August 2, 2011

Just the facts, ma'am..



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Pictures, thousands of words, etc.


I got them here; wander over there and gander at 'em all. Some are downright funny.
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July 30, 2011

THOUGHT FOR A SATURDAY EVENING..

From a comment on an article on The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:

It took two hundred twelve years for the debt to reach seven trillion dollars in two thousand three. Since the Deomcrats were voted into government and took control of Congress in two thousand four and the entire government in two thousand eight they have raised the debt to the present level of fourteen trillion dollars. In the space of six years they have added as much debt as all the other congresses and administrations in two hundred and twelve years.

BY Carl Payne on 07/30/2011 at 06:50

I have nothing to add.
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You screwed with the wrong guy, Hewitt..

As I have stated here, I am not a big fan of Hugh Hewitt. But I do not dislike Mr Hewitt either. His commentary is decent and interesting at times and his show has a number of guests worth listening to. Hell, I even put my money where my mouth is and subscribe to Mr Hewitt's premium content venue so I can listen to those guests I believe have something to say. (Again, I ain't gonna plug him by presenting a link. If you are interested, Google it for yourself.)

Who I am a big fan of is Pat Caddell, Doug Shoen, and others on the left who see fit to point out the follies and fallacies of those on their side of the political spectrum. (And, no, it is not only schadenfreude.)

It was with great dismay, therefore, when I saw Hewitt try to shout down Caddell as he was about to make a point:


I believe Mr Caddell to be a soft-spoken, measured person whose statements are worth listening to. He makes his points politely and in measured tones. That Mr Caddell was driven to this level of exasperation is indicative of how insensitive Hewitt can sometimes be.

But Hewitt writes of his encounter with Caddell in his Town Hall column (emphasis added):

Then Caddell launched into one of his rants about everyone being irresponsible, which is just absurd cant, and when Caddell resorted to the old trick of demanding the right to talk in ever louder volume, I kept saying no. Bullies on panels are like bullies everywhere -- give them an inch and they will rant for an hour. Caddell's schtick is old and tired but the crisis is real and immediate. The president and his Democratic allies have been radically irresponsible. Speaker Boehner is trying to lead but without any other serious leader in play save perhaps Mitch McConnell and Jon Kyl. When Caddell or anyone lumps in Kyl with Harry Reid, or Jim Jordan and Rand Paul with Bernie Sanders, and John Campbell with Barney Frank and Chuck Rangell, a gentleman rises to the defense of his friends. Caddell objected to be interrupted in his slander, and raged even to the point of grabbing my arm, an amusing breach of cable decorum.

Another excitable ideologue eager to impose some nonsensical theory on the simple problem of a president committed to a radical restructuring of the American economy no matter the chaos it requires.

I chose to juxtapose Hewitt's words above with the actual video of the Hannity panel so you could make the judgment for yourselves. I am not so sure that Pat was attempting to do all that lumping as Hewitt describes. I am sure that he was attempting to express an opinion and was the one who was being shouted down by Hewitt.

Of course, Hannity's Great American Panel is not a model of decorum when it comes to discourse and sometimes lively discussions and interruptions make for piquant viewing. But, it is the hallmark of this segment of the show that people get stepped upon, shouted over, and bullied -- most often by the host. Frankly, I was desperately interested in what Pat Caddell had to say, at that juncture, Mr Hewitt.

To be sure, Hewitt interviews well, asking penetrating questions, and eliciting responses that add to the political perspective. I often find myself thinking, "Gee, I am glad he ask that or brought up that point; I never thought of it that way." But these little epiphanies are more often than not offset by Hewitt's dismissiveness, condescension, and veiled arrogance. I always get that feeling that he thinks lesser of those of us who did not work in the Nixon and Reagan administrations, are not "Con Law" professors (an unfortunate term, I believe) or lawyers, and do not succumb to paroxysms of ecstasy at the sight of an Ohio State Buckeye, Cleveland Indian, or Lou Groza.

His attempts at wit and satire are frequently leaden. His merciless ridicule of his producer, "Generalissimo" Duane, and the rest of his staff is tiresome and borders on disrespect. (I wrote in a previous post on this blog that I find the weekly show that Duane does with Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air far more entertaining that most of Hewitt's efforts.)

(It also doesn't help that his show on KRLA here in Los Angeles has an onerous commercial load -- so much so, in fact, that I opted to subscribe to the paid content sans commercials.)

I will continue to listen to Hewitt; I will probably continue to pay for his material. But if we are to restore civility to the political discourse in this country, one needs to treat the likes of Pat Caddell and Doug Shoen with grace, kindness, and respect.

Sometimes, Hugh, that just plain means STFU.

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July 29, 2011

Revisionism..

While The Boy King was speaking to the nation, the nation was digesting the fact that, despite all of this empty suit's words, maneuvering, and laser-like focus on the jobs issue, the economy continues to stagger aroud like a punch-drunk palooka. From CNBC (emphasis added):

The U.S. economy grew less than expected in the second quarter as consumer spending barely rose, and growth braked sharply in the prior quarter, a government report showed on Friday.

Growth in gross domestic product—a measure of all goods and services produced within U.S. borders—rose at a 1.3 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said.

First-quarter output was sharply revised down to a 0.4 percent pace from 1.9 percent.

Economists had expected the economy to expand at a 1.8 percent rate in the second quarter.

In addition, fourth-quarter growth was revised down to a 2.3 percent pace from 3.1 percent, indicating that the economy had already started slowing before the high gasoline prices and supply chain disruptions from Japan hit.

Economists had expected the economy would show signs of perking up by now with Japan supply constraints easing and gasoline prices off their high, but data has disappointed.

..yeah, whatevs. Every time you turn around, this jerk promises that he will be doing a laser-like focus on some aspect of his job responsibility, only to have that dissolve into a mist of campaign speeches, rounds of golf, or vacations. It also seems like this idiot is living in a perpetual fantasy world juiced by statistical revisions. The art of the game is to cook the books and juice the numbers for every last ounce of good news you can get and then bury the actual numbers behind a manufactured debt crisis showdown or something. I ain't sayin' he's doing this (or causing this to be done) but why is it that good numbers are always being revised downward?

Remember this, boys and girls, the last weekly jobless claims figure came in a couple of days ago at 398,000 and was heralded by the MSM tongue-bathers as significant because it was below the 400K mark. I got a dozen Dunkin Donuts that says that figure gets revised upward a couple of weeks from now above 400K to the sound of crickets from the Knee Pad Media.

But everything is just hunky dory -- or, should I say business as usual? Why is it that The Magic Negro schedules these speeches for a specific time and then is ALWAYS late? It turns out that this is a habit with him:



Waddya wanna bet that, if he loses Next November, he won't move out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue until St patrick's day?

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July 28, 2011

Here are 18 minutes you need to watch..

The Boy King is now 0-for-2 with Home Depot. Ken Langone is the other founder of Home Depot and here he weighs in on the current economic and political situation in this country. He is none to kind about our so-called leader and, while he excoriates the man, there are criticisms that would -- were they heeded and acted upon by the POUTUS -- probably rescue Obama in the eyes of the people (and most assuredly afford his re-election).

While he believes a debt deal will get done and in fact favors a plan closer to what the Democrats are proposing, Langone told CNBC that Obama's behavior has been "unpresidential."

"He is dividing us as a nation," Langone said. "He's not bringing us together. He's willfully dividing us. He's petulant."

The co-founder of Home Depot sharply criticized the president for promoting class warfare through his repeated attacks against "fat cat" business executives and his targeting of tax loopholes.

In sum, the behavior is symptomatic of Obama's disrespect for the office he holds, Langone said.

"Ronald Reagan would never go into the Oval Office without his jacket on—that's how much he revered the presidency," he said. "This guy worked like hell to be president...Behave like a president. Let me look at you as a model to how we should behave. What does he say? Fat cats, jet airplanes. What is the purpose? Us versus them.

"The thing I fear the most about the future of America is...divide us, we all lose. This has got to stop."

Langone said people with his wealth should pay more taxes, but the debate shouldn't be framed as rich against poor.

"He is not acting presidential. He is behaving in a way designed in my opinion to divide us, to make us look at each other with skepticism, with suspicion. That is the end of America as we know it," he said. "The destruction he is inflicting by his behavior will carry on long after we settle the debt limit."

You owe it to yourself to listen to what Langone has to say and be especially sure to hear how much in agreement with him the CNBC panel is.


ADD CRACKS: Rasmussen's daily tracking poll of right track/wrong track for the nation is at 17% -- the lowest point since The Chicago Jesus's coronation in 2009. Tangential observation: Another of the many signs showing up that point to the fallacy of the Knee Pad Media's Republican blame assignment mantra.

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July 27, 2011

WIDE LOAD FLOTUS opens up a second front..


Having stumbled, gotten his sticky fingers all over the debt ceiling crisis, and having been chased away to the romper room so the grown-ups can get their work done, The Boy King has returned to exclusively campaigning -- as opposed to golfing and campaigning.

But, his ratings have tanked and his rep is drifting rapidly South in the estimation of his countrymen; he has no substantial accomplishment to trumpet. About the only thing in his arsenal nowadays is the long-fading echo of the slender "accompishment" of presiding over the country while some Navy Seals took out The Towelhead-in-Chief some months back.
 
But, I am guessing that even The Chicago Jesus and his Clown Troupe realize this would be unseemly. So they trotted out the brides of the Dream Ticket toot this little tin whistle. It's not enough that this woman is having her hefty carcass airlifted around the nation to talk up her worthless hubby, the sycophantic media outlets -- like the AARP monthly rag in this case -- are spewing out these puff-pieces. Here is a sample of the vomit-inducing palaver:

MICHELLE OBAMA: “I knew something was happening, but when it gets down to that level of secrecy, there’s just a small number of people who know anything.”

She adds, “I was actually out to dinner with girlfriends, and I didn’t know until I walked in the door. It was later in the evening, and Barack had his suit on, because he was going to the press conference. And I said, ‘What’s going on?’”

Her reaction? “I was like ‘Wow.’ Then I wanted to know the details: ‘How did it happen? Then what? And then what happened?’ I was probably like every media person.”

Pass the barf bag; I can't go on. But I do recommend you read the searing comments over that the cited blog.

Tough room.

ADD FADED YOUTH BLOG: I thought it was some obscure conservative site, but instead find out this:

About Us

Posted in on April 25, 2007 by Arasto

Faded Youth Blog is a celebrity entertainment site loaded with hard to find high quality pictures of the latest Hollywood events.

Look to FYB for gossip, television, film, music and fashion news. Featured on TMZ, New York Post, LA Times, USA Today, Best Week Ever and MTV.

It’s time to get in touch with your Faded Youth.

Man, if this is some young/middlin' young blog, then THE POUTUIS and MISSUS WIDE LOAD are under a hill of manure. The comments on that post were absolutely devastating!

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Cracks in the Jug-Eared Whiff too...

Signs that the tongue-bathing White House Press Corpse is growing restive at The Gaper's non-substantial palavering showed up in the post-speech session with Press Secretary Jay Carney. Here he gets hammered for Obama's lack of a plan -- or even any written substance.


..Hmmmmmmm. Maybe the pooch ate it? Betcha this pissant Ron Howard look-alike had to change his underwear after this session.

Well, John the Baptist after torturing a thief
Looks up at his hero the
Commander-in-Chief
Saying, "Tell me great hero, but please make it brief
Is there a hole for me to get sick in ?"
 
~Bob Dylan, Tombstone Blues

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Eeyore and Hercules..

In skulking around the various conservative blogs, I come upon comments below about how people will not vote for a GOP candidate if he or she gets the nomination. Incredibly, these range from digs at Romney to digs at Palin. Despite those who proclaim Rick Perry a saint, there are those who would rather vote for Obama over him so that we will be able to give a real conservative a chance at the presidency in 2016.

This comment really -- well -- pulled my chain and I let the guy have it with both barrels:

Obamacare becomes Romneycare.
Spending continues unabated.
Dems win Congress in 2014.
Romney happily “works with” Dems.
Global Warming taxes signed.
Conservatism p!ssed away.

And you think it would be worth it just to defeat Obama?

Bat Chain Puller on July 26, 2011 at 10:12 PM

..boy, this mantra is beyond tedious.

Respectfully, at this juncture, anything would be worth ridding ourselves of this incompetent sh!t. Your model discounts the fact that Romney said he would issue an executive order for ObamaCare waivers for all 50 states. It also conveniently ignores the election of the freshman class of conservatives in the house in 2010 and the takeover of the statehouses by conservatives. (Can you say "redistricting", boys and girls?) And you seem to ignore the fact that there are some 23 or 24 Senate Democrats who will be facing stiff election challenges in 2012 and, therefore, a good likelihood that the GOP will control both houses.

So, I guess with most here, it's a case of "the perfect tainting the good" Eeyore-ism. Let's raise the white flag now because we will not have a sainted conservative running against Obama.

You don't like Romney? Then get out and work your ass off for Pawlenty or Cain or whomever you want. I personally would like to see Rick Perry enter the race and will work for him to get the nomination. But if Romney gets the nod, I will do everything I possibly can to see The Mittster gets elected..

..four more years of Obama and there will not be a United States of America.

But, if you prefer Obama to Romney, then kindly see to it you keep your mouth shut here on Hot Air about what a P.O.S. Obama will be in his second term. You had your chance and you sat there grumbling because your little Mister (or Miss) Perfect didn't get nominated.

Look, ladies and gents, Washington D. C. is a festering sewer. As Obi-wan put it, "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. You must be cautious.." But, over the past four years, Pelosi and Reid, and now Obama have plumbed the depths of pathetic governance and what they have perpetrated is almost criminal. That they had GOP enablers speaks volumes as to how tough the job will be to clean out those stables.

So, unless you can come up with a Hercules and a couple of swiftly flowing rivers, our efforts at flushing out the piled up manure will take a while.

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July 25, 2011

Jug Ears Whiffs..


His mission last night was to basically re-inject himself back into the public ken after Boehner ejected him last Friday night and proceeded to deal with less capricious and more serious-minded Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid.

(Boy howdy, you know you are wading into the deep end of the kim chee pool when you resort to characterizing Reid like that!)

Anyway, in an attempt to capture lightening in a bottle, a firefly, or perhaps just a urine sample, Obama sought to channel his Inner Reagan by speaking to the people hoping his duclet tones will soothe them into yet another beatific frenzy like what got him elected in 2008.

Reagan -- The Gipper -- could do it. Obama -- The Gaper -- failed miserably.

In any event, Mr Irrelevant-for-the-Weekend got the urge to take his case to the people in a speech that took only one minute to invoke his favorite get-out-of-jail-free card: It's Bush's Fault. It's clear that he actually intends to be dragging this hoary shibboleth with him into the campaign season as well. Coincidental with his prime disclaimer, the NY Times produced a chart that purported to show how The Light Bringer is also a victim of the vicious, insidious BushHitler and his evil puppet master, the shape shifting Dick Cheney-Condy Rice-Donald Rumsfeld.

Crayon depiction of The World According to The Gaper

Of course, this straw, being grasped at by the lefty blogosphere, has been thoroughly debunked as an amalgam of flawed static analysis, invalid assumptions, and misrepresentation. Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air analyzes (emphasis added):

There are plenty of issues with this chart, but let’s start with the notion that the “Bush tax cuts” cost the static-analysis price listed here. Absent those tax cuts, we would not have had the recovery from 2003-7, which generated a rather hefty increase in federal revenues; we’ll return to that in a moment. The actual revenue listed in this chart was what static analysis of the recovery would have brought into federal coffers, which is one of the main problems with static analysis. It also conflates tax cuts with federal spending, which only makes sense if one starts from the premise that the people owe their government all of their income less any that the government arbitrarily allows them to keep.

The chart then tries to claim that Obama’s spending increases over the next 8 years (projected) will amount to just $1.44 trillion — less than the annual deficit these days. Oddly, it doesn’t mention that the last Republican annual budget passed in Congress (FY2007) only had a $160 billion deficit, which tends to interfere with the narrative Fallows and the Times wants to build here.

(If you are ever braced in some steamy, waterfront dive by a coterie of Obama libtards murmuring the "BOOOOOOOSSSSSHHHHHH'S FAULT" mantra, visit Ed's dissection, print it, and laminate it for ready reference.)

But, try as they will, they cannot magic away reality. Doing the math is easy: Pelosi and Reid took the helm in January 2007; The Gaper got his grimy mitts on the controls in January 2009. We were launched into the abyss a fortnight later when Mr Wee-Wee Pants hustled the $800 billion stimullatio bill into law (after a three-day vacation in Chicago, remember?) and we were kicked further down the yawning crevasse by his incessant efforts to eventually pass Obamacare -- a millstone around the economy's neck with such untold dire consequences in the out years, that it has dried up business and investment for the moment.

But I am not here to argue stats. I just want to make the observation that his latest effort to play at chief executive is on par with the gold standard effort for the past 30 months. Basically, the speech was a vapid, perfidious airy persiflage devoid of any content whatsoever.

This was no major divergence from his past ability to turn gold into dross; he was no more than a petulant, blather-spewing juvenile incapable of accepting responsibility but more than ready to assign blame to others for his failures.

How many times do we need to listen to this incompetent or one of his clown troupe mumble this "dog ate my homework" excuse? Apparently it's wearing thin as Gallup has him plumbing the depths at 43% for the past week.

I wonder when we are finally subjected to All-Obama -All-the-Time campaigning next year if he will hit the 30% out of sheer, teeth-grating disgust over him belching out lies and slander in an attempt to paper over his pathetic previous three years. What do you think? I think I hear the nails ion the blackboard now!

Anyway, reminiscing, think back to The Oil Spill -- his dithering while the oil spewed into Gulf of Mexico. Several months wasn't it?

Remember how he also took months to finally meet with and discuss the troop surge required in Afghanistan.

How about is 30-month "laser-like focus" on the economy and jobs? How's that working out for ya?

Oh yes, the numerous gaffes and missteps in our foreign policy -- fawning to foreign leaders, kissing the rings of sheiks and asses of despots, bowing and scraping to emperors -- all culminating in a lessened opinion (if not outright contempt) for this country.

With each page turned in the saga of The Chicago Jesus, it is becoming more apparent all he is capable of doing is some light lifting, fluffy speeches, and schedule incessant golf games and expensive, exotic, tone-deaf vacations for him and his family and friends.

As to the "speech", I must candidly admit that I did not watch all of Obama's remarks last night; been there, done that, got the T-shirt. But, as I was fast forwarding the box to catch Speaker Boehner's remarks, I did observe this comical fool in fast motion: a spastic, contorted bobble-head, gesticulating wildly communicating nothing.

Perhaps a preview of how he will be presented in the upcoming campaign?

credo quia absurdum est
(I believe it because it is absurd.)

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July 24, 2011

Cracks, Part III

Quickly, as I have an AN/URM-25D to repair today.

It seems that our boy, THE POUTUS, is not only getting it from the right, but the far left as well:
Recently, President Obama has faced fire from many in his own base for endorsing unpopular proposals that would include regressive cuts to Social Security in order to win a hike in the debt ceiling. Today, while appearing on Thom Hartmann’s radio show, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) — who, while being an independent, caucuses with the Democrats — said that one way progressives can make sure Obama does not enact huge cuts to major social programs is to run a primary challenger against him. Sanders told a listener who called in to protest a debt ceiling deal that cuts Social Security that such a challenge would be a “good idea” .
Sanders opines:
Brian, believe me, I wish I had the answer to your question. Let me just suggest this. I think there are millions of Americans who are deeply disappointed in the president; who believe that, with regard to Social Security and a number of other issues, he said one thing as a candidate and is doing something very much else as a president; who cannot believe how weak he has been, for whatever reason, in negotiating with Republicans and there’s deep disappointment. So my suggestion is, I think one of the reasons the president has been able to move so far to the right is that there is no primary opposition to him and I think it would do this country a good deal of service if people started thinking about candidates out there to begin contrasting what is a progressive agenda as opposed to what Obama is doing. [...] So I would say to Ryan [sic] discouragement is not an option. I think it would be a good idea if President Obama faced some primary opposition.

Probably the only time I will ever agree with this  Vermont Commie. Hat tip to Jazz Shaw over at Hot Air for this.

ADD CRACKS: Today,  The Chicago Jesus sits at -21 points on the RAZ DT and is 45% approve. Still at 45%? can you say Bradley Effect, boys and girls?

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July 22, 2011

I Love my dog..


My high-school bud, Tom (the only conservative in Portland) sent this wry observation to me this morning:

I LOVE MY DOG...BUT

It just hit me!! My dog sleeps about 20 hours a day. He has his food prepared for him. His meals are provided at no cost to him. He visits the Dr. once a year for his checkup, and again during the year, if any medical needs arise. For this he pays nothing, and nothing is required of him.


He lives in a nice neighborhood in a house that is much larger than he needs, but he is not required to do any upkeep. If he makes a mess, someone else cleans it up. He has his choice of luxurious places to sleep. He receives these accommodations absolutely free.


He is living like a king, and has absolutely no expenses whatsoever. All of his costs are picked up by others who earn a living. I was just thinking about all this, and suddenly it hit me like a brick in the head…

My dog is a Democrat!

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July 21, 2011

Concealed Carry Stops: Compare and Contrast

I won't surround these two videos with too many words. They speak volumes for themselves. The first is a dash-cam video of a stop made by a Canton, Ohio police officer of a person who has a concealed carry permit and is not given an opportunity to declare same in the wake of this cop's angry, intimidating tirade. This is well-documented and commented upon over at the Hot Air post done by Ed Morrissey. The policeman's behavior borders on the frightening:


This next video was provided by one of the Hot Air commenters and is of an Oceanside, California policeman stopping a person who is OPENLY carrying an automatic:


The contrast is stark; the Canton policeman not giving the CCW subject a chance to perform his legal obligation of informing the officer and the Oceanside policeman giving the young ex-Marine EVERY opportunity to cooperate with him. The second officer is a pinnacle of politeness and courtesy and respectfully -- but carefully -- elicits information during his stop. WHat reasonable citizen would NOT be willing to cooperate with this gentleman?

Read the Hot Air post and you will see that the Canton PD was embarrassed by this angry individual and placed him on immediate suspension while an investigation is carried out.

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July 20, 2011

Violating the cardinal rule..

There's an unwritten rule in courtroom examination procedure: never ask a question unless you know the answer. Courtesy of Matt Lewis via Hot Air, PMSNBC's Contessa Brewer sought to take down Rep Mo Brooks (R-AL) by questioning his economic credentials. As you can see, the results are somewhat embarrassing for the libtard host:


..fitting riposte for anyone who is arrogant enough to have an affected first name like "Contessa". What's up with that, anyway?

TANGENTIAL UPDATE: I practically ran off the road this morning listening to Glenn Beck. He and Pat were having an awful lot of fun discussing this recent attempt by the libturds' (maybe that's what I misspelled?) attempt to derail Michelle Bachmann with their specious revelation that she suffers from migraine headaches.

(What a pile of festering chicken waste.)

Anyway, the conversation quickly migrated to the monthly conditions normally afflicting our feminine counterparts and how that would affect Ms Bachmann's decision-making capability. There was conjecture that she might not be able to "push the button" if she were suffering from cramps and feeling a little bloated.

Of course, the opinion was offered that a lady president suffering from those maladies -- for what? four or five days each month -- might be MORE inclined to mete out harsh retribution to anyone causing the U. S. problems.

I would take it a little further by saying that Al Qaeda and scores of mean dictators might be on their best behavior based on Madame Bachmann's cycle.

"Oh no, Achmed, we cannot take out the Statue of Liberty next Wednesday -- we'll catch holy hell. That's between the seventh and the twelfth of the month."

Of course, I offer profound apologies to the ladies who stop by here -- Carol, Supi, Opie, TCL, etc. I mean this in jest. But consider how sexist and ridiculous this is about Ms Bachmann's headaches. I think you understand.

FINAL THOUGHT: If Michelle does get elected to president, will it be insisted that she change her name to BachPERSON so as to not appear too sexist?

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July 18, 2011

Cracks, Part II.5

In scouring the internet, it was revealed that Obama had raised some $86 million this past quarter and that he was ahead of his projection to raise one billion for his campaign. But, like so many things put out by this cretin, it just doesn't add up. So I went back to the original Miami Herald article and did some math. I also consulted another site (and will continue to look for more sources) and saw that some other things didn't add up either.

First the math.

The Obama campaign has declared that they will raise a billion for this race and as one commented on that in the article:

Some observers downplayed the significance of Obama exceeding his fund raising goal.

"No one puts out a number they don't think they can get to," said Nathan Gonzales, the deputy editor of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report.

I don't know what his starting point was, but let's forget that for the moment. According to the article, he has approximately $86 million contributed. That means he has to raise $914 million more to meet his goal. Presumably the deadline is November 2012 and let's start with June of 2011 -- the end of last quarter. That means he has to raise an average of $57 million per month from July 2011 through October 2012. That's $171 million per quarter.

He just finished his most recent quarter and officially reported that he raised only the $86 million. This included some 260,000 "bundled" donors and the Hollywood big-wigs.

I know those guys are well-heeled and all that, but my preliminary sense is that -- like current government spending -- the pace to the billion is unsustainable. One cannot believe that idiots like Katzenberg and Clooney will be donating the same amounts month-after-month. But I will keep my slide rule and calculator close at hand and will rework these computations as I receive additional data.

Now, the reality.

There is a good web site which will allow you to track this if this is/will become your obsession. It's called Open Secrets and will present the campaign contributions and spending for candidates as we roll along towards November 2012. Here is an except on The Chicago Jesus's efforts to date:


"..but, what's this, Uncle War Planner?" you say, "according to to Open secrets, he's only raised $48 million. where does the rest of the $86 million come from?"

Courtesy of the Miami Herald article:

The president's fundraising arm, Obama for America, pulled in $47 million, the DNC another $38 million. In a conference call with reporters, Messina said more than 260,000 contributors are "totally new" and had never given to Obama before.

I think the number that Open Secrets cites -- the $48,662,185 -- refers to the $47 million that the Mimi Heralds article attributes to Obama as collecting along with the DNC's $38 million.

Whatever.

But note that Open Secrets has Obama as spending $80,235,455 and that they have $37,110,346. on hand. Without going into a formal mathematical proof about what his starting figure was nor how much he is spending and to try to reconcile the two sources' figures, we can come to the following conclusions:

(1) Obama's campaign is collecting a lot of money.
(2) They are already spending the money on campaigning.
(3) They are NOT on target to meet their billion dollar projection.

Anyway, this analysis is getting pretty ragged (and math was never my strong suit). I do take heart in the following quote from the Miami Herald article, however:

Obama's healthy haul comes as Republican candidates have reported raising less than Republicans did in the year before the 2008 election.

But Messina warns "it's going to get tougher from here," noting that GOP outside spending "could be as much as $500 million."

Wertheimer said he thinks the eventual Republican nominee will enjoy "very substantial resources."
...
While Arterton said Obama has raised an impressive amount of money so far, it may not matter as much because the public will be more engaged as the campaign picks up steam. He expects high turnout in 2012.

"The more general attention there is on the race, the less effective money is," Arterton said.

Wertheimer thinks that both sides will raise and spend a total of more than $2 billion.

"This is simply opening day of an unprecedented campaign finance season," he said.

So the bottom line seems to be that no matter what the president or his opponents raise to fight this battle for the hearts and minds of the American people, Obama is selling a tired, old pig that has been on display for the past 30 months and has proven defective and incapable of accomplishing the job; the American public have become restive and discontented with his administration's inability to pull this economy from the recession it's in. No amount of money can buy enough lipstick and dresses to make this pig anything other than what it is -- a pig.

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What ever happened to that anal pore over on MSNBC?

The irrepressible Steven Crowder has just released his tour de force:

Olbermann: The Lost Months

..and, sadly, Olbermann, being clueless on the ways of the internet, does not have a suitable venue to respond, though he desperately tries:


(and, YES, those are Michelle Malkin and Hannah Jiles in Steve's video.)

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July 17, 2011

Why?

Because this is why:


..and so is this:


..these courtesy of  a pass-through from Nicky Goomba's blog. It ain't that I am old and get social security, it's because this mealy-mouthed, lip-flapping, incompetent, putrid pile of festering pond scum would utter such a veiled threat like that (while his Slimy Dem cronies put out that grandma-over-the-cliff Paul Ryan video) and the tongue-bathing, kneepad media let him get away with it.

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Cracks, Part II

"THE POUTUS (courtesy of Big Hairy News)

SISTER TOLDJA MOMENT: So soon? News breaking courtesy of Bloomberg via Hot Air headlines (emphasis added):

A year after President Barack Obama signed into law the most extensive financial regulations since the Great Depression, Wall Street so far is putting its political money elsewhere.

Employees of Goldman Sachs Group gave Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney $238,250 in the last three months, more than workers at any other company, according to a computer-assisted analysis of Federal Election Commission data. Obama took in $10,113.

Four years ago, employees of New York-based Goldman gave $994,795 to Obama and $234,275 to Romney, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based research group. For both candidates, it was more than any other company’s employees.

I know it's not much and I know Obama's fund raising has raked in $86 millions to date, but it is a shift in the paradigm and the GOP candidates are totally unfocused and in contention with each other. But I am -- at the moment -- an A.B.O. (Anyone But Obama) and if Romney can drive a lance through his re-election bid's heart, then I am backing that horse.

Funny thing though, you get the whiny pissant spokesman trying to defuse this:

"It’s telling that they would make Governor Romney’s support for rolling back Wall Street oversight -- protections put in place to ensure that the financial crisis doesn’t reoccur -- part of their fundraising pitch,” said Ben LaBolt, an Obama campaign spokesman.

Yeah, whatever. They report how you guys are going after small contributions and staying away big interests -- or at least you say you are -- but recently Obama released a list of "bundlers" who contributed funds to the campaign:

Obama announced his fundraising totals on Wednesday, saying that the campaign and the party took in more than $86 million between them. The Democratic National Committee will spend most of its money to re-elect the president.

The president on Friday released a list of 244 people who raised at least $50,000 for his re-election campaign by donation bundling, the practice of soliciting friends and associates to make donations to the campaign.

..and whose to say that the "small contributors" to The Pantload's campaign are union members who have been shown the light of day by their bosses?

For now, Obama's machine owns fund raising (he's doing a lot of it on our dime) but it will be instructive to see what happens to donations to the GOP candidates as the field adds the likes Perry of Texas or even Sarah Palin.

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Cracks, Part I

Pursuant to my last entry, these will appear from time to time, not as evidence that this turd will be flushed but to encourage those out there who may fall for the Kneepad Media propaganda about the difficulty of unseating an incumbent president -- especially this president. They want you to believer that resistance is futile, to coin a phrase, and that The Lightbringer is a shoo-in. Taint necessarily so and, at this point in time, there are some disturbing indications that Obama may have difficulty capturing the lightening in the bottle once again, like he did in 2008.

I am afraid this series will be shamelessly derivative -- borrowing on posts, assertions, statistics, and other numbers and facts -- to repeat them to whatever minuscule audience this blog may attract. I encourage you to blatantly rip off anything I post here to the same effect.

Let's start with today's numbers:

The Rasmussen daily tracking (a.k.a., Raz DT) has Fearless FosDICK at 45% but also note that he has been orbiting in the negative double digit approval index range since June 9th where he inexplicably went from -12 to -9 and then back up to -15. (Can we say aberration, boys and girls?) Also note that he only stays in single digit negative approval range is for brief stretches in January and February of this year. Altogether nothing to crow about. His stretch of Raz DT negative double-digit approval index days is staggering. Check it out.

The image of the Raz DT is below; click to embiggen.


(I recommend you consult the Rasmussen Daily Tracking as opposed to looking at their one-day post. It will give you a better ideal of the trends. Pay particular attention to the excursions of the Strongly Approve and Strongly Disapprove columns; they are instructive. There is a link from this blog to the Raz DT down there on the right.)
 
"THE POUTUS (courtesy of Big Hairy News)"

Well, that was Rasmussen. In other disturbing news for The Pantload, the Gallup Daily has him at 50% Disapprove/42% Approve. While not the lowest, it seems to be the latest in a series of numbers that is trending lower. Truth be told, though, Gallup is a left-favoring poll and the numbers seem to bounce off the low end of the 40% range.Click to look at that as well.


An interesting note is that you can download the actual data into Excel if you wish. There's a tab on the Gallup graph that makes it so.

But the question is always asked, "why is Obama in still in the forties?" I offer two explanations: Firstly, some of the MSM and pollsters probably skew the Dem/Republican/Independent laughably in an effort to keep The POUTUS's head above water. This assertion on my part could (and [probably will) consume a whole other post. For the moment, if you get addicted to following these numbers, I recommend you visit Hot Air and become a student of Ed Morrissey's excellent analyses (plural) Ed not only artfully unpacks the poll skewing, he blows truck-sized holes in the employment and job number spin made by Obama's crack economic team and their MSM handmaidens.

The second reason I offer is the infamous Bradley Effect. Go to the link and read up on it, I ain't going to explain it suffice to say that, unlike how they like to paint us on the right, we are NOT racist.

As an after-dinner mint, I offer the observation that Hugh Hewitt (Hew Hughitt?) made the other day. Realize that heretofore, Obama had to be dragged, kicking and screaming, to press conferences. Now, in the midst of the so-called debt crisis, he's held three in the past fortnight. Hugh surmises that the internal polling numbers by his staff on this must be absolutely horrid for him to keep going to the well that often. And, as we all know, when he was popping up all over the place back in 2009, he did not wear well with the American public. One wonders how he will do when he campaigns -- well, campaigns more than he is doing now.

Anyway, you know what I mean.

In closing, I'll say that I want to continue to traffic in these types of tidbits; it's good intel and we need to keep ourselves in the game, committees of correspondence, and all that. The man can and will be thrown out of office if we get to work like we did in 2010.

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July 16, 2011

One and done..

The Conservative Lady, a frequent visitor and gracious commenter here remarks on her -- and a lot of our shared desires -- that The Chicago Jesus be a one-term president. In a similar vein, LL -- author and practitioner of the black art of covert ops -- -- assures us that the POUTUS will end up on the scrap-heap of history. (Although I prefer to refer to it as the dumpster.)

I have had a post brewing within me that will take wings some day in the near future, but let me preview it by saying that it is becoming apparent that there are cracks beginning to appear in Fortress Obama.

To competently post this, however, I gotta do some research to bolster my intuition. If any of you have seen these cracks as well, I'd be happy to hear from you.

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Figures of Speech..

On this, the august 32nd anniversary of Jimmah "I'm no longer  last" Carter's famous "malaise speech", I was ruminating on the parallels with the current nitwit and this heaving, sighing sack of crap and heretofore worst president of the United States.

For those of you who were (fortunately) not old enough to remember the Carter Years, the excerpt below will give you an idea of just how uninspiring this man was:


I recall watching this on TV back in 1979 and thinking that it was a good thing there wasn't a handgun in the house at the time (I had two sons, aged 5 and 3) because I would have reached for it and either emptied the clip into my head or the TV.

Yeppers, that's how depressing this message made me feel. It is also my recollection that it was soundly rejected by the American people who chucked this fool out on his ass in favor of a sunny, optimistic Ronald Reagan

This speech set the tone for the ensuing Iranian hostage crisis and cemented in the minds of most Americans that this man was truly an incompetent chief executive.

On this occasion, Laura Ingraham has come up with an interesting example just how derivative and unoriginal The Chicago Jesus really is:


What's even more interesting is that The Pantload seems to be making a habit of cribbing lines from other people to fill out his oratory:


I am sure there are many other examples of this shallow, incurious, lazy man phoning it in by plagiarizing others' words, but you get the idea. The chilling juxtaposition of Carter and Obama, however, calls into question the latter's wisdom that he would choose to use the words from a speech that epitomized all that was wrong with the former's attitude towards America: one of gloom and cynicism.

Here is hoping that. like Carter, Obama now has one foot on a banana peel and is loitering over the yawning abyss of historical ignominy. Or, as the Gipper himself might have responded:


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July 14, 2011

Why teachers drink..

Somehow, Obama and the NEA have something to do with the dumbing down of our students that results in this:







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The art of the put-down is not what it was..

These glorious insults are from an era before the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words.

  • A member of Parliament to Disraeli: "Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease." "That depends, Sir," said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."
  • "He had delusions of adequacy." - Walter Kerr
  • "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." - Winston Churchill
  • "I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." - Clarence Darrow
  • "He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).
  • "Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." - Moses Hadas
  • "I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." - Mark Twain
  • "He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.." - Oscar Wilde
  • "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one." - George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
  • "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second ... if there is one." - Winston Churchill, in response.
  • "I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here." - Stephen Bishop
  • "He is a self-made man and worships his creator." - John Bright
  • "I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial." - Irvin S. Cobb
  • "He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others." - Samuel Johnson
  • "He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up." - Paul Keating
  • "In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily." - Charles, Count Talleyrand
  • "He loves nature in spite of what it did to him." - Forrest Tucker
  • "Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?" - Mark Twain
  • "His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork." - Mae West
  • "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." - Oscar Wilde
  • "He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination." - Andrew Lang (1844-1912)
  • "He has Van Gogh's ear for music." - Billy Wilder
  • "I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it." - Groucho Marx
..to the above, let me add one of my favorite remarks about classical music made by Mark Twain:

"Wagner's operas are not nearly as bad as they sound."

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July 13, 2011

In his own words..

Ed Morrissey, over at Hot Air, prefaces this new RNC ad with the disclaimer:

The upcoming election may be easier for the GOP than people think, since Barack Obama has agreed to star in most of their commercials. Oh, he probably didn’t offer his services explicitly, but thanks to his 2008 campaign rhetoric and laughably unrealistic promises, the RNC has a treasure trove of material from which to offer a comparison between rhetoric and reality.


..sure seems like The Chicago Jesus will be starring in a lot of these productions over the next 16 months, don't it?'

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July 11, 2011

Visualize Whirled Peas..

Peas in a pod.

Split pea soup.

Snowe Peas?

Eatin' goober peas. (I know, I know.)

Peas on Earth, good will towards men.

"I always eat my peas with honey;
I've done it all my life.
They do taste kind of funny but
It keeps them on my knife."

"Me and Jenny goes together like peas and carrots."
~Forrest Gump

"I'd as soon listen to dried peas in a bladder, as listen to your thoughts."
~William Butler Yeats quotes

"In dealing with kids, no matter how little we understand their explanations, we must always remember that we're the adults. What this means I have no idea. It certainly means nothing to the kids, who instinctively seem to know that adults are merely strange people who have dopey ideas like "Stop throwing peas at your sister."
~Bill Cosby

"Banquet: a plate of cold chicken and anemic green peas completely surrounded by dreary speakers and appeals for donations"
~Anonymous Politician

“A few peas short of a casserole”
~Colloquial idiom

"I am as comfortless as a pilgrim with peas in his shoes -- and as cold as Charity, Chastity or any other Virtue."
~Lord Byron (English Poet)

"I want the right to bet Lord Byron!!"
~Trotter, the movie "Let It Ride"



..all we are saying, is give peas a chance.
~John Lennon or something

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MOO-Chelle's Mirror

Stumbled on this over the weekend. It's a simply marvelous blog for dishing the dirt on THE WIDE LOAD FLOTUS. Don't just sit here, go there immediately to read about the throw-down between the Duchess of Cambridge and MADAME TRUNK JUNK.

"Mmmm..double fries!"
UPDATE: What do you 'spose the over/under on Kate (the Duchess of Cambridge) in a food throw-down with THE WIDE LOAD FLOTUS? Well, if the princess ever wants to engage in such an activity, then she'd better get into some serious training. Seems The First Lady of Fast Food -- and head nagger in charge --is practicing the old liberal mantra, "do as I say not as I do". Per Andrew Malcolm's Top of the Ticket blog in the L. A. Times:

Michelle Obama has become the nation's foremost advocate for restaurant menu reform and healthier eating to reduce obesity, especially among children.

She has made much of the need for Americans to routinely pack away fewer calories and carbs, more veggies, fruits -- that sort of stuff.

Plus, of course, get more exercise.

But alas one of those annoying media types, a reporter from the Washington Post, happened to be on the scene in Washington today.

Of course, it's hard to miss when a busy street and a new diner are totally shut down to the public for its normal bustling traffic of lunch-hour customers for the benefit of one VIP eater.

While her husband was telling the country it's time to eat its peas and address the staggering national deficit, Mrs. Obama went out for lunch.

But the healthy-eating advocate was nabbed doing 60 in a 35 zone: At today's lunch Mrs. Obama downed a good-sized ShackBurger.

And french fries.

And a milk shake of the chocolate variety.

Andrew reports that The Shack -- where MOO-Bird was Hoovering up all the groceries -- says her meal scaled out at 1,700 calories. I'm thinking that she will be dining on a lot of meals consisting of peas and ice water to make up for that. But like Mell Brooks once said: "It's good to be the king queen.

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July 9, 2011

Somewhere in Hollywood, a Communist-sympathizing Moonbat Quietly Sheds a Tear

By the Left Coast Rebel

...because of this news at the Wall Street Journal.

Should freedom-loving peoples around the world shed a tear?

Not hardly.

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Sean Penn: Never met a Communist human rights abuser that he didn't love


More at Heritage's The Foundry.

Is CA-36 up for Grabs? Follow Robert Stacy McCain's Coverage of CA-36

By the Left Coast Rebel

This morning (Saturday) is the first time I have been able to sit down and check out the blogosphere....I'm behind on a lot of things, like the details and updates in California's 36 Congressional district race.

Robert Stacy McCain called me on Thursday and I promised to give him a big hat-tip and put my Google-search-engine-stamp on the salacious CA-36 story.

Here's the lede (the meat and potatoes) of the story, from Stacy, last month:

Janice Hahn is the Democrat running for Congress in the July 12 special election in California’s 36th District, to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Jane Harman.

As a member of the Los Angeles City Council, Hahn promoted a program to use taxpayer money to hire convicted criminals as “gang intervention specialists.” Predictably, Hahn’s government employment program for gangsters amounted to a taxpayer subsidy for violent crime.
A potential California liberal congress-critter (I know, that's redundant) that hired convicts? Sounds juicy indeed. It doesn't stop there, though. Stacy has followed with several updates from mid to late June:

Are you up to speed?

The plot thickens, keep your focus, this is crazy stuff.

Apparently this Democrat -- Janice Hahn -- was not happy with a particular L.A. news station coverage of her involvement in the convicts-for-hire program. Hahn's lawyers issued a cease and desist order against the station! Again, Stacy writes:
When Janice Hahn’s lawyers sent a cease-and-desist letter to KTTV Fox 11 — trying to stop the Los Angeles station from following up on its 2008 investigation of Hahn’s controversial “gang intervention” progam — they probably didn’t expect this. “Large mistake, madame,” says the award-winning Ace of Spades. Because KTTV and Chris Blatchford not only stood by their original coverage, they followed up with an in-depth eight-minute report that devastates Hahn’s credibility.
Here's the video from KTTV that Stacy eludes to:



Whiskey, tango, foxtrot! Hahn is facing her Republican candidate, Craig Huey on Tuesday. Does this lunacy mean that a G.O.P'er actually has a shot at a congressional seat here in the People's Republic of Kalifornia?

Stranger things have happened, like pigs flying and cows jumping over the moon...so we can all cross our fingers for next week's results. A Huey victory would be a pleasant palate cleanser after the November, 2010 Democrat rout here in California.

Follow The Other McCain's coverage of CA-36 here.

Gun Control?

Just sayin'..

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One Big Joke..

A recent NY Magazine News & Features shows a bunch of pics of The Chicago Jesus the target of sycophantic laughter.

..but what if the people in this picture were laughing at this boob instead of with him?

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July 8, 2011

MOURN. THIS. LOSS.

Betty Ford passed away today. No qualifications, no "ifs", "ands", or "buts". She was simply one of the so many decorous first ladies who brought grace and charm to that role -- and despite her personal difficulties as a breast cancer and her addiction to pain killers. -- she presided over the social aspects of the White House as the wife of a president who arguably inherited the job as our chief executive in a most difficult time.

There were many rude and inconsiderate jokes made about her husband, Gerald Ford, and his clumsiness. (Lyndon B. Johnson once remarked, "He's a nice fellow but he spent too much time playing football without a helmet.") But these two were of good Midwestern stock and the type of people you would want in the White House after Watergate and Richard Nixon's resignation.

They came within a whisker of getting Gerry re-elected but, nonetheless, carried off their apres-POTUS and FLOTUS years with that quiet, plain, simple dignity that was their hallmark.

May she find happiness in being reunited with her husband and God bless them.

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HATE. THIS. MAN.


..hopefully in 2012, he'll be:


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LOVE. THIS.WOMAN.


Michelle Bachman, first GOP candidate to comment on the latest massive stink bomb laid by The Chicago Jesus's [non]economic policies (emphasis added):

"Today's unemployment report is another stark reminder of the failure of President Obama's economic policies. The President promised if we passed the massive stimulus package that unemployment wouldn't go above 8 percent, we are now at 9.2 percent. Unfortunately, millions of Americans are suffering today as a result of the president's broken promise and his policy of attempting to create jobs through massive government spending that has added over 35 percent to our national debt.

"Amidst this economic freefall, it should not be lost that the architect of the President's failed economic policies, Timothy Geithner, will head for the door after he attempts to cement the President's legacy of massive spending and debt by raising the debt limit another $2.4 trillion dollars. We can only hope that the President will be right behind him after the next election.

"The President promised 'shovel-ready' projects that would create jobs, but now the President says 'shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected.' Mr. President, it's time to take the shovel out of your hand and stop digging. ATM's aren't responsible for our high unemployment rate; your administration's threat of higher taxes, massive government spending, and overregulation are."
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