July 31, 2009

At the White House: Did you enjoy your meal? That'll be $150

Wow, classy, but in their defense, they did give guests DVD box sets of seasons 1 and 2 of TJ Hooker, and a can of Slim Jims, gratis.

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Shocka! Obama-Care Advocates Are Inserting Race Into The Debate

Who knew that would happen? And what's better is what one of the claims directed at those opposing O-Care.

At one point, Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Mich.), a former Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman, expressed outrage that conservatives would insist on significant cuts and a weakening of the public option, arguing that many of the Blue Dogs were letting down their black constituents, who make up 25 percent to 40 percent of their voters, in some instances.”

Yeah, and helping to provide an alternative to the shitty, rationed, ass fuckingly titfisting Postal Service Counter style of "care" most African Americans would get under Obama care is a bad thing? Who the fuckingly fuck do you fucking think you are, Ms. Kilpatrick? If you are so fucking hip to taking my fucking money and giving me shitty health care, why not let the poor black people you fucking claim to fucking care about have the same health care you get as a member of Congress?

Fuck you, Congresswoman. Fuck you.

Oh, and to keep with the DPUD style manual:

Ass. Fuck.

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You. Have. Got. To. Be. Kidding. Me.

Just as we were all expected to basically move along after Obama's "These aren't the droids you're looking for" speech after he was exposed as a disciple of Rev. Wright, I'm sure that this will pretty much "put an end" to the current controversy facing our first "post-racial President":

Let me say that I thank God that I live in a country in which police officers put their lives at risk to protect us every day, and, more than ever, I’ve come to understand and appreciate their daily sacrifices on our behalf. I’m also grateful that we live in a country where freedom of speech is a sacrosanct value and I hope that one day we can get to know each other better, as we began to do at the White House this afternoon over beers with President Obama.

Thank God we live in a country where speech is protected, a country which guarantees and defends my right to speak out when I believe my rights have been violated; a country that protects us from arrest when we do express our views, no matter how unpopular.

And thank God that we have a President who can rise above the fray, bridge age-old differences and transform events such as this into a moment in the evolution of our society’s attitudes about race and difference. President Obama is a man who understands tolerance and forgiveness, and our country is blessed to have such a leader.

Yeah. A President who was so above the fray that he admitted that while you were a personal friend and that he didn't have all of the facts, he basically called first responders to what could have been an emergency stupid.

A President who was so above the fray that he had his Press Secretary deny that he had said any such thing in a vain attempt to cut off debate about whether or not he had said any such thing.

A President whose spin doctors decided that he needed to invite you to the White House. 

Okay, that's unfair.  They decided that they needed to invite a  guy who was just doing his job (i.e. the cop) in order to tamp down the racial shitstorm he helped to propagate.  Having you along was just gravy.

Yeah, I'm glad that we have "such a leader." Thank God that idiot Sarah Palin isn't in the Number Two spot, huh?

(Found via Andrew Sullivan, who—no joke—titled his quote of this garbage "Amen, Skip.  Amen")

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July 30, 2009

What the hell, Paypal?!

From Blackfive:

I received notice from Chuck Z of "From My Position...On the Way" that some gun bloggers were holding a charity shoot and raffling off a gun for Soldiers' Angels as part of their charity iniatives. Soldiers' Angels provided their PayPal system to take donations from the raffle and PayPal has shut down ALL donations to Soldiers' Angels because of it.
(h/t @sarahk47)

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Nancy Pelosi, the gift that keeps on giving

Nancy Pelosi is working really really hard to outstrip Blago as my personal gift from Obama.

"It's almost immoral what they are doing," Pelosi said to reporters, referring to insurance companies. "Of course they've been immoral all along in how they have treated the people that they insure," she said, adding, "They are the villains. They have been part of the problem in a major way. They are doing everything in their power to stop a public option from happening."
(h/t @David_Freddoso)

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Arizona State Capitol To Auction Off Naming Rights?

Hell, why not. Given how ass fuckingly ass fisted the stae is right now, that idea may not be far off. Especially when stupidity such as this is being floated around as an idea to stem the red ink.

Under the complex financial arrangement, state government services would continue without interruption while the state picks up a cash infusion estimated by Capitol number-crunchers at $735 million.

Gov. Jan Brewer said Wednesday she hadn't made any decisions on which state properties should be sold.

For investors, the deal means long term lease payments from a stable source.

"What they want is an asset that you're not going to walk away from," said Tom Manos, Gov. Jan Brewer's top fiscal adviser.

"They really don't care about the asset. What they care about is how essential is the asset," Manos added, citing talks with bankers.

Legislation to set the refinancing plan in motion is part of a budget-balancing plan being considered by the Legislature on Wednesday for the fiscal year that began July 1.

It also was included in a budget that the Legislature approved July 1 but that part of it and many others were vetoed the same day by Brewer because it didn't include her proposal for a temporary sales tax.

The list of candidate properties was reported Wednesday by The Arizona Republic. It had been disclosed previously that prisons could be involved.

The properties legislation does not specify which specific properties would be sold, and a candidates list provided to lawmakers only specifies the price to replace properties, not the amounts each would fetch in a refinancing.


Seriously, what corporate sponsors could we find for this venture?

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Hillary looking to 2012?

She's not only relieved her campaign debts, she's now got $3 million in surplus.  I fully expect that if Obama tanks (and I think he will), she'll move in and push Obama out.  I suspect if he does tank, and she's set up to run, he'll just not seek a second term, a guy with his kind of ego isn't going to be able to handle being a president that loses the primary, and he would lose to her, I believe. My guess is she runs in 2012, unless the political atmosphere is so bad that it's impossible for any Democrat to succeed in 2012.  If that's the case, she'll try and wait till 2016, and hope that whatever Republican that's in charge tanks as well.  Never count out the Clintons. 

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Blue on Blue

In between calls to Blue Dog members of the House where you try to convince them that they'll get their asses kicked out of office if Obamacare passes, you might want to pop some popcorn.

And while I'm linking Politico and mentioning Blue on Blue, even they're calling bullshit on the idea the auto industry bailout nationalization won't cost taxpayers anything. Who knew?

Oh, yeah, the rest of us. Good job, geniuses.

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Oh hells yeah!

The health care vote has been pushed back to October!

H/T ihatethemedia

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July 28, 2009

The DCCC is smarter than you

For example, they know that GOP House members are secretly GOP Senate members as well! Behold the title of a press release they sent out today:

Senator Cornyn Votes NO on Sotomayor – Where is Rep. Pete Sessions?
Ummm....I dunno, but I think he may be busy in the U.S. House of Representatives following the Constitution and leaving votes on judicial nominees to Senators.

But what would I know about such matters.

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You didn't really want that new car you just bought, did you?

I'm sure this is leaving a warm and fuzzy feeling in the mouths of both buyers and dealers.

Some car shoppers are finding that their trade-in vehicles, which qualified for a Cash for Clunkers rebate last week, don't this week thanks to changes in the EPA's fuel economy ratings.

In some cases, car buyers say, dealers are backing out of sales they've already made because the EPA changed the fuel economy figures on their trade-in.

The article continues with the usual CNN tactic of finding that one family that will tug at our heartstrings - the family that purchased a new car, and was later told that they would have to either pony up the additional $4500 or turn in their new car. Can a car that's been driven for a couple of months and then returned even be sold as new?

The law that created Cash for Clunkers
(PDF warning) allowed the Feds 30 days from enactment to have all this crap in place. That's...um...tomorrow.
Title XIII, Section 1302 (f) Information to Consumers and Dealers- Not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, and promptly upon the update of any relevant information, the Secretary, in consultation with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, shall make available on an Internet website and through other means determined by the Secretary information about the Program, including--
(1) how to determine if a vehicle is an eligible trade-in vehicle;
(2) how to participate in the Program, including how to determine participating dealers; and
(3) a comprehensive list, by make and model, of new fuel efficient automobiles meeting the requirements of the Program.
If this act were really designed to help America's economy, wouldn't the qualifying cars for purchase be limited to American owned or manufactured vehicles?  It will be interesting to see how much of the surge in auto purchases goes to overseas companies.  The blatant bread and circuses the Obama administration has handed the people with this bill may be the only transparent thing the administration has done thus far.

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Claire McCaskill And ACORN Once Again Smell The Glove Of FAIL

Yet again, Sen. Claire McCaskill (Doofus-MO) tried to rally her ACORN and Kos Kidz supporters for Obamacare. Yet again, the Tea Partiers made her look like Glass Joe to their Little Mac. Yet again, the Tea Partiers exhausted themselves from all of the ass kicking they did.

McCaskill wanted to control the stage, by having a small crowd of loyalists in a small room. How did that turn out?

They were expecting around 100-150 people... Hundreds showed up.
It was so crowded they were forced to move the meeting down to the cafeteria.


And when the crowd assembled in the cafeteria, how did things go? Let's go to the tape.

I think that speaks for itself.

Oh, and Sen. McCaskill and her ACORN allies, I have a little message for you:


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July 27, 2009

It makes sense: Why criticize your model government?

The Obama Administration has turned off a sign in Cuba that send inspirational sayings from American history, etc, to the Cuban people.  "Not effective."

Change!TM, indeed.

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It must be Opposite Day!

White House Press Secretary Roberts Gibbs on Monday called Vice President Biden an "enormous asset to the administration," insisting that the loose-lipped No. 2 is not a distraction even after the State Department had to walk back his thorny comments on Russia.
Emphasis obviously mine.

Let's take a look at what Pluggy said that is raising such a brouhaha:
"I think we vastly underestimate the hand that we hold," Biden said during an interview with The Wall Street Journal at the end of his trip to Georgia and Ukraine. "Russia has to make some very difficult, calculated decisions. They have a shrinking population base, they have a withering economy, they have a banking sector and structure that is not likely to be able to withstand the next 15 years, they're in a situation where the world is changing before them and they're clinging to something in the past that is not sustainable."
Is this like the strategy to pick up chicks at a bar by giving them what sounds like a compliment but is really an insult?

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Stupid, Foolish President Ramming Through Legislation, With One Brave Voice Opposing It

Oh, wait. That was then, this is now.

Yeah. I expect MSNBC to be on this like a fat girl on any guy who will have her.

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July 26, 2009

This is good news

Good news, that is, if your name doesn't happen to be Barack Obama [with my emphasis]:

He still has a job approval rating well over 50 percent in most polls, clear evidence the president remains personally well-liked, although his numbers are lower than they were in the national euphoria immediately after he took power.

But Americans are beginning to sour on his economic policies. A USA Today/Gallup poll last week said that by 49 percent to 47 percent, those surveyed disapprove of how he is handling the economy, a turnaround from his 55 percent to 42 percent approval in May.

The poll said the biggest drop came from conservative and moderate Democrats.

Gee, I guess they're finally getting wise to the idea that the guy who was supposed to be the moderate Post-Partisan Prez is actually a far-left ideologue, hell bent on turning this country into a European-style socialist welfare state.

Better late than never, I guess.

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An Investment Idea So Fucking Foolish, Only California Could Dream It Up.

This plan is so risky, Homer Simpson is telling California this is a bad idea.

[Joseph A. Dear, the fund’s new head of investments] wants to embrace some potentially high-risk investments in hopes of higher returns. He aims to pour billions more into beaten-down private equity and hedge funds. Junk bonds and California real estate also ride high on his list. And then there are timber, commodities and infrastructure.

That’s right, he wants to load up on many of the very assets that have been responsible for the fund’s recent plunge.

Only thing missing? Unicorn farts. That's about as wise as doubling down on the shitty deals that brought you to this point.

Gah! Good thing California has a fiscal conservative in Sacramento.

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July 25, 2009

White House To K Street: Come On Down!

No surprisingly, lobbyists are going to get more input in how porkulus money is spent.

Now, the just-revised rules will allow government personnel to accept meetings and calls from federally registered lobbyists on the implementation of stimulus projects. The head of the Office of Management and Budget, Peter Orszag, issued a new guidance late Friday regarding the administration's communications with registered lobbyists about economic recovery funds.

Lobbyists can make their cases -- and agency officials can listen to them -- at "widely attended gatherings." Government officials have to ask whether the person they are talking to at such events is a federally registered lobbyist speaking on behalf of a client.

Most. Ethical. Folks. Evah. It's almost as if Obama really doesn't mean what he says when he says it.

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Some Light Reading For Our Congresscritters While On Vacation


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July 24, 2009

Why people justifiably hate my profession

So. There's a rocket surgeon out there arguing that the woman who called the cops in the Gates thing could be liable.  No wonder y'all hate me so much.

There's a pretty epic takedown within the post itself.  But still sheesh.  I would hope that if my neighbor saw two guys trying to slam open a door she'd call the cops.  Really, this is going to get us right back to Kitty Genovese territory. 

I've taught legal research before and I've thrown out completely nutty scenarios like this as teaching exercises.  From a purely sitting around coming up with crap point of view, this stuff can be fun.  But it sure seems to me like the post was meant seriously.  If so, FAIL PROFESSION FAIL.

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