Saturday, February 21, 2009

Quick Takes: A "Stimulating" Week's Worth of Blogging in One Post

Chicago Tea Party Taking on Steam Nationwide

After the famous Rick Santelli rant at the Chicago Board of Trade, efforts across the country to protest the Obama vote buying no-stimulus bill are increasingly being identified as "Tea Parties."

Michelle Malkin has been on the forefront of the revolution with a current wrap up here that includes videos, photos, songs and ideas for protests large and small. Earlier in the week she posted photos she took at one such event in Arizona.


I especially like the one behind the Pelosi Plane which says "I want a house, a car a President with ethics and honor."


Remaking the Children's Classic: "I'm Just a Bill"

You know you're part of a viral political movement sweeping the country when old classics are repackaged to serve the cause. The Classic School House Rock "How a Bill Becomes Law" has been rewritten.


Pennsylvania Conservatives Protest "Benedict Arlen" Specter


KDKA: U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter was greeted with jeers at a press conference in Cranberry Township.

Conservatives are fuming after Specter cast the deciding vote that led to the passage of President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan.

Six years ago, Specter barely won the Republican primary, but he says he's not afraid to fight for the job one more time.
Bring it on Benedict Arlen!

Six years ago Specter promised Pennsylvania voters he would do a better job of listening to them. He lied. It's time for him to go.

Obama Stimulus Saves Microsoft Billionaire Hundreds Of Millions

I thought Republicans were the party for the rich?

Billionaire Paul Allen is a Microsoft cofounder, the owner of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks and the owner of the NBA's Portland Trailblazers.

And, thanks to the stimulus bill President Obama signed this week, he's also about to be as much as a billion dollars richer.

Here's how:


One of two massive yachts owned by Paul Allen. Perhaps he can buy a third with the money taxpayers will be handing over.

Just the Facts: Obama's Promises vs. Obama's Performance

I'm glad to see that new RNC Chairman Michael Steele has retained the excellent research team at GOP headquarters. They've compiled this summary of news stories listing Obama's promises and compared them to news stories describing Obama's sorry performance his first month in office.

Topics include:

  • President Obama Promised To Slash Earmarks And Stop Wasteful Spending.
  • President Obama Campaigned On The Promise Of Bipartisanship And Said He Wanted Republicans To Vote For His Stimulus Package.
  • President Obama Pledged Transparency And Openness Before Signing Legislation.
  • Obama Said Lobbyists Wouldn't Dominate His White House Or Work For Agencies They Used To Lobby.

Not to mention the rundown of ethically challenged cabinet nominees. It's all there in black and white with full reference to news sources should any reality challenged Obamaton try and deny the truth.

When in Trouble, Drop the Race Card

Speaking of black and white, many of us warned that while Obama ran on a hopeful platform of post-racial politics we realized that the race card would be used repeatedly to dull criticism of Obama and the Democrats.

Though I doubt many thought the race card would be used so early and so often.

First it was Attorney General Eric Holder who marked Black History month with a speech to Justice Dept. employees where he said the U.S. is "essentially a nation of cowards" for being unwilling to engage in a frank discussion of race issues.

Coming from the first black Attorney General appointed by the first black President the statement struck some people as odd. Especially since discussions of race (fanned by the flaming rhetoric of Obama's Rev. Wright) were front and center during the campaign. Perhaps what Holder really means is that he wants Americans to discuss race only on the politically correct terms he and liberals demand. Sorry pal. That's hardly an honest discussion.

Next, we had House Democrat Whip Representative James Clyburn (D-SC) insist that he was "insulted" because conservative governors in the South with large black populations were considering turning down federal money in the stimulus bill. Clyburn said that the governors reluctance to accept the money "was a slap in the face of African-Americans." Is Clyburn admitting that the money in the bill was there specifically to benefit black people? My my... that would be racist wouldn't it?

Do Obama Supporters Think He is a Monkey?

The last item on our parade of race card shame is the brouhaha which erupted when the New York Post ran the following cartoon:


I admit the cartoon is rather tasteless considering it plays off the horrific attack on a Connecticut woman by a 200 pound pet Chimpanzee.

But why the instant outrage of persons who thought the cartoon was an attack on Obama? Even race baiters like Al Sharpton "went ape" over the cartoon by cranking up the usual race protests.
Are any of these people aware that Obama did NOT write the stimulus bill and in fact is being criticized for being so hands off on what he himself concedes is one of the most important legislative initiatives of his presidency? The bill was written in secret by House and Senate Democrats with a window dressing of support from turncoat GOP Senators Specter, Snowe and Collins. Like everyone else in Washington, Obama never read the bill let alone wrote it. Photobucket

The cartoon is closer to a play on that old saying: give a monkey a typewriter and sooner or later he'll write Hamlet. It sure seems like this "stimulus" bill was written by an ape with a typewriter and an adding machine that could only add and never subtract.

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