Saturday, June 13, 2009

"New" "Savings" "Found" for Obamacare

Mmmm, this smells like bull poop.

This looks like bull poop.

It even sounds like bull poop.

But if Obama is saying it, it must be true.

Yeah, right.

Blue Star Chronicle Defends Sarah

These guys over at Blue Star get it right. Read their post, watch the video, admire Sarah and realize just how much of a douche Matt Lauer is.

And I want to add one point that I haven't seen anyone make. Letterman's apology says he didn't mean Willow, he meant Bristol because she's 18 and Willow is 14.

The joke is still as wrong and as ugly as before - when is it funny to joke about a young mother getting raped? Bristol is a mother, a young girl, and a human being.

Letterman is lower than slug scum.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Thin Skinned Frank

Status: Still A Classless Ass.

Liberal Fascism in Paperback

Jonah talks with Will Cain in an Off The Page video pod about his excellent, excellent book.

Pushback On Palin

Nice little bit about Sarah with lots and lots of links.

Happy Birthday CEI

Steve Forbes sends my husband's think tank a lovely Happy 25th Birthday card in the form of this article in The Washington Times.

That was were I was last night and in good libertarian tradition, I was up way too late arguing with the folks from Cato about stuff.

Happy Birthday CEI. You do hero's work!

(They are a non-profit so feel free to visit them and make a donation.)

The Fed Head’s Problem

(Originally posted at NRO by Larry Kudlow and so horrible that I am posting it in full)

Did the Federal Reserve’s Ben Bernanke lie about pressuring the Bank of America not to back out of the Merrill Lynch merger? BofA CEO Ken Lewis made this charge to New York AG Andrew Cuomo, and basically repeated it with a bit of sugar-coating in a House hearing today on Capitol Hill.

The central issue was whether Lewis would invoke the material-adverse-change clause (the MAC clause) to back out of the Merrill deal last December, when Merrill’s books showed far greater losses than were first recognized. Of course, the deal is now succeeding profitably, with the whole financial world having changed for the better since late last year.

But a bunch of e-mails and documents clearly show that Bernanke was hammering Lewis, as was former Treasury man Henry Paulson. So far as I know Paulson has never denied this. But Bernanke did, and therein lies the Fed head’s problem.

Last May 5, in front of the Joint Economic Committee, when asked if he pressured Lewis, Bernanke responded: “Absolutely not, that I absolutely did not in any way ask Mr. Lewis to obscure any disclosures or to fail to report any information that he should be reporting.”

However, an e-mail reveals that Richmond Fed president Jeffrey Lacker spoke at length with Bernanke about all this: “Just had a long talk with Ben . . . says they think the MAC threat is irrelevant because it’s not credible. Also intends to make it even more clear that if they play that card and they need assistance, management is gone.”

In other words, Bernanke acknowledged to Lacker that if BofA management disclosed to shareholders the terrible state of Merrill, even in considering a withdrawal from the deal, Bernanke would fire them. This directly contradicts the Fed head’s public statement before Congress’s JEC.

At that time, Lewis was strongly considering a material-adverse-change clause to stop the Merrill deal. So Bernanke put a gun to Lewis’s head, but he won’t fess up about it. A House investigative committee will probably call Bernanke to testify on this subject. If so, the whole world will be watching. As former Reagan prosecutor Joe diGenova told me last night on CNBC, the Justice Department won’t prosecute Bernanke. But his political and monetary credibility may suffer enormously.

Now the question is whether the Obama White House will issue a statement strongly supporting Bernanke, as they have in the past, or whether they will let the Fed head twist slowly in the wind. Perhaps my Larry Summers/King Dollar preference over Bernanke for Fed head next year is not so far fetched.


PJTV's Steve Crowder and AlfonZo Rachel bring MSNBC's view of republicans to 3-D glory.

Then Why'd You Pay The Money Back?


According to this AP news report,
Barack Obama says he has lost confidence in the inspector general who investigates AmeriCorps and other national service programs and has told Congress he is removing him from the position.

Obama's move follows an investigation by IG Gerald Walpin finding misuse of federal grants by a nonprofit education group led by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who is an Obama supporter and former NBA basketball star.
Buried in the article is this tidbit of information.
The U.S. attorney's office reached a settlement in the matter. Brown cited press accounts that said Johnson and the nonprofit would repay half of nearly $850,000 in grants it received.

Kevin Hiestand, chairman of the board of St. HOPE Academy, said in a statement it was "about time" Walpin was removed. "Mr. Walpin's allegations were meritless and clearly motivated by matters beyond an honest assessment of our program," he said.
If Mr. Walpin's statements were so "meritless" why'd they have to pay the money back.

Obama seems to think he is above the law. Mr. Walpin should show him he is not.

Silly Me

Think I'm over-reacting and that there's nothing to fear of a government take-over?

Visit RealClearPolitics here and read about how deep the government's reach into private companies has become. The US federal government now has ownership stakes in over 500 companies.

America was created by entrepreneurs of one kind or another. Allowing the government to continue this trend of Socialization/nationalization will stifle that which made the United States great.

The article was written by Sen. Thune and he closes with what appears to be a very good idea.

To stop this dangerous course of action, I have introduced the Government Ownership Exit Plan Act. This legislation would put an immediate end to government purchases of additional direct ownership interests of private companies. It would also prohibit government officials from making or influencing business decisions when it comes to the companies in which the government already has an ownership interest.

It is equally important to set an exit strategy for this unprecedented government intrusion. The Government Ownership Exit Plan sets a hard deadline for the final termination of government ownership interests in private companies and puts our economy back on the path to competitiveness and private ownership, not governmental control. The legislation would require the Treasury to sell any ownership stake in a private entity by July 1, 2010. Revenue from the sale of these assets would be used for debt reduction.

If we do not act now, government ownership of these private entities could persist for decades. If we want to once again promote free market principles and the private ownership of business, it is time to act.

Another Krauthammer Must Read

This article by Charles Krauthammer in The Washington Post is a must read if you enjoy watching someone point out Obama's hypocrisy and failed rhetoric.

(I do, thank you Mr. Krauthammer)

Obama Meets His First Protesters

And trust me, Obama will be meeting A LOT more protesters in the coming days.

Universal healthcare is evil, wrong, and bad.

If you want to kill your parents and grandparents, if you like waiting months for necessary operations, if you want to have every tax increase possible to occur, if you want your doctor to become a government employee, if you want thousands of private insurance companies unemployed, then by all means be an idiot and vote for national healthcare.

I'm hoping we fight this monstrosity tooth and nail and beat this stupid idea to death.

Arizonans Against Affirmative Action

I hope Ward Connerly is helping these folks out.

Zero Tolerance

As a wife of an immigrant, I can safely say I have zero tolerance for illegal immigrants.

None whatsoever. We had to do it. You have to do it and go through the correct and legal channels to America.

Once you're here and you're nice and legal, then I welcome you with open arms.

Which is why I love the e-Verify system for forcing companies to only hire legals.

This article from The LA Times (natch) reporting about how a food manufacturer in LA had to fire over 200 employees because their social security numbers were fraudulent is so overwhelmingly biased against immigration standards that it actually backs into being ludicrously funny. It's so pro-illegal immigrants that I have to wonder if this is part of some readership drive.

But the Overhill case illustrates how desktop raids can ravage immigrant families, even without arrests and deportation. Employers facing stiff fines and potential prison terms for hiring illegal immigrants may decide to fire employees who have suspect paperwork.

"We killed ourselves on the assembly lines for years, many of us have injuries from repetitive motion," said Bohemia Agustiano, 38, a mother of four from Huntington Park. "Now we're worth nothing. We're out on the streets. This is unjust, no one should be treated this way."

Overhill says it gave the workers 30 days to correct the problem with the IRS and provide the company with verification, but none did so.

"This is not something the company planned to do, it's not something the company initiated and it's not something that benefited the company," said Alexander Auerbach, a spokesman for Overhill, which dismissed about a quarter of its 1,000-plus workforce. "Quite the contrary. We lost very good, very loyal employees."

Overhill, whose workforce is largely Latino, says it has no idea of the legal status of the fired employees. No one has formally accused them of being illegal immigrants. Still, the company argues that it risked potential criminal liability under tax and immigration laws if it continued to employ them after the IRS audit.
Look, you knew the risks of entering this country illegally and now they've caught up with you. America isn't a free ride. Get legal or get out.

Picking Apart The New Haven Decision

Stuart Taylor over at National Journal has a lengthy and intelligent article carefully and completely picking apart the Sotomayor decision on Riccio vs. New Haven.

He's right, it was nothing but racial politicking.

Leave The Kids Alone

Jim Geraghty has an excellent post up over at CampaignSpot about attacking the children of politicians.

If they are liberal, do not do it.
If they are conservative, do not do it.


Or as Mr. Geraghty points it...
But even if you think Barack Obama or George W. Bush or Bill Clinton or Sarah Palin are the biggest doofuses to walk the face of the earth, you're not supposed to take it out on their kids. Because they're kids. If you really can't instinctively grasp why it's wrong for a grown man to make a child a butt of jokes, I don't know whether it can be explained to you.

Yes, But Are They Anti-Abortion?

This is obviously an attempt to force radical environmentalist issues on the United States such as forcing us to ruin our economy even further by adopting destructive energy policies.

Crimes against Future Generations need to become taboo
Montreal/Hamburg, 29. Mai 2009. How can we prevent and prosecute activities today that severely threaten the living conditions and health of those living in the future? This was the theme at the symposium of 120 international law experts in Montréal on May 28-29, where the World Future Council (WFC) presented its pioneering work on Crimes against Future generations for discussion.

“We are today using international law in a heartless fashion, for we think only of those who are alive here and now and shut our eyes to the rest of the vast family of humanity who are yet to come. This forecloses to future generations their rights to the basic fundamentals of civilized existence: acknowledging them as holders of rights in the eyes of our law” says Judge C.G. Weeramantry, former Vice-President of the International Court of Justice and WFC Councillor.
But what I really want to know is if these jokers are serious, does that mean they'll also be anti-abortion?

Tell Us How You Really Feel

Michelle Malkin writes an open letter to "perv" David Letterman.

She doesn't hold back, does she?

Also this is a great piece on the left's treatment of conservative women- The Four Stages of Conservative Female Abuse.

The folks who engage in such thinking and behavior are such class acts who bring to mind the courtesy and grace of Paul Newman and Audrey Hepburn.

Quite frankly, having been raised a New England Liberal, it was that smug, arrogant rudeness and enthrallment to wistful thinking rather than reality that drove me to conservativism. I have yet to plumb the depths of my loathing for rude people.

Another Government Takeover

Michelle Malkin breaks the news (along with the roll call) that the government via the FDA is going to take over the tobacco industry.

Presumably, given Obama's smoking habits, he just wants to run everything.

There is no reason for the government to regulate tobacco, this is their attempt to start regulating beer, fat, wine, snacks, alcohol, everything you consume.

Fight back, write your Senator and tell him to vote no against this ridiculousness.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Busy Day, Light Posting

I'll be back tomorrow but today is about to go "pear-shaped" for me. And I've got to get on it!

See ya.

Green Beret Loses Race, Wins Battle

Michael Yon has a lovely brief slideshow of our troops in the Philippines and the good work they are doing.

Check it out. It is super sweet and just lovely.

Also please visit this website and help send "Books to Barrios". What an amazing cause!

Big Spenders

Glenn is at it again banging away at Obama's spendathon with this well-linked post here.

It's always nice to keep the pressure up!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Closing the Door to Freedom has a great article about America's loss of freedom over the years to "nit-picking beaurocrats".

It is an excellent and moving plea.

Why We Should Stop TARP Now

The economic outlook is certainly much better than it was just a few months ago, which brings me to The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and its role in creating economic recovery. Given the rapid improvement in the economic outlook, and the slow rate of stimulus spending under the act thus far, most of the spending under ARRA will likely occur well after recovery is under way. A new CBO study shows that through late May only about $37 billion has been spent, which is just under 10% of authorized spending under the ARRA. In fact, the Departments of Education, Transportation and Energy all have spent 2% or less of their allocations. Recovery is on the way, without massive government spending.

But wasn't the whole idea for fiscal stimulus that there was no way we would recover without it? And didn't Vice President Biden indicate that virtually all economists agreed with this view? Given the improving economic outlook, ARRA now represents a significant and very expensive public policy mistake. And in contrast to the vice president's view about economists' support for the program, it is well known that many of them who specialize in macroeconomic policy significantly criticized the need for substantial fiscal stimulus before ARRA was passed.

The economic arguments for ARRA were badly dated and erroneous. The stimulus bill was promoted under the old-fashioned Keynesian view that only the federal government is big enough to dig us out of the hole that we had gotten ourselves into, and digging us out of that hole required massive federal spending. But there was significant opposition to this premise by many economists who not only predicted that spending would be significantly delayed--with the bulk of spending not taking place until after recovery was well under way--but who also sharply disagreed with the premise that enormous increases in government spending were required to restore economic prosperity.
The above quote is from a article by Lee Ohanian titled "The $787 Billion Mistake".

You should read the whole thing and tell your Congressional representatives to stop TARP now!

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Jonathan Haidt on Morality

Over at, this brilliant piece on liberal and conservative moral views was posted about a year ago but it is very well done! It is titled "The moral roots of liberals and conservatives."

What Mr. Haidt shows in graphs but never says out loud is that conservatives use more of the five moral foundations than conservatives.

I'm just sayin'.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Will Obama Force Microsoft Out of USA?

Many other corporations besides Microsoft are worried about Obama's business policies. It's almost as if Obama wants US businesses to fail.

At least that's what Kevin Hassett over at is musing as he questions Obama's bad idea of closing a corporate tax "loophole".

So the question is, why does Obama advocate a policy that so flies in the face of everything that economists have learned? How could Obama possibly say, as he did last month, that he wants “to see our companies remain the most competitive in the world. But the way to make sure that happens is not to reward our companies for moving jobs off our shores or transferring profits to overseas tax havens?” Further, how could Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner call a practice that top scholarship has shown increases wages and employment in the U.S. “indefensible?”

I have to admit I am at a loss. Maybe it is good politics to bash American corporations, and Obama isn’t really serious about making this change happen. But if the change is enacted, and domestic corporate taxes aren’t reduced to offset the big tax hike, the result will be a flight from the U.S. that rivals in scale the greatest avian arctic migrations.

If that occurs, the firms that stay in the U.S. will be at such a huge tax disadvantage that they will absolutely need a “rescue.”

Former VP of Proctor and Gamble is Scared

By Obama.

And according to, he did indeed write the note circulating the internet titled "Open Letter".

Apparently, he originally sent it to The New York Times and when they ignored it, he emailed it to friends where it took a life of its own.

Dear Lou, I'm scared too!

Predictions vs. Reality

The excellent Polical Math website has a new video up about Obama's job predictions vs. current reality. I love this guy! (video is below)

Letterman is Gross

There is a reason why I don't watch Letterman anymore.

This horrific "joke" just cements my happiness without him.

Like The Weather

Mark Twain once said, sure everyone talks about the weather but no one ever does anything about it.

The press today are acting like the weather, they are talking about their fawning coverage of Obama but they aren't doing anything about it.

Apparently to question The One is tantamount to building your own weather machine - cartoonishly villianious. And who wants to be like that and not allowed into the White House Press Room?

Over at, Phil Bronstein has a posting up that can't quite criticize Obama (although he does snipe) yet he does call out the mainstream media for its big fat wet smooches on all things BHO.

You can't blame powerful people for wanting to play the press to peddle self-perpetuating mythology. But you can blame the press, already suffocating under a massive pile of blame, guilt, heavy debt and sinking fortunes, for being played. Some of the time, it seems we're even enthusiastically jumping into the pond without even being pushed. Is there an actual limit to the number of instances you can be the cover of Newsweek?

"They're Happy Because They Eat Lard"

That was the headline of an old British advertisement for lard back in the day.

And it appears according to this webposting that Lard's day in the kitchen is back upon us.

What is old is good again. Hooray!

According to the piece, lard is even "green". Who knew?!?

Beer Better Than Water After A Workout

Well my husband and I have always assumed beer was better than water at any time but its nice to see our views scientifically validated.

Comparing House and Senate Healthcare Plans

These plans are terrifying.

Read about their major points with side-by-side comparisons here.

Meet Ralph Nadar With A Slim Jim

This article from about a professional lockpicker/hacker is a really fascenating read!

Top Selling Car In America

This little vehicle "outsold every other car in American in 2008" and is being inducted into an auto museum in Cleveland!

Who said the auto industry is dead?

PayGo Plan Should Be No Go

Trusting the government to control its spending is about as likely as trusting Homer not to drink beer at Moe's Bar.

Obama's Pay-to-Play healthcare scheme is just that, a scheme.

From Competitive Enterprise Institute

25th Annual Dinner is this Thurday and its not too late to get tickets! This is the best think tank Annual Dinner in DC! Check it out here. (Let's just say Libertarian parties are waaaay more fun than the other ones!)

Here's how to save a tree, hug a capitalist.

Al Gore enabling 1984 (not the date, the concept).

And why beachhouse bailouts are bad.

Escaping from TARP is reporting at several banks are now being allowed to return TARP funds. As Stephen Spruiell points out over at NRO-The Corner, "Of course, when the healthy banks realized that this effectively put Barney Frank in charge of their businesses, they tried to give the money back as quickly as possible."

New Economics Blog

Donald Marron has launched a new blog that promises great information on American economics. Keep it in mind!

ACORN Goes Green

The American Spectator is reporting that ACORN is now teaming up with Al Gore in order to join the environmental bandwagon.

I do not have a high opinion of Gore anymore and yet, I'm actually saddened that Gore would allow himself to be associated with such corruption.

"Blobby Brown"

Dear John O'Sullivan tears Gordon Brown apart in this New York Post opinion column.


A Call For Sanity in the Abortion Debate

Could the horrific murder of George Tiller result in a sane and reasonable debate about abortion and how to handle it? This opinion piece from The New York Times seems to hope so.

Stimulus Delaying Economic Recovery

The Obama stimulus is dampening the economic recovery according to this Wall Street Journal editorial based on the studies of several economists.


Intimidate Away

The Wall Street Journal is taking Holder's DoJ to task for allowing voter intimidation.

When Eric Holder became U.S. attorney general, he promised to administer the law in an objective, nonpolitical manner. So it's disappointing that the Justice Department had spent the last several months misinterpreting key voting rights laws for nakedly political reasons.

Exhibit A: Justice's inexplicable dismissal of a civil lawsuit for voter intimidation against the New Black Panther Party. The Black Panthers weren't content to endorse Barack Obama. They sent their members to the polls last November to "patrol election sites." Fox News aired a video of two Black Panthers in military-style uniforms in a Philadelphia precinct. One of them was carrying a nightstick.

The complaint the Justice Department filed in January (before Messrs. Obama and Holder took over) says the Panthers made "racial threats and racial insults" to voters and "menacing and intimidating, gestures, statements and movements directed at individuals who were present to aid voters." One witness, Bartle Bull, a civil-rights lawyer who worked with Charles Evers in Mississippi in the 1960s, called it the worst voter intimidation he had ever seen.
There's more.

Brown Survives

But only temporarily - another coup attempt seems to be expected this summer.

Why Intellectuals Do NOT Belong in the Driver's Seat

PJTV is running a piece explaining why liberal elites are bad leaders.

Am loving the Star Trek references and the dangerous compression of "morons" in our elite enclaves. Oh, and they really come down on Maureen Dowd.

The basic and brilliant premise is that the single intellectually may be the smartest man in the room but he can not know everything that each of the other individuals in the room. One intellectual may be brilliant but he does not know more about farming than the farmer, pharaceuticals than the pharmicist, engineering than the engineer, or running a corporation than the businessman.

A true intellectual recognizes that he may be smarter than anyone person, he needs the expertise of all the others AND he needs to trust their expertise rather than make the all the decisions himself.

See, excellent points.

VodkaPundit's News Roundup

Over at PJTV, Vodkapundit has a few news updates for us. Good fun.


Monday, June 8, 2009

MSNBC Mocks Obama's Teleprompter!

Sign Says It All

Snow in June in North Dakata according to this article here, inspired this Burger King sign below.

Cosmo Covers Virgins

It's okay to say "No".

"Told You So"

Sarah Palin is interviewed by Hannity tonight on FoxNews.

Follow this link for excerpts via
HANNITY: You know but it goes back - It does go back a little to the campaign. I mean, ‘spread the wealth, patriotic duty…’

PALIN: Kind of a ‘we told ya so’.

HANNITY: Well, is that how you feel?

PALIN: That’s how I feel! I feel like… and I think that more and more constituents are going to open their eyes now and open their ears to hear what is really going on and realize ok… Maybe we didn’t have a good way of expressing that, or articulating that message of ‘here is what America could potentially become if we grow government to such a degree that we cannot pay for it and we have to borrow money from other countries, some countries that don’t necessarily like America.

And this many months into the new administration, quite disappointed, quite frustrated with not seeing those actions to rein in spending, slow down the growth of government. Instead Sean it is the complete opposite. It’s expanding at such a large degree that if Americans aren’t paying attention, unfortunately our country could evolve into something that we do not even recognize.

HANNITY: Socialism?

PALIN: Well, that is where we are headed. That is where we have to be blunt enough and candid enough and honest enough with Americans to let them know that if we keep going down these roads… nationalizing many of our services, our projects, our businesses, yes that is where we would head. And that is why Americans have to be paying attention. And we have to have our voices heard. And ultimately it need to be our will, the American people’s will imposed on Washington, instead of the other way around.

The interview is set to air tonight on FOXNEWS, 9 PM ET.

"Mourning Private Long"

Michelle Malkin has a post up as a tribute to the soldier gunned down by jihadists in Arizona today. Plus a video of a muslim woman protesting Pvt. Long's memorial service. Classy.

No "Green" Transportation

According to this article here, it may be "greener" to drive your SUV into a city than take the train.

There is no "pro" without a "con".

600,000 Jobs By The Summer

Yeah, right.

These public (make-work) jobs are basically only summer jobs. Once the project is accomplished, you're out of a job.

This program didn't work for FDR and it won't work for Obama in terms of actually stimulating the economy. It's another example of veneer over substance.

More Examples of How The Left Kills

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Khmer Rouge guards killed babies by battering them against trees under an official policy to ensure the children of the brutal Cambodian regime's victims could never take revenge for their parents' deaths, the group's chief jailer testified Monday.

Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch (pronounced Doik), said he was to blame for the brutal killing of infants as the commander of the Khmer Rouge's notorious S-21 prison in Phnom Penh during the 1970s. As many as 16,000 men, women and children are believed to have been tortured there before being sent to their deaths.
The above is the opening to an article from the Associated Press about the Khmer Rouge of Cambodia.

Totalitarian governments are the extremes of all political systems. On the right, totalitarianism takes the form of absolute monarchists. On the right, totalitarianism takes the form of fascism and Communism. At these points, only the reasons why differ from the practices.

That said, in a battle of the extremes of right vs. left, I'd wager that the Leftists of the 20th Century inflicted more death, pain, and suffering on their fellow human beings than all the Rightists of the previous 20 centuries combined.

That's not to say I am pro-extremism in any form. Just that the Khmer Rouge is another example of how the Left sucks more than the Right.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Thanks To Our D-Day Vets

Tom Brokow has a tribute article in the Wall Street Journal about the veterens of D-Day.

Obamanomics: How Stupid Do They Think We Are?

(This excellent piece was written by Andy McCarthy over at National Review Online.)

Pretty stupid.

Watching Fox News Sunday, I caught a panel on which Obama economic advisor Austin Goolsbee conceded that the administration had previously predicted unemployment would top out at around 8%, that it was now up to 9.4%, and that double-digit unemployment was a distinct possibility in the near future. Goolsbee didn't resort to the administrations's blather about "saving or creating jobs," but he did repeat its fustian about how last month's loss of 345,000 jobs (resulting in a half percentage point jump in the jobless rate) is somehow good news because it beat predictions (I don't recall him saying whose) of even more dire loss numbers. It made me wonder why, if those predictions either existed or were serious, the Obama administration would have previously predicted that unemployment would top out at 8%?

Goolsbee then laughably intimated that the steep jump in the jobless rate could be attributable to hopeful signs that the economy is improving. Huh? See if you can follow this: he says flashes of hope that we are on the verge of a revival have purportedly caused previously uncounted jobless people to seek (but not find) work — that is, they waited out prosperous times, deciding to leap into the job hunt only when hundreds of thousands of heretofore gainfully employed people got pink-slipped and began competing for a declining pool of jobs. Of course, why shouldn't Goolsbee think he can get away with these fables when the Obamedia has taken to repeating them verbatim? Witness the headline on page one of yesterday's Wall Street Journal: "Slower Job Losses Lift Hopes" — I'm sure that's exactly the headline Bush would have gotten after a half-point jump in an already sky-rocketing jobless rate.

If that weren't enough to make your head spin, Goolsbee also blamed Obama's handling (i.e., nationalizing) of the auto industry on ... President Bush. Obama, you see, was saddled with this mess because Bush — over the objections of his own party — decided back in December to raid billions in public money intended for bailing out the financial sector in order to bail out the automakers.

Again, how stupid does he think we are? Bush's move came after then President-elect Obama implored him to take action to stave off the collapse of the auto-industry. This was one of the major topics of their meeting in the White House on November 11, covered here by the Wall Street Journal. Back then, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Harry Reid were already urging Bush to study whether — regardless of how Democrat sponsored auto bail-out legislation fared — the president already had the authority to divert financial sector bail-out funds for Detroit. So it was that when Republicans defeated the auto bail-out bill December, Bush, at the urging of Obama and the Democrats, made one of the worst gaffes of his presidency by extending over $17B in government "loans" to GM and Chysler. For the Obama/Democrat line to now be that Bush foisted this mess on the new administration, and that Bush is to blame for Obama's geometric exacerbation of the problem, is breathtaking.

Finally, Goolsbee explained that it was unfair to accuse Pres. Obama of a flip-flop just because he is now amenable to taxing employer-provided health benefits despite arguing during the campaign that it was shameful for Sen. McCain to suggest taxing employer-provided health benefits. After all, Goolsbee elaborated, the initiative to tax the benefits is not Obama's idea; it is an idea of top Democrats (with whom the White House closely coordinates) to which Obama is listening because he's just that kinda open-minded guy. Uh-huh.

This Should Make You Feel Smarter

If you ever feel a little bit stupid, just dig this up and read it again; you'll begin to think you're a genius.

(On September 17, 1994, Alabama's Heather Whitestone was selected as Miss America 1995.) Question: If you could live forever, would you and why?
Answer: "I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever," -- Miss Alabama in the 1994 Miss USA contest

"Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff." -- Mariah Carey

"Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life," -- Brooke Shields, during an interview to become spokesperson for federal anti-smoking campaign

"I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body," -- Winston Bennett, University of Kentucky basketball forward

"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country," -- Mayor Marion Barry, Washington , DC

"That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass, and I'm just the one to do it," -- A congressional candidate in Texas

"Half this game is ninety percent mental." -- Philadelphia Phillies manager, Danny Ozark

"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it." -- Al Gore

"I love California . I practically grew up in Phoenix ." -- Dan Quayle

"We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?" -- Lee Iacocca

"The word "genius" isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein." -- Joe Theisman, NFL football quarterback & sports analyst

"We don't necessarily discriminate. We simply exclude certain types of people." -- Colonel Gerald Wellman, ROTC Instructor

"Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992 because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances." -- Department of Social Services,Greenville , South Carolina

"Traditionally, most of Australia 's imports come from overseas." -- Keppel Enderbery

"If somebody has a bad heart, they can plug this jack in at night as they go to bed and it will monitor their heart throughout the night. And the next morning, when they wake up dead, there'll be a record." -- Mark S. Fowler, FCC Chairman

I certainly feel a bit smarter now.

One Girl Track Team Wins Texas State Championship!

Bonnie Richardson, from tiny Rochelle, Texas (population 600), has accomplished what no other Texas high school track and field athlete has ever achieved: back-to-back team state championships – by herself.