Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas from the Country Store

God rest you merry, gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay.
For Jesus Christ our Savior,
Was born on Christmas Day;
To save us all from Satan’s power,
When we were gone astray.


Y'all have a Merry Christmas!



(The above snap of a decked out tractor more closely resembles the fanciest displays around here than the computer controlled Christmas lights that seem to be all the rage in other parts of the USA. I guess we're just traditional small town folks - and proud of it.)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Today's hoot: Jesse Junior G-Man

Jon Kass at the Chicago Tribune says: Got corruption? Get Jesse Junior G-Man:
With so much news on the impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, I almost missed an incredible aspect of this amazing case:

The Jesse Junior G-Man Task Force to Fight Political Corruption thing.

So I called the federal building in Chicago and asked for the Jesse Junior G-Man Task Force.

"Pardon me?" asked a female federal employee.

Don't be obtuse. It's been all over the national TV news, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Bud Light) working with the feds to fight corruption. So connect me to the Jesse Junior G-Man headquarters.

"I don't know what you're talking about," she said.

It might not be a formal "task force." Perhaps there's another name for it, like Jesse Junior G-Man Blago Working Group. I'm a reporter. You can tell me.

"Sorry," she said. "No Junior G-Man office here."

Oh, c'mon! Just stop with your little bureaucratic games. The story was on TV. Jackson's been working with the feds, which means he's a good guy.

But she had nothing for me, so I called someone else.

"Jesse Junior G-Man? No," a guy said. "Not on this floor."

Just tell me. The Junior G-Man works in a high-tech complex buried deep underground, right? Behind a series of cool interlocking steel doors, protecting the Cone of Silence, right?
Nope, no trace of Jesse Jr. was to be found, but I did like the later comparison with the Soprano's Big Pussy. It's a good name for the little weasel too.

Where's Al Gore when you really need some hot air?

A picture from a Chicago friend illustrates the sad state of Global Warming alarmism:

Snowbound dog lifts a leg on Al Gore

Anyone who cares to notice knows that the political climate scientists have been cooking the books to try to prove that there actually is any global warming and that the evidence for man made global warming is nonexistent, but the ecoweenies have their propaganda machine ranting at full force so it may well take a really nasty winter in the USA before average folks figure out that they are being conned. Some useful tidbits via Deroy Murdock:

Actually, the odds are rising that snow, ice, and cold will grow increasingly common. As serious scientists repeatedly explain, global cooling is here. It is chilling temperatures and so-called "global-warming."

According to the National Climatic Data Center, 2008 will be America's coldest year since 1997, thanks to La Niña and precipitation in the central and eastern states. Solar quietude also may underlie global cooling. This year's sunspots and solar radiation approach the minimum in the Sun's cycle, corresponding with lower Earth temperatures. This echoes Harvard-Smithsonian astrophysicist Dr. Sallie Baliunas' belief that solar variability, much more than CO2, sways global temperatures.
...
"Global Warming is over, and Global Warming Theory has failed. There is no evidence that CO2 drives world temperatures or any consequent climate change," Imperial College London astrophysicist and long-range forecaster Piers Corbyn wrote British Members of Parliament on Oct. 28. "According to official data in every year since 1998, world temperatures have been colder than that year, yet CO2 has been rising rapidly." That evening, as the House of Commons debated legislation on so-called "global-warming," October snow fell in London for the first time since 1922.
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So, is this all just propaganda concocted by Chevron-funded, right-wing, flat-Earthers? Ask Dr. Martin Hertzberg, a physical chemist and retired Navy meteorologist.

"As a scientist and lifelong liberal Democrat, I find the constant regurgitation of the anecdotal, fear mongering clap-trap about human-caused global warming to be a disservice to science," Hertzberg wrote in Sept. 26's USA Today. "From the El Niño year of 1998 until Jan., 2007, the average temperature of the Earth's atmosphere near its surface decreased some 0.25 C (0.45 F). From Jan., 2007 until the spring of 2008, it dropped a whopping 0.75 C (1.35 F)."

As global cooling becomes more widely recognized, Americans from Maine to Malibu should feel comfortable dreaming of a white Christmas.

I certainly am, but I expect that in Castle Gore, the Dark Prince of Climate BS is chewing the carpets. Would you buy carbon credits from anyone, much more that crazed bozo? Of course, no one seems to have mentioned this little cognitive problem to Barack Obama:

When will the "Let us take over and wreck your economy so we can save you from the climate boogey-man" gang admit the earth is cooling again, and when will they admit, "OK, since cooling is worse than warming, and our own theory is that mankind can impact global temperature by what we burn, it's now your duty to hold back the Big Freeze by going out there and burning all the fossil fuels you possibly can, as fast as you can"?

(Don't even get me started on "carbon trading," a weird scam in which the buyer acquires an invisible commodity of no earthly use to him, and both buyer and seller can benefit if they overestimate the amount being "transferred.")

Instead, on Monday, President-Elect Obama ("Delay is no longer an option; denial is no longer an acceptable response") appointed as Secretary of Energy (a position and an office not authorized in the Constitution) Steven Chu, the confirmed global warming lunatic from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who says coal -- the stuff that powered the industrial revolution, cheap coal which will last for centuries and which can be burned more cleanly now than ever before -- "is my worst nightmare."

This gang still intends to effectively ban both coal-fired and nuclear power generation. Do they believe they can meet our current demand with famously costly, unreliable, and toxic wind, solar and geothermal? (Look up the by-products of geothermal energy, some time. Then look up "battery farms.") Of course not. The gap can only be closed by "conservation," they'll admit when you take a pencil and start to work the numbers.

And what does "conservation" mean, precisely?

They'd like us to think they mean just turning out the lights in our empty rooms, that kind of thing. But they don't.

Mr. Obama has said it, straight out. He, the Chosen One, has had it Revealed to Him that we can no longer use 25 percent of the world's energy when we have only 5 percent of the world's population.

This is nonsense. All mankind uses less than 1 percent of the solar energy that streams past us every hour. Is it "unfair" that the Japanese eat "more than their fair per capita share" of the world's fish?

Are we now to be ruled by a depraved schoolchild obsessed with sharing the toys, granted the ability to carry forward that Ding-Dong School philosophy with powers reminiscent of the kid in the old "Twilight Zone" episode who could "wish people into the cornfield"?

We should be proud that we've learned how to capture and harness the lion's share of the available energy in this system. It's not like we refused to share with others "the secret of coal" or "the secret of oil," is it? They saw how good it was; they've been racing to catch up to us ever since; that's the main reason the world has escaped the life expectancies of the Stone Age.

There's a real world out there. Purposely, artificially impoverish the nation, force us to give up our competitive economic advantages, and we'll eventually go the way of the Carthaginians.

I tend to think of the latter days of the Roman Empire, but whatever it is, it only happens if we let these loons do it to us. So - let it snow.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Today's Hoot: Blagojevich's eBay auction for Obama's Senate seat

Iowahawk reports: Feds Seize Blagojevich eBay Account and has screen caps of the eBay auction for Obama's Senate seat. Who would have guessed that Blagojevich's eBay userid would be HelmetHair and that he would have 11593 feedback but only a 19.7% positive rating?

Merry Fitzmas Moonbats!

Eric Zorn at the Chicago Tribune asks Don't they know it's Fitzmas?

This is a sad day for my state of Illinois… U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin

It is a sad day for Illinois … Barack Obama

...

This is a sad day for Illinois government and for the people of our great state.. State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias

I was deeply, deeply troubled and saddened by the charges ... Tammy Duckworth, director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.

I am immensely saddened... .Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes

I was shocked and saddened today….U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson (D-Chicago)

...
Oh, buck up!

Tuesday was a great day in Illinois, a thrilling day, an exciting, hopeful day; one of the few happy days we've had lately.
...
Any day that U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald brings forth such an array of charges against a big-fish defendant is a day to celebrate: Call it "Fitzmas," a joyous term coined three years ago in the liberal blogosphere when Fitzgerald was bringing indictments in the Valerie Plame-leak case. (Or, if you're Jewish, call it "Hahaha.")

Yet in statement after statement, our gloomy pols were keening as though a great leader had fallen or an important factory had closed.

Perhaps this was their acknowledgment of the severity of the charges and the depths of the alleged betrayal of the people. Perhaps they felt it would be undignified to pump their fists and say "Yessssss!" as many of the rest of us did.

But look. There have been many sad days in Illinois political history.

The days when elected officials have pocketed kickbacks, payoffs and bribes, for instance.

The days when plum jobs went to nitwit relatives and big contracts went to top donors.

The days when monied interests quietly killed legislation and line items disappeared from budgets because certain people hadn't adequately opened their wallets.

The complaint against Blagojevich alleges other sad days, such as Nov. 12 when the complaint says he discussed yanking an $8 million reimbursement payment to Children's Memorial Hospital because the hospital CEO hadn't donated $50,000 to Blagojevich's political warchest; and Nov. 3, when Blagojevich, his wife and a deputy allegedly hatched a plan to blackmail Tribune Co. into firing members of the editorial board.

Wednesday, when Blagojevich returned to work as the governor of Illinois, was a sad day.

But generally we never learn about these sad days, however, until after the fact -- until the happy day when the law pounces.

It's probably a naive thought, but this Fitzmas could become a holly, jolly day on our state's calendar -- the day our lawmakers wiped those obligatory frowns off their faces and decided finally to get serious about changing the political culture that so often gives us so many reasons to be sad.
Lots of luck with that since the Democrats running the Illinois state legislature are cut from the same cloth as Gov. Blagojevich. Hmm, that reminds me - I hope Michelle told the Secret Service agents to never open the freezer in the basement at the Obama mansion. 
Q: What's the difference between Barack Obama and Rod Blagojevich?
A: Obama hasn't been caught yet.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Squeaky the ranch pig

A little country humor:



Remember, no one messes with a 400 lbs. watch pig who likes pizza and Dr. Pepper.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Today's Hoot: Iphone snapped my husband's genitals

Wife checks husbands email
Nick Farrell at The Inquirer relates a story for the modern age:

The fruit themed Iphone apparently has a glitch that will photograph your genitals, attach it to an email and place it in your sent folder.

We found the glitch reported in an Apple forum and penned by a woman called Susan.

She said she was searching through her husband's mobile, as you do, and found the snap of him attached to an email in the sent email file. The email had been sent to another woman. Obviously, she approached him with the accusation that he might be cheating on her.

The Fanboy's excuse was that he had taken the picture but never sent it to anyone. In fact he was so worried about his Iphone taking the picture that he said had paid a visit to the ironically named Apple Genius Bar. There he swore that a spokesapple had told him that it was a known glitch. Photos sometimes automatically attach themselves to an e-mail address and appear in the sent folder, even though no e-mail was ever sent, he swore blind that the Genius told him.
This is likely too "good" to be true, but predictable hilarity ensues when the support forum dwellers weigh in. Hmm, I wonder why no one thought to ask credulous Susan if she was an Obama supporter?

(Photo stolen from Gizmodo)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Who's going to pay my mortgage and buy gas for my car?

It was just a matter of time, but the Democrats are already bailing out on their campaign promises after only one day:
During their campaigns for the White House and Congress, Democrats played up their ambitious plans to cool a warming planet, revive the economy and fix a broken health care system.

But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in her first news conference since the party's big election victory, warned Wednesday that Democrats might have to scale back the size of their proposals as tax revenues slow and federal budget deficits soar because of a sluggish economy.

"I think it's important for the American people to know that many of our options have been diminished because of the downturn in the economy," Pelosi said. "We have a lot less money to draw upon."
Things must have really gotten bad overnight, eh Nancy? Still, I guess this has to be counted as an upside to the Democrat party's destruction of the mortgage market and the resulting economic tremors.

Hmm, I wonder - are banks still giving mortgages to illegal aliens and food stamp recipients?  I wouldn't want them to be accused of discrimination by the Democrats.

The MSM doesn't even pretend anymore

Obama bitch Chris Matthews
Sheesh, the mainstream media used to pretend to nonpartisan truth seeking. Now they don't even bother. Tom Shales in the WaPo:
Network anchors and reporters vied for airtime in which to express their own elation at Obama's win, and a sometimes inappropriate personal sense of victory; were reporters who said they were thrilled by Obama's winning sort of confirming charges of pro-Obama bias that had been leveled by McCain forces during the campaign?
Ya think? Ole Tom is the style columist and perhaps a little slow on spotting horse crap.

"Morning Joe" show on MSNBC had Joe Scarborough talking to Chris Mathews about "amateur hour"-the Rahm Emmanual decision to "think about" taking the chief of staff position offered by Obama. Joe felt this should have been worked out long ago and is not something to be offered and then "thought about" out in public. Chris Mathews was upset at the criticism saying “Our Job (Journalists)Is To Make This Presidency Work”.

Joe immediately went after Mathews but Mathews held his ground talking about how in the world we live in right now it is of the utmost importance that this government succeed. Even Mika and a reporter from Time magazine jumped on Mathews for the comment, talking about how the media's job was in Cronkite's words to be "skeptical so the public would not be cynical."

Mathews still would not back down so Joe ended the segment by sarcastically saying it was "so nice" that the media didn't question the government in dangerous times like during the Iraq war, not questioning Rumsfelds actions and not second guessing Bush's motives.
Actually, the amazing thing is that all the reporters haven't gotten the memo yet.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Hide your money and guns, the commies are coming

Among other things they crave, Barack and his playmates will certainly want your money and your guns. It's all for your own good, don't you know? If you don't feel like you need help from Big Brother, it is past time to start making preparations and in that regard, John Dvorak has some tips on how to Obama-proof your portfolio, based on his conversation with an anonymous wealthy investor. Read it for some specific tips, but here are the general themes:
"The main theme is not to invest in America," he says. "That means non-USA oil and gas companies. The antidrilling prejudice and windfall-profits enthusiasm will drive the United States to actually import more oil...
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"Avoid financials like Charles Schwab, since Obama believes in rewarding 'work not wealth,' so people who work at investment houses and their private clients will be taxed more to demotivate investment. The government should invest and individuals should not invest. That is a constant theme from the Obama camp.

"Non-U.S. health care: New, free medical-care program will kill drug prices and kill discovery budgets as science shifts from disease (no money) back to recreation. (You will pay for Viagra.) Thus non-U.S. drug companies will benefit from the United States getting rid of the drug-discovery business.
Swell. But heck there are some bright spots:
"Also watch out for bubble in U.S. solar and wind start-ups, since government subsidies will accelerate and swindles of all kinds will thus multiply.
...
"One U.S. bright spot: housing rebound. Combination of no-growth politics and mortgage forgiveness will reduce supply and increase demand, ending the housing problem. Also non-U.S. wealth will buy up prime real estate in big cities. But those long commutes from Stockton to San Francisco? That's dead. Get used to eating root vegetables in winter, since only Japanese tourists can afford Latin American peaches in winter."
I can hardly wait! Whether you buy this advice or not, you have to be uncomfortably aware that the crazies who like forcing banks to give mortgages to illegal aliens and food stamp recipients are now in charge of the asylum and as evidenced by their ruminations about confiscating 401(k) personal retirement funds, they will not be deterred by any inhibitions about taking what is yours. Stay tuned for restrictions on taking money out of the country like Venezuela and other third world thugocracies.

Gosh, I missed the big party with Oprah!

Oprah and Obama
And since it is Oprah, it has to be a big party:
She was in Grant Park on Tuesday night with Stedman Graham; pal Gayle King was set to fly in and join the party.

"We want to be there that moment when Barack comes out ... and he is the new president of the United States," Winfrey said.
Her grasp of Constitutional mechanics is as thin as her grasp of most other things that are non-food related. By the way, Oprah says that now she will be "unleashed" to discuss political issues at length on her show. Sheesh, a fat flack for the boy Communist.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Today's Hoot: Castro Endorses Fresh Prince of Bill-Ayers

EVERYTIME YOU TURN AROUND, THERE’S ANOTHER COMMUNIST WITH HIS ARM AROUND OBAMA.

Hey, they recognize a fellow traveler.


Obama Civilian National Security Force spotted in Philadelphia

Heard about Barack Obama's "Civilian National Security Force"?



In Zimbabwe they call them the Green Bombers. In Haiti they called them the Tonton Macoute. No word on what Barry wants to name his thugs, but he already has the Black Panthers lined up. Hey, that would be a catchy name! Or how about the Weathermen?



I lack the part where the other thug could stay because he was a "poll watcher." Guess we know what Hussein wants the Civilian National Security Force to do.

Update:


Obama thug in Philadelphia

and a better video of this knuckle dragging Obama stormtrooper:



Dumber than a sack of hammers

This loon believes Obama is going to put gas in her car and pay for her mortgage.



And you know she doesn't think the money is coming out of his own pocket - it's going to come out of yours. Hmmm, maybe I'm uncharitable - maybe she thinks it's going to come from God:


Monday, November 03, 2008

When the going gets tough, Obama gives his opponents the finger

Obama gives McCain the finger
Things must be tough for ole Hussein what with the belated revelations of his wetback Aunt Zeituni and his plan to destroy the American coal industry. So he reacts like he did when Hillary was neck and neck with him for the Donk nomination. He gives John McCain the finger to the enjoyment of his knuckle dragging supporters:






Doesn't Barack Obama remind you of the smarmy little prat that regularly got forcibly separated from his pants when he was a school kid? You will notice that he didn't call Sarah Palin a pig again - I guess the contrast between Sarah and his harridan wife was just too much for his little passive aggressive brain.

(h/t Drudge and Ace)

Obama's Favorite Aunt Zeituni to Become Campaign Poster Girl


Today, the Obama campaign announced that for the closing 24 hours of the presidential campaign, Barack Obama's favorite aunt Zeituni will become the poster girl of the campaign since she embodies all the aspects of Obama's plan for America - most particularly spreading the wealth of selfish people to those less fortunate. Below is Zeituni's statement released by the Obama campaign.

America been berry, berry good to me!

Thass right. I come to America on tourist visa but with high hopes for work and experience in brewery as well as great dancer. No one could give job since I only tourist and selfish people say that illegal. (Actually, dancing bars say I too old.) Not to worry, the People's Republic of Massachusetts beg me to take free housing, free food, free medical care, and free money for doing nothing!

Have I died and gone to heaven? Kenya was nothing like this. I even get extra money for being "health care advocate." No - nothing icky. I just help other people sign up for more free benefits. Is that great or what?

Only bad thing is that four years ago judge say I have to leave country because illegal. I worry, but friends say he just selfish, ignore him - so I do. No one bother me since! I even got to attend ceremony for Barack being sworn in as Senator in 2005. Anyone know why he cross fingers?

Now Barack's friends have me in fancy hotel until campaign over. They say, "Don't worry Aunty. No one will bother you." That OK, I just eat room service lobster and watch election news on all the Barack TV channels.

My advice - ignore selfish people Barack channels tell about. Vote for Barack and you may be able to live as well as I do! Even if you aren't related!

Obama promises to bankrupt the coal industry

Good ole Hopey-Changey had the poor luck to have some of his actual words recorded and golly, the room temperature IQ lad wants to to bankrupt the US coal industry:

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted.
He's not complaining that coal is "dirty," a problem that has been taken care of by modern technology on US coal plants (if not overseas). He's complaining about the fact that coal power plants use combustion to generate power and thereby release carbon dioxide. Don't anyone tell him how oil and natural gas power plants work. Oh wait, someone told him:

Beakes noted other examples of Obama and Biden making seemingly anti-coal statements, such as in February when Obama said he'd like to tax "dirty energy" such as coal and natural gas.
Since Obama is at best ambivalent about nuclear power, what else is left? I guess he thinks living in caves wouldn't be so bad. Of course, every other country in the world (particularly China)  will be laughing their heads off at our stupidity.

Update: Hussein doesn't just have it in for people in the coal industry - he hates the little people who use electricity too:
Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because I’m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it — whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, uh, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.
Glad to see he is looking out for us.


Let me get this straight. A bankrupt coal plant will generate "billions of dollars" for solar and wind power?

That's math only a community organizer can understand.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Kay Hagan and her Godless American pals

Republicans haven't had  a ton of success in North Carolina because with a few exceptions the Democrat party there is still controlled by old style Democrats who, while rather free with the taxpayer's money, are still recognizable as Americans.  They often get NRA endorsements which may seem surprising to Northerners.

That's changing though as a Howard Dean supporter got elected Democrat State Chairman and the wingnuts are beginning to run for higher office while necessarily trying to conceal their moonbattery from the North Carolina populace of all parties. A case in point is this year's Democrat US senatorial candidate, Krazy Kay Hagan (NRA grade F), who couldn't resist the temptation to sneak off to Boston to get some cash from the leaders of the Godless Americans PAC. You know - the freaks who want to take "In God We Trust" off the currency among other things. For the benighted citizens of the Old North State clinging to guns and religion it was quite an eyeopener and her opponent Elizabeth Dole is jamming it down Hagan's throat:




Kay Hagan should have run in Massachusetts where I am sure they would appreciate her act.

What really happened at the Rashid Khalidi goodbye party

Rand Simberg has the goods on Barack Obama's appearance at the goodbye party for Palestinian terrorist apologist Rashid Khalidi:

There are PLO and Hamas flags decorating the room, along with Che and Mao posters. Khalidi, Ayers and Obama are slapping each others' backs, raising their glasses and toasting the upcoming destruction of the racist Zionist entity, all the while laughing at the thought of the final Final Solution. Obama says, "You know, when I take over, the first thing I'll do is withdraw all aid from those fascist kikes, and I'll give the Palis a couple nukes." Then he turns to Ayers, and asks him if he's come up with any fresh schemes for mass murder of the millions of recalcitrant capitalists, so that they can be implemented in the first one hundred days. After dessert, they get out an American flag, crumple it up on the floor, and jump up and down on it, shouting "Death to Capitalism, Death to America."

Golly, I thought the problem was when Michelle got up on the table and did a strip tease while Barack and the other radicals and terrorists yelled "Burn, baby, burn." 

Meanwhile, Doug Ross has a tip:

Reason we can't release it is because statements Obama said to rile audience up during toast. He congratulates Khalidi for his work saying "Israel has no God-given right to occupy Palestine" plus there's been "genocide against the Palestinian people by Israelis.

All the LA Times has to do to prove us wrong is to release the tape. What have they got to hide?



Today's Hoot: Barack Obama's Foreign Policy

The only part that is missing is where Hussein kisses their butts. Given how many third world dictators there are, he's would also need to nationalize Chapstick.



(h/t: Michelle Malkin)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I guess Obama wasn't hung over and asleep every Sunday he went to church

Oh ye of little faith! Barack Obama wasn't actually hung over and asleep all those years that Michelle dragged him to Rev. Jeremiah Wright's "church" on Sunday. Watch him opine that Reverend Wright is the best of what the Black Church has to offer:





Golly, I guess that Hussein is shy and doesn't want to talk about the all the good stuff that he heard from Rev. Wright. That's OK - we can help him out on that:





Kids, can you say lying crapsack? I knew you could! How long do thing it will be before Rev. Wright gets a sleepover at the White House if Obama gets elected?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Democrats plan to nationalize your 401(k) plan

Democrats want to confiscate 401(k) retirement accounts
The other day I observed that seeing as how Democrat foolishness had screwed the mortgage market and allowed Cuba to grab vast oil reserves off our shores, what could they destroy next?

It turns out they weren't merely satisfied with trashing 401(k) retirement plans by destroying the financial markets through forcing banks to give mortgages to deadbeats in the name of affirmative action - now they want to confiscate the funds in the 401(k) accounts themselves. Oh yeah, they'll  invest the money in low-yield goverment bonds and give you an IOU, but not one you can pass intact to your heirs if you die of apoloexy over their thievery. Kind of like Social Security, eh?

Sounds sort of 3rd World-ish doesn't it? That's because it is - see Argentina spreads the wealth:
The country's mediagenic socialist president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, announced Tuesday the state would "protect" private pensions from "policies of plunder" by proposing to hand them over to the government.

Praising her own scheme, she claimed Argentina would "set an example" for global financial crisis management by pulling $29.5 billion out of the private sector, and making it public.

As aghast as Argentines are about this, Americans should be too, because a Democratic supermajority in Congress would have similar ideas about nationalizing 401(k)s.

...

But, under the ruse of "protecting" Argentines from their own decisions, everyone will soon be forced into an involuntary pay-as-you-go program, like U.S. Social Security. Not only will the private assets be managed by bureaucrats, pension-holders will be paid what the government dictates.

With commodity prices falling sharply, the Argentine treasury strained for revenue, and the population aging, it's unlikely to be more than the $200 a month pensioners currently are paid. In fact, it's likely to be much less.

The assets are likely to be spent by government — not invested. It will save the government about $3.2 billion in interest payments since the government won't pay interest on $16 billion of government bonds in pension assets that it would own.

The Argentine Congress says it will ensure that assets are used for the pensions, but with money fungible and Argentine fiscal transparency weak, it's an easily skirted requirement.

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Right now, markets see the pension grab as a sign of governmental insolvency following a 40% surge in spending this year in socialist redistribution schemes, and amid a political climate of blaming businesses.

"We believe that the actual motivation of the reform is to capture the flows of the private pension funds to cover the government's financing needs in the context of a severe credit crunch," said analyst Pablo Morra at Goldman Sachs Monday.

Because Argentina defaulted on $95 billion of sovereign debt in 2001, blaming its bondholders then unsatisfactorily settling its arrears, it's pretty well priced itself out of global capital markets. With $16 billion in bonds maturing in 2009 and 2010, and no new revenue in sight, the government seems to want that private pool of pension cash — $4.2 billion in contributions a year — to pay its bills and carry on as usual.

Sounds like a Barack Obama wet dream fer sure. All your money belongs to them. If you let them get away with it.

Obama says, "All your money are belong to us."

Obama says all your money are belong to us
Ole Barry Obama has taken great care to pretend during the presidential campaign that he's just a mildly left of center politician when the reality is that he is a crazed radical from the fever swamps of American far-leftism and race-baiting black liberation theology. Dig the cool cat as he says that the Supreme Court should have confiscated the assets of those nasty white Americans and redistributed them. 



For a "professor" that taught constitutional law, it seems a tad extreme doesn't it? Naw, that's because Barack views the Constitution as "a fundamental flaw of this country that carries on to this day." I guess if he gets elected President and it comes time to take the oath of office he'll put his hands on his crotch like he does during the national anthem.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mr. Obama's Neighborhood: Genocide Anyone?

Back in the day, Barack Obama's pal and business associate William Ayres planned to eliminate 25 million Americans who would not toe his totalitarian line. Since ole Bill is unrepentant, I wonder what the number is now? And since Barack Obama has been Bill Ayres' pupil and protege for years, I wonder how many Barack plans to eliminate? 

Oh wait, Barack yet again says he hung around with little Willie for years but never noticed he needed a checkup from the neck up. Do you ever wonder if there is anyone sane in Barack Obama's circle of chums and why Hussein fit in so well with them?

Today's Hoot: Further Evidence of Collapse in South Africa

I guess it's tough being a "chairperson". I especially like the worried look after the first cracking sound from the chair. (Hat tip: Andrew Bolt)


Barack Obama lies about gun rights too

Obama claims to support 2nd Amendment rights, but the funny thing is that he always comes down against gun owners and gun ownership. You don't think he is lying do ya?








Extra special is Obama's support for the Wilmette, Illinois self defense gun ban described in this video. In Obamaland you have no right to defend yourself.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Cuba gets oil, we get another hosing from the Democrats

Cuba Discovers Oil While Democrats Block Drilling:

Apparently, Cuba does not have all the environmentalist wackos to prevent it from drilling. Consequently, Cuba just found 20 billion barrels of oil off its shores in the Gulf of Mexico, and now plans to be one of the top 20 exporting countries in the world.

This story alone should disqualify the Democrats from being reelected. Had there not been a moratorium on drilling, that oil would have been ours. What is wrong with this Country? Cuba is literally drilling where we are not allowed to drill! Had we discovered 20 billion barrels overnight, the price of gasoline would drop to close to $2.00 per gallon, and OPEC would have less leverage because we would control our own supply.

...it puts Cuba's reserves on par with those of the US and into the world's top 20. Drilling is expected to start next year by Cuba's state oil company Cubapetroleo, or Cupet.

I'm not holding my breath waiting for all the professional ecoweenies in the Democrat party to chain themselves to the drilling platforms to prevent it. First home mortgages, now oil: is there anything the Donks can't screw up?

Barack Obama, the illegal aliens' pal

Ultraleft Democrats like Barack Obama just love giving a big welcome including driver's licenses to illegal aliens, because illegal aliens become clients for their socialist nostrums ("Care for a big mortgage loan? And how about some free health care?") and because due to so-called "motor voter" laws they automatically get signed up illegally to vote when they get a driver's license.



I guess we shouldn't think of them as illegal aliens; the Donks think of them as the solution to the US poverty shortage and an exotic import flavor of poverty to boot.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Today's Hoot: Michelle Obama's afternoon snack of lobster, caviar and champagne

Michelle Obama snacks on lobster, caviar, and champagne
Click to supersize.

Heard about Michelle Obama's little afternoon snack the other day?  Lobster, Iranian caviar, and Bollinger champagne to the tune of $447.39. Between that and her diamond jewelry collection and Jimmy Choo shoes, I'd say that Michelle isn't exactly low maintenance. Good thing Hussein has all those campaign contributors to help pay the freight.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

I Am Joe

I have seen a lot of disgusting things in my time but the assault on "Joe the Plumber" for having the temerity to ask Barack Obama a not particularly tough question has to be the most appalling. Obama forgot for once to don his mask and revealed his intent to sieze and redistribute the modest wealth of hard working middle class taxpayers for his brand of socialist flummery.  The mainstream media and Obama's thugs are therefore attacking Joe Wurzelbacher in their fury that Obama stupidly spoiled the con he was working on the American people. I guess you have to be really, really careful what you say to Emperor Obama when he deigns to notice you.

Obama thugs attack Joe the Plumber

Iowahawk says it better than I:

We've all witnessed a lot of insanity in American politics over the last few years. Up until the last few days, none of it has seriously bothered me; hey, just more grist for the satire mill. But after witnessing the media's blitzkreig on Joe 'the Plumber' Wurzelbacher, I can only muster anger, and no small amount of fear.

Politicians -- Sarah Palin, Bill Clinton, et al. --  obviously have to put up with some rude, nasty shit, but it's  right there in the jobs description. Joe the Plumber is different. He was a guy tossing a football with his kid in the front yard of his $125,000 house when a politician picked him out as a prop for a 30 second newsbite for the cable news cameras. Joe simply had the temerity to speak truth (or, if you prefer, an uninformed opinion) to power, for which the politico-media axis apparently determined that he must be humiliated, harassed, smashed, destroyed. The viciousness and glee with which they set about the task ought to concern anyone who still cares about citizen participation, and freedom of speech, and all that old crap they taught in Civics class before politics turned into Narrative Deathrace 3000, and Web 2.0 turned into Berlin 1932.0.

Godwin's Law! you say? if the jackboot fits, wear it.

I'd say the jackboot fits Obama and his Flying Monkeys and assorted ass kissers quite well. Anyhow, Iowahawk has the answer for all who are disgusted by this thuggery.


I am Joe the Plumber

Display it proudly. Because we all are Joe.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pin the mortgage meltdown tail on the Donks

The Democrats caused the mortgage meltdown and John McCain warned that it was coming. What better issue could McCain have? Instead it's independent organizations who are trying to get the word out like this:


C'mon John, kick some Donkey butt.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

The revenge of the bitter country folks



In Obama's America, only the Obama civilian national security patrols will have guns. More NRA ads at http://www.gunbanobama.com/.

Thank the Democrats on election day


A typical 401(k) retirement plan investment is a mutual fund based on the value of the S&P 500 list of 500 top stocks. 

  • On October 8, 2007, the S&P 500 index closed at 1552.58
  • On October 8, 2007, the S&P 500 index closed at  984.94

In round numbers, index funds based on the S&P 500 lost over a third of their value over the last year. The Democrats have served up this mess with their destruction of the financial markets by their insistence that banks make vast numbers of loans to poor credit risks. It's time to clear out these incompetent, crooked buffoons before they figure out how to do worse.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Barney Frank had a "friend" in the mortgage business

Aside from campaign contributions from the crooks running Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Rep. Barney Frank had another more intimate connection - his main gay squeeze was a Fannie Mae executive. Or as Ace observes: Barney has a Fannie buddy.

Unqualified home buyers were not the only ones who benefitted from
Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank’s efforts to deregulate Fannie Mae throughout
the 1990s.

So did Frank’s partner, a Fannie Mae executive at the forefront
of the agency’s push to relax lending restrictions.

Now that Fannie Mae is at the epicenter of a financial meltdown that
threatens the U.S. economy, some are raising new questions about Frank's
relationship with Herb Moses, who was Fannie’s assistant director for product
initiatives. Moses worked at the government-sponsored enterprise from 1991 to
1998, while Frank was on the House Banking Committee, which had jurisdiction
over Fannie.

Both Frank and Moses assured the Wall Street Journal in 1992 that they
took pains to avoid any conflicts of interest. Critics, however, remain
skeptical.

"It’s absolutely a conflict," said Dan Gainor, vice president of the
Business & Media Institute. "He was voting on Fannie Mae at a time when he
was involved with a Fannie Mae executive. How is that not germane?


It was sure nice of the taxpayers to lubricate ole Barney's relationship with his boy toy.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Taxpayers pick up the tab for Democrat disaster

They passed the big bailout bill today and the taxpayers are now on the hook for the tab from the Democrat meddling with the mortgage market. Are the Donks abashed by their foolishness? Of course not - they are busy trying to claim that it was a free market problem when of course, it was anything but.

Time to pin the tail on the Donkeys:




BEFORE WE PAPER IT OVER, NAME THE PAPER-HANGERS


*It was Democrats who ordered and commanded Freddie & Fannie to
strong-arm banks into making billions of bad loans in the name of “fairness”.

*It was Democrats Franklin Raines, Jim Johnson and Jamie Gorelick who
ran these institutions, looted millions from them and now advise Obama on
economics.

*It was Democrats who accepted the lion’s share of the campaign cash
that Freddie & Fannie spread around town in order to become “too big to
fail”.

*It is Democrats who claim the problem stems from a lack of regulation
by Republicans–yet they vehemently blocked John McCain’s Regulatory Act in 2005
and taunted administration officials for even saying there was a problem.

*It was Democrat Barney Frank, former whorehouse operator and parking
ticket-fixer, who only last week held a cowardly anonymous voice vote to have
Freddie & Fannie make even more bad loans.

*It was Democrat Charlie Rangel who pry-barred a $10 million
“charitable donation” from the now-broke AIG insurance giant last year as the
cost of doing business before his committee. That’s how they do things in banana
republics, where, as fate would have it, Charlie keeps his tax-cheat
condos.

*It was Democrats who promulgated the mindless Sarbanes-Oxley
regulations that made a bad problem much worse.

If your drunken uncle drives into a ditch, do you just pull him out, dust
him off, give him a gallon of gas and a gallon of moonshine, hand him back his
keys and send him down the highway to get in a head-on with a schoolbus?


The Donks are acting like they just got the keys and some gallon jugs.


THEY GAVE YOUR MORTGAGE TO A LESS QUALIFIED MINORITY

Before the Democrats' affirmative action lending policies became an embarrassment, the Los Angeles Times reported that, starting in 1992, a majority-Democratic Congress "mandated that Fannie and Freddie increase their purchases of mortgages for low-income and medium-income borrowers. Operating under that requirement, Fannie Mae, in particular, has been aggressive and creative in stimulating minority gains."

Under Clinton, the entire federal government put massive pressure on banks to grant more mortgages to the poor and minorities. Clinton's secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Andrew Cuomo, investigated Fannie Mae for racial discrimination and proposed that 50 percent of Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's portfolio be made up of loans to low- to moderate-income borrowers by the year
2001.

Instead of looking at "outdated criteria," such as the mortgage applicant's credit history and ability to make a down payment, banks were encouraged to consider nontraditional measures of credit-worthiness, such as having a good jump shot or having a missing child named "Caylee."

Threatening lawsuits, Clinton's Federal Reserve demanded that banks treat welfare payments and unemployment benefits as valid income sources to qualify for a mortgage. That isn't a joke -- it's a fact.

When Democrats controlled both the executive and legislative branches, political correctness was given a veto over sound business practices.

In 1999, liberals were bragging about extending affirmative action to the financial sector. Los Angeles Times reporter Ron Brownstein hailed the Clinton administration's affirmative action lending policies as one of the "hidden success stories" of the Clinton administration, saying that "black and Latino homeownership has surged to the highest level ever recorded."

Meanwhile, economists were screaming from the rooftops that the Democrats were forcing mortgage lenders to issue loans that would fail the moment the housing market slowed and deadbeat borrowers couldn't get out of their loans by selling their houses.

A decade later, the housing bubble burst and, as predicted, food-stamp-backed mortgages collapsed. Democrats set an affirmative action time-bomb and now it's gone off.

In Bush's first year in office, the White House chief economist, N. Gregory Mankiw, warned that the government's "implicit subsidy" of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, combined with loans to unqualified borrowers, was creating a huge risk for the entire financial system.

Rep. Barney Frank denounced Mankiw, saying he had no "concern about housing." How dare you oppose suicidal loans to people who can't repay them! The New York Times reported that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were "under heavy assault by the Republicans," but these entities still had "important political allies" in the Democrats.

Now, at a cost of hundreds of billions of dollars, middle-class taxpayers are going to be forced to bail out the Democrats' two most important constituent groups: rich Wall Street bankers and welfare recipients. Political correctness had already ruined education, sports, science and entertainment. But it took a Democratic president with Democratic congress for political correctness to wreck the financial industry.

That's what comes of letting liberal tinkerers mess with just about anything and there's no excuse for letting them talk their way out of it. If John McCain won't belabor the Democrats for causing this disaster, the little people will have to do it, but Johnny could help his own cause a lot by lighting a few fires.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Jamie Gorelick: the pinup girl for Democrat foolishness strikes again

Given that the Democrats have driven the home mortgage system in the USA to the brink of the precipice with their requirement that loans be given to completely unqualified buyers (including illegal aliens), it is no surprise that Jaime Gorelick, their poster girl for Democrat foolishness, is up to her bustle in the mess, but now we find out that Gorelick has more than usually dirty hands:

It turns out that Clinton operative Jamie ("The Mistress of Disaster") Gorelick didn't just blind America's intelligence apparatus prior to 9/11. And she didn't simply suck down $26 million in salary from Fannie Mae before it imploded. And she didn't only set the stage for the mortgage meltdown. It turns out Ms. Gorelick may have had a teensy weensy conflict-of-interest while managing Fannie.
...
One of Countrywide's previously undisclosed customers at Fannie was Jamie Gorelick, an influential Democratic Party figure whose $960,000 mortgage refinancing in 2003 was handled through a program reserved for influential figures and friends of Countrywide's chief executive at the time, Angelo Mozilo. Ms. Gorelick was Fannie Mae's vice chairman at the time.

More details at the link, but it's the usual crooked Democrat "VIP mortgage" story with the twist that Fannie Mae's favorite source for crappy mortgages while Gorelick was running the store was Countrywide.
I'm starting to lose count of the number of disastrous and downright outrageous deals this Clinton operative has been involved with. Suffice it to say that if there's any justice in this country, she'll be fitted for an orange jumpsuit momentarily.
Agreed. Here's a nice list of Gorelick malfeasance - she's clearly a busy gal.

Still, look at the bright side, there's some humor in the mess the Donks made out of home mortgages:
What's funny is that even Bill Clinton is blaming Democrats for the mortgage meltdown. Just not himself.
I'm laughing - aren't you?

Friday, September 12, 2008

Today's Hoot: Mark Udall and the Dept. of Peace

Colorado Democrat Senate candidate Mark Udall is getting all huffy about this ad making fun of his support for Dennis "Cuckoo" Kucinich's goofy Department of Peace plan. Good of him to take time out from singing Kumbaya to spout off about anything but a munchies shortage.


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Obama lipstick fun


(Hat tip: El Rushbo)
Lipstick says no Obama
(Hat tip: FR)

Hmmm, that was rather mild. Well, I would not want to disappoint my fans so how about that pig Michelle Obama?

Pig Michelle Obama
Dang, she needs a lot more than lipstick!

Monday, September 08, 2008

How about some tar and feathers for the MSM?

Small-town residents boo media with McCain

CEDARBURG, Wisc. -- Hundreds of angry people in this small town outside Milwaukee taunted reporters and TV crews traveling with Sen. John McCain on Friday, chanting "Be fair!" and pointing fingers at a pack of journalists as they booed loudly.

On the first leg of the "McCain Street USA" tour -- which will take the Republican presidential nominee and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, to small towns across the heartland -- the 30 or so reporters and crew were walking back to their buses to join the McCain motorcade when hundreds of townspeople started yelling.

"Stop lying! You are all liars! Tell the truth!" one woman yelled from the front of the pack.
...
The scene was reminiscent of one that occurred spontaneously at the RNC, when Mrs. Palin accused political pundits and columnists of misinformation. With thousands of red-meat Republicans in the huge Xcel Center in Minneapolis, the crowd turned ugly. Hundreds began pointing at a group of reporters and booing -- some chanted "CNN!" while others yelled "MSNBC!"
Of course they got the name of the former wrong, since CNN is now officially the Obama News Network:

Obama News Network logo

As for MSNBC, I see that some of the more conventionally biased news staff managed to get Chris "Tingle Leg" Matthews and Keith "Rabid Dog" Olberman removed as "news anchors" for political events since they are spoiling the usual con that the MSM are unbiased. Funny, I thought all along was that their title was "Obama Cheerleader."

(Hat tip: American Digest)

Friday, August 29, 2008

Line of the day: Sarah Palin's experience

Sarah Palin started her political career in a small town.

Barack Obama started his political career in the home of a domestic terrorist bomber.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Don't argue with a God carrying arugula

Barry Obama's handlers are going nuts over the Emperor Obama theme. Check out the latest campaign poster:

Emperor Obama

Golly, the big Obama fest is tonight!

I'm so excited about the big Barry Obama stadium party tonight! I guess his handlers finally figured out that the searchlights weren't such a good idea and now everyone down at the barber shop says it's going to be just another lip-synch rock concert.

Obama rock concert
Not me - Barry used Britney Spears' set designer, but I think the Roman columns in the backdrop really mean that Hussein now thinks he is Caligula reborn which ought to be good for a lot of black humor.

Obama thinks he is Caligula
Still, Barry is a nice boy - look how he thanked Hillary for releasing her delegates last night.

Obama thanks Hillary
Hat tip for Caligula: The Real King of France

Monday, August 25, 2008

Boffo musical lineup for the Democrat convention!

Today's the start of the Democrat convention and although there's sure to be plenty of stultifying speechifying, the convention committee has plans to liven it up to prove to the worldwide audience that they aren't just a bunch of leftoid stiffs. Check out this press release detailing the musical numbers they have planned:


MUSICAL HIGHLIGHTS OF 2008 DEMOCRAT CONVENTION

2008 Democrat National Convention Organizing Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 25, 2008

While the 2008 Democrat convention will feature stirring speeches by party luminaries, the attendees and the TV audience will also be entertained by the musical talents of some of the thought leaders of the party. Below is a partial list of the planned musical entertainment - watch every single second of the convention to avoid missing any of it!
  • Former Senator John "The Millworker's Son" Edwards will wow the crowd with the ballad, "My Cheating Heart." A duet of "The Ballad of Lizzie and Johnny" was planned with his lovely wife Liz, but she had some last minute family issues that kept her from attending.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will get the house smiling with her Global Warming theme song, "A Bicycle Built for You and a Limousine Just for Me."
  • Former Vice President Al Gore will remind everyone that climate change is serious business as he leads the crowd in an ancient Aztec chant to the Sun God begging him to spare sinful humans. Note: the virgin sacrifice was canceled due to shortages.
  • Mayor Kwame "Pimp Daddy" Kilpatrick of Detroit will get the crowd jumping with his rendition of "Jailhouse Rock" backed by the famous Mayor's Mansion Strippers (except for the one that died mysteriously, of course).
  • Former Governor Don "Crazy Pants" Siegleman of Georgia is out on bail, so he will be able to deliver his soulful rendition of "Working on a Chain Gang." Also be sure to catch the wailing harmonica on Don's "Karl Rove is Out to Get Me Blues."
  • Crowd favorite Ted Kennedy will be sure to leave you chortling over his "Little Brown Jug (How I Love Thee)." Unfortunately, backup singers Mary Jo and Joan weren't able to attend because of prior commitments.
  • Former President Bill "Registered Sex Offender" Clinton will bring back the good old days with "Devil with the Blue Dress On" and a soulful rendition of "Women I Have Known and Raped Before."
  • Of course, the convention would not be complete without Senator Hillary Clinton delivering her stirring "I Am Woman (Hear Me Roar)" which she will late on whatever night she can be scheduled. Note from DNC Chairman Howard Dean: Clinton delegates are reminded of the need for them to vote on all ballots in their special venue in Casper, Wyoming, just a short walk from the convention hall.
Finally, the two stellar attractions:
  • Michelle Obama plans to get your fingers snapping and toes tapping with her covers of "Get Back Honky Cat" and "Up Against The Wall, Redneck Mother" before she leads the crowd in "Kumbaya" which won't leave a dry eye in the house. Then she will have you on your feet with a clenched fist salute as she leads the singing of "The Internationale." You go, girl!



Hmm, maybe there will be "A-team" reruns on some cable channel.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Today's Hoot: Obama-Biden - Change That You Can Laugh At

Obama-Biden: "Change You Can Laugh At" - Video


Obama pranks followers with phony text message


This morning, followers of Barack Obama, who had stayed up all night waiting for a text message from the candidate revealing the name of his running mate, were stunned to get a message naming long time Senator and Washington insider Joe Biden. Expressions of shock and dismay were widespread that the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate who had run on a program of "change" had picked a partner mostly known for his longevity in Washington and his pompous foolishness and occasional plagiarism.

DailyKos Diarist Vera Patchouli summed up the concerns of many ardent Obama supporters when she said (lightly edited):
I can't f***ing believe it. I have been working hard for months for Obama from Mom's basement and he picks this old fart as second in command! The guy who back in 1987 got busted for plagiarizing his speeches from British Labor hero Neil Kinnock. The guy who said Barack was "the first mainstream African American" who was "clean," but that he was completely inexperienced. The guy who said, "You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking." The guy who has some sort of weird hairpiece stitched into his scalp!

I WANT TO SCREAM! THIS GUY IS A COMPLETE F***ING LOSER!

BARACK, WHY DID YOU DO THIS TO US????????????
Well, Vera need not have worried, because it turns out that the text message was an elaborate prank by Barack Obama and his campaign staff, designed in the words of campaign manager David Axelrod "to see how much BS we could get the Kool-Aid drinkers to believe. It looks like a lot more than we anticipated. I mean, c'mon, who would believe that we would really announce this on a Saturday if it were true?"

Axelrod indicated that the announcement of Obama's real VP candidate would occur next week during the convention. He said, "Whoever the lucky guy or gal is will get a speaking slot at the end just before the janitors start sweeping the floors."

Friday, August 22, 2008

Obama team sets staging for big stadium rally at convention

I see that the TV networks are in a tizzy about the cost to them of Barack Obama's handlers' plan for the Obamessiah to give his acceptance speech at a big night rally at the outdoor Invesco stadium. Of course, nothing is too good for the networks' boy and besides there's an upside for them too:
Unspoken among the executives is the guarantee of increased ratings and stunning visuals from Invesco that could offset some of that larger than expected expenditure.
I'll say. While everyone thought Obama was just in Germany to attend a free rock concert and snub wounded US soldiers, he and his posse were picking up some staging tips. Here's a mock-up of what it is going to look like:

Obama stadium rally set
It's a little derivative, but so dramatic!

Get your free Obama poster here!

Doug Ross provides us with the only Barack Obama poster you will ever need:

Only Obama poster you will ever need
(Click poster to supersize)


Somehow, I think the O-holes aren't going to be happy.

Obama can run but he can't hide

Barack Obama the slumlords' pal has been in Tony Rezko's pocket so long he doesn't even notice the Twinkie wrappers anymore. I always liked his story that he barely knew Mr. Rezko at the time Rezko helped him buy his mansion with the 1,000 bottle wine cellar. I guess he wants us to believe that he had received Tony's orders for government subsidies by phone. Of course, Obama did finally have to admit that he had given ole Tony a tour of the palace they were buying jointly. I bet Rezko isn't eating any cookies sent to him anonymously in prison.



Thursday, August 21, 2008

Today's Hoot: What do Obama and Osama have in common?

Q. What do Obama and Osama have in common?

A. They both have friends who bombed the Pentagon.

Barack says ignore the man behind the curtain

The man in this case is Barack Obama's mentor, political sponsor, long time pal, and business partner, William Ayers:


I wonder what job in his administration Barack has promised to Billy? Probably head of the Committee for State Security except he may have to fight Michelle Obama for it.

Let's help Barack Obama pick a VP candidate!

I already offered Barack my advice, but Ann Coulter has a more succinct suggestion:

This week, Barack Obama's challenge is to select a running mate who's young, hip, and whose accomplishments in life don't overshadow Obama's. Allow me to suggest Kevin Federline.
All indications are that unlike Obama, Federline can talk without a teleprompter, so even he may be a stretch.

Barack Obama the crooked developers' pal

David Freddoso in today's NY Post - BARACK'S FAVORS FOR CORRUPT CRONY:
Barack Obama has admitted it was "boneheaded" to get involved in a land deal with Tony Rezko, his friend and fund-raiser. But the media's focus on that deal has distracted from the bigger question: Why would Obama become involved in any deal with a man like Rezko, who made his living sponging off taxpayers and corrupting public officials? Because, by the time of the deal, the two already had a long relationship of mutual benefit.
...
After Rezko's 2006 indictment on unrelated federal corruption charges, Obama denied unequivocally that he'd ever helped the man: "I've never done any favors for him."

That's simply false. Rezko was a genius of corporate welfare who enriched himself at taxpayers' expense, both legally and illegally, via his multiple political connections. Yes, he went to others for the illegal deals that landed him in prison. But Rezko depended on Obama when he wanted legal access to the state treasury. The arrangement was a far cry from Obama's image of "change and hope."
The hope is for crooks who have Barry's cell phone number, but I digress.
In October 1998, Obama wrote city and state officials, urging them to give Rezko $14 million to build an apartment complex outside of Obama's state Senate district. The Chicago Sun-Times noted last year that Obama's request included $855,000 in "development fees" for Rezko and for another developer, Allison Davis, who happened to be Obama's old law-firm boss. Obama's spokesman said it was just a coincidence that the state senator wrote letters to obtain millions of dollars for his two longtime friends. In fact, Obama was a dependable ally of subsidized developers in the Legislature, giving Rezko and others broader help as well. In "The Case Against Barack Obama" [Freddoso's new book] I identify and parse six housing bills with which Obama was closely involved.
...

These and the other Obama-backed bills helped make millionaires of Rezko and other slum developers at taxpayers' expense. The developers - including his former law boss and an adviser to his current campaign - reciprocated, together giving and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for Obama's campaigns.

To sum up: Obama got them subsidies to build. He secured them a steady income of government rent subsidies. He arranged special tax credits and abatements for them. He backed measures that increased demand for their services, and helped them legally circumvent local laws.

Gosh, young Barry must have been a star pupil in the Chicago school of politics. I'm not as sure as Mr. Freddoso that Barry didn't do anything illegal though. Wanna bet that Rezko turns state's evidence to keep out of the slammer if Obama isn't in a position to pardon him after the election?

However, the best part is that ole Hussein thinks these types of "private-public partnerships" are just the ticket for developing affordable housing in the USA. Aside from the graft, read Binyamin Appelbaum's lengthy expose in the Boston Globe of how it worked out for the residents in Grim proving ground for Obama's housing policy:

The squat brick buildings of Grove Parc Plaza, in a dense neighborhood that Barack Obama represented for eight years as a state senator, hold 504 apartments subsidized by the federal government for people who can't afford to live anywhere else.

But it's not safe to live here.

About 99 of the units are vacant, many rendered uninhabitable by unfixed problems, such as collapsed roofs and fire damage. Mice scamper through the halls. Battered mailboxes hang open. Sewage backs up into kitchen sinks. In 2006, federal inspectors graded the condition of the complex an 11 on a 100-point scale - a score so bad the buildings now face demolition.

Grove Parc has become a symbol for some in Chicago of the broader failures of giving public subsidies to private companies to build and manage affordable housing - an approach strongly backed by Obama as the best replacement for public housing.

As a state senator, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee coauthored an Illinois law creating a new pool of tax credits for developers. As a US senator, he pressed for increased federal subsidies. And as a presidential candidate, he has campaigned on a promise to create an Affordable Housing Trust Fund that could give developers an estimated $500 million a year.

But a Globe review found that thousands of apartments across Chicago that had been built with local, state, and federal subsidies - including several hundred in Obama's former district - deteriorated so completely that they were no longer habitable.

Grove Parc and several other prominent failures were developed and managed by Obama's close friends and political supporters. Those people profited from the subsidies even as many of Obama's constituents suffered. Tenants lost their homes; surrounding neighborhoods were blighted.

Maybe Barry should just call his big plan the My Developer Pals Trust Fund? As for the taxpayers, well they always get screwed, just more so in Chicago.

Barack Obama the ventriloquist dummy


Barack Obama's supporters are still smarting from his inability to complete whole sentences at the Saddleback "debate." I guess they haven't figured out yet that the dummy doesn't work too well without the ventriloquist:

According to several Democrat political consultants presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Barack Obama spent part of his Hawaiian vacation working on weaning himself from a heavy dependence on teleprompters. Even in what are staged as "town hall" events for Obama, remarks are scripted or formatted into bullet points that scroll on teleprompter screens. Obama has had several embarrassing events where the teleprompter either malfunctioned or the screens were not fully visible.

"He just locks down and can't get the words out," says one political consultant. "For such a fine speaker, it's really quite remarkable that he's had issues."
I guess they are too young to remember that was also true of Charlie McCarthy when Edgar Bergen wasn't around.
Obama's troubles with unscripted moments contributed to his campaign's refusal to participate in town hall format debates or discussions with Sen. John McCain, who feels much more comfortable in the unscripted moments.
Maybe ole Barack should just retire to his mansion and wait for his coronation.