The hard part of command

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I came across this picture and accompanying story early this morning. It gave me reason to pause as it gave me an impression I have not had until this morning. My singular thought looking at this picture was “this is the most presidential thing I’ve ever seen President Obama do.”

He flew to Dover Air Force Base in the early morning hours to render respect unto the most recent casualties returning home from Afghanistan. It was all together fitting and proper that he should do this. These were soldiers and DEA agents whose orders sending them into harm’s way bore his signature.

Command is a very lonely place, never more solitary than at times like the one pictured above. The time will soon come when a hard command decision will have to be made which will determine the outcome of this cause for which these and so many other men have given the last full measure of devotion. As I look at this picture now, I’m reminded of the final words uttered by Captain John H. Miller to Private James Francis Ryan in the closing scene of Saving Private Ryan:

Earn this.

The Obamanation created a contest and asked its minions to produce videos that are pro-public option. Besides some very bad production values there are out and out lies about what the public option will do for America. Don’t take my word for it, you decide for yourselves. watch the videos

GOP Rep: House vote on Confucius birthday ‘a Joke’
Posted: October 29th, 2009 03:20 PM ET

From CNN Congressional Producer Evan Glass

“Things that are done, it is needless to speak about…things that are past, it is needless to blame.” – Confucius

WASHINGTON (CNN) – In a belated celebration on Wednesday, the House marked last month’s 2,560th birthday of Chinese philosopher Confucius by passing a resolution recognizing “his invaluable contributions to philosophy and social and political thought.”

But some members apparently prefer their Confucius confined to a fortune cookie rather than on the House floor. According to the vote tally, 47 voted against the birthday resolution and 13 voted “present,” while 361 supported it.

“We love Confucius, but what a joke of a vote,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told CNN.

“I can’t go back to the people of Utah and say, ‘Yeah, we’re voting on Confucius today,'” said Chaffetz, who called the resolution “absurd.” “How many more birthdays do we vote on before we start fixing the economy?”

The resolution’s sponsor, Democrat Al Green of Texas, said on the House floor the resolution is meant to celebrate the “personal introspection” of the Chinese philosopher and his “respect of social relationships, personal and governmental morality.”

If my employees wasted time like our employees in Congress do, they wouldn’t be my employees any more.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would not acknowledge a connection between head injuries on the football field and later brain diseases while defending the league’s policies on concussions before Congress.

However, Congress didn’t act out of character once their time-wasting charade had begun. They of course levied threats against the National Football League unless they got what they wanted. You know, the same thing in my business or yours that would be called “extortion”.

Under sometimes-contentious questioning from lawmakers — and suggestions about reconsidering the league’s lucrative antitrust exemption — Goodell sat at a witness table Wednesday alongside NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith.

Maxine Waters the one we all remember who threatened to socialize all of the oil companies, was especially clown-like in this exchange:

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I’ve made no secret that I loathe the current Senate majority leader, Dusty Harry Reid (D-Circus Circus). I really can’t stand looking at the man and listening to his high-pitched whiny voice gives me an instant migraine.

Needless to say, lately Dusty Harry has been doing a lot of whining. On Monday he caved to The Pelosi and announced that the Senate health care destruction bill (which only Dusty Harry has evidently seen) would contain a “robust public option”. No sooner had Dusty Harry uttered these words than Old Joe Lieberman announced he would filibuster any such bill on the Senate floor.

Other uncertain senators include Evan Bayh of Indiana, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas. Toss in Montana’s Max Baucus and Maine’s Olympia Snow and its hard to see 60 senators throwing in with Dusty Harry.
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Obama movies

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Filed Under Humor on Oct 28 

Time for some humor and for something on the lighter side, I give you “Obama Movies” courtesy of all of us wasting our time on twitter:

Czar Wars IV: A False Hope
Czar Wars V: The Empire Hikes Tax
Czar Wars VI: The Return of That Van Guy
The League of Extraordinary Bolsheviks
How Tim Geithner Stole Christmas
The Good, The Bad and The Socialists
Nightmare on Pennsylvania Avenue
Teleprompter in the Grass
Barefoot in the Pork
Extremely Clear and Present Danger
Ghengis Yes We Khan
No Healthcare for Old Men
The Baracky Horror Picture Show
It’s the Great Bumpkin Charlie Brown
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60 Plus, “a non-partisan seniors advocacy group with a free enterprise, less government, less taxes approach to seniors issues” is running the following ad. Will it work?

President Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett told CNN’s Campbell Brown:”We’re going to speak truth to power”. What exactly do you think she meant by that?

In context, Jarrett had again bashed FOX News, but retreated once Campbell Brown actually acted like a journalist and asked whether MSNBC was biased as well. See for yourself:

As Stephen notes in his post yesterday, the NY-23 special election is making waves nationally. One interesting point is its implications for the 2012 presidential race, as Politico points out here.

The race has become something of a cause celebre among national conservatives, and it’s interesting to see what various potential Republican candidates for 2012 are doing. So far, Newt Gingrich has endorsed the liberal Republican, while Sarah Palin and Tim Pawlenty have endorsed Doug Hoffman, running on the Conservative Party line. Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee have stated they will not endorse either candidate. I think this is an early victory for Palin and Pawlenty.

Others who aren’t currently considered potential 2012 candidates but who have endorsed Hoffman include Dick Armey, Fred Thompson, Rick Santorum and Steve Forbes.

In May of 2008, an unTelePromTered Obama made the following statement regarding the American lifestyle:

We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say “OK”.

The One has gone to great – even super human – lengths to lionize Europe’s role as a global leader. He has apologized profusely over and over about America’s tendency to ignore Europe’s feelings and opinions. I think it’s important to point out to whom Obama looks for leadership on the global stage. One of these players is none other than World Bank economist and British subject Lord Stern of Brentford. He is in full agreement with The One’s denouncement of the American lifestyle and Lord Stern boldly declares that the world must go vegetarian in order to “save the planet”.

Stop laughing. I’m not making this up. How dare you make such an insinuation! Saith Lord Stern:

I think it’s important that people think about what they are doing and that includes what they are eating. I am 61 now and attitudes towards drinking and driving have changed radically since I was a student. People change their notion of what is responsible. They will increasingly ask about the carbon content of their food.

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Have you heard about a little bellwether race over in New York’s 23rd district? Vying for the race are two liberals – one Democrat and the other Republican. A third party candidate (formerly a Republican primary runner) has shaken up the race. A new poll shows he has the advantage. According to the Club for Growth:

The poll of 300 likely voters, conducted October 24-25, 2009, shows Conservative Doug Hoffman at 31.3%, Democrat Bill Owens at 27.0%, Republican Dede Scozzafava at 19.7%, and 22% undecided. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 5.66%. No information was provided about any of the candidates prior to the ballot question.

A number of big gun Conservatives have recently come out to support Hoffman including this one:

If nothing else, this ad makes me think it’s time to grow back the gotee. Any thoughts?

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Hat tip Politico.

Here in the Commonwealth (not State) of Virginia, the frost is on the pumpkin, the dew is in the grass, the fall foliage is beautiful, the Washington Redskins are being booed after victories, and oh by the way there’s a race for the Governor’s mansion. Some of you are no doubt aware of this race. Team Obama would rather you just ignore it.

Why? Because the republican candidate Bob McDonnell is leading his democratic rival Creigh Deeds. Don’t ask me how to pronounce his first name. In about three weeks it won’t matter. Deeds is currently trails McDonnell by double digits. This despite the fact that The One resides just across the river and is heavily invested in a Deeds victory that will not happen.

So far gone is the Virginia’s governor race that Team Obama has already started to distance The One from the flailing Deeds. Today’s Washington Post carried a column entitled “Deeds ignored advice, White House says”. Simply put, if the White House could widen the Potomac to put more distance between The One and Virginia, they would happily do so.

So, Mr. Deeds, get ready for the post-election “This is not the Creigh Deeds I knew” speech just before you are shoved out of Team Obama’s campaign bus and run over by it. Be sure to say hello to the legion of staffers, campaign workers, and former Congregationalists clinging to the undercarriage of the bus. There’s always room down there for more.

Watch Obama belittle Republicans:

Obama needs to get out of the Pelosi Partisan Bubble. Republicans are probably more diverse than dems. On issues like abortion, foreign aid, immigration, gay marriage, Irag, and even health care, the GOP is a very big tent. But who plays the Disparaging Card better than BO?

Can you imagine if George W. Bush had mocked democrats using the same language? It’s hard, isn’t it? Because he wouldn’t have.

I suppose the GOP is united on at least one issue: Obama is fast-becoming the most dangerous president since…

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Watch this video created by Harding College in 1948:

You thought Cash for Clunkers was a bad idea? Check this out from the Wall Street Journal:

We thought cash for clunkers was the ultimate waste of taxpayer money, but as usual we were too optimistic. Thanks to the federal tax credit to buy high-mileage cars that was part of President Obama’s stimulus plan, Uncle Sam is now paying Americans to buy that great necessity of modern life, the golf cart.

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Somewhere I’m sure there is a cold spot in hell right about now. The New York Times and Helen Thomas are on the record saying the White House’s fight with Fox News is a waste of time.

I have to agree with them and yes, I’m feeling strange about this.

Regarding this current playground spat that the White House, the Dear Leader and his people have with Fox, get over it! Apparently David Axelrod thinks that what Fox is broadcasting is not news, just points of view. So, I guess tingles running up your leg is news? Will someone tell me why, if Fox News, is not news but an arm of the GOP, does it have the highest ratings? I don’t know about your neighborhood, but the GOP is a four letter word and for good reason.

And here is another newsflash for the White House, some of Fox’s broadcasting is opinion, not news. The thing is people like Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly disclose that they are opinion guys, unlike Keith Olbermann, who only thinks he’s a news guy. Most intelligent people can tell the difference between news and opinion. Seems your people, Mr. President, are not those people.

In his victory speech Obama said, “I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.” This clearly is not happening. There are a lot of people who disagree with the President (I’m sure this is giving him kittens at night too). They have taken to the streets, blogged, tweeted, called their Congressmen and yet these people have been called racist, Astroturf and disingenuous for disagreeing with the President. When did the high patriotism of dissent of the Bush years become high treason on the Obama year?

I think we can look at things this way: Obama is not getting much done (see also Jack and Squat). His programs are not succeeding and his popularity is falling. Gotta blame someone I guess. It’s no surprise that he goes after Fox News who seems to be the most popular kid on the playground right now.

Speaking to the constitutional convention, George Washington said:

If, to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God (emphasis added).

General Washington called for a standard to be created that could consistently be returned to over time as a base. A standard is significant because it is a foundation that is unchanging. Washington did not call for a “framework”, an “understanding”, or some “starting point” to be created. He called for a standard.

In basketball, the standard is the apparatus that the backboard and rim are connected to. For all regular adult play, the basketball standard is the same height, regardless of if one plays at the neighborhood park, the local recreation center, in high school, in the Olympics, or in the NBA.

A basketball standard stands the same, regardless of where it is located. Basketball players of all skill levels know exactly what to expect when they step on a basketball court, regardless of its location. They know that they can depend on the standard always being 10 feet.

Our constitution is such a standard of law. This is what our Republic is built upon. However, its principles are constantly under attack by those who would prefer another standard or no standard at all.

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According to Rasmussen Reports Mike Huckabee now leads the list of potential GOP presidential prospects with 29% support.

Twenty-nine percent (29%) of Republican voters nationwide say former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is their pick to represent the GOP in the 2012 Presidential campaign. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 24% prefer former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney while 18% would cast their vote for former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Read the details at Rasmussen Reports.

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