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Obama in a nutshell

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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This is prototypical Obama in almost every way.

Here was last week’s pre-Martha bit of ersatz presidential theater, in the less fashionable zip codes of Minnesota:

Passing trade deals is something that “Congress can do right now,” remarked President Obama Monday at a town hall meeting in Cannon Falls, Minnesota.


Food stamp scam, "water dumping"

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Bangor police were called to Shaw’s grocery store Thursday night to collect information about a regularly occurring food stamp scam that recently was dubbed “water dumping” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The USDA has taken a stand on water dumping — buying beverages with food stamps, dumping the liquid and returning the empties for cash — and in June proposed a new rule that could disqualify recipients who engage in the practice.

The Bangor Daily News put a spotlight on water dumping in August 2010 after a pair of men purchased $86.79 in bottled water from the Shaw’s in Bangor, dumped it out behind the store and returned the empties for $24.


This can't be good.

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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Inside the Bunch of Grapes bookstore, Obama, casually dressed in khakis and an untucked blue polo shirt, introduced the girls to some patrons before setting out in search of some vacation reading.
After going upstairs and looking around the store, Obama was seen holding five or six books, including "Brave New World" and "The Bayou Trilogy."

Most people see "Brave New World" as a cautionary tale of a society without morals run by the government. I'm guessing Obama will see it as a liberal utopia.

If he reads it we can expect government subsidized Prozac for everyone.


My Billionaire is smarter than your Billionaire

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Ed and quite a few liberals are creaming their jeans about Warren Buffet's editorial begging Obama to fuck the upper middle class. They assume that by being a Billionaire Buffet is intelligent. If that is their criteria for poltical commentary, I give them Donald Trump:

 "Our president is grossly incompetent. He doesn't know what he's doing. The world is laughing at us. It's very, very sad."


O'Bummer

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It isn't just me having fun with Barry's last name, Drudge posted Obummer due to today's 400 drop in the Dow.


What you should expect from Unions in 2011

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King Electrical Services owner John King was shot by a person who appears to be from one of the many unions who have targeted his workers, Toledo News Channel 11 WTOL reports.  King is the largest non-union electrical contractor company in the area of southeastern Michigan near the Ohio border.

He has a long history of being on the receiving end of union-related violence, and this case doesn’t appear to be any different. Before shooting him, the gunman etched the word “SCAB” into the side of King’s SUV.


The Whiney Loser in Chief

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President Barack Obama said yesterday in Decorah, Iowa, that he absorbs more political criticism than Abraham Lincoln, the assassinated 16th U.S. president, attracted from his Civil War critics.

“Democracy is always a messy business in a big country like this,” Obama responded. “When you listen to what the federalists said about the anti-federalists … those guys were tough. Lincoln, they used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me.”

Eric Dezenhall, a former communications aide to President Ronald Reagan, went ever further in an interview with The Daily Caller: Obama’s complaint, he said, “is more grandiose than narcissistic … It’s equating any form of push-back with some sort of giant historical crime.”


Illinois, Corrupt and inefficient

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I have been asked to register a tissue bank with a variety of states. Some states have everything online and registration is easy. Other require phone calls and the people are usually very helpful. Then there is Illinois.

The email they have online bounces back as canceled. The customer service line is busy with no option for voice mail. The website is a joke. If you do find a number with voice mail, don't expect a return call.

I am so glad we elected people from this state to run our country.


Warren Buffett: Raise My Taxes

Posted by: Ed Salden

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(I am posting Mr Buffett's complete op-ed piece from Sunday's New York Times.  I tried to edit it down some, but his writing is already concise. Buffett contradicts most everything that bloggers here believe about taxes and the economy.)

 

OUR leaders have asked for “shared sacrifice.” But when they did the asking, they spared me. I checked with my mega-rich friends to learn what pain they were expecting. They, too, were left untouched.

 While the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan, and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks. Some of us are investment managers who earn billions from our daily labors but are allowed to classify our income as “carried interest,” thereby getting a bargain 15 percent tax rate. Others own stock index futures for 10 minutes and have 60 percent of their gain taxed at 15 percent, as if they’d been long-term investors.

 


Unions Kill Jobs

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These days, what would a firm that outsourced 400,000 U.S. jobs be called? The answer: labor union. Monday's Canada-Colombia free-trade pact is its masterpiece.

Leo Gerard, the proudly Canadian president of the United Steelworkers Union, is one of many who ought to stand up and take a bow.


Can anyone guess why we have no recovery?

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If the federal government's regulatory operation were a business, it would be one of the 50 biggest in the country in terms of revenues, and the third largest in terms of employees, with more people working for it than McDonald's, Ford, Disney and Boeing combined.

Regulatory agencies have seen their combined budgets grow a healthy 16% since 2008, topping $54 billion, according to the annual "Regulator's Budget," compiled by George Washington University and Washington University in St. Louis.


Why foreign aid almost never works

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I added almost as civilized countries like Japan do have the culture and infrastructure to utilize what little aid they need after major catastrophes.

 

AP Exclusive: Food aid for starving Somalis stolen, UN agency investigating


MOGADISHU, Somalia - Sacks of grain, peanut butter snacks and other food staples meant for starving Somalis are being stolen and sold in markets, an Associated Press investigation has found, raising concerns that thieving businessmen are undermining international famine relief efforts in this nearly lawless country.

 


"minor-attracted persons" are still sick perverts

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If a small group of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have their way at a conference this week, pedophiles themselves could play a role in removing pedophilia from the American Psychiatric Association’s bible of mental illnesses — the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), set to undergo a significant revision by 2013.  Critics warn that their success could lead to the decriminalization of pedophilia.

The August 17 Baltimore conference is sponsored by B4U-ACT, a group of pro-pedophile mental health professionals and sympathetic activists.  According to the conference brochure, the event will examine “ways in which minor-attracted persons [pedophiles] can be involved in the DSM 5 revision process” and how the popular perceptions of pedophiles can be reframed to encourage tolerance.


All hat, no cattle

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Average Teen Unemployment Rate in D.C. is 50.1%, Analysis Shows

An analysis based on U.S. Census Bureau data by the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) shows that the average unemployment rate for teens ages 16 to 19 in the District of Columbia was 50.1 percent as of June 2011. This corresponds with data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showing that for D.C. the annual average unemployment rate for teens in 2010 was 49.8 percent.

I'd love to explain to the blacks that what we need is a President (Black, white, red, or green)that understands economics, but that would be racist. I am so glad that Obama has shown what a difference a black President makes. Maybe some voters will look past skin color in 2012.


Why we need a state and federal Voter ID law

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Three Wake County, North Carolina, Democrats have admitted to voter fraud charges, according to local news reports.

Kierra Fontae Leache, Shelia Romona Hodges and Brandon Earl Mclean each admitted to casting two ballots in recent elections. Local reports indicate all three voted for President Barack Obama twice in 2008.



All Hail Woody

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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After a long discussion, Woody admitted that private sector entrepreneurs, like me, Nobody and Bill Gates, are way better at creating jobs and wealth than the government. 

He does think that the government provides a better social safety net than private sector people like me, Nobody and Bill Gates.

WHY?


This is what liberalism brings

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The ego exceeds the accomplishments

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When it comes to piloting, Barack Obama seems to think he's the political equivalent of Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Yeager and—in a "Fly Me to the Moon" sort of way—Nat King Cole rolled into one. "I think I'm a better speech writer than my speech writers," he reportedly told an aide in 2008. "I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I'll tell you right now that I'm . . . a better political director than my political director."

On another occasion—at the 2004 Democratic convention—Mr. Obama explained to a Chicago Tribune reporter that "I'm LeBron, baby. I can play at this level. I got game."

Of course, it's tempting to be immodest when your admirers are so immodest about you. How many times have we heard it said that Mr. Obama is the smartest president ever? Even when he's criticized, his failures are usually chalked up to his supposed brilliance. Liberals say he's too cerebral for the Beltway rough-and-tumble; conservatives often seem to think his blunders, foreign and domestic, are all part of a cunning scheme to turn the U.S. into a combination of Finland, Cuba and Saudi Arabia.


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