Conservative talk radio show host Rush Limbaugh said Friday tests showed nothing was wrong with his heart after he was hospitalized with chest pains. Limbaugh, 58, was released from The Queen’s Medical Center two days after he was rushed there during a vacation. Doctors said he did not have a heart attack or heart disease. “The pain was real, and they don’t know what caused it,” Limbaugh said, adding his best guess was he had a spasm in an artery. Limbaugh said he was not taking painkillers. [I wonder how many liberals will have to be rushed to the hospital with chest pains after hearing this news?…ed]
When tracking President Obama’s job approval on a daily basis, people sometimes get so caught up in the day-to-day fluctuations that they miss the bigger picture. To look at the longer-term trends, Rasmussen Reports compiles the numbers on a full-month basis, and the results can be seen in the graphics below. The president’s Approval Index ratings fell three points in December following two-point declines in both October and November. Looking back, the president’s honeymoon ended quickly before his ratings stabilized from March through May. They tumbled in June and July as the health care debate began before stabilizing again over the summer. Public attitudes towards the health care legislation have hardened in recent months, with most voters opposed to the work being done in Congress. [The next time someone tries to tell you what a great job Obama is doing show them these charts indicating how the rest of America feels about his performance…ed]
According to Rasmussen Reports, only 34 percent of voters believe passing the healthcare bill currently before Congress is better than passing nothing at all. Only 25 percent overall actually believe they will be better off under the plan and, for seniors that drops to only 16 percent. But there is, nevertheless, a consensus. A whopping 100 percent of congressmen disapprove of the plan because none of them advocate that the proposed healthcare reform should apply to them. Still, that’s not restraining most of them from doing everything in their power to ram this legislation down the throats of the rest of us. But why? If the polls clearly indicate that the majority of Americans do not approve, plus ancillary data supporting the very real possibility of it costing Democratic Senators and Representatives their seats come the next election why are they so determined to do this to the American people? [Truth be told amendments WERE offered up by Republicans that would force Congress and federal workers now exempt from ObamaCare to be covered by the same plan as the rest of us but Democrats quickly shot those down…ed]
Where is Nelson Mandela when we need him? In the fine new film “Invictus,” South Africa’s first black president inspects his first official paycheck. “This is terrible,” Mr. Mandela says. He decides he earns too much and subsequently donates a third of his salary to charity. (SNIP) Today’s thoughtless and corrosive spend-o-rama began under a Republican Congress and the feckless Bush-Rove administration. Alas, a Democratic White House and Congress briskly outspend their predecessors. In stunning contrast to Mr. Mandela’s example, Congress carpet-bombs taxpayer dollars on greedy federal bureaucrats – even as Americans struggle, and often fail, to pay their mortgages and rents. [The money shot in this article comes at the very end…ed]
End-of-year media pieces tend to be boring rehashes but occasionally a thoughtful person will use the opportunity for some genuinely original and useful thinking about the most recent past. Such is Micah Sifry’s powerful and significant post on Personal Democracy Forum’s Tech President, “The Obama disconnect: What happens when myth meets reality.” Remember how the Mainstream Media endlessly told us in 2008 that the Obama campaign was blazing new trails by raising millions of dollars of campaign donations and creating the first-ever bottom-up, people-driven Internet-focused presidential campaign apparatus? Sifry’s post is a must-read for those across the political spectrum who seek to understand why the truth about the Obama campaign in 2008 was almost exactly the opposite of that mythic rendition at the heart of the conventional Mainstream Media wisdom. [There isn’t anything about Obama that is real. Not only was his campaign a big face but so has his presidency. Nice work all you hopey changey dolts…ed]
In his weekly radio address yesterday, President Barack Obama patted himself on the back for having “refocused the fight – bringing to a responsible end the war in Iraq, which had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks”. He then told people to remember that “our adversaries are those who would attack our country, not our fellow Americans”, before decrying “fear and cynicism” and “partisanship and division” – the code phrases for horrid Republicans used during his 2008 election campaign. Complacency, faux moralising and partisan shots at Republicans. It was a neat summary of where Obama is going wrong after the Christmas Day debacle when the Nigerian knicker bomber managed to waltz onto a Detroit-bound flight. [Is Obama really “vulnerable” or would a massive terrorist attack occurring on American soil help him make good on his campaign promise to “fundamentally change this nation as we know it”? And I don’t mean in a good way…ed]
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An already difficult situation for Democrats in Congress is worsening as the 2010 political season opens. To minimize expected losses in next fall’s election, President Barack Obama’s party is testing a line of attack that resurrects George W. Bush as a boogeyman and castigates Republicans as cozy with Wall Street. Four House Democrats from swing districts have recently chosen not to seek re-election, bringing to 11 the number of retirements that could leave Democratic-held seats vulnerable to Republicans. More Democratic retirements are expected. Over the holiday break, another Democrat, freshman Rep. Parker Griffith of Alabama, defected to the GOP. “I can no longer align myself with a party that continues to pursue legislation that is bad for our country, hurts our economy, and drives us further and further into debt,” said Griffith, who voted against Democrats’ three biggest initiatives in 2009: health care, financial regulation and reducing global warming. [While we KNOW the state run media will help the Democrats continue to push their worn out lying agenda about George W. Bush the fact of the matter is Obama has empowered dozens of unelected, unconfirmed and unaccountable “czars” in an effort to get around Congress in the very likely event Democrats will get their asses handed to them come November…ed]
The Obama administration’s $75 billion program to protect homeowners from foreclosure has been widely pronounced a disappointment, and some economists and real estate experts now contend it has done more harm than good. Since President Obama announced the program in February, it has lowered mortgage payments on a trial basis for hundreds of thousands of people but has largely failed to provide permanent relief. Critics increasingly argue that the program, Making Home Affordable, has raised false hopes among people who simply cannot afford their homes. [Another feel good but useless government program offered up by the guy who has never held a real job in his life is exposed for what it really was. Nothing more than another colossal waste of taxpayer dollars…ed]
Some Democrats have joined in calling for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to step down following the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight a week ago. Though the CIA and an agency under the Director of National Intelligence have been under particular scrutiny in the preliminary review of possible missteps, Napolitano so far has taken the most heat from lawmakers. Not only does her department oversee the Transportation Security Administration, but her initial claim Sunday that “the system worked” was widely ridiculed and interpreted by critics as a sign that she’s in over her head. [I wonder how many of these bandwagon riding Democrats calling for Janet Incompetano’s head would be considered extremely vulnerable in their reelection bids coming up in November?…ed]
Democratic senators rallied around President Obama’s pick to head the Transportation Security Administration on Friday as new details emerged indicating that key lawmakers already knew when they voted in November to advance his nomination that he had mischaracterized a personal incident in his testimony. The White House rushed to defend Erroll Southers, who is under fire for providing inconsistent statements to Congress about inappropriately accessing confidential criminal records 20 years ago about his then-estranged wife’s new boyfriend. Democratic senators, meanwhile, intensified pressure to confirm Southers soon after Congress returns from its winter recess, saying it is critical that permanent leadership is installed at the TSA in the aftermath of the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a U.S. airliner. [He didn’t mischaracterize anything, he LIED about illegally accessing confidential criminal records on a federal computer system as an FBI agent. Just what this country needs, another lying crook in the Obama administration…ed]
Barack Obama was accused of double standards yesterday in his treatment of the CIA. The President paid tribute to secret agents after seven of them were killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. In a statement, he said the CIA had been ‘tested as never before’ and that agents had ‘served on the front lines in directly confronting the dangers of the 21st century’. He lauded the victims as ‘part of a long line of patriots who have made great sacrifices for their fellow citizens and for our way of life’. Yet the previous day he had blasted ‘systemic failures’ in the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies for failing to prevent the Christmas Day syringe bomb attack. [I would think Obama might want to tread lightly when it comes to criticizing the CIA. After all I’m sure there are lots of people in the organization that know a lot more about his past than the American people have been told…ed]
With threats from federal officials to seize control over the health care system and further intrude into our private matters, many Americans are trying to find ways to protect their lives and liberty. Given America’s dysfunctional economic situation that the federal government caused and has been making worse, government can only make the health care system go from dysfunctional to despotic. The regulations, mandates, and restrictions currently in place already violate the individual citizen’s God-given, inalienable natural rights to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” referred to in the Declaration of Independence. Leftist supporters of government health care do not seem to understand or are hostile to the concept of the individual’s right to life and liberty. [The AmericanThinker.com post of the day…ed]
In recent years, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia gave between $10 million and $25 million to the foundation run by the husband of our current Secretary of State. “Friends of Saudi Arabia” donated at least another million, perhaps another $5 million. So in short, since 1997, the Saudi Kingdom and its affiliated organizations have provided the Clinton Foundation at least $11 million, and perhaps as much as $35 million. But I’m sure our Secretary of State held a hard line against them. Remember, it was the last President who was a pawn of the Saudis, or at least the left insisted that was so. Other foreign governments contributing to the husband of the nation’s chief diplomat: The government of Norway, Kuwait, Qatar, Taiwan’s Economic and Cultural Office, Ministry for the Environment & Territory, Italy and the Sultanate of Oman. [Say, you don’t suppose all of these foreign countries, including some that aren’t so friendly to the U.S., are trying to buy some influence with the current secretary of State by donating millions to her husband’s personal slush fund errrr….foundation?…ed]
They predicted no let up in the freezing snap until at least mid-January, with snow, ice and severe frosts dominating. And the likelihood is that the second half of the month will be even colder. Weather patterns were more like those in the late 1970s, experts said, while Met Office figures released on Monday are expected to show that the country is experiencing the coldest winter for up to 25 years. On New Year’s Day 10 extreme weather warnings were in place, with heavy snow expected in northern England and Scotland. [Ironically uber global warming sleazeball Al Gore decided to set up his very own company in England, Generation Investment Management, which was established to take financial advantage of new technologies and solutions related to combating the biggest hoax of the last century, “global warming”…ed]
The Washington Wizards and all-star guard Gilbert Arenas found themselves under increased scrutiny on Friday after it was disclosed that the NBA was investigating him for having firearms at Verizon Center because of a confrontation with teammate Javaris Crittenton. Two published reports on the dispute between Arenas and Crittenton were confirmed by several people close to the Wizards, who said the incident occurred before the team held practice on Dec. 21. The New York Post also reported that Arenas and Crittenton pulled guns on each other, but Arenas — while he would not confirm or deny having a dispute with Crittenton — denied brandishing a weapon toward his teammate. “That’s not the real story,” Arenas said as he left practice Friday. The Wizards guard has said previously that he brought his weapons to Verizon Center to get them out of his house in Virginia following the birth of his third child on Dec. 9. [This chump claims he brought his guns to the basketball arena to keep them away from his kids at home? What idiot is gonna buy that nonsense? Has this moron ever heard of a GUN SAFE???…ed]
Four University of Tennessee basketball players were arrested on drug and weapons charges today after a Knoxville police officer stopped the car they were riding in for speeding on Alcoa Highway near Kingston Pike. The four are: Cameron Tatum, who was driving the vehicle; Tyler Smith, who was sitting in the front seat; Melvin Goins, a rear seat passenger; and Brian Williams, also sitting in the backseat. All four face misdemeanor charges. [I’m not really sure if these arrests will enhance or hurt their resumes when it comes to making it to the thuggish NBA. I reckon time will tell…ed]
Quote of the day.
Barack and I have been in the public eye for many years now, and we’ve developed a thick skin along the way. When you’re out campaigning, there will always be criticism. I just take it in stride, and at the end of the day, I know that it comes with the territory.
-Michelle Obama. [Oh PLEASE M.O. If your husband’s skin was any thinner it would have to have a little reservoir tip at the end. I’ve never seen such a “blame everyone else for my problems” politician in my life…ed]