September 2009

A couple of stanzas before Billy Joel shouts “I can’t take it anymore!” in his manic mega hit, there is a couplet that should strike a deep chord with political junkies: “Ayatollah’s in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan”. Every time I hear that line, I think of Jimmy Carter and I cringe.

Watching America’s biggest Presidential embarrassment pontificate about racism, has made this week particularly cringe-filled.

“I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he’s African-American. I live in the South, and I’ve seen the South come a long way, and I’ve seen the rest of the country that shares the South’s attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African-Americans.”

“That racism inclination still exists, and I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of belief among many white people — not just in the South but around the country — that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country. It’s an abominable circumstance, and it grieves me and concerns me very deeply.”

Sigh…the race card.

Listening to Carter carry on about the evils of racism in America, is like listening to a lecture by O.J. Simpson on the flaws of the US legal system.

Dick Yarbrough wrote about Carter’s 1970 gubernatorial campaign some years ago in an “Athens-Banner Herald” column about the man Carter defeated in that race, incumbent Governor Carl Sanders, and the race mongering that the Carter campaign engaged in to defeat him:

The dirty tricks he endured included a picture widely circulated in South Georgia showing Sanders, a part owner of the Atlanta Hawks professional basketball team at the time, celebrating a victory with his arms around Joe Caldwell, a black player.

Carter and his apologists have long denied any culpability, but veteran political columnist Bill Shipp told me he saw Bill Pope, Carter’s press secretary, hand out leaflets with the photograph at a Ku Klux Klan rally.

Dot Wood, a good friend and former vice president of Gerald Rafshoon Advertising, which handled Carter’s media, confirms the story and said she saw boxes of the leaflets in the office. Mysterious leaflets also criticized Sanders for attending the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr. Carter made a point to say that he did not attend.

Carter engaged in, encouraged, or maybe failed to condemn the race mongering used by his campaign, and once elected, immediately dropped the “George Wallace-styled redneck” facade which served him so well, “severely disappointing the arch-segregationists who had supported him”.

That the man who pledge to bring George Wallace to Georgia, and was “proud” to have Lester Maddox as his lieutenant Governor is lecturing the nation that elected a black President about our “animosity” toward a “black man”, is beyond the pale.

In 1976, Time Magazine interviewed then Presidential candidate Jimmy Carter, and brought up his relationship with Lester Maddox.

Carter appealed to the segregationist vote when he ran for Governor in 1970 by making friendly gestures toward arch-segregationist Lester Maddox, then a candidate for Lieutenant Governor on the same Democratic ticket.

“Lester and I have always been bitter political enemies,” says Carter. “We were nominated in 1970 by the same Democratic voters, so we gave each other mutual support. I said, ‘I’m supporting the ticket, with Lester on it.’ I said, ‘I’m proud to be on the ticket with Lester because his campaign style—not depending on powerful politicians for endorsements—was compatible with mine.’ I said his inclination to campaign directly with the people, in the streets, in the factories, in the barber shops and beauty parlors, represents the essence of the Democratic party. If I had disavowed my running mate, it would have weakened the ticket substantially.”

So what we know about Carter is that he is willing to use racism to destroy his political opponents, and embrace it for the sake of political expediency.

We didnt start the fire
No we didnt light it
But we tried to fight it

Racism in politics?

Look to those who have benefited from it; if they didn’t start the fire, they’ve sure as Hell fanned it.


In the tradition of Letterman’s Top Ten List, and as a response to the House Rules Committee listing of things you can’t say in Congress, here is my list of the Top Ten Things You Can’t Say To Obama:

10. Sir, were you aware that Vice President Biden was on FOX News live earlier today?

9. Long distance on line 2, it’s your pediatrician calling from Nairobi.

8. Your interns? We hired most of them through ACORN. Is that a problem sir?

7. The First Lady is in a meeting with President Clinton and asked not to be disturbed.

6. Don’t forget your lunch with President Carter tomorrow.

5. Pelosi says she’s got your back on this one.

4. There’s always next year sir.

3. The teleprompter is on the fritz, you’ll have to wing this one sir.

2. I have 31, Rahm counted 27, and Orzag says there are 29…how many Czars did you come up with sir?

1. Sorry Mr. President, Secretary Clinton isn’t taking calls until after her meeting with the DNC Candidate Vetting Committee.

TMZ is reporting on some rather candid comments made by President Obama today on the Kanye West/Taylor Swift “controversy”.

“I thought that was really inappropriate! You know? It’s like, she’s getting an award–what are you butting in? I hear you. I agree with you. The young lady seems like a perfectly nice person. She’s getting her award. What’s he doing up there? He’s a jackass.”

Two things about this…

1. This is quite possibly the first time that I have agreed with the President on anything at all.
2. Will Obama be hosting “Beer Summit II” at the White House lawn and bring the rapper and the country beauty together in an effort to “heal the wounds”?

Thinking about point #1, and realizing that Obama does know how to pick a jackass out of a crowd, one has to wonder why he keeps so many of them around The White House?

Update: It seems that Kanye may have been instrumental in the creation of a comedic cottage industry:

Kanye West Interrupts Obama Speech to Investment Bankers

Kanye West Interrupts Super Mario Game

Kanye West Interrupts Charlie Weis’ Postgame Excuse Session

Kanye West Interrupts Senate Health Care Package Debate

I’ll say one thing about Kanye West.

He’s created more work with thirty seconds of stupidity, than Obama has with a trillion dollars worth of stimulus, and seven months of rampant socialism.

If one million monkeys typing away for all eternity can type out the collected works of William Shakespeare, and five hundred thousand drunk monkeys typing away for five hundred years could turn out most everything written by Paul Krugman, then three post-menopausal liberal monkeys typing away for a week could turn out two Maureen Dowd columns for publication.

But I don’t think that even random typing post-menopausal liberal monkeys can come up with the sort of vile dreck that The New York Times is passing off as “opinion” by Dowd these days:

Surrounded by middle-aged white guys — a sepia snapshot of the days when such pols ran Washington like their own men’s club — Joe Wilson yelled “You lie!” at a president who didn’t.

But, fair or not, what I heard was an unspoken word in the air: You lie, boy!

What the Hell is that about Maureen?

If you’re hearing sounds that are not there, I suggest that perhaps it’s time to up the dosage of your estrogen replacement meds, and get your hearing aid checked. Don’t put words in other people’s mouths in order to accuse them of something they didn’t do.

I had to GOOGLE “sepia snapshot”…I found your High School picture.

The REAL issue Mo, is that Obama lied. Even says that he lied:

The president misstated a few details on the proposed “public option”:

Obama: It would only be an option for those who don’t have insurance. No one would be forced to choose it, and it would not impact those of you who already have insurance.

In fact, under the House bill, the new federal plan would be open to anybody who buys insurance on his or her own, whether or not the person currently has coverage. It also would be open to employees of small businesses, defined in the House bill as those with no more than 20 employees, whether or not those employees are currently covered by another plan. It’s true that the “public option” is aimed at the uninsured, but they wouldn’t be the “only” ones who could buy it.

Maureen could question the accuracy and political leanings of, but then again, this is the same outfit that is swearing to the validity of Obama’s Hawaiian birth certificate, so I wouldn’t actually mind if she did.

Obama also lied about the plan covering illegal aliens, which is why Joe Wilson called him out:

Obama: There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false – the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.

Let’s set aside the lack of specific verification mechanism in the bill itself, the fact that the Democrat-controlled Ways and Means Committee twice voted down amendments designed to limit the plan’s availability to illegal aliens, let’s ignore that up until Monday’s speech Obama’s figure of the uninsured in America included illegal aliens, and let’s not pay attention to the fact that Federal law already guarantees medical treatment to illegal aliens, and consider this instead:

A mere forty eight hours after Joe Wilson’s outburst, the White House asked Congress to include verification of legal immigration status in the bill. That means that Joe Wilson was right, Obama lied.

Then again, as we heard from Andrew Napolitano, the Courts will overturn the language…certainly the wise Latino woman vote will fall in favor of overturning it.

Obama lied many times in his speech, including abortions not being paid by this plan:

Obama: [U]nder our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions. again on this “misrepresentation” of the facts by Obama:

Actually, as we’ve written before, under Democratic legislation now before Congress, the “public option” would cover abortions in cases of rape, incest or threat to the life of the mother and could cover all abortions if the administration chooses, and as Obama once promised.

“As Obama once promised”?

Obama, July 17, 2007: We’re going to set up a public plan that all persons and all women can access if they don’t have health insurance. It will be a plan that will provide all essential services, including reproductive services, as well as mental health services and disease management services, because part of our interest is to make sure that we’re putting more money into preventive care.

“Reproductive services” of course being leftybonics for abortions.

So, in this specific case, we just have to figure our whether Obama lied in 2007 to get support for his upcoming candidacy, or whether he lied to Congress this past Monday in an attempt to get support for his failing health care initiative.

Maueen Dowd wants to redirect the debate away from whether or not Obama lied (he did…several times), by raising the ugly spectrum of racism.

I’ve been loath to admit that the shrieking lunacy of the summer — the frantic efforts to paint our first black president as the Other, a foreigner, socialist, fascist, Marxist, racist, Commie, Nazi; a cad who would snuff old people; a snake who would indoctrinate kids — had much to do with race.

“Loath to admit” my ass Maureen, you are reveling in the pig slop of race and class warfare, trying to paint everyone who opposes the President’s policies as an ignorant, racist fear monger, but it isn’t working. From the looks of the crowds at the National Mall on 9/12, the every day American is getting fed up with being painted as a racist ignoramus opposing the President’s policies NOT out of an honest rejection of Socialism, but as a reaction to the color of his skin.

Now, that amorphous, undefined political mass known as the “undecided voter” is stirring, questioning their choice at the polling booth in 2008. They are seeing their friends and neighbors, the decent people across the street, their relatives, their co-workers, being vilified by the likes of Pelosi, Reid, and post-menopausal liberal monkey typists like Dowd, and they are standing up.

And when they finally say “enough”, three post-menopausal liberal monkeys typing will have more of a chance at getting their random efforts published, than Maureen Dowd ever will again.

Then again…we are talking about The New York Times, the best known protected habitat for Post-Menopausal Liberal Monkeys in the world today, so they will probably survive the oncoming wave of repulsion, and eventually type out The Bard’s collected works.

That would be plagiarism of course, something Maureen Dowd admits that she does…”inadvertently”.

That makes as much sense as the idea of one typing monkey putting out “The Tempest” or “The Merchant of Venice” in their lifetime. But we’d forgive a monkey for a bit of plagiarism…after all, it IS a monkey.

I have a good friend…no, a great friend, who was born and raised in New York City.

He’s one of these guys who can live anywhere in the US, but still call himself a New Yorker; it’s like the Hudson River runs through his blood.

He lives in Pennsylvania, damned near halfway between Pittsburgh and The City, but you can’t get this guy to look West for a team to cheer, he’s Yankees and Giants and six rings be damned. With him it’s all about Big Blue and The Wrecking Crew, guys with a “T” in their name…Tarkenton, Taylor, and Tittle, and a baby named Manning. He’s an atypical New Yorker, not brash and loud, nor is he cold, but when you talk to him, you feel The City of Cities in him.

He’s told me stories of growing up New Yorker, and he never insults you by reminding you that he grew up in the center of the known universe, and you didn’t, but you have to know it…you gotta respect New York for what it is, and New Yorkers for who they are. It’s Mecca for humankind, the Crossroads of the World, The Big Town, the Empire City, Gotham, The Big Apple. A city so much larger than life that you say its name twice, because saying it once just don’t cut it.

You have to say it twice…even Frank had to say it twice.

New York, New York.

The greatest celebrity in a city filled with celebrities is New York itself. We loved Lucy…in New York, the show died when they moved to Connecticut. The Honeymooners, honeymooned in New York, and Seinfeld did nothing there for years; and that completes the listing of the three greatest sitcoms of all times.

Sex in the city?

We know what city.

Everyone calls us Yankees, but The Yankees play in New York.

You don’t even need words to tell others how you feel about her.

That will do.

It took me damned near forty years from the time I first set foot on US soil to walk the streets of Manhattan, eat a slice at Ray’s Pizza (not Original Ray’s, Ray’s Original, Famous Ray’s, Ray’s Famous, Famous and Original Ray’s, the One and Only Famous Ray’s, or Real Ray’s), a cannoli from Ferrara’s, a bagel boiled in New York water (they ARE better), and while I’ve been a citizen since 1976, it wasn’t until that moment when I stood in the silent halls of Ellis Island, and paid my respects to a bunch of empty suitcases, that I finally felt like an American.

I stood on hallowed ground as an American on that trip, ground consecrated by brave men and women, living and dead…ground made Holy by those so many of those brash and loud New Yorkers, and their last full measure of devotion. I don’t mind telling you that I wept.

I spent the day doing what I do every year on this day, or at least what I’ve done since that morning in September, before we lost our collective innocence and a little bit of our soul. I watched the shows, and the images of towers that never seem to stop falling, looking for something to make madness into sense, but nothing came. Nothing ever comes, it’s madness ever the same, no matter how many times I watch them fall. And I called my friend, called him several times in fact.

We spoke of a dozen things, but never of the ragged wound that never heals in the heart of the city that never sleeps; his city. I just never never seem to gather the courage to ask the questions that burn at me every September 11.

When you look, are they still there my friend?

How can you convince your soul that they’re not?

Are the fathomless reaches of space not enough to mask the lack of their presence?

Or do your eyes simply see the sight not there?

Rep. Joe Wilson has formally apologized for his outburst during President Obama’s speech last night. Some say that the outburst was uncalled for as it showed a lack of respect for the Office of the President, the Halls of Congress, and our very system of government.

Yet…as you watch that video, you come to the realization that it wasn’t Joe Wilson who first showed a lack of respect for our hallowed institutions. President Obama initiated the exchange, and he has yet to apologize for his behavior. Tim Burns comments in Power Line:

Just a brief addendum on the troubling accusations of lying. Joe Wilson’s accusation of lying has already been roundly condemned, as it should be. The presumption of honorableness, and hence of the possibility of honest disagreement, is crucial to the practice of free speech and democratic debate. An accusation of lying is for that reason considered in parliamentary democracies to be “unparliamentary language,” would get a member “named,” i.e. suspended, and would require a formal apology. It’s good to see that Wilson has already sought to apologize.

Trouble is, President Obama has not. And his speech must be condemned on the same grounds as Wilson’s outburst. Before Wilson’s outburst, Obama––delivering prepared remarks––had already accused his opponents of lying–not by name, to be sure, but as “prominent politicians.” And in doing so, he explicitly attributed malicious motives to them:

“Some of people’s concerns have grown out of bogus claims spread by those whose only agenda is to kill reform at any cost. The best example is the claim, made not just by radio and cable talk show hosts, but prominent politicians, that we plan to set up panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens. Such a charge would be laughable if it weren’t so cynical and irresponsible. It is a lie, plain and simple.”

It would be interesting to know whether any president before now has ever done this in a formal address to congress. And it would be interesting to speculate on what the formal penalty should be for doing so. A prime minister must in a parliamentary democracy avoid unparliamentary language, as must any other member of parliament. What should happen when the speaker is the president, appearing as invited guest? Again, has this ever happened before and if so, with what result?

I’ve stayed on top of this issue, and I have never heard ANY politician make the claim that ANYONE plans to set up panels with the power to “kill off senior citizens”, at best, that’s is a gross exaggeration by the President. At worst, it is an outright lie.

President Obama also addressed the issue of insurance coverage for illegal immigrants, with questionable veracity:

There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false – the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.

The “reforms” being “proposed” by the President lacks verbiage which would require verfication of immigration status to access benefits. In addition, given the opportunity to introduce a verification system, Democrats voted it down.

Lastly, the President’s claim of 46 million uninsured in America INCLUDES illegal aliens…why count them if you have no intention of covering them?

While Tim may very well be correct in his belief that no President before Obama has showed such disrespect for members of Congress, members of Congress have in fact shown a lack of respect for the President in the past. In 2005, they “booed” President George W. Bush during his State of the Union address.

Someone lied last night alright, but it wasn’t Rep. Wilson.

He may have very well spoken the only truth heard by anyone during last night’s speech.

After warming up his oratorical chops by talking to American school children, President Obama is now set to speak to the adults. The audience however, will not be as receptive, because they’re not as naive.

Ignoring the polls, and ignoring the public outcry of this, the summer of our discontent, the President is set to gamble what remains of his rapidly diminishing popularity, and the even more rapidly diminishing confidence in his leadership skills, to push for something we don’t clearly want…higher taxes, and a higher deficit.

Fox News reports, that President Obama will press for a public option while continuing to make the claim that government-run, taxpayer-financed insurance coverage does not translate into unfair competition for insurance companies. The government can literally print money, and spend funds it doesn’t have, while the other must generate profits in order to survive; one doesn’t have to be Ludwig Von Mises reincarnated to see the obvious here.

In the latest Rasmussen polls, 68% of voters nationwide believe that passing health care legislation will create larger deficits, with 79% of independent voters agreeing. Eighty percent of voters polled believe that passage of health care reform will lead to higher taxes for the middle class. Fifty-four percent of voters favor tax cuts over new health care spending.

Meanwhile, Congressional leaders assured Obama that they have the votes needed to pass the legislation.

Americans clearly do not want higher taxes and higher deficits, but Obama’s sycophants are telling the President that they have the support, and Obama is set to push forward. They tell him that those who do not want government health care are simply ignorant of the facts.

Maybe some of those naive school children The One spoke to yesterday will watch tonight’s speech, and wonder out loud why the Prez is wearing no clothes.

One can only hope that most adults will notice that as well.