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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Good

We've reached a post-racial America at last:


May he continue to ignore the silly and distracting matter for the remainder of his term.

Doing The Work The Others Won't

Why won't ABC News or NBC News or CBS News or CNN "reporters" ask the questions that a lowly Fox News journalist asks of holier-than-thou Nobel Peace Prize recipients?

"Are you embarrassed at all by Climategate, sir?"

"Do you stand to make any money from cap-and trade?"

The Al Gore-runs-like-hell video:



"Im not doing an interview right now" was his repeated response.

Maybe he's waiting for ABC to do an in-depth report on his three-point jump shot.

Two Americas

And speaking of the "haves" and "have nots" in this country, this pretty much reveals the chasm separating working Americans from government employees:


Next time you're reprimanded for showing up fifteen minutes late for work, you might remember this.  And look to Obama for a government "job."

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Another example:

Governor Bob McDonnell has decided that it is beyond punitive for local counties and municipalities to require their public employees to contribute a portion of employees' pay to the state retirement system, like businesses throughout the state commonly require if retirement benefits are offered and accepted.

"'Current state and many local employees took their jobs with the expectation that their retirement contributions would come from their employer,' McDonnell said. 'We cannot turn our back on that agreement. To do so would be unfair to Virginians who work hard for our commonwealth every day.'"

No.  Can't be havin' that.  Can't be dashing government employee expectations in this unprecedented economic recession in which hundreds of thousands of taxpayers have lost their jobs here in the commonwealth.  We owe those government workers so much more than a freaking paycheck.  Let's not ruin their day.

By the way, how much has your disposable income declined in the last year?

At least take comfort in knowing that those you employ in government will live comfortably long after you're bankrupt, dead, and gone.

When You Bow Before Tyrants ...

... don't expect them to do your bidding.

Obama, not long ago, pledged to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.  Ever.

Well, forget that.  Now he's pledging to "push hard" to get the world's tyrants to at least sit and talk about it.


"Please, sir, may I have a few minutes of your time?"
Obama: No guarantee on sanctions
By Josh Gerstein, Politico

President Barack Obama acknowledged Tuesday that despite his full-court press for tough sanctions aimed at persuading Iran to abandon its suspected nuclear weapons program, he could not promise that China and other major powers would go along.

“I am going to push as hard ..."

The president met Monday with Chinese President Hu Jintao, and afterward White House aides portrayed China’s willingness to discuss the mechanics of a sanctions plan as a major development and a sign of international unity on the issue. But Tuesday, the president himself was more sanguine about the prospect of stiff sanctions.

Obama said he was “mindful” that many countries have trade and energy ties to Iran that could be disrupted but that “a strong number of nations” on the United Nations Security Council support sanctions.

Obama also left open the possibility that the sanctions won’t be successful. [link]
Perhaps if he'd curtsied, they'd have given him a moment of their time.

The leader of the free world.

As Iran moves ever closer to turning Israel into a sandbox.

My God.

Global Warming & The Snakes Who Created It

A picture speaks a thousand words.  Click on the image to enlarge it.


The accompanying explanation in "NASA's (Changing) FACTS":

"'Most of the temperature increase occurred before 1940' is mathematically incompatible with 'The rate of warming in the last 50 years was double the rate observed over the last 100 years.' That is...unless the temperature records changed in the four year interim. Oh wait, they did."

The data didn't allow NASA to validate its hypothesis.  But then - after manipulation of the data - it did.

As each day goes by, it all appears, more and more, to be a pack of lies.

Wanta Talk About Right-Wing Violence?

Remember a few weeks ago when the Roanoke Times editorial page got all worked up over the implications that could be drawn from a hose on a barbecue grill belonging to the brother of a left-wing Virginia politician having been cut?  Remember the charges tossed out regarding right-wing "incendiary efforts" and "anger" and "rage"?

Because some dude's barbecue grill hose had supposedly been severed?

Well, I demand a Roanoke Times editorial that addresses real violence.  From the left.  And I demand an apology to go along with it:
Big Easy Beatdown… GOP Official and Boyfriend Savagely Beaten Leaving SRLC Dinner
Posted By Jim Hoft, Big Government

On Friday night Allee Bautsch, chief campaign fundraiser for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and her boyfriend Joe Brown, were savagely beaten in New Orleans after leaving a Republican party fundraising dinner. [link]
From a witness who was there:

"I am the photographer for the LA GOP and I was at the Brennan fundraiser. When I left about one hour or so after all 3 of the governors left the crowd of protesters had grown. The were very nasty, signs were vulgar using the 'F' word. As I left the restaurant I was yelled at – there was a family visiting the restaurant with a baby stroller – they had nothing to do with the fundraiser and they were being heckled using the 'F' and 'MF' words."

From a left-wing thug who was there as the left-wing protesters attempted to violently assault the citizens gathered at the dinner:
Anarchists took to the streets in New Orleans on Friday to protest the SRLC, marching to the Hilton Hotel, where a banner was hanging from the roof which said "We won't pay for their crisis. Become the crisis!" ---- The march then headed to Brennan's Restaurant, where a $10,000 a plate SRLC dinner was in progress. Brennan's is notorious as the largest donor to the LA Restaurant Association, which sued to block a $1 minimum wage raise that was approved by voters in New Orleans in 2002. ---- Protesters marched against traffic and lost the police on the way, and attempted to storm the restaurants doors after chants echoed off the walls in the narrow French Quarter streets. The police arrived just as people started to stream through the doors and they pushed everyone back outside. SRLC delegates were forced to walk a gauntlet of protesters chanting "they say cut backs, we say fight back!" as they exited the restaurant.

Eventually the march headed back to the Hilton and chanted "Racist, Sexist, Anti-Gay, Right Wing Bigots Go Away" to the delegates entering and exiting the hotel before dispersing. 


The march included brass bands, students from UNO, healthcare workers fighting to re-open Charity Hospital, and people angry about a bunch of racist, fascist bigots coming to New Orleans after their leaders drowned it only 4 years ago. New Orleans is still badly damaged from the hurricane, and the GOP should be ashamed to come party on top of its ruins while we still struggle to recover. Their arrogance and wealth is only fuel to stoke our fires of anger at the injustice and deprivation we live through every day.  [my emphasis]
Some detail on the assault:
New Orleans police say that the incident began about 11:45 p.m. when a group of three to five men made “derogatory comments” to Bautsch and her boyfriend. When the man described as the male victim “turned toward” the group of men, at least one of the men struck him repeatedly. The woman “fell to the ground and screamed,” the news release said.

Police released a description of one suspect, saying he was in his 20s, looked “dirty,” and wore his hair in an auburn-colored ponytail. The man was 6 feet, 1 inch tall with a thin build, police said. He wore a light-colored T-shirt and dark pants.

Officers in the area responded and requested EMS assistance.
And the Roanoke Times editorialists see right-wing anger and rage in a severed barbecue grill hose. 

Despicable is the word that comes to mind.

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The jokers at the Times might also address this, involving an incident in New York:
The alleged leader of a terror plot to bomb Jewish synagogues in Riverdale and shoot down military aircraft upstate is a "hate-filled, anti-Semite" who called Osama bin Laden his "brother," prosecutors allege in court papers filed today.

James Cromitie also told a government informant that he wanted to shoot former President Bush "seven hundred times," saying the 43rd commander-in-chief "is the anti-Christ and if Allah does not kill him then a brother will," the papers charge.
The Times might address it.  But it won't.  The cowards.

Obama = Taxes

"I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes."
-- A promise made by candidate Barack Obama on September 12, 2008 --

A pledge made; a pledge revoked:
JCT: Healthcare law to sock middle class with a $3.9 billion tax increase in 2019
By Jay Heflin, The Hill

Taxpayers earning less than $200,000 a year will pay roughly $3.9 billion more in taxes — in 2019 alone — due to healthcare reform, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, Congress's official scorekeeper.

The new law raises $15.2 billion over 10 years by limiting the medical expense deduction, a provision widely used by taxpayers who either have a serious illness or are older.

Once the law is fully implemented in 2019, the JCT estimates the deduction limitation will affect 14.8 million taxpayers — 14.7 million of them will earn less than $200,000 a year. These taxpayers are single and joint filers, as well as heads of households.

"Loss of this deduction will mean higher taxes for 14.7 million individuals and families making under $200,000 a year in 2019," Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told The Hill. "The new subsidy for health insurance would not be available to offset this tax increase for most of these households." [link]
"I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family ..." Blah.  Blah.  Blah.

So Much For Reducing Costs

"[T]he bill is passed. It will become the law of the land. And the American people will start to see the good the bill will accomplish. They will also come to realize how dishonest the Republican caricature of the bill was.

"Insurance rates will begin to come down ...

"The nation now has the opportunity to discover the truth about health care reform ..
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-- Roanoke Times editorial, March 23, 2010 --

Yes.  Let's discover the truth:
Healthcare overhaul won't stop premium increases
By Noam N. Levey, L.A. Times

Public outrage over double-digit rate hikes for health insurance may have helped push President Obama's healthcare overhaul across the finish line, but the new law does not give regulators the power to block similar increases in the future.

And now, with some major companies already moving to boost premiums and others poised to follow suit, millions of Americans may feel an unexpected jolt in the pocketbook.

Although Democrats promised greater consumer protection, the overhaul does not give the federal government broad regulatory power to prevent increases. [link]
Do we laugh?  Do we cry?  Or do we stop listening to the nitwits at the Roanoke Times?

This Ain't Your Grand Daddy's Military

Want an idea as to how we are making life a living hell for all those Taliban terrorists in Pakistan these days?

Think "Predator."

This provides some insight:



Taking the war there so they don't bring it here. Again.

If You're a Treasure Hunter ...

... this is the stuff dreams are made of:
1913 Abraham Lincoln film found in NH barn cleanup
By Kathy McCormack, Associated Press Writer

Concord, N.H. (AP) — In a tale celebrating the romance of movies, a contractor cleaning out an old New Hampshire barn destined for demolition found seven reels of nitrate film inside, including the only known copy of a 1913 silent film about Abraham Lincoln.

"When Lincoln Paid," a 30-minute film about the mother of a dead Union soldier asking Lincoln to pardon a Confederate soldier whom she had initially turned in, stars the brother of John Ford, director of "The Grapes of Wrath," "The Quiet Man," and other classics.

"I was up in the attic space, and shoved away over in a corner was the film and a silent movie projector, as well," Peter Massie, a movie buff, said of his discovery in the western New Hampshire town of Nelson. "I thought it was really cool."

It was the summer of 2006, and the film canisters sat in his basement for a while before Massie thought of contacting nearby Keene State College, where film professor Larry Benaquist thought it was a rare find.

After working with the George Eastman House film preservation museum in Rochester, N.Y., the college determined that the film, directed by and starring Francis Ford, did not exist in film archives. In fact, it was one of eight silent films starring Ford as Lincoln; there are no known surviving copies of the others. [link]
An historical treasure.  Nice.