I thought we would end 2009 with a few words of advice from Karl Rove for Washington in the coming year.

President Obama not only left Washington, D.C., for the holidays, but the lower 48 as well. So I thought I’d offer a few New Year’s resolutions for him and others to come back to in the coming year.

First, to Mr. Obama’s staff: The Norwegian Nobel Committee didn’t want to wake the president to tell him about his prize earlier this year, but there shouldn’t be any reluctance to reassure the nation after a terrorist attack. Also, why not resolve to have a few less “historic” moments? How many can one president really have, anyway? A little more grace toward his predecessor would help him, as would less TV time. He is wearing out his welcome and his speechwriters—judging by the quality of their work lately.

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I think I’m in good company when I make the assertion that the MSM is a major (if not the pre-eminent) reason why Barack H. Obama is sitting in the Oval Office. Were it not for the tireless efforts of the left leaning, W hating, big government loving talking heads, scribblers, and commentators, The One would still be the junior Senator from Illinois and we’d be reading commentary about John McCain’s gruff nature and the horrible southwest color scheme Cindy had picked out for the White House china.

I also submit there is a small but growing MSM contingent which is increasingly afflicted with buyer’s remorse as they realize what an incompetent bumbling team of morons came to DC on the Team Obama bus. The identity of one of those MSM scribblers just might surprise you.

So, in honor of New Year’s Eve-Eve, let’s play a game. I’m going to cite a few paragraphs from the scribbler in question and you get to guess who it is. No fair using Google or any other means of electronic searching. Ready? Here you go:

Even before a Nigerian with Al Qaeda links tried to blow up a Northwest Airlines jet headed to Detroit, travelers could see we had made no progress toward a technologically wondrous Philip K. Dick universe.

We seemed to still be behind the curve and reactive, patting down grannies and 5-year-olds, confiscating snow globes and lip glosses.

Instead of modernity, we have airports where security is so retro that taking away pillows and blankies and bathroom breaks counts as a great leap forward.

If we can’t catch a Nigerian with a powerful explosive powder in his oddly feminine-looking underpants and a syringe full of acid, a man whose own father had alerted the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, a traveler whose ticket was paid for in cash and who didn’t check bags, whose visa renewal had been denied by the British, who had studied Arabic in Al Qaeda sanctuary Yemen, whose name was on a counterterrorism watch list, who can we catch?

Before he left for vacation, Obama tried to shed his Spock mien and juice up the empathy quotient on jobs. But in his usual inspiring/listless cycle, he once more appeared chilly in his response to the chilling episode on Flight 253, issuing bulletins through his press secretary and hitting the links. At least you have to seem concerned.

On Tuesday, Obama stepped up to the microphone to admit what Janet Napolitano (who learned nothing from an earlier Janet named Reno) had first tried to deny: that there had been “a systemic failure” and a “catastrophic breach of security.”

But in a mystifying moment that was not technically or emotionally reassuring, there was no live video and it looked as though the Obama operation was flying by the seat of its pants.

Citing the attempt of the Nigerian’s father to warn U.S. authorities six months ago, the president intoned: “It now appears that weeks ago this information was passed to a component of our intelligence community but was not effectively distributed so as to get the suspect’s name on a no-fly list.”
In his detached way, Spock was letting us know that our besieged starship was not speeding into a safer new future, and that we still have to be scared.

Heck of a job, Barry.

You get three guesses, all of which I can almost guarantee will be erroneous. Give up. Ok, I’ll tell you.
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How about this as the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution?

Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States of America which does not equally apply to the Senators and/or Representatives, and Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States of America.

If you’re coming out of your post holiday sugar induced coma and wondering just exactly how it came to pass that the Senate passed this monstrosity Dusty Harry refers to as “reform”, you need view nothing more than this clip of Montana’s very own Max Baucus.

Max Baucus – Montana Orator

As you can see, Max is drunk off his hindquarters. I’m surprised he’s able to mantain himself in vertical. Evidently one must get this drunk to kill enough brain cells necessary to stomach Dusty Harry’s health care plan.

I wonder what he’d blow on a breathalyzer. My guess is about 0.18.

Double standard on Obama?

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Filed Under POTUS on Dec 27 

There have been two stories percolating the last few days that remind me how the left and the mainstream media treat O differently than W.

1. It’s been widely reported that the Obamas chose not to attend church this Christmas. Instead they boarded Air Force One with plans to spend the holidays in Hawaii. I’m not taking a position on whether or not Obama should attend church on Christmas. But I have to wonder how the press and W’s critics would have reacted if he’d chosen to fly off early to vacation instead of attend church.

2. On Christmas Day, passengers aboard a NWA flight bound for Detroit foiled a terrorist attack. It seems everyone has weighed in on the incident, with one glaring exception: the Commander-in-Chief. O has been stunningly silent, choosing to send the snarky Robert Gibbs and unimpressive Janet Napolitano in front of cameras to reassure Americans. One wonders how Olbermann, the NYT, the WP and their respective editorial boards would have reacted if W pretended as if an attempted terrorist attack wasn’t worthy a public statement.

Oh, wait, we already know the answer to that question. W was criticized if he wasn’t on the scene of every national disaster, plane crash or playground scuffle before the smoke and dirt cleared.

Presidents need vacations and no one, president or not, should be judged on whether or not they attend church on Sunday. But shouldn’t we call the media on a double standard when we see one?

Is the mean temperature in Nevada heating up? Or is that just global warming?

If you’re a conservative, watch this clip and tell me you wouldn’t vote for him in 2012. And if not, why.

Nobel Prize

Via Michael Tanner at the Cato Institute, “Five Healthcare Reform Whoppers”

1. Healthcare reform will reduce your insurance premiums. Sure, that is if my premiums were $1300 a month.

2. Middle Class taxes won’t be raised. Right. Sadly it’s always the middle class that bears the brunt of any reform. Can’t go after the rich too much, then who would finance the campaigns and come to their swanky parties? Can’t go after the poor too much then who would they dupe into voting for them?

3. You can keep your current insurance. That is, of course, if your insurance meets all of the requirements, and you have passed GO, and collected $200 (which may or may not be taxed depending if it’s the 5th Tuesday in a week day ending with letter Y, and moon is in the seventh house). You get the picture, right? Read more

Merry Christmas, Illinois!

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Filed Under General on Dec 15 

Coming soon to play an extended engagement in Thompson, Illinois:

ksm

Its 149 miles to Chicago. I’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and I’m wearing sunglasses. Hit it!

Just found out that, in a conversation with world-wide school marm Oprah, President Obama gave himself a “B+” on his first year as Community Organizer-N-Chief. He credits all the good results from the stimulus and other programs with getting the economy back on track, and with making the right calls on Iraq & Afhganistan.

I think he should give himself all the extra-credit he wants on this one. It will be the first time he’s allowed himself that, since prior to this moment, he’s reminded everyone of how bad it was and what he inherited.

Apparently, passage of the health mis-carriage bill will bump his grade up to an A-.

Here’s how the on-line poll that went along with the article scored him:

Grades-first year
(Take the poll here)

I wonder if we could open that up nationally to all citizens, and see what they’d say. Oh yeah, that comes in November 2010.

I wonder if Harvard is going to refund their tuition money – oh wait, he never paid for any of it. My bad.

Obamaville

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Filed Under General, Obama News on Dec 14 

Looks like Hoovervilles in some parts have been re-christened Obamavilles. I wonder if this is indicative of things to come?

Hollywood… the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the Sarah Palin Enterprise. Her four-year mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek and convert new liberals and moderate conservatives; to boldly go where no woman has gone before……..ROGUE!

The Tonight Show

This is an un-hacked update on the Copenhagen, (or Copenhaaaaaagen if you are one of those people) Climate conference.

“Rich nations must make big emissions cuts”. Hmmm, rich nation = the USA, and the USA only. Brit PM Gordon Brown even went on to say that the agreements made in Copenhagen must be legally binding. Of course if you read between the lines that means leagally binding only for the US. World government anyone? Read more

mdGovernor Bobby Jindal recently engaged in the long political tradition of prognosticating the fate of a home state professional sporting team.

As quoted in Politico: “I’m a lifelong Saints fan. I remember the bad times and the good times, when they were 1-15, as well as this year’s incredible, incredible run. I’m predicting we’ll go not only undefeated, but all the way through the Super Bowl, something that’s never been done before.”

In doing so, Jindal engaged in another long political tradition: playing loose with the facts. Any self respecting, record quoting, smash mouth NFL fan knows that the “perfect season” distinction belongs to a sole NFL franchise: THE MIAMI DOLPHINS! The Dolphins earned the distinction following the 1972 regular season by winning all 14 regular season games, two playoff games and Superbowl VII.

As reported by Politico, the Miami Dolphins, speaking through Harvey Greene, the team’s senior vice president of media relations, were quick to set the record straight:

[The Dolphins] “are the only team in league annals to go undefeated and win a championship, posting a perfect 17-0 record, including a win in Super Bowl VII,” he continued. “We wish the Saints, and the Indianapolis Colts, who are also undefeated, the best of luck in their attempt to match our undefeated season, and we will be the first to congratulate either team if they accomplish that feat. But until then, we remain the only perfect team in NFL history, an achievement our players and coaches rightly are proud of.”

Is that you he’s calling, Whodat?

Keep digging, Harry

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Filed Under Races 2010 on Dec 9 

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Regular readers will already know this but for those who haven’t already heard, I loathe the current Senate Majority Leader, Dusty Harry Reid (D-Circus Circus). Keep that in mind when I tell you that I want Dusty Harry to keep digging this hole he started yesterday when he threw the following accusation at those who opposed Obamacare:

If you think you’ve heard these same excuses before, you’re right. When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said, ‘Slow down, it’s too early, things aren’t bad enough.’

Add historical ignorance to Dusty Harry’s many endearing qualities.

When confronted with demands for an apology for his outrageous accusatory analogy, Dusty Harry not only balked but proceeded to then double down:

At pivotal points in American history, the tactics of distortion and delay have certainly been present. They’ve certainly been used to stop progress. That’s what we’re talking about here. That’s what’s happening here. It’s very clear. That’s the point I made — no more, no less. Anyone who willingly distorts my comments is only proving my point.

Memo to Dusty Harry: Your comments are beyond distortion. End Memo.

Somebody get this man a 24×7 cable channel. This kind of reckless rhetoric is the reason why Dusty Harry is losing to just about anyone who has even thought about declaring their candidacy for his seat in 2010.

Congressional canidate Lt. Col. Allen West speaking at the American Freedom tour in Fort Lauderdale Florida at the Revolution Nightclub.

For more information about the West for Congress campaign or to become involved please follow this link http://allenwestforcongress.com/.

Time to charge the paddles?

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Filed Under POTUS on Dec 8 

There are few things more painful to watch than a Robert “Dilbert” Gibbs press conference. The job as chief Team Obama Spear Catcher is an unenviable one but, at the risk of indulging in The One’s favorite descriptor, Dilbert Gibbs’ daily floundering is – dare I say – “unprecedented”.

Case and point: in today’s daily press briefing, Dilbert Gibbs was confronted with the reality that the daily tracking poll of The One’s approval rating had plummeted to a new low of 47%. This is quite a dramatic drop from his inaugural approval rating of 346%. Ok, I admit to making up one of those numbers.

I digress, but not nearly as far as did Dilbert Gibbs. Said Dilbert:

I tell you, if I was a heart patient and Gallup was my EKG, I’d visit my doctor. If you look back, I think five days ago, there was an 11-point spread, now there’s a 1-point spread. I mean, I’m sure a 6-year-old with a crayon could do something not unlike that. I don’t put a lot of stake in, never have, in the EKG that is the daily Gallup trend. I don’t pay a lot of attention to the meaninglessness of it.

I have to hand it to Dilbert Gibbs. He does know how to insert health care propaganda into any answer to any question. The fact of the matter is, the daily tracking poll is the EKG of any administration. I’m just curious as to when the call will be made to “break out the paddles”.

Have I mentioned lately how much I miss Tony Snow?

That cliché hit home with me today when Alvin resident Sgt. James Michael Nolen (age 25) arrived home today after he was killed in Zabul province, Afghanistan on Sunday, Nov. 22.

Alvin is a small Texas town (by comparison to others) of about 20,000 people (or the amount that will answer when the census comes a calling). The same automated phone service that calls us in the evenings to tell us when it’s time to flee from hurricanes, or when the 4th of July fireworks display will be shown, called last night and asked city folks to show up in force to support the family of a fallen hero.

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