You Bought Barack Obama’s Books

Unless you’re a loyal Hope & Change™ customer, that headline might prompt you to reply, “I did?”

Yes, you did:

The State Department has bought more than $70,000 worth of books authored by President Obama, sending out copies as Christmas gratuities and stocking “key libraries” around the world with “Dreams from My Father” more than a decade after its release.

The U.S. Embassy in Egypt, for instance, spent $28,636 in August 2009 for copies of Mr. Obama’s best-selling 1995 memoir. Six weeks earlier, the embassy had placed another order for the same book for more than $9,000, federal purchasing records show.

About the same time, halfway around the world, the U.S. Embassy in South Korea had the same idea and spent more than $6,000 for copies of “Dreams from My Father.”

One month later, the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, spent more than $3,800 for hardcover copies of the Indonesian version of Mr. Obama’s “The Audacity of Hope,” records show.

Why is the administration giving Obama’s books as gifts on the taxpayers’ dime? Because they were all out of iPods loaded with his speeches.

I wonder how many copies of FLOTUS’s book we’re going to end up buying.

Today’s Corporate Stimulus Recipients Courtesy of OWS: Honda, Coleman and Big Oil

The New York Fire Department is concerned that the fuel at Occupy Wall Street used to power the generators might at some point meet up with a spark or cigarette and suddenly they’ll have to change the name to #OccupyBurnUnit:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There’s a growing cause for concern down at Zuccotti Park. Sources told CBS 2 on Monday night the FDNY is looking into possible fire hazard situations that could put protesters at risk.

Fire prevention experts at the Department notified the Mayor’s Office of the potential problem. There are apparently lots of ways for a fire to start and not enough planning about how to put one out. It’s a concern that could impact the future of this encampment.

The “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrators make their own power with gasoline driven generators and that’s the problem, according to our sources at the FDNY.

One of my favorite new pastimes is watching a news story about OWS and counting how many things they’re depending on that were invented, manufactured and sold by profit-driven capitalists via the world of evil Wall Street corporations:

It’s not against the anti capitalism/anti Wall Street principles though, because the tents, gasoline, generators, cigarettes and lighters were purchased with the Capital One card that OWS supporter Alec Baldwin encouraged them to apply for — just to avoid any possible hypocrisy.

If OWS is forced to comply with fire code, the big corporate winner will be Kidde.

Update: Another OWS laugher: Michael Moore insists he’s not in the “upper one percent” and isn’t worth millions. If he’s not feeling the hypocrisy, why the need to lie?

Cain’s Chief of Staff Stars in Smokin’ New Campaign Ad

Watch this web ad for Herman Cain featuring his Chief of Staff Mark Block and you can almost hear Michael Bloomberg’s sphincter slamming shut at the end of it:


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After reading this I think it makes more sense:

The New York Times reported Saturday that as president of the the National Restaurant Association, Cain allied himself with cigarette makers that were fighting restaurant smoking bans.

Prior to joining the Cain campaign, Block served as Wisconsin state director for the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a group that has advocated against state smoking bans.

Knowing that background, the ad seems to be more of a thumb in the eye of nanny-state promoting over-regulators rather than an attempt to win the votes of the smoker demographic. But Block insists there was no subliminal message intended.

The John Murtha Legacy Just Keeps Getting Better

As you read this try and keep in mind that this is a guy who was honored by having a Navy ship named after him.

Last week’s release of FBI documents finally put in writing what nobody had ever said on the record: The FBI suspected that former Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) and lobbyists close to him were running a scheme to funnel earmarks to sham companies and nonprofits to benefit the lawmaker’s friends and former staffers.

Bits and pieces of this story were kicked around for years before Murtha died in February 2010. The Los Angeles Times, Roll Call, the Washington Post and others had documented the odd appearance of earmarks for tiny defense contractors that just happened to open an office in western Pennsylvania and just happened to hire one of the lobbying firms close to Murtha and just happened to begin making campaign donations to Murtha and other Members of Congress close to him.Reporters could do little but assemble the coincidences and couldn’t prove there was anything wrong with the bigger picture.

But it turns out the FBI was reading the stories and was very interested — interested enough that the Justice Department had opened a criminal investigation into Murtha and some of the lobbyists in his orbit, a fact that never leaked while Murtha was alive.

In part, the probe never leaked precisely because he was alive.

Let’s just say that Murtha’s post Marine Corps service was less than exemplary — Abscam, endless wastes of money ($150 million for a 20 passenger-a-day airport being one of the less expensive pork projects done in his name), Haditha and now this.

Time to change the name of that ship.

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Help Wanted: NYC Condom Czar

Who says there are no jobs out there?

The city Health Department is looking to hire a condom coordinator to keep the city’s public high schools stocked with free birth control.

The former condom czar, Amrita Harbajan — the first person to hold the position since its 2005 creation — no longer works for the agency, which runs the program with the Department of Education.

The city is offering up to $88,000 a year.

The previous Condom Czar was promoted to Washington and is now the National Director of Diaphragms & Dental Dams, so there is room for advancement!

Kathy Bates to Obama: Stand on Your Hind Legs and Fight the Rat Bastards!

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Naturally, the insinuation from Miss Fried Green Tomatoes-for-Brains is that Republicans want to defeat Obama because of his color instead of his ideology. Yeah, yeah… the same reason Republicans wanted to defeat Carter, Mondale, Dukakis, Clinton, Gore and Kerry.

But how fast would Bates once again be crying “racist” if a Tea Partier referred to Obama as a quadruped? Cue the shallowness:

“Rat bastards” — yet another example of the “new tone” from a practitioner of compassionate liberalism.

(h/t HAP)

Moronic Statement of the Week

I don’t think Michelle Malkin owns anything named “Obama,” but I’ll bet she has a pile of rubber dog s*#t she calls “Maher”:

BILL MAHER, HOST: If you just presented the Republicans with Obama’s resume and didn’t say who it was, they would erect statues to this guy. He killed bin Laden, he killed Gaddafi, he saved us from a depression. I mean all, just, just the killing alone, Michelle Malkin would name her vibrator “Obama.

Forget about showing people Obama’s resume, Bill… some folks would just settle for seeing his college transcripts.

I don’t know what’s more patently offensive… a moronic insult of a friend of mine, or the claim that Obama saved us from a depression. Seriously?

What else is on Obama’s resume? Reverend Wright, Bill Ayers, ACORN connections, trillions in added debt, Marxists and Socialists within the administration, Obamacare, record food stamp dependency, green schemes and repeated policy failures — yeah, it sure is difficult to see why Michelle Malkin doesn’t worship Obama!

As for capping despots and terrorists, conservatives don’t really have a problem with that — and Michelle Malkin is no exception. What conservatives can’t understand is that Obama — Nobel Peace Prize winner — can do things that would have had the likes of Bill Maher demanding war crimes tribunals if George W. Bush had done them. But when Obama does those things, the left thinks the right should love him, while the right wonders why the left doesn’t hate him. The confusion is certainly mutual.

Here’s Noel Sheppard’s analysis over at Newsbusters:

The problem for people like Maher is they’re so ideological in their likes and dislikes that they naturally assume their opponents are as well.

Consider that when the topic of Herman Cain came up on “Real Time” Friday night, Maher and all of his liberal guests – MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, New York Times’ Tom Friedman, Bloomberg’s Joshua Green, and author Touré – savagely attacked the Republican presidential candidate even calling the former ballistics analyst “dumb.”

As MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist accurately observed Wednesday, these folks would all be swooning over Cain just like they did Obama if he were a Democrat.

Not surprisingly, the hypocrisy was lost on these self-proclaimed deep thinkers.

Jon Huntsman: The Thrill Up Chris Matthews Other Leg

This should help Huntsman finally gain traction among the conservatives — high praise and the hint of a leg thrill from Chris Matthews.

On Hardball, Matthews thanked Huntsman for being the sane one in the Republican Party. Huntsman said “thank you” but I wouldn’t consider that a compliment coming from an insane MSNBC host. These two look like they’re on the verge of “leaning forward” together:

(h/t Weasel Zippers)