Thursday, January 14, 2010

Raff out Rowd

Kaboom! Brown Now Leads Coakley by Four!
Eight Points! (TPM) by Four!
Jammie Wearing Fool


State and local workers and union
members are exempted until 2017!

 The White House has reached a deal with health care negotiators, including labor unions, on taxing the high-level "Cadillac" plans that workers with high-risk jobs often purchase.

Frantic in Mass

Kennedy's widow does ad
for Mass. Senate candidate

Mary Jo Kopechne sends her regrets.

Obama chips in with  e-mail and video (right) which  will be sent out Thursday to the Massachusetts distribution list of Organizing for America, the president's political arm at the Democratic National Committee.

On the ol' Inspiro-meter, I'd say the president has hit that rarely reached sweet spot right between Droopy the Dog and Eyeore. Note, in particular, the deadness in his eyes as he closes out his appeal: - Mary Katherine Ham.

Kristol: Mass. Senate Update

Self Made Man

A pox on your Harvard MBA
 If the viewer doesn't work, click here

This Old House

Old Stuff

I mentioned this in the way back, but those few of you who remember will forgive this veteran of the charge up San Juan Hill a relapse.  Oh, we're talking about this  portfolio of abandoned houses.  I think all of us will be plaintively reminded of something from our own past, except for young Josh who's still building his. The house in Ringgold, NE  reminds me of hunting for pheasant in Nebraska, just on the Colorado and South Dakota borders. Came across it, and while the others went on, I stayed, and read old catalogs, newspapers, and sorted through scattered family pictures.  Memory says they dated back to c. 1920.  Hardscrabble.  I don't remember the details anymore, just being captivated by this worm hole into the past.  You can smell these houses. That old house smell.  Linoleum. Musty newsprint and curtains.   Have a look.  City people may find Scouting New York more to the task at hand. Nostalgia.

WaTimes WTF?

EXCLUSIVE: Obama wins more cuts in spending than Bush
What am I missing here?

Curmudgeonly & Skeptical

That's a featured story in today's Times. No, not the New York Times.  The Washington Times. I read it, and still don't know what to make of the editor's decision to promote it.
President Obama notched substantial successes in spending cuts last year, winning 60 percent of his proposed cuts and managing to get Congress to ax several programs that had bedeviled President George W. Bush for years.

The administration says Congress accepted at least $6.9 billion of the $11.3 billion in discretionary spending cuts Mr. Obama proposed for the current fiscal year. An analysis by The Washington Times found that Mr. Obama was victorious in getting Congress to slash 24 programs and achieved some level of success in reducing nine other programs.

Among the president's victories are canceling the multibillion-dollar F-22 Raptor program, ending the LORAN-C radio-based ship navigation system and culling a series of low-dollar education grants. In each of those cases, Mr. Obama succeeded in eliminating programs that Mr. Bush repeatedly failed to end.
The key cut was the military's F-22 Raptor program.  Well, stop the presses!  Democrat cuts military spending.  The LORAN-C was made obsolete by GPS, so that was pretty much a no-brainer.  Unless, like me, you think the first casualty of the next big war will be our satellite system.  If that happens, then the drone aircraft that supposedly made the F-22 expendable, and our ability to navigate at sea, will be kaputsky.  Reminds me of DOD brainiacs leaving guns off the  F-4 Phantom - because missiles made them obsolete. 

But, too much barking over small bones. Does anyone have a firm figure on how many trillions of dollars Obama has already spent?  Even before adding the trillions of dollars that  he wants to spend on Obamacare?   Well, enough to calculate that it's more than  every previous U.S. President combined!  His proposed, utterly useless, Climate Change bill alone will cost more than the reported spending cuts combined (8 billion v. 6.9 billion).

So what am I missing?

2+2=6 !

In Passing

In passing ...
 It's a Horror Show for Obamunists

Why Treasury chief should be probed and fired
Tim Geithner should not only be fired as Treasury Secretary, he should then be investigated for criminal activity --

The 40 Most Obnoxious Quotes Of 2009
#30 -  If I'm corrupt, it's because I take care of my district. -- John Murtha

100 Incredible & Educational Virtual Tours You Don’t Want to Miss
I love the Internet

Liberals and Conservatives
“You know, when the battery fires?” asked the American. “Those two guys off to the side with their arms in the air? What are they doing?”

Palin was 'set up to fail'
Kathleen Parker wears her best Dixie Chicks face

Schumer Goes Gutter
I got the message below from Ted Kennedy's widow, Vicki, and I wanted to make sure you saw it.
Martha Coakley is running to fill the rest of Ted Kennedy's term, and her opponent is a far-right tea-bagger Republican.
It would be bad enough to lose this seat [blah-blah-blah]

EDITORIAL: Google jihad
Google has been accused of pandering to Muslims by censoring negative search suggestions in its main search box. Type "Christianity is" in the search bar, and Google suggests helpful endings to your query, such as "not a religion," "a lie," "a cult," and so on. ...

SEIU-affiliated union endorses…Scott Brown
How bad is it, Martha?

Sarah Palin admits questions about Sept. 11

Or, rather, concedes that Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. got something right.

Palin FNC Ratings Sky High
The Nielsen ratings are in and former V.P. hopeful Sarah Palin hit the nearly 4 million viewer jackpot last night for her debut appearance on Fox News's "The O'Reilly Factor" as a Fox News contributor.

Quote of the day - Sen. Scott Brown’s daughter Ayla
“She even spelled Massachusetts wrong in her original ad which is very embarrassing, I must say as a young woman.”