Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Stop Obama’s Big Union Onslaught

Heritage  "Unions also didn’t learn any lessons after taxpayers bailed out General Motors and Chrysler, and then-White House “auto-czar” Ron Bloom gave the UAW preferential treatment in the restructuring process despite their contracts being largely at fault.
"And, this is a lesson that still has not penetrated the walls of the Obama White House. The President’s appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) want businesses to be unionized at all costs, even if it means harming both workers and the economy. They’re trying to make it happen by ramming through measures that would help expand unionization in America."

Out of Control NLRB Strikes Again  "Now the NLRB, which is dominated by Obama appointees, is trying to alter the timetable for union organizing elections, in effect shortening the process and, say critics, making it harder for companies to mount a campaign to explain to its employees why it may be in their best interests to keep the union out."
The Regime Wins: Boeing, union in early deal, would end NLRB case  "A high-profile court battle over the issue has become the fulcrum of a larger conflict between supporters of labor union rights and those who believe U.S. companies should have the freedom to build factories where they want, for whatever reasons they choose.
"Boeing's decision to build the new 737 MAX at its Renton factory is a major victory for the union."
GOP seeks to head off NLRB rules that would speed up organizing process, allow multiple unions
"The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, introduced in October by Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline, Minnesota Republican, will receive a floor vote Wednesday afternoon that could repeal the NLRB’s new rules before they even get approved."
UPDATE: House Passes Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act While Board Approves Resolution to Change Election Rule  "While the bill was readily approved in the House, it is unlikely to advance in the Democrat-controlled Senate."

THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN PLAN FOR AMERICA’S JOB CREATORS (PDF)  "America is at a crossroads and House Republicans are committed to taking every possible step to spur job creation and get our economy back on track so that Americans can do what they do best: create, innovate and lead.  The pro-growth agenda detailed below builds on the GOP Pledge to America, our governing agenda focused on job creation and economic growth. It will address our economic challenges, foster innovation and investment, and help job creators without raising taxes on working families and small business owners."
 Download the Pocket Card (PDF)

Chevy Volt has its positives

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Mainstream Media declares Obama the winner

Morning Bell: Obama Keeps Turning His Back on Jobs  "That’s bad news for job creation. One deepwater rig alone can create 700 jobs locally. But slowing down oil drilling in the Gulf isn’t the only way the President is blocking jobs. Earlier this month, the Obama Administration announced it would delay the construction of the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline that would bring in more than 700,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta, Canada, to the Texas Gulf coast–and could have produced upwards of 20,000 jobs. Heritage’s Nicolas Loris explains the impact:"   More...


The Free Dictionary   stalk·ing-horse (stôkng-hôrs) n.
1. Something used to cover one's true purpose; a decoy.
2. A sham candidate put forward to conceal the candidacy of another or to divide the opposition.
3. a. A horse trained to conceal the hunter while stalking.
    b. A canvas screen made in the figure of a horse, used for similar concealment.
 Wikipedia" The expression is generally used in politics and business. In politics, the circumstances are an attempt to bring down a powerful leader, usually by members of their own party"  "Republican Jon Huntsman today refused to rule out running as an independent candidate for president should he fail in his quest for his party’s 2012 nomination.
"Asked, “Is there any situation in which you would run for president as an independent?” Huntsman told The Boston Globe, “I don’t think so.” "  Via Astute Bloggers

Huntsman Says He Won't Run as Third Party Candidate  "Some political watchers have suggested that should Governor Huntsman not win the Republican nomination, he could run as a third party candidate. When pressed on this point by anchor Chris Wallace, Huntsman unequivocally said that he would not run as an independent and that he would support the Republican nominee."   However...

Jon Huntsman Hesitates To Answer Chris Wallace Whether He Will Make An Independent 2012 Bid“Can you flatly state right now that you will support the Republican nominee and you will not run as an independent?” “I’m running as a Republican, that’s where I am,” Huntsman responded, which Wallace noted was “not a denial.” Huntsman did eventually confirm he would support the Republican nominee after the second prodding, however, but his hesitation may be a red flag for those who suspect he may be dissatisfied with what his party has to offer.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Maxine Waters Will Replace Bawney Fwank As Top Dem On Powerful House Financial Services Committee…

Weasel Zippers  "Here’s something that will keep you up at night, if the Dems retake the House Maxine Waters will be the chairwoman."

The Hill has this:
"“Rep. Frank has always been a formidable but fair legislator who understands financial markets and the indispensable role banks play in the broader economy,” Frank Keating, the chief executive of the American Bankers Association, said in a Monday statement.
"Waters, on the other hand, is seen as more of a hard-line opponent.“She’s not a good face of the issues,” one financial executive said. “She’s too much of a bomb thrower.” "
"In making their choice, party leaders will have to face other knotty issues, most notably an ethics investigation centered on Waters and her husband’s business interests."
"Waters is expected to gain the support of the Congressional Black Caucus as she angles for the top spot."

Victor Davis Hanson: Why Not Pay Higher Taxes?

Victor Davis Hanson  "The usual liberal complaint against the conservative opposition to higher income taxes is greed and the better-offs’ self-serving reluctance to pay their “fair share.” But while perhaps true in some instances, I don’t think that is an accurate writ against most of those in that now demonized $200,000 and above categories who resent forking over more. Rather, here are a random 12 complaints that I hear from those who become furious about preposed higher income tax rates:"...
Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

The Castor Oil Candidate

Rich Terrell  tells it the way it is. Another typical hold-your-nose-and-vote Republican candidate in a long line of them.

"But, if perception is reality, Mitt Romney is the prince of flip-flops — and, if the Grand Ol’ Party nominates him, every Republican everywhere had better be prepared to counter the argument that Romney has no core — and will say and do whatever it takes to get elected."....
"If Romney is the prince of flip-flops, Obama is the king. (See here for a partial list.) That’s cold comfort for any voter who’s looking for actual conviction (including me!), but it’s still an important differentiation to make. And as far as “cores” go, what core I suspect Obama of having is very far to the left of Mitt Romney’s. Please let’s not forget that."

Neal Boortz: Meanwhile ... Newt continues to rise "Their track record for picking the next president may be hit or miss, but it is good boost in a state where Mitt Romney is currently dominating in the polls. When asked about Mitt Romney, the editorial page editor for the Union Leader, Drew Cline, explains, "Romney's a guy who wants to be liked, a politician who wants to be liked. Gingrich is a politician who wants to be respected." I rather like that difference, but at the same time if the voters don’t like the GOP nominee Obama is going to get four more years to “fundamentally transform” the United States.
"I guess it seems like brains and respect are winning out over likability. Hey, Barack Obama was likeable, and look where that got us. Moving right along …"

Chris Christie on the Super Committee: What the hell are we paying Obama for?

Hot Air  "Granted, the Committee’s failure further weakens America’s creditworthiness, but on the upside, it’s super helpful to Obama’s campaign narrative about a “do-nothing Congress.” And don’t think both sides on the Committee weren’t keenly aware of it."

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Speaking of the Greens....

The Green of Your Money  "Ezra Levant discusses the hypocrisy and shameless opportunism of environmental organizations like Greenpeace, who fleece credulous citizens while leaving a huge carbon footprint from their jet-set activities and lavish conferences."  Via Crusader Rabbit

NYT Says New Climate E-Mails Are A Crime   "Just like back in 2009, the New York Times and the rest of the mainstream media and the rest of the Democrat Party are outraged at the supposed crime of hacking into computers.
"Even though these emails have been the subject of countless ‘freedom of information’ requests that have been illegally stonewalled by the universities and ‘scientists.’ And never mind that The Times and the rest of the media never question the legality or sources of the national security secrets they publish on a nearly daily basis.
"And never mind that Bradley Manning, who leaked the WikiLeaks material, is the New York Times poster boy for heroism. (And not just because he is a homosexual.) Lest we forget, those leaks have probably costs the lives of untold numbers of people around the world. Meanwhile, these leaks will do nothing worse than save taxpayers untold billions."

More examples of liberal civility

Intellectual Conservative Liberal Violence Rising  "As left-wing violence continues to spike in coming months, not only should we expect to hear little about it from a sympathetic mainstream media; we should also expect little help from the once-respected Southern Poverty Law Center."

Atlas Shrugs: More Jew Hatred in Brooklyn  "Fresh on the heels on the still unsolved kristallnacht -- comes more swastikas in Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn. And the rampant Jew hatred displayed on college campuses and #OWS events go unchalleneged(sic)."

Legal Insurrection: Jeremiah Wright still scares Democrats  "...this was nothing more than a pre-emptive Democratic attempt to make it toxic for anyone to bring up Obama’s long association with Wright by making charges of racism even when Wright is not mentioned. That shows you how much the Democrats fear a true investigation of Obama’s background and his ridiculously incredible claims that he did not know that his pastor and mentor was a race-baiting flame thrower."

NewsBusters: NOW President Attacks Rush Limbaugh in Response to Bachmann-Fallon Issue"As NewsBusters reported at the time, Limbaugh never referred to Chelsea as the White House dog. Here's how the Lying Liar website explained what really happened back then:"...

Verum Serum: Occupy Sympathizer Arrested for Threatening to Kill Gov. Nikki Haley  "“I hope someone murders you before I do,” Shafer said he commented on the post. “How’s that for freedom of speech?”"

Photo from Lars Larson
TheGatewayPundit: George Bush Cancels Swiss Speech After Threats of Arrest By “Human Rights” Groups   "Mr Bush was due to be the keynote speaker at a Jewish charity gala in Geneva on February 12."

Conservative Daily News:  The Hypocrisy of “Tolerance”  "“I’m being attacked because of my beliefs – my convictions to their lifestyle. I was not rude. I was not condescending. It was matter-of-fact. I told them, ‘I’m sorry, I just can’t do that.’” "

American Thinker: Tebow, Palin, and the Pain of Remorse    "Not only does abortion survivor Tim Tebow live, but as a staunch follower of Jesus Christ, he is a source of double-conviction in a godless world where devotion to sports often supersedes commitment to God."

SECURITYWEEK Charles Schwab Clients Targeted in Recent Malware Attack  "“Fast Flux DNS” is a common method that botnets use to hide their phishing and malware distribution sites." I don't understand this, but am sure we need to be aware of it.
I have contacted the Schwab offices for comment on this and will post their remarks when they-hopefully- come in.

PJ Media:The entire Occupy movement summarized in one sign:  "Photojournalist El Marco has returned from a trip to New York during which he documented the final days of the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park. His newly published collection of Zuccotti Park portraits contains many unforgettable images (one of which we already featured here), but one particular image summarizes the entire Occupy movement — and the entire entitlement mentality as well."


America: Future of Freedom or Future of Tyranny?

Conservative Daily News   Excerpts here from a lengthier article by Bob Russell

"This is an open letter to those in America who still support, and will vote for, Barack Obama and the Democrats in 2012. It is also for those who will blindly support Republicans because they aren’t Democrats. Please take time to read through this and really think about what I say. Don’t read this through the eyes of politics or party line rhetoric, read this as an American citizen."
"Take a look at your “class” in life. Take an honest look at your life, your income, the taxes you pay and your overall prognosis for the future. Now look at history. Who suffered in the French Revolution? Lots of rich people lost their heads but where did their wealth go? Did the peasants come out wealthy or did they suffer even more poverty? Go back and take a look at the Russian Revolution in 1917 and see how the poor came out on that one. Study the aftermath of World War I and the poverty that ensued in Germany. Look at how Adolph Hitler got control of Germany and how he went about his evil task. It didn’t start in 1939 with the invasion of Poland and Hitler didn’t do it by himself. He had a willing parliament, complicit media, and a desperate populace. Take a stroll through history, look the information up and find the truth. Then look at what your government has done here, just in the last 10 years.  Go look at the last 10 years in the history of Venezuela. See how Hugo Chavez has taken complete control of that nation.
"I am a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather, a veteran, and a patriot. I have seen my freedom and the opportunities for my grandchildren seep away one at a time until a nation that was once crowded with opportunity and freedom has become a very lonely place. If you look at history you can see where we are now and where we are headed."

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Real Meaning of Thanksgiving: The Triumph of Capitalism over Collectivism

American Institute for Economic Research  "In the New World, they wanted to erect a New Jerusalem that would not only be religiously devout, but be built on a new foundation of communal sharing and social altruism. Their goal was the communism of Plato’s Republic, in which all would work and share in common, knowing neither private property nor self-interested acquisitiveness.
"What resulted is recorded in the diary of Governor William Bradford, the head of the colony. The colonists collectively cleared and worked land, but they brought forth neither the bountiful harvest they hoped for, nor did it create a spirit of shared and cheerful brotherhood.
"The less industrious members of the colony came late to their work in the fields, and were slow and easy in their labors. Knowing that they and their families were to receive an equal share of whatever the group produced, they saw little reason to be more diligent their efforts. The harder working among the colonists became resentful that their efforts would be redistributed to the more malingering members of the colony. Soon they, too, were coming late to work and were less energetic in the fields."
"In the wilderness of the New World, the Plymouth Pilgrims had progressed from the false dream of communism to the sound realism of capitalism. At a time of economic uncertainty, it is worthwhile recalling this beginning of the American experiment and experience with freedom."
Hat tip to  Neal Boortz.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Gabrielle Giffords Special Ruined by Gratuitous Attack on Sarah Palin, Tea Party

(Some egregious writing errors corrected) Being on the road, we had not seen this special until the night before Thanksgiving. It was an excellent documentary and we were captivated by it until late in the show when this slap (article below) at conservatives was inserted without being called for.
How many death threats are cast at conservatives because of the vile rhetoric levelled at them by the so-called "peace and tolerance" people? We have seen them at leftist gatherings where they carry signs saying "Eat the rich" and calls by labor unions to gather at the homes of business owners to intimidate them. How many death threats came to Judge Robert Bork because of the visceral diatribe aimed at him before his Supreme Court appointment hearings?
Shame on liberals and their despicable propaganda aimed at conservatives and shame on Obama, Pelosi and the press who promote this hate.
 I'm sorry; that is extreme language. But if the left does not hate, the effect of their words is to produce it in those who listen to them.

Yahoo News   "ABC News and Sawyer committed journalistic malpractice by dredging up the old accusations without also showing evidence that debunked them. Palin and her map had nothing to do with Giffords' shooting, as was implied in the segment. Jared Loughner, Giffords' assailant, was an insane man who likely never heard of Palin and certainly was unaware of the cross hairs map. Yet ABC chose not to mention this."

I'm at my wit's end with Diane Sawyer.
"Crap like this is exactly why I ignore mainstream news sources. I won't watch them. They are nothing more than tabloids to me. Because they can no longer be trusted to deliver just the facts in an objective manner. They very clearly push an agenda now."

Good Morning Bias "At ABC, Sawyer has repeatedly lauded high-profile liberals, including Nancy Pelosi (“galvanized steel with a smile”) and Hillary Clinton (“political mastery,” “dazzling”). She even admitted to co-host Charlie Gibson that she dreamed about Bill Clinton one night after then eating a pepperoni pizza. Sawyer targeted Ken Starr, telling the independent counsel that his report on Bill Clinton’s affair was being criticized as “demented pornography, pornography for Puritans.” She derided the Bush administration’s “massive tax cuts,” championed campaign finance “reform,” and even asked then-candidate Barack Obama to judge whether America is “more racist or more sexist.”"

Liberal Diane Sawyer Swears Neutrality: 'People Will Know What the Truth Is'

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Jeff Hayden: Things I am Thankful For

I AM THANKFUL: 2011 Edition; By Jeff Hayden, eldest son of the Tunnel Dweller:

  • I am thankful that George Clooney’s hair turned gray because now those annoying paparazzi and autograph hounds no longer mistake me for him.
  • I am thankful for that time my boss told me “Good job” without following it up with “this time”.
  • I am thankful my children can experience things in life that I never got to experience as a kid - like getting A’s on a report card.
  • I am thankful for steady hands and a precise eye that enabled me to punch one more hole in that last fraction of a millimeter on my belt.
  • I am thankful for my fellow employees who understand that the break room paper towels are to be installed in the over-hand method. And I am thankful that my fellow employees who don’t understand that will read this and be healed.
  • I am thankful that I had no cavities on my last visit to the dentist…except for the massive cavity in the center of my bravery.
  • I am thankful my children can experience things in life that I never got to experience as a kid - like relaxing in front of the TV on a Saturday night and not watching Hee Haw.
  • I am thankful I can now get an In-N-Out Burger Double-Double anytime I want. Not to be confused with my epitaph which will probably read, “He shouldn’t have gotten an In-N-Out Burger Double-Double anytime he wanted.”
  • I am thankful I finally got that last of the seaweed out of my toes a mere 2 months after swimming in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • I am thankful that texting didn’t arrive on the scene when phones still just had rotary dials.
  • I am thankful my pants eventually dried that day in kindergarten when I decided that listening to the book being read during story time was more important than excusing myself to go to the bathroom. I sure wish I could remember what book that was because I haven’t come across a book since that inspired me to make that same decision again.
  • I am thankful my children can experience things in life that I never got to experience as a kid - like having a sandwich at school that wasn’t made with potted meat or Vienna sausage.
  • I am thankful we finally got some real paper towels in the break room at work and got rid of those, non-perforated rolls that belong in a grade school bathroom dispenser, much like the ones I used in grade school to wipe my mouth with after eating yet another potted meat sandwich.
  • I am thankful for irony- like the word “meat” in “potted meat”.
  • I am thankful for fond memories, like when I used to drive that old 96 Toyota Camry and….wait, that was today. Never mind.
  • I am thankful that my feeble mind can still do amazing math while half-asleep, calculating how many more times I can hit the snooze button and still show up to work acceptably groomed and dressed.
  • I am thankful that, due to proper immunizations, washing my hands regularly and being careful about what I touch and who I hang out with, I should never catch Bieber Fever.
  • I am thankful that I have never kept up with the Kardashians. Or maybe it makes more sense to say they aren’t keeping up with me.
  • I am thankful that I’ve never had my hand inside of a turkey…or any other animal for that matter.
  • I am thankful my children can experience things in life that I never got to experience as a kid- like riding to school in a car with their mom instead of spending 45 minutes on a bouncing, noisy bus stuffed with passengers not too unlike the passengers in that Nicolas Cage movie, ConAir- available on DVD, Blue Ray and frequently on those oddball TV channels that you rarely watch because they only show lame movies like ConAir.
  • I am thankful for orange juice because without it I would have no idea what an orange tastes like. Unless orange Skittles are an accurate representation of all that an orange has to offer, but I doubt it. I’m certain orange Skittles are way better than actual oranges and maybe it’s time someone start selling Skittle juice.
  • I am thankful my hearing is in pretty good shape despite all the times I was woken up as a kid by having cold water poured into my ear.
  • I am thankful that the Rangers won the World Series even though I missed the very end when the Rangers were one pitch away from clinching it because I had to go to the bathroom. Weird though. I never heard anything about a victory parade.
  • I am thankful my children can experience things in life that I never got to experience as a kid - like going to a birthday party with a real bounce house instead of just a stack of old, soiled mattresses.
  • I am thankful for the couple pairs of pants I have that don’t have that tiny, useless pockette within the regular pocket. This small pocket is just big enough for one of my keys to easily fall into but not big enough for the key to easily come back out.
  • I am thankful for the replica Frank Lloyd Wright clock my dad made for me in order to save $120 for an authentic one. And I am thankful for the authentic one my dad found in an antique store for $15 shortly thereafter.
  • I am thankful for socks. They keep my feet warm on a chilly night, they cushion my step as I walk and I can wipe my hands on them if I find myself without a napkin.
  • I am thankful my children can experience things in life that I never got to experience as a kid- like looking out the window and watching their dad mow the yard instead of seeing their dad looking out the window watching them mow the yard.
  • I am thankful that congress recently declared that pizza qualifies as a vegetable because I really need to be eating more vegetables.
  • I am thankful that my daughters have outgrown trips to the American Girl store. It took three or four trips to Home Depot just to undo the damage done to my man card on one visit to the American Girl store.
  • I am thankful that, even though these jokes are lame, they are still funnier than anything my kids watch on the Disney Channel.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The supercommittee failed to reach an agreement. What does this mean for the US budget, tax code and economy going forward?

Schwab Center for Financial Research
"After months of negotiations, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (the "supercommittee") announced that it could not reach agreement, stating: "we have come to the conclusion today that it will not be possible to make any bipartisan agreement available to the public before the committee's deadline."
'The supercommittee had a deadline of November 23 to make recommendations to trim at least $1.2 trillion from the budget deficit, but the law required that the supercommittee post publicly any recommendations at least 48 hours before the deadline, or on Monday, November 21.
"What's beyond the supercommittee? Schwab answers the key questions." More...
Super Fail  "President Obama worked in at least two mentions of “fair share,” a couple of references to the top 2 percent and an oblique reference to Grover Norquist. He otherwise delivered a purely partisan broadside against Republicans in Congress, and promised to veto any effort to get around the automatic cuts built into the August law that created the debt super committee."

American Thinker:  Erskine Bowles on Obama's failed leadership  "It's what happens when amateurs are put in charge. They play political games when they should be statesman like, and try to appear like statesmen where politics should be employed. The deficit is both a policy and politics problem and Obama has failed to address the issue from either perspective."

Jennifer Rubin: The consequences of presidential weakness  "Republicans and Democrats in Congress should be crystal-clear: The president’s been AWOL from the most important domestic challenge we face. Frankly, I suspect that a stronger Democratic president would have been able to broker a deal. Actually, a stronger and more courageous president would have embraced Simpson-Bowles. But not Obama. Maybe we should get a president who doesn’t run overseas or finger-point but who leads."
More here.  Then this: The Philosophy Behind the Supercommittee Failure

Thomas Sowell has this: Failure or Success?  "If you think the goal was to solve the country's fiscal crisis, then obviously the Super Committee was a complete failure. But, if you think the goal was to improve the chances of the Obama administration being re-elected in 2012, it was a complete success."

Guy Benson : Obama's Dishonest 'Super Fail' Spin

"February 2009: "I'm pledging to cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term in office.""

Noel Piper: Recipe for Thanks-giving

desiringGod   "And maybe Dad will begin the meal by leading in a thankful song and reading some words from Scripture:
Oh come, let us sing to the LORD;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the LORD is a great God,
and a great King above all gods. . . .
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.
(Psalm 95:1-3, 6-7)
Pipers and friends around the Thanksgiving table.

What's the latest on the MSM?

Newsbusters: In Same Day CNN Puts Bachmann Through Wringer, Puffs Huntsman Up   "In an cushy interview during the 3 p.m. hour of Newsroom, Baldwin heaped praise on the Republican who supports same-sex civil unions and who ripped conservatives as "anti-science" for not believing in global warming. The CNN host fawned over Huntsman's "lovely" daughters and slobbered that "you seem pretty unflappable, and if I may, governor, downright nice." "

Big Journalism: CNN Anchor Carol Costello Mocks Bachmann’s Faith: Do You ‘Regret’ Listening to God?  "What people like Costello don’t understand is that just because God calls on someone to run for president, that doesn’t mean God always intends for them to become president. In this case, God’s plan could very well be to put Rep. Bachmann in the White House or God’s plan could be to use Bachmann’s run for the White House as a way to reveal the truth to the world about what an awful bigot Carol Costello is.
"Or both."
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5,6).
Columbia Journalism Review Scolds MSM for Over-hyping Cain Gaffe
"In fact, the campaign media missed an opportunity to explore and explain a unique immigration policy that is aimed at a single country, an issue that remains important to a significant bloc of Florida voters."

Wolf Blitzer’s terrible burden   "As this goes to post, Wolf Blitzer is preparing carefully and cautiously for the Republican foreign policy / national security debate he will be moderating tonight on CNN." 

Speaking of Blitzer, Rush has this: When Will the Media Do an Anal Exam of Obama Like They Do of Every Republican?  "From what I'm being told, Wolf Blitzer is rehearsing various retorts to Newt Gingrich, and he and his staff are trying to think of various things that Newt might say to insult them.  It's sort of like preparing for hecklers."

Newsbusters: MSNBC's Hyper-Partisan Bashir: You May Need a Bath After Watching Tonight's GOP Debate    "Playing off of Newt Gingrich's applause line that Occupy protesters need to "go get a job right after [they] take a bath," MSNBC anchor Martin Bashir introduced two liberal guests on his eponymous program to pre-game tonight's Republican debate on CNN by grousing that, "Indeed, a bath is exactly what you may need after watching tonight's Republican debate on foreign policy."

The Astute Bloggers:  THE MEDIA IS PAVING THE WAY FOR THE THIRD PARTY RUN THAT IS OBAMA'S ONLY CHANCE AT RE-ELECTION The legacy media are preparing the soil for the inevitable third party run that is Obama's only hope:
Exhibit A: "The political system is broken. It's only a matter of time before voters take matters in their own hands: The rise of a third party -- or the dramatic overhaul of one of the existing ones -- is in the offing."
Via Hot Air
Exhibit B: "Trump Threatens to Spend Millions on a Presidential Run" Wall Street Journal.

Obama-Loving MSM Shows Its Hand Early, Teaches Romney a Valuable lesson
"Today, by making standard operating procedure in political advertising The Big Political Story Of The Day, the media might have actually done the GOP a favor. A year out, and they’ve given us a hearty taste of what they have planned for us:
1.Amplify every mistake, real or perceived.
2.Make the mistake, no matter how big or small, the story.
3.Use the mistake to put the Republican on defense.
4.Make the story about anything but the bigger point the Republican meant to make.
5.Question the Republican’s honesty, etc.

MRC: (Almost) Nothing's Sacred "Start with Pamela Anderson, the ridiculously surgically enhanced former Playboy Playmate, home-movie porn specialist and "Baywatch" star. She's been cast to play - are you ready? - the Virgin Mary in a TV "Christmas" special in Canada.
"It's called "A Russell Peters Christmas..."
Speaking of messing up the time machine, Hollywood is really going back in time to smear J. Edgar Hoover. They've never forgiven him for being a staunch anti-communist or for mucking around in the personal lives of their heroes, from the Kennedy's to Martin Luther King. When Time asked actor Leonardo DiCaprio how true the movie was to life he replied, "Historically, it's incredibly accurate."
"That's quite a clash with the quote from his cast mate Armie Hammer, who plays Clyde Tolson, the close Hoover aide alleged to be his lover. "What really brings the film to life are the scenes that no one can prove happened." "
"The accusation that Hoover cross-dressed came from a convicted perjurer with mob ties; Soviet disinformation agents circulated rumors that Hoover was gay. But Hollywood doesn't care about sources or evidence when it makes "historical" movies. What they cared about was using ersatz history to promote the gay agenda."

The accusation that Hoover cross-dressed came from a convicted perjurer with mob ties; Soviet disinformation agents circulated rumors that Hoover was gay. But Hollywood doesn't care about sources or evidence when it makes "historical" movies. What they cared about was using ersatz history to promote the gay agenda.

Via Big Hollywood: Fallon show sneak attacks Bachmann with profane entrance music  "Guests such as Mrs. Bachmann and Mr. Cain have received harsh grilling from Mr. Leno, whereas President Obama faced a withering barrage of fawning compliments. Before The Roots made their opinion of Mrs. Bachmann clear on “Late Night,” comedian Dennis Miller appeared on “Tonight,” where he coined the term “J-Lobama” in reference to Mr. Leno’s sycophantic treatment of the President."
Fallon later apologized to Bachmann. In a tweet.

Rich Terrell is back

TerrellAfterMath "We're back, and Rich is madly working on new cartoons for you. The first is below. (And Lucy's new "Pick of the Week" is up at the website.) We were cruising last week with The National Review cruise and 550 fellow conservatives, where we had the pleasure of dining with Mark Steyn, John Yoo, and Andrew Klavan. We also chatted with Victor Davis Hanson, Jonah Goldberg, James Lileks, Fred Thompson, Andy McCarthy -- to name just a few of the great speakers on the cruise. Perhaps you can join us next year for the November 2012 post-election NR cruise. (what a dream crowd. Envy, envy, envy)
"And now today's cartoon -- "

Civil War History: Gettysburg Remembrance Day 2011: Remembrance Illumination

Gettysburg Daily  "We were on-hand Saturday to cover to Remembrance Day Parade in Gettysburg, as well as the illumination of the graves in the Soldiers National Cemetery afterwards. In this post, we’ll take a look at the illumination. We will be bringing you photos from the parade (as soon as we’re done sorting through them) later in the week."

Here below is a lengthy video of the parade and the period costumes. The average age of soldiers  in the Civil War was said to be 25, but there are reported to be about 100,000 who were as young as 15. However those you see in reenactments are mostly older and, well... much better fed and looking little like those men of 1861-1865.
Only older people have the time and finances to engage in historical reenactments and they look quite odd - anachronistic actually- marching in parades and battle formations. Yet as out of place as they look, we owe them all a debt of gratitude for keeping this beloved history alive and vibrant. They make it possible for young people of today to roam encampments and to see a small glimpse of the life of American citizens who lived during those terrible times.
Americans in that day loved the Union or their Confederate nation enough to suffer the most inhumane conditions in the defense of their home country.
It is well that the scourge of slavery was ended-at least partially. But we do honor and remember the American spirit that lived in both black and white citizens; a spirit that has been nearly eradicated by indoctrination from liberals in academia and entertainment and replaced with guilt for being who we are.
These historians and reenactors help hold back those influences. TD

More here.  The newly discovered photo below is from here.

Enhanced image from Alexander Gardiner photo of Gettysburg Dedication Ceremonies taken on Nov. 19, 1863. Is this Abraham Lincoln in the stovetop hat?
"Enhanced image from Alexander Gardner photo of Gettysburg Dedication Ceremonies taken on Nov. 19, 1863. Is this Abraham Lincoln in the stove pipe hat?"
This is the full frame reproduction of an Alexander Gardner stereo view showing the crowd at the dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg on Nov. 19, 1863, where Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.
In the left distance is the famous cemetery gatehouse with its distinctive archway.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Brawl of Presidents

UPDATED:Russian News Anchor Not A Fan of Barack Obama; Sorry, but that's not it

A Russian newscaster flipped the bird while pronouncing Obama's name on TV. As a Russian speaker, I will translate... "Apparently Tatiana’s gentle finger was directed at her filming crew, who probably had made comments about her stuttering in the first sentence. She heard it in her earpiece and flipped the bird in response, thinking she was speaking off camera over the footage of the conference. Reading Obama’s name as she did was a mere coincidence."
HotAirPundit via Gateway Pundit   Anybody here speak Russian? 
"Russian news anchor reporting on the APEC summit. Stunning. This was on live T.V."

So much for that reset button.

Michelle Obama Booed at NASCAR Event

White House Dossier  "They really have no idea at the White House – the intensity of the unhappiness among some groups with this president.
"I think people saw Mrs. Obama’s appearance for what it was – an attempt to ingratiate herself and her husband with an critical voter demographic. And she’s using her initiative to help soldiers families – which was part of her rebranding as first lady – to do it, adding to the disgust."

Rush Limbaugh transcript:  "Why would people boo the first lady? The media can't believe it. But I can. People don't like be told they're lousy parents, and Mrs. Obama has done that. People resent Mrs. Obama's bizarre need to tell us what to eat and how much to exercise. She also has, let's not forget her husband, Mrs. Obama has a husband that runs around and apologizes for this country that he was elected to lead. Australia the latest example. He went over there and basically apologized for the worthlessness of American students. I'm also pretty sure this crowd is not eager to go out and buy a car that you have to plug in in order to drive."

Regrettable, yes and thoughtless, but so was this:
Also: Video: Bush Taunted As He Leaves Office  featuring Keith Olbermann.

Krauthammer: The great pipeline sellout

Charles Krauthammer  "Sure, the pipeline would have produced thousands of truly shovel-ready jobs. Sure, delay could forfeit to China a supremely important strategic asset — a nearby, highly reliable source of energy. But approval was calculated to be a political loss for the president. Easy choice.
"It’s hard to think of a more clear-cut case of putting politics over nation. This from a president whose central campaign theme is that Republicans put party over nation, sacrificing country to crass political ends.
"Nor is this the first time Obama’s election calendar trumped the national interest:" More here....
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Troop's message to the #occupiers

Posted by Ronbo at the not-always-sensitive Freedom Fighter's Journal

Plus this: OWS LENIN SPEAKS - HIS BOLSHEVIK RED GUARDS LISTEN "Van Jones offered a prediction Wednesday for those who have been watching the Occupy Wall Street movement: “You haven’t seen anything yet.”
The former Obama administration “green jobs czar” — an ardent supporter of the Occupy movement since its inception — said in an interview with CNN that the movement is ready to evolve into the areas of politics and policy-making, much like the Tea Party did in 2010."

You voted for Obama- this is what you got, multiplied.

Obama's foreign policy

James Carafano: Debating Obama's foreign policy doctrine  "During the Nov. 22 debate at Constitution Hall, televised nationally by CNN, the eight Republicans who would be commander in chief will have a chance to convince Americans to think differently.
"The entire 90-minute program will be dedicated to foreign policy and national security issues."....
"A second defining characteristic of Obama-style foreign policy is that everything gets filtered through a domestic political lens. Policies in Afghanistan and Iraq are a case in point.
"There is no serious strategic logic for disengaging other than boosting the president's popularity with his base. The problem is that being commander in chief is about winning peace, security and prosperity for all Americans -- not winning elections. " (Emphasis added)   

 Israel Hayom: Iran’s politically inconvenient nuclear program   "Of course, the administration has done almost everything in its power to slow the growth in domestic production of oil and gas, which could serve to temper any oil price rise, again with a nod to the president’s base of environmentalist supporters. Almost zero new permits have been issued for offshore drilling, and the federal government and its environmentalist allies have combined to slow down the development of shale gas and oil from tar sands, both of which provide an opportunity for the U.S. to greatly increase our domestic supplies and known reserves of both fuels."

DEBKAfile:  How the US and Israel let Iran get a nuclear arms capab[i]lity  ""No one knows what the US or Israeli leaders will decide to do, whether in concert or unilaterally, to rectify their grave lapse. Will they opt for living with a nuclear-armed Iran while downplaying the menace thereof or resort to a military offensive to extinguish it?"

No Good Choices in Egypt, But Brotherhood Victory is the Outcome to be Avoided  "This is a confusing situation and a reminder that even a skillful U.S. government can’t always impose its will or beliefs on other countries. The Obama administration has been anything but skillful in handling this situation, but at this point, Washington doesn’t have any good choices. Yet the United States still has considerable leverage in the form of the $2 billion in aid that goes to Egypt on an annual basis. Despite our revulsion at what is going on in Cairo, this is not the moment to be revoking that aid. Instead, we should be signaling the military that we might support their position if they commit to acting as a check on the Islamists and the guarantor of genuine democracy."

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The #OWS Hall Of Shame: Democrats Who Support/Supported The Occupy Wall Street Movement

NiceDeb  "Ironically, many of the shameless and foolhardy Dems who embraced the false narrative that uncivil Tea Party rhetoric inspired the Tucson shooter – are the same shameless and foolhardy Dems who embraced the truly violent and perverse #OWS movement. Back in January, the MSM did it’s best to push a fictional connection between the Tea Party and the Tucson violence, while in recent weeks, it did it’s best to protect the #Occupy movement from exposure with constant assurances that it was “largely peaceful” – that is – until the violence and moonbattery became too conspicuous to hide. In both cases the inevitable truth would eventually escape past the MSM gatekeepers to the masses."

President Obama: 
“The most important thing we can do right now is those of us in leadership letting people know that we understand their struggles and we are on their side, and that we want to set up a system in which hard work, responsibility, doing what you’re supposed to do, is rewarded,” Obama tells ABC News. “And that people who are irresponsible, who are reckless, who don’t feel a sense of obligation to their communities and their companies and their workers that those folks aren’t rewarded.”