Saturday, March 21, 2009
Wonder if Jon Stewart will go after financial expert Suze Orman the way he did Jim Cramer after he checks out this version of passing the buck:
Former President George W. Bush is personally responsible for the current financial crisis and should give every penny of his family fortune to the American people as a result.
So proclaimed financial advisor Suze Orman in an article published Friday at WWD.
Ironically, the piece also pointed out that Orman didn't foresee the collapse of the financial services industry, and not only continued to recommend people buy real estate as the bubble was being pumped, but also purchased an expensive apartment in New York City close to the peak.
That's probably Bush's fault, too:
Sitting in a green room after her TV interviews, she lambasts everyone from Alan Greenspan to Larry Summers to the former president of the United States, who holds an especially dark place in her heart. “Commander in Chief?” she says of George W. Bush, with a mix of disbelief and scorn. “You blew up every single financial vessel we had and if you think you aren’t personally responsible, well, the blame starts at the top. There is no higher top than you, SIR! If I were you, I would feel so absolutely horrific that I would take every penny I had and distribute it to anybody and everybody to help them in whatever way I could. You owe the American people every penny of your fortune and your family’s fortune.”
Wow. It's all his fault. And this is a so-called financial expert?
Honestly, I wish the author would have asked Orman to name the pieces of legislation that were enacted since January 2001 which caused the financial crisis. That would have been a hoot.
Maybe more important, as she preaches personal financial responsibility, irrespective of government regulation or lack thereof -- and, of course, who was actually responsible for reducing such regulation -- how is a president to blame for malfeasance and negligence on the part of corporations here and abroad?
I know a couple of people personally, now in dire financial straights, who've sworn off this chick's books after following her financial "advice" for years. How fitting that this manly lesbo would pass the buck and conduct some Monday morning quarterbacking in lieu the economic mess we're in. Meanwhile she gets paid because so many naive idiots continue to swear by her.
Friday, March 20, 2009
So Barry O, the first sitting President to appear on "The Tonight Show", tried to make fun of his bad bowling skills last night by taking a swipe at the Special Olympics:
President Obama seemed relaxed and in good cheer tonight during his appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." But there was one misstep that surely made his advisers wince.The reaction from his pals in the press to this completely inappropriate comment seems to be pretty mild so far, but he's Obama, so of course with the mediots he can do no wrong. My guess too is that BO's teleprompter must have been malfunctioning in order for him to make such a lame joke, yet you just know that if George W. Bush had said the same thing, people be lashing out more. Maybe Barry O needs to quit trying to be a celebrity and start acting like a President.
Leno asked the president whether the White House bowling alley had been "burned and closed down" in light of Obama's gutter ball embarrassment on the campaign trail last year.
Obama replied, "No, no. I have been practicing . . . I bowled a 129."
The audience roared with laughter, and the late-night talk show host assured Obama "that's very good, Mr. President." To which Obama interjected, "It's like -- it was like Special Olympics, or something."
The audience laughed. But the White House didn't let the comment linger without clarification.
By the way, Kolan McConiughey, a Special Olympics competitor from Michigan, has bowled three perfect games of 300. Yes he can!
Sounds about right to me:
Nice: "Heckuva job, Timmy!" Hypocrisy we can believe in wins again.
The Washington Post’s Steven Pearlstein finally said the F-word.
While Congress and the Treasury mull over approaches to the financial crisis with exotic names like “cram down,” “claw back” and “disgorgement,” and tax AIG executives “1000 percent” on their $160 million in bonuses, Pearlstein posed a potential solution in simpler terms.
He said what we should be hearing from every leader in government from President Barack Obama on down: “the Justice Department would surely have been within its rights to launch an extensive civil and criminal investigation into whether those bonuses were granted as part of an ongoing conspiracy to defraud shareholders.”
Any other description is making the situation more complicated than it needs to be.
See, most of us out here on Main Street don’t know the ins and outs of naked short selling. But we know that if you go to any sports book in Vegas and bet $100 on Morehead State to win it all, the casino takes your money up front. We don’t know how to engineer a credit default swap. But we know that when the dealer offers “insurance” against a blackjack, the odds say it’s a sucker bet. We didn’t know that banks were borrowing $30 or $40 for every dollar they had on hand, but somehow we all knew a long time ago that “no matter what a stripper tells you, there’s no sex in the champagne room."
But Wall Street either doesn’t know or doesn’t care. So it’s time for Main Street to help Wall Street learn a little “street” justice. We don’t know karate, but we know this much:
1. Lose Geithner Now
Obama can’t start getting rough with other people’s people until he makes an example out of one of his own first. For all we know, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is a seminarian, a math whiz and a trained ninja assassin. But it doesn’t matter anymore. The perception on all sides is that he’s ineffectual and tainted because of his tenure at the New York Fed. Anytime my wife looks at the TV and says, “I’m pretty sure I could take him,” that’s not a good sign. Oh, and by the way, he failed to pay his taxes right before taking over the federal department responsible for collecting—wait for it—taxes. He’s got to go.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she will accept just 69 percent of the estimated $930 million in federal stimulus funds that could flow to the state.
Palin's original announcement Thursday that she was accepting just over half the stimulus package funds did not include $128 million in Medicaid stimulus money she is accepting.
The former vice presidential candidate says she will accept only money without strings that will bind the state later. It's up to the Legislature to weigh in on the rest of the package.
Some GOP governors, including Mark Sanford of South Carolina and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, also have rejected some stimulus money. Others, including Arnold Schwarzenegger of California and Charlie Crist of Florida, have welcomed it.
Good. It's called standing on principle--the same kind of thing that her elected governor of Alaska, the same kind of thing that makes her remain so popular there.
Maybe if we got more of this kind of in-depth, fair-minded journalism more often, the mainstream press wouldn't be considered so inept.
H/T - The Anchoress
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Good news out of New Mexico:
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson signed a bill Wednesday repealing the death penalty in his state, his office confirmed.New Mexico is now the second state to repeal the death penalty since the Supreme Court restored it in 1976. The death penalty is wrong and racist. Only God should create and destroy life. Hopefully more states will follow New Mexico's lead.
The state legislature approved the measure last Friday. Prior to signing the legislation, Richardson received thousands of e-mails and phone calls weighing in on the matter.
Richardson said the criminal justice system is "inherently defective" in its use of the death penalty, noting that four death-row inmates in New Mexico have been exonerated in the past 10 years.
"Regardless of my personal opinion about the death penalty, I do not have confidence in the criminal justice system as it currently operates to be the final arbiter when it comes to who lives and who dies for their crime," Richardson said in a statement Wednesday.
"If the State is going to undertake this awesome responsibility, the system to impose this ultimate penalty must be perfect and can never be wrong."
The bill replaces the death penalty with life without the possibility of parole.
The Left's favorite excuse-maven has better poll numbers than the current Speaker of the House. Funny that:
“Limbaugh’s Favorable Rating: 19 Percent,” shouts the headline at the top of CBSNews.com tonight. A look, however, at the PDF of the full CBS News poll results, posted at 6:30 PM EDT Tuesday, pegs House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's favorable rating a point lower at 18 percent -- within the margin of error, but evidence Limbaugh is no less popular than the leader of congressional Democrats. (Friday's CBS Evening News highlighted President Obama's 62 percent approval level and a few other results about the bailouts, but didn't mention the Limbaugh or Pelosi numbers.)
CBSNews.com's Brian Montopoli had a news hook with Limbaugh since it was the first time the network asked about Limbaugh (at least in recent years), but his “CBS News Political Hotsheet” post failed to make the contrast with Pelosi, who stood at a mere 10 percent approval a month ago, as he used the Limbaugh finding to expound on the efficacy of the White House attacks on the radio talk show host:
Classy move. Pure and simple class:
It has been a longtime tradition for former Presidents not to be critical of their successors, but you wouldn't know that if you ever listened to the utter failure that is Jimmy Carter or the impeached Bill Clinton, both of whom have been known to bash other Presidents. Good to see Bush stay above the fray and keep it humble.
Since flying home to Texas after the Obama inauguration on Jan. 20, Bush has been totally silent, staying first on his Crawford ranch and then moving into a new house in the Preston Hollow section of north Dallas to begin work on a book and his presidential library at Southern Methodist University.
Tuesday in Calgary, the 43rd president gave the first of about a dozen paid speeches arranged so far by the Washington Speakers Bureau on his 2009 schedule. And here's what Bush told about 2,000 business persons about his successor, the 44th president:"There are plenty of critics in the arena. he deserves my silence."
Bush said something else too:
"I love my country a lot more than I love politics. I think it is essential that he be helped in office."
Not exactly the Rush Limbaugh failure line of comment. Or the Dick Cheney tone. Bush also said if the new president wanted his help "he's welcome to call me."
The former president received two standing ovations from the Canadian audience, which paid $3,100 per table for "A Conversation with George W. Bush."
Bush said he was pleased to make his maiden post-presidential speech in a place like Alberta, (named for a daughter of Queen Victoria) which is Canada's most conservative province and one with close and deep energy-economic ties to Texas.
Bush joked that he'd need more such engagements to pay for the house his wife, Laura, bought without him seeing it. "I actually paid for a house last fall," he told the crowd. "I think i'm the only American to have bought a house in the fall of 2008."
The ex-president seemed to enjoy himself in the question-and-answer session, saying he was prepared to stay all day. "I'm flattered people even want to hear me in the first place."Bush also revealed the outlines of his book, which will be built around what he regards as his 12 toughest decisions. "I want people to understand what it was like to sit in the Oval Office," he said.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
It's the liberal way to never accept responsibility for anything. Whether it's AIG bonuses, Bernard Madoff (a major Democrat contributor as Chuck Schumer could tell you) or the recent Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac crisis, liberals continue to pass the buck. The weasels like Christopher Dodd just can't help themselves.
Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd on Monday criticized the bonuses given to executives of American International Group Inc. and suggested that the government could tax the recipients to recoup some or all of the payouts.
But it was Dodd who inserted language — known as the Dodd amendment — in the $787 billion stimulus bill that allowed all bonuses awarded before February 11, 2009, to be paid to AIG executives. That very amendment, which is now law, is now the chief hurdle to government officials who want to recover that money.
The amendment was meant to restrict executive pay for bailed-out banks, but it also included the exception for "contractually obligated bonuses agreed on or before Feb. 11, 2009."
Dodd is the largest single recipient of 2008 campaign donations from AIG, with $103,100, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That was more than presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain got, and nearly three times the $35,965 Sen. Hillary Clinton received.
Judging from this latest Rasmussen poll, despite what Obama disciples like Jack Cafferty think, it looks like Americans are starting to regret voting for an inexperienced, community activist to be their President:
Now this is change we can believe in.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 37% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack
Obamais performing his role as President. Thirty-two percent (32%) now Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of +5.
The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who Strongly Disapprove from the number who Strongly Approve. It is updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern. Updates also available on Twitter.
Overall, 56% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance so far while 43% disapprove. Eighty-seven percent (87%) of Democrats offer their approval while 75% of Republicans voice disapproval. Those not affiliated with either major party are evenly divided.
Lame. Just lame:
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs launched a sarcastic barb at former Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday, but then the Obama administration spokesman pulled back a bit as he acknowledged the "seriousness" of the subject -- terrorism.This guys been making quite a moronic name for himself since he took over as Barry O's spokesman. Of course, we should all feel more safer knowing that Democrats seem to be more concerned about Rush Limbaugh than say, what North Korea is doing. Somewhere Jimmy Carter has a big ol' Kool-Aid smile on his face.
The comments came at the daily White House briefing, during which Gibbs dismissed Cheney's statement Sunday on CNN that several of President Obama's policies had left the country less safe.
"Well, I guess Rush Limbaugh was busy, so they trotted out the next most popular member of the Republican cabal," Gibbs said, sarcastically linking Cheney to the conservative radio talk-show host.
Monday, March 16, 2009
This is in lieu of the recent Jim Cramer vs. Jon Stewart brouhaha that reached it's culmination when Cramer foolishly went on Stewart's satirical news show (a front for his personal liberal views) to get set up and owned last week. Glad someone had the balls to call out Stewart's longtime, leftwing "partisan hackery".
Former Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain's daughter Meghan has four words of advice for conservative radio host Laura Ingraham: "Kiss my fat ass!" [h/t Jeff Poor]
Appearing on the March 16 edition of "The View," The Daily Beast columnist told the gals of "The View" that she was annoyed with Ingraham for recently making a joke about her weight.
McCain: Why are we so obsessed with weight? Why? And I know specifically for me, this is so, you know I'm a pop culture junkie, but when Tyra Banks went on her show in her bathing suit and said, "Kiss my fat ass," that's what I feel like right now. I'm like, "kiss my fat ass!"
Although Miss McCain last week took a swipe at conservative author Ann Coulter as "offensive, radical, insulting and confusing all at the same time," she admits that "at this point" she has "more respect" for Coulter "because at least Coulter didn’t come back at me with heartless, substance-less attacks about my weight."
Message to Meghan McCain: put on your thinking cap for a minute. Please. Do you really think that the same media that virtually ignored your dad, while literally genuflecting in their love and appreciation for his opponent during last year's presidential campaign, suddenly cares what you think? Meghan, the only reason the liberal media is interested in Republicans is when they're either trying to put them down, when they're making fools of themselves or when they're dissing other Republicans. The latter being the same ol' game of divide and conquer scheme that just worked on Michael Steele. Don't fall into the same trap. You have issues with Laura Ingraham talking about your weight? Fine. But don't go on a partisan show like "The View" (where 4 of the 5 co-hosts are leftwing loons) to make your point, instead take your ire straight to the source herself: Ingraham. Barbara Walters and co. may smile in your face and scream a few "Go girls!"' at you, pretending that they like you, but behind your back they're laughing because hardly anything makes liberals happier than to see conservatives fighting each other. I'd like to think that you're smart enough to know that.
Newt Gingrich: Obama's Attack On Medical Civil Liberties & Moral Rights
Job Losses Hit Black Men Hardest
AIG Names Names In Bailout Payout
Time For Michael Steele To Go As RNC Chair
AP Falsely Implied Obama Opposed All Cloning
Study: Women Who Use Birth Control Pill 1.5 Times More Likely To Get Bowel Disease
White House Bracing For Populist Bailout Backlash
Maxine Waters Defends Herself Against Allegations Regarding Ties To Banks
Judge Rejects Atheists' 'So Help Me God' Ban
Conservative Actor Ron Silver Dies At 62 From Cancer
Chief Justice Roberts Accepts Obama 'Eligibility' Petition
Sunday, March 15, 2009
As much as I respect Dick Cheney for continuing to speak out regardless of many on the Left who wish he'd just disappear (amongst other things), you have to wonder how good it is for the GOP for Cheney to reemerge? But then too, considering that liberals think the GOP is such disarray with no leader anyway, why do they even care what Cheney thinks?
Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn are currently hailed by the Left as “respected” university professors—Ayers in the University of Illinois’ education department, and Dohrn at Northwestern University’s School of Law. In the mid-1990s, both were instrumental in helping to launch 34-year-old Barack Obama’s political career in Chicago. Ayers in particular would go on to cultivate a close working relationship with Obama, serving as a fellow board member at the Woods Fund of Chicago and appointing Obama to chair the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, which funneled money to a host of far-left causes such as ACORN and an organization run by Communist Party leader Mike Klonsky. On Thursday, March 12, the National Press Club hosted an event where several key speakers urged federal authorities to reopen an investigation into the role that Ayers and Dohrn—both of whom are former leaders of the notorious terror group Weather Underground—may have played in the February 16, 1970 murder of Sergeant Brian McDonnell at Park Station police headquarters in San Francisco.Wow, seems like Barry O's good buddy might've played a part somebody--how could such a "respected" professor and former terrorist do such a thing? Sigh. I tell ya, if Billary had played up BO's connection to Ayers more during the primaries, we might now be calling her Prez.
Ayers and Dohrn have always denied any personal involvement with the Weather Underground bomb blast that killed McDonnell. In fact, their consistent refrain has been that none of the thirty bombs which their organization detonated ever harmed anyone other than three fellow Underground members who were killed in March 1970, when a bomb they were constructing—and were planning to detonate at a Fort Dix, New Jersey dance attended by Army soldiers—exploded unexpectedly in their lab. But one of the individuals who spoke at the National Press Club, Larry Grathwohl—a former FBI informant who actually infiltrated the Weather Underground and held private meetings and conversations with Ayers—contends that Ayers confided to him that Dohrn had planted the bomb that took Sergeant McDonnell’s life.
Thus we see a remarkable scenario taking shape: On Thursday, Grathwohl and his fellow speakers—retired San Francisco policeman (and McDonnell colleague) Jim Pera, veteran congressional investigator Herbert Romerstein, and the renowned researcher into extremist movements Trevor Loudon—urged the Obama Justice Department to investigate the very people, Ayers and Dohrn, who first helped Obama gain a foothold in politics. How will this play with a Justice Department headed by none other than Eric Holder, who in 1999 worked doggedly to secure the release of 16 incarcerated Marxist-Leninist terrorists belonging to the FALN?
At an event at Union Station today where Vice President Joe Biden was heralding the $1.3 billion in investments in rebuilding train stations and passenger rails, a microphone picked up one of the former senator's myriad Senate colleagues addressing him, formally, as "Mr. Vice President."Now some, ok well most people would be proud to hold the second most powerful position in the country, but barely 50 days in and our VP seems to be pretty fed up with it. Sigh.
That met with Vice President Biden's standard reply. "Gimme a f*&$#ing break," he said, apparently unaware that the microphone was on.