Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Everybody wants to ...

Let me sum up this article for you.

We should let Polanski go because it would be really expensive and California's broke.

This, from the dude who defended Michael Jackson, Scott Peterson, and Susan McDougal.

Honestly, Roman laid it out back in '79:

"If I had killed somebody, it wouldn’t have had so much appeal to the press, you see? But… f—ing, you see, and the young girls. Judges want to f— young girls. Juries want to f— young girls. Everyone wants to f— young girls!”

You're all just a bunch of degenerates. How DARE you stand in judgement of the artist Polanski.

The must read piece on the issue.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Praying to Obama?

Gah. Peps are stupid.

Deliver us Obama!

Steyn on the media on Beck


The media would like the American right to be represented by the likes of Bob Dole and John McCain, decent old sticks who know how to give dignified concession speeches. Last time round, we went along with their recommendation. If you want to get rave reviews for losing gracefully, that's the way to go. If you want to win, look at whom the Democrats and their media chums are so frantic to destroy: That's the better guide to what they're really worried about.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Vid du jour

Because I'm sad about my Buddy Rosie's baby, so I've not nuthin to say politically.

So, here's a nice vid from my newest band-crush.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Good news/bad news.

My husband is in the battery business. One of the cool things about batteries, at least those used in cars, trucks, ATV (yada yada yada) is that they are 100% recyclable. You won't find old batteries in a garbage dump, because 1) they have "core" charges (thus are worth $$) and 2) they are 100% recyclable, so no need to toss 'em. If you have a problem with assertion #2, see factoid #1.

And, then we come to those batteries in those "green" cars. Someone showed up with one of 'em at a shop, and NO one knows what the hell do do with it. Well, here's the good news:

According to the U.S. government, lithium ion batteries aren't an environmental hazard. "Lithium Ion batteries are classified by the federal government as non-hazardous waste and are safe for disposal in the normal municipal waste stream," says Kate Krebs at the National Recycling Coalition. While other types of batteries include toxic metals such as cadmium, the metals in lithium ion batteries - cobalt, copper, nickel and iron - are considered safe for landfills or incinerators (Interestingly enough, lithium ion batteries contain an ionic form of lithium but no lithium metal).

Isn't that cool? Instead of returning them to the store for your "core" charge, and the stores/warehouses having to deal with the recycling mess, we can just THROW THEM AWAY. Isn't that awesome?

But, say we WANTED to recycle 'em. You know, because we're a bunch of greenies now. Well it's not so easy.

Lithium ion batteries just don't have much in them that is economically useful. Currently, lithium carbonate is pretty cheap stuff, and it just isn't economically viable to recover it from batteries. Of course, that could easily change. As more and more batteries are produced, the world's current capacity for lithium could easily be strained.

Additionally, from an environmental perspective, it would be really bad news to have a new kind of battery that no one wants to recycle. Even if it isn't economically viable, Li-ion batteries contain all kinds of weird stuff that we don't want leaching into the ground water.

What? I thought these Green cars were our future?

Hopefully, recycling Li-ion batteries will soon be just as easy as recycling any other kind of car battery. If not, it will be harder to sell buyers on the "green" part of electric vehicles.

Oh, well. We've got HOPE.

Meanwhile, my husband's buddy's got a lithium ion battery in his store and has NO idea what to do with it. I'm guessing he's going to throw it away.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Obama takes the Mic

This pretty much sums it up.

President Obama, Bayefsky says, also said that he will no longer tolerate those on the wrong side of history. “It is becoming very plain that the president himself is on the wrong side of history. He stood before a crowd of largely undemocratic leaders and said he was on their side. Instead of leading, the president sounded confused and relativistic, claiming that there is no one form of democracy and that everybody quite reasonably has their own take on what democracy means. Everyone there knew that those words are exactly how the Cubans and Chinese speak in U.N. circles. The president’s deliberate ambiguity on the nature of democracy was well-received at the U.N., but it did nothing to enhance America’s moral stature and leadership capacity in the world today.”

Worst. President. Ever.

Oh, but there's more. Here's Allah on Quadaffy's speech:

His first appearance in 40 years. Total length: 96 minutes. I didn’t watch but Twitter was aflame with rolling updates about his intro as the “king of kings,” his musings about jetlag and why the UN should be moved to Beijing, and, oh yes, his hope that The One shall remain president forevermore. And that’s just for starters: I’m giving you two clips, one of CNN covering the kookier lowlights and another of a lowlight they forgot to mention — his pensees about the JFK and MLK assassinations. I can’t tell if the interpreter is (mostly) unintelligible because he simply doesn’t speak English well or because Qaddafi is that incoherent, but the garbled syntax only adds to the whole vibe.

Of course, I think his idea about the UN moving to Beijing is an excellent idea.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


No post here, today, 'cause I spent all my free time this morning working on A Very Special™ post for H2.

Go look.

Monday, September 21, 2009


Ok, I didn't see where Ric was going ... but then there's this:

Fair warning to Democrats and disillusioned former Obamaphiles: DO NOT EXPECT US “WINGNUTS” TO CLEAN UP YOUR TRASH FOR YOU. If you think Barack Obama is in danger of assassination, look to your own nutcase extremists — to the frustrated hyper-progressives whose complaint is that Obama has moved too far to the Right or hasn’t moved Left fast enough, to the Lee Harvey Oswalds and “Squeaky” Frommes, to the Kos Kidz and Huffington Huffers declaring “public option or fight”. If the Secret Service feels it needs more bodies for the duty of “catching the bullet” intended for Barry, they need look no farther than the nearest Right Wing Conspiracy for volunteers. Yeah, we’ve got a lot of kooks and loudmouths who don’t know how their bread is buttered, but their leaders do and have been passing the word: We want this man to live forever, to serve as an emblem of Progressive politics at least that long, and (in the words of a Jack Vance character from the Sixties) we want him safe as a forty-ton statue of a dead dog.

Would you take a bullet for Barry? Yes, I'd do it for my country.

Monday morning catch-up

I'm out of bandwidth until sometime later today, but I wanted to link this piece by Moe Lane. The backstory:

ALBANY – In a stunning request, the Obama administration has made it clear to poll-challenged Gov. Paterson that the White House would prefer he not seek election to a full four-year term next year.

The Obama administration sent the message through White House political affairs director Patrick Gaspard, who met with the governor at his campaign headquarters for nearly two hours last Monday, according to a source with knowledge of the conversation.

The "news" of this news? That it "got out." See, when the President tries to push out an incumbant from running again, it's supposed to be kept on the down-low. Now, whether Gov Paterson decided to squel, or the White House is running a black-ops ad campaign, I'm not really sure; Hot Air suggests such is the case.

[T]he phrase that comes to mind from reading this story is ‘ham-handed ruthlessness.’ The ruthlessness is obvious – and will probably be lauded by his most devoted supporters. Everybody else will note that the President apparently thinks that nobody within the Democratic party has the right to expect that disagreements with him will remain private.

Indeed. Gotta go.

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Hammer knocks another one out of the park

Does Obama lie?:

Obama said he would largely solve the insoluble cost problem of Obamacare by eliminating “hundreds of billions of dollars in waste and fraud” from Medicare.

That’s not a lie. That’s not even deception. That’s just an insult to our intelligence. Waste, fraud, and abuse — Meg Greenfield once called this phrase “the dread big three” — as the all-purpose piggy bank for budget savings has been a joke since Jimmy Carter first used it in 1977.

Moreover, if half a trillion is waiting to be squeezed painlessly out of Medicare, why wait for health-care reform? If, as Obama repeatedly insists, Medicare overspending is breaking the budget, why hasn’t he gotten started on the painless billions in “waste and fraud” savings?

Obama doesn’t lie. He merely elides, gliding from one dubious assertion to another. This has been the story throughout his whole health-care crusade. Its original premise was that our current financial crisis was rooted in neglect of three things — energy, education, and health care. That transparent attempt to exploit Emanuel’s Law — a crisis is a terrible thing to waste — failed for health care because no one is stupid enough to believe that the 2008 financial collapse was caused by a lack of universal health care.

I've been chuckling over that for a while now. Why can't Obama and Co. just start saving money from Medicare waste NOW? How 'bout you save the money FIRST, then you can find something else to spend it on?

One of those full circle things

If the bus incident is NOT, someone please explain (with supporting evidence) how my opposition to Health care insurance reform is racist.

You can expand the topic (again, with supporting evidence) how my opposition to Obama is racist. With a subtopic about how my loathing of Henry Waxman and Nancy Pelosi fits into this whole scenario.

Velociman on Obama and racism.

For Obama, and the Democratic party, and for all of his henchfolk, to now sling the libel of racism at anyone who disagrees with his any utterance or policy is a betrayal of incredible proportions. The 55% of the populace who disagrees with his health care plan includes, obviously, a shitload of Obama voters. For breaking ranks with Obama over a fucking policy difference this man is willing to slander and tar people who just voted for him with the ultimate insult. It takes a special breed of asshole to do that.

One could blame Obama's fellow travelers, however we all know who always deals the first race card from the bottom of the deck, and that is the man himself. Obama and his fellow creatures of the night may take solace in the fact that his callow betrayal of racial goodwill will result in his presidency being the last presidency of a black American for the next 30 years. There will not be a black Democratic president for 50 years.

The upside of that? The door is WIDE OPEN for a Black Republican President. Oh baby. That would be sweet.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Crackers just don't know their place on the bus

Why you should be reading Velociworld.

Comments are great.

(think Obama should invite the kids to the White House for a beer?)

I await Jimmy Carter's opinion on this matter.


Apparently, the boy was beaten up because he was a nerd, not because he was white and the assailants and cheerleading squad were black.

Well then. Ok.

White House Reality Check/double-checked

The whole "you lie" kerfuffle has become a rallying cry to many Americans not because we're racist (explain the racist component of lying?) but, because - well we're simply sick of being lied to. Case in point:

Over the past several weeks, we've seen with increasing frequency and volume issues raised around the use of "czars" by this Administration. Although some Members have asked serious questions around the makeup of the White House staff, the bulk of the noise you hear began first with partisan commentators, suggesting that this is somehow a new and sinister development that threatens our democracy. This is, of course, ridiculous. Just to be clear, the job title "czar" doesn’t exist in the Obama Administration. Many of the officials cited by conservative commentators have been confirmed by the Senate. Many hold policy jobs that have existed in previous Administrations. And some hold jobs that involved coordinating the work of agencies on President Obama’s key policy priorities: health insurance reform, energy and green jobs, and building a new foundation for long-lasting economic growth

White House director of communications personally called out Lamar Alexander in her piece.

Senator Lamar Alexander has also criticized President Obama’s "czars," calling them "an affront to the Constitution." But during remarks delivered on the Senate floor in 2003, Sen. Alexander said "I would welcome" President Bush’s "manufacturing job czar." That same day in the Senate, he also expressed support for President Bush’s AIDS czar Randall Tobias.

Alexander fired back:

The White House staff should review my full remarks before launching an attack. I made it clear that there have always been a few czars but nothing like the 18 new czars appointed in this administration. Eighteen of the administration’s 32 czars hold new positions that did not exist in previous administrations and were not authorized by law. These czars are unconfirmed by the Senate, unavailable for questioning, and unaccountable to the American people through their elected representatives. They’re the most visible symbol of too many Washington takeovers. The White House should spend less time misrepresenting others’ views and more time answering legitimate questions from Senators Collins, Bennett, myself and others: What are these new czars’ authorities and responsibilities? How are they being vetted? How will they be accountable to Congress?

h/t NRO's Corner.

And, speaking of Czars, there is apparently another one in the pipeline. The Green Education Czar. Doesn't THAT sound exciting?

The bill allocates $4 billion to the "greening" of public school facilities (literally — the bill includes money for building greenhouses and planting trees), and the green schools czar would influence how the bulk of this money is spent. Even though this is primarily a higher ed bill, the green schools portion pertains to K-12. More federal intrusion into local school districts — how exciting!

For budgetary purposes, the $4 billion would come from the "savings" generated by coverting subsidized private lending to direct federal lending, but as the Congressional Budget Office pointed out, nearly half of those projected savings are the result of an accounting trick; they aren't likely to materialize. What savings are realized will come at the cost of reducing competition in the student-loans market by making the government the largest direct lender to college students by far. Obama says he wants greater competition in the health-insurance market: Why the double standard?

This education bill takes $4 billion we don't have and, instead of spending it on education, gives it to a new green czar to spend on environmental projects of dubious value. This kind of thing is becoming so routine one hardly notices anymore. It's just another $4 billion, right?

Why is it the job of the Federal Government to make schools greener? Because, Obama is a statist, of course.

(obviously, that last statement was racist.)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Today's must read

VDH. On the ying and yang of decorum. Snippet:

What Goes Around Comes Around

And then something strange and quite unexpected happened. The Democrats nominated a charismatic African-American, won the presidency, after obtaining large majorities in Congress, and suddenly became the Establishment, demanding respect for the Commander in Chief in direct proportion to their efforts to deny respect to his predecessor. Then just as suddenly two tropes appeared after January 20th of this year:

One—cannot we all get along? We deplore this resort to barbarism and crudity.

Two—if you dare sound off like we just did, then you are now a racist.

Not So Fast

The problem is that the public is not really stupid and has a long memory. It hates hypocrisy as much as it does crudity. Part of Obama’s decline is precisely because of this sudden disingenuousness in which one rises to the top on hardball, Chicago politics and playing identity politics (remember Rev. Wright, Ayers, “typical white people”, clingers, etc.), and then of course wants an end to the crudity (like hoping the music stops only when you have grabbed that last chair).

Or so Obama said that he wanted a sort of end to the acrimony. But once he was elected, we got Eric Holder slurring the nation, the President slurring the police, the environmental jobs czar slurring almost everyone, and a host of satellites like Charles Rangel and Diane Watson leveling charges of racism.

So, what to do?

Won't it be cool?

When everyone is named Mohommed?

You have read Steyn's book right? *.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Dude, it's seven miles

From Puppy Blender:

LET YOUR CHILD walk to school. “There are many reasons why the strong trend against small freedoms for children is a bad thing, but the best is this: The choice is not actually between more safety for your child and, well, less safety, but between safety today and safety tomorrow.”

I'm not against allowing kids to walk to school - I did it. I walked to grade and middle school, and rode my bike to high school or took a bus. I even walked the 4+ miles a few times.

NYT article here.

Monday, September 14, 2009

I remember when everyone wanted to declare their child "gifted"

Man, times have changed.

What is especially odd is that almost all the growth in special education over the last ‎three decades has occurred in just two of the 13 federal categories for disabilities: ‎specific learning disability (SLD, which includes dyslexia) and “other health” (which ‎includes attention-deficit disorders — ADD). The size of the remaining eleven federal categories combined has remained relatively flat, while SLD has tripled and “other health” has ‎quadrupled. Those two categories account for 86 percent of the increase in special-‎education enrollments. If there really were a medical plague afflicting the nation’s children, we ‎would expect to see an increase in more objectively diagnosed categories, like ‎mental retardation, blindness, and deafness, and not just in the relatively mild and ‎ambiguous categories of SLD and “other health.”‎

Tens of thousands, or closer to a cool Million?

Team Obama supports claim that there were over a million protesters in attendance Saturday at the event they knew nothing about.

Teabaggers vs Obama supporters. I remember seeing those photos after the inauguration, and was pretty shocked. You'd think the party of "Green" could do a bit better.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

9/12, around the web

Counter protest fail:

By far the best dressed people at the show was a clutch of 20 or so twentysomething/thirtysomething types in tuxedos and evening gowns, singing and chanting a huzzah-ing stuff like "Freedom, not medicine!" and "Privatize Medicare!" and "Defend our insurance companies!" and such. It was those Billionaires-for-Bush pranksters, taking the piss out of the evil right-wingers by, uh, mocking the decidedly not-rich-looking crowd.

Roger Simon (h/t: Dan) has some thoughts:

Boy, was I wrong. I can remember telling Glenn Reynolds during CPAC that these Tea Party demonstrations were rinky-dink and going nowhere. Barely more than a half-year later, they’re putting two million people on the Washington Mall. Wow! If I were Obama & Co., I’d be afraid, I’d be very afraid.
One other note from an old protestor. When I made that statement to Glenn those many months back, I did it with the supposed authority of someone who had been at a lot of demonstrations when on the left. I can remember a couple that might have been nearly this big (not sure, really). But I can’t remember anything this size that was entirely non-violent. That’s rather miraculous for a two-million person demonstration and deserves the highest praise, though I doubt the mainstream media will say much. They’re still digesting how much they’re despised.

I'll add more when I find interesting stuff.

Detroit Free Press - small story on page 21. Canceling subscription tomorrow.

BA HA AHAA HAAAA 11!!! !11:

The White House said Friday it was unaware of the rally. President Obama has traveled to Minneapolis, Minn., to promote his health-care plans at a rally there.

Smartest Man EVA!!!!

Need. Oxygen.

Front page of the internet Free Press/ News :

Outburst in speech may be a 1st in U.S.
Obama strikes at health care opponents

Yep, that's it. Two entries. Neither one regarding the rally that Obama was unaware of. One "news" item being four days old.


Friday, September 11, 2009

9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance

Signs, signs, everywhere a sign

My husband and I have found four of these:

It's just like Mark Steyn says:

The other day, wending my way from Woodsville, N.H., 40 miles south to Plymouth, I came across several “stimulus” projects — every few miles, and heralded by a two-tone sign, a hitherto rare sight on Granite State highways. The orange strip at the top said “PUTTING AMERICA BACK TO WORK” with a silhouette of a man with a shovel, and the green part underneath informed you that what you were about to see was a “PROJECT FUNDED BY THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT.” There then followed a few yards of desolate, abandoned, scarified pavement, followed by an “END OF ROAD WORKS” sign, until the next “stimulus” project a couple of bends down a quiet rural blacktop.

The irony, of course, being that I don't know who has been stimulated 'cept the sign makers. I didn't see a single worker at ONE of the projects.


On March 3, 2009 President Obama made the commitment that all projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will bear a recovery emblem to make it easier for Americans to see which projects are funded by the ARRA. To meet this commitment, FHWA strongly encourages agencies to use the economic recovery signs on all projects funded by the ARRA.

And the cost of these signs? So we know what our kids are paying for? Hold on to your hat:

Stimulus projects paid for by President Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), including one in Saratoga Springs, have been initiated across the state. Their status as recovery act projects is being advertised to the public through the installation of large signs — costing as much as $7,000 each.

The average bid for the large sign has been $6,870, New York State Department of Transportation Director of Communications Skip Carrier said. Medium-sized signs have averaged $950.

If that isn't proof one that government employees have NO FUCKING CLUE, I'll kiss the next ARRA sign I see.

"We believe that the people of the state need to know where that money is showing up,” Carrier said. “Contractors need to know what projects are out there and what’s being done with that money to address very critical needs. I think putting these signs out there assures people that this work is needed and is being put to the purpose designated by Congress.”

Assures people? You know what would ASSURE people? A JOB.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009


“Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren,” Republican leader John Boehner said in a 2009 floor speech that preceded a Senate vote to extend the debt limit. “America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership.”

Oops, except it wasn't Boehner. It was Obama in 2006.

Monday, September 07, 2009

This is interesting

I didn't know this Adam Goldstein fellow from ... Adam, but this commentary is interesting.

The night-club fixture and former fiancé of Nicole Richie was found dead a little over a week ago of an apparent drug overdose in his $2 million Manhattan apartment. According to the New York Times, he had six pills in his stomach, suggesting that the death may have been a suicide.

I didn’t know the man, and I have no personal knowledge of the demons that chased and finally consumed him.

But consider: He died a 36-year-old millionaire with luxury homes on both coasts. No wife. No children. The quintessential boy-man. He lived in the perpetual late-night swim of celebrity culture. The Philadelphia native successfully engineered his life to bankroll his high-flying courtships of rich, aimless celebutantes. He was written up endlessly for his cleverness in doing so, including in that high tabloid of celebrity culture, Vanity Fair. And it appears he may have ended his life last week by choice.

Is it a stretch to say that these pursuits of modern boy-manhood failed him? That male adulthood without responsibility in the traditional sense is disorienting, anchorless, and potentially fatal?

Much ink has been spilled on the damage done to the women who are embraced and then rejected by these perpetual adolescents. But what about the perpetual adolescents themselves? Does the embrace of modern boy-manhood wither, mislead, and ultimately destroy them too?

Perhaps the free and easy bachelor life that is so celebrated in our society ain't so grand after all?

Monday Catch-up

Apparently, while I was off riding our country's best thrill rides at Cedar Point, the world went on. So, I'm catching up.

The Hammer, on friday, delved into Obama's fall from high, which is rooted in a loss of trust.

Obama unveiled his plans for a grand makeover of the American system, animating that vision by enacting measure after measure that greatly enlarged state power, government spending and national debt. Not surprisingly, these measures engendered powerful popular skepticism that burst into tea-party town-hall resistance.

Obama's reaction to that resistance made things worse. Obama fancies himself tribune of the people, spokesman for the grass roots, harbinger of a new kind of politics from below that would upset the established lobbyist special-interest order of Washington. Yet faced with protests from a real grass-roots movement, his party and his supporters called it a mob -- misinformed, misled, irrational, angry, unhinged, bordering on racist. All this while the administration was cutting backroom deals with every manner of special interest -- from drug companies to auto unions to doctors -- in which favors worth billions were quietly and opaquely exchanged.

But, Teh One pushes on, and on the 24th of September he is going to preside over a meeting of the UN Security Council. Indeed is will be the World's first President. Flanked by Quadaffi, he has set the agenda on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament.

Obama’s agenda preference indicates that he is dead-set against chairing a session on the non-proliferation issues already on the council’s plate — those that name Iran and North Korea. This stretches his “beer summit” technique to the global scale. Naming names, or identifying the actual threats to world peace, would evidently interfere with the spectacle of proclaiming affection for world peace in the abstract. The problem is that this feel-good experience will feel best of all to Iran, which has interpreted Obama’s penchant for form over substance to be a critical weakness. As a Tehran newspaper close to the regime snickered in July: “Their strategy consists of begging us to talk with them.”

So, what does is the aim of this unprecidented move?

The administration’s zeal for the front-page photo-op on September 25’s New York Times has now become a scramble to manufacture an “outcome” for the session. The president’s idea for a glorious finish was described by Ambassador Rice as some kind of joint statement declaring in part “that we are united in support for effective steps to ensure nuclear nonproliferation.”

Such a result would be breathtaking — for the audacity of claiming exactly the opposite of what it really represents. Even allied council members France and the United Kingdom are reported to be very unhappy with Obama’s no-names strategy for his September rollout.

Far from bolstering his flagging image, the president’s group-hug theory of diplomacy deserves the disdain of anyone who can separate rhetoric from reality.

So, Obama gets some nice photo ops of him looking tough and some nice rhetoric for his non-questioning supporters.

Oh, and Van Jones is looking for new employment. Wee hours of Sunday morning? Brilliant!


Ahmadinejad wants to "debate" Obama publicaly at the UN dealo. Of course, he's ruled out any negotiations over his own country's nuclear program. Ha haa haaa ...

Saturday, September 05, 2009

By the numbers

Cold Fury brings the funnah.

He also links this. Remember when all the MSM could talk about what Bush's jobless recovery? 'Cause it's funny that now REAL unemployment is at 16.8.

Of course, Huffpo does address, today, the "jobless" recovery. To bash business. @@

Place your bets

When does Obama throw Van Jones under the bus?

Rick Moran guesses Monday.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Tastes like chicken

They have their details a tad mixed up, though.

Cosby was in Detroit ...

And, to be honest, I don't really know what to make of it. He was urging Detroiter's to put their kids into the city's public schools.

Certainly, begging kids to attend their school system is a novel approach, and I really have hope that the emergency financial manager of Detroit's schools, Robert Bob, can make the much needed changes. But ...

In recent years, the district has mismanaged its way to a $259 million deficit. Its graduation rate is among the lowest in the nation, the dropout rate among the highest.

While putting their kids into DPS may save the system from bankruptcy, what it may do for their kids isn't quite so rosy.

Do the public schools exist for the kids, or is it the other way around?

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

9/11 Day of Service

Let's commemorate 9/11 with some tasty partisan politics:

The Organizing for America site has now scrubbed the post which outlined the actions suggested for 9/11. In short, they are hijacking the day as one to lobby for Obamacare. They "sent out a notice to its 'grassroots' supporters. It asked them to wage a coordinated phone campaign for health care by calling their U.S. Senators on September 11 – also known as Patriot Day in honor of the thousands of Americans killed by Al Qaeda terrorists eight years ago...". The Foundry has the screenshot of the post in question which has now been taken down.

As if turning 9/11 into a Day to Lobby for Health Care isn't enough, there's more. As The Foundry points out, their rhetoric is simply incredible. The Organizing for America post says, “All 50 States are coordinating in this – as we fight back against our own Right-Wing Domestic Terrorists who are subverting the American Democratic Process, whipped to a frenzy by their Fox Propaganda Network ceaselessly re-seizing power for their treacherous leaders.”

So, in addition to greening our neighborhood, volunteering at a food bank, and helping our neighbors, we're also supposed to push for Obamacare?

Simply amazing.

I refuse to allow Democrats to hijack 9/11 for their political purposes.

I'm not going to volunteer or donate or do any of that shit on 9/11. Any other day of the year is fine with me. But, on 9/11? Nope.

Not unless they start showing the images of the falling towers on tv again. Then maybe I'll think about it.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

About those shovel-ready projects

Remember when Obama said those were going to go to mostly Unions members?

Yea, neither do I.

Barack Obama and his administration are about to significantly drive up the costs of federal building construction. This is an astonishing reach. The Office of Management and Budget has directed that any federal construction over $25 million benefit unions.

The order would make all federal construction projects 10-20% more expensive by requiring all contractors to either use union workers or apply inefficient union apprenticeship and work rules to their employees. Contractors would also be required to make contributions to union pension funds and other union programs that non-union workers will never benefit from.

Only 15% of construction workers belong to a union, so the other 85% will be barred from working on federal projects. And, of course, one could argue that unions don't exactly use funds efficiently.

So, while we're squeezing that last dollar out of the cardiologists, Obama just paid back union members for their support. With our money.

h/t Dan's joint.