Major Awesomeness

(H/T Leon at RedState) Beautiful music at BlueShelled:

Baron bon Augustus Terminus

The month of pestilence at the praxeum ends today and not a day too soon. While New Englanders complain about their furnaces kicking in, the South has enjoyed a somewhat pleasant, if buggy, summer. August usually has a handful of 100+ scorchers, but this year, it’s been cooler and damper. Must be that global warming. Yeah, that’s it.

Global warming deniers, Tea Party haters and general Infidels – unite!

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My New Favorite Song

If you don’t live in Atlanta, or the South in general, you wouldn’t understand.

Peas, Pod

Check out my latest post at Atlanta Politics Online.

Atlanta Politics Online

Yours truly is now a contributor at Atlanta Politics Online, Clayton County Bureau.

Check out my first post, for Mary Jo, who was from Pennsylvania via New Jersey, not Clayton County. According to Stacy, she’d seen the Sunny South:

Mary Jo had gone to Alabama during the civil rights era, having the courage to live out her own convictions.

Imagine the life she might have had.

Trying to Conjure Up Some Sympathy for Ted Kennedy. Trying Hard. Nah. Not Gonna Happen.

Today I splurged a bit on a pedicure. It has been months since I felt I could indulge, considering the economy, the belt-tightening and all. Sadly, my experience was tainted by the prominent TV splashed with Brian Williams blathering on and on and on and on about the legacy of Ted Kennedy. The boat anchored in the harbor. The quiet family compound. The pictures. The wives. The pundits. The neighbors. On and on and on and ON.

(picture via Bob Belvedere)

The only mention I heard of Mary Jo Kopechne in my brief time at the nail salon was as background to grainy black and white film of Ted and wife Joan attending her funeral. You know, the funeral HE caused.

Bob also said (Kennedy was always his senator),

I fully expect the Left to exploit his death in their endeavours to socialize health care. They have no shame, as they have well shown [if there was any doubt] these past few months, and will use any means necessary, including the death of their beloved standard bearer, to effect the passage of this monstrous plan. They have no honor.

Stacy notes the liberal spin even upon death.

The media will forgive liberals anything. Just look at the passive-voice construct in his obit: “an accident that left a young woman dead.”

Forgiven by the media, liberals are shameless about such things. And so, in subsequent years, Americans were often subjected to the shameful spectacle of Ted Kennedy, the Chappaquiddick swim champ, lecturing us in moralistic tones about this, that and the other.

Whenever Kennedy would inflict his pompous self-righteous liberal moralizing on us, I’d always hear Ann Coulter’s immortal words: “Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment.”

Michelle Malkin urges conservatives to be respectful of the dead. That’s a fine and noble idea, and I urge the same as well, but the liberals will even then find a way to mock us because we’re trying to be the grown-up in the room by respecting one of theirs. They certainly would NOT return the courtesy.

The Anchoress, thoughtful as always, has a wonderful round-up of all sorts of thoughts regarding Ted. The Lord is indeed merciful. Examining his life, like the rest of us, will

…expose deep flaws and surprising episodes of generosity.

Jimmie notes that Ted pursued the finest of health care for himself (all the while he was trying to relegate the rest of the nation to a rationed plan) and urges us to follow his example.

Ace remembers that Kennedy actually blocked health care reform in the 1970’s because of partisan politics.

Lance says that Dems are jumping on the bandwagon to name the health care boondoggle after him. (You just have to go there to read the rest but put your drink down first.)

Wow, Democrats must really have hated Sen. Kennedy, wanting to chain his name to a bill that’s going to fail so spectacularly.

Gateway Pundit: Chris Matthews says Barack is now the LAST Kennedy brother. Really. And that conservatives are insane and want to… maim, murder, kill, not tax the donuts… who knows what now. Matthews just makes it up as he goes. What a fruitcake.

UPDATE: Sigh. They are so predictable. Plus Obama can never turn down a chance to mug for the cameras. (h/t Gateway Pundit)

Cross-posted at Atlanta Politics Online.

UPDATE II: Gerard is on the same wavelength.

Obama’s Latest Outrage

Via Memeorandum

If you had any doubts about Obama’s lack of love of America, then read this from Matthew Vadum/American Spectator:

The Obama White House is behind a cynical, coldly calculated political effort to erase the meaning of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks from the American psyche and convert Sept. 11 into a day of leftist celebration and statist idolatry.

This effort to reshape the American psyche has nothing to do with healing the nation and everything to do with easing the nation along in the ongoing radical transformation of America that President Obama promised during last year’s election campaign. The president signed into law a measure in April that designated Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service, but it’s not likely many lawmakers thought this meant that day was going to be turned into a celebration of ethanol, carbon emission controls, and radical community organizing.

[…] Of course, the annual commemoration of the 2001 terrorist attacks belongs to the entire nation, but President Obama and the activist left don’t see it that way. They view the nationwide remembrance of the murder of 3,000 Americans by Islamic totalitarians as an obstacle to winning over the hearts and minds of the American people.

[…] They view Sept. 11 as a “Republican” day because it focuses the public on supposedly “Republican” issues like patriotism, national security, and terrorism. According to liberals, 9/11 was long ago hijacked by Republicans and their enablers and unfairly used to bludgeon helpless Democrats at election time.

Pathetic. Truly pathetic. If you need more evidence that the man is completely unsuitable for the Office and is an absolute tool of the radical left, then you must live on Mars.

See also – Michelle Malkin, Gateway Pundit, Cold Fury.

About That “Lack of Candor”

Two outstanding posts that go hand-in-hand are must-reads for Sunday afternoon…

“Bust-O!” by Dan Collins at Piece of Work in Progress (h/t The Other McCain):

Largely missing from the analysis, which is punctuated with a lot of 20/20 hindsight observation, is any appreciation of how Obama and his administration’s lack of candor might have affected perceptions of his trustworthiness.

Obama’s approval numbers are drooping like a soggy Slip-n-Slide after an all day birthday party. He knows.

Pair Dan’s piece with this jewel at Atlanta Politics Online by Dr. Dave and you have all the answers (at least as of today) on the Democrat’s disdain for the “Great Unwashed”:

I’m a democrat. I’m an elitist. I’m perfect. I’m not like all of you stupid wingnuts out there working your greedy little fingers to the bone trying to make a little money and feed your family and have something to call successful when you retire. You owe me.

And they wonder why we’re angry…


UPDATE: Welcome Rhetorican readers!

Fun With Numbers, Semper Fi and Trog Gets a Nod

Troglopundit gets recognized for incivility in the blogosphere. Well done, sir! Surely Carol at No Sheeples Here can come up with a snazzy coat of arms for your achievement.

Red meat via HotAir, as a Marine “politely” asks his Congressman to honor the oath he took to represent the people!

Semper Fi!

Not to be outdone by yesterday’s exercise in higher math at a bazillionaire’s expense, today I present the latest episode of “Fun with Numbers”!

Stacy of The Other McCain reports on union propaganda circulated against John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods. His magic number is 21,900.

Too bad for Obama that his success is dependent on second-raters like these UFCW clowns who can’t even write halfway decent radical propaganda.

(BTW, The Hubs made the first trip to Whole Foods in quite a while Friday, just to support them. Have you?)

That dapper Steven Green of VodkaPundit – his number is 40+ when estimating the number of seats the Donks will lose if this health care fiasco passes. (No ladies, not that number, that number is always a 10!)

obama wealth destruction

Fausta notes that as soon Obama raised his stimulus projection, he vamoosed out of town for the Vineyard. Enjoy the hurricane, bro. Her number – 9 trillion.

Clairvoyant Doug Ross of DirectorBlue points to a much appreciated new website: I’m Sorry I Voted For Obama. Really.

Consider it a support group for the disillusioned.

Doug’s number is 5,000,000,000. I really like that number.

Tune in next time for more “Fun with Numbers”!

(Thanks to Nice Deb for the graphic)

Telling Signs

There’s an old adage – “How do you know a politician’s lying? When their lips are moving!”

Sad when it applies to the most powerful man in the United States. The broken promises are mounting as fast as his deficit numbers.

But once a person internalizes the idea that he/she has been betrayed, then the trust so basic to a relationship is broken and it’s almost impossible to earn it back.

And so it appears to be dawning on an increasing number of Americans that President Obama cannot be trusted. There are two reasons for this. The first is that so many of the things he promised during the campaign—transparency, bipartisanship, unity and an end to blaming, a post-racial presidency, no catering to special interests and lobbies, and posting of bills in a timely fashion online, to name just a few—have not only been violated, but have been boldly, flagrantly, and shamelessly violated. The second thing is that his pre-election stance as a moderate is seen to have been a lie as well, and that’s even more basic—at least for the moderates and Independents who gave him the support he required to put him over the top and guarantee his election.

One can talk about this policy of Obama’s or that one, and agree with certain elements of his program and disagree with others. But although these are very important issues, they are not the issue. Trust is.

When the debate over his health reform heated up, instead of thoughtfully addressing the American public, he retreated into the time-honored partisan blame-game.

Rather than examine the public’s concerns, the plans’ inconsistencies or the sheer irresponsibility of trying to ram something this big and complicated through Congress without a small-scale trial, the Obama administration is pointing fingers. Lots of them. Most of the targets are just plain silly.

His disdain for America is beginning to show – his Pentagon, yes HIS Pentagon, denies a patriotic fly over.

Remember when Obama went AWOL on the 2009 National Day of Prayer? Guess who gets a full 5 minute greeting for Ramadan? Yep, you got it. The America we live in is not the America Obama sees (or projects).

Even the lie of uniting the country in cellophane rainbow sparkles of post-racial bliss showed itself in a very ugly way this week. Obama’s DOJ/AG dropped a slam-dunk case against the Black Panther thugs who intimidated voters in Philadelphia on election day.

Daily we see his downward spiral. Without his crutch, even his vocabulary lurches back down to the street.

…President Obama has no real experience with Washington in late August, since he’s only spent a grand total of two of them here. You may recall that Barack Obama started his brief Senate career in January, 2005 and he was on the campaign trail last August. My experience is that Washington slows way down after the dog days of summer. The temperature and humidity go way up and everything slows way down here. It’s too hot and sticky to get all “wee-weed up” around here this time of year. Anyone who has spent more than a couple years here, or in any city south of the Mason Dixon line knows how late summer works. President Obama isn’t one of those folks and, they way he’s going, he never will since he’ll be out on the campaign trail again…

My only disagreement with Jimmie is that in my opinion, Obama has NEVER stopped campaigning.

Even his own are seeing through the facade. I guess that Joker face hit a nerve.

Cross-posted at RedState

T. Boone Pickens is a Propeller Head

Dear Heavens above, do you need anymore proof that too much money can make you stupid? Tulsa World reports:

Boone Pickens already has a final score in mind for his favorite football team in its season opener: Oklahoma State 387, Georgia 24.

Like last season, when OSU ranked ninth in the country by averaging 40.7 points a game, the Cowboys are expected to again field one of the nation’s high-scoring offenses in 2009.

But putting up 387 points in one game might be too stiff a challenge even for OSU’s dynamic triplets — quarterback Zac Robinson, running back Kendall Hunter and wide receiver Dez Bryant.

To get this imperfect score, both teams would have to score 6.85 points per second minute (my notes were right, my typing was not! Ahem.).

Furthermore, to get this imperfect score, Oklahoma State would have to score a combination of 55 touchdowns, 54 extra points and 1 field goal in one hour’s official time.

See, I can do higher math.

Orson sees the utter hilarity of it all (language warning):

This will only occur if T. Boone decides to bribe the ever-loving sh*t out of every player on the Georgia roster, something he is capable of doing, and may very well attempt. Oklahoma State under Mike Gundy is 4-12 versus BCS teams; Mark Richt is 17-3, and has God’s phone number. (Though he loses it periodically, often around Halloween.) The worst blowout in history, in case you’re not fond of throwing out this $200 Jeopardy answer already, is the 220-0 blowout of Cumberland College by a John Heisman-coached Georgia Tech team.

Paul Westerdawg thanks Daddy Warbucks for providing the Dawgs with their pre-game focus:

Dear Mr. Pickens,

Thank you for making sure the Georgia football team will be 1000% focused on the season opener. Your help in motivating our players is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely – The Georgia Fans

Get The Picture also speaks of focus, or the lack thereof, and reminds Coach Gundy that massive pre-season hype can fold space and alter reality.

Womens. You can’t win with them…

Maybe we could get Stacy to order up some “distractions” for the Cowboys. I mean, this is serious stuff. Remember this is College Football we’re talkin’ ’bout here. Dawgly Honor and such.

15 days til kickoff.

That Troglopundit

He’s such a funny guy. So I stole his picture, ’cause I want to laugh, too.


I’d Watch MSNBC for This….

Moe Lane ponders advice to MSNBC on how to increase its viewership. Shoot, I’d watch for that!

Coming Up for Air

My stint as a juror is complete. Definitely a very interesting experience! My previous service was always on civil cases – divorce settlements and such. This was a criminal trial with DNA and expert witnesses. I kept waiting for Gil Grissom to be called to the stand!

While I was out:

Pelosi, Reid & Co. pull out the secret weapon!

The Anchoress waxes on David’s Goldhill’s from-the-heart article at The Atlantic Online.

Goldhill is a Democrat who looks at the healthcare not as a wonk or a partisan, but from the perspective of a businessman who has just lost his father due to hospital-borne infection. He writes of his experience as an American without healthcare, and with. He writes as a son who watched his father die while the hospital served the customer – which was Medicare – rather than the patient. He writes about inefficiency, having twice prevented his father from being taken to surgeries not meant for him.

He is very clear about what is not working within our current health care system. He is equally as clear in noting that nothing the government is currently proposing as “reform” will actually fix what is not working.

Goldhill’s grief, and his love for his father and mother, permeates the whole piece, but this thoughtful analysis is not mawkish, and it is not meant to push your emo buttons; it is meant, in fact, to turn off the white-hot emotionalism that surrounds this issue so that realities may be exposed and hashed-out.

Yes, it is long, but I know you have the attention span to make it to the end. You won’t regret it.

While we’re on the subject of health care choices rationing, please note that Obama has reinstituted the VA’s “Death Book.” How long before we all have to submit one to get our car tags?

Don’t forget, God endorses Obamacare!

The White House, and its chief resident, seem to be melting down. But not before companies with ties to the President and his never-ending campaign PROFIT from the health care debate. While Americans lose jobs, lose pay, lose houses, lose their dreams…all because a party was so driven by hate for one man, willing to tank the very engine of American commerce to win one election. Really.

I wonder if this gave Chris Matthews’ leg a tingle? It should, since it rated a flaming skull and all. Michelle Malkin bequeaths them the “Cone of Shame” for their incredibly LAME excuse. Talk about networks that advertisers should drop…

More later, as I get caught up.

Goodbye, Robert Novak

Stacy has a great round-up of the accolades pouring in for Robert Novak. He passed away today after a long battle with brain cancer. Donald does the dirty work with a round-up of the seething hate from the left – they are so pathetic, they can’t even respect the dead.

One of the reasons I always liked to listen to Novak was he was always so quick on his feet, especially with an adversary. Sadly, his kind is a dying breed. My prayers are with the Novak family today and in the days to come.

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