Archive for May, 2008

Reviewing Scott McClellan….

May 31, 2008

This is an interesting, and humorous, clip montage of Scott McClellan’s press secretary career:

Dole Rips Scott the Snitch a New One!

May 30, 2008

Bob Dole has responded to Scott “The Snitch” McClellan in a scathing email, excerpts:

“There are miserable creatures like you in every administration who don’t have the guts to speak up or quit if there are disagreements with the boss or colleagues,” Dole wrote in a message sent yesterday morning. “No, your type soaks up the benefits of power, revels in the limelight for years, then quits, and spurred on by greed, cashes in with a scathing critique….When the money starts rolling in you should donate it to a worthy cause, something like, ‘Biting The Hand That Fed Me.’ Another thought is to weasel your way back into the White House if a Democrat is elected. That would provide a good set up for a second book deal in a few years…
Dole assures McClellan that he won’t read the book — “because if all these awful things were happening, and perhaps some may have been, you should have spoken up publicly like a man, or quit your cushy, high profile job”

“That would have taken integrity and courage but then you would have had credibility and your complaints could have been aired objectively,” Dole concludes. “You’re a hot ticket now but don’t you, deep down, feel like a total ingrate?”

Here’s another take on the McClellan gig from the fringe far left or is it fringe far right (hard to tell sometimes); “Sometimes Liars Are Untruthful“:

So you probably heard by now, former White House Spokesman Scott McClellan has released a new book, in which he accuses the White House of doing naughty things during his tenure: lies, propaganda, and that most heinous of crimes, tricking Scott McClellan.

As one would expect, American liberals are seizing these revelations (that we were all largely aware of) as the smoking mushroom cloud that exposes the Bush crimes for all the world to see.

Except that McClellan is a liar.

Seriously, the guy’s job in the Bush White House was to tell one bald-faced, easily disprovable lie after another to the media and the American people. He wasn’t that good at it, but he did it, lied for a living for three years.

The McClellans, Father and Son: Selling the Story….

May 28, 2008

Former Bush White House press secretary Scott McClellan follows in dad Barr McClellan’s footsteps with yet another dredging of the presidential politics depths. Barr McClellan failed miserably in his attempt to pin the JFK assassination on LBJ. Published by the obscure Hanover House, the book, Blood, Money, and Power drew severe criticism and its message fell on deaf ears. Scott McClellan’s book, the just out What Happened…?, is another matter entirely as it feeds into the blood thirst of the rabid anti-Bush folks, increasingly numerous indeed. Sure to become a major bestseller, the Scott McClellan book seems transparently to follow Dad McClellan’s scandalmongering ways. Whereas Blood, Money, and Power failed utterly, What Happened? seems likely to payoff big time for Scott the Snitch.

Bush Chimp vs Obama Chimp….

May 19, 2008

Bush Chimp vs Obama Chimp….

How come this is OK…..

…But this isn’t….

A bunch of people in Marietta, Georgia were protesting this one; it is a tee shirt sold by a bar owner who says he has no racist intent, merely thinks the resemblance between Obama and Curious George is humorous. I agree, the big ears, the big smile, uncanny! Look what “W” had to put up with going on 8 years. What do you think?

Video here, “how African-Americans have been deplicted
Funny video here where TV interviewer tries to get seller to admit he’s racist. It doesn’t work!

Soaring Rhetoric Cannot Defeat Terrorism….

May 16, 2008

You know, I’m starting to really like this McCain fellow. Just yesterday I was mocking him as John McGreen because of his pandering to the libs and embrace of the anthropogenic global warming hoax. But today, in an address before the National Rifle Association in Kentucky John McCain stuck it big time to Barack (Zerobama*) Obama. There is no issue more important at this time in our history than the war on terror so I can, for the moment, leave aside my misgivings about McCain’s scurry to the left in search of blessings from Reagan democrats and independents. How thin skinned is this Obama fellow and his media toadies. President Bush, in his speech before the Knesset, spoke of appeasement in the modern period and could have been referring to Neville Chamberlain, Jimmy Carter or, yes, even Barack Obama. No name was singled out yet the outcry from the left and the media was instantaneous; actually laughable in it’s defensiveness. But, back to John McCain:

What John McCain said today in his NRA address will be a defining moment in this election cycle. He particularly noted Obama’s absolute lack of foreign policy credentials, his naive belief that we can sit down and chat with thugs and terrorists and expect them to come around to our point of view. Following is a portion of John McCain’s remarks:

“I have some news for Senator Obama,” McCain began, “Talking, not even with soaring rhetoric, in unconditional meetings with the man who calls Israel a stinking corpse, and arms terrorists who kill Americans will not convince Iran to give up its nuclear program.”

“It is reckless to suggest that unconditional meetings will advance our interests,” McCain said, to a round of applause at the NRA conference. “You know it would be a wonderful thing if we lived in a world where we don’t have enemies. But that’s not the world we live in. And until senator Obama understands that reality, the American people have every reason to doubt whether he has the strength, judgment and determination to keep us safe.” (emphasis added)

(Source:ABC News
Video
*h/t Jay Severin

Real Estate Slump? Not in Palm Beach….

May 15, 2008

Update: According to Palm Beach Post the house has been sold for $95 million (7/16/08)

What do you do when you pay 100 million for the grandest house and property in Palm Beach FL? A house, by the way, that was recently renovated to the tune of $25 million; a renovation overseen by Kendra Todd, winner of the third season of Trump’s TV show The Apprentice. The redo resulted in a 62,000-square- foot mansion with nine bedrooms, a ballroom, a conservatory and a 48-car garage, and 475 feet of unobstructed oceanfront. Answer: You tear it down and subdivide!

The Donald, who paid $41.3 million, now has it under contract for $100 million (reduced from 125 million!), to an unnamed foreign buyer (who) “is considering tearing down the recently remodeled mansion and possibly subdividing the property, according to sources” The address, in case you want to ogle or Google, is 515 N. County Road in Palm Beach.
Source: Palm Beach Post

John McGreen: The Epitome of Pander

May 14, 2008

This is a banner in the merch section of the John McGreen for President website. As part of his march to the left and embrace of the anthropogenic global warming hoax he is selling eco-friendly (whatever that means) tee shirts, bags etc at exorbitant prices.

On McGreen’s speech yesterday in Oregon, the Wall Street Journal concludes:

Quote:
The compliance bookkeeping for this new “market” is vastly complex, and a McCain Administration would create a public-private “Climate Change Credit Corporation” to oversee it all. This new regulatory body is likely to morph over time into an “Energy Fed,” similar to the one Warner-Lieberman would create. Such an agency would set the price of energy indirectly by fiddling with carbon levies, which will undoubtedly lead to economy-wide distortions.
Given the distance between Mr. McCain’s rhetoric and the policy reality, we wonder if he even knows what he’s proposing. This is of a piece with his approach to many domestic issues, where the policy contradictions and cul-de-sacs overwhelm his professed political convictions. The McCain campaign believes his global-warming plan will appeal to independents and young people, as well as separate the Senator from President Bush.
But he will never be green enough for the climate-change fundamentalists. The Obama campaign and Democrats were already dinging Mr. McCain yesterday for half-measures. His concessions won’t help him much in November, but they will make his governing decisions in 2009 that much more difficult if by some chance he does win.

(emphasis added)
Also see Mark Levin Fan for audio

Hillary Bloodied, Battles ON….

May 12, 2008


h/t Graphic: Conservative Punk

Universal Health Care: A Train Wreck Headed Our Way….

May 7, 2008

The disaster of the Massachusetts universal healthcare system should give you a preview of what life under a universal healthcare scheme could be like. We reprint below an article by William Campbell Douglass, M.D. describing the health care disaster that would occur under a Clinton or Obama presidency.

Keep reading…


Dear Friend,

It’s only April, but the rhetoric of the 2008 Presidential Campaign is already at fever pitch. This November, as in all election years, there are important issues at stake. One of them is the issue of socialized medicine or, to use the Democrats’ latest euphemism for it, “universal healthcare.” Universal disaster is more like it. The Dems do their best to put a positive, humanitarian spin on the idea, but the long-term ramifications would be devastating.

The Democrats would have you believe that conservatives who are against universal healthcare take this stance because they are mean-spirited and compassionless. Naturally, this isn’t the case. And it’s hardly how I feel.

I am against universal healthcare because I believe it will create one of the most intrusive government bureaucracies since the Internal Revenue Service, and it will impinge heavily on the individual freedoms of all American citizens.

Both Clinton and Obama would attempt to achieve universal healthcare coverage by relying primarily on private insurance. That’s right – they would look to solve our nation’s health care problems by giving control of the system to the insurance companies. Wow.

Their plans rely on an “individual mandate” – a legal requirement that every person obtain coverage. This is already law in Massachusetts, which mandates coverage for both adults and children (more on this below). The Massachusetts model is exactly what Hillary Clinton would try to impose nationally. Obama’s plan would only require that parents obtain coverage for their children.

One of the key misconceptions among those who support either Clinton or Obama is that a universal healthcare system would make healthcare more affordable. What delusional planet are they from? Under socialized medicine, the healthcare system may be perceived as being more fair, but it certainly won’t be any cheaper.

A better way to describe the program would be to call it “universal heath insurance.” The idea is that by compelling everyone in the nation to participate in the insurance market, you’d cut down on what’s known as the “free rider” syndrome. As the term suggests, this would be people getting a “free ride” from the healthcare system by deciding not to get their own health insurance because they’ve been assured that in the case of an emergency or personal health catastrophe, inexpensive care will be guaranteed to them by the government. The theory is that mandated participation would help to drive down insurance costs.

But any mandate requires an enforcement component. My fear is that a government branch with the kind of power to actually identify and penalize those seeking to avoid the insurance mandates of universal healthcare would be vast and all-powerful. The new healthcare arm of the government would likely have the same kind of power (and loathsome reputation) as the IRS.

I’m all about personal freedom and the rights of individuals. Universal healthcare is not only impractical, but costly – and not just for your pocketbook. It’s handing over yet another right to the government, and allowing the government to decide and rule your fate.

I’m not compassionless—I’m just sensible. And universal healthcare as it’s being proposed by both Clinton and Obama still doesn’t make much sense to me.

The universal healthcare dam springs a leak

As I mentioned earlier, a Clinton-style program of mandated health insurance is already in effect in Massachusetts. Under that system, subsidized insurance is made available to individuals earning up to $30,636 annually, and families of four earning up to $61,956 per year. The state government has begun to impose stiff fines on residents who fail to purchase health insurance – and the penalties can amount to as much as $912 a year!

And this place is already known as “Tax-achusetts!”

Even though this system is in its infancy, it already has many vocal opponents. Devon Herrick, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis calls the Massachusetts universal coverage plan “overregulated and largely unworkable.” Herrick explains that the least expensive health plan available through the program costs $196 a month, while the state fine for being uninsured is about half that cost — $98 a month!

After just two years, Massachusetts’ universal coverage program is running at a staggering $147 million deficit, and the four insurance carriers who provide the state- subsidized insurance are estimating that costs will go up by 14 percent next year.

Even more shocking is the manner in which Massachusetts state officials have decided to deal with the out-of-control costs of their broken system: they’ve ordered the insurance companies to cut payments to doctors and hospitals, reduce choices for payments, and possibly increase how much patients will have to pay.

I only hope that Americans get a good, long look at the disaster that universal healthcare has wrought on the economy and people of Massachusetts before a similar catastrophe is unleashed on the whole country. The train wreck in New England is headed our way if Clinton or Obama get into the oval office.

America: you have been warned.
William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.

(emphasis added; Dr. Douglass can be contacted here.)

Also see Cato Institute’s Michael Tanner on plan proposed for D.C.

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