Archive for the Obama Category

I’m Sure This Is Evil …

Posted in Evilness, Obama with tags , , on July 15, 2010 by lumpy

and that I’m going to buy it.  Cuz I’m evil, ya know?

Laura Ingraham’s The Obama Diaries.

From the way it’s being played up, I suspect it’s pretty funny.

Well, go on.

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More Government Perfidy on BP Oil Spill

Posted in Issues, Obama with tags , on July 7, 2010 by lumpy

CNSNews reports:

Billy Nungesser, president of Plaquemines Parish in Louisiana, sensed that a chart showing 140 oil skimmers at work — a chart given to him by BP and the Coast Guard — was “somewhat inaccurate.” So, Nungesser asked to fly over the spill to verify the number.

The flyover was cancelled three times before those officials admitted that just 31 of the 140 skimmers were actually deployed.

The incident is detailed in a report released Thursday by Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Republicans say the report provides evidence that the Obama administration misrepresented the assets devoted to the cleanup, misrepresented the timing of when government officials knew there was an oil spill and misrepresented the level of control the government had over the matter …

Tuck this into the file with previous reports.

Go on.

New Taxes Hit 1/1/11

Posted in Issues, Obama, Revolution with tags , , on July 6, 2010 by lumpy

January 1, 2011, will see a massive increase in taxes and reduction in tax breaks, including:

First Wave: Expiration of 2001 and 2003 Tax Relief …

Second Wave: Obamacare

There are over twenty new or higher taxes in Obamacare. …

Third Wave: The Alternative Minimum Tax and Employer Tax Hikes …

Mug tip to Power Line.

Yeah, go on, while you can still afford to do so.

Why BP Stockholders Should Sue the US Gov’t

Posted in Issues, Obama with tags , , , , , on July 1, 2010 by lumpy

When Obama is looking for whose ass to kick, he should begin taking yoga lessons.  According to the Financial Post:

Three days after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico began on April 20, the Netherlands offered the U.S. government ships equipped to handle a major spill, one much larger than the BP spill that then appeared to be underway. “Our system can handle 400 cubic metres per hour,” Weird Koops, the chairman of Spill Response Group Holland, told Radio Netherlands Worldwide, giving each Dutch ship more cleanup capacity than all the ships that the U.S. was then employing in the Gulf to combat the spill.

To protect against the possibility that its equipment wouldn’t capture all the oil gushing from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, the Dutch also offered to prepare for the U.S. a contingency plan to protect Louisiana’s marshlands with sand barriers. One Dutch research institute specializing in deltas, coastal areas and rivers, in fact, developed a strategy to begin building 60-mile-long sand dikes within three weeks.

In sharp contrast to Dutch preparedness before the fact and the Dutch instinct to dive into action once an emergency becomes apparent, witness the American reaction to the Dutch offer of help. The U.S. government responded with “Thanks but no thanks,” remarked Visser, despite BP’s desire to bring in the Dutch equipment and despite the no-lose nature of the Dutch offer –the Dutch government offered the use of its equipment at no charge. Even after the U.S. refused, the Dutch kept their vessels on standby, hoping the Americans would come round. By May 5, the U.S. had not come round. To the contrary, the U.S. had also turned down offers of help from 12 other governments, most of them with superior expertise and equipment –unlike the U.S., Europe has robust fleets of Oil Spill Response Vessels that sail circles around their make-shift U.S. counterparts.

The Americans, overwhelmed by the catastrophic consequences of the BP spill, finally relented and took the Dutch up on their offer — but only partly. Because the U.S. didn’t want Dutch ships working the Gulf, the U.S. airlifted the Dutch equipment to the Gulf and then retrofitted it to U.S. vessels. And rather than have experienced Dutch crews immediately operate the oil-skimming equipment, to appease labour unions the U.S. postponed the clean-up operation to allow U.S. crews to be trained.

If I were the CEO of BP, this would come up every single time the media interviewed me.  Of course, to do that would be to anger the politically powerful.  I’m cool with that.  I would document every way the government took its revenge (as it inevitably would).  Of course, at that point the MSM would no longer report on it, but it would be there, official documents on an official website somewhere, to provide ammo for someone who cares about justice.
Go on, then.

The Obama Bowing Kerfluffle

Posted in Obama with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 16, 2009 by lumpy

So Obama botched a bow, beclowning himself before the Japanese emperor.

Ace was the first place I saw this (he’s got video, too), and I got into it in the comments.  Me, I see a newby who is trying to do the culturally aware thing but royally screwing it up.  But, others took the position that US Presidents, Olympian Heroes that they are, never bow before monarchs.  But in Japan, bowing is similar to shaking hands; it doesn’t have the same meaning as bowing to a monarch does in the West, so I am less than outraged; maybe, bemused?  (Enough buts yet?)

Then the 1994 NYT article comes out about Clinton slumping – but not bowing! – to the emperor, and I think my goose is cooked.

It wasn’t a bow, exactly. But Mr. Clinton came close. He inclined his head and shoulders forward, he pressed his hands together. It lasted no longer than a snapshot, but the image on the South Lawn was indelible: an obsequent President, and the Emperor of Japan.

“It was not a bow-bow, if you know what I mean,” said Ambassador Molly Raiser, the chief of protocol.

I bowed my head in shame and submitted to the slings and arrows of outrageous Ace of Spades morons.  But then, Instapundit chimes in with another take, this time linking to a HotAir story which linked an ABC story linking a photo of Nixon bowing to the emperor.  So, fine, now I think I was right in the first place, BUT I should have said what this guy at ABC said:

“This picture shows two things,” my friend writes.

“1) The ‘right’ is wrong about Obama’s bow.

“2) The ‘left’ is wrong about Obama’s bow.

“His bow is neither (1) unprecedented nor (2) a sign of cultural understanding.

“At their 1971 meeting in Alaska, the first visit of a Japanese Emperor to America, President Nixon bowed and referred to Emperor Hirohito and his wife repeatedly as ‘Your Imperial Majesties.'”

(See that picture HERE.)

“Yet, (and?) Nixon gets the bow right. Slight arch from the waist hands at his side.

“Obama’s handshake/forward lurch was so jarring and inappropriate it recalls Bush’s back-rub of Merkel.

“Kyodo News is running his appropriate and reciprocated nod and shake with the Empress, certainly to show the president as dignified, and not in the form of a first year English teacher trying to impress with Karate Kid-level knowledge of Japanese customs.

“The bow as he performed did not just display weakness in Red State terms, but evoked weakness in Japanese terms….The last thing the Japanese want or need is a weak looking American president and, again, in all ways, he unintentionally played that part.

Yes, exactly.

And for good measure, Powerline and Mad Minerva both weighed in on this.

No, I’m not adding a ‘Miss Manners’ category.

Oh, go on!

The Essential Obama

Posted in Obama with tags , , , , , , on November 12, 2009 by lumpy

Gerard Vanderleun illuminates one facet of what I see in Obama:

Doing “something” in Afghanistan has no possible benefit for either anarchy or Obama. Anything that is “done” – be it sending in more troops or bringing troops out – only increases order and reduces entropy. Decisions, one way or another, direct management solutions. In Afghanistan as it is in America these days increased and directed management of problems decreases chaos and uncertainty. It is not an accident that all of Obama’s domestic agenda involves replacing private sector management with government czars and bureaucracies.

If your inner goal is the destruction of established systems of governance you will seek in increase chaos and uncertainty at every turn. This is exactly what we see in Obama’s personal style of what passes for “governance.” We do not have to intuit this. We need only observe and not deny the evidence of our senses.

Veterans of dysfunctional corporations will recognize the Obama style as the one in which upper management is fond of giving middle management “All the responsibility, none of the authority, and zero resources.” It’s a time-tested recipe for failure and demoralization while maintaining an aloof, “concerned,” and above the fray posture on the part of the CEO. It is what is being done to the US military, day in and day out, in Afghanistan and, as such, works to Obama’s favor as long as it can be done slowly and without alarm.

One of Vanderleun’s commenters who goes by the nom de web ahem offers a link to an American Standard article by Mark Hyman which explores another facet:

The central conviction of Obama’s ideology is that America is guilty of limitless moral failures and is the chief architect of the world’s ills. Obama has boundless enmity for America, its key institutions, and its longtime allies. Consider these facts.

The author then submits Obama’s relationships with Davis, Wright, Ayers, his assistance to Farrakhan, his disregard for key allies, his deference to anti-American leaders, his actions against the CIA, his repeated apologies for various American actions, his radical staff, and much, much more in support of his contention.  Despite roughly two pages of examples, he leaves off ties to ACORN, Holder’s dismissal of the Black Panther’s voter intimidation case, intimidation of critics, and more.

I’ve said it elsewhere and now I’ll say it here: The enemy of the Left is always domestic.  This is one of the key differences between the Left and the Right.  The Right is concerned about foreign enemies, some of whom are here in the US.  The Left sees the Right as the enemy in a very real way.

Go on!

Hirohito lost 4 aircraft carriers to the Taliban

Posted in Evilness, Obama with tags , , , on September 25, 2009 by lumpy

Joe Biden: “And as you know, nobody has ever conquered Afghanistan. Hitler couldn’t do it. Napoleon couldn’t do it. Heck, even Admiral Hirohito lost 4 aircraft carriers to the Taliban back in the World War I.”