Thursday, December 31, 2009

Fuad Ajami on Obama's "Recessional" or, Obama, the Cheater!

Fuad Ajami remains the spark of conscience in America's foreign policy firmament. His column in the Wall Street Journal delineates the "false dichotomy" Obama and his isolationist ideologues project:
With year one drawing to a close, the truth of the Obama presidency is laid bare: retrenchment abroad, and redistribution and the intrusive regulatory state at home. This is the genuine calling of Barack Obama, and of the "progressives" holding him to account. The false dichotomy has taken hold—either we care for our own, or we go abroad in search of monsters to destroy or of broken nations to build. The decision to withdraw missile defense for Poland and the Czech Republic was of a piece with that retreat in American power.

In the absence of an overriding commitment to the defense of American primacy in the world, the Obama administration "cheats." It will not quit the war in Afghanistan but doesn't fully embrace it as its cause. It prosecutes the war but with Republican support—the diehards in liberal ranks and the isolationists are in no mood for bonding with Afghans. (Harry Reid's last major foreign policy pronouncement was his assertion, three years ago, that the war in Iraq was lost.)

Harry Reid and the rest of the "lefty losers" personify the entitlement of those redistributors of wealth on the left who want to concentrate on domestic restructuring, weakening both our foreign and domestic establishments at the same time.
In retrospect, that patina of cosmopolitanism in President Obama's background concealed the isolationism of the liberal coalition that brought him to power. The tide had turned in the congressional elections of 2006. American liberalism was done with its own antecedents—the outlook of Woodrow Wilson and FDR and Harry Truman and John Kennedy. It wasn't quite "Come home, America," but close to it. This was now the foreign policy of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden. There was in the land a "liberal orientalism," if you will, a dismissive attitude about the ability of other nations to partake of liberty. It had started with belittling the Iraqis' aptitude for freedom. But there was implicit in it a broader assault on the very idea of freedom's possibilities in distant places. East was East, and West was West, and never the twain shall meet.
We're weary, the disillusioned liberalism maintains, and we're broke, and there are those millions of Americans aching for health care and an economic lifeline. We can't care for both Ohio and the Anbar, Peoria and Peshawar. It is either those embattled people in Iran or a rescue package for Chrysler.

Of course, Fuad doesn't directly mention the subtle condescension, not to mention racism, contained in this sort of retreat from the twentieth century legacy which has unintended consequences all across the board that faux-philosophe Obama may not be aware of, or if so, doesn't give a damn. The dumb [female] Peace Prize Cte in Oslo even was conned out of a Prize!
The joke is on the enthralled crowds in Cairo, Ankara, Berlin and Oslo. The new American president they had fallen for had no genuine calling or attachments abroad. In their enthusiasm for Mr. Obama, and their eagerness to proclaim themselves at one with the postracial meaning of his election, they had missed his aloofness from the genuine struggles in the foreign world. It was easy, that delirium with Mr. Obama: It made no moral demands on those eager to partake of it. It was also false, in many lands.

Thus Turks who loathed the Kurds in their midst, who denied them the right to their own memory and language, could identify themselves, or so they said, with the triumph of Mr. Obama and his personal history. No one questioned the sincerity with which Egyptians and other Arabs hailed Mr. Obama as they refused to be stirred by the slaughter in Darfur, and as they gave a carte blanche to Khartoum's blatant racism and cruelty. Surely there was something amiss in Paris and Berlin—the vast crowds came out for Mr. Obama, but there were millions of Muslims in France and Germany, and the gates hadn't been opened for them, they hadn't been swept into the mainstream of European life. Postracialism, rather like charity, should have begun at home, one would think.

By [inadvertently?] supporting Arab racism against non-Arab blacks and Turkic racism against non-Turkish Kurds, Obama simply slips lower in the eventual poll of historians of the presidency, if he leaves enough of that office intact for future scholarship to ponder. Fuad goes on to note that, contrary to Joe Biden's preposterous claim that Hezbollah were ousted from Lebanon, Rafik Hariri's son now has to go kiss the hem of the robe of the dictator responsible for murdering the President of Lebanon. And someone should inform Joe Gaffe-a-Minute that Hezbollah now runs Lebanon the way he incompetently used to run the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
[Now], no despot fears Mr. Obama, and no blogger in Cairo or Damascus or Tehran, no demonstrator in those cruel Iranian streets, expects Mr. Obama to ride to the rescue. To be sure, it was in the past understood that we can't bear all burdens abroad, or come to the defense of everyone braving tyranny. But there was always that American assertion that when things are in the balance we would always be on freedom's side. .... It is different today, there is a cold-bloodedness to American foreign policy. "Ideology is so yesterday," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proclaimed not long ago, giving voice to the new sentiment.

History and its furies have their logic, and they have not bent to Mr. Obama's will. He had declared a unilateral end to the "war on terror," but the jihadists and their mentors are yet to call their war to a halt. From Yemen to Fort Hood and Detroit, the terror continues.

But to go by the utterances of the Obama administration and its devotees, one would have thought that our enemies were Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, not the preachers and masterminds of terror. The president and his lieutenants spent more time denigrating "rendition" and the Patriot Act than they did tracking down the terror trail and the latest front it had opened at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen. Our own leaders spoke poorly of our prerogatives and ways, and they were heard the world over.

Under Mr. Obama, we have pulled back from the foreign world. We're smaller for accepting that false choice between burdens at home and burdens abroad, and the world beyond our shores is more hazardous and cynical for our retrenchment and our self-flagellation.

Obama and his legions of lefty losers are growing smaller and smaller in the eyes of both Americans fooled by his moondance and in the gaze of brutal thugs like Chavez, Ahmedinejad, and Putin. Not to mention wannabe-thug Bashar Assad.

Why is Hillary Clinton Not Being Roughed Up like Janet N?

The NYT has an interesting story on how the Detroit near-miss has all the overtones of the 9/11, even to the lack of data sharing. But strangely, the Dept. of State is left out of the mix.
...the flood of intelligence collected against a scattered and shadowy terrorist network continues to grow, threatening to overwhelm the system, said Matthew M. Aid, an intelligence historian whose book, “The Secret Sentry,” examines the N.S.A. The eavesdropping agency, tracking e-mail and cellphone traffic around the world, each day collects four times the volume of information stored in the Library of Congress, Mr. Aid said.

“To pluck out the important threats is an almost impossible task,” he said.

In the case of Mr. Abdulmutallab, the N.S.A. appears to have captured critical intercepts, and his father provided the name that would have allowed American agencies to take action. For Mr. Kean, of the Sept. 11 commission, it is the father’s role that should have moved even the most jaded bureaucracy.

“Think of what it took for the father, one of the most respected bankers in Nigeria, to walk into the American Embassy and turn in his own son,” Mr. Kean said. “The father’s a hero. His visit by itself should have been enough to set off all kinds of alarms.”

That "most jaded bureaucracy" would be the Dept. of State.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Ex-Guantanamo Prisoners Planned Detroit Xmas Terror

ABC has a lot of the details of the Christmas salute to Detroit planned in Yemen, according to the Nigerian terrorist nabbed in the attempt, who is now singing like a birdie. And promising to raining more death and mayhem from the skies as he has many supporters among Al Qaeda in Yemen, no matter how well Skank-in-Chief of Homeland Security Napolitano says the airline secuity works.

The Red Cross, Amnesty International and other terrorist-support groups put pressure on the US to get
..[t]wo of the four leaders allegedly behind the al Qaeda plot to blow up a Northwest Airlines passenger jet over Detroit .... released by the U.S. from the Guantanamo prison in November, 2007, according to American officials and Department of Defense documents
Hilariously, the pair was sent to the Mothership of terrorism groups.
American officials agreed to send the two terrorists to Saudi Arabia where they entered into an "art therapy rehabilitation program" and were set free, according to U.S. and Saudi officials.....Both Saudi nationals have since emerged in leadership roles in Yemen, according to U.S. officials and the men's own statements on al Qaeda propaganda tapes. Both of the former Guantanamo detainees are described as military commanders and appear on a January, 2009 video along with the man described as the top leader of al Qaeda in Yemen, Abu Basir Naser al-Wahishi, formerly Osama bin Laden's personal secretary.

I read now that Janet N has recanted on the efficacy of TSA's security and I'm sure Obambi will be coming out strong against future terrorists.

Barack Hits the Beach as Detroit & Iran Sizzle.

Iran anyway. His witless cabinet ditz Napolitano does insist that the "system worked" when the Dutch hero stopped the Nigerian nitwit from blowing up the plane.

Informed Comment insists that now is not [yet?] the time for a true revolution or counter-reformation or whatever, but has some interesting reasons why the Ahmedinejad regime and the Khamenei religious totalitarians are going to run the Islamic Republic off the road, and soon!

Hey, why not send John Kerry over to Tehran to heighten American credibility over there and get those pesky nukes taken care of---a smoothie like John would wow the mullahs and their basiji followers enough to tip the scales back to a pro-American stance.

Yeah, Kerry's the ticket!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

John {Hari] Kerry Outhumbles Obama in Bowing & Scraping to Iran

The Democrats have a Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair even dumber and less morally scrupulous than the previous, the gaffe-a-day Joe-the-Joke Biden. The flip-flopper from MA about whom nothing is authentic [a fake-Catholic Jew-boy who got three purple hearts and will not authorize the paperwork behind their suspicious origins---three PH's got you out of 'Nam back when this scam-meister was operating in the Mekong Delta] now is mediating between Obama and Karzai, of whom Karzai is the lesser crook, Obama and Bashar Assad in Syria, where Obama & Bashar come out even, and Kerry is the low-point of that triangle.

This Perfect Hairdo whose empty head beneath acquired lower grades at Yale than his antagonist GWB --- Jerk-off John had a GPA of around 75, while comporting himself like some sort of Continental Intellectual. [Which brings to memory the feeble-minded Al Gore, whose HIGHEST grade in a science course at his DIVINITY SCHOOL was a D+!]

However, Teresa Heinz's husband [she dropped the Kerry moniker recently just as Rush Limbaugh had predicted back in 2004] now believes that he is the reincarnation of Talleyrand and therefore is aiming to get an invitation from Iran before the end-of-year deadline Obama set for getting more serious economic sanctions into play. The WH has no objections, of course, and will enjoy seeing this pretender come a cropper and if by some weird chance, he succeeds, it's found money for them.

Al Gore recently had to retract a misstatement of a world-famous scientist's predictions on the Arctic Ocean when that liviing scientist inconveniently showed up in Copenhagen and pointed out Lyin' Al's convenient lie.

Kerry has been able to lie his own way to the top of the Demo-rat Party by calling his fellow soldiers murderers and war criminals---which in a way, if you look at the world through his own looking glass, he himself also is in no uncertain terms.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Chris "Tingle-Up-My-Leg" Swirling Clockwise in the Porcelain Exit Tunnel?

Chris Mathews never was as obnoxious or spiteful as Keith Overbite nor a 'sport of nature' like hormone-train-wreck Maddow, but Tweety Bird let us know of his billowing clouds of emo through images best suited for a Victorian boudoir. Looks like Tweety's close to catching terminal vapors very soon and the misnomer "Hardball" will no longer disfigure the fast-fading CNN lineup of losers.

Now if the moronic 'droid David Shuster and DUI-felon Rick Sanchez would leave, MSNBC would be ready for a redo.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Urkel Strikes Again---This Time Sucking Up to Iran

What, Me Worry?

Obama's calm rhetoric doesn't prevent him from being the Steve Urkel of foreign policy presidents---Missile Shield Removed from Poland at the behest of Vlad the Empoisoner on 70th
Anniversary of Soviet '39 Invasion from the East, Sucking up to America-Hating Commie Caudillo Narcostates in Latin America, Slapping Down American allies [Honduras, Israel] at every opportunity while bowing and generally doing a "yes, sir; please, sir" step'n-fetch-it routine with Muslim tyrants and Saudi "monarchs."

And let's not forget that "reset" button famously given by Hillarious Clyntoon to her Russian counterpart Lavrov in incorrect faulty Russian!!! Did someone from Foggy Bottom get booby-trapped by a Rosetta Stone fake? Try Pimsleur next time! [Hillarious is the bimbo who also timed the missile extraction six months after Urkel claimed that GWB's anti-missile shield versus Iran was "set policy."]

Now Iran tests a missile capable of reaching Poland & the Czech Republic [and Israel] and is caught fashioning a nuclear-trigger mechanism and refusing to export the enriched uranium it is making and what does Urkel do?

Exactly what Gilly's teacher does in those tedious SNL skits they bored us with late last week with "An SNL Christmas."

Either Nothing.

Or an Urkel-like stumble-fumble.....

I for one disapprove of this Urkel dude representing our country overseas and believe he should be kept safely stateside for the remainder of his one-term administration.

State-Controlled Media Takes Direct Feedback from Obama WH Top Thugs

Morning Joe had the ultra-left feeble-minded libtard Ed Schultz on air and during commercial breaks Ed the neighing Horse was amazed to see former Repub Congresscritter and still thimblewit Joe Scarborough and his Polish sidekick Mika Brzez...... taking advice and guidance on how to handle Ed after the profit-break was over. That shocked even Ed.......

Meanwhile, over on the radio side of the ledger, Mediaweek named Rush Limbaugh the Radio Personality of the Decade---really a no-brainer by the numbers and influence wielded by the Missouri "Show Me" Pundit. Steve Jobs and Apple and Google and Rupert Murdoch dominated the other categories, with Sopranos taking the best TV show and Wired the best mag.

EuroStar Blinking Out Because of a "Snowstorm."

Eurostar is the fast [expensive] superservice between and among London, Paris, and Brussells and succeeded the Chunnel which began in the eighties.

Remember when we Yanks used to look down a wee bit on the Euros for being quaint and slightly technically retarded, but forgave them because of their marvelous railroad system and the EurailPass? Those days seem to be behind us, not that the US has a rail system above barely adequate. Verging on a national disgrace.

Eurostar virtually stopped functioning last week because of some snowstorms more or less normal for this time of year and while it coincided with the bogus St. Vitus Dance taking place in Copenhagen, the foul-ups demonstrated again that Europe shouldn't attempt assuming some sort of world political role while its own affairs are in such a tedious snarled condition.

I recall from my student days reading somewhere that a European savant of the nineteenth century of the Nietzchean mold wrote that the US was the only civilization to pass from barbarism to decadence without an intervening culture. Perhaps the Europeans can be described in a similar manner as to mastery of modern technologies dealing with civic order and convenience.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Monkey Jumping on Piano Plays First Tune!!!

The Krugboy proves that you can be dumber than Al Gore and STILL get a Nobel Prize

1] His First-Ever Accurate Prediction!
• "The big step by extremists will be an attempt to eliminate the filibuster."--former Enron adviser Paul Krugman, New York Times, March 29, 2005

• "We need to take on the way the Senate works. The filibuster, and the need for 60 votes to end debate, aren't in the Constitution. . . . So it's time to revise the rules."--former Enron adviser Krugman, New York Times, Dec. 18, 2009

This moral retardo would still be working for Enron if they hadn't had a couple of missteps---nothing to do with his economic or business advice, of course, let me be o-so-clear about that!!!

So Paul Krugman fetched up on the beach where all moral retards seem to wash up---the New York Times!

Democrat's First Principle

James Taranto in his Mencken-like way notes the what REALLY counts for Demo-rats:
Bringing ObamaCare to the floor requires an affirmative vote from every non-Republican in the Senate, which means that Reid and his men will fail in their efforts unless they persuade Nelson to vote with them. To win over Lieberman, the Dems were willing to give up government-run insurance in the form of both the "public option" and the "Medicare buy-in." It seems that abortion is more dear to them than socialism.

This is so true because even though he lost by a margin of four percent, McCain actually won a majority of male voters in the 2008 election. The Demo-rats are becoming a party of women, which makes understandable the hysterical reactions so many of its female or gay members demonstrate when confronted with reality.

That will come in 2010.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Howard Zinn Recruits More Dumbies for His Propaganda War by Book

Daniel Flynn always has a level-headed look at his blog at the History News Network at George Mason University. I was skimming through the end of the year mags at the library waiting to pick up my daughter at the doc and the Entertainment Weekly Magazine had an [unintentionally] funny piece on Matt Damon and Josh Brolin planning to read on the History Channel out loud [teleprompter? LARGE PRINT? Phonetically Spelled?] segments of Howard Zinn's Unabridged Marxist Anti-History of the USA---the stuff they don't teach you in high school.

Mainly because it's Marxist lies concocted by worms from an alien universe, or at least their moral equivalent....

Daniel Flynn asks the fundamental question that his job as Executive Director of Accuracy in Media aims at everywhere---why are deliberate distortions of historical facts on which there is a wide consensus so frequently met with in Zinn's writings? Or as Flynn puts it:
Readers of A People’s History of the United States learn very little about history. They do learn quite a bit, however, about Howard Zinn. In fact, the book is perhaps best thought of as a massive Rorschach Test, with the author’s familiar reaction to every major event in American history proving that his is a captive mind long closed by ideology.

Theory First, Facts Second

If you’ve read Marx, there’s really no reason to read Howard Zinn. The first line of The Communist Manifesto provides the single-bullet theory of history that provides Zinn with his narrative thread— “The history of all hitherto existing societies is the history of class struggle.” It is the all-purpose explanation of every subject that Zinn covers. On other hand, why study history when theory has all the answers?

Thumb through A People’s History of the United States and you will find greed as the motivating factor behind every act of those who don’t qualify as “the people” in Zinn’s book. According to Zinn, the separation from Great Britain, the Civil War, and both World Wars all were the result of base motives of the “ruling class” -- rich men to get richer at the expense of others.

But the greed gets zanier and Zinn's mind must be addled by some of that good dope Eddie Vedder and other rock stars slip him which put his imaginative powers into a virtually hallucinagenic warp-speed:
Here we come to the real secret of the commercial success of A People’s History. It is a case of simple ideas for simple minds – a broken record for the tone deaf. When we come to World War I, it sounds very much like the Civil War. “American capitalism needed international rivalry—and periodic war—to create an artificial community of interest between rich and poor,… supplanting the genuine community of interest among the poor that showed itself in sporadic movements.” Yet another conspiracy to distract the proletariat from its destined revolution.

The account of World War II made slightly more interesting by author’s preposterous account of its origins. According to Zinn, suggests that America, not Japan, was to blame for Pearl Harbor, provoking the Empire of the Sun and forcing it to attack us. It’s the devil made them do it theory of history, which is great fallback position of the left when confronted with the imperialistic aggressions of “people of color.” Like the war to end slavery, the fight against fascism was an optical illusion. It was really a struggle by American capitalists to rule the world. Regarding America’s neutrality in the Spanish Civil War, which preceded World War II, Zinn asks: “Was it the logical policy of a government whose main interest was not stopping Fascism but advancing the imperial interests of the United States? For those interests, in the thirties, an anti-Soviet policy seemed best. Later, when Japan and Germany threatened U.S. world interests, a pro-Soviet, anti-Nazi policy became preferable.”

Thus is reality inverted or more accurately twisted. Zinn – a pro-Communist supported Stalin’s monster regime at the time, elides the fact that it was the Soviet Union that pretended to be anti-fascist in Spain, then signed a pact with Hitler and then – when Hitler double-crossed his Communist ally and invaded the Soviet Union became anti-fascist again. The United States was isolationist in 1936 and until Pearl Harbor. But it was always anti-fascist. Zinn projects the Soviet Union’s schizophrenic policies (and his own schizophrenic allegiances) onto America. While the Hitler-Stalin Pact is awkwardly excused, Zinn all but invents a Hitler-Roosevelt Pact to serve his social aims
Yes, you can always wrongfoot a leftie and watch him stumble and lurch to the ground over that Ribbentrop [throw in the Count Herr Von just to rub in ironic strokes of proletarian hypocrisy] and Molotov Pact in August 1939, which even the witless pair Hillary and Barack-O completely forgot about seventy years later when they pulled out the rug under Poland --- not that the witless propagandist media in the USA would say peep except Anne Applegate of the Washington Post , who found it difficult to keep silent since her husband was the Polish Foreign Minister.

But Howard Zinn, ever the faithful Emmanuel Goldman, Howard would have found a way. Just like
“...when the Scottsboro case unfolded in the 1930s in Alabama,” Zinn writes in an even more egregious fit of historical amnesia, “it was the Communist party that had become associated with the defense of these young black men imprisoned, in the early years of the Depression, by southern injustice.” Perhaps the Party had become “associated” with the defense of the Scottsboro Boys, but in reality the Communists merely used the embattled youngsters. Richard Gid Powers points out in Not Without Honor that the Communists had raised $250,000 for the Scottsboro Boys’ defense, but had put-up a scant $12,000 for two appeals. At the time, a black columnist quoted a candid Party official who stated, “we don’t give a damn about the Scottsboro boys. If they burn it doesn’t make any difference. We are only interested in one thing, how we can use the Scottsboro case to bring the Communist movement to the people and win them over to Communism.” As a fellow-traveler, Zinn has the identical view. He is only interested in history so long as it serves as a weapon of socialist ideology.

And sells more of his "textbooks" by fellow-traveller instructors too lazy to think for themselves. Any way, no TIVO for the History Channel and here's a final send-off from Flynn:
“Unemployment grew in the Reagan years,” Zinn claims. Statistics show otherwise. Reagan inherited an unemployment rate of 7.5 percent in his first month in office. By January of 1989, the rate had declined to 5.4 percent. Had the Reagan presidency ended in 1982 when unemployment rates exceeded 10 percent, Zinn would have a point. But for the remainder of Reagan’s presidency, unemployment declined precipitously
Not that a simpleton like Damon would know, but Zinn is a chronic serial liar and a P.O.S.

Rubio Overtakes Crist

Charlie Crist was counting his chickens long before they hatched, showing his porkie-stimulus inclinations and a tendency to support Obama, which now that that ship is heading out into stormy weather, he denies ever happened.

Luckily, there's plenty of video evidence that he like his hero John Kerry was for the stimulus package before he was against it. And his proxy-Senator LeMieux's first move in Congress was to put a hold on offshore drilling already agreed upon.

Showing his hand was for the fruitless environmental crusade rather than garner low-hanging fruit from taxes and royalties paid by oil companies operating one-hundred miles offshore, Crist may have a silent partner. [Cuba drills & explores offshore closer to Florida in gas & oil fields run by Venezuelan, Chinese, and Russian operating companies than LeMieux would allow the US to operate.] Is Charlie Crist a friend of Chavez and his [ex-] Commie pals?

Probably not, but this is one candidate who overreached too soon and hopefully will pay the price. Or as John Fund predicts:
Mr. Crist's fall has been so precipitous that it has prompted rumors that he might abandon the Senate race and try to hold onto the governor's mansion for a second term. That would require elbowing aside GOP state Attorney General Bill McCollum, who has been running for governor for months -- but that might be an easier task than Mr. Crist trying to convince Florida's Republican primary voters that he's the man they want in Washington to resist the big-government ambitions of the Obama administration.

Bill McCollum would make a better governor, perhaps. But Crist is the sort of fellow who needs to be kept on a short leash, in Tallahassee, lest his personal national ambitions quickly take hold once he catches Potomac Fever.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Welcome Back, Carter!

The Old Scissors To A One-Term POTUS

47% is the new low of Americans who APPROVE of this on-again, off=again, now-you-see-him, now-you-don't mind changer. Hillary was right last year when she said that the POTUS job is not a calling for on-the-job training.

Seems like the American people are beginning to understand she was right all along.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Politics Trumps Policy on Health Care for Dems

John Fund at the WSJ has a nice little piece on the Dems' obsession with getting ANY healthcare bill passed, but preferably one with a public option. Fund notes:
...many [Dems] in the trenches are uneasy about the sprawling, complex bill they privately acknowledge has no bipartisan support, doesn't seriously tackle soaring costs and will increase insurance premiums. That may explain Majority Leader Harry Reid's haste—he has ordered a rare Sunday session this weekend to hurry up the debate. Public support for the bill averages only 39.2% backing in all polls compiled by

But Dems who vote do care about the health care bill and polls show that in 2010, a lot of Dem Coingresscritters & especially Harry Reid might have their political careers shortened by an avalanche of Republican voters, who besides paying taxes are p-o'd:
That fear is backed up by a new poll taken for the Daily Kos, the left-wing Web site: 81% of self-described Republicans say they are certain or likely to vote in 2010 compared to 65% of independent voters and only 56% of Democrats. "Democrats have simply not been given enough of a reason to come out and vote yet," writes liberal blogger David Dayen. "The left is waiting for that long-promised 'change' they can believe in."

So in the eyes of a lot of borderline Dems who really think the colossal dead-tree dump of several thousand pages is policy gone terribly wrong don't want to lose their offices, and as a long shot, are credulous enuf to believe that the liberal base will rescue them if they pass the policy poisonous cup to all American citizens, while themselves retaining a gold-plated health benefits program of CEO Fortune 500 quality---no waiting in doctors' offices for the lawyers and lifetime career politicians the Dems recruit to represent them in Congress!

Congress is so gerrymandered and sliced/diced so that only a few swing districts will usually turn even if off-year elections. But if the Dems in Congress really think that the 20% self-professed liberals in the USA are going to re-elect them over the 35% conservative and the over-40% self-proclaimed independents---of which I am one---then I think they are completely offbase and need a little time on K Street to plot how to get back into office.
National Journal reports [Harry Reid] included a public option in the bill in part because his staff felt he "could get the liberal left off his back for a while."

Other Democrats are in a similar bind. One Senate Democrat thinks the bill is bad policy. But last month that same senator joined with all of his fellow Democrats to bring the bill to the floor. The party leadership has made it clear that anyone who votes against health care will have a difficult time passing their own bills in the future.

So the Senate death march continues. Many Democrats have grave misgivings about making the bill a top priority given the economy. But in the age of bloodthirsty partisan bloggers they dare not be fully candid. They can only hope their march doesn't lead them right over the edge of a political cliff next November.

As certifiablly chronic victims of lemming-like groupthink, the Dems' probabilities of a rock plunge range from slim to none and slim just left town.


Just when you thought that Harry Reid just couldn't get any more stupid than his statement in 2007 that "the war is lost," combining ignorance and treason in a four-word expression of Demo-rat feckless incompetence as the Surge crested to an unexpected VICTORY which the treason-left of Reid/Pelosi still cannot acknowledge, Reid yesterday PLAYED THE RACE CARD WRONGLY as he accused Republicans of having been the Party which had supported slavery during the Civil War. Next thing you know, Reid will anoint Abe Lincoln as the greatest Demo-rat POTUS. Treason and ignorance make a hilarious combination!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Dr. Watson, You've Projected Yourself Live on the BBC!

A Climate Hoax "Professor" blurted out his assessment of his own behavior projected onto Marc Moreno by calling M.M. an "assh*le" live on a televised debate in the UK.

Methinks you don't need to be a Sherlock to figure out that this Dr. Watson is a complete fraud...!

NASA stateside has been dragging its heels on FOIA requests because the Chief Fraud Hoaxer is a certain Lyin' Al Gore named James Hansen. This batsh*t freak is the head of the Goddard Center in the D.C. area where he can confabulate with second-rate minds in the DNC on how to raise taxes using the AGW hoax and cap & trade [AKA "Crap & Enslave!" h/t The Other McCain] to turn the world's greatest economy into a corpse consumed by Third World Parasites like Zimbabwe. China, of course, gets away free while polluting more with its brown coal power plants than the USA does in its entire power generation emissions output.

Big Science's demise may be near as the colossal scamming by "peer review" posses restricting any contrarian input is revealing the complete falsification of the scientific method to achieve Big Government's socialist objectives. Read Dan Henninger's thoughtful article on the end of an era. And NASA, stop killing Shuttle astronauts with your bogus science, which Richard Feynman predicted in the eighties would cause "catastrophic events" every fifty launches.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Obama Fakery on Afghanistan: Both Sides of His Mouth

Karzai's Corruption is a buzzword resounding from the empty cavernous mouth of Bill O'Reilly to the shibboleth-prone Obamaniacs, the ones who still think the Won is wearing clothes---not the Weisberg reincarnation of FDR, but still more than a half-wit artful dodger.

A senior State Dept buddy just got back from Afghanistan on this diplomat's dozenth iteration of that dreary mini-slog---still living in converted aluminum cargo bins with about five US officials crammed into each rabbit warren. This diplomat has been in a position to oversee and monitor the situation in that country for most of the century so far---daily briefs to the Seventh Floor and weekly ones to the WH back in DC and a long sojourn in the region every four months or so since 2002. But this public official has come to the sad conclusion that Kabul is Baghdad all over again. Every US agency and department has its "mission staff" crammed into one or more cargo crates and the lack of oversight or even sustained US policy coherence is simply breathtaking.

So the latest pariah in Afghanistan, and Pakistan for that matter, Richard Holbrooke, has devised a mantra which might keep this careerist's hopes alive for the Chief Foggy Bottom job should Hillary slip or be thrown under a bus, Obama's normal M.O. in reaction to the slightest glitch [just ask Gregory Craig or Susan Rice]. Holbrooke has been insinuating what everyone knows, only with a foghorn -persistance, that the Karzai administration hasn't been lickety-split in cleaning house and had committed election irregularities.

But according to my Foggy Bottom correspondent, Karzai has been doing pretty much his or anyone else's best to clean the Augean stables of the accumulated graft, corruption, peculation, and war-lord kickbackism that has long been the background noise of doing political business in Afghanistan, and especially since Kabul and environs began sliding down the slippery slope into a narco-state export hub in the late sixties. However, after Holbrooke quickly alienated every single sincere or at least dedicated Afghani official with his abrasive nasty stab-in-the-back contortions, he himself decided that some sort of an exit strategy to extract his career from this dreary cul-de-sac of Kabul was in order. Ditto Islamabad and the Paks, who are more corrupt than the Afghanis if that is any solace to a bemused US regional hegemon trying to sort out the baddies from the worsies.

The constantly conniving Holbrooke appears to be positioning himself for a safe exit from his thankless task in S.E. Asia of reconciling three regional players who hate each other cordially. To do this, Dick is quietly whispering innuendoes, quietly sniping and backbiting with the downbeat subtext that Karzai and his sordid political crew might be worse than the Taliban alternative. Although this might be an exaggeration and of course is surely absurd on the face of it, but Holbrooke thereby gives a leit motif to the constantly bobbing and weaving Obama, who has already slithered from "a necessary war" to some sort of multicultural rainbow of contingencies as concerns the Afghan military quandary, and who might want to strap on this parachute should his notorious lack of consistency and will power again assert itself.

The drumbeat of empty chatter about Karzai's "corruption" fits Dear Leader's chameleon-on-plaid moral posturing in the Oval Office as it also does the hidden agenda of his regional Proconsul Holbrooke, whose devious sniping and conniving mirrors that of his boss back in DC, even though it has lost Holbrooke any real access or credibility with the powers that be in the region, including Islamabad and Kabul.

Echo chambers ranging from the NYT's editorial staff to book-hawking t-shirt salesmen like BOR all find the theme of Karzai's Bad Boyz, Bad Boyz in Kabul a useful way to undercut US efforts in the region, and to offer Obama a way out at an early opportunity once resistance to his latest juking and backpedaling becomes apparent. With the Dems as with the Repubs., foreign policy is always style and symbols and a morality play.

Except occasionally with Republicans, even though it may be wrong-headed or need strong corrective measures, the foreign policy effort is sustained for more than twelve months at a time.

Obama's weathervane spins with each new coldfront, and like his predecessor Jimmy Carter, foreign policy is not his strongest suit. Look for more Afghan policy permutations in rapid-fire order, says my Foggy Bottom buddy, in the next year or so.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Exactly Wrong: Michael Gerson & Jacob Weisberg Suck the Bong of Dementia Praecox & Dilate Unwisely

Michael Gerson appears trapped inside that Beltway cocoon. How else to do an assay of this fool's gold:
And the whole system [of blogging] is based on a kind of intellectual theft. Internet aggregators (who link to news they don't produce) and bloggers would have little to collect or comment upon without the costly enterprise of newsgathering and investigative reporting. The old-media dinosaurs remain the basis for the entire media food chain.

Mark Steyn briskly debunks this platitudinous hooey with a short NRO note on how studiously the MSM is ignoring "Warmergate," the whistleblower [?] generated e-mail spew from the East Anglia CRU, the primary logistical gathering point of fallacious and deliberately skewed "data" used to propagate and promote the AGW hoax. Bloggers contribute more nowadays to the "marketplace of ideas" than the full-throated hosannas the alphabet networks and "fishwrap of record" NYT do. Bloggers serve a useful purpose in pointing out the numerous inaccuracies and ridiculous omissions, such as the CRU e-mail whistleblower's data dump, which might hamper Dear Leader's rush to install socialism rather than capitalism as the nation's economic paradigm.

Or perhaps Dr. Gerson, who I believe like Al Gore has a degree in Divinity, demonstrates a penchant for new religions [Gaia] or a reverance for old ones [MSM dinosaurs]. Has Gerson forgotten the overly-long limited hang-out the MSM permitted fraud and hoaxster John Edwards concerning his dalliance with an over-the-hill media whore who seduced him with an ambush in NYC consisting of "You are sooooo hot!???" Edwards is the anti-Palin, as phony as she is sincere, and just the kind of guy the MSM find mirrors their own inner emptiness. Gerson should take a vacation outside the District of Columbia and perhaps actually attend a Tea Party where real tax-paying voting Americans express real grievances. Or actually interview Sarah Palin with an eye to eliciting more than some other version of "gotcha" mousetraps that the alphabet networks sent Katie and Brian and Charlie to set in front of the media neophyte. The MSM still froths at the mouth at the mention of Palin, a reaction perhaps more revealing of themselves than of the former VP candidate.

Jacob Weisberg presents a more extreme sort of eristic nonsense, positing that a "health reform" bill, actually a legislative DOA of an aborted fetus, delivered by the SOTU on January 20th will make him another FDR. If he is speaking about measures this "constitutional-scholar community-organizer" has promoted that may be overthrown by the SCOTUS, Slate's lisping Delphic Sybil may be accurate. A sample of Weisberg's errant gibberish:
When it comes to foreign policy, Obama's accomplishment has been less tangible but hardly less significant: He has put America on a new footing with the rest of the world. In a series of foreign trips and speeches, which critics deride as trips and speeches, he replaced George W. Bush's unilateral, moralistic militarism with an approach that is multilateral, pragmatic, and conciliatory. Obama has already significantly reoriented policy toward Iran, China, Russia, Iraq, Israel, and the Islamic world.

And Obama has been totally unsuccessful in each and every instance Weisberg cites, with no real responses from any of the "reoriented policy" changes he lavishes praise upon. Instead, like Jimmy Carter, the President [and precedent] Weisberg might have been well-advised to use in comparison, Dear Leader has given away the commanding moral heights to anti-democratic dictatorships [including Putin's] while receiving exactly nothing in return, all the while insulting and rebuffing our democratic allies [Poland, Honduras, Czech Republic, Israel].

A longer version of the Slate nonsense above, with its fulsome praise of a stimulus only beginning to sluice money to DNC supported projects or of Obama's foreign policy which is garnering faint praise from everyone save himself, Weisberg vouchsafed to Newsweak to complete his flight from readers' eyeballs. Meacham and Evans will welcome Weisberg's nincompoopery as befitting their editorial lurch into irrelevance.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Peer Review: Fuggeddibouddit!

Dennis Mangan cites The Telegraph's James Delinpole on how a cozy, self-selecting coterie of climate czars have corrupted science beyond repair:
What the CRU’s hacked emails convincingly demonstrate is that climate scientists in the AGW camp have corrupted the peer-review process. In true Gramscian style they marched on the institutions – capturing the magazines (Science, Scientific American, Nature, etc), the seats of learning (Climate Research Institute; Hadley Centre), the NGO’s (Greenpeace, WWF, etc), the political bases (especially the EU), the newspapers (pretty much the whole of the MSM I’m ashamed, as a print journalist, to say) – and made sure that the only point of view deemed academically and intellectually acceptable was their one.
Neutral observers in this war sometimes ask how it can be that the vast majority of the world’s scientists seem to be in favour of AGW theory. “Peer-review” is why. Only a handful of scientists – 53 to be precise, not the much-touted 2,500 – were actually responsible for the doom-laden global-warming sections of the IPCC’s reports. They were all part of this cosy, self-selecting, peer-review cabal – and many of them, of course, are implicated in the Climategate emails.
Now peer-review is dead, so should be the IPCC, and Al Gore’s future as a carbon-trading billionaire. Will it happen? I shouldn’t hold your breath.

Yes, corrupt the institutions and the ripe, low-hanging apple can be plucked by moral knuckle-walkers like Hansen and Mann.

Further and further in the widening gyre....

"Down Please"

Site MeterDon Surber
implies that the Kos Poll giving Obama and Pelosi high numbers probably comprise teenagers and mental misfits [or if he doesn't, I am] and that the real fact overlooked is that in 2010 81% of the Repubs may vote versus 56% of the Dems.

Also, what's that I saw on PBS that Pelosi did some sort of a deal with the Catholic bishops with the Stupak Amendment on abortion?

Friday, November 27, 2009

Parturient Montes, Nascitur Ridiculus Mus

The Lisbon Treaty has finally aborted onto a leadership masthead surely out of a Monty Python lost episode. One should bear in mind that Belgium underwent a year-long leadership crisis only a couple of years ago and the bizarre looking dude Van Rompuy appears to have emerged from the tunnel as the least worst Prime Ministerial candidate

Who better to lead a befuddled and confused EU into the twenty-first century. His Brit backup looks like a role Judi Dench would have passed up in the foreign ministry department. Or actually, if her part as M in Casino Royale is any guide, Dame Dench would be far preferable to a dubious "Baroness" whose only resemblance to Lady Thatcher is by opposites.

NATO versus EU versus Russia?

The Economist must have a managing editor with both sides of his brain working at cross purposes---the Obama as "Quiet American" versus the US as NATO bully.
DAMAGE control is never as good as damage prevention. Despite repeated reassurances, the countries of eastern Europe are worried about security. Their biggest concern is NATO, where officials are meant to be drafting contingency plans to defend Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Barack Obama pushed this idea at the NATO summit in April. A recent big Russian military exercise, which officials say culminated in a dummy nuclear attack on Poland, highlights the region’s vulnerability.

Yet little is happening. NATO officials blame a “lack of consensus”. Western European countries, notably Germany and Italy, are against anything that is not first discussed with Russia. A likely outcome is a generic plan, to be presented privately to the Baltic three in December, that will not deal with specific threats.

Nobody really expects a military conflict. But if NATO even hints that it is no longer in the business of guaranteeing the defence of all its members, it may encourage Kremlin mischief-making over such issues as minority rights or transit to Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave. Eastern Europeans are also cross about the European Union’s recent carve-up of top jobs. Germany and France showed that they decide the EU’s foreign policy, and that easterners do not count, says one minister in the region.

The Americans admit to botching the announcement in September of a new missile-defence plan—upgraded, not cancelled, they now insist. Vice-President Joe Biden has visited America’s main central European allies, as well as Ukraine and Georgia, to dispel feelings of neglect. A formidable American warship toured the Baltic during the Russian exercises. Six senior generals have visited Latvia alone in the past 12 months; bilateral military exercises are planned next year. The administration has offered Poland exercises with Patriot missile batteries armed with live warheads, whereas previously it had offered only dummy drills.

Few people anywhere mourn the departure of George Bush and the strains he placed on America’s allies. But his team of hard-bitten officials who dealt with eastern Europe is still missed. The idealistic Mr Obama has brought a different lexicon to foreign policy: realpolitik is in, talk of common values is out. Some find this a refreshing change from the hectoring of the Bush administration. But eastern Europeans are distressed to hear so much talk of “partners” (bracketing countries as different as China and Poland) and so little of “allies”.

A further worry is the effect on NATO of the war in Afghanistan. The more that NATO’s success there is defined as crucial to the alliance’s credibility, the more eastern members fear the consequences if it fails. Proportionately, eastern European NATO members have helped most in Afghanistan. The American-backed security pledge at the heart of NATO matters most to them too. Western Europeans who privately see NATO as an anachronism are unbothered by American disengagement.

Admittedly, the Obama administration is preoccupied with domestic issues and with other pressing matters abroad. Europe as a whole, not just the eastern Europeans, cannot expect constant nannying. But even in Washington concern is mounting as well. “Why is the most popular man on the planet, leading the world’s strongest country, unable to get relations with America’s closest allies right?” fumes one (apolitical) former official.

Many explanations can be offered. Inexperience is one. European and American observers talk of disorganisation in the administration’s National Security Council. One European official speaks of a “black hole” there. Some note a tribal desire among Obamaites to be different from the Bushies: if they favoured eastern Europe, the new policy must be chillier. Others blame a habit of preferring a friendly atmosphere to tough decisions. “It is not irredeemable. But they have to redeem it,” says Kurt Volker, another former official.

Part of the problem is that the EU and NATO are so frustrating to deal with. The fault lies on both sides—but some of it reflects bad staff work that has made Mr Obama’s summits with the EU and NATO both boring and useless. Even where interests chime, progress is slow. A year after the EU first mooted its “eastern partnership” to boost western ties with six ex-Soviet countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine), talks on American involvement are only just starting. A stronger Europe policy in Washington might make easterners less twitchy about America’s dealings with Russia.

Such worries have led Poland to push for a stronger bilateral security commitment from America. That is ambitious, but also risky. If it fails, it could heighten the sense of abandonment. If it succeeds, it could create a two-tier NATO in the east: a few countries with a direct relationship with America, and a vulnerable rump without. A senior Pole denies this is a danger, noting that Polish military plans already include defence of Lithuania. The stronger Poland is, the more it can protect its neighbours. “They are our West Berlin,” he says. Hardly a comforting thought.

Vlad the Empoisoner is even now preparing for a reclamation of the Baltic Republics, whose freedom imperil the crooked crony-capitalism which is eroding the Russian Republic, making it look for the Near Abroad to divert attention from its chronic social instability.

Dear Leader Clever or Weak in Foreign Policy[ies]?

The Economist has a two-handed economist's take on the 44th iteration of George Washington:
This goes to the heart of the debate about Mr Obama’s diplomacy. Which will he be, clever or weak? Does this president have a strategy, backed if necessary by force, to reorder the world? Or is he merely a presidential version of Alden Pyle, Graham Greene’s idealistic, clever Quiet American who wants to change the world, but underestimates how bad the world is—and ends up causing harm?

Short-sighters v long-gamers
The doubters argue that, however decent and articulate, Mr Obama is gaining a reputation as someone who can be pushed around. This month, after the president pandered to China by refusing to meet the Dalai Lama, China pushed for more by banning questions at his Beijing press conference with Hu Jintao, its president. When Mr Obama demanded that Israel stop all work on its settlements in the occupied territories, Binyamin Netanyahu, its prime minister, defied him and still, staggeringly, won praise from Hillary Clinton.

Each time, the doubters say, Mr Obama’s delicate overtures are met with ambiguity or contempt. Since he engaged Iran, it has continued to temporise and dissimulate over its nuclear programme. When Mr Obama abandoned a missile-defence system in Europe, he appeared to extract a pledge from Russia’s president, Dmitry Medvedev, that his country would support sanctions if Iran is recalcitrant—only for Vladimir Putin, the prime minister, repeatedly to say he sees no need. Although America has pledged $7.5 billion in aid to Pakistan over five years, the army seems reluctant to take on the Taliban who drift from northern Pakistan into Afghanistan—indeed, the conditions riding on the grant were spun by the Pakistani security services into an American “insult” (see article). Yes, Mr Karzai eventually buckled in Kabul, but his readiness to thumb his nose at the world superpower was humiliating.

Now you see him, now he is a Cheshire cat disappearing behind a smile: the months drag on, the “weak” case has been gaining the upper hand. Mr Obama has yet to show he has the staying power to take on a dangerous, stubborn and occasionally bad world. Even allowing for Israel’s shift this week, the president has hardly lived up to his promise to work for Middle East peace “with all the patience and dedication that the task requires”. With one big exception, he has not yet shown that he can back his oratory with a stick—and that was a tariff on Chinese tyres, a weak sop to America’s unions.

Calm and conciliatory pragmatism is welcome after George Bush’s impetuous moral certitude, but it also carries risks. Critics on the American right are wrong to carp at Mr Obama’s bowing to kings and emperors. Simple courtesy will help restore America’s image, not diminish it. The trouble is that the president often seems kinder to America’s rivals than to its friends. His guest this week, Manmohan Singh, India’s prime minister, may well have moaned about Mr Obama’s kid-glove handling of China. Allies in eastern Europe, their soldiers dying in Afghanistan, resent being called mere “partners”, Mr Obama’s term for pretty much anyone (see article). The hapless Gordon Brown has got precious little thanks.

The Economist ends on a downbeat note:
And how exactly will Mr Obama’s quiet multilateral vision, in which each nation does its bit for the good of all, work in practice? He is right that American power is circumscribed. But the European Union is not fit to help him police the world (see article). China, India and Russia are not willing.

“God save us always from the innocent and the good”
That leaves Mr Obama with a burden to shoulder on his own. In the coming weeks he could prove the doubters wrong. He could lead the way towards a brave deal on the climate. He could press Iran to negotiate over its nuclear programme before his own end-of-year deadline—or secure Russian backing for sanctions. He could agree to cut nuclear arms with Russia. He could bully the Palestinians and Mr Netanyahu to agree to talk. And he could get Mr Karzai and Pakistan to show that they mean to make Afghanistan governable. Even part of that list would set up Mr Obama as a foreign-policy president. But if there is no progress, then Mr Obama will be cast as starry-eyed and weak. He himself recognised the danger of that in one of those golden speeches: “Rules must be binding. Violations must be punished. Words must mean something.”

Just like this clown's pledge in April to keep the missile sites in Poland and the Czech Republic, only to have August come along....and on the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland, the "innocent and the good" doubletalk vaporizer reneged.

Climate Hoax Never About Saving Planet: About Your Money, Elite Statists Power

The Toronto Sun has an excellent summary about the reasons that "climategate" won't stop political elites and scientific fakes from enacting taxes to give them more power and diminish the freedom and property of us individuals:
If you're wondering how the robot-like march of the world's politicians towards Copenhagen can possibly continue in the face of the scientific scandal dubbed "climategate," it's because Big Government, Big Business and Big Green don't give a s*** about "the science."

They never have.

What "climategate" suggests is many of the world's leading climate scientists didn't either. Apparently they stifled their own doubts about recent global cooling not explained by their computer models, manipulated data, plotted ways to avoid releasing it under freedom of information laws and attacked fellow scientists and scientific journals for publishing even peer-reviewed literature of which they did not approve.

Now they and their media shills -- who sneered that all who questioned their phony "consensus" were despicable "deniers," the moral equivalent of those who deny the Holocaust -- are the ones in denial about the enormity of the scandal enveloping them.

So they desperately try to portray it as the routine "messy" business of science, lamely insisting, "nothing to see here folks, move along."

Before the Internet -- which has given ordinary people a way to fight back against the received wisdom of so-called "wise elites" -- they might have gotten away with it.

But not now, as knowledgeable climate bloggers are advancing the story and forcing the co-opted mainstream media to cover a scandal most would rather ignore.

The problem, however, is those who hijacked science to predict a looming Armageddon unless we do exactly as they say, have already done their damage.

The moment they convinced politicians the way to avert the End of Days was to put a price on emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the unholy alliance of Big Government, Big Business and Big Green was forged.

Big Government wants more of your taxes. Big Business wants more of your income. Big Green wants you and your children to bow down to its agenda of enforced austerity.

What about saving the planet, you ask? This was never about saving the planet. This is about money and power. Your money. Their power.

Lorrie Goldstein goes on to blow the trumpet for a charge on Canadian officials. Perhaps there's a hope that the folks in the Great White North will be able to do something about the fiasco that is being foisted upon advanced industrial nations while "developing countries" like China and India fill the skies with dirt and CO2 in ever-growing amounts:
If it was about saving the planet, "cap-and-trade" (a.k.a. cap-and-tax) -- how Big Government, Big Business and Big Green ludicrously pretend we will "fight" global warming and "save the planet" -- would have been consigned to the dust bin of history because it doesn't work. We know it doesn't work because Europe's five-year-old cap-and-trade market -- the Emissions Trading Scheme -- has done nothing to make the world cooler.

All it's done is make hedge fund managers, speculators and Big Energy giddy with windfall profits, while making everyone else poorer by driving up the cost of energy, and thus of most goods and services, which need energy to be lighted, heated, cooled, grown, constructed, manufactured, produced and transported.

Readers often ask how they can fight back. First, forget about asking when the warmists will see reason. They won't.

Instead, send a message to Prime Minister Stephen Harper by e-mail (, fax (1-613-941-6900) or call toll-free (1-866-599-4999) and ask to be put through to the Office of the Prime Minister.

Do the same for Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff by e-mail, ( fax, (1-613-947-0310), or call-toll free (1-866-599-4999) and ask to be put through to the Liberal Leader's Office.

Tell them you want no part of the madness in Copenhagen.

Blow their phones off the hook.

Ditto for the pathetic cast of Demo-rats about to inflict permanent harm on the American economy already devastated by Dear Leader's silly "porkulus" hyper-spending.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Lysenko versus AGW, which is more dangerous

Armed and Dangerous refutes the stupid pack of lies that the so-called "scientific community" has pushed forward with the promise of billions and trillions more for Big Science and Big Government at the end of the Copenhagen road.

A pathetic unread silly-boy named Colmes, recently dismissed from Hannity's show for persistent underachievement, bleats in his effete tones the usual BS that ice caps are melting, polar bears drowning, etc. while neglecting to point out that ice caps are now growing in Antarctica, etc. It's the sins of omission where the crimes are being committed by the AGW hoax brigades of "meteorologists" and other fake-science phonies. The dogs that don't bark like clueless Charlie [ACORN, what's that?], dumbass Katie the biyotch and phony Brian, the Alex Baldwin of News [funny if you like sick jokes]. Those nets are going to be begging for PBS status soon as they sink slowly into red ink. We can all see, if we ever bother to watch, what boring BS they will become just by allowing our retinas to be violated by the public leftist channel.

No wonder FoxNEWS is carrying the field and now FOX network is winning the entire shooting match, because people just don't like to be lied to, even by omission. And as A&D notes, people really hate rationalization of political control by fake science:
Lysenkoism is also instructive in another way. It teaches us a lesson which, if heeded, might have accelerated the exposure of the AGW fraud — or, perhaps, prevented it from getting traction in the first place. The lesson is this: always, always, always distrust the “science” that accompanies a political power grab.

This is actually a narrower category than politicized science. To see how, contrast creationism with AGW. Creationism is certainly politicized science, but it is marginally less noxious than AGW because it is not cannot effectively be used as a rationalization of control by the permanent political class, a weapon against free markets and individual liberty.

And A&D cites my philosopher of choice, the great H.L. Mencken:
Therefore…the next time we hear a ginned-up panic over some vast environmental crisis, the prudent thing to do will be to remember Mencken: “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” It will be prudent to suspect that the science is probably already corrupted and demand extra-stringent scrutiny of it under that assumption.

It took the National Inquirer to uncover a fraud like John Edwards while the MSM dithered and dilly-dallied to protect its golden calf and his sick wife. Remember saccharine and other fake "crises?"
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

The Sage of Baltimore would have also said what esr mentions afterward:
And that brings us to process transparency. I discussed this with particular reference in Open-Sourcing the Global Warming Debate, but there’s another point that deserves attention. Strictly speaking, the rules of science require complete disclosure of all experimental methods, data, and analysis tools so that others can peer-review and replicate the work. We may find it an acceptable to relax those full-disclosure rules to some extent for corporations doing commercially-focused R&D. But that IPR exception should never be granted to scientists whose research touches public policy. Because the stakes are so much higher, disclosure standards must be as well.

FOIA requests were ignored for eight years and it took a whistleblower to send the most damaging e-mails which should result in people losing their jobs.

Instead, a one-term wonder is heading off to Copenhagen next month after not having time to visit the Berlin Wall in his busy schedule. Is anyone going to challenge this double-digit IQ moron?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Obama, Arabs Let Each Other Down

Marc Ginsburg continues to dream the Arab dream that Fuad Ajami has so effectively demolished and The Economist outlines the continuing failure of a cultural and religious nexus which is unable to cope with the twentieth century, let alone the twenty first!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Global Cooling Irks CRU "Scientists"

Newsbusters has a few of the e-mails so-called "scientists" exchanged to attempt to obscure the fact that the Earth since 1998 has actually cooled about a quarter of a degree instead of warming because of us nasty humans.

In the words of a prominent climate skeptic,
So the 1079 emails and 72 documents seem indeed evidence of a scandal involving most of the most prominent scientists pushing the man-made warming theory - a scandal that is one of the greatest in modern science. I’ve been adding some of the most astonishing in updates below - emails suggesting conspiracy, collusion in exaggerating warming data, possibly illegal destruction of embarrassing information, organised resistance to disclosure, manipulation of data, private admissions of flaws in their public claims and much more. If it is as it now seems, never again will “peer review” be used to shout down sceptics.

Pseudo-science such as Anthropogenic Global Warming demonstrates the political agenda of the elites as they attempt to impose new taxes on rich countries [who often comply only in a desultory fashion] while allowing massive polluters like China, whose brown coal is the single largest component of human global warming, to avoid the sanctions.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Road To Serfdom Paved by Media Manipulation

Four guides On the Road to Serfdom

Ed Driscoll has a great short piece on how the NYT and other "gatekeepers" keep us uninformed, misinformed and disinformed.

Friday, November 20, 2009

US Scapegoating Karzai on "Corruption" Charges

A well-placed US official who recently spent some time in Afghanistan tells me that the US and UN are scapegoating Karzai with highly-inflated charges of corruption which basically is the cost of doing business in Afghanistan. This official says the real problem was the dearth of funding over the last decade and a half as well as misplaced confidence in eradicating an opium poppy agribusiness too prosperous for farmers to abandon and replacing the poppy growers with traditional agricultural produce. These were only two of the many miscalculations the US has made.

The official says that two-thirds or more of the funds allocated to institutions and dispensed by the US and NGOs actually reach the intended recipients. This is under Karzai's first term and by regional standards and previous Afghani benchmarks, is a great improvement. Yet the US and its FOUR ambassadors keep bumping into each other accusing Karzai of malfeasance and incompetence. And Richard Holbrooke has overemployed his trademark bullying and browbeating to such an extent that he is persona non grata in Afghanistan and is basically regarded as a Pakistani agent.

Holbrooke is now effectively lost any cachet with India as well, leaving him pincered in a Pakistani vise which limits his effectiveness as a regional ambassador and effectively means that Hillary Clinton is the only US official able to deal with all three countries. Given her limited time and skills, this means the US regional policy is at a standstill.

Finally, the spectacle of Karl Eikenberry as a US Ambassador criticizing Gen. McChrystal [who replaced Eikenberry's replacement Gen. McKiernan] has made the American policy toward eliminating or neutralizing the Taliban a complete shambles.

And meanwhile, Dear Leader dithers and dilly-dallies as he can't make up his underdeveloped mind on the issues at hand.

Gallup Shows Dear Leader's Honeymoon is Over

Sliding Slowly into the Forties

Gallup now shows what other polls have already indicated, that Obama's popularity is dissolving faster than a snowman in a sudden warm spell.
Of the post-World War II presidents, Obama now is the fourth fastest to drop below the majority approval level, doing so in his 10th month on the job. Gerald Ford dropped below 50% approval during his third month in office, and Bill Clinton did so in his fourth month. Ronald Reagan, like Obama, also dropped below 50% in his 10th month in office, though Reagan's drop occurred a few days sooner in that month (Nov. 13-16, 1981) than did Obama's (Nov. 17-19, 2009).

Given this fellow's amateurish efforts up to now, especially his dithering over troop decisions and abrupt reversals of stated policy goals [missile sites in Poland, etc.], don't expect his job performance to improve in the near future.

Yemen Becoming New Front Between Al Qaeda & Hezbollah?

I was Political Officer in Jidda in the late '70s in the US Embassy and was accustomed to receiving long missives from the US Amb to Yemen, Tom Scotes, who would dash off three half-dozen page analyses of the Yemeni political situation [which I also covered from a Pol/Mil slant] every week, or so it seemed.

Finally, Amb Tom Pickering from Jordan arrived in Jidda with three black Chevy Suburbans armed with antennae thirty feet high and announced that he wished to drive to Sana to visit Tom Scotes and would myself and the MilATT like to hitch a ride? I took one of the Jidda Suburbans with a broken-down M16, which I had learned to handle in Vietnam, and Tom's son Tim hitched a ride with me as we motored in CB contact with his pop to the Yemeni border. Tom Pickering was a driven man---his nickname was Black Bart---and he blew off an invite from the governor of Najran to get an early start across the unmarked Saudi/Yemeni border and many adventures ensued, including my discovery of Jews settled in a valley north of Saada of whom I have some photos which I will dig out and attach someday to my writings. They are not mentioned in the Economist article above which discusses the area we traversed, but they are one more piece on the zany chessboard that is Yemeni politics, or rather civil strife.

Back in the seventies, Sana's rule stopped at Saada and the hundred miles between Saada and Najran were royalist territory, loyal to the crazy Imam whose exploits amazed travellers like Freya Stark and others. Tim and I were hailed by two hitchhikers in the area not by a raised thumb, but with the usual lowered rifles pointed at us. We picked up the passengers and dropped them off twenty miles later and the M16 was not needed.

Yemen is a country I have visited a half-dozen times or more between my Foreign Service days and my stint as an Amoco Entry Strategist. It is a [barely] functioning medieval society with the Zaidi[Shi'a] and Shafei[Sunni] dichotomy only two of the many cultural/religious rifts splitting the country into a kaleidoscope of clans, tribes, and isolated satrapies. Osama Bin Laden's family hails from the Hadramaut in the southern part of the country which is again trying to affirm its independence from the capital in Sana, itself perhaps the oldest continuously inhabited urban settlement in the world---longer even than Damascus.

Supposedly, Shi'ism had its origin in Yemen from a Jewish convert at the death of the Prophet when the first succession crisis in the new religion arose, and spread rapidly eastward among the Kharajites in Oman and then up the Gulf to Basra and later Baghdad. Certainly, the peninsulars didn't like the Umayyads' move to Damascus and later to Cordoba. Persia/Iran didn't become Shi'ite until the Safavids almost a millennium later, but the Fatamids in Egypt were the genesis of Shi'ite power for a while, throwing off heterodox offshoots like the Druse in Lebanon and Iran [the "Old Man of the Mountain" who founded the sect of the Hashishiim or "Assassins" was an eastern Drusi living on a mountaintop near the Caspian, so the Lebanese Druse claim]. But I digress....

Suffice it to say, as the Economist article linked above outlines a bit, that Yemen is both western-oriented politically and also an unwilling battleground between Iranian-backed, Lebanese-trained Hezbollah and their Houthi allies versus the Al Qaeda strongholds further south in the former PDRY, a godforsaken hellhole where smuggling and piracy are the two main economic sources of income. It appears that Eritrea across the Red Sea from Yemen is also an Iranian base of operations, important because the nearby Bab el Mandeb is a chokepoint for all Red Sea Suez Canal traffic just as the Straits of Hormuz is for Persian Gulf trade and traffic.

The Saudis regard Yemen as their single greatest national security concern, ever since the Treaty of Taif in 1930 deprived Yemen of the Asir and other parts of what is now the southwest part of Saudi Arabia. Even though 15 of the 19 crazed Muslim terrorists who destroyed the WTC in 9/11/01 were carrying Saudi passports, their names showed they were of Yemeni ethnic or tribal affiliation as is Osama Bin Laden and there is no doubt that US and Saudi national security dovetail in this respect.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"The Lives of Others" Depicts Hollywood Ideal of Stasi Snoopery Ruling USA

John Nolte has a great piece on why the pathetic retardos in Hollyweird love Chavez and other Castro-wannabes.
When you and I picture life under Obama’s vision for America, we see a dreary existence spent in breadlines, drab apartments and small jail cells with rat cages strapped to our face conditioning us to say “Herstory” instead of “History.” These Castro-lovers and Polanski-defenders see something completely different.
Watch “The Lives of Others.” Not only is it one of the best films of the decade, it also answers the opening question. You’ll see how life under fascism is the complete fulfillment of every narcissistic desire Susan Sarandon, Barbra Streisand, Oliver Stone, Sean Penn and the rest of their sorry lot has ever had.
Leftist Hollywood is not driven by wealth or artistic freedom, they’re driven by status and the insatiable need to be unconditionally adored. Unfortunately for them, as actors in America, status and adoration is tied to awards and the size of the paycheck – in other words competition and a free market – which they hate. But that’s the least of their worries. All this messy American capitalism forces our favorite artistes into the undignified position of having to beg for money in order to have the millions necessary to watch themselves be all artistic on the big screen, and all this messy American free expression allows people like you and me to criticize and ridicule their hard self-serving work.

Nolte knows that hard work and earning one's honor isn't the way the pervs and perps that comprise Tinseltown's nomenklatura operate. These stoned-slackers want it all and they think that they are entitled to unconditional adoration which they would get if they lived in, say, East Germany before 1989 or the current slave-gulags in Cuba and N. Korea. Nolte sums up the beau-ideal of the trailer-trash "intelligentsia" like high-school dropout Penn or morbidly-obese "health-care expert" Michael Moore as a dystopia where actually scrambling for capital would be unnecessary:
Not so under a dictatorship.
The way they see it, with the right dictator, the State would hand them money for film projects and jail anyone who criticized them in print or elsewhere. Hugo Chavez shutting television stations down doesn’t horrify Leftist Hollywood, it makes them giddy.
Certainly the days of the $20 million pay check and multiple homes would be over, but that would come as a relief because status wouldn’t be tied to uncontrollable market forces. There would be no more stressing all weekend hoping those idiot hicks in Middle America make it a box office hit. As long as the State was happy with the product, the State would hand out status like welfare checks in the form of dinner parties, awards, nice apartments and “important” projects.
But what about artistic freedom, you might ask…
These Leftists enjoy complete artistic freedom now and what do they do with it? They flack for the state, undermine liberty and trash religion. All any fascist dictator would have to say is, “Carry on.”

The suck-ups and libtard elites in the business of movie-making consider themselves artists, which Marlon Brando had enuf integrity to refute by refusing to accept an Oscar for what he considered was mere miming and mouthing---something a Sharon Stone hasn't even mastered to this day!

The Hollywood Blacklist of traitors like Dalton Trumbo was an appropriate response to sad sacks who despise the Constitution almost as much as right-minded citizens despise their pretensions to be "artists."

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

CMPA Report: Fox is the MOST Fair & Balanced

The Center for Media and Public Affairs [CMPA] has an ongoing study whose preliminary conclusions are that a close analysis of the three networks and Fox's Special Report shows that:
...Fox has both the most balanced and the most anti-Obama coverage... Simple. It's because the other networks were all so pro-Obama. CMPA analyzed every soundbite by reporters and nonpartisan sources (excluding representative of the political parties) that evaluated the candidates and their policies. On the three broadcast networks combined, evaluations of Obama were 68% positive and 32% negative, compared to the only 36% positive and 64% negative evaluations of his GOP opponent John McCain.

Indeed, the CMPA report shows that the three nets gave slavish adulation to Dear Leader:
In fact, Obama received the most favorable coverage CMPA has ever recorded for any presidential candidate since we began tracking election news coverage in 1988. The totals were very similar--within a few percentage points--at all three networks. (These figures exclude comments on the candidates' prospects in the campaign horse race, which obviously favored Obama.)

And although FoxNEWS was not very friendly to Obama, it matched it with a distinctly unfriendly attitude to the RINO Repug excuse for a candidate, you know, the one whose pudgy blonde bimbette daughter trashes conservatives on a blog?
Meanwhile, Fox's Special Report was dramatically tougher on Obama, with only 36% favorable vs. 64% unfavorable evaluations during the same time period. But McCain didn't fare much better, garnering only 40% favorable comments vs. 60% negative ones. So the broadcast networks gave good marks to one candidate and bad marks to another, while Fox was tough on both--and most balanced overall.

Of course, in the WH barnyard, Napoleon brooks no half-praise and has sent his sewer rats Axelrod and Emanuel out to emasculate FoxNEWS for being the only media outlet which dares to reveal its crime sprees like ACORN and SEIU which are getting fat on federal subsidies from the porkulus package---Napoleon doesn't mind even if he is a pig. Or is Fox the only culprit which dares to question Dear Leader on his aspirations to be King of the World?
Of course, all this is old news. White House staffers went after Fox because of what they perceived as the Murdoch News Network's trashing of the new Democratic administration. So what has Fox done to Obama lately? To find out, I consulted CMPA's ongoing study of the president's television news coverage, which is being conducted by scholars at George Mason and Chapman universities.

It turns out that Fox's coverage of President Obama has been even more negative than its coverage of candidate Obama: From Inauguration Day to Oct. 10, only 27% of Special Report's comments on the president were favorable. That sounds like proof positive of Fox's negative intentions. But if Fox hasn't lost its anti-Obama edge, it has certainly lost its distinctiveness. During the same period only 35% of the evaluations on ABC, CBS, and NBC were positive. So from the administration's point of view, Fox's coverage has gone from being the worst of all to merely the worst among equals.

Moreover, distressing as it may seem to a president used to unusually friendly coverage, this negativity is surprisingly normal. CMPA's earlier studies found that the broadcast networks gave almost identically negative coverage to George W. Bush (37% positive), Bill Clinton (34% positive) and Ronald Reagan (37% positive) during their first seven months in office.

These numbers are too similar for mere coincidence; instead, they represent a historical pattern. Based on the experience of the past three decades, incoming presidents should expect to receive twice as much bad press as good press and plan accordingly. In the modern era of media politics, presidential honeymoons end with the transition to power. Once they try to put their agendas into practice, Republican and Democratic presidents alike are fair game for a media anxious to tell the other side of the story.

The real reason for Obama's ridiculous coverage during the election, was, well.....
Obama differs from his predecessors mainly in the false hopes generated by sometimes fawning campaign coverage from jaded journalists who temporarily let themselves get carried away by his eloquence and the historic nature of his candidacy. When politics returned to normal, their coverage returned to form.

The only word I'd quibble about in the quote above is "fawning."
Of course Fox remains a special case among Obama's tormentors, with its stable of conservative talk show hosts singing the same discordant tune. But odds are that the next Republican president will get the same reception from Fox's liberal counterparts on MSNBC. A GOP president will also have to cope with the growing trend among entertainment-oriented cable channels to feature liberal commentators, such as Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert and HBO's Bill Maher.

Across the cable landscape, reporting seems to be merging with commentary just as surely as news is merging with entertainment. In light of White House charges that Fox is "not really a news organization," it is ironic that among all the cable channels that feature political news and comment, Fox is the only one that runs an old-fashioned half hour of nightly news modeled on the broadcast networks.

To be sure, this president can expect more criticism from Fox than from CNN and MSNBC. But to single out Fox as the problem, because--unlike other television news--it has morphed from a news organization into an adversary? He should be so lucky.

Stewart and Colbert are funny, and Maher is beneath contempt. But unmentioned in Lichter's analysis is the fact that FoxNEWS is routinely outdrawing ALL FOUR of the other cable "news" [MSNBC is an agitprop corporate suck-up channel] outlets.

Remember back in the late '90s when FoxNEWS went 24-7, an atheist drunk said CNN would "crush it like a bug?" AOLTimeWarner's only smart move was to evict that diesel fanny out of its boardroom first item of business.

FBI & Feda Claim "First Amendment Rights" for Terrorist Muslims

Bernie Goldberg tells it the way Dan Rather never would or could, nor could Bob Shieffer, his witless successor:
Bernard Goldberg, a former CBS News correspondent, took the media to task for its coverage. "What's the story line they run with? Religion? Of course not. Can't do that. He's a Muslim," he said Friday on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor." "They run with post-traumatic stress syndrome because that gives them a chance to take a shot at a couple of wars they never liked from the get-go."

And a brave colonel instructed his subordinates to:
"Please send a message to our training centers, the (logistics support bases), and the (divisions) advising them of ...(their) responsibility to provide this command a status of their respective anti-terrorism plans."

Most media are acolytes of the cringing grandson of Socialist Norman Thomas, a Newsweak pondscum specimen of the name of Evan, who whinges:
"I cringe that he's a Muslim," said Evan Thomas of Newsweek. "I mean, because it inflames all the fears. I think he's probably just a nut case. But with that label attached to him, it will get the right wing going and it just -- I mean these things are tragic, but that makes it much worse."

But my old friend Barry Rubin, who had his wedding reception back at our home in DC some twenty years ago, sums it up:
Satirical blogger Barry Rubin of "The Rubin Report" wondered if today's New York Times covering the Lincoln assassination would overlook the fact that John Wilkes Booth shouted out a Confederate motto after the shooting and report instead that he "was psychologically unstable...frightened of the Civil War coming to an end and having to face a peacetime actors' surplus."

Great comparison, Barry, and the fishwrap tabloid of the ultra-left neo-Commie risorgimento still is Walter Duranty updated and with new traitorous flourishes.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Gladwell Rips Off Dawkins, but Won't Admit it!

Serial Confabulator and Master of the Obvious Malcolm Gladwell quite simply has made a career of taking other people's ideas and expanding on them, a la Gail Sheehy of Passages fame way back in the day. At least he doesn't overtly plagiarize, but stealing without attribution is a kissing cousin.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Nasty Gay-Baiter in Oval Office Taunts Opponents

Gay-baiter-in-Chief Taunts "Teabaggers"

The nasty cafe-au-lait creep used a sexual slur to describe his Tea Party opponents who threaten to bring down his plan to socialize America.

[Unintentionally] Funny Jon Klein Explains CNN's bottom status in Cable News

Jon Klein is himself the real reason CNN is at the bottom of the pack in the cable news race, but he can't say that and keep his job, so instead he does a comic turn with the LATimes.

Lamestream Media Blames PTSD for Terrorist Major

Bernie Goldberg blames the "Lamestream Media" for many ridiculous assertions in NYT, Time, Newsweak and other creepy misfits pretending to be journalists.

Bill O'Reilly and FoxNEWS now routinely outdraws ALL other cable news in competing time slots as do his fellow FoxNEWS cable colleagues. Indeed, as I noted in a previous blog, the number of DEMOCRATS watching FoxNEWS from 8-11PM outnumber the collective number of Demo-rats watching CNN, MSNBC, & HLN.

No wonder SNL, Jon Stewart, and unintentionally comic [Wolfie Blitzer, Davey Shuster, and the Shemale] newsies now make Fox-bashing one of their major segments almost every weekend/night. Of course, being terminally stupid [as Wolf proved in Jeopardy! when he went more than $4000 in the hole!], these unintentionally funny lamestream media freaks of nature are simply making their own dwindling audience wonder what all the fuss is about, driving up FoxNEWS numbers as more than a few find that the libtard liars are actually one-sided and Fox by comparison actually "fair and balanced."

The circulation/viewership of the libtard left is cratering/plummeting/diminishing [pick your verb] at about a 7% average every SIX MONTHS as Editor & Publisher notes every half-year, except for the Wall Street Journal, which actually gained a half-percent while USA TODAY lost close to 10% to cede highest circulation to the WSJ---a fact the far left E&P noted in neither the headline, nor even in the first three paragraphs, but HALFWAY THROUGH the FOURTH para. As a former editor at a daily, this is the kind of journalistic crime that only libtard lying tabloids, of which the NYT and WaPo are two, commit on a frequent basis.

The funniest comment about all this from the witless, clueless, airhead Chief Editor of the NYT, a moron named Keller, noted that "nobody watches "Drudgereport" any more." Keller, of course, is unaware that Drudge recently moved about three rungs up the ladder of mos-viewed sites on the web, while the donkey squat fishwrap NYT website fell two rungs the same period---with Drudge passing the NYT like the benighted ship that it is.

Pinch Sulzberger better sell what remains of his family legacy, as he is becoming the Jeff Immelt of the newspaper world.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Obama Numbers Plummet Almost as fast as Keith Odorboy's & MSNBC's

Dear Leader losing "Dearness"

American Thinker has a nice graph on how rapidly the American people are realizing what a complete mistake they made last year in electing a clown.

And there's a graph from TVNewser demonstrating on how FoxNEWS has CRUSHED the competition over the last 12 months in a steady increase in viewership. Of special interest is a Pew report mentioned by one commenter:
FNC: 39% Republican, 33% Democratic, 22% Independent
CNN: 18% Republican, 51% Democratic, 23% Independent
MSNBC: 18% Republican, 45% Democratic, 27% Independent

This would indicate more democrats are watching fox than MSNBCs total audience. Cant get anymore fair and balanced than that.

Lets see the libs here spin that…HOBO

And of course, the libtards always profess that "only old people" watch Fox. Study the chart and you'll find that the coveted 25-54 viewership slice for O'Reilly is around 900,000 which is more than three times as many as the less than 300K viewers who watch Odorboy. And basically Nancy Grace ties Keith-O while Campbell B is less than 200K---always great to mention when you remember that chronic drunk atheist Ted Turner said he would "CRUSH FoxNEWS like a bug" back 13 years ago when the cable news outlet announced it was challenging [Corrupt]NN around the clock. Now in the prime 8PM slot, :FoxNEWS has almost FIVE TIMES the viewers that CNN has, and imbecile-in-chief Jonathan Klein refuses to replace nitwit Brown with Lou Dobbs, who actually draws better numbers than the non-journalist Brown. Nor will Zucker replace the Odorboy show which is obviously on life support.

The GE prostitute-in-chief Jeff Immelt is hoping for a government subsidy, I guess. NBC's ratings are down across the board and not even SNL & 30Rock can keep that scow barge above the waterline.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Unraveling Begins For Obama as NBC Chicago Affiliate Scores Him on Fort Hood.

NBC Chicago may be different than the suck-up affiliate in S.Florida, but this was on its website:
After news broke out of the shooting at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas, the nation watched in horror as the toll of dead and injured climbed. The White House was notified immediately and by late afternoon, word went out that the president would speak about the incident prior to a previously scheduled appearance. At about 5 p.m., cable stations went to the president. The situation called for not only his trademark eloquence, but also grace and perspective.
But instead of a somber chief executive offering reassuring words and expressions of sympathy and compassion, viewers saw a wildly disconnected and inappropriately light president making introductory remarks. At the event, a Tribal Nations Conference hosted by the Department of Interior's Bureau of Indian affairs, the president thanked various staffers and offered a "shout-out" to "Dr. Joe Medicine Crow -- that Congressional Medal of Honor winner." Three minutes in, the president spoke about the shooting, in measured and appropriate terms. Who is advising him?
Anyone at home aware of the major news story of the previous hours had to have been stunned. An incident like this requires a scrapping of the early light banter. The president should apologize for the tone of his remarks, explain what has happened, express sympathy for those slain and appeal for calm and patience until all the facts are in. That's the least that should occur.

This guy is beginning to wear very thin, and his insane Speaker of the House is going to get him diselected in 2012.
Kimberley Strassel at the WSJ has a more long-term view. She calls this November poll a "tipping point:"
Gerry Connolly? The freshman Democrat last year won the 11th congressional district, a Northern Virginia suburb of Washington that has trended blue. Mr. Obama cleaned up 57% of voters, and the district was hailed as an example of a new tide toward Democrats. Mr. Connolly, feeling safe, has supported every aspect of the Democratic agenda, from stimulus to health care.

Tuesday, those suburban voters came swinging back. Mr. McDonnell won 55% of the vote, improving John McCain's number by 13 points. Two more Democratic incumbents on the local ballot went down to GOP contenders. Local businessman Keith Fimian has already announced a rematch against Mr. Connolly; he outraised him by $100,000 in his first fund-raising quarter.

Forget the freshmen—how about Virginia's ninth district, home to 27-year-incumbent Rick Boucher? That's coal country, though Mr. Boucher, confident in incumbency, has been playing a dangerous game of shepherding through his party's climate bill. Will Morefield, a little-known Republican running for the Virginia House of Delegates, centered his campaign against that legislation. He beat the Democratic incumbent by 14 points. Mr. McDonnell? He won a devastating 66% of the district vote.

These are the numbers the 49 Democrats who sit in McCain districts are dissecting. The mass defection in the independent vote, the uptick in the angry-senior vote, the swing in suburban voters, the drop-off in Democratic turnout—the figures have even hot incumbent blood running cold. The White House can shout that this is not a referendum on the president's policies. What vulnerable Democrat wants to take that chance?

The White House and the congressional leadership saw this coming, and it is why Speaker Nancy Pelosi is force-marching her health bill to a vote tomorrow. She's not about to give her members time to absorb the ugly results, or to be further rattled by next week's Veteran's Day break, when they go home for a repeat of the August furies. If not now, she knows, maybe never.

Look for it, nonetheless, to be a squeaker. A lot of Democrats are getting a sneaky suspicion Mrs. Pelosi is willing to sacrifice their seats on the altar of liberal government health care. Combined with the election results and Mr. Obama's falling poll numbers, this is no recipe for loyalty. Hello, tipping point. Hello, even crazier Washington.

Into the Valley of Death rode the 218, more or less.....