It was just a naked show of force.
Bonus: She went ahead an supplied a video of the riot police/ stormtroopers with the Star Wars imperial march music at her site.
I’m having trouble focusing on any one story, today. As usual, I woke up to mostly depressing news which I’d rather ignore than write about.
The UN elects Iran to the UN Commission on the Rights of Women, with no objection from the US? Weren’t we assured by the Obama administration that the US joined the farcical UN Human Rights Council with the intention of reforming it from within? What a sad joke.
More smart power from the Obama administration:
At least Obama’s assault on Israel is finally taking a toll:
David Limbaugh, Cassandra and Dr. Laurie Roth at CFP write excellent opeds on themes I’ve been pounding, lately: Strikingly Unpresidential and The Death of Everyman and Not the naive inexperienced boy President!
Why does this guy have still any credibility with the media? Al Sharpton Threatens Sheriff Joe Arpaio; May Unleash Activists to Shadow His Deputees (Video)
Powerline has the snark of the day: At some point you have grabbed enough power
Find out the tea partier’s secret weapon, here.
The Blog Professor: NPR: Clean air will make global warming worse or something
The Paragraph Farmer takes on Peggy Noonan and Nicholas Kristof : Dragging Hay Bales and Agendas into Church
Big Government: Why The Terrorist Loving Left is Trying To Destroy Brandon Darby
See what’s been going on in NJ’s schools.
Guess who has VIP tickets?
Preserving American Liberty has announced Fred and Jeri Thompson, Liz Cheney and J.C. Watts will join Sarah Palin at the Independence Events Center, Saturday, May 1, 2010 for “Winning America Back”. Fred Thompson is a former Presidential Candidate, U.S. Senator and is a well-known Actor, Jeri Thompson is married to Fred Thompson and is a political commentator; Liz Cheney is with Keep America Safe and the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney; J.C. Watts is a former congressman and football star from the University of Oklahoma.
It’s all happening about 10 minutes away from my house. Yeah, of course, I’m going, are you kidding me?
Gateway Pundit also reports something about a buycott being promoted at the conference?:
Patriots Launch a National Campaign in Solidarity with Arizona Calling for a BUYcott of the Grand Canyon State
UPDATE: Buycott organizers will have an update Saturday, at the “Winning America Back” conference in Kansas City, MO – Featured speakers include Sarah Palin and Fred Thompson.
Dateline: Phoenix, AZ: While protestors have launched a sit in calling on the Governor to veto the bill launching the Country’s first major state enforcement efforts on illegal immigration, protesters like Al Sharpton are asking for a Boycott of the State.
In response, Patriot groups around the country want to support the rights of the people of Arizona and are calling for a BUYcott of the State.
I lived in Arizona for about a year…loved their pistachios.
For almost a week, now, Obama has been blasting the new immigration law in Arizona that was signed by Governor Jan Brewer, calling it “poorly conceived”. On Wednesday, he repeated the popular misconception that Hispanics will be stopped and carded based on race:
“What I think is a mistake is when we start having local law enforcement officials given the power to stop people on the suspicions that they may be undocumented workers,” Obama told reporters. “That carries a great amount of risk.”
Obama has sharply criticized the law, asking the Justice Department to look into whether it violates civil rights. On Wednesday, he said he understands the frustrations of people in Arizona who are faced with thousands of immigrants coming into their state illegally, but he said the state’s new immigration law would only end up polarizing the debate over reform.
He should know better. Kris Kobach, who helped craft the bill, corrected that falsehood, among many others in his NYT oped, today:
Actually, Section 2 provides that a law enforcement official “may not solely consider race, color or national origin” in making any stops or determining immigration status. In addition, all normal Fourth Amendment protections against profiling will continue to apply. In fact, the Arizona law actually reduces the likelihood of race-based harassment by compelling police officers to contact the federal government as soon as is practicable when they suspect a person is an illegal alien, as opposed to letting them make arrests on their own assessment.
At the Corner, Andy McCarthy’s concluded:
The people who are complaining about this law almost certainly either have not read it or are demagogues who would make the same absurd claims no matter what the law said.
You’ve got to be kidding me.
After months of behind closed doors meetings with lobbyists to write the unwanted health care bill; it takes a certain amount of chutzpa for the Democrats to accuse the minority party of doing the same thing.
Weasel Zippers calls it “assploding hypocrisy”:
Yeah, I’d like to know who those “mysterious Wall Street executives” talking to Republicans are, myself.
I would think that after financing the Democratic majority in 2006, and 2008, Wall Street execs would be sticking with the guys who actually have the power to do their bidding. It’s not like the Dems aren’t doing their best to placate their masters.
I understand that the Alinsky method compels Dems to accuse their opponents of what they themselves do… This ad goes above and beyond the call of duty.
More assploding hypocrisy from Weasel Zippers: Bawney Fwank Blames Republicans For Downfall of Fannie and Freddie…
Just a reminder, in case it’s needed:
This cartoon by Ramirez says it all:
Some of the most revealing glimpses into Obama’s true ideology comes when he goes off ‘prompter. Perhaps the most striking example of this was his October/08 quip to Joe the Plumber about “spreading the wealth”. That is, until now.
Obama thinks there’s a limit to how much a person should be able to earn in this country? What does he think the cap should be? I assuming that the government would take all monies earned that exceed what is allowed… Is he perhaps signaling a future financial reform? Putting up a trial balloon?
Ed Morissey notes a fundamental misunderstanding Obama has of the entrepreneurial spirit, which fuels capitalism:
… the responsibility of an entrepreneur isn’t to “grow our economy,” core or otherwise. It’s to grow his own economy. In a properly regulated capitalist system, the natural tension of self-interests create economic growth through innovation and efficient use of capital and resources.
Put simply, a free people work for themselves, not for the government. Barack Obama seems to have a problem understanding that.
I really don’t care how much a person makes, as long as he’s playing by the rules. The sky should be the limit.
The hundreds of tea party protests that have sprung up since February of ’09 have been entirely peaceful affairs. No police have had to be called in to rein in unruly tea partiers. There has been no violence and no drama. Just a lot of people upset about the direction the country’s leadership is taking us.
But that was before Obama was forced to face the cold, menacing stares of the ladies of Quincy.
Photos via Gateway Pundit:
Obama’s motorcade was greeted before he reached the Oakley-Lindsey/Quincy Community Center by a group of about 200 tea party members singing patriotic songs. Armed security personnel was called in to quell the crowd. Video via Sharp Elbows:
Gateway Pundit reports that a call came from inside the convention center to the Quincy police. He thinks the Secret Service unleashed the riot police on the tea party patriots.
The question is…why?
Ace says what I was thinking, but was hesitant to say…because it’s just so ughhhh:
It strikes me as odd, however, that a day after the left is embarrassed to have the riot police called on those “mostly peaceful” bottle-throwing barricade-overrunning immigration protesters, the media suddenly gets the optics of “See, riot police were called on the Tea Partiers, too.“
Of course, the optics created are not the optics intended.
The message seems to be that there are privileged points of view and unprivileged points of view. And the privileged speakers get to have riots, and the unprivileged get the threat of having their heads busted in for daring to wave a flag.
…”the media suddenly gets the optics of “See, riot police were called on the Tea Partiers, too.” EXACTLY what I was thinking.
Can they really be that sick?
See also Gateway Pundit for: Obama Sniper Teams Ordered to Rooftops To Quash Radical Tea Party Protest
This whole things stinks to high heaven if it was done merely to intimidate these (not largely peaceful), but 100% peaceful protesters.You would think that there had been a threat on the President’s life.
But no. Here’s what Dana Loesch is reporting:
Who gave the order to call in the riot police on protesters? Word is that Secret Service from inside the venue and the presidential team pressured local law enforcement, who were against the idea. Local cops were overruled, I’m told by various sources, including a few members of local press. Moore reported that she overheard Secret Service telling the riot squad to “push them back, out of sight.“
See also: Bob McCarty, who was there and has a report with more pix.
The official version of what happened, according to the Quincy Herald/Whig:
There were a few tense moments when the crowd moved west down York toward Third Street after the president’s motorcade arrived. A Secret Service agent asked the crowd to move back across the street to the north side.
When the crowd didn’t move and began singing “God Bless, America” and the national anthem, Quincy Deputy Police Chief Ron Dreyer called for members of the Mobile Field Force to walk up the street.
The officers, mainly from Metro East departments near St. Louis and dressed in full body armor, marched from the east and stood on the south side of York facing the protesters.
There was no physical contact, and the officers did not come close to the crowd, but there were catcalls and more than a few upset tea party members, including a woman who shouted, “This is communism!”
McQueen also assisted in asking people to step back to the north side of York. The crowd moved back, the officers stayed for about 15 minutes and left, and there were no other incidents.
“It’s just a communication issue. We were trying to get them to move across the street,” Quincy Deputy Police Chief Curt Kelty said. “We were just trying to move them back, they complied, and it was fine.”
Several of the Quincy Tea Party members thanked Kelty as they left the area.
A marching platoon of officers in full body armor was called in to move the tea partiers to the other side of the street?
Why did Quincy Deputy Police Chief, Ron Dreyer think that such a draconian measure was warranted?
More video, via Gateway Pundit, of the Showdown in Quincy:
They really were singing patriotic songs.
According to the Quincy Herald/Whig:
When the crowd didn’t move and began singing “God Bless, America” and the national anthem, Quincy Deputy Police Chief Ron Dreyer called for members of the Mobile Field Force to walk up the street.
Bob McCarty takes issue with that:
Not true. I was there.
Actually, you can see from the video, above, that the police in riot gear were already present before they were asked to move to the other side of the street. They were singing “God Bless America” as they were moving.
In reality, those Tea Partiers — from Missouri, Illinois and Iowa — rallied peacefully outside the Oakley Lindsay Civic Center while the president was inside, delivering a Wall Street-bashing speech.
And who heard that speech? It was a mostly liberal crowd that included at least four busloads of supporters brought in from Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield and Chicago. Astroturf.
On the agenda today in Topeka, Michelle Malkin, P.J. O’Rourke, AFPF President Tim Phillips, AFPF Vice President of Policy Phil Kerpen, and more.
I got here about 2 and 1/2 hours late, but was pleasantly surprised that I arrived in time to hear Michelle Malkin’s speech, (on the culture of corruption in Washington), and that there were media tables in the conference room for bloggers like me to set up shop.
Michelle: President Obama’s contribution has been the Chicagoization of the Potomac. “Hope and Change” came with brass knuckles…
I already have a copy of Michelle’s book, “Culture of Corruption”, but forgot to bring it. I’m wondering if I should go buy another, just to get in the book signing line? I missed meeting her at CPAC…
PJ O’Rourke should be good. He recently made a splash with his Plague of ‘A’ Students article in The Weekly Standard, but I thought he was being too kind. The Obami are not just well meaning, nerdy, smart guys who think they have all the answers. As Michelle enumerated, there’s been a lot of corruption, thuggery, and lying going on with this gang in the White House.
We’re having a lunch break now, so I’m going to go get some chow, and be back in a jiff.
Okay, apparently I missed PJ O’Rourke…
Oh well. Punctuality matters. At least I didn’t miss lunch. That was tasty.
Later on this afternoon, the assembly here, will be moving to the State Capitol, where there’ll be an AFP rally, which I’ll also be covering.
Conservative State Senator, (and father of six), Ty Masterson gave a good speech about cutting taxes; “We need to get out there and counteract the propaganda out there in the general public”, he said.
Kansas Watchdog will have video highlights of the speeches up later today.
photo via Kansas Watchdog
That’s my favorite line from this piece by Dennis Kneale at CNBC: Obama is a Bully. It’s my favorite line, not only because it’s witty, but because I agree with it, completely. I’ve been shocked by Obama’s bullying tactics since day one.
Bam is a bully. Bad enough that he bashes Wall Street, but this President has gone farther than any in modern history in putting the wrong kind of “bully” back into what Teddy Roosevelt had called the bully pulpit.
Obama’s latest broadside came over the weekend, when he vehemently criticized the state of Arizona and its (Republican) governor for passing a tough new law on illegal immigration.
The President called the measure “misguided” and all but labeled it un-American. He even ordered the Department of Justice, before the ink on this bill-signing has even dried, to examine the civil-rights “implications” of the new law. Seems like the courts and rights groups could handle that once any problem actually emerges.
Can you remember any other modern President, wagging a finger from on high, so directly and bitterly criticizing a new law passed by any state?
This is hubris at best and ignorance of the Constitution at worst. The U.S. was founded in part on the precept of states’ rights as an important counterweight to a rapacious federal government. Thus a President must step softly here, questioning gently but avoiding rancor and browbeating.
This episode brings to mind Obama’s chiding of the Supreme Court at The State of the Union address, which showed a shocking lack of decorum and civility, as well. One expects to hear a statesman at a State of the Union address. Instead, we got a bully:
Obama the Bully, at his State of the Union address, had the temerity to criticize the Supreme Court of the United States for its new ruling that companies have a right to free speech in political campaign advertising (a right that unions already enjoyed, by the way). He did this as the justices themselves sat before him in the audience, paying their respects to a leader who showed them none.
Perhaps President Obama had forgotten an American civics lesson: The Supreme Court is the supreme law of the land. It is unseemly and disrespectful for a President to so bluntly and blatantly question the justices’ judgment and intent—especially right in front of their faces.
I can’t remember of any other President in my memory having done this. Nixon maybe? An unfortunate comparison, indeed.
Read it all. Kneale also delves into the President’s unseemly demonization of Wall Street, and his predecessor, GW Bush. I would also add the tea party people, since he’s singled them out on more than one occasion to mock them, and Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck. We’ve been forced to witness this shockingly unpresidential behavior for 15+ months .
That and the lies…the constant, bold faced lies….
People are noticing.
Sarah Palin: ‘I’m Sick And Tired Of Obama And The White House Coming Out With Yet Another New Crisis That Has To Be Fixed By Government Sticking It To The People, and taking more of what we earn and produce.’
I’d love for that to become as well known as Hillary’s infamous “sick and tired” speech.
It’s certainly easier on the ears.
Hat tip: Weasel Zippers
Will Collier at Pajamas Media answers that question with satire.
The following is, of course, satire — though the author continues to wait for the AP, Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Anderson Cooper, Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, and the rest of the MSM and political class to give the New Orleans beating the coverage it deserves.
He’ll wait in vain. Allie Bautsch and her boyfriend, Joe Brown were the wrong color, social class, and political party to become media sensations. They didn’t fit the narrative. So this story will never be given the attention it deserves.
That is the country we live in.
Hat tip: Instapundit
Chart via Doug Ross
Here, via Lynn Sweet at the Chicago Trib, is the President’s official schedule for April 27, 2010.
In the morning, the President will greet members of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform in the Roosevelt Room. There will be a still photographer pool spray at the top of the greet. Following the greet, the President will deliver remarks in the Rose Garden, thanking the members of the Commission for their important service and underscore the importance of forging bipartisan consensus around recommendations to meaningfully improve our long-run fiscal health. The remarks are open press. The President will embark on another leg of the White House to Main Street tour with stops in Iowa. In the early afternoon, he will tour the Siemens Wind Turbine Blade Manufacturing Plant in Fort Madison. There will be travel pool coverage of the tour. The President will then deliver remarks and share ideas with workers for continuing to grow the economy and to put Americans back to work. This event is open press.
I feel so much better, now, don’t you? Obama is going to deliver remarks on fiscal responsibility, and have his picture taken after the greet. This must mean he’s finally serious about reining in government spending!
And then on to Iowa for what? Has he pivoted entirely to jobs, or will he continue to talk up the ever popular health care legislation?
Is he done with his “aggressive White House public relations blitz to sell his newly signed health care overhaul to a skeptical and sometimes confused public”…
‘Cause I’m confused. I just heard that the White House sat on a damning HHS economic report about the health care bill until a month after it passed.
The economic report released last week by Health and Human Services, which indicated that President Barack Obama’s health care “reform” law would actually increase the cost of health care and impose higher costs on consumers, had been submitted to the office of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius more than a week before the Congressional votes on the bill, according to career HHS sources, who added that Sebelius’s staff refused to review the document before the vote was taken.
“The reason we were given was that they did not want to influence the vote,” says an HHS source. “Which is actually the point of having a review like this, you would think.”
The analysis, performed by Medicare’s Office of the Actuary, which in the past has been identified as a “nonpolitical” office, set off alarm bells when submitted. “We know a copy was sent to the White House via their legislative affairs staff,” says the HHS staffer, “and there were a number of meetings here almost right after the analysis was submitted to the secretary’s office. Everyone went into lockdown, and people here were too scared to go public with the report.”
That’s just the latest of a series of embarrassing revelations that have come out since the passage of the bill.
Failure to ensure immediate coverage for kids with pre-existing conditions—something Obamacare supporters had constantly promised was part of the bill.Looking to provide cover for those who wrote the bill, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius fired off a warning letter to insurers. “Health insurance is designed to prevent any child from being denied coverage because he or she has a pre-existing condition,” she scolded.
And the most the fiscally irresponsible, until now:
According to The Hill: “Taxpayers earning less than $200,000 a year will pay roughly $3.9 billion more in taxes – in 2019 alone – because of healthcare reform, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, Congress’ official scorekeeper for legislation. The new law raises $15.2 billion over 10 years by limiting the medical expense deduction, a provision widely used by taxpayers who either have a serious illness or are older.”
Since passage, several companies have announced that the health care bill will cost them billions of dollars; the Congressional Research Service confirmed Republican warnings that the bill allows convicted sex offenders, including pedophiles and rapists, to receive taxpayer-subsidized medication for erectile dysfunction; and it was discovered that the law will not prevent large increases in insurance premiums.
Then there’s Peter Orszag’s admission that there will be rationing (death) panels with ObamaCare, after all.
And now this news that the HHS sat on an economically damning report rather than release it to the public because why? They were running out of bribes to buy blue dog votes? It was clear they didn’t give a damn what the public thought before the cram through.
Will Obama dare the Republicans to “run on a platform of repeal”, again, today? Because that would be rich.
Ed Morrissey updates the HHS economic report story:
Yid with Lid tips me that the director of the CMS, Richard Forster, has denied this report, according to Fox News.
But how can that be? Obama specifically said otherwise….
Dan Riehl: Obama’s Bold-faced Lie On Finance Reform
Via email – Heritage Foundation: It’s Official — Higher Health Care Costs:
Liberal hate speech ahead. And when it comes to hate speech…nobody does it better than liberal trolls.
Tabitha Hale adds:
Now, just for kicks, go check out DC’s video of messages left by Tea Party members the day we posted his voicemail on BigGovernment.com. Any comparison?
Just between you and me, I’ve always found the Geico lizard with his fake Australian accent, to be cloying, annoying, and unfunny. But now, we know he’s a koolaid drinking Kos kiddie, too – a liberal troll who harasses Freedomworks staffers, and then throws together a nasty, dishonest video, calling conservative protesters, “teabaggers” and racists, using the discredited March 20 racial non-incident, and questionable tea party signage to make his laughable point that right wingers are extreme – when judging from the voicemails he shared, they’re nothing compared to his vile fellow travelers.
You know what? The newly unemployed Douglas would be a perfect fit for Media Matters. I wonder if they’re hiring?
A blog round up, since so many of us are piling on:
The Other McCain: Pink Elephant Pundit Requests The Attention Of Keith Olbermann
iOWNTHEWORLD: Freedom Works Releases Hate Messages
Liberty Pundits: Hateful Leftists Exposed [Strong Content Warning]
Moonbattery: Tidings of Joy From the Party of Tolerance
Yes, Democrat Lyndon LaRouche supporters have carried Obama/Hitler signs at some tea parties. But if you want to see profligate use of Nazi symbols, the place to be is at a left wing rally. Any left wing rally. A pro illegal immigration rally, for instance.
Verum Serum spotted some Nazi symbols like that at the pro-illegal immigration rally in Phoenix on Sunday:
The “largely” peaceful protest also had kids smacking around a pinata adorned with the face of Governor Jan Brewer, which you can also see at Verum Serum. Last Friday, Governor Brewer signed into law, SB 1070, the nation’s toughest bill on illegal immigration, which aims to identify, prosecute and deport illegal immigrants. In other words, it enforces the law.
The first 4th of July after 9/11, I made a pinata with Osama Bin Laden’s face on it for our family picnic; (the man, you may remember, was responsible for the deaths of nearly 3000 innocent Americans).
I’m sure Democrats will denounce these shocking displays any moment now.
Hat tip: Weasel Zippers