Amateur Hour

Just watched Israeli PM Netanyahu’s speech at the UN. I loved it. And I can’t help but feel a bit jealous. Why can’t we have a president who can speak like that?

Oh, Obama can read a teleprompter like no one’s business. He’s got more camera-pretty personality than any 5 Prime Ministers from anywhere. And the man positively oozes charm and charisma. But after watching Netanyahu’s speech, I can’t help but feel that Obama is more charm than substance. He’s all razzle dazzle and no foundation. He has showmanship but no sincerity. The man simply has no gravitas.

It’s like watching American Idol when they have a guest/real performer sing. You think your favorite contestant is amazing, better than any current famous performer, and why doesn’t this person have a contract already? Then the guest/real performer sings and you realize that there is a difference. Your favorite contestant isn’t nearly the same calibre as the professionals. Obama’s like that; He’s Justin Guarini.

Netanyahu is Nat King Cole (ignore the corny video and just listen… sweet).

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I Didn’t Forget About It

Despite all of the nonsense of this past week, I have been keeping my eye out on Washington. The cap and trade nightmare passed the House by 7 votes. Eight of the pro votes were from Republicans. Eight. I’m pretty angry over it.

These days, I don’t expect Republicans to be fiscal conservatives (that may have once been true, but it certainly isn’t today). I do expect Republicans not to fall for the hoopla and nonsense surrounding the climate change issue. I do expect Republicans to be slightly more circumspect when it comes to wrecking the economy. And I certainly do expect Republicans to at least put up some sort of resistance when met with crazy liberal economic plans. But those eight didn’t even put up a token show.

To be clear, I’m not blaming all Republicans. But I do think this is pretty  indicative of the state of the Republican party, in general.

PERSONALLY: My family is living spare. We gardened this year, not because we wanted to garden, but because we hoped it would offset grocery costs and make our rice and bean diet a little more palatable. We’ve been somewhat successful this year, having already pickled a dozen cans of cucumbers, we’re going to do probably 6 more this weekend. It’s been a blessing that we all love fried green tomatoes. And thank the Gods that I can cook from scratch; all of those “basic emergency storage” foods we stockpiled in 1999 have come in handy.

I haven’t bought clothes in 2 years. I’ve sold my expensive office wear, shoes, corsets, and coats on eBay. And now that times are tough even on eBay, I’m thinking of taking some of my household goods from my old home that are packed up in the garage and selling them at a trade day nearby. I don’t write this for sympathy. I write this because we’re on the raggedy edge like many Americans.

There isn’t a single sector of the economy that will not be affected by the cap and trade plan. And all of that will trickle down to the everyday consumer, to us. After all, companies don’t pay taxes; they just pass their tax costs on to the consumer.

Higher energy costs will force my family to make tough decisions. Almost certainly, we’ll lose the satellite, which is becoming less and less of a problem with all the junk that’s on it. I imagine that we’ll need to decide between natural gas and electricity this winter.

From reading other blogs, I know we’re not the only people in such circumstances. From talking to extended family, I know that there are many more than I first suspected. And this is the time Obama chose to push behemoth energy increases. Aren’t we struggling enough? What’s worse than the raggedy edge? A spiraling free-fall? A plummeting splat?

One would almost suspect that it is Obama’s intention to destroy the US economy.

Can We Please Move On?

Sorry I haven’t been around much lately. I’m easily distracted by shiny things. -The Tick

I have a love/hate relationship with the TV. It can be a wonderful, informative tube of illumination. It can be entertaining and smart and clever and insightful and can bring a whole host of Good Things to the average TV viewer willing to plop down in front of it and pay attention for a scant few minutes. 

And then there’s the other 99.9% of junk that’s on TV. With that junk, I include the Michael Jackson coverage. For crying out loud, that man hasn’t been musically relevant in years. His life, of late, was mostly a sad circus act played out in front of a too-attentive media. And frankly, I just don’t care.

ELSEWHERE:

TRO compares Michael Jackson to Obama. I wish I’d thought of that.

I agree with Cranky-D. What about nuclear power, bitches?

Pam is bored. Me too. I just want to know if her hubby knows about all the angels kissing her knees…

Jonolan finds answers in Obama’s childhood. Hmp.  42 does not equal “government“.

Cilantro Sucks and Other Random Thoughts of Great Importance

I’m not alone: All this time I’ve thought I was completely alone in my hatred of cilantro. Seriously, keep it off my tacos.

Yes, yes, yes… we know: Obama is a studly fly killer of the highest calibre. Yawn. But that Obama ninja video? Hilarious.

I want one: I would totally buy an assault screwdriver if screwdrivers were thus so made and marketed. Just so you know.

Another one bites the dust: I refuse to twat  twit tootWhatever the hell it’s called when you use twitter, I refuse to do it. Sell out!

No link here: Is anyone else a little tickled that “Obama” always pops up as a misspelled word when you spell-check in WordPress? Hee. [I know. I take my tickles where and when I can get them.]

On with the Finger Pointing!

The gunman was a white supremacist. I am absolutely appalled that a white guy was responsible for this. That he did it because of some loony racist ideals is absolutely reprehensible. And the fact that it happened at the Holocaust museum, when the gunman was likely a Holocaust denier as many white supremacists are, is beyond sad. That this man is an American citizen and a WWII veteran strikes me as that much more of a tragedy. This is the sort of thing that happens in Europe with their rampant anti-Semitism, not in America.

Already, the news is making a stink of it. That’s all well and good; they should. Racism, from anyone, should be exposed wherever possible. And exposing the foolishness of denying the Holocaust is always worthy effort. [Holocaust deniers are right up there with the 9/11 Truthers on the Scale of All Things Dangerously Crazy.]

But I’m angry at how the news (at least Shepard Smith on Fox News) is connecting the shooting to Obama’s election. Smith is saying that Obama’s election triggered the gunman in some way. Perhaps. The gunman has been crazy for a long time; I saw briefly on the news that he was somehow responsible for closing the Federal Reserve in 1981. Practically anything could have triggered him today. It seems to have been building for some time, for at least 28 years.

Smith on Fox News is further connecting this shooting to blogs that oppose Obama. Apparently, the blogs that oppose Obama are so full of hate and vitriol that they (we, I guess) caused this. That’s nonsense. No one on any blog that opposes Obama that I read advocates shooting anyone.

Sure, we write incessantly about keeping the right to bear arms, but no one sane advocates shooting people to insure those rights. Hell, anyone with half a brain understands that tragedies such as this will only hurt our position.

As for a single event causing this, Folks, things like this don’t just happen spontaneously. They stew and simmer and boil for years before exploding. That certainly seems to have been the case today. Perhaps it was Obama, perhaps he read a blog, or perhaps he was incontinent. Who knows? Maybe we will know someday. Maybe we won’t.

The fact that the gunman was a veteran is causing all sorts of knowing nods from the media. After all, they wrote the script about crazy veterans exploding in such ways. Never mind that he hasn’t been in the military for decades. It’s complete nonsense, but it’s nonsense that’s perpetuated in most American entertainment.

We’re going to hear more of this in the coming weeks. Expect the “Gunman = Racist = Obama Opposition = Blogs Against Obama” meme to be repeated ad nauseum. The media is going to bang this drum long and hard to beat any opposition to Obama into submission.

LATER:Tea Partiers better be ready for it this. Anybody who shows up at one will immediately be lumped into the same category as the gunman and the blogs that oppose Obama.

LATER: Smith also talked about how freedom of speech is responsible for the shooting. We’ll see more of this later on, too.

LATER:Some conservatives say Obama may be responsible, but not in the way you think.

UPDATE 5PM: TWOFER! He was a Holocaust denier and a Truther. That’s almost the holy trinity of dangerously crazy. And the news is calling this guy a conservative? Not with those Truther credentials he isn’t.

FOD #1

If you don’t know what FOD means, well, you really should.

Obama is having problems keeping promises to a certain segment of his followers. My gay brothas, Obama threw his own granny under the bus when it was politically expedient. Did you really expect him to invite you to the White House when most of the country sees you as little more than entertaining weirdos? Did you expect him to invite you to lunch in the Rose Garden when most of the country doesn’t see your equal rights claims as valid? Don’t get me wrong, I am pro-gay marriage. And maybe Obama really is too.

The thing is, you’ll never know until he takes you seriously, which he won’t. You’re a liability now that he doesn’t need you to help him win an election.

Just Saying

Just Saying

If you want to start a support group of people Obama fucked over, talk to the idiot Libertarians who also voted for him. You have plenty in common.


Obama is unfairly tough on Israel. Jewish Democrats? You might want to talk to the gay guys and Libertarians about that support group.

The American Addiction

Would you be willing to end federal support of schools, Medicare, Social Security, student loans, and a plethora of other benefits we collectively receive from the feds? I would. Eagerly. Happily. Easily. I’ve always thought my opinion was in the minority. I’ve always thought that most people would be shocked at the notion of diminishing federal payables.

It’s one reason I’ve been so thrilled by the tea parties. I thought that perhaps I wasn’t so alone after all. I thought it was understood implicity that by removing socialism from the US, we’d remove the federal support of those programs. But now, I’m not so sure that the tea partiers understand this concept:

So long as any American’s position on the relationship between state and individual can be reduced to “Let’s just go back to the amount of socialism (and its necessary correlative theft from my fellow citizens) that I liked”, that American is just as deranged and just as pathetic as an alcoholic who, after a bad incident, vows to avoid hard liquor and only drink wine in the future.

I now believe that it’s not socialism the tea partiers are protesting, but Obama’s radical extension of socialism. Had Obama continued W’s slow slide deeper and deeper into socialism, would the tea parties have happened on Tax Day 2009? Had the economy not tanked would anyone have cared about Obama’s radical socialist expansion?

[Via The Smallest Minority.]

LATER: I think income taxation is slavery (among other things) and I consider progressive income taxation to be discriminatory. Just saying.

A LITTLE LATER: You should read all of the post I linked to and quoted from above. Pass it on. It’s a good one.