Out of Pocket

Saturday I will out all day at the RedState gathering. You’ll have a full report when I return.

Talk amongst yourselves…

So How Bad is Bad?

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Bad New York. NYC sends their homeless to Georgia. Cute. Real cute.

Bad Atlanta. I wonder if these new “residents” help attribute to the increase of the Perception of Crime? The one and same perception that Mayor Franklin and (well, hello stranger) Police Chief Pennington made some noise about today, promising putting more officers on the streets and containing gang violence and roping in teenagers out at all hours…all to stop a (wait for it)…“perceived surge in crime.” Just curious, how will that stop muggings in broad daylight?

Bad Washington. Was Perez Hilton one of the judges of this Hill Beauty Pageant? My grandma used to always say, “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.” So there.

Bad Georgia. Governor Perdue’s forced furloughs of state employees gets the school year off to a very bad start, before it even begins.

Bad Skinny Statists Audaciously Picking on Oppressed Fat People. Height vs weight, genetics, “sanctimonious slenderizers,” evil chain restaurants, hey pass me that Eclair. (h/t Pundette)

Bad Press. Lamborghini should sue. Or Cheetos. Or both.

Bad Dictator’s Wives. Priceless.

Bad Judgement. You don’t let a terrorist’s Special Administrative Measures expire like some discarded magazine subscription. Don’t these people know anything? Oh wait, they’re appointed by you-know-who.

Bad POTUS. “Obama’s big success consists of being a poor enough executive such that his ability to further damage the economy has been sharply limited.”

Hmmm. Here’s a good thing – The Won’s numbers are tanking.

I’m feeling better already…

Obamabucks Coming to Atlanta to Fight the “Perception of Crime”

This is just rich.

Icarus at Peach Pundit points out that perception is everything. Really, everything. I guess that guy last Tuesday that was mugged in his car behind my building just perceived he was mugged.

So I’ll ask the question for this round of handouts: Will Atlanta finally have to document the actual active police on duty today, and those on duty after receiving these funds? Or did we just get an eleven million dollar press release to enhance our perception of hiring new police officers?

Creative Loafing, a local Atlanta alternative paper, has quickly overtaken the AJC when it comes to reporting REAL news. They also have a “Perception of Crime Watch” because, you know, the Mayor and Police Chief can’t be bothered with such trivialities.

There’s more on the Perception of Crime against property* and Perception of Crime Anti-Americorps.

You can follow Perception of Crime on Twitter as #PoCATL. Maybe Chief Pennington and Mayor Franklin should get Twitter for their phones. That way they can keep up with their delusional perception of crimes not happening in Atlanta.

*When Obi was practicing his run for the Peachtree earlier this month, his fellow runner parked his car at Grady High School in the broad daylight on a Saturday. In the time he took to run his route (less than an hour), four cars were broken into, including his friend’s car. The police were of no help. Remember it’s the Perception of Crime that breaks into your car, not real criminals.

UPDATE: Per Obi himself –

Later that same morning, the police actually caught the guy who broke all
of the car windows. Plus, they recovered all of the stuff he stole. Apparently, the cop came back to the crime scene and waited around for a bit. Then, the perp came walking through and the cop stopped him. After some questioning, the guy gave it up and even took the cop to his stash site. My friend got his stuff back, but had to pay the deductible to have his car repaired (repair total was around $2500). As far as I know, the perp is still in the clink. Must not have been the first time he had done this kind of activity. Pretty remarkable if you ask me.

Ambushed! Seven Things I Love

I was ambushed overnight by Maggie’s Notebook. You find out the most interesting things about folks by playing along with these things. So now I have to share 7 things I love. Like Maggie,

I’m going to play this a bit differently because all of us will probably say we love our God, we love our family, we love our country, we love our friends, or some variation of this, and we all love to blog, so I’ll say those are my first loves, and here are the next 7:

1. Music. It evokes so many memories from my life.
2. Watching my kids perform. When they were little, it was goofy dance recitals and goofier little league. Now it’s orchestra concerts and soccer games. Even though they’re grown, they are still adorable and I just want to pinch their little heads off.
3. Nature – the beauty of God’s creation.
4. Fine Vintage Linen
5. Rain
6. Chocolate
7. A crisp autumn’s afternoon in Athens, GA. There’s a spot on the UGA campus, on Sanford Drive behind Rutherford Hall and the Myers Quad, where a line of tall gingko trees drop their golden leaves. Gold above, gold under your feet, the quiet, crisp air, the waning sun through the branches…with a little imagination, you can see what the Fellowship saw when they entered Lothlorien.

Now I’m tagging –
The Anchoress
GM Roper
Jimmie Bise
Little Miss Attila
Amused Cynic
and last, but never least, Fausta.

Please visit my friends – they have great blogs!

Just Hilarious

Iowahawk at his finest. (Stow all liquids before reading.)

Henry Gates: Another Artful Distraction

Thomas Sowell has an outstanding article on Obama and the “Post-Racial President.” Read it all.

Those who were shocked at President Obama’s cheap shot at the Cambridge police for being “stupid” in arresting Henry Louis Gates must have been among those who let their wishes prevail over the obvious implications of Obama’s 20 years of association with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Anyone who can believe that Obama did not understand what the racist rants of Jeremiah Wright meant can believe anything.

With race– as with campaign finance, transparency and the rest– Barack Obama knows what the public wants to hear and that is what he has said. But his policies as president have been the opposite of his rhetoric, with race as with other issues.

Remember, when he was elected, he was hailed as a new messiah and would usher in a new enlightened age of bi-partisan cooperation, multi-cultural tolerance and cosmic karma for all. So far, he has acted and enacted exactly the opposite of the many, many, many things he promised during the never-ending campaign.

Kelly King, of the Cambridge Police Department voiced her opinion convincingly – she voted for him once, but not again. The President, this President, any President, should restrain from inserting himself into local matters. Especially if they involve a personal friend. Especially if that friend always has his handy Race Axe ready to grind. IMHO, Obama had already set the race discussion back a few generations since his election. This latest snafu has only made it worse.

Or was it a snafu? Could it have been convenient moment, when presented, that afforded Obama a golden chance for another smoke-screen that would distract the American public from what is going on under the covers in his administration? A tricky way to get his healthcare trojan horse passed under the nose of the unsuspected rabble.

Watch closely: the next thing you know, Henry Gates will have a new job – as Obama’s speech writer.

UPDATE: As usual, Gerard artfully outdoes us all. (Warning – contains words you don’t want your kids to ask you what they mean. So there.)

What Would MLK Do?


Cartoon by TobyToons


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Obama on the Couch

Sorry so quiet lately – after a few days out of town, then a house full of college kids and the sinus headache that never goes away, well, I just didn’t have the brain power to string together a post or two.

But after Obamistan’s bad week, I thought I’d take a stab at shrinkdom (so much material so little time) along with some help from my bloggy friends.

Tell me about your mother…. Bookworm Room (h/t Anchoress) notes that as you find out about his “consigliere” you learn about the man himself. Seems cowed by strong women.

…aside from hearing effusive praise for Valerie Jarrett, the President’s consigliere, you also learn so much about Obama. Just on the first page, you learn that he’s whiny, bad-tempered, lazy, ill-informed, stubborn, a loose cannon, and, when it comes to strong women, submissive. (Oh, gee, just the qualities I want in my president.)

Narcissism is “It’s all about me, Me, MEEEE”… Steve Eggleston notes that Senator Chuck Grassley heard from a Democratic colleague that Obama groused that the House was screwing up his legacy.

…and the president says, ‘You’re going to destroy my presidency.’

Obsessive-compulsive behavior is usually a sign of a much deeper problem. Smitty smuggly notes that Gateway Pundit should cut POTUS some slack. After all,

…he’s trying to locate some balls.

Golf balls,
you dirty-minded thing! Don’t you know that golf is the ultimate sports spectacle of elitist intellectuals? Next to polo, of course. And his is the superior intellect? How dare you doubt his sagacious, big-alien-brain-power, you pathetic peon? Fetch me my orb and mortar board, spit spot. Clllarrriiiicccccceeee smacks him down:

But the “literary genius” foundational myth is not the only one in need of serious examination. The very notion that he merited admission let alone degrees from these rigorous and competitive institutions is called into question every time Obama makes an extemporaneous remark. He knows little or nothing about history, economics, law, geography and the grammar rules of his native tongue.

Forcing others to do your bidding, especially sexually, is well, just sick. Too bad most Democrats and Mediacrats just line up for it. Gerard invents another word. If you want to see it in a sentence, (I try to keep things PG around here) look here. That Gerard…

I get so tired of all Obama, all the time, so here are a few other items hot off the press:

Just taxing Pelosi would retire the national debt.

Countrywide says Dodd and Conrad KNEW the glove fit them both.

Cynthia McKinney’s successor makes her proud.

Who wants to buy a square on the Scapegoat Pool?

Now That’s Funny

So sad that I couldn’t play along tonight – I’m up in Nashville again. We had dinner with an old friend at Bar-B-Cutie (major yum yum). But you can be sure I’ll save this for the next 2 Minute Hate (h/t Amused Cynic, who h/t’d it from Ace).


Quote of the Day

“Fear, guilt, and straw man arguments do not an impressive leader make.”
Smitty, The Other McCain

Alert the Media! O’s Speech Leaked!

Obama’s Wednesday night speech, which true-to-form I will NOT watch, has been leaked by a deep-cover WH mole.

The ever-vigilant Gerard has the text of the latest orations from The Mighty Won.

Just Shut Up and Take Your Pill

The Great Enlightened Won admits he doesn’t even know what is in the Health Care Reform legislation that he and his lackeys are trying to ram down the collective American throat before the August recess.

This is a truly disturbing admission by the President, especially considering that later in the call, Obama promises yet again: “If you have health insurance, and you like it, and you have a doctor that you like, then you can keep it. Period.” How can Obama keep making this promise if he is not familiar with the health legislation that is being written in Congress? Details matter.

For those living under a rock the last few days, Investor’s Business Daily uncovered this nugget in the House Health Care Reform bill:

Right there on Page 16 is a provision making individual private medical insurance illegal.

[…]Under the Orwellian header of “Protecting The Choice To Keep Current Coverage,” the “Limitation On New Enrollment” section of the bill clearly states:

“Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day” of the year the legislation becomes law.

So we can all keep our coverage, just as promised — with, of course, exceptions: Those who currently have private individual coverage won’t be able to change it. Nor will those who leave a company to work for themselves be free to buy individual plans from private carriers.

Oh, there’s more. Read the whole thing. I’ll wait… with the bucket. All done? Better now?

You’re not safe if you’re on a company plan, either. The companies have five years to remodel their plan to match the public plan. You can bet the government will change rules to keep employers off balance; most will just give up and shovel their employees onto the public option. The TARP transparency (NOT) is a excellent example of the future of how this latest power-grab program will be (mis-)managed.

Not only is this Congress trying to squash our property rights and mobility, they are intent on squashing our quality of life as well. According to the Socialist’s R Us playbook, a demoralized and weakened population is easier to control.

Dr. Helen asks, “He really didn’t say that, did he?” At his fake town hall meeting on health care last month, Jane Sturm had some questions about his health care reform and potential outcomes for her 100 year old mother with a pacemaker. The bottom line of his round-about-non-answer:

“I don’t think that we can make judgments based on peoples’ spirit,” Obama said. … “Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking painkillers.“

We are in the best of hands, really. I cringe to think what will become of my family.

CNN is actually doing the legwork for their socialist bosses when they ask, “What are you willing to give up?” In the comments are plenty of lemmings, lining up for their Kool-Aid and dying to give even more rights away. Don’t forget: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need” – Karl Marx

Absolutely the most frightening part of this nightmare is

…Section 1233 of H.R. 3200. The section, titled “Advanced Care Planning Consultation” requires senior citizens to meet at least every 5 years with a doctor or nurse practitioner to discuss dying with dignity.

The section requires that they talk to their doctor, not a lawyer, about living wills, durable healthcare powers of attorney, hospice, etc. Given the progressive intelligentsia already being on the record in favor of euthanizing the elderly, it is no small leap to see where the Democrats are headed with this.

So that’s how The Financier-In-Chief is going to save all that money. Dear heavens, these are PEOPLE, not dogs!

Shortly after the Inauguration, I noted:

The President of the United States should have a love of America so strong, so protective, so compelling, in every fiber of his being, you know that our nation is safe during his tenure. Does he possess a servant’s heart for our land?

Sadly, now we see the answer now is a resounding “NO.” Who would have thought that the current American administration, inheritors of that sacred trust of a “shining beacon of freedom” would be the next regime to resurrect “Lebensunwertes Leben…”

Cross-posted at RedState.

No Green Eggs, but All Green Ham

Sam I Am… Obama’s transparency is showing again. He’s holding budget numbers until after August recess

Consider this: if those budget numbers looked good, would the White House postpone revealing them? Obama could use all the good news he can get at the moment, especially with two big-spending bills stalling in Congress. If the deficit looked better than their May predictions, or even if it looked the same, those numbers would have already hit the front pages of newspapers across America and every network news broadcast, with the message that the worst has passed.


This reminds of the last Georgia gubernatorial election. It was annual Open Enrollment for the employees for the state, but they were told they couldn’t find out how much our benefits would cost them until AFTER the election. Fishy business, if you ask me.

His porkulus spending is turning up to be just piles of more pork – lots of money spent on lots of HAM. What happened to getting the money into the hands of the people who needed it? Oh wait, that doesn’t fit the agenda of destroying America, even if it is only one Deli at a time. Even the Treasury doesn’t know where all the money has gone.

According to the liberal neo-Keynesian economic gospel, as long as the federal government does X-billion dollars of deficit spending, that will produce X-plus-Y amount of stimulus value (where Y = Magic Government Spending Multiplier Effect) without regard to whether the money ends up feeding orphans or supplying the mistresses of Goldman Sachs executives with bustiers and garter belts.

Too big to wrap your head around? Need a visual aid? Check out the US Debt Clock (h/t American Digest) – this is the inheritance of our children and their children and their children and….

I know it’s only wishful thinking, but wouldn’t it be nice if the MSM could see as clearly as Yid with Lid, who sees straight through The Statist’s latest maneuver?

At a time when Congress is judging whether to commit trillions of dollars on Health Care and Cap and Trade, the Obama administration is hiding key information because it might hurt his agenda.

Rule 5 Premiere

Out of pocket all day tomorrow on a long round-trip road-trip delivering the Wee Highlander to what will be hopefully a fruitful recruiting experience. That aside, I’m finally going to take the plunge on Stacy’s Rule 5. Of all of Stacy’s rules and advice, Rule 5 seems to be wildly popular and supposedly generates the most traffic. I resisted for quite a while, until I found the perfect picture with which to start off…


The year is 1977. The time was one of those beautifully crisp autumn days. The place is the Founder’s Garden on North Campus of the University of Georgia. The lovely Bulldog was a sophomore.

Only one guess… who is she?

Double Standards

Yeah, I know, what else is new…


(h/t: Gerard) From the fab folks over at RedPlanetCartoons

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