Archive for August, 2011

August 31, 2011

FEMALE VOTERS DESIRE TO DROP ZERO AND GET WITH A HERO: ‘Let. Me. Be. Clear…Uhh, they’ve lost that loving feeling for me. No doubt. But, listen, we inherited a tough economy (and repeat)…’

CNS NEWS: “Gallup: Obama’s Approval Hits All-Time Low of 41 Percent Among Women

Obama’s approval among women peaked at 70 percent in the week of Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2009, his first full week in office.

Aw, the mysteries of wooing the female voter. Yahoo! should do a column on it: 5 Tricks to Figure Out if She’s Going to Pull Your Lever For You in November

She’s not charmed anymore. The flowery language. The lack of results. She needs a hero. She needs a man. Not some doofus academic who’s never had a real job in his life. She thought he was charming, but he’s actually just a pretentious douchebag.

She’s hurt. Mad at the world. Afraid to love again. She can’t understand how she could have been so wrong about him. All her friends warned her, and she should have listened. And then she walks into that bar….

…with Tom Cruise playing the Rick Perry role? Hmmm….he better hope he has some magic with the ladies.

August 31, 2011

OBAMA’S SOLAR ENERGY COMPANY GOES CHAPTER 11


ABC NEWS
:”Solyndra, a renewable energy firm that became the darling of the Obama Administration, shut the doors to its California headquarters today, raising fresh questions from the administration’s critics about political favoritism in the federal loan program.

The manufacturer of rooftop solar panels opened in 2005 and in 2009 became the Obama administration’s first recipient of an energy loan guarantee — a $535 million federal commitment that helped minimize the risk to venture capital firms that were backing the solar start-up. Obama made a personal visit to the factory last year to herald its bright future.

And it still goes out of business….

One of Solyndra’s major investors was George Kaiser, an Oklahoma billionaire who raised between $50,000 and $100,000 for Obama during the 2008 election.

The government loan guarantee was supposed to spur 1,000 full-time jobs once Solyndra’s solar plant was fully operational. Instead, as the company announced Chapter 11 bankruptcy today, reports surfaced that 1,100 would lose their jobs.

Obama at a Solyndra plant on May 26, 2010:

August 31, 2011

OBAMA TRYING TO INTERRUPT REPUBLICAN DEBATE WITH HIS “JOBS” SPEECH

Source: “President Barack Obama will make his long-awaited speech about jobs  Wednesday night to a joint session of Congress at the same time that the Republican presidential candidates are scheduled to debate at the Reagan Presidential Library in California.”

Ohhhhh, that Obama thinks he’s so clever, doesn’t he? Obama thinks this kind of a dick move is the real job of being President. These stupid, childish games he plays, it’s the only thing he seems to enjoy.

Can you hear Chris Matthews now? Howard Fineman, let me go to you first, is this a masterstroke by the most brilliant political tactician we’ve ever seen? He’s saying to the American people, ‘Make up your mind’, right? ‘You can listen to me or you can watch those crazy Republicans: what’s it going to be?’ In other words, he’s giving the American people an ultimatum. I love it. I think it’s shear brilliance, by this man. It’s gutsy. It’s courageous. I love it. Greatest political move we’ve ever seen, Howard Fineman?

Since this joint session business is at Boehner’s discretion, he should tell Obama to go fly a kite. When was the last time Obama had a speech that had ratings? It’s been a steady, progressive decline ever since the first one three years ago. No one likes watching Obama on TV anymore. Even his supporters don’t.  He’s not going to say anything new or interesting. He’ll rebuke Republicans for not caring about Americans and he’ll ask for more money. But the cat’s out of the bag. Obama couldn’t convince a narcoleptic to take a nap. He’s impotent.

Meanwhile…that Republican debate in California is being hosted by Brian Williams. Translation: if you thought the CNN debate with John “uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh” King sucked, it won’t get any better with Williams’ weird weather anchor routine. More horrible questions, more attempts to brand Bachmann and Perry troglodytes. True/false questions. Questions about their favorite episode of Matlock. Efforts to drive a wedge between the GOP and the Tea Party (because leftist Brian Williams cares so much about the fissures in the Republican party, right?). With that in mind, why would Obama want to interrupt Brian Williams from performing a hatchet job?

Why does Obama need all this time to come up with a jobs plan? He’s like the kid who didn’t do his homework and is coming up with every possible explanation…Next week, teach! I swear…I got it, you’ll love it! I just need to edit it one more time..I’m almost done with it, just another tweak..I promise the week after next…A bit of a delay due to the Christmas vacation. I’ll have it on your desk in 2 weeks!…

August 31, 2011

So, a Hannity supporter, a National Review guy, and a Ron Paul supporter walk into a bar….

[H/T: barelyablog.com]

Daniel McCarthy: “There was a time, before the College Republicans became the biggest and often the only conservative group on campus, when students on the Right could be expected to know who Kirk and Weaver were. Young Americans for Freedom, the pre-eminent conservative youth adjunct of the Goldwater and Vietnam eras, was activist in orientation. But it included an intellectual component strong enough that members could identify the brands of conservatism to which they subscribed with such figures as Kirk, Ludwig von Mises, Ayn Rand, and Frank Meyer. And even earlier, the Intercollegiate Society of Individualists, the first national conservative student organization, unabashedly emphasized ideas over politics.

In a sense the modern Right began as a youth movement in the person of William F. Buckley Jr. When the 26-year-old Buckley published God and Man at Yale in 1951, the pre-war Old Right was very old indeed. Its spiritual exemplar, Albert Jay Nock, had died six years before. Frank Chodorov, evangelist of Nock’s gospel, was 64 and within a decade would suffer a career-ending stroke, a fate that had already befallen H.L. Mencken. These cantankerous individualists were neither a movement nor, arguably, conservative. But they were the vanguard of opposition to the welfare state—and the warfare state, too. By the ‘50s, their tradition was in need of a new voice. With Buckley, whose book called for Yale to purge its Keynesians and fellow travelers and whose father had been an ardent America Firster, it seemed to have found one.”

“Yet for all of ISI’s success, another group would become the face of the campus Right in the 1960s. Once again, Buckley was present at the creation: the organizational meeting for Young Americans for Freedom was held at his family home in Sharon, Connecticut over Sept. 10-11, 1960. “

“Early YAFers took their ideas and principles seriously. So much so that from the beginning there was tension between YAF’s anticommunist and traditionalist side and its libertarians. The word “God” only made it into the Sharon Statement by a narrow vote of 40-44. Before long, the New Individualist Review, a libertarian student journal at the University of Chicago, was questioning the military measures implied in the Sharon Statement’s anticommunism. From the other direction, traditionalist Notre Dame Professor Gerhart Niemeyer objected to the document’s classical liberalism, which he believed, “divorced the public order form the historical world of Western culture, positive law from natural law, political theory from religion.” But for almost a decade, the center held: membership soared, chapters proliferated, and YAF played a crucial role in securing the 1964 Republican presidential nomination for Barry Goldwater.”

War in Vietnam and the campus unrest accompanying it finally drove a wedge between YAF’s conservatives and radical libertarians. The battle of ideas that simmered in YAF’s early years became a battle of fists at the organization’s 1969 convention in St. Louis, where bedlam erupted when a libertarian student burned his draft card—or rather, a convincing facsimile—on the convention floor. Fusionism became fission as the radical libertarians split from YAF. Some YAF chapters switched affiliation to the newly formed Students for Individual Liberty or the California Libertarian Alliance.

Much the same holds true today for the war in Iraq, according to Daniel Flynn, author of Why the Left Hates America and a man of wide acquaintance with the student Right as a campus lecturer and former organizer with Accuracy in Academia and the Leadership Institute. Flynn himself is a critic of President Bush’s foreign policy: “I gave a speech the night the war broke out, at St. John’s College in Minnesota. In pretty much every speech I’ve given since then I’d mention my opposition to the war in Iraq.” In his experience, the campus Right is overwhelmingly pro-war because “it’s anti-Left.” Moreover, “students are coming into the conservative movement without the intellectual grounding, with no real basis for disagreeing with popular politicians” like President Bush.

[Read Daniel McCarthy’s “GOP and Man at Yale“]

So…when Rick Perry said the following yesterday at a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention:

“I do not believe America should fall subject to a foreign policy of military adventurism.”

“We should always look to build coalitions among the nations to protect the mutual interests of freedom loving people.”

“It’s not our interest to go it alone.”

“We cannot concede the moral authority of our nation to multi-lateral debating societies.”

“When our interests are threatened, American soldiers should be led by American commanders.”

….what exactly is he saying?

As Ilana Mercer says in her article “Your Government’s Jihadi Protection Program“:  “When Republicans and conservatives cavil about the gargantuan growth of government, they target the state’s welfare apparatus and spare its war machine. Unbeknown to these factions, the military is government. The military works like government; is financed like government, and sports many of the same inherent malignancies of government. Like government, it must be kept small.

Conservative can’t coherently preach against the evils of big government, while excluding the military mammoth.”

August 31, 2011

THERE’S NO WAY PALIN IS RUNNING FOR PREZ: She’s just messing with you guys

In early August, Karl Rove foretold that Sarah Palin’s August/September schedule looked suspiciously like an impending Presidential candidacy. If Candidate Palin was a stock, we’d be shorting it right about now.

Palin’s numbers have never been great. They haven’t improved significantly with time. And now with Perry in the race, there’s no real need for her. Perry fires up the base, he’s a Tea Party approved candidate, he talks back to the media, and he gives leftists seizures. Translation: whatever his faults, he’s kind of perfect. He has all of Palin’s strengths, and not as many of her weaknesses.

The path for Palin to become President requires and demands that Obama’s approval rating falls under 30%. But what would cause a sub-30% approval rating? Obama found under a desk with Kal Penn in a blue dress? (Even then, the media would dismiss it as a non-story). A major terrorist attack on U.S. soil? A market crash? A viral caught-on-video moment that makes Obama look bad (in a way that middle-of-the-road voters can no longer deny)?

If Palin anticipates any of those things happening, then, by all means, she should run. But otherwise it’s a gamble. Without a huge Obama disaster she’d need to beat Obama and the mainstream media straight up. That’s David versus two Goliaths. Can Palin convince enough Americans who despise her to vote for her? Just as there are moderate Americans who feel uncomfortable disapproving of Obama because they don’t want to look racist or hate on the guy, there are those Americans who feel uncomfortable giving Palin a chance because they don’t want to alienate their more strident Obama-loving neighbors.

Contrary to her media portrayal, Palin is not an overly ambitious dummy. She has cagey instincts and recognizes the importance of this election and the need to unseat Obama. She has a sense of her unpopularity, why it exists, and whether it can be overcome in the next year.

What she has been doing these past number of months around the country is mobilizing her support. In a matter of months when election season kicks in in earnest, she’s going to be out of the public eye for awhile. She wants to leave one last impression for her fans and for Republican voters. If all goes according to plan, her services won’t be needed until 2020 when the stink of America’s distaste for her might have worn off just enough to make her palatable. Hillary Clinton had to have a similar thawing period with the public from 2000 to 2008, and when she returned to the scene she was the Presidential front-runner.

The question is, what does Palin do for the next 8 years? Does she need to be in office? Probably. And it may not be worth it to her to run and risk losing a Senate bid in Alaska (she has a better sense of her popularity there than I do, but to this naked eye it looks more like Murkowski country than Palin-ville). She’d be smarter to establish a residence in a bloody red, barbecue Red State stronghold where she’s beloved and can waltz into office any election year she wants with an easy victory (as Hillary did when she carpet-bagged her way to a New York senate seat). As a Senator she can vote her Tea Party conscience, stay relevant, and remain in the public eye.

August 31, 2011

COMMON REFRAIN OF ’08 OBAMA VOTERS: ‘Obama will totally make us popular in the rest of the world…’

Since our friends and neighbors chanted Obama into office on the assumption that he could change the world’s opinion of us — as if world opinion of the U.S. truly matters or as if world opinion of the U.S. can be altered by one man –, let us take a look at two choice headlines from an early August article in Der Spiegel. Just to get that all-important international perspective….

Dashed Hopes

How Obama Disappointed the World

Let’s put to rest this notion that American is better off with the affection of the world. It’s not true. People from abroad who hate America will hate America no matter what. We are, for better or for worse, the New York Yankees of the world, forever despised. Deal with it. It’s the price you pay for being top dog.

Liberals hate being hated because they go on their trips to Europe, and they witness the open hostility Europeans have to America. They go to Paris and they imagine their waiters are spitting in their croissants or whatever, and lefties feel they deserve this punishment because of the sins of their Ugly American brethren and U.S. foreign policy. And then there’s the corrosive liberal guilt that is sewed into their nature.

The Indecisive President

Obama’s Weakness Is a Problem for the Global Economy

2008 is soooo far away….Look at the pic below (click to enlarge).

Why were Germans so enamored with him? The U.S. knew nothing about him, and Germans knew even less. But there they are with the cameras out. So few cell phones there (I count only 1 out of the myriad of digital cameras). All with their overly earnest sense that the world was about to change. They’re so impressed with this man in front of them. Some of them with mouths agape. You’d think the Germans would be extra-careful when a charismatic, cult-of-personality figure walks onto their stage. But they embraced him completely it would seem (at least those present in this picture).

This world view of Obama, captured in this picture, is typical of the foreign perspective. Truth is, most people even in the U.S., let alone the rest of the world, are misinformed as to what ‘American exceptionalism’ really means. A great explanation of American exceptionalism can be summed up in a 10 minute speech Rush Limbaugh gave in Joplin, Missouri on July 4th. Chris Matthews thinks it means: Hey, Look! Even a black guy from Kenya can become President, isn’t that a wonderful example of American exceptionalism? Noooo. The Other McCain has an excellent critique of Matthews’ understanding of American exceptionalism. And the mere event where a minority is democratically elected to the highest office in the land doesn’t by itself make America exceptional in any way. Nor is it a wonderful thing, by itself. Nor is it ‘kind of cool’ that a black guy became President of the U.S.. Not if the man represents an ideological perspective contrary to the country’s foundation; a perspective requiring America to fundamentally transform itself.

(And why was Germany so interested in seeing America rebrand itself? For the sins of Dubya? Not to be petty, but they’re not exactly in any position to pass judgment on U.S. foreign policy. )

August 29, 2011

JOHNNY CAN’T WRITE…BUT THAT’S OKAY BECAUSE NEITHER CAN BARACK OBAMA: Early Obama Letter Reveals Future President Didn’t Care Much For Subject-Predicate Agreement

Jack Cashill got his hands on a letter Obama wrote in 1990 — four years before he published Dreams From My Father, the novel extraordinaire that sealed Obama’s ascendancy within the spheres of the liberal progressive elite. So Cashill analyzes some of the letter, and we realize Obama was an incompetent writer as of 1990. Truth is, people don’t make dramatic leaps in their writing ability from horrible to Hemingway within 4 years. It doesn’t work that way. It takes time, practice, editing, critiquing. Translation: Obama didn’t write his book. Bill Ayers did.

JACK CASHILL: “The response is classic Obama: patronizing, dishonest, syntactically muddled, and grammatically challenged.  In the very first sentence Obama leads with his signature failing, one on full display in his earlier published work: his inability to make subject and predicate agree.

“Since the merits of the Law Review’s selection policy has been the subject of commentary for the last three issues,” wrote Obama, “I’d like to take the time to clarify exactly how our selection process works.”

If Obama were as smart as a fifth-grader, he would know, of course, that “merits … have.”  Were there such a thing as a literary Darwin Award, Obama could have won it on this on one sentence alone.  He had vindicated Chen in his first ten words.

Although the letter is fewer than a thousand words long, Obama repeats the subject-predicate error at least two more times.  In one sentence, he seemingly cannot make up his mind as to which verb option is correct so he tries both: “Approximately half of this first batch is chosen … the other half are selected …

I try to avoid ripping on Michelle Obama as much as possible — and trust me, it requires incredible restraint. But I’ll include Cashill’s commentary on FLOTUS because of the Christopher Hitchens dig at the end:

In the case of Michelle Obama, affirmative action did all three.  The partners at Sidley Austin learned this the hard way.  In 1988, they hired her out of Harvard Law under the impression that the degree meant something.  It did not.  By 1991, Michelle was working in the public sector as an assistant to the mayor.  By 1993, she had given up her law license.

Had the partners investigated Michelle’s background, they would have foreseen the disaster to come.  Sympathetic biographer Liza Mundy writes, “Michelle frequently deplores the modern reliance on test scores, describing herself as a person who did not test well.”

She did not write well, either.  Mundy charitably describes her senior thesis at Princeton as “dense and turgid.”  The less charitable Christopher Hitchens observes, “To describe [the thesis] as hard to read would be a mistake; the thesis cannot be ‘read’ at all, in the strict sense of the verb.  This is because it wasn’t written in any known language.

[Read Jack Cashill’s “Early Obama Letter Confirms Inability to Write” at American Thinker]

Here’s a link to Dinesh D’Souza’s analysis of Michelle Obama’s Princeton thesis from back in 2008. An excerpt:

Michelle notes that she graduated with honors in her major. Again, the problem is that her undergraduate thesis is on the web. You might expect that she wrote about Shakespeare’s sonnets or the political evolution of W.E.B. Du Bois. Well, no. Essentially Michelle Obama wrote about the problems of being a black woman at an Ivy League university.”

Serious scholarly work, right? Writing a Dear Diary and presenting that to your advisor. D’Souza continues:

“Here is a typical passage: “By actually working with the Black lower class or within their communities as a result of their ideologies, a separationist may better understand the desparation of their situation and feel more hopeless about a resolution as opposed to an integrationist who is ignorant to their plight.”

Alas, the grammar is all wrong here. More than once, the tenses are garbled. People are ignorant “of” the plight of the lower class, not ignorant “to” their plight. And”desparation” should be spelled “desperation.” To wreak so much havoc on the English language in one sentence, without conveying anything of substance, is perhaps deserving of a prize. Is this what her professors were thinking when they granted her honors? Whatever the Obamorons say, let’s remember that that these are not mere typos; they reflect an estranged relationship to the English language. Moreover they appear not in an off-the-cuff transcript but in a thesis that is supposed to reflect the culmination of one’s college career.

August 29, 2011

WILL ESPN RETROACTIVELY SUSPEND MIKE LUPICA FOR PARTISAN POLITICAL PUNDITRY?

[H/T: Big Journalism]

Here’s the quick background on this story….On August 25th, Paul Azinger tweeted:

Zing!! Pretty good, pretty good. And the guy’s name is A-zinger! It’s practically a moral imperative for him to be skewering people left and left, including POTUS.

BUT the ESPN channel — a network which apparently has nothing to do with Spain or ESP — rebuked Azinger because as USA Today notes: ” ESPN has ‘reminded” Azinger his venture into political punditry violates the company’s updated social network policy for on-air talent and reporters issued yesterday.

“Paul’s tweet was not consistent with our social media policy, and he has been reminded that political commentary is best left to those in that field,” spokesman Andy Hall told Game On! in a statement.

ESPN’s Hall would not comment on whether Azinger, who won the 1993 PGA Championship, will be fired, suspended or punished in some way. “We handle that internally,” he said.

Wow! I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about golf or Paul Azinger, but apparently he won a PGA Championship. (Nice work, sir.) So, Mr. Azinger, you are actually a world-class, professional golfer, yes? You’ve won tournaments. Are you really going to take that kind of crap from the ESPaNol channel?? If it were me, I’d tell those blokes to go jump off a bridge (in Barcelona) or to run with some bulls…!! Yeah! I’d tell them to suck on some golf balls! ESPN can go fly a kite…in Madrid. A kite that looks like a pinata. You get the idea…..who are they? You’re a golf champion, dude!  Tell ESPN they can shove it up their sopapilla… (those taste amazing, btw! I used to love sopapilla’s…It’s flour and honey or something. I had it when I was a kid.)

The rest of this missive is addressed specifically to ESPN….

When are you going to publicly rebuke Kenny “Almost Rammed Car With Palin Bumper Sticker (with Intent)” Mayne?? That was June 11, 2011. You’re going to caution him, right? For violating the company’s social media policy. Political commentary, something, something…. Difference is Paul Azinger is a professional golfer, he’s earned the right to say what he wants. And Kenny Mayne is just some loser who watches other people do things for a living.

And what about Mike Lupica of ESPN’s The Sports Reporters? This sports pundit has something more powerful than a social media platform. He has a column in the New York Daily News. In the past year he’s said…. “Tea Party activism is not about political dissent – It’s about vile, storm trooper sound bites“. He spends another column on Christine O’Donnell. And then there was “Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin has delusions of grandeur if she thinks she can be President.” I’ll grant you this: a column in a semi-major newspaper — social media it is not — but the effect is the same. One of your on-air “talents” is delving into politics. And his weekly diatribes are considerably more offensive than Paul Azinger tweeting a little dig at our beloved POTUS. Unless, ESPN’s social media policy is crap to begin with and they should either get rid of it, enforce it consistently, or don’t ever enforce it. The whole reason you have this policy is what? To not disenfranchise some of your viewership? To not put your company into a position where it’s seen endorsing a political party or view?

Truth is…I don’t want ESPN to silence Mike Lupica or Kenny Mayne. I don’t think ESPN should censure anyone. Let them speak their minds if they choose, and don’t worry about it. Of course, the very public rebuke of one ESPN employee who criticizes one Barack Obama, while another employee goes unscathed after fantasizing about a motor-vehicle accident over Sarah Palin, it does seem a tad hypocritical.

Back to Mikey Lupica for a second.This guy is a sports guy, right? I suppose with cut-backs and all, the New York Daily News thought, ‘well, hey, let’s let little Mikey Lupica try his hand at political commentary.’

Little Mikey Lupica doing political commentary?? Hilarious. “I’m Mike Lupica. I’m not a small business owner. I don’t employ people. I don’t make a payroll. I watch other talented people do stuff for a living and then I write about it like the little beta male that I am. I hate Sarah Palin and women like her, because they never gave me the time of day in high school, and now they’re all so independent and self-reliant. I hates her. So I don’t think she should be President. But that’s just one guy’s opinion.

That reminds me of the time when Sammy ‘Mayday’ Malone branched out to TV and tried his hand at commentary….

August 29, 2011

WILL LAST WEEK’S MEDIA MISHANDLING OF IRENE FORCE BREITBART TO CREATE METEOROLOGY WATCHDOG? BIGWEATHER.COM PERHAPS?

If so, I’d like to be the editor. We’ll just watch the Weather Channel all day. We’ll be the Newsbusters of the weather channel, right? That’d be a terrible job to have to be the weather channel watchdog.

HARNDEN: “There was almost palpable disappointment among the TV big guns rolled out for the occasion when Irene was downgraded to a mere ‘tropical storm”. In New York city, CNN’s silver-haired Anderson Cooper, more usually seen in a tight t-shirt in a famine or war zone, was clad in what one wag dubbed “disaster casual”.

He looked crestfallen and fell briefly silent when a weatherwoman told him that the rain was not going to get any worse. “Wow, because this isn’t so bad,” he said. “It’s an annoying rain but it isn’t even a sideways rain.”

[Read Toby Harnden’s “Perfect Storm of Hype: Politicians, the media and the Hurricane Irene apocalypse that never was” at the UK Telegraph]

August 28, 2011

OBAMA TO HURRICANE IRENE: THIS IS NOT OVER….UNTIL I SAY IT’S OVER!

From Reuters…Okay, we added the last part about ‘until I say it’s over’, but I’m sure that’s the effect he was going for. The defiant: Let. Me. Be. Clear….Uhhh, I will not stop talking about this hurricane crap until my Gallup Job Approval rockets from 39% to 40%!

Yeah, about that….sorry Zero, Gallup actually ticked you back down to an ALL-TIME LOW of 38%!!! (FREE TACO’S!!!!)

 

Gallup Daily:

Obama Job Approval — 38%

Disapproval — 55%

[Gallup Numbers]