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various links ^ | 11-8-08 | The Heavy Equipment Guy

Posted on 11/08/2008 3:06:12 AM PST by backhoe

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2,201 posted on 12/20/2009 3:24:47 PM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality.)
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2,202 posted on 12/20/2009 3:41:59 PM PST by 50mm (AARP is a steaming pile)
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Very cool, and I thank you for adding that to my post... our Canadian sister site has some rude and irreverent characters who like trashing sacred cows, as well:

Merry Christmas everyone

2,203 posted on 12/21/2009 12:44:08 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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  Overnight procedural vote to move the treason forward, ~0100 EST « 1 2 »

Lead Story

Cash for Cloture: Demcare bribe list, Pt. II

By Michelle Malkin  •  December 21, 2009 02:48 AM

A month ago, I compiled Part I of the Demcare bribe list as Harry Reid rushed before Thanksgiving to secure his first cloture vote on the government health care takeover. (Quick re-cap: $300 million Louisiana Purchase for Landrieu; $300 million California doctor payments; AARP goodies; abortion and union lobby concessions.)

Here’s Part II of the Cash for Cloture bribe list all in one handy place (hat tip again to my friend ChristinaKB for the apt phrase she first coined on November 21 for the Demcare wheeling and dealing).

GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell alluded to all this backroom dealing on the floor early this morning before the cloture vote, but lamely refused to name names on the Senate floor.

Screw Senate collegiality. Let the sun shine in.

1. Sen. Ben Nelson’s “Cornhusker Kickback.” The CBO says the Nebraska Democrat sellout’s special Medicaid expansion subsidy will initially cost an estimated $100 million. The Hill reports that while Nelson credited Nebraska’s governor for giving him the idea to lobby for the government preference, Nebraska’s governor assailed the payoff:

“Nebraskans did not ask for a special deal, only a fair deal,” Heineman said in a statement Sunday. In response, Nelson fired off a letter Sunday to Heineman saying he’s prepared to ask that the provision covering Nebraska’s Medicaid share “be removed from the amendment in conference, if it is your desire.”

2. New England’s Special Syrup. Vermont and Massachusetts will get similar (though less generous) special treatment by the feds in covering Medicaid expansion costs. Combined with Nebraska’s tab, the exclusive clique’s payoffs will cost taxpayers $1.2 billion over 10 years. At least.

3. Corruptocrat Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd’s Christmas wish. He’s plunging in the polls and in need of a little bacon to bring home.

A $100 million item for construction of a university hospital was inserted in the Senate health care bill at the request of Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., who faces a difficult re-election campaign, his office said Sunday night. The legislation leaves it up to the Health and Human Services Department to decide where the money should be spent, although spokesman Bryan DeAngelis said Dodd hopes to claim it for the University of Connecticut. The provision is included in a 383-page series of changes to the health care bill that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., outlined Saturday. …The one sought by Dodd provides $100 million for “a health care facility that provides research, inpatient tertiary care, or outpatient clinical services.” It must be affiliated with an academic health center at a public research university in the United States “that contains a State’s sole public academic medical and dental school.” The money can cover a maximum of 40 percent of the facility’s construction costs.

4. “Some insurers are more equal than others” tax exemption. The WSJ reports that nonprofit insurance companies will be exempt from a new, nearly $7 billion tax to pay for Demcare. Democrat Sens. Ben “Blank Check” Nelson and Carl Levin of Michigan pushed hard for the tax exemption, which will exempt insurers in their states.

5. The Frontier freebie. Several lucky states will see an increase in Medicare payments to hospitals and doctors, the NYT reports, — “where at least 50 percent of the counties are ‘frontier counties,’ defined as those having a population density less than six people per square mile. And which are the lucky states? The bill gives no clue. But the Congressional Budget Office has determined that Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming meet the criteria.”

6. More Democrat hospital bennies. Also via NYT: “Another provision of the bill would increase Medicare payments to certain “low-volume hospitals” treating limited numbers of Medicare patients. Senator Tom Harkin, Democrat of Iowa and chairman of the Senate health committee, said this ‘important fix’ would help midsize Iowa hospitals in Grinnell, Keokuk and Spirit Lake. Another item in Mr. Reid’s package specifies the data that Medicare officials should use in adjusting payments to hospitals to reflect local wage levels. The officials can use certain new data only if it produces a higher index and therefore higher Medicare payments for these hospitals. Senate Democrats said this provision would benefit hospitals in Connecticut and Michigan.”

7. Bernie Sanders’ socialized medicine sop. He wanted a public option. Instead, he got socialized medicine satellite clinics funded to the tune of at least $10 billion. In his remarks early this morning before the cloture vote, he gloated about the funding as a crucial step toward universal care. Via the Burlington Free Press:

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., scored a big victory, too, with the inclusion in the amendment package of $10 billion to expand community health centers across the country — including at least two more in Vermont.

“We are talking about a revolution in primary care here,” Sanders said. Funding community health centers in an additional 10,000 communities would extend primary care to 25 million more Americans. The $10 billion, added at Sanders’ request, would also ensure there would be medical professionals to provide primary care by expanding the National Health Service Corps by an additional 20,000 slots. Doctors, dentists, nurses and other medical professionals who agree to work in areas where there are limited medical services get help paying off their school loans. The House version of the health care reform bill contains $14 billion for these initiatives. Sanders said he was hopeful the final amount, which will be hammered out in negotiations between the House and Senate, would be closer to $14 billion.

Vermont has 8 community health centers and 40 satellite offices. “New funding would make it likely centers could be opened in Addison and Bennington counties,” Sanders’ home state paper reports.

8. Fla.-Pa.-NY Protectionism. Via Politico: “Three states – Pennsylvania, New York and Florida – all won protections for their Medicare Advantage beneficiaries at a time when the program is facing cuts nationwide.”

And you know there are many more untold payoffs — paid by stealing your money — yet to be stuffed into this bureaucratic monstrosity.

To quote our Chicago Way President: “Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother.”

Posted in: Health care


» "Without doubt or competition, the single largest social policy advance since the Great Society"

Shorter Ezra: There has been no legislation in forty-five years that gave away more free stuff to people who produce less than they consume, paid for by people who produce more than they consume.


The bad news is that Senator Ben Nelson is not up for reelection until 2012.

The good news is that today, December 19, 2009, is the day we got clarity on the Obama-Pelosi-Reid effort to steal medical care and call it “reform.”

I hope that Ben enjoys his final two years in the Senate.

OK, that’s not quite right. Since it was Ben Nelson of Nebraska that finally got Harry Reid his desperately needed 60th vote for socialized medicine, I hope 1) that the next two year are unpleasant for Sen. Nelson and 2) that he loses in 2012 by a landslide.

I’m still not being entirely candid. Nelson is a pathetic pawn in this game. He’s history and I hope he has plans for a new day job. He’ll need ‘em.

The really bad news is that the American people are just about to find that their medical care got a whole lot worse and a whole lot more expensive and cumbersome. . . . I suspect that the “tea parties” of the last several months will look like modest dress rehearsals once people get a handle on what the Obama-Pelosi-Reid triumvirate are attempting to do to us.

I hope they’re properly angry.

HMM: Walpin-gate may snag Mrs. Obama. We’ll see. Stay tuned.
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Former Village Voice Editor On Obama
"Amid the speculation regarding John McCain's choice to complete his presidential ticket, I offer my unsolicited suggestion for his vice president: the first woman — and youngest — governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, who is an unstereotypical and effective Republican."
From here.....
FROM ROGER SIMON, A COPENHAGEN WRAPUP: “I have seen the future and it stinks.”

The Biggest Heist in the History of the World

by Baron Bodissey

The latest essay in Takuan Seiyo’s “From Meccania to Atlantis” series has been published at the Brussels Journal.

The current installment is called “Part 13 (2): Harpo, Gekko, Barko, Sarko”, and describes how the Democrats are deliberately breaking the USA as the final opposition to the New World Order. Here are some excerpts:

All Body Snatchers who have access to a microphone crow about this coming epiphany, but the most instructive gloating comes from Janet Napolitano. In a typical inverse reality mode of Snatcher State, Ms. Napolitano is in charge of domestic security for the United States, tasked among others with protecting its borders and enforcing its immigration laws. “ Timing is everything in the arts of war or politics “, said Ms. Napolitano in her speech on the blessings of busting the United States for good with a demographic bomb too, on top of all the other heavy petards.

The art of war — if only the foggy “conservatives” had a clue.

It’s within the same time bracket that the Barko people chose to unleash the Cap-and-Trade economic catastrophe on their country, under the risible pretext that their failure to do so would lead to a catastrophe. It’s in this time bracket that Mr. Obama chose to appoint an Afrocentric Black Communist, Van Jones, as “Green Jobs” Czar, and a Socialist International operative, Carol Browner, as “Energy and Climate Change” Czar. And that confluence of Third-worldism, socialism and climate change hokum provides the clue as to what the monetary bonfire of hokum stimulus is about too.

Mikhail Gorbachev, no stranger to Trotskyite thinking, has reportedly said that the threat of environmental crisis will be the “international disaster key” that will unlock the ‘New World Order’ (6). But even without Gorbachev’s decryption, that key is on plain view every day during the United Nations-staged Copenhagen climate commedia dell’arte.

The idea is to transfer wealth from the rich to the poor — on a scale undreamt of even by Karl Marx himself. All in the name of equality. No longer the equality of a German coal-mine owner and a German coal miner, but the equality of a German surgeon and a Gambian porter. From each according to his ability, to each according to his need, globally. Or, to paraphrase Charles Krauthammer, taxing hard-working citizens of Western democracies in order to fill the treasuries of Third World kleptocracies.

This is the biggest heist in the history of the world, and the Holy Grail of socialists everywhere, not the least at Socialist International. And the United States is the one obstreperous territory that has stood athwart the road to this progressive progress, starting with George W. Bush’s refusal to sign the Kyoto Protocol.

That’s why the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize went to Barack Hussein Obama. Thorbjørn Jagland, who presided over this travesty, had been, among his other socialist posts, a vice president of the Socialist International. And Barko with his crew steer America’s ship now, with an intention that presidential candidate Obama hinted to the knowing so vividly.
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America’s backbone is its middle class of mainly white, Christian anti-socialists. The last such backbone remaining in the world, with the possible exception of Australia. Crush it, and you have shattered the last obstacle standing before The New World Order. Break it, and you have changed the course of history as profoundly as the French Revolution has, in the same Jacobin direction.

That’s what the spending has been all about, and that’s why they stuffed so many back-breaking projects into the same impossible time frame. That’s why Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s majordomo, said that no serious crisis should go to waste.

And that’s why the next chapter in our contrarian cogitations will bear the title Requiescat in pace. The key to ending this nightmare is not in putting one’s electoral faith in a Sarko to replace a Barko while Harpo is running around in the background, but in recognizing that the whole enterprise is a mad circus decayed beyond redemption. The only true choice left is to get up and walk out of the circus tent.

Read the rest at the Brussels Journal.

Read further...  Baron Bodissey | 12/18/2009 10:54:00 PM |

Y2Kyoto: The Great Train Robbery

When we last checked in on our favourite Railroad Climate Engineer, he was narrowing down the list of Climategate suspects to "fossil fuel lobby" and "corporate interests".

Today, we find the most excellent Dr.Rajendra Pachauri in a "corporate interest" feature by the Telegraph. For starters;

Dr Pachauri’s TERI empire has also extended worldwide, with branches in the US, the EU and several countries in Asia. TERI Europe, based in London, of which he is a trustee (along with Sir John Houghton, one of the key players in the early days of the IPCC and formerly head of the UK Met Office) is currently running a project on bio-energy, financed by the EU.

Another project, co-financed by our own Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the German insurance firm Munich Re, is studying how India’s insurance industry, including Tata, can benefit from exploiting the supposed risks of exposure to climate change. Quite why Defra and UK taxpayers should fund a project to increase the profits of Indian insurance firms is not explained.

Even odder is the role of TERI’s Washington-based North American offshoot, a non-profit organisation, of which Dr Pachauri is president. Conveniently sited on Pennsylvania Avenue, midway between the White House and the Capitol, this body unashamedly sets out its stall as a lobbying organisation, to “sensitise decision-makers in North America to developing countries’ concerns about energy and the environment”.

TERI-NA is funded by a galaxy of official and corporate sponsors, including four branches of the UN bureaucracy; four US government agencies; oil giants such as Amoco; two of the leading US defence contractors; Monsanto, the world’s largest GM producer; the WWF (the environmentalist campaigning group which derives much of its own funding from the EU) and two world leaders in the international ‘carbon market’, between them managing more than $1 trillion (£620 billion) worth of assets.

All of this is doubtless useful to the interests of Tata back in India, which is heavily involved not just in bio-energy, renewables and insurance but also in ‘carbon trading’, the worldwide market in buying and selling the right to emit CO2. Much of this is administered at a profit by the UN under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) set up under the Kyoto Protocol, which the Copenhagen treaty was designed to replace with an even more lucrative successor.

Perhaps he's just investigating undercover.

Posted by Kate at 12:52 AM| Comments (4)

Y2Kyoto: Climate Instability Just Around The Corner

I picked up on something said during a television interview at Copenhagen last week, and both my gut and my search engine tell me the language of the UN's great socialist money-sucking scheme is evolving once again.

Just as "global warming" was pushed into an inconveniently cold and bitter night, "climate change" may be readying its last will and testament.

"Climate change" was always a weak substitute for "global warming", because it was always so easy to rebut. As even the experts were forced to concede, the climate is always changing and has since long before man discovered spark plugs.

This new terminology is more clever, for it neatly avoids the shortcomings of its clumsy forebears. It requires neither warming, nor change. Just television.

When blizzards descend on scientists and world leaders from Copenhagen to East Anglia to Washington, they warmists can now claim ownership.

When hurricane forecasts fall short of the mark, the propagandists can cite their very failure to support their scheme.

Warm winters, cold winters, more hurricanes, fewer hurricanes, growing ice caps, melting ice caps - directions won't matter. Every "new" temperature record, every seasonal flood, every California hot spell, every dusting of snow in the south of France - in other words, local weather, reported globally, will return full force as evidence of anthropogenic climate crime, as it did in a simpler time when the ice conditions of a canal in Ottawa led to nationwide panic.

So, get ready to welcome the new talking point on the block: "climate instability".

I'm not offering a game plan. I'm just warning you to prepare for it.

Posted by Kate at 4:12 PM| Comments (65)
"AGW never was about Climate. It was a grab for POWER by the UN and its Movers and Shakers. There will be a rearguard battle fought by the climate dupes and the dupers..."
"Look beyond climate to their real goal - one world government. Our ancestors took centuries to claw us up out of the muck and how they want to give thugs and biker gangs the votes to push decent countries around. So they will look for anything. Climate worked great for a while - right up until the world cooled off and Obama flew home to a blizzard..."

Hopenchangen: The Art Of The Deal



h/t Spike1

Posted by Kate at 5:45 PM| Comments (30)
"Copenhagen was awesome. Obama came away looking more feckless than usual and it seems like we're not going to cede sovereignty to the UN just yet."
"Mugabe has had a lot of experience raising and using "People's Militias" to deal with any threat to his kleptocracy. Perhaps Obamagabe might find him useful as a consultant."
"Obozo was looking for 'shovel ready projects' to get out the rest of that TARP money. Gaia hears and responds."

The climate-change protesters don't look too happy over the deal...

Does anythink ever make them happy?
Malcontent is thier default character disposition...

Meltdown Mann

by snork ( No Comments › )
Filed under Economy, Free Speech, Global Warming Hoax, Leftists, Media, Progressives, Science, United Nations at December 20th, 2009 - 8:30 am

One of the chief figures in the climategate debacle is Dr. Michael Mann of Penn State. Next to Jones, he was probably the most notorious and obnoxious. He, of course, is famous for the now long debunked MBH (Mann-Bradley-Hughes) “hockey stick” graph, made using goofy statistics and Californian trees.

Not knowing when to keep his mouth shut, he takes to the pen in this oped in the WaPo. If you have the time, look at the comments. The WaPo readers aren’t having any of it.

Particularly bizarre, illogical, and utterly left wing, is this:

Palin wrote that Alaska’s climate is changing but referred to “thawing permafrost and retreating sea ice” as “natural, cyclical environmental trends.” In fact, such changes are among the effects scientists predicted would occur as greenhouse gas levels increase.

In context, the statement doesn’t even fit. But it was red meat for the left-wing fanatics that he imagines that we all are. Could have just as easily come from a certain little green weenie. You can’t have a proper defense of the shenanigans at CRU without dragging Sarah Palin into it.

Steve McIntyre did a reasonable fisking of it at his blog here. The basic problem with the whole piece is that it’s a complete non-sequitur. It’s actually not a new argument, it’s basically the fake-but-accurate argument warmed over.  But it does have an additional bit of fakery: the “independent lines of evidence” claim.

Here’s the short refutation of the “independent lines of evidence” argument: If these other lines of evidence were so robust, why does he hang on to his phony hockey stick by his fingernails?

Imagine that you’re on a jury. The prosecutor tells you that he has the sworn testimony of a drug-peddling pimp, and lots of other evidence that he doesn’t talk about. If the other evidence is so solid, why does he make the testimony of the pimp the centerpiece of his case?

Sorry, Mike. You already shot your best shot. Now your hockey stick goes down in history next to Piltdown Man. That was quite a meltdown, Mann.

Update: Mann is a victim.

Climategatekeeping – Wikipedia Edition

by snork ( 37 Comments › )
Filed under Economy, Free Speech, Global Warming Hoax, Media, Politics, Science, Socialism, Technology, United Nations at December 20th, 2009 - 1:00 pm

Steve McIntyre has had a series of posts at his site, entitled “Climategatekeeping”, 1, 2 and so on. The focus is various bits of evidence that the hockey team members were conspiring (in the truest sense of the word) to keep unfriendly papers from being published in the journals and in the IPCC reports. You can read them here, and here. For example, this one is pretty hard to spin:

Mike [Mann],
I’d rather you didn’t. I think it should be sufficient to forward the para from Andrew Conrie’s email that says the paper has been rejected by all 3 reviewers. You can say that the paper was an extended and updated version of that which appeared in CR. Obviously, under no circumstances should any of this get back to [Roger] Pielke.
Phil [Jones]

‘Pielke’ is Roger Pielke Sr., of Colorado State. He’s a bad guy. He can’t be allowed to know what the “team” is up to. Yes, this qualifies as “conspiracy” under the legal definition.

The third in the series has a twist: it is about something that a lot of people have been aware of for quite a while, but still needs to be communicated to the public: that there has been a very active troll guarding the Wikipedia bridge, making sure that only hellfire-and-damnation interpretations of AGW make it into the text, and anything unfriendly is almost immediately pounced upon and airbrushed out by this troll. His name is William Connolley.

Lawrence Solomon at the Canadian National Post wrote this on the matter:

Connolley took control of all things climate in the most used information source the world has ever known – Wikipedia. Starting in February 2003, just when opposition to the claims of the band members were beginning to gel, Connolley set to work on the Wikipedia site. He rewrote Wikipedia’s articles on global warming, on the greenhouse effect, on the instrumental temperature record, on the urban heat island, on climate models, on global cooling. On Feb. 14, he began to erase the Little Ice Age; on Aug.11, the Medieval Warm Period. In October, he turned his attention to the hockey stick graph. He rewrote articles on the politics of global warming and on the scientists who were skeptical of the band. Richard Lindzen and Fred Singer, two of the world’s most distinguished climate scientists, were among his early targets, followed by others that the band especially hated, such as Willie Soon and Sallie Baliunas of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, authorities on the Medieval Warm Period.

All told, Connolley created or rewrote 5,428 unique Wikipedia articles. His control over Wikipedia was greater still, however, through the role he obtained at Wikipedia as a website administrator, which allowed him to act with virtual impunity. When Connolley didn’t like the subject of a certain article, he removed it — more than 500 articles of various descriptions disappeared at his hand. When he disapproved of the arguments that others were making, he often had them barred — over 2,000 Wikipedia contributors who ran afoul of him found themselves blocked from making further contributions. Acolytes whose writing conformed to Connolley’s global warming views, in contrast, were rewarded with Wikipedia’s blessings. In these ways, Connolley turned Wikipedia into the missionary wing of the global warming movement.

Who does that remind us of?

We already knew that Wikipedia isn’t a reliable source for information on controversial issues, but rarely have we seen such naked gatekeeping as in this case. One can only conclude that the senior management supports this kind of one-sided editorializing masquerading as open information, and is willing to take a hit to their credibility for the cause. BTW, have you noticed, that just like another site that goes unnamed, their level of tip jar begging has increased dramatically lately? Hey guys, do you think maybe there’s a reason why people are hanging on to their change?

As an aside, sometimes we Americans get annoyed by some of the more obnoxious Canadians whom we have to deal with, but let me take this opportunity to salute McIntyre, Solomon, Levant, McKitrick, and many other of our neighbors to the North, for punching well above their weight on this issue, and showing leadership and true grit well beyond their numbers. If I had a hat, I’d take it off to these gentlemen (and ladies). Three cheers for Canada!

15 | December 20, 2009 2:22 pm

When take-home pay in the first January pay check is less because of increased withholding (tax cuts expire), I think the howl of dissatisfaction will reach a new pitch.

"They know this shit isn’t popular, and nobody but Nebraskans is going to be happy about how damn much they paid that whore Nelson for his vote. That was our money they paid him with."

28 | December 20, 2009 2:59 pm

@ RIX:

We’ve been there before. Remember the hyteria when the Republicans took the House and Senate in 1994? Old people were going to be eating dog food, babies would be denied their mother’s milk, and all pregnancies were going to end in coat-hanger abortions. I expect the same thing, but moreso, but people are sick of their shit. The Democrats want you to be poor. People are starting to wake up to that fact.



Remember what I keep telling you?

It is ALL related. Pay attention to the Man behind the curtain...


UK Telegraph - There'll be nowhere to run from the new world government

2,201 posted on Sunday, December 20, 2009 6:24:47 PM by paulycy

2,204 posted on 12/21/2009 12:48:42 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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Change Nobody Believes In

"HOPE AND CHANGE" Gangsta Style

Rasmussen Obama Approval Index Rating At -15

Officials and Experts Warn of Crash-Induced Unrest

There'll be nowhere to run from the new world government

Do You Know How Radical Kevin Jennings Is? (What is Obama's school czar's real agenda?)

“Pick up your penny and your suitcase” – Prescient lyrics on healthcare eve [VIDEO]

A penny in your pocket
Suitcase in your hand
They won’t get you very far
Now you’re a 21st century man.

Fly across the city
Rise above the land
You can do ‘most anything
Now you're a 21st century man.

Though you ride on the wheels of tomorrow (tomorrow)
You still wander the fields of your sorrow
What will it bring?

One day you’re a hero
Next day you're a clown
There’s nothing that is in between
Now you're a 21st century man.

You should be so happy
You should be so glad
So why are you so lonely
You 21st century man?

You stepped out of a dream
Believing everything was gone
Return with what you’ve learned
They’ll kiss the ground you walk upon.

Things ain’t how you thought they were
Nothing have you planned
So pick up your penny and your suitcase
You’re not a 21st century man.

Though you ride on the wheels of tomorrow
You still wander the fields of your sorrow (sorrow)
Tomorrow, 21st century man
21st century man
21st century man...

(Lyrics by Jeff Lynne)

Cash for Cloture: Demcare bribe list, Pt. II Don't Think We're Not Keeping Score

Michelle Malkin ^

A Nebraska doctor’s message for Ben Nelson

Find out the financial dealings of your Reps and Senators


Obama attracts liberals the way that fairy tales attract children. He speaks to their fantasies.

2,205 posted on 12/21/2009 2:40:20 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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2,206 posted on 12/21/2009 3:45:20 AM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality.)
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IS IT TIME YET? Or is America still at the awkward stage? (Claire Wolfe)

Mr. President: Please Stop Immediately If Not Sooner

DR Exclusive: The Obama Memos (1 of 3) (LOOK THEY WANT TO SELL AMERICA!!!)

Obama makes first move to undermine 2010 elections

Sen. Whitehouse: foes of health care bill are birthers, right-wing militias, aryan groups
Work ceaselessly to vote every one of these Sons Of Bitches out of office:
The Senators who are up for re-election in November

Class III - Senators Whose Terms of Service Expire in 2011

Class III terms run from the beginning of the 109th Congress on January 3, 2005, to the end of the 111th Congress on January 3, 2011. Senators in Class III were elected to office in the November 2004 general election, unless they took their seat through appointment or special election.

Bayh, Evan (D-IN)
Bennet, Michael F. (D-CO)
Boxer, Barbara (D-CA)
Burris, Roland W. (D-IL)
Dodd, Christopher J. (D-CT)
Dorgan, Byron L. (D-ND)
Feingold, Russell D. (D-WI)
Inouye, Daniel K. (D-HI)
Leahy, Patrick J. (D-VT)
Lincoln, Blanche L. (D-AR)
Mikulski, Barbara A. (D-MD)
Murray, Patty (D-WA)
Reid, Harry (D-NV)
Schumer, Charles E. (D-NY)
Specter, Arlen (D-PA)
Wyden, Ron (D-OR)
Bennett, Robert F. (R-UT)
Bond, Christopher S. (R-MO)
Brownback, Sam (R-KS)
Bunning, Jim (R-KY)
Burr, Richard (R-NC)
Coburn, Tom (R-OK)
Crapo, Mike (R-ID)
DeMint, Jim (R-SC)
Grassley, Chuck (R-IA)
Gregg, Judd (R-NH)
Isakson, Johnny (R-GA)
LeMieux, George S. (R-FL)
McCain, John (R-AZ)
Murkowski, Lisa (R-AK)
Shelby, Richard C. (R-AL)
Thune, John (R-SD)
Vitter, David (R-LA)
Voinovich, George V. (R-OH)
And this Jackal:

Sen. Whitehouse: There Will Be A Reckoning For GOPs Desperate, No-Holds-Barred Mission Of Propaganda

VIDEO: Sen. Whitehouse: foes of health care bill are birthers, right-wing militias, aryan groups

Obama, left behind

by Speranza ( 229 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Politics at December 20th, 2009 - 3:30 pm

I love it when the enemy eats it’s own.  Just because the insane Left is criticizing The One, does not make him any less of a Leftist himself (despite what a certain blogger says). Obama is an incrementalist – he will push the Socialist agenda slowly but surely now that he sees some opposition. Let there be no doubt about it – he is one of the Left and he shares their ultimate goals.


Boy, this “Obama Derangement Syndrome” really has gotten out of hand. Why, just this past week the decreasingly popular president has been called a “bald-faced liar,” “an executive who can’t bring himself to lead,” and even an “Uncle Tom.”

And that’s just by liberals.

The progressive crack-up, before Obama even reaches the end of his first year, has been an awesome and occasionally humorous sight to see. Undead ’60s warhorse Tom Hayden got the ball rolling in early December with his dramatic announcement in The Nation that, with the president’s decision to increase troop levels, “It’s time to strip the Obama sticker off my car.”

Read more.

3 | December 20, 2009 3:42 pm

From the same newspaper
Dreading Our Future

Hey Mr. Goodwin you were dumb enough to fall for hoepnchange, don;t cry to us!

7 | December 20, 2009 3:50 pm

From the letters section regarding this column


Midas, nice of him to finally get a clue, yeah? As you said, it’s not as if it was a huge secret. They were blinded by what they wanted to see. Had they not been so enthralled with themselves, and their ability to vote for a black man, they would have seen that he was just another tax and spend anti-American democrat, ready to give away the country as fast as possible. Instead, they patted themselves on the back in an attempt to convince everyone that they aren’t racists, believing their own lies that anyone who voted against 0 was one.

0 is anti-American to the fifth degree. He has nothing in common with the real black American experience. He has nothing in common with the American experience. He comes from a leftists home, from a variety of anti-American, muslim or gay “father” figures. He’s never created a dime of wealth in his life. A kid working at McDonalds has created more wealth than our president. And now people are waking up to the fact that they elected someone merely because of his skin color and not his character.

So excuse me if I don’t fall all over people like Goodwin with praise and thanks. It was very apparent from the beginning that 0 was a mistake. We tried to tell them, but the fog of the media lights glaring off his skin was too much for them.

And before the leftists on this board knee-jerk their cries of “racist” at me, 0 is whiter than I am.

227 | December 20, 2009 8:30 pm

I’ve been seeing more and more of these articles of liberals and Democrats criticizing Obama the longer he’s in office, like the one in the original post. Here are some more:

Under Obama, the Left feels left out

Enough with the Obamathon, by Bill Maher [who is a huge liberal]

Obama: The Great Disappointer

By a former Obama supporter:
Passion fades for Barack Obama, the perfect poster boy

Obama Moves Mountains to Create Jobs; Environmentalists Weep

Gay groups grow impatient with Obama

American Gays and Lesbians Feel Betrayed by Obama

More doubts about Obama on the left

Obama Supporters Speak

Olbermann Frets Obama ‘Acting Disturbingly Like Bush’

Obama’s Bush league week

Shocker: Dems tell Obama to let the market decide dealership closures

Dem mutiny on climate bill grows, says Peterson

Liberals ask how they lost gun, Guantanamo votes

From liberal blog “Huffington Post”-
Will The Unemployment Disaster Be Obama’s Katrina?

Michael Moore to Obama: No More Troops to Afghanistan

Belated Liberal Media Obama Remorse

From liberal blog Huffington Post:
Obama’s First 100 Days Disappoints Women, Minorities and Small Businesses

Some liberals were hacked off about this:
Obama administration won’t reverse Bush ruling on polar bears

Obama Administration Keeps Bush-Era Policy on Polar Bears

Obama sticks it to polar bears and the global warming crowd

Obama keeps Bush polar bear rules

The polar bear exception

Obama Risks Liberal Backlash on War Funding

Obama Opposes Detainee Abuse Photo Release

Obama was kinda blamed for this by liberals:
Arabic Linguist Fired From Army For Being Openly Gay

From liberal blog HuffPo:
Stand by Your Word, Mr. President: End “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Democratic group defies Obama on healthcare reform

Oliver Stone Gives Up on Obama

Angelina Jolie hates socialist Barack Obama

Add Michael Moore to Obama’s List of Critics

Angelina Jolie “Hates” Obama

Angelina Jolie: Obama Is Not Keeping His Promises

Obama losing some support among nervous Dems

President [Obama] Greeted With Protests And Cheers In SF

Democrats irked by Obama signing statement

Obama faces healthcare insurrection from left flank

Obama Visit Skips Mississippi [which angered some Democrats there]

New Orleanians: Obama’s visit too zippy

White House attacks worry moderate Democrats

Obama greeted by ‘feisty crowd’ in struggling New Orleans -Residents still frustrated with rebuilding effort

Obama hears conflicting views from Democrats

Overreaching leaves Obama with few friends

Other examples of other democrats ripping on each other:

Blue on blue: Democrat and MSNBC host scream at each other over ObamaCare

Gay Activists Launch Boycott of Democrats

Liberal Opposes Senate Health Care Bill

US Democrat rejects health bill compromise

Democrats Push Health Compromise, Liberals Cringe

Senate Dems Divided On Climate-Change Bill

Key Democrats divided over Afghan war strategy

From October 2009:
Democrats divided on Patriot Act

A Traitor Among Us? The Democrats’ Lieberman Problem

Democrats Divided Over Gov’t-Run Health Plans

Democrats Divided on Abortion – Health Care Bill At Risk From Divisions

Most Democratic Senate hopefuls oppose [Obama's] Afghan troop surge

Stephen Lendman is working on a year-end piece on Obomem that will devastating because it will be well researched and completely accurate.

Lendman records his articles at When his article comes it will show you why Lendman is so highly regarded by his fans. 25 posted on Sunday, December 20, 2009

Obama timeline.

Very long reading, well worth it to get the view of Obamas long range goals of reorganizing America according to the ideology he believes in, and he is doing it.

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Libs Scold Black Conservatives: “Who the “H” Do You Think You Are?”


Bad Ideas Never Die

I'll Have A Blue Dog Christmas Without You (Mark Steyn On The EuroNannyState Revolution Alert)

Rachel Maddow Recycles Falsehoods Against the John Birch Society

How to Make Enemies on Health Care (Now even liberals have learned to despise Obamacare)

VIDEO: Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson Wants Some Obama Cash

Obama's Planned 400% Excise Rip Off Tax

Bigger Than Watergate

ACORN critic Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is mystified that both the Democratic-controlled Congress and the Obama administration aren't doing much about the tax-subsidized organized crime syndicate ACORN even as evidence of its wrongdoing continues to pile up.

In an exclusive interview, the House Judiciary Committee member describes the ACORN saga as "the largest corruption crisis in the history of America."

"It's thousands of times bigger than Watergate because Watergate was only a little break-in by a couple of guys," said King. "By the time we pull ACORN out by its roots America's going to understand just how big this is."

Unlike the Nixon-era Watergate scandal, the ACORN scandal reaches not only to the highest levels of government, but also to states and localities across America. The president himself and his political advisor Patrick Gaspard used to work for ACORN and the radical advocacy group has allies throughout congressional leadership who are bending over backwards to protect it. President Obama has also hired as White House counsel Bob Bauer, whom King described as "the number one defender of ACORN in the country." ...

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Europe cold snap kills dozens across continent ('Global Warming' wreaking havoc continent-wide)

Britain blames China over 'farcical' climate talks (even Commies know a scam when they see one)

Lord, these people are fanatics, and nuts...

Copenhagen hopers aren’t coping:

In Brisbane, campaigners tied nooses around the necks of giant soft toy polar bears and threw them off balconies and bridges.


The global warming debate is now officially perfect.


terminolgy may indeed change, it really doesn't change the underlying message of the Warmers. They have always attributed to Man any local weather occurance that would further their cause.

Cold Weather. Warm Weather. More Hurricanes. Fewer Hurricanes. Cold snaps. Heat waves. Raining Frogs. Locusts. 40 Days of Night. Cats and Dogs Living Together. Mass Hysteria.

It's all Our fault, you see.

Global Warming.

Climate Change.

Climate Instability.

Climate Disruption.

The name may change, but the underlying theme stays the same. So, I'm not sure whether re-branding will be of any help to the Warmers. I could, of course, be wrong.

Posted by: Colin from Mission B.C. at December 20, 2009 9:18 PM 

Scaremongering won't help us deal with climate issue

One Way or Another, They’re Gonna Get Ya

Record-breaking storm closes US federal government

They can’t clear the roads days after a storm but they want to control my health care.

And there are actually morons who think they’re going to benefit from this disaster.

Global Warming, Or A Lot of Hot Air?

2,207 posted on 12/21/2009 12:21:20 PM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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Assistant Attorney General Speaks at Conference of Militant Islamic Organization: with Anti-Semite

The Winds Of Civil War: Illinois-Driven Marxist Attempt To Conquer Union

The Washington Political Class Does Not Care What You Think

They're not listening to us. They have the polling data. You're wasting your time e-mailing them. You're wasting your time faxing them. You're wasting your time calling them. This is no longer a representative republic. This is not a democracy. You're nothing but a gnat. You're an inconvenience, especially if you disagree with what they're doing. You're somebody to be gotten even with. You're somebody whose mind isn't right yet. You are somebody that they're going to have to erase. They don't want to have to deal with your opposition

All the governments throughout history that thought like this ended up killing hundreds of thousands of their own people in the end. Eventually, the governments were destroyed as well - Thank God, and the planet was once again given another chance.

DR Exclusive: The Obama Memos (2 of 3)

Part 1

Part 3


RICHARD EPSTEIN: Why The Reid Bill Is Unconstitutional.


Big Nanny’s slacker plan: Mandating insurance for adult “children”

December 21, 2009 12:25 PM by Michelle Malkin

Several times during the cloture debate on Sunday, Democrats hailed a provision requiring insurance plans that cover dependents to provide benefits to children up to age 26. Democrat Sens. Ben Cardin and Tom Harkin both championed the unfunded mandate in ther floor statements.

This manifestation of the Nanny State is especially galling given the massive levels of generational theft that the Democrat majority has presided over the last year.

I can tell you what most fiscally responsible parents are thinking when they hear the feds “taking care” of everyone else’s adult “children” for them by confiscating their tax dollars and forcing private companies to comply:

What. The. Hell.

In New Jersey, the slacker mandate covers “children” up to the age of 30.


The new symbol of the Democrat majority and the Nanny State Gone Wild:

CODE TEA: Tea Parties Go Home! All Politics Is Local!  WILL VOTER ANGST produce a third party? With the Tea Party more popular than Republicans or Democrats, you can’t rule that out.
 There’ll be nowhere to run from the new world government. Guess we’ll just have to hang ‘em all then. With the enormous growth of the militia movement in the United States, as noted by Senator Whitehouse, it shouldn’t be hard to round up a posse . . .
CHANGE: Dorgan trailing in ND re-election bid by 22 points. “Call it the Wages of ObamaCare. "

Obama’s December Gitmo surprise — and the Covington & Burling connection revisited

December 21, 2009 10:57 AM by Michelle Malkin24 Comments


From The City That Brought You Nancy Pelosi

In 2007, the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) held a seminar for the nonprofits vying for a piece of $78 million in funding. Grant seekers were told that in the next funding cycle, they would be required — for the first time — to provide quantifiable proof their programs were accomplishing something.

The room exploded with outrage. This wasn't fair. "What if we can bring in a family we've helped?" one nonprofit asked. Another offered: "We can tell you stories about the good work we do!" Not every organization is capable of demonstrating results, a nonprofit CEO complained. He suggested the city's funding process should actually penalize nonprofits able to measure results, so as to put everyone on an even footing. Heads nodded: This was a popular idea.

Read on. 6.6 billion just doesn't get you what it used to.

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All part of the California syndrome . . .

"California: Running a failed state can sure be expensive:

If you want a fact-filled, URL-documented, depressing summation of this problem of California's problems, read my latest report --"Breaking Bad -- California vs. the other states":

Rep. Steve King: ACORN scandal bigger than Watergate

Big freeze kills at least 80 across Europe

European Media Blame Arrogant Obama for Copenhagen Fiasco

The Green Grinch (No Christmas Lights For YOU!)

The horror! The horror!

"I guess in the end other countries really just did not care about us..."

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Copenhagen, a $30 billion dollar “success”?

A funny thing happened this week. Humanity did a low-orbit bypass of a totalitarian world government, and pulled away, but only a few noticed the near miss.

Christopher Monckton has already spoken about the draft treaty with it’s message of setting up a new form of global governance, but without any mention of voting. He spoke again yesterday to Alex Jones and pointed out that in a sense Copenhagen succeeded, despite what everyone is saying. After all, it was never really about saving the environment was it? It was about setting up a world government, and they got the odd $30 billion dollars. Not bad for a failure. More »

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Gaming the peer review system: IPCC scientists behaving badly

21 12 2009

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How IPCC scientists interfere with publication of inconvenient scientific results

By David H. Douglass, Professor of Physics, University of Rochester, New York, and John R. Christy, Distinguished Professor, Atmospheric Science, University of Alabama at Huntsville

  • In this article, reprinted from The American Thinker, two eminent Professors reveal just one of the many seamy stories that emerge from the Climategate emails. A prejudiced journal editor conspires with senior IPCC scientists to delay and discredit a paper by four distinguished scientists demonstrating that a central part of the IPCC’s scientific argument is erroneous.

The Climategate emails from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in England have revealed how the normal conventions of the peer-review process appear to have been compromised by a Team of “global warming” scientists, with the willing cooperation of the editor of the International Journal of Climatology, Glenn McGregor.

The Team spent nearly a year preparing and publishing a paper that attempted to rebut a previously published paper in that journal by Douglass, Christy, Pearson and Singer. Our paper, reviewed and accepted in the traditional manner, had shown that the IPCC models that predicted significant “global warming” in fact largely disagreed with the observational data.

We will let the reader judge whether this team effort, revealed in dozens of emails and taking nearly a year, involves inappropriate behavior including (a) unusual cooperation between authors and editor, (b) misstatement of known facts, (c) character assassination, (d) avoidance of traditional scientific give-and-take, (e) using confidential information, (f) misrepresentation (or misunderstanding) of the scientific question posed by us in our paper, (g) withholding data, and more.

The team is a group of a number of climate scientists who frequently collaborate and publish papers which often supports the hypothesis of human-caused global warming. For present purposes, leading members of the Team include Ben Santer, Phil Jones, Timothy Osborn, and Tom Wigley, with lesser roles for several others.

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Over 50% of the USA is now covered in snow

21 12 2009

From the “weather is not climate” department here’s interesting news from the National Operational Hyrdologic Remote Sensing Center. While certainly not unprecedented or unusual, it is interesting, especially when comparing years past and the snow coverage using the website date selector. Here’s today’s snow depth map:

Indeed, it looks like a white Christmas for much of the USA. Here’s the data: Read the rest of this entry »

Douglass and Christy on Climategate

Posted by Jeff Id on December 20, 2009

This may be the best illustration of the conspiracy (presented to date) to block and minimize papers which don’t support the consensus on the internet. It’s written by Douglass and Christy and puts a long string of the Climategate emails into context. The papers in question are absolutely central to the climate change debate, as they call into question the validity of climate models.

I asked American Thinker for permission to repost this article here and was unfortunately told to excerpt no more than 200 words. The article cannot be summarized in that length, it is technical and requires careful reading. However, it is a must read for everyone, but in particular for the technical CA regulars who know the details in the Santer debate.

Climategate, in context by the victims of those in power, has a whole different flavor – and the revelations will be continuing for some time yet.

h/t Reader Stan

Link to American Thinker is here.

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"If this is an example of the state of peer review in Climate science, I’ll take blogs and flame wars over “peer review.”"

2,208 posted on 12/21/2009 4:02:57 PM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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A Warning and a Ray of Hope from an Intelligence Operative (Jourbalists = Fifth Column)

SHOCKER: Left Now Admitting Obamacare Full of Budget Gimmicks.

Reid Bill Says Future Congresses Cannot Repeal Parts of Reid Bill (with Video)

Demcare and the race hustlers: It’s not just about ACORN

By Michelle Malkin  •  December 21, 2009 10:28 PM

The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack reports tonight that Illinois Democrat Sen. Roland Burris is claiming credit for inserting a provision that may benefit ACORN.

But it’s not just the ACORN angle that’s scandalous.

It’s the race hustler shakedown.

Why, oh, why do we need to be funding massive new federal bureaucracies to create separate “Offices of Minority Health” in six separate health care agencies:

The provision [Burris] cites, found on pages 240 through 248 of the manager’s amendment, requires that six different agencies each establish an “Office of Minority Health.” The agencies are the “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.”

According to page 241 of the amendment:

In carrying out this subsection, the Secretary, acting through the Deputy Assistant Secretary, shall award grants, contracts, enter into memoranda of understanding, cooperative, interagency, intra-agency and other agreements with public and nonprofit private entities, agencies, as well as Departmental and Cabinet agencies and organizations, and with organizations that are indigenous human resource providers in communities of color to assure improved health status of racial and ethnic minorities, and shall develop measures to evaluate the effectiveness of activities aimed at reducing health disparities and supporting the local community. Such measures shall evaluate community outreach activities, language services, workforce cultural competence, and other areas as determined by the Secretary.’’

According to a Senate legislative aide, the scandal-plagued Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now could qualify for grants under this provision. ACORN would also qualify for funding on page 150 of the underlying Reid bill, which says that “community and consumer-focused nonprofit groups” may receive grants to “conduct public education activities to raise awareness of the availability of qualified health plans.”

As I pointed out in July, there are more race-based fiefdoms created by the Demcare architects:

New bureaucracies always have old special interests to appease. The Bureau of Health Information will house its own “Office of Civil Rights” and “Office of Minority Health.” The information czar will be required to collect health statistics in the “primary language” of ethnic minorities – and thus, the need for a new “language demonstration program” to showcase their efforts. Obamacare will also ensure “cultural and linguistics competence training” and establish “a youth public health program to expose and recruit high school students into public health careers.” The government health care juggernaut must be fed and staffed, after all.

And as I pointed out in October, SEIU is leading an entire new generation of ACORN-esque shakedown artists ready to step up to the subsidy-filled plate:

* A New Way Forward
* Action Now
* Albany Park Neighborhood Council
* Alliance to Develop Power (ADP)
* Americans for Fairness in Lending
* Americans for Financial Reform
* ARISE Chicago
* Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
* Central Illinois Organizing Project (CIOP)
* Center for Community Change (CCC)
* Change in Terms
* Change To Win
* Chicago Coalition of the Homeless
* Citizen Action
* Communities United for Action (CUFA)
* Community Voices Heard (CVH)
* Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization (CCISCO)
* Gender Just Metanoia Centers, Inc.
* Grassroots Collaborative
* Green Party of Nevada
* Fuerza Laboral/Power of Workers
* Housing Action Illinois
* Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans
* Illinois Hunger Coalition
* Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement
* Jane Addams Senior Caucus
* Jobs with Justice
* Michigan People’s Action (MPA)
* MoveOn
* Northside Action and Justice
* Northside POWER
* Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition
* National People’s Action
* People Organized for West Side Renewal (POWER)
* PUSH Buffalo
* Right to the City Alliance
* Rights for All People (RAP)
* Roomdad Productions
* SEIU Illinois State Council
* SEIU Local 1
* South Austin Coalition Community Council (SACCC)
* Sunflower Community Action
* Syracuse United Neighbors (SUN)
* Teach Our Children (TOC)
* UE
* UCLA Undergraduate Students Association
* Workers United
* Working In Neighborhoods (WIN)


Y2Kyoto: Two Words

"Block heaters".

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RICHARD FERNANDEZ: CopenCabana. “The Welt article doesn’t paint a very sympathetic picture of the President, but it’s not at all clear who won the round. The Financial Times says that China ‘treasures’ the agreement, despite being cast as the villain of the conference and defended itself from the charge it had abandoned the Third World. In exchange for what?” Small Dead Animals has a translation of a German article which purports to describe how Barack Obama stormed into a meeting of heads of state, acting like it was a scene from a Hollywood movie.
The Welt story follows in its entirety, as translated on Small Dead Animals. But it is a strange story, with odd parts grafted together. Like the Iliad it begins with what might be called the Wrath of Obama as he breaks up a meeting...

Hot Air discusses and links to Der Spiegel’s take on this.

#13 Nomenklatura says something very important, “European politicians aren’t interested in helping their citizens get a clue.”

"Simply put, the Global Climate scam ran out of other people’s money. "

"If the reports from Die Welt are credible and accurate, we have a pattern. Mr. Obama doesn’t care about the substance of this agreement, any more than he cares about the details in his stimulus or healthcare bills. As long as something is passed – anything – he’s content..."
"Obama is a ward heeler at heart with delusions of grandeur. "
"The Obama thing of rushing in, making a big speech, shaking hands, pissing off people then leaving as fast as he arrived, with everybody scratching their head…you know, I can understand that. Obama is Obama and he absolutely loves to run things until, well, until he has to actually run things. Some think that Obama is incompetent while others think he’s lazy. Me, I lean toward the lazy side. Either way, Obama has turned himself into a cartoon character..."
"It speaks volumes that we as a country might elect someone to lead our country who has insufficient experience, no track record, and throws his weight around like a college sophomore."
"Well, personally, I think that Obama is doing the work of three full grown men. And their names are Moe, Larry, and Curly Joe..."
Obama: Strongly Approve 26% Strongly Disapprove 43%.. Approval Index:-17…
"I think 2010 may be both a good and a bad year. Bad in that it will be full of bad news. Good in that it will give the world a chance to truly fix things. All they really need is faith in common sense and a little bit of common decency. This, plus an extraordinary slug of uncommon daring and extraordinary luck."

This is important, as close to a coup d’etat as I can imagine happening in America important.
Please read this.

It takes 67 votes to change the rules of the US Senate, always has. Reid inserted into the Health Care bill a provision that changes the rules so that it will take 67 votes to repeal the legislation. They are passing this change with only 60 votes. This is a bare faced assault on the Constitution. This is on the order of what Obama and Chavez’s friend the thug Zelaya attempted in Honduras. This is happening in America...

Some think that Obama is incompetent while others think he’s lazy.

Why not both? I think he’s too lazy to have ever learned how to be competent in anything other than bamboozling idiots.

2,209 posted on 12/22/2009 3:27:01 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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The States Can Check Washington's Power

FOX NEWS' JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO SAID IT BEST Free people enjoy the right to use nullification as a protective measure... to have their state legislatures act to prevent federal domination.

A legacy of USSC Taney's Dred Scott judicial activism, was that the ruling would lay the groundwork for the rights of states to nullify----to make null; to invalidate; to counteract the force or effectiveness of unconstitutional laws.

Nullification in US history, is a doctrine expounded by the advocates of states' rights. It held that states have the right to declare null and void any federal law that they deem unconstitutional.

Kill the Bill... Click link and sign.

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The Full Rostenkowski - an effective tactic for dealing with dirtbag legislators

Legislation Will Give Attorney General Sweeping Powers Over Firearms ( S.1317)

Why Is Islamberg Now a Ghost Town?

This is our administration’s idea of protecting us from Islam. Warning, will make your blood chill.

$6,363.94 per actual tax payer

We're screwed.

UPDATED: Comprehensive List of Tax Hikes in Reid-Obama Health Bill

PDF Version

List of tax hikes in original Reid bill

Manager's Amendment

CBO Score of Manager’s Amendment

JCT Score of Manager’s Amendment

(Page numbers reference ORIGINAL REID-OBAMA BILL unless noted): ....

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The list of payoffs that got Reid his cloture vote

Watching the Train Wreck [Trashes Obama's Foreign Policy Failures!]

29 This clip from an article linked on HA, is the conservatives key:

"The problem is not that his record is being distorted. It's that all three have more than a grain of truth. And I say this not as one of those pesky "leftists." I say this as someone who has spent much of the last three years studying what moves voters in the middle, the Undecideds who will hear whichever side speaks to them with moral clarity."

Now, take 3 topics...AGW, healthcare, and deficits...make these the centerpiece of everything conservatives run on in 2010, 2012, and 2014 and you have the recipe for taking both chambers and the WH. 

The dems, and especially B to the O have lost any credibility on these topics that the general public is looking for leadership on. 

The public is more than a little suspecious that AGW is a hoax, healthcare is being used as a way to usher in socialism, and Washington will ever have any will to reduce spending in any meaningful way.

SP can sieze the high ground on AGW and she has, at times taken the h/c debate by the throat.  Not as sure about spending, but the opening will definitely be there for her or someone to grab the reigns and usher in the next conservative revolution.  All it will take is a leader with moral clarity to make the impassioned case to a public thirsty for the same. 

Obama's tenure in office imo, will go down in history as the "Shit Happens" presidency. Read It All At The Link- ti's rude and funny- but too true.

129 mistress overdone: "I came to the conclusion long ago that everything obama is doing is intentional. he wants to bankrupt the country. he thinks that by doing so he will finally destroy free market capitalism, which to him is the biggest evil in the world..."

Absolutely. Economic reset by Marxists. Redistribute the wealth.

We have three general, economic constituencies of varying size: poor, middle class, and wealthy. The class that will be destroyed (and the one that really makes this nation unique) is the large but ever-dwindling middle class. Obama et al. wish to eliminate this demographic and a good bit of the wealthy (that do not toe the liberal line).

By destroying the value of the dollar and printing monopoly money, our economy will experience hyperinflation. The poor won't care. They're being promised and given subsidies for everything no matter the cost, so currency is meaningless to them. Life becomes essentially free via handout. Their rolls will swell.

The selected rich who hold political power will continue skimming money either via special interest avenues or outright corruption through federal handouts. The value of their wealth will drop to some degree as hyperinflation continues, but they'll still remain relatively rich compared to everyone else. When the economy is reset, they still have cash to convert into a more stable currency while retaining the avenues to more due to their high social/economic/political position. They'll still sit atop the socioeconomic ladder.

The middle class, the group that must struggle the most to subsidize federal programs, will see its wealth vanish. Years of conscientious saving due to means-living will evaporate as the value of the dollar collapses. Wealth, you say? Poof. Gone like dollars blowing out of a wheelbarrow. All its members can do now is hope for a barter economy and government handout. Many will become slaves to the latter.

This is the macroeconomic reset I fear most and that I think is in play. The end would be a massive expansion of the dependent poor controlled by a select elite. This is economic communism. The ideology of the public won't wholeheartedly support it, but it's an economic jail the likes of which a Van Jones, a Soros, and an Obama would enjoy and could actually pull off. Don't think something like this is out of the realm of possibilities even if it takes more than a few years. Socialism can evolve quickly and uncontrollably and, given what we've seen happen in media, government, and courts, history and heritage is no refuge. We've been offending our Founding Fathers for generations.

Daily Kos Founder Gets It Right

Comin; to O-Merica:

New Crowder: The death of Detroit - WATCH THE VIDEO - Horrifying!!!

Here’s the video...

Detroit in RUINS! (Crowder goes Ghetto)


Black Education

Two Juicy Items--A Senator's Tirade and a President's Tumble

Obama -21 the lowest rating yet!


Grand Jury: Shooting Of Pastor Was Justified (GA pastor Killed During Drug Sting)

There are almost no restraints left on police power in the USSA.

They can be undercover and threatening you like a gang of bandits at night, but if you “threaten” them (by trying to escape what you think is a robbery), they can shoot you down.

And skate away.

All they need to do is claim “We yelled, ‘Police’ before opening fire.”

That’s it. You are dead, and they are free.


Avoiding A Train Wreck: Texas Secession

A cool wind braces the hot air crowd

Freezing weather brings misery to Europe

Over 50% of the USA is now covered in snow (As seen from space- images)

Climategate Part 1 - A 2,000-page epic of science and skepticism

While you are looking up Project Wildlands search for UN Agenda 21. Here is one link:

It is the socialists dream. A fully controlled populace stuffed into tiny islands of habitation with virtually no commerce and the rulers flying around to keep it all under control.

Climate Change Meltdown

Brainwashing and scaring children with Global Warming non-sense at Christmas time.

The EPA's Power Grab ( The climate campaigners play their trump card, ...might be a joker. )

This one might get some interest:

Warren Buffet Slams ‘Cap and Trade’ as Tax on All Americans!


2009 June 26

Warren Buffett, once an Obama Zombie, is singing a different tune about the liberal Democrats ‘Cap and Poverity’, oops I mean ‘Cap and Trade’ bill that is being slammed through Congress. It seems Warren Buffett has finally woken up to the ridiculous economic notions of our liberal friends. (Check out his video below)

The ‘Cap and Trade’ bill is now over 1200 pages in length, based on ridiculous global warming science that is nothing more than baloney. This is nothing new for the Democrats, almost every bill they push through is based on baloney ideas, but this one takes the cake.  Below is the real story on the bill based on CBO (Congressional Budget Office) and Heritage Foundation analysis.

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EXCLUSIVE: Transvestites, Mao And Obama Ornaments Decorate White House Christmas Tree

Mt. Rushmore with Barry

Democrats Ensure America Will No Longer Be the Last Best Hope of Earth

(Vanity) The Societal Diamond Strategy, or Swine Before Pearls

Dovetails nicely with this one...
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Miscellaneous Miscellaneous Keywords: DELPHI TECHNIQUE, MEDIA BIAS, CNN
Published: ? Author: Lynn Stuter
Posted on 11/11/2000 17:43:19 PST by Huck

Not to mention:

Cloward-Piven Strategy and the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis.

Barack Obama’s Top Ten Foreign Policy Follies


George Soros: You'd Better Question The Timing

Socialism Creeps In As America Sleeps

Democrats on the take and in the dead of night pass an execrable piece of legislation that they haven't read, the public doesn't want and only socialists could love. What has happened to this country?

If we hadn't stayed up past midnight Sunday, we wouldn't have known what was going on. Here we thought a vote on the proposed health care overhaul wasn't going to take place until Thursday night — Christmas Eve.

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7-State Backlash for Nelson’s Nebraska Deal

Socialized Healthcare in America

My dad and sister are both in remission of cancer. I keep thinking, what happens if.... man, I just don’t even want to think about it.

God bless you, neighbor-- I nursed my late first wife through two boughts of that nasty disease.

We got through it OK, but it was bad enough when you could walk in- or walk out, if you didn't like the treatment-- and get taken care of.

God knows what this draconian idiocy being crammed down out throats will be, but I suspect if you cost too much, you will become an "involuntary" Organ Donor for the younger & healthier taxpayers...


Death Panels? Sarah Palin Was Right

The Communists Behind Obama’s Health Care Goals

Sarah Palin: Midnight Votes, Backroom Deals, and a Death Panel

Sarah is a modern Joan of Arc.


Landrieu on ‘Louisiana Purchase’: ‘I Can’t Be Bought’(video)

Mary Landrieu Takes Louisianans for a Ride

300 million Americans...

$300 million bribe...

$1 a head whore...

Do the math...


Forever Gone

School of Obama

CBS's Katie Couric: 'I Feel Like Right Now in Many Ways, We’re a Very Angry Nation'

Gee, could it be we're mad because none of the politicians are listening to us?
Well, Katie . . . some people don’t like fascism, no matter how good you might think it is for them.
Katie, what average Americans are angry about is liberal elitists like you who want to run every aspect of our lives because you think we are too dumb to make the “right” choices.

TEA Party Patriots: Don't Go Home, Fight! (Kristinn Taylor)

Before there were TEA Party activists, there were Freepers. Through my experience as a long-time Freeper, I learned the value of street activism, and its limitations.

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Small-business bankruptcies rise 81% in California

No worries, Mates!

It'll all be better when we get our first trillion Mo'BamaBucks

And our Majik Unicorn!

Video: Is Rush Limbaugh's consistent reference to Obama as a 'little child' racist?

Obama evidences again and again that his reasoning is on a par with a young child. He comes up with bonehead ideas. He bows before foreign potentates. He lies at will, thinking he’ll never be found out.

Advocates want more for black unemployed (try this with white unemployed and see what happens)

Big Freeze Could Grip Britain Until March (2,000 motorists trapped Monday night)

Eyewitness: How China sabotaged climate talks

A writer and environmental activist who was present at the final Copenhagen climate talks says China sabotaged the deal and ensured Barack Obama would shoulder the blame.
"So, Zer0, how's being in the Catbird seat feel, now?"

Losing the Climate Debate, That's Ok, Just Change History

Obama the Party Crasher

Get The Frackin' Gas

Energy: An oil company wants to invest its profits in clean-burning American natural gas. A Hungarian billionaire and a "green" politician want to stop it. This is the real Climate-gate scandal.

While the greenies of the world united in Copenhagen to talk about the weather, emitting a Third World-country-size chunk of greenhouse gases to gather there, the world's largest oil company, Exxon Mobil, was doing something about it.

On Dec. 14, Exxon agreed to buy XTO Energy, a natural gas firm, in a deal valued at $41 billion. XTO is one of the leaders in something called "fracking" technology, in which water, sand and additives are pumped into the ground to unlock trillions of feet of natural gas previously thought to be unobtainable.

This is what energy companies really do with their profits. They find more energy, then sell it to you.

While the technique is not new, the technology exploiting it is.

XTO has helped develop new technologies that let it drill a single well 9,000 feet and then bore horizontally through shale formations to unlock the natural gas trapped in the porous rock. The rock is fractured and the gas is pushed into accessible pockets whence it can be extracted with a minimal surface footprint.

Because of these new technologies, it is estimated that the U.S. sits on 83% more recoverable natural gas than was thought in 1990.

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Time for a Climate Change Plan B - The U.S. president is in deep denial.

EU carbon scheme reels after weak climate deal

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THREATSWATCH: A stealth move toward joining the ICC?  Last Thursday, December 17, 2009, The White House released an Executive Order "Amending Executive Order 12425." It grants INTERPOL (International Criminal Police Organization) a new level of full diplomatic immunity afforded to foreign embassies and select other "International Organizations" as set forth in the United States International Organizations Immunities Act of 1945. By removing language from President Reagan's 1983 Executive Order 12425, this international law enforcement body now operates - now operates - on American soil beyond the reach of our own top law enforcement arm, the FBI, and is immune from Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

JANE HAMSHER DEFECTS TO FOX: “Forget the junior Congressman from Alabama who is defecting to the Republicans. The big defection of the day was the decision by Jane Hamsher, proprietor of the left-wing Firedoglake group blog and organizer of the Hadassah Lieberman boycott, to appear on Fox News to call for the Democratic health care proposals to be defeated. While Hamsher is ultra-liberal, she points out that the Senate bill will lead to increased costs on the middle class.”
BOB OWENS: Violence Policy Center Makes It Up as They Go Along — Again. “Would you trust the statistical and factual reporting acumen of an organization that can’t even tell the difference between someone being dead or alive?”

White house Christmas tree - Commies, Trannys, and Obama Rushmore ornaments

—Purple Avenger

Stay classy Barack, stay classy.

This is not a drill people. This man is the president.

Obama/Rushmore ornament pic

Ferchrisakes, even the PRC doesn't think too much of Mao anymore and this jackass is hanging Mao ornaments on OUR FREAKING CHRISTMAS TREE?!?!

Its a "little thing" sure, but symbolic gestures mean something when you're the FREAKING PRESIDENT OF THE FREAKING UNITED FREAKING STATES OF FREAKING AMERICA. When he was in his "prime" I doubt even Ron Dellums would have had the stones to hang a Mao ornament on a tree visible to the public in his office, and that guy was as red as they came.

Posted by Purple Avenger at 11:40 PM New Comments Thingy
1 Yea, the White House is claiming they didn't know Mao was on the ornament.  Just like the accidentally served ACORN shaped cookies last month, and just like Ben Nelson didn't know that Nebraska was going to be the ONLY state that would get a free ride on Medicaid expansion.

Do they really think Americans are this stupid? ( 52% were... )
43 Any guess on what the national emergency will be?

I think they're goin' for the gold people. Cloward-Piven.

Complete system collapse. Death of the dollar via Cap and Tax and DeathCare.

No money. Nada. All social programs suspended. All unemployment, social security, welfare, all done.

Want to know why these pukes aren't afraid and keep pissing down our legs and openly mocking us? This is how it most likely will go down.

I suggest each and every one of you morons read it, just make sure to have a stomach remedy handy before you do. It will get worse. A.LOT.WORSE. All of our worst nightmares come true.
At last! A keyboard for internet addicts:

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Pirate edition:

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket


CHANGE: Obama Now More Loathed Than Bush at End of His Second Term.


Meanwhile, over at the CBC: Can Obama Save The Planet?

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A COPENHAGEN CODA: European weather deaths pass 100: Freezing weather brings death and disruption in Germany, Italy and across eastern Europe. Seems like it would have been better politics to have the conference in July . . .

RON BAILEY ON The Cultural Contradictions of Anti-Nuke Environmentalists. “Why do environmentalists reject a good bet for renewable energy?”

Plus, from Peter Suderman, Solar Power Is Wonderful, Really, Except When You Build It Anywhere Near Anything.

If you’re going to tell me that carbon dioxide is an unparalleled catastrophe for this planet, you’ve got to be willing to demonstrate your sincerity by, you know, endorsing other forms of energy. Otherwise, I’m inclined to think you’re a lying opportunist or something.

JOEL KOTKIN: The Green Movement’s People Problem. “The movement needs to break with the deep-seated misanthropy that dominates green politics and has brought it to this woeful state.”

...divisions are now developing within the green camp. There are members, like Michael Shellenger and Ted Nordhaus, who recognize the serious fall out from the "Climategate" scandal, while others, including large parts of the media claque, dismiss any such possibility. There are the corporatists aligned with big business--who will live with any agreement that allows them to exact monopoly profits--and the zealots--like Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and Bill McKibben--who see Copenhagen as an affront to themselves and to our endangered planet.  But the main, fundamental problem facing the movement after Copenhagen--which none of the green factions have yet addressed--is its people problem.

AGW: The Greens’ Tet Offensive?

ROGER SIMON: Post Copenhagen: Is Man-Made Global Warming a Dead Issue?

The Sound Of Settled Science

Hey Phil - you missed a paper;

In his paper, Qing-Bin Lu, a professor of physics and astronomy, shows how CFCs – compounds once widely used as refrigerants – and cosmic rays – energy particles originating in outer space – are mostly to blame for climate change, rather than carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. His paper, derived from observations of satellite, ground-based and balloon measurements as well as an innovative use of an established mechanism, was published online in the prestigious journal Physics Reports.

“My findings do not agree with the climate models that conventionally thought that greenhouse gases, mainly CO2, are the major culprits for the global warming seen in the late 20th century,” Lu said. “Instead, the observed data show that CFCs conspiring with cosmic rays most likely caused both the Antarctic ozone hole and global warming. These findings are totally unexpected and striking, as I was focused on studying the mechanism for the formation of the ozone hole, rather than global warming.”

His conclusions are based on observations that from 1950 up to now, the climate in the Arctic and Antarctic atmospheres has been completely controlled by CFCs and cosmic rays, with no CO2 impact.

The rest is at WUWT, (along with lots of discussion/skepticism in the comments).

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Gavin Schmidt – Conspiracy Theorist

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Filed under Global Warming Hoax, Media, Science at December 22nd, 2009 - 9:00 pm

Gavin Schmidt is one of the NASA climate scientists who has been peripherally involved in the Climategate affair, and more well known as the chief sysop at, a website run by the far-left wing Fenton Communications, and funded in part by the Tides Foundation. He’s also an employee of James Hansen, who has been curiously uninvolved in the climategate affair (and has actually been a critic of Copenchangen, but from the other side).

Last June, before the story broke, Schmidt appeared in this interview, where he tries to explain, in his usual opaque way, what the settled science is, and what isn’t. The rather long-winded dissertation is generally correct, as far as the science part goes, and doesn’t seem as polemical as some of his postings on Realclimate.

Five years ago I was less of a public persona in climate-science than I am now. But at the time, the voices that were being heard discussing climate change were at odds with the science. The Wall Street Journal was featuring attacks on scientists; Congress was filled with know-nothings; and, in the mainstream media, every time there was a story, you would have one of the five obligatory contrarians pop up and say “oh no, everything will be fine.”

So in his world, the congress is full of anti-science “know-nothings”, and the right-leaning MSM is conspiring against the scientists who are only after the truth. But then we get this:

There was no public voice for the science community. There were a few scientists who would step out occasionally — Steve Schneider is one. But there was no community pushing to correct the record or to inform people about the actual scientific results. I began to dabble in public outreach, sending letters to the editor, writing the occasional Op-Ed, talking to journalists. It was all to little effect.

So he organizes a scientific crusade against the anti-science know-nothing Moors to restore science to its rightful place (and you wonder where Chuckles gets this stuff):

Over the past five years, I have spent a lot of time building up resources. We spend a lot of time building background for journalists, staffers, and for science advisors of various kinds. We’re building up resources that people can use so that they can tell what is a good argument and what is a bad argument. And there has been a shift. There has been a shift in the media; there has been a shift in the majority of people who advise policymakers; there has been a shift in policymakers. This kind of effort — and not just by me, but also by other equally concerned people — has had the effect of elevating the conversation.

Yeah. In the CRUtape letters™, the paranoia starts to come out: 1228258714.txt

From: Gavin Schmidt <>
To: [team]

Ben, there are two very different things going on here. One is technical and related to the actual science and the actual statistics, the second is political, and is much more concerned with how incidents like this can be portrayed. The second is the issue here.

The unfortunate fact is that the ’secret science’ meme is an extremely powerful rallying call to people who have no idea about what is going on. Claiming (rightly or wrongly) that information is being hidden has a huge amount of resonance (as you know), much more so than whether Douglass et al know their statistical elbow from a hole in the ground.

Thus any increase in publicity on this – whether in the pages of Nature or elsewhere – is much more likely to bring further negative fallout despite your desire to clear the air. Whatever you say, it will still be presented as you hiding data.

The contrarians have found that there is actually no limit to what you can ask people for (raw data, intermediate steps, additional calculations, residuals, sensitivity calculations, all the code, a workable version of the code on any platform etc.), and like Somali pirates they have found that once someone has paid up, they can always shake them down again.


Oh, dear. The “contrarians” (and let’s at least give Schmidt credit for avoiding the Holocaust-mongering “denier” term) are Somali pirates. And this is the guy standing up for science against the tide of know-nothings.

Back to the original article, here’s the final paragraph:

The problem is that the noise serves various people’s purposes. It’s not that the noise is accidental. When it comes to climate, a lot of the noise is deliberate because if there’s an increase of noise you don’t hear the signal, and if you don’t hear the signal you can’t do anything about it. Increasing the level of noise is a deliberate political tactic. It’s been used by all segments of the political spectrum for different problems. With the climate issue in the US, it is used by a particular segment of the political community in ways that is personally distressing. How do you deal with that? That is a question, which I am still asking myself.

So, it’s all a conspiracy. It’s deliberate misinformation. This guy can’t imagine that people have legitimate questions. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a religious belief system, not the mind of a scientist.

Bizzarrely, he doesn’t even recognize that his own website is owned, operated, and funded by political polemics. Or maybe he does.

Update: More on Gavin and Realclimate here.

2,212 posted on 12/23/2009 6:41:41 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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Obamacare Slaps $15,000 Annual Fee on Middle Class Families

There is a Revolution Percolating
I don’t think even Rush realizes how pissed people are.

Nor do I.

What I keep seeing across the boards and hearing in my travels are various themes of "I fear for my future..."

Sure, it has variants of "America's" or "my children's," but it is widespread, deep, and unlike the usual grousing I have heard about past administrations.

It's very visceral.

Why the 'Angry Mob' Is Angry

Healthcare overhaul opponents attack Sen. Landrieu

Big payoffs to senators on health bill stoke public anger

With taxes set to skyrocket, Obama must not even intend to run for reelection

Andy McCarthy had the same thesis yesterday at National Review in "Mark's Dems Strategic / GOP Tactical Theory."

Democrats have their eyes on a different end-game than our guys do: namely, the establishment of permanent, European-style socialism in the U.S. Our guys are focused on converting Obama radicalism into big-time electoral success in the next election cycle. The Dems have already factored in that likelihood and are betting — over the long haul — that even if the GOP cuts deeply into Dem majorities or takes over Congress (and even takes over the White House in 2012), Republicans will lack the commitment (and perhaps the numbers) to roll back what the Left is accomplishing now.

32 posted on Wednesday, December 23, 2009

"Shut up" is a favorite Democrat talking point

New Jersey Boy Could Lose Sight after Being Jumped

That is a much better story from a local tv station. There are 563+ comments that are the “real” story.

According the the 500 or so comments after the other story on this event, it was a black on white beatdown.

Arrow Trucking closing strands employees across U.S.

Is there anything it can't do?

Mortgages Delinquencies and In-Process Foreclosures Jump .....(1 million foreclosures in process)

Things that don’t make sense unless you understand the perspective

2,213 posted on 12/23/2009 7:19:27 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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Obamacare Talks Off The Table Until February?
Now is the time for freedom-loving orgs to really sh*thammer this socialist pile with the most egregious citations of what it contains. Spend the entire recess really stoking the fires of discontent. Pour it on. Now is NOT the time to ease off. IT's the time to really KILL IT.
Do so NOW so Democrat legislators get accosted in their home offices and districts. Make them bunker up for the next three weeks. Tar and feather the bastards. Make them TERRIFIED at the prospect of voting this garbage into law, in January.  Terrified like they should have been ALL ALONG.

Merry Christmas: Obamacare Slaps $15,000 Annual Fee on Middle Class Families

 A Christmas Ghost
Get a load of the ornaments on the WhiteHouse XMas tree


US: GA Middle School Promoting Islam~Pictures

Why Are We Tiring of Obama? (more classic VDH)

Mele Kalikimaka! First Family Heading to Hawaii for Christmas [Hawaiian White House!]

I've said it before, and I'll say it again-- Duh!1's "presidency" is a laughable mixture of:

And "Movin' On Up!"


Report: ACORN hasn't violated fed regulations

[Governor] Palin takes on Obamacare deal-making (Death Panels are REAL!)

2,214 posted on 12/23/2009 12:46:47 PM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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“HARD PIVOT:” Obama puts off healthcare to February, decides to work on jobs. I’m sure those folks in the Senate who stuck their necks out for him will appreciate that . . . .

Plus this: “The other term for’“hard pivot’ is ‘dithering.’ The more Obama dithers, the less likely ObamaCare becomes.” Works for me.

TALKING ABOUT THE POLITICS OF HEALTH CARE over at The Hill. "It is a disastrous bill, doomed to failure, and with Obama's popularity sinking fast it is out of step with the American public. The same is true of the climate bill, whose threat to the economy is beginning to sink in. And the strong-arm policies of buying votes one by one until you have a tiny margin is the stuff of which dictatorships are made. That's big-city politics, and just plain tastes bad."  Where Did These Guys Come From? The Origins Of Obamism.

email to my state(TX) rep about nullifying health bill, and his response...

Sarah Palin: Death Panels in Senate Health Care Bill Worse Than We Thought

PALIN: I Told You So. “It didn’t take long for Jim DeMint’s outrage over highly unusual language protecting a care-rationing board to generate a response from Sarah Palin . . . When government rations commodities, it does so with the force of law. Considering the power it would have had in a completely government-run system to make the kind of decisions now left to insurers in a competitive market, people are correct to be worried about how exactly IMAB would bend the cost curve.”

It’s not a scary “Death Panel” that determines who’s denied medical treatment and dies. It’s a friendly “Life Panel” that determines who gets treatment and lives! Mostly friends of the regime, I’d guess, based on recent history.

 Obama, Left Behind: What Does It Mean When Progressives Turn Against The President. It means that some people have finally answered the “who are the rubes?” question.

 Why The Angry Mob Is Angry. “We’re justly and increasingly angry because our reps not only refuse to hear us, but they also chastise us for wanting to be heard.”

CBS REPORTS ON vote-buying in the Obamacare bill. “When CBS Evening News reports on Democratic corruption, we know that the story has gotten legs.”

Senate Bill Has Un-Killable ‘Death Panel’

December 22nd, 2009

Here’s what we would call ‘the Death Panel,’ from page 1001 of the Senate bill (a pdf file):

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2 ‘‘SEC. 1899A. (a) ESTABLISHMENT.—There is estab3

lished an independent board to be known as the ‘Inde4

pendent Medicare Advisory Board’.

5 ‘‘(b) PURPOSE.—It is the purpose of this section to,

6 in accordance with the following provisions of this section,

7 reduce the per capita rate of growth in Medicare spend8


9 ‘‘(1) by requiring the Chief Actuary of the Cen10

ters for Medicare & Medicaid Services to determine

11 in each year to which this section applies (in this

12 section referred to as ‘a determination year’) the

13 projected per capita growth rate under Medicare for

14 the second year following the determination year (in

15 this section referred to as ‘an implementation year’);

16 ‘‘(2) if the projection for the implementation

17 year exceeds the target growth rate for that year, by

18 requiring the Board to develop and submit during

19 the first year following the determination year (in

20 this section referred to as ‘a proposal year’) a pro21

posal containing recommendations to reduce the

22 Medicare per capita growth rate to the extent re23

quired by this section; and…

It would seem that the government will become the ultimate actuaries.

And when the actuaries are the same people deciding on who can get what treatment, when they are tasked with reducing costs, things can get pretty dicey.

But here’s another twist. It would appear that the Death Panels are un-killable.

From page 1020 in this same section of the Senate bill:



TION.—It shall not be in order in the Senate or

8 the House of Representatives to consider any

9 bill, resolution, amendment, or conference re10

port (other than pursuant to this section) that

11 would repeal or otherwise change the rec12

ommendations of the Board if that change

13 would fail to satisfy the requirements of sub14

paragraphs (A)(i) and (C) of subsection (c)(2).


16 SUBSECTION.—It shall not be in order in the

17 Senate or the House of Representatives to con18

sider any bill, resolution, amendment, or con19

ference report that would repeal or otherwise

20 change this subsection.

21 ‘‘(D) WAIVER.—This paragraph may be

22 waived or suspended in the Senate only by the

23 affirmative vote of three-fifths of the Members,

24 duly chosen and sworn.

Which just goes to show how vitally important this supposedly non-existent ‘death panel’ and its future edicts are to the Democrats.

'Why do they bother with 2,000 pages of traps and secret passages.

They should just pass a one-line bill that say “Anything the beaurocracy wants can be inflicted on the population, including any taxes, and nobody in the future can change this under any circumstances”'

usty Shackleford

jobeth says:
To tell the truth, I am gun-shy now. I suspect everything nowadays

Good, then you are awakened fully to post 20th century politics, or even politics in general. I do not care be they republican, democrat or independent. Whenever legislation is being debated I always ask myself two things: “What could possibly go wrong?” and “Who’s gonna pay for it?” There are often other critical things to consider but those usually crop up first.

jobeth, your posts are insightful and enlightening. As many, I have learned a great deal by reading this blog every day that I can. Additionally, such things are becoming the voice of a free America, which is why I estimate the “liberals” will do their utmost to shut such things down. BillK may be right in that the democrats intend to never step down and just completely take over in a coups, anything is possible. But there are a HUGE number of Americans who will not stand for that and in such a occurrence, things will degenerate. Maybe not right away but as people’s lives get affected adversely and repeatedly, there will be consequences.

Many are angry now. But this is nothing compared to the anger that is coming when hyperinflation hits next year. The main purpose of that “little trick” taking a lesson again from pre-nazi Germany, is the wheelbarrow loads of cash needed to by the most basic necessities…..thereby allowing the nitwit in the big chair to declare martial law “for the protection of the people”.

Just remember for now that everything and anything this government “accomplishes” is for the gain of power and to seek permanence of poverty for you and me.


The Anchoress!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 3:38 PM

REPOST – Originally posted in October 2005

Reposted due to this



Peggy Noonan wrote a piece [October 27, 2005] in the WSJ that made many people unhappy; some found it defeatist, some found it reminiscent of Jimmy Carter’s “malaise” speech, some found it downright paranoid and semi-hysterical.

I found it to be none of those things. My impression, as one Long Island Irish Catholic Girl reading another, was that Noonan is on to something, but she’s not quite there with it. Perhaps that is because the next step to “there” is a step any successful and credible public figure would be very cautious about taking; it is a step toward the Eternal, toward things seen and unseen. To take such a step is to risk reputation and a life-time of work. I don’t blame her for not taking it.

I however, am not a successful and credible public figure, and I have no reputation to risk. Like Groucho, I have no wish to belong to any club that would have me, and so I can dare to walk where Ms. Noonan could not.

Noonan expressed her belief that, subconsciously, Americans are wandering through their days with a sense of things being, “Off the tracks and hurtling forward, toward an unknown destination.”

Everything…A sense of unreality in our courts so deep that they think they can seize grandma’s house to build a strip mall; our media institutions imploding…Senators who seem owned by someone, actually owned, by an interest group or a financial entity. Great churches that have lost all sense of mission, and all authority. Do you have confidence in the CIA? The FBI? I didn’t think so.

A sense of unreality…yes…and illusions, too.

Some might argue that what is coming “off the tracks” are the easy illusions of 20th century America: The perhaps naive notions that our elected leaders actually seek office to serve the public good. That the press is interested only in presenting the truth, no matter what. That our courts are peopled with lofty higher beings and geniuses who know better than the rest of us. That our churches are both safe havens and by-ways to heaven.

There was a time in America when all of those statements would have been accepted at face value. In our nation’s babyhood we believed and we trusted all the parent figures – the governments, the courts, the press, the churches.

Now, past infancy, we have come to look upon those institutions with the glare of adolescent angst. We’ve observed enough to understand that those in authority over us are not the paragons of perfection we’d so looked up to as toddlers. We see them flawed, weak, seducable, wholly human and fallible, and like good adolescents who have caught Mom and Dad lying or stumbling drunk, we at first sneered about it and gave some voice to our sense of betrayal. Now, we’re merely numb. Since our “parents” in these authoritative roles have proven themselves to be mere creatures, and not heroes, well, we’ve turned up the volume on our ipods, buried ourselves in our trendy lambskin coats and shut our doors to them.

Our older siblings are observing this behavior with a measure of satisfaction. I am not talking about our cousins across the Atlantic. I mean the “elites” whom Noonan writes have decided to find their “seperate peace” in all of this. She writes:

I suspect that history…will look back and see that many of our elites simply decided to enjoy their lives while they waited for the next chapter of trouble…

You’re a lobbyist or a senator or a cabinet chief, you’re an editor at a paper or a green-room schmoozer, you’re a doctor or lawyer or Indian chief, and you’re making your life a little fortress. That’s what I think a lot of the elites are up to.

Here is where I think Noonan falls a little short. These elites are not simply milling about waiting for “the next chapter of trouble.” I think in too many cases they -like troubled eldest siblings, the “first children” who have never quite gotten over the subsequent additions to the family- have been actively fomenting chapter after chapter of trouble, for some 40 years. They are complacently building little fortresses, but they are doing so for a reason. Having written all of these chapters of trouble, they are feeling quite confident that their story is solidly structured, and they are ready for the dénouement they have planned. The anticipation of their surprise ending is making them almost giddy.

The ending, of course, is the coup d’état. Believing that the rest of us, now disillusioned, are no longer clinging to romantic ideals of honor, or truth or nobility, these always-restless First Children, devoted to deconstruction, believe they are about to take down the presidency, the churches, the “old” government and even the “old” media. They expect to put into place something “brand new.” But believe me when I tell you what they are building is older than dirt. And up from it. Which is why they will need their fortresses. Castro lives in one, too.

They’ve been practicing all of this, by the way, perfecting the Art of the Painless Coup so thoroughly that most ordinary folks do not even realize what has occured.

Over the past 40 years these hyperactive First Children have been pulling off small scale coups with varying levels of success. They managed to deconstruct the academies, so that education is less a broadening of knowledge than a narrowing of perspective. They have deconstructed the liturgy to insist that a pantomime in clownface is a vast improvement over 2000 year-old sacrament and liturgy. They have deconstructed government by constructing something so huge and unwieldy that nothing coming out of it is reliable or dependable, and almost no one is accountable, either. They have deconstructed the press to the point where the truth of a story is less important than how it may be framed and spun. They have deconstructed the idea of fascism to mean “those democracies in Israel and America” rather than the freedom-suppressing regimes which surround them.

And all the while they have been busily pulling things apart, they have kept the rest of the family distracted with the television, with the radio, with the cinema – any or all of which have instantly been called into service whenever someone got a little bored and looked around, wondering what these kids were up to. “Abortion?” said Aunt Sally, “Abortion is a terrible thing!” Suddenly every news story is about the grim circumstance of illegal abortion. Suddenly sitcoms are showing the way. “Well, if Maude had an abortion…maybe sometimes it’s a good thing…”

“Free love,” sputtered Uncle Jim, “it’s immoral! It’s damaging to the family!” Suddenly every film hero or heroine is having free, uncomplicated, undamaging sex, and flashing some gratuitous T and A at Uncle Jim in the process. “I dunno,” he smiles to Aunt Sally as he settles back, “maybe it’s not all that bad…”

Except that Aunt Sally, having been spoon-fed her enlightenment by media overrun with these busy First Children and their co-horts, is not around to hear him. She has taken off her bra, taken the pill and several dozen lovers, she has “found herself,” lost her children and moved in with her newest partner, Charlene. They own cats and attend drum circles. They protest whenever possible, because a good protest can validate almost any life-choice by pinpointing and naming an enemy, and declaring that enemy an oppressor and a villain, even if that villain is liberating men, women and children and trying to create a safer world. “An illusion!” They shout. “There is no liberation, there is no safer world, there is no nobility, no honor, no truth! All lies!”

I will spare you the part where they strip down to their birthday suits and dance around, their sagging, pendulous breasts swaying out of sync with the drums.


The First Children applaud Aunt Sally. They love the distraction she causes as they work feverishly on their coup.

I think Ms. Noonan’s sense of things being “off-kilter,” is her own gut understanding that the painless coup is near, and perhaps she is not quite sure what might be done to prevent it.

Well, one way to prevent the coup is to be utterly fearless and authentic in pronouncing the things we believe. Pope John Paul II (and now Pope Benedict XVI) made enormous headway against the Painless Coup, which had gone so far as to turn our beautiful churches into bare concrete monstrosities (ready-made for quick-conversion into temples to secular reason) and he managed to reclaim the liturgy and renew appreciation for the Eucharist by repeating the truth over and over, with the reminder, “do not be afraid!”

Thus so, we must repeat, over and over, that while illusions may well be all around us, some amorphous notions, like honor and freedom and truth, are still real. They are not just real, they are Eternal.

We must repeat again and again that America’s honor is no illusion. Imperfect as it may be this is still the land to which – in large or small ways – every free nation owes its current liberty. This is the nation that has routinely sent its idealistic young men off to foreign lands -to die there- not for empire, not for real-estate, but for the protection and advancement of that unseen thing that is freedom, the strengthener of the human spirit, the burnisher of human potential. First Children and their motley co-horts aside, this is still the nation to which millions of creative or industrious people wish to come, it is the nation to which the oppressed call out for rescue and relief.

We must repeat, over and over, that the American Presidency is, like a papacy or a monarchy, larger than the person who occupies the office, and that it is noble. The American President freed slaves when too many would not entertain the notion. The American President has carried the big stick used to overthrow tyrants and bullies both foreign and domestic. The American President has put his airmen to use to keep his vanquished enemies in Berlin from starving in a brutal winter, he has used his navy to bring aid after tsunami. The American President has dreamed great space voyages into reality, has opened closed markets, has encouraged a people to tear down walls. The American President has envisioned tens of millions of people raising purple fingertips to the sky, and made it so.

We must repeat, over and over, that Liberty is the means by which we created creatures are meant to live and to grow and be. That Liberty lives in the Truth. That Liberty lives where people can speak freely, without fear of injury or reprisals. That Liberty lives only when the press is free and unencumbered – when it is detached from events instead of entwined in them. That Liberty lives when people refuse to be intimidated into silence or acquiescence, whether in the workplace or within the community. That Liberty is the fragile thing that diminishes whenever one refuses to acclaim it for oneself.

In between all of those repetitions, we must do something else, if we are to stave off the Painless Coup. We are going to have to turn away from our distractions – the television, the radio, the magazines, the talkshows, the films, the fashions, the escapist entertainment, even the internet. We will have to turn away from these empty things – to make them smaller in our lives, where they and the popular culture now loom so large – and we are going to have to get quiet.

A good musician knows that music is not created only by playing notes, but by understanding the spaces between the notes, and their value. Just so, it will not be enough to simply repeat what is true – if that is all we do, it will only add to the din – there must also be silence, in which to do our other, more powerful work.

It is a cacophony of noise that fuels so many illusions, and allows those “chapters of trouble” to be so deftly written. The overstimulation of our senses has severely dulled our internal sensors. We have lost our bearings and our boundaries so profoundly that we are no longer guarded, interiorly, against scam-artists and tricksters.

We have to get those bearings back – to find our centers and get back in touch with our “gut instincts,” which are there for a reason. And the way to get back to the center – to our center, our “gut” – is through prayer and meditation and contemplation. Prayer has power. No force can stand against it. Not even the force of a generation bearing down and driving hard against everything that came before itself.


It is true that there are many illusions in the world. And on the world stage there stride some masters of the sleight-of-hand and the misdirection – you can recognize them because they are all of a mind, and of a piece, and they are all working different parts of the same trick.

But if you can recognize a trick for what it is, you can prevail against it.

And this is where the Eternal comes in – the things seen and unseen, which I mentioned earlier. An illusionist, no matter how masterful, is still peddling an illusion. He has nothing behind him but his crossed fingers. Prayer is no illusion, and one needn’t be a master to tap into its tremendous force. Even a novice may use it, although one does get stronger with practice and growth comes, for prayer is never stagnant.

Aunt Sally has no idea how disposable she is, or how her raised consciousness has been a mere means to an end, another illusion. In the coming denouement, she and Charlene and poor old, befuddled Uncle Jim will be equally expendable, or useful only for keeping the foodlines and the medical lines straight. They will all be outside the “fortresses” of the elites, with the rest of us, if the Coup is permitted, if the First Children achieve their goal.

So, it is time for the rest of us to turn off the ipods, shed the lambskin coat and come out of our self-imposed exile, ready to do battle. Things are indeed messed up and off-kilter. But no matter how much our parent figures in the government or the courts, or the churches or even the few grown-ups left in the press may embarrass us or disappoint, they’re still ours. They belong to us, and the bond is forever. And it is time to get busy.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 2:25 PM
Jim Hoft

Today hundreds of protesters met at liberal Senator Claire McCaskill’s office to tell her—
“We don’t want your stinking gift!”

We Won’t Forget, Claire–

Missouri Doesn’t Want Obama’s Rationed Health Care Bill, but Claire McCaskill supported the power grab by liberals anyway.

An angry protester.

Protesters returned the favor and brought Claire McCaskill lumps of coal today.

Claire McCaskill gave Missouri rationed health care this week. So today tea party protesters returned the favor. Each protester was rationed one lump of coal to leave at McCaskill’s St. Louis office.
(That’s a catchy Christmas song, huh? …A good solid B+.)

Here’s a recycling idea that just might catch on with conservatives.

Dana Loesch has more photos.


Got voter’s remorse?
Evidently you’re not alone.

A Traditional Life Lived
livestreamed the protest today.

CLIMATEGATE: How To Follow The Money.

US Court Orders Records Unsealed In Cap-And-Trade Fraud Case

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Lead Story

By Michelle Malkin  •  December 24, 2009 04:02 AM

My column today builds on this post about the slacker mandate in Demcare — and examines how the chief architects of the government health care are openly achieving single-payer-by-proxy. Listen to the final self-congratulatory paeans to “health care as a right” this morning and you’ll understand exactly what I’m talking about and exactly what they are achieving.

Nanny State Gone Wild: Defining dependency up
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2009

The greatest gifts you can give your children can’t be boxed and bowed. Consider the timeless gift of self-sufficiency – a stubborn thirst to leave the nest, make it own your own, and live as a free-willed adult. It’s a concept that Big Nanny Democrats are sabotaging at every legislative turn.

Several times during the sneaky weekend debate on the government health care takeover bill this past Sunday, Democrats hailed a provision requiring insurance plans that cover dependents to provide benefits to children up to age 26. Democrat Sens. Ben Cardin and Tom Harkin both specifically championed the unfunded mandate in their floor statements.

This manifestation of the Nanny State is especially galling given the massive levels of generational theft that the Democrat majority has presided over the last year. If they truly cared about the physical and financial well-being of young Americans, they’d stop piling on expensive regulations that simply put affordable health insurance out of their reach. I propose a new symbol for the Democrats. Out: Donkey. In: A giant adult pacifier.

I can tell you what most fiscally responsible parents are thinking when they hear the feds “taking care” of everyone else’s adult “children” for them by confiscating their tax dollars and forcing private companies to comply: You’ve got to be kidding me. Yes, Virginia, there are still some of us left who believe our children shouldn’t depend on a government-manufactured umbilical cord as they approach their third decade on earth.

Nonetheless, there are now an estimated 20 states that have already passed legislation requiring insurers to cover adult children. The slacker mandates cover “kids” ranging in age from 24 to 31. And it’s these very government health care mandates that are driving up the cost of insurance. Health policy researcher Nathan Benefield of the Commonwealth Institute reported that in New Jersey, Nanny State peddlers claimed the adult kiddie protection law would help 100,000 uninsured young adults. “Yet in two years, only 6% of that estimate has been realized. The primary reason—health insurance is still too expensive.”

Wisconsin has experienced similar results. “Whenever you insure somebody whom you didn’t insure before there’s some additional risk,” insurance expert James Mueller told the Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal. Mueller points to the premium increases that have followed over coverage mandates on employer-sponsored plans. “The problem with all these good ideas is there’s funding necessary,” Mueller said. In Wisconsin, adult children are not only covered, but also the children of those “children” if they live in single-parent homes.

As he rammed this mandate and the mountain of other government regulations buried in Demcare, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid promised on Sunday: “We are reshaping the nation. That’s what we want to do.” Indeed, this defining dependency up phenomenon is part of the larger push for single-payer-by-proxy. The other universal health care Trojan Horse signed into law this year – the expansion of SCHIP (the State Children’s Health Insurance Program) – welcomed more non-“children” into the government insurance fold.

Both political parties have advocated federal waivers to use SCHIP funds for adults, including parents of Medicaid/SCHIP children, caretaker relatives, legal guardians, and childless adults. According to the General Accounting Office, SCHIP-funded expenditures on adults nationwide “totaled about $674 million in 2006.” J.P. Wieske of the Council for Affordable Health Insurance notes that the bennies incentivize parents to drop their private coverage in order to take advantage of free or discounted health insurance for their children. “It has become a program for the middle class at the expense of the poor.”

This is the engine that will power the Demcare architects’ most naked, radical ambitions: “Health care as an inalienable right,” as Sen. Harkin put it. How? By breeding a massive permanent culture of dependency and bottomless debt in the name of the “children” from birth through quarterlife — and beyond.

Sign of the times: Nebraskans Jokerize Ben Nelson

December 22, 2009 02:46 PM by Michelle Malkin32 Comments | 3 Trackbacks

The source of Ben the Joker may be from a challenge put down from the gents over at Hillbuzz.

"As we have stated before, we do not believe anyone who votes for this monstrosity should be re-elected.  That means we’re going to have to start opposing people we’ve long supported.

So be it...The reason we are so up in arms about this is the way this legislation was handled:  no bill this important, with nation-changing provisions, should be crafted in secret and voted on in the dead of night in the face of great public outrage."

Blanche Linclown (Arkansas) - to be defeated in 2010


Dick Durbin (Illinois) - to be defeated in 2014


Harry Reid (Nevada) - to be defeated in 2010


Harry Reid (Nevada) Part Two - to be defeated in 2010


Claire McCaskill (Missouri) - to be removed from Congress in 2012

December 22, 2009 at 12:17 am

The photo of Claire has been blowen up and is on every tree, lamp post anyplace that you can add a picture. No matter where you drive in St. Louis and county you see her as the Joker.

Michael Bennett (Colorado) - to be defeated in 2010


Mark Begich (Alaska) - to be defeated in 2014


Evan Bayh (Indiana) - to be defeated in 2010


Max Baucus (Montana) - to be defeated in 2014


Joe Lieberman (Connecticut) - to be defeated in 2012


Tom Udall (New Mexico) - to be defeated

Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 9:39 PM
Jim Hoft

Mark Steyn and Michelle Malkin talked tonight on Hannity about the growing backlash against the crappy Obamacare bill. Michelle also mentioned the “Obama’s joker” signs that are popping up across the country this week.

Michelle Malkin says this jokerizing trend is just the beginning of the end for these log rollers and bribe takers.
(It was nice of Michelle to mention this blog.)

After the bribes were handed out…
Obama’s Senate Jokers lined up to support his crappy nationalized health care bill this week.
Here are a few–

Obama’s Jokers: Senator Claire McCaskill, Senator Carl Levin, Senator Ben Nelson, Senator Al Franken, Senator Mary Landrieu, Senator Dick Durbin (The Nose on Your Face, Michelle Malkin & Frisk a Liberal)

More… RMartin from California sends this T-Shirt idea- “Obama’s Henchmen”

Hey, lets just revisit the ObamaCare™ campaign promises eh?

—Purple Avenger

How many of these Obama promises have turned out to be lies?

Offers a public health insurance option to provide the uninsured and those who can’t find affordable coverage with a real choice.
Right away we know that one is down the tubes in what the Senate is going to vote on. But wait...didn't Obama claim he didn't campaign on the public option? Yea, he did. Wait a minute...that link is his own campaign website claiming there will be a public option.

There's kinda two choices here: he lies, or he lies. Take your pick.

Peruse the promises yourself and comment on how the Reid/Pelosi "sausage" stacks up against the promises.

Posted by Purple Avenger at 12:45 AM New Comments Thingy

Hey what's taking the 0bamacare vote so long to pass.  Don't they know it's Springtime Hawaii time for Hitler The One.


Heil myself
Heil to me
I'm the kenyan
Who's out to change our history
Heil myself
Raise your hand
There's no greater
Dictator in the land!
Everything I do, I do for you!
Yes, you do!

Obama has known “uninvited” White House party crashers with ties to Hamas since 2005

by Bob in Breckenridge ( 128 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, CAIR, Democratic Party, Islamic Terrorism, Islamists, Leftist-Islamic Alliance, Progressives, Terrorism at December 23rd, 2009 - 3:00 pm


Look at the pic above. See the guy wearing the white suit with the blue shirt? Now see the blond with the white dress? See The Zero™ in the middle?

This picture was taken 6/9/05. It seems Obama has known these two phoneys for awhile, at least when he was a Senator.

They were getting all this press as being uninvited “party crashers” and the Secret Service is taking heat.

No wonder the couple who crashed Obama’s State dinner last week keep insisting they were invited guests…they know Barry from way back when he was still an Illinois Senator. Is Obama trying to throw the Secret Service under the bus?

Tareq and Michaele Salahi snapped the pic above with Obama at a “Rock The Vote” event on June 9, 2005 (also attended by John McCain, whom the Salahi’s also took a pic with).

McCain won an award for his work on campaign finance reform”. “Just call me Funk Master McCain,” he told the audience of 1,000 in accepting his award. Obama won an award for “forming a multiracial coalition in winning his seat”.

Michaele Salahi is getting quite a ribbing in the press for lying about being a Redskins cheerleader, but Tareq is the more interesting of the two to me. He has ties to Palestinian terrorists.

Tareq is a board member of the ATFP- American Task Force on Palestine, which has quickly scrubbed its site of the fact.
Today there is no mention of Tariq. Now why is that? And just who are the ATFP?

The ATFP has ties to Chicago, ties to Muslim radicals, ties to Hamas, and ties to Saudi Wahhabists. It is arguably the American wing of Hamas. The group’s co-founder is Rashid Khalidi, the guy purported to have helped finance Obama’s Harvard education and who was also instrumental in getting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak at Columbia University.

During the Beruit war, Khalidi was a PLO spokesperson. After the war, he came back to teach at the University of Chicago. He is a virulent critic of Israel, and was a strong supporter of Fatah terrorist Yassar Arafat. Obama has referred to Khalidi as someone who challenges his “own biases.”

Why do the same dubious tentacles seem to continually surround Obama? The fact that the ATFP is scrubbing information on Salahi from their website suggests possible damage control coordination between the ATFP and the White House. If the ATFP was acting independently, there would be no reason to scrub Salahi’s name from their site.

It looks like Salahi was an invited guest to the dinner, that he was “outed” and the administration had to come up with a rational excuse for his presence.

Now the Salahis want to sell their story since they’re a little broke these days and are being sued for fraud and other crimes they allegedly committed in Virginia, but they still live very high on the hog.

The Secret Service has already apologized for the incident, but they may clear their names if the Salahis start singing. If someone with ties to the American wing of Hamas can get face to face with the President without the Secret Service realizing it, that is a major security lapse. However, if Obama’s people knowingly allowed Salahi in and are now throwing the Secret Service under the bus to cover themselves, that would be a major scandal.

Some Republicans in Congress are calling for an investigation, but as usual, the libtards are covering for The Zero™ and his wife. Funny how this has not come out in the state-controlled media, isn’t it? Something is VERY fishy in the White House, if you axe me…

A Jazz Guitarist’s support for Maoist Ornaments

by Rodan ( 203 Comments › )
Filed under Blogmocracy, Blogwars, Humor, Open thread at December 23rd, 2009 - 7:00 pm

Radical Totalitarian Blogger and former Jazz artist, Charles “Icarus” John reveals his true colors yet again. He transformed into a fanatical Obama follower. Any criticism of Barack Hussein Obama sends him into a temper tantrum. He believes that a coalition consisting of The Catholic Church, Tobacco Companies,  Kehanists, Neo-Confederates, Michelle Malkin, James Dobson, The Family and the Vlaams Belang are all out to get him. His paranoia and propaganda knows no bounds, now here’s his latest.

I reported yesterday that the White House had an ornament of Mao Zedong hanging from one it’s Christmas Tree. Other blogs like Hot Air also reported on this disturbing story. The White House spin was that “Community Groups” contributed the ornaments. Still how can no one not notice a Mao ornament? Rising to the occasion to defend his beloved leader, Charles “Icarus” John comes to the regime’s  defense.

Ridiculous Right Wing Nontroversy of the Day

Blogosphere | Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 12:01:45 pm PST

Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government blog is having a cow about some ornaments on the White House Christmas tree, touching all the right wing hot buttons — commies, gays, and Obama’s “arrogance” — and evoking the desired Pavlovian response: EXCLUSIVE: Transvestites, Mao And Obama Ornaments Decorate White House Christmas Tree.

The facts: the Obamas sent over 800 ornaments left over from previous administrations to local community groups, and asked them to decorate the ornaments to pay tribute to a favorite local landmark.

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37 | December 23, 2009 7:45 pm

Whether the obamanation ok’d the ornaments or not, the point is that the ‘artists’ felt it was perfectly fine to submit a mao ornament, a tranny ornament, and one with the won superimposed on Mt. Rushmore for the National Christmas Tree in the obama White House. And IMHO, the bhusseino welcomed all.

Happy Holidays to all!  I have had constant children here for the past 5 days and am now the recipient of a nice head cold and a house that is a complete and utter mess.  I'm contemplating the wreckage and thinking that a match and a gallon of gasoline would be the easiest solution.  But, I need to scrub/disinfect and neaten up the place in time to start cooking tomorrow!

I just got back from Walmart 2 days before Christmas, and the busiest section was the grocery section (which is why I went).  Even so, it was FAR busier on the weekends before Obama.

Saw the same thing on the coast-- and noticed that people ahead of me were buying necessities, not  goodies or presents.

Went to the local mall yesterday- traffic was about what a good, normal non-holiday ought to be.

Bear in mind, I had one of the original stores in the city's first Mall- the one that burned down in 1983-- but I've been out of retailing since 1985, so I qualify as an expert witness, but outdated...

I rate the traffic I saw as "adequate, but not outstanding..."

With Kommander ZerØ

"ruling" Ø-Merica, people are "Waiting to Exhale..."

Small Business Bankruptcies Up 81% in California

WILL 2010 BE the year of bankrupt governments? The trouble with socialism is, sooner or later you run out of other people’s money.

Regarding "getting money from another branch of the government to bail us out?"

This applies:

Arrow trucking bites it, 1400 truckers laid off

"Angry Pretty crappy news just before Christmas. I would head back towards home until the Diesel ran out, PARK IT AND LOCK THE KEYS INSIDE. Another Trucker will help you get to a point where you can get home. Let the Bastards find their tractor and load.
I have several trucker friends and a couple relatives too. Sucks."

Lots of businesses are holding on by going into massive debt, hoping that the government prognostications of an improving economy are true.  I don't see it.  Former DIL's husband is an electrician. Their company thought that they were positioned well because they do commercial work and high end residential, not new construction or tract houses.  Unfortunately, they've gone through weeks with no work, and the owner told former DIL's husband that the company has run through its cash, its owner's cash, and they cannot hold on much longer.  

Re: Final thoughts on the failure of Mitch Mc. to do anything ....

While I don't necessarily agree with the text, this image sums it up for me:

A SMALL, BUT TELLING, example of government waste.  One of the most iconic scenes in Raiders of the Lost Ark is the one at the end where the Ark of the Covenant is put in a large crate and filed away in a gargantuan government storehouse filled with thousands of other boxes, never to be seen again. When I was an undergrad, one of my more left-wing professors criticized this scene as right-wing propaganda that unfairly portrays government as wasteful. It turns out that the scene was more accurate than either Steven Spielberg or my professor knew:

REPORTING FROM TODAY’S anti-ObamaCare protest outside Claire McCaskill’s office.

More coverage from Michelle Moore.


Y2Kyoto: Build-A-Boycott

SDA gets results!

Our goal is to entertain and engage the imagination of children with our stuffed animals, our store environment, and online. Our intention with the Polar Bear story was to inspire children, through the voices of our animal characters, to make a difference in their own individual ways. We did not intend to politicize the topic of global climate change or offend anyone in any way. The webisodes concluded this week with Santa successfully leaving on his journey to deliver gifts around the world. The webisodes will no longer be available on the site.

I get the sense that, for as important as it is to yell at elected representatives who endorse policies that damage our interests, it's the negative feedback directed towards AGW promoting corporations that may produce the most results per complaint over the long run.

Unlike their counterparts in mass media, most sensible retailers understand that the consumer can, and will, reject a product tainted by political agenda. A few angry letters can alert an executive that the global warming "consensus" ain't what she used to be.

An update from Ed Driscoll, in the comments. "For what it's worth, the three Build-A-Bear videos that Hot Air linked to are all still up on YouTube, where any kid can, and will stumble across them."

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2,216 posted on 12/24/2009 1:53:30 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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What Doctors and Patients Have to Lose Under ObamaCare

Wall Street Journal ^

ØbamaCare sparking 10th Amendment rebellion, action in seven states

The rebellion is getting a head of steam!

Please ~ping~ me to articles relating to the 10th Amendment/States Rights so I can engage the pinger.

I've stopped monitoring threads and unilaterally adding names to the ping list, so if you want on or off the list just say so.

Additional Resources:

Tenth Amendment Chronicles Thread
Tenth Amendment Center
The Right Side of Life/State Initiatives
Sovereign States
Firearms Freedom Act


The Boss Is An Idiot And Is Getting Us Killed

Obama bumper sticker

2,217 posted on 12/24/2009 4:05:17 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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Text of President Obama's statement on the Senate passing the health care bill (MAJOR BARF ALERT!)

We're Screwed! (Rioting in the streets and devolution to a bartering system)

Rasmussen: Voters Waking Up To Health Care Lies


A Parable of Obamacare

Our President: Bringing America to its Knees, Before the World


The shadow of the head of U.S. President Barack Obama falls upon a copy of the U.S. Constitution as he makes a speech on America's national security at the National Archives in Washington, May 21, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Is the Age of Obama the beginning of the end of America, the last best hope of earth?

President Obama's curtsy to the Saudi king and his reverential bow before the Japanese Emperor was one of those "right-wing" criticisms that I thought, at the time, was mostly much ado about very little of substance. I now take that back. It was emblematic of what is taking place now.

While all hands on deck have been focused on the healthcare "debate" and Christmas family matters, President Obama last week quietly signed an amendment to Executive Order 12425 (signed by Reagan in 1983, but with restrictions in place to protect the Constitutional rights of our citizens), effectively eroding American sovereignty by immunizing INTERPOL activities within the U.S.

Andrew McCarthy:

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

Russia to work on new nuclear missiles: Medvedev (Meanwhile, Obama weakens America militarily)

Obama: Euthanasia of the elderly may be necessary

Beck Exposes Dangerous Link Between Nazi Eugenics and ObamaCare Reform Experts

Barack Obama vs. the Rock Obama [Obama voter is very upset with Obama's broken promises]

That’s because you voted for him for all the wrong reasons.

And never listened to me when I told you he was a fake and a secret muslim and a marxist and a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and probably not even an American.

And you called me a racist, a right-wing wing nut, a bush-bot, a nazi and a teabagger.

And NOW you want my SYMPATHY?


60-Pound Beaver Attacks Boy In Oklahoma

Dad's Beaver Beating Makes Rabies Test Impossible

Anti-gun letter to editor reveals more than writer intended (MI)

I really think that many of the MMM’s have seen the error of their ways. I also know from talking with some of the women who were part of their march in DC that they didn’t have a clue why they were there. As one woman from California told me, she didn’t know nuthin’ about know guns, she came along because the MMM’s paid her way, and she might not ever get to DC otherwise.

11 posted on Thursday, December 24, 2009 11:30:00 AM by basil

Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll: -16

Rasmussen : Just 29% Think America is On The Right Track

Kill and Eat Fido reduce Global warming

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 9:39 PM
Jim Hoft

Mark Steyn and Michelle Malkin talked tonight on Hannity about the growing backlash against the crappy Obamacare bill. Michelle also mentioned the “Obama’s joker” signs that are popping up across the country this week.

Michelle Malkin says this jokerizing trend is just the beginning of the end for these log rollers and bribe takers.
(It was nice of Michelle to mention this blog.)

After the bribes were handed out…
Obama’s Senate Jokers lined up to support his crappy nationalized health care bill this week.
Here are a few–

Obama’s Jokers: Senator Claire McCaskill, Senator Carl Levin, Senator Ben Nelson, Senator Al Franken, Senator Mary Landrieu, Senator Dick Durbin (The Nose on Your Face, Michelle Malkin & Frisk a Liberal)

More… RMartin from California sends this T-Shirt idea- “Obama’s Henchmen”

Maybe it's time to dust off this ancient post of mine:

Nuclear, Biological, & Chemical Warfare- Survival Skills, Pt. II

Exclusive: Is Congress Aiming to Shut Down the Natural Gas I...
From the article:
Given all this, perhaps it’s not a surprise that liberals are looking to shut the whole thing down. And ExxonMobil recognizes this, which is why its merger agreement is shot through with terror about the legislative future.
The first shot fired across the bow of the shale gas industry and fracking has been in the media. A series of articles written by Abrahm Lustgarten, a reporter for a non-profit media outfit called – which the American Thinker’s Ed Lasky identifies as a front for the George Soros-affiliated Democratic Alliance ( was funded by billionaire sub-prime mortgage swindlers and Soros confederates Herbert and Marion Sandler... 

The Superhighway to Serfdom

Anthropogenic Global Warming is a Farce

The Sound Of All Hell Breaking Loose: A Lump Of Code In Your Stocking

Steve McIntyre finds something under his tree;

The UK Met Office has released a large tranche of station data, together with code.

Only last summer, the Met Office had turned down my FOI request for station data, saying that the provision of station data to me would threaten the course of UK international relations. Apparently, these excuses have somehow ceased to apply.

Early reviews at Bishop Hill;

Meanwhile, even this extremely limited attempt at openness is not all it seems to be. John G-C has been looking at the code and running it against the data he has. What he has found is that prior to 1855 there was no southern hemisphere data and that when you run the Met Office's newly released code, this shows up as a gap in the graph of the average. But there is no such gap in the actual CRUTEM index. John's conclusion is that what we're looking at is not the actual code used in CRUTEM, but something written especially for public consumption. In light of the scorn that many programmers have been pouring on the quality of the coding standards at CRU, this might suggest that the original code was just too awful to make available for public inspection.

Via Anthony Watts

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ClimateGate: 30 years in the making ( PDF File with great Detail Avaiable)

Mohib Ebrahim has created professional timelines for exhibitions, so it must have seemed only natural to him to want to visually piece together the full timeline of ClimateGate, laying out the analysis, graphs, emails and history of the scandal as revealed by dozens of researchers over the past weeks, months and years.

ClimateGate Timeline

Download The PDF (788k)

There’s a gif version of the poster if you don’t like pdf’s (1.7Mb)

State of Emergency Declared in Oklahoma as Winter Storm Hits (No Global Warming)

Normally not included in AHH, but...

Just wondering...whatever happened to the Freeper Registration numbers..???
The lastest signup today is #344513.

Linux Vendors Need To Get Off the Stick to Compete with Windows

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(Video) Ronald Reagan Telling America Merry Christmas From The White House

[The Economy] There's no going back to where we started

Penetration Even At The Pentagon: Muslim Spies Setting Muslim Policy

The internal threat from Muslim extremists in the military extends to high-level Defense Department aides who have undermined military policy. In fact, one top Muslim adviser pushed out an intelligence analyst who warned of the sudden jihad syndrome that led to the Fort Hood terrorist attack.

An honored guest of the Ramadan dinner at the Pentagon this September was Hesham Islam, who infiltrated the highest echelons of the Ring despite proven ties to U.S. terror front groups and a shady past in his native Egypt.

As senior adviser for international affairs to former deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, Islam ran interference for the Islamic Society of North America and other radical fronts for the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood, the subject of my new book "Muslim Mafia."

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[Abu Hussein] and the First Family Arrive in Hawaii

Why Governor Palin stepped down (and who was behind the attacks)


Time for drastic measures

Breaking: Imam Linked to Ft. Hood Gunman Believed Among 30 Al Qaeda Killed in Ai
FORGET “GOING GALT” — Tucson businesses are fighting back. The Tucson Tea Party seems to have stirred up — or maybe inspired — a hornets’ nest.

OVER AT JOHN ARAVOSIS’ AMERICABLOG: Yawn…another investigation into Wall Street fleecing customers — And surprise, surprise, another tie to the new Obama team. “This same old story gets increasingly old during this administration that talked so much about change. It’s the same old problem involving the same old people who are working as deeply with the Obama administration as they did with the Bush team. Maybe even deeper.” I’ve noticed more and more lefties sounding this theme.

UPDATE: Related, from Tim Cavanaugh:

Why wasn’t I looking for the buried Christmas Eve story? As John Thacker notes in the comments, the Department of the Treasury announced today that it will lift its $400 billion cap on support for the failed GSEs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. More here and here. The Treasury’s press release bears the conveniently bland headline “TREASURY ISSUES UPDATE ON STATUS OF SUPPORT FOR HOUSING PROGRAMS” — because I guess “Merry F’ing Christmas: Your grandchildren will live in penury so we can prop up a bunch of deadbeats and incompetent bankers” was taken long ago.

Yeah, that headline runs every day now, it seems . . .

MICHAEL SILENCE: In TN, stimulus jobs cost $235,912 per person. Good grief. Why not just cut each person a $100,000 check and save a ton? Insufficient opportunities for graft in that approach.

PETER SUDERMAN: The States’ Failed Experiments: “The major provisions of ObamaCare have already been tried. And they don’t look good. "

Thursday, December 24, 2009, 1:30 PM
Jim Hoft

Another stunner from the Obama White House.
BHO and his family will skip Christmas services this year.
Evidently, Rev. Jeremiah G-D AmeriKKKa Wright was not holding services in the DC area tonight.

But they did put up a Christmas Tree…

…Complete with Mao Tse-Tung balls.
Canada Free Press reported:

A writer for TIME magazine reports that the president and his family are not attending Christmas services. Gee, what a surprise! Barack Hussein Obama has consistently shown his lack of understanding of the Holy Bible, his disdain for the spiritual meaning of Christmas (no Nativity crèche in the White House), and his propensity to bow to Muslim leaders.

But the fact is that NO TRUE CHRISTIAN can support abortion and the federal funding thereof. Don’t give me the “representative of the majority” nonsense. Here we sit on the precipice of the massive mountain of federal control of the health care system in America.  The vast majority, liberals included, are against this thievery—yet the arrogance of Washington and the Democratic sleaze presses on in total disregard of the American public it should be serving.

The Constitution is in the shredder and has been since the new administration began moving with Blitzkrieg speed to control the sure and certain enslavement of the people through ungodly spending bills and back room deals in which Representatives and Senators have sold what little soul they might have left.

How can a politician who claims to be a Christian—Catholic, Protestant, or otherwise—truly and with clear conscience vote for federal funding of abortion? The answer is they can’t IF they truly are Christians.

Didn't all you knuckle-dragging Deniers get the memo? A Texas blizzard is due to ......... Global Warming™.

Y2Kyoto: The Warming Outside Is Frightful

In much of the rolling plains of West Texas, a blizzard has never been recorded.

Until now.

h/t (and stay warm!) Ed S.

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Now is the time at SDA when we juxtapose!

June 2008 - "...this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal..."

December 2009 - " least we kind of held ground and there wasn't too much backsliding from where we were."

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Snowy scenes

The Media Lowlights Of 2009
"The tea party movement exposed the bias of liberal journalists to start the year, and ClimateGate did the same to end it.
Climate "scientists" are about as trusted as used-car salesmen or congressmen these days thanks to the beating their profession has taken in the "ClimateGate" scandal. But give the alarmists their due: They know how to hide the decline."

BBC engages in cargo cult science

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Filed under Global Warming Hoax, Media, Science at December 24th, 2009 - 2:30 pm

This is unbelievable. Usually, when some “science” show on TV tries to show some oversimplified experiment that “you can do at home™”, it’s at least some facsimile of what they claim. Some of the details may get muddled up, but gist is basically correct.

Nobel Laureate and all-around smart guy Richard Feynman referred to “almost right” science as cargo cult science. The idea is that some people (I won’t drop any names) treat science like the cargo cultists on the Pacific Islands in WWII, and think that if they can go through the motions of science and technology, that everything will work. Thus, when they saw US military personnel setting up landing fields, and attracting airplanes, they thought all they had to do was set up landing fields, and faux facilities, and the gods would send gifts via the silver birds. Please read the link if you have time; it’s a classic that should be required reading everywhere.

So, not to be outdone by the Islanders, the Beeb puts together a cargo-cult demonstration of the greenhouse effect that would make the Islanders cringe. The video is here (since it’s BBC, and not youtube, I can’t embed the video).

So what’s wrong with this picture? A lot of things. A complete thrashing of all of the experimental issues can be found here. But there’s an elephant in the parlor: this isn’t even remotely like what’s going on in the earth’s atmosphere! Let me explain.

The sun’s surface is approximately 6000 degrees Kelvin. There’s a basic law of physics that says that when an object has a certain temperature, it emits radiation at a certain range of wavelengths according to a series of curves, where the curve depends on the temperature. When you have an object as hot as the sun, very little of the radiation is of the long wavelengths that are absorbed by CO2 or other greenhouse gasses; it’s all very short, and much of it visible (which is why it makes light, and why hot objects glow red).

The greenhouse effect has nothing to do with this short-wavelength radiation coming into the the earth from the sun; it happens after the sun’s rays hit the surface of the earth and warm the surface up. Then the surface of the earth, which is approximately 300 K, re-emits it as the much longer wavelengths that can be absorbed by greenhouse gasses.

Now look at their experiment. What are they using for a radiation source? A 300K surface? No. They’re using an incandescent light bulb, that’s approximately the same temperature as the sun! In other words, they’re shooting radiation at this experimental apparatus that, according to the greenhouse theory, shouldn’t be absorbed by CO2!

These are the geniuses who are teaching “science” to kids. For all you homeschoolers out there, don’t do this at home. You might get a temperature differential, but it won’t be because of the greenhouse effect. It’ll be because of politically correct cargo cult science that leaves so many loose ends dangling, that you get it for other unrelated reasons.

In the words of climatologist Kevin Trenberth (one of the CRUtape letters™ “team”), “this is a travesty”. Yeesh. This is really, really, bad, Boob Beeb.

Alexander Cockburn, to whom you link, is a hard leftist of the worst sort, a dedicated foe of Israel and, if not a solid antisemite himself, host on his site to a number of leftists whose antisemitism matches that of Pat Buchanan, if from a nominally different direction.

It is, therefore, all the more astounding that he would bluntly declare AGW to be the fraud it is.

Electrical Energy, Science, & You

Interesting and easy-to-understand online slideshow about electricity production from conventional sources (coal, nuclear, hydro, and oil) vs. wind-turbines. I knew wind power was silly, but I didn't know just how silly until I watched this show.

Five Decades Of Cooling Ahead

Climate Change: A peer-reviewed study by a respected Canadian physicist blames the interplay of cosmic rays and chlorofluorocarbons for 20th-century warming. The CFCs are now gone, and so is warming — perhaps for the next 50 years.

Much of the nation got a white Christmas this year, some in unprecedented quantities. A record-breaking storm deposited 12 to 30 inches of snow in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Many places set records for the most snow in a single December day as more than 50% of the U.S. was covered by the white stuff.

Scientists (and here we use the word loosely) at Britain's Climate Research Unit may have tried to "hide the decline" in global temperatures, but it's hard to hide two feet of snow. Their motto seems to be the immortal words of Groucho Marx: "Who are you going to believe, me or your own lying eyes?"

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 Obamacare > Dems not worried about post-vote backlash at home
 Decent screed over at anti-idiotarian rotteweiler on this:
When You Eliminate The Impossible; Whatever Remains, However Improbable, Must Be Taken Seriously.
Posted by:  LC Subotai Bahadur, Lord Pao An

Why Conservative Talking boobleheads are WRONG about voter backlash in 2010 - Shameless vanity

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legal plunder

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States Seek Federal Bailout to Replenish Empty Jobless Funds  See above graphic^

U.S. local government pension costs exceeds $530 billion: govern

For 2010, little improvement seen in job market

In sixty years of living I have never before seen an "administration" ( not to mention a media, both press and entertainment ) of such hostility toward business, profits, the rights of individuals and families, getting ahead, or American exceptionalism.

Put another way, we now have an administration and a society by, for, and about the looters and pillagers and plunderers among us.

It is only going to get worse.

"Hope" everybody likes that "change" they voted in to office, because they are about to get it...

"Good and Hard..."

Poll: 2010 could be 'year of the angry white male' redux

Next decade will be the decade from hell! Peter Schiff

Dems Ensure America Will No Longer Be the Last Best Hope of Earth

Time to Suffer for Pro-Life Principles (Letter to Editor)

‘Media drumbeat’ for gun control turns to outrageous blame game (WA)

I don't think these 'treat guns like cars' people have thought it all the way through.

That would mean any State gun license would be good in all 50 states, you could take it anywhere, buy as many as you like, and buy guns as powerful as you like, all without any Federal paperwork at all.

This doesn't mean I endorse 'licensing' gun owners because I don't. One shouldn't need a license to exercise a Constitutionally guaranteed Right.

Feats of Clay, Exposed

"Though the American left and right don't agree on much, they are both now coalescing around the suspicion that Barack Obama's brilliant presidential campaign was as hollow as Tiger's public image -- a marketing scam designed to camouflage either his covert anti-American radicalism (as the right sees it), or spineless timidity (as the left sees it)."

(Philippines) Mayon shoots ash column, major eruption nears (Attention Algore!)

ClimateGate: 30 years in the making
Here's a Christmas present for all you anti-AGW warriors - a massive (94" X 34") timeline chart showing all the CRU e-mails, what they concern, who's involved, etc., etc., etc.  Still being updated, and available as PDF files in a variety of formats for those who with to print it out to get a close look.  Also available as a .gif file.

2,221 posted on 12/25/2009 11:49:09 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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*VIDEO* "I Never Should Have Supported Barack Obama" (a must watch!)

68% Favor Offshore Oil Drilling

Voters Frown on Health Plan Details - Abortion, Proof of Citizenship, Public Option
I just don't know how to call which way things will go, or what- if anything-- we can do, no matter what.

The arrogant behavior tells you a lot about politicians- normally even the worst listen to blocks of voters-- there has to be a reason they are confident they can ignore them.

Maybe it's vote fraud, maybe it's naturalizing 20-36 million illegal aliens ( who will bring along at least one more adult and a few children ), maybe it's realizing that once HealthScare has the power of life & death, people will be beholden and cowed. Maybe it's banking on the pure oppressive nature of the government, which in my opinion is becoming downright fascist.

DamnifIknow, anymore. Miss Emily & I are at sea, trying to figure out how to support ourselves, and survive personally.

I sure hope something turns up, to turn us around, because the direction we are going scares me to near to death....
It just beats the snot out of me, What To Do Next?  The Republicans really are The Stupid ( and cowardly, and corrupt ) Party-- the Dems, Evil, and too clever by half with our American Idol/Survivor! worshipping voters.

Far too many people are content if they get fed, laid, and entertained regularly-- they can't see the train wreck coming when all the bills come due, or "we run out of other people's money..."

In my own family, my wife was a near-fanatical Sarah supporter from the first time she heard her speak ( I had been rooting for her for some time, but never mentioned it )-- her brother?

An O-bot from the start. Businessman, father, not a bad guy, but a middle-aged hippy at heart, he'll never admit his sole reason was "making me feel good about myself by voting for the cool new black dude."

Even he seems to sense something amiss-- at Christmas dinner, he was rambling on about the lack of transparency and "we don't know who the Secretary of State even is...."
( Yeah, I know- can't he read? )
I take this as "realizing I may have been fooled, but I really won't admit it."

Still, two siblings, same family, same educational background-- poles apart.

Much like the damn country.

I wish we could break it up into

1)- Nanny-staters who want the government to take care of them, and
2)- the rest of us, who just want to be left alone-- Hell, I'd embrace the gays & dopers if they were on board with that...

But unfortunately, the former group has to have the latter's money, so it is not likely. Damn it.

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Terrorist Attempt Update: Bomb Was Incendiary, Comprised of Mixed Liquids; Obama Only Notified Three Hours After Incident


AHFF Geoff noticed the WaPo editing its story to help Obama a touch.

First the article read:

A White House official said the incident was an attempted act of terrorism. The FBI is investigating and President Obama, celebrating Christmas in Hawaii, was told of the incident about three hours after the plane landed, officials said.

Well, we can't have Captain Wonderful being mocked like Bush was. So the new sentence:

The FBI is investigating the incident. President Obama, celebrating Christmas in Hawaii, was informed about it, a spokesman said, and he asked his aides to ensure that all measures are in place to provide security for air travel.

Elsewhere in the story they do say...

Obama was alerted to Friday's incident between 9 and 9:30 a.m. in Hawaii, which is five hours behind the East Coast.

...which still works out to a two to two and a half hour delay in informing the Savior of Man, but now they make you work out the math on your own.

I think Obama's people called and demanded the edit, don't you?


A Nigerian man, claiming to be linked to al-Qaeda, allegedly tried to set off an incendiary device aboard a transatlantic airplane Friday as it descended toward Detroit's airport in what the White House called an attempted act of terrorism.

The man was quickly subdued after another passenger leapt on top of him, others on the plane said, and Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam landed safely around 1 p.m. Friday. The suspect was being treated at a hospital for burns he suffered while igniting the device...

The suspect[,] Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab[,] 23, attends University College London, where he studies engineering.

Although not on the TSA's "no-fly" list, Abdulmutallab's name appears to be included in the government's records of terrorism suspects, according to a preliminary review, authorities said.

Abdulmutallab has told federal investigators that he had ties to al-Qaeda and traveled to Yemen to collect the incendiary device and instructions on how to use it, according to a federal counterterrorism official briefed on the case. Authorities have yet to verify the claim, and they expect to conduct several more interviews before they determine whether he is credible, the official said.

Federal authorities have been told that Abdulmutallab allegedly had taped some material to his leg, then used a syringe to mix chemicals with the powder while on the airplane, one official said.

But doing so "caused him to catch on fire," Richelle Keepman, who sat a few rows in front of Abdulmutallab, told WDIV-TV.


Officials described the device as incendiary rather than explosive, pending tests by forensics experts at the FBI. Incendiary devices generally deliver less of an impact than explosive devices.

I blew this story off because Hot Air was reporting that officials were walking it back and calling the device mere "firecrackers."

This seems pretty far from the truth, and it doesn't seem like an error someone would make.

So I'd really like to know who the hell started putting out the word to the media that this was just a matter of some "firecrackers."

AHFF Geoff also notes the three hour gap that went missing in the WaPo piece also shows up in a Politico article:

White House spokesman Bill Burton said President Obama, on vacation in Hawaii, was informed of the incident about three hours after the plane landed.

He (Geoff) points out the possibility of multiple attacks, possibly requiring fast reaction. So why was the President allowed to snooze in Hawaii undisturbed?

I'm trying to not get too partisan about this, but it sure seems to me that this evidences a casualness about terrorist incidents that seems pretty dangerous.

TERRORIST THREAT LEVEL RAISED! All the way from "Don't Worry, Be Happy" to "Hakuna Matada."

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5 Thanks for the update, ace. The right should consider playing the lefts' game of "investigations" into terrorism preparedness, when Obama knew and who else knew what, how/when he reacted...
 Passenger Lights Explosive on Delta Flight
RedDog wrote:
Damned Lutherans run amuck again.

Naw, it's got to be those rowdy Amish, again...

Officials: Possible terror attack on Northwest jet
"This is no small incident. The perp has 3rd degree burns and purposely waited until until over American soil to try to bring down the plane on Christmas day."
Does that mean they're going to increase screening for Muslims, or that they will continue to treat all air travelers as potential terrorists?

/rhetorical question

This is One of The Great Briefs I hold against the Bush administration. ( And yes, I voted for the guy twice )

Instead of creating the vast and worthless Homeland Security bureaucracy, they should have gone to Israel and said "send us you best El Al guys, and show us how it's done."


Muslim Tried To Blow Up Plane To Detroit

December 25th, 2009

From ABC News:

[AP caption: This picture provided by J.P. Karas shows Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on the runway after arriving at Detroit Metropolitan Airport from Amsterdam on Friday, Dec. 25, 2009. A passenger aboard the plane set off firecrackers Friday, causing a commotion and some minor injuries, a Delta official said. Delta and Northwest have merged.]

Man Attempts to Set Off Explosives on Plane

Two Injured in Northwest Airlines Flight from Amsterdam to Detroit

Dec. 25, 2009

Federal officials and police are interviewing a Nigerian man, who allegedly tried to "explode" a powdery substance aboard a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, injuring himself and two other passengers, law enforcement officials said.

The man said he was directed by al Qaeda to explode a small device in flight, over U.S. soil, ABC News has learned. Authorities have no corroboration of that information and the credibility of the suspect’s statements are being questioned, officials said.

"The subject is claiming to have extremist affiliation and that the device was acquired in Yemen along with instructions as to when it should be used," a federal situational awareness bulletin added.

Northwest Airlines flight 253 landed safely in Detroit at 11:53 a.m. The man, whose flight started in Nigeria before stopping in Amsterdam, was taken into custody at the Detroit airport and was interviewed by authorities there. He was then taken to an area hospital to be treated for burns.

Delta spokeswoman Susan Chana Elliott said that "as the plane was getting ready to land" in Detroit "a passenger caused a disturbance" by trying to ignite what was reported to be firecrackers.

The man was "subdued immediately," Elliott said. Northwest is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta.

An in-flight emergency was declared when a fire indicator light when on in the cockpit, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The pilot asked for airport rescue and firefighting services and for law enforcement to meet the flight at gate, the TSA said.

It is unclear how powerful the explosive could have been and what the man’s intentions were. Initial reports were that fireworks or firecrackers had gone off on the plane.

The man suffered second-degree burns, which is consistent with a small fireworks device, police sources said.

Weirdly, the print version of the same ABC News story reads:

Man Attempts to Set Off Explosives on Plane


Dec. 25, 2009—Federal officials and police are interviewing a man, believed to be Nigerian, who allegedly was trying to ignite a powdery substance today aboard a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

Northwest Airlines flight 253 landed safely in Detroit at 11:42 a.m. Only two passengers suffered minor injuries, according to law enforcement officials. The man is in custody at the airport and being interviewed by authorities.

It is unclear how powerful the explosive could have been and what the man’s intentions were. Initial reports were that fireworks or firecrackers had gone off on the plane.

Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Sandra R. Berchtold from the Detroit office confirmed that the FBI was at the airport but would not comment further.

The Transportation Security Administration, which handles aircraft and airplane safety, said it would be issuing a statement on the incident shortly.

The aircraft was an Airbus A330-200, twin jet carrying 178 passengers.

So why would ABC News rewrite it so?


From an disappointed Associated Press:

AP sources: Al-Qaida link in failed plane attack

By Larry Margasak And Lara Jakes, Associated Press Writer

December 25, 2009

WASHINGTON – A Northwest Airlines passenger from Nigeria, who said he was acting on al-Qaida’s instructions, tried to blow up the plane Friday as it was landing in Detroit, law enforcement and national security officials said.

Passengers subdued the man and may have prevented him from detonating the explosives, the officials said.

"We believe this was an attempted act of terrorism," a White House official said.

Federal officials imposed stricter screening measures after the incident.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., ranking GOP member of the House Homeland Security Committee, identified the suspect as Abdul Mudallad, a Nigerian. King said the flight began in Nigeria and went through Amsterdam en route to Detroit. There were 278 passengers aboard the Airbus 330…

One of the U.S. intelligence officials said the explosive device was a mix of powder and liquid. It failed when the passenger tried to detonate it…

All the sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing.

One law enforcement source said the man claimed to have been instructed by al-Qaida to detonate the plane over U.S. soil.

The official said an official determination of a terrorist act would have to come from the attorney general.

The official added that additional security measures are being taken without raising the airline threat level.

The official declined to describe what additional measures law enforcement was taking.

The White House was coordinating briefings for the president through the Homeland Security Department, the Transportation Security Administration and the FBI.

A law enforcement source said the explosives may have been strapped to the man’s body but investigators weren’t immediately certain, partly because of the struggle with other passengers…

President Barack Obama was notified of the incident and discussed it with security officials, the White House said. It said he is monitoring the situation and receiving regular updates from his vacation spot in Hawaii…

"We encourage those with future travel plans to stay in touch with their airline and to visit for updates," Homeland Security Department said in a statement.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has been briefed on the incident and is closely monitoring the situation.

The department encouraged travelers to be observant and aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious behavior to law enforcement officials.

Why didn’t the White House official tell us that the perpetrator is a Muslim?

(Just kidding.)

"...can’t wait for our health care to be managed with this kind of oversight."

It’s getting better; various news sources are saying that the man was listed on the no-fly list.

So much for TSA security. (Remember that even though the plane boarded overseas, TSA is ultimately responsible for the security of all aircraft entering the United States.)

The Wall Street Journal has a great article up now, and doesn’t mince words in its headline:

Midair Bomb Attempt Fails

By Peter Speigel, Cam Simpson and Neal E. Boudette

DETROIT– A passenger on a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight tried to detonate an explosive device that was strapped to his leg and later told investigators that he was trying to blow up the plane and had affiliations with al Qaeda, according to a senior U.S. official.

The passenger was identified by authorities as Abdul Mudallad, a 23-year-old Nigerian national, according to Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican who is the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee.

The device was technologically advanced and potentially devastating, Mr. King said. “This was not a firecracker,” he said.

Stephanie van Herk, a passenger from the Netherlands who was in seat 18B, said the Northwest plane had lowered its landing gear when she heard a loud bang. At first she thought the plane might have gotten a flat tire, but then she said saw a flame leap from the lap of a man sitting in the row behind her in the window seat, 19A.

It was higher than the seat,” said Ms. van Herk, who was traveling to Detroit on route to a vacation in New York.

“Then everyone started screaming. It was panic,” Ms. van Herk, 22 years old, said. She said the flight attendants shouted, “What are you doing? What are you doing?”

Mr. King said the suspect’s name did not appear on any of the terrorist watch lists maintained by U.S. authorities, but that the Nigerian national did turn up “hot” in other terrorism-related databases maintained by intelligence officials.

Mr. Mudallad suffered 3rd-degree burns when the device detonated on approach to Detroit, according to Mr. King. He said none of the other passengers was seriously injured.

The man told investigators that he was given the device by al Qaeda operatives in Yemen, where he was also given instructions on how to detonate it, the U.S. official said.

“This guy claims he is tied to al Qaeda, specifically in Yemen,” the official said. “He claims he was on orders from al Qaeda in Yemen.” …

The article continues:

There’s definitely a terrorist nexus — that’s the term being used by the people I’m talking to in Washington,” Mr. King said following his briefings Friday. He would not say, however, whether there was a direct link to al Qaeda.

Mr. King said authorities were scrambling to find out where a security breach might have occurred. The plane departed from Lagos, Nigeria, and had a stopover in Amsterdam before flying to Detroit, according to Mr. King. He also said there was no intelligence indicating it was part of a wider plot involving other attempted attacks, but that authorities weren’t taking any chances.

So he was able to get it on the plane in Nigeria, and then pass through security in Amsterdam with the device as well.

So much for... airport "security..."

Read the discussion here:

Earlier the BBC had described the event as involving “firecrackers”.


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"Merry Christmas from the Religion of Pieces…er Peace."

"I guess we are really lucky that since January 20, 2009 that there is no such thing as Terrorism, or war on its practicioners. Further that Al Quada is no longer a threat. Otherwise, that might have been yet another “unprecedented” event."

31. Palinista:

2 plots in New York
4 dead policemen in Washington State
servicemen killed in Arkansas recruiting office
14 dead Servicemen and women in Ft. Hood(1 unborn baby)
and today’s attempt to blow a plane

Bravo to the Commies and Muslim lovers in power.

helloooo….at least President Bush kept us safe after 9/11

[A quick review]

“Reid was arrested on the ground while the rest of the passengers were bussed to the main terminal. Authorities later found over 100 grams of plastic TATP and PETN hidden in the hollowed soles of his black basketball shoes…”

Richard Ried

Liquid explosives

Bojinka plot and Ramzi Mohammed Yousef

‘…He talked about the bombs. “Nobody can think that it’s… explosive”, he said, referring to the watches Ramzi Yousef planned to put on the airliners. He said that the nitroglycerin “which even you’ll put in the X-ray, you will never, nobody can” detect it.’

"...eventually they will pull it off as the London bombers proved. "



Recent headlines seem lifted directly out of an Ayn Rand novel. President Obama decries the “fat cat bankers on Wall Street”. Harry Reid attacks insurance companies for making too much profit. House Democrat leaders call Tea Partiers “Racist, Nazi, Gun Nuts”.  How about this nauseating statement made by Army General George Casey after the Muslim terrorist attack on Ft. Hood?

As great a tragedy as this was, it would be a shame if our diversity became a casualty as well

Each of these headlines might well have been uttered by an Ayn Rand character. Rand, whose father’s pharmacy was confiscated by the Soviets during the communist revolution of 1917, and who came to America in 1926, seems uniquely able to speak to us about the inverted morality of our times. Virtue is to be apologized for. Depravity commands respect. Success is cast as evil and punished while failure is blamed on others and rewarded. Rand’s insights into the psychological state of collectivists—those who demand that we sacrifice our individual freedom and happiness for the sake of the state—explain what often seems incomprehensible to thinking people.

Friday, December 25, 2009, 7:10 PM
Jim Hoft

The president feels your pain.
The country is experiencing the worst recession since the Great Depression. The unemployment rate is at a 26 year record high at 10.0%. But, that didn’t stop the Obama family from renting an $8.9 million Hawaiian mansion for the holidays.

HotAirpundit has photos from inside the holiday mansion.

137. Langley:

This might be off topic.

I woke up this Christmas morning to find that my neighbourhood was an armed camp. Obama has come to Kailua. He has rented out three mansions down the road from me.

I can NOT go to the beach in front of my home. There are four navy gun boats in the canal. No one can paddle or sail in the canal. The sub-division in which he has decided to stay is now closed with concrete blocks.

If you do not happen to live in Kailua you get to see the rock star/lifestyles of the rich and egocentric version of the invasion:

Dec 25, 2009 - 2:45 pm 138. Doug:
Friday, December 25, 2009, 4:38 PM
Jim Hoft

Nearly two-thirds of the US was blanketed with snow today.
Ice and snow covered the roads in and around St. Louis this Christmas.

I took this photo on Highway 40 going west near Forest Park. A multi-car pile-up stopped traffic going east-bound around noon today.
KSDK reported:

MoDOT wants to urge drivers to use caution on area roadways this Christmas. Temperatures have dropped Friday causing freezing temperatures and icy road conditions.

Several accidents have caused temporary road closures. Interstate 70 eastbound is closed at Lucas and Hunt for a multi-vehicle crash.

There are several accidents on the Poplar Street Bridge due to ice. MoDOT urges drivers to reduce speed and use caution, especially on bridges and overpasses.

East and Westbound I-64 is closed at McCausland due to a multi-vehicle crash.

2,223 posted on 12/26/2009 2:10:38 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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Is the mandate to buy health insurance constitutional?

Nope- it is tyranny- what happened to "choice?"

Jet fliers tackle bomber: Al Qaeda plot foiled in skies over Mich.

Terror Suspect Abdulmutallab is engineering student at elite London university

Obama monitoring Delta flight firecracker situation (but still catching those waves)

But, but...
they told us it was just a bumper sticker...

CAIR to Target 1 Million on New Years Eve, With Islamic JumboTron ad

Nuclear and Chemical War In The Middle East Because of "Climate Change"

The True Intent of Health "Reform"

Taxes start going up now, Medicare cuts begin after next fall's election, and spending for subsidies commences in five years. The price tag is not the first decade's announced $871 billion cost: It is $2.4 trillion. That's the cost of the tax credits in insurance exchanges, and the additional Medicaid costs the reform generates, over the first 10 years it's fully up and running, according to Congressional Budget Office numbers compiled by Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee.

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

"A Sarah Palin Primer"

2,224 posted on 12/26/2009 3:28:32 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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Routine Turned to Mayhem on Terror Flight

Christmas Day Terror: Man Ignites Explosives on NW Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit

This is just coming down tonight. A Nigerian man who says he was working for Al Qaeda tried to blow up Northwest flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit. Here's the story from the AP:

A Northwest Airlines passenger from Nigeria, who said he was acting on al-Qaida's instructions, set off an explosive device Friday in a failed terrorist attack on the plane as it was landing in Detroit, federal officials said.

Flight 253 with 278 passengers aboard was 20 minutes from the airport when it sounded like a firecracker had exploded, witnesses said. One passenger jumped over others and tried to subdue the man. Shortly afterward, the suspect was taken to a front row seat with his pants cut off and his legs burned.

The White House said it believed it was an attempted act of terrorism and stricter security measures were quickly imposed on airline travel, but were not specified.

Law enforcement officials identified the suspect as Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab. Others had slightly different spellings.

One law enforcement source said the man claimed to have been instructed by al-Qaida to detonate the plane over U.S. soil.

What is particularly freaky is that my dad was on this same flight only eight days ago on a return business trip to Moscow that connected in Amsterdam.

I'm collecting more information right now.

Update: In a report in the Detroit Free Press, Syed Jafry, who was seating three seats in front of the suspect, said that he heard a pop before the device ignited. Also, passengers were the ones who subdued and detained the suspect:

Syed Jafry of Holland, Ohio, who had flown from the United Arab Emirates, said after emerging from the airport that people ran out of their seats to tackle the man.

Jafry was sitting in the 16th row -- three rows behind the passenger -- when he heard "a pop and saw some smoke and fire." Then, he said, "a young man behind me jumped on him."

Jafry said there was a little bit of commotion for about 10 to 15 minutes. The incident occurred during the plane's descent, he said.

He said the way passengers responded made him proud to be an American.

Update II: Belmont Club has a lot of information, too.

Update III: This newest attempted terrorist attack has lit a fire in the belly of an Islamic leader in Detroit, who called for Muslims to cooperate with law enforcement so they can "'stop these maniacs -- who in the name of religion -- pursue these political goals'":

A local Islamic leader said he was disturbed by today's attempted terrorist attack in Detroit and called for Muslims to work with law enforcement to fight terrorism.

"We want to do everything we can to make sure this doesn't happen," said Victor Begg, of Bloomfield Hills, head of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan. "We want to be on the front lines to help law enforcement."

...Begg and the council helped organize an event today where Muslims and Jews worked together to help the needy in metro Detroit on Christmas Day.

"It's really depressing," Begg said of the incident today on the plane. "It sets back all the work we do."

Update IV: The Hill, via Ed Morrissey, reports that his sources tell him that the suspect "was on a list 'indicating significant terrorist connections.'"

As an aside, if you are at all familiar with the Detroit airport, you will know that one of the main traffic routes airplanes take on final go right over a number of neighborhoods and then over I-94. I've driven by the airport a number of times and what makes it so cool is that the planes look so close when they come in for landing that it seems as if you could open your window and reach out and touch them. It's enthralling to see. If this guy had succeeded in blowing up the plane, many people on the ground could have been killed.

"The president is actively monitoring the situation and receiving regular updates. There is currently no change to his schedule,"
Can we say "My Pet Goat," yet?
-Fearless Reader has his own "My Pet Goat" moment--
Homeland Security Advisory System


Mooteekee Bawanga
Simba Simba

Hakuna Matada
Don't Worry, Be Happy
links to video  which demonstrates the 'firecracker' characterization of this alarmingly concealable incendiary device. 
Watch this Video:
How to make a binary explosive or IED

Umaru Mutallab's Son Identified as Delta Airline Bomber

Passenger Describes Heroic Effort to Stop Terrorist Attack on Northwest Flight 253 - Video 12/25/09

How al-Qaeda airline fiend used leg bomb and syringe

Scotland Yard Conducting "Raids in Central London" Connected to Attempted Terror Attack - Video

It Can Happen Here: America's "homegrown" terrorism was made in South Asia.

Kerry of Tehran

From the election period:

John Kerry- some selected, informative links...Click the picture:

Jacksonville City Council's 'no' voter not backing down

Safer Streets 2010: Turning crime around in a single night.

On environment, Obama and scientists take hit in poll

NASA Still Hiding Correlation Between Solar Activity & Temperature [Reader Post - June 2009]

2,225 posted on 12/26/2009 8:42:36 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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Pete Hoekstra:Detroit terror suspect Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab may be connected to Ft Hood shooter

Yet Another Attempted Massacre of Innocents by Muslims

I tried for years to warn people about the dangers militant Islam poses for America, Israel, and the entire West:

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...

Cross The River Burn The Bridge (Mark Steyn On Where We're Headed With Obamacare Alert)

Taxpayer-Funded Abortions: Massachusetts Leads the Way for ObamaCare

Poll: Do you feel better about your prospects for 2010?

Just for the record for anyone on why 2010 will be a tough year.

1) The expiration of the Bush Tax Cuts will raise taxes on all tax payers.

2) The new health plan will be the second tax raise (due to the above). We will pay for 4 years before we even see it.

3) The commercial market bust will happen. Already happening in Vegas. As Vegas goes so does the rest of the country

4) Cap and Trade will pass. Basically another tax increase on energy

5) Legalization of the Illegals. In order to neutralize the conservative vote in 2010. It's already in the works.

6) Carbon tax will happen.

7) The depreciation of the US Dollar due to all the spending in Washington DC. The democrats use to be known as tax and spend. Now they are print (money out of thin air) and spend.

That is what we are looking at right now. Expect to see a continual erosion...

The Mexicanization of American Law Enforcement

Rep. Hoekstra: Attempted airline bombing should 'connect the dots' for Obama

Official: Explosive PETN Used in Attack (Carried in Condom by Suspect?)

PETN was also used to bring down TWA 800...

As was reported here...

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Terrorist Attack - Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab - NorthWest Airlines

NW Bomb Planned by al-Qaeda in Yemen

Suspicious Bags Found on Lufthansa Flight from Iceland

2,226 posted on 12/26/2009 12:28:10 PM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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Keyword database:

Shoebomber index:

IF THE SHOE BOMB FITS: Jules Crittenden on last night’s failed terror attempt.

Plus, the real homeland security kicked in: “Next thing you know everybody was on him.” Nice to see that travelers haven’t forgotten the lessons of 9/11, even if our leaders mostly have.

UPDATE: More here. And further thoughts from Dan Riehl.

Ht HA, Breitbart-Making binary explosives(scary shit):

Evidently he was wearing hot pants.


AL QAEDA FAILED. WHAT ABOUT US? Stewart Baker has ten questions on last night’s attempt.
CATCHING ON A LITTLE BIT LATE: “This Is a Frightening New Side of Barack Obama.”
"Yes, and while some of that rhetoric is over the top, more and more people realize Obama is not what they voted for. Yet thanks to a slobbering media we're stuck with him, for better or worse. And I fear it will mostly be the latter."
"I saw him for who he was and is. This man is a dangerous and bitter individual who is at war with America and now it would seem, America is at war with Obama."

Taking Work Home (Even When Home Means Hawaii)- [FR mentioned]

Obama plays golf in Hawaii with friends

Barack and Islam - simply gut wrenching

Detroit Muslim Calls for Islamic State Within America~Video

Our Culture, What’s Left Of It

Classical Liberalism (It's a good thing)

No statistically significant warming since 1995: a quick mathematical proof

26 12 2009

Physicist Luboš Motl of The Reference Frame demonstrates how easy it is to show that there is: No statistically significant warming since 1995

First, since it wasn’t in his original post, here is the UAH data plotted:


By: Luboš Motl

Because there has been some confusion – and maybe deliberate confusion – among some (alarmist) commenters about the non-existence of a statistically significant warming trend since 1995, i.e. in the last fifteen years, let me dedicate a full article to this issue.

I will use the UAH temperatures whose final 2009 figures are de facto known by now (with a sufficient accuracy) because UAH publishes the daily temperatures, too: Read the rest of this entry »

Steam train rescues stranded passengers in Britain where electric trains failed

25 12 2009

Both my father and grandfather, both of whom had connections to steam locomotives in their life are undoubtedly cheering this story(wherever they are) from the BBC. So am I. Inconveniently, it runs on coal.


In arctic like conditions, Tornado hauls the only train running on time through Britains big freeze - Image: Craig Stretton A1 Steam

Steam train’s snow rescue ‘glory’


Passengers were rescued by a steam locomotive after modern rail services were brought to a halt by the snowy conditions in south-east England.

Trains between Ashford and Dover were suspended on Monday when cold weather disabled the electric rail.

Some commuters at London Victoria faced lengthy delays until Tornado – Britain’s first mainline steam engine in 50 years – offered them a lift.

They were taken home “in style”, said the Darlington-built engine’s owners.

Train services in Kent were hit hard by the freezing conditions at the start of the week. Read the rest of this entry »

"Didn’t know electricity could freeze. ;-)"

"You know, if what you need for a hard-working steam-driven locomotive is a reliable source of heat, but people are worried about the CO2 emissions, you could equip them with a small and simple nuke plant. ;)"

Nearly two thirds of the continental USA gets a white Christmas

25 12 2009

I don’t know if this is a record or not for Christmas coverage, but it is certainly reminiscent of the winter of 1977-78 where we had similar bouts of cold and snow. About 99% of Canada has snow cover also, with some parts of the Pacific Coast excepted, and it appears that all of Canada’s Lakes are frozen as indicated by the “yellow ice” in the photo. Here is the latest (Updated for 12/25/09) from NOAA:

From the  National Operational Hyrdologic Remote Sensing Center here is the satellite snow depth map and the hard data on coverage: Read the rest of this entry »

Yeah, I know weather is not climate, but it's still ironically funny^

2,227 posted on 12/26/2009 3:52:29 PM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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On September 11th 2001, the government’s (1970s) security procedures all failed, and the only good news of the day came from self-reliant citizens (on Flight 93) using their own wits and a willingness to act.

On December 25th 2009, the government’s (post-9/11) security procedures all failed, and the only good news came once again from alert individuals.

Somebody should write something on this phenomenon. Maybe even, you know, a book!

NEWS: Jasper Schuringa ID’d as Flight 253 Hero.

UPDATE: Related thoughts from Randy Barnett.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Byron York: Obama handles Northwest Airlines terror incident differently than Ft. Hood. “The White House wants the public to know that President Obama, on vacation at a luxurious oceanfront home in Hawaii, has received conference call updates and is keeping close tabs on the situation.”

Saturday, December 26, 2009, 4:24 PM
Jim Hoft

It’s an Obama World… Up is down, big is small, losing jobs is creating or saving jobs, and heroes are asked to be seated.

Yesterday, Jasper Schuringa, a video director and producer from Amsterdam, told CNN how he helped the cabin crew to subdue Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old who reportedly ignited a small explosive device on board the plane Friday as it prepared to land in Detroit.
The New York Daily News reported:

Schuringa said he heard a sound that reminded him of a firecracker and someone yelling, “Fire! Fire!”

He saw Abdulmutallab’s pants open and he was holding a burning object between his legs.

“I pulled the object from him and tried to extinguish the fire with my hands and threw it away,” Schuringa said.

He said he then screamed for water and pulled Abdulmutallab out of his seat and dragged him to the front of the plane.

In response to this courageous act of heroism, the Obama Administration enacted new policies today. The new rules will force heroic passengers to stay in their seats for the final hour of their flight before landing.

Related… Founding Bloggers has a downloaded copy of the charges against Abdulmutallab.

UPDATE: Reportedy the terrorist boarded the plane without a passport.
Hat Tip Prisca

CBS News quotes officials who say the Nigerian attempted to blow up a Northwest Airlines plane over Detroit using PETN, whose method of “preparation involves the nitration of pentaerythritol with a mixture of concentrated nitric and sulfuric acid. The preferred method of nitration is the ICI method, which utilizes concentrated nitric acid (98%+) alone, as mixed acid can create unstable sulfonated by-products.”  Pentaerythritol is a crystalline organic compound that can be described as “white powder”, seen in this advertisement. CBS says:

The suspect in the attempted bombing of Northwest Flight 253 used a highly explosive substance called PETN, a law enforcement official told CBS News Saturday. The explosives were carried in a soft plastic container – possibly a condom – though much of the packaging was destroyed in the fire, the official said. …

A high-ranking law enforcement official told CBS News that the suspect apparently used a syringe to inject a chemical into the powder, which was located near his groin. It is a technique not seen in previous attempted attacks and it’s possible that this incident was a test of whether the materials could pass screening and how effective they might be at causing damage, the source said.

This video shows the effects of one third of an ounce of PETN on a small tree.

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3. Alaska Paul:

PETN is an ingredient used in detcord, or Primacord™. It has an extremely high explosive velocity of over 20,000 ft/second. I have used thousands of feet of the stuff connecting various loads in drillholes for blasting. Powerful stuff, and does not belong on planes.

Screening is one thing, but rational profiling will go a long way to lowering the chance of a threat like this.

But, if you really want to minimize the threat of terrorism, then you go after those individuals and organizations promoting our destruction and you take them out with the method appropriate for the situation. You do not need billions to do this. If you want your civilization to survive, you must go on the offensive, and make it clear that those promoting or perpetrating terrorism will be personally hurt. That is the only way you can communicate successfully with psychopaths, who are incapable of empathy.

"Don't Say We're Violent, Or We'll Kill You"  
Religion of Peace keeps a running tally of Islamic terrorist attacks. There are far more of them than you probably realize. Quite remarkably, it required ten pages of screen shots to reproduce Religion of Peace's tally for just the last two months. Here they are; click to enlarge.
JANE HAMSHER: Why I Reached Out to Grover Norquist on Fannie/Freddie.
GIVE ME LIBERTY, or give me social justice. “This week our government chose social justice over liberty. We will get neither.”

IRS AUDITING fewer big businesses, more individuals and small businesses.

And, of course, the occasional disrespectful college administrator!

Saturday, December 26, 2009, 4:44 PM
Jim Hoft

Dear G-d. It’s a done deal and those who value life lost.

Catholic Hospitals have signaled that they back the Senate’s compromise on abortion which will, of course, result in taxpayer funded abortions in this country. This gives the democrats in Congress the excuse they need to vote for Obamacare.
The New York Times reported:

In an apparent split with Roman Catholic bishops over the abortion-financing provisions of the proposed health care overhaul, the nation’s Catholic hospitals have signaled that they back the Senate’s compromise on the issue, raising hopes of breaking an impasse in Congress and stirring controversy within the church.

The Senate bill, approved Thursday morning, allows any state to bar the use of federal subsidies for insurance plans that cover abortion and requires insurers in other states to divide subsidy money into separate accounts so that only dollars from private premiums would be used to pay for abortions.

Just days before the bill passed, the Catholic Health Association, which represents hundreds of Catholic hospitals across the country, said in a statement that it was “encouraged” and “increasingly confident” that such a compromise “can achieve the objective of no federal funding for abortion.” An umbrella group for nuns followed its lead.

The same day, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops called the proposed compromise “morally unacceptable.”

Saturday, December 26, 2009, 11:28 PM
Jim Hoft

After a year of disastrous policies, skyrocketing unemployment numbers, and tripling of the national deficit, the Far Left has finally realized that President Pantywaist sucks as a leader.

The kooks at Fire Dog Lake were looking for some sort of Churchillian “progressive” but wound up with a 21st century Chamberlain instead.

The times call for a leader of Churchillian or Rooseveltian magnitude; what we have instead is a cautious risk-averse manager. Bold progressives must fill the leadership vacuum in order to restore and support a vibrant US middle class…

BHO’s decision to embrace modest stimulus enraged libertarians and conservatives who wanted to let the Free Market reign and disappointed progressive liberals who identified the need for a momentous government employment initiative that would restart and sustain the nation’s economic engine while preparing our infrastructure for the next generation in a changing energy environment.

BHO’s demonstrated personal need to achieve consensus during crisis and his failure to assert bold leadership on economic recovery and employment set the stage for the health care debate. In order to avoid alienating big campaign donors he allowed the playing field to shift to a focus on major health insurers and pharmaceutical companies (with their incestuous big bank brothers and sisters cheering from the sidelines). They were able, with the complicity of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel, to exploit BHO’s self-imposed Christmas 2009 deadline and his apparently congenital aversion to conflict (expressed as the goal of a “bipartisan” bill, which he did not achieve anyway!).

It took a while but the far left has finally figured out that we’re stuck with a ditherer and waffler for president. Instead of a Roosevelt we get Jimmy Carter the sequel.
It’s going to be a long 3 years.

At least Obama still has the state-run media to fluff his pillows.

SNUBBED. I predict it will get much worse.  "Mr. Obama did make history at Copenhagen, but not in the way he expected. It says a great deal about American power and prestige when international leaders go to so much trouble to avoid meeting with the president of the United States. The American Century is over."

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Seniors are America's new Jews

Every Democrat Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signer Has Broken His Pledge Now

George Soros and Obama: enemies of liberty

President Tops Off Day of Golf With Stop at Beach

Michele Bachmann Is Welcome At Tea Parties [She's In A Position Of "Rising Influence"]

2,229 posted on 12/27/2009 2:53:24 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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How much of a failure is Barack Hussein Obama?

by Bob in Breckenridge ( 122 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Economy, Leftists, Politics, Polls, Progressives at December 26th, 2009 - 3:00 pm

History shows he’s in a league if his own.

After listening the hubris and ever-so-obvious narcissism of our man-child President, and his outrageous (and hilarious) claim that the first year of his Presidency deserves a grade of B+, I found yet another great article, from the London Daily Telegraph, that spells out exactly why he’s such a dismal, utter, and complete failure so far.

Why is it I can’t ever find this kind of reporting in our state-controlled media? Of course, this is a rhetorical question that we all know the answer to.

The following is not news to most of us. The mainstream media is no longer interested reporting and investigating the news when it comes to the failed economic policy of the Obama administration.

Of course, when only 7% of his administration have experience in the private sector (that’s not a typo, fyi), such as actually running businesses and creating jobs, this incompetency is easy to understand.

This, of course, means 93% of the morons serving in his administration have only known government or academia as a way to get a paycheck. Here’s a newsflash for them: These failed and tired economic theories and policies never have created a job or solved a problem, and never will.

So is it any wonder that their only answers for creating jobs- Spending money we cannot afford to spend, and raising taxes, have and will continue to fail dismally while putting us further into debt?

Also, the media refuses to show how the lives of real Americans are being affected by the bumbling liberal buffoons in Obama’s administration, and the bumbling duo of liberal buffoons, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, who run the liberal-controlled Congress.

The media are more interested in reporting and setting the agenda of what the Obama administration wants us to think, hear, see, and believe.

That’s not news or the reporting of news, folks. That’s propaganda, pure and simple, worthy of the old state-controlled newspaper Pravda, which laughingly meant “truth”, from the failed and long-gone Soviet Union.

Obama and his dim-witted minions, including the mainstream media, are all Marxists who detest capitalism, which has done more good to lift millions upon millions of people out of poverty, and detest the United States of America, and what has made and makes us the great nation we are, and, God willing, will continue to be.

Obama and his stooges have been such inept and pathetic failures that they have actually managed to make that imbecilic anti-Semite peanut farmer Jimmy Carter and the bungling clowns of incompetence in his administration look competent.

Who would have thought that would be possible, after seeing that train-wreck of an administration have their asses booted back to Georgia as the obvious failures of the highest magnitude that they were, by the American electorate and Ronald Reagan, after four years of mismanaging our economy and country?

Congrats, Obama. You’ve made the the useless look useful. The unprofessional look professional. the inadequate look adequate. The incompetent look competent. Hope you’re proud!

And to think that Obama and the stooges in his administration and in his media have the gall to call Fox News an outlet for GOP propaganda.

They obviously think all Americans are stupid and/or blind to what’s happening. We are not, which is why his approval rating continues its freefall toward oblivion, and a one-term Presidency, thankfully.

Then they also wonder why there’s such a disconnect between what the D.C. crowd and media sees while wearing their rose-colored glasses, undoubtedly supplied by The Zero™ and the equally clueless dimwits in his administration, and what real Americans see in their everyday lives.

Anyway, I’ll climb down off my soapbox, but before I do I hope everyone had a Happy Hannukah and Merry Christmas, and has a happy, prosperous, and safe New Year…Here’s the article. It’s well worth reading-

US voters give Barack Obama an F

By Nile Gardener

Barack Obama gave himself a B+ on Oprah Winfrey’s White House Christmas Special on ABC, but the American public is far less generous. The latest influential Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll of likely US voters gives Obama a thumping 56 percent disapproval rating – an F grade by any measure. 46 percent strongly disapprove of the president’s job performance, while just 25 percent strongly approve. That’s a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21 percentage points, a staggering figure for a president just 11 months into his term of office.

These are historically low approval ratings for a US president, that concur with those released by several other pollsters, including NBC News/Wall Street Journal, who recently reported a 47 percent approval for Obama, and Quinnipiac and Marist, both at 46 percent.

The latest Gallup Survey gives Obama just 50 percent approval, lower than any president in the first December of his first term in the post-war period, with the exception of Ronald Reagan in 1981, at 49 percent, who inherited a country literally brought to its knees by the Carter presidency before later restoring it to greatness. Reagan eventually left office with a 68 percent approval.

At the same stage of their presidencies, George W. Bush polled at 81 percent approval, John F. Kennedy at 77 percent, George H.W. Bush at 71 percent, Dwight Eisenhower at 69 percent, Richard Nixon at 59 percent, Jimmy Carter at 57 percent, and Bill Clinton at 53 percent. Significantly, it wasn’t until his second term that President George W. Bush’s approval ratings began to sink to the levels currently experienced by Obama.

Barack Obama’s health care reform legislation is playing a major part in driving the high negativity ratings. 54 percent of voters surveyed by Rasmussen “believe they will be worse off” if the health care Titanic is approved by Congress, with just 25 percent believing they will be better off. 57 percent of voters now say that “it would be better to pass no health care reform bill this year instead of passing the plan currently being considered by Congress.” As the RealClearPolitics summary of polls demonstrates, the Obama health care plan is hugely unpopular.

The latest Rasmussen Presidential Tracking Poll reflects widespread disenchantment in the United States with the leftward direction Barack Obama is trying to take the country. As recent Gallup surveys have shown, America remains a predominantly conservative nation, with less than a quarter of Americans identifying themselves as liberal. In fact, the United States is shifting even more to the right under Obama, with a significant revival in the strength of the conservative movement. This poll should be a wake-up call for the White House, if it still mistakenly believes that a radical left-wing agenda can be sold to the American people.

Here’s the rest of the story.
Be that as it may, if that plane had disintegrated along its flight path, a lot more people would have died than just the passengers... the "Great Balls of Fire" ( HT: Atlas Shrugs ) terror wannabe should be sucked dry of information ( see "paralyze intercostal muscles" for the technique... ), hung in public, and buried with pigs...

I am dead serious, my gentler Canadian friends...

877 new snowfall records set or tied in the USA in the last week

27 12 2009

And that’s not all, for the week ending Dec 13th, there were 815 new snowfall records set. December 2009 is shaping up to be quite the snowmaker. Here’s a map showing continental USA records:

Continental USA Snowfall Records 12/20/09-12/27/09

Here is the daily count data from NCDC, with links to tabular reports  and source for the snowfall records: Read the rest of this entry »

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First Legal Action Filed Today With EPA CO2 Endangerment Finding Challenged

2,230 posted on 12/27/2009 4:14:31 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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Terrorism? What terrorism, asks media?

Napolitano: No indication of wider plot in botched airline attack (Al Qaeda no longer exists alert)

Don't get around much, do she?

NW Bomb Planned by al-Qaeda in Yemen

Pete Hoekstra:Detroit terror suspect Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab may be connected to Ft Hood shooter

Terror Test-Runs on Airlines? (Describe Test Runs Over the Years)

Guilt by association? 1 in 3 fear punishment (Americans say they see 'chilling' loss of rights)

I keep telling you all what it is...


ObamaCare Passed by Drunks: Senator Max Baucus In A Drunken Tirade On Senate Floor

Gang Violence On The Rise Across The Country

What Do Americans Want?

Nullification of HCR sought in several States

The devil in a red tie

The look on the once strong-man’s face as a massive crowd began to boo during a speech on December 21st, was one of the defining moments of the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe. 


The Climate Change Scam: A Concise Summary (aka A Requiem for Algore)

In the wake of Climategate, common sense deniers like to say that there is lots of other evidence for global warming, in addition to that which has been debunked by the East Anglia whistleblower. Actually, however, the scientific evidence for AGW is remarkably weak. At (Icecap) Lee Gerhard, geologist and reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, sums up the key scientific evidence with admirable brevity:

It is crucial that scientists are factually accurate when they do speak out, that they ignore media hype and maintain a clinical detachment from social or other agendas. There are facts and data that are ignored in the maelstrom of social and economic agendas swirling about Copenhagen. Greenhouse gases and their effects are well-known. Here are some of things we know:

• The most effective greenhouse gas is water vapor, comprising approximately 95 percent of the total greenhouse effect.

• Carbon dioxide concentration has been continually rising for nearly 100 years. It continues to rise, but carbon dioxide concentrations at present are near the lowest in geologic history.

• Temperature change correlation with carbon dioxide levels is not statistically significant.

• There are no data that definitively relate carbon dioxide levels to temperature changes.

• The greenhouse effect of carbon dioxide logarithmically declines with increasing concentration. At present levels, any additional carbon dioxide can have very little effect.

We also know a lot about Earth temperature changes:

• Global temperature changes naturally all of the time, in both directions and at many scales of intensity.

• The warmest year in the U.S. in the last century was 1934, not 1998. The U.S. has the best and most extensive temperature records in the world.

• Global temperature peaked in 1998 on the current 60-80 year cycle, and has been episodically declining ever since. This cooling absolutely falsifies claims that human carbon dioxide emissions are a controlling factor in Earth temperature.

• Voluminous historic records demonstrate the Medieval Climate Optimum (MCO) was real and that the "hockey stick" graphic that attempted to deny that fact was at best bad science. The MCO was considerably warmer than the end of the 20th century.

• During the last 100 years, temperature has both risen and fallen, including the present cooling. All the changes in temperature of the last 100 years are in normal historic ranges, both in absolute value and, most importantly, rate of change.

Contrary to many public statements:

• Effects of temperature change are absolutely independent of the cause of the temperature change.

• Global hurricane, cyclonic and major storm activity is near 30-year lows. Any increase in cost of damages by storms is a product of increasing population density in vulnerable areas such as along the shores and property value inflation, not due to any increase in frequency or severity of storms.

• Polar bears have survived and thrived over periods of extreme cold and extreme warmth over hundreds of thousands of years extremes far in excess of modern temperature changes.

• The 2009 minimum Arctic ice extent was significantly larger than the previous two years. The 2009 Antarctic maximum ice extent was significantly above the 30-year average. There are only 30 years of records.

• Rate and magnitude of sea level changes observed during the last 100 years are within normal historical ranges. Current sea level rise is tiny and, at most, justifies a prediction of perhaps ten centimeters rise in this century.

The present climate debate is a classic conflict between data and computer programs. The computer programs are the source of concern over climate change and global warming, not the data. Data are measurements. Computer programs are artificial constructs.

Public announcements use a great deal of hyperbole and inflammatory language. For instance, the word "ever" is misused by media and in public pronouncements alike. It does not mean "in the last 20 years," or "the last 70 years." "Ever" means the last 4.5 billion years.

For example, some argue that the Arctic is melting, with the warmest-ever temperatures. One should ask, "How long is ever?" The answer is since 1979. And then ask, "Is it still warming?" The answer is unequivocally "No." Earth temperatures are cooling. Similarly, the word "unprecedented" cannot be legitimately used to describe any climate change in the last 8,000 years.

SCOTT adds: The direct link to Gerhard's piece is (here).


2,231 posted on 12/27/2009 8:21:28 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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Another Nigerian Man Arrested In New Disturbance On Detroit Flight

White House Warns Foes on Terror Politics (Tough Talk for GOP, Candy Kisses for Terrorists)

Officials: Only A Failed Detonator Saved Northwest Flight

...Man accused of attempt to blow up plane was sent on mission by terror leaders.

Video clip warned of terror attack

In the December 21 video posted on extremist websites affiliated with al Qaida, a bearded man in head-dress, identified as Mohammed al-Kalwi, says: "We are carrying a bomb to hit the enemies of God...

Fire Napolitano

"The System Worked" - Film of Napolitano Shucking and Jiving


2,232 posted on 12/27/2009 2:55:34 PM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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OUTCRY: “Napolitano should quit.” “I watched her on three shows and each time she was more annoying, maddening and absurd than the pevious appearance. It is her basic position that the ’system worked’ because the bureaucrats responded properly after the attack. That the attack was ‘foiled’ by a bad detonator and some civilian passengers is proof, she claims, that her agency is doing everything right. That is just about the dumbest thing she could say, on the merits and politically. I would wager that not one percent of Americans think the system is ‘working’ when terrorists successfully get bombs onto planes (and succeed in activating them).”

UPDATE: More from an Obama voter: “Now, I know they are mopping up after a failure, and there is reason to want to portray the attack as coming out of the blue and unconnected to anything that should have been the subject of close monitoring, but — damn — I hope they are doing a better job than they look like they are doing. And if they don’t look like they’ve been doing a good job, then they aren’t even doing a good job of mopping up after their failure.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Obama Voter: “Yes, I’m sorry.”

MORE: Andy McCarthy:

The people now in charge of our government believe Clinton-era counterterrorism was a successful model. They start from the premise that terrorism is a crime problem to be managed, not a war to be won. Overdone “war on drugs” rhetoric aside, we don’t try to “win” against (as in “defeat”) law-enforcement challenges. We expect them to happen from time to time and to contain, but never completely prevent, the damage.

Here, no thanks to the government, the plane was not destoyed, and we won’t get to the bottom of the larger conspiracy (enabling the likes of Napolitano to say there’s no indication of a larger plot — much less one launched by an international jihadist enterprise) because the guy got to lawyer up rather than be treated like a combatant and subjected to lengthy interrogation. But the terrorist will be convicted at trial (this “case” tees up like a slam-dunk), so the administration will put it in the books as a success … just like the Clinton folks did after the ‘93 WTC bombers and the embassy bombers were convicted. In their minds, litigation success equals national security success.

It is a dangerously absurd viewpoint, but it was clear during the campaign that it was Obama’s viewpoint. The American people — only seven years after 9/11 — elected him anyway. As we learn more painfully everyday, elections matter.

Indeed they do.

Plus, “Janet, you’re doin’ a heck of a job.”

11 Yesterday I posted a thought about how the next step would be for all passengers to be placed under general anaesthetic.
Doesn't seem so unlikely now.
This whole fiasco is all the proof anyone needs to understand that about 52% of our voters have literal sh*t for brains. Reap what you sow, 52 Percenters. You wanted a government with a pretty face, correct skin color, and no experience or "cynical" attitudes about the world?
Enjoy the suck.
12 Maybe Obama should stop golfing at this point. Just for the symbolism, ya know.

Clown alert: Janet Napolitano says the “system worked”

December 27, 2009 01:31 PM by Michelle Malkin50 Comments | 5 Trackbacks

Obama’s biggest joker.

Breaking: Second Nigerian on Detroit-bound flight arrested; Update: “Stomach problems”

December 27, 2009 02:40 PM by Michelle Malkin43 Comments


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Rep Pete Hoekstra blinks out a message to the public by raising a series of loaded questions in a Fox News interview.

  • Has the al-Qaeda franchise in Yemen made a strategic decision to attack the United States?
  • The Ft Hood shooter was also connected to Yemen, “is there a pattern”?
  • Is US intelligence failing to connect the dots?
  • Is the White House stonewalling on inquiries by the House?
  • Is al-Qaeda evolving techniques to “get [weapons] into other environments where they can do significant damage”?


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44. AWM:

I listened to some “Liberal” radio the other day on Sirius.

Yep, military cuts, they are coming. All to balance the budget, so higher taxes too, see the deficit will be the next big crisis (and they did a pretty good job manufacturing that crisis too).

These guys went on and on about how “worthless” a bomb is, how it’s resources wasted, and if it even is used it destroys resources.
EVIL EVIL EVIL, that’s the military industrial complex. It needs to be eliminated, like all those strategic weapon platforms we waste all that money on. Maybe that’s why Obama has cut off funding the maintenance and upgrades.
And of course they scrapped the F22, and next the F35, just think of all the social programs you could feed with that money. All the hunger, all the homelessness, all the illness, why you could fix it ALL if you just scrapped the whole military.
It’s a one world revolution, we don’t need any of these “security” items now.
We could ensure permanent poverty and government dependency with all that money!

They used Eisenhour’s 1953 “Chance for Peace” speech for some of their arguments.
” Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.

This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals.

It is some 50 miles of concrete highway. We pay for a single fighter with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.”

YEP, it’s criminal to continue any production of war making weapons.
We must outlaw all guns, ammo, and even remove such evil evices from our security forces, police, and the like.
I guess it’ll end up being Obama’s “Civilian Security Force” (AKA ACORN with our confiscated weapons)that will be the only ones armed.

When Obama does pass legislation for us to turn our guns and ammo in, it’ll be ACORN and SEIU that will be “collecting” them.

47. Batman:

RE: AWM @44 — You have identified the invisible subtext for why it is “advantageous” to encumber the economy with cap and trade and health care “reform” and stimulus packages, all of which will reduce GDP and divert resources to more and more entitlements. If we impoverish the economy it will be easier to argue that we can’t afford our expensive military.

RE: LOTM and others — The bad guys are probing and probing and probing for weaknesses. If one puts one’s mind to it, one can surely think of many low tech ways of causing enormous chaos. The Mumbai style is merely one. Destroying freeway interchanges, major hospitals, shopping malls — these are but a few of the key low tech vulnerabilities.

And just BTW?
While idiots endanger our country, and drive it into ruin, Iran catches fire...

LIVE-BLOGGING the Ashura protests in Iran.

More here.

UPDATE: Still more from Gateway Pundit. And lots of pictures being posted at TwitPic. (Bumped).

ANOTHER UPDATE: Meanwhile, a clandestine operation is underway.


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Videos posted on Sunday, December 27, 2009 15:07:53  (hat tip sonrise57)

security forces being stormed

the people rise up


and more

my life is only for iran they chant

Nation-wide strike starting tomorrow.Tweet it.

VIdeo: Regime car on Fire

Constantly updating this post. This will be on the top of the blog. Scroll for newer posts:

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Read my June editorials on Obama and Iran in the American Thinker:

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“Good news. We have captured Tehran. We are going to bring Ahmadinejad down and once again our nations can unite in their battle against fundamentalists. We are about to free Iran. Pray for us.” (Reza in Tehran)

Pandemonium as clashes continue in Tehran for 2nd day as protesters defy Islamic Government (more) Eyewitness reports and opposition websites say Security forces fired on the crowds in several places, wounding many, killing at least four eleven that we know of.

The worst president at the worst of times. We are in Middle East. Let's help these people. We should arm them, We should go in and de-nuke the mullahs. No, instead we are trying Islamic jihad in Gaza and givign them billions.

These people will win. They have right on their side. They wull never forgive us, leaders of the free world, for abandoning them as they were slaughtered. This is a terrible stain on the glory that was once a proud and glorious America.But then again, so is this president.


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Most photos thanks to madayar

Deaths reported amid chaos and violence in Iran

>Reporting from Tehran and Beirut - The Iranian capital erupted in massive and fiery morning-to-dusk protests today as tens of thousands of demonstrators clashed with security forces on the occasion of an important Shiite Muslim holiday.

Several witnesses told The Times that Iranian security forces opened fire with live ammunition against unarmed protesters near College Bridge in in the capital. And opposition news websites reported that several protesters had been killed, including Ali Mousavi, the adult nephew of opposition figurehead Mir-Hossein Mousavi.

Reformist websites said he was shot and taken to a Tehran hospital, where his uncle and other relatives soon arrived.

The information could not be independently confirmed, and a police source denied that protesters had been killed in a comment to the pro-government Fars News Agency.

But a witness in front of City Theater in downtown Tehran said she saw a fallen man, apparently stabbed in the back, and spotted another man falling to the ground after a volley of shots was fired near Enghelab Street, which emerged as the epicenter of the day's clashes.

The reports of deaths came during a harrowing day of multiple, rolling clashes between police and Iranian protesters coinciding with an important Ashura religious commemoration as well as the significant seventh day of mourning following the death of the country's leading dissident cleric, Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri.

Reformist websites and witnesses also reported clashes in the cities of Qom, Esfahan, Najafabad, Kashan, Shiraz, Babol and Mashhad.

Demonstrators vowed to continue the protests into the night, with reformist news websites identifying key Tehran squares for gatherings.

"There is no let-up," said Farzad, a 30-year-old who attended today's protests with his girlfriend. "We will go ahead until we topple the government."

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Across the capital, witnesses described scenes of pandemonium, which were confirmed by video footage posted online. One described Tehran as a war zone, and another likened the situation to open "civil war" as increasingly bold demonstrators took on security forces, in one case stripping a member of the security forces naked before letting him go, a witness said.

Despite a heavy crackdown, the protest movement that emerged from Iran's disputed June 12 presidential election has grown increasingly daring, with those who want abolition of the Islamic Republic increasingly vocal.

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Protesters had vowed for weeks to turn today's annual Ashura commemoration marking the 7th century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, grandson of the prophet Muhammad, into an anti-government demonstration.

The green-themed protest movement sought to meld its cry of injustice with the emotionally powerful narrative of Imam Hussein, whom Shiites believe was unjustly robbed of his throne as the leader of the faithful when he was cut down in battle by the Yazid on the fields outside Karbala, in what is now southern Iraq.

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"This is a month of blood," they chanted. "Yazid will be defeated!" "We will fight, we will die, we will get our country back!" the protesters yelled out, holding ribbons of green.

Black plumes of smoke could be seen rising from downtown Tehran. Video posted online showed protesters beating pro-government militiamen as their motorcycles burned in the background. Helicopters hovered in the skies.

Protesters built fires in trash cans to ward off the effects of tear gas. Witnesses described running street battles between plainclothes and uniformed security officers and demonstrators, some throwing stones, in more than a dozen Tehran localities.

At Enghelab Square, a police car was set ablaze, and protesters set fire to motorcycles belonging to riot police in various locales.

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Meeting bullets with sheer will

The wail of ambulance sirens could be heard all over the city. Car horns honked on expressways as motorists created traffic jams in an effort to prevent security forces from moving freely. Drivers on nearby streets leaned on their horns and flashed "V" hand signs despite the heavy presence of police deployed around main squares. Passengers on buses could be heard chanting slogans.

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An Iranian protester holds stones as he stands opposite security forces in Tehran. (AFP / Getty Images / December 27, 2009)

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Video: Mousavi Nephew Dies in Streets of Tehran

UPDATE: Security forces beating women.

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Iran 12/21/09


Euro-Med: No, it's not a drug, but it might kill you

Geert Wilders in a speech he made in the US last year:

The Europe as you know it from visiting, from your parents or friends is on the verge of collapsing. We are now witnessing profound changes that will forever alter Europe's destiny and might send the continent in what Ronald Reagan called "a thousand years of darkness".

Been to Europe lately? Thought it was bad? You ain't seen nothing yet. The passage of the Lisbon Treaty, hailed by President Moebama, nailed the coffin shut on national sovereignty. The people of Europe fought it but were overwhelmed by their political elites and the loss of American leadership in a marxist, collectivist US President. Lisbon Treaty II. The Face of Dictatorship: EU Preparing for Armed Gendarmerie Against Treaty-disobedient Populations

The reason why Americans have to care is because this global gobbledygook is coming to America.

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UH OH: “Like any good progressive, I’ve gone from admiration to hope to disappointment to anger when it comes to this president. Now I’m fast getting to rage.”
"Hey did you hear about the iconic African-American guy who plays golf, and whose relationship with the public is in a free-fall lately?
No, as a matter of fact I'm not talking about Tiger Woods.
You know, I've really been trying not to write an article every other week about all the things I don't like about Barack Obama.  But the little prick is making it very hard..."
 Anti-Americanism: They Still Don’t Love Us.
DETROIT TERROR ATTACK “a major intelligence failure.”
“Complete and total beclownment.”

What happened to “man-caused disasters”? I thought that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told us that we weren’t going to call it terrorism anymore?

"Napolitano is a complete and utter failure. Which makes her perfect for this administration."

"Clown Janet is at best a worthless parasite, and at worst a clear and present danger to the Republic..."

"Next time you think elections don't matter, remember Detroit..."

Model City

Video of Detroit at link...

h/t Dr. Roy

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OUCH: “The first year of Barack Obama’s presidency. It’s not good when you find yourself repeating the phrase, ‘Yeah I voted for him, what’s it to you?’”

Bush's Fault TM!


Sunday, December 27, 2009, 6:31 PM
Jim Hoft

This is truly just pathetic.
The Obama White House found a way to blame Bush for the Detroit Christmas Day terror attempt.
Verum Serum reported:

Robert Gibbs and Secretary Napolitano made clear that we are pressing ahead with securing our nation against threats and our aggressive posture in the war with al Qaeda. We are winding down a war in Iraq that took our eye off of the terrorists that attacked us, and have dramatically increased our resources in Afghanistan and Pakistan where those terrorists are. We are putting the pressure on al Qaeda worldwide with all elements of American power, and key al Qaeda leaders have been taken out in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Gibbs also made clear the President refuses to play politics with these issues. As he said in West Point, we must put aside petty politics and recapture the unity that we had after 9/11.

Lastly, Gibbs and Secretary Napolitano announced that the president has asked that the policies and procedures that have been in place the last several years related to watch-listing and all information available on the suspect be reviewed.

Blaming Bush for this flub was a stretch even for Obama.
But, it surprises no one.

Flashback: Charlie Foxtrot predicted this would happen.

"So basically, we are stimulating the government bureaucracy."

If this doesn't tell the tale and piss you off then quite frankly, you're part of the damned problem:

The Dallas Morning News has the story that best exemplifies the $787,000,000,000 economic stimulus.

"AUSTIN - The state received millions of federal dollars from the economic-stimulus package to help poor Texans cut their energy bills, but by the end of last month, just seven homes had been weather-treated under the program. The state has spent $1.8 million of $163 million available over the past four months, with most of it going to administrative costs, such as the salaries of state workers," the Dallas Morning News reported.

So basically, we are stimulating the government bureaucracy.

The government is spending $271,000 per home to winterize it. Wouldn't it be cheaper to buy each shack and give the homeowner some repo'd three bedroom ranch?

The people who voted for this monstrosity need to pay a price... a steep one.


Sunday, December 27, 2009, 5:25 PM
Jim Hoft

Obama and Democrats tripled the national deficit in less than one year with their $787 billion failed stimulus.

Obama increased the national debt to $12 Trillion.
And he nearly doubled the unemployment rate from the Bush years since his failed Stimulus Plan was passed.

For the first time a plurality of Americans believe the Pelosi-Obama trillion dollar Stimulus boondoggle hurt the economy rather than helped it.
Rasmussen reported:

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 30% of voters nationwide believe the $787-billion economic stimulus plan has helped the economy. However, 38% believe that the stimulus plan has hurt the economy. This is the first time since the legislation passed that a plurality has held a negative view of its impact.

The number who believe that the stimulus plan has hurt the economy rose from 28% in September, to 31% in October, and 34% in November before jumping to 38% this month. The week after the president signed the bill, 34% said it would help the economy, while 32% said it would hurt.

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Food bank visits go up in affluent American suburb

Ahh, Ø-BaNomics!

Is there anything it can't do?

A decade of high unemployment is looming

You wanted “change” America.

You got it.

California: Running Dry

Mark Landsbaum: California now hobbled; global warming alarmism an all-purpose tyranny

Obama's Buddy Chavez Threatens to Nationalize Car Industry: Chávez vs. Toyota

After the Bailouts, Washington's the Boss

I keep telling you all what it really is...


Iran Roiled, Crowds Burn Banks, Police Station; Chanting against Theocrat Khamenei;(Cropped)

"Iranian protesters for freedom, we don’t have time for you, our Dear  Ø is out playing golf.

Try rebelling in another 3 years or so. Very busy."

Iranian Protesters Are Dying For Freedom – Where Is Barack Obama?

It’s muslim vs muslim. The sorry assed bastard doesn’t know which side to support.

Percy Sutton dies; His Obama revelation omitted from obituaries

Cancer kids stuck in filthy, rundown rooms Comin' soon via DeathScare...

Winning Quotes in the MRC's Best of NQ Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting

The winning quotes in the MRC's “Best Notable Quotables of 2009: The Twenty-Second Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting.” As announced in a CyberAlert Special last Monday, the awards issue was posted, with videos, on Monday, December 21, but following tradition, today, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday -- the last weekdays of the year --'s BiasAlert and corresponding CyberAlert e-mail newsletter will run the winning quotes followed on succeeding days by the runners-up.

The page linked above also has links to download a PDF version or the text of the entire issue in MS Word, OpenOffice Writer or WordPerfect formats.

The Media Research Center's annual awards issue provides a compilation of the most outrageous and/or humorous news media quotes from 2009 (December 2008 through November 2009).

To determine this year’s winners, a panel of 48 radio talk show hosts, magazine editors, columnists, editorial writers, and media observers each selected their choices for the first, second and third best quote from a slate of five to eight quotes in each category. First place selections were awarded three points, second place choices two points, with one point for the third place selections. Point totals are listed in the brackets at the end of the attribution for each quote. Each judge was also asked to choose a “Quote of the Year” denoting the most outrageous quote of 2009.

The MRC’s Michelle Humphrey, Karen Topper and Kristine Lawrence distributed and counted the ballots, then produced the numerous audio and video clips that accompany the Web-posted version. Rich Noyes and Brent Baker assembled this issue and Brad Ash posted the entire package on the MRC’s Web site. In addition to Rich and Brent, back in November Tim Graham and Geoffrey Dickens helped select the quotes for the ballot and think up category titles.

The list of the judges, who were generous with their time, is posted online and listed below after the winning quotes.

Now, the winning quotes in the 17 award categories (see the “Best Notable Quotables of 2009” pages for video clips of each quote):

The Coronation of the Messiah Award for Fawning Inaugural Coverage

“We know that wind can make a cold day feel colder, but can national pride make a freezing day feel warmer? It seems to be the case because regardless of the final crowd number estimates, never have so many people shivered so long with such joy. From above, even the seagulls must have been awed by the blanket of humanity.”
— ABC's Bill Weir on World News, January 20. [66 points]

Master of His Domain Award for Obama Puffery

“The legislative achievements have been stupendous — the $789 billion stimulus bill, the budget plan that is still being hammered out (and may, ultimately, include the next landmark safety-net program, universal health insurance). There has also been a cascade of new policies to address the financial crisis — massive interventions in the housing and credit markets, a market-based plan to buy the toxic assets that many banks have on their books, a plan to bail out the auto industry and a strict new regulatory regime proposed for Wall Street. Obama has also completely overhauled foreign policy, from Cuba to Afghanistan. ‘In a way, Obama's 100 days is even more dramatic than Roosevelt's,' says Elaine Kamarck of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. ‘Roosevelt only had to deal with a domestic crisis. Obama has had to overhaul foreign policy as well, including two wars. And that’s really the secret of why this has seemed so spectacular.’”
Time's Joe Klein in the magazine's May 4 cover story on Barack Obama's first 100 days as President. [100 points]

The Crush Rush Award for Loathing Limbaugh

“The type of female that does like Rush is the same type of woman that falls in love with prisoners. You know what I mean? They like Richard Ramirez or — Squeaky Fromme is a good example. I think Charles Manson’s — Eva Braun, Hitler’s girlfriend. That is exactly the type of woman that responds really well to Rush. And there will be some Eva Brauns, Squeaky Frommes out there that will respond really well to this cattle call right now.”
— Actress/activist Janeane Garofalo on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, February 26. [59 points]

Damn Those Conservatives Award

“The Republicans lie! They want to see you dead! They’d rather make money off your dead corpse! They kind of like it when that woman has cancer and they don’t have anything for her.”
— Ed Schultz, host of MSNBC's The Ed Show, September 23. [57 points]

The Poison Tea Pot Award for Smearing the Anti-Obama Rabble

CNN analyst David Gergen: “Republicans are pretty much in disarray....They have not yet come up with a compelling alternative, one that has gained popular recognition. So-”
Anderson Cooper: “Teabagging. They’ve got teabagging.”
Gergen: “Well, they’ve got the teabagging....[But] Republicans have got a way — they still haven’t found their voice, Anderson. They’re still — this happens to a minority party after it’s lost a couple of bad elections, but they’re searching for their voice.”
Cooper: “It’s hard to talk when you’re teabagging.”
— CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, April 14. “Teabagging” is a vulgar slang term for a certain variety of oral sex; Cooper later apologized. [65 points]

Spread the Wealth Award for Socialist Sermonizing

“Why not just nationalize the banks?...People are angry. There’s so much taxpayer money going into the banks. Why shouldn’t the government — why shouldn’t you just fire the executives who wrecked these banks in the first place and tanked the world’s financial system in the process?”
— ABC's Terry Moran interviewing President Obama for Nightline, February 10. [53 points]

Long Live Camelot Award for Lionizing Ted Kennedy

“Mary Jo wasn’t a right-wing talking point or a negative campaign slogan....We don’t know how much Kennedy was affected by her death, or what she’d have thought about arguably being a catalyst for the most successful Senate career in history....[One wonders what] Mary Jo Kopechne would have had to say about Ted’s death, and what she’d have thought of the life and career that are being (rightfully) heralded. Who knows — maybe she’d feel it was worth it.”
Discover magazine deputy web editor Melissa Lafsky, who formerly worked on the New York Times’s Freakonomics blog, writing at the Huffington Post, August 27. [107 points]

The Half-Baked Alaska Award for Pummeling Palin

CNN's Jack Cafferty: “Here’s the question: ‘Would you rather listen to a speech by Sarah Palin or a speech by Newt Gingrich?’ Go to CNN — or would you rather just stick needles in your eyes? [Over loud laughter off-camera from a man other than Cafferty, presumably Blitzer] Go to and you can post a comment on my blog. I forgot about the third option.”
Anchor Wolf Blitzer: “What do you think, Jack? You want to listen to Palin or Gingrich deliver a speech?”
Cafferty: “I’m not interested in listening to either one of them.”
— Exchange on CNN’s The Situation Room, June 9, talking about Palin and Gingrich’s appearance at a Republican fundraiser the previous evening. [53 points]

The Un-Fairness Doctrine Award for Slamming Media Conservatives

“Let me be precise here: Fox News peddles a fair amount of hateful crap. Some of it borders on sedition. Much of it is flat out untrue. But I don’t understand why the White House would give such poisonous helium balloons as Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity the opportunity for still greater spasms of self-inflation by declaring war on Fox....The best antidote to their garbage is elegant, intelligent governance.”
Time’s Joe Klein on the magazine’s “Swampland” blog, October 23. [62 points]

Let Us Fluff Your Pillow Award for Obsequious Obama Interviews

“You’re so confident, Mr. President, and so focused. Is your confidence ever shaken? Do you ever wake up and say, ‘Damn, this is hard. Damn, I’m not going to get the things done I want to get done, and it’s just too politicized to really get accomplished the big things I want to accomplish’?”
— CBS’s Katie Couric in an exchange with Obama shown on The Early Show, July 22. [92 points]

Barry’s Big Brain Award for Journalists Bedazzled by Obama’s Brilliance

“I like to say that, in some ways, Barack Obama is the first President since George Washington to be taking a step down into the Oval Office. I mean, from visionary leader of a giant movement, now he’s got an executive position that he has to perform in, in a way.”
— ABC Nightline co-anchor Terry Moran to Media Bistro’s Steve Krakauer in a February 20 “Morning Media Menu” podcast. [82 points]

The Audacity of Dopes Award for Wackiest Analysis of the Year

“Reagan [at the 1984 D-Day commemoration] was all about America, and you talked about it. Obama is, ‘We are above that now. We’re not just parochial, we’re not just chauvinistic, we’re not just provincial. We stand for something.’ I mean, in a way, Obama’s standing above the country, above — above the world. He’s sort of God. He’s going to bring all different sides together.”
Newsweek’s Evan Thomas to host Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball, June 5. [79 points]

The Obamagasm Award for Seeing Coolness In Everything Obama Does

Correspondent John Harwood: “He had this fly that was persistently buzzing around him....He swatted his hand and he said, ‘I got the sucker.’ He threw it onto the ground. It was a, you know, Dirty Harry ‘make my day’ moment.”...
MSNBC anchor David Shuster: “Amazing...An amazing interview....It never fails — great weather, rainbows, incredible speeches, and three-point basket. A fly and he nails it. Unbelievable. Unbelievable.”
— Exchange on MSNBC after Harwood’s CNBC interview with President Obama concluded, June 16. [76 points]

Michelle, the Media Belle Award

Correspondent Dawna Friesen: “Her husband is, of course, the big star of the show, but this is Michelle Obama’s first foray on to the global stage as First Lady. And you can bet that her every move, her every fashion decision will be dissected and analyzed, especially when the couple go to meet the Queen. But she’s got a lot of good will on her side.”
Video of Michelle Obama as Andy Williams sings: “You’re just too good to be true/Can’t take my eyes off of you.”
Friesen, as song continues playing in background: “Ask the British about Michelle Obama, and you’ll hear a lot of what you hear in the States.”
Woman on the street: “Oh, I think she’s really cool. She’s got a lot of really good styles. It makes a change from politicians’ wives to look good.”
Man on the street: “She looks supportive and that’s what a man needs in life.”
Second man: “I have been totally stunned at the awesome nature of Michelle Obama.”...
Friesen: “Then there’s those arms, the envy of a lot of British women....”
— NBC’s Today, March 31. [66 points]

Media Hero Award

“I’m honored to be joined today by the Godfather of Green, the King of Conservation: Former Vice President Al Gore.”
— Katie Couric opening her November 2 “@KatieCouric” webcast. [69 points]

The Barbra Streisand Political IQ Award for Celebrity Vapidity

Actor Denis Leary: “I do have to say that I think that President Obama is the greatest President in the history of all of our Presidents, and that he can do no wrong in my book. So how’s that for prejudice on the Democratic side?”...
Fill-in host Joy Behar: “What do you think of Obama’s pick of Sotomayor?”
Leary: “Fantastic!”
Behar: “You love her?”
Leary: “Everything you ask me about President Obama I’m just going to say it’s the greatest thing ever. I love the guy!”
— Exchange on CNN’s Larry King Live, May 29. [53 points]

Quote of the Year

“Mary Jo wasn’t a right-wing talking point or a negative campaign slogan....We don’t know how much Kennedy was affected by her death, or what she’d have thought about arguably being a catalyst for the most successful Senate career in history....[One wonders what] Mary Jo Kopechne would have had to say about Ted’s death, and what she’d have thought of the life and career that are being (rightfully) heralded. Who knows — maybe she’d feel it was worth it.”
Discover magazine deputy web editor Melissa Lafsky, who formerly worked on the New York Times’s Freakonomics blog, writing at the Huffington Post, August 27.

Baucus: Was He Drunk, Or Is He Stupid?

Flight 253 and Counterterror’s Epic Fail

Detroit explosive common, easily detectible

Unfortunately, easy to make
plans readily available on the Internet...

A Look At The Security Around Obama's $8.9 Million Hawaiian Getaway (Photos + Video)

Unconnected dots, yet again, on a terror attempt

The First 12 Months of Obama Captivity: Preparing for Eradication(America will pay dearly)

OBAMA'S "CZARS"-- Read who they are and realize what they want to do. OBAMA'S CZARS CZAR

Czar Position

Summary >

ps2's 'A List of Obama's Czar's And What They Want To Do'

Richard Holbrooke, AfghanistanCzar

Ultra liberal anti gun former Gov. of New Mexico. Pro Abortion and legal drug use. Dissolve the 2nd Amendment

Ed Montgomery, Auto recovery Czar

Black radical anti business activist. Affirmative Action and Job Preference for blacks. Univ of Maryland Business School Dean teaches US business has caused world poverty. ACORN board member. Communist DuBois Club member.

Jeffrey Crowley, AIDS Czar

Radical Homosexual. A Gay Rights activist. Believes in Gay Marriage and especially, a Special Status for homosexuals only, includingcomplete free health care for gays.

Alan Bersin, Border Czar

The former failed superintendent of San Diego . Ultra Liberal friend of Hilary Clinton. Served as Border Czar under Janet Reno – to keep borders open to illegal’s without interference from US

David J. Hayes, California Water Czar

Sr. Fellow of radical environmentalist group, “Progress Policy”. No training or experience in water management whatsoever.

Ron Bloom, Car Czar

Auto Union worker. Anti business & anti nuclear. Has worked hard to force US auto makers out of business. Sits on the Board of Chrysler which is now Auto Union owned. How did this happen? He has publically said."the free market is a joke".

Dennis Ross, Central Region Czar

Believes US policy has caused Mid East wars. Obama apologist to the world. Anti gun and completely pro abortion.

Lynn Rosenthal, Domestic Violence Czar

Director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Vicious anti male feminist. Supported male castration. Imagine?

Gil Kerlikowske, Drug Czar

devoted lobbyist for every restrictive gun law proposal, Former Chief of Police in Liberal Seattle. Believes no American should own a firearm. Supports legalization of all drugs

Paul Volcker, Economic Czar

Head of Fed Reserve under Jimmy Carter when US economy nearly failed. Obama appointed head of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board which engineered the Obama economic disaster to US economy.. Member of anti business “Progressive Policy” organization

Carol Brower, Energy and Environment Czar

Political Radical Former head of EPA - known for anti-business activism. Strong anti-gun ownership.

Joshua DuBois, Faith Based Czar

Political Black activist. zegree in Black Nationalism. Anti gun ownership lobbyist.

Cameron Davis, Great Lakes Czar

Chicago radical anti business environmentalist. Blames George Bush for “Poisoning the water that minorities have to drink.” No experience or training in water management. Former ACORN Board member (what does that tell us?)

____________________ (Replacement for Van Jones), Green Jobs Czar

(since resigned).. Black activist Member of American communist Party and San Francisco Communist Party who said Geo Bush caused the 911 attack and wanted Bush investigated by the World Court for war crimes. Black activist with strong anti-white views.

____________________(Replacement for Daniel Fried), Guantanamo Closure Czar

Human Rights activist for Foreign Terrorists. Believes America has caused the war on terrorism. Believes terrorists have rights above and beyond Americans.

Nancy-Ann DeParle, Health Czar

Former head of Medicare / Medicaid.. Strong Health Care Rationing proponent. She is married to a reporter for The New York Times.

Vivek Kundra, Information Czar

Born in New Delhi, India. Controls all public information, including labels and news releases. Monitors all private Internet emails. (hello?)

Todd Stern, International Climate Czar

Anti business former White House chief of Staff- Strong supportrer of the Kyoto Accord. Pushing hard for Cap and Trade. Blames US business for Global warming. Anti- US business prosperity.

Dennis Blair, Intelligence Czar

Ret Navy. Stopped US guided missile program as “provocative”. Chair of ultra liberal “Council on Foreign Relations” which blames American organizations for regional wars.

George Mitchell, Mideast Peace Czar

Fmr. Sen from Maine Left wing radical. Has said Israel should be split up into “2 or 3 “ smaller more manageable plots”. (God forbid) A true Anti-nuclear anti-gun & pro homosexual "special rights" advocate

Kenneth Feinberg, Pay Czar

Chief of Staff to TED KENNEDY. Lawyer who got rich off the 911 victims payoffs. (horribly true)

Cass Sunstein, Regulatory Czar

Liberal activist judge believes free speech needs to be limited for the “common good”. Essentially against 1st amendment. Rules against personal freedoms many times –like private gun ownership and right to free speech.

John Holdren, Science Czar

Fierce ideological environmentalist, Sierra Club, Anti business activist. Claims US business has caused world poverty. No Science training.

Earl Devaney, Stimulus Accountability Czar

Spent career trying to take guns away from American citizens. Believes in Open Borders to Mexico . Author of statement blaming US gun stores for drug war in Mexico .

J. Scott Gration, Sudan Czar

Native of Democratic Republic of Congo. Believes US does little to help Third World countries.. Council of foreign relations, asking for higher US taxes to support United Nations

Herb Allison, TARP Czar

Fannie May CEO responsible for the US recession by using real estate mortgages to back up the US stock market. Caused millions of people to lose their life savings.

John Brennan, Terrorism Czar

Anti CIA activist. No training in diplomatic or gov. affairs. Believes Open Borders to Mexico and a dialog with terrorists and has suggested Obama disband US military

Aneesh Chopra, Technology Czar

No Technology training. Worked for the Advisory Board Company, a health care think tank for hospitals. Anti doctor activist. Supports Obama Health care Rationing and salaried doctors working exclusively for the Gov. health care plan

Adolfo Carrion, Jr., Urban Affairs Czar

Puerto Rican born Anti American activist and leftist group member in Latin America . Millionaire “slum lord” of the Bronx , NY. Owns many lavish homes and condos which he got from “sweetheart” deals with labor unions. Wants higher taxes on middle class to pay for minority housing and health care

Ashton Carter, Weapons Czar

Leftist. Wants all private weapons in US destroyed. Supports UN ban on firearms ownership in America .. No Other “policy”

Gary Samore, WMD Policy Czar

Former US Communist. Wants US to destroy all WMD unilaterally as a show of good faith. Has no other “policy”.

Kevin Jennings, ‘Safe Schools’ Czar

The one who demonstrated how to fist her partner to a 14-year old. Wants to promote pedophilia in public school libraries and text books.

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Uranium Is So Last Century — Enter Thorium, the New Green Nuke

I’ve Had Enough!

Penetration Even At The Pentagon: Muslim Spies Setting Muslim Policy

Investor's Business Daily ^


2,235 posted on 12/28/2009 3:29:42 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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FR Exclusive: AL Qaeda Takes Responsibility For The Terrorist Attempt On The Plane In Detroit

Why Do They Persist?

Subliminal Road to Tyranny

Obama Quietly Changes U.S. Immigration Policy

Rasmussen: 79% Say Another Attack Likely Within A Year, An Increase of 30%  ( see above^ )

'There are many more like me': Jet bomber's chilling warning as MI5 hunt terror cell behind attack

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab: there are many more like me (Buckle up, it's going to be a rough 3 years)

They would pass it off on some bogus defect in the aircraft, like they did with TWA 800.

Interestingly enough, the same area where Abdulmutallab was seated on Flight 253 (seat 19A) was covered with residue from the same explosive (PETN) on TWA 800 (see below).

The New York Times even reported it...

... until they got their marching orders from the Clinton administration. Then it was dismissed as residue from a bomb-sniffing dog exercise in St. Louis.

This is why TWA 800 still matters.


Not so Liberating: The Twilight of Liberation Theology

Tea Parties: The Biggest Mistake We'll Make in 2010



Man Who Told of Obama's Islamic Benefactor Passes Away

2,236 posted on 12/28/2009 11:38:08 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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It's Not the Economy, Stupid! It's National Survival!

Suicide Bomb Blast In Pakistan Caught on Tape - Video

This is our future...

Wonderful : Two Flight 253 plotters were released from Gitmo in 2007

Yemen terror camps attract 'stream of Britons'

CBS News Goes Beyond Bias in Obama Article

Obama’s role for the Left: Mood Ring [Darleen Click] UPDATED

Some of Jeff Goldstein’s more disingenious and dishonest critics of his work in intentionalism would have you believe the subject too esoteric to be of any use in “real” life — “normal” people just wouldn’t “get it.”

However, “normal” people do get it when anything they say or do — as long as it is in disagreement with Leftist dogma — is summarily dismissed as racism

For years now, those on the left have conflated resistance to any item of their agenda–high taxes, extravagant spending, laxity on crime, what have you–with motives of a dark nature: racism, nativism, fear of “the other,” and various species of “hate.” Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980, a reaction to overregulation, stagflation, and the foreign policy failures and weakness of one James Earl Carter, was described as the bigots’ revenge for the civil rights era. The midterm elections of 1994, a reaction against Hillarycare and the Clintons’ malfeasance, were seen as a Confederate renaissance. After Bill Clinton was impeached for lies under oath (and terminal tackiness), his allies floated the theory that some of the votes against him came from Southern conservatives, because he was friendly to blacks. (As the “first black president”–vide Toni Morrison–Clinton was fond of this sort of rhetorical legerdemain until 2008, when his wife ran against a real black for president, and these tactics were turned against him.)

But it was the appearance in 2009 of the real first black president that lifted this theme to a whole new level: The left, which invented first “hate speech” (opinions they didn’t like) and then “hate crimes” (crimes judged less on the criminal’s actions than on what he was presumed to be thinking), has now gone on to its epiphany, which is “hate” defined not by your words or deeds but by what other people have decided you really think. “Hate” is no longer what you do or say, but what a liberal says that you think and projects on to you. You are punished for what someone else claims you were thinking. It hardly makes sense, but it does serve a political purpose. You could call it Secondhand Hate.

We know why the Left engages in such dishonest tactics; our real fight is with our own self-identified “allies”, the Frums or Parkers or Brooks, who tut-tut and decry the opposition to the Obama Administration as unseemly, raising a pinky finger or a well-groomed eyebrow over rhetoric they deem too harsh against a “good man.” What drives them to lecture on bi-partisan collegiality appears less than the oft declared pragmatism and more the base, human emotion of wanting to belong to the “winning” team. American Left dominated media, entertainment, government and higher education doesn’t leave a lot of room for dissenters to actually dissent and be taken seriously. Example one: witness how the sexual slang term “teabagger” is now considered acceptable amongst Left dominated media. Example two: the media’s non-coverage of Dem Senator Max Baucus’ drunken behavior on the Senate floor or his L’Affaire Hanes.

In the midst of volley after volley of “you oppose Obama only because he’s black!” it really isn’t surprising to see many of the higher profile cocktail circuit “conservatives” try to preserve their parlor poodle status. What is surprising is that too many in the so-called conservative blogsphere would want to emulate them. How risible does the Left push of their race card have to be:

At Salon, Joan Walsh said, “Wilson’s shriek [it was more like a mutter] served as an exclamation point on an undeniable trend: Obama steadily lost support among white voters during this long, hot summer of hate.”

Could Obama’s support have dwindled because middle America had become estranged, then appalled, by the spiraling deficits and Obama’s health care proposal? Certainly not. It was because the right wing somehow “blackened Obama,” informing people who might not have noticed that the president was not all that white. “I started thinking opponents were blackening Obama back in July, after the racial drama of the Sotomayor hearings,” Walsh said. In fact, that “racial drama,” such as it was, was the work of Democrats who stressed Sotomayor’s ethnic background to appeal to Hispanic voters. But to Walsh it evoked the ethnic background of Barack Obama, which must have ticked off–again–all those evil conservatives. “There’s no denying, he got blacker to a segment of the white population,” Walsh asserted.

Really? By Walsh’s logic, Obama must have been light beige through much of the summer of 2008 (when he held a slight point lead over McCain), then become a bit browner after the Republican convention (when McCain led by a bit), then lightened again at the financial meltdown in mid-September, and become moon-like in his paleness by Election Day, when he carved out a seven-point win. From then, he must have turned pearl-white by his Inauguration, at which point he was approved of even by people who voted against him and basked in favorable ratings of nearly 70 percent. Then, in late spring, he once more grew darker, a trend that continues. Or perhaps his approval ratings simply fell because he was a man trying to govern from the left in what is and remains a center-right country? Perish the thought.

… before people finally reject this self-serving supplantation of intentionalism with judgment by perception?


UPDATE: Twatwaffle Andrea Mitchell plays the latest race card

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell insisted the “Obama Doctrine” has “borne fruit,” but “it is not perceived yet” — though the President has already “united the world behind the United States.”

Citing all those who “camped out” for the Sarah Palin book signings, Mitchell denigrated her appeal as evidence of how “they are so hungry for a symbol for anyone who can give them answers” it shows “there’s an anger out there” she hasn’t seen since George Wallace in 1968. And that, she maintained, “is the angry populism which is not fact-based, it’s just furious at everybody; angry at Democrats, at Republicans.” (Apparently, favoring conservative policies and rejecting liberal big government spending is “not fact-based.”)

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Two al Qaeda Leaders Behind Northwest Flight 253 Terror Plot Were Released by U.
Yeah, I know-- Boosh's Fault! But Fearless Reader is Duh!1 you fools hired to deal with it- so deal with it now!

Today Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen, has claimed responsibility for Friday’s attempted bombing of a Delta Airlines plane as it approached Detroit on a flight from Amsterdam with almost 300 people on board. The terror group released its message on several Al-Qaeda-linked websites.

Previously On Released Gitmo Detainees:
** Gitmo Detainees Re-Arrested in Russia
** Former Gitmo Prisoner Arrested for Terrorism in Moscow
** Three Former Gitmo Detainees Held in Morocco
** Former Gitmo Inmate Involved in Russian Terror Attack on Nalchik
** Former Gitmo Detainee Re-Arrested in Pakistan
** Seven Percent of Gitmo Detainees Return to Battlefield.
** Former Club Gitmo Detainee Carries Out Suicide Mission in Iraq
** Pentagon: 61 Gitmo Grads Returned to Terror
** Former “Rehabilitated” Gitmo Detainee Becomes Al-Qaeda Chief
** 2 Former “Rehabilitated” Gitmo Grads Appear in Al-Qaeda Movie
** 11 Former “Rehabilitated” Gitmo Grads Back On Saudi Most Wanted List
** American Teenager Murdered By Former Gitmo Detainee
** Breaking: Taliban’s Top Officer in Southern Afghanistan Is Former Gitmo Detainee
** Former Gitmo Detainee Leads Fight Against US Troops
** Another Former “Rehabilitated” Gitmo Detainee Killed in Shootout
** Former Gitmo Detainee Now Al Qaeda “Spiritual Leader”

A “horrible desiccated complacency.”  This would be a big enough gamble in the best of circumstances. Up against the broader background  Derb discusses, it makes disaster inevitable.

Obama at 10:10 am: I Shall Not Rest Until These Terrorists Are Captured
Obama at 10:40 am: Okay, Now Watch This Drive!



Or, maybe:

Obama Condemns Terrorists: "Dudes, You're Totally in My Sight-Line While I'm Reading This Green... A Little Courtesy, eh?"

Is this fair? It's just as fair as the Michael Moore attack on Bush the media propagated sixty six bazillion times.

Posted by Ace at 06:54 PM New Comments Thingy
1 Ya mean 'shit on him' like they 'shit on Bush' everyday?  Works for me.  Even while they cry and whine about 'lack of civility'.
Very few Americans realize there exists a large network of far left philanthropists and foundations in America dedicated to destroying the American way of life, our Christian-based culture and our free enterprise system.  They seek to remove America from its constitutional foundations and move it toward a European-style socialism.  Much of this effort is coordinated by a little known group called the Tides Foundation and its related group, the Tides Center.

Meanwhile… Barack Obama was off to the beach in Hawaii.

He’s on vacation. Spending all of America’s money is exhausting work. (Big Government)

Open thread: Obama’s statement on the Christmas Day jihadi attack; Perfunctory, hasty, and bloodless

December 28, 2009 02:50 PM by Michelle Malkin102 Comments

The one thing that I have been thinking since all the info about the terrorist and all the warnings is that it all leads back to Eric Holder. In case you all have forgotten Eric Holder made this statement ...

"I could not help but chuckle when I drove past Air Force 1 about a half-hour ago.

Nero is surfing while Rome burns."

Monday, December 28, 2009, 10:51 PM
Jim Hoft

Back in January, before he signed his failed $787 billion stimulus bill into law, Barack Obama told America that everyone must sacrifice for the greater good. Everyone must have “some skin in the game.”

What he meant, of course, was that everyone would have to sacrifice to lift American out of the worst recession since the Great Depression except for Barack and Michelle Obama.

This week the Obamas are staying at an $8.9 million estate for an estimated $4000 per night.
Kristinn at Free Republic reported that First Lady Michelle was photographed last night in Hawaii wearing $635 per pair designer shoes by Maison Martin Margiela.

The shoe style is called “Leather open toe flat pumps.” It features a “thin nude leather strap across the top of the toe.”

( "I don't care what anyone says- I ain't hittin' on a chick that wears the drapes and furniture..." "That dress doesn't need accessories- it needs end tables..." )

Remember: Everyone must sacrifice.
The First Family feels your pain.

MEGAN MCARDLE: “I don’t know what annoys me more: Janet Napolitano saying ‘the system worked’ when what she means is ‘the system failed, but smart passengers proved that the system is unnecessary’, or the moronic new rules the TSA is apparently putting into place in order to ‘prevent’ future such occurences. The TSA’s obsession with fighting the last war is so strong that I expect any day to see them building wooden forts at our nation’s airports in order to keep the redcoats at bay.”

ROGER SIMON: Fire Janet Napolitano Now.

Plus, from Christopher Hitchens: Why are we so bad at detecting the guilty and so good at collective punishment of the innocent? “The answer to the first question is: Because we can’t—or won’t. The answer to the second question is: Because we can.” Tar. Feathers.

THE CHICAGO WAY: Black Panther case: Has a head rolled? Via Ace, via Dan Riehl. Ace comments: “I guess you can afford not to care when the media’s biggest FAQ is ‘how might I better pleasure you, Master?’”
MARK STEYN: “Islam is bilingualism on steroids.”

SO, MAX BAUCUS WASN’T DRUNK, because Joe Biden had an aneurysm?

And — though this is an aside, and not really relevant — if Biden is a teetotaler, as Weigel says, what’s he being served in this White House video? Or was the beer just for show, to bolster his “ordinary guy” credentials?

I have obtained a copy of Bloomberg’s secret “Blueprint for Federal Action on Guns” which is really a blueprint for how the Obama Administration can screw gun owners without needing anything from Congress. Chuck Michel is responsible for filing to FOIA request to get this one out and public where it belongs. This was the infamous 40 recommendations that the Washington Post reported on a few months ago. It this document doesn’t convince you that MAIG is a significantly more serious threat than any other gun control organization out there, nothing will. Whoever wrote this knows ATF very well, and understands federal gun laws well enough to know how to effectively make changes using only administrative and regulatory changes, which do not require action from the US Congress...There can be no doubt now that MAIG is a gun control group, and a particularly dangerous one.

Climategate: "Kevin, Gavin, Mike, It's Seth again"

The Associated Press hides its decline.

Posted by Kate at 2:45 PM| Comments (20)
"The popular institutions are all left-lib. They have glossed over climate-gate because they are all invested in the narratives which empower the state, AGW being just one of many crises with which to justify unlimited intervention. MSM "reporters" with few exceptions, only reach as far as their "friends" list in their rolodexes to insert the favourable quote from "experts".  The sooner the wood fibre that now goes to newsprint goes to something useful like toilet paper the better."

The state of ClimateGate today, Dec 28 2009. [krakatoa]

—Open Blog

(A series of daily-ish roundups of the day's Climate news and commentary.)

This is by no means a comprehensive recap. The stories come from a variety of sources, and I highly recommend exploring the linked sites for more breaking news.

(after the break...)

Continue reading

The biggest story on a fairly quiet Climate day is from the hurt butts in D.C.

Senate Democrats apparently feel they have sacrificed enough for Obama, and are telling him to give up on Cap & Tax for 2010.

Providing health insurance for a tiny percentage of Americans apparently was more important to them than saving Gaia, so they shot their political wad on pissing off the 80% of the public that was pretty ok with their current health insurance.

As my best friend Uncle Rug always says: "Never underestimate the stupidity of the average politician. And never, ever, trust a fart." Which I think is redundant.

As so many have pointed out so often: Maybe we'll start believing AGW is a crisis if the elders of the church of Gaia actually started acting as though it were.

From the AoS headlines, Arthur K unveils his Scottish brogue to soften the harshness of his denial-fascism, linking an article about German physicists who have a bone to pick with AGW Sciencytists over the liberties they have taken with the laws of Thermodynamics.

Among the observations include one that has bothered me the first day I heard the term "Greenhouse Effect": The Earth is not a closed system, so "Greenhouse" is a terribly inappropriate term.

Also (and to dumb it way down): the inconvinient fact lost on AGW Warmists that an ice-cube's warmth relative to zero doesn't increase the heat of the drink it is put into.

The title of the paper pulls no punches. Falsification of The Atomspheric CO2 Greenhouse Effects Within The Frame Of Physics.

WUWT stories:

Weather records on the endangered list:

877 snowfall records broken last week.

And NOAA announces October the third coldest on record in the US, with December looking to continue the frigid trend, prompting Anthony to note:

It has often been said that “Weather is not climate”, but ultimately it provides the only meaningful way to verify climate models.

Obviously he hasn't learned the hardest of hard rules in Climate science: Proxies trump all data.

JoNova offers a nice poster produced by Mohib Ebrahim that covers 3 decades of Climate shenanigans.

Close it up

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6 There is far too much money and power for them to just give up . Look for a couple of weeks of relative quiet while they figure out spin .
10 krak, I enjoy these round-ups. You missed a good story though -- the trail of the leaked emails from Russia to Malaysia, and potentially the Chinese being behind it. The government angle is interesting, but our own people would have the greater incentive to bring down this pathetic MMGW mess. Good hacking though, to bounce it through Siberia. They have a sense of humor!!!! (hackers story at HA)
12 Everything you need to know about climate change ...

In terms even a liberal could understand, It's the sun, stupid.

2,238 posted on 12/29/2009 1:48:17 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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Note the date:
CNN Graphic of the PETN explosive residue found in the wreckage:


7,608 posted on Friday, September 21, 2007

President Obama pledges to scour world for terror cells

Yeah, the terrorists are dying, laughing at these clowns...

Obama denies crotch bomber conspiracy


Jack Cashill: The Left's Blind Eye to the Obvious

The approach of the new year might be an appropriate time to summarize what I have learned in researching the several books and articles that I have written this decade. That I came to own -- or even break -- many of the stories involved, although satisfying to me, should appall any ordinary citizen.

These stories were too big for a responsible media to miss.  They became mine as a result of what I call the "ABETTO Syndrome."  For at least the last generation, the left in general, and the media in particular, have been turning A Blind Eye To The Obvious -- ABETTO. Here are some nuggets the media chose not to notice. These are all thoroughly and inarguably documented.

  • More than half of those incinerated during Janet Reno's tank attack at Waco on April 19, 1993 were ethnic minorities -- 39 out of 74, to be precise. Six of them were Hispanic, six of Asian descent, and a full 27 of them black, ages six to sixty-one. They did not commit suicide.
  • About a third of the Jonestown dead did not commit suicide either. Three-year-olds typically don't know how. Authorities dumped the bodies of more than 250 of these children, most of them black, into a mass grave in Oakland's Evergreen Cemetery. There they lie to this day, unsung and unmourned because they serve no useful political purpose.
  • They serve no purpose because their killer, James Jones, was a self-professed "communist" in deep with a slew of leading Democrats -- George Moscone, Harvey Milk, Willie Brown, Jerry Brown, and even Rosalynn Carter and Walter Mondale. Moscone appointed Jones to the Human Rights Commission and then to the chairmanship of the city's Housing Authority.
  • All witnesses who saw Timothy McVeigh on the morning the Murrah Building blew up saw him with a short, swarthy fellow. According to the Washington Post, a judge detained McVeigh without bail "after listening to four hours of testimony from FBI special agent John Hersley in which he described eyewitness accounts of a yellow Mercury with McVeigh and another man inside speeding away from a parking lot near the federal building."
  • Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick, the so-called "field commander" of the Oklahoma City task force, played an even more aggressive role managing the TWA Flight 800 investigation a year later. The Clintons appear to have rewarded her for her steely performance with the vice-chairmanship of Fannie Mae, a job for which she had no known credentials.
  • Six years and about $25.6 million in salary and bonuses later, Gorelick responded to the call of duty once more and took one of five Democratic seats on the 9-11 commission.
  • By the FBI's own count, no fewer than 270 eyewitnesses gave formal reports to the FBI describing a red-tipped object with a smoky contrail striking TWA Flight 800. About a hundred witnesses tracked the object from the surface. Astonishingly, the New York Times would interview none of them.
  • Four weeks after the disaster, the Times' Don Van Natta would report, "Now that investigators say they think the center fuel tank did not explode, they say the only good explanations remaining are that a bomb or a missile brought down the plane."
  • Likely under White House pressure, and without any new evidence, the FBI immediately shifted its storyline away from a missile to a bomb, and a month later, from a bomb to a mechanical failure. The Times reporter who got the call to document both shifts was Andy Revkin, the same reporter at the center of the Climategate scandal.
  • Bizarrely, Richard Clarke, Clinton's anti-terror czar who knew next to nothing about aircraft technology, claimed to have discovered the official cause of the TWA 800 crash months, if not years, before the NTSB did.
  • Clinton Commerce Secretary Ron Brown was dispatched on his fatal plane flight that same election year, 1996, for no more noble a purpose than to broker a sweetheart deal between the neo-fascist president of Croatia and the Enron Corporation.
  • The Air Force concluded that the controlled descent of Brown's USAF plane into a Croatian mountainside was "inexplicable." The maintenance chief responsible for the airport's navigation system showed up with a bullet hole in his chest the day before his Air Force interview.
  • Brown's fatal head injury struck the forensic photographer and attending pathologist as having the size and shape of a gunshot wound. He was nonetheless buried (over the protest of the pathologists) without an autopsy. The photographer and three Armed Service pathologists would sacrifice their careers going public with their discontent. The major media reported close to none of this.
  • As the Nation of Islam plotted to kill "heretic" Malcolm X, Malcolm's wife Betty Shabazz approached the one person with the clout to dissuade Malcolm's fellow Muslims. "You see what you're doing to my husband, don't you?" she pleaded. Muhammad Ali blew her off, saying, "I'm not doing anything to him." Malcolm was gunned down shortly thereafter.
  • If a young Ali jeopardized his liberal chic by betraying Malcolm X, a reformed Ali risked it again when he publicly supported Ronald Reagan and even attended the Republican National Convention. Who would have guessed?
  • Alex Haley plagiarized his Pulitzer Prize-winning non-fiction bestseller, Roots, from a book written by white novelist Harold Courlander, who sued Haley for damages. Midway through the trial, the judge threatened to charge a dissembling Haley with perjury unless he settled, which he did for big bucks.
  • Sorry, Virginia, but there was no Kunta Kinte. Writing in the Village Voice, literary detective Philip Nobile would call Roots "one of the great literary hoaxes of modern times."
  • Speaking of the literary hoaxes, not a single one of the scores of mainstream book editors who reviewed Christopher Andersen's Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage chose to notice Andersen's most newsworthy revelation: "In the end, [Bill] Ayers's contribution to Barack's Dreams From My Father would be significant -- so much so that the book's language, oddly specific references, literary devices, and themes would bear a jarring similarity to Ayers's own writing."

For the more explosive of these stories -- the death of Ron Brown, the destruction of TWA Flight 800, the Ayers' involvement in Obama's Dreams -- I made every effort to alert the mainstream media. I talked in person to many reporters and producers, including a few household names, and offered to share what I had gathered. To a person, they did not want to know. 
From the Lunatic Fringe!
The Tornado that rescued the Chunnel stranded- note date:

Absolutely chuffed! What happened when 30 grown men gave up 18 years to build a steam train

--In 1938, driving an engine like the world record-breaking Mallard (a streamlined LNER design) was roughly akin to being an astronaut.
8,568 posted on Saturday, May 31, 2008

GPS strands couple in snow for days


Installing Humor

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

HUGHES COLLECTION [Great collection of old photographs of Baltimore, Maryland]


2,239 posted on 12/29/2009 4:34:16 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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Taking down Obama's ‘do not disturb' sign

Detroit terror attack: British university 'complicit' in radicalisation

Handling problems the Obama way

The Detroit bomber: the US intelligence failure is worthy of Jimmy Carter

50 Grams of PETN - VIDEO

Hmmm...Obama: Forests, Not Food

Another attack on our food supply! Plant trees, not food!

Plan to turn farms into forest worries Obama official

Criteria for an 'educated' person

By jove, I believe I’ve found the perfect description of Obama, those who voted for him and those with whom he has surrounded himself (not to mention Algore and HIS Kool-Aid drinkers).

“(…) the spread of secondary and latterly tertiary education has created a large population of people, often with well-developed literary and scholarly tastes, who have been educated far beyond their capacity to undertake analytical thought.” — P.B. Medawar

37 posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 3:21:18 PM by ravingnutter

(Videos) Obama: Communist Stooge For SEIU and ACORN

Liberal Dem blogger calls for release of bomber, wishes plane would have been destroyed

Ben Nelson Trailing Republican In Nebraska By 31 Points In New Rasmussen Poll (Chart)

This needs to happen in every state where a D incumbent is on the ballot. We need to all work together to get rid of all of these b - - - - rds.

2,240 posted on 12/29/2009 1:23:02 PM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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Obama Chance Plane

Lead Story

Poor Obama: Being president is exhausting

By Michelle Malkin  •  December 29, 2009 01:41 PM

Jetting off for Broadway dates, undeserved Peace Prizes, botched Crony-lympics bids, and world apology tours is hard work, don’t you know?

Cue the world’s smallest violin:

After a sleepless, overnight flight to Oslo to accept the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this month, President Barack Obama made a not altogether surprising admission. He was tired.

Who could blame him? The president was on his ninth foreign trip to his 21st country; he added a 10th trip the following week. The year had been bookended by the two most intense periods of his young presidency — the early decisions to bail out the nation’s banks and automobile industry, steps the president deemed unpopular but necessary, and his December orders to deploy 30,000 additional U.S. troops to fight the war in Afghanistan.

Throw in an unemployment rate in the double-digits, a health care bill still stuck on Capitol Hill, and last-minute negotiations on a global climate change agreement, and aides say it’s no secret that the president is tired, and looking forward to recharging during his year-end family vacation in Hawaii.

Not that the commander in chief really thinks he can escape his duties, even on an island. Amid golf, tennis, gym workouts and dinner, Obama has been called on to monitor the airliner attack in Detroit last Friday and what appeared to be another attack on Sunday — that incident turned out to be a false alarm. On Monday, Obama worked out in the morning and played tennis before making his first public remarks on airline security, then hit the golf course.

So much for putting aside the stress of work. Obama himself has been candid about the pressures of being president during what he has called an “extraordinary year.”

“You have a convergence of factors that have made this a difficult year not so much for me but for the American people,” he said in an interview with CBS News last month. “Absolutely that weighs on me.”

Via AP.

All together now: Boo-freaking-hoo.

The piece certainly helps explain President McCrankyPants’ hasty, bloodless, perfunctory statement yesterday on the Christmas Day jihad attack and the Iranian crackdown.

But what else did you expect from a man who has been phoning it in from the beginning of his brief political career as the Illinois state senator who voted “present” nearly 130 times?

Americans can help alleviate the exhausted commander-in-chief’s discomfort by ensuring his retirement in 2012.


You know what else saps Obama’s energy? Passing the buck.

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DAN RIEHL: Napolitano Must Go — Now.  This is a woman with a mindset that suggests Islamic terrorism doesn’t actually exist:  For further proof that she’s more politician than security expert, recall the first major report issued under her tenure. It amounted to a hit job on conservatives, taking a decidedly domestic political view as regards potential terror threats...

Obama Jive-Talk Express

It’s time for serious persons — and for commentators who want to be taken seriously — to cease assuming that Obama and his lieutenants are simply inept and that their policies are merely mistaken. Things appear to be going exactly according to a coherent, ideology-driven plan.

UPDATE: The Plum Line: Skittish Democrats Refuse To Defend Obama On National Security.

ABC NEWS: Muslim Cleric Anwar Awlaki linked to Ft. Hood, Northwest Terror Attacks: A U.S.-Born Preacher Affiliated with Al Qaeda Has Been Linked to Several Terror Plots Against Americans.

JOHN FUND: Invasion Of The Election Snatchers: Urban Democrats are flooding rural districts to steal elections.
MORE ATTENTION FOR BLOOMBERG’S MAYORS AGAINST GUNS PLAN: “Some folks sent a FOIA request and received a copy of the document. And it’s pretty telling. The focus doesn’t seem to target illegal guns but all guns and gun owners, including banning the importation of ammo and ‘non-sporting’ firearms. The plan consists of items that are administrative and regulatory in nature and, therefore, don’t require legislative action.” Well, you want to bypass the people as much as possible when you’re trying to take away their freedoms . . .

Y2Kyoto: State Of Anorexia Envirosa

They won't rest until Americans begin starving to death;

According to the economic model used by the department and the Environmental Protection Agency, the legislation would give landowners incentives to convert up to 59 million acres of farmland into forests over the next 40 years. The reason: Trees clean the air of heat-trapping gases better than farming does.


The legislation would give free emissions credits, known as offsets, to farmers and landowners who plant forests and adopt low-carbon farm and ranching practices. Farmers and ranchers could sell the credits to help major emitters of greenhouse gases comply with the legislation. That revenue would help the farmers deal with an expected rise in fuel and fertilizer costs.

But the economic forecast predicts that nearly 80 percent of the offsets would be earned through the planting of trees, mostly in the Midwest, the South and the Plains states.

The American Farm Bureau Federation and some farm-state Republican lawmakers have complained that the offsets program would push landowners to plant trees and terminate their leases with farmers.

You think I exaggerate?


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The Interpol question

December 29, 2009 05:33 PM by Michelle Malkin6 Comments | 0 Trackbacks

Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 6:17 PM

Neo-neocon is wondering what has happened to Obama’s vaunted fluency?

Obama was always a fluid if vapid speechmaker, although his off-the-cuff statements featured a lot of hemming and hawing. But I’ve noticed something that seems new: hesitancy even when he speaks from a prepared text.

Obama now seems to go off-teleprompter more often—perhaps because he’s been critiqued so much for its use—and when reading from notes on a lectern he stops and starts, as well as using a tennis-match-like repetitive back and forth movement of his head.

What’s more, Obama’s disfluencies have an odd cadence, coming at times that seem unnatural, as though he’s distracted and not even thinking about what he’s saying but rather merely reading it from a text he’s never seen before. Is he nervous? Lying? Nervous about lying? Nervous about being caught in lying? Aware that the gift he’s relied on his entire life is going or perhaps even gone, now that he needs it most?

You’ll want to read it all. I am so happy to see Neo refer to Obama as a “fluid but vapid” speechmaker; hosannas from the sycophantic “this-speech-will-be-carved-in-marble” press aside, I have never found Obama’s speeches to be in any way memorable or meaningful. While campaigning, Obama is able to deliver his speeches well, but can anyone recall a single inspiring line or bit of prose beyond “yes we can,” and “let me be clear”?

Because George W. Bush could be such a trial to listen to, sometimes, I got into the habit of reading his speeches, and I always came away from them impressed by how substantive they were. When I read Obama’s speeches, I find myself thinking, “just words; lots and lots of words.” And lately, they’re not even particularly polished words.

Neo may be on to something as she wonders if Obama is simply unfamiliar with the material, or disinterested, or worried. And certainly this president, for a young, athletic man, is exhibiting a worrisome lack of stamina for his job. But I suspect that Obama’s listless speechifying is betraying a restless impatience. I suspect Obama is bored with being president, and it’s not because he is too smart for the office, but because the office is too much like real work.

I suspect all he ever wanted was the campaign glory (though not the inconvenience of interrupted waffles), the adoring headlines, and the ability to pick up a phone and ask for anything he wants without hearing a “no” on the other end.

I suspect that what Obama wanted was to be the King, not the President. The King’s role is largely ceremonial. In time of national tragedy the King goes before the camera and says, “this is very sad.” If he can assign blame on a perceived enemy he does so, and then he steps aside and retires to his amusements while those actually in charge clean up the mess and determine how to prevent future messes. Everyone loves the King, defers to the King, rushes to do for the King, but the King -who tends to get bored and distracted by the dry business of actually governing- is responsible for very little, and most are just as glad of it.

If a King is on vacation and his country encounters an critical issue, he knows there is no need to come jetting back to the palace, because the Prime Minister is taking care of reality. All the King needs to do is -in a day or three- show up at a microphone in casual dress and do the PR work of expressing concern over the issue and confidence in the government. The King can command instant coverage, even if there is only time for audio.

A King does not worry, so much, about representative governance, since it is irrelevent to his standing.

Sadly, though, America is not in need of his Kingship.

America needs a good old-fashioned President:

I miss old-fashioned American presidents; flawed men who had no allusions that they were perfect. Men who (in Clinton’s case) needed to be loved too much and (in Bush’s case) didn’t need it enough, but who still, for all the personal and political mistakes, were simply trying to lead America, not to rule it, or “remake” it or “save” it from its stiff-necked, fussy, independent, generous, vulgar, valiant, dreaming, energetic, creative, preening, heroic, world-leading, free and glorious self.

Bring back the flawed human president who we were free to love or hate without reserve, fear or condemnation, because the target was strong enough to take it. The president who could sometimes be petty but sometimes be pretty damned gracious, too. The president who could make a mistake at a doorway and laugh about it, and whom the press did not have to protect from the passing mockery such a mistake would bring.

I miss having an American President who could describe himself – as Clinton once did – as “a punching clown; you punch me and I’m bounce right back up and into your face;” or a president who could, with ironic self awareness describe himself as “misunderestimated.” America needs a guy who can laugh at himself and take the nation’s chaffing with a shrug, instead of a godling of the press’ needy creation, one “too perfect to be mocked”.

So, we have a King. But we haven’t a Prime Minister. Mrs. Pelosi won’t do, nor will Mr. Reid. We need a president.

DO listen to Obama’s audio statement. It is rushed -in some places he is reading so quickly he is almost slurring his words- and perfunctory-sounding. He is saying what needs to be said, but in a very pissed off, I-am-saying-these-things-because-it-is-getting-hot-and-I-must-say-them-now-let-me-get-back-to-my-waffle-damnyouall tone. Very reassuring.

2,241 posted on 12/29/2009 3:34:05 PM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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Good God. It’s just like the 60’s. Mirror image.

Plane Bomber Was Anti-War Activist in London (Freeper Research Thread)

Keying off an article in the UK Times Online about Northwest Airlines flight 253 bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab organizing an antiwar seminar called "War on Terror Week", I did some quick research before the links get scrubbed.

From the Times:

According to, an online magazine for Muslim students, War on Terror Week at University College London was one of the events of the year in 2007. There was a slick video advertisement for the event, an eye-catching poster and packed lecture theatres for five days of discussions about Guantánamo Bay, allegations of torture and the subject of “Jihad v Terrorism”.

The website reported the week of talks as “informative, relevant and always entertaining — the audience got involved with a good mixture of Muslim and non-Muslim attendees asking tough questions of the speakers”. In a corner of the poster, the event is declared to have been “approved by Umar Farook, president of UCLU Islamic Society”. The speakers advertised included George Galloway, the Respect MP; Geoffrey Bindman, the human rights lawyer; and former Guantánamo Bay detainees.

The Nigerian student who organised “War on Terror Week” in January 2007 is now better known as Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the would-be suicide bomber who tried to blow up a transatlantic airliner last week.

Mr Galloway said last night that he did not attend any of the events in War on Terror Week and had no record in his parliamentary diary of any contact with UCL Islamic Society. Mr Bindman, a visiting professor at UCL, said that he could not recall the event or meeting Mr Abdulmutallab.

Little Green Footballs ran a thread about it back then and saved the promo poster:

In the lower left hand corner one can see "approved by Umar Farouk..."

Here's a larger version hosted at from the thread about War on Terror Week:

Umar and his pals at UCL Islamic Society were savvy enough to put a video up on YouTube at the UCLU channel promoting the event.

Click here to view video.

The Islamic Society's partner in War on Terror Week, UCL Union Stop the War Society, posted six pictures at their Web site from the event. Here are two:

The UCL Islamic Society was pretty excited about the event. They posted at their Web site about a big pre-WOTW night out on the town:

Night out 2 Pandoos!

Well before the intensity of the War on Terror hits us, we felt the need to organise a night out and what better way to relax and enjoy yourselves than to, chill, sit back and enjoy some good halal food! Add to that the fact that it will be discounted heavily and your in for a right treat! For £5, you'll get half a chicken, chips and a drink, and this isn't just any old chicken, it's a Pandoos chicken!

To join us as we chill ISoc style, be sure to meet us at 5pm outside Bloomsbury Theatre (Gordon Street) and we'll make our way to the infamous Brick Lane.

Date: Friday 26th January (i.e. Tonight)
Time: 5:00pm
Meeting Place: Bloomsbury Theatre
Restaurant: Pandoos (Brick Lane)
UCLU Islamic Society

That a terrorist would emerge from the antiwar movement is no surprise to those who are paying attention. Obama's pal Bill Ayers went from anti-war activist to terrorist in a short time.

The modern antiwar movement in America works hand in hand with Islamic terrorists and, like the Stop the War Society, works with radical 'Islamic Societies.'

The antiwar movement has one other tie to Umar the bomber. He claims he went to Yemen to study Arabic. Funny, so did this character with Iraq Veterans Against the War:

From the Yemen Times, 2008

A former U.S. Navy lieutenant has been living in Sana’a for seven months, having resigned in protest from serving in Iraq. Harvey Tharp was a full lieutenant in the U.S. Navy when he was called to serve in Iraq due to his knowledge of the Arabic language. Upon his departure from Yemen, he spoke to The Yemen Times about the moral challenges he faced, which led to the ending of his military career, and what he learned from his time spent with Yemeni people.

What will you do when you return to the U.S.?

I’m a member of the Iraq Veterans Against the War. As the only officer who has joined, I’m the highest ranked. When I was in military school, I was taught that if you find yourself completely alone in your stance, you’re probably wrong. This time, though, I don’t think I’m wrong.

I’m going to Washington, D.C. for the winter soldier hearings from March 13-16. Fifty members from the Iraq Veterans Against the War will testify to war crimes they witnessed or even participated in and I’ll be there in support.


Why did you come to Yemen?

Due to my time in Iraq, I developed post-traumatic stress disorder, so I’m unable to work and I have some spare time. I wanted to improve my Arabic to see if I could get back into translating and I heard that the Yemeni dialect is very close to standard Arabic, as well as that it seemed like a very interesting place to visit.


Who are you going to vote for in the upcoming U.S. presidential election?

I’m disappointed that Barack Obama – who campaigned against the war from the start – hasn’t committed to pulling troops out of Iraq immediately. However, he’s the best anti-war candidate, so I’ll vote for him.

Let me be clear, I'm not accusing Harvey Tharp of being a terrorist. I'm just pointing out that he went to Yemen, of all places, to study Arabic just like Umar the bomber. Just a coincidence that two antiwar activists go to Yemen, that's all.

P.S., here is the You Tube video by the UCL Islamic Society for Justice Week 2008. Nice of them to do it in English for us.

Excellent work. The left-wing has continually forged a war campaign against America on three flanks:

1.) Wage a continual campaign against the moral argument for any action taken by the United States to defend itself for it’s enemies. (The anti-war movement, and anti-Bush movement.)

2.) Wage a continual campaign in support of the rights of the enemy. ( Close Gimto, give terrorist’s Consitutional rights, protect enemy communications across our borders, and too many more to list )

3.) Actively support the enemy. (The human shields, Code Pink, democrat members of Congress standing side by side with Saddam, liberal lawyers defending terrorists and even getting arrested for suppoting them, and this list is now growing as well)

Years and years ago I thought of writing a book called “The Sleeper Cell Party” about the democrats. Every year the book could be growing the more we learn. In every way the left-wing never ceases to show their hatred of America.

26 posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 9:35:37 PM by TheBigIf
Are We Under an Islamist ‘Tet Offensive’?
I tried for years to warn people about the dangers militant Islam poses for America, Israel, and the entire West:

- Islam, a Religion of Peace®? The Most Damning links...--

Watch the videos, read the links, ponder the quotes.
Wake up, and smell the Jihad...
Flight 253 Attack Bombshell Eyewitness Revelations Videos

...did anyone see the SHARP DRESSED MAN....?

Watch the video.....the guy from Sudan is on the Left....

Revenge of the 'Shoe Bomber'

...our first mistake was in not making the death penalty automatic for jihad terrorists

Detroit terror attack: bomber linked to Muslim extremist (by MI5 in 2005 in London)

Under Obama National Security Takes a Backseat to … Well, Everything

The Balkan Problem, Part 1

by coldwarrior ( 112 Comments › )
Filed under Al Qaeda, Islamists, Racism, Religion, Serbia at December 29th, 2009 - 12:00 pm

Several times on Blogmocracy, the actions of the Serbs in the FYRs (former Yugoslav Republics) have come up for discussion. What is lacking in these discussions is the background, history, and ethnic tension that underlies the actions. This post will attempt to clarify how a culture of Serbian Orthodox Christians can end up as war criminals. What drives civilized men to massacre? This is part one in a series. Next, Did the US and NATO pick the wrong side in the Yugoslavian Wars?


The above map is for the 1st Serbian Empire in the late 1300’s. Do note the proximity of Serbia from Constantinople and Rome, between the Muslim Ummah and Western Christian Europe. Keep the geography in mind when considering the animosity between Roman Catholics, Muslims, and Orthodox Christians. The geography is at the crossroads of three religions and is in the path of later Muslim Expansion from what is now Turkey.

The Serbs, as a civilization, have occupied the area of what is now Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, and Bulgaria. By 825 A.D. Serbs are fully converted to Christianity. Over the next generations, Serbia becomes folded into the Eastern Empire of Byzantium. In 1054 the problems begin, the East West Schism between the Roman/Western Catholic Church and Byzantine/Eastern Orthodox Church. The Serbs choose the Orthodox version due to Byzantine pressure while the coastal areas choose the Roman version because of pressure from Venice.

By 1463, the Ottoman Turks (Muslims) take Serbia. For the Next 400 years, the areas of Serbia is a violent area full of intrigue, assassinations, and war between East and West. The land changes hands many times and the population migrates back and forth following any safety that can be found. It is in this period that the Slavs in Bosnia Herzegovina convert to Sunni Islam instead of fighting the Ottoman occupation. In 1766, the Ottomans abolish the Serbian Orthodox Church and subjugate it to Constantinople, and Southern Serbia is colonized by Albanian and Turkish Muslims, uprooting the traditional Serb Orthodox populace.

The stage is set for continued conflict in the 20th Century. The Croatian Catholics are backed by Rome, the Bosnian Muslims are backed by Turkey and then heavily by Iran, the Serbian Orthodox are backed by Russia.

Events of WWII then set the stage for the Serbian actions in the 1990’s. The ethnic/religious splits listed above were exploited by Hitler when his armies invaded Yugoslavia. Hitler found willing allies in the Albanian, Kosovar, and Bosnian Muslims which were openly supported by the Palestinian Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini and Croatian Catholics led by the Pope in Rome and the Nazi Puppet leader of Croatia Ante Pavelic. The Palestinian Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini was a famous anti-Semite. He preached that the Muslims in Yugoslavia should join the 13th Handschar Waffen SS division and the Muslim Albanians should join the 21st Skanderbeg Waffen SS Division, these same divisions would be implicated and found guilty of war crimes such as murder, ethnic cleansing, rape, forced migration against the Orthodox Serbs.

The Catholic Church, through blessings and cooperation from Rome and the active participation of the clergy, especially the Franciscan order in Croatia, were directly responsible for total support of the creation of Ante Pavelic’s fanatical Catholic Ustashe. The end result is ethnic cleansing of Orthodox Serbs and the creation of the Jasenovac Concentration Camp in Croatia, staffed by Ustashe of both Catholic and Muslim religions were responsible for 750,000 Serbs, 60,000 Jews, and 25,000 Gypsies murdered. Yes murdered, not killed in war, murdered in a concentration camp so that the expanded Greater Croatian State could be for Catholics and Muslims only. More people were murdered in the Jasenovac Concentration Camp than died in actual war in Yugoslavia. Pope John-Paul II apologized for this atrocity in 1997.

During the later half of the 20th Century, Yugoslavia, which contained Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Vojvodina, and Kosovo, with all of its ethnic and religious differences is brought under one state by Josip Broz Tito, former leader of the Socialist ‘Partisans’ who fought the Nazi occupiers in WWII. He was able to keep the peace by squashing, violently at times, any hint of nationalism that would occasionally pop up. His leadership by force and personality could not survive his death.

After Tito dies in 1980, Yugoslavia starts to fall apart. The old ethinic hatred is brought right back up to the surface, by the 1990’s war occurs again. Alija Izetbegovic becomes president of Bosnia-Herzegovina. He is the connection to WWII. He was a recruiter for the SS Handschar division and collaborated with the ABWER and GESPTAPO to send Serbs to Jasenovac Concentration Camp. In 1970 he published the Islamic Declaration, where he argues for Sharia law and the creation of an Iranian style Muslim Republic in Bosnia. He also received massive funding from Iran to become president of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Bosnian and Kosovar Serbs become the victims of ethnic hatred and clashed with Muslims and Croatian Catholics. The poor economic condition of the erea at the time helped fuel the fire. Meanwhile, in Croatia, Fanjo Tudjman publicly denies the extent of the Massacre of the Serbs in WWII. This causes fear in the 13% Serbian population in Croatia. War in Croatia breaks out in 1990. The Orthodox Serbs in Croatia fear for their lives and property. Given the history, who can blame them? By 1992, Bosnia-Herzegovina, led by Izedbegovic and backed by Croatia and Iran and other Muslim countries is at war against the Serbs in both Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia proper.

By 1995, the Serbs have the upper hand and allow the anger of the atrocities against them from WWII all the way back to 1054 to get the best of them and the Srebrenica Massacre occurs in July of 1995, 8,000 mostly men are murdered. The Army of the Republic of Serbia and the paramilitary group Scorpions are responsible, I cant say if it was out of revenge for Jasenovac, or out of fear, or both.

For some reason, the caterwauling Christian Amanpour and the rest of the CNN/BBC crew never really bothered to explain to the American people why this massacre occurred. It is as if the Serbs acted in a vacuum, the approximately 800,000 total murders never happened. According to the press and the Clinton State Dept history in the Balkans started with Milosevic in 1988, the history from the above was never discussed; Izedbegovic was an innocent peacemaker, Croatia had never done anything wrong.  Yes the Serb Army and Scorpions should not have done what they did in Srebrenica, but they did not act in a vacuum without any history.

End of part 1.

More Guns, Less Crime in '09


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Christmas day's recycled terrorists: Releases from Gitmo are coming back to haunt us

Liberals are being forced to deal with the cognitive dissonance conjured by the inconvenient truth that Mr. Bush freed al-Shiri from detention and Mr. Obama hunted him down and killed him. We support the targeted killing program because it is the only aspect of Mr. Obama's national security strategy that is reaping concrete benefits. The "blame Bush" mantra, however, is simply a way for Mr. Obama's left-wing supporters to avoid asking hard questions about the future of terrorist detainees.

Meanwhile, potential reinforcements continue to flow to the region under the president's detainee-release program. On Dec. 20, six Yemenis arrived in the country, shortly to rejoin the general population and perhaps later to capture global headlines. This is no way to run a war or, rather, as the Obama administration would have it, an "overseas contingency operation."

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 1:27 AM
Jim Hoft

US officials knew about a Nigerian being prepared for a terrorist attack before Christmas!
FOX News reported:

The U.S. government had intelligence from Yemen before Christmas that leaders of a branch of Al Qaeda there were talking about “a Nigerian” being prepared for a terrorist attack, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

A senior official told the Times that President Obama was told in a private meeting Tuesday while vacationing in Hawaii that the government had a variety of information in its possession before the failed bombing on a Detroit-bound flight last week that would have been a clear warning sign had it been shared among intelligence agencies.

The newspaper said the information did not include the name of the Nigerian.

Obama went snorkeling today.

"He’s swimming and not walking on the water.
Not a good sign."

Lead Story

Yemen, Gitmo, and jihadi revolving doors

By Michelle Malkin  •  December 30, 2009 03:15 AM

My column today spotlights Yemen’s dangerous catch-and-release program for terrorists — and ours. But before you read it, please inform yourselves of this sad passing: American sailor/U.S.S. Cole bombing survivor Johan Gokool died in Florida yesterday. He lost a leg in the attack and suffered severe PTSD. Gokool was 31. R.I.P. and never forget.

In the latest Undy-Bomber-related news, we now learn that the CIA knew of “The Nigerian” in August and had the name of a Nigerian Muslim fanatic meeting with terrorists in Yemen in November, but somehow Abdulmutallab was allowed to fly and retain his active, U.S.-issued visa because the CIA didn’t share its vital file on Abdulmutallab outside its agency. Barry-come-lately acknowledged systemic failures yesterday afternoon — and the White House is finally running away from Janet The Clown-itano’s flirtation with the lone-nut theory.

Now, if they’ll only stop releasing terrorists.


Bleeding hearts and jihadi revolving doors
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2009

Sen. Joe Lieberman was right to sound the alarm about Yemen in the wake of the Undy-Bomber’s Christmas Day terror attack over American skies. But he was wrong to call it “tomorrow’s war.” The Yemen-based jihadist network has been at war with us for years – since before the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions, since before 9/11, and well before our current commander-in-chief had begun his vaunted work as a community organizer.

The bleeding-heart ostriches of the Left are blaming (who else?) cowboy George W. Bush for radicalizing poor, oppressed Yemenis. But the killer fruits of botched bomber Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab’s loom have nothing to do with poverty, social injustice, Western imperialism, or Bush Derangement Syndrome. The fundamentalist Muslim is the privileged son of a Nigerian public official. He lived a “gilded life,” as the Independent of London described it, studying engineering at one of Britain’s most prestigious universities before training for terror in Yemen.

Media sympathizers have spotlighted Abdulmutallab’s web postings bemoaning his “loneliness.” But more compassion and empathy – the remedy Barack Obama prescribed in an infamously clueless Chicago community newspaper op-ed after the 9/11 attacks – are useless salves to the terrorist’s damned soul. Like so many of his wealthy, educated jihad brothers and sisters before him from Osama bin Laden to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to Fort Hood mass killer Nidal Hasan, M.D., Abdulmutallab targeted us for who we are – dirty, unbelieving infidels – not anything we’ve denied him.

And for his failed act of self-eunuch-ery and mass murder, the all-too-enlightened leaders of al Qaeda in Yemen and beyond hailed Abdulmutallab as a “hero.”

Another of these “heroes” in Yemen is Jamal Mohammad Ahmad Al Badawi, the convicted mastermind of the U.S.S. Cole bombing that took the lives of 17 American sailors in October 2000. Despite being sentenced to the death penalty, escaping twice from jail, and being indicted in the U.S. on terrorism charges, the Yemeni government freed him in 2007 in exchange for a promise that he renounce his old infidel-murdering ways. More than two dozen of Badawi’s jailbreak buddies, including bin Laden’s former secretary, Nasir Wahayshi, reunited to form the jihadi training team that now claims it supplied Abdulmutallab with his incendiary device.

Yemen human rights activist and blogger Jane Novak has reported for years on how Yemeni intelligence and military officials have facilitated al Qaeda training camps – often providing “safe houses, training and passports to the jihadists that travel to Iraq to attempt to kill US troops.” The Yemeni government, Novak also points out, has also used al Qaeda mercenaries to fight northern rebels and to train tribal militias. Jihad spiritual advisor Anwar Awlaki, linked to the 9/11 hijackers and Fort Hood mass killer Nidal Hasan, also calls Yemen home – and reportedly blessed the Crotch Bomber attack, according to the Washington Times. (See also Bill Roggio: “Yemen permits wanted al Qaeda leaders to operate in the open.”)

Now, the Yemen government has the gall to blame the West for not providing enough assistance to stop the breeding of hundreds of future, flying Crotch Bombers.

America, unfortunately, is hardly in a position to criticize Yemen’s jihadi revolving door. ABC News reported this week that two of the four jihadi leaders behind the Christmas Day terror plot were released from Gitmo during the Bush administration in November 2007. (What a quandary for Bush-bashers who have stubbornly denied that Gitmo recidivism threatens our national security.) The freed detainees were shipped off to terror-friendly Saudi Arabia, where they underwent “art therapy rehabilitation” – the ultimate bloody brainchild of the jihadi-as-victim mindset.

In January 2009, the two “rehabilitated” recidivists released a video vowing to wage jihad to “aid the religion,” “establish the rightly-guided caliphate,” and “to fight against our enemies.” One of the duo, Said Ali al-Shihri, is suspected of involvement in a deadly bombing of the United States Embassy in Yemen’s capital, Sana, in September 2008.

Another Yemeni at Gitmo, Ali Hamza al Bahlul, was convicted by a U.S. military tribunal in the last days of the Bush administration for conspiring with al Qaeda, soliciting murder and providing material support for terrorism. He had scripted the videotaped wills of two September 11 hijackers and boasted of making a two-hour al Qaeda commercial designed to recruit suicide bombers, according to FBI testimony. The recruitment ad celebrated the U.S.S. Cole bombers in Yemen.

Hundreds of Yemeni detainees at Gitmo abandoned the benefit of the doubt years ago. Yet, Attorney General Eric Holder’s law firm, Covington and Burling, has provided dozens of them pro bono legal representation and sob-story media relations campaigns. True to form, former Covington and Burling lawyer Mark Falkoff dedicated a book of Gitmo detainee poetry to his Yemeni suspected terrorist “friends inside the wire.” And the White House is rolling out the red carpet to bring them to U.S. soil for civilian trials.

At a time when we should be disabling the jihadi revolving door, its rotating shaft is spinning out of control.

With Even M-O-R-E!
Deja vu...

Now Entering….The Lizardoid Zone

by ChenZhen ( 168 Comments › )
Filed under Blogwars, LGF, Progressives at December 29th, 2009 - 9:10 pm

OK,  I know that these LGF flashbacks are getting a little played out, but it’s been a little while for me.  And, hey, I still follow you guys (even if it is just via twitter sometimes), and every so often something pops up that I think you might find amusing.  So…follow me…


Lizardoid: Report: Bush Administration Released Two Al Qaeda Leaders Behind NW 253 Terror Plot

Crib notes:  Bad guys got released from gitmo. It’s Bush’s fault, and/or the Saudis…and he called it two years ago.


And with that, you are transported to the alternate “called it two years ago” Lizardoid Universe.  This is a cute story, 2-something years in the making, folks:

Anyone remember that thread?   This is classic stuff.

For the record, I entered this one with a sort of disbelief, since there was nothing presented to back up the assertion.    It was just kinda blurted out there.  So, I basically went in the thread in progressive flame warrior mode, shrugged my shoulders, put my hands up, and laid a grenade on the lizard table (ya know, where they have their “gamy buttocks“).   The usual lizard swarm appeared.  (It’s kinda entertaining if you want to follow the timestamp and go back.  Of course, I conceded that “left” elements may have pushed for extending certain rights for the prisoners, but I kept coming back to the question of who actually released them.)

And as is written (for now) in the annals of “tough room”, there was a period of noble and deft swarm management on my part.  But, eventually…well,  I just couldn’t believe we were arguing about blaming the “left” for something that was obviously Bush territory.  So, I posted 351:

Crib notes:  For the last time.  If they’re released, the administration released them.  As in, the Bush administration.

The response was…disappointing:

Crib notes: You’re dumb.

If you continue follow the thread, you’ll see that I ducked out for a bit, and came back with some fact checking, and proved that it really was a matter that Bush’s DOD took on a case-by-case basis and often involved a lot of back-channel diplomacy (not with the “left”, of course, but with other nations).  And… pounced on again, I was.

After all, the Clairvoyant One had spoken.

Exit question: What do you suppose is the statute of limitations for “hat tips”?

The Proggies are restless

This is a hilarious if not semi-righteous rant from a libprog blogger. He’s seriously tinkled off at our blunder-in-chief:

But the little prick is making it very hard.

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

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

Verrrrry angry, indeed...

It goes on and on and on. Read the whole thing.

Overnight Open Thread (Mætenloch)

—Open Blog

Good evening morons. And welcome to the boringest night of the week.

Leaked: Dept of Homeland Security's Post Underwear Bomb Airplane Rules
Here's a leaked copy of the actual TSA new security procedures after the underwear bomber's failed attempt on Christmas. Basically flying is going to suck a lot more for a while: no internet, phones, live programming, GPSs, and no items at all in your lap or getting out of your seats during the last hour of flight. Of course these were all supposed to be kept secret so the terrorists couldn't adjust, but I guess that bird has flown.

Of course this will do nothing to keep another underwear bomb off the plane. Only air sniffers or body scanners have a chance of detecting these kind of bombs. So get used to virtual stripping to board planes in the future.

Update: According to this article all Canada to US flights now ban carry-on bags. On the plus side flight crews now have discretion on the 'last-hour' rules.Continue reading

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Lost against the background noise.

France Cans Carbon Tax – Viva la Revolucion!

Islamberg New York

They're not bothering to hide their real intentions anymore.

I think this belongs here-Miracle birth

Two fascinating years in the battle for freedom

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White House Prepares for Immigration Overhaul Battle

US Population Hits 308M (New immigrant every 37 seconds)

Voter Attitudes Towards Health Care Plan Harden--58% Opposed

Sen. Dodd, D-Conn., slashed aviation security funding for pet constituency

Now that our attention is focused on airline security measures thanks to the failed airline attack on Christmas Day, it's worth mentioning that one senator took money away from aviation security to line the pockets of a constituency that supported his presidential campaign in a big way. Back in July, Senator Chris Dodd, D-Conn., proposed an amendment reducing aviation security appropriations by $4.5 million in favor of firefighter grants -- a notoriously inneffective program. In fact, the money was specifically "for screening operations and the amount for explosives detection systems." The amendment was also sponsored by Sen. Lieberman, D-Conn., and Sen. Carper, D-Del., but Dodd deserves to be singled out here because the firefighters union is a pet constituency of his. In 2007 he campaigned all through Iowa with the firefighters union. It was one of the few distinguishable features of Dodd's ill-fated presidential bid.

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EDITORIAL: The pooh-pooh presidency--Don't worry, this terror thing is no biggie

Hard Questions, All-Too-Easy Answers: The law-enforcement mentality reigns supreme once again.

Iran Suspected of $500 Million Deal for Rogue Uranium

 No-nonsense, whisky-loving Thatcher exposed in British files...

The REAL History of Free Republic, 2009 Edition (c)

Appointment with The Apocalypse- the Waco Files

-- I expect Kommander ZerØ will mull over something like this to keep the peasants in line...

A Cold and Snowy January (2010 ) in Store

Major Northern Hemisphere Cold Snap Coming

Movement to Fire Every current Congress Member

What can be done to stop Democrats from selecting the candidate they want to run against Obama?

This is a matter of grave concern to us, because we believe the current president’s unprecedented decision to maintain his political campaign organization, in perpetual campaign mode, during his presidency means that in 2011, if not sooner, Democrats will work aggressively to select a doomed Republican presidential candidate for 2012. We believe, as we repeatedly say here, the MSM is already at work on this, pushing “The Five Horsemen of the GOP 2012 Apocalypse”. Currently, the men being pushed for 2012 by the media are Mitt Romney, John Thune, Tim Pawlenty, Charlie Crist, and John Huntsman. Some weeks, Bobby Jindal replaces Hunstman. On rare occasions, Haley Barbour or Newt Gingrich are up there instead of Crist. None of these men can do what needs to be done in 2012:

(1) Provide an obvious, clearcut, immediate remedy to Dr. Utopia, since a winning GOP candidate must be a narrative answer to all of Dr. Utopia’s failures

(2) Excite supporters to hit the ground, phone bank, donate, and work their tails off to take back the White House

(3) Control the campaign’s message despite the media’s every effort to sabotage and destroy it

Republicans need to understand they are not just up against the DNC and the White House. They are also going to have to run against the MSM itself in 2012. The MSM is 100% committed to re-electing Dr. Utopia. Many, such as Chris Matthews at MSNBC, have said on air their job is to see that he succeeds. The only positive thing we can say about the MSM, thus, is that they are so open about what they are doing. They are no longer journalists, but de facto political staff volunteering for Dr. Utopia while being paid as “journalists”.

Here is what we think is going to happen as 2012 approaches:

(A) The MSM will continue, every day, to throw everything they can at Sarah Palin in efforts to destroy her personally, and to break her spirit so that she decides it’s not worth running. The MSM is engaged in what we can only liken to the Blitz on London: they will saturate bomb the Palins for the next two years so that someone in the family breaks and convinces Palin herself that they can’t take any more of this and want her to get out of the spotlight. Of course, the flaw in this is that such a thing will never happen. The Palins need to realize they are now one of “America’s families”. Too many people love them, too many hate them, and too many are fascinated by them for the MSM to ever let them go. Even if Sarah Palin retired completely, as the MSM would like, and lived the rest of her life as a hermit on an obscure island in Alaska, the MSM would continue to report on everything this family did. They all are, honestly, just too damn interesting for the MSM to let go of. So, they’re in a very weird position. Damned if she runs, damned if she doesn’t, and guaranteed to be pummeled and harrassed no matter what, really.

(B) The DNC will coordinate with ACORN, the SEIU, and other criminal organizations to rig the Iowa Caucus just as they did in 2008. This is so very easy to do. The caucuses in Iowa can only charitably be described as “wonton chaos-fests”. The people running them are very, very old and in many cases senile. Dr. Utopia’s operatives gained control of the doors and voter registration tables for the 2008 caucuses. If you didn’t look like you were going to vote the way they wanted you to, you were not allowed to caucus. WE SAW THEM DO THIS. They will do it again in 2012, only this time they’re going to push Pawlenty or Romney to a win in Iowa to stop Sarah Palin. Democrats will bus down from Chicago to vote Romney or Pawlenty. It will be unreal and wholly transparent, but the MSM will refuse to cover the story and will instead pretend, all of a sudden, everyone in the world is excited about Tim Pawlenty — a man who looks like he’s made of mayonnaise, Wonderbread, and bathroom caulk.

(C) After Romney or Pawlenty wins Iowa, the MSM will next work to make sure whoever that is comes in second in New Hampshire, so the race looks like it’s a “Romney or Pawlenty” choice, forcing Palin out – the way they repeatedly tried to force Hillary Clinton out of the race and that vile, deceased pig Tim Russert used to bellow loudly “Get out! Get out! Get out!”.

(D) Starting in South Carolina, with Palin out, the MSM will then start to push whoever is the absolute worst of the men left in the race. That would be either Jindal or Crist. Jindal is the single ugliest politician the Republicans have put forward for any elected office in our nation’s history. He is awkward, goofy, ugly, and once participated in an exorcism. There will never be any national movement to have this man’s face put on portraits in every government building in the country, let alone our money. Crist is, of course, a former patron of the Green Iguana bar in Tampa, Florida, whose recent marriage to novelty products and fake beards heiress Carole Rome fools no one. Both would be electoral college disasters.

(E) The MSM does not want Dr. Utopia to squeak by with a win, they want him to have a blowout. So, the MSM will push whatever man they think could flame out most spectacularly in 2012. Ain’t no bigger flamer than Charlie Crist. At least that’s what they say down at the Green Iguana. The racial cudgel could be used to push Jindal, with the MSM insisting Republicans would be RAAACIST not to push the first Indian-American as its nominee. We doubt that would work, but The Marginot Line teaches us entrenched organizations tend to fight future battles with successful tactics of the past. Since race-baiting worked so well in the 2008 campaign, and the MSM so thoroughly enjoyed engaging in it, with personal glee, expect it to be used again in 2012.

(F) The wildest thought we have had about 2012 involves Levi Johnston, and we didn’t really know where to fit this into the mix, so we’ll leave it here at (F). It sure feels to us, living in a big city and being familiar with the bar and party scene, that the MSM is pushing Johnston on a road to self-destruction. He keeps getting these invites to Hollywood parties, where drugs are available, and to weird adult-industry gatherings, where drugs are available. It feels like there’s a deliberate and coordinated push to get this kid hooked on drugs so that he hurts himself in the future — and possibly even ends up dead from an overdose or car accident or something. THEN, the MSM will start accusing the Palins of murdering him. It’s the only thing they have not accused this family of, yet. It feels like people are saying, “Hey, get that kid over to an open bar and let’s see what happens. Could be fun. He could really f*** himself up and that would be great TV”. Here in Boystown, if you don’t like someone at work or wherever, you start giving them chocolates. Then, after a while, you start bringing in pastries, working up to doughnuts, giving them candy all the time, until you make them fat. Then, you sit back and enjoy the mess you’ve made of them, as they’re depressed they’ve gotten fat, so then you can start bringing in pizza for lunch to make them fatter. We swear, people here play manipulative games like this. Beware Greeks bearing gifts, and gays holding chocolate.

Democrats are already plotting and scheming to hold onto the White House in 2012.

Republicans, meanwhile, are staring up at the ceiling or sitting on their couches refusing to think about 2012 until sometime mid-2012. Like they always do.

The only way to stop the MSM and the DNC is to start thinking about what can be done NOW to prevent them from running one of The Five Horsemen against Dr. Utopia.

How can we stop the DNC from gaming the Iowa caucus itself, which needs to be gamed to set their whole plan in motion.

What think you?

Don't Cry For Me, America

Understanding Taqiyya: Islamic Principle of Lying for the Sake of Allah

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Why I Miss George W. Bush

Understand, we have the first administration in history that is an administration of thugs...  if you disagree with the Obama gang, you are a racist or a Nazi.

Sharp dressed man and flight 253: what was left out of the story? (MSM sheltering Obama?)

REPORTING ANOTHER FLIGHT 253 ARREST, confirming a passenger report that had earlier been unconfirmed. But now they’re saying the second person was detained for “reasons unrelated to the attack.” Lots more coverage here.

Top Ten reasons it took Obama 3 days to respond to terror attempt

10. My teleprompter was on vacation last week.
9. Polishing a Nobel Prize takes longer than you think.
8. It was Bush's fault. (Hey, it worked last year.)
7. The waves here in Hawaii are bitchen, dude.
6. Janet Napolitano said the system worked great, even if I couldn't get email on my Blackberry for a while there.
5. This sort of thing just ain't supposed to happen on my watch.
4. It was Bush's fault.
3. Axelrod never told me I'd have to work holidays.
2. I was busy celebrating Festivus.
And the Number One excuse Obama can give for taking so long to respond to the attempted attack on Northwest Flight 253:
I was busy looking for my birth certificate.

US Military Forces Refusing Orders from Barack Obama and Taking it to Court (Video)

Obama’s refusal to release his original vital records screams out that he also believes it matters and is hiding something.

If what Obama is hiding is a report by grandma of a home birth, I believe that financial and investigative resources would be made available to intensify efforts to validate the Kenya BCs by folks who would be emboldened by the opening such a report would allow for a foreign birth.

All it would take is blood in the water ( for the swarming to begin )...

Eight reasons why Dems will lose the House in 2010

MAUREEN DOWD: As the Nation’s Pulse Races, Obama Can’t Seem to Find His. Is it just me, or does he seem like he’s not enjoying the Presidency as much as he expected? Plus, comparing Janet Napolitano to Janet Reno? Harsh. (Via Ed Morrissey, who notes that Dowd’s sounding like Cheney these days. “If Obama has lost Maureen Dowd, then perhaps the outrageous outrage that erupted this morning over Cheney’s remarks should be reconsidered. Be sure to read Dowd’s entire column, a sentence I thought I’d never write.”)
TEA PARTY GROUPS growing in North Georgia. And everywhere else, which is a mixed bag for the sclerotic, out-of-touch Republican leadership . . .

Interpol: The International Enforcement Arm of the Islamic Republic of Iran

by Baron Bodissey

Andy McCarthy asks an important question about President Obama’s notorious order to grant immunity to agents of Interpol: “Why Does Interpol Need Immunity from American Law?”

Being constrained by the Fourth Amendment, FOIA, and other limitations of the Constitution and federal law that protect the liberty and privacy of Americans is what prevents law-enforcement and its controlling government authority from becoming tyrannical.

On Wednesday, however, for no apparent reason, President Obama issued an executive order removing the Reagan limitations. That is, Interpol’s property and assets are no longer subject to search and confiscation, and its archives are now considered inviolable. This international police force (whose U.S. headquarters is in the Justice Department in Washington) will be unrestrained by the U.S. Constitution and American law while it operates in the United States and affects both Americans and American interests outside the United States.

Interpol works closely with international tribunals (such as the International Criminal Court — which the United States has refused to join because of its sovereignty-surrendering provisions, though top Obama officials want us in it). It also works closely with foreign courts and law-enforcement authorities (such as those in Europe that are investigating former Bush administration officials for purported war crimes — i.e., for actions taken in America’s defense).

Why would we elevate an international police force above American law? Why would we immunize an international police force from the limitations that constrain the FBI and other American law-enforcement agencies?

Why, indeed?

Here’s one possible explanation: Interpol is acting as the international enforcement arm of the terrorist regime known as the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Agents for the mullahs would not enjoy the esteem and confidence of the average American citizen (or law enforcement officer), so granting them immunity is a necessary step that will allow them to operate efficiently and effectively on American territory. The Obama administration has been doing its best to suck up to Tehran, and the immunization of Interpol looks to be part and parcel of the program.

According to The Local:
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Baron Bodissey | 12/30/2009 11:10:00 AM
Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 4:02 PM
Jim Hoft

Here’s your big joke of the day.

Democrats claim that the snorkler in chief is more aggressive fighting ‘man caused disasters’ than Bush.
The Hill reported:

Democratic strategists Wednesday asserted President Barack Obama “has been far more aggressive in fighting al Qaeda” than the previous administration .

In an e-mail this afternoon to supporters — which incidentally excoriated Republicans for politicizing the attempted bombing of Flight 253 — the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) stressed it was President George W. Bush, not his successor, who relegated the fight against the terrorist network to the back burner by turning “its focus from al Qaeda to Iraq.”

Ultimately, the DCCC’s charge on Wednesday is but a direct response to a new fundraising pitch by Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.) — a petition Democrats say exploits the terrorism plot in an attempt to raise campaign dollars.

Hoekstra, who is running for governor in Michigan, asked voters in a letter on Tuesday “who will stand up the Obama/Pelosi efforts to weaken our security” to donate to his gubernatorial war chest.

“It is insulting that The Obama administration would make such a claim, but then again, these are the same weak-kneed liberals who have recently tried to bring Guantanamo Bay terrorists right here to Michigan!” Hoekstra wrote earlier this week.

For the record: In Operation Iraqi Freedom more than 19,429 Al-Qaeda and Islamic militants have been killed. Over 18,900 insurgents have been captured.

The 30 year papers: How Maggie handbagged the world in just eight months


  An interesting bit on fuel station infrastructure now, no need to go all apocalyptic / mountain [of supplies] out of a molehill.

It's enough to know which tank you need to break into, if and when you ever need to.
And get yourself a nice SuperSiphon


Climategate on Finnish TV

The You Tube videos are above at McIntyre's site but to see them at You Tube, click here

French Revolution! Carbon tax ruled unconstitutional just two days before taking effect

Posted by Kate at 8:11 AM| Comments (28)
Lorne Gunter has written a good article in the National Post that relates to this subject:

Willis Eschenbach on complexity

by snork ( 8 Comments › )
Filed under Global Warming Hoax, Science at December 30th, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Excuse me for writing a post that simply refers to someone else’s blog post, but there’s a fellow who describes himself as a “cowboy scientist” around the climate blogosphere, who has a gift for clear writing, and has attacked what I think it a very core but very difficult issue pivotal to understanding what the whole climate food fight as all about. His name is Willis Eschenbach. Remember that name.

At the highly recommended climate-weather-science blog WattsUpWithThat, Willis has a somewhat long, but very clear and insightful piece on why the “basic physics” argument used by the alarmists – the claim that  the greenhouse effect is 150 years old, and dates back to Joseph Fourier in the mid-19th century, and thus is well established and well understood (which is more-or-less true) – is a specious argument.

Please read the whole piece; it will give insight into why this is as silly as saying that rivers should be straight lines. But (spoiler alert!) here’s the final paragraph:

Final conclusion? Because climate is a flow system far from equilibrium, it is ruled by the Constructal Law. As a result, there is no physics-based reason to assume that increasing CO2 will make any difference to the global temperature, and the Constructal Law gives us reason to think that it may make no difference at all. In any case, regardless of Arrhenius, the “simple physics” relationship between CO2 and global temperature is something that we cannot simply assume to be true.

Or put another way, the “simple physics” is a small, and likely not dominant part of a chaotic system. What he’s describing is related to the butterfly effect, which is part of chaos theory, and the reason why, for practical intents and purposes, certain things in nature aren’t deterministic, or at least in the way that we would at first blush think.

That, in addition to the fact that anyone who claims that we really understand all the factors involved is either ignorant or lying. There is much that isn’t well understood at all. Knowing how a quarter of something works isn’t likely to allow you to predict how it’s going to behave.

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Here we go: White House gearing up to push amnesty in 2010

Why not? What do they have to lose? They’ve already pissed away independents and re-energized conservatives thanks to ObamaCare. Might as well use next year to check as many boxes left on their agenda as they can before they take their beating. Amnesty, cap-and-trade, transferring Gitmo detainees to the U.S.: Pour it on and hope that progressives and Latinos will react by turning out in numbers just high enough to keep the House in Democratic hands. Even if it backfires, how bad can the damage be? They lose 35 seats instead of 30?

In fact, this may help them pass ObamaCare next month. What other way is there to read this except as a signal to Blue Dogs — and Harry Reid, whom Pelosi expects to take the lead on this — that The One’s fully prepared to sacrifice them on the altar of his liberal policy wishlist? Now they can grit their teeth, vote yes on whatever he wants them to, and fall on their swords nobly next November. We’ll miss you, Dingy.

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CLIVE CROOK: A Double Standard On Obama And Terrorism? “Well of course Republicans are playing politics–which is deplorable, and something that Democrats would never do. But in my circle–I mix with all kinds–it isn’t just Republicans who were incredulous at the still-growing catalogue of errors, and awe-struck by Janet Napolitano’s initial view that the system had worked.”

 Quote Of The Day. “Just to clarify, this is the same former vice president who we were told was Darth Vader, ruthless and cruel, obsessed with terrorism, draconian and lacking in perspective, stopping at nothing to find anyone who could be even remotely connected to al-Qaeda and using excruciatingly painful forms of interrogation that leave decent souls traumatized and Jack Bauer wincing. “And now we’re supposed to believe he’s insufficiently interested in condemning the attackers?”

UPDATE: Ron Radosh: Will Obama Now Protect Us?

In last night’s remarks, President Barack Obama made another one of his late-in-the-game, 180 degree turnarounds. Not only did the system not work, as asserted by Robert Gibbs and Janet Napolitano after the Christmas Day incident aboard Flight 253, but now the President is calling it a “systemic failure” in our intelligence agency apparatus. No longer is it, as Obama said earlier, an “isolated incident” committed by the “alleged” terrorist.

The government, it is clear, knows that al-Qaeda was behind the attack, had information beforehand that someone from Nigeria would be involved, and had “warning signs” that were ignored. And just as before 9/11, intelligence agencies either did not share material some of them had with the other parts of the security apparatus. It also is now known that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had engaged in much activity that gave even his father cause to worry, as President Obama acknowledged.

Read the whole thing.


So, do any of you morons and moronettes (H/T; Ace ) remember this?

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

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"The Same Old Washington Blame Game".

Posted by Kate at 8:24 PM| Comments (27)
"B.O. is a smooth speaker, who is actually scared to death of the position he is in ."Frozen in the headlights" comes to mind."
"Obama is like Chamberlain. He knows he has a problem, but he doesn't have what it takes to deal with it, so he's stalling for time."

Why is Obama still in Hawaii?

December 30, 2009 02:09 AM by Michelle Malkin155 Comments | 1 Trackback

...take a good look back on the double standards favoring Obama over Bush on just about EVERYTHING...

Full body scanners are being put into immediate use — by the Dutch

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The Netherlands announced Wednesday will immediately begin using full body scanners for flights heading to the United States, issuing a report that called the failed Christmas Day airline bombing a “professional” terror attack.

Officials say Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian, managed to board Northwest Airlines Flight 253 to Detroit from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport carrying undetected explosives but failed to detonate them. The plane was carrying over 300 people.

“It is not exaggerating to say the world has escaped a disaster,” Interior Minister Guusje Ter Horst told a news conference.

In its preliminary report, the Dutch government called the plan to blow up the Detroit-bound aircraft “professional” but said its execution was “amateurish.” [...]

The Dutch minister said U.S. had not wanted these scanners to be used previously because of privacy concerns but said there was now agreement with Washington authorities that “all possible measures will be used on flights to the U.S.”

Meanwhile, officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday that a man tried to board a commercial airliner in the Somali capital of Mogadishu last month carrying powdered chemicals, liquid and a syringe in a case bearing chilling similarities to the Detroit airliner plot.

The Somali man — whose name has not yet been released — was arrested by African Union peacekeeping troops before the Nov. 13 Daallo Airlines flight took off. It had been scheduled to travel from Mogadishu to the northern Somali city of Hargeisa, then to Djibouti and Dubai. A Somali police spokesman, Abdulahi Hassan Barise, said the suspect is in Somali custody.

“We don’t know whether he’s linked with al-Qaida or other foreign organizations, but his actions were the acts of a terrorist. We caught him red-handed,” said Barise.

NOT a “B+”, Barry.

Why does Janet Incompetano still have a job? Why should we be asked to trust anything she blathers?

via Little Miss Attila, The Anchoress nails it on why Obama has been so detached and tired lately.

But I suspect that Obama’s listless speechifying is betraying a restless impatience. I suspect Obama is bored with being president, and it’s not because he is too smart for the office, but because the office is too much like real work.

I suspect all he ever wanted was the campaign glory (though not the inconvenience of interrupted waffles), the adoring headlines, and the ability to pick up a phone and ask for anything he wants without hearing a “no” on the other end.

I suspect that what Obama wanted was to be the King, not the President. The King’s role is largely ceremonial. In time of national tragedy the King goes before the camera and says, “this is very sad.” If he can assign blame on a perceived enemy he does so, and then he steps aside and retires to his amusements while those actually in charge clean up the mess and determine how to prevent future messes. Everyone loves the King, defers to the King, rushes to do for the King, but the King -who tends to get bored and distracted by the dry business of actually governing- is responsible for very little, and most are just as glad of it.

To expand, I suspect that Barack Obama, child of privilege and born “black” into a left-dominated culture that fetishized him, grew up feeling entitled to his good fortune, regardless of real effort. His whole life he has had people scrambling to do for him, to see him as “the first black [fill in]” so as to be able to say to themselves “see what I did? I helped achieve this so I’m proving I’m not racist.”

Obama wanted healthcare “reform” but handed it off to Pelosi and Reid. Indeed, he bristled at any dissent, so much so, he cut off communication with Republicans on the issue last March. “I Won” Obama feels entitled to unquestioned deference — along with media facetime on his terms and whims. Just let him eat his waffle or make his tee time.

OUR NEW “POST-MODERN RACE PROBLEM.”  “Steele writes an excellent essay — providing a great starting point for the self-examination that will be required of us in the years to come as we ask ourselves how this charming young man became President of the United States.”

Anarchists Of The World, Unite!

"Anarchism never was the sort of closed totalitarian system that Marxism aspired to be."

Update - EBD claims to have found the Youtube version.

I'm starting to get a little ticked off with the left's habit of ruining perfectly good words - starting with "left".

After the communists began racking up failed states and mass graves, the left appropriated "liberal". Not content with that, they screwed over "progressive". (And don't get me started on "gay".)

And "green" - for God's sake, it's a colour. Have they no shame?

Now, like water claiming ownership of "dry", the crazier among them have declared themselves "anarchists". Anarchists!

After all, these aren't difficult concepts.

This is an anarchist.

You are not anarchists.

You know, for as troublesome as anarchy might be in practical application, it's still preferable to Marxism. In a time of galloping nanny-statism, the prospect of a society purged of bureaucracy seems less threat than romance.

Posted by Kate at 12:01 AM| Comments (32)
'I find it entertaining that she seems to see no inherent contradiction between "maximizing personal liberty" and "authority devolved to the local level and exercised through direct democracy". But then these kind of pie-in-the sky armchair politicos always seem to think themselves terribly smart when they "discover" something Enlightenment philosophers figured out three hundred years ago. We had a local "barter network" congratulate themselves endlessly on solving the problem of "I want to trade with Bob, but I don't have anything Bob wants" with the introduction of "barter dollars". Good job, geniuses, you've successfully invented money. ::facepalm::'

LGF 1.0: Obama greater than Jesus

by snork ( 61 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Humor, LGF, Leftists, Media, Open thread, Progressives at December 30th, 2009 - 9:00 pm

Ok, it wasn’t from the blog, it was from the link viewer, but this is pretty bizarre:

EDITORIAL: Obama greater than Jesus

This isn’t a spoof. This is completely straight-faced serious. From Denmark, this is an actual op-ed:

He is provocative in insisting on an outstretched hand, where others only see animosity.

His tangible results in the short time that he has been active – are few and far between. His greatest results have been created with words and speeches – words that remain in the consciousness of their audience and have long-term effects.

He comes from humble beginnings and defends the weak and vulnerable, because he can identify himself with their conditions.

And no we are not thinking of Jesus Christ, whose birthday has just been celebrated – - but rather the President of the United States Barack Hussein Obama.

Is pot legal there?

On the other hand, we have Jesus’ miracles that everyone still remembers, but which only benefitted a few. At the same time, we have the wonderful parables about his life and deeds that we know from the New Testament, but which have been interpreted so differently over the past 2000 years that it is impossible to give an unequivocal result of his work.

Obama is, of course, greater than Jesus – if we have to play that absurd Christmas game. But it is probably more meaningful to insist that with today’s domestic triumph, that he has already assured himself a place in the history books – a space he has good chances of expanding considerably in coming years.

Aye aye aye aye aye…

And with that, It’s open thread time.

Obama turns water into Whine

You can read about it in the Holy Book of Alinski. Parables for radicals

Sigh. The Danes and Scandinavians- once the terror of Europe. Their legacy now is the Volvo and crappy furniture you need an Allen wrench to assemble.

Rasmussen: Opposition to ObamaCare Reaches New High

—Gabriel Malor

58% are opposed, with only 39% supporting the President's attempt to cripple America's healthcare system.

While several individual components of the plan are popular, reminding voters of what’s included in the plan has virtually no impact on support for the overall legislation. This suggests that there are not major surprises in the legislation that will cause people to change their opinion of it.


The new figures include 19% who Strongly Favor the plan and 46% who Strongly Oppose it.

This poll is particularly useful as a snapshot of who these crazy folks are who want a healthcare bill no matter what's in it:

It is interesting to note that attitudes towards the plan vary sharply based upon what people see as the primary problem with health care today. Fifty-three percent (53%) say cost is the biggest problem while 23% cite the lack of universal coverage and 13% name the quality of care.

Among those who see the lack of universal coverage as the biggest problem, 86% favor the legislation.

However, among the majority who see cost as the biggest issue, 68% are opposed.

As for those who see the quality of care as the top issue, 87% are opposed to the plan before Congress.

The universal coverage folks are kidding themselves if they think an individual mandate will result in healthcare for every American. Many will continue to go without and there's little difference between foregoing treatment because you have no insurance and foregoing treatment because a government deathpanel won't let your insurer cover it.

Posted by Gabriel Malor at 12:46 PM New Comments Thingy
20 Every American has healthcare already.  Private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, SCHIP, illegal alien visits to Emergency Departments, prison infirmaries.  Everyone is taken care of.  HCR is redistribution of wealth and government control of personal health and finances.  In other words... a fancy word for theft and slavery.

2,246 posted on 12/31/2009 2:33:16 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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Thanks for looking...
2,248 posted on 12/31/2009 3:09:33 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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No Jobs for Ten Years?


State Sales Tax Numbers: The Truth Appears

O's day of reckoning: Iran deadline just plain dead

Victor Davis Hanson: 2009 Chickens and Their 2010 Roost

In the coming year, plenty of our chickens will be coming home to roost.

Take foreign relations. In 2009, the new administration assumed that George W. Bush was largely responsible for global tensions. As a remedy, we loudly reached out to our foes and those with whom we had uneasy relationships.

But so far these leaders -- like Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Russia's Vladimir Putin -- have only interpreted Barack Obama's serial goodwill gestures as weaknesses to be exploited. They play the part of the pushy class bully, we the whiny nerd.

In the waning days of 2009, Iran has announced it has no intention of dismantling its nuclear facilities and ignored the latest Obama deadline to cease. There's no reason not to expect the theocracy to make significant strides in its nuclear program in 2010, while continuing without rebuke to beat and murder democratic dissidents in its streets...


By year's end, oil was creeping back up to $80. If the economic upswing continues, in 2010 it may near its old high of nearly $150 a barrel. Soon we will wish we had done something concrete in 2009 rather than offering more stale rhetoric about wind and solar power.

In other words, 2009 may seem to have ended relatively quietly. But in our foreign relations, in the war against terror, in our massive borrowing, and in our energy policies, we created chickens that soon will come home to roost in 2010.

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Rasmussen: Obamacare Disapproval at New High (More than 2:1 among independent likely voters)

Gee, I wonder why?

Mark Steyn probably said it best in one of his columns and his recent subbing for El Rushbo: that the dems know from the Euroweenie example that once government has life-and-death power over us they will hold all the cards and there will be no going back. If government is all powerful then the Party of Government will be in the driver’s seat at least 95% of the time from then on.

The dems know they will suffer short-term electoral pain for this but they expect the pubbies to blow their comeback as usual and soon accept their permanent minority status in perpetuity.

That’s what Steyn says and I agree. I add that all the dem congresscritters were almost certainly given elaborate promises from Obama, the dem powerplayers and the liberal moneybags donors that they will be set up for life as soon as they are booted by the voters next year. Cushy jobs in the 110 new healthcare bureaucracies and the Soros organizations as well as board positions in all the newly government-acquired businesses.

They’ll all be well taken care of.

6 posted on Thursday, December 31, 2009 6:06:53 AM by sinanju

Once-presidential phrase casualty of word war(Obama killed "shovel ready"?)

2,249 posted on 12/31/2009 5:03:21 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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Rasmussen: 29% Say America is on the Right Track, 67% Wrong Track

58% Favor Waterboarding of Plane Terrorist To Get Information

How Will Obama Administration Officials Respond to Discovery of Rocket Launcher in Houston?

According to a retired Navy SEAL friend of mine, the AT-4 is a one-time-use weapon capable of hitting a target from 300 yards, can bring down aircraft and can be remotely fired. Best of all for the one using it, my combat-veteran friend says, it's the weapon of choice -- short of a Stinger missile, that is -- for someone who wants to take out a hardened vehicle like those used for executive protection.


Hat tip: Jihad Watch

Obama's vision of nuclear-free world drawing fire - Obama finds resistence on removing nukes

Krushchev, bury you

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (December 31, 2009: Dear Reader Closes Year at -18)

Plentiful Petroleum

Most Christians and Jews at Odds with Their Leaders over Illegal Immigration (Surprise, Surprise!)

(Transcript) Rush: Sarah Palin Told Us Obama Would Give Miranda Rights to Terrorists


Barbara Boxer Subsidizing Relatives with Campaign Contributions

What is Barack Obama doing? UPDATED: Why Interpol, Mr. President?

News From The Gun Grabbers Utopia Across The Pond

FBI Reports Huge Decrease in Murders as Gun Sales Soar

Number of U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan Doubles In 2009 [Code Pink Protests?]

Surprises Abound in Sarah Palin’s "Going Rogue"

I picked up Going Rogue at Target a couple of weeks ago. It has a number of surprises, some pleasant, some just startling. It tends to confirm my belief that Sarah Palin, while perhaps not qualified to be president or vice president last year, was certainly more qualified than McCain, Obama, or Biden.

My biggest surprise was that Going Rogue was apparently not “ghostwritten.” In a few places, I noticed sentences with “I” instead of “me” for the direct object — a mistake that a professional writer wouldn’t make. There is also a bit more use of “I” (at least, properly used as the subject) than a professional writer might use, even in an autobiography. There are also quite a few places where her tangents in telling her story mark this as a first book; they don’t show the organization that I would expect from a professional. (Before you ask what I know about ghostwriting, I have ghostwritten part of a book by someone not as well known as Governor Palin. No, I can’t tell you for whom; that’s part of the contract.)

Another aspect of the book that surprised me is her portrayal of what went wrong with the McCain campaign. ...

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Nine Big Stories the Mainstream Media Missed in 2009

Good list. Fox didn't rank them, but climategate will later be known as the event which broke the biggest hoax in human history.

This story is bigger....(for some it is old news) and it answers a lot of questions.

The intro is a little long at two and a half minutes then it gets to the meat of the matter...

No Rise of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Fraction in Past 160 Years, New Research Finds

Snowstorm squelches climate change protest


2,250 posted on 12/31/2009 12:17:58 PM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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