Friday, August 31, 2012

Clownboy 2000: "Unhinged", "Hysterical" Chris Matthews Gets Into Ugly Confrontation With GOP Delegates

What's a lifelong Democrat operative to do?

MSNBC host Chris Matthews got into a heated exchange with Republican delegates at a Tampa restaurant early Friday morning following the conclusion of the GOP national convention.

Matthews was booed and sworn at as he was leaving the Tinatapas restaurant, which is near the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Matthews turned back and confronted the taunting GOP officials... He headed back into the restaurant to mix it up with them. “I wanted to confront them,” Matthews said, describing his exchange with the men as “towel-snapping” among guys.

Matthews said he told the rowdy group, “What’s this, a douchebag convention?”


The Republicans became angry and retorted back... “I told him that’s next week," said New York delegate Anthony Nunziato, referring to the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C., that will start on Tuesday.

...New York City Councilman Eric Ulrich, a GOP delegate, waved to him. But Matthews snubbed Ulrich, according to Bacarella... Ulrich then attempted to acknowledge Matthews as the "Hardball" host exited the restaurant, a gesture that Matthews answered with a "dirty look," prompting loud boos from other delegates at the restaurant, Bacarella said.

One convention-goer yelled out "hey, a--hole," to Matthews, at which point the combative host walked back toward the hostile bunch.

The delegates said that they asked Matthews whether he had gotten a [tingling] thrilling sensation from Mitt Romney’s speech on Thursday night, and Matthews responded that he had not.

Following a 2008 speech by then-presidential candidate Barack Obama, Matthews said, "I felt this thrill going up my leg."

The “Hardball” host made news earlier this week after he got into a heated argument on "Morning Joe" with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. Matthews accused the GOP and the Romney campaign of playing the race card.

Priebus said Matthews's comments were “garbage,” and Matthews responded, "It's your garbage."

The RNC head subsequently called Matthews "unhinged" and "hysterical."

Chris Matthews -- a professional Democrat hack throughout his career -- is a disgrace. And he's one of the major reasons that MSNBC gets lower ratings than airport radar and sonograms.


Hat tip: BadBlue News.

Joe Biden versus... Himself

At least they didn't catch him with a blow-up doll. Yet.

Joe Biden, Intellect of the Democratic Party, Just a Grin With a Body Behind It, Goes Off-Script Again Himself: Kisses Female Supporter Full On The Lips


He really thinks he's charming. And I guess he is... to stupid people.

I've made this comparison before, but both Joe Biden and Bill O'Reilly must have been told by Irish grandmothers a whole bunch of times that they had the Gift of the Blarney...

But Joe Biden is just.... I don't know what to say. Guy's giving full-mouth smackers to old ladies on the campaign trail.

One woman, who the pool later identified as Bev Kalmer, of Poland, Ohio, told the VP: "Welcome to Ohio." His response: "I've been waitin' all day to be here."

She said "You gotta keep the chair" to him -- a reference to Clint Eastwood's speech last night at the RNC -- and he gave her a kiss right on the lips. She swooned. Asked if she wants Biden to run for president in 2016, she told the pool: "I don't know. We've got to keep the chair." She paused. "You got that? The invisible chair."

Ouch. Here's some ice to put on that, Joe.

Such a charmer.

My guess is the reports are true: Hillary turned down the VP slot a few weeks ago.

We already know that she's skipping the Democrat National Convention. And she may be plotting a 2016 presidential run against President Romney.

I say President Romney, because no Democrat would bother mounting a serious run after four more years of Obama.


Update: The gift that keeps on giving:

Approaching a table of men he knew to be Greek, the VP said, “I’m Joe Bidenopoulos.”

“Ask George,” he said – unclear who George was, maybe someone at the table --“who’s the most Greek Irishman he’s ever known.” Sounded like Biden was suggesting he is.

He moved on to a table of three women, sitting down briefly, before moving on to one where two women were sitting.

“Let’s dance,” he said to one, named Jennifer, as she stood up right next to him. They posed for a photo before he turned to her tablemate, who was wearing scrubs, and asked, ‘Are you a nurse?” He then sat down and started speaking to her quietly, presumably about nurses.

Paul Ryan debating Joe Biden is roughly equivalent to Steven Hawking debating, uhm, Joe Biden.



Dude, where's my recovery?

Pass this on to a college-age student or newly minted grad:


The under-30 crowd has the most to lose from Obamanomics. No society can survive borrowing 40 cents of every dollar it spends.

Make sure the young people you know are cognizant of this fact. And that they vote to throw the failed Democrat Party out office in November -- at every level of government.



Just wow: President Obama likens himself to... a blister

Freudian slip?

In an interview with Time magazine, Obama says he expects Republicans in Congress to work more cooperatively in a second term, since his re-election would no longer be a factor.

“My expectation is that there will be some popping of the blister after this election, because it will have been such a stark choice,” Obama said.

I agree. Pop that blister and get the poison out of the system.

The president says he also wants to do a better job of explaining to the public how his policies will help the economy grow.

More speeches? Sah-weet!

That should seal the deal for the American public!


Larwyn's Linx: Exceptional

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Nation

Exceptional: RSM
Be of Good Cheer: Rahe
Fact-Checking the Fact-Checkers: Hot Air

Correction! Obama Does Send Out Personal Condolence Letters: Nice Deb
Chris Matthews Gets Fact-Checked: Malkin
Michigan is competitive part 1,389,351: Ace

The Best Quotes from the RNC: Hawkins
The Sad and Tawdry Line-up for the DNC: Nice Deb
The unbearable whiteness of being the DNC speaker line-up: Twitchy

Economy

Obama Camp Melts Down Over Ryan's Speech: Townhall
Why Paul Ryan is right: We are running out of time: AEI
Moonbeam Admits the Obvious: Mish

The Condensed Liberal Handbook of Racial Code Words: Malkin
Obama to Grads: Yeah, You’re Not Getting A Job Anytime Soon: WZ
Union bosses want biggers unions to revive economy: WZ

Scandal Central

Reid, son combine for China firm's desert plant: Reuters
Surprise! Paulians helped Pinkers: This Ain't Hell
Why the Left freaked out about Paul Ryan telling the truth about the Janesville closing: Lane

Media

Media ‘Fact Checkers’ Lie About Ryan Speech: S&L
NYT Airbrushes Susana Martinez Out of the Picture: TAB
AP carries water for Dems, reports on what’s not being said at RNC: Twitchy

CNN: Ryan Was Right About Obama’s GM Vow: S&L
Politifact bias: Does the GOP really tell 9x more lies than the left? Really?: Events
Allen West Tells TCPalm Reporter “I Don’t Want Your Endorsement”: Shark

Mark Levin hammers Touré over his ‘our rights come from government’ comments: Scoop
Dem “Communications Director” Not Too Good at the Twitters: Sooper
The Lap Dog: IBD

World

DoD may take legal action against SEAL author: NavyTimes
France to Hire 150,000 Subsidized Workers With Zero Qualifications; Why Stop There?: Mish
Fort Hood Jihadist Wants to Wear His Beard in Military Court: WZ

Sci-Tech

‘Virtually Untreatable’ Tuberculosis Threat Rising: Study: BizWk
How Twitter Uses Open Source: TechCrunch
The Digital Wallet Is Starting to Take Shape: Techland

Cornucopia

What Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan Need To Do Now: Ace
Reagan Word Portraits: Morlock
Revealed: Paul Ryan's cheerleader 'college sweetheart' who made him the victim of 'racist views': Daily Mail

Image: No Easy Day, by Mark Owen
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QOTD: "So here's the question: Without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?" --Paul Ryan

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Gun Posters [Papa B]











What do we do all day?

The average (employed) American "spends 9 hours, 12 minutes, and 36 seconds 'Working & Commuting' on an average workday."


Since this survey data primarily reflects working Americans, Democrat viewpoints were largely omitted.



Debbie Wasserman Schultz Continues to Duck Debates With Her Popular GOP Opponent, Karen Harrington

For obvious reasons. After all, who could possibly believe the same set of talking points -- repeated ad nauseum for six years straight -- recited in a nasally, obnoxious Yenta voice, which sounds like a muppet on 'ludes?

During the last day of the RNC convention in Tampa, Florida, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz surprised Republicans by taking a stroll down radio road, in hopes of disseminating more of President Obama’s re-election message. In between radio spots, Wasserman Schultz effectively dodged the question as to whether she was going to debate her Republican congressional opponent Karen Harrington.

‘DWS’ as she is referred to, refused to answer any questions from ‘Republican-leaning’ media outlets.

Wasserman Schultz was asked several times if she was going to accept Harrington’s challenge, but she ignored the the reporter’s question. The Congresswoman was challenged to five debates by Harrington but has yet to agree to any of them- instead she called out Karen Harrington, GOP VP nominnee Ryan and GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney as “Republican Extremists’ in a fundraising letter to her supporters.

Of course, the real extremists are the left-wing kooks who still push for more "Great Society"/Section 8/Democrat Plantation policies despite 50 consecutive years of failure.

Support Karen Harrington for Congress. We don't need any more losers like DWS in Congress. Because we've reached the loser breaking-point.


Reason #4,617 That I Love Allen West

In a completely masculine and heterosexual way, of course:

After this morning’s ... “Fresh From Florida” breakfast, Congressman Allen West addressed a media gaggle and was asked by a TCPalm reporter about his publication’s editorial board.


“I don’t want your endorsement, I want you to continue to endorse the other guy.”

For those of you unfamiliar, the TCPalm website is the primary mainstream media publication that covers the Treasure Coast area, and it’s a publication hostile to West. TC Palm’s site routinely publishes puff pieces on Murphy as well as Murphy’s almost certainly ghostwritten op-eds.

With a few dozen more Allen Wests in Congress, we could really return this country to Constitutional government -- and unleash the private sector.

Allen West is in a tough race. You can help him out here.



Larwyn's Linx: Obama's Best Kept Secret

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Nation

Obama's Best Kept Secret: AT
McCain slams Obama on leaks, defense cuts, non-leadership: Hot Air
Hillary Clinton to Flee the Country During DNC: JWF

Paul Ryan Issues Blistering Indictment of Barack Obama: Roll Call
Full Transcript Of Paul Ryan's Speech To the RNC: Lid
Ryan: "We will not duck the tough issues. We will lead.": Blaze

Ann Romney: Game Changer: RWN
Obama lied about Janesville GM auto plant, not Ryan: Twitchy
No Conflict Here: Gallup Gets $50MM Government Contract: Foundry

Economy

Wow, the GOP Turned Into Golf Digest So Slowly…: Driscoll
Chris Matthews: The word 'Chicago' is now racist, too: NB
Democrat Media Complex: Its Mob-like Tendencies: Nice Deb

Obama’s Sneaky, Deadly, Costly Car Tax: Malkin
Levin: Learn from Reagan, pound hell out of Obama's record: Scoop
Rice: ""When A Nation Loses Control Of Its Finances...": RCP

Scandal Central

D'Souza: Information About Obama Has Been Witheld: Breitbart
Secret emails reveal how Obama backed bin Laden film to help win reelection: Riehl
Weekly Featured Profile – Valerie Jarrett: Loudon

Media

New York Times Fact Checkers: Bed Rest Is Work!: RWN
Should Anyone Be Surprised That MSNBC Cut The Speeches Of Republican Minorities?: Cove
David Brooks: Unfunny Moron: Patterico

NY Times Oddly Unimpressed With Republicans “You Did Build That” Message: RWN
KEEP IT CLASSY, DEMS: Mia Love’s Wikipedia Entry Now Being Defaced: Instapundit
Hume lauds Ann Romney: ‘Single most effective political speech’ by politicians’ wife [VIDEO]: DC

Preserving the Narrative Then and Now: The Paranoid Style of the MSM: Driscoll
The Liberal Response: Mia’s Wikipage Vandalized, Ann Gets Death Threats, Insults, Smears: Bruce
Girl, 13, 'gang-raped by 20 men [at age] 11' sobs in court as video filmed by her attackers shown: Daily Mail

World

CAIR's Next Generation Radical: IPT
Emails Reveal how Obama Backed bin Laden Film to ‘Bask in the Glory’ and Win Reelection: Nice Deb
Citigroup Has The Best Summary Of Europe's Fiasco Yet: "Losses Are Unquantifiable": ZH

Sci-Tech

New film: The Boy Who Cried Warming: Watts
What the Drudge Report Can Tell You About the Stock Market: Yahoo! Finance
#help! Japan Mulls "911" Emergency Calls From Twitter, Social Networks: PC World

Cornucopia

The Five Best Quotes In Pics From The Republican National Convention On Wednesday: RWN
What's Love Got to Do With It?: MOTUS
Hot New 'Murder Craze' Sweeps Chicago: The Onion

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QOTD: "To those Democrats and independents whose minds are open to argument: listen closely to the Democratic party that will gather in Charlotte and ask yourself if you ever hear your voice in the clamor.

Ask yourself if these Democrats still speak for you.

When they say we have a duty to grow government even when we can't afford it, does it sound like compassion to you -- or recklessness?

When you hear the party that glorified Occupy Wall Street blast success, when you hear them minimize the genius of the men and women who make jobs out of nothing, is that what you teach your children about work?

When they tell you America is this unequal place where the powerful trample on the powerless, does that sound like the country your children or your spouse risked their lives for in Iraq or Afghanistan?

...John F. Kennedy asked us what we could do for America. This Democratic party asks what can government give you. Don't worry about paying the bill; it's on your kids and grandkids." --Artur Davis, speaking at the RNC

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Team Class

Via @Slublog:



Related: A new painting by Jon McNaughton.



Good Lord: Obama Honors Fallen SEALs By Sending Their Parents Form Letters Signed by a Robot Pen

He didn't even take the time to sign each letter.

On August 6, 2011, 30 US service members were killed when a CH-47 Chinook helicopter they were being transported in crashed in Wardak province, Afghanistan. It was the deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in the decade-long war in Afghanistan. 17 members of the elite Navy SEALs were killed in the crash.

Yesterday, Karen and Billy Vaughn, parents of Aaron Carson Vaughn, spoke at the Defending the Defenders forum sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots outside the RNC Convention in Tampa. Karen brought a copy of the form letter they were sent following their son’s death.

It’s a form letter... signed by an electric pen.


That’s not all... Karen Vaughn reached out to the parents of the other SEALs killed in that crash.

Their letters were all the same. Form letters – signed by an electric pen.

Apparently, Obama was too busy campaigning, golfing and fundraising to sign a few letters of condolence.

Compare and contrast:

George W. Bush:

...sent personal letters to the families of every one of the more than 4,000 troops who have died in the two wars, an enormous personal effort that consumed hours of his time and escaped public notice.

The task, along with meeting family members of troops killed in action, has been so wrenching – balancing the anger, grief and pride of families coping with the loss symbolized by a flag-draped coffin – that the president often leaned on his wife, Laura, for emotional support...

Mr. Bush also has met privately with more than 500 families of troops killed in action and with more than 950 wounded veterans, according to White House spokesman Carlton Carroll. Many of those meetings were outside the presence of the news media at the White House or at private sessions during official travel stops, officials said.

Abraham Lincoln:

Executive Mansion,
Washington, Nov. 21, 1864.

Dear Madam,

I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming.

But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

A. Lincoln

I don't have the vocabulary to express my level of disgust with this president's brand of lackadaisical, "lead from behind" behavior. America deserves better. And, God willing, we'll get it in November.


"A Conclave of Lily-White Racists"

I refer, of course, to vintage media -- the biggest collection of lily-white racists I've ever encountered. Consider the following incidents (all "coincidental", mind you):

NBC and MSNBC inexcusably censored every... single... African-American and Latino who spoke at yesterday's Republican convention -- ignoring two of the best speeches of the night, those of Mia Love and Artur Davis -- in a move reminiscent of a modern-day Invisible Man

Chris Matthews openly expressed his inexcusable belief that only blacks are on foodstamps

ABC News broadcast Yahoo's Washington bureau chief asserting that the Romneys "are happy to have a party [i.e., the convention] when black people drown", presumably as a severe storm threatens the Gulf Coast

• And blatant coordination between the Democrat National Committee and old media -- including The Los Angeles Times, Politico, and other outlets -- appears intended to de-legitimize and dehumanize any minority who dares stand up to the Statist agenda

To paraphrase the loathsome Janeane Garafolo, "this is racism straight up". That's how the Democrat-Media complex thinks. That's how they operate.

And they intend to do whatever it takes to keep dumbing down the electorate. How else can they maintain their white-knuckled grip on power as their failed "Great Society", Section 8 plantation implodes?

In his seminal work Liberty and Tyranny, Mark Levin reminds us why the free market system is the most productive, benevolent, and unbiased of all economic systems:

The free market creates more wealth and more opportunites for more people than any other economic model. This is exactly why the Left -- be they socialists, or Marxists, or left-leaning Democrats -- attack it relentlessly.

That's why they lie, describing the free market as the cause of the current financial crisis. But it was in fact they, through onerous and arbitrary regulation and out-of-control governmental appendages like Fannie Mae, who twisted and distorted the free market.

The free market promotes self worth, self-sufficiency, shared values, and honest dealings. That doesn't mean to say there aren't crooks: they exist in every endeavor (especially government). But when you consider the trillions of transactions that make up the free market, the number of crooks is relatively tiny.

The free market enhances the individual, the family and the community. And it discriminates against no race, religion or gender.

The truck driver does not know the skin color of the individual who helped create the diesel fuel that powers his vehicle.

The cook does not know the religion of the dairy farmers who delivers milk to his restaurant.

The airline passenger does not know the gender of the factory workers who manufactured a critical component of the aircraft.

Nor do they care. The free market is an intricate system of voluntary economic, social and cultural interaction that are motivated by the desires and needs of the individual and the community.

All people who love liberty should join us. All people who revere our founding and our history should join the Constitutional Conservatism movement. Because we welcome all people, no matter the race, religion, creed or color. Join with us to preserve this, the most magnificent society ever seen on Earth.

Join us. Before it's too late.


Larwyn's Linx: Close The Book on the Failed “progressive” Experiment

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Nation

Close The Book Forever on the Failed “progressive” Experiment: CDN
Obama and Warren stole "build it" theme from Berkeley communist: LI
GOP Trouncing Democrats in FL Voter Registration: Sooper

FEMA and the Administration: Instapundit
Why Was This Man Bowing?: Power Line
The Frank Marshall Davis Story You Haven’t Heard – Until Now: Loudon

Mia Love: Americans want opportunity, not a handout: Bruce
Full Text: Chris Christie's Keynote RNC Speech: Lid
RNC Speech: Artur Davis brings the house down: Scoop

Economy

Where’s the landslide? Why 2012 isn’t 1980: Peth
Dems Hide Homeless For Convention – Again: S&L
Socialized Medicine Is Enough To Chase Away British Doctors: IBD

Risky Business: Sowell
GM Shuts Down Chevy Volt Production... Again: Breitbart
Food Stamp Usage up 64%, Cost up 114% in Last Four Years: Mish

Scandal Central

Fast and Furious IG report slams ATF Phoenix personnel: Attkisson
Judicial Watch Obtains Stack of ‘Overlooked’ CIA Records on Meetings with bin Laden Filmmakers: JW
Obama to Gulf Coast: I got your back, right after I do this campaign swing: Riehl

OPSEC documentary was right: Loose lips do sink ships: BlackFive
Crapweasel Joshua Scott Albert Advocates for Mitt Romney to be Murdered, and is a fan of Cop Killers: Zilla
Careful MSNBC, Your Racism Is Showing: Jawa

Media

MSNBC abandons GOP convention during every speech by a minority: DC
Mia Love gives star-making speech at RNC; Left sees ‘GOP token’: Twitchy
The Lamest Defense of Obama Yet: IBD

A Swing State Report on 2016: Instapundit
FANTASTIC: Dennis Miller unloads a few rounds of truth on Jay Leno: Scoop
Powerful New ad hits Obama over vote against protecting babies born alive from botched abortions: Scoop

New Ad Highlights Obama Voters Who Are Now Supporting Romney: MenRec
Outraged Herman Cain Cancels MSNBC Interview After Matthews' Racial Outburst: Breitbart
Hardly Reported: Venezuelan Refinery Disaster May Be Deadliest in World History: Bizzy

World

Navy Seals To Obama: We Bow To Nobody: WZ
The "Pro-Palestinians": Gatestone
SEAL Book Raises Questions About Bin Laden's Death: AP

Barack Obama, Global Has-Been: WSJ
Saudi Arabia: Calls for monitoring of mosques after mosque found manufacturing explosives: JihadWatch
Netanyahu Minion to Obama: Don’t Bother Visiting Israel: Beast

Sci-Tech

Prehistoric bugs from time of dinosaurs found frozen in amber: Fox
How one man is bringing VoIP, 'Net access where telecoms fear to tread: Ars Technica
Java zero day allegedly spotted in the wild: ZDNet

Pentagon builds chameleon robots: DefTech
Here Comes Passbook: Latest Leak Points To NFC-Equipped Next-Gen iPhone: Crunch
As Microsoft gains, VMware insists that it maintains the upper hand: Ars Technica

Cornucopia

FEMA Must Act NOW to Save the RNC Convention!: Cube
180mph raider: Getaway driver outpaces police helicopter during 65-mile M6 chase - watch the video: Mirror
Man trying to create bigfoot sighting killed in Montana: Fox

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QOTD: "Hundreds of reporters have come to Tampa with plans to cover something other than the actual Republican convention. Instead, they are here seeking "proof" of their own preconceived partisan prejudices and it is amazing (as I sit here in the lavishly appointed Media Filing Center downtown) to see how the Republican Party has spared no expense in welcoming its most ferocious and dangerous enemies. If you believe what you see in most convention coverage, you will think of Republicans as the Evil Party of Greedy Haters, a frightening conclave of grim and ferocious extremists. Everything the GOP does here in Tampa will be portrayed as insincere, corrupt, scandalous or (best of all) "controversial." When Democrats convene next week in Charlotte, however, everything Obama and his supporters do will be portrayed as warm, wonderful, and honest. The reporters delivering these contrasting depictions of the two parties do not consider themselves as engaged in partisan advocacy. Rather, in the minds of the liberal media, they are simply reporting the objective truth." --Robert Stacy McCain

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

If this is the president's idea of success, what does failure look like?

I refer, of course, to this:

• In the last four years the number of food stamp participants increased by 64.7%


• In the last four years the cost of the food stamp program is up by 114.4%


Not to mention this:


Paul Krugman said he would be concerned if government spending hit 50% of GDP. The trend does not look good, but by Krugman's measure there is a ways to go.

Nonetheless, I think we should be concerned now. The numbers ignore exploding national debt and interest on national debt. Interest on national debt will skyrocket if rates go up or growth estimates penciled in do not occur. Both of those are likely...

The figures also ignore ever-escalating costs of Medicare, Social Security, and pension promises, all of which are guaranteed to soar in the not so distant future. Romney says Unfunded liabilities amount to $520,000 per household.

And -- it goes without saying -- this:


That last graph is the single most damning indictment of the Obama philosophy of class warfare, Keynesian spending, and wealth redistribution.

Remember, the president described his catastrophic record as follows:

"We tried our plan — and it worked"

If his plan "worked", I'd hate to see failure. And if we don't defeat this man in November, it's absolutely certain we'll get to experience it -- firsthand.


Hat tip: DShort.com.

Misunderstanderers of Islam Behead 17 Afghan Civilians at a Party

It's ABC News reporting, so it's gotta be true:

Taliban Behead 17 for Singing and Dancing


The Taliban beheaded 17 people, including two women, for attending a mixed-gender party where there was music and dancing, Afghan officials reported today.

The decapitated bodies were abandoned at a roadside in southern Afghanistan, according to Mullah Sharafuddin, the governor of Kajaki district in Helmand province.

All 17 bodies, including those of two women, were decapitated, but it was not clear if they had been shot first.

I blame Militant Quakers. And Bush.


Code Pink De-Motivational Poster o' the Day


Moonbattery accurately describes the scene as follows: "The phony “War on Women” meme has been pushed to the last extreme of tasteless absurdity by the unhinged commies of Code Pink."


Hat tip: BadBlue News.

My New Chris Matthews Bumper Sticker

After Newt Gingrich shredded Chris Matthews on air for his shockingly racist thought processes, Robert Stacy McCain executed the rhetorical coup de grace.

In case you didn't realize it, the only claim Matthews has to being a journalist is that he is a partisan Democrat. Matthews never worked a day as a reporter, never covered a city council meeting or a homecoming parade. After evading the Vietnam-era military draft by enrolling in the Peace Corps, Matthews moved to Washington and worked on the staff of various congressional Democrats before unsuccessfully running for Congress as a Democrat, later joining the White House staff as a speechwriter for Democrat Jimmy Carter, then spending the Reagan years as a top aide to Democrat House Speaker Tip O'Neill.


Somehow, this ultra-political background as a partisan operative qualified Matthews for the job of Washington bureau chief for the San Francisco Chronicle. Such is the biography of the man who has been employed for the past 15 years as a "journalist" by NBC, hosting his own show on the network's little-watched MSNBC cable franchise while appearing regularly on the broadcast network during coverage of major political events.

For most of you reading along, "MNSBC" is a cable channel that recycles Media Matters press releases as "hard news". Which explains why you've never heard of it.


Larwyn's Linx: The Wages of Liberalism

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Nation

The Wages of Liberalism: Hanson
Tolerance: Facebook page advocates killing Mitt Romney: CDN
Romney/Ryan Medicare Plan Would Cost Seniors $6400: Debunked: CDN

Downsizing America: The Obama Doctrine in Action: Foundry
Romney Holds 47-46 Lead in D+9 WaPo Poll: JWF
Do the debates pose a problem for Obama?: Rubin

The Exact Opposite of Truth: RSM
Birth of a Campaign Smear: Radio Equalizer
ACORN-backed group to get bad votes counted in Ohio: WZ

Economy

Starving Amidst Plenty: Sultan Knish
U.S. Debt On Track to Hit $16 Trillion Within Week: CNS
Healthcare Expert: ObamaCare to Kill 40K Seniors a Year: RSM

Our Highway to Hell: Pelerin
Debt clock to hit $16 trillion when Obama gives his DNC speech?: Troglo
Obamanomics: Homeless man hands out resume in downtown LA: KABC

Scandal Central

US Justice Department to monitor Arizona elections: East Valley
Issa Summons DOJ’s IG Horowitz to Capitol Hill for September Hearing on Fast and Furious: Nice Deb
College Students See Skyrocketing Costs for Health Insurance Thanks to Obamacare: LoneCon

Climate & Energy

Arctic Ice Hits 'Record' Low!? Explaining the Arctic melting hype: Depot
Manufacturer: EPA against all fossil fuels, not just coal: BDTonline

Media

Romney To Politico: Do You Want Personal Appeal Or Confidence?: Cove
Obama has kept his promises of hope and change: Telford
NBC Offers Correction on Astronaut Lance Armstrong: Cube

Occupy Wall Street Responds to Occupy Unmasked: MB
Skateboarding into Victimhood Superstardom: PJM
Newt Gingrich plays hardball, calls Chris Matthews out for his racism: Twitchy

Mark Levin explains the RNC rules change and why we must defeat it [Update: DEFEATED]: Scoop
A Letter from Morton Blackwell to RNC Delegates: RLC
Florida Jews Blacklisted From Obama Synagogue Campaign Event: MagNote

World

Al-Qaeda Advertises on the Internet for Suicide Bombers: Sentinel
Israeli 'occupation' a relic of the past: ynet
Misunderstanderers of Islam Behead 17 Afghan Civilians at a Party: ABC

Why Sunni Islamism is the world’s greatest threat: BRubin
DNC’s Muslim prayer session Imam: U.S. will fall unless it ‘accepts the Islamic agenda’: FAM
Exclusive: SEAL Ad to Excoriate Obama for Bowing to Foreign Leaders: Breitbart

A Recent Case Sheds Light on the Muslim Brotherhood, but Most Republicans Ignore It: McCarthy
The Endless War: Saudi Arabia Goes on the Offensive Against Iran: OilPrice
Spain's Economic Collapse Results In Whopping 5% Deposit Outflow In July: ZH

Sci-Tech

Analysis: How Apple overwhelmed Samsung's patent case tactics: Trib
Why Severe Heart Attacks Are Becoming Less Deadly: ABC
Google responds to Apple v. Samsung verdict: most claims 'don't relate' to 'core Android': Verge

Cornucopia

If He loses He didn’t do it on his own, somebody else made that happen: MOTUS
OMG Signs Spotted in Maine: Urban Infidel
Supercat is out of the bag: Soylent (NSFW)

Image: Cops Outnumber Anarchist Marchers on Day One of RNC Protests – One Arrest
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QOTD: "But for the more elite and influential progressive, affluence has allowed liberal orthodoxy to evolve to its theoretical limitations. There is a reason why 90% of professors — life-long tenure, summers off, guaranteed pay raises — are liberal and 70% of small-business people are conservative. The more removed one becomes from the elemental struggle to eat one more day — and never in the history of civilization have so many been so exempt from such existential worries — the more one enjoys the luxury of pondering more cosmic issues such as extending Social Security disability payments to youths suffering from attention deficit disorder or mandating gay history in state public schools or saving the smelt." --Victor Davis Hanson

Monday, August 27, 2012

Sigh: GM idles Volt production -- again

The hits just keep on coming for GM, what with advertisements so misleading they've been banned, lawsuits for channel-stuffing, 500,000 recalls for, uhm, vehicles that catch fire, the fact that it still owes taxpayers more than $35 billion, its thousands of excess workers around the world, its need for a bigger credit line to pay off pension obligations, rapid-fire management turnover or a hemorrhaging stock price.

As Tyler Durden observes, "color us surprised:"

GM is set to idle the plant where it assembles the Chevy Volt for four weeks - starting next month. GM will close its Detroit-Hamtramck plant from Sept 17 to Oct 15 with its 1500 staff being made aware by union reps at the end of last week. The knock-on effect is relatively obvious as the illustrious government-owned auto manufacturer notified suppliers last week and while a GM spokesperson would not confirm the planned shutdown, we couldn't help but raise an eyebrow at the comment that "we continue to match supply and demand" as we note this is the second time this year that GM has throttled back on Volt production.


The Detroit-Hamtramck plant was idled from March 19 until April 16 amid swollen Volt inventories.

And don't even get me started about the Dealergate Scandal (during which the Obama administration closed dealerships based upon political motivations), a scandal later confirmed by "Auto Czar" and Obama crony Steve Rattner.


Chart: Yahoo! Finance.

Oh, my: new SEAL PAC ad blisters Obama for bowing to foreign leaders

Well, you could call it "swift-boating" -- except... there are millions and millions of incriminating images depicting President Obama's unprecedented acts of submission when greeting world leaders:

The controversial super PAC Special Operations for America, led by former Navy SEALs, is set to release a blistering new ad against President Obama Tuesday at the Republican National Convention.

The ad, titled “Bow to Nobody,” depicts Navy SEALs in combat situations; it then proclaims that they fight so that America will not have to bow to anybody.

Then the punch line: the infamous photo of Obama bowing to the Saudi king.


The ad is sure to provoke massive consternation on the left, which has been in a frenzy ever since Special Operations for America launched. The event at which the ad launches, “Defending Our Defenders: A Salute to the United States Military,” will feature a tribute by Congressman Louie Gohmert, former members of SEAL Team Six, Army Rangers, Gold Star parents, and a few surprise guests.

Ryan Zinke, the former Navy SEAL who started the super PAC, spoke exclusively with Breitbart News today. “The ad itself accurately portrays where this President is,” said Zinke. “It accurately portrays his core belief that America should not lead. This president is shaping America to be one of the followers, to relinquish our role as a world leader. I didn’t fight 23 years as a Navy SEAL to watch America bow to anybody.”

He continued, “It’s not just the king of Saudi Arabia. My friends from WWII that fought in the Pacific theater -- when they see the president bow to the emperor of Japan, I’ve seen veterans cry. This is about the fundamental belief in American exceptionalism, the notion that America should reign supreme. We are a country of values, and we fought hard to be exceptional, and we are.”

Those who need an explanation of the president's, uhm, unique habits need only catch a viewing of the movie 2016.


NBC Offers Correction on Astronaut Lance Armstrong

After the network's embarrassing gaffe this weekend -- identifying astronaut Neil Armstrong as singer Neil Young -- NBC has finally issued a correction:


It's all those layers and layers of fact-checking, don'cha know.



Urgent Memo for the Mayor of New Orleans

Hey, schmuck: this time, before the storm hits, please remember you have half a thousand buses to evacuate your citizens who need help.

In fact, back during the Katrina days, the total was about 570 buses, if memory serves.

Remember this 2005 photo, the "Ray Nagin Memorial Motor Pool"?


Ray Nagin Memorial Motor Pool

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present The Ray Nagin Memorial Motor Pool. New Orleans owns about 205 school buses and 364 public transit buses.

Estimates indicate upwards of 30,000 people could have been evac'ed in one trip. That is, of course, assuming there had been sufficient planning and execution at the local level. Think about it. In a single trip, most of the folks at the Superdome and Convention Center could have been sent to Houston or other venues.

But, no, the buses sit unused and ruined in flooded parking lots, leaking a delightful concoction -- made up of diesel fuel and motor oil -- into the toxic soup soaking the city. But, hey, maybe the Left can figure out a way to blame that on President Bush, too. Along with the hurricane, global warming, Governor Blanco's deer-in-the-headlights performance, and runny catsup in the relief centers.

Thank God for the U.S. Military and for President Bush. I shudder to think what would have happened had the President not called the Governor and personally requested a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans, an act called 'unprecedented':

...a mandatory evacuation was ordered Sunday for New Orleans by Mayor Ray Nagin... The mayor called the order unprecedented and said anyone who could leave the city should... Gov. Kathleen Blanco, standing beside the mayor at a news conference, said President Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation for the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding...


Ray Nagin Memorial Motor Pool
And, yes, all pre-evacuation plans for New Orleans called for using buses and organized assistance to those who do not have private transportation. May I quote from the State of Louisiana's Emergency Operations Plan [PDF]?

The primary means of hurricane evacuation will be personal vehicles. School and municipal buses, government-owned vehicles and vehicles provided by volunteer agencies may be used to provide transportation for individuals who lack transportation and require assistance in evacuating...

The Washington Post, no friend of the administration, is also reporting that Governor Blanco resisted a centralized command-and-control structure requested by the President on Friday. That night, the administration had sent Blanco a legal memorandum requesting a federal takeover of the New Orleans evacuation.

In other words, the administration wanted centralized command-and-control over the police, state National Guard, and related local units that report to the governor. According to the Post's report, Louisiana officials rejected the request, apparently fearing a political backlash to any de facto declaration of martial law.

So now you know the rest of the story.

Oh, and one more thing for you Democrat drones, sycophants and media types: stop blaming Bush, global warming, ATMs, and the Euro crisis for all the crap that's gone wrong on your watch.

Cause you sound like you-know-who. In other words, a whiny loser.


Larwyn's Linx: Ryan: Obama Should List Defense Cuts Or Block Them

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Nation

Ryan: Obama Should List Defense Cuts Or Block Them: IBD
Hurricane disrupts Dem plans to disrupt RNC: Exam
Prelude to a Shellacking: Nice Deb

GOP Convention: No Suspense, Lots of Show: Barone
RNC protester arrested carrying a machete: Riehl
Obama's extremism on abortion: Sentinel

How to Step Away: Lileks
Obama Calls Money Shortage 'Critical': WS
Closet Opens, Charlie Crist Comes Out for Obama: Shark

Economy

Imminent Fiscal Armaggedon Unless We Change Course: Sentinel
Patty Murray Threatens to Take Economy Over Fiscal Cliff: FreeEnt
Harry S. Goddanged Truman, Union Buster: Ace

The War on Children: Steyn
Bank of Panther Stadium: Democrats and Transparency: RWN
GM Seeks Bigger Credit Line To Shrink Pension Obligations: Mish

Scandal Central

Social Security Disability: Nice Program for Deadbeats: Sentinel
DHS Redacts Quantity of Ammo Order – Issues “Justification for Other Than Full and Open Competition”: MagNote
Issa asks official to testify on long-awaited 'Fast and Furious' report: Hill

Climate & Energy

Appeals court gives EPA a tongue lashing over Clean Air Act: TimesRecordNews

Media

Anti-Obama Documentary Elbows Into Box Office Top 10: WSJ
A Mitt Romney most of America doesn't know: LAT
R Lee Ermey: Full Metal Jacket actor says he was fired by Geico for anti-Obama views: Inquisitr

Mike Huckabee’s petty ego gave us McCain in 08, now Akin in 12 if we let him: Riehl
More lies: Obama for America coordinator continues anti-Mormon bigotry: Twitchy
Step By Step: Hope n' Change

If the Birther Issue Comes Up In Debate: Cashill
Blame It On Bush: MB
'2016: Obama's America' Earns $6.238 Million for Weekend: NB

World

Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood: McCarthy
9/11 Again? 65,000 Saudi Arabian Students Are Here: CDN
Series of earthquakes hit Imperial Valley area; no reports of serious damages or injuries: KABC

U.S. is worried about Syrian chemical weapons... now, just where in hell did they come from...?: Winter Soldier
The DNC Embraces Radical Islam: NoisyRm
1001 Pieces of Islamist Propaganda: Fabricated Exhibit Comes to D.C.: Geller

Sci-Tech

Where Have the Users Gone?: TechCrunch
The Next Battle for Internet Freedom Could Be Over 3D Printing: TechCrunch
5 Design Tricks Facebook Uses To Affect Your Privacy Decisions: TechCrunch

Cornucopia

POTUS/TOTUS Caption Contest: MB
Todd Akin, Bunny Ranch Girls, Michelle…connect the dots: MOTUS
Obamanaut: Morlock Revolt

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QOTD: "None of us can know what the world will be like four years from now, but one thing can be said for certain: An American woman will still enjoy her “right to choose.” Whether one supports or opposes abortion, the practical reality is that the biggest “threat” to your “right” to one is that you might have to drive a little bit further for it. Still, one should never underestimate the peculiar lens through which “progressives” view reality: The “war” on women boils down to Sandra Fluke, a 30-year-old schoolgirl, demanding Georgetown Law should pay for its students’ contraceptives — notwithstanding that the entire cost of that four-year contraceptive bill works out to less than the first week’s paycheck of a Georgetown Law graduate’s first job (average starting salary: $160 grand per year). War is hell." --Mark Steyn, "The War on Children"

Sunday, August 26, 2012

More than 400 San Francisco city workers made over $200,000 last year, including a city mechanic who pulled down a tidy $300,000

A series of California cities have declared bankruptcy this year, due primarily to out of control wage and benefits packages negotiated by public sector unions and their Democrat cronies. While San Francisco has thus far avoided insolvency, it's well on the way there as evidenced by its embarrassingly rich pay packages for city workers:

S.F. police chief highest-paid U.S. cop

...With a total pay of $321,577, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr won top honors last year among the nation's police bosses. He also happened to be the highest-paid department head in San Francisco city government...

...Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White came in second in the city salary sweepstakes at $310,458 - including $17,573 in similar pay premiums for education and training.
Jennifer Johnston, spokeswoman for the Human Resources agency, said the city has considered eliminating premium pay for higher-ups, but that without it, the bosses wouldn't be making much more than the rank-and-file.

In all, a record 401 San Francisco city workers made more than $200,000 in the past fiscal year, with overtime included.

The top earner was Assistant Fire Chief David Franklin, one of six deputies assigned to work 24-hour shifts in firehouses. He pulled down $333,490, including more than $140,000 in overtime and other pay.

...One of the real eye-catchers is the Muni electronics mechanic who ranked fifth in city government in overall pay... The mechanic, Khoa Trinh, who works on buses, light-rail vehicles and trolley cars, was paid a base salary of $106,036 - but he pulled down $163,856 in overtime and $23,478 in other extras, to boost his total earnings to $293,370.

Plenty of Muni brethren joined Trinh atop the money pile. Ten street supervisors and three mechanics earned more than $200,000 apiece last year, and all of them more than doubled their base salaries with overtime.

"It's frustrating as hell," said one Muni higher-up, who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue. "It's a big black box, and I don't know how to untangle it - and I'm on the inside."

Untangling it will require the heroism of someone like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Someone brave enough to take on the public sector unions and the Democrat government apparatus, who have formed an unholy alliance against their employers, the taxpayers themselves.