February 27, 2009
President Barack Obama's plan to pull US combat forces from Iraq by August 2010 have drawn fire from his Democratic allies who expressed concern the withdrawal was not quick or complete enough.If Obama's plan is pissing off people like Kucinich, there's got to be at least some merit to it. But it's going to be mighty interesting to see if the MoveOn and Code Pink types start turning on him.
"I support President Obama for taking a step in the right direction in Iraq, but I do not think that his plan goes far enough," said Democratic Representative Dennis Kucinich.
"You cannot leave combat troops in a foreign country to conduct combat operations and call it the end of the war. You can't be in and out at the same time," said Kucinich, an early opponent of plans to invade Iraq.
If this plan is a success (and we all hope it is) it will have a twofold benefit: leaving Iraq a stable country allied with us and pissing off stupid hippies. And also maybe, just maybe, someone else's base will be sitting at home in 2010.
February 26, 2009
For every self-described "conservative" who voted for Obama or who
is going along with his plans to spend our way into oblivion (I'm
looking at a certain three Senators, here), the first paragraph of this NYT column should serve as a wakeup call, while the second should show them just how goddamn stupid they've been:
The budget that President Obama proposed on Thursday is nothing less than an attempt to end a three-decade era of economic policy dominated by the ideas of Ronald Reagan and his supporters.The so-called "rich" already pay the majority of taxes in this country to begin with, and they also create most of the jobs. As Larry Elder used to often ask on his talk show, "When was the last time you got a job from someone who was poor?" And guess what? When you start soaking them with this class warfare bullshit, they're going to spend less of their money on hiring people, buying things that employ people (the people who work for the companies that manufacture private jets must be scared absolutely shitless right now), investing their money (how's the Dow doing, Barack?), and giving to the kind of charities that help people in tough economic times. Meanwhile, a dog park gets built here or there and most of us get thirteen bucks. What a fucking awesome tradeoff.
The Obama budget — a bold, even radical departure from recent history, wrapped in bureaucratic formality and statistical tables — would sharply raise taxes on the rich, beyond where Bill Clinton had raised them. It would reduce taxes for everyone else, to a lower point than they were under either Mr. Clinton or George W. Bush. And it would lay the groundwork for sweeping changes in health care and education, among other areas.
who considers themselves "conservative" and still voted for this
fucking socialist dumbass or finds ways to rationalize his plan to
wreck our economy is fucking dead to me.
You can just smell the RACISM:
Karl Rove notes, via Twitter, that as a candidate, Barack Obama criticized Pres. George W. Bush for adding $2.9 trillion to the national debt over eight years. But under the budget released today, President Obama plans on adding $3.2 trillion by the end of fiscal year 2010, 20 months and 11 days into his term. Over the full four years, Obama will expand the national debt by $4.7 trillion.
Nice try, Rove, but we all know that Obama computed his budget using unicorn dollars. The exchange rate is different. Unicorn$4.7 trillion = ~US$4.50.
And That rhetorical question to Governor Jindal on the Early Show, was followed with this. "in Louisiana there's 400 people a day losing their jobs, what's he doing?" asks Biden.
But that claim is wrong, if you look at the numbers from the Louisiana Workforce Commission. "In December, Louisiana was the only state in the nation besides the District of Columbia, according to the national press release that added employment over the month," says Patty Granier with the Louisiana Workforce Commission. According to her, not only is Louisiana not losing jobs. "The state gained 3,700 jobs for the seasonally adjusted employment," Granier said of the most recent figures.
You don't even have to take my word for it, these are number you can check out yourself if you just go to laworks.net, there you can find the latest unemployment statistics, statistics that appear to directly contradict what the vice president said this morning.
The latest stats show this - from the week ending January 17th there were 4,527 claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana, for the next week, that number receded to 4,179.
Folks who crunch the numbers credit a diverse economy for Louisiana's resilience to unemployment.
February 25, 2009
Yes, ABC, they do build youth model firearms, because believe it or not, a lot of states allow youths to hunt beginning ages 12-14, and there are many farmers and farm kids out there who put food on your table, who need to know how to use firearms for pest control and protection from wild animals (and unlike you metropolitan retards who think buying a fucking chimpanzee is a cute idea until it rips your face off, rural folks don't get to choose what dangerous animal walks, flies or slithers out of the woods into their fields).
So that there is a market for youth shotguns should be no surprise, the only surprise should be that this kid's father is retarded enough to not have the kid's gun in a proper safe when they aren't at the range or field. And I don't really understand why you'd have a problem with that, after all, you leftists are supposed to be *wink nudge* supporting and supportive of hunters and sportsmen, or did you forget?
Youth firearms are also very popular for women, but the Brady vermin don't want you to know that, either. With shotguns, fit is very important, and fit is basically how handily a shotgun shoulders and aligns with your sight. Most shotgun sports mimic scenarios in bird hunting, where one must quickly shoulder their shotgun and fire a shot at a moving target, so it needs to get to the right spot easily.
Most mass production shotguns up until recently were designed for the average Western European man (white dudes), they aren't built for smaller men or women, which means they'd have to spend more to have a stock cut and modified, or if you've got some serious scratch, a full custom shotgun, which is prohibitively expensive for most people, in order to get a suitable fit.
Youth model firearms are built with people with smaller builds than your average white male in mind, and in fact, a lot of youth models are called bantam models because of this. Most people who get into the shooting sports aren't ready to drop serious dime into it, can't afford to because they're younger, or just need a basic cheap shotgun to test out and see what they like, and the number of women getting into the shooting sports is rising significantly, so gun manufacturers have worked to meet market demand.
Women make up the bulk of anti-2nd sentiment, and if pro-2nd forces start to make inroads with women, the Brady Campaign become irrelevant.
Look, Jindal may or may not be right, but at least extend him some decency and courtesy.
February 24, 2009
“Ultimately, yes, it’s about homeowners, but it’s about the stability of the financial markets,” she says. “We have to give up this illusion that it’s about you and me. We have to accept, sort of blindly, the notion that we have to do this for the sake of the nation. Whether you’re lucky and get aid or you already lost your home and you’re screwed, we’re all in this together.”
Seriously, this attitude right there, that we plebes must listen to our betters, is precisely what makes me want to go back to proclaiming myself an anarchist. No, I will not Believe in Hope and Change. No. Persuade me. Explain to me. Hell, I'm willing to accept that this situation totally fucking sucks and, yeah, there will be things that are done that may result in moral hazards but the alternative is worse. I am not, by any means, convinced of that at this point.
But to fucking tell me that I have to put aside the concept of individual rights and responsibilities and just blindly accept The Plan is so utterly arrogantly idiotic that the only response left is profanity.
Ms. Katz, you have a book coming out. I'm certain that in the book you make your argument with facts and in an intellectually consistent manner. Or at least I'm willing to give you the benefit of that doubt on that. But I will not fucking believe what you say on blind faith. The only person in whom I believe with blind faith is God. Obama? Not God. Ms. Katz? Not God. Everyone else? Not God. All y'all have to explain.
I will repeat, this is the root of the anger. Questioning why a responsible person must pay for someone else's irresponsibility is a completely fair and legitimate part of discourse. To be told, effectively, sit down shut up and know your place is magnificently insulting.
That's the backlash. That's the anger. Our elected class and much of the punditry needs to be slapped down, hard, and reminded that they fucking work for us.
Accept on blind faith my huge lily white ass.
February 23, 2009
The more I think about this, the more it fits - Biden doesn't really believe in donating to charity (he's given an average of $369 a year over the last ten years), he's close to retirement and doesn't even have a year's income in savings, and he's up to his ears in loans and credit debt. So it seems fitting that Biden has been selected - our country is about to destroy charitable giving in favor of giving to the government, we'll be unable to retire because our 401Ks and IRAs are destroyed, and we're borrowing from our grandchildren to have a party today.
The closing of MPTF's acutecare hospital and long-term care facility will require about 100 residents to be transferred. Acutecare patients—there are rarely more than 10 at one time—will receive their care at other locations after the hospital shutters later this year.
In an audio press conference last week, Frank Mancuso, chair of the MPTF corporate board, said that "the decision to close the hospital and longterm care facility did not come easily, but (it was) one the board needed to make."
MPTF is blaming declining Medi-Cal reimbursements as a main reason for closing. The board claims the gap in each of the last four years between what MPTF received for services and what those services actually cost was $10 million.
The board said MPTF survived by dipping into its investment reserves. But based on projections, the reserves wll be exhausted within five years.
The decision to close the hospital was based on three years of study by MPTF staff and outside experts.
"MPTF is initiating these changes because it's the right thing to do, but the fact is that we have no choice," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, chair of the MPTF Foundation Board. "Although we are in good shape today, the acute-care hospital and long-term care facility are generating operating deficits that could bankrupt MPTF in a very few years. . . . If MPTF doesn't do something now, pretty soon it won't be able to do anything."
The hospital's closure will allow the fund to continue providing support and services to others, including the 215 residents of the Wasserman Campus, a Woodland Hills retirement community, and the 100 children at the Goldwyn Center, a child care program in West Los Angeles.
The MPTF supplied financial support to more than 1,100 people last year and had 65,000 patients use its six healthcare centers.
"We have an obligation to these people, and future generations of entertainment industry workers, to make sure MPTF is there for them," Mancuso said.
The board made its announcement on Jan. 14 but didn't have specific information until recently.
Board members stressed that the fund will continue its commitment to care for the seniors, including those who need to relocate. A team to ease the transition, including a doctor, nurses and a social worker, will be available to each patient. Those needing hospitalization or long-term care after the hospital is closed will be referred to MPTFapproved facilities.
Why, it's almost like some people are reflexively against fighting our enemies!
February 20, 2009
Making her first trip abroad as secretary of state, Clinton said three of her top priorities in Beijing will be addressing the global economic crisis, climate change and security challenges such as the North Korean nuclear weapons programme.That's right. Human rights, the freedom of the people of Taiwan and Tibet—these things are less important than...Manbearpig.
"Now, that doesn't mean that questions of Taiwan, Tibet, human rights, the whole range of challenges that we often engage on with the Chinese, are not part of the agenda," Clinton told reporters in Seoul before flying to Beijing. "But we pretty much know what they are going to say.
"We have to continue to press them but our pressing on those issues can't interfere with the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crises," she added. "We have to have a dialogue that leads to an understanding and cooperation on each of those."
I agree that we should be working with the Chinese on North Korea in a way that gets something done about the nightmare regime that runs the show there, and that we have to work with them on the global economic crisis, but saying, essentially, "We know what the ChiComs are going to say about some of these issues, so let's not even try" isn't exactly what I would call inspiring leadership.
Forty-five percent (45%) of Americans oppose the federal government subsidizing mortgage payments for financially troubled homeowners, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
Thirty-eight percent (38%) think government subsidies are a good idea, and 18% are not sure which course is best to follow.
While 61% of Republicans oppose subsidizing mortgages, the plurality of Democrats (48%) support government aid to at-risk homeowners. Among adults not affiliated with either party, 33% favor subsidies, but 45% are against them.
The findings come as President Obama announced on Wednesday a $275-billion taxpayer-backed plan that would help an estimated nine million Americans refinance their mortgage payments or otherwise avoid foreclosure.
A majority (51%), however, say the government should find a way to help all homeowners reduce their payments rather than just help those who face foreclosure. But 15% think government assistance should target only those threatened with foreclosure.
February 18, 2009
Like other Obama online portals, the site encourages user interaction. The public is invited to share stories on how the Recovery Act is affecting them.I invite you to share your stories of how this bloated monstrosity is affecting you and your children and your children's children etc. in the comments.
The cartoon in Wednesday's Post by Sean Delonas shows two police officers standing over the body of a bullet-riddled chimp. One of the officers says the other, "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill."
Civil rights activist Al Sharpton called the cartoon "troubling at best given the historic racist attacks of African-Americans as being synonymous with monkeys."
But Sharpton said the Post should clarify the point it was trying to make with the cartoon, which was playing off Monday's rampage by a pet chimpanzee in Stamford, Conn., that left a woman severely mauled. Police ended up killing the chimp.
In a statement, Post Editor-in-Chief Col Allan said: "The cartoon is a clear parody of a current news event, to wit the shooting of a violent chimpanzee in Connecticut. It broadly mocks Washington's efforts to revive the economy. Again, Al Sharpton reveals himself as nothing more than a publicity opportunist."
A story about the cartoon on the liberal-leaning Huffington Post Web site drew hundreds of reader responses, many calling the cartoon racist and insensitive.
And yet, Huffpo and others would routinely call Bush 43 The Smirking Chimp.
I was going to quote from the link, but the entire thing is dripping with delicious venomous sarcasm.
(Did I use the word 'irony' correctly there? I never can remember. Anyway, I'm reeling from something. Maybe the weight of the clue bat Obama needs to be hit with.)
Over and over, Keith Olbermann calls himself the Modern Day Edward R Murrow. Well, it appears as though he is hiding from a person who challenged him to a debate.
I am requesting that MSNBC and Keith Olbermann apologize and issue a correction.
Mr. Olbermann charges that I, Betsy McCaughey, Ph.D. was paid, directly or indirectly, by the pharmaceutical industry, the biotech industry, the Hudson Institute, or Cantel Medical Corp. to write my analysis of the stimulus bill or speak about that issue. All these charges are false.
I have shown all these charges to be false in a previous statement except the new charge regarding my board membership at Cantel Medical Corp. I serve on the board of Cantel Medical Corp. as a patient advocate and infection prevention expert. No one at Cantel Medical has ever asked me about the stimulus bill or requested that I address the issue. I have not discussed the issue with anyone in the company. I urge those who are interested to contact Cantel Medical directly (973-890-7220).
I have purchased no stock in Cantel Medical. Like all board members, I am routinely issued options. The options cited by Keith Olbermann were not issued to me in payment for my work on the stimulus bill. They were issued to all Cantel board members at the same time. They are issued routinely and periodically. Unlike the other board members, I have never exercised any options to purchase stock. I do not use those options to make money. The same is true for other boards on which I have served.
Betsy McCaughey, Ph.D.
When, twenty or thirty years from now, that little girl is still paying for the Spendulus, I'm sure we'll all have a good laugh.
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