Friday Hodgepodge

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:

Obama to Palestinians: We Won’t Protect Israel at UN Anymore if Settlement Construction Continues…

At least Obama’s assault on Israel is finally taking a toll:

Poll: Support Among American Jews for Obama Continues to Crater, Only 42% Would Vote to Re-Elect, Down From 78% Who Voted for Him During Election…

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!

Gateway Pundit: AMERICAN SPECTATOR STANDS BY REPORT: Obama Officials Sat On Damning Obamacare Info Until After Congressional Vote

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

Dan Riehl: The Public School Cartel: Tragedy and Outrage

See what’s been going on in NJ’s schools.

Tsk Tsk BigFurHat!

Heard this on Rush today, Moonbattery has the video: See You in November, arranged by Paul Shanklin.

iOWNTHEWORLD: May Day Contest Win a fur hat from Comrade Karl at Ushanka


The Winning Back America Conference With Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin, Fred Thompson, Liz Cheney, and J.C. Watts in Kansas City on May 1!

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.

Newsbusters cited reactions from Byron York, and Andrew McCarthy , as well.

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.

He’s demagoguing the issue, while Hispanic protesters riot in the streets:
and threaten to murder Americans with pick axes and shovels:


Behind Closed Doors: New Republican DEMOCRAT Ad?!

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:


The White House Warned Congress About Fannie Mae Freddie Mac 17 Times In 2008, Alone


This cartoon by Ramirez says it all:


Video: Obama *Really* Doesn’t Understand How Free Market Capitalism Works

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.


Showdown In Quincy: Obama vs. Tea Party Golden Girls

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:

More videos and pix at Sharp Elbows and Gateway Pundit.


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.


What next?

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.


Newsbusters: MRC-TV: Brent Bozell Notes Media Double Standard with Tea Parties vs. Immigration Rallies

RWN:12 Of The Worst Signs From The Pro-Illegal Immigration Protests