Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Washington Chavismo

Certain folks get upset when you point out that our president is a Marxist. They howl when he is called a Socialist. But is there any doubt anywhere in the world today that Lord Obama is chavista?

Even Hillary is having a hard time getting on board this train to hell.

UPDATE: Mona Charen puts the coup on the other foot here.

Monday, June 29, 2009

No Liberty Required

By now you've probably seen Klavan's advice to college grads.
But, if you haven't-- it's right here. Well worth your 5 minutes.

Doctor? Doctor?

Reason asks, "What if government ran health care?"

Let's watch.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Noo Yawk Times Has Advice

New York Times editorial page tells Governor Sanford to resign.

South Carolinians to the New York Times, "Y'all sure do have a lot of advice to share, bless your hearts."

Translation into Yankee-speak available on request.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009

Warmists Nervous

I guess it was pretty easy for Democrats to rant and rave about global warming (AKA: climate change) when they knew they wouldn't have to vote for an enormous tax to combat it.
But now, as San Fran Nan rushes a 1,200+ page (unread) bill to the floor that taxes the beejeebers out of Americans to battle an imagined problem, many D's are getting cold feet.

In fact, the cold feet are so numerous they might even be partially responsible for the decade or so of global cooling that we've been experiencing.
Why do some, like the guy pictured here, still cling to the hoax? Follow the money.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Look! Up In That Tree

Sometimes one takes a week away from work and goes off in an attempt to find a place where Liberty and Freedom still exist. Then, while in Zambia an unfortunate incident occurs.


LUSAKA - A monkey urinated on Zambian President Rupiah Banda as he spoke to journalists at a news conference on Wednesday.
Banda softly shouted: "You (dart throwing monkey) have urinated on my jacket," and paused as he looked up to see the animal playing in a tree just above his chair.
"Perhaps these are blessings."

As it turns out, yesterday was full of just such activity. For my part in it, I apologize to President Banda. I was trying to hit the journalists.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Congressional Motors

While we are on assignment looking for places on earth friendlier to capital than ObamAmerica, please enjoy this commercial for the autos of 2012 at Iowahawk.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

2 F's, 1 C, & an Incomplete

Rich Galen has been around Washington enough to know how things work in that boom town. He's seen enough of Chicago Style politics to know how Rahm and the thugs in the White House work as well. He adds a few things up and comes to some conclusions about the extraordinarily odd scene of a CIA head calling out the former Vice President of the United States. Leon isn't the first politician to be head of the CIA, but he may be the first who ever told the press that a former VP wants the country to be attacked. The fact that it's obviously ridiculous isn't the point. What's interesting is why Panetta would make such an outrageous claim.

Monday, June 15, 2009

What's Even Better Than Club Gitmo?

Terror dudes hanging out in Bermuda on the US taxpayer's dime.
Another bunch going to the South Pacific paradise of Palau soon.
We are so far off the rails we can't even hear the train whistles anymore.
I expect these cats to have their own show on NBC this fall.

When Doofus Sells Hooey

There's one overwhelming problem with sending Slow Joe Biden out over a weekend to defend that sad centerpiece of Obamanomics: Porkulus. That problem would be that he doesn't know what the heck he's talking about. Not even a little bit.

But there's also an underlying problem. The whole thing's a fraud.

Slow Joe said that "everyone guessed wrong" about the efficacy of the gigantic spending plans of Obama. Meaning, we thought this would work and clearly it ain't. Well, who's this "everyone" Joey? The million plus people who took to the streets at Tea Parties didn't buy it. You couldn't get a single Republican in the House to vote for it and in the Senate you only got The Maine Gals and Benedict Arlen. Memo to Slow Joe-- that ain't "everybody."

The excellent commentator on events of the day, Innocent Bystanders, details the exhaustive work done by Team Obama to come up with the figure of $800Billion to $1 Trillion. Basically they took a Wild Ass Guess based on a faulty assumption. So, hey, what could possible go wrong?

I guess you could look at the above chart-- based on Lord Obama's plan, his estimate of the horrors of no porkulus, and the actual results-- and conclude two things:

1) Unemployment rates would be far better if we hadn't deployed the Obama Recovery Plan.

2) Their guess was total crap pulled out of their collective @$$e$.

And that, again, is from their own estimate. Our conclusions are less charitable.

But really, Slow Joe, "everyone guessed wrong"???

Governor Sanford didn't.

Senator DeMint didn't.

Just to name a couple off the top of my head...

Chart from Innocent Bystanders.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Calming Down

Photographer David Friedman has a site called Ironic Sans. One of the things he does there is show 60 second films he's made. The general idea is to take a static shot of a fairly mundane thing for 1 full minute (approximately). For example, he shoots a tree for 60 seconds without moving the camera. It just so happens that there's a fireworks display going on behind the tree. One of his best is a 60 second masterpiece shot across up and down escalators with the camera tilted so the moving stairs seem like horizontal moving sidewalks-- which makes the people going up & down appear to be leaning at extreme angles.

We are all used to lots of camera movement and jump cutting in the visuals that bombard us these days. If you've ever watched an old baseball or football game on ESPN Classic, MLB TV, or The NFL Network you'll be struck by the difference. They feature fewer cameras, shots held longer without a cut, no wooshing sounds, and minimal graphics. Commercials, films, TV programs-- all of the visuals dart around and swoosh about today. Jump cuts are the rule. Even in TV dramas made today people don't sit still and talk-- they walk down halls yakking. No producer or director can take the chance that you'll get bored for a second. We watched the pilot episode of Mannix the other night. Remembered as an action packed sleuth show it now looks slow as molasses. (Still the best theme song this side of The Rockford Files though.)

By the way, I'm not saying that it was better back then. This isn't a guy saying, "Why back in my day we watched NFL games shot with just four cameras, you snot-nosed whippersnappers with your ipods and twitters!" I'm just saying it's dramatically different and that sometimes it's good to sit still and watch a minute-- just a minute-- of a static camera shot.

It doesn't have to be of anything much. It can even be a film about windows at an airport.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Another Tired Old Lefty

The sad, angry, washed-up, TV comedian Dave Letterman offered an apology of sorts for joking about Willow Palin being raped in Yankee Stadium by A Rod during a ballgame. He said he wasn't talking about 14 year old Willow but her older sister, Bristol. I guess there are degrees of outrageous creepy behavior and it is, in his mind, less egregious making a rape joke about an 18 year old than a 14 year old. That's his story and he's sticking to it, ensconced in his Manhattan limousine liberal echo chamber.
What does Todd Palin think about this?
"Any ‘jokes’ about raping my 14-year-old are despicable. Alaskans know it, and I believe the rest of the world knows it, too."
John Ziegler asked Governor Sarah Palin about it and she dismissed the out-of-it TV yakker as "old" and "pathetic." In a prepared statement she later said:
"Acceptance of inappropriate sexual comments about an underage girl, who could be anyone's daughter, contributes to the atrociously high rate of sexual exploitation of minors by older men who use and abuse others."

Letterman used the forum of his low-rated TV program last night to invite Governor Palin on as a guest. He even invited Todd to come along, although he said it would be better if he didn't accompany her. No doubt it would be a ratings bonanza for the sad jerk.
But the show I'd watch on Pay-Per-View is Todd and Dave 1 on 1 in the ring. No holds barred. We'd really see how funny that knee-slapper about raping a 14 year old is then.
UPDATE: Governor Palin issued a further statement today re: the "perverted comments of a 62 year old male celebrity" about their 14 year old daughter and his subsequent invitation to come on his little-watched TV program.

"The Palins have no intention of providing a ratings boost for David Letterman by appearing on his show. Plus, it would be wise to keep Willow away from David Letterman."-- Palin PAC spokesperson Meghan Stapleton

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Another Day Another Biden Gaffe

Slow Joe is mighty proud of the porkulus money being used for a tunnel under the Hudson River.

Those nattering nabobs of negativity in the Sierra Club aren't happy though because it doesn't take Amtrak (a ward of the federal government that Joe dearly loves) trains to Penn Station. Joe says, that's cause it's for AUTOMOBILES! Except, it isn't. It's a train tunnel.

Remember, Slow Joe is the sheriff who will make sure those tax payer dollars are spent wisely and well.

"Nobody messes with Joe," said Lord O.

“It’s going to be hard to get those cars up 180 feet of escalators,” said Jeff Tittel from Sierra Club.
Listen to Gaffe Master Joe here. Getchyer Slow Joe fix.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Cashing in on Warmism

The voter fraud/ community organizing group ACORN is getting in on the riches available through Warmism. The great thing about Warmism is that it's a religion that can pay off in billions of dollars for those on board. (See: Al Gore, Kleiner Perkins, GE et al.)

Now add ACORN to the list of those lining up at the carbon tax trough. Makes sense: fraud artists using the biggest hoax in human history to get rich.

The Day of Reckoning

Weakness in the executive branch can get us all killed.

Victor Davis Hanson offers a look at his own life to show how an academic with zero real world experience is a poor choice for President of the United States.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Back to Work

Weekend's over. But we still have visions of surf...

and turf....

spinning in our head.

Happy Blue Monday.

Friday, June 5, 2009

For The Weekend

Michael Ramirez in IBD.

Still Clueless After 20 Years

Thursday June 4th was the 20th Anniversary of the slaughter of 2,000 Chinese students in Tienanmen Square. At the time of this event Tom Brokaw was the anchor on NBC Nightly News and his predecessor, John Chancellor had been pushed aside to do insightful commentary for a half minute every night.

Wise old John's take on the massacre? Sure, it wasn't good, but America's education system is far worse. Here is a jaw-dropping WTF moment from 20 years ago, courtesy of the Media Research Center.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Who You Callin' a Dog, Mutt?

It takes some doing for an American pol to sound dumber than Slow Joe Biden, but Hapless Harry Reid did just that when he was rambling into an open mic about his new best gal, Sonia.

"America identifies with the underdog, and you've been an underdog many times in your life, but always the top dog."--Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Neptune) June 2, 2009

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Nine Months= A Lifetime

Lord O sportin' some King Bling, June 3, 2009
Muslim connections? Just crazy stuff that Republicans make up to scare voters!

"And that's what the Republicans, when they say this isn't about issues it's about personalities, what they're really saying is, 'We're going to try to scare people about Barack. So we're going to say that, you know, maybe he's got Muslim connections.'... Just making stuff up."

-Senator Barack Obama doing a variation of his "Those Crazy Republicans" campaign riff, September 2008

Muslim connections? Part of the rich tapestry of the president's vast experience that make him the greatest leader the world has ever witnessed.

"The President himself experienced Islam on three continents before he was able to, or before he's been able to visit, really, the heart of the Islamic world, you know, growing up in Indonesia, having a Muslim father obviously Muslim Americans a key part of Illinois and Chicago."

-Denis McDonugh, deputy National Security Adviser for President Obama's Strategic Communication, June 2009 as Lord Obama departs for "the heart of the Islamic world."

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Look Out Below?

When "Obamacare" reveals itself as rationing of healthcare... when "Closing Gitmo" means terrorists treated like American citizens in the US court system... when "Green Jobs" is seen as you paying a lot more for energy... that's when Lord Obama's poll numbers will plunge. Or so goes the theory at least.
Is the very unpopular UAW bailout and O's takeover of domestic auto companies (save Ford) one of those tipping points?
Byron York at The Examiner thinks it just might be:

In a Washington Post poll in late April, just 41 percent of those surveyed approved of Obama's handling of the automaker problem, compared to clear majorities who approved of the job he was doing in other areas. According to a detailed breakdown of a Gallup poll from the same time, people in virtually every demographic and political category looked askance at the continuing bailout of the automakers.
People of all age groups disapproved. People in every region of the country disapproved. Men disapproved. Women disapproved. People with graduate degrees disapproved. People with less than a high school degree disapproved. People who go to church a lot disapproved. People who don't go to church at all disapproved. People who make more than $75,000 a year disapproved. People who make less than $20,000 a year disapproved.
Among Republicans, 72 percent disapproved. Sixty-six percent of independents -- a group key to Obama's success -- disapproved. The only group to approve of continued bailouts to the automakers was Democrats, by 57 percent to 42 percent. On the auto issue, at least, Obama is playing to his party base and little else.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Vacationing in Hell

Sunday's Day by Day was a classic. The opening panel:

Day by Day, every day, here.