Archive | January 2009

Guess Who Obama’s First Official TV Interview As POTUS Will Be With?


ABC? Nope.

CBS? Sorry.

NBC? No… not even MS-National-Barack-Channel.

PBS? Wrong again.

CNN? Someone tell Larry King he’s not Obama’s first choice.

And the winner is…

Al-Arabiya.

Bump: Since this thread is generating a good discussion, I’m bumping it back to the front page.

Eric Holder Will Be Attorney General – Second Amendment Rights In The Crosshairs


The Obama administration looks to be even more of a threat to the second amendment with the confirmation of Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General.

Holder Before House Judiciary Subcommittee in 2000

Holder on 2008 Supreme Court Ruling

U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) Objects to Holder Cabinet Pick

If we are to go by Mr. Holder’s past record and past actions, what does it tell you about his stance on the second amendment? What does it tell you about President Obama’s stance? If you want to look at where Obama has stood in regards to the second amendment, please refer to OnTheIssues.org and go to “Barack Obama on Gun Control”.

Oops! Another Obama Cabinet Nominee Has Tax Problems!


Gee, one wonders if Obama’s cabinet vetting team was looking for tax cheats:

During the vetting process to become HHS secretary, Daschle corrected the tax violation, voluntarily paying $101,943 in back taxes plus interest, working with his accountant to amend his tax returns for 2005 through 2007.

(Mr. Daschle reimbursed the IRS $31,462 in taxes and interest for tax year 2005; $35,546 for 2006; and $34,935, a Daschle spokesperson said, adding that Daschle had asked his accountant to look into the tax implications of the car and driver five months before Mr. Obama won the presidency.)

What is it with rich lefties not paying the taxes they want to impose on the rest of us?

Bye-Bye, Blago


Blago got a double whammy today.

First, the Illinois State Senate unanimously ousted him from the Governor’s Office.

Then, they pass–again unanimously–a law that forbids him from ever holding office in that state again.

Next up, the criminal trial. And we will soon see if Blago is gonna start talking to prosecutors, dropping names of those that he feels “betrayed” him by not coming to his rescue. Perhaps names like Rezko and Emanuel.

Should be interesting.

Talking to Iran: More of the Same, Masquerading as Change


More false “Change” from the Obama camp… this time it’s talking to Iran. As this page documents, there were plenty of talks with Iran during the Bush administration.

Sorry, Obamamaniacs (you know who you are)… Obama isn’t really Changing anything except the outer wrapping… the same old same old is inside.

Stimulus or Stimu-less?


Let us see what economists and financial analysts have to say about the Obama administration’s economic stimulus proposal(s): 1.) Krugman and Roberts 2.)Other Economists 3.)Critics - Who do you believe? Is it stimulus or stimu-less? What has the not-so-distant past shown about so-called economic stimulus? I personally doubt that a change in presidential administrations will do much to change the past or ride against history.

My Kind Of Bipartisanship


11 Democrats voted Nay on the so-called “stimulus” package.

Zero (that’s 0) Republicans voted Aye.

In other words, the Nay votes were more bipartisan than the Aye votes.

Guess Obama will have to find another way to blame the GOP when his pork bill fails to resurrect the economy.

Nuclear Books?


Truth is stranger than fiction:

Berkeley’s public library will face a showdown with the city’s Peace and Justice Commission tonight over whether a service contract for the book check-out system violates the city’s nuclear-free ordinance.

The dispute centers on a five-year, $63,000 contract the library wants to sign with 3M, an international technology company based in Minnesota, to service five scanner machines library patrons use to check out books.

But 3M, a company with operations in 60 countries, refused to sign Berkeley’s nuclear-free disclosure form as required by the Nuclear Free Berkeley Act passed by voters in 1986.

As a result, the library’s self-checkout machines have not been serviced in about six months. Library officials say 3M is the only company authorized by the manufacturer to fix the machines, which were purchased in 2004.

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“We really mean it when we say we don’t want to be part of the nuclear machinery,” said commission member George Lippman. “The act is meant to be a blow against nuclear war. We’re serious about upholding that.”

The crazy part is, these Berzerkley nitwits can’t see that causing problems for the library also makes it harder for people to read lefty books like, say, Earth in the Balance, for free.

In other words, political correctness is standing in the way of people reading about political correctness. There’s a certain irony there.

A Surprising Source Says FDR’s New Deal Didn’t Work


“We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work.”

The gentleman who said that wasn’t a conservative Republican… it was none other than Henry Morgenthau Jr.

Who’s Morgenthau? Oh, just a former Secretary of the Treasury. Under FDR.

In short, one of the key players in FDR’s New Deal. And he admitted that it didn’t work.

He also said:

“I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started. … And an enormous debt to boot!”

Gee, didn’t someone recently promise us trillion dollar deficits?

Learn How the Reid-Pelosi Congress is Spending Your Tax Dollars


If you’re wondering what’s in the so-called “stimulus” bill, there’s a site that has a searchable version, appropriately named ReadTheStimulus.org.

Jim Geraghty points out the following items in the so-called “stimulus” bill:

An additional $300 million for roads on Indian reservations.

An additional $100 million for the Lead Hazard Reduction Program.

An additional $44 million for “construction, repair, and improvement” of Department of Agriculture buildings, and an additional amount for “Buildings and Facilities” and an additional $209 million for work on “deferred maintenance at Agricultural Research Service facilities.

An additional $245 million to “maintain and modernize the information technology system at the Farm Service Agency.”

An additional $1 billion (with a B) to the Census Bureau for “Periodic Censuses and Programs.”

An additional $650 million for the Department of Commerce’s Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Program, to be used for “coupons and related activities, including but not limited to education, consumer support and outreach, as deemed appropriate and necessary to ensure a timely conversion of analog to digital television.”

An additional $400 million to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for “operations, research and facilities.”

An additional $150 million to NASA for “aeronautics.”

An additional $4.5 billion (with a B) to improve, repair and modernize Department of Defense facilities, restore and modernize Army barracks, and invest in the energy efficiency of Department of Defense facilities.

An additional $1.7 billion (with a B) for projects to address critical deferred maintenance needs within the National Park System.

An additional $50 million to the National Endowment for the Arts “to be distributed in direct grants to fund arts projects and activities which preserve jobs in the non-profit arts sector threatened by declines in philanthropic and other support during the current economic downturn.”

Please remember, the word “additional” means that this is on top of what each of these agencies got in the last budget.

This should be called the “full employment for government bureaucrats” bill.

First Civ Div, Camp Couch, Beer Platoon


Well, as of February ninth at thirteen hundred I am to report to First Civ Div, Camp Couch, Beer Platoon by way of Medical Retirement.

The day is somewhat bitter sweet, I was not ready to leave, but it was the hand that was dealt.

So anyway. I just wanted to say to all the Libs that in the past, have wished for my death. You lost.

I will be getting 60% disability, and a medical retirement as a Staff Sergeant.

Which is ok. For once the tax dollars will actually be put to good use.

As I have actually applied myself during my life, and have become educated, I am going to a job that actually has a future in it. So I will be making enough that I will not be leaching off of the government’s tax payer’s dime like so many of those who cry foul because the rich are rich. So I plan on donating much to a charity of MY choice. Ya know, the way welfare is supposed to work. Money being given, not taken, and going to somebody that actually needs it. The rest will probably go into a college fund for my boys, because I understand that college is a privilege not a right, and while I have no intentions of paying their full ride, I do plan on being able to match whatever they are able to put forth.

Oh wait, some of you probably don’t understand that. Oh well. Good day.

Addition. I spoke to higher today, and in an attempt to get me offshore quicker, they agreed to push my discharge date forward. I will now be getting out on Jan 30 at 8 am.

Unfortunately, as many of you have guessed, I will have Obama’s name on my retirement papers.

Compensation for Services Rendered?


Okay President Obama, time to throw a little money toward those who helped get you to where you are at now (read here). Oh joy, that’s all those activist groups (oops) I mean, “community organizing” groups need…more money and power. Isn’t ACORN one of those organizations that had a hand in the economic tailspin we are presently experiencing? I wonder what other “community organizing” groups are on the payoff list?

Is Political Assassination Genetic?


No, I am not being silly… this story is what prompted the question:

Dismissed for 175 years as a fake, a letter threatening the assassination of President Andrew Jackson has been found to be authentic. And, says the director of the Andrew Jackson Papers Project at the University of Tennessee, the writer was none other than Junius Brutus Booth, father of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth.

Consider the question open for discussion (in a non-political way).

Ten GOP Senators Want a Tax Cheat In Charge of Treasury


The following ten Republican Senators voted aye on Timothy Gethner’s confirmation as Treasury Secretary, regardless of his problems with paying taxes:

Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
Ensign (R-NV)
Graham (R-SC)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Voinovich (R-OH)

I recommend conservatives in these states remember this vote when these Senators stand for reelection.

Lazy reporting, or just ignorant reporters?


Much to my surprise I found

Reich: Lemon Socialism


Former Clinton Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich has some harsh words for bailout mania:

The federal government — that is, you and I and every other taxpayer — has taken ownership of giant home mortgagors Fannie and Freddie, which are by now basket cases. We’ve also put hundreds of millions into Wall Street banks, which are still flowing red ink and seem everyday to be in worse shape. We’ve bailed out the giant insurer AIG, which is failing. We’ve given GM and Chrysler the first installments of what are likely to turn into big bailouts. It’s hard to find anyone who will place a big bet on the future of these two.

It gets worse. While Washington debates TARP II, the Federal Reserve Board continues to buy or guarantee or provide loans for a vast and growing pile of questionable financial and corporate assets, much of which are likely to be worth far less than the Fed has paid or guaranteed or accepted as collateral. We’re talking big money here — so far over $2.4 trillion. (The entire TARP — parts I and II — in combination with the proposed stimulus package come to just over $1.5 trillion.)

Taxpayers are on the hook for this Fed bailout money, too, of course. We have to pay the interest on the ever-growing debt used to make these payments or guarantees and loans. Yet while TARP II and the upcoming stimulus package are receiving a great deal of attention, this much larger public commitment by the Fed is not. That’s partly because the media doesn’t much of understand it, but also because the Fed is doing it in secret, using provisions of its charter never before utilized, and avoiding discussion before the full Board of Governors for fear such meetings would be subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

Put it all together and at this rate, the government — that is, taxpayers — will own much of the housing, auto, and financial sectors of the economy, those sectors that are failing fastest.

And he summarizes it thus:

It’s called Lemon Socialism. Taxpayers support the lemons. Capitalism is reserved for the winners.

Remember, this is noted liberal-lefty economist, professor, and former Clintonite Robert Reich saying this. If he can figure it out, why can’t Obama’s team?

Hail to Who???


I have to tell ya, and maybe it is just because I am a Marine, and I understand how much so many have given to our country unselfishly without asking for anything in return. But this really chaps my ass!

Barack Obama may have stumbled over his words briefly during his inauguration, but he made an even bigger blunder later Tuesday evening. The newly sworn-in President opted not to appear at what should have been one of the most important Balls on his agenda that evening – The Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball.

Well. Hopefully the average voter’s attention span is more than that of a doorknob next time.

President Obama Breaks First Promise


Well, the first broken promise sure didn’t take long.

Here’s the promise (straight off of whitehouse.gov)

3.  Revolving Door Ban    Lobbyists Entering Government.  If I was a registered lobbyist within the 2 years before the date of my appointment, in addition to abiding by the limitations of paragraph 2, I will not for a period of 2 years after the date of my appointment:

(a)  participate in any particular matter on which I lobbied within the 2 years before the date of my appointment;

(b)  participate in the specific issue area in which that particular matter falls; or

(c)  seek or accept employment with any executive agency that I lobbied within the 2 years before the date of my appointment.

And–oops!–Obama has already appointed someone who breaks that rule.

“POGO believes strongly in the revolving door restrictions President Barack Obama has outlined to restore integrity and ethics to government,” said POGO executive director Danielle Brian. “It is because we believe so strongly in the positive impact that such a change will have that we urge the President to withdraw his nomination of William J. Lynn III as Deputy Secretary of Defense. President Obama should not compromise his standards and the effectiveness of the Department of Defense by allowing a top defense industry lobbyist to receive a waiver from these standards.  The defense industry is in a class of its own among all of the industries that have had a pervasive stranglehold on public policy to advance their own financial interests.”

In a 2008 lobbying report, Lynn was listed as part of a Raytheon lobbying team on budget and appropriations issues including the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill, acquisition policy, missile defense, and Foreign Military Financing.  The Obama Administration should not allow its ethics standards to begin with a series of waivers and loopholes which immediately undermine its good intentions.

That’s the first to fall, how many other promises will he break?

More Obama Worship


It just gets weirder and weirder:

A pledge of allegiance to Obama? I don’t care if you’re a Republican, Democrat or a Vegan Evangelical Anarchist – that’s just plain creepy.

It’s also odd coming from a group of people who’ve previously shown little enthusiasm for pledging allegiance to our flag, much less a previous president.

Seriously – if a dozen college conservatives had lined up on TV to pledge their service to George W. Bush, wouldn’t there be an HBO documentary on “America’s BusHitler Youth” by the end of the week?

None of this is Obama’s fault, of course. He has very enthusiastic – some would say overly enthusiastic – supporters who are happily mixing up this Kool-Aid kookery themselves.

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This isn’t patriotism. It’s Obama worship. Liberals who once mocked the idea of patriotism as “My country, right or wrong,” have long lived by the creed “My politics – or else.” That’s why the same celebs who never had a kind word about President Bush’s massive aid to Africa are ready to skip meals in support of Obama.

Oh, and for those–you know who you are–who wanna claim that this is all projection by right-wingers, let’s not forget Louis Farrakhan literally calling Barack Obama the “Messiah.” Is Farrakhan a closet Republican?

Now tell me that some lefties aren’t worshipping Barack Hussein Obama has their secular savior. I can use a good laugh.

WaPo OpEd: Obama’s Speech “Words Made Flesh”


And the deification of The One True Obama continues apace.

For those lefties that are reading this, it’s things like this that cause us conservatives to say that Obama is your secular savior, or Obamamessiah. If you still don’t get it, see the Gospel of John, chapter 1, verses 1-14.

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