Monthly Archives: June 2012

So How’s That ‘Arab Spring’ Spread of Freedom and Democracy Thing Working Out?

I sure am glad that earlier this year President Obama pledged $800 million in US aid to help out the “Arab Spring” countries — Egypt in particular. What direction is that headed?

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi has officially won Egypt’s presidential election and will be the country’s next president, the electoral commission has announced.

Morsi picked up 13.2 million votes out of just over 26 million, giving him about 51 per cent of the vote. His competitor, Ahmed Shafiq, the final prime minister under Hosni Mubarak, received 12.3 million. More than 800,000 ballots were invalidated.

Farouq Sultan, the head of the election commission, delivered a long speech before announcing the results in which he defended the body’s “independence and integrity” amidst what he called meddling by unnamed political factions.

The two candidates filed 456 complaints about the electoral process, Sultan said, most of them allegations of either forgery or Christian voters being blocked from polling stations in Upper Egypt. The vast majority of those complaints were dismissed.

Look what the cleric introducing Egypt’s new president said. Also, feminists should be thrilled because this is obviously ushering in a new era of women’s rights in Egypt. And I take it “Allahu Akbar” means “we welcome democracy”… right?

Just last week Joe Biden called the Arab Spring a “democratic movement.” Nice timing there, Plugs.

Obama’s message of congratulations to Morsi and claim that this is a great victory for freedom and democracy in 3… 2… 1…

I’m reading some opinions saying that MB critics should chill out over this and look at the good news: Egypt just experienced a free election. I’ll put it this way: The country’s odds of ever experiencing another one just dropped dramatically.

Update: Gee, that was fast:

White House spokesman Jay Carney issued the following statement in response to the Egyptian presidential election:
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“The United States congratulates Dr. Mohamed Morsi on his victory in Egypt’s Presidential election, and we congratulate the Egyptian people for this milestone in their transition to democracy.

7th Democrat Won’t Attend Party Convention Due to Prior Commitment to Re-Arranging Sock Drawer

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If Dems up for re-election keep jumping from the sinking ship like this, by the time the convention rolls around they’ll be able to hold it in my garage… not that I’d let them.

From The Hill:

Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) will skip the Democratic National Convention, making him the latest in a string of conservative Democrats to take a pass on the party confab.

“I’ll be spending my time this summer and fall doing my job in Congress and visiting with and listening to people in Utah,” Matheson told The Daily. “I won’t be traveling to North Carolina.”

Matheson is running in the most heavily Republican district of any Democrat in the House — the newly drawn district would have given President Obama just 41 percent of its vote in 2008. He’s routinely broken with his party, voting against their healthcare reforms as well as climate change legislation, though he’s said he’ll vote for Obama in the fall.
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He’s the seventh Democratic officeholder to say he won’t attend the convention. Others include West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D), Sen. Joe Manhin (D-W.Va.), and Reps. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), Mark Critz (D-Pa.), Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.) and Bill Owens (D-N.Y.).

At this rate, what are the odds that Obama ends up skipping Obama’s convention?

The People Obama Invites to the White House, Part XXXII; Updated

From our “The people Obama invites into the White House” file, we find this:

Last Friday, an attaché of important gay people from Philadelphia made a trip to Washington D.C. as invited guests of President Barack Obama for the White House’s first-ever gay pride reception. There, they danced to the sounds of a Marine Corps band; they dined on crab cakes and canapés; they hand-delivered letters from concerned citizens like this 18-year old who has had four people close to him gunned down, and noted rhyming raconteur CA Conrad; and some of them took advantage of photo opportunities to give the late President Ronald Reagan the middle finger.

Nuthin’ but class:

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Hart posted his photo on Facebook with the caption, “Fuck Reagan.” Strauss simply posted hers without commentary. After all, the murderous facial expression and double-barreled bird-flipping seem to speak for themselves. Comments ranged from “you forgot to add with a chainsaw” on Hart’s “Fuck Reagan” note, to my personal favorite, “star wars … up yours,” on Strauss’s. …

“Yeah, fuck Reagan,” reiterates Hart one week after the reception. “Ronald Reagan has blood on his hands. The man was in the WhiteHouse as AIDS exploded, and he was happy to see plenty of gay men and queer people die. He was a murderous fool, and I have no problem saying so. Don’t invite me back. I don’t care.”

I’d remind these misguided, anger-filled buffoons about Reagan’s opposition to the Briggs Amendment, but I have a feeling the truth would make little difference to them.

But it wasn’t all middle fingers to The Gipper… the White House also that day played host to a wedding proposal between a female-to-male transgender and a biological woman (which I believe hasn’t happened since 1994 when Janet Reno got drunk, wandered over to the East Wing and asked Dee Dee Myers to marry her):

Update: The White House says they don’t condone and didn’t approve this behavior. Funny how they invite radical activists to the White House and then act shocked that anything slightly radical took place.

Obama Marked Down in Georgia?

Why would an Obamabot shell out $500 just to see a teleprompter from an obstructed view seat 50 yards away when they’re constantly being bombarded with offers to win dinner with The One for just three bucks?

In any case, in Georgia, the campaign has been forced to offer a new “blue light special” ticket tier:

A joint fundraising effort by the state party and the presidential reelect effort, the Atlanta reception was originally pushing three graduated ticket offerings: $10,000 to earn co-host billing, $1,000 for a sponsorship, and $500 for general admission.

But the state party emailed donors on Wednesday to say a new tier had been created for young professionals. This Gen44 offering, said to have limited availability, would run donors only $250 — half the original value of general admission chit.

“If Georgia Democrats can’t hawk a $500 reception with the President of the United States, they’re in worse shape than we knew,” a prominent Georgia Republican operative told the Tipsheet. “Guess their admission last month that the campaign would not pursue Georgia really depressed what little donor base remained here.”

You’re not alone, Mr. President:

FLOTUS Email: Vote for My Husband and He’ll Treat You Like You’re Me Except Not Really

The Obama campaign must be getting desperate. The latest email from the First Lady makes it sound like she’s offering out the president for any chores or odd jobs you might have.

Here’s FLOTUS’s email. I added some questions and comments for Michelle to ponder while Barack’s out shoveling the snow away from her Volt:
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For the first 10 years of our marriage, Barack and I lived in an apartment in my hometown of Chicago. The winters there can be pretty harsh, but no matter how snowy or icy it got, Barack would [take you to Bill Ayers’ house to warm up next to his flag-burning stove?] head out into the cold — shovel in hand — to dig my car out before I went to work. [Did he leave you a bill for $5 trillion tucked under the windshield wiper?]

In all our years of marriage, he’s always looked out for me [“strong, independent woman” morphs into June Cleaver for campaign email — film at eleven]. Now, I see that same commitment every day to you and to this country. [He made your health care shittier and more expensive too?] The only way we’ll win this election is if we can rely on one another like that [and get morons to the polls in droves… but mostly that first thing], all the way to November 6th. You should know that your recent donation means a lot to both of us [I gave you money? There’s no way I got that drunk].

Barack is working hard [caddy call in sick today?], but he can’t do this alone — he needs your help [No problem. Does he have an extra ice scraper?]. Will you make another donation today to build this campaign? [I can’t… you guys invested everything I had in Solyndra] When you do, you’ll be automatically entered to join Barack and me for a casual dinner. [I heard that “casual” means Biden doesn’t wear a shirt — is that true?]

Your flight, your meal, your accommodations — that’s all taken care of [You’re right… it is just like being married to the president!]. Just bring yourself and a guest, and get ready to enjoy a good meal together. [My guest is Rush Limbaugh… is that cool?]

We’re so grateful that you’re out there, ready to keep fighting alongside us from now to November [in the spirit of bipartisanship, if it’s snowing on move-out day in January, we’ll help shovel snow away from your U-Haul].

Thanks,

Michelle

Bargain: $9 Billion in Solar/Wind Project Stimulus Resulted in 910 Direct, Long-Term Jobs

Expect the eco-shammers’ response to this to follow their usual excuse methodology: Justify the original expenditure by wildly exaggerating the number of jobs that will be created, and then when that number is proven to have been totally fabricated, respond “well, this is really about cleaner energy and saving the world from global warming, and these programs help accomplish that”:

The Obama administration distributed $9 billion in economic “stimulus” funds to solar and wind projects in 2009-11 that created, as the end result, 910 “direct” jobs — annual operation and maintenance positions — meaning that it cost about $9.8 million to establish each of those long-term jobs.

At the same time, those green energy projects also created, in the end, about 4,600 “indirect” jobs – positions indirectly supported by the annual operation and maintenance jobs — which means they cost about $1.9 million each ($9 billion divided by 4,600).

Combined (910 + 4,600 = 5,510), the direct and indirect jobs cost, on average, about $1.63 million each to produce.

For that amount of money the government could have sent 360,000 Americans each checks for $25,000. But they might not be Obama cronies so there’s a chance that expenditure would have been considered a waste of taxpayer dollars.

Contempt-a-Palooza: Obama Declares Executive Privilege on Fast & Furious Documents; Update: Committee Votes 23-17 for Contempt Citation

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

Let’s see… Issa’s committee is conducting contempt hearings against Eric Holder as we speak because the A.G. refuses to comply with a subpoena. During all that, President Obama, who had never heard of Fast & Furious and knows nothing about it, invoked executive privilege to protect something he’s totally unfamiliar with from being made public… whatever it is.

Today, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a woman with an IQ so low that she often trips over it, blamed Bush for the Fast & Furious debacle. If that’s the case, since when does the Obama administration go out of its way to protect Bush?

Speaking of blaming Bush, the Justice Department just retracted a claim Holder made last week that his Bush administration predecessor had been briefed on F & F. In other words, Holder lied to Congress.

This thing stinks to high heaven. Yes, presidents have invoked executive privilege many times, but in this case we’re talking about a program that got a federal agent killed.

As for the reason for the operation itself, if we give Fast & Furious a close shave with Occam’s razor the intent was painfully obvious.

It’s also kind of funny that the White House claimed executive privilege against releasing to Congress material that could help shed light on the murder of Brian Terry, but just yesterday Team Obama demanded that Karl Rove’s PACs release the names on their donor lists in the name of transparency.

Just for kicks, here’s Obama in 2007 criticizing Bush for “hiding behind” executive privilege:

Update: The House Oversight Committee just voted 23-17 to cite Holder with contempt of Congress. Boehner and Cantor announced that the full House will vote on the contempt measure next week.

The family of Brian Terry released a statement, which can be read here.

Lib Activists: It’d Be Cool if Paul Krugman Were Dictator of America!

For today’s “morons on parade” segment, I offer you this:

In an awkward moment during the Take Back the American Dream conference, liberal activists applauded when MSNBC’s Chris Hayes raised a thought experiment in which New York Times columnist Paul Krugman was dictator with the ability to impose his preferred economic policies.

In an afternoon panel on Krugman’s new book End this Depression Now!, Hayes asked what economic policies Krugman would recommend to help the economy.

“What are the things we should be doing if we waved a magic wand, made Paul Krugman dictator for a period of time?” Hayes asked.

Enough of the crowd responded with shouts and applause that a clearly uncomfortable Hayes had to calm them by clarifying, “Dictatorship meant as a thought experiment, it’s not something to cheer.”

Come on, guys — only one dictator at a time, please!

Paul Krugman is the one person who could manage to make the economy worse than Obama (I don’t think the “‘fake alien invasion’ stimulus” would go off as planned), so of course the left would love a Krugman dictatorship. I don’t know why Chris “I’m uncomfortable calling fallen soldiers heroes” Hayes would have been uncomfortable though — lefty activists love dictators.

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Andrea Mitchell’s Wawa-loo: The NBC Edit of the Week

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and whatever staff were involved were obviously going for another “George H.W. Bush and the grocery store scanner” opportunity, and it backfired badly.

Yeah, everybody’s used to NBC’s deceptive edits, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t still be called out.

Mitt Romney was in Pennsylvania speaking about the Wawa convenience store chain and making a broad point about the public and private sectors. First, here’s what Romney said in full context:

Here’s the MSNBC edited version where Romney’s description of the store’s ordering system makes him come across like a hominid from the “dawn of man” scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey overwhelmed by the sight of the monolith:

Earlier today, Mitchell showed the part of the Romney video she “didn’t have a chance” to air yesterday — the boring context part. Nice try, Andrea.

And now, straight from “Andrea Mitchell’s reporter’s notebook,” here’s a flashback to a classic: Ronald Reagan’s Berlin Wall speech…

We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace .General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
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Side note: When I heard about the “Wawa” stores I couldn’t help but picture this.