Monthly Archives: November 2010

Christine O’Donnell Hearts Hillary?

I supported Christine O’Donnell in her race against Chris Coons in Delaware, but I’m starting to get the feeling that, had she been elected, O’Donnell might have been just another RINO-tastic letdown:

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“You go girl”? Hillary? Sigh.

On Good Morning, America, O’Donnell said she’d vote for Hillary Clinton if The Pantsuit would challenge Obama in a primary.

Double sigh.

And in other RINO news, John McCain fed so much praise to outgoing liberal Senator Russ Feingold that I doubt Feingold will be able to fit through the door.

(h/t HAP)

It’s Painfully Obvious That Harry Reid Has Another Six Years to Kill

Some might call it five minutes of rambling nothingness, but I call it five minutes of not spending a dime, so I hope Harry keeps babbling about football and forgets about the country he was in the middle of helping rape and pillage before Democrats broke for congressional recess and an historic shellacking.

From the Daily Caller:

With an extremely full plate before Congress and a short time before the 111th Congress shuts its doors forever, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took it upon himself to spend five minutes on the Senate floor Monday to discuss a football game he watched over the weekend.

With the Senate stenographer typing away for a transcription that will remained enshrined in the official record, Reid opened official business for the final congressional term by describing Saturday’s University of Nevada win over Boise State.

This video has that “sitting next to an old man on a park bench” feel to it — I don’t blame you if you can’t make it all the way through:

All the while, Sharron Angle must be at home saying, “I can’t believe I lost to this guy!”

I can’t either.

About the Impact of Obama’s Federal Wage Freeze

You may have heard that President Obama announced a wage freeze for all civilian federal employees for two years.

I’m not going to complain, because it’s a start — a very small start — but it’s a drop in the bucket. Actually, it’s a drop in Lake Michigan. Plus I want to see the fine print, because you know public unions aren’t just going to remain silent — and if they do, you’ll know there’s a good reason.

Philip Klein at the American Spectator has more on the impact:

Earlier this morning, I noted that President Obama’s proposal to freeze the pay of federal employees (excluding the military) for two years wouldn’t have much impact on the debt. Now we have more specifics. In his press conference, Obama claimed that the move would save the government $28 billion over five years. Taking that number at face value, that would represent a sixth-tenths of one percent reduction in the projected $4.52 trillion deficit over that same period (2011 through 2015). It would be the equivelent of a person who expects to rack up $10,000 of of credit card debt over the next five years touting the fact that he’s found a way to reduce his expenses by $60 over that time period. In football terms, it would be like a kickoff return that gains about a half of a yard.

AmSpec has a chart showing the overall impact:

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I’ve had bigger slivers in my finger.

The problem is that the government is way too big, and that problem won’t be solved by merely denying salary increases to a government that operates at several times the size and at a tenth of the level efficiency is needs to.

Do any potential candidates have the guts to actually do what needs to be done? Governor Christie? Sarah Palin? Hillary Clinton? (just making sure you’re paying attention).

Portland, Oregon Perplexed Why Somebody Would Want to Kill Them

Reality check time for an area of the country governed by political-correctness where the only defense shield needed is acquiescence and a good hug:

Workers were preparing the brick-covered plaza for the 15th annual Holiday Ale Festival that starts on Wednesday. Private security officers patrolled the area. And visitors were still puzzled by the news of the plot.

“Who would want to bomb here?” said Naoki Hirai, a 29-year-old from Japan who is a graduate student at Portland State University. Betty Behrens, a tourist from Seattle, said, “I was astounded.”

In response to the thwarted plot, Mayor Sam Adams has floated the idea of cooperating more fully with federal law enforcement agencies. In 2005, the Portland City Council passed an ordinance that put conditions on the city’s continued participation in the F.B.I. Joint Terrorism Task Force out of concern for the civil liberties of residents.

Now Mr. Adams said he was prepared to reconsider his opposition. “It’s been five years since our last policy review,” he said.

As John McClane said in Die Hard, “Welcome to the party, pal.”

Portland, Oregon just had the Neville Chamberlain scared out of it… but that could only be temporary.

King From Country Democrats Want to Model US Health Care System After Has Successful Operation… in New York

Luckily the health care system that Saudi King Abdullah called to congratulate Obama for signing — the one that brought the US one step closer to Saudi Arabia’s superior universal health system — hasn’t kicked in yet. If it had, there’s no telling where Abdullah would have gone for treatment:

A top Saudi official says the kingdom’s ruler is walking again following a successful back operation in New York City.

Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, the interior minister, told the state news agency Sunday that the king “enjoys good health and he has walked on his own feet.”

King Abdullah, 86, flew to New York for medical treatment Tuesday after suffering from a slipped disc and being diagnosed with a blood clot pressing on the nerves in his back.

Or maybe Abdullah got an Obamacare waiver.

One of the world’s richest men who could have chosen any health system decided to be treated in the country the World Health Organization ranked 37th best?

I wonder if Abdullah will have time while he’s in the States to give Elena Kagan a call and thank her for helping shield the Saudi royal family from those pesky 9/11 lawsuits.

Suspect Arrested for Attempting Man-Caused Disaster in Portland, Oregon

A stark reminder that nobody, not even in the super-progressive areas of the enlightened northwest, are off limits:

A 19-year-old has been arrested in connection with a plot to detonate a vehicle bomb at an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon, on Friday evening, the Justice Department announced.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia, was arrested on suspicion of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. He is a resident of Corvallis, Oregon, and is a student at Oregon State University, according to the FBI.

Mohamud was arrested by the FBI and Portland Police Bureau after he attempted to detonate what he believed to be an explosives-laden van that was parked near the tree-lighting ceremony in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Justice Department said in a written statement, but the device was actually inert.

Unfortunately some folks haven’t yet been informed that a new age of Pericles, complete with unclenched fists, outreaches and total unity with a light, creamy filling, has arrived.

The suspect also apparently had a literary bent:

Mohamud allegedly told the undercover operative that he had written articles that were published in Jihad Recollections, an online magazine that advocated violent jihad.

“Jihad Recollections” — from the publishers of “Car & Bomber,” “Rolling Stoning” and “Newsweek.”

A US Attorney reminds progressives that they are not off limits:

“This defendant’s chilling determination is a stark reminder that there are people — even here in Oregon — who are determined to kill Americans,” Dwight C. Holton, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, said in a statement.

Some of the liberals in Portland are described as deeply concerned at the potential carbon footprint this bomb would have left.

Jammie Wearing Fool has the quote of the day so far:

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Although JWF does also point out that the local paper refers to it as a “holday tree.” For the most part, the media is avoiding the word “Muslim” — just in case the suspect is one of those infamous Somali Christian teabagger jihadists.

Obama Basketball Stimulus Saves or Creates 12 Stitches in His Lip

President Obama played basketball on Friday. Why? Because it was too cold to golf. But while playing five-on-five (six-on-five if you count his teleprompter), Obama was elbowed in the mouth and required stitches.

The elbower was identifed as Rey Decerega of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Hey, didn’t Obama instruct Hispanic to punish their enemies? Obviously another briefing is in order.

Here’s the president with an ice pack on his face after returing to the White House looking out a window like the “Phantom of the Hope-ra” or something:

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This qualifies as “slow news day” material, but still, after spending the past few years listening to Obamamaniacs treating him like a god who is far above mortal men, there must have been a slight letdown around the water coolers at MSNBC, ABC, CNN, NPR and the New York Times when it was discovered that he actually bleeds like everybody else. Chris Matthews lost a bet from 2008 that said that if Obama was cut, pixie dust, gold bullion and world peace would come out.