Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Investigate THIS (With accompanying rude gesture to my Nether-regions to illustrate the point)...
There's going to be a "Task Force" to investigate the financial crisis, it's causes, it's mechanisms and the people who made it happen? You don't say! Well, might I make a suggestion?

I'll bet you the answers you get to any investigation will involve all of the following:

1. Greed
2. Stupidity
3. Ethical lapses
4. At least one Act of Congress

Because you see, all four elements are usually at the bottom of every catastrophe in American life. The unfortunate part is that you can't do anything about 1 through 3 because human nature being what it is, those issues don't lend themselves to easy solutions. However, the biggest, the real problem, is 4 and it already has a built-in solution -- it's called an election. We have one coming up (not soon enough), so let's make certain it does what it's intended to do and brings a (major) part of the solution to our current problems with it-- by getting rid of the politicians who set this in motion with their Greed, Stupidity, Ethical lapses, and the laws they've passed!

So, let's save a bundle of taxpayer money and focus the investigation on the mechanisms of the financial problems, and not look for scapegoats to absolve Congress of it's complicity in this disaster (that's why Congresscritters hold investigations, btw). We already know what is wrong, the only thing we need to know now is the how. If in the course of finding a how, we get to a who, then by all means, stand the (most-likely a Congresscritter) bastard before a firing squad.

Start the disinfecting process in the 2010 mid-term elections with Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Chuckie Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and Charles Rangel, and then let's work our way up the food chain from there. Their absence from government would simply be addition by subtraction. I'm certain that with the removal of these weak links, we can forge a stronger chain.

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Scales have Fallen From Their Eyes, Part II...
Seems like piling on, but the word has to be spread, somehow. Here's some more folks who knew that HopeAndChangeWeCanBelieveIn was never anything more than a flabby bromide, and who would like to revel in "I Told You So." Except for the Washington Examiner, which is actually doing some actual reporting on an impending meltdown, here.

They're a few weeks to late; the meltdown done happened.

The incredibly talented Mark Steyn weighs in here and here about Ol' YesWeCan's foibles and stumbles.

The Philadelphia Bulletin's Herb Denenberg (definitely added to my list now!), takes Obama apart at the joints here.
Reason #2506 Why Your President is an Asshole...Smart Diplomacy.
This was supposed to be the administration which was going to restore and strengthen America's old alliances. It was going to extend the hand of friendship to old adversaries, and make America liked and respected around the world again. The Adults, we were assured, would be back in charge of foreign policy, armed with a new brand of "smart diplomacy".

Guess not.

In the 60 days that Obambi has been in office he has:

* Given an interview on Arab television which was widely panned, and denounced as a sign of weakness.

*Basically told Moscow we won't build a missile defense system, giving Russia the green-light to bully Eastern Europe, and taking away any incentive they may have had for helping us prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons.

* Told Israel to basically go fuck itself by committing $1 billion American dollars (that we could use here, because the guys at Citigroup didn't get their bonuses yet) to help rebuild the Palestinian territories destroyed by Israel in the latest skirmish. A skirmish caused by the Palestinian hobbies of lobbing explosive rockets and mortar shells into Israeli settlements, and walking into crowded areas, like shopping malls or public transport, while wearing TNT boxer shorts for the express purpose of blowing themselves up.

* Sent a YouTube Message to the people of Iran, which the Mullahs and the kook they call president responded to with derision, and a promise to complete building a nuclear reactor (which may produce fissile material) by the end of the year. Not only that, but he offers a holiday greeting in Farsi (I guess so he can look cool, and you know, relate to the ragheads), forgetting that there's a tin-foil-hat wearing minority in this country who believes he's really a Muslim Manchurian Candidate, and who will say that proves it!

* Insulted the British Prime Minister and people by treating him in a most disrespectful fashion, denying him even the most basic amenities that a visiting head of state has come to expect from a visit with the President, sending back a gift which was given to us at a time when the British wished to express unity with the American people, and then sent Gordon Brown home with extremely cheap and thoughtless gifts which the man can't even use.

* Sent the Secretary of State to China to beg for continued financing of the US National Debt, while all-but-signalling an American willingness to forget all about human rights issues. The Chinese government (the Communist Chinese government!) responded by lecturing the President on economics and capitalism. Not long afterwards, Chinese boats started messing with unarmed US Naval vessels in international waters, letting Joe Biden know that he was right; Not only will the world test this douche bag, they intend to feed him a steady diet of wedgies, Wet Willies and Noogies, knowing he won't and can't do a damned thing about them.

* The Secretary of State shows up in Moscow with a gag-gift which is not only completely puerile and unfunny, but which contains a misspelling so egregious that it begins to look like the there's not a single person in the State Department that speaks Russian anymore. I could have Googled the Russian word for "Reset" better!

That's just to start. Now we have this:

Obama Upsets Sarkozy With Letter to Jacques Chirac. (H/T to Gatewaypundit.)

Apparently, not only is there a dearth of Russian speakers-an'-Googlers in the State Department, but they can't even tell Ol' President YesWeCan who the President of France is! You know, France? Our oldest ally. I'm telling you, the level of incompetence in this administration is appalling, and the excuse that it's only 60 days in, doesn't wash; we're talking about matters of common sense and detail here. The results to date do not point to a restoration or strengthening of America's alliances, nor does it bode well for peace in the world.

This Dude is in waaaaaaay over his head.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Are We 'Depressed' or 'Depressed'?
Professor Hanson weighs in here, noting that just about everyone these days seems extremely depressed. As well we should be; our government, at all levels, is being run by chimpanzees (go ahead and sue me or accuse me of racism. Screw political correctness -- I'm one of the depressed-and-extremely-pissed-off folks the Prof. is talking about!). Wait, that's too generous. Chimpanzees are smarter than Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Rangel, Dodd, Frank, Kerry, Schumer, Clinton, Waters, Waxman, et. al., and by comparison, paragons of civilized and virtuous behavior. Even if chimps do throw feces at one another.

At least when a chimp throws a turd at another chimp, it's genuine crap. Not the manufactured kind like Congress turns out over bonuses to bailed out company execs that they knew about for several months and engineered legislation in order to protect, but which can no longer be defended since it's a political liability.

Anyways, while the Prof is right, I also like this take on things from Powerline.
The Scales Have Fallen From Their Eyes...
Pity the lefty press. Their adulation for The Won, their schoolgirl-pantycream-puppylove-crush, is now officially over. Barring some miracle, President HopeandChangeYouCanBelieveIn has been revealed as the Emperor without Clothes. The Press which did such a wonderful job in the election of covering for this man, have now discovered that they simply cannot continue to provide the same level of camouflage as they did before.

It's too obvious: he doesn't know what he's doing. He's in over his head. He relies too much on people who have 'been-there-done-that', only those people don't know what they're doing, either. It's the Presidency of Whine; "I inherited this...", "Everyone's a critic...". Reduced to trying to be self-deprecating, but failing terribly because it stumbles over it's own political correctness and poor taste, vis-a-vis the Special Olympics 'joke' on Leno. The best summing-up of this phenomenon I've heard to date, is a joke; even Jesus could build a cabinet. Remember that kerfuffle in the campaign between Obama and Sarah Palin, about lipstick and pigs? The analogy was apt: Barack Obama is Jimmy Carter in fresh lipstick.

The Press Corp rats are now abandoning the S.S. YesWeCan. Below is a round-up of some of the most prominent lefty...ahem...journalists who are amongst the first overboard. You just know you're a dead man walking as a leftist hack when both Frank Rich and Paul Krugman abandon you, and one of them refers to your last week in office as your 'Katrina Moment'.

America, get used to the fact that the man who inhabits the White House now is officially a caretaker. He's politically dead, and the burial is just a matter of time. He can talk all he wants, he can pontificate, he can drag his teleprompter from coast-to-coast, but it will avail him nothing. He has become, far from the symbol of American unity and promise that he was back in January, a very bad and painful joke.

The New York Times premier lefty snobs, Rich and Krugman. The Newser's Michael Wolff takes the O-Man apart in that terribly condescending tone lefties adopt when speaking to the peasantry. The New York Post openly mocks the Prez and his inability to speak contemporaneously (wasn't that something the left used to crucify GWB for?)

UPDATE: More from the NY Post on Obambi's Worst Week Ever, here.