” We the people of the United States owe Scott Brown’s supporters a huge debt of gratitude. They didn’t merely elect a senator. They ripped the façade off the Obama presidency.
Just as Dorothy and Toto exposed the ordinary man behind the curtain in „The Wizard of Oz,” the voters in Massachusetts revealed that, in this White House, there is no there there.
It’s all smoke and mirrors, bells and whistles, held together with glib talk, Chicago politics and an audacious sense of entitlement.
At the center is a young and talented celebrity whose worldview, we now know, is an incoherent jumble of poses and big-government instincts. His self-aggrandizing ambition exceeds his ability by so much that he is making a mess of everything he touches.
He never advances a practical idea. Every proposal overreaches and comes wrapped in ideology and a claim of moral superiority. He doesn’t listen to anybody who doesn’t agree with him.
After his first year on the job, America is sliding backwards, into grave danger at home and around the world. So much so that I now believe either of his rivals, Hillary Clinton or John McCain, would have made a better, more reliable and more trustworthy president.
They warned us he wasn’t ready.
Yes, we’re stuck with him, but we’re no longer stuck with his suffocating conformity. The second Boston Tea Party opened the door to new ideas and new people of both parties.
Obama’s reactions were predictable. More self-pity, blaming George W. Bush, and claiming that the voter revolt is due to ignorance about the health-care plan they hate.
Blah blah blah. Hasn’t he heard? The magic is gone.
Massachusetts changed everything. America’s spirit of independence has been emancipated and the cult of Obama-ism is finished.
The health-care debacle perfectly captured his utter lack of governing substance.
He embraced major provisions he rejected during the campaign, misled the public about costs and impact, and got competing versions through Congress only with a grab bag of outlandish bribes and exemptions.
He pledged transparency, then retreated to secret deal-making that corruptly rewarded unions and fleeced everybody else. The result was a national scandal that would have done tremendous damage if it became law.
His sudden adoption of a bank tax springs from a baser motive – political desperation.
He unveiled the tax as polls showed Scott Brown closing in on victory. White House flunkies said the tax marked an aggressive turn to populism and Obama obliged by trotting out the „fat-cat banker” phrase.
Which, of course, is bizarre when you want those banks to lend money to create jobs. And you can be sure Obama will hit up those fat-cat bankers for contributions at election time, as he did in 2008. Even his attacks are cynical.
His foreign policy is a dangerous muddle. He is feckless about both Iran’s brave dissidents and the mullahs pushing for nuclear weapons.
He took a bad situation in the Mideast and made it worse with pernicious demands on Israel. Muslims reject his bended-knee apologies, giving him nothing for his amateurish squandering of American power.
Frightening details are still emerging about the disastrous handling of the Christmas Day bomb plot. The decision to quickly put the al Qaeda-trained Nigerian into civilian courts stems from his fixation on giving terrorists constitutional protections.
The talk in Washington is that he look to Bill Clinton’s presidency for comeback answers, or maybe Ronald Reagan’s. Political history won’t help him much.
Obama’s crisis is personal. The inner hollowness and facile talent that propelled his rise gave him none of the grit necessary to meet the challenges. Where would he begin?
America has survived bad presidents before and we will survive this one. Fortunately, we’re no longer waiting for him to grow into the job. Massachusetts proved the nation is ready to move forward.”
„Why I Regret Voting For President Obama
By Jill Dorson
I am a registered Independent. I voted for Barack Obama. And for that, I am sorry.
I’m not sorry for you. I’m sorry for me. Because I voted for Obama for me, not for you. I voted for hope and change and all the intangibles that Obama was peddling in the wake of the financial crisis, Sarah Palin, Sept. 11 and all the other ills that shook our country in the last decade. I wanted something new. Something different. What I got was, I suppose, exactly what I voted for – a spin doctor. And not a very good one at that.
Before John McCain unwittingly picked a tabloid-magazine cover girl for his running mate, I was leaning toward going Republican this time around. I did the second time Bush was on the ballot and I very nearly did the first time, too. But as soon as Palin climbed out of her igloo and onto the national scene, well, there was no turning back for me.
You see, I felt my choice was to risk McCain dropping dead and letting the world’s most well-known hockey mom run this country, or to believe that Obama would surround himself with educated people and that he was smart enough to take their advice.
I was right. He is smart enough to seek counsel. I’m just outraged at the counsel he’s seeking these days. Key financial leaders who are tax cheats come immediately to mind, but as the recent terror attack made clear to me, the idea that a president of the most powerful nation in the world could think it was OK to have a Homeland Security chief with such a loose grasp of what terrorism is and how it works is troubling.
I was right there laughing when George W. Bush struggled with the names of countries around the world early in his tenure. And while my knowledge of foreign policy is limited, I thought Bush’s was lousy, too. But after Sept. 11, I saw a man with no charisma step up and fight for this country, its citizens and its freedom. Bush became a leader.
Seven years later, I am ashamed to say that I was blinded by charisma. Obama was so convincing that I stopped caring about what he knew and started getting caught up in the euphoria. Imagine having a president who came from a broken home, who had money troubles, who did grass-roots community service? A young father. The first black president. It pains me to admit I got caught up in the hoopla.
But McCain made it easy. He’s a smart man, I don’t doubt that. But between picking Palin, suggesting that the first debates be delayed and, well, picking Palin, he made it easy for Obama to win. As Election Day drew near, all Obama had to do was keep his mouth shut to win.
All that changed when the Obama campaign became the Obama administration. I was a small business owner during 2008 election and my business ultimately failed under the weight of a horrendous economy. I am not ashamed. I worked hard. But I believed that Obama would try to level the playing field between big business and small, between thieves and honest business people, between greed and moderation. Instead, he bailed out the most wicked and left the rest of us fail.
I watched with horror as Obama followed Bush’s lead in bailing out banks, auto makers, insurance companies, all of those companies deemed „too big to fail.” What does that mean? My small company got thrown under the bus and my savings were ravaged – perhaps Wall Street is using them for bonuses this year.
Not to mention President Obama is recklessly spending our country’s future into oblivion.
It was clear after just 90 days what a mistake I’d made. My taxes have gone up and my quality of life has gone down. Hope has given way to disgust and I see now that change is simply a euphemism for „big government.”
Like many others, my view is narrow. I vote for the candidate I think will be best for me. I often define myself as a fiscal conservative and a social liberal. But above all, I want to feel safe and I don’t want to feel that I am being ripped off. I want a president who inspires me and cares about my contribution to the fabric of the country. I want a president with experience and savvy, a Commander in Chief who puts our country and its citizens first.
I only hope the Republicans can find him the next time around.”
Jill R. Dorson is a freelance writer and small business owner who lives in a blue state but is surrounded by a family of reds.
Too Much of a Bad Thing
Who’s panting for Obama speech number 412? Exactly no one.
By Mark Steyn
So what went wrong? According to Barack Obama, the problem is he overestimated you dumb rubes’ ability to appreciate what he’s been doing for you. “That I do think is a mistake of mine,” the president told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “I think the assumption was if I just focus on policy, if I just focus on this provision or that law or if we’re making a good rational decision here, then people will get it.”
But you schlubs aren’t that smart. You didn’t get it. And Barack Obama is determined to see that you do. So the president has decided that he needs to start “speaking directly to the American people.”
Wait, wait! Come back! Don’t all stampede for the hills! He only gave (according to CBS News’s Mark Knoller) 158 interviews and 411 speeches in his first year. That’s more than any previous president — and maybe more than all of them put together. But there may still be some show out there that didn’t get its exclusive Obama interview — I believe the top-rated Grain & Livestock Prices Report — 4 a.m. Update with Herb Torpormeister on WZZZ-AM Dead Buzzard Gulch Junction’s Newstalk Leader is still waiting to hear back from the White House.But what will the president be saying in all these extra interviews? In that interview about how he hadn’t given enough interviews, he also explained to George Stephanopoulos what that wacky Massachusetts election was all about:
“The same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office,” said Obama. “People are angry and they’re frustrated, not just because of what’s happened in the last year or two years but what’s happened over the last eight years.”
Got it. People are so angry and frustrated at George W. Bush that they’re voting for Republicans. In Massachusetts. Boy, I can’t wait for that 159th interview.
Presumably, the president isn’t stupid enough actually to believe what he said. But it’s dispiriting to discover he’s stupid enough to think we’re stupid enough to believe it.
So who’s panting for that 412th speech? Not the American Left. As Paul Krugman, the New York Times’s “Conscience of a Liberal,” put it: “He Wasn’t The One We’ve Been Waiting For.”
Not the once-delirious Europeans, either. As the headline in Der Spiegel put it: “The World Bids Farewell to Obama.”
And not any beleaguered Democratic candidates trying to turn things around in volatile swing states like, er, Massachusetts. The Barack Obama who showed up last Sunday to help out Martha Coakley was a sad and diminished figure from the colossus of a year ago. He had nothing to say, but he said it anyway. As he did with his Copenhagen pitch for the Olympics, he put his personal prestige on the line, raised the stakes, and then failed to deliver. All those cool kids on his speechwriting team bogged him down in the usual leaden sludge. He went to the trouble of flying in to phone it in.
The most striking aspect of his performance was how unhappy he looked, as if he doesn’t enjoy the job. You can understand why. He ran as something he’s not, and never has been: a post-partisan, centrist, transformative healer. That’d be a difficult trick to pull off even for somebody with any prior executive experience, someone who’d actually run something, like a state, or even a town, or even a commercial fishing operation, like that poor chillbilly boob Sarah Palin. At one point late in the 2008 campaign, when someone suggested that if Governor Palin was “unqualified” then surely he was too, Obama pointed out as evidence to the contrary his ability to run such an effective campaign. In other words, running for president was his main qualification for being president.
That was the story of his life: Wow! Look at this guy! Wouldn’t it be great to have him . . . as community organizer, as state representative, as state senator, as United States senator. He was wafted ever upwards, staying just long enough in each “job” to get another notch on the escutcheon, but never long enough to leave any trace.
The defining moment of his doomed attempt to prop up Martha Coakley was his peculiar obsession with Scott Brown’s five-year-old pickup:
“Forget the ads. Everybody can run slick ads,” the president told an audience of out-of-state students at a private school. “Forget the truck. Everybody can buy a truck.”
How they laughed! But what was striking was the thinking behind Obama’s line: that anyone can buy a truck for a slick ad, that Brown’s pickup was a prop — like the herd of cows Al Gore rented for a pastoral backdrop when he launched his first presidential campaign. Or the Iron Chef TV episode featuring delicious, healthy recipes made with produce direct from Michelle Obama’s “kitchen garden”: The cameras filmed the various chefs meeting the first lady and then picking choice organic delicacies from the White House crop, and then for the actual cooking the show sent out for stunt-double vegetables from a grocery back in New York. Viewed from Obama’s perspective, why wouldn’t you assume the truck’s just part of the set? “In his world,” wrote The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes, “everything is political and everything is about appearances.”
Howard Fineman, the increasingly loopy editor of the increasingly doomed Newsweek, took it a step further. The truck wasn’t just any old prop but a very particular kind: “In some places, there are codes, there are images,” he told MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann. “You know, there are pickup trucks, you could say there was a racial aspect to it one way or another.”
Ah, yes. Scott Brown has over 200,000 miles on his odometer. Man, he’s racked up a lot of coded racism on that rig. But that’s easy to do in notorious cross-burning KKK swamps like suburban Massachusetts.
Whenever aspiring writers ask me for advice, I usually tell ’em this:
Don’t just write there, do something. Learn how to shingle a roof, or tap-dance, or raise sled dogs. Because if you don’t do anything, you wind up like Obama and Fineman — men for whom words are props and codes and metaphors but no longer expressive of anything real.
„Ah, yes. Scott Brown has over 200,000 miles on his odometer. Man, he’s racked up a lot of coded racism on that rig. But that’s easy to do in notorious cross-burning KKK swamps like suburban Massachusetts.”
I was there. Aryan Brothers are running each and every organic food store and The American Nazi Party owns numerous Yoga studios in the area! I was afraid to walk the streets because I do not have blond hair and blue eyes.😀
Treci iute pe antibiotice, ca febra aia nu e-n regula😦 . Pe langa vitamina C pe care i-o descrisei lui Mala, trebuie sa iti asiguri doza zilnica de fier. Si treci pe un regim de peste, ca face minuni.
Inchiriaza niste filme. Eu am vazut ieri doua, premiate anul trecut la Cannes, foarte bune:
1. „No One Knows About Persian Cats“, in regia lui Bahman Ghobadi: doi muzicieni iranieni croiti sa-si faca o trupa indie rock infrunta cenzura si risca inchisoarea. Filmul a fost turnat in secret, in doar 17 zile, iar autorii sunt, astazi, exilati. La inceput te umfla rasul la pataniile lor, dar pe urma iti cam ingheata pe figura, cand iti amintesti prin ce am trecut si noi.
2.„Samson and Delilah” (Australia), regizat de un aborigen: Warwick Thorton. Scenariul si imaginea sunt de nota 10.
Iar pentru ras in hohote iti recomand o comedie superneagra, despre politicieni: „In The Loop”, tot din 2009.
vad ca nici GA nici Nadal nu se simt prea bine.😦 daca pentru GA o vizita la medic mi se pare cea mai buna solutie in acest moment, in cazul lui Rafa lucrurile par mult mai grave:
Murray a cistigat primul set cu 6-3 si in cel de-al doilea, desi e 5-4 pentru Nadal , scotianul mi se pare mai in forma. noroc ca se apropie ora sa plec la serviciu si nu ma mai pot uita la meci. poate se-ntoarce roata.
Da. Ca de obicei, vorbeste duplicitar…adica in anul fiscal 2010 va avea un deficit de 1300 de miliarde dar el spune „nu” cheltuielilor non-esentiale…si apoi va veni cu de-astea „stai oleaca, cerneala n-a fost cheltuita pe invitatii la bal, a fost folosita pentru scrisori catre oamenii din armata, cerneala trebuia pusa la „aparare” nu la…”
A amanat cu o saptamana SOTU (State of the union address) degeaba, sperand ca poa’ sa ne bage health care-u pe gat😉 Nasol moment.🙂
Nu-sh daca ai observat reprezentantii casei albe weekend-ul asta, vorbind despre cate job-uri a creat Obama:
Axelrod, on CNN’s State of the Union: “But understand that, in this recession that began at the beginning of 2007, we’ve lost 7 million jobs. Now, the Recovery Act the president passed has created more than — or saved more than 2 million jobs. But against 7 million, you know, that — that is — it is cold comfort to those who still are looking.”
Jarrett, on NBC’s Meet the Press: “The Recovery Act saved thousands and thousands of jobs. There are schoolteachers and firemen and— and— teachers all across our country, policemen, who have jobs today because of that recovery act. We’re investing in infrastructure. We’re investing in public education so that our kids can compete going forth into the next— generation.”
Gibbs, on “Fox News Sunday”: “Well, chris, let’s take for instance the example you just used of the stimulus package. We had four quarters of economic regression in terms of growth, right? Just last quarter, we finally saw the first positive economic job growth in more than a year. Llargely as a result of the recovery plan that’s put money back into our economy, that saved or created 1.5 million jobs.”
Asta e stilul de joc a lui Mike D’Antoni, stil care place ochiului atunci cand intra mingea in cos, dar care nu aduce Championships…oricum, omul este un improvement de la Isaiah Thomas, chiar daca nu-mi place modul in care concepe basketball-ul.
Mavericks sunt o trupa frumoasa. Mi-a placut cum s-au miscat. Stiau sa se miste foarte bine: ori ajungeau cu om nemarcat la 3 puncte, ori patrunderi frontale pana sub panou(Jose Barea m-a impresionat, mi-a adus aminte de Marcel Tzenter al nostru!)🙂
Sunt soft in mijlocul apararii, alfel ar fi o trupa foarte periculoasa…anul trecut, centrul lor, un baiat tinar, Brandon Bass, dadea de inteles ca, maturizandu-se, ar putea sa puna multe probleme adversarilor…Avand sansa ca sa-l cumpere pe polonezul Marcin Gortat (rezerva lui Dwight Howard) de la Orlando, l-au lasat sa plece pe Bass (la Orlando) si l-au semnat pe GOrtat la un offer sheet, oferta pe care Orlando avea dreptul s-o onoreze. CUm il luasera deja pe Bass, Cuban si Dallas nu si-au facut probleme, Gortat trecuse si de examenul fizic impus, cand Orlando s-a decis (din senin si pe neasteptate) sa-i onoreze offer sheet-ul lui Gortat. Asa, Dallas a ramas si fara Bass si fara Gortat🙂 Nasol moment, n-as fi vrut sa fiu GM la Dallas 😉
In his mind, the problem is not the messenger, nor the message, it is the audience. We are simply failing to grasp his great ideas, unable to comprehend his savior policies. So, he will propose in the State of the Union address an increased budget for education, especially adult education. Adult education not like in porno movies, but in singles moms that want to get a college degree. Kid you not. He won’t mention Guantanamo or the Christmas failed bombing terrorist act by name, but he will assure us he’s tough on national security, and that he implemented x amount of measures designed to…he will say that he will continue to fight for health care, immigration reform, bank (oh, yeah, that’s popular) reforms as if he just discovered the new continent.
Larry Sabado, said it best:
„Having studied or re-read every State of the Union speech since JFK for classroom use, I think I can fairly predict the contents of this one.
To summarize: “My fellow Americans, what a great country! The state of the union isn’t good but it’s getting better, especially if you give my programs time to work. Pass more of them. Here’s a laundry list, wrapped up thematically for you. Stay the course, except for these mid-term course corrections. And by the way, here are some terrific American heroes in the gallery whose life stories underline the wisdom of my words and actions. So God Bless America, and be sure to go back to your favorite programming before the Republican response.”
Next week, we’ll almost certainly be talking about something else, unless another Republican congressman wants to join Joe Wilson in the Hall of Dunderheads.”
Daca vrei sa te faci bine, in niciun caz n-ai sa reusesti ingrijorandu-te propunerile lui Obama. Educatia si sanatatea sunt, in orice sistem, doua gauri negre in care banii intra fara sa poata fi contabilizati total.
Stiri de balamuc
Presedintele Romaniei promite 100 de milioane de euro Moldovei pentru a-si acoperii gropile din infrastructura. De gropile noastre avem inca nevoie pentru ca altfel, in ce-ar mai da prosti ca Basescu?
Am fost azi la sala si l-am vazut jucand baschet pe Bruno Rosnafsky. Cred ca omului ii vine greu sa se lase si fiindca miutele cu prieteni i se pareau necompetitive si-a facut propria echipa de divizia „A”- Gladiator Cluj.🙂
Cu jocul e cam defazat, e echivalentul in baschet al liberoului din fotbal, trece centrul terenului doar daca atacul e dus la limita celor 24 de secunde. Nici la recuperari nu mai sta foarte bine.
In 5-ul de baza e el si 4 negrii- care dupa cum joaca pare ca singurul criteriu de selectie a fost sa ceara salariu cat de mic.
Mutu a fost depistat pozitiv la ultimul test antidoping: in corpul sau a fost gasita sibutramina, o substanta utilizata de obicei in medicamentele pt. slabit, dar care creste si aportul de energie.
Mutu risca suspendarea, insa scapa si de un posibil atac de cord, intrucat medicamentele pe baza de sibutramina au fost interzise de curand in farmacii: http://pfdr.ro/stiri/2010/01/medicamentele-de-slabit-in-atentia-anm/
Becali e speriat de bombe.
Aflam dintr-o sursa verificata ca Becali alerga pe coridoarele Palatului urlind din toti bojocii:
-Argaseala, argasi-te-ar dracu, mi-ai spus ca fratii Kardashian sunt fotbalisti si acum descopar ca vrei sa-mi bagi pe git bombe sexi.
– Patroane, alea-s surori, pe frati ii cheama Karamian si sunt uriti ca o bomba explodata.
„!!!…FIFA,SEPP BLATER,a hotarat;alegerile din ROMANIA DACIA,frf,au fost ANULATE.Ministrul SPORTULUI,va CONDUCE DIRECT FRF,pana la noile alegeri,din VARA,24 IUNIE 2010.Ministra DEZVOLTARII ROMANIEI DACIA,Turismului,v-a ocupa si fotoliul,PRESEDINTA FRF.pana-nVara”.
Savi Bratescu, 26 ian. 2010.
Nota: Ministra Dezvoltarii si Turismului e Elena Udrea.
GA, daca nici solutia lui nea Savi nu te face bine, eu am epuizat sperantele🙂
Conducerea Federaţiei Române de Hochei pe Gheaţă a decis ca finala Cupei României, dintre Steaua Rangers Bucureşti şi Sport Club Miercurea Ciuc se va disputa sîmbătă incepand cu ora 13.30 (în direct la Antena 1). Mergem?🙂
Marius Gliga: Naţionala României a fost invitată să participe la ediţia din acest an a Challenge Cup, intre 12-14 februarie, la Vilnius.
Va mai plictisesc cu putin snooker. O’Sullivan l-a invins pe Cope in numai 55 de minute. Scor sec, 5-0. Pentru comparatie, exista frameuri in jocuri disputate care dureaza peste o ora (daca nu ma insel, recordul este de vreo 75 de minute)
@all: Hai GA!🙂
J D Salinger’s died,at the age 91 and completely isolated from public life.
The Catcher in the Rye s-a vandut in peste 60 de milioane de exemplare in toata lumea iar Holden Caulfield ramane arhetipul de anti-hero in literatura americana moderna.
Mark David Chapman asasinul lui Lennon, a declarat ca The Catcher a fost o carte cult pentru el.
Mie mi-au placut enorm si Nine Stories si am apreciat foarte tare discretia absoluta a lui Salinger, care de zeci de ani a refuzat aparitii publice banoase sau participarea in circul literar contemporan.
Am urmarit si eu discursul. A avut fluiditate, charm dar nu foarte multa substanta… mai ales in niste puncte esentiale.
A fost o imagine absolut incredibila- chiar sunt curios daca o sa fie comentata- atunci cand a spus „This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are” multa lume s-a ridicat si a aplaudat furtunos.
Camerele au fost puse timp de cateva secunde pe generalii din primele randuri. Oamenii aia nu au schitat nici macar un gest. Foarte interesanta reactia.
Hai s-o luam logic. Legea nu poate fi abrogata decat de Congress si e o problema care cere mult discernamant in aplicare, asa ca Obama nu poate sa faca mai mult decat sa roage Congresul s-o faca. Pana la urma fetele sterne de care spuneai vor decide cat de usor sau de greu va fi procesul de abrogare, daca va fi.
Sincer, mie discursul lui Obama mi-a amintit de discotecile in care se puneau tot felul de muzica pentru a multumi pe toti, fara ca nimeni sa danseze.
Imi pare rau, omul asta e lipsit de orice conviction, vorbele sale au inceput sa ma lase rece. Acesta era momentul cel mai oportun in care sa spuna ca a gresit, ce a gresit si ce va face de acum inainte, in schimb a ales sa arunce din nou motanul mort in spatele lui Bush, de parca nu stia cand a candidat pentru presedentie cu ce deficit va guverna si de unde ar prelua stafeta. Patetic.
„Sincer, mie discursul lui Obama mi-a amintit de discotecile in care se puneau tot felul de muzica pentru a multumi pe toti, fara ca nimeni sa danseze.”
Puisor, mie mi s-a parut exact pe dos si din contra😉 De fapt Oblamezul a oblamat pe toata lumea. Basca propunerile anti-moderati, anti-extremisti si anti-americane. A fost un haos total si-un cird de minciuni sfruntate care-l vor costa. Eu zic ca a reusit sa se izoleze de toata lumea, umblind cu cioara vopsita😀