Chris Dodd Shows How Bipartisan Obama’s ‘Bipartisan Health Care Meeting’ Will Be; Update: Live Video Feed Added

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President Obama’s “bipartisan Congressional meeting on health care” takes place today in a last-ditch effort to convince politicians that supporting it is worth getting voted out of office for. It’s also one final attempt to “Jedi mind trick” the American people into believing they want Obamacare even if they’re too stupid to know it.

Chris Dodd, the mortgage magician who gained legend status after acting as the top slice of Wonder bread in a waitress sandwich, sums up how “bipartisan” the Democrats plan to be:

Sen. Chris Dodd, D.-Conn., who will be among the lawmakers participating, worked a rally of supporters on the eve of Thursday’s meeting, scheduled to start at 10 a.m. EST.

“After that meeting, you can either join us or get out of the way,” Dodd said.

Yep, sounds like an open mind willing to listen to the opposing argument. Dodd reminds me of Robert Gibbs talking about fair civil legal proceedings for terror detainees: “We’ll give them a fair, impartial trial — then we’ll execute ’em.”

I hereby pledge to fully support any Republican who shows up to this meeting carrying a mop.

A CNN poll shows that only 25% of Americans want the Dems health care bill passed. The only way to make the bill more politically radioactive would be to put John Edwards’ picture on it and hold the final vote in Chernobyl — so there is virtually no upside to Republicans even opening their mouths at this thing other than to oppose it. “When your opponent is kicking his own ass, let him” and all that.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m. eastern and goes until about 4, and you can watch live here — Just be sure you’ve had your gag reflex surgically removed first (that’ll be covered under Obamacare, by the way):

In other “bipartisan” news, Obama is said to be considering Scott Brown’s offer to play a basketball game. I don’t think Obama has much to worry about, because judging from Cosmo Scott’s vote on the Jobs Bill, Brown plans to be playing on Obama’s team, not against it.

Update: Michelle Malkin made this observation while watching the meeting:

11:47am Eastern. McConnell notes that Dems have had 52 minutes. GOP has had 24. Obama snips: “There was an imbalance in the opening statements because I am the president.” In other words: I WON.

One side has earned more bipartisanship than the other.

Update II: This “debate” is starting to be a little disheartening no matter what the outcome. It’s like knowing your fate is in the hands of whoever wins an argument between Larry, Moe and Curly.

Update III: For a bunch of people who claim to be into “transparency,” the Dems sure seem to be breaking out into hives whenever a Republican simply reads what’s in the bill.

Suggested Obama 2012 Slogans

According to Politico, the White House is already plotting out their re-election campaign in 2012.

Every good campaign starts with an effective and descriptive slogan, so here are a few early suggestions for Obama — feel free to add your own:

–“It’s the stupid, economy!”

–“On your Marx, get set, go!”

–“Is government better off than you were four years ago?”

–“If they could see us Mao!”

–“Making Jimmy Carter look good since 2009”

–“Ramen noodles in every pot and a czar in every garage”

–“I’m not drunk, just Democrat — Obama ’12”

–“It’s not socialism; It’s the free market owned and operated by the government!”

–“Give Chris Matthews the tingle back!”

–“There’s a bear in the woods; isn’t it important to understand the bear’s perspective?”

–“Did I mention that Biden’s not on the ticket this time?”

–“Obama ’12: Too over-hyped to fail”

–“Spare change we can believe in”

–“Because my wife can’t help your lard-butt kids lose weight from Chi-town, Sparky”

–“Don’t start thinking about tomorrow”

–“It’s mourning in America”

–“Obama ’12: Because he needs 4 more years… to find a church”

EPA Admin: Just Because It’s Not Getting Warmer Doesn’t Mean It’s Not Getting Warmer

Hoax of the Century update

Is it hot in here, or is she crazy?

(CNSNews.com) – Fifteen years with no statistically significant increase in global temperatures does not mean that the human race is not causing the climate to change, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson told CNSNews.com on Tuesday.

Jackson reasserted her faith in manmade global warming in response to a question from CNSNews.com asking if she agreed with the recent statement by prominent climate scientist Phil Jones that there had been no statistically significant global warming since 1995.

Are you gonna believe her, or your lying thermometer? This “the less evidence we have the more aggressively we need to move” stuff is getting really pathetic:

Side note: Why aren’t we seeing Al Gore in the forefront defending this embattled “settled science” with all his might? Quite possibly on the advice of legal counsel.

Growing Trend: Union Jobs Must Be Saved for Reasons of National Security, So Just Shut Up and Pay Us Unless You Want to Die!

Labor unions, facing the growing reality of having priced themselves into near extinction, realize they’ve milked their employers about as much as possible, so recently they’ve been forced to turn to getting state and federal funding. How so? Every union job is being made a “national security” issue.

Even Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign to curb child obesity uses “national security” as a selling point, when if fact it’s only a way to funnel taxpayer money to big labor. The auto industry’s union bailout was an issue of “national security” as well.

Now the Transit Workers Union in New York, faced with massive job cuts from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority due to huge budget problems, is crying “national security”:

NEW YORK (CBS) – The MTA’s sea of red ink has claimed more victims. Top brass at some of the MTA agencies will loss their jobs in a massive job cutting program to save $50 million. MTA chairman Jay Walder refused to talk about the cuts or when they will take effect.

The cuts will include 600 administrative employees, some very high up, and up to 500 subway station agents.

The plan to cut the station agents seems to be the most controversial. Union officials said the agents have been added to station security at a time when terrorists like Najibullah Zazi are trying to attack them.

You’ll notice that unions never offer to take pay cuts (or even wage freezes) on their often ridiculously overblown salary and retirement packages for the sake of national security — it’s not that important.

As a matter of fact, just last year, the union won arbitration and strapped the MTA even further, thus ensuring massive layoffs:

The mud is already flying just days after an arbitration panel handed down its ruling on the contract negotiations between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Transport Workers Union Local 100 (pdf).

The workers won an 11.3 percent wage increase over three years and a reduction in their health care costs, over the objections of transportation officials who said the cash-starved authority did not have the funds to cover the added costs. The authority has not ruled out service cuts or fare increases as a consequence of the ruling, which officials said would cost the authority an additional $350 million over three years.

Some commentators are furious that the authority has been forced to pay its workers more despite the bad economy and its own stark financial problems. Others say that the transit workers deserve the same treatment as other city employees, who received similar raises from City Hall.

That was just last year mind you. And when’s the last time the private sector saw an average of nearly 12-percent wage increase?

It’s well past time to legally force public unions to make their pay packages on par with private sector performance — maybe then the union porkies and politicians would give a damn.

My guess is that these 1,100 layoffs will be re-absorbed in the next “jobs bill.” That way, Obama and Biden can count these as “jobs saved or created” by the stimulus. Their little trick is to be both the cause and the effect while taxpayers are caught in the middle.

Obama and his union pals create the conditions for the necessity of public layoffs, then you get to subsidize the re-creation of the financially unsustainable job. Obama takes credit for being a savior of the economy while private sector industry goes down the tubes.

This is brilliant, provided the goal as far as “national security” is concerned is to turn the US into a third-world cesspool that isn’t worth attacking.

It’s ironic that union thugs and their political accomplices are using “national security” as an excuse to milk the public trough like a rapidly dehydrating dairy cow, because these days, big labor is an entity America needs to be protected from instead of by.

Soldiers Must Call Lawyers From the Battlefield, and Other Symptoms of the PC Apocalypse

“Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes and call Sol Lieberstein’s office to get legal clearance.” –William Prescott if the Battle of Bunker Hill had been fought in 2010

Welcome to a world, and worse yet, a war designed by attorneys:

When Capt. Zinni spotted the four men planting the booby trap on the afternoon of Feb. 17, the first thing he did was call his lawyer.

“Judge!” he yelled.

Capt. Matthew Andrew, judge advocate for 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, advises the battalion about when it is legal to order the airstrikes. He examined the figures on the video feed closely. “I think you got it,” Capt. Andrew said, giving the OK for the strike.

I have a better idea. What we really need to do is just cut out the middle-man and make our lawyers fight the enemy. Eventually the problem might solve itself.

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“An Army is a team. It eats, sleeps, calls its lawyer, Mirandizes alleged man-cause disaster initiators, serves the community and attends the gay wedding ceremonies of its platoon buddies as a team!”

(h/t HotAir)

Harry Reid: Support the Jobs Bill or Women Will Get Beat Up

Harry Reid is peddling fear once again in order to justify the “jobs bill.” How? Reid recently said this: “Men, when they’re out of work, tend to become abusive.” By all means, Harry, don’t be afraid to generalize.

Sometimes though, people who have jobs can be the most abusive of all — Congress is a good example. If there’s a bigger victim of domestic violence than the US Constitution, I have yet to see it.

Coming from a man who’s pushing government programs that are driving jobs away in droves, this bit of insight might as well have come from Ike Turner:

This is similar to how Harry pushed for Obamacare: “If we don’t pass this bill, people will shoot kitties!”

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Scott Brown Drives Pickup Truck Off Dike Bridge With Taxpayers in the Back

Wow, that honeymoon lasted about as long as my New Year’s resolution to stop calling Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi “Plugs” and “Stretch.”

In Glenn Beck’s CPAC speech Saturday night, he said that there’s little difference anymore between Republicans and Democrats. Bill Bennett said Beck was completely wrong. Yesterday, Scott Brown helped prove him right — and by “him” I mean Beck:

WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (Reuters) – A modest job-creation bill advanced in the U.S. Senate on Monday as the chamber’s newest Republican bucked his party and sided with Democrats on a $15 billion package of tax cuts and highway spending.

Republican Scott Brown joined four other Republicans, 55 Democrats and two independents to overcome a procedural hurdle that sets up a final vote later this week.
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Brown said the bill was not perfect but would help put people back to work.

As far as I’m concerned, Scott Brown just drove his pickup truck off Dike Bridge with the taxpayers in the back and fled the scene.

But here’s what’s most troubling about Senator Brown so far:

“I hope my vote today is a strong step toward restoring bipartisanship in Washington,” he said in a statement.

Restoring the country to financially solid ground? Nah. Restoring the economy via the government backing off and easing the burden on the private sector so real jobs can be created? Nuh huh. “Restoring bipartisanship” so we can keep swirling down the toilet with Democrats and a few Republicans agreeing to ride the wave with their arms in the air and yelling “Wheeeee“? Yep.

Republican definition of “bipartisan”: Republicans joining with Democrats.

Democrat definition of “bipartisan”: Republicans joining with Democrats.

I’d wager that the people in Massachusetts didn’t vote for Brown to “restore bipartisanship” in Washington, but I’m not really surprised by this.

Of course, this is simply a procedural vote, and Massachusetts voters could make his phone ring off the hook and influence him before the final vote. Tell him there’s a new spread in Cosmo in it for him if he changes his mind.

Brown is supporting “Stimulus II” — and the first stimulus was so incredibly successful that the Democrats changed the name to “jobs bill” and claim it’s nothing like the first one (any ad guru will tell you that when you’re trying to sell the sequel to something really popular, the first thing you do is strip it of all it’s branding). The “jobs bill” is Stimulus I in the federal witness protection program. Thanks for falling for it, Senator Brown.

Charlie Crist: Not Accepting Stimulus Money Would Have Been Disrespectful to the Presidency

Florida RINO Charlie Crist, Governor, Senate candidate and Obama hugger extraordinaire, has one foot in the political grave, and he keeps throwing banana peels in front of the other one:

He says he does not regret accepting the stimulus money.

“I can’t apologize for it all,” he said, “It was the right thing to do. We needed the money and 87,000 jobs in our state. And you know, I was raised to respect the Presidency of the United States.”

Excuse me for a second…. Hahahahahahaha!

Okay, I’m back…

Gee, it’s too bad he wasn’t raised to respect taxpayers. And notice how that’s phrased: not taking the stimulus bribe wouldn’t have been disrespectful to this one president, but to the entire office of the presidency! Thomas Jefferson would be thrilled to see state governors respecting the Founders intentions for the executive branch with such unselfish zeal.

Crist’s attempts to distance himself from Obama are getting him failing grades (or a strong “B-plus” as Obama might say) with voters.

There’s a joke going around that the three biggest jobs created so far by the stimulus are Chris Christie, Bob McDonnell and Scott Brown — and soon we might add Marco Rubio to that list.

How’s your stimulus now, Mr. Crist?

Update: Greg Pollowitz at National Review Online: “Before long he’ll say it was out of ‘respect’ that he hugged it out with the president.”

Dallas Tea Party Group Gives Keith Olbermann a Diversity Wedgie

We all know that Keith Olbermann — the MSNBC blowhard with a perma-grimace that makes him look like he’s getting a colonoscopy with a rose bush — thinks that anybody on the political right (specifically the “tea party” types) are racist, homophobic, lily-white meanies.

The Dallas Tea Party organizers have quite effectively turned this argument on it’s ear. Too bad that Olbermann’s viewer will probably never see this:

(h/t Instapundit)

It Was 30 Years Ago Today…

I was 14 years old at the time and remember it vividly. I still can’t watch it without getting chills. Hard to believe it’s been 30 years.

Below is the final minute of the “Miracle on Ice” with the US leading the Soviet Union 4-3. In the next game the USA went on to defeat Finland for the gold, and shortly thereafter, Ronald Reagan went on to defeat Jimmy Carter. It was a great way to end an otherwise malaise-addled 1980: