Monthly Archives: November 2009

Obama Pardons Turkeys, Congress Instinctively Goes on Recess

The annual White House tradition of pardoning a turkey took place at the White House today, with President Obama pardoning two birds: Courage and Carolina:

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Fox News reports that the pardoned birds will now fly to California, and Courage will serve as honorary grand marshal for Disney’s “Thanksgiving for Giving Day” Parade, while Carolina will be an alternate in case Courage can’t fulfill his duties. Nancy Pelosi is next in the order of turkey succession in case either of the other two are accidentally eaten tomorrow.

According to the White House, the turkey “Courage” was given to Obama as a gift by the Japanese Emperor — which is, you know, the whole reason Obama was only looking down and definitely not bowing:

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Here’s a flashback to last Thanksgiving to remind us how a real turkey pardon is performed:

Bonus trivia: A few years ago, George W. Bush made the mistake of trying to pardon a turkey that once belonged to Bill Clinton:

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Obama Solicits Bow, No Indian Takers

When President Obama goes overseas, he bows to almost every leader he can find, so is it too much to ask that somebody return the favor over here? Obama seems to be trying to elicit one with this condescending doozy:

Obama and First Lady Michelle personally received Singh, the first State Guest of the 10-month-old Obama Administration, and his wife Gursharan Kaur at the White House.

“Yours is the first official state visit of my presidency, its fitting that you and India be so recognised,” 48-year-old Obama told the 77-year-old Indian leader.

Translation: “For the love of God, pal, bow to me to show everybody I’m not the only leader who does that!”

In the verbal sense, Obama all but grabbed Singh at the waist and head and forced him to prostrate before him. Singh didn’t bite. Nice try though, Mr. President.

Kevin Williamson at NRO notes:

The general reaction in India has been: Who the heck does this guy think he is?

This arrogant, patronizing greeting has obviously made many people in India Sikh to their stomachs.

Sorry.

Ed Begley Jr. Upset We’re Not All Gonna Die

As far as environmentalists go, I’ve always liked Ed Begley, Jr., but only for the reason that he’s not a private jet flying, mansion owning, giant pool heating hypocrite like Al Gore. From everything I read and see, Ed walks the recycled, solar powered walk — but in this exchange with Stuart Varney, Begley comes across like an Al Gore associate on commission who’s pissed that the curtain has been pulled back on the Wizard just a little bit — and it’s just the tip of the melting iceberg.

The news that the world may not in fact be about to end should make Ed happy. It should at least make him just a little more skeptical of the data he’s been fed — but that it doesn’t is a dead giveaway that disproving a global warmists “facts” is merely casting a gloom on their hopes of cashing in on it. Either that or Ed realizes he’s been Punk’d by Al Gore and doesn’t want to admit it.

In any case, it’s fun to watch Ed get his biodegradable hemp undies in a twist, though I can’t help but wonder how large the carbon footprint of this fuming is:

Update: This will make Ed’s head asplode: Hide the Decline: The Music Video

(h/t BigHollywood)

Navy SEALs Face Court Martial for Giving Most Wanted Terrorist a Fat Lip

Meanwhile, in Bizarro World…

As Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and a few of his murderous pals await civil trial in New York City, and subsequently their chance to bash the U.S. in open court, some of Americas bravest face being tried in a military court for giving a terrorist a… fat lip:

Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq — the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And for their trouble, three of the SEALs, members of the Navy’s elite commando unit, are now facing criminal charges, sources told FoxNews.com.

The three have refused non-judicial punishment — called an admiral’s mast — and requested a trial by court-martial.

Ahmed Hashim Abed, whom the military code-named “Objective Amber,” told investigators he was punched by his captors — and he had the bloody lip to prove it.

Now, instead of being lauded for bringing to justice a high-value target, three of the SEAL commandos, all enlisted, face assault charges and have retained lawyers.

Instead of roughing up a terrorist who had a role in murdering and mutilating at least four Americans, the SEALs should have converted to Islam and plotted to blow up buildings in NYC, then the Obama administration would have seen to it that they received civil trials with a jury of their peers and court-appointed attorneys.

Now the SEALs have to strap their families with the expense of paying for their own lawyers and face severe reprimands for removing this scumbag from circulation. Enemies of America now receive more privileges, rights and free legal assistance — not to mention benefit of the doubt — than our own soldiers.

This is some kind of parallel universe we’ve fallen into. Can we get out? If we’re going to insist on catching terrorists overseas and bringing them to the U.S. because we need the jobs, we’re not going to get out any time soon.

Sheriff Roscoe P. Biden’s Epic Fail

Here’s what Barack Obama said on March 3, 2009 when outlining how his administration would maintain integrity in the stimulus payout process:

“To you, he’s Mr. Vice President,” President Obama said at the Department of Transportation this morning. “But around the White House we call him ‘The Sheriff’ because if you’re misusing taxpayer money, you’ll have to answer to him.”

How has Sheriff Roscoe P. Biden performed so far?:

Federal prosecutors are investigating a dozen cases of possible fraud involving the $787 billion stimulus package, a USA TODAY review of government records shows.

There are an additional 88 active investigations of potential misuse of that money, according to reports filed by internal watchdogs at 29 federal agencies managing stimulus funds and the congressional Government Accountability Office. Separately, GAO criminal investigators are reviewing nine cases, acting GAO head Gene Dodaro has said.

This would be a bigger problem if accounting wasn’t such an inexact science — and the fact that most of the stimulus money hasn’t even been spent yet means that we’ve only seen the tip of the fraud iceberg.

Who thinks the Sheriff has done a good job? Stand up, Chuck!

A basic tenet of law enforcement is “if the Sheriff is friends with the robbers, it’s probably a bad idea to let him guard the bank,” so the fact that this is going badly — either by incompetence, design, or a little of both — isn’t surprising.

Nice choice for a stimulus sheriff, Mr. President. Did Barney Fife have prior commitments?

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“Need a little help, Joe? You gotta nip it… nip it in the bud!

A Perky Poem for Obamacare

Hey Katie, is America’s most unbiased reporter willing to do a dance for Obamacare?

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I thought so.

Katie Couric dedicated her “notebook” segment to a nice little push for Obamacare — in poem form. My only regret is that nobody hacked into Katie’s teleprompter and inserted that “Here I sit all broken hearted…” poem instead, because both of these are only worthy of a bathroom wall at the seediest of rest areas:

“There once was a biased reporter from Nantucket…”

(h/t Newsbusters)

Environmentalists vs. Environmental Rapists: A Study in Airplanes

Who’s really bad for the environment?

Al Gore, anti-CO2 environmentalist, carbon credit salesman, savior of Mother Earth and carbon neutral being of light:

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Nancy Pelosi, Cap & Trade supporter, hybrid facelift proponent, anti-oil drilling environmentalist and clean air activist:

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Sarah Palin, pro-oil drilling, nature destroying, engine revving, air polluting, animal killing environmental catastrophe on heels:

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Can you believe that Palin is anti-environment and yet has the audacity to fly around in that little turbo-prop that burns far less fuel than Al and Nancy’s planes? I can’t stand hypocrites.

Update: Right on cue, I just ran across this moonbat environmentalist ad about how jet CO2 equals the weight of a polar bear — and then it makes the bears fall to their deaths… or something like that:

Support for Obamacare Plunges, Meaning America is Becoming Mentally Ill and Needs Obamacare Now!

You have to wonder, given the continual plunge in approval for Obamacare, how Harry Reid can continue to get his 60 votes. Eventually he might even run out of money — our money — that he’s using to bribe people with, but probably not soon enough.

From Rasmussen Reports:

Just 38% of voters now favor the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. That’s the lowest level of support measured for the plan in nearly two dozen tracking polls conducted since June.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% now oppose the plan.

Well what do you know… over half of America has become fringe, right-wing wacko teabaggers. Hopefully there’s a treatment for that illness under Obamacare. The vote moves forward, in spite of the Dems failure to create a demand for what they want to supply.

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Exposing Your Apple Computer to Second-Hand Smoke May Void the Warranty

Al Gore is on Apple’s Board, so the fact that the company might be in a fright because smokers are exposing their laptops to second-hand smoke that is contributing to “climate change” wouldn’t be surprising.

But the reason it’s claimed Apple is voiding warranties on computers that have been exposed to smoke is priceless in our increasingly paranoid society: Second-hand smoke is a contaminant, and Apple refuses to expose their workers to a bio-hazard:

Now, I am as much against smoking as anyone. I also do not want workers needlessly exposed to hazardous substances. Still, for Apple to deny warranty claims on Macs exposed to cigarette smoke seems way over the line.

Yet, that is what The Consumerist says Apple has done on at least two occasions in recent months.

Apple is apparently telling at least some customers that the amount of cigarette smoke residue inside their computers makes it unsafe for the company to perform warranty service on them, despite the lack of such a clause in the company’s warranty agreement.

“Apple: Finding ridiculous ways to screw the consumer over is Jobs one!”

In any case, if you see a computer tech wearing a bio-hazard suit, this is probably the reason — either that or Mayor Bloomberg is now working for the Geek Squad and he suspects somebody spilled salt in a laptop he’s about to work on.