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Thursday, May 26, 2011

The You-Can't-Make-This-Up Headline of the Day

They's them and they's us:

U.S. Transportation Secretary rolls up in big SUV to unveil new fuel economy stickers

Fuel economy, as Al Gore will attest, like the nation's laws, as Bill Clinton will attest, is for the little people.

Webb Conveniently Forgets His History

I had every intention of agreeing with our one-hit wonder of a United States senator, Democrat James Webb, when I read this.  Until he opened his mouth and stuck both feet in it.  Here's the "retiring" Mr. Webb addressing the War Powers Clause in the Constitution and the War Powers Act (I'm guessing) and their non-use:
Webb: U.S. 'blasé' on use of force
By Mike Allen, Politico

Sen. Jim Webb, a Vietnam War hero and former secretary of the Navy, said President Barack Obama “needs to narrow his focus a bit when it comes to judgments about using military force” and needs to give more sway to the views of Congress.

“We have to have a very serious debate about presidential authority in terms of using the military around the world and have sort of a tighter string on these unilateral decisions that end up getting us into these situations,” Webb said in an interview for the POLITICO video series “A Decade of Fighting Terrorism.” [link]
I'm guessing he's hacked off about what we're doing - whatever it is we're doing - in Libya.

On that we agree.

But then Webb made this boneheaded statement:
You can’t have 535 commanders in chief. But at the same time, we have become — over the past 10 or 11 years — very blasé about the use of military force around the world. I never thought we would be so blasé as a nation in terms of where we’re going in and dropping bombs and doing these sorts of things. And we need to be a lot smarter about it.
Say what?

"10 or 11 years" of being "very blasé about the use of military force around the world"? That would take us back to George W. Bush's years. Does Webb suggest that we went nonchalantly into Iraq and Afghanistan?

Of course he does.

May I remind the good embarrassment of a senator of the following:
Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday, the third day of January, two thousand and one,

Joint Resolution

To authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against those responsible for the recent attacks launched against the United States.

Whereas, on September 11, 2001, acts of treacherous violence were committed against the United States and its citizens; and

Whereas, such acts render it both necessary and appropriate that the United States exercise its rights to self-defense and to protect United States citizens both at home and abroad; and

Whereas, in light of the threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by these grave acts of violence; and

Whereas, such acts continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States; and

Whereas, the President has authority under the Constitution to take action to deter and prevent acts of international terrorism against the United States: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

Section 1 - Short Title

This joint resolution may be cited as the 'Authorization for Use of Military Force'.

See "[Congressional] Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists."
It's understandable that Webb would want to drag the man he most despises in this country into his criticism of President Obama. But that being understood doesn't make it acceptable. Or in any way true.

Obama is "winging it" in Libya.

And for doing so he deserves Webb's criticism.

But George W. Bush had every necessary congressional approval in his pocket, achieved after lengthy debate and deliberation, before he launched Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq.

James Webb is entitled to his opinions. But he'll not get away with twisting the facts.

When's he leaving office again?

Palin's a what, again?

Let's revisit some stupid guy's comment about the next president of the United States:

"Sarah Palin Has Proven Herself To Be Profoundly Stupid."

I can only assume that pronouncement was made because she has a knack for doing things like this:

"Twitter is lighting up over President Obama’s bizarre guest-book autograph — seen in a photo taken by Getty Images/AFP — which he dated 'May 24, 2008.'"

Oh, wait. That wasn't Palin.

That was the guy who sends orgasms of joy down Chris Matthews' leg.

Expect that quote to appear on his show this evening.

When pigs fly ...

Okay, I'm Impressed

The first sentence alone makes me collapse in submission to this dude's grasp of history:

"I had never thought there were many similarities between the pleasure-loving Charles II of England and the more upright Barack Obama until this week."

Now if I were your average know-it-all pundit, I'd say, "Why, shoot, I think of the similarities between Obama and Charles II all the time."

But really.

My first guess went along these lines: Charles II.  Wasn't that the poor schmuck who got into it with Oliver Cromwell and ended up having his head separated from his shoulders?

Turns out?


That was his father, appropriately named Charles I.

Charles II?  Here's what I've learned: He wore tights and had hair down to his butt crack.

Does Walter Russell Mead know something about Obama we don't?

I Feel Bad For My President

I heard about this on the radio yesterday and had to hunt down the video.  The moment caught on film has been described as an Obama screw-up relating to protocol and the Queen of England.    You can see it here and decide for yourself.

I can see how awkward the incident is, with Obama trying to do the obligatory "clinking-of-champagne-glasses" in a toast with Queen Elizabeth, while she looks at him and does nothing in response.

But I can't see how this is a faux pas on his part.  It appears to me that the whole thing was properly choreographed but a signal simply went awry.

If you watch closely it appears that the band was to strike up the British national anthem as soon as Obama had delivered his toast.  But the script went off track after he said, "To her majesty, the Queen."   Obama, having raised his glass, in his usual staccato manner hesitated at that point, leading the band director to believe that the toast, which is customarily brief anyway, had been done.  What happened then was seriously awkward for everyone there, as Obama went on to Sentence 2 of his toast and the band launched into "God Save the Queen" at the same time.  The queen, stopping to honor the national anthem, did nothing to reciprocate Obama's outstretched glass-gripped hand.

So Obama stood with his champagne aimed at her and the queen stood at attention.


Can't fault the dude for this one.

So let's get back to him ruining the country I love ...

What's a Vacation?

Americans gave up $67 billion worth of vacation days in 2010.

Stand Up and Fight!

Or pretend that America is not on the brink of disaster and let the Democrats define the issues of the day.

Karl Rove on that Republican loss in New York:
Five and a half weeks after House Republicans passed their budget, Democrats and liberal pundits have decided it is political kryptonite that will fatally weaken the GOP.

Their evidence is Tuesday's special election in New York's 26th district, where Democrat Kathy Hochul defeated Republican Jane Corwin for a vacant congressional seat. This is not just any congressional district, but one carried by George W. Bush and John McCain in the last two presidential elections, and one represented for 58 years by a Republican.

Liberals can barely contain their glee.

[T]he question remains: Did the Medicare reforms proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and supported by Ms. Corwin play a role in the outcome? The answer is yes, though not with the blunt force and trauma some Democrats are claiming.

Polling by American Crossroads (an independent expenditure group with which I'm associated) showed that while Ms. Hochul's Medicare attacks galvanized Democrats, they swayed few independents. Among voters who had an unfavorable view of Ms. Corwin, just 20% focused on Medicare, with most Democrats already voting for Ms. Hochul.

The GOP candidate did not respond with TV ads until the campaign's closing week, and only then with an ad many voters thought lacked credibility. It alleged Ms. Hochul had endorsed Medicare and Social Security cuts that she claimed she had not.

An earlier, more aggressive explanation and defense of the Ryan plan would have turned the issue: 55% in the Crossroads survey agreed with GOP arguments for the Ryan reforms while just 36% agreed with the Democrats' arguments against it.

Next year, Republicans must describe their Medicare reforms plainly, set the record straight vigorously when Democrats demagogue, and go on the attack. [link]
We all know that the Democrats are going to "rouse the rabble" over issues like Medicare (or "Mediscare" as the Wall Street Journal terms their effort at frightening seniors).  Republicans who seek office need to be prepared to deal with the deceit and go on the attack, as Rove (a guy who knows something about winning elections) advises.  Label the lies LIES.  And then confront the voters with this unshakable truth:  Unless changes are made to the bloated and unsustainable Medicare program, America will go bankrupt.

As Rove points out, even with that truth confronting them, Democrats won't care.  They want their handouts until the doors to the Big Food Bank in Washington close for good. 

Independents and Republicans, however, have a deeper need.  They want America to be robust and thrive.  And they, in overwhelming numbers, understand the serious dilemma facing our country.  The government is handing out hundreds of billions of dollars in freebies these days and can't pay for them.

Save America!  Make that a rallying cry and watch the votes roll in.

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Or adopt the Democrat strategy and go with this:

You too can scare the urine out of the weak of mind.

Wisdom For The Ages

Liberals like to think that without all those federal agencies breathing down our necks, America would disintegrate into total upheaval.

Walter Williams challenges that preposterous notion with this little statement of "common sense":
Here are a few facts and then a question. Each Boeing 747 costs $317 million, its 777 goes for $284 million and its 737 sells for $80 million. Airbus' giant 555-plus passenger A380 sells for $375 million. Here's a true or false statement: If it weren't for the FAA, airline company CEOs would not take the necessary measures to ensure that their aircraft took off and landed safely.
The same holds true for, say, meat packing companies. Liberals like to believe that without those USDA meat inspectors walking the slaughterhouse assembly line, we'd all die of ptomaine poisoning.

Ask any corporate type who works in manufacturing (those who actually know the business, unlike liberals) and he or she will give you a different explanation for their producing disease/germ-free products - they don't want to be sued when their customers become ill having eaten their produce. 

Just ask the unemployed leadership at Peanut Corporation of America.  Put a faulty product on the market and the feds will be the last of your thoughts.

Then there's the simple issue considered by those CEO's who are deathly afraid that their company will gain a reputation of producing inferior (as opposed to faulty) stuff.  A reputation that doesn't bring about lawsuits, but doesn't bring about any sales either.  A la General Motors.

Not that any of this will change the mindset.  Liberals think we need inspectors to keep corporations in line.  Those who run America's corporations shrug and say:

Whatever.  Just get it over with.  We have work to do.

* Let's talk about OSHA sometime.

If a Tree Falls In The Forest ...

One of those annoying and irrational MSNBC talking heads, according to the news, has been yanked from the air for having done what annoying and irrational MSNBC talking heads routinely do.

The question of the day is: With this fat bastard's viewership ratings being so bad, will anyone notice that he's gone?

It's Enough To Give You Sleepless Nights

You have to admit, the Republican Party of Virginia produces the best political videos on the planet.

The latest in a long line of many that bring smiles, from "RPV Films":

RPV Presents a Democratic Horror Movie: "Raise the Gas Tax"

On a more serious note, can those fools really be contemplating a gas tax at this point in our struggling lives? Are they that out of touch with the common folk?