August 17, 2010

Tooting my own horn..Hot Air Comment of the Day..

In a fit of rank self-promotion, I wanted to share with you a comment I made because of what Allahpundit wrote over at Hot Air! today.

It's not that I dislike AP; he puts up some pretty good stuff. Just, once in a while, he sends me over the edge with his inability to drop the hammer or pull the trigger. In the above-linked post, he wrote something that caused me to reach critical mass and to which I responded:

“But they’re like the bitterness that Americans feel about the 2009 economic stimulus, which was oversold and has become politically toxic because its success is hard to measure.”

..hard to measure? Hard to measure? Let’s see, practically every stat, every indicator, every scintilla of objective criteria since February 2009 has plummeted, risen, flagged, waned, ballooned, and generally trended in an unfavorable direction.

Any whisper, breath, or hint of success in these criteria have been blown away by subsequent measurements. People laughingly hired at brain-dead-burger-flipper-like jobs (the census and other laughable make-work, CCC-like, new deal boondoggles) have been returned to the streets. Many people have been out of work for so long that they have dropped off the radar and are eking out a living by the most pathetic means possible and living off the meager stipend this leadership actually believes can represent stimulus in and of itself.

This nation slides inexorably towards total catastrophic break down and you say this is “hard to measure”.

AP, it’s like saying that the force of a 20-megaton. 2,000 foot air burst is hard to measure because the instruments got blown away.

Get serious, dude..

..and actually read the stuff you and Ed put up each hour, day, and week for the past 18 months.

The War Planner on August 17, 2010 at 11:35 PM
stimulus, which was oversold and has become politically toxic because its success is hard to measure.”

..hard to measure? Hard to measure? Let’s see, practically every stat, every indicator, every scintilla of objective criteria since February has plummeted, risen, flagged, waned, ballooned, and generally trended in an unfavorable direction.

Any whisper, breath, or hint of success in these criteria have been blown away by subsequent measurements. People laughingly hired at brain-dead-burger-flipper-like jobs (the census and other laughable make-work, CCC-like, new deal boondoggles) have been returned to the streets. Many people have been out of work for so long that they have dropped off the radar and are eking out a living by the most pathetic means possible and living off the meager stipend this leadership actually believes can represent stimulus in and of itself.

This nation slides inexorably towards total catastrophic break down and you say this is “hard to measure”.

AP, it’s like saying that the force of a 20-megaton. 2,000 foot air burst is hard to measure because the instruments got blown away.

Get serious, dude..

..and actually read the stuff you and ad Ed put up each hour, day, and week for the past 18 months.

The War Planner on August 17, 2010 at 11:35 PM

Again, AP and Ed Morrissey do great work and I expect them to be objective. Unhinged rhetoric is for stiffs like me who visit what John Mortimer's character Horace Rumpole calls "the reviving drinks tray" and wades into a tempestuous sea hurling lightening bolts like the Norse god Thor. Think the hoary old Monty Python 16 Tonne weight dropping on someone in those wonderful sketches.

But I mean seriously, his inattention to reality in this case is kinda like your heading out across the Arizona desert with the next petrol station 95 miles away and your fuel gauge on "E".

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"Boy, he sucks!"

From the Obama Fail Blog, some candid viddy of The Pantload on the links and some equally candid audio commentary..

"Boy, he sucks!"

Naw. Not going to do it at this juncture. Wouldn't be prudent stealing the thunder of one of the most consistent and hardworking chronicler of this butt wipe's four year march into Epic Fail Land. Just click on the link and head over there y'self, old son. Believe me, it will be worth it!

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Hey, Odie, Scooter's back from vacation..

..and he be bad:


A heaping helping of inconsideration and disregard..

I know most of you out there don't like California and, in particular, the Lotus Land that is SoCal and Hollywood. But I am writing this not to evince a scintilla of sympathy from you all, but to provide you with a semi-first-hand account of how we proles (me, Left Coast Rebel, Lipton T. Bagg when he returns and other bloggers out here in the Southland) are dissed just like the rest of you folks in flyover country are.

Or should I say "No Flyover"?

It seems our beloved President Hatchet-Ass is traipsing across the county stumping for the Democrat coffers and attempting to be seen with those Democrat politicians who aren't scurrying like cockroaches when the light is turned on. Yesterday and today it's Los Angeles's turn on folks out here aren't the least bit excited about the effect this is having on the already-precarious traffic situation.

The massive traffic jam that resulted from President Obama's motorcade and speech Monday night in Hancock Park is prompting calls for an investigation from some residents, who say they were caught in traffic for hours.

Obama was only in L.A. for a few hours, but his presence caused numerous streets to be blocked off.

I am sure you know the back story; it's not like he's visiting us because we had a massive earthquake or are in the midst of the annual near-disaster firestorms we seem to rack up when the Santa Ana winds hit. No, he was out here to reach into the pockets of some bum-osculating Hollywood liberal types who wanted to pass along a chunk of the loot you fork over in movie theaters to the Democrats. Presumably, he and Pelosi and Reid realized that we proles have no money left.

But the butt-kissers who dropped in on a TV producer's house to rub shoulders with THE POSOTUS were tickled pink to fork over as much as $30 large per couple. Outside and abroad in SoCal the mood was not nearly so jovial.

Residents reported that commutes and errands that typically took minutes turned into hours-long ordeals. One particular complaint was that streets remained blocked for hours -- even when Obama was inside TV producer John Wells' Hancock Park home at a fund-raiser.

"What has occurred is way beyond reasonable and can only be described as negligent," L.A. resident Kevin McCarthy said in an e-mail to The Times. "If it isn't my story, currently evolving, of beginning my 1 mile journey home at 5pm and at 7:50pm now being 3 miles from home with no viable idea of how to get closer, it should be about the two sirens-wailing ambulances I have witnessed stuck in this unnecessary gridlock."

..and one also presumes that these limousine liberals were not inconvenienced as the made their way to Wells' house.

I appreciate POTUS, FLOTUS, and VPOTUS security and all that, but this is becoming a pattern of cavalier disregard for the teeming masses as we scurry hither and yon in an effort to earn our daily crust. Of course, you will remember how the FLOTUS flounced her ample posterior through the narrow streets of Marbella and had the beach in front of the house scoured of hoi polloi. But you may not have known that The Pantload's clueless sidekick, Plugs, caused a similar flap a little over one month ago when he clogged LAX and environs so he could make an appearance on the Jay Leno show (emphasis added).

Vice President Joe Biden held up airplane traffic for hours on Friday night at Los Angeles International Airport after an appearance on Jay Leno‘s ‘Tonight Show,’ leaving restless passengers fuming.

A spokesman for the vice president said he was unaware of the FAA temporary flight restriction that stopped flights coming in, and delayed those going out.

“I know we didn’t ask for anything,” Biden’s spokesman James Carney told TheWrap. “There was no sign of any stoppage. And there shouldn’t have been one.”

Oh, but there was. Passengers were stuck for anywhere from 45 minutes to four hours as a result (including this writer), leaving many of them fuming. In one LAX terminal, flights on Horizon, Alaska and Virgin Air had three-hour delays.

“I sincerely hope that the vice president was oblivious to the number of lives he inconvenienced by deciding to land at LAX and his attempted humor on the Tonight Show,” said Will Roos, the owner of an environmental company GreenUp who was on his way back from a business trip in Sun Valley.

He added: “Just on our small propeller plane it resulted in half the passengers missing their flight, everyone missing their checked luggage, and more than four hours of delay for those lucky enough to make it on the plane."

I find the VPOTUS's cluelessness -- while expected -- breathtaking.

Presidential and other dignitary visits cause the FAA to issue NOTAMS and VIP TFRs (Notice To Airmen and Temporary Flight Restrictions) which also wreak havoc. In addition to clogging up the streets, these visits restrict or eliminate air traffic around Air Force One or Air Force Two and this causes the delays and serious dents in commercial aviation endeavors.

You want a treat? Google "Obama + TFR" and see how many similar instances of Obama flying into Oahu, Chicago, Las Vegas, and other destinations causing massive jams and inconveniences.

But it seems that Obama is not as clueless as Biden is. He has issued threats to use Air Force One in his quest to saddle us all with health care:

"I've Got A Boeing, And I'm Not Afraid To Use It," President Says

ANN April 1st Special Edition: The FAA has imposed a nationwide TFR until further notice at the request of President Barack Obama. The President, embarking on a campaign to pump up poll numbers for the recently-passed health care legislation, said he might need to travel just about anywhere on a moment's notice.

"I am asking the FAA to restrict most flight activities until we get the numbers up on this health care bill," the President said in a news briefing. "We have polling organizations all over the country conducting spot checks on the law's popularity, and where we see a need to go make an appearance, we want to be able to do that," the President said.

(Of course, the date on that article was 1 April 2010 so..)

But it does get to the point where once, a while ago, one flight school got so infuriated at an Obama visit because his flight instructors were grounded, he billed the government for lost revenue:

Jim Gray has submitted a bill to the White House and the Democratic National Committee in the amount of $2565 dollars, representing the business which has been lost at his Oakland Flyers flight school during a campaign fund-raising visit by President Obama.

The visit Thursday night brought a TFR to the Bay area of California from 1700 till 1000 Friday, which meant Gray's fleet sat parked, students had to have their lessons canceled, and both the flight school and the instructors lost money.

Gray comments, "If it was for something related to global affairs, I'd have no problem with it. But if it's just for fund raising, kind of do it on somebody else's dime."

You know, maybe Mr Gray has got something there. If the DNC and/or Obama had to shell out for every person they inconvenienced, maybe they'd pick their arrival, duration, and departure times somewhat more considerately of the little guy.

..ain't holding my breath.

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August 16, 2010

In keeping with the tone of the day..

GOOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDD MMMMMOOOOOORRRRRNNNNNINGGGG, EEEEUUUUUUUU EEEEEEESSSSSSSSS AAAAYYYYYYY!

It's a hot morning in August here in the Land of the [formerly] Free and Home of the [newly] Brave and this one goes out to all you Democrats out there thinking about the cooler Fall days coming up -- particularlty the first Tuesday in NOvember..

..take it away, Martha..


(..man, she is one gorgeous woman, in a slender sixties sorta way, ain't she? Like Hannibal Lechter said, "Love that suit!")

UPDATE AND CORRECTION ON EGREGIOUS FAUX PAUS: I omittted a kind thank you to the equally lovely and talented NO SHEEPLES for her contributions as well. Muchas Garcias y hasta manzanas, Carol.

(VIDEO) Republican Study Committee "Those Voices Don't Speak for the Rest of Us"

by the Left Coast Rebel

Via Ace of Spades - a stunning example of an effective ad for November. A venerable hit list of quick-quotes of Democratic-socialist insurrection violations and the corresponding alternative - classic Ronald Reagan palate cleansers:



Via Memeorandum.

August 14, 2010

LCR Exclusive: Director Mike Wilson of Michael Moore Hates America

by the Left Coast Rebel

Recently I just happened to come across a brilliant conservative documentary titled Michael Moore Hates America via Netflix on the family Wii console. Filmed in 2004 but still highly relevant, the movie was charming, interesting, funny and best of all - entertaining. The flick didn't brow beat it's particular angle on iconic leftist Michael Moore but more or less laid things out in a fair way - despite the title.


After viewing Michael Moore Hates America (and loving it), I put on my Google-search-cap and hunted down director Mike Wilson's contact. I wanted to fire him off a atta-boy and a quick request for an interview. Proving that sometimes all you have to do is ask - Mr. Wilson quickly responded and accepted my invitation for a Q&A. The following may be best viewed after viewing the movie.

Read the Q&A with Mike Wilson here.

August 13, 2010

F*ck Tea? More like Poopy-Mouth Kool-Aid

by the Left Coast Rebel

This morning Carol at No Sheeples Here weighed in on the 'f*ck tea' group formation (that essentially just throws the f-bomb around and sells stuff). Sheeples:

The Coffee Party was a liberal agenda bust. The Cocoa Party was too. Then came One Nation. It too was mired in its own quicksand.

Carol is right, perhaps we could call 'f*ck tea' the 'potty-mouth-poopy-pants' party?

Carol's myriad talents were put to use in a fabulous Youtube video creation, (NSFW, turn down the volume to avoid the f-bomb) video, 'F*ck Kool-Aid' :



Brilliant, please make this video go viral.

Sheeples also notes a brilliant17 point 'commandment' list authored by Smitty over at The Other McCain yesterday. Consider it a Sacred Commandments list forced upon us by the ruling class today. A few of the best:

#5 - Thou shalt not bow down thyself to the Tea Parties, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy Government am a jealous, peevish, all-around bitchy Government, visiting the iniquity of the Founding Fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them raaaaacists that hate me;

#7 - Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy Government in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. The Attorney General shall be empowered to call the bitter cling-ons in the Tea Party a ‘nation of cowards’.

# 17 - Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, again, dispensed with following the era of slavery, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. See, if you covet materialistically for only yourself, you might be a capitalist. Focus on economic justice, a much more nuanced approach to avarice, and reach through the LORD thy Government.


Read the rest at The Other McCain, No Sheeples Here. Cross posted to Proof Positive, War Planner, Left Coast Resistance.

August 12, 2010

Somewhere down there..

..some MOOZ-lems want to build one of their mosques..


..I think close to here:


I wonder what this person would have thought of this idea?


..and I wonder what they would have had to say about it?


..and I wonder what you will do about it?

Oh, and to the anonymous troll who visited a few posts ago: is this racist and insensitive enough for you? If not, I got a few more well-chosen words for you and your rag-head, camel-driving, goat-roping pieces of dessicated dromedary turd friends.


Y'all come back, ya heah?

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Signs of the times..

Approaching yet another milestone on the turd-strewn highway of miracles brought to you by the Democrats and the Obama Clown troupe: Jobless claims hit a new high.

There's a signpost up ahead, you're entering "Recovery Summer".


("Obamaville, The Best Little Jobless Place in America. Population: 4.5 million and unexpectedly rising.")

But, before you go screaming down the highway at breakneck speed enjoying the open road, you might want to proceed with caution.


Hat tip to It's All About Freedom.
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Day Brightener..

I am addicted to Chris Muir's strip, Day by Day and have linked it on my site ~~ as well as LCRez. But, owing to real estate considerations, it is a sort of unobvious link on the sidebar shown encircled in red.


..when you hover over the link, it pops up and shows you the real deal. Shown below:


..just thought I'd point that out.

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August 11, 2010

MOORie Antoinette continues her regal ways..


 
Hat tip to a HillBuzz Boyz commenter on the First Wookie's visit to the Maryland State House today:

Michelle Obama, Sasha visit Md. State House

CSC_0814.JPGA visit to Maryland's State House billed as a sort of First Family summer school for 9-year-old Sasha Obama and her cousins briefly halted work inside the state capital and produced a spectacle in Annapolis on Tuesday as police pushed crowds further from the capital.

Instead of just dropping by with a small security contingent and pressing the flesh with gummint werkerz, Her MOOStress had the joint shut down while she toured the place alone (emphasis added):

The visit was described as a "private tour" and a Washington Post reporter with an office in the State House was told to leave the building as the Obamas arrived. Other reporters were told they could not enter the building once the tour had begun. Several House and Senate staffers who were allowed to remain inside said they were told to turn away down hallways or into offices as the family passed. Outside a crowd of about 50 onlookers were pushed back three times, ultimately across a roadway.

..now, isn't that the limit? Oh, but this was an important part of their children's schooling:

A spokesman for Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) said Michelle Obama remarked that the tour was one of a series of summer educational trips.

..leave no child behind? Don't you wish all of the nation's kids had such an opportunity?

November 2012 cannot come soon enough for me.

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By the Pacific's Rolling Waters, Loyally Every Son and Daughter..

Change of tempo here; time to gloat about the old Alma Mater. You know, that perennial basketball powerhouse. Well, it seems that there's a new sheriff in town and things are looking different in the Pack 10..er..12..er..whatever they're up to now. Here's a little sunshine blowing up every Bruin's skirt, courtesy of the Bruins Nation blog:

Per Stewart Mandel and Andy Staples of SI.COM, UCLA and Tennessee are traditional powers on the upswing:

The Bruins have several factors working in their favor entering their third season under Rick Neuheisel. Most notably, their cross-town rival just got hit with heavy NCAA sanctions (10 docked scholarships each of the next three seasons) that, at the very least, will benefit UCLA in head-to-head recruiting. But the Bruins weren't exactly struggling in that arena: Even coming off a 7-6 season, they landed Rivals.com's No. 8 class last spring.

"I think we're right on the cusp of being there," said Neuheisel. "The last three years, we've gotten great recruiting classes. We've done our R&D. Now we need to execute the business plan."

If UCLA, which enters preseason camp with just one projected senior starter, struggles this fall, it could spark grumblings about Neuheisel. But by then the foundation should be in place for either him or a successor to instigate a breakthrough right around the time USC feels the brunt of its sanctions. Remember, the Trojans started the 2000s with 5-7 and 6-6 seasons.

CRN has done a wonderful job setting the program up for success, and I (of course) agree that the program is positioned for some very good football.

I do not agree, however, that struggles this year could place CRN on the hotseat, as this article suggests. The fact of the matter is, CRN had to essentially start from scratch. While 4-8 and 7-6 are not good records, they were successful seasons for the most part.

The coaching staff has done a great job putting our team in a position to win. Beating Tennessee (the other power on the rise per SI) was amazing. If some of those close losses are turned in to close wins, competing for the Pac-10 crown soon is not out of the question.

..o.k., for those of you who want to talk smack, better have rung up at least three or four NCAA roundball titles (UCLA has eleven), and something approaching 100 NCAA titles in all sports (UCLA has 105 and counting), then we'll talk.

If you are a devotee of the Figueroa Felons, you have my condolences.

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With two you get egg roll..

Man, I really do hate these Chinese animé pieces. The characters are not accurate and one has to deal with no subtitles. Plus they are becoming as tiring as the Hitler-Meltdown-in-the-Bunker posts over at You Tube.

But the zing delivered to MOORie Antoinette in this one is pretty good and, of course, deserved.

Well, at least they got some things right.


Massive hat tip to The Obama Fail Blog.

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The Pantload's Cup Runneth Over..


The Daily RAZ has a new all-timer for your reading pleasure:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 24% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-six percent (46%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -22 (see trends).
This matches the lowest Approval Index rating yet measured for this president. Platinum Members can see key demographic information and other members-only information.

Much as I would like to think that this is a harbinger of a great public toilet flush, alas, Scott attributes the sudden downward drift to statistical noise. But we will always have Paris..er..Marbella and the fact that there is an emerging perception that The Gang That Can't Shoot Straight..well..can't shoot straight.

Over the past week, the Approval Index ratings have been more volatile than usual and it is unlikely that perceptions of the president have shifted that much. Rather, with results reported on a three-day rolling average basis, the volatility appears to be the result of one day with results outside of the normal range working its way through the system. Over the past couple of months, the president’s full-month Approval Index rating has been -16 or -17.

Still in all, you ever do one of those school or work projects where you are running some statistics and stuff like that so much that you begin to get a feel for what's happening? I follow the RAZ DT daily and, while i am in no league with Scott and crew, I just get this sense of where the numbers are going and it's pretty reflective of a public waking up to the fact that he's a charlatan in just phoning it in.


..gee, do ya' think?

August 10, 2010

Mooz-lems Swapping Spit..

Hey guys! Get a tent!
..a little Middle eastern tongue sushi for your viewing pleasure, ladies and gents. (I ain't feelin' too P.C. at the moment.)

Anyway, this is in honor of Greg Gutman's superbly stellar (or is that stellarly superb?) idea to build a gay bar FOR MOOZ-LEMS right next to the proposed mosque at the 9/11 sight.

This idea, like Dustin Hoffman responded to his father in The Graduate, "is completely baked":

I'm announcing tonight, that I am planning to build and open the first gay bar that caters not only to the west, but also Islamic gay men. To best express my sincere desire for dialogue, the bar will be situated next to the mosque Park51, in an available commercial space.

This is not a joke. I've already spoken to a number of investors, who have pledged their support in this bipartisan bid for understanding and tolerance.

As you know, the Muslim faith doesn't look kindly upon homosexuality, which is why I'm building this bar. It is an effort to break down barriers and reduce deadly homophobia in the Islamic world.

The goal, however, is not simply to open a typical gay bar, but one friendly to men of Islamic faith. An entire floor, for example, will feature non-alcoholic drinks, since booze is forbidden by the faith. The bar will be open all day and night, to accommodate men who would rather keep their sexuality under wraps - but still want to dance.

Bottom line: I hope that the mosque owners will be as open to the bar, as I am to the new mosque. After all, the belief driving them to open up their center near Ground Zero, is no different than mine.

My place, however, will have better music.

Quotes from around the right-wing blogosphere (Jeez! I hate that word) ripple with the deliciousness of Greg's idea. Nicky Goomba:

Folks, this type of American ingenuity is one more reason why we will dance on the graves of our enemies.

..Allahpundit, tongue planted firmly in cheek:

Media narrative on the GZ mosque: Shining beacon of liberal values bursting through the overcast skies of American intolerance. Media narrative on the GG gay bar: Dangerous provocation that needlessly inflames cultural tensions in the ostensible service of liberal values.

How very insensitive.

I'm off to see how the HillBuzz Boyz will cotton to this idea. And, not, I am not being cynical here; I am dead bang serious. These wonderful guys -- of the gay persuasion who have championed sound conservative causes might like this idea for the reason that many of us do. Not [only] just to jab a thumb in the eye of the hateful strictures of a baleful religion, but to offer those suffering under that hideous oppression some time in the sunlight.

Insensitive, my ruby red ass.

UPDATE: The HillBuzz daily thread is all over this like a cheap suit. God bless 'em and their readers.Some suggestions  for the bar's name:

  • Ram-a-Dam
  • Gee-HOT
  • Suspicious Packages
  • House of Submission
  • Call Me, Ishmael
  • Sin Bad and the Seven Boy Ages
One lady commenter suggests:

The idea was advanced that a bunch of menstruating women should go pee there and “desecrate” the ground.

I’d do it.

We might have a winner here!

Hat tip to Hot Air!, Ace of Spaces, and, of course, the inestimable Nicky Goombah.

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Stuck on stupid..the next generation

The following is from my work-mate, Dave the Democrat. They are come answers to California's GED test. They are form 16-year olds and the scary thing is that these young people will meet and breed.

Enjoy (if you can).

Q. Name the four seasons
A. Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar

Q. Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink
A. Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large  pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists

Q. How is dew formed
A. The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire

Q. What causes the tides in the oceans
A. The tides are a fight between the earth and the moon. All water tends to flow towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon, and nature abhors a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins the fight

Q. What guarantees may a mortgage company insist on
A. If you are buying a house they will insist that you are well endowed

(No wonder the banks call it a "Loan Package".)

Q. In a democratic society, how important are elections
A. Very important. Sex can only happen when a male gets an election

Q. What are steroids
A. Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs

Q.. What happens to your body as you age
A. When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental

Q. What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty
A. He says goodbye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery

Q. Name a major disease associated with cigarettes
A. Premature death

Q. What is artificial insemination
A. When the farmer does it to the bull instead of the cow

Q. How can you delay milk turning sour
A. Keep it in the cow

Q. How are the main 20 parts of the body categorised (e.g. The abdomen)
A. The body is consisted into 3 parts - the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels: A, E, I,O,U..

Q. What is the fibula?
A. A small lie

Q. What does 'varicose' mean?
A. Nearby

Q. What is the most common form of birth control
A. Most people prevent contraception by wearing a condominium

Q. Give the meaning of the term 'Caesarean section'
A. The Caesarean section is a district in Rome

Q. What is a seizure?
A. A Roman Emperor. (Julius Seizure, I came, I saw, I had a fit)

Q. What is a terminal illness
A. When you are sick at the airport.

Q. Give an example of a fungus. What is a characteristic feature?
A. Mushrooms. They always grow in damp places and they look like umbrellas

Q. Use the word 'judicious' in a sentence to show you understand its meaning
A. Hands that judicious can be soft as your face.

Q. What does the word 'benign' mean?
A. Benign is what you will be after you be eight.

Q. What is a turbine?
A. Something an Arab or Shreik wears on his head

..by the way, Dave is one of those "Good Democrats". He is kind, fair, decent, has a terrific sense of humor (see above), and a good friend. I wish there were more of them like Dave.

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Stuck on stupid..

Well, it seems that our Little Johnny One-Note is back(?) on the campaign trail once more having run out of places to vacation. This time he is in Texas -- home of the last real president the U.S. had before this fraud got elected -- and is banging on his predecessor's record. From a Reuter's story:

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug 9 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama attacked the economic policies of his Republican predecessor George W. Bush in Bush's home state on Monday as evidence of the way Republicans would operate if given power in Nov. 2 U.S. congressional elections.

At a fund-raising event for Democrats in Dallas, where Bush now lives, Obama said the former president's "disastrous" policies had driven the U.S. economy into the ground and turned budget surpluses into deficits.

Obama defended his repeated references to Bush's policies, saying they were necessary to remind Americans of the weak economy he inherited from Bush in January 2009.

..is it me, or is this getting old?

Of course it is and it's all this idiot's got. But you gotta hand it to him; he is getting pretty adroit at not only blaming the preceding administration but also proffering an excuse for his clown troupe's monumental failures. If the Dems suffer the blood bath that is being predicted, then do you suppose that they'll see that this screamig a**hole has brought them to this point and dump his sorry butt for the remaining two years? As posted here before and speculated all over the internet, a mid-term debacle and continued spectacles of clown troupe members fleeing the cabinet -- like Romer did last week -- might just see a "draft Hillary" of "draft Kerry" or, hell, "draft the bum living on the steam grate out in front of the Rayburn building" in an attempt to wall off this loser.

The laughable thing is that The POSOTUS really is in campaign mode! I mean, it was a joke for the first few months of his term and everyone chuckled. But when this continued into -- what? -- almost the twentieth month and all he has done is (1) campaign, (2) make excuses and blame Bush, (3) vacation, (4) fund-raise, and (5) play golf.

Rinse and repeat.

But there are signs that this is getting old and -- not surprisingly considering the abilities Obama has displayed this past year-and-a-half -- he is failing at even that. Last week, he visited Georgia and the candidates scurried like cockroaches in the kitchen when the light comes on. Same story in Texas:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate someday, wouldn't miss welcoming the president of the United States to the Lone Star state Monday. He showed up at the airport to shake hands and chat briefly and hand-deliver a letter seeking more federal troops to secure the border with Mexico. (A wary Obama gestured for the letter to go to an aide instead.)

While former Houston mayor Bill White, the Democrat who's unsuccessfully seeking to end Perry's GOP tenure as Texas' longest-serving governor ever, just could not fit an appearance with Obama into his impossible summertime schedule.

Same thing happened last week when Obama wandered down to Georgia and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes was unable to make time to see his party's national leader. Obama had to settle Monday for the company of former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, actually an Obama cabinet member who's supposed to be promoting U.S. trade overseas.

Here's how Obama political adviser David Axelrod didn't explain the candidates' absences to CNN's Wolf Blitzer:

These candidates are going to make the decisions they think are best for them. We wish them well. Obviously, the president is raising money in Texas today to help Democratic candidates across the country. He's making a speech about education and its importance in America's economic future. We're down there doing the business we went to do.

Ya gotta love Perry's moxie. I caught him on Hannity last night where he said that The Pantload did not have the time to meet with him during the Texas visit -- not even a five minute limousine ride -- so Perry seized the opportunity, inserted himself into the political vacuum at DFW, and handed the letter to Obama. Oh, and of course, The Tone Deaf One foisted it off on some minor flak-catcher in his entourage like it had cooties on it or something.

This guy doesn't get anything right, does he?

Well, a commenter to Reuter's story sums this up nicely:

Is this clown actually our president or is he still stuck on stupid in a 2008 campaign? The Obama administration and the Pelosicrats have proved themselves massive failures in policy. A full year and a half after Obama has taken office and a trillion dollar “stimulus” bill was passed to get unemployment back down has done nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nada. But let these clowns on the modern left continue to slam Republicans. As they say in Texas, “That Dog Won’t Hunt Anymore.”
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August 9, 2010

Democratic Imposters Infiltrating November Election Updated: Reader Request


by the Left Coast Rebel

I'm sure that you can recall the failed "Crash the Tea Party" and other flopped infiltrator pushes into the Tea Party movement this year. I tagged and bagged an individual myself (photo at left) at the Tax Day Tea Party here in Oceanside, California on April 15 of this year. He was unsophisticated (potentially homeless), smelled of booze and probably was a "here's $50 bucks and a box of wine" attempt by local ACORN/SEIU thugs to infiltrate the event. Also, my report made it's way to BigGovernment.com.

Such attempts were massive fails across the nation but something else perhaps quite more serious is brewing behind the scenes. Fox News:

The list of peculiar Tea Party happenings goes on and on.

As the midterm election nears, allegations are surfacing across the country that Democrats are exploiting conservatives' faith in the Tea Party name by putting up bogus candidates in November -- the claim is that those "Tea Party" candidates will split the GOP vote and clear the way for Democratic victories.

The theories may prove to be more than just conspiracy talk. Some of the allegations are coming directly from local Tea Party activists who are trying to flag the media and election officials as soon as they smell something fishy on the ballot. And they say they've got proof.

Oftentimes I gauge how seriously the communist left takes a story like this via. trolling the comment section of a particular hot news article. Typically the cabal of progressive-collectivist leftist groups orchestrate a lemming-army of dedicated talking point trolls.

I found almost 700 comments for the Fox article, many sounding straight out of the Soros/Plouffe playback. This equals strong anecdotal evidence of Democratic Tea Party infiltration and the underground nutroots working to that aim as well.

Fox News documents stories crossing several states involving potential Democratic Tea Party infiltration. Glenn Reynolds had a call to arms yesterday:

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So here is what I ask of you. If you know of any cases like this that reek of malfeasance and an attempt to distort the Tea Party movement momentum we would like to know. Send any tips or information that you may have to leftcoastrebel@gmail.com.

Conservative Generation and I will be compiling a list of possible cases so your help would be much appreciated.

Via Memeorandum.

Cross posted to Left Coast Rebel.

Um..oh wait..yeah..that'll work..

"O.K., now where's the free weights at and what're these two snakes doing crawlin' up my chest?"
Hate to keep harping on FLOTUS-gate thing, but this is too good to let go. It seems that the blow-back from MOOrie (get it? Michelle Obama + Marie Antoinette) was so much, that they White House has taken to ginning up alternate excuses for the Spain trip. This from a Chicago Sun-times article by Lynn Sweet who seems compelled to act as a P/R/ flak for the FLOTUS:

WASHINGTON--Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha returned from Spain on Sunday, a vacation at a lavish hotel on the Mediterranean coast that triggered her first controversy since becoming first lady. I'm told she made the trip because she promised one of her closest friends, a longtime Chicago pal who just lost her father, she would spend time with her.

..continuing (emphasis added)..

But the reason Mrs. Obama made the trip -- and other facts, not rumors about the travel -- are important in knowing the whole story and understanding why she made the call to go.

First, some numbers. Mrs. Obama did not travel with 40 friends, a number used by some news outlets.

She vacationed with two women, one of them a longtime Chicago pal, Anita Blanchard, who is the obstetrician who delivered Sasha and Malia. Blanchard is married to Marty Nesbitt -- President Obama's buddy and the treasurer of Obama's presidential campaign fund.

There was one other woman. Total: four daughters among the three women. They paid for their hotel rooms and other personal and travel expenses.

The trip involved six White House advance staffers and two East Wing staffers, deputy Chief of Staff Melissa Winter and Mrs. Obama's personal assistant, Kristen Jarvis, according to Mrs. Obama's spokeswoman Catherine McCormick Lelyveld.
If you are going to be reading the article, I recommend Dramamine to avoid motion sickness from all of the spinning that Ms Sweet does. But it is worth perusing if only for the extraordinary lengths that Ms Sweet goes to mute the volume of outrage over the first lady's iutter insensitivity. Typically, the respondents aren't buying it. Some sample comments:

jasonn wrote:
Pull up your pant legs because it's too late to save the shoes.

What a bunch of clueless, tone deaf, elitists we have in the White House these days. Should have taken that trip to the gulf coast and feasted on a shrimp basket instead of doing the Spanish gazpacho soup, char-grilled turbot, veal escalopes with mustard, Oriental rice with sauteed mushrooms, Mallorca-style vegetable ratatouille and sliced fruit with ice cream with wine chaser trip.

Sheesh!

..and..

lssmc wrote:
It looks like your not going to get much spin out of this article Ms. Sweet. If it looks like a duck... well, you know. I can't believe the cover-up being perpetrated in this article. And, by the looks of the responses, no one is believing your spill. She is a modern day Marie Antoinette. This will be remembered in Nov., and 2012.

..and my favorite..

mustardseed wrote:
Awww, thanks for that touching response to worldwide criticism, but it made me laugh out loud; not in a good way either. The Obamas are crooks and socialists whose main aim is to destroy the United States of America. Michelle has NO class or grace and stomped around Spain like the ghettolicious skank that she is. Thanks CST, but, you know.....this article is an insult to any American who reads it. Why not do some TRUE reporting on your very own Chicago spawned communist-thug president.

While I cherry-picked these comments, you ought to go over and read the lot of them; not much support for the poor-little-rich-girl and her $75 large per day fix.

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August 8, 2010

Hot Air! Comment of the Day..

In response to AP's article on MOOfo's Marbella excursion and the fact that it's on our nickel because it's a rigged official state visit by having the FLOTUS swap Big Macs and Fries with the King and Queen of Spain:

I see that none of you have spoken to many blacks about this. This is going over big time in the black community. The black people I know are telling me they think, “you go girl, keep on spending the white man’s money”. They feel that Michelle is sticking it to the man and she should just keep spending and spending since it isn’t their money, it is the government’s money and the man never paid reparations. So they think it is great that she and Obama are taking trips and vacations They are getting satisfaction living through what Obama and Michelle are doing.
Say what you want but consider the truth. This is helping Obama big time in the black community.
pwb on August 7, 2010 at 12:30 PM

I realize that this treads on the sensitivity of the good, the decent, the squared away like Clifton over at Another Black Conservative and it is the reason I dislike Obama all the more -- for bringing race to the forefront when his campaign pledge said we'd all be living in a post-racial, Skittle-crapping Unicorn strewn paradise.

UPDATE: Runner up cited:


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О чем Этот Blog Является Всем

(Note: I passed the anniversary of this blog -- originally Войска ПВО -- and, just for grins, I thought I'd re-run my first post. Of course, the post-Soviet Tom Clancy theme was a little ambiguous so I ditched it for the current theme. Well, I won't belabor the point. Here's my attempt to start this effort off, provide some background on myself, and to clarify this whole mess, circa 2 August 2009.)

("About what This Blog Is All")
Firstly, disabuse yourself of any notion that I am Russian or that I speak the language. Or that I am a communist. The name for this blog came from a middle age spent absrobing too many Tom Clancy novels (especially The Sum of All Fears) and a youth, the first eight years of which were committed to the United States Air Force.

The name of the blog - Войска ПВО - literally translated means "Armies of Air Defence", pronounced as "Voyska PVO", and is the military organ of the now-defunct Soviet Union charged with repelling air attacks from, presumably, the United States, NATO, and their other enemies during the Cold War.

Many years ago, circa 1964-68, I attended the University of California, Los Angeles and, because I sought refuge from the grasp of the the Selective Service System, I had enrolled in the Air Force ROTC. My father - who was ponying up half of the loot for my education - wanted me around after my graduation to recoup his investment ~ and, I suppose, for other reasons. In any event, the operative theory was that being stationed stateside in the Air Force for four years was preferable to carrying a rifle in SEA for two years.

So it was that, when I graduated from UCLA in 1968, I received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant and orders to report to Strategic Air Command Headquarters at Offutt AFB in Nebraska. My work involved writing software for the SIOP - war plan - and my responsibilities involved developing the flight plans for the SAC B-52s and FB-111s in the event we went to war.

Still confused? Think of the envelopes that Slim Pickens distributed to his crew in the Kubrik movie, Dr Strangelove.

My counterparts - adversaries, as it were - were the members Войска ПВО, unseen but ever-present. I came to adopt this as my sobriquet from a perverse sense of irony and because of a respect for an opponent who, while misguided in spirit defending a political philosophy, were nonetheless noble in courage, sentiment and ambition. Posting on conservative sites fraught with trolls who patrol at the behest of their masters, I discovered that those cretins did not realize cyrillic characters could be pasted into the edit boxes. Therefore, it tended to cut down on annoying responses on blogs like PJM, etc.

So, to complete the mystique and since I was an officer in the USAF and a lover of military aviation from any country, I adopted the persona as a pilot in that arm of the Soviet air defense force. This is, I submit, a noble endeavor; an effort to defend one's country, it's innocent people, and it's integrity as opposed to attacking another to impose a political philosophy by aggression.

..I'll stop here lest the baloney gets sliced too thin.

But again, I refer you to the modern day camaraderie between Jack Ryan and his former Cold War enemies in the Soviet Union. By the way, that picture is not me on the left. It is - or was - an actual serving pilot in Войска ПВО.

But, while this is supposed to be a vehicle for my political rants, I also would like to post on other subjects of interest in my life. These might variously include amateur radio, bicycle racing, firearms, and other muddled subjects. By way of further introduction and to pad my posting count, these will be discussed in subsequent entries.

For now, a statement about my politics. I am decidedly conservative, Republican, but have respect for Democrats who are honorable and hard working and have a firm set of principles. Heck, my brother, James, is a Democrat and a former member of the New Hampshire state legislature. He sponsors a turkey shoot out on his expansive estate near the Vermont border and is one of the few Democrats who received the highest approval rating from the National Rifle Association.

But I am barely tolerant of ("big L") Libertarians - they are smug and do not begin to comprehend what is involved in keeping this country safe from foreign aggression. Also, I cannot abide leftists, socialists, apologists, and self-aggrandizing politicians (from either side of the spectrum). I will listen to argument and will, as much as I can, debate in response. Hell, I'll even concede points if they arise from well-reasoned discourse.

As for the rules for commenting here: they're mine, they're arbitrary, but they're fair (from my point of view). Trolls are the bane of our existence and there's a ton of sandboxes for them to crap in. Obscene comments will be deleted immediately. Whining, insulting, or carping will be deleted at the slightest provocation. Those whose views differ from mine and evince an attempt at civil debate will have a longer shelf-life -- in all likelihood, perpetuity.

So, that's it; more to come later..

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Payback time..

Boy Scouts are, I guess, only human. Dis them and they dis you. It seems that a bunch (read: a lot) didn't think much of the POSOTUS "phoning it in" during their convention while he was hobnobbing with the Democrat biggies during a fundraiser or two in New York last week:


..just hope when he's an old fart, he doesn't need help crossing the street.

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August 7, 2010

Dance of the Fawning Sycophants..

(Note: I am still sour from working my way through my finances and this mad-on for the FLOTUS has not abated. Herewith is an attempt to dissipate the storm cluds.)

..from the fawning moon-calf FLOTUS-loving site that thinks it's perfectly o.k. for the First Wookie to spend $60-75 large of our tax money every day indulging and immersing herself in la Allegrias de la España. Herewith are a number of comments showing the vapid, witless American Idol mentality that will have to be dealt with come 2012:

(Disclaimer: emphasis added and vomit bags may be necessary.)

..The blouse is in poor taste and so is a lavish trip to Spain while our nation is in economic turmoil.

Our fashion-plate FLOTUS; ain't she a stunner?
Why didn't Michelle and Sasha visit the Gulf Coast as the first lady urged everyone else? A visit there by members of the Obama family would certainly have been a good investment in t he economic recovery of the area.
August 6, 2010 | Betty

Fair point made by Betty. I'd buy her a Guinness if I bumped into her in a bar. But, Betty's point is challenged by a LoMO:

Betty, the blouse is just fine, and befits the beautiful woman wearing it.

How would not taking a 4 day mother-and-daughter trip to Spain assist the U.S. in dealing better with "economic turmoil", might I ask?

The First Lady cannot just indulge in a spot of camping; stay in a caravan in some remote field with her loved ones; or on the spur-of-the-moment, choose to bed down in a no-frills, Bed & Breakfast, no matter how much those ideas might take her fancy. A high level of security, and, staying in secure buildings with personnel who are experienced in accommodating high profile people that some might wish to harm, come with the territory. That will tend to be the case whether she is at home or abroad. Please stop pretending that you don't know this.

Michelle, as a mother is as entitled as any other mother to decide along with her daughter where they would like to go for 4 days. If the decision is to venture overseas, then so be it. I understand that the President and his family will be visiting the Gulf coast later on this month, so never you fret.

In the meantime, I hope that you and yours have been doing your bit to help promote "good investment" in the area by sojourning there as frequently as time/money, allows.
August 6, 2010 | Dee

Dee clearly is a few feathers short of a full pillow. So long as the POTUS and FLOTUS take yet another vacation and visit the Gulf, then this insensitive display of excess -- on our dime -- is perfectly o.k. Fortunately, someone comes to Betty's aid, sort of:

@betty I totally agree with you.

The trip is a bit too Lavish with the serious financial situation the US is in.
Yes she has her graduate degree and should travel like this because she has worked hard but just not right now.

As a black woman I am really proud to see a beautiful black family in the White house but the US is in serious trouble and she is not helping matters by flaunting her good fortune at this point in time. I am really happy she is exposing Sasha to the world as well I want Sasha to be well travelled [sic] and not be limited in her life.

But I feel they could have saved this trip for another time when things have gotten better. They know we are all watching them. I am not saying she should just vacation in Chicago but the hotel is really expensive and she is really spending alot [sic] of money (even though some of it may be her own)

people are still losing thier [sic] jobs, houses, and cars.

"Michelle", you and Barack are being watched and judged even more. Please make wise decisons.
August 6, 2010 | Travelgirl

..don't get what having an advanced degree has to do with anything, but what do you want to bet TravelGal's advice is not heeded? Also, maybe Sasha should be visiting places in America where people are out of work and indigent because of her dad's incompetence? Naw, I should let that one alone. Kids are off limits.

We continue with a somewhat less stinging rebuke of airhead Dee's comments:

Dee,

By traveling to the Gulf Coast, the first lady would set an example to patronize American tourism thus promoting our flagging economy. How do you NOT understand this?

You may not be old enough to remember, but Lyndon Johson's daughter, while he was in office, took a road trip across the United States promoting what was called "See America First" and giving a boost to American businesses.

Yes, she is free as any American mother to travel with her daughter where she chooses; I just don't think she is choosing very wisely.
August 6, 2010 | Betty

..a little historical perspective for Dee to chew on. Let's see what she bounces back with:

Travelgirl - I'm Black, too, love seeing "a beautiful Black family in the White house" .... and also couldn't agree less with you - I'm curious; have you restricted your own travels to only those times when all is sweetness and light in the U.S./World, in general?

There is always "something going on"! If we restricted our own personal good times, only to those times when we didn't have "serious financial situations" on-going at home or elsewhere, and when there were no crises of one stripe or another breaking out all over, just what do you think would happen to the tourism industries (for example)...through which so many national economies earn valuable money, and upon which so many individuals are reliant for their incomes and livelihoods?

If we judged our own behaviour [sic] against the criterion you're applying to the First Lady's family, just who woud [sic] be the ultimate arbiter of when "things have gotten better" sufficiently for us to get out there, and enjoy our overseas/domestic trips without fear of incurring the wrath/resentment of those individuals, not yet blessed to be able to afford to travel? What about those people for whom travelling "just not right now" in fact means "not travelling [sic] ever", because their financial circumstances have never/will never permit that?

The First Lady isn't "flaunting" anything, and who is anyone to determine when/how/whether she should spend her own money?

Not spending money is hardly going to help an ailing economy is it...?! How does not spending money help those who are still losing their jobs/houses/cars?

I've lost a job before in a previous economic downturn here in the U.K. and not for one single, solitary minute did it occur to me that just because I wasn't "rolling in it" that those with better financial means than my own at the time, shouldn't fully enjoy them!

May the President, and First Lady, with all of the huge pressures upon them continue to be wise enough in their decision making to recognise when it's time to relax, and have a restful break, so that they can continue to keep mind, body and spirit, whole, peace-filled, aligned, and completely together!!
August 6, 2010 | Dee

..o.k., I'll wait until you are done hurling in the barf bag. There, feel better? I thought not.

Anyway, nice to see old Dee is good at playing the race card. Maybe she ought to try this one on for size and see if it fits: "I would prefer to see a competent WHITE man and a beautiful WHITE family in the WHITE House, Dee." Kinda stings, don't it, Dee?

Also, who determines whether it's the appropriate time to "get out of there" would be dictated by sensitivity, decency, and common sense, all of which MOo Obama (and her husband) are sadly lacking.

They go back and forth a couple of more times and Airhead Dee just doesn't get it. It's at this point I lose patience and chime in:

Dee, old girl:

There is something seriously wrong with your "understanding" when you emit garbage such as this:

Michelle, as a mother is as entitled as any other mother to decide along with her daughter where they would like to go for 4 days. If the decision is to venture overseas, then so be it. I understand that the President and his family will be visiting the Gulf coast later on this month, so never you fret.

What Betty tried to point out -- and you cluelessly disregarded -- was the insensitivity of the whole affair. This imperious FLOTUS may, in fact, be entitled to vacation with her offspring anywhere she chooses; it's a wonderful country like that. But to do something like this while the rest of us struggle to make ends meet is absolutely galling.

By the way, it is conceded that she requires security and safekeeping as FLOTUS, but by arranging the trumped up visit and luncheon with Spanish political dignitaries thereby making it a state visit, her sorry-assed husband stuck we taxpayers with the majority of the bill for Air force One and the attendant arrangements.

So not only is her sashaying around Marbella in her number nines (and that horrid outfit) offensive, but her fifty-room-luxury accommodations and clearing of the beach patently obscene.

..I'll bet you were just apoplectic over the many,many vacations that Laura and George took to their ranch in Crawford. Frankly, after watching this sorry sack of a First Lady cavort around Maine, Marbella, and other exotic locations, many out there long for the quiet dignity of that understated and inoffensive first lady.

..but, never you fret, old girl.
August 7, 2010 | The War Planner

..too bad I was a day late and a dollar short on this thread. I woulda loved to jump Dee's bones real time.

Oh well, I needed a reason to drink tonight anyway.

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Let them eat cake..

Courtesy of the lovely and talented No Sheeples
Tired, trite, over-used, but sadly appropriate.

I stumble through my finances today -- having received one-half of the pathetic monthly stipend paid me for purveying  questionable skills as a software developer entering his fortieth year in this profession. My bills loom large; my prospects for retirement, vacation, restful sabbaticals, or other sources of diversion -- save the nightly beer with my bride and occasional dip into the flagon of single-malt on the sideboard -- do not.

And then I read, as all of you have, of the FLOTUS and her younger daughter's escapades in Marbella, each day bringing a stinging revelation as to how out of touch this woman and her husband are with those they deem to rule.

"..deem to rule"? Did he really say that?

Yes I did. This lady with her ugly-assed $600 sneakers at a charity event, her $6,000 purse while on parade with visiting
foreign dignitaries, and the incredibly bad taste she exhibits when covering her ample buttocks and the rest of her body (except for her stevedore shoulders and Popeye arms) and comporting herself with probably the least dignity of any FLOTUS in recent memory.

..and I define recent here to mean, oh, the last 233 years or so.

Her sense of  propriety is the stuff of legends; her taste in clothing and the manner in which she presents herself in public the subject of constant and deserved ridicule by HillBuzz -- supporters of her husband's rival who was crushed by Barry's political machine squad of thugs.

So, I sit here in front of the computer, my dreams of painfully short cruises to Cabo San Lucas or Alaska evaporating in a red haze of debt, and I read a cloyingly saccharine account of the FLOTUS in Marbella:

First Lady Michelle Obama arrived in Spain today with, weeMichelle Sasha, for a vacation with close family friends. Mrs Obama took some time today to stroll through the historic streets of Marbella, a town in southern Spain. If I must say so myself the First Lady looked fabulous in her one-shoulder Jean Paul Gaultier top and black slacks. Can't wait to see what she wears when she meets with the King and Queen of Spain. Maybe we'll even get a few glimpses of Sasha.

..yes, he said breathlessly in anticipation, maybe we will.

Well, from various sources one reads deserved blow-back over this little sojourn, like:

Michelle Obama today faced a fresh wave of attacks over her lavish break in Spain with 40 friends, which could easily cost U.S. taxpayers a staggering £50,000 a day.

The First Lady has been lambasted for her extravagance at a time when the economy is still struggling. One blogger went so far as to brand her a modern-day Marie Antoinette.

And her critics will be further annoyed when they learn that the president's wife had a Spanish beach closed off today so that she, her daughter and their entourage could go for a swim.

If course, the LoMO (Lovers of Michelle Obama) say that she deserves a vacation with her daughter and that she needs the protection befitting members of the First Family. There's no argument there, of course. But there's some pretty juicy insights into the details, like how Barry wangled a luncheon between the FLOTUS and Spanish royalty, thereby sticking you and I with a lot of the costs:

The thing that should rankle Americans, though, is the fact that lavish vacations, when most are suffering through the worst recession in memory, sends the wrong message. The White House response of Mrs. Obama being a private citizen on a private vacation is also a little more than misleading. There is an "Official Visit" thrown in when King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophia will lunch with the First Lady at their summer palace in Majorca. An Official Lunch, go figure.

Now ain't that sweet of them? That broad-beamed woman sashays around Europe and we pick up the tab. It's..it's..it's..

..freaking imperious, that's what it is. They are nothing but a bunch of aristocrats with huge bulging, zit-covered posteriors, parading around in their finery, lording it over all of us while a fawning, sycophantic segment of the population bow down and worship them like they are royalty.

One of the best takes -- and there are many -- was done by the author of the blog Chicago Political Commentary, in fittingly describing The BeheMOth as the New Marie Antoinette and offering (emphasis added):

The Office of the Presidency is a stressful job and I can't begrudge the President and First Lady from taking a break. However, there is such a thing as "within reason" and they have not shown us that. Between the mini-vacations and family vacations to the multitudes of campaign fundraisers, you have to wonder when any work gets done. Real work, that is. Campaigning 24/7 and setting up the retirement connections don't qualify either. Unlike royalty of yore, America is not a Monarchy and public money is at stake. Money we haven't got, by the way to even take care of the 99ers who have run out of all their unemployment benefits.

Our own No Sheeples Here provides tart commentary on this royal presidency:

Ramen noodles and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the little people and sea bass tartar, strawberry gazpacho and sardines followed by a main course of lobster with seaweed risotto for M'Lady.

At a cost of between $500 and $2500 per night, Mrs. Fearless Reader is sleeping in Marabella, Spain’s Hotel Villa Padierna, one of the world’s Top Ten hotels, while the rest of us toss and turn in our beds worried about our jobs and the declining economy.

So, I turn my attention back to the stack of bills in front of me, give thanks that I have a job at least -- and a prayer for those in this country suffering without one -- and figure that Mrs War Planner and I will have to content ourselves with a one-day trip to Santa Barbara when he can scrape the money together. The only solace I have is the fact that November 2010 and November 2012, like the French Revolution, is coming soon..

..and things didn't exactly work out too well for old Marie then, did they?

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Arniie and Moonbeam, sittin' in a tree..

 
I hear that Arnold "brass BBs" Schwarzenegger and Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown are thinking about tying the knot? Sure wish them well and, after Maria Schriver gets done with Arnie, he'll make a lovely bride.



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August 5, 2010

WMUR turns over a rock..finds creepy crawly things..

(Working Title: Rust Never Sleeps!)

Mrs War Planner and I went out for her birthday tonight and I got hammered; a lovely Japanese lady with a capacity far superior to mine has guided me home and parked me in front of my computer while she watches today's episode of "GeGe's Wife"....and I discover What Makes Us Right has uncovered more dirt about government that would have escaped us back in the halcyon days of "I don't give a sh*t".

It is the value of the internet, droogies, the reason we will will prevail over the flatulent remnants of gummint who who persist in trying to foist this stuff off on us.

WMUR uncovers re-animated dormant government corruption and brings it to life on his blog and LCRez.

Give it a thorough viddy, me brothers!

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