Sunday, January 31, 2010

Former CIA Chief Hayden Blasts Incompetent Obama Handling of Terrorists

He's the expert's expert on this issue and it's impossible to ignore his reasoning!

In an op-ed in Sunday's Washington Post Former CIA Director Michael Hayden describes how the political decisions taken by Obama and his Dept. of Justice have undermined our national security. Covering areas like CIA interrogations and the KSM trial, the op-ed deserves to be read in full.

The following excerpts deal primarily with the issues raised by the handling of the Christmas Day aka "Underwear" Bomber:

Obama administration takes several wrong paths in dealing with terrorism
By Michael V. Hayden
Washington Post
Sunday, January 31, 2010

...We got it wrong in Detroit on Christmas Day. We allowed an enemy combatant the protections of our Constitution before we had adequately interrogated him. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is not "an isolated extremist." He is the tip of the spear of a complex al-Qaeda plot to kill Americans in our homeland.

In the 50 minutes the FBI had to question him, agents reportedly got actionable intelligence. Good. But were there any experts on al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in the room (other than Abdulmutallab)? Was there anyone intimately familiar with any National Security Agency raw traffic to, from or about the captured terrorist? Did they have a list or photos of suspected recruits?

When questioning its detainees, the CIA routinely turns the information provided over to its experts for verification and recommendations for follow-up. The responses of these experts -- "Press him more on this, he knows the details" or "First time we've heard that" -- helps set up more detailed questioning.

None of that happened in Detroit. In fact, we ensured that it wouldn't. After the first session, the FBI Mirandized Abdulmutallab and -- to preserve a potential prosecution -- sent in a "clean team" of agents who could have no knowledge of what Abdulmutallab had provided before he was given his constitutional warnings. As has been widely reported, Abdulmutallab then exercised his right to remain silent.
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Some may celebrate that the current Justice Department's perspective on the war on terrorism has become markedly more dominant in the past year. We should probably understand the implications of that before we break out the champagne. That apparently no one recommended on Christmas Day that Abdulmutallab be handled, at least for a time, as an enemy combatant should be concerning. That our director of national intelligence, Denny Blair, bravely said as much during congressional testimony this month is cause for hope.

Actually, Blair suggested that the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG), announced by the administration in August, should have been called in. A government spokesman later pointed out that the group does not yet exist.

There's a final oddity. In August, the government unveiled the HIG for questioning al-Qaeda and announced that the FBI would begin questioning CIA officers about the alleged abuses in the 2004 inspector general's report. They are apparently still getting organized for the al-Qaeda interrogations. But the interrogations of CIA personnel are well underway.


I've said before, and I'll say again, that Obama's inexperience, incompetence and politicization of national security will get Americans killed. At what point does he stop blaming President Bush and accept responsibility that it is HIS policies which are harming America?

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Sen. Collins (R-ME) Slams Obama Admin. for Handling of Christmas Bomber

In the Republicans weekly address.

Conservatives often give Sen. Susan Collins grief for her willingness to compromise with Democrats (but note that she joined all 39 other GOP Senators and voted AGAINST the Dem health bill and the increase in debt). Here, she comes out swinging hard on the sheer idiocy of the Obama Administration's handling of the Christmas Bomber. Let's give her a vote of thanks for getting this issue right!

Valuable intelligence which might prevent the next attack has been lost. The next attack may be a direct result of the Obama Administration's decision to treat Abdulmatallab as a criminal, not an enemy combatant!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Pelosi's Party Plane

House Speaker and friends booze it up at taxpayer expense!

By now you might be aware that the Congressional junket to Copenhagen led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cost the taxpayer over $1 million.

"They're going because it's the biggest party of the year," Sen. Inhofe said. "The worst thing that happened there is they ran out of caviar."
Our investigation found that the congressional delegation was so large, it needed three military jets: two 737's and a Gulfstream Five -- up to 64 passengers -- traveling in luxurious comfort.

Along with those who flew commercial, we counted at least 101 Congress-related attendees. All for a summit that failed to deliver a global climate deal.
And once the Congressfolk got to Copenhagen they stayed in the lap of luxury in hotel rooms costing over $2,000 a night. You would think that they would be able to get a better deal on Priceline! Here's a sample of the expense voucher. More at CBS.Com.


High Flying Pelosi

But the Copenhagen trip wasn't the exception to the rule. Judicial Watch obtained this bar bill from a Congressional flight to Israel and Iraq in 2008:

And these are the people we are now going to ask to implement a spending freeze to control the budget deficit?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wordle of Obama's State of Denial Speech

I had to remove the words "I" "Me" and "My" or else there wouldn't be room on the page for anything else!

These are fun to do. Take any text (like Obama's State of the Union speech transcript), paste it into a Wordle and voila! The size of the word in the image is based on how often it was used in the text.

VA Gov. Bob McDonnell Gave GOP Response to Obama Speech

An excellent performance by the newly inaugurated governor!

"We want results, not rhetoric. We want cooperation, not partisanship."
Gov. Bob McDonnell

In contrast to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's rather weak performance in this role last year, newly sworn Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell did an excellent job in a first rate setting, the historic Virginia House.

Excerpt from Gov. McDonnell's speech
full text here.

...It was Thomas Jefferson who called for "A wise and frugal Government which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry ….and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned…" He was right.

Today, the federal government is simply trying to do too much.

Last year, we were told that massive new federal spending would create more jobs 'immediately' and hold unemployment below 8%.

The amount of this debt is on pace to double in five years, and triple in ten. The federal debt is already over $100,000 per household.

This is simply unsustainable. The President's partial freeze on discretionary spending is a laudable step, but a small one.

The circumstances of our time demand that we reconsider and restore the proper, limited role of government at every level.

Without reform, the excessive growth of government threatens our very liberty and prosperity.

In recent months, the American people have made clear that they want government leaders to listen and act on the issues most important to them.

We want results, not rhetoric. We want cooperation, not partisanship.

There is much common ground.
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Here at home government must help foster a society in which all our people can use their God-given talents in liberty to pursue the American Dream. Republicans know that government cannot guarantee individual outcomes, but we strongly believe that it must guarantee equality of opportunity for all.

That opportunity exists best in a democracy which promotes free enterprise, economic growth, strong families, and individual achievement.

Many Americans are concerned about this Administration's efforts to exert greater control over car companies, banks, energy and health care.

Over-regulating employers won’t create more employment; overtaxing investors won’t foster more investment.

Top-down one-size fits all decision making should not replace the personal choices of free people in a free market, nor undermine the proper role of state and local governments in our system of federalism. As our Founders clearly stated, and we Governors understand, government closest to the people governs best.

And no government program can replace the actions of caring Americans freely choosing to help one another. The Scriptures say "To whom much is given, much will be required." As the most generous and prosperous nation on Earth, it is heartwarming to see Americans giving much time and money to the people of Haiti. Thank you for your ongoing compassion.

Some people are afraid that America is no longer the great land of promise that she has always been. They should not be.

America will always blaze the trail of opportunity and prosperity.

America must always be a land where liberty and property are valued and respected, and innocent human life is protected.

Government should have this clear goal: Where opportunity is absent, we must create it. Where opportunity is limited, we must expand it. Where opportunity is unequal, we must make it open to everyone.

Obama's State of Denial Address

He's still not listening!
Plus: Justice Alito says Obama lies!


Here's a letter to the editor I submitted to my local newspaper after Obama's speech:

State of Denial Address

Wednesday night people across the nation tuned in to watch the State of the Union speech to see if President Obama heard the message from Massachusetts voters. Like me, many were disappointed. It was more of the same empty promises, angry rhetoric, partisan jibes and blame it all on Bush.

Obama seemed to want to run against Washington in an attempt to avoid responsibility for what has gone wrong in the past year. He sits in the White House and his party controls congress with the largest majorities in a generation. How can he run against a system he controls? How can he blame Republicans when he’s ignored every idea they put forward?

He talked about transparency as if he had never promised repeatedly to put health care negotiations on C-Span. Did you see those negotiations on TV?

He promised to do more on earmark reform. Another campaign pledge. But he continues to sign spending bills loaded with pork.

He promised to consider offshore oil exploration. But then, we’ve heard him promise so much and deliver so little. Does anyone believe him now? As Virginia Governor McDonnell said in his response: “we want results, not rhetoric.”

Sarah Palin described Obama’s speech as “lecturing, not leading.” I agree. It’s clear from Obama’s tone that he hasn’t heard the voice of the American people expressed in Town Halls, tea parties and elections in Massachusetts, Virginia and New Jersey.

Let’s send him a stronger signal nine months from now.

Justice Alito has Joe Wilson "YOU LIE" Moment

Have you EVER seen a President rebuke the Supreme Court to their face, in a State of the Union speech? Obama did it Wednesday night. What's more, he lied about the Supreme Court's recent ruling overturning recent campaign finance law.

Justice Alito couldn't sit there and take it. Notice how he shakes his head then mouths "not true."

With Obama clearly in such deep denial about the rejection of his failed policies it hardly makes him seem more presidential to attack the judicial branch of government to their face!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Play O-Bingo Tonight During Obama's Speech

Sorry, no prize for the winner! But then, we're all losers in Obama's world!



Thanks Aleric!

Rush Limbaugh Describes State of the Union Speech Obama SHOULD Give

If Obama is serious about governing from the center, here's what he could say tonight. And it would only take 2 minutes, not the hour Obama will spend preening in front of the Congress and the cameras!
RUSH: So if Obama really is serious, here are some suggestions for a post-Massachusetts, post-New Jersey, post-Virginia "State of Obama" speech. Defund ACORN. Prosecute voter intimidation. Fire all the czars and end the practice of hiring them. Propose a bill that actually cuts spending 2% every year for the next ten years and veto every spending bill until the requested bill is passed. List your proposed cuts to achieve the 2% reduction in spending every year. Across-the-board tax cuts, individual two levels: 10% up to a hundred thousand dollars a year, 25% for over that amount. Corporate tax rate: 15%. Repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax, the death tax, and capital gains taxes. Just repeal them. Privatize General Motors and Chrysler, and that includes getting the unions out of ownership. End TARP and the slush fund. Cut off all slush fund and Porkulus spending that has not been spent. Lift all restrictions prevalent interstate health insurance and real tort reform, and endorse Charles Krauthammer's proposal to scrap the current medical malpractice system.

Repeal Executive Order 10988 he will which gives federal workers the right to join unions and bargain collectively. Reserve constitutional rights for Americans: Treat terrorists as enemy combatants and not common criminals and US citizens, and return the right to interrogate those that attack us to the FBI and the CIA. And last, but not least, keep Guantanamo Bay open for business because we're going to need it. It's very simple. Those are my suggestions if you want to fix what Obama's done wrong. I know it's a pipe dream and it isn't gonna happen. Make no mistake. That's just my way of illustrating in another clever way what's wrong with what Obama has done.
Rush's Links:

Rush also posted a number of links that chronicle the Democrat crack up. Key among them was the New Republic article which ponders if tonight is where "Barack Obama faces a moment where his presidency just might collapse."

New York Times: Democrats Put Lower Priority on Health Bill
CNN Poll: Most Americans Applaud Democrats' Loss of Supermajority
Investor's Business Daily: Phony FreezeWall Street Journal: The Obama Fisc
Politico: Left Pans Obama Spending Freeze
Democrats Need to Learn the Blame Game - James Carville
FOXNews: Obama Would Rather Have Good One-Term Than Mediocre Two-Terms
IBD: Charlie Cook: Dems' 'Car Wreck In Slow Motion' Continues
The New Republic: Obama in the Balance
FOXNews: Obama's State of the Union Speech Signals Shift From Health Care to Jobs, Education

Want to Know Why Obama Admin. Treats Terrorists So Well?

Former terrorist defenders now have key jobs in Obama's Dept. of Justice!

Come clean, Mr. Holder
New York Post
January 27, 2010

Whose side is the Justice Department on: America's -- or the terrorists'?

It's just insane that a lawyer who defended Osama bin Laden's driver and bodyguard -- and who sought constitutional rights for terrorists -- could be one of the Obama administration's top legal officials.

But there's Neal Katyal, occupying a top perch at the Justice Department as the principal deputy solicitor general.

Then there's Jennifer Daskal -- who just months ago was an anti-Guantanamo activist. Now she's in Justice's National Security Division -- working on detainee issues.

Talk about conflicts of interest.

All kinds of rules prohibit government employees from influencing policy to the benefit of their previous employers. If Katyal, Daskal and other conflicted Justice lawyers had worked for corporations, they'd almost certainly be subject to these regulations.

Read the rest here.

At some point Attorney General Holder will have to answer to Congress who is making key decisions on handling terrorists and explain any conflict of interest.

Until he does, the suspicion only grows that key decisions are being made by people who not only have a conflict of interest but show favor towards protecting the terrorists at the expense of the security of the American people!

House GOP Leader is Live Blogging State of the Union Speech

Want an instant fact check to the spinning Obama will be doing tonight?
House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today announced that the Republican Leader’s website will host a live blog of President Obama’s State of the Union address. The GOP Leader Blog will provide real-time fact-checking of the President’s remarks and lay out Republicans’ better solutions to the challenges working families are facing.

“President Obama’s rhetoric is often detached from reality, so it’s important there be a place Americans can go to get the facts about his job-killing agenda,” Boehner said. “We’ll also be using this live blog to discuss Republicans’ better solutions to the challenges working families and small business owners are facing. House Republicans have had great success over the last year using the Internet and social media to connect with the American people. This live blog will not only provide a place to find GOP better solutions, visitors can take advantage of the open commenting feature to exchange ideas with House Republicans and each other. Working together, we can hold Washington Democrats accountable.”

Up-to-the-minute coverage of the State of the Union will be available at http://gopleader.gov/blog or through Leader Boehner’s Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/gopleader.

Mike's State of the Union Viewing Aide

Print this out and tape it to the bottom of the TV screen!

In the immortal words of Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC):

Larger image here.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

After Massive Increases in Spending Obama to Offer Token Freeze in State of the Union Speech

If he's serious about fiscal responsibility, then veto Dems latest spending bills and earmarks!

Trying to prove he got the message from the Massachusetts election of Scott Brown, President Obama will reportedly offer a limited, kinda, sorta, just a little bit of a spending freeze, starting not for this year, but next fiscal year.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice?

But after a year of watching Obama renege on so many major promises he made during the campaign, will the voters buy this smoke and mirrors gimmick?

After Obama trashed John McCain's idea for a spending freeze during the 2008 election, he's now decided to do something very similar (though McCain's plan would have had teeth).

Even if Dems do go along with this very limited freeze it won't amount to a drop in the bucket. Karl Rove describes the massive spending increases Obama already signed into law. Obama raised non-defense discretionary spending 24% over Bush in his first year. There is no hint whatsoever that Obama would even consider reducing any of this.

At the very least if Obama was really serious about fiscal responsibility he could cancel billions remaining to be spent from the failed stimulus boondoggle or threaten to veto the latest Dem spending bills loaded with more of the earmarks Obama insisted he would veto (another promise broken).

Obama's "spending freeze" is an empty gesture designed to hoodwink the public into thinking he's doing something about the problem of runaway spending. But something tells me the voters won't be so easily fooled again.

Indonesia to Tear Down Obama Statue?

The fad of Obama worship is OVER!


Indonesia mulls tearing down Obama statue
Agence France Presse
January 25, 2010

JAKARTA — Indonesian authorities said Monday they are considering a petition to tear down a statue of US President Barack Obama as a boy, only a month after the bronze was unveiled in Jakarta.

The statue of "Little Barry" -- as Obama was known when he lived in the capital in the late 1960s -- stands in central Jakarta's Menteng Park, a short walk from the US president's former elementary school.

Critics say the site should have been used to honour an Indonesian and 55,000 people have joined a page on social networking website Facebook calling for the statue to be removed.
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Members of the "Take Down the Barack Obama Statue in Menteng Park" group on Facebook say Obama has done nothing for Indonesia.

"Barack Obama has yet to make a significant contribution to the Indonesian nation. We could say Obama only ate and s (expletive) in Menteng. He spent his subsequent days living as an American," the web page says.

"For the dignity of a sovereign nation, Barack Obama's monument in Menteng Park must be removed immediately."


Thank God the libs didn't chisel Obama's face onto Mount Rushmore. What a mess that would be to remove!

Obama and Dems Out of Step With Nation's Priorities

It's no wonder that Massachusetts voters deserted them!

Look where health care, health insurance and global warming rank on the latest Pew Poll and ask yourself why it is that Obama and the Democrats spent nearly the entire first year of Obama's presidency pushing first cap and trade, then the socialist takeover of health care?

All Obama did to address the public's number one priority, jobs, was to pass a massive pork laden spending bill masquerading as a jobs program. By any measure (keeping unemployment below 8% is what the White House promised) it didn't work.

Public Shifting Away From Obama Agenda

Note how over the past year there has been a marked increase in public concern for terrorism, reducing the budget deficit and strengthening the military. In all these areas Obama has been weak or destructive.

With numbers like these it's not hard to understand why a candidate like Scott Brown, running on a platform of fiscal responsibility, a strong military and no special rights for terrorists, would do well in Massachusetts. The same platform would work in contests nationwide this fall.

Brit Hume Commentary

In two minutes he surveys Obama's political landscape in the runup to the State of the Union Speech. It isn't a pretty picture!


Monday, January 25, 2010

Obama Would "Rather Be Really Good One-Term President" Than Mediocre Two Termer

What an ASS! He's on his way to being the WORST one term president of recent memory!

Obama Would 'Rather Be Really Good One-Term President'
Obama Tells Diane Sawyer That Health Care Bill Had Political Cost
By MARK MOONEY
ABC News
Jan. 25, 2010

President Obama, buffeted by criticism of his massive health care reform bill and election setbacks, said today he remained determined to tackle health care and other big problems despite the political dangers to his presidency.

"I'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president," he told ABC's "World News" anchor Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview today.

Obama sat down with Sawyer two days before he will deliver a State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress, and he acknowledged the political setbacks of his first year in office.
As if we needed any more proof that Obama just does not get what happened in the Massachusetts election last Tuesday or those in New Jersey or Virginia last November. This ASS just keeps strutting around blaming anyone but himself for his fall from grace.

Is it any wonder that a recent poll showed more people would vote for anyone else than to re-elect Obama?

My Pet Telepromter: Obama Brings Favorite Reading Aid for Remarks to School Children

Is it any wonder the man is so seriously out of touch?

First Lady Michelle Obama is surrounded by the largest entourage in history while her husband hardly speaks a word without his mental life support system.

FALLS CHURCH, VA - JANUARY 19: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the 'Race To The Top' program at the Graham Road Elementary School January 19, 2010 in Falls Church, Virginia.
I wonder how many kids will ask for their own teleprompter before they take their next test?

Two Sets of Rules: Dem Woman Congressman Would Send Male Members Home

Imagine if a male Republican had said "send the ladies home." Like Harry Reid's "Negro" comment, no one will bat an eye at this!

From The Hill: Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.) said that both Republican and Democratic women members of Congress understand how to care for relatives and thus want the healthcare system to change.

"We go to the ladies room and the Republican women and the Democratic women and we just roll our eyes," she said. "And the Republican women said when we were fighting over the healthcare bill, if we sent the men home..." at which point she was interrupted by loud applause.

The rule for Democrats: you can say whatever you want and still feel free to be outraged if a Republican says anything remotely similar!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Christmas Day Bomber Only Talked to FBI for 50 Minutes!

Don't tell me we learned all he knew about the plotters in Yemen in one sitting!

In August of last year, the Washington Post ran a fascinating article titled "How a Detainee Became An Asset: Sept. 11 Plotter Cooperated After Waterboarding." The article describes the lengthy process that CIA agents went through to extract the intelligence from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed that was vital to stopping future plots and rounding up Al Queda terrorists. Former CIA Director George Tenet declared that this program saved countless lives and was "worth more than the FBI, the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency put together."

One of the first things President Obama did when he took office was to disband the CIA unit that has such great success. Instead, when the Christmas bomber was taken into custody after his plot to blow up Northwest Airlines flight 253 over Detroit, he talked to local FBI agents, not terrorism experts, for only 50 minutes.


White House press secretary Robert Gibbs Sunday defended the decision to read so-called alleged underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab his Miranda rights after 50 minutes of interrogation, saying that ”FBI interrogators believe they got valuable intelligence and were able to get all that they could out of him.”
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“That decision was made by the Justice Department and the FBI by experienced FBI interrogators, Gibbs said on “Fox News Sunday.” “But make no mistake Abdulmutallab was interrogated and valuable information was gotten by those experienced interrogators.”

After he was read his rights, Abdulmutallab stopped cooperating with investigators.

“The Department of Justice made the right decision, as did those FBI agents,” Gibbs said.
It took weeks, even months, of interrogation to check and cross check the information provided by high level detainees like KSM. CIA interrogators were able to go back to KSM repeatedly as they put together the pieces of the puzzle. But local FBI agents stopped interrogating Abdulmutallab after one brief session?

Other news reports describe how Abdulmutallab talked for hours.... to ambulance drivers, doctors and just about anyone but intelligence officials who would have known the right questions to ask.

From hearings last week on Capitol Hill we learn that the interrogations of the Nigerian terrorist were mainly focused on law enforcement matters related to criminal prosecution, not on the intelligence necessary to prevent future attacks.

Once again, I cite the words of former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy, who prosecuted the Blind Sheikh for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. McCarthy describes what the Obama Administration missed in their rush to confer U.S. constitutional protections on Abdulmutallab:


Lots of things: gathering intelligence, for one. We have now had confirmed — by President Obama himself, along with top White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan — that, while Janet Napolitano’s system was working so well, Abdulmutallab was an untapped well of operational intelligence.

He’d been training with al-Qaeda for weeks in Yemen, now one of the hottest hubs of terror plotting. He was undoubtedly in a position to identify who had recruited him, who had dispatched him on his mission, and who had trained him in fashioning and detonating chemical explosives. He was in a position to tell us what al-Qaeda knows, that Janet Napolitano apparently doesn’t, about our porous airline-security system. He was, moreover, almost certainly in a position to pinpoint paramilitary training facilities, to tell us about other al-Qaeda trainees being taught to do what he was trying to do, and to fill many gaps in our knowledge of the terror network’s hierarchy, routines, and governmental connections in Yemen.

That was not to be. The Obama administration decided that forging ahead pell-mell with a criminal prosecution was more important than acquiring every morsel of useful information Abdulmutallab has to give.
With terrorist incidents rising in the United States in Obama's first year in office to a post September 11th high, it's only a matter of time before we are hit again. And with the Keystone Kops in charge in Washington, we may not be so lucky next time.

Did Obama put former ACORN stooges in charge of Homeland Security?

Video: No Rules for Radicals

In one 4:30 song the artist manages to encapsulate the entire Obama/Dem conspiracy to curtail our freedoms!



Drop this video link to all your freedom loving friends.

Latest Shoe in the Global Warming Hoax Drops

UN Climate Report not based on science, but news interview!

So, you thought the Climategate scandal with the cooked global temperature data was something? Well, take a look at how the U.N. came to the scaremongering conclusion that the Himalayan glaciers were melting!

UN climate change expert: there could be more errors in report
By Jeremy Page
London Times
January 23, 2010

The Indian head of the UN climate change panel defended his position yesterday even as further errors were identified in the panel's assessment of Himalayan glaciers.

Dr Rajendra Pachauri dismissed calls for him to resign over the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change’s retraction of a prediction that Himalayan glaciers could disappear by 2035.

But he admitted that there may have been other errors in the same section of the report, and said that he was considering whether to take action against those responsible.
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The IPCC’s 2007 report, which won it the Nobel Peace Prize, said that the probability of Himalayan glaciers “disappearing by the year 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high”.

But it emerged last week that the forecast was based not on a consensus among climate change experts, but on a media interview with a single Indian glaciologist in 1999.

The IPCC admitted on Thursday that the prediction was “poorly substantiated” in the latest of a series of blows to the panel’s credibility.
"Poorly substantiated?" Oh really? The entire report is filled with the same kind of intellectually dishonest crap! Basically, if some alarmist tells the U.N. that such and such might happen because of man's carbon emissions they treat it as gospel and put it in the report because who knows? It might be true!

And only last November, this Rajendra Pachauri character was pointing the finger at the skeptics claiming THEIR science was "unsubstantiated."

A Glacier Meltdown
The Himalayas and climate science.
Wall Street Journal
JANUARY 23, 2010

Last November, U.N. climate chief Rajendra Pachauri delivered a blistering rebuke to India's environment minister for casting doubt on the notion that global warming was causing the rapid melting of Himalayan glaciers.

"We have a very clear idea of what is happening," the chairman of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) told the Guardian newspaper. "I don't know why the minister is supporting this unsubstantiated research. It is an extremely arrogant statement."

Then again, when it comes to unsubstantiated research it's hard to beat the IPCC, whose 2007 report insisted that the glaciers—which feed the rivers that in turn feed much of South Asia—were very likely to nearly disappear by the year 2035. "The receding and thinning of Himalayan glaciers," it wrote in its supposedly definitive report, "can be attributed primarily to the [sic] global warming due to increase in anthropogenic emission of greenhouse gases."

It turns out that this widely publicized prediction was taken from a 2005 report from the World Wildlife Fund, which based it on a comment by Indian glacier expert Syed Hasnain from 1999. Mr. Hasnian now says he was "misquoted." Even more interesting is that the IPCC was warned in 2006 by leading glaciologist Georg Kaser that the 2035 forecast was baseless. "This number is not just a little bit wrong, but far out of any order of magnitude," Mr. Kaser told the Agence France-Presse. "It is so wrong that it is not even worth discussing."
The Journal goes on to list a number of the other wild claims made by alarmists over the years, all of which have been debunked and yet the alarmists never seem to be held accountable for their actions which would cost the world $trillions which might go towards solving real problems like world poverty, hunger, disease, literacy...

It boggles the mind to think that ANYONE still listens to the Warmers and their alarmist nonsense. Still more frightening to see that world leaders take this crap seriously!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Fair and Balanced Election News?

All Cable But Fox News Cuts Brown Victory Speech in Favor of Coakley!

When they say Fox News is fair and balanced they can prove it. Here is a comparison from Johnny Dollar showing the amount of time the cable news networks devoted to covering the Coakely concession speech and the Brown victory speech in last Tuesday's Massachusetts special election:

You would think that considering Brown's amazing win, that his speech would be the greater story. But apparently the news directors at MSNBC and CNN thought that giving the loser more time was newsworthy.

Fox News Record Ratings

Considering how blatant the bias is at the other two news channels it won't surprise anyone to learn that Fox News is #1. But did you know that on Tuesday night the Fox News prime time lineup beat the entire ABC broadcast lineup in ratings? Fox News had three out of the top ten shows. Their ratings might have gone even higher had some viewers not been confused and tuned to NBC's "Biggest Loser" by mistake thinking it was about Martha Coakley.

CNN's Jack Cafferty Takes on Imperial Pelosi and the Copenhagen Junket

Possibly millions of taxpayer dollars so Pelosi can lead Congress to the Copenhagen conference and party it up with all the other socialists!

First Cafferty bashes Obama and Pelosi on transparency of health care negotiations and now this. What great campaign ads they will make.


Thanks "Mrs. R." for sending this along!

More Bad News for Obama

Gallup Poll has his approval and disapproval TIED!

How long will it be before more people disapprove than approve? This newest result is almost as bad as the index of "strongly approve" vs. "strongly disapprove" at Rasmussen.



Don't you wish we could hold the 2012 presidential election today and get rid of this bum?

Friday, January 22, 2010

Obama Took His Perpetual Campaign to Ohio Friday

Your tax dollars paid for the trip!

Obama may have won the 2008 presidential election by big margins in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts. In the past few months, elections in those states have seen dramatic swings to GOP candidates. The latest, a 31 point swing from Obama's 26 point victory in Massachusetts in 2008 to a Scott Brown senate win by 5 points.

Friday, Obama took his permanent campaign to Ohio which he won only by 4 points in 2008 and one in which GOP candidates for Governor, House and Senate in 2010 are scoring big in the most recent opinion polls.

Considering how Obama's intervention in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts corresponded with big wins for Republicans, no doubt the Ohio GOP was very glad to see Obama. Especially when you recall that Obama's last visit to Lorain County was during the presidential campaign in 2008. Then, he visited a drywall plant in an event where he promised that if elected he follow a "job-creation agenda." Since his visit that plant has closed and unemployement for the area went from 6.9% under President Bush to around 10% under Obama.

Obama: It IS All About Him!


U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall style gathering at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio January 22, 2010.
Jobs were again on Obama's mind again in Ohio. But from the speech he gave prior to taking questions from the Town Hall audience it seems there was only one job on his mind: his! Throughout the speech he constantly refered to himself, even in the third person. Laughingly, he added "this isn't about me. It's about you."

Obama used the word "fight" 15 times in his speech suggesting that he's going to work even harder to force his radical agenda down the throats of the American people. Clearly he hasn't learned the lesson of the election of Scott Brown. Instead of fighting, Obama needs to do more listening.

Here's a slice from the President's speech which shows, he just doesn't get it:

Now, we've gotten pretty far down the road, but I have to admit, we've run into a bit of a buzz saw along the way. The long process of getting things done runs headlong into the special interests, their armies of lobbyists, and partisan politics aimed at exploiting fears instead of getting things done. And the longer it's taken, the uglier the process has looked.

I know folks in Washington are in a little bit of a frenzy this week, trying to figure out what the election in Massachusetts the other day means for health insurance reform, for Republicans and Democrats, and for me. This is what they love to do.

But this isn't about me. It's about you. I didn't take up this issue to boost my poll numbers or score political points - believe me, if I were, I would have picked something a lot easier than this. No, I'm trying to solve the problems that folks here in Elyria and across this country face every day. And I am not going to walk away just because it's hard. We're going to keep on working to get this done with Democrats, Republicans - anyone who is willing to step up. Because I am not going to watch more people get crushed by costs, or denied the care they need by insurance company bureaucrats, or partisan politics, or special interest power in Washington.

Let me tell you - so long as I have the privilege of serving as your President, I'll never stop fighting for you. I'll take my lumps, too. I'll never stop fighting to bring jobs back to Elyria. I'll never stop fighting for an economy where hard work is rewarded, where responsibility is honored, where accountability is upheld, where we're creating the jobs of tomorrow.

It's shocking to see the President deliver what is essentially a partisan political address paid for entirely with taxpayer dollars. The old rules that Republican Administrations scrupulously followed (monitored by teams of lawyers) to avoid using such language outside of political campaigns where the speech was paid for by the party or candidate seem to have been tossed aside.

But does Obama really think the voters of Ohio, or the nation, will be so easily fooled by his rhetoric? This "buzz saw" wasn't an army of lobbyists but an army of citizens who refused to swallow the snake oil Obama was selling. This "ugly process" was the result of Democrats trying to force this thing through with secret backroom deals. And Obama has the nerve to talk about upholding accountability?

Some pundits suggest that this speech was a trial balloon for Obama's State of the Union address to be delivered next Wednesday, the 27th. I cannot imagine any President, even Obama, would dare to stand up before Congress and deliver anything close to these remarks. If Obama continues along these lines, the Massachusetts miracle which saw Independent voters, in even larger numbers than New Jersey and Virginia, desert the Democrat Party.

Obviously, Obama's failure to accept any responsiblity for what went wrong in health care isn't selling:

I can't wait for November!

One Year Ago Today

Remember this?

President Barack Obama signs a series of executive orders, Jan. 22, 2009, pertaining to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba, as retired generals and admirals look on in the Oval Office of the White House. Obama ordered the closure of the camp and banned the use of controversial CIA interrogation techniques.
Oh yeah, Obama was really serious about closing Gitmo in one year!

And let's not forget that Obama banned the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques while promising he would create a new unit designed to handle these high value detainees. Yet, we find that this unit was still not active when the Christmas bomber was apprehended.

Obama just completed his first year in office with the largest congressional majorities in a generation at his beck and call and he still couldn't live up to even this one campaign promise. He can't blame this one on Bush!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Obama Admin Did Not Interrogate Christmas Bomber for Intelligence to Stop Future Attacks

The attack was treated nearly entirely as a criminal matter!

Shocking information came from Wednesday's Senate hearings with the Administration's top intelligence and homeland security officials. At the top of that list was the admission that Nigerian would be bomber Abdulmutallab had been interrogated with an eye towards criminal prosecution by local FBI officials. He was not interrogated by intelligence specialists with an eye towards collecting key information that could prevent future attacks. And after Abdulmutallab was given his Miranda rights, he stopped talking altogether.

Just who it was at the Dept. of Justice who made these decisions is not clear. Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) has demanded answers but none have been forthcoming. At Wednesday's hearing Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael E. Leiter and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told lawmakers that they were not consulted about the charging decision.

Late breaking news from the White House briefing by Robert Gibbs fingers Attorney General Eric Holder as the culprit in deciding that the underwear bomber would be treated as a criminal and not as a terrorist.


Meanwhile, we also learned that a special unit to interrogate prisoners for intelligence value which Obama promised in his first days in office would replace the CIA's program of enhanced interrogations is not even operational and was not used.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that if Abdulmutallab had been interrogated by specialists in intelligence and Al Queda that we might have learned who the plotters behind the attack are, where they are and what future attacks they plan.

Andrew McCarthy, the prosecutor who put the Blind Sheikh who bombed the World Trade Center in 1993 in jail bemoans what we have lost:
Lots of things: gathering intelligence, for one. We have now had confirmed — by President Obama himself, along with top White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan — that, while Janet Napolitano’s system was working so well, Abdulmutallab was an untapped well of operational intelligence.

He’d been training with al-Qaeda for weeks in Yemen, now one of the hottest hubs of terror plotting. He was undoubtedly in a position to identify who had recruited him, who had dispatched him on his mission, and who had trained him in fashioning and detonating chemical explosives. He was in a position to tell us what al-Qaeda knows, that Janet Napolitano apparently doesn’t, about our porous airline-security system. He was, moreover, almost certainly in a position to pinpoint paramilitary training facilities, to tell us about other al-Qaeda trainees being taught to do what he was trying to do, and to fill many gaps in our knowledge of the terror network’s hierarchy, routines, and governmental connections in Yemen.

That was not to be. The Obama administration decided that forging ahead pell-mell with a criminal prosecution was more important than acquiring every morsel of useful information Abdulmutallab has to give. That meant telling him, immediately upon arrest, that he didn’t need to speak to the government at all if he didn’t want to. It meant promising to get him a lawyer. It meant he could only be questioned for a few hours — by agents who happened to be on the scene but probably didn’t know much about al-Qaeda’s Yemeni operation. It meant the assignment of a defense lawyer and required court appearances that instantly shut down all questioning.

In these same hearings Dennis Blair admits that we will make "new mistake[s]" in the war on terror. Next time though, we might not be so lucky.

Treating terrorists like common criminals will get more Americans KILLED! That's why it was so refreshing to hear Scott Brown win big in Massachusetts with this message: "In dealing with terrorists, our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop them, not lawyers to defend them."

Wouldn't you love to return to the day when adults were in charge of national security?

Sen. Arlen Specter Tells Michelle Bachmann to "Act Like a Lady"

Can you get any more sexist than that?

A Philadelphia radio station was conducting an interview with Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) and Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) in which Bachmann interrupted Benedict Arlen. He snapped at her "I'm going to treat you like a lady. Now act like one."

Real Clear Politics has the audio.

YIKES!

If Specter were still a Republican women's groups would be in an instant uproar. Since Benedict Arlen jumped to the Dems in hopes of saving his seat in November (it's not going to work) you won't hear more than a peep.

Mr. Brown Goes to Washington!

Scott Brown makes the rounds on the Hill!

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WASHINGTON - JANUARY 21: U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown (R-MA) (C) arrives on Capitol Hill for meeting with different senators January 21, 2010 in Washington, DC.

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Brown's first call was to Senator John McCain (R-AZ). McCain was an early backer of Brown's campaign and a contributor as well.

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Senator John Kerry (aka "Lurch"), the senior senator from Massachusets, appealed to Brown's sense of bipartisanship and tried to nudge Senator-elect Brown into supporting a slimmed down version of health care reform. Apparenly Kerry believes that bipartisanship means, you agree with him, not the other way around.

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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) greets Brown in his Capitol office.

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Brown also met with Harry Reid. No photo from that meeting was released, but the photo of Harry Reid in a press conference the day before explains why. Still, others have speculated that the meeting between Reid and Brown might go something like this.

The Unofficial Welcoming Committee

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Ron Kirby of Alexandria, Virginia, stands in front of the Russell Senate Office Building on Captiol Hill to show his support for Massachusetts U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown (R-MA) January 21, 2010 in Washington, DC.

Breaking News: Pelosi Says Dems Won't Pass Senate Health Bill

Bills to be scrapped?

January 21, 2010
Pelosi: Not Enough Votes to Pass Senate Health Bill in House

FOXNews.com

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she does not have the votes to pass the Senate's version of a health insurance bill that is now in severe jeopardy of being scrapped.

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she does not have the votes to pass the Senate's version of a health insurance bill that is now in severe jeopardy of being scrapped.

Just days ago, that was the most viable option for keeping alive President Obama's top domestic priority, but with the election of Republican Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, the fragile coalition of Democrats has broken apart as lawmakers bicker over which portions of the $900 billion, 10-year Senate bill they will and won't accept.

Emerging from a closed-door meeting with her caucus, the House speaker vented frustration with the massive version of the legislation.

"In its present form without any changes I don't think it's possible to pass the Senate bill in the House," said Pelosi, D-Calif. "I don't see the votes for it at this time."

Lawmakers are now looking at options that were left on the drawing board as the party looks to pursue a more modest bill.


Moments after Pelosi made her startling announcement, Scott Brown, the Senator-Elect from Massachusetts showed up at the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Lighter Side of the Scott Brown Triumph

This is just too funny!

"Now we know why Obama won't release his school records. Bush got C's, Obama failed lunch! I should have stuck with Hillary."

Thanks Padre Steve!

And thanks to Missy for this gem:

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After a year of misery, it feels good to laugh again!

Obama Doesn't Get Scott Brown Win

Obama is in a state of denial that borders on dangerous delusion!

Last November Obama campaigned for Democrats in governors races in Virginia and New Jersey. Both candidates lost. Instantly, the spin machine tried to excuse it all way. Deeds in Virginia was a bad candidate and Corzine was a weak incumbent. Dem spinners seemed desperate to ignore the big switch Independent voters made in those contests and the low turnout of voters Obama depended on to win those states in 2008.

This week Obama campaigned for Coakley in Massachusetts two days before the election in which the winner Scott Brown ran against the current Dem health care debacle and Obama's coddling of terrorists. Again, Independents voted for Brown along with 20% of Obama's 2008 voters.

Trying to explain it all away again, Democrats left the spin machine on a little too long. It's becoming laughable.

Obama: It's Bush's Fault!

In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Obama claimed that "the same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office..."People are angry and they are frustrated. Not just because of what's happened in the last year or two years, but what's happened over the last eight years."

Is he on crack? Obama went on to admit that he's been working soooo hard that perhaps he's lost touch with the American people:

"If there's one thing that I regret this year is that we were so busy just getting stuff done and dealing with the immediate crises that were in front of us that I think we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are and why we have to make sure those institutions are matching up with those values."
Really? It's not like he hasn't been in front of a microphone several times a day for the past year. CBS reports that Obama's first year in office he gave 411 Speeches or remarks, 42 news conferences, 158 interviews and held 23 Town Hall meetings. Maybe if he'd spend less time in front of a teleprompter and more time listening he'd know what people were thinking.

In a superb Brit Hume commentary Wednesday evening on Fox News Special Report, Brit dismisses Obama's fantasy:

Politico: No Way to Spin This!

Dazed Dems rethink entire strategy
By: Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen
Politico
January 20, 2010

Scott Brown has turned this town upside down.
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There is no way for Democrats to spin an upside to losing their 60th vote in the Senate.
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The Obama magic has vanished

Think back a year ago and imagine someone saying Obama would throw his support behind Democrats in New Jersey, Virginia and Ted Kennedy's Massachusetts — and lose all of them.

Think back a year ago and imagine someone saying he would celebrate his first anniversary without having gotten health care, financial regulation or energy legislation signed into law. And that less than 50 percent of the public would hold a favorable view of his presidency.

Obama clearly remains popular at the personal level, a big asset that Republicans privately concede could easily help turn things around for this White House in the months ahead. But it is similarly clear that the Obama magic of 2008 has vanished. His personal popularity is plainly not transferable to other Democrats. His power with Democrats is somewhat diminished.

So much now rides on health care for Obama. His top advisers have told reporters for months that he will be judged on one issue and one issue alone: getting health care signed into law. They now realize the bill — and, with it, Obama’s reputation and leverage on Capitol Hill — could go down. As they look ahead to the rest of the year, White House advisers talk publicly of bold action, but most of the talk in private is smaller, less controversial action. Deficits. Incremental changes to energy policy. Debt commissions.

This is not the way Obama — or many of the people watching him at his inaugural address a year ago — expected that he would mark his first anniversary.
Independents who were promised by Obama that he would put an end to the old Washington games and secret backroom deals have deserted him. And these Independent voters won't be fooled into believing that Republicans share the blame. They know Republicans have stood united against the secret deals, out of control spending and a federal takeover of health care. They also know that Democrats shut out Republicans and their ideas during pivotal moments in the negotiations of the health care bills.

Republicans hold an astounding 8 point lead in the Rasmusssen generic congressional ballot poll which is a key metric used by political scientists to gauge the way voters may behave in future elections. If the November elections were held today, Republicans would sweep the field!

Democrats Propose Whopping $1.9 Trillion Increase in National Debt

Did they learn NOTHING from the Massachusetts landslide?

On top of the $290 billion Democrats got in December they are coming back for more and more and more:

Democrats propose $1.9T increase in debt limit
By ANDREW TAYLOR
Associated Press
January 20, 2009

WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats on Wednesday proposed allowing the federal government to borrow an additional $1.9 trillion to pay its bills, a record increase that would permit the national debt to reach $14.3 trillion.

The unpopular legislation is needed to allow the federal government to issue bonds to fund programs and prevent a first-time default on obligations. It promises to be a challenging debate for Democrats, who, as the party in power, hold the responsibility for passing the legislation.

It's hardly the debate Democrats want or need in the wake of Sen.-elect Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts. Arguing over the debt limit provides a forum for Republicans to blame Democrats for rising deficits and spiraling debt, even though responsibility for the government's financial straits can be shared by both political parties.

The measure came to the floor under rules requiring 60 votes to pass. That's an unprecedented step that could mean that every Democrat, no matter how politically endangered, may have to vote for it next week before Brown takes office and Democrats lose their 60-vote majority.

Democratic leaders are also worried that Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., who opposed the debt limit increase approved last month, will vote against the measure.

The record increase in the so-called debt limit is required because the budget deficit has spiraled out of control in the wake of a recession that cut tax revenues, the Wall Street bailout, and increased spending by the Democratic-controlled Congress. Last year's deficit hit a phenomenal $1.4 trillion, and the current year's deficit promises to be as high or higher.


It's clear Democrats are going to keep this runaway train going full speed until it runs off the rails and takes us all down with it!

Tainted Obama Nominee for Trans. Security Admin. Withdraws

Thank you Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) for leading the fight against this flawed nomination!

From Politico:

President Barack Obama’s nominee to head up the agency in charge of airport security withdrew Wednesday morning after a long showdown with a Republican senator opposed to allowing air security screeners to unionize.

The nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration, Erroll Southers, also became entangled in a flap over a misstatement about an episode that led to his censure at the FBI two decades ago.
Souther's lied to congress about his abuse of sensitive information in criminal databases for personal reasons. It was only after the lie was exposed by the release of the FBI report on his misdeeds that Souther changed the story he told Senators in his confirmation hearings.

Had Senator DeMint not led the charge on blocking this nominee we might be saddled with yet another flawed Obama official in a sensitive office.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

"41"

A photo and video pictorial of Brown's monumental victory!

"Fellow citizens, what happened in this election can happen all over America. We are witnesses, you and I, to the truth that ideals, hard work, and strength of heart can overcome any political machine." --Scott Brown's victory speech.

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Republican U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown holds up a copy of the Boston Herald announcing his victory over Democrat Martha Coakley in the U.S. Senate race to replace the the late U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy at Brown's victory rally in Boston January 19, 2010. Brown won a bitter U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts on Tuesday, dealing a sharp blow to President Barack Obama's legislative agenda and casting doubt on the fate of his sweeping healthcare overhaul.

Part Two
Part Three

A photo pictorial and excerpts from the Brown victory speech are here.

A Blue State Turns BROWN!!!

BROWN WINS!!!

Brown: 52%
Coakley 47%

The Second American Revolution: The SCOTT Heard Round the World!

Scottie Beam me up!


Scott Brown was 10 years old the last time a Republican was elected Senator from Massachusetts. Tonight, the bluest of blue states turned BROWN with the landslide election of Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate!

It's impossible to overstate the magnitude of what happened in Massachusetts. Consider that now health care may likely be defeated by the replacement for Senator Kennedy who made it his life's ambition to pass such a bill. But larger than the health care bill is the referendum on the presidency and leadership of Barack Hussein Obama (mmm...mmm..mmm) who campaigned for Brown's opponent just two days ago and put the full financial resources of the national Democrat Party behind Coakley in the final days.

The Big Story: A Rejection of Obama!

As we dig deeper into the numbers, it may soon become clear that the voters who put Brown over the top by this huge margin were disaffected Democrats and Independents who voted for Obama little more than a year ago.

Chris Christie (R) Inaugurated as NJ Gov.

The Revolution Rolls On!

"The era of partisanship and acrimony has not served the people well. Problems have festered while too much of the time of our leaders has been spent assigning blame instead of assuming responsibility. Today, we are taking a new direction. Today, a new era of accountability and transparency is here." -- Gov. Chris Christie's Inaugural Address

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A view inside the Trenton War Memorial this afternoon as newly sworn in Governor Chris Christie makes his inaugural address today (video highlight of Inaugural address here.)

In a scene that is soon to be repeated outside the offices of Democrats from one end of the country to the other maintenance workers showed up to scrape the name of the Democrat off the office door:









Big Day in Massachusetts

Keep your fingers crossed!

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Massachusetts State Sen. Scott Brown, R-Wrentham, votes in the special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by former Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. , Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010 in Wrentham, Mass.
We've known disappointment before. Readers may recall how Doug Hoffman was said to be ahead in polls by 5 points in the New York 23rd Congressional Distict special election only to lose. But keep in mind that the vote cast against the Democrat would have made a majority for Republicans if the vote had not been split with Scozzofava.

There are one or two lone voices out there warning that Brown could lose today to Coakley. The most prominent among them is pollster John Zogby whose comments to Sean Hannity yesterday on his radio show are a minority view among pundits and analysts.

Dems for Brown!

Still, with warnings about the power of the Democrat machine in Massachusetts there are ominous signs that their ability to get out the vote will not work this time. Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen remarks how he visited the heart of Boston's minority community yesterday and found only two campaign signs for Coakley. A year ago, the entire neighborhood was festooned with Obama signs. Cullen sought out the one business where a Coakely sign was on display and found this:

Besides the sign flapping at the gas station, the only other Martha Coakley sign on Blue Hill Ave. was in the window of Mattapan Family Laundry. Edgar Martinez was behind the counter and he said he knows absolutely nothing about Martha Coakley.

Edgar Martinez is 22 years old, and 14 months ago he voted in his first and so far only election, and he cast his ballot for Obama. “I remember then, when Obama was running, that was all we talked about, my friends, my family. We were excited,’’ he said. “I haven’t heard anybody I know talking about this election.

“All my friends voted for Obama. A lot of them were like me. It was the first time we voted. Even older people in my family, it was the first time they voted. Everybody thought things would get better. But they haven’t. I know a lot of people who have lost their houses this year. It’s sad. All my friends are saying Obama promised a lot but he’s doing nothing. I don’t know if that’s true. But that’s what my friends are saying.’’

Edgar Martinez was born in Guatemala and came here as a boy. He used to work as a security guard.

“I got laid off,’’ he said.
Hopenchange hasn't done anything for the minority community in Boston. Do Democrats really think they will rally to Coakley's defense?

Mike Memoli finds that not only are many Obama voters staying home, they are switching to vote for Brown in large numbers. In poll after poll, the number of Democrats who are voting for Brown is surprisingly high; up to 20+% in three polls. Republicans are staying with Brown. Very few defections to Coakley. Why the switch?

Obama is facing Mass. defection
By JENNIFER FERMINO
New York Post
January 19, 2010

..."I'm a lifelong Irish Catholic Democrat. I'm voting for Brown because of terror and health care," said Mike Keefe, 52, of Arlington, Mass.

Other longtime party members echoed his sentiments.

"My parents go back to John F. Kennedy, Camelot and FDR. But the Democratic Party has abandoned them, and they don't know it yet," said John Pierce, 50, a Democrat who is backing Brown because he supports his calls for lower taxes and his opposition to Obama's health-care reforms.
Polls Close at 8 PM: Reader Chat?

We'll be following the results here. If there is enough interest we may also open an online reader chat. Drop a comment below if you are interested in participating.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Obama's Katrina

If he can't get aid into a country surrounded by water, what hope does an American city have?

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Remember the stories about how bad conditions were for the survivors in New Orleans and how Bush must hate black people to let the misery go on day after day?

Does Obama Hate the People of Haiti?

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI - JANUARY 17: Residents of the Petinville neighborhood of Port-au-Prince reach out to receive food distributed by the United Nations World Food Program January 17, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Aid agencies are struggling to distribute food as quickly as possible but face major logistical problems in doing so caused by the massive earthquake that devastated the Haitian capital five days ago.
Five Days ago and the people of Haiti continue to suffer. Who's to blame?
Clash over Haiti aid flights
By Harvey Morris in New York
Financial Times
January 17 2010 17:37

Fuel shortages, poor communications and a logjam at the Port au Prince airport on Sunday continued to hinder a massive international aid effort to Haiti five days after a devastating earthquake in which more than 100,000 are now feared to have died.

The United Nations humanitarian agency, Ocha, warned at the weekend that humanitarian operations might be forced to shut down in the next few days if fuel supplies were not replenished.

As Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, headed for Haiti to see for himself the extent of the worst humanitarian disaster that the world body has had to cope with in decades, concern grew over delays in the airlift to the capital’s airport, which is under US control.

Alain Joyandet, French co-operation minister, told reporters at the airport he had protested to Washington via the US ambassador about the US military’s management of the airport where he said a French medical aid flight had been turned away.

Brown Surges in Final Days of Mass. Senate Campaign

Will Obama's visit Sunday Save Coakley?

New polls show Brown with clear lead:

As the race started Coakley had expected to coast to victory after winning the nomination as the Democrat candidate. She had the entire Massachusetts Democrat machine behind her and nearly three times as much money as Brown at the end of last year.

But while Coakley spent her time schmoozing Democrat big shots who control the Massachusetts machine, Scott Brown drove around the state in an old pickup truck and did his campaigning the old fashioned way. He went out and met the voters.

When asked why she didn't campaign that way Coakley snapped "As opposed to standing outside Fenway Park? In the cold? Shaking hands?”

It's that attitude of entitlement that Coakley projects which has turned off many voters in Massachusetts. And when Coakley isn't dissing the voters, she's lying to them with the most vicious negative and personal attacks imaginable. The mailer that Coakley sent out suggesting that Scott Brown would turn women who were victims of rape away from Emergency Rooms was offensive, not to mention a possible violation of Massachusetts election laws.

Brown Supporters "Tea Baggers?"

When the Coakley campaign isn't lying to voters with offensive trash masquerading as campaign ads, it's insulting them. In one fundraising email, they brought in a ringer in the form of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (later, Coakley would complain about Brown bringing in Rudy Giuliani, a "Yankee fan," to campaign for him... then went on to suggest that Boston Red Sox star Curt Schilling, who also supports Brown, was also a "Yankee fan."). Anyway, this Yankee ringer Schumer sent out an email in which he called Brown "a far-right tea-bagger Republican."

By extension Schumer intends the epithet "tea bagger" to be applied to Brown's supporters as well. Hardly the case since such a large number of them are Democrats and Independents. In at least one poll, 19% of Democrats in Massachusetts say they will vote for Brown. That's more than twice the number of Republicans who say they will vote for Coakley. The majority of the state's voters are Independents and they are going for Brown 2 to 1.

Why Brown?

Massachusetts is a state controlled entirely by the Democrat machine. Even on those rare occasions when a Republican sits in the Governor's office, the state legislature remains firmly in Democrat hands. It's a state that has seen taxes go up and up while government services are cut back and corruption soars.

The venerable Massachusetts columnist Mike Barnicle describes what is happening in a story for Time Magazine. In the heart of Boston, in a neighborhood that was long a Democrat stronghold Scott Brown was campaigning:
Scott Brown Rides a Perfect Political Storm in Massachusetts
By MIKE BARNICLE
Time Magazine
Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010

..." 'Scuse me," Joanne Prevost said to a man who had two 'Scott Brown for Senate' signs tucked under his left arm. "Can I have one of those signs? I'll put it in my window. My office is right there."

She turned and pointed across the street to a storefront with the words 'Anzalone Realty' stenciled on window. "Everybody will see it."
(See the top 10 political defections.)

Joanne Prevost used to be an important precinct captain for Kevin White, a former mayor of Boston. A Catholic, she was baptized Democrat and now, here she was, putting a big sign in her window for a Republican riding the wave of a perfect political storm, his candidacy propelled upward by a combustible combination of resentment, anxiety and anger toward anyone — anyone in either party — carrying a curious illness called incumbentitis.
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The state, Massachusetts, is often mistaken for an easy Democrat lay-up. Ted Kennedy was elected nine times. Democrats dominate the state legislature. And voters sit, feeling helpless, voiceless and powerless as joblessness grows, taxes rise, services dwindle, disillusionment prospers and the roster of family anxieties about tuitions, mortgage payments, employment, two wars and a whole lot more make negative ads and campaign rhetoric seem hollow. Add the fact that many voters seem to feel questions about the cost of health care reform and the size of the budget deficit go unheard, and politics becomes flammable.

Now, Brown finished speaking. He plunged into the crowd alongside former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Given the often contrived and polarizing conflict that dominates the cable-TV landscape, it would be easy, on the outside looking in, to slap a Tea Party label on Brown's supporters. But most of those lunging for his hand were not lunatics from the fringe, merely Democrats and Independents feeling bruised, ignored and taken for granted by people in power.

So here was a state senator, virtually unknown outside of his immediate family just last Thanksgiving, being greeted with a clamor at the fire house, Ladder 1 — Engine 8, on Hanover Street. Then, it was Caffe Vittoria and Mike's Pastry, where a Republican has often been made to feel like Alex Rodriguez standing at the plate in Fenway. No longer.
Brown in 2012?

Democrats have abused their power in Massachusetts. They promised heaven on earth and instead we get hell. Instead of honestly coming before the voters asking for votes, they send insults and lies. The voters of Massachusetts are as fed up with one party Democrat rule as the rest of the country. Is it any wonder Brown is doing so well? Brown topped an earlier fundraising blitz in which he raised $1.3 million by going on to raise an additional one million each day last week. Voters across the country are flocking to his positive message and voting with their wallets.

Perhaps he should run for President in 2012. If he wins this race and goes on to the Senate he'll have just about as much experience in national office as Barack Hussein Obama (mmm..mmm..mmm..) did when he ran.

Don't Count Chickens Just Yet

Experience teaches me that we shouldn't count our chickens just yet. Just in the past year we've seen how victory can be stolen so easily, as it was in Minnesota or slip away as it did in NY-23. But momentum, the polls and energy are all on the side of Brown. No better evidence of that than to compare the Obama/Coakley rally on Sunday to the Brown event where jubilant supporters poured into the streets as if they had won the World Series.

People Power: If it works in Massachusetts it can work in your state too!

McDonnell Sworn In as Virginia Governor

One state at a time we are taking back America!

"Government cannot guarantee individual outcomes, but equality of opportunity must be guaranteed for all." --Governor Bob McDonnell Inaugural Address

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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell takes his oath of office at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. , Saturday Jan. 16, 2010.

Text of the Governor's Inaugural Address here.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Democrats Give Unions Special Break in Health Care Bill

Non Union workers will be forced to pay the difference!

Two neighbors do the same kind of work. One is a member of a union and the other is not. Both work in fields which require a substantial health insurance plan. So why is it that the neighbor in the non-union job will now pay a 40% tax on a premium health insurance plan and the union neighbor will get a waiver on that tax until 2018? It's another smack in the face to fairness that has been all too common in the Democrat conduct of health care "reform."

First there was the Louisiana Purchase with $300 million going to Louisiana to buy the vote of Senator Mary Landrieu (D). Then, the $100 million Cornhusker compromise which bought the vote of Ben Nelson (D-NE). A slew of other secret backroom deals for other states.

Now, the labor unions, which pumped tens of millions in Obama's 2008 campaign are getting another payoff.

To make up for the lost revenue, Democrats will have to raise taxes on the rest of us.

"The White House and congressional Democrats are picking one group of workers over another," said Antonia Ferrier, spokeswoman for Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner. "If this sounds discriminatory, well it is."
Is it any wonder that large and growing majorities oppose these Democrat schemes?
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