Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Post Office Pays Thousands of Employees to Do Nothing

Democrats in Congress are planning a $4 billion bail out of the Post office. Meanwhile, mail volume is down 12.6 percent. Instead of transferring employees or laying them off, the Post Office is paying thousands of employees to do nothing.
The U.S. Postal Service, struggling with a massive deficit caused by plummeting mail volume, spends more than a million dollars each week to pay thousands of employees to sit in empty rooms and do nothing.

It’s a practice called “standby time,” and it has existed for years — but postal employees say it was rarely used until this year. Now, postal officials say, the agency is averaging about 45,000 hours of standby time every week — the equivalent of having 1,125 full-time employees sitting idle, at a cost of more than $50 million per year.

Soon, bureaucrats like those running the Post Office will be in charge of your health care if Obamacare passes.

Congress Gives Itself a Raise

You may be tightening your budget, but Congress isn't. Under a bill, which President Barack Obama could sign as soon as Wednesday, spending for the legislative branch will increase 5.8 percent this year. Unemployment is at a 26 year high and the deficit is headed for incomprehensible levels, but Congress has plenty of your money to spend.

From Politico via Yahoo News:
Congress is on the verge of giving itself a bump in its annual budget — even as local governments, families and businesses across the country are tightening their belts in the worst recession in decades.

Under a House-Senate conference measure, approved by the House last week and poised for passage in the Senate on Wednesday, spending for the legislative branch will increase 5.8 percent this year, boosting Capitol Hill’s annual budget to $4.7 billion.

Democrat Accuses Republicans of Wanting People to Die Quickly (video)

Rep. Alan Grayson said Republicans want patients to "die quickly" on the floor of the US House of Representatives:

Alan Grayson on the GOP Health Care Plan: "Don't Get Sick! And if You Do Get Sick, Die Quickly!"

From YouTube:
This is Rep. Alan Grayson discussing the GOP plan for health care. Part one, don't get sick. Part two, if you do get sick... Part three, die quickly.

Will Nancy Pelosi demand he apologize on the House floor?

WaPo Columnist Laments Democrats lack of an Attack Dog

Washington Post Columnist Chris Cillizza is concerned President Obama can't be an attack dog and the democrats don't have anyone to counter the republicans.

From The Washington Post:
The national debate over President Obama's health care plan has exposed a weakness in the Democratic Party apparatus: it lacks a high profile surrogate to push back -- hard -- against the rhetorical arguments put forward by Republicans.

While people like Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin have scored points by hammering the Obama plan hard and repeatedly, there has not been that same sort of presence on the Democratic side. The dearth of attack dogs contributed to the White House losing the message war in September.

Northeast may have the coldest winter in a decade

Forecasters are predicting a very cold winter for the U.S. Northeast. This is based on a weak El Nino effect. Americans should expect cold and snowy weather on the Eastern seaboard.

Bloomberg reported:

Newt Gingrich: "The sympathy for the left in this administration is unending"

Newt Gingrich talks to Greta Van Susteren about the Obama administration's bizarre backing of backing leftist strongman Manuel Zelaya in Honduras.

From YouTube:
Newt Gingrich blasted the Obama Administration for backing the leftist strongman Manuel Zelaya in Honduras. The former speaker criticized the naive president for supporting an obvious criminal.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Shocker: Democrat Obstructing Countrywide VIP Loan Program Investigation Got Two VIP Loans

Rep. Edolphus Towns (center)

California Republican Representative Darrell Issa, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is trying to subpoena the Bank of America to see if there are recordings between Countrywide and some of the politicians who may have received the mortgages. BoA bought Countrywide for $4 Billion in 2008. The committee's chairman, New York Democratic Rep. Edolphus Towns, is refusing that request. Reportedly, Rep. Towns received two VIP loans under the Countrywide program.

The Business Insider reported:
According to the Journal: "So far, the committee's chairman, New York Democratic Rep. Edolphus Towns, has turned down that request."

Macho Sauce: Obama Worship (video)

Conservatives sometimes ridicule Obama as "the Messiah." This video does a good job of explaining why.

From YouTube:
Liberals deny calling Obama the Messiah, but they're reverence for Obama says it all.

Michael Moore Threatens Democrats Opposed to Obamacare

Michael Moore threatened democrats who are not fully supporting Obamacare at a meeting of woman's groups and unions. Moore put blue dogs and other democrats cool to Obama's health care reform plan on notice he had every intention of removing them from Congress in the next election.

From Politico:
Controversial liberal filmmaker Michael Moore on Tuesday issued a warning to Democrats who have been cool to President Barack Obama’s call for meaningful health care reform: Get on board or prepare to lose your seat.

“To the Democrats in Congress who don’t quite get it: I want to offer a personal pledge. I – and a lot of other people – have every intention of removing you from Congress in the next election if you stand in the way of health care legislation that the people want,” Moore told supporters of women’s groups and unions gathered at the headquarters of the government watchdog group Public Citizen. “That is not a hollow or idle threat. We will come to your district and we will work against you, first in the primary and, if we have to, in the general election.”

Obama is now officially a cult (video)

Watch this video of Community organizers worshiping Barack Hussein Obama and you will understand.

Baucus Bill Will Expand America's Worst Health Care Program: Medicaid

America's worst government run health care system is medicaid. The Baucus bill will shove up to a total of 25% of the population into the Medicaid program within 10 years.
The more we inspect Max Baucus’s health-care bill, the worse it looks. Today’s howler: One reason it allegedly “pays for itself” over 10 years is because it would break all 50 state budgets by permanently expanding Medicaid, the joint state-federal program for the poor. The reason this saves money is Medicaid's price controls are even tighter than Medicare's. Forty percent of U.S. physicians won't accept Medicaid.

Governors are angry at Senator Baucus for the method he uses to make his version of health care reform pay for itself over 10 years. Some of the cost is shifted to state budgets.
About 59 million people are on Medicaid today—which means that a decade from now about a quarter of the total population would be on a program originally sold as help for low-income women, children and the disabled. State budgets would explode—by $37 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office—because they would no longer be allowed to set eligibility in line with their own decisions about taxes and spending. This is the mother—and father and crazy uncle—of unfunded mandates.

Why is Medicaid America's worst government run health program? The reimbursement rates are even lower than Medicare. Forty percent of U.S. doctors won't take Medicaid and drugs are usually not covered.
As for the poor uninsured, they'll be shunted off into what Democratic backbencher Ron Wyden calls a "caste system." While some people will be eligible for subsidized private health insurance, everyone in the lowest income bracket will be forced into Medicaid, the country's worst insurance program by a long shot. States try to control spending by restricting access to prescription drugs and specialists. About 40% of U.S. physicians won't accept Medicaid at all.

Is the left realizing Obama is a blowhard without substance?

President Obama seems to be in perpetual campaign mode. It is hard to find a time he is not on television. There is a certain narcissism about him. Obama also hasn't demonstrated any serious ability to lead this country. In spite of the election being almost one year ago, he is still beating the "blame Bush" drum. America can not be lead forward by a self-centered individual who is constantly looking backward. Obama needs to remember he ran for the job of President, not movie star.

From Newsweek:
The president’s problem isn’t that he is too visible; it’s the lack of content in what he says when he keeps showing up on the tube. Obama can seem a mite too impressed with his own aura, as if his presence on the stage is the Answer. There is, at times, a self-referential (even self-reverential) tone in his big speeches. They are heavily salted with the words “I” and “my.” (He used the former 11 times in the first few paragraphs of his address to the U.N. last week.) Obama is a historic figure, but that is the beginning, not the end, of the story.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Scientist and Former Astronaut Debunks Global Warming (video)

Harrison Hagan "Jack" Schmitt is an American geologist, a former NASA astronaut, University Professor and a U.S. Senator for one term. He is also a global warming skeptic.


New RNC ad: “Dictionary”

The RNC's new ad, “Dictionary,” points out the eight new taxes proposed in the Democrats health care reform plans. The “Dictionary” reference comes from this Obama interview by George Stephanopoulos. Stephanopoulos read Obama the dictionary definition of a tax to support the argument a fine imposed by the IRS for not carrying health insurance really is a tax. Obama sputtered, "George, the fact that you looked up Merriam's Dictionary, the… definition of tax increase, indicates to me that you're stretching a little bit right now."

Did ACORN Help Franken Steal His Senate Seat?

Many people think Al Franken stole his Senate seat. Franken won by the razor thin margin of 312 votes out of about 3 million cast. ACORN claims to have registered 43,000 new voters in Minnesota. With ACORN's record, it is hard to say how many of those are legitimate. Many of these "newly registered voters" may have voted illegally. Minnesota's laws on proof of voter eligibility are notoriously loose.

From the Minnesota Star-Tribune:
But ACORN does have a special place in its heart for at least one prominent Minnesota politician. Last year, it showered praise on Al Franken, endorsing his run for the U.S. Senate. Franken returned the esteem: "I'm thrilled and honored to receive this endorsement," he gushed in a press release. He added that he was "more motivated than ever to work with ACORN."

...ACORN's registration drives "routinely produce fraudulent registrations," ...

Hat tip Gateway Pundit.

Rasmussen: Support for Obamacare at New Low of 41%

Just say no to our health care masters

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey only finds 41% support for President Obama and congressional Democrats health care reform plan. Fifty-nine (59%) oppose the plan. For the first time ever, a slight plurality of voters now doubt Obamacare will ever pass.

Just 41% of voters nationwide now favor the health care reform proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. That’s down two points from a week ago and the lowest level of support yet measured.

Liberals Pushing for Obamacare to Cover Illegals

More than 20 liberal House Democrats have sent two letters pushing for illegal immigrants to be allowed some level of participation in the health care reform legislation.

The Washington Times reported:
Fearful that they're losing ground on immigration and health care, a group of House Democrats is pushing back and arguing that any health care bill should extend to all legal immigrants and allow illegal immigrants some access.

The Democrats, trying to stiffen their party's spines on the contentious issue, say it's unfair to bar illegal immigrants from paying their own way in a government-sponsored exchange. Legal immigrants, they say, regardless of how long they've been in the United States, should be able to get government-subsidized health care if they meet the other eligibility requirements.

Remember when, a short time ago, Obama and Democrats claimed illegals went covered under Obamacare, but Republicans countered there was no specific language in the bills to prevent illegal immigrants from participating? This prompted the "You lie" shout out by Rep. Joe Wilson. Later, President Obama quietly issued a policy drop supporting specific language in the bills to prevent illegals from being covered. Republicans suspected the lack of language barring illegals was a ruse to allow them to participate at a later date by a bureaucratic decision. La Raza is confirming this suspicion by asking that language be stricken from the bill.
The National Council of La Raza launched its own "flood their voice mail" campaign last week to put pressure on Mr. Baucus to expand coverage in his proposal to include all legal immigrants and to drop verification language in the legislation that would prevent illegal immigrants from obtaining coverage.

Landmark Kelo v. New London Land Seizure Case Property Now a Vacant Lot

In 2005 the Supreme Court rules 5-4 that local governments could seize private property for nonpublic projects. The landmark care was Kelo v. New London. The town of New London Connecticut wanted to seize Susette Kelo's home for a multimillion-dollar private development. Kelo, and Americans who value property rights, lost that case. The case resulted in an unsuccessful effort to seize Supreme Court Justice David Souter's New Hampshire home by eminent domain and build an inn. The 3,169 new jobs and $1.2 million a year in tax revenues promised by New London officials have never materialized. The property is now a vacant lot populated by Feral cats and thistle. See above picture.

From AP via Google News:

There are a few signs of life: Feral cats glare at visitors from a miniature jungle of Queen Anne's lace, thistle and goldenrod. Gulls swoop between the lot's towering trees and the adjacent sewage treatment plant.

But what of the promised building boom that was supposed to come wrapped and ribboned with up to 3,169 new jobs and $1.2 million a year in tax revenues? They are noticeably missing.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Journalist, Christopher Andersen, defends claim that Ayers helped with Obama's memoir

Best-selling celebrity journalist, Christopher Andersen, has disclosed in his new book, Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage, that Bill Ayers made a significant contribution to Obama's book Dreams of My Father.

From American Thinker:
Relying on inside sources, quite possibly Michelle Obama herself, Andersen describes how Dreams came to be published -- just as I had envisioned it in my articles on the authorship of Dreams. With the deadline pressing, Michelle recommended that Barack seek advice from "his friend and Hyde Park neighbor Bill Ayers."

To flesh out his family history, Obama had taped interviews with various family members. Andersen writes, "These oral histories, along with a partial manuscript and a truckload of notes, were given to Ayers." Andersen quotes a Hyde Park neighbor, "Everyone knew they were friends and that they worked on various projects together. It was no secret. Why would it be? People liked them both."

Andersen continues, "In the end, Ayers's contribution to Barack's Dreams From My Father would be significant--so much so that the book's language, oddly specific references, literary devices, and themes would bear a jarring similarity to Ayers's own writing."

Christopher Andersen was on CNN defending this and other claims in his book.

Video: IDF Take Out Palestinian Rocket Team

This video was reportedly shot Friday by the IDF. An Unmanned Air Vehicle catches three members of a Palestinian Islamic Jihad rocket team attempting to fire a qassam at southern Israel. It doesn't go well for the rocket team. (violence warning)

From Youtube:
In the following video an Unmanned Air Vehicle captures two Islamic Jihad terrorists exiting a structure, carrying rockets east of Gaza City. As the two reach their launch zone, a third terrorist joins them to prepare for the attack. Subsequently, IAF forces bomb the site leading Islamic Jihad's missiles to misfire from secondary explosions.

Hat tip Weasel Zippers.

66% of Voters Angry at Governments Policies

The hard left turn President Obama and Democrats have taken this county is not popular. 66% of voters are angry and 36% are very angry.

Rasmussen reported:
Few nations are as generous with their time and money as the United States, but right now Americans are a suspicious bunch.

Sixty-six percent (66%) of voters nationwide say they’re at least somewhat angry about the current policies of the federal government. Thirty-six percent (36%) are Very Angry.

Social Security will run deficits the next two years. Democrats applauded Reform's Demise in 2006

The CBO has projected that Social Security will pay out more in benefits than it collects in taxes next year and in 2011.
The Congressional Budget Office is projecting that Social Security will pay out more in benefits than it collects in taxes next year and in 2011, a first since the early 1980s, when Congress last overhauled Social Security.

During President Bush's 2006 State of the Union address he said, "Congress did not act last year on my proposal to save Social Security." Democrats including Barack Obama applauded this remark.

Democrats Applauding Their Own Obstructionism

Senator Obama applauds failure of Social Security reform.

Hat tip NewsBusters.

Obama's Presidential Approval Index Falls to -10

The Rasmussen Presidential Approval Index has President Obama's approval declining again. Today is the first time his Presidential Approval Index has fallen to negative double digits since September 8, 2009.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 30% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -10.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Video: Obama On Nuclear Conflict With Iran: "I'm Not Interested In Victory"

Barack Obama is not interested in victory in our struggle to keep Iran from gaining nuclear weapons?

Obama tells reporters at G20 Meeting-- "I'm not interested in victory."

Hat tip to Gateway Pundit.

Senate Democrats refuse to vote to support Obama's pledge you can keep your current insurance

President Barack Obama has pledged you can keep your current health insurance under his health care reform plan.

From Organizing for America:

Senator Orrin Hatch, Utah (R), introduced an amendment to back up Obama's pledge.

Of course, the amendment failed. Here are the Democrats that voted against it.



KERRY: No by proxy.



SCHUMER : No by proxy.





CARPER: No by proxy.

Rush Limbaugh runs over Al Gore with a green car (video)

During his appearance on the Jay Leno Show, Rush Limbaugh ran over an Al Gore cut out twice. In an ironic twist, Limbaugh was driving an electric version of the Ford Focus. Enjoy.

Another Keith Olbermann Outrage: "Why does Jim DeMint Hate Sick People?"

During MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann," on September 24, Keith Olbermann wondered, "Why does Jim DeMint hate sick people?"

From the 01:30 mark of the video:
Olbermann: "Why does Jim DeMint hate sick people?"

Another Video Of Children Being Taught to Sing Praises to Obama

Another video of children being taught to singing praises to Barack Obama has been uploaded to YouTube. This is what happens when America allows liberals to control the school system.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Shocker: Principal of 'Kids Praising Obama Videotape' School is a Huge Obama Supporter

The Principal, Dr. Denise King, of the New Jersey school where kids were videotaped being taught to sing a song praising Obama is unapologetic.
The principal of a New Jersey elementary school where young students were videotaped singing the praises of President Obama is making no apologies for the videotape and says she would allow the performance again if she could, according to parents who spoke with her Thursday night.

Three parents told that Dr. Denise King, principal of B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington, N.J., defended the controversial performance, which was videotaped and posted on YouTube, when they approached her during a "Back to School" event.

It seems King is a huge Obama supporter.
King has long been a fan of Obama, hanging pictures of the president in her school's hallways and touting her trip to his inauguration in the school yearbook.

Included in the full-page yearbook spread were Obama campaign slogans ("Yes we can! Yes we did!") and photos King took in Washington on Jan. 20, when she attended the inauguration.

A yearbook photograph shows Dr. Denise King, right, prinicipal of B. Bernice Young Elementary School, attending the inauguration of President Obama on Jan. 20. (

Here is the videotape of public school children being taught to sing praises to Obama.

Fail to Pay Tax for not Taking Obamacare and Go to Jail

At a mark up hearing of the Joint Committee on Taxation, Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) asked the committee's chief of staff, Thomas Barthold, what would happen if Americans failed to pay the $1900 tax for not taking Obamacare.
Under questioning from Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), Barthold said the IRS would "take you to court and undertake normal collection proceedings."

Ensign pursued the line of questioning because he said a lot of Americans don't believe the Constitution allows the government to mandate the purchase of insurance.

"We could be subjecting those very people who conscientiously, because they believe in the U.S. Constitution, we could be subjecting them to fines or the interpretation of a judge, all the way up to imprisonment," Ensign said. "That seems to me to be a problem."

Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) now has written confirmation that Americans could face up to a year in jail for rejecting Obamacare and not paying the tax.

Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty, Barthold wrote on JCT letterhead. He signed it "Sincerely, Thomas A. Barthold."

SNL Pokes Fun at Obama's Refusal to Go on Fox News

This Saturday Night Live clip take a shot at Glenn Beck, but the main target is President Obama's fear of going on Fox News. In the clip, he interviews with every imaginable cable channel, except Fox.

Nancy Pelosi to Blue Dogs: Sit, Blue Dog, sit! Don't Make me Neuter You.

Nancy Pelosi is insisting on a health care bill that includes the public option. Pelosi also backed away from a July deal with Blue Dog Democrats to not base public option payments on the Medicare reimbursement rate. The Blue Dog coalition is reluctant to support a health care plan that includes a full blown public option.

The Hill reported:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday shot down a healthcare compromise that has been viewed as the best chance for getting a bipartisan bill through the Senate.

Pelosi (D-Calif.) rejected the idea of a “trigger” for a public option. That means that the government-run healthcare plan would be a fallback option, enacted only if other reforms didn’t make healthcare more accessible.

“I don't even want to talk about a trigger,” Pelosi said...

Bill O'Reilly declares ACORN "done as an effective organization"

ACORN has launched a lawsuit against Andrew Breitbart, James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles for making undercover videos exposing corruption at ACORN offices. Breitbart discusses the lawsuit with O'Reilly in this embedded video:

From the video:
O'Reilly: "ACORN pretty much done as an effective national organization after it was exposed by two private citizens."

Let's hope Bill O'Reilly is correct.

You can donate to the Hannah Giles defense fund here.

NY Governor Paterson: 'Tax the rich' isn't working

According to the Manhattan Institute, 41 percent of New York state income taxes are paid by the wealthiest 1% of New Yorkers. Americans no longer have the geographic loyalty they once had. The wealthy are voting with their feet and moving to locations with lower tax rates. This will make economic recovery even more difficult for hard hit states like New York. It looks like New York Gov. David Paterson and Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch are starting to get the message.

The Times Union reported:

"You heard the mantra, 'Tax the rich, tax the rich,' " Gov. David Paterson said Wednesday at a gathering of newspaper editors at an Associated Press event in Syracuse. "We've done that. We've probably lost jobs and driven people out of the state."

"People aren't wedded to a geographic place as they once were. It's a different world," New York Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch said.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Hugo Chavez on Obama: "Smells Like Hope"

In 2006, Hugo Chavez called President Bush the devil. Now that Obama is president, he thinks America "smells like hope." What is this love fest despots have with Obama? Yesterday, Moammar Gaddafi called Barack Obama,"our son" and "our Obama." When despots love America's President and loyal friends like Israel hate him, we have taken a wrong turn.

Hugo Chavez At UN: "It Doesn't Smell Like Sulfur Now - Smells Like Hope"

Ed Schultz flips his lid over Obamacare (video)

This is shameful. Ed Schultz flips out on MSNBC.

From the video:
Hold it right there! The Republicans lie. They want to see you dead! They’d rather make money off your dead corpse! They kinda like it when that woman has cancer and they don’t have anything for her!

The $1 trillion Obama wealth redistribution plan

If Obama’s proposals on taxes, health care, and climate change become law , almost $1 trillion in income each year will be redistributed from the top 30% of taxpayers to the bottom 70%. Can anyone say socialism?

From CNS News:
( - By 2012, nearly $1 trillion from the top 30 percent of American families will be redistributed among the bottom 70 percent if Obama’s proposals on taxes, health care, and climate change become law, according to the Tax Foundation.

Liberal Watchdog Group Attacks Leading Blue Dog

The Liberal watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, has filed a complaint against Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark., over the sale of his family owned pharmacy to USA Drug. The complaint alleges that the amount of the sale was greater than the assessed property value. Rep. Ross called the allegation a "bogus ... political stunt." He claims he sold an active business, not just a building. Rep. Ross said the $420,000 transaction reflected a 4 percent annual return on a $316,000 investment he made in 1998. Ross is the head of the Blue Dogs' health care task force and an opponent of the government-run option. Rep Ross has been called Obama's #1 obstacle to health care reform.

MSNBC reported:
The group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington questioned in a complaint whether the $420,000 that USA Drug paid Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark., for his family-owned Holly's Health Mart in Prescott was a fair price. The deal was first reported this week by the Web site ProPublica.

Documents show that, after the sale, the Nevada County assessor valued the property at $263,700. An appraiser hired by ProPublica valued it recently at $198,000.

Ross on Wednesday called the complaint a "bogus ... political stunt" and has said there was nothing improper about the sale. He said the $420,000 transaction reflected a 4 percent annual return on a $316,000 investment he made in 1998.

Liberals like Rachel Maddow are buzzing in excitement.

Eleven countries walk out of Ahmadinejad’s Israel-bashing UN speech

Yes. The United States was one of them. It is sad we have to wonder if our government did the right thing when dealing with despots, but that is the country we live in today. Reportedly, the eleven countries were Argentina, Australia, Britain, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand … and the United States.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

IRS Throws ACORN Under the Bus

After the revelations of corruption exposed in the Big Government videos, the IRS has decided to sever all ties with ACORN.

From AP via Yahoo News:
WASHINGTON – The IRS announced Wednesday it was severing ties with ACORN, joining a growing list of government agencies to end relationships with the community activist group.

The Internal Revenue Service said it would no longer include ACORN in its volunteer tax assistance program. The program offered free tax advice to about 3 million low- and moderate-income tax filers this spring. ACORN provided help on about 25,000 returns, the IRS said.

Buying the Presidency: $700 million, Bankrupting America: $9 trillion, Gaddafi Endorsing you: Priceless

In his U.N. speech today, Moammar Gaddafi called Barack Obama,"our son" and "our Obama," and said, "The election of Obama is the beginning of change." Gaddafi also said, "We are content and happy if Obama can stay forever as the president." It doesn't get any better than having a despot endorse you in front of a world audience. Nice going, President Obama.

The Washington Post reported:

But when it came to America's 44th president, Gaddafi offered only warm words, calling him "our son" and "our Obama," and saying, "The election of Obama is the beginning of change."

"We are content and happy if Obama can stay forever as the president," Gaddafi said during a rambling, 95-minute speech during which he read from notes, exhausted at least one of his interpreters, threw the U.N. schedule into disarray, and put much of his audience to sleep.

FCC's Diversity Czar: 'White People' Need to be Forced to 'Step Down'

In a recently discovered audio, the FCC's diversity Czar, Mark Lloyd, said that and much more. Not only is he anti-white people, he isn't very concerned about freedom of speech.

From NewsBusters:
This... there's nothing more difficult than this. Because we have really, truly good white people in important positions. And the fact of the matter is that there are a limited number of those positions. And unless we are conscious of the need to have more people of color, gays, other people in those positions we will not change the problem.

We're in a position where you have to say who is going to step down so someone else can have power.

Lloyd doesn't think the Fairness Doctrine goes far enough:
What we're really saying is that the Fairness Doctrine's not enough. And that having a sort of over-arching rule that says broadcasters ought to be "fair" or ought to provide issues important to communities and that they ought to do it in a fair and balanced way is simply enough. Unless you put some teeth into that and put some hard, structural rules in place that are going to result in fairness.

Lloyd also said:
"It should be clear by now that my focus here is not freedom of speech or the press. This freedom is all too often an exaggeration. ...

You can hear these unbelievable statements and more on the audio/video from Naked Emperor News via Breitbart.

Wonder Why the AARP Supports Obamacare?

The answer may be greed. The AARP has been a strong supporter of Obamacare for the last several months. This position is not held by most of their membership. Many AARP members have resigned over the leadership's position. So, why is the AARP supporting the Democrat's health care overhaul? It isn't concern for providing coverage to their membership. Most seniors have insurance or are covered under Medicare. The reason the AARP supports Obamcare appears to be money. Under the Democrats health care reform plan, $162 billion in payments to privately-administered Medicare Advantage will be cut. This will force many seniors into government-administered plans with less generous benefits. Then, these seniors will need supplemental coverage sold by (drum roll please) the AARP. When private health insurance company Humana tried to warn seniors about the cuts in Medicare Advantage in a mailer, the HHS ordered them to stop sending the mailer and take the information off their website. However, if you want to issue a bulletin supporting the Democrats position that $500 billion can be cut from the Medicare budget without causing any cuts to senior's benefits, HHS doesn't have a problem with you.

From American Spectator:
President Obama and Democrats have proposed saving money to pay for health care legislation, in part, by cutting $162 billion in payments to Medicare Advantage, which allows Medicare recipients to choose privately-administered coverage. If these changes go through, millions of seniors who have chosen Medicare Advantage would lose their current coverage, forcing them into government-administered plans with less generous benefits. As a result, many of them would have to purchase policies to supplement traditional Medicare. Enter AARP.

In 2008, AARP generated $652.7 million in revenue by selling products like Medigap supplemental Medicare insurance, accounting for over 60 percent of the group's revenue...

Glenn Beck defends his controversial remarks about President Barack Obama

In an interview with Katie Couric, Glenn Beck defends his controversial remarks about President Barack Obama. Beck did say he was sorry about they way he phrased the comment calling Barack Obama a racist, but he still thinks Obama is looking through a prism that is colored by 20 years in a pew of Reverend Wright's church.

Watch CBS Videos Online

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Hypocritical Massachusetts Democrats Grant Kennedy His Dying Dishonorable Wish

Massachusetts Democrats changed the law to prevent then Republican Governor Mitt Romney from naming a Senate successor in the event John Kerry was elected President. Now, the hypocrites have granted Ted Kennedy his dying dishonorable wish to change the law back so the now Democratic Governor can name a Democrat to replace him. Ted Kennedy showed a complete lack of honor when he ,reportedly, left Mary Jo Kopechne to die at the bottom of channel off of a small bridge on Chappaquiddick island on July 18, 1969 and failed to report the accident for 8 hours. Faced with this kind of tragedy early in life, most people would have developed a strong desire to do what is honorable for the rest of their years. That isn't true for Ted Kennedy. His dying wish was for the Democrats in the Massachusetts legislator to make hypocrites of themselves by changing the Senate succession law so the current Democratic Governor of Massachusetts could appoint a Democrat to his Senate seat and continue the filibuster proof majority Democrats currently hold in the Senate.
The state Senate passed a bill this afternoon that would allow Governor Deval Patrick to name an interim successor to Edward M. Kennedy, potentially paving the way for appointment of a new US senator later this week.

The Senate approved the measure by a 24-to-16 vote, leaving one final procedural hurdle in both chambers before the bill heads to Patrick's desk. The House and Senate are expected to enact the bill on Wednesday, a formality unlikely to derail the effort.

Video: Democrat Rules of Civility and Decorum

Democrats have accused Americans of engaging in an uncivil debate if they strongly oppose Obamacare. The NRCC has put together a video book of Democrats showing their "civility."

ACORN has a sugar daddy

Since the Senate and the House have voted to cut off ACORN's funding because of corruption, ACORN is seeking private funding to keep going and they have a mysterious "sugar daddy."
When life hands you lemons, find a sugar daddy to turn it into lemonade. That appears to be the axiom in play at ACORN today, which has sent out an e-mail blast hoping to turn videos of several offices offering assistance for child-prostitution and tax evasion into a bountiful fund-raising opportunity.

Bertha Lewis informs the potential donors that an unnamed individual will match donations up to $20,000 for the privilege of continuing to assist people with the kind of legal advice seen in action:
Dear John ,

I know I speak for everyone at ACORN when I tell you that we are humbled by the outpouring of support, and we are deeply grateful.

I have an exciting update to share with you. An anonymous donor has offered to match all new donations to ACORN — dollar-for-dollar — up to $20,000.

There will never be a more important moment to donate to ACORN — we are in the fight of our lives. And now, when you donate, your gift will be worth TWICE as much, up to $20,000.

Thank you for everything you do to help people in need,

– Bertha Lewis

Man handcuffed and assaulted by police for posting Obama Joker poster

Houston police assaulted and handcuffed a man for posting Obama Joker posters. He was charged with criminal mischief and vandalism.

Cops Handcuff, Assault Man For Posting Obama Joker Flyers

From YouTube:
Thursday, September 17, 2009 Houston Cops Handcuff, Assault Man For Posting Obama Joker Flyers. A Houston man was handcuffed and assaulted by cops for posting anti-Obama flyers around his town, actions described as criminal vandalism by police and some local residents, despite the fact that giant pro-Obama murals are openly displayed in the same neighborhood for all to see.

21-year-old Mark Fuhre, an Alex Jones Show listener, decided to post the flyers even though the Infowars Obama Joker Poster Contest had ended, because he wanted to alert his neighbors to the cult of personality being manufactured around Obama and how the establishment is stifling any criticism of the President by constantly invoking racism.

Fuhre believed that he had a first amendment right to express his opinion, just as those that spray painted giant Obama HOPE murals in the same neighborhood had done without opposition. However, shortly after he began to post the flyers, a local resident voiced his anger that Fuhre had the temerity to exercise his freedom of speech and called the police.

They slammed me against the hood of my car, cuffed me, threw me in the back of the car, Fuhre told local news station KPRC.

AP Fact Check: Enforcing Coverage with a Fine is a Tax

Over the weekend, President Obama sparred with ABC's George Stephanopoulos about whether fining people to enforce mandated health insurance coverage is a tax. Stephanopoulos read Obama the dictionary definition of a tax to bolster the argument the fine actually should be considered a tax. Obama said:
OBAMA: No. That's not true, George. The… ?for us to say that you've got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase. What it's saying is, is that we're not going to have other people carrying your burdens for you anymore than the fact that… right now everybody in America, just about, has to get auto insurance. Nobody considers that a tax increase. People say to themselves, that is a fair way to make sure that if you hit my car, that I'm not covering all the costs.

AP agrees with George Stephanopoulos and Obama's critics. It is a tax.
WASHINGTON – Memo to President Barack Obama: It's a tax. Obama insisted this weekend on national television that requiring people to carry health insurance — and fining them if they don't — isn't the same thing as a tax increase. But the language of Democratic bills to revamp the nation's health care system doesn't quibble. Both the House bill and the Senate Finance Committee proposal clearly state that the fines would be a tax.

And the reason the fines are in the legislation is to enforce the coverage requirement.

"If you put something in the Internal Revenue Code, and you tell the IRS to collect it, I think that's a tax,"
said Clint Stretch, head of the tax policy group for Deloitte, a major accounting firm. "If you don't pay, the person who's going to come and get it is going to be from the IRS."

Biden sees "end of road?"

When talking about Republicans gaining control of the House in 2010, VP Joe Biden said, "If they take [those seats] back, this is the end of the road for what Barack and I are trying to do." Let's hope those words are prophetic.

From The Hill:
Vice President Joe Biden on Monday said if Republicans succeed in winning back the House in 2010, it would be the "end of the road" for the White House's agenda.

At a fundraiser for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), Biden said the prospects for change rest with about 35 Democrats who sit in districts Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) won in the 2008 election. It is those seats, Biden said, that are the GOP's leading targets.

"They're going to put their chips on movement in the 35 seats in the House that have been traditionally Republican districts and trying to take them back," Biden said, according to a pool report of the event.

"If they take [those seats] back, this is the end of the road for what Barack and I are trying to do,"...

Monday, September 21, 2009

DOJ to investigate ACORN funding

The Justice Department's inspector general is looking into ACORN to see if they received any DOJ grant money. Don't expect too much from Obama's DOJ. After all, they dropped the charges against the Black Panther's accused of voter intimidation prosecution.

FOX News reported:
The Justice Department's inspector general has agreed to investigate whether ACORN has applied for or received any DOJ grant money, in the wake of bipartisan criticism of the community activist group's operation.

CNN anchor Rick Sanchez calls Glenn Beck “pudgy-faced.”

CNN anchor Rick Sanchez brazenly implied FOX News is not a "real news organization." He also insulted Glenn Beck by calling him “pudgy-faced.” When Sanchez said real news organizations should not stage, promote or hype news events, I mistakenly thought he was referring to CNN. Sanchez is so busy looking for bias at FOX News, he can't see the bias at his own network.

From NewsBusters:
CNN anchor Rick Sanchez again attacked Fox News on Monday’s Newsroom, implying the channel wasn’t a “real news organization,” and bizarrely labeled Glenn Beck “pudgy-faced.” Unsurprisingly, Sanchez continued his silence concerning his own network’s left-wing bias.

HHS investigates Humana for criticizing Obamacare

Humana sent seniors a mailer warning them that the planned $500 billion in medicare cuts could affect their benefits. They urged seniors to contact their Congressman.
The Humana mailer focused squarely on the Medicare Advantage program.

"While these programs need to be made more efficient, if the proposed funding cut levels become law, millions of seniors and disabled individuals could lose many of the important benefits and services that make Medicare Advantage health plans so valuable," it said...

The HHS took offense at Humana exercising their free speech rights.
HHS ordered the company to immediately halt any such mailings, and remove any related materials from its Web site. In the letter, the government also said it may take other action against Humana.

Here is a screen shot of the mailer. Click image for a larger view.

PDF of full mailer is here.

Although there is nothing misleading about this mailer, HHS alleged that seniors were so senile they would mistake the mailer for an official Medicare communication.
In a warning letter to Humana, HHS said the government is concerned that the mailer "is misleading and confusing" partly because the company's lobbying campaign could be mistaken for an official communication about Medicare benefits.

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., was outraged.
"It is wholly unacceptable for insurance companies to mislead seniors regarding any subject — particularly on a subject as important to them, and to the nation, as health care reform," Baucus said Monday, disclosing the HHS investigation.

Sen. Max Baucus, just because you don't think the Medicare cuts will lead to benefit cuts doesn't make it the indisputable truth. The government has no right to censor communications between companies and their customers as long as no law is broken.

House Minority Leader John Boehner: Democrat's Health Care Plan is Dead

Yesterday, House Minority Leader John Boehner declared Obamacare dead on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Boehner said, "the Congress will not pass this—it’s really time for the president to hit the reset button." Boehner was asked by Gregory, “So you think the plan is dead?” He replied, “I think it is.”

CNS News reported:
( - House Minority Leader John Boehner (R.-Ohio) said today that the health-care plan that President Barack Obama is pushing in Congress is now dead and will not pass....

“So you think the plan is dead?” asked Gregory.

“I think it is,” said Boehner.

The excerpted comment starts at the 9:00 mark.

From the video:
“We’ve outlined a number of ideas to make the current system better. Why not allow small employers to group together through national associations so they can buy health insurance for their employees like big companies and unions can today? Why not allow the American people to buy health care plans across state lines? Why not get serious about medical malpractice reform and more importantly the defensive medicine that doctors practice because we haven't reformed our tort system? There are ideas I outlined some of these ideas in a letter to the President back in may, asked to sit down with him and his Administration, and we got a nice polite letter back that says thank you for your ideas, we'll see you at the end. I’ve not been to the White House since late April, early may. There’s been no bipartisan conversation on Capitol Hill about health care, at some point when these big-government plans fail, and they will, the Congress will not pass this, it's really time for the President to hit the reset button and stop all of this and sit down and start over in a bipartisan way to build a plan that Americans will support.”

"Czars, czars, everywhere a czar" (Music Video)

From The Nose On Your Face: "Czars, czars, everywhere a czar"

Hat tip Gateway Pundit.

Obama Redefines What a Tax Increase is

President Obama sputters as he tries to explain why forcing people to buy health insurance is not a tax increase. When Stephanopoulos reads Obama the dictionary definition of a tax increase, Obama sputters, "George, the fact that you looked up Merriam's Dictionary, the… definition of tax increase, indicates to me that you're stretching a little bit right now."

From the video:
STEPHANOPOULOS: That may be, but it's still a tax increase.

OBAMA: No. That's not true, George. The… ?for us to say that you've got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase. What it's saying is, is that we're not going to have other people carrying your burdens for you anymore than the fact that… right now everybody in America, just about, has to get auto insurance. Nobody considers that a tax increase. People say to themselves, that is a fair way to make sure that if you hit my car, that I'm not covering all the costs.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But it may be fair, it may be good public policy...

OBAMA: No, but… but, George, you… you can't just make up that language and decide that that's called a tax increase. Any...


OBAMA: What… what… if I… if I say that right now your premiums are going to be going up by 5 or 8 or 10 percent next year and you say… well, that's not a tax increase; but, on the other hand, if I say that I don't want to have to pay for you not carrying coverage even after I give you tax credits that make it affordable, then...

STEPHANOPOULOS: I… I don't think I'm making it up. Merriam Webster's Dictionary: Tax…"a charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes."

OBAMA: George, the fact that you looked up Merriam's Dictionary, the… definition of tax increase, indicates to me that you're stretching a little bit right now. Otherwise, you wouldn't have gone to the… dictionary to check on the definition. I mean what...

STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, no, but...

OBAMA: ...what you're saying is...

STEPHANOPOULOS: I wanted to check for myself. But your critics say it is a tax increase.

OBAMA: My critics say everything is a tax increase. My critics say that I'm taking over every sector of the economy. You know that.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Proof Dogs are Great Judges of Character

The Libyan Mission in New York rolled out the red carpet for dictator Moammar Khadafy. Maggie the dog expressed the feelings of many Americans by promptly taking a pee on the red carpet. Irritated Libyan officials were forced to cut away a section. Someone give that dog a treat.

The NY Daily News reported:
A politically incorrect pooch delivered a stream of consciousness protest Saturday as Libyan officials rolled out the red carpet for dictator Moammar Khadafy.

Maggie the dog was out for a walk when she responded to the pomp by taking a pee on the lush rug outside the Libyan Mission - a gesture appreciated by many New Yorkers with little use for the notorious colonel.

"The dog had excellent taste," said Mark Birnbaum, 57, a Mission neighbor who watched the whole thing. "She's a sweetheart."...

The Amazing Sand Painting of Kseniya Simonova. Wow!

Wow. This is truly amazing. Enjoy!

From Youtube:
Kseniya Simonova is a Ukrainian artist who just won Ukraine's version of "America's Got Talent." She uses a giant light box, dramatic music, imagination and "sand painting" skills to interpret Germany's invasion and occupation of Ukraine during WWII.

Hat tip to Redstate.

RNC Chairman Michael Steele on Obamacare: "taxes are going to go up for the middle class because they have to"

RNC Chairman Michael Steele told CBS News’ Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation this Sunday, that “it’s just not believable” Obamacare won't raise taxes on the middle class. Steele, also, does a great job of defending the Republican position on health care reform.

From the video:
STEELE: The American people will walk away from this weekend’s series of interviews — I think, tomorrow night, with Letterman or whatever — and they’ll say to themselves, “So, what’s changed?”

And this is not, I think, very helpful to the president right now. He’s got to get the American people behind him. And when he says stuff like you he can do — you laid out the litany of things that, you know, he wants to get accomplished. And he says, yes, we can still do all of that.

Without raising taxes? Without creating the deficit — or increasing it? It’s just not believable.

And I think it may have nice to do the interviews, but I don’t think it advanced the debate on health care that much.

SCHIEFFER: So you think he is going to raise taxes?

STEELE: He has to. How else do you pay for it?

I mean, you know, all this cutting efficiencies — I mean, creating efficiencies and cutting costs within various programs — I mean, Washington’s been saying that for generations. I mean, that’s just not the business of government. It doesn’t do that.

And I don’t think that’s going to — particularly with something as mammoth as health care, that you’re going to be able to go on and create $1 trillion worth of savings in the health care system.

So those dollars have to come from some place. Whether you’re talking the Baucus bill; whether you’re talking the House bill, H.R. 3200, or whatever bill the administration finally settles on, taxes are going to go up for the middle class because they have to. That’s the only way you pay for this.

Media Matters: A President was killed the last time right-wing hatred ran wild like this

Since the "race card" doesn't seem to getting the traction the left wants, Eric Boehlert at left wing Media Matters plays the right-wing lunatic card.
A President was killed the last time right-wing hatred ran wild like this

September 18, 2009 9:10 am ET by Eric Boehlert

That being John F. Kennedy, who was gunned down in Dallas, of course.
I've been thinking a lot of Kennedy and Dallas as I've watched the increasingly violent rhetorical attacks on Obama be unfurled. As Americans yank their kids of class in order to save them from being exposed to the President of the United States who only wanted to urge them to excel in the classroom. And as unvarnished hate and name-calling passed for health care 'debate' this summer....

Wasn't Oswald a left-wing communist?

Obama wants to fight corruption as long as it is overseas

President Obama has taken a strong stand against corruption overseas. In a July 11th speech in Ghana, Obama exhorted Africans to rid themselves of corruption. Candidate Barack Obama had a lot to say about fighting corruption. Here is a screen shot of a foreign policy fact sheet from Barack Obama's Organizing for America website.

From Organizing for America:
Too often when we talk about corruption, we talk about it in the context of our assistance. When U.S. taxpayer money is involved, we absolutely must make sure that this money is not wasted or illicitly spent.

Americans might think President Obama would be concerned about corruption closer to home, even if it involves his friends at ACORN. That isn't true. In an interview on ABC’s This Week, Obama said this about the ACORN corruption scandal:
George, this is not the biggest issue facing the country. It’s not something I’m paying a lot of attention to.

Leading Global Warming Proponent Admits Earth is Cooling

One of the lead authors of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Prof. Mojib Latif of Germany's Leibniz Institute, has admitted the Earth is entering a one to two decade cooling period. You haven't seen this reported in the mainstream media because they are too interested in shilling for the global warming crowd. They don't want to report this "inconvenient truth." BBC blogger Tom Feilden brings it home in this excerpt.

The global warming narrative - that mankind's addiction to burning fossil fuels is rapidly changing the climate - may be about to go seriously off message.

Far from suggesting the planet will get warmer, one of the world's leading climate modellers says the latest data indicates we could be in for a significant period of steady temperatures and possibly even a little global cooling....

"The strong warming effect that we experienced during the last decades will be interrupted. Temperatures will be more or less steady for some years, and thereafter will pickup again and continue to warm".

With apologies to Al Gore, professor Latif's finding is something of an "inconvenient truth" for the global warming debate.

From Calgary Herald:

Yet last week in Geneva, at the UN's World Climate Conference--an annual gathering of the so-called "scientific consensus" on man-made climate change --Latif conceded the Earth has not warmed for nearly a decade and that we are likely entering "one or even two decades during which temperatures cool."