Monthly Archives: November 2012

Happy Thanksgiving, and Apologies in Advance to Sir Paul

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Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, especially our band of regular readers and commenters who have helped keep the conversation interesting, intelligent, snarky, enlightening, funny, pointed and genuinely entertaining. It’s been our busiest year ever, and the year isn’t even over yet. 2013 will bring some changes, and for the better. I’ll keep you posted on those changes as developments, uh… develop.

Today is a day for family, and I hope all of you get a chance to spend some time with yours. I’ll be joining my family in a great dinner and our annual tradition of yelling at the TV during the Lions game.

In a related story, Sir Paul McCartney has called on Americans to celebrate a turkey-free Thanksgiving. I’m going to disappoint him tremendously. A brit trying to tell us what to do was the reason we declared independence in the first place, so Sir Paul’s request now warrants having an extra helping of the big tom.

In an unrelated story, here’s your laugh for the day: MSNBC President Phil Griffin said his network has “never been the voice of Obama — ever.”

No, not at all:

MSNBC’s coverage of Romney during the final week (68% negative with no positive stories in the sample), was far more negative than the overall press, and even more negative than it had been during October 1 to 28 when 5% was positive and 57% was negative.

For Obama, meanwhile, the coverage improved in the last week. From October 1 to 28, 33% was positive and 13% negative. During the campaign’s final week, fully 51% of MSNBC’s stories [about Obama] were positive while there were no negative stories at all in the sample.

Among the many things I’m thankful for this year is the MSM’s laughable denial of the painfully obvious.

In closing, I’ll get back on point. Here’s George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving proclamation — let’s not forget what it’s all about (h/t Right Michigan):

Susan Estrich: I Voted for Obama, But I Didn’t Know He Was Gonna Raise My Taxes!

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Don’t you just feel so sorry for her? Me neither:

Within days of winning the election, President Obama announced that his victory gave him a mandate to raise taxes on the “rich.”

Come again? This was a two-and-a-half-point election. It reflected a painfully divided electorate. The only mandate I saw was to unite a divided country.

I voted for Obama. I voted for him because I know how hard it is to buy health insurance for a single person with even a minor pre-existing condition. In the case of my nanny/housekeeper/dear friend, it was gastritis. Thank God for Kaiser, which sold me the insurance that some years later saved her life when she was diagnosed with cancer. So call it what you will, but I did not want to see Obamacare repealed.

Years after I stopped worrying about unwanted pregnancies, I did not want to risk Roe v. Wade. I was appalled that contraception could even be an issue. I believe that whoever wants to marry should have a right to do so regardless of their sexual orientation. I voted for Obama because I worry about cutting back on environmental regulation. I voted for Obama because I believe local schools need help from the federal government, because I believe we are one country, and that if there is an earthquake in California, we will need as much help from our fellow states — which is to say the federal government — as New York and New Jersey do in dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. I voted for Obama because he ended the war in Iraq and is committed to ending the war in Afghanistan.

I did not vote for Obama because I think I am paying too little in taxes.

She also must have voted for Obama because she’s… a moron.

Report: China to Construct 220 Story Building in 90 Days — Then Take Another Year to Convince Anybody to Go Inside It

The Obama administration believes China’s “vastly superior” infrastructure is something the U.S. should be emulating. I disagree.

China’s “stimulus” building projects are faulty enough at normal speed, so I can only imagine how unsafe they’ll be after having been put together in a hurry:

According to its engineers, this will be the tallest skyscraper in the world by the end of March of 2013. Its name is Sky City, and its 2,749 feet (838 meters) distributed in 220 floors will grow in just 90 days in Changsha city, by the Xiangjiang river. Ninety days!

It’s not a joke. According to the construction company, the skyscraper will be built in just 90 days at the unbelievable rate of five floors per day.
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Foundation work is beginning at the end of the month, once the Chinese authorities give the final go ahead to the project.

For construction they’ll be using a new state-of-the-art material called “Erector Set.”

I’d drive down a winding mountain road with Lindsay Lohan behind the wheel before I’d go in that building.

Twinkies Coming Back From the Grave?

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More than 18,000 workers are set to lose their jobs because of Hostess halting operations due to a union strike, but a bankruptcy judge/possible huge Twinkie lover wants the two sides to mediate before shutting down for good:

Hostess had requested Judge Robert Drain of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in White Plains, N.Y., who is overseeing the company’s bankruptcy, to be able to liquidate its assets after a dispute with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM).

But the judge was not ready to move forward with the liquidation yet.

“Many people, myself included, have serious questions as to the logic behind this strike,” said Drain. “Not to have gone through that step leaves a huge question mark in this case.”

If mediation on Tuesday afternoon is not successful, Hostess will likely request to move forward with the liquidation on Wednesday.

If the mediation doesn’t go anywhere, union workers are hoping that a new buyer comes along and re-hires them. Because nothing’s more attractive to a potential owner than knowing they’ll have a shot at employing the same people who helped put the previous owner out of business.

Burma Destined to Find Out the Hard Way

Headline spotted at BBC News: Burma hopes Barack Obama visit will boost the economy

Because he’s worked such wonders with the U.S. economy. By now Obama’s probably convinced the leadership in Myanmar to sink a few billion into “clean energy” factories that will end up serving as stimulus for Burmese bankruptcy attorneys.

Obama was welcomed into the country by a hideous mural. I believe this piece is titled “Ear Leader”:

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Update: If Bush did this it would be the top story on the nightly newscasts tonight highlighting how he’s embarrassing us overseas, but with Obama it’ll barely warrant a mention.

Friday Open Thread & Twinkie Hoard

So far today I’m too busy with unrelated business to focus on any sort of lengthy post, so here’s an open thread to talk about the news of the day.

A few things for possible discussion:

–David Petraeus testified today that the CIA talking points on Benghazi were edited to play down terrorism and that the agency knew almost immediately it was a planned terrorist attack. Susan Rice was then sent out to sell those bogus talking points to the public — probably so the attack didn’t make the administration’s “Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive” sound premature with the election just around the corner. Nothing like playing politics with four dead Americans.

–Pelosi: “Is it the 11th Amendment? 14th? Whatever.” You’ll have to read the constitution to find out what’s in it, Nancy.

–A petition at the White House website calling for Obama’s impeachment now has surpassed the minimum signature threshold to make the White House to review and comment on it. I’m guessing that one, like the Texas secession petition so far, just gets ignored.

–HuffPo accused of publishing Kremlin propaganda. Is that supposed to be news?

–Big surprise: State controlled by nutball liberals leads the nation in poverty.

–Finally, Hostess — makers of fine spongy things with creamy stuff made of God-knows-what in them — is shutting down operations because the union wouldn’t accept an 8 percent pay cut. Over 18,000 are out of work and the union will consider this a “win.”

Someday soon Americans will be desperately searching for the last box of Twinkies:

Jesse Jackson Jr. Reportedly Agrees to Resign From Congress… Provided He’s Given Disability Pay for Life

There’s little that’s more infuriating than when malfeasant politicians issue demands:

Sources tell FOX 32 News that Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is willing to give up his 2nd Congressional District seat if he’s given disability when he steps down.

Jackson Jr. was re-elected to his tenth term but last month, sources say, he applied for a disability package — what could be his only income if he resigns [heaven forbid he get an actual job — DP]. It is expected to take a couple of weeks for Congress to approve or deny the request.

His house on 72nd Street in Chicago is part of the federal government’s investigation into allegations that Jackson Jr. misused campaign funds. Sources say Jackson allegedly spent $20,000 to renovate and buy furniture for the family’s home in Chicago, not their 5-bedroom Victorian home in Washington D.C.
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The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the congressman’s wife, Alderman Sandi Jackson, is now being investigated because she is a consultant for Jackson’s campaign operation and is paid monthly. Sources say that the alderman met with the Justice Department one time and was asked a couple of questions unrelated to any federal investigation involving her or her husband.

A Rolex watch is also part of the case against the congressman. Our sources say that the federal agents want to know where Jackson got $42,000 to pay for the watch he purchased for the woman he was having an affair with.

Sounds like the reason given to justify Jr’s lifetime disability payments might be “bad back caused by lugging around bags of campaign funds to spend illegally.” Or possibly “permanent injuries sustained after getting run over by his own chariot.”

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Actor Who Threatened to Leave the Country if Bush Won: People Threatening to Leave the Country Because Obama Won are Racists… or Something

Actor, 9/11 truther and Wall Street hypocriticus-maximus Alec Baldwin famously threatened to leave the U.S. if George W. Bush was elected president. Because we’ve already established that Baldwin is a hypocrite, he didn’t follow through on that pledge to leave the country.

Anyway, Baldwin told Letterman last night that people threatening secession because of Obama’s re-election should call their new country “the United States of Caucasia” — because sycophantic devotion to the party that just sucessfully prevented Mia Love and Allen West from serving in Congress by instead voting those seats to two white men is best for people of color: