Happy Aloha Friday! White House Press Secretary Jay Carney actually admitted yesterday what we’ve all know – they don’t create jobs. But does the administration really believe that? They seem to want to grow government and put more people on its payroll, not the private sector’s. I just got this great release from the Heritage Foundation about the 0bama administrations’s job-killing policies. It’s a great overview of what he and his cronies continue to do to stifle economic growth. From the article (not Jay Carney – now THAT would have been refreshing): ”The government cannot create private-sector jobs, but it can strongly affect the conditions for job-creating economic growth. But instead, the Obama Administration has helped create the conditions to stifle job growth. ” Morning Bell: “The White House Does Not Create Jobs”.
ALOHA, ALL! First, let me say that I don’t begrudge anyone taking a vacation. We all need a break at times. Second, let me say that I don’t begrudge anyone taking an expensive vacation, if they can afford it. That said, it’s insensitive, excessive, hypocritical and downright wrong that Michelle 0bama spent several days basking in the sun in Spain. Sure…she claims she paid for all her “personal” expenses – whatever that means. But since she’s the First Lady (makes me almost gag to say it) the taxpayers are on the hook for a lot of money. The jet, the Secret Service and more add up to a pretty penny (estimates are that the round-trip flight alone cost about $178,000. Gee, that’s some first-class treatment!) There were about 70 government employees involved in M0′s trip, along with a motorcade of 13 cars (and most were gas-guzzling SUVs…but I digress.) Bottom line: once again the 0bama’s show how out-of-touch they are with the American people. And while a recent poll showed that Mo’s popularity was extremely high (66% – but that was on Aug 2, right before her Spanish get-away) I’m guessing now….not so much. The Dems were seriously considering having her go out on the campaign trail instead of Barack. So much for that idea. CHECK OUT THIS GREAT IMAGE FROM MY FRIEND RALPH – LOVE IT!!
Meanwhile, Back At The Gulf. 64% of voters now think drilling should resume in the Gulf. That’s an 8-point jump from mid-July: Rasmussen Poll What say you, 0bama? Why is there still a moratorium? Americans are losing jobs and bleeding money down there.
Of Mud and Ditches. 0bama vowed Wednesday to keep fighting for union-friendly legislation (i.e. “card check”) as he urged labor leaders to go to the polls for Democrats in the upcoming elections. “You have to remind them for the next three months this election’s a choice,” he told the AFL-CIO Executive Council at the Washington Convention Center. “You’ve got these folks who drove America’s economy into a ditch. And for the last 20 months, we put on our boots and we got into the mud.” No comment here – that would be much too easy! 0bama Pledges Labor Support
Here’s Mud In Your Eye. DC Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee has fired 241 teachers, including 165 who received poor appraisals under a new evaluation system that for the first time holds some educators accountable for students’ standardized test scores. She’s fighting the DC teacher’s union and is single-handedly knocking them out. Rhee’s name may be mud with the teacher’s union but she’s alright in my book! Washington Post: Michelle Rhee
Blue State Rich=Less Taxes. Democrats from wealthy districts are torn: they really want to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, but the problem is many of those Americans hail from their own districts! What to do. One irony of the tax increase that arrives on January 1 is that the it will hit residents of high-income, Democratic-leaning states like California, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York the hardest. This is a problem for pro-tax Democrats. Enter New York Representative Jerrold Nadler, who wants to exempt his own six-figure constituents from the tax hike he supports. Mr. Nadler’s bill would “require the IRS to adjust tax brackets proportionally in regions where the average cost of living is higher than the national average.” In other words, the various tax brackets would apply to residents in certain regions at higher income levels versus other parts of the country. A family with an income of $50,000 or even $1 million in Manhattan would pay less federal income tax than a family with the same earnings in Omaha. The bill is called the Tax Equity Act, but a more accurate title would be the Blue State Tax Preference Act. (Thanks to Garry for the info!)
Blast From The Not-So-Distant Past. 0bama has been criticizing the GOP for only looking toward the next election (i.e. campaigning) while doing his OWN campaigning & fundraisers. I guess in 0bama Zombieland that’s not a disconnect. anyhow, 0bama’s mantra lately is that the GOP has “no new ideas.” Guess what? They have lots of ideas but are not allowed to bring them forward (thanks to Nancy Nitwit.) Check out this article from January about Paul Ryan’s healthcare plan: Ryan Reintroducing GOP Healthcare Reform Bill Today BTW…those of you who have connections in the GOP, tell them to start proudly saying they are “The Party of Know.” Wanna bet how fast the Dems will drop their “Party of No” label?
Signed, Sealed, Delivered! Kinda….. 0bama’s most recent “non-campaigning fundraiser” was in Texas, where the Dem nominee for Governor stayed as far away as possible from His Grooviness. Current TX Gov, Rick Perry (R) showed class by meeting 0bama’s plane as it landed, then promptly handed him a letter requesting more National Guard on the border (Sidenote: Perry wanted to meet with 0 while he was in Texas but 0 claimed he didn’t have time.) Perry Delivers Letter on Border Security OH, BUT WAIT – IT TURNS OUT 0BAMA DIDN’T WANT TO ACCEPT THE LETTER FROM PERRY AND SUMMONED VALERIE JARRETT TO TAKE IT: Perry Invites obama to Tour the Border with Him I guess he didn’t want to touch something handed to him by such a common person. After all, isn’t that what minions are for?
“Where The Bills Have No Name.” You know how Nancy Nitwit has called Congress back from recess to vote on some important, expensive bill that we can’t afford? You haven’t heard the best part: the bill actually has no name. H.R. 1586 has adopted the name, the “______Act of____.” No, I am not joking. This $26 billion bailout for state governments is so crucial and necessary (according Nitwit) yet they couldn’t even name it? The Bill With No Name BUT WAIT – IT GETS BETTER!!! Since the Senate already passed this bill with no name, if the Congress passes it the name will probably stick. The Constitution requires both to pass identical bills, so the House must take up the “______Act of____” and pass it as such: What Do Prince & HR 1586 Have In Common? Now that just says it all, doesn’t it? I can think of a few choice names….how about you?
Recess Starts. Recess Over. Recess Re-Starts. What exactly are they doing and voting on in this no-name bill? Charles Djou (makes me so proud…finally Hawaii has a sane person representing us!) doesn’t care for it too much: Djou – State Bailout Is A Political Ploy Bottom line: Pelosi called everyone back so they could shovel more money to teachers’ unions and states that have been fiscally irresponsible: Lawmakers Return to Washington To Spend More Money Of course, the administration’s spin is that the bill with no name will save 300,000 teacher and police jobs. Isn’t it interesting how they use the police to pass spending bills yet tend to think of them as “acting foolishly” at other times? Has anyone asked how much it cost us to get everyone back there, and then send them home yet again so they can finish their “recess”? According to the official schedule, Aug 9 – Sept 10 is supposed to be the “Summer District Work Period.” (Whatever that means – I wonder how many of them will actually have Townhall Meetings?) In other words, the recess isn’t up until Sept 10. Oh yeah….the so-called “Party of the Downtrodden” is cutting $12 billion from the food stamps program to supposedly make this bill deficit-neutral: Teachers Unions Cash In At Expense Of Food Stamp Recipients I say let’s elect Michelle Rhee to Congress!
The Summer Of Recovery – OOPS! The President’s original target for jobs creation set during the campaign in the fall of 2008 was 2.5 million jobs. But as employment fell at the end of 2008, he increased the employment target by 1 million to 3.5 million jobs.
At the time, employment stood at about 135.1 million, according to the DOL’s most commonly used measure. This establishes the Obama jobs target for December 2010 at 138.6 million. It also establishes a basic trajectory for employment that the economy would need to approximate to hit that target.
According to the latest jobs report, total U.S. employment stood at 130.2 million in July, which means the cumulative Obama jobs deficit stands at 7.6 million.
Accompanying his jobs promise, the President also emphasized accountability and measuring his presidency by results. By his own official forecast and by his own standard, the Obama jobs deficit attests to the failure of his policies.
Yet they keep passing more “stimulus” bills, even though the first $862 billion one failed. Are these people even conscious?
Check out this chart from The Heritage Foundation.
Build The Mosque!!! I’ve changed my mind – let them build the mosque at Ground Zero. Greg Gutfeld of Fox News’ Red Eye plans to seek investors for an Islamic-friendly gay bar right next door. He’s serious. Sounds like an excellent plan to me: Gay Bar For Muslim Men And since no one else is talking about it, Glenn Beck has put together a little tutorial on who the radicals are behind the Zero Ground mosque. On his blackboard, of course: Beck and Blackboard Expose Web of Radicals Around Ground Zero Mosque Imam
Bravo, HuffPo. Yes, you heard me. The Huffington Post put together a video criticizing 0bama and his hypocrisy on the Afghanistan war: 0bama vs 0bama
RIP Ted Stevens: Former Senator Ted Stevens Is Killed In Plane Crash
Top Ten Lies About 0bamacare. This is a very handy resource when discussing/arguing with your liberal/progressive/Dem friends. That is, if you have any: Yeah, They Lied (x 10)
Final Thought: “Now once again, where does it rain? On the plain! On the plain! And where’s that blasted plain? In Spain! In Spain! The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain!” Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins from My Fair Lady – (click on the link for must-see video!) But not this time – the rain cloud has followed Madame Michelle back to the White House.
One More: I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.– Winston Churchill
GOD BLESS AMERICA – PASS THIS ON – REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!!
ALOHA, ALL! “Happy Independence Day” said the clerk at the airport gift shop. ”Thank you,” I replied. Since it was Fourth of July it wasn’t an unusual greeting. Except I was in Scotland. Maybe it was my Sarah Palin-like flag pin that prompted her words, but I was impressed nonetheless. I was also struck by how she said Independence Day and not Fourth of July. Perhaps Europeans tend to be more conscious of how precious self-rule truly is? I connected through London’s Heathrow airport where I visited another duty-free shop. ”I like your pin!” This time it was a young man who greeted me. He explained how he had never been to America but always wanted to go. His dream is to go to New York and to experience “America’s greatness.” Wow…how many people here realize how privileged they are to live in the greatest country in the world? In spite of how Barack 0bama may think American exceptionalism is the same as how the Brits or Greeks think of themselves, many – if not most – of the world’s people still consider America “that shining city on the hill.” Ronald Reagan would be pleased. Heritage Foundation: What Makes America Exceptional?
Speaking of Reagan v. 0bama: The Siena College Research Center recently ranked US Presidents. They picked 0bama higher than Reagan (15th v. 18th.) Apparently, this was a group of “presidential scholars,” showing yet again that you can be a “scholar” yet be incredibly stupid. I wonder if they were on the Nobel Peace Prize committee? Bottom Scholars
Born On The 4th Of July. Andrew Breitbart of Big Government fame has started a new site called Big Peace. Fittingly, it was launched on Independence Day. Breitbart says “Because I am not a foreign policy or military expert, I needed to create a core editorial unit that represented the highest-end understanding of policy while at the same time bringing, at a time of war, a “boots-on-the-ground” perspective….I have noticed that the amount of reporters and media outlets covering national security and the war has dwindled and skepticism over American military commitment has waned now that there isn’t a Bush or a Republican in charge. The war beat is getting short shrift. Big Peace was created to fill this void and to provide biased coverage.” Right on!!
It’s Getting Hot In Here. Could 0bama have looked any more uncomfortable or less sincere? He tried to make it appear that he and Bibi were BFFs at the White House on Tuesday. Give me a break: 0bama, Netanyahu Patch Up Differences, At Least In Public I’m guessing Bibi told Barry to bug out of his business in Gaza and he would make nice so 0bama and the Dems could hang on the the American Jewish vote. Wake up, people!
To Mediocrity And Beyond. 0bama has not only decimated NASA, it has now come to light that he has given the NASA Administrator the directive to “…reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science.” Make them feel good??? And why was the NASA Administrator doing an interview for Al Jazeera TV? Makes you wonder if there are similar directives 0bama has mandated for more government agencies. Here’s the perspective of a former astronaut, Bobby Eberle: Space, The Final Frontier – For Muslim Relations? (Sidenote: I must admit that I have given 0bama the benefit of the doubt regarding his religious tendencies. No more. I now firmly believe he is a Muslim and always has been.)
LOL!!!!! This hilarious new video from conservative animators at PolitiZoid parodies The Talking Heads and skewers the Obama administration’s laxity concerning BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in progress. The Talking Feds – Same As It Ever Was
Progressive = Socialist. Excellent article from Accuracy In Media on the new rise of socialism under the guise of progressivism. This first in a series discusses Kagan, who is socialist to the core. BTW, I am making a conscious effort to not say “liberal” anymore and use “progressive” instead. We need to unmask the so-called progressive who, in reality, are promoting regressive policies! A Socialist On The High Court?
This Is A Priority? Do you remember how in his State of The Union Address 0bama said he was going to make jobs his 31 priority? I do….I have a way of remembering certain things Guess what? Friday’s Unemployment Data: The Worst Private Sector June In Decades
Beyond Absurd. Did you see J. Christian Adams on the news Tuesday? If you don’t watch Fox News, probably not. Mr. Adams is the DOJ official who resigned to protest the racism, perjury, and obstruction of justice surrounding the DOJ’s dropping of the election day 2008 voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party: Former DOJ Official Charges Racism Drove DOJ To Kill Black Panther Voter Intimidation Case
Beyond Beyond Absurd. Iran is a member in good standing of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women. And they are preparing to stone a woman to death for supposed infidelity: Campaign for Woman Facing Death by Stoning Yet another reason why the UN is irrelevant…and why Iran is an extremely dangerous threat to freedom not just in the Middle East but around the world.
Pay No Attention To That Screeching Warning Signal. On second thought, let’s just turn it off. It turns out the obama administration was warned by a Federal Appeals Court in Washington DC “that the government was unprepared for a major spill at sea, relying on an “irrational” environmental analysis of the risks of offshore drilling. ” But 0bama had his minions pressure the Court to “revisit” it’s decision, and so they reversed it. Time to impeach this incompetent fool! WSJ Report Says 0bama Could Have Prevented Gulf Spill Disaster
Tale Of A Whale. It’s been sitting in the Gulf for about a week now. The “A Whale” is the world’s largest oil skimmer and it’s waiting to clean up the Gulf. But I guess we need to make sure it actually works first. Are you kidding me??? How about we start using it – we can tell pretty quickly if it works. Oh yeah – the EPA needs to check the water it will pump back into the Gulf. GIVE ME A BREAK!! Do they actually think that water will be worse than what’s in there now? Hopes Ride On Giant Oil Skimmer In Gulf Of Mexico
BREAKING NEWS: 0bama DOJ to Sue Arizona. We knew it was going to happen, and frankly I say BRING. IT. ON!!! Justice Department Files Suit Against Arizona You gotta love Holder’s reasons – that the AZ law would “divert federal resources” and initiate a “patchwork” of laws in other states. Divert federal resources? Aren’t they supposed to be using resources to enforce the law and protect us from illegals? I love Brewer’s response: she pointed out “the irony” of suing Arizona for its immigration enforcement law but ignoring cities and other local governments whose “patchwork local ‘sanctuary’ policies instruct the police not to cooperate with federal immigration officials.” Meanwhile, my friend Stacy sent me this comparison between California and Arizona. Rings so true it’s not even funny:
The Governor of California is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out, bites the Governor and attacks his dog.
1. The Governor starts to intervene, but reflects upon the movie “Bambi” and then realizes he should stop; the coyote is only doing what is natural.
2. He calls animal control. Animal control captures coyote and bills the state $200 testing it for diseases and $500 for relocating it.
3. He calls a veterinarian. The vet collects the dead dog and bills the state $200 testing it for diseases.
4. The Governor goes to hospital and spends $3,500 getting checked for diseases from the coyote and on getting his bite wound bandaged.
5. The running trail gets shut down for 6 months while Fish & Game conducts a $100,000 survey to make sure the area is free of dangerous animals.
6. The Governor spends $50,000 in state funds implementing a “coyote awareness” program for residents of the area.
7. The State Legislature spends $2 million to study how to better treat rabies and how to permanently eradicate the disease throughout the world.
8. The Governor’s security agent is fired for not stopping the attack somehow and for letting the Governor attempt to intervene.
9. Additional cost to state of California: $75,000 to hire and train a new security agent with additional special training re: the nature of coyotes.
10. PETA protests the coyote’s relocation and files suit against the state.
The Governor of Arizona is jogging with her dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out and attacks her dog.
1. The Governor shoots the coyote with her State-issued pistol and keeps jogging. The Governor has spent $0.50 on a .45 ACP hollow point cartridge.
2. The Buzzards eat the dead coyote.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why California is broke.
There is an explosion happening in this country that is the equivalent of a political atomic bomb. Last week, I wrote that 2010 is the new 1776 and it didn’t take long for that statement to be proven. Several bombs have gone off in recent days that have changed the landscape of America in a huge way!
The Money Bomb. Just a few short weeks ago, Scott Brown was a relatively unknown Republican state senator from Massachusetts. He decided to run for the US Senate seat vacated by Ted Kennedy. Running against a career politician who has the endorsements of all the usual suspects, (including Kennedy’s cronies, SEIU and ACORN) Brown was given very little chance of winning. Until the money bomb went off. On Monday, it was announced that there would be a one-day internet money bomb (an online fundraiser) for Brown. The link to his website was Facebooked an Tweeted nonstop throughout the day. Initially, the goal was to raise $500,000. When that was met, the goal was raised to $750,000. When that was met, the goal was raised to $1 million. By midnight, Scott Brown’s money bomb raised $1,117,774.46. Looks like we “astroturfers” have had enough of the politics of hype and chains. UPDATE: Pigs are flying!!!! (Literally and figuratively) Scott Brown got the endorsement of the Boston Herald!
The Racist Bomb. So Harry Reid makes a racist comment and gets away with it…you could have knocked me over with a feather. But now the Dems are in major “circle the wagons” mode and are trying to counterattack by showing Harry Reid’s record is in stark contrast to that of Republicans: Dems Launch Defense to Save Reid Okay….which party started the Ku Klux Klan and which party was founded to fight slavery? Sorry, Harry, you’re dark brown, burnt toast. And while we’re on the subject, which former President thought 0bama would be a good coffee-server? Hint: Can’t blame this one on Bush! And what former President said that “Negroes were getting pretty uppity?” Check this out: National Black Republican Association But wait – it gets better! Guess which recently-ousted-big-city mayor thinks he’s “Blacker than 0bama”? This one is much too easy…..
The Jobs Bomb. Did you think all the money going to build new roads and bridges was creating new jobs? Watch this. (BTW – It’s Jason Chaffetz, the Utah congressman who sleeps in his office to save taxpayers’ money.) And you gotta love this one! Since the stimulus isn’t “creating or saving” as many jobs as the 0bama administration would like (have there been any???) the recovery.gov website is now including ALL jobs that have been given any stimulus money as jobs created by the stimulus. That’s right so don’t worry about those silly little details like if the jobs really exist of if they really were created by our tax dollars. Heck, who cares if they were even saved anymore? Oh yeah, such stats will now only be reported quarterly instead of more frequently. How’s that for being all hopey-changey? 0bama Administration Changes the Counting of Stimulus Jobs
The “Did He Really Say That” Bombs. Barack 0bama had some memorable quotes in 2009. Here are his top ten
The Approval Bomb (Likely Related to the “Did He Really Say That” Bombs, among other things: Monday’s CBS News poll has 0bama at his lowest rating yet – 46%. It’s the first time he’s gone below 50% in this particular poll. And keep in mind it’s the liberal-leaning CBS News – the real number is probably even lower.
The Democrats’ Scheme Bomb. My friend Rob sent me this great article from American Thinker about what the Democrats’ plan for this country really is. Have you wondered why they are all marching in lock-step lately with 0bama, Pelosi and Reid? With their poll numbers plummeting, why don’t they seem concerned about their own political futures? This article explains it perfectly: Understanding the Democrats’ Scheme It’s simple: they don’t think they will ever have to face a real election again, and if their schemes work, they’re correct. Read this article! BTW, I’ve added the link to American Thinker to the Blogroll listing on the right.
The Security Bomb. A guy boards a plane from Amsterdam to Detroit with a bomb in his underwear. He has no passport, no luggage, and buys his ticket with cash. He also happens to be Muslim. Luckily the real bomb didn’t go off, but it very easily could have. What did bomb is the supposed security system. Thomas Sowell calls what we have in place now “Notional” Security and that’s a perfect description.
The 0bama Bank Bomb. In his infinite wisdom, 0bama now plans to tax banks that received bailout money to reduce the deficit. Does he not realize that banks will just raise their fees to clients, namely us? Here’s a novel idea: quit the massive government spending to reduce the deficit! 0bama Weighs Tax On Banks
Final Thought: ”It’s NOT Ted Kennedy’s seat and it’s NOT the Democrats’ seat. It’s the People of Massachusetts’ seat!” Scott Brown
GOD BLESS AMERICA – PASS THIS ON!