Obama: “FIFA Acted Stupidly”

AP photo via Daylife.

Is Obama feeling okay?

The AP reports:

President Barack Obama says FIFA made the “wrong decision” in awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar over the United States.

The U.S. Soccer Federation spent millions of dollars on its bid. Former President Bill Clinton was highly involved in the process and participated in the closing presentation.

He doesn’t say he’s disappointed by the outcome…that would be understandable given the embarrassment he must feel after sending Holder and Clinton to Zürich to make another ostentatious bid to bring a big sporting event to our shores, and failing, (again).  But he says the International Federation of Association Football made “the wrong decision”, (like there was only one *right* decision)?

Stunning.

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Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin: ‘And the Host Country for the 2022 World Cup Will Be…’

Reverse Midas Touch confirmed yet again. Obama should be happy though because of the “Muslim outreach” angle of FIFA’s history-making decision.

US taxpayers took it in the shorts to the tune of well over a million dollars when the President and First Lady went to Copenhagen to lobby to have the 2016 Olympic Games in Chicago. No telling yet what the cost of this failed World Cup bid will end up being.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

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Yeah, They Think You’re That Stupid

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Jerry Shenk at The American Thinker spotted this gem in a  sympathetic piece on the president by New York Times reporter, Matt Bai:

The body of Mr. Obama’s writing and experiences before he became a presidential candidate would suggest that he is instinctively pragmatic… Privately, Mr. Obama has described himself…as essentially a Blue Dog Democrat…

Uh-huh.

A blue dog. Whoda thunk it.

Here’s how Wikipedia defines Blue dog Democrats, just to be perfectly clear:

The Democratic Blue Dog Coalition, commonly known as the Blue Dog Democrats, is a group of United States Congressional Representatives from the Democratic Party who identify themselves as moderate or conservative and favor “compromise and bipartisanship over ideology and party discipline.”[1]

Yes, if there’s anything Obama is known for, it’s his conservative leanings, and willingness to compromise.

Clearly, there are still many in the MSM who, after investing so much of their credibility helping  Obama get elected, are not willing to let go of the dream.

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Speaking of the media, here they are, carrying Obama’s water, with  these latest talking points on “tax cuts”, (AKA “current tax rates”.)

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Good Morning America’s Claire Shipman on Thursday tried to disguise a Democratic activist as just a jobless American who would be hurt by Republican failure to extend unemployment benefits. Shipman sympathetically recounted that Edrie Irvine, who she didn’t explain spoke at a Nancy Pelosi press conference on Wednesday, “never thought her very livelihood would depend on a political debate in Congress.”

A graphic reading “unemployed” appeared onscreen as Irvine complained, “They are talking about tax cuts for the rich and are holding people like me hostage.” Who is Ms. Irvine? According to her bio on the leftist Democracy For America web page, she’s a “tree-hugging, bleeding-heart, ACLU-card-carrying progressive liberal and damn proud of it!


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Chris Christie Asked To Pardon NJ Man Sentenced To 7 Years For Gun Law Violations

This is an update to the story that BlackisWhite Imperial Consigliere posted on Monday, about the NJ man who was prosecuted for transporting firearms without the proper permit. The guns were in his trunk (both locked and unloaded as New Jersey law requires), and he was in the process of moving back to NJ from Colorado.
In New Jersey, residents who want to transport firearms legally must request a permit from a local law enforcement office and produce a letter stating why it is necessary for them to carry a gun.  In other words, New Jerseyans have to prove need before exercising what many Americans consider a constitutional right.
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Now, protesters across the state are organizing a push for an appeal for the court’s ruling. A “Free Brian Aitken” Facebook page has almost 7,000 fans, the website briandaitken.com was built and a rally will be held Dec. 12, in Towns River, N.J. Aitken’s family is asking Chris Christie to grant clemency — gun control just might be the next test conservatives throw at the New Jersey governor.

A pardon from Christie is far from assured, even if he does have fairly established, conservative credentials.

During his 2009 campaign, he told Fox News host Sean Hannity, “Listen, at the end of the day, what I support are common sense laws that will allow people to protect themselves. But I also am very concerned about the safety of our police officers on the streets. Very concerned. And I want to make sure that we don’t have an abundance of guns out there.”

A lot of people are watching this case, and are hoping that the Governor does the right thing.

Tim Lynch, president of the Cato Institute’s Project on Criminal Justice, agreed. “This is a guy who seemed at every step, was trying to do the right thing,” he told TheDC. “This was an overreaction from arrest to prosecution … seems to be an exercise of extremely poor judgment.”

“When you look at it from the totality … no serious person could think that he’s [Aitken] a criminal, that he was doing anything other than trying to take his lawful possessions and move with them to New Jersey,” Neily said. “What else was he supposed to do with them?”

Both Lynch and Neily said without hesitation that Christie should pardon Aitken. Neily even went so far as to say this single issue could change his entire opinion of Christie – someone he has so far supported.

The Caller reports that Christie is aware of the case, and a formal application for pardon has been received. A spokesman for the governor declined to comment any further.

Stay tuned.

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It’s Full Steam Ahead For Obamacrats Who Haven’t Learned Their Lesson


They’re coming to take me away, ha-haaa!!
They’re coming to take me away, ho-ho, hee-hee, ha-haaa
To the funny farm. Where life is beautiful all the time and I’ll be
happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats and they’re
coming to take me away, ha-haaa!!!!!

That old gem from the Dr. Demento Show should be the theme song for the President and the 111th Congress – an insane clown posse that has dangerously increased our national debt by “not letting any crises go to waste”, throwing ungodly amounts of money at real and imagined problems, and increasing the role of government in our lives, against our will. In between spending sprees, the President even found time to appoint a fiscal commission to find ways to lower the debt. But the commission’s center-right proposals, he’ll likely ignore in favor of more spending.

Seton Motely at Human Events reviewed the trainwreck:

From the nearly $1 trillion “stimulus” bill, which stimulated nothing except the bank accounts of key Democrat constituencies like state and local government unions to the nine-month anti-will of the people slog to drag the private health sector-destroying Obamacare across the finish line.

To the productivity-demolishing financial “reform” that hamstrings private businesses but does nothing to address the actual cause of our crisis: the government-sponsored home loan entities Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

To the proposed Cap & Tax (Trade) battering of our energy sector.

And as November grew closer, and the Democrats saw the electoral damage they were going to endure grow greater with each passing day, they quickly devised the horribly mis-named DISCLOSE Act—probably the worst frontal assault on the 1st Amendment ever devised—in the name of campaign finance “reform.”

Time and again, proposal after proposal, bill after bill, we made our desires known; time and again, the Democrat-dominated 111th Congress ignored us, continuing to ramp up the spending and the size of the federal government.

The good news is, on November 2nd, the American people called the men in white coats  to take a good many of these miscreants away, and starting in January, Congress will be a saner and more sober place…

But, as The American Spectator’s Peter Ferrara notes:

The bad news is how much trouble our country is still in. For after all of President Obama’s double talking sweet talk right after the vote, the harsh reality, inconsistent with our very democracy, is that the Democrats and the Washington Establishment are rejecting the message the people sent. Their response is the political equivalent of “Shut Up.”

How else can we interpret the decision of House Democrats to defy the American people, and reelect ultra-left San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi as Minority Leader? House Democrat candidates will now campaign in 2012 on the theme, “Vote for Us, and Bring Back Pelosi!” I think they have now answered the question, “How stupid do they think we are?”

And how else can we interpret President Obama, who said at his press conference the day after the electoral rout, “Over the last two years we have made progress. But clearly the American people have not felt that yet. And they told us that yesterday.” Just what exactly is he saying here? The words say the American people told us on Election Day that the Democrats are not moving to implement their left-wing agenda fast enough. President Obama is now acting as if this is the message he got on Election Day, as we will see below.

And how else can we interpret Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), who said in a Senate hearing just before Thanksgiving, “I hunger for quality news. There’s a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to Fox and to MSNBC: ‘Out! Off! End! Goodbye!” Funny he should say that. Because there’s a little bug inside of me that wants to get the FEC to say to Rockefeller: “Out! Off! End! Goodbye!”

This is your modern Democrat party, run by New Left hippies from the ’60s in suits, who don’t even believe in the First Amendment, because they are really just Hugo Chavez in waiting.

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Andrew Glidden at The Politicizer is astounded by the tone-deafness of the President:

Apparently, November was really about falling in with the Democrat’s party line, particularly letting Obamacare stand as it is. Perhaps, given Mr. Obama’s mastery of evasion, he should forego basketball on the White House’s new courts and take up fencing instead.  Whereas Clinton largely resigned himself to a Republican Congress, Obama is protesting that voters really still wanted his agenda, and – now that the wind has shifted – that elections really don’t have consequences, giving him the freedom to pursue his agenda unconstrained by his recent public censure. So what does he see as his role?  “[The President’s] core responsibility is making sure that we’ve got an economy that’s growing, a middle class that feels secure, that jobs are being created.”  Not faithfully executing the laws Congress has passed, not protecting citizens’ natural rights, but directing the economy.  The sheer arrogance required to even conceive of this as right, let alone Constitutional, let alone possible, is astounding.  Voters’ resistance really wasn’t about the wrongheadedness of this grand vision of executive power, merely an expression that “it felt as if government was getting much more intrusive into people’s lives than they were accustomed to”.  It’s not that voters disagree on any kind of intellectual level – voters just “felt” like it was more “than they were accustomed to” (and presumably, if we stay the course, we’ll just get used to it and all will be well).

Despite all this, there is a glimmer of hope: Obama conceded that American prosperity came from free markets, and, startlingly, promoted “individual rights and individual freedoms”.  Sure, his idea of free markets is ones in which the government can micromanage consumers and producers alike, and his idea of “freedom” is emancipation from reality, but at least he’s using the right words.

A clearly awestruck AJ Strata says Emperor Obama Has Emerged, So Sayeth The Lord:

Well, we knew Obama’s egomaniac personality would be a horrible fit as leader of America. But now we are seeing how he is going to respond to the drubbing he took in November. He is going to go full steam ahead into liberal madness, beginning with stopping the flow of cheap energy to the US.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Wednesday afternoon that the Obama administration will not allow offshore oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico or off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as part of the next five-year drilling plan, reversing two key policy changes President Obama announced in late March.

As Ferrara says, Obama plans to rule by decree.

I cringe when I see commentators try to advise Obama on political strategy. They are not getting it. He is not interested in political strategy. He is interested in left-wing ideology, and the New Revolution.

This is the leader of “the Free World,” and the most powerful man on the planet. That is why America, and, indeed, the whole world, is still in so much trouble.

I hope and pray that the Republicans in the 112th Congress are up for the epic battles that are to come.

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Quin Hillyer, The American Spectator on how Repubs should proceed:

Obama is, to use the vernacular, an entirely different breed of cat. He does not think in conventional American political terms, or conventional societal terms. This is problematic: While some escapes from convention are devoutly to be desired, his model of action does not even nod to convention at all, and thus not to established and valuable societal norms. We want to celebrate American civilization; Obama wants to redefine it.

Ronald Reagan famously advised Americans to “trust but verify”; when it comes to Obama, conservatives should verify without trusting. We can even give him credit for what by his own lights are noble intentions, while knowing that there really is neither nobility nor admirability in them.

To deal with Obama, then, conservatives will need to keep our cool and keep our wits. But in keeping our cool, we must not be cold-blooded. We act not in hatred for what Obama stands for, but through love for country, Constitution, and civil society. The better angels of our nature, guided by a tough-minded realism, must prevail.

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NewZeal: Communist Party Leader on Using the Democrats

In a recent article in the Communist Party theoretical journal Political Affairs, Sims takes to task, another comrade, C.J. Atkins , who had effectively advocated dumping the “communist” label, in order to be able to work more effectively inside the Democratic Party.

Sims acknowledges that working with and inside the the Democrats “will be an area of engagement for those wanting to make a difference.”

He even acknowledges the possibility that the communists may be able to “capture’ the Democratic Party entirely.


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