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Nov 17 - On this day in 2008, an article titled "How to Fire Secretary of State Hillary Clinton" was published on the left-leaning Media Matters website. This piece by Eric Boehlert came out before she was even offered the position.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Obama's Katrina

The fawning liberal media has finally gotten around to questioning whether or not the BP crisis is Obama’s Katrina. While it only took 72 hours for the same media to blame the Bush administration for the suffering and delayed response to the Katrina disaster.

Upon comparing the two events, one could only wish this was Obama’s Katrina and told him that back in April. If it were his Katrina, he would have prepared ahead of time for it and immediately moved this to his highest priority.

There are major differences between the two events. Perhaps the greatest difference is the fact that the BP incident was certainly 100% caused by (man) private industry, but the permit & licensing fees and enormous amount of taxes paid by companies in the off shore oil business are to be used , in part, by the federal government to minimize the impact of such disasters. While the media and the administration were wagging their fingers at BP, the federal government was supposed to be implementing the In-situ Burn Plan that has introduced by
NOAA’s Oil Spill – Behavior, Response and Planning report back in 1997. Furthermore, as pointed out on the Mark Levin shown on May 24, 2010, the federal government and specifically the President is given the following three options in the Oil Pollution Act of 1990: 1) Perform cleanup immediately (“federalize” the spill) 2) Monitor the response efforts of the spiller 3) Direct the spiller’s cleanup activities.

Katrina, on the other hand, was mostly a natural disaster that was made worse by what man did not do to fortify the levees, which dates back to 1969, all the way up to the local government’s failure to make and carry out some key decisions immediately before and after the storm moved out of the area. Unlike the federal government’s complete and immediate authority involving oil spills, the federal government is not allowed to intervene in storm disasters (i.e. dispatch FEMA) until the state approves it. On top of that, New Orleans had been squandering the funds that were supposed to be used to fortify the levies for 30 years, they did a horrible job of evacuating the city and waited too long to authorize federal assistance. If you believe local government was not responsible for much of the outcome, just compare the prevention and recovery efforts in Louisiana to Alabama and Mississippi. Click
HERE for a response timeline for both disasters (hit your browser's back button to return to the blog)


As you will see, Bush responded 100% faster, as he was able to take action before the disaster. He also arrived on the scene almost 250% faster and took responsibility for his shortcomings 230% faster than Obama took any responsibility for the federal government’s shortcomings. While it only took 72 hours for the media to begin blaming Bush, it took five weeks for Obama to face any criticism.

There is scant debate whether or not there is a
liberal media bias, even among liberals. Unfortunately, the question many are now faced with is if this administration deliberately chose to politicize rather than federalize this spill. If the answer is no, we are left to wonder if they ever knew their own responsibility or were just unwilling or able to help with this crisis.

Friday, May 21, 2010

"H" is for....

It has just been reported that the Texas Board of Education, which is in the process of finalizing the content of school textbooks, had a battle last night between liberals and conservatives on whether or not to use Barack Obama’s middle name Hussein in their history books. Liberals contested the use of the middle name would be inflammatory, while conservatives consider it just accurate.

It seems we should have a construction worker always flanking Obama, preferably one that did not get one of those “shovel ready” jobs, with a sign similar to the Stop & Go ones used for single lane traffic. Only this one would have Barack Obama (BO) on one side and Barack Hussein Obama (BHO) on the other. Think of how practical that would be for our Teleprompter in Chief, throughout his life. I suppose he would use the BHO side while enrolling in school as a child in Indonesia and the BO side upon moving to Hawaii. He would use BHO side while applying for financial aid to attend college as a foreign student and the BO side while running for State Senator. He could use BHO while attending Rev. Wright’s church and BO while running for U.S. Senator. He could use BHO to be sworn in as U.S. President and BO for his press conferences. Lastly, he would use BHO while apologizing for America and its citizens while bowing to foreign leaders and BO while telling us not to jump to conclusions during the first four attacks by radical Islamists during his first 1 ½ years in office.

Since there seems to be too much controversy over his middle name, we might have to think of another one for him. Rather than get too distracted by a ridiculous argument over whether or not to use someone’s actual middle name while writing history, the Board of Education should just use the facts and move on to focus on improving the quality of our children’s education. The local level of government seems to be just as divided and distracted as our federal government.

In the spirit of trying to stay focused, it is important we keep our pulse on the economy. Every few weeks we seem to get a new spin from this administration on what is really happening. The liberal press is still fine with bobbing their heads up and down and occasionally asking, “How do you spell epancipation?” It is even more disappointing to know the press actually receives labor statistics before the Bureau of Labor releases its data to the public. Yet, they allow Obama to continue distorting the truth about the economy, particularly when it comes to employment figures. The fact that any news agency would even print the words Jobless & Recovery in the same sentence, let alone as an actual phrase just proves how ridiculous this disaster has become. Who in their right mind believes in a Jobless Recovery? Ronald Reagan created 21 million new jobs, what the heck do we call that now?

As you can see, unemployment increased last month. In addition, minorities continue to get clobbered by this administration, as this administration is an equal opportunity unemployer. However, another piece of the economic puzzle, formerly known as the American Dream, is the housing market. You have to be a “right winger” or a “racist” person or organization to focus any attention to the unbelievable rate of foreclosures. Which greedy Wall Street broker or banker is responsible for the Community Reinvestment Act, The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act or the Troubled Asset Relief Program? Oh yeah, that would be Congress. If you have the time, it is worth looking at who introduced the bills and how each member voted on them.

The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act was enacted in 2007 and the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act came in late 2008, which enabled the Troubled Asset Relief Program in 2009. A picture is worth a thousand words, so could you describe the results of these programs any better than this (click on image to enlarge):
Focusing on the economy is not much fun these days. The Dow opened below 10,000 points today after experiencing one of the worst months of May in history. Unemployment is getting worse no matter how many Census workers the administration counts in the figures in any given month. Finally, foreclosures are continuing to occur at an alarming rate. Aside from becoming duly depressed, however, sorting through this information did lead me to one good thing. I think I have a solution to the Barack Obama Texas textbook controversy that will allow him to keep the same initials for his monogrammed cigarette lighter. Since he is the only person in the world that can pull off a Jobless Recovery, they can refer to him as Barack Houdini Obama! Alternatively, since he is overseeing record setting foreclosures in this country, they can refer to him as Barack Homelessness Obama!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Tough Tea Party Talk

You have to wonder how today’s media would have covered the Tea Party back in 1773. Perhaps a better question to ponder would be, how the Tea Partiers would have reacted to such hypothetical media coverage…

We are becoming increasingly more aware of what to expect from the left leaning media in our country. However, the contemptuous statements from some Democrat political figures, has become downright disgusting. Former President Clinton said, “ “legitimate” comparisons can be drawn between today’s grass roots anger and resentment toward the government and the right-wing extremism that bubbled up prior to the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City 15 years ago (while he was in office).” More recently, Mayor Bloomberg guessed the Islamic Extremist responsible for the attempted Times Square bombing was someone “that doesn’t like the health care bill or something”, in response to a question from Katie Couric. It was shocking that the ever insightful and probing Couric did not challenge that notion and suggest an actual terrorist! Perhaps, she was too busy wondering what magazines Bloomberg reads when he is not monitoring New Yorkers’ sodium intake levels?

The fact of the matter is that the modern Tea Party members can be considered terrorists…if you are a liberal politician. The Tea Party movement is certainly terrorizing both Democrats and liberal Republicans, as evidenced by the way the 2010 midterm elections are shaping up. The demand for politicians to follow our constitution has literally forced some to resign and others to change their party affiliation. This is precisely the goal of the movement. The fringe benefit has been the further exposing of just how desperate liberals have become.

Independents and moderate Democrats are no longer buying the formulaic Olinsky tactics the far left have been using for decades. For those not familiar, it is the simple method of creating villains and stirring up resentment between social classes. In this instance, you have a true grass roots movement of law-abiding citizens demanding their employees (elected politicians) obey the company policy manual (U.S. Constitution). Olinsky rules simply call for the Tea Party targets to attack the character of the Tea Party members. If it sounds like a third grade school yard approach to you, you’re absolutely right. However, this is fairly effective when 98% of the media uses the same liberal playbook, and a growing percentage of the electorate make voting decisions solely on eight-second media segments.

The Tea Party movement is aptly named, as it stands for lower taxes and it feels the federal government’s increasing power is intolerable. However, it may be most appropriate, as the name itself forces people to reflect on American history. As one patriot stated, “There is little that is more important for an American citizen to know than the history and traditions of his country and [it] is the means by which a nation establishes its sense of identity and purpose.” Which patriot said that… Rush Limbaugh….Sarah Palin….Glenn Beck…??? No, that would be President John F. Kennedy in an article he wrote in 1962, for American Heritage magazine, while in the White House. He also went on to say, “A knowledge of history is, above all, a means of responsibility – of responsibility to the past and of responsibility to the future … of responsibility to those who came before us and struggled and sacrificed to pass on to us our precious inheritance of freedom … and of responsibility to those who will come after us and to whom we must pass on that inheritance with what new strength and substance it is within our power to add.”

Considering JFK’s respect for American history, his support for tax cuts, not to mention pushing NASA to the moon, you wonder if today’s Democratic party would even be seen in public with their former Prince of America’s Royal Family. I’m afraid the feeling could be mutual. You never know, there might just be one more member of the Tea Party from Massachusetts to add authenticity, if he were alive today!