Monthly Archives: October 2009

Can We Make a Marx-O-Lantern? Yes We Carve!

In a few hours I’ll be taking the kids out trick or treating, and I’ll make sure the kids demand not only candy from anybody who has a pro-Obama pumkin on their porch, but also a lot of the money that they’re having stolen from them as we speak.

Peruse the Obama pumpkin selection at YesWeCarve.com. Carving and putting a pro-Obama pumpkin on your porch is supposed to be sending the message that you support Obamacare — and with what will clock in at trillions of dollars, Halloween is the perfect day for it, because the latest health care bill is the scariest thing this country has seen in quite a while.

Here are a few pictures from YesWeCarve:

It’s never too early to convince your kids that stealing from their future is for their own good:

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Obama might repeal “Don’t ask, don’t tell” — but until then… don’t ask, don’t tell:

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Get ready to Mao on some candy at this place:

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But out of all the selections, nobody created what would be the most appropriate Hope & Change pumpkin of all:

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I carved that teleprompter pumpkin — the best tribute to this president I could think of — here. Carve your own, print it out, and put it on your front door as your own way of letting your neighbors know that you also support the true leader of this country. And if you really want to tick off an Obamaniac, carve a pumpkin with the Fox News logo in it.

All these Obama pumpkins properly represent the rhetoric from this administration: Empty and with a flicker of light that gets dimmer by the day.

Update: Hey kids, be on the lookout tonight when you’re trick-or-treating. Instead of getting candy at some houses, you might end up being handed Obamacare propaganda.

Another Campaign Promise Bites the Dust

What is the Obama Administration’s defense of their quest to still be able to perform the warrantless wiretaps that Obama pledged to end if he was elected? “It’s not as Bushie as the way Bush did it.”

We’ll see how this flies with the average Hopey Changey voter:

Attorney General Eric Holder says a lawsuit in San Francisco over warrantless wiretapping threatens to expose ongoing intelligence work and must be thrown out.

In making the argument, the Obama administration agreed with the Bush administration’s position on the case but insists it came to the decision differently. A civil liberties group criticized the move Friday as a retreat from promises President Barack Obama made as a candidate.

Maybe it would quell the anger on the left a bit if Holder would tell them that the person they’re wiretapping is a “right-wing extremist teabagging racist.”

Not only is the left concerned that another Bush policy is remaining intact, but that the Obama policy is even worse than it was under Bush:

Sad as that is, it’s the Department Of Justice’s second argument that is the most pernicious. The DOJ claims that the U.S. Government is completely immune from litigation for illegal spying — that the Government can never be sued for surveillance that violates federal privacy statutes.

This is a radical assertion that is utterly unprecedented. No one — not the White House, not the Justice Department, not any member of Congress, and not the Bush Administration — has ever interpreted the law this way.
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This isn’t change we can believe in. This is change for the worse.

Change for the worse is still change, so you got what you asked for, suckers! Unfortunately, the rest of us got what you asked for too.

GeralDOH!: ‘President Osama Bin La…’

In today’s episode of “Freudian slips of the best kind,” we have Geraldo Rivera appearing on Fox News, who called the U.S. President “Osama Bin La…” before stopping himself, acting like he got the wind knocked out of him, and having to be talked down briefly by the other hosts. “That’s okay… that’s okay…”

This isn’t as funny as the time Geraldo got bowled over by storm surge waves during Hurricane Ike, but it’s a good palate cleanser heading into the weekend. You can tell he really wanted to crawl inside Capone’s vault and shut the door after this — which is something I’ve wanted him to do for some time now:

Don’t worry, Geraldo — even the most loyal Obamaniacs, such as Chris Matthews, have had the blood drained from their brains by their hope & change induced erections and made similar gaffes. The late Ted Kennedy really got the two names mixed up a while back. Why? I’ll leave that question to those who know more about political psychology than I do.

Be careful though, Geraldo — if the president is around and you make that slip, he will correct you.

(h/t Newsbusters)

Dozens of Reps. Under Ethics Investigation: Stealing Trillions of Dollars in 1,990 Pages Still Perfectly Legal Though

The Washington Post is reporting that dozens of members of the House of Representatives are under investigation by a House Ethics Committee (Today’s contradiction in terms is brought to you by M&Ms! Melts in your mouth, not in your hand!).

The info came to light after a staffer accidentally put the memo on a publicly accessible computer network. Don’t worry though, your personal health records will be completely safe in the hands of these people.

In any case, what should be amazing is that Nancy Pelosi’s name isn’t on the list. Among House members, she’s the one responsible for trying to steal the most money this year, but she did it the correct way.

In Congress, an “ethics violation” is merely a theft, bribery, kickback or some other unscrupulous behavior that didn’t go through the proper channels.

Chavez Gives Sean Penn Message for Obama, McChrystal Still On Hold

Sean Penn met with Hugo Chavez again. The pair met on eHarmony.com quite a while ago and the relationship has worked out well so far, but this time Chavez has given Penn a message to deliver to President Obama:

Chavez added that he discussed politics with Penn, who said he would soon see U.S. President Barack Obama. Chavez said he’d asked Penn to tell Obama he should take action to earn his Nobel Peace Prize , and should scrap a plan for the U.S. military to increase its presence at bases in Colombia.

“They gave him the Nobel Prize, very well, now he should earn it,” the socialist leader said, paraphrasing an open letter by documentary filmmaker Michael Moore to the U.S. president.

Penn told Chavez that he’d be meeting with Obama soon. Maybe General McChrystal should give Penn a message to deliver to Obama — it might be the only way for him to be heard on the Afghanistan issue.

Why doesn’t Sean Penn just shut up and move in with Chavez already? Nah. I don’t think Penn is particularly bright, but at least he’s smart enough never to move to a country that practices what he preaches.

And I don’t want to know what a dictator’s idea of “earning” a Nobel Prize is.

Do you feel like this Obama/Nobel Prize thing is turning out like the ending of a socialist version of Saving Private Ryan?

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“Barack… earn this…”

Cash for Clunkers Cost Taxpayers 24k Per Car, Public Health Announcement Closed to Public

From the same people who might soon be in charge of your “free” health care:

Taxpayers ended up paying an average of $24,000 per vehicle for the Cash for Clunkers program over the summer when sales that would have happened anyway are taken into consideration, says car buying research site Edmunds.com.
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But Edmunds.com says a lot of those sales would have happened anyway, with or without the clunkers program. Of more than 690,000 vehicles sold, only about 125,000 of the sales were entirely due to the government’s added inducement, Edmunds.com says. The rest of buyers just got lucky by getting the government to kick cash into deals that they would have proceeded with anyhow. When the cost of the program is spread over just those extra incremental sales, the total is $24,000 per vehicle.

The “incremental” is where private sector businesses live and die, and it’s what the government doesn’t have to pay attention to because they can just pass the expense generated by their in-house theorists who live in a vacuum on to the rest of us.

The government could have just bought those 125,000 people who made a new purchase only because of the program a brand new car and the total cost to consumers and taxpayers would have been almost cut in half. But I’m hesitant to mention that, because the next thing you know the government will announce that they’re going to buy anybody who needs one a new car. Based on the above data, they’ll only budget for 125,000 cars. Yes, they’re that stupid.

Factor in the perfectly good cars that were destroyed that could have at least been donated to those who could use reliable transportation, taxpayers who were screwed on this sham, and car buyers who were enticed to go into debt to buy something they might not have needed, and this made for one perplexing “stimulus” program.

The Non-Public Public Option

Speaking of government idiocy, it’s a sign of things to come that Stretch Pelosi’s “public health care bill” announcement was closed to the public (I’ll bet the SEIU got in). Before you know it, you won’t have access to your own medical records because it’s none of your business.

Here’s a guy who tried to get into the public area to watch Pelosi announce the House health care bill and was told “you’re not authorized per the Speaker’s staff.” I have a feeling this is what it’s going to be like trying to get in to see a doctor under Obamacare:

Obama on the Tarmac: Proper Respect, or Shamelessly Self-Serving Photo Op?

The Associated Press gushed over Obama’s trip to Dover to honor the return of 18 fallen heroes who were killed in Afghanistan.

Here’s a picture that released:

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The A.P. story references President Bush never going to Dover to witness the remains coming off the plane, but Bush thought it was better to visit the families in private and was a man willing to sacrifice appearances (and, as a result sometimes, approval points) for proper respect.

Obama’s people should be careful with this sort of thing, because skeptics might suspect that they didn’t lift the ban on photographing flag-draped coffins of fallen soldiers so America can better understand the harsh realities of war — but only so the media could take photos of Obama saluting near the caskets.

I hope Obama’s early morning trip to Dover was done in all sincerity, but since Obama and his administration are wildly “image driven” people, it’s only natural to fall on the “it’s a shameless photo op” side of things. Obama saluting these fallen heroes during the deadliest month in Afghanistan while military leadership in Afghanistan is practically begging for reinforcements and he’s dragging his heels on a decision could be viewed as a collision of cause and effect. These facts alone make this “photo op” — if that’s what we want to call it — backfire.

Unless Obama wants to make a lot more trips to Dover, he’d better stop dithering and either fight the war to win it, or get out altogether. “Rushing a solemn decision” isn’t a mistake when you’re a president — as a matter of fact, it’s a job requirement — and one that Obama seems to think is above his pay grade.

Wal-Mart Selling Caskets, Pledges to Urn Your Business

A brilliant business move by Wal-Mart, if you ask me, given where incompetent government bureaucrats, union thugs, classroom theorists and flat-out crooks trying to take over the health care industry may lead:

MILWAUKEE – The world’s largest retailer wants to keep its customers even after they die.

Wal-Mart has started selling caskets on its Web site at prices that undercut many funeral homes, long the major seller of caskets.

The move follows a similar one by discount rival Costco, which also sells caskets on its site.

Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Ark., quietly put up about 15 caskets and dozens of urns on its Web site last week.

Prices range from $999 for models like “Dad Remembered” and “Mom Remembered” steel caskets to the mid-level $1,699 “Executive Privilege.” All are less than $2,000, except for the Sienna Bronze Casket, which sells for $3,199.

Peruse the selection here.

For an extra $1,200, Wal-Mart will supply a door greeter at your funeral.

Shots Fired at Lou Dobbs’ Home

If this is what it appears to be, it’s getting serious now, and the violence is not coming from the right, but the left:

The Southern Poverty Law Center, the Anti Defamation League, the National Council of La Raza, Media Matters, and Geraldo Rivera of Fox News are using false information to foment hatred towards Lou Dobbs or any American who speaks out against Amnesty or illegal immigration.

They could not get CNN to fire Lou Dobbs, so now their buddies in the drug and illegal alien importing gangs are likely stepping up.

According to Dobbs, somebody fired shots into his home recently, coming close to hitting his wife.

Below is Lou Dobbs on his show this week talking about the incident three weeks ago. This isn’t being widely reported — at least not yet — but you can bet if this happened to Keith Olbermann or Geraldo it’d be trumpeted in MSM headlines everywhere. But no, all we hear is that the likes of Lou Dobbs and Glenn Beck are the ones who are fomenting anger that’s going to get somebody killed.

The odds that this is a random drive-by perpetrated by a couple of punks out on a violent lark is fairly slim. I’m guessing Dobbs lives in a neighborhood that doesn’t see a lot of that kind of thing:

Rep. Steve King Sacks NFL’s Goodell Over Comments About Limbaugh

Earlier this month I wrote about Rush Limbaugh being dropped from a group of potential buyers of the St. Louis Rams because, as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, that kind of divisiveness “has no place in the NFL.”

After reading about that, I looked around a bit and found out who does have a place in the NFL, and those facts didn’t escape Rep. Steve King as he questioned Goodell today:

Goodell was in Washington to testify about concussions and their relation to problems later in life, which is perfect because nobody knows more about brain damage than Congress.

And don’t forget my favorite part of this whole Goodell/Limbaugh thing: Goodell is married to Jane Skinner of… Fox News. Had Rep. King pointed that out at the start of his questioning, Goodell might have been kicked out of Washington for good.

Update: Corrected from earlier… I got my Rep. Kings mixed up. This is Steve King, not Peter (they’re both Republicans, so at least no Democrats were insulted by my first-name error). Thanks to Kevin S. for catching that and emailing!