20 April 2010

Obama's Transparency = More Censorship

Lafayette Park is to protests as Madonna is to STDs: it attracts them by the score. Why, during the Bush years your dog couldn't lift its leg without relieving itself on some liberal toting an "I hate" sign. Oh, how things have changed with Obama in charge.

A few would-be protesters decided to criticize the current administration for their stance on gays in the military and a few reporters decided to see what was going on and, well, the police assigned to the White House were dispatched to disperse the reporters and arrest the protesters. The park was suddenly "closed" (a move the reporters on hand had never experience before). So much for diversity.

Interestingly, this incident occured just after a delegation from the White House press corps (pronounced "core," Mr. President) met with Obama Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, to protest the administration's heavy handed control of the press. And, of course, this was not the first time some in the press have tried to shuck Obama's outrageous control. Who can forget left-leaning Helen Thomas joining Chip Reid to break ranks and question censorship from the Oval Office.

Kilpatrick: GUILTY

Today Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner found former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick guilty of several probation violations (including hiding some $650,000 that would pay a small portion of what he owes back to the city of Detroit). "You would be well advised to have your affairs in order before sentencing," the judge advised, and I'm guessing this wasn't a reference to former chief of staff Christine Beatty.

Sentencing is currently scheduled for May 20, 2010 when we all learn the punishment for gettin' your groove on Detroit's dime.

19 April 2010

Z on Liz Cheney and Debra Burlingame

One of my favorite bloggers took a trip to hear Liz Cheney and Debra Burlingame talk about national security. And when Z takes a trip the results are going to be an A delivery of info. Here summary . . .

Both women are formidable and as patriotic and informed as two women can be. And they're very worried for our country.
Ah, and speaking of fomidable, patriotic and informed women: I recommend that you can read Z's entire post here:

18 April 2010

Obama's Culture Of Dependency

"And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country." -- John F. Kennedy (1/20/1961)

You're about as likely to hear a Democrat utter those words today as hear a BoSox fan wax eloquent about Derek Jeter. The ruling party in Washington is not your father's Democratic party and it has never been more revealing than during the era of Obama handouts. Just listen to Obama voters like DeCarlo Flythe who explains, " It's just going to be like Christmas, I mean it's going to be great. No worries . . ." or Henrietta Hughes and her tear-jerking plea for something free. It is the culture of dependence on which the current Democratic party thrives. Keep people begging for handouts and you're more likely to maintain power.

The fact that some Americans take umbrage with this approach explains the continued momentum of the Tea Party rallies, but the Obots in the press just don't get it. Take the much played footage of CNN's Susan Roesgen asking a tea party attendee if he knew "that you're eligible for a $400 credit?" And when the man continued to hold his "drop socialism" sign, she went on, "Did you know that the state of Lincoln gets fifty billion out of the stimulus?" She was even more dumbfounded than usual, unable to grasp the concept that not everybody was lining up for free stuff. Some folk, we'll call them Republicans, actually prefer independence to dependence, effort to endowment.

This stands at odds with the Obama Democrat philosophy that is built on a foundation of neediness. The problem this creates is succinctly captured by the Washington Examiner's Michael Barone

Public policy also helps determine the kind of society we are. The Obama Democrats see a society in which ordinary people cannot fend for themselves, where they need to have their incomes supplemented, their health care insurance regulated and guaranteed, their relationships with their employers governed by union leaders. Highly educated mandarins can make better decisions for them than they can make themselves.

That is the culture of dependence. The tea partiers see things differently. They're not looking for lower taxes; half of tea party supporters, a New York Times survey found, think their taxes are fair. Nor are they financially secure: Half say someone in their household may lose their job in the next year. Two-thirds say the recession has caused some hardship in their lives. But they recognize, correctly, that the Obama Democrats are trying to permanently enlarge government and increase citizens' dependence on it.

Gates: There Is No Policy To Stop Iran From Nukes

According to a "classified document" with more leaks than a Cuban refugee escape vessel, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is warning that the U.S. has no policy to curb Iran's rapid move toward nuclear weapons. I wonder how many Obama supporters still believe you can thwart terrorist objects through understanding and apology.

Those familiar with the memo, speaking on the condition of anonymity, reveal that:

Mr. Gates wrote of a variety of concerns, including the absence of an effective strategy should Iran choose the course that many government and outside analysts consider likely: Iran could assemble all the major parts it needs for a nuclear weapon — fuel, designs and detonators — but stop just short of assembling a fully operational weapon.

In that case, Iran could remain a signatory of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty while becoming what strategists call a “virtual” nuclear weapons state.

Like the Clinton administration, who practiced an appeasement policy that actually went so far as to supply North Korea with a nuclear reactor, the Obama team is counting on passivity to stop pugnacity, but the world does not work that way.

Equally frightening is that fact that a memo this explosive was leaked to the press (not that the mainstream media will cover it, given its obvious reflection on Obama). I'd suggest that from here on the administration place highly classified documents like this under the same security measures as Barack Obama's academic records.

12 April 2010

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Is Health Care

Yes, Oprah is annoying and Ryan Seacrest is, well, Ryan Seacrest, but both are now connected with a project that I've found myself drawn to: Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, a program where the afore mentioned British chef (Oliver, not Seacrest) comes to a chubby American community in an effort to change the way it eats, from breakfast pizza at school to deep fryers at home. The show follows a similar effort by Oliver in Britain that actually resulted in a change to their school system's nutritional requirements.

Perhaps my interest in the program is sparked by the fact that it appeared on the tube just a couple weeks after I started my own Khaki food revolution, banning the likes of Coke (acola), processed foods, beer and the occasional cigar from my diet . . . OK, I still sneak the occasional cigar, but the rest of my former diet is swimming with Luca Brasi . . . well, except the beer. Anyway, Oliver's Food Revolution is a must see for any parent who has scanned the school lunch program in search of healthy offerings only to find chicken nuggets, french fries and cheese that smells suspiciously of Elmer's glue.

Oliver's message is as simple as it is critical:
I believe that every child in America has the right to fresh, nutritious school meals, and that every family deserves real, honest, wholesome food. Too many people are being affected by what they eat. It's time for a national revolution. America needs to stand up for better food!
If you're worried about American health care, take a close look at the school lunch programs. You may not sleep for a week. If we want to make a difference in our nation's health while at the same time decreasing the cost of care, let's start by removing heart-pummeling foods from the school lunch rooms. And you can take a first step by signing this petition: America's Food Revolution Petition

11 April 2010

Freedom Lost A Friend In Polish President Kaczynski

Unless you've been obsessed by Buzz Aldrin's departure from Dancing with the Stars, you are probably aware that Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski died along with his wife Maria and dozens of additional passengers in a tragic plane crash in Russia. It was a dark day for the world.

President Kaczynski was a conservative who stood in defense of European free nations and his voice will be missed in a climate marching toward the socialism that his country fought so hard to overthrow. Also among the crash victims was Anna Walentynowicz, whose firing from the Lenin Shipyards in Gdansk led to a protest that would help to birth the the Solidarity freedom movement, and several high-ranking Polish government and military officials.

A sad, sad day . . . though now you can prep for one of my favorite spectator sports: watching Conspiracy theorists ply their trade.

10 April 2010

Sarah Palin Mocks Obama

And before you haters start to claim that Sarah Palin is stupid, please complete the following quiz:

1) Which U.S. Political figure told a European audience that he didn't know how to say something in Austrian (which is not actually a language)?
A. Barack Obama
B. Sarah Palin
Correct Answer: A. Barack Obama

2) Which U.S. Political figure claimed that America invented the automobile?
A. Barack Obama
B. Sarah Palin
Correct Answer: A. Barack Obama . . . who also thinks America invented solar power.

3) Which U.S. Political figure gave British Prime Minister Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs in response to Brown's thoughtful and historically significant gift?
A. Barack Obama
B. Sarah Palin
Correct Answer: A. Barack Obama

4) Which U.S. Political figure claimed to have visited all 57 U.S. States?
A. Barack Obama
B. Sarah Palin
Correct Answer: A. Barack Obama

5) Which U.S. Political figure has a tough time figuring out the difference between windows and doors?
A. Barack Obama
B. Sarah Palin
Correct Answer: A. Barack Obama

6) Which U.S. Political figure thought that Arkansas was closer to Kentucky than his home state of Illinois . . . which actually shares a border with Kentucky?
A. Barack Obama
B. Sarah Palin
Correct Answer: A. Barack Obama

8) Which U.S. Political figure gave the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his/her own speeches?
A. Barack Obama
B. Sarah Palin Correct
Answer: A. Barack Obama

9) Which U.S. Political figure said this, "On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today . . ."?
A. Barack Obama
B. Sarah Palin Correct
Answer: A. Barack Obama

10) Which U.S. Political figure celebrated "Cinco de Cuatro" with Mexico's Ambassador to the United States, rather than Cinco de Mayo, and then repeated the blunder?
A. Barack Obama
B. Sarah Palin
Correct Answer: A. Barack Obama

The list could be endless when dealing with "the genius" currently in the Oval Office, but I suspect you get my point stopping with a nice, round 10 question quiz. So, now on to Sarah:

So Much For The Left's Diversity

Oh, the Left loves to accuse Republicans of racism, but let an African American break ideological ranks with them and the invisible white, pointy hoods spring into action with chants of "Uncle Tom" and sudden slave speak. The true nature of liberalism is exposed . . . well, for those who haven't already recognized how liberal policies have consistently oppressed minority populations through promises of dependency.

Monica Crowley's post concerning the racist attacks on Dr. Christopher Metzler, Associate Dean of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University, after he voiced opposition to Obamacare are stunning . . . stunning unless you remember that Democratic Senator Robert Byrd was the top officer in his local KKK chapter by the age of 24, VP Joe Biden claimed that "You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent" and later described Obama as "the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy," while Bill Clinton tried to secure Ted Kennedy's support for his wife by explaining that Obama "would be getting us coffee a few years ago." So, I guess the post is only stunning if you have the observational skills of a cucumber.

But for Dr. Metzer's the racism of the left is an all to obvious and harsh reality. According to Crowley,
In an blockbuster interview airing this weekend on my nationally syndicated radio show, a prominent black conservative blew the lid off the racism of the Left. Dr. Christopher Metzler, Associate Dean of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University, told me of the racist attacks he endured after going public with his opposition to the Democrats’ health care bill and President Barack Obama’s overall agenda.

After an appearance a few weeks ago on “The O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel, Metzler began to receive despicable, racist voicemail messages. One caller swears at him profanely and tells him to get his “black ass back to Africa.” Another caller tells him that he looked like a “slave” and expresses his “embarrassment” over Metzler’s public position.

As Metzler explained to me, the Left engages in exactly the kind of disgusting, racist behavior which they unfairly and incorrectly accuse the Tea Party and all others who oppose Obama of engaging in. Unlike the Left, Metzler actually has the evidence to prove it. During his stunning interview, Metzler exposes the Left’s hypocrisy and dishonesty—and its very real racism.
So much for "the party of diversity.

03 April 2010

Zo Deals With The Left-Wing Haters

Gotta love the left: the political perspective that is obsessed with race and sexual orientation yet accuses Republicans of bigotry. The condescending corps (pronounced "core," Mr. President) that embraces "diversity" as long as it only extends to physical appearance and not ideological differences. That blessed liberal establishment that professes compassion while organizing marches that burn effigies of Bush and broadcast Sarah Palin gang-rape jokes. Such love. Such concern. Such tolerance.

But hey, you don't have to be politician to draw liberal love. I've been accused of everything from retardation to bestiality. And Zo . . . well, he's in a different league.

Regrouping Complete

Ah, with everything going on in the complicated Khaki life it took a while for mental regrouping after the passage of Obamacare . . . but I'm back and ready to listen and inform (not necessarily in that order).

I want to pummel back in with a wonderful article by Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina. The message is clear and powerful concerning the coming crisis in America:
"The crisis is creeping forward: Every day in America more people become dependent on the government, demanding more services and benefits, while every day in America there are fewer people paying the price for these services . . . Many politicians have already figured out that dependency means more political power for them. Quite simply, a dependent voter is a dependable vote. A dependent America will vote for the politicians who promise the most from government and shift the cost to the "rich." But in the end, there is nothing compassionate about this massive disabling of Americans."
DeMint accurately and succinctly portrays the competing visions of the two major political parties, the Republican recognition of individuals and the Democrat's vision of a government-centric country where the individual disappears in dependency and group identification. (Guess which vision I prefer)

This article is worth your time. Read the entire piece here:

The Coming Crisis: How Government Dependency Threatens America's Freedom

18 March 2010

Another ObamaCare Bribe

The unprecedented corruption of the Obama administration continues as yet another bribe is uncovered in the 2,400 page health care bill. According to the National Review Online:

They're already calling it the Bismarck Bribe:

The legislation contains provisions apparently designed to ensure votes from wavering Democrats. As outlined in the House version, the compromise plan would give nonprofit loan providers in several states the right to participate, along with for-profit loan companies selected through a competitive process, in helping the Education Department distribute loan money to students.

A new element, included in the plan issued on Thursday, would give a specific right to the Bank of North Dakota to issue federally subsidized student loans, meaning that it would be the only lender remaining outside of the Education Department's direct-lending system.

The Bank of North Dakota is a state-owned lender that Democratic aides described as representing the type of nonprofit entity they want to encourage. Critics of the loan bill suggested the provision was designed to win the support of a key Democrat, Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.

Gee, I wonder why the president refused to fulfill his promise to have the health care dialogue "in front of the American people" on C-Span.

Biden Gaffes . . . again

Seriously, why does the administration continue to give this guy a speaking part?

And they used to say that Dan Quayle was dumb? Speaking of which, the former VP mispelled potato one time and was marked a moron. How many spelling errors is Obama allowed before people realize that this guy is no genius?

16 March 2010

Democrats Attempt To Slaughter The Constitution

From The Wall Street Journal:

We're not sure American schools teach civics any more, but once upon a time they taught that under the U.S. Constitution a bill had to pass both the House and Senate to become law. Until this week, that is, when Speaker Nancy Pelosi is moving to merely "deem" that the House has passed the Senate health-care bill and then send it to President Obama to sign anyway.
Blinded by an ambition that makes Genghis Khan seem restrained, the Democrats are pressing on with their attempt to shred the constitution by passing . . . I mean "deeming" to pass a bill that is opposed by the majority of Americans. And the tool of Pelosi's subterfuge is appropriately named "Slaughter."

The House Rules Committee, Louise Slaughter (D-New York), is being asked to add a "self-executing rule" into the Senate passed bill, which means that the Congress won't actually need to vote on the bill. They'll simply add their own high-dollar pork to the already bursting bill during what is referred to by Congress as "reconciliation corrections" but Americans who are aware will recognize as bullshit.

As the Journal points out, this will allow the Democrats in Congress to send the bill on to Obama for approval while still claiming that they opposed it -- a critical need for them since "knowingly" passing this monstrosity that is sure to make insurance companies immeasurably rich and unemployment lines simply immeasurable will be political suicide.
This two-votes-in-one gambit is a brazen affront to the plain language of the Constitution, which is intended to require democratic accountability. Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution says that in order for a "Bill" to "become a Law," it "shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate." This is why the House and Senate typically have a conference committee to work out differences in what each body passes. While sometimes one house cedes entirely to another, the expectation is that its Members must re-vote on the exact language of the other body's bill.

True, this is not the first time "reconciliation" has been used, but in the past it has been reserved for expediting amendments, not a bill that would seize control of 1/6 of our country's entire economy.

Where are you Jeffersonian Democrats?

14 March 2010

As Protests Mount, ObamaCare Sneaks With Reconciliation

The number may be debatable, but we know that at least 2,000+ people gathered in the frigid Minnesotan air last night to protest the Democrats latest shenanigans to get ObamaCare passed. And this was in Minnesota, where some people actually voted for Al Franken.

Now I will admit that, while I don't trust the left any farther than I could throw up their authoritarian policies, even I never thought they would attempt the rarely employed tactic of reconciliation to pass a bill that most Americans want to see burned on the alter of fiscal responsibility. It appears even the Khaki Elephant can misjudge the depths of their desire for power. The dominion and control offered by government managed Healthcare is simply too tempting for Democrats to hear the voice of the people.

The reconciliation process would require the House to accept the bill already shoved through by the former Senate Super Majority . . . a bill that contains millions in bribe money to be paid out to states like Lousianna and Nebraska for their Senator's support. (Democrat Bribe List I -- Democrat Bribe List II). The tactic will prevent the House and Senate from re-examining the current debacle to look at alternatives that for years have been offered by the GOP. The tactic will prevent the American people from voting these power-hungry politicians out of office before they do their damage. The tactic would "Europeanize" the health care system and introduce the chronic unemployment numbers ever present on that continent.

Say your prayers, America.

13 March 2010

What Did Pelosi Know About Massa?

When Nancy Pelosi plays dumb it's rather difficult to determine just how much is "play." Let's just say that I don't think we'll find her listed in the Mensa directory. I'm sure that every Obot-free mind in America remembers her "stunned" response when she "learned" that 3 terrorists had been waterboarded . . . followed by her stuttering chatter when the rest of us "learned" that she already knew. And I suspect that every American bright enough to recognize a Michael Moore whopper (the kind he delivers in his "documentaries," not to his stomach) remembers her "shocked" discovery that there were massive CEO bonuses in the second bank bailout . . . despite the claim that she had actually read the bill.

Well, once again Nancy Pelosi was "surprised," this time after finding out that Congressman Eric Massa (D - New York) has been Barney Franking some congressional aides. When the story first broke the speaker told the world that she knew nothing about it. Oh, there "may" have been rumors, but there are always rumors on the hill. As Pelosi put it, "you know what, this is rumor city. There are rumors. I have a job to do." Apparently that job doesn't include protecting young, impressionable aides from lusty, powerful congressmen . . . so long as they're Democrats.

Now we are learning that these were more than rumors and that Nancy Pelosi's "surprise" was was again feigned:

It turns out that the San Francisco speaker's office got wind of the allegations in October. That's when Massa's chief of staff told Pelosi's office that the former congressman was living with his aides and behaving in ways that made them uncomfortable. But the speaker's office didn't do a thing about it.

And if my guess is right, Pelosi will handle her denial in the same way that she always has: deny, deny, deny until another story comes along to steal the headlines.

22 February 2010

Kwame Kilpatrick Flushed Detoilet

In the least shocking headline since "Roadrunner Escapes Coyote" the Detroit Free Press dropped this one yesterday: "Feds have evidence ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick took bribes."

According to the freep,

A contractor who pleaded guilty in an ongoing corruption probe in Detroit has told investigators that he handed as much as $100,000 in bribes to then-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in 2002.
That's right, apparently the funds Kilpatrick pilfered from the city weren't quite enough to cover Escalade jaunts to Niagara and gold-studded earrings. The article goes on to explain:
The contractor, Karl Kado of West Bloomfield, . . . told authorities he paid Kwame Kilpatrick in four or five installments of about $20,000 each. Kado, who is awaiting sentencing for paying bribes to protect multimillion-dollar Cobo Center contracts, said he sometimes delivered the money in envelopes to Kilpatrick's office on the 11th floor at city Hall, and sometimes Kilpatrick dropped by Cobo to get the cash.
And the worst part, the Cobo Center's roof still leaks. Note to future Detroit politicians, if you're going to take bribes from contractors at least choose competent ones for the city's sake.

21 February 2010

John Conyers Corruption To Continue?

It looks like one of America's longest serving swindlers is prepared to continue his incumbent corruption. According to The Detroit News, 80-year-old John Conyers is planning to run once again for congress. If elected, it would be his 23rd term to the U.S. House, a record second only to fellow Michiganian Democrat John Dingell -- both evidently hoping to be rewarded once again for delivering the nation's worst economy to their home state.

It would be easy to ignore Conyer's record today in light of his wife, former Detroit City Councilmember Monica Conyers, recently pleading guilty to bribery charges and now sitting in their sweet estate to await sentencing. But let's give John his due since his name makes frequent stops on various "Most Corrupt Politicians" lists.

One can sweep aside some of Conyer's minor misdeeds, like his ridiculous Kangaroo Court, his staff allegedly stealing turkeys from charity and contacting federal agencies to supplement his own financial interests. However, the indictment from The Hill concerning his pattern of consistent ethics violations on the Judiciary Committee reveals a Dickensian level of dirt that should make even loyal supporters cringe at the ballot box. According to the report, Conyers has been involved with . . .

  • Demanding that his congressional aides work on local and state campaigns (for example, his wife's fail state Senate bid).
  • Forcing aides to baby-sit, tutor, and chauffeur his children.
  • Stiffing a catering company.
  • Allowing a staff member to use his office to obtain a fake passport in order to flee to Ghana after being convicted of fraud, making false statements, and government theft.
  • Conducting a private law practice out of his office.
Sadly, the pattern continues today as Conyers continues to rank #1 when it comes to questionable use of time and money.

And now Conyer's is having a go at the Haitians relief effort. Conyers, not please with having the administrator of USAID, Rajiv Singh, in charge of the helping the Haitians wrote a letter to Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, demanding that the Singh be demoted because the group of 12 that he brought to Washington to describe the heroic efforts in Haiti did not contain an African American. I'm not kidding. Conyers wrote:
“I was alarmed and chagrined to learn that none of the approximately dozen staff he brought with him were African American. This is so serious an error in judgment that it warrants his immediate demotion to a subordinate position at AID.”

So this is the 80-year-old "leader" looking for re-election: a corrupt lifelong politician who continues to define worth by the color of one's skin rather than the content of their character. I certainly hope his constituents finally see behind the curtain and pull the lever in a different direction.

CPAC Straw Poll Winner: Ron Paul

In 2008 Ron Paul won the hearts of a small but zealous arm of the Republican Party. At this year's CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) Straw Poll, the Zacchaeus branch took center stage by giving their candidate a meaningless victory. The results:

  • Ron Paul 33%
  • Mitt Romney 22%
  • Sarah Palin 7%
  • Tim Pawlenty 6%

Must have been a blow to Pawlenty who was in attendance while Palin was not.

Naturally the poll is meaningless (I think Barry Goldwater won the 2008 vote) but it does tell us something. Paul is a Libertarian and it is precisely his personal freedom mantra that is resonating with the anti-Obama, anti-big government crowd. And while Paul leaves a lot to be desired in my book, his freedom approach is becoming a road map to victory.

20 February 2010

Mo from Zo: Chris Matthews is the New Obama Girl

Alexander Haig (1924 - 2010)

Rest With God

"Practice rather than preach. Make of your life an affirmation, defined by your ideals, not the negation of others. Dare to the level of your capability then go beyond to a higher level."

"I'm the only American alive or dead who presided unhappily over the removal of a vice president and a president."

"We didn't lose Vietnam. We quit Vietnam."

"If they analyze the situation as thoroughly as they should, Muslims will realize they are the first targets. What are the fundamentalists really after? Simply taking over Islam and then turning its back on modernity."

"Let them march all they want, as long as they continue to pay their taxes."

"Sooner or later something had to give. But President Bush, faced with the unprecedented affront of 9-11, could not wait to take action. So he had to do what we were capable of doing, and he did it brilliantly."

"The warning message we sent the Russians was a calculated ambiguity that would be clearly understood."

"As of now, I am in control here in the White House"

Evgeni Plushenko: Russian National Insecurity On Ice

I hate writing about Olympic figure skating. I mean, if somebody laces blades to their feet they'd better have a hockey stick or an attitude like Apollo Ohno. However, the gold-medal whining from Russian ice dancer (or whatever they're called) Evgeni Plushenko after losing the Olympic gold to an American has me thinking about current Russian culture in generally -- namely, a culture of national insecurity that grows by the day.

Just in case you were watching actual sports, Russian skate spinner Evgeni Plushenko was slap-fight mad after performing a spinning thing that had more spins than his competition, apparently believing that judging performance in this event should be based solely on the number of spins one does. In a Russian show of class (which fortunately cost fewer lives than their invasion of Georgia), Plushenko actually stepped onto the gold medal podium before descending to his rightful place during the award ceremony. Meanwhile, the American winner, Evan Lysacek, remained gracious.

Without doubt Evgeni Plushenko is a spoiled brat who obviously didn't get taken to the wood shedenv enough, but this story also reflects a growing sense of insecurity within the former super power. Russia's national behavior has grown increasing nasty, pointing missiles at Poland, Claiming international oil regions in the Arctic, invading neighbors, re-engaging the space race, etc, etc, etc. They are a proud nation and their ruling elite is beginning to feel the need to ascend to super power status once again -- by any means necessary. The mentality is trickling to their population and reflecting in their representative, like Evgeni Plushenko. It is a trend America must watch.

24 January 2010

Ellie Light's Letter: Another Patch Of Obama Astroturf

Democrats love to deny that the Tea Parties sweeping the nation are part of a grass roots movement. I suspect they'd have trouble recognizing a real one if they saw it since the only natural grass in their party seems to be smoked before policy meetings. For Democrats, "grass roots" tend to sink as deep into the soil as, well, multi-million dollar sign campaigns, fake doctors and shallow-planted town hall participants (though I do admit to finding it charming when Obama calls a random town hall participant by name before they introduce themselves). Grass? The left plays best on special interest sponsored AstroTurf.

The latest in a long line of Obama operatives posing as an ordinary grass roots citizen supporting their beloved president is "Ellie Light" who wrote a stirring letter of support for the Prez published in The Philidelphia Daily News saying, "It's time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a president can't just wave a magic wand and fix everything." Strange, no mention of Americans expectations that the President keep at least one campaign promise concerning the economy.

Now shoot over to Patterico's Pontifications where there's a post noting that "Ellie Light" has written the "same letter defending Obama to dozens of publications across the country, getting them published in at least 42 newspapers in 18 states, as well as Politico.com, the Washington Times, and USA Today." Oh, and "she" conveniently claims to be a resident of a different state for each letter - though given Obama's obvious challenges when it comes to Geography, Ms. Light can be forgiven that indiscretion. So it seems that our "Ellie Light" is not a grass roots citizen after all, but political spinster playing on DNC endorsed AstroTurf.

We may never know "Ellie's" true identity, but one thing is clear: this is one Light that isn't too bright.

23 January 2010

Favorite Take On Scott Brown's Win

Of all the pundits and experts who had a take on Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts, I have to say that my favorite was delivered on MSNBC. Just after the race was called I switched over to catch Rachel Maddow's take on the election results (immediately doubling her viewership). She tossed a question to Howard Dean about the finger pointing that had started between Democrats even before Coakley conceded and he responded that a lot of things went wrong. "There is no one person who can be blamed, well, except George Bush."

That's right, it has nothing to do with the fact that Brown's campaign was based entirely on opposition to the unscrupulous deal making and damning agenda that the democrats have finally revealed since they've gained control of both the congress and the Oval office. Nope, according to Dean it's Bush's fault.

Naturally, Obama and Gibbs would later echo the charge, claiming that people are still angry over Bush's policies so . . . so . . . so they're rejected Obama's soft on terror and hard on the pocketbook approach. The last three elections where Obama showed up to stump for the Candidate, New Jersey, Virginia and now Massachusetts (where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 3.5 to 1) the GOP has won a resounding victory. But it's not Obama's fault.

Now I'm wondering what exactly Obama meant when he said "the buck stops here"? Was he actually referring to the troubling bucks given to his campaign that are still unreported? The bucks he was given by contributors and then paid back with taxpayer bailout money? The bucks he was given by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the financial institutions that led to our current banking crisis? The bucks he gave to Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) to buy her vote for ObamaCare? The taxpayer bucks in the "cornhusker kickback" given to Sen Ben Nelson (D-NE) for his support? The bucks exchanged in the sweetheart backroom deal with union brass. The bucks this administration continues to give to the heavily indicted ACORN organization? I'm seriously starting to lose count.

19 January 2010

Terror Has A Friend In The ACLU

The ACLU is demanding to know where Barack Obama gets the legal authority to launch unmanned drone missiles at terrorists in Pakistan. For his legal defense Obama may call to the stand victims from 9/11, the embassy bombings, the 8 CIA agents recently killed in Afghanistan . . . oh, wait, he can't call them to the stand because they were murdered . . . by terrorists.

I'm seriously wondering who the ACLU hates more, America, the soldiers who defend her or the God who inspired her.

09 January 2010

More Job Losses For 2010

President Barack Obama promised that if the stimulus package was passed unemployment would not reach 8%, so imagine the shock over at the Associated Press when the eventually noticed that, not only has the 8% barrier been shattered in 2009, the projections for 2010 are worse yet. Why, they may have to investigate. It's almost as if all of those people who said that the Stimulus Package wouldn't work were right.

WASHINGTON – Brace for a year of stubbornly high unemployment.

Gripped by uncertainty over the economic recovery, employers chopped 85,000 jobs last month, and difficulty finding work helped chase more than half a million people out of the job market.

The unemployment rate held steady at 10 percent. It did not creep higher only because so many people stopped looking for work and are technically not counted as unemployed.But the jobless rate is likely to rise in coming months as more people see signs of an improving economy and start looking for work again. Some economists think it could near 11 percent, which would be the highest since World War II, by June.

The highest unemployment since WWII? No wonder Obama's handlers have decided that he should start sounding like Harry Truman.

Civilian Judge Tosses Evidence About Gitmo Goon

What happens when you apply the U.S. Constitution to enemy combatants who are not U.S. Citizens . . . besides revealing American intelligence information, providing a forum for radical terrorists to broadcast their warped philosophy to a broader audience and boosting the ratings at Court TV?

WASHINGTON – A federal judge has tossed out most of the government's evidence against a tarrorism [sic] detainee on grounds his confessions were coerced, allegedly by U.S. forces, before he became a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay.

In a ruling this week, U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan also said the government failed to establish that 23 statements the detainee made to interrogators at Guantanamo Bay were untainted by the earlier coerced statements made while he was held under harsh conditions in Afghanistan.

This is where the Left says, "Well, Bush allowed some terrorists to face trial in the Federal systems!" But didn't they promise to correct the mistakes that Bush made rather than use him as their chief defense witness?

02 January 2010

Government Loans Have Worsened Housing Problem

In the least shocking news since George Michael stormed out of the closet, The New York Times is reporting that the U.S. government loan program is adding to the housing woes. Gee, government intervention has made the problem worse rather than better? Who could have predicted that?

The Obama administration’s $75 billion program to protect homeowners from foreclosure has been widely pronounced a disappointment, and some economists and real estate experts now contend it has done more harm than good.
And what then is the harm? For one thing . . .

Since President Obama announced the program in February, it has lowered mortgage payments on a trial basis for hundreds of thousands of people but has largely failed to provide permanent relief. Critics increasingly argue that the program, Making Home Affordable, has raised false hopes among people who simply cannot afford their homes . . . As a result, desperate homeowners have sent payments to banks in often-futile efforts to keep their homes, which some see as wasting dollars they could have saved in preparation for moving to cheaper rental residences. Some borrowers have seen their credit tarnished while falsely assuming that loan modifications involved no negative reports to credit agencies.
And for another . . .

. . . banks have been using temporary loan modifications under the Obama plan as justification to avoid an honest accounting of the mortgage losses still on their books. Only after banks are forced to acknowledge losses and the real estate market absorbs a now pent-up surge of foreclosed properties will housing prices drop to levels at which enough Americans can afford to buy.
And for yet another . . .

In 2008, more than 1.7 million homes were “lost” through foreclosures, short sales or deeds in lieu of foreclosure, according to Moody’s Economy.com. Last year, more than two million homes were lost, and Economy.com expects that this year’s number will swell to 2.4 million.
Like Cash for Clunkers (that cute project where people who already owned cars were able to use their neighbor's taxed income to turn old cars in for new cars, complete with higher car payments) this loan program has had a dismal effect on both the economy and its intended benefactors. Health Care, Cap and Trade . . . who else is excited to see what this administration tries to fix next?