Al Franken Has Graduated From the ‘Nathan Thurm School of Answer Avoidance’

Jason Mattera approached Senator Al Franken and asked him about a several billion dollar provision in the Obamacare bill that covers playground equipment. Franken asked Mattera to produce that passage in the bill, and Mattera did. Hilarity ensues as Franken suddenly turns into Nathan Thurm, a character ironically performed by one of Franken’s fellow former SNL performers, Martin Short.

Franken: I’ll answer your question if you stop talking!

Mattera: Okay, go ahead…

::brief silence::

Franken: Look, if you won’t stop talking I’m not going to answer you.

Mattera: I did stop talking! Okay, go ahead and answer.

::brief silence::

Franken: There you go again interrupting me! I’m outta here!

That’s not verbatim, but pretty close:

As Mattera notes, we all know that Franken’s a jerk to Republicans, but now we know he’s even a jerk to his own staff. This also shows that Franken has no idea what’s in the bill he voted to pass, not that it’s a surprise to anybody.

Franken learned well from Master Thurm, who wields the same skills from the polar opposite side of the political spectrum. From about the 1:40 mark to the end you’ll really see what I’m talking about:

(h/t Treacher)

Have You Heard That Idiotic Census Ad About the Buses?

Of course you might have heard the ad — the government’s spending millions of dollars to air it — but if you haven’t heard the ad, you might have seen it on a bus:


The government is spending millions of dollars of our money to remind us that, without the census, the government wouldn’t know how many buses they need.

“If a city had three buses to start with, and grew by a half a million people, without the census telling us how many people there are, we’d still only have three buses!” Well, yeah, I guess you would — if you were as dumb as a box of congressional economists.

Somehow a McDonalds in that same hypothetically growing city knows how many people they’re going to need to work on any particular day, and about how many hamburgers they’ll need to make. But according to the government, McDonalds can’t possibly know that because they’ve never taken a census in the community. That McDonalds should still be making only 25 hamburgers a day and have four employees just like they did when they first opened in 1958. What gives?

“Hey boss, we ran out of burgers by noon and had to close. We turned away dozens and dozens of people. That happened the day before, too.”

“Hmm, that’s strange. Okay, I’ll see you in the morning. We’ve got 25 hamburgers to make tomorrow!”

Of course, the real reason for the Census these days is for gerrymandering and to figure out how to cut up and re-distribute your pie, but as for their claim that they really wouldn’t know how many buses they’d need if no Census was taken, is the government really that stupid? Yes.

I’m sure they’ll do just fine running the health care industry and car companies though.

The Paradox of ‘Drill, Barry, Drill!’

Much of the media is reporting President Obama’s announcement that he’ll open up many U.S. offshore areas to oil drilling as a reversal of something he criticized McCain/Palin for saying they’d do if they ended up in the White House, but obviously the political motivations here trump any economic reasons:

“The Obama administration is proposing to open vast expanses of water along the Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska to oil and natural gas drilling, much of it for the first time, officials said Tuesday,” the New York Times reports.

This is a president who’s pining to pass Cap & Trade, and if this can help get any Republicans in Congress on board (who will subsequently be sold Colorado swampland), then it’ll be worth it to the Dems. But the entire point of Cap & Trade is to make energy expensive — and the entire point of domestic drilling is to make energy cheaper. That paradox means something’s gotta give, and it won’t be the liberals’ quest for Cap & Trade.

Keep an eye on the “proposing” part. If Obama can get enough Republicans on board “Cap & Trade” with a simple proposal that he knows will never be followed through, then “Mission Accomplished” as far as Obama’s concerned. Besides, any actual drilling wouldn’t even take place until well after Obama’s left office, so he’s free to make as many empty promises as he needs to make. Of course, if Obama knows Cap & Trade is dead, he can bring it about anyway via Executive Order (does this seem like a President who’s going to follow through on promises to drill for oil?).

My prediction is that new drill sites will end up being like Obama’s sudden embrace of building nuclear power plants — and that is to construct them as sweetheart deals for big labor, but never really use them.

This as-for-now merely symbolic lurch to the middle can also be taken as a sign that Obama knows Democrats are in serious trouble in the upcoming election, as well as in 2012.

I will say this though, if the drilling proposal does indeed become reality, if Obama can make sure some of those newly constructed oil rigs will be easily seen from the deck of the Kennedy compound, I’ll donate a nickel to his presidential campaign — a dime if the drills are are powered by giant windmills.

Hey, what happened to “if you keep your car tires properly inflated we won’t need to drill for more oil”? I guess we compressor-challenged Americans didn’t pay attention:

Plugs: You Call It ‘Redistribution of Wealth,’ I Call It ‘Fair’

This is just like the “tomayto vs. tomahto” thing, except it’s “You say socialist, I say… well, socialist“:

In part two of my exclusive interview, I asked the Vice President whether we can afford these tax cuts, given the country’s massive federal deficits. Biden’s view is that we can’t afford not to do them: “We can’t afford to leave the middle class behind,” he says. “These things matter to people who are struggling and they matter to people who have lost their jobs as well.”

There’s also the issue of whether these tax cuts, in conjunction with the health care reform bill signed last week, represent a redistribution of wealth in America, as many claim.

“It’s a simple proposition to us: Everyone is entitled to adequate medical health care,” Biden says. “If you call that a ‘redistribution of income’ — well, so be it. I don’t call it that. I call it just being fair — giving the middle class taxpayers an even break that the wealthy have been getting.”

Ya gotta love Biden — well, okay, no you don’t — but I do appreciate this fact about him: The crafty among the left wing at least attempt to conceal their true motives, but Biden unabashedly lets them fly out in the open, like a bank robber who’s not afraid to take off his ski mask and look directly into the security camera.

Here’s Obama telling Jill Biden, “Thanks for putting up with Joe.”

It’s the rest of America that needs to be apologized to for the whole bunch of ’em:

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300 Businesses: Health Care Bill is Costing Us a Fortune! — Waxman: No it Isn’t, it’s Saving You Money!

Frankly, I think that the left-wingers in charge of Washington right now absolutely love to hear the private sector begging and complaining that’s going on, and as such, the more people plea with them, the more aroused they become.

Think of the current administration and their left-wing accomplices in Congress as political bestialists who are grudge-banging a capitalist pig they’ve finally managed to pin to the ground — and the more the pig squeals, the more they’re going to enjoy it:

An association representing 300 large corporations urged President Obama and Congress on Monday to repeal a provision of the health care overhaul that prompted AT&T, Caterpillar and other companies to announce substantial charges for the current quarter.

The association, the American Benefits Council, said the provision — which reduces the tax deductions for companies with drug coverage for their retired employees — would deal a significant blow to corporate profits and would discourage companies from hiring more workers.

AT&T announced last week that it was taking a $1 billion charge because of the provision. Deere & Company announced a $150 million charge, Caterpillar a $100 million charge, and 3M a $90 million charge.

This little graphic is included in the article:


Hey, you evil corporations, the gutterworm (scientific name nostrilus maximus) who isn’t even qualified to run a lemonade stand says you are not now and never will incur any expenses from the health care bill. So there! Essentially Waxman is telling these corporations, “Are you going to believe me, or your lying accounting ledger?”

Waxman is essentially saying that 300 companies are lying. Why? Because the health care bill was designed to save them money — and past experience tells us that the government does everything right. Somebody’s got some ‘splainin’ ta do:

Henry A. Waxman, a California Democrat who is chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, criticized the charges by the companies, asserting that the health reform would save companies more money than it cost them.

Mr. Waxman sent AT&T, Caterpillar and Deere a sharp letter, questioning the charges and saying he wanted top officials from those companies to testify at an April 21 hearing he has scheduled on the issue.

Mr. Waxman and Bart Stupak, a Michigan Democrat who is chairman of the House Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on oversight and investigations, wrote to AT&T’s chairman, Randall L. Stephenson, “The new law is designed to expand coverage and bring down costs, so your assertions are a matter of concern.”

So, are Waxman and Stupak the Sucker telling these companies they should be fudging the books so Obama doesn’t look bad? Accounting regulations mandate that corporations take such writedowns this way. Who makes the accounting regulations? Don’t look at AT&T, Caterpillar or John Deere if you’re trying to find an answer to that question.

The country will have to be taken back at the polls — complaints and pleas for mercy directed at people who get off on hearing complaints and pleas for mercy won’t get us very far.

Code Pink Wackos Forget Who’s President These Days

Even Cindy Sheehan knows which president is currently keeping our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the psychotic, under-medicated marshmallow peeps at Code Pink still have a score to settle with former members of the Bush administration:

KCAL: About 100 fans came out to hear Karl Rove at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills Monday night to discuss his book “Courage and Consequences: My Life As a Conservative In The Fight,” — but the fight wasn’t contained to his book.

Anti-war protesters came out, some rushing the stage, to call Rove a “war criminal” and worse.

I’d like to see them try this stuff with Obama or his people — they’d only get tasered if they were lucky.

As you may recall, Code Pink — so named because of all the Pepto Bismol you have to drink after looking at them — also did their “war criminal” routine on Don Rumsfeld last year.

Say what you want about Code Pink, but they’ve got guts!


The ‘Spit or No Spit’ Debate Rages On


Pro-Obamacare Dembots threw eggs on a tea party bus a couple of days ago, but the debate is still mainly focused on a spitting incident from a week earlier.

At the Capitol the weekend before last, was the saliva that flew from the mouth of a “tea partier” and onto Rep. Emanuel Cleaver done on purpose, or was it just inadvertent spittle that flew from the mouth of an over-enunciating, angry protester? Judge for yourself.

As far as I’m concerned, there’s only one man who can figure this all out:

World Gets to See Obama Try to Throw a Baseball Again


The annual presidential tradition will continue this year — except this time it may involve mom jeans and a teleprompter:

President Obama will throw the ceremonial first pitch on opening day at the Washington Nationals’ game vs. last year’s National League champions, the Philadelphia Phillies, on Monday.

The visit marks the first time the president, a Chicago White Sox fan, will attend a game at Nationals Park. The visit also marks the 100th year anniversary of the first time a US president threw an opening day pitch.

Hopefully the president has been practicing since last year’s All-Star game.

If you’ve never seen Obama pitch, he throws a wicked 58-foot changeup, and his pitching style differs a little bit from predecessor, George W. Bush.

Here’s Bush above a good pitching-style comparison:


And here’s Obama alongside a good pitching-style comparison:


We Shouldn’t Assume That the Man Who Threatened to Kill a Republican Congressman is an Obama Fan — Unless We Don’t Have to Assume That

Somebody get Frank Rich on the phone — Michelle Malkin just posted this:

Just obtained this from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia:

Today, a two-count complaint and warrant was filed charging Norman Leboon with threatening to kill United States Congressman Eric Cantor and his family, and threatening to kill Congressman Eric Cantor, who is an official of the United States, announced United States Attorney Michael L. Levy and FBI Special Agent in Charge Jan Fedarcyk. As set forth in the affidavit to the complaint and warrant, in or about late March, 2010, Leboon created and then transmitted a YouTube video to Google over the internet, in which he threatened to kill Congressman Cantor and his family. No harm came to the Congressman or his family as a result of Leboon’s threats.

“The Department of Justice takes threats against government officials seriously, especially threats to kill or injure others,” said Levy. “Whether the reason for the threat is personal or political, threats are not protected by the First Amendment and are crimes.”

Now, I can’t stand it when the left assumes that people who threaten violence toward anything or anyone on their side of the aisle are Republicans, so I try not to return the favor.

So, before just making a blind assumption, I looked to see if Norman Leboon of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has ever made any political donations, and if so, to whom — and what do you know:


Open Secrets confirms.

What are the odds that much of the media somehow will forget to mention this?

I’ll now await Steny Hoyer to publicly denounce threats coming from people simply because the whacko-in-question happens to be on his side of the argument.

Update: Check out this YouTube video. This guy makes Charles Manson look well-adjusted.