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Obama backs away from promise to ‘fundamentally transform America’

Obama in 2008:

Fast forward to 2014. During yesterday’s interview with Bill O’Reilly, Obama backed away from that statement:

O’Reilly read Obama a question from a viewer who asked, “Mr. President, why do you feel it is necessary to fundamentally transform the nation that has afforded you so much opportunity and success?”

“I don’t think we need to fundamentally transform the nation,” said Obama.

“But those are your words,” explained O’Reilly.

“I think what we have to do is make sure that here in America, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” said Obama.

Shorter version: “If you like your fundamental transformation of America, you can keep your fundamental transformation of America.”

And I do think he’s followed through on that promise to fundamentally transformed America — for the much much worse.

Will A&E win the award for dumbest business decision of the year?

Do you find it as funny as I do that A&E could lose the most lucrative, highest rated non-fiction cable series of all time just because they were in a rush to appease people who don’t even watch the show?

Also, any “boycott” of the show’s advertisers isn’t going to work because companies like Under Armour know their customer base, and that base doesn’t look like this.

In spite of their “offense” at Phil Robertson’s comments, A&E continues to milk every last dollar out of the show. Get it while you can, A&E, because that money might go elsewhere soon.

A&E may have made the dumbest broadcast media business decision since somebody gave Magic Johnson a talk show.

What Percentage of Those Shrieking Approval at VMA Filth are Offended by Sarah Palin?

I couldn’t help but ask that question to nobody in particular last night. It occurred to me was after Kanye West went on an N-word and F-word rant that made the MTV bleep guy collapse from exhaustion.

Before that there was Miley Cyrus, who pleasured herself with a foam finger while the 20-year-old singer mock doggie-styled with 36-year-old Robin Thicke:


At some point later on that’s when it occurred to me that to a great degree, this same bunch is offended by conservatives. I guess it’s a compliment, really. Not that I’m stuffy or anything, but it’s just funny that the left pushes the meme that conservatives hate women and then looks the other way while young girls shriek approval as Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke set the feminist movement back 30 years.

Lady Gaga summed up the evening best when she kicked off the show. I’ll never look into my toilet again without seeing this face staring back:


Oprah introduces the wearable Rorschach test: What’s it look like?

What do you see?

A not-so-subtle endorsement for Anthony Weiner, or does The Oprah just not own a full length mirror?

Somewhere there’s a store clerk who should have been more racist and refused to sell her that.

Not the Sunshine of His Life: Stevie Wonder Boycotts Florida, Other States, Over ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law

Alternate headline: Entertainer will not perform in any state that has laws like the one that had nothing to do with the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial.

From the Hollywood Reporter:

In the wake of the George Zimmerman acquittal, the singer said he would not be performing in the Sunshine State until its Stand Your Ground law is “abolished.” He also said he would not be performing in any other state that recognizes the law, which some say contributed to Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012.

“I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,” Wonder said Sunday while performing in Quebec City. “As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world.”

The stupid thing about this is that Zimmerman’s defense didn’t invoke the stand your ground law — that’s a silly superstition (sorry) — and the existence of stand your ground is not why Zimmerman was acquitted. The defense argued, and the jury concluded, that Zimmerman was pinned on the ground and therefore had no ground to stand (no other possible retreat), which negated stand your ground as a defense option. The conclusion was pure self-defense.

In any case, if Wonder stays true to his work, there are a lot of states he’ll be overjoyed (really sorry) to boycott:


Wonder’s pledge to avoid performing in the above highlighted states has been signed, sealed, and delivered (last one, promise).

Kid Rock to Play Republican Convention

Alternate title: I can’t wait to see Romney pulled up on stage to join in singing Bawitdaba and American Badass.

From Politico:

Liberty Plaza Events has signed on musical acts Lynyrd Skynyrd (Aug. 26), Trace Adkins (Aug. 28) and Kid Rock (Aug. 29) for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Other artists such as Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Randolph and Night Ranger may also appear. There will also be another major act for the closing night “Wheels Up” party that’s still to be announced.

Word is the RNC has graciously reached across the aisle and invited Joe Biden to sing “Simple Man” with Skynyrd, but the Veep’s office hasn’t responded yet.

But let’s forget about convention entertainment and stay focused on defeating Obama… all summer long (worst segue ever):

Vogue Editor-in-Chief Willing to Tolerate Your Presence for a Little While in Order to Promote Obama’s Re-Election

I’m trying to imagine a scenario in which I’d be able to sit around a table with Anna Wintour, Barack and “Mee-shell” Obama, and Sarah Jessica Parker and yet still have any kind of appetite for a meal:

Translation: “Normally I have security quickly remove proletariat trash like you who wander too close to my Park Avenue den of elitism, but I’m willing to tolerate a couple of peasants for one hour only as my personal sacrifice in order to help Barack Obama finish the job of stuffing the rest of the US economy into the back of Jack Kevorkian’s old van. Don’t miss out, rubes!”

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

Clean Energy Fantasy: Steven Chu on The Avengers


“I’d better keep this sh*t away from the Department of Energy or we’ll all go bankrupt”


Energy Secretary Steven Chu used the movie The Avengers, which I saw last weekend, to segue into another pitch to keep dumping taxpayer dollars down the “clean energy” money incinerator.

By way of Erika Johnsen at Hot Air, here’s Chu writing on his Facebook page:

I can rarely find the time to make it to the movies, but my staff is buzzing about The Avengers, which focuses on a new, limitless clean energy source called “The Tesseract.” In the film, there is evidently an intergalactic struggle to claim this new resource – one we can only win by relying on heroes like Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, and the Incredible Hulk. Naturally, the group includes a couple scientists!

While the “Tesseract” may be fictional, the real-life global competition over clean energy is growing increasingly intense, as countries around the world sense a huge economic opportunity AND the opportunity for cleaner air, water, and a healthier planet. This is now a $260 billion global market, a sum that would impress even Tony Stark. According to the International Energy Agency, last year — for the first time — more money was invested worldwide in clean, renewable power plants than in fossil fuel power plants.

Given how big the opportunity is, and how fast it is growing, it is no surprise that 80 countries have adopted policies or incentives to capture a share of the clean energy market. The good news is that we have an advantage every bit as powerful as the Incredible Hulk: Americans’ talent for entrepreneurship and innovation is unrivalled [sic] by any other country in the world. We have world-leading scientific facilities that would make Bruce Banner green with envy, and the investments we’re making today in groundbreaking new technologies can help American businesses stay ahead of the curve.

Ultimately, however, the clean energy prize is still up for grabs and countries like China are competing aggressively. It’s not enough for us to simply invent the technologies of the future, we need to actually build and deploy them here as well. As President Obama noted recently, one step Congress should take immediately is to renew the expiring tax credits for clean energy – a step that will create jobs and help American companies compete. When it comes to clean energy, our motto should be: “Invented in America, Made in America, Sold Around the World.”

When I saw The Avengers, I just knew when they got to the part about the the “Tesseract” — the limitless clean energy source — that it would make greenies with plenty of access to other people’s money harder than Chris Matthews stuck in an elevator with Obama.

Here’s the catch though, and it’s sort of fits metaphorically:

The villain in the movie is Loki — an Asgardian god who is also the archenemy (and adoptive brother) of Thor.

Loki seeks the Tesseract because it will open a portal in space through which the aliens from Chitauri will travel to earth in order to enslave mankind. Loki believes that freedom is an illusion and that it is the destiny of humans to be subservient to those who are their intellectual superiors (“Freedom is a disease and servitude is the cure”). As his only concern was with increasing his own power, Loki wanted this magical “clean energy” source as a way to take control of rubes, not for any altruistic reason — to save people from “global warming” or anything like that. Gee, the only thing missing was Loki telling people they should let him control the Tesseract because of all the jobs that would be “saved or created.”

I’m told that in the sequel Loki will come to earth in search of algae fuel.

Oh, and to top it off, The Avengers — Iron Man specifically — ended up destroying the Chitaurian army and closing the Tesseract portal with an atomic bomb. I don’t know if Chu and his fellow greenies saw that part. Chu must think they plugged the hole with unused Solyndra solar panels or something.