Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Why Guantanamo Is Still Open

Via Jammie Wearing Fool, we get this:

The White House is preparing an Executive Order on indefinite detention that will provide periodic reviews of evidence against dozens of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, according to several administration officials.

But the order establishes indefinite detention as a long-term Obama administration policy and makes clear that the White House alone will manage a review process for those it chooses to hold without charge or trial.

JWF concludes with this question:

Is it just me or is Club Gitmo going to still be open when Obama leaves office?

Tough question, but I’ll go out on a limb and answer . . . yes!

And that leaves us where?

Well.

On his second day in office, Obama signed the Executive Order that required Guantanamo be closed in one year. Throughout the year, it became clear that the deadline was not only arbitrary, but meaningless and unenforceable. Greg Craig, former White House Counsel who was given the lead on efforts to close Guantanamo was eventually dumped back in November of 2009. His departure was accompanied by a spate of stories claiming he was to blame for Guantanamo remaining open.

Politico:

Craig fell into disfavor with other top officials over his handling of Obama’s plan to close the Guantanamo Bay prison.
...
Craig’s critics said he failed to anticipate the wave of criticism in Congress, which led to a series of lopsided votes last spring against bringing any Guantanamo detainees to the U.S. While many observers said it was a mistake to ask Congress for $80 million to close Guantanamo before being ready to announce where the prisoners would go in the U.S. and how they would be tried, Craig’s allies said the notion that he decided such issues of legislative strategy by himself was preposterous.
...
According to officials, the White House took much of the Guantanamo portfolio away from Craig earlier this year, handing most policy issues to the National Security Council, legislative issues to Obama senior adviser Pete Rouse, and communications issues to deputy communications director Dan Pfeiffer.

Marc Ambinder:

But part of why Gitmo won't be closed in January is because Craig could not -- or would not - crack skulls in the interagency process. It took the wily lawyering of Alberto Gonzales and David Addington to get Gitmo open, and it's going to take some of their skills -- wills of steel, political savvy, institutional savvy -- to get the thing closed.

Ah, it all becomes clear now, doesn’t it?

In the whole world of Democratic and liberal political/legal talent -- not one single person can match the wily lawyering and political and institutional savvy of . . . Alberto Gonzales.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Your Climate Change Forecast for Cancun

OK, here we go:

The United Nations Climate Change Conference is taking place in Cancun, Mexico, from 29 November to 10 December 2010. It encompasses the sixteenth Conference of the Parties (COP) and the sixth Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP), as well as the thirty-third sessions of both the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), and the fifteenth session of the AWG-KP and thirteenth session of the AWG-LCA.

Yay! A conference! Nothing says "we're serious!" like a conference, especially one with LOAs (lots of acronyms).

From the unfccc.int website under the heading of Essential Background:

The Convention and the Protocol

Over a decade ago, most countries joined an international treaty -- the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) -- to begin to consider what can be done to reduce global warming and to cope with whatever temperature increases are inevitable.

Once these serious people are finished beginning to consider what might be done reduce global warming, at least using their definition of More CO2 = Increasing Global Warming, maybe they'll stop hosting these mega-galas in exotic locales inviting thousands of people.

Yeah, right. As Instapundit says, "I'll believe it's a crisis when the people who keep telling me it's a crisis start acting like it's a crisis."

Anyway, until that point (and I am not holding my breath) let's go to the Cancun weather report Climate Change Forecast for the duration of the conference:

Temperature in Cancun During UN Conference on Global Warming

The temperature will be significantly below average during this conference.

OMG! Does that prove once and for all that Global Warming is a hoax?

Of course not.

It's just further evidence that Gaia is funnier than these people are serious.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Stuff Ronald Reagan (Almost) Said

Ann Althouse posts: "John Tyner, the young man who resisted the TSA's groin-grope, will now be probed" and Instapundit reacts with this:

I think it’s a metaphor — the government doing to us physically what it’s been doing to us economically and politically for years . . . .

Reminds me of this nugget from a GAO report on the stimulus last August:

Now however, the GAO report shows that the phrase ‘jobs created’ or ‘jobs saved’ is no longer the term of choice. They have decided to go with – wait for it – ‘lives touched’.

Stop touching me. Keep your damn hands to yourself.

"The ten most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to touch you.'"
--stuff Ronald Reagan (almost) said


Thursday, November 4, 2010

2010 Election Nationalized

Anyone else wonder what the overall nationwide vote was in the 2010 elections? I did. But I did not find any sites that had already compiled the results, so I took the numbers from CNN's Election Results page and did so manually.

Interesting.

SENATE
Total Vote: 63,386,522
Republican: 32,216,814 -- 50.8%
Democrat: 29,127,382 -- 46.0%
Independent/Other: 2,042,316 -- 3.2%

Average Percentage of Votes*:
Republican: 54.1%
Democrat: 43.3%
Independent/Other**: 2.6%

GOVERNOR
Total Vote: 64,084,839
Republican: 32,120,923 -- 49.6%
Democrat: 30,934,882 -- 47.7%
Independent/Other: 1,749,034 -- 2.7%

Average Percentage of Votes*
Republican: 51.8%
Democrat: 44.2%
Independent/Other**: 4.0%


I would do the same for House races, but the manual effort involved exceeds both the time I have available for such a project and my attention span. In fact, I should also mention

UPDATE: William Galston at TNR does the work I was unwilling to do in counting up House totals...

In the midterm election of 2006, Democrats received 52.0 percent of the popular vote cast for House candidates, while Republicans received 45.6 percent. This year, projections indicate that the Republicans will end up with 51.8 percent, versus 45.1 percent for the Democrats—in short, a Republican gain of 6.2 percent and a Democratic loss of 6.9 percent since 2006.


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*Because individual large states like California or Texas can skew the total count and thus the percentages, diluting what the national numbers may show, I took the percentage of votes by party for each state and took a simple average overall.

**Notable Indpendent/Other votes: includes Write-In votes in Alaska (which made up 41.4% of the vote) and Independent Crist in Florida (who received 30.1% of the vote) in Senate races. Includes Independents Cutler and Moody in Maine (who garnered a combined 42% of the vote) and Chaffee in Rhode Island (who won with 38.9% of the vote) in the Governor races.




Friday, October 29, 2010

The Anatomy of Write-In Chaos in the Alaskan Senate Race

It wasn't my idea. It wasn't my doing. But I did have a hand in the chaos up in Alaska when more than 100 people filed yesterday at the last minute to become write-in candidates in the Alaska Senate race.

Here's how it went down.

Dan Riehl at Big Government put up a post suggesting Alaskans attempt the write-in chaos efforts, giving details on how to properly file.

Ace of Spades picked it up and linked it.

Having read it at Ace's, I ran off to the comments section at Just One Minute, knowing an Alaskan who also comments there named "Daddy".

I was actually being whimsical.

But Daddy took it seriously. Not only did he file himself, he got word out on conservative radio talk show host Dan Fagan's show. That's when the whole thing took off.

I'll let Daddy tell the story as related in the comments at JOM:

What do ya' want first, the good news or the bad?

Okay, here's the bad. I will no longer be running as a Candidate for Senate from the Great State of New York, so if you were expecting to donate to my Campaign fund at McSorley's, just make sure it goes into the new fund labeled Senate Race in Alaska.

The good news. Hit's post above was about trying to get even with the Division of Elections in Alaska and the Alaska Supreme Court, for their mandating that a list of write-in Candidates for Senate in Alaska had to be presented to voters upon request when inside the Polling Place. This is unheard of and criminal, and has ferociously P.O'd folks out here, both Dem's and Repub's.

Hit's link suggested that as many registered and eligible Alaskan voters as possible immediately register as Write In candidates for Alaskan Senator, so that they would have to be included on the list presented in the Polling Place to voters, and hopefully the list would have thousands of names on it, and if in fact names were left out, then lawsuits could be brought as to why not. Heck of an inspired idea if you ask me.

Anyhow, got an address, hopped in the truck with Pup, and whizzed downtown. Had difficulty finding the place, so pulled into the Republican Party Headquarters (a relatively sad bunch) and then headed off to the proper location. It's where I have absentee voted in the past. Went in, found the proper office, and told the girl behind the counter what I wanted to do. She laughed, said I was number 11 today, and promptly and very friendly and very politely, presented me with the form, pulled up on the computer my essentials to verify my credentials, and then time stamped my form, accepting me as a Write In Candidate for Senator from Alaska.

She advised me that all entries had to be in by 5 PM today, as Write-Ins must be registered by 5 PM, 5 days prior to the Election. Then I asked, having seen how easy the process was (and free) could I take some extra forms and pass them out to friends and myself bring them back? She said that would be fine and legal.

Immediately I ran to the truck, dialed Fagan on the Radio Show, and told him what I had just done, how to do it easily (where and when) and said I had a form for him in my truck and I would hustle over and drop it off if he wanted to run for Senate. He said no, (weasel:( but then immediately after my call the next 4 or 5 calls were all excited about the idea, and as he started asking questions about the form from some others who had done it, I called back in and read some answers off the form, and he asked me to run it down to the station. I did, plus included a card from the Election Office which had a website and other info. This opened the floodgates. Calls came in from all over, the word got out, and people all over started driving like crazy over to the Office in Anchorage and Wasilla to register. By now also he had found the proper website with the official form, and had posted it and many folks were filling out the form and officially registering via FAX, and then eventually simply via website.

It suddenly turned into a huge party atmosphere, and by the 4 o'clock hour of his show, hundreds of people were flooding the Election Office, and now the news media were sending out teams to the Polling Office to see what the heck was going on. Folks were calling saying stuff like when they walked into the office there were 4 folks in line and by the time I left there were 0 guys behind me. (When I went in it was just me.)

We also had Lawyer's calling in ready to bring Lawsuits as needed to any of us new Senate Candidates not properly presented on the list etc. A wonderful day of Talk Radio up here (except the damn dog ate the back cover and last Chapter of my "History of Cook Inlet" while I was in trying to give Fagan his paperwork---rotten dog.

I also want to let you know that the State expects problems and challenges to the Absentee Ballot Process. It appears that anyone who asks to see the list in the Polling Room is having their Ballot somehow segregated from others for possible future disqualification challenges, so voters are cautioned to not ask to see the list when voting to avoid possible disqualification in future. We are now told that (at least in Anchorage) it is currently only 1 list and you cannot take it into the Polling Booth with you. Comments from some Polling guy was that they didn't know how exactly to deal with this ruling themselves, so there was a bit of "winging it."
The guy speaking now on Greta's show on FOX about how the list will be handed out is wrong from what I heard today.

Other good news is that 1 of the State Supreme Court Judges who approved this (Dana Fabe) is up for re-election in 5 days and now she has a big red target on her back. Good riddance.

So, all in all a very fun and exciting and positive day up here, all due to that Rabble-rouser Hit & Run! Was great to hear people calling in to Fagan damning him for for pushing this effort as vote tampering etc, and him exploding and going on offense. Was probably 95 % for the effort, 5% opposed, and you could tell the opposed were Lisa callers. Folks really are pissed and rightly so.

Now all I wann'a know is why wasn't I invited to the debate tonight, because I'm a Write-In Candidate just like Lisa Mercowshit.

I want a Lawyer!!!

Posted by: daddy October 29, 2010 at 01:36 AM

Just goes to show you that it's not what you know that's important. It's who you know. And I know an Alaskan Senate Candidate, that's who I know.

UPDATE: Dan Riehl links (thanks!) and gives his take on the events.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Harry Reid, When He's Faced With Being Out of Work, Tends to Become Abusive

In discussing Joy Behar's response to a Sharron Angle ad, Katrina Trinko at The Corner points this out:

Think Behar’s just an honestly outraged citizen, not a partisan hack? Think again: what makes her bias evident is the fact that she doesn’t comment on the ads Reid has run against Angle — ads that depict Angle as a creep who supports wife beaters and sex offenders. “Sharron Angle voted to protect sex offenders,” is the message of one Reid commercial. The message of another Reid spot? “Sharron Angle sided with the [domestic violence] abuser, not the abused.”

Wait. What?

It was Reid who made a not-so-subtle reference to the domestic violence problems that await should he lose the election.

Our CPAADP ad from back in March:

We're still here to help.

Friday, October 15, 2010

What Harry Reid Supports

I picked up this video from the Reid - Angle debate from the Hot Air headlines.

Let's transcribe part of it:

Moderator: Senator Reid, you were quoted as saying the following: "The war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence," end quote. [...]

Reid: Mitch, I first met General Petraeus in Iraq. The statement that I made was made following General Petraeus saying "the war cannot be won militarily". He said and I said the war can only be won militarily, ecomically and diplomatically. That's why after I made my statement, and Gen Petraeus made his statements, we did the surge then, not later. And it was the right thing to do. The surge worked because we brought in the economy working with the Sunnis, we brought in diplomacy woking with...and that's how we got the Sunni awakening, so they start fighting the people who were causing all the trouble. General Petraeus has done a good job. He's my friend. I'm glad he's in Afghanistan. And I have supported the troops........

Wait. What?

Reid is really trying to play like he and Petraeus were on the same page back then? That what he said was based on what General Petraeus told him?

Really?

Reid said "the war is lost" on April 19, 2007.

But "the war is lost" is not the only statement Reid made back in April of 2007 regarding the surge. And it's not even the most relevant statement Reid made regarding General Petraeus. Let's cut to April 24, 2007:

CNN Interviewer: "General Petraeus is going to come to the Hill...and make it clear to you that there is progress going on in Iraq...will you believe him?"

Reid: "No. I won't believe him because it isn't happening."

Seriously. We've gone over this before. It was less than two weeks prior to the statement that he wasn't going to believe General Petraeus that Reid tipped his hand as to why he was pushing Iraq-as-lost so hard:

"We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war," Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.) told reporters yesterday. "Senator Schumer has shown me numbers that are compelling and astounding."

When Harry Reid says he supports the troops, he's lying. He supports getting himself and other Democrats elected. And that's it.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Are You Smarter Than Barack Obama?

We now turn over this blog to the unparalleled humor of bgates from Just One Minute...

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Are You Smaaarter than Ba-rack O-ba-ma?
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Are You Smaaarter than...

Jeff Foxworthy: Hey y'all. Welcome to "Are You Smarter than Barack Obama", the show where we find out whether our country's ten-year-olds are qualified to be leader of the free world, and vice versa. [laughter, applause]

JF: Our kids are ready, and they're excited, and I have to say I'm excited too, because joining us tonight is the President of the United States, Barack Obama. [moderate applause] President Obama, it's a tremendous honor for me to meet you.

Barack Obama: Yes it is, Jeff.

JF: Y-yeah. OK. Well, let's get started, then, I'm sure you have a very busy schedule -

BO: Uhh, my tee time isn't for another 75 minutes, and I can have the highways shut down until I get there, and one of the interns is going to help Joe Biden record SportsCenter for me, so I'm good.

JF: Right. So let's meet our first fifth-grader, he's from Akron Ohio, let's have a nice warm welcome for Dave Scheissfurer. Hi, Dave.

DS: Hello, Mr Foxworthy. Mr President? It's an honor for me to meet you, sir.

BO: Yep.

JF: Yeah. Alright. Dave, here's how we're going to play. We're going to show you a video segment of something the President has said, and you're going to have to figure out if he made a mistake, and if so, what it was. Are you ready?

DS: I think so.

JF: OK, here we go.

[video clip of Obama:]

When I was young, just got out of college, I had to buy auto insurance. I had a beat-up old car. And I won’t name the name of the insurance company, but there was a company — let’s call it Acme Insurance in Illinois. And I was paying my premiums every month. After about six months I got rear-ended and I called up Acme and said, I’d like to see if I can get my car repaired, and they laughed at me over the phone because really this was set up not to actually provide insurance; what it was set up was to meet the legal requirements. But it really wasn’t serious insurance.

BO: Now, that, that is exactly what happened, just the way I read it. Said it.

JF: Dave, what do you think?

DS: Um....I kind of think that's wrong. Because when you buy real cheap insurance doesn't it just cover for when you run into other people and when somebody gets hurt and stuff? And if somebody else hits you, shouldn't their insurance have to pay?

BO: No, I read it-

JF: That's right, Dave! Congratulations! Hal, tell Dave what he's won!

***[Cut to commercial break]***

JF: And we're back. So far we've already found one fifth grader who's smarter than Barack Obama.

BO: Now, that's clearly an exaggeration.

JF: Of course, sir, it's just a game show. We know you're a very smart man.
Now let's meet our next contestant, and it's Rosalita Lider Muymal from Boulder, Colorado. Hi, Rosalita.

RLM: Hi, Jeff. Hello, Mr President. I'm very pleased to meet you.

BO: Of course you are, sweetie.

JF: OK, Rosalita - do they call you "Rosie" at school?

RLM: Oh, no! Only when they want me - when they want to say that I am fat.

JF: Rosalita it is. Rosalita, this clip goes by pretty fast, so pay attention, ok?

RLM: OK.

[video clip of Obama:]

There's a lot of -- I don't know what the term is in Austrian -- wheeling and dealing, and people are pursuing their interests, and everybody has their own particular issues and their own particular politics

BO: Now, I was there, and that young lady was from Austria.

JF: Rosalita, what do you think?

BO: I'm telling you, she was Austrian.

RLM: Si, but Austrian is like a nationality. It's not a language. They speak German in Austria.

BO: Then what do they speak in Germany, Swiss?

RLM: No, they speak German there too - and also in Switzerland some places.

JF: That's correct! In fact all of that was correct, but we can only give credit for the part connected to the video. But great job, Rosalita. We'll be right back to see if another fifth grader can join Rosalita Lider Muymal in saying....

RLM: Oh! [blushes, glances at Obama] I am smarter than Barack Obama [dissolves into giggles, covers her face with her hands]

***[Cut to commercial break]***

JF: And we're back. Our next contestant is - from Washington DC, ladies and gentlemen let's hear it for - oh, gosh - Antawn Mbaya Kion..gozi, did I do that right Antawn?

AMK: Yeah. That's good.

BO: What up Antawn.

AMK: Hey. It's nice to meet you, sir.

BO: Word. Good luck.

AMK: Thank you, sir.

JF: Now, Antawn, it says here that you go to school at Sidwell Friends - are you a classmate of Sasha or Malia Obama?

AMK: [freezes, lip quivers; a beat later bursts into tears]

JF: Oh, jeez - go to break. Go to break!

***[Cut to commercial break]***

JF: Hi, everybody. I have to apologize, and especially to Antawn, for that mixup. It seems that Antawn had a scholarship to go to Sidwell, but the government got rid of it. I'm sorry Antawn.

AMK: [listlessly] It's ok.

JF: Is the school you're going to now ok?

AMK: I guess.

BO: Probably not. Most of those schools are dumps.

JF: Well let's move things along, ok?

[video clip of Obama]

The Middle East is a problem that has plagued the region for centuries.

BO: Right.

JF: Antawn?

AMK: Um....

BO: That one's right. Just say I'm right!

JF: Let Antawn answer, sir.

AMK: Um....[starts crying] I don't know! I'm stupid! I go to a stupid school because I'm stupid! I don't know what the mistake was! That didn't even make any sense!

JF: No, Antawn - Antawn! You're right. That didn't make sense. You're right.

AMK: Yeah? [sniffles] Yeah, huh? Because the Middle East is the region. So he should have said like the problems in the Middle East region have been plaguing the world for centuries.

JF: Final answer?

BO: Look, sometimes they don't get the teleprompter set up right. That's what I meant to say.

AMK: Only that wouldn't be right either. Because the problem he was - [turns to Obama] when you said "problem" you were talking about with the Jews and the Arabs, right?

BO: Exactly.

AMK: But there wasn't even that much fighting between them in the whole time that Turkey was in charge. [turns back to Jeff] And then they didn't lose it to the European countries until after World War One. So that's only like one century.

BO: Whatever. I don't think this kid is even in the fifth grade.

AMK: [outraged, wheels on the President] Nu uh! I am in the fifth grade! But I know more stuff than they have in school because I read. I read a lot. That's how I got that-[tears up, composes himself]-that scholarship. And even before school started, they gave me a library card. They have a gooood library at that school. I think that's where I learned all about the Middle East.

I read a lot. Because my mom said? That if I did real good at Sidwell? That I could go to all the good schools. Like you. And now I can't even go to that school. And they didn't even let me keep the library card.

JF: [softly] Antawn? Maybe you cain't say you go to that fancy school. But you know what you can say?

AMK: [puzzled] Huh? [brightens] Oh, yeah! I'm Antawn Kiongonzi, [glares at the President] and I'm smarter than Barack Obama! [audience erupts in applause]

***[Show fades to black]***

Stuff Obama (Almost) Said

"But the truth is, is that, our challenge is to get people persuaded that we can make progress when there's not evidence of that in their daily lives. You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 20 months and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Hope and Change of 2009, and the Ram It Down Their Throats Against Their Will of 2010, and each successive effort we've made has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. So it's not surprising then that we'd make a shameless effort to play off their bitterness, hoping that if they cling to their antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment, our cynical attacks on "foreign money" contributed to the Chamber of Commerce might make them rethink their votes, even if it's complete bull crap. Oh well. At this point, that's all we got. No, seriously. That's it."

--stuff Obama (almost) said

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Stuff Obama (Almost) Said

"I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we could have begun to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans could have begun to slow and our planet could have begun to heal; this was the moment when we could have restored our image as the last, best hope on earth. This was the moment—this was the time—when we could have come together to remake this great nation so that it could have reflected our very best selves and our highest ideals. But nooooo. You Democrat voters just like to gripe and groan. You just want to stand on the sidelines. You just want to sit on your hands. You don't care enough to fight. You're lethargic. You're unserious. You people make me look bad."

--stuff Obama (almost) said

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Who's They Now?

You remember this, right?

“We’ve learned that we’re still living in a time and in a nation where the bar is set, right?”

“That’s right.”

“They tell you all you need to do is do these things and you’ll get to the bar — ”

“Uh-huh.”

“So you go about the business of doing those things — ”

“Yes — ”

“You start working hard and sacrificing, and you think you’re getting closer to the bar, you’re working and you’re struggling, you get right to that bar, you’re reaching out for the bar, and then what happens?”

“They raise the bar!”

“They raise the bar. Raise the bar. Shift it to the side. Keep it just out of reach.”

“Yes!”

“And that’s just what’s been happening in this race.”

That was Michelle Obama in 2008, of course.

So now we're in 2010, right? And it is the Republicans poised to win big in this year's elections.

Well.

Let's cut to Allah Pundit at Hot Air:

So assured is the GOP tsunami, it seems, that even the eminence grise of Hopenchange ’08 feels obliged to set the bar as high as he possibly can so that he’ll have some sort of “moral victory” to wheeze about on November 3.

Trying to reshape expectations for the midterm elections, David Plouffe said Thursday that the Republicans should be expected to make a full sweep of Congress – and key gubernatorial races – given the environmental advantages they have. Anything less, he said, should be seen as a disgrace.

“By their definition, success is winning back the House, winning back the Senate and winning every major governor’s race,” Plouffe, Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, said. “When you’ve got winds this strong in your favor, that’s the kind of election you need to have – or it should be considered a colossal failure.”

Seems David Plouffe has become the "they" in 2010.

Blaming Bush no longer works. Obama's trying to blame Democratic voters, but that's not likely to work.

So all that's left is to . . . well, to raise the bar, of course. Shift it to the side. Keep it just out of reach. I'll go with Ace's response:

David Piffle set us a standard of success. Fine, David: We accept. And we're going to get as close to your mark as possible.

If you want to declare victory lying bloody and toothless in an alley because you still have your shoes, fine.

It's the never-ending story: the Democrats become in the next election exactly what they decried in the last one.

Only, instead of belly-aching about "the bar", we'll just belly up to it. We own this bar.

Next round's on me.

How to Energize Your Base, By Barack Obama

Geraghty points out this quote from the NYT:

Assuming that many independents are out of reach, White House strategists are counting on Mr. Obama to energize, cajole, wheedle and even shame the left into matching the Tea Party momentum that has propelled Republicans this year.

Let's look at the examples of Obama's various techniques ... energize, cajole, wheedle and shame.

Energize:

‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.’

Not quite a Howard Dean "yeeeearrrrgggghhhh", but, um, ok...

Shame:

"When I hear Democrats griping and groaning ... I say, 'folks, wake up'."


...

"It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines"

...

"We can't let this country fall backward because the rest of us didn't care enough to fight."

...

"People need to shake off this lethargy. People need to buck up ... if people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren't serious in the first place"

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"The idea that we've got a lack of enthusiasm in the Democratic base, that people are sitting on their hands, complaining, is just irresponsible"

Cajole:

...

Wheedle:

...

Well. Obama's got the complaining, whining, griping and groaning -- to people who he says are a bunch of complainers, whiners, gripers and groaners who don't care -- down pretty good. Persuading with flattery, not so much.

So get out and vote Democrats! Obama thinks you're lazy, not serious and irresponsible.

Apparently you weren't the ones you've been waiting for afterall, according to Obama.

Bummer.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Obama's More Right Direction

Thanks to Jim Geraghty at National Review's Campaign Spot and to Clarice Feldman at American Thinker for picking up the chart in our last post.


(Note: You are reading Clarice's Pieces each Sunday at American Thinker, I trust. If you aren't, you must.)

Like clockwork, even after last week's numbers were roundly recognized as the very definition of non-recovery, Obama couldn't help himself:

"We are confident that we are moving in the right direction. But we want to keep this recovery moving stronger and accelerate the job growth that is needed so desperately all across the country."

Of course he said it.

If the phrase "moving in the right direction" is wrong, Obama doesn't want to be right.


Friday, August 27, 2010

Obama's Direction

News is out today that Q2 GDP is a lot worse than the unexpectedly bad numbers that were reported just several weeks ago. Ed Morrissey at Hot Air:

The GDP number for the second quarter got revised sharply downward by a third today, dropping from the initial estimate of 2.4% last month to 1.6% in the intermediate revision. The number represents a hard rebuke to White House attempts to paint a rosy long-term economic picture, as the anemic growth rate may indicate even more trouble ahead for joblessness

You know what this calls for . . . an Obama speech!

Of course.

Over to you Jim Geraghty:

The White House seems really convinced that if they say “moving in the right direction” enough times when discussing the economy, the voters will give them some sort of credit, or at least not notice that the economy has mostly sputtered over the last two years, and really for the last three

Geraghty also provides a handy list of GDP growth over the past 10 quarters.

This calls for a chart!

'Obama



So that's the direction Obama considers to be the right one?

Yike.




In Defense of Obama as a Movement

In his nightly “Quotes of the Day” post at Hot Air, Allahpundit calls our attention to this Washington Post article:

Michael Kazin, a history professor at Georgetown University, has studied political activism for decades. But two years ago, he thought he was participating in a unique political movement, one not organized against an idea or a war – like most he has seen or been involved with – but in support of a specific candidate: Barack Obama…

But Kazin, like many other liberal activists who once shared that view, says he may have been too optimistic. As conservatives, led by talk show host Glenn Beck, prepare for a rally in Washington on Saturday – another sign of the increased activism on the right since Obama’s election – some liberals say the energy of the campaign on their side has dissipated and is not matching the energy and passion “tea party” activists have captured on the right.

In an interview, Kazin said, “I was a bit optimistic in the glow of victory,” adding that “the campaign had the aura of a movement, but in the light of day it was not a movement.”

Wait. What?

Obama *not* a movement?

I disagree!

The problem for folks such as professor Kazin is that they’re relying on their lying eyes.

I have long maintained that Obama is a movement. It was this Ace of Spades post back in 2008 that convinced me, bringing me into agreement with liberal Oliver Willis:

Obama: Smells Like a Movement

It was at that point that I saw the light recognized the odor:

And as lefty Oliver Willis quipped about Obama, Smells Like a Movement. Oh, yeah a big movement. A toilet-stopping, get-the-plunger, why-didn't-you-courtesy-flush, where-the-hell are-the-matches movement.

Follow your nose. The Obama Movement has been BS all along.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Big Difference Here Is...

Back in January, we had a report that certain Democrats were urging President Obama not to underestimate the surge Republicans could mount in the 2010 elections. However, Obama seemed to have little concern. He was, afterall, the unprecedented President Barack Obama. In one meeting, Marion Berry (D-AR), who is not running for re-election, recounted his visit with the President:

Berry recounted meetings with White House officials, reminiscent of some during the Clinton days, where he and others urged them not to force Blue Dogs “off into that swamp” of supporting bills that would be unpopular with voters back home.

“I’ve been doing that with this White House, and they just don’t seem to give it any credibility at all,” Berry said. “They just kept telling us how good it was going to be. The president himself, when that was brought up in one group, said, ‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.’ We’re going to see how much difference that makes now.”

That was then, this is now. Oh how the mighty (full of themselves) have fallen:

WASHINGTON — As lunch was served in the Roosevelt Room of the White House one day last week, President Obama assured the nine Democratic members of Congress sitting around the table that he would do anything he could to help them survive their fall elections.

Even, he said, if it meant staying away.

“You may not even want me to come to your district,” Mr. Obama said, according to guests, nearly all of whom hold seats that Republicans are aggressively seeking.

Those poor Democrats heading into the fall elections. But don't fear -- Nancy Pelosi is here to save the day!

Three months before what certainly will be brutal House elections, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is again the happy campaigner, vowing to defend “every grain of sand” of what she’s built in Congress and predicting this August will prove kinder to Democrats than a year ago.

Perhaps she was channeling her inner Churchill ("we shall fight them on the beaches!"), but as James Taranto said: "Breaking News From Matthew 7:26" (and 27)

26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.

But verse 27 surely is evidence of global warming -- so let's Blame Bush.

[VIMH: So Bush is who we should hold responsible should the Democrats lose their majorities in Congress...]
I like the way you think. Ironic,isn't it?

Saturday, July 31, 2010

President Bush Was A Community Organizer Revisited

From the WaPo we find this:

"If I were to characterize the mood here, I would say it was a combination of rage and panic," said Joanne Carter, director of the anti-poverty group Results and a board member of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The rage is directed at the Obama administration, which many activists say is reneging on a commitment to continue big annual increases in global AIDS spending. The panic arises from the knowledge that in some African countries, patients who want antiretroviral treatment are being turned away and will soon start dying.

Some activists pine for former president George W. Bush, who launched a much-praised multibillion-dollar fund to fight AIDS around the world. But now, in the eyes of many, the U.S. government has replaced the pharmaceutical industry as the main impediment to progress.

I won't hesitate to say, I told you so:

And what’s the difference between Bush the Community Organizer and Obama the Community Organizer?

Results.

Bush inspires hope … AND … helps realize dreams [...]

Obama inspires hope … THEN … heads off for the next big job [...]

It is certainly politically fashionable to run against President Bush in this election. And certainly politically wise.

That’s a shame.

For while the Democratic nominee to be the next President has talked a big game about helping “the least of these” and being his “brother’s keeper”, he has loved the sound of his own voice and the trajectory of his own career more than the people he has been talking about. Contrariwise, the current President quietly went about the business of actually doing it.

Standing up for President Bush may not be popular these days – may not be fashionable.

But it’s the right thing to do.

Still is. Still is.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Obama And The Internet

Mary Katharine Ham at the Weekly Standard points us to an Obama infomercial for healthcare.gov that would make Billy Mays proud. In it Obama demonstrates how easy it is to use and all the wonderful benefits it offers. MKH says:

All the techies and Obama fans will undoubtedly think it's just fab that the President himself is showing the American public the super-sweet drop-down menus on a government website, but isn't this what the Secretary of Health and Human Services or the Chief Technology Officer is for?

A valid concern, perhaps. But what struck me most was not that Obama was giving the tour -- but what appears on Obama's screen on one of the opening shots:

Obama Surfs the Web During PSA
(click to enlarge)

That's not healthcare.gov!!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I Have Confidence They'll Put Them To The Test

A Gallup poll was making the rounds last week in which Congress was ranked dead last in confidence among the institutions included in its survey. Ed Morrissey at Hot Air covered it here. One note that Ed made got me thinking:

Gallup doesn’t chart the presidential confidence level over the same period of time it does with Congress. The highest Congressional level in the last 10 years was 30%, but it would be interesting to see how Bush fared in that same period. Something tells me it took him a little longer to get down to 26% and on a gentler slope than the 15% drop in a year Obama has had.

But instead of wondering how presidential confidence compared, I wondered how this form of Congressional "approval" was influenced by which party was in the majority. See if you detect a pattern:

Senate Control and Congressional Approval
(click image to enlarge)

Well. When Republicans control the Senate, Congressional "approval" rises. When Democrats control the Senate, look out below. The notable exception was Republican control from 2003 through 2006, in which the index dropped steeply -- a movement the Democrats have seen fit to continue, to unprecedented depths ahead of the elections this fall.

Friday, July 23, 2010

The FEC Messes With Joe

Remember back in 2008 when Obama's claim to executive experience was that he managed a big honkin' campaign? Good times.

Well, that would make Biden's claim to executive experience that he too managed a campaign! One that was 2/3rds the size of . . . Wasilla.

In all, Biden, who dropped out of the race after coming in fifth in the Iowa caucuses and was tapped eight months later to be Barack Obama’s running mate, received $857,000 in taxpayer money for his campaign, which raised $8.2 million from individual contributions, according to the report.

The 2/3rds claim isn't mine. It's Obama's:

"My understanding is that Gov. Palin's town, Wasilla, has I think 50 employees," Obama told CNN on Sept. 1, 2008. "We've got 2,500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe 12-million dollars a year"

Speaking of Biden running his campaign, apparently he ran it so well that he was fined $219K last Friday for campaign violations:

The Federal Election Commission has penalized Vice President Joe Biden’s 2008 presidential campaign $219,000 for accepting over-the-limit contributions and a discounted flight on a jet owned by a New York hedge fund. His campaign was also charged with sloppy record-keeping.

Sloppy record-keeping? Accepting illegal contributions? Accepting a gift from special interests? On Wall Street? Yike!

Well, at least Obama wouldn't put Joe in charge of overseeing stimulus spending or anything.

Wait. What?

Friday, July 2, 2010

Obama And The Shadow (Puppet)

Some people think all Obama does is play golf and go to parties.

Wrong. Sometimes his tee times get rained out.

And Obama really buckles down:

Obama Hard At Work

Obama gestures while leading a session
on the Gulf spill in the White House.

Monday, June 28, 2010

If "We're Out of Money Now" ...then... "Stop Spending!"

Obama told us last year that we were already out of money.

That didn't slow him or the Democrats down one bit in their efforts to spend like drunken sailors.

Now Rick Santelli gives the only sane two word answer:

Thursday, June 17, 2010

You Were Always On My Mind

Obama last week:

"I have not spoken to him directly," Obama said. "Here's the reason. Because my experience is, when you talk to a guy like a BP CEO, he's going to say all the right things to me. I'm not interested in words. I'm interested in actions."

"A little less conversation and a lot more action..."

OK, tough guy.

Obama yesterday:

“I emphasized to the chairman that when he’s talking to shareholders, when he is in meetings in his boardroom, to keep in mind those individuals; that they are desperate; that some of them, if they don’t get relief quickly, may lose businesses that have been in their families for two or three generations,” the president said. “The chairman assured me that he would keep them in mind.”

See? Obama was right! BP execs just said all the right things to him.

And yet . . . Obama seems to have fallen for it.

"You're whispering in my ear...Tell me all the things that I wanna to hear...'cause that's true...That's what I like about you..."

Obama went on:

Mr. Obama said the standard he would be applying “is whether or not those individuals I met with, their family members, those communities that are vulnerable, whether they are uppermost in the minds of all concerned.”

Finally! We have specifics from Obama on how he is going to handle the crisis caused by the spill for those directly affected.

So if you are down on the Gulf coast and worried about your livelihood, fear not: Obama has extracted the assurance from those responsible for the spill, and has vowed to hold himself and all those involved to the standard that they will . . . be thinking about you.

"You were always on my mind.....you were always on my mind..."

Awwww. He’s so sweet. Who says this president can’t connect on an emotional level?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Obama Is Growing In Office -- Growing Smaller

Mark Steyn has written an excellent, incisive article on President Obama. In it he says:

[Obama]'s the first president to give off the pronounced whiff that he's condescending to the job - that it's really too small for him, and he's just killing time until something more commensurate with his stature comes along.

And so the Gulf spill was an irritation, but he dutifully went through the motions of flying in to be photographed looking presidentially concerned. As he wearily explained to Matt Lauer, "I was meeting with fishermen down there, standing in the rain, talking..." Good grief, what more do you people want? Alas, he's not a good enough actor to fake it.

So the more desperately he butches up the rhetoric – "Plug the damn hole!," "I know whose ass to kick" – the more pathetically unconvincing it all sounds.

Indeed, history has now shown us that it is Obama who is too small for the job and not the other way around.

The Resolute Desk in the Oval Office provides us with a visual:

Obama in the Oval Office, Behind the Resolute Desk

The Office of the President of the United States has revealed Obama to be small by comparison. And he appears to be steadily growing smaller.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Speaking Truth From Powerlessness

Jake Tapper at ABC reports on Obama speaking truth from powerlessness at the Gulf:

“Even though I am President of the United States my powers are not limitless,” Obama said last Friday at Camardelle’s Live Bait and Boiled Seafood, “So I can’t dive down there and plug the hole. I can’t suck it up with a straw."

It's true. He has limited power. Some call it impotence.

Others say he's not doing enough. But cut him some slack here. When he says he can't suck it up with a straw, it's not like he didn't try:


Obama Heroically Attempts To Suck Tarballs From Gulf

President Barack Obama tries to suck tar balls
through a straw as Lafourche Parish President
Charlotte Randolf, left, looks on at Fourchon Beach
in Port Fourchon, La., May 28, 2010.


We'll give him an A for effort with the tar balls and straw.

His overall performance in the managment of efforts to plug the damn hole and contain the spill?

Easy. That's a good, solid B+.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Obama Approval Polls Overtaken By GOP

Jim Geraghty highlights this graphic from Pollster.com, which represents an average of approval polls for President Obama:

Geraghty notes that the disapproval has inched well ahead of the approval.

You know what jumped out at me? What the poll visually resembles:

Obama's Polls Overtaken By GOP



Obama's Mad As Hell And He's Not Gonna Take It Anymore

Obama: Model of Competence

[OVAL OFFICE]

Obama: Thank you for joining this call today. As I have always said, make no mistake, this oil spill is and has been my number one priority. There are those who say we should do nothing, but let me be clear, I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and…

Muffled Voice: Excuse me, sir…

Obama: …tell our children that this was the moment when the flow of the oil into the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal…

Muffled Voice: Sir, please, sir?

Obama: Who is that?

Muffled Voice: Sir, we can barely hear you, could you speak a little louder please?

Obama: Could you say that again, I can barely hear you. There must be something wrong with the connection.

Muffled Voice: Can you speak a little louder please?

Obama: IT MUST BE THE PHONE, I SWEAR...AHEM...AS I HAVE ALWAYS SAID, MAKE NO MISTAKE…

Muffled Voice: We got that part, sir.

[BACKGROUND: various voices laughing]

Obama: WHO’S LAUGHING? WHO IS THAT?

[BACKGROUND: laughing increases]

Obama: Stop it. I’m telling you, I’m not going to rest or be satisfied until I find out who is laughing on this call. I’m going to talk with the folks who potentially have the best answers as to who’s laughing, so I know whose ass to kick. I’m telling you right now, whoever is laughing better shut their pie hole this instant, or I swear I’m going to take this receiver and plug the damn hole.

Muffled Voice: That's much better, sir. We can hear you just fine now.

[BACKGROUND: uncontrollable laughter]

The Smartest Guy In The Room

The Smartest Guy In The Room

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Obama Is Gonna Kick Your Ass If You Don't Plug The Damn Hole

Tom Maguire:

The First Emoter finds his inner George Bush and tells us he is out looking for "ass to kick" on the BP Gulf oil spill. Gosh, its reassuring to see our President enraged and engaged.

Anger They Hope You'll Believe.

Obama Is Gonna Kick Your Ass If You Don't Plug The Damn Hole

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Patent Pending

This level of brilliance is what happens at those 1 am parties playing darts in your neighbor's garage.

Patent Pending

The beer bottle fits snug between the thumb and forefingers of the glove, allowing you to relax your hand. Or punch someone without putting your beer down.

Either way...

Using a boxing glove to hold your beer: An Idea Whose Time Has Come.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Filibuster Kagan . . . For The Children!!!

I have almost nothing to say on the Elena Kagan nomination.

Almost.

Over at Just One Minute, we were treated to an image of a young Kagan readying herself to hit a softball.

MarkO at JOM comments:

Bat at wrong angle. It should point toward the pitcher. Bat likely to be under the ball and not able to strick the ball with any force. Basically, pushing the ball if she can hit it at all. Hands to far from body. This makes for a poor swing path. Back elbow too high. This fits in perfectly with a swing that goes low to high with no power. Front elbow prevents hitting anything inside with any force. Hips already open (don't go there). Face of watch, under. A secret sign, no doubt.


I responded at JOM to the estimable MarkO, and will reproduce it here.....

While you astutely point out all the hitting flaws of the Kagan Stance, I think you miss the fundamental lesson of the photo of Kagan At The Bat.

She's. Not. Wearing. A. Helmet.

We simply cannot confirm someone to the Supreme Court of the United States who would send such a reckless message to the youth of America.

Hell, even Obama wore a helmet when he went bike riding.

(Of course that was 2008, when he was running for president. Once in office, however, not so much...)

Further, while I am the last person to claim that photos of the nominee are dispositive, I think I am on fairly solid ground [note: that's a Boston Globe image] when I say that Elena Kagan has probably consumed more than her fair share of trans fat and high fructose corn syrup items over the years.

Let's Move? What does Michelle Obama think about this nominee?

"In Elena Kagan's America, kids will eat junk food and traipse across the ballfields of America unprotected from the dangers of hard spherical objects projected about..."

Filibuster Kagan . . . For The Children!!!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

"I do think at a certain point you've made enough money"

At a speech in Quincy, IL talking about financial reform, President Obama lets us know that he thinks there should be a limit to how much money a person should make when he said, "I do think at a certain point you've made enough money."

A few of his biggest supporters from Hollywood, who went to great lengths during the 2008 campaign to let the world know how much they loved him, weigh in in this video.

In many cases these celebrities make a lot more money than the big company executives Obama likes to demonize as greedy. These celebrities find themselves understandably confused.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Obligatory Obama as Drunken Sailor

I know there are problems with the analogy.

But with this photo, Obama as drunken sailor is too good to pass up.

Drunken Sailor

President Obama stumbles across the White House
lawn early in the morning. Responding to reporters'
questions, Obama could only manage, "hic".

Friday, April 23, 2010

Goldman Sachs Loves Democrats

And Democrats love them back.

So, Goldman Sachs is in the news. Please don't ask me to try and explain what's going on. I mean, the SEC is suing them. I know that much. About the only other thing I know is that I Question The Timing.

But the name Goldman Sachs brings back memories of the 2008 election. I did this post, highlighting how Goldman was a much bigger contributor to Obama than McCain, despite the conventional wisdom that it is Republicans in the pockets of Wall Street banks.

After the success of my Exxon logo featuring Obama, I took the opportunity to do the same with the Goldman logo:

Goldman Sachs Loves Obama

Crazy thing is, good friend Jane over at YouTooCongress found the logo useful a few days ago. Only she didn't get it from me -- she got it from her broker. Like she says, "what a small world".

At NRO, Robert Costa runs down the Democrats' relationship with Goldman. "An impressionistic study in cronyism", indeed. Costa concludes his piece:

Close up, it looks disconnected and blurred, but if you step back, the shape of it all falls into focus: Democrats hoard Goldman cash, Goldman hoards Democrats, and the American people lose.

Let's face it, that Goldman-Obama logo was good fun for 2008. But Costa has us convinced, it's time for A New Direction.

So, without further ado, the 2010 Goldman Sachs logo:

Goldman Sachs Loves Democrats