January 2010

White House haunted by the ghost of Harry Reid

by editor on January 31, 2010

Now that all the polls say Harry Reid’s political career is dead, his spirit has apparently moved into the White House. Don’t know about you, but it would scare the bejeebers out of us to find that cadaverous ghost lurking in our houses.

Source: Financial Times via National Review

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All this time we thought Chris Matthews said those crazy things just because he’s a liberal. But maybe Jon Stewart is right. Maybe Matthews is a drinking liberal, always a dangerous combination (see Kennedy, Ted).

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The numbers are in. Fox News absolutely destroyed the competition the night of Scott Brown’s election in Massachusetts.

Gloat, O’Reilly, gloat. You deserve it. Fox News deserves it. And most of all, MSNBC deserves it.

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Ugly, expensive and inefficient. The automotive trifecta. This is not good news. Not good news at all.

Toyota, the world leader in fuel-efficient hybrid cars, admits that plug-in hybrids don’t have much of a future. In fact, Koei Saga, Toyota’s guy in charge of advanced technology and battery development, sounds particularly grim.

The New York Times reports the devastating details:

He said that limited range means that E.V.’s work best as “very small commuter-type vehicles” for use in major metropolitan areas (he used Europe and Japan as examples). Asked if longer-range E.V.’s were possible with current technology, he said that could happen only “if we forget about battery life and if we forget about the cost incurred for replacement of those batteries.”

Battery cars capable of extended highway travel are relatively far in the future, Mr. Saga said. He envisioned such electric cars working best if they could obtain electricity not from batteries, but from an interaction with the highway itself. Just such a system has been tested by the Advanced Institute of Science and Technology of Korea, which uses induction strips and inverters embedded in the road to recharge batteries when cars drive over them.

Asked if the world’s vehicles would ever be exclusively electric, Mr. Saga said, “In my personal view, I think we will never abandon the internal-combustion engine.” He did envision a possible future for fuel-cell vehicles and internal-combustion cars that burn hydrogen, however.

Our advice: Keep actor Ed Begley, Jr. away from the harakiri ceremonial swords.

Source: New York Times

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This and other important questions asked by Jay Leno and answered by America’s newest senator.

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Call this one another nail in the coffin of global warming. The Chinese government, never known for endorsing open communication, has called on the UN’s IPCC to show more tolerance for dissent.

Business Standard reports the duplicitious details:

“Amid controversy surrounding the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on melting glaciers, Xie Zhenhua, Vice-Chairman of China’s National Development and Reform Commission, today urged the UN panel to make the fifth assessment report comprehensive by also citing contrarian views.”

Alright, class, what does it tell us when an authoritarian dictatorship known for denying its citizens the right to open communications is appalled by the censorship of the IPCC?

Is it hypocrisy? Or honesty? Or both?

Source: BusinessStandard.com via Tim Blair

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Vice President Joe "I just flew in and, boy, are my arms tired" Biden

That Joe Biden is a regular comedian.

He had the Democratic National committee rolling in the aisles when he told them to “keep the faith” and then went into his “sixty Senate seats wasn’t all it was cracked up to be” routine.

“When we had sixty votes there was the expectation left, right, and center that we could do everything we wanted to do, which was never realistic. Never,” Biden said. “Yes, it’s had a practical impact, but I’m not so sure what a blessing 60 votes was.”

He neglected to say the Senate had a really tough time getting any two Democrats to agree on anything without “greasing the wheels” or “making the sausage” or “cracking eggs” or conducting some type of Washington, DC euphemism for political bribery.

“Biden said that when they had 59 seats in the Senate “no one thought that somehow we were destined to fail … Nobody thought we would not be able to get anything done.” So apparently even the VP was surprised by that failure.

But in the strangest part of the speech Biden said, “Look, we understand that people are frustrated….if the Lord Almighty were president why wouldn’t they be frustrated? There’s over 10 million people unemployed.”

We’re not sure if Biden was saying that even God couldn’t fix the unemployment numbers if Obama couldn’t, or that God wouldn’t make a better President than the Greatest President In History. Either way, the Vice President might be guilty of a bit of overstatement.

The Vice President also said “…there is a sense that the only thing we cared about was healthcare and bailing out banks.” Of course, that fire may have been stoked by the fact that the only things they cared about were health care and bailing out the banks.

All in all, Joe Biden remains exactly who friends and foes believed him to be – a harmless, funny old coot with hair plugs who keeps us laughing, keeps us guessing and keeps us wondering what the hell we were thinking last year.

Source: Talking Points Memo

– Written by Patrick Michael

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There you have it. The President of the United States isn’t just an ass, he’s three asses.

Perhaps we should add this to our collection of bad Barack Obama art.

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The Indonesian statue of "Little Barry" Obama is coming down even faster than "Big Barack" Obama's approval numbers

Indonesian authorities, who just one month ago erected a bronze statue of President Obama as a boy, are now considering a petition to tear it down.

The statue of “Little Barry” stands in Jakarta’s Menteng Park.

AFP reports the dismantling details:

Critics say the site should have been used to honour an Indonesian and 55,000 people have joined a page on social networking website Facebook calling for the statue to be removed.

“We’ve been discussing for the past two weeks what to do with the statue… whether to take it down, move it elsewhere or retain it. We’re finding the best solution,” Jakarta parks agency official Dwi Bintarto said.

The story continues:

“The statue is of Obama as a child, not as the US president. His relatives and friends who erected it said it’s meant to motivate children to study hard and dream big,” Bintarto said.

Members of the “Take Down the Barack Obama Statue in Menteng Park” group on Facebook say Obama has done nothing for Indonesia.

“Barack Obama has yet to make a significant contribution to the Indonesian nation. We could say Obama only ate and s (expletive) in Menteng. He spent his subsequent days living as an American,” the web page says.

“For the dignity of a sovereign nation, Barack Obama’s monument in Menteng Park must be removed immediately.”

The Indonesians need to relax. Based on Obama’s experience as President, the statue will undoubtedly do something to bring itself down after about a year.

Little Barry, indeed. And getting littler every day.

Source: AFP

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And as he left the stage, he said, “Thank you. Thank you very much. I’ll be here all week. Two shows on Friday and Saturday nights.”

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Argentina President Christina Fernandez, the world's hottest leader, apparently loves her pork

Any time you start thinking America’s elected officials are wacky, someone from overseas steps up to demonstrate what wacky really means.

For example, Argentina’s president just told her nation’s people that barbecued pork is a good alternative to Viagra.

Reuters reports that randy details:

“I’ve just been told something I didn’t know; that eating pork improves your sex life … I’d say it’s a lot nicer to eat a bit of grilled pork than take Viagra,” President Cristina Fernandez said to leaders of the pig farming industry.

She said she recently ate pork and “things went very well that weekend, so it could well be true.”

Could we get an order of ribs to go? And maybe a couple extra Handi-Wipes, too.

Source: Reuters

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We love Congressman Tom McClintock. The state of California would have been a lot better off if he had been elected Governor instead of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The Radio Equalizer notes that McClintock didn’t take kindly to MSNBC blowhard Ed Schultz’ suggestion that he would stuff the ballot box to defeat Scott Brown in the recent Massachusetts election. The California Republican took to the floor of the House of Representatives to rip Schultz a new one.

In response, Schultz blasted McClintock for having the temerity to suggest that he had advocated anything improper, such as, you know, voting twenty times.

Sadly for Schultz, the people watching McClintock’s speech on C-SPAN probably outnumbered those listening to his radio show.

First, here’s McClintock on the floor of the House.

And now here’s Schultz pathetic, bombastic response.

One final comment:

Ed says, “You can’t even say anything in ‘gist’ anymore.” The word is “jest”, Ed.

Source: The Radio Equalizer

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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews has recovered from his election night depression and is now attacking anyone who continues to be as blind as he once was.

That includes delusional Congressman Alan Grayson (D-NeverNeverLand), who says Democrats can still pass ObamaCare via the reconciliation maneuver.
“You know you can’t do it,” Matthews responds. “You’re pandering to the netroots right now. I know what you’re doing.”

Matthews is hilarious. He’s like a jilted lover who now hates everything about the woman he used to worship.

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Fox News' Rupert Murdoch has a lot to smile about

Scott Brown wasn’t the only winner in the Massachusetts senate election. Fox News came out on top, too.

MediaBistro.com reports on the network’s remarkable ratings:

Fox News was the top cable network in primetime last week, averaging the most total viewers between January 18th-24th. The last time FNC topped USA and came in first was during the week of the 2008 presidential election.
In a week dominated by coverage of the earthquake in Haiti and the U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts, FNC drew an average of 3.2 million total viewers in primetime (Mon-Sun).

Fox was ranked 3rd in total day. CNN was 22nd in primetime and 19th in total day, and MSNBC was 25th in primetime and 31st in total day.

Fox News probably won’t be able to hang on to the top spot now that the election is over, but the thought of Keith Olbermann grinding his teeth over last week’s ratings is probably enough to keep Rupert Murdoch smiling for years.

Source: MediaBistro.com

Don’t cry, IPCC. You’re “only human”

by editor on January 28, 2010

IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri is only human

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) has gone into full damage control mode after it was revealed that the Himalayan glaciers will not, in fact, be melting by 2035 and that the IPCC knew its prediction that they would was a complete fabrication.

Calls for the resignation of IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri have been made. But Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, the IPCC’s Vice Chairman is looking for some sympathy instead, falling back on  the frequently-used excuse that their mistakes were “only human.”

Golfer Tiger Woods cheated on his wife repeatedly, but he's only human

The UK Telegraph reports:

“Aren’t mistakes human? Even the IPCC is a human institution and I do not know of any human institution that does not make mistakes, so of course it is a regrettable incident that we published that wrong description of the Himalayan glacier,” van Ypersele said.”We are trying to do our best, we are going to reinforce the review procedures so the probability in the next report of such incidents happening is even lower. But to guarantee a zero fault product is probably not possible for any human enterprise,” he said.

Of course, it’s understandable, Mr. van Ypersele. Everyone makes mistakes. It’s just appreciated that you’re trying your best on these life-changing issues. You get an “A” for effort, buddy. But just so you don’t feel like you’re alone in this situation, rest assured that some other prominent people also made the news recently for being human:

Singer Chris Brown savagely beat his girlfriend, but he's only human

According to TheIndian.com, Tiger Woods said, “I’m human, and I’m not perfect.”

And according to TheCount.com, girlfriend-beating singer Chris Brown said, “I’m human and I make mistakes.”

Jean-Pascal, we know it’s a tough time for humans right now. But remember, you’re in good company.

We hope this news has turned your frown upside down.

Sources: Telegraph UK, TheIndian.com, TheCount.com

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Average American contemplating President Obama's significant achievements

Time limitations prevent us from searching every word uttered by Media Matters for hidden meaning. You know, kind of like they do with Fox News?

But a recent article by the left wing media watchdog lamented the fact that the rest of the media supposedly ignored all Obama’s significant achievements just so they could claim he has “little to show for ’09.” Media Matters attempted to “correct” this dastardly misinformation, but some of the things they chose to highlight as President Obama’s signficant achievements are downright hilarious.

For example:

“In the third quarter of calendar year 2009, an additional 600,000 to 1.6 million people were employed in the United States…According to the White House Council of Economic Advisers, CBO has increased its estimate to 800,000 to 2.4 million additional employed through the fourth quarter of that year. Moreover, a November 20, 2009, New York Times article reported that the ‘consensus’ among ‘dispassionate analysts’ is that “the stimulus package, messy as it is, is working.” (Apparently the passionate analysts were not as supportive.)

And let’s not forget transparency. The article says, “The Washington Post reported that moves by the Obama administration to improve government transparency ‘included a ban on lobbyist gifts; restrictions on the hiring of lobbyists; publication of White House visitor logs and other records; and a move to bar lobbyists from serving on advisory boards.'” (No mention is made of all the lobbyists actually employed by the White House nor the transparency promised again and again and again regarding healthcare negotiations being broadcast on C-SPAN.)

Finally, the article trumpets the fact that Obama bravely signed the Tobacco Control Acts. (And he signed it, we assume, just before he ducked out to the Rose Garden to light up another Marlborough.)

C’mon, Media Matters, if these minor frivolous footnotes in history are now considered “significant achievements”, we can only conclude that it’s not tobacco that needs to be controlled in your office.

If you know what we mean.

Source: Media Matters

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The scene: President Obama’s first State of the Union Address. Obama drones on. Harry Reid yawns on.

We feel for you, Harry.

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We’re not sure what Matthews thought Obama may have become, since he’s constantly reminded us for the last year that Obama is America’s first black president and that’s the only reason conservatives don’t like him. But that’s what the MSNBC host said.

We’re just trying to imagine how Matthews would have howled if, say, Rush Limbaugh had made the same statement.

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Once again, President Obama has done the unprecedented. During last night’s State of the Union Address, he attacked the Supreme Court.

“With all due deference to separation of powers,” Obama said, “last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates to special interests including foreign corporations to spend without limit in our elections.

At that point Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito frowned, shook his head, channeled South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson and mouthed the words, “That’s not true,” which is highly-complex legal terminology that means “You lie.”

“I don’t think America’s elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests. Or worse, by foreign entities,” Obama continued. “They should be decided by the American people. And I’d urge Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps correct that.”

You’re right about that, President Obama. We wouldn’t want those evil foreign entities determining American elections.

So we’re sure you’ll do everything you can to make sure George Soros butts the hell out. And while you’re at it, maybe you can convince all those Chinese waiters to stop giving cash to Hillary.

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Rush Limbaugh caught all kinds of flak when he said America would never elect Hillary Clinton because it didn’t want to see a woman get old. At least he didn’t say America would never elect Hillary Clinton because it didn’t want to see her get cross-eyed.

Here’s one photo that demonstrates both sad fates.

Source: DailyLife.com

Times are tough when you get mocked by those who once worshipped you. Even Jon Stewart’s eyes appear to be wide open these days.

We can't wait to hear his defense attorney say Abdulmutallab doesn't know how those explosives got into his underwear.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the infamous “underpants bomber” tried to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas.

The Obama administration – we’re forced to say “the administration” because no one has yet taken personal responsibility for the decision – chose to read him his Miranda rights and charge him in federal court.

Even the reliably liberal Washington Post sees the lunacy of this decision:

This was myopic, irresponsible and potentially dangerous.

Whether to charge terrorism suspects or hold and interrogate them is a judgment call. We originally supported the administration’s decision in the Abdulmutallab case, assuming that it had been made after due consideration. But the decision to try Mr. Abdulmutallab turns out to have resulted not from a deliberative process but as a knee-jerk default to a crime-and-punishment model.

In testimony Wednesday before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, and Michael Leiter, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, all said they were not asked to weigh in on how best to deal with Mr. Abdulmutallab. Some intelligence officials, including personnel from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, were included in briefings by the Justice Department before Mr. Abdulmutallab was charged. These sessions did provide an opportunity for those attending to debate the merits of detention vs. prosecution. According to sources with knowledge of the discussions, no one questioned the approach or raised the possibility of taking more time to question the suspect. This makes the administration’s approach even more worrisome than it would have been had intelligence personnel been cut out of the process altogether.

What’s that? The Obama administration is more concerned about the rights of terrorists than the lives of Americans?

We’re shocked. Absolutely shocked.

Source: Washington Post

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The chant goes up at CNN: "We're number two! We're number two! We're number two!"

Damn it. Now what’s CNN going to do with all that stationery that says “The Most Trusted Name In News”?

Politico reports a survey that’s nothing but bad news for the original cable news network:

A Public Policy Polling nationwide survey of 1,151 registered voters Jan. 18-19 found that 49 percent of Americans trusted Fox News, 10 percentage points more than any other network.

Thirty-seven percent said they didn’t trust Fox, also the lowest level of distrust that any of the networks recorded.

There was a strong partisan split among those who said they trusted Fox — with 74 percent of Republicans saying they trusted the network, while only 30 percent of Democrats said they did.

CNN was the second-most-trusted network, getting the trust of 39 percent of those polled. Forty-one percent said they didn’t trust CNN.

Each of the three major networks was trusted by less than 40 percent of those surveyed, with NBC ranking highest at 35 percent. Forty-four percent said they did not trust NBC, which was combined with its sister cable station MSNBC.

Thirty-two percent of respondents said they trusted CBS, while 31 percent trusted ABC. Both CBS and ABC were not trusted by 46 percent of those polled.

The White House is expected to dispute the validity of the survey because, of course, Fox is not a real news network and, therefore, couldn’t possibly be trusted by anyone.

Source: Politico.com

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Jimmy Stewart could teach the Republicans a thing or two about conducting a filibuster.

The Minnesota Vikings have reportedly submitted a rule change to the NFL asking that interceptions thrown by a legendary quarterback not count. They may have gotten the idea from the Democratic party’s move to eliminate the filibuster.

Democrat Senator Tom Udall “…introduced a resolution on Monday that would give the Senate the ability to vote on its own rules and regulations every two years….such as the rule that 60 votes are needed to end debate on legislation. In short: the filibuster could be drastically changed from its current incarnation.”

But what have the Democratic leaders said about the filibuster in the past?

In his 2008 book “The Good Fight”, Harry Reid compared lowering the filibuster threshold to “opening Pandora’s Box.”

“It was just a matter of time before a Senate leader who couldn’t get his way on something moved to eliminate the filibuster for regular business,” Reid wrote. “And that, simply put, would be the end of the United States Senate”

But Reid is far from the only prominent Democrat now in danger of having to eat his own words.

“The American people want less partisanship in this town,” then Senator Obama said in a 2005 speech, “but everyone in this chamber knows that if the majority chooses to end the filibuster — if they choose to change the rules and put an end to democratic debate — then the fighting and the bitterness and the gridlock will only get worse,” Obama said in the April 2005 speech in Washington.”

Unfortunately for the left, changing the filibuster rules will have zero effect on what’s really preventing the Democrats from passing any meaningful legislation. Because they are their own biggest problem.

As the old saying goes, “You can’t legislate away stupidity.”

Source: Huffington Post

– Written by Patrick Michael

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President Obama sticks his finger in the air to see which way the political winds are blowing

President Barack Obama is pledging to tackle the nation’s spiraling deficit immediately. So long as immediately means after the November elections.

According to Politico, Obama endorsed legislation to create an independent commission that would create deficit-reduction steps for Congress.

But the move comes so late in the game that that he fears it might seen as a ploy to shore up support for fiscally moderate Democrats. Rest assured that’s only because it’s a ploy to shore up support for fiscally moderate Democrats.

(It should be noted that fiscally moderate Democrats are only Marxists, not Marxist-Leninists.)

As the president points out, “These deficits did not happen overnight, and they won’t be solved overnight.” And, apparently, they won’t even start to be solved until after the elections.

Source: Politico

– Written by Sven Waring

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