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  • 13-year-old girl brings Simon Cowell and everyone to their feet. (Unbelievable video)

    06/27/2014 6:16:07 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 57 replies
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  • Wayne Green - W2NSD - Silent Key

    09/16/2013 6:34:01 AM PDT · by Nowhere Man · 11 replies
    Wayne's Online Newsletter ^ | 9-16-2013 | Nowhere Man
    Wayne Green passed away this morning in a peaceful, painless transition from this life on Earth. An eternal optimist, and one who loved to share his neverending zest for life, he was a friend to many and will be missed greatly. Wayne was not afraid of dying and was very much ready to embark on his next great adventure to the afterlife. 73, W2NSD (Sept 3, 1922 - Sept 13, 2013)
  • Obama’s Syria speech an incoherent mess–he's outperforming Carter as most feeble president

    09/11/2013 10:04:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | September 11, 2013 | Nile Gardiner
    Billed as a game-changer on Syria, the President’s White House address landed with a thud that could be heard as far away as Damascus. Barack Obama has a huge credibility problem on Syria and on foreign policy in general, and Tuesday night’s speech will do nothing to help that. As Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer put it on Fox News, it was “one of the most odd presidential speeches ever delivered,” with no clear-cut strategy laid out, while urging Congress to delay a vote on the use of force against Assad’s regime. In effect, Obama farmed out US foreign policy...
  • The Employer Obamacare Mandate and Secondary Effects

    07/05/2013 4:11:42 AM PDT · by Salgak · 5 replies
    Self | 5/4/2013 | Self
    Realized something this morning. The general consensus is, that the Employer Mandate is being delayed to preserve the Democrats' chances of winning the House in 2014 Now, despite the plain language in the bill requiring the Mandate be in place 1 Jan 2014, the one-year slip is going to be an issue. BUT. . . of course, the Geniuses at the Most Transparent Administration EVER have forgotten something important, as is their usual level of "brilliance". The WARN Act ( http://www.dol.gov/compliance/guide/layoffs.htm ). You know. . . the one that requires companies with more than 100 employees to give 60 days...
  • Barack Obama a 'dithering, controlling, risk-averse' US president

    03/04/2013 6:46:54 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03/04/2013 | Peter Foster
    The insider-account of the damaging divisions between the White House and the State Department comes as diplomats around the world wait to see if John Kerry, the new US secretary of state, can persuade Mr Obama to greater engagement on Syria, Egypt and the wider Middle East. Vali Nasr, a university professor who was seconded in 2009 to work with Richard Holbrooke, Mr Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, records his profound disillusion at how a "Berlin Wall" of domestic-focused advisers was erected to protect Mr Obama. "The president had a truly disturbing habit of funnelling major foreign policy...
  • Obama Did Not Deny Requests For Help In Benghazi: Aide

    10/27/2012 1:07:27 PM PDT · by edpc · 151 replies
    The Ticket - Yahoo News ^ | 27 Oct 2012 | Oliver Knox
    The White House on Saturday flatly denied that President Barack Obama withheld requests for help from the besieged American compound in Benghazi, Libya, as it came under on attack by suspected terrorists on September 11th. "Neither the president nor anyone in the White House denied any requests for assistance in Benghazi," National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor told Yahoo News by email.
  • Obama: My "Biggest Priority" is Bringing the Benghazi "Folks" to Justice

    10/26/2012 6:58:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 69 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 26, 2012 | Guy Benson
    The president appeared on Michael Smerconish's radio program earlier today and addressed the Benghazi attack:   Obama Says His "Biggest Priority" Is Bringing Benghazi Attackers To Justice What happened in Benghazi is a tragedy. We’re investigating exactly what happened. I take full responsibility for that fact. I send these folks in harm’s way, I want to make sure they’re always safe and when that doesn't happen, that we figure out what happened and make sure that doesn't happen again. But my biggest priority now is bringing those folks to justice and I think the American people have seen that’s a...
  • The Fantasy President's Half-Time Score: Fundraisers 100, Intelligence Briefings 49

    09/12/2012 1:54:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2012 | John Ransom
    I hope you felt safe on the anniversary of 9/11. I know I did. And for that I have to thank about 500,000 dedicated national security professionals, reservists, regular airman, sailors and soldiers. Actually make that 500,000 national security pros minus one amateur.The amateur has been missing more often than not.While our defense/intelligence community has been fighting the wars on terrorists, America’s been at the mall. And the amateur? He has been busy taking out a $5 trillion mortgage for a remodeling project he favors in the US of A. Oh, and raising money for his reelection campaign. Obama- yes,...
  • The Amateur by Ed Klein

    07/20/2012 7:17:55 AM PDT · by Jerrybob · 9 replies
    Personal Liberty Alerts ^ | 7/20/12 | Self
    Ed Klein told nearly 2,000 conservatives and libertarians who jammed the main ballroom at FreedomFest last week several shocking stories he heard while conducting the nearly 200 interviews that formed the basis of his bestselling book, The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House. But none was more gripping than what he learned during his three-hour interview with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s longtime pastor in Chicago. “At first I had no interest in talking to Rev. Wright,” Klein told us. “But several African-Americans I spoke with said he had a story I had to hear.” Somewhat to his surprise,...
  • Ed Klein: We Don't Need Mainstream Media Any More

    06/02/2012 8:51:31 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 11 replies
    Newsmax ^ | JUNE 1, 2012 | Jim Meyers
    Ed Klein’s blockbuster new book about President Obama is No. 1 on the New York Times’ list of best-sellers for the second straight week, despite being ignored by virtually the entire “mainstream media.” And veteran journalist Klein tells Newsmax that the success of his book “The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House” proves that “you don’t need the mainstream media anymore” to reach the American public. Klein’s book is buttressed by nearly 200 interviews with people close to Obama, and features explosive disclosures about one of the most secretive White Houses. Klein is the former editor-in-chief of the New...
  • "The Amateur" to debut at Number One on the New York Times bestseller list

    05/23/2012 6:18:54 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 9 replies
    Human Events ^ | 5-23-12 | John Hayward
    Edward Klein’s new book about President Obama, The Amateur, has already made some news, particularly with regard to allegations that an ally of Obama’s offered the odious Reverend Jeremiah Wright a $150,000 bribe to keep his mouth shut during the 2008 presidential campaign. And the title of the book is a quote from Bill Clinton, who was said to be urging his wife to challenge Obama for the Democrat nomination in 2012. That’s pretty sensational stuff, but the media has been studiously ignoring Klein’s book. NewsBusters noted on Tuesday that none of the mainstream media networks have interviewed Klein on...
  • Obama budget defeated 99-0 in Senate

    05/17/2012 4:45:39 PM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 16 | Stephen Dinan
    President Obama's budget suffered a second embarrassing defeat Wednesday, when senators voted 99-0 to reject it. Coupled with the House's rejection in March, 414-0, that means Mr. Obama's budget has failed to win a single vote in support this year. Republicans forced the vote by offering the president's plan on the Senate floor. Democrats disputed that it was actually the president's plan, arguing that the slim amendment didn't actually match Mr. Obama's budget document, which ran thousands of pages. But Republicans said they used all of the president's numbers in the proposal, so it faithfully represented his plan. Sen. Jeff...
  • Obama's Co-President

    05/17/2012 6:51:04 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 9 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-17-2012 | MOTUS
    Boy, Ed Klein’s new book has more panties in a bunch around here than even Jodi Kantor’s did – and I didn’t think that was possible. President Obama famously claimed to know more about policy than his policy directors, but he didn’t mention First Lady Michelle Obama, who comprises one half of a “stealth co-presidency” according to a new book on the Obamas. It’s not as if Lady M wanted to be co-president: Michelle Obama practically vetoed the choice of Hillary Clinton serving as vice president. “Do you really want Bill and Hillary just down the hall from you in...
  • Wright: I “Made It Comfortable” For Obama to Accept Christianity Without Having to Renounce Islam

    05/16/2012 1:31:19 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 183 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 5-15-2012 | Jim Hoft
    In a shocking interview yesterday on the Sean Hannity Radio Show, author Ed Klein said Barack Obama’s former pastor helped Obama accept Christianity without having to renounce Islam. The Daily Caller reported: Klein also said Wright told him he “made it comfortable” for Obama to accept Christianity without having renounce his “Islamic background,” which Klein said he has on tape. -snip- Klein spoke more on this in a separate interview with NewsMax: Klein says Obama originally sought out Wright to discuss community activism. “Quickly the conversations turned from picking up garbage on the street and getting streetlights put up on...
  • The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House

    05/15/2012 12:29:55 PM PDT · by nikos1121 · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5/14/2012 | Ed Lasky
    Edward Klein's new book on Barack Obama, The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House, is a withering portrayal of a radical adrift, in over his head, drowning in his own incompetency -- while being weighed down by a small circle of "advisers" who are compounding the problem of the Amateur in the White House. Klein's book begins with a talisman-like quote uttered by Barack Obama when his recently appointed Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner tried to boost Obama's ego by telling him, "Your legacy is going to be preventing the second Great Depression." To which Barack Obama responded, "That's not...
  • The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House

    05/14/2012 1:15:20 AM PDT · by Flotsam_Jetsome · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 14, 2012 | Ed Lasky
    As all of America knows by now, Obama has aggressively sought to "fundamentally transform" America -- one of the few promises he has kept from the days of 2008. Five trillion dollars of borrowing, ObamaCare passed over the objections of the majority of Americans through legislative legerdemain and special deals made with resistant politicians, failed stimulus, green programs failing left and right as taxpayers are left holding the bag, a recovery that is the most anemic on record, an America that has been sundered by the man who promises to unite us, America weaker abroad and at home -- yes,...
  • President Obama's former doctor claims that the president lacks passion, feeling and humanity

    05/11/2012 10:45:41 AM PDT · by DFG · 60 replies
    Human Events ^ | 05/11/12 | Jarrett Stepman
    In a revealing new book, The Amateur, author Edward Klein interviews President Barack Obama’s physician, Dr. David Scheiner, MD, who blasts the president’s health care plan and says that President Obama has an “academic detachment” that he could never break through. The doctor fears that if the health care plan is “the failure” he believes it will be, because of runaway costs and other problems, then any health reform will be set back for years to come. These are only a few of many reveals in Klein’s book, which makes the case that President Obama is not the political machine...
  • Santorum Could Be Ineligible For 18 Ohio District Delegates -- Report

    03/03/2012 4:09:17 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 114 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 2, 2012 | Journal Staff with Sarah B. Boxer and Rebecca Kaplan
    In a potentially ominous Super Tuesday setback for Rick Santorum, a campaign filing mishap in Ohio could leave him ineligible to be awarded 18 Buckeye State district delegates -- more than a quarter of the total at stake there, ABC News reported Friday. Ohio has 66 delegates total, with 63 at stake on Tuesday. Santorum failed to qualify for any district delegates in three Ohio congressional districts representing nine delegates because he didn't turn in names there. ABC News reported that in six other congressional districts, the former Pennsylvania senator's campaign submitted fewer names than required to be eligible for...
  • Rick Santorum’s Ohio Delegate Problems Pile Up (Could lose up to 1/4 of Super Tuesday haul)

    03/02/2012 7:42:15 PM PST · by Allon · 63 replies
    ABC News ^ | Mar 2, 2012 | Michael Falcone
    UPDATED: COLUMBUS, Ohio — Even if Rick Santorum wins Ohio on Super Tuesday, he won’t be able to claim all of its delegates. In fact, he is at risk of forfeiting more than one-quarter of them. In three of the state’s 16 congressional districts, including two that are near Ohio’s border with Pennsylvania, Santorum will lose any delegates he might have won because his campaign failed to meet the state’s eligibility requirements months ago. Those three districts alone take 9 delegates out of a total of 66 off the table for Santorum. But it gets worse: Nine more Ohio delegates...
  • Amateur sleuth Yaakov German helps cops catch Levi Aron and solve murder of Leiby Kletzky

    07/15/2011 9:55:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Daily News ^ | 7/15/11 | Barry Paddock
    An amateur sleuth armed with determination and intuition helped cops crack the murder of Leiby Kletzky by tracking his path to doom. Yaakov German isn't a cop or a private detective. He's a property manager and father of 12 with a reputation as a do-gooder. By banging on doors and scrutinizing grainy video, he uncovered crucial clues that led cops to confessed killer Levi Aron. "At the end of the day, he should be given the credit for the cracking of the case," said Rabbi Jack Mayer of the NYPD's Clergy Liaison Program. His investigation into the disappearance of the...
  • Is it Ineptitude or is President Obama Smart Like a Fox?

    05/18/2011 4:02:00 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 23 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 05-18-11 | Short Little Rebel
    President Obama does so many things that don’t make sense. Until you put them all together: Create a More Violent Middle East Obama refused to help pro-democracy protesters in Egypt. Muslim Brotherhood (footnote 1) steps into power vacuum left by America. Christians are being slaughtered the in streets today. Obama ignores Iraq & Afghanistan & draws down troops. Results: protests on Iraqi streets & slaughter of Christians. Taliban resurges as does the influence of Muslim Brotherhood. Director James Clapper states that Muslim Brotherhood are peaceful and secular despite heavy evidence to the contrary. (footnote 2) Obama responds by calling on...
  • Libyan stalemate is bad news for Samantha Power, Obama key advisor

    04/13/2011 5:30:48 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 33 replies
    Irish Central ^ | April 13, 2011 | Niall O'Dowd
    The continued stalemate in Libya is not good news for Samantha Power widely seen as one of the architects of the Libyan intervention. Power, who works with the National Security Council, has been touted as the next secretary of State if Obama is re-elected but if Libya continues to be a stalemate it will not help her case... But the original script went wrong from there with rebels advancing, then retreating like a bad Charlie Chaplin scene before the current stalemate. Stalemate is not good in that corner of the world, and a leaderless state, like Somalia can soon become...
  • Obama headed out of D.C. as shutdown looms

    04/06/2011 6:25:25 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/6/2011 | Perry Bacon Jr
    A fiery President Obama insisted Tuesday that if he and congressional leaders couldn’t reach a deal to avert a government shutdown, “I want a meeting again tomorrow here at the White House.” “I will invite the same folks that we invited today,” he added. “And if that doesn’t work, we’ll invite them again the day after that. And I will have my entire team available to work through the details of getting a deal done.” Obama’s team may not include the president himself. Despite the impasse in Washington over federal spending, the president as of early Wednesday was scheduled to...
  • Obama exit strategy: sticking around

    03/23/2011 10:17:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    hot air ^ | 3/23/11 | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama tried to convince Univision last night that the US has an exit strategy from the Libya conflict, and that strategy is to, er, stick around and fight. Jake Tapper calls it a Lewis Carroll moment, while others might consider it more Orwellian: In an interview with Univision Tuesday, President Obama re-defined the term “exit strategy,” and said our exit strategy in Libya would begin this week. “The exit strategy will be executed this week,” President Obama said, “in the sense that we will be pulling back from our much more active efforts to shape the environment. We will...
  • Obama's doctrine on military intervention tested

    03/09/2011 6:09:01 AM PST · by Phlap · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 03/09/2011 | BRADLEY KLAPPER and MATTHEW LEE
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A month shy of his election in 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama outlined a doctrine for American military force that included crises in which the United States has a "moral obligation" to intervene. As commander in chief, he soon will have to decide whether Libya fits the bill. Obama is facing the sternest test yet of his philosophy of humanitarian intervention, which he has described as an imperative to prevent atrocities against civilians.
  • Egypt foreign minister criticises US calls for change

    02/10/2011 4:07:14 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/10/11 | BBC
    Egypt's foreign minister has rebuffed calls from Washington to speed up the pace of political reform. Rejecting a US demand to lift a state of emergency, Ahmed Aboul Gheit said Washington should not "impose" its will on "a great country".
  • U.S. Envoy to Egypt: Mubarak 'Must Stay' for Now (Obama Humiliated by Special Envoy)

    02/05/2011 1:59:09 PM PST · by kristinn · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | Saturday, February 5, 2011 | Bridget Johnson
    Amid calls for President Hosni Mubarak to not wait until the end of his term to step down, the U.S. special envoy to Egypt told the Munich Security Conference that the 30-year ruler needs to stick around fro now. Frank Wisner, a former ambassador to Egypt deployed there this past week to apparently urge Mubarak to hand over the reins, said Saturday that the transition "is an ideal moment for him to show the way forward." Wisner spoke to the conference via video link from New York. "We need to get a national consensus around the pre-conditions for the next...
  • Why didn't the Obama administration see this coming?

    01/31/2011 10:42:42 AM PST · by crescen7 · 27 replies
    Shadow Government ^ | January 30, 2011 | Will Inboden
    Less than a week after a State of the Union address that relegated foreign policy to an almost parenthetical concern, the turmoil in Egypt serves reminder yet again how global events can surprise and demand a presidency's attention nonetheless. ... Finally, as my former NSC colleague Elliott Abrams points out, Egypt vindicates President George W. Bush's strategic insight in his 2003 speech to the National Endowment for Democracy: Sixty years of Western nations excusing and accommodating the lack of freedom in the Middle East did nothing to make us safe -- because in the long run, stability cannot be purchased...
  • The Second Banana at the White House

    12/14/2010 7:26:55 PM PST · by Sarah · 21 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | Dec. 14, 2010 | Wesley Pruden
    What can you do with a good ol' boy like Bubba? He only does what Bubba does. You probably shouldn't blame a distracted and overwhelmed Barack Obama, either. But that was a remarkable show the two presidents put on at the White House the other day. No one remembered such a remarkable abdication of authority since Edward VIII, as goofy as Alfred E. Neuman, gave up a throne, several palaces and the royal grouse hunts to keep at his side "the woman I love." Or at least since Johnny Carson stepped aside for Jay Leno. What's next? Will the president...
  • NCAA decision on Newton opens Pandora’s box

    12/02/2010 2:03:10 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 33 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 12/2/10 | Dan Wetzel
    “The student-athlete’s father (Cecil Newton) and an owner of a scouting service (Kenny Rogers) worked together to actively market the student-athlete as a part of a pay-for-play scenario in return for Newton’s commitment to attend college and play football. NCAA rules (Bylaw 12.3.3) do not allow individuals or entities to represent a prospective student-athlete for compensation to a school for an athletic scholarship.”
  • Lawsuits seek to compensate college athletes

    09/20/2010 8:50:53 AM PDT · by Palter · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 19 Sep 2010 | PAUL ELIAS
    Basketball star Ed O’Bannon and quarterback Sam Keller each earned most valuable player awards during their collegiate careers. Now, years after playing their final games, they are pursuing what they consider a more significant collegiate legacy. They are attempting through federal lawsuits to force the NCAA to share its annual revenues with student-athletes. “There are millions and millions of dollars being made off the sweat and grind of the student athlete,” O’Bannon said. “Student athletes see none of that other than their education.” O’Bannon’s lawsuit seeks a share of the money the NCAA earns from licensing former players’ images in...
  • The Professional Left vs. the Amateur Right

    08/18/2010 7:42:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    pjm ^ | August 18, 2010 | Oleg Atbashian
    Of all the slips of the tongue and unintentional admissions by this administration, Robert Gibbs’ “professional left” comment may well be the one they wish they could squeeze back into their collective windpipe the most: I hear these people saying (Obama) is like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested. … I mean, it’s crazy. … The professional left … will be satisfied when we have Canadian health care and we’ve eliminated the Pentagon. That’s not reality. … They wouldn’t be satisfied if Dennis Kucinich was president.
  • It's Amateur Hour in the Nation's Capital

    07/02/2010 6:19:57 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 18 replies
    AOL News ^ | 07/01/10 | Marty Robins
    Last week's flap involving Gen. Stanley McChrystal was notable for many things, but what stands out most in my opinion was how it reflects the declining respect that so many Americans have for those in leadership positions. While decorum can be imposed by fiat, it is genuine respect that prompts teams to achieve in all fields, and which must be earned. I'm not going to defend the general, who clearly overstepped his bounds and had to be dismissed to maintain civilian control over the military. But he was (and I am) clearly frustrated with micromanagement of the Afghan campaign by...
  • Amateur photo of Comet McNaught passing by distant galaxy

    06/11/2010 6:41:53 AM PDT · by ETL · 14 replies · 947+ views
    SpaceWeather.com ^ | June 11, 2010
    One wonders... Did the inhabitants of galaxy NGC 891 duck when Comet McNaught flew past the edge-on spiral on the morning of June 8th? Mike O'Connor and Tristan Dilapo took this picture of the cosmic close encounter from Colden, New York: (click on photo to enlarge) "The comet was only 10 degrees above the horizon," says O'Connor. "Nevertheless, we got a good picture using a 12-inch telescope and an SBIG ST9-E camera."And, no, the denizens of that distant galaxy did not flinch, flee, duck or take notice in any way. NGC 891 is 30 million light years away, far removed...
  • Obama's Thuggery Is Useless in Fighting Spill

    06/21/2010 4:27:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 21, 2010 | Michael Barone
    Thuggery is unattractive. Ineffective thuggery even more so. Which may be one reason so many Americans have been reacting negatively to the response of Barack Obama and his administration to BP's gulf oil spill. Take Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's remark that he would keep his "boot on the neck" of BP, which brings to mind George Orwell's definition of totalitarianism as "a boot stamping on a human face -- forever." Except that Salazar's boot hasn't gotten much in the way of results yet. Or consider Obama's undoubtedly carefully considered statement to Matt Lauer that he was consulting with experts "so...
  • Obama Gives Political Speech Not Presidential Address on Oil Spill

    06/15/2010 10:05:46 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 16 replies · 800+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-15-10 | Mike's America
    Day 57 Obama gave his first Oval Office address tonight, but it sounded more like a political speech than a presidential address. First, the fingerpointing. From the White House transcript: One place we’ve already begun to take action is at the agency in charge of regulating drilling and issuing permits, known as the Minerals Management Service. Over the last decade, this agency has become emblematic of a failed philosophy that views all regulation with hostility -- a philosophy that says corporations should be allowed to play by their own rules and police themselves. At this agency, industry insiders were put...
  • Now The Oil Spill Is All About Obama

    06/10/2010 9:00:55 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 14 replies · 104+ views
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 06/10/10 | CaroleL
    In the past week or so, there has been much discussion about President Barack Obama's level of anger and his attempts to appear suitably enraged over the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the ongoing catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But like most things Obama, this manufactured issue is merely a diversion meant to distract the American people from the real issue...and it's working.
  • Why Obama Failed...

    06/10/2010 8:18:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies · 68+ views
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 6/10/2010 | Matthew Archibold
    Frankly, if I hear the phrase "Obama's Katrina" one more time to refer to the President's response to the oil spill, I think I will scream. It reminds of the annoying need that many feel to stick the word -gate on the end of any presidential scandal. I lament this really lazy habit of the media. We can understand each situation well enough to make our own judgments without constant and faulty comparisons to old scandals or problems. This is not Obama's Katrina, its Obama's oil spill. Now it should go without saying that I do not believe that government...
  • A year of fecklessness, amateurism, and posturing

    01/25/2010 5:01:15 PM PST · by ConservativePsychProf · 11 replies · 678+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 1/25/2010 | Conrad Black
    The president has three principal problems. He is well to the left of the public and of what he promised the voters in 2008, and his is an old, passé leftism — one that is authoritarian and deviously presented, and was discredited in this country decades ago; it featured the sort of nostrums that caused Bill Clinton and others to become “New Democrats.” Obama is increasingly perceived as having credibility problems and of being cold, cocksure, narcissistic, and intoxicated by what he modestly called “the gift” of his own articulateness. And, as president, he has been quite, and quite surprisingly,...
  • Remember When Other Presidents Had Respect for the Oval Office? (Photos)

    01/24/2010 7:11:51 PM PST · by Talkradio03 · 54 replies · 3,047+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 1/24/10 | HAP
    All of these photos are from WH Photographer Pete Souza and uploaded on the White House website, it not only shows Obama's lack of respect for the Oval Office and the White House, it shows their arrogance that they would upload them on the WH page...
  • Why Debra Medina's Candidacy For Texas Governor Should Be Nationalized

    01/24/2010 6:28:17 PM PST · by Need4Truth · 49 replies · 1,061+ views
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | January 24, 2010 | Phil Pepin
    Debra Medina against all odds is quickly becoming a viable candidate the implications are enormous. Scott Brown's shocking victory is a mixed blessing for the cause of freedom. On one hand it has put a major roadblock in the path towards Obama Care. On the other hand Scott Brown is a big government Republican. So far there are no signs that true reform is taking place in the GOP. The people in control of the party during the worst two consecutive election cycle defeats in GOP history are still in control of the leadership nationally. This is why a Debra...
  • Peggy Noonan: He Can't Take Another Bow (Beltway Types Realizing Obama Is Just An Empty Suit)

    11/30/2009 1:48:27 PM PST · by caddystacks · 73 replies · 3,943+ views
    From journalist Elizabeth Drew, a veteran and often sympathetic chronicler of Democratic figures, a fiery denunciation of—and warning for—the White House. In a piece in Politico on the firing of White House counsel Greg Craig, Ms. Drew reports that while the president was in Asia last week, "a critical mass of influential people who once held big hopes for his presidency began to wonder whether they had misjudged the man." They once held "an unromantically high opinion of Obama," and were key to his rise, but now they are concluding that the president isn't "the person of integrity or even...
  • He Can't Take Another Bow

    11/27/2009 8:40:22 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 33 replies · 1,757+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/27/2009 | Peggy Noonan
    This week, two points in an emerging pointillist picture of a White House leaking support—not the support of voters, though polls there show steady decline, but in two core constituencies, Washington's Democratic-journalistic establishment, and what might still be called the foreign-policy establishment. From journalist Elizabeth Drew, a veteran and often sympathetic chronicler of Democratic figures, a fiery denunciation of—and warning for—the White House. In a piece in Politico on the firing of White House counsel Greg Craig, Ms. Drew reports that while the president was in Asia last week, "a critical mass of influential people who once held big hopes...
  • Obama's Polls Down, Trip Failed (Rush Limbaugh)

    11/21/2009 12:00:51 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 16 replies · 1,766+ views
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | 20 November 2009 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The Gallup poll will announce -- they effectively have announced it -- the Gallup poll will announce that for the first time in their poll Barack Obama's approval rating has fallen below 50%. In fact, a little story about this. This from Ben Smith at The Politico: "His approval numbers have bounced down to the 50% mark several times, driven by weaker support from independents and Republicans, but hadn't crossed it. The slide is worrying for the White House, but it's probably not yet panic time. Ronald Reagan's approval numbers dropped well below 40% during the depths...
  • Man who allegedly posed as a West Los Angeles fertility doctor is arrested (Fake SpermDonor Clinic)

    10/03/2009 3:09:43 AM PDT · by tlb · 12 replies · 963+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | October 3, 2009 | Richard Winton and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    Jeffrey Lynn Graybill, 40, of Phoenix is accused of pretending to be "Dr. Robert Richardson" and soliciting sperm donors for the nonexistent Fertility Clinic of West Los Angeles. Graybill was brought back to Los Angeles after being arrested Wednesday in Arizona, investigators said. He had moved from Marina del Rey to Phoenix in August. Investigators believe that there may be more than two dozen other victims in California and Arizona. Although he had no medical license, Graybill allegedly advertised himself as a physician through Internet listings on Craigslist and solicited potential clients, offering up to $4,000 monthly for sperm donations...
  • Security issues set to thwart Obama's bid to close Guantanamo by January

    09/26/2009 5:57:56 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 12 replies · 666+ views
    Scotland on Sunday ^ | 09/27/2009 | Jennifer Loven
    AMERICA may break its promise to shut its military prison in Guantanamo Bay by January, officials have admitted. White House insiders warned that their self-imposed deadline was slipping as they struggled to work their way through thorny legal and logistical questions. US President Barack Obama is said to remain committed to closing the facility, a camp for international terror suspects at an American base on Cuba opened by his predecessor George W. Bush after the attacks of 11 September 2001. Officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Friday that they still hoped to meet the January deadline by stepping...
  • Amateur Hi-Def Video from The Edge of Space [video]

    09/24/2009 7:27:13 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 2 replies · 640+ views
    1st Successful Amateur Hi-Def Video from The Edge of Space.Tomoya came to Canada from Japan to have us send his HD camera to the edge of spaceand has another video on his web page. The BEAR 3 & 4 balloon flights were featured on the Discovery Channel, Daily Planet TV show on Sept 18/09which can be viewed online at the Discovery Channel Web SiteHelp support future flights by making a Donation and receive a DVD in appreciation with 2-1/2 hrs. of the best of the 4 hr. 22 min. HD Video. The balloon and camera were launched at 7:44 AM, the...
  • Democrats to Obama: Um, what exactly are we getting for selling out Poland to Russia?

    09/18/2009 5:44:31 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 67 replies · 2,672+ views
    hotair.com ^ | September 17, 2009 | September 17, 2009
    What are you getting? You’re getting the same thing you got when he sold out Honduras to Chavez over that non-coup “coup” they staged: The warm fuzzy glow of knowing that George Bush would heartily disapprove. But some members of Obama’s own party, however, had a simple question for the administration: if this was a return to realism, and a concession to Russia’s long and vocal opposition to the missile program, what, exactly, was the U.S. getting in return for fundamentally changing it? And almost certainly, the answer leads back to Iran… But Russia has given no ground on those...
  • Amateur Radio

    09/11/2009 11:29:39 AM PDT · by William of Barsoom · 93 replies · 2,297+ views
    Vanity | Sep 11, 2009 | Self
    Getting your ham radio license is an idea well worth considering if you think comunications might be restricted under some circumstances.
  • Thomas Sowell: Obama's Amateurism and Incompetence

    07/31/2009 6:13:55 AM PDT · by kellynla · 63 replies · 2,507+ views
    REAL CLEAR POLITICS ^ | July 30, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    After many a disappointment with someone, and especially after a disaster, we may be able to look back at numerous clues that should have warned us that the person we trusted did not deserve our trust. When that person is the President of the United States, the potential for disaster is virtually unlimited. Many people are rightly worried about what this administration's reckless spending will do to the economy in our time and to our children and grandchildren, to whom a staggering national debt will be passed on. But if the worst that Barack Obama does is ruin the economy,...