Thursday, December 31, 2009

Houston Police Find Rocket Launcher and Jihadist writings. No Charges Filed.

This may be the most insane story of 2009. Police get called to a disturbance. They find a rocket launcher and Jihadist writings. The police failed to file charges for the rocket launcher.

When officers went inside, they found something that made them concerned enough to call the bomb squad.

They found an AT-4 shoulder-mounted rocket launcher. It can shoot a missile nearly 1,000 feet through buildings and tanks.

Video: The 2009 "Cone of Shame" awards

The 2009 "Cone of Shame" awards by Michelle Malkin.

Voters Want to Waterboard the Underpants Bomber

American voters want to break out the waterboard for Nigerian underpants bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Fifty-eight percent of U.S. voters say waterboarding and other aggressive interrogation techniques should be used on this terrorist. Seventy-one percent want the military, nor civilian, authorities to investigate.

Rasmussen reported:
Fifty-eight percent (58%) of U.S. voters say waterboarding and other aggressive interrogation techniques should be used to gain information from the terrorist who attempted to bomb an airliner on Christmas Day.

White House Records Show Private Residence Visit by ACORN CEO

According to the White House visitor's log, ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis visited President Obama's residence one week before the sting videos were released. There is no record of her returning since that date.

Big Government reported:
You can scroll through the list of records on the White House site OR you can download the raw data. Interestingly, the full download uncovers almost 30,000 records, including many from outside the mid-September time-frame detailed on the White House site. In other words, only the records from the specific two week time period are viewable on the White House site. Many other visitor records were released today…they are just much harder to find.

Like, for example, the visitor records for Bertha Lewis.

Taliban Declare 2009 Successful Year Based on Obama's "Dithering"

Anyone with two brain cells to rub together knows showing indecisiveness to your enemies will only embolden them. President Obama has has raised indecisiveness to a new level in 2009. He has ended the "war or terror," refused to name radical Islam as a root cause of terror and 'dithered" on Afghanistan. The Taliban have read the tea leaves and are calling 2009 "a successful year for mujahideen." Why are we not surprised?

CNN reported:
"Last year the guerrilla warfare, frontline war, attacks and road mines against the invaders increased as the enemy began to cry out for reconciliation," said the statement, obtained by CNN on Wednesday.

"The enemy does not have a constant policy," the unsigned statement said. "Sometimes they talk about sending more soldiers and other times they speak of an early withdrawal. Their thinking is irrational."

13 State Attorney Generals Threaten Legal Action Unless Nelson's Bribe is Removed

Thirteen state attorneys general are threatening legal action unless Nelson's bribe is removed from the democrats health reform bill. They claim the "Cornhusker Kickback" isn't constitutional.

The Washington Post reported:

"We believe this provision is constitutionally flawed," South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster and the 12 other attorneys general wrote in the letter to be sent Wednesday night to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

"As chief legal officers of our states we are contemplating a legal challenge to this provision and we ask you to take action to render this challenge unnecessary by striking that provision," they wrote.

Maureen Dowd Goes Off the Reservation

I never thought we would see this day, but Maureen Dowd reamed Obama for his cavalier attitude towards our safety and the handling of the underpants bomber attempted terrorist attack.

I was walking through a deserted downtown on Christmas Eve with a friend, past the lonely, gray Treasury Building, past the snowy White House with no president inside.

"I hope the terrorists don't think this is a good time to attack," I said, looking protectively at the White House, which always looks smaller and more vulnerable and beautiful than you expect, no matter how often you see it up close....

The entire article is well worth reading.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Schwarzenegger Reaps What He Sows. Claims Democrats Lied to Him About Obamacare.

On October 6, 2009, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger broke with most Republicans and threw his support behind the Democrats health care reform.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued a statement today in support of health care reform, making him the latest Republican to endorse the reform efforts currently underway.

Now, he is opposed to the current bills and claims Democrats lied to him. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is reaping what he sowed by supporting the Democrats health care reform. The latest bill will raise California's already sky high deficit by another $3 or more billion per year.

“When asked for my support, I was assured that federal legislation would not increase costs to California or include new unfunded mandates,” Schwarzenegger wrote. “Unfortunately, under nearly every scenario we can predict, the federal health care reform legislation being debated would cost California’s General Fund an additional $3 billion to $4 billion annually.”

Sorry Arnold, but Pelosi and Reid don't care.

Voters Know What is in Obamacare and They Do Not Like It

Democrats claim people will like their health care reform after they understand the details. A new poll by Rasmussen indicates voters already know most of the bills provisions and fifty-eight percent (58%) are still opposed to it.
Many have questioned whether those who favor or oppose the health care plan in Congress really know what’s in it. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey suggests that they have a decent understanding of the bill and that voter attitudes towards the legislation have hardened.

Video: Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons Calls Obamacare bill a “knife in the back”

Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons told FOX News that "if you have to pay off every senator to get a vote something is inherently wrong with the bill." He called the Obamacare bill a “knife in the back” to the people of Nevada. Gov. Gibbons is the latest governor to join the chorus against the democrat's health care reform bills. Governors are very concerned about the expanded costs to states mandated by the bills.

Dick Cheney: Obama is 'trying to pretend we are not at war.'

Former VP Dick Cheney thinks he knows the reason for President Obama's low key response to the attempted terrorist attack by the underpants bomber. Obama is 'trying to pretend we are not at war.'

Politico has a transcript of Cheney’s full statement

As I've watched the events of the last few days it is clear once again that President Obama is trying to pretend we are not at war. He seems to think if he has a low key response to an attempt to blow up an airliner and kill hundreds of people, we won't be at war. He seems to think if he gives terrorists the rights of Americans, lets them lawyer up and reads them their Miranda rights, we won't be at war. He seems to think if we bring the mastermind of 9/11 to New York, give him a lawyer and trial in civilian court, we won't be at war.

Did the Underpants Bomber Slip Through the Cracks Due to Fear of Muslim Profiling?

Did the underpants bomber slip through the cracks due to fear of Muslim profiling? The Prowler at the American Spectator is reporting that information. According to this article, we had plenty of information about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. We gained this information under agreements with foreign governments put in place after the September 11, 2001 attacks. However, we failed to act on it because of changes in policy by the Obama administration to reduce the perception we are profiling Muslims.

From American Spectator:
When Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was placed on the British government's watch list in May 2009 and banned from entering the country, the U.S. embassy in London (and by extension the U.S. State Department), as well as U.S. intelligence agencies, were notified of this move as part of information-sharing agreements entered into by a number of Western governments after the September 11, 2001 attacks...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Baucus Blames Right Wing Websites for Pointing Out His Drunken Behavior on the Senate Floor

From Newsbusters:
MSNBC reported this afternoon that Max Baucus is "blasting right-wing websites like Drudge and NewsBusters" for suggesting he was drunk on the Senate floor during the health care debate. See P.J. Gladnick's Bizarre Baucus Behavior on Senate Floor Ignored by MSM.

Here is the MSNBC clip.

Here is a longer clip. Was Baucus smashed? You decide.

Looks like he was celebrating the nationalization of our health care system before he made this speech.

Shameful: No Fly List Has Only 4000 Names

Most people believe Al Qaeda has thousands of members. The US has a terrorist watch list of 550,000 people. Why is the no fly list only 4000? Why hasn't President Obama added the other 500,000 people with suspected terrorist ties to the list?

The NYT reported:
The embassy sent a cable to Washington that resulted in Mr. Abdulmutallab’s name being entered in a broad database of 550,000 people with possible ties to terrorism. But he was not put on the much smaller no-fly list of 4,000 people, or a list of 14,000 people who require additional screening before flying, nor was his multiple-entry visa to the United States revoked.

New Third Grade Photo of "Barry" Contradicts His Official Biography

"Scott & Barry 3rd grade 1969."

A California chiropractor, Scott Inoue, is circulating a photo allegedly showing him and Barack Obama that was taken in 1969 while they were in the third-grade in Hawaii at Noelani Elementary School. The picture is was labeled "Scott & Barry 3rd grade 1969" by Inoue's mother. Strangely, Barry Soetoro (Barack Obama) is not known to have ever attended Noelani Elementary School. According to many well publicized biographies, Young Obama was in Indonesia from 1967 through 1971. Barry is also a head taller than his classmate. Mr. Inoue sent an enlarged copy to President Obama. He signed it and returned it with a thank you note. Hmm...

The Star Bulletin reported:

The picture -- with the words "Scott & Barry 3rd grade 1969" scribbled at the bottom by Inoue's mother -- shows Obama almost a head taller than Inoue, with their arms around each other. Against a background of Christmas tree drawings, Obama is smiling more broadly than the shyer-looking Inoue.

"He was a lot taller than me; he towered above most of us....

Oh my! Rasmussen Poll Has Ben Nelson Down 30 Points to Heineman After Health-Care Reversal

A new Rasmussen poll has Senator Ben Nelson down 30 points in a theoretical race against current Republican Governor Heineman. Nelson's health care vote seems to be the reason. Sixty-four percent (64%) of Nebraska voters oppose the health care legislation Ben Nelson voted for, including fifty-three percent (53%) who are strongly opposed. Only 17% of Nebraska voters approve of the deal Senator Ben Nelson made to sell his vote for a special Medicaid deal. An April 2006 poll by Survey USA found him to be the Senator with the highest popularity rating, 73%, among his own constituents. Senator Nelson has committed political suicide for Harry Reid and President Barack Obama.

Rasmussen reported:

If Governor Dave Heineman challenges Nelson for the Senate job, a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows that Heineman would get 61% of the vote while Nelson would get just 30%.

Judicial Watch Names Top Ten Most Corrupt Politicians of 2009

Judicial Watch has named the top ten most corrupt politicians of 2009. Senator John Ensign (R-NV) was the only Republican named. Sen. Ensign stands accused of misusing his public office (and taxpayer resources) to cover up his sexual shenanigans. Judicial Watch has the details of why each politician has earned this ignominious honor.

Here is a complete list of the names in alphabetic order:

1. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT)

2. Senator John Ensign (R-NV)

3. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)

4. Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner

5. Attorney General Eric Holder

6. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)/ Senator Roland Burris (D-IL)

7. President Barack Obama

8. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

9. Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) and the rest of the PMA Seven

10. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)

The above list is alphabetic. Post a comment telling your top choice for "Most Corrupt Politician of 2009" and why.

Is the Iranian Regime Ready to Fall?

There are reports the Iranian regime is preparing to flee Iran to Russia. Planet Iran released a letter published on Iranian websites that claims Ayatollah Khamenei is planning a possible escape to Russia.

Iran Global website has exposed a document that discloses information on Khamenei and various authorities of the regime’s possible escape to Russia.

The document is on the National Security Agency of the Islamic regime’s letterhead addressed from the office of the High Assembly of the Islamic Republic’s National Security official [name is redacted] to an individual [name redacted] in the revolutionary guards. The letter is dated 6th of Dey (December 27th).

It reads:
Re: Response to a letter number [redacted] written on the 5th of Dey (December 26th).

Salam Aleykom

With respect, we would like to inform you of the inspection, check up and preparation of the aircraft, destination Russia, for the purpose of transporting the Supreme Leader, his esteemed family and various officials of the Revolutionary Guards. Should the commanding forces lose control, direct your attention to the attached permit, number [redacted] of the National Security Agency and the Bureau of Revolutionary Guard’s Intelligence Security in order for the necessary steps to be taken.

Va al-salam

Office of the high assembly of the Islamic Republic’s national security

Commander, Brigadier-General, Revolutionary Guard

Stamped by Secretary General of the High Assembly of the Islamic Republic’s National Security

Stamped by Dr. Saeed Jalili

CC: [redacted]

Hat tip Gateway Pundit.

Team Obama Allows Underpants Bomber to Lawyer Up

President Obama called the underpants bomber a “suspect” arrested for the “alleged” bombing of a US flight in a speech Monday.

Preisdent Obama's plan for Al Qaeda Jihadists determined to destroy America is to treat them as common criminals; not combatants in a war against us. Reportedly, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has been read his rights in his hospital bed and has now "lawyer-ed" up. This means we can't question him about his methods, accomplices and ties to Al Qaeda. Rep. Peter King is calling for Abdulmutallab to be tried by military tribunal instead of a civilian court.
Washington (AP) - The leading Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee says the Nigerian man accused of attacking an airliner as it approached Detroit should be tried by a military tribunal rather than a civilian court.

Rep. Peter King of New York said Tuesday it will be more difficult for authorities to get useful information from the suspect if he is given the legal rights afforded to defendants in civilian courts, including the right to a lawyer.

Monday, December 28, 2009

From Hope n' Change: Let Them Eat Poi Cartoon

Hope n' Change is a great site for conservative political cartoons. Here is a sample.

Let Them Eat Poi

Napolitano Says 'Nothing to See Here' as Dozens of Suicide Bombers Train in Yemen

Americans shouldn't worry. Janet Napolitano said Sunday that she does not think the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound plane on Friday was part of a larger plot. In spite of Secretary Napolitano's naive optimism, British police fear that 25 British-born Muslims are plotting to bomb Western airliners.
Cops fear that 25 British-born Muslims are plotting to bomb Western airliners.

The fanatics, in five groups, are now training at secret terror camps in Yemen.

It was there London-educated Umar Abdulmutallab, 23, prepared for his Christmas Day bid to blow up a US jet..

Read more here.

Hat tip JamieWearingFool.

Democrats Exempted Many UAW Members From Paying Health Insurance Premium Taxes

Everyone knows about the special deal democrats gave Ben Nelson to buy his vote for Obamacare. The rest of America is required to pay the additional Medicare costs for Nebraska forever and the largest health insurance company in Nebraska, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, is exempt from the new health insurance premium taxes levied on gold-plated health insurance plans. What many people overlooked is Michigan Blue Cross/Blue Shield was also exempted from the new health insurance premium taxes. When there was never any doubt how Michigan's Senators would vote, why was Michigan Blue Cross/Blue Shield exempted? The answer is the UAW. The UAW has one of the most expensive health care plans in America. The UAW health care plan even pays for Lasik eyesight-improvement surgery. Guess what insurance company covers most current and retired UAW members in Michigan. If you guessed Michigan Blue Cross/Blue Shield, you would be correct. Actually, the UAW has organized Blue Cross/Blue Shield workers in Michigan. Corrupt democrats exempted much of their UAW membership base from paying the tax on their gold-plated health insurance plan.

More Violence in Iran (video)

Reportedly, the nephew of opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi is among nine people killed in the latest round of violence.

Census Results May Be Very Good News For Republicans

The Census Bureau is estimating red states will gain seats and blue states will lose seats. Democrats are determined to count every illegal alien possible to prevent red states from losing seats.

The Washington Examiner reported:

The numbers are cause for alarm for Democrats.

Of the states gaining House seats -- Texas (three) and Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington -- only Washington is reliably Democratic, having last voted for a Republican presidential candidate in 1984.

Of the states losing seats and electors -- Ohio (two), Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania -...

More Stimulus Stupidity

1.8 million federal dollars have been spent in Texas to caulk seven homes.

“AUSTIN – The state received millions of federal dollars from the economic-stimulus package to help poor Texans cut their energy bills, but by the end of last month, just seven homes had been weather-treated under the program. The state has spent $1.8 million of $163 million available...

The government is spending $271,000 per home to winterize it. Wouldn’t it be cheaper to buy each shack and give the homeowner some repo’d three bedroom ranch?

Sunday, December 27, 2009

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano: "the system worked"

Is she serious? What would she classify as a failure? This terrorist attack was only thwarted because the detonation device did not work well and a brave passenger took quick action to subdue the terrorist.

Politico reported:
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said that the thwarting of the attempt to blow up the Amsterdam-Detroit flight this week demonstrated that "the system worked."

DHS Secretary Napolitano needs to answer why this radical wasn't on our "No Fly List." He was on a US terror watch list and his dad went to the US Embassy in Yemen to warn us about him.

Why Wasn't Airline bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on "No Fly list"

Senator Ted Kennedy is the most famous false positive on the "No Fly List." It took Kennedy three weeks to get his name removed. Americans have to wonder why Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab wasn't on the list. He was on a US watch list for people with extremist links and had been barred from entering Great Britain for a year.

The Times reported:
THE son of a prominent Nigerian banker, who allegedly attempted to blow up a transatlantic flight over America, was barred from returning to Britain earlier this year.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, graduated from a university in London last year but his visa request was refused in May when he attempted to apply for a new course at a bogus college.

Has the Obama Administration changed the rules for putting people on the "No Fly List?" Americans deserve an answer to this question.

Meet the Hero of NW Flight 253

His name is Jasper Schuringa:
The passenger who tackled a suspected terrorist on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 said Saturday that he's "happy" to be alive.

Jasper Schuringa, a video director and producer from Amsterdam...

Hat tip Wizbang.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Northwest Bomber Had Suicide Underwear

We had to take off our shoes because of the shoe bomber. I hate to think where this one is going.

ABC News
The plot to blow up an American passenger jet over Detroit was organized and launched by al Qaeda leaders in Yemen who apparently sewed bomb materials into the suspect’s underwear before sending him on his mission, federal authorities tell ABC News.

Saturday Night Fun: Apache Insurgent Ownage

Saturday Night Fun: Apache Insurgent Ownage

Video: Passenger Describes Heroic Effort to Stop Terrorist Attack

A passenger describes the attempted terrorist attack aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253.

The Highlights of 2009 Media Bais

Accuracy in Media has a great recap of the bias of the mainstream media in 2009. The list includes calling Conservative protesters "teabaggers," ignoring the global warming scam, engaging in "Obamamania," "Palinoia" and ignoring the ACORN scandal. The mainstream media has become an embarrassing relic of the past.

Here is an excerpt from AIM:
Climate "scientists" are about as trusted as used-car salesmen or congressmen these days thanks to the beating their profession has taken in the "ClimateGate" scandal. But give the alarmists their due: They know how to hide the decline.

Their friends in the media, on the other hand, are not quite so skilled at chicanery... Read more here.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Sen. Dodd Heckled In Connecticut After Obamacare Vote (Video)

A passerby yelled at Senator Dodd:
“You’re not going to get reelected.”

If corruption
doesn't take out Senator Dodd, perhaps his vote to nationalize our health care will.

Hat tip Gateway Pundit:

Two Thirds of US Gets a Global Warming White Christmas

From the National Operational Hyrdologic Remote Sensing Center here is the satellite snow depth map.

Meanwhile, Al Gore suffers from a White Christmas headache.

Obama Takes $4000 a Day Vacation During a Recession

The actual cost is undoubtedly higher. The $4000 a day is just the cost of renting the $8.9 million house.

NewsBusters reported:
Imagine the outrage if any Republican President went on vacation during a recession and spent $4,000 a night on accommodations. On ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday, correspondent Yunji de Nies seemed to suggest that President Obama’s family will be spending such an amount renting expensive living space at an estate house in Hawaii for Christmas vacation. De Nies: "Christmas trees here aren't cheap – neither is staying in this $8.9 million house, which runs $4,000 a night. The Obamas rented this one and the two next door for family and friends. When you spend that kind of money, people pay attention to detail."

Obama and Family Skip Church This Christmas

President Obama and his family regularly attended the radical Reverend Wright's church in Chicago. Since moving to Washington, the Obama's have only been to church in Washington three times. This Christmas won't be a fourth.

Time reported:
But there's one common Christmas practice not on the First Family's schedule: a visit to Christmas Eve church services....

The Obamas have attended Sunday services in Washington three times this year ...

hat tip Weasel Zippers:

Have a Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from the Bluegrass Pundit.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Michelle Malkin: ObamaCare is a tipping point in the Democrats' culture of corruption (video)

Michelle Malkin was on “Fox & Friends” this morning. She explains why ObamaCare is a 'tipping point' in the 'Democrats' culture of corruption.' Michelle Malkin is wonderful as usual.

Flashback: Obama Promised in ‘08 “every penny” of TARP would go back to taxpayers (video)

Then Senator Obama didn't want President Bush to have a blank check with the TARP funds. He promised “every penny” of TARP would go back to taxpayers. Of course, that promise has expired. Now, President Obama wants to spend the returned TARP money again.

Obama is such a liar.

Video: Merry Christmas from the United States Senate

This video perfectly captures the Christmas present Harry Reid and Senate Democrats just gave to America's seniors.

Merry Christmas from the United States Senate (video)

Good News! Ft. Hood Jihadist’s Spiritual Adviser Killed In Yemeni Attack

Anwar al Awlaki has reportedly been killed today in an air strike on a Yemeni terrorist camp. May he receive 72 virgin camels in hell as his reward. Ft. Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan was in contact with Anwar al Awlaki. Hasan asked him about Muslim-American soldiers killing their colleagues.

A Yemeni air raid may have killed the top two leaders of al Qaeda’s regional branch on Thursday, and an American Muslim preacher linked to the man who shot dead 13 people at a U.S. army base may also have died, a Yemeni security official said.

30 Years of Climategate Visualized

Download the pdf of this chart and take a close look at it. There is a lot of good information there.

From Watts Up With That:
You have to see this to believe it. Look up close and admire the detail while you despair at how long science has been going off the rails. To better appreciate the past and what was exposed by the CRU emails, the time-line chart consolidates and chronologically organizes the information uncovered and published about the CRU emails by many researchers along with some related contextual events. That the chart exists at all is yet another example of how skilled experts are flocking in to the skeptics position and dedicating hours of time pro bono because they are passionately motivated to fight against those who try to deceive us.

Senate Passes Health Care Reform Bill and Raises Debt Ceiling In Same Day

Does anyone besides me see the irony here? Democrats claim their health care reform is going to lower costs and deduce the deficit. The truth is the bill will raise costs for many people and increase the deficit by $300 billion. The U.S. is going to need that higher debt ceiling level.

Fox News reported:
WASHINGTON -- The Senate passed a health insurance overhaul on Thursday morning, 60-39, as both Democrats and Republicans held unified in their positions on the massive bill that mandates coverage for about 9 percent of the U.S. population.

All 58 Democrats and two independents supported the $871 billion, 10-year package that aims to cover about 30 million Americans. Thirty-nine of 40 Republicans rejected the bill. Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning, who is retiring at the end of this Congress, did not vote.

Call or visit your Senators and Congressman during the break. This takeover of one sixth of the U.S. economy can still be stopped. After the House and Senate reconcile their versions, there will be another vote.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Christmas Gift for the NRA Member That Has Everything (video)

Bedside Gun Rack for Your Shotgun -- The Back-Up Home Protection Gun Rack

Note: Not for homes with children. Safety first!

Sen. Sessions: The nearly $500 billion in cuts to Medicare actually will add $300 billion to the deficit (video)

Sen. Jeff Sessions accuses democrats of "Bernie Madoff accounting" and said the Senate health care bill will "add $300 billion to the deficit."

Fox News reported:
Republicans, emboldened by a new letter from the Congressional Budget Office, accused Democrats on Wednesday of "Bernie Madoff accounting" for double counting the savings from Medicare as a means to pay for the Senate health care bill.

As the Senate prepares for a crucial vote before final passage of a massive overhaul bill that Democrats argue will reduce the deficit by $132 billion over 10 years, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala, said the nearly $500 billion in cuts to Medicare actually will add $300 billion to the deficit.

Blue Dogs May Be Ready To Roll Over And Become Lap Dogs For Obamacare

Are blue dogs getting ready to show their true color? The Hill is reporting many of them may be ready to flip their vote and help pass Obamacare.
Centrist, Blue Dog Democrats are likely to favor the Senate's healthcare bill if it comes up for a vote, one of their members said Wednesday.

Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.), a Blue Dog who voted against the House's healthcare bill in November, said that he and many other centrist Democrats would flip their votes to support the Senate bill if it came up for a vote in the House.

Only 29% of U.S. voters now say the country is heading in the right direction

Sixty-five percent (65%) of voters think the U.S. is headed in the wrong direction. Voter confidence peaked in May at 40% and has steadily declined ever since. The 'hopey-changey' spell is wearing off.

Rasmussen reported:
Just 29% of U.S. voters now say the country is heading in the right direction, the lowest level measured since early February, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Sen. DeMint Forces Vote on Practice of Trading Earmarks for Votes

Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.) is emerging as a true leader of the Republican Party. He is forcing a vote on an amendment to bar the practice of trading earmarks for vote. This would prevent the kind of backroom corruption we are seeing with votes for health care reform being sold by Senators such as Senator Ben Nelson and Senator Mary Landrieu. Unfortunately, if it passes, the amendment will only apply to future legislation, not the current health care bill.

The Corner reported:
In a surprise move, Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.), chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, will seek a vote this afternoon on an amendment to prohibit the practice of trading votes for earmarks in the United States Senate. “Americans are disgusted by the earmarks, kickbacks, and backroom deals that have been used to buy votes for this health-care takeover,” says DeMint to NRO. “I hope we can put every senator on record on whether they support this legislative bribery, and we'll know who is part of the problem.”

Nebraska Governor Tells Senator Ben Nelson to Give Back His Bribe and Vote No on Cloture (video)

Democrat weasel Senator Ben Nelson tried to claim he asked for the 'special' $100 million Medicare bribe because Nebraska's Governor wanted it. That was flatly denied by Nebraska's Republican Governor Dave Heineman.
"Nebraskans did not ask for a special deal, only a fair deal," Heineman said in a statement Sunday.

Senator Ben Nelson's spokesman then fired back that he would give it back if Governor Heineman asked him too.
"If Gov. Heineman contacts Sen. Nelson asking to have that provision removed from the bill, the senator will do so," Thompson said.

Nebraska's Republican Governor is calling Senator Nelson's bluff. In an interview, yesterday, with Greta Van Susteren, Gov. Heineman called on Senator Nelson to give the money back and vote no on cloture.

Video: Nebraska Governor Tells Dem Senator Nelson to Give Back His Bribe to Harry Reid

Funny Video: Senator Mary Landrieu Claims 'I Can't Be Bought'

Senator Mary Landrieu, you are correct when you say, "people don't believe this, but I can't be bought." Your actions speak much louder than your words.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Great News! Carbon Prices Plunge in Europe!

I hope Al Gore goes broke. The carbon dioxide market plunged after the Copenhagen debacle.
Carbon prices plunged yesterday in the aftermath of the Copenhagen conference on climate change, dealing a blow to the credibility of the European Union’s carbon-trading scheme. Prices for carbon permits for December 2010 delivery, the benchmark contract for pricing European permits, dropped nearly 10 per cent in early trading, before recovering to end the day 8.3 per cent lower at €12.41. Lower prices give companies less incentive to invest in cutting their greenhouse gas output. Analysts estimate that prices of more than €40 a tonne are required to stimulate investment in new low-carbon technologies.

House Liberals Ready to Cave On Public Option

House liberals are signaling they are ready to cave on the public option in order to pass Obamacare.

From an Interview with the Top House Liberal:
I asked Grijalva if he could support the bill if such a change were made, even if it lacked a public option or other similar concessions sought by liberals…

Asked if he was suggesting that he’s open to supporting such an outcome, Grijalva answered in the affirmative, but insisted that he would have to evaluate the changes in conference before making any decision....

Cost of ReidCare: $6,363.94 Per Actual Tax Payer

From Free Republic via Weasel Zippers:
Based on the number of taxes filed in 2008 and the number of people who actually pay taxes roughly 6 out of 10 who file or 60%

From Fox News: "To get all 58 Democrats and two independents on board, Reid, among other things, had to drop a government-run insurance option and a Medicare buy-in and had to increase taxes by $25 billion more than planned, bringing the total tax increases to $518 billion."

135,660,228 (based on people who filed taxes in 2008) X 60% = 81,396,137 who actually pay taxes

$518,000,000,000 (amount of Health Care total tax increase) divided 81,396,137(Americans who pay taxes) = $6,363.94 per actual tax payer.

Two New Obama Jokers Spotted

Obama's joker Claire McCaskill

Obama's joker Ben Nelson

I hope they enjoy their joker images. They have earned them.

Video: Democratic Representative Griffith Disgusted Over Health Care Reform Becomes a Republican

Earlier, several Democratic Representatives in blue dog districts announced they are not running for reelection. Now, a Democrat from Alabama has announced he is joining the GOP team. The Democratic leadership ramming an unwanted health care reform bill down American's throats was the straw that broke Rep. Griffith back. Video posted below:

Poll: Fifty-six percent (56%) of Voters Disapprove of President Obama

According to Rasmussen, Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters now disapprove of President Obama's job performance. An astounding forty-six percent (46%) strongly disapprove. This is a six point jump in the strong disapproval number since it became obvious the democrats are going to ram their version of health care reform down American's throats. President Obama's Presidential Approval Index rating(see chart) of -21 is the lowest ever recorded for the Obama Presidency.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 25% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-six percent (46%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21 That’s the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President (see trends).

Video: Sebelius Praises Abortion Accounting Trick in Senate Bill

Basically, everyone in the health insurance exchange, male and female, would set aside part of their premium for an abortion fund. There is no opt out provision. How's that for an accounting trick to claim no federal money is used to fund abortion? They are just going to force Americans to pay into a separate fund and not call this a tax. Of course, if you don't take health insurance, the IRS will impose a tax penalty on you. This is insane. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius explains the insanity in the video posted below.

How Liberals Destroyed The Once Great City of Detroit

Detroit is the poster city for leftist policies. How has that worked out? Steve Crowder answers in a most unfunny way.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Obama Triples the Deficit and Complains We Can't Continue to Spend Money Like Monopoly

President Obama has tripled the deficit since he took office. Now, he says we can't continue to spend like it is Monopoly money.
But as I’ve said, in the long run, we can’t continue to spend as if deficits don’t have consequences; as if waste doesn’t matter; as if the hard-earned tax dollars of the American people can be treated like Monopoly money. That’s what we’ve seen time and time again. Washington has been more concerned about the next election than the next generation. It’s put off hard choices in spending bill after spending bill, budget after bloated budget.

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Most Monopoly players are more fiscally reserved than President Obama.

Hat tip Gateway Pundit.

David Axelrod Thinks Buying Votes is Normal

Pay-offs and political corruption have been normal in Chicago for years. Now, Team Obama has brought this culture to Washington. They don't even recognize it as wrong. This is just business as usual for the 'Chicago Mob.' Axelrod says this is all "a natural part of the legislative process."
Mr. Axelrod said the provisions benefiting specific states, like Nebraska, and favored constituencies were a natural part of the legislative process.

“Every senator uses whatever leverage they have to help their states,” Mr. Axelrod said on the CNN program “State of the Union.” “That’s the way it has been. That’s the way it will always be.”

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI): Oppose Obamacare and You Are A Racist (video)

According to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), those opposed to President Obama and health care reform are "birthers," right wing militia members, fanatics and Aryan Nation support groups. There are a few choice names we could call Sen. Whitehouse too, but this isn't that kind of blog.

Has Senator Nelson Committed Political Suicide for Obama and Reid?

The willingness of democrats to commit political suicide to appease their party leaders never ceases to amaze me. It is much more understandable among the liberal 'true believers,' but even moderates like Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) are willing to throw themselves on their swords for Barack Obama, Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi. When fifty-seven percent of voters nationwide oppose Harry Reid's health care bill (likely more in Nebraska), how can Senator Nelson rationalize voting against his constituents on such an important issue? Republicans aren't passing up this golden opportunity. They have launched a Give Ben The Boot website.

My Way News reported:

The chairman of Nebraska's Republican Party declared Nelson's decision to be the end of his political career in Nebraska, and within hours of Nelson's announcement, the state GOP launched a Web site, , to collect funds to oust the Democrat in the 2012 election.

Three Yes Votes: Cost $1.2 Billion

It should be a criminal offense for a legislator to sell their vote in this fashion.

Politico reported:
Perhaps the Republican criticism of Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) is misplaced: Nebraska is set to reap only a fraction of the $1.2 billion in special Medicaid deals for three states.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) called it what it is. Coburn accused Democrats of 'corruption.'

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Harry Reid's Manager's Amendment Taxes Indoor Tanning

Democrats never met a tax they didn't like. Among the more bizarre things in Harry Reid's Manager's Amendment is a tax on indoor tanning. That's right. If this bill becomes law, there will be a 10% tax on indoor tanning. From page 373 of the Manager's Amendment (pdf):

Liberals on Obamacare: "It's not 'Change We Can Believe In.'" (video)

Don't you just love it when the left attacks the left?

Sam Donaldson: Passing Current Health Care Bill 'Terrible Mistake' For Democrats

Sam Donaldson actually made George Stephanopoulos gasp when he admitted passing the current Democrats current version of Obamacare would "be a terrible mistake" for democrats. Transcript below:

GEORGE WILL: I believe the Republicans are. Let's look at some numbers. NBC-Wall Street Journal poll says 32 percent of the country, that's all that approves of this. Washington Post says 30 percent -- that's all -- only 30 percent of independents support. Arkansas, 32 percent. North Dakota, 28 percent in North Dakota support it. Sixty- seven percent of Nebraskans against it. Why else, George, did Senator Reid have to use the entire taxing and borrowing power of the federal government, plus a glorious absence of principle, to cobble together 60 votes, including, as we just heard here, 49 states shall have this burden, Nebraska won't? [...]

SAM DONALDSON: I think, George Will, you're right, if, in fact, the bill that I conceive is going to come out of the conference committee -- and I think will pass -- is in stone, and that is the healthcare bill from here on. But that's not...

STEPHANOPOULOS: Which part is he right about?

DONALDSON: Well, he's right that, in fact, it probably would be a terrible mistake.


Apache Gunships in Iraq Combat: Punish the Deserving (video)

Here is a little Sunday afternoon action of Apache's doing what they do best; blowing stuff up. Enjoy!

Republican Senators Ask Americans to Stop Flawed Health Care Bill (video)

We need your help. Stop Obamacare now. Call and email your Senator.

Republican Senators Ask Americans to Stop Flawed Health Care Bill (video)

Oh my! Final Senate Obamacare Bill to Cost $2.5 trillion in First Real 10 Years.

According to the latest CBO report on the final Senate bill, this legislation will cost taxpaying Americans $1 trillion in new taxes over ten years and another trillion will be siphoned out of Medicare. The deficit will still rise by an additional $200 billion.

From the Weekly Standard:
... Rather, the CBO says that $871 billion would be the costs from 2010 to 2019 for expansions in insurance coverage alone.But less than 2 percent of those "10-year costs" would kick in before the fifth year of that span. In its real first 10 years (2014 to 2023), the CBO says that the bill would cost $1.8 trillion -- for insurance coverage expansions alone. Other parts of the bill would cost approximately $700 billion more, bringing the bill's full 10-year tab to approximately $2.5 trillion -- according to the CBO...