Monthly Archives: June 2009

Rasmussen tracking poll shows POTUS approval rating -2

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 31% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-three percent (33%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -2. That matches the lowest level yet recorded.

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Rasmussen Reports.com

Posted:  06.30.09

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President is already pressuring Senate to pass cap and trade

On Thursday:

The president said the [cap and trade] bill will spark a “clean energy transformation” of the U.S. economy and “make possible the creation of millions of new jobs.” “Make no mistake,”   Obama said. “This is a jobs bill.”

A jobs bill?  Think carefully about what President Obama says.  A jobs bill could mean “a jobs will be lost bill.”  That statement can mean just about anyting he wants it to mean.  The key words here may be “make possible.”  A lot of things may be “possible” but will they actually happen.

He went on the say that in California, 3000 jobs will be created and in Michigan 2,600 jobs will be created – not even 6000 jobs.  That’s a far cry from “millions.”  But how many jobs will be lost; how many jobs will go overseas?

Can we have a little common sense?

On Saturday:

Hailing the House, President Barack Obama put pressure on senators Saturday to follow its lead and pass legislation to limit greenhouse gas emissions, helping usher the U.S. into a new age of energy efficiency.

Here’s the problem.  The country is struggling with huge economic problems, printing money, borrowing money from China.  We can’t afford this “new age.”

Can we have a little common sense?

Plus, we cannot afford to have electricity rates skyrocket which Obama says will happen under his plan.  (In his own words, video below).

NEW RASMUSSEN POLL:

61 percent of Americans say the stimulus did not work or actually hurt the economy.

76 percent believe that the stimulus money is somewhat likely to be wasted.

Posted:  06.28.09

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Republican Congressmen who voted “Yes” to Cap and Trade

It’s amazing just how hard it is to find out who voted how on this vote.  The MSM is saying it passed with “virtually no Republican support.”  “Virtually no” turns out to be 8.  (219 to 212)

Thanks to Michelle Malkin, here’s who the 8 Republican weasels are who did support it:

Introducing the GOP’s Cap-And-Tax 8…


Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti

The 8 cap-and-tax Republican turncoats again are:

Bono Mack (CA) (202) 225-5330
Castle (DE) (202) 225-4165
Kirk (IL) (202) 225-4385 (And he’s seriously considering running for Senate!)
Lance (NJ) (202) 225-5361
LoBiondo (NJ) (202) 225-6572
McHugh (NY) (202) 225-4611
Reichert (WA) (202) 225-7761
Smith (NJ) (202) 225-3765

Reminder: The two Republicans who didn’t vote: Jeff Flake (AZ) and John Sullivan (OK).

Here’s why: Flake had a “family conflict” (his daughter is reportedly in a beauty pageant in Alabama tomorrow) and Sullivan is undergoing alcohol treatment. As I noted earlier today, Dem. Rep. Patrick Kennedy was pulled out of rehab to cast his vote.

Thank you so much, Michelle, for this information.  I hope you don’t mind too much me copying you but I want to get this out and it is almost impossible to find. (Got the tip from your Twitter post).

See: Michelle Malkin.com for a list of the 44 democrats who voted against the bill.

Full roll call vote here.

Posted: 06.27.09

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Just a rant about media madness

ABC’s Sam Donaldson appeared on Thursday’s Good Morning America to talk about the developing Mark Sanford scandal and loudly assert that it’s hard to forgive Bible-thumping Republicans for their sexual transgressions. He began by deriding, “The problem Republicans have, so many of them are sanctimonious.”  [There’s a audio clip Here.]

The longtime contributor continued his attack on members of the GOP who get caught up in sex scandals: “They thump the Bible. They condemn everyone else, and when they- human- they don’t have much credit in the bank for forgiveness.

First of all, this is not a legitimate argument.  If it were, then we could just as easily say that President Obama was “sanctimonious” because he promoted and signed into law an anti-smoking law.  He said he was “95 percent cured” of his own addiction to cigarettes.  But at the same time he is saying smoking is not good for you and we should try to keep people from taking up the habit.  Perfect example of espousing a belief or truth and not quite living up to it yourself.

Mr. Donaldson’s statements are based on the misconception that many people seem to have about Christianity.  It is, in fact, itself an incredibly sanctimonious attitude, and shows great disdain for others.

Mr. Donaldson is saying Republicans but he has also said “thump the Bible” so I assume he is talking about Republicans who profess to be Christian and try to uphold the principles of Christianity.

But as I said, it is a misconception to say that as Christians we think that because we hold to certain beliefs that we put ourselves above any other.  Quite the contrary.  As a Christian, the very first thing you have to acknowledge is that you are a sinner, that you are a hopeless case.  You acknowledge also that God is right.  When he says thou shalt not steal or thou shalt not bear false witness or thou shalt not commit adultery, whatever it is, you say, yes, I agree, this is God’s perfection for us.

But He Knows full well we can’t fulfill this, and that’s why he sent us a Savior.  We say, thank you, Lord.  And instead of trying to figure out a way to get away with something, we try to live up to the standard God has set for us.  In NO way are we saying that in reality we can live up to those standards perfectly.

Jesus said: “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”  Paul said, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am Chief.”

The main theme of Christianity is redemption, forgiveness.  It only means that we try our best, but when we fail, and we will fail,  we have a Savior to forgive our failures and help us to get up and try again.

So to me, when someone says “I believe in family, in fidelity, in honesty,” he is saying this is what we should strive for in our lives and in our country, not that he thinks he, himself, is some perfect human being.

As to Mr. Donaldson, I don’t know what he believes, don’t care really, but it is interesting that he and others like him are the first ones to jump up to condemn because another has fallen short, fallen short of standards that he/they probably don’t even believe in themselves.

UPDATE:  I did not see it, but I was reading today how Keith Olbermann gleefully read Sanford’s emails on MSNBC  (the place for politics).  Right.  More like the place to promote the liberal agenda and savage Republicans and conservatives.  Talk about mean-spirited.   I have often wondered about the early Christians who were thrown to the lions and crowds viewed it for entertainment.  The same spirit is at work in the world today.

UPDATE:  Just saw a clip of Paul Begala (CNN) spouting off with this same argument, about somebody trying to tell him how to live.  Please.  Nobody cares how he lives, that’s for sure.  Wasn’t he the one who was preaching that sex was a private matter?  It’s time for this double standard to end.

Posted:  06.25.09  Updated:  06.26.09 @ 11:23/11:50 p.m.

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Governor Sanford goes down in flames (Updates)

UPDATE:  Photos of Maria @ Chickaboomer.

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, in an emotional news conference Wednesday, admitted he had been having an affair with a woman from Argentina.

The married father of four, whose whereabouts had been the object of intense speculation since last week, also resigned as chairman of the Republican Governors’ Association.

I watched the news conference today, live, beginning to end, and for some reason I find this just incredibly sad.  In some ways, in my mind, it seems to be an affair of the heart and that puts it miles away from trysts with prostitutes, or with somebody on the campaign trail, or somebody on the payroll, or an intern in the Oval Office.  He said his wife had known about it for months, but then I heard that she had asked him to leave, so it seems it was falling apart on the home front.

I just heard a few exerpts of some emails but didn’t catch it all.  (See update below).   If I’m not mistaken, the reporter who had those said he has had them since December but didn’t know if they were real or not until this came out today.  Some anonymous person had sent them to him.  So it looks like somebody has been trying to out the governor for months.

So there goes his career and probably his marriage.  I wonder if it was worth it.  He was caught red handed, but he did stand up and take it and without parading his wife in a zombie state to stand beside him.  He didn’t lie or deny, deny, deny.  I did notice that he pleaded for some privacy for the wife and children, but not for himself.

I actually wish every man who has been unfaithful to his wife would have to stand up and confess it on national tv.  No telling how many more there are who are right now involved in similar or even more tawdry shenanigans.   Lots of glass houses, especially in Washington.  Not to even mention familiar faces on mainstream news media.

I’d like to understand what it is that causes a guy who has so much going for him to risk so much.  And as he said, he did hurt and disappoint a lot of people, but as he also said, there are absolutes in life, and there are consequences.

I believe he will resign, just a guess.

UPDATE:  Found some of the emails here. What can I say? Sounds like love to me.  But how embarrassing must it be to have something so intimate become public.  Then again, he surely knew the risks he was taking.  There are consequences.

UPDATE: Her name is Maria, a 43 year old brunette.

UPDATE:  Thought about it now for a day and a half – I don’t think he should resign. I’ve seen a lot of confessions, most of them just a big show, but if this man is not showing true contrition, we’ll never see contrition.  Did he stand up to the microphone, point his finger, and with great indignation say, “I did not have sex with that woman,” that woman being a young woman half his age.  You just can’t top that.

UPDATE:  Photos of Maria @ Chickaboomer.

UPDATE: See AP interview with Mrs. Sanford.

Posted:  06.24.09  Updated: 06.24.09 @ 11:15 p.m. Updated: 06.25.09 @ 1:12 p.m.  Updated:  06.25.09 @ 4:34 p.m.  Updated:  06.25.09 @ 8:17 p.m. Updated: 06.27.09 @2:02 p.m.

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President Obama is really funny

President Obama does well as a stand up comic.

I guess he thought Wolf Blitzer was at the annual Radio & Television Correspondents’ Dinner last night, but Blitzer was in fact filling in for Larry King Live which was on at the same time as the dinner.

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Wolf Blitzer is here. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

OBAMA: He’s the only man — the only other man in America with his own situation room.(LAUGHTER)

OBAMA: People assume that mine is cooler. But this is not the case.(LAUGHTER)

The Brian Williams joke was laugh out loud funny.

OBAMA: I have to admit, though, it wasn’t easy coming up with fresh material for this dinner. A few nights ago, I was tossing and turning, trying to figure out exactly what to say. Finally, when I couldn’t get back to sleep, I rolled over and asked Brian Williams what he thought.(LAUGHTER)

Another good one:

OBAMA: Look, it’s nothing personal, but this dinner conflicts with my date night. I was supposed to be going out with Michelle for Thai food…..

in Bangkok.(LAUGHTER)

And meanwhile CNN, Larry King Live is being hosted by Wolf Blitzer, where an in-dept analysis of the event is on going.  Click link for a complete transcript of the show.

And in stark contrast, we then break away to:

BLITZER: This is a potentially very significant moment in the history of Iran right now. Let’s get the latest on what’s going on, because it’s a very fluid and dramatic situation.

Makes me feel so proud that the President of the United States can really deliver a joke and that he has such good timing,  you know, and all that stuff.  But he’s had lots of practice.  Watch video of a rehearsal session done for his appearance on the Colbert show in May.

Posted:  06.20.09

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Autopsy of Caylee Marie Anthony released

Grieving grandfather George Anthony stormed out of an Orange County courtroom this morning after a judge denied a request to seal Caylee Marie’s autopsy report.

It revealed that, as reported, there was in fact duct tape wrapped several times around her lower face and it was still attached to her hair.

No pictures were released.

Florida has very liberal laws which make most all documents available to the public.  A relatively new exception states that autopsy photos are not public in Florida under a law named after racing legend Dale Earnhardt, who died in 2001 during a crash at the Daytona 500.

Concerns about the possibility of Earnhardt’s photos becoming public prompted Florida lawmakers to quickly pass the exemption.

Under the law, it is a felony for people to look at or copy autopsy photos and videos unless they can persuade a judge to let them do so.

Go to Orlando Sentinel to see a copy of the autopsy report, the forensics report, and FBI report of examination as well as complete coverage of recent rulings in the case.

Autopsy Report Here:  http://www.wesh.com/download/2009/0619/19802034.pdf

Posted:  06.19.09

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