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Dan Rather’s lawsuit against CBS gets tossed

Fake but accurate Just accurate.  Details:

Bad news for Dan Rather: His $70 million lawsuit against CBS is no more.

In a 19-page decision made public Tuesday, a state appeals court dismissed the legendary newsman’s suit against CBS.

Rather, 77, sued the Tiffany network in 2007 after his career at CBS collapsed in the wake of a “60 Minutes II” report about former President George W.Bush’s Vietnam-era military service.

The folksy newsman accused CBS executives of caving to Republican interests, coercing him into a public apology after the controversial report aired in September 2004.

The report claimed “high-level political influence” kept Bush out of combat by securing him a cushy spot in the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War.

As recently as Sept. 21, lawyers for Rather said he would be vindicated and that Bush’s military service would be proven to be a sham.

The news story wasn’t on a memo obtained by CBS News, so it’s likely authentic.

Quite the fitting end to the credibility and career of a lifelong leftist political hack, no?

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September 29, 2009 Posted by | Dan Rather, media bias | 2 Comments

Hollyweirdos rally around convicted child rapist Polanski

Not just Hollyweirdos, but their allies in the MSM.  LA Times frontpage subtitle of Roman Polanski’s arrest reads thusly: “The filmmaker, accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in 1977, could be extradited to the U.S.”  Emphasis mine.

I hate to nitpick at semantics here, but the cretin pled guilty to the crime before skipping bail.  When one pleads guilty to a crime and the judge accepts said plea, then one is no longer “accused”, but “convicted”…that’s kinda sorta in a really nuanced way what the “guilty” in “I plead guilty” means!

Also, as Patterico notes, LAT columnist Patrick Goldstein wonders if tax dollars should be wasted “prosecuting” Polanski.  Again, nitpicking on semantics, but no tax dollars will be spend prosecuting Polanski…because he’s already been prosecuted and convicted!  The only taxpayer money that will be spent will be for Polanski’s much deserved (and much delayed) sentencing.

For a really great read…nay, a must read…check out this Salon piece.  The takeaway is simply this: the dude raped a child!  You can polish the turd known as Roman Polanski all you like, but at the end of the day, the S.O.B. raped a 13-year-old child.  The left and the MSM (pardon the redundancy) try mightily to ignore that point, but normal people aren’t letting them.

In closing, I need to quote Allahpundit, who as usual nails this one:

Needless to say, this reminds me of the left’s umbrage at conservatives daring to bring up Chappaquiddick after Teddy died. Yeah, he left a woman to drown and then made jokes about it afterwards; he was for universal health care, though, wasn’t he? Same with Polanski: Dare we deny the man who made “Chinatown” an occasional drugging and raping of a child? Sure, a kid gets traumatized for life, but on the other side of the scale: “Rosemary’s Baby.” It’d be sweet if the left could come up with some sort of mathematical formula by which we could tell whether an artist or liberal politician has exceeded his quotient of moral indulgence. I’m assuming “Chinatown” wasn’t so awesome that Polanski would be excused shooting a kid in the head at point-blank range, so evidently it’s “worth” less than that but more than a child-rape. Let’s figure out just how much of a liberal hero you have to be to get away with certain crimes.

These leftists are sick.

September 29, 2009 Posted by | Hollyweirdos, shameful | 8 Comments

Support for ObamaCare plummets

Rasmussen is showing that support for ObamaCare is at an all-time low at 56% opposition, despite B.O.’s marathon of TV appearances to pitch his unpopular program.  It seems that appearing a bunch of times and parroting the same old tired talking points (and offering nothing new) isn’t moving the electorate to his side.  Go figure.

So naturally, the Dems have a fantastic idea to win support for the program: offer ObamaCare to illegal aliens.  You know, that thing that B.O. said wouldn’t be in the health care overhaul and Joe Wilson called him on it?  Brilliant move, Dems.  Nothing says “I want to hold onto control of Congress” quite like driving up the national debt to cover health care for criminals, huh?

September 28, 2009 Posted by | health care, illegal immigration, Obama | 2 Comments

Biden takes a little break from reality to tell us how friggin’ awesome the stimulus has worked

If, by “is in fact working“, Biden means near double-digit unemployment, continuing layoffs, plunging of and continued depression of real estate values, a credit crunch, a downward spiral of home sales, an imploding dollar that has other countries considering sh#t-canning the dollar and going to a global currency, and a hopelessly ballooning deficit of $1.3 Trillion and counting, then yeah…Porkulus has worked out beyond our wildest dreams.

The numbers don’t back up this man’s delusional rosy talk.  Ergo, the numbers are racist.

September 26, 2009 Posted by | Biden, big government, economic ignorance | 3 Comments

Global “warming” data? Yeah, I’ll get back to you on that!

Or, as Patrick Michaels headlines it, “The Dog Ate” it.  Excerpt:

Imagine if there were no reliable records of global surface temperature. Raucous policy debates such as cap-and-trade would have no scientific basis, Al Gore would at this point be little more than a historical footnote, and President Obama would not be spending this U.N. session talking up a (likely unattainable) international climate deal in Copenhagen in December.

Steel yourself for the new reality, because the data needed to verify the gloom-and-doom warming forecasts have disappeared.

Or so it seems. Apparently, they were either lost or purged from some discarded computer. Only a very few people know what really happened, and they aren’t talking much. And what little they are saying makes no sense.

If you have any inkling as to what science is and how it works, prepare yourself for this jaw-dropping statement:

Now begins the fun. Warwick Hughes, an Australian scientist, wondered where that “+/–” came from, so he politely wrote Phil Jones in early 2005, asking for the original data. Jones’s response to a fellow scientist attempting to replicate his work was, “We have 25 years or so invested in the work. Why should I make the data available to you, when your aim is to try and find something wrong with it?”

Reread that statement, for it is breathtaking in its anti-scientific thrust. In fact, the entire purpose of replication is to “try and find something wrong.” The ultimate objective of science is to do things so well that, indeed, nothing is wrong.

Wow.  “You’ll try to find something wrong with it”?  Seriously?

I mean, data is available that shows that the sun is hot, so even if I were hellbent on finding “something wrong with the data”, I wouldn’t be able to do so.  The heat of the sun stands up to scientific scrutiny.  The junk science fad known as global “warming” survives no such scrutiny, and it seems that this “scientist” knows that.

September 25, 2009 Posted by | global warming | Leave a comment

Quote of the day, “Biggest loser in presidential election history weighs in on racism” edition

Walter Mondale on Obama’s critics:

“I don’t want to pick a person [and] say, ‘He’s a racist,’ but I do think the way they’re piling on Obama — the harshness — you kind of feel it,” he said. “I think I see an edge in them that’s a little bit different and a little harsher than I’ve seen in other times.”

We haven’t seen a Marxist president in “other times”, Walt.  Riddle me this, Mr. One State Wonder: considering that B.O. won the election with roughly 53% of the vote (which necessarily means most white people), and considering that his overall approval rating is now less than that, isn’t it safe to say that his approval/disapproval has jack squat to do with his skin color?

Hey, Walt: The 49 states you didn’t win in 1984 just called.  They said they’d vote the same way today that they did a quarter century ago.  The one state you did win (home state of MN) repudiated you against Norm Coleman in 2002.  In other words, officially no one listens to your sage advice/observations anymore.

September 25, 2009 Posted by | bigotry, Obama, quote of the day | 1 Comment

Government school in NJ indoctrinates kids to sing pro-Obama song

But hey, where would you get the crazy idea that the left is using the government school system to indoctrinate our kids?  Just because of this?

A video showing elementary school students learning songs praising Barack Obama for his “great accomplishments” and efforts to “make this country’s economy No. 1 again” is generating anger from conservatives today.

In the video at left, students at New Jersey’s B. Bernice Young Elementary School are shown singing about the president, in one case to the tune of “Jesus Loves the Little Children,” according to Fox News. …

Excerpt of the hymnal song:

Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama
He said all should lend a hand to make the country strong again
Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama
He said we must be fair today, equal work means equal pay.

I mean, sure, a bunch of kids who know nothing about politics are singing songs that are reminiscent of “Jesus Loves the Little Children” to The One (sidebar: Hey, Andrew, how’s that “Obama as Messiah myth” looking to you now?).  And yeah, there’s that whole “praising the socialist president in a way that was never done to his predecessor” thing.  And sure, the government school system has been more than accomodating when it comes to pushing pro-B.O. propaganda.  But if you can just get past all that, there’s really nothing to see here.

For those of you on the left, the prior paragraph was sarcasm.

Exit question: Could someone please tell me the rule on using the president’s middle name?  I mean, a talk radio host in Cincinnati (Bill Cunningham) was poor-mouthed by, among others, Juan McAmnesty last year during the campaign for saying “Barack Hussein Obama”.  Is it somehow more acceptable when it comes from the mouths of singing children?

September 25, 2009 Posted by | Obama, public education, shameful | 3 Comments

MSM digging deep to find dirt…on undercover ACORN busters

If only the MSM had worked this hard to expose the criminal enterprise known as ACORN, perhaps the child sex slave abetters at ACORN would have been stopped a long time ago.  Instead, the MSM is intent on finding dirt on the people who did the MSM’s freakin’ job for them.  Some gratitude, huh?  Details here.

Allah brings up a great point: What is on the video that evidence of a coordinated conservative operation (which doesn’t exist) would disprove?  In other words, my eyes and ears show me an organization in ACORN that is trying to help two purported criminals (a pimp and his ho’) engage in two forms of criminal activity (tax evasion, child trafficking)…and this video evidence would be debunked if I found out that Karl Rove bankrolled the operation?  Seriously?

Nope…no liberal media bias!

September 24, 2009 Posted by | ACORN, media bias | 2 Comments

The left finally admits it: OK, we DON’T support the war in Afghanistan

Remember how, for the last 5+ years, the left told us that we should pay more attention to Afghanistan and less to Iraq?  You know, how the war in Afghanistan was much more important than the one in Iraq?  You know, how you couldn’t support the war in Iraq if you didn’t enlist in the military, all while they were allegedly supporting the war in Afghanistan…without enlisting in the military?

To quote the great Vincent Gambini from My Cousin Vinny: “Everything that guy just said was bull$h!t.  Thank you.”  Details:

Escalation is a bad idea. The Democrats backed themselves into defending the idea of Afghanistan being The Good War because they felt they needed to prove their macho bonafides they called for withdrawal from Iraq. Nobody asked too many questions sat the time, including me. But none of us should forget that it was a political strategy, not a serious foreign policy.

There have been many campaign promises “adjusted” since the election. There is no reason that the administration should feel any more bound to what they said about this than all the other committments [sic] it has blithely turned aside in the interest of “pragmatism.”

Refreshingly honest, no?  A leftist admits that the left doesn’t really like or support the military, but considering the public as a whole adores the military, then said leftist knows that his side must pretend to love and support the military, too.

As I was crafting my retort, I read Ace’s take and decided to quote him instead, since his take is much more eloquently stated that my own:

You claimed to support a war in which American soldiers were fighting and dying, leaving friends and limbs on the battlefield, as a cynical political strategy?

You… um… voiced support of a real serious-as-death war to cadge votes out of a duped public?

We won’t forget, champ. And we won’t let you forget, either.

Again we see a leftist projecting his pathological darkness on to others. They accused Bush of fighting wars for this very reason. And now, when it’s safe to say so (they think), they concede: We supported a war for the reason we accused Bush of doing so for 8 years.

If you voted for B.O. in part because you honestly thought he was more commited to Afghanistan (which, before now, was the left’s “war that must be won”), I’ve got some swampland I’d like to sell you.

September 23, 2009 Posted by | Afghanistan, shameful | 4 Comments

Quote of the day, “Biden fears end of Hopenchange” edition

From the gaffetastic VP:

Vice President Joe Biden said today that if Democrats were to lose 35 House seats they currently hold in traditionally Republican districts, it would mean doomsday for President Obama’s agenda.

Biden said Republicans are pinning their political strategy on flipping these seats.

“If they take them back, this the end of the road for what Barack and I are trying to do,” the vice president said at a fundraiser for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) today in Greenville, Delaware.

We should be so lucky.  (Sidebar: Is it not curious that a Democrat from a red district in AZ is trolling for campaign cash in blue states?  But hey, where would you get the crazy idea that she’s anything other than a “moderate”?)

Anywho, here’s the kicker:

Biden said these House seats are Republicans “one shot” at breaking the Obama administration’s agenda. But if Democrats can hold on to those seats, “the dam is going to break,” he said, and a new era of bipartisanship will begin.

Uh…what?  If the Republicans pick up a bunch of seats in an anti-Obama political climate, yet not enough seats to reclaim the House, then Biden will see this loss of Democrat seats as evidence that “bipartisanship” is the order of the day?  Really?  “Hey, let’s be nice to the Republicans, since they picked up a bunch of seats!  Maybe they won’t pick up as many next time.”  Seriously?

Then what does this mean for the reverse scenario?  Let’s say the GOP doesn’t pick up any seats.  By logical extension, according to the Vice-Plagiarist, a new era of partisanship will begin.  After all, how can “bipartisanship” begin if the Dems continue their stranglehold on our wallets Congress?  Something tells me that “partisanship” doesn’t bother him too much, if it’s coming from his side (i.e. the left side).

September 22, 2009 Posted by | Biden, quote of the day | 5 Comments

Obama votes “present” on whether to defund ACORN

B.O. says he hasn’t really followed ACORN that much…then he punts on whether or not he would sign a bill to defund the criminal-abetting organization.  Excerpt from an interview with George Snuffalupagus of ABC News:

STEPHANOPOULOS:  How about the funding for ACORN?

OBAMA:  You know, if — frankly, it’s not really something I’ve followed closely.  I didn’t even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money.

STEPHANOPOULOS:  Both the Senate and the House have voted to cut it off.

OBAMA:  You know, what I know is, is that what I saw on that video was certainly inappropriate and deserves to be investigated.

STEPHANOPOULOS:  So you’re not committing to — to cut off the federal funding?

OBAMA:  George, this is not the biggest issue facing the country.  It’s not something I’m paying a lot of attention to.

You lie.

September 21, 2009 Posted by | ACORN, Obama, shameful | 1 Comment

Shameless Obama references his own daughter to make ObamaCare point…and gets it wrong

Is there anything wrong with using anecdotal evidence to make a point?  Of course not.  Is there anything wrong with mentioning your own kid in making your point?  No, not if it’s something that actually happened and isn’t a steaming pile of bovine feces.

Which, of course, B.O.’s lie point was.  Details:

When our youngest daughter, Sasha, was diagnosed with meningitis when she was just three months old, it was one of the scariest moments of my life.  And we had to have a spinal tap administered and she ended up being in the hospital for three or four days.  And it was touch and go, we didn’t know whether she’d be permanently affected by it.  It was the nurses who walked us through what was happening and made sure that Sasha was okay.

Holy crap!  I can’t begin to imagine how awful it would be to have a child afflicted with meningitis.

Actually, neither can Obama:

In her speech, Mrs. Obama also told the story of how her daughter Sasha would not stop crying when she was 4 months old. A doctor’s visit revealed she might have meningitis; she ultimately did not, but the illness produced a scare.

I know it may look like nitpicking, but (a) I’m willing to cut the guy a little slack for confusing three months old with four months, since I don’t always remember exactly how old my kids were in months of age when certain things happened; and (b) I am patently offended that a politician would use his own child to make a point that’s not even true.  If you have to make up crap in order to sell your socialist piece of garbage, it’s pretty safe to say that your plan sucks.

Both Obama parents were speaking about the need for health care overhaul in this country, and they both decided to invoke their own daughter to make their point.  Again, in and of itself, no big whoop.  But in order for it to be no big whoop, what you say about your kid must be true!  If baby Sasha was diagnosed with meningitis, then Michelle and the NYT are liars.  If she wasn’t diagnosed, then B.O. is a liar.

Exit question #1: Since Obama said his kid had meningitis, and it is clear that this wasn’t the case, then is B.O. a shameless liar or a detached dad who doesn’t know his own kid’s ailments?

Exit question #2: Didn’t both Obamas, after putting their kids on the cover of magazines and stuff, tell us that their kids are off-limits?  Well, I’d be more than happy to keep it that way, if only the Obamas would follow their own advice.

September 21, 2009 Posted by | health care, Obama, shameful | 2 Comments

Pelosi: Conservative dissent could instigate assasinations, or something

San Fran Nan, still crazy after all these years.  Excerpt:

In a rare display of public emotion, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) choked up Thursday morning recalling the anti-gay rhetoric in the late 1970s in San Francisco, which culminated in the assassinations of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay S.F. Board of Supervisors member, and Mayor George Moscone.

Pelosi, responding to a question about whether anti-government rhetoric posed a threat of domestic violence, said that protesters on all sides had the right to voice their opposition to legislative proposals in a heated fashion. But then Pelosi — whose weekly press conferences are legendary for their highly scripted nature and her rote recitation of Democratic message points — paused and took a deep breath as she recounted the tone of some protests in her hometown.

“I saw this myself in the late ’70s in San Francisco,” she said, a reference to the antigay laws and protests as that city became the flashpoint of the civil rights movement for gays and lesbians. “It created an environment in which violence took place.”

Got it?  Why, we’re all just a bunch of would-be Lee Harvey Oswalds, awaiting the catalyst for knocking off dissenters.  Ace’s headline sums up her statement and motives nicely: “Madame Pelosi: Please Stop Kicking Our Asses Politically Or There Will be Violence

Anyone get the feeling she’s flailing about desperately, afraid that her death grip on the House Speaker position is loosening?  Besides, I didn’t know that tears were possible when your face was all pumped up with botox.  I learn something new every day.

September 18, 2009 Posted by | Pelosi, shameful | 5 Comments

Obama: My health care plan won’t cover illegal aliens, so let’s legalize them so they CAN get my health plan

Details here.

But where would you get the crazy idea that liberals are interested in expanding dependence on the federal government in order to gain a stronghold on power?

September 18, 2009 Posted by | big government, health care, illegal immigration, Obama | 2 Comments

Dem talking points are out and in full effect: “Brandish the race card!”

Obviously, we normal Americans knew months ago that any opposition to B.O.’s collectivist policies would be tarred as some form of racism.  Never mind that the most active leftist politicians B.C. (Before “Change”) were lily-white barons like Hillary, Ted Kennedy, Jean-Francois  Heinz-Kerry (who is rumored to have served in Vietnam), Babs Boxer (that would be “Senator”, and not “ma’am”, General), etc.  No, if you continue to espouse the conservative philosphy you’ve always maintained over the years before we had a black president, then that philosophy is now racist…it wasn’t then, but it is now.  Got it?

Over the last 24 hours, we’ve seen perhaps the most desperate attempt thus far from the left to revive ObamaCare and shield the increasingly unpopular clotheless emperor in the Oval Office.  That attempt is codified in DNC talking points, dutifully parroted by the left and the MSM (pardon the redundancy).  To recap, here are some examples of such shameful, yet not at all unexpected, rhetoric we’ve seen from the left in the last day or two:

1.  Jimmah Carter says that the “overwhelming” majority of people who are opposed to ObamaCare or to B.O.’s Marxist policies are racist.  Judging by this Rasmussen poll, that would mean that 55% of Americans are racist, right?  Or maybe just the numbers are racist?  Anywho, the thick, fudge-coated sugary irony of a failure of a former president whose anti-Semitic book was endorsed by Osama bin Laden himself lecturing us on bigotry is enough to put me into a diabetic coma.

2.  Rep. Maxine Waters (Moonbat-CA) is begging her accomplices in the MSM to investigate the racial views held by normal Joes and Janes who oppose ObamaCare.  I didn’t know that racial views (or any views, for that matter) could be illegal, but apparently the thought police feel otherwise.  Anyway, unlike her liberal brethren, she’s not content to just scream “racism”.  No, she actually wants the MSM to look into “those people”.  (Sidebar: Didn’t Ross Perot get into trouble for referring to “you people”?  Just sayin’.).  Also, she said that referring to ObamaCare as “ObamaCare” is evidence of racism, so by logical extension, referring to Hillary’s health care plan in 1993 as “HillaryCare” must be sexist.  Man, are “these people” (leftists, that is) that intent on destroying the English language?

3.  This race-baiting nervous breakdown is dividing even the Democrats themselves.  Senators Jim “Fellating Cambodian Boy” Webb, Kay “Presbyterian Elder Courting Atheist Votes” Hagan, and Dick “Our Soldiers are Like Pol Pot and Stalin” Durbin, in addition to B.O. himself, are falling over themselves to keep Carter at arm’s length and not ascribe racism to political opponents of B.O.’s policies.

4.  NYT op-ed hack Maureen Dowd, known for editing quotes via “Dowdification” to convey the context she wants, plays the race card…while she bellyaches about the need for civility.  I’m sorry, but “You’re a bunch of mouthbreathing, knuckledragging bigots…can’t you just be nice like me?” doesn’t seem like the best way to win friends and influence people to your argument.  I’m kinda funny that way.

5.  Hank Johnson (D-GA) defeated Jihad Cynthia McKinney in the Democrat primary 2006, but his election proved only that you can take the nutbag out of GA’s 4th district, but you can’t take GA’s 4th district out of the nutbag.  Or vice versa.  Whatever.  Don’t be racist!  Anywho, he said that if the House didn’t admonish Joe Wilson for screaming “You lie!” to the guy who was lying at the podium in the speech to Congress, it would be like “…folks putting on white hoods and white uniforms again and riding through the countryside, intimidating people. That’s the logical conclusion if this kind of attitude is not rebuked.”  Johnson was rebuked by AJC columnist Cynthia Tucker, a black woman known to see racism where it doesn’t exist.

6.  Chris “Thrill in the Leg” Matthews said…aw, skip it.  That’s just too easy.

7.  Victor Davis Hanson recognizes this as political suicide, and he’s right.  However, I see two big things that can come out of this, one of which is good and the other of which is not good.

Good:  Perhaps finally, the race-baiting in this country will finally be ignored, as it should have been for the last few decades.  Every time a black person gets arrested or charged with a crime, we hear that race must be involved, guilt or innocence be damned.  Jesse and Al have made lucrative livings in the race-baiting industry, and fomenting racial animosity where there need be none has paid them well over the years.  At the town hall protests, we saw people who have never been involved in politics before were showing up and angry that their voices are being marginalized.  They…nay, we…will not be shamed into silence by bad faith accusations of racism.  It is quite possible, if not likely, that fair-minded normal Americans will now finally see this “crying wolf” charade clearly, and will henceforth ignore such knee-jerk baseless claims. 

Bad:  After Americans finally begin ignoring the race-baiters, there will inevitably be some real cases of racism…and they will likely be ignored.  Again, “crying wolf” will have been the culprit.  You can only scream so many times about racism that are untrue before people begin to ignore you, and then when real racism comes along, the average Joe or Jane will go “Yeah, sure, heard that one before.”  So congrats, liberals!  Your baseless race-related rantings over the last couple of decades has possibly blunted any efforts in the future to address real acts of racism.  Hope you’re satisfied.

Anyway, if the left thinks they can somehow “shame” the same country that voted a black man into the Oval Office into supporting anything and everything said black man wants to do, then they are political kamikazes.  I, for one, welcome that tactic.

September 17, 2009 Posted by | bigotry, Carter, moonbats, Obama | 4 Comments

Putin plays game of “chicken” with Obama. Predictably, Obama surrenders.

I seem to recall the gaffetastic VP warning telling us roughly a year ago that B.O. would be tested by the world, the implication being that The One would be perceived as a weakling.  Biden assured us that the world would find out just how “steel”like B.O.’s resolve would be, and that he wouldn’t be pushed around.

If, by “steel”like, Biden meant “He would surrender quicker than a French soldier staring down the barrel of a water pistol”, then he was right.  Details:

President Barack Obama has decided to scrap plans for a U.S. missile defense shield in the Czech Republic and Poland that had deeply angered Russia, the Czech prime minister confirmed Thursday.

NATO’s new chief hailed the move as “a positive step” and a Russian analyst said the move will increase the chances that Russia will cooperate more closely with the United States in the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.

Premier Jan Fischer told reporters that Obama phoned him overnight to say that “his government is pulling out of plans to build a missile defense radar on Czech territory.”

“The same happened with Poland. Poland was informed in the same way about this intention,” Fischer said.

Nile Gardiner sees this exactly right:

This is bad news for all who care about the US commitment to the transatlantic alliance and the defence of Europe as well as the United States. It represents the appalling appeasement of Russian aggression and a willingness to sacrifice American allies on the altar of political expediency. A deal with the Russians to cancel missile defence installations sends a clear message that even Washington can be intimidated by the Russian bear.

What signal does this send to Ukraine, Georgia and a host of other former Soviet satellites who look to America and NATO for protection from their powerful neighbour? The impending cancellation of Third Site is a shameful abandonment of America’s friends in eastern and central Europe, and a slap in the face for those who actually believed a key agreement with Washington was worth the paper it was written on.

Well played, Barry.  Pooty-Poot throws a hissy fit, and you steal the rattle away from one baby to give it to him.  Now that, my friends, is leadership.

Feeling safe and secure with that Hopenchange yet?

September 17, 2009 Posted by | Obama, Putin, Russia, shameful | 3 Comments

New ACORN spin: We were totally playing along with the sting!

Anyone ever seen the 1980’s movie Pee Wee’s Big Adventure?  Pee Wee Herman falls off of his bike in front of a crowd while doing tricks, gets up, and says defiantly “I meant to do that!”

That’s ACORN’s spin.  Details:

The head organizer for California ACORN says a new video that appears to show a staffer at the organization’s San Bernardino office is fake journalism.

The video, which was posted shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday on a Web site called Big Government.com, shows a female ACORN employee talking to a man who claims to be a pimp interested in establishing a brothel where underage immigrant prostitutes would turn tricks in order to raise money for political activity.

The woman, identified on the video as Tresa Kaelke, appears on posted footage to be interested in cooperating the plan. However, California ACORN head organizer Amy Schur said the video is a gross misrepresentation of what actually happened.

“In this video, there are two actors who come into our office and who were messing with us. And our employee was messing with them,” Schur said. …

The words “Yeah, sure.  Uh-huh.  Right.  Whatever you say!” aren’t nearly descriptive enough.

September 16, 2009 Posted by | ACORN, shameful | 2 Comments

Today’s double dose of “Nope, no liberal media bias!”

Instance #1: Chuck Todd (yeah, that Chuck Todd) of the hopelessly left-wing MSNBC network wonders if covering the Van Jones story (which never happened on their network, until his resignation was tendered) was actually “the best use of the time of the mainstream media”.  Video clip and partial transcript here

Instance #2: Charlie Gibson of ABC (aka the ObamaCare Infomercial Network) was asked about the recent ACORN bombshells.  Chuckie responded with basically a “Hey, that’s news to me!  Never heard of it before now.”  He then said that such a story should be “just one you leave to the cables.”  Why not?  That’s where everyone’s going for their news these days, anyway.

Nope…no liberal media bias!

September 16, 2009 Posted by | ACORN, media bias, moonbats | Leave a comment

UPDATE: More ACORN fallout

UPDATES BELOW.

Recall last week’s story where ACORN was exposed assisting a perceived pimp and prostitute looking to evade taxes and traffic a child sex slave.  Well, it wasn’t an isolated incident, as the same investigative organization exposed more incidents nearly identical in nature.  As a result, ACORN fired more “renegade” workers.

So, what has happened since then?  A few interesting developments, really.

1.  Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) is calling for an investigation into ACORN.

2.  The state of Maryland is…are you freakin’ kidding me?…investigating the people who exposed ACORN’s shameful and illegal activities!  Why investigate the people who are abetting child trafficking and tax evasion when you can investigate the people who expose them, right?  The fact that the MD state attorney, Patricia Jessamy, just so happens to be a flaming liberal Democrat B.O. supporter is nothing more than a big ol’ coinkidink.

3.  Maryland’s ACORN chapter has attributed the backlash they face to…yep, you guessed it…racism.  Namely, Fox News’ “racist coverage”.  Because playing a video tape with actual ACORN workers commiting crimes is racist, right?

4.  ACORN is now removed from being a part of the 2010 census.  B.O. could only ignore so much, couldn’t he?  Prediction: “This isn’t the ACORN I thought I knew.”

I. Love. It!

UPDATE (09/14/2009 – 08:25 pm EST):  Three updates for now:

(1) As RR pointed out in the comments, ACORN is in trouble over vote fraud in Florida;

(2) the Senate voted 83-7 to stop federal funds from reaching ACORN.  The seven abetters of child sex trafficking, income tax evasion, and voter fraud are as follows: Burris (D-IL), Casey (D-PA), Durbin (D-IL), Gillibrand (D-NY), Leahy (D-VT), Whitehouse (D-RI), and Sanders (I-VT)…all Democrats (Sanders is a Socialist Party member who votes with Democrats).  Go figure.

(3) the MSM is, by and large, still refusing to cover the ACORN pimp/ho’/kiddie trafficking story.  This al-Reuters story, though, does mention it…but whitewashed a bit:

A poverty-rights group that has drawn the ire of conservatives suffered another setback in Washington on Monday when the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to deny it access to federal housing funds.

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, which helps poor people fight foreclosures and fix tax problems, has received more than $53 million in U.S. funds since 1994, but conservatives’ charges of widespread fraud have begun to impact its reputation in the capital.

Yeah, this poor old “poverty rights group” was a victim of those mean ol’ conservatives who somehow convinced 83 Senators in a Democrat-controlled Senate to go along with them.  Only in MSM la-la-land could the conservatives who are in the minority in the House and Senate wield that much power. 

Exit question: Do ALL “poverty rights groups” engage in vote fraud and the aforementioned other criminal activities?

September 14, 2009 Posted by | ACORN, shameful | 9 Comments

The “You lie!” guy took some caffeine pills two years ago

That’s the new MSM meme, folks.  Joe Wilson (R-SC) must be hopped up on some kind of drug in order to think B.O. is a liar.  Judging by the polls, most Americans must be hopped up, too.  Excerpt:

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), who shouted “you lie!” at President Obama during his Wednesday night address to Congress, admitted to regularly consuming caffeine pills in 2007.

It is unclear if Wilson still takes NoDoz, a brand of pill that contains 200 milligrams of caffeine a pop. By comparison, a seven ounce cup of drip coffee contains 115 to 175 milligrams of caffeine.

A source told The Hill in 2007 that the congressman ingested the tablets “like candy,” but Wilson insisted he was not addicted despite the fact that he had been taking them since high school. …

NoDoz…a legal product that can be bought at any drugstore or gas station.  And the MSM is all atwtitter about this?  Seriously?

In other news, our president used to be an admitted cokehead.  If Wilson’s not careful, that NoDoz could wind up being an intro drug.  You know, one day you’re popping NoDoz trying to stay awake for a college exam, and then the next day, you’ve moved on to harder drugs like…well, like cocaine, which would qualify you to be president of the United States.

Nope…no liberal media bias!

September 11, 2009 Posted by | drugs, hypocrisy, media bias | 5 Comments

9/11/2001

For those of you on the left, feel free to Google that date, as I’m sure it doesn’t ring a bell for you.

My, how far this country has fallen since that fateful day. We went from strong resolve and determination, to being run by a bunch of limpwristed leftist pansies intent on apologizing to the world for bringing 9/11’s “chickens home to roost” (to quote B.O.’s preacher and mentor). Heck, we almost watched a 9/11 conspiracy nut get appointed as a commie job killer “green jobs” czar. The prior administration did such a good job at keeping this country safe since that time, so much so that the country felt comfortable enough to elect someone who has no intention of fighting Islamic terrorism. I fear the ramifications of such naive complacency.

At any rate, my heart goes out to all those who lost loved ones in the Islamic terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.  May God bless them, and may God have mercy on this lost country of ours.

September 11, 2009 Posted by | religion of peace | 5 Comments

UPDATE: Obama’s ACORN buddies giving advice on evading taxes and trafficking minors…to pimp and prostitute!

UPDATES BELOW.

And these are the guys B.O. wants running the census?  How sick!  Details:

Officials with the controversial community organizing group ACORN were secretly videotaped offering to assist two individuals posing as a pimp and a prostitute, encouraging them to lie to the Internal Revenue Service and providing guidance on how to claim underage girls from South America as dependents.

The videotape was made public Thursday on BigGovernment.com, a political blog launched by Andrew Breitbart as a companion site to his BigHollywood.breitbart.com blog.

In the videotape, made on July 24, James O’Keefe, a 25-year-old independent filmmaker, posed as a pimp with a 20-year-old woman named “Kenya” who posed as a prostitute while visiting ACORN’s office in Baltimore. The couple told ACORN staffers they wanted to secure housing where the woman could continue to maintain a prostitution business. …

Here’s a link to the video, and here’s a link to the transcript.  Naturally, ACORN issues this denial:

A spokesman for ACORN, Scott Levenson, when asked to comment on the videotape, said: “The portrayal is false and defamatory and an attempt at gotcha journalism. This film crew tried to pull this sham at other offices and failed. ACORN wants to see the full video before commenting further.”

Exit question: If, as ACORN admits, they haven’t seen the full tape, then how do they know “the portrayal is false”…hmmmmm?  I guess we know from where B.O. got his “I don’t have all the facts, but I just know the cops acted stupidly!” way of thinking.  His pals at ACORN think the same way.

UPDATE (09/11/2009 – 08:00 AM EST): The video with the “false portrayal” has resulted in a couple of ACORN workers getting fired.  I suppose ACORN figured out that you can actually learn a lot about a situation when you actually see it for yourself!

September 11, 2009 Posted by | ACORN, shameful | 4 Comments

CNN polls 27% more Dems and finds, as sheer luck would have it, more Dem support for ObamaCare!

Details:

Two out of three Americans who watched President Barack Obama’s health care reform speech Wednesday night favor his health care plans — a 14-point gain among speech-watchers, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll of people who tuned into Obama’s address Wednesday night to a joint session of Congress.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted just before and just after the president’s speech, with 427 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey’s sampling error is plus or minus 5 percentage points.  (Really?  A whopping 27% oversample, and your margin of error is only 5%? – Ed.)

The sample of speech-watchers in this poll was 45 percent Democratic and 18 percent Republican. Our best estimate of the number of Democrats in the voting age population as a whole indicates that the sample is about 8-10 points more Democratic than the population as a whole.

Nope…no liberal media bias!

September 10, 2009 Posted by | health care, media bias, Obama, polls | Leave a comment

“You lie!”

Many of you are familiar with the story by now.  During B.O.’s health care pitch last night, the prez lied through his teeth when he said that criminal aliens would not be covered by his health plan.  We know that’s not true.

Joe Wilson (R-SC) interjected “You lie!”  He’s right.  But was that the proper forum for the outburst?

I contend that it was not the right place or the right time.  While I detest the policies of B.O. and his minions running the Congress, I’m still naive enough to believe that the office of the president still deserves respect, regardless of whether its current occupant deserves it.

The left’s and the MSM’s (pardon the redundancy) reaction, though, is telling.  The Dems booed and heckled Bush during his 2005 SOTU speech.  No apologies, as far as I know.  But be that as it may, I’d like to think the good guys (for those of you on the left, “good guys” is not you) show more restraint and maturity than that.

Your thoughts are welcome.

September 10, 2009 Posted by | health care, Obama | 4 Comments

Not a question at White House press briefing about Van Jones

Here’s what the MSM asked Gibbsy yesterday about the tragedy that was the Van Jones saga:

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The toughest question about Jones?

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OK, well at least someone asked this softball question regarding Jones:

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Nope…no liberal media bias!

September 9, 2009 Posted by | media bias, moonbats | Leave a comment

The federal government’s 100% failure rate

The U.S. Post Service was established in 1775 – they’ve had 234 years to get it right; it is broke, and even though heavily subsidized, it can’t compete with private sector FedEx and UPS services.

Social Security was established in 1935 – they’ve had 74 years to get it right; it is broke.

Fannie Mae was established in 1938 – they’ve had 71 years to get it right; it is broke.

Freddie Mac was established in 1970 – they’ve had 39 years to get it right; it is broke.

Together Fannie and Freddie have now led the entire world into the worst economic collapse in 80 years.

The War on Poverty was started in 1964 – they’ve had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our hard earned money is confiscated each year and transferred to “the poor”; it hasn’t worked.

Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965 – they’ve had 44 years to get it right; they are both broke; and now our government dares to mention them as models for all US health care.

AMTRAK was established in 1970 – they’ve had 39 years to get it right; last year they bailed it out as it continues to run at a loss!

This year, a trillion dollars was committed in the massive political payoff called the Stimulus Bill of 2009; it shows NO sign of working; it’s been used to increase the size of governments across America, and raise government salaries while the rest of us suffer from economic hardships. It has yet to create a single new private sector job. Our national debt projections (approaching $10 trillion) have increased 400% in the last six months.

“Cash for Clunkers” was established in 2009 and went broke in 2009 –  after 80% of the cars purchased turned out to be produced by foreign companies, and dealers nationwide are buried under bureaucratic paperwork demanded by a government that is not yet paying them what was promised.

Last year, the Senate decided to privatize its own government-run restaurant.  After decades of subpar food and annual losses (despite having merely hundreds of customers), the Senate decided that it couldn’t competently operate a restaurant, so it outsourced the restaurant to the private sector.

Since our federal government has a perfect 100% failure rate and a record that proves that each and every “service” shoved down our throats by the imperial federal government turns into disaster, I’ve got a wonderful idea:  How about we trust our government (who can’t even run a restaurant) to run or even set policies for America’s health care system, 1/7th of our economy?

I mean, they’re bound to get one of these things right some time, right?  Law of averages, or something?

September 8, 2009 Posted by | big government, health care | 20 Comments

Van Jones fallout

So what have we learned from the doomed appointment of “green jobs czar” and Truther-bigot-commie Van Jones?

We learned that the administration supposedly never vetted him.  There was a questionnaire they asked Jones to fill out.  Jones didn’t fill it out.  So naturally, when someone doesn’t fill out an application, they…get the job?  That must be that judgement thingy B.O. was telling us last year that he had in large quantities.  At any rate, this denial is likely another B.O. lie.

We learned thatwhile the administration supposedly never vetted Jones, it looks like the FBI was doing it.

We learned that opposition to Jones was not related to the fact that he is a bigot, a self-professed commie, or a Truther nut, but was instead based on the color of Jones’ skin.  The black president and his black attorney general were unavailable for comment.  Oh, yeah, and your opposition to Jones makes you a “political terrorist”, or something.

We learned that the MSM will not do its job, and then bellyache that you can’t believe stuff you read on the Internet…stuff that turns out to be right.  Mnay of the biggest MSM outlets never reported a thing about Jones until he quit, leaving their viewers wondering “Van who? How come I never heard about the guy until he quit?”  Nope…no liberal media bias!

We learned that Jones was tossed out in order to appease Glenn Beck.  Ignoring the fact that Jones was not tossed out, but instead resigned, how fume-sniffing crazy do you have to be to think that the White House was attempting to appease Glenn freakin’ Beck?

We learned that lefties are mad that Jones was sacrificed (again, ignoring the fact that he resigned on his own accord) for being a Truther, since over a third of leftists are Truthers, too.  Hey, the man was just saying what they believe, right?

In other words, we’ve learned something that we already knew: lefties are a bunch of unhinged, pedantic, intellectually dishonest adolescents.

September 8, 2009 Posted by | media bias, moonbats, Obama | 3 Comments

Obama’s speech to schoolkids

I’ve had a chance to look at B.O.’s prepared speech to the kids.  If he sticks to the script, then quite frankly, I don’t really see anything objectionable about what he plans on saying.

I know, early on he planned on asking the kids to “help the president” and support him, and that wound up getting yanked from the script…as well it should.  But if the message is delivered just as the script says, then overall, I don’t have a problem with it.

Of course, it would have been nice if he didn’t refer to himself exactly three times as often as he refers to education.  Otherwise, people might get this crazy idea that the guy is an egocentric mega-narcissist who is all about self-promotion.  But baby steps, people.  Baby steps.

September 8, 2009 Posted by | Obama, public education | 2 Comments

UPDATE: Obama’s “green jobs czar” a Truther, a bigot, and a commie

UPDATES BELOW.

But aside from all that, he’s just a peach.  Details:

A top environmental official of the Obama administration issued a statement Thursday apologizing for past incendiary statement and denying that he ever agreed with a 2004 petition on which his name appears, a petition calling for congressional hearings and an investigation by the New York Attorney General into “evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the September 11th attacks to occur.”

Van Jones, the Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, is Number 46 of the petitioners from the so-called “Truther” movement which suggests that people in the administration of President George W. Bush “may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war.”

In a statement issued Thursday evening Jones said of “the petition that was circulated today, I do not agree with this statement and it certainly does not reflect my views now or ever.”

He did not explain how his name came to be on the petition. A source said Jones did not carefully review the language in the petition before agreeing to add his name. 

Oh, if I had a dime for every time I signed a petition that I didn’t read, I would…um, not have a dime.  It’s like he’s trying to say “I was never really that involved with the Troofer movement, I just kinda signed a piece of paper someone stuck in my grill without really eyeballing it.”  There’s just one problem with that defense: it’s a friggin’ bold-faced lie.  Allahpundit gets it right when says “Note well: He doesn’t deny that he signed it. He denies that he agrees with it. Which means, I guess, that he’s asking us to create a new standard for public officials by which documents that bear their signature should no longer be used against them.”

Continuing:

With a history of incendiary and provocative remarks, many of them dealing with his view of how whites exploit minorities, Jones has emerged as the subject of much conservative scrutiny in recent days, particularly from Fox News’ Glenn Beck. (Jones defenders point out that most of Beck’s criticism came after a group Jones helped found, Color of Change, began pushing advertisers to boycott Beck after he accused President Obama of being a racist.)

Is it considering exploiting a minority by electing him president?  I’m just sayin’.  Actually, I think this is what the paranoid race-baiter meant:

“We’re really entering a third wave of environmentalism in the United States. The white polluters and the white environmentalists are essentially steering poison into the people of color communities.”

Nice to see the “post-racial” president adding this dude to his “post-racial” administration.  Rumor has it that Eric “nation of cowards when it comes to race” Holder has a Matthews-like thrill in his leg with the new czar.

Here’s a funny mea culpa:

Jones also said in his statement that “In recent days some in the news media have reported on past statements I made before I joined the administration – some of which were made years ago.  If I have offended anyone with statements I made in the past, I apologize.”

Yeah…”years ago”. Because four years is practically a generation ago, no?

In 2005 Jones told the East Bay Express that the acquittal of Rodney King’s assailants in 1992 in that infamous police brutality case changed him significantly. “I was a rowdy nationalist on April 28th, and then the verdicts came down on April 29th,” he said. “By August, I was a communist.” Jones told the East Bay Express

Jones and other young activists in 1994 formed a group called Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement, or STORM, rooted in Marxism and Leninsm. Two years later, Jones launched the Ella Baker Center, an Oakland, Calif., based “strategy and action center” which states that it tries to “promote positive alternatives to violence and incarceration.”

Bets are already circulating as to how soon he’ll be tossed under the B.O. bus.  Over/under is 2 – 3 days.

How’s that Hopenchange hiney tasting now?

UPDATED (09/05/2009 – 02:02 PM EST): More words of wisdom from Van Jones, appointee of the post-racial president:

December 2, 2005: “You’ve never seen a Columbine done by a black child. Never. They always say, ‘We can’t believe it happened here. We can’t believe it’s these suburban white kids.’ It’s only them. Now, a black kid might shoot another black kid. He’s not going to shoot up the whole school.”

But that was four years ago, practically in the black-and-white-TV days.

Also, wanna guess the total combined number of occurrences of the word “Van Jones” appearing in the NY Times, Washington comPost, CBS Evening News, NBC Leg Thrill Nightly News, and ABC ObamaCare Informercial World News?  Answer: 0.  Nope, no liberal media bias!

UPDATED (09/06/2009 – 09:02 AM EST): And he’s out, just like most people thought he would be.  The GOP is now beginning to wake up and realize, “Hey, you know what?  Maybe having nearly three dozen ‘czars’ isn’t a good thing!”

By the way, Jones said he was a victim of “lies and distortions” and “smears”.  As Allahpundit puts it: “In this case, the “vicious smear campaign” consisted of (a) accurately quoting Jones and (b) citing documents he signed.”

September 6, 2009 Posted by | bigotry, media bias, moonbats, Obama, socialism | 2 Comments

MoveOn moonbat bites off old man’s finger in ObamaCare protest?

Here are the shameful details:

California authorities say a clash between opponents and supporters of health care reform ended with one man biting off another man’s finger.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Capt. Frank O’Hanlon says about 100 people demonstrating in favor of health care reforms rallied Wednesday night on a street corner. One protester walked across the street to confront about 25 counter-demonstrators.

O’Hanlon says the man got into an argument and fist fight, during which he bit off the left pinky of a 65-year-old man who opposed health care reform.

A hospital spokeswoman says the man lost half the finger, but doctors reattached it and he was sent home the same night.

She says he had Medicare.

O’Hanlon says the attacker fled but authorities have a good description.

Yeah, we do have a good description: the event was sponsored by the barking moonbat group MoveOn.org, and the assailant supported ObamaCare. The words “MoveOn.org” seem to have eluded the AP article (go figure), but not the ABC News article.

Exit question: Since MoveOn types are usually your unemployable taxpayer-subsidized leeches, isn’t this literally an example of “biting the hand that feeds you”?

September 3, 2009 Posted by | health care, moonbats, shameful | 1 Comment