Nanny, may I have my steak now?

September 30, 2008

Because you’re too stupid to make intelligent choices about the foods you eat, the Mandarins of the Golden Dome in Sacramento and the Governator have decreed that all restaurant menus will list the fat, carbohydrate, and sodium content of each of their meals.

Because, Lord knows, without Sacramento intervening, you may not realize you shouldn’t have a double whopper with cheese for lunch every day.

I can’t wait to see the new menu at my local Morton’s.

 

(hat tip: The Jawa Report)


I am officially weirded out

September 30, 2008

Children singing the praises of the Prophet Barack:

 

What comes after the inauguration? A Young Pioneers League? Al Gore shrieked years ago about "digital brownshirts;" will Obama bring us the Blueshirts?

OK, I’m being a bit facetious, but this is kind of unnerving. Nailbiting

(hat tip: Campaign Standard)

LINKS: The Anchoress wonders if we’ll get our "two minutes of hate; AJ Strata hears Goebbels calling; Roger L. Simon calls it Amazing (Dis)grace. Ed Morrissey wonders if an NBC exec is behind this and sees a couple of creepy parallels. I note an earlier instance of the "Don’t think, just sing" movement here. Confederate Yankee thinks Big Brother would approve.

UPDATE: Fausta posts some of the lyrics:

“We’re gonna to spread happiness.
We’re gonna to spread freedom.
Obama’s gonna change it,
Obama’s gonna lead us.
We’re gonna change it
and we arrange it:
We’re gonna change the world.”

Ew. There’s a disturbing resemblance to this:

 


I weep

September 30, 2008

The New York Sun is closing its doors today. One of the few papers practicing genuine journalism, it was a valuable resource for anyone looking for real information. While Center-Right in its editorial slant, I rarely had reason to question the objectivity of its news articles – unlike the case with the New York or Los Angeles Times.

It will be missed. Sad

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Welcome to Saudi Britain

September 30, 2008

Britain has permitted the use of Sharia law in arbitration hearings, backed by the full force of British law.

  

The inimitable Pat Condell unloads:

  

  

If you’re British, the petition Pat speaks of is here.

(hat tip: The Jawa Report

 

UPDATE: The censors at YouTube have deleted the video (mustn’t offend Saudi Arabia, after all), but Little Green Footballs has a copy. Hah! Loser


From the inside

September 30, 2008

Media bias? What media bias? Glenn Reynolds quotes a letter from a newsroom source who asked to stay anonymous:

"Off the record, every suspicion you have about MSM being in the tank for O is true. We have a team of 4 people going thru dumpsters in Alaska and 4 in arizona. Not a single one looking into Acorn, Ayers or Freddiemae. Editor refuses to publish anything that would jeopardize election for O, and betting you dollars to donuts same is true at NYT, others. People cheer when CNN or NBC run another Palin-mocking but raising any reasonable inquiry into obama is derided or flat out ignored. The fix is in, and its working."

Somehow, I don’t recall Lincoln speaking of government "of the media, by the media, and for the media" in any of my history texts.

Must be a misprint.

LINKS: Sister Toldjah, The Anchoress, Blue Crab Boulevard. Ed Morrissey calls this a "dog bites man" story.

 

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The teleprompter’s final demands

September 29, 2008

The Prophet Barack’s best friend gives him some straight talk:

Winking

(via Jawa Report)


And they wonder why we’re cynical

September 29, 2008

According to the LA Times, quoting a Forbes Magazine article, that $700,000,000,000 figure used to scare us all into a bailout was made up out of thin air by Treasury:

"It’s not based on any particular data point," a Treasury spokeswoman told Forbes.com Tuesday. "We just wanted to choose a really large number."

They made it up to be sufficiently ginormous to frighten everyone into rapid action.

And it worked.

Argh! Are there no responsible adults in Washington? At wits end

(hat tip: LGF)

 


Obama, Ayers, and education

September 29, 2008

Again, the problem with Obama’s association with William Ayers isn’t that Ayers was a murderous communist terrorist in the 70s (although that’s bad enough), it’s that Obama was funneling millions to Ayers-approved educational projects that implemented the ex-Weatherman’s radical agenda to no improvement in the students’ basic skills, and that he has then tried to cover up and diminish that association. Stanley Kurtz, whose work I discussed here, gives a summary in this Fox video:

 

Now, do I think the Prophet Barack is a "crypto-commie?" No, no more than I think he’s a secret Muslim. But his history with Ayers and Annenberg should trouble anyone who stops to think about it. Remember, Ayers was head of a group that planned to bomb the Army post at Fort Dix – only an accident stopped what might have happened. And Ayers has stated that his only regret was that he hadn’t planted more bombs.

Moreover, according to the records, the only reason for the Chicago Annenberg Challenge’s existence was apparently to fund the radical, anti-American educational ideas of Bill Ayers and his allies. Senator Obama didn’t care (as far as anyone can tell) that the money spent –over $100,000,000- did nothing to improve reading and math skills. Yet, during the recent debate, Obama made a large point about funding early childhood education. Given his tenure at CAC and his working partnership with Ayers, one has to ask what these programs would entail.

Beyond hyperbolic accusations of Obama as some sort of "Manchurian candidate," we should be disturbed by a would-be Chief Executive who apparently didn’t care that the organization he ran was wasting millions and doing no good for the very people it was (supposedly) meant to help. At its most charitable, Obama’s history with CAC and Ayers shows him to be a callow individual who doesn’t think through the implications of what he’s doing and who he’s doing it with, so long as it advances his career.

Elections are about character as well as policy, and, on both counts, I prefer the other guy.

(hat tip: Jennifer Rubin)

 


Disgusting

September 28, 2008

From Eye on the UN, video of Iranian fascist fruitcake President Ahmadinejad spewing anti-Semitic filth during his UN speech and then being applauded and greeted as a hero by the General Assembly and its president.

 

Bear in mind that whenever he says “Zionists,” he means “Jews.” The man who gave this speech has publicly called for the destruction of Israel –a second Holocaust. And don’t forget, this millenarian religious fanatic desperately wants nuclear weapons.

Why in the name of all that’s decent are we still wasting our time with United Nations?

(hat tip: LGF)

 


Too thin-skinned to be president?

September 28, 2008

I’ve noted for a while now Barack Obama’s sensitivity to criticism. He doesn’t like it; his acolytes don’t like it either. Nothing too unusual in that. All politicians and their fans think they’re being misrepresented.

But not all of them ask local law enforcement to persecute their critics.

Here’s the ad that has Harbinger of Hope and Change all riled up:

 

I don’t know whether it’s wholly accurate or not, but it doesn’t seem out of line for a political ad on a hot-button issue. In fact, it’s accuracy is not the issue at all, but the Obama campaign’s attempt to deny the free speech rights of its critics. And this isn’t the first time the Obama campaign has tried to shout-down opponents.

The Obama campaign’s attempt to suborn law enforcement for its own benefit is so outrageous that the Governor of Missouri has denounced it, telling the Prophet Barack to grow up.

If Candidate Obama is so thin-skinned that he and his people feel compelled to resort to political thuggery against critics, do we really want a President Obama running the Justice Department?

(hat tip: Fausta)

LINKS: Dan Riehl; Instapundit has lots of links; Sister Toldjah; Little Green Footballs; Power Line smells the stench of police-state tactics; Michael Ledeen compares it to Saudi-style libel tourism. Apt, indeed.

 


Democrats channel Alfred E. Newman

September 27, 2008

This video from House hearings in 2004 on the accounting problems at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shows two things over and over: Republicans aghast at the problems with accounting and other financial practices at the two agencies, and Democrats saying “What — me worry?” Republicans proposing solutions that might well have averted this crisis, and Democrats fighting them tooth and nail:

 

Note the comments of Democrat Barney Frank. That this man is now engaged in a leadership role in negotiations on a bailout of a problem he helped cause is nauseating.

Needs to be said: Bear in mind the date of this video. Republicans had the majority of both houses of congress at this time. Unless someone can show that Democrats were through filibuster or some other means able to block a reform bill, I can only assume the Republicans had enough votes to pass one, but not enough Republicans cared. They were thus satisfied to let the situation fester, in spite of the pleas of their party colleagues for reform. Democrats bear more of the blame –indeed, they deserve the lion’s share, in my opinion, or I wouldn’t be sharing this video– but the Republicans aren’t without sin in this, either.

However, I think it will take a pair of Republicans to clean it up.

(hat tip: Sister Toldjah)

 


Free speech is a danger

September 27, 2008

According to the EU, bloggers are a threat to its status and even existence.

Outside of the UK, democratic governance has a very short, troubled history in Europe, as this fear of people not deferring to their “betters” shows.

 

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Sharper than a Bat-turn

September 27, 2008

If flip-flops were Olympic events, Obama would be scoring perfect 10s. Clipped from last night’s debate and an early Obama political ad, the Prophet Barack (Hope! Change! Waffles!) reveals The Word on missile defense:

 

I’m telling you, it’s the Lazy Susan platform: Don’t like his position on something? Just spin the wheel, and he’ll offer you another.

Can anyone figure out what this man really believes? I dont know

(hat tip: LGF)

PS: And for those of you too young to get the crucial cultural reference in the subject line:

 

 


Tonight’s debate

September 26, 2008

I won’t be watching. I need a break from politics tonight and plan instead to watch a good movie and read some tropical fish message boards.

Y’all have a good time without me, and go, Maverick. Cowboy

 


Partners in revolution

September 26, 2008

Okay, I lied. But this one really is the last for the day! Big Grin

Clarice Feldman looks at information about the Obama-Ayers connection at the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (which I covered here) and presents information indicating The Prophet Barack’s connection to the former terrorist Ayers goes back as far as 1988.

She also asks several good questions:

How is it possible that Obama in writing two autobiographies could ignore his 13 year-long association with Ayers if he were not purposely trying to hide or downplay it? How is it possible that the media could continue to ignore the CAC story? How is it possible that American voters, who regularly indicate such enormous concern over educational issues, could be so long kept in the dark by the Fourth Estate about the educational project Obama ran into the ground while he aided his revolutionary pals in recruiting Chicago kids to their extreme left wing mission?

Go read the article and follow the links, and then tell me. It’s one of the great mysteries of this race.


Last post of the day: if you can’t cry, laugh

September 26, 2008

Via The Jawa Report, presenting the one man who can solve the financial crisis:

 

Question is, is Joker a stand-in for McCain or Obama? I can see arguments for both.

See you tomorrow! Wave

 


Boss Brunner?

September 26, 2008

Patrick Poole reports on what look very much like efforts by Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner to steal the election there for Obama and the Democrats: Buckeye State or Banana Republic?

Ever since Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner was elected following the near-Democratic sweep of statewide offices in November 2006, she has worked steadily to give her party the edge it needs to win the White House in 2008.

Knowing that no Republican has ever won the presidency without Ohio, and that the Buckeye State gave George W. Bush his electoral margin of victory in 2004, Brunner has turned a blind eye to massive voter fraud throughout the state by Democratic party-aligned groups like ACORN. She is also flagrantly violating Ohio election law and pulling out all the stops for her man, Barack Obama, in this battleground state.

Among Poole’s charges:

  • Brunner has violated state law to allow last-minute absentee voters to register and vote the same day with no verification of eligibility.
  • Brunner has directed election boards to reject otherwise legal absentee voter applications sent to supporters by the McCain campaign, an attempt to suppress the Republican vote.
  • Brunner has taken no action in response to serious allegations of voter forgery by ACORN, which is closely tied to Obama and has a history of electoral fraud.

Ohio was the crucial state in the 2004 election, giving Bush his margin of victory. It may play the deciding role again. In 2004, there were risible accusations of Republican fraud. Are the Democrats going to try it for real this time?

 


When crisis hits the nation

September 26, 2008

Leaders lead and schmucks go to the gym.

 


Whose fault? Updated!

September 26, 2008

That’s a question a lot of voters are asking about the current finance crisis. Of course, the more immediately pressing question is how they’re going to put Humpty Dumpty back together again. (One member of Congress, at least, is acting like a leader.)

And yet the questions of how this happened and who let it happen are important ones. Since Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were created and backed by the government, it’s reasonable to ask what decisions of the government laid the groundwork for the problem, who proposed solutions, and who blocked them. After all, do we really want to keep in office the people who helped create the greatest financial crisis since the Great Crash of 1929?

The straight answer to the question of "who" is "the Democrats." By pressing for cheap credit for marginal homebuyers and encouraging Fannie and Freddie to buy these bad mortgages, which were then sold into the market on the assumption they were safe, Democrats under Clinton laid the groundwork for a crisis. (The Republicans are not wholly clean, of course, because many took credit for the resulting home-buying boom. See update, below) Democrats then blocked three Republican attempts to reform and rein in the worst abuses at Fannie and Freddie in 2001, 2003, and 2005, the first two lead by the Administration and the last by Senators McCain and Hagel. Again, all three were blocked by Democrats as a party. (Correction: Not wholly true. Again, see the update, below.)

First, read this Bloomberg article that summarizes how we got into this mess:

Greenspan’s Warning

The clear gravity of the situation pushed the legislation forward. Some might say the current mess couldn’t be foreseen, yet in 2005 Alan Greenspan told Congress how urgent it was for it to act in the clearest possible terms: If Fannie and Freddie “continue to grow, continue to have the low capital that they have, continue to engage in the dynamic hedging of their portfolios, which they need to do for interest rate risk aversion, they potentially create ever-growing potential systemic risk down the road,” he said. “We are placing the total financial system of the future at a substantial risk.”

What happened next was extraordinary. For the first time in history, a serious Fannie and Freddie reform bill was passed by the Senate Banking Committee. The bill gave a regulator power to crack down, and would have required the companies to eliminate their investments in risky assets.

Different World

If that bill had become law, then the world today would be different. In 2005, 2006 and 2007, a blizzard of terrible mortgage paper fluttered out of the Fannie and Freddie clouds, burying many of our oldest and most venerable institutions. Without their checkbooks keeping the market liquid and buying up excess supply, the market would likely have not existed.

But the bill didn’t become law, for a simple reason: Democrats opposed it on a party-line vote in the committee, signaling that this would be a partisan issue. Republicans, tied in knots by the tight Democratic opposition, couldn’t even get the Senate to vote on the matter.

That such a reckless political stand could have been taken by the Democrats was obscene even then. Wallison wrote at the time: “It is a classic case of socializing the risk while privatizing the profit. The Democrats and the few Republicans who oppose portfolio limitations could not possibly do so if their constituents understood what they were doing.”

Again, read the whole thing. 

Next, take a look at this video report from FOX’s Jim Angle. It precedes the one I embedded earlier

The case couldn’t be clearer: we are in this mess largely because Congress failed to exercise proper regulation over Fannie and Freddie, and that failure occurred because of obstruction by Democrats like Representative Barney Frank and Senators Chris Dodd, Charles Schumer, and Barack Obama.

Remember that on election day. Angry

LINKS: The outraged Sister Toldjah.

UPDATE: Department of Fair is Fair. Ed Morrissey points out the congressional Republicans hand a hand in creating this mess:

A few clarifications should be made. This video lays all of the blame
on Democrats, which is a natural reaction in an election year, but that
lets a lot of Republicans off the hook. In 2003, the Bush
administration tried to stop the runaway train of Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac, and Republicans controlled both chambers of Congress.
Democrats alone didn’t stop this.  No one filibustered the Bush
administration’s bill in the Senate; it didn’t have the votes to pass
anyway.  Likewise in 2006, when Chuck Hagel, John McCain, John Sununu,
and Elizabeth Dole attempted to fix Fannie and Freddie, Republicans
controlled Congress and did nothing to pass this bill.  Democrats
blocked it, but without some help from Republicans, both efforts would
have passed easily.

I still hold the Democrats largely responsible, as their appointees ran Fannie Mae (and advise Barack Obama), and their members were the largest recipients of bribes donations from Fannie and Freddie, and sweetheart mortgage deals from shady lenders, such as Countrywide. Still this is a needed reminder that no one’s hands are clean in this fiasco, including ours for electing these schmucks.


Food for thought

September 26, 2008

Have you noticed that, in all the brouhaha surrounding the mortgage crisis, when someone was needed to help forge a consensus, no one called Barack Obama?

You know, the Harbinger of Post-Partisan Politics, the Lightworker with the preternatural ability to reach across the aisle and bring people together? (Oh yeah?)

Seems to me that says something significant. Thinking