What happens when you questions "The Chosen One"?
His Press Secretary becomes a petulant child.
Bob and weave, Bobby Gibbs. Bob and weave.
28 February 2009
What happens when you questions "The Chosen One"?
Let's face it, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) can't be in a happy place. She is married to Thomas Athans, co-founder of the liberal TalkUSA Radio network, a guy who drops more on hookers than advertisers were willing to pay for spots on his network. Her "leadership" as a junior senator has helped drag Michigan into a financial abyss that has Toyota and Honda fist bumping. And, well, she's not just pro-choice . . . she's so aggressively pro-abortion I suspect she'll eventually sponsor legislation to hook hoovers on the foot of hospital delivery tables. This is not a person living a smile-laden life in search of silver linings.
So we shouldn't be surprised at her support of the so-called "Fairness Doctrine." Extreme incompetence rarely befriends free speech. An unhappy heart seeks silence. Debbie Stabenow does not want her opposition examining her opinions openly on talk radio.
But I will say this about Senator Stabenow: somebody in her office does answer correspondence. I wrote to the senator asking her to explain her position on the doctrine and how she can support legislation that attacks free speech. This is her response:
Khaki [She's comfortable calling me by my first name]
Thank you . . .
. . for contacting me about the "fairness doctrine," which required broadcasters on public airways to allow time for contrasting points of view. I appreciate that you have taken the time to communicate your views and concerns with me.
The Federal Communications Commission first implemented this doctrine in 1949. At the time, it was concerned about the limited number of radio and television broadcast
frequencies being controlled by advocates with a singular point of view. The FCC abandoned the doctrine in the 1980s. Should any proposal to reinstate this doctrine come before me in the Senate, I will be sure to keep your views and concerns in mind.
Thank you again for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to do so again if I can be of assistance to you in the future.
While I do appreciate her rapid response and the history lesson pointing out that "the fairness doctrine" was implemented back in 1949, I can't help but wonder why a senator who wallows in the party that demonized the "McCarthyism" of that era points back to its restrictions in order to defend and embrace the concept of restricting free speech. Oppression makes strange bedfellows (sorry, Debbie, that wasn't a reference to your husband's hobbies). And . . . I'm still waiting for an answer to the questions I actually posed in my letter.
How & Why, Sen. Stabenow? How & Why?
26 February 2009
Barack Obama continues to make history. Certainly his most obvious and powerful accomplishment is being elected the first African American leader of the free world. I'll admit it, with all his socialist clouds this is the silver lining as it gives hope to every child in America that they too can accomplish any goal they strive to achieve, even the American Presidency. Well, unless you're a little girl, in which case you have to look at how the media treated Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin and realize that the voices of the left are not ready to be led by a skirt.
Oh, and if you're Asian you might not want to pick out Oval Office decor. You may be "mellowing," but Americans don't seem ready to cast votes your way. And Hispanics, sure you're the fastest growing segment of the population but I haven't seen any indication that you have a path to the White House. Oh, and Native Americans . . . don't even think about it. And while I ponder, I don't think there have been any presidents of Scandinavian decent in the White House so what am I supposed to tell my kids? The closest we came was Walter Mondale. If not for Viking funerals the old Norske kings would be spinning in their graves.
At any rate, I think it's important to note that Barack Obama has had a number of history making moments beyond his partial ethnicity and I'd like to take a moment to acknowledge these accomplishments.
- Barack Obama's campaign smashed the previous financial record for illegal contributions. Foreign contributors and fictional Americans like "Bart Simpson" and "Good Will" never opened their wallets so wide.
- Obama became the first president to sign a presidential order and while doing so ask an advisor to explain what he was doing. Until now, even tongue tied presidents like George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter were able to understand and communicate executive orders. CHANGE has come!
- The Chosen One made history with a record number of official appointments who want to raise taxes but view them as optional for themselves.
And my favorite of the day:
- President Obama became the first president to use a teleprompter during press conferences. I know that some past presidents have been accused of being puppets, but this is the first time the strings have been so visible.
He hasn't even made it through his first 100 days yet Barack Obama continues to make troubling history. Now, I know I've missed several "firsts" from the growing list, so feel free to help me out by adding some to the comments.
25 February 2009
Racism is dead is America.
I'm not saying that we've eliminated racists. There will always be malicious morons. But institutional racism has been buried. How could you believe otherwise? Americans (primarily white Americans) elected an African American man to the presidency with a resume that's thinner than Mary-Kate Olsen. You just have to consider the legitimacy of Geraldine Ferraro's claim that Obama's campaign was successful because he was black. Think about it. No, come on, you're not looking deep enough. Really think about it. Would a white guy with no executive experience, 140 total days in the Senate and no major legislation attached to his name ever win a major party's nomination? Of course not. Race was an issue and in a positive way. America chose an inexperienced African American to leads us. Institutional racism is dead.
But this creates a problem for the parasites who feed on hatred and racial division. Their fame and livelihood is based on Eucharistic victimization in the church of false oppression. They need to keep racism alive because if it kicks the bucket they'll be kick to the curb.
Exhibit A: Al Sharpton.
When I heard about the New York Post Cartoon that had Sharpton blubbering "racist" again I figured that my radio was picking up static from the 70s. The cartoon showed a policeman killing a monkey, which referred to an episode in Conneticut when an officer shot a chimpanzee that had attacked a woman. In the illustration an officer says, "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill." See the cartoon here.
OK, first of all the cartoon wasn't very funny, but I got it's point. They used a real (as in "it actually happened") incident to demonstrate that the stimulus bill is so stupid it could have been written by a monkey. Not much in the way of humor but pretty accurate as political observation. You see, Rev. Sharpton immediately started waving his hands to point out that using the actual creature that was killed was making a racist statement about Barack Obama. Forget the fact that if anybody could take credit for authoring the stimulus disaster it would be Nancy Pelosi (who looks rather simian now that I think about it) that doesn't matter. Cartoon Monkey + Obama is president = Racism. Time to March. If only that Conneticut cop had shot a llama.
But this isn't the end of the story. Rupert Murdoch, who owns the NY Post , issued an apology for the cartoon that Sharpton had reinterpreted to his own advantage. But that didn't mean it was over. It couldn't be. Sharpton needed to flare in the spotlight a bit longer. In his opinion the apology (which if you ask me never should have been given in the first place) was "tepid." Weak, but in this economy I suppose I can't blame good ol' Al for trying to breathe life into this controversy. A man has to make a living.
So grab hold Rev. Sharpton and don't let go. Battle cartoons depicting actual events and aimed at white women. Attack tepid apologies. Racism may be dead, but keep dopes alive.
23 February 2009
Seriously, did you really doubt that Sean Penn was going to win the Oscar. I was pulling for Mickey Rourke, so much so that I picked him in the office pool . . . OMG (as the kids would say) have office pools sunk to this? Ah, but in my heart I just knew Penn was going to walk away with another golden naked man. And why wouldn't he, this guy is everything current Hollywood celebrates.
- How many Hollywood productions in the last few years have portrayed America as that shining city on a hill?
- Name a recent Oscar nominated film that portrayed the U.S. military and/or intelligence agencies in a positive light?
- Why doesn't Natalie Portman win the friggin' Oscar every year???
You can guess the answers to #1 & #2 (#3 I fear is destined to be an eternal mystery). When it comes to passing out Oscars, Hollywood is more concerned with making a statement than honoring the best. How else can you explain the fact that they gave Michael Moore an Oscar despite the fact that he's never actually made a documentary?
And this year Penn was perfectly positioned to win the statue, having giddily completed Hollywood's hate America checklist.
- Called for the impeachment of George W. Bush: [X]
- Praised the humanity of an international butcher like Hugo Chávez: [X]
- Applauded a socialist dictator like Fidel Castro: [X]
- Play a gay activist after the passage of Prop 8: [X]
- Talk about defacing the flag (thought he prefers "cum stains" to burning): [X]
- Criticize the war in Iraq using bogus data: [X]
- Attack Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly: [X]
- Lay some smack on Christianity: [X]
- Have a frequent flyer drug rehab card: [X]
- Photographed partying with a fellow loser like Lindsey Lohan: [X]
- Take credit for electing Barack Obama: [X]
The bottom line is that this guy couldn't lose. And a tip for next year: anybody who hates the American way this much had better have their speech prepared.
I have to admit that my knowledge of "the religion of peace is secondary," so I rely on the scholarship of others . . . and I also admit that given my limited intellect I am far more likely to learn when I'm amused.
I found this at one of my favorite sites, Woman Honor Thyself, where Angel is always ready to provide tools for learning.
So, are you ready to take The Qur'an challenge?
19 February 2009
"I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."
Maybe the poopiest (good Lord, did I just write that word?) part of the package is the insane mortgage rescue elements. Larry Kudlow described it best:
President Obama’s massive mortgage-bailout plan is nothing more than a thinly disguised entitlement program that redistributes income from the responsible 92 percent of home-owning mortgage holders who pay their bills on time to the irresponsible defaulters who bought more than they could ever afford. This is Obama’s spread-the-wealth program in action.
Team Obama is rewarding bad behavior. It is enlarging moral hazard. It is expanding its welfarist approach to economic policy. And with a huge expansion of government-owned zombie lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Team Obama is taking a giant step toward nationalizing the mortgage market.
CNBC correspondent Rick Santelli added his voice of outrage from the commodity pits, to the supportive cheer of traders:
But President Obama isn't listening because this "stimulus package" isn't about helping the economy or supporting the American idea. This package is about paybacks. It's about political gain. It's about a socialistic redistribution of wealth. And it stinks.
Barack Obama is just about the same height as George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, but apparently has much greater difficulty squeezing his ever-inflated noggin into Marine 1.
But what I find most interesting about this image is the question it sparked from John Lott of Big Hollywood. What if this had been a Republican President like Gerald Ford or George Bush?
If Gerald Ford had hit is head, I somehow suspect comedians would have had a field day with it. When Ford slipped on some wet steps while deplaning Air Force One, that single incident was fodder for political comedians such as Chevy Chase for years. If George W. Bush had hit his head, I suspect that the same thing would have occurred. Remember Bush passing out because he choked on a pretzel in January 2002? There were a huge number of political jokes about it.Does Teflon dent?
17 February 2009
PETA is trying to use sex to turn us into vegetarians. Sure, it sounds crazy. I don't know too many guys who want to date a chick who won't eat meat? But People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (in which "ethical treatment" apparently means not smothering them with Uncle Iver's BBQ sauce) believe they have found the dietary G-spot with their new campaign promoting the concept that vegetarians make better lovers.
Let's face it, there are two things working against PETA in this campaign. First, the guys who want to sink their teeth into Alicia Silverstone tend to be the same guys want to sink their teeth into a nice, juicy ribeye. Yes, they would rather have a naked Alicia Silverstone than a naked Al Gore, but that's not going to change their preference to have a seasoned steak instead of a prickly pear. They're just not into the fruits.
The second more important thing working against PETA is the fact that eating (and thus hunting/killing) animals is environmentally sound, even more so than being a vegetarian. They are strapless in their uphill battle against truth. Here are some of the facts:
- Humans are not the only animals that cause extinction. In Cape May, Cumberland, Hunterdon, Salem, Sussex or Warren County New Jersey the deer population is higher than the human population. There are so many deer, wildlife biologists say that they are slowly forcing out some plant and animal species, just as humans have done. And that's not the only place. In Wisconsin biologists have also reported out of control deer populations damaging the ecosystem. They must be stopped! (in a monitored fashion, of course).
- Everybody's doing it. Many vegetarians eat their greens in comfort believing they have saved some animal from an Old Yeller moment. But large crop producers use lethal means to protect their produce from animals. Just write me when you find some lettuce labeled "predatory varmint safe."
- Hunting is taxed. The license, the guns, the ammo . . . all of it. And where does that money go? Through these taxes hunters and fishermen fund nearly 75% of the annual income for all 50 state conservation agencies. Without sportsmen and women there would be little money for environmental conservation.
- Hunting promotes safe gun practices. Think about it. Areas where hunters live are far less likely to have kids shooting one another in schools, drive-by cap action or gun related accidents in the home. Hunters tend to have a respect for firearms and to teach their children to do the same. So I'm going to argue that hunting animals saves people.
- But the bottom line is that killing animals is all Lion King and such. Animals kill one another for food. We kill animals for food. Circle of Life.
This is either another reason to detest self-indulgent Ivy League jackholes, a ridiculous accusation, or one of the most fascinating grave robberies this side of Egypt. Descendants of Geronimo, the Apache chief and shaman who's name inexplicably makes jumping into water even more fun, have filed a lawsuit claiming that Yale's Skull and Bones secret society has possession of their famous ancestor's skull and they want it back.
According to Stephen Clark of Fox,
It's the stuff of legends: an elite secret society that includes what would become some of the most powerful men of the 20th century allegedly invading the grave of an Apache chief to steal his skull for fraternal rituals.
Skull and Bones has never said they have any Native American reliquary, but according to the tale prompting the lawsuit:
. . . in 1918, members of Skull and Bones, including Prescott Bush, the father of George H.W Bush and grandfather of George W. Bush, invaded Geronimo's grave at Ft. Sill and stole his skull, some bones and other items buried with him.
You just knew there had to be a Bush at the bottom of this! Aren't they to blame for everything lately? In fact, I'm pretty sure I spotted sweet Barbara Bush trying to sneak a 13th item into the express checkout at Meijer last Sunday.
But despite their entanglement in the tale, it is to the Bush's, or at least Former President George W. Bush, that Geronimo's grandson, Harlyn Geronimo, has turned for help outside of the lawsuit. "According to our traditions the remains of this sort, especially in this state when the grave was desecrated, need to be reburied with the proper rituals to return the dignity and let his spirits rest in peace," He explained. And since the current President is too busy spending billions of dollars in his unprecedented grab for power, the descendants of the legendary chief turn to the former leader of the free world to plead their case. If the story is true, I hope he listens.
Labels: Strange Stories
16 February 2009
I admit it, it's worse than I could have ever imagined.
Oh, I knew Obama liked himself more than any man should outside of a bathroom. But the power grab by a President and his minions the quickly into his administration is unpresidented. And it's damn scary. Sure, they rushed through the largest liberal spending spree in U.S. history under the guise of a stimulus package without allowing a single Republican to help talor the bill. (Don't worry, ACORN, the check is in the mail). But it's the O's corruption of institutions and processes that are supposed to be apolitical that have me quaking like Scooby in the face of that Alien-garbed gardener.
The administration has made the census a priority. That's right, what is supposed to be an apolitical system of counting the population rose above dealing with North Korea on the Obama docket. Why was it so important for him to make a political landgrab so early in his tenure by "moving the U.S. census into the White House." As Fox reports:
As a matter of impact, the census has tremendous political significance. Political parties are always eager to have a hand in redrawing districts so that they can maximize their own party's clout while minimizing the opposition, often through gerrymandering.
The census also determines the composition of the Electoral College, which chooses the president. If one party were to control the census, it could arguably try to perpetuate its hold on political power.
The results of the census are also enormously important in another way -- the allocation of federal funds. Theoretically, a political party could disproportionately steer federal funding to areas dominated by its own members through a skewing of census numbers.
So, I take it ACORN didn't registered quite enough of the dead for comfort during the last election cycle.
Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow has been relatively quiet concerning her recent comments to revive the Orwellian "Fairness Doctrine" during an interview with Bill Press after the failure of yet another liberal radio station.
BILL PRESS: Yeah, I mean, look: They have a right to say that. They’ve got a right to express that. But, they should not be the only voices heard. So, is it time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine?
SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): I think it’s absolutely time to pass a standard. Now, whether it’s called the Fairness Standard, whether it’s called something else — I absolutely think it’s time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves. I mean, our new president has talked rightly about accountability and transparency. You know, that we all have to step up and be responsible. And, I think in this case, there needs to be some accountability and standards put in place.
BILL PRESS: Can we count on you to push for some hearings in the United States Senate this year, to bring these owners in and hold them accountable?
SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): I have already had some discussions with colleagues and, you know, I feel like that’s gonna happen. Yep.
That's right, it's back -- the old "Fairness Doctrine" that is aimed at forcing radio stations with conservative talk shows to air an equal number of liberal talk shows whether they are profitable or not. Of course, the hope for Stabenow and her demagogue doppelgangers is that radio stations will simply cut conservative hosts to avoid taking a financial bath by airing airheads from the left. And, of course, it goes without saying that this "doctrine" calling for equal time would only apply to the media where conservatives reign supreme - radio. For the overwhelmingly left-leaning TV and newspaper industries it'll be business as usual, leaving them free to hire the likes of George Stephanopoulos , Chris Matthews and Mitch Albom under the pretense that they are not ideologues. And even if they are, so sorry but the rules don't apply where the voices have that insipid victimhood timbre that could only belong to a Democrat.
Celebrate diversity . . . as long as you agree with them.
Now, I wrote to Senator Stabenow asking her to explain in greater detail her support of the so-called "Fairness Doctrine," including whether or not she believes it should apply to other media beyond radio, such as television and newspaper? So far no response. Wait, here's an e-mail now . . . nope, just another note from Evey Candylegs who apparently really wants to meet me if I subscribe to her site. $20 a month. Maybe later.
I promise to keep you posted if the matronly senator writes me back. But if you feel you'll have better luck getting a reponse, by all means drop her a note from her site and let me know what she has to say.
Until then . . . they told us it couldn't happen in America.
UPDATE: The American Spectator says Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., is looking into ways legislation like "The Fairness Doctrine" can be used to exert more oversight on the Internet.
15 February 2009
Today is the first anniversary of The Khaki Elephant.
Thanks for reading
And for growing friendships
I expect to make some changes this year to the look and feel of the site -- just some friendly updates and upgrades. But if you're looking for a gentler perspective from Khaki . . . sorry, I'm sharpening the tusks.
Labels: Special Events
14 February 2009
Barack Obama isn't hard to read. With each appearance his M.O. becomes more apparent . . . and I think even the most assimilated Obots may be be seeing that this is not the CHANGE we were promised when we (or some of you) elected him. Why, with each public appearance he conjures ghosts of the past to frighten us about our future.
Did you catch his speech in front of the Democratic Caucus? I don't know about you, but the words and images from that little talk just keep echoing through my tormented brain. He waved his hands like Dean Rooney, telling the audience what's best for them as he tries to save us from ourselves. But the pattern, ah, the Obama pattern of "persuasion" is something we've seen before and each element was present as he spoke to the faithful about his stimulus package.
- Spend, spend, spend. That's right folks, Jimmy Carter is back in the White House. The answer is always throw more money at the problem. Joe the Plumber tried to warn us that Barack Obama was all about spending, but Biden pointed out that ol' Joe didn't have a proper license to plumb, so we just couldn't listen to that nut. And while we Republicans keep pointing out that this bill is nothing more than a spending spree, Obama retorted, "What do think a stimulus is? That's the whole point. No, seriously, that's the point." So, the point of stimulus is record spending and increasing debt? Apparently in his vast executive experience Obama has never encountered the effective economic stimulus strategy of cutting taxes and government spending.
- Demonize, demonize, demonize. If you don't agree with this administration you are the devil incarnate. He ridiculed the Republicans by claiming that their opposition to spending like Bacchus at a satyr orgy "risked harming the nation." Wicked, wicked Republicans. Then he announced that he "would not tolerate" high salaries paid out to CEOs in companies that received bailout money. Wicked, wicked CEOs. Funny, he apparently is prepared to continue his tolerance of the kickback cash that these bank CEOs poured into the coffers of left-wing politicians. Oh, maybe that's because he was the #2 beneficiary of their ill gotten goods.
- Feign empathy, feign empathy, feign empathy. Taking a page out of the Bill Clinton LieBrary, Obama increasingly attempts to demonstrate how he feels our pain. He spoke with stuttering eloquence about the places he had been and the people he had seen in all 57 states. And despite being a millionaire who was raised by a bank vice president and attended only the best schools, he knows what it's like to be in need. And so, like any hypocrite, to help the needy he turns to principles embedded in the least empathetic economic system ever constructed, socialism, to answer the cries of the weeping. Of course, while socialism has a dismal track record of creating opportunity for the poor, it has a terrific tradition of consolidating power for those at the top. And if the Democratic Party has shown us anything with their new found numbers and control of the oval office, it's an insatiable lust for power.
- Lie, lie, lie. Without a doubt, this is Obama's most consistent strategy. Just lie. Continue to destroy consumer confidence by claiming this is the worst economy since the great depression (those of you who believe that, you might want to compare the actual numbers with a little thing we like to call "the Carter years"). The president croons about his call to heal partisan rifts, then works with Pelosi and Reid to lock Republicans out of negotiations over the stimulus package. He quotes bogus projections that could only be derived from the bizarro calculations of Obamath. And thus far his tactic has been fairly effective since, as Mark Twain said, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.”
The Obama M.O. is there for America to see. Some of us see it. But when will the rest?
13 February 2009
07 February 2009
As reported on Fox News:
There's a new time zone in the nation's capital: Obama Time.
Barely two weeks into his presidency, Barack Obama has made a clean break from George W. Bush in several high-profile moves, including reversing a number of the 43rd president's policies.
He's also reversed an unwritten but much-noticed Bush policy: Be on time, all the time. Obama has been routinely late to events and news conferences, including the ones at which he reversed Bush's orders. This has led to an already familiar refrain from the Obama camp: "He's running late."
The president was 45 minutes late Friday for a ceremony in which he introduced a team of outside economic advisers. He was 10 minutes late Thursday to a memo signing at the Energy Department. He was nearly 30 minutes late Wednesday for the ceremony at which he signed a bill to expand children's health care.
I'm going to carry this little tidbit into my next meeting when I stroll through the door with all the swagger of a delinquent head of state.
05 February 2009
Seriously, is this the cream of the Democratic crop? If so, I'd hate to see what at the bottom. Oh, wait, we already have.
03 February 2009
I guess when Darwin was explaining "survival of the fittest" the velociraptors must have been out taking a whizz.
02 February 2009
This is a MUST READ from Dollar Two Ninety-Eight, revealing an alarming conflict of interest between the Media and the White House.
According to the post:
ABCNews' George Stephanopoulos is currently conducting private, daily phone briefings with Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. CNN's Paul Begala, James Carville and pollster Stan Greenberg are also involved.
Imagine the liberal media's reaction if Brit Hume or Rush Limbaugh had been conducting daily strategy briefings with George Bush's chief of staff!
This is the height of irresponsible journalism!
What could be worse than the liberal media's sycophantic coverage of President Barack Obama? ABC's George Stephanopoulos actively helping design and deliver the administration's strategy and message - which he is then charged with reporting. Will he be critical of the White House's plans when he spends mornings helping to craft them?
Looks like we really needed that HD TV to truly capture each kiss and slather the main stream media wants to lay on the new president.
Read the rest of M.A.'s post and find out how to take action here:
Conflict of Interest
Labels: The Media
01 February 2009
“As a little boy growing up in this town . . . (long pause) This is awesome.”
“To those who stand in difference to us, it’s time for something completely different, and we’re going to bring it to you.”
“We’re going to bring this party to every corner, every boardroom, every street and every community in this country. . . . To those of you who want to obstruct, get ready to get knocked over.”
“To our friends in the Northeast, get ready baby, because it’s time to turn it on. We’re going to do what we always do well, which is win. We’re going to win in the Northeast, and we’re going to keep winning in the South. We’re going to win with a new storm in the Midwest. In the West, we’re gonna lock it down and win there, too.”