Sunday, January 31, 2010

Huffington is Synonymous with Hypocrisy

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

When All That's Left is Arrogance

After sitting through tonight's charade, I'm pleased to announce that my television screen is not broken. I didn't throw anything at it, but never have I found myself more in "town-hall" mode--blurting out my incredulity each time his nose rose in the air. Never has a more pompous air accompanied such pedestrian words. He has squandered his charm; the cool is gone; all that's left is arrogance.
I simply don't believe half the things he says. I don't trust his statistics, his projections, his rhetoric. Some of it was downright laughable. When he said the bit about the overwhelming scientific proof of global warming, the chamber snickered from both sides of the aisle.
We all recall it was Congressman Joe Wilson who got himself in trouble last time by shouting "You lie!" when the president assured the America that illegal immigrants would not be eligible for his government-run healthcare. In Obama's mind he wasn't lying because he knew his intentions were to declare "illegals" legal, making his statement true. But Wilson was spot on in the sense that, if Obama gets his way, millions of people who will not have paid a dime into the government program will be able to tap it just like tax-paying American citizens.
Tonight's speech was peppered with so many "You lie" moments that even Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito mouthed "Not true" when the president accused the court of "selling out" our election process last week. ("I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests..." except of course the labor unions and billionaires like George Soros.) See the moment below. Many news sources pointed out the slo-mo incident. Now let's see if they do their homework and determine who is telling the truth, Justice Alito or Obama? My money is on Alito (seen at left of screen).

Some of the initial press on the subject, points out that the president's arrogance led to the moment with Alito. The "snob" poster at the top of the post is no fluke. Obama has struck that pose more than any man I've ever seen. He did it as he took the podium tonight and looked down on all of his fawning fellow democrats (who he hopes are willing to fall on the sword for his agenda).
This was not a State of the Union Address; it was a STATE OF DENIAL address (as this cartoon suggests). It was a rehashed campaign speech. Obama sees himself as the answer to our problems. And none of the problems we face were caused by liberal ideas run amuck. He thinks that if he continues to restate his hollow ideas and empty promises that the bandwagon will keep rolling behind him. It won't, Mr. President. That sound you hear behind you is not a bandwagon; it's a steamroller. I think you'll understand next November.
(Some of the supportive links above were added the evening after this was oringinally posted.)

Friday, January 22, 2010

This Could Be the Start of Something Big!

If you'd like to listen to music while you read, click the arrow to hear Count Basie version of our title song, and then read on as it plays.

If there is one thing both major parties should have learned from experience by now it is not to "over-reach" the natural pendulum swing of American politics. The Republicans will need to remember this between now and November but especially in these delicious days of Democratic "melt down" drizzled on a scoop of Obama Neapolitan "please all please none" ice cream. Eat slowly; relish each nuance; and don't do the same stupid thing yourselves before November.

What was so encouraging to me about the peoples' usurpation of the self-perpetuating, 50-year "Kennedy Seat" with Scott Brown was that it seemed to come from nowhere.

The Democrats thought they were pulling America along on a big-government bandwagon tied to the rope of liberalism. They kept pulling the rope, but didn't realize the wagon had stopped several steps behind them. What they were pulling was not a rope; it was actually a huge rubber band and Tuesday it had done all the stretching it could stand before pulling back so hard it left the tone-deaf Democratic majority looking up at the sky wondering what hit 'em.

Some foolish liberals think Brown's win means the progressives did not pull the rubber band hard enough or fast enough. Let them think that; let them keep pulling a nation where it doesn't want to go--their rubber band will snap along with their future in politics or punditry.

In the meantime, enjoy a couple editorials and political cartoons. The first (in purple) is Peggy Noonan, a writer I had admired since her time with Reagan, but who frankly seemed to be sipping the Obama Kool-aid for about a year. I guess that's why her thoughts should get Obama's attention. The second (in blue) is from Mort Zuckerman, editor-in-chief of U.S.News & World Report. [The cartoons are signed by their artists. Double-click to enlarge.]

"It is not the end of something so much as the beginning of something. Ted Kennedy took his era with him. But what has begun is something new and potentially promising.

"President Obama carried Massachusetts by 26 points on Nov. 4, 2008. Fifteen months later, on Jan. 19, 2010, the eve of the first anniversary of his inauguration, his party's candidate lost Massachusetts by five points. That's a 31-point shift. Mr. Obama won Virginia by six points in 2008. A year later, on Nov. 2, 2009, his party's candidate for governor lost by 18 points—a 25 point shift. Mr. Obama won New Jersey in 2008 by 16 points. In 2009 his party's incumbent governor lost re-election by four points—a 20-point shift.

"In each race, the president's party lost independent voters, who in 2008 voted like Democrats and in 2010 voted like Republicans.

"Is it a backlash? It seems cooler than that, a considered and considerable rejection that appears to be signaling a conservative resurgence based on issues and policies, most obviously opposition to increased government spending, fear of higher taxes, and rejection of the idea that expansion of government can or will solve our economic challenges...."
Peggy Noonan

The Incredible Deflation of Barack Obama

“The first trouble is that his gift for inspiration aroused expectations, stoked to unprecedented heights by his own staff, that he would solve the climate crisis on Monday, the jobs crisis on Tuesday, the financial crisis on Wednesday, the education crisis on Thursday, Afghanistan on Friday, Iraq on Saturday, and rest on Sunday....

"Perhaps the inevitable outcome was disappointment—and on this Obama has not disappointed. Alas, he has accelerated the deflation of hope with his extraordinary volume of public appearances. In his first six months, he gave three times as many interviews as George W. Bush, four times as many prime-time news conferences as Bill Clinton, and more interviews than both combined: 93 for Obama and 61 for his two immediate predecessors. He appeared on five Sunday talk shows on the same morning, followed the next day by David Letterman, the first-ever presidential appearance on a nighttime comedy show. In another week, he squeezed in addresses to the U.S. Climate Change Summit, the U.N. General Assembly, the U.N. Security Council, and a variety of press conferences. [In case you happened to miss the nation's introduction to "Pants on the Ground."]

"His promiscuity on TV has made him seem as if he is still a candidate instead of president and commander in chief. He—and his advisers—have failed to appreciate that national TV speeches are best reserved for those moments when the country faces a major crisis or a war. Now he faces the iron law of diminishing novelty.

"Despite this apparent accessibility, Obama's reliance on a teleprompter for flawless delivery made for boring and unemotional TV, compounding his cerebral and unemotional style. He has seemed not close but distant, not engaged but detached. Is it any wonder that the mystique of his presidency has eroded so that fewer people have listened to each successive foray?

"Poor results. But Obama's problems are more than a question of style. There is doubt aroused on substance. He sets deadlines and then lets too many pass. He announces a strategic review of Afghanistan, describing it as "a war of necessity," only to become less sure to the point that he didn't even seem committed to the policy that he finally announced. As for changing politics in Washington, he assigned the drafting of central legislative programs not to cabinet departments or White House staff but to the Democratic congressional leadership of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, the very people so mistrusted by the public...." Mortimer Zuckerman
This Just in: If you wonder what a melt down looks like behind closed doors, Check out this clever parady that puts words in a disappointed dictator's mouth. [This video has over 1,500,000 hits in the first two days!]

The above parady is a must see laugh, but below are links to weekend op-ed pieces that underscore the significance of this week's special election:

Michael Goodwin of the New York Post: "Just as Dorothy and Toto exposed the ordinary man behind the curtain in "The Wizard of Oz," the voters in Massachusetts revealed that, in this White House, there is no there there. It's all smoke and mirrors, bells and whistles, held together with glib talk, Chicago politics and an audacious sense of entitlement. At the center is a young and talented celebrity whose worldview, we now know, is an incoherent jumble of poses and big-government instincts. His self-aggrandizing ambition exceeds his ability by so much that he is making a mess of everything he touches."

Nolan Finley of the Detroit News: "Obama's response to the Democrat's Bay State rebuke was to grab a pitchfork and try to elbow to the head of the mob. It's the greedy bankers you're angry with and not me, he insisted, vowing to renew his war on Wall Street with a vengeful vigor. It would be easy to assign his denial to tone deafness. It goes beyond that. It's a stubborn resistance to recognize that America doesn't want to go where he's trying to lead it. Obama is still taking his counsel from the leftist ideologues who are telling him that the trouble isn't that he's too liberal, but not liberal enough."

SHERMAN FREDERICK of the Las Vegas Review Journal:
Earth to Obama Nation... Pride goes before a fall "The night after ... Obama told ABC News that ... it was really the same voter anger that swept him into office a year ago that also swept Brown into office Tuesday. What, seriously? Voters so loved Obama they gave Massachusetts a Republican? Of all the perverted takeaways from Tuesday, that's the doozy of the bunch. But apparently this kind of weird delusion is consistent with the unbounded hubris of Team Obama.White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel blamed the loss on Coakley running a lousy race. Obama's trusted strategist David Axelrod said it was "local issues" -- not the Obama agenda -- that really drove the Brown win. Hello? Earth to the White House. The reason Republicans prevailed three times -- twice in traditional Democratic strongholds -- in the past 12 months is because the White House, with (I am sad to say) the help of Nevada's own Sen. Harry Reid, miscalculated the ache in the American voter for believable leadership. Instead of living up to their historic campaign, they engaged in a garden-variety reign of arrogance marked by business-as-usual politics, broken promises and back-room deals. Together -- Obama and Reid -- they failed to learn that the end doesn't justify the means...."

And George Will gives some advice in "Mandate to Moderate" that I hope team Obama is slow to grasp. I hope the liberals convice him to keep pushing his Big Government agenda (aka "socialism-light") so the people can keep throwing it back in their faces, allowing this new wave of awakened Americans to keep growing through the November elections.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Update on post below!

For some reason, my news channel of choice was not coming in when the Brown Smack-down of the Democratic candidate started pouring in. So I did something that I can barely stomach doing...I watched MSNBC during the Rachel Maddow hour. It has been highly entertaining to watch this delusional liberal try to spin the grassroots landslide and signal to the Dems in D.C. Oh, how I hope all the Democrats listen to Maddow and continue thinking as foolishly as she does. She doesn't get it. She does not see what this race means. Sure the candidate made some missteps, but it is her liberal agenda that the people rejected. The White House is already throwing her under the bus, but I dare say Obama's visit Sunday actually cost her more votes. The liberal talking heads don't get it, and I hope they are slow learners. Thank you Massachusetts for reclaiming of the people's Senate seat that had been blindly entrusted to Ted Kennedy since Scott Brown was three years old. I don't know who Scott Brown is, but I love what has happened in the Liberal Bay State Bastion tonight!

Listen to this clip and see how the president spins the outcome. "The same thing that swept Brown into office is what swept me into office...." No, Mr. President, what swept Brown into office is the fact that America is rejecting the force-fed BIG GOVERNMENT you brought to town a year ago. Maybe Brown will derail the train carrying Obama's healthcare suppository.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

I Love an UPSET

If you're like me you didn't know who Scott Brown was a month ago, but this video link was almost as uplifting as the brilliant turning of the tides depicted in the post below this one. A year ago, I wrote a post called "Dents in the Carpet," and Senate-hopeful Brown represents that kind of "lets remember where to put the furniture back" that I was talking about. I hope Obama's attempt to help her is as successful as his pitch for Chicago to get the Olympics.

Even before the heckling started, Obama was at a loss for words to say in support of this losing candidate. Watch through to the end below.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Perhaps the most inspiring Youtube minute
I have ever experienced
is the last half of this clip.

A palindrome is a sentence that reads the same backwards as forward, like "Was it a cat I saw?" I would call this video an anti-palindrome; it reads the exact opposite backwards as forward. Not only does it read the opposite, the meaning is the exact opposite. Make sure you read as well as listen…forward and backward. This video that was submitted in a contest by a 20-year old. The contest was titled "u @ 50" by AARP. This video won second place. When they showed it, everyone in the room was awe-struck and broke into spontaneous applause.

Please send this link to every young person you know and every older person who may have lost hope for the future.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Unflattering Snippets of Time

There's a book coming out called Game Change that has everyone up in arms. If the accusations are true, it makes Bill Clinton and Harry Reid sound like a racists. Harry has already appologized because he actually did say the negroe remark. It will be interesting to see if Bill Clinton admits he really did say of Obama when he was angered at his upset of Hillary, "A few years ago this guy would be serving us coffee." Whether these things were said or not, it's probably fair to consider them snippets in time, and the context should be considered.
But you can read all about that stuff at the above links and in many other venues, what I wanted to point out was Politico's Mike Allen's choice of the worst possible AP photo of Sarah Palin. There are literally thousands of archived photos to choose from. There were probably 100 shots from the very same camera and position that generated this cross-eyed, buck-toothed mug, but they chose the worst possible frame of film to publish.

I've seen Sarah Palin up close in real life, and believe me she is as telegenic and photogenic as most of her appearances prove, but of course, Allen and/or the AP photographer chose this photo as the most accurate portrayal of the governor on her book tour. Maybe there is something to the theory that the left is afraid of Sarah Palin. Why else do they persist in perpetuating the "duffus" image? Maybe they should focus on Harry Reid for a while. He seems to have a foot in his mouth.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Mr. President, You got your way;
now keep your promise.

By the president's own words, he wants the process televised and open so that it's an honest process. C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb has now offered to make good on Obama's promise. In a recent letter he said, ""Now that the process moves to the critical stage of reconciliation between the chambers, we respectfully request that you allow the public full access, through television, to legislation that will affect the lives of every single American." But Speaker Pelosi now mocks Obama's intentions. She needs the doors shut just as they have been shut through this entire one-party process.

So, Mr. President, I urge you to make good on the promise you made at least eight times. Who's in charge you or Nancy Pelosi?
Update: Listen as Brian Lamb explains it here.

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