Archive for September, 2009

Who’s Afraid of 2016?

Posted in Bulletproof Diction on September 30, 2009 by mb007bpd

From the kind-of-creepy official White House Twitter:

Reality Check on the Olympics: Fox News Trying to Turn a Point of Pride into a Moment of Shame  http://bit.ly/RsRXJ

Once you click on the link, you’ll find a familiar looking “Rhetoric vs. Reality” format that the White House bloggers seem so content with using, even when they try to make hilariously hair-splitting points.

RHETORIC:  BECK SAID VANCOUVER LOST $1 BILLION WHEN IT “HAD THE OLYMPICS.”

REALITY:  VANCOUVER’S OLYMPICS WILL NOT TAKE PLACE UNTIL 2010.

RHETORIC:  VALERIE JARRETT “WAS LAST SEEN WITH THE NEA.”

REALITY:  VALERIE JARRETT WAS NOT ON THE NEA CONFERENCE CALL.

RHETORIC:  CHICAGO IS CLOSING THE GOVERNMENT SEVERAL DAYS A WEEK BECAUSE THEY CANNOT AFFORD TO BE OPEN.

REALITY:  CHICAGO HAS HAD ONE REDUCED-SERVICE DAY IN 2009, AND WILL HAVE TWO MORE ON THE FRIDAY AFTER THANKSGIVING AND ON CHRISTMAS EVE.

RHETORIC:  VALERIE JARRETT WILL BENEFIT FINANCIALLY.

REALITY:  UPON ENTERING GOVERNMENT, VALERIE JARRETT DIVESTED ALL HER REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT HOLDINGS EXCEPT FOR A SINGLE INVESTMENT THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE OLYMPIC BID.

What is the White House so scared of?

Why do they see it necessary to go out of their way to “debunk” staggeringly trivial (and essentially truthful) claims made on one episode of Glenn Beck by Democrat strategist Pat Caddell?

And why do they go out of their way to insist upon the innocence of Valerie Jarrett?

I think most reasonable observers would conclude that the White House is simply afraid of another Van Jones situation here, especially with Obama leaving for Copenhagen so soon.  There are so many problems with hosting the Olympics in Chicago, and to get a peek at the Daley Machine in action for 2016, check out Michelle Malkin’s brilliant column from this week.

It’s absolutely embarrassing that a move towards hosting the Summer Olympics in the US for the first time since Atlanta in 1996 could be so fraught with corruption at its genesis.  As far as the other contenders go, you have Madrid (undesirable, especially in light of the fact that their government was overthrown in 2004 by Islamic terrorists and is now controlled by Socialist Zapatero), Rio (also undesirable, especially since Brazil is led by Chavez buddy and professional racist Lula de la Silva), and Tokyo (probably the most solid choice, except now less-US-friendly Hatoyama is PM).  As far as the positives go, Brazil has the most to gain as far as proving themselves on the world stage.  And hey, the government in charge can’t be much worse than Beijing in 2008 (and as far as corruption goes, London in 2012.)

As much as I would enjoy seeing the Olympics stay in the US, and see Chi-Town undergo a revitalization (which has been spearheaded by the revamped Sears “Willis” Tower), I’m afraid that the people in charge simply can’t make it happen.  And if Daley (or Obama for that matter) want the 2016 Olympics to be just another jewel in their crowns, then the Games will turn out to be more of an embarrassment than a “point of pride”.

Sadly, it seems like every year (or, rather, four years) the Olympics turn into a political spectacle.

I remain hopeful that having the Olympics in the US will allow for the smallest margin of corruption.  And if President Obama (if he’s still President by then) really wants to “improve our standing in the world”, he ought to be personally responsible for making these games as transparent as possible.

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ACrONies

Posted in Bulletproof Diction on September 16, 2009 by mb007bpd

New Rule:  Nobody who has ever been involved with ACORN or their associates, whether working with them or receiving campaign contributions from them, should be allowed to investigate them.

The Fall of the House of Representatives

Posted in Bulletproof Diction on September 15, 2009 by mb007bpd

The House of Representatives decided to wait a whole week to punish Rep. Joe Wilson for shouting “you lie” during Obama’s healthcare speech (when he actually lied.)  The hubris here is stunning.

“The resolution is not about the substance of an issue but about the conduct we expect of one another in the course of doing our business,” declared House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.

This is the same man who, along with the Botoxasaurus, wrote an article entitled:

‘Un-American’ Attacks Can’t Derail Healthcare Debate

Really?  Calling opponents of HR 3200 “un-American” is a-okay, but legitimately calling out the President when he was lying is worthy of petty, vindictive legislation.

I never thought I’d say this, but I agree with Barney Frank:

One of the Democrats voting “present,” Barney Frank of Massachusetts, said, “I think it’s bad precedent to put us in charge of deciding whether people act like jerks. I don’t have time to monitor everyone’s civility.”

Especially people who are in no place to monitor the civility of anyone.

Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi has shot down a vote on withdrawing funding from ACORN six times.

I remember an Under Armour commercial from not too long ago with the tagline “We Must Protect This House”.

What happens when the House isn’t worth protecting?

Liveblog: ACORN Expose Part IV: San Bernardino, CA

Posted in Bulletproof Diction on September 15, 2009 by mb007bpd

Just about 20 minutes ago, a brand new video from O’Keefe/Giles.  And this one promises…

Prostitution!

Illegal immigration!

and…

MURDER!

(dun dun DUNNN)

Tune into Glenn Beck…the next 40 min will be about the video…and I will be liveblogging!

2:11-The employee, “Theresa”, thinks that prostitution should be legalized…BECAUSE SHE USED TO RUN AN ESCORT SERVICE

“Heidi Fleiss was my hero”

2:15-Beck: “how is that man just sitting there?  Are there any decent men anymore?”

2:20-Beck: “We must quarantine Washington DC…NO legislation must come out of it” until ACORN fully investigated

2:24-Back to the video…Theresa: “I talk to congressmen, senators, assemblypeople every day”…”McCloud”, “Torres”, “Carter…67th district”…”Joe Baca”…”Barbara Boxer”

2:26-Beck: ACORN “going from villain to victim”

2:26-Theresa: “I am not your typical ACORN employee”…”my supervisor…might do this on the side”

2:27-Beck: I would hope our “taxpayer money isn’t going to dirtbags”

2:29-Theresa to Hannah Giles aka “Eden: “You would look adorable in a three-piece suit”…”I would ask for the [bank] President”…to seduce him!

2:30-Theresa: “I have some experience in how not to get caught”

2:33-HOUSE OF REPS PASSES RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL AGAINST REP JOE WILSON YET THEY WON’T INVESTIGATE ACORN?!

2:35-Theresa: about her ex-husband…”I shot him” WTF

2:37-Theresa: “I never spanked my kids for anything” Beck: “she doesn’t spank her kids but you can bring in 13-year-old illegal aliens for hookers”

2:39-Beck: “Nobody’s asking questions!”…”The Red Cross doesn’t seem to have this problem!”

2:40-Beck: “There needs to be an independent investigation of ACORN”…”I hate to go all Howard Beale on ya…but GET THE (heck) OFF THE COUCH”…asking folks to call newspapers, ABC, Katie Couric, tell congressmen “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States…you took an oath…get your a$$ in gear!”

2:43: Beck-“Does sacred honor even exist anymore?”…now making Edward R. Murrow allusions “have you no shame?” (Beck starting to sound like Olbermann!)

2:47: ACORN set to receive $8.5 BILLION in stimulus $$$ WOWWWW

2:54-O’Keefe: entire expose operation cost $1300…”I’m willing to serve prison time for what I’ve found”…information “completely blew past my expectations”…”it occurred to me very quickly that this wasn’t an isolated incident”

ACORN Expose Vol. III–NYC

Posted in Bulletproof Diction on September 14, 2009 by mb007bpd

Just about an hour ago, filmmaker James O’Keefe released the third installment of the ACORN expose, following Baltimore and DC. This one takes place in the Brooklyn ACORN office, and it’s just as shocking as the rest.

I don’t want to give away what happens…but let’s just say there will be a whole new meaning to the phrase “astroturf”…

F#$%ing Coarse Rhetoric

Posted in Bulletproof Diction on September 13, 2009 by mb007bpd

According to The Hill’s (not the TV show) Blog Briefing Room:

President Obama says the angry scenes on televised town halls represents a “coarsening of our political dialogue.”

Really?  What about Van Jones?  Or Rev. Wright?  Or Bill Ayers?

Since when was questioning authority considered to be a “coarsening of our political dialogue”?  Wasn’t it quite vogue amongst the 60s revolutionaries whom Obama seems to be so fond of?  When did Obama become such a square?

Obama’s philosophy must be “Free speech for me, but not for thee.”

And in honor of “coarse words”, I present:

Eight Years Later

Posted in Bulletproof Diction on September 10, 2009 by mb007bpd

Below is a reprint of my statement last year at this time.  So many things have changed since then, but what is remarkable are the things that haven’t.  It’s still a miracle that America is still safe.  And as we move away from that fateful day, year after year, we must never forget.

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“Seven Years Later”

Seven years later, and it still feels like yesterday.

The images of that morning will be forever seared into our memories.

Never has this generation seen such fear, such horror, such bravery, and such courage.

We must remember both the good and the evil from that day.

We must never forget that radical Islam attacked us on that day, and we must continue to fight the encroachment of such an evil ideology on all fronts.

We must never forget our ability as Americans to come together as we did in the hours, and days, and weeks following that September morning.

Seven years have passed, but the memories still remain.  The families who lost loved ones that day are reminded every day of that fateful day.  Those of us who pause once per year cannot forget those who pause as they awaken from their beds every morning, as they see that empty place at the dinner table every evening.  We must always keep them in our prayers.

I would like to end with a quote by President Bush, something that he spoke poignantly today at the dedication of the remarkable memorial at the Pentagon, “On a day when buildings fell, heroes rose.”  We will never forget.