State of the Union? Same old Crap….

So I have finished watching both the State of the Union and the Republican rebuttal. I thought both were weak. I thought both were full of bulldookey. I am not going to address every single thing that the President said tonight, but I am going to address some of the things that jumped out at me. Because in the end, I felt like he was right back in campaign mode, but more importantly, he was right back to claiming one thing while doing something completely different. I am sure that Black Flag will say “what did you expect?” I would answer that I expected exactly what I got. I am simply pointing out my disappointment that I was not surprised. And there are just so many things that I have to rebuke, if nothing else for the plethora of facebook posts from all manner of my friends saying how great Obama was and how awesome it is that he is on our side and how proud they are to be Democrats tonight. It literally almost drove me mad. Had I not had a few Raptor hybrids that D13 sent me to test out, I wouldn’t have had anything to kick and might have gone out and attempted to remove the pom poms and springs from Nancy Pelosi’s hindquarters. By the way D13, they really are as trainable as you promised.

Allow me to open by saying that I was quite angered by the President playing the political games that he played in terms of partisan rhetoric. I expect it from Harry and Nancy, as they are classless hacks anyway, but I didn’t think the President himself would join in. He was downright ignorant to the Republicans. Furthermore, I found his remarks about the Supreme Court Case in extremely poor taste, chastising the members of the court as they sat directly in front of him. Low class indeed. So on to some of his claims and my rebuttals:

Now, let me repeat: We cut taxes. We cut taxes for 95 percent of working families. We cut taxes for small businesses…. And we haven’t raised income taxes by a single dime on a single person, not a single dime.

I am tired of the political semantics games. The key word in the sentence is “income.” It is true that he has not raised income taxes in his first year. Doing so would have caused a revolt. But he did increase PLENTY of taxes on 95% of America. Tobacco taxes comes to mind as an issue we discussed here. And I might remind everyone that people pay taxes, corporations do not pay taxes. This falsehood has allowed the Democratic party to play semantics games about not raising taxes for far too long. You tax Microsoft, they pass it on to us. There are NO taxes paid in America that are not paid by the people. Remember that as you clamor on about evil corporations who need to be punished.

Now, because of the steps we took, there are about 2 million Americans working right now who would otherwise be unemployed.

I am always amazed how many Americans will fall for this lie. Last year we needed a stimulus bill to keep unemployment below 8%. Now with the rate at 10%, he claims he saved jobs. 4 million Americans lost their jobs last year. Yet he claims to have saved 2 million. This whole “saved jobs” farce has played out long enough. It is time that even those on the left stop pretending this isn’t a coking of numbers.

That is why jobs must be our number-one focus in 2010, and that’s why I’m calling for a new jobs bill tonight. Now, the true engine of job creation in this country will always be America’s businesses… but government can create the conditions necessary for businesses to expand and hire more workers.

By “jobs bill” he means that he wants a second stimulus bill like the one passed last February. Nice play on words to name this one a “jobs bill”. Again the wordplay in Washington is amazing. What I like best is how he does this sort of thing over and over and over and then later in his address talks about how he is trying to end the political games in Washington DC and how America doesn’t trust the government. I wonder why, Mr. President? Could it be because we can see you there behind the curtain pretending to be a wizard?

And to encourage these and other businesses to stay within our borders, it is time to finally slash the tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas and give those tax breaks to companies that create jobs right here in the United States of America.

Again, we create a reward and punishment system that government can use against business. Instead of recognizing that they should not be taking any money from the businesses in the first place, they instead simply increase the tax on some while giving a TEMPORARY break to others. Later they can reverse the trend and give the breaks to the other side TEMPORARILY. In the end, the businesses ALL got their taxes raised twice without the American people thinking a thing. Remarkable isn’t it?

And, yes, it means passing a comprehensive energy and climate bill with incentives that will finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy in America.

I am simply stunned that he is still going to attempt to get Cap and Trade passed through. It isn’t enough to watch it fail in the rest of the world. Of course, the government knows that it failed everywhere else. They don’t care. They are not passing it because they think it will do what they claim anyway. They are passing it for power and money. It has certainly succeeded in that way everywhere else. I retract my statement. I absolutely understand why they continue to pursue it.

I know there have been questions about whether we can afford such changes in a tough economy. I know that there are those who disagree with the overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change.

Yes, there are those that disagree with the “overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change”. They are called realists. In the same year that we have watched the AGW house of cards come crashing down, I am appalled to see a President continue to act as though we are all that stupid. Yet later in the speech he will actually lament over the fact that Americans no longer trust government.

To make college more affordable, this bill will finally end the unwarranted taxpayer subsidies that go to banks for student loans. Instead, let’s take that money and give families a $10,000 tax credit for four years of college and increase Pell Grants.

And let’s tell another 1 million students that, when they graduate, they will be required to pay only 10 percent of their income on student loans, and all of their debt will be forgiven after 20 years, and forgiven after 10 years if they choose a career in public service, because in the United States of America, no one should go broke because they chose to go to college.

OK, let’s take away any incentive for banks to give student loans. That makes complete sense only if you want to ensure that government is the only place where you can get one (hint, hint). But what floored me the most was that if you take a student loan, you don’t have to pay back more than 10% of your income. Suppose I get my degree in social work and work primarily pro bono for the first ten years, then become a politician! FREE EDUCATION!!!!! Your debt will be forgiven? Really? We will tell banks that if they make a loan, they get no perks from government, and on top of it, after a certain period of time, the students will not be required to pay the bank back! BRILLIANT. Talk about a socialist sentiment.

Still, this is a complex issue. And the longer it was debated, the more skeptical people became. I take my share of the blame for not explaining it more clearly to the American people. And I know that with all the lobbying and horse-trading, this process left most Americans wondering, “What’s in it for me?”

Now we are on to health care. I love that the politicians assume that Americans are simply too dumb or too uninformed to understand. The problem isn’t that the bill is absolute shit, the problem is that he didn’t explain it to us well enough (perhaps that is because NO ONE has actually had the time to read the monstrosity and what we have read makes us real skeptical of its effectiveness). This ranks right up there with “Scott Brown won because MA voters were upset that we didn’t move fast enough with our far left agenda” in terms of the alternate reality of those who run our country today.

As temperatures cool, I want everyone to take another look at the plan we’ve proposed. There’s a reason why many doctors, nurses, and health care experts who know our system best consider this approach a vast improvement over the status quo.

Again, he tells us that I want you all to look at this bill again, because you obviously don’t understand. After all, the smarter people than you, the ones in the health care industry, overwhelmingly think this bill is peachy keen. First of all, that is an outright lie. MANY medical professionals think the bill is shit. Second, I may not be a doctor, but I don’t need to be, because the bill in question has nothing to do with health care. Stop pretending I am stupid Mr. President. If you do it to my face I will just embarrass you. I promise.

So let me start the discussion of government spending by setting the record straight. At the beginning of the last decade, the year 2000, America had a budget surplus of over $200 billion.

By — by the time I took office, we had a one-year deficit of over $1 trillion and projected deficits of $8 trillion over the next decade. Most of this was the result of not paying for two wars, two tax cuts, and an expensive prescription drug program.

On top of that, the effects of the recession put a $3 trillion hole in our budget. All this was before I walked in the door.

Now — just stating the facts. Now, if we had taken office in ordinary times, I would have liked nothing more than to start bringing down the deficit. But we took office amid a crisis, and our efforts to prevent a second depression have added another $1 trillion to our national debt. That, too, is a fact.

Here we go, let’s blame this all on George Bush. At some point, this President will have to take the blame for something. In 2000, we had a budget surplus that you would have wiped out with 1/4th of the very first big spending bill you signed into law. Then we watched as the housing bubble burst based on bad loans, set up during the Clinton administration. We watched the dot.com bubble burst. George Bush was no saint,  I agree, and he ran the country poorly. But I am tired of seeing him and Republicans blamed for everything. Let’s not forget the economy might have started its run to recession under a Republican President, but it also did it under a Democratic Congress who controlled the budget.

Starting in 2011, we are prepared to freeze government spending for three years. Spending related to our national security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security will not be affected, but all other discretionary government programs will. Like any cash-strapped family, we will work within a budget to invest in what we need and sacrifice what we don’t. And if I have to enforce this discipline by veto, I will. We will continue to go through the budget line by line, page by page, to eliminate programs that we can’t afford and don’t work. We’ve already identified $20 billion in savings for next year.

I find it very interesting that they will continue to spend like madmen throughout the rest of the current Congressional term, but will suspend all spending as soon as the 112th Congress (which very possibly will be REPUBLICAN controlled) is seated. We had to start tightening our belts LAST year, oh great one. Weird that all you wicked smaht political type folks are taking two years longer than us to realize that you need to do so. Again not lost on me that he doesn’t propose cutting spending until the current Congress is done. That way they can still pass more BS, and the new Congress will be hamstrung. And if they do manage to pass something, he can say “I told you I would VETO it.” Well played Democrats. Well played. The best part, voters are buying it (judging from my facebook comments).

That’s why I’ve called for a bipartisan Fiscal Commission, modeled on a proposal by Republican Judd Gregg and Democrat Kent Conrad. This can’t be one of those Washington gimmicks that lets us pretend we solved a problem. The commission will have to provide a specific set of solutions by a certain deadline. Now, yesterday, the Senate blocked a bill that would have created this commission. So I’ll issue an executive order that will allow us to go forward, because I refuse to pass this problem on to another generation of Americans.

Congress won’t approve what I want, so I will simply ignore them and issue an executive order. Interesting, we just had a discussion about executive orders the other night…

From some on the right, I expect we’ll hear a different argument — that if we just make fewer investments in our people, extend tax cuts including those for the wealthier Americans, eliminate more regulations, maintain the status quo on health care, our deficits will go away. The problem is that’s what we did for eight years. That’s what helped us into this crisis. It’s what helped lead to these deficits. We can’t do it again.

No, those are ambiguous claims that you will claim the right makes in order to make them seem bad. And I am again growing weary of the constant claims that the ideas of tax cuts and all the other things failed us for the last 8 years. I could just explode on this arrogance from the Democratic party. It is a populist statement and it completely ignores the reality of what got us to the point we are with the economy.

That’s what I came to Washington to do. That’s why — for the first time in history — my administration posts on our White House visitors online. That’s why we’ve excluded lobbyists from policymaking jobs, or seats on federal boards and commissions. But we can’t stop there. It’s time to require lobbyists to disclose each contact they make on behalf of a client with my administration or with Congress. It’s time to put strict limits on the contributions that lobbyists give to candidates for federal office.

As I recall, his administration fought for a long time to keep us from knowing who was coming and going in the Oval office. And we find out that it was because there were a whole lot of ACORN and SEIU visits. And now he claims that he was voluntarily transparent? And the guy that outspent any previous presidential campaign by three times now wants to limit campaign contributions? He wouldn’t be there without all that lobby and corporate money.

With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections. I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people. And I’d urge Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to correct some of these problems.

In other words, with all due deference to separation of powers, I charge Congress to find a way around the ruling of the Supreme Court. I found this to be one of the most disrespectful moments that I can remember in a State of the Union. If you have never watched one, the Supreme Court Justices are in the seats directly in front of the President. He basically told the SCOTUS that they are wrong in interpreting the law the way they did, and did so in front of the nation.

But again, I am stunned to see the most corporate donated to President in history complain that elections are bankrolled by powerful interests. And the claim that they will be controlled by foreign entities is nothing more than good old fashioned fear-mongering, or at least it would be if a Republican said it.

I’m also calling on Congress to continue down the path of earmark reform. Democrats and Republicans. Democrats and Republicans. You’ve trimmed some of this spending, you’ve embraced some meaningful change. But restoring the public trust demands more. For example, some members of Congress post some earmark requests online. Tonight, I’m calling on Congress to publish all earmark requests on a single Web site before there’s a vote, so that the American people can see how their money is being spent.

WHAT? He is going back to this? After saying nothing about the bill he signed with 8,560 earmarks in it (stimulus). After saying nothing about Ben Nelson being given a big old medicare earmark for Nebraska in order to buy his vote. After saying nothing about May Landrieu receiving a giant earmark to buy her vote. With all due respect Mr. President, for you to even mention earmark reform at this point is an insult to the American people.

But what frustrates the American people is a Washington where every day is Election Day. We can’t wage a perpetual campaign where the only goal is to see who can get the most embarrassing headlines about the other side — a belief that if you lose, I win. Neither party should delay or obstruct every single bill just because they can.

And they haven’t, you outright liar. This runaway liberal Congress has passed more legislation, spent more taxpayer money, than any in history. And you have the gall to sit up there and claim that they delay or obstruct every bill simply because they can? Maybe they obstruct some of them because they are bad bills that they don’t believe in. I have far less problems with this than I do with you buying votes to get bills passed.

Washington may think that saying anything about the other side, no matter how false, no matter how malicious, is just part of the game. But it’s precisely such politics that has stopped either party from helping the American people. Worse yet, it’s sowing further division among our citizens, further distrust in our government.

Saying anything about the other side is not good, I will admit. For example you should make a false claim that one political party delays or obstructs every single bill because they can. And I haven’t seen you come out and stop your party members in Congress from painting all those on the right as racists, homophobes, or worse. In fact, you have allowed the very party leadership to play this game that you claim to not like. Fix your own party, and perhaps then you can cast stones from your glass house.

To Democrats, I would remind you that we still have the largest majority in decades, and the people expect us to solve problems, not run for the hills. And if the Republican leadership is going to insist that 60 votes in the Senate are required to do any business at all in this town — a supermajority — then the responsibility to govern is now yours as well. Just saying no to everything may be good short-term politics, but it’s not leadership. We were sent here to serve our citizens, not our ambitions.

Didn’t he just finish saying that the partisan lies and games were bad. Maybe I misheard him.

This was a partisan statement as much as any I have seen. And it is more games being played by a man who is standing there claiming to want to eliminate the games. And it is also not lost on me that he was basically saying to Democrats that they should use the power to ram things through without Republicans. And of course there is the fact that he still lives in the fantasy world that tells him that the American people support the bullshit that Congress is doing.

That’s why we stand with the girl who yearns to go to school in Afghanistan, why we support the human rights of the women marching through the streets of Iran, why we advocate for the young man denied a job by corruption in Guinea, for America must always stand on the side of freedom and human dignity, always.

You know, the funny thing here is that I remember it differently. Because I remember you remaining completely silent while the women in the streets of Iran were being beaten and killed. You offered no support at all. It seems the only freedom American politicians stand for anymore, is that of other countries.

Unfortunately, too many of our citizens have lost faith that our biggest institutions — our corporations, our media, and, yes, our government — still reflect these same values.

Each of these institutions are full of honorable men and women doing important work that helps our country prosper. But each time a CEO rewards himself for failure or a banker puts the rest of us at risk for his own selfish gain, people’s doubts grow. Each time lobbyists game the system or politicians tear each other down instead of lifting this country up, we lose faith.

The more that TV pundits reduce serious debates to silly arguments, big issues into sound bites, our citizens turn away.

No wonder there’s so much cynicism out there. No wonder there’s so much disappointment.

Again, I simply see things differently. These institutions are NOT filled with honorable men and women. They have no interest in making America prosper any more than is needed to keep a revolt from happening. In fact the worse the economic situation can get without revolt, the better the government seems to like it. Because it allows them to claim that they are the saviors of us all.

There was so much I could have liked about this last little section, because he is right on so many levels in terms of how Americans feel about business, the media, and especially politicians. There is cynicism for far more reasons than he is willing to admit in a speech publicly.

Overall, this speech showed me a lot more of what I call the “anti-Reagan” rhetoric. What I mean by that is that Reagan, whether he meant it or not, made the profound statement that “government is not the answer to our problems. Government is the problem.” This speech was 70 minutes of us being told that the only answer to our problems lie in the actions of the United States government. As many of you can surmise, I say bullshit. The way for this country to truly fix itself is for government to shut down for a decade or so and allow free men to devise solutions.

The speech disappointed me because it was what I expected. I know those on the left here will skewer me for the analysis that I have given, but I am Ok with that. For those that don’t want to bother…. there is always continuing the open mic discussions that were started yesterday!

And for the record, before I forget, I watched the Republican response. More rhetoric of the same. Government is the solution, but we will do it better than them. I was completely unimpressed with the Governor’s speech, but I was completely impressed with his hair. I think it could have cut someone if you hit it at the wrong angle.

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Comments

  1. Posting for Comments. I’m glad I chose not to watch this lastnight, I did sleep well, but would likely not have from being a bit miffed. Looking forward to the discussion today.

    G!

  2. Most of (I can’t believe it) Media are fact checking the speech last night and they have found it wanting. Is the honeymoon over?

    http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2010/01/27/fact_check_obama_and_the_hatchet_job/

    • Bama,

      Good post. Made me wonder what the liberal fact checkers would say, even the admit he’s lying on some points.

      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2010/jan/27/fact-checking-obamas-state-union-speech/

      With his party reeling from the loss of a Senate seat in Massachusetts and doubts increasing about whether he’ll be able to pass his health care plan, President Barack Obama challenged Congress — and the nation — to put aside partisanship and tackle the difficult problems facing the country.

      “Rather than fight the same tired battles that have dominated Washington for decades, it’s time for something new,” he said, according to his prepared remarks. “Let’s try common sense. Let’s invest in our people without leaving them a mountain of debt. Let’s meet our responsibility to the people who sent us here.”

      We’re putting many of his claims to the Truth-O-Meter, as well as some of the responses by Republicans. We’ll be updating this story as we add them.

      • We found Obama was exaggerating the impact of the Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance when he said it would “open the floodgates for special interests – including foreign companies – to spend without limit in our elections.” We rated that Barely True.

      • Obama was pretty much on the mark with his claim that he had opened White House visitor logs. We rated that one Mostly True.

      • Obama incorrectly described his “revolving door” policy on former lobbyists being barred from policy jobs in his administration.

      • Obama exaggerated the role that “pay as you go” policies had on the budget in the 1990s.

      • Obama earned a Full Flop on our Flip-O-Meter for supporting a spending freeze, which he opposed during the campaign.

      • Obama was right that 95 percent of working families have gotten a tax cut.

      • He earned a Mostly True for his claim that the nation had a $200 billion budget surplus at the start of the Bush administration and that Obama inherited a $1 trillion deficit.

  3. Bottom Line says:

    Great article, Wep. You’re on a roll.

    Obama MUST have magic powers.

    The adult human stomach has a capacity of about one quart.

    Yet there was ten tons of bullsh*t coming out of his mouth.

    How’d he do that?

  4. PeterB in Indianapolis says:

    I didn’t watch.

    Are there things that this man is going to try to do over the next three years that are going to affect me?

    Yes, but probably not all that much overall.

    Did he describe anything he is going to ACTUALLY get done over the next three years that is going to affect me in the speach he gave last night?

    Highly doubtful.

    Did he even give an accurate description of the current “State of the Union” last night?

    Again, highly doubtful.

  5. Excellant analysis USW. I would have liked to have been a fly on your wall while you were watching.

  6. Ellen Spalding says:

    Well I have to say that as disappointed as I was during the actually speech, I was darn right mad after the speech when I was the reactions from both sides of the line. All I could is shake my head, these people dont have any idea what is actually happening. They ALL sit in their bubble and do whatever they need to to get re-elected again for another term. No wonder nothing changes in Washington, we keep reprocessing the same people through the system.

  7. Spot on USW. Watched some and then like Reid and Napolitano found it tiring, so moved on. Came back at the end and then skimmed shows to get their analysis. Best/worst, depending on your views, was Keith O. getting Axelrod’s take…..huh?

    Couple thoughts…

    His scolding of the Repubs; didn’t he have super majority this entire year and he still couldn’t get his programs through (thank goodness!) but shame on those R’s for holding him back?

    His audicity at calling out SCOTUS — wow! In clips I see Roberts had an almost Joe Wilson moment, “Not True”.

    What is the purpose of the rebuttal? What was this newly sworn in Governor going to say? I know it’s difficult due to the timing and having reaction to the speech just given, but I would love to have someone come out and do an analysis of what you just did above. Your article above is much more useful to the American people and I’d suggest it come from a non-politician as the trust level in all of these people is minimal.

    Overall tone was interesting as it seemed so staged, even more so than I remember from past SofU. It was almost awkward in some ways. Perhaps it was the growing distrust of many of those on the floor, from both sides, toward The One?

  8. What about the twin train wrecks of SS & Medicare? We need resolution of those problems before healthcare and cap & tax. Do it without the emotional hype so common with the subjects. Why not begin tomorrow vetoing all bills with spending attachments unrelated to the basic bill? Pick one failed federal program a week and eliminate it and the associated jobs. Ask his party to reinstitute the rule reforms Newt passed in 1995. Demand all new spending be accompanied by a 2x cut somewhere else, back it with vetos. Stop all the earmarks in defense spending. Actions speak louder than words.

  9. I Didn’t watch it, but reading about it this morning made me want to throw my computer out the window. That urge has passed. Makes me glad I didn’t watch. Hard to tell what I would have done if I had to listen to the whole thing!

  10. Judy Sabatini says:

    Hi All

    I could only stomach so much, had to leave the room, and didn’t want to hear anymore of his dribble. But, when he said he cut tuition for college, my son nearly fell out of his chair. He said, if you cut tuition, then how come his went up by 10%? I never heard such cussing and anger from my son as he was listening to the speech. I won’t say what he said, but I think you get the gist of it. I found it to be the same old thing, really nothing new, just more campaigning to me. Can’t believe a word of it.

    Hope all is well today

  11. Search the Web on Snap.com says:

    Posting for comments. Thankfully didn’t see the teleprompter reading because I was working. Good assessment USW.

  12. v. Holland says:

    I don’t think Chris meant anything racist by these remarks but I’m really sure that if someone on the right had said the same words -people would already be calling for him to be fired-but my main point is I wonder if Chris realizes that he in my opinion is the most vocal person who just continues to bring up the presidents race-I have to wonder why

    • Buck The Wala says:

      As soon as I heard that I almost threw the TV out the window — the man is getting worse and worse as he ages.

      On another score, I will be the first to say it — solid speech last night. I’m gonna go hide under my covers now…

    • OMG! I wonder how many times Matthews has been to the white house since 2008? I also wonder if he spends the night? I am willing to bet that if he has candles were lit and romantic music was playing as the two of them sipped a fine wine and the each discussed their like’s dislike’s and fantasy first dates.

      Get a room dude, in the mean time shut the hell up!!!

  13. The man is simply inept, and so out of touch it is scary. Not to leave out the vast majority of Congress as well…inept, and out of touch.

  14. Great review USW!

    This President is evil incarnate, a narcissist, and a bald faced liar. He demonstrates over and over again that he doesn’t care what the people want and that he and other elites know what is best for them. Obama scares me and he should scare everyone. Congress refuses to do something so he will just pass an Executive Order!!! The Supreme Court, an equal branch of government, is chastised on national TV!!! Obama says one thing and then does another. He lies, lies and then lies again.

    Bush was a bad President but Obama is far worse and has no boundaries to the power that he craves. This was an in your face America speech. He will not be stopped.

    If the last 9 years doesn’t show everyone how evil government is then I feel sorry for you. This country will not survive under government growth and more spending.

  15. Just got this email, have not opened. Any advice? Should I head to Canada now?

    From office of the FBI Director (View Attachment)

  16. Well, there might have been one group that was having fun during the speech last night (besides Buck apparently??). Those that were drinking every time he talked about himself! If you tried having a shot every time, you’d be dead this morning; if you just took a good swig – you were feeling no pain!

    A numbers breakdown of the SOTU: Obama refers to himself 114 times

    Any speech from President Obama is guaranteed to include numerous references to himself, blaming George Bush, and creating straw men. Wednesday night’s State of the Union was no different.

    By my count from watching the speech, here is a numbers breakdown of Obama’s first State of the Union:

    114 – The staggering number of times Obama referred to himself. He said “I” 96 times, and used “my” or “me” 18 times. For example: “When I ran for president, I promised I wouldn’t just do what was popular, I would do what was necessary.” Barack Obama’s favorite person is still Barack Obama.

    http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-22564-Des-Moines-Conservative-Examiner~y2010m1d27-A-numbers-breakdown-of-the-SOTU-Obama-refers-to-himself-114-times

  17. Great article USW, as usual. I definetally missed this site while gone.

    I watched about 15 minutes of it and got violently ill watching Pelosi jump up and down over anything he said, for the love of God will someone PLEASE chain that woman to her seat!

    I kept thinking to myself in the little time I watched was that I had heard this all before, Are we sure they didn’t just replay one of his campaign speeches that he could just lip sync to?

    Been gone working on our land for awhile (its kind of remote in the California hills and the internet is iffy at best) but I’m back and look forward to catching up.

  18. I got this in my email. I wish I could get more than two minutes of video. if someone looks at it, can you please give my your thoughts? Thanks?

    Fr: Lee Bellinger, Publisher
    Independent Living
    Re: Recent stock market gains likely a result of government manipulation
    I want to share with you a remarkable and highly-credible video interview which appeared on Canada’s version of CNBC-TV. In fact, it may well shape the way you look at the U.S. stock market forever.
    As it happens, stock prices have gone exactly nowhere during hours when the U.S. stock market was actually open over the past 10 months. What accounts for the major rise in stock prices since last March’s scary lows? Curious purchases during after-hours futures trading.
    But here’s the bombshell: Strong circumstantial evidence suggests it is the U.S. government and the Federal Reserve who are intervening to prop the markets up.
    “All the gains in the stock market since September occurred in after-hours futures trading” when the market can be moved on much lower volume, explains Charles Biderman, CEO of TrimTabs Investment Research on BNN-TV.
    Based on his firm’s research of capital flows, he eliminates other possible buyers, noting “We can’t figure out who is buying, and the only logical buyer is the government.”
    I urge you to watch this fascinating television clip right now. Unfortunately, this was not seen on American television. Could it be the Establishment Media are afraid to dig into this subject?
    Yours in Freedom and Prosperity,

    Lee Bellinger, Publisher
    Independent Living

    http://watch.bnn.ca/trading-day/january-2010/trading-day-january-8-2010#clip253604

    • Here’s my take: The Fed is buying into the markets little by little day by day-after hours- creating the illusion that the market is improving. All the while not advertising the fact because then who would ever trust the govt. The guy says its not illegal for the Fed just sneaky. Also adding that the monh to month wage data shows wages dropping which suggests that the economy has not bottomed out but continues to fall. I think!

  19. A Puritan Descendant says:

    This is an E-mail sent to me. >

    This might be funny if it weren’t so darned true.
    Be sure to read all the way to the end:

    Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table at which he’s fed.

    Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, Teach him taxes are the rule.

    Tax his work, Tax his pay, He works for peanuts anyway!

    Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat.

    Tax his ties, Tax his shirt, Tax his work, Tax his dirt.

    Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, Tax him if he Tries to think.

    Tax his cigars, Tax his beers, If he cries, Tax his tears.

    Tax his car, Tax his gas, Find other ways To tax his __.

    Tax all he has Then let him know That you won’t be done Till he has no dough.

    When he screams and hollers; Then tax him some more, Tax him till He’s good and sore.

    Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave, Tax the sod in Which he’s laid.

    Put these words Upon his tomb, Taxes drove me to my doom…’

    When he’s gone, Do not relax, Its time to apply The inheritance tax.

    Accounts Receivable Tax; Building Permit Tax; CDL license Tax; Cigarette Tax;
    Corporate Income Tax; Dog License Tax; Excise Taxes; Federal Income Tax;
    Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA); Fishing License Tax; Food License Tax;
    Fuel Permit Tax; Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon); Gross Receipts Tax;
    Hunting License Tax; Inheritance Tax; Inventory Tax; IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax);
    Liquor Tax; Luxury Taxes; Marriage License Tax; Medicare Tax;
    Personal Property Tax; Property Tax; Real Estate Tax; Service Charge T ax;
    Social Security Tax; Road Usage Tax; Sales Tax; Recreational Vehicle Tax;
    School Tax; State Income Tax; State Unemployment Tax (SUTA);
    Telephone Federal Excise Tax; Telephone Federal Universal Ser vice FeeTax;
    Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes;Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
    Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax; Telephone State and Local Tax;
    Telephone Usage Charge Tax; Utility Taxes; Vehicle License Registration Tax;
    Vehicle Sales Tax; Watercraft Registration Tax; Well Permit Tax;
    Workers Compensation Tax

    STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Not one of these taxes existed 100
    years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had
    absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world,
    and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
    What in the hell happened? Can you spell ‘politicians?’
    And I still have to ‘press 1′ for English!?

    I hope this goes around THE USA at least 100 times!!!

    YOU can help it get there!!!

    GO AHEAD – – – BE AN AMERICAN!!!

  20. v. Holland says:

    Off topic-but interesting read.

    ” S.E.C. Adds Climate Risk to Disclosure List

    By JOHN M. BRODER
    Published: January 27, 2010

    WASHINGTON — The Securities and Exchange Commission said on Wednesday for the first time that public companies should warn investors of any serious risks that global warming might pose to their businesses.

    Although the agency has long required companies to reveal possible financial or legal impacts from a variety of environmental challenges, it has never specifically cited climate change as bringing potentially significant business risks or rewards.

    The S.E.C., on a party-line 3-2 vote, issued “interpretive guidance” to help companies decide when and whether to disclose matters related to climate change. The commission said that companies could be helped or hurt by climate-related lawsuits, business opportunities or legislation and should promptly disclose such potential impacts. Banks or insurance companies that invest in coastal property that could be affected by storms or rising seas, for example, should disclose such risks, the agency said.

    Mary L. Schapiro, the S.E.C. chairwoman, who was appointed by President Obama, said that the commission was not creating new legal requirements for companies, nor did it intend to endorse any particular scientific or policy view of global warming. She said that including climate risks among other disclosures was a logical step.

    “It is neither surprising nor especially remarkable for us to conclude that of course a company must consider whether potential legislation — whether that legislation concerns climate change or new licensing requirements — is likely to occur,” Ms. Schapiro said in her opening statement before Wednesday’s vote. “Similarly, a company must disclose the significant risks that it faces, whether those risks are due to increased competition or severe weather. These principles of materiality form the bedrock of our disclosure framework.”

    The agency took the action in response to petitions from environmental and investor groups that wanted specific recognition of climate change as an important factor in the present and future business environment.

    “We’re glad the S.E.C. is stepping up to the plate to protect investors,” said Anne Stausboll, chief executive of the California Public Employees Retirement System, the nation’s largest public pension fund and one of the parties that petitioned for the guidance. “Ensuring that investors are getting timely, material information on climate-related impacts, including regulatory and physical impacts, is absolutely essential. Investors have a fundamental right to know which companies are well positioned for the future and which are not.”

    According to an S.E.C. staff paper, the new guidance urges companies to consider, for example, whether any new law or international treaty limiting carbon dioxide emissions might increase operating costs and prompt a disclosure requirement. A company might also be well positioned to take advantage of a new law mandating increased production of renewable electricity, again requiring disclosure.

    The two Republicans on the commission voted against the proposal, while all three Democrats voted for it. Commissioner Kathleen L. Casey, a Republican appointed by former President George W. Bush, called the new guidance unnecessary because the agency already required extensive disclosure of environmental factors. She also said the decision was driven by the political motives of advocacy groups.

    “I can only conclude that the purpose of this release is to place the imprimatur of the commission on the agenda of the social and environmental policy lobby, an agenda that falls outside of our expertise and beyond our fundamental mission of investor protection,” she said.

    Ms. Casey said it made little sense to issue such guidance “at a time when the state of the science, law and policy relating to climate change appear to be increasingly in flux.”

    Ms. Schapiro and the commission staff were careful to avoid expressing an opinion on the issue of global warming itself. Ms. Schapiro emphasized that “we are not opining on whether the world’s climate is changing; at what pace it might be changing; or due to what causes. Nothing that the commission does today should be construed as weighing in on those topics.” “

  21. Another Dem. cheerleader,

    Top Priority Must Be Strengthening Economy, Job Creation

    I am pleased that tonight the President expressed he shares my top priority: getting our economy back on track so businesses are creating more jobs for hardworking Americans. I hope that he will work with Congress over the next year to stay focused on this critical goal. Since the financial markets collapsed in late 2008 and triggered an economic recession, we have worked hard to pull the country out of the ditch, but Arkansans and Americans are still struggling to find employment and recover a sense of financial security that they enjoyed before 2008.

    I believe there are a number of outstanding measures that could provide the tools and incentives to the private sector to maintain or create new jobs and produce a favorable economic climate for Arkansans to prosper. We need to pass the highway bill and the FAA bill, legislation that would provide stability to spur investments and create jobs. I support sending the President the bipartisan, clean energy legislation that was produced by the Senate Energy Committee. This bill, coupled with energy tax incentives, would reduce our dependence on foreign oil and incentivize renewable energy, all while improving the environment and creating much-needed jobs.

    I am committed to working with the President and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to reduce the national deficit and find responsible ways to cut government spending. This was also a goal of mine throughout the debate on health insurance reform where we identified $700 billion in waste, fraud, abuse and other inefficiencies in our health care system.

    The discretionary spending freeze advocated by the President can help us reduce the deficit, but we must ensure the burden is shared equitably across all government programs. In addition, I believe the President’s commitment to form a debt reduction commission is important to getting our nation’s fiscal house back in order. I voted for the creation of such a commission, and I hope we are able to find a way to move forward on this initiative this year.

    I was pleased to hear the President express his commitment to reforming our nation’s financial systems. As Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I am currently working with Ranking Member Chambliss and the Banking Committee to produce a bipartisan bill that puts the necessary safeguards in place to restore confidence in America’s financial system. My goal is to require much-needed oversight and transparency in our financial markets so consumers and businesses across Arkansas will invest in our economy and in their future growth. We can accomplish this objective and ensure that we remain the leader in financial markets as we continue to move into the global economy.

    I share the President’s commitment to strengthening education though additional investment and reforms. Preparing our future generations for well-paying careers is critical to our nation’s security and our economic health.

    Throughout my entire career, I have worked diligently to provide tax relief for Arkansas’s hard working families and small businesses, and I was pleased to hear the President reaffirm his commitment to doing the same.

    I hope that our efforts in the next year will be truly bipartisan, because the high-pitched, partisan tone in Washington is not creating jobs, nor is it solving the health care challenges facing every American, whether it be cost or access. I believe the American people want us to come together and find common ground to solve the many challenges facing this country.

    I remain committed to fighting for Arkansas’s hardworking families, small businesses, and rural communities above all else.

    With Arkansas Pride,

    Blanch Lincoln

  22. Judy Sabatini says:

    The General is a quick thinker..
    We know now why he is a General..
    President Obama was having that one, lone brief conversation this
    year with General McChrystal about Afghanistan ..
    Things were obviously not going the way the General had hoped.
    Obama could sense this, and told him, “I bet when I die, you’ll pee on my
    grave.”
    To which General McChrystal answers, “No sir, I’ve always said that
    when I get out of the Army, I’ll never again wait in another line.”

  23. Great commentary as usual – glad I had set down my drink or it would have come out my nose several times.

  24. Judy Sabatini says:

    Check out the looks on Pelosi and Biden. Biden looks bored to death, and Pelosi looks like she’s rather be anywhere but there.

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2010/01/28/andrea-tantaros-obama-state-union-defiant-delusional-bush/

  25. Judy Sabatini says:

    I wish I could have put the pictures up, but can’t figure out how.

    It just all depends on how you look at some things…

    Judy Wallman , a professional genealogy researcher in southern California ,
    was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that
    Congressman Harry Reid ‘s great-great uncle Remus Reid, was hanged for horse
    stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid
    share this common ancestor.

    The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows in
    Montana territory:

    On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this
    inscription: ‘Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison
    1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times.. Caught by Pinkerton
    detectives,convicted and hanged in 1889.’

    So Judy recently e-mailed Congressman Harry Reid for information about their
    great-great uncle.

    Harry Reid:

    Believe it or not, Harry Reid ‘s staff sent back the following biographical
    sketch for her genealogy research:

    “Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory . His business
    empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and
    intimate dealings with the Montana railroad.. Beginning in 1883, he devoted
    several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to
    resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a
    vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency.. In
    1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor
    when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed.”

    NOW THAT’s how it’s done,

    That’s real POLITICAL SPIN

    • I like the story, but… I checked a couple of genealogy sites and could not find any Remus Reid who died in Montana in 1889. That does not mean it is not true, just unconfirmed.

    • According to Snopes, many of the prominent Dems and even a Repub are reportedly descended from Remus. Hoax but still a good camp fire story.

  26. Ray Hawkins says:

    I’ll direct this at USW as well as so many others I hear constantly gripe, grouse, bitch and complain about Obama and “campaigning” or “campaign mode”.

    A consistent issue I hear and see is that given x1000 page bills and complex issues it is increasingly difficult for the average Joe to feel informed, knowledgeable and understanding of what is happening in Washington. We end up with disparate news and information sources often colored by the politics (to varying degrees) of the folks who own the medium or source. So – how best to get to the bottom of it – to hear from the horse’s mouth what be-ith this legislation, or bill, or policy position?

    So Mister Obama – Let’s hear it straight and clear – get your ass out into the public eye and tell us – talk to us. If you are that passionate about Health Care reform lets say – then get out and campaign for it – tell me and my fellow Americans not just the lofty sugary-sweet stuff, but the nitty-gritty details. Don’t listen to the naysayers who don’t want you campaigning for the key issues you want us all on board for – they are just as wont to whine about the process rather than hear you, in the town halls, getting your hands dirty talking to us about the substance.

    • Agreed Ray, which is not what you expected I am sure. I have large issue with his staying in campaign mode. To me that means that he spends a lot of time spouting partisan rhetoric and not enough time telling me the truth about what he is doing. But when it comes to health care, to use your example, stop using rhetoric and inflated falsehoods, such as 47 million uninsured. Stop using emotional appeal and fear, such as your stories of letters you receive. Start getting out there and telling us the DETAILS of what you are proposing. If you really, truly believe that this health care is something the majority of Americans will support if they understand it, then help us understand it. Post it online, not for 5 days (a promise you didn’t even stick to), but for a month. Build a better bill, be really transparent (and completely transparent), and you will have support if it is a good bill.

      We don’t trust government any longer. Be the change you talk about, instead of still just talking about it a year later. Then the only folks opposed to you will be the silly fools like me who want almost no government and true freedom. But at least you would have a large percentage of the lemmings actually believing in government again.

      • Ray/USW;

        Given the lies, falsehoods, theft, corruption, closed door deals, broken promises, perpetual bullshit rhetoric, raping of the Constitution, and nose snubbing of the American public I wonder why either of you would want this “elected official” pandering anything; especially when everything to this point in his term is bullshit.

        No matter how you bottle it, color it, decorate the package it is still all bullshit.

        A snake is a snake and when provoked, frightened or hungry it bites.

        There is only one thing those currently in office could do that I would consider amiable; RESIGN!

        CM

        • Common Man,

          My point is only that so long as the claim is that “the American people want what we are selling”, then it shouldn’t be a problem to open it up so that everyone can see the truth. If we really want it, we will approve. Every closed door deal, every skirt of transparency, is further proof that they know we wouldn’t approve.

          USW

          • USW;

            Agreed! Despite obvious protests by a large number of Americans, this government contiues to re-explain why the bullshit is good for us.

            One of the others things he did last night was present himself like the great father in between two bickering children who are fighting over the last cookie on the tray. I have never in all my born years seen such a self-centered indignant President. Even Clinton was humble enough to realize he needed to back down. This self-proclaimed savor thinks his poop don’t stink, and if we all just quit bickering and follow his lead life will be blue skies and lollipop’s.

            I never thought I would see it, but this guy is 10 times worse than even Carter.

            CM

          • But that’s just it – he could never be honest about what this bill is because the outcry would even be louder than what it is right now. He knows this. He knows the only way to get it through is to be vague, use fear, a lot of rhetoric, behind closed doors deals.

      • Ray Hawkins says:

        @USW – fingers were angry yesterday – was tired of arguing with others about this. I agree with points on rhetoric and careful use of ‘facts’ – the really good politicians are experts at language and how they use data to manipulate a point – my point, which I can not underscore enough and I think you agree, is lets decompose – boil it down and talk facts, cause-effect, realities that will or will not change. The campaigning I do not want is the fist pumping, emotional, pontificating and bully pulpit – that makes me crazy also.

        Thanks again.

    • Ray,

      Good point on campaign mode.

      No matter what, he already lied to us on healthcare. The statements he made
      about how it worked could not be accurate, with the differences in the House and Senate bills, which are still unresolved.

      Myself, I don’t care what he says, I will consider it to be a false statement until he actually does it, on a case by case basis.

    • Ray

      I found his mia culpa about not publicaly campaigning for the health care bill as absolutely hilarious.

      Why you ask?

      Because he was very careful to NEVER put forth a bill. He let the House and Baucus, in the Senate, carry the water. As he should have by the way.

      Remember how someone would make a claim about the bill and then he would say somthing like that is not true. Then it would be found in the bill and then he would say, but that hasn’t even been voted on yet. There is no bill yet.

      This has been the biggest BS dance I have ever witnessed. At least when G. Bush decided to gamble on fixing Social Security he went out there and tried to sell HIS idea. We all know the result of his honesty. So perhaps Mr. Obama and his staff are trying to avoid the same fate. And they would be justified.

      But it sure does make for a ridiculous public display of political two stepping.

      I agree with you today. If you have an idea Mr. President lets here what it is and put it in writing so we can evaluate it.

      Hope you are well today.
      JAC

    • Ray, USW, JAC;

      I would travel all day and all night by horseback in a snow storm to attend one of these “public form” meetings, but my voice as well as most of us who communicate on this site would never get past SS.

      The only people that would be sitting in the audience would be those known to be avid followers, or at least ones who are still caught up in the lime-light of “Hope and Change”.

      I would want to ask him several questions none of which would he answer.

      If he did something like this it would be staged to reflect only those issues he continues to push, and help to re-solidify his corrupt campaign. The Progressives would use all the outtakes and media to trumpet his march to glory.

      I want them ALL to stop doing…anything

      Here’s an idea: Let’s have an election. Put each and every Bill on the ballot. Make available to each registered voter a pdf version of each bill 3 months prior to the election. In the voting booth there would be two boxes next to each Bill; yes and no.

      If the American citizens want one, two or all of the above so be it, if not then the bills are dead. It would sure save us a great deal of money, time and debate, and it sure would be interesting to see how the current regime would react.

      CM

      • CM

        You miss the point.

        The more he talks the deeper the hole gets.

        Happy thoughts CM, sneaky happy thoughts.

        Heh, heh, heh,
        JAC

        • JAC

          My western friend. I hope this finds your fire warm, your heart full and mind right.

          You might just have a very valid point. If he keeps talking to the American citizen like he did last night a greater number will awake and realize he, and his regiem are marching this country into oblivion.

          Don’t say anything though or he may catch on and do an about face.

          Just keep it on the low-low

          CM

  27. Ray Hawkins says:

    @USW – “I am stunned to see the most corporate donated to President in history complain that elections are bankrolled by powerful interests.”

    Trying to fact check you on this cause I’m not sure how accurate this is – much of the research I’ve done on OpenSecrets would not agree with your statement – just curious how you got there? (Obama is the most corporate-donated President in history)

    • Ray,

      I am sure you are struggling to fact check it. One of the things I learned long ago in Washington was that figuring out where money actually comes from for a campaign is next to impossible. Sure, there are websites like open secrets that claim to have the info, but they really don’t, because the parties have become experts at skirting the rules and making things appear very different than they really are.

      Let’s take Obama as an example, since you asked about him. He raised 745 million for his campaign. A staggering amount. He spent 730 million, for the record. If you ask the DNC, 650 million were from “individual private citizens” as opposed to “corporate donations”. Please tell me you are cynical enough to not believe such hogwash. I don’t hold it against Obama, so let’s be clear about that. EVERY candidate takes corporate contributions. The 2008 presidential race was the most corporate financed race in history (campaign contributions for McCain would have been a new record had there not been Obama doubling him). Obama more than tripled the campaign money raised over anyone in history. To even begin to think that this was all done by “private individual donation” would make my head explode.

      In short, I have nothing to back up that claim, so take it for what it is worth, my opinion only if it makes you feel better. The bottom line for me is that ANY president that stands up there and says they have a problem with corporate contributions is a bald faced liar. Because corporations fund campaigns. And the man who spent the most money in history to become President, in my opinion, has no footing to denounce what got him there.

      USW

  28. Judy Sabatini says:

    From American Thinker

    A Response to the president’s State of the Union speech
    Bob Grant
    There are so many things I found objectionable with President Obama’s State of the Union Address I don’t know where to begin. I’m guessing our military personnel & their families noticed that it was left up to the Republican Governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell in his GOP response to thank the men & women in the Armed Forces of America for the sacrifices they make every day to provide the security President Obama apparently takes so much for granted.

    I’m not sure I can remember a time when a Commander-in-Chief with troops actively engaging the enemy on several fronts, failed to thank the brave people who risk their lives to keep this nation safe. Hell Obama didn’t even see fit to mention them for an hour, and then it seemed as though it was an afterthought.

    Sadly he didn’t even have the military in mind when he said he wants to wave student loans for anyone who opts for a career in “public service”. As anyone who watched the “Discussion on Public Service ” Candidate Obama had with Senator McCain last year at Columbia College knows; when Mr. Obama speaks about public service he is referring to people who go to college and then proceed on to becoming members of elected government. Whether as an elected official or a hack appointee, make no mistake, Mr. Obama doesn’t for one instant think he’s referring to the Grunt in the dirt or the loader in the tank, when he speaks about waving the student debts of “those who choose a life of public service”.

    Mr. Obama has no intention nor inclination to make the pivot right. He is a man consumed with the passion of his ideology, convinced that he is right & that he and his ilk know what this country needs. He talks about education reform as though there is not a school district in America that is performing well. His statist mentality was never more on display then when he said “The best solution for poverty is a world class education”

    Maybe it’s me, but shouldn’t good parenting, strong family values & instilling a strong work ethic in a child have something to do with said child’s economic future? Apparently Mr. Obama believes that teachers are ultimately the people who should raise our children. (So much for Mrs. Clinton’s Villagers.) To be quite honest I’m not really sure Mr. Obama understands exactly what the American people now expect of him. I say that because he acts as though he is still campaigning, an electoral Peter Pan if you will.

    He insists that our war with the unnamed adversaries will end on his time table. Though they were the invited guests of his wife, Mr. Obama didn’t acknowledge the 2 police Officers who took down Maj. Hasan Nidal that bloody day at Ft Hood. He arrogantly refuses to revisit his Man Mad Climate Change agenda, (despite the mountain of corrupt data emerging via the climategate scandal). He is unwilling to drop the laughable assertion of jobs that have been saved of created by his Stimulus Bill. & In what may be one of the most audacious pieces of B.S. ever uttered in a room that’s seen plenty of Bulls. Mr. Obam pledged to save or create another 1.5 million jobs with a second Jobs Bill.

    My impression of Mr. Obama is that he is a complete ideologue & anyone who doesn’t agree with him utterly is instantly cast as a member of the opposition. As such I was skeptical when the pundits said Mr. Obama would read the political tea leaves & out of necessity pivot to the center? Tonight I know it was never an option. For when you don’t respect that there is such a thing as middle ground, a place for ideas other than your own, you will not go looking for it.

  29. v. Holland says:

    Read a lot this morning, found an article that states my opinion much better than I could have.

    “Staying the Course
    The same agenda in more humble clothes

    So much for all of that Washington talk about a midcourse change of political direction. If President Obama took any lesson from his party’s recent drubbing in Massachusetts, and its decline in the polls, it seems to be that he should keep doing what he’s been doing, only with a little more humility, and a touch more bipartisanship.

    That’s our reading of last night’s lengthy State of the Union address, which mostly repackaged the President’s first-year agenda in more modest political wrapping. “Our administration has had some political setbacks this year, and some of them were deserved,” he said, in his most notable grace note.

    He also showed more willingness to engage with Republicans than he or his party have shown during the last year of bending to the left on Capitol Hill. But whether this outreach is anything more than rhetoric will depend on a change of policy. And on that score, we heard mostly what Democrats used to say about George W. Bush and Iraq: Stay the course.

    That was especially true on the two most important domestic issues of his Presidency—health care and the economy.

    On health care, Mr. Obama offered a Willy Loman-esque soliloquy on his year-long effort, as if his bill’s underlying virtues and his own hard work haven’t been truly appreciated by the American public. He showed no particular willingness to compromise, save for a claim that he was open to other ideas.

    And he re-pitched the health bill now in Congress with the same contradiction—covers more people but saves money too—that all but the most devoted partisans long ago dismissed as unbelievable. The President sounded to us like a man who is still hoping Democrats will find a way to sneak this monstrosity into law despite its unpopularity.

    Mr. Obama’s economic pitch also differed little from last year, when the jobless rate was 7.2%. He offered a spirited defense of the stimulus, though the jobless rate is now 10%, and he promised more of the same this year, especially on “green jobs.” He also offered some minor if welcome tax cuts for small business, and $30 billion in handouts for “community banks” to be able to lend more.

    Yet at the same time, he couldn’t resist more banker baiting, and he promised that he’s determined to see tax rates rise for millions of Americans next year when the Bush rates are set to expire. He also pushed more exports while saying he’ll raise taxes on some of our biggest exporters, otherwise known as multinationals that “ship our jobs overseas.” Mr. Obama believes he can conjure jobs and a durable expansion from the private sector while waging political war on its animal spirits. It can’t be done.

    This reflects a larger problem, which is his belief that economic growth springs mainly from the genius of government. Thus Mr. Obama presented a vision of an economy soaring to new heights on “high-speed railroad” and “clean energy facilities” and 1,000 people making solar panels in California. He seems not to appreciate that what really drives growth are the millions of risks taken each day by millions of individuals, far from the politicking and earmarks of Congress or the Department of Energy.

    Many of the President’s opponents will welcome this failure to change because they sense partisan opportunity. But our guess is most Americans will be disappointed because they sense a Presidency that began with such promise but now finds itself at a crossroads and doesn’t really know what to do—except to stay on the same road that got it into trouble. This could be a long year. ”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704094304575029773534378324.html

  30. Had I not had a few Raptor hybrids that D13 sent me to test out, I wouldn’t have had anything to kick and might have gone out and attempted to remove the pom poms and springs from Nancy Pelosi’s hindquarters. By the way D13, they really are as trainable as you promised.

    Are you mad! Kicking raptor hybrids? They’re liable to take off your face. Yea, I know you’ve got some kung fu skills, but I don’t think it’ll help you too much in hand to claw combat.

    D13, curious… how did you crossbreed a man-killing menace with an impossible-to-control species (common house-cat) and arrive at something that can be domesticated? Seems a bit unlikely to me. More likely, they’re playing nice so you’ll keep breeding them until they feel they have sufficient numbers for the revolution.

    All who wish to survive the upcoming revolution would be wise to swear fealty to their saurian overlords in advance. The date is probably set.

    Adding, I can’t be positive, but I have good reason to believe that Nancy Pelosi is one of them in disguise.

    • It occurs to me that this type of mix is precidented in nature. Sodium is explosive and chloride is lethally toxic, but when you put them together, you get delicious table salt.

      So perhaps vicious raptors and evil cats combine to friendly safe hybrids.

      Who knows?

      • Buck The Wala says:

        I wouldn’t bet on it.

      • They are not “Easy” to train, but if you know what you are doing, they can perform amazing things. Remember, the raptors alone figured out how to open doors on their own. And cats have amazed us with their cunning. Imagine when we actually SHOW the hybrids how to accomplish tasks.

        As for kicking them… it would perhaps be assumed that it was a dangerous move. I understand that. What you didn’t know is that I am a metal hybrid sent from the future to find Sarah Palin and eliminate her before her groundswell takes root with the American people. I have infiltrated the conservative movement in order to gain access to her. Soon, my plans will all come together. But don’t tell the readers at SUFA. They think I am nothing more than a human blogger.

        USW

    • Ahhhh Matt…..like Jurassic Park……I bred them and they let me think I am in control. They are letting USW kick them around until………..well……….perhaps he better check his neighborhood to see if anyone is missing. There is no controlling genetic DNA. However, in their up bringing, I have taught them the sour taste of politician power mongers and convinced them that there is plenty of food available. The problem yet to be deciphered, is that given the proliferation of politicians…currently.., there is an ample food supply and, therefore, making them healthy they make more. Wonder what happens when that food supply runs out and they tire of our antics?

  31. Judy Sabatini says:

    Good Article from American Thinker

    January 28, 2010
    Did Obama’s SOTU Pass the Women’s Intuition Test?
    By Janice Shaw Crouse
    One Fortune 500 CEO commented that he always brings his wife to dinner with potential top executives because he trusts his wife’s intuition as a reliable barometer of a candidate’s character and trustworthiness — important characteristics that aren’t measured by other aspects of the job interview process. With the president’s State of the Union address (SOTU), it didn’t take women’s intuition to see through the rhetoric and understand the tone and defensiveness of the speech.

    The president promised the moon, but he said nothing for which he could be held accountable. He did a brilliant job of giving the impression that he was addressing issues, but in case after case, one could only wonder about the particulars. Most women listen carefully when a man dishes out flowery promises. Most have learned from bitter experience not to fall for vague promises. Instead, they look for the particulars, and most importantly, they look at a man’s actions.

    The president’s rhetoric, as usual, was phrased in a way that any listener could shape the message according to her particular point of view. As the president wrote in his autobiography, The Audacity of Hope, he believes that one of his strengths is that he is a “blank screen” on which different people can “project” different views. Clearly, he believes that he can say anything and people will believe it in a way that has personal meaning and significance, even when these people have different perspectives and ideologies. He doesn’t seem to understand that words have to be associated with reality — not to mention truth and accuracy. There was an almost total disconnect between what he said in his SOTU and what he did — the actions he took — last year in regard to Iran, earmarks, transparency, bipartisanship, and I could go on and on.

    Ultimately, the president’s SOTU was deceptive. This goes to the issue of character, which leads directly to the question of whether he can be trusted.

    Mr. Obama talked about the need for a government that “matche[s] the people’s decency.” He praised the people’s resiliency as a prime reason for the nation to be hopeful. Women will welcome his promises about creating jobs, tax credits to small business that create new jobs, improving education. Health care, too, is a bread-and-butter issue for women. Women will notice that while he talked passionately about the vital “preexisting condition” issue, Mr. Obama did not touch on the issue of federal funding for abortion. He challenged Congress to “continue down the road toward earmark reform” — a smokescreen that ignores the fact that they have been porking up every bill they write.

    The president talked about “relieving the burden on middle class” and “helping working families.” He talked about improving schools by emphasizing achievement and excellence. He expressed a goal of “world class education” for America’s children. He didn’t want anyone to go “broke because they [choose] to go to college.” The Congress applauded when he talked about “not accepting second place for the United States of America.” He expressed strong feelings about bipartisanship and stopping politics as usual. He wanted to end distrust and division, and he promised not to give up on trying to change government (supposedly in regard to trust and unity, but again, one can give Obama’s words one’s own meaning). He told the assembly that “people expect us to solve problems, not run for the hills.” He said that Congress was “sent here to serve citizens, not our ambitions.” He promised to help military families. He spoke often, in fact, about “families.” He talked about the difficulties people are facing; he echoed former President Clinton’s mantra about “feeling people’s pain.” He embraced the vision of JFK and Reagan. Get it? He is bipartisan — he cares, he is compassionate, he is working and providing leadership to “advance the prosperity for all people.” He applauded his more popular wife and chided her for being “shy.” He kept saying that he “wouldn’t walk away from” the job he was elected to do, but he gave no road map and presented no plan.

    One of the basic principles of communication is that when there are discrepancies in a person’s words, listeners believe what they sense from the non-verbal communication. In that regard, President Obama has major problems. His total reliance on the teleprompters is a hindrance to his believability. Obama lifts his head to read the teleprompter screens in a way that makes him appear arrogant and condescending. He almost never looks at real people during his speeches; his head swings from side to side as he reads first one screen and then the other. Even during applause interruptions, he looks above the heads of the audience or at the screens rather than at those in his audience. The president spoke very reassuringly about feeling great hope for America. But his tone of voice was strained. He talked about regretting that “people are still hurting,” but as Congress applauded him before he began his speech, his chin in the air and rigid stance communicated that he was not backing down from his leftist policies or taking blame for their failure.

    People, especially women, don’t like whiners or those who blame others instead of accepting responsibility for their own actions. Mr. Obama kept blaming Washington as though he were an outsider — as though he was not the president and his party in the majority. He continued to whine about the nation’s condition when he took office; he said that he took office “during awful times” and that he “acted immediately and aggressively.” He lamented the deficit that the nation was in “before he walked in the door.” He claimed that “anxieties aren’t new” — that we’ve “struggled for years.” The problem, he said, is what we did “for eight years” before he came into office — “that is what helped us to this crisis.” He lamented the “partisanship and pettiness,” and he talked about “deep corrosive doubts” and “credibility gaps” as though they had nothing to do with his leadership or his party’s failures. He had many bogeymen — the banks, the lobbyists, Wall Street, the health insurance companies. The president talked about a “deficit of trust” as though it had nothing to do with him or his leadership. In short, he praised people’s “resilience in the face of adversity,” and blamed everything else. Then he reiterated that he came into office to “change” all those “bad things.”

    Women don’t like bullies, and they don’t like finger-pointing. The president apparently has no clue that he is out of touch with reality. He was expected to “pivot” away from his failed policies; instead, he almost belligerently insisted that “[o]nce temperatures cool,” Congress must “take another look at our bill” and demanding that Congress not “walk away from health care reform.” He seemed genuinely to think that the failure of the deeply-flawed health care reform bill was because he “didn’t explain” it well enough. In spite of everyone’s expectation that he would learn from his failures this year and try a different approach, he refused to bend to reality. As one focus group participant said, “Obama is turning out to be a great conservationist; he is just recycling all of his old campaign rhetoric.”

    • Hi Judy,

      The thing that I’ve noticed in all asseessments of last night’s performance and script reading, is that the people still believe that O means this country no harm. I think we should think of lasts night’s show as the State of the Proto-Dictatorship. Then, it all makes sense…..BTW, I heard a comment to the effect that the New Founding Fathers are Saul Alinsky and Karl Marx!
      :)

      • Judy Sabatini says:

        Hi Cyndi

        Too late, I think he has already done this country harm, and to those who think other wise, will finally see and get it when it starts to sink in their minds before it’s too late for them, if it’s not already.

        I don’t think I have ever seen any president next to Carter, make such a shambles of this country. If he’s doing so wonderfully well, like he thinks he is, then how can there be so many people out of work, shops closing, people still losing their homes and trying to make ends meet? If he’s doing so wonderfully well, why are prices going up on everything, like food, clothing, gas, tuition for college, and everything else?

        He talks about creating jobs, for who, not for the everyday average person who are still out there looking for work, me included. He talks about lowering health care, lowering taxes, lowering mortgages for those who want to buy a home,lowering this and that. Yea, he talks a big talk, now let’s see him walk the walk.

      • Buck The Wala says:

        There’s a huge difference between honestly believing that Obama’s policies will cause harm to this country (which I know many here feel) versus believing Obama wishes to cause harm to this country.

        I can understand the former, but not the latter.

        • v. Holland says:

          I agree he doesn’t believe his policies will hurt this country but when you look at it in the perspective of his wanting to change this country from a republic to a socialistic country the argument could be made that he is trying to hurt this country by changing it from what it is to something that most Americans are against. By trying to hide his intentions he is purposely hurting this country-

          • Buck The Wala says:

            That’s a pretty big leap to make in my opinion. You may rightfully oppose his policies and believe that they will cause harm to this country. But do you really believe that Obama is actively taking steps to purposefully cause harm to the US?

            • v. Holland says:

              I think Obama is purposely taking steps to turn our country into a socialistic country while hiding his intentions. I do not believe HE feels this will hurt our country. I’m just pointing out that Americans who do not want the US to become a socialistic country can make the case that because he isn’t honest about his intentions, he is purposely doing something we feel is bad-hence he is purposely hurting our country by his dishonesty.

              • Buck The Wala says:

                Obama is purposefully doing something you and others feel is bad. That does not equate to him purposefully doing things in order to hurt the US. Very different things.

                As you stated: “I do not believe he feels this will hurt our country”. There you go!

                People are free to look at Obama’s policies and decide they are not best for this country, that we are heading in the wrong direction. But to take it a step further and say that Obama is purposefully attempting to hurt this country is an entirely different sentiment.

              • I agree with you V.

                Buck, we are actually given him credit – I don’t think it’s a case of him being stupid and not getting it. He knows full well what his policies and spending will do to this country and yet he keeps on going, full steam ahead. There is no other conclusion to be had but that he is trying to destroy what we have.

              • Buck The Wala says:

                Sorry, but not seeing how “Obama is actively trying to destroy this country” is giving him credit.

                Maybe I’m hung up on the semantics of it, but to me, if you believe his policies are bad for the US there are two basic options:

                1) Obama is doing what he feels is necessary and trying to do what is best for this country.

                OR

                2) Obama is pushing these policies because he knows they are bad for this country in an attempt to destroy this country.

                I’ll give you (A), but not (B) absent some proof that he has it in for America.

              • v. Holland says:

                Okay, I’m gonna try one more time-hopefully I’ll do better at making my thoughts clear-writing is not my best skill :) I do not believe Obama is trying to hurt our country or it’s people-He is trying to destroy our republic-our form of government-hence he is purposely destroying our country as we know it and changing into what he thinks is best through whatever means he thinks will work over the objections of the people.

              • Buck The Wala says:

                Nope, still gotta object, though that is definitely a bit better. I just don’t think Obama is “trying to destroy our republic-our form of government”.

              • v. Holland says:

                Ah-but you don’t have to agree-I was just making a point that a case could be made to say that Obama was purposely trying to destroy our country not that you had to agree that he was trying to destroy our republic.

              • v. Holland says:

                Oh, and Kathy helped.

              • Buck The Wala says:

                It’s a good thing I don’t have to agree, because if I did we would be here for quite awhile.

              • v. Holland says:

                :) I think the thoughts on Obama trying to destroy our republic or not, is involved in most all the discussions on here-so I suspect you are right.

              • v. Holland says:

                Thanks Kathy

              • I understood you on the first time!!

                Buck to clarify, I’m “complimenting” him by not just labelling him stupid or incompetent and that’s why he continues down this path of destruction. I feel he is intelligent and knows exactly what he’s doing, and will destroy what is left of our republic if he is successful.

              • Buck The Wala says:

                So you believe Obama is purposefully trying to destroy our country?

                I’ll say again: that’s quite a leap. And not much of a compliment.

                My point is you may believe his policies are bad for this country, but that is different from saying he is out to destroy this country. There are many others (myself included) who believe we are heading in the right direction.

              • Buck, would love to have you do a guest posting explaining your views. If you could lay out how all this spending is good, how taking over so many businesses is good, how growing government entitlements is good.

                You support everything this Adm. does and I’d like to try to understand.

              • Buck The Wala says:

                I do generally believe we are heading in the right direction. But it’s not that I support everything this administration is doing. I don’t.

                I just don’t believe that Obama is actively trying to destroy this country. Provide me with some evidence to the contrary.

                I didn’t support most of Bush’s policies. But I never argued that he was actively trying to destroy this country. I feel he did what he believed to be necessary, albeit in an extremely misguided way that could have the effect of causing harm to this country.

                See the difference?

              • Bottom Line says:

                I think you nailed it Kathy.

                He’s a very smart man.

                He knows exactly what he’s doing.

                He intends to wreck it, and he’s doing a great job at it so far.

              • Kristian Stout says:

                I don’t think that’s his intention at all. I think he genuinely believes that what he’s doing is the right thing. What scares me about him is that he has the American people all but screaming in his face to stop and he refuses to listen. That isn’t just arrogance that’s narcicism(sp)at it’s worst because he is in a position to do great harm.

              • No name calling allowed, V :)

              • v. Holland says:

                :) Have no desire to call Buck a name-even if he does just continue to refuse to agree with me.

              • Buck The Wala says:

                I’m annoying that way. :)

              • v. Holland says:

                I suspect you don’t feel unique on here. :)

              • Hey guys

                Look at Cloward and Piven and then have the same argument

                CM

        • I understand your sentiment Buck, but with all the ire his “healthcare” and cap and trade has created, he surely knows it is severly upsetting a majority of the US…yet he persists with them…It kind of makes some folks think it is on purpose…

          • Judy Sabatini says:

            All I get from him and all the others, are the he!! with you people, we’re going to do what we want, whether you like it or not. We know what’s best for you, you don’t. That’s what I hear.

            They know the majority of the people don’t agree with what they are doing, but yet they are going to follow through with it anyway.

            I read on American Thinker, he said, and I quote ” I would rather be a good one term president, than a bad 2 term president ” Talk about a jab to Bush, if that isn’t then I would hate to see what is.

            • Buck The Wala says:

              I read that quote as well. Not so certain it was a jab at Bush (though I didn’t read the full context). If I was President, I would definitely rather be a good 1-term Pres than a bad 2-term Pres. This has nothing to do with Bush or any other past President.

              • Judy Sabatini says:

                Well, that’s how I took it, because we all know, he jabs at Bush every opportunity he gets. Even you have to admit that one Buck. We also know that everything that’s wrong with this country is Bush’s fault, he says so at every opportunity he gets. I know, Bush wasn’t the best, heard it all before, so you really don’t need to go there.

              • I personally think it was a jab at Clinton…lord knows he does not think that Bush was mediocre…he thinks he was TERRIBLE! While I think he was definitely not the best, he was definitely not the worst.

              • Buck The Wala says:

                Definitely a few too many jabs at Bush during the speech, that is true.

                But you can’t take everything as a jab at Bush.

              • Judy Sabatini says:

                Okay, how about half of what he says? Is tha fair.?

                BTW,, how’s married life treating you?

              • Buck The Wala says:

                Hey, I gave you the part about the SOU Speech!

                So far, so good! Thanks for asking! :)

              • Judy Sabatini says:

                Okay, Okay.

                Glad to hear that evrything is going good for you so far. Let’s hope it will continue that way for many years to come.

              • Buck The Wala says:

                Thanks Judy!

              • Judy Sabatini says:

                You are quite welcome Buck.

            • That quote was from his Diane Sawyer interview a couple days ago. He actually left out the option that will end up happening to him if he continues on his current path, that is, a one term bad president. Funny how he didn’t include that option.

              • He will transcend even the Carter administration as the worst in history…in my lifetime at least.

          • Buck The Wala says:

            But, and this is the brunt of my point, does he persist because he thinks these policies are good for the country or does he persist because he wants to destroy the country?

            Two very different things.

            • Buck,

              His evil is that he believes he knows better than you or I.

              He does not see himself as evil, however. He believes himself a ‘good man’.

              His policies will destroy the nation – however, I believe there are no government policy action – other than wholesale withdrawal – that can save the nation.

              He will go to his grave – the flames of destruction consuming the entire nation – thinking…

              “I did the best I could, but it was simply not enough … if I had more time…”

            • Hi Buck!

              JMHO, I think he is smart enough to know exactly what he is doing, and I also think he knows that his socialist policies will divide this country to the point of violence. Call it what ever term would be good for you, but my gut says that something is very, very wrong.

              G!

              • Buck The Wala says:

                Hey G!

                Here’s the thing you are missing — Intent (credit to Mathius as I could not think of this word all day long for some reason).

                Does Obama have the intent of destroying this country? No. At least that’s the answer absent any proof otherwise. You may believe his policies will cause this country to be divided, resulting in violence; this his policies will have the ultimate effect of destroying this country. But where is the proof that Obama intends that to be the result of his policies? By all indications, he is trying to do what he believes is best.

              • Buck, Intent= The majority says no to your healthcare bill. Obama says get it done. That sir is intent.

                Hope your doing well today, getting quite cold here!

                G!

              • Buck The Wala says:

                That is not proof of an intent to destroy this country.

                Temp has been dropping here the past few days as well. Gotta break out that winter coat again!

              • at the bottom!

              • Buck

                To transform is to change from what was to something new.

                It requires destruction of what was and construction of what is new.

                We will transform = Intent to destroy that which is and replace it with that which is new.

                He, and his progressive friends, have full intent to destroy the America that was created by our founders and that they think is supported by the conservatives. They wish to replace it with their progressive view of the world.

                You can’t slice it any other way.

                He is not out to tweak or just improve efficiencies. He is out to “TRANSFRORM” in the truist Progressive Movement meaning of the word.

                The sad part is the joke is on him. The transformation already happened. He just wants to finish the job once and for all. To extinquish the last remaining vestige of our cultural memory of “individual freedom and liberty”.

                That’s all. Call it what you want. That is his goal.

                Big howdy to ya. Careful what you wish for as you may get it.

                JAC

            • Buck,

              What would have to happen for you to believe Obama intends harm to America? What do consider to be proof of intent?

        • Buck I do believe Dear Reader is deliberately trying to harm this country and bring most Americans to their knees. He wants us to look to him as our savior because of what he’ll give us when we have nothing left. The only way for that to happen is if we’re destitute. I believe he hates what America has been. The fact that he sat in Rev. Wright’s ‘church’ for twenty years is a good part of the reaon why I believe what I do. Also, Dear Reader’s ties with Bill Ayers and Rashid Kalidi, as well as a lot of known communists and socialists affect what I believe. The three dozen ‘czars’ are all leftists of one stripe or another. The majority of his voters are either leftists or the lower classes with an entitlement mentality. All these groups despise traditional American values and citizens. Dear Reader is determined to push the policies of these people. THAT’S why I believe he intends harm to this country. He even said it. “America is the greatest country in the world. Help me change it.”

    • “He talked about improving schools by emphasizing achievement and excellence. He expressed a goal of “world class education” for America’s children.”

      He never mentioned killing vouchers and charter schools, that have been shown to work.

  32. I think he did pretty good! (for a politician).

    He offered to walk over to the Republican House to dialogue with them – that’s a big step.

    He admitted he made mistakes. Why bother pounding on him yelling “you made mistakes!” – he agrees – move on.

    He predictably pandered to the masses.

    He actually created diversity! He caused the Rep’s to giggle and hiss a bit! Finally some difference between the so-called Left and Right – they may actually hold different opinions on things!

    His biggest mistake: having Biden and Pelosi behind him clapping and nodding and smiling. It was terrible. It looked too contrived.

    His ideology, methodology, purpose, concepts and goals are all wrong, however.

    Ironically, what that means is if he is successful or if he fails – either will be disastrous to the nation and the people.

  33. Dale A. Albrecht says:

    I would like to say something about Obamas fixation about the European rail systems. The US and European rail systems evolved in different directions due to several different reasons. The first and foremost is geography. The distance from London to Moscow is 1552 miles. That is 1/2 the distance across our country. The US and the EU have roughly the same track mileage, however they ship only 8% of their freight by rail whereas we ship close to 40%. Distance between cities is the key. It is very inefficient to ship freight by rail over short distances. Europe has a much larger coastline and navigable river system in relation so freight is shipped efficiently via barge and shipping and then trucked. Which in a way brings us to the key point I want to get at. The freight rail system in the US is not subsidized in the US by the government and Amtrak received only 1.5 billion USD in government funds. National Recovery Act excluded. The rail system in the EU is subsidized by their governments to the tune of 73 Billion Euros per annum. That translates to roughly 100 Billion USD. The whole idea of Obama is more government take over based on faulty global warming science. Which goes without saying “Wind Energy” Only exists with monstrous government subsidies, (taxpayers)Dis anyone catch the other week that England had to shut down a great deal of their factories to be able to have enough gas to heat homes, because the windmills stopped turning due to a barometric high.

    • Dale,

      Wow, great post! Things I surely did not know.

    • That is some excellent analysis Dale. I cannot verify the accuracy of what you are saying because I don’t have the time to research right now, but it is definitely a different take on the subject. I did realize that the rail systems were heavily government funded in Europe, but I wasn’t aware of the differences in shipping practices. The windmills not turning is a problem I have always considered when discussing wind energy. The wind doesn’t blow all the time, so the key to wind energy appears to be the ability to better store the energy not used so that we can still function when it isn’t blowing.

      USW

  34. DENNIS MILLER, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Well, I have a couple fantasy scenarios, and then I’ll tell you what I think he’s actually going to do, Billy.

    I wish he’d come up on them and he’d be in camo, delivering the State of the Union from Gitmo and say, “Listen, Pelosi and Reid flipped the red queen on me last year. I went insane. I thought we could talk to these animals. We can’t. I’m resetting. From here on in we’re going to croak the bad guys again.” That’s scenario No. 1 that I would like to see.

    Second, the guy who reads the “Please welcome the president” thing just holds up a card and says, “I figure you all need a night off. I’m not going to come in tonight. Make up your own speech.”

    Third, they turn the teleprompter around and just let us see what he sees when he’s up there.

    But fourth, I think what he’s going to say, and this is so ironic, I think he is going to say, “I’m going to stay the course,” which is what they killed Bush for. So it’s going to be beautiful.

    O’REILLY: So you don’t think he’s going to make any adjustments, political or ideological adjustments, in what he’s done the first year? See, I think he might. I think he might do a few mea culpas.

    MILLER: He’s going to start pronouncing health care jobs now, because health care is radioactive right now. So we’re going to hear jobs for a while. And listen, it’s going to be a great speech. It’s going to be very eloquent. And at this point, if the American populace’s yawn got any bigger, they’d have to assign it a hurricane name. We know he can speak. He’s just not too hot on governing so far.

    O’REILLY: Yes, but he hasn’t even given any rousing speeches lately, you know. And the specter of Nancy Pelosi popping up and down — remember we talked about this last year. Up and down, up and down. I mean, are you looking forward to that?

    MILLER: You know what it is, it’s like she reminds me of, like, a jack-in-the-box. You know, with — twitchy or something. Yes. I can’t watch her. I shut my one eye, and I watch Biden, and I’m glad I’m not him. But if Obama really wanted to come out tonight, he could solve this all and say, “Listen, here’s what’s up. I figured out I’m in the way here. Let me get out of the way. Anybody within earshot of this, hire somebody tomorrow morning. We’ll make it worth your while. We’re going to get out of the way. We’re going to stop using the government as the middle man for jobs. You, small businesses, hire somebody tomorrow morning. We’re going to give you a tax break and solve all this stuff.” But he’s…

    O’REILLY: I’d like to hear specifics, too, stuff like that. Now, how many times do you think he’s going to blame Bush tonight? I’m taking a little lottery here. You know, how many times do you think we’re going to have, “Well, we inherited this from that idiot, you know? What are we going to do?”

    MILLER: My feeling is, you know, when he comes up that aisle at the beginning, he’ll be wearing a sandwich board that says, “Bush’s Fault.” He’s not even going to wait until he gets to the mic.

    O’REILLY: He’ll have the little board on him.

    OK. Democratic infighting. Do you believe that they are all going after each other in there and what do you think?

    MILLER: This is going to be like preying mantises crawling over each other in a Hellmann’s jar to get to the one air hole. As far as intra-familial dust-ups go, this one is going to be Menendezian. Blue blood will spill between Pelosi and Reid, because Pelosi is more unhinged than a double-wide front door in the midst of a DEA crystal meth bust. And it is going to get really ugly over there as these people start climbing over each other to get off the sinking ship.

    O’REILLY: So you believe it? You think that they’re all at each other’s throats?

    MILLER: Yes. And I think it’s going to get ugly, because they’re good at it. The Dems have a war room for everything but war, Billy. But they better realize they’ve got to shift this around or they are going to fall in November like side (ph) going through a Slim Jim farm (ph).

    O’REILLY: Well, it is getting there pretty fast. You know, Nancy Pelosi today apparently said, “Yes, I’m for the freeze in spending and we also should include the Defense Department.” Whoa, I mean, how crazy is this?

    MILLER: Well, let’s hope somebody freezes her tonight so she’s not bopping up and down like a piece of driftwood.

    O’REILLY: You know, out where you live the University of California spends a lot of tax money. And one of the things they did was they came up with a global warming villain, and that is your lawn, Miller. Your lawn, OK? Apparently Miller’s lawn is emoting emissions that is making the world hotter. Leaf blowing, mowing your lawn, all of these things are killing the polar bears, and you ought to be ashamed, Miller.

    MILLER: Well, here’s my feeling on this global warming thing, Bill. If I can’t jump into my gas-guzzling BMW and drive down my huge driveway through my beautiful lawn and go down to the local chophouse for a steak, then I create a little greenhouse gas as I digest the steak, what in God’s name is the sake of having a planet anyway if we can’t do that? All right? So the Earth better buck up and wear a cup, because we’re going to keep eating steaks. I’m going to keep growing my lawn. I’m going to keep driving the Beamer, and I’m going to keep making greenhouse gas.

    O’REILLY: All right. I want to see you putting around on your lawn, you know, cutting that lawn with a little thing like that. There goes Miller.

    Super Bowl, Miller, you’re a sports guy. Prediction? Comments on the game?

    MILLER: Well, listen, when Darrelle Revis essentially throws a — he doesn’t shut down Reggie Wayne or the tight end down there. But when two kids named Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon get 275 yards, that tells me that Peyton Manning is just an absolute freaking genius. And as much as I like the Saints, I don’t know that you can stop Peyton Manning. He is un-freaking-believable. I have one solid prediction though for the Super Bowl, and that is that Jehmu Greene will never watch the Tim Tebow ad, because she can only make incisive comments on it…

    O’REILLY: If she hasn’t seen it.

    MILLER: ….if she never, ever watches it.

    O’REILLY: Miller…

    MILLER: That’s what passes for insight on the left now. Off with the jeweler’s loop, on with the blinders. Good job, Jehmu. Why don’t you watch it before you trash it?

    O’REILLY: Miller is referring to our debate last night about the Tim Tebow Super Bowl ad. Here’s how good Peyton Manning is, Miller. You could have had 150 yards if you were in the slot, OK. That’s how good that guy is.

    MILLER: Yes.

    O’REILLY: All right. Dennis Miller, everybody. And I think that Indianapolis will win as well.

  35. Judy Sabatini says:

    Sorry to get off topic here, but this is getting ridiculous.

    Anne Frank Diary Pulled From Virginia School Library After Parent Complaint

    Thursday, January 28, 2010

    CULPEPER, Va. — A parent complaint has prompted the Culpeper County school system to pull a version of Anne Frank’s diary off library shelves.

    The county’s director of instruction Jim Allen says the book pulled is “The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition.”

    Allen says the parent complained because the version contains sexual references. The school system will use an alternative version of the diary that does not contain such references.

    The diary chronicles the teenager’s life from July 1942 until she was arrested in August 1944. She died in a German concentration camp.

    The definitive edition, which is considered an unedited version of her diary, was published in 1995 by the Anne Frank Foundation on the 50th anniversary of her death.

  36. Dale A Albrecht says:
  37. Judy Sabatini says:

    Senate Approves Tougher Deficit Curbs

    AP

    The Senate has approved tough new budget rules to make it harder to run up the deficit with new tax cuts or federal benefit programs.

    The Senate has approved tough new budget rules to make it harder to run up the deficit with new tax cuts or federal benefit programs.

    The Democratic-backed plan would make it more difficult to permanently extend some tax cuts that expire at the end of this year and renew health care subsidies for laid-off workers.

    The idea passed by a 60-40 party-line vote. It attempts to curb the spiraling budget deficit by requiring spending increases or tax cuts to be “paid for” with cuts to other programs or tax increases. If the rules are broken, there would be automatic cuts to programs like Medicare, farm subsidies and veterans’ pensions.

    The rules must still be passed by the House as part of legislation to allow the government to increase its limit on issuing new debt.

  38. Barack Obama LIED!

    Posted by Erick Erickson (from Glenn Beck newsletter)

    Wednesday, January 27th at 10:34PM EST
    31 Comments

    Tonight, Barack Obama said, “To close that credibility gap we must take action on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue to end the outsized influence of lobbyists; to do our work openly; and to give our people the government they deserve.

    “That’s what I came to Washington to do. That’s why – for the first time in history – my Administration posts our White House visitors online. And that’s why we’ve excluded lobbyists from policy-making jobs or seats on federal boards and commissions.”

    Maybe this explains why his national security policies are so weak. He put William Lynn in the Pentagon as Deputy Defense Secretary. Mr. Lynn was a lobbyist for Defense Contractor Ratheon. I guess the Deputy Defense Secretary is not a policy-making job.

    But it is not just Lynn.

    * Eric Holder, attorney general nominee, was registered to lobby until 2004 on behalf of clients including Global Crossing, a bankrupt telecommunications firm [now confirmed].
    * Tom Vilsack, secretary of agriculture nominee, was registered to lobby as recently as last year on behalf of the National Education Association.
    * William Lynn, deputy defense secretary nominee, was registered to lobby as recently as last year for defense contractor Raytheon, where he was a top executive.
    * William Corr, deputy health and human services secretary nominee, was registered to lobby until last year for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a non-profit that pushes to limit tobacco use.
    * David Hayes, deputy interior secretary nominee, was registered to lobby until 2006 for clients, including the regional utility San Diego Gas & Electric.
    * Mark Patterson, chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, was registered to lobby as recently as last year for financial giant Goldman Sachs.
    * Ron Klain, chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, was registered to lobby until 2005 for clients, including the Coalition for Asbestos Resolution, U.S. Airways, Airborne Express and drug-maker ImClone.
    * Mona Sutphen, deputy White House chief of staff, was registered to lobby for clients, including Angliss International in 2003.
    * Melody Barnes, domestic policy council director, lobbied in 2003 and 2004 for liberal advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the American Constitution Society and the Center for Reproductive Rights.
    * Cecilia Munoz, White House director of intergovernmental affairs, was a lobbyist as recently as last year for the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group.
    * Patrick Gaspard, White House political affairs director, was a lobbyist for the Service Employees International Union.
    * Michael Strautmanis, chief of staff to the president’s assistant for intergovernmental relations, lobbied for the American Association of Justice from 2001 until 2005.

    • http://hotair.com/archives/2010/01/27/audio-were-told-not-to-call-it-another-stimulus-bill/

      Honest leadership … open government … and the Tooth Fairy. Breitbart and Naked Emperor News catches Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) telling his constituents in a telephonic town hall meeting that the new stimulus bill Democrats will promote in coming weeks is “pretty much similar” to Porkulus, just smaller in scale — which isn’t exactly news, since even Democratic leadership isn’t foolish enough to think they can get another $787 billion after getting nothing more than the loss of 3.4 million jobs from the first one. In an Orwellian admission, Sherman tells listeners that he’s been told not to call it a stimulus bill, but a “jobs bill,” even though he also admits that the jobs won’t come for years later:

    • And a Glenn Beck rant,

      When the president last night went in, I’m going to show you there’s two things that should speak volumes to you, and it’s amazing to me that the media is spinning one of them as, did you see what Alito did? He talked back to the president. I want to play this whole section here for you. I want you to hear what he did last night.

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: To close that credibility gap, we have to take action on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, ban the outside influence of lobbyists, to do our

      GLENN: Stop. Is he not the guy who has Andy Stern, is he not the guy who says, hey, I want to talk about immigration, I talk to SEIU; I want to talk about healthcare, I talk to SEIU; your agenda is my agenda. He wants to stop outside influence? Oh, my gosh.

      Then you have, he says that we have to restore a credibility gap. He’s lying in his advice on how to repair a credibility gap because too many people think that Washington are liars, cheats, thieves. So let me lie to you and tell you what I do, which he doesn’t on lobbyists. I’m sorry, I got sidetracked. Go ahead.

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Work openly, to give our people the government they deserve.

      GLENN: Stop. Stop.

      PAT: Openly.

      GLENN: He wants to work openly. How about honoring your promise of C Span hearings? He wants to work openly. Okay.

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: That’s what I came to Washington to do. That’s why for the first time in history my administration posts on our White House visitors online.

      GLENN: Stop. Stop! Because it was demanded through a Freedom of Information Act. How long did Fox try to get the Freedom of Information Act to get the White House visitors? “We post online.” Months after, and not everybody. Believe me, we filed for the Freedom of Information Act. If you are a schlub that still thinks, we’re America, we’ll weather anything, don’t worry about it, and you are just watching him, this is a brilliant speech. But I truly believe those days are over in America. What these politicians don’t know is you are dealing with a different group of voters. You are dealing with people who are not playing politics. They don’t care anymore. They are seeing the end of their children’s financial future and they want the truth. You cannot push them like this. You cannot do it. He’s raised the stakes beyond your wildest imagination. I think he’s doing it intentionally as well. Arrogance. Go ahead.

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: We’ve excluded lobbyists from policy making jobs or seats on federal boards and commissions.

      PAT: Listen to the reaction there. Because they know.

      GLENN: I’ve never heard anything like it.

      PAT: He’s got lobbyists from Raytheon in his cabinet for electric utility companies.

      GLENN: Goldman Sachs!

      PAT: Goldman Sachs. Eric Holder himself was a lobbyist.

      GLENN: I mean, it is Timothy Geithner’s assistant is a lobbyist of Goldman Sachs. I mean, I’m going to show you the influence of big banks tonight on television. I mean, it’s and listen. I have never heard. I’m not a guy who said Joe Wilson, I understand his frustration, but I don’t agree with, you’re in for decorum. This is the president of the United States. This is the state of the union. You know, when he says “Liar” or “You lie,” I wasn’t for that. But when you hear what happened last night and the groans, I got news for ya. His lies were breathtaking.

      PAT: I don’t think they could stifle them. I really don’t.

      GLENN: I don’t think so. If I were in there, I would have done the same thing: Oh, my gosh.

      PAT: I was at home doing it.

      GLENN: I was, too. How could you possibly say that? I mean, and he expects to get away with it.

      PAT: I woke up the kids yelling at this guy.

      GLENN: The bigger the lie, the easier it is to swallow.

      PAT: Oh, yeah.

      GLENN: You what?

      PAT: I woke up the kids yelling at this guy. So when they were groaning I’m thinking, you know

      GLENN: The restraint?

      PAT: Yeah.

      STU: Red State put together a list of lobbyists after he said this line: William Lynn, Eric Holder, Tom Vilsack, William Corr, David Hayes, Mark Patterson, Ron Klain, Mona Sutphen, Melody Barnes, Celia Muñoz, Patrick Gaspard and Michael Strautmanis?

      PAT: Those are just top jobs.

      GLENN: Yeah.

      PAT: That doesn’t even scratch the surface.

      GLENN: That’s not, okay, I got one in there, I don’t know how he slipped in there. There’s no attempt to stop these guys!

      PAT: No.

      GLENN: None, none. I mean, how long? We covered those for a week when he broke that promise and he started breaking it and it was like break, break, break, break, break, break, break. And we were like, where did that promise go? And nobody held him to it.

      STU: And this goes back to the point you make over and over again about arrogance. He’s got to know everyone knows this.

      GLENN: He does.

      STU: We’ve talked about it a million times.

      GLENN: This is beyond arrogance. This is beyond arrogance. This also includes, the people are stupid; they’ll never know. I’ll just say whatever I want because it sounds good. I’ll say it well. I’ll do a good speech. I look presidential. They’re stupid.

      STU: You know who else was like this was Jon Edwards. I mean, this is stereotypical, him out there talking about his family, how much he loves his cancerous

      GLENN: They are not afraid. This guy is more afraid of the left than he is of you. This is what our founders talked about. When there is fear of the government, there is tyranny. But when the government fears the people, there is freedom. They do not fear you.

  39. Judy Sabatini says:

    Bernanke Reconfirmed for Second Term as Fed Chairman

  40. Scientists in stolen e-mail scandal hid climate data

    It’s official. AGW is a hoax.

    University of East Anglia – where the CRN is kept – has been found guility of FOI violations….

    …but…

    No one will be punished since the find is “too old to prosecute”.

    Nice law. They can fudge information, deny FOI but because you don’t know they are doing this, you can’t prosecute them.

    When you do, its’ too late.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article7004936.ece

    Just the same, Dr. Jones is all but roasted. Next, on the burner, Mann and Schmidt….

    • What, did you miss this part? Obama has spoken, its no longer a theory, its now a law. Mmmmmm, mmmmm, mmmmmm

      I know that there are those who disagree with the overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change.

      But — but here’s the thing. Even if you doubt the evidence, providing incentives for energy efficiency and clean energy are the right thing to do for our future, because the nation that leads the clean-energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy, and America must be that nation.

      • Hi LOI!

        The Jackass in Chief must not realize that it’s all of us that will pay those incentives, as he put “energy bills will skyrocket” or something like that. Something is very wrong, if it smells like a skunk, it IS!

        G!

        • I’m with ya G! The thing I don’t understand, he has lied about several things now, and never addresses them, CSPAN, bi-partisan during the campaign, but not after the election.
          I just don’t get those on the left who still “believe”. Its like an abused spouse that promises not to hit again, if you won’t press charges, or more like a religion. When someone has lied to you again and again……

          Can’t form a coherent thought, just do not understand living in that kind of self-denial.

          Beer 30, nite all.

      • LOI says: “providing incentives for energy efficiency and clean energy are the right thing to do for our future, because the nation that leads the clean-energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy, and America must be that nation.”

        D13 says: Yes sir….I believe that global warming is BS but I will agree that the clean energy is the future and America must be that country that leads it.

    • v. Holland says:

      Doesn’t seem to matter if it’s a hoax-they are slipping in new regulations based on it- I put this up above , if you didn’t see it-here’s the link.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/28/business/28sec.html

      • V.

        No worries.

        They won’t pass. No poly-tick will risk the ire of the voters any more about this.

        It was merely pandering to the eco-nuts to try to keep them on-board the Obamatanic.

        AGW is done. From Canada to Australia to Holland to Germany to China – they’re all bailing. The US won’t do anything alone.

    • Bottom Line says:

      I just love how they go from calling it “Global Warming” to “Climate Change”.

      GW is a hoax, so lets call it(con game) something else.

  41. I know that everyone is breathlessly awaiting D13’s analysis of the State of Union speech. I can feel the tension in the air. It is almost unbearable. So…here it is….ready?

    CRAP !!!!

    Thank you for tuning in.

    D13
    Breeder of Hybrid Raptors

    • Bottom Line says:

      ROFL!

      I love it!

    • Now, on a serious note. I do not think that anyone with a normal brain thinks that Obama was serious in his attempt to recharge his views. What came across to me was a hypocritical, egotistical “speechafyer” that does not know “come here” from “sic em”.

      This is what stood out to me. All this time, I always thought Texans had large, even huge, egos. NAAAAh !!!! Obama’s ego is much larger than all of us Texans combined and full of more bullshit than all the Texas cattle can put out in a year.

      He did NOT accept any responsibility at all but blamed it on obstructionists.

      He did not address the issue of health care in a manner of fixing it. He blamed Congress for not getting it through.

      His idea of bi partisanship is…agree with me and we are bipartisan. Disagree with me and you are an obstructionist.

      His idea of walking across the aisle to dialogue with Republicans is asking how the wife and kids are.

      Wow, I was certainly impressed with his across the board less than one percent spending freeze that takes effect NEXT year.

      He wants to trim the deficit but it was raised to 1.9 trillion today.

      His idea of creating jobs, according to his speech, was public works run by the government with no long term projection of what happens when the WPO runs out.

      BUT THE BIGGEST ISSUE to me…was castigating sitting SCOTUS who were there at the invitation of Congress. Where in the world is the separation of powers. It certainly does not exist in the eyes of Obama. Obama is the biggest campaign raising fraud ever perpetuated by man and he wants to castigate the SCOTUS for striking down what never should have been a law in the first place.

      Hell, I do not have to go on….all of you know the script better than I. His ego is writing a check his ass cannot cash.

      D13
      Keeping a wary eye on the Raptamese.

      • Buck The Wala says:

        A lot has been said as to the issue of Obama calling out SCOTUS, arguing that Obama was disrespectful and wrong to do so.

        Obama is a politician, an elected official. He believes – as do many Americans – that the SCOTUS decision was wrong. Presidents have often spoken out strongly (in much more uncertain words than last night) against SCOTUS decisions, calling for Congress to come up with a law to eradicate a given court ruling. There is no problem with this at all.

        • Au contraire….there was no problem with calling Obama a liar in the forum last time….but everyone went ballistic…not calling him a liar but the forum in which it was done. Want to disagree with the SCOTUS….no problem…he did it on national TV in a Forum where he, the Pres, is the guest. That was a disgrace and more so than a congressman mouthing out loud…liar.

        • Class and respect. He showed neither and we all should expect more from our President.

      • Hey Colonel!

        Hope you are well!

        Just wondering if, after I get my area cleaned up then the crap hit’s the fan, if you might need some help down your way? :lol:

        And I agree with you 100%! The POTUS is the biggest jackass I’ve ever seen as a public figure. He’s a disgrace to the country.

        On a different note, spent quite a lot of time at the VA hospital in Pittsburgh this week. I was not surprised by their very vocal dissatifaction with D.C., especially Obutthead. Many, who have kids or grandkids serving say that they as well are in agreement, and are very unhappy with him. What’s your take on this and how might it effect future events?

        G!

        • Hi G….I hear a lot at the VA but that is tantamount to going to the Chocolate factory saying you like chocolate. There are hardly any veterans that I know that have any respect for the man…especially now.

          I am tapping into this very successfully down here. We have organized huge drives and have put forth two candidates to run for local offices and are getting out registrations and votes. One is for a family court judge to replace a long time liberal judge and another is candidate for the Senate seat vacated by Hutchinson.

          On the governor side, we have successfully included Debra Medina in the future debates which she was going to be left out. She has gained popularity to run as Texas Governor and is a strong freedom and states rights advocate.

          On the Nevada side, with Nellis AFB being in the forefront, we have organized a strong veterans group against the reelection of Chris Dodd and it is taking root.

          Do not discount the vets…..besides, breeding Raptors is also time consuming and very dangerous. We are now breeding UTAH raptors with yellow tabby cats. The Tabtors.

          luv ya man,

          • WHOA….was reading about Dodd and meant to say Harry Reid in Nevada….oops….

          • Keep fightin the good fight! I was both saddened and enlightened, as it was my first visit to a large VA hospital. I was honored to talk with vets from every major conflict of our generation, some much younger than me. I also inquired about the similar ailments we discussed this weekend, and was surprised to find a much bigger common denominator than I had thought. WWII vets, Korean vets, VN, Iraq, and in some cases no conflicts, 95% complained of the same things. I think there is much more than AO, Desert Storm Syndrome, Nuclear tests ect. that is at the heart of it. I’m still researching, and will continue.

            No Raptors here, too damn cold LOL.

            Luv ya back Brother!

            G!

      • Bottom Line says:

        Accepting responsibility allows you to identify mistakes.

        Identifying mistakes is the first step to correcting the problem.

        Correcting the problem is a form of growth.

        Therefore, You cannot grow if you cannot accept personal responsibilty.

        BHO will never get it.

        It’s everyone else’s fault.

        • Why does that sound like my 17 year old daughter? Because they are acting the same maybe….yep!

          Hope your better today BL!

          G!

          • Bottom Line says:

            I’m all good. And hoping the same for you.

            Comparing him to the maturity level of a 17 yr old is hella funny. Good one G.

            And, I wasn’t as bent yesterday as I seemed.

            If we were speaking instead of typing, you would have heard me say it in a matter of fact kinda way.

            Originally, I was trying to explain how my word(s) were as fitting to the ex, as they were offensive to the female gender.

            (I’ve actually heard women call her that)

            Then we got to talking about it …and I have no fear of candor as I know we are all just human and we have all had our hard times.

            Plus It kinda explains what a screwed up guy I am. lol.

            • I’m doing good as well! Cold weather sucks, but it’s here again, BRRRR!

              I don’t think you screwed up, just as normal as everyone I’ve known. You wear your emotions on your sleeve, no crime there.

              I spent almost two hours talking to 9 people at AT&T about how they have my phone bill screwed up. I won. Then I called two companies that were charging me for crap I didn’t ask for, the first was easy, a nice sounding female from New York, she took care of things with no questions, nice lady. I think I made her nervous, as she started to expose her studdering problem as the talk went on. I felt bad for her, so changed my tone and thanked her for being so kind and efficient (and I still feel bad). The next guy from a 2nd company decided to be an asshole, so I asked him if he would like his company investigated for funneling money that they defraud people out to terrorist organizations. After a 10 second moment of silence, he did what I asked him to do, problems solved. Watch you bills for any small changes, scams are abound! I think the second guy pooped himself :lol:

              Peace Brother!

              G!

              • Bottom Line says:

                G man – “I don’t think you screwed up, just as normal as everyone I’ve known.”

                Fortunately, I’m a smart guy and able to take my experiences and learn from them. Sometimes in the most deeply profound way.

                Studying psychology helps too.

                If I were dumb, I would probably be a frustrated serial killer. lol.

                I remember going round and round with the bell corporation over the same thing.

                They kept blowing me off, so I kept going higher up the chain. I remember calling one of the executive offices, posing as a stock broker and tricking the lady into giving the number to the office of “the largest share holder of the company” regarding something I “wasn’t at liberty to discuss”.

                She bought it and gave me the number.

                I called and got ignored/blown off again by the CEO after trying to reach him for days. He was on a ‘golf trip’.

                So I told his secretary that I’m not going away ’till it gets resolved and that if they continue to ignore me, I would knock on his door.

                I then recited his address. That’s when I got the pause effect while she contemplated what would happen if a customer came knocking on the door of the CEO because he couldn’t get a problem resolved at a lower level.

                She said she would give him the message.

                I let her go and five minutes later I got a call from one of the executives.

                I think they were a little intimidated by my cleverness and zeal.

                Sometime ya just have to apply a little pressure.

                lol.

                Peace!

              • Just a heads up. My research showed that the billing companies, acting as the middle man, are owned by AT&T stockholders. The scam starts at the top, and should end there! Knowledge is power!

                Rock on my friend!

                G!

              • Bottom Line says:

                Indeed, Knowledge is power.

                I see they didn’t give you too much resistance when they became aware of your knowledge. hehe

                Thnx for the heads up.

                Of course I don’t see myself buying AT&T services.

                If it has a number attached to my name, I avoid it.

                I will be sure to tell others about this shady business practice though.

                Rock on aye!

          • I thought he was refering to my ex!

    • CRAP = Congressional Recovery Action Plan

  42. Buck, Better get out the long johns too! single digits tonight and heading your way!

    I learned something years ago about leadership that I find very useful and effective today. As a leader, your team must be on the same page to succeed as a leader. This country is dividing more each day, and he knows it. No leader, of a nation, or a small group of warriors, will ever succeed under those circumstances. Even in the service, if your not a leader who can bring your troops together as one, you will always fail.

    With that said, I experienced having a leader who was devisive, and it showed in everyones work performance. Once things changed to someone who can bring people together for the common cause, everything changed for the better, and success was accomplished.

    I’m sure that there are some on here that will agree with this, from their own experience. As the old saying goes, leaders are born, not made. Obama is not a born leader, he is a man made puppet.

    G!

  43. TexasChem says:

    OBAMA-“To make college more affordable, this bill will finally end the unwarranted taxpayer subsidies that go to banks for student loans. Instead, let’s take that money and give families a $10,000 tax credit for four years of college and increase Pell Grants.

    OBAMA-“And let’s tell another 1 million students that, when they graduate, they will be required to pay only 10 percent of their income on student loans, and all of their debt will be forgiven after 20 years, and forgiven after 10 years if they choose a career in public service, because in the United States of America, no one should go broke because they chose to go to college.”

    TC-“What the hell.Lets lets just let government control all aspects of education.We can brainwash people from the age of 5 when they start kindergarten till 22 when they graduate college.”

    “Plus perhaps we can create an education bubble that will burst since public service will have no meaning without some means of PRODUCTION in our economy.”

    “Let us put the burden of education solely upon the taxpayer yet MANDATED what that education shall be by the federal government.”

    My god in heaven I hope there are others that can see through this devious silver tongued monsters ideas.This was no state of the union address.It was a frickn’ wake-up call to those of the blind mass that have any common sense.

    All I got out of his speech was it’s all Bushs’ fault and my ideas are better than anyone elses including the suprme courts and I expect congress to push them through or else.This man is a lieing narcissistic Emperor with no clothes.

    Of course I also understood the contempt he has for anyone not of his mindset.People this is a dangerous man for American values and traditions.

    • Bottom Line says:

      Well said TC.

      I think his silver tongue is beginning to tarnish. He really showed his ass last night.

    • That whole education thing was very revealing wasn’t it? Beck had a session on it today that was right on target.

  44. Bottom Line says:
    • Bottom Line says:
      • Bottom Line says:
        • Judy Sabatini says:

          Hey BL, How ya doing?

          • Bottom Line says:

            Hey Judy wassup!

            I’m good.

            And you? Hope you’re doing well.

            I was just thinking of you.

            I was just watching the following and thinking of how you, in particular, might appreciate it…

            http://www.youtube.com/user/drinkingwithbob#p/u/13/8UzDnkEURYk

            • Judy Sabatini says:

              Glad to hear you’re doing good. I’m doing quite well myself. Still out there trying to find a part time job, but nothing yet.

              So, thinking about me reminds you of Harry Reid, does it? I don’t think I know how to quite take that.

              Hopefully he’s out of here come November, because we here have had it with him.

              BTW, I left you a message on last night chat. Well, it was for you and G, and not sure if you read it or not.

              • Bottom Line says:

                Judy – “So, thinking about me reminds you of Harry Reid, does it? I don’t think I know how to quite take that.”

                I meant that I know you’re not to fond of harry, and that you might enjoy seeing bob rip him a new one.

                I’m going to check out message now.

                I went to bed soon after my last post last night.

                Vodka does a body good. hehe.

              • Judy Sabatini says:

                You got that right BL, Nobody here is fond of Dingy Harry. It will be the best thing for Nevada if he is voted out. All the lies and the way he has turned his back on the people here have really wakened people up here. They can’t wait for November.

                And yes, I really enjoyed that video about him. Reid has a way with words, haven’t you noticed? Problem is, they’re the wrong words.

              • Bottom Line says:

                Just read it.

                I second G’s thanks for the kind words.

                Although I think You were being generous on my account as I wasn’t being too respectful yesterday.

                Yer awesome Judy.

                You’ve had your rough times too I see. And nowadays, it’s not as common that you hear of a success story with marriage.

                The norm for 60% of Americans seems to be: get hitched, buy a house, have kids, divorce and split everything before the kids are grown.

                Kudos to you. 30 years starting at age 17 is an accomplishment.

                And no, I’m not married. I’m very single.

                I won’t accept the responsibility of marriage and fatherhood ’till I am confident I can give them the very best.

                In a nutshell, that’s what’s stopping me.

                It may never happen, but I know I have made the right decision.

                Do it right or don’t bother. That’s my philosophy.

              • Quite responsible for you to realize that marriage is more than a piece of ass and “hey I kind of like you”. One should never take the step until they are sure that they have reached a point in life that they are ready for it.

              • Bottom Line says:

                I know where I come from.

                I can certainly appreciate the value of a good stable home.

                So many have no clue what makes it work.

                So often I see people doing exactly as you describe.

                Which explains the 60% divorce rate.

                There is so much to consider when starting a life with someone. There is so much work involved. It’s something I take very seriously.

              • Judy Sabatini says:

                Been married for 40 BL, we got married in 1969, shortly after I got out of high school. I guess we’re one of the lucky couple who managed to stay together through thick and thin. JIm’s twin brother on the other hand is on his 4th wife, but I think this one is a keeper. She’s the best one out of all his other wives, don’t ask why just something about her.

                His older brother and his wife have been married for 43 years and they have a really strong marriage as well, even thoug they went through some tough times as well. I don’t know, maybe back then marriage ment more to people than it does now. My own son was only maried for a year and a half, but he’s military, and she couldn’t deal with the fact that when his younger brother got home from Iraq after being gone for a year, that he wanted to spend time with him. She didn’t like that fact that he wanted to maybe spend time with his family, or his best friend, hell, he could even spend money without her getting mad at hi. Whenever he went anywhere it was always who you going to be with, how long are you going to be, you’d rather spend time with them than with me. There’s much more to the story, and maybe sometime I can tell you more about it. And thanks for the compliment, I reall appreciate it.

              • Bottom Line says:

                40, even more impressive.

                Judy – “I guess we’re one of the lucky couple who managed to stay together through thick and thin”

                I wouldn’t call it luck.

                I would call it loving each other and appreciating your marriage enough to make it work.

                Vows aren’t just words.

                “…for better or for worse…” actually means something.

                But you obviously know that already.

              • Bottom Line says:

                It’s past my normal bed time.

                I’m out for the night y’all.

                Take care,sleep well, and good night.

      • He reminds of a story. The one about the old bull and young bull looking down at a herd of cows. The young bull says Lets run down there and bang one of them cows”. The old bull replies ” let’s walk, and bang all of them”. Which bull is he? :lol:

  45. Nittany Lions – Nice article on JoePa in this month’s Sporting News magazine.

  46. Judy Sabatini says:

    What are anybody’s thoughts on this?

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen will unveil next week the steps necessary to lift the ban on gays serving openly in the U.S. military, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Thursday.

    The military officials will lay out their plan when they testify in front of the Senate Armed Services next Tuesday.

    “This is not a legislative proposal that the Pentagon will be bringing to the Hill” a senior Pentagon official added. “Rather it’s an assessment of steps that need to be taken internally to get to the point to change the law.”

    The Senate committee has designated a separate full hour session on top of a previously scheduled testimony from Gates and Mullen on the defense budget to talk about the law that bans gays from serving openly which is enforced by the policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

    In June, Gates said he was working with his defense lawyers to find a way to make that policy more “humane.” He said he’d like to ease punishments on gays who were exposed by a third party. No updates on that effort have been offered yet, but Gates will be prepared to address that as well on Tuesday, a senior defense official said.

    Gates and the military leadership have been working for some time on the implementation plan. Both Gates and Mullen had multiple conversations with President Obama on the topic leading up to the president’s State of the Union speech Wednesday night, the official told Fox News.

    When Obama asked Congress to repeal the law in the speech, Gates stood and applauded, while Mullen and the Joint Chiefs remained stoic.

    A source close to Mullen said the rest of the chiefs follow Mullen’s lead and will clap only when he does. On Wednesday night, Mullen did not feel it was appropriate to show either support or contempt for such a politically charged issue, the source said.

    Morrell did not provide any examples of what steps need to be taken before the Pentagon can consider lifting the ban.

    Last April in a speech to the Army War College Gates said lifting the ban needs to be done carefully.

  47. Real experience! Lacklund AFB, Boot camp 1983. Myself a three others were assigned to night duty at the visiters center. One of the guys with me had an attempted sexual assualt by a gay SSgt. that night. I found out the next day, went directly to the TI’s office and reported this (I was pissed off). End result, the black SSgt that attempted the sexual assault was tried and convicted of attempting such, and given a dishonorbale discharge from the service. He admitted to his guilt, and no formal trial was needed.

    I have no problem with the gay lifestyle, it’s none of my business, but the way the service is as far as following orders, is not conducive to that lifestyle. Just my opinion, I don’t believe that homosexuals (males) should be serving in positions of military authority. I would imagine that there are females who may fell the same.

    Disclaimer: Witnessed the bad side, so this does not reflect any position on the rights of those that choose that lifestyle. Just my position on the military and how to deal with it based on actual experience.

    G!

    • Judy Sabatini says:

      Hi G

      I know Christopher isn’t too happy about it. He said they have really gotten soft on things, but yet on others not so soft. There is absolutely no derogatory name calling on either side, and if there is, then your butt is in trouble. I think you get what I’m saying here.

      He thinks if gays are allowed in, then they should have their own barracks, and their own showers as well. He said there are a lot of guys in his unit that are not for it at all.

      • It’s a tough subject for me, because most who choose that lifestyle are really nice people and don’t mean to harm anyone. I saw firsthand the bad side of it, my fellow airman wanted to kill himself the next morning, I blew a gasket, and made sure he got the help he needed, and it really scared me as to what could happen if it’s left to continue. I acted, and would do so again!

        G!

        • Judy Sabatini says:

          G, I have nothing against gays what so ever, I was just repeating what Christopher told us tonight, that’s all. I think most here know how I feel about the gay life style, doesn’t bother me in the least. I can’t say nay or yeah about the military, because I’m not in it.

    • Save this discussion. I think I will write an article on don’t ask don’t tell very soon. It seems to be a good topic now that the President decided to use it in the SOTU.

      • I agree! It would be interesting. You have now heard my story on the bad side, the good side needs to be heard as well.

        G!

        • TexasChem says:

          The good news is you could place them all in the same division and use them in the front lines as needed…I can hear their Major General now sending out the orders!

          “Ok boysss I just got the word we all have to charge up that hill at those machine gun nestsss and take them out!” “Lets all make Perez proud!” “Don’t forget to polish your buttons on your pants!”

          Seriously though… you have to consider the implications of the impact upon moral of our young fighting men.
          I would also question the motives of an openly gay mans decision to join the armed forces.Seems to me that would be on par with a heterosexual mans decision to join a convent and live with young nuns.Hrmmm…Do you think the nuns might be a bit uneasy?

          • TexasChem,

            Re-post this in today’s topic which is don’t ask don’t tell.

            But realistically, that was a pretty tough statement. That openly gay folks should be placed on the front lines as sacrificial lambs is outrageous. It would appear that you don’t see them as regular people. Is that a valid assumption? Would you be OK if people referred to Christians in some similar fashion?

  48. So they will freeze spending starting in 2011 but they get to spend 1.9 trillion more before then? Is that really how it’s going to go? What’s up with that?

    • But the expected savings is $250B over 10 years or $25B per year. A drop in the deficit bucket. It’s just lip service until bills start getting vetoed. Actions speak louder than words. 536 elected irrresponsible people (1 unknown so far).

  49. Judy Sabatini says:

    Time to say goodnight. See you all here tomorrow.

    Pleasant dreams to all.

    Judy

  50. Peter Schiff Speaks About the State of the Union – 01/28/2010

    The economist speaks…. :)

    http://eclipptv.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=9721

  51. A shameless copy from another blog.

    “Playing by the Rules”:

    Washington Rules — the unspoken handbook of rules for survival in the capital city:

    • If it’s worth fighting for, it’s worth fighting dirty for.
    • Don’t lie, cheat or steal unnecessarily.
    • There’s always one more son of a bitch than you counted on.
    • An honest answer could get you in a whole lot of trouble.
    • The facts, although interesting, are irrelevant.
    • Chicken Little only has to be right once.
    • “No” is only an interim response
    • You can’t kill a bad idea.
    • If at first you don’t succeed, kill all the evidence that you ever tried.
    • The truth is variable.
    • A porcupine with his quills down is just another fat rodent.
    • You can agree with any concept or notional future option in principle, but fight implementation every step of the way.
    • A promise is not a guarantee.
    • If you can’t counter the argument, leave the meeting.

    If you go to this blog, play nice. He tends to be a lefty – but a reasonably good thinking lefty – willing to listen and talk.

    For me, he’s like the old political image of USWep except on the left side of the line. I working on him, too, to pull him off the field entirely :)

    http://pieceofmind.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/notional-future-options/#respond

    • Interesting blog. Read some articles and comments. That poor soul that challenged you on public schools/home schooling.

  52. Pundit’s Report in:

    Obama Has Done to Far Left Democrats What Bush Did to Far Right Republicans: De-railed Their Agenda

    Jan. 30, 2010

    Obama was allowed to get the nomination in 2008 because the Council on Foreign Relations and related Insider groups saw him as a way to deflect any move by far Left Democrats to gain control over the government.

    I have said this from the beginning.

    That Obama is in favor of Federal wealth distribution comes as no surprise. But notice how guarded his language is. He speaks like a lawyer. That’s because he is one.

    This man is not a revolutionary. He is a radical, but a radical of a special kind. He is a follower of Saul Alinsky. I

    He avoided violence. He analyzed the weakness of the opposition and then exploited this in a nonviolent way. He was a disciple of Gandhi’s political methods.

    Obama has mimicked Alinsky. He avoids direct confrontations. He avoided every vote in the U.S. Senate that might have created too much controversy.

    He will push his agenda, but the key will be Nancy Pelosi. She will be the ramrod. Without her, he could not achieve much. He is no Franklin Roosevelt, another lawyer.

    Obama has been vetted by the Powers That Be. The process began at Harvard Law School. This is the major institution for screening the best and the brightest who did not go to an Ivy League school. He passed the test.

    He was not a threat to the system.

    He was a team player when he was editor of the Harvard Law Review, the crown jewel in a Harvard Law School degree. He appointed one radical to the Board of Editors and three Federal Society members.

    Conservative Republicans do not understand how the game is played. Neither do far Left Democrats.

    Assume that you are a card-carrying member of the Pelosi Left. Here is your agenda.

    Anti-war
    Steeply graduated income taxes
    Global warming
    Anti-nuclear power
    Socialized medicine
    Federal aid to education
    Gun control

    You have been stiffed.

    Anti-war.

    Obama has pulled troops out of Iraq to send to Afghanistan. Then he sent 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. He got Iraq off prime-time news. He says the troops will all be gone by December 31, 2011. This was Bush’s deadline. No change. All 14 military bases remain occupied by U.S. troops. No change. When, in February 2009, the Administration was asked if these troops might be sent to Afghanistan, the Administration refused to comment.

    Income taxes.

    No change in policy. He will let the Bush estate tax law lapse in 2011. It would have lapsed under McCain, too.

    Global warming.

    No replacement of the 1992 Kyoto protocols, which Clinton did not submit to the Senate for ratification. Neither did Bush. Obama waited patiently for the U.N. conference on climate change in Copenhagen. Then, three weeks before this Grand Finale, the theft and posting of the emails blew up the entire global warming agenda. One hacker attack, and two decades of hype and careful planning went down the Federally mandated low-flush toilet. Obama says nothing these days about global warming. This led to one of the most memorable headlines of my lifetime. Announced the New York Times January 29, 2010: “Bin Laden Rebukes U.S. on Climate Change.” Think of Al Gore. His cause gets more verbal support from Osama than Obama.

    Anti-nuclear power.

    Business Week, January 29, 2010: “President Barack Obama, acting on a pledge to support nuclear power, will propose tripling U.S. loan guarantees for new reactors to more than $54 billion, an administration official said.”

    Socialized medicine.

    He did not push for a specific health insurance reform bill. This left Pelosi in charge of the House, and Reid staggering around in the Senate — business as usual. He did not push hard from day one. He dithered. He did not demand the “public option.” Pelosi did. Reid didn’t. Then Teddy Kennedy died, and Scott Brown won. The two bills are on the back burner. They may stay there.

    Federal aid to education.

    Nothing new. No rhetoric. Back burner.

    Gun control.

    Headline, The Hill January 19, 2010: “Gun Control group gives Obama an ‘F.'”

    One year into his Presidency, he has attained nothing for the far Left. His political capital is almost gone. Scott Brown has shut down the Democrats’ agenda and their bluster. This is an election year. They can see what is happening. They have one hope: jobs. That single issue will replace the others. There is nothing they can do about jobs. The economy, not Congress, provides jobs. It is out of Congress’s hands.

    Bernanke, Bush’s appointee, will be re-confirmed. He is still in charge, for the FED is still in charge.

    Obama threatens taxes on big banks that took TARP money. No legislation proposed yet. No specifics. Maybe not enough votes. Anyway, this is not a high-level plank in the far Left’s platform.

    The Council on Foreign Relations knew their man. It always knows.

    It’s a choice, not an echo. It’s Punch and Judy. It’s all for public show.

    The basics never change.

    And the beat goes on. And the beat goes on.

    • I’m not sure which is worse for us regular folks. Is it the Far Left or the CFR? I have a bad feeling about both of them. Its like to two vultures fighting of my not-quite-dead carcass……

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