Like any responsible parent, I would not leave a loaded gun in the children’s playroom or keep my painkillers in their sweetie tin. But it turns out that for two years there has been a nuclear bomb in one of my kitchen cupboards, between the tomato ketchup and the Rice Krispies. It’s an American chilli sauce that was bought by my wife as a joky Christmas present. And, like all joky Christmas presents, it was put in a drawer and forgotten about. It’s called limited-edition Insanity private reserve and it came in a little wooden box, along with various warning notices. “Use this product one drop at a time,” it said. “Keep away from eyes, pets and children. Not for people with heart or respiratory problems. Use extreme caution.” [Why not start your Monday off with something funny?…ed]
According to sources close to the administration, Gen McChrystal shocked and angered presidential advisers with the bluntness of a speech given in London last week. The next day he was summoned to an awkward 25-minute face-to-face meeting on board Air Force One on the tarmac in Copenhagen, where the president had arrived to tout Chicago’s unsuccessful Olympic bid. Gen James Jones, the national security adviser, yesterday did little to allay the impression the meeting had been awkward. [One guy is singularly concerned about his political future and one guy cares about the lives of the men and women on the ground in Afghanistan. Guess which is which…ed]
President Barack Obama will focus “at the right time” on how to overturn the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban on gays serving openly in the military, his national security adviser said Sunday. “I don’t think it’s going to be — it’s not years, but I think it will be teed up appropriately,” James Jones said. The Democratic-led Congress is considering repealing the 1993 law. Action isn’t expected on the issue until early next year. (SNIP) The White House has said it will not stop the military from dismissing gays and lesbians who acknowledge their sexuality. [Once again the empty suit votes “present.” Øbama has plenty of time for vacations, golf, trips to Europe to bash our country and the Letterman show but will wait “for the right time” to address this campaign pledge and he is seriously pissing off the homosexual lobby which supported him nearly 100% in the last election. I wonder how all that hopey changey crap is working out for this particular Democrat constituency?…ed]
A “perplexing” Canadian study linking H1N1 to seasonal flu shots is throwing national influenza plans into disarray and testing public faith in the government agencies responsible for protecting the nation’s health. Distributed for peer review last week, the study confounded infectious-disease experts in suggesting that people vaccinated against seasonal flu are twice as likely to catch swine flu. (SNIP) “It has confused things very badly,” said Dr. Ethan Rubinstein, head of adult infectious diseases at the University of Manitoba. “And it has certainly cost us credibility from the public because of conflicting recommendations. Until last week, there had always been much encouragement to get the seasonal flu vaccine.” [This should really clear up any concerns many have had about all this swine flu nonsense. NOT!…ed]
As the health-reform bills move through Congress, the prognosis for Medicare patients gets worse and worse. The Senate Finance Committee bill (generally called the Baucus bill, after Chairman Max Baucus) robs the elderly to cover the uninsured — like snatching purses from little old ladies. The House bills already cut future funding for Medicare by $500 billion over the next decade. The Baucus bill would slash a similar amount, just when 30 percent more people enter the program as baby boomers turn 65. The Baucus bill also puts new limits on what doctors can do for patients in Medicare: [More analysis from someone who has taken the time to read the various Democrat Party plans to bowhack our healthcare system…ed]
Pity Europe’s Socialists. It’s getting lonely on the left. Just when you might think capitalism’s global crisis would breathe new life into the left, it’s looking increasingly divided and tired. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s re-election a week ago is highlighting a conservative surge in her country and Europe’s other powerhouse economies — Britain, France and Italy — where the center-right is either firmly in power or about to get there. What happened? [America will soon follow in Europe’s footsteps come 2010…ed]
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How does Rangel have so much money and where did it come from? This is a man who draws a salary from the government of about $175,000 a year. It’s a comfortable salary, but it certainly isn’t going to make anybody this rich — especially someone living in one of the world’s most expensive cities. Rangel did not inherit a fortune and did not marry one. And nor had he built some huge fortune before he first won election to Congress in 1970. [This dirtbag should be rotting away in jail but instead Nancy Pelosi, who promised to run the most ethical House in history back in 2006, is doing everything she can to protect him. Typical behavior from the leftists…ed]
House Republicans, clearly frustrated by the sloth-like pace at which the Ethics Committee is looking into the tangled financial affairs of Rep. Charles Rangel, have finally decided to take the bull by the horns. Good move. Unless Rangel steps down this week as chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee — the House’s tax-writing body — the GOP will introduce a resolution demanding his removal. It’s not likely to succeed, of course — in fact, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer probably won’t even let it come to the floor. But that will still force at least one roll-call vote in which Democrats will have to go on record as either backing Rangel — as Pelosi continues to do — or not. [About time the Republicans grew a pair over this situation but of course as soon as the Democrats rebuff their efforts they will slink back into the shadows like the wimps they really are…ed]
President Obama’s recent decision to scrap plans for an anti-missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic was the price Russia demanded for its cooperation with the young, inexperienced president on national security issues. Mr. Obama ignored the first rule of international diplomacy: Don’t give away your bargaining chips unless you get something in return. He also sent a signal of weakness by appearing to knuckle under to Russian bullying. The president was looking to improve U.S. relations with Russia to win its support on turning up the pressure on Iran’s nuclear weapons buildup and for a new strategic nuclear arms agreement with Moscow. [Russia vs. Øbama is like watching the Indianapolis Colts take on the local 12 year old Pop Warner team. Just how much damage can this naive nitwit cause around the world before we can vote his sorry weak ass out of office come 2012?…ed]
We’re all somewhat familiar with the body language dogs display when they greet each other. The dominant alpha male approaches directly, asserting his authority, while the beta male genuflects, crouches, tucks his tail, and may even end up on his back, exposing his neck in acquiescence, making sure the alpha male knows he has no intention of challenging him. With his “we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist” opening to the world’s dictators, the President is exhibiting classic beta male behavior, in essence rolling over on his back and exposing his throat to them to make sure they know he has no intention of challenging their authority. [Actually “we” didn’t elect this anti America rollover queen, a little over half of the braindead nitwits and guilt trippin’ white liberals in this country did but we all are paying the price…ed]
If you still doubt Presi dent Obama is trying to do too many things and is giving short shrift to the most important ones, consider this pathetic scene at the Copenhagen airport. It was Friday, and the president went to Denmark to make his pitch for the Chicago Olympics. Before Air Force One took off for home, Obama met with Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Our commander in Afghanistan was summoned from London and got 25 minutes of face time with the commander-in-chief. That’s it — 25 minutes on the plane for the man Obama picked to lead 68,000 troops and rescue a war he calls one of “necessity.” Compare that to the 14 hours or so Obama wasted flying and speaking about the Olympics, and you get a snapshot of a president off course. [This guy was a useless flake as a Illinois state senator and as a two week U.S. senator before he started his campaign for prez so why is anybody surprised when he falls on his face now that he is in the White House? After all when your only game is the color of your skin…..ed]
A network of private and public surveillance cameras, license plate readers and weapons sensors already established in Lower Manhattan as an electronic bulwark against terrorist attacks will soon expand to a large patch of Midtown Manhattan, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said Sunday as they announced the allocation of $24 million in Homeland Security grants toward the effort. (SNIP) Asked Sunday about criticism of the increased surveillance, Mr. Bloomberg said: “We live in a world where we have to have a balance. We can’t just say everybody can go everyplace and do anything they want.”
[Welcome to your your new AmeriKa those willing to give up privacy from government snooping and more freedoms in exchange for a false sense of security…ed]
Despite months of seeming ambivalence about creating a government health insurance plan, the Obama White House has launched an intensifying behind-the-scenes campaign to get divided Senate Democrats to take up some version of the idea in the weeks just ahead. President Barack Obama has long advocated a so-called public option, while at the same time repeatedly expressing openness to other ways to offer consumers a potentially more affordable alternative to health plans sold by private insurers. But now, senior administration officials are holding private meetings almost daily at the Capitol with senior Democratic staff to discuss ways to include a version of the public plan in the health care bill that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., plans to bring to the Senate floor later this month, according to senior Democratic congressional aides. [This is news? We have known for quite some time Øbama wants a complete government takeover of the healthcare system in our country!…ed]
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says that everyone can opt out of having an electronic health record included in the federally mandated national electronic-health-record system created by the stimulus law enacted in February. The $787 billion economic stimulus bill, the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” signed into law by President Obama in February, calls for “the utilization of an electronic health record for each person in the United States by 2014.” The law says the records should include a person’s “medical history and problems list.” [I think I’ll be one of those who “opts out” of the government having my entire medical history in an easily accessible database…ed]
Perhaps the Garden State should switch its nickname to the Barnyard State. A New Jersey judge has dismissed animal cruelty charges against a cop accused of committing a sex act with young cows, saying a grand jury had no way of knowing whether the animals were “tormented.” Moorestown police officer Robert Melia, who is currently suspended, allegedly engaged in oral sex acts with five calves in Southampton in 2006. [Looks like this town might want to tighten up its background check procedures during their hiring practices…ed]
Quote of the day.
Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.