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Barack Obama as Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg is notorious for wanting to protect us… from ourselves… at any cost (to us, of course, not to him). It’s for your own good, is Bloomberg’s sometimes hidden message that he passively-aggressively bleats to us, often with profound exasperation.

Barack Obama is basically a better spoken, bi-racial version of the same man and more and more people are starting to understand this. And they don’t like it.

On Friday, President Obama spoke to us about surveillance as though we were precocious children. He proceeded as if widespread objections to his policies can be dispatched like a parent answers an eight-year-old who has formally protested her bedtime. He is so proud that we’ve matured enough to take an interest in our civil liberties! Why, he used to think just like us when he was younger, and promises to consider our arguments. But some decisions just have to be made by the grownups. Do we know how much he loves us? Can we even imagine how awful he would feel if anything bad ever happened while it was still his job to ensure our safety? *

Ignore the questionable use of “precocious” in the block quote above and concentrate on the main point: like Bloomberg, Obama lives inside a profoundly thick bubble which protects him from the daily toils and troubles of living in the real world. And from within their respective bubbles, both men are able to promulgate decisions that their true minions tend to describe as wise, necessary, mature, thoughtful, compassionate, and the likes. The law of the land? Meh… it means what the ruling class wants it to mean.

$13,000 copper bathtubs? Sorry; for me and not for thee. Rides on military-air for my dog? Come on… you know such things aren’t for ordinary citizens. Why? Because, Mike and Barry said so, that’s why. After all, You people aren’t ready to decide such things for yourselves.

Meanwhile, pro-freedom is not one of the terms commonly used to describe the myriad Bloomberg and/or Obama initiatives.

(It’s a sobering thought to ponder we might actually get the government we deserve.)

And what about that asterisk is the first block quote?

*Alas, Obama-as-daddy-figure isn’t even wise and measured with his heavy-handedness, like Cliff Huxtable. Instead, America is stuck with one of those control-freak dads. It’s as if, instead of the girl in the No Doubt song not being allowed to drive late at night, she can cruise as needed, but with a location tracker. Plus her dad hacking into the email of every boy in her social circle — not that he has time to read most of their private communications, but who knows what might one day come in handy? Did I mention she’s now 31, and tried to get a restraining order, only to have a judge throw out the case because she couldn’t prove dad was still listening?

We used to frequently say, “It’s a free country.” Now, it’s become a Mike Bloomberg/Barry Obama “Do as I say and not as I do” world.

Obey.

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JFK, Hitler, and Obama

Here it is, fifty-plus years after John F. Kennedy was elected president and the revelations are still dribbling out. Even though the writers of the history books and the readers of the news, the protectors of Kennedy’s fatuous fictions, did their jobs exceedingly well, the truth is a hard thing to wholly suppress. Here are some examples of things we now know about JFK that we didn’t once know: Kennedy was a meth head. Kennedy was a major league perv. Finally, a favorite fallback, that Kennedy prevented World War II and ushered in Civil Rights, has been shown to be a mega myth.

And now, a new revelation: pre-World War II, Kennedy was into Hitler. From the Daily Mail:

‘Fascism?’ wrote the youthful president-to-be in one [letter]. ‘The right thing for Germany.’

In another; ‘What are the evils of fascism compared to communism?’

And on August 21, 1937 – two years before the war that would claim 50 million lives broke out – he wrote: ‘The Germans really are too good – therefore people have ganged up on them to protect themselves.’

And in a line which seems directly plugged into the racial superiority line plugged by the Third Reich he wrote after travelling through the Rhineland: ‘The Nordic races certainly seem to be superior to the Romans.’

Finally,

[Anyone] ‘Who has visited these two places [the German autobahns and Hitler’s holiday home in Berchtesgaden] can easily imagine how Hitler will emerge from the hatred currently surrounding him to emerge in a few years as one of the most important personalities that ever lived.’

So per Bill Clinton, as is depends on how you define it, so is the definition of Kennedy’s description of Hitler as an important personality.

And what will the story be on Barack Obama in fifty years, that is, besides his already-failed imperial presidency (for example, his completely dysfunctional big government agenda, his war on the First Amendment, the selective use of the IRS to persecute conservatives, his gun grab desires, the Benghazi debacle, his legislation via regulation, etc.)?

Beyond Obama’s failed record on governance, consider the impact of what might be be revealed in the President’s currently sealed records which include: college admissions forms, SAT/ACT/LSAT results, college transcripts, student writings, selective service forms, medical records, Illinois state senate records, and law client list.

Incredibly, as it regards Barack Obama, we still don’t know all that we don’t know.

It’s entirely possible that in 50 years, Obama will be the guy who makes the Kennedy presidency—despite the drugs, the sex revelations, the Hitler fondness, and the competence problems—look like Camelot by comparison.

Since Spamalot has already been taken, how about calling the era of Obama Scamalot?

Is Obama a lame-duck President?

Is Barack Obama a lame-duck president? Of course not; he’s merely lame.

But lame doesn’t mean the President and his handlers aren’t completely tone deaf, since they decided to cancel his keynote speaking engagement for Abort America! headquarters a Planned Parenthood fundraiser.

White House spokesman Jay Carney-Wurkur, in easily understood code, explained to the gathered media that the President instead decided the optics of his gala pro-abortion speech were less favorable than the opportunity to appear with the distraught families of the devastating fertilizer plant disaster in Waco, Texas.

Instead, Carney-Wurkur said the President will speak at a pro-abortion brunch now tentatively scheduled for Mother’s Day.

The presidential compulsion to do something

From Gordon Condon at National Journal:

[Presidents] virtually never move public opinion in their direction,” [presidential scholar George] Edwards tells National Journal. Citing polling numbers for six decades and multiple presidents, he says, “It happened for Ronald Reagan. It happened for FDR. It happens all the time. You should anticipate failure if you’re trying to change people’s minds. The data is overwhelming.”

But that doesn’t change the presidential compulsion to do… something, even if it’s just giving (yet another) speech. And given the hosannas President Obama has been offered from the traditional media—hollow as they are—as our smartest president ever and a public speaker of great renown, circumstances are unlikely to change his future behavior, that is, when in doubt, give a speech. And yet, it isn’t working:

…four years of speeches have yet to gain solid public support for Obama’s health care overhaul. And the president’s many speeches on the sequester or on his jobs plan never won over the public, let alone members of Congress. “Now, he is doing it about guns,” Edwards says. “And he’s not going to have any more success…. Presidents just are not successful in changing people’s minds.”

So if the above is true, how difficult will it be to undo the economic and national security damage wrought by the President and his minions (and those who already have their minds made up)? And how are minds ever changed?

It isn’t a rhetorical question; really, what exactly causes people to change their minds on a particular topic? Is it the incessant drumbeat of the culture, the media, or special interest groups? Peer pressure?

Seriously, inquiring minds want to know…

Obama caption contest

Reading is leading

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right…

Reading is leading. It says so here on my teleprompter.

The Norks have Dear Reader; America has Dear Reader.

The teleprompter says: “Motion with your right hand. Hug podium with left hand.”

Two teleprompters, two microphones, one bad dude. Literally.

Warning: epic media failure ahead

The headline from author Frida Ghitis (that’s the name; no typos were invoked in the construction of this sentence) at CNN says this: In Mideast, Obama knocks it out of the park. Her summary:

It was a masterly performance.

What happened? Did Middle East peace bust out suddenly? The lion laid down with the lamb? Iran renounced its nuclear arms program and opened its doors to inspectors? Egypt undid its repressive move towards totalitarianism Islam? Syrian “leaders” and “rebels” quit killing Syrian civilians?

No, Brother Barack gave another speech. Masterly.

Dear Reader had previously hit one out of the park at the 2004 Democrat Convention and we can see where that got us: great for him and poorly for those who want to work, want a free press, need to buy gas, pay taxes, want to keep their guns, are concerned about national security, dislike governmental cover-ups, are compelled to buy health care, don’t want Obama killing Americans by drones, have to repay America’s debt, etc.

Frida fails to grasp there’s saying and there’s doing, and that they aren’t quite the same.

Masterly.

President expands Washington DC no-fly zone

(Washington, PMNS)

The President today signed an Executive Order expanding the no-fly zone around the nation’s capital.

The White House press pool was on hand for the occasion but didn’t think it important enough to summarize. However, White House photographers were on hand to capture the ceremony.

Following the event, White House spokesman Jay Carney texted a prepared statement to favored media outlets which said: “Because the President has not received the cooperation he wanted from the Congress on the no-fly zone, an important issue affecting both health and national security, he chose to act using an expedient method which is not illegal.”

Moments later, in a second text, Carney clarified the no-fly zone would be in effect retroactively, starting January 12th, 2013.

(Photographer Hiram Ledbetter, from the syndicated PMNS Blue-Line media enclave, helped translate this article.)

Barry and the Drones

With advance apologies to Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

B-b-b-b-b-Barry and the drones

Cool kids, shake it loose collective

The drones killed someone that was there in a directive

We bomb ’em all tonight so stick around

They’re gonna get hellfire missiles all the way to the ground

Oh Hillary and Eric did you get the brief?

Oh but they’re so tuned in

B-b-b-b-b-Barry and the drones

Oh but they’re legal and wonderful

Oh Eric they’re really keen

We got a drone patrol, a smokin’ hole

You know I saw it on uh NBC, oh-h…

B-b-b-b-b-Barry and the drones

Cool kids, plug into the faithful

Maybe they’re blinded but Barry keeps ’em careful

If no one else survives, well, that’d be a shame

When we fight Republicans now in the press, they get every bit of the blame

Oh Hillary and Eric did you get the brief?

Oh but they’re so tuned in

B-b-b-b-b-Barry and the drones

Oh but they’re legal and wonderful

Oh Eric they’re really keen

We got a drone patrol, a smokin’ hole

You know I saw it on uh NBC, oh-h…

B-b-b-b-b-Barry and the drones

John Fogerty, closet conservative?

…when you ask them, “How much should we give?” Ooh, they only answer “More!”

— John Fogerty, Fortunate Son

“More” seems to be a recurring theme under President Obama, ‘cause we’re getting more government and the government wants more of your money (the President also remains amenable to borrowing more, having the Treasury print more, and having the Fed buy more federal debt). And the rate that this is happening? Ooh, they only answer… “Faster!”

For example, how big is Obamacare? It’s so big Nancy Pelosi still hasn’t read it, nor have the staffers.

How big are the government’s data grabs? So big they want to know everything you’ve done on the internet plus everything you’ve done in your car. Why? Because, it would seem, they can.

How big is the government itself? It’s so big people don’t even know what major parts of it are called, what purpose is served, or what gets done.

How powerful is the government? Powerful enough to kill Americans, with malice and forethought, and yet without standards of evidence, due process, or a trial

Our President tells us that overreach is bad. But that’s only as it concerns foreign policy. Overreach, as it applies to domestic policies, is an important part of his dogma.

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. Most transparent Administration ever.

‘Barry the senseless shotgun shooter’ caption contest

senseless shooting

Warren Zevon gave us Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner. The White House gave us the Barry the Senseless Shotgun Shooter caption contest.

“David, you’re sure we can backdate this picture to August 4th?”

“Yes, Hillary, just hold that target above your head and stand perfectly still.”

“Michelle, where’d you put my mom jeans? These are a little too metrosexual…”

“Mr. Photographer Man, will you please crop out the part that shows I’m wearing flip flops?”

“David, are you sure the Ray Charles glasses will help?”

“David, I’m still not hearing any music from these headphones.”

“Yes, Mr. President this photo will work. Remember John Kerry, hunting everyman, in 2004?”

“David, it was sure nice of the taxpayers to buy me this new gun. Tell me again what kind it is…”

“Whattya mean I missed again? You’re a military aide. Put the freakin’ target where I’m aiming!”

“My position on homosexual shotgun weddings has evolved.”

Obama, “national conversations,” and you

Carlos Lozada at the Washington Post-It has cracked the President’s code on the political class’s call for all sorts of “national conversations.”

There’s the national conversation on gun violence. And the one on immigration. And income inequality. And marriage equality. And debt. And climate change. And obesity. And bullying. And, of course, race.

And, of course, it’s about to get worse.

Speaking last month with the New Republic, Obama affirmed that, in his second term, he and his White House team will be “spending a lot more time in terms of being in a conversation with the American people as opposed to just playing an insider game here in Washington.”

Mr. Lozada sees through the Presidential propaganda.

First, Mr. Obama is a super-partisan. Next, he’s just another Washington insider. Finally, the President has no real desire for a “national conversation.” (Now as for the President’s speechwriters crafting more and more “national lectures,” that’s another story….)

But are these national conversations really conversations? Or is the term a political ploy, a kindly euphemism for our bitter divides? Or, in Obama’s case, is a national conversation a fail-safe when face-to-face conversations fall short?

Answers (in order): no, yes, and yes.

No, these aren’t national conversations: they’re efforts from the political and media left to control the message, push the agenda, and stifle dissent.

The President doesn’t have the arguments, intellect, or temperament to engage in a national discussion (let alone debate) and as such, he is reduced to calling for a national conversation, something he—and his fellow travelers—really have no interest in.

What is the real reason for the call for myriad “national conversations”? It’s the unending campaign. Don’t believe me? Think of the post-election evolution of the President’s PAC.

The language of politics

obey1Politics has its own special language. It isn’t any of the six official languages of the United Nations, rather, it’s Orwellian.

How so?

The “global war on terror” became the “overseas contingency operation.”

“Terrorism” became “spontaneous video protest” and “man-made disasters.”

We are in a recovery” means “GDP is shrinking.”

“Government funded” has superseded “taxpayer funded” or “deficit funded.”

“Bitter clingers” means “disagrees with me.”

I did not have sexual relations with that woman” means “I had sexual relations with that woman.”

“Austerity” means “spending more.”

“Free press” means “lapdog media.”

“Hope and change” is really “search and destroy.”

Skeet shooting all the time” means “don’t know which end of a gun to hold.”

“Collective action” means “unilateral action.”

“Free market” means “government picks winners and losers.”

“We have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority” can be understood as “relinquish your skepticism of my authority.”

“Fidelity to our founding principles” should be translated as “non-fidelity to our founding principles.”

We haven’t gotten to war is peace, freedom is slavery, or ignorance is strength—yet—but we’re close.

Kroft goes Lewinsky on Obama and Clinton

A comment regarding the predictable lapdog once called ‘the free press’ from IBD. (The comment was in reference to Steve Kroft’s infomercial with the President and Hillary Clinton on the 60 Minutes therapy couch, where Kroft managed to make George Stephanopoulos look bipartisan, inquisitive, and objective.) From IBD:

America’s elitist media establishment is no longer just an ideologically lopsided disgrace; like some banana republic’s prostituting state press agency, it is subjugating our free system of government by an informed people.

Given Steve Kroft’s performance with the President and Mrs. Clinton, you could even say he’s not just a predictable media lapdog, but also that he gives a predictable media lapdance. And knowing that is likely why Obama and Clinton ended up with Kroft, at 60 Minutes, and on CBS.

On the other hand, you have your Obama organizatione non grata, Fox News.

And as it regards Fox News (and several others), the Administration is exerting it’s substantial bureaucratic power by denying access to unfavored media and demonizing the same.

An entire Administration living in a bubble is not a good thing. Will the President and his staff choose to exit the bubble and engage in the arena of ideas?

Don’t hold your breathalyzer.

Reigning in the imperial president

Formal justice often moves slowly.

Still, a federal appeals court got it right in ruling against the President regarding his  unconstitutional super-stack of the National Labor Relations Board.

While Barry may be lefty catnip, he ain’t extra-legal Superfly.

In unrelated news, Health and Human Services Secretary Katherine Sebelius announced Congressional approval was not required for a revision to the Obamacare prescription medication benefit. The benefit will be immediately amended to include a variety of free fly control products approved for human use.

His loyalty is to power, not process

A green-police alert from Kim Strassel at the Wall Street Journal on a slice of President Obama’s inaugural speech and the greenunists’ way-ahead:

The president’s climate shout-out sent the green community into flurries of ecstasy, with grand hopes of a new push for cap-and-trade in Congress, or of a redoubled U.S. commitment to a global carbon pact. It fell to Mrs. [Senator Barbara] Boxer [D-CA] to tamp down those ambitions, even as she reassured her devotees that there is more than one way to skin the climate cat.

“A lot of you press me . . . on: ‘Where is the bill on climate change? Where is the bill?’ There doesn’t have to be a bill,” Mrs. Boxer explained in a briefing the day after Mr. Obama’s speech. “I’m telling you right now, EPA has the authority in the transportation sector, the electricity sector, and the industrial sector under the Clean Air Act” to do everything that legislation might otherwise do.

In other words, with the election over, all pretense is gone. Democrats won’t waste political capital on a doomed cap-and-trade bill. Yet they’ll get their carbon program all the same, by deputizing the EPA to impose sweeping new rules and using their Senate majority to block any GOP effort to check the agency’s power grab. The further upside? Brute regulation is not only certain and efficient, it allows vulnerable Democrats to foist any blame on a lame-duck administration.

Indeed, unless the President decides to authorize additional presidential terms via Executive Order, why should anyone expect him to honor the balance of powers between the executive, Congress, and the judiciary when his minions can instead impose their own version of “legislation via regulation”?

While the issue of adding a carbon tax is far more complex and less subject to Congressional non-participation, recall the greens are more defined by what they’re against (“man-made global warming,” fossil fuels, etc.) than by what they favor.

Remember when they called George W. Bush a divisive unilateralist?

This Administration—and things in general—will not end well.

President Obama declares White House to be a “bug free zone”

(Washington, PMNS)

superflyPresident Obama today declared the White House to be a “bug free zone” in accordance with the World Health Organization’s global “Kill a Bug for Good Health” day.

The President offered the following additional comments related to the initiative:

Together, I determined that a modern economy requires wind-powered railroads and highways for travel and commerce, schools and colleges to train government workers, and no bugs.

Together, I discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure state-sanctioned outcomes and freedom from bugs and other unwanted creatures, including Republicans.

Together, I resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life’s challenges and unwanted bugs.

Through it all, I have never relinquished our skepticism of capitalism and free markets, nor have I succumbed to the idea that all society’s ills can be cured through government alone even though they can. My celebration of initiative and enterprise, my insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, unless exempted by Presidential waiver, these are the constants I direct to be present in our character. That and no bugs.

But I have always understood that when times change, so must everyone; that fidelity to our founding principles paradoxically requires no fidelity; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action and that this collective action will give us freedom from bugs.

Thank you.

The President seemed undisturbed by the presence of the fly on his face as he spoke.

Following the ceremony, the President departed the Rose Garden for indoctrination on the Senate’s new gun control proposals. He was accompanied to his indoctrination by former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who was in town for Mr. Obama’s second term inauguration.

(Philup Nubia and Zerxes Jones-Smith from PMNS’s Fort Wayne Information, Research, and Translation Service enclave contributed to this article.)

This much is half-true: Dana Milbank, Abe Lincoln, and President Obama

I’m thinking that Dana Milkbag Milbank has a full-blown case of buyer’s remorse as it regards President Obama. But what’s a good mainstream lib like Milbank to do? Easy: he rationalizes his overall pro-Obama stance by adding in (a la Lance Armstrong), “That everyone else is doing it, too.”

Cognitive dissonance is a terrible thing to waste, to paraphrase Rahm Emanuel. So how is cognitive dissonance at work in Milbank?

On one Milbank hand, you have your “Obama isn’t up to the job, either for reasons of intellect, temperament, or both” sentiment:

That messiah [of the 2008 election] never came, and a sluggish economic recovery overshadowed his term. Obama was reelected less because he inspired the nation than because he discredited his opponent. Most Americans still think that the country is headed in the wrong direction, and just one in five trust their government to do the right thing.

On the other hand, you have your Milbank “The other side is doing it too” stance:

Much of this says less about Obama than about the times.

On your third Milbank hand—I blame global warming for his noodelized DNA—you have your Obama hubris issue. Lincoln guided us through a Civil War. Obama guided us through… What?

… the president manages to make his own presidency seem smaller by his frequent invocations of our greatest president.

Back to your second Milbank hand, you’ve still got your “But they’re to blame as well” syndrome:

Today, instead of great moral causes [like winning the Civil War and abolishing slavery], we have ceaseless and petty bickering over paying federal debts.

And that block quote is where it’s obvious Milbank has suffered (best case), cognitive dissonance, or (worst case) a brain injury—or perhaps merely libotomized—perhaps as a result of falling off the liberal fail turnip truck.

The debt is a great moral issue: the Administration is making promises it can’t keep. That’s lying. The Administration favors purposefully incurring debts that can’t be repaid. That’s theft, another great moral cause. They are ever-increasing the power of the government and restricting personal freedom. That’s tyranny, still another issue of great moral gravity. They are practicing crony capitalism to enrich one another. That’s criminal, yet another issue of morality.

Milbank is a media liberal, but I see many cracks in his intellectual armor. And remember this: man is the only creature who can deceive himself. While he may think this much, his column, is true, in this case, he’s only half-right.

… with a thrill in my hand and a Obamacare provided pill on my tongue…

Obama’s Draft Gun Control Executive Orders

(Washington, PMNS)

A draft of the 19 gun control items President Obama intends to pursue via Executive Order were provided by a senior advisor who was not authorized to discuss their release. They are as follows:

  1. Assault weapon ban
  2. Handgun ban
  3. Long gun ban
  4. Shotgun ban
  5. Ammunition ban
  6. Magazine ban
  7. New lifelong waiting periods
  8. Making guns illegal in schools
  9. Making guns illegal in cars
  10. Making guns illegal in the outdoors
  11. Making guns illegal on private property
  12. Making guns illegal on government property
  13. Making gun possession a hate crime
  14. Making ammunition possession a hate crime
  15. Making magazine possession a hate crime
  16. Making concealed carry a federal crime
  17. Making open carry a federal crime
  18. Paintball gun ban
  19. Requiring all Americans wear body armor

A twentieth order, banning all pictures of guns, ammunition, and magazines, was considered but rejected due to First Amendment concerns.

Several prominent Democrat lawmakers say the proposals don’t go far enough, but that they are willing to support the President’s decisions while more restrictive legislation can be drafted.

Waivers to the Executive Orders—limited to Democrats only—will be subject to President Obama’s personal approval.

(Philup Nubia and Zerxes Jones-Smith from PMNS’s Chicago Information, Research, and Translation Service enclave contributed to this article.)

Obama’s got 99 problems but the media ain’t one

Dear Reader has many problems—mainly domestic and foreign policy failures—but one he doesn’t have is with the media.

And yet Politico tells us CBS is under fire for withholding Obama’s Benghazi remarks.

CBS News is continuing to draw fire for withholding footage of a Sept. 12 interview with President Barack Obama in which he said it was “too early to tell” whether or not the previous day’s attack in Benghazi, Libya, had been an act of terror.

That remark, which was not included in the “60 Minutes” package that first aired on Sept. 23, was also left out of a subsequent package that aired in the days following the second presidential debate, when President Obama said that he had called the attack “an act of terror” in his Rose Garden address on Sept. 12, which took place before the interview. The remark was not released until yesterday, a fact Bret Baier of Fox News called attention to earlier today.

So basically, CBS is under fire from Bret Baier. For CBS protecting the President.

On the other hand, most media men and women will feel their hearts swell with pride at the CBS revelation. It’s called taking one for the team.

The Weather Underground

If you want to get an idea of the nihilistic violence and brain-dead “thinking” that was a part of the 1960s and 1970s, watch the documentary The Weather Underground (2002). (I watched it on Hulu-plus as a part of my two week trial.)

The mind-blowing idiocy of the The Weather Underground (AKA the Weathermen, Weathermen, and/or The Weather Underground Organization), the group that in 1969 co-opted the Students for a Democratic Society, is almost beyond description. If there ever has been an association of Jim Jones-like group-thinkers, it would have to be the self-absorbed fools of The Weather Underground.

The movie is quite reminiscent of Apocalypse Now: “They told me that you had gone totally insane, and that your methods were unsound.”

Of course, Obama mentors and domestic terrorists Bill Ayers and his unlovely wife, Bernadine Dorn were members of this group.

But remember, Mitt Romney is a Mormon and is therefore scary. Or even a radical.