Monthly Archives: September 2009

Going Postal on Obamacare

I’ll take the government more seriously about having anything to do with the health system in this country when they can first get houses they already run in order:

The U.S. Postal Service, struggling with a massive deficit caused by plummeting mail volume, spends more than a million dollars each week to pay thousands of employees to sit in empty rooms and do nothing.

It’s a practice called “standby time,” and it has existed for years — but postal employees say it was rarely used until this year. Now, postal officials say, the agency is averaging about 45,000 hours of standby time every week — the equivalent of having 1,125 full-time employees sitting idle, at a cost of more than $50 million per year.

Mail volume is down 12.6 percent compared with last year, and many postal supervisors simply don’t have enough work to keep all employees busy. But a thicket of union rules prevents managers from laying off excess employees; a recent agreement with the unions, in fact, temporarily prevents the Postal Service from even reassigning them to other facilities that could use them.

Since we know that a good portion of HR 3200 — the health care bill — has been written either by unions or by politician$ with many rea$on$ to appease them (a $10 billion union earmark doesn’t get jammed into a bill by accident), it’s not a stretch to think that Obamacare would bring about similar mandated mis-management, except on an even grander scale.

Obama was right when he said, in a rare fit of complete honesty that argued against his own agenda, that FedEx and UPS were doing fine and that the US Postal Service was a mess. If you missed it, here it is:

And the Prez wonders why support for Obamacare drops like a rock every time he opens his mouth about it? Now it’s dying a slow death in the Senate Finance Committee, which contains many Senators who value their own re-elections a lot more than forcing us to have something we’re too stupid to know we need.

Speaking of FedEx, read this story (have some Kleenex handy) and then tell Michael Moore that “evil, greedy, capitalist pig corporations” can do a lot of good, too — far more than Michael Moore will ever do anyway.

SCOTUS Agrees to Hear Chicago Gun Ban Case — What’s An Olympics Without Starter Pistols?

Another Second Amendment battle is brewing, this time in Chicago, and the Supreme Court is getting involved — hey, it was either this or ban the Olympic shooting events:

The Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to decide whether strict local and state gun control laws violate the Second Amendment, ensuring another high-profile battle over the rights of gun owners.

The court said it will review a lower court ruling that upheld a handgun ban in Chicago. Gun rights supporters challenged gun laws in Chicago and some suburbs immediately following the high court’s decision in June 2008 that struck down a handgun ban in the District of Columbia, a federal enclave.

Hopefully the Chicago gun ban isn’t lifted… if it is, somebody might get shot!

This could be a close decision. What would a wise Latina woman do?

Now Oprah’s Lobbying the IOC, Girlfriend!

It’s all about the “O” in Denmark today as Michelle Obama arrives to pitch the Chicago Olympics, and, in some sort of jet fuel company stimulus program, President Obama will fly in separately tomorrow.

But now a bigger, more powerful “O” is involved: Oprah Winfrey is in Copenhagen to pitch Chicago to the IOC.

Great… just what we need… another reason for Maya Angelou to write another slew of haughty poems (“Why the caged decathlete sings”?):

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(h/t FreedomsLighthouse)

Dan Rather Hits the Pro-Abortion Speaking Circuit

A New York state appeals court dismissed Dan Rather’s $70 million lawsuit against CBS yesterday, so Dan decided to take out his frustration on some innocent babies:

Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota tapped Rather to be the keynote speaker at its October 13 banquet at the Minneapolis Hilton.

“Dan Rather, the voice, heart and soul of American journalism, is one of the most recognized and renowned reporters of our time,” the abortion business trumpets in an announcement of the event.

Tickets for the swanky pro-abortion fundraiser with Rather start at $150 and go up to $5,000 — which guarantees the abortion advocate preferred seating near the former CBS anchor.

Oddly enough, the topic Rather will speak to the pro-abortion gathering about is “new media” (blogs, etc.) Yep, Rather will be promoting the use of the same “new media” that busted him for pushing phony documents as authentic, which culminated in CBS aborting Rather and subsequently the court aborting Rather’s lawsuit against CBS. Go figure.

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“Irony can be so ironic sometimes…”

Computer Freakout

Pardon the delay in posting this afternoon… my superfine Acer notebook that has been a good friend for almost five years is in critical condition, and its chances don’t look good. I can’t even boot it into “safe” mode. I had an issue with malware a few weeks ago and it was never the same since.

I’m writing this on a Compaq “laptop” that’s been stored here for over eight years, is about the size of a small briefcase and hasn’t had a software update since Bill Clinton’s last month in office.

I’ll spend the rest of the afternoon performing CPR on the Acer, but I’m not optimistic.

If I can’t get it going I’ll just take it out back and give it an Office Space style sendoff:

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Environmentalist Carbon Footprint Alert, Olympic Edition: Obamas Flying to Denmark Separately

No matter where the 2016 Summer Olympics end up being held, they might go down in history as having the most environmentally unfriendly, not to mention expensive, lobbying effort ever:

The White House confirmed Monday that President Obama will fly on Thursday to Copenhagen, Denmark, where the International Olympic Committee will be reviewing bids from several countries on Friday. It will be the first time that an American president has lobbied the IOC in this manner.

Mrs. Obama arrives in Copenhagen on Wednesday with White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and other top aides.

The separate flights thing isn’t uncommon. Earlier this year, the Obamas travelled to Paris… separately. Is Air Force One not big enough to fit both of their egos or something? I won’t even bother to ask about how much more it’s costing taxpayers for the Obamas to travel separately, because does anybody really keep track of expense anymore? Fiscal responsibility is so early 1900’s.

About the trip, the First Lady said, “It’s a battle — we’re going to win — take no prisoners.” If only that attitude could spill over to her husband as it concerns Afghanistan and the war on terror — er, I mean, “Overseas contingency operations intended to thwart man-caused disasters.”

News from Chicago like this hitting the front pages just as the Obamas get to Denmark can’t help the effort, but some already believe that the Chicago fix is already in and the IOC decision is a done deal.

Is Chicago Already a Lock for the ‘O’lympics?

Ramesh Ponnuru at NRO has an insight into why Obama is heading to Denmark — it’s because Chicago has already been awarded the 2016 Games:

Some people seem to think that the president is taking time away from more important things to go to Copenhagen to lobby for Chicago to get the 2016 games. They’re wrong. He is taking time away from more important things to go get the credit for bringing the Olympics to Chicago.

Does anyone seriously believe that the president would take a quick trip to Copenhagen with the possibility of coming back empty-handed? If the president is going, it’s because he knows that Chicago has already won.

I ponder these possibilities as an American in a foundering economy who has been told by the president that “shared sacrifice” is the only way to recover, and as somebody who is continually being bashed over the head with “climate change” tripe: If Chicago has already been chosen as the “winner,” why is Obama wasting God-knows how much money to go to Denmark and spewing thousands and thousands of pounds of jet fuel into the atmosphere to get there if it’s a done deal?

If Chicago has already been chosen, and this Denmark “sales trip” is just a credit-whore junket, I have a lower opinion of the trip that I would have if Obama was actually trying to sell the IOC.

I’d take the opposite approach as president. I’d go to Denmark only if I was assured beforehand that we weren’t getting the Games just so I could come home and say, “There, I just saved us a few billion dollars worth of debt and a huge security headache. You’re welcome.”

In any case, to do my part to promote environmental stewardship for a possible Chicago Olympics, I’ve designed an olympic torch that is more environmentally responsible so the Begley-brained eco-loons won’t get the nervous trots over the flame emissions from the old, fossil-fuel burning torch:

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Barack Obama: Afghanistan’s Deadbeat Dad?

Before the election, candidate Obama promised to pull out of Iraq and focus our energies on capturing and/or killing terrorists in Afghanistan. That might be easier to accomplish if he’d bother to talk to any of the boots on the ground.

Yes, it’s true: As president, Barack Obama has been on Jay Leno’s show just as many times he’s spoken to his commander in Afghanistan:

The military general credited for capturing Saddam Hussein and killing the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq says he has only spoken to President Obama once since taking command of Afghanistan.

“I’ve talked to the president, since I’ve been here, once on a VTC ,” General Stanley McChrystal told CBS reporter David Martin in a television interview that aired Sunday.

“You’ve talked to him once in 70 days?” Mr. Martin followed up.

“That is correct,” the general replied.

Obama must think that General McChrystal works for Fox News.

If you want to talk to Obama, General, you’d better learn to disguise your voice to sound like Leno, Letterman, Professor Gates, a voting member of the IOC, a U.N. bureaucrat, a Muslim leader, some kid doing an interview for his school newspaper or George Lopez — maybe then he’d take your call.

On Friday in Germany, McChrystal hand-delivered a request for as many as 45,000 more troops to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

When Bush was president, if a commander in the field said he needed something, he got it — but now the commanders are forced to beg like kids asking for more ice cream.

Almost immediately after taking office, Obama approved a slight troop increase in Afghanistan — the war that he took on as his baby — but now the president seems to be behaving more like a deadbeat dad.

Start working on your Letterman impression, General. It could be the only way to get through to the White House.

Hope, Skip & Jump: Obama to Denmark to Lobby for Chicago Olympics, More Debt

As if Chicago isn’t in enough debt, Obama wants to crank it up a notch:

President Barack Obama will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, later this week to make a final push to get the International Olympic Committee to choose his hometown of Chicago selected for the 2016 summer games, the White House tells POLITICO. The announcement is due Friday.

Not everybody in Chicago wants the Games. And it won’t just be Chicago’s problem — all of us will pay for it:

Chicago and the Obama administration are exploring ways the federal government can bolster the city’s bid for the 2016 Olympic Games with financial support for the $1-billion Olympic Village.

Crain’s has learned that senior presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett and Lori Healey, president of the Chicago 2016 committee, met this month with top officials of the Department of Housing and Urban Development to discuss financing options for the village, the single biggest project — and question mark — in the city’s bid.

Do you feel comfortable funneling hundreds of millions of dollars into the Chicago political machine? What could possibly go wrong? But then, I’m afraid that’s the whole idea — to make this nothing but a stimulus program for crooks, thugs, goons, unions and politicians (today’s redundancy is brought to you by Taco Bell — Think outside the bun!).

If Chicago wins (or loses, depending on how you look at it) the bid, we might be amazed at how quickly ACORN and the rest become huge sports fans. Also look for new events to be added, such as the “Community organizer relay.” In track, all the sprinters will be running from trans-fat, foie gras and booze billboards, and the high jump will consist of competitors trying to propel themselves over a stack of inane city regulations. The “hop, skip & ban Wal-Mart” should be interesting as well

Of course we must also prepare ourselves for the good liberals in Chicago to either replace the Olympic Torch with a compact fluorescent light bulb or buy carbon credits from Al Gore to offset the flame smoke.

Also, since it’s Chicago we’re talking about, the athletes participating in all shooting events must turn their guns in for gift cards and will instead compete to see who can buy the most stuff at Target in one hour.

Capitol Hill Switchboard Recording Pitches Obamacare

Every time you think you’ve seen them sink as low as possible, they break out the diamond-tipped shovels and keep going.

I have to hand it to Obama’s people — they leave no stone unturned, unethical, illegal or otherwise, in their efforts to propaganda-bomb the general public — even if it requires commandeering something paid for by the general public to connect them to the offices of Congress:

If you call one of the numbers that leads you to the switchboard for Congress, the number you’d call to be put through to your Congressman or Senator’s office, you get a short message selling Obama’s healthcare policies before being transferred to the switchboard operator. This should be the sort of story the Old Media would investigate fully. But will it?

How can this even be legal? After all, this isn’t the Democrat Party hotline we are talking about here. It is the main phone number representing all of Congress, not just Obama and his nationalized healthcare policies. I repeat, this is the phone number for all of Congress, not an activist’s number to sell Democrats and their policies.

While it lasts, try it yourself and you’ll see. The number is 1-800-828-0498.

Newsbusters has audio of the recorded message, which goes like this:

Thank you for calling your Representative and your Senators.

Please urge them to vote yes on health insurance reform. Because the American people can no longer wait for more choices, lower costs, and coverage we can count on.

I just called the number, and as of 9:30 a.m. EST Sunday, the message is still there, but we’ll see how long it lasts. Hey, if it’s totally on the up-and-up, there will be no reason to remove it, right? I’m guessing it doesn’t stay there through Monday though, and callers might hear the recording, “The number you have dialed is no longer in community service.”

I don’t think there’s anything in the rules that says the Capitol Hill Switchboard can be used as the President’s personal answering machine, but I could be wrong.

Before you know it, the White House will have child members of the Obamacorps personally answer each Capitol Hill phone call and sing the Obama National Anthem?

The next think you know, you’ll glance at the Lincoln Memorial and see that the inscription has been changed to read “In this temple, as in the hearts of the people, for whom he lobbied for a public option, the memory of Abraham Lincoln will forever remind us of the need for national health care”