Hope everyone (except my moonbat stalkers, of course) will have a great Memorial Day weekend! See you next week! 🙂
This one practically writes itself, doesn’t it?
But before the presser, Obama will have lunch with someone who knows something about damage control.
Former President Clinton, whose affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky landed him in trouble with the law, Congress and his wife, might have a thing or two to tell Obama about how to handle a crisis.
Well, if anyone knows about trying to do damage controls over unwanted spills and “plug the damn hole”, it’s Bubba. 😆
There is a great exchange between NJ Gov. Christie and an NEA teacher (Rita Wilson) regarding Gov. Christie’s education budget, the video of which can be seen here. Here’s a snippet from the news story:
But borough teacher Rita Wilson, a Kearny resident, argued that if she were paid $3 an hour for the 30 children in her class, she’d be earning $83,000, and she makes nothing near that.
“You’re getting more than that if you include the cost of your benefits,” Christie interrupted.
When Wilson, who has a master’s degree, said she was not being compensated for her education and experience, Christie said:
“Well, you know then that you don’t have to do it.” Some in the audience applauded…
“Your union said that is the greatest assault on public education in the history of the state,” Christie said. “That’s why the union has no credibility, stupid statements like that.”
Did I mention that I luvs me some Chris Christie? 😆
If I don’t like my career or job, I’m free to pursue one I do like. We all are.
Teachers do what they do because of a love for the profession, a commitment to developing students, and various other reasons (the vast majority of them worthwhile). They get into the profession knowing that they will likely never be well-compensated. We can talk all day long whether they should be better paid, but that’s not the point at all. The point is that they know they aren’t going to be rolling in the dough.
Unless, maybe, you’re Rita Wilson, the teacher complaining to Gov. Christie who says she “makes nothing near” $83k. Really? “Nothing near that”, huh?From Red State:
There’s just one problem. There is one Rita Wilson working for the Rutherford School District. Assuming the teacher confronting Governor Christie is the same lady, she has no freaking clue what she makes.
Public records from the school district show her making $86,000+.
So yes Governor, you should support this lady being paid $3.00 per child and save some money.
As Erick says in his post title, I sure hope she isn’t a math teacher.
Obviously, she was not talking about herself…which means she was misrepresenting herself. Dick Blumenthal just called from CT to say he doesn’t see anything wrong with that.
Holy frijoles, Señor Batman! Calderon sure has huevos grandes to say this:
Regarding the Administration’s decision to send 1,200 National Guard servicemen to the US Southern border, the Government of Mexico trusts that this decision will help to channel additional US resources to enhance efforts to prevent the illegal flows of weapons and bulk cash into Mexico, which provide organized crime with its firepower and its ability to corrupt.
Additionally, the Government of Mexico expects that National Guard personnel will strengthen US operations in the fight against transnational organized crime that operates on both sides of our common border and that it will not, in accordance to its legal obligations, conduct activities directly linked to the enforcement of immigration laws.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? The National Guard should not “conduct activities directly linked to the enforcement of immigration laws”? What does he think they are there for, free burritos? Have they been smoking some quality peyote or what?
So to assuage that anticipated criticism, the White House has quickly laid on a Friday presidential trip back down to Louisiana, his second. He didn’t see a drop of oil during the first one. But it looks good on TV. (See Related Items links below the video.)
Chris Dodd has been in the U.S. Senate now for five six-year terms and might have been looking into drilling safety precautions instead of special mortgage deals. So he too is eager to spread blame elsewhere.
You’ll never guess which recent Republican president Dodd tries to finger for last month’s underwater blowout.
You should watch the video at the link, where Imus takes Dodd to task for blaming Bush (around the 1:21 mark). But hey, Dodd’s got his meme, and he ain’t lettin’ go anytime soon.
Since no one is seriously hurt, I feel empowered to giggle mercilessly like pre-teens (or Andrew Sullivan, take your pick) at a Jonas Brothers concert. Details:
Hey, Rep. Moran, how do you say “karma” in Spanish?
Michael Moran of Brighton is a staunch supporter of the “sanctuary” approach to illegal immigration we have here in Massachusetts. He voted against the Perry amendment that would require applicants for state benefits to prove they’re here legally. Moran voted for subsidized college tuition for illegals, too.
It’s safe to say that no Massachusetts politician has done more to make illegal immigrants feel welcome. Illegal immigrants like 27-year-old Isaias Naranjo, who (ahem) “met” Moran on the streets of Brighton last week.
According to Fox 25, Naranjo was driving 60 mph when he slammed his car into Moran’s. Naranjo was also drunk, driving without a license and – in an only-in-Massachusetts twist – was wearing a “Mexican costume” at the time.
Note the cavalier attitude of the criminal alien:
Now if Naranjo were just another Massachusetts taxpayer, he would be in some serious guacamole. But Fox reports that when police tried to explain the seriousness of his situation, he just laughed.
“Nothing is going to happen to me, man,” Naranjo told the cops. That’s because he was “going back to my home country, Mexico.”
Naranjo had gotten the Massachusetts message: It’s never illegal to be illegal here. In fact sometimes it’s pretty damn good.
Believe it or not, I’m not that mad at him for his nonchalant attitude. I’m livid at the amnesty shills like Moran who have emboldened this cretin to feel this way.
From Byron York, regarding President Thin-skin’s not having a presser in nearly a year:
The situation amazes veterans of previous administrations. “I think it is astonishing that there isn’t carping about this from the press every day,” says former Bush White House press secretary Dana Perino. “Believe me, they would have nailed us to the wall.”
In one sense, the press, or at least some members of the press, have only themselves to blame. Obama treats them with contempt because he knows that when big tests come, they’ve always been on his side. There’s no reason for him to think they won’t be there in the future. “Most of you covered me,” he told the media elite at the 2009 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. “All of you voted for me.”
That’s the attitude coming out of the Oval Office every day. Why does Obama do it? Because he can.
I suppose I’m beating a dead horse by playing “What if Bush had done it?”
The MSM has battered spouse syndrome: B.O. can neglect and abuse them, but they’ll be there, devotedly and pathetically, when push comes to shove (or backhand).
Nope…no liberal media bias!
Ted Kennedy was unavailable for comment. Patches, however, was available for this nugget:
CNSNews.com: “What is your reaction to the [Mexican] president criticizing the Arizona law?”
Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.): “Well he’s right on. I mean, it violates the spirit of our own Constitution. So, you know, we had a tragic history in this country. The most shameful parts of our history were when we had our slave trade, when we, when we, the Trail of Tears — what we did to our Native Americans. And, you know, the proudest moments in our history are when we had the Civil Rights Act, when we moved forward on integration and expanding the opportunities for all of our citizens. So, this idea of, you know, racial profiling, takes us backwards and really goes to the worst character of our nation and it’s, it’s demeaning to our country that we would move in that direction. It’s beneath us as a people.”
Slave trade? Trail of Tears? Seriously, border security and enforcement of federal immigration law is akin to slave trade and the Trail of Tears? Seriously?
I suppose it’s belaboring the point to mention, yet again, that the AZ immigration law explicitly forbids racial profiling. But Patches is simply doing what B.O., Nappy Napolitano, Holder, and other Obamatons are doing: popping off about a law they haven’t ever read. That’s yet additional proof that liberals are impervious to facts.
Oh, goodie! Yet another surprise that we needed to pass ObamaCare to find out what would happen! Details:
A study by the National Center for Policy Analysis shows that tax credits in the new healthcare law could negatively impact small-business hiring decisions.
The new law provides a 50 percent tax credit to companies offering health coverage that have fewer than 10 workers who, on average, earn $25,000 a year. The tax credit is reduced as more employees are added to the payroll.
The NCPA study finds the reduction in tax relief to be a cost concern for companies looking to hire additional workers, but operate on slim profit margin yet still provide employee health coverage.
“You wouldn’t think this would have an impact, but at the margins, when they [business owners] decide to hire an extra worker, they’re not only going to be paying that worker’s salary, they’re going to have to absorb the cost of losing the tax credit,” Pamela Villarreal, NCPA Senior Policy Analyst and co-author of the report, told The Hill.
After the 13th worker the economics surrounding the credit change, the study says.
For employers with 15 workers, taking on an additional hire will reduce the credit by $1,400. For a company looking to expand from 20 to 21 workers, the credit will shrink by $3,733. And businesses will take a $5,600 reduction on the credit when hiring the 25th worker.
The credit phases out for companies with at least 26 employees.
Bill Rys, tax counsel at the National Federation of Independent Businesses, told The Hill that while demand is the primary driver for hiring decisions, costs related to new hires is a key factor.
“To the extent that a tax credit is related to the benefits that you’re paying your employees, it is going to be a factor in determining what is the cost of the employee,” he said. “The fact that you’re losing a portion of the credit because you brought in a new employee is going to have to factor into the cost of who you’re hiring.”
You know, it’s almost as if liberals were a bunch of drooling economic illiterates with no real comprehension on how things work in the real world! Almost, that is.
Most of you have seen the shameful display by B.O. and his minions in Congress, giving a standing ovation to the president of Mexico who came to our country, stood before our elected officials, and lambasted our immigration laws.
Two observations here:
1. President Calderon was grilled by Wolf Blitzer on Mexico’s immigration policy, which is far more brutal and exclusionary than our immigration policy. Calderon was apparently oblivious to the hypocrisy coming out of his burritohole:
BLITZER: So if people want to come from Guatemala or Honduras or El Salvador or Nicaragua, they want to just come into Mexico, they can just walk in?
CALDERON: No. They need to fulfill a form. They need to establish their right name. We analyze if they have not a criminal precedent. And they coming into Mexico. Actually…
BLITZER: Do Mexican police go around asking for papers of people they suspect are illegal immigrants?
CALDERON: Of course. Of course, in the border, we are asking the people, who are you?
And if they explain…
BLITZER: At the border, I understand, when they come in.
BLITZER: But once they’re in…
CALDERON: But not — but not in — if — once they are inside the — inside the country, what the Mexican police do is, of course, enforce the law. But by any means, immigration is a crime anymore in Mexico.
BLITZER: Immigration is not a crime, you’re saying?
CALDERON: It’s not a crime.
BLITZER: So in other words, if somebody sneaks in from Nicaragua or some other country in Central America, through the southern border of Mexico, they wind up in Mexico, they can go get a job…
CALDERON: No, no.
BLITZER: They can work.
CALDERON: If — if somebody do that without permission, we send back — we send back them.
Hypocrisy: it’s not just for dessert with flan and sopapillas anymore.
2. Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) had a fiery retort to Calderon’s and the liberals’ disgusting and shameful behavior. Read the transcripts here, an excerpt of which follows:
The Mexican government has made it very clear for many years that it holds American sovereignty in contempt and President Calderon’s behavior as a guest of the Congress confirms and underscores this attitude.
It is highly inappropriate for the President of Mexico to lecture Americans on American immigration policy, just as it would be for Americans to lecture Mexico on its laws. It is obvious that President Calderon does not understand the nature of America or the purpose of our immigration law.
Unlike Mexico, our nation embraces immigration and what makes that possible is assimilation.
The largest group of immigrants now comes from Mexico. A recent RAND study discovered that during most of the 20th Century, while our immigration laws were actually enforced, assimilation worked and made possible the swift attainment of the American dream for millions of immigrants seeking to escape conditions in Mexico.
It is an outrage that a foreign head of state would appear in this chamber and actively seek to do so. And it is a disgrace that he would be cheered on from the left wing of the White House and by many Democrats in this Congress.
Arizona has not adopted a new immigration law. All it has done is to enforce existing law that President Obama refuses to enforce. It is hardly a radical policy to suggest that if an officer on a routine traffic stop encounters a driver with no driver’s license, no passport, and who doesn’t speak English, that maybe that individual might be here illegally.
And to those who say we must reform our immigration laws, I reply that we don’t need to reform them, we need to enforce them, just as every other government does. Just as Mexico does. …
If the left insists on fighting on ther wrong side of an issue on which 73% of Americans disagree with them, that’s fine with me. Then again, all that the left has done since assuming power is wipe their backsides with the Constitution and flaunt their contempt for normal America.
Some of you may have noticed that the MSM has dutifully carried the administration’s water when it comes to reporting economic news. Every time a jobs report or an unemployment benefits claims report comes out that bears grim news, the MSM recycles the term “unexpected” to try and soften the blow. Here is yet another example:
The number of people filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week by the largest amount in three months. The big surge was a setback to hopes that layoffs were declining.
The Labor Department says that applications for unemployment benefits rose to 471,000 last week, up by 25,000 from the previous week. It was the first increase in five weeks and the biggest jump since a gain of 40,000 in February.
Other than “Because our boy B.O. says so”, on what basis does the MSM expect good economic news? With an administration and liberal Congress so reflexively anti-business and pro-taxes, there are really no good reasons to expect unemployment to fall any time soon.
Nope…no liberal media bias!
Benedict Arlen switched from the GOP to the Democrap Party last year, saying then that due to abysmal polling numbers against Pat Toomey in the GOP primary, he was not willing to subject himself to the Republican electorate. He switched, thinking that (a) he would run unopposed in the Dem primary and (b) he could expect a boost from Obama. Neither happened. Sphincter fell to Joe Sestak last night, 54%-46%. Yet another loss by a BO-endorsed candidate.
This, my friends, is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it is highly satisfying to see an opportunist amoral career politician like Specter go down in flames in a primary, an undignified way to go. On the other hand, it’s likely that Sestak will poll better than Specter would have in November. Yes, current polls show Toomey beating Sestak, but there’s a lot of time between now and November. Plus, PA has a bad habit of voting Dem when push comes to shove. Chances are that Toomey would have killed Specter, but I believe Sestak will prove to be tougher competition. Time will tell.
If Toomey does lose in November, the silver lining is that Snarlin’ Arlen has finally been put out to pasture and out of our misery.
As if Chris Christie’s takedown of a liberal reporter (pardon the redundancy) wasn’t enough to make me orgasmic, this retort from the AZ power commission to LA regarding an AZ boycott oughta do the trick. Link to PDF here.
Dear Mayor Villaraigosa,
I was dismayed to learn that the Los Angeles City Council voted to boycott Arizona and Arizona-based companies — a vote you strongly supported — to show opposition to SB 1070 (Support our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act).
You explained your support of the boycott as follows: “While we recognize that as neighbors, we share resources and ties with the State of Arizona that may be difficult to sever, our goal is not to hurt the local economy of Los Angeles, but to impact the economy of Arizona. Our intent is to use our dollars — or the withholding of our dollars — to send a message.” (emphasis added)
I received your message; please receive mine. As a state-wide elected member of the Arizona Corporation Commission overseeing Arizona’s electric and water utilities, I too am keenly aware of the “resources and ties” we share with the City of Los Angeles. In fact, approximately twenty-five percent of the electricity consumed in Los Angeles is generated by power plants in Arizona.
If an economic boycott is truly what you desire, I will be happy to encourage Arizona utilities to renegotiate your power agreements so Los Angeles no longer receives any power from Arizona-based generation. I am confident that Arizona’s utilities would be happy to take those electrons off your hands. If, however, you find that the City Council lacks the strength of its convictions to turn off the lights in Los Angeles and boycott Arizona power, please reconsider the wisdom of attempting to harm Arizona’s economy.
People of goodwill can disagree over the merits of SB 1070. A state-wide economic boycott of Arizona is not a message sent in goodwill.
Commissioner Gary Pierce
Ball’s in your court now, LA. 😆
Before the corrupt Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) announced his intent to not seek re-election, that seat was a guaranteed GOP pick-up, even in a state as blue as CT. Dodd succumbed to the party machine’s request that he not seek re-election, and it has looked ever since that the seat would remain in Corruptocrat hands.
Well, maybe not. The frontrunner on the Dem side, CT Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, has been caught in a scandalous and humiliating lie. Details exposed by…wait, what? The NYT? OK, how did this make it past the editors?
“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. “And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”
There was one problem: Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat now running for the United States Senate, never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.
Hey, at least when Jean-Francois Heinz-Kerry reminded us ad nauseum that he served in Vietnam, he was actually there.
On the one hand, this kind of startling discovery brings a huge negative stigma that would sink virtually any campaign. On the other hand, penning kiddie p$rn wasn’t enough to sink Jim “Cambodian Boy” Webb back in 2006, nor was boinking an underage male House page enough to unseat Rep. Gerry Studds (D-MA), so don’t ever underestimate the depravity of Democrats in an election.
UPDATE (5/18/2010 – 2:01 PM EST): So who comes galloping to Blumenthal’s rescue with a glowing character reference? Chris “Countrywide” Dodd himself! Are they trying to lose this seat?
FL Governor Charlie Crist once swore that he would not bolt the GOP, even if he lost the Senate nomination to Republican Marco Rubio. He flip-flopped.
Crist said he would issue a partial refund of donor money. He flip-flopped, giggling about it like Michael Moore at a Golden Corral grand opening. Details (video at link):
The standout moment came when a heckler started shouting at Crist (around 3:10 into clip), “What about the guys who gave you money when you were a Republican?!”
“I’m going to keep it!” Crist cheerfully responded, drawing roars of approval. Check out his wink right after.
Well, you may plan on keeping the money, Governor Ooompa Loompa, but you can forget about keeping your indy-switching momentum. From Rasmussen:
Charlie Crist received a bounce in the polls when he left the Republican Party to run for the U.S. Senate as an independent. New numbers suggest that the bounce for the governor is over.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in Florida finds Republican Marco Rubio with 39% support, while Crist earns 31% of the vote and Democrat Kendrick Meek trails at 18%. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided.
Two weeks ago, just after Crist announced that he was running as an independent, he held a 38% to 34% advantage over Rubio.
All the political experts were saying all along that the numbers were simply not sustainable. There was no way Crist was going to take a third of Republicans and a third of Democrats while running as an indy. This latest poll bears that out.
Charlie, you flubbed up, dude. You picked a bad year to be a crass, brazen political opportunist. This year, the electorate is rebelling against your kind: self-serving, me-first, finger-in-the-wind, unprincipled career politicians. Arlen Specter gambled, and he looks like he’s toast. You’re next, pal. Maybe you can get another hug from B.O., only this time, it’ll be a consolation hug.
The Eric Holder approach:
Phones open this week. Feel free to call in. This week’s main discussion will be the weenie who masquerades as our nation’s Attorney General, maybe Gov. Chris Christie of NJ, and more…Sunday night on Crush Liberalism radio!
See you there!
Dude, I’m nearly orgasmic over watching this:
Normally, I’m opposed to human cloning, but in this case, I’m willing to make an exception! 😆
When you’ve already got your mind made up about something, you don’t let trivial things like facts and the Constitution get in the way, do you? Details:
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who has been critical of Arizona’s new immigration law, said Thursday he hasn’t yet read the law and is going by what he’s read in newspapers or seen on television.
Now that is an awesome prosecutorial approach! “Your honor, I have no bleeping idea what’s in this law, but Keith Olbermann says it sucks, so here we are.” Continuing:
“I’ve just expressed concerns on the basis of what I’ve heard about the law. But I’m not in a position to say at this point, not having read the law, not having had the chance to interact with people are doing the review, exactly what my position is,” Mr. Holder told the House Judiciary Committee.
This weekend Mr. Holder told NBC’s “Meet the Press” program that the Arizona law “has the possibility of leading to racial profiling.” He had earlier called the law’s passage “unfortunate,” and questioned whether the law was unconstitutional because it tried to assume powers that may be reserved for the federal government.
Rep. Ted Poe, who had questioned Mr. Holder about the law, wondered how he could have those opinions if he hadn’t yet read the legislation.
“It’s hard for me to understand how you would have concerns about something being unconstitutional if you haven’t even read the law,” the Texas Republican told the attorney general.
Holder’s response to “what part of the AZ law violates the Constitution?” seems to be “Who cares? I don’t like it!” The chief law enforcement officer, friends. We’re in great hands.
Apparently, the administration didn’t learn diddly after the Cambridge police – Professor Gates incident, whereby Barry O made a fool of himself by criticizing the police (“They acted stupidly”) before getting all of the information. Open mouth, insert foot, repeat as necessary.
Wait, wait, wait. Lemme see if I’m getting this right:
Juan McAmnesty, a longtime champion of “comprehensive immigration reform” who hired an open borders shill to run his “Hispanic outreach” in 2008, once cursed people like me (and apparently like 70% of his state’s citizens) for wanting to build a (his words) “g-d-mned fence“.
But now that he’s in a dogfight in the AZ GOP primary, two years removed from being his party’s presidential nominee, he has suddenly seen the light on the importance of a border fence. He’s running a commercial imploring the feds to “build the danged fence“!
Wow. I mean, seriously…wow. There’s flip-flopping, and then there’s shameless “please don’t hand me a pink slip, I’ll say anything you want me to say!” flip-flopping. The “maverick” who has been willing to buck his party for years now suddenly finds himself “condescending” to the base, abandoning his convictions just to keep his seat on the gravy train!
I cordially invite you to self-fornicate, McCain.
Obama administration’s response to Times Square bombing plot? Why, cut terrorism funding for NYC, of course!
Face, meet palm. D’oh!
President Obama arrives in lower Manhattan Thursday afternoon to thank the NYPD for its heroic in an attempted Times Square bomb – but the photo-op may not go according to plan.
The Department of Homeland Security told congressional officials Wednesday that it’s moving to make cuts in anti-terror funding to New York City, less than two weeks after cops helped thwart and attempted car bombing in Times Square – an effort the White House has since pinned on the Pakistani Taliban.
The cuts, lawmakers were told, amount to about 25 percent for port security, and another 27 percent for transit security, according to several reports.
It “just makes no sense at all, particularly in light of recent events,” Sen. Charles Schumer told cable station NY1’s “Inside City Hall.” “The worst nightmare we probably face is some kind nuclear device placed in a container in the ship in the harbor and exploding….we need all the help we can get.”
How’s about a little of that “liberal nuance” we all know and love?
DHS insisted there was more nuance than being described by some officials, and that there are actually additions to other programs that even out the apparent cuts.
Exit prediction (and not of the “going out on a limb” variety): Those dolts in NYC will still vote for this vermin come 2012.
Remember when the Moron-in-Chief and his buddy Axelturf said they welcomed the opportunity to run on ObamaCare this November? I say “Full speed ahead, Barry!” Details:
Democrat Alan Mollohan became the first member of the U.S. House to be ousted this spring primary season after his opponent mounted a campaign that questioned the 14-term congressman’s ethics and support for federal health care reform.
Mollohan conceded after unofficial returns showed that with 82 percent of precincts reporting, state Sen. Mike Oliverio was ahead 56 percent to 44 percent. It ends his 28 years in the House.
Mollohan was dogged by ethical questions, and the more conservative Oliverio ran an aggressive campaign portraying him as corrupt and out of touch. Conservative media rallied around Oliverio, along with anti-abortion groups angry over Mollohan’s support of health care reform.
Mollohan defended his record, arguing that most of his constituents wanted the reform he has championed for years. He said he worked hard to ensure no public funds are used for abortions and is confident the legislation achieved that, even though the National Right to Life Political Action Committee endorsed Oliverio.
Mollohan sounds like Stupuke and Ben(edict) Nelson with that canard about federal funds not being used for abortion under ObamaCare. With Stupunk’s amendment stripped out, and a toothless executive order afterwards, there is nothing to stop federal funds from going to insurance plans that cover abortion. These vermin are disingenuous…but then again, they’re Democrats.
Mollohan was also demonstrably corrupt, and that may have also doomed his campaign. But with his opponent having been vocally against ObamaCare, and with most Americans (including 34% of Democrats) wanting ObamaCare repealed, there’s no other reasonable way to interpret Mollohan’s defeat as anything other than a rebuke of him and his support for ObamaCare.
If only everyone watched MSNBC, then we’d get the straight scoop, right? Hell, if anyone watched MSNBC, it’d be a miracle. But I digress. Details:
US President Barack Obama lamented Sunday that in the iPad and Xbox era, information had become a diversion that was imposing new strains on democracy, in his latest critique of modern media.
Obama, who often chides journalists and cable news outlets for obsessing with political horse race coverage rather than serious issues, told a class of graduating university students that education was the key to progress.
“You’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank all that high on the truth meter,” Obama said at Hampton University, Virginia.
What? “All kinds of arguments”? Why, perish the thought!
He is right, though, about stuff in the media not “ranking all that high on the truth meter”. In related news, Dan Rather and Mary Mapes were unavailable for comment.
If nothing else, Barry’s good for an unintended chuckle.
“With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations, — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation,” Obama said.
iPods, Xboxes, and Playstations are media sources that provide “information”? Oh, come on. I mean, it’s not like Xbox has been unsed for political campaigns or something. Oh, wait…my bad.
Seriously, putting more information out there for our consumption is neither empowering or emancipating? Really? Is that the argument you’re trying to make, you wimpy, whiny, Chicagoland thug?
But wait…there’s even more banality:
He bemoaned the fact that “some of the craziest claims can quickly claim traction,” in the clamor of certain blogs and talk radio outlets.
“All of this is not only putting new pressures on you, it is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy.”
Yes sir, it takes a certain amount of chutzpah to pooh-pooh blogs, a week after telling a different graduating class to get their info from the inmates running the asylum at the moonbat blog Huffington Post.
Obviously, our light-skinned prez with no Negro dialect (relax, moonbats, those are Harry Reid’s words, not mine) needs to control the 1% of media that the left doesn’t currently control. His thin skin and oversized ego both drive his totalitarian impulses.
Savor the sugary sweet irony, enough to put you into a diabetic coma. Behold Newsweek’s cover a couple of weeks ago:
Notice the left-wing bias on the cover? Not just the manufactured economic good news, but the tribute to Justice Stevens and a “news” story on the hateful right. But I digress.
Anywho, just how much is our economy roaring back? It’s coming back so well that…oh, I’m nearly orgasmic over the irony…Newsweek’s going belly-up! 😆
The Washington Post Co. is trying to sell Newsweek, and it may well fail, and the magazine may well close. “We don’t see a sustained path to profitability,” said the company’s chairman, Donald Graham, which is kind of an odd thing to say when you’re trying to sell something. More telling is the celerity with which the magazine lost money following the redesign a year ago: “Newsweek had operating losses of $28.1 million in 2009, 82.5 percent higher than the previous year’s loss of $15.4 million. Its revenue declined 27.2 percent, to $165.5 million in 2009, from $227.4 million in 2008, hurt by diminished advertising and subscription revenue.” One can only presume the numbers so far in 2010 are worse, otherwise the sale wouldn’t be happening.
So why didn’t it work? The line being proffered everywhere is that newsmagazines have lost their viability, nobody wants them, blah blah blah. This is almost comical nonsense. The most successful weekly magazine in the United States right now, by some measures, is the Economist, which is…a newsmagazine. The other line is that Newsweek’s website is retrogressive, and that helps to explain its decline. Again, this is ludicrous; nobody talks about the Economist’s website either. The problem isn’t the website, or the newsmagazine genre in absolute terms. The problem is that Newsweek has been misrepresenting itself to its readership for years, and lost the confidence of its readers; and continued to pretend through the redesign that it was something it is not.
For years, Newsweek was a liberal journal of opinion masquerading as a news publication that attempted to sell itself to a mass readership with a lot of health-care, entertainment, and lifestyle fluff. As a vehicle for news analysis, it was entirely conventional; as a purveyor of sociological fluff, it was kind of fun, though often enragingly so; as a journal of opinion, it was to actual journals of opinion as tofutti is to gelato, flavorless and bland and mock. Last year, Meacham and Co. ditched much of the news analysis and sociological fluff in favor of more and more opinion.
It will not surprise you to know that much of the opinion dealt with the ways in which Barack Obama was right and noble and good and strong and tough and resourceful and a good symbol and an agent of change and so is his wife, by the way — and when it was not about that, it was primarily about how the right is at war with itself and torn and in conflict and dominated by anger and full of rage and presumptively racist and anti-gay and anti-women and anti-media. That was to be expected. But there was really almost nothing else in there, and what was there as a matter of ideological coloration wasn’t especially tough or good or interesting or novel.
But in describing his redesign, there were two words that Meacham did not use, and they were “liberal” and “opinion.” Instead, he promised “complexity” and the publication of “the argued essay — a piece, grounded in reason and supported by evidence, that makes the case for something.” Even with the decision to jettison news from a magazine called Newsweek, its leaders could not bring themselves to acknowledge what the magazine actually was.
Remember when I referred to the MSM in 2008 as the Kamikaze Media? You know, willing to kill themselves to advance the left’s cause? Here’s glaring proof. The rag is touting how awesomely McAwesome the economy is doing, all while Newsweak is in its death throes.
Oh well. One leftist rag down, countless more to go.
Here’s what the soon-to-be-former-Senator from NV said yesterday:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today accused Republicans of “making love to Wall Street” because they initially would not go along with plans to proceed with amendments to a massive financial regulatory reform bill.
Republicans, huh? Wall Street gave $10.6 million to Senators last year, $7.7 million of which went to Democrats. Goldman Sachs met with Da Prez four times and donated nearly a million bucks to his 2008 campaign (not to be confused with campaign he’s been on ever since).
So yeah, Republicans are the ones in bed with Wall Street.
Oh. My. (Insert politically correct deity here). Details:
Two immovable facts face Democrats on President Obama’s fiscal commission: They don’t see any way to alleviate the country’s debt without raising taxes, and they know most voters hate the thought of any tax increase.
Leading Democrats on the commission tried during the first week of meetings to finesse their way toward a discussion of what they consider inevitable — by arguing that any tax hikes would be “pro-growth.”
“If we can put forward some practical proposals that control the rate of spending in the future and that raise revenues in a pro-growth way, I think we’ll get a hearing in the Congress,” said Alice Rivlin, a former White House budget director for President Jimmy Carter, who is one of 18 commission members.
The “pro-growth” tax increases can be found on Aisle 9, between the dry water and the sober Kennedys. Pixies that fart calorie-free chocolate are on the next aisle.
The only growth that tax increases spur is the growth of government. Eventually, though, the government runs out of other people’s money. But the more that taxes are put onto society, the more money that exits the hands of the private sector. And for those of you who are economic illiterates or liberals (pardon the redundancy), it is the private sector that fuels the economy, not the federal government.
You know why B.O.’s commission is doing this, don’t you? See, Oprompter promised in 2008 that none of your taxes of any kind would be raised (a promise he has repeatedly violated since then). He’s since tried to be Clintonesque by saying that he was talking about income taxes, not any other kind of taxes (which, of course, is a d#mned lie). By having this “fiscal commission” dedicated to trimming the deficit saying that tax increases are needed (because cutting spending is apparently never an option with the left), President Training Wheels can say “Well, I wasn’t going to raise taxes, but Bush’s economy sucked far worse than I thought, so I’m gonna have to take the advice of this commission and raise your taxes. Sorry about that.” You know, it’s not his idea, but the idea of the “non-partisan” fiscal commission.
How’s that Obama Kool-Aid tasting now, you libfools?
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