Thursday, June 30, 2011

President Obama Gets a Big, Fat F on Remembering His Daughter’s Age, Basic Economics and Recent History

In his retch-worthy speech yesterday, Obama screwed up… on his daughter’s age, saying his oldest child, Malia, was 13 when she won’t be that until July 4.

An honest mistake? Quite possibly. But if Bush had done something like that, the press would have crucified him, as they did on every little misstep he made.

Not so much for Obama, even though he flubbed more facts in one hour than a frat boy on a social science test after an all-night binger.

For instance, the President harped on corporate jet tax breaks repeatedly during his nauseating address, even though ending that benefit would – in the words of Bloomberg“achieve less than one-tenth of 1 percent of his target for reducing the federal deficit.”

For that matter, as the silly state of California is finding out the hard way, raising taxes usually ends up hurting business revenue and therefore the amount of tax dollars the government can collect.

Democratic dinosaur Governor Jerry Brown just signed into law an immediately effective tax on internet sales, which experts say will cut small-business website revenue by as much as 30%. Sure enough, already cut ties with 25,000 state-based websites, citing the law as its main and only reason.

But back to Obama… Here are just a few more examples of his revisionist recent history, courtesy of the Washington Post:

When Obama praised his shoddy efforts at eliminating “Moammar Gaddafi, who, prior to Osama bin Laden, was responsible for more American deaths than just about anybody on the planet,” he neglected to mention that his administration was all too happy to do business with the man right up ‘til the uprising.

Similarly, when he went off on his usual track (No, not the I-killed-Osama-bin-Laden-all-by-myself one, though he brought that up as well.) of his unprecedented ability to talk about eliminating needless red tape, he conveniently forgot that, actually, every new commander-chief and commander-in-chief hopeful promises that… and usually doesn’t deliver.

Maybe, like the afore mentioned, hung over frat boy, Obama needs to spend a little less time partying and a little bit more time actually studying the facts.

And while he’s at that, he might want to consider growing up.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Michelle Obama’s Africa Trip and One Dollar Coins Make for Poor Fiscal Policy

Except for a twinge or two of envy, I would have absolutely no problem with First Lady Michelle Obama taking a trip to Africa… just as long as she paid her way and didn’t act like a royal and hypocritical know-it-all on nutrition.

But since she didn’t pay her way and she is acting like a royal and hypocritical know-it-all, I do have a problem with her.

Lauding the tax-payer-funded vacation as an important step towards promoting “youth leadership, education, health and wellness” in southern Africa, she cost the U.S. as much as $800,000 in airfare fuel fees, Secret Service protection, room and board for herself, her children and her staff members.

To play devil’s advocate, a couple hundred thousand bucks means little compared to the trillions of dollars we spend every year.

But it could add up to something “significant” if we cut back on those needless trips around the world, pointless studies that prove obvious facts, unnecessary outreaches to gay pride galas in other countries, sending Congressional members outside the U.S. to study issues they could easily study here, and a whole host of other “small” expenditures.

That includes the $300 million spent on making one billion $1 coins that the federal government thought so necessary to mint back in 2005. As anybody who ever visited Europe with its bulky currency could have told them, they shouldn’t have bothered.

Sure enough, the coins didn’t really hit it off anywhere outside of Renaissance faires. So now we have stockpiles of currently worthless pieces of metal collecting dust in storage facilities in Baltimore, MD.

Again, yes, we’re spending far more than that on a regular basis. But when we’re broke and getting broker every day, that doesn’t give us a good excuse to spend even more.

Otherwise, it’s akin to a drunkard claiming that he's already thrown back twenty-two shots of vodka in one night. What damage can one or two more really do?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Americans Boo Their Own National Anthem during Soccer Match

Who in the world boos their own country’s sports team?

Go to Canada and you’ll find die-hard Canada fans, as evidenced by their juvenile behavior during some of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Specifically, curling.

(You know somebody is obsessed with national pride if they’ll care that much about a “sport” as ridiculous as curling.)

Go to Brazil and you’ll find soccer fans who just might kill their sports representatives if they lose in the World Cup. And heaven help the Chinese fan who roots for some other country during an international event.

As for England? Well, let’s just say British football hooliganism is a legend all by itself. Those people take their national pride to the next level when it comes to sports.

But in America, apparently, it’s a whole different story. The Los Angeles Times reports:

“On a balmy early Saturday summer evening, the U.S. soccer team played for a prestigious championship in a U.S. stadium… and was smothered in boos. Its fans were vastly outnumbered. Its goalkeeper was bathed in a chanted obscenity. Even its national anthem was filled with the blowing of air horns and bouncing of beach balls.”

Cheering and chanting and booing are all part of a normal game (though swearing is juvenile and uneducated at best), but interrupting anybody’s national anthem in such a way is inexcusably rude, regardless of loyalties.

I don’t like hearing another country’s theme song during medal ceremonies, but my feelings don’t justify dishonoring it. Losing is part of life just as much as winning is.

And so should a bit of national pride, especially in such a great country as the U.S.

Concerning his Mexico jersey, 37-year-old Victor Sanchez said: “I love this country. It has given me everything that I have, and I’m proud to be part of it. But yet, I didn’t have a choice to come here. I was born in Mexico and that is where my heart will always be.”

He added, “We’re not booing the country, we’re booing the team. There is a big difference.”

But is there really? Sanchez readily admits he feels more than just a sports connection with Mexico: He’s rooting for the team because he loves the country.

And even if the reverse isn’t true – that he’s booing the opposition because he doesn’t particularly care for the U.S. – why are we the only country where this seems to happen?

The likely answers aren’t exactly comforting.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Skinny Isn’t Always Healthier

Liberals think that utopia is achievable here on earth.

But they might as well believe in the lost city of Atlantis or Tinkerbell-style magic. Because really, it never did happen and it ain’t ever gonna.

(Sorry kids, but Santa Claus doesn’t really exist either.)

Take the latest findings in health research. Apparently, despite Michelle Obama’s overbearing intrusion into our kitchens, cafeterias and restaurants, being skinny isn’t the end-all be-all to eliminating heart disease and diabetes.

The UK’s Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit now claims it discovered a link between those negative possibilities and IRS1, the so-called “lean gene,” which seems to correspond with less body fat.

According to Ruth Loos, who ran the team, the study found that IRS1 can result in unhealthy levels of cholesterol and glucose in the blood, and higher levels of visceral fat, which surrounds organs and can be more harmful than the kind that simply sits under the skin

She does add that the bigger picture hasn’t changed: Obesity is still generally less healthy than keeping trim. However, her research still showcases a few important findings all the same.

For one thing, no matter how hard we try with our research and our science and knowledge and meddling, we’re never going to make the world perfect for everyone. And it’s a waste of time and money to try to make it so.

And second off, the hypocritical Michelle Obama can maybe feel a little less guilty about eating those french fries and fat cakes over in Botswana.

Now if we could only get her off of our backs as well…

Friday, June 24, 2011

Timothy Geithner and the Obama Administration Take on Small Businesses

The only thing worse than Treasury Secretary and noted tax cheat Timothy Geithner’s opinions is the very real possibility that he actually believes them.

Earlier this week, Geithner spoke before the House Small Business Committee about Obama’s plan to raise taxes on small businesses. And as usual, his points were ill-informed and logically stunted at best.

“It’s important,” he argued, “to recognize why we are doing this. You know, our deficits are 10 percent of GDP, higher than they’ve been since any time in the postwar period really. We have a big hole to dig out of, and we have to figure out how to do that in a way that’s balanced, good for growth [and] fair to people as a whole.”

When freshman Rep. Renee Ellmers (R – N.C.) bluntly countered with, “We need jobs,” Geithner pointed out the only other alternative to raising taxes would be to reduce “the overall size of government programs.”

As if expecting people to take care of themselves and their neighbors is a bad thing?

Sadly, to people like Geithner, that kind of personal responsibility is as inconceivable as the idea that unproductive people can’t automatically expect a cut from productive people. Yet logic dictates and history shows that no society can keep running when it penalizes responsibility and rewards dependency.

For proof of that, look no further than the inflated U.S. government hard working Americans supposedly need to support even more than we already do.

Non-Rocket Science Lesson #1: Bad Behavior Results in Bad Results

Considering this country’s long-term deterioration in just about every notable area, it seems logical to conclude that our representatives – who make livings off of our tax dollars – are not doing their jobs well, if at all. And overall, we allow them to perform shoddily, reelecting them over and over again as they smile and pat us on the head and repeatedly sell us out for their own self-focused purposes.

In other words, we encourage them to behave badly.

Knowing that, it is any wonder that they then go gallivanting off around the world multiple times per year, bringing their families and staff along for the ride for “official,” (i.e. fully funded) business?

As just one example out of far too many, take Rep. Dan Burton (R – IN), who chairs the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia. He got to go on an all-expense paid trip to Dublin, Vienna and Prague last month and then again to Rome, Tbilisi, Vilnius, Moscow and Lisbon this month.

The purpose: to “examine the European financial crisis” and check up on “foreign operations of the U.S. government.”

But answering the first issue is anything but rocket science. In fact, the issue is very easily defined without spending a few hundred thousand bucks on airfare, room and board on a dozen or so people for a week or two:

Europe spent too much and encouraged too little… just like the U.S. is doing today.

With leadership like that, no wonder businesses aren't hiring and the economy can't find its feet.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Joke’s on Barack Obama… but It Isn’t Very Funny

Look up failure in any dictionary published in or after 2010 and the first definition should read: Barack Obama (mmm… mmm… mmm).

Our current president has failed at fulfilling even half the hype he so enjoyed basking in during 2008 and 2009. And he’s definitely failed in keeping this country safe from harm, both foreign and domestic.

Under Obama’s watch – for lack of a better word – Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has gone from insisting his nuclear activity is completely peaceful to boasting today: “If we do want to make a bomb, we are not afraid of anybody.”

Great. Thanks for that, Obama. You’re a real peach.

Meanwhile, CNS reports that, “The average monthly casualty rate for U.S. military forces serving in Afghanistan has increased 5-fold since President Barack Obama was inaugurated.”

Now, in the commander-in-chief’s defense, that could be due to the extra troops he deployed, new tactical strategies or increased insurgent activity. But considering the rest of Obama’s record, it’s much more likely that he’s just a failure.

Too harsh? If anything, I’m being nice, since any additional enemy uprisings is quite possibly because fewer internationals like, respect or fear America…

In Egypt, for example, the general populace has a better opinion of Osama Bin Laden then they do Obama. And under this administration, our troops have been subjected to ridiculous rules that basically put them in front of loaded guns with their hands tied.

Plus, the decision to increase U.S. presence in Afghanistan in the first place – ultimately Obama’s choice – has been for nothing, judging by his speech last night about withdrawing 33,000 troops.

If Obama really thinks that will help him win next year’s election, he really needs to get off the golf course a bit more.

Economically speaking in every way possible. Projections now show India overtaking the U.S. as the second largest trading nation by 2050, and China should surpass us by 2015.

And what does the Obama administration say about all of this? Well, if you ask Obama’s embarrassingly awkward sidekick, Vice President Joe Biden, everything’s sunshine and lucky charms. But Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke admits that he and his “don’t have a precise read on why this slower pace of growth is persisting.”

In other words: he’s failed and still failing. And so is his boss, Barack Obama.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Obama Attacks America’s Economy. Again. This Time Through Advertisements

I’m not a big fan of my company’s advertising techniques.

We run those skeazy, “Make 30,527% Profit on This One Stock Alone” campaigns, sending it to every name we can buy off of any subscription list possible, from Financial Times to Gullible Is Written on the Ceiling Weekly.

Everything we do is legal, of course. It’s just not ethical, considering that we never tell our potential customers that the chances of making that profit are about zip, zilch, zero.

Of course, it’s up to the customer to discern the obvious… such as the fact that we’re grossly exaggerating. That is, it’s up to them in a capitalistic society, which we apparently no longer live in.

For proof of that, look no further than the food industry, which usually runs far less misleading advertisements than my company does. Yet the Federal Trade Commission, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are all ganging up on it promotion efforts.

They want restaurants and grocery manufacturers to either comply with Obama’s health requirements or stop advertising to children. What constitutes either is, of course, up to the government, which couches the demands as a request.

Scott Faber, an executive at the Grocery Manufacturers Association says: “When regulators strongly suggest a course of action, it’s treated as a rule, not a suggestion. Industry tends to heed these suggestions from our regulators, and this administration has made it clear they are willing to regulate if we don’t implement their proposal.”

Could the New Advertisement Standards Lead to a New Great Depression?

Under these mandates, everything is a target, from Girl Scout cookies to oatmeal, bagels and milk… all so that we can fight childhood obesity. Problem is, what the Obama administration promises we’ll gain probably isn’t worth what we’ll lose in the process.

If the push works to its fullest potential – which is doubtful, considering that parents give children just about anything they ask for these days, regardless of health factors – America won’t have a weight problem several decades down the road.

But one way or the other, we’ll have given over that much more freedom to a corrupt government that can’t even properly add two and two together to balance its budget, much less handle the complexities of what each individual should and should not do.

So in trying to fight childhood obesity, we might actually swing the pendulum to the other side… where we have to worry about children starving instead.

Think that’s a stretch? Maybe it is and maybe it isn’t.

But this latest set of government regulations could cripple not only the food industry but also the media that relies on advertisements, costing the economy countless jobs it really can’t afford to lose and quite possibly spiraling us into a flat-out depression.

It’s not like America is invincible; we have had a Great Depression before. And yes, children did starve to death the last time it happened.

Knowing that and with our economy already dangerously close to Greek-style collapse, it might behoove us to play it safe in this case.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Jon Huntsman and Wishy-Washy Republicans vs. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and the Glitter Bugs

I was going to write about idiot Republicans today.

I had every intention, really, considering Jon Huntsman’s upcoming announcement to run for president though all the signs point to a lackluster candidacy on his part…

According to Time Magazine:

“In the seven weeks since the former Utah Governor and Ambassador to China returned from Beijing… Team Huntsman has seemed interested in nothing so much as… portraying him as modest and relatable. They want you to know that this is a guy who loves motocross, who dropped out of high school to play keyboards in a prog-rock band called Wizard, who drags friends and reporters to his favorite taco carts for lunch…”

Yeah, ‘cause “modest and relatable” has worked out so well for Republicans in the past.

The GOP’s insistence at running political pacifists desperate to be loved and accepted is a large part of what’s wrong with America. Maybe if Republicans worked a bit harder towards maintaining a limited government instead of reaching across the aisle and singing kumbayah, we wouldn’t be in this mess we’re in today.

But like I said before: I was going to write about idiot Republicans. Then I stumbled upon a story about how former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney went to Libya to lament the U.S.’s lack of free healthcare and free education.

Clearly, she wins this round.

Unless she’s referring to college degrees and beyond, I can’t logically follow her complaints about U.S. education. Heck, we teach illegals on the taxpayer dime and give out free meals to underprivileged children around the country.

But even beyond McKinney’s uneducated claims, she’s inhumanly tone deaf grumbling about the American Dream – which has provided her with wealth and opportunity – to a people ravaged by poverty, oppressive dictatorial regimes and war.

Then there’s the gay rights crowd and their new unfathomable fondness for throwing glitter on Republicans. Because getting glittered is going to change anybody’s mind?

Maybe in Never-Never land, but this is reality. And in the real world, those glitter bugs are more likely to get attacked by security than score any real points for their cause.

People like that make me very happy to be Republican. Sure, my side of the aisle can be entirely embarrassing. But between Cynthia McKinney and the glitter scene, even Jon Hunstman looks like a rocket scientist.

Monday, June 20, 2011

A Few Thoughts About Spanking

Apparently, spanking your own children is a flat-out felony these days, as Rosalina Gonzales of Texas found out the hard way.

After her mother-in-law found red marks on her two-year-old’s bottom, Gonzales was tried and found guilty in what the prosecution described as “a pretty simple, straightforward spanking case.”

In other words, Gonzales didn’t use a belt or leave any bruises during the spanking.

All the same, Judge Hose Longoria, who presided over the trial, admonished her: “You don’t spank children today. In the old days, maybe we got spanked, but there was a different quarrel. You don’t spank children.”

I’m sure that brilliantly articulated lecture will teach Gonzales not to punish her children, as will the five years probation she got slapped with, the parenting classes she has to attend, the Child Protective Services (CPS) she has to follow, the $50 payment she has to make to the Children’s Advocacy Center… and the fact that she can’t have custody of her three children until the authorities deem her fit to do so.

Is giving a child a few swats on the bottom for misbehaving really as bad as all that?

Maybe I’m na├»ve, but it seems to me that properly administered spankings – not beatings – can serve as a valuable tool to teach children that actions have consequences, that they can’t simply think about themselves, and that they’ll be much better off in the end if they listen to voices wiser than their own.

Wouldn’t society as a whole be much better off if more people understood all of that? Maybe if more people understood those messages, we wouldn’t have disturbing stories surfacing about horribly negligent parents who go wandering off with their boyfriends for days on end…

That’s what New Jersey resident Francine Davis did, leaving her 14-year-old autistic son to look after his six younger siblings for at least three days straight.

As a result, Davis’ oldest child locked himself inside the apartment while the younger ones ran about outside, butt naked and starving for several days. One of them even nearly got hit by a car when he darted out into incoming traffic.

Unfortunately, this is hardly an uncommon story. But it used to be… way back when responsibility meant something and spanking wasn’t illegal.

Friday, June 17, 2011

A Theatre of the Absurd Production: Starring Anthony Weiner, Republican Texas Senator Chris Harris, and Some Maryland Kids Selling Lemonade

Life is better with Dunkin’ Donuts.

I know this, because I just went there to get one of their chocolate chip muffins, which turned out to be so delicious, I even wrote a Shakespearean line about it on Facebook. Yet this is the kind of tasty treat Michelle Obama seems intent on driving out of business.

Why go claws out on the First Lady today?

Largely because she represents part of the problem with America – a problem that’s turning this country into a theatre of the absurd play, where nothing means anything and everything means nothing – but also because reveling in my post snack happiness, I couldn’t help contemplate a Dunkin’ Donuts chocolate chip muffin-less world.

That would be the same kind of world where the Anthony Weiners among us would still be eligible for cushy, tax-payer funded, lifetime benefits worth $1.28 million, even after resigning in disgrace over making absolutely embarrassing twits out of themselves.

Oh wait. That’s already true.

State Senator Talks Tough on Illegal Immigration

In this liberal utopian dreamland, Texas Senator Chris Harris never would have been able to take the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition’s Antolin Aguirre, who has lived in the US since 1988, to task for speaking Spanish – translated into English by an interpreter – while he argued against the state’s Bill 9. If made law, the legislation would allow police to check suspected illegal aliens’ immigration status… clearly, an unthinkable proposition.

The two had this exchange:

Sen. Harris: Did I understand him correctly that he has been here since 1988? Why aren’t you speaking in English then?

Aguirre as translated through his interpreter: [Spanish is his] first language and since it is his first time giving testimony, he would rather do it in Spanish.

Sen. Harris: It is insulting to us. It is very insulting. And if he knows English, he needs to be speaking in English.

He’s right. Just visiting Germany and Italy years ago, I felt silly constantly having to ask “Do you speak English?” As well I should have too, considering I was in their countries and had no right to expect them to make things easier for me, though they often did.

Liberals are all too happy to complain about pushy Americans on vacation overseas. But they see nothing wrong with immigrants – legal or otherwise – coming here and making things harder for us over the long-term, financially, practically and socially.

A Ban on Little Kid’s Lemonade Stands? Really?

And then there’s the crony capitalism gone insane that’s so rampant among liberal-thinkers.

They rail against big businesses while handing billions to banks, GE and the like, then go ahead and shut down little kids’ lemonade stands, as county officials just did in Bethesda, Maryland.

Go figure this happens in my state.

The scene of the crime is apparently near the US Open, where the county gives out plenty of parking permits to private residences, allowing them to turn their front yards into profitable businesses for avid golf fans.

But according to Jennifer Hughes, the dictator (OK. OK. Director. But “dictator” is obviously more appropriate.) of permitting for the county, it’s illegal to run even an itty-bitty lemonade stand, much less one making a decent dime… even if its to raise money for pediatric cancer.

And they say that Republicans don’t care about the sick.

“Cute little kids making five or ten dollars is a bit different than making hundreds. You’ve got coolers and coolers here,” Hughes reasoned after slapping the children’s parents with a $500 fine for allegedly ignoring instructions to shut the operation down.

Way to kill the entrepreneurial spirit.

No wonder this country is a fiscal mess.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ladies: Being Sexy Is about More Than Just How You Look

Sometimes it gets really boring reading about corrupt liberals and wishy-washy Republicans.

I’ll even admit that I just spent the last 15 minutes reading “10 Beauty Moves Guys Find Sexy,” just because I can’t stand the thought of blogging about:

  • Obama’s typical wordplay to get what he wants, this time to rationalize his decision to aid Libya’s war without congressional approval
I’m not saying those issues aren’t important or that they’re not actively contributing to the ultimate fall of America, which could be much closer than we think if we don’t start behaving better than bratty two-year-olds.

I’m just saying that sometimes a blogger needs a break. So ladies, this one’s for you: Stop being stupid! And men, stop smirking: You can be ridiculous as well.

While there are plenty of areas that both sexes could improve on, I’m referring specifically to the pains women take to conform to some silly, media-created ideal.

Not only is straightening our hair, caking on makeup and spending soak-sweat hours at the gym a lot of work, it’s also a lot of money. And for what? Sleep deprivation and debt?

No thanks.

Every woman has some feature she doesn’t like about herself: Her nose, her hips, her “thunder thighs” as someone near and dear to me calls them. Personally, I’m not always a fan of my short torso or the indent where my hips and legs meet.

OK. So we don’t meet Hollywood’s standard of perfection. But neither does Hollywood. Beauty products, photo-shopping and angling create much of those star’s appeal.

So here’s the thing: While I don’t think there’s anything wrong with dressing to impress or accentuating certain features, guys are going to notice girls no matter what we do or don’t do. And no matter what we do or don’t do, we’re not ever going to fit every single man’s fantasy stats, which makes sense since everybody has different tastes.

Besides – cheesy as it might sound – good, old-fashioned confidence is exceedingly sexy. And believe it or not, you can’t buy that at the gym or down the makeup isle.

So stop being silly and work with what you have going for you… naturally.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Baltimorons and Nanny State Government Policies

My city is filled with idiots.

Since my city is Baltimore, however, that goes without saying. We also have a rather high rate of thugs, bums and potheads.

Go us!

None of this is news, of course. But the Baltimore City’s Curfew Center is.

Apparently, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake has decided to set a curfew for Baltimore’s kiddies for the summer: “Children under the age of 17 are not allowed out without an adult after midnight on weekends and after 11 p.m. on weeknights.”

Considering the harsh punishment, I’m sure that this will really crack down on crimes committed by the city’s youth. Teens caught outside unattended after those hours will – Gasp! – be taken to the Curfew Center… and they’ll even get food and counseling!

I know that if I were an underager inclined to do naughty things at night like vandalize property, shoot people up or do drugs, I’d be quaking in my boots right now.

That’s some scary stuff!

Or not. City schools and law enforcement agree with the politicians that this is a great way to end violence and make parents accountable for their own offspring, but I have my serious doubts since they’re working with extremely faulty logic…

They think it’s possible to legislate behavior, which usually doesn’t work. The truth is that people do what they want as long as they think their actions outweigh the consequences.

A mature person weighs not only personal consequences but also those that might affect others. But since the threat of life in prison for murder or raping sprees doesn’t seem to intimidate Baltimore’s criminals nearly enough, what makes the city think that being taken to some cushy tax-payer-funded center for an hour or two is going to do anything?

So instead of stooping to the political version of slapping young peoples’ wrists – if that – and saying “No!” very firmly, it might behoove us to teach them how to behave like mature people … at home, in school and in society. And setting an example for them instead of acting like children ourselves certainly can’t hurt either.

One great place to start: Stop legislating taxpayer handouts so that people have to start taking care of their own again.

Just a thought. Not that I expect Baltimore to actually consider it.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Obama Makes It All but Impossible to Take Him Seriously

While the Republican presidential hopefuls convened last night to play nice with each other, all the while sharpening their political knives and hoping their competitors ultimately fail, the First Lady of the United States was busy being even more disingenuous.

Addressing the Southern California Women for Obama group in Pasadena yesterday, Michelle Obama praised her husband for his “tireless” efforts, saying, “This man doesn’t take a day off.”

Yeah, from the golf course.

Actually, that might be what Obama does best: take time off. Either that or lie, as he did at a fundraiser in Mami, where he told his diminutive audience: “If you were looking for a bunch of partisan rhetoric, I’m probably not your guy.”

OK. So maybe he isn’t that great at lying, despite his hours practicing.

Does he really think we’ve forgotten how he told Republicans “I won” when they suggested differing ideas early on in his administration… or when he called Republicans “enemies” during the mid-term elections… or what he did to Paul Ryan over the budget proposal much more recently?

It’s hard to take the President seriously when he spouts such ridiculous untruths…

Or when he promises to get us out of Iraq, only to shove us into a pointless war in Libya, which, incidentally, the House just voted against funding

Or when he praises the so-called Arab Spring as a great beacon of freedom and progress, even though 7,000 civilians have apparently been jailed since Mubarak stepped down…

Or when he demands that we keep spending and spending and spending when leading financial gurus such as Pimco’s Bill Gross say that, fiscally speaking, the U.S. is worse off than the debt-laden Greece.

Deep down inside, even he must understand how ridiculous his lies are becoming. So why does he even bother trying?

Because, at this rate, he doesn't have a prayer of winning.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sarah Palin Leaves the Media in the Dust… Again

What the media wants, the media gets.

Problem is, they don’t always like what they’ve thrown temper tantrums for, kicking and screaming and beating their fists on the floor like so many overly indulged toddlers.

Take the Sarah Palin emails, which were supposed to provide the next big thing in political scandals. The media got to sort through 13,000 of them from when she was just an obscure governor in an oftentimes forgotten state.

The media was undoubtedly hoping for titillating affairs, racism or the trademark Sarah Palin stupidity they’ve worked so hard to invent.

What they got, however, was nothing.

As the Daily Telegraph’s US Editor, Tony Harnden writes:

“The trove of more than 13,000 emails detailing almost every aspect of Sarah Palin’s governorship of Alaska… paints a picture of her as an idealistic, conscientious, humorous and humane woman slightly bemused by the world of politics.”

Of course, the Daily Telegraph is a conservative publication, so it isn’t surprising that it might publish an almost entirely flattering article on the hard core conservative Palin. But even the ridiculously partisan Politico admits that, “If critics were hoping to see Palin revealed as a hypocrite, they’re out of luck.”

But don’t feel too badly, media. After all, sometimes you win ‘em and sometimes you lose.

Of course, this one seems to have been a particularly painful loss, since the worst Politico’s Molly Ball can write is how the emails “brought back the memory of a long-lost Palin: the popular, charismatic, competent woman of the people.”

She goes on to proselytize: “This was the vice presidential candidate John McCain’s team thought they were getting, before her darker tendencies – defensiveness, thick skin, grudge-keeping – hardened into tics.”

Really? We’re supposed to believe that the second Sarah Palin was nominated Vice President, she did a complete 360 personality-wise and went stark raving mad?

Come on media. You can do better than that with 13,000 emails, can’t you?

Then again, considering how she keeps leaving you in the dust – literally and figuratively – maybe not.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Let’s Talk About Stupid

Let’s talk about spending…

Let’s talk about the fact that the U.S. government is about as mature as a bunch of sorority girls at the mall with their daddy’s credit card.

Let’s talk about how it spent $3,634,807 over the last ten years to watch monkeys get high off of PCP, Methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine.

Let’s talk about how we’ve spent billions of dollars in that same time period to train and outfit the Afghan army.  Whether that money was well spent or not is debatable.

Let’s talk about:
And yet we want to talk about raising the debt ceiling so that we can spend even more?

Let’s talk about stupid.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Proof That the World Is at Least Going Insane, If Not Already There

The world is going insane.

Australia, for one, seems intent on seeking the Most Inane Nation Ever (MINE) award since it is deliberating right now on whether or not to legislate a new way to fight so-called climate change…

First off, I didn’t even know that camels lived in Australia. But more importantly, this proves that the Aussies, despite their delicious accents, are quite possibly clinically diagnosable.

Killing off 1.2 million camels, as proposed, would supposedly make a serious dent against global warming, since camels produce an annual average ton of carbon dioxide. But if we’re going to be killing off creatures for simply existing, then why not start culling each other as well to save the earth?

It doesn’t make sense to favor animals over human beings, of course. But the same is true of picking the earth over beasts. After all, what are we trying to save the world for if not for living creatures to enjoy?

However, in Australia’s defense, it isn’t the only idiot country out there. Saudi Arabia is a strong contender, as it goes about spending $130 billion to bolster its citizens’ living conditions in order to stave off the rebellions that have hit so many other Middle Eastern countries.

Apparently, the much easier option of simply giving them freedom hasn’t crossed King Abdullah’s mind.

Meanwhile England is practicing a form of healthcare that has little to do with health or care. If it had any economic or historical understanding – or merely a healthy dose of common sense – it never would have implemented the system in the first place.

But since they clearly don’t and they clearly did, the British National Health Service (NHS) has become an utter embarrassment. The latest story circulating about it is how a town drunk showed up at his local hospital for help and refused to give up his vodka bottle. So they let him pass out in one of the hallways.

Problem is, sometime in the ten hours they were stepping over and around him, he died. And when they finally figured that fact out, they literally dragged his lifeless body away like worthless garbage.

Way to go socialistic medicine. And way to go England.

Not that the U.S. can brag all that much either, since we signed something just as bad if not worse into law last year. Fortunately, many organizations and state governments are actively fighting to declare it unconstitutional and therefore void. But that doesn’t disqualify us as a contender for the MINE award…

After all, our government employees are still paid exorbitant amounts while our economy crashes and burns. Take the New York City superintendent who gets paid $500,000 per year. Yet what good are our schools doing that any of their administrators deserve that kind of tax-payer funded compensation?

Hopefully, we can turn things around before we completely surpass other nations to claim the Most Inane Nation Ever award for good.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Raging River and an Even More Dangerous Waterfall up Ahead

Obama is either one of the dumbest men ever to walk the earth – right up there with his VP, Joe Biden – or he’s an extremely unfeeling, malicious and selfish cretin.

I don’t say that lightly either, if only because I’m going to get a lecture on “saying the truth in love” or something along those lines if my mother happens to read this.

But this is a man who has significant national and foreign intelligence at his fingertips. He has direct access to the greatest fiscal, political and historical experts this country has to offer. And yet he persists in sending America careening down an increasingly hazardous river towards the economic version of Niagra Falls.

Might we survive the impending fall if we manage to avoid being dashed to pieces against the jagged rocks littering our path or the powerful whirlpools threatening to suck us into historical oblivion?

Well, nobody can predict the future, so it is theoretically possible. But our chances of survival don’t seem that good all the same.

Yet instead of acting like a true leader and steering us towards the shoreline, Obama is cheerfully pushing his oar into the water – when he’s not playing golf – to propel us further down the rapids.

The latest example of his audacity – or stupidity, depending on your perspective – is his recent pledge “to cooperate fully in working through these issues, both on a bilateral basis but also through international and financial institutions like the IMF.”

In other words, we’re going to borrow more money from China – a country that quite probably wants us subservient – in order to shore up a country that has squandered its own money, encouraged immaturity from the government on down, and  shown far too little initiative to change since it’s past indiscretions have come back to bite it hard in the rear.

This is not the way an intelligent person acts… unless he has some less than honorable intentions.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

California and Its Wind Turbines Guilty of Killing Golden Eagles

Nothing is ever perfect.

That’s a lesson liberals have yet to learn. The more sincere among them believe that, should they just care enough and legislate enough, they can actually achieve a utopia.

That’s a bright, happy thought. But it falls far short of reality, since utopia is not and never will be possible while humans are humans. After all, not everybody has the same tastes, interests or even moral understanding.

 And even when you take selfish human interests out of the picture, we still run into problems. For instance, saving the earth…

So we want to save the earth by reducing carbon emissions in all of its forms. We promote green energy and green living and green businesses and pat ourselves on the back when we make even the tiniest stride towards this supposed ideal.

But while we seem to make progress towards one aspect of our goal, we oftentimes end up accidentally short changing some other group or idea we’re trying to protect or achieve.

Take California – a particularly liberal and silly state, dazzled by Hollywood’s fairytales and fake lives – for example, which set up some 5,000 wind turbines to generate electricity instead of the polluting horrors of coal. But those “green” installments have performed an unexpected and macabre additional function in killing nearly 70 golden eagles per year.

It’s illegal to kill one within the United States – another liberal attempt to make this world perfect, by attempting to ensure that no animal ever goes extinct – but it seems that the government is its own worst enemy in this case, not to mention the birds’.

That’s not surprising though, considering how the government constantly bites off far more than it can chew. Instead of trying to make everything perfect for everybody, it should instead consider the adage that every good parent understands and practices…

If you try to make everybody happy, nobody will end up happy in the end.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Black Boxes in All New Cars Manufactured and Sold in the U.S.

As if the federal government isn’t intruding on our lives enough, now it wants to install black boxes in our cars.

Not even kidding.

And they say that Republicans butt their noses into other people’s business?

The Washington Examiner admits: “The concept of installing a black box in new automobiles has several good points in assisting law enforcement and emergency services as to the location and circumstance of an accident or road emergency.” But it goes on to report that, “Policies currently underway by many municipalities and states show that public safety personnel are now being used more as revenue collectors than as first responders to incidents as they occur.”

For instance, the Obama administration is once again floating the idea of a mileage tax, which would literally charge U.S. drivers per mile they drove.

As if we aren’t cash-strapped enough by high taxes and the inflation that Obama boasts he’s kept in check.

And even if the government doesn’t implement such intrusive and draconian policies, forcing automakers to adhere to these measures means that car prices will go up… not because those businesses are greedy and unfeeling like liberals would like us to believe, but because they’ll need to pay for the additional costs they’ll incur from producing and installing the black boxes.

Of course, the government can’t be bothered to consider such obvious details any more than it can be expected to read a bill it’s forcing on American constituents… like it did with the healthcare law passed last year and who knows how many other pork-laden, economy-destroying measures before and since then.

That would be asking far too much.

Friday, June 3, 2011

The Dying American Dream

I studied hard in school, paid a decent portion of my way through college and am in the process of paying the rest back. I started from the bottom of the corporate ladder to work my way into something better.

I found a place to live with rent I can afford and I try to live within my means, saying no to potential purchases much more often than I say yes. I even lived without a real couch for a year just to avoid going into credit card debt on top of my student loans.

And I know there are many others like me who are trying their best to make it work with what they have and little more.

But the government doesn’t appreciate that kind of responsibility. In fact, it doesn’t appreciate any kind of responsibility. Instead, it actively encourages just the opposite through welfare programs that pay people to do nothing and strive for nothing, and housing assistance programs that encourage them to buy up what they can’t afford.

Since Obama took office, things have only gotten worse. Now, we’re not just encouraged to accept free candy from strangers; we’re flat-out forced to take it.

Take the healthcare law, for example. The majority of Americans don’t approve of it. Yet the Obama administration is twisting our arms and telling us to take the spoonful of poison anyway like some big government version of Mommy Dearest.

And when we protest in a federal appeals court – as the Thomas More Law Center is doing right now – we are simply told by President Obama’s solicitor general, Neal Kumar Katyal, that if we don’t want to pay for our health insurance, we can earn less.

With that kind of attitude foisted on us, is it any wonder then that Americans are losing hope in the future? The government is telling us to choose between our freedom and our money, while rising food and gas prices, high taxes and stagnate salaries eat away at more than just our wallets.

Goldman Sachs wrote recently that, “Households are already very pessimistic about future real income growth.” And the AP admits that unemployment ‘dropped’ in previous months partially because people are simply giving up on finding work altogether.

This all shows a new, disturbing reality rising over America. We’re quickly losing our self-reliance, our hopes and our freedoms… and without those, what is left to the American Dream?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Anthony Weiner Hollywood Connection

The majority of today’s news seems to be about whether the married Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY), sent a picture of his ding dong to another woman or not.

While I would find him a dishonest pig if he is guilty – not to mention really stupid, since the picture was sent via Twitter in a public manner – I already think very little of him.

This is a man, after all, who voted to raise the debt limit, a fortunately unsuccessful bid.

One way or the other, the 46-year old is most definitely responsible for his own stupid actions. But it’s important to note that he’s hardly the only one behaving badly these days. It’s hard to condemn Anthony Weiner without also indicting the soul-sucking, brain-mushing environment he grew up in as an active and eager accomplice.

For decades now, children have been taught revisionist history, science and morality at school, and then schooled in similar misinformation at home in front of the TV. So why should any of us be shocked when children grow up to be irresponsible adults with poor reasoning skills and even worse standards of acceptable behavior?

Hollywood is a humongous influence on young people and has been since at least the 1970s and 80s, when Weiner grew up. Those shows seem exceptionally innocent today but even Happy Days, which began running in 1974, was used to fuel leftist ideas, according to William Bickley, one of its producers.

And George Schlatter, who directed and produced Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In around the same time is still very proud that the show “pissed the Pentagon off,” admitting “that pleased me enormously.”

While many have long since recognized the entertainment world’s bias against traditional family values, Ben Shapiro documented proof in his book, “Primetime Propaganda.”

In it, he records Hollywood executives from Friends, Golden Girls, M*A*S*H, MacGyver, America’s Funniest Home Videos, The A-Team, the MTV Networks Entertainment group, Desperate Housewives, That 70’s Show, etc. who easily admit:

  • Intentionally saying “‘f*ck you’… to the right wing” through their shows
  • Believing that conservatives are “idiots” with “medieval minds”
  • Making anti-gun and pacifist messages recurring themes
  • Refusing to hire “Reagan *sshole[s]
  • Creating shows with the hope of defeating Republican candidates
  • Enjoying “superpowers” in influencing young people

The lengthy and damning list might sound purely political, but conservatism and liberalism represent entire world views, not just how people vote.

Conservatives believe in fiscal and personal responsibility and putting God first. In contrast, liberals endorse the opposite through government dependence.

Once there, it’s a slippery slop towards a dangerous cocktail of unnecessary risks, from sex with strangers to drugs and overspending… because it promotes the idea that there is always somebody else to blame and, therefore, everything is personally permissible.

And that includes cheating on your spouse, like Anthony Weiner may or may not have done, or voting to increase debt ceilings in the face of obvious fiscal disaster, which he definitely did.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sarah Palin's Bus Tour Is Making the Media Look Really Stupid

Sarah Palin’s nationwide bus tour is proving a few things about the mainstream media:

  • They’re really obsessed with Sarah Palin.
  • They’re really whiny when they don’t get their own way.
  • They really don’t think before they speak or write.

To be perfectly fair, they’ve proved all three facts countless times before, but they’re going overboard to demonstrate their adolescent tendencies this time around.

For instance, take one of CBS’s latest reports on her, as written by Brian Montopoli…

“Sarah Palin and her advisers are refusing to tell members of the media where she is going on her current bus tour and the former Alaska governor seems to be enjoying the cat and mouse game that’s resulted.”

This is news? Really?

But wait! There’s more! Since she isn’t informing them of her plans in advance, “this has resulted in scenes of the Palin bus tooling down the highway followed by a caravan of 10 or 15 vehicles all trying to make sure they don’t lose sight of the Palin bus.”

“It adds up to a dangerous situation,” explains CBS News Producer Ryan Corsaro. “I just hope to God that one of these young producers with a camera whose bosses are making them follow Sarah Palin as a potential Republican candidate don’t get in a car crash, because this is dangerous.”

If that’s the case, why don’t they just stop following her? She isn’t a presidential candidate at this point. So they’re just wasting gas and ‘destroying the environment’ by needlessly following her in their gas-guzzling vans and other vehicles.

The simplicity of the solution to this “dangerous situation” doesn’t dawn on Corasaro though, who isn’t quite done embarrassing himself. He adds, “It feels like she’s baiting us and treating us like paparazzi and make the ‘lamestream media’ appear that way.”

Well… If the flash photography fits…

Meanwhile, MSNBC’s Martin Bashir goes a step further in accusing Palin of illegally depicting the American flag on her bus. Apparently, there’s a law that prohibits public use of the Stars and Stripes for advertising purposes. Who knew?

I wonder how long it took MSNBC to dig up that one? Now if they could only pay that much attention to America’s real problems, they might have something to brag about.

As it is now, they’re just pathetic.