Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Visual Metaphor for this Election


(h/t TSP)

War on women, dependency, and scare tactics all in one simple statement.  Julia incarnate.

Just surprised team O didn't go the Full Monty with "ZOMG MOM MITT WON'T LET ME HAVE BIRTH CONTROL AND NOW I NEED TO HAVE AN ABORTION GIMMEE $$$ THANKS!!!"

Would have really loved if they went all lolcat.

FOOTBAWL
I am 1-8 on the season.  Let's double down on stupid, cause about 47% of the electorate is choosing to do so (SICK BURN).

Chargers (-1) at KC
Cincinnati (-1) at Jax
NYG (+2) at Philly

Weekend Music:
If only for the funk-dripping bass-line:




Enjoy you weekends.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Squirrel Offensive

UPDATE:

Last time I wrote, the "47% gaffe" was being pressed.  Its ripples have mostly faded.  This past week it was "ZOMG RICH GUY DOESN'T GROK PLANE WORKINGS", which really was a pathetic display by an increasingly desperate acolyte MSM.  It also set up your Double Standard of The Week (tm): What if Romney had stated that he wanted to export more jobs?

Again, the Management would like to know if he was reading off a teleprompter.

We also learned that the Libya situation was much worse than we thought.  And, of course, violent protests are still occurring outside embassies as I write this.  See yesterday's post for Obama's embarrassment at the UN.

Other memes repeated: "Romney's Worst Week Ever", "Polls Show Obama Pulling Away", "Mitt's Taxes: Not Enough He should Pay More He Payed Too Much", etc.

And so today we got some very depressing economic news: real GDP for Q2 has been lowered from 1.7% to 1.3%, which is f$%king abysmal. 

The other barrel of the economic shotgun: durable goods collapsing 13% in August.  Head over to Dedicated Tenther for the breakdown.

All in one week.  Amazing.

In summary: the "Mitt's Taxes" meme was shattered, unrest still burns in the middle east, the domestic economic situation gets downgraded "expectantly" for the 10e8th time.

The Team O dam is going to burst.  Axlerod et al better come up with one helluva squirrel before the GOP starts crackin' wise.  "Forward" isn't going to pass muster.

I predict some new BS by tomorrow afternoon.

BONUS MATERIAL

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What the F....

Was going to do a round up of O's priorities, but then I read his speech to the UN yesterday.  It started off very well, with a glowing review of the service of Ambassador Stevens.  Then this:
"And that is what we saw play out in the last two weeks, where a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world."

Not even the Libyans believe it was the video.

Does anyone outside of the White House still believe it was a video nobody that nobody had heard of two weeks ago? What a dick.

Then I got to this part:

"The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. Yet to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see when the image of Jesus Christ is desecrated, churches are destroyed, or the Holocaust is denied. Let us condemn incitement against Sufi Muslims, and Shiite pilgrims. It is time to heed the words of Gandhi: “Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.” "

I blacked out with rage after that. 

Instead of standing up for this country and it's foundation, he sold it out for UN approval while trying to save his image in the wake of this debacle.

History does not speak well of beta-male appeasers living in a theoretical world.

Maybe we are better off when O is campaigning full time.  The damage might be more severe if he were actually making the decisions.

As I said in a prior post; to all those stationed abroad in embassies, consulates, or anywhere flying a US flag: construct gun mounts, dig moats, collect water.  Train everyone on how to use a firearm.  Make sure you have live ammo.  Your boss does not have your back.

UPDATE: DooDoo Econ does a nice breakdown.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday Link Dump/Football

Libya update: The State Department was kicking around the idea of posting marines for security at the consulate.  We just had to give them five years (FIVE #$%ING YEARS) or so to get around to it.  No rush, Hillary.

The Obama regime still has no clue how to handle the Libya/Mid-east rupture.  My guess is that Hillary might be thrown into the volcano.  While confusion is a valid strategy, the Charlie Foxtrot cabinet supposedly in charge of the situation instills no feelings of competency.  Is heading to Vegas after a terrorist attack a strategy?

Team O went on Univision for an interview.  Incredible that we now have to rely on outside media to do our media's job (Jake Tapper excepted, see below). 

...Jake Tapper was not impressed.  He didn't go far enough, IMO, but he hit the major point that Obama flat out lied.

...and then, in the same interview, O quickly gaffed the sh!t out of himself.  Romney's "47%" flew fine with me, but most of the Julia's of the world resumed pearl clutching.  Still, on a week when Romney's approval might have gone down, the "Hope and Change" guy just admitted he is politically impotent and incapable of delivering any change.  Romney roasted'em fine after that one, and to top it off, released his tax returns.  Turns out the man donated 30% of his income to charity, and payed 14.1% in taxes.

...and of course, whenever a meme of the left gets destroyed, this happens:


FOOTBAWL
I am 1-5 on the year right now.  S-M-R-T...

Detroit (-3.5) at Tennessee.  Stafford can't be pass-constipated this long, can he?
Indy (-3) over Jacksonville.
Baltimore (-3.0) over Patriots.  Pat's are just more dinged up and really can't afford to make a mistake.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

...


Ew.

UPDATE:


(h/t)
I apologize if this is too graphic, but it needs to be done.

 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Around the Intertubes

No politics today.  Just some stuff I found.

The trailer for the first installment (of three) of the Hobbit is up:


Good stuff.  I actually like that Peter Jackson broke the book up into three parts.  Given the dearth of quality material coming out of Hollywood, it's refreshing to have something to really look forward to.

 
For the Dog Lovers (warning: may get misty in here):
They told me the big black Lab's name was Reggie, as I looked at him lying in his pen. The shelter was clean, no-kill, and the people really friendly.

I'd only been in the area for six months, but everywhere I went in the small college town, people were welcoming and open. Everyone waves when you pass them on the street.

But something was still missing as I attempted to settle in to my new life here, and I thought a dog couldn't hurt. Give me someone to talk to. And I had just seen Reggie's advertisement on the local news. The shelter said they had received numerous calls right after, but they said the people who had come down to see him just didn't look like "Lab people," whatever that meant. They must've thought I did.

But at first, I thought the shelter had misjudged me in giving me Reggie and his things, which consisted of a dog pad, bag of toys almost all of which were brand new tennis balls, his dishes and a sealed letter from his previous owner.

See, Reggie and I didn't really hit it off when we got home. We struggled for two weeks (which is how long the shelter told me to give him to adjust to his new home). Maybe it was the fact that I was trying to adjust, too. Maybe we were too much alike.

I saw the sealed envelope. I had completely forgotten about that. "Okay, Reggie," I said out loud, "let's see if your previous owner has any advice."

____________ _________ _________ _________

To Whomever Gets My Dog:

Well, I can't say that I'm happy you're reading this, a letter I told the shelter could only be opened by Reggie's new owner. I'm not even happy writing it. He knew something was different.

So let me tell you about my Lab in the hopes that it will help you bond with him and he with you.

First, he loves tennis balls. The more the merrier. Sometimes I think he's part squirrel, the way he hoards them. He usually always has two in his mouth, and he tries to get a third in there. Hasn't done it yet. Doesn't matter where you throw them, he'll bound after them, so be careful. Don't do it by any roads.

Next, commands. Reggie knows the obvious ones ---"sit," "stay," "come," "heel."

He knows hand signals, too: He knows "ball" and "food" and "bone" and "treat" like nobody's business.

Feeding schedule: twice a day, regular store-bought stuff; the shelter has the brand.

He's up on his shots. Be forewarned: Reggie hates the vet. Good luck getting him in the car. I don't know how he knows when it's time to go to the vet, but he knows.

Finally, give him some time. It's only been Reggie and me for his whole life. He's gone everywhere with me, so please include him on your daily car rides if you can. He sits well in the backseat, and he doesn't bark or complain. He just loves to be around people, and me most especially.

And that's why I need to share one more bit of info with you...His name's not Reggie. He's a smart dog, he'll get used to it and will respond to it, of that I have no doubt. But I just couldn't bear to give them his real name. But if someone is reading this ... well it means that his new owner should know his real name. His real name is "Tank." Because, that is what I drive.

I told the shelter that they couldn't make "Reggie" available for adoption until they received word from my company commander. You see, my parents are gone, I have no siblings, no one I could've left Tank with ... and it was my only real request of the Army upon my deployment to Iraq, that they make one phone call to the shelter ... in the "event" ... to tell them that Tank could be put up for adoption. Luckily, my CO is a dog-guy, too, and he knew where my platoon was headed. He said he'd do it personally. And if you're reading this, then he made good on his word.

Tank has been my family for the last six years, almost as long as the Army has been my family. And now I hope and pray that you make him part of your family, too, and that he will adjust and come to love you the same way he loved me.

If I have to give up Tank to keep those terrible people from coming to the US I am glad to have done so. He is my example of service and of love. I hope I honored him by my service to my country and comrades.

All right, that's enough. I deploy this evening and have to drop this letter off at the shelter. Maybe I'll peek in on him and see if he finally got that third tennis ball in his mouth.

Good luck with Tank. Give him a good home, and give him an extra kiss goodnight - every night - from me.

Thank you,

Paul Mallory

____________ _________ _________ _______

I folded the letter and slipped it back in the envelope. Sure, I had heard of Paul Mallory, everyone in town knew him, even new people like me. Local kid, killed in Iraq a few months ago and posthumously earning the Silver Star when he gave his life to save three buddies. Flags have been at half-mast all summer.

I leaned forward in my chair and rested my elbows on my knees, staring at the dog.

"Hey, Tank," I said quietly.

The dog's head whipped up, his ears cocked and his eyes bright.

"C'mere boy."

He was instantly on his feet, his nails clicking on the hardwood floor. He sat in front of me, his head tilted, searching for the name he hadn't heard in months. "Tank," I whispered.

His tail swished.

I kept whispering his name, over and over, and each time, his ears lowered, his eyes softened, and his posture relaxed as a wave of contentment just seemed to flood him. I stroked his ears, rubbed his shoulders, buried my face into his scruff and hugged him.

"It's me now, Tank, just you and me. Your old pal gave you to me." Tank reached up and licked my cheek.

"So whatdaya say we play some ball?" His ears perked again.

"Yeah? Ball? You like that? Ball?"

Tank tore from my hands and disappeared into the next room. And when he came back, he had three tennis balls in his mouth.

(h/t)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A New Week

So the regime doubled down on incompetence in explaining the Middle East rupture.  Their position: it was spontaneous, and it was the movie: 


It didn't pass the giggle test with anyone. 

To complete the farce, this past weekend the filmmaker was identified and taken from his home at night for "questioning".  How dare someone make a religiously insensitive video in this country.

Orwell was from the future.  It's the only explanation.

So now that our first amendment rights have truly been trampled (on the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution), what next?

Well, picking up on censorship, a French court has now broken down on press freedoms.  I, for one, am shocked (SHOCKED I SAY) that I cannot obtain topless pictures of smoking hot royalty.  The horrors of tyranny.  Thanks, Obama.

Exit thought: the protesters who sacked our embassies were heard chanting, "Obama, we are Osama".  By the regime's point of view, wouldn't the release of Zero Dark Thirty kind of stir the hornet's nest again?  We wouldn't want that happening.

Misdirection of the Week (aka "The Squirrel Offensive")
It seems like almost every week now the MSM is coming up with a new issue to try and show how TEH PRECIOUS is superior to Romney.  Last week it was foreign policy.  That kind of blew up in their face.  Wagons were circled, let's move on.

So this week someone shot a video of Romney at a closed event.  Here it is:





Uh....so what?

Mitt is being brutally honest in all cases.  I like that.

I mean, it's not like he called the people in my home state "bitter clingers" or something.

All this shows me is how desperate the MSM is right now.

Bonus Material
Dana Loesch tweets this great Orwell quote:

"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

Friday, September 14, 2012

Wrap-up/FOOTBAWL

More double standards: what would the media do if it was discovered that the US government was warned prior to the attacks and there was a Republican in the White House?

And said President left the very next day for Vegas?

I just picture Obama glazing over the intel report (hard copy, not in-person briefing mind you) and thinking, "They would never attack on 9/11.  They love me too much over there."

I also believe that this is what goes through Obama's head on constant loop:



"things that bother you...never bother me..."

And to think this all could have been avoided if Mitt would just show his tax returns and shut up.

Moving on...

Football Picks for the Weekend:
Last week I was 1-2.  Awesome. 

New Orleans (-1.5) over Carolina.
Baltimore (+2.5) over Philly.  And yes, I am an Eagles fan.  But I also know that the connection between Vick's brain, arm, and sphincter ruptures under pressure.
Dallas (-2.5) over Seattle.

This is About Right

(h/t Investors)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Facepalm

Marines protecting US embassy in Egypt not carrying live ammo.

Kinda reminds me of this:

GORMAN: Apone, collect magazines from everybody.  We can't have any firing in there.

 The troopers look at each other in dismay.
 WIERZBOWSKI: Is he fucking crazy?

 HUDSON: What're we supposed to use, man?  Harsh language?

...and we all know how that ended up.







1979 Revisited

The events this week have been frustrating.

On the anniversary of 9/11, a coordinated attack started on our embassies leading to the death of 4 foreign officials.  This includes a US ambassador.  Said ambassador, Christopher Stevens, had pictures taken of his carcass being carried through the streets.

The US reaction: not to back down on their earlier apology.  The rioters desecrated our flag, our soil, killed our citizens, and our response was a Charlie Foxtrot of apologies, confusion, walkbacks, and lashing out at Romney for speaking out of turn.

On the anniversary of 9/11, while the middle east is in flames, the prime time President lists his priorities: campaigning as usual, fundraiser held by Jay-Z and Beyonce, and an appearance on Letterman.  Not on the list: meeting with Netanyahu.

On 9/12, the President finally gave a response before flying to Vegas.  Not before skipping his daily intel briefing. Again.

On 9/12 we found out the MSM's priorities: yell at Romney for doing Obama's job better than Obama ever could.

Rumors are now that the ambassador, Christopher Stevens, was raped.  For his family's sake, I hope this not to be true. 

The US embassy in Yemen has just been stormed.

One has to wonder: what threshold will have to be breached for them to start criticizing TEH PRECIOUS? Here is a short list:

  1. Obama publicly states he enjoys "Fox News".
  2. Obama publicly states he is against abortion in all cases.
  3. Obama becomes a "birther".
  4. Obama joins Tea Party.
  5. Obama all in on voter ID laws.
  6. Obama kicks Bill Clinton in ballsack.
In other words, I just don't see it happening.

Which could be another reason the riots are occurring: the organizers know our press' reaction.

In 48 hours this week, we have been let down by a spineless President and a groveling press corps.  To all those stationed in a US embassy right now, I would be installing gun mounts on the roofs and saving water.  Because you are on your own.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Your Double Standard of the Week (updated)

What if GWB said it?


I just want to know if he went off teleprompter or not.

(update) Or what if GWB was unfamiliar with how to use an iphone?

Friday, September 7, 2012

Wrap it Up

The DNC was a freaking debacle.  Most speakers appealed to the far left base.  The only person who I saw that would appeal to the center was Clinton.

People called Clinton's speech "masterfull".  In presentation, yes, but its contents pants were on fire.

Example-he claimed that the Republicans were the ones to deregulate Wall Street.  While the Republicans did play a part, Clinton was the one who axed Glass-Steagall.  Other examples can be found here.

Clinton had a chance to take the high road and illustrate how a bipartisan government had worked.  He turned left and took all the credit.

Still, the man can give a damn fine speech, and for 23 hours or so it looked like the Democrats might take some momentum from this thing.  What was necessary was some of that Obama-magik we've all heard about.

This is what was delivered instead:


A rehash of worn down memes (fairness, class warfare, etc.) and no concrete plans.  With 16 trillion in debt, how the hell are we going to create 100k new teaching jobs? 

This was about as unclutch as one can get.  He was outshined at his own convention by Clinton and Biden.  BIDEN.  LITERALLY.

Some are theorizing that this steaming pile was produced because team O was privy to today's job report.  I find this plausible. 

As for the MSM reaction, no amount of spin (and spin will be spun) can alleviate the crushing fact that unemployment declined 0.2% because nearly 400k left the workforce.  Also interesting to note that 9k jobs were "created" when a strike ended.

Their convention had hope.  The awful acceptance speech plus this job report torched that hope.  But yeah, keep throwing Sandra Fluke at us in prime time while people are struggling.

And now the MSM will have to find a new angle to protect TEH PRECIOUS. The Twitterverse is predicting "SUPER-AWESOME FOREIGN POLICY OBAMA".  I can see that.

NFL, Week 1

I got a kick out of this:



GAMBLOOR SEZ:
Atlanta (-2.5) at KC.  Pick: ATLANTA.
Philly (-7.5) at Cleveland.  Pick: PHILLY.
San Diego (-1.5) at Oakland.  Pick OAKLAND.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The DNC

The Dems got hammered by "You didn't build that".  No spin has broken its grip.  The statement has become a rallying cry for opposition to this regime's perverse need for government involvement in our lives.

And now they release this:


"The government is the only thing we all belong to".  Not as bad as "You didn't build that".  Still, it's disturbingly close to:


The government is a steward of this country.  The Dems are failing to see this. 

Otherwise, the entire point of the DNC show is distract folk from the past three years of complete and utter failure while targeting the GOP on social issues.  Which is the exact opposite of what the RNC was trying to accomplish.

Or to put it another way...

(h/t instapundit).

From what very little I watched, they did an OK job.  Michelle Obama was the best of the speakers last night, but she went Anne Romney in content. 

Anne Romney's job was to illustrate what a good person Mitt really was in private, and why he is fit for the White House.  It was fitting for the challenger role and not for the incumbent.

The incumbent party is supposed to present a case as to why they should be rehired.  While Michelle did score points for presentation, I just think it failed overall in its purpose.  "Barack a nice guy MITT ROMNEY SWISS ACCOUNT BOOOO RICH" shouldn't resonate with independents, but oh well.

I will be watching absolute zero coverage tonight.  There is higher priority: FOOTBAW.

Monday, September 3, 2012

The GOP Convention (Day Tres)

Onto the highlights:

Marc Rubio (R-Fl):


Mitt Romney (R-Mass):


Notes:
  • Mitt's congregation appearing and giving speeches as to his generosity was a great touch. 
  • A very strong endorsement from Mike Eruzione and other Olympians.  On the biggest stage in the direst of times, that man showed the world what a bunch of motivated kids can do.  And he endorsed our guy.
  • The Clint Eastwood number bombed.  The silver linings are that the Republicans got Clint Eastwood to show up in Florida, and it spawned #emptychairday.  Personally, I think empty suit would have been more apt, but whatevs.  Some are saying it was a "Bob Newhert" type delivery, which is funny.  No, it wasn't, and the Eastwood-Newhert crossover is oil and water.
  • Marc  Rubio could quite possibly be the best public speaker I have ever seen on TV.  And I thought I would never see anyone beat out President Clinton.  While best speech still goes to Paul Ryan, Marc gets a close second.
  • Mitt gave the speech he had to give.  Not a home run, but a gapper to the wall on a rope.
Final Thoughts
  • If the point of the convention was to show the new face of the party, then it was a success. 
  • If the point was to personalize Mitt Romney, then it was a success.
  • If the point was to expose the radical bias of the left, then it was a success.
  • If the point was to tell the entire nation that the Republicans were for self-made people who rose up by their own hand ("We Built It"), then it was a success.
  • More often than not, the speakers I enjoyed the most really didn't even mention Obama too much.  They personalized their history and showed how they relied on anything other than the government to solve their problems.  This will provide a stark contrast to the DNC.  The speakers went positive, and me likey.
  • Every night I left the TV motivated. 
So yeah-outside of the Clint Eastwood fiasco, I would say that this convention was the best we could hope for.

Now let's see the victim parade that will be the DNC.