White House Accuses Boehner of Lying About Obama’s Jobs Speech: “The date and time were cleared with the speaker’s office this morning” UPDATE: Obama Caves, Downgrades Lie

There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that the divider in Chief purposefully chose to give his pointless jobs speech on the same day as the Republican debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. Everything the man does lately seems designed to chafe and offend. To deflect blame away from themselves, the White House is claiming that they got permission from Speaker Boehner’s office before they announced the timing of the speech. Boehner says they didn’t.

Incidentally, is there any good reason for the President to be giving yet another long, droning, platitudinous speech, transparently short on specifics, long on demagoguery?  His handlers have gotten it into their heads that giving speeches is one of Obama’s strong suits. So they keep trotting him out there, even though his powers of persuasion ended a long time ago. The more he talks, the more his approval numbers go down. I don’t have a problem with them being behind the learning curve on this, but kneecapping Rick Perry on the night of his first primary debate, is nasty and petty.

The Politico reports that administration officials insist it’s all pure coincidence.

“It is my recommendation that your address be held on the following evening, when we can ensure there will be no parliamentary or logistical impediments that might detract from your remarks,” Boehner wrote.

Boehner’s spokesman added in a statement that the White House ignored protocol by not first requesting a date from the speaker’s office.

“It’s unfortunate the White House ignored decades — if not centuries — of the protocol of working out a mutually agreeable date and time before making any public announcement,” Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said.

The White House sprang the speech on such short notice, even some Democrats are questioning the wisdom of the approach. Reportedly, one top Senate Democratic aide called the move “pure Obama — keeping us in the dark until the last minute.” Another one thinks the White House miscalculated; “The narrative about the jobs speech has now become about when the speech is given, not the substance of the speech.”

So how does the “adult in the room” respond to Republican objections to the WH faux pas?

A senior House Democratic aide called Boehner’s office “childish” for asking the president to reschedule.

“The childish behavior coming out of the speaker’s office today is truly historic,” the aide said. “It is unprecedented to reject the date that a president wants to address a joint session of the Congress.”

The White House had insisted the timing was coincidental. Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters there were many scheduling “considerations” and suggested the president has no interest in detracting from the debate viewership.

He said the administration would “welcome” a decision by debate hosts to “adjust the timing of their debate so that it didn’t conflict.”

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Read John Boehner’s letter, and tell me it was “childish”.

Some White House officials, not brave enough to go on the record, accused Boehner of lying:

Senior White House officials, responding to Boehner’s letter under cloak of anonymity, told POLITICO the speaker had essentially signed off on the 8 p.m., Sept. 7 slot before they went public.

“[The] date and time were cleared with the speaker’s office this morning, before the letter went out,” an Obama aide said.

Again, Boehner claims they did not clear it with his office, first. He says the White House “notified” him they were seeking that time, then announced it to the press, before Boehner had answered. What weasels.

On the Senate side, Jim DeMint is fuming, vowing to block Obama’s speech unless he knocks it off:

Sen. Jim DeMint vowed Wednesday to try to block President Barack Obama from addressing a joint session of Congress on the same day as a Republican presidential debate next week.

Obama could learn something from the GOP, DeMint reasoned, in adding his voice — and his vote — to a growing chorus of Republican objections.

“The president should pick another night. I’m planning to watch the Republican primary debate … and the president should watch it, too,”

The iconic South Carolina conservative said. “If he has a jobs proposal, put it in writing, give us a cost estimate, and send it over. I want to read the bill, not listen to talking points off a TelePrompter. If he insists on playing politics by picking the night of the GOP debate, I will object to the session.”

A lone determined senator can tie the chamber in knots for days, and the House and Senate must both pass a concurrent resolution to allow for the president to speak to a joint session.

Awesome.

Listening to The Mark Levin Show, Ace reports:

Mark Levin says he hears Obama may just do an Oval Office address if Congress balks. This could work for him. It was speculated the whole point of calling a Joint Session was to force networks to cover him. And they are getting tired of giving him very pricey prime-time slots to speak in. But a Joint Session is fairly rare and networks wouldn’t balk for that kind of speech.

What a vain little man we have in the White House.

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The Hill: Obama targets GOP for fall offensive:

President Obama is preparing to fight a political war this fall on two fronts — the first against Republicans who want his job and the second against Republicans who want to make his job more difficult.

Obama is taking dead-aim at the latter group, targeting Congress in a fall offensive that the president’s reelection campaign hopes will bruise the overall GOP image beyond repair.

Well, he’s getting off to a bang-up start, annoying even members of his own party with his nonsense.

UPDATE:

Hot Air: Peace in our time: Obama to address Congress on jobs the day after GOP debate

A good catch by New Yorker correspondent Ryan Lizza. Note in Carney’s statement that they’re now saying they merely “consulted” with Boehner’s office beforehand. Says Lizza, “‘Cleared’ officially downgraded to ‘consulted.’ So someone at WH anonymously passed along inaccurate information to several journos. Nice.”

Michelle Malkin: Photoshop fun: President O-bow-ma caves to Boehner

LA Times Top of the Ticket: Minutes after his Sept. 8 address to Congress is set, Obama bashes both houses:

Alternate headline: President Prissy Throws A Hissy

Within minutes of agreeing with congressional leaders Wednesday night on an address to a joint session next week, President Obama flashed out an email to millions of supporters criticizing the chambers, their members and vowing to pressure them to enact his as yet unspecified job creation ideas.

“It’s been a long time since Congress was focused on what the American people need them to be focused on,” the Democrat charged in an email with the subject line: “Frustrated.”

It’s not exactly clear how long “a long time” Obama was thinking of. But until midterm voters produced a historic House turnover to Republicans last November, Obama’s Democratic Party controlled both houses with substantial majorities and gave him vast spending, reform and healthcare programs.

It was, at least in part, voter reaction to such legislation that produced the divided government in D.C. now.

This evening’s email is likely revealing of the strategy this White House intends to follow for the 2012 presidential election, blaming Congress for what hasn’t happened in the economy and employment sectors.

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Freedom’s Lighthouse: GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann Says Obama Showed “Insecurity” with Failed Attempt to Upstage GOP Presidential Debate with Joint Session of Congress Speech – Video 8/31/11

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Green Fail: Obama Crony and Stimulus Beneficiary, Solyndra Goes Belly Up

Obama sold the San Francisco solar company, Solyndra  as the future of Green technology, “leading the way”, “a testament to American ingenuity and dynamism”.  In late 2009, Solyndra received a loan guarantee of $535 million via the Department of Energy’s  “Section 1705 program” created by the 2009 stimulus.

Turns out it was money down the toilet.

NBC Bay Area reported, via Gateway Pundit:

President Obama faces political catastrophe in the form of Solyndra — a San Francisco Bay area solar company that he touted as a gleaming example of green technology. It has announced it will declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy. More than 1,100 people will lose their jobs.

During a visit to the Fremont facility in spring of 2010, the President said the factory “is just a testament to American ingenuity and dynamism and the fact that we continue to have the best universities in the world, the best technology in the world, and most importantly the best workers in the world. ”

It’s not his statements the administration will regret; it’s the loan guarantees. The President was celebrating $535 million in federal promises from the Department of Energy to the solar startup. The administration didn’t do its due diligence, says the Government Accountability Office. “There’s a consequence if you don’t follow a rigorous process that’s transparent,” Franklin Rusco of GAO told the website iWatch News.

Solyndra has been the focus of a House Oversight Committee investigation because the shady connections to the Stimulus loan:

In addition to Solyndra’s financial troubles, the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee was piqued by the possibility that the solar company’s loan guarantee had been influenced by politics. As has been reportedby ABC News and iWatch News, Solyndra’s primary financial backer was a “bundler” (i.e., big-time fundraiser) for then-Senator Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign.Also suspicious is the timing of Solyndra’s loan guarantee. It was closed 10 months before the next such loan guarantee; in the ten months thereafter, 10 loan guarantee were closed. It certainly seems as if the Solyndra loan guarantee was rushed out the door. The Subcommittee would like to know why.In January, the Subcommittee opened its investigation. On March 14, it requested documentation on the loan guarantee from the Office of Management and Budget, which has an oversight role with regard to the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office, but OMB has refused to produce the documents.  The subcommittee convened a hearing June 24 to hear directly from OMB Deputy Director Jeffrey Zients, but he refused to show up to testify.

Question for Issa: What’s the use of having subpoena power if no one honors your requests?

MORE GREEN TECH SUCCESS STORIES:

  • Last year, Seattle was awarded $20 million in stimulus funds to weatherize buildings. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn promised that the money would improve energy efficiency in 200 buildings (in practice, this means calking and insulating), thereby creating 2,000 “green jobs.” This proved to be a gross overestimate. Two weeks ago, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer called the program a “bust.” The newspaper reported that a scant 14 jobs have been created, most of which were administration.
  • According to a recent New York Times article on the failure of President Barack Obama’s green jobs agenda, California has spent half of $186 million in stimulus money it received for weatherization programs. The money created a paltry 538 full time jobs, at a cost of almost $173,000 per job. What a crummy deal!
  • Then there’s Evergreen Solar, a solar-power components manufacturer. In April 2009, the White House issued a press-release stating that stimulus money* resulted in Evergreen Solar seeking to fill 90-100 jobs at a plant in Devens, Massachusetts. A year later, Evergreen Solar packed up its bags and moved operations to China. This month, it declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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The American Thinker: Obama blows $535 million dollars on a crony capitalist scheme declaring bankruptcy today

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Obama’s Uncle Omar Is An Illegal Alien, Yet Has MA Drivers License and Federal SS#?

Obama’s uncle Omar,” Onyango Obama, (also known as, Obama Onyango), who was arrested last week in Framingham, MA, last week, was ordered to be deported in 1992, according to two federal law enforcement officials with knowledge of the case. Despite his illegal status, Uncle Obama has a valid MA drivers license and a  federal SS.

Boston.com via Weasel Zippers:

Onyango Obama, who is from Kenya and is known as the president’s Uncle Omar on his father’s side, had lived a quiet life in Massachusetts until last Wednesday, when police said the car he was driving darted in front of a police cruiser, nearly causing the officer to hit his car.

The federal officials, who spoke about Obama’s immigration status on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak about the case, said Obama had been told to leave in 1992, but he did not go.

Obama is the second relative of the president to have defied a deportation order, reigniting debate over illegal immigration and raising questions about how a man who had lived in the United States illegally for years had managed to secure a job, a Massachusetts driver’s license, and apparently, a federal Social Security number, without being detected by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

“There are hundreds of thousands of people who have been ordered deported and just ran off and nobody’s looking for them,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors strict controls on immigration.

Onyango Obama’s sister, Zeituni Onyango, also faced deportation before a Boston immigration judge granted her asylum last year. She, too, had avoided the spotlight, living in public housing in South Boston despite a deportation order. Her immigration status was leaked to the media days before her nephew’s historic election in 2008.

Here’s Sean Hannity discussing the strange story on his show, last night.

Local CBS affiliate WBZ reported that Aunt Zeituni and Uncle Omar are brother and sister.

Aunt Zeituni, allegedly also has a valid SS# issued between 2001 and 2002 in the state of Indiana, although she is not known to have ever lived in Indiana.

Zeituni and Omar’s famous nephew allegedly has a SS# issued in CT, although he’s never lived in CT.

The President has little to do with his  Massachusetts relatives.

Pretty weird, huh?

Issa: “We Know We’re Being Gamed” By Obama Administration

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) appeared on the Greta Van Susteren Show last night to talk about the House Oversight Committee’s investigation of the gunwalker scandal.

Video via Gateway Pundit:

“We have confidential sources that have shown us why the administration’s representatives knew these weapons were going to the cartels. Not mostly, not maybe, but virtually all of them.”

Is Issa really so naive that he thinks a conference call or meeting with Holder is going to lead to “a satisfactory conclusion” to this investigation?  It’s past time for an independent prosecutor to the case.

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Sharyl Attkisson’s report last night on CBS News

The Night of the Short Knives: “Scratch one flattop.” Melson transferred to a rubber room job at DOJ, Burke forced to resign.

Why has Justice Department not responded to FOIA appeal on ‘Gunwalker’ briefing?

 

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Obama: The Unemployed Are Being Discriminated Against

Meet the new protected class, the unemployed:

Obama: “We have seen instances in which employers are explicitly saying we don’t want to look at people who are unemployed.”

Sounds like a case for the Holder DOJ.

Nothing like bullying employers to help with the jobless numbers, huh?

Hat tip: P/Od Patriot

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How The White House Plans To Politicize The 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Latest AP ObamaHalo pic via Weasel Zippers

According to a set of guidelines the White House is disseminating to federal agencies and overseas embassies, instead of commemorating the victims of the 9/11 attack, and honoring the heroic first responders, the focus on the 10th anniversary of that fateful day, will be on national service (like say, OFA), and Obama himself - his leadership team and his nation.

JammieWearingFool read through the lines of the NYT’s story for Human Events:

First responders aren’t even invited to participate in ceremonies this coming September 11 and instead it appears as if the primary focus of 9/11 will be paying tribute to Barack Obama​ while downplaying the terrorism threat facing us.

Members of the clergy will also not be allowed, but that was Mayor Bloomberg’s call.

So what’s left?

The White House in recent days has quietly disseminated two sets of documents. One is framed for overseas allies and their citizens and was sent to American embassies and consulates around the globe. The other includes themes for Americans here and underscores the importance of national service and what the government has done to prevent another major attack in the United States. That single-page document was issued to all federal agencies, officials said.

And even more nauseating:

After weeks of internal debate, White House officials adopted the communications documents to shape public events and official statements, and they sought to strike a delicate balance between messages designed for these two very important but very different audiences on a day when the world’s attention will be focused on President Obama, his leadership team and his nation.

Weeks of internal debate? Huh? It appears these folks have spent more time figuring out how to prop up Obama than Obama and his people have spent on their long-awaited so-called jobs plan. But what’s particularly galling is the part where they note the world’s attention will be focused on President Obama, his leadership team and his nation.

The only question is, how many me, myself and I’s will be mentioned in his speech? He may actually shatter his old record of  800 per paragraph. Oh, and how many times will he refer to his gutsy call?

Hey, and maybe if the lighting is just right –  another gorgeous halo will form around his head – and maybe if he’s able to get through the speech with a minimum of stutters and snafus,  they’ll use the speech for Obama’s Gutsy Call movie - the one set to be released in October of  2012.

You know what’s funny? (Not really).

Just last night, two notorious progressive sh*t for brains morons, Keef and Kos, were ruminating bitterly about how Republicans used 9/11 as a “political opportunity.”

The reason, according to Moulitsas, is “because they were able to take that and use it to stifle their domestic critics, push through a radical agenda, try to silence anybody who opposed him [Bush].”

Uh huh. I’ve dealt with this so many times…. It never happened.

It enraged them to no end that a Republican was the President at that traumatic and historic moment, and he rose to the occasion.

“It essentially won him another term in 2004 based on 9/11 because he wasn’t popular on any other matter. So, for Republicans, even today, 9/11 is the gift that keeps on giving. The fact that 3,000 people died is incidental to them. They don’t care about that. What was there was a political opportunity and he took it.”

You see what I mean about “left-wing projection”, people? See. what. I. mean?

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Video: Rick Perry On The Sean Hannity Radio Show

The Republican frontrunner, Rick Perry, was interviewed by Hannity on his radio show, this afternoon.

In part one, Hannity asks the TX governor (and  former Air Force pilot) about the meme libs are pushing that he’s “dumb”. Perry correctly responds that those are the same old attacks they did against Reagan. From there, he talked about his impressive job creation record in Texas.

Via HotAirPundit:

Hat tip: Brian B.

Watch part two at HotAirPundit.

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Video: CBC Travels The Country Spreading Racial Division; Declaring War on Tea Party

Throughout August, the Congressional Black Caucus traveled to five US cities to hold town halls as part of their “For the People” Jobs Initiative tour.

Maxine Waters, D-CA, Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo, John Conyers, D-Mich., Hansen Clarke, D-Mich., and Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y and others participated in the initiative which it turns out, took on a very toxic and accusatory tone. Perhaps to deflect blame for the bad economy away from the the President, they went after the tea party with reckless abandon, alluding to Jim Crow laws, and accusing them of wanting to see blacks “hanging from a tree”.

Naked Emperor News’s Pam Key collected some of their most egregious statements in a truly distressing compilation video for The Blaze.

 

Guy Benson at Town Hall sums up very well:

Serving up a flippant “new tone” quip here wouldn’t come close to doing this clip justice.  Conservatives are often accused of employing secret, subtle “dogwhistles” to (supposedly) appeal to their ideological kin’s baser instincts.  This video depicts elements of the CBC openly — even gleefully — stirring up racial tensions, without any pretense of subtlety, and with zero apparent hesitation.  It’s disgraceful.

It’s also dangerously irresponsible considering the shocking increase in recent months of violent black mobs sweeping the US.  If I didn’t know any better, I’d say they’re trying to incite a race war.

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Duane Lester, All American blogger has some ideas about what’s going on, here: Is the Congressional Black Caucus Purposely Creating and Aggravating Racial Divide for Violent Resistance?

The man who penned the plan advised Obama’s campaign and one of the men who spoke at a socialist conference is today a member of the caucus stirring up anger over possible entitlement cuts.

In fact, Conyers is listed as a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, as is Rep. Andre Carson, the member of the CBC who said Tea Party members wanted to see black Americans hanging from trees. There are other members of the CBC who are listed as members of the DSA.

Is it really that far of a stretch to say members and/or allies of an organization that sponsored conferences where strategies like Dreier’s were proposed and discussed, people who are by all means communist sympathizers, could be trying to intentionally stir up members of a particular class for violent resistance? Especially when the man who came up with the plan was an adviser to the President who helped create the fiscal crisis?

At the very least, they want to create a climate where the idea of cutting back on anything is so dangerous that it would not be considered. This rhetoric is not designed to create rational dialogue, but to enrage people to the point of irrational action. Mental images of lynchings are not used to compel someone to discuss the finer points of fiscal policy. They are created to instill hatred.

I know it sounds conspiratorial, even tin foil hattish, but you have to consider the fact that socialists have discusses the idea of transitional reform for decades and now it appears America is nearing the endgame of that plan.  The Congressional Black Caucus is actively trying to create a population angry enough to “turn on its capitalist masters when they propose cutbacks to restore fiscal balance.” It might not be for outright socialist revolution, but it’s not out of the question.

See also my post from January of this year: Video: Lots of Lefties Calling For Revolution

And this Moonbattracker post: Reminder: Left-Wing Protests Planned For Wall Street and DC This Fall

Connect the dots.

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Doug Ross wants to see Carson censored.

The tactics of Alinsky and Hitler and Farrakhan and Axelrod must be exposed for what they are.

Carson’s rhetoric isn’t simply hateful: it’s dangerous. It sets the stage for violence and unrest. Even if only one person takes Carson’s lies seriously, a terrible set of consequences can result. His lies are beyond the pale; they are unacceptable behavior for a member of Congress.

The House of Representatives must not let him get away with this behavior.

Call Speaker John Boehner at (202) 225-6205 and tell him that the Anti-Martin Luther King, Jr. — Rep. Andre Carson — must be censured by the House.

HotAirPundit: Herman Cain Responds To Andre Carson’s Comment: “It Was Despicable, Disgusting and Desperate…They Have Taken The Race Card To a New Low” (Video)

Hat tip: Brian B.

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Video: Human Flying

Meet Jeb Corliss, professional BASE jumper, skydiver, and wingsuit flyer.

Wingsuit flyer? Who ever heard of such a thing? If you haven’t heard of it, you will be amazed:

Holy crap, I guess I need to watch the Discovery Channel, more, because I didn’t know there were people doing this.

More about Corliss via Wikipedia:

Jeb Corliss is co-founder of 3 Triple 7, a clothing label.[2]

He was also the original host of the Discovery Channel series Stunt Junkies, appearing in 13 episodes, but was fired by Discovery as a result of his arrest (below).

Jeb is currently working on a plan to jump out of a helicopter with his wing suit and land without a parachute.[3]

I hope not. After seeing how fast he goes, I can’t see how that ends well…

Arrest

In April 2006, Jeb Corliss attempted to BASE jump off the observation deck of the Empire State Building, while wearing a camera, but was restrained by building security and arrested by the NYPD. As a result, Corliss received 3 years probation and 100 hours community service,[1] which was at one point overturned by a Manhattan state judge on the basis that Corliss “was experienced and careful enough to jump off a building without endangering his own life or anyone else’s”.[4] This sentence was affirmed in January 2009.[5] Corliss was later permanently banned from setting foot in the Empire State Building.[6]

Hat tip: @MelissaTweets.

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Video: Glenn Beck Show Flames Al Gore For Civil Rights/Global Warming Comparison

Glenn Beck’s sidekick, Pat Gray,  alternated between a high pitched Sam Kinison screech, and a slow, condescending Al Gore drawl, to lambast Goracle for comparing Climate Change skeptics to racists.

It’s relentless, unforgiving, and hilarious — Al Gore so deserves this.

Will Al Gore and his warmist friends ever go away? The wheels have come off the global warming scam. The jig is up.

They’re just embarrassing themselves, now.

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Breitbart TV: Major Garrett Lays into Al Gore and Global Warming Hysterics

In a candid and revealing interview with Dennis Miller, National Journal’s Major Garrett recalls the imperious, arrogant and condescending bearing of Al Gore as a Senator. Garrett believes that his recent statements comparing global warming skeptics to racists are a reflection of that same attitude.

SWEET:

Weasel Zippers: House Republicans Seek To Cut All U.S. Funding For U.N. Climate Change Agencies…-

WASHINGTON —House Republicans are applying a search and destroy tactic to international funding for global warming this budget season. It goes like this: Ax any line items with the words “climate change.”

Their primary targets are a pair of crucial United Nations initiatives designed to slow warming worldwide and educate policymakers about the evolving science of climate change.

We’ll see how far this goes. They also attempted to defund the Obama’s Czars in their $38 billion budget cuts bill, last April, but Obama prevented it in a signing statement, (which he had previously promised he’d never do.)

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Monday Fast And Fretless Link-Around

 Combining two DOJ scandals, Iowahawk rawks the internet with: New Scandal at DoJ as Illegal Guitars End Up In Hands of Mexican Drug Lords:

WASHINGTON – Today’s uncovering of secret multi-agency program for shipping illegal Gibson guitars to Mexican drug cartels left red-faced officials of the U.S. Department of Justice scrambling for an explanation amid angry calls for a Congressional investigation.

“I have ordered all agency personnel to fully cooperate in any Congressional inquiries, including all reasonable document request, as soon as we can redact them with Sharpie pens and lighter fluid,” said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

The secret program came to light early this morning in the border town of Nogales, Arizona, after what was described as a wild battle of the bands between members of the Sinaloa cartel and Los Zetas, two of Mexico’s most notorious violent drug gangs.

“Usually these guys are armed with Mexican Strats and Squires, Epiphones, small caliber stuff like that,” said Pedro Ochoa, 36, an eye witness to the sonic melee. “This time they were packing the heavy firepower.”

The steady barrage of power chords and piercing solo attacks attracted the attention of nearby U.S. Border Patrol agents, who arrived at the scene just as Los Zetas broke into Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song.’ By the time the dust had cleared, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Oscar Jimenez was found in a catatonic state of headbanging. He was later flown to University of Arizona Hospitals, where his condition is listed as seriously rawked.

The spandex-clad suspects were able to flee back into Mexico, but not before abandoning their arsenal of axes – the quality of which shocked Border Patrol agents.

“I’ve been working the border for over 25 years and have never seen a weapons cachet like this,” said Patrol Supervisor Mike Foreman. “A ’53 Goldtop, a ’59 Black Beauty, Flying V’s, a whole armory of SGs. Enough for an entire guitarmy. It’s a wonder there weren’t any total shreddings.”


If some of those guitars look like they’re floating in the air, blame my hubby, he did it.

MRC TV must watch – (I laughed, I cried…mostly I laughed): One man’s reaction to SCOAMF (CONTENT WARNING!) Created by AoSHQ commenter, Plonked! ALSO, SCOAMF Now Has a Website: SCOAMF.com.

Michelle Malkin piles on with: Paparazzi President at work: (featuring the photographic stylings of  the hardest working man in Washington, Obama’s White House photographer, Pete Souza.)

Last week, Souza was hard at work making President Obama look hard at work while vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard.

Souza’s Twitter feed and Flickr uploads serve as Agitprop Central for all White House-approved, Behind-The-Scenes Leadership Glamour Shots. Such visual hagiography is to be expected in any administration. But the hasty frequency with which the White House “Message: I’m working here, I’m really working here” photos have been disseminated over the past few weeks is striking. In fact, it’s become a runningjokenow on Twitter.

Beltway Confidential: A new poll by CNN and ORC International finds that 27 percent of Democrats would like to see their party nominate a candidate other than Barack Obama for president in 2012.

Jack Cashill, The American Thinker: Early Obama Letter Confirms Inability to Write:

Obama was prompted to write by an earlier letter from a Mr. Jim Chen that criticized Harvard Law Review’s affirmative action policies.  Specifically, Chen had argued that affirmative action stigmatized its presumed beneficiaries.

The response is classic Obama: patronizing, dishonest, syntactically muddled, and grammatically challenged.  In the very first sentence Obama leads with his signature failing, one on full display in his earlier published work: his inability to make subject and predicate agree.

“Since the merits of the Law Review’s selection policy has been the subject of commentary for the last three issues,” wrote Obama, “I’d like to take the time to clarify exactly how our selection process works.”

If Obama were as smart as a fifth-grader, he would know, of course, that “merits … have.”  Were there such a thing as a literary Darwin Award, Obama could have won it on this on one sentence alone.  He had vindicated Chen in his first ten words.

Continue reading the brutal take-down and remind me not to let Cashill ever proofread a typical ND post.

Forbes: Why Obama Can’t Support A Real Jobs Program:

President Obama’s much-anticipated jobs speech will undoubtedly cover more of the same things that already haven’t worked. He will propose an infrastructure bank, extension of unemployment and food stamps, promotion of green jobs, more government-corporate partnerships, and a one-year extension of the payroll tax reduction. He’ll advocate a second stimulus. He may be flanked by his jobs commission, headed by the CEO of General Electric, which earlier issued a lame interim jobs report.

His speech will not be about jobs. Instead, it will be a campaign speech in disguise.

Obama cannot propose a real jobs program. His constituents would rebel. A real jobs program attacks too many of the core beliefs of his party, such as minimum wages and higher taxes on the better off.

So what is the endgame here? Is Obama  happy to risk  total collapse of the financial system in order to get re-elected? Or is the collapse part of the plan to begin with?

Btw, Obama’s big job speech has been delayed until next week. They’re probably trying to find a new and exciting way to package the above mentioned proven failures.

Yep, it was really him…Gateway Pundit: Obama’s Illegal Alien Uncle Held By ICE After Drunk Driving Arrest:

MyFOXBostonreported:

President Barack Obama’s long-lost uncle was arrested for drunk driving in Framingham in August, and is now being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement as an illegal immigrant, the Australian Times is reporting.

According to the paper, Onyango Obama, 67, was arrested outside the Chicken Bone Saloon in Framingham at around 7 p.m. on Aug. 24. Police say he nearly crashed his Mitsubishi 4×4 into a police cruiser before failng a breathalyzer test.

First we had Teddy (the Swimmer) Kennedy, then we had Billy Carter, then Roger Clinton, then  uh, Aunt Zeituni and Onuango Obama. Anyone notice the common denominator?

Did you know about this? CNS News: ExxonMobil Sues Gov’t for Canceling Deepwater Well Worth ‘Billions of Barrels of Oil’

ExxonMobil, the world’s largest energy company, filed a lawsuit against the federal government for canceling an oil-drilling lease in the Gulf of Mexico that held “billions of barrels of oil,” according to the company.

In the suit, filed Aug. 12 in federal court in Louisiana against Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar and related parties, Exxon alleges that the Interior Department made an “arbitrary, capricious” decision in canceling the deepwater leases, arguing that the government’s action “deprives ExxonMobil of property without due process of law.” ExxonMobil lawsuit filing..pdf

Not enough outrage has been expressed about WI Justice Ann Walsh Bradley’s abusive claim of abuse. Prof. Jacobson hopes to rectify that.

As discussed on Thursday, the investigative file shows that the accusation was false and misleading.  Read my post, Turns out WI Justice Ann Walsh Bradley was the one with the anger management problem, for the details.

Prosser never choked Bradley, much less used a chokehold, even though Bradley told the public otherwise and sat by as Prosser was widely vilified for having choked Bradley.

There is another aspect of this case, however, which is just as troubling as the false accusation of a chokehold.  Bradley has cynically use of the very real problem of workplace safety as both a sword with which to attack Prosser and a shield to deflect from her own aggressive conduct which precipitated the incident.

Whatever was the past history of acrimony on the Court, there was only one person on the Wisconsin Supreme Court who initiated a physical confrontation with another Justice, and that person was Bradley.

Watch Greg Hengler’s video at Townhall: Bush Recollects Ground Zero: “It Was Like Walking Into Hell….There Was A Palpable Blood

Remember when we had a president who loved America?

 

DaTechGuy’s blog: He’s right, He’s right they can’t both be right on Social Security:

There is a lot of fuss about Perry’s remarks about Social Security being a Ponzi scheme

in Des Moines, when a reporter asked about the suggestion that his campaign was backing off some positions in the staunch states-rights book, Perry said, “I haven’t backed off anything in my book. So read the book again and get it right.”

And the left reacts with either ‘s laughs, snark, insults or fear

So who’s right, Perry and the Right or the left? If you look at the question with a smart eye it’s clear who is right.

Rick Santorum!

Why, because Santorum has made the argument that many of our fiscal issues have their origin in social changes that have been harmful to our nation.

The reason Social Security is in big trouble is we don’t have enough workers to support the retirees. Well, a third of all the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion, because one in three pregnancies end in abortion.

And it’s not just the culture of Abortion, it’s the culture of birth control and of Children as a burden vs a blessing.

Darrell Issa hitting back at the NYTs: Rep. Issa’s Office Presses NY Times on False Story After Two New Major Corrections Gut Article’s Evidence

The Other McCain: Discrimination Against the Ugly? Expect a Class-Action Lawsuit by Smitty and Me (wha-? Smitty’s kinda cute)

Conclusively demonstrating that aesthetically impaired Americans suffer economic disadvantages, an academic writes in the New York Times:

Lee Stranahan: The Liberal Response To #GuitarGate

Is government overreach of the kind we see in the Gibson Guitar story an issue liberals could care less about? I’d bet my middle finger if the Bush Administration had done this, it would be front and center on left wing sites. But Obama? Holder? Not so much. Did a Google Search – it’s all conservative blogs talking about this. Here’s a screen grab – Malin, Red State, Breitbart, Hoft and so on..

Don’t forget Nice Deb:Why Is The Obama Administration Targeting Gibson Guitars?

Be sure to check out Moonbattracker for the latest fun-filled hi-jinx of our adorable left-wing friends in Wisconsin:

Video: Wis. Commie Anarchist Warns of Class Warfare – “It’s Coming – Get Ready All You F*cking T-Baggers”

No Republicans Allowed In Wisconsin Labor Day Parade

Video: More On The Obnoxious Anti-Walker Protest At Successful Choice School

One more Fast and Fretless photoshop (via hubby):


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Has Obama’s MSM Praetorian Guard Helped or Hurt Him?

Fred Barnes, writing for the Weekly Standard seems to think the MSM’s extreme pro-Obama bias has ended up hurting our beloved “Naked Emperor” in Obama’s Enablers:

As a rule, the press is the scourge of presidents. They’re expected to endure unending scrutiny, mistrust, and badgering—plus hostility if they’re Republicans—by a hectoring herd of reporters and commentators in the mainstream media. But there’s an exception to the rule: President Obama.

It’s counterintuitive, but Obama has been hurt by the media’s leniency. Both his presidency and reelection prospects have suffered. He’s grown lazy and complacent. The media have encouraged him to believe his speeches are irresistible political catnip, though they aren’t. His overreliance on words hasn’t helped.

The kind of media pressure that can cause a president to sharpen his game, act with urgency, or take bolder steps—that has never been applied to Obama. If it had, I suspect he’d be a more effective, disciplined, energetic, and popular president today. Ronald Reagan is a good role model in this regard. When the media attacked him over gaffes in the 1980 campaign, “Reagan responded like all competitive men by working to improve himself,” says Reagan historian Craig Shirley. “Experience taught him to be better and try harder.” He took this lesson into the White House.

I don’t want to exaggerate the media’s baneful influence on Obama. It’s hardly the main reason for his decline. It’s a secondary reason, and it continues to have an impact.

Well, I would say that as a rule, since around 1980, the MSM’s “unending scrutiny, mistrust, and badgering” has almost entirely been directed at Republican Presidents. Reagan, Bush senior and Bush Jr  were constantly pounded by the media. I distinctly remember feeling awful for Bush Sr. after he got sick at the Japanese State Dinner. And I was shocked at how unfair the ensuing uproar was:

According to USA Today, the incident was one of the top “25 memorable public meltdowns that had us talking and laughing or cringing over the past quarter-century.”[4]

A satiric play featuring the incident,[5] and an art exhibit with an image of it was reviewed in 2000.[6]

Yes, it was treated like it was “public meltdown”, (like there was some great personal failing involved) not that he had just very unfortunately fell ill in public. Nausea is obviously not something you can control, yet they mercilessly made fun of him anyway. And this happened back when there was not as much conservative media to push back their unfair narratives.

The MSM mostly  looked the other way during Clinton years whether it was any of the numerous “Gates” that plagued his administration, or something minor like Clinton being seen merrily yukking it up at Ron Brown’s funeral, then quickly biting his lip and wiping a tear away when he spotted the TV cameras.

They circled the wagons for their man — especially during Lewinsky-gate.  Clinton was almost as dishonest as Obama  –  I say almost because no one will ever be able to hold a candle to Obama when it comes to lying to the American people.

(You know, there’s a reason why the left screeched that George Bush was a liar for eight long years. They know that their own guys are pathological liars, and they’re actually okay with that when it’s their own guys. When Republicans hold power, they  project their own sides’ pathologies onto them, thinking conservatives are the same way.  We see this over and over and over and over again. It actually explains all those charges of “reich-wing” fascism, through the years, too. We see what happens when they’re in charge, and it ain’t pretty.)

The thing about the media bias for Obama is that it has never before been this blatant,  this uniform, or this extreme. It’s not just that the MSM doesn’t pressure their hero — they actively bury stories that are damaging to him, while viciously going after his enemies. And they unquestioningly parrot his talking points. That’s pretty darn helpful, there’s no getting around it. Most people still blame Bush for Obama’s crappy economy. That’s thanks to Obama’s praetorian guard.

Barnes continues:

In Washington, the plight of the jobless has been underplayed, and not only by the media. The White House has promised for two years to “pivot” to an agenda stressing job creation, but still hasn’t made the turn. On his three-day bus tour in the Midwest, Obama seemed oblivious to the depth of the unemployment trauma.

“Private sector job growth is good,” he said in Alpha, Illinois. In reality, it’s bad and getting worse. “The economy is now growing again,” he said. Barely. Obama said trade deals and patent reform would promote hiring, if only Congress would approve them. But it’s the president who has delayed the trade treaties, and both houses of Congress have passed patent reform measures.

The media routinely give Obama a pass on such stuff. On the tour, Obama insisted, as he has many times before, that he saved the nation from a “Great Depression.” So far as I know, the press has never challenged this dubious claim. But it is belied by the fact the recession came to an official end in June 2009, months before Obama’s policies could have played more than a minimal role.

Ask yourself this: If unemployment were treated by the media today as the top national issue, as it was in 1982 and 1983 when Reagan was president, would Obama be dawdling? Not likely. The jobless rate then was only slightly higher than it is now. But in those days, the press focused relentlessly on the jobless.

Not likely?

The premise here, unless I’m mistaken, is that the “dawdling” president would do more to make things better if only he were challenged more by his friends in the media. But this  is Marxist ideologue, Obama we’re talking about, and he isn’t dawdling - he has been quite actively destroying the economy since day one of his tenure. Let’s look at the evidence: Besides the non-stop spend-a-thon, his administration has been pummeling  businesses with burdensome regulations, moratoriumsabsurd NLRB demands, and looming tax increases. His desire to pick  winners and losers is leading to the destruction of entire industries.

These aren’t the actions of someone who’s trying to “create jobs” in a free, capitalistic economy.

If you look at what Obama is doing as Cloward Piven on steroids, only then  it begins to make sense. Can anyone really be this incompetent?

Barack Obama has spent the last 1,000+ days defying reason and choosing policy directions that seem nonsensical to the rational mind: a failed stimulus package; ObamaCare; growing the deficit to astronomical proportions; and cynically portraying wealth as immoral. Now, when cuts are the only fix to a budgetary balloon about to burst, a seemingly illogical President digs in and demands additional phantom dollars to spend on a system that is collapsing under the weight of unmanageable debt.

It’s hard to figure out the method to the President’s obvious madness, because based on Obama’s approval rating, if the election were held today even Pee Wee Herman could replace Obama behind the Resolute Desk.  Maybe the “method” isn’t “mad” in the least!

Could it be that Barack Obama is purposely pressuring the system in a premeditated effort to foster a major crisis?   One that would demand extraordinary measures to control by a President who could then mete out basic sustenance to Americans who would agree to anything to regain some sense of normalcy.  And in the process successfully usher in the “socially just” system Barack Obama has dreamed of all his life.

While radical Alinsky/Cloward-Piven disciple Obama appears to be clueless and detached, it may be a ploy; he may actually be focused and engaged as he purposely pursues an Alinsky-inspired course of action to force the system to “live up” to its own rules.  Obama’s ultimate goal of once-and-for-all discrediting the capitalist system and replacing America’s foundational economic and social tenets with a broad-based socialist one headed by progressive Marxists like himself, is actually within reach.

As Obama pushes and prods the US economy and instigates social unrest, it could be that he believes a Cloward-Piven-style utopia resides just beyond the horizon — a progressive panacea where an election-free, classless society, thankful for a simple crust of bread, looks to Barack Obama to keep the peace by remaining in power indefinitely.

Obama is leading the organized left’s charge  to fundamentally transform America.

This is what Obama’s enablers are enabling.

More thoughts from:

Joy McCann of The Conservatory

How Thin Skinned Is This President?

In the face of intense criticism about he and his wife’s incessant traveling and vacations while the country struggles economically (due to his toxic policies - a sack of hammers would have done better) the official White House blog puts up this post: “A Look Back: Presidential Vacations”.

Screenshot via The Virtuous Republic:

Yes,  the official White House Blog felt the need to point to Obama’s predecessors and say;  “See? See? They did it too…Barack isn’t the only President who enjoyed golfing – and there’s “a long tradition of Presidents getting out of Washington to spend time with their families to enjoy the outdoors”.

You’ve GOT to be kidding me.

Will we see a retrospective on the first ladies’ vacations, too, I wonder?

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By the way….

You are still expected to give and sacrifice even if you can’t afford an expensive vacay, and there’s no better day to do this than of course, 9/11: In Weekly Address Obama Urges Americans to Turn 9-11 Into Community Service Day

Yeah, because the idea was so popular when it was first brought up two years ago:

Matthew Vadum at The Spectator reported on this back in 2009:

The Obama White House is behind a cynical, coldly calculated political effort to erase the meaning of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks from the American psyche and convert Sept. 11 into a day of leftist celebration and statist idolatry.

This effort to reshape the American psyche has nothing to do with healing the nation and everything to do with easing the nation along in the ongoing radical transformation of America that President Obama promised during last year’s election campaign. The president signed into law a measure in April that designated Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service, but it’s not likely many lawmakers thought this meant that day was going to be turned into a celebration of ethanol, carbon emission controls, and radical community organizing.

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For the record… Commie-Truther Van Jones was the man behind the “turn 9-11 into community service day” movement.

But of course! Van Jones is the PERFECT PERSON to come up with ways to remember 9/11. He did such an awesome job on 9/12/2001:

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Weasel Zippers: Gallup: Obama’s Approval Back To All-Time Low, 38%…

Oh the humanity!

Imagine what it would be without the compliant media.

Hat tip: Doug Ross Larwyn’s Links

Linked by Sundries Shack, thanks!

Your Sunday Hymn: My Soul Is Thirsting

A very nice acoustic setting of one of my favorite psalms (63): “My Soul Is Thirsting”. It starts out with a soloist, ends in a very nice duet.

From the CD “Light to the Darkness: Acoustic Songs for Reflection” (1994), recorded at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Seattle, WA. It was made by five musicians as a fundraising effort for the l’Arche community in Seattle.

Vocals: Jennifer Kelly and Michael Kates. Guitar accompaniment: Patrick Shaw.

Music By Michael Joncas.

Ew: Reporter Gets Pummeled With Raw Sewage While Covering Hurricane Irene In Ocean City, MD

“It doesn’t taste great,” he says.

MYFOXNY.COM reports:

- A local news reporter from Washington, D.C. ended up getting covered in what is probably the remnants of raw sewage as he delivered live hurricane reports from Ocean City, Md.

WTTG-TV reporter Tucker Barnes was providing live updates for stations around the country as a wall of what he described as sea foam poured over him.

Barnes was on the boardwalk as Hurricane Irene hit the coast of Maryland

He noted that he had immersed himself in organic material.  That “organic material” was most likely the effects of raw sewage pouring into the water during the storm.

He WISHes it was just plankton…

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More Hurricane coverage I found while looking for something exciting: A very silly dad in PA mocking the hype…

I’m not saying watch all nine minutes of this. A minute or two of it is plenty, but if you’re like me, you’ll  snicker like the kid behind the camera:

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Your pic of the weekend:

Weasel Zippers: Fearless Leader “Takes Charge” At Hurricane Command Center…

Hey, if  he had to leave his vacation at Martha’s Vineyard  early because of this cursed storm, he may as well get a photo op out of the deal, right?

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