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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Roanoke Times Makes Me Laugh

Thank God for the Roanoke Times editorial page.  Without it my day wouldn't be full of chuckles and mirth.

Here's something for your reading pleasure from this morning's "The price and promise of free speech":
Few, if any, democracies go as far as the United States in protecting political speech that reasonable people can regard only as hate speech, e.g., "The Innocence of Muslims" video that inflamed the Muslim world.

Obama gave no quarter in its defense: He reminded the world assembly of Americans' willingness to die "to protect the right of all people to express their views, even views that we profoundly disagree with.
Obama, along with his butt-kissers at the Times, are of course referring to the guy who just experienced Obama's "give-no-quarter" defense of his right to express his views first hand.

The guy who just got thrown in prison by Obama's Justice Department.

If that's how Comrade Obama protects free speech, I'd hate to see how he goes about crushing it.

"Obama gave no quarter in its defense: He reminded the world assembly of Americans' willingness to die 'to protect the right of all people to express their views ...'"

I damn near died laughing.

In Truth

Virginia Tech's Center for the Arts to have little effect on community

Virginia Tech's Center for the Arts to have big effect on community

Virginia Tech's Center for the Arts to have big effect on taxpayers' life savings

Another Coal-Fired Power Plant To Close

This one in the heart of Liberal Land - Alexandria.

Everyone there, as you might imagine, is jubilant.

Interest now turns to development of the waterfront property that the plant currently occupies.  It would make for a nice park, some say.

There is, of course, no interest in where the liberals in the area are going to get their electricity next summer at peak usage time.  No interest, no worries.

That'll come next summer.  When the deep-thinkers in La La Land have to slip into their in-ground pools to suffer through air-conditionless days as power outages sweep the area.

Expect George Bush's name to come up a lot at that point in time.

Me?  I think, when talk of redevelopment comes up, they should consider putting up a monument that commemorates the arrogance and vapidity of those who work diligently, without realizing it, to bring darkness to their neighborhoods, a monument that will forever depict those who brought about this wonderful circumstance:


They deserve every bit of that which is soon to befall them.

Four More Years! Four More Years!

Mark Steyn:
In the America over which Barack Obama has the tedious chore of actually presiding, second-quarter GDP growth was revised down from 1.7 percent to 1.3 percent — or, in layman’s terms, from “barely detectable” to “comatose.” Orders of durable goods fell by 13.2 percent — or, as Obama would say, the future must not belong to people who own household appliances. Growth of capital stock (which basically measures investment in new equipment and software — or, as Obama would put it, investment in “the future”) is at its lowest since records began. There are 261,000 fewer payroll jobs than when Obama took office — in a nation where (officially) 100,000 immigrants arrive every month. A few weeks ago, an analysis of government employment data by the nation’s oldest outplacement firm, Challenger, Gray & Christmas, discovered that, of the 4,319,000 new American jobs created since January 2010, 2,998,000 — or about 70 percent — went to people aged 55 or older. This is a remarkable statistic, even in a land of 31-year-old schoolgirls like Sandra Fluke. You’d almost begin to get the vague, unsettling feeling that the future does not belong to Americans aged 54 and younger.

No doubt living in Obama’s future will be peachy. But in the meantime we have to live in his present — the one he’s nominally in charge of, the only one available.
And yet there are people out there who still support him.

Yawn ...

They can read our minds:

Racism could sway the election

It must be  A faltering economy.  Woeful and chronic unemployment.  Burgeoning welfare rolls.  An unsustainable national debt.  Skyrocketing health care costs.  Skyrocketing energy costs.  Lives being wasted in Afghanistan.  Profligate government spending.  Blundering incompetence in foreign policy  racism.

The same reason we bounced Jimmy Carter's ass from office.  Total failure.

And With A Straight Face

You know, when you read a headline like this, that the smell of politics at its worst is to follow:

"Harry Reid defends Susan Rice, White House on Libya"

There are only two legitimate ways to assess the position(s) that Rice and her bosses maintained long after the entire world adopted the understanding that the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi came at the hands of Islamist terrorists - either Rice et al. were lying or they are grossly incompetent.  The entire planet knew what the Obama administration didn't?  Please.

But here's Harry Reid, a man who never understood that George Washington line - "It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one”:

“In order to inform the American people, the Obama administration, including Ambassador Rice, reported the preliminary information they had after the attack, despite the uncertain nature of intelligence in the fog of battle, and have responsibly updated the American public as new details have emerged.”

Pathetic.  And embarrassing.

Only problem is, Obama and Hillary and Rice were sticking to their original propaganda - in public - long after it was known to be false.  The attack took place on September 11.  By the 14th, it was becoming clear that the attack was planned, coordinated, and launched with some precision and military-like force.

Yet a spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence stuck with the party line: "We are not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the U.S. Post in Benghazi was planned or imminent."

That pronouncement - along with those of Rice (on the 16th), Hillary, and Obama - was scoffed at even by the Libyans.

You'd think that Harry Reid, a dolt who should have been able to grasp Proverbs 17:28 by now, would have stayed away from this controversy.  But no.  He had to do that for which he's best known.

Not smart, old man.

- - -

"The uncertain nature of intelligence in the fog of battle." There was no battle. It was slaughter, pure and simple.

And So It Comes Down To This

Benghazigate.

A Foreign Policy Travesty

As the truth works its way out from behind the Obama administration wall of deception, four clear images emerge:

1) Libyan officials knew, before four Americans were slaughtered, that the security situation in Benghazi was treacherous and that there were growing threats to the safety of our personnel.

2) Those Americans responsible for that security completely and utterly ignored the threats.

3) Those four Americans didn't have a chance.

4) The Obama reelection campaign never missed a beat.

My God.

I Have A Theory ...

... as to why this is.  At least in part:

U.S. Distrust in Media Hits New High

It's unwise to put your trust in stupid people.

Get this:

"Conservative message boards are buzzing about a CBS Radio newscast on Friday in which CBS reporter Dan Raviv expresses relief that the Obama administration can look to the Muslim nations and suggest it can crack down on free speech. After the anchor noted the maker of the controversial "Innocence of Muslims" trailer Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is still in jail for a probation violation, Raviv said, "Now at least federal authorities might be able to punish the filmmaker."

This Raviv character doesn't even realize that he himself is in a filmmaking business of sorts.

Yeah, crack down on those filmmakers so that the world's Muslims aren't mad at us.

Uh ... what?  I'm what?

For the love of God.

A Gift From The Religion Of Peace

Child killed in Kenya church grenade attack

The attacker?

You needn't even ask.

Another Gift From The Religion Of Peace

Muslim protesters torch Buddhist temples, homes in Bangladesh

"These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings."
-- Barack Obama --

Yet Another Gift From The Religion Of Peace

In Egypt, Christians Flee Town After Militant Threats

At What Point ...

... do we finally come to the obvious conclusion that there is nothing peaceful about Islam?

I Wonder What Fundraiser Obama's At Today

US military deaths in Afghanistan hit 2,000

He doesn't even take the time to tell us why.

As A Service To The Public

Here's the necessary information related to your showing up at the polls on November 6:
Deadline to Register to Vote - October 15, 2012

Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot by mail - October 30, 2012 by 5 p.m.

Last Day for In-Person Absentee Voting - November 3, 2012 by 5 p.m.

All ballots MUST be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day (when the polls close)

VOTER REGISTRATION/WHERE DO I VOTE? Information to register to vote: http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/BecomeARegisteredVoter.html

Where do I vote/Has my polling place changed? https://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/PublicSite/Public/FT2/PublicPollingPlace.aspx

How do I get an absentee ballot? http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/AbsenteeVoting.html

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO VOTING ON ELECTION DAY

By now, many of you have heard about recent changes to Virginia's voter identification laws which require all voters to provide an acceptable form of identification (ID) at the polls. Voters arriving to the polls without ID will be required to vote a provisional ballot and will have until noon on the Friday after the election to deliver a copy of identification to their locality's electoral board in order for their provisional ballot to be counted. The State Board of Elections has provided a chart outlining what ID's are acceptable: http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/Files/Cast Your Ballot/VotingInPerson/Voter Identification_8_12_v4.pdf

Acceptable forms of identification include the following:
Virginia voter registration card
Valid Virginia driver's license
Military ID
Any Federal, Virginia state or local government-issued ID
Employer issued photo ID card
Concealed handgun permit
Valid student ID issued by any institution of higher education located in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck indicating the name and address of the voter
Social Security card (refer to chart mentioned above to see if social security card applies as it does not satisfy special federal ID requirements)

The State Board of Elections (SBE) has undertaken a major voter outreach program to inform the public of the new voter identification requirements including a new website, www.sbe.virginia.gov

SBE also has designed new voter registration cards for all of the Commonwealth's active registered voters. The cards will arrive in the mail beginning September 19th with an expected delivery completion date of October 2, 2012.

IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED YOUR NEW VOTER REGISTRATION CARD BY OCTOBER 10TH PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL REGISTRAR
Be there.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Shameful

For the love of God:

"The woman who went on five different Sunday talk shows a week ago to lie to the American people about the attack in Libya on 9/11, saying it was a spontaneous protest when the administration knew it was in fact a terrorist attack 24 hours after it occurred, skipped Israeli Ambassador Benjamin Netanyahu's speech yesterday at the U.N. General Assembly in New York City. U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice instead decided to go to a lunch with foreign ministers."

Can these people be any less interested in preventing Middle East Armageddon?

A Great TV Spot

Put together by one of my heroes: Colonel - now Congressman - Allen West:



Here's hoping the Colonel has a bright and expanding future in politics.

'Tingles' Wins An Award

The Obamagasm:


I can't think of a more deserving toady.

Man Makes Anti-Religion Film

Filmmaker arrested by the United States government.

Bill Maher might want to flee the country.

- - -

The Wall Street Journal:
Barring public lapidation, nothing the U.S. government does to Mr. Nakoula will satisfy the Islamist frenzy over this perceived slight. Nor, to be clear, would anything. Anti-American mobs in the Islamic world need no excuses to riot, a point missed by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and others in the Obama camp who blame the violence of the last two weeks on the cheap video clip.

In [his] speech on Tuesday, President Obama rightly noted that, "Americans have fought and died around the globe to protect the right of all people to express their views—even views that we disagree with."

The government's actions send a different message. The Obama Administration asked YouTube to yank the video off the site. (YouTube didn't.) And now the filmmaker sits behind bars—whether on legally justifiable grounds is besides the point. The First Amendment also protects speech that causes the White House headaches abroad.
We were once better than this.

- - -

This seems to go along with the story:

In U.N. speech, Egypt's Morsi rejects broad free speech rights

As does this:

"The Obama administration notified Congress on Friday that it would provide Egypt’s new government an emergency cash infusion of $450 million ..."

For the love of Allah.

Here's One For Ya

MSNBC's Harris-Perry Crusades Against 'Voter Suppression' of 'Transgender Americans' 

It's said, this Harris-Perry character gets paid handsomely to make such claims.

My, oh my.

- - -

And since I'm mocking MSNBC, let me mock this guy:

"Morning Joe" Mocks Romney For Something That Didn't Happen

Must be something in the water there.

Or maybe idiocy is a prerequisite to being hired at this sorry excuse for a cable channel.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Economy On The Slide

Obama and his ilk will tell you this is - somehow - good news:
GDP report: Economic growth revised lower
By Annalyn Censky, CNNMoney

New York (CNNMoney) -- The U.S. economy grew even slower than initially reported in the second quarter, as both consumers and businesses spent less than originally thought, and the drought in the Midwest limited agricultural production.

Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the nation's economic health, grew at an annual rate of 1.3% from April to June, the Commerce Department said Thursday, slower than the 1.7% rate the government last reported in August.

The downward revision came as a surprise to economists who were largely expecting the figure to remain unchanged. It also marked slower growth than in the first three months of the year, when GDP accelerated at a 2% annual rate.

"The 1.3% increase in GDP was the weakest since the third quarter of last year and one of the weakest seen since the recovery began three years ago," said Chris Williamson, chief economist for Markit. "The weakening was evident across businesses and consumers." [link]
Remember this when you go to the polls in November: If Obama is reelected, this is as good as it gets. For four ... more ... years ...

The Latest Poll Here In The Commonwealth

There's been a lot of talk about polls lately so I thought I'd run up the latest one released here in Virginia..

From "Suffolk University/NBC12 Poll: Decision Virginia remains a dead heat The race is not over yet":
We are getting a better idea of just how close the race for president is in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

NBC12 partnered with Suffolk University to conduct a poll on the election.

Most swing state polls show President Barack Obama opening up a sizable lead, but here in Virginia the race is a virtual tie. In Ohio, Florida and Colorado polls show President Obama taking control. But a new Suffolk University/ NBC12 poll shows that is not the case in Virginia.

In our poll President Obama is holding on to a slim 2 point lead. Roughly 7% of Virginia voters are still undecided and pollster David Paleologos believes the president still has work to do.

"I can tell you with a high degree of confidence this is a close race, this is not a landslide for Barack Obama," he said.

But the news for Mitt Romney is not all good.

Votes still like President Obama more than they do the republican nominee. More than 52% view Obama favorably, while only 42% feel that way about Romney. More voters have a negative opinion of Romney than a positive one.

According to Paleogolos, being liked has never been the president's problem. [link]
Obama is up by two. Looks like Romney has him right where he wants him.

Griffith Garners NRA Endorsement

This should come as no surprise as his opponent seems to have no opinion whatsoever on the subject, and went out of his way to alienate one of the most powerful lobbying groups in America.

From a press release:
Morgan Griffith Endorsed by the National Rifle Association

Chrsitiansburg, VA - The campaign of Congressman Morgan Griffith was endorsed today by the National Rifle Association, who gave Congressman Griffith an A+ rating for his commitment to defending the rights of gun owners across Southwest Virginia.

"I am proud to receive this endorsement, and proud to stand up for the rights of gun owners all across Southwest Virginia," said Congressman Griffith. "I have always been committed to the Second Amendment, an individual's right to bear arms and Virginia's rich hunting heritage."

Griffith is running for re-election to Congress in Virginia's 9th District, which stretches from the Alleghany Highlands to Martinsville down to Lee County, Virginia.

"Our region has always believed in traditional values and had a strong gun heritage," said Congressman Griffith. "I will continue to protect these values as a member of Congress."

Griffith has an opponent in this year's election, Democrat Anthony Flaccavento. The National Rifle Association says that Mr. Flaccavento's failure to answer their federal questionnaire should be seen as "a sign of indifference or outright hostility to the rights of gun owners and sportsmen."
Since Flaccavento's originally from New York, I'm going with hostility.

Maybe someone out there knows where Flaccavento stands on the 2nd Amendment?

Received via email.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Obama's War On Coal Will Continue

Did anyone expect otherwise?

The latest:
EPA Replacement for Al ‘Crucify Them’ Armendariz May Also Target Coal
Lachlan Markay, The Foundry

President Obama has picked New Mexico’s former top environmental enforcement official to head up the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region Six, which includes much of the American south.

Ron Curry, a professor at the University of New Mexico and former secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department, will succeed Al Armedariz, who stepped down as Region Six administrator after video surfaced of him comparing his enforcement philosophy against oil and gas companies to Roman crucifixions.

While Curry has not been as flamboyant in his distaste for coal, he has spearheaded a high profile effort to close a coal-fired power plant in New Mexico.

Only a few months into the Obama presidency, the EPA announced it would retroactively revoke a permit for the Desert Rock plant near Farmington, NM. Curry had led the charge against Desert Rock, boasting of his efforts in a 2009 interview with an environmental group in Texas.

Curry and other opponents of the project said “EPA had cut corners in issuing the permit,” but the those in favor of plant construction blasted the move as an unprecedented overreach by the new administration.

Hit hardest was the Navajo Nation, on whose land the plant was slated to be built, and who had banked on the additional revenue from power sales that the plant would have brought.

Curry’s record on coal power caught the attention of Senate Environment and Public Works ranking member Jim Inhofe (R-OK), who exposed the video that led to Armedariz’s resignation.

“While I look forward to learning more about Mr. Curry, various public comments attributed to him raise concerns,” Inhofe said in a news release. Specifically, he added, “Mr. Curry has in the past expressed pride over shutting down coal fired power plants in New Mexico.” [link]
The war on coal won't stop. Until those who are willing to sacrifice American jobs in the name of planet healing are driven into exile.

What say we drive them into exile?

It's this simple: Vote. November 6.

More On The Crumbling Electric Car Industry

You knew it would come to this.  Had it not been for massive infusions of our tax dollars, this outcome would have come to pass long ago:

"This week, the world's largest carmaker said electric cars are a joke, and a congressional report said federal subsidies are a waste. You'd think that would shock President Obama out of his electric car fantasy."

It won't, of course.  In part because it ain't Obama's money being blown on this idiocy.  It's ours.

And, too, his stance on electric cars and "saving the planet" and such horse shit gets him a permanent gig on "The View."

So expect the running joke to continue.  Expect Obama to continue to pour tax dollars into this never-ending waste of time.

And expect the whole pipe dream to collapse some day after he and his kind are gone.

How Do You Argue With This?

I suppose, if Obama can be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for having done nothing to deserve it, this "achievement can be bestowed upon him as well:
Newsweek: Obama In Top 10 of Presidents Since Teddy Roosevelt
By Matt Vespa, NewsBusters

Despite having failed to stop let alone reverse the rising of the seas, Barack Obama has made Newsweek’s newest ten best presidents list, which gives readers a top ten of the chief executives since 1900. Newsweek, whose list unsurprisingly is dominated by liberal Democrats, gave this justification for selecting Obama in a caption in a photo slide:

"Picking a sitting president in a tally of the best is tricky – history hasn’t had time to put things in a more sober context. But the historic election of America’s first black president cannot be ignored. That a man whose ancestors included a slave could become the leader of a nation founded to some extent in slavery is as much an achievement for the country as it is a marker for Obama himself. Whether Obama stays or goes, his standing, as a fundamentally groundbreaking president will remain." [link]
Got that?

Obama, according to the really deep thinkers at Newsweek, is one of the greatest presidents in the last hundred years because his skin is dark.

Because his skin is dark.

There are no words ...

How a Cover-Up Is Adopted

Three days after the 9/11 attack on our Benghazi consulate, the terrorist attack that resulted in the murders of four Americans, including our ambassador to Libya,  with mounting questions being asked by the American people as to just how the tragedy could have been allowed to happen, we got this - on September 14 - in response from the Obama administration:
The State Department told reporters Friday afternoon that it won't answer any more questions about the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans until the investigation into the incident is complete.

"I'm going to frustrate all of you, infinitely, by telling you that now that we have an open FBI investigation on the death of these four Americans, we are not going to be in a position to talk at all about what the U.S. government may or may not be learning about how any of this this happened -- not who they were, not how it happened, not what happened to Ambassador Stevens, not any of it -- until the Justice Department is ready to talk about the investigation that's its got," State Department spokeswoman Victorian Nuland told reporters late Friday afternoon.

All aspects of the attack, including what led up to it, its causes, the identity of the perpetrators, and the circumstances surrounding the death of Amb. Chris Stevens and the other three Americans,are off limits for reporters.
A deferral. Hillary pushed it all off on the FBI. That "we don't want to interfere with an ongoing investigation" ploy.

Now, two weeks later?
Sources: 15 days after Benghazi attack, FBI still investigating from afar
By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) -- More than two weeks after four Americans -- including the U.S. ambassador to Libya -- were killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, FBI agents have not yet been granted access to investigate in the eastern Libyan city, and the crime scene has not been secured, sources said.

"They've gotten as far as Tripoli now, but they've never gotten to Benghazi," CNN National Security Analyst Fran Townsend said Wednesday, citing senior law enforcement officials.

Last Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters that an FBI team had reached Libya earlier in the week.

"In fairness to the secretary, it may be that she wanted to be coy about where they were in Libya for security concerns. That's understandable. But the fact is, it's not clear they've been in Libya for very long," Townsend said on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360°."

"They had difficulty, and we understand there was some bureaucratic infighting between the FBI and Justice Department on the one hand, and the State Department on the other, and so it took them longer than they would have liked to get into country. They've now gotten there. But they still are unable to get permission to go to Benghazi."

FBI agents have made a request through the U.S. State Department for the crime scene to be secured, Townsend said, but that has not happened. [link]
In fact, nothing's happened.

And nothing's going to happen.

As was planned all along.

We're simply being jerked around.

Until election day.

When Obama can forget this "bump in the road" and go back to saving the planet and do his shtick on "The View", and Hillary can retire and "move on to other pursuits."

And what of the Benghazi debacle?

Good luck getting any information out of that bunch.

Meanwhile, four murdered Americans are dead and buried.

You knew it would come to this.

- - -

So what have we learned from sources outside our own stonewalling government?

It isn't pretty.  But it explains why Hillary and her boss refuse to talk about it:
The Libya Debacle: The more we learn, the more Benghazi looks like a gross security failure.
Wall Street Journal editorial

None of the initial explanations offered by the White House and State Department since the assault on the Benghazi consulate has held up. First the Administration blamed protests provoked by an amateurish anti-Islam clip posted on YouTube. Cue Susan Rice, the U.N. Ambassador and leading candidate for Secretary of State in a second Obama term: "What happened initially was that it was a spontaneous reaction . . . as a consequence of the video, that people gathered outside the embassy and then it grew very violent."

Administration officials also maintained that the diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt, the site of the first attacks this September 11, were properly defended and that the U.S. had no reason to prepare for any attack. "The office of the director of National Intelligence has said we have no actionable intelligence that an attack on our post in Benghazi was planned or imminent," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said last week, calling the security measures in place there "robust."

Cell phone video footage and witness testimony from Benghazi soon undercut the Administration trope of an angry march "hijacked" by a few bad people. As it turned out, the assault was well-coordinated, with fighters armed with guns, RPGs and diesel canisters, which were used to set the buildings on fire. Ambassador Chris Stevens died of smoke inhalation. Briefing Congress, the Administration changed its story and said the attacks were pre-planned and linked to al Qaeda.

You'd think this admission would focus attention on why the compound was so vulnerable to begin with. But the Administration wants to avoid this conversation. The removal of all staff from Benghazi, including a large component of intelligence officers, would also seem to hinder their ability to investigate the attacks and bring the killers to justice.

Journalists have stayed on the case, however, and their reporting is filling in the Administration's holes. On Friday, our WSJ colleagues showed that starting in spring, U.S. intelligence had been worried about radical militias in eastern Libya. These armed groups helped topple Moammar Ghadhafi last year but weren't demobilized as a new government has slowly found its legs. As we've noted since last winter, the waning of American and European interest in Libya could have dangerous consequences.

Deteriorating security was no secret. On April 10, for example, an explosive device was thrown at a convoy carrying U.N. envoy Ian Martin. On June 6, an improvised explosive device exploded outside the U.S. consulate. In late August, State warned American citizens who were planning to travel to Libya about the threat of assassinations and car bombings.

Despite all this, U.S. diplomatic missions had minimal security. Officials told the Journal that the Administration put too much faith in weak Libyan police and military forces. The night of the Benghazi attack, four lightly armed Libyans and five American security offices were on duty. The complex lacked smoke-protection masks and fire extinguishers. Neither the consulate in Benghazi nor the embassy in Tripoli were guarded by U.S. Marines, whose deployment to Libya wasn't a priority.

Rummaging through the Benghazi compound, a CNN reporter found a seven-page notebook belonging to Ambassador Stevens. According to the network, the diary said he was concerned about the "never-ending" security threats in Benghazi and wrote that he was on an al Qaeda hit list. In deference to the family's wishes, CNN didn't quote directly from the diary and didn't divulge any private information in it.

His worries are newsworthy, however, and can inform America's response. But Mrs. Clinton's long-time and closest media adviser chose to attack CNN. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Philippe Reines called the network's conduct "disgusting." He then deployed words not fit for a family newspaper in an exchange with a reporter for the Web site BuzzFeed. Mr. Reines may wish to protect his boss's legacy for her 2016 Presidential run, but that won't be enhanced by the appearance of a cover-up.

Imagine the uproar if, barely a month before Election Day, the Bush Administration had responded to a terrorist strike—on Sept. 11 no less—in this fashion. Obfuscating about what happened. Refusing to acknowledge that clear security warnings were apparently ignored. Then trying to shoot the messengers who bring these inconvenient truths to light in order to talk about anything but a stunning and deadly attack on U.S. sovereign territory.

Four Americans lost their lives in Benghazi in a terrorist attack that evidence suggests should have been anticipated and might have been stopped. Rather than accept responsibility, the Administration has tried to stonewall and blame others. Congress should call hearings to hold someone accountable for this debacle. [link]
Shameful beyond words.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

It's Official. Electric Cars Suck.

Something anyone with the slightest bit of common sense already knew:

"In a recent report on The Effect of Federal Tax Credits on the Purchase of Electric Vehicles, the [Congressional Budget Office] concludes that electric vehicles are a loser for everybody (especially taxpayers, who will shell out an estimated $7.5 billion in subsidies—mostly to wealthier people, of course, by the year 2019)."

And yet they blunder on down that road, oblivious to the approaching cliff  ...

Be Saddened For Our Country

Jennifer Rubin on the grovel heard round the U.N. yesterday:
Obama’s speech at the United Nations

President Obama is so soaked in the State Department/Western European/ leftist intellectual goo of moral relativism and disdain for core American values that I doubt he understood how offensive were his remarks at the United Nations today.

The president’s policy is in deep disarray because his thinking is deeply misguided. When at the U.N., it would be appropriate for the president to say clearly and without caveats that the U.S. does not label obnoxious speech “slander” nor apologize for it. It defends liberty. Period. We are faced with a segment of Islamic extremists who are offended by the idea of freedom. They must be defeated, and the West must be defended. Unfortunately, this president will never be so clear. And his policy will forever be a muddled failure.




Such the shame.

Ya Think?

Romney: Obama Doesn't Want People To Know What Happened In Libya

One wonders whether it will be days or weeks before the dude throws Hillary over the side.

Because it's going to get real ugly real quick.  And Obama knows it.

How can either even begin to explain this?

U.S. post in Benghazi had less than standard security before attack

In the heart of radical Islam.  Where al Qaeda influence prospers.  On the anniversary of 9/11.

What were they thinking?

We've Gotten Used To This

Four years of it:

Obama Has Another Jimmy Carter Moment at the U.N.

To go along with his Jimmy Carter economic record.

And his Jimmy Carter policy failures.

If he had a spiteful, self-absorbed, opinionated wife, I'd say it was déjà vu all over again.

Uh ...

Tim Kaine Flunks Education 101

Kaine:

"Virginia has shown that investments in education pay dividends, and that is a lesson that I will take to Washington."

Reality:

"Reading scores on the SAT for the high school class of 2012 reached a four-decade low, putting a punctuation mark on a gradual decline in the ability of college-bound teens to read passages and answer questions about sentence structure, vocabulary and meaning on the college entrance exam."

A four-decade low.

The lesson Kaine should have learned?

If his "investment" had been put toward the development of, say, an Italian cruise line, it wouldn't be dividends he'd be getting in return.  It would be bankruptcy.

Which best describes the industry that Kaine wants to pump more money into.  Public education.

Question: If massive amounts of taxpayer cash have produced less-well-educated students, wouldn't a reduction in cash produce just the opposite?

Not that anyone is ever going to consider the horrid possibility.

What The Experts Don't Understand About Football

They're all in a tizzy over the fact that the referee strike is destroying "the game."  What they don't seem to understand is the fact that it's a game.  A spectator sport.  A sport that has become, in recent weeks, a wildly entertaining spectator sport.  Enhanced by the referee strike.

A horrible situation?

Yeah, horrible for the likes of the Green Bay Packers.

But because of the Packers' plight, watch ratings and attendance throughout the NFL climb.

Horrible?  It'll be horrible to watch the team owners try to figure out a way to take all their loot to the bank.

Trust me.  I know marketing.  And the referee strike is marketing gold.

The owners now have every reason to kick back and hope the strike lasts forever.

When a 'Fact-Check' Becomes a Yes, But ...

When the "fact checker" works for the Washington Post.

This is shameful:

The bogus claim that Obama ‘skips’ his intelligence briefings

Here's the facts: "Fact checker" Glenn Kessler made no attempt to refute (or bolster) the claim that Obama is a "president who skips half of his intelligence briefings."  Even though he pronounces the claim to be FALSE.  Kessler simply pulls a bait-and-switch that amounts to admitting the claim to be true but arguing that other presidents in the past did the same or worse.

That's not a refutation.  That's a dodge.

Shame on this faux fact checker for his clumsy attempt at subterfuge.

Joy Behar Has Hit On Something

The chubby clown who appears on "The View" has decided that maybe Barack Obama would rather not be president:

Joy Behar: 'Maybe Obama Would Rather Talk to Me Than Netanyahu'

Maybe he'd rather do unimportant crap with some loudmouth has-been than do what we pay him to do.

Understood.

This Isn't Funny ...

... but it's certainly one way to make the problem go away:

A soldier trying to scare another soldier out of hiccups shot his comrade in the face, killing him, authorities said Tuesday.

Oh, and of course there's this: "Both soldiers, joined by a third man, were drinking alcohol and ..."

A Bit Vulgar ...

... but I understand the sentiment:


Maybe we can ask him to move to Mecca, where he'd feel more at home.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Plain, Unvarnished Truth

From Congressman Mike Rogers:
Intelligence Chair: Obama and Clinton ‘Gave Permission Slip to Al Qaeda’
By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS News

(CNSNews.com) - House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers (R.-Ala.) said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in broadcasting a television ad in Pakistan apologizing for a privately produced YouTube video that criticized Islam, had given al Qaeda and other “bad actors” a “permission slip” to do bad things.

Rogers also said there was a “high degree of probability that it is an al Qaeda or al Qaeda-affiliated group” that attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, killing U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. [link]
At minimum, the U.S. ignored all the warnings that our Libyan consulate was at risk. And Americans died as a direct result of that misfeasance.

And to have Hillary's people launch an apology campaign in Arab countries after the fact added to the disgrace.

One can only imagine what the al Qaeda leadership is thinking these days.

So many targets; so little chance of reprisal ...

Beyond Belief

Obama has bowed to Arab potentates.  He's completed the withdrawal of American combat troops from Iraq.  He hands out cash to Arab countries and asks for nothing in return except a pat on the head.

And how do the Arabs respond?

"On the eve of his first trip to the United States as Egypt's new Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi said the United States needed to fundamentally change its approach to the Arab world, showing greater respect for its values and helping build a Palestinian state, if it hoped to overcome decades of pent-up anger. . . ."

I have a better idea.  How about we cut off aid to this fat bastard, announce our intention to support Israel with all our military might, and divorce ourselves from the 9th century insanity that is the Arab world.

We need to "fundamentally change our approach to the Arab world."  This from a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization that has renounced all attempts at change from the way things have been done there since the days of the pharaohs.

Give me a break.  And go away.

Oh.  Expect Obama to acquiesce.

That's Showin' 'Em

What does a powerful leader do when his embassy is invaded, American property destroyed, and our flag desecrated?

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reassured Egypt's new Islamist president on Monday that the United States would forge ahead with plans to expand economic assistance despite ...

For the love of God.


How humiliating.

He Has His Belief System ...

... we have ours:

Bill Nye warns: Creation views threaten U.S. science

So you know, this guy believes in global warming.  A theory based on conjecture, man-concocted computer models, and little else.

Want to know what threatens science?

"Scientists" with small minds.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Even The WaPo Derides Tim Kaine

A must read: "Woes in Virginia coal fields, energy policy move to fore in U.S. Senate race" in this morning's Washington Post.  The imagery deployed can't be more devastating for the Democrat who has made a career out of never taking a stand that he can't run away from.

The shot that will resound around the Commonwealth:
There is more than coal burning in America’s coal fields these days, and that anger could have an effect on November’s elections in coal-producing swing states such as Virginia. As coal companies idle mines and lay off workers, energy policy has become a hot topic in the U.S. Senate race between former governors Timothy M. Kaine (D) and George Allen (R).

On a campaign swing through southwest Virginia last month, Allen tried to capi­tal­ize on the resentment against Washington. He blamed the Obama administration for a growing number of mine closures and layoffs, and highlighted Kaine’s support for the cap-and-trade approach to limiting greenhouse gases, which scientists say have contributed to global warming. Allen also reminded listeners of Kaine’s close ties to the president as he argued that the Environmental Protection Agency has been using regulations to try to accomplish what the Obama administration failed to enact through Congress.

“These EPA regulations are, in effect, banning coal,” Allen told workers at a Tazewell County firm that manufactures electronic equipment used in mining.

But Kaine fired back this month with a TV ad showing him in a helicopter circling above the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center, a new coal-fired power plant in Wise County. As governor, Kaine endorsed the Dominion-owned plant and cites it as proof of his support for using “clean” coal to meet America’s power needs. [emphasis mine]
Tim Kaine shows his support for the people of Wise County who are losing their jobs as a direct result of the actions and policies of his best buddy's administration in Washington by flying overhead in a helicopter, thinking good thoughts about them?

As anyone in the coalfields can tell you, that "clean coal" nonsense went out about the same time that bottled water for pets flopped.  Nobody - nobody - buys into that political ploy any longer.

Except Tim Kaine.

He still clings to it like a rat in the Johnstown Flood.

So the Democratic nominee for Senate is depicted as showing how much of a "man of the people" he is by having himself flown high overhead Unemployment Central in a helicopter.

It's the stuff that made Jon Stewart famous.

And a whole mess of Democrats unemployed ...

* I'm going to look for that Kaine ad.  Should be a hoot.

Why Bob McDonnell Is Thankful For Barack Obama

The exploding federal government has been great for northern Virginia.

It's the economy in the rest of the state that sucks.

As does the economy of the rest of the nation.

But hey, who cares about the rest of the nation?

His Chair May As Well Be Empty

No one in Washington cares what he has to say.

Including the leaders of his own party:



"If he cannot lead his own party, how can he lead America?"

I think the answer to that question, after four awful years, has been answered.



He can't.

He hasn't.

He won't.

Why Would They Do This?

I suppose, if the media can keep pushing the notion that our embassy consulate in Benghazi was overrun and four Americans there were killed because some movie provoked the natives into barbarism - this despite the fact that the rest of the planet knows it to be a lie - that same media can try pulling a stunt like this, thinking it can get away with it:

"President Barack Obama is having trouble drawing large crowds on the campaign trail. At the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, his campaign was forced to move his acceptance speech from the 74,000-seat Bank of America Stadium to the 20,000 Time Warner Cable Arena, citing weather as the excuse. But the media are always eager to help--for example, putting 18,000 people inside a 5,000-seat arena at an Obama event in Milwaukee on Saturday."

18,000 attendees in a 5,000 seat arena.  Neat trick.

This sorry episode reads like it's a scene from the movie, "The Sting," in which a 1930's radio announcer is calling the action in a horse race from a sealed booth far from the racetrack.  Hey, who's going to know?

The question is: What do the geniuses in the mainstream media think they have to gain by jacking up the attendance numbers at this Obama event?  5,000 ain't big enough?  We'll appreciate him more if there were more union members there?

Shoot, make it a million then.

And feel America's love for Barack Obama multiply.

Good grief.

While Democrats Fret Over Race ...

... the rest of America doesn't give it a second thought.

Which drives Democrats nuts.

George Will on the candidacy of Utah's Mia Love:
In this, one of the most racially and culturally homogenous states, the only uninteresting thing about Love is that she is black. This is not just progress; it is the destination toward which progress was directed during the brisk march to today’s healthy indifference to the fact that Love would be the first black Republican woman ever in the House. Some “stalemate.”

In March 2008, in the speech ostensibly explaining the inexplicable — his 20 years in the pews of the raving Rev. Jeremiah Wright — candidate Barack Obama referred to “a racial stalemate we’ve been stuck in for years.” Hardly.

He was then eight months from winning 43 percent of the white vote — two points more than John Kerry won four years earlier. Obama carried three states — three more than Kerry — of the Confederacy (Florida, Virginia and North Carolina). In states outside the South, Obama received substantially more white votes than any Democratic candidate since Lyndon Johnson in 1964 — more than Hubert Humphrey, George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton or Al Gore. This is part of the “racial stalemate” in which Mississippi has more black elected officials — not more relative to population; more — than any other state.
Liberals look at Mia Love and see a (traitor to her race) black woman person. We see her as espousing the political views that we hold dear. And like her for it.  And we never even notice the color of her skin.

Who's the racist here?

Let's let them have their prejudices.  We have work to do.

Ouch

Now this is my kind of book review.

Florence King critiquing feminist author Naomi Wolf's new book, Vagina: A New Biography:
Naomi Wolf’s new book makes going back to the womb sound more like going through a car wash. We are knocked down by streams of gushing hormones, we slip and slide on slick layers of lubrication, we are thrown to the floor by violent throbbing, we collide with G-spots, we are challenged by a clitoris demanding “Who goes there?” and yanked in by a cervix with a strength more often found in bar bouncers.

If you thought there was nothing new to say about female sexuality, you don’t know Naomi Wolf’s gift for saying nothing new about anything.
Can I use the word "bitchslap" when referring to that which a talented female writer does to a by-God feminist icon?

For that is what it is.

Words well writ.  Thanks, Ms. King.

Baghdad Bob Lives!

He's had plastic surgery and now advises the President of the United States on how to deal with the press:

Robert Gibbs Says White House Did Not Mislead On Libya Crisis

And Hillary Clinton has never looked better.

And the private sector is doing fine.

And what they were doing naked together wasn't sex.

And unemployment was a lot worse under Bush.

So move along.  Your leaders - and their media enablers - can be trusted to always be straight with you.

Ryan Enters The Lion's Den

And emerges, if not victorious, at least with his head held high.

Paul Ryan delivered a slap upside the head to the numskulls at AARP.

From "Ryan at the AARP: The real story is that he didn't trim his ideas and still won applause":

"Everyone knows that Medicare spending can't continue on its current course, and one difference in this campaign is that Mr. Ryan is willing to say so while Mr. Obama and his media and AARP phalanx pretend otherwise."

Everyone knows it.  Few wish to think about it.

Not a way to run a country.

The Question Everyone Is Asking


The Empty Chair

"Chris Wallace Asks Obama Adviser 'President Has Time for Whoopi Goldberg But Not World Leaders?'"

Really?

What's up with this?

"A Houston police officer shot and killed a one-armed, one-legged man in a wheelchair Saturday inside a group home after police say the double amputee threatened the officer and aggressively waved a metal object that turned out to be a pen."

Not a dark alley. Not late at night. Not in a fog.

In a group home.

A dude in a wheelchair.

Waving "a metal object"?

Jesus.

Where Democracy Falls Apart

It's this simple:  Anyone can vote.

Anyone:


Frightening.

Illuminating.

* In case you're wondering, all the interviews were conducted in 2012.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Wisdom

As its dished out by the Roanoke Times editorial page:

"It need not be, of course. The vast majority of gun owners handle their weapons responsibly. Nevertheless, all it takes for things to go horribly wrong is a roommate getting hold of a gun or a student cracking from academic stress."

They think so highly of our fellow human beings.


Why We Must Vote

"People wonder how they're going to have a brighter future if they can't see how they are going to make it to the end of the next month."
-- Mitt Romney --



Obama has failed us.

Romney must turn things around.

The Thrill Is Gone

"If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition."
-- Barack Obama, February 2, 2009 --

It's been well over three years. He doesn't have it done.

Thus:


That proposition is now reality.

Time to take out the trash.

'Green' Madness

We need to drive Obama and his ilk from office before they spend us into oblivion.

The waste and detachment don't get any worse than this:
Energy Dept. Spends $10 Million on Water Turbine to Power 25 Houses
By Michael Sandoval. Heritage Foundation

The first underwater turbine to make use of tidal energy went live last week in Maine, supported by a $10 million investment by the Department of Energy.

The Ocean Renewable Power Company Maine’s Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Pilot Project received the Energy Department money to build, install, and operate the hydrokinetic energy conversion devices situated at the easternmost tip of the state.

The turbine, with a rated capacity of 180 kW, is expected to generate enough power for 25 to 30 homes.

The power company plans to construct a network of as many as 20 of the seafloor-mounted underwater turbines to eventually produce electricity for approximately 1,200 homes. [link]
Do the math.

Be enraged.

More 'Green' Madness

The German government, so committed to its wind and solar energy programs - both proving to be wildly fluctuating and inefficient - is forcing fossil fuel plant owners to not shut down and to continue to operate at a loss so as to keep providing intermittent power when the other two fail.

As they are.  Failing.

Only in EnviroBizarroWorld.

The lesson Democrats (like Nutcake Tim Kaine) in this country need to learn:

"Germany ... has gone more aggressively down the renewables route than any other country in the world. Having poured hundreds of billions of euros in subsidies into wind and solar power, making its electricity bills almost the highest in Europe, the picture that Germany presents is, on paper, almost everything the most rabid greenie could want. Last year, its wind turbines already had 29GW of capacity, equivalent to a quarter of Germany’s average electricity demand. But because these turbines are even less efficient than our own, their actual output averaged only 5GW, and most of the rest had to come from grown-up power stations, ready to supply up to 29GW at any time and then switch off as the wind picked up again."

That could be us.  If we let the Democrats continue taking us down that path.

Let's not.

Vote November 6.

- - -

Meanwhile, here in this country, in response to the news that "within the next three to five years, more than 200 [very reliable and much more efficient] coal-fired electric generating units will be shut down across 25 states due to EPA regulations and factors including cheap natural gas," "Gaius" has this:
Look, folks, I am in this field. I have been for more than 30 years. Losing 36,000 MWs of the most cost-efficient generation capacity in the US is a disaster. You have no idea how bad the increases are going to be. They will be disastrous to the individual energy consumers and apocalyptic to large users – those who create jobs.

I shudder to think of what this is going to do to grid reliability as well. A lot of those coal plants help support the grid during disruptions. They regularly provide both energy and MVARs (Mega Volt-Ampere Reactive) that keep the grid from collapsing when large loads are added or lost. (That’s about as simple as I can make it and still be understood.) Losing these stabilizers will make it very hard to hold the grid. I pity the load dispatchers.

Trust me, people, this is a very big, very bad thing that is happening as a direct result of Barack Obama’s war on coal.
What in God's name are these people doing to us?

When George W. Bush Ain't Around To Blame ...

... the Obama administration is left on its own.

And the result ain't pretty:

White House narrative on Libya all but collapsed

It's Fox News's fault.

Paul Ryan?

Sarah Palin?

Linsay Lohan?

YouTube?

Jock itch?

He Didn't Care For It Anyway

So what if the Egyptians decided to rip it up and burn it.


He preferred his anyway:


It shows his true stripes.

Damn Them Both

This is rich.  CNN is playing the victim and is wanting to know why the government is "shooting the messenger."  The messenger being CNN.  Like CNN wasn't there in the front row ridiculing Jennifer Flowers when she came forward with news that Bill Clinton was cheating on Hillary.  And attacking Lucianne Goldberg when she reported him screwing one of his young employees in the Oval Office. And going after the National Enquirer when it broke the John Edwards Tryst story.  And going after Standard & Poors last year for downgrading America's credit rating while their guy was in office.

Now the tables are turned.

Listen to the folks at CNN whine:
US State Dept. blasts CNN report on Stevens' diary
By Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer

Los Angeles (AP) — CNN reported on the personal journal of slain American ambassador Christopher Stevens over objections from his family, a State Department spokesman said Saturday.

The news channel, in a story posted online Saturday, said that it found a journal belonging to Stevens four days after he died in a Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Three other Americans also were killed.

CNN broke a pledge to the late ambassador's family that it wouldn't report on the diary, said State Department spokesman Philippe Reines, a senior adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

In a blistering statement, Reines called CNN's actions "indefensible."

The channel said in the story online that it took "newsworthy tips" from Stevens' diary and confirmed them with other sources. Citing an unidentified source "familiar with Stevens' thinking," CNN said that the ambassador was concerned about security threats in Benghazi and a "rise in Islamic extremism."

In a statement Saturday, CNN defended its use of the journal's contents and asked "why is the State Department now attacking the messenger."

"CNN did not initially report on the existence of a journal out of respect for the family, but we felt there were issues raised in the journal which required full reporting, which we did," the channel said.

The public has a right to know what CNN learned from "multiple sources" about fears and warnings of a terror threat before the Benghazi attack, the channel said, "which are now raising questions about why the State Department didn't do more to protect Ambassador Stevens and other U.S. personnel."

Stevens' family was informed within hours about the discovery of the journal, a hard-bound book that included seven handwritten pages. It was returned to them via a third party, according to CNN's online story.

An Italian official took control of the diary from CNN in Benghazi at the State Department's request, and it is en route back to Stevens' family, the department said.

"Given the truth of how this was handled, CNN patting themselves on the back is disgusting," Reines said in his statement. [link]
I say, Boo Freaking Hoo.

And a plague on both their houses.

Obama's government - as is its custom - is trying to deflect criticism for its having done nothing to protect our ambassador in Libya - nothing - from harm. As is made clear in the diary left in the rubble of the burned-out consulate building.

It'll get no sympathy from me.

But to watch CNN play the victim is rather entertaining.

Unseemly.

But entertaining.

The people who made the decision to lift information from Ambassador Stevens' private journal - after his murder - and not report the source is wrong. Totally wrong. And to not return the journal to his family until it had gleaned everything from it the cable channel's reporters could was reprehensible.

It's worth remembering, though, that it wasn't CNN that created conditions that allowed for an American ambassador and his staff to be totally defenseless in a hostile Muslim land on 9/11. It was Hillary.

So a plague on both their houses.

- - -

Not that the journal provided CNN with any useful insight:

Despite Having Ambassador's Journal That Suggests Otherwise, CNN Continues to Blame Anti-Islam Film For Attack in Libya

They see what they want to see.

May God have mercy.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Upside To The Muslim Protests

You could have predicted this.  Muslims around the world are so mad at Americans that they are piling into the streets and are slaughtering each other:

"Reports say at least 20 people have died as demonstrations against an anti-Islam video erupted across Pakistan, a day after protesters tried to storm the US embassy in the capital, Islamabad.

"Tens of thousands of Pakistanis took to the streets across the country after the government called an impromptu public holiday to let people protest under the banner of 'Love the Prophet Day.'"

Love The Prophet. Hate America.  Kill A Fellow Muslim.

Works for me.

Where's Hillary?

Will she be denouncing this blatant attack on religion?

A veteran’s memorial in the form of a “peace cross” in Bladensburg, Md., has come under criticism by the American Humanist Association, which has said the memorial is a “religious symbol” on public land and that the government “should not be in the business of promoting religion.”

Don't hold your breath.

Amen, Brutha

We Need A Startup President Who Knows How Jobs Are Created

Moron

One wonders if there are any meaningful prerequisites for one becoming an MSNBC show host.

I'm thinking not:

MSNBC's Thomas Roberts Laughably Insists Democrats Didn't Control Congress for Two Years of Obama Term

Uh ... what?

"Alice, technically it wasn’t the first two years it was for only several months because of the ongoing political races that were still taking place – you know that right. It wasn’t for a full two years."

Technically, Thomas, you're an idiot.

'Yes We Can.' No He Can't.

Obama has learned his lesson.  The hard way.  He knows he can't deliver:



It's too bad the country had to pay such a terrible price for his on-the-job instruction.

'Obama At The Bat'

This is very well done.  And hits a home run ...



It complements "The Empty Chair" assessment of our ... greatest ... president ... ever.

Quote of the Day

More on "The Empty Chair" theme, from Wesley Pruden:
The American Embassy in Pakistan battens down under siege. The prime minister of Iraq, thought to be an American ally, beats the dead horse on which the infamous video rides.

Protests and demonstrations shut down a U.S. Consulate in Indonesia. Crowds in Afghanistan chant “death to America” (when they aren’t killing American soldiers.)

But serenity is the rule in Washington. The president prefers life in his bubble, where he can survey the world as he imagines it is, eager to hear another speech, rather than the world as it really is, full of bad people on their way to the mosque and keen to kill, maim and dismember Americans to please Allah.

If only Israel would behave and the First Amendment disappear. Peace and love would envelop us all.
If only there weren't bad people doing bad things - here and abroad - what a wonderful president Mr. Magic would be.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Gotta Love The Press

It's the only thing keeping a free people from ...

... tedium and depression.

This is odd.  And amusing:
Griffith supports Romney and Allen
By Dwayne Yancey, Roanoke Times

Umm, has there been any doubt that Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, is backing the Republican ticket this year?

We didn’t think so.

But, lo, today The Hill newspaper lists Griffith as one of several Republican lawmakers who aren’t endorsing Romney.

Griffith quickly put out this statement to correct the error:

“Apparently, some Washington reporters have a hard time understanding Southwest Virginia speak. Imagine my surprise after introducing Mitt Romney at a rally in Salem, introducing Paul Ryan at a rally in Roanoke County and attending a Paul Ryan fundraiser in Roanoke City, The Hill newspaper thought that I had not endorsed Romney for President.

So for everyone in Washington, and for anyone else who may be confused, let me state emphatically I support, endorse and whole-heartedly hope that Mitt Romney is elected President of the United States.

Four more years of economic disasters from the Obama administration cannot be tolerated. Jobs in the coal fields, in the rail yards, in the factories and in every other business are in jeopardy.

“And just in case there is any other confusion, I served in the House of Delegates when George Allen was Governor. I was Majority Leader when Tim Kaine was Governor. George Allen got things done working with Democrats. Tim Kaine found it difficult to work with Democrats and impossible to work with Republicans.

“So in case there is any misunderstanding, I support, endorse and whole-heartedly hope that we elect George Allen to the United States Senate.

“I hope this clarifies what I thought was obvious. But apparently with Washington…” [link]
They didn't even bother to pick up the phone and call him.

Brilliant, fellas.

How Long Will Hillary Get Away With This?

Sooner or later she's going to have to face the American people:
Republican senators decry ‘useless, worthless' Clinton briefing on Libya attack
By Josh Rogin, Foreign Policy

Several high-level GOP senators emerged from Thursday afternoon's classified briefing with top administration officials incensed that Obama team had offered them no new information and answered none of their questions about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that resulted in the death of four Americans.

"That was the most useless, worthless briefing that I have attended in a long time. Believe me, there is more written in every major and minor publication in America about what happened." said Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Bob Corker (R-TN), emerging from the all-senators briefing that included Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Adm. Sandy Winnefeld. "It was like a one-hour filibuster with absolutely not one single bit of new information being brought forth... very disappointing."

Corker said that the briefing was so poorly received by senators that it would spur Congress to push for more independent investigations about the causes of the attack, the perpetrators, the security at the consulate, and the personal security of Amb. Chris Stevens, who died in the attack.

"[The briefing], if anything, built far greater distrust about what's happening than just answering questions. It was pretty unbelievable," said Corker. "In every event, when a serious question was asked, the answer was, ‘It's under investigation.' If I were them I would not have come to the Hill ... I think it is going to cause folks to push for something different, because it was received so poorly."

Senate Armed Services Committee ranking Republican John McCain (R-AZ) agreed and said the briefing was indicative of the administration's pattern of not sharing information with Congress about important national security matters. He also said the administration is maintaining its argument that the Benghazi attack was the result of militants taking advantage of protests spurred by an anti-Islam video on the Internet.

"I learned nothing in that briefing that I hadn't seen or read in the media," said McCain. "They still are blaming the video and they have a fundamental misunderstanding. It's not the video; it's the Islamists that are pushing this video throughout the world to inflame passions on the part of people of the Muslim faith."

McCain highlighted recent statements from administration officials acknowledging that the Benghazi incident was a "terrorist attack" and said that while he didn't know exactly how long it had been pre-planned, there was mounting evidence that significant planning did go into the assault. [link]
Inept. Out of touch. And out of control.

Hillary must go.

Today.

A Tim Kaine Gaffe?

Or is this a moment of honest rumination?

If he's being straightforward, he's in big trouble with his base.  And with his buddies in the media.  But me?  I'd like to hear more from him.

Because Tim Kaine may be on to something:
Candidate's "47 percent" remark narrows Virgina Senate race
By Patricia Zengerle, Reuters

Washington (Reuters) - Democrat Tim Kaine handed his Republican rival George Allen a gift in their closely watched Virginia Senate race on Thursday, when he said unexpectedly he would be "open" to a plan to force all Americans to pay some level of federal income taxes.

Kaine made his comment in a debate when he was asked something that should have been easy for him - weigh in on Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's assertion that 47 percent of Americans pay no federal income taxes and feel entitled to government assistance.

"I would be open to a proposal that would have some minimum tax level for everyone," Kaine said, a comment that seemed ideal for use in Allen's advertising ahead of the November 6 election.

Kaine continued by referring to Romney, saying, "But I do insist, many of the 47 percent that Governor Romney was going after pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes than he does."

The gaffe came just as polls showed Kaine starting to pull away from Allen, a former governor and U.S. senator. The two men are vying for the U.S. Senate seat now held by retiring Democrat Jim Webb, who narrowly defeated Allen's re-election bid six years ago. [link]
The Reuters reporter dutifully characterizes Kaine's candor as being a gift to Romney, like that which Kaine said was a huge no-no.

But here in red-state Virginia?

Demanding that everyone "have some skin in the game" and that everyone help row this boat we call the USA is very mainstream.* And it'll be well-received here in the Commonwealth.

If he's being truthful ...

* Sorry about the use of that awful metaphor. It won't happen again.
** You can tell the Reuters reporter is pissed with Kaine.  How else to explain the headline announcing that his "gaffe" had narrowed the race, before any polls made such a statement a reality.

Pathetic

This is an act of desperation, launched by rudderless, unprincipled cowards:

Your tax dollars at work: State Department now running TV ads in Pakistan denouncing Mohammed movie

Why not just hand them a scimitar and kneel before them?

To think we are paying for this embarrassing act of grovel.

May God have mercy.

Well, If ABC, CBS, NBC, & CNN Aren't Going To Do It

Obama pressed on failures at Univision forum

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Southwest Virginia Pleads With Obama

"I got two young grandsons.  I'm - I'm - scared for their future, let alone mine."

Please stop your war on coal:



Obama just the other day: "When you’re president of the United States, you are president of all the people, not just the people who voted for you."

Tell it to the coal miners of Southwest Virginia, sir.

Not Exactly

The Washington Post this morning:

To claim Virginia, Obama’s hopes rest on women

Liberals love that meme, no matter how remote from reality it is.

In truth?

To claim Virginia, Obama’s hopes rest on government employees in northern Virginia.

They know who's there for them.

Obama Is Pleased. More Miners To Be Axed.

He achieved one of his goals this year:

"Plant owners and operators report to [the U.S. Energy Information Administration] that they expect to retire almost 27 gigawatts (GW) of capacity from 175 coal-fired generators between 2012 and 2016. [B]ased on EIA data, the approximate 9 GW of coal-fired capacity retirements expected to occur in 2012 will likely be the largest one-year amount in the nation's history. The record is, however, expected to be short-lived as almost 10 GW of coal-fired capacity are expected to retire in 2015."

From the same EIA report, one of the reasons given:

"Environmental compliance costs. The cost of compliance with anticipated and existing Federal environmental regulations such as the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) is a factor. Particularly in the case of older, smaller units that are not used heavily, owners may conclude it is more cost efficient to retire plants rather than make additional investments."

Lives ruined.  Tens of thousands of them.  And for what?

Chasing windmills.

We Deserve Better Than This

While much of the world burns, as the Iranians inch ever closer to producing an atomic bomb that it fully intends to use on Israel, as the bodies of Americans are being dragged through the streets of Benghazi:


Photo courtesy, believe it or not, of the Obama campaign.

A pirate.

For the love of God.

On Books I Will Never Read

Yick:

Monica Lewinsky set to reveal Bill Clinton's sex secrets in tell-all

What next? Hillary set to reveal Bill Clinton's sex secrets in tell-all?

May God have mercy.

Stupid? Or Clueless. You Decide.

I heard the audio on the radio the other night.  Comedian David Letterman asked the President how high our national debt was and I could tell that Obama had no idea.

And I yelled to no one there:

The President of the United States doesn't know that we have accumulated over sixteen trillion dollars in debt - a disproportionate share of which was racked up by him!

Michelle Malkin had this response:

"But I’ll bet anything he knows precisely how much his campaign took in at Jay-Z and Beyonce’s fundraiser last night."

There are matters important and there are matters unimportant.

Reelection?  It's everything.

Our grandchildren's future?

Hey, Dave, did you hear the one about the rabbi, the priest, and the imam?

Yuck.

Yuck.

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Obama is a profile in courage as well.  When asked about the exploding debt crisis, he told Letterman that it isn't a "short-term problem" so, therefore, to relax.  It'll be someone else's crisis some day so no worries.  

A response that defines the Democratic Party, 2012 perfectly.