This is what happens when the man behind the curtain is deprived of his
During his unbelievably ill-conceived guest appearance on The Tonight Show,
President Obama insulted and demeaned disabled people.
Mr. Obama mentioned that he had bowled and gotten a score of only 129.
Leno jokingly said "Very good, Mr. President". And Obama said -
verbatim quote - "(it's) like the special olympics or something"
The Obama machine immediately went into super-high gear after this comment
was made, and assured us all that it was just an offhanded remark which did not
reflect, and he has great respect for, blah blah blah. About this, two
points should be made:
1) I don't give a damn about circumstances. That comment was a slap in the
face to every Special Olympics athlete. It's a pretty good bet that a
129 game for someone who is physically and/or mentally handicapped requires a damn sight
more effort and dedication than a 200 game from someone who is
not handicapped. I can assure you it is far more
impressive to me and, I would hope, anyone else with an iota of common sense and
-It has always been my experience that the comments
people make when off guard, tend to be the truest indicators of how they really
So we have the President of the United
States laughingly, sarcastically joking that he did something so badly, it
was no better than what handicapped people could do.
What a horrible insult. What a stupid, ignorant thing to
Note to Barack Obama: The economy has nosedived and the congress
controlled by your party spent yesterday passing an obviously unconstitutional piece of
legislation. Maybe it would be a good idea to reconsider doing gigs on the
late night circuit and try concentrating on being President. God knows,
you certainly could use the extra experience.
OBAMA BARS PRESS FROM PRESS EVENT
You can't make this stuff up. Mr. Transparency has done it again.
Barack Obama was elected commander in chief promising to run the most
transparent presidential administration in American history.
This achievement and the overall promise of his
historic administration caused the National Newspaper Publishers Assn. to name
him "Newsmaker of the Year."
The president is to receive the award from the
federation of black community newspapers in a White House ceremony this
The Obama White House has closed the press award
ceremony to the press.
From the president's official schedule:
"Later in the afternoon, the President and the
First Lady will attend a reception with the National Newspaper
Publisher Association in the State Dining Room, where they will be presented the
Newsmaker of the Year award. This event is closed press."
Maybe they'll let the newspaper people pass the
award through the fence.
-- Andrew Malcolm
What is going on here? How much more bizarre are the actions of this
administration going to be?
And when do some of the media who were shut out by Mr. Obama unmesmerize and
start talking about it? Maybe this is the final jolt they'll
THE OBAMA/BIDEN GAFFE LIST
Just how bad has it gotten?
Toby Harnden, the US Editor for London's Daily Telegraph has already put
together a "top 10 gaffe" compilation for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
Here it is. Either enjoy it or be appalled. Your call:
Perhaps Barack Obama was just trying to make Joe
Biden feel better by dropping his clanger on Jay Leno.
Whatever the President was thinking, 60 days into their new administration it's
time for a post-election Obama-Biden Top 10, in reverse order:
10. Just after he's been sworn in by
him, the newly-minted Vice President Joe Biden gets the name of Justice John
Paul Stephens, "one of the great justices" of the Supreme Court, wrong by
calling him "Justice Stewart":
9. Barack Obama jokes about Nancy Reagan having
sances in the White House. He later called her to apologise after the
AP noted that although she had consulted astrologers, "she did not hold
conversations with the dead":
8. Joe Biden forgets the "website
number" for the White House internet site
designed to show how TARP money is being spent:
7. Barack Obama mixes up the windows and
doors at his new home:
6. Joe Biden jokes about Chief Justice John
Roberts fluffing the inauguration oath. The president is visibly annoyed with
his veep and Biden later apologises:
5. A Marine One double. First, on his maiden
Marine One trip Obama breaches protocol and
makes life uncomfortable for an enlisted marine by shaking the the
serviceman's hand as he's saluting his commander-in-chief:
Then - Gerald Ford, eat your heart out.
Barack Obama bangs his head as he boards his helicopter:
4. Joe Biden tells his wife that he had the choice
of being either Secretary of State or vice-president - an offer that was news to
Obama aides and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when Jill Biden spilled the
beans on Oprah:
3. Gordon Brown presents the new President with: a
pen holder carved from the timbers of HMS Gannett, a sister ship of HMS
Resolute; the commissioning certificate of HMS Resolute; and a seven-volume
biography of Winston Churchill. In return, the Prime minister gets 25 DVDS,
which don't work in Britain:
2. Joe Biden tells a former Senate colleague who
addresses him as "Mr Vice-President" to "give me a f---ing break":
1. The latest one takes the biscuit. Barack Obama
jokes about the disabled on the Jay Leno show. Afterwards, he calls the head of
the Special Olympics to apologise:
NB I've only included gaffes committed since the
presidential election on November 4th. In October, I did this blog on the top
dozen campaign gaffes, which features several from Obama and
By Richard Lardner, Associated Press Writer
Thu Mar 19
WASHINGTON Obama administration special envoy
Richard Holbooke was on the American International Group Inc. board of
directors in early 2008 when the insurance company locked in the bonuses now
stoking national outrage. Holbrooke, a veteran diplomat who is now the
administrations point man on Pakistan and Afghanistan, served on the board
between 2001 and mid-2008
Obama named Holbrooke as a special envoy on Jan.
22, two days after taking office. Vietor said administration officials were
aware of Holbrookes work for AIG during background checks this year when
AIG already had benefited from federal intervention.
"Disclosure of past board membership is part of
the vetting process," Vietor said
Holbrooke joined AIGs board in February 2001
and resigned in July 2008, two months before the company nearly collapsed.
Over more than seven years as a board member, he may have earned as much as
$800,000 in cash and company stock, according to AIG financial documents filed
with the Securities and Exchange Commission
Obama this week blasted AIG for what he
described as the companys reckless course. He also defended his
administrations handling of the companys rescue.
"Nobody here was responsible for
supervising AIG and allowing themselves to put the economy at risk by some of
the outrageous behavior that they were engaged in," the president
Vietor said Holbrooke "has not discussed AIG
with the president, Treasury or any other member of the administration."
For much of tenure [sic] on the AIG board,
Holbrooke had a role in approving salaries and compensation. From 2001 until
mid-2005, he was a member of the boards compensation committee. According to
AIG financial statements, the committee sets the salary for the companys
chief executive officer and gives advice on how other senior managers are to
Holbrooke also led the boards public policy and
social responsibility committee from 2005 through July 2008. The committee
assesses how political and public policy issues might affect the companys
business operations, performance and corporate reputation, according to
According to the SEC filings, AIG paid Holbrooke
$267,943 in fees and stock awards in 2007; he was paid $232,865 in 2006.
Compensation figures for the six months he was on the board in 2008 are not
yet available. By prorating his 2007 compensation, he could have earned about
$107,500 in directors fees and stock.
Between 2001 and 2005 the records indicate he
earned $200,000 in directors fees. He also received 2,400 shares of AIG stock
and options to purchase 10,000 more during that period.
How much more preposterous can this witch hunt
Perhaps it should be noted that Larry Craig even
has AIG in his name.
How many times have you heard our watchdog media
note that White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was in the pay of Freddie
We havent either.
Maybe congressperson earl pomeroy can go to the floor of the house today and
rail about what a "disgraced professional loser" Mr. Holbrooke -and Mr. Emanuel
- both are.
Or, maybe President Obama should demand that Mr. Holbrooke give back the
money he made, at least for his last year at AIG, apologize for his involvement
in the bonus agreements, and resign. Ditto for Mr. Emanuel at Freddy
Or maybe earl pomeroy and the entire Democratic-controlled congress
should apologize for passing a bailout structure that 100% allowed those
bonuses, and then trying to cover up their incompetence by passing a bill
of attainder (90% tax on the bonuses) that in no way could ever stand up to any
And maybe our wonderful "neutral" media can apologize for how little it has
reported of Holbrooke's and Emanuel's involvement with these
Here's a tip: Don't hang by your thumbs waiting for any of this to
happen, especially a mea culpa from the media. These are Democrats, after
But listen to them squeal like stuck pigs if you call them
GEITHNER & THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION: PROVEN LIARS AND FRAUDS
A major tip of my non-existent hat to Ed Morrissey of www.hotair.com. He has uncovered the
smoking gun that absolutely, unequivocally proves Secretary of the Treasury
Timothy Geithner and the Obama administration in general are lying
about when they knew of the AIG bonuses.
It comes to us in the form of a video of the house ways and means
committee hearing, in which Democratic representative Joseph Crowley
condemns the bonuses already paid to AIG executives, and then
specifically states to Treasury Secretary Geithner that there is
another 162 million going to be paid to them. Then Geithner
responds to this information, which he has just been told in so many words.
When was this hearing? March 3. Weeks before Geithner and his
fellow liars in the Obama administration claim they knew a thing about the
Here is Ed's blog:
Video: Congress, Geithner knew about bonuses on
Tim Geithner and Congress claim that they got
blindsided by the AIG bonuses late last week, before anyone had a chance to stop
AIG from paying them. However, C-SPANs video library tells a very different
story. Watch the clip from a March 3rd hearing of the House Ways and Means
Committee in which Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) specifically mentions the upcoming
payouts of over $162 million in bonuses to AIG execs, the very same number that
inflamed Washington DC this week:
After accusing the previous administration of a
lack of oversight, Crowley says this, emphasis mine:
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Welcome to the
committee, Mr. Geithner, and thank you for your responses so far. It never
ceases to amaze me the level of apparent amnesia some of my colleagues on the
other side of the aisle have had about how we got to this problem in the first
place, and I thank you for answering Mr. Hellers question in particular. By
the line of questioning, youre almost led to believe that because of a last
month and a few days of a presidency we had the problem we have today, and
thank you for setting the record straight. This didnt happen overnight. This
took eight years in the making of stagnant, at best, growth.
But yesterday, Mr. Secretary, the Treasury and
the Federal Reserve announced a new fourth plan to rescue troubled financial
services giant AIG. I do agree that AIGs sustainability is the lynchpin for
some of our recovery efforts, and its important for the federal government to
work to keep it afloat. However, I must demand that AIG increase the
accountability and transparency, something that was not done during the
For example, just last month, AIG paid 343
employees of AIG FP their Financial Products division that created the
financial hole that AIG is in, and in turn a multibillion-dollar bill for
American taxpayers $56 million in bonuses and are slated to pay an
additional $162 million in bonuses to 393 participants in the coming weeks.
And theres more. Further bonus payments totaling approximately 230 million
(dollars) are due to 407 participants at AIGs Financial Products division in
March 2010. This makes no sense to my
In other words, everyone knew about these bonuses.
Congress even knew enough about it to question Geithner on it, with remarkable
accuracy on the total amount due to be paid out, on March 3rd
nine days before Geithner initially claimed to know about it.
This whole episode has been a farce perpetrated by
Congress and the administration to stoke artificial outrage over contractual
compensation obligations. Its a freak show put on by Democrats. Theyre giving
us populist circuses in order to build a mob mentality but for what
This proves conclusively and indisputably that
Geithner and everyone else knew about the
bonuses well over a week earlier than they claimed -- and probably long
before. Did you hear Crowley referring to it as new information
that he just found out that day? Me neither.
I want Geithner out now. I want a resignation and an apology from him.
And I want an apology from every member of Obama's staff who lied right along
with him - which, not incidentally, includes Mr. Obama himself.
Will the mainstream media make the same demand? Have they finally had
enough of the lies and the fraud? Or are they still so far in the tank for
Saint Barack that they'll cover for him yet again?
THE DVDS: WHAT WOULD MEDIA HAVE SAID IF IT WERE BUSH?
Remember those 25 DVD's that the Obamas gave to UK Prime Minister Gordon
Brown, as if that were an appropriate gift from a President to another head of
state? You might or might not, considering how much of our wonderful
"neutral" mainstream media declined to report it.
Would this amazingly amateurish blunder have been more extensively reported it if the President were Bush
instead of Obama? You tell me.
Well, now it turns out that this was even worse than it originally appeared. DVD's in the US have a different format than what is
used in the UK. So none of the 25 can be played unless
Prime Minister Brown imports a US DVD player.
Would this additional amazingly amateurish blunder have been more extensively reported if the President were Bush
instead of Obama? You tell me again.
-If you want to make a President look like an idiot it's easy to do - just
have a field day reporting every mistake and be sure to word your report in a
way that suggests the President has acted idiotically.
-But if you don't want to make a President look like an idiot,
that's easy too. Just underreport every mistake or don't report it at
TAYLOR, Associated Press Writer Andrew Taylor, Associated
Press Writer 1 hr 20 mins ago
WASHINGTON President Barack Obama's budget would
generate deficits averaging almost $1 trillion a year over the next decade,
according to the latest congressional estimates, significantly worse than
predicted by the White House just last month.
The Congressional Budget Office figures, obtained by The
Associated Press Friday, predict Obama's budget will produce $9.3 trillion worth
of red ink over 2010-2019. That's $2.3 trillion worse than the White House
predicted in its budget.
Worst of all, CBO says the deficit under Obama's
policies would never go below 4 percent of the size of the economy, figures that
economists agree are unsustainable. By the end of the decade, the deficit would
exceed 5 percent of gross domestic product, a dangerously high level.
The latest figures, even worse than expected by
top Democrats, throw a major monkey wrench into efforts to enact Obama's budget,
which promises universal health
care for all and higher spending for domestic programs like education and
research into renewable
The dismal deficit figures, if they prove to be
accurate, inevitably raise the prospect that Obama and his allies controlling Congress would have
to consider raising taxes after the recession ends or paring back his
This is what happens when we elect a man with no experience that qualifies
him for the presidency, but a ton of experience spending other people's money
that he never had to earn.
Other than the existence of a printing press, Mr. Obama doesn't appear
cognizant of any correlation between money and what creates it. Money
just sort of comes from...somewhere. And he can just keep spending it,
even if he has no idea of where it is coming from.
There is absolutely no doubt that Barack Obama will blame this on President
Bush. If you're mesmerized, and/or naive, and/or stupid enough, you may
even believe him.
Did you believe him last month, when he was telling you he'd halve the
deficit in just a few years?
Maybe he'll try telling you that Bush snuck back into Washington and screwed
things up this month to cause the deficits now being reported. I bet
some people would believe that too.
MADOFF'S LIVING QUARTERS
From ABC local new, New York City:
NEW YORK -- A federal appeals court has ruled that
disgraced financier Bernard Madoff must remain in prison until his sentencing.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan
issued its ruling Friday.
The court said Judge Denny Chin was correct in his
ruling. The federal judge decided the 70-year-old Madoff should remain behind
bars before he is sentenced for defrauding thousands of investors of billions of
Madoff will be sentenced in June. He faces up to
150 years in prison.
What an outrage! Why can't they let poor bernie live in his 7 million
dollar penthouse until sentencing?
Hey, with the housing values dropping the way they have, I bet it's only
worth about 6 million now. For god sake, it's practically a
And what possible reason would the court have to think
he's a flight risk? Just because he's a hugely rich man who can buy just about anything for anyone, and he's facing a 150 year jail
sentence, and if an escape attempt is unsuccessful all they can do is put him
in jail, which is what they're going to do anyway?
That's ridiculous. Why, if he just sticks around and goes to jail,
with time off for good behavior he could be out in maybe half that
time. He'd be only 145 years old.
Are you getting the impression that I'm pleased with this ruling?
Somehow I have the feeling we're in agreement.
REP. MCCOTTER SPEAKS THE TRUTH ABOUT AIG BONUSES
Several people have brought the following video to my attention. It is
congressperson Thad McCotter (R-MI) making a two minute statement about the AIG
bonuses and congressional reaction to them. Every word is true, and Mr.
McCotter could not be more on target.
If you have difficulty clicking on it below, just click
NATALEE HOLLOWAY'S BODY FOUND?
This comes from the Broward/Palm Beach New Times. Make of it what you
Details remain vague, but The Juice has just learned that authorities
believe they have found the body of Natalee Holloway, the 18-year-old from
Clinton, Miss., who vanished in the Caribbean island in May 2005.
Miami-based flight attendant for American Airlines tells The Juice that a
cadaver dog was aboard a Miami-to-Aruba flight. The officer with the dog
was going to search for the remains of Holloway.
"They think they've
found where Natalee Holloway's remains are, and they're taking the dog down to
confirm that," said the flight attendant, who lives in Fort Lauderdale. "They're
not telling anybody because Aruba is trying to keep this
A tabloid media sensation,
Holloway's case had lately gone cold. Aruba investigators have been criticized
for failing to find a body or a suspect in the teenager's
More details to come as they become
ILLEGAL ID INSANITY
You have to read this to believe it.
From the AP, via the Washington Times:
Illegals tap Maryland for legal
Delegate seeks to ban practice
Kathleen Miller ASSOCIATED PRESS Friday, March
ANNAPOLIS | In an online Spanish language chat
room, people from all along the East Coast seek tips on how to get a driver's
license in Maryland, though they
don't live in Maryland.
Businesses run classified ads in Spanish-language
publications in the District, Virginia and Maryland urging "undocumented
Hispanic friends" to take advantage of the opportunity to get a Maryland ID
without having to prove they are in the country legally.
In one case, Maryland motor vehicle officials say,
68 different people applying for licenses and IDs gave the same address for an
800-square-foot home in Baltimore.
Delegate Ronald A. George, Anne Arundel
Republican, said the license policy is cheapening the value of a state ID.
"Our residents deserve licenses that are on an
even playing field with other states," said Mr. George, who has failed twice in
getting the General Assembly to require the state to ensure license applicants
are in the U.S. legally.
He is trying again this year, with a House bill,
but this time with support from Gov. Martin O'Malley and other Democrats.
Maryland is one of just four states - the only one
east of the Mississippi - where people don't have to prove they are legal U.S.
residents to get driver's licenses.
Advocates for keeping such a policy in Maryland -
and in Hawaii, New Mexico and Washington - argue that allowing illegal
immigrants to get state-issued identification gives police broader databases
when investigating crimes and increases the rate of auto-insurance coverage.
"It makes the streets safer for all of us," said
Delegate Jolene Ivey, Prince George's Democrat, who supports continued access to
Maryland licenses for illegal residents.
The problem, say officials with Maryland's Motor
Vehicle Administration, is that they've been overwhelmed with requests for
identification appointments as other states have tightened requirements.
A Department of Legislative Services analysis
assumed the state issued about 6,700 licenses and ID cards to illegal immigrants
in 2008, but cautioned that exact statistics are tough to nail down. From July
2007 to June 2008, the MVA issued about 508,000 new licenses and 170,000 ID
The agency's chief, John Kuo, said the demand has
outpaced the state's foreign-born population growth. A toll-free number to book
license appointments for noncitizens received 1 million attempted calls from all
over the country in its first day of operation last year. The state, which only
has 5.6 million residents, now limits hot-line access to people calling from
Kim Propeack, a spokeswoman for the immigrant
advocacy organization CASA, says the group has found that one of the cheaper
firms charges a $150 fee to make robocalls to license hot lines just to get
Why would anyone in his right mind accept a Maryland (or Hawaii, or New
Mexico or Washington) driver's license as acceptable ID? They ADMIT they
don't know who is getting them.
And the reasoning? It gives them "broader databases" which "makes
the streets safer for all of us".
Tell that to Chandra Levy's parents, why don't you.
Here's an alternative idea. Make the data base less broad by deporting
people who are in the country illegally. And severely fine the businesses
who are proactively advertising to them and helping them get driver's licenses
they have no right to.
This is insanity.
EARL POMEROY: DISGRACED PROFESSIONAL LOSER
From today's New York Times:
The people have said no, Representative
Earl Pomeroy, Democrat of North Dakota, shouted on the House floor. In fact,
they said hell no, and give us our money back.
Have the recipients of these checks no
shame at all? Pomeroy continued. Summing up his personal view of the so-far
anonymous AIG executives, he said: You are disgraced professional losers. And
by the way, give us our money back.
For the record, earl pomeroy - the man who viciously attacked every
AIG employee receiving a bonus as if there were no difference in
performance or value between any of them - voted in favor of the bailout
that ALLOWED those bonuses.
earl pomeroy also received thousands of dollars in contributions from AIG for
his 2008 election campaign.
And he's calling them disgraced professional losers?
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