Hell Meet Handbasket

Sorry so quiet. Still suffering from sinus trouble, then this weekend’s marathon events (too many of which were outside – thus causing dangerous overheating) wore me out even more.

I get sick, take a couple of days off, and the place goes to hell in a handbasket. Where to even begin in this sad state of affairs?

The world is going nuts.

IG-Gate has expanded past three rings and it about to bust out of the tent. Unbelievable that this corruption continues unabated.

Stacy is stirring the pot again, going after his favorite whippin’ boy Andrew Sullivan. Donald suggests those who disagree may need some father-figure time (and maybe a diagnosis of LowT?), then takes a swipe at the ol’TrigTruther himself. And Stacy has even more to say.

Happy, Happy Minnesota. Surely they are all so proud.

Shameful turncoats. Yes, turncoats, traitors to the people they were elected to represent.

Nothing but thieves.

You get what you pay for – another government contract lowest bidder?

Funny how Obama was silent for so many days before meekly acknowledging the struggle of the Iranian protesters as they watched freedom slip through their bloody fingers, but then jumps right up and sides with the ousted dictator of Honduras minutes after he’s shown the door. Telling, isn’t it?

Elizabeth wants to know – when are the grownups going to show up?

Laurie’s been thinking again, about important stuff, especially answered prayers.

No roundup is complete without some college football idiocy bordering on “Skeevy Internet Stalkistan.” Leave it to the Vols…

You knew this would happen. Yes, you did. And yes, the world is nuts.

Quote of the Day

Heard today, somewhere around 5:15 pm on Sean Hannity’s radio show, while driving home:

Dana Perino on politics in Washington – “If you’re not at the table, then you’re on the menu.”

Paraphrased, of course, since I was DRIVING.

Washington has always been a puzzle inside of an enigma. Ever since the ground was broken in the swamplands that would become our nation’s capital, the circus moved in and never went home. Nothing illustrates the depths that the political press are plumbing better than The Anchoress’ ten questions for the White House. Somebody needs to ask them, since our “free press” refuses.

Freedom? Who needs it? Obama believes that democracy is overrated. He views the slaughter of Iranian protestors as “robust debate.” Jeeezzz Louise. His presidency gets more surreal by the day.

IG-Gate Continues to Unfold

Just like an onion. The more you peel, the more layers you find.

Stacy is on it! The Walpin firing is just the tip of the iceberg.

Whatever Walpin’s reputation, however, sources familiar with his dismissal believe it was no accident that he was shown the door immediately after getting into a dispute with Eric Holder’s Justice Department over a program affiliated with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, an enthusiastic political ally of Obama.

Now there’s more – regarding the Inspector General for Amtrak, Fred Wiederhold. Did Amtrack undermine his authority and/or independence? What about Eleanor Acheson?

Neil Barofsky, the special IG for the TARP free-for-all financial bailout is next. You watch.

Given the controversial nature of the TARP — including the public outcry over bonuses paid to top employees of insurance giant AIG, a bailout beneficiary — Grassley is by no means the only member of Congress interested in preserving Barofsky’s independence. In April, Geithner was grilled by Texas Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling and other members of Congress at a hearing after Barofsky reported a “staggering” amount of fraud in the bailout program.

Passings

Two icons of the 70’s passed away today:

Michael Jackson at age 50 from cardiac arrest- remember the adorable boy with the powerful voice, not the strange being he became.

Farrah Fawcett at age 62 from cancer – every girl wanted to be her.

Quote of the Day

(h/t Fausta) Jules Crittenden on those (too little, too late) rescinded picnic invites to the Iranian murderers:

I’m trying to keep the criticism on a constructive level, but I’m rapidly losing confidence in this administration’s ability to manage even something as simple as a Fourth of July picnic without turning it into an international embarrassment.

Very Sad News

The Atlanta Tea Party, scheduled for July 4th at Gwinnett Place Mall, has been canceled.

Curses!

Welcome American Power readers! Check out my many rants, including this on-going head-fake.

UPDATE: The plot thickens. Bob Owens reports that Andrea Shea King first noticed a strange surge in her traffic from one source – SIMON.com just days before the Tea Party was cancelled. Yes, the very same Simon as in Simon Property Group, the owners of Gwinnett Place Mall. Read on…

At the time, I was unsure of what all the traffic from Simon.com could have meant — the kind of digital body language you can garner from a few pages of Sitemeter stats is only so deep. I suggested to Andrea that perhaps they were simply prospective advertisers checking her site for content before submitting an ad.

I greatly miscalculated.

It seems that the interest of those from Simon.com — Simon Property Group — was far more prurient and political in nature. The July 4 Atlanta tea party protest was just shut down because of pressure from a Simon property, Gwinnett Place Mall, according to this article in the American Thinker.

The article also reveals that Melvin and Bren Simon have donated significant amounts of money to Democratic candidates and Democratic organizations.

It seems only logical to conclude that the Simons aren’t above using their company’s monetary clout to stifle the opposing political speech of thousands of Georgians who aren’t enthralled with the tax-and-spend policies of our present administration.

Apparently, they don’t like the messages we send.

Demo-corrupti-crats pushing people around? Sounds like more HopeNChange thugery to me…

Presidential Ice Cream Order – No Green Sprinkles Please

Sorry so quiet – fighting the usual brutal-humidity-and-heat-inflames-chronically-rotten-sinuses-syndrome. At least I don’t have the feverish misery like poor Elizabeth. I just feel like one eye is going to pop out and ants are holding a disco party in my ears.

You don’t have to look very far back in American history to find a President as weak as the current occupant of the Oval Office. His ineptitude continues to boggle the mind. Note Jimmie’s spot-on tweet regarding the Presidential non-Rose Garden love-fest today:

Reading the transcript of today’s press conference, I can not understate how pusillanimous the President was on Iran.

If you can’t stand up for the most basic of human rights, how can anyone expect you to step and speak out against genocide on a national scale by scheming, corrupt, murdering mullahs? Fausta has an excellent three-parter (here, here, here) on how the French President has one pair more than Obama when it comes to stopping sharia creep in its tracks. I bet Sarko doesn’t take sprinkles on his low-fat, low-cal frozen yogurt. He’ll eat the real stuff – fat grams be damned! Because he’s a real man, a real president and as such, sees the REAL DANGER ahead. Double-thumbs up to my girl for connecting the Dots! (Yikes, yet another ice cream pun.)

His Yogurtness is so double-dipped in Chicago thugery, he just doesn’t understand he is now on an international stage and dealing with some pretty evil people. People who would have his boys back home for lunch. Literally. With no dessert. He may think he wants to negotiate with these goons and parcel out pieces of America, but they will trample over him like they do their own people. Andrew McCarthy observes

The fact is that, as a man of the hard Left, Obama is more comfortable with a totalitarian Islamic regime than he would be with a free Iranian society. In this he is no different from his allies like the Congressional Black Caucus and Bill Ayers, who have shown themselves perfectly comfortable with Castro and Chàvez. Indeed, he is the product of a hard-Left tradition that apologized for Stalin and was more comfortable with the Soviets than the anti-Communists (and that, in Soros parlance, saw George Bush as a bigger terrorist than bin Laden).

Because of obvious divergences (inequality for women and non-Muslims, hatred of homosexuals) radical Islam and radical Leftism are commonly mistaken to be incompatible. In fact, they have much more in common than not, especially when it comes to suppression of freedom, intrusiveness in all aspects of life, notions of “social justice,” and their economic programs.

While the fawning media spins and spins the Iranian Protestor Murders into something so fine and frothy he could use it in his next Dipper Dan presser, Stacy is up in DC, asking the right questions about yet ANOTHER Inspector General “retiring.” We a big room with a big white board to map all this out. And Timothy Geithner (Obama’s Treasury appointee with all the tax problems) is smack-dab in the middle of it. Be sure to click over and see the extra special image of Geithner in Volunteer Orange. Rick sees a pattern developing, and honey, it ain’t Fudge Ripple.

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Remember how the Iranian protesters adopted a beautiful dark green as their symbol of freedom? During last week’s World Cup qualifier against South Korea, Iranian soccer players wore green armbands. In actions reminiscent of Uday Hussein, now these players have been permanently “retired” from professional play. Hopefully they won’t be tortured (or worse). Prisoners in their own country, they are trapped within closed borders under a murderous regime, along with millions of their countrymen.

Did Obama ask the ice cream scooper to take out all the green sprinkles? Did he order a waffle cone? Will we ever know, what with all the transparency of this administration?

All puns aside, my heart is breaking for Iran and those fighting for liberty. Keep them in your prayers.

Welcome Troglopundit and Daley Gator readers! Pull a chair up to the tailgate and take a look around!

Sheeeeee’s Back

Laurie Kendrick is back, with a new blog.

All is right with the universe again.

Obama’s 3am Call

(H/T Gateway Pundit) From Dry Bones:

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Mr. President… Mr. “Present”… Your demagoguery is showing again, sir. You are silent on the thuggery of Iran’s mullahs while you are busy intimidating Americans appointed to serve and protect our nation. Do you think a strongly-worded memo or another “brilliant” speech will stop these murderers when they are storming the Outer Banks?

As Charles Krauthammer notes, you still don’t get it, Mr. “Present:”

All hangs in the balance. The Khamenei regime is deciding whether to do a Tiananmen. And what side is the Obama administration taking? None. Except for the desire that this “vigorous debate” (press secretary Robert Gibbs’s disgraceful euphemism) over election “irregularities” not stand in the way of U.S.-Iranian engagement on nuclear weapons.

[…] That’s our fundamental interest. And our fundamental values demand that America stand with demonstrators opposing a regime that is the antithesis of all we believe.

And where is our president? Afraid of “meddling.” Afraid to take sides between the head-breaking, women-shackling exporters of terror — and the people in the street yearning to breathe free. This from a president who fancies himself the restorer of America’s moral standing in the world.

But “meddle” he will…with anything or anyone that sheds light on his real agenda – that of destroying the same America that elected him. The self-absorbed tyrant has a plan, a BIG PLAN that was put into motion when he was a mere lad over in his madrassa, learning to tie his little shoes. The “Piven-Cloward Strategy.” (Yes, go read it now). Any sane, normal, corn-fed American’s

…reaction is, “Aw, there could never have been any such wild scheme to bankrupt America in order to lay the groundwork for a socialist revolution.”

Except there was such a scheme. It’s all true. And the foot-soldiers of that socialist revolution were people like Bill Ayers and the founders of ACORN.

The scandal of IG-Gate gets bigger and bigger. A pattern of abuse? Fishy, indeed. And no distraction abroad, or coerced infomercial is going to last long enough for this story to die. Besides Gerald Walpin, there are now two more Inspector Generals whose work you have hampered and tampered with. With a suspicious connection to your bailed-out bud AIG?

Obama is asleep at the wheel. Paralyzed by fear. I said months ago he was in over his head. Even those who previously drank the Koo-Ade are saying, “We Are All Neocons Now” and supporting the protestors.

Ralph Peters on Green Light for a Crackdown, Obama’s Silence Favors the Mullahs:

If we see greater violence in Tehran, the blood of those freedom marchers will be on our president’s hands.

To take it one further, in the midst of it all, now NorK threatens to attack American soil on Independence Day. Will at least this get a rise out of Mr. Cellophane? An enemy attack on his birthplace? Or at least the place he claims is his birthplace? Does the thought of the blood of thousands of Americans on his hands even register?

Hello? Bueller? Bueller? Is this thing on?

Pray for the O’Hannigans

From The Anchoress: Patrick O’Hannigan and his daughter Jane were in a serious car accident Tuesday morning. Dad is healing but Jane is still unconscious in PICU with head trauma.

We are no strangers to the frightened, dreadful helplessness that engulfs when a child has a brain injury/illness. Our heartfelt prayers are with them for a speedy and complete recovery.

The Walpin Cover-up

Or IG-Gate, for short. Money shots:

Stacy: “The AmeriCorps IG scandal is the sort of Nixonian evil that sends people to prison prison.”

Michelle: “If Obama keeps up with this “change,” we’ll be back to the Watergate era by Christmas.”

Ed: “This is nothing more than a bare-knuckled smear job, a despicable attempt to use allegations of mental illness to discredit someone who ran afoul of Barack Obama for taking the independence of his job seriously. That may play in Chicago, and it used to play in Moscow, but it shouldn’t play in Washington DC and America.”

Fausta: (Speaking of dementia…) “How about Murtha, and Ted Kennedy, and by the way, how old is Nancy Pelosi?”

John: “…Obama fired him without giving a reason other than his supposed lack of “fullest confidence” in Walpin. This certainly violated the spirit, and may have violated the letter of the 2008 Inspectors General Reform Act, which Obama co-sponsored. (I think it probably did.) This is classic Obama–ignoring a statute which he himself had sponsored just a year earlier.”

The cover-up is always worse than the crime. Follow this story closely, especially how the issue of POTUS violating US law is handled and the involvement of the First Lady.

Cross-posted at RedState.

Cupcakes for Thursday

And no, I’m not inviting POTUS over for dinner. I’m not in the mood to count the silverware.

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Don’t these lovely morsels conjure the happiest of thoughts? The colors, the sprinkles; you just feel like a little kid again. Cupcakes are all the rage these days. Beside being adorably cute, they satisfy your sweet tooth without risking the bloat endangerment of eating a giant piece of cake. Or half the cake. Oh blazes, the whole cake. I’ve never done it (ahem), but I’ve watched my boy do it. Growing boys, they say. And having the metabolism of a cheetah helps. But back to the cupcakes.

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Even brides are using them in inventive ways as a stylish replacement for wedding and groom’s cakes. Here’s a website with tons of cupcake recipes. Yum Yum.

Enter MeMe Roth (I’ll let you make the ironic observation of her name, I mean really, I try to rise above that sort of stuff), self-appointed culinary police at Public School 9 in NYC (h/t Free-Range Kids). Ms. Roth has gone ballistic on her kids school, yet again, for serving cupcakes, etc. for special events. Her kids even have a special Tupperware container in which they are instructed to place all junk-foods from their school (for further inspection? Midnight consumption? Oops, sorry). School administrators have suggested she request a transfer for her kids since she believed they were “threatened” by the exposure to junk food. Described as “hostile” and “abrasive” by school personnel and PTA members…

Her extreme methods have earned her attention before: The police were called to a Y.M.C.A. in 2007 when she absconded with the sprinkles and syrups on a table where members were being served ice cream. That was Ms. Roth who called Santa Claus fat on television that Christmas, and she has a continuing campaign against the humble Girl Scout cookies, on the premise that no community activity should promote unhealthy eating.

After the constant barrage of complaints to staff, teachers and other parents, you’d get tired of seeing them walk through the door, too. Elementary school is quickly losing it’s reputation as the last refuge of any semblance of childhood.

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Both parents left feeling they were being pushed out of P.S. 9, which they perceive as exhausted by Ms. Roth’s intense lobbying for, among other things, permission slips for any food not on the official lunch menu. It would not be the first time: The Roths previously lived in Millburn, N.J., where, after Ms. Roth waged war on the bagels and Pringles meal served to kids at lunch, received e-mail from one member of the P.T.A. that said, “Please, consider moving.” That was in 2006, and P.S. 9 has been hearing about its transgressions against healthy eating pretty much ever since.

This reminds me of a little story when my kids were very young. I was firm in my commitment that my younglings would not be exposed to weapons of any kind. Then my darling baby boy, chewed off his toast in such a way that it was shaped like a gun. He’d point all around and say “Bang Bang Bang” while giggling his little baby head off. So much for that.

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Every parent is entitled to raise their children as they wish; I understand that and rejoice in the fact there are parents out there willing to raise their own children instead of turning them over to the state for mindless indoctrinaiton. So I have a suggestion, Ms. Roth. If you REALLY want to control every bite that goes into your children’s mouths and save them from death by dreaded cupcakes, quit your job and home school. That is the only way you can ensure absolute iron-clad control of their diet. Besides, they would end up better educated. Then you can take your own arugula to the neighborhood birthday parties – you’re on your own there, honey.

UPDATE: Donald Douglas of AmericanPower has more on ME!ME!.

Freedom Isn’t Free

Staff Sgt. John Beales comes home (h/t Jason Pye – the video will not embed here. Must be more WordPress happiness. Go watch it there and have the kleenex ready). Jason had posted the procession route earlier – according to a commenter there were thousands lining the Georgia roads to salute this brave soldier on his final journey.

This is the America Obama wants to destroy.

Tweet Withdrawl

If we had relied on our MSM, we’d never know what really happened (and is continuing to happen) in Iran. During these last few days, Twitter has proven it’s worth as an immediate source of news on the ground.

Two new tools I’ve discovered during this time greatly enriched this new experience with technology: PicFog and TwitterFall. Like Twitter, they are searchable. Use hashtag #iranelection and be amazed. But I must wean myself and there is work to do, supper to cook, soccer cleats to salivate over. Must focus. Fohhh-cusss.

The MSM is lying yet again, forcing everything into it’s tired old Obama Adoration Lobotomized Zombie Happy Meal. That’s all they can do; they’ve forgotten how to report news. Are you surprised?

Your Assignment Today, Should You Choose to Accept It

…is to get David Letterman fired. Yep, folks, it’s Tuesday and you know what that means. Useful Idiot Day at the praxeum. Surprisingly, the shy and retiring President Cupcake has been dethroned this week by the world’s dirtiest old man. Mama is mad, really mad, at this fella for joking about raping young girls, so watch out! Sir, is this the way you want to raise your son? Good thing you don’t have any daughters.

Cynthia Yockey is on a one-woman mission to deliver his pink slip. Join her (and me) in contacting CBS and their sponsors imploring to rid the airwaves of this pestilence – (info from firedavidletterman.com):

CBS Television / Main number: 212-975-4321
Les Moonves, President and CEO, CBS, 212-975-4545, lmoonves@cbs.com
Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment, 323-575-2747, nina.tassler@cbs.com
Mike Nelson, VP Communications, 818-655-2156, mjnelson@cbs.com

CBS Television Studios
Lauri Metrose, VP Communications, 818-655-7223, lauri.metrose@cbs.com Jennifer Solari, Executive Director Communications, 818-655-7222, jennifer.solari@cbs.com
Kim Sartori, Director Communications, 818-655-7221, kim.sartori@cbs.com

Major Advertisers:
Johnson & Johnson (Listerine and KY Brand)
Main Number: 1-888-222-0182 (Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products)
Kristina Chang, Public Relations, 973-385-4370, kchang12@conus.jnj.com
Steve Schonberg, Edelman PR, 212-704-4494, stephen.schonberg@edelman.com

Old Navy (Parent company is Gap Inc)
Main Number: 650-952-4400
Nicole Bender, Public Relations, 415-832-2889, nicole_bender@gap.com

Kellogg’s (Mini-Wheats)
Main Number: 1-800-962-1413 (Consumer Affairs)
Allison Costello, Ketchum PR, 412-456-3741, allison.costello@ketchum.com

Southwest Airlines
Main Number: 214-792-4847 (Public Relations)
Gary Kelly, CEO, 214-792-4000, gary.kelly@wnco.com
Ginger Hardage, SVP Culture & Communications, 214-792-6924, ginger.hardage@wnco.com
Linda Rutherford, VP Communications, 214-792-4625, linda.rutherford@wnco.com

Olive Garden
Main Number: 1-800-331-2729 (Guest Relations)
John Caron, Executive VP Marketing, jcaron@olivegarden.com
Grey Advertising (their ad agency), 212-546-2083

Other National Advertisers:
June 11 –Touchstone Pictures (Disney), Samsung, T-Mobile, Microsoft, Chase Bank, Pfizer (Zyrtec), Wyeth (Centrum Vitamins), Ford, Lexus, Mazda and Saturn (in addition to several of the above)

June 10 – DirecTV, MetLife, Amica, AT&T, Samsung, Verizon, Chase Bank, Aventis (Actonel), Merck (Pepcid), Pfizer (Zyrtec), Wyeth (Centrum Vitamins), Honda, Kia, Lexus, Lincoln and Toyota (in addition to several of the above)

His flip attitude about the whole affair is indicative of American’s general decline in values. Anything is permissible, especially if it’s cloaked in raunchy locker-room humor and denigrates an opponent. Even better if the opponent is female. Just look at the example in the White House.

Previously: Letterman the Lecher, Shouldn’t Letterman’s Head be on a Platter by Now?

UPDATE: Cynthia’s Handy-Dandy Fire David Letterman Kit #1 and Handy-Dandy Fire David Letterman Kit #2. Now get on it!

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