THE SOTU SPEECH!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
For starters, this from the speech:
It’s time to put strict limits on the contributions that lobbyists give to candidates for federal office.
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. (Applause.) I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. (Applause.) They should be decided by the American people.
Justice Alito mouthed “Not true” to that statement and who would know better?
The Court actually held that 2 U.S.C. Section 441a, which prohibits all corporate political spending, is unconstitutional.
Foreign nationals, specifically defined to include foreign corporations, are prohibiting from making “a contribution or donation of money or ather thing of value, or to make an express or implied promise to make a contribution or donation, in connection with a Federal, State or local election” under 2 U.S.C. Section 441e, which was not at issue in the case. Foreign corporations are also prohibited, under 2 U.S.C. 441e, from making any contribution or donation to any committee of any political party, and they prohibited from making any “expenditure, independent expenditure, or disbursement for an electioneering communication… .”
This is either blithering ignorance of the law, or demogoguery of the worst kind. I thought this bozo was a constitutional lawyer!
What I could see of the speech was more of the same "blah, blah, blah, blah" with a little bit of substance thrown in to appease the tea party crowd! And while he was at it, he was rude and infantile enough to insult the entire Supreme Court on national television. I hope he never goes back to practicing law. And he'd better hope he never has to argue a case in front of the Supreme Court. They'll eviscerate him!
Your speech wasn't good enough Mr. President. Not nearly good enough! The one quality of yours that you could count on, your rhetorical chops, have totally deserted you.
UPDATE: Under the heading - his father would have cringed at his son's lack of critical thinking and Chris-Matthews-like Kool Aid consumption (but no leg tingles, thank heavens):
Writing for The Daily Beast, Christopher Buckley offered similar praise, calling it "one hell of a speech":
Tonight Mr. Obama proved—once again—that he hears the American music and can play it like a maestro. As well as. Both presidents had—have—have music in their souls. The other people in the room where I watched the speech were in tears by the end—the kind that stream down the face. I managed to hold those back.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
For the love of God! Everyone who knows me knows that I love animals. But this kind of nonsense just makes their movement look ridiculous and pretty damned stupid! While educating people to the [perhaps] inhumane methods of obtaining fur for coats and so forth would be a good thing, this kind of hysteria just creates the appearance of hysterical stupidity! And by the way, having seen the behavior of minks in the wild(as I have), you'll never dissuade me from believing that they fulfill their minky destiny by keeping me warm! They are the most vicious critters around.
And Mr. Weir makes a very intelligent (high praise coming from me) and thoughtful response: In the vast scheme of things, a few tufts of fox fur don't matter. Everyone in the competition is, after all, skating in cowhide boots! Well spoken, young man! I have ever so slightly revised my opinion of you and in a positive way!
Bob Unruh, writing in the WorldNetDaily today reports that President Obama has signed an Executive Order pushing states to adopt laws that limit their use of National Guard units (which which is a power assigned by the U.S. Constitution to the Governor of each state) except under limited conditions and pushing for a "Council of Governors" to advise on the "synchronization and integration of state and federal military activities in the U.S." In other words, a national police force answerable only to his holiness, the grand poobah himself, Barack Hussein Obama! This questionable order has come just weeks after a similar order extending INTERPOL's privileges in this nation was slipped in under the radar.
It occurs to me that President Obama is providing us with ample grounds for impeachment. Surrendering the national sovereignty that he has sworn to preserve, protect and defend certainly seems to qualify as a "high crime and misdemeanor" in my books!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
So where's the emergency on that. Just because I SAY something is an emergency, does that make it an emergency? I don't think so.
Apparently the lesson of New Jersey, New York, Virginia and Massachusetts has yet to be learned! What a bunch of idiots.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Given the excellent results in the Massachusetts Senate race and the disinclination of a lot of Democratic office holders to run for reelection, Republicans probably are rubbing their hands together and saying "Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!" to themselves regarding their November 2010 prospects!
I wouldn't get myself all worked up if I were in a position to be planning any Autumn 2010 campaigns. Variables abound.
First, we need to find really, really good candidates to challenge the incumbent Democrats. And in some venues, that won't be enough. Indeed, the electorate is mighty riled up but I get the sense that they're peeved at both Republicans and Democrats. They're upset with the Republicans because they honestly do not understand how the legislative process works or even (thanks to our fine(?) teachers) how the three branches of government work! For example, blaming George W. Bush for the size of the deficit when Barack Obama took office is an easy reaction. However, from 2006 onward, the Democrats were in charge of both the House and the Senate and they passed these huge, expensive pieces of legislation. Yes indeed, George W. Bush signed them, but it was the Dems who wrote them into law.
Second, anyone who is angry at President Obama for the lack of transparency being displayed by his cronies over at the House and Senate (and heaven knows both Harry Reid and Botox Pelosi deserve full measures of calumny heaped upon their heads), yes indeed he did promise that CSpan would be present through all deliberations and, if they had the President's best interests at heart, the Cadaver and the Crone would have made sure CSpan was, in fact, present and broadcasting - but since the Legislative Branch is separate and co-equal to the Executive (which Mr. Obama, who claims to be a constitutional lawyer should have known), the President cannot dictate what they will or will not decide to do in that regard. So here's another reason to rid ourselves of those two suppurating pustules on the butt of the American body politic!
Finally, in order to "kick the bums out" we need to not indulge in "business as usual" ourselves. For example, much as I like Sarah Palin, her decision to campaign for John McCain's re-election in Arizona strikes me as the actions of a business-as-usual, toadying politician and it disappoints me greatly. The ill-tempered and irascible McCain should be able to rise and fall on his own merits or lack thereof. Mrs. Palin should be spending her political capital where it will effect a sea change in the composition of the Legislative branch in order to restrain some of Barack Obama's worst ideas and to begin to move our country back into its normal, moderate tending conservative state of being. Certainly Senator McCain's campaign staff deserves no consideration or assistance from the popular Mrs. Palin, a woman they have already treated shabbily at best. In other words, screw 'em!
We should be picking the seats that are most vulnerable, finding viable candidates with spine and convictions and running good, well-financed campaigns to fill those vacant seats.
Finally, we should not behave like Democrat-lite and spend an inordinate amount of time whining or being duplicitous or nasty. Walk around with a quiet, secretive little smile on our faces and we'll drive the other side nuts while they wonder what we're up to. Remember, Democrats love dirty tricks and thus believe that we will be similarly indulging. We must be vigilant enough to make that difficult to achieve but drive them nuts when we don't do it ourselves. Moral high ground, kids! Always a nice place to be.
It is wise to remember that George Soros is out there somewhere in the shadows, waiting impatiently to further his planned destruction of America as we have always known it. He makes me ashamed to be of Hungarian ancestry. Don't let the sociopath win!
UPDATE: Terrifying thought: There is a MR. Pelosi, you know!
Why do idiots like Sean Penn and John Edwards show up in Port Au Prince, thus tying up the airport's only viable runway with their teensy little contributions and/or concerns? Both of these pinheads are legends in their own minds and are hindering rather than helping. Don't the people of Haiti have enough problems already?
Why not let the ADULTS handle this and stay the hell out of the way? I will grant you, they are hungry for a photo-op to try to re-establish their practically vanished relavance but come on - can't they be persuaded or interdicted from getting underfoot? And who invited Anderson Cooper to come down there with his drama queen delivery and his feverish need to make the problems of the Haitian earthquake all about himself? Sheesh!
Way to go you ignorant bozo! Please do the world a favor and quit making ignorant pronouncements that come right out of the Alinsky playbook you follow. Or quit permitting your "massah" George Soros to whisper in your ear! His only aim is to destroy the American economy in every respect. However, Mr. Obama, you don't work for HIM, you work for US. It would be lovely to revoke Soros' citizenship and kick his miserable ass out of our country. Or better yet, lock him up for sedition and treason. Whatever!
The Final Chapter
Sasha Cohen's comeback was derailed in no uncertain terms when she plopped her teensy little butt down onto the ice at the end of a jump she's probably landed 1,000 times or more, and despite that, her program was exquisite and magical and an excellent reminder of why she is still and always will be the most magnificent female skater this country has produced, with the possible exception of the luminescent Michelle Kwan (in whose shadow Sasha has always skated).
Rachel Flatt, who is a very athletic and hearty skater (no anorexic is she) who has been consistent and dependable and altogether a joy to watch for three years finally won her first U.S. Championship (I suspect the first of many - although with her intellectual gifts, she may choose to retire after the Olympics and Worlds and pursue an advanced college degree). The effervescent Mirai Nagasu took a break from working the cash register in her family's Japanese restaurant to remind us of why we fell in love with her at the 2008 U.S. Championships (which she won - to the surprise of everyone including herself). Thanks to a 5" growth spurt (from 4'11" in height to 5'4" in height), she placed a disappointing 5th in last year's competition and the joy and bubbling fun was gone from her skating. This year, she very wisely opined that she didn't expect to win, that she was at the competition to garner experience and that this wasn't her year. You could have fooled me and everyone else in the arena! What a fun, humorous, joyous program this young woman skated and what a truly wonderful young woman to have on our Olympic team! Congratulations.
Emily Hughes skated and everyone knows how little I think of her so 'nuff said. Suffice it to say - I'm glad we won't be seeing her again!
The ice dancing was won by Charlie Davis and Meryl White. They were brilliant and high energy in their programs although I am somewhat disturbed by the peculiar movements Meryl makes with her tongue and mouth before commencing their program and even during it! What is that tick, dear? It's annoying as hell. As always, Belbin and Agosto were first rate and the fact that they placed second means that we will be represented by two world class teams as well as up and comers Bates and Samuelson, our the third team!
All in all, it was a good competition and there was far less blundering around than one normally experiences. Everyone seems to be on top of their game, with the prospect of making the U.S. Olympic team out there. Good luck all of you. You deserve your selection to the Team and will make us proud! There were a couple of people there who perhaps showed up for the wrong reasons, including a neverending sense of entitlement (Hughes) but in the main, it was a great group of competitive skaters who had worked very very hard for 4 years to be good enough to make the Vancouver Olympics. We'll be rooting for all of you.
UPDATE: Mark Kerrigan, the brother of figure skater has been charged with assaulting their 70-year-old father, who died over the weekend after a disturbance at the family's Massachusetts home. I have to say, I've never been a fan of Nancy Kerrigan, but doesn't it seem that it rains on her parade far more frequently than it does on most?
Friday, January 22, 2010
The Sasha Edition
Sasha Cohen possesses a million dollar talent and the very best layback spin I've ever seen. Her grace and flexibility are without equal. And I'm sure, now that I've said all that, that Aunt Dora Rosenfeld is up there is heaven somewhere laughing at me because she always believed in Sasha Cohen when I criticized her! You were right, Aunt Dora. What can I say except, you were right!
Welcome back Sasha. You've been missed! And Aunt Dora - you are really missed!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Beyond all of that the man is a libertine, left-wing asshat and glory grabber. He tries to come across all serious and out to do good, when in fact, what he's really after is to do good to his own career. Self-promotion is his favorite game.
How much (besides time) is his big benefit for Haiti actually costing him? And will he, as he did not do with the 9/11 funds he raised, take responsibility for making sure the monies are spent as the givers intended? I seriously doubt that he understands, given his limited intelligence, even today what Bill O'Reilly was driving at when he dubbed him a pinhead. George Clooney raises huge amounts of money for charity based on his presence at the telethon and his charm and reputation. That makes it imperative that he assures us that the monies we give couldn't be better spent elsewhere.
Or is this a way for George Clooney and all the big time people who will be supporting his telethon to make themselves feel good about their actions, all the while giving little money and just a little bit of time? I notice that Sandra Bullock donated $1 million without a lot of fanfare. Even the beleagured Tiger Woods is giving a great deal of money through his foundation.
I'm just asking and you should ask questions as well. Don't allow yourself to be charmed into giving money to the Clooney Telethon when perhaps a gift to the Red Cross or other charity would be spending your money more wisely.
All of which might explain why he was so roundly criticized (and suspended) for the stupid, stupid comment he made about Chelsea Clinton. Yeah - he's THAT guy! He used to work for CNN, now he works for NBC - talk about a drop in status!
Mr. Schuster, you're a clear and shining example of the so-called "elite" media - brain dead, completely lacking in good judgment and altogether obnoxious. And yes, Mr. Schuster, I AM smarter than you are! I write better than you do and I think better than you do. So shut the hell up you unbelievably moronic troll!
Congratulations to people like Sissy Willis and her husband Tuck who put their full enthusiasm and effort into the campaign for the estimable Scott Brown and thus insured his victory.
Gas up the truck, Scott!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Denny and Barrett (if you don't know who they are - you will eventually) won the Pairs Championship in only their second year competing together. They represent a Florida figure skating club and train there. Methinks obscurity is serving them well. They were in first heading into the final and the general happenstance in those circumstances is that inexperienced teams either panic or have too much adrenalin and therefore perform poorly. Didn't happen to this team. Not even close. They were magnificent these two youngsters, skating with heart, skill AND joy! I hope they never lose that joy. It is heart-warming to watch. My best guess is that they will be really lucky to place in the top ten at the Olympics (although one never knows) and at the World Championships. But they are the future, and it is an exciting one.
Coming in second to them were Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig. They are excellent skaters with a magnificent future, but I don't see them finishing beyond the top ten. The perennial favorites John Baldwin Jr. and Rena Inoue went out with style and grace, skating an exceptional long program and even performing their ground-breaking throw-triple-axel (a jump nobody else is doing even today) at their advanced age (for skaters). He's 36, she's 33. Not bad for old geezers!
Now to the men: Jeremy Abbott defended his Men's Championship with a brilliant, near-perfect (minor minor glitches, if any) performance that included a quad, and seamless choreography. Evan Lysacek, current World Champion and current Grand Prix Champion probably lost the U.S. Championship due to his courage in attempting a quad at the outset of his program, which was brilliantly skated otherwise. Johnny Weir skated competently and in the short program, to use his own words, he "rocked the tassel" pretty aggressively. I just wish he wasn't so "affected" in his skating. Just put the moves out there, John. Your jumps and your spins are first rate. They don't require all the feathers, tassels and sequins to embellish them.
So there's half our team. The ice dancers and ladies will skate at the end of the week and through the weekend. The return of Sasha Cohen (she of the million dollar talent and the 25 cent heart) is much heralded and should take some of the pressure off out other ladies. But let's get real folks - YuNa Kim of South Korea is a force of nature with a brilliant coach and a first-rate work ethic, not to mention the heart of a lion. She'll be hard to beat at the Olympics!
They both, however, find the time, energy and effrontery to criticize the U.S. for not doing enough!
Tell you what, you useless "gits" - why don't you use your oxygen to be helpful rather than criticize someone who is trying to do the job with which you should be helping. Wasn't Haiti French at one time?
Damn - it would serve them right if the U.N. were sent to Paris and off our soil. They deserve each other!
Friday, January 15, 2010
Read the article and make up your own mind. If given the opportunity, I would spend a lifetime voting AGAINST Martha Coakley!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Rare, because it's coming from me. President Obama has moved swiftly and decisively in dealing with the devastation in Haiti. He has mobilized the military to provide medical assistance together with desperately needed food and water. And, he has made 2 brilliant appointments to coordinate the aid coming from this nation and so desperately needed by the Haitian people. President Obama has appointed George W. Bush and William Jefferson Clinton to run the relief effort and I don't believe there was a better choice available. Both of them are compassionate men and both have experience in managing such an explosively difficult situation.
The people of Haiti are people who had very little to begin with, and now the earthquake and its aftermath (I've lived through aftershocks which are frequently far more unsettling than the initial quake, so trust me on this) have deprived them of what little they had.
In the meantime, with so many dead and the infrastructure so thoroughly destroyed, the danger of disease is also rampant. In addition to the link I have provided below, here is a link to the American Red Cross which is already on the ground and helping in the area. You don't have to give a lot - even $5 will help when joined with the contributions of others.
UPDATE: This will break your heart. It is a first hand report by someone living in Haiti who tried very hard to rescue some people on the day of the quake and the days thereafter. It will wrench out your heart and perhaps - just perhaps - pry loose a couple of quarters from your pocketbook!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I went through a lot of earthquakes during the 20 years I lived in California and I can tell you that in the days and weeks to come, the aftershocks are going to cause enormous additional damage to both the infrastructure that has survived and the psyches of the people who live there. Any help we can give will be most welcome!
I highly recommend this organization because only a trifling amount of the donations they receive is used for anything other than serious charity. And they are already set up to funnel food and other kinds of help to Haiti - which is a bonus. I've made a donation today and encourage others to do so. No matter how crummy our economy is at the moment, these people have it far worse than we do! Far worse! God is watching us to see how we respond to these, the least of our human family. But don't do it for that reason. Do it because it's the proper thing to do!
You can also donate through Catholic Relief Services if that appeals to you. Even if you can only give a dollar or two, those all add up for people who have less than nothing!
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Democrats intend to employ an obscure tactic, informally known as "ping-pong," to shut Republicans out of the final negotiations and speed the bills toward completion. In "ping-pong" the legislation is bounced back and forth between the House and the Senate, controlled by just the Democratic leadership in each chamber and the White House, until a final agreement can be reached.Go ahead. You two are going to be paying a heavy karmic price for your vicious and unprincipled behavior!
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
CSpan is reminding our President that he promised that their cameras would be present and operational for all congressional debates and/or negotiations. Now, of course, he had no right to make that promise since he is not our RULER but rather an employee of the American people, just as our Senators and the members of the House of Representatives are employees of the American people in a SEPARATE BRANCH of the government that Czero doesn't control. On the other hand, all of them belong to the Democratic Party and you would think that they'd try to accommodate his wishes a little bit. Guess not, eh?
Our president bills himself as a "constitutional lawyer" - he's apparently a piss poor one!
"There has never been a more open process for any piece of legislation," Pelosi said at a press conference [about the health care reform bill].
But she also hinted that holding informal negotiations--likely without TV cameras--might be the most practical way to push the legislation through.
"We will do what is necessary to pass the bill," she said.
Monday, January 04, 2010
ABUJA (AFP) – Nigeria, home of the failed US plane bomber, Monday branded new security measures for passengers flying to the United States unfair and said they amounted to discrimination against its 150 million people.
The US government announced that travellers from 14 countries, including Nigeria, are to be subjected to extra checks including body pat-downs after a young Nigerian was accused of trying to blow up a US jet on Christmas Day.
But Nigeria's Information Minister Dora Akunyili said that Africa's most populous nation did not have a history of terrorism and such a move could not be justified.
"It is unfair to include Nigeria on the US list for tighter screening because Nigerians do not have terrorist tendencies," Akunyili told journalists.
I believe it was one of their nationals who attempted to incinerate his own BVDs on approach to Detroit's airport on the most solemn and sacred day of the Christian year! But hey, we should just let them batter us at will in order to remain "fair". My response to that is profane and unprintable!