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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Jim Moran Is Such A Bunghole

You folks up in northern Virginia ...

Oh, why try. We've been down this road so many times, it's not even worth noting anymore that you must all be complete nitwits for reelecting this lunatic over and over again:
Rep. Jim Moran's Confrontation With Capitol Police
Mark Hemingway, National Review's "The Corner"

After the inauguration ended, Rep. Jim Moran's wife tried to enter the Capitol building. It's standard operating procedure when the President is in transit, that the area be locked down. This wasn't an acceptable answer for refusing her entrance into the building, and she called her husband demanding that the Capitol police officer immediately talk to him. The officer calmly explained that he's not alllowed to, but rather the congressman could call the Seargent At Arms who could call his boss and then call him.

Soon Moran stormed out of the building and angrily confronted the police officer looking at his wife and shouting, "Is this the one?" He then got in the officer's face and insisted that he did not know the proper procedure. Moran's wife was then allowed in the building under her husband's congressional escort. [link]

What a goon.

I wonder if he was one of the class acts that was in front of the podium at Obama's inaugural address who thought it really cool to boo the outgoing president of the United States.

As far as I'm concerned, you all deserve one another.

Like Nothing I've Ever Witnessed Before

Words can't describe the scene that is unfolding in Washington. The entire nation seems to have been swept up in Obamamania. An adoration for a man few know anything about beyond the scripted speeches and choreographed appearances, beyond the adulation heaped by the likes of Oprah and the New York Times, beyond the busty youtube babes singing his praises.

Barack Obama has done nothing - nothing - to deserve the servile, over-the-top flattery that I see being ladled (which Hollywood ditze was it the other day that called him "brilliant"?).

And yet, there it is. Throughout the day. From every corner of the USA.

Even John Kennedy was spared such detached hero worship until after he was declared dead.

This cult of personality that has been concocted by the mainstream press (to those who think the MSM has lost any of its power, behold) is - in this land of otherwise down-to-earth, level headed, I-love-my-country-but-fear-my-government Americans - absolutely frightening.

It can only be compared to one brief time in all of human history:

O great Stalin, O leader of the peoples,
Thou who broughtest man to birth.
Thou who fructifies the earth,
Thou who restorest to centuries,
Thou who makest bloom the spring,
Thou who makest vibrate the musical chords...
Thou, splendour of my spring, O thou,
Sun reflected by millions of hearts.
The Roanoke Times, this morning:

Barack Obama becomes president of the United States today, the first African-American to lead a nation born of freedom yet built in part on black slavery.

It is a joyously historic day of triumph for human resilience and of redemption for American ideals.

The campaign cry of "Change" is already, of necessity, under way.

Obama did not campaign to become the president of black Americans, but of all Americans. And the enormity of the work ahead ensures that. The challenges are national in scope, giving all Americans a stake in the course he sets.

... [T]he youthful Obama is all about the future, a man of mixed race whose campaign transcended racial politics to address the fears and the aspirations of all Americans. Since his election, he has stepped into a leadership breach with intelligence, seriousness and unflappable confidence.

He offers hope.

This from seemingly sane human beings.

The implications are enough to scare you to death.

Those of you not caught up in the idiocy, that is.

On Obama's call for 'Service'

He calls for people to devote themselves to helping others by slopping gruel on plates at a homeless shelter or digging a sewer line in the jungles of Guatemala.

We devote ourselves to helping others by giving them opportunity to help themselves.

In that vein - a Wall Street Journal reader responds to Obama's appeal for volunteers:
How about creating jobs? Isn't that a great way to serve our country? How about the government letting me keep my profits so I can reinvest them in my company and hire more people? Why is it that job creation is only good when the government does it?

[P]lease tell Mr. Obama to get out of our way and let us create some jobs. [link]
Obama will be considered a success depending on the number of hungry children he - and his legion of clueless volunteers - are able to feed. We look at success as having arrived when there are no more hungry children.

Memo to new president: "Freedom from want" can't be achieved if all you're doing is setting up soup lines.

Low Expectations

Is it because he's (half) black? Or buyer's remorse. Hard to say. But I can't remember a president coming into office whose supporters are warning people that their man is going to succeed, but it's going to take a long, long time.

Odd, I don't recall them telling us this before Obama was elected:
Inauguration Day
Washington Post editorial

The dawn of a new presidency is always a time of awe and anxiety. The awe comes in bearing witness to the peaceful transfer of power as a new chapter of national history unfolds. The anxiety speaks to an untested new leader and the challenges he will face. The swearing-in today of the nation's 44th president is a moment of particular extremes: enormous joy, great hope, deep fears.

... the recovery is likely to be slow and painful, and the road ahead no less bumpy as the bills come due from the country's failure to address its increasingly dire long-term fiscal picture. Mr. Obama seems clear-eyed about the problem and resolute about tackling it, but so, too, did his predecessors.

The global challenges are just as daunting ...

Mr. Obama is a man of great promise but relatively little experience. The hopefulness of recent inauguration days soon gave way to cynicism and disappointment.

Yet, like most Americans, we can't help feeling something particularly special about this Inauguration Day. Like most Americans, we will be rooting for Mr. Obama to succeed. [link]
So that's what this "hope" thing boils down to. They elected a man "with little experience" and now hope like hell that he has a clue as to what he's doing.

Beyond that, what's with all the angst all of a sudden? And why are they hedging their bets? Wasn't Obama the towering figure who could slay dragons and leap over tall buildings at a single bound? That's what I was hearing in October anyway.

Now it's crunch time. And they're just not all that sure. Buyer's remorse has set in.

Too late, fellas.

But he is black. We will always have that.

If nothing else.

Excellent News

President Bush has done the right thing and commuted the sentences of those two border guards who were given long prison terms for doing their duty to their country:
Bush commutes sentences of former US border agents
By Deb Reichmann, Associated Press Writer

Washington (AP) - In his final acts of clemency, President George W. Bush on Monday commuted the prison sentences of two former U.S. Border Patrol agents whose convictions for shooting a Mexican drug dealer ignited fierce debate about illegal immigration.

Bush's decision to commute the sentences of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who tried to cover up the shooting, was welcomed by both Republican and Democratic members of Congress. They had long argued that the agents were merely doing their jobs, defending the American border against criminals. They also maintained that the more than 10-year prison sentences the pair was given were too harsh.

Rancor over their convictions, sentencing and firings has simmered ever since the shooting occurred in 2005. [link]
For details on this travesty, go here.

Were Ramos and Compean guilty of having committed certain crimes? Probably. Did they deserve the punishments that were meted out? Absolutely not. This was wrong from the start. A wrongful prosecution that only the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas can explain.

Good for President Bush. We all owe him our thanks for setting this one right.

It's Almost Shameful

Here we are on inauguration day and even the New York Times, a big supporter of Barack Obama, hasn't the first clue as to what the man stands for:

Transition Holds Clues to Obama Governance

In the campaign, their guy said one thing one day and then completely contradicted himself the next (is coal good or bad?; I don't know). He released position papers with great fanfare, and then ignored them and went on to something else. On some subjects, he vehemently denounced positions that he himself had traditionally taken (gay marriage for example). Taxes? Who knows? Fiscal discipline? Anyone's guess. The Democrats aren't even all that sure that the man is going to "get us out of Iraq."

But they were so desperate to elect a Democrat, his words, his ideas, his intentions, were of no importance.

Thus we end up in a place where we have to deal with this:

Transition Holds Clues to Obama Governance

This is no way to run a country.

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* Before anyone brings it up, I'll acknowledge that McCain was little better.

The Headline Says It All

What Recession? The $170 Million Inauguration

Slowly those in the mainstream press are coming to realize how this gives off the appearance of a Roman orgy in a time when the peasants in the countryside are eating only weeds.