico, BP said Saturday that its latest bid to plug the worst oil spill in U.S. history still hadn't worked and scientists suggested any progress was incremental at best.

(Excerpt) Read more at theoildrum.com ...

BP Denies Staging Beach Clean-Up Effort for Obama Visit (He could make a little cross out of stones)

What oil spill? Obama hits the hardcourt for some hoops!

Sestak-Gate?

“Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy”.....answer “NO, I DUG it DEEPER”
 

Rush is right, says … Chris Matthews ?

ARe we seeing the beginning of a paradigm shift in the MSM media these past few days?

The MSM media is a herd animal. They stick together like a flock of sheep or a ‘herd’ of lemmings.

They follow the bellwether sheep - or the lead lemmings over the cliff.

If the MSM wakes up and realizes they've been promoting, protecting and coddling someone who is going to go over the cliff, regardless, then just maybe some are waking up and and thinking: “Hey, I'm not gonna go over the cliff with him!.”

If they desert him, stick a fork in him. He couldn't even get away with a trumped up excuse for Martial Law...

Not to mention, we gotta know that SOMEone out there knows and has the truth of his background. When he is not longer useful, they may just drop the dime.

Let it be so.

6 posted on Saturday, May 29, 2010 2:53:33 PM by maine-iac7

OBAMA'S HIDDEN DOCUMENTS (and list of scandals to date)

May 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Andrew Breitbart prophesized this would happen. He said in today’s world with video phones and those little flip video cameras (which are pretty darn cheap) that citizens will become empowered to expose such corruption. He’s right.

May 28, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Good Morning. Well, it is my morning since I worked the overnite. It is odd to be coming around the opposite side of the clock from everyone else.

For some very good info on public sector unions and unions in general a good site to dig through is Mike Shedlock at

http://www.globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com

May 28, 2010 at 3:38 pm

informative article on public sector unions

http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2010/03/05/a-brief-illustrated-history-of-the-public-sector-unions-that-are-bleeding-america-dry-with-the-full-support-of-the-democrat-party/

Children Of The Corn

California has an immigration law too

The media, local California governments and liberal groups are absolutely a hoot. Their ignorance is breath taking.

Arizona's new immigration law is said to be racist according to reports in the media from a variety of liberal groups; it's not if you actually read it. Local California cities want to boycott Arizona which is questionable under the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution, but it is also incredible hypocrisy.

For my non-lawyer friends, you probably didn't know that California also has a law pertaining to illegal aliens. Yep. It's been on the books since 1994! Good ole Prop 187. The law provides that law enforcement shall [note -- not "may"] cooperate with US Immigration and Naturalization Service, [now known as ICE], regarding any person suspected of being in the US illegally to include verifying that person's status, advise the person that they must seek legal status to reside in the US, notify the federal government of that person's illegal status and prohibits local governments from not enforcing this law. Most notable is the absence of any reference in the statute to the ability of law enforcement to use race as a basis for inquiry of the person's status! Only an arrest is required to trigger the inquiry into that person's status.

In other words, California's law is racist while Arizona's is not, to use liberal logic, because race may not be used to trigger the inquiry into status in Arizona after an arrest. In California, no problem! Racial profile all you want!

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...

Mitt Romney’s main strategy in the GOP primaries of 2012 is to hammer Sarah Palin as “a quitter”.

WSJ: There Was 'Nobody in Charge' (Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Fire )

 

Sestak cover story starts to unravel

As somebody up-thread pointed out, BC is the pro, and Obama is the amateur. Bill got where he got via experience, savvy and political cunning. O got where he is largely on the basis of his skin color, a teleprompter, and a bio mostly authored by Bill Ayers.

Obama to Arizona Governor: Don't Call Me, I'll Call You

Arrogant POS...

Is the Impeachment of Barack Obama Moving Forward?

It is a pipe dream unless and until there is a SOLID Republic Majority in both the US Senate and US House of Represenatives, as of the afternoon of 3 January 2011.

And, that the Republicans sitting in office new or returned, are overwhelmingly NOT RINOS, but have b*lls of brass, and listen to the people.

Only THEN...

Common Sense BATFE Reform Gathers Steam

Mayor Daley: 'Guns is not the answer'

So why does Daley  have bodyguards with guns if guns are not the answer to violent crime?

Frustration, Fury Greet Obama in Gulf

"Barack Lied; The Gulf Died"

"Three hour tour? What is he, Gilligan?"

AP: BP Plug/Top Kill Has Failed

WHAT? This can’t be. Obama said he was on top of the situation and has been since the very first second this whole CATASTROPHIC event began.

This is his Chernobyl.

We are in good hands!!!! What could go wrong?


12,402 posted on 05/29/2010 1:33:20 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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 Bystander-In-Chief.   The vocabulary of oil drilling is so colorful—junk shot, top kill, poor boy degasser—that there must be a name for the trick President Obama was trying to pull off at his press conference Thursday. He was trying to take responsibility and show that his administration is in control of efforts to stop and contain the massive oil spill in the Gulf. At the same time, he had to admit...
 

“He Was Supposed To Be Competent”

Peggy Noonan at WSJ on Obama’s inept handling of the Gulf oil spill and other issues.

It’s a good read. She thinks Dems will start to peel off. I don’t...

TAR BALLS IN THE TRUNKS: Today in “Imagine If Bush Said It.”

What Obama has been doing while the Gulf Coast dies.

 
THE HOT NEW TREND: “Personal secession.”
 

VIDEO: Don’t Touch Me.  The TV station has more than 1 video and a blog and explanation.

http://iteamblog.abc7news.com/2010/05/laguna-honda-patient-gift-fund.html

The fund they ripped off was for treats and little favors for long term patients that have no money.

THE WAR AGAINST PHOTOGRAPHY: Radley Balko has more on Maryland. “Graber is due in court next week. He faces up to five years in prison. State’s Attorney Joseph Cassilly has also charged Graber with ‘Possession of an Interception Device.’ That ‘device’ would be Graber’s otherwise-perfectly-legal video camera. . . . Perhaps that officer was merely misinformed. But Maryland police spokesmen and prosecutors are giving the impression that the state’s wiretapping law is ambiguous about recording on-duty police officers. It really isn’t. They’ve just chosen to interpret it that way, logic and common sense be damned. . . . A cynic might conclude that law enforcement officials in Maryland are reacting to the McKenna embarrassment by threatening and cracking down on anyone who videotapes on-duty cops, and they’ll interpret the law in whatever way allows them to do so. At least until a court tells them otherwise.”

This is a disgrace. State’s Attorney Joseph Cassilly should hear from Marylanders who care about freedom — and this seems to be me to be another argument for federal civil rights legislation guaranteeing the right to photograph police. With hefty damages, and a waiver of official immunity, for cases like Graber’s. . .

We view Islam through filters that are killing us

That, in essence, from Raymond Ibrahim, whose bio suggests that he knows of what he speaks:

"The greatest hurdle Americans need to get over in order to properly respond to the growing threat of radical Islam is purely intellectual in nature; specifically, it is epistemological, and revolves around the abstract realm of 'knowledge.' Before attempting to formulate a long-term strategy to counter radical Islam, Americans must first and foremost understand Islam, particularly its laws and doctrines, the same way Muslims understand it -- without giving it undue Western (liberal) interpretations. This is apparently not as simple as expected: all peoples of whatever civilizations and religions tend to assume that other peoples more or less share in their worldview, which they assume is objective, including notions of right and wrong, good and bad. .... [T]he secular, Western experience has been such that people respond with violence primarily when they feel they are politically, economically, or socially oppressed. While true that many non-Western peoples may fit into this paradigm, the fact is, the ideologies of radical Islam have the intrinsic capacity to prompt Muslims to violence and intolerance vis-à-vis the 'other,' irrespective of grievances. ... Being able to understand all this, being able to appreciate it without any conceptual or intellectual constraints is paramount for Americans to truly understand the nature of the enemy and his ultimate goals."

Such were the words that opened my testimony to Congress [1]. One year later, none other than President Obama's top counterterror adviser, John Brennan, has come to personify the approach I warned against -- namely, the misguided phenomenon of westernizing Islamic concepts [2].

A Fox News report, titled "Counterterror Adviser Defends Jihad as 'Legitimate Tenet of Islam [3],'" has the details:

During a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, John Brennan described violent extremists as victims of "political, economic and social forces," but said that those plotting attacks on the United States should not be described in "religious terms."

In other words, despite the fact that Islamists describe all their goals in "religious terms," Brennan sees them -- you know, people like Osama bin Laden who murdered 3,000 Americans -- as naught more than victims of the system. And why is that? Because Brennan believes that "political, economic and social forces" -- the three I specifically stressed in my excerpt above -- are the only precipitators of violence. So jihadists can openly articulate their violent bloodlust through religious terms all they want, it matters not: Brennan and his ilk have their intellectual blinders shut tight and refuse to venture outside the box.

It's past time for intellectuals and those who think they are to begin looking at Islam absent the filtration systems we've acquired in the Western world.

Islam is not what progressives think Islam is.  The evidence is there for all to see once they remove their rose colored glasses.

Crossposted at Brutally Honest.


12,403 posted on 05/29/2010 3:58:32 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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 Poll finds anger over country’s leaders.
 
Those who can, do. Those who can’t … [Darleen Click]

… sometimes become President

Chris Matthews says at 1:57:

“. . . this idiotic cerebral meritocracy has got to step aside and let the people who do things take over…”

Whether this marks a divorce or a mere separation between Matthews and his tingle about Obama remains to be seen, but he strikingly highlights one of the main objections the 47% of people who did not vote for The One had about him.

For all of Obama’s celebrated intelligence, there is no evidence he has actually done, or been in charge of doing, anything in his life. As the Anchoress says

And that is the problem in a nutshell. Our government is top-heavy with people who have never “done” anything.

The Obama administration is loaded down with academics and lawyers who have spent their lives theorizing about things like economics, markets, social order and crisis management–and criticizing methods with which they disagree–but who have little practical experience in doing.

For all the weird posturing of Obama’s minions sneering in the press that the administration has “its boot on the neck of BP” what stands out most is the complete detachment from the accident and the refusal to do even the most rudimentary coordination efforts in the days immediately after the explosion. For instance, the accident happened on April 25 so why was it May 8th when Sweden publicly offered to send three oil-skimming ships to the Gulf? Why weren’t they moving towards the Gulf on April 26th?

This isn’t about nationalizing the oil industry nor about “taking over” from BP. It’s about actually doing one’s job as a leader – being, in essense, a kind of General Contractor coordinating with BP over the response and bringing other resources to bear in a timely manner.

There is a reason why former governors of states – people who actually run things – tend to be more effective Presidents.

There is a reason emergency personnel of all kinds run drills instead of leaving plans merely on paper.

Disasters tend to separate out the competent leaders from those who need to be lead.

The difference, say, between a Barack Obama and a Rick Rescorla.

Something to remember in November.

"The president... is chronically detached from the central and immediate concerns of his countrymen"

Peggy Noonan has lost her Obama mojo:

I don't see how the president's position and popularity can survive the oil spill. This is his third political disaster in his first 18 months in office. And they were all, as they say, unforced errors, meaning they were shaped by the president's political judgment and instincts.

There was the tearing and unnecessary war over his health-care proposal and its cost. There was his day-to-day indifference to the views and hopes of the majority of voters regarding illegal immigration. And now the past almost 40 days of dodging and dithering in the face of an environmental calamity. I don't see how you politically survive this.

The president, in my view, continues to govern in a way that suggests he is chronically detached from the central and immediate concerns of his countrymen. This is a terrible thing to see in a political figure, and a startling thing in one who won so handily and shrewdly in 2008. But he has not, almost from the day he was inaugurated, been in sync with the center. The heart of the country is thinking each day about A, B and C, and he is thinking about X, Y and Z. They're in one reality, he's in another.

Why in hell only now Ms. Noonan is waking up to this reality is a question for another time I guess but for now, we'll relish the notion that yet another of his supporters are finally seeing what the rest of us knew shortly after we checked the man out.

Welcome to our "one reality" Peggy.

With props to colleague Michael Laprarie.

Crossposted at Brutally Honest.

Well 914, we shouldn't be expecting anything this weekend, His Won-ness is on a much deserved and needed vacation.'

Has Obama Lost the Mandate of Heaven? Or is the media just beginning to do their job?

Posted by Jim Hoft on Saturday, May 29, 2010, 5:13 PM

A Louisiana official pleaded with far left President Obama to lift his moratorium on new oil drilling and exploration. With the unemployment rate at 9.9% President Obama set up the moratorium after the BP oil spill in the Gulf.
CNN reported, via Free Republic:

A Gulf Coast official is pleading with President Barack Obama to scrap the moratorium on new oil drilling and exploration as the investigation of the massive oil spill continues, saying the economic impact to her Louisiana parish would be too much to bear.

Charlotte Randolph, president of LaFourche Parish, said she spoke to Obama in person during his visit to the oil-stricken region Friday.

“I expressed to the president that we are dying because of the oil spill, but if he allows this suspension to happen it will kill us,” she told reporters Saturday, noting that her parish has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.

“First I’m hearing from fisherman who are dying because of the oil spill,” she said. “Now I’m hearing from the oil and gas industry and all of those associated services that they will be put out of business.”

Obama’s tour of the oil damage along the Gulf Coast came a day after he announced steps to limit new oil drilling and exploration during the oil spill. The president said he is “fully engaged” and ultimately responsible for what he called a catastrophe.

The president is vacationing in Chicago this weekend.


12,404 posted on 05/30/2010 12:45:05 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Family feud behind Jamaica bloodbath (in depth report)

I just thank God they have Gun Control over there, so nobody got hurt...

Jamaica's violence part of American plot to kill black people, says Jamaican columnist(What's O?)

Damn. The Jamaicans are on to us.

Thousands(?) march to protest Arizona immigration law (A whole 200 in San Francisco!)

ALERT: NASA satellite shows oil 20 miles from Florida Keys

Obama: Ongoing Leak of Oil Is 'Enraging' [King Canute Getting Mad, Very Mad!]

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BP's top kill effort fails to plug Gulf oil leak (OBAMA OIL SPILL GETS WORSE!)

U.S. exempted BP's Gulf of Mexico drilling from environmental impact study (Obama let it happen)

Internal Documents Show Early Worries About Safety of Rig

Two comments.

1. This is the NYT covering for their chosen messiah.

2. All progress involves risk. To avoid risk is to avoid progress and the betterment of mankind.

Obama; BP; oil spill; politics; satire 

The Gulf Spill: Seizing a Crisis to Grab Your Power (Or how about creating a crisis)

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Peggy Noonan: Where is the competence? (She's lost her former admiration for Obama)

 

Deepwater Oil Spill - The LMRP Attempt and a Live Open Thread

 

BP is now saying that its Top Kill approach has failed, and it is moving on to LMRP. A few comments from the press:

Top Kill Fails To Plug Oil Spill, BP Now To Try LMRP Cap

BP said preparations have been made for the possible deployment of the lower marine riser package (LMRP) cap containment system, which would be complex because of the depth of the oil leak.

Deployment would first involve removing the damaged riser from the top of the failed BOP to leave a cleanly-cut pipe at the top of the BOP's LMRP.

The cap, a containment device with a sealing grommet, will be connected to a riser from the Discoverer Enterprise drillship, 5,000 feet above on the surface, and placed over the LMRP with the intention of capturing most of the oil and gas flowing from the well.

Mr Suttles said it should capture "most of the oil" and was expected to last at least four days but "we cannot guarantee success at this time."

This is a diagram that Heading Out posted a few days ago, of the LMRP.


The Lower Marine Riser Package (LMRP) option

According to Upstream Online:

If the top kill does not work, the UK supermajor plans to cut off the riser from the lower marine riser package (LMRP) and attach another to collect the flow.

‘Top Kill’ Fails to Plug Leak; BP Readies Next Approach

President Obama, at a rare press conference , took full credit for stopping the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

“The American people should know that from the moment this disaster began, the federal government has been in charge of the response effort,” Obama said.

So now we know why the spill lasted over a month.

 

Breaking: Taliban Using Chemical Weapons Against US Troops? 4-5 Troops Reportedly Fall Ill

Israel stations nuclear missile subs off Iran

Juan Williams: We Don't Want To Antagonize Moderate Islam By Using Terms Like 'Jihad' (Video)

For Islam, a Religion of Peace®? The Most Damning links-- click the picture:

Watch the videos, read the links, ponder the quotes.
Wake up, and smell the Jihad...

Where It's 9-11 All the Time...Click the picture...




"Where it's nine-eleven all the time
and no Sun sets, and no clocks chime
where no voice speaks and no bird trills
the Moon hangs frozen o'er the hills
The winds are still, they seem to say,
Reflect, remember, stop to pray..."

( Note, and note well...
...that "plume of steam" you see to the right of the Twin Towers is the mushroom cloud thrown up from the crash of Flight 93...

Never Forgive,
Never Forget... )

34 posted on Sunday, May 30, 2010 5:33:53 AM by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)

How Long Does It Take The White House To Get A Story Right

May's Big Selloff Could Be Just the Beginning ["The Debt Levels Are Without Precedent"]

Video: Wealthiest Town In America - Greenwich, CT - Vacant Commercial Real Estate!

Want to know what kind of spooked me ( Yes, I’ll pre-denounce mysef’ as RAAACIST! to avoid the rush... ) last week?

Driving down what used to be the main commercial drag in my city- between 1/4th and 1/3rd of the buildings empty, but that was expected in this Recoverless Recovery...

What spooked me?

The real estate office with “Bus tours of repossessed Properties!” sign...

Maher: Obama Not Acting Like A "Real Black" President

Funny how they squealed like pigs about Bush’s cowboy diplomacy and now they want a gang banger.
 
“I thought they elected him because they hated “cowboy diplomacy”. Now they want a “lawless gangsta”?”
I've said it before, and I'll say it again-- Oblamer's "_residency" is a laughable mixture of:

And "Movin' On Up!"

 

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Earth Abides

Sandstone arch at southern Nevada park collapses

'Hurt Locker' downloaders, you've been sued

Sure, traffic can be traced to a non-static ip that changes regularly, but is often tracked by Radius software for billing purposes, or, more likely, because the admin is lazy and wants the Radius box to do NAT, instead of buying a real router. Get the address from billing and kick down the door.

But that just gets you to a CPE (Customer Premises Equipment). Which may or may not be a wireless router, and if it is, may or may not be secured.

Do a war drive and look for 'linksys' as wireless router names. There are LOTS of unsecured wireless routers out there.

Stand everything on it's head and be a bad guy. You want to get X off of the internet, and you don't want it tracked back to you.

Get a laptop without a Broadcom wifi card. Tinker with the MAC on the card to make it not yours. Software only, so if checked after turning it off, it shows up as your normal MAC.

Then, go trolling for 5 or 10 unsecured wireless networks nearby. When you find them, write a script to share them in the time domain.

You have to make sure you don't drop state for the protocol and application, but it's very doable.

The only people that get cold busted are the idiots, or the truly malevolent that require megabucks to track. Everybody in between, not so much.

/johnny

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12,405 posted on 05/30/2010 3:18:20 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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KING CANUTE is in over his head.
 
 What Our Media Taught Me.
 
Obama, the Thin-Skinned President. “Obama is among the most thin-skinned presidents we have had, and we see evidence of it in every possible venue imaginable, from one-on-one interviews to press conferences, from extemporaneous remarks to set speeches. . . . With Obama there is also the compulsive need to admonish others, to point fingers, to say that the problems he faces are not of his doing. . . . The ingredients are in place for some serious problems down the road. Those who care for the president need to recognize the warning signs now, sooner rather later, before it becomes too late, for him and for the nation.”
 
The collapsing Obama Presidency

List: Top 10 Largest Oil Spills (Exxon Valdez or Deep Water Horizon Not on List)

BP's corporate, personal ties to White House emerge

The Russians successfully nuke and shutdown a runaway natural gas well (video)

At least 21wounded in separate shootings, 1 dead (CHICAGO! Not Iraq!)

Just need a few more "sensible" gun restrictions...

Possible Obama FR Screen Names [HUMOR - Add your ideas here!]

 
 
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Obama’s Plentiful Golf Rounds Make Him Perfect Candidate to Plug the Hole in the Gulf

 
"plug the damn hole!"
 

President 'Enraged' Over Latest Failure to Stop Oil Gusher

 

 

Top PR firm for BP tied to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Candidate Obama at fund-raiser April 9, 2007.
George Soros is seated to the right of the stairs. (Photo: Michael Edwards)

Liz Cheney on Obama’s Response to BP Oil Spill: “A Gift for Reading the TelePrompter........

 
 
Gilligan Pictures, Images and Photos

A three hour tour. A three hour tour.

Bombshell expose'. The real reason the oil still flows into the Gulf of Mexico.

Whoa!

“NALCO is associated with UChicago Argonne program. UChicago Argonne received $164 million dollars in stimulus funds this past year. UChicago Argonne just added two new executives to their roster. One from NALCO. The other from the Ill. Dept of Educaution.

If you dig a little deeper you will find NALCO is also associated with Warren Buffett, Maurice Strong, Al Gore, Soros, Apollo, Blackstone, Goldman Sachs, Hathaway Berkshire.

A simpler answer: letting the spill get bigger so that they can kill the “drill baby drill” and thus push green energy despite the price.
Another answer: wait for videos of summer vacations ruined by oil spills, use it to push green energy, carbon trading, and shutting down drilling.

Reporters with Obama surrounded by Nation of Islam security agents

Amity Shlaes: Genital mutilation not a tradition to preserve

Blumenthal, Reagan, and the Big Lie

Israel recoils as US backs nuclear move

Video! Crazed Jew Baiter & CUPE Union Thug Ali Mallah Assaults Blazingcatfur at Netanyahu Protest! See it here - http://blazingcatfur.blogspot.com/2010/05/ali-mallah-cupe-union-thug-assaults.html
 

"Organ Donation Euthanasia": A Dangerous Proposal

Small Businesses Threatened With 1099 Tax Form Tyranny...

ACORN insider lays out the 'stealth socialism' strategy

What the Blame-Bush Media Taught Me: Blame Obama

Attention please: Foreclosure Class is about to begin.

The Political Manipulation of Selective Memory

The toughest since the 30’s... I guess WWII was simple compared to Zero’s problems. But he has time for basketball, golf,date night, fundraisers, bowing to our enemies, destroying our economy.
 

First family enjoys sleepover in own Chicago home

...and meanwhile, a few hundred thousand former servicepeople enjoy their sleepover:

VIDEO: Alleged Racist Murders In California

Maybe Pre-abortion Ultrasounds Are Emotionally Torturous For A Reason

But a number of women at the Birmingham clinic... said they simply did not want to subject themselves to images that might haunt them. “You almost have to think of it as an alien,” said Carmen, 28, who was there for her second abortion in three years.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsrealblog.com ...

Deepwater Oil Spill - The LMRP Attempt Continued and Sunday's Open Thread

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12,406 posted on 05/30/2010 4:13:29 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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“We have now seen the president handle 4 crises. He failed each time.”

Related item here.

May 30, 2010 at 7:19 pm

...There’s a tipping point. He’s reached it. GW Bush never recovered from Katrina. Carter never recovered from the hostage crisis that he couldn’t fix. Politicians have a finite time line to fix a problem. He has past his.

May 30, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Obama has sooo many other important duties to attend to. Get a load of this -
http://politipage.com/2010/05/28/obamas-days/

Obama during oil spill — golf, parties, photo-ops… and more golf! (photos)

DAY 41 – MAY 30
After a night of barbecue and beers, let’s hit the gym!


Coming soon… Paul McCartney concert, golf…

41 Days Later, Obama Still Hasn’t Solved the Gulf Oil Spill Problem (but finds time to go on vacation…again)

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Can someone please explain to us — because we really and truly do want to know — why Obama has not solved the Gulf Oil Spill Problem yet?

In 2008, the Media and DNC told America to push Hillary Clinton to the side, because her experience and proven competence didn’t matter, because Obama was “unique” and “special” and “could do anything”.  He was “The Lightbringer”, “The One”, and he was sold as a bill of goods that could magically solve all of our problems.

In the general election, the Media and the DNC told America to push John McCain to the side, because his experience and years of service to this country didn’t matter, because Obama was “unique” and “special” and would usher in a Golden Age of Hope and Change.

Well, when does that start, exactly?

Is the photo above Hope, or is it Change?

Sure looks like a bird covered in oil that should be chirping a happy song somewhere, perched on the horn of a unicorn, according to what the Media and DNC promised of the Obama presidency.

Epic.

Fail.

May 30, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Lame Cherry’s take:
http://lamecherry.blogspot.com/2010/05/awol-obama.html

 
May 30, 2010 at 7:16 pm

So true. And as long as we are speaking metaphors, all those birds, turtles, and fish being soiled and poisoned – that’s the citizens of the gool ‘ol USA. And the only thing that will possibly save us is “Dawn”. So let’s all wake up and make sure we’re doing SOMETHING every day to make sure we don’t have 8 years of this cruel joke and that we get rid of his enablers in November 2010.

1. Write a letter to the editor decrying how he his incompetance has fowled the waters, and poisoned the Gulf.
2. Send articles to your friends that explain how poorly he’s doing and why it matters to them.
3. Make sure everyone with a home amongst your family and friends know that if they are fortunate enough to sell it in this market, they will be paying a 3.8 percent tax on the sale. Yep. And that is in the….WAIT FOR IT…Health Care bill. So, they will lose any profit or perhaps even more money on a sale of their home to pay for other people’s health care.

May 30, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Obama and Moosechelle hate America. Anyone who skips Arlington for a Chicago BBQ are the lowest pieces of dirt on earth.

There’s more at Atlas Shrugs.
http://tinyurl.com/2u9ojv5

May 30, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Give Obama a break… Haven’t you noticed the earth is healing … the sea is lower…

We are the ones we have waited for.
Hope! Change!

READ THIS: http://thenextright.com/ironman/bps-strange-democrat-bedfellows "One of the top media consultants for British Petroleum gave free rent to a politician who became White House Chief of Staff. The recipient of the favor was Rahm Emanuel and the benefactor was Stanley Greenberg."

Cheap, shameless plug but shocking: I chronicled the Oil Spill time line interspersed with Utopia’s daily schedule in a post on my blog. You need to go over there and see how the PantLoad has wasted time flitting hither-and-yon doing everything *but* solving this problem for the last six weeks.

 Nigeria's agony dwarfs the Gulf oil spill
 
Oil spill tars Dems’ reputation for competence.  Well, duh!
Or is that DUH!1 ?
 
  Will the UN try to intervene over Arizona’s new law?

THE TRADITIONAL REMEDY FOR SUCH THINGS INVOLVES TAR AND FEATHERS: Michigan Considers Law to License Journalists.

A Michigan lawmaker wants to license reporters to ensure they’re credible and vet them for “good moral character.”

Senator Bruce Patterson is introducing legislation that will regulate reporters much like the state does with hairdressers, auto mechanics and plumbers. Patterson, who also practices constitutional law, says that the general public is being overwhelmed by an increasing number of media outlets–traditional, online and citizen generated–and an even greater amount misinformation.

“Legitimate media sources are critically important to our government,” he said.

He told FoxNews.com that some reporters covering state politics don’t know what they’re talking about and they’re working for publications he’s never heard of, so he wants to install a process that’ll help him and the general public figure out which reporters to trust.

How about requiring that all sitting legislators pass a test on the constitution? And maybe an IQ test, too . . .

CANDIDATE MIKE STOPA compares the Deepwater Horizon oil spill with the 1979 Ixtoc 1 spill.

Covering Obama, press encounters Nation of Islam.

The Sound Of Settled Science

Did you know that big glowing ball in the sky has been strangely quiet?

Solar physicists here at the semiannual meeting of the American Astronomical Society this week offered a number of mechanisms to shed light on what has been happening on the sun of late, but conceded that the final answer—or more likely answers—remains opaque.

Scientific American - the go-to place for two year old science news. The least these science journalists could do is remind us of how such phenomenen still pale in comparison to the impact of the incandescent bulb.

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I found this at American Digest.  David Warren is a Canadian newspaper columnist.

Transformer

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A crunch is coming to a country near you; has already come to several countries in Europe; is likely to transform the entire Western world within the space of our lifetimes. It will obviate all the trends to which we have become accustomed.

But while I have no doubt of this, I have no idea what will emerge from it. Human beings cannot see the future, except perhaps prophetically under divine inspiration.

We can see such rational things as "three into two won't go," and easily predict the catastrophe itself. We have not only an impending fiscal collapse, but escalating "culture wars" that will be resolved one way or another.

I have praised Lee Harris several times previously as a remarkably discerning pundit. His account of the "fantasy ideology of Al Qaeda" exploded from the pages of Policy Review, the summer after 9/11, and since he has written three books on "global" political issues, under titles that unfortunately cast him as a futurologist. His latest, just published, is The Next American Civil War: The Populist Revolt Against the Liberal Elite.

It is in fact a smiling book by the best sort of generous, old-fashioned liberal who gives an entertaining tour-de-horizon of the whole history of creative tension between ornery know-nothing libertarians, and pointy-headed intellectual control-freaks -- from the Magna Carta forward -- including Wat Tyler, Cromwell, Andrew Jackson, everything. He is on the side of both liberty and order, as any sane person will be, and celebrates chiefly the English-speaking societies that have "evolved" through open contests between them. Harris's writing is itself an overlay of high-brow and populist: in the best sense he is a "global village explainer."

My own thesis would be that the tradition symbolized by Magna Carta is being rendered extinct, by the metastatic growth of the Nanny State, the retreat of Christianity, and the uncritical assimilation of inhuman technology.

Harris would perhaps half-agree that we "aren't in Kansas any more," and I would half-agree that our current conflicts were prefigured in many past ones.

Familiar with the attitudes of Middle Americans from living among them (unlike the urban intelligentsia of East and West Coasts), Harris provides an apologia for them that is only slightly condescending. They are people whose whole ethos is "live and let live," yet are accused of intolerance for failing to embrace progressive agendas. They are also people who powerfully resent being told how to live. And they have been pushed too far.

The Tea Party movement has arisen in the U.S. (and could easily arise in English Canada) to redress an imbalance. The election of Barack Obama put a crown on the exponential growth of the state, and his extremely ambitious statist agenda is taking Middle America, very fast, to places it has never wanted to go.

Whether you like or dislike Sarah Palin or Rush Limbaugh (I adore them both), they have articulated the spirit of rebellion against taxes and debt, against sprawling, parasitical bureaucracies, and against "the culture of death."

To the mainstream media -- to that liberal elite generally -- the question has not been whether we should have vast intrusive bureaucracies, but rather, what their policies should be, and how to pay for them. That is their playing field, on which they locate some "middle ground" or scrimmage line -- itself shifting constantly to the left, toward some vague, Utopian endzone. It comes as an inconceivable shock to them to discover millions of people who are not merely pushing back against this "progress" -- which they could understand -- but want no part of the game.

Their lives are centred on family and church and productive labour, not on politics. They are often poorly informed about things they care little about; poorly researched on current rights and entitlements; real boobs when they stray into debates about such things; and thus, hicks to the politically sophisticated. The latter, in turn, know little enough about family and church and productive labour.

The problem arises between these two amorphous groups when the latter take the former to be their milch cows. At least in America, that is the point at which the hicks suddenly become seriously interested in politics, organize themselves into things like Tea Parties, and go out looking for results.

This is complicated by the fact that Nanny State has come to the end of her fiscal road. Her ambitions have so far outstripped her means, that we are faced with public finance implosions. In the case of the U.S., deficits and debts were unsustainable even before President Obama and a Democrat-controlled Congress put the country on track to double them.

Any way you look at it, the crunch is coming. I do not have the illusion it will be painless, for the Nanny State is utterly unprepared for, and was anyway ill-equipped to handle, popular rebellion.

Nor have we anywhere in view the sort of politicians who could ride the tiger; who have any notion how to radically downsize a government peacefully. Yet we are getting beyond the sort of thing we can vote on.

David Warren
 

The Fruit of Islam "Don't Have No Comment"

—Gabriel Malor

No, really, Louis Farrakhan's private security force thugz call themselves the Fruit of Islam and they went nutso at the press covering President Obama in Chicago last night.

Byron York shares the pool reporter's email. Apparently, the Fruits thought the reporters, with their Secret Service escort, might be CIA spying on Farrakhan's tax-exempt mansion, which is just around the block from the Obamas' house.

Paranoia? Check.
Paramilitary? Check.
Religious? Check.
Not paying taxes? Check.

It think the press found Napolitano's extremists.

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Ok.... so... when 8 to 10 Little Ole Ladie and kids, who are Tea Partyers, come to a LARGE Obama rally with signs to protest, they call out SWAT teams to intimidate...But. When 20+ Farakhan Racist Moslems, potentialy armed, are within spitting distance of Obama in a PRIVATE Residence (low secrurity)... they don't do anything? Hmmm... interesting Threat Assesments there... does it show who they think the Enemy really is?

And just as revealing, it shows who they think the enemy really isn't.

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12,407 posted on 05/31/2010 2:32:14 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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As I said before the election:
"This guy was a Communtity Organizer ( code for shakedown artist ), wrote ( with a ghost writer ) two books about himself, for God's sake, and ran perpetually for office-- so how does that qualify him to lead anything?"

Obama: incompetent and ideological

Obama's house of cards ["Lies All the Time and is Spectacularly Incompetent"]

BP may not cap Gulf well until end of August

August of which year?

New Orleans faces a 'slime wave'

White House Tries to Regroup as Criticism Mounts Over Leak [Epic Fail]

0bama took ownership of the spill when he thought topkill was going to work and was greedy for the credit.
Now Deepwater Horizon is a good description of his political future.
 
 

Matt Simmons Tells Bloomberg Only Way To Contain Oil Leak Is With Small Nuclear Bombs

My solution is to get BP out of the area and announce that the first oil company to cap the well can have the production from it free of taxes for as long as it produces.

Probably have the sucker under control by the evening news...

 

The BP Oil Spill Disaster: Some Strange Media Reaction

When the BP rig blew up, the news media was initially giddy that the “disaster” might lead to an end to offshore drilling in the U.S.

That euphoria lasted until they found 0bama stuck without an answer to what they thought would always be BP’s problem.

Now the news media is confounded. They don’t want 0bama to look bad, yet they also don’t want to ignore a growing environmental crisis.

Surprise! Joe Klein Says Gulf Oil Spill is “Bush’s Second Katrina” – Video

Obama Claims He's Too Busy To Talk To Jan Brewer,But Runs To Boxer's Aid During The"Obama Oil Spill"

Gaza Flotilla Massacre [Barf Alert - Arab Agitprop] (Cynthia McKinney is aboard!!)

The Reckoning Approaches (Urban "Intelligentsia" Statists vs. Middle America/Tea Partiers)

Upside Down American Flag Upsets Neighbors

Well, turning America upside down has upset me- get a grip.

Clinton Criminality Again

Thugocracy warning:

W. Seattle teen beaten bloody in possible hate crime (White claims black torture for slavery)

Job growth seen a little less robust in May (Already making excuses... must be bad)

 
 

A Line in the Sand: Confronting the Threat at the Southwest Border

Up to 25 Bodies Found in Mexican Silver Mine

Jest doin' the mass murder Americans...

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-Thunder on the Border--

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The BP Deepwater Oil Spill - Why Top Kill May Have Failed and Tonight's Open Thread

The Oil Drum ^   theoildrum.com is far better. As they put it, “More signal, less noise”.
 

12  brocko has one chance and one chance only to make this spill go away: do at least a faint apology to George W Bush for criticizing him so stridently, and campaigning against him, on his Katrina response.

All he has to do is say, “Sorry, Mr. President; it isn’t as easy as it looks. My bad. You did your best in a bad situation.”

He does that, I think the leak stops rather soon thereafter. He doesn’t do that (and he won’t) and it will continue to be an albatross to him 10x worse than Katrina.

Never Give Up Your Weapons

When Masculine Virtues Go Out of Fashion

The death of the myth of Obama's competence?

God help America...

This:



( Yes, he actually can fly the damned thing... )

Versus this:

 
 

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12,408 posted on 05/31/2010 4:36:16 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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MILITANTS ABOARD FLOTILLA OPEN FIRE ON IDF SOLDIERS

Background Link with ongoing updates:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2524432/posts

Video of Israeli Action Against Gaza Flotilla Shows the Truth

"Peace activists" stabbing IDF soldier

Arutz Sheva actually has three separate IDF videos.

Video: Close-up footage of Mavi Marmara passengers attacking IDF soldiers

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/137798

Cynthia McKinney Mourns the Dead of the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza (Barf Alert)

"This...from the same woman that thinks the US military shot thousands of Katrina victims and dumped them into the Louisiana swamps on President Bush’s orders.

Go figure....(eye roll)"

Posted by Jim Hoft on Monday, May 31, 2010, 12:16 AM

The Israeli navy attacked at least one of six ships heading to Gaza today. There were reports of injuries and deaths.
Aljazeera posted video:

VIDEO AT LINK

This will likely be a media disaster for Israel.

FOX News reported:

Israeli warships attacked at least one of six ships carrying pro-Palestinian activists and aid for the blockaded Gaza Strip, killing at least two and wounding an unknown number of people on board, an Arabic satellite news channel and a Turkish TV network reported early Monday.

The Israeli military spokesman’s office denied that its forces attacked the boats but said they would enforce the decision to keep them away from Gaza.

However, other security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to report on the military operation, confirmed that activists were wounded, but did not give numbers.

They said the troops faced resistance and that soldiers were under orders only to use fire if their lives were in danger.

The al-Jazeera satellite channel reported by telephone from the Turkish ship leading the flotilla that Israeli navy forces fired at the ship and boarded it, wounding the captain. The Turkish NTV network also reported an Israeli takeover with gunfire, and that at least two people were killed.


12,409 posted on 05/31/2010 11:17:46 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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THE SECRET INGREDIENT in the Obama formula for success.

  I am happy to see that my friend Peggy Noonan has graduated from being the star-struck cheerleader of Obama to joinging the ranks of the disillusioned.  Back in the summer of 2008, when much of the country was swooning over The One We’ve Been Waiting for For (remember that?), Peggy was enthusiastically outlining the case for Barack Hussein Obama in The Wall Street Journal:

He has within him the possibility to change the direction and tone of American foreign policy, which need changing; his rise will serve as a practical rebuke to the past five years, which need rebuking; his victory would provide a fresh start in a nation in which a fresh start would come as a national relief. He climbed steep stairs, born off the continent with no father to guide, a dreamy, abandoning mother, mixed race, no connections. He rose with guts and gifts. He is steady, calm, and, in terms of the execution of his political ascent, still the primary and almost only area in which his executive abilities can be discerned, he shows good judgment in terms of whom to hire and consult, what steps to take and moves to make. We witnessed from him this year something unique in American politics: He took down a political machine without raising his voice.

Embarrassing, what? But 18 months after that “fresh start” things are looking pretty rancid, even to Peggy. “He was,” she complained in her WSJ column a few days ago “supposed to be competent.”

In fact, some of us have been wondering about Obama’s competence since before the election. That was part of the reason your humble correspondent, among others, worried about his total lack of executive experience. Sarah Palin had run the largest state in the union. Barack Obama had run . . . his campaign.

...Incompetence. Arrogance. Left-wingery. Those qualities go some distance in explaining what Obama is. But there is another feature that has been often but obliquely noticed. It hovers in the air when it is announced that Air Force One is ferrying the first couple to New York for a date and a night on the town. You sense it when you read, as you are always reading, that Obama is about to embark on, or about to return from, another vacation. You feel it as an unstated premise when you hear (as you are always hearing) about Obama’s latest round of golf.

Not to put too fine a point on it, Obama is lazy. He loves the perquisites of high office. He just doesn’t have much time for the demands....

COMBINING THE WORST TRAITS of Carter, Nixon, and LBJ?

Will journalists wake up in time to save journalism from Obama’s FTC? “Release of the Federal Trade Commission’s working paper on ‘reinventing journalism’ makes it clear that there is no more time for diplomacy about this issue: Barack Obama is determined to federalize the news industry just as he has banking, autos, and health care.”

RICHARD FERNANDEZ on the Gaza “Aid” Flotilla.

UPDATE: Related thoughts from Claudia Rosett.

ANOTHER UPDATE: More from Allison Kaplan Sommer.

Figures. Obama’s Terroroist Pal Bill Ayers & Top Bundler Jodie Evans Are Top Activists With Gaza Flotilla Group
Posted by Jim Hoft on Monday, May 31, 2010, 12:43 PM

Barack Obama’s close family friends, terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, and top campaign bundler Jodie Evans from Code Pink are top activists with the Gaza flotilla group that attacked the IDF today.

Code Pink activist and radical leftist Jodie Evans was one of Barack Obama’s top bundlers during the 2008 campaign.

The Real Barack Obama reported:

Aaron Klein, Jerusalem bureau chief for World Net Daily, reports from New York:

The group behind the Gaza flotilla that engaged in deadly clashes with Israeli commandoes today counts among its top activists Weather Underground terrorist founders William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn as well as Jodie Evans, the leader of the radical activist organization Code Pink.

Ayers and Dohrn were close associates for years with President Obama, while Evans was a fundraiser and financial bundler for Obama’s presidential campaign.

Earlier today, Israeli navy commandos raided the six-ship flotilla, encountering heavy resistance and live fire from the activists. Nine activists were killed and dozens of others were reportedly injured, as were several of the Israeli commandoes.

The flotilla was organized by the Free Gaza Movement, a coalition of leftist human rights activists and pro-Palestinian groups engaged in attempts to break a blockade imposed by Israel on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

Ayers, Dohrn and Evans’ Code Pink have led several recent Free Gaza Movement initiatives, including attempted marches into the Gaza Strip. Dorhn was in the Middle East just last month on behalf of the movement.

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12,410 posted on 05/31/2010 12:07:16 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Terror alert as US uncovers Somali human smuggling ring (We've Lost Our Country!)

State of alert throughout Israel. "Brink of war or new Intifada"

REPORT: ISRAEL TO STATION NUCLEAR MISSILE SUBS OFF IRAN


IDF Soldier: Passengers on boat shot at us the entire time - Plus, Video of soldier being stabbed

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Interesting comment PGiS.

In recent days, the international media, particularly in Europe and the Mideast, has been full of stories about activist boats sailing to Gaza carrying desperately-needed humanitarian aid and building materials.

The BBC World Service even led its world news broadcasts with this story at one point over last weekend. (The BBC yesterday boasted that its global news audience has now risen to 220 million persons a week, making it by far the biggest news broadcaster in the world.)

Yet the BBC and other media fail to report on the fancy new restaurants and swimming pools of Gaza, or about the wind surfing competitions on Gaza beaches, or the Strip's crowded shops and markets.

No, this would spoil their agenda. Playing the manipulative game of the BBC is easy. If I had their vast taxpayer funded resources, I too could produce reports about parts of London, Manchester and Glasgow and make it look as though there is a humanitarian catastrophe throughout the UK. I could produce the same effect by selectively filming seedy parts of Paris and Rome and New York and Los Angeles too.

Of course there is poverty in Gaza. There is poverty in parts of Israel too. (When was the last time a foreign journalist based in Israel left the pampered lounge bars and restaurants of the King David and American Colony hotels in Jerusalem and went to check out the slum-like areas of southern Tel Aviv? Or the hard-hit Negev towns of Netivot or Rahat?)

But the way the BBC and other prominent Western news media are deliberately misleading global audiences and systematically creating the false impression that people are somehow starving in Gaza, and that it is all Israel's fault, can only serve to increase hatred for the Jewish state - which one suspects was the goal of many of the editors and reporters involved in the first place.

If you drop by the Roots Club in Gaza, according to the Lonely Planet guidebook for Gaza and the West Bank, you can dine on steak au poivre and chicken cordon bleu.

The restaurant's website in Arabic gives a window into middle class dining and the lifestyle of Hamas officials in Gaza.

And here it is in English, for all the journalists, UN types and NGO staff who regularly frequent this and other nice Gaza restaurants but don't tell their readers about them.

Please take a look at the pictures on the above website. They are not the kind of things you see in The New York Times or CNN or in Newsweek, whose international edition last week had one of the most disgracefully misleading stories about Gaza I have ever seen, portraying it in terms which were virtually reminiscent of Hiroshima after a nuclear blast.

In case anyone doubts the authenticity of this video (which is up on the club's own website I linked), I just called the club in Gaza City and had a nice chat with the manager who proudly confirmed business is booming and many Palestinians and international guests are dining there.

While Western media, misled by corrupt and biased NGOs, continue to report on a "humanitarian catastrophe" in Gaza, the Palestinian Ma'an news agency reports on the Olympic-size swimming pool that opened in Gaza last week.

How does an area that claims to be starved of water and building materials and depends on humanitarian aid build an Olympic size swimming pool and create a luxury lifestyle for some while others are forced to live in abject poverty as political pawn refugees?

 Netanya does not have a municipal Olympic pool. Neither does Ashkelon, or Sderot. Gaza City is part of the Palestinian territory operated by the Islamic terror regime, Hamas. Netanya has been hit by repeated Palestinian suicide attacks, car bombings, and terrorist gunmen that have left over fifty of its citizens dead and more than three hundred injured. The Palestinians receive record amounts of international funding. The victims of Palestinian terror get nothing.
 
193  ...all over the lefty blogosphere the moonbats are stilling running with the meme that these folks were unarmed. YouTube is pulling the vids as fast as they get posted and I have no doubt the MFM will refuse to show any of them.

Can't let the truth get out.

Flotillas and the Wars of Public Opinion

Purge of Jews Begins in Europe as Outrage Grows Over Gaza Incident

SHOCKER: The convoy of ships allegedly trying to bring aid to the Gaza Strip was organized by a group belonging to an officially designated terrorist organization.

UPDATE: More news.

ANOTHER UPDATE: The “Full Whoopi”?

“Peace activists.”

All aboard the peace thug flotilla: “The army of Muhammad will return!”; Update: Israel is ready for the next jihadi ships; U.N. condemns Israel, of course

By Michelle Malkin  •  June 1, 2010 02:06 AM


This is what floats their boat.

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Scroll down for updates…at least three more Jew-bashing martyrdom ships on the way…U.N. condemns Israeli actions, calls for release of ships…

From the IDF YouTube channel, a video counter-narrative of the weekend “Freedom Flotilla” furor you won’t see in the Israel-bashing press:

Video taken by IDF naval boat shows the passengers of the Mavi Marmara, one of the ships in the ‘Free Gaza’ Flotilla, violently attacking IDF soldiers who were trying to board the ship after having sent repeated requests for the boat to change course.

Large groups of passengers surrounded soldiers and beat them with metal poles and chairs, and threw one soldier over the side of the ship. Some passengers grabbed pistols from the IDF soldiers and opened fire. As a result of the attacks, seven IDF soldiers were injured, and nine of the passengers were killed.

The ‘Free Gaza’ Flotilla had publicly insisted on their non-violent intentions, however their violent attack on the IDF soldiers was clearly premeditated. They had knives, metal rods, firebombs and other items ready to use.

Many of the IDF soldiers were armed with…paintball guns.

Jonathan Schanzer reports on the terror financiers behind the peace thug flotilla:

The Turkish organizers of the Gaza Strip-bound flotilla that was boarded this morning by Israeli commandos knew well in advance that their vessels would never reach Israeli waters. That’s because the organizers belong to a nonprofit that was banned by the Israeli government in July 2008 for its ties to terrorism finance.

The Turkish IHH (Islan Haklary Ve Hurriyetleri Vakfi in Turkish) was founded in 1992, and reportedly popped up on the CIA’s radar in 1996 for its radical Islamist leanings. Like many other Islamist charities, the IHH has a record of providing relief to areas where disaster has struck in the Muslim world.

However, the organization is not a force for good. The Turkish nonprofit belongs to a Saudi-based umbrella organization known to finance terrorism called the Union of Good (Ittilaf al-Kheir in Arabic). Notably, the Union is chaired by Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, who is known best for his religious ruling that encourages suicide attacks against Israeli civilians. According to one report, Qardawi personally transferred millions of dollars to the Union in an effort to provide financial support to Hamas.

In 2008, the Israelis banned IHH, along with 35 other Islamist charities worldwide, for its ties to the Union of Good. This was a follow-on designation; Israelis first blocked the Union of Good from operating in the West Bank and Gaza in 2002.

Interestingly, the Union of Good may not only be tied to Hamas. Included in the Israeli list of 36 designees was the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO). In 2006, both the U.S. government and the United Nations designated the IIRO branch offices in Indonesia and the Philippines for financing al Qaeda.

Melanie Phillips has more on the Islamic terror ambush and the jihadis’ media sympathizers:

The notion – uncritically swallowed by the lazy, ignorant and bigoted BBC and other western media – that the flotilla organisers are ‘peace activists’ is simply ludicrous. This research by the Danish Institute for International Studies details the part played by the IHH in Islamist terror in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Chechnya. According to the French magistrate Jean-Louis Bruguiere testifying at the Seattle trial of would-be al Qaeda Millenium bomber Ahmed Ressamin, the IHH had played ‘[a]n important role’ in the al Qaeda Millenium bomb plot targeting Los Angeles airport. It was also involved in weapons trafficking, and played in addition a key role in galvanizing anti-Western sentiment among Turkish Muslims in the lead-up to the 2003 war in Iraq. ‘Peace activists’ these people most certainly are not.

And this flotilla was but the latest jihadi attack, deploying the Islamists’ signature strategy of violence and media manipulation. Here from MEMRI (via Just Journalism) is a clip showing the hysteria against Israel being whipped up on board before the ships set sail, with the chanting of intifada songs about ‘Khaybar’ – the iconic slaughter of Jews by Muslims in the 7th century which is used as a rallying cry to kill the Jews today — and threats of ‘martyrdom’. This was not merely a propaganda stunt, but a terrorist attack.

Indeed, here’s the Jew-killing warm-up chant alluding to Khaibar and the return of the “army of Mohammed:”

It’s a chant sung by jihadists here in the U.S., too. Know your history, know your enemy:

Khaibar, Khaibar, O Jews.
The Army of Muhammad will return
Khaibar, Khaibar, O Jews.
The Army of Muhammad will return
Khaibar, Khaibar, O Jews.
The Army of Muhammad will return
Khaibar, Khaibar, O Jews.
The Army of Muhammad will return
Hey hey hey, hey hey hey.
Khaibar, Khaibar, O Jews.
The Army of Muhammad will return
Khaibar, Khaibar, O Jews.
The Army of Muhammad will return
Khaibar, Khaibar, O Jews.
The Army of Muhammad will return
Khaibar, Khaibar, O Jews.
The Army of Muhammad will return
We will crawl and fight.

With our blood, we will fight.
We will crawl and fight.
With our blood we will fight.
Ah, Ah.
You will not cross over my blood, over my blood.
You will not live in my homeland, in my homeland.
You will not cross over my blood, over my blood.
You will not live in my homeland, in my homeland.
Death to you…under the ground,
and glory to us above the ground.
Death to you under the ground,
and glory to us above the ground.

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Right on cue, here comes the U.N. Security Council to condemn Israel.

And right on cue, here come the worldwide protests, via John Hinderaker at Power Line.

Speaking of useful idiots, William Jacobson has a round-up of the left-o-sphere’s usual Israel-hating suspects.

Doug Ross has more on the “humanitarian” cover for this martyrdom operation.

***

Update: There’s another jihadi ship on the way. Israel says it’s ready:

Israel’s Navy is ready to stop another aid ship headed to Gaza, a commander said on Tuesday, playing down the prospect of his men shying from confrontation after their bloody seizure of a Turkish vessel a day earlier.

Israel’s Army Radio reported that the MV Rachel Corrie, a converted merchant ship, would reach Gazan waters by Wednesday.

A Marine lieutenant who was not named told Army Radio that he expected an easy takeover of the ship.

Yes, it’s named after that Rachel Corrie.

This report says there are a total of at least three more vessels on the way.

The U.N. Security Council wants Israel to release the ships and passengers it has in custody:

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday condemned acts which resulted in the loss of civilian lives on ships carrying pro-Palestinian campaigners and aid to Gaza, and called for an impartial investigation into Israel’s deadly raid.

In a statement, the Security Council also called for the immediate release of 400 international activists and the six ships being held by Israel.

…Netanyahu voiced regret at the deaths but vowed to maintain the three-year-old embargo to stop Iranian-backed Hamas from bringing arms to Gaza.

That pledge could soon be tested. Israel’s Army Radio said the aid ship MV Rachel Corrie, named after an American activist killed by the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip in 2003, would approach the port of Gaza imminently. A marines commander told the station his men were “ready” to intercept the ship.

***

And nope, as Allahpundit at Hot Air notes, no U.N. condemnation of North Korea yet.***

Charles Krauthammer on Monday night’s Special Report on FNC:

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: The fundamental deception here is the use of the word “humanitarian.” As we saw, humanitarians don’t wield iron clubs and would have killed the Israelis had the Israelis not drawn their pistols in self-defense. But there’s a larger issue here. What exactly is the humanitarian crisis that the flotilla was actually addressing? There is none. There’s no one starving in Gaza. The Gazans have been supplied with food and social services, education, by the U.N., by UNRWA, for 60 years in part with American tax money. Second, when there are humanitarian needs, the Israelis allow every day food and medicine overland into Gaza.

The reason that it did not want to allow this flotilla is because, as the spokesman for the flotilla said herself, this was not about humanitarian relief, it was about breaking the blockade. And the reason the Israelis have a blockade is because they only want to allow humanitarian supplies and not weaponry. Look, the proof of that is the fact that if you look at a map of Gaza, you’ll see that Israelis only control three sides of this rectangle. There’s a fourth side on the Egyptian side. So it is an Egyptian-Israeli blockade. The Egyptians have the same problem with Gaza. People accuse Israelis of having a blockade because they’re racist, they’re anti-Muslim, anti-Arab. The Egyptians are Muslim and Arab, and they’ve gone to war three times on behalf of the Palestinians.

So why do they have exactly the same blockade? Because Gaza is run by Hamas, a terror entity that wants to import weaponry and resume the war against Israel. The man who made the announcement that we saw earlier, explaining the commando raid, is the defense minister of Israel. He’s not right winger. He’s Ehud Barak, who’s the leader of Labor, the party of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, the party of the left, the man who 10 years ago this summer offered the Palestinians a peace agreement that would provide a Palestinian state, division of Jerusalem and an end of the conflict. The Palestinians said no, and Gaza two years ago declared war on Israel. That’s why you’ve got a blockade, and the flotilla was not about humanitarian needs. It was about smashing the blockade.

More at Newsbusters.

VIDEOS AT MM- Watch, and remember.

Deepwater Horizon Will Be Bigger Than Three-Mile Island, And We Felt That For Three Decades

May 31, 2010 at 10:28 am

From this, BP and MMS had plenty of advance warning that this well was a problem and potentially a catastrophe waiting to happen. Not only did this well experience several “kicks” (sudden gas releases in the well) but they KNEW they had a problem with the blowout preventer!!!
Can someone say criminal negligence?
http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/bp_was_aware_of_problems_at_deepwater_horizon_months_before_explosion

(There have been unstoppable leaks on dry land.)

There were reports about this when the crisis first started which I wrote about a few weeks ago.

Apparently, the Russians used low-yield nuclear weapons to stop oil spills and for other non military purposes several times in the 1960s.

BP is cutting the riser right now!

False Dreams and Broken Promises: The Wasteful Federal Investment in Urban Mass Transit

MEMORIAL DAY TOP 5: Great WWII Films You Might Have Missed

Bulletproof The French and Indian War: Account of a British Officer

More California homeowners walk out on mortgages

Poll shocker! Majority wants Obama records

Peruvian child becomes symbol of US undocumented (Aww, let's just let 'em all stay here)

Anti-AZ Immigration Law Protest – Photos

May 31st, 2010

From The Dustin Inman Society:

Protest pictures at Phoenix Capital

Photos from the May 29, 2010 Phoenix protest against the Arizona immigration enforcement law…

 

The racism and sheer ignorance on display is simply staggering. (Hint: the Western Hemisphere is not a continent.)

And someone should tell Mrs. Pelosi that there is a lot of Nazi talk and swastikaas [sic] being bandied about.

But, as usually happens, their real agenda slips out.

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Back in the day, when PC hadn’t polluted rational thinking, and when I was in Marine Corps, (pronounced ‘core’, not corpse, Obama) boot camp,, the Mexicans among us were routinely called ‘wetbacks’ by the drill instructors, and they laughed about it.

Once during mail call, as we neared graduation, one member of our platoon was boasting of his Mexican heritage, and the #2 ‘Hat’, who happened to be from Boston and sarcastic as hell said; “What do you Mexicans have for a history? All a Mexican is, is a descendent of an indian that got knocked up by a Spanish invader!”

This was in 1967, and I’ve thought of it a lot in recent months, for he distilled into two sentences the entire claim these jerk-wads have to being indigenous to this country. In other words….NONE...

Indeed. The only “indigenous” people (for lack of a better term) were the Pima and Papago Indians, who, as explained in this excerpt from http://www.accessgenealogy.com.....anhist.htm, were not entirely without wars and “land grabs”.

Sarah Palin and the Multitude of Dummies (So say the Elites)

My city is 58% black ( used to be 63 1/2%, but we got some white trash movin’ in on us... that is a Joke, Son... ) and the “OOPS!” ( with Oblamer’s logo as “O’s” ) and “Don’t blame me- I voted for Sarah, you betcha!” bumper stickers get a lot of high-fives, hat-waves, and hoo-rahin’— from black folks.

Guess who angrily buzzes my truck- runs up fast behind me, whips around, and nearly hits my left quarter panel cutting in in front of me?

White folks with Bam-bam’s silly little stickers on their cars.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Embraces Hate Preaching Imam~ Video

Deval Patrick loves a preacher of hate?

Just like his buddy Barack Obama.

???

My favorite all-time snarky cracks about The First Clydesdale ( hattip: anti-idiotarian rottweiler, who, if anyone gives a damn is a black fellow ) I've read on the web?

"I ain't hittin' on any chick that wears the rugs and draperies.."

And:

"Accessories? That dress needs end tables..."

79 posted on Tuesday, June 01, 2010 3:59:05 AM by backhoe
 

Likely Loss of Millions of Jobs Due to WHO Proposal on Tobacco Ingredients

Obama seems unable to cut the mustard as each incident makes it appear

A Tale of Two Americas On Memorial Day 2010

. . .”And does it matter if Obama throws some leaves on a tomb?”
If we actually had a President then I guess it would matter, but this is just a Kenyan imposter who doesn’t belong at Arlington anyway, so it’s all good.
 

Bill Clinton back in the news

Tired of all the Obama talk around here lately? How about we discuss Bill Clinton a bit? Not penny ante stuff like playing bag man to Joe Sestak, big time stuff like crippling America's military superiority and locking away forever a trillion dollars worth of clean-burning coal for suitcases full of campaign loot. What's got the ol' Baron digging up the sins of the past, you ask? Well, Slick Willy and his bag man Al Gore were the first thing that popped into my head when I saw this story on Chinese supercomputing capability:

Chinese Supercomputer Is Ranked World's Second-Fastest, Challenging U.S. Dominance
By JOHN MARKOFF
Published: May 31, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO -- A Chinese supercomputer has been ranked as the world's second-fastest machine, surpassing European and Japanese systems and underscoring China's aggressive commitment to science and technology.

The Dawning Nebulae, based at the National Supercomputing Center in Shenzhen, China, has achieved a sustained computing speed of 1.27 petaflops -- the equivalent of one thousand trillion mathematical operations a second -- in the latest semiannual ranking of the world's fastest 500 computers.

The newest ranking was made public on Monday at the International Supercomputer Conference in Hamburg, Germany. Supercomputers are used for scientific and engineering problems as diverse as climate simulation and automotive design.

You know what else supercomputers are used for? Building nuclear guidance systems. And fourth generation fighter jets. Now I know what you're thinking, what the hell does that have to do with Clinton? Well, not many people remember that it was Bill Clinton who loosened export controls to allow the People's Republic of China to purchase supercomputing technology.
A 1995 General Accounting Office, or GAO, report ordered by the Pentagon and State Department and critical of exports to China portrays the United States as being a blind trading partner of China. The unclassified report shows that the United States approved 67 export licenses to China for military-industrial products between 1990 and 1993, including $530 million of missile-related technology. "The Department of Justice is concerned the Department of Commerce might not be identifying or seeking interagency concurrence on all potential missile technology export-license applications," the report de-clares.

According to William Triplett II, former chief Republican counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the British and French were furious when Clinton dismantled the Coordinating Committee for Multilateral Export Controls, or COCOM -- an international arrangement to prevent export of military high-tech. That decision, he says, secured the export to Russia and China this year of supercomputers capable of building sophisticated nuclear-guidance systems. California-based Silicon Graphics, now under federal investigation for illegal exporting, sold the supercomputers to the China Academy of Sciences and to a Russian nuclear-weapons lab, claiming the sales were based on an understanding that the technology would be used for environmental purposes. The company says it now feels terrible about these sales.

Follow the link and read the whole thing if you're in the mood to vomit with rage. There is no doubt the supercomputing technology PRC is developing today was reverse-engineered from the previously export controlled systems they bought under Bill Clinton. A few more choice nuggets:
The FBI learned of a major Chinese espionage plot to influence the elections last year and launched an investigation. The ex-Russian agent says China's political leaders initiated the operation after meeting to discuss how best to penetrate the U.S. government. "It was a political group decision," the source observes.

...

The ex-Russian intelligence agent's allegation of Chinese penetration has been confirmed by Randolph Quon, a former Hong Kong investment banker for two decades. Quon is close to several of the Chinese princelings--the sons and nephews of China's ruling leaders who head the major Red Chinese trading companies. He says China had a "guan-xi," or connection to get access, for its U.S. political operation. "Li Peng was told the Lippo Group had a back channel to the White House, to Bill Clinton," Quon says, through "dealmaker" John Huang, the former Commerce official and ex-vice president of the Indonesia-based Lippo Group, which had extensive joint ventures with Chinese power companies. All utility companies in China are operated by the People's Liberation Army, or PLA, say defense-intelligence specialists.

...

Senior U.S. intelligence officials say the Chinese waited patiently for an opportunity to strike and found vulnerability in a White House that seemed more concerned with filling a depleted Democratic National Committee war chest than with national security. Clinton denies security has suffered under his tenure, and Vice President Al Gore says he did nothing wrong in granting access to big-buck donors, but claims he won't "do it again."

...

He is not alone. Bipartisan former intelligence officials, who asked not to be identified, trace this national-security breakdown to Clinton's out-of-control fund-raising campaign. They cite the selling of White House access to drug dealers and heads of Chinese gun-smuggling companies as well as presidential one-on-ones with sons and daughters of the highest commanders in the PLA. They note that security clearances were overlooked and access to the president and high administration policy wonks was granted without so much as a FBI background check even for White House coffee-klatsch guests.

Like I said, go read it all. If the name James Huang and the Lippo Group sound familiar they were also central players in Clinton's decision to block access to the world's largest deposit of clean-burning coal by designating 1.7 million acres in Utah as a National Monument:
The documents indicate that Lippo business partner Mission Energy (now named Edison Mission Energy) received strong Clinton administration support for a $2.6 billion power-plant project in Indonesia. One 1994 document sings the praises of the Indonesian government-backed project -- "with its state-of-the-art emissions-control technology and by using low-sulfur Indonesian coal, the project will be on the cleanest, most efficient coal-fired facilities in the world." As the Lippo conglomerate is a key supplier of low-sulfur Indonesian coal, Clinton's Lippo Group donors -- the Riady family, Huang and Arief and Soraya Wiriadinata -- had much to gain from official government support of this Lippo homeland project.

The official mention of "low-sulfur Indonesian coal" also is interesting in light of Clinton's creation of the 1.7 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, placing off-limits the world's largest deposit of low-sulfur coal and thereby increasing the value of Lippo's investments in clean-burning coal deposits in Indonesia. The documents prove the administration was very much aware of the Lippo coal interests that later benefited from Clinton's decision.

Frankly, playing a little Chicago-style election hokey-pokey is the best we could possibly hope for out of Bill Clinton. He deliberately sold out our national security and energy futures for foreign campaign cash. Remember him well when PRC launches its cyber attack against the United States.

 
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12,411 posted on 06/01/2010 2:25:45 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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The 'peaceful' Jihad in America

Tropical Storm Agatha Kills Over 100, And It's Heading For The Gulf Of Mexico

BP ROV LMRP Update - Looks like they are finally cutting the riser pipe

Karl Rove Says Obama Really has No Plan of Action on Gulf Oil Spill – Video

Time: Conservatives Hate Obama So Much They'd Root for Invading Martians Over Obama

Red Planet v. Red Barry. A hard choice.

Tough call...this:

Versus this:

Why did ATF suddenly redefine firearm transfers?

What can I say? Some of these people worship death and hate life and love:
 Scummy Abortionists Stoop to New Lows (Graphic)
As I see it:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1940907/posts?page=8#8
Abortion is a great evil... once, long ago, most women seemed to know this...
 

The Smallest President

WHY was he elected?

1. Many in this nation have turned their backs on God.
2. Pop culture and relativism rule.
3. Superficial education which does not ADEQUATELY teach
history, economics (and many other subjects).
4. Poor work done by several Republicans.
5. The breakdown of family
6. A governmental system that has grown far too big and
fosters dependence, rather than independence.

16 posted on Tuesday, June 01, 2010 7:34:14 AM by SumProVita
 


For whatever it's worth around here, I remain convinced until this day that -Komrade ZerØ--

Was never intended to be elected in 2008-- it was supposed to be a dry run to introduce him, and give their side time to sanitize his background and prepare the public for his "descent from Heaven"--

Unfortunately for all of us, a lethal confluence of Media Hive enablers, white guilt, and black racism propelled this fool

windowfool

far beyond his "level of incompetence..."



I also still believe Duh!1®, was "selected" by an unhappy confluence of "Mo Money" than the unfortunate Cap'n Queeg, the shadily-orchestrated meltdown of "The Economy" ( which still seems to be staggering along despite it all ) and the Ophra-ization of the masses. Aided and abetted by the dumbing down caused by Public Miseducation and too much Popular Culture, which is a cesspool of reaction shots, bumper-sticker slogans, and tits, and teeth, and asses. Literally, and figuratively...

American Idol and Survivor, writ large and smarmy...

Basically, Obama was "Marketed Better"- like soft drinks are...



...but still, he's just an empty suit:




for all those



Drinkers out there in TV land... "you gotta fall down, an' worship De Idol"--
( Old Negro Spiritual, "Shadrack, Neshack, Abendnego" )

worshipme.jpg

But...

If we aren't all rounded up and re-educated at

Camp Obama


Learn more about Camp Obama

it should provide endless opportunities to hector, and catcall, and kibitz from the sidelines.

I hope all the MoonBats really, really, really enjoy having The New Little Big Fraud© at the helm. It's going to be quite a ride...

This guy really is Bad News.

And Then! There are his gullible, self-deluded camp followers:



Preview of Anti-Obama Documentary Outrages Left

John Ziegler didn’t know the kind of fury the left would unleash on him when he unveiled his web video “How Obama Got Elected.”

See his website and video here.

“The Zogby results were incredible and they were credible and the vast majority of enws media ignored it because it was their own malfeasance that created a massive amount of ignorance,”

See poll results here.


As I have mentioned here:

OBAMAO ... is America ready for a Marxist president?[ 1, 2, 3, 4 ]

Nope, but we are about to get one, good and hard...

...so chroniclers like Yours Truly will be documenting every move he makes, every breath he takes... unless, or until, we are silenced by all that "tolerance & inclusiveness" he & his followers are already practicing.... ( "we in charge now" )

America Held Hostage- the Obama Files...
Click the picture:

Teen Critical, Shot 5 Times Biking By Party (Gun Free Zone of Chicago.....again!)


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Meet Obama’s “Rationing Man.” Yeah, the same goofballs that brought you Deepwater Horizon have your life & health "care" in their paws, now. Happy?
Suckers...
 

Obama, Then, When He Thought Top Kill Worked: I Own This
Obama, Now, When Top Kill Has Failed: BP Owns This

—Ace

What a hero.

Posted by Ace at 02:40 PM New Comments Thingy
 
39 He's a community organizer.  Why doesn't he just organize a protest or some kind of sit-in or swim-in. 

Scream and wave signs at the leak...
 
SO HOW’S THAT CHICAGO GUN CONTROL LAW WORKING? At least 25 shot, 1 killed in Chicago weekend violence.
 

24 Hours After The Gaza Incident, Where’s The President?

UPDATE: A reader emails: “Seventh hole.”

President Obama doesn’t own the oil spill; it owns him.

COMING SOON: A “Global Cold Wave?”

Volcanoes, Sunspots, and La Nina -- Oh My!

There's an interesting article by Art Horn over at Pajamas Media (hat tip Instapundit) concerning a confluence of factors that may lead to a short-term global cooling of the planet.

Read the linked article for the details, but the quick summary is as follows.

  1. Eruptions of other volcanoes in Iceland have been historically linked to the (currently erupting) Eyjafjallajokull. Large volcanic eruptions have been known to cause significant worldwide cooling.
  2. The longest and deepest solar minimum of the last 100 years has ended recently. Long solar cycles have been linked to global cooling trends in the following cycle.
  3. The now famous (?) El Nino and La Nina ocean warming patterns point to a rise of La Nina which would serve to lower temperatures further.
The net result of this could be bitterly cold winters and unnaturally cold summers for a few years.

While I didn't care for the tone the author Horn takes in his article--he has too many overreaching statements attacking global warming science--the sources he links are quite interesting and worth a read.

More on The Left's Beloved Narrative con:

No R(egrets)

Regular protein wisdom readers have been long prepped for what we are now seeing with respect to both Israel and South Korea, fantasy narratives of immediate “history” being written right before our eyes by a motivated and insulated Left that no longer accepts the unhelpful “constraints” of factual “tyranny,” or Western “colonialist” logic, or classical liberal appeals to individual rights — and is no longer even asked to, either by a press overrun with progressive activists , or by an ideological opposition that has accepted the terms of “debate.” Richard Fernandez sums it up thus:

[...] nothing is more paramount either to the establishment nor to the politically correct sections of the media than the maintenance of a lie. For the lie is in the service of the greater good. High reasons of policy will be invoked to explain why the truth should not be so. But the extreme reliance on fantasy by parts of the Western establishment goes well beyond surrounding a kernel of the truth with a “bodyguard of lies.” Instead it is the lie itself which is guarded by even more falsehoods. Gradually and inexorably, an entire political class has staked its existence on continuation of falsehood. The greater good is the fiction. Deception has become a necessity in itself...

The main reason to worry is that it illustrates the Western addiction to fiction,  an addiction which sooner or later will have practical consequences. That addiction was also being pandered to on the other side of the world.

(more…)

(63) Comments   "We choose leaders with no executive ability because they are ‘cool’.

I’m thinking the simultaneous rise of Lady Gaga and Barack Obama is no coincidence."

The ability to create certain narratives — that is, the cover given to those who spin certain yarns from the texts before them — is tied to a worldview wherein all it takes to create the “truthful” interpretation of events is the manufactured consensus of a motivated interpretive community that is free to describe events in a way “reasonable” people might come to see them.

I won’t bore you by going in to how this happens yet again; nor will I further excoriate those who allow this maneuver by accepting the premises that underwrite it. They are either complicit, or the worse kinds of useful idiots, and as such are the problem personified — emblems of the success of the institutionalization of those (semiotic) premises necessary to the deconstruction of the Englightenment paradigm, which, when it no longer deceives, rewards those who learn its manipulations with the promise of power.

No. Instead, I’ll simply sit back and watch it play out. Because what more can I do, really? What more can any of us do?

– Besides arm ourselves and hope for the best, I mean.

(h/t Geoff and Terry H)

 
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I WROTE ABOUT SOME COOL STUFF that amateur astronomers are doing in An Army of Davids, but it just gets cooler: Amazing shot of ISS and Jupiter… during daytime!
 
BUILDING A SPACE ELEVATOR in seven years.

12,413 posted on 06/01/2010 12:29:51 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Its over, the BP Spill continues

 
 

Will Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster Exceed Desert Storm Spill in Persian Gulf?[Help-Don't Bother Me]

The BP Deepwater Oil Spill - Cutting Metal Under Water and Tuesday Open Thread 1

BP Cites Broken Disk in 'Top Kill' Failure

It's the Frustration, Stupid

Obama's Mideast Strategy Implodes (MSM blames Bibi for Obama's Mideast failure)

What "strategy" besides screw Israel and screw up America as badly as he can?

This:



( Yes, he actually can fly the damned thing... )

Versus this:

God help us all...

Inconvenient Truth Department: Another Green Dream Turns Brown (Electric Cars)

VIDEO: Flotilla Participants Chanted Islamic Battle Cry Invoking Killing Of Jews

Sarah Palin On Israeli Flotilla: Don't Take Mainstream Media Coverage At Face Value

The Style Book: How The Establishment Media Uses Politically Correct Language To Impact Thought

Illegal Immigrants Crime Spree in WA. (Over half on Most Wanted List Illegal Aliens)

3 lb. Body Armor Plate Stops 60 Rounds (Cool AZ Company!)

Obama’s Three Fatal Flaws


12,414 posted on 06/01/2010 1:25:23 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Obama's Bay Of Rigs: The President's Chickens Come Home To Roost

As the Deepwater Horizon blow out continues unabated for a month and one half, the disaster has become what Rush Limbaugh is calling Obama's Bay of Rigs. This may be one of those times when a spoof better describes what the public is coming to view as this president's Waterloo. Oversold and under delivered from the moment he came on the national scene, Barack Obama is now being rolled over by an extraordinary confluence of events.

At the center of these events now is the oil spill in the Gulf, a situation over which he has minimal tactical control but 100% political control. But there's nothing he can do to fix the problem that BP and a world of petroleum engineers haven't already thought of. So what does he do next? Send in the prosecutors. Although this may be seen as effective by some (those focused solely on payback), it is no comfort to most who will see it as a cynical political response to a problem that begs for some "roll up your sleeves" leadership.

The problem waiting just one step back from the oil spill was manifested yesterday in thinly disguised political theatre produced by Hamas and Turkey when a barricade storming flotilla of Hamas thugs and their requisite coterie of human shields upstaged a planned "reconciliation" meeting between Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama. The attempt by the Obama administration to reset the Israeli dialogue with the US came after President Obama botched the last meeting and humiliated the Israeli Prime Minister in a way that shocked even Congress. Our enemies obviously saw this imminent rapprochement as the time to stage an incident (their timing was perfect and the poorly executed response by the IDF only helped their cause). But the genesis of this entire fiasco can be found in the Apology Tour conducted across the globe by our president last year, where the a message of self doubt, weakness and appeasement was delivered to a worldwide audience by our very own president. It was, as predicted, viewed by our enemies as a sign of weakness and yesterday's provocation was the inevitable result.

Election results of the past year show clearly that there is a growing sense of unease percolating in the electorate. Personal income rose over $50 billion in April yet consumer spending was nonexistent. That is the calculus of fear. As has been remarked on this blog before, there is the growing realization that not only is there no one at helm, there isn't the least perception that anyone is in charge. The oil spill in the Gulf only enlarges this perception of an impotent President; the barricade run by our enemies yesterday against Israel, however, just shows that our enemies are not going to let a good opportunity pass when they see one.

 
 
COMMERCIAL PROPERTY OWNERS FACE declining rents.
 
 Wow, talk about a sinkhole
 


Betcha if you looked hard enough, you could see Oblamer's ratings at the bottom of it...
 

Survivorman

An axe with a built in distress signal.

After being stranded for days in an area just south of Wollaston Lake, he cut down four power poles in hopes of attracting attention. According to SaskPower's James Parker, he was spotted by a helicopter last Friday. "We fly the line to see what the issue is. So naturally our folks went down to rescue him. He was in a very distressed state when we got to him."

Posted by Kate at 9:11 AM| Comments (23)
 
Silly man- everyone knows we are a part of The Dreaming...
 
CLINTON REDUX: The Joe Sestak Affair.
 

"There's any number of reasons for this"

Amongst them I'd count Barack Hussein Obama... mmm, mmm, mmm...  And then Pelosi and Reid...  followed by Holden, Geithner, Gibbs, Emmanuel, Ayers, Wright, Jones and what the hell... Biden too:

Gallup's generic polling shows the number of voters saying that they would vote for Republicans rising three points from last week, while the number saying they will vote for Democrats dropped four points.  The 49%-43% lead for the Republicans is the largest that the pollster has ever recorded for the party.  Moreover, Democratic enthusiasm for voting this fall fell a point, while enthusiasm among Republicans stayed about fifteen points higher.  This indicates an even wider lead for Republicans once Gallup imposes a likely voter screen this fall.

There's any number of reasons for this:  the public's perception of Obama's response to the oil spill, the shaky stock market performance last week, continued concern about the economy and spending.

-Real Clear Politics

America is waking up.  Slowly but surely.

It's change to believe in.

Crossposted at Brutally Honest.

 
 
 

12,415 posted on 06/02/2010 1:14:22 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Are You Looking For A Job? (Summer Edition)

Colorado 'Preppers' Get Ready For Worst

Unplugged Christians living off the grid ['Christian Exodus' and others]

Obamacare: Get ready to pay for young slackers’ sex-lives

Young Adults Believe in the Age of Entitlements, claim researchers

Mexico feeling the impact of Exodus of Illegal Aliens from US (Because of Arizona's SB 1070!)

Illegal immigrants: SB-1070 will not stop us

IDF: Global Jihad links on flotilla

Owners Stop Paying Mortgages, and Stop Fretting

NASA Charged in New Climate Fakery: Greenhouse Gas Data Bogus

Caught in the heat are NASA’s Dr. Judith Curry and a junk science equation by the space agency’s Dr. Gavin Schmidt creating disarray over a contentious Earth energy graph. The internal row was ignited by the release of a sensational new research paper discrediting calculations crucial to the greenhouse gas theory.

NASA in Internal Spat over Data -- Hot on the heels of my recent scoop that the U.S. space agency may have suppressed evidence from the Apollo Moon landings that invalidated the greenhouse gas (GHG) theory, an internecine fury among NASA employees over fudged equations is set to further embarrass the current U.S. Administration’s stand on global warming.

(Excerpt) Read more at canadafreepress.com ...

Glitch shows how much US military relies on GPS

Groups want FCC to police hate speech on talk radio, cable news networks

The organizations, which include Free Press, the Center for Media Justice, the Benton Foundation and Media Alliance, also argue that the anonymity of the Web gives ammunition to those that would spread hate.

I guarantee you every one of these modern day BOOK BURNERS has a liberal arts degree in some victim group studies program, voted for Obama, is pro-abortion, thinks more government is the answer to every question, and absolutely cannot tolerant anyone who doesn't think exactly like they do. They are the walking cliches of liberal fascism.

President Obama Asks *You* To Celebrate Homosexual Pride Month

Goat, eh? Be prepared...

There is no valid analogy between the Gulf spill and Apollo 13 (Apollo Astronaut Schmitt Speaks Out)

Watts Up With That (Guest Editorial) ^   "The rescue of Astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert, after an oxygen tank explosion on their spacecraft, illustrates how complex technical accidents should be handled, in contrast to the Gulf fiasco. Nothing in the government’s response to the blowout and explosion on the Deepwater Horizon and its aftermath bears any resemblance to the response to the Apollo 13 situation by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration and its Mission Control team at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston. "
 

Here is part of the article follow the link to read the rest that goes with the chart.

RushLimbaugh.com

BP's Deepwater Oil Spill - Working on the Riser - and Open Thread 10:08pm

Jindal says sand barrier will save coast [Jindal "on fire"]

Barone: Oil Spill Tars Dems' Reputation for Competence

 

Nobody's in charge


12,416 posted on 06/02/2010 2:50:48 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Obama's Crises: From Hope to Cope

The Big Story: Obama's woes (Major League MSM Buyer's Remorse Alert)

Fiscal Fraud of Obamacare Snowballing Already

Canada’s Stinky Healthcare System Collapsing As America Gets Ready To Emulate It

Obama's 'Chicago Way' plunders the private sector

The US vs. Israel--This time on nuclear proliferation.

Israel’s Actions: Entirely Lawful Alan M. Dershowitz

IDF: Global Jihad links on flotilla--Fifty 'Mavi Marmara' passengers tied to global jihad

Hypocrisy: North Korea Given Free Ride, Israel Blasted

Morris:Obama Doesn't Have A Clue

Undercover Census Fraud Investigation: Louisiana.

Obama’s FTC plan to reinvent America’s news media.

JOHN HINDERAKER: “There are, indeed, two Americas: the increasingly straitened world of the private sector, where jobs are competitive, money is scarce, and job security is, for many, nonexistent; and the lush world of the government employee, where competition is more or less unknown, salaries and benefits often double those available to private workers, retirement is ten or more years earlier than in the private sector, and it may take a felony to get fired. This is the central economic conflict of our time..."

DISASTER IN THE GULF, BP prepares more backup spill plans

Open Season on Democrats: No Thrill For Hill

 In Memory: A Memorial Day Tribute
Here's the one that always makes the hair on my neck stand up...

The Wall

Another aid ship heads to Gaza (MV Rachel Corrie) (100 mi south of Crete)

A Storyteller Loses the Story Line, By MAUREEN DOWD

In “Dreams From My Father,” Obama showed passion, lyricism, empathy and an exquisite understanding of character and psychological context — all the qualities that he has stubbornly resisted showing as president.

Whatever the faults of his politics,  Ayers is a heckuva writer...

The Resurrection of Rod Blagojevich

The Coming Resignation of Barack Obama


12,417 posted on 06/02/2010 6:48:50 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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OBAMA’S very bad year so far. Lots of problems, and he seems unequal to all of ‘em. What’s really news, though, is that the legacy media is starting to point it out.
 
Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 6:11 AM

As the crude oil from the record BP Gulf oil spill nears the beautiful white sands of Pensacola Beach,  Comments (17)

Barack Obama will be hosting the McCartney concert tonight at the White House.
He’s on it.

Meanwhile, here’s a video compilation of Barack Obama excoriating the Bush Administration for the government’s ‘unconsionable ineptitude’ following the Katrina disaster in New Orleans.
Via BreitbartTV:

VIDEO AT LINK

This will be a good video to keep in mind in the weeks ahead.

 

We have always known exactly what Obama the Lightbringer really is — a colossal fraud and hapless affirmative action hire foisted upon us by the Media.

But, in 2008, many fools believed the promises of the Media and its marketing machine so desperate to achieve the goal of producing “the historic and unprecedented first black president”.  To seize the opportunity to “make history”, the Media duped the American people into giving Dr. Utopia a pass on all competence and leadership tests, instead helping him sell snake oil and unicorn rides while chanting HOPE!, CHANGE!, and O-BA-MA!

Well, folks, this country needs a leader right now, not someone who goes on vacation every other week. ( Seems Obama’s staff ALL think vacays are more important than their jobs! http://theobamarecord.com/ )

Not someone who blames everything bad on his predecessor, while trying desperately to position himself to take

READ IT ALL- at the link:

June 2, 2010 at 8:48 am

...Those of us that never liked O from the jump and saw our friends, fellow citizens and our media fall under his spell have been proven correct since the day O took office. He is doing exactly what we expected him to do.

June 2, 2010 at 10:30 am

No it’s not incompetence. There is a great deal of ego present — to a pathological degree but it could also be deliberate. See this post at American Thinker that looks at Cloward / Piven at the intentional strategy.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/06/dont_be_fooled_by_obamas_incom.html

Yet another reconquista photo album the MSM won’t print

June 1, 2010 05:40 AM by Michelle Malkin36 Comments | 0 Trackbacks

 

It’s Like Creepshow, Only Scarier

June 2, 2010 09:29 AM by Val Prieto

Try this on for size:

“Potential Policy Recommendations to Support the Reinvention of Journalism.”

It’s not enough that we can arguably state that the guy sitting in that oval office at 1600 Pennsylvania today was basically put in there by the Mainstream Media.

More on the FTC here and here.33 Comments  "If we allow them to take away freedom the press, that is the same as taking freedom of speech. Then, the Constitution is toast. Next…Right to Bear Arms. "

 

By any chance, did anyone click on the link?

Proposal 2: Statutory Limits to Fair Use

Proposal 3: Licensing the News

More talk in there about subsidies. Unbelievable.

Robert Reich deflates enthusiasm for the "startup boom"

—Purple Avenger

About 95% of what Reich has written here is dead on accurate analysis of the workforce transformation phenomenon happening out in the street today. He only drifts off into mush brained liberalism in the last few paragraphs of the piece.

...Another surprise is the age of these new entrepreneurs. According to the report, most of the growth in startups was propelled by 35- to 44-year-olds, followed by people 55 to 64. Forget Internet whiz kids in their 20’s. It’s the gray-heads who are taking the reins of the new startup economy. And if you thought minorities had been hit particularly hard by this awful recession, think again. According to the report, entrepreneurship increased more among African-Americans than among whites.

At first glance, all this seems a bit odd. Usually new businesses take off in good times when consumers are flush and banks are eager to lend. So why all this entrepreneurship last year?

In a word, unemployment. Booted off company payrolls, millions of Americans had no choice but to try selling themselves. Another term for “entrepreneur” is “self-employed.” ...

The whole thing is worth reading. His dissection of the phenomenon is correct, even if some of his prescriptions in the last few paragraphs are not.

Reich is a sharp guy for a liberal. I've always had a modest measure of respect for him precisely because he wasn't PelosiGrade™ stupid.

DESPERATION IS THE NEW HOPE

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Watched some network news over the weekend, one story about the older unemployed caught my eye.  It basically came to the same conclusion, that there aren't any jobs for those too old to be young but too young to die.

BLOODTHIRSTY ANTI-ISRAEL 'ACTIVISTS' DANCE WHEN ANYONE DIES

Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 5:32 AM

The peaceful activists on the Gaza Flotilla beat Israeli soldiers with chains and threw stun grenades.

It’s not yet clear if these were the al-Qaeda peace activists or the just ordinary stun grenade throwing peace activists.
The Jerusalem Post and IDF website reported:

SEE FOR YO'SEF- VID AT LINK...


From the video: In footage captured on the Mavi Marmara, activists are seen attacking the soldiers with a stun grenade, a box of plates, and water hoses as the soldiers attempt to board the ship. the activists are also waiving around metal rods and chains later used to attack the soldiers with. The IDF soldiers were armed with paint ball guns (used for riot dispersal) and pistols which they were ordered to use only as a last resort.

In the early hours of the 31st of May 2010, IDF soldiers boarded the ships of the “Free Gaza” Flotilla, after the ships refused to redirect their course. Aboard the Mavi Marmara the soldiers encountered serious violence when, in a preplanned attack, the activists on board lynched the soldiers with knives, metal rods and stole two of their guns. As a result 7 soldiers were injured and 9 activists were killed.


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A Failing Presidency. A very interesting perspective...

Can't say he's failing on getting his domestic agenda through. He got through the stimulus, bailouts, health care, and is about to get his financial reform. And he still has another five months and historic congressional majorities to get through immigration, cap'n'tax or whatever else he wants by November.

Obama to pledge sweeping climate change legislation

Keep "plucking" that chicken, Barry...
 

Netanyahu: "Israel Regrets The Loss Of Life, But We Will Never Apologize For Defending Ourselves"

"Hey Zero, you little p@ssy, this is what a real man and a real leader look like."

Obama: End dependence on fossil fuels (jeopardizes U.S. security and "smothers our planet.")

Seizing on a disastrous oil spill to advance his agenda...
 
"This fool really doesn’t have a clue, does he? A complete dumb ass who easily displaces Jimmy Carter as the very worst “president” ever foisted on the United States. Of course, should it turn out, as many suspect, that he lacks legal eligibility to be president, then Carter’s legacy will be restored when our faux “president” is outed."

BP Oil Leak May Last Until Christmas in Worst Case Scenario - BusinessWeek

The New Deal

Investigation Reveals Possible Criminal Activity Connecting Obama to BP Oil Spill

Illum Map 

Who's Ready for a President Biden?

Search the archives on FR. I predicted this in November of 2008 and I stand by it. He is toast and will be gone shortly. Legally and “voluntarily.” I might add. This game is almost over. Just remember who really runs the country. Just as all the idiots who voted for the Bamster were deceived, so were the power elite. And now the wheels are coming off the bus...Sit back, relax and enjoy the show. It will make Nixon’s Watergate Opera look tame.

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Our “royal” Congress spending our tax money on their personal comforts

12 dead in U.K. shooting rampage

Thank God the gun control works so well over there...

Global Cold Wave May Be Looming — This Time, the Science Is Good


12,419 posted on 06/02/2010 12:18:54 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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"Death is so permanent"

U.S. Lies, Minimizes, Obfuscates About Nuclear Terror Risk

Defense Notes....Of Nukes, Future Fighters And Budgets

—DrewM.

One of the things that bothers me about the whole DADT debate is that it takes up what little attention most people pay to real defense related issues.

The public's imagination may never be captured by discussions about nuclear warhead procurement but perhaps it should. You see, while Obama is running around cutting our nuclear inventory, it turns out a lot of the weapons we already have are getting old and are in need of replacement. Unfortunately, there is no appetite for that from this President or Congress.

Still, John Noonan writing at the Weekly Standard makes the case for "New Nukes".

The need for modernization is pressing. Though most of the details about America’s warhead stockpiles are highly classified, there are a few key points well known to close observers. Most of our nuclear warheads are 20-30 years old. The last weapon was constructed in 1991 and the last test detonation of a bomb occurred in 1992. The average age of an operational bomb is slightly over 30 years old, meaning many of our deployed warheads were built before President Reagan took office. Scientists who specialize in warhead construction and sustainment are aging and retiring at an alarming rate. By 2008, over half the nuclear specialists at our national laboratories were over the age of 50, and very few of those under 50 have the technical know-how to produce and sustain functional weapons. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates estimated that within a few years, roughly three-fourths of our nuclear technicians will be at retirement age. The National Nuclear Security Administration, a Department of Energy subagency responsible for the security and health of our stockpile, has lost over a quarter of its workforce since the end of the Cold War. Components in our warheads are aging just as fast. We no longer possess the capacity or ability to construct certain parts required in our bomb designs.

Nuclear weapons are different from conventional munitions, which can sometimes detonate decades after they roll off the assembly lines. Nukes have a limited shelf life, and are constructed using parts that decay and corrode. Warheads must be constantly maintained and serviced to be considered credible. But along with the exodus of critical lab technicians, so went the industry that supported our national laboratories with key bomb-making components. Older weapons are now cannibalized to service the active force.

As you cut down the numbers of nuclear weapons (as this administration is dedicated to), their reliability, more importantly how reliable your potential adversaries think they are, takes on a greater importance.

As we lose critical nuclear weapon infrastructure, including people, things actually can become more dangerous not less.

Too many liberals engage in wishful thinking, that if only these horrible weapons (and they are that) would go away everything would be better. Well, the world isn't that simple. Never has been, never will be.

Any serious debate about our strategic security simply has to include an upgrade of our nuclear stockpile.

A second story not getting much attention is the over budget and behind schedule F-35 JSF program.

This plane is supposed to be work horse of the future (at least until UCAVs are ready). The Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps are each getting their own version and many of our allies have signed up for it as well.

Turns out things aren't going so well.

Continue reading

The projected cost of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most expensive U.S. weapons program, is now $382 billion, 65 percent higher than the $232 billion estimated when the program started in 2002, according to a government official.

This projection from independent Pentagon analysts is being sent to Congress today.

The Pentagon’s cost-analysis office reports that the price per plane -- including research, development and construction costs -- is now $112.4 million, the official said. That’s about 81 percent over the original estimate of $62 million.

The production cost alone of each plane is estimated at $92.4 million, almost 85 percent higher than the $50 million projected when the program began in 2002, the Pentagon will tell Congress.

...The program is already four years behind schedule on key milestones, including completing the development phase and combat testing, beginning full-scale production and then declaring the first Air Force and Navy units ready for combat.

Oops.

The delays have forced the Navy to enter into a multi-year program buy of F/A-18 Hornets.

Good thing we canceled the really expensive F-22. We didn't need that because the Chinese aren't going to have a 5th generation fighter anytime soon.

Oops again!

We are faced with shrinking defense spending at a time when a lot of bills are coming due after close to a decade of 2 wars, ships built during the 80' and early 90's coming up for retirement and an Air Force with some really old airframes.

The need for the US military to be ready and engaged around the world isn't going to decrease anytime soon but the resources available to meet those missions may not be there in the future. These challenges and choices are the kind of priority setting people need to talk about because political support is going to have to be marshaled to avoid some real disasters.

Building a military on future projections is a losing game, the unexpected will always win. That's why you can't ever build 'just enough' because no one knows what that means. It's expensive being a superpower but it beats the alternative.

Now that I think about it, I can see why many people would rather talk about DADT. Compared the real challenges we are facing, that's pretty simple stuff.


(FTR- My annoyance at the disproportional coverage DADT gets over real defense issues has nothing to do with my stand on it. I don't think I have one actually beyond a firm belief the men and women of the military will deal with whatever hand the politicians deal them.

To my mind, it's simply an issue that gets way to much coverage compared to its actual importance.)

Close it up

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45 The left in this country and around the world speak of overpopulation, so the West has fewer babies. They push abortion on demand, so we have more abortions. They push multiculturalism, so we ignore cultural norms abhorrent to any civilized society. The left, especially the media, hide evidence of crime and intolerance in order to not offend., meanwhile they vilify  the right for pointing out problems with their narrative.If you haven't read Nicholas Kristof's review of Ayann Hirsi Ali's book Nomad, take a look It's entitled Gadfly. The left is ensuring a world for our grandchildren that will extremely dangerous if not unlivable.
 
Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 12:00 PM

Another day… Another campaign speech…
President Obama lashed out at Republicans today for his failed economic policies and pushed to increase taxes during his campaign speech in Pennsylvania.

Here’s something Barack forgot to mention…
During the Bush years, despite the 2000 Recession, the attacks on 9-11, the stock market scandals, Hurricane Katrina, and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush Administration was able to reduce the budget deficit from 412 billion dollars in 2004 to 162 billion dollars in 2007, a sixty percent drop. In 2004 the federal budget deficit was 412 billion dollars. In 2005 it dropped to 318 billion dollars. In 2006 the deficit dipped to 248 billion dollars. And, in 2007 it fell below 200 billion to 162 billion dollars. During the Bush years the average unemployment rate was 5.2 percent, the economy saw the strongest productivity growth in four decades and there was robust GDP growth.

Obama has tripled the national deficit and nearly doubled the unemployment rate of the previous administration during his first year in office.
The AP reported:

President Barack Obama seized on the nation’s worst oil spill Wednesday to argue for rolling back billions of dollars in oil company tax breaks and using the money to speed the way to a clean-energy future. “The next generation will not be held hostage to energy sources from the last century,” he said.

The White House released excerpts of Obama’s speech while he was en route to a speech at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University. In his remarks, the president aggressively sought to cast Republicans as a party that fought him on tax cuts for small businesses, tax credits for college tuition, new spending on clean energy and more.

The timing comes as Obama, juggling the environmental disaster in the Gulf and mounting foreign crises, tried to assure the country that he is also working on the people’s chief concern — the economy. The president’s political speech also underscores the importance of the upcoming midterm elections, in which the outcome of House and Senate races could shape Obama’s ability to enact his agenda for the rest of his term.

“We already know where their ideas led us,” Obama said of Republicans. “And now we have a choice as a nation. We can return to the failed economic policies of the past, or we can keep building a stronger future.”

Obama also said it is time to roll back “billions of dollars in tax breaks” for oil companies and use the money for clean energy research.

He said the catastrophic Gulf oil spill shows the country must move toward clean energy by embracing energy efficiency, tapping natural gas and nuclear power and eliminating tax breaks for big oil. Obama said that the Gulf spill “may prove to be a result of human error — or corporations taking dangerous shortcuts that compromised safety” — but that deepwater drilling is inherently risky and America cannot rely solely on fossil fuels.

66% of Americans believe cutting taxes is a better way to create new jobs than increasing government spending… But not Barack Obama or democrats.


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Rudy Giuliani Slams Obama On Leadership.
MMM, that's because he's a Reader, not a Leader...
Comments (26)  "...Did anyone see Jug Ears speech at Carnegie Mellon today?  He’s cracking....  like only a narcissist can..."
 
Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 5:33 PM

A heckler shouted “Liar! You liar!… You should be impeached.” as Barack Obama gave an impromptu speech to supporters on a bus during his rained out Memorial Day speech.
Via CNN:

Click on Photo For Video

White House Photo

 
Then, there's the Bribery: Colorado Dem: Actually, the White House offered me three jobs to quit the primary. 
IT’S NOT JUST SESTAK: AP Sources: Admin talked jobs with Romanoff.
 
 
IF POLITICIANS ARE DENOUNCING BLOGGERS, bloggers must be doing something right.
 
JENIN REDUX: As Reality Unfolds About Flotilla, World Media Continues with Fictional Narrative. This is why people chiding Israel for poor PR miss the point. It doesn’t really matter what they do, since the press will just lie about it.
 

Czech President: Gaza Flotilla planned provocation against Israel ... "Many in Europe agree with me but are afraid to voice their opinion,"

President of the Czech Senate, Dr. Farmisal Subotka, visited the Knesset on Wednesday and expressed unprecedented support for Israel regarding the Gaza flotilla. Subotka said it was a planned provocation against Israel.

"Many in Europe agree with me but are afraid to voice their opinion," he added.(hat tip Armaros)

 
THE TEN BIGGEST OIL SPILLS IN HISTORY, plus some hopeful background: “The largest oil spill the world has seen exacted little permanent damage on coral ecosystems and local fisheries, according to a report by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission at Unesco. The study concluded that about half the oil evaporated, one-eighth of it was recovered and another quarter washed ashore, mostly in Saudi Arabia.”
 
Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 7:46 PM
Elizabeth Scalia


Vasco da Gama

That question is a variation of one I have heard (or read) over the past 40-some days, as the crude continues to wreck havoc on the Gulf: “Is it possible to vacuum up and recover that oil from the surface of the water?”

I am not mechanical and had not thought it a serious question. But take a look at this Modern Marvels Video which looks at hopper suction dredges. Yes, they’re meant to dredge up sand from the ocean floor, but couldn’t they be used to suction oil off of the water and contain it?

I don’t know how true this is–it’s not in the mainstream press, but these days that doesn’t mean it’s not credible–and AOL News picked it up. Is such a thing as this truly possible?

And if it is, why haven’t we done this from the very start?

“No one’s listening,” says Nick Pozzi, who was an engineer with Saudi Aramco in the Middle East when he says an accident there in 1993 generated a spill far larger than anything the United States has ever seen.

According to Pozzi, that mishap, kept under wraps for close to two decades and first reported by Esquire, dumped nearly 800 million gallons of oil into the Persian Gulf, which would make it more than 70 times the size of the Exxon Valdez spill.

But remarkably, by employing a fleet of empty supertankers to suck crude off the water’s surface, Pozzi’s team was not only able to clean up the spill, but also salvage 85 percent of the oil, he says.

“We took [the oil] out of the water so it would save the environment off the Arabian Gulf, and then we put it into tanks until we could figure out how to clean it,” he told AOL News.

Quick calls to my engineer friends and family revealed that, theoretically, this should be possible but whether appropriate equipment is available or not is an issue. It seems dredging arms are not like snap-on tools, easily refitted with readily-available watervacs, or something. Who knew?

From the article:

Pozzi suggests that the U.S. government tell the Saudis: ” ‘Hey, we helped you out, can you help us out? Lend us some supertankers.’ For a little payback for helping them out during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.”

Moreover, he says, “there are many, many, many other countries that have oil tankers” that, for a price, could be deployed off Louisiana.

Stephen Reilly, CEO of Slickbar, a leading oil spill equipment and vessels manufacturer, says that while he’s unfamiliar with supertankers being used in this way, Pozzi’s proposal could well work.

“Any containment area or barge or tanker can be used for reception, and they certainly have the pumping system on board,” Reilly says. “So in terms of using assets like that to pump stuff into tanks, by all means.”

Too simplistic? I admit, it sounds a bit too pie-in-the-sky-just-ask-the-Sauds-for-help idealistic, to me.

Is this something that is possible? I have no idea, but let’s find out! Seems like something the government ought to already be aware of. And if they did know of it, I have to assume they’d already be using all of the smart diplomacy and good-will points they have to pursue such a fix.

UPDATE: Reader Sarah writes:

I lived in Louisiana for about 15 years off and on. Including about 7 years working as a CPA in the oil patch and as the controller for a commercial diving company. I loved the place. And, I know how difficult it will be to get oil out of the marshes and swamps (whats the diff? Marshes don’t have trees.) once it gets in there.

I couldn’t understand why they didn’t burn it. Its been 23 years since I was working down there; but, that was a common way to deal with it back then. Louisiana sweet floats really well and doesn’t have to be supplemented to burn, so why not? Well, the first problem was not enough burn boom and then I understand the EPA nixed it.

Somebody needs to have a sharp case of reality here.

I’m guessing that a spill of this size, and the visuals of black smoke pouring into the sky made the burn-off idea unpalatable both politically and environmentally.

 
Jessica Valenti outs “Feminism” [Darleen Click]

Over the last twenty or so years, Vagina Warriors have claimed the label of “Feminism” and have scribbled reams of column inches about how anyone that didn’t march in their ideological boots was “anti-woman.”

Of course, the VW “Feminist” ideology is basically Leftist ideology in Birkenstocks. In Jessica Valenti’s anti-Palin screed, she makes this quite clear.

Now, there’s no grand arbiter of the label, and the tremendous range of thought in the movement means there isn’t a singular platform one can look to as a reference point. And the sad reality is that there are plenty of self-identified liberal feminists who exhibit not-so-egalitarian ideals, such as racism or homophobia. So is it possible to exclude women such as Palin from feminism if we don’t have a conclusive definition?

Absolutely. If anyone — even someone who actively fights against women’s rights — can call herself a feminist, the word and the movement lose all meaning. And while part of the power of feminism is its intellectual diversity, certain things are inarguable. Feminism is a social justice movement with values and goals that benefit women. It’s a structural analysis of a world that oppresses women, an ideology based on the notion that patriarchy exists and that it needs to end.

Leftists aren’t interested in equality of opportunity, but in equality of outcome; which is why arguments that Obama and the Democrats’ great rush to expand Government will impoverish America falls on willingly deaf ears. As long as everyone is “equal”, no matter how poor, it is preferable to allowing the talented or the hard working to be more successful than their “unlucky” neighbors.

Vagina Warriors take the Leftist ideology and expand it to the Triumph of Irresponsibility — from medical care to The Pill to abortion to education, all must be “unlimited and free” if women are to be “equal”. No criticism or discussion allowed.

 
Feminists — or anyone who cares about women’s progress — need to stop Palin from turning feminism into yet another empty slogan.

Actually, Ms. Valenti should look at herself and her Vagina Warrior Female Supremacist sisters, with their perchant for one-upsmanship in political correctness, for the snarky reactions to “Feminism.”

Palin and other pro-liberty Feminists are wresting the term back to its roots.

[Classical] liberals should take notes.


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Here is the List of Thirty Groups that are Petitioning the FCC to Remove Your Freedom of Speech

The Rise of the Thug Left

Read all about the Oblamer Thugocracy right here: http://tinyurl.com/2eryjpw

Obama Abandons Israel to UN Feeding Frenzy

 

Did you really think Obama could fix the problem?

As I said before the election:
"This guy was a Communtity Organizer ( code for shakedown artist ), wrote ( with a ghost writer ) two books about himself, for God's sake, and ran perpetually for office-- so how does that qualify him to lead anything?"

White House faces more questions over dealmaking

BREAKING...Ed Rendell was involved on Sestak

Obama White House: More Lies, More Job Offers...

Obama got into Nixon’s stash and just couldn’t help himself, he had to cover up his actions . . . just following in Nixon’s example. Like Nixon, Obama thinks he’s above the law.
 

QUESTION: Do you think Obama’s hit a breaking point with the “it’s all Bush’s fault” garbage?

Fiscal Fraud of Obamacare Snowballing Already

Obama Mastertard

School lunches for adults, too

American Eagle coin sales hit 11-year high

 ... and guns- don't forget the guns...

Purchase Demand In Freefall. Housing Industry Unraveling

More lunacy from The Death Cult:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2526414/posts
Houston Planned Parenthood Abortion Center Called "Holy and Sacred Ground"
Life News ^ | 6/2/10 | Steven Ertelt

"Abortion is the high sacrament of the gaia-worshipping feminist.

This is what I've always said. Liberalism is a religion, and abortion is its most cherished sacrament. "

African influx reshapes immigration to Minnesota

So.Carolina Candidate For Gov. Accused Of Being A Whore For No Other Reason Than She Is Kicking Ass

...I have had to ask myself what kind of man would come out and announce to the world that he, when single, had an affair with a married woman with children. Whether it was true or not isn’t really any of my business. But I know what I think of such a skunk and he starts out with credibility = zero...

That exactly how I see.

Like we say down South about a fella like this?

"He ain't much of a man..."

A Lesson From Britain: Less Guns = Higher Crime Rates? MSNBC Thinks So.

Toughest laws in the world could not stop Cumbria tragedy(UK mass murder)

A Gun For Grandpa (Gun Rights In Chicago)

Second Amendment: Chicago is deciding whether to prosecute a great-grandfather and Korean War veteran under its handgun ban. He refused to be a victim, and now there's one less armed thug roaming the streets. What's the problem?

If the 80-year-old vet living on the city's West Side didn't have the gun the city said he shouldn't have, he and his 83-year-old wife and 12-year-old great-grandson might have joined those victims of gun violence about whom gun-control advocates constantly chirp.

The vet obtained the gun in violation of the city's handgun ban after a prior incident in which the couple was robbed at gunpoint by three armed intruders. So when Anthony Nelson — a parolee with a record of drug and gun arrests — tried breaking into their East Garfield Park home, they were ready.

Nelson fired twice at the as-yet-unnamed homeowner, who walks with a cane but retained enough of his military marksmanship to drop the intruder with a single gunshot to the chest. Yet in some quarters, instead of being hailed as a hero, it's the homeowner who's being considered a threat and the armed predator a victim of gun violence.

(Excerpt) Read more at investors.com ...

Los Angeles Students to Be Taught That Arizona Immigration Law Is Un-American [LAUSD:73% Latino]

The £18,000 council job you can't apply for if you are white

Gorelick to Head BP Legal Team

Recall this?

Able Danger, 9-11 Report, Gorelick, and so much more...

Click the picture...

Energy expert: Nuking oil leak ‘only thing we can do’(vanity)

"Leave it to Obama to be the first President to use a nuclear weapon on a private company"

Nuclear Option on Gulf Oil Spill? No Way, US Says

I think it could work too.
Surely we could test it somewhere safe on some old well on a smaller scale perhaps or on land.

Bottom line, it probably would work, so government would never do it.

Obama Slips Up On Oil Spill Panel

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The Commodore 64 Rises From the Ashes

 
 
 
 

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MMS NTL Cancels Offshore Drilling in "Deep Water"

This thing shuts down all drilling in "deep water" defined as 500 feet which is pretty much everything.
 

Video Timeline Of Obama's Daily Response To BP Oil Spill

Video: Hecklers tee off on Obama during surprise appearance on bus

Will Our Peace Prizewinner Lead Us Into a New War?

Our “Peace Prize winner” could not lead a starving person to a meal.

What he is going to do is lead the United States back to the stone age...

Obama the Loser

Mexico opens California office to provide ID for illegals (ICE forced to comply)

Confirmed Hamas Leader Among Flotilla 'Activists'

Glenn Beck Exposes Terrorists Behind 'Peace Flotilla' in Gaza

Are Cameras the New Guns?

In response to a flood of Facebook and YouTube videos that depict police abuse, a new trend in law enforcement is gaining popularity. In at least three states, it is now illegal to record any on-duty police officer. Even if the encounter involves you and may be necessary to your defense, and even if the recording is on a public street where no expectation of privacy exists.

The legal justification for arresting the "shooter" rests on existing wiretapping or eavesdropping laws, with statutes against obstructing law enforcement sometimes cited. Illinois, Massachusetts, and Maryland are among the 12 states in which all parties must consent for a recording to be legal unless, as with TV news crews, it is obvious to all that recording is underway. Since the police do not consent, the camera-wielder can be arrested. Most all-party-consent states also include an exception for recording in public places where "no expectation of privacy exists" (Illinois does not) but in practice this exception is not being recognized.

(Story continued...)

(Excerpt) Read more at gizmodo.com ...

All three states are among the most screamingly liberal in the nation. Citizens, submit to the police state.

Police officer's visual estimate of speed is enough for a conviction, Ohio Supreme Court rules

3rd World Government bump for later...

Obama Weekly Approval Average Dips to New Low of 46% (Gallup)

After today’s UK mass shooting, what makes gun banners think British laws would work here?

Retailers' reports show tepid May for shoppers


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Obama administration part Daley machine, part Barney Fife. What happened?

Obama fails the test of leadership

More than 40m now use food stamps (Obama sets new record)

Hopi
Changi
Yes, we can! Oh, nevermind...
 

Obama During Oil Spill - the video

...it could be used as part of a devastating campaign ad. Just add highlights of the news from the Gulf and it should show that 0bammy fiddled while the fuel for the economic destruction of the south spewed out...
 
This video is ok but it would have been far more effective to have the screen split in some way (picture in picture perhaps) and show gulf disaster scenes in one window while showing obama goofing off in the other....Needs more polish, but a good first draft.

Ocean currents likely to carry oil along Atlantic coast

America can't afford not to drill in Gulf (Even with Oil Spill Risk. If we don't, others will)

Those who disparage offshore drilling - and seem eager to ban it - ignore that the Gulf of Mexico accounts for one-third of U.S. oil production. Without domestic production, we would be spending even more on imported oil - which already is running $1.5 billion a day.

Any sensible response to the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig - and the huge oil spill that's fouling Gulf waters - needs to recognize two facts: First, the demand for oil is expected to increase. Second, America cannot suddenly stop offshore drilling.

The best place in the United States to find new oil is in the Gulf's untapped deep-water areas, in the Atlantic and off Alaska. These three new drilling areas combined hold as much as 22 billion barrels of oil, which is more than our current total estimated reserves. This oil would help meet U.S. energy needs for decades.

But if those areas are closed to oil production, we would need to import more oil from overseas, probably from countries that are nationalistic and, in some cases, hostile. Some of the countries are run by despots such as Venezuela's Hugo Chavez.

The reality is that the cards are stacked against us. U.S. investor-owned oil companies hold only 6 percent of the world's petroleum reserves, while state-owned national oil companies in Venezuela, Iran, China, Nigeria, India, Russia, Saudi Arabia and other countries control 80 percent of the reserves. Coincidentally, even some of these countries are drilling for oil in Cuban waters just 50 miles from Florida.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...

Oil Spilling Pipe Successfully Cut in an Effort to Slow Pollution

 

 

Rancher visits D.C., tells of life on the border

Another good article today.

Badlands: From ground zero of the immigration crisis along the Mexican border

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2010-06-03/news/badlands-from-ground-zero-of-the-immigration-crisis-along-the-mexican-border/

Caption these scumbag Arizona SB1070 protestors (Gimme,gimme,gimme - My way or else)

 

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Still seeking an explanation for Obama's SSN 042-68-4425

“Chicago on the Potomac” is not popular with the American people

The Rod Blagojevich Trial Promises to be Dirty

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Our 1979.  Yep- THEG sees it, too, I lived that era, and it was sorry in every way. Don't go back there...
 

White House political team stumbles, bumbles.

Related: Political problems converging on Obama White House all at once.

 Video: Hecklers tee off on Obama during surprise appearance on bus.

 

The Millionaire Cop Next Door

It is said that government workers now make, on average, 30% more than private sector workers. Put that fantasy aside. It far underestimates the real figures. By my calculations, government workers make more than twice as much. Government workers are America's fastest-growing millionaires.

Doubt it? Then ask yourself: What is the net present value of an $80,000 annual pension payout with additional full health benefits?........

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.forbes.com ...

George Bush admits US waterboarded 9/11 mastermind (Says He'd have done it again if it saved lives)

Damn right.

Little Jihadi Girl at School [Vanity]

Danish report from Gaza: "Where's the humanitarian crisis?"

A New Red Storm Rising?

Cumbria Shootings 'Prove Gun Laws Need A Shake-Up'

The British are really behind thev curve here; they should pass a law against murder, and all their problems would be solved.
 
Damn right: VIDEOTAPING COPS IS NOT “WIRETAPPING:” “Police do not have an expectation of privacy in their public encounters with the citizenry. In fact, they should have instead an expectation of public accountability for the performance of that work. When a free people give police the authority to enforce our laws and to have the leeway to commit acts of violence in doing so, that is a trust that requires oversight and accountability. The vast majority of police officers enforce the law in a lawful, professional manner, but some abuse their positions of trust. Removing oversight makes it more difficult for the professionals to do their job and easier for the small number of abusers to bully others into following their example.”
 

Jimmy Carter + Rod Blagojevich = Barack Obama

Obama has big problems. No doubt about that. To be considered as incompetent as Jimmy Carter, and as sleazy as Rod Blagojevich, is no one's idea of "good news" on even the worst of days in the White House.

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Worse than a Depression

The recoveryless recovery...

Drilling ban to cost thousands of jobs (Way to go Bambi!!!)

Model Suggests Slick Could Zoom Up East Coast

Coast Guard Logs Show Admin. Knew Extent of Oil Spill within 24 Hrs

Obama plans third tour to Louisiana (A three hour tour.)

Spill could mean dark times for Sunshine State (& onto Eastern seaboard)

Minor point of semantics to everyone?

Any time you hear

"Oil Spill"

be sure to correct it with

"Oil Gusher..."

A spill is knocking over a 55 gallon drum on deck and having it drain out the scuppers.

A Gusher

is what we've got...

White candidate wants to participate in forum, but is told she can’t because she’s not black

This is what happens once we’ve insisted on Gerrymandering safe districts.

Mexican Revolutionaries in America

Remember THEG's tagline?
"A Nuke for Every Kook?"
 
Anybody left who hasn’t been offered a payoff job by the Obama White House, please put out your hand. ??? NBC: Can’t be bothered to tell you the lastest about the WH attempts to rig elections
 

VDH: Our 1979

VDH does his own version of Back to the Future:

We have sowed and now we shall reap, and so soon we shall endure our first post-national, post-racial, Nobel Laureate president treated quite shabbily by those whom he was supposed to mesmerize. In places like Teheran or Damascus, Obama’s racial heritage, his Harvard Law Review billet, his membership in the Trinity Church, his brotherhood with Wright and Ayers, all that and more mean less than zero. To such thugs, Obama is the face of America, and he is to be tested rather than worshipped. Hugo Chavez is not a Harvard dean; Putin is not a senior Newsweek editor. Their legs do not tingle when they hear the president, except perhaps in giddy anticipation of what they might wrestle from him. They are not impressed with identity politics; they care little for degrees or titles; they have no elite white guilt. Again, Obama is just an American president who must be analyzed, tested, and if need be dared and humiliated. ( Along with America- elections have consequences, O fools... )

Bonus entertainment, a comparison.

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 Meet the face of Big Brother in NSW
 



Scary stuff ... everyone's face could be mapped. Source: The Daily Telegraph

THE State Government is quietly compiling a mathematical map of almost every adult's face, sharing information that allows law enforcement to track people by CCTV.
 

The only Republican Governors with the guts to do what’s needed to defend their people no matter what are Sarah Palin, Jan Brewer, Chris Christie, and Haley Barbour...

This is The Fight

—Dave In Texas

Chapter, hellI'velostcount, 470 in why Chris Christie eats lightning and craps thunder.

VIDEO AT LINK

"The teachers union is about the accumulation and exercise of raw power."

I'm just an idiot from Texas, where we speak plainly through locally familiar metaphors, like "go piss up a rope."

This guy speaks plainly, like "You punch them. I punch you."

I continue to be impressed with his approach.

video and tip via Allahpundit and Cubachi on Twitter.

Also I use Youtube 448 width because it's slimming.

Posted by Dave In Texas at 10:13 PM New Comments Thingy
 
58 We're fast approaching the point in time where the coexistence of the left and right is unsustainable.  The far left's insatiable appetite for more government and more of the producers money will inevitably lead to more aggressive confiscation tactics.   The SEIU "protest" at the BoA exec's home is just the beginning.  The more our side resists just handing over our paychecks, the angrier they will get. 
 
62   59  ...I agree, based on what I've read on those two positions of his.   I can't vote for someone who is "nuanced" on the 2nd amendment or illegals.

Having said that, he does deserve major props for standing up for many of the right things in a way that should embolden others on our side. 
 
116 ...the left targeted Palin like that, and largely succeeded in painting her as some airhead, weirdo extremist. I think that they have successfully eliminated her from being elected to a national office.

Asking the right questions about eligibility

 

Al Sharpton: Majority of Americans Who Approve of the Arizona Law Don't Understand It (Video)

Al. Have you bothered to read the federal law that is not being enforced?

Study: Obamacare Fails to Pay for High Risk Pools

A 3,500% error before they even start ?

Romanoff Cracks: Secret White House Jobsgate E-Mail Revealed (WH corruption)

Change That We Can Deceive In

Corruption: A presidency that promised to take the high road on ethics has veered off into scandal after scandal — Sestak, Romanoff, Blagojevich. Whatever happened to changing the ways of Washington?

'The American people elected a president who promised to change the status quo and business-as-usual practices of Washington," House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ranking Republican Darrell Issa of California and House Judiciary Committee ranking Republican Lamar Smith of Texas wrote this week in a letter to White House counsel Robert Bauer.

"Has this White House become a part of the establishment they once opposed?"

Bauer last week issued a page-and-a-half of evasive legalese to make the Rep. Joe Sestak job-offer scandal go away, but Issa and Smith are demanding specifics on whatever jobs the White House offered to the Pennsylvania lawmaker to entice him not to run for Arlen Specter's Senate seat in the Democratic primary last month.

The Republicans want legal documents, e-mails and telephone records regarding the overtures made to Sestak, as well as notes and transcripts of interviews involving White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, former President Clinton, Sestak's brother and campaign manager, and Sestak himself.

Bauer's memo admitted that Clinton was used as an intermediary to convince the maverick Democrat not to target Specter, who switched from Republican to Democrat several months after President Obama took office last year.

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My favorite bumper sticker: “How long before you admit that Obama was a mistake?”

Business Under Nazis

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Countdown To U.S. Economic Collapse

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$6 TO $8 GAS? Prices Will “Skyrocket” If U.S. Stops Drilling, Says Former Shell Exec.
 
See, I tried to tell you what electing Duh!1 would do, but did you listen?
 

Obama Heads to Gulf as Spill ‘Furor’ Shifts Toward White House. “Spending about 15 minutes on a largely unsoiled beach is as close as Obama has come to the worst oil spill  ( GUSHER! ) in U.S. history, one that is challenging his presidency as even some fellow Democrats complain that he has been too detached.”

UPDATE: Well, the campaign ad using this video pretty much writes itself . . .

"See, I told you so," part 2: Why Can’t Obama Shake Chicago-Style Government? “While millions of Americans are out of work and millions more have even given up looking despite a gazillion dollars of so-called stimulus spending, the ongoing spectacle of aides and Democratic pals of President Barack Obama offering taxpayer-funded jobs to fellow Democrats not to do something has raised the eyebrows of even the most obsequious members of his following.”

 
What liberal media? ABC News deputy political director goes to work for SEIU. It’s like they’re all part of one big, incestuous political machine or something.
 
DISSING THE BUSH YEARS, EXPLAINED: “I’m not surprised that mantra is still hanging around. I mean, do you think they want to talk about the last 18 months?”
 
ED DRISCOLL: Media beating up on Obama now, so he can be the “Comeback Kid” in the fall?  Yep, just like Clinton...
 

STEWART BAKER: Smallpox In The Garage.

Related: New frontiers in terrorism?

Obama’s culture of corruption: See, I told you so

By Michelle Malkin  •  June 4, 2010 09:10 AM

The Summer of Corruption plot thickens
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2010

In Chicago politics, there’s an old term for the publicly subsidized pay-offs and positions meted out to the corruptocrats’ friends and special interests: boodle.

In the age of Obama, Hope and Change is all about the boodle. So it was with the stimulus. And the massive national service expansion. And the health care bill. And the financial reform bill. And the blossoming job-trading scandals engulfing the White House.

READ IT ALL AT THE LINK... plenty of documentation

Obama sold America a Chicago-tainted bill of goods. A nation of slow learners is finally figuring it out.

Posted in: Corruption
 

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“SINGULAR FOCUS.”  ( Or is that "Foke You, America? " )

For those who read yesterday’s Obamateurism of the Day and followed the links, this won’t be new material, but the new presentation is powerful enough to revisit it. Kevin Kristy did the legwork at PolitiPage, at least up to the holiday weekend. While Obama claimed a “singular” focus on the Deepwater Horizon blowout and oil spill in the Gulf since Day 1, the Singular Sensation spent a lot of time at parties, golf courses, and political fundraisers:

VIDEO AT LINK

Just to remind people of the unofficial count:

In comparison, how many days did Obama spend at the Gulf?  Three, during this span of time, and he’s back again today.

 

Obama Knew From the Beginning That the Oil Would Leak For Months
Posted by Jim Hoft on Friday, June 4, 2010, 8:34 PM

Day 46–
Obama knew from the beginning that the oil leak would likely last until at least August.
Maybe that explains all the parties and golf outings?

VIDEO AT LINK

The Daily Beast reported, via :

Carol Browner, director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, told Obama at one of the earliest briefings in late April that the blowout would likely lead to an unprecedented environmental disaster, senior White House aides told The Daily Beast. Browner warned that capping a well at such depths had never been done before, and that they ought to expect an oil spill that would continue until a relief well was drilled in August, the aide said.

That early briefing on the scope of the spill—and enormous technical challenges involved in fixing it—might help explain the sense of fatalism that has infused Obama’s team from the start.

Little that has happened since has changed their mind-set. Now six weeks later, the president’s top advisers expect the oil spill—and the negative stories—to continue through August.

‘Furious’ Obama Heading To Gulf – Again

June 4th, 2010

From a cheering Associated Press:

‘Furious’ Obama heading to Gulf for spill update

By Nancy Benac, Associated Press Writer

June 4, 2010

WASHINGTON – Determined to project both command and compassion, President Barack Obama is returning to the Louisiana coast for a fresh reality check on work to stanch the oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico and the spiraling effects of the nation’s worst environmental disaster.

You see, even the AP realizes it’s all for show.

He will also undoubtedly find the time to wash an oil soaked pelican. Still, it doesn’t sound like he will be doing anything to “plug the damn hole.” 10 Comments »

"Why doesn’t President Miracle just walk out on the water, take a deep breath, dive down and fix the leak using his super powers? I mean, what’s the problem?"

"He should send Slick Willie down there to charm the pipeline. There’s a man who knows how to “plug a hole”."

"I know a lot of people have given you a hard time for your vacationing instead of leading this country, but from what I have seen of your leadership, I’d much rather you continued to go on vacations, maybe you can make a halfway decent golfer if you practice more. God knows you are a lousy president."

 

We Don't Believe You, Mr. President [Fr. Euteneuer "on fire"]

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Those Troublesome Jews. “The whole point of this relentless international campaign is to deprive Israel of any legitimate form of self-defense. . . . The world is tired of these troublesome Jews....

THEG SEZ AGAIN: They are being South Africanized. Pay attention, dammit.

Moar:

Helen Thomas Should Go Back to Mordor or the Star Wars Cantina and Get Out of Reporting

June 4, 2010 04:13 PM by Doug Powers113 Comments | 6 Trackbacks

Frightening on many levels....

Attention, insupportable photographs! STARVING GAZA! ( some good pictures)

THUGOCRACY, when the guy at the top is rotten, what do you expect?

Posted by Jim Hoft on Friday, June 4, 2010, 7:55 PM

Rep. Phil Hare (D-IL) doesn’t care much about the US Constitution but he’s a big fan of the DMV.

After an embarrassing confrontation at a public meeting last week Rep. Phil Hare threatened to follow a constituent and Vietnam veteran to his car and get his license plate number so he could find out who he was.
Bob McCarty at Big Government reported:

On Monday, May 31, 2001, Mr. Hare and I were engaged in a conversation concerning the statements he is making around the district about being a veteran. After I pointed out that according to the law he is not a veteran, he became very upset and demanded to know my name. I refused to tell him my name, saying that this was about his claim of being a veteran and not about me.

Mr. Hare then told one of his aids who was with him, to follow me to my car and get my license plate number so he could find out who I was. I have since been told that Mr. Hare’s daughter works for the DMV.

I then asked Mr. Hare if he was going to stop telling people that he was a veteran. Mr. Hare again demanded to know my name, and again told his aide to get my name or to follow me to get my license plate number so he could find out who I was, so he could tell all the former reservist what I said.

I asked Mr. Hare if he as a public official was going to use his official office to run name checks on private citizens, in order to intimidate them into not asking questions he did not want to answer.

As Mr. Hare was turning to walk away form me he paused, and turning back to my direction, he glared at me intently, and while leaning forward pointed his finger at me, and in a threatening and intimidating manner said, “I’ll find out who you are!” Given the nature of Illinois politics and Mr. Hare’s reputation as a mean politician, I felt intimidated by the power of Mr. Hare’s office and what he might do.


12,427 posted on 06/05/2010 2:41:59 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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America's House of Cards

Prepare NOW: They "Get It"

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (-17 and dropping)

NOT LONG: How Long Before We See Christie-Brewer 2012 Bumper Stickers?

You mean like these?

SHOCKING: Report: Obama knew from the beginning that oil leak would likely last months. “This makes all those golf outings, sports-team photo ops, and celebrity jams with Paul McCartney over the past six weeks feel extra special, doesn’t it?” Well, he figured it was a marathon, not a sprint, so better to pace himself.

But there’s this: “The real disgrace here is why, if he really did know right away that this was the oil equivalent of an asteroid strike, he didn’t scramble some sort of all-hands-on-deck emergency operation to protect the coastline. Remember, Jindal reportedly requested five million feet of hard boom back on May 2, long after Obama (according to Wolffe) knew about the magnitude of the disaster. By May 24, not even 800,000 feet had arrived. What happened?”

UPDATE: Reader Martha Hearron writes:

I hate to be a cynic, but have you looked at how the affected states have voted? How many of them did Obama carry? Also, at least 3 of the 4 governors are Republicans, although Charlie Crist is questionable.

I bet if it was California it would be all hands on deck from day 1.

Nonsense. If that cynical analysis were correct, we’d have seen Obama ignoring the Nashville flood, Kentucky ice storms, etc.

MORE: Further thoughts from Moe Lane.

 
 
 Deficit Reduction Commission Seeks Increase in its Budget. The country’s in the very best of hands . . .
 

MICHELE BACHMANN: Helen Thomas Needs To Go.

UPDATE: Ari Fleischer: Hearst Should Fire Helen Thomas.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Hearst Newspapers Refuse To Say Whether Helen Thomas Will Keep Job.

MORE: Reader Israel Lipschitz writes:

When my father was growing up in Poland in the ‘30s, the local anti-Semites often demanded that the Jews get the hell out of Poland and go to Palestine (after all the Jews had only lived in Poland for 1,000 years and were not really “Polish”). Now Helen Thomas wants the Jews to get the hell out of Palestine and go to Poland. Makes you think that perhaps these folks don’t want the Jews to be anywhere. We have a name for such people – Nazis.

Well, as far as I know she’s not in favor of eliminating gypsies or homosexuals. Then again, maybe nobody’s asked her about them, yet . . .

IT’S THE THIRTIES ALL OVER AGAIN — Time To Blame The Jews! “Consciously or not, our President — with his increased, and pompously self-righteous, pressure on Israel — has sent a message to the world. It’s time to blame the Jews. And the world, in economic extremis, is all too eager to find someone to blame.”

THE NEW CONVENTIONAL WISDOM: “While the Turks call for a ‘final solution,’ Carly Fiorina says there has been more condemnation of Israel than there was of North Korea when it sank a South Korean ship. She says bad things are happening in the world because Obama is displaying weakness.”

Obama to Use Oil Spill Disaster to Renew Push for Cap & Trade (Manufactured Crisis Strategy)

Vacuuming up the oil Spill, Part II

Could have captured it from the start, like Saudi Arabia did...
Oil Spill - Alinsky 
 

Democrats’ message to send to voters: It’s really not as bad as it used to be

Gosh, you mean back when we both  had  jobs? Or back when we could still afford our house ... ?

15 States Where Foreclosures Are Still Surging

Sarah Palin’s Way of Thinking

The reality is that she is brighter than Obama and many of the pundits who have done their best to describe her as an idiot. I have friends who buy lock stock and barrel into the crap the media has sold about Bush being stupid, but Gore and Kerry being geniuses. They also think Obama is really, really bright, but Palin is stupid.

Being bright is not defined by where you went to school, and definitely not by how smoothly you speak. It is evident in the way you are able to look at facts and make sense of them. Using that measure Palin has shown quite well that she has substantial intellect. A lot of Ivy graduates in this administration haven't.

Whites in state 'below the replacement' level


12,428 posted on 06/05/2010 12:14:50 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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‘African Blood’ Saved Obama From Scrutiny in Ghana

Obama Administration Defends “Jihad” — “Mein Kampf” Means “My Jihad” in Arabic

 

Obama: I'll Stand With the Gulf (Huh?? Then how does he justify thowing all those oilworkers out?)

Growing ranks of long-term jobless face tough odds

The New Obamaville:

Breaking News! Charlie Crist Knew about Jim Greer's "Diversion of Funds"

'Raghead' Haley comment the latest flap in S.C. race

As the Sun Awakens, NASA Keeps a Wary Eye on Space Weather (solar EMP coming)

Redistricting, Race, and the Voting Rights Act

Ashton Kutcher Blames Republicans For Oil Spill (Need I say more?)

Interesting post on BH by a guy named LostFan:

Kuchie,

Investigate this and get back to us:

Seems that a crew from Schlumberger, on contract to BP, hightailed it off the platform at their own expense 6 hours before the blowout because BP refused their recommendation to shut down the well. This lends more credence to Thom’s suggestion that corners were cut because the bigwigs were coming for a visit.

“BP contracted Schlumberger (SLB) to run the Cement Bond Log (CBL) test that was the final test on the plug that was skipped. The people testifying have been very coy about mentioning this, and you’ll see why.

SLB is an extremely highly regarded (and incredibly expensive) service company. They place a high standard on safety and train their workers to shut down unsafe operations.

SLB gets out to the Deepwater Horizon to run the CBL, and they find the well still kicking heavily, which it should not be that late in the operation. SLB orders the “company man” (BP’s man on the scene that runs the operation) to dump kill fluid down the well and shut-in the well. The company man refuses. SLB in the very next sentence asks for a helo to take all SLB personnel back to shore. The company man says there are no more helo’s scheduled for the rest of the week (translation: you’re here to do a job, now do it). SLB gets on the horn to shore, calls SLB’s corporate HQ, and gets a helo flown out there at SLB’s expense and takes all SLB personnel to shore.

6 hours later, the platform explodes.”

Does any of that sound like a Republican was involved?

36 posted on Sunday, June 06, 2010 2:24:29 AM by spodefly

Obama told how bad Gulf oil spill would be days after BP's rig exploded: report (Obama Knew!)

Hero to zero Obama may not save the world after all ["he could not win an election against Bush"]

TALK of the New Politics in Britain, at its most inflated, is understated compared to the millenarian, "Millions now living will never die" hysteria that swept the United States on 20 January, 2009, the day of Barack Obama's inauguration as President.

"...never more than a soundbite-emitting hologram."

The author hits the nail on the head and doesn’t mince any words.

I Googled him and found another gem written by him, about a year ago (April 2009) and his predictions were right on the money:

Barack Obama: President Pantywaist - new surrender monkey on the block

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/geraldwarner/9441479/Barack_Obama_President_Pantywaist__new_surrender_monkey_on_the_block/

That was little more than 16 months ago, but it seems like another age. Never has any US politician's reputation crumbled so quickly.

“Watch out, France and Co, there is a new surrender monkey on the block and, over the next four years, he will spectacularly sell out the interests of the West with every kind of liberal-delusionist initiative on nuclear disarmament and sitting down to negotiate with any power freak who wants to buy time to get a good ICBM fix on San Francisco, or wherever. If you thought the world was a tad unsafe with Dubya around, just wait until President Pantywaist gets into his stride.”

 

America tells Barack Obama to take control of Deepwater – and seize BP

 
 

Fox News 'Forbes on Fox' Panel: Detonate Nukes in Gulf to Stop Oil Spill

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Gillette slings thinner blades

Really, razor blades? If your knife isn’t sharp enough to dry shave with, you shouldn’t even call yourself a man.

I'll never forget a line in either Choppers or Big Bike magazine, many years ago-

Some fella wrote a letter to the editors regarding the running war between Harleys and virtually every other motorcycle- and bear in mind both magazines were 90% Harley at that time, I guess the early seventies-

He wrote, "It takes a Real Man to start one, a Real Man to ride one, and a Real Man to make 'em say 'Uncle!'"

And the terse comeback?

"Yessir! It takes a Real Man to pluck out his beard with a clamshell..."

Seriously, in those days I did shave with a straight razor- had two of them, can't remember the brand, but they did give a nice, close shave provided you had very steady hands and did all the rituals. ( hot water to the face, work the lather in, strop the blade carefully, and re-strop it and coat it with castor oil when you were done )

Went back to my folks house circa 1991 when Mom was selling it and looked in the cabinet for them...

The had turned to dust- nothing left but the handles and a trail of red rust. Dammit.

45 posted on Sunday, June 06, 2010 3:29:51 AM by backhoe

Experimental Lung Cancer Drug Shows Promise in Early Tests

6 (sneaky) ways to get more Social Security (The Basics)

...and they don't even mention the BEST way.

-File at age 62, bank/invest all your benefits until age 70.
-Withdraw your retirement claim and repay the benefits you drew between age 62 and 70.
-Then refile for benefits at age 70 & your benefit will be significantly higher. Basically you were receiving a zero-interest loan from SSA for 8 years which you have invested.

 


12,429 posted on 06/06/2010 1:49:35 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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UH OH: Obama loses the Left: suddenly, it’s cool to bash Barack.

CHANGE: Obama’s Youth Brigade Burns Out. Hmm. See below.

OBAMACARE POLLING BADLY IN MICHIGAN: And this is interesting: “Young people ages 18-29 were more against the changes than any other age group, with 69% opposed.”

"Obama fooled enough of the people, for long enough. Don’t blame them for wising up now. Better late than never."

 

Obama Knew Spill Scope from Day 1
Saturday, June 5, 2010, 6:57 AM
Elizabeth Scalia


AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

Wait, what?

Critics have bashed President Obama for being slow to seize the political initiative in combating the BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast, now widely believed to be the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. The White House has battled back, releasing a timeline of events showing that Obama was briefed—and deploying the Coast Guard—within 24 hours of the Deepwater Horizon blowout.

What has not been previously disclosed: The president was not only briefed on the real-time events of the spill, but also on just how bad it would be—and how hard it would be to plug the hole.

Carol Browner, director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, told Obama at one of the earliest briefings in late April that the blowout would likely lead to an unprecedented environmental disaster, senior White House aides told The Daily Beast. Browner warned that capping a well at such depths had never been done before, and that they ought to expect an oil spill that would continue until a relief well was drilled in August, the aide said.

That early briefing on the scope of the spill—and enormous technical challenges involved in fixing it—might help explain the sense of fatalism that has infused Obama’s team from the start.

Publishing this at 8:46 PM on a Friday night, when it is least likely to be noticed, Richard Wollfe sends out a trial balloon, to see if it will float some sympathy toward the White House: Hey, America, Obama knew it was going to be really bad, and there was nothing he could actually do about that, so he did nothing about anything.

Hey, America, I knew it was hopeless, and I couldn’t change anything, so I couldn’t see the point of accepting the help of 17 nations offering their technology and their expertise in attempting to contain the damage as much as possible; no point in even attempting to use supertankers to try to remove as much oil from the surface as possible, even if they have to do it for months.

Hey, America, I knew it was bad, so there was no sense in telling you anything, or in helping Governor Jindal try to protect the marshlands and coasts of Louisiana.

President Obama surely cannot be blamed
for (or personally do anything about) “the damn hole,” that–even “capped”– is still gushing oil into (and beyond) the Gulf of Mexico, and that’s why reasonable people have not been the ones insisting that the president play superhero, or display reassuring “concern” by doing a public freak-out. In a crisis, you want the president to be calm and collected.

But Obama just as surely could have informed the nation that we were facing a long-term assault on our environment that would have wide repercussions.

He could have put his legendary oratorical skills to work, communicating an appreciation of the gravity of the situation, and an assurance that everything that could possibly be done to protect the environment was being done.

That was his fundamental job as president: clear communication of the struggle ahead, and reassurance that all possible efforts at collection and containment were operational. That is what he could have done, and did not; six weeks into it, he still has not really managed it.

We’ve just spent years listening to ungenerous, miserable people excoriate President Bush for calmly taking 7 minutes, after learning of the attacks of 9/11, to allow his Secret Service to do their thing and to–with a great deal of composure–take his leave from a classroom without managing to scare the children or give an impression of fear that would be put before the nation and the world.

After watching President Obama take six weeks to process the terrible news he was given–pressing forward with golf, vacations, parties and fund-raisers in order to not scare the nation–even if that it meant he seemed a little disengaged from the BP Oil disaster, I never want to hear another sneering, idiotic My Pet Goat joke, again.

A president needs to be calm and deliberate in the face of crisis, and he even needs to say puzzling things like “go on vacation, go shopping” or “go to the beaches” when it is clear the crisis has precipitated a long, hard slog.

But he also needs to promptly stand on a pile of rubble with the firefighters, or in a marsh full of dead wildlife and a slick, red tide, and say, “we’re going to respond; we’re going to protect and we’re going to rebuild and restore. We are going to get through this long hard slog, together.”

And he has to be able to convince people that he means every word he has said.

Wolffe writes:

“. . .Obama’s team is focusing on the options at their immediate disposal—methods of news management and presidential communication.”


There will be a slow but continual drip
of bad-to-worse news about this issue, coming out of the White House. President Obama needs to shake off the fatalism and show the nation that he is willing to try things, fight back against the rising tide of suffocating red death.

The president who rose to office riding the notion of hope cannot be the guy who meanders around, wishing things were not so damned hopeless.

Allahpundit: “. . . if he really did know right away that this was the oil equivalent of an asteroid strike, he didn’t scramble some sort of all-hands-on-deck emergency operation to protect the coastline. Remember, Jindal reportedly requested five million feet of hard boom back on May 2, long after Obama (according to Wolffe) knew about the magnitude of the disaster. By May 24, not even 800,000 feet had arrived. What happened?”

Kim Priestap says the Obama administration’s “fatalism” looks like “gross negligence”:

He could have ordered the mobilization of as much of the government’s resources as possible and put out an SOS to private companies and organizations with expertise in disaster clean up to try to prevent the oil slick from entering the gulf’s coastal waters. With the advanced notice that he was given, he could have had them ready and waiting.

But he didn’t do anything.

Instapundit and reader note Obama’s weak responses to any disasters that don’t affect a Democrat-majority. And Moe Lane has the chart to prove it.

What did Tony Hayward Know? and when did he know it?

Also writing:
Brutally Honest
The Dawning of the Day of Incompetence
Jim Geraghty
Protein Wisdom
Taylor Marsh
Radio Patriot
Moderate Voice
Gateway Pundit
River Daughter

Related:
Pelicans back in danger
Caught in the Oil
Jesus, Good Pelican
Witnessing the heart at it cracks

 

MAX BLUMENTHAL whiffs. Blumenthal thought he had landed the big fish, catching the Israel Defense Forces "doctoring" an audio tape in which statements like "shut up go back to Auschwitz" were shouted by participants in the Gaza flotilla:

The IDF’s propaganda is increasingly unbelievable, yet the media is enthusiastically playing along. This audio, which purports to show flotilla passengers telling the IDF to “go back to Auschwitz,” appears to have been doctored by the IDF General Press Office or someone connected to it.

I addressed this earlier. When I first heard the tape, I assumed that the comments were accurate, but static and down-time were edited out.

I was right. The IDF now has released the full audio (below).

Below are both the edited and unedited version of the exchange:

Edited

Edited transmission 26 seconds

Unedited:

Unedited transmission 5:58

Israel Defense Force Spokesperson

Breaking: WHITE HOUSE SIDES WITH HAMAS!… Says Gaza Blockade Unsustainable
Posted by Jim Hoft on Saturday, June 5, 2010, 12:01 PM

OBAMA WHITE HOUSE SIDES WITH HAMAS!

The Obama White House is now siding with Hamas over Israel. Despite the documented ambush on the Israeli soldiers this week by radical Islamists in the Mediterranean, the White House is pressuring Israel to end its blockade of Gaza essentially undermining Israel’s last wall of defense against the Islamic killers of Hamas.

Jihad

President Obama refused to side with Israel after the attack and told Prime Minister Netanyahu to go back to Israel out of concern that the Israeli Prime Minister would use the White House as his backdrop while discussing the flotilla ambush.

Reuters reported:

The White House said on Friday Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip was unsustainable and urged a Gaza aid vessel sent by pro-Palestinian activists to divert to an Israeli port to reduce the risk of violence.

“We are working urgently with Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and other international partners to develop new procedures for delivering more goods and assistance to Gaza,” said Mike Hammer, spokesman for the White House National Security Council.

The current arrangements are unsustainable and must be changed. For now, we call on all parties to join us in encouraging responsible decisions by all sides to avoid any unnecessary confrontations,” Hammer said in a statement.

Israel was preparing to intercept the Irish-owned ship the Rachel Corrie, bound for Gaza with aid and activists, after its naval operation on Monday in which nine Turkish activists were killed on another ship when it was boarded by Israeli forces.

The White House is asking Hamas to act “responsibly”? Since when has Hamas acted responsibly?

As Charles Krauthammer wrote this week:

Without forward or active defense, Israel is left with but the most passive and benign of all defenses — a blockade to simply prevent enemy rearmament. Yet, as we speak, this too is headed for international de-legitimation. Even the United States is now moving toward having it abolished.

But, if none of these is permissible, what’s left?

Exactly. Obama wants the Jews defenseless.
There can be no other explanation.

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POLLY WANTS A RUM AND COKE: Drunk Parrots Litter Australian Town.

In Honor of Frank Frazetta

—Monty

It was pretty much mandatory for every guy my age to have this cassette in his car. "Flirtin' With Disaster" called the tune to many a drunken rampage.Continue reading

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12,430 posted on 06/06/2010 3:17:50 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Is it Sestak-gate? Evidence mounts that there's been a job-offer coverup

Join VAN TRAN (R) vs. LORETTA SANCHEZ (D) - 1st Viet-American State Legislator goes to Washington

How many people  know the real story of how Loretta Sanchez was first elected to congress? I remember well.

The first piece of legislation passed and signed into law when Clinton was elected, was the "Motor-Voter Law. The first test of this law was the contest between Sanchez and the long-time and very conservative Congressman Robert K. Dornan (AKA B-1 Bob, for his outspoken support of strengthening national defense in supporting the B1 bomber)and it proved to be his downfall. The initial result was that Dornan had won by a very narrow margin of slightly less than 1000 votes, and in a subsequent series of recounts, ALA Florida 2000, the vote gap found her closing the gap and eventually winning the seat by a margin of less that 600 votes. It was later found that over 1000 of those votes were proven to be illegal aliens!

Since then, she and the Dems have controlled that seat, and even gotten her sister in a neighboring district elected!

I applaud Van Tran, and pray that he will prevail, if for no other reason that to gain a bit of poetic justice....

7 posted on Sunday, June 06, 2010 12:01:17 AM by fantail 1952
 

June 5th, 2010 | 10:45 am | #13 

Does anyone remember this from Rahm Emanuel?

“Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you couldn’t do before.”

In the Summer of ‘08 Obama’s campaign was starting to seriously flounder when Dem Senator Chuck Schumer “publicly taunted bank regulators last week about IndyMac Bancorp’s financial condition, which helped trigger a sudden outflow of deposits from the Pasadena thrift.” (LATimes 7/2/08)

The result was a domino effect that quickly led to the collapse of the sub-prime market (and thanks to Democrat housing policies through derivatives) the world market as a whole.

And VIOLA! Just like that- Obama had a “CRISIS!” that he and his lap-dogs in the mainstream media used to misrepresent and demonize evil Wall Street and their greedy Republican accomplices in crime. It was a complete game-changer for the Dems at just the right time. How very convenient. What were the odds? And uhm- what was Schumers explanation for his reckless actions? He never said.

Since this Regime took office, we have had one “CRISIS!” after another:

The “stimulus” had to be passed quickly! Right now! And as large as possible! It’s a “CRISIS!”

ObamaCare had to be passed quickly! ASAP! It was a “CRISIS!”

What was next on Obama’s agenda? Why, Cap And Trade of course. And wouldn’t you just know it-

On April 5th we have the worst coal mining accident in 20 years in WV. And then, just 15 days later on April 20th VIOLA! The BP underwater pipeline blows out and we have the worst oil spill and ecological disaster in our nations history.

That’s two mega-environmental catastrophes involving energy companies within a 15 day period and right at the time when Obama was beginning to demonize the industry, and just shortly after he bribed and lied ObamaCare down our throats. Another set of amazing coincidences that just happened to be timed perfectly for his agenda. A perfect time for a “CRISIS!” or two. What are the odds?

Only this time- the amateurish Obama Regime discovered that merely demonizing the oil industry wasn’t enough to sway public opinion in their favor. The country wanted leadership, solutions, and compassion to deal with the “CRISIS!”.

But the problem is- The Chicago Way doesn’t do leadership, solutions, or compassion. It’s not designed to.

In truth, The Chicago Way doesn’t solve problems at all, it never has. On the contrary, it creates them. And it relabels them under the politically expedient tag of “CRISIS!”

And if you think I’m being a little too conspiratorial, just remember the Saul Alinsky/William Ayers/Reverend Wright community-agitator political playground that Obama was nurtured in. And then ask yourself-

What Are The Odds?

Latest Obama Priorities:Partying With Paul McCartney While Pelicans And Wildlife Are Dying?

June 5th, 2010 | 7:19 pm | #58

What’s Obama been doing since the day of disaster in the Gulf?

13 Parties/Dinners
7 rounds of golf
2 vacations

in Louisiana…a total of about 6 hours in all this time….photo ops all

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Day 1 – April 20
Explosion in Gulf

Obama returns from L.A. – fundraiser for Baraba Boxer

DAY 2 – April 21
Obama attends reception for G-20 Labor Ministers

DAY 3 – April 22
Obama hosts Rose Garden reception to honor earth day

Obama flies to NYC to push Wall St Bill

DAY 4 – April 23
Hey, let’s go on vacation to Ashville North Carolina

Lunch at Twelve Bones for ribs and mac & cheese

No worries! How about a mountain hike?

Obama squeezes in a round of golf!

DAY 5 – April 24
Let’s go golfing again — at Grove Park Inn

A nice gourmet dinner at the Biltmore

DAY 6 – April 25
A scrumptious brunch at Grove Park Resort

DAY 7 – April 26
Obama hosts NY Yankees for White House event

DAY 8 – April 27
Obama visits Iowa for rhubarb pie at Jerry’s Diner

DAY 9 – April 28
Obama flies to Missouri for lunch at Peggy Sue’s Diner

DAY 10 – April 29
Obama attends DNC fundraiser at swank DC residence

DAY 11 – April 30
Obama flies to MD to view Secret Service binoculars

DAY 12 – May 1
Obama joins Leno for comedy routine at WHCD
DAY 13 – May 2
Obama finally visits Lousiana

DAY 14 – May 3
Obama hosts the Navy football team

DAY 15 – May 4
Obama private lunch with Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel

DAY 16 – May 5
Obama hosts Cinco De Mayo party at White House

DAY 17 – May 6
Just chillin’. Summers gives updates on economy

DAY 18 – May 7
Wizbangs give Rose Garden speech on ‘economy’

DAY 19 – May 8
Obama hits links at Ft Belvoir

Dining out at ritzy DC restuarant — Komi!

DAY 20 – May 9
Obama gives commencement speech at Hampton U.

DAY 21 – May 10
Hey, during a crisis, let’s pick a SCJ!

DAY 22 – May 11
Private (golf?) lunch with Joe Biden

DAY 23 – May 12
Obama hosts private reception for President Karzai

DAY 24 – May 13
Obama flies to Buffalo for Duff’s hot wings

DAY 25 – May 14
Obama finally makes speech on oil spill in Rose Garden

DAY 26 – May 15
Enough of the oil spill stuff… Obama off to golf!

DAY 27 – May 16
Obama golfs (again!) at Fort Belvoir

DAY 28 – May 17
Obama hosts UConn women’s basketball

DAY 29 – May 18
Obama tours plant in ‘Ohio’ (um, oil spill’s in LA!)

DAY 30 – May 19
Obama hosts glitzy state dinner for Calderon

Dance the night away!

DAY 31 – May 20
Obama meets with Bono for some reason

DAY 32 – May 21
Obama Rose Garden speech on… Wall St reform

DAY 33 – May 22
Obama goes golfing again at Andrews Air Force base

DAY 34 – May 23
Obama discusses basketball with Marv Albert

DAY 35 – May 24
Obama hosts Asian American celebration

DAY 36 – May 25
Obama flies to San Fran to party with Getty Oil family

…And raise millions for Barbara Boxer
DAY 37 – May 26
Obama spends day 2 in CA — with fellow economic wiz Gov. Schwartznegger

DAY 38 – May 27
Obama welcomes the Duke Blue Devils

Obama, Clinton hang with the U.S. World Cup team

Obama hosts party for Jewish Americans

Obama family heads off for a weekend vacation

DAY 39 – MAY 28
Obamas back in Chicago for weekend vacation

…Obama interrupts vaca for some PR

DAY 40 – MAY 29
Obama leaving U Chicago after some basketball…

…The Obamas heading out for an evening of barbecue

DAY 41 – MAY 30
After a night of barbecue and beers, let’s hit the gym!

June 5th, 2010 | 8:10 pm | #63

Can someone look into the veracity of this?—

‘Bombshell expose. The real reason the oil still flows into the Gulf of Mexico.’
Ties to the company that produces the toxic dispersant chemical NALCO is associated with Warren Buffett, Maurice Strong, Al Gore, Soros, Apollo, Blackstone, Goldman Sachs, Hathaway Berkshire.

link

Gulf oil spill breakthrough? Cap collecting 'majority' of oil.

The murderous lie that refuses to die

While the Gulf oil spill has dragged on I've been waiting for an old chestnut to be dusted off by the media. Now that the news is plastered with images of birds covered in oil it's finally happened courtesy of the New York Times. We're informed that the brown pelican - at one time near extinction - is now besieged once again.

Pelicans, Back From Brink of Extinction, Face Oil Threat

By JOHN COLLINS RUDOLF and LESLIE KAUFMAN
Published: June 4, 2010

FORT JACKSON, La. -- For more than a decade, the hundreds of brown pelicans that nested among the mangrove shrubs on Queen Bess Island west of here were living proof that a species brought to the edge of extinction could come back and thrive.

The island was one of three sites in Louisiana where the large, long-billed birds were reintroduced after pesticides wiped them out in the state in the 1960s.

But on Thursday, 29 of the birds, their feathers so coated in thick brown sludge that their natural white and gray markings were totally obscured, were airlifted to a bird rehabilitation center in Fort Jackson, the latest victims of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Another dozen were taken to other rescue centers.

...

At the turn of the 20th century, observers estimated the brown pelican population in Louisiana at close to 50,000. But by 1961, no nesting pair could be spotted along the state's entire coast, according to LaCoast, a Coast Guard Web site. Like another subspecies of the brown pelican found in California, the local birds had been hard hit by DDT and other pesticides, which acted to thin the shells of their eggs. The eggs were crushed when the adults sat on them. (DDT was banned in the United States in 1972.)


Leslie Kaufman is an environmental reporter - for the New York Times - so it's no surprise she's quick to draw the myth of DDT affecting brown pelican populations and thinning egg shells from her environmentalist's bag of falsehoods. Vilification of DDT is the boggy sand foundation upon which the radical green house of cards is constructed. To admit otherwise would be rejecting the dogma of mankind's original sin as written by Saint Rachel Carson.

Funny thing, radical Islam and radical environmentalism are pretty much the only two groups that embrace terrorism to advance their ideologies. Although the green crowd doesn't actually go about beheading apostates, so they've got that going for them.

But the reality is that there is no scientific evidence of DDT thinning egg shells. There is no scientific evidence brown pelican populations were wiped out by DDT The myth of DDT may be the penultimate case of a post hoc fallacy. Luckily for America we succeeded in eradicating malaria and other vector borne diseases before DDT was arbitrarily banned by an EPA administrative judge.

Another funny thing is that a chemical whose patent holder was awarded a Nobel Prize in Medicine and is credited with saving upwards of 25 million lives could be transformed into an environmental boogie man solely through misinformation. What's not funny is the 1.5 million very poor people who contract malaria every year because greenies would rather see dark-skinned humans in third world countries die than risk exposing Saint Carson to the ridicule and derision she so rightly deserves.

The NYT may have been the first but almost surely won't be the last to trumpet the fraudulent DDT = dead pelicans story line. Fight the lie with the truth - Rachel Carson is in large part responsible for deaths of more people than Joseph Stalin. At least Stalin helped crush the Nazis.

 

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The History of Modern Israel

FYI, an old post of mine:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/754551/posts
Answers for Anti-Israeli, anti-Jewish Propaganda
various links | 09-20-02 | The Heavy Equipment Guy

Beat the Jew Game: Tip of the Iceberg

Satellite Photos Support Testimony That Iraqi WMD Went to Syria

ERDOGAN WILL SAIL TO THE BRINK: “This is not a game theory scenerio. This is real.” Already Erdogan is spending millions to prepare new ships to head to Israel. The man is spoiling for a fight. His verbiage makes absolutely no sense to Western circles; but, it is perfectly clear to his audience and their normative system. The pragmatic objective is to destroy Israel. This is not paranoia. He is not interested in a "fair" inquiry; in fact, he is loathe to anything of the sort. The man means war.

G20 Smacks Down Obamanomics

Something very unexpected happened this week, with no notice from the liberal media (surprise, surprise). The world’s top economies just smacked down the massive deficit spending being employed by Obama and the DC liberals in Congress, in no uncertain terms:

The communiqué of the meeting made it clear that the G20 no longer thought that expansionary fiscal policy was sustainable or effective in fostering an economic recovery because investors were no longer confident about some countries’ public finances. “The recent events highlight the importance of sustainable public finances and the need for our countries to put in place credible, growth-friendly measures, to deliver fiscal sustainability,” the communiqué stated.

Emphasis mine. In other words, cut spending and taxes. Stop saddling businesses with naive wish lists of socialist ’share the wealth’ nonsense. The lone hold out to the international consensus? Team Obama:

But there were concerns around the G20 that the rush to reduce budget deficits, necessary though officials now thought it was, would undermine the recovery in the near term.

In a letter to the rest of the G20, Tim Geithner, US Treasury secretary, argued: “Concerns about growth as Europe makes needed policy adjustments threaten to undercut the momentum of the recovery”.

What damn recovery? There is no recovery. The stimulus bill, tax increases, health care take over are all stalling and delaying any recovery. And this nation will pile up over $2.5  TRILLION in national debt in the first two years of Obamanomics!  What does that tell you?

The May jobs report was a wake up call. You cannot pretend an economy is growing when 90% of the new jobs are temporary and exaggerated. Those jobs will be gone in September, and many of them will be gone before then.

When the other top 18 or so economies around the world declare your approach wrong headed and economically destructive, it is no surprise people conclude you are not competent:

What started out as a whiff of rookie incompetence has become a suffocating odor. It’s hard to find a single area where Obama’s policies are a convincing success.

Friday’s poor jobs report, showing only 41,000 private-sector jobs added in May, helped send the stock market into a tailspin

They ought to finally hear what employers have been telling them: Washington’s taxing, spending, borrowing and red tape are holding back job creation. Nearly 5 million Americans have been out of work for more than a year, a dismal record of long-term unemployment.

Business is screaming it out, the world’s top economies are screaming it out. And Team Obama keeps pretending they have a monopoly on economic wisdom!

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"Here’s a question for TEH WON: where the hell is my damn job? Where is it? I’ve been unemployed for two years, am a trained teacher, but have a fallback career as an admin assistant. Where’s all this blessed relief promised for military spouses like myself?"

 

Philip K. Dick envisioned a drone war against mankind, waged by a Skynet-like computer. Published as an Ace Double Book (turn the first one over and there was a second novella printed 180 degrees to the first). Link, if anyone cares.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulcan%27s_Hammer

Computers were pretty primitive in 1960, but Mr. Dick’s paranoia was already fully developed.  Link to this Comment

 
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MY SUNDAY WASHINGTON EXAMINER COLUMN IS UP: Higher Education Bubble Is About To Burst. (Bumped.)

Oil slick, joblessness may stymie Dems’ rebound. “The Democrats’ stimulus package kept many unionized public employees on the job. But, as liberal economists Paul Krugman and Robert Reich have pointed out, it has not done much to stimulate private-sector job creation. Maybe the contrary. We may be seeing something like the ‘capital strike’ of the late 1930s, when investors and entrepreneurs held onto their money and refrained from creating jobs because of high tax rates and intrusive government. Meanwhile, the Obama Democrats’ legislative agenda threatens recovery.”

ON HELEN THOMAS, JIM TREACHER EMAILS: “Remember: You’re a Nazi for saying we should enforce our own immigration laws… But not for telling the Jews to beat it.”

California succumbing to "White Flight"

Gee, I wonder why?

Obama Under Fire for Backing Deal to Lift Global Ban on Commercial Whaling

 

Media Matters Covers Up Obama Ties to Hamas Ally Jodie Evans

 
Code Pink Admits Obama Ties
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZ2UcpMpI9A&feature=related
 

Disturbing Job Ads: 'The Unemployed Will Not Be Considered'

The Great Deceit

Going Out of Business?

D-Day, June 6, 1944: Favorite D-Day Movies

Execution Of A Teenage Girl [Why Islam Is Fundamentally Incompatible With Western Civilization]

Let's End American Dominance (Yes, he's serious)

Anti-Establishment? Anti-Obama? Yes and Yes

A. Huffington Says Gulf Oil Spill is “1000-Percent Bush-Cheney’s Fault”; Liz Cheney Responds – Video

He Knew….He Freaking Knew And He Did Nothing

NALCO is associated with UChicago Argonne program. UChicago Argonne received $164 million dollars in stimulus funds this past year. UChicago Argonne just added two new executives to their roster. One from NALCO. The other from the Ill. Dept of Education.

If you dig a little deeper you will find NALCO is also associated with Warren Buffett, Maurice Strong, Al Gore, Soros, Apollo, Blackstone, Goldman Sachs, Hathaway Berkshire.

http://www.examiner.com/x-37620-Conservative-Examiner~y2010m6d2-Investigation-reveals-possible-criminal-activity-connecting-Obama-to-BP-oil-spill

Goldman-Sachs, Blackstone, and Apollo are all involved in NALCO.

Arab-Americans’ investments in companies that were aligned closely with key Chicago and Illinois politicians (including former Governor Rod Blagojevich).

Arab-American businessman, Ali Atta, had ties to Nalco.

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EVERY PROMISE HAS AN EXPIRATION DATE — but even “Save the Whales?” Obama Under Fire for Backing Deal to Lift Global Ban on Commercial Whaling.
 
ARE DEMOCRATIC INSIDERS sabotaging the Obama Administration? 
No, the Klown-in-Thief is quite able to beclown hissef' without help.
What did you expect from a guy who was a Chicago hustler, ( "community organizer" ) wrote not one, but two books about hissef', and perpetually ran for office-
Competence?
Come on... you let Oprah and company con you... suckers!
 

PROSECUTING BP: Um, won’t that be a little awkward, since the regulators gave the Deepwater Horizon a safety award just last year? Not to mention this.

I noticed FR had gone down last nite while trying to locate this handy, "all you ever needed to know about Kommander ZerØ, click the picture" file here:

ObamaCare to Doctors: Accept our prices or face jail [Darleen Click]

…and don’t you DARE even have lunch with your peers to “talk shop”, ’cause we will charge you with conspiracy.

As I’ve long suspected, “health care reform” has emboldened the Justice Department to take a more active role in enforcing government price controls against physicians. Today the Antitrust Division, joined by Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, forced a a group of Boise orthopedists to accept price controls for worker’s compensation and HMO contracts as part of a settlement accusing the doctors of “price fixing” [...]

The proposed settlement prevents the Idaho Orthopaedic Society and the named orthopedists from agreeing with their competitors on fees and contract terms. The settlement also prohibits them from collectively denying medical care to patients, refusing to deal with any payer or threatening to terminate contracts with any payer.

This case is a watershed for two reasons:

First, until now the Federal Trade Commission, not the Justice Department, has taken the lead in prosecuting physicians. Since 2000, the FTC has brought about three dozen cases against physicians (all but one of which settled without any trial). But the FTC only has civil and administrative jurisdiction; the Antitrust Division has civil and criminal jurisdiction. The Sherman Act makes no distinction between civil and criminal “price fixing,” so in a case like this, it’s entirely a matter of prosecutorial discretion whether to charge the doctors with a civil or criminal offense.

Based on the descriptions in the Antitrust Division’s press release, there’s certainly no reason they couldn’t have prosecuted the doctors criminally and insisted upon prison sentences — and there’s little doubt such threats were made or implied to obtain the physicians’ agreement to the proposed “settlement.”

The second reason this is a landmark case is that the Justice Department has unambiguously stated that refusal to accept government price controls is a form of illegal “price fixing.”

So, it’s ok for SEIU or Teacher’s Unions or any other labor entity to strike, threaten to strike, or get the Obama government to do their dirty work (take over GM, toss investors to the curb and hand over an equity share to the Union), but if a doctor says “hey, I’m not going to accept any more Medicare/Workers Comp/Blue Cross patients” that doctor is engaging in criminal behavior and, by golly, Barry will have none of it!

Oh, btw, Obama’s DOJ also says Doctors don’t have Constitution right of Free Speech, either:

The DOJ has released the proposed order and other documents. It’s a naked censorship order that restrains the physicians from

(A) encouraging, facilitating, entering into, participating in, or attempting to engage in any actual or potential agreement or understanding with, between, or among competing physicians about:

  • any fee, or other payer contract term or condition, with any payer or group of payers, including the acceptability or negotiation of any fee or other payer contract term with any payer or group of payers;
  • the manner in which the defendant or any competing physician will negotiate with, contract with, or otherwise deal with any payer or group of payers, including participating in or terminating any payer contract; or
  • any refusal to deal or threatened refusal to deal with any payer;

Oh, yeah. Take out student loans of $100,000 or more to become a doctor and become a second-class citizen.

Yeah, that’s going improve both the quantity and quality of future physicians.

(h/t Simon at Classical Values)

Why, "It's for the sake of our Chillunz!" Again: Why should education be exempt from recession budgeting? “We are witnessing a familiar government dance, the Prosperity-to-Hysteria Two-Step: When revenue grows, governments put in place permanent spending streams; when revenue falls, governments exclaim that any retrenchment, even back to spending levels of a few years ago, is a ‘catastrophe.’”

We need more of this: SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER: New Jersey Style. FASTER, PLEASE....

KEEPING A WARY EYE on solar weather. “The National Academy of Sciences framed the problem two years ago in a landmark report entitled “Severe Space Weather Events—Societal and Economic Impacts.” It noted how people of the 21st-century rely on high-tech systems for the basics of daily life. Smart power grids, GPS navigation, air travel, financial services and emergency radio communications can all be knocked out by intense solar activity. A century-class solar storm, the Academy warned, could cause twenty times more economic damage than Hurricane Katrina.”

POLICE STATE, 2010 ALERT:

BUT IF SOMEONE HAD SHOT A VIDEO, IT WOULD BE A FELONY: Off-Duty Officer Fatally Shoots Unarmed Marine.

According to Baltimore City police, Tyrone Brown — a 32-year-old Marine who has served two tours of duty in Iraq — was shot 13 times at close range. He died a short time later.

Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the officer shot and killed Brown, saying Brown made advances toward a woman who was with the officer.

“After the advances, the officer and the individual exchanged words,” Gugliemi said. “There was an argument, and the altercation turned physical. At that point, the officer pulled out his service weapon and fired multiple shots at our victim.”

I’m beginning to think that cops in Maryland should be watched all the time. But instead, they’re granted anonymity: “The officer, who Guglielmi said is a 15-year veteran, has not been named. Police said they are investigating whether alcohol was a factor. The officer declined to take an alcohol breath test.”

Jew hater ALERT:

HELEN THOMAS UPDATE: Lanny Davis says Helen Thomas must go.

Plus, Helen Thomas Dropped By Speaking Agency.

Also: Translating Helen Thomas’s non-apology “apology.”

UPDATE: ADL Says Helen Thomas Apology Insufficient.

All racism, alltime: “BLACK FLIGHT” changing the makeup of Dallas schools.  But there’s also this: “Many black parents are concerned about the attention and money spent bringing native Spanish-speakers up to speed. Some say their children are ignored.” (Via NewsAlert).

Suicidal PCism: when a search for facts might give offense, flush the facts [Darleen Click]

TSI points out dhimmi posturing in a NYTimes opinion piece that perpetuates the whole “cycle of violence” canard in support of forever offering jihadists the comfy chair.

Now it looks like the decision in Britain in 2005 NOT to launch an inquiry into 7/7 bombings arose out of fear of … you guessed it … “offending” Muslims.

The warning was delivered in a briefing paper to Charles Clarke, the then-home secretary, as he considered whether or not to launch an inquiry into the 2005 bombings, in which 52 innocent people were killed.

In the paper, Sir John Gieve, the Home Office permanent secretary, said that upsetting Muslims would be a “potential cost” of ministers agreeing to demands for a full inquiry.

After receiving Sir John’s paper, Mr Clarke decided not to order a public inquiry – a decision which infuriated many survivors and relatives of those killed. [...]

Sir John’s note, written four months after the bombings but newly-released under Freedom of Information laws, outlines the determination of senior civil servants to ensure that any inquiries into the atrocity were “low key”.

Are Islamists mollified by such double-standards or do they just take such obsequiousness to their superiority as their due? Certainly, the blatant pro-jihadist propaganda project of building a towering 13-story mosque at Ground Zero, provocatively named “Cordoba House”, has engendered enough apologetic rationalizations among the kuffar to make Islamists feel as if 9/11 was really worth it.

If Americans forget how, or refuse, to stand up for America, (or any Westerner stand up for Western Civilization) why shouldn’t those interested in establishing a new Caliphate feel encouraged?

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Some notes from flyover country:

The Great American Road Trip: Reflections, RV tips & Rushmore-to-Yellowstone pics

By Michelle Malkin  •  June 7, 2010 04:01 AM


Head out on the highway…

As I mentioned last week, I’m with my family on our first ever RV trip. (Thanks to readers and e-mailers for sharing your wonderful travel memories.) Internet and phone access on my trek have been quite spotty – blissfully so. Doug Powers will continue to hold down the fort here on the blog, along with La Shawn Barber and Val Prieto, as I head back home in coming days. Please be sure to thank them for their terrific work.

Some notes on the journey:

Over the past seven days, we’ve hit Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse memorial, Cody WY, and Yellowstone. The scenery is cinematic; the frontier history is larger-than-life. And the RV community is full of friendly, independent, and amazingly resourceful people.

If you ever need your faith in our country’s resilience and beauty renewed, a Great American Road Trip does a body and soul good.

RV’ing is not everyone’s cup of tea, of course... But if you make sure to pack some RV must-haves — sense of humor, spirit of adventure, industrial-strength rubber gloves, duct tape, extension cords, wrench, multi-tool, Petzl headlamps, tarp, S’mores ingredients, marshmallow roasting sticks, walkie-talkies, and Dramamine — you can live the RV dream. Experienced friends recommended we watch the movie “RV” before we started our trip. Aside from a few p.c. tirades against big corporations, it’s definitely good prep viewing.

A rainbow over the Chinatown Restaurant in West Yellowstone, MT:

This is truly “America, the Beautiful.” How humbling, how blessed we are to call it home.

Amen.

THEG Sez:

They- the latte-sipping elitists in the Axis of NYC, DC, and LA-- called us "flyover country."

When they realized how much we- the great Unenlightened-- hated that, they changed it to "throwaway country"-- cute, boyz, cute.

If you think you are getting away with that?

Think again. We have long memories.

Old News

by Bunk X ( 121 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Economy, Elections 2010, Humor, Leftists, Open thread, Politics, Progressives, Socialism at June 6th, 2010 - 10:35 pm

[Image from here.]

No news is good news but old news was better. Sometimes I wish we had more old news instead of the current barrage of doom and gloom. Markets are down, unemployment is up, we have daily reports of blatant lies in the MSM shoring up a failed congress and a worse presidency. The only light at the end of the tunnel might not show itself until November.

Even that’s an iffy proposition, as flipping congress into a conservative majority won’t have any immediate effects on the economy as long as current spending programs remain in place. History proves that welfare states are unsustainable, and with close to 50% of the U.S. populace working in government jobs paid for by those who don’t, things look pretty bleak.

It’s going to get worse before it gets better. I’d rather read about meat driving girls sex crazy instead, and that’s a great cynical lead-in to an Overnight Open Thread.

 
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White House and Allies Set to Build Up Health Law (campaign to "sell" it, using tax exempt org)

obamacare,healthcare,politics,satire

Letting Israel hang: US undercuts ally

Israel 'Foils Scuba Dive Attack' [Four Shot Dead]

Mexico: 6 bodies in cave, 3 with hearts cut out

*** Gimmee that old time religion! ... Coming soon to an Amexican barrio near you. ***

Obama and Hamas

Bloodlust of NJ 'jihadists'

They were the hate-filled, homegrown terrorists next door -- ready to cut your head off if they got the chance.

"They only fear you when you have a gun and when you, when you start killing them and when you take their head, and you go like this, and you behead it on camera," hissed terrorist wannabe Mohamed Alessa, 20, of North Bergen, NJ, during an undercover operation in 2009, a federal complaint unsealed yesterday revealed.

"My soul cannot rest until I shed blood." Read more at nypost.com ...

OBAMA'S SECOND MUSIC PARTY OF WEEK... Developing...

Barack Obama: Let Them Eat Tar Balls

apparently he’s been parteeein’ for a long time. check him out at 1:01 into this video. Whoomp, there he is. lol.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-FPimCmbX8

Hands Across The Water (Gulf Oil Spill Presidential Timeline)!

This video still montage details the first 42 days of the President's response work to the Gulf Oil Spill. From the looks of thing whenever someone said "Gulf Oil Spill" Obama thought they said "Go Golf still" and so he did! This is a very amusing (though tragic) detailed timeline of what the prez did and didn't do during the first 42 days of the crisis. (The background music is Hands Across The Water by Wings). Dittos Rush! ^

A friend of mine just took this shot at a local BP Gas Station. Oh, the IRONY!

Crisis not 'wasted': Obama to nationalize oil companies?

 

I kept telling you all what we are really facing:

 

White House chief tied to BP adviser

Carbon Copy: Europe’s Still Not Cutting Emissions (Flashback, 2008)

Obama's Oil Drill Ban Crippling Gulf Economy

I thought Teleprompter Kid saved us from the Second Great Depression. How could this be?/s

Barack Obama Ignores D-Day Anniversary – Goes to Theatre Party

Chavez decrees more seizures

Don't give Duh!1 ideas, Hugo...
 
 

Britain Should Repeal Gun Laws, says American Gun Law Expert

Harry Reid’s Push To Nationalize ALL Cop/Firemen Unions

“Obama’s civilian army....”

BINGO!!!SO THAT’S how they’ll “fix” Arizona and Governor Brewer...

Mort Zuckerman: America’s jobless picture is alarmingly bleak

The One-Hour Meltdown

To Avoid Voter Rage, Democrats Skip Town Halls

in other words... YOU HAVE NO REPRESENTATION

i'm fairly certain this was one of the grievances in the Declaration of Independence

"For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:"

"For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever. "

and of course:
"He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. "

"For imposing taxes on us without our consent:"

"He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance. "

i could go on...

27 grievances listed in the Declaration of Independence... at least half are applicable today.

13 posted on Monday, June 07, 2010 3:46:43 AM by sten

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How We're Fighting the Gulf Oil Spill - With everything from fiber optics and high-speed...

On Oil Spill And Increasing Distrust For The Government

In Brutal Job Market, More Than a Million Quit Looking

Liberals hate facts

Obama's agenda: Overwhelm U.S. economy For Systemic Failure, Economic Crisis & Social Chaos

Some folks seem to think there is a creepy cult of personality growing up around President Barack Obama...

The tide turns in the battle for gun rights as the Brady Campaign withers away

As gun rights activists await the upcoming decision in the McDonald vs. Chicago Supreme Court case, new evidence emerges that, in this post-Heller decision world, the public has soured on the bitter taste of gun control.

The latest evidence of the declining public support for restrictions on gun rights is in the data released today by the Federal Election Commission on the private donations and expenditures of the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence - Voter Education PAC (Link goes to actual FEC reports).

The Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence is the flagship group for the gun control effort. The Brady Campaign absorbed the Million Mom March in 2001 when that organization's membership dropped so low as to be no longer self-sustaining.

(Excerpt) Read more at examiner.com ...

"...And revolution is coming if a lot of other things don’t get fixed."

Damn Straight- throw 'em all out and try it over again.

The Gun is Civilization

The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gang banger, and a single guy on equal footing with a carload of drunk guys with baseball bats. The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.

God created all men. Sam Colt made them equal.
 

Mayor Daley Is Wounding Gun Control Advocacy

An End for Helen Thomas and the Helen Thomas Rules

Interesting how the media lies to itself - then repeats the lie!

Census Fraud: Census Workers Encouraged to Forge Time Sheets (A Broad Consensus Done)

The danger of a government with unlimited power

We Don’t Believe You, Mr. President

Organizing for America and the DNC: ACORN 2.0

Communication Gulf (All of Obama's problems are Bush's fault -- Really!)

I don’t doubt that Mr. Bush left plenty for Hussein to handle. Just as Clinton did for Bush; as Bush1 did for Clinton; as Reagan did for Bush1; etc., etc., etc.

So what!?!

Hussein campaigned as the One who would cool the earth and lower the sea levels. He was going to change all to sunshine and lollipops. He was just a little less than God according to some. And so far he hasn’t shown any particular ability to even cope with the demands of the office let alone institute the marvelous “change” he promised.

Anti-Wal-Mart study just doesn't add up (LIBERALS FINALLY COMING TO THEIR SENSES?!?!?)

Study: Wind Farms = Bird Killers

Liberal reporter all upset that classes on the Constitution are gaining popularity

You're Barack Obama, and you're not the first black president (Bill Clinton beat you to it), the first incompetent president (Jimmy Carter was there for us in the modern era), or the first professor president (Woodrow Wilson brought his Princeton University-blessed master race theories to the White House). But you are the first party president, with more social affairs than any White House in the nation's history. "Party on" was the way WorldNet Daily described it; another summed it up in a headline, "Obama During Oil Spill -- Golf, Parties, Photo-Ops...and More Golf!"

With George and Martha looking down from their framed perches on the walls of the stately East Room, you've turned the White House into "a showcase of glitzy extravagance." Welcome to Barack Obama's Animal House...er, National Lampoon's White House...no, let's get this straight, Barack Obama's White House.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...

Obama and the Gulf: Two Toxic Gushers

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (6/7/10: after partying and ignoring D-Day, BO is at -17)

Here Are The 5 Economic Events That Will Decide The November Elections

It’s not listed, but if Israel,Hamas and Iran tangle and Mideast Oil is disrupted, one could expect serious economic consequences.

Gas prices will triple overnight while creating a ripple effect throughout the rest of the economy especially the distribution of food via semi trucks.

Most people have no clue to just how fragile the supply chain to grocery stores is in this nation.

One little event could make food scarcity the number 1 priority in the 2010 election.

15 posted on Monday, June 07, 2010 10:00:42 AM by Le Chien Rouge

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THE COUNTRY’S IN THE VERY BEST OF HANDS: L.A. Times: The ties that bind. Remember Rahm Emanuel’s rent-free D.C. apartment? The owner: A BP adviser.
 
GULF OIL SPILL makes Alberta tar sands look good.
 
CHANGE: Poll: Americans Now See Obama As Partisan Democrat.
 
In the "Yes, 0-Merica, you elected an ill-qualified Kook to 'rule" America Dept?
 

Monday Morning Quarterback, Oil Spill Edition

I'm going to riff off this post over at Ace of Spades a bit on something I was thinking about anyway while driving home from the office today. Perhaps in response to a couple of queries Gibbsie had to parry at a press briefing, Obama has now tacked to incoherent rage in response to the Horizon event - proclaiming "I Want To Know Whose Ass To Kick." Ace hypothesizes that Obama's problem is not communication (as is claimed by left-leaning folks in their tepid criticisms of Obama) but in his actions in response to the leaking crude.

I'm going to have to disagree with that notion to an extent because Obama's biggest problem dealing with the oil leak has been an utterly dunderheaded communications strategy. Underlying that, though, are a couple of realities that will almost surely make Obamaphile heads explode when articulated.

Now I'm not an expert on offshore drilling and my public relations experience is limited to the daily one-on-one and small group dynamics of a corporate recruiter. But there are some aspects of salesmanship I've internalized that translate well into general PR/crisis response situations.

Much like President Bush in the aftermath of Katrina, there is very little Obama could have done to significantly change the situation as it stands today. Let's get that out of the way up front.

Obamaphile head exploding reality the first - Obama is such an incredible narcissist he refuses to be perceived as powerless or anything but supremely intelligent. This led to a couple of PR blunders right off the bat. The declaration that "we're in control". Okay then, you own the crisis. What should we do now? Plug the damn hole? Brilliant, why didn't BP think of that? Wait around until we can decide whose ass gets kicked? How does that help mitigate the damage?

I'm not convinced of it, but Obama may indeed be of above average intelligence. We can argue that another time but it's obvious he does not think well "on his feet" as the saying goes. I'm sure that's why he scheduled his first presser in almost a year during the day when nobody was watching rather than during primetime. The only difference I can see between Obama and Biden is that Biden is secure enough in his own skin to not care what people think while Obama has spent so much of his life crafting a cool, contemplative persona he fears ridicule over any other outcome.

Obama needed to make clear from the outset there is little the government can do stop the spill itself and the vastness of the Gulf coast makes oil-soiled birds and beaches inevitable. Working a mile deep in the ocean is extremely difficult and we should expect the worst case scenario. If he had set realistic expectations - i.e. under promised - he could have avoided the blowback he's now doomed to experience. But that's not his style. So now he's stuck picking at tar balls on the beach like some puzzled child and trying to deflect blame through manufactured outrage.

Obamaphile head exploding reality the second - Barack is not a decider. He'd never been in a leadership role prior to 1/20/2009 and it shows. His actions during the campaign made that clear enough. What did Obama do when the financial crisis hit? Sit on his hands, wait until a consensus position arose, adopt that consensus position, and snipe at Bush. That's fine for a congress-critter and the campaign trail but a recipe for failure as a leader.

This dovetails a bit with the point above. He'd rather be perceived as contemplative (i.e. indecisive) than have to accept responsibility for a bad decision. Unfortunately there are times when a bad decision is better than no decision. In the case of Horizon, Obama stalled, let the situation get ahead of him, and was forced to be reactive rather than proactive. All he can do now is feign anger as his administration belatedly rushes to adopt desperate solutions that might have helped if implemented when proposed weeks ago.

Jindal wanted 1,000,000 feet of booms and he wanted to build sand berms. Why didn't he get it? There's no way in hell you're going to seal off Louisiana's 400 miles of coastline, but you damn well better make sure the effort fails after you've given it your best shot. Instead we've got ourselves a top-quality talking point for 2012. Not fair, you say? There's nothing Obama could have done? True that, but the same is true of Bush and Katrina. Perception is reality, and the reality today is that Obama isn't doing everything he should.

Which is again a communications problem directly resulting from realities the first and the second above. Obama's generally a prick, he refuses to humble himself, and he's unwilling to accept blame. So we went from "I'm in charge" to "Plug the damn hole" to "Did you plug the hole yet, daddy" to "It's not my fault" to "Now I'm really mad." The only clubs left in his bag are funneling billions of taxpayer dollars to his union cronies under the guise of cleaning-up/stimulating the Gulf coast and blaming Bush.

Or maybe there's no viable communications strategy for a disaster of this magnitude. Up to now he's made hash of it and I doubt vindictive Obama is going to sway public opinion. As much as it sucks to find out you're screwed, it's sucks worse when you're left to find out for yourself. Well now we know. And Obama will pay a heavy price for failing to clearly define that reality up front.

 
 
FELLED BY A FLIP CAM: Helen Thomas retires. I told you those ubiquitous video cameras mattered . . .
 
MARK STEYN ON HELEN THOMAS: “A guy with a flip camera just took out one of the most storied names in American journalism. Presumably US newspaper managements have been assured by Obama, Pelosi, Frank et al that that bailout’s a-comin’ any day now. The alternative is that they’re inept timeserving mediocrities too dullwitted even to know they’re going over the falls.”
 

Reuters caught cropping incriminating flotilla photos

Yid with Lid:

News service, Reuters is back to its old tricks.  You may remember during the second Lebanese war Reuters was caught making news pictures look worse than they were with a little touch of Photo Shop.

...

Reuters is now doctoring its pictures from the violence aboard the Guerrilla Flotilla.

You'll need to see it to believe it.

Or if you're a Hamas supporter, you'll need to not see it to believe it.

Reuters is to news wires what Helen Thomas is to journalism.

A joke... that's not funny... at all.

Crossposted at Brutally Honest.

 
MORE FROM MARYLAND: COP WHO KILLED MARINE SHOULD HAVE LOST HIS BADGE 5 YEARS AGO. “We have a Marine hero who said something in a bar to the woman who was with the wrong man and his penalty is to be shot 13 times — by a man who not only should not be a cop but who should not have been allowed to keep his gun.” And yet people worry about private citizens with guns. At least private citizens don’t get an official coverup when they shoot someone . . .
 
ANTI-WALMART ASTROTURF: “When I saw local busybodies try to stop the opening of a Wal-Mart in Cleveland — a Wal-Mart that did not receive any local subsidies nor require the use of eminent domain — I realized that union groups backed the effort. What I was not aware of at the time was that grocery stores and large supermarket chains have become substantial funders of anti-Wal-Mart activism.”
 
SHAPIRO on Nikki Haley. “Haley, in her first statewide campaign, has proven a master of boomerang politics – making every attack seem like a vindication of her conservative populist outrage.” '"When you threaten the establishment's money, power and corruption, they fight back," Haley told me in a Saturday interview '
 
So many MoonBats, so little time Dept:

Y2Kyoto: Not Partisan Enough!

Now is the time at SDA when we juxtapose!

Washington Times, March 5th - Undaunted by a rash of scandals over the science underpinning climate change, top climate researchers are plotting to respond with what one scientist involved said needs to be "an outlandishly aggressively partisan approach" to gut the credibility of skeptics.

Anthony Watts, June 7th - Today my life and my office was disrupted by the unannounced and uninvited presence of a person who seems to be convinced that I’m in the employ of “big oil” (I’m not) and that my opinions and the opinions of others here is so wrong, that this person must take up a crusade against me.

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Obama Breaks a Whale of a Campaign Promise

June 7, 2010 03:06 PM by Doug Powers57 Comments | 1 Trackback

Flee, Willy!

"Ironic(?)–the petroleum business was born because of the reduction of the whale population.
Nothing but Freaking morons running the country.
From day one of Bambi’s campaign,the majority of people in this country have chosen to believe in fantasy instead of using their God given intelligence to direct them.I still know people who don’t believe they made a mistake voting for Bambi."

Obama High School Graduation Speech Not an Eye Opener

June 7, 2010 10:20 PM by Doug Powers16 Comments | 1 Trackback

The thrill is gone

"If only Obama had had the same effect on all of Congress, we wouldn’t have had all of the horrid legislation passed this past year."

Dems Skip Town Halls – To Avoid ‘Rage’

June 7th, 2010

From the DNC’s own flagship, the New York Times:

Political Memo – Democrats Skip Town Halls to Avoid Voter Rage

By JEFF ZELENY

June 6, 2010

BEL AIR, Md. — … If the time-honored tradition of the political meeting is not quite dead, it seems to be teetering closer to extinction. Of the 255 Democrats who make up the majority in the House, only a handful held town-hall-style forums as legislators spent last week at home in their districts.

So much for having a representative government.

You see, “images” will be used against lawmakers. Not their record of voting against the expressed will of their constituents.

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Define Irony: Democrats regularly claiming to want a more populist, democratic country who are too scared to actually listen to “the voice of the people”.

I say…cap some spending on them, curtail their budgets and examine how they spend the taxpayer’s money very carefully every quarter. Hey, if the military can do it, so can congress and the senate.

Laffer: “Economy Will Collapse In 2011”

June 7th, 2010

From the opinion page of the Wall Street Journal:

Tax Hikes and the 2011 Economic Collapse

By ARTHUR LAFFER

June 7, 2010

People can change the volume, the location and the composition of their income, and they can do so in response to changes in government policies.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the nine states without an income tax are growing far faster and attracting more people than are the nine states with the highest income tax rates. People and businesses change the location of income based on incentives.

Likewise, who is gobsmacked when they are told that the two wealthiest Americans—Bill Gates and Warren Buffett—hold the bulk of their wealth in the nontaxed form of unrealized capital gains? The composition of wealth also responds to incentives. And it’s also simple enough for most people to understand that if the government taxes people who work and pays people not to work, fewer people will work. Incentives matter.

People can also change the timing of when they earn and receive their income in response to government policies…

On or about Jan. 1, 2011, federal, state and local tax rates are scheduled to rise quite sharply. President George W. Bush’s tax cuts expire on that date, meaning that the highest federal personal income tax rate will go 39.6% from 35%, the highest federal dividend tax rate pops up to 39.6% from 15%, the capital gains tax rate to 20% from 15%, and the estate tax rate to 55% from zero…

Now, if people know tax rates will be higher next year than they are this year, what will those people do this year? They will shift production and income out of next year into this year to the extent possible. As a result, income this year has already been inflated above where it otherwise should be and next year, 2011, income will be lower than it otherwise should be.

Also, the prospect of rising prices, higher interest rates and more regulations next year will further entice demand and supply to be shifted from 2011 into 2010. In my view, this shift of income and demand is a major reason that the economy in 2010 has appeared as strong as it has. When we pass the tax boundary of Jan. 1, 2011, my best guess is that the train goes off the tracks and we get our worst nightmare of a severe "double dip" recession.

In 1981, Ronald Reagan—with bipartisan support—began the first phase in a series of tax cuts passed under the Economic Recovery Tax Act (ERTA), whereby the bulk of the tax cuts didn’t take effect until Jan. 1, 1983. Reagan’s delayed tax cuts were the mirror image of President Barack Obama’s delayed tax rate increases. For 1981 and 1982 people deferred so much economic activity that real GDP was basically flat (i.e., no growth), and the unemployment rate rose to well over 10%.

But at the tax boundary of Jan. 1, 1983 the economy took off like a rocket, with average real growth reaching 7.5% in 1983 and 5.5% in 1984. It has always amazed me how tax cuts don’t work until they take effect. Mr. Obama’s experience with deferred tax rate increases will be the reverse. The economy will collapse in 2011.

Consider corporate profits as a share of GDP. Today, corporate profits as a share of GDP are way too high given the state of the U.S. economy. These high profits reflect the shift in income into 2010 from 2011. These profits will tumble in 2011, preceded most likely by the stock market.

In 2010, without any prepayment penalties, people can cash in their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), Keough deferred income accounts and 401(k) deferred income accounts. After paying their taxes, these deferred income accounts can be rolled into Roth IRAs that provide after-tax income to their owners into the future. Given what’s going to happen to tax rates, this conversion seems like a no-brainer.

The result will be a crash in tax receipts once the surge is past. If you thought deficits and unemployment have been bad lately, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Mr. Laffer is the chairman of Laffer Associates and co-author of “Return to Prosperity: How America Can Regain Its Economic Superpower Status.”

We don’t usually post editorials, but Mr. Laffer has proved that he knows whereof he speaks.

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"At least it should seal the Moron-in-Thief’s fate."
 
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Monday, June 7, 2010, 5:09 PM
Elizabeth Scalia

It has been 1200 Hours since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico.


Dead sea turtle lies on beach in Pass Christian, Mississippi(Source)

There have been dozens of dead sea turtles found washing up on the beaches.

And dolphins:

And young herons:



All manner of sea life are dying in the Gulf of Mexico.


So are jobs and livelihoods

Pondering these heartbreaking pictures, I tried to find out what serious steps the Obama administration has taken to bring every available resource to the Gulf of Mexico, in order to try to take as much oil as possible out of the equation, and to try to protect the sea life, the marshes, the coasts.

You would expect there to be tons of headlines, everyday, about what aid Obama has accepted from other nations, what serious, concrete steps he has taken to aggressively counter the ongoing threat to our coastlines, and to entire fishing and tourism industries. But there aren’t any.

Options are being discussed. There are headlines like this one, from June 1: Obama administration moves to distance itself from BP on oil spill response.

But there are no headlines, between that date and today that suggest that any all-hands-on-deck direction is going on, beyond the taking of meetings and preparing a criminal probe:

President Obama also plans to hold a full meeting of his Cabinet — not a common event during his first year and a half in office — to discuss what the administration is doing to stop the leak and to clean up the coastlines of several states.

It’s all kind of vague.

Once the leak is finally plugged, perhaps by the end of the summer, the economic effects of the oil spill, both locally and worldwide, will continue to be an issue for Obama.

That’s the big story out of the Washington Post. And then, just now, comes this:

The Gulf region will recover, but needs help, Obama said, as he again called on BP to be “quick and responsive” to damage claims from residents and business people. Obama said he does not want the oil company “nickel and diming” people whose livelihoods are threatened by environmental damage from the spill.

So, restitution and…

“This is a resilient ecosystem and these are resilient people down on the Gulf Coast,” Obama said.

Surrounded by members of his Cabinet, Obama said 15 agencies have been activated and he wants to make sure to get “every asset that we have” down to the Gulf to “make sure that we are minimizing the amount of oil that is actually coming to shore.”


Emphasis mine.
1200 hours after the explosion, we’re going to finally make sure that we are minimizing the amoung of oil coming to shore.

I’m sure Gov. Jindal will be glad to hear this. I bet he wishes that Dolphins and Sea Turtles could vote.

Let me show you what kind of real, concrete action
had been taken (with or without headlines) 100 Hours after the Katrina Stormfall:

Between 2,500 and 3,000 people have been rescued by the Coast Guard, National Guard and First Responders.

National Guard and Regular Army have deployed 50,000 troops…the biggest domestic relief effort in U.S. history after Monday’s onslaught by killer Hurricane Katrina.

The Navy is sending the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman to join an armada of vessels off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Air Force said it was adding a high-flying U-2 spy plane to the relief effort to take pictures to help relief efforts at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Army has put on alert roughly 3,000 active-duty ground troops from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to be prepared to deploy to New Orleans…The brigade-sized force, likely to be from the 82nd Airborne Division, would engage in crowd control and site-protection activities.

Pipelines are being restored and refineries are beginning to get back into operation.

Levee repairs are underway – reportedly one break has already been fully repaired as of this evening.

Now, obviously, capping a gusher 5,000 feet below the surface was not as easy as “plugging the damn hole,” nor as simple as ordering ships to an emergency situation (or was it?) but over the course of 1200 hours, the Obama administration should have made a more vigorous response to the effects of that gushing, which did not take experts to predict, or 50 days time to understand.

This disaster could have been a moment for Obama to have shown dynamic leadership. He could have been there with Bobby Jindal saying, “we’ll build the berms; we’ll do whatever it takes to save these coastlines.”

Instead, writes J.R. Dunn:

Well, we’ve seen Obama frowning. Obama sticking his fingers into the sand. Obama saying he’s frustrated. Obama telling us a heartwarming story about his daughter. He even, according to spokesman Robert Gibbs, said “damn” at one point. (Though this has not yet been independently verified by a third party.)

That’s it. That’s the sum total of accomplishment by Barack Obama, his administration, his party, and his bureaucracy, in facing his first major domestic crisis.

The hardware and ancillary equipment necessary to deal with a seabed blowout is well understood . . . Floating booms trap the oil and keep it from dispersing. Burn booms isolate floating oil and set it ablaze. Tankers can be equipped to sweep the oil off the ocean surface. Not a single one of these items was available to any of the parties responsible for responding to a potential disaster in the Gulf. Not BP, not the Interior Department, not the federal government as a whole. The feds tried to borrow a fire boom from a private party. To what purpose is difficult to surmise — a single boom would be about as useful as a plastic bucket in a disaster of this magnitude. Much of the past month and a half has been spent playing catchup on the equipment front, and we have not yet seen the end of it.

The president, this afternoon:

VIDEO OF THE MORON-IN-THIEF at the link...

1200 Hours after the explosion, the president, who was described by some in the press as so monumental that accepting the presidency was “a step down” for him has finally sounded some right notes, but like a distracted percussionist, he has struck them too late, and without much force.

Interestingly, one notices that those members of the Democrat party and the press who were daring to express impatience with the process of responsive engaging have been muted, or they’ve fallen back into line.

UPDATE:
Now he is the ass-kicker in chief. Sigh. Can you imagine if Bush had said it? The criticism of Obama has been fairly mild compared to what we’ve seen other presidents experience. He can’t seem to handle any. Sir, the job is about more than kicking ass. It is about leadership, and communication and giving people a sense that one is competent.

Maybe he should kick his own ass for foregoing the public campaign funding he’d agreed to, in order to collect 600 million dollars in donations, a million of it from BP. Or maybe he should kick Rahm’s ass for also having close associations and taking favors from the BP-connected.

Related:
Obama and BP’s Heyward haven’t yet spoken?

 
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Seniors Across America to Host Local Meetings, Participate in Health Care Tele-Town Hall Meeting...

Death by Obamacare

obamacare,healthcare,politics,satire

Seriously, I truly anticipate that when Miss Emily or myself reach the point that we cost too much money to all this "free" healthcare, we will get shipped- against our will-- to the "Old Folks Really Carefree ( literally! ) Retirement Home, err, I mean Organ Donation Center, so our parts can be harvested to keep the younger drones paying taxes into all the government's Ponzi schemes...

The Doctor Will See You Later

Anti-incumbent mood as 11 states pick candidates

Where are the jobs?

The unserious punks running the white house

via Hot Air and FamousDC



That's the President's speechwriter on the right.


http://famousdc.com/2010/06/07/white-house-gone-wild-shirtless-favreau-and-vietors-sundayfunday-beer-pong-match/


/and we were just talking about the turds -
http://www.grouchyconservativepundits.com/index.php?topic=16450.0

The greatest hits of Helen Thomas

by Speranza ( 145 Comments › )
Filed under Leftist-Islamic Alliance, Media, Progressives at June 7th, 2010 - 9:00 pm

Don’t think that her recent anti Semitic comments were something out of the ordinary for the old wind bag. She has been getting away with saying outrageous, hateful things for a long, long time (ever since her first appearance during Grant’s second term).

Update - The old biddy (crazy old aunt who lives in the attic), has officially retired! I guess those emails we sent to Hearst worked!!

by Rich Noyes

Longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas has issued a statement of “deep regret” after telling an interviewer that Israeli Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home” to Germany and Poland.

Thomas has been widely admired by the liberal establishment in the media. NBC’s Ann Curry, for example, last year saluted Thomas as “a woman who inspired me….I’ve tried to emulate her.” CBS’s Harry Smith has described her as “legendary,” adding: “What she does day after day after day, I’m not sure we value enough.

Thomas has not been shy about expressing her left-wing views and reliably anti-Israel opinions since she became a White House “columnist” in 2000, after a lengthy career as UPI’s straight news White House correspondent. But a review shows Thomas was expressing solidly liberal opinions even as a supposedly neutral reporter:

Nearly twenty years ago, she dismissed the idea of liberal bias as nothing but compassion: “I don’t know what a liberal bias is. Do you mean we care about the poor, the sick, and the maimed? Do we care whether people are being shot every day on the streets of America? If that’s liberal, so be it.”

In 1993, she slammed Ronald Reagan as soulless: “A President should care about all people, and he didn’t, which is why I will always feel Reagan lacked soul.” But a few months after Bill Clinton left office in 2001, Thomas fawned: “The human spirit — to me and millions of others, President Clinton has always personified that. He is the man from Hope, and that is what he has given us, hope. We miss him.” And, a few months after 9/11, she ridiculously insisted that the security measures were worse than FDR’s internment of Japanese-Americans:  “The chipping away of our civil liberties is unprecedented. Even in World War II, I never saw anything like that.”

In 2006, Thomas admitted the obvious: “I’m a liberal, I was born a liberal, and I will be a liberal ‘til the day I die.”

Here are some of her more legendary outbursts collected by the MRC over the years:

■ “I think he left an uncaring society….a government that was not as concerned.”
— UPI White House reporter Helen Thomas talking about Ronald Reagan on CBS News Nightwatch, December 30, 1988.

■ “All of us who covered the Reagans agreed that President Reagan was personable and charming, but I’m not so certain he was nice. It’s hard for me to think of anyone as nice when I hear him say ‘The homeless are homeless because they want to be homeless.’ To my mind, a President should care about all people, and he didn’t, which is why I will always feel Reagan lacked soul.”
— UPI White House reporter Helen Thomas in the July 1993 Good Housekeeping.

■ “A liberal bias? I don’t know what a liberal bias is. Do you mean we care about the poor, the sick, and the maimed? Do we care whether people are being shot every day on the streets of America? If that’s liberal, so be it. I think it’s everything that’s good in life — that we do care. And also for the solutions — we seek solutions and we do think that we are all responsible for what happens in this country.”
— UPI White House correspondent Helen Thomas on C-SPAN’s Journalists Roundtable, December 31, 1993.

Read the rest here: Long list of liberal eruptions from media’s Mt. St. Helen

James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal weighs in

by James Taranto

Helen Thomas is American journalism’s crazy old aunt in the attic. Peter Beinart is a starry-eyed nephew. She loathes the state of Israel; he claims to love it–though both sided with the so-called Free Gaza flotilla that tried to break Jerusalem’s naval blockade and allow the arming of the terror group Hamas, which has been firing rockets at Israeli civilians. Both Thomas and Beinart have caused a stir in recent weeks with their comments about the Israel–not about the flotilla episode in particular but about the Jewish state more generally.

Thomas, White House correspondent for Hearst Newspapers, showed up at the White House’s May 27 Jewish Heritage Celebration, where she gave an interview to Rabbi David Nesenoff of RabbiLive.com. Late last week Nesenoff posted a clip from the video on YouTube. Here’s the transcript:

[...]

Beinart, a former editor of The New Republic who now writes for TheDailyBeast.com, last month published a portentous essay of nearly 5,000 words in the New York Review of Books titled “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment.” To boil down his argument: Support for Israel has become unfashionable among young liberal American Jews, and it’s the fault of old Jews. Beinart cites the results of a focus group of such young liberal Jews:

[..]

As he lectures his elders, it does not seem to occur to Beinart that the young liberal American Jews may be the ones who have it wrong–which we suppose is not surprising, since he is one of them. Fortuitously enough, however, Beinart’s worldview vis-à-vis Israel faced a real-world test shortly after his essay was published. It was found wanting.

[...]

Commentary’s Jonathan Tobin pointed out in response that “the activists’ empathy”–or, rather, their lack thereof–is crystal clear:

Before the flotilla that Israel intercepted was launched in Turkey, the family of Gilad Shalit begged the organizers to take a package of letters and food to the Israeli being held in Gaza. In return, they promised to lend their voices to a call for lifting the blockade. Accepting this offer would have cost “Free Gaza” nothing and would only have given them good publicity and probably would have caused the Israeli government to seriously consider letting them through the blockade. But, in a decision that Beinart and other critics of Israel seemed to ignore, they refused the Shalit family.Why? It’s not that hard to figure out even if your grasp of the Middle East is as dim as that of Peter Beinart.First, they don’t care about Gilad Shalit. Like his Hamas kidnappers, the “Free Gaza” group is composed of anti-Zionists–people who don’t think there ought to be a Jewish state and that Jewish soldiers who defend it are, by definition, criminals who deserve what they get from Hamas. Most think the same about Israeli civilians who live under the threat of rocket fire and terrorist attack from Hamas.Second, they are not humanitarians. They are Israel-haters.
[..]

“Go back to Auschwitz,” say the Turkish “humanitarians.” Go back to Poland, says Helen Thomas. Beinart claims to be pro-Israel, and we don’t doubt his sincerity. But his determined denial of the nature of Israel’s enemies leads us to doubt his grip on reality.

Read the rest Helen Thomas and Peter Beinart

 
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C-SPAN Caller: Helen Thomas’ Comments Were “Spot On”

"I think that it's more likely that the election of obama has the nut-jobs coming out of the woodwork, thinking "hey, here's a guy who thinks like me, elected by the majority (plurality) of the country." They figure that it's safe for them to finally come out and express their true feelings."

Get Back to Africa!

Jersey jihadis

ABC News--Most Americans Say Gov't Response to Oil Spill Worse Than Katrina (video)

Obama’s manufactured fury

Obama Chance Plane

Election Night 1980 from CBS: Just listen to the reasons for Carters defeat Hmmm! just saying!

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President Can't Let Oily Waters Engulf Agenda

He's too far behind to ever get ahead.

You don't even catch up when you're so busy playing golf, having vacations, BBQing, playing basketball, zipping around the country for fund raisers, entertaining pop stars, etc.,

Too late, bambam.

The only thing he does well is dither, when it comes to things that are crucial for the country.

If he had shown half the concern and time on this that he did on obamaCare, things would not have gotten so out of hand.

Right from the get go, 17 countries offered their help, expertise and equipment. He blew them off - only accepted from TWO! Mexico and Norway.

He should have said, HELL YES!

And just maybe the oil wouldn't now be creeping up on the Florida shores = where it will run down the west coast, around and half way up the east coast, then veer off for Europe.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE64420A20100505

Why no headlines on that story?

10 posted on Monday, June 07, 2010 11:20:53 PM by maine-iac7

"The problem with Socialism is it just doesn't work."

Whether socialism works of not depends on how you define, “works”. If you want to establish an elite that lords it over the poor (everyone not of the elite class) for the enrichment of the elite, it works like a charm.

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Dr. Demento Ends His 40 Year Old Radio Show

Strange Discovery on Titan Leads to Speculation of Alien Life

This is what the world's first private space station looks like


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Markets About to Turn Nasty, Buy Barbed Wire: Advisor

Day 50 of the Oil Spill Reveals Obama’s Total Lack of a Plan

 
 
 

The Ministry of Truth: A mass experiment in altering political memories

Reading William Saletan's 8-part series is really worth your time. Maybe research can actually lead to pro-active ways we can save our true memories and our sanity. Check it out:

http://www.slate.com/id/2254054/

Democrats, Republicans face angry electorate

It’s not “dems” or “pubbies” that the voters are kicking out -

it’s ELITISTS.

However, the MSM are, in total, all ELITIST, so they just can’t fathom that the electorate hates THEM.

Eye on Key Primaries That Could Signal Major Shift in November

Pelosi's Base in Revolt RAW VIDEO

 

How to Fight Back against Public Unions: A Primer

Good news: Teachers Unions shaking down kids to pay their exorbitant salaries

Poll: The sagging popularity of the tea parties

Andea Mitchell, The Other Liberal Media Bigot

Thousands Protest Mega-Mosque on D-Day!

Rush Limbaugh: Caller of the Century, Susan in Glendale

ObamaCare Aftermath – One Million Low Income Workers Soon To Be Forced Out Of Affordable Health Care


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White House doesn’t have the “slightest clue.” From the comments: “Rangel is obviously racist.”
 

OKAY, I SEE THE ARGUMENT THAT OBAMA’S “ASS KICKING” BIT WAS UNPRESIDENTIAL, but to me, the biggest negative was that it made clear that we’ve got a President who doesn’t know whose ass to kick.

Related: Who’s In Charge Here?

Also: Spill reveals Obama’s lack of executive experience.

Posted by Jim Hoft on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 4:03 PM

HOPE & CHANGE – Chicago-style
Barack Obama gave his marching orders:

Obama: “They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun”
Obama to His Followers: “Get in Their Faces!”
Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”
Obama To His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard”

Now it’s Kicka$$ time…

Add this one to the list:

“I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar, we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.

Great. Obama’s now taking advice from Spike Lee.

"Captain Kick-Ass," all the young people are calling him now.


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“Remember, the side with the protest babes always wins.” Especially when they’re well-armed . . .
 
SHOCKER: Britons link Islam with extremism, says survey.
 
MATT WELCH ON THE REVOLT AGAINST THE PUBLIC SECTOR: “What’s missing every time this debate comes up is any actual defense of the basic and 100 percent undeniable trend line–we are paying much, much more money to deliver government services that (with few exceptions) are not performing any better, and the single biggest line item in that cost increase is employee compensation. The burden of proof is on the people pocketing our taxpayer dollars, and yet they continue to dissemble, whine, and change the subject (and sometimes even shrug), rather than robustly defending the public policy mess they have been instrumental in creating. As long as We Are Out of Money, they (and their apologists) will rightly be on the defensive.”
 
THE GREAT DISCOURAGEMENT: “It is becoming clear to the man on the street that the unemployment situation is bad and not getting better any time soon. And a whole lot of people are giving up even trying to find a job.”
 

No Job creation from the Obama Boom

by Rodan ( 1 Comment › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Communism, Democratic Party, Liberal Fascism, Progressives, Tranzis at June 8th, 2010 - 7:00 pm

The Myth of the Obama Boom is over. Wall Street continues to decline as it realizes the emperor has no clothes. The once great and heralded economic boom, doesn’t exist. It was invented by Rahm Emanuel and the Progressive Propaganda Media. Last Friday’s anemic jobs report showed 41,000 private sector jobs. A dismal figure and the one that exposed the lie of the Obama Economic Boom!


This boom in government spending was supposed to produce a boom in the private economy. So far, we’re one boom short. The May jobs report is a perfect distillation of Obamanomics, with its emphasis on short-term help to the economy — the stimulus package, the cash-for-clunkers program, etc. — that is as sustainable as a sugar high.

The headline jobs number of 431,000 looked good, but 411,000 were temporary census jobs. They will soon disappear, unless we want to employ Americans in the counting of one another in perpetuity. The 41,000 new private-sector jobs were about 60,000 short of what it takes just to absorb the natural growth of the labor force.

The driving force in the private economy has been companies pulling back on the liquidation of their inventories, a natural effect that would’ve occurred even absent President Obama’s various stimuli. The reaction of the Democrats to the failure of all the stimulus is to support yet more stimulus.

Read the rest: Where are the jobs?

The Obama Boom is just another in a series of lies to prop up the failing regime of Barack Hussein Obama. The American public are tired of the lies yet our press keeps deceiving like claiming Obama is still popular. The press will do anything for their glorious leader!

The Road to Serfdom as a Comic Book

 
 

I’VE MENTIONED THIS BEFORE: A Self-Appointed Teacher Runs a One-Man ‘Academy’ on YouTube: Are his 10-minute lectures the future? “The lo-fi videos seem to work for students, many of whom have written glowing testimonials or even donated a few bucks via a PayPal link. The free videos have drawn hundreds of thousands of views, making them more popular than the lectures by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, famous for making course materials free, or any other traditional institution online, according to the leaders of YouTube’s education section.”

And, from a supporter:

“The next bubble to burst is higher education,” he said. “It’s too expensive for people—there’s no reason why parents should have to save up a hundred grand to send their kids to college. I like that there are alternative ways of thinking about teaching.”

Hmm. Where have I heard this before?

As I Was Saying: Norah O'Donnell Insists White House Really Engaged On Obamatrina, But a "Failure to Communicate" Responsible For Public Dissatisfaction; Insists White House Staffers Are Having Nightmares About Gulf Spill, The Poor Dears

—Ace

Oh, God. We're taking the Emoting Offensive to a whole new level now, aren't we?

It is to laugh -- Norah O'Donnell is not just neutrally reporting these "facts," but insisting on them, really trying to convince you of them (and their relevance).

To her, it's not important that real oil is hurting real animals and damaging a real fishing economy and doing real harm to real people's lives and Obama is not doing a damn real thing about it.

The only thing that matters is the White House's emotional connection to these facts, and if they're guilty of anything, it's of not convincing the public of how emotionally engaged they are.

Pushing the New Narrative like the trooper she is.

So, how bad are White House staffers' nightmares?

Bad enough, apparently, that only Beer Pong can chase the evil dreams away.


John Favreau's recurring cold-sweats nightmare:
White House Spokesman Tommy Vietor slams back his serve,
right into his cup of golden-smooth Miller Genuine Draft,
forcing him to chug, and, just as he's downing the sweet barley nector,
the beer turns to ash in his screaming mouth

And some of you scoffed at the relevance of this picture!

I knew it was going to come in handy.

Accept The Pudding, Norah O'Donnell: You will accept the pudding. You must accept the pudding.


Admiral Benson Makes a Statement: Finally.

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12,439 posted on 06/08/2010 4:21:11 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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MILES OF OIL CONTAINMENT BOOM in Warehouse- Just Sitting- Waiting For BP or US to Collect (Video!)

'Obama's Katrina': an Illustrated Timeline

Last Friday, April 30, 2010 Rush gave a time line which was an inspiration for the pictorial timeline shown as the subject of this thread.

Here is an excerpt of his commentary on Friday:

Obama Pays Oil Slick Lip Service; He’s Interested in His Agenda, Not His Job
April 30, 2010
http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_043010/content/01125106.member.html

BEGIN TRANSCRIPT
RUSH: What a teachable moment! Obama had a press conference today, the original purpose of the press conference — not a press conference, he had a ceremony outside the Oval Office in the Rose []Garden — and the purpose of it was to tout a nonexisting economic growth rate. The actual growth rate’s about 1.6%. I’ll explain how that happens in mere moments. But something got in the way of this. That damn oil slick. Obama’s Katrina...

END TRANSCRIPT

Read the Background Material...

AP: Feds Open Criminal Probe of Gulf Oil Spill

NYDN: BP Told Government in 2008 it Could Handle Oil Spill 10 Times the Size of One Plaguing Gulf

Wall Street Journal: Gulf Oil Spill Clips $100 Billion from Value of Connected Outfits">

Day by day activities of Obama since day 1 of the Oil Gusher:

http://politipage.com/2010/05/28/obamas-days/

Video of Obama’s activities from Day 1 to Day 42 of the Gulf oil spill.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzllR24e-FY&feature=player_embedded


Obama Jack Ass

BP's worst case scenario a reality, scientist says

Minor point of semantics for everyone?

Any time you hear

“Oil Spill”

be sure to correct it with

“Oil Gusher...”

A spill is knocking over a 55 gallon drum on deck and having it drain out the scuppers.

A Gusher

is what we’ve got...

Vitter Expresses Frustration with Announced Offshore Rig Closings in Gulf

“...just one more setback for people along the Gulf Coast. And it is precisely what we feared – the moratorium will cost us more jobs and economic devastation, on top of the repercussions of the spill itself, as energy companies move their businesses away from the coast."

(Excerpt) Read more at thedeadpelican.com ...

Read the above, then ask yourself,

"Do these clowns need to be given even more power over my life?

Stop the EPA's Global Warming Power Grab

The EPA Runs Amuck

 

Party Hearty!

White House (picnic) serves up a tasty thanks to lawmakers (PICS!)

Primaries show off the power of the broom

“A lot of the anger is really not ideological; it’s anger against the system.’’

(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...

Stephanopoulos Cites Tea Party ‘Losing Steam,’ But Skips Obama’s Plummeting Numbers

Gov. Christie Winning Battle with N.J. Teachers’ Union

White House official: 'Organized labor just flushed $10 million down the toilet'

MSNBC's Matthews Upset Over Ark. Runoff; Suggests Race the Runoff's Purpose

 
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"Morning Joe" Crew Calls the Drudge Report’s ‘Obama Goes Street’ Headline Racist - Video

 
( The following is a variant of a boilerplate reply I use occasionally-- it is sarcasm, folks, sarcasm- with a touch of irony thrown in... )

I denounce them!



And, just to be "inclusive," my own Evil 'sef'!



Then, I trun oursef's over to the block watchers and re-education camps to have our attitudes adjusted at:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2085709/posts



 

Brother, can you spare a dime? The labor market is far worse than it looks.

The mighty thorium : The nearly perfect energy source nobody has heard of

Are Cameras the New Guns?

It’s simple. The police work for the government. They are able to get away with anything. That’s why civilians recording them in the act scares them.
 
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Exclusive: BIOS will be dead in three years

 
 
The BIOS is about to go the way of the geezer.

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Geezer Geek ping.

This is a very low-volume ping list (typically days to weeks between pings).

 

 

12,440 posted on 06/09/2010 2:16:50 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Federal Law Makes Obama Responsible for Stopping Oil Spill and Cleanup

It's day 51 in the Gulf Oil Disaster and oil continues to gush from the "cap" British Petroleum placed to stop the leak. (Here's the live feed of the camera at the leak site.) BP now says that "virtually all" of the leak may be stopped in the next few days. Obama has timed another visit to the region. No doubt to claim credit.

Yet, over the last weeks Obama and his left wing allies have been desperate to point fingers at Bush, Cheney, BP, Halliburton, Transocean and in at least one case "tea baggers."

So, perhaps it's time to have a little reminder about what Obama's responsibilities are. The Clean Water Act Section 311 - Oil and Hazardous Substances Liability grants the president broad powers and also responsibility to stop any discharge of oil and to direct any cleanup. The president's powers and responsibilities are referenced 47 times in the brief document.

The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 further strengthened the President's powers and responsibility. The Bureau of Land Management offers this analysis:

The OPA amended §311to mandate the President to take action to ensure “effective and immediate removal of a discharge, and mitigation or prevention of a substantial threat of a discharge, of oil or a hazardous substance.”
The purpose of the amendment was to remove some of the latitude towards private cleanup efforts by the discharger and assure that the job gets done right. It's the primary responsibility of the President to see that the leak is stopped and that any cleanup is swift and effective. The President has sole responsibility for developing and implementing emergency plans to address a spill. Yet, we have already seen how the Obama Administration failed to implement long standing disaster plans by delaying a burnoff of oil and other measures.

Read more at floppingaces.net...

While oil spills, Obama picnics with Congress (but not on a gulf beach)

 
 
I've said it before, and I'll say it again-- Kommander ZerØ's "_Residency" is a laughable mixture of:

And "Movin' On Up!"

Unfortunately, for all of us,

"The Recoveryless Recovery..."

A Town Fights Oil on Their Own

Is this why media has been hiding the oils spill damage?

Video of Divers in the Oil Slick (This is a Must See, trust me on this)

Narrative of Struggle and Jihad in Statements By Islamist Participants in Gaza Flotilla

For Many, Recovery Means Lower Expectations

20 More Signs Of A Full-On Economic Collapse

The June 8 elections: A verdict on incumbents, unions, and Democrats (Michael Barone)

Who's afraid of Barack Obama? Nobody

This:



( Yes, he actually can fly jet fighters... )

Versus this:

God help us all...

Obama issuing memos of all sorts ( Memos to Federal Agencies for what???)

The Alien in the White House

Repeal The Seventeenth Amendment? Yep- tried it, didn't work as expected...

In a related note, reader Donald Kochan sends this paper on how the 17th Amendment affected the Supreme Court’s willingness to overturn state laws. And some old thoughts of mine on Senate reform.

Goo-Goo Genocidaires: The Blood Is Dripping From Their Hands. “Of all the mass murderers, genocidaires and enablers of the twentieth century, one group of collaborators does not get its fair share of condemnation and moral loathing. Unfortunately Americans have never really come to terms with the terrible things they did, we have never really named and shamed them, and we have never diagnosed and exposed the bad ideas that led to some of America’s most fateful and costly blunders. Until we do, our society is at risk of repeating these errors. The people I have in mind are the ‘goo-goo genocidaires,’ the willfully blind reformers, civil society activists, clergy, students and others whose foolishness and ignorance was a necessary condition for tens of millions of deaths in the last hundred years. Unreflective, self-righteous ‘activists’ thought that to espouse peace was the same thing as to create or safeguard it. As a result, tens of millions died.”

Immigrant youths riot in Sweden, burning down school ('Little Mogadishu')

Can Black Americans Afford Obama?

The Gig Economy --- "Welcome to the age of Gigonomics" (2009)

(Video) Sarah Palin On Fox: Obama Incompetence, Exec Experience & Elections + Karl Rove On Sarah

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Overnight Open Thread

—Maetenloch

Good evening all M&Ms.
Also don't forget about the job bank at the AoSHQ yahoo group.

Lost Video: The US Navy of 1915

Here's a restored 11 minute clip from a long believed to be lost 1915 documentary on the US Navy. It was commissioned by Secretary of the Navy, Joseph Daniels, who believed that the newly invented technology of motion pictures would convince isolationists of the importance of building a strong American navy. The filmmakers were allowed full access to the ships and captured sailors in their day to day activities. All copies of the documentary were thought to have been lost until this fragment was discovered in Australia.

Unfortunately I couldn't figure out how to embed it so you'll have to click on the picture and watch it on their site. Maybe one of the morons can put me some knowledge here.

Continue reading

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Traffic Camera Victim ‘Pays Back’ Police Dept.

Dramatic CCTV Footage Shows Moment Haiti Quake Hit Palace (Video on Website)


12,441 posted on 06/09/2010 1:13:36 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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THE GROWING POWER of government unions. Yep, because "you just can't pay too much in taxes..."
 
IS OBAMA at a tipping point? Hurricane Katrina. Hostage crisis. Tet Offensive...
 

This Was The Moment When The Rise Of The Oceans Began To Slow

...and a nation began to emerge from stupor.

More Americans - 69 per cent - are unhappy about the U.S. president’s administration's response to the BP disaster than disapproved of George Bush's botched handling of Hurricane Katrina five years ago, according to a poll.

Related - The Alien In The White House.

h/t K Shaidle

Posted by Kate at 8:58 AM| Comments (27)
 
"Check out that Alien in the White House piece. The writer perfectly captures that creepy sense of detachment exhibited by obozo."
 
"...yes, that is a great article. And now notice what Obama is doing. True to form, he's trotting out 'racism' to deflect popular disapproval and criticism of his failure to deal with the BP oil spill."
 
"I think Obama exhibits this detachment for two reasons.

First, he most definitely was not raised as an American; his mother was a socialist anti-American; his father not merely absent but from another country, Kenya; his stepfather from Indonesia. Obama has no relation to the USA.

Second, he's a clinical narcissist and is unable to feel empathy with anyone because his psychological need is to control and dominate people, not collaborate and share with them.

Most people aren't aware of exactly how deeply psychologically damaged Obama is, and are trying to excuse his lack of empathy by defining him as a 'cerebral intellectual'. But Obama isn't an intellectual; there's no evidence ever of him being a researcher, analyst, debater, author, of anything theoretical or intellectual. He's written nothing, he's unable to explain even the policies and programs put forward for him to sell by the radical socialists who run him.

Then, people try to excuse him by defining themselves as 'the problem'; and Obama is always ready to define the American people as guilty of something, whether it be racism, ignorance, bias, greed. He's accused Americans of these characteristics repeatedly already - and it's a neat tactic of causal offloading.

The real problem is Obama. I suspect that Obama will retreat more and more into his virtual world, attend more and more parties, play more golf, and appear 'in anger' at various events..while the Democratic Party splits in two."

"When Obama talks about "kicking ass" and "putting a boot to BP's neck", he alienates the only people who can actually help him. In so doing, he shows himself to be a demagogue who has no concept of his proper role in this affair and who places popular perception above the long-term interests of the nation."

 
 The Alien in the White House: The distance between the president and the people is beginning to be revealed. “A great part of America now understands that this president’s sense of identification lies elsewhere, and is in profound ways unlike theirs. He is hard put to sound convincingly like the leader of the nation, because he is, at heart and by instinct, the voice mainly of his ideological class. He is the alien in the White House, a matter having nothing to do with delusions about his birthplace cherished by the demented fringe.”
 
READ the typically rude but insightful comments at ACE here: Posted by Ace at 03:19 PM New Comments Thingy
 
102 "Mr. Obama may not hold all, or the more extreme, of these views."

Oh, puh-leeez. He is the most extreme of the extremists. How could he not be? He had a wacko commie father who walked out; a wacko mother who abandoned him; a wacko grandfather who left him to the tender mercies of a commie America-hating pedophile; his formative years from age 2 to age 10 were spent in Muslim Indonesia at a wacko, violent time in its history; he went to college and hung out with all the leftist wackos; he teamed up with a nasty, spiteful, cop-killing, Pentagon-bombing spoiled little commie brat, Bill Ayers, to channel Annenberg money to a bunch of commie indoctrination programs in Chicago; he did "community organizing" (euphemism for harassment/intimidation/thuggery) with a commie organization founded by a guy who dedicated his most famous book to Lucifer, aka Satan; he was buddies with Yasser Arafat's former spokesman; and he bought the presidency with money from a mentally deranged billionaire who's doing his best to institute a single global government.

Oh, but Obama doesn't necessarily hold the most extreme views! No, not at all! How could he?
 

Two articles separated by the Atlantic Ocean deal with the subject of the previous post. That dealt with the question of whether one point of view was constantly trying to dominate the other by manipulating perception. Now  Dorothy Rabinowitz at the WSJ in her editorial “The Alien in the White House” notices that the incumbent seems to represent a wholly different nation from the one that is ‘out there’.  It’s like there’s another species in the Oval Office. She’s finds him speaking speaking a strange language and worshiping strange idols she never thought would never be on the public mainstream altar. Rabinowitz writes: “A great part of America now understands that this president’s sense of identification lies elsewhere, and is in profound ways unlike theirs.” Like Cortez upon a peak in Darien, she can’t quite believe what she sees. Rabinowitz describes her feeling of alienation:

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" It simply seems impossible for a man to be president who is so ignorant of the foundational principles of the country. Obama is the most wholly ignorant individual to ever hold this much power since Roman times. Economics, science, how car insurance works, the door back into the Oval Office… all of these things are beyond his comprehension. "

"I cannot believe that someone this fundamentally economically illiterate is President of the United States ……….. but, when I consider that he has been a public-sector sucker-upper of taxes and foundation sucker-upper of donated money his whole life, and has been surrounded by same (and continues this pattern into his administration, where just a whopping 8% of his executive cabinet & czars have private sector experience), the vastness of his economic ignorance makes sense. No less appalling, mind you, but it makes sense."

 
Who’s Afraid Of Barack Obama? Nobody.
 

LEADERSHIP? ( Uhhh... for that you need a leader, not a TelePrompter Reader... )

Three days after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, the Dutch government offered to help.

It was willing to provide ships outfitted with oil-skimming booms, and it proposed a plan for building sand barriers to protect sensitive marshlands.

The response from the Obama administration and BP, which are coordinating the cleanup: “The embassy got a nice letter from the administration that said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’” said Geert Visser, consul general for the Netherlands in Houston.

They’re reconsidering that now. . .

BP: In bed with the government, and politicians, all along. “BP was a founding member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), a lobby dedicated to passing a cap-and-trade bill....

 
 Media Matters (To Itself): What Helen Thomas’s career has to do with the FTC’s push to reinvent journalism. “The problem with government’s fealty to the myths that establishment journalism has created for itself isn’t just the expense—it’s that it inevitably produces feedback loops. A government that props up the media inevitably leads to a media that props up the government. Despite being cloaked in the language of preservation, the real gap that these proposals fill isn’t in news coverage, but in the cozy linkage between government and media.”
 
The June 8 elections: A verdict on incumbents, unions, and Democrats. “Blanche Lincoln’s (narrow) victory leaves the unions’ strategy in ruins.
 
Just too precious for words [Darleen Click]

It was “Super Tuesday for Women” but don’t expect Vagina Warriors to applaud because GOP women are, natch, inauthentic. So’s that [Uncle] Tim Scott who won the primary going away from Paul Thurmon. Heh.

What’s really important for VWers is continuing the Left dogma that non-leftists just loves them some starving chilluns

Of course, I know that this mindless assholery goes straight back to the built-in conservative assumption that the only thing that children need is a parent with a penis and his sidekick servant called “wife”. In Wingnut Land, children don’t need food, shelter, education, or health care. They just need a heterosexual couple to raise them. The result is a worldview that makes child-hating assholery inevitable.

Again we are faced with the mindless, hate-inspired view that the worst place for children to be is raised by their biological parents in marriage. Naw, Mandy wants to seal her misandry by citing the snort-worthy “study” that purports to show Lesbians are better parents than straights. ‘Course she doesn’t point to that direct article because this little factoid might be, um, inconvenient

Several lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy groups, such as the Gill Foundation and the Lesbian Health Fund from the Gay Lesbian Medical Association, funded the study.

Yep, and studies showing cigarettes aren’t bad for you funded by tobacco growers are just as legit.

Common sense is, that all other things being equal, the ideal place for children is in a biological two-parent family. This does not mean that other configurations cannot be successful, but it is harder to achieve. Single moms can, individually, raise good sons, but prisons are still filled disproportionately with fatherless males.

But common sense isn’t in the Left’s lexicon and their ideology holds that the most important relationship any individual should have is with an all-nurturing Nanny Government — headed, of course, by such enlightened people as Marcotte and ilk. Successful straight, married couples and their families stand in their way so, natch, make sure to destroy at will.

 
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DON’T SLEEP LONGER, sleep smarter.
 
A TEN CENT blood-type test. “The cheap, portable, paper-based test could improve medical treatments in the developing world.”
 
STOPPING MUSCLE CRAMPS . . . WITH PICKLE JUICE?

12,442 posted on 06/10/2010 2:01:07 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Wake Up American (Inspiration to Vote Video)

If there are people in your family or circle of friends who don't understand why they must get out and vote in November, this video should provide them the inspiration to do so. It is a quality production and will save you the time and trouble of explaining it all.

President party boy

 
I've said it before, and I'll say it again-- Kommander ZerØ's "_Residency" is a laughable mixture of:

And "Movin' On Up!"

This:



( Yes, he actually can fly jet fighters... )

Versus this:

God help us all...

Unfortunately, for all of us,

Settling for Less… And For What?

Why, Less of less- of course-- and it costs more, to boot- it's the Oblamer Way...

Recovery? What Recovery?

Bearing in mind I'm the guy who dubbed this current scam ( "the recovery" )

"The Recoveryless Recovery?"

All I know is what I see in my city... 20-25% of people with no jobs... the first billion-dollar "condo conversion" we ever had in foreclosure... the biggest Realtor shuttered and shut, while a competitor touts "Foreclosure Bus Tours!"

Between one fourth and one third of businesses standing empty, with "first month's rent free!" crossed out and "two months FREE!" under it...

Franz Kafka and Phillip K. Dick could not have collaborated on a storyline and come up with anything as surreal as what I am seeing here.

6 posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 6:27:21 AM by backhoe
 

Hawaii elections clerk: Obama birth not here

(STORM) Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement

Hezbollah, Hamas Raise Money for ‘Terrorist Activities’ From Drug Trade in South America....

At the Crash Site In Smolensk, Who Did the Russians Shoot at?

Rumors of a Coup

Da guy is way behind the times. Can't believe someone doesn't realize that the country has already been 'couped'.
 

Nancy Pelosi was asked if the Healthcare bill was constitutional. She said, “You’re kidding, right?” The Democrats and their media sycophants could care less about the Constitution.

The author may be right in his conclusion, but he too quickly dismisses some possibilities that cause some of us concern. He lacks imagination.

Where is Our Contract with America?

Rabbi Who Recorded Helen Thomas' Comments Says He's Gotten 25k Hate E-Mails (Video)

Robert Welch's 1958 predictions about the U.S.-Video

The faces of hate

Barack Obama's Total Eclipse for America (O the Great Deliverer)

 
 

Bachmann to Obama: Man Up!

This is my favorite clip of her. It is about her outrage over the government taking over General Motors and how only the politically connected dealers were being allowed to stay open.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thR-lVuztIY

Bush gave Deep Water Horizon 6 citations for safety violations- Obama gave it Awards.

And Bush gave warning after warning about the housing market and Fannie and Freddie and the Rats just sat on their butts saying “ain’t broke ain’t broke ain’t broke.”

Until they could no longer hide that it was, in fact, broken. Then they sat on their butts saying “Bush’s fault Bush’s fault Bush’s fault.”

"The rig's on fire! I told you this was gonna happen!"

EDITORIAL: Kagan's threat to gun owners

Years of Internal BP Probes Warned That Neglect Could Lead to Accidents

CNN Blames White People For Obama's Slow Action On Oil Spill

Andy Stern, A Member of Obama’s Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Capitolism Has Failed America

Stupid is as stupid does. Tell me, Mr. Stern, if capitalism is a failure, then why is that in any planned socialist/marxist economy, a free-market capitalist economy - popularly known as the blackmarket - inevitably springs up, but that in all of recorded history, a planned socialist/marxist market has never spontaneously arisen in any free-market capitalist economy?


18 posted on Wednesday, June 09, 2010 7:13:49 PM by Oceander
 
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400 drunken-driving convictions in D.C. based on flawed test, official says

 

Momma Bear Rescues Cub From Tree (Video)

Man Kills Self With Homemade Guillotine

Warning to Britain as almost half of Belgium's euthanasia nurses admit to killing without consent

I’ll never forget a snippet from an article I read in the WSJ at least fifteen years ago ( paraphrasing ):

“...in Holland and Belgium, the very old, and the very sick fear being sent to a hospital because they are afraid of being euthanized against their will...”

This is a very old evil.

Make your own UAV spy device on the cheap

 

12,443 posted on 06/10/2010 5:16:29 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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The Spill, The Scandal and the President (long but excellent)

This article goes on for 8 pages but is really really good.

Full of details and dates all of them damning to Obama officials in the DOI, BP, NOAA, coast guard, DHS, and White House.

President Tar Balls rode by and no one cared

Busing in his own prop-people is his modus operandi.

He doesn't have the support of the locals where he goes for photos ops - he knows it - and buses in his close-camera shot people.

And you just let this clown posse control your health-

Stasi-Style Doctors On The Way( RomneyCare Alert )

Morans...

Hawaii elections clerk: Obama not born here

Michael Barone: The Transformative Power of Rick Santelli's Rant

Rick Santelli’s Rant

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEZB4taSEoA

Think Tough Gun Laws Keep Europeans Safe? Think Again...

'A New Way of Being on the Planet'(Obama's "transcendence")

During the feverish excitement of the 2008 campaign, a columnist for the online San Francisco Chronicle, Mark Morford, took it upon himself to educate anti-Obama naysayers with "dysfunctional karmic antennae." They had been asking him: "What the hell's the big deal about Obama?"

The question looks prescient these days, but Morford's karmic antennae at the time picked up something different. Obama -- Morford had been told by "spiritually advanced people I know (not coweringly religious, mind you, but deeply spiritual)" -- was a "Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet, of relating and connecting and engaging with this bizarre earthly experiment."

The karmic antennae of Jon Kabat-Zinn, one of Oprah's favorite meditation teachers, also picked this up. Kabat-Zinn pronounced Obama America's "first mindful president."

Obama, of course, had encouraged this talk with his stump speeches about "we are the ones we have been waiting for" and his campaign slogan ending in a preposition -- "Change you can believe in."

This ludicrous rhetoric and the expectations it inspired have caught up with him, as he looks more and more hackish, dishonest, and feeble by the day -- more a lightweight than a "Lightworker," less "mindful" than mindless. Most politicians spend the bulk of their mental time figuring out how to dodge and weave through a crisis, but one would think such a fabled figure could bring a little bit more imagination and sharpness to the exercise.

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Obama Poses For Photos With Abbas… But Banned Cameras With Netanyahu

ACORN employees tell FBI of deliberate election fraud, according to new documents

The Hollywood Hypocrites – All But Invisible During Obama’s Oil Spill

Andrea Tantaros makes a great point here. During Katrina, a disaster that occurred during Bush's watch, celebrities were falling all over themselves to get on camera to "help" the victims.

12,444 posted on 06/10/2010 1:39:31 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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UH OH: Rolling Stone: Deepwater Blew, Obama Knew.

Hollywood Hypocrites And The Oil Spill.

Oblamer Falls Headfirst Into The Hypocrisy Trap. “Obama says he’s sick and tired of the Washington blame game, but still can’t resist doling out piles of blame himself. His compulsive, reflexive finger-pointing at Republicans, George W. Bush and vague villains on the right is not only unbecoming, it also reinforces the gathering public verdict that Obama is a weakling. Victims do not make good leaders.”

 American Nero: Obama parties on while reporters ask the tough question: Where should he vacation? “If the president is acting like an emperor, he surely has been encouraged to do so by the obeisance of media figures like Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, who a year ago, when his magazine was still in business, described Obama as ’sort of God.’ Which raises an age-old question: Can God make a rock so big he can’t lift it, and when is he going to use it to plug the damn hole?”

BP: In bed with the government, and politicians, all along. “BP was a founding member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), a lobby dedicated to passing a cap-and-trade bill.

HOW’S THAT “SMART DIPLOMACY” WORKING?

THE ROAD TO SERFDOM as a comic book. I’ve linked this before, but it’s not as if it’s gotten less relevant . . .  SOLD OUT OF HAYEK: “I just got off the phone with Stephanie Hlywak of the U. of Chicago Press and it’s official — the U. of Chicago Press is SOLD OUT of copies of Friedrich Hayek’s classic The Road to Serfdom after selling over 13,000 copies in less than 24 hours, after the broadcast of Glenn Beck’s show on Hayek and his timeless book.”

SHOCKER: ACORN employees tell FBI of deliberate election fraud, according to new documents.

Don Surber: There’s more to the Helen Thomas case — American liberals once opposed anti-Semitism.

Related: Rabbi Who Taped Helen Thomas Is Inundated With Hate Mail and Death Threats.

WHY HAS YOUTUBE REMOVED THE VIDEO of anti-Tea Party violence in North Carolina? It’s not there anymore, claiming a terms-of-use violation. I’m skeptical . . .

I GUESS THERE MUST STILL BE PEOPLE WITH JOBS HE HASN’T ALIENATED: Obama Puts Mortgage Interest Deduction On Chopping Block. And how’s this going to impact the housing bust?

UPDATE: Related: How To Kill A Recovery.

CARBON COPS: The EPA’s Assault on Your Freedom & Thursday’s Big Vote in the Senate.

For Kicks: The New Obama Music Video

June 10, 2010 07:01 AM by Doug Powers

Team of ass-kicking experts fully assembled. Let’s do this!

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Sheriff: Illegals May Get Gulf Spill Work

June 10th, 2010

From an outraged (at the sheriff) Associated Press:

La. sheriff fears illegal immigrants help cleanup

June 9, 2010

NEW ORLEANS — A sheriff in suburban New Orleans has asked federal authorities to investigate reports that illegal immigrants are working on the Gulf oil spill cleanup effort.

St. Bernard Parish Sheriff Jack A. Stephens said Wednesday that he asked Immigration and Customs Enforcement weeks ago to look into the reports.

Stephens says he wants to protect the community from "criminal elements" and not "people who want to earn an honest buck."

By definition illegal aliens cannot “earn an honest buck” in this country....ICE spokesman Brian Hale says the agency has conducted training on hiring requirements and performed work authorization checks, all of which were valid...

...And, of course, we believe them.

 
"photo says it all: “gubiment” workers, the new way to prosperity,Hail to the chief, Obamy. But why do we have to carry these empty plastic bags around? What? Only $15 bucks an hour?"
 
Posted by Jim Hoft on Thursday, June 10, 2010, 3:12 PM

Jobs?….. Who Needs Jobs?
The Democrats in the US Senate just rejected a bid to stop the radical Obama Administration from further strangling manufacturing and business in the United States.

The vote was 53-47.
53 Democrats rejected a bid by Republicans to block the new restrictions on American manufacturing!
The AP reported:

The Senate has rejected a bid to stop the Obama administration from imposing regulations on greenhouse gases, giving a boost to President Barack Obama as he pursues broader clean energy legislation.

Senators turned back a resolution that would have rescinded the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

Supporters of the measure, mostly Republicans, argued that the EPA had usurped the authority of Congress to set climate policy and that the EPA regulations would increase energy costs and kill jobs.

But the White House, which threatened to veto the measure, said depriving the EPA of its ability to regulate carbon and other greenhouse emissions would result in greater dependence on oil and more pollution.

The unemployment rate is at a horrendous 9.7%.
Democrats want it to go higher.


12,445 posted on 06/11/2010 12:53:40 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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In the "Gee, Duh!" ( Or is that Duh!1? ) Dept:

Britons Wake Up To Realisation That Obama Is An Opportunistic, Vain Politician

American Nero - Obama parties on while reporters ask the tough question: Where should he vacation?

Uncovered: Obama's mystery college years; Tied to Ayers' group, extremist groups operating on campus

A Shrink Asks: What's Wrong with Obama?

Wrong question- the right one is "what was wrong with America for putting this fraudster & con artist in to the White House?"

Video Goes Viral: "The BP Coffee Spill"

The Entertainment Industry Doesn't Give a Damn About Me (the Oil Spill)

W.H. summons BP brass to face Obama (Palin shames Obama into meeting with BP CEO)

Gov. Palin’s statement on the oil spill disaster will be viewed, in years to come, as ‘historic’

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12,446 posted on 06/11/2010 2:50:28 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Slacker in Chief schedule for the day...(only half day work today, time to call out Loafer Barry)

Ominous Signs--Obama, Democrat Assault on Citizens Kicks Up Into High Gear (Videos Included)

...this is the week that in the future revolutionaries will look back to as the pivotal turning point at which radicals made their concerted move to fundamentally change our system of government from top to bottom

It's a little late, since we already did that on January 20, 2009, when we abandoned our constitutional republic and the concept of the rule of law...

So, controlling you health ( Life & death... ) wasn't quite enough?

Senators propose granting president emergency Internet power

After Teen's Death, Is an Intifadeh Coming to the U.S.-Mexican Border? (Blood Pressure Warning)

Is Cuba Smuggling Terrorists into the U.S. through Mexico and Arizona?

No... they are sending them directly to the white house...

Pelosi: We'll stop blaming Bush when his problems go away  God, what a revolting "woman..."

 
 

Retail Sales Fall Unexpectedly

Un
President
Ed...

Bernanke Is Wrong! Double-Dip Recession Looming, Forecaster David Levy Says

The Stunning Crash And Burn Of Las Vegas

In recent decades, Las Vegas has become a symbol for the over-the-top affluence and decadence of America. But now it is a microcosm of the economic nightmare that has gripped the entire nation.  Read more at businessinsider.com ...

The coming shakedown

prepare for a time when a $100 bill will be worth more as toilet paper and toilet paper will be worth more than a $100 bill.

Bureaucracy, EPA & Napolitano stop US from “keeping up with the Joneses” on oil spill clean up

Bomb The Oil Leak (Plug The Damn Hole Alert)

Panel commissioned by Barney Frank recommends nearly $1T in defense cuts

Wooo-hooo! More Bucks for MidNite Basketball!
 
"...the time-honored Orwellian-Alinsky tactic of redefining language to advance an agenda. Ever notice how when 'Rats spend (throw away) taxpayer money on useless and failed social programs, it's called "investing"? When 'Pubs spend, it's "wasteful spending"."
 

Sources: Obama Administration to Support Anti-Israel Resolution at UN Next Week

Obama hates Israel, I dont know why this is such a shock. Look at the people he has surrounded himself with his entire life...
 

BP oil spill: Is Barack Obama the man for a crisis?

Har, har, har-dee har har...
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Oldest Calif. one-room school closing


12,447 posted on 06/11/2010 11:24:29 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Barbara Boxer: Greatest Threat to National Security is… Carbon Dioxide

June 11, 2010 04:01 PM by Doug Powers

 
"Another reason why putting a moratorium on Congress itself might be a really good idea. A 10 year moratorium. Two years on, 10 years off. That would be about right. With a civic and mental/intelligence evaluation before the pol is allowed to be seated."

"Don’t miss what this C02 deal is really about. Its about the purchase and sale of “carbon credits” that producers of “fossil fuel” energy (gas, electric, oil) companies will be forced to buy when they exceed the “cap” the government artificially assesses. They will become the new derivatives market and make billionaires out of many of the liberal elite who will (they hope) control the market."

Posted by Jim Hoft on Friday, June 11, 2010, 11:40 PM


(SacBee)
CNN reported tonight (CNN?) that President Obama skipped the Memorial Service for the 11 workers who died in the Deepwater Horizon explosion because he was attending a fundraiser for Barbara Boxer.

According his official schedule, President Obama did not attend the May 25 memorial service in Jackson, Mississippi for the workers who died in the Deepwater Horizon explosion because he was en route to a fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, in San Francisco.

At Thursday’s White House briefing, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked why Obama did not attend the service. The president’s spokesman answered, “I’d have to look at the schedule. I don’t know the answer.”

CNN examined the president’s schedule for that day, and according to it, the president left the White House at 2:55 p.m. EST en route to Andrews Air Force Base for the cross-country flight to the San Francisco fundraiser.

INDEED: “After eight years of tarring the Bush administration as utterly ineffectual and to blame for natural disasters, job losses, and tarnishing America’s image abroad, Democrats’ former arguments about ‘competency’ are now coming back to haunt them.”
 
“SMART DIPLOMACY?” “When Obama continually refers to BP as ‘British Petroleum’, which is no longer its formal name, he is saying something revealing about himself, and his Anglophobic spite will come as no surprise to those who have followed his career, and read his memoir Dreams From my Father. He seems to have made up the part about his father being tortured by the British in Kenya, but there’s no question that Obama nurses a disdain for and even dislike of this country.”
 
GERARD VAN DER LEUN on Sarah Palin’s breasts: “I am, however, amused by the frothing search on the left for whether or not Sarah Palin’s pair has grown. Seems to me what the left should be asking is not if Sarah Palin’s pair has grown, but when their president plans to grow a pair.”
 
ALLEN: Uh, no one told me about Maine boom company. The country’s in the very best of hands.
 

Is Obama placing the welfare of unions above the Gulf Coast clean up?  ( Uhh, why not? He puts his welfare above the nation's... )

This is so insane, I don't want to believe it. Part of me thinks it has to be a mistake. No way would Barack Obama go as far as to place his loyalty to unions above cleaning up the oil in the Gulf Coast, right? Dead birds, sea turtles, dolphins, crustaceans, and other marine life are washing up on Louisiana's coast along with clumps of thick, sticky, orange, and gooey oil. Miles and miles of coastal Louisiana marshlands are at risk of being destroyed forever. Yet Obama has refused to lift the Jones Act, which would allow foreign ships to assist us in laying boom and skimming oil. Why? Some say he wants to appease the unions. Robert Gibbs confirmed in yesterday's press briefing that the Jones Act is still in effect because the situation hasn't warranted lifting it. He said the United States has all the help it needs right now.

President Obama is impeding clean-up efforts in the Gulf by kowtowing to unions and members of the American maritime industry, critics have charged in recent days. At issue is the president's refusal to waive the Jones Act, a century-old law that effectively bars foreign-owned ships from moving between U.S. ports, a necessary component of participating in the cleanup effort.

When asked why President Obama hasn't waived the Jones Act -- which President Bush put on hold to facilitate Katrina rescue efforts -- White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said a suspension wasn't necessary.

But Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida Democrat, and others say the act is keeping boats from getting on the water to lay boom and skim oil.

The man in charge, Admiral Thad Allen, said, "If we have a reason to consider a waiver of the Jones Act, we certainly will do that...None has been presented to me."

Well, color me unsurprised. No one told him about the boom manufacturer in Maine, either.

 
 
Posted by Jim Hoft on Friday, June 11, 2010, 10:01 AM

We saw these radicals withhold and manipulate information during the health care debate… Now we find out they’re doing the same thing with the nation’s energy supply…
Team Obama fudged a report to support their drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico.

A group of oil drilling experts claimed that the Obama Administration misrepresented their views in order to put a hold on drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico.
FOX News reported:

The seven experts who advised President Obama on how to deal with offshore drilling safety after the Deepwater Horizon explosion are accusing his administration of misrepresenting their views to make it appear that they supported a six-month drilling moratorium — something they actually oppose.

The experts, recommended by the National Academy of Engineering, say Interior Secretary Ken Salazar modified their report last month, after they signed it, to include two paragraphs calling for the moratorium on existing drilling and new permits.

Salazar’s report to Obama said a panel of seven experts “peer reviewed” his recommendations, which included a six-month moratorium on permits for new wells being drilled using floating rigs and an immediate halt to drilling operations.

“None of us actually reviewed the memorandum as it is in the report,” oil expert Ken Arnold told Fox
News. “What was in the report at the time it was reviewed was quite a bit different in its impact to what there is now. So we wanted to distance ourselves from that recommendation.”

Salazar apologized to those experts Thursday.

Obama’s oil drilling moratorium will cost this country tens of thousands of jobs and may take years to recover from.


12,448 posted on 06/12/2010 2:13:41 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Appointment with The Apocalypse- Aren't you glad Komrade ZerØ is "in chagh!" and "ruling" you now?

-Everything you ever needed to know about Kommander ZerØ-The Obama Files, from New Zeal-

Saudi Arabia Gives Israel Clear Skies To Attack Iranian Nuclear Sites

From Here To Extermination

This:

Democrats' Wild Ride

Doesn't mean a thing- a week is an eternity in politics, now, and a Black Swan ( see above ) will fly over soon...

Is A Military Coup Likely in Obama’s Amerika?

Presidential Memorandum--Disposing of Unneeded Federal Real Estate

Obama to POLITICO: GOP shares the blame for spill

Yes, the man is cracking up...
 

This job, too, is beneath Obama[THE UNSTOPPABLE GUSH]

Steyn writes:
“There are millions of people like Barack Obama, the eternal students of a vast lethargic transnational campus for whom global compassion and the multicultural pose are merely the modish gloss on a cult of radical grandiose narcissism. As someone once said, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”
 

12,449 posted on 06/12/2010 3:45:20 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Obama Turned Down Oil Skimming Ships From The Dutch Government

Never let a crisis...

Obama Blocking Oil Skimmers!

COMPETENCE: BREAKING: Coast Guard Head Was Informed of Maine Oil Boom on 5/21. Yesterday, He Claimed He Didn’t Know.
 
ANOTHER SALAZAR SCREWUP: I’m beginning to lose confidence in these people.
 
Posted by Jim Hoft on Saturday, June 12, 2010, 9:02 AM

“I can’t swim down and plug the hole… I can’t suck it up with a straw.”  ( “Yes WE can” turned into “No I can’t”.)

Leadership.
President Obama whines to reporters, “I can’t suck it upwith a straw.”

VIDEO AT LINK of Fearless Leeder...

Umm… Nobody’s asking you to, Barack.

But, maybe you could order more oil boom like the miles of boom waiting in a Maine warehouese? Maybe you could drop or expedite the regulations that is holding up the cleanup? Maybe you could accept assistance from foreign nations who offer to help? Maybe you could make clear who’s in charge? Maybe you could act like it’s an a emergency instead of going on vacation while America loses 18 of its southern beaches for generations? Maybe you could act like a leader and quit whining and blaming others?

ER, RIGHT: Obama: GOP to blame for spill, because if I had tried to prevent it, which I didn’t, they would have stopped me. Right. It’s got nothing to do with Obama receiving record contributions from BP, and regulators . . . coincidentally . . . cutting BP a lot of slack. But if he were a Republican, it would be all about that.
 
THE DAILY CALLER LOOKS AT who’s behind Obama’s “Media Reform” Policy. These efforts are unAmerican. They should be stopped, and those behind them punished to the point that no politician dares go there again.

New Video Reveals Disastrous Options Awaiting the U.S. – “Federal Spending by the Numbers”

Obama May Want to Fix Your State, Too

Politico: Environmentalists give Barack Obama a pass on oil spill (Never let a serious crisis ...)

“In some ways the media coverage is doing a lot of the work for the environmental groups,” Nisbet said. “They have a perfect narrative going right now….The lower profile is working for them.”

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...

Nesenoff Flooded With Death Threats For Helen Thomas Video (racist Arabs & "regular" Nazis)

Is it NOW time for Britain to release a Kenyan birth certificate? Should one exist... (Vanity)

Multibillion Dollar Supermarket Chains Secretly Finance Anti-Walmart Astroturf

Videos--Why Would Obama Lie About Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn?

BP Blowout Is About Human, Not System, Failure - Samson Oil & Gas President Op Ed in WSJ

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In the "Just Arrgh!" Dept?
 
The comments section is X-rated, but damn if is isn't funny in places:
 

Whores Say The Funniest Things

—Ace

Before you watch the clip, recall the standard sitcom joke you've heard a thousand times, which basically consists of a character swearing up and down to be innocent of some allegation, only to follow it up with a parenthetical admission that confirms the charge.

The old:

"I did not take the cookies from the cookie jar. Now, did I look at the cookie jar? Sure. Did I think about taking the cookies? Of course. Did I actually take the cookies from the cookie jar? Again: yes. But I did not take the cookies from the cookie jar."

It's a hack joke, but, as they say, it's a classic for a reason.

The whore proves her chops as a comedian beginning at 1:20.


VIDEO ( of the tart impeaching herself ) at the link...

Ed Morrissey discusses this seriously, which I guess proves he's a lot more disciplined than I am.

Oh, here's my take:

You know how bad it looks when a wife stands by a cheating husband at a press conference?

It looks worse when the genders are reversed. A lot worse. To the point where I pretty much want to give her a pass for adultery -- with this schmuck as her husband, who can blame her?

Oh, I just caught this: Watch the husband's head turn, and his grim expression, as she admits that maybe there was some slight genital-exposure. But just a smidge.


Hooo Boy: The Chicken just said "Free at last, free at last, Thank God A'Mighty, I'm Free at last."

According to court papers obtained by WHAM 13, Corona told police at the time of her arrest, "I know what I did was inappropriate and I apologize, but you'd understand if you knew what my life was like."

She told officers her husband is "transgender," and that the two "never had sex."

Posted by Ace at 02:52 PM New Comments Thingy
 

World War II bomber 'Swamp Ghost' returns to US

WASP pilots who crewed a B-17E named Pistol Packin' Mama


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