Saturday, March 07, 2009

I see better than I hear

Coverage of The Messiah's radio address....

The president—who has faced criticism for being too downbeat in his rhetoric—followed up that glum imagery with vows that the tough times will eventually pass, leading America to “a better day.”

“If we act swiftly and boldly and responsibly, the United States of America will emerge stronger and more prosperous than it was before,” Obama said. “ With every test, each generation has found the capacity to not only endure, but to prosper—to discover great opportunity in the midst of great crisis. That is what we can and must do today.”

Are you kidding me?

We have created a culture where the people's response to drowning is to climb on the roof of their house and wait for a government helicopter.

We've created a culture where, if you work your ass off, you are derided like some sort of leper. Yet, if you are a total jerk off, the state will bail you out of your screw ups and, of course, it's that rich guy's fault you are a douche bag..

No one's looking for opportunity, they're all standing around with their mouths open waiting for the great government tit to suckle.

Perhaps The Messiah and the Obamunists would care to read my post on The Pygmalion Effect.


Mr. Articulate

Obama's Radio Address Rehearsal Caught on Tape

Actually, it is a define between Republicans and Democrats

From the Chicago Tribune....

At her trial for tax evasion in 1989, billionaire hotel queen Leona Helmsley's attitude about paying taxes was famously quoted by a housekeeper. "We don't pay taxes," Helmsley said. "Only the little people pay taxes."

By that, she meant that she didn't play by the same rules as the rest of us non-tycoons.

Just as the financial meltdown has exposed alleged fraudsters like Bernie Madoff and Robert Allen Stanford, so too has it rocked many Americans' sense of what it means to play by the rules. It didn't help that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and three other Obama nominees failed to pay all their federal income taxes.

Most Americans still play by the rules. They pay their mortgage. They didn't take on a house they knew they couldn't afford, just because the bank was willing to lend them the money. Even with free and easy credit, they didn't run up credit-card debt to catastrophic proportions. They socked some cash in the stock market and they held it as the market plunged because that's what the experts told them to do.

And now, as the bailouts escalate and the stock market staggers, some of them feel like chumps. They didn't do any of those risky things that torpedoed the economy, but they're still on the hook to pay for the rescue. They've lost, or could still lose, their jobs. Their retirement accounts are swooning.

Columnist Susan Estrich recently wrote that "the critical divide" in America isn't between Democrats and Republicans, but "between those who are looking for or have received a government bailout and those who haven't. And that divide is defined, at least in part, by those who played by the rules and those who didn't. . . ."

Yeah, I pretty much think that's the difference between conservatives and liberals. Four tax cheatin' Obamunists proves it.

Classic Steyn

This guy can turn a phrase like no other....

The president's guest also presented him with the framed commission for HMS Resolute, the lost British ship retrieved from the Arctic and returned by America to London, and whose timbers were used for a thank-you gift Queen Victoria sent to Rutherford Hayes: the handsome desk that now sits in the Oval Office.

And, just to round things out, as a little stocking stuffer, Gordon Brown gave President Obama a first edition of Sir Martin Gilbert's seven-volume biography of Winston Churchill.

In return, America's head of state gave the prime minister 25 DVDs of "classic American movies."

Evidently, the White House gift shop was all out of "MY GOVERNMENT DELEGATION WENT TO WASHINGTON AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS LOUSY T-SHIRT" T-shirts. Still, the "classic American movies" set is a pretty good substitute, and it can set you back as much as $38.99 at Wal-Mart: Lot of classics in there, I'm sure – "Casablanca," "Citizen Kane," "The Sound Of Music" – though this sort of collection always slip in a couple of "Dude, Where's My Car? 3" and "Police Academy 12" just to make up the numbers. I'll be interested to know if Mr. Brown has anything to play the films on back home, since U.S.-format DVDs don't work in United Kingdom DVD players.

It could be worse. The president might have given him the DVD of "He's Just Not That Into You." Gordon Brown landed back in London a sadder but wiser man. The Fleet Street correspondents reported sneeringly that he (and they) had been denied the usual twin-podia alternating-flags press conference. The Obama administration had supposedly penciled one in for the Rose Garden, but then there was that catastrophic snowfall (a light dusting). This must be the first world leaders' press conference to be devastated by climate change. No doubt President Obama could have relocated it to a prestige indoor venue, like the windowless room round the back of the White House furnace in Sub-Basement Level 5. But why bother? Some freak flood would have swept through and washed the Prime Minister and his DVD set into the Potomac and out to the Atlantic. And by the time the Coast Guard fished him out, the sodden classic movies wouldn't work in any American DVD player any better than in the Brit one.


Buyer's remorse V

Chris Buckley
David Brooks
Kathleen Parker
Stuart Taylor

Today it's David Gergen....

"We are in the midst of a global crisis ... that demands intense focus and daily leadership by the president ...," Gergen wrote this past week. "But ... [Obama's] ... ambition for reforms in other areas do not allow him to give the economy his full attention." The financial industry is reeling, Gergen asserted, "because there is still no clearcut set of policies about how the government will rescue banks." And "it is stunning that [Treasury] Secretary Tim Geithner does not yet have a deputy secretary or any undersecretaries named, much less on the job."

And these clowns thought Palin was so pedestrian.


Team Obama AWOL on the economy

What's the most pressing issue in the country, and the world, right now.

I'd say it's the economy.

Then why in the hell isn't the Treasury Department staffed yet?
Two top contenders for senior posts at the U.S. Treasury have withdrawn, people familiar with the moves said on Thursday, dealing a blow to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's efforts to build his staff to fight the financial crisis.

Former Securities and Exchange Commissioner Annette Nazareth withdrew from consideration to become deputy Treasury secretary for personal reasons to remain in her private securities law practice, one of the sources said.

Caroline Atkinson, Geithner's choice for international affairs undersecretary, also has withdrawn. Atkinson, a senior official at the International Monetary Fund, has decided to remain at the institution, a person familiar with the decision said.

Both Nazareth and Atkinson had been vetted for the jobs but were not formally nominated for U.S. Senate confirmation.

The withdrawals come as Geithner is trying to boost market confidence in the Obama administration's ability to battle the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

How much would you like to wager on tax issues being the issue on these rescissions.

Thanks to reader Mark


Obama Foundation

How bad is the Obama administration?

Even the overseas scammers are getting in on the bailout mess.

I got this email this morning.

Greetings to you,

On behalf of the Obama's Foundation, we wish to notify you
as a beneficiary of $99,000,000 USD in compensation of scam

Do contact HSBC INTERNATIONAL BANK, United Kingdom Branch
for verification and release of your $99,000,000 USD that
we have deposited with the HSBC BANK,UK.

Actually maybe it's not a scam. The more I think about it the more I think that's the platform he ran on.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Who did he vote for? #45

Meet anonymous homeless guy.

This guy can't afford a home, can't afford a meal, but he's got plenty of money for a cell phone to take a picture of The One's bride.

Do you think he cast his ballot for Obama or McCain?

More amateur hour

Amateur hour with Team Obama

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton opened her first extended talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov by giving him a present meant to symbolize the Obama administration’s vow to “press the reset button” on U.S.-Russia relations.

She handed a palm-sized box wrapped with a bow. Lavrov opened it and pulled out the gift: a red button on a black base with a Russian word peregruzka printed on top.

“We worked hard to get the right Russian word. Do you think we got it?” Clinton asked.

“You got it wrong,” Lavrov said.

Instead of "reset," Lavrov said the word on the box meant “overcharge.”


Buyer's remorse IV

Chris Buckley
David Brooks
Kathleen Parker

Now Stuart Taylor.....
Having praised President Obama's job performance in two recent columns, it is with regret that I now worry that he may be deepening what looks more and more like a depression and may engineer so much spending, debt, and government control of the economy as to leave most Americans permanently less prosperous and less free.

Other Obama-admiring centrists have expressed similar concerns. Like them, I would like to be proved wrong. After all, if this president fails, who will revive our economy? And when? And what kind of America will our children inherit?

But with the nation already plunging deep into probably necessary debt to rescue the crippled financial system and stimulate the economy, Obama's proposals for many hundreds of billions in additional spending on universal health care, universal postsecondary education, a massive overhaul of the energy economy, and other liberal programs seem grandiose and unaffordable.



They called it paradise
The place to be
They watched the hazy sun
Sinking in the sea

An excellent analysis of how the this country's richest state is committing suicide.

Probably a foretelling of how the world richest country will ultimately implode.
California has the worst credit rating in the nation. It has the fourth highest unemployment rate and the second highest home foreclosure rate, thanks to enormously inflated prices due in part to complicated building regulations, high labor costs, and often Byzantine land-use restrictions. California's net state-to-state migration loss was higher than every other state. Most reports suggest that those who are leaving the state are far more highly educated than those entering it.

If we can agree that Californians have somehow squandered a rich natural and inherited wealth, what were the root causes of this collective suicide?

Critics disagree. Some cite expanding but inefficient state government, out of control state pensions and oppressive taxes. Or is the problem costly prisons and astronomical rates of incarceration, illegal immigration, unchecked welfare, and oppressive regulation and environmental restrictions?

All these may be true. But less discussed is the common culprit: a weird sort of utopian mindset. Perhaps because have-it-all Californians live in such a rich natural landscape and inherited so much from their ancestors, they have convinced themselves that perpetual bounty is now their birthright -- not something that can be lost in a generation of complacency.


Who did he vote for? #12

You've gotta love a guy who goes out of his way to put a beat down on McGruff The Crime Dog....
McGruff never saw this one coming.

McGruff the Crime Dog, the stern but beloved police mascot who teaches kids how to stop crime before it happens, became a victim himself this weekend when a Metro bus driver punched him in the face as a stunned group of children watched, authorities said.

McGruff, a.k.a. D.C. police officer Tyrone Hardy, was passing out flyers to children at the corner of 14th Street and Spring Road in Northwest Washington around 2:30 p.m. Saturday when a Metro bus pulled up to the curb.

The bus driver, 38-year-old Shawn Brim, climbed out of the bus, adjusted both sideview mirrors and then slugged McGruff in the face with his closed fist, according to a police report. Because the huge McGruff head offered little visibility, Hardy didn’t see the punch coming, one officer said.

Sounds like a first class guy. For normal employees this would be the offense that gets you fired. But hell when you are union protected you can do this other stuff as well and not get fired.

Brim has a history of arrests in the District of Columbia, including for prostitution in Oct. 30, 2006, possession of PCP in 1994 and possession of a gun in 1990, according to court records. In each case, prosecutors declined to file the charges in court.

All Metro Transit employees go through background checks when hired, Smith said. The agency will not hire candidates with felonies unless the conviction occurred more than 10 years before.

So what do you think? Did this guy show up at the ballot box last November to pull the lever for Hope and Change or Four More Years of Bush?


Gordon Brown missed out on the left over Halloween candy

Just how amateurish is Team Obama?

Well, read their treatment of our best ally's head of state.
President Obama has been rudeness personified towards Britain this week. His handling of the visit of the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, to Washington was appalling. First Brown wasn't granted a press conference with flags, then one was hastily arranged in the Oval office after the Brits had to beg. Obama looked like he would rather have been anywhere else than welcoming the British leader to his office and topped it all with his choice of present (*) for the PM. A box of 25 DVDS including ET, the Wizard of Oz and Star Wars? Oh, give me strength. We do have television and DVD stores on this side of the Atlantic. Even Gordon Brown will have seen those films too often already.

This was coupled with Michelle Obama's casual choice of gifts for the Brown sons - matching models of the helicopter which ferry her husband around. While Sarah Brown had spent time choosing gifts for the Obama girls, Michelle had clearly sent an aide to the White House gift shop at the last moment.


The Brown's should look at it this way. If they would have come two months later, they would have gotten some of those stale Easter Peeps the Obama girls didn't eat.

Leader of the Branch Gorvidians

de Tocqueville

An excerpt of his book in The Weekly Standard on how America will ultimately implode.
Above these an immense tutelary power is elevated, which alone takes charge of assuring their enjoyments and watching over their fate. It is absolute, detailed, regular, far-seeing, and mild. It would resemble paternal power if, like that, it had for its object to prepare men for manhood; but on the contrary, it seeks only to keep them fixed irrevocably in childhood; it likes citizens to enjoy themselves provided that they think only of enjoying themselves. It willingly works for their happiness; but it wants to be the unique agent and sole arbiter of that; it provides for their security, foresees and secures their needs, facilitates their pleasures, conducts their principal affairs, directs their industry, regulates their estates, divides their inheritances; can it not take away from them entirely the trouble of thinking and the pain of living?

So it is that every day it renders the employment of free will less useful and more rare; it confines the action of the will in a smaller space and little by little steals the very use of it from each citizen. .  .  .

Thus, after taking each individual by turns in its powerful hands and kneading him as it likes, the sovereign extends its arms over society as a whole; it covers its surface with a network of small, complicated, painstaking, uniform rules through which the most original minds and the most vigorous souls cannot clear a way to surpass the crowd; it does not break wills but it softens them, bends them, and directs them; it rarely forces one to act, but it constantly opposes itself to one's acting; it does not destroy, it prevents things from being born; it does not tyrannize, it hinders, compromises, enervates, extinguishes, dazes, and finally reduces each nation to being nothing more than a herd of timid and industrious animals of which government is the shepherd. .  .  .

Pretty prophetic

Thanks to reader Tim for the link

More at The Weekly Standard

Butt Implants gone wrong

And the traditional media outlets wonder why they're going down the crapper.

You 'd never find this kind of high end reporting on a blog.

Thanks to Bartman

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Who did he vote for? #176

Meet Mr. Hastings. Why is he in the news?

Just watch this video and ask the question, Bam or Mc in the past election?

To think there are actually people fighting for this ding dong's right to vote at all.

Flight 1549

This is a really cool model of US Airways flight 1549 going down in the Hudson

Thanks reader Regina.

By the way, who do you think Sully voted for in the past election?

E-check is back

Like Freddy Kreuger, here comes the most visible government mandate we just can't kill.


Are Cincinnatians ready to drive their cars in for an E-Check?

Nearly four years after the widely unpopular auto-emissions test - dubbed E-Check - was waived for Hamilton, Butler, Clermont and Warren counties, there's a chance the anti-pollution program may resume in Cincinnati - and be required for the first time in central Ohio.

Ohio environmental officials testified Wednesday in Washington that E-Check, wider use of low-RVP - short for "Reid vapor pressure" gasoline - and other anti-pollution programs may have to be reinstated in Southwest Ohio and a six-county region that includes Columbus to meet federal air-quality standards.

People loved it so much we'll bring it back.

Now that's what I call responsive government; will of the people! Viva la Revolucion!!!!!


Government mascot

From reader Bernie

Wanted: a liberal to tell me what's fair

Yesterday, I finished the tax return for a young medical professional.

He made $400,000 last year.

Now I'm looking for a liberal to tell me "what's fair" when it comes to his tax liability. How much should this pariah pay in taxes?

Now before you answer this question, I want to preface this with the following caveats.

He has no investment income despite a $400,000 W-2. Why? Because he's starting to pay back the $380,000 in student loans he amassed going to med school.

Also keep in mind the eight years of schooling where he could have been in the private sector making money.

Also keep in mind the two years he worked as a resident at a local hospital working 80 hour work weeks for all of $40,000/year.

Also keep in mind the fact that he had to pull up his family and move to another state to take the position he's in; something many would never do.

So what is it Mr./Ms. Liberal? How much is fair for this leach on society? How much should this clown pay for beating down the poor little guy?

I once posed this question to a fat mouthed liberal relative of mine and his answer? "I don't know, I just know he doesn't pay enough". What's that number? What's enough? Well here's your shot to stick it too the man; this pariah of success. How much should this guy pay for raping society for his success?

If anyone has the answer for what fair is, please note it in the comments section.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Life in "Progress City"

Let's look at an example of how "progressives" run one of our country's best run cities. Say, Detroit, where there hasn't been a republican in the city since a couple of Michiganders drove through in a moving van on their way to Florida last month.....
Nowhere is Michigan's brain drain on greater display than in the Detroit City Council chambers.

My hopes for Detroit's future faded as I watched the tape of last Tuesday's council meeting, the one that considered the Cobo Center expansion deal.

It was a tragic circus, a festival of ignorance that confirmed the No. 1 obstacle to Detroit's progress is the bargain basement leaders that city voters elect. The black nationalism that is now the dominant ideology of the council was on proud display, both at the table and in the audience.

Speakers advocating for the deal were taunted by the crowd and cut short by Council President Monica Conyers, who presided over the hearing like an angry bulldog; whites were advised by the citizens to, "Go home."

Opponents were allowed to rant and ramble on uninterrupted about "those people" who want to steal Detroit's assets and profit from the city's labors.

A pitiful Teamster official who practically crawled to the table on his knees expressing profuse respect for this disrespectful body was battered by both the crowd and the council.

When he dared suggest that an improved Cobo Center would create more good-paying jobs for union workers, Conyers reminded him, "Those workers look like you; they don't look like me."

Desperate, he invoked President Barack Obama's message of unity and was angrily warned, "Don't yousay his name here."

For what it's worth, Obama will have the whole country run as well as Detroit.


Buyer's remorse II

Maureen Dowd.....
“When do we turn off the spigots?” Senator McCain said in his cri de coeur on the Senate floor. “Haven’t we learned anything? Bills like this jeopardize our future.”

In one of his disturbing spells of passivity, President Obama decided not to fight Congress and live up to his own no-earmark pledge from the campaign.

He’s been lecturing us on the need to prune away frills while the economy fizzles. He was slated to make a speech on “wasteful spending” on Wednesday.

“You know, there are times where you can afford to redecorate your house and there are times where you need to focus on rebuilding its foundation,” he said recently about the “hard choices” we must make. Yet he did not ask Congress to sacrifice and make hard choices; he let it do a lot of frivolous redecorating in its budget.

He reckons he’ll need Congress for more ambitious projects, like health care, and when he goes back to wheedle more bailout billions, given that A.I.G. and G.M. and our other corporate protectorates are burning through our money faster than we can print it and borrow it from the ever-more-alarmed Chinese.

Team Obama sounds hollow, chanting that “the status quo is not acceptable,” even while conceding that the president is accepting the status quo by signing a budget festooned with pork.

From the paper who's writers dream of showering with The One.


Buyer's remorse

I guess that tingling Matthews is feeling is a president pissing on his leg.

Democratic corruption du jour

From the AP....

Senate Democrats on Wednesday preserved pet projects sought by a lobbying firm under federal investigation and tried to nail down support for big domestic spending increases in hopes of passing a wrap-up budget bill by week's end. Democrats defeated, by a 52-43 vote, an amendment to strip 13 projects that the PMA Group has pressed for. The firm, now disbanded, is accused of illegally using straw donors to funnel campaign cash to lawmakers.



From reader Bernie

Who did she vote for? #918

Meet crazy chick who calls 911 because McDonald's is out of Chicken McNuggets.

Did she vote for Hope and Change or four more years of Bush

Obama soup

From reader Sharen

Life in "Progress City"

Last night, the city of Cincinnati had three shootings. This on the heals of a hard working shop owner being gunned down in broad daylight, one block from city hall.

Not bad for a school night.

I guess no one told the shooters about Hope and Change. Maybe they're frustrated 401k owners. Or maybe they're a bunch of god fearin', gun clingin', rednecks having some fun.

Doesn't it seem odd that I live out here in Redville where my neighborhood has four concealed carry owners and I never hear gun fire? What's up with that?

Go here to read the shooting details.

He's doing a fine job of it himself

Harry "The Weasel" Reid on republicans....
Senate majority leader Harry Reid is accusing Republicans of deliberately trying to sink President Barack Obama's administration.

"It's very clear they've made the decision that they want President Obama to fail," Reid told reporters today, adding that some Republicans seem intent on saying "no to everything."

Let me make sure I have this right. Within a month, the house, senate and president have managed to spend about 4 trillion dollars. Exactly what is it that Obama wants that he's not getting?

I'm wondering when the media is going to call out the fact that O and the boys and girls of the democratic party own this one just like they own the condition of our inner cities.


Cramer on Obamanomics

This is old news but the clip is great

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

David Brooks, Village Idiot

Brooks on the Messiah......
Those of us who consider ourselves moderates — moderate-conservative, in my case — are forced to confront the reality that Barack Obama is not who we thought he was. His words are responsible; his character is inspiring. But his actions betray a transformational liberalism that should put every centrist on notice. As Clive Crook, an Obama admirer, wrote in The Financial Times, the Obama budget “contains no trace of compromise. It makes no gesture, however small, however costless to its larger agenda, of a bipartisan approach to the great questions it addresses. It is a liberal’s dream of a new New Deal.”

Moderates now find themselves betwixt and between. On the left, there is a president who appears to be, as Crook says, “a conviction politician, a bold progressive liberal.” On the right, there are the Rush Limbaugh brigades. The only thing more scary than Obama’s experiment is the thought that it might fail and the political power will swing over to a Republican Party that is currently unfit to wield it.

Surely Dave, you can't be so naive or outright stupid to believe that O was ever anything but a tried and true liberal?

I mean look at those associations, Wright, Pflger, ACORN, etc. What about that stand on Iraq?

What's hilarious is that Brooks was one of those upper crust, conservative elites who mocked Sarah Palin. The funniest part of all is that as parochial as Palin may have appeared, she at least had enough smarts for seeing O for what he is/was/will ever be. A LIBERAL.

David Brooks needs to be bitch slapped back into reality.


President Obama: Equity Analyst

First off O, it's not profits/earnings ratios, it's price/earnings.

Second, when earnings are 0, there is no price/earnings ratio.

I wonder what would have happened if Bush had said this.

Another Bengal flees

Like the Jews during the Exodus, another Cincinnati Bengal left while the gittin' was good.

TJ Houshmandzadeh signed a contract with the Seattle Seahawks yesterday.

Once again, let me remind those Bengal jock sniffers who keep buying tickets for their games. The NFL is a numbers game.

You get 7 draft picks a year. Assuming each and everyone of those draft picks makes the team, with an average life of 5 years, you only have 35 guys on your team. You need to make up the difference with free agents.

Unfortunately, the Bengals seem content to just sit back and watch other teams go through their roster looking for buys like a run down flea market.

I'm setting the over/under on the Bengals at six wins next year. Any of you Bengal enablers want to take me up for 20 on the over?

That would make him a democrat

Jack Bauer on "24"....

"You, sir, are weak, and unable to look evil in the eye and deal with it."

Monday, March 02, 2009

Who did he vote for?

Meet Wage Nassar. Why is Mr. Nassar in the news?

Wade was an immigrant store keeper down on Eighth and Elm in downtown Cincinnati. Wade had been the subject of three previous armed robberies.

He was everything great about being an American, an immigrant of little means who came to this country to make a modest life for his family (the family includes a marine son).

Mr. Nassar was shot and killed today by an Obama supporter.

According to The Enquirer....
Cincinnati police are searching for a man who fled the scene of an apparent homicide this afternoon at Linda’s Mini Mart, in the 800 block of Elm Street.

Police were called to the store about 2:45 p.m. and found a man dead behind the counter.

The man was later identified as Wade Nassar, 62, the store's owner, said Cincinnati police Sgt. Danita Kilgore.

So who did Wade vote for this past November? Did he vote for McCain or did he vote for the candidate the scumbag, who gunned him down in broad daylight, supported.

Wade Nassar, rest in peace.


Gov. Strickland... Calling Gov. Strickland

From the Manchester Union Leader.....

New Hampshire's unemployment rate broke 5 percent in January. That's bad for New Hampshire. But other New England states would love to have a rate that low.

By December, Maine and Vermont already had unemployment rates at 7 percent or more, and Massachusetts was nearly there at 6.9. Rhode Island had the worst rate in the country: 10 percent.

How does little old New Hampshire keep so many of its people employed? Easy. Our government takes as little money as possible out of the productive private sector, where the jobs are created.

New Hampshire shed about 10,000 jobs in 2008. That number would've been a lot higher if we had a government that taxed its businesses and people as heavily as our neighbors do.

I like to say that I'm not the smartest guy in a room so I watch what the smartest guys do and emulate that.

Do you think there's a democrat somewhere watching what red areas are doing and maybe imitating that or are they just too damn smart for that?


Another day another Obama nominee with tax issues

The Senate Finance Committee says President Obama's nominee for trade representative owes roughly $10,000 in back federal taxes and has agreed to pay them.

The report says Ron Kirk will file amended returns covering the years 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Mr. Kirk becomes the latest nominee of the Obama administration with tax problems, although this one doesn't appear severe enough to jeopardize his confirmation as U.S. Trade Representative.


The Gore effect this week

The Branch Gorevidians are protesting coal burning power plants this wek.

Good luck freezing your asses off during that protest.

I'm pretty sure Moran hates the plant because it obstructs his view.

Oh, to be a young, dumb and liberal again. I remember it like it was yesterday.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

All we gotta do 2.0

This is old but it's classic

Democratic SOP

The man who is President Obama's newly minted urban czar pocketed thousands of dollars in campaign cash from city developers whose projects he approved or funded with taxpayers' money, a Daily News probe found.

Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion often received contributions just before or after he sponsored money for projects or approved important zoning changes, records show.

Most donations were organized and well-timed.

In one case, a developer became a Carrion fund-raiser two months before the borough president signed off on his project, raising more than $6,000 in campaign cash.

In another, eight Boricua College officials came up with $8,000 on the same day for Carrion three weeks before the school filed plans to build a new tower. Carrion ultimately approved the project and sponsored millions in taxpayer funds for it.

Carrion resigned as borough president effective Sunday and begins his new job as director of the White House Office on Urban Policy Monday.

Saturday Carrion declined to answer written questions about his receipt of timely campaign contributions. Instead, he issued a terse statement:

"Thousands of people who share the Borough President's vision for building a stronger Bronx and a stronger city have contributed to Carrion NYC. Teachers, parents, police officers, firefighters, members of the business community and concerned citizens have all contributed to the borough president's efforts to strengthen the Bronx and stimulate the local economy and he is proud to have such wide-ranging support."


When it rains, it pours

So your blue state is struggling as a result of all those rich people taking a beating it must be heartening to know that the coming tax increases on rich people are targeted at your state....

The White House's budget for fiscal year 2010 calls for tax hikes on wealthy Americans. In this case, that means couples making over $250,000 a year and individuals $200,000 a year. Under the budget plan, these households (about 3 percent of the total) would experience tax increases of $318 billion over the next 10 years. Here's a look at the states that will be most affected by the tax hike and how they voted in the last presidential election.

1. District of Columbia

% of Households Earning $200K+: 8.4%
Total Households: 251,039
Median Income: $50,318
Households Earning $200K+: 21,194

Election Results:
Obama: 93%
McCain: 7%

2. Connecticut

% of Households Earning $200K+: 8.0%
Total Households: 1,320,714
Median Income: $64,158
Households Earning $200K+: 105,433

Election Results:
Obama: 61%
McCain: 38%


Global Warming challenge update

The updated score to the global warming challenge.

The average February high temperature this year was 45.0 degrees v the historical high of 43.1.

The average low temperature for the month of February was 26.5 v the historical high of 25.0

The puts the score at Warming - 2 Cooling - 2