In Case You Missed It: The SNL Scott Brown Video

This is pretty funny:

Minor quibble – I love Fred Armisen’s impression of Barney Frank, but he showed too much teeth. Doesn’t he realize that no one has ever seen evidence of even a single tooth in Frank’s mouth? This has been the subject of much discussion.

Armisen needs to refine his impersonation just a tad to reflect that curious fact.

Hat tip:  Robert Costa at National Review, who also has Scott Brown’s reaction to the skit.

UPDATE:

NBC has blocked the youtube video, but you can still watch the Gawker t.v. version at the NRO link, above.

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Red Alert: Organizing For America Recruiting In High Schools

This is an Atlas Shrugs Exclusive:

An Atlas reader, Chuck,  has a student in the eleventh grade in an Ohio High School. Her government class passed out this propaganda recruiting paper so students could sign up as interns for Obama’s Organizing for America (OFA is the former mybarackobama.com site.)

Obama is using our public school system to recruit for his Alinsky-inspired private army. Organizing for America is (and I quote) recruiting in our high schools to “build on the movement that elected President Obama by empowering students across the country to help us bring about our agenda”

Now, if this were an after school club, I would have little to say about it. But in the school classroom? This needs to stop, now.

Imagine the outcry if Americans For Prosperity decided to use the school classroom to recruit students “to build on” the tea party movement, in order to foil the Democrat’s agenda?

Would that be okay? Would it be allowed? Would a conservative even think of doing such a thing?

Atlas continues:

Check out the recommended reading list page 4:

  • Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky
  • The New Organizers, Zack Exley
  • Stir It Up: Lessons from Community Organizing and Advocacy, Rinku Sen
  • Obama Field Organizers Plot a Miracle, Zack Exley, Huffington Post
  • Dreams of My Father Chicago Chapters, Barack Hussein Obama

This internship program is geared towards the 2010 elections. Using our kids as their goons. Can you imagine if the Republicans attempted such a fascist stunt?

See Atlas for full details.

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The Dems are starting off the new year having learned nothing from 2009.

Senate kills Vitter’s ACORN amendment

The U.S. Senate killed an amendment Thursday offered by Sen. David Vitter, R-La., that would have prohibited federal volunteer funds from going to the community group ACORN and its affiliates.

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The amendment was offered to the National Service Act being considered by the chamber.

The bill is aimed at providing $5.7 billion to aid 250,000 volunteers across the country in the arenas of health care, energy, environment and education.

The Senate voted to table the Vitter amendment, 53-43, effectively killing it.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., voted to table the amendment.

ACORN has received $41 million in federal funding since 1999, Vitter said.

In the past four years, organization workers have been arrested for voter fraud registrations in 17 states.

I’d suggest that people call Sen. Landrieu’s office, but we all know how much good that would do.

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Osama Gives Left and Right Equal Billing

Osama Bin Laden keeps up with current events..who would have guessed it?

He’s very much on top of the latest in climate science. In fact, he and Al Gore have many of the same concerns concerning man made global warming, and the culpability of rich industrialized countries:

But before you laugh too much at the warmists’ expense, read on:

He also presented himself as an opponent of government bail outs to western banks, whose speculation and unfair competition practices, he claimed, were largely to blame for the global financial crisis.

“When those perpetrators fall victims to the evil they have created, the heads of state rush to rescue them using public money,” he said.

Let those words sink in. That’s right.

OBL is a tea-bagger!

He has also blathered on endlessly about Palestine, Somalia, Israel, military bases where he doesn’t want them, etc.

By now we should recognize these blatherings as the abject propaganda they are. Indeed, the real motive behind al Qaeda’s enmity with the West can be summed up in the religious text they so piously follow:

Koran 60:4: “‘We disown you and the idols which you worship besides Allah. We renounce you: enmity and hate shall reign between us until you believe in Allah alone.’”

On this authority comes the necessity to wage jihad against the infidel.

Period. All the rest is b.s.

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Video:Republican Leaders Comment After Meeting With Obama

Link to Solutions Handbook House Republicans Delivered to the President Today:

http://www.gop.gov/download?folder=misc&file=better-solutions-1-10.pdf

CQ TODAY ONLINE NEWS – CONGRESSIONAL AFFAIRS
Jan. 29, 2010 – 3:24 p.m.

Obama Pushes ‘Constructive Debate,’ GOP Pushes Back
By Edward Epstein, CQ Staff

BALTIMORE — President Obama urged House Republicans on Friday to work with him on the nation’s biggest problems, but he also stoutly defended big domestic initiatives that the minority party scorns.

The upshot of the president’s lively and frequently pointed 90-minute appearance before the House Republican Conference’s annual policy retreat — some 15 minutes longer than scheduled — was that a bipartisan approach might be possible on some smaller issues Congress faces this election year.

But on big Obama initiatives such as health care and global warming — and even his plans for a partial domestic spending freeze — the president and Republicans seem destined to butt heads just as they did throughout 2009.

“All of us have to choose if we’re going to be politicians first or partners in progress,” Obama told the members.

Obama, who during the 2008 campaign said he wanted to tone down Washington’s strident, nonstop partisanship, said he still hoped that he and Republicans can meet regularly this year.
“I want us to have a constructive debate,” he said. “The only thing I don’t want is for Washington to be Washington-like.”

The move is pragmatic in many ways: Obama is in a politically weakened state because of Republican Scott P. Brown’s win in this month’s Massachusetts special election, depriving Democrats of their 60-vote majority in the Senate.

While the House Republican leadership said they hoped the Obama give-and-take with their members heralded a new era of communication, rank-and-file GOP conservatives said they still rejected Obama’s policy prescriptions as too liberal.

“The president suggests he’s not an ideologue. You wonder if the building is going to turn,” said Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona.

And even the leadership said that despite Obama’s bid for bipartisanship, he is being countermanded by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who they say almost never involve the minority in writing legislation.

Democrats say that turns the real situation on its head. They scorn the GOP as the “party of no” that has made it clear it wants Obama and Congress to fail in everything they do.
Obama reprised several of the proposals he first offered Wednesday evening in his State of the Union message and said he thought they were ideas that Republicans could get behind. These include his idea for a one-year tax credit for small businesses who would get $5,000 for each new worker they hire. The break would be capped at $500,000 for each company.

He also wants to eliminate the capital gains tax for small businesses and create a $30 billion pool of unspent bank-bailout money for small business lending.

“There is nothing in there that’s against the ideological disposition of this caucus,” he said.

But in a sign of how far apart the president and the Republican leadership are, his job-credit proposal was the subject of GOP ridicule even before Obama showed up at the hotel ballroom in downtown Baltimore where the GOP met.

Republican leaders mocked the proposal as the “Jimmy Carter tax credit,” and said it wouldn’t work. Conference chairman Mike Pence of Indiana ridiculed the idea as a “boutique tax cut.”
“It may create a perverse incentive for business to wait to hire until the credit takes effect,” he said.

While Obama and some members who asked him questions squared off testily, he praised others for offering constructive solutions worth talking about.
He flat-out said he disagreed with some of the figures that Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas used in claiming that Obama and congressional Democrats were running up the deficit and national debt at a dangerous clip. But he praised Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, ranking Budget Committee member, for offering a proposal about gradually reining in Medicare costs.

“Paul has made a serious proposal. I’ve read it. Some I agree with,” Obama said.

And in a rarity for Obama, the president conceded he had made a mistake, He told Rep. Jason Chaffetz, of Utah that he should have done more to ensure that all deliberations about the now-stalled health care overhaul had been televised, as he promised in the campaign. “I take responsibility,” he said. “It’s a legitimate criticism.”

Obama called on Republicans to realize that they will not always get their way and must agree to compromise. “If there’s uniform opposition because the Republican caucus doesn’t get 100 percent or 80 percent of what you want, it’s going to be hard to get a deal done. That’s not how democracy works,” Obama said.

After Obama left, Minority Leader John A. Boehner said “I thought the dialogue went well … and we want to continue to try to find common ground.”

But he said Obama must get Pelosi and Reid on board. “The president’s willingness to work with us has never been translated in the House of Representatives.”

Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia said “I hope Pelosi and Minority Leader Hoyer will open their doors and have Republicans in for more discussions.”

Rank-and-file members said the ideological differences with Obama are vast and warned that discussions on the big issues probably won’t yield anything constructive.

Rep. Phil Roe of Tennessee commented on Obama’s defense of his health care proposals. “When you describe this health care bill as centrist, we are coming from different directions,” Roe said.
Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina said he thought Obama’s responses showed “he was highly defensive. It seems as if he believes that simply by saying something it’s true, and he does it very artfully.”

Pence said he was glad that Obama acknowledged that Republicans had offered ideas. “We especially welcomed the acknowledgement that this talk of the ‘party of no’ can once and for all be banished from the political debate,” Pence said.

Before the president started speaking, Boehner presented him with a 27-point compilation of Republican proposals on major issues. “We don’t expect you to agree with us on everyone of these solutions but we hope you’ll consider them,” Boehner said.

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By the way, if Obama is really serious about a new bi-partisanship, and changing the tone in Washington, maybe he should stop lying.


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Video:Judd Gregg Hits Back At Contessa Brewer In MSNBC Interview

David Shuster wasn’t the only MSNBC host who got an earful from a conservative guest, yesterday. NH Senator Judd Greg appeared yesterday on MSNBC to answer questions about  Obama’s economic plan, and wasn’t in the mood for any crap from the anchorettes, Melissa Frances and Contessa Brewer. According to the American Thinker, the fireworks began when Frances insisted that Greg’s ideas to cut federal spending were just “good in theory” , and Gregg responded, “How do you get off saying something like that?”:

“You’ve got to have some integrity on your side of the camera, too”.

Kyle Drennen at Newsbusters reports that their show, It’s The Economy” is “soon to be canceled”.

It’s not hard to  see why.

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The Shuster/Breitbart Blowup on MSNBC

#1 – Why invite a guy onto your show “to make his case” if you’re not willing to let him get a word in edgewise?

#2 – Isn’t Shuster supposed to be an objective journalist?

#3 – Hey, isn’t Shuster the same maroon who was wondering last week, if there were an equal number of pro-choicers at the big pro life march in Washington, when the actual ratio was approximately 350,000 to 5?

Correction: Oops, that was CNN’s Rick Sanchez. Why do I get those two confused? (That was a rhetorical question).

#4 Shuster’s a schmuck.

AceHot Air, and Big Journalism have  more

Michelle Malkin links in Buzzworthy, thanks

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Law Professor:“I’m willing to bet a lot of money there will be no Supreme Court justice at the next State of the Union speech.”

I searched in vain for this story, earlier today, after Mr. Nice Deb told me he had heard on the radio something to the effect that no Supremes would show up at an Obama SOTU ever again…I was intrigued.

Several hours later, The Daily Caller delivers:

A noted Supreme Court historian who “enthusiastically” voted for President Obama in November 2008 today called President Obama’s criticism of the Supreme Court in his State of the Union address last night “really unusual” and said he wouldn’t be surprised if no Supreme Court Justices attend the speech next year.

“It was really unusual in my mind to see the president going after the Supreme Court in such a forum,” said author and Law Professor Lucas Powe, the Anne Green Regents Chair in Law, and a Professor of Government at the University of Texas-Austin School of Law. “I’m willing to bet a lot of money there will be no Supreme Court justice at the next State of the Union speech.”

That is an amazing statement. It’s not exactly what my husband had said he had said, but it’s still pretty amazing, especially in light of the fact that he had “enthusiastically” voted for Obama.

He went on to say that the Justices “don’t go to be insulted.”


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Video: Jack Cashill on the Media’s Malpractice (Again) At March For Life

Watch this, and you’ll find your emotions running the gamut from blood boiling anger at the disgraceful MSM’s fraudulent coverage, to being moved to tears by a young pro-lifer’s witness:

More than any other event, the march showed the eye-popping and mind boggling corruption of the MSM.

Here is Cashill’s post at the American Thinker on the Impressive Media Malpractice at March For Life.

See also:

2010 March For Life News Round-Up

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers


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Krauthamer On Obama’s SOTU Speech: No Pivot, “Tone Was Strained and Unctuous”

How thrilled the Democrats must be tonight, knowing that the President is refusing to pivot like Bill Clinton did in ’94-(hey, they didn’t have him, back  then, right?) So he’s doubling down on the very policies that are killing their electoral chances in the fall.

Here’s Alito shaking his head, and mouthing the words, “not true” during the campaign finance demagoguery, which is being called Alito’s “You lie” moment.

And ZZZZZZZZZ, I’m happy to see that I wasn’t the only one bored to tears.

Blog roundup:

Red State:

Dan Perrin: Obama the Patronizing Lecturer, Refusing to Yield and Force on you the Change You Don’t Want

Erick Erickson: Barack Obama LIED!

We knowwww.

Bob McCarty Writes: Obama’s State of the Union Speech in Tweets

Joe Wilson responded on Facebook, tonight, the NYT Caucus blog report on it, here. Amazingly enough, his response was more than two words, this time.

Bradley Smith at the Corner: President Wrong on Citizens United Case

Tonight the president engaged in demogoguery of the worst kind, when he claimed that last week’s Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC, “open[ed] the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections. Well I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities.”

He says, ‘This is either blithering ignorance of the law, or demogoguery of the worst kind”. I think it’s the second one. Really, Obama doesn’t seem to have an honest bone in his body.

Kevin McCullough- FOXNews.com: Obama’s Sorry State of the Union Speech

President Obama’s State of the Union address was an incoherent, disorganized, and most regrettably defiant, mess of a speech.

The AP fact-checks the speech

Instapundit:

FROM JUSTICE ALITO, a “you lie” moment? “POLITICO’s Kasie Hunt, who’s in the House chamber, reports that Justice Samuel Alito mouthed the words ‘not true’ when President Barack Obama criticized the Supreme Court’s campaign finance decision.” Drudge is calling Obama’s criticism “intimidation,” but apparently, they weren’t so intimidated. As I said before, Obama’s behavior wasn’t very Presidential, and it wasn’t very wise.

UPDATE: Brad Smith: “The president’s statement is false.”

And from Prof. Randy Barnett:

In the history of the State of the Union has any President ever called out the Supreme Court by name, and egged on the Congress to jeer a Supreme Court decision, while the Justices were seated politely before him surrounded by hundreds [of] Congressmen? To call upon the Congress to countermand (somehow) by statute a constitutional decision, indeed a decision applying the First Amendment? What can this possibly accomplish besides alienating Justice Kennedy who wrote the opinion being attacked. Contrary to what we heard during the last administration, the Court may certainly be the object of presidential criticism without posing any threat to its independence. But this was a truly shocking lack of decorum and disrespect towards the Supreme Court for which an apology is in order. A new tone indeed.

It was what we have come to expect from this President. I wonder what the polls are going to say in the coming days?

UPDATE: You can join the “We Love Justice Samuel Alito” Facebook page, here.

Oh, and here’s an awfully cute video by NRO’s Jim Geraghty,( I swiped from Insty):

Wow -NRO’s Rich Lowery went dumpster diving at Daily Kos?

They’re laughing at the seating arrangement for the “tea bagging” Republican response by Governor McDonald, because there’s no such thing as black or Asian Republicans, apparently, so the seating chart  “must have been six months in the making”.

The white woman is Janet Polarek—Secretary of the Commonwealth

Above her is Jim Cheng—Secretary of Commerce and Trade

The soldier is Staff Sargeant Robert Tenpenny, who served with Jeanine McDonnell in Iraq.

Above him is Lisa Hick-Thomas—Secretary of Administration

The Secretaries are all McDonnell Cabinet members.

Chumps.

Nile Gardiner: State of the Union: Barack Obama gets an F for world leadership

And denizens of the Demonic Underground, (safe  link) are still high on the hopium:

You just have to say thank God this man is the president

After 8 years of being ashamed to be an American, it is good to have a president that America can be proud of once again.

This President is not a man, he is God himself
If you don’t see that then you are blind.

Wow…What a GREAT Speech. His BEST EVER!!!

He just kept nailing it. I’m amazed at how he packed in so much good stuff into one speech.

Okaaaay…those people aren’t normal.

MORE:

BMW: Oklahoma Senator Says Obama Best Liar Ever

Legal Insurrection: A Window Into His Divisive Soul

More on the unprecedented Supreme Court demagoguery.

Don Surber: Obama will not be re-elected:

Tonight’s State of the Union address is the least important one since Richard Nixon’s in 1974. The State of the Union address was delivered 8 days ago by the voters of Massachusetts. They killed the centerpiece of Barack Obama’s presidency and without his health care plan, he is nothing.

There is nothing President Obama can say or do tonight that could save his presidency. It is over. He is through. It lasted exactly 365 days. The one year president.

The stench of political death permeates from him. Soon, he will be mocked as his irrelevancy becomes more and more apparent by the week, by the day and eventually by the hour.

Already George Soros has walked out on him.

Ouch!

Read the whole thing…it’s pretty harsh.

Michelle Malkin: The shout-outs Obama forgot

Papa Mike’s Blog: McCain Seen Mouthing “Blame It On Bush” During Obama’s Hyper-Partisan Attack Speech

Caught on tape!

The Daily Caller: Obama’s State of the Union found a confident Republican minority, and a discontented Democratic majority

John Boehner rolled his eyes repeatedly and laughed. Michelle Obama glowered at Republicans. A Supreme Court justice shook his head in disagreement with the president.

Ace: Chris “Rara Avis” Buckley: Watching Obama, I Was Beating My (etc. etc. etc.)…

Content warning. And beverage  warning -  no sips of diet coke until you’re done reading the piece….(you’ll thank me).

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Making Sense of the The Obama Economy

Get ready for it. After the President’s truly historic spending spree, last year, with  the electorate turning decisively against him because of his disastrous fiscal policies, Obama will make a sharp pivot to a  deficit hawk position in his SOTU speech.  And he will of course blame “the last eight years” for the country’s financial woes.

He is hoping we all have horribly short memories:

The nation’s historic debt and record deficits are a direct result of the President’s big-spending agenda.

Debt:  The President’s spending policies have drastically increased the national debt.  Since taking office just one year ago, the President has increased the public debt by $1.47 trillion or 23 percent, from $6.3 trillion to $7.78 trillion.

Under the Administrations’ budget, public debt will triple, jumping to $17.5 trillion dollars by 2019.  Before Obama’s budget and “stimulus” were enacted, CBO estimated that the public debt in 2019 would be $9.34 trillion-or $8 trillion less than it is now projected to be under Obama. In addition, while the President prepares to tout his commitment to fiscal responsibility, he is encouraging Congress to pass a $1.9 trillion increase in the national debt limit, allowing the government to keep borrowing in order to keep on spending.  Today, the cost of the national debt is $39,870 for every woman, man, and child in the U.S.

Runaway Spending:  The record amounts of debt are a direct result of huge spending increases by the Democrats in Congress and the White House.  In one year controlling the White House and Congress, Democrats increased the annual deficit by 308 percent, from $458 billion to $1.4 trillion.  A quick review of Democrat’s spending increases in 2009 shows why the deficit exploded.  In 2009 alone, House Democrats passed $787 billion in “stimulus” spending (which will also add $347 billion in interest), two omnibus spending bills totaling more than $855 billion, and increased non-defense spending by 12 percent.  Faced with declining revenues, the President has chosen the least responsible option by increasing spending and deficits rather than lowering federal expenditures.

Deficits:  Another result of Obama’s runaway spending is record breaking deficits for the next decade and beyond.  Since Obama was inaugurated, the U.S. has had an average monthly deficit of $122.6 billion.  By comparison, from the year 2000 until 2008, the average annual deficit was $196 billion. Unfortunately, the trend of increased federal deficits will not come to an end under the President’s budget.  According to the President’s own estimates, his budget and spending plan will cause deficits to average $905 billion for each of the next ten years.   Budget shortfalls incurred by the government fuel the rise in the nation’s debt because the government is forced to borrow money to meet the shortfall.  In 2009, the budget deficit was $1.4 trillion-the first time in history the deficit exceeded $1 trillion and the first time the deficit exceeded 10 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) since World War II.

Why Spending and Debt Hurt the Economy:  When federal spending exceeds revenues the federal government usually does one of three things:  increase taxes, print new money, or borrow money.  Each of these possibilities is problematic and present different threats to the economy at large-especially during times of economic turmoil.

Keep reading…

Mike Pence appeared on MSNBC this morning to discuss the SOTU, and whether or not Obama has gotten the message from the American people, yet.

See also:

John Boehner:

Can You Blame Them? White House Tries New PR Campaign to Distract From Unpopular Job-Killing Agenda

The Obama Administration’s response to the results of the Massachusetts special election is a new PR campaign, and a hastily put-together one at that.  The New York Times says President Obama’s State of the Union address will now focus on “creating good jobs, addressing the deficit, helping the middle class and changing Washington,” with an accompanying slogan – “a new foundation” – to boot.  But no tacking, no pivoting, no reset-button-pushing, and no speechmaking can paper over the broken status quo President Obama and Washington Democrats have come to represent.  The people have spoken:

Read the whole thing.

Obama was against spending freezes before he was for them:

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/26/debate.mississippi.transcript/
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/07/presidential.debate.transcript/
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/10/16/politics/2008debates/main4525254.shtml

See also:

Obama’s Discretionary Spending Freeze Proposal

Freezes After Huge Increases:  The President’s plan to freeze some expenditures comes after a year of unprecedented discretionary increases which inflated current spending levels.  In March, 2009, the President signed a $410 billion omnibus spending bill for FY 2009 that increased non-defense spending by $32 billion or 8.3 percent above the previous year.  Less than two months ago, in December, he signed yet another, $447 billion omnibus which increased non-defense funding by 12 percent. Not all of those funding increases have taken effect, but the President has not proposed any rescissions.  Between FY 2009 and FY 2010, non-defense discretionary funding increased 17.4 percent.  In addition to the huge increases in regularly appropriated spending, Congress passed a $787 billion “stimulus” bill which included $311 billion in “emergency” discretionary appropriations.  According to the House Budget Committee Republicans, if “stimulus” funding is included, non-defense discretionary funding has increased by 57 percent since Obama took office.

Freezes Only a Portion of Discretionary Spending:  According to reports, the Obama proposal will exempt discretionary “security” spending, including defense, homeland security, veterans, and foreign aid discretionary spending.  Therefore, the discretionary spending subject to the freeze would be limited to portions of the Agriculture, CJS, Energy and Water, Financial Services, Interior, Labor-HHS-Education, Legislative Branch, and the Transportation and HUD spending bills.  According to CBO, those eight appropriations bills account for less than $450 billion or roughly 12 percent of the $3.5 trillion the government will spend in FY 2010.  While any type of spending freeze is a step in the right direction, the President’s proposal would be too limited to considerably reduce deficits, which will average $905 billion annually under Obama’s budget and $672 billion annually under current law over the next ten years.

Ignores Huge, New Spending Programs:  According to press reports, the proposal would exclude spending initiatives that might be passed between now and the start of FY 2011.  This could include the potential cost of implementing a government takeover of health care, the $49.9 billion in discretionary costs associated with a national energy tax, and a second “stimulus” bill which could cost in upwards of $150 billion.  In addition to the huge mandatory costs of the Democrats’ government takeover of health care, according to the Republican staff of the Appropriations Committee, the legislation could cost $150 billion in discretionary funding, costs which are not reflected in the CBO’s scores.  Two CBO letters sent to House and Senate Congressional Leadership prior to consideration of their respective health care bills stated, “CBO has not completed an estimate of all the discretionary costs that would be associated with the legislation.  Total costs would include those arising from the effects of the legislation on a variety of federal programs and agencies as well as from a number of new and existing programs subject to future appropriations.”

Excludes Mandatory Spending:  The spending freeze would not address mandatory spending, which will account for $1.9 trillion or 55 percent of all spending in FY 2010, according to CBO.  For instance, Medicare is projected to be $528 billion or 15 percent of total spending, and CBO estimates that Medicaid will cost $270 billion and account for 8 percent of all federal spending.  Funding for other smaller mandatory programs accounts for an additional $621 billion or 17 percent of federal spending in FY 2010.  In addition, the freeze would exclude any funding designated as “emergency spending,” including mandatory and discretionary portions of the “stimulus” bill, which total almost $500 billion.  None of these funds would be considered for a freeze under the proposal.


Wednesday’s Hero: Specialist Brandon K. Steffy

Specialist Brandon K. Steffy
23 years old from Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan
178th Military Police Detachment, 89th Military Police Brigade, III Corps
October 29, 2009

He came into to this world a rather large baby, so big the doctor thought that he’d just walk home with his mother. Brandon was well mannered, polite, and tough with a contagious laugh that lit up those around him. In 2005 he graduated from Brimley High School and in 2006 enlisted in the United States Army, following a tradition of family military service.

He served in Iraq as a gunner from May 2007 until July 2008 and was deployed to Afghanistan in June 2009 where he was a canine tracker handler for Forward operating Base Fenty Kennel in the Laghman Province. He and his K-9 dog Maci were inseparable, working on tracking terrorists; Maci specialized in tracking the scents of IED making materials.

Spc. Brandon Steffy was killed when the vehicle he was riding in was attacked. His decorations and awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal-Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

Spc. Steffy is survived by his wife, daughter, parents and his sister.

Brandon made people laugh and he made them cry. There was not one dry eye at his funeral, from every day townsfolk, to big construction workers to police officers; they all recalled Brandon, this “Gentle Giant.” They want everyone to know that if you never knew Brandon, then you really missed out.

All Information Was Found On And Copied From MilitaryCity.com & Freedom Remembered

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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{{{The Thing That Wouldn’t Leave}}}: Pelosi Says Dems Will Have Health Bill

Egad. The Rocky Horror Picture Show that our government has become, continues to appall. First ObamaCare is dead because of the Brown election,  then it’s not dead, and then it is truly dead, stick a fork in it, and then :

The top House Democrat says giving up on a health care bill isn’t an option.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday, “I don’t see that as a possibility…we will have something.”

The California Democrat said today’s health care system is financially unsustainable, and it’s not in the American character to allow tens of millions of citizens to go uninsured.

Pelosi didn’t say whether the final bill will be the sweeping overhaul sought by President Barack Obama, or smaller-scale legislation that accomplishes only some of his goals. Democrats were on the verge of passing far-reaching legislation, but the loss of a Massachusetts Senate seat has cost them the 60-vote majority needed to deliver.

UPDATE:

In case you didn’t get the “The Thing That Wouldn’t Leave” reference,  (Gosh this dates me) – it’s a classic skit from the original SNL:

John Belushi played the slobby, inconsiderate house guest of nice couple Jane Curtain and Bill Murray. All the rest of the guests had  gone home, it’s past midnight, and Belushi won’t stop flipping channels, and raiding their fridge.

Horrifying!

And hilarious.

UPDATE II:

EEEEEEEEEK!!!

UPDATE III:

CNN Poll shows 69% say scrap the bill, start over

But will the thing take a hint, and leave?

UPDATE IV:

Ace says update II was a false alarm.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

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Hump Day New Round-Up

•Frank Ross at Big Government has a good eye:

Former Obama economic adviser, Clinton Secretary of Labor, and Berkely Prof. Robert Reich claimed yesterday in his column at Salon.com that Fox News played a role in the conservative resurgence of 1994:

In December 1994, Bill Clinton proposed a so-called middle-class bill of rights including more tax credits for families with children, expanded retirement accounts, and tax-deductible college tuition. Clinton had lost his battle for healthcare reform. Even worse, by that time the Dems had lost the House and Senate. Washington was riding a huge anti-incumbent wave. Right-wing populists were the ascendancy, with Newt Gingrich and Fox News leading the charge. Bill Clinton thought it desperately important to assure Americans he was on their side.

Of course Fox News didn’t come into existence until October 7, 1996.

I can’t believe we’re losing the “Hipness” race to these guys.

I realize stories like this have a “Media Matters” nit-picky vibe to them. So Reich got a fact wrong, so he’s guilty of Fox derangement syndrome like so many on the left are…is this really worth mentioning?

Yes. Because the left has been doing it to the right for so long, obsessing over every word uttered on Fox News or talk radio, waiting for minor verbal slip-ups so they can rub our noses in it. The  point of Andrew Breitbart’s “Big” websites is to beat the leftwing media at their own game.

•By the way, it should surprise nobody that Fox is the most trusted name in news.

•You are going to be  appalled, and sadly……..not in the least bit surprised by some of the John Edwards anecdotes  shared by Andrew Young in his new book, The Politician, excerpted in the WSJ, today. Here are just a few:

Donations: “S–t, they love me — they would do anything for me,” John Edwards would say after getting a big donation, Young writes. If refused, he would say, “What the hell — why are they wasting my time? I’m going to be president. I don’t have time for this s–t. Everyone wants to give me advice. I don’t want their advice. I want their money.”

Made in USA: Young says Edwards is an Atkins-dieter who hated making appearances at state fairs where “fat rednecks try to shove food down my face. I know I’m the people’s senator, but do I have to hang out with them?” Before a SEIU candidate forum in Las Vegas, Young says Edwards made him cut out a “made in the USA” label from Young’s own suit to sew in place of Edwards’s “made in Italy” label.

Thoughts of leaving: Young says that Edwards would confide in him about how he thought about leaving “crazy” Elizabeth, but how she plays better with American voters than he. “I cringed when he said this,” Young writes.

Young should have been doing a lot of cringing around Edwards…..he should have been suffering damn near continuous shivering douchechills 24/7 around the guy. Yeesh. Who in their right mind would actively work for a man of such character?  Especially one running for President? What’s wrong with Andrew Young?

•The Marxist Roots Of Obama’s “Economic Pivot”:

Look for two key words likely to appear in the President’s speech: “productive” and “unproductive.”

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The false distinction between so-called “unproductive” and “productive” work has a long and sordid history. It was a cornerstone of Marxist economic theory, and was also a staple of antisemitic rhetoric in Europe. Jews, barred by law from owning land and practicing certain trades, became prominent in finance—“unproductive” work, to their detractors—and were scapegoated during times of economic turmoil.

•Another thing to look for in the speech: the number of times he refers to himself.

•And S.E. Cupp has a few more words to look for, and drink to.

Whatever you do, don’t drink to the word, “I”, or you’ll risk alcohol poisoning.

•More SOTU speech (or “State of the Obama” as Rush calls it) drinking rules, via Dana Loesch

•Schadenfreude alert: Progressives’ anger grows against White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel:

Few in the Obama administration appeared more formidable than Emanuel did a year ago as the new president entered the White House. He was recruited out of his congressional leadership position by Obama, who wanted only Emanuel to run his White House.

He was regarded as a fearsome political force, the enforcer and implementer of the Obama agenda, as “Rahmbo.” Profiles were written conveying that though Emanuel had matured somewhat since his somewhat wilder days in the Clinton White House, he still had the edge that made him so feared by many.

The story of Emanuel in 1992, after Bill Clinton was elected president, driving a steak knife into a table and shouting, “Dead!” over and over as he named off political enemies, was told again and again.

That story is now being reinterpreted by the ascendant liberal grassroots, which has grown disillusioned with the Obama White House.

“You’re not a tough guy if your first thought upon assuming the power of the presidency is to take it and use it to punish your enemies. You’re a cowardly, petty, small-minded thug,” said Jane Hamsher…

•ZoNation: Why Dems are losing: It Aint Complicated

•RE James O’Keefe’s arrest: Andrew Breitbart says….Wait until the facts are in.

Mainstream Media, ACORN, Media Matters (all the supposed defenders of due process and journalistic ethics) are jumping to conclusions over the arrest today of James O’Keefe, with the clear intention to smear and, if possible, convict O’Keefe and his alleged co-conspirators in the court of public opinion in order to taint the “jury of their peers.”

The ACORN story was a huge black eye for the organized left and their allies and cohorts in the mainstream media. So they are relishing every minute of this breaking story, making it their top story – while they ignored the initial ACORN story until they no longer could.

Read the entire piece.

Yeah, I couldn’t believe how quickly the MSM jumped on this story, after it took them so long to cover the truly damning ACORN stings. I for one, have been reserving judgment until I hear more, but  I think it’s safe to say…it don’t look good.

•Hugh Hewitt interviewed Breitbart, yesterday, after the story broke. Transcript, here.

•Aw! Stand up guy,  Tommy Christopher comes to O’Keefe’s defense.

•LOVE THIS! LOTR fans, get yourselves over to Verum Serum, right now, and watch their epic Video: Requiem for ObamaCare which uses LOTR style and imagery.

•COWABUNGA! Disaster poll: Nearly 70 percent say dump Dems’ health care bill

Linked in Michelle Malkin’s Buzzworthy, thanks!


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Look what just showed up in my in-box!

Belted out by Kathleen Stewart, (who says, “keep hammering the left, lol!)

You can order Kathleen’s “politically incorrect jazz sounds”, here.

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Source Close To O’Keefe Tells Fox News: “They Were Not Attempting To Wiretap Phones”

“Or anything like like that”:

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O’Keefe: “The truth shall set me free”

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