June 4, 2012

Wintour of our discontent..

"Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York..


- Duke of Gloster, Richard III, Act I Scene 1
It seems that the gang that can't shoot straight -- the Obama campaign -- has now also turned tone-deaf. Last Friday, in addition to hijacking Air Force One to go on a campaign junket thinly veiled as official business (a factory tour and speechifying sandwiched between six fundraisers), they also are going to allow the peasants a pair o' seats at their table at an upcoming NY fundraiser "hosted" by Sara Jessica "Why the long Face" Parker and Anna "I'm always in Vogue" Wintour.

The Romney/RNC Blitzkrieg did not waste any time jumping on this one:


It's a goodly part of the ad in playing in the background with those oh so uncomfortable numbers up close and personal.

How bad was this?

Even Juan Williams on Fox's Chris Matthews Sunday show gets it:


I won't dwell on the annoying accent and arrogance of Wintour as she recounts her good fortune at meeting women like Parker and "Mee-Shell Obah-Ma" but I truly wonder about a campaign whose dissonance includes bashing Romney as a One-Percenter while simultaneously seekign to raise funds with this bitch and Ferris Beuller's wife.

If any of you go, be sure to give us a report on the proceedings. I mean, we're all just waiting on pins and needles out here in flyover country..

..NOT!

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June 2, 2012

Clown at the Wheel

I am not in a good mood.

This, I am certain sure, matters little to you but I wanted to set the context for this post. Ain't tripping all over Casa War Planner, strewing rose petals and humming a merry tune. That's all.

And it is not in the slightest that the ass clown in the White House -- our house, The People's House -- continues his feckless, childish, incurious escapades as our chief executive.

It is, I guess because I am awake at 0442 on a Saturday morning faced with the prospect of a full day at hard labor with little sleep and -- among other things -- my IRA down about $14,000 over the last week. (And I ain't rich; that's a sizable decline.)

Just, you know, a number irritants combining into a perfect storm of sullenness.

But, as long as I am up and irritable, let's have at what may be the underlying cause of my $14,000 loss -- and similar losses in your portfolios -- Barack Obama.
Yesterday, the jobs report came out. It showed that the private economy created only 69,000 jobs for the month of May. The report also said there were actually 49,000 fewer jobs in March and April than they originally reported. It also reported that unemployment went rose a to 8.2 percent, a tenth of a percent up from the previous month.

The day before, the ADP Monthly Employment Report stated that U.S. nonfarm private business sector increased by 133,000 from April to May.Also Thursday, the nation's Gross Domestic Product for the first quarter of 2012 was revised from 2.2 percent to an extremely anemic 1.9 percent.

Yesterday, stocks took a huge face plant -- the Dow Jones lost 275 (the most it's lost in 2012) points and the NASDAQ and S&P indexes were similarly off as well.

This morning, the movers and shakers in the world economic arena are saying we could be faced with a run on banks and a freezing of capital markets we saw four years ago. They call it The Great Panic of 2008.
So, amidst all of this terrible economic news, how does our POTUS respond? Well, yesterday, this man rode half way across this country in Air Force One to campaign for another four years for his job -- and you and I are picking up a majority of the expenses for this trip. I'll get back to you on that outrage later. First let me present to you with the White House schedule for 1 June 2012:
9:15 am The President departs the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews

9:30 am The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route to Minneapolis, Minnesota

10:45 am The President arrives at Minneapolis, Minnesota

11:45 am The President tours Honeywell’s Golden Valley facility

12:10 pm The President delivers remarks urging Congress to act on the “To Do List”

1:15 pm The President delivers remarks at a campaign event at
Bachelor Farmer Restaurant, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2:25 pm The President attends a campaign event, Bachelor Farmer Restaurant, Minneapolis, Minnesota

3:20 pm The President departs Minneapolis, Minnesota en route to Chicago, Illinois

6:10 pm The President delivers remarks at a campaign event, Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center, Illinois

7:25 pm The President delivers remarks at a campaign event, Chicago, Illinois, Private Residence
Wow! Now don't you feel better? I mean The Chicago Jesus is really on the job here, ain't he? I feel so much better now knowing that he is able to do some intel on the ground at a factory while Hoovering up some campaign bucks in Minnesota and Illinois.

But aside from him doing absolutely nothing to address the economy -- not even one pivot towards jobs yesterday -- the only thing I can see on his schedule that remotely appears to be a non-campaign event is the 90 minutes he visited the Honeywell plant to look around for half an hour and lecture congress on his "to-do list".

Pot meet kettle.

Oh, and on the subject of who's picking up the tab on these little forays, there's an article that Susan Crabtree did in April on the subject. Ms Crabtree points out:
Mr. Obama has shown a penchant for piggybacking fundraisers onto official trips, and figuring out the details of how much the Obama campaign must reimburse taxpayers for the mixed trips is complicated and opaque, confounding presidential scholars and even the most experienced federal election law experts.

“Nobody knows how much the travel has to be paid for by either the Democratic National Committee or the president's campaign committee, or how they come up with the data, or how long they have to reimburse it after the travel takes place,” said Brett Kappel, an expert on election law at Arent Fox. “It’s a total mystery — it’s a black box.”
Doing some digging, Ms Crabtree surmises that -- whatever is paid -- it probably ain't a whole hell of a lot (emphasis added):
Despite Mr. Obama’s pledge to run the most transparent administration in history, the White House and the Obama campaign have done little to clarify the situation.

White House and campaign spokesmen repeatedly told The Washington Times they were abiding by all campaign laws in their reimbursements for political travel by the president, vice president and other administration officials, but could not shed any light on how those reimbursement figures are determined and when and where the reimbursements are made.

A search of Obama campaign Federal Election Commission reports turned up less than $5,500 in payments last year to the U.S. Treasury — and those payments did not list the purpose behind them.

“The campaign will follow all rules and pay for the portion of travel that relates to political events, as has been true for previous incumbent presidential candidates,” said Obama campaign spokeswoman Katie Hogan.
And to put that five grand in context, there's this to consider:
Few estimates exist for the cost of flying the president, vice president and Cabinet and administration officials around the country, but the extensive advance teams, Secret Service agents, vehicles and military and civilian personnel required are not cheap. In 1998, the Air Force estimated the cost of operating Air Force One, a modified Boeing 747, at at least $57,000 an hour.
So, not only is his lobster-sucking wife living large on our nickel, turns out we're getting stiffed big time so this guy can get the funds to get his sorry ass re-elected.

Ruin your Saturday?

Did mine.

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June 1, 2012

They Audacity of Hype: Halo Pictures

I am sure you've seen them. they started out when this asswipe started leaking into the kens of the mentally-and-emotionally challenged feelings-based members of our society back in late 2007. Those who hungered and thirsted for a messiah to deliver us from the evils of Bush and the Republicans turned their hearts over to the jugeared pantload Chicago Jesus POTUS.

Soon they began popping up all over, these digital manifestations of all of this rock-star swooning: the picture of Obama with a halo behind his head. I could run a series of them -- in increasing order of abject fawning and reverence -- but I am sure you are either reqading this while consuming your breakfast, a mid-day snack, lunch, or anchovy pizza and I would not want to upset your consumption of victuals.

But they're out there in all their glory, lurking, waiting for some tingly-legged swooner to turn over their mortgage and car payment bills to.

Not comes this latest offense, an adoring photog silhouetted President Turd Bag's shadow against the Viet Nam wall and included the obligatory halo:


Now I suppose -- photographically -- there's no way you could get an image like that without a flash halo, but still, it's particularly offensive to me that this American-hating, socialist pig with no military service nor a shred of love for our military would deign to cast his sordid shadow on an obsidian-black memorial whereon the names of 55,000 heroes who gave their all for this country -- including my college room mate, Corporal Terry Ogami, and my high school classmate, 1LT Garrett Eddy.

As with so many things this consummate fool and his tongue-bathing followers have done, it is wildly inappropriate to the point of being vomit-inducing.

Enjoy..

..and get your friends and neighbors, comrades and mates, and anyone you can out to vote and eradicate this stain from the fabric of our government.

PERSONAL AND NOT-SO-PRIVATE REMIDER-TO-SELF:  Here is a sample of what one of the more insidious trolls over at HG had to say along these lines. (Not rogerb but that slimeball, angryed.)
Never forget what is underneath. Things like:
People join the military because they have nothing else. It’s a depository for those without a place in normal society. It’s a career for the uneducated who like to play with guns. In other words, your typical rural area in Arkansas or Alabama.
angryed on May 10, 2012 at 2:15 PM
rogerb on June 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM
..roger, I never saw that comment; thanks for re-posting it. If that assshole ever shows up here again we ought to remind him what a festering piece of camel afterbirth he is.
Excuse me, but I am livid. If angryed ever mugged, beaten, robbed, contracts colon cancer, and gets run over by a garbage truck, I will search the ends of the earth for his final resting place, go there, and take a massive dump on his grave.
The guy is a sniveling, rotten piece of filth.
Note to Ed: sorry if my rant is bannable. I am just very disjointed that someone would actually admit to what that bastid said.
The War Planner on June 1, 2012 at 1:44 PM
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Jobs Report: The oher shoe drops..


Today's May jobs numbers came out and it was not good. I am sure you have seen all of the buzz on the other sites. And I am sure you will here the spin from the scared-straight Dems who are attempting to save the ass of their amazing jug-eared, golf-playing, slow-jammin' clueless preezy.

..and I am sure you will be engaged in conversations with a couple of those die-hard, liberal Obama butt-swooshers at the office -- you know, the bitter clingers of the left who still love this clown despite the train wreck he's made out of this country. These guys will undoubtedly offer white-knuckled apologia for the whole situation using their favorite "inherited" narrative.

Well, here's a concise rebuttal to those clowns as to who really bear the blame for this economy -- and it goes back to before The Ass-Clown was elected. Cut and fold and keep in your wallet for the occasions where debate with these idiots eventuates:

The last month that the Republicans controlled the House, the Senate, and the Presidency was December 2006.

What was the unemployment rate in December 2006?

4.4%

New Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Senators Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, etc. all inherited a GOOD economy from Republicans on January 4, 2007!!!

I have had enough of Democrats saying that Obama inherited a bad economy from Bush.

Bush and the Republicans ceased to be in the majority party on January 4, 2007.

Obama and the Democrats began majority party control of spending on January 4, 2007.

The true date of the transition in the balance of power is NOT January 20, 2009. It IS January 4, 2007.

By the way, the low point in the Employment-population ratio during the Bush-Republican majority years was 62.0 in September 2003. The 2003 Bush Tax cuts turned the economy around, and the Employment-population ratio increased all the way up until… the Democrats took majority control of the House, Senate, and overall spending process…

It is Democrats who drove the economy into the ditch.

It is Democrats who pushed the CRA and blocked Republican attempts to reform Fannie/Freddie. It is Democrats who are mostly responsible for TARP, and totally responsible for the Porkulus, Cash for Clunkers, etc. yet they blame that ALL on Bush and then claim it as their baseline to claim that they haven’t increased spending much.

They LIE.

ITguy on June 1, 2012 at 9:30 AM

ITGuy made this remark and is a commenter over on Hot Air. He would bag on Romney (I think he backed Santorum) and would frustrate the hell out of me. But he is a good troop, always has the facts at hand (see above), and can be counted on to be fair and logical.

In any event, and on the main topic, there's much pain in this economy and it's been going on for a long time. Yet Mr Job Pivot is in Minnesota and Illinois today for fundraisers. Too bad he can't squeeze in a round of golf.

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May 31, 2012

Our Economy: The Baby Ruth in the Swimming Pool


Sorry for the overabundance of scatological references but, in case you have not yet rad the news, there are these little turdlets floating around in the Obamanomic punchbowl:

(1) Weekly first-time jobless claims rose 10,000 from an upwardly-adjusted previous week's 373,000 to 383,000.

(2) The ADP May jobs report was put at 133,000 -- up from a downwardly revised 113,000 April report. This number ostensibly represents the private sector jobs created during a month from the folks who provide paycheck software services.

(3) The 1Q 2012 GDP rate was revised downward from 2.2% to 1.9% which is significantly less than the 3% 4Q 2011 rate.

Dunno about you all, but it sure looks like the economy is clamping on the binders. It's technically not a recession but this economy is definitely on life-support. There's this analysis from Ed Morriseey over at Hot Air:
What happens when profits fall? Jobs don’t get created, and business doesn’t expand. Don’t expect a significant boost in job creation this summer, in other words, or perhaps even the fall. Looks like we’re in for another Stagnant Spring and Wreckovery Summer once again.
..it'll be more than that, Ed. Looming just after the election is another debt ceiling fight and gauging by Preezy's Fight or Flight preferences for the last dust-up (and especially if he loses), he'll be playing at least two rounds of golf per day. After that there's the Taxmageddon thing that -- one can be certain -- the lame duck Congress and gummint will want to address in the 20 days or so left in their work year.

Oh yes, and then there's the question of wither ObamaCare (or the unrejected remnants thereof) in 2013. Bottom line: not a screaming amount of certainty in that picture.

So here's the exit question: as a business, given all this, how much hiring will you be doing over the next four or five months?

Naw, mate, the employment, spending, and economic numbers are gonna stink up the barn from now until JugEarz is gone. Hopefully and changefully, that will be on November 6th.

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May 30, 2012

Chickens coming home to roost, baby..

This perhaps comes under that heading, I suppose. You cannot be a stone doofus for four years and not pay the price.

How many of you wake up in the morning to the innocuous, almost-vapid Fox and Friends? You know, all the puff pieces and set-ups for the hard articles that supposedly come at 0600 PDT? Sometimes those three (and their weekend counterparts) do get a little hard-edged and run with something truly edgy. I offer a case in point for your visual enjoyment:


Over on Hot Air, there' s a raging controversy about whether this is nothing more than a blatant 4-minute political advert. (Well, actually, it's pretty one-sided; almost 100% favorable.) Frankly, I don't give a good goddam. How often does JugEarz go on morning shows and get tongue bathed from the knee-pad MSM or lap dances from the cackling hens on The View?

UPDATE: On the other hand, here's an enabler from CNN getting her pretty little liberal fanny handed to her by John Sununu (apologies for the commercial):


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May 29, 2012

Clear your schedules, the clown show is coming..


2012 DNC NATIONAL CONVENTION SCHEDULE

4:00 PM Opening Flag Burning Ceremony
4:05 PM Singing of "God Damn America" led by Rev. Jeremiah Wright
4:10 PM Pledge of Allegiance to Obama

4:15 PM Ceremonial 'I Hate America' led by Michelle Obama
4:30 PM Tips on Dodging Sniper Fire , Hillary Clinton
4:45 PM Al Sharpton Leads Castrati Choir in Singing, "Great Balls of Fire"

5:00 PM UFO Abduction Survival , Joe Biden
5:30 PM Eliot Spitzer Speaks on "Family Values" via Satellite
5:45 PM Tribute to All 57 States

6:00 PM Joe Biden Delivers 100,000-Word Speech Featuring 23-Minute Question and 2-Hour Answer
8:30 PM Airing of Grievances by the Clintons
9:00 PM Bill Clinton Delivers Rousing Endorsement of Obama Girl

9:15 PM Tribute Film to Freedom Fighters at Gitmo , Michael Moore
9:45 PM Personal Finance Seminar - Charlie Rangel
10:00 PM Denunciation of Bitter Gun Owners, Rosie O'Donnell

10:30 PM Ceremonial Waving of White Flag for Iraq & Afghanistan
11:00 PM Obama Energy Plan Symposium/Tire Gauge Demonstration
11:15 PM Free Gov. Blagojevich rally

11:30 PM Obama Accepts Tony and Latin Grammy Awards
11:45 PM Feeding of the Delegates with 5 Loaves and 2 Fish, Obama Presiding
12:00 AM Official Nomination of Obama by Bill Maher

12:01 AM Obama Accepts Nomination as Lord and Savior
12:05 AM Celestial Choirs Sing
3:00 AM Biden Delivers Acceptance Speech

NOTE: There is one omission in the list above: Memorial recognition of Obama's surrogate son, Trayvon, will be in conjunction with the 12:05 AM event.

OPTION:
Closing with a "Declaration of War" on the rich; to be decided just before the Convention. Mitt Romney will be declared "Public Enemy Number One".

(Thanks to my good friend, retired Georgia Detective Tom Alexander, for this.)

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May 28, 2012

Thank You

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
There is a very moving scene at the end of the movie, Bridges at Toko Ri, where the admiral ponders the nobility and sacrifice made by those sailors, marines, and airmen under his command. He concludes the soliloquy with the poignant question
"..where do we get such men?"
Indeed..

..and may God bless them and keep them in the loving cradle of his arms.
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May 15, 2012

Bright, Shiny Things and Rational Thought!


Over at Hot Air, there is a running mantra (a meme) that refers to "shiny things" and it alludes to The Pantload's campaign attempting to distract the soon-to-be-voting public from this SCOAMF's pathetic and abysmal record as POTUS (with particular attention to his miserable record on the economy).

An example of this is Obama's recent affinity for the subject matter of same-sex marriage and gay rights and all of that hoo-hah. It is, of course, nothing but a cynical ploy to Hoover up more campaign bux from his ultra-lib Hollywood sycophants, get the gay community to open up their wallets, and otherwise create a ruckus.

Needless to say, the fifth-column, fourth estate tongue-bathing MSM is complicit in this effort. Case in point: Romney's alleged bullying and shearing of a high school mate..way back in 1965. The WaPo article, of course, timed to coincide with The Pantload's "coming out" party on ABC.

But, sometimes even when they do address the economy, they shamelessly obscure the facts as skillfully as one of those street-side 3-card Monty dealers. The facts are that a recent poll over at USA Today supposedly paints an imminent picture of a rosy economy: Americans more optimistic economy is looking up, poll says.

So, from the headline, one gathers it;s another puff piece for Plugs and The Pantload. Recovery Summer -- after three resets -- is finally upon us?

Wrong, buffalo breath. To sum things up succinctly, I call upon a comment from one of my favorite Hot Air regulars, Rational Thought (emphasis added):
Oh my gosh. This is unbelievable! Click over to the story. The USA Today headline is: “Americans more optimistic economy is looking up, poll says.” But that isn’t what they polled at all. They polled on the economy a year from now, but wrote a headline that suggests people think the economy is improving now, which they do not — 71% rate the economy as “poor.”

And then you have to read deep into the story to find that a majority — 55% — believe the economy will improve if Romney is elected, and only 46% say that if Obama is re-elected. 27% say the economy would worsen in a Romney first term; 37% say it would worsen in Obama’s second term. Romney’s unfavorables are down to 41%; Obama’s are up to 46%. This poll is devastating for Obama. Devastating. And his media lapdogs have tried to put a shiny Obama bow on it.

Rational Thought on May 15, 2012 at 12:33 PM
This commenter's thoughts over on HA always bring a smile to my face because he's..well..so rational!

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May 13, 2012

New Hero of the day for WP!

Got this via The Hill Buzz blog:


Magnificent rant! I gotta do more research on this guy, but -- for today at least -- he's my hero.

..and don't start with the racka-racka about "if he's so goddam commonsensical, why's he driving without a seat belt."

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May 9, 2012

Quote of the Day..

Borrowing and watering down the regular feature that Allahpundit uses to shut down the nightly proceedings over on Hot Air, I thought I'd add this little gem I read over on AceOfSpades blog:

Arguing with liberals is like playing chess with a pigeon; no matter how good I am at chess, the pigeon is just going to knock out the pieces, crap on the board, and strut around like it is victorious."
~~Anonymous

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May 6, 2012