January 2010

There Palin goes again, ripping off a Facebook post that chews Obama up, down and sideways. Her close:

Everything seems to be “unexpected” to this administration: unexpected job losses; unexpected housing numbers; unexpected political losses in Massachusetts, Virginia, and New Jersey. True leaders lead best when confronted with the unexpected. But instead of leading us, the president lectured us. He lectured Wall Street; he lectured Main Street; he lectured Congress; he even lectured our Supreme Court Justices.

He criticized politicians who “wage a perpetual campaign,” but he gave a campaign speech instead of a state of the union address. The campaign is over, and President Obama now has something that candidate Obama never had: an actual track record in office. We now can see the failed policies behind the flowery words. If Americans feel as cynical as the president suggests, perhaps it’s because the audacity of his recycled rhetoric no longer inspires hope.

Real leadership requires results. Real hope lies in the ingenuity, generosity, and boundless courage of the American people whose voices are still not being heard in Washington.

Go Sarah.


Same old Obama, in campaign mode, promising fantasies he can’t deliver.

The Scotsman reports:

The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 had just left Beirut in Lebanon for the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa when it burst into a “ball of fire” and plunged into the Mediterranean.

There were two Britons among the 83 passengers on board. One of them was named as haulage firm owner Afif Krisht, 56, who had dual British-Lebanese nationality, and whose former wife lives in Plymouth.

Flight ET-409 crashed into the sea two miles offshore. It disappeared from radar screens five minutes after taking off at 2:37am (12:37am British time).

The Lebanese army said it had broken up in the air. Witnesses described the impact as a “flash that lit up the whole sea”.

Lebanese authorities quickly ruled out terrorism, and weather is thought to have played a part in the crash, which happened amid thunder, lightning and heavy rain. Beirut airport officials said the aircraft had been struck by lightning and there were reports the crew requested a change of direction to avoid the thunderstorm after reaching 8,000ft.

Lebanese defence minister Elias el-Murr said there was no evidence of a terrorist attack and that the weather was “in principle” to blame for the crash.

President Michel Suleiman ruled out sabotage “as of now”, while transport minister Ghazi Aridi said: “The weather undoubtedly was very bad.”

My first reaction was to believe that it was a “normal” accident. But a Boeing 737-800 is a very modern aircraft and the airline has a good safety record. Lightning doesn’t kill such aircraft. An aircraft is basically a Faraday cage and virtually immune to lightning strikes. So, what could cause a “ball of fire” and a “flash that lit up the whole sea”? I’d bet a dollar to a donut that Muslim terrorists planted a bomb on that aircraft. Why? Ethiopia is a Christian country at war with radical Islam.

I’m no great fan of Hillary, but I do think she would have been a more pragmatic (i.e infinitely better) President than Obama. During the 2008 campaign, I started tracking some of the pro-Hillary blogs.  The two I book-marked were Hillbuzz and Hillary is 44. Both loathe Obama and the Chicago political machine.  The Hillbuzz blog is run by a group of gay professionals based in Chicago. They have considerable insight into how Democrats operate. They are now being targeted by the likes of Daily Kos, Democratic Underground, and Moveon.org. They are not being debated on the merits of their arguments, but rather attacked viciously on a personal level. The attackers are trying to destroy the Hillbuzz guys’ careers and personal lives. Worse, they are putting these guys in personal danger:

If you are swimming in the ocean with great white sharks, and someone throws a bucket of blood in the water, then drops a boom box overboard with the sound of seals splashing about, that person has set the stage for epic violence to devour you.

BigotBasher knows we live and work in Chicago.

DailyKos knows the black community in Chicago is routinely exploited by the likes of Jackson and Sharpton to attack anyone they label as “racist”.

DemocraticUnderground knows posting someone’s name and photo in a city with high racial tension, then calling that person a RAACIST, is tantamount to painting a giant target on the guy’s back.

We believe this was the direct intent of the Left in this attack.

We believe they crafted this assault, via BigotBasher, to get one of us beaten up, if not actually killed.

If you don’t like this site and think we are bad writers or don’t know what we are talking about, then don’t read us.  If you disagree with anything we’ve ever written, then counter it point by point academically, like an intellectual.

But, calling someone who lives in a racial tinderbox like Chicago a RAAACIST, then putting his picture up there to make him an easy target…that’s just provoking a physical attack on the person.  What’s next?  Heading out to street corners in bad neighborhoods with flyers and an actual bounty put on a PUMA’s head…just because they don’t agree with you and your devotion to the current president?

All this over a political blog.

All this because we didn’t vote for your candidate, don’t believe he is a good or effective leader, and do not feel this country is headed in the right direction.

Welcome to “The Golden Age of Hope and Change”, where Obama’s Legion of Doom is in never-ending campaign mode, crushing all resistance, and eliminating as many of his opponents on a regular basis.

Just saw her latest Facebook post. She hits Obama with jabs, hooks and uppercuts. Here’s what she posted (in case you aren’t one of her FB fans):

Mr. President: Please Try, “I’m Listening, People,” Instead of “Listen Up, People!”
Today at 9:33pm
We’ve now seen three landslide Republican victories in three states that President Obama carried in 2008. From the tea parties to the town halls to the Massachusetts Miracle, Americans have tried to make their opposition to Washington’s big government agenda loud and clear. But the President has decided that this current discontent isn’t his fault, it’s ours. He seems to think we just don’t understand what’s going on because he hasn’t had the chance – in his 411 speeches and 158 interviews last year – to adequately explain his policies to us.

Instead of sensibly telling the American people, “I’m listening,” the president is saying, “Listen up, people!” This approach is precisely the reason people are upset with Washington. Americans understand the president’s policies. We just don’t agree with them. But the president has refused to shift focus and come around to the center from the far left. Instead he and his old campaign advisers are regrouping to put a new spin on the same old agenda for 2010.

Americans aren’t looking for more political strategists. We’re looking for real leadership that listens and delivers results. The president’s former campaign adviser is now calling on supporters to “get on the same page,” but what’s on that page? He claims that the president is “resolved” to “keep fighting for” his agenda, but we’ve already seen what that government-growth agenda involves, and frankly the hype doesn’t give us much hope. Real health care reform requires a free market approach; real job creation involves incentivizing, not punishing, the job-creators; reining in the “big banks” means ending bailouts; and stopping “the undue influence of lobbyists” means not cutting deals with them behind closed doors.

Instead of real leadership, though, we’ve had broken promises and backroom deals. One of the worst: candidate Obama promised to go through the federal budget “with a scalpel,” but President Obama spent four times more than his predecessor. Want more? Candidate Obamapromised that lobbyists “won’t find a job in my White House,” but President Obama gave at least a dozen former lobbyists top administration jobs. Candidate Obama promised us that we could view his health care deliberations openly and honestly on C-SPAN, but President Obama cut deals behind closed doors with industry lobbyists. Candidate Obama promised us that we would have at least five days to read all major legislation, but President Obama rushed through bills before members of Congress could even read them.

Candidate Obama promised us that his economic stimulus package would be targeted and pork-free, but President Obama signed a stimulus bill loaded with pork and goodies for corporate cronies. Candidate Obama railed against Wall Street greed, but President Obama cozied up to bankers as he extended and expanded their bailouts. Candidate Obama promised us that for “Every dollar that I’ve proposed [in spending], I’ve proposed an additional cut so that it matches.” We’re still waiting to see how President Obama will cut spending to match the trillion he’s spent.

More than anything, Americans were promised jobs, but the president’s stimulus package has failed to stem our rising unemployment rate. Maybe it was unfair to expect that an administration with so little private sector experience would understand something about job creation. How many Obama Administration officials have ever had to make a payroll or craft a business plan in the private sector? How many have had to worry about not having the resources to invest and expand? The president’s big government policies have made hiring a new employee a difficult commitment for employers to make. Ask yourself if the Obama Administration has done anything to make it easier for employers to hire. Have they given us any reassurance that the president will keep taxes low and not impose expensive new regulations?

Candidate Obama over-promised; President Obama has under-delivered. We understand you, Mr. President. We’ve listened to you again and again. We ask that you now listen to the American people.

– Sarah Palin

I’m not seeing any other Republican counter punching like Sarah.

In supporting Senator McCain’s reelection bid, Governor Palin has earned the ire of RINO-hating conservatives. The backlash in some quarters has been extreme. I wasn’t too happy, as my last post shows. On the other hand, there are some positives. Had she gone back on her word, and bitten the hand that pulled her out of obscurity, she would have been excoriated by the Lame Stream Media. She would also have given credence to the likes of McCain’s campaign manager, Steve Schmidt, who is doing all he can to destroy her in a pitiful attempt at CYA. Why would McCain want her help if she was the diva Schmidt claims?

Governor Palin is meeting her obligation to McCain early in the election cycle and gets it out of the way. She will follow-up by campaigning for true conservatives, such as Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry.

Our job, as Tea Party/9.12  Patriots, is to focus on supporting conservative American candidates at all levels of government. With any luck, we will see conservative Democrats emerging from the woodwork who deserve our support. Sometimes we are stuck with entrenched incumbents who do not share all of our values. However, they are better than the current crop of Democrat socialists and progressives, who share none of our values. We just need to stop the RNC and GOP establishment from ramming any more RINOs down our throats. Governor Palin can help us do that by using the power of her endorsement; besides McCain, she has only endorsed true Conservatives. We can help by giving directly to conservative candidates rather than the RNC.

Her decision to accept the invitation to speak at the Tea Party Nation convention showed poor judgement. As Politico documents, this convention is not a genuine Tea Party Patriots event. Taking a $100,000 fee, even if she is giving it to her PAC, is also problematic.

Her decision to campaign for McCain is also a double-edged sword. One can understand that she would have a genuine sense of loyalty to the man who plucked her from relative obscurity and put her on the national stage.  But McCain is not a conservative; he is a Republican progressive. He favors amnesty for illegal immigrants. He doesn’t want us to water-board the likes of KSM. He sacrificed his election campaign to support a massive bail-out of banks. Within days of the announcement of her decision to campaign for McCain, his wife and daughter come out for gay marriage. That directly contradicts one of her key social positions. On that issue alone, she should withdraw her support.

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