Wow! What a great first ten days.

President Obama extends the olive branch to Iran and within 24 hours Ahmadinejad begins demanding that the United States needs to apologize to Iran.

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Nice foreign policy, BO. You have reduced interrogation tactics to that of the Army Field Manual, ordered the closing of Gitmo without detail, announced that US tax dollars will go to help fund abortions in foreign nations, done your first televised interview as President on Arab television and have positioned America’s stature in the world to dictates by the loony leader in Iran.

Embarrassing. I am not sure if I should laugh or cry.

I found this interesting timeline published by Reuters that illustrates the key events that have occurred in Iraq since the US invasion began in 2003. Quite amazing in its entirety thus far, I believe.

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And this, dear readers, is why Glenn’s ratings are through the roof. Watch this clip and send it to everyone you know.

Michael Steele held the advantage after the third round of voting in the election for the new chairman of the GOP. He initially trailed the current chairman Mike Duncan, but by the third round he had taken the lead.

As reported by Fox News:

Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan dropped his bid for re-election Friday after a third round of voting showed him in second place.

Prior to the fifth round of voting former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell threw his support to Michael Steele.

After the fifth round of voting Michael Steele held an advantage of ten votes (79-69). Eighty-five votes are required to declare a winner.

After six rounds of voting Michael Steele, former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland was elected Chairman of the Republican Party with ninety-one votes.

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Whether you’re distracted by Obama-mania or crying over the passage of the Porkulus, you probably missed the fact that today is the birthday of editor extraordinaire David Kaiser.

So give him your best “live long and prosper” and join me in wishing him a happy one. And please, make fun on him!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAVID!

Pulled this story off Drudge because it’s just too easy.

It looks like President Obama hasn’t gotten acquainted to his White House surroundings. On the way back to the Oval Office Tuesday, the President approached a paned window, instead of the actual door — located a few feet to his right.

In fact, I don’t really think accidentally walking to the window instead of the door “means” anything at all. But the brilliant writer Liisa O’Neill found a way to use this event to bash Bush, and then, in a stroke of genius, explained that the President “may have been distracted by Republicans’ icy reception to his $825 billion stimulus package.”

I’m just saying – when Bush did goofy stuff he was an imbecile, but when Obama does it, he’s “distracted.”

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This video shows that George Bush tried to warn Congress in 2002 that this economic crisis was coming, if something was not done. Liberals in Congress refused to listen.

The liberal media did not want this video on You Tube, so they had Time Warner threaten a law suit (proprietary rights) if it was not taken off.

This link is of the same video but is routed through Canada … but won’t be seen on the CBC either.

We are being taken for a ride by the President. When will Americans actually get beyond feeling so good about themselves for electing the first Black man and start thinking again?

The graphic to the left from the Heritage Foundation sums it up nicely.

Let’s stop fooling ourselves. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has nothing to do with stimulus. In reality it is a typical liberal spending package. However, Obama knows “stimulus” is a key word. It probably polls quite well as something must Americans think we need. Who doesn’t want “stimulus”? I do. My guess is that you do too. But, this is not “stimulus”. Obama is lying to us in his oh so gracious oratory ways. This bill is about increasing government programs. Increasing government programs creates an increased reliance on the government. Increased reliance on the government gives the government more power, which is what the liberal Democrats now led by Barack Obama crave more than anything and do not want to relinquish again. This is about politics, not right or wrong, not the best interest of America. If this actually were “economic stimulus”, we would be having a different conversation.

Unless you believe that by “immediately needed economic stimulus”, immediate means over the next 10 years (see the Congressional Budget Office Report). The idea behind “economic stimulus” is to quickly jolt the economy back into motion. However, less than half of the $825 billion is scheduled to be spent within the first two years (CBO)! Translated: this is not stimulus, this is a typical liberal spending program, inching us even closer to Socialism. This bill is designed to pay off liberal causes and programs that fund liberal political campaigns.

Obama, if you really want this to be a Socialist state, don’t lie and hide behind the term “stimulus”. Tell the truth. That would be “transparency” in government.

On a brighter note, Sarah’s PAC was launched today.

My nation trotting tour stops this week in the City of Brotherly Love, otherwise known as Philadelphia. Sights to see here include Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and just across the river you can take a tour of the USS New Jersey. The weather matches the somber mourning pall that has fallen over the city since it became clear there would not be a dual championship after the Eagles snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

For the record, I can neither confirm nor deny that a certain PD editor has been sighted holding a lonely vigil outside Veteran’s Stadium with a hand lettered sign calling for the public flogging of the Eagle’s head coach. But I digress.

The comparisons of politics to football are many, and I never tire of making them. Most football fans (avid or otherwise) have gotten used to the fact the average running play ends in “three yards and a cloud of dust”. Very seldom does the runner bust through the line for a big gain in the secondary. It’s just the nature of the game. Most running backs average under three yards per carry. Even the outstanding backs only pull down average numbers in the fours or fives.
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“Treasury’s tradition is to defend the integrity of policy.”

–Tim Geithner at 7:41 pm EST as part of his acceptance speech after being sworn in as Treasury Secretary

Funny, Tim, “the integrity of policy” did not seem to matter to you when you signed that paper saying you would pay your taxes but you didn’t.

One of the more interesting tidbits from the weekend: Senator Feingold: End Blagojevich-type appointments

Feingold says the recent political soap operas by Blagojevich/Burris in Illinois and Paterson/Kennedy/Gillibrand in New York signals a broken process.

On Sunday, Feingold, said he plans to introduce an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to end appointments to the Senate by governors. Feingold, who is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, will advocate a special election instead.

“The controversies surrounding some of the recent gubernatorial appointments to vacant Senate seats make it painfully clear that such appointments are an anachronism that must end,” he said in a press release.

What a shocker that Russ Feingold, co-creator of Campaign Finance Reform, one of the most blatant assaults on free speech ever, would find the U.S. Constitution an anachronism. Gosh, Russ, that silly little founding document is just so outdated.

Typical liberal thinking: Don’t blame the players; blame the process.

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Priceless.

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Once again, Joe “The Gimp” Biden says something stupid. Absolutely LOVED Obama’s reaction.

I know most of you have seen this, but just wanted to get your take on Joe Biden’s latest loose lips moment.

When did the Presidential inauguration become Super Bowl Sunday and a four day pep-rally?

The Concert

Jamie Foxx telling “Chi-town, stand up. Chi-town, stand up. Chi-town, stand up. 312” was quite dignified behavior for a Presidential event, I guess.

The Event

I set out like millions of others to begin the pilgrimage to the Wailing Mall of Washington, D.C. to witness the Messiah, the Jewel of the Isle, accept his coronation as the savior of “Hope” and “Change. Upon my arrival at George Bush Intercontinental Airport I was pre-boarded onto a plane that was being shared by the airport’s namesake, George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara. As I walked by the former President and his wife I gave them a brief smile and flashed my “W” fingers to them with pride.

I have no way of describing the scene of a town filled with such Obama-mania except to say that not since the Jonas Brothers or Hannah Montana has such excitement been witnessed by so many. Rhinestone jackets of Barack and Michelle with the words “First Couple” across the front and shirts and hats that read “Legacy of Hope” for a man that had not yet accepted the oath of office was a bit humorous.

Making it to the Wailing Mall took a 4:00am wake-up call, forty-five minute bus ride, and a two mile hike in 18 degree temperatures. Upon our arrival we seized our fertile ground of encampment where people huddled in mass for over five hours in anticipation to voluntarily kneel before Zod.

As could be predicted by a crowd of liberals, the classless masses took every opportunity to boo any Republican that was participating in the official event, at least the ones they were smart enough to identify. It was nice to see such dignitaries as P-Diddy, Jay Z, and Beyonce make their through the stands of the ticketed participants to loud applauses by their adoring fans. Funny how the crowd of intellectual giants and political scholars knew who they were but displayed minimal knowledge of Newt Gingrich, Thomas Foley, Dan Quayle and many others of significance.

Overall, I found the inauguration events to be completely ridiculous and over the top.

For months we’ve all heard about how Barack Obama will be a great leader. He will unite this country and reach across the aisle to make policies that will strengthen this great country of ours. This morning in a meeting with House and Senate Republicans, Obama proved he is just like any other politician.

President Obama listened to Republican gripes about his stimulus package during a meeting with congressional leaders Friday morning – but he also left no doubt about who’s in charge of these negotiations. “I won,” Obama noted matter-of-factly, according to sources familiar with the conversation.

The exchange arose as top House and Senate Republicans expressed concern to the president about the amount of spending in the package. They also raised red flags about a refundable tax credit that returns money to those who don’t pay income taxes, the sources said.

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Last time I read How to Win Friends and Influence People, it said to show respect for others. Somehow I don’t think telling his opposition ‘I won’ will do much to win them over to his way of thinking.

President Obama fulfilled a campaign promise and sent drones into Pakistan to kill militants. I guess he figures he can’t catch them and throw them into Gitmo anymore, so he better kill them outright!

Missiles fired from a suspected U.S. spy plane killed seven people Friday on the Pakistan side of the Afghan border, a lawless region where al-Qaida militants are known to hide out, officials said. The strike was the first on Pakistani territory since the inauguration of President Barrack Obama. Pakistani leaders had expressed hope Obama would halt the attacks, more than 30 of which have been launched since the middle of last year, reportedly killing several senior militants. The pro-U.S. government routinely protests them as a violation of the country’s sovereignty, but most observers speculate it has an unwritten agreement allowing them to take place.

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Update: Although President Obama has not conceded that the attacks occurred, the death toll has now risen to 18! 21!

Update: UH-OH!

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – President Hamid Karzai condemned a U.S. operation he said killed 16 Afghan civilians, while hundreds of villagers denounced the American military during an angry demonstration Sunday. Karzai said the killing of innocent Afghans during U.S. military operations “is strengthening the terrorists.”

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