Obama gives Jay Carney a non-verbal farewell unmatched by previous presidents

I commented about Jay Carney’s resignation here, but what I didn’t mention was this: President Obama’s farewell to his longtime press secretary also included a unique sendoff:


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Awwww!

Obligatory disclaimer: “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

Obama vs. Bush at West Point: Video proof the military (and the country) is starving for positive leadership

Look at these clips from President Obama’s a couple days ago to West Point grads vs. President Bush’s from 2008 and tell me this country — especially our military — isn’t starving for leadership that doesn’t run down America.

The tone of the addresses and reception from the cadets are polar opposites:

Obama “rallying the troops” reminds me of the basketball coach in the movie “Teen Wolf” whose pregame motivational speech to his team was “look at it this way, it’ll all be over with in a couple hours.”

This video is from 2009 but it still speaks volumes:

It’s a “sincerity” thing.

Whoops: France’s revenue projections failed to take into account that the wealthy would leave the country

Liberals are liberals no matter where in the world they are. If they’re in charge of a state in the U.S., they’ll increase luxury taxes on yachts, spend the extra revenue they projected as a result of the increase and then after the tax haul drops significantly, wonder why everybody went to a different state to buy their boats. Liberal theories are created in static environments (university classrooms, for example, where they can make anything work out just fine on the chalkboard) and never take into account human nature, because doing so throws a wrench into the works.

Another example of this happened in France after their prog president cranked up tax rates big time and yet was shocked to discover the tax haul was nowhere near what was projected:

The French government faces a 14bn-euro black hole in its public finances after overestimating tax income for the last financial year.

French President Francois Hollande has raised income tax, VAT and corporation tax since he was elected two years ago.

The Court of Auditors said receipts from all three taxes amounted to an extra 16bn euros in 2013.

That was a little more than half the government’s forecast of 30bn euros of extra tax income.

The Court of Auditors, which oversees the government’s accounts, said the Elysee Palace’s forecasts of tax revenue in 2013 were so wildly inaccurate that they cast doubt on its forecasts for this year.

It added the forecasts were overly optimistic and based on inaccurate projections.

What’s French for “DOH”? More lefty bureaucrats sacré bleu it big time.

The worst part of it is they never learn their lesson. Hollande’s “solution” will probably be to try to convince every other country in the world to have similar confiscatory tax rates so people have nowhere to flee, when in fact he just needs to admit he’s an idiot.

What difference does it make? Hillary Clinton’s book tease for ‘Hard Choices’ doesn’t mention Benghazi

Hillary Clinton’s soon-to-be-released book is titled “Hard Choices” (which was of course preceded by husband Bill’s book “Choice Hardons”). There is a four-minute video tease featuring Hillary outlining the book here.

One topic not mentioned at all in the tease: Benghazi. Gee, I wonder why. Maybe deciding to do nothing but blame a video wasn’t considered all that hard of a choice.

Elliot Rodgers’ rampage is the NRA’s fault, according to Dianne Feinstein

Let me get this straight: This maniac murdered six people — half of which he killed with a knife. He also injured 13 more people, and a number of those he hit on purpose with his car. And it’s all the NRA’s fault?

Yes it is, according to people like Dianne Feinstein and others.

These people do not have a serious interest in preventing the recurrence of horrible crimes like this. The NRA does not support guns in the hands of the mentally ill, nor do they serve in state legislatures that make the laws:

Even a diagnosis of serious mental illness, in itself, would not have prevented Rodger from buying a gun under California law, said Lindsay Nichols, staff attorney with the advocacy group Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Instead of taking some responsibility for what can happen under laws they helped write, some legislators would rather just blame a gun rights entity that, as a general rule, supports their political opposition. And politics is what it’s all about.

Leave it to the Left to consider more gun control a “common sense” reaction to a mass killing where half the fatalities were caused by knives. How very partisan bureaucracy.

Obama hits the links again, ‘like a boss’; Update: Sunday in Afghanistan

Yesterday the Dems were pitching this BS:

God that’s embarrassing.

Anyway, today, right on cue:

Now that’s more like it:

Update:

Surprisingly, Obama didn’t golf Sunday but rather went to Afghanistan. Looks like he also took Susan Rice with him just in case something happened that they needed to blame on “the video”:

Of course: Nancy Pelosi pins blame for VA scandal on Bush

Drudge sums up what has become the entire Democratic Party platform:

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As predictable as the sun coming up in the east and Nancy Pelosi saying something crazy:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., repeatedly put the blame for the Veterans Affairs scandal on former President George W. Bush, while arguing that her party has worked hard for veterans in recent years.

Pelosi took a shot at Bush while saying that the scandal is a high priority for Obama. “He sees the ramifications of some seeds that were sown a long time ago, when you have two wars over a long period of time and many, many more, millions more veterans,” she told reporters during her Thursday press briefing. “And so, I know that he is upset about it.”

Let’s assume the problems started under Bush (they might actually go back even further) — why hasn’t the Obama administration done anything to fix it these past five-plus years? Probably because of something Bush did.

Florida Dem congressman gets high Marx: We’ve proved Communism works

If “we’ve proved that Communism works” doesn’t appear quickly in a GOP ad against Florida Dem. Rep. Joe Garcia, they’re doing it wrong:

“Let me give you an example, the kind of money we’ve poured in,” he said. “So the most dangerous — sorry, the safest city in America is El Paso, Texas. It happens to be across the border from the most dangerous city in the Americas, which is Juarez. Right?”

“And two of the safest cities in America, two of them are on the border with Mexico,” Garcia continued. “And of course, the reason is we’ve proved that Communism works. If you give everybody a good government job, there’s no crime.”

If he loses in November, his own show on MSNBC awaits.

For the record, I don’t really know what the hell he’s talking about, but who cares — awesome ad material. Get on it, GOP! The only potential downside is that it might win him a few extra progressive votes.

GM has recalled over 13 million vehicles this year in U.S. after taxpayers lost over $11 billion in bailout

The amount of money taxpayers lost on the GM (read: “union”) bailout is more than $11 billion, and look what we continue to get for that “investment”: Another round of recalls:

General Motors has issued four separate, new recalls for more than 2.4 million vehicles in the United States, the automaker announced on Tuesday.

The cars include 2009-2014 model years of the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia, and 2004-2008 model years of the Chevrolet Malibu. Cadillac Escalades, Chevrolet Silverado pickups and GMC Sierras from the 2015 model year were also among the vehicles involved in the recalls.

GM said that it was issuing the recalls “in a continuing effort to quickly address emerging safety issues.”

The company will also take a $400 million charge in the second quarter, including a previously announced $200 million charge, to cover recall-related repairs over the quarter.

The running total:

GM has now in a year recalled more cars than they’ve sold in the U.S. in the last five years.

Obama speaking about the GM bailout last year: “Today, that bet has paid off.”

I’m sure did pay off for somebody.