Saturday, November 22, 2008

Promises? Did I make promises?

Obama and Change: Office of Political Affairs Will Stay:
"I can’t think of any campaign promises Obama has kept. Can you?"

Still laughing......

Who would ever STEAL an election?

Al Franken's Minnesota
"Put aside that these ballots have already been ruled on by trained election judges. Put aside, too, the invasion of voter privacy. The real problem of allowing Mr. Franken to conduct his own voter discovery operation is that this is changing the rules after the election has been held. The gambit introduces subjective judgment and political pressure into a voting process that is supposed to be immune to both."

Always one in the crowd...

James Taranto:
There was a weird moment last night even before the attorney general collapsed.

A man at a table near ours stood up, early in the speech, and shouted, "Tyrant! You are a tyrant!"

He would have been right, too, if the definition of tyrant were "a government official who will leave office in two months as part of a peaceful transition of power after a lawful, regularly scheduled election."

Michael Mukasey continued with his speech. He appeared to us unruffled, although Kathryn Lopez thought he "seemed rattled." Perhaps he was shaken but not stirred. The heckler sat down, and a bit later we looked over and noticed he was gone.


The Agitator
"It’s too bad eHarmony caved."

This is going to be fun....

Bob Woodward wonders what Obama’s been smoking
Being president is about control, and tell me who ever controlled Bill or Hillary Clinton. They can't control each other. ... I think it's because Warren Buffett and Paul Volcker and others have convinced Obama, 'You're going to have to focus like a laser on the economy. That's issue Number One. And give Hillary and Bill the world.' ... I think people are fantasizing or smoking something if they think Joe Biden's going to call Hillary Clinton up and say, 'This is what we want you to do.'

I'm from the government, and.....

The New Plan? Cripple Honda! Save Detroit with Card Check! Eliminating the secret ballot and making it easier to organize U.S. Honda and Toyota workers (and imposing contract terms via binding arbitration) would "level the playing field," says Dem. Congressman Tim Ryan. ... Then when Honda and Toyota responded by importing more cars from abroad, we could have import quotas! Eventually the whole automotive sector could be planned by Congress in conjunction with existing business and labor interest groups.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Hard to believe... that anyone cares

Angelina Jolie’s Carefully Orchestrated Image

But is anyone else bothered by the fact that this story is on the front page of the Times?

I should've written this one....

Road Rage 101: How To Piss Off Other Drivers
"To truly master the art of pissing people off, you need the benefit of years of practice behind the wheel of an extremely obnoxious car (I recommend either a tuned Honda CRX or any type of chromed pickup with a lifted suspension), true greatness can’t be achieved overnight. Everyone needs to start somewhere though, so to get you started on your path towards perfection, I’ve outlined below a few tips that will help nurture and extract your hidden inner douchebag."

Read the WHOLE THING!!!!

Just the beginning....

And the Green Car of the Year Is...
"The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI was named Green Car of the Year Thursday, the first time a diesel has won the award.

The 41-mpg TDI beat out a pair of hybrids, a sporty clean-diesel sedan, and the trendy little Smart ForTwo, to take top honors because, the judges said, it 'epitomizes what the Green Car of the Year is all about.'"

I've always thought that hybrids were a joke. This really proves it in so many ways..... Where are the tax credits?

What's good for the goose.....

Dating Intolerance
"New Jersey plaintiff Eric McKinley can now crown himself the new Rosa Parks — heroically breaking down inhumane barriers to Internet matchmaking by forcing a law-abiding private company to provide services it was never created to provide. “Men seeking men” has now been enshrined with “I have a dream” as a civil rights rallying cry of the 21st century. Bully for you, Mr. McKinley."

The power to disappoint...

Megan McArdle:
"More to the point, the worst financial crisis in seventy years is really not the time to see if you can brighten up the CEA offices with a nice, decorative matched set of X chromosomes. Goolsbee has been advising Obama since the beginning; presumably, this is some sort of testimony to the esteem in which Obama holds his competence. Throwing him overboard now makes this look like less of a 'plus factor' and more like Obama is much less concerned with competence than painting a pretty picture for voters. Given the stakes, that's more than a little irresponsible.

Needless to say, given that Obama's sterling choice of highest-caliber economic advisors was one of my main reason for supporting him, my regret is mounting faster than ever."

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Quote of the Day:

The Agitator
"At the same time, it sorta’ reminds me of what a retired police chief once told me about how he staffed his SWAT team. He said he’d ask for volunteers, then disqualify every officer who raised his hand. He added, “The guys who want the job are the last ones who should have it.”

Alas, that’s true of many government positions."

Patterico must be homophobic...

Cheney Indicted in Clearly Bogus Indictment; Sullivan Wets His Pants with Excitement:
"This is why people mock you, Sullivan. Because you’re a shrieking, hysterical, gullible moron."

Someone call Olberman!!!

How Obama Got Elected:
"It's worth noting that the Obama voters in Zogby's sample were 97 percent high school graduates and--rather shockingly--55 percent college graduates. It's almost enough to make you wonder about the future of democracy."

The Belmont Club
weighs in, too....

What's wrong with this picture?

Ayers speech at NU a no-go
A speaking engagement at Northwestern University by William Ayers, the 1960s radical whose connections to Barack Obama became a campaign issue, has been postponed, a university official said Tuesday.

A new date has not been set, said Alan Cubbage, vice president for university relations.

The former Weather Underground radical had been in contract negotiations to speak at the Evanston campus Thursday night. He was invited by a Muslim student group.

"In contract negotiations"? Capitalist pig.......

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

And I remember November 22 for something completlely different - How about you?

Victory in Iraq Day, November 22, 2008

THE MUDVILLE GAZETTE: Why no one knows the war was won.

Read the link - you may get a bit woozy..

The Trillion Dollar Men
An eight year old article from City Journal describes how activist and community organizations, plus banks eager to lend, turned the low cost mortgage scene into what it is today. (Hat tip: Hot Air) How many of us read the City Journal article in 2000 and how many recognized it’s import? As a mental exercise think this: what article you are reading today will you look back on in a decade and say “Wow! What a bummer?”

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Oh My God! NOW the Times tells me.....

A Military for a Dangerous New World
"To protect the nation, the Obama administration will have to rebuild and significantly reshape the military. We do not minimize the difficulty of this task. Even if money were limitless, planning is extraordinarily difficult in a world with no single enemy and many dangers."

In its continuing saga of doing the most convenient thing available, the NY Times now tells us that the world is a dangerous place even without George Bush making it so. It seems that just a couple of weeks ago, our "friends" at the world's most hypocritical newspaper were trying to convince us that it was really US who was making the world unsafe at any speed. I wonder what made them change their tune? Hmmmmmm...

Quote of the Day:

Questions for Karl Rove
Do you like Joe Biden?
I think he has an odd combination of longevity and long-windedness that passes for wisdom in Washington.
Read the whole interview, it's just one page. But the more I see and read of Rove, the more I appreciate a candid, unrepentant approach to one's own actions. He, obviously, has a great deal of contempt for his interviewer; and I find it interesting (yet consistent with the overall dishonesty of the NY Times) that it states at the bottom of the single page: "Interview conducted, condensed and edited by Deborah Solomon".

Sometimes I thing that ol' Tom is licking the windowpane...

Tom Friedman:
"Now is when we need a president who has the skill, the vision and the courage to cut through this cacophony, pull us together as one nation and inspire and enable us to do the one thing we can and must do right now:

Go shopping.

Obama can’t wait until Jan. 20 to weigh in on this. If we don’t stimulate the global economy fast enough and big enough, some of Obama’s inaugural balls might be held in soup kitchens."

How about a bailout? They put the new guy in office...

Belmont Club: Newspapers in crisis:
"The daily newspaper industry stands at a precipice. Rocked by declining print circulation and advertising, disruptive Internet technologies and competition from a variety of new players and industries, the traditional bedrock of American journalism faces a classic change-or-die scenario. Whole swaths of the American populace have abandoned newspapers or are growing up without the habit of reading them. And while the Web sites of news organizations are attracting more readers than ever, the online advertising business is nowhere close to making up for the steep slide in print."

Now I don't...

War's Over, We Won (No Thanks to Barack Obama):
"Michael Yon just phoned from Baghdad, and reports that things are much better than he had expected, and he had expected things to be good. “There’s nothing going on. I’m with the 10th Mountain Division, and about half of the guys I’m with haven’t fired their weapons on this tour and they’ve been here eight months. And the place we’re at, South Baghdad, used to be one of the worst places in Iraq. And now there’s nothing going on. I’ve been walking my feet off and haven’t seen anything. I’ve been asking Iraqis, ‘do you think the violence will kick up again,’ but even the Iraqi journalists are sounding optimistic now and they’re usually dour.”

Now I feel better...

Saudi Cleric Denies Wanting Mickey Mouse Dead


Let Hillary Cover For Summers
As Jon Chait notes, some feminists are already pushing back against a Summers appointment--saying impolitic remarks he made while President of Harvard should disqualify him for the job. But if Obama announced Hillary will be Secretary of State and then appointed Summers, it would surely take away some of the sting.