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Archive for September 19th, 2008

Roll bloat – the rest of the old Bar edition

by @ 18:02. Filed under The Blog.

I just realized that I didn’t put in the place that the Noonan boys and ESK started up a bit before the Bar burned down to the ground – Brewed Sports. I blame my neck.

The Morni…er, Afternoon Scramble – 9/19/2008

by @ 17:52. Filed under The Morning Scramble.

Yes, I’m late again, and yes, I forgot Open Thread Thursday. Like Jib, I blame RSS feeds for the death of the blogging star…


Seriously, my neck has put me in a house of pain all week, so if you mistakenly hit that video (and even if you didn’t), allow me to give you a palette-cleansing bootleg version of Van Halen’s “House of Pain”…


  • Before we start, Vivian Lee reminds us today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Never forget.
  • James T. Harris explains what Barack Obama has changed. Notably missing from the list is any attempt to change the culture of corruption, either in Springfield or in Washington.
  • The focusing Brad V focuses on yet another unexplored friend of Obama. While I’ll leave the juiciest part for Brad to explain, it involves a member of the American Communist Party that Obama called by his first name up through his first autobiography.
  • Lao explores the plight of the West Paupans, being repressed by a country where Obama once held citizenship. I’m shocked, SHOCKED to find that “(i)n Indonesia Barack Obama is fast becoming the “Che Guevara” of Indonesia’s young wannabe Islamists.”
  • Vasko Kohlmayer explains why Obama is becoming that icon among Islamists. It’s all about the hatred of America.
  • Brendan sends Obama back to 1938. I can see the resemblance between Obama and Neville Chamberlain.
  • Patrick Ruffini explains why Obama was stupid to belatedly turn down public financing.
  • William Teach asks whether Obama will actually reduce taxes. If memory serves, he’s on record as supporting all of the Clinton-era tax rates, which means no more 10% rate.
  • Asian Badger calls out all the limousine liberals who buy into Joe Biden’s “patriotic taxes” line.
  • Ed Morrissey caught Biden doubling down on that line, deeming ever-higher taxes the “Catholic” thing to do.
  • Jim Geraghty found Biden calling being a US Senator easier than being a city common council member. Say, isn’t Biden of retirement age?
  • Jim Hoft found an event Biden simply refused to go to – a rally opposing Iranian President Mad Mullah Puppet Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. No word on whether it was for the same reason that Hillary Clinton bailed (she couldn’t bear the thought of Sarah Palin in the same area) or because he supports the Mad Mullahs. Of note, the organizers eventually disinvited Palin.
  • JRoosh found the Biden Gaffe Machine doing overtime on AIG.
  • John McCormack wraps up the Biden Gaffe Machine.
  • John Hawkins does the same for the Obama Gaffe Machine. He could’ve did a top 100 and still not run out of material.
  • The Game mourns the death of civility called for by Obama.
  • Slublog pictures that death of civility with a classic SluShop.
  • David Paulin reports that some Austin ObamiNation Thugs took that death of civility to heart with extreme gusto. It IS a war.
  • Josh Schroeder pictures piracy we can believe in. Arrrgh, today is Talk Like A Pirate Day, and if you landlubbers are wondering why I put this in the middle of the Obamination Update, you’ll have to click over, me mateys.
  • Dad29 explores the links between Obama, Fannie, Freddie, ACORN, and NACA.
  • Cann0nba11 points the coming loss of Obama at Democratic racism. It’s more sexism.
  • An anonymous PJM poster sounds the alarm on the effort by the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department to throw the election to Obama.
  • Ed Morrissey notes that only one Presidential candidate was on top of the Freddie/Fannie mess 3 years ago – John McCain.
  • Bonus Freddie/Fannie coverage – Good Lt. points out that President Bush was on top of the mess back in 2003. Unfortunately, Congress got in the way of both efforts. Gee, I wonder why </sarcasm>.
  • Even more bonus Freddie/Fannie coverage – Mike follows the Fannie/Freddie money in multimedia form to answer why Congress got in the way.
  • One more Freddie/Fannie item before we go back to the Presidential race – S. Weasel pictures the Fannie ‘Rat ATM.
  • Soren Dayton explains why Minnesota, which last went for a Republican in 1972, is in play.
  • How much in play? Jim Geraghty has the details with the Big Ten poll.
  • Tom McMahon 4-blocks the Russian relationships with Palin and Georgia.
  • Dave Casper asks why Palin’s family is a presstitute target while Rep. Gwen Moore’s (D-WI) family isn’t, especially considering her son helped get her into Congress by slashing the tires on vans rented by the GOP for transport of voters to the polls in 2004. Silly goose; that’s just “community organizing” on the part of Supreme Solar Allah </sarcasm_dripping>.
  • Kathryn Jean Lopez asks why the News Organization That Cannot Be Quoted™ won’t cooperate in the probe into the hacking of Palin’s personal e-mail account.
  • Ken Shepherd found that News Organization That Cannot Be Quoted™ covering for Biden’s tax gaffe.
  • Jim Geraghty found that bias extends to quotations in the Washington Post.
  • Sister Toldjah tracked yesterday’s round of Presstitute Bias.
  • Mary Katharine Ham asks, “How low have we sunk?” Not as low as the presstitutes; while 55% say the tone of this campaign hasn’t changed, 79% say the presstitutes focus on the negative.
  • How low for the media? Jon Ham found the WaPo channeling “Animal House”. Who here thought the presstitutes wouldn’t turn on their former favorite “Pubbie”? Anyone? Bueller?
  • Even more bonus Geraghty – he found the LeftStreamMedia multiplying the false cries of racism from the ObamiNation.
  • Name That Party, Part I – Ace asks the party of F. Allen Boyd Jr (D-FL), whose son was busted for smuggling illegal aliens and amphetamines into the country.
  • Name That Party, Part II – Lawhawk asks the party of New York State Sen. Kevin Parker (D), who was busted for assaulting someone at his office.
  • Name That Appointer – Warner Todd Huston found a brand-new wire service fitting right in with the whitewashing of ‘Rat invovlement in embarrassing situations, ignoring the fact that federal Judge Thomas Porteous, who is in line to be the first federal judge to be impeached in 20 years, was a Clinton appointee whose history of wire fraud (the latest episodes are why he is under the current gun) was known to the Clinton administration prior to his appointment.
  • Austin Bay asks the trillion dollar question; how can investigative journalism be profitable in the age of the Internet.
  • The Unreal one has one way that it won’t be. Do note the focus of on his screencap.
  • Okay; back to pure politics – Gary Gross found precious little difference between the Blue Dog ‘Rats and the envirowhackos of the bunch. Color me shocked, SHOCKED!
  • David St. Lawrence defines astroturfing.
  • Lawhawk caught the ‘Rats admitting they’re clueless on the economy. They’re not quite clueless, though their “fix” of socializing even more than what Bush is socializing is worse than doing nothing.
  • Jon Henke offers advice to the Pubbies on tax messaging. My advice – TAKE IT!
  • Brian Fraley states that we the people of Wisconsin got taken to the cleaners in the deal between the Jim “Craps” Doyle (WEAC/PotawatomiHo-Chunk-For Sale) administration and the Ho-Chunk on gaming.
  • Rick Esenberg outlines how government regulation gave us the economic crisis.
  • John Hawkins just says “NO!” to more bailouts. Amen.
  • Jim Geraghty wonders how 61% of Americans think we are in either a recesion or a depression. Answer – presstitutes echoing the every-4-years line from the ‘Rats that we’re in the Worst Economy Since The Depression EVAH!!!11!!!eleventy!!1!™. I can’t wait until the annual growth is 1%, like Obama economic advisor Warren Buffet wants <sarcasm_extreme>.
  • Daniel caught Rep. Steve Kagen (D-WI) being in “favor” of drilling before he was against it. Well, he is a ‘Rat who is part of the 9% approval Congress.
  • Amanda Carpenter is ready to declare victory in Drill Here, Drill Now as the ‘Rats won’t renew the ban before they bail on September 26. Of course, if Obama wins, it will be a very-temporary victory as everything will likely get shut down next year.
  • Cuffy Meigs brings bad news from North Korea – they may well have a missile that can reach the West Coast.
  • Roger W. Gardner explores the ignored role Iran had in 9/11. It isn’t the first time Iran and Al Qaeda worked hand in hand; they jointly pulled off the bombing of the Khobar Towers.
  • John McAdams has the latest episode of liberal bias indoctrination in academia.
  • Lady Logician has the latest step toward “Soylent Green” – some nutbag in the UK saying those with dementia have a “duty to die” to end their burden on CubaCare-Britain. If we get either CubaCare-Wisconsin (aka “Healthy” and Depopulated Wisconsin) or CubaCare-US, look for that here.
  • I can’t end a massive catch-up Scramble without some lighter stuff – Dan Deibert likes the German word for “tramp stamp”. Since the translation won’t make it through Townhall’s filters, you’ll have to head over to Dan’s place for that.

Did I mention how glad I am I have Shoebox to bail me out lately?

Maybe, The Wizard Does Have Brains!

by @ 9:45. Filed under Energy.

For the reference point, read my post here.

This morning, TheHill.Com is reporting that the Senate “Gang of Invertebrates” will not offer their energy bill until after the elections!

A bipartisan group of senators who sought a compromise in the rancorous energy debate won’t introduce their bill before lawmakers adjourn for the elections, several Senate aides said Thursday.

Well, maybe not everyone got a brain:

No legislative language was drafted in early August. But the group agreed to a broad set of goals, including transitioning 85 percent of the country’s automobiles to non-petroleum-based fuels within 20 years, providing incentives to boost nuclear energy, repealing billions in subsidies for oil companies, opening the Eastern Gulf of Mexico off of Florida for oil exploration, and allowing Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia to decide whether to allow drilling off their shores.

Yet there is still hope, even for the slow ones:

But many Republicans criticized the plan, raising concerns that by offering a compromise to Democrats and their presidential candidate Barack Obama, it would blunt a potent election-year attack that has gained traction at the polls. GOP presidential candidate John McCain opposed the plan, and Democrats were preparing to attack the Arizona senator for standing in the way of a bipartisan compromise. And many Republicans, like Sen. McCain, said repealing subsidies from oil companies would amount to a tax hike.

I’m glad to see that the Republicans now understandthe political angle of their “Suicide Compact.” Had the Senate R’s pushed forward with their plan, they would have either forced McCain to move with them or spend a lot of time explaining how his “friends” were “well meaning” but “dumb as a box of rocks on this topic.”

The drilling moratorium ends on October 1st. Unless the Dems try to force a reup for the moratorium into one of the budget bills (unlikely at this point), the world changes on October 2nd. I’m not suggesting that there is an armada of drilling rigs sitting in docks, building steam, ready to break loose the moorings on October 2nd. I am saying that I don’t know how the toothpaste gets back in the tube after the election. The one possibility is if the Dems sweep the Presidency, the House and a filibuster proof Senate…that would be bad not just for oil but for the entire economy. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen!

In the meantime, there are 20 Senators who still don’t get the bigger picture. I’ve got 2 in my state. You can bet they’ll be hearing from me (only one will even listen) while they’re home on the recess. A candidate is most pliable on their positions when they think their job is at risk.

Will He Stay or Will He Go?

by @ 9:21. Filed under Politics - National.

I’ve spent a significant portion of my career in the wireless industry. Like many technology based, fast growing industries, we thought ours was very unique and difficult to understand for people from the “outside.” Because of that, the industry was very incestuous, not in the ‘Desperate Housewives” kind of way but in the “you hire and rehire the people you know kind of way.” Nearly every job that opened that was a “move up” role was filled by people who were already employed by the company.

“Hiring from within” became part of our company culture. The good part about that is that we were able to keep some very talented people motivated and challenged as they got progressively more challenging roles. The downside of the “hire from within” culture is that a few people took that as an “assumed.” They assumed that because they applied for the job they would get versus an outside applicant, just because they were an “insider.” Another downside was that we had some people who would hire into the company at an entry level and immediately begin positioning themselves for a promotion and not paying attention to the job they had been hired for. I had more than one conversation with people who either worked for me or were interviewing for a role with me where I told them that while they may be really capable people, they weren’t going to get the promotion because they hadn’t paid attention at their current role and were doing a poor job at it. While “hiring up” was part of our culture, you only got “hired up” if you were doing a great job in your current role.

Barack Obama was sworn into the US Senate on January 4, 2005. He announced his candidacy for President on January 17, 2007. Between the date he was sworn into the Senate and the date he announced an exploratory committee he spent 143 days working in the Senate (that’s less than 7 months of actual work for the mathematically challenged.)

Barack Obama has been attempting to hang the current economic challenges around McCain’s neck. His attacks have gotten louder and more personal throughout the past 7 days. Obama has been talking broadly about what he would do to fix the economic issues but has not provided any specifics to his plan. In some articles, the Obama campaign was quoted as saying they were “working on a plan” that Obama would unveil soon.

This morning as even more unprecedented “fixes” are being implemented into the financial system Barack Obama said

Given the gravity of this situation, and based on conversations I have had with both Secretary Paulson and Chairman Bernanke, I have asked my economic team to refrain from presenting a more detailed blue-print of how an immediate plan might be structured until the Treasury and the Federal Reserve have had an opportunity to present their proposal.”

Really? You’re going to wait until other plans are out and then second guess them? Wow! That’s leadership! Wouldn’t a real leader be sitting down at this critical juncture saying “I’ll show you mine, you show me yours and we’ll see what the best answer, or combination of answers might be?”

Barack Obama is just like the wireless people who were busier looking for promotions than doing there current jobs. Just as in wireless, where we told people that the weren’t going to get the new job because they were doing a cruddy job in their current role, we need to tell Obama,

“NO. Maybe you’ll get a shot when you show us you can do your current job well. If that doesn’t suit you, your other choice is to find another company that will hire you.”

In wireless, most of our situations where that exact conversation occurred the people were smart enough to go back, focus on their job, show that they were capable and focused and usually got hired for the next promotion. Once in a while, the person thought the work for which they were hired was beneath them. They didn’t change their ways. They groused and became poison to the point where they became poison to the team. Ultimately, they were fired.

Which of those two experiences do you think Barack Obama will have?

95% Are Unpatriotic!

by @ 5:55. Filed under Politics - National, Taxes.

In an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America, Jumpin’ Joe Biden told us:

“We want to take money and put it back in the pocket of middle-class people. It’s time to be patriotic … time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut.”

Wow! Taxes are patriotic! Paying increased taxes is patriotic. Paying increased taxes for purposes that don’t provide any  benefit  to you is patriotic!

It’s apparent that Joe needs a history refresher. I’m pretty sure I remember reading that excessive taxes had something to do with this county’s foundation. To make sure that I don’t talk over Joe’s head explaining these concepts, I pulled out a history lesson that should be about right for a man who has a “much higher IQ” and “is probably much smarter.”

I hope that clears things up for you Joe. If you still have questions, let me know. I’m sure I could get a copy of “U.S. History for dummies” sent over before your debate with Gov. Palin.

Maybe this is how Obama is  attempto to put  to rest the debate over his patriotism.   After all, he would fall into that 5% for whom taxes would be increased!

One last thought….would the 95% who either don’t pay taxes or would have their taxes reduced now be considered unpatriotic?

What’s Wrong With This Article?

by @ 5:39. Filed under Miscellaneous.

State rep says son focus of Palin e-mail hacking rumors

NASHVILLE – State Rep. Mike Kernell said today that he was aware of Internet rumors about his son being the subject of speculation that he accessed the personal e-mail of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Asked whether he or his son, a student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, had been contacted by authorities investigating the break-in of Palin’s account, he responded:

“Me, no.”

As far as his 20-year-old son, David, he said: “I can’t say. That doesn’t mean he has or hasn’t (been contacted by investigators).”

Kernell, D-Memphis, cited the father-son relationship.

Yup, it took until the fifth paragraph to denote that the alleged hacker (likely not to be alleged much longer) was connected to the Dems. Do you think it would have made it to the fifth letter if it had been a Republican?

There’s a been a lot of articles published on the difficulty of purging of Islamic Terrorists because groups like Hamas teach hate and a dehumanizing of their enemies to their young.   It looks like there are Dems who are, allegedly, doing the same things.

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