Monthly Archives: November 2012

Obama’s Opening Offer: More Stimulus Spending and Unilateral Authority to Raise the Debt Limit

More stimulus spending and authority to increase the debt limit by executive decree? Uh huh, that should work wonders for bringing down the deficit:

The Obama administration’s opening bid on Thursday in negotiations to avert a year-end fiscal crunch included a demand for new stimulus spending and authority to unilaterally raise the U.S. borrowing ceiling, a Republican congressional aide said.

The proposal, made by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to congressional Republican leaders on Capitol Hill, was seen as offering little the Republicans could agree to and was greeted with laughter, the aide said.

“We can’t move any closer to them because they’re not even on our planet,” the aide said. “It was not a serious proposal.”

The White House actually said they were surprised at the Republicans’ reaction to their offer — an offer that was the equivalent of “Ok, how about this: We bang your girlfriend and we’ll let you watch. Deal?”

At this point I vote along with others to just go off the cliff. I know that’s probably what Obama wants, but at least some people would be introduced to the concept of actually being forced to pay for all the stuff they voted for. Watching some of them whine incessently about being forced to pay for their “free” stuff might be one of the more entertaining uses I’ve ever seen a tax increase put towards.

Jim Geraghty at NRO (h/t AoS):

At this moment, Republicans in Congress need to examine which presents a more dire threat to the country:

A) A double-dip recession driven by the sequester and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts, or

B) the public’s belief (verified through polling) that our giant debt, our ticking time bomb of entitlements, and our gargantuan government can be solved by “asking the richest Americans to pay a little bit more,” as Obama insists.

Option A is terrible, but Option B is the giant locked door blocking all of the real solutions.

So if we must have tax hikes, let the tax cuts for every income level expire and let everyone of every income level pay higher taxes. Destroy the illusion among so many voters that they can get all the government they want without paying more in taxes.

Raising taxes a little on “the rich” is not a solution to anything — not that it’s intended to be:

Yoko Ono Somehow Manages to Make Her Clothing Line Worse Than Her Singing Voice

If anybody’s wondering what to get me for Christmas, wonder no more. My dream clothing has arrived:

Yoko Ono launched a menswear collection on Tuesday that she says was inspired by John Lennon’s “hot bod.” Among her designs are pants with large handprints on the crotch, tank tops with nipple cutouts, a flashing LED bra (yes, for men) and that pair of pants with a sheer backside.

The collection of menswear for Opening Ceremony is available the company’s U.S. stores in New York and Los Angeles now, its London store on Nov. 30 and its Tokyo flagship on Dec. 9.

Ono’s clothing line is based on a series of drawings she sketched as a gift for Lennon for their wedding day in 1969. The sketches were put into a book, Fashions for Men, and brought to life as a collection.

Imagine there’s no fashion sense; It’s easy if you try:

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The three at the top and the bottom left designs are from Yoko’s “Turn Your Head and Cough” collection.

On the bright side, at least designing hideous clothes has distracted her from trying to sing… or, whatever this is:

Jay Carney: The President is Only Concerned About What Actually Happened in Benghazi, Not the Explanation Susan Rice and I Gave to the American People

Jay Carney was in his usual form today:

“What the president is worried about, Major, is what happened and why in Benghazi. He is not particularly concerned about whether the ambassador or I went out and talked about the fact that we believed extremists might have been responsible. And whether we named them as al Qaeda or not does not — no, it certainly doesn’t have any bearing on what happened and who was responsible as that investigation was continuing on Benghazi.”

Heh.

Translation: “The president’s focus is on the facts… not on what Susan Rice or I said.”

White House: Send Us Videos of Yourselves Calling for Higher Taxes on the Rich

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The Pentagon’s budget is getting cut, but that hasn’t hindered the Obama administration’s ability to wage class warfare:

With lawmakers scheduled to return to work on Monday to begin intense discussions before a looming fiscal deadline, Mr. Obama’s aides are trying to harness the passions that returned him to the White House, hoping to pressure Republicans in Congress to accept tax increases on the wealthy. The president’s strategists are turning first to the millions of e-mail addresses assembled by the campaign and the White House.

Already, supporters are being asked to record YouTube videos of themselves talking about the importance of raising taxes on the rich. Aides said those videos would be shared on Facebook and Twitter and would be forwarded to centrist Democrats, as well as to mainstream Republicans, who they hope will break with their Tea Party colleagues.

Obama’s re-election is a clear signal that enough Americans who have been convinced that they are better off if somebody else is made to pay higher taxes. To me this is like being stuck in quicksand and recording a video about how much better off you’ll be if somebody else is pushed in with you. Misery loves company, and the people who capitalize on misery love idiots.

Naked Libs Storm John Boehner’s Office Protesting Budget Cuts, Newton’s Law of Gravity

If Boehner was in the office at the time he probably needed a Dramamine, glass of wine and another smoke after seeing this:

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I know the one second from right looks like Harry Reid but I think that’s actually a woman. I heard they were all protesting potential cuts to HIV programs. If you’re really looking to punish yourself, unedited versions are here. More pics here.

Security should have called in FLOTUS so she could have handed out some “Let’s Move” brochures before cops gave them the boot… and hopefully some robes.

Higher Education Going to Pot

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If you’re thinking about applying for a license to own and operate a snack bar on this campus, I already beat you to it:

A public university located in one of California’s prime pot-growing regions has formed an academic institute devoted to marijuana.

The Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research at Humboldt State University plans to sponsor scholarly lectures and coordinate research among 11 faculty members from fields such as economics, geography, politics, psychology and sociology.

The Times-Standard of Eureka reports that one professor is studying recent campaigns to legalize marijuana, while another is investigating the environmental effects of pot cultivation.

“If anyone is going to have a marijuana institute, it really should be Humboldt State,” economist Erick Eschker, the institute’s co-chair, told the newspaper. Eschker is studying the connection between marijuana production and employment in the county.

Classes will begin next Monday, starting sometime between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. and ending whenever. Tuition includes books and a class field trip to Tommy Chong’s birth place.

‘Our Lord and Savior Barack Obama’

Surprisingly, this doesn’t have anything to do with something Chris Matthews said during his pre Thanksgiving dinner prayer.

During the Soul Train Awards show that aired last night, actor/comedian Jamie Foxx said this:

“It’s like church over here. It’s like church in here. First of all, give an honor to God and our lord and savior Barack Obama. Barack Obama,” Foxx joked.

Not to nitpick, but it only would have qualified as a joke if Foxx had been mocking Obama-supporting Kool Aid drinkers. Problem is, Foxx is an Obama-supporting Kool Aid drinker, which means that if there’s a joke to be had here, it’s because Foxx made himself the punchline. I do enjoy self-deprecating humor:

And most of the MSM respond in unison, “Amen!”

Update: Foxx isn’t alone.

So That’s Why They Call it Recycling

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Anybody who has followed the “green jobs” push from the beginning caught on to the sham a long time ago, but details continue to emerge as to how our tax dollars are enriching Obama cronies and even sitting members of Congress:

Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute, said President Barack Obama had a “recycling” program that used crony capitalism to reward its campaign contributors, who would then funnel money back to the Obama campaign.

Appearing on Fox News’s one-hour special on Thursday about the “District of Corruption” movie, Schweizer said crony capitalism was so rampant in the Obama administration that Obama campaign bundlers received more than $21,000 on average in government-backed loans and grants for every dollar they contributed to the Obama campaign.

Schweizer said the Obama administration treated taxpayer dollars as “gift bags” to give to its top donors, which he called “the Obama recycling program.”

In many instances, Schweizer said top Obama administration bundlers and influential Democrats — like California Senator Dianne Feinstein and former Vice President Al Gore– invested in companies before those companies received government-backed loans and grants, and then saw their investments flourish.

One such company was Amyris biotechnologies in Berkeley, California. Weeks before Amyris received a $25 million grant from the Obama administration, Feinstein and her husband bought nearly a $1 million in equity in the company. Then, the initial investors, such as Gore, saw a $12 million investment balloon to more than $80 million after they took the company and cited the government grants as a reason the company would be successful. As Schweizer noted, the IPO was only possible because of taxpayer dollars.

They “invest” a little of their own cash, the government artificially inflates the value with an infusion of taxpayer dollars, and Kaiser, Gore & company cash out. And if the company goes bankrupt, at the very least they recover their initial “investment” because all the downside is on the taxpayer — then they move on to the next federally funded gold mine.

The fact that nobody’s in jail over these scams is maddening. They made sure the YouTube video guy got put away though!

Sorry Unions: Wal-Mart Reports Record Black Friday Sales

The unions tried to disrupt things, but it looks like that effort will fail big time:

After opening earlier than in previous Thanksgiving weekends, Wal-Mart reported its “best ever Black Friday” sales, including bigger crowds than last year, the company said Friday.

The retailer rolled out deals starting at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. From 8 p.m. to midnight, Wal-Mart processed nearly 10 million register transactions, handling 5,000 items a second, the company said. Mmore than 22 million shopped in Wal-Mart’s stores during the four-hour period.

Last year, the chain opened at 10 p.m.

More than 1.3 million employees are staffing the holiday weekend, Wal-Mart U.S. chief executive Bill Simon said in a statement.

Protesters made an effort though. I can’t help but wonder if the union sent those protesters out to picket in favor of a “living wage” while paying them minimum wage and offering zero benefits. They’ve been known to do that. Look for the union irony label.

I guess one thing Big Labor can consider a resounding success is this: Nobody was able to buy Twinkies at Wal-Mart today. That’ll teach ’em!