Thursday, December 31, 2009

Best of 2009

Well, with 2009 coming to a close, this Instapundit post caught my eye:

BEST OF 2009: The Boob Czar.

That link takes you to this at Fishersville Mike:

It's easy for me to remember the post that got the most hits this year. It's from September.
Bob from the
Journey blog made it to Washington Saturday and caught the Boob Czar and her entourage - the Czar of Transparency and a Green Czar.

Ah, interesting. What post at TheVIMH got the most hits this year?

The winner is, from February, the 1040DEM:


Click to enlarge and see if you can spot the differences between this and the traditional, non-partisan 1040.

Given this post yesterday by Instapundit, that seems relevant again:

TAXPROF: TurboTax: The Geithner Edition.

But egads, it seems I peaked in February.

Bring on 2010.

Happy New Year to all.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Either Something or Someone Is Just Not That Big a Deal

So a terrorist tries to take down a plane -- but nobody tells Obama until 3 hours after the incident is over.

Yikes. Either a terrorist attempting to blow up a plane is just not that big a deal -- or in a terrorist attack Obama is just not that big a deal.

Interestingly, I recently found the post below in draft mode, tucked away in some obscure corner of the blog editor, originally written a few days before the 2008 election. For whatever reason, I never posted it.

Might as well now. So here goes:


One of the most effective ads of the primary season was Hillary Clinton’s 3am ad, making the case that you want someone with experience in the White House to handle a crisis.

Because Obama is nearly devoid of any relevant experience.

One rebuttal of the 3am theme has been that Obama can surround himself with knowledgeable advisers, can lean on others to help fill in the gaps during a crisis.

And Obama himself made the case that judgment is more important than experience.

Well. The combination of the two should put those concerns to rest, no?

Uh, unless the combination of the two shows a poor choice of gap fillers as evidence of very poor judgment.

Obama’s selection of Joe Biden was obviously an answer to how Obama would fill in such a gap in a foreign crisis (because he certainly wasn’t an answer to bringing change to Washington).

And now, we have Bill Clinton informing us that Obama needs a gap filler on economic matters too.

You see, the 3:00 am call is not the critical one. It’s the call Obama makes at 3:07 am to the person he will turn to in the crisis.

Roll tape…

The Financial Crisis

It's 3 am and your children are asleep. But there's a phone ringing in the White House...

Obama: Hello? You do know what time it is. […] What? A financial crisis? We must act immediately? I don’t know what to do, what do you think we should do? […] OK, well, I’ll get right back to you. I want to bounce this off some other people.

[3:07 am: Obama hangs up receiver, picks it up again, begins to dial]

Obama: Come on, come on, pick up dammit.

Bill Clinton: Hello, Mr. President. What can I do for you?

Obama: There’s a financial crisis, I need your advice.

Bill Clinton: You could bomb an aspirin factory.

Obama: …

Bill Clinton: Oh and then go on camera and bite your lip. Tell people you understand their…no, that you can feel their pain.


Bill Clinton: And listen, you must be earnest. Look straight into the camera. Wag your finger a lot, too.

Female voice in background: Come back to bed, Billy.

Obama: Yeah, yeah, ok, let me talk to Hillary.

Bill Clinton: She’s not here.

Obama: But I just heard her in the background.

Bill Clinton: You thought that was Hillary? Hah! Hey, don’t say a word about this, mmmkay?

[3:11 am: click]

The Foreign Crisis

It's 3 am and your children are asleep. But there's a phone ringing in the White House...

Obama: Hello? You do know what time it is. […] What? A foreign crisis? We must act immediately? I don’t know what to do, what do you think we should do? […] OK, well, I’ll get right back to you. Joe knew this would happen, I’m gonna give him a call.

[3:07 am: Obama hangs up receiver, picks it up again, begins to dial]

Obama: Come on, come on, pick up dammit.

Biden: God love ya, Barack, what’s going on?

Obama: We have a crisis on our hands.

Biden: See? I told you so. Did you mark my words? Huh? Did you? They’re testing you, Barack. They’re testing your mettle. Wanna see what you’re made of.

Obama: Right, so…

Biden: Gird your loins, Barack.

Obama: Sure, got it but…

Biden: Like cleaning out the Augean stables, man.

Obama: Let me finish…

Biden: Now listen, I’m glad you called. I’m not being falsely humble with you here, you need me Barack. You need me.

Obama: That’s why I called. Now let’s…

Biden: OK, here’s what we do. We…wait, what’s the crisis?

Obama: Foreign minister Gluvsarov has ordered missles be deployed to Popinovistan

Biden: Right. OK, did you know, I’ve forgotten more about foreign policy than most of my colleagues know.

Obama: Enough. Listen, we need to come up with something. What are your thoughts?

Biden: That’s what I’m trying to tell you, I’ve forgotten who Gluvsarov is or where Popinovistan is.

[3:15 am: click]

Biden: Hello? Barack? …


[2009 Me Again]: Well. How's that first year worked out for us with Obama? Does anyone still want Obama to be answering the 3am phone call? Or are you glad they waited an additional 3 hours to let the adults handle the situation yesterday before telling President Obama?

Well I know how I answer that last question.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Going Rogue 11, ClimateGate 5

Remember this?

If you wonder why American newspapering is dying, consider this sign-off:

AP writers Matt Apuzzo, Sharon Theimer, Tom Raum, Rita Beamish, Beth Fouhy, H. Josef Hebert, Justin D. Pritchard, Garance Burke, Dan Joling and Lewis Shaine contributed to this report.

Wow. That's ten "AP writers" plus Calvin Woodward, the AP writer whose twinkling pen honed the above contributions into the turgid sludge of the actual report. That's eleven writers for a 695-word report. What on? Obamacare? The Iranian nuke program? The upcoming trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed?

No, the Associated Press assigned eleven writers to "fact-check" Sarah Palin's new book

Now we have this. From the AP's article covering (up) ClimateGate:

The AP studied all the e-mails for context, with five reporters reading and rereading them—about 1 million words in total.

That's less than half the reporters they assigned to "fact-check" Sarah Palin's book.

To be fair, that article also tells us:

As part of the AP review, summaries of the e-mails that raised issues from the potential manipulation of data to intensely personal attacks were sent to seven experts in research ethics, climate science and science policy.

OK. But read this at Watts Up With That: AP’s Seth Borenstein is just too damn cozy with the people he covers – time for AP to do something about it.


Saturday, December 12, 2009

American Thinkering

I should probably note here the two recent posts I did at American Thinker. So I will. I'll give a quick quote for each, but you can go read them there.

Great Expectations

But really, Lisa Lerer here is just channeling her inner-Michelle Obama.

We should all think more like Michelle Obama

It appears to me that like Lisa Lerer of Politico, Immelt is channeling his inner-Michelle Obama, who also believes America has succumbed to meanness and who counsels young Americans to not give in to greed.

Maybe you detect a theme?

Friday, December 11, 2009

A Tribute to Peter Bocking

Peter playing solo on his 7-string guitar:

Peter playing solo on his 7-string guitar.
Captured by Trefor Owen at a home jam session.

Thank you JazzGuitarClub for posting it!