Thursday, December 10, 2009

Reid between the lines, Harry

Since I'm feeling fed up with our illustrious Senate majority leader, I found this clip particularly amusing.

Monday, November 16, 2009

We, the jury find the defendant . . .

OK, so they're going to try these guys in civilian court. Bad idea, as far as I'm concerned. But it looks like we're going to be stuck with it. AG Holder seems to be confident that he'll get a conviction. But what if they aren't convicted? What if the court throws out crucial evidence on constitutional grounds? What then? We can't hold them in prison if they're acquitted. Do we deport them? If so, to where do we send them? Pakistan? Saudi Arabia? Egypt? All countries where they would face the possibility of torture and execution.

How do you think the ACLU, Code Pink, et. al. would react to such a public rendition? Would President Obama have the courage to stand up to his core constituency and ship these terrorists off to face justice under a harsher system? I somehow doubt it. I also doubt the administration has a plan for this contingency. They're so busy trying to look good in the moment, they aren't thinking ahead. And that's dangerous. Scary times ahead, folks.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ted Kennedy

True to form, the news media has treated us to a barrage of tributes to the "Liberal Lion of the Senate." VP Joe Biden sums up the mood quite well in his remarks about the late Senator today. Here's a sample:
Don't you find it remarkable that one of the most partisan, liberal men in the last century serving in the Senate had so many of his -- so many of his foes embrace him because they know he made them bigger? He made them more graceful by the way in which he conducted himself.

Here's a sample of Senator Kennedy bestowing his grace on one of his foes:

I haven't been able to find any video of Judge Bork embracing him. I'm sure it's out there somewhere, so I'll keep looking.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

He could have a point

Apparently Bill Maher thinks the US is a stupid country. I'd like to answer that statement with an unequivocal "Hell No!" But this is the country that produced Bill Maher. And made him a celebrity. And elected a man president whose only accomplishment is giving a speech at the 2004 Democrat convention. OK, maybe the US is occasionally stupid.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Reality bites

Here are a couple of items I saw linked at the Drudge Report this morning:

California’s Nightmare Will Kill Obamanomics: Kevin Hassett
The federal picture is so bleak because the Obama administration is the most fiscally irresponsible in the history of the U.S. I would imagine that he would be the intergalactic champion as well, if we could gather the data on deficits on other worlds. Obama has taken George W. Bush’s inattention to deficits and elevated it to an art form.
Well, we can only hope it'll be killed before it (further) bankrupts the country.

And on the climate change front, check out the June weather stats for NYC. I guess this is what Al Gore would call an inconvenient truth.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Being an American means always having to say you're sorry

I posted a link to this column way back in 2004, but in light of President Obama's recent Muslim apology tour, it's as timely as ever: Why Arabs Don't Say Sorry, by Nonie Darwish. For someone who's supposed to be so tuned in to the Muslim world, the O seems as clueless as his predecessor, if not more so.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Save one for me!

Wow, that President Obama is really having an impact. From the NY Times:
Obama Promises Job Creation in Plan

WASHINGTON — President Obama said Monday that he expected his economic stimulus package to save or create an additional 600,000 jobs this summer — including 125,000 for teenagers — as the federal government spends billions to expand care at health centers, spruce up national parks, hire teachers and improve military facilities.

Six hundred thousand? Really? Why not six million? Or sixty million? What the hell, if you're going to make up a number - and "saved" job numbers are purely fictional - why not make up a big one. I'll give him credit, though. He still has the public bamboozled. We'll see how long that lasts once the hyperinflation kicks in.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Dick vs The O

This whole duel between the Prez and former VP Cheney on the terrorism issue has been interesting to watch. Kind of like Dirty Harry vs Barney Fife, with our illustrious President as Mayberry's most famous deputy. The O is still trying to find a way to distance himself from all of Bush's policies, while at the same time continuing many of them, requires some serious intellectual acrobats. While they're fun to watch, I'm not sure they'll pay off in the long run.

The folks on the right know that he's throwing out the baby with the bathwater on some of the changes he's making in how we fight terrorism. And the folks on the left know he's keeping some of the strategies they abhor (military tribunals, for instance). The only people he's likely to fool are the folks in the mushy middle. Of course, if there's a terrorist attack on the O's watch, he can kiss them goodbye as well. All they'll know is that President Obama changed the way we fight terrorism (even if he didn't really change that much), and that an attack (which didn't happen with W at the helm) went down on his watch. And it won't really matter if the attack was due to any changes he made. To the folks who proudly occupy the middle ground, it'll be casue-and-effect, simple as that.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Wanda Sykes: As funny as amoebic dysentery

Free advice: You get what you pay for

I'm kind of confused about all the brouhaha surrounding Colin Powell's recent statements that Republicans need to be more like Democrats. Isn't he the guy who didn't know what his political affiliation was until he was in his mid-50s? And if the Democrats are so much closer to where he is ideologically, then why isn't he a Democrat?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Do they think we're idiots? I know, dumb question

This would be laughable if these people weren't running the country right now:
Democrats: GOP should be more like their party

WASHINGTON – Congressional Democratic leaders said Wednesday that Sen. Arlen Specter's party switch is a sign that Republicans should become more like, well, Democrats.

"I say to Republicans in America, take back your party," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters. "The party of protecting the environment, the party of individual rights, the party of fairness."

Specter stunned the political world Tuesday when he defected to the Democrats, saying there weren't enough moderates in Pennsylvania for him to win a GOP primary.

h/t: Drudge

OK, stupid question for you: If Republicans become like the Democrats, why be a Republican at all? Seriously, what's the point of having two parties, if both parties are the same? They're already too much alike for my taste. Any more alike, and we'll wind up with one party rule. Of course that's the idea, isn't it? And I guess we're pretty much there right now anyway.

Oh yeah, and a quick question for all those folks who say the Republicans have become too extreme, and have abandoned that mythical big tent: Are the Democrats any different? Aren't they the ones that threw a reliably liberal (on most issues) incumbent Senator under the bus because he didn't stand with them on opposing the war in Iraq? Gimme a freakin' break.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Obama Doctrine

As a followup to the Global Apology Tour, President Obama is springing into action yet again. First he released Bush administration memos about the use of coercive interrogation techniques. And now he's talking possible probes and prosecutions for former Bush administration officials. Yeah, that'll make us safer. Once al Qaida sees how "humane" we are, I'm sure they'll abandon their quest for global jihad, and their hatred for those who don't believe as they do.

I have to give President Obama credit for such swift and decisive action. He's wasting no time in taking the fight to the enemy. Problem is, he's not waging war against the terrorists. He's waging war against the Republicans. And for the moment, he's winning.

But what if the terrorists mount an attack on US soil within the next couple of years? There will come a time when the blame-Bush strategy won't work anymore. At that point, Obama and the Democrats in Congress would be finished. Since these folks are so thorough at covering their political backsides, I can only conclude that they don't think there's a risk of terrorist attack. In other words, the people in charge of protecting us don't believe there's really a threat. I don't know about you, but that thought scares the hell out of me.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tea Party: 2009

Unless you've been living under a rock--or you've been depending on the mainstream media for your news--you've probably heard about the Tax Day Tea Parties that were held across the country today. I went to one in Albany, NY. At it's peak, it looked to me like there were about two thousand people there. That's a pretty good turnout for the bluest of blue states. I took some pictures, a few of which are posted below.

I saw a number of clever signs there, but the one below was my personal favorite.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Do you feel safer?

Joe Biden does. And he thinks you should too:
"I guarantee you we are safer today, our interests are more secure today than they were any time during the [previous] eight years."

OK, so let's review what the Obama administration has done foreign policy-wise:

1. President Obama requested more NATO troops for Afghanistan. Request denied.

2. Secretary of State Clinton gave the Russians a "reset" button that was labeled with the Russian word for "overcharge."

3. President Obama asked the UN to spring into action and issue a strongly worded condemnation to N. Korea's recent missile rocket launch. The UN is reportedly willing to consider it, which doubtless terrifies Kim Jong Il.

4. President Obama gave some cheesy gifts to the PM of the UK and Queen Elizabeth.

5. On a whirlwind tour of Europe, President Obama took a stand and strongly condemned the US for everything it did before he was president.

6. The President bowed subserviently to the King of Saudi Arabia.

Yeah, I'm feeling safer. And to think, they got all this done in less than three months. Imagine what they'll accomplish over the next four years.

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