Archive for 29 Dec 2009

Looks like some of the libtards are waking up to the fact that this health care bill is a huge pile of crap.

Liberals Wake Up: ObamaCare Stinks

Jennifer Rubin

Bob Herbert has discovered an unpleasant fact about the Senate’s “historic” health-care legislation:

There is a middle-class tax time bomb ticking in the Senate’s version of President Obama’s effort to reform health care. The bill that passed the Senate with such fanfare on Christmas Eve would impose a confiscatory 40 percent excise tax on so-called Cadillac health plans, which are popularly viewed as over-the-top plans held only by the very wealthy. In fact, it’s a tax that in a few years will hammer millions of middle-class policyholders, forcing them to scale back their access to medical care. . . In the first year it would affect relatively few people in the middle class. But because of the steadily rising costs of health care in the U.S., more and more plans would reach the taxation threshold each year.

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Revisiting that “Bush’s fault” thing on the housing crash. As I stated before, Bush didn’t have anything to do with that. In fact his administration tried to reign in Fannie and Freddie. The Democrats didn’t let that get anywhere. Just follow the money…

Media cover-up of Democrat responsibility for the mortgage meltdown changed the course of the nation [Reader Post]
Alec Rawls

Rasmussen’s latest tracking poll shows 46% strongly disapprove of Obama’s performance as president. That is compared to 43% who strongly disapproved of George W. Bush at the end of his presidency. But how much worse would Obama’s numbers be (and how much better Bush’s) if not for this Rasmussen finding:

One bright spot in the numbers for the President is that 51% of voters still say former President George W. Bush is more to blame for the nation’s economic woes. Just 41% point the finger of blame at the current President.

In fact, the mortgage meltdown was overwhelmingly a Democrat production, and one in which Barack Hussein Obama played a crucial double role, while George W. strove mightily for 8 years to secure much stronger oversight for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The only media outlet to tell the truth about Bush’s efforts to rein in the Democrat’s reckless government subsidized lending policies was Fox:

Fox was also the only major media outlet to explain why Obama was the second largest recipient of Fannie and Freddie lobbying money, behind only corrupt Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd. It is because there are two sides to the affirmative-action lending scheme that destroyed the U.S. mortgage market, and Obama was crucial to both of them.

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Here’s quite the poignant look at Teh One over the past year. He’s a hypocrite, narcissist, cynic, and all around asshole. We are on to you butt head.

Obama’s Image: What a Difference a Year Makes
By Ed Lasky

Almost a year has passed since January 20, 2009 — when the waters of the ocean no longer rose and America began to heal from the depredations of Republicans. Barack Obama has been our president for that long, and the people have started to wise up.

The light that shines on Barack Obama as president has reflected back an image that bears very little similarity to the iconic visage that floated above us all in 2008. Why has Barack Obama betrayed so many allies, broken so many promises, thrown so many pledges and people under the bus?

One simple aphorism (paraphrasing Winston Churchill) can explain it all. Barack Obama is no longer a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Much about his past remains murky, but faced with the need to govern, he has given the American people plenty of evidence of his nature…if only they will look.

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And another failure to add to his stack of growing failures.

Obama’s Second Major Terror Failure in Two Months
By
James Lewis

Luck was with us on Northwest flight 253. Dumb luck.

This terror attack could easily have been averted but for the Aloha, baby! attitude of the Obumblers regarding domestic terrorism. At Fort Hood last month, a couple of cops finally brought down an Islamofascist killer after he murdered twelve soldiers and left thirty wounded on the tarmac. On Flight 253 to Detroit it happened to be an alert Dutch filmmaker who jumped the would-be bomber when his pants started to burn. But the bomb was an ingredient of Semtex, and he was trying to inject a liquid detonator that could have blown up the Airbus A 330 with 278 people on board.

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The attack that failed due to a terrorist being a moron, is not the “system worked” that I would expect. The system didn’t work. The President is a putz, his appointed moron to DHS is absent from reality, and the press, they’re continuing to suck Obama’s ass.

When do we start the proceedings for impeachment? He is failing at his number one responsibility. Protect and defend the United States of America. FAIL.

At the very least the DHS Secretary needs to be fired.

Oh, I’m So Relieved; Obama “Likely” To Speak About Christmas Day Attack
By Gabriel Malor

All part of the Left’s unserious response to terrorism; the President will get around to doing his job just as soon has he finishes his waffles:

White House sources tell ABC News the President will “likely” speak publicly about the alleged attempted terrorist attack on Flight 253 in the next few days. The President is on vacation in his native state of Hawaii – he has received regularly briefings on the incident and called for increased security for air travel, along with a full review of the terror watch list procedures. The White House is adamant that the President is actively engaged on the incident behind the scenes, receiving regular updates as information comes in. While on vacation Mr. Obama does not keep a public schedule, but he did spend much of the day golfing on Saturday and is spending Sunday with his family at the beach.

The President’s disengagement from one of his primary duties—to defend the United States—is so galling because Obama so clearly knows what he is supposed to be doing, but doesn’t want to be bothered. That’s why every single unnamed White House source for the past three days has “stressed that the President is very concerned about what is going on in the world and is actively engaged at all levels.”

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The System? B+
By Ace

As Gabe notes below, “The system worked” is such a fire-breathingly insane and stupid statement to make Napolitano should resign at once. Either she believes this rot, and she’s too stupid and too content with pure luck being America’s defense to keep her job, or she’s the most viciously mendacious liar in the history of history.

And sure, I have no doubts this pap is being pushed by Axelrod, Emmanuel, and of course Captain Wonderful, who didn’t feel like taking a 7 am call about what could have been a coordinated terrorist attack requiring his order for the immediate grounding of all flights.

Death Star Thermal Exhaust Port Defensive Grid? The system worked.

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Media Lowlights of 2009

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 in Media
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Here’s a nice roundup of the year’s best of the worst from the media. Too many really to try and narrow down, but Accuracy in Media gave it a go. I think they missed quite a few, but that would likely turn into a book, rather than an article.

Watch The Decline: The Media Lowlights Of 2009
By K. Daniel Glover

Climate “scientists” are about as trusted as used-car salesmen or congressmen these days thanks to the beating their profession has taken in the “ClimateGate” scandal. But give the alarmists their due: They know how to hide the decline.

Their friends in the media, on the other hand, are not quite so skilled at chicanery. The press practices plenty of sniper journalism, the kind that kills unaware readers and viewers from afar. But journalists attack in the open often enough that Americans can watch the decline of the Fourth Estate in all of its embarrassing glory.

They had a lot to watch in 2009 — a year marked by the media’s anointed leader moving into the White House, liberals ascending to one-party control of Washington and, to hear journalists report it, an angry mob of dangerous extremists daring to reject the hope-and-change narrative.

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The Left’s Blind Eye to the Obvious
By
Jack Cashill

The approach of the new year might be an appropriate time to summarize what I have learned in researching the several books and articles that I have written this decade. That I came to own — or even break — many of the stories involved, although satisfying to me, should appall any ordinary citizen.

These stories were too big for a responsible media to miss.  They became mine as a result of what I call the “ABETTO Syndrome.”  For at least the last generation, the left in general, and the media in particular, have been turning A Blind Eye To The Obvious — ABETTO. Here are some nuggets the media chose not to notice. These are all thoroughly and inarguably documented.

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