Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Defenders say that Max Baucus always sounds drunk

The video of the stumbling and slurred health care rant (complete with flailing arm gestures) by Montana Senator Max Baucus on the Senate floor is certainly good for laughs

but even better is that his defenders say that Baucus always sounds drunk. I guess ole Max never needs to dress up warmly in those cold Montana winters even when Baucus' well-paid (by the taxpayers) girl friend isn't around! Here's an earlier clip of Max Baucus back when he had a beard and appeared on a popular talk show:

Monday, December 28, 2009

Hey, Kay Hagan! Where is North Carolina's Health-Care Christmas present?

I'm very disappointed.

On Christmas morning I couldn't find one single gift to North Carolina from Sen. Kay Hagan under the health-care "reform" tree.
Louisiana got a nice package. Florida and Connecticut, too. And Nebraska scored a really big present.

Just six days ago Crooked Harry Reid said that if a senator didn't get his state "something" in the health-care "reform" package, then that senator wasn't doing his or her job.

And Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., upped the ante. He said that every state did "get something" in the measure.

OK. it may be a little late, but I'm still excited. What's North Carolina's gift? Goofy Kay, as everyone knows, won her seat in the Senate last year on Barack Obama's coat tails and ever since she has been in Washington whenever Obama or Harry Reid told her to jump, her only response was "How high?" Goofy Kay has voted for every single thing those boys have dredged up so North Carolina's present has got to be something really good!

Flat screen TVs for every man, woman and child? No, no -- that's way too small.

A new military base ... for every county?

A lump of coal and a power plant to fire it?

Oh, I know: Lifetime exemptions for North Carolina residents and all of their descendents from federal income tax? That would be nice.

Whatever it is, I can't wait for the UPS truck to finally get here. The suspense is unbearable.

(With apologies to Sherman Frederick)

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas to All from the Country Store

a country christmas

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.

Obama Christmas Spirit - Transvestite Ornaments on the Whitehouse Tree

The fun-loving Obamas have brought more "change you can believe in" to the Whitehouse. This time its the Whitehouse Christmas, er Holiday Tree which this year features ornaments with transvestites, Chairman Mao, and Obama's grinning mug on Mt. Rushmore. Heck, nothing says Christmas like transvestite ornaments on the tree!

whitehouse christmas tree transvestite ornament

Apparently the Obamas sought out the well-known NY window-dressing poofter, Simon Doonan, to do the Christmas, er Holiday Tree decorating and he did his usual schtick to shock the squares.

'Let's face it,''he once said, ''window-dressing is a nonessential, poofy profession whose one raison d'être is the creation of desire. I consider myself very lucky to have found it.''

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A self-proclaimed ''gay half-wit with no future,'' he had just two goals: ''Not to go raving mad like the rest of the family and not to end up working in one of the local factories.''

Sounds like a swell choice to boost the Christmas, er, Holiday Spirit in the nation's house. I worry though about what'll happen if someone suggests that everyone don their gay apparel.

gay obama

Meanwhile in Obamavilles across the nation, the citizenry can only look on in amazement at this bizarre interloper and his crew of wingnuts.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Senator Ben Nelson may be a whore, but he's not a cheap whore. Cheap Senate sluts must be jealous.

Ben Nelson whore

After weeks of telling everyone that "good boys don't do that," Nebraska Senator Ben "Dover" Nelson couldn't drop his pants fast enough after Harry Reid flashed some serious cash at him:

Why the change of heart?

It appears that the current health care bill’s plan to insure about 30 million uninsured Americans includes a provision to move a good portion of them onto the Medicaid rolls. Needless to say, that’s quite the unfunded mandate to force upon the budgets of our already cash-strapped states.

But there’s one state that today was guaranteed immunity from such a budget-annihilating burden -- Nebraska.  While 49 other states will be forced to scramble and cut and tax and reappropriate in order to meet the new mandates, Nelson’s home state won’t.

That’s because Nelson sold his vote for Reid’s assurance that the feds will pay 100% of any new Nebraska Medicaid costs -- forever.

And that leaves non-Nebraskan taxpayers picking up the tab – forever.

Gosh, that's even more lucrative than a few night stands with Tiger Woods!

But hold on a sec! What about other round-heeled Democrat Senators from conservative states who rolled over for Harry without any such largesse? I bet they are steaming now and thinking about how they could all of a sudden play hard to get too. Maybe they could call up the National Enquirer and offer to sell all their photos and phone messages unless Reid and Obama come up with some piles of cash for them too?

(Hat tip: photo from Ace)

St. Obama saves us all from Global Warming

obama halo

Golly, who knew? According to the Associated Press' Charles Babington and Jennifer Loven , Barack Obama singlehandedly saved us all from Global Warming! There will always be scoffers, but here's proof that no one can deny: no sooner did St. Obama get his "unprecedented" Global Warming agreement than a vast blizzard hit the Northeast USA. Here's St. Obama's plane arriving back in Washington DC:

obama plane arrives in blizzard

Friday, December 18, 2009

More laughs at the Copenhagen Global Warming Clown Circus

If you want a nonstop laugh fest, you can't get much better than the Copenhagen Global Warming Clown Circus. The big news overnight was a "leaked" copy of the final draft agreement:

When your attempt at recreating the Congress of Vienna with a third-rate cast of extras turns into a shambles, when the data with which you have tried to terrify the world is daily exposed as ever more phoney, when the blatant greed and self-interest of the participants has become obvious to all beholders, when those pesky polar bears just keep increasing and multiplying – what do you do?

No contest: stop issuing three rainforests of press releases every day, change the heading to James Bond-style “Do not distribute” and “leak” a single copy, in the knowledge that human nature is programmed to interest itself in anything it imagines it is not supposed to see, whereas it would bin the same document unread if it were distributed openly.

After that, get some unbiased, neutral observer, such as the executive director of Greenpeace, to say: “This is the single most important piece of paper in the world today.” Unfortunately, the response of all intelligent people will be to fall about laughing; but it was worth a try – everybody loves a tryer – and the climate alarmists are no longer in a position to pick and choose their tactics.

But boy! Was this crass, or what? The apocalyptic document revealing that even if the Western leaders hand over all the climate Danegeld demanded of them, appropriately at the venue of Copenhagen, the earth will still fry on a 3C temperature rise is the latest transparent scare tactic to extort more cash from taxpayers. The danger of this ploy, of course, is that people might say “If we are going to be chargrilled anyway, what is the point of handing over billions – better to get some serious conspicuous consumption in before the ski slopes turn into saunas.”

Of course, the most serious conspicuous consumers are the Third World thugs and clowns that thought Global Warming was the ticket to new palaces, new Mercedes, and more jewelry for their grasping wives. Then there were the United Nations kleptocrats that thought they had finally come up with a way to ride on a gravy train pulled by the taxpayers of the developed world. I won't even mention the religious acolytes of the Church of Global Warming and the voracious profiteers in the developed world who are beneath contempt for trying to force this scam on the rest of us.

This week has been truly historic. It has marked the beginning of the landslide that is collapsing the whole AGW imposture. The pseudo-science of global warming is a global laughing stock and Copenhagen is a farce. In the warmist camp the Main Man is a railway engineer with huge investments in the carbon industry. That says it all. The world’s boiler being heroically damped down by the Fat Controller. Al Gore, occupant of the only private house that can be seen from space, so huge is its energy consumption, wanted to charge punters $1,200 to be photographed with him at Copenhagen. There is a man who is really worried about the planet’s future.

If there were not $45 trillion of Western citizens’ money at stake, this would be the funniest moment in world history. What a bunch of buffoons.

And the sooner we laugh them out of town the better. Speaking of "soon to be out of town," even Santa Obama's last minute visit with a bag of goodies provided by the American taxpayers and a list that he wasn't checking to see who was naughty or nice failed to cheer up the clowns. It must be rough on a man of Barack Obama's vaunted sensitivity that the panhandlers weren't satisfied with his handout. Hmm, while he was there he could have pitched Chicago for the Olympics again.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Today's Hoot: Gore Effect to Hit Copenhagen Global Warming Boondoggle

Al Gore may have canceled his $1,200 per ticket book promotion event scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 17th at the great Copenhagen Global Warming Boondoggle, but the Gore effect on the Copenhagen weather apparently lives on - Record Cold To hit Global Warming Conference (Copenhagen To Break Dec 17th Record by 7 Degrees!):

Once again it's bad timing for a global warming meeting as all time record cold temperatures are set to strike the the U.N. global warming conference in Copenhagen.

Last week "warmists" were confronted with reports that November Arctic Sea Ice growth exceeded the 1979-2000 average and that "in general, the ice edge is now at or slightly beyond its average location".

The bad timing for "warmists" this time is that Copenhagen, home to the UN global warming conference until December 18th, is set to break the all time low temperature record for December 17th.

Here is a screengrab of Copenhagen weather from Weather Underground for Dec 17th 2008 that shows the all time cold record for that date (24 degrees) was set on Dec 17th 1997:

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As can be seen from this screen grab from Weather Underground, forecasters are predicting this record will be shattered by 7 degrees as temperatures dip down to a record low of 17 degrees on Thursday December 17th:

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Actually, if you follow the Weather Underground link for the forecast, the low temperature predicted for the 17th is now up to 21 degrees, so I count it as further proof of the Gore Effect - when Crazy Al stays away the temperature rises.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Watch the Global Warming hustlers con the suckers

Christopher Booker in today's UK Telegraph provides a bird's eye view of the Global Warming hustlers at work conning the suckers:

What is the connection between Dr Rajendra Pachauri, the Indian railway engineer who has been much in evidence at the Copenhagen climate conference, as chairman of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and an Indian-owned steel company's decision to mothball its giant Teesside steel works next month, ripping the heart out of the town of Redcar by putting 1,700 people out of work?

Nothing of this complex story is likely to be heard in the dreary concrete shed outside Copenhagen where, as temperatures drop towards freezing, 17,000 prime ministers, officials and climate activists are earnestly discussing how the planet is warming up towards extinction. But it certainly sheds a little light on a colossal worldwide racket these delegates are helping to promote, because the end of the story is that we shall all be paying to export thousands of British jobs to new steel plants in India, for no gain in the reduction of worldwide CO2 emissions.

In a nutshell, after Margaret Thatcher revived the moribund British steel industry, the steel works at Redcar in the UK was one of the jewels but it was sold to Corus (a Dutch company) which in turn was acquired by the steel part of the Indian Tata conglomerate, Tata Steel. More or less OK so far, but now comes the real con job via Global Warming:

One of Corus's prizes was the Redcar steel works, once Europe's largest blast furnace. It is this which is now to be mothballed, according to Corus because of worldwide "over-production". But this is transparently not the case, since its new owner, Tata, is planning to more than double its steel production in India over the next three years. Furthermore, only last month Corus announced plans to build a 20 million euro plant in the Netherlands, with the help of 15 million euros from the EU and 5 million euros from the Dutch government.

The real gain to Corus from stopping production at Redcar, however, is the saving it will make on its carbon allowances, allocated by the EU under its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). By ceasing to emit a potential six million tonnes of CO2 a year, Corus will benefit from carbon allowances which could soon, according to European Commission projections, be worth up to £600 million over the three years before current allocations expire.

But this is only half the story. In India, Corus's owner, Tata, plans to increase steel production from 53 million tonnes to 124 million over the same period. By replacing inefficient old plants with new ones which emit only "European levels" of CO2, Tata could claim a further £600 million under the UN's Clean Development Mechanism, which is operated by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – the organisers of the Copenhagen conference. Under this scheme, organisations in developed countries such as Britain – ranging from electricity supply companies to the NHS – can buy the right to exceed their CO2 allocations from those in developing countries, such as India. The huge but hidden cost of these "carbon permits" will be passed on to all of us, notably through our electricity bills.

Thus, at the end of the day, Redcar will lose its biggest employer and one of the largest manufacturing plants left in Britain. Tata, having gained up to £1.2 billion from "carbon credits", will get its new steel plants – while the net amount of CO2 emitted worldwide will not have been reduced a jot.

Golly, paying through the nose to impoverish ourselves and to support the kleptocrats at the United Nations. Sounds like a heck of a deal to me! And speaking of those kleptocrats:

But it just happens that Dr Pachauri's other main job, apart from being chairman of the [United Nations' Global Warming cheerleaders at the] IPCC, is as director-general of the Tata Energy Research Institute, funded by Tata, which he has run since 1981.

I'm sure ole Doc Pachauri is more than worth his weight in gold to Tata. Speaking of which:

Last year, on official figures, buying and selling the right to emit CO2 was worth $126 billion across the world. This market, now enriching many of our leading financial institutions (not to mention Al Gore), is growing so fast that within a few years it is predicted to be worth trillions, making carbon the most valuable traded commodity in the world.

Forget Big Oil: the new world power is Big Carbon.Truly it has been a miracle of our time that they have managed to transform carbon dioxide, a gas upon which all life on earth depends, into a "pollutant", worth more than diamonds, let alone oil. And many of those now gathered in Copenhagen are making a great deal of money out of it.

A truly monumental con job fer sure!

The best part though is that Global Warming is a complete and utter fraud based on cooked data, but it has the key aspect of a truly good con game: the suckers (AKA left wing hacks and pols) want to believe!. Y'all try to keep warm and have a Climategate Christmas:

 

Thursday, November 19, 2009

"A man can never have too many flashlights"

Whenever I try out the old saw that "a women can never have too many shoes"  on Mrs. Philosopher, she counters that based on my example, "a man can never have too many flashlights." I have to confess that it is true - I have one (or more) for every room in the house and every desk and every vehicle, not to mention special purpose ones like spotlights, lanterns, and penlights.

Lately, I have been reading the LED flashlight reviews, checking out the various on and offline stores, and converting or replacing most of the existing flashlights with LED flashlights. The advantages of LEDs are obvious - much better bulb life and better battery life than incandescent bulbs. In recent years LED prices have gone down and LED flashlights have gotten brighter and started using standard batteries instead of the usually pricey (and unrechargeable) coin cells that used to be typical. LEDs are also showing up in much more than light bulbs, but even sticking to that, traffic lights everywhere are converting to LED as well as many exterior car lights excepting headlights for which LEDs are still not bright enough.

Now here's the big puzzle. How did this major power saving technological improvement occur without Senator Barbara ("Call me dopey") Boxer and some Federal bureaucracy mandating its use like the annoying and poisonous Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL)? It sure is a puzzlement, but maybe, just maybe, it has to do with LEDs actually being better than incandescent bulbs for many applications and not some just some ecoweenie fantasy.

So why don't they make LED replacements for regular incandescent light bulbs? Actually, if you look around you can find some and they provide similar power savings and much better color rendering than CFLs without the poisonous mercury, but at the moment they are still rather expensive. Hopefully they get down the commodity pricing curve soon before the greentards give us all mercury poisoning.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Obama bows again to foreign royalty

Apparently Barack Obama's handlers can't keep him from bowing to every foreign "royal" he meets despite the fact that US citizens, particularly Presidents of the USA do not bow to foreign royalty.  The last time when ole Barry was bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia, his spinners said it wasn't a bow. A better excuse would be that the poor lad was tricked by those sneaky foreigners and couldn't help himself.

The original Saudi trick:

Obama bowing in Saudi Arabia for fried chicken

Obama falls for the same trick in Japan.

Obama bows to Emperor of Japan for fried chicken

One can't help but wonder what Obama would do for a bucket of Extra Crispy.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Now more than ever, salute our veterans

Veterans Day 2009: Our thanks to all those who have served and are currently serving. They are our bulwark against tyrants both foreign and domestic.

veterans day 2009

Saturday, November 07, 2009

eBay retains its title as the joke of online shopping sites

I used to be an extensive eBay shopper, but have tapered off over the years as the grasping nature of the management team has ruined the ambience. Still, I can't help marveling at how they have managed to kill the golden online auction goose and consequently I got a chuckle out of their latest faux pas - eBay Payment Reminders: eBay screws up again:

Do you remember when eBay was the Great White Shark of online auction sites? Now they seem to be more like Bozo. The latest evidence is the great eBay Payment Reminder debacle which started on Friday. Instead of sending out a "You’ve Won…" notice to winning auction bidders and purchasers from eBay stores, they are waiting 48 hours and then sending out collection agency style emails that are fetchingly titled "Please pay for your…".

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The problem with this is that many eBay sellers encourage buyers to shop around for multiple days amongst their other auctions and eBay store items to buy more and save on combined shipping. Sellers woke up Saturday to find irate emails from customers they had encouraged to keep shopping, but who had exceeded eBay’s arbitrary 48 hour limit and were hit with the "Please pay…" emails for their purchases over the past few days.

The sellers can't change the emails or opt out of them so they are suffering from outraged buyers who can't discern that the emails came from the robots at eBay and not the sellers themselves. Undoubtedly eBay sees some money in this for themselves, but it is hard to see how. Meanwhile the sellers are scrambling to figure out how to tell their customers that it is yet another eBay screw-up.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Keep the pressure on to KILL THE BILL

After yesterday's House Call on Congress, Obamacare is punch drunk and reeling. Get on the phone and call your congressional representatives, particularly if they are on the "leaners list". If they aren't on the list, tell them why they should be:

Obamacare shove it up your donkey

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Today's Hoot: Dede Scozzafava comes out of the closet

Some of the wags at Free Republic came up with this snap of  porcine Dede Scozzafava coming out of the closet.

Scozzafava comes out of closet

Of course, the real question is what she got from the White House for endorsing the Democrat candidate in the NY-23 congressional race after she ended her faux Republican campaign. From the looks of ole Dede, I'm betting she is going to be Obama's Pizza Czar. "Every American deserves large pies with 2 meat toppings and triple cheese."

Don't let the garage door hit your wide load on the way out, Dede.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

How can you tell if Michelle Obama is wearing a Halloween costume?

I have to admit that when I saw the photos of the White House Halloween party I thought that Emperor Obama and his consort Michelle had decided to skip the costumes. Emperor Barack looked like Urkel as usual and Michelle was wearing something that looked like it was looted from a Salvation Army store as usual.

Micheele and Barack Obama Halloween 2009 party

Boy, was I shocked to find out that Michelle's outfit was really a "Cat Woman" costume!

Therefore, to prevent further mistakes of this type I consulted with the Country Store's crack team of fashion consultants and came up with this handy guide to whether or not Michelle Obama is wearing a Halloween costume.

Q: Does Michelle Obama's outfit vaguely resemble the skin of a wild animal?

Michelle and Barack Obama Halloween Party 2
If the answer is yes, then Michelle is wearing a Halloween costume.

Q: Is Michelle Obama wearing something that looks like it was made out of Nick Nolte's old Hawaiian shirt?


Michelle Obama wears Nick Nolte shirtNick Nolte shirt
If the answer is yes, then Michelle is wearing one of her high fashion outfits.

Q: Is Michele Obama wearing something that looks like the couch your aunt had back in the 1970's?

Michelle Obama Big Butt

If so, then it it is another of Michelle's regular outfits.

Q: Does Michelle Obama look like Flip Wilson when he was dressed up as Geraldine?

Michelle Obama does Denmark
Flip Wison as Geraldine
This is another indication Michelle is wearing a haute couture outfit some con artist designer sold her and it is not a Halloween costume

Q: Is Michelle Obama wearing a very wide belt just under her negligible bust and twirling a hula hoop?

Michelle Obama Twirls a hula hoop

Hey, the wide belt is a primo fashion accessory and like Michelle you have to have no chest (or be a cross dresser) to wear it so it is plenty exclusive and NOT a Halloween costume no matter what it looks like.

Whew! That was sure exhaustive and I thank my fashion consultants, but I'm still not convinced that I won't make the same mistake again. Maybe next year Michelle can just go for the Joker clown make-up at Halloween:

Michelle Obama Joke

Today's Hoot: Frank Rich gets all dewy eyed over Dede Scozzafava

Michelle Malkin kicks fat fool Frank Rich's butt:

Make Frank Rich cry: Donate to Hoffman for Congress.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Ned Lamont is still an airbrain

Remember goofy Ned Lamont, the sock puppet of Markos "Mickey" Moulitsas and Jane "Hamster" Hamsher? Well, the butt kicking that Joe Lieberman gave him apparently hasn't increased ole Ned Lamont's IQ:

It amuses me that millionaire Ned Lamont wants "the option" of opting in to discount welfare reduced-benefits Sub-Medicare. I'm sure he'll be the first on the sign-up sheet.

In related news, Ned Lamont also wants to opt-in to government housing. Some of those joints have sweeet concrete balconies. And the stairwells will give him plenty of room for his illegal pit-bull-breeding business.

Ned Lamont fever: Catch it!

Must be like the swine flu.

The Great Swine Flu Hoax - It's Looking More Like Bull Flu Every Day

The other day I mentioned the fact that at the end of August the US Center for Disease Control stopped reporting swine flu deaths separately from the usual seasonal flu deaths. That was sure convenient since the numbers actually show that the swine flu is rather less lethal than ordinary seasonal flu:

News flash: Swine flu is a massively overrated threat -- overrated not only in the media but by the World Health Organization, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and others who have a duty to know better.

The presidential science council warned in late August that, "in a plausible scenario," swine flu might kill 90,000 Americans with the epidemic peaking in "mid-October." But it's now obvious that this won't happen.

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Total deaths since Aug. 30 from "Influenza and Pneumonia-Associated" illness are 1,397, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site FluView (cdc.gov/flu/weekly/). But only 192 of those have been laboratory-confirmed as flu of any type. (And yes, people die of pneumonia from many causes other than flu.) In fact, FluView reports that deaths from influenza and pneumonia are well within the normal bounds for this time of year -- or, as the CDC puts it, "below the epidemic threshold."

Golly, even adding the flu strains together doesn't provide any basis for panic. And look when happens when you really do try to separate out the swine flu cases:

The CDC no longer publishes specific data on swine-flu cases or deaths. But the FluTracker Web site (flu- tracker.rhizalabs.com/) does. As of last Friday, it listed 680 total US deaths compared to 644 the week before. That's just 36 deaths in a week -- or about the number the CDC estimates die every four hours of "regular" flu during the season.

FluTracker also provides a graph that shows new worldwide cases and deaths -- and that tells us deaths are occurring less often than they were a month ago. They were lower in the past week than in the previous three.

New York City data indicate that swine flu is perhaps a tenth as lethal as the seasonal variety. Plus, government Web sites from such southern hemisphere countries as Australia and New Zealand, whose flu season is now ending, show fewer flu deaths than normal.

And the Swine Flu Count Web site shows about 4,100 deaths worldwide in the last six months, fewer than die every six days from seasonal flu.

They're dropping like flies! Not.

But here's the real puzzle:

Note that, when it issued its "up to 90,000 deaths" report, the presidential council had ample access to the preliminary data from all these sources (and many more) showing the mildness of swine flu. Some scientists.

So you tell me. Are Obama's science advisors merely incompetent or are they working yet another big government hustle like the kleptocrats at The UN's World Health Organization?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Why not call the Swine Flu the Bull Flu?

Or even the Bulls**t flu:

So You Think You Have Swine Flu? Am I the only one--besides Michael Fumento--who finds reports like NBC's last night on the spread of swine flu ("galloping its way across the country") to be wildly unconvincing? The NBC piece claims "90 dead" last week under the rubric "swine flu cases." [See about 1:10 in] This is almost certainly BS. As this CDC report makes clear, that figure includes both the swine flu and the regular annual flu. Indeed, NBC promiscuously conflates a) swine flu (H1N1); b) regular flu and c) "flu like symptoms" which may not be any kind of flu at all. ... That may be because the CDC itself has decided to conflate at least the first two categories, as noted in this seemingly damning CBS story and confirmed in the CDC report itself:

This new system was implemented on August 30, 2009, and replaces the weekly report of laboratory confirmed 2009 H1N1-related hospitalizations and deaths that began in April 2009. Jurisdictions can now report to CDC either laboratory confirmed or pneumonia and influenza syndromic-based counts of hospitalizations and deaths resulting from all types or subtypes of influenza, not just those from 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. [E.A.]

I think this means the CDC does not really know how many cases are swine flu and how many aren't. (The regular flu kills many thousands of people every year.)

There's nothing bureaucrats like better than a crisis because it allows them to a) justify their existence and b) ask for money from any likely sucker. The United Nations is probably the all time champ in this regard since they are so woefully inept and so wildly profligate, but the Obama bureaucrats are coming on strong since they have the American taxpayers' pockets to pick and a lapdog Congress to let them get away with any hare-brained scheme they dream up. Of course, lack of a crisis is no problem - they'll just make one up like global warming and now the Bull Flu.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Former NC Governor Mike Easley (D) even stole water

Former NC Governor Mike Easley (more commonly referred to as Sleazley) has been in a world of hurt since he left office and his wife Mary Sleazely refused to give up her taxpayer funded no-show job with the state university system. Mary Sleazley was famous for her taxpayer funded European travel and a no-show job while ole Mike was in office, but the fertilizer didn't hit the blower until he left office and she arranged another no-show job which ultimately resulted in top state university administrators resigning and her getting fired.

This got folks to digging in Easley's term in office and all kinds of sleaze is showing up. The latest is In drought, Easley's club got water:

As a four-year drought parched North Carolina into the middle of 2002, then-Gov. Mike Easley and his administration called it a major disaster. The governor urged people everywhere to save water, and he imposed stiff restrictions.

Except at Easley's exclusive private golf club in northeastern Chatham County.

New records and interviews show that Old Chatham Golf Club pumped millions of gallons from a creek leading to Jordan Lake, diverting water from one of the region's major sources to keep greens alive.

The records show that a state water resources chief questioned the pumping but that higher-level officials -- including at the Governor's Office -- got involved.

Gov. Sleazley cares about even the smallest things in making life better for the citizens of North Carolina.

It all took place a year after golf club leaders provided Easley with a major benefit: Club directors had voted in 2001 to waive the governor's monthly membership dues. That saved Easley about $50,000 while he was in office, a break he did not reveal on financial disclosure forms.

Hmmm - maybe it's because ole Mike is such a swell guy? And look who else was a member of the club:

Their club boasts many prominent businessmen among its 300 members, including Charles Sanders, the former Glaxo chief and state lottery chairman; state Sen. Tony Rand, the majority leader in the Senate; former Department of Transportation secretary Lyndo Tippett; and Frank Daniels Jr., former publisher of The News & Observer.

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Both Mead and Fransen said in interviews that the golf club had made it clear that the purpose of the pumping was to save the club members' investment in grass.

Nice - think of it as a verdure stimulus plan.

Two days later, Easley issued a controversial directive that local water systems and businesses, including in Chatham County, take quick steps to reduce their water use by 20 percent. Easley spent the next week urging people to save water, including during a visit to a farm in Knightdale on July 17 where he called the drought a major disaster and sought federal aid.

But Old Chatham Golf Club's water was not affected by Easley's water-saving directive.

Even better, Gov. Sleazley was telling everyone not to let the water run while they brushed their teeth. There's more in the article about how "The Governor's Office" applied the pressure to get 6 million gallons of water and they even got the state Department of Transportation to agreed "to let Old Chatham run a pipeline along the state's right-of-way to an irrigation pond on the golf course's property."

Mike Easley - just another Democrat looking out for the little people.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Another big Democrat Wall Street donor gets busted

Shades of Bernie Madoff! This time the big bucks Wall Street Democrat donor was Raj Rajaratnam seen here doing the perp walk after being busted today over a bit of insider trading:

Raj Rajaratnam doing the perp walk

And who were Rajaratnam's favorite politicians?

Rajaratnam and his wife were also major contributors to a number of Democratic campaigns, giving a total of $118,000 to, among others, the Senate campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer and the presidential campaigns of Mrs. Clinton and Barack Obama.

"He was big with Hillary and then jumped over to Obama after Hillary lost," said one Democratic party figure involved in fundraising.

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Rajaratnam is also a major trustee of the American India Foundation, which is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative. President Clinton is the Foundation's honorary chair, and has publicly thanked Rajaratnam and his wife for their multi-million dollar support.

There's more about ole Raj's support for Tamil terrorists by following the link and Hillary's whitewashing of it.

"You shouldn't lump all terrorists together," Sen. Clinton said in 2007.

Look what money will buy when you go shopping at the Democrat store.

As for Obama, as I read Rajaratnam's contributions, most went to Barack: Obama ($30,800) followed by the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee ($26,700), and then Hillary and a bunch of the worst Donk Senators you can think of including Chuckie Schumer, Maria Cantwell, and Robert Menendez. Do you think they'll be returning their ill-gotten gains anytime soon and shutting down the usual Donk piety about those evil wealthy Republicans? I'm not holding my breath.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Hot times on Oprah Winfrey's plane!

Oprah Winfrey, the rotund Queen of daytime TV, is being sued by a former stewardess on her personal airplane who was fired:

The plaintiff Corrine Gehrls alleges that Gayle King's daughter, Kirby Bumpus, and the other flight attendant on the jet, Myron Gooch, told Oprah Winfrey directly that Gerhls and the pilot, Terry Pansing, engaged in "inappropriate intimate conduct" during a June 14, 2009 flight.

Bumpus and Gooch?

Gehrls states in the complaint that no such conduct took place and, furthermore, there is no way anyone could have witnessed such conduct since Winfrey and the other passengers ingested sleeping pills and slept throughout the flight.

Oprah is taking sleeping pills? That might explain why she looked like a bag lady (with bag) when she flew over to Denmark to persuade the IOC to give Chicago the Olympics.

Oprah bag lady

 Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama

 Skanky Oprah

 Oprah Twinkies

 

Gerhls also claims in the lawsuit that Winfrey favored Gooch and turned a blind eye when Gooch and Gayle King shared the jet's double bed on another flight.

Woohoo! Unless Gayle goes both ways, I guess that puts to rest the rumors that Gayle and Oprah are longstanding lesbian pals. 

The complaint points out that Winfrey's only gripe with Gooch was his food ordering skills and that Winfrey allegedly said "[W]hite folks don't know what southern food should taste like." 

Who knew that someone who fed at a trough was such a gourmet?

According to the complaint, Gerhls and Pansing passed a lie detector test and the results are attached to the complaint as exhibits.

The full text of the lawsuit is available at the link. 

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Norwegian jokes: lutefisk and Barack Obama

Those pesky Norwegians love their practical jokes. First there was lutefisk, now they give Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize. Only the American left doesn't realize the joke is on them and BO.

Got curious about how the media in Norway is playing the Nobel Peace Prize decision (I read/write Norwegian fluently), so I check out the Aftenposten (largest daily) this morning. Found one of those opinion poll widgets on their site- vote on if you think the prize to Obama was correct. 62% of Aftenposten's own Norwegian readers voted not vs 37% who voted yes. Just thought you'd be interested in how it plays out over there. Swedish dailies are pretty much skewing this as a stupid joke the Norwegians have created (to be expected...Swedes love to laugh at dumb stuff their next door neighbors do).

Friday, October 09, 2009

Buffoon Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize confirming its comedic value

Hey Lars, let's give the clown the Nobel Peace Prize!

Gosh Sven, that'll be even funnier than Arafat!

Obama Clown Fail

The Seinfeld Award: Obama Should Turn the Prize Down, But He Won't

This is so embarrassing. It highlights Mr. A-'s odd propensity to be given grades, degrees, book deals, law review editorships, presidencies, and now Nobel Prizes based on doing nothing.

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The Nobel committee has not done Obama any favors here. This is going to make him more of a joke.

Under such circumstances, he should decline the award and state he wants to win it after he's, I don't know, healed the earth and lowered the oceans, as promised. The Nobel committee will be just itching to give him three or four more of these anyway.

But he's a malignant narcissist and so he won't. The most he can bring himself to do is accept the award on behalf of those wise enough and filled with enough hope and change to vote for him -- sharing the award with those virtuous enough to vote him another beauty pageant prize.

Good God. Laughingstock.

Heck, maybe next year the Eurotards will give Hussein another Nobel for literature. Or maybe not.

Obama splits Nobel literature prize with Bill Ayers

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Tell me that Barack Obama isn't a dork

Obama dork

Click for full size Obama dorkiness

I happened to visit whitehouse.gov today and what currently slaps a visitor in the face first is this weird photo of Obama with his chin a mile in the air. Do you think he's posing for an "El Presidente of a third world country portrait" or is he just a flaming dork? I'm voting for the latter although I wouldn't be surprised if BO dreams of the former.

The caption is comedy gold too - "Your WEEKLY ADDRESS. Recorded on his way back from the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh, the President discusses how engagement produced tangible results in several areas. " I always wondered what happened to all the purveyors of stilted content-free prose when the Russians dumped communist dialectic for pure thuggery. They must have all got gigs with the Obama administration.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Under the reign of the glorious Obama opportunity abounds

Golly, check out this new offer from the Federal Art Instruction Institute for all you wannabe artists:

From heath care to the economy to the environment, Washington has become infested with pesky state enemies who are clogging up the legislative pipeline and making life miserable for our cool, art-loving president. That's why he has ordered the NEA to fund obsequious bohemians to help him exterminate the competition and drive traffic to his hip new website Servile.gov. The Federal Art Instruction Institute will show you how to get off funemployment and on the payroll of this exciting $3.6 trillion growth industry!

Such a deal and no artistic ability is required to rake in taxpayer bucks to facilitate your lifestyle!

Now if art really isn't your thing, forget the National Endowment for the Arts and hook up with the other NEA - the National Education Association teachers' union! Soon you could be leading your impressionable students in praise of Barack Obama:

No need to know anything about reading or writing or arithmetic - you won't have to teach any of that boring stuff. Just  make your students sing “Jesus loves the little children” with new Obama-affirming lyrics and substituting Barack Obama for Jesus. C'mon if even a no-talent affirmative action hack like Charisse Carney-Nunes can do it, so can you!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Obama energy bozo Steven Chu says Americans are like unruly teenagers

Steven Chu, the global warming lunatic that Barack Obama selected to be Energy Secretary, got all cranky yesterday because those pesky American citizens aren't signing on to wear ashes and sackcloth over global warming:

When it comes to greenhouse-gas emissions, Energy Secretary Steven Chu sees Americans as unruly teenagers and the Administration as the parent that will have to teach them a few lessons.
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“The American public…just like your teenage kids, aren’t acting in a way that they should act,” Dr. Chu said. “The American public has to really understand in their core how important this issue is.”

About what you would expect from this arrogant weasel and this arrogant administration, but heck, why not show these clowns what unruly really is?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Another "Let them eat cake" moment from Queen Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama on Thursday took time out from her busy schedule of power shopping to bestow her grace upon the peasants:

Let's say you're preparing dinner and you realize with dismay that you don't have any certified organic Tuscan kale. What to do?

Here's how Michelle Obama handled this very predicament Thursday afternoon:

The Secret Service and the D.C. police brought in three dozen vehicles and shut down H Street, Vermont Avenue, two lanes of I Street and an entrance to the McPherson Square Metro station. They swept the area, in front of the Department of Veterans Affairs, with bomb-sniffing dogs and installed magnetometers in the middle of the street, put up barricades to keep pedestrians out, and took positions with binoculars atop trucks. Though the produce stand was only a block or so from the White House, the first lady hopped into her armored limousine and pulled into the market amid the wail of sirens.

Then, and only then, could Obama purchase her leafy greens. "Now it's time to buy some food," she told several hundred people who came to watch. "Let's shop!"

Queen Michelle's favorite expression.

The first lady picked up a straw basket and headed for the "Farm at Sunnyside" tent, where she loaded up with organic Asian pears, cherry tomatoes, multicolored potatoes, free-range eggs and, yes, two bunches of Tuscan kale. She left the produce with an aide, who paid the cashier as Obama made her way back to the limousine.

There's nothing like the simple pleasures of a farm stand to return us to our agrarian roots.

Indeed.

The first lady had encouraged Freshfarm Markets, the group that runs popular farmers markets in Dupont Circle and elsewhere, to set up near the White House, and she helped get the approvals to shut down Vermont Avenue during rush hour on Thursdays. But the result was quite the opposite of a quaint farmers market. Considering all the logistics, each tomato she purchased had a carbon footprint of several tons.

The promotion of organic and locally grown food, though an admirable cause, is a risky one for the Obamas, because there's a fine line between promoting healthful eating and sounding like a snob. The president, when he was a candidate in 2007, got in trouble in Iowa when he asked a crowd, "Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula?" Iowans didn't have a Whole Foods.

For that reason, it's probably just as well that the first lady didn't stop by the Endless Summer Harvest tent yesterday. The Virginia farm had a sign offering "tender baby arugula" -- hydroponically grown, pesticide free -- and $5 for four ounces, which is $20 a pound.

Obama, in her brief speech to the vendors and patrons, handled the affordability issue by pointing out that people who pay with food stamps would get double the coupon value at the market. Even then, though, it's hard to imagine somebody using food stamps to buy what the market offered: $19 bison steak from Gunpowder Bison, organic dandelion greens for $12 per pound from Blueberry Hill Vegetables, the Piedmont Reserve cheese from Everson Dairy at $29 a pound. Rounding out the potential shopping cart: $4 for a piece of "walnut dacquoise" from the Praline Bakery, $9 for a jumbo crab cake at Chris's Marketplace, $8 for a loaf of cranberry-walnut bread and $32 for a bolt of yarn.

Let them eat Bison steak?

The first lady, in gray slacks and blue sweater, marveled that the people were "so pumped up" despite the rain. "I have never seen so many people so excited about fruits and vegetables!" she said. (Must be the tender baby arugula.)

At least she wasn't wearing one of her usual Halloween costumes.

She spoke of the global reach of her cause: "The first thing world leaders, prime ministers, kings, queens ask me about is the White House garden. And then they ask about Bo."

They are undoubtedly aware of Queen Michelle's room temperature IQ.

She spoke of the fuel fed to the world's most powerful man: "I've learned that when my family eats fresh food, healthy food, that it really affects how we feel, how we get through the day . . . whether there's a Cabinet meeting or whether we're just walking the dog."

And she spoke of her own culinary efforts: "There are times when putting together a healthy meal is harder than you might imagine."

Please - the White House chefs do all the cooking there. Queen Michelle doesn't have to do anything but whine. Of course, she's good at that.

Monday, September 14, 2009

How is Barack Obama like Kanye West?

Q: How is Barack Obama like Kanye West?

A: They are both whiny untalented punks with no class and overweening egos.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

A million patriots clog Washington DC to save their country

Washington DC taxpayer march 912

912 tea party in Washington DC

With crowd estimates as high as 2 million, patriots are thronging Washington DC today to express their displeasure with the Congress and President Obama.  There are too many blogs and forums with reports and photos to count, but here are some great sign slogans from Stephen Green:

Congress are you foolish enough to bet against our vote in 2010?

If you’re not outraged you’re not paying taxes.

Obamanomics – our dollars, no sense, trickle up poverty.

2009 Intolerable Acts – Cap & Trade, Bailouts, Obamacare.

Of course, there is the obligatory hat tip to the Democrats and the MSM:

They are sure to whine about racism

Friday, September 11, 2009

9/11 - Never forget, never forgive despite the whackos in the White House

Never Forget, Never Forgive 9/11

Click the picture for the Remember the Blood of Heroes slideshow which serves as a useful reminder of reality while the evil clown in the White House staffs the government with hard core radicals who believe that the USA deserved the 9/11 carnage and want to convert 9/11 into some goofy ecoweenie festival.

Update: See New Yorker Allahpundit's memories of 9/11.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Teleprompter to give big Obamacare speech tonight

Golly! I'm sure excited about what the teleprompter will tell us tonight!

Obama portable teleprompter

(hat tip: Exurban League)

James Taranto has the pre-bloviation buzz and he's all excited too:

Are you as excited as we are? Can you feel the electricity in the air? Tonight's the big night! President Obama is giving an address to a joint session of Congress, in an effort to rally support for . . . well, we're not sure what exactly.

The Hill quotes "a Democratic leadership aide who sat in on an administration briefing Tuesday" and who "said that while Obama will offer support Wednesday for a public option, the president will not insist on it":

"He's going to say it's the best tool for reducing costs," the aide said. "I think he's going to be a bit noncommittal."

The Associated Press reports that the president himself told ABC's "Good Morning America": "We do intend to get something done this year." Politico puts it this way:

Obama will give a STRONG ENDORSEMENT to a public option--or government health-insurance plan--as a route to choice and competition, using phrases similar to his Labor Day speech in Cincinnati. But aides are sticking to their longtime plan: He will NOT draw a line in the sand, and will NOT say that a bill wouldn't be real reform without it. Obama thinks it would be hard to get to true choice and competition without a public option or a fallback to a public option (the so-called trigger, which would kick in based on the insurance market). But his remarks will leave WIGGLE ROOM FOR HORSETRADING as the bill moves through Congress.

So he's making a STRONG ENDORSEMENT, albeit a noncommittal one that leaves WIGGLE ROOM FOR HORSETRADING, because he intends to get "something" done.

Remember during the campaign when Obama's critics faulted him for having voted "present" so often as a legislator? In retrospect, it's clear that this line of attack was totally unfair. Voting "present" was bold and decisive leadership compared with this.

Ole Barry would really love to be Chairman Mao, but doesn't want to get his hands dirty which is good news for us average citizens. For some realistic analysis of Obamacare see Sarah Palin's op-ed in today's WSJ.

Friday, August 21, 2009

The ugly face of Obamacare

Mark Steyn on how government health care works out in the real world:

The problem with government health systems is not that they pull the plug on Grandma. It’s that Grandma has a hell of a time getting plugged in in the first place. The only way to “control costs” is to restrict access to treatment, and the easiest people to deny treatment to are the oldsters. Don’t worry, it’s all very scientific. In Britain, they use a “Quality-Adjusted Life Year” formula to decide that you don’t really need that new knee because you’re gonna die in a year or two, maybe a decade-and-a-half tops. So it’s in the national interest for you to go around hobbling in pain rather than divert “finite resources” away from productive members of society to a useless old geezer like you. And you’d be surprised how quickly geezerdom kicks in: A couple of years back, some Quebec facilities were attributing death from hospital-contracted infection of anyone over 55 to “old age.”
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I had an elderly British visitor this month who’s had a recurring problem with her left hand. At one point it swelled up alarmingly and so we took her to the emergency room. They did a CT scan, X-rays, blood samples, the works. In two hours at a small, rural, undistinguished, no-frills hospital in northern New Hampshire, this lady got more tests than she’s had in the last decade in Britain — even though she goes to see her doctor once a month. He listens sympathetically, tells her old age often involves adjusting to the loss of mobility, and then advises her to take the British version of Tylenol and rest up. Anything else would use up those valuable resources. So, in two hours in New Hampshire, she got tested and diagnosed (with gout) and prescribed something to deal with it. It’s the difference between health “care” (i.e., going to the doctor’s every month to no purpose) and health treatment — and on the latter America is the best in the world.

Is it a guy or a girl?

No, not South African runner Caster Semenya who has "a muscular build, wispy facial hair and a deep voice." This uncertain gender case was spotted much closer to home getting out of a US government limo:

guy or girl

Friday, August 14, 2009

Joker Obama shows up in Canada

Obama Joker Ottawa Canada

A poster on FR reports that Joker Obama has made it to the great White North:

So there I was, on my way to the grocery store this morning to pick up a nice one and three quarter inch thick T-bone for a BBQ this weekend. The store is on the corner of Bank and Somerset - pretty much the nexus of all things left wing in Ottawa. With construction shutting down car traffic on Bank Street all summer, various stores are offering up promos to help with business. Just as I turned to enter the store, [a] Quiznos sign caught my eye - or rather, something *on* the Quiznos sign. Dear Leader! Blasphemed!

A commenter on the thread notes the resemblance of the Obama Joker meme to one a few of us oldsters still remember, "Kilroy Was Here."

 

kilroy was here 

It's the same idea - annoying fascists.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Obama calls out his thugs to silence the citizenry

Obama Brown Shirts

Here comes Barack Obama to save the day for Congressional Democrats suffering from Constituent Derangement Syndrome(CDS) . It seems that he's calling out the Obama "Organizing for America" army of taxpayer supported "community organizers" and far left radical shock troops to silence the citizens who have been complaining to their elected representatives about Obamacare and the profligate spending going on in Congress.

Organizing for Ameirca Health Care

They are a fun bunch for sure, but just in case, Obama is also calling out the union goons who like nothing better than beating up the citizens.

union goon attack

Barack Obama gets more like Hugo Chavez every day doesn't he?

Constituent Derangement Syndrome (CDS) spreads unchecked among Congressional Democrats

The sight of their constituents is apparently triggering panic attacks among Congressional Democrats and they are dealing with it via delusional rants about violent mobs (albeit "well dressed").  See if you can spot the "mob" in this group of constituents who wanted to talk to Rep. Chet Edwards (D-TX) about Obamacare:

It's pretty scary alright, but I'm not talking about the constituents petitioning for redress of grievances.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Obama Joker Photos - put them everywhere

Obama Joker

 

Some unknown genius has caught the spirit of the Obama regime in startlingly clear fashion - a Heath Ledger style Joker. The Obama flying monkeys are are already screaming so keep putting them everywhere so folks will be reminded of the real face of ole Hopey Changey.

Here's a 150 pixel wide version for side bars:

Obama-Joker-150

Thursday, July 30, 2009

I'm shocked! The Germans are stocking up on those nasty incandescent light bulbs!

Germans Hoarding Traditional Light Bulbs:

As the Sept. 1 deadline for the implementation of the first phase of the EU's ban on incandescent light bulbs approaches, shoppers, retailers and even museums are hoarding the precious wares -- and helping the manufacturers make a bundle.

The EU ban, adopted in March, calls for the gradual replacement of traditional light bulbs with supposedly more energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL). The first to go, on Sept. 1, will be 100-watt bulbs. Bulbs of other wattages will then gradually fall under the ban, which is expected to cover all such bulbs by Sept. 1, 2012 (see graphic below).

Hardware stores and home-improvement chains in Germany are seeing massive increases in the sales of the traditional bulbs. Obi reports a 27 percent growth in sales over the same period a year ago. Hornbach has seen its frosted-glass light bulb sales increase by 40-112 percent. When it comes to 100-watt bulbs, Max Bahr has seen an 80 percent jump in sales, while the figure has been 150 percent for its competitor Praktiker.

"It's unbelievable what is happening," says Werner Wiesner, the head of Megaman, a manufacturer of energy-saving bulbs. Wiesner recounts a story of how one of his field representatives recently saw a man in a hardware store with a shopping cart full of light bulbs of all types worth more than €200 ($285). "That's enough for the next 20 years."

Not when you are going to sell the incandescent bulbs on eBay. Speaking of which, have you heard how the ecoweenies banned the inhalers used by asthmatics and replaced them with "earth friendly" substitutes that don't work and are more expensive? You can apparently still buy the old fashioned kind of inhalers that work on eBay.

Obama gets a nice old fashioned tea party welcome in Raleigh

Our national disgrace, Barack Obama, was in Raleigh yesterday flogging Obamacare and was greeted by throngs of fervent tea partiers. My vote for favorite sign is this one with a pithy summary of Obamacare:

Señor Citizens Get FREE Healthcare. Senior Citizens Can Drop Dead!

senor-citizens-get-free-healthcare

Second prize goes to this one:

Not a protester in the 60's. Now a protester in MY 60's!

not-a-protester-in-the-60s

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - another affirmative action mediocrity

I really like ole Henry Gates' job description:

Gates said in a phone interview from his other home in Martha’s Vineyard. “If he apologizes sincerely, I am willing to forgive him. And if he admits his error, I am willing to educate him about the history of racism in America and the issue of racial profiling … That’s what I do for a living.”

Translation: Gates is an affirmative action hack who along with his fellow academic travelers make good coin off white liberal guilt in institutions of "higher learning" across the USA with a pretense at scholarship. Roger Kimball elaborates:

Two points. The first cannot be properly investigated in the present climate of racial hypersensitivity, so I bequeath it to a future historian of American culture. You can scarcely find a mention of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. that does not assure you of his eminence and scholarly distinction. Don’t believe it. To call him second rate is a calumny upon respectable mediocrity. He is a desperately pedestrian scholar who, except for the accident of skin color, would be lucky to be teaching at the University of Southern North Dakota, Hoople. Instead he is the Yada-yada-yada Professor of racial grievance &c &c at Harvard. Some future anthropologist will set the record straight.

The second point concerns Gates’s favorite (really his only) intellectual gambit: playing the race card. His scholarship is concerned with nothing else, and he has just demonstrated that his academic interests are all of a piece with his amour propre. Gates claims to want to push beyond racialism, but his every move, personal as well as intellectual, depends upon and reinforces it.

I would also observe that a more pernicious effect of  "academics" like Gates is the crop of students they produce that claim a college education after sitting about whining for four years. No wonder the Obamas like him.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell another customer of Spitzer prostitutes?

Bad Girl New York Post Cover

Naughty Ed Rendell:

I don't normally listen to Opie & Anthony looking for breaking news, but astonishingly that's what I just got. A few minutes ago, the cast of the show on Sirius XM radio were interviewing Kristin Davis -- not the one from Sex and the City, the former Manhattan Madam who spent four months in Rikers in connection with the Eliot Spitzer hooker scandal from last year. There's been quite a bit of speculation that her operation at one time serviced another high-profile governor, besides Spitzer, and up until now she's been largely quiet about just who that governor is.

Well, during the interview, she admitted that someone she called "Governor X" employed her services at least ten times during a year-and-a-half period. She apparently wrote his name down on a piece of paper and showed it to Opie and Anthony, who then proceeded to spend the next ten minutes dropping hints that a 4-year-old could've deciphered.

So did ole Ed have a little filly on the side? Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink.

Obama wants to grant political asylum to victims of domestic abuse

In keeping with Barack Obama's philosophy that the American taxpayer should pay up for every world problem, he now wants us to take care of foreign victims of domestic abuse:

The Obama administration has moved to grant political asylum to foreign women who suffer severe physical or sexual abuse from which they are unable to escape because it is part of the culture of their own countries.

The decision, made evident in a court case involving a battered women from Mexico, ends years of dispute over the issue which saw the Bush administration stall moves toward recognising domestic violence as legitimate grounds for asylum made during Bill Clinton's tenure.

Golly, that lets in women from every Third World country who claim to be abused. You think that the claims are going to be investigated in detail? Neither do I. More to the point, the solution for every world problem is not importing more applicants for the US welfare roles.

I have always said that the proof that the USA was too rich was that our political class had to import poor people for whom to develop "programs." Now, of course, so many are being imported that we can no longer pay for this hobby.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

What's actually in the Obamacare bill

Earlier this month Democrat House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer was having a big laugh over very few congressmen actually reading the Obamacare bill. Fortunately for the average folks who, unlike the congressmen, will actually have to use Obamacare, Peter Fleckstein has been reading it and Twittering his findings. Let's just say that it is worse than you could possibly believe. Just a few of the low points:


Pg 30 Sec 123 of HC bill - THERE WILL BE A GOVT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benes u get

Pg 42 of HC Bill - The Health Choices Commissioner will choose UR HC Benefits 4 you. U have no choice!

PG 50 Section 152 in HC bill - HC will be provided 2 ALL non US citizens, illegal or otherwise

Pg 58HC Bill - Govt will have real-time access 2 individs finances & a National ID Healthcard will b issued!

PG 65 Sec 164 is a payoff subsidized plan 4 retirees and their families in Unions & community orgs (ACORN).

Pg 72 Lines 8-14 Govt is creating an HC Exchange 2 bring priv HC plans under Govt control.

PG 85 Line 7 HC Bill - Specs for of Benefit Levels for Plans = The Govt will ration ur Healthcare!

PG 91 Lines 4-7 HC Bill - Govt mandates linguistic approp svcs. Example - Translation 4 illegal aliens

Pg 95 HC Bill Lines 8-18 The Govt will use groups i.e., ACORN & Americorps 2 sign up indiv. for Govt HC plan

PG 85 Line 7 HC Bill - Specs of Ben Levels 4 Plans. #AARP members - U Health care WILL b rationed

pg 127 Lines 1-16 HC Bill - Doctors/ #AMA - The Govt will tell YOU what u can make.

Pg 145 Line 15-17 An Employer MUST auto enroll employees into pub opt plan. NO CHOICE

Pg 126 Lines 22-25 Employers MUST pay 4 HC 4 part time employees AND their families.

Pg 167 Lines 18-23 ANY individual who doesnt have acceptable HC accrdng 2 Govt will be taxed 2.5% of inc

Pg 170 Lines 1-3 HC Bill Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from indiv. taxes. (Americans will pay)

Pg 195 HC Bill -officers & employees of HC Admin (GOVT) will have access 2 ALL Americans finan/pers recs

PG 203 Line 14-15 HC - "The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax" Yes, it says that

Pg 239 Line 14-24 HC Bill Govt will reduce physician svcs 4 Medicaid. Seniors, low income, poor affected

Pg 241 Line 6-8 HC Bill - Doctors, doesnt matter what specialty u have, you'll all be paid the same

PG 253 Line 10-18 Govt sets value of Dr's time, prof judg, etc. Literally value of humans.

PG 265 Sec 1131Govt mandates & controls productivity for private HC industries

PG 272 SEC. 1145. TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS - Cancer patients - welcome to rationing!

Pg 317 L 13-20 OMG!! PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. Govt tells Drs. what/how much they can own.

Pg 317-318 lines 21-25,1-3 PROHIBITION on expansion- Govt is mandating hospitals cannot expand

Pg335 L 16-25 Pg 336-339 - Govt mandates estab. of outcome based measures. HC the way they want. Rationing

Pg 341 Lines 3-9 Govt has authority 2 disqual Medicare Adv Plans, HMOs, etc. Forcing peeps in2 Govt plan

Pg 354 Sec 1177 - Govt will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs ppl! WTF. My sis has down syndrome!!

Pg 379 Sec 1191 Govt creates more bureaucracy - Telehealth Advisory Cmtte. Can u say HC by phone?

Pg 425 Lines 17-19 Govt will instruct & consult regarding living wills, durable powers of atty. Mandatory!

PG 427 Lines 15-24 Govt mandates program 4 orders 4 end of life. The Govt has a say in how ur life ends

PG 429 Lines 10-12 "adv. care consultation" may incl an ORDER 4 end of life plans. AN ORDER from GOV

PG 430 Lines 11-15 The Govt will decide what level of treatment u will have at end of life

Pg 469 - Community Based Home Medical Services=Non profit orgs. Hello, ACORN Medical Svcs here!!?

Page 472 Lines 14-17 PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORG. 1 monthly payment 2 a community-based org. Like ACORN?

Pg 494-498 Govt will cover Mental Health Svcs including defining, creating, rationing those svcs

The Democrat congressvermin clearly need a whole lot of mental health care if they think there aren't going to be mobs outside their office with torches and pitchforks if this monstrosity passes.