Archive for December, 2009

Nevada Governor Slams Harry Reid for Obamacare

December 30, 2009

Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons slams Harry Reid, D-NV, for Obamacare and calls it a “Knife in the back”.

Senator Max Baucus Drunk on the Senate Floor?

December 30, 2009

Was Democrat Senator Max Baucus, architect of the Baucus Healthcare Bill and no relation to Ted Kennedy, drunk on the floor of the Senate during a recent speech?  Have another, Max. 

2009 in Review: Gun Ownership Up, Crime Down

December 30, 2009

Great read from Joe Gimenez in the American Thinker on how 2009 saw gun sales soar and crime (murder, robbery, rape, and property crime) decrease.  He also correctly states that neither the Obama Admin nor the Mainstream Media will acknowledge the direct correlation between these 2 figures.

Americans went on binges buying guns and ammunition in early 2009, worried that a radical leftist president and Democrat-dominated Congress would violate their Second-Amendment rights to keep and bear arms. The effects? Less murder, robbery, rape, and property crime, according to an FBI report released Monday. This gives the young president and Democrat Congress at least one proud but unintended accomplishment for which they’ll never claim credit.

Indeed, gun buyers were out in droves in late 2008 and early 2009. While it’s easy to infer that increased gun ownership figures align precisely with the drop in crime in the same calendar period, you won’t see that headline in the New York Times, despite their penchant for such inferences about increases in crime coinciding with increasing “guns on the street.”

The gun-buying started shortly before, and then took off after, Obama’s election. The Toronto Star reported a 15% increase of 108,000 more FBI background checks in October 2008 than during the same month in 2007. People were already anticipating the dire consequences of an Obama victory. Then, in November 2008, the number of FBI background checks on applicants buying guns spiked 42% from the previous year. The FBI performed 12.7 million background checks in 2008, compared to 11.2 million in 2007, a 13% increase.

More evidence of rampant gun-buying loads up in the states. Through June 2009, the Texas Department of Public Safety received a monthly average of 12,700 applications for concealed handgun licenses, up 46% from the average in 2007. Even the New York Times noted how gun sales were up in 2009; in a June story, it focused on its less sophisticated neighbors in New Jersey. Even in liberal Massachusetts, gun permits surged 15% over the last two years (after falling several years before that).

While background checks and applications for concealed handgun licenses don’t directly equate to the number of new guns on the street — some applicants are refused, and applications can include multiple guns at the same time of purchase — the numbers do indicate that more law-abiding Americans had new or enhanced arms in the first six months of 2009. Most criminals don’t subject themselves to background checks.

View the full article here.

Janet Napolitano Must Go

December 29, 2009

Dept of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s latest fiasco involving the attempted terror bombing on a Northwest flight bound for Detroit, in which she 1st stated “The System Worked” and later retracted by saying it didn’t, is just the latest incident involving this useless bureaucrat and Obama appointee.  It’s time she resign, as the United States can’t deal with 3 more years of this. 

Dan Riehl details her previous blunders in Pajamas Media:

If Barack Obama wants to convince America he takes the “protect and defend” portion of his oath of office seriously, it’s well past time for Janet Napolitano to go.

Given the lowlights of Janet Napolitano’s brief — though perhaps too long — career at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), she appears to be a woman-caused disaster in the making for Obama. Recent statements by Napolitano on the Sunday news talk shows are at least the third strike for the secretary. One has to wonder how many strikes she’ll be given before her politics and focus, if not her actual incompetence, result in al-Qaeda successfully striking America at home.

This is a woman with a mindset that suggests Islamic terrorism doesn’t actually exist:

Napolitano tells the German news site Spiegel Online that while she presumes there is always a threat from terrorism: “I referred to ‘man-caused’ disasters. That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur.”

Like any good political bureaucrat, Napolitano seems fixated on being prepared after the fact for anything that might happen — so she can get the memos written and filed correctly, perhaps. Unfortunately, her worldview does not lend itself to ferreting out terrorism any better than her Transportation Security Administration seems to do. And the “blame Bush” dig she employs doesn’t measure up this far in. It’s just more political gamesmanship from a woman appointed for the political favors she’s done for Obama and not for expertise.

View the full article here.

Krauthammer Rips Obama’s Hollow Statement on Iranian Protests

December 28, 2009

When Liberalism Attacks: Detroit

December 24, 2009

Liberalism, while intended to do good, typically erodes everything it touches.  Everything.  The city of Detroit, MI is a prime example.  Years of high taxes, Democrats in office, the UAW, and an ignorant population due to a failed public school system have eroded this once-great city into near shambles, as evidenced in the video below.  Will it ever return to its lofty status?  Or is it too far gone?

Et tu, Build a Bear?

December 24, 2009

Build a Bear, the toy store that allows children to design and create their own stuffed animal, is pushing Global Warming to kids through the video below. Truly pathetic. 

Moody’s Lowers Bond Rating for Illinois

December 9, 2009

The State of Illinois recently had its bond rating lowered by Moody’s, with only California (another state that likes to tax and spend) having a lower rating. 

From Ethel Fenig in the American Thinker:

In a shuddering preview of what’s in store for the U.S., Moody’s Investor Services lowered the state of Illinois’ bond ratings on Tuesday reports Karen Pierog of Reuters.

Illinois’s bond ratings are now the second lowest of all 50 states, trailing only the # 1 holder of this dubious honor–California. In practical terms this means Illinois will have to pay bondholders a higher interest rate to compensate for their higher risk.

Illinois, the state where then State Senator Barack Obama (D) voted present as a state legislator, consistently voting for tax and spend policies. Then, he moved on to represent Illinois in Washington as Senator Obama where he continued to do the same before moving on to become president of the United States where he continues his pattern of tax and spend, consequences be damned.

He brings forth policies of spending our way out of the recession caused, of course, by his predecessor. His presidential predecessor, of course, had to deal with a Congress that was controlled by the party of the now president of which the now president was a member. And the now president voted present or agreed with all the budget busting legislation.

Your Government at Work: TSA Posts Airport Screening Secrets Online

December 9, 2009

The TSA, yet another unionized voting block for the Democrat party, mistakenly posted airport screening secrets on the Internet.   It’s no wonder people are up in arms over the thought of Government-run healthcare.

From Foxnews.com:

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration is investigating after they say an outdated version of their standard operating procedures manual was posted on the Internet. Who gets more scrutiny in line? What countries’ passports are singled out? Who’s exempt from screening? The answers to those questions and more were posted online for everybody to see.

The document dated May 28, 2008, is considered sensitive security information. It details who gets special treatment, and what to do with people who balk at the checkpoint.

Documents note that passengers from Cuba, North Korea, Libya and a number of other countries must undergo additional screening.

“You don’t want discrimination against a certain country or against a certain population group or a certain group of people but if you don’t profile, then I think you’re missing the boat. You’re not being realistic,” Bob Boswellin, a passenger told WTTG in Washington, D.C.

It offers examples of identification documents that screeners accept, including congressional, federal air marshal and CIA ID cards; and it explains that diplomatic pouches and certain foreign dignitaries with law enforcement escorts are not subjected to any screening at all. It said certain methods of verifying identification documents aren’t used on all travelers during peak travel crushes.

The posting was improper because sensitive information was not properly protected, TSA spokeswoman Kristin Lee said.

As a result, some Web sites, using widely available software, were able to uncover the original text of sections that had been blacked out for security reasons. On Sunday, the Wandering Aramean blog pointed out the document in a posting titled “The TSA makes another stupid move.”

According to the blog, TSA posted a redacted version of the document but did not delete the sensitive information from the file. Instead of removing the text, the government covered it up with a black box. But the text was still embedded in the document and could be uncovered.

So essentially they made the mistake, saw they made the mistake, tried to take the take the easy way out via the black box, but failed since the text was still embedded and therefore available.  Truly pathetic.  View the full article here.

Man Throws Tomato at Palin, Hits Cop Instead

December 9, 2009

This was a bad decision to  begin with, but even worse is its execution.  Let this be a lesson, Jeremy.

From Ed Morrissey of Hotair.com:

I love living in Minnesota, but sometimes the people here can cause a little embarrassment.  Thirty-eight percent of Minnesotans elected Jesse Ventura as governor in 1998, and ten years later, 42% put Al Franken in the US Senate.  At least yesterday’s embarrassment was limited to one lunatic with catastrophically bad aim:

A man was arrested for throwing tomatoes at Sarah Palin during her book signing on Monday at the Mall of America.

Jeremy Olson, 33, allegedly threw two tomatoes from the second balcony, however did not come close to hitting Palin.

So who did he hit?  Uh ….

Bloomington Police report that Bloomington Commander Mark Stehlik was struck in the face with one of the tomatoes and may face charges for assaulting a police officer. Olson was booked at the Bloomington jail. He was arrested for suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct.

Good shooting, Jeremy!  Instead of hitting his bête noir, he hit a police commander — and now could face some serious jail time as a result. And for what?  He wanted to injure Palin for writing a book, which apparently Olson finds somehow threatening.  Anything thrown from the second floor down to the first other than a Nerf ball would have a good chance of causing an injury, especially to the face.

Adding to the air of mysterious stupidity, Jeremy also apparently goes by the name Jeremiah Wobbe.  The police initially reported his arrest under that name.  Olson, or Wobbe, seems to need more than one identity to contain his bountiful immaturity.

Just to cut off the rumors, Olson is not one of  the Viking quarterbacks.  At least not this year.

This is one of a string of assaults on conservatives making personal appearances over the last few years, although usually it involves pies rather than produce.  It’s a natural reaction, I suppose, from those who lack the intellectual heft to debate issues.  Unfortunately for Olson, he also lacks the aim to do anything other than ensure that the police will demand his prosecution.  Maybe he should stick to his Wii.

Update: It occurs to me that this is more violence than anyone saw from Tea Party protesters. Will that fact get hours of analysis on MS-NBC? Don’t hold your breath.

 

NPR Tells Mara Liasson to Halt Fox News Appearances

December 7, 2009

Taxpayer-funded NPR has asked Mara Liasson to “reconsider” her Fox News appearances.  Will Juan Williams be next?

From Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit:

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Taxpayer-funded NPR wants its top political correspondent Mara Liasson to stay off FOX News.
Greta Wire reported:

Executives at National Public Radio recently asked the network’s top political correspondent, Mara Liasson, to reconsider her regular appearances on Fox News because of what they perceived as the network’s political bias, two sources familiar with the effort said.

According to a source, Liasson was summoned in early October by NPR’s executive editor for news, Dick Meyer, and the network’s supervising senior Washington editor, Ron Elving. The NPR executives said they had concerns that Fox’s programming had grown more partisan, and they asked Liasson to spend 30 days watching the network.

Democrats Cut $43 Billion from Medicare Home Health Care

December 7, 2009

This is supposed to be the Party of the People?  Maybe they meant the Party of the ‘Young’ People, since they’ve essentially hung homebound Medicare recipients, most of which are elderly, out to dry with their latest move.

From Carol Brown in the American Thinker:

As Senate Democrats hung together last week on a “test” vote on health care reform, their willingness to cut Medicare to fund their colossal plan revealed their willingness to abandon the most vulnerable among us – the frail and elderly. Many among the oldest of the old receive in-home care, something that is essential as it helps reduce hospital admissions or winding up in a nursing home. It also provides access to medical services for those with the added challenge of living in rural communities.

Home health care will be a casualty of the current bill as it is slated to absorb more than 10% of the Medicare cut. Ironically, proponents of health care reform brag about how the bill will reduce costly hospitalizations of elderly folks. But by slashing home health care, the effect will be the opposite of their stated intentions. More elderly patients will be hospitalized as a result, not less.

Of course the Democrats have rationalizations for everything. But their explanations are nothing more than double talk that appears to be founded on something akin to the credibility of climate change. Democrats in both houses of Congress have rationalized the cuts by claiming that care will not be compromised. The Senate Finance Committee as gone so far as to suggest that the proposed changes would “encourage home care workers to become more productive.”

“Encourage home care workers to be more productive.” What does that even mean?

As far as I can tell, the expectation of increased productivity suggests that home care workers are currently slacking off on the job. But if the nurses who work for Eastern Maine Home Care cited in this article are any example, they sure aren’t slackers. These nurses see patients throughout rural parts of the state, traveling across fields and forests, using snowmobiles and cross country skis, doing whatever it takes to take care of their patients.

Perhaps the Democrats are counting on increased productivity in the form of home care workers increasing the length of their shift for no extra pay. Or, I suppose cutting corners could be another way to increase productivity.

View the full article here.

Univ. of Texas Climate Change Lecture Postponed due to Snowstorm

December 5, 2009

Oh, the irony!  From JammieWearingFool:

Heh. We noted earlier the snow down in Houston. Now reader Jed passes along this deliciously ironic note from the University of Texas where a lecture on mythical global warming had to be rescheduled due to the Gore Effect.

Climate change is coming to Texas but how much and in what ways will Texas be affected by global warming? Will central Texas become a desert? Will rainfall actually increase? Will there be more wildfires? Will there be more hurricanes? What kind of climate change does Texas need to be ready for? Climate expert Gerald North will discuss climate change and its effect on the Lone Star state and its people.

How about “Why it’s snowing in South Texas and making us look retarded” as a topic of discussion?

The Gore Effect is a bitch.

Baucus Nominated Mistress for Fed Post

December 5, 2009

Montana Democrat Senator Max Baucus, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and author of the Baucus Healthcare Bill, nominated his mistress for the U.S. Attorney position for Montana. 

From Foxnews.com:

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus was romantically involved with a former staffer when he recommended her earlier this year to become the next U.S. attorney for Montana, a spokesman said.

The Montana Democrat and his former state office director Melodee Hanes began their relationship in the summer of 2008 after Baucus separated from his wife, Ty Matsdorf told The Associated Press late Friday.

View the full article here.

What Goes Around Comes Around: Iraqi Shoe Thrower Targeted

December 3, 2009

Obama’s Cabinet Appointments With Private Sector Experience

December 1, 2009

From the Graph of the Day feature in the American Thinker.

 

Source:  The American (Journal of the American Enterprise Institute). 
Hoven’s Index for December 1, 2009
Amount of back taxes Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner failed to pay the IRS:  $35,000.
Among President Obama, his Vice President and 15 Cabinet officers, number with military experience:  2 (Gates at Defense and Shinseki at Veterans Affairs).
Number of lawyers:  8

Chicago Gun Control Laws In Action

December 1, 2009

Last week was quite bloody for Chicago, a city with some of the most strict gun control laws in the nation.  Why is it that the cities with strick gun control laws often lead the nation in gun crimes? (Chicago, D.C.)  Maybe the International Olympic Committee knew what they were doing after all. 

From CBS Chicago:

It was a violent and deadly holiday weekend in the Chicago area, with nine people reported slain between Wednesday and Sunday nights.

The violence began around 5 p.m. Thanksgiving eve, when Shannon Moore, 18, was found lying on the ground with gunshot wounds in the hallway of a building at 537 E. 44th St.

A witness who saw Moore involved in an argument went to call police, and as he was going to make the call he heard multiple gunshots, Perez said.

Moore was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

In the early morning hours of Thanksgiving Day, a shooting at an Englewood gas station left one man dead.

Ricky Coleman, 21, was shot at the gas station at 810 W. 59th St., and was pronounced dead at 1:35 a.m. at Saint Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. The man was in the street when an unidentified gunman approached on foot and fired several shots at him about 12:30 a.m., police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said.

On Friday, two separate incidents of murder-suicide were reported, including a newlywed couple on the city’s West Side and a Markham man who shot himself after shooting his ex-girlfriend and another man in south suburban Sauk Village.

At about 9:10 p.m., Sauk Village police responded to a call at 22454 Jeffrey Avenue on Friday night and found a woman who had been shot. In a nearby driveway, police also found 43-year-old Robert Allen of Carthage, Miss., fatally shot.

The suspect, Paul Gunn, was later stopped by police in the area of 162nd and Dixie Highway in Markham. Gunn, who was armed, turned the weapon on himself and died of a gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken to Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, where he was pronounced dead at 10:44 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

The woman who was shot was reportedly Gunn’s girlfriend or ex-girlfriend, according to a source.

Earlier that day, a woman was found murdered in an East Garfield Park neighborhood apartment, possibly shot to death by her husband—who then took his own life.

Claudette Coleman, 30, was found fatally shot in her home at 3429 W. Madison St. Police responded to the apartment building where she lived just before 2 a.m. — three hours after Coleman’s husband was found with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on the street at 3311 W. Monroe St., police said.

Antwone Coleman, 28, also of the Madison Street address, reportedly shot himself and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:20 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

At least two others lost their lives to gunshots in the Chicago area on Friday, both on the West Side.

During an armed robbery on the West Side, Anthony Bryant, 40, was fatally shot at about 11 a.m. Friday, News Affairs Sgt. Antoinette Ursitti said.

Bryant was at a home in at 2741 W. Wilcox St., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. A second man, in his 30s, was with the victim, although he was not harmed, Ursitti said. News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said the robber got away with a cell phone and cash.

Nearby, an Austin man was also fatally shot in his home on the West Side.

Robert Barber, 36, was shot at 435 S. Central Ave. and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. He had a gunshot wound to his chest, authorities said.

The violence on the West Side continued on Saturday.

On Saturday, 29-year-old Roy Williams died after being shot multiple times by two men in the North Lawndale neighborhood. The shooting occurred shortly after midnight on the 1300 block of South Central Park Avenue, Perez said.

After he was initially shot while sitting in his car, he tried to drive away from his assailants but he crashed into a parked car and was shot again, before collapsing in the street and dying about 40 minutes after he was found by emergency personnel, Perez said.

In the same night, at about 2:30 a.m., police found a Dolton man fatally shot in the South Side’s Auburn-Gresham neighborhood.

Corday Keys, 29, of Dolton, was fatally shot at 1858 W. 80th St., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. He was dead on the scene.

Police responded to a call of shots fired at the 80th Street address at 2:30 a.m. and found Keys in the street with multiple gunshot wounds to the head, back and arms, Perez said. He also said Keys is believed to have had gang affiliations.

In south suburban Summit, a man also died early Sunday after he was fatally shot less than one mile from his home.

Treondes Spriggs, 28, of 7651 W. 62nd St., was shot at 7543 W. 61st Pl., a spokesman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said.

Spriggs was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood where he was pronounced dead at 5:05 a.m., the spokesman said.