Friday, October 15, 2010

Win Another Date With Obama

This time he's springing for Dinner!

From the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee -
Providence Dinner Sweepstakes
Prize: 1-night trip for two from within the continental United States to Providence, RI, on October 25, 2010; includes dinner and attendance at a reception with President Barack Obama (ARV $1,250).

It might be me but when is putting dinner with the President into sweepstakes form presidential?

King Tut

I'll be at the King Tut exhibit this weekend so posting will be at a minimum. Don't worry, I'll tell you all about it when we get back.

Queen Cancels Christmas

But that's a good thing.

Queen cancels Christmas party, citing economic climate
And though the royal gesture is largely symbolic, the Windsors are nonetheless feeling the pinch lately. The "civil list," which covers Her Majesty's expenses and those of her husband, was frozen this year, and has not been raised since 1990, when it was set at 7.9 million pounds. The Queen has also reduced her cash outlays recently by reducing the number of chartered flights she's taken, and selling off one her helicopters, and refunding the proceeds to the British government. Royal watchers have long noted Her Majesty's personal frugality as well, such as shutting off the lights in empty Palace rooms and recycling wardrobe items from her couture collection.
She's a good Queen.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Random Round-Up 10-13

Pragmatic Obama?

Bullying banks. Foreclosure-freeze menace

Arizona Rep. Grijalva latest incumbent in tough reelection race

Court Denies Access to Fannie/Freddie Political Records

Massachusetts soon in a different column (!)

Barney Frank: Tea Partiers have tied me to the railroad tracks!

NRCC money to retire Barney Frank?

Rival blasts Barney Frank’s swanky free jet ride

Obama administration appeals gay marriage ruling

Republicans Turn Outsourcing Attack Against Dems

The Tea Party As Money Machine

I imagine the EPA couldn't care less that ethonal reduces gas mileage, making us use more gas to go the same distance. EPA expected to OK more ethanol in gas

Barack Obama and the Chamber of secrets

Viguerie warns GOP; Tea Party began as reaction to Republican failures

Jan Schakowsky Faces Joel Pollak – Full Report

Tight budgets lead to more civilians used for policing

New Survey Confirms that Regime Uncertainty Is Spooking Investors

Re: Losing the Kids Poll Numbers here.

Turnout, Not Polling, Will Determine 2010 Outcome

Putting the Tax Cuts in Perspective

Keeping the Poor in Poverty School choice, lower taxes, job creation: These, and not welfare payments, are what would really help the poor.

Yes, Spending Has Steeply Increased

Obama's Long and Evolving Enemies List

Invisible Victims

Gloves off: Vets hammer Blumenthal for Vietnam lies in new McMahon ad

Freer Is Better

NASA boss ignores world’s big polluters to pick on little ol’ Canada

PJTV Video - MINORITY REPORT: Race Over Reform, Punishing Success and Improvements in Our Worst Public Schools

The White House Bunker So Soon?

The White House Isn't Sure What's In the Health Care Bill

ObamaCare blowback

Perhaps Democrats regret using strong-arm tactics

What's Fair in Education Aid?

‘Spirit of Political Disclosure’? White House Press Sec once part of group that refused to disclose donors

Ginni Thomas’s Threat to Ordered Liberty

Obama's Outsized Ego

A Growth Agenda for America An economy grows through increased production, which is financed by capital or savings. Congress can encourage this process with the right tax reform.

Library help irks union pros

When It Comes to Government, Less is More

School cafeterias to try psychology in lunch line

Regulating the College Dream

Look Who's Nativist Now


Not a massacre but a mistake Sort of like the British soldiers at the "Boston Massacre"

Obama’s Radical Past And his connection to socialism isn’t all ancient history, either.

Labor of Love

Look at this beautiful labor of love, my sister made.

It is a Day of the Dead shrine to our recently deceased father.

I have to go cry now.

Pictures With Michelle Obama Worth $50

Yet another "sweepstakes" from the Democrats. This time from

One winner will receive the following prize package (the "Trip"):
* Two round-trip coach-class airplane tickets from an airport within the continental United States to and from Los Angeles, CA (approximate retail value $1,000) for the reception with Michelle Obama (described below). Sponsor has sole discretion as to the choice of airline, flight times, and other flight logistics and details.
* One night's stay for winner and winner's at a hotel in Los Angeles, CA the night of October 27, 2010 in a double-occupancy room or room of equivalent value (approximate retail value $300). Sponsor has sole discretion as to the choice of hotel and other hotel logistics and details.
* Admission to the Reception with Michelle Obama in Los Angeles, CA and a meeting for winner and winner's guest with First Lady Michelle Obama at the reception on October 27, 2010 (approximate retail value $2,000). Winner will also have the opportunity to have his/her photo taken with the First Lady (approximate retail value $50.00).
Approximate value of Trip package: $3,350.
Contest rules here. At least this time, you can take a guest but unlike the "Win A Date With Obama" Sweepstakes, only one winner instead of three.

Again, my stance is this is a desperate act on the part of the democrats to boost donations and mailing lists.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Random Round-Up 10-12

President Obama Job Approval

No black hole for Black Panthers. Attorney General Holder can't hide testimony forever

ObamaCare's first victims

A Read-the-Bill Rule for Congress

Public employee benefits should be cut

Attn MSM: Here’s Evidence of Foreign Campaign Donations

Child Abuse Investigations Didn’t Reduce Risk, a Study Finds

SEIU Solicited Contributions from ‘Foreign Nationals’

It's nice to see an honest politician - Sean Bielat blames Barney Frank for crisis

It’s on: Sean Bielat vs. Barney Frank Follow the link for good details and connections to other sites.

What Alexi knew. His damning non-denial about loans to criminals

Deficit in FY 2010 Nearly $1.3 Trillion

The 2010 Spending Record

MTV and Obama Astroturf a Townhall

Will the ‘Ruling Class Right’ Rescue Vulnerable Dems?

The Paranoid Style in Liberal Politics

Jan Schakowsky on Latest Bank Bailout Passed by Congress: ‘I Don’t Know What It Is’

Dem Governor: Obamacare a ‘Stunning Disappointment’

The Left’s Power of Self-Delusion

Shutting Up Business Democrats unleash the IRS and Justice on donors to their political opponents.

Well, I like it so much, I've made it part of my daily routine - Is Procrastination Rational?

Profligate Congress needs to read its own bills

California’s Green Nightmare

Republicans Prove Unpopular With Voters Against Obama in Poll "even as many Americans give a thumbs-down to the party and some of its specific ideas, a Bloomberg National Poll shows."

Mayor’s Soda Plan and His Company’s Policy Differ

Obama: Republicans Counting On Blacks Staying Home

The Repeal Amendment

Job Creation: Bush vs. Obama

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Declaration of War

TARP Redux: Voters Cry Foul as Banks Rake It in

If Obama is so Gung-Ho About Fixing Education, Why the Hell Won't He do the Smallest Goddamn Thing to Change the Status Quo?

Internal Email Reveals MTV Pressuring Employees to Attend Jon Stewart’s Political Rally

Just another Obama backyard chat with ordinary Americans at Alonzo Mourning's Miami estate

Whore-Gate: Who’s in Bed With Jerry Brown? Why would the union that represents LAPD officers even think of endorsing liberal Jerry Brown to reprise his disastrous turn as California's governor? Because politics is full of compromising positions.

Boehner's 'Plan B' for ObamaCare Hearings can be used to sell market-friendly fixes.

Golly Sharron Angle raised $14 million in 3rd quarter

Karl Rove on Disclosing Donors: Obama Is 'Hypocritical'

Federal Employees Union Releases ‘Teabagger’ Ad

Obama Loses Support in Poll as Joblessness Prompts Growing U.S. Discontent

Lawmaker Vows to Outlaw Insider Trading on the Hill

Obama has an 'enemies list'

The 2010 Spending Record In two years, a 21.4% increase.

US Cities Face Half a Trillion Dollars of Pension Deficits

Capitol Hill’s Stock Trading: What the Academic Research Concludes

Carl takes pop-shot at Andy

For Democrats, Even ‘Safe’ Seats Are Shaky

We Don't Do Numbahs

Loaded Dice: Boxer Moved Tribal Legislation Benefiting Her Non-Native American Son

Democrats' desperation tactics on campaign finance

Your Household Owes $14,165 To Pay For Your City's Employees Retirements

McDonald’s ObamaCare Deal Violates Rule of Law

Foreign Money? Really?

From watchdog to doormat

Jan Schakowsky Forced to Defend Obamacare

If This Were the Private Sector, Those Congressional Staffers Would End Up in Jail

Board of Elections gaffe may nullify New York soldiers' overseas absentee ballots

Media Quits Obama

Obama’s Radical Past

GOP prods Justice on military vote

Win A Date With Obama?

Below is a description of a sweepstakes being offered by the DNC from The sweepstake I'm talking about here is part of the site's "premium membership" but I'm providing a link below and for the record, yes people win stuff. I, myself, have won lots of things from a TV to a family trip to Disney World to $25K. The important thing to note here, however, is just how lame this DNC sweepstakes is.
Democratic National Committee - Backstage With the President Sweepstakes
Prizes (3): 1-night trip for one from within the continental United States to Las Vegas, NV including airfare, hotel accommodations, ground transportation to/from airport, Admission to the Moving America Forward rally in Las Vegas, NV and meeting with the President of the United States backstage at the rally on October 22, 2010 (ARV $1,200).

This is the description from the entry form:
Go backstage with the President
Too much is at stake in the November elections for any of us to sit on the sidelines. The President is fired up -- traveling the country to make the case to voters. On October 22nd, he'll be meeting three supporters backstage at a rally in Las Vegas.

Fill out the form to the right to be registered for a chance to meet the President backstage in Las Vegas.
The lame tagline at the bottom is just priceless, "Powered by hope and supporters like you."

All this begs the question, is the DNC so desperate that they are willing to run a sweepstakes in order to collect the names and addresses of the folks who enter in order to build a mailing list for 2012? I mean, even if I liked Obama, I wouldn't risk the thousands of phone and mail solicitations that would inevitably result. Remember, politicians exempted themselves from the National Do Not Call List.

Plus, I imagine the three rubes who win will have to go through a security background check. That sounds like fun.