Obama Votes Present on World Series Winner

October 21, 2008 · Filed Under News ·  

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Barack Obama can’t lose… when it comes to the World Series. Since both the Phillies and Rays are located in battleground states, Obama felt compelled to back both Philadelphia and Tampa Bay, according to Politico.com.

No big surprise considering Obama’s penchant for voting “Present” on votes that require taking a stand.

Has anybody told Obama that the President doesn’t have the option to hide under the desk when tough decisions come along?

Biden: Elect Obama and Get an International Crisis

October 20, 2008 · Filed Under Foreign Policy, Gaffe, Joe Biden ·  

Joe Biden made something of a weird gaffe guarantee yesterday when he said if elected, Barack Obama will be tested by an international crisis within his first six months in power, according to ABC News.

“Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.”

“I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate. And he’s gonna need help. And the kind of help he’s gonna need is, he’s gonna need you - not financially to help him - we’re gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it’s not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right.”

Now I don’t know about you, but I find that to be fantastically disturbing. It’s almost as if he is aware of an impending threat on the U.S.

It seems either an Obama administration is anxious to wag the dog to prove something, or they are admitting that putting an unknown commodity in the most important position in the country is effectively painting a target on all of us.

The U.S. Tax System Explained in Beer

October 20, 2008 · Filed Under Economy, Fiscal ·  

The following has been going around in email - I’m not sure who wrote it, but it’s as clear a breakdown of the tax system as I’ve seen and how warped it is.

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100.

If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this.

  • The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
  • The fifth would pay $1.
  • The sixth would pay $3.
  • The seventh would pay $7.
  • The eighth would pay $12.
  • The ninth would pay $18.
  • The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that’s what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. ‘Since you are all such good customers,’ he said, ‘I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20′.

Drinks for the ten, now cost just $80. The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men - the paying customers?

How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his ‘fair share?’ They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from every body’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).

  • The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
  • The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
  • The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
  • The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 ( 22% savings).
  • The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

‘I only got a dollar out of the $20,’ declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, ‘but he got $10!’

‘Yeah, that’s right,’ exclaimed the fifth man.

‘I only saved a dollar, too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than I!’

‘That’s true!!’ shouted the seventh man.

‘Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!’

‘Wait a minute,’ yelled the first four men in unison. ‘We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!’

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up. The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

For those who understand, no explanation is needed.

For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.

So take a minute and question when somebody tells you the bar tab is going down for 95% of people at the bar.

Would Obama Bring Back the “Fairness” Doctrine?

October 20, 2008 · Filed Under News ·  

There has been buzz since the Democrats took over Congress two years ago that they were interested in restoring the “Fairness Doctrine,” a regulation that would require TV and radio broadcasters to give balanced airtime to opposing viewpoints or face steep fines or even loss of license.

The regulation was phased out under President Reagan, but the likes of John Kerry, Al Gore, and Nancy Pelosi are keen to bring it back, according to the New York Post.

The Fairness Doctrine was an astonishingly bad idea. It’s a too-tempting power for government to abuse. When the doctrine was in effect, both Democratic and Republican administrations regularly used it to harass critics on radio and TV.

Second, a new Fairness Doctrine would drive political talk radio off the dial. If a station ran a big-audience conservative program like, say, Laura Ingraham’s, it would also have to run a left-leaning alternative. But liberals don’t do well on talk radio, as the failure of Air America and indeed all other liberal efforts in the medium to date show. Stations would likely trim back conservative shows so as to avoid airing unsuccessful liberal ones.

Of course, the Democrats would reel in the unbalanced coverage in the mainstream media if the Fairness Doctrine were to come back. Yeah, right.

Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live

October 19, 2008 · Filed Under Sarah Palin ·  

Sarah Palin had a couple of appearances on Saturday Night Live last night, during the opening skit and Weekend Update.

Funny stuff where Alec Baldwin confuses her for Tina Fey, and she tells him, “You know, your brother, Stephen, is my favorite Baldwin.”

Later, on Weekend Update, Amy Poehler rapped while Eskimos, a moose, and a snowsuit-clad man that was supposed to be Todd Palin danced in the background.

At one point, Poehler yelled, “All the mavericks in the house, put your hands in air!” as Palin pumped her hands in the air.

Check out the two scenes below…

Erratic Obama Support Physically Attacks McCain Supporter in NYC

October 18, 2008 · Filed Under John McCain, News, Sarah Palin ·  

The mainstream media dedicated plenty of time to the phantom zealot who never hollered “kill him” at a Sarah Palin rally, but they can’t seem to find time to report the ugly, real stories of Democrats.

On Monday, September 15 in New York City, a “small, quiet, middle-aged woman wearing glasses” was holding a McCain sign and distributing literature at 51st Street and Lexington Avenue when she was attacked by a crazed man, as reported by Pajamas Media.

In a compliant filed against the angry Democrat by the victim, the man “grabbed the sign [informant] was holding, broke the wood stick that was attached to it, and then struck informant in informant’s face thereby causing informant to sustain redness, swelling, and bruising to informant’s face and further causing informant to sustain substantial pain.”

I guess this climate of fostering anger and vitriol towards women that began with Obama supporters lashing out at Hillary and has continued on with Governor Palin is now trickling down to the streets.

Not much of a surprise when fringe lunatics brand Sarah Palin as a MILP: Mother I’d Like to Punch.

Some other offensive merchandise being purchased and worn by Democrats is pictured at the Wake Up America blog.

Note: these items feature the “c” word.

Lots of other examples at Michelle Malkin’s blog.

Joe the Plumber, Hatchets, and Scalpels

October 17, 2008 · Filed Under News, Podcasts ·  

This episode of Red Hat Blue Hat covers the final Presidential debate between John McCain and Barack Obama, as well as the implications of overturning Roe vs. Wade, and Sarah Palin’s nephew with autism.

There was also talk on the role of Bill Ayers in the election, whether McCain addressing Obama as Senator Government was deliberate, the points McCain should have made in the debate, and Obama complaining about how he claims he’s depicted on Fox News as a freak.

Also, the preferred Presidential candidate of CEOs, whether Obama was really born in the U.S., and Internet Retailer magazine making a Presidential endorsement.

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John McCain at the Al Smith Dinner

October 17, 2008 · Filed Under John McCain, News ·  

Last night, John McCain and Barack Obama both spoke at the 63rd annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner to benefit Catholic charities.

Each candidate had a chance to deliver a comedy monologue at what is expected to be the last side-by-side appearance for the two.

They were both entertaining as they poked fun at themselves and each other, but alas, McCain carried the day and won the humor election.

Watch the speeches on YouTube: McCain part 1, McCain part 2 | Obama part 1, Obama part 2

John McCain, Part 1

John McCain, Part 2

Secret Service: “Kill him” Allegation Unfounded

October 17, 2008 · Filed Under News, Sarah Palin ·  

The story earlier this week that somebody at a Sarah Palin rally yelled “Kill Him” when Barack Obama’s name was mentioned has been deemed unfounded by the Secret Service, according to the Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

The agent in charge of the Secret Service field office in Scranton said allegations that someone yelled “kill him” when presidential hopeful Barack Obama’s name was mentioned during Tuesday’s Sarah Palin rally are unfounded.

The Scranton Times-Tribune first reported the alleged incident on its Web site Tuesday and then again in its print edition Wednesday. The first story, written by reporter David Singleton, appeared with allegations that while congressional candidate Chris Hackett was addressing the crowd and mentioned Obama’s name a man in the audience shouted “kill him.”

News organizations including ABC, The Associated Press, The Washington Monthly and MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann reported the claim, with most attributing the allegations to the Times-Tribune story.

Agent Bill Slavoski said he was in the audience, along with an undisclosed number of additional secret service agents and other law enforcement officers and not one heard the comment.

“I was baffled,” he said after reading the report in Wednesday’s Times-Tribune.

He said the agency conducted an investigation Wednesday, after seeing the story, and could not find one person to corroborate the allegation other than Singleton.

I’ve searched around and haven’t been able to find a correction from Olbermann and his ilk.

Obama Lashes Out at Fox News

October 16, 2008 · Filed Under News ·  

There is an article on Barack Obama appearing in the next New York Times Magazine where Obama lashes out against Fox News.

“I am convinced that if there were no Fox News, I might be two or three points higher in the polls,” Obama told me. “If I were watching Fox News, I wouldn’t vote for me, right? Because the way I’m portrayed 24/7 is as a freak! I am the latte-sipping, New York Times-reading, Volvo-driving, no-gun-owning, effete, politically correct, arrogant liberal. Who wants somebody like that?”

Now, in full disclosure, I watch Fox News, but I’ve never seen Obama characterized as a freak.

But the rest of the description… I am not clear which items he refutes or finds offensive.

Perhaps he doesn’t like the Volvo part, since he was more of a Chrysler 300C type of guy in the past?

Anyhow, I think it is funny that he thinks he’d be 2 or 3 points higher in the polls if there were no Fox News.

With that mindset, I suppose he’d be 20+ points lower if there were no ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, etc.

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