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This Is Not The Cocaine Sniffing Vice Presidential Daughter You Are Looking For

March 31st, 2009 at 7:50 pm by Brian

Is the Pajamas Media mindtrick working yet?  Recite until it’s not an issue anymore.

Radaronline has gotten to take a look at Biden’s coke princess daughter and is shocked - shocked – to learn that the bitch she got set up.*

So what?  Did somebody force her to put a straw up her nose?

It was a setup.

The video purporting to show Vice President Joe Biden‘s daughter Ashley snorting cocaine was preplanned by a man trying to get rich selling the tape, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.

The man, who is apparently a friend of Ashley’s, even bought the cocaine and the hidden camera, our investigation has uncovered.

“Your investigation”?  That entails what, exactly?  The guy selling the tape shoving it into your reluctant faces?

Let me say this.  You don’t need real cocaine to put out a fake video.  You don’t need a hidden camera if you’re using an actress.   You don’t hire a law firm in advance of selling the tape if it’s fake.  If it was fake both Biden and his daughter would be out loud and proud in front of the cameras proclaiming their innocence.

RadarOnline.com viewed the tape but did not offer to purchase it. The man who made the tape shopped it to several media outlets but did not receive any written offers, we’ve learned.

Now, RadarOnline.com has discovered that the woman who is alleged to be Ashley Biden was set up in an elaborate plot by her “friend.” The man bought cocaine and a hidden camera and brought the cocaine to a party.

He then made sure that he was in correct position to film her when she snorted the drugs.

Click here to read report that the lawyer representing the drug tape seller quit.

The seller had planned to get the woman alleged to be Ashley on tape doing drugs for at least three weeks. The tape was shot this year.

It is clear from the tape that the woman said to be Ashley Biden does not know she is being filmed.

There is nothing illegal about videotaping someone without their permission unless they have an expectation of privacy. For example, some place like the inside of your home by yourself or in a bathroom.  We’re videotaped every day without our permission.  At a traffic light.  At a store by surveillance.

Having someone else in the room with you diminishes any expectation of privacy you might have in the event you decide to start wiping your ass or hoovering up a mirrorful of sweet Colombian Marching Powder in plain view.

Let’s all tilt our heads to the left and wipe that tear out of our eyes.  It’s all gonna be ok, pumpkin.  We’ll announce in the press conference that you’re already seeking treatment at a swanky rehab centre and that this is “a private family” matter and that they hope the press will let this story die so this poor, little rich girl can get the help she so desperately couldn’t have cared less about before this video surfaced.

The press will dutifully oblige and send flowers.  Meanwhile, Andrew Sullivan’s stakeout of Bristol Palin’s vagina will resume it’s regularly scheduled broadcast.

Eww.  This whole topic is just so unpleasant.  Let’s talk about something else!

How about how Obama’s ruining the country?

Oh, wait.  We’re not allowed to talk about that anymore either.

Tell me fellas, when did ya’ll switch out the pajamas for a straitjacket and a mouth gag?

Here’s over 30 stories the New York Times ran on the Bush Twins illegally buying their own completely legal alcohol when they were underage.

Current Biden daughter cocaine stories?  Zero.  A commenter in one NYT blog post about the British press mentions it.

USA Today from the Wayback Machine:

Bush twins in spotlight

Most college kids get away with it. But when you’re famous and shadowed by a stone-faced guardian with a squiggly radio cord coming out his ear, delivering the fake ID with nonchalance is a challenge.

So President Bush’s twin daughters got caught. Last week, Jenna and Barbara Bush landed in the nation’s newspapers and all over TV, one charged with possessing alcohol, the other with using someone else’s ID.

The Bush White House responded to the widespread coverage by taking snide shots at journalists in a news conference and getting testy in private discussions. What they want is simple: The same hands-off coverage that Chelsea Clinton received as a child of the first family. Whether they recognize it or not, that’s exactly what they are getting. Most responsible media avoid writing about presidential children — unless their actions force them into the limelight.

It’s not just a family story either. As governor, Bush signed the law that stiffens the penalty for second and third alcohol offenses in Texas. A majority in the U.S. House and Senate voted to withhold federal dollars from states that didn’t stiffen enforcement of under-age drinking laws.

Coverage of alcohol and the legal system is not pointless. Both impact millions every year. With Bush’s daughters entangled in the two, expecting media silence is fantasy.

Forbid!  Alcohol and the legal system.  It impacts millions.  To expect media silence is fantasy.

Where’s USA Today, today?  You guessed it:

you-guessed-it

Welcome to Fantasyland.

Seriously.  I do not even care if she did it.  I want everything decriminalized.   What matters is the selective media blackout when we have clear-cut examples of a double standard.  That and that Joe Biden has gleefully tossed millions in jail and ruined their lives for doing less than his daughter is alleged to have done.

Regulating the Recipients of Government Largess

March 31st, 2009 at 4:08 pm by Cranky

Congressman Barney Frank*, ladies and gentlemen:

But now, in a little-noticed move, the House Financial Services Committee, led by chairman Barney Frank, has approved a measure that would, in some key ways, go beyond the most draconian features of the original AIG bill. The new legislation, the “Pay for Performance Act of 2009,” would impose government controls on the pay of all employees – not just top executives — of companies that have received a capital investment from the U.S. government.

We need a gutsy Republican who will put forward a motion on the floor to include members of Congress as recipients of U.S. government investment. Yes, I know it is an expense – a horrible, horrible expense – and not a capital investment, but work with me people.

Furthermore, campaign donations in excess of $2,000 should be taxed at 90% because, frankly, the common American doesn’t receive gift money from the banking industry. Outrage!

* I hear he is gay.

I-I-I, Me-Me-Me

March 30th, 2009 at 8:20 pm by Brian

Like it matters.  When he fails it’s going to be all Bush’s fault:

My Auto Task Force

And so today, I am announcing that my administration will

In this context, my administration will offer General Motors adequate working capital over the next 60 days. During this time, my team will be working closely with GM to produce a better business plan.

I am committed to doing all I can to see if a deal can be struck

Now, I know that when people even hear the word “bankruptcy” it can be a bit unsettling, so let me explain what I mean. What I am talking about is..

What I am not talking about is a process where a company is broken up, sold off, and no longer exists. And what I am not talking about is having a company stuck in court for years…

It is my hope that the steps I am announcing…

let me say it as plainly as I can …

I’m directing my team to take several steps.

I want to work with Congress to identify parts of the Recovery Act..

I am designating a new Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers

I-I-I wish he-he-he would STFU-STFU-STFU.  Obama knows how to make a car that millions of Americans without any money are going to buy while placating the unions?

When does the head of the Union get fired?  Oh, yea.  The inmates are now running the asylum.  Go rent ‘Gung Ho’ and let me how that turns out.

Our New Envy-Based Economy

March 30th, 2009 at 10:23 am by Preston Taylor Holmes

Ron Hart provides the best definition I’ve seen yet of Credit Default Swaps.

Credit default swaps are nothing but off-track betting, where one company promises to back bond payments from another. This is like Mafia protection money, only with less transparency. Allowing the gamblers to default would have been fine for our country.

When clearly insolvent companies are propped up by the government, we have a fake economy. Distrust of this manipulated market makes the usual economic metrics unreliable and creates a dangerous business landscape. Private business owners, who risk their capital and make sensible decisions, are forced to compete with inefficiently run, yet politically connected, companies.

…Not to mention the most accurate description I’ve yet heard for our blessed elected officials.

The stimulus bill, written by Democrats, passed by Congress and signed by President Obama, included a provision for AIG to pay contractually obligated bonuses of less than .01 percent of its bailout money.

After the public reacted to AIG’s bonus plan, the thespians in Congress feigned outrage. If there is anything politicians do well, it is acting angry about something they did – followed closely by pointing fingers and sidestepping issues. Shucking and jiving round out the top five.

Elected officials are that rare breed of multi-taskers who can both cause a problem and be incensed by the results. As long as 51 percent of us are dumb enough to buy it, they stay in their gerrymandered and lobbyist-dominated offices.

RTWT.

Doing Blow Off Ashley Biden’s Chest and The Only One Who Gives Orders Is Boss

March 29th, 2009 at 11:04 pm by Brian

There are quite a few reasons to highlight the story of Biden’s daughter’s alleged flakefest instead of playing this magnanimous “I wouldn’t want it done to me and my kids” card being trotted out by The Chivalrous Knights of the Center Right. And I’m reposting my comment from another site but we all have our reasons.

First, let me second Dan Riehl’s observations here.  The scolding Miss Manners of Centrism have gotten our asses handed to us the last two election cycles.

A. That luxury has not been afforded to the Bush twins over alcohol when they weren’t 21. Mary Cheney’s gayness being brought up during the VP debates.  They put Pattie Davis in Playboy to piss off Daddy didn’t they?  Andrew Sullivan’s conspiratorial stalker-lite snoopings around Bristol Palin’s nether regions and attacking a baby of all things.  Etc., etc.

B. Joe Biden is a big Drug Warrior. That’s a terrific CATO podcast link to Timothy Lynch’s comments about Biden’s selection. Now’s the time to even out that crack vs. coke sentencing disparity. Otherwise, we’ll think that white people getting caught doing cocaine is no big deal but black people doing cocaine in crack form gets them sent up the river. Take one for the team, Ashley. Dad’s Team. Dad’s team kicks your door in at night. Shoots first and asks questions maybe.

C. She’s 27 years old. How long do you get to be a kid in this country? The tape is evidently of her joking that the lines aren’t big enough and from within the year.  Sorry, but when Dad’s running for the big job and you’re out tooting it up like the whistle on the Chattanooga Choo-Choo you’ve got to know these no longer youthful indiscretions are going to bite you and Dad in the ass.

D. In light of the President’s plan to continue raiding pot dispensaries and the increasing drug violence along the Mexican border, Hillary Clinton is in Mexico this week condemning Americans for doing the drugs that have the cartels holding daily bullet festivals. Coincidentally the same kinds of drugs her Brother tries to sell pardons for and Brother-In-Law has been convicted of.  Drugs her husband admitting doing and not inhaling.  Drugs the current President engaged in freely.  Drugs the last President did before Jesus became the ultimate high.

Let’s clean our own houses first, eh?

It’s a story whether you want it to be or not. When did Pajamas Media get to be the filter that tells us what we are and aren’t allowed to talk about. You can reason. You implore. But the only one who gives orders is Boss.

Biden’s helped write the laws that have sent millions to jail. If he can’t stop his own daughter then how the hell are we?

Dad’s running around thanking Spain for all of their help in Iraq.  Spain hates us.   They cut and ran so fast I was afraid that their mothers were going to switch them to safety scissors lest they trip and land on them.  Maybe he should get drug tested too.

Maybe they should all get drug tested.  If it’s good enough for our welfare recipientson government assistance, it’s good enough for our welfare recipients in Congress who just voted themselves another fat raise while millions are getting laid off.

Breitbart’s Conservative Manifesto:

The Huffington Post, Daily Kos and other left-leaning sites benefit from the right’s belief that there are rules and decorum in political debate and civic engagement. Of course, every now and then, a curious right-winger will go in and engage in discussion at a left-wing site, but rarely under purely disingenuous and mass coordinated means.

David Brock, John Podesta, am I missing something?

As a prolific consumer of online content, I value nothing more than the sincere expression of opinion that differs from mine. Sometimes I am even moved or swayed from my dogma. But that was not the type of communication that got Mr. Obama elected.

The American right is in a heap of trouble in a media age that doesn’t shun the goons and liars that have poisoned the political process and won the American presidency by breaking the rules of fair play. It is time to fight back, but it won’t be easy. The enemy is willing to do and say anything in order to win.

And our side simply is not.  Even when we are completely in the right and have non-nefarious motives for doing so.

The Resurrection Has Been Cancelled

March 29th, 2009 at 1:58 pm by Brian

Enlightened Redneck has a hilarious post up about how Obama ruined the White House Easter Egg Roll with his new lottery system.  It seems that even on the most trivial of issues that Our Saviour, St. Urkel the X is too clever by a King Solomon half.

President Obama thought outside the box and decided it was better to move the ticketing process online — and predictably, the system didn’t work as advertised.

People like us who, technologically speaking, were in line before anyone else didn’t get tickets. The fairness of the first-come, first-served process of the past was dumped for a system that rewarded egg-roll enthusiasts based on random luck.

All you had to do was click at the right time (without knowing what that time was) and hope that the system didn’t boot you before your order was processed. It’s as if the White House invited everyone to camp in D.C. and gave tickets to those who fought their way to the front of the line, not those who were there first.

I am rather disappointed in Easter’s New Messiah on this one.  I always thought he would award tickets based on a ranking system of your aggrieved racial, gender or sexual orientation status.

For example, an 8-year old Indonesian acid burn victim would rank right behind an interracial transgendered 13 yr. old he/she/it but would earn a place before a 4 yr-old caucasian boy with a speech impediment being raised by a single gay mother.

There’s another flaw in the online approach: With the egg roll more than two weeks from the date of the online ticket distribution, as opposed to at most three days in the past, the Obama administration has created a huge opening for the online scalping of free tickets.

Behold the free market, and free speech, on display at the Washington Craigslist page:

  • From an offer to pay $200: “We want those tickets 1 adult and 2 beautiful children wanting to attend the Egg Roll. Have a heart and we’ll bring you back an egg.”
  • “I will trade 2 regular season Redskins tickets for 1 game (no parking) for any time tickets to egg roll 2 adults 2 kids. “
  • “I am a professional civil engineer about to install solar pv and solar hot water systems in current old-house addition project. … I will come to your house for a 2-hour session and conduct an in depth solar survey to assess your suitability. … I need 2 adult 2 children tickets — to the 8 a.m. slot if possible.”
  • “My fam has NEVER been and would love to this year! I can’t afford more than $50 for a pair or 3 tix but perhaps we can trade for them? Here’s an example of 1 of the things I have to trade.”
  • “All these people who wanted to get these tickets, and here is our government standing there holding them up just out of reach to see who will maim and kill and scratch their neighbors’ eyeballs out, and then climb up on their bloody stumps to reach those stupid tickets!”
  • “Everyone needs to contact the White House and suggest a lottery system for next year. A lottery system would allow everyone interested an equal chance to get tickets instead of rewarding folks who can try every 5 seconds the entire day.”
  • “The ‘purpose’ of online tickets this year was to make it more accessible to Americans who otherwise might not be able to go. It is really just a lame excuse for the government to fleece the Americans and ‘change’ a system that was not broken.”

Ah, charity tickets being dispensed with all the order of a rice drop in the middle of a famine in Mogadishu.

The Washington Post also covered Urkel’s “If It Ain’t Broke, Fix It” affair.  In all fairness, that is what he campaigned on.  America’s the Greatest Country on Earth and now we’ve got to change it.

I’d do well to caution all the people mad about not having the status symbol of a White House Egg Roll in their kid’s photo album that the event is not the true celebration of that day.  I’d like to also point out the sacrilege irony of people fighting for a spot in a vanity event to take place on the lawn of  a man who thinks he’s God and doesn’t believe in yours.

From ‘The Hill”: Petraeus Says US Less Safe Under Obama

March 29th, 2009 at 1:20 pm by Brian

When the world denounced the traitorous comments of Dick Cheney last week about Obama making the US less safe, the Washington and New York Press Corps exploded with the righteous indignation of a thousand jihadis.  Though no criticism would have the weight of Obama’s new found friend General Betrayus (as Obama’s MoveOn paymasters called him).

Now ‘The Hill’ is taking some fairly innocuous comments from Petraeus in order to slam Cheney.  You decide:

General David Petraeus countered recent suggestions by former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday that the United States is less safe under the Obama administration.
“I wouldn’t necessarily agree with that,” Petraeus said during an appearance on CNN where he was asked about Cheney’s comments.
Wow.  What a full-throated condemnation of Dick Cheney’s arrogance towards  Gitmo’s Innocents.  He “wouldn’t necessarily agree with that”.   Now that Petraeus is against Cheney we can proceed with giving those detainees a two-bedroom loft on the Upper East Side and a welfare check with their taxpayer funded top-flight legal representation.  It only makes sense to right the wrong of those maliciously taken from a battlefield while shooting at our soldiers because of racial profiling.
Maybe we can give them a view of Ground Zero to foster their rehabilitation.  You know, let them know they can achieve anything if they put their mind to it now that they’re re-entering society.
Pressed about Cheney’s comments, Petraeus did not directly criticize U.S. interrogation policies that some have said amounted to torture. But in offering a defense for traditional U.S. “values,” he also did not defend Cheney’s remarks.

“I think that there is in fact a good debate going on about the importance of values in everything we do,” Petraeus said. “It is hugely significant to us to hold so dear to the values we’ve fought for over the years,” he said.

So he “did not directly criticize U.S. interrogation policies” but as he “did not defend Cheney’s remarks” that means ‘The Hill’ runs a story titled “Gen. Petraeus: U.S. no less safe under Obama” as if he gave a ringing endorsement to our new  Terrorist Coddling/Welfare initiative.

Sorry guys, but by your own convoluted logic he also did not specifically say that we were safer now than we were before.  Therefore we are now less safe than we were before.

Human Achievement Hour Is Tonight at 8:30

March 28th, 2009 at 4:44 pm by Preston Taylor Holmes

Don’t miss it – turn on a few extra lights and a few extra appliances. Turn on your PC and watch this video.

Don’t turn out the lights like a dim bulb.

Private Citizen Asked By Obamessiah To Explain Himself

March 28th, 2009 at 2:05 pm by Preston Taylor Holmes

You may remember this Youtube video from Bob Basso, which has found its way to nearly every blog on teh intarwebs. Our brown, yet incredibly thin, skinned President would like to talk with Bob at the White House. I’m sure it will be one of those nice “talks” that Rahm, Obambo, Daley and so many others have engaged in, Chicago style.

I hope Bob has his income taxes paid up and well accounted for.

The man who created two phenomenally successful “We The People” YouTube videos urging Americans to stand up against Congress and reclaim their republic now – or perhaps lose it forever – reportedly has been summoned to the White House by President Obama to discuss the subject matter of the short films.

He was scheduled this week to appear on the “Jerry Doyle Show” when he told the radio host that Obama had personally invited him to meet in the White House “to discuss the disturbing nature of the videos.”

According to a spokesman for Doyle’s show, at the time when Basso was supposed to be calling in for the show, he was unavailable. Basso reached the show several hours later, explaining he had been flooded by media calls and literally was unable to call out.

The result, the spokesman said, was that Basso promised to provide Doyle with the first exclusive interview after he meets with Obama, provided the invitation still stands after the meeting was leaked to the press.

For the record, sending tea bags to congress is just dumb – they will never make it through the first round of screening by the minimum wage staffers. You are far better off actually getting involved with the political process – letting your Senators and Reps know that you’re watching every single stinking vote – and showing up for rallies like the Tax Day Tea Party April 15. For the record, the Tea Party folks must be getting swamped because their website has gone down more times than Sharon Stone at the Clinton White House. Keep trying.

h/t the lovely Indy Jane

Who’s next to get the “invite”? My guess? Ace.

The Suddenly Pro-War Media

March 28th, 2009 at 2:02 pm by Brian

UPDATED 3/29: When pressed for clarification, Obama now states that he has no current intention of overthrowing the Pakistani government.  A “you’re welcome” would be nice:

Obama said U.S. ally Pakistan needs to be more accountable, but ruled out deploying U.S. troops there. “Our plan does not change the recognition of Pakistan as a sovereign government,” the president told CBS’ “Face the Nation” in an interview broadcast Sunday.

*pfew*  What a relief.  Plans do change though, so you never know.  Obama has decided to recognize another country’s government.  How “conservative and brave”.  He then completely undermines my new found respect by giving a pep talk to the Taliban, demoralizing our troops, qualifying a commitment to the Afghanis that would help and finally blaming Bush as usual:

The president also bemoaned the tenuous security situation in Afghanistan, saying, “Unless we get a handle on it now, we’re gonna be in trouble.” He made clear that his new strategy for the long war is “not going to be an open-ended commitment of infinite resources” from the United States.

In a wide-ranging interview, Obama sought to counter the notion that Afghanistan has become his war. He emphasized that it started on George W. Bush‘s watch.

“I think it’s America’s war. And it’s the same war that we initiated after 9/11 as a consequence of those attacks,” Obama said. “The focus over the last seven years, I think, has been lost.”

Yea…the focus was lost.  We’re gonna “take our eyes off the real fight in Afghanistan” by putting a focus on overthrowing the Pakistani government.  Bush wasn’t invading Pakistan.  When Bush routed the Taliban they were scattered the wind for several years.  You, on the other hand, just threw several dozen thousand US soldiers into the meat grinder with the qualifiers that we’re not going to stay very long, the terrorists are getting worse, you never claim to want to win and finally that no matter how it turns out (unless you do win by some miracle) that it’s always Bush’s fault.

Success has a thousand fathers which explains Barack Obama in a nutshell since the one he had walked out on him.

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Consider the memo received.  WWII will now be known as “The Next To The Last Good War”.  Both the Washington Post and the New York Times are now officially in favor of not only expanding a war and an expensive nation building gamble in Afghanistan but curiously in Pakistan as well.  And  you guessed correctly that you are either a traitor or worse (e.g., a capitalist) to think that this might not be the brightest move to be made by the equivalent of our 3rd Shift McDonald’s Assistant Manager in Training of a President:

From the WaPo:

THE STRATEGY for Afghanistan and Pakistan announced by President Obama yesterday is conservative as well as bold. It is conservative because Mr. Obama chose to embrace many of the recommendations of U.S. military commanders and the Bush administration, based on the hard lessons of seven years of war. Yet it is bold — and politically brave — because, at a time of economic crisis and war-weariness at home, Mr. Obama is ordering not just a major increase in U.S. troops, but also an ambitious effort at nation-building in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is right to do it.

No offense guys, but where have you been for the last 8 years? Here is the WaPo on March 9th of this year:

There is no such thing as a free lunch, and there is no such thing as a free war. The Iraq adventure has seriously weakened the U.S. economy, whose woes now go far beyond loose mortgage lending. You can’t spend $3 trillion — yes, $3 trillion — on a failed war abroad and not feel the pain at home.

Some people will scoff at that number, but we’ve done the math.

Seems a lot of people are “doing the math” these days.  The math just seems to add up differently depending on who’s President.  When Bush was President, spending a bunch of money on a war and nation building was weakening the economy (and “a failed war” they assure you).  Now, they’re willing to throw a lot more blood and treasure on a riskier military gambit when the economy is unarguably worse than it was prior to the election and it’s suddenly the right thing to do.   The Post’s editorialists rival Cirque de Soleil for their contortions on the most serious of issues.

From the NY Times:

Mr. Obama has come back to first principles. Instead of Mr. Bush’s vague talk of representative democracy in Afghanistan, he defined a more specific mission. “We are not in Afghanistan to control that country or dictate its future,” Mr. Obama said, but “to disrupt, dismantle and defeat Al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan.”

The United States removed the Taliban from power in Afghanistan in 2001 as it sought to stamp out the Al Qaeda militants behind the 9/11 attacks. More than seven years later, the Taliban and Al Qaeda are stronger than ever.

And how does Pinch quantify that the Taliban is “stronger than ever” exactly?  Apparently, the old standard of counting smoldering buildings that had hijacked airplanes flown into them isn’t being used anymore.  Sending a standing army into another country may not be “dictating it’s future” but it sure is dictating it’s present for the foreseeable future.

There is nothing intelligent about this move.  It is a voluntary elevation of hostilities, especially in light of a nuclear Pakistan, during a time of great economic weakness.  Addtiionally, Obama does not have the first clue about what he’s doing.   A terrorist army dressed as civilians and hiding among a civilian population is going to increase casualties on both sides to unacceptable levels.  A post-Musharraf Pakistan will be an even greater destabilized neighbor teeming with ready, willing and excitable human firecrackers.  Though not as excited as the cheerleading Axis of Washington, New York and LA press corps aching for so long to show their war faces.

Do we have all of the answers?  No.  But we do know that this is the beginning of Obama’s Vietnam and he’s rushing in alone with only the support of Democrats and the newspapers behind him.  There are no other nation’s signing onto some alliance with this that I’ve seen.

Mr. Obama confronts many challenges. He must persuade the Pakistani intelligence service to stop underwriting the Taliban and the Afghan government to eradicate corruption. He also must persuade NATO to contribute more to the war effort — if not combat troops in Afghanistan, then trainers or development aid.

His plans to urge so-called moderate Taliban to abandon their hard-line leaders is worth trying.

That’s an awful lot of persuasion.  Jawboning Iran and Russia into being good little Mahmoud’s and Pooty-Poots might sound like a good plan in theory but in reality they know that Obama is weakening our country.    I’m only basing this on his comments from earlier today:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told his Syrian counterpart, Bashar Assad, on Friday that Israel and the US were “weakening with God’s help”.

During the phone conversation quoted by Iranian news agencies Ahmadinejad said, “The strong camp of friendly countries such as Iran and Syria are on their way to victory.”

We’ve got him on the ropes now, eh?  He’s just about ready to crack, give up nuclear weapons and go in halfsies on Afghanistan.

Back to the WaPo Editorial closing:

Such initiatives are not the product of starry-eyed idealism or an attempt to convert either country into “the 51st state” but of a realistic appreciation of what has worked — and failed — during the past seven years. As Mr. Obama put it, “It’s far cheaper to train a policeman to secure his or her own village or to help a farmer seed a crop than it is to send our troops to fight tour after tour of duty with no transition to Afghan responsibility.

Can you tell us, off the top of your head how much this is going to cost and our exit strategy?  Can we count on George Stephanopolous running the names of the war dead with maudlin dirges complete with flag covered coffins (as Obama revised that policy last month) at the end of ‘This Week’ every Sunday?  Can we count on ambushes of politicians who support this initiative to recite the names of the soldiers who died in their district a day or two after it’s released?

How any principled leftist is going to reconcile the single greatest issue of their opposition to Bush between the Not In Our Name!/Code Pink/International ANSWER/MoveOn.org crowd will be mildly entertaining/annoyingly hypocritical but the enjoyment will be muted by the number of good men and women who are going to have to die for Obama’s on-the-job training as a War President By Choice.

Crouching Cougar, Hidden Lyin’

March 28th, 2009 at 11:22 am by Brian

I hate puns too, but eh, what are you gonna do?

This story in the Daily Mail gives the terrifying account of a dorky fella who went out pelt hunting for cougar and found himself in the crosshairs of a false rape accusation.   This would-be chef was invited by the accuser, an attorney over a decade his senior, to her home and found her already marinating in wine.  What happened next is the predictably licentious tale of the hunter become the hunted in the tall, graying bush of the legal system:

‘Of course. She’s an attractive woman. What young man wouldn’t be flattered by that?’

When he arrived at the house, he’d already had three beers. He can’t remember how much wine he went on to consume, but the woman told the court that she had something approaching four bottles of wine.

In a sober courtroom, these sorts of events can sound like hedonistic orgies, but Peter says it was nothing of the sort.

‘It was just your typical get-together. Music. Dancing. Everyone a bit merry. That’s how I would describe her. She was on great form, chatty. She’d obviously been drinking, but was she paralytic? Absolutely not.’

There was flirting, and lots of it, he says. When the other friend left, leaving Peter and the woman alone, things got physical. They went upstairs.

Needeless to say, it didn’t end with a lotiony foot rub and a Golden Girls marathon.  Unlike the completely one-sided affair that takes place on college campuses, he was able to face his accuser and be exonerated in a court of law but the stigma from those types of accusations in the Internet Age can last a lifetime and will.

The obvious solution is to develop a breathalyzer test that, much like an ignition interlocking device, doesn’t allow your drawers and/or thongs to come off without blowing above a certain BAC level.  If you’ve only had one beer then you can blow all you want after that.  Perhaps it could be regulated by local law enforcement and monitored to make sure it’s in compliance.  Then, affixed with the proper seal indicating such compliance.

We can’t just have underwear firing off with a hair trigger.   It needs federal legislation mandating a child safety lock or something.

This, of course, does not account for abuse of prescription drugs, intravenous drugs, or anything else smoked, licked, rubbed or applied to the skin in a circular fashion.  But it’s the first step in order to protect people incapable of running their own lives and I think that’s the important thing.

Senator Alexander Wants You To Give/Serve!

March 27th, 2009 at 3:38 pm by Preston Taylor Holmes

UPDATE:

The MANDATORY VOLUNTEERISM part of this bill is not gone, they just moved it to house bill HR 1444. The bill text is here. The mandatory language and “four year service academy” language are all back.

Big surprise, now we have another bill to fight. You know what to do.


The so-called “Give” act – the bill that aims to create an army of 250,000 paid “volunteers” that will be an additional Dim-O-Crack voting bloc – has passed the Senate with the loving endorsement of many, many RINOs, including our own embarrassment, very special Senator Lamar Alexander.

On the bright side, Senator Corker was on the right side of this one, so I’ve just called to thank him for his vote. We have to give them props when they do the right thing, which means there will rarely be a need to call and thank Lamar! for his votes.

We’ve been covering it, as has Malkin.

Maybe it’s just me, but I find federal legislation titled “The GIVE Act” and “The SERVE Act” downright creepy. Even more troubling: The $6 billion price tag on these bipartisan bills to expand government-funded national service efforts. Volunteerism is a wonderful thing, which is why millions of Americans do it every day without a cent of taxpayer money. But the volunteerism packages on the Hill are less about promoting effective charity than about creating make-work, permanent bureaucracies, and left-wing slush funds.

The House passed the “Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act” – or the GIVE Act – last week. The Senate took up the companion “SERVE Act” Tuesday afternoon. According to a Congressional Budget Office analysis of the Senate bill, S. 277, the bill would cost “$418 million in 2010 and about $5.7 billion over the 2010-2014 period.” And like most federal programs, these would be sure to grow over time. The bills reauthorize the Clinton-era Americorps boondoggle program and an older law, the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973.

Read the whole thing. The bill will now go to be reconciled by both houses of congress, where they will slip in even more spending and likely put the “mandatory volunteerism” clause back into it. Why? Because they know you aren’t paying attention. Or are you?

Here are your good guys in the Senate, at least on this bill:

NAYs —19

Barrasso (R-WY)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Coburn (R-OK)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Graham (R-SC)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Kyl (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R – LA)

Misc. Geekery

March 27th, 2009 at 2:38 pm by Cranky

Sure there is a lot going on what with the economy melting down and all.

But I wanted to quickly share with you some technical geekery.

I recently my home PC was infected by the Virtumonde virus. (Hence the lack of Photoshops last week) This is one the nasty cuss that attaches itself very deep in your operating system memory.

Well, I finally killed it dead using ComboFix.

If McAfee is the National Guard and SpyBot Search & Destroy is the Special Forces, the ComboFix is a freakin’ nuclear warhead.

By the way, I do recommend SpyBot because it is a very smart and efficient tool. It is free but the authors will gladly accept donations. They’ve earned a big one from me.

On an unrelated note, I have a tips and tricks blog that I occasionally update. If you’re so inclined, check out Stupid Code Tricks.

Just Against the War

March 27th, 2009 at 1:48 pm by Cranky

Yeah right. Tell me Treacher, why do you hate the troops?

100% Chance Of Overseas Contingency Operation At Home

March 27th, 2009 at 1:07 am by Brian

Gird your gender neutral loins. al-Reuters breaks the good news that Four-Star Private No Class Urkel McNamara is planning on tossing a few thousand bloodthirsty mercenaries into the meat grinder undereducated morons who volunteered for military service into his own Vietnam (unlike those brave volunteers who went AWOL):

The officials said al Qaeda leaders, including Osama bin Laden, were believed to be in an unknown location in Pakistan plotting fresh attacks on the United States and its allies. U.S.-led forces invaded Afghanistan after al Qaeda launched the September 11 attacks on the United States.

OMFG!@!11!  Al-Qaeda is planning Man-made Disasters on US soil and the government has been warned!  That means if a symptom of  the socio-economic depravation and consequential xenophobic Western attitudes towards Islam results in provoking an unhelpful attitude from explosively disappointed and disenfranchised al-Qaeda community organizers on our soil that the government had foreknowledge and did not fashion the appropriate euphemism in time to defuse society’s fault for not addressing this opportunity earlier!

Someone, please alert Merriam-Webster of a situation.  Praise the Lord Obama and pass the ammo thesaurus.

Finally, a Project Worthy of a Spendulous Grant

March 26th, 2009 at 12:28 pm by Cranky

For science!

More On The DeSantis Thing

March 26th, 2009 at 9:03 am by Preston Taylor Holmes

Karl D. says call the Waaaaahmbulance for Jake.

I simply do not accept that these traders had no knowledge of the actions of the AIG “financial products” people who created this mess, nor do I believe that their knowledge did not extend to the fact that AIG was engaging in these transactions on what amounted to a naked basis without either the capital to pay or an effective hedge.

Further, the firm gained the funds to promise and pay these bonuses over the years directly from the activity that proved to have generated false profits rather than real earnings.

That is, the money with which those bonuses were paid never really existed, but it sure was spent.

Whether this individual was personally involved in marketing and selling these financial destructive devices is not material. But for government support this person’s job would have ceased to exist in September. But for government support that job would not exist now.

More importantly, had this individual or any other many like him raised hell within the company and, had they not been heard, in public, this mess would have likely been aborted before it did the critical damage to our financial infrastructure that occurred and all that fake money that was handed out in bonuses wouldn’t have been.

In short, there is nothing that has been “lost” that was truly owed. The fruit of a poison tree is poisonous, irrespective of whether you personally watered the tree or not. If you ate it and didn’t die, you got off easy. Arguing that you should be able to obtain even more fruit, this time with an antidote provided prospectively, is an outrage.

I do not claim that this person had a duty to blow the whistle, as whether or not someone feels driven to do the right thing – that is, whether they are a moral person and exactly what moral means, is up to them. That’s a question that I will not presume to answer for someone else, although I know what my personal view of such transgressions in corporate America is, and I know that I personally will put my job on the line to stop abuses I believe are important – because I have.

No, my issue rests with playing the “whaaaaa” card when one does not raise the alarm, despite either actually knowing or constructive knowledge (that is, willful blindness) and then taking to the streets in this sort of fashion to whine, cry and complain.

Something rubbed me the wrong way about the editorial and Karl has helped me pinpoint it.

Desantis’ resignation op-ed is a good example of how producers are shrugging and will continue to shrug under this anti-Capitalist administration, but AIG as an organization deserves all the scorn that it gets.

The problem I see with this whole economic collapse is that you have corrupt financial institutions mixed with corrupt companies like AIG engaged in questionable practices directly under the nose of so-called regulators like Timmuh! In fact, Timmuh! was quite content to let it go on as head of the NY Treasury Dept. When everyone is getting rich, nobody complains! Just ask Rahm, who made $320K for a 14-month sleepover at Freddie Mac.

The left wants to blame the evil Capitalists, the right wants to blame the Federal Government. They’re both guilty and, pardon my Fronch, but they’re working in concert to fuck us in the nose. People need to understand that the corruption is systemic and realize that as long as the current laws are not enforced (and they show no signs of being enforced), the market is going to continue to tank and the Feds are going to continue to use this as an excuse to confiscate even more of our money and pass it on to corrupt entities that should be going out of business yesterday.

If there was still a regulatory entity out there that wasn’t on the take, then some of the corruption, naked shorting, CDS junk and pyramid scheme fraud might be getting rooted out and prosecuted. Do you see it happening? Yeah? Me, neither. People no longer trust the market, and with good reason.

Furthermore, that mistrust is not because socialism is the answer – FAR FROM IT – it’s because the Free Market has been poisoned by corruption on Wall Street and in Washington DC. Wall Street doesn’t care because they get their cash and Washington doesn’t care because they get their power, perks, payouts and pensions.

Capitalism is still the greatest economic engine ever known to man, when that engine is fueled by honest brokers.

On the flip side, you have some extremely dishonest brokers, such as George Soros, who is having a delightful crisis. Soros is greed personified and is one of the primary players behind President Hussein’s gaggle of confiscators.

A hedge fund manager who predicted the global credit crunch has said the financial crisis has been ‘stimulating’ and the culmination of his life’s work.

George Soros, who predicted the global financial crisis twice before, was one of the few people to anticipate and prepare for the current economic collapse.

Mr Soros said his prediction meant he was better able to brace his Quantum investment fund against the gloabal storm.

And while the financial crisis continued to deepen across the globe, the 78-year-old still managed to make $1.1 billion last year.

‘It is, in a way, the culminating point of my life’s work,’ he told national newspaper The Australian.

I suppose intentionally bringing down the Dollar is now considered patriotic. Can’t wait to see that on a bumper sticker next to “Co-exist” on the back of a Yugo.

All these con-artists are doing is delaying the reality of us having to take our economic medicine. The more it’s delayed the more bitter it’s going to taste. Nothing is “too big to fail” – even our precious, benevolent Federal Government. In fact, they fail every day they convene for business. Who knew that when they said they were “doing the people’s business” that this would devolve into just “doing the people.”

Save the Planet, But Not Here

March 25th, 2009 at 10:32 pm by Cranky

What is the affliction that is liberalism? I’ve had a lifetime of them exclaiming that we need clean, renewable energy which has built to a crescendo in the last few months. But when the opportunity presents itself, it’s not acceptable.

From the L.A. Times (via Newsbusters)

Reporting from Washington — While President Obama has made development of cleaner energy sources a priority, an effort is underway to close off a large swath of the Southern California desert to solar and wind energy projects.

In a move that could pit usual allies — environmentalists and the solar and wind industries — against each other, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is preparing legislation that would permanently put hundreds of thousands of acres of desert land off limits to energy projects. The territory would be designated California’s newest national monument.

Every passing day, I’m convinced that these people aren’t a political party, but an institution for the mentally disabled.

The move has triggered cries of NIMBY-ism on Capitol Hill.

“If there is such strong support for renewable energy, then why are they moving to block renewable energy production in their own state?” said Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington state, the top Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee.

Myron Ebell, an energy expert with the pro-market Competitive Enterprise Institute, called Feinstein’s effort “just the first example of how hard it is going to be to realize President Obama’s dream of a green-energy economy.”

Feinstein disputed that she is engaged in a not-in-my-backyard campaign. “I’m a strong supporter of renewable energy and clean technology — but it is critical that these projects are built on suitable lands,” she said.

To which the Ahnold replies:

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a speech last year at a Yale University climate-change conference: “If we cannot put solar power plants in the Mojave Desert, I don’t know where the hell we can put it.”

Good question. Certainly not offshore – that obstructs views. And since oil and nuclear are out of the question, how will Obama’s promise of reduced dependency on foreign oil play out?

Enough With The Slavery Crap

March 25th, 2009 at 10:08 pm by Preston Taylor Holmes

For a group that identifies itself with an organization called “MoveOn.org”, they sure aren’t interested in moving on. I guess that’s because, though we are now under the righteous rule of a black president, the twin issues of race and slavery will never truly be settled until there is a reparations tax on the paycheck of every cracker in the country. Even here in Tennessee.

NASHVILLE – A Chattanooga Republican says he voted against a proposal that would ask the Tennessee General Assembly to express regret for slavery and segregation laws because he believes it would open wounds.

The resolution sponsored by Rep. Brenda Gilmore, D-Nashville, passed the House State Government Subcommittee on a voice vote today.

The measure asks the state Legislature to express “profound regret for the enslavement and racial segregation of African-Americans.” Six other states – Alabama, New Jersey, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia – have passed similar legislation.

But Rep. Gerald McCormick, the only dissenting vote, said such legislation would do more harm than good.

“There’s no one left alive today who either had slaves or was a slave,” McCormick said. “I just feel like we’re opening up a wound, and I’d rather move forward rather than look backward.”

Not to mention the legislation is idiotic. Good for you Rep. McCormick – though you will be branded a “racist”, you are doing the right thing. But careful, you might hurt Gilmore & company’s feelings.

However, Gilmore said the resolution would do just the opposite.

“It would begin a point of deep reconciliation and healing of many racial feelings that have been in the state of Tennessee for many, many years,” she said. “I’m proud that we’ve at least made it past the first committee.”

So this resolution is going to make everything more better? Many people – black and white – have gotten past the whole slavery thing. Most of us – particularly in Tennessee – take people as they come.
But that’s never good enough for the grievance lobby of which Brenda Gilmore is obviously a proud member.

Sorry, Brenda baby, I refuse to participate in the whole liberal-white-guilt thing, and I’m going to let my State Rep & Senator know that they shouldn’t either.

Hopefully this bill will now find its way to the bottom of a port-a-john in Legislative Plaza, since that’s where it belongs.

In Keeping With Our Theme…

March 25th, 2009 at 8:35 am by Preston Taylor Holmes

Senator Benjamin Douchebag Cardin wants to take some of that magical unicorn money that flows forth from the Obamessiah’s ass and bail out the newspaper industry. Yet another horrible idea from a Congress overflowing with them.

Cardin’s Newspaper Revitalization Act would allow newspapers to operate as nonprofits for educational purposes under the U.S. tax code, giving them a similar status to public broadcasting companies.

Under this arrangement, newspapers would still be free to report on all issues, including political campaigns. But they would be prohibited from making political endorsements.

Never mind that their collective bias drips off the pages like so much bird squeeze. They rarely make official political endorsements – they don’t have to, because they frame the news in such a fashion that handles that task already.

“We are losing our newspaper industry,” Cardin said. “The economy has caused an immediate problem, but the business model for newspapers, based on circulation and advertising revenue, is broken, and that is a real tragedy for communities across the nation and for our democracy.

Heaven forfend we should lose one of the reliable arms of the DNC!

It’s called economic suicide, Cardin. Something in which you and your bosses are already engaged.

Step aside and let the papers continue to kill themselves. I’ll send them some dead flowers for the memorial service.

When A Major Daily Closes Its Doors, An Angel Gets Its Wings

March 24th, 2009 at 10:14 am by Preston Taylor Holmes

There are so many reasons that journalists suck. For starters, 85% of journalists have identified themselves with the Dim-O-Crack party, so any pretense of “objectivity” has long been a sham. I’ve always known it was a sham, as I have a degree in Journalism and went through the indoctrination process myself.

There’s a good reason the print medium is getting flushed down the crapper, and it’s not all due to the new media and the intarwebs. It’s because – particularly as we saw with the recent media-endorsed election of an empty socialist suit – the media has gotten bolder and bolder with letting their bias through. Take the Anti-American-Associated Press’ Matthew Brown, for example. A bunch of kids get killed in a plane crash, and the lead to his story is:

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) – Three California families headed to a retreat for the ultrarich were among the 14 victims of a plane crash in Montana.

Seven children, all 9 or younger, were among those killed Sunday in Butte as their families were traveling to the Yellowstone Club near Yellowstone National Park for a skiing vacation.

Even in a tragedy such as this, these assholes are unable to conceal their hatred for the so-called “rich”. Quite an assumption there, Matthew, though not out-of-character for the AP. The left’s hatred for achievement is rivaled only by their revulsion at white, heterosexual, Christian families – it’s a tough call for them.

This is an organization that heaps awards on terrorists like Bilal Hussein. Tragic that he hasn’t been the subject of a Palestinian car swarm as of yet.

We’ve already decided to dump our local newspaper, the News-Sentinel, as it has been infected by the same diseases (a/k/a Jack McElroyitis) that long ago killed other birdcage liners such as my hometown Memphis Commercial Appeal, an absolute cesspool of class and racial hatred. We had already cut the KNS back to weekends, but we decided a while back that we’re done for good.

With the rate at which the print media is swirling around the bowl, we’re obviously not alone.

h/t MM

Reminder: Call/Write/Fax Your Senators Today

March 23rd, 2009 at 8:20 pm by Preston Taylor Holmes

Call, write, fax your Senators today. They could be voting as early as today on the GIVE Barack’s Brownshirts act.

I spoke to representatives at both Alexander and Corker’s offices – they have not heard of a Senate version of this bill. I asked Corker’s staffer about S.277 – the “Serve America Act.” She said this is not the same bill as H.R. 1388. Neither office seemed to have much of a clue about H.R. 1388 so it’s up to you to let them know.

UPDATE:

THIS IS NOW BILL S.3577. THIS IS NOW SENATE BILL 277. Debate will take place Tuesday (tomorrow). Call your Senators and reference this bill. Urge them to vote NO.

Teleprompter Pushback

March 23rd, 2009 at 1:18 pm by Cranky

No, it’s not what you think.

It’s Iowahawk.

Touring With Willie Nelson – Bad for Brains

March 23rd, 2009 at 12:06 pm by Cranky

America’s former favorite small town Bruce Springsteen, John Cougar Mellencamp waxes idiotic. Check out the lonely crossroads where anti-Reagan derangement meets stupid.

In a rant posted on Sunday night, Eighties rock star John Mellencamp unfurled the theory that Ronald Reagan ruined the music business, and now it’s somehow impossible for musicians and bands to “percolate up” from the street:

Reagan’s much-vaunted trickle-down theory said that wealth tricked down [sic] to the masses from the elite at the top. Now we’ve found out that this is patently untrue — the current economic collapse reflects this self-serving folly. The same holds for music. It doesn’t trickle down; it percolates up from the artists, from word of mouth, from the streets and rises up to the general populace. Constrained by the workings of SoundScan/BDS [Broadcast Data Systems], music now came from the top and was rammed down people’s throats….

Sadly, these days, it’s really a matter of “every man for himself.” In terms of possibilities, we are but an echo of what we once were. Of course, the artist does not want to “sell out to The Man.” Left with no real choice except that business model of greed and the bean counting mentality that Reagan propagated and the country embraced, there is only “The Man” to deal with.

Come to think of it, the crossroads is now six lanes wide and runs through the L.A. Basin.

Besides playing up all the obvious cliches, he demonstrates a complete absence of knowledge about the industry that made him.

Reagan’s trickle down policy was responsible for the top-down corporate model? Did he ever hear of Alan Freed?

Surely Mellencamp-Cougar must have noticed that the liberal entertainment biz rejected Reagan’s “Greed is Good” mantra and new just pass on music for the love of it. I’m sure the RIAA was cooked up by Reagan to funnel money and Lonesome Jamboree CDs to the Contras.

I wonder if his small town would have him back?

Asking the Tough Questions

March 23rd, 2009 at 8:35 am by Cranky

I’m guessing Shumer didn’t face this question on Meet the Press:

“Did you see me on TV, did you see me? I told them if you don’t give back those bonuses we’re going to tax 100 percent of it. One-hundred percent!”

Never one to miss an opportunity to sandbag an unctuous pol, especially when he’s standing three feet away, preening for all, I said, quite loudly, “When are you going to return 100% of the money you took from Bernie Madoff?”

The blood drained from his face as he fell silent, possibly for the first time in his life. A moment of pure hilarity that I wish I had on camera to share. Finding myself among kindred spirits, a fellow to my right then chimed in with “Hey, how about telling Chris Dodd to give back the money he got from AIG!”

Way to go Jammie!

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