Fear and Loathing of Las Vegas, Continued

President Obama seems to be quite content to bet other people’s money on a game of Keynesian Craps, but he just couldn’t resist taking another swipe at the city that I (and of course, a multitude of those who campaigned and voted for him in droves) call home:

“When times are tough, you tighten your belts,” The Hill quoted Obama saying today at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire.” You don’t go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don’t blow a bunch of cash in Vegas when you’re trying to save for college.”

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he spoke to the White House following Obama’s comments.

“While the President is correct that people saving for college need to be fiscally responsible, the President needs to lay off Las Vegas and stop making it the poster child for where people shouldn’t be spending their money,” Reid said in a statement.

Other state and local politicians aren’t too happy with the Gambler-In-Chief’s snide remarks either.

This time, because of Harry Reid’s response (mainly in part that he’s dependent upon the President’s assistance in the re-election battle of his life), Obama issued a tepid explanation.

Maybe Obama should start making amends by tightening his own damn belt and spending more time thinking about the effect his careless words may have on the Nevada economy. Failure to do so may result in three congressional Democrats finding themselves in the unemployment lines with their fellow down-and-out Las Vegans after November.


I Don’t Know About You, But…

I’ve grown tired of the groveling.

We get it. You’re an ideologue who thinks he isn’t one.

You say you know what the people want, yet you ignore the voices of the people.

You’re angry at the judicial branch for scuttling a restrictive campaign law that you yourself chose not to follow.

And now, you say you want to control spending and whittle down the deficit by proposing an outlandish budget plan with more tax hikes and even more spending.

We’re stuck with you for the next three years. We get that. We’ll cope until your term ends.

But, for God’s sake man, stop with the groveling already. It makes you look weak.

A head of state bows to NO ONE.

If you can work on nailing down that precision commander-in-chief salute, you can also try harder to greet others without losing control of your spine.

Oh, and learn to speak extemporaneously too, lest you be accused of being a puppet.


Speaking Truth to Power

Last night, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) shouted out loud our thoughts and feelings toward the vicious demagoguery that has come from the Obama Administration:

Regrettably, Rep. Wilson caved in to criticism from the left (with a little help from RINO Sen. John McCain and House Republican leaders) and apologized. Quite frankly, he told the truth, and he had absolutely nothing to apologize for.

Will the president apologize for his derision and insults toward the American people who rose up and spoke out against a forced government takeover disguised as “health insurance reform”? Don’t count on it. Being Barack Hussein Obama means never having to say you’re sorry.

In the meantime, I’m disgusted with the weakness displayed by the GOP, and I believe that a voter registration switch back to Non-Partisan is in order.

But the president’s health care “speech” is small potatoes compared to the rest of the vicious attacks on liberty that surround us. Remain vigilant. Watch, fight, and pray.


Van Jones Out

President Obama’s embattled “green jobs czar” packs it in:

Van Jones, an administration official specializing in environmentally friendly “green jobs” with the White House Council on Environmental Quality was linked to efforts suggesting a government role in the 2001 terror attacks and to derogatory comments about Republicans.

The resignation comes as Obama is working to regain his footing in the contentious health care debate.

Jones issued an apology on Thursday for his past statements. When asked the next day whether Obama still had confidence in him, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said only that Jones “continues to work in the administration.”

The matter surfaced after news reports of a derogatory comment Jones made in the past about Republicans, and separately, of Jones’ name appearing on a petition connected to the events surrounding the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. That 2004 petition had asked for congressional hearings and other investigations into whether high-level government officers had allowed the attacks to occur.

“On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me,” Jones said in his resignation statement. “They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide.”

Jones wasn’t thrown under the bus, but taken away in a waahmbulance! The truth about his radical, communist, conspiracy theory ties was an open book, pointed out in print and online; but to him, it was a “smear campaign”. He was busted fair and square, thanks to talk radio personality Glenn Beck, who had the courage to stand up and question Jones’ agenda (and ask why in the world would Obama gave him an advisory post in the first place) with boldness.

Jones’ resignation is a victory for liberty; however, there are still 31 “czars” remaining on the government payroll — all with radical backgrounds — who can do irreparable harm to our nation, our lives and our freedoms. It remains wise to heed Beck’s advice, continue to stand up against tyranny, and question those in leadership who ultimately work for us, regardless of race, ideology, or political affiliation.

In short, fellow citizens, continue to watch, fight, and pray.


ObamaCare: Worth Biting For?

I knew that the pro-government health care protesters could be quite thuggish, but I never thought they would actually go this far:

A 65-year-old man had his finger bitten off Wednesday evening at a health care rally in Thousand Oaks (CA), according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff’s investigators were called to Hillcrest and Lynn Road at 7:26 p.m.

About 100 protesters sponsored by MoveOn.org were having a rally supporting health care reform. A group of anti-health care reform protesters formed across the street.

A witness from the scene says a man was walking through the anti-reform group to get to the pro-reform side when he got into an altercation with the 65-year-old, who opposes health care reform

If you can’t beat ‘em, chomp ‘em. Was this the new sales pitch for ObamaCare the administration was talking about?

Update: Mary Katharine Ham has the other side (and the rest of) the story…


That 9th Commandment Thing

In an attempt to compare his battle for socialized medicine with the historic civil rights movement, President Obama accused his critics of “bearing false witness” about his true intentions as he gave his sales pitch to religious leaders.

Given that Obama has repeatedly lied about his agenda to force socialized medicine down the throats of the American people time, time, and time again, he is not without sin in such regard, and should refrain from casting stones at his critics.

Secondly, Obama is actually preaching to the choir, given that the “coalition of religious groups” is actually a left-wing network of “faith-based” community organizers whose founders were trained in the teachings of Marxist pharisee Saul Alinsky as opposed to taking up the cause of the converted Christian apostle formerly known as Saul of Tarsus.

In promoting the big lie that is currently repackaged as “health insurance reform”, Obama is a false prophet. The “unwashed”, “uninformed” multitudes are rejecting the message and responding with a resounding “NO!” like fire shut up in Jeremiah’s bones (no relation to the latter-day Jeremiah Wright, whose hate-filled sermons left quite an impression on the president).

The fish and loaves that are being fed to those who hunger for total government control over their lives are quite fishy indeed.


“Frankly my dear, I don’t give a Toot.”

The Black Sphere’s Kevin Jackson comments on the looming power grab that is ObamaCare — and highlights some splinters in the Trojan horse itself:

Using his grandmother [the late Madelyn “Toot” Dunham] as an example, Obama squirmed while explaining that [Toot] likely should not have had her hip replaced, since she was dying of cancer and was 86 years old. Here was his comment:

“I don’t know how much that hip replacement cost,” Obama said in the interview. “I would have paid out of pocket for that hip replacement just because she’s my grandmother.”

“That’s where I think you just get into some very difficult moral issues,” he said in the April 14 interview. “The chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health care bill out here.”

There is no hidden message here, as the message is crystal clear. Sometimes Obama is worse than Biden in revealing the truth, though he is sensitive to the idea not throwing [Toot] from the train. What he’s not saying is he didn’t want her on the train to begin with!

Obama would have preferred [Toot] take painkillers for three weeks, instead of have that expensive hip replacement. After all, she died only a few weeks later. But what if [Toot] had lived another year or two? Should she be kept in a drug-induced stupor or should [Toot] become Soylent Green? Only the government counselors would know for sure…

I would submit that Obama never truly loved or cared about the woman who literally raised him, gave him shelter, and jumped through hoops to give him an education — only to dismiss her for political expedience as “a typical white person”, but I digress. All I know is that I’d be damned if I threw my own mother under the bus like he did.

BTW, if you’re not familiar with the Soylent Green reference, here’s a brief primer on how end-of-life care might be handled as depicted in the 1973 film:

I hope ObamaCare fails.


Thank You, Barack Obama

Many on the left (and a few on the right) say we all should thank our lucky stars for President Obama and the “change” he has brought to our nation and the world.

While words fail me, a fellow citizen has mustered the courage and fortitude to pen a letter of gratitude:

Mr. President,

You have given hope to the citizens of the United States as well as the world. With this historic election, you have shown that in America anything can be possible. Now that we have moved past the first 100 days, we can get a picture of your vision for our Country. We can see what you promised us in your message of change.

Thank you for putting Immigration Reform on your to-do list. I understand with the current economical situation that securing our boarders and deporting Illegal Immigrants cannot be at the forefront of items to take care of, especially with unemployment increasing. Your proposed stance of bringing illegal immigrants into the legal system by recognizing that they violated the law, and imposing fines and other penalties to fit the offense will surely deter any future lawlessness. Besides with GM moving $1 billion in their government financial aid to their Brazil operations, maybe the illegal immigrants will follow. I am sure that when the time comes you will again call on advisors to break out in to focus groups and come up with solutions.

Thank you for your work on the job market. You said that the recovery plan will save or create about 3.5 million jobs. But I must inquire, how do you quantify which jobs were not lost? The National Unemployment Rate is now about 8.9%. 539,000 jobs were lost in April while 663,000 jobs were lost in March. But I must inquire, are you holding the big savings for November Sweeps?

Thank you for bringing a new light of focus on the National Debt. On the campaign trail, you said that President Bush was practicing “reckless” economic policies that are “mortgaging our children’s future on a mountain of debt.” Well, the deficit has changed. It Increased. In 2004, President Bush set a budget with a record $521 billion dollars in deficit. Your estimates for the 2010 budget call for nearly $1.2 trillion in new deficit. Which will actually be down from the CBO estimates of $1.8 trillion gap this year. Now, that’s change we can not only believe in but that we can also see.

Thank you for working on foreign relations. You sought to bring a changed world view of United States. You have reached out to nations that we have not been on the best of terms with to improve their perception of us. This has apparently already begun to work. Now countries like Iran and North Korea are no longer concerned about US involvement in their actions. In fact, Iran is sending warships in to international waters, while North Korea is testing their long range missiles. Without you, this would not have been possible.

Thank you for acting swiftly in your judgment. Jimmy Carter took a little over three years to create the image of the U.S. as a confused and soft power, you have managed to do that in your first 100 days. I understand the necessity to act urgently on important matters, a five day waiting period should only apply to handguns not to laws. After all, I am sure that you thoroughly review every bill and remove all pork before signing them. I am also sure that the American people can feel safe from special interest groups. On Jan. 1 there were 4,611 political action committees, 9 percent more than the 4,234 PACs a year earlier. But with your promise of reducing the role of lobbyists, we can rest assured that they will not be in the Halls of Congress trying to influence decisions since your lifting the ban on former registered lobbyists working in the administration.

However with your previous experience in community affairs, I am certain that we are headed in a direction. I look forward to long lines at the gas pump, doctors office, and unemployment office. I can tell my grandchildren about how there were 50 States until the “Great Unifier” came along and they separated.

Thank you for bringing Change,

Jason Sanborn
From the soon to be former State of Texas

(h/t: Zack Rawsthorne @ Diversity Lane)


Three Abandoned Americans

While President Obama celebrated his first 100 days in office, there was no celebrating amongst the relatives of three American journalists — all women of color — being held hostage by the terrorist regimes of Iran and North Korea. Tammy Bruce explains:

When you abandon Americans held by terrorists, and then reward terrorists who trained with Al Qaeda, some might argue it’s more than priorities that are screwed-up in the White House.

So, why has the Obama administration allowed these kidnappings of [Roxana] Saberi, [Laura] Ling and [Euna] Lee to stand? The hostage-taking of these women is no different than the kidnapping of the Maersk Alabama’s Captain Phillips by terrorists on the high seas. Obama’s mob has made pathetic noise about Saberi’s kidnapping, noting Obama was “disappointed” when Iran announced they had found her guilty of a sham crime by a sham trial.

The Norks also plan to “try” Ling and Lee in kangaroo court, as NOBODY in the Obama administration dares to lift a finger in protest.

Joe Biden was right: President Obama is being tested, and he is willfully failing the country. I wouldn’t trust him as much as to make a fist to defend the lives of his own two children.

Pray for the safety of Roxana Saberi, Laura Ling, and Euna Lee. May God deliver them from evil, given the harsh reality that Obama doesn’t give a damn about them, let alone the rest of us.