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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Well, There's 'Occupiers' & Then There's 'Occupiers'

That deranged person who fired shots at the White House?   He wasn't part of the "Occupy" movement.  He just "hung out" with the "occupiers" occasionally.

That's ABC New's story and it's sticking to it:
Authorities suspect Ortega has been in the area for weeks, coming back and forth to the Washington Mall. Before the shooting, he was detained by local police at an abandoned house. U.S. Park police say Ortega may have spent time blending in with Occupy D.C. protesters.
Tomorrow's story: No, he wasn't one of our beloved protesters. He was a ...gun nut!

For the love of God.

Was He Lying? Or Just Woefully Inept?

"American taxpayers are now positioned to recover more than my administration invested in GM."
-- President Barack Obama, one year ago --

That was then.
U.S. boosts estimate of auto bailout losses to $23.6B
By David Shepardson, Detroit News Washington Bureau

The Treasury Department dramatically boosted its estimate of losses from its $85 billion auto industry bailout by more than $9 billion in the face of General Motors Co.'s steep stock decline.

In its monthly report to Congress, the Treasury Department now says it expects to lose $23.6 billion, up from its previous estimate of $14.33 billion.

The Treasury now pegs the cost of the bailout of GM, Chrysler Group LLC and the auto finance companies at $79.6 billion.

The government has recovered $23.2 billion of its $49.5 billion GM bailout, and cut its stake in the company from 61 percent to 26.5 percent. But it has been forced to put on hold the sale of its remaining 500 million shares of stock.

The new estimate also hikes the overall cost of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program costs to taxpayers. TARP is the emergency program approved by Congress in late 2008 at the height of the financial crisis.

In total, the government used $425 billion to bailout banks, insurance companies and automakers, and provided $45 billion in housing program assistance.

The government now expects to lose $57.33 billion, including the full cost of the housing program, up from $36.7 billion. The new estimate means the government doesn't believe it will make an overall profit on its bailouts. [link]
Obama: "American taxpayers are now positioned to recover more than my administration invested in GM."

For the love of God.

Guns Make Loud Bang. Therefore They Are To Be Banned.

This from an official in the Obama administration may be the most laughable explanation for a policy shift I've ever read:
Obama Pushing Shooters Off Public Lands
By Paul Bedard, U.S. News

Gun owners who have historically been able to use public lands for target practice would be barred from potentially millions of acres under new rules drafted by the Interior Department, the first major move by the Obama administration to impose limits on firearms.

Officials say the administration is concerned about the potential clash between gun owners and encroaching urban populations who like to use same land for hiking and dog walking.

"It's not so much a safety issue. It's a social conflict issue," said Frank Jenks, a natural resource specialist with Interior's Bureau of Land Management, which oversees 245 million acres. He adds that urbanites "freak out" when they hear shooting on public lands. [link]
At least in decades past those who wanted to ban guns spoke of carnage and mayhem (remember all the dire warnings relating to state laws that eased concealed-carry?). Problem is, those making the wild claims proved themselves to be idiots. The carnage and mayhem never ensued.

So now those same idiots have to revert to the "guns make New Yorkers freak out" argument.

Well, New Yorkers (and idiot Obama administration officials) make me freak out. Can we ban them too?

On Obama's 'Smart' Foreign Policy

Confused about why the USA is retreating from countries where our enemies clearly are to places where they're not?   Uganda?   Australia?

Actually, the strategy makes perfect sense if you understand DemocratThink.  As expressed so eloquently by Democrat-in-long-standing (well, not so much anymore) John Murtha a few years back.  In so many words?  It's smart to send the United States military where it won't get hurt:
MURTHA: Kuwait's one that will take us. Qatar, we already have bases in Qatar. So Bahrain. All those countries are willing to take the United States. Now, Saudi Arabia won't because they wanted us out of there in the first place. So—and we don't have to be right there. We can go to Okinawa. We, we don't have—we can redeploy there almost instantly. So that's not—that's, that's a fallacy. That's just a statement to rile up people to support a failed policy wrapped in illusion.

TIM RUSSERT: But it'd be tough to have a timely response from Okinawa.

MURTHA: Well, it—you know, they—when I say Okinawa, I'm saying troops in Okinawa. When I say a timely response, you know, our fighters can fly from Okinawa very quickly. Andwhen they don't know we're coming. There's no question about it. And where those airplanes won't—came from I can't tell you, but, but I'll tell you one thing, it doesn't take very long for them to get in with cruise missiles or with, with fighter aircraft or, or attack aircraft, it doesn't take any time at all. So we, we have done—this one particular operation, to say that that couldn't have done, done—it was done from the outside, for heaven's sakes.


See "Barack Obama: U.S. 'here to stay' as Pacific power."

And we'll be a "Pacific power" unless the people of Nauru begin to challenge us.  Then we become an Antarctic power.

Now you understand ...

They're Not To Be Trusted

See "Republicans try to slip a boost for the FHA past the tea party."

Be ashamed.

(If only they had named names ...)

Obama Doesn't Care About Jobs

And he sure doesn't care about the price of gas at the pumps.

There can be no more glaring a reminder than this - "Obama Abandons (Private) Labor":
The decision by the Obama administration to "delay" building the Keystone XL pipeline is a watershed moment in American politics. The implication of a policy choice rarely gets more stark than this. Put simply: Why should any blue-collar worker who isn't hooked for life to a public budget vote for Barack Obama next year?

The Keystone XL pipeline would have created at least 20,000 direct and indirect jobs. Much of this would have been well-paid work for craftsmen, not jobs as hod carriers to repave the Interstate.

On a recent trip to Omaha, Neb., Mr. Obama signaled where his head was on the pipeline during a TV interview: "Folks in Nebraska, like folks all across the country, aren't going to say to themselves, 'We're going to take a few thousand jobs if it means our kids are potentially drinking water that would damage their health."

Within days of the Keystone decision, Canada's prime minister, Stephen Harper, said his country would divert sales of the Keystone-intended oil to Asia. Translation: Those lost American blue-collar pipeline jobs are disappearing into the Asian sun. Incidentally, Mr. Harper has said he wants to turn Canada into an energy "superpower," exploiting its oil, gas and hydroelectric resources. Meanwhile, the American president shores up his environmental base in Hollywood and on campus. Perhaps our blue-collar work force should consider emigrating to Canada.