Friday, August 26, 2011

Dust Biting Time

Ohhhh, yeaaahhhh.

"Atiyah Abd al-Rahman has been killed in Pakistan."

More Out Of Control Obama 'Governance'

Eco-nuttism and union suck up-ism, all rolled into one.

You couldn't ask for a better encapsulation of everything that's wrong with Obama and the modern American Democratic Party.


"Federal agents swooped in on Gibson Guitar Wednesday, raiding factories and offices in Memphis and Nashville, seizing several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. The Feds are keeping mum, but in a statement yesterday Gibson’s chairman and CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, defended his company’s manufacturing policies, accusing the Justice Department of bullying the company. 'The wood the government seized Wednesday is from a Forest Stewardship Council certified supplier,' he said, suggesting the Feds are using the aggressive enforcement of overly broad laws to make the company cry uncle."

And the lunacy behind the lunacy?

Big Hollywood:

"On the other hand, does this sudden interest from the Feds have more to do with the fact that Gibson is non-union and relocated to Tennessee, a right to work state?"

Why doubt it?

Addendum - holy cow (Nolte):

"One of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Company. The C.E.O., Chris Martin IV, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the DNC over the past couple of elections (though, to be fair, he did donate a whopping $750 to Republican Congressmen in the 90s.) According to C.F. Martin’s catalog, several of their guitars contain 'East Indian Rosewood.' In case you were wondering, that is the exact same wood in at least ten of Gibson’s guitars."

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Just Let Me Put This Out There...

...Because it will be the linchpin of innumerable attacks in the coming months that I'll have to deal with.

Should Rick Perry win the Repub nod, then I will, of course, support him (and I may do so sooner than that, depending on whether anyone else gets in).  Given the waters in which I swim, article one of the faux puzzlement I will face over my stand will be Perry's lack of full-throated endorsement of evolution.

No stronger advocate, upholder, and defender of the Theory of Evolution will thee find than me.  Others know this; hence the point of attack.

I could wax complex; however, better to simply cite Alana Goodman at Contentions, pointing out the ubiquitousness of pro-creationism statements by Repub Presidential candidates through recent history:

"Reagan was wrong on the science. And his comments prompted a fair amount of criticism at the time. But his opinion on the issue had no bearing on the qualities that made him a great president: his judgment, leadership, wisdom and character. Plus, when will the president’s personal opinion on evolution have any impact on policy? Is there a pending fight over mandatory federal creationism programs in the public schools that I’m unaware of? There are plenty of legitimate reasons to criticize Perry, but discounting him based on his remarks on evolution would be short-sighted."

And despite this Repub factoid, it's the Dems who (despite their ridiculous propaganda to the contrary) compare poorly in terms of defense of science in the formation of public policy (Kyoto, EPA regs, the FDA, consumer product regs, anti-drug programs, Bill Ayers-type 'new ed,' opposition to brain research, obstruction of new sources of energy, and on and on and on and on), not to mention defense of reason in the formation of  public policy more generally (everything Obama).

I'm not interested in all the strutting and preening and fawning over 'science.'  I don't need to prove how 'scientific' I am (I don't care if you know or not, i.e. whether you're right or wrong about me). I'm interested in reasonable, effective public policy. My interlocutors might do better in their political choices if they oriented themselves similarly.

The Hypocrisy Of O

Lowry, crushing Messiah like an eggshell:

"President Obama doesn’t bring much credibility to his new position as the nation’s lecturer in Compromise 101. One of his signature phrases upon taking office was his killer rejoinder to House Minority Whip Eric Cantor in an early White House meeting: 'Elections have consequences and, Eric, I won.' Cantor had occasioned this rebuke by passing around copies of the Republican economic plan. Clearly, compromise wasn’t the order of the day.

"A clutch of Obama’s supporters still believes he compromised his way through his first two years because he didn’t nationalize the banks, institute a single-payer health-care system or pass a stimulus package north of $1 trillion. None of this represented bending to the will of Republicans, but to the dictates of economic and political reality. The president got the leftmost plausible program he could through Congress. On his own terms, it was a transformational agenda, not a middle ground worked out between Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner."

Ding, ding, ding!  We have a winner!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Straightforward Lie By Obama, For The Sake Of Documentation

It should not be any surprise, but here it is. Obviously, the man has an antipathetic relationship to the truth.

Sad Hill News:

"The current company, called 'New GM,' said it did not assume responsibility under the reorganization to fix the Impala problem, but only to make repairs 'subject to conditions and limitations' in express written warranties. In essence, the automaker said, Trusky sued the wrong entity."

Bad Situation In Southern Israel

Summarized by McCarthy at The Corner:

"So to recap as we head into September, with the Muslim Brotherhood poised to take over Egypt and the Palestinians — encouraged by Israel’s enemies at the U.N. — poised to declare statehood unilaterally, we have al-Qaeda now active in Israel; a successful terrorist attack inside Israeli territory through Egypt; Israel and Egypt in a faceoff over the killing of Egyptian soldiers by Israel after those soldiers allowed (and perhaps even facilitated) an attack on Israel; and the Palestinians — with whom Israel is expected to make peace — celebrating the murder of a Jewish family and the killing of other Israelis.

"John Hinderaker has been following events closely, and his posts are here and here. Barry Rubin’s analysis is here. As Barry says, "This isn’t just another terrorist attack — it’s a major escalation, a new phase in the Arab-Israeli conflict . . . it is the bitter fruit of the U.S.-backed downfall of the government of President Husni Mubarak in Egypt (emphasis mine, EK), opening the Egypt-Israel border as a new front in the war.' ”

Saturday, August 20, 2011

More Ways The Obama Administration Is Destroying Society!

They just keep coming!

Today we have a brilliant deconstruction of yet another subspecies of smothering over-regulation, by Peter Berkowitz in the WSJ.

But don't worry.  It's only freedom of speech and protections for the accused at risk this time. Nothing serious!

Here's Berkowitz on the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights' new overbearing threats directed at colleges, directing them to stack the decks against those accused of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape on campus:

"Where are the professors of literature who will patiently point out that, particularly where erotic desire is involved, intentions can be obscure, passions conflicting, the heart murky and the soul divided?

"Where are the professors of natural science who will declare that OCR-dictated hearings are antithetical to the spirit of the scientific method, which depends on respect for the facts and testing claims through rational procedures?

"Where are the professors of history, political science and law who will insist clearly and in public that due process is a fundamental component of American political institutions and culture, a cornerstone of our legal system, and indispensable in a free society to the fair administration of justice?

"Where are the professors of moral philosophy and practical ethics who will stand up and declare that the presumption of innocence rightly gives expression to both the belief in the dignity of the individual and the awareness of human fallibility?

"And where are the deans, provosts and university presidents who will explain in no uncertain terms to their campus communities and to the wider public that weakening due process and freedom of speech protections erodes the framework within which free inquiry flourishes?

"So far such professors and high university officials are nowhere to be found."

Why The Dems Must Go

Ed Markey (Dem representing Massachusett's seventh district, northwest of Boston), channels mainstream Dem thinking to claim that...wait for it... increased regulation creates jobs.

That's right!  You say Dems' reckless spending and expansion of government regulation is killing growth and jobs, and is responsible for the recession and pitiful, dying "recovery?" Well nah, nah  nah!  All that transparently economy-killing crap they have been unrelentingly foisting upon us (for transparently economy-unrelated reasons like "fairness" etc) actually...actually...umm...creates jobs!  So there!

Powers, at Malkin's place:

"More regulations = a healthier economy and more jobs! And if you’re assuming those jobs are probably just more regulators, well, I’ve got news for you — you’re right."

Friday, August 19, 2011


Obama's bum advice (Stiles at The Corner):

"So Politico reporter MJ Lee decided to do just that, and see how easy it was for average citizens to 'contact USDA' and get their questions answers and fears alleviated. The entire account is worth a read, but Lee’s success (or lack thereof) at finding information about the specific regulations mentioned by the farmer in the clip can be summed up by this response from the USDA’s office in Washington, received after an entire day’s worth of phone calls and red tape that most (but maybe not the president) would expect from a gargantuan government bureaucracy."

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I Guess We Know Who His Oneness Expects To Be Running Against

Cabinet secretaries are now letting loose against Perry (Korbe at Hot Air):

"The early attacks on Gov. Rick Perry come as no surprise: He’s a formidable candidate and, as such, is bound to take a beating from the administration and the MSM. At least Secretary of Education Arne Duncan had the sense to criticize Perry for something outside the unassailable fortress of his jobs record. It would have been better for Arne, though, if he had thought through his remarks a bit more."

Well, if Messiah can gallivant along on campaign bus tours on the public dime, why not turn loose public officials for a little early campaigning in lieu of the duties we pay them for? Is the money any more wasted then any of the rest by which we're bankrupting the country?

There are still people in this country who support Barack Obama for President in 2012.

I know, I know.  Go take two aspirin.


Freakazoid villains murder Jews again (Fox).

Please note the convergence between the Egyptian "spring" and its anti-Semitic (oops, I mean  anti-Israel) fallout (i.e. anti-Israel protest leaders, anti-Israel political leaders, anti-Israel military government leaders, Egyptians cozying up to Hamas, Egyptians opening the Egyptian-Gaza border, etc) on the one hand, and this atrocious crime in southern Israel on the other.

Coincidence?  I think not.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Government By Edict

I wonder if O will even permit an election next year, when it comes down to it.

"Obama Administration to Review All Deportation Cases, Apply DREAM Act-Style Criteria:"  [Fox]

"House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid praised the decision.

" 'This new DHS directive will help prioritize our limited enforcement resources to focus on serious felons, gang members and individuals who are a national security threat rather than college students and veterans who have risked their lives for our country,' Reid said in a statement.  'I am especially pleased about the impact these new policies will have on those who would benefit from the DREAM Act. ... We lose a lot by sending them back to countries they do not know.' "


Obama gets around to calling for Assad's ouster.

Obama's Bus

Magical Misery Tour (courtesy Nice Deb):

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Amusing President Makes Political Play For Independents

Fearless Leader rediscovers that Presidential elections are won in the middle. Whadayaknow! Huddling with his minions, he decides he'll need to fool those pesky independents again (oh, bother!):

" 'There have been times when our side, when Democrats aren’t always as flexible as we need to be,' Obama said. 'Sometimes I do get frustrated when I hear folks say, 'You can't make any changes to any government programs.' Well, that can't be right.' "


You can't make this stuff up!  But The One sure can make up his stuff, 24/7!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Race Card Already, Morons?

MSNBC go nuts portraying a simple metaphor by Rick Perry as racist 'code' (courtesy and Hot Air).

The way they they roll. What a fun 2012 it will be.

Obama Blatantly Politics On My Dime

The lying, thieving, SOB:

"The swing through three states is official presidential business, paid for by taxpayers. White House officials said the tour was focused on jobs and the economy and wasn't a campaign trip. But, at times, it was hard to tell the difference. Campaign-style music warmed up the crowd Monday, and giant American flags hung behind Mr. Obama at his two town-hall meetings."

Dirty bastard.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Dems Out Of Ideas

The Times-Dem, in its inimitable way, highlights the brainless 'leadership' emanating from this WH:

"But others, including Gene Sperling, Mr. Obama’s chief economic adviser, say public anger over the debt ceiling debate has weakened Republicans and created an opening for bigger ideas like tax incentives for businesses that hire more workers (talk about totally not getting it - EK), according to Congressional Democrats who share that view. Democrats are also pushing the White House to help homeowners facing foreclosure."


"The issue is being framed by the 2012 election. Administration officials, frustrated by the intransigence of House Republicans, have increasingly concluded that the best thing Mr. Obama can do for the economy may be winning a second term, with a mandate to advance his ideas on deficit reduction, entitlement changes (!!! holy-freaking-crap, are they kidding? - EK), housing policy and other issues."

These economic illiterates believe their own bullshit spin. If we don't jettison them next November, we're in for a world of hurt.

More Cover-Ups

Really?  Obama censored the guest list from the WH Iftar dinner to hide terrorist-sympathizing/enabling guests (Daily Caller via Jihad Watch via Atlas Shrugs):

"The White House’s published guest list for this year’s Ramadan Iftar dinner was much shorter than previous years’ roster. It excluded the names of several controversial advocates who have attended the event in the past, including some who The Daily Caller can confirm did attend on Wednesday night."

Most transparent administration evah!!

Saturday, August 13, 2011


I just watched his announcement speech (Allah).

Pretty good.

My heart's still with the 'Stache.

But failing that, Perry'll do.

He'll do just fine.

Destroying Jobs, The Obama Way

Here's a puzzle.  Fill in the blank:

NLRB is to Boeing as Obama is to _______

a) Pelosi

b) Bill Ayers

c) Ahmadinejad

d) jobs

The answer is d.


"In a now-famous meeting last year with then White House budget direct Peter Orszag, CEOs from the Business Roundtable complained about the costs of regulation. Give me examples, Mr. Orszag said, and the BRT followed up with a 54-page list. A measure of the Administration's responsiveness is that the NLRB launched its assault on Boeing after the BRT provided those examples, and President Obama has refused to say a word of reproach to the agency. This is how you get economic growth of 0.8%."

Contra Stephens, NPod thinks Obama Isn't Stupid

He thinks he's a left-wing radical (WSJ):

"But I emphatically agree with Messrs. Limbaugh and Sowell about this president's attitude toward America as it exists and as the Founding Fathers intended it. That is why my own answer to the question, 'What Happened to Obama?' is that nothing happened to him. He is still the same anti-American leftist he was before becoming our president, and it is this rather than inexperience or incompetence or weakness or stupidity that accounts for the richly deserved failure both at home and abroad of the policies stemming from that reprehensible cast of mind."

I think he's both!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011


The National Labor Relations Board is stonewalling an investigation of its water-carrying for unions (Nice Deb).

With the Obama adminstration, the disgraces never end!

Althouse Assaulted

Granted not much of the physical attack is documented, but the totality of the video illuminates left-wing moonbat psychosis (always entertaining).

Reynolds comments:

"Boy, the lefties in Wisconsin have really gone crazy. Alas, I fear we’ll see similar crackups elsewhere. It’s not just the loss of power, it’s the squashing of a worldview."

The Idiocy Of The Left Finds Expression Over...The Super Committee!!

Just great.  Daniel Foster finds Supremo Lefto Ezra Klein focusing like a laser beam on racial diversity, for cryin' out loud:

" 'RT : The Super Committee has one woman, one person of color. > I think it's two poc (Becerra, Clyburn). Point stands, tho.' "

Dumb-as-a-rock left wing mentality in a nutshell.

Stache Speaks

Bolton is still toying with a run for President.

Run John, run:

"No ally has been more victimized by Obama’s worldview than Israel. As our most anti-Israel President, bar none, Obama fundamentally misunderstands the nature of the security threats to Israel and the United States in the Middle East. Iran’s support for terrorism and pursuit of nuclear weapons goes unanswered. Radical groups around the region have been emboldened in the face of sustained incoherence in U.S. policy. In addition to Israel, Arab friends in the region, especially those producing oil and gas critical to the international economy, are shocked at the Obama administration’s treatment of close friends and its inability to comprehend, let alone defend, core American interests."


"To date, in my view, no Republican candidate has persuasively argued that our economic recovery and long-term prosperity are completely intertwined with a strong national security posture. If no one else is prepared to make that case, I will."

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pining For The 'Stache

Just got done watching the Repub debate. Santorum did a respectable job as stand-in, but Paul was begging to be slapped down by the 'Stache.

The Paul-bots in the audience were very annoying, and they're swamping the Fox News online poll (so what else is new).

Other than Paul, everyone looked strong enough (hard not to, when you're being compared to The One) and more than acceptable as a replacement for He Who Can Easily Be Named.

But drilling down...

In the absence of the 'Stache, I'd say Gingrich was best, despite his prickliness. He ran away least, demonstrated surest command, and consistently displayed real insight.

When all is said and done, though, Romney'll do. He's flawed for sure, and I don't see voting for him in the primary, but against Obama it'd be a no-brainer.

Santorum, as I said, was the sole subtantial presence on foreign policy.  But if I'm gonna bet on a very dark horse, there's gotta be broader congruence and/or real spark, and Santorum's too far right on social issues.

Huntsman, Cain, Bachmann, Pawlenty?  Eh.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Now They Tell Us!

Finally, finally, finally! I've been waiting three years for someone in the mainstream media to point out that the emperor has no clothes, and Bret Stephens is the one to do it (WSJ). Stephens is right on the money in pointing out that the incessant praising of Obama's intelligence is nothing but hype.

Obama is an idiot.


"Of course, it's tempting to be immodest when your admirers are so immodest about you. How many times have we heard it said that Mr. Obama is the smartest president ever? Even when he's criticized, his failures are usually chalked up to his supposed brilliance. Liberals say he's too cerebral for the Beltway rough-and-tumble; conservatives often seem to think his blunders, foreign and domestic, are all part of a cunning scheme to turn the U.S. into a combination of Finland, Cuba and Saudi Arabia.

"I don't buy it. I just think the president isn't very bright."

Read the whole thing, and spread it far and wide. The truth will out.


With a title like that you know I've got Obama on my mind.

This time it's all about the politicization of DOJ - unprecedented, monumental, despicable.

Special report by Spakovsky at PJM:

"This is the first in a series of articles by Pajamas Media about the Civil Rights Division’s hiring practices since President Obama took office. These accounts will put to the test Holder’s repeated (and all-too-rarely scrutinized) statement that ideological considerations play no role in the hiring of career attorneys in his Department — a test that the Department’s practices clearly fail.

"The evidence will demonstrate that, in contrast to the Bush administration’s Civil Rights Division — which hired individuals from across the political spectrum — there has been nary a token conservative welcomed into the Division under Holder. More than that, though, this series will show that the ranks of new civil servants arriving in Holder’s civil rights shop in protected civil service slots are some of the most strident ideologues in Washington."