Hey Stuart, show some class. You’re not in Hollywood anymore.
Why do I have a hunch that every dead US Senator is rolling in their grave that this “comedian” now holds the same honorable title they once did?
I once knew a US Senator, he was a friend of mine, I worked for him, and trust me, Al Franken is no US Senator.
Funny, when I think of Hip Hop I also think of “peace, love and unity”.
Tonight’s Beer Summit between Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and the cop who arrested him, Sgt. Jim Crowley, is the biggest PR pile of you-know-what since President Spendy Pants took office. Why is this incident any more important than the hundreds of similar incidents that take place every month across America?
Is President Mom Jeans going to start holding Beer Summits for every racial dispute? Why stop there? Why not mediate every dispute that falls short of needing a judge and a courtroom?
I have a neighbor who sometimes drives his pickup through a nearby vacant lot as a short cut to the main road. It makes me angry. It puts a cloud over my happy place. Can we get a Beer Summit? Or, since I don’t drink, a Sprite Summit?
Though I’m on the second leg of my western state vacation tour during which I plan to expand my carbon footprint to a level that makes Algore cringe, I couldn’t resist checking in with the PD crew after seeing this story about Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign maintaining a status I’ll call “Warm Standby“.
Conventional wisdom dictates The One will not face a primary challenger in the 2012 Race for the Oval. While early indicators point to that being true, the conspiracy theorist in me has to wonder: If Team Obama’s numbers continue their downward spiral and America’s general mood cries out for a shot of Prozac, will Hillary consider jumping ship and challenging The One in 2012?
It would take a lot of politcial gravitas to call a press conference, stand before the podium and declare something along the lines of “this is not the Barack Obama I knew.”
Just sayin’. What think ye?
Excerpts from a piece by Charles Krauthammer
What happened to Obamacare? Rhetoric met reality. As both candidate and president, the master rhetorician could conjure a world in which he bestows upon you health-care nirvana: more coverage, less cost. But you canâ€™t fake it in legislation. Once you commit your fantasies to words and numbers, the Congressional Budget Office comes along and declares that the emperor has no clothes.
He seized on Republican Sen Jim DeMintâ€™s comment that stopping Obama on health care would break his presidency to protest, with perfect disingenuousness, that â€œthis isnâ€™t about me. This isnâ€™t about politics.
Itâ€™s all about him. Health care is his signature reform. And he knows that if he produces nothing, he forfeits the mystique that both propelled him to the presidency and has sustained him through a difficult first six months…….Obama is quite prepared to sign anything as long as it is titled â€œhealthcare reformâ€.
This is not about politics? Then why is it that in this grand health-care debate we hear not a word about one of the worst sources of waste in American medicine: the insane cost and arbitrary rewards of our malpractice system?
Nowhere in this health reform is the argument for tort reform. When doctors are paying upwards of $200,000 for malpractice insurance, and trial lawyers are making millions **cough, cough–John Edwards–cough, cough** off lawsuit after lawsuit……you know something is not right with our medical system. (Somehow Obama fails to mention this, and the mere fact that these costs are passed down to you, the consumer.) And it sure ainâ€™t the millions who choose to go uncovered nor the millions who arenâ€™t even in this country legally.
Despite what the mass media claims, we have the best health-care system in the world. We actually do many things right. We need to take what is right, and build upon it. We need to treat the parts that are broken, and heal them…..without damaging the rest. When youâ€™ve got 84% of the folks satisfied with their health care, itâ€™s not the care that needs reform. Zogby polling also found that most Americans are â€œunwilling to pay higher taxes and instead favor more innovative approaches that would use the savings from improving care and curtailing waste and fraud to fund health care for the uninsured.â€
Please, letâ€™s not overhaul the entire system. That is not the answer. I donâ€™t want to be put on waiting lists. I donâ€™t want my parents to be denied care because they are deemed too old. I donâ€™t want some bureaucrat deciding what doctor I need to go to and what treatment(s) I should receive. Letâ€™s get rid of the fraud, the waste, the frivolous lawsuits. Let’s take the government out and keep the free market in. This country is supposed to be about choice; I want to keep it that way.
No, Mr. President, the blue pill does not work better than the red pill. Morpheus was right: “There is no turning back.” Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.
Recently when visiting an inefficient government office, my wife saw this poster:
Fortunately, she didn’t let the looks she was getting, where people seemed to scream with all the color in their eyes “why is there a crazy person taking a picture of the poster on the wall?” stop her from capturing this image.
“Food Stamps Make America Stronger,” a poster brought to you by the United States Department of Agriculture. Of course they had to have a small, cute, little girl in the picture as if to say, “it’s for the children, and you don’t want to hurt children like me, do you?”
This poster makes me sick. No, it infuriates me. People don’t improve their lives when given handouts, they come back for another handout followed by another and another and another.
Missouri Representative Russ Carnahan attempted to sell to his constituency in St. Louis President Obama’s assertion that the federal government could be more efficient and actually save money compared with the private sector in healthcare.
It didn’t turn out so well for Rep. Carnahan.
Good article in The Washington Post on Bobby Jindal jumping into the health care debate. As the article notes, Jindal is highly qualified in this area. In addition to serving as Secretary of Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals (at the age of 24!), he has served as executive director of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare and Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Planning and Evaluation, the principal policy advisor to the HHS Secretary.
I agree with the author, Chris Cillizza, that there is no reason for Jindal to rush into the 2012 presidential campaign. As he notes, he won’t even be fifty years old by the 2020 campaign.
I like Jindal, and I hope he’s able to put behind him his rocky national debut as Republican responder to Obama’s February speech to Congress.
Rasmussen Reports released polling data on potential 2012 match-ups for the general election this morning, and the highlights include hypothetical races between President Obama and two of his top potential rivals – Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin.
According to the poll, Obama would defeat the soon-to-be-ex-governor of Alaska 48% to 42%. In a match-up against 2008 GOP candidate Mitt Romney, it would appear things are a bit tighter. In fact, the race is a dead heat, with each man getting 45% of the vote.
One of the more telling statistics is how Palin and Romney fared among undecideds:
When Romney is the Republican nominee, he beats Obama among unaffiliated voters 48% to 41%. But when Palin is the GOP candidate, unaffiliated voters prefer Obama by a 47% to 41% margin.
But there is one stunner in the report – nearly a third of all Republicans think that Sarah Palin should run as an independent, if she were to fail to win the GOP nomination. And if she were to run as a third party, the results would be likely do more harm to the GOP candidate than to Obama.
Yes it’s just a poll. But it’s fun to see where things stand just three years out…
I could feel a disturbance in the force, but couldn’t quite put my finger on it. It was barely noticeable after November 4th, but has since recorded such massive seismic movements that it makes the San Andreas fault look like the next best place for that new condo going up with Barnie Frank’s Fannie Mae money. Thankfully, Cam Cannon over at Breitbart verbalized it, and he hit the nail on the head:
The Oba-wan is a Jedi knight using his mind tricks to sway the debate in Congress. I knew it!
Remember the Ten Commandments from the book of Exodus that you read about and perhaps committed to memory? Go ahead and throw those out the window. They no longer apply to this country. The Patriot Update has released a new set of commandments, along with their sources, to serve us under our new “Messiah”.
And they are:
I. Thou shalt have no God in America, except for me. For we are no longer a Christian nation and, after all, I am the chosen One. (And like God, I do not have a birth certificate.)
II. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, unless it is my face carved on Mt. Rushmore.
III. Thou shalt not utter my middle name in vain (or in public). Only I can say Barack Hussein Obama.
IV. Remember tax day, April 15th, to keep it holy.
V. Honour thy father and thy mother until they are too old and sick to care for. They will cost our public-funded health-care system too much money.
VI. Thou shalt not kill, unless you have an unwanted, unborn baby. For it would be an abomination to punish your daughter with a baby.
VII. Thou shalt not commit adultery if you are conservative or a Republican. Liberals and Democrats are hereby forgiven for all of their infidelity and immorality, but the careers of conservatives will be forever destroyed.
VIII. Thou shalt not steal, until you’ve been elected to public office. Only then is it acceptable to take money from hard-working, successful citizens and give it to those who do not work, illegal immigrants, or those who do not have the motivation to better their own lives.
IX. Thou shalt not discriminate against thy neighbor unless they are conservative, Caucasian, or Christian.
X. Thou shalt not covet because it is simply unnecessary. I will place such a heavy tax burden on those that have achieved the American Dream that, by the end of my term as President, nobody will have any wealth or material goods left for you to covet.
I wonder if these new commandments will replace all those “outdated” and “religious” commandments displays found at state capitols, cemeteries, etc…….
This is from the Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing of May 5, 2009.
Rep. Alan Grayson asks the Federal Reserve Inspector General about the trillions of dollars lent or spent by the Federal Reserve and where it went, and the trillions of off balance sheet obligations. Inspector General Elizabeth Coleman responds that the IG does not know and is not tracking where this money is.
Remember this brief exchange recently when “Senator” Barbara Boxer dressed down Brigadier General Michael Walsh for referring to her as “ma’am”?
Well. Take a look at this recent exchange between “Senator” Boxer and the Black Chamber of Commerce CEO. Notice that she takes no exception when Mr. Alford refers to her as “ma’am”.
In the coming mess that is known as healthcare reform, page 16 of the House version of healthcare reform takes away your right to have private insurance. According to the Investor’s Business Daily “the provision would indeed outlaw individual private coverage. Under the Orwellian header of “Protecting The Choice To Keep Current Coverage,” the “Limitation On New Enrollment” section of the bill clearly states:
“Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day of the year the legislation becomes law.”
So, if you want to get your own insurance after this is law, too bad. If you want to change your insurance really too bad.
This is supposed to be about choice, or that’s what the Democrats keep telling us. I beg to differ. There is choice in the market place today. It might not be everyone’s perfect scenario, but most people when asked will tell you they are happy with their current coverage. Personally, I find comfort in the fact that I can go out and find something different if I want to as well. Obama tells us that adding a government option will force competition in the market. Fine, but there is a problem with this. The government gets to set the rules, as evidenced above. They will always give themselves the advantage with the rules they set, thus undercutting private companies, who will be unable to compete and thus be forced out of the market. It’s economics 101, and not that hard to understand. Any government option will ruin the private market. It might not happen right away, but it will happen.
Filed Under Races 2012 on Jul 16
The latest Gallup poll of Republicans contains some interesting gems. “Currently, 72% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents have a favorable opinion of Palin, compared with 56% for Romney and 59% for Huckabee.”
In the top selection category Romney still rules:
About one in four Republicans and Republican-leaning independents make Mitt Romney their top choice for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, giving him a slight edge over Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is the choice of 14% of Republicans, with much smaller numbers choosing current Govs. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Haley Barbour of Mississippi.
She still trails Romney regarding who Republicans would like to see at the top of the ticket. But in the post “I quit” Palin chapter, a 72% is nothing to laugh at.