Saturday, February 27, 2010

Lockerbie bomber keeps on ticking.

Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, convicted of murdering 270 people by blowing up Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, was released last August on "compassionate grounds".  It was claimed that he had just 3 months to live.  Unsurprising to some, 6 months later he's alive and well, living in the lap of luxury.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

American media on Climategate

After Climategate, Glaciergate, Africagate, Amazongate, Hurricanegate, the mainstream media in America finally weigh in on the matter:

Monday, February 15, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Obama, the "post-pettiness" president?

Obama, while calling for bipartisanship and political cooperation, had this to say:
"...At this critical time in our country, the people who sent us here expect a seriousness of purpose that transcends petty politics."

Ironically, on the very same day, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs illustrated 'first-hand' how the Obama administration is transcending 'petty politics' by mocking Sarah Palin's note-taking with notes scribbled on his own hand.   If that doesn't qualify as petty, I'm not sure what does.  The President of the United States should be above such behavior.  It's embarrassing and unpresidential. 

See here or here for other examples of Obama's ability to 'transcend' petty politics.

Obama, done in by greed

Obama and his fellow democrats are bemoaning Republican 'obstruction', and are suddenly calling for bipartisanship.
"When a sitting president calls for bipartisanship by the opposition – he really means surrender. And if they block his proposals, its "obstinacy" and not political views they hold as strongly as he holds his. "

For the first year of Obama's presidency he enjoyed a supermajority in the Senate and a majority in the House.  For an entire year, the Democrats had no need for, or interest in, bipartisanship.  They could have passed virtually anything they pleased without a single Republican vote, and without risk of a filibuster. 

While accomplishing very little of his agenda in his first year, I expect Obama himself wonders:
- How much time was wasted negotiating the 'Cornhusker kickback'?
- How much time was wated negotiating the 'Louisiana Purchase II'?
- How much time was wasted on back-room deals with the unions?

The Democrats had every opportunity to pass some version of their horrendous health care bill before Christmas -- again, with no need for a single Republican vote.  So, not only did the grotesque back-room deals and pork-barrel politicking contribute directly to the loss of their supermajority, they also served to delay the legislative process to the point where the Massachusetts election result actually mattered.  

Obama was done in by the greed of his own party members.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Deficit of Trust

Just three words from Obama's State of the Union sum up all one needs to know about the ambitions of the current administration.  Obama's complaint about the 'deficit of trust' clearly illustrate his worldview in which people should trust a government that clearly does not trust them.  

This point is articulated very well here.  
"It’s madness to entertain complaints about your lack of trust from someone who believes the citizens of America have too much control over their lives and fortunes.  A just government respects the deficit of trust between free men and the politicians they grudgingly empower to maintain order."

Conservatives should be picking up on this theme and using it to shine a light on Obama's view of the proper role of government in the lives of people.  I expect (or at least hope) that the 'deficit of trust' becomes a major theme of the 2010 election season.

The phrase is reminiscent of Obama's 'spread the wealth around' comments to Joe the plumber during the 2008 campaign.  In both cases, Obama unwittingly reveals his 'true self'.  He's not the centrist that the mainstream media pretend him to be.
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