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Robert Gibbs, World Class Moron, arguing with a member of the Indian Parliament like he's important or something. Imbecile.

Anthony G. Martin at the Examiner quotes a blogger who has insider information on the coming Obama Administration scandals:

In a previous report Conservative Examiner delved into the claims of a White House insider who is feeding information to a blogger who goes by the name of ‘Ulsterman.’ The report contained revelations of the pending unraveling of the Obama Presidency due to the President’s inability to deal with growing opposition among the citizens and in the halls of Congress–and a scandal simmering under the surface that could explode at any moment.

‘Deep Throat’ also claimed that Obama is so self-absorbed that he actually believes he is adored by throngs of people all over the world.  The observation was also made that the President is exhibiting bizarre behavior that suggests emotional instability.
1.)Indeed, there is a growing movement on the Hill by top Democrats to pressure Pelosi to withdraw from consideration as Minority Leader.

2.) Deep Throat discusses ‘the Hillary issue,’ claiming unequivocally that the former First Lady still desperately wants to be President and that the only thing needed to get her to mount a campaign to oust Obama as the Democratic nominee for President in 2012 is a continued decline in the economy.

3.) The White House insider reluctantly discusses the birth certificate issue after being pressured by Ulsterman, and suggests that the issue is simply too hot to handle.

Deep Throat was quick to assert, however, that the brewing scandal at the White House has absolutely nothing to do with the birth certificate issue.
Questions have been raised as to the veracity of the insider’s information.  But he correctly stated weeks in advance that Summers and Emanuel would be the first to leave the Administation–which turned out to be true.  He now says that Gibbs is next.

I can’t wait to see ol’ Gibbsy pack his bags and un-ass the Briefing Room. His smug obnoxiousness just reeks to high heaven. Another casualty of the Obama Administration unemployment.

~ACP~

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The revolution is being broadcast on <a href=”http://www.twitter.com”>Twitter,</a&gt; as Conservatives rush to block the impending Obamacare Obamanation.

America is on the move. But why, really?  What is this thing that so energize both sides of the political spectrum?  It’s a highly divisive issue that really moves both sides to their roots, and here’s why:

Pres. (allegedly) Barack Hussein Obama, doing his Louis Farrakhan impression

Democrats (and Liberals) see this as the mother lode of all Social Welfare Programs. This is true, unadulterated cradle-to-grave socialism. It’s a way to guarantee that they will be in power forever. They can throw around veiled references to how bad it will be if Republicans take away their “entitlement” to Healthcare.

Conservatives see this as a death knell to the Free Enterprise system. I saw a guy on Facebook asking “which is more important; Freedom or Capitalism?”  The truth is, the two are interdependent. Capitalism can’t survive or flourish without some form of Freedom. There’s a reason it’s called “Free Enterprise. The version of Capitalism in use currently in China is highly regulated, strictly enforced, tightly legislated . . . and extremely powerful. Already it’s made more changes in China than have occurred in the last 3000 years — which is driving the Chinese leadership to distraction.

And that distraction means more freedom for China.

Which leads to more capitalism. Interdependent, see?

Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show today “This is Tyranny!” when referring to the Healthcare bill. Here’s why:

It will require — not suggest, but require under penalty of law — that everyone purchase Health Insurance. If you don’t you pay a $5000 fine, and you will be enrolled in the government’s form of single-payer Healthcare.

Where’s the freedom? Is it a good idea to NOT have healthcare insurance, No, but you can’t tell me that guys like Rush Limbaugh or Warren Buffet – who can pay cash for their healthcare — should be REQUIRED to enroll in the government healthcare.

And it’s a basic grab at the personal choices of the individual. That’s YOU, folks.

"Precious -Precious Healthcare!"

When a government becomes so oppressive that it requires that all citizens perform some task or make the same choice as all other citizens – the citizenry has no more CHOICE.

And that is Tyranny, purely and simply. And these imbeciles pushing for this against all the will of the people — are by no means representatives of the people as the constitution dictates they be.

And if you think we will be able to repeal this mess of a bill in November when we vote in new conservative representatives — you’ve got another think coming.  This is a logistical nightmare; a black hole of red tape that rivals even the Gordian knot.

It’s the chinese finger puzzle of all chinese finger puzzles.

It will fundamentally affect Healthcare companies in America do business — and will very likely drive many of them out of business.  And from that point there is no going back. Ever.

Now, I want to back up for a minute. Past the rhetoric. Past the finger puzzles. Past the questions of Liberty or Tyranny. Ask yourself one question.  I’m a Christian, so I’ll address this primarily from a Christian perspective.

Will this help people or hurt them?

Think about that for a second. Will help, or hurt?

Well, it will take away basic freedoms. It will fundamentally change the way we do business. It will put oppressive taxes on the citizens (most countries with governmental healthcare have taxes in the 60-80% range. Look it up.)  It will reduce coverage for most people and only extend coverage to 95% of all American — meaning 5% will STILL be without Healthcare.

How is ANY of that BETTER???

None of it is any better.  None of us would want this for ourselves or our families.

So under the “Do unto others” rule (which applies to most major religions -I’ve read your books, buddhists) and under the “welfare of the poor” rule in Islam, it does not meet the requirements of any of the major religions.

And don’t even get me started on the “government funded abortions” thing.

This is Tyrrany. This is Anti-religion. This is anti-freedom.

The revolution has started; and President Obama started it.

Call your congressman. Call your Senator. Call your Governor and local legislator. Texans, call Governor “Do-Nothing” Perry who was so big on the Tenth Amendment during the primaries and is suddenly silent now.

Call them. Call them now. Call them tomorrow. Call them Saturday.

As one pundit observed on the Glenn Beck Show today, this bill will be passed on a Sunday — during Lent — that will keep your legislators out of church when they need it the most.

That can NOT be a good thing.

Call them Call them now.  877-762-8762, or 202-224-3121, or 202-225-3121.

As Rush observed on his website, “If the phones are busy, call again. That’s the POINT!

~Johnny~

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UPDATE: It seems, now, that Walgreens is facing financial disaster too if they accept more Medicare patients.

Remember, I said no Medicare payments had been made since October first because the guidelines hadn’t been published in the Federal Register yet? This is why Walgreens won’t accept new Medicare patients after April 16th.

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You may remember from last year’s Healthcare Debates that President Obama proposed around $500 Billion in cuts to Medicare to achieve savings to fund ObamaCare.

You may not know that these cuts were, in fact, carried out in the new fiscal year budget, even though ObamaCare hasn’t passed.

It is a federal requirement for new federal legislation that every new law have it’s provisions printed in the Federal Register, so that the people who will be affected by these new regulations can see them in black and white, as well as have spelled out for them what they need to do to be in compliance with this law. To date, the Obama Administration has not printed the rules to enacting these Medicare cuts in the Federal Register – or, for that matter, anywhere else.

Which is either complete incompetence or utter stupidity on their part; if not utter contempt of how the rules work in Washington. Take your pick.

And don’t think that the companies involved in the 17% of the GDP that is the American Healthcare system aren’t beginning to panic. I’ve received several confidential messages from physicians in the San Antonio area that all confirm that this is no small earthquake about to break on the medical scene. Consider:

  • All users of motorized electric wheelchairs — Scooters, Rascals, what-have-you — that purchased them through Medicare and Medicaid received a written notice last November that Medicare would no longer be funding these items in fiscal 2010.
  • Small practitioners are especially feeling the pinch. One orthopedic specialist told me today, “If this Health Care thing goes through, I’ll have to choose between paying my staff minimum wage or buying them all Health care – and since the government won’t allow one or the other, I will probably have to quit my practice and fire my staff.
  • As a result, the American Medical Association, which has heavily supported Obama’s Health Care nightmare, has seen it’s ranks dwindle dramatically. At the beginning of 2009 the AMA only had approximately 10% of the physicians in the U.S. as members; today it has less than 3%.

A word of explanation on the next part first: Medicare pays on the Fiscal Quarters system. All the charges for one fiscal quarter are submitted during the second fiscal quarter, and then paid at the start of the third fiscal quarter. This means (theoretically, of course; individual cases may vary) that a patient who saw their doctor on October 1st (the first day of the Fiscal quarter) would have their claim submitted to Medicare on January 1st (the first day of the second fiscal quarter), and the doctor will get paid on April 1st (the first day of the third fiscal quarter.)

In short, the federal government hides behind Red Tape to put off processing and paying Medicare claims for 90 days at a time; resulting in up to six months backlog at a time.

And April first is coming in three weeks, and with the Federal Register still not having published the new Medicare guidelines, that’s five-going-on-six months of claims still waiting to be processed and paid . . . .

Which resulted in these two interesting tips:

  • One of the largest Medical Research facilities in San Antonio (if the the world) which only in the past few years built a new office complex and research lab on Medical Drive in the Medical Center north complex, held an emergency staff meeting this past week.  All nine staff physicians (and ten plus research physicians) were told research grants — their life blood – had been slashed, and no new medical research grants would be paid this fiscal year. They are not even sure if their existing grants will be paid through completion.  As a result, no new research will be performed until Medicare clarifies when (if ever)  they will again give research grants in diabetes or glandular medicine.

They are preparing lists of staff who will be terminated if the cuts become permanent.

San Antonio is also home to two of the largest Dialysis chains in the world.  With a population of over 60,000 End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patients, San Antonio is ground zero for Dialysis and transplantation of kidneys.

This past weekend the largest of these groups – and one of the oldest groups of nephrologists (kidney doctors) in the U.S., also held an emergency staff meeting.  These physicians — who work for a basic wage and earn bonuses at the end of the year based on productivity – were told that because of the Medicare cuts this year that:

  • There will be NO bonuses this year whatsoever;
  • The group is facing a shortfall due to the cuts that is conservatively estimated at $3.6 Million — and dropping bonuses will only cover about HALF this amount, if not less;
  • Everyone at the group — including physicians and management — will be facing a pay cut of about 50%,effective April 1st.

Fortunately, no staff cuts at this San Antonio Kidney Disease group . . . yet.  But you have to wonder how many nurses, medical assistants, doctors, and other healthcare workers will stay at a group where they’re being paid less than a living wage.

And if the largest Kidney Disease group in the world can’t make it on these Medicare cuts . . . how can the smaller groups?

And if these groups close, along with their attendant Dialysis Clinics, that leaves 60,000 people without the treatment they need to live.

Watch for President Doomsayer to (a) blame this on Bush, and (b) proclaim that “only Heathcare Reform can save them now!”

Impacting soon at a hospital or clinic near you.

~Johnny~

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The Orlando Sentinel reports that the attempts to bring Haitian refugees to the U.S. are being met with stubborn opposition, bureacratic red tape, and inhumane indifference to the orphan’s plight.

Not from the Hatian government (or what remains of it.) No, no no.

From Hillary Clinton’s State Department.

Best argument against Big Government I’ve ever seen right there:

Since the first earthquake hit Haiti last week, Suzanne Hetherman has careened between despair and elation as she waits for news of the two Haitian girls she has tried to adopt for two years.

On Monday morning, the Winter Garden woman was told they could arrive any minute. By afternoon, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services were asking for more paperwork.

After a second earthquake rocked Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, Hetherman’s calm demeanor melted.

“They’re still handling this case-by-case,” Hetherman said, her voice cracking with frustration. “There are hundreds of kids waiting at the U.S. Embassy in a massive line. American Airlines has offered to fly all the kids out, but no one’s helping us.”

They are among the 380,000 orphans living in Haiti before the earthquakes, and officials fear thousands more children have been orphaned by the disaster.

Although the U.S. government announced it would grant “humanitarian parole” to children already matched with American adoptive parents, that status applies to only about 900 orphans. Adoption advocates are concerned about the thousands more who will be left behind in a country where children are frequently given up for adoption because their families cannot feed them.

After the second earthquake, adoptive parents such as Hetherman worry that the situation in Haiti will move from dire to desperate. Because orphanages are running low on food and water — and looters have threatened to steal their food — officials at the Joint Council on International Children’s Services urged the U.S. Embassy to create a safe zone for the orphans while their paperwork is processed.

The embassy, meanwhile, is packed with children, according to reports.

Hetherman has watched as flights carrying other orphans arrived in the United States for the American families adopting them. Twenty-six orphans arrived Monday in Fort Pierce, whisked out of Haiti by a jet from Hendrick Motorsports. Another flight, carrying NBA star Alonzo Mourning, brought a few more orphans Tuesday night. And when Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell wrangled with American and Haitian officials to bring a flight of orphans to Pittsburgh, Hetherman cheered his efforts, yet despaired that she hasn’t found such a champion.

“I’d love to see every governor doing that,” Hetherman said. She has called a lot of politicians for help. Finally, on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson’s office offered to help push her paperwork through the red tape at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Why does this not surprise me? Apparently the State department is willing to let these kids die of hunger and starvation rather than let them in the country and have to actually do some work on visas for a change.

Did I mention these kids are black?

Don’t you think if this was a Republican administration the press would be making a royal fuss over that?

~Johnny~

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I don’t think it’s very debatable – even amongst Obama’s supporters – that Foreign Policy is hardly his strong suit. Indeed, Obama’s foreign policy debacles make the nation of Fredonia look positively sanguine in it’s own foreign policy . . . uh, mis-steps, shall we say.

In fact, the more one looks at it, “Incompetence” doesn’t seem to even begin to cover it:

1. Divert critical CIA resources and spy satellites away from hunting terrorists to track global warming.

2. Release captured al Qaida terrorists from Gitmo and send them through America’s criminal court system.

3. Rather than aggressively interrogating captured al Qaida operatives for vital intelligence (which actually works), give them lawyers.

4. Misrepresent one terrorist attack after another as a random crime by a “victim of stress” or an “isolated extremist” while tirelessly perpetuating the myth that Islam is a “religion of peace.”

5. Put airline passengers through absolute hell to avoid enacting policies that actually work…like giving extra scrutiny to young, Arab, Muslim men.

6. Create a culture of fear within the CIA by vindictively prosecuting agents who fail to read foreign terrorists their non-existent rights.

7. Surrender missile defense as Iran and North Korea go nuclear with impunity.

Robert Moon at the Macon County Examiner seems to have this nailed pretty well. Click through the link for more.

~Johnny~

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Just a snippet of some of the headlines from Drudge and Elsewhere today:

C-SPAN: WHITE HOUSE ALLOWED ONLY ‘ONE HOUR’ OF HEALTHCARE COVERAGE…

The C-Span President argues that not only didn’t President have the authority to promise that the Health Care Bill negotiation would be on C-SPAN; but that C-SPAN wouldn’t gie him more than an hour’s time anyway. Obviously, he thought C-SPAN would fall in line like General Motors, Chrysler, and Wall Street. (C-SPAN is not funded by the government like PBS; it’s funded by the cable companies themselves.)

Sen. Nelson[D]: We should have waited on health care…

Ben Nelson of Nebraska, who was given assurances that his state would be exempted from Medicare cuts in exchange for his “Yes” vote on the Healthcare Bill, is terrified of his chances for re-election now that public opinion has shifted squarely against him. He wonders if perhaps he was too hasty on Health Care?

Why yes, Ben, you were. You were indeed. Prepare to pay the penalty.

Dem congressman puts blame on leaders for slipping support…

Just stating the obvious. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are either (a) completely out of touch with reality, (b) delusional, or (c) think the American Public are so stupid or jaded that we’ll forget their complete betrayal of us when we go to the polls.

And Rep. Sestak is just now figuring this out. Lovely.

NOONAN: The Risk of Catastrophic Victory…

Peggy outlines the obvious. (See, this is the part I hate — waiting for the slow people to catch up with the reality we conservatives have been seeing for, oh, say THE LAST YEAR OR SO.)

Glut: Truckloads of Unused Swine Flu Vaccines in NY…

The Swine flu debacle is coming back to bite the Obama Administration in the butt. The complete mismanagement of this “epidemic” is a national disgrace. Kathleen Sebelius managed a minor outbreak for political gain and ended up neither managing it well nor gaining politically. Now millions of Americans have had the (admittedly minor) swine flu without the benefit of the vaccine; and the vaccine lies rotting without patients to administer the vaccine to.

These guys are just rank amateurs — and they are in charge of our country. That’s certainly a Great Big Honkin’ Change you can believe in, isn’t it?

How this can NOT have catastrophic consequences for the Democrats is beyond me; unless the American people are as stupid or jaded that they’ll forget their complete betrayal.

But i doubt that.

~Johnny~

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Under the “Let’s-Stick-Our-Heads-In-The-Sand” Category, Houston Police find a guy with a military rocket launcher and jihadist writings, but don’t bother to arrest him???

I had a State Trooper tell me one time “we do things differently here in Texas,” but I don’t think this is what he meant:

HOUSTON — Police went to a southwest Houston apartment to break up a disturbance but ended up finding something else, KPRC Local 2 reported Wednesday.

A woman called police on Monday and said a man was forcing his way into her apartment in the 5300 block of Elm Street.  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.

“It gives infantrymen the advantage with an ultra-light weapon that can stop vehicles, armored vehicles as well as main battle tanks and fortifications,” said Oscar Saldivar of Top Brass Military and Tactical on the North Freeway.

That type of rocket launcher has been used in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The renter of the apartment didn’t want to talk to KPRC Local 2.  “This is my house,” the woman said. ” Get away from here. I don’t want to talk to nobody.” (sic)

The woman did tell police that the rocket launcher belonged to Nabilaye I. Yansane, someone whom she allowed to store items at her apartment.

According to court documents, officers also found Jihadist writings that allegedly belonged to Yansane.

Yansane was charged with criminal trespassing and pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to three days in jail, which he has already served. No charges related to the rocket launcher or writings were filed.

And then the lawyers arrived, and the rationalizing away of blame began:

“Other people could have had access to the apartment, so maybe if a rocket launcher was located there, as is stated in the offense report, maybe it belonged to somebody else,” attorney Garl Polland said.

Prosecutors said there are no state charges for having the unarmed launcher or possessing Jihadist writings, unless they contain some type of threat.

The former director of Houston’s FBI office said rocket launchers can be dangerous if they’re in the wrong hands.

“I don’t know any other use for those weapons except in combat,” Don Clark said. “I’ve had them in combat, used them in combat. That’s what they are used for.”

Houston police said they did a thorough investigation and did not find any ties to terrorists or a terrorist network.

Terrorism, perhaps? Anybody think of terrorism? And rocket launchers are highly controlled items; double locked up in weapons bunkers under armed guard.  Anyone want to look into how one of those went missing?

Hat Tip: Bluegrass Pundit here.

And this morning Fox News is reporting on-air (no sign on the website yet) that New York Police detained several men with backpacks attempting to enter Times Square last night during New Year’s celebrations.

Now, besides the fact that backpacks are prohibited items in the area of Times Square during new Year’s celebrations; it appears the men were all euphemistically termed “foreign passport holders.”

Kind of like the London bombings a couple of years ago — just with more people.

Yeah Janet, you’re doing a Hell of a Job there:

Some Democrats have joined in calling for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to step down following the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight a week ago.  Not only does her department oversee the Transportation Security Administration, but her initial claim Sunday that “the system worked” was widely ridiculed and interpreted by critics as a sign that she’s in over her head.

Some Republicans, who’ve taken issue with her in the past for calling terrorist acts “man-caused disasters” and other remarks, started calling for her ouster in the spring.

Now Democrats have joined the chorus.

New Jersey State Senate President Richard Codey, a Democrat, wrote a letter to Napolitano this week calling on her to step down. He said Napolitano, an attorney and former Arizona governor, does not have the experience for the post she is in.

Democratic strategist Dan Gerstein also said Napolitano’s response to the incident should be the last straw.

Republican Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., said Napolitano does not have the experience for the job, and her remarks only prove that she doesn’t take the terrorist threat as seriously as she should.

Former New York Republican Sen. Alfonse D’Amato also said Napolitano should resign.

Would it matter if I added my voice to the chorus? Maybe only to myself, but I will.

Resign, Janet, before somebody gets killed.

~Johnny~

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Robert Moon at The Houston Examiner gives us the “Top 5 signs Obama’s policies don’t work”:

5) After seven years straight without a single terrorist attack on American soil, it is only since Obama took office and began “healing the rifts” between Islam and the West that we have been repeatedly attacked.

4) As even the Washington Post confirms, the only times we have actually acquired useful intelligence from a terrorist are when we have abandoned the Obama approach and resorted to college hazing rituals like water-boarding.

3) As I have noted, both Iran and North Korea are far more dangerous and defiant now under Obama than they have ever been under previous administrations.

2) Obama’s insistence on misapplying the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens to foreign terrorists at war with this country mirrors the disastrous ACLU approach that got us attacked on 9/11 and can only lead to more al Qaida operatives being released.

1) Obama’s refusal to profile those who have committed virtually 100% of the attacks on our airlines (young, Arab, Muslim men) continues to keep us from preventing attacks (9/11, Fort Hood, Detroit, etc.).

Exactly right. A bully senses the weakness of the smaller kids on the playground and picks on the smallest and weakest. Today the United States of America is the skinny kid of international deplomacy who coughs up his lunch money without so much as an “I’m telling!” in reply.

Oh yeah.  This is most certainly “Change” we can believe in.  Thanks Oprah.

~Johnny~

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Leslie J. Sacks is apparently just as peed-off as I am about the current state of affairs in America:

We are now increasingly insisting, in this somewhat United States of America, on treating everyone and every regime in the world as we would have them treat us. For a country at pains to further separate church and state, to banish the Ten Commandments from its public areas, this flirtation with a belief that is at the very core of Judeo-Christian tradition is more than fascinating. Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud would have had a field day with our State Department and White House on their respective couches.This approach, apart from any hypocrisy, borders on fantastical irresponsibility, naïve unreality and gross self-deception, denying as it does the most concrete lessons of our history and culture.

The world is in fact a dangerous place, inhabited by fundamentalist regimes, crusading radicals, and amoral power seekers. Realism would dictate that we be pessimists and cynics, never trusting until verified, basing our foreign policy on the past actions of our opponents and not on their sweet words or our even sweeter hopes. Instead, we are (almost compulsively) pursuing a positive, optimistic, almost child-like Alice in Wonderland approach to the world.

As that great sage Winnie the Pooh might say, “Oh dear!”

You really need to go read the rest of this excellent essay. And then bookmark Leslie’s blogs. They’re always excellent reads.

~Johnny~

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The Hill has this article today with this interesting note:

The White House chief of staff last month expressed frustration with DeFazio’s resignation calls for President Barack Obama’s top two economic aides — Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and White House chief economist Larry Summers — and appealed for cooperation, according to DeFazio.Obama himself has taken notice.

“Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother,” Obama told DeFazio during a closed-door meeting of the House Democratic Caucus, according to members afterward.

DeFazio is actually Blue Dog I can learn to respect and work with:

Personal calls from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and former Vice President Al Gore couldn’t persuade him to vote for the Speaker’s climate change bill. He also opposed the $787 billion stimulus, citing concerns that only 7 percent was devoted to infrastructure spending.

DeFazio was one of only two Democrats to vote against those measures and the $700 billion bank bailout. (The other was Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) a Blue Dog conservative.)

Yet he’s also a pro-gun Democrat who has a B rating from the National Rifle Association.

Yep – sounds like a pretty good guy to me. Just the fact that President Narcissist is threatening his is good enough, really.

I just can’t figure out if he thinks he’s actually convincing anyone with his “thug life” tactics.  He’s just pissing them off.

~Johnny~

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Just out of curiosity, why is it that Fox News goes live every time President Blowhard starts in with another of his say-nothing, mean-nothing speeches? I can’t turn on the TV anymore without this imbecile making another speech on some subject he knows nothing about and can’t finish is the teleprompter breaks.

So first thing this morning, brght and early, president Narcissist started yapping his gums and even before he said word on as he picked up his unearned Nobel Peace Prize, he had offended the Norwegian government:

Barack Obama’s trip to Oslo to pick up his Nobel peace award is in danger of being overshadowed by a row over the cancellation of a series of events normally attended by the prizewinner.

Norwegians are incensed over what they view as his shabby response to the prize by cutting short his visit.

The White House has cancelled many of the events peace prize laureates traditionally submit to, including a dinner with the Norwegian Nobel committee, a press conference, a television interview, appearances at a children’s event promoting peace and a music concert, as well as a visit to an exhibition in his honour at the Nobel peace centre.

He has also turned down a lunch invitation from the King of Norway.

According to a poll published by the daily tabloid VG, 44% of Norwegians believe it was rude of Obama to cancel his scheduled lunch with King Harald, with only 34% saying they believe it was acceptable.

The Norwegian Nobel committee, which awards the peace prize, dismissed the criticism. “We always knew that there were too many events in the programme. ” said Geir Lundestad, secretary of the committee.

Well, excuse me, Mister Committee Secretary, but i you KNEW there were “too many events in the programme”, why did you schedule so many?

Knucklehead.

Meanwhile, a poll by uber-lberal CNN shows that not only do a majority of Americans think he hasn’t done enough to earn a Nobel Prize’; that percentage has increased from 67% on October 16th to 80 % this last weekend:

Do you think Obama has accomplished enough so far to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize, or don’t you think so?


Dec. 2-3 — Oct. 16-18

Accomplished enough 19% — 32%

Do not think so…………80% — 67%

No opinion ………………….1% — 1%

So it’s kind of a typical move for the Obama Administration; He, the unworthy, accepts the unearned, and offends the non-Americans, un-impressing his countrymen in the process.

And he skipped the free lunch, too.   Whassamatta; he’s never had the meatballs at IKEA? That’s good food there!

Hat Tip: Memorandum

~~Johnny~

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Aparently President Narcissist has made a “decision” on Afghanistan, which is to (1) not give the commander the troops he needs, (2) run up a trial balloon for a week to see how the public likes the idea, and (3) duck and cover while it all sorts out:

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama met Monday evening with his national security team to finalize a plan to dispatch some 34,000 additional U.S. troops over the next year to what he’s called “a war of necessity” in Afghanistan, U.S. officials told McClatchy.

Obama is expected to announce his long-awaited decision on Dec. 1, followed by meetings on Capitol Hill aimed at winning congressional support amid opposition by some Democrats who are worried about the strain on the U.S. Treasury and whether Afghanistan has become a quagmire, the officials said.

The U.S. officials all spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the issue publicly and because, one official said, the White House is incensed by leaks on its Afghanistan policy that didn’t originate in the White House.

They said the commander of the U.S.-led international force in Afghanistan, Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, could arrive in Washington as early as Sunday to participate in the rollout of the new plan, including testifying before Congress toward the end of next week.

No, he’s not “incensed” by leaks — he’s counting on them to float his trial balloon, because public opinion is still sharply divided over Afghanistan, and guess who doesn’t want to be the bad guy?

Washington (CNN) – If President Barack Obama decides to send 34,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, a new national poll indicates Americans would be split over whether to support such a move.

Half of the people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey say they’d support such a decision, with 49 percent opposed.

But support for a troop buildup of that size is greater than the 45 percent of the public who support the war in Afghanistan. The survey indicates that 52 percent oppose the war.

Huh? What? If that seems confusing, I apologize for quoting CNN. It’s what happens when they’re desperately trying to twist themselves into an opinion that attempts to offend nobody.

And of course, in the spirit of “not letting a good crisis go wasted, Congress will use Afghanistan as an excuse to raise your taxes.

After months of listening to conservatives caterwaul over deficits and health care, senior House Democrats want a graduated surtax on individuals and corporations to pay for another big drain on the treasury: the Afghanistan war.

Three full committee chairmen — including the House’s top tax writer, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) — are backing the initiative together with the chair of the party caucus, Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.), and close allies of Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Notice how Pelosi uses her dues to suggest the tax increase. Notice also how she makes a fatal flaw in using noted tax cheat Charlie Rangel to propose the tax increase.

Funny when you think about it, really.

What Dems think of when they think "Big Tent"

So where is Obama while all this is playing out? He’s playing camp-out in the backyard:

An invitation to the event on Tuesday evening has become the most sought-after ticket in the US.

The event, in honor of the visiting Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, is a chance for Mr Obama and his wife Michelle to welcome the Washington elite – and a smattering of Hollywood celebrities – into their new home.

Note to the Obamas — it’s only temporary — don’t get too comfortable. And it’s public housing, at that.

Whereas President George W. Bush would hold his 140-person dinners in the formal state dining room, the Obamas have broken with recent tradition by taking a “big tent” approach that will accommodate 400.

Oh, Come let us Adore him . . .

Perfect clothing for spending the night in a tent

Secrecy surrounds the event with the White House jealously guarding details of the guest list and menu, though produce from Mrs Obama’s new vegetable garden is expected to be used and curry is suspected by some to be on the menu for the first time.

That would b the magical vegetable garden that sprouted fully-grown veggies in only four weeks, and was later found to have unacceptble levels of lead in the vegetables for human consumption?

Hillary Clinton will be a guest, along with Bobby Jindal, the Republican governor of Louisiana, whose parents were Indian immigrants.

Which has to absolutely gall President Narcissist. If Jindal doesn’t completely steal the spotlight, he’ll certainly be salt in the wound.

And I’m not sure it’s exactly camping weather in the District of Columbia.  I know it’s too cold for that crap here in South Texas.

Funny.

~Johnny~

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Question: how long will a bull-headed imbecile continue to push against Public Opinion, attempting to Ram through a Health Care Bill that nobody wants?

Answer: Heck if I know, but he shows no sign of slowing down yet!

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that only 27% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-two percent (42%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15. This is the lowest Approval Index rating yet measured for President Obama (see trends).

Fifty-two percent (52%) of Democrats Strongly Approve while 68% of Republicans Strongly Disapprove. Among those not affiliated with either major political party, just 16% Strongly Approve and 51% Strongly Disapprove (see other recent demographic highlights from the tracking poll).

So, while he still retains Democrat support (and just barely, by 52%), he has comletely lost both Republicans — and Independents as well.

Losing that Independent support will be Disastrous in the mid-term elections.

Pass the Bill, Pass the Bill,
Pass the Bill,onward,
In the well of the House Floor
Rode the Dem Stalwarts.
“Forward, Obama’s  Brigade!
“Charge the neo-Cons!” he said:
As they trashed Public Opinion
Rode the Dem Stalwarts.

2.

“Forward, Obama’s  Brigade!”
Was there a man dismay’d?
Not tho’ the soldier knew
Lord Obama had blunder’d:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Universal Coverage till you die:
On to the Senate Floor
Rode the Dem Stalwarts.

3.

Neo-Cons to right of them,
Libertarians to left of them,
Independents in front of them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at by Fox news’ belles,
Boldly they spoke their shills,
Onto the Senate Floor,
Dashing hopes of second terms
Rode the Dem Stalwarts.

Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Apologies to the estate of Lord Tennyson.

~Johnny~

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Well, I suppose it had to happen . . . and actually, I’m glad Conservative American blog is doing it; keeping track of all the Obama Administation Scandals.

As of this writing, they’re up to 813 Scandals.

I’m fairly certain that beats even the Harding Administration, and most assuredly the Clinton Administration, too.

Well, that’s what happens when you elect inexperienced amateurs and thugs.

~Johnny~

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American Thinker Blog has a short article on how the dying Mainstream Media has finally begun to acknowledge the obvious: that the narcissitic, inexperienced, neo-socialist President Obama is failing miserably:

Seth Leibsohn writing in the National Review summarized it this way:

“This is reminiscent of the Jimmy Carter years – the last time the U.S. was seen as weak – unable to move and coax other countries, unable to reassure dependent allies, unable to have the respect of the world and, of course, unable to move the mullocracy of Iran.”

Even the liberal media are beginning to question the effectiveness of the President.

The NYT reports: “China held firm against most American demands. With China’s micro-management of Mr. Obama’s appearances in the country, the trip did more to showcase China’s ability to push back against outside pressure than it did to advance the main issues on Mr. Obama’s agenda, analysts said.”

The Washington Post: “If there was any significant change during this trip, in fact, it was in the United States’ newly conciliatory and sometimes laudatory tone. . . . Obama’s trip stood in stark contrast to visits by his predecessors.”

The Times stated that Obama was given “less respect than was given presidents Bush or Clinton.”

All of the above quotes can be found in this highly recommended post by Seth Leibsohn. He concluded his piece:

“Not a very good first year for America, or the world, under a new leadership that promised a new respect, a new start, and a new way of doing business. It’s new alright – it just isn’t any good.”

And when rats start to desert the sinking ship, it gets ugly.

~Johnny~

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And understandably, the Swedish are highly peed off at the U.S. right now.

What was all that campaign rhetoric about ‘building new international coalitions based on trust and respect” again?
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The Swedish government said on Wednesday it would not intervene to take over Saab. Enterprise Minister Maud Olofsson slammed Saab’s US owner General Motors for “abandoning” the struggling Swedish car maker.

 

General Motors has warned that the unit would go under without official help.

Her comment came after GM late Tuesday presented a massive restructuring plan to the US Treasury and said its troubled Saab unit could file for bankruptcy protection “as early as this month” without support from the Swedish government.

The company said last year it planned to try to find a buyer for the brand.

So, they lied about that; alternately, they were too incompetent to find such a buyer. Take your pick.

SwedishChefSmall“They’re basically saying they think the Swedish government should take over Saab, but if we do that we’re talking about an incredible amount of money,” Olofsson said

The hilarious part of this is that Sweden already has Nationalized Health Care; and THEY think it’s “too much money” ??? Heh.

“I’m disappointed in General Motors, because they’re abandoning Saab and are pushing the responsibility over to Swedish tax payers, and I think that is irresponsible,” she said.

While Sweden’s centre-right government has refused to take over Saab it has nonetheless said it will act as a guarantor for a European Investment Bank (EIB) loan of five billion kronor (450 million euros, 566 million dollars) to help keep car maker afloat.

According to the unions, some 15,000 jobs in Sweden would be at risk if the unit were to disappear, since its suppliers would also be hard-hit.

And that last line is misleading. I’s not that 15,000 jobs in Sweden would be at risk; It’s that 15,000 jobs in Sweden ARE at risk, and will probably soon disappear. For Sweden’s economy that would be catastrophic.

And what do you think the EU will do if one of their economic partner’s economies is hit hard by Saab’s collapse?

Watching closely.

~Johnny~

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The New York Times has an article about the briefing on the Health Care Bill that the Obama Administration gave medicine companies, and this little tidbit stands out:

Mr. Obama, during his private pep talk to Democrats, recognized Mr. Owens’s election and then posed a question to the other lawmakers. According to Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, who supports the health care bill, the president asked, “Does anybody think that the teabag, anti-government people are going to support them if they bring down health care? All it will do is confuse and dispirit” Democratic voters “and it will encourage the extremists.”

Uh, yeah! Duuuuh! President Rocket Scientist stumbles onto the purpose of the Tea Parties. Brilliant, genius.

And then there was this tidbit of naked hypocrisy:

Another freshman Democrat from New Mexico, Representative Martin Heinrich, said the president’s comments overall were reassuring. “If you want to see a recipe for failure,” Mr. Heinrich said, “don’t do the things you talked about in your campaigns and turn your back on your base. All the independent voters in the world don’t matter if the Democrats don’t turn out.”

Oddly, Rep. Heinrich didn’t see how he was hoisting President Narcissist with his own petard.  Typical.

On the other hand, this is probably  GOOD thing.  It shows how seriously and deeply the Democraps have underestimated the Tea Party/9-12 movements,  and that it goes all the way to the top.

Good news.

~Johnny~

Well, that’s good.  It shows just how seriously the Democraps have underestimated the Tea Parties — and that it goes all the way to the top.

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Oh, you have GOT to read THIS. It explains so much of what I’ve been trying to say for months now:

obama-peering aroundLast week’s coordinated Obama attack on Fox News made no PR sense. Fox increased its viewership by 10%. Obama lost points in the polls; you can give the American people only so many demonstrations of the Chicago Way before they figure out you aren’t the Great Healer after all.

Obama is far and away the biggest and most naive narcissist in living memory to occupy the White House. He hasn’t been smoothed and polished by years of deal-making in the Senate like LBJ. The outrage looks like it was just an uncontrollable expression of who Obama and his crew are. If we get more of this, Obama’s carefully buffed sheen will be permanently damaged for the saner 70% of the population. The other 30% will always fall for him anyway.

Pathological narcissism is a reflection of weakness, not strength. Tom Bevan at RealClearPolitics points out how much of it has been happening in less than a year of this administration, including months of a honeymoon period. Obama constantly uses wild and irresponsible accusations against his perceived enemies.

The whole article is like this; informative, perceptive, and calmly devastating to the perceived Savior of the Democratic Masses.

Better hurry and read this before somebody gets sued . . . or audited within an inch of their lives.

~Johnny~

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Remember that sudden visit last week from General McCrystal while Obama was in Denmark? Apparently it wasn’t much of a friendly visit:

General Stanley McCrystalAccording to sources close to the administration, Gen McChrystal shocked and angered presidential advisers with the bluntness of a speech given in London last week.

The next day he was summoned to an awkward 25-minute face-to-face meeting on board Air Force One on the tarmac in Copenhagen, where the president had arrived to tout Chicago’s unsuccessful Olympic bid.

In an apparent rebuke to the commander, Robert Gates, the Defence Secretary, said: “It is imperative that all of us taking part in these deliberations, civilians and military alike, provide our best advice to the president, candidly but privately.”

Which is damned hard to do if the Narcissist-in-Chief refuses to meet with you, isn’t it?

When asked on CNN about the commander’s public lobbying for more troops, Gen Jim Jones, national security adviser, said: “Ideally, it’s better for military advice to come up through the chain of command.” Asked if the president had told the general to tone down his remarks, he told CBS: ” I am sure they exchanged direct views.”

One sided, I’m sure. I doubt General McCrystal had much to say.

In London, Gen McChrystal, who heads the 68,000 US troops in Afghanistan as well as the 100,000 Nato forces, flatly rejected proposals to switch to a strategy more reliant on drone missile strikes and special forces operations against al-Qaeda. Was914419He told the Institute of International and Strategic Studies that the formula, which is favoured by Vice-President Joe Biden, would lead to “Chaos-istan”.

Yes, that’s our Joe Biden — Master War Strategist. (sigh)

He will hold at least one more this week, but a decision on how far to follow Gen McChrystal’s recommendation to send 40,000 more US troops will not be made for several weeks.

A military expert said: “They still have working relationship but all in all it’s not great for now.”

Some commentators regarded the general’s London comments as verging on insubordination.

LIBERAL commentators, I’m sure, who have no idea how military relationships work; and that want the General to shut the f**k up. (What is it with Liberals and Free Speech all of a sudden?)

Bruce Ackerman, an expert on constitutional law at Yale University, said in the Washington Post: “As commanding general, McChrystal has no business making such public pronouncements.”

He added that it was highly unusual for a senior military officer to “pressure the president in public to adopt his strategy”.

Since when does being an expert in “Constitutional Law” make you an expert at military protocol?  Obviously, he’s never heard of General Billy Mitchell (the proponent of the modern Air Force); General Douglas MacArthur (who publicly disagreed with president Truman over Korea); General Robert McNamara (very vocal proponent on the Vietnam War); etc., etc.

obama angryThey made no secret of their view that without the vast ground force recommended by Gen McChrystal, the Afghan mission could end in failure and a return to power of the Taliban. “They want to make sure people know what they asked for if things go wrong,” said Lawrence Korb, a former assistant secretary of defence.

Critics also pointed out that before their Copenhagen encounter Mr Obama had only met Gen McChrystal once since his appointment in June.

And looks like a completely incompetent Fool for not doing so earlier, doesn’t he? Same old story we’ve seen from Clinton, and Carter, Johnson, and Truman before them. The Generals are the regional experts on the scene — Listen to them. Trust Them. Stop seeing them as warmongering barbarians– they have to get a Ph.D. in order to get their star.

So Truman doesn’t listen to his generals and played Korea to a Stalemate. Johnson overrode his generals and lost Vietnam.  Obama doesn’t listen to McCrystal . . . and?

~Johnny~

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Yup — that TARP Bailout for GM and Chrysler is sure workin’ out great, isn’t it?

cars-disney-009-1920nnnhnGM and Chrysler reported September sales declines on Thursday, revealing a tough hangover from this summer’s Cash for Clunkers buying spree.

General Motors Co. reported the steepest drop, 45 percent, when compared with September of last year. Chrysler Group LLC was down 42 percent and Ford Motor Co. had a much smaller decline of 5.1 percent.

Automakers got a big lift in July and August from “Cash For Clunkers”, which spurred sales of nearly 700,000 new cars and trucks. The government program’s big discounts lured in many customers who otherwise would have waited until later in the year to walk into dealerships.

In other words, most people would only buy a Chrysler or GM product if you paid them to.

we-hope-gm-hasnt-hit-the-mother-of-all-icebergs_100182263_sNow automakers are starting to feel the effect. GM said it sold 155,679 vehicles last month compared with 282,806 in September of last year. Ford reported sales of 114,241 in September, but the decline followed two straight months of rising sales. Chrysler sold only 62,197 vehicles last month.

GM blamed the decline on the clunkers program pulling buyers into July and August, weak consumer confidence and low inventory levels during September before production increases could replenish stocks.

Sales of Ford’s popular F-series trucks rose 3.5 percent, while sales of the new 2010 Taurus sedan increased more than 60 percent.

Awaiting the press release where GM’s new management also blames the sales decline on little green aliens from Mars.

~Johnny~

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With corruption, pretension, faux celebrity, and governmental incompetence.

Michelle Malkin has this photo of the crowd’s reaction in Daley Square when they first heard their city was eliminated — FIRST:

Chicago reaction olympics

You know, after 110 years of the Cubbies, you’d think they’d be used to disappointment. And don’t get me started on da Bears.

And, of course, the Libs just couldn’t wait to blame George Bush for the rejection. The most unloved and unwanted Senator, Illinois’ Roland Burris, was quick to blame the former President:

Senator Roland Burris of Illinois, the Senator who was appointed to fill President Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat, blames George Bush for Chicago not getting the Olympics in 2016. Burris stated in an interview, shortly after the announcement, that the image of the U. S. has been so tarnished in the last 8 years that, even Barack Obama making an unprecedented pitch for the games could not overcome the hatred the world has for us as a result of George Bush.

Oh, I dunno; I think President Narcissist did a pretty good job of trashing his country himself during the IOC Presentation:

And, as Greta Van Sustern noted on Fox last night, he’s been on this crying jag for a loooong time.

And it’s getting very, very old. Look, you want to know why exactly we lost the olympic bid? I’ll tell you why exactly:

Chicago went cheap on the IOC.

360_blagojevich_obama_1209Chicago went in with their 45 minute presentation of Powerpoint slides looking for all the world like an eighth grade science fair project. They relied on the star power of “The First Black President” (in an all-white country of Denmark) and “The Richest Woman in the World, American TV Star Oprah!” (whose TV show none of the IOC members have ever heard of, let alone seen.)

Rio de Janeiro had an aerial movie IN 3-D showing the improvements that would be made; streets that would be built, sports facilities to be constructed, etc.  Beat the hell out of Powerpoint.

When the Los Angeles Olympics were pitched, it was made very clear to the IOC that LOTS of celebrities from nearby Hollywood would be attending. Various movie celebrities attended the IOC pitch and lent their names to the official pitch from Los Angeles.

Lots of celebrities — yes. Movie Stars; internationally famous. Not some declining American TV star famous only in the United States who has lost 7% (or more) of her audience this year. Or an ineffectual politician who thinks he’s the second coming of sliced bread.

This is Barry’s screw-up. It’s all on him now.

Polls tanking in three, two, one . . .

~Johnny~

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obama angry fingerThe President who can’t do anything right lost the Olympics for the United States.  Chicago was eliminated in the first round, baby — the First Freaking Round!:

COPENHAGEN – The race for the 2016 Olympics has came down to just Rio de Janeiro and Madrid, with the International Olympic Committee eliminating Chicago in a stunning first round of voting.

Tokyo was knocked out in the second round.

That left just Rio and Madrid still in the mix. The IOC voted again to separate the two and elect a winner, which will be announced by IOC president Jacques Rogge later Friday.

Madrid’s surprising success in reaching the final round came after former IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch made an unusual appeal for the Spanish capital, reminding the IOC members as he asked for their vote that, at age 89, “I am very near the end of my time.”

daley_gunsChicago, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and Madrid made final pitches to the International Olympic Committee to be selected later Friday as host of the 2016 Olympics, with President Barack Obama and Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva pitting their star power against each other in emotional pushes for their cities.Rio and Chicago’s presentations were particularly impassioned. Obama and his wife Michelle both talked about their childhood, while Rio urged the IOC’s members to be bold by taking the games to South America for the first time.

Tokyo presented itself as the best city for the athletes, safe and environmentally pioneering.

Chicago presented first, with videos and speeches — capped by Obama’s plea. Obama used his stature as a statesman and his own life story for impact, recounting how he was moved around as a child and “never really had roots” but in Chicago, “I finally found a home.”

Obama held out the enticing prospect of a Chicago games helping to reconnect the United States with the world after the presidency of George W. Bush, pledging that the “full force of the White House” would be applied so “visitors from all around the world feel welcome and will come away with a sense of the incredible diversity of the American people.”

Over the last several years, sometimes that fundamental truth about the United States has been lost,” Obama said. “One of the legacies, I think, of this Olympic Games in Chicago would be a restoration of that understanding of what the United States is all about and the United States’ recognition of how we are linked to the world.”

Rio played up the wow factor of its fabulous scenery, with computer-generated bird’s eye images of how venues would be spread across the city, with sailing in the shadow of Sugar Loaf mountain and volleyball on Copacabana beach.  But Rio’s hardest sell was that the IOC could ignore South America no longer.

“It is a time to address this imbalance,” Silva said. “It is time to light the Olympic cauldron in a tropical country.”

360_blagojevich_obama_1209I think ultimately this may be a blessing in disguise for Chicago, as most countries that host the Olympics end up Billions of dollars in the hole after the games are done. China’s debt alone was nearly $25 Billion; Greece’s was $10 billion.

However, I don’t think that Mayor Daley will feel that way; especially after his Chicago Machine stooge President Narcissist fumbled this ball so badly.

Still, Chicago *IS* home to both the Bears and the Cubs. Mayor Richie ought to be used to it by now.

Expecting fireworks in three, two, one . . .

The Redoubtable Don Lemon of CNN Can’t believe it — and melts down on the air:

Why is this guy still on the air? (Because Fox News got all the SMART, Professional Anchors.)

~Johnny~

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The Washington Examiner’s Byron York brings to light this incredibly vapid, self-serving comment from Michelle “I’m finally proud of my country” Obama, as she “sacrifices” with her buddy Oprah in CopenhagenDenamrk, lobbying for the Olympics:

oprah-michelle-obamaIn her speech in Copenhagen today, First Lady Michelle Obama said her trip to Denmark, along with the travel of her “dear friend” and “chit-chat buddy” Oprah Winfrey, as well as tomorrow’s visit by President Obama, is a “sacrifice” on behalf of the children of Chicago and the United States.

“As much of a sacrifice as people say this is for me or Oprah or the president to come for these few days,” the first lady told a crowd of people involved in the Chicago project, “so many of you in this room have been working for years to bring this bid home.”

I’m not quite sure how to respond to this.  What, precisely, are Michelle and Barry and Oprah “sacrificing” to come to Copenhagen for a “few days”?  Soldiers “sacrifice” to spend years away from home fighting for their countries — sometimes even sacrifice their lives.  In fact, soldiers are fighting and dying in Afghanistan right now while the Plan for Afghanistan sits unttended on the President’s desk.

While he’s wining and dining with Michelle and Oprah in Copenhagen. Odd definition of “sacrifice.”

“As first lady, as many of you know, I’ve made it a priority to bridge the gap between the White House and communities across D.C. and across the country,” Mrs. Obama continued. “I’ve spent much of my first nine months trying to open the doors to the White House to kids who might not otherwise see themselves having access to these institutions, because that’s where I came from – communities like that where kids never dreamed that they could set foot in the White House, let alone live there…And Barack and I made a point of doing the same thing when we lived in Chicago – making the concerns of kids in all sorts of communities our own.”

Memo for record, Michelle: The White House has tours five days a week. ANYONE can “set foot in the White House” any time they want. Just a few bucks for the tour, too.  Got a Gift Shop and everything.

Mrs. Obama said bringing the Olympics to Chicago is especially important right now because “athletics is becoming more of a fleeting opportunity.” “Funds dry up so it becomes harder for kids to engage in sports, to learn how to swim, to even ride a bike,” she said. In addition, with childhood obesity on the rise, “it is so important for us to raise up the platform of fitness and competition and fair play,” the first lady said.

Funds dry up so it becomes harder for kids to engage in sports, to learn how to swim, to even ride a bike.” Again, Michelle, I grew up less than 50 miles away from you in Chicago. I learned to ride a bike and to swim without government funds. My family taught me — not some government program.

Why in the world would you think it takes money to teach a kid to ride a bike? Does money play that big a part in your world?

Finally, having the Olympics in Chicago would be important to “let people know that we understand that sports saves lives, that it makes dreams come true, that it creates visions in kids’ heads to make them think they can be the next David Robinson, the next Barack Obama, the next Nadia Comaneci, the next Oprah Winfrey,” Mrs. Obama said.

And, again, we’re back to the military angle.  David Robinson was the productof a Naval Academy education – he joined the Navy and became a military officer to make his dreams come true.  (His greatest sports fame came after he completed his military service.)

Nadia Comaneci was the product of a repressive governmental program that took her away from her parents and rigorously trained her for years.  Sort of like Obamacare, I guess.

Oprah was the product of long-term sexual abuse and years of hard, hard work to rise above her circumstances.

And Barry appears to be a product of ACORN.  None of the above have anything to do with the Olympic Games; although the Olympic Games would be a nice payback to the Chicago Machine for it’s support of Barry in the election, wouldn’t it?

Meanwhile, soldiers die in Afghanistan while Barry politics in Copenhagen. Tell me about that “sacrifice” again, Michelle?

~Johnny~

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I hate to say it, but I may owe Roman Polanski an apology. This news story pretty much spells out what I knew about Polanski until today:

ZURICH – Director Roman Polanski was arrested by Swiss police as he flew in for the Zurich Film Festival and faces possible extradition to the United States for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977, authorities said Sunday.

Switzerland PolanskiPolanski was scheduled to receive an honorary award at the festival when he was apprehended Saturday at the airport, the Swiss Justice Ministry said in a statement. It said U.S. authorities have sought the arrest of the 76-year-old director around the world since 2005.

“There was a valid arrest request and we knew when he was coming,” ministry spokesman Guido Balmer told The Associated Press. “That’s why he was taken into custody.”

Kiejman later told The Associated Press that France does not extradite its citizens and that U.S. authorities had never asked France to prosecute Polanski at home.

And that’s all well-known, and commonly accepted facts of the case. Then I read the following, which I didn’t know:

Earlier this year, Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza in Los Angeles dismissed Polanski’s bid to throw out the case because the director failed to appear in court to press his request, but said there was “substantial misconduct” in the handling of the original case.

Polanski, the director of such classic films as “Chinatown” and “Rosemary’s Baby,” fled the U.S. for France in 1978, a year after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with the underage girl.

KeystoneKopsPolanski has asked a U.S. appeals court in California to overturn a judges’ refusal to throw out his case. He claims misconduct by the now-deceased judge who had arranged a plea bargain and then reneged on it.

His victim, Samantha Geimer, who long ago identified herself publicly, has joined in Polanski’s bid for dismissal, saying she wants the case to be over. She sued Polanski and reached an undisclosed settlement.

In 1977, he was accused of raping the teenager while photographing her during a modeling session. The girl said Polanski plied her with champagne and part of a Quaalude pill at Jack Nicholson’s house while the actor was away. She said that, despite her protests, he performed oral sex, intercourse and sodomy on her.

Polanski was allowed to plead guilty to one of six charges, unlawful sexual intercourse, and was sent to prison for 42 days of evaluation.  Lawyers agreed that would be his full sentence, but the judge tried to renege on the plea bargain. Aware the judge would sentence him to more prison time and require his voluntary deportation, Polanski fled.

Waitaminnit – Polanski pays girl settlement, girl doesn’t want to press charges anymore? Did I read that correctly?

Polanski was going to get a Plea Bargain that fell through? What?

This reads to me one of two ways:

  1. Polanski was guilty, and trying to buy his way out of this, or
  2. Polanski was may or may not be guilty, and being blackmailed. When he refused to pay, they pressed charges.

And that bothers me, because when you factor in the “settlement” and the fact that the girl doesn’t want to proceed with the case, this whole thing smellsSmells really, really bad.

And . . . if there’s one thing we all should have learned from the Clarence Thomas Hearings, sexual offenders have a history of repeat behaviors in these areas.  Where’s the repeat behaviors with Polanski?

Meanwhile, Polanski’s arrest sparked anger in Europe:

“I think this is awful and totally unjust,” French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand told reporters.

“Just as there is an America which is generous and which we like, so there is an America which is frightening – and that is the America which has just revealed its face,” he said.

The Culture Ministry said French President Nicolas Sarkozy was following the case closely and wanted the swift release of Polanski, while Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said he had expressed his concerns to his Swiss counterpart.

eric holder moose hatPolanski holds French citizenship and is married to French singer and actress Emmanuelle Seigner.

“We do not understand why the Swiss invited Polanski to a film festival, where he was to have received a life’s achievement award, and then arrested him,” said association president Jacek Bromski.

“We regard that as a scandalous situation and an example of incomprehensible overzealousness.”

Attorney General Eric Holder certainly seems to making a career of “incomprehensible overzealousness.” Must’ve gone to the Janet Reno school of Law.

What is it with Liberal Administrations and bad Attorneys General anyway?

~Johnny~

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The furor over the Obama Administration’s blatant and clumsy attempt took another bizarre turn this week. Humana Healthcare, a leading provider of Medicare supplement insurance, sent out a letter to advise it’s members how their benefits might change under the new program, and promptly found themselves slapped with a CMS “gag order”:

The federal government resorted to bullying tactics when it ordered an investigation of Humana – one of the country’s biggest private insurers — for its decision to send customers a letter alerting them about pending health reform legislation, a leading Republican charged Wednesday.

mitch_mcconnellU.S. health officials launched the probe after the Louisville-based company mailed a letter to patients enrolled in its Medicare Advantage plans – private options that replace standard Medicare – warning that President Obama’s health overhaul could eliminate important benefits of the program.

Republican Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell blasted the investigation of Humana on Wednesday, calling it a “federal gag order” that seeks to silence a health provider that disagrees with the administration. McConnell said he’s called for a complete legal justification of the probe.

“This is so clearly an outrage,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “For explaining to seniors how legislation might affect them, the federal government has now issued a gag order on that company, and any other company that communicates with clients on the issue, telling them to shut up — or else.

“This is precisely the kind of thing Americans are worried about with the administration’s health care plan. They’re worried that government agencies which were created to enforce violations even-handedly will instead be used against those who voice a different point of view,” he said.

Enter Max Baucus, Senate clown who’s still angry nobody bought his sham of a health care “compromise” last week:

Max Baucus (Sen. D-MT):: Obstructionist ConservaDem Clown

The investigation was first suggested by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, whose committee has jurisdiction over Medicare. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) — which officiates over the Medicare program for seniors and Medicare Advantage options — ordered a “cease and desist” order on all of Humana’s health care mailings until the investigation is concluded.Baucus has called the Humana letter a “scare tactic” meant to distort the current reforms under consideration. The CMS alleges that Humana’s letter may have violated federal regulations, but the information distributed by the health provider was supported by the nonpartisan, independent analysis of the Congressional Budget Office.

Obama has insisted that despite planned cuts to Medicare providers, seniors would not see their benefits reduced under a health care overhaul. But CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf contradicted that Tuesday under questioning by Finance Committee Republicans, saying seniors in the private Medicare Advantage plans could see reduced benefits under Baucus’ legislation. Proposed changes “would reduce the extra benefits that would be made available to beneficiaries through Medicare Advantage plans,” Elmendorf said.

A Republican aide told FOXNews.com that the investigation is a clear breach of First Amendment rights and said the Republican leader is asking the CMS to provide legal justification for its investigation. The aide said CMS’s investigation follows a pattern of intimidation put forth by the administration for any kind of dissent in the health care debate.

So what’s the Obama Administration’s involvement? Glad you asked . . .

nurse-hillaryNine months into Obama’s administration, no administrator of the CMS has been named — leading some Republicans to question whether the White House had a direct hand in silencing Humana. “I have never seen anything like this and I question if politics was the deciding factor,” Camp said in a press release. “Given that the administration has failed for more than eight months to nominate a director for CMS, I wonder if undue political pressure may have been applied on the CMS staff.

Senator McConnell is exactly right. This is precisely what conservatives are afraid of — the heavy hand of an authoritarian regime forcing us to do as it wishes — not as the people choose.

And the Democraps in Congress and the White House are too stupid, too inept, or too clueless to realize they’re busily fulfilling our worst nightmares.

2010 won’t come soon enough for me.

~Johnny~

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