Saturday Coolness and Random Helpful Things

It’s cold as the devil here. Damp, too. It’s the global warming, stupid.

The parade is still winding it’s way around, so here’s a welcome respite from the Volga Boatmen’s Song of partisan bickering.

If this is true, it explains a lot.

Fausta isn’t lost anymore.

Carol’s famous photoshops have their own home now. Yeah, I know I’m late. I’m always late.

Rush busts a move.

Take Five, live.

EverydayShouldBeSaturday has new digs. Can’t wait to see if the Fulmer Cup gets a makeover, too.

Speaking of college sports, Obama and his lackeys can’t leave anything alone.

She feels our pain, my hind-parts. Plus I’m tired of paying her bar tab.

One per senator.

That’s soooo middle-school.

Jimmie really wants one of these things. Grocery store tantrum in 3…2…1…

Little Miss Attila is hiring a ….spokespirate?

Get your own Monster Initials here (h/t AoSHQ)

Wait, you mean I can still play Dr. Mario?

And last, but not least, via Troglopundit, vintage StarWars action figures.


A Happy Coinkeedink

I was hoping to keep a low profile today of all days, (and of course it rains, it always rains today) but it turns out that Carol of Carol’s Closet shares something about this famous day that makes me happy to let the cat out of the bag.

It’s OUR birthday!

I thought it would never happen but I am pretty sure that I have finally grown up.

I’m not so sure about that last part.

Happy Birthday Carol!

Some Advice for President Obama

(h/t Patriot Room)

Judging from your dismal SOTU, you might like to heed this gentleman’s advice. After all, he LOVES America. Something you’re not terribly familiar with…

Dear President Obama,

My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don’t believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos’n Mate. Now I live in a “rest home” located on the western end of Pearl Harbor, allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.

One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man. So here goes.

I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do, but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.

I can’t figure out what country you are the president of.

You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like: “We’re no longer a Christian nation” “America is arrogant” — (Your wife even announced to the world, “America is mean- spirited.” Please tell her to try preaching that nonsense to 23 generations of our war dead buried all over the globe who died for no other reason than to free a whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.)

I’d say shame on the both of you, but I don’t think you like America, nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do, for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.

After 9/11 you said, “America hasn’t lived up to her ideals.”

Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British? Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man, that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War? I hope you didn’t mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around, because we stand for freedom.

I don’t think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.

Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man.

Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don’t, I’ll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue. You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.

And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don’t want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts, who was putting up a fight? You don’t mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don’t want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.

One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life, but you’re the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you’re not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you’re thinking of.

You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president.

You’re not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That’s not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now.

And I sure as hell don’t want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle.

Harold B. Estes

FAIL – Updated

After a busy day at work, I took advantage of my own background processing to chew on last night’s SOTU speech. I can only come up with one word – FAIL.

Obama had the perfect opportunity to reverse his fortunes last night. The captive audience of the chamber, plus millions of viewers, all waiting to see him miraculously dig himself out of the sinkhole that swallowed him when his unicorns and pixie dust evaporated over the last few months. Many wanted him to stumble, but many, many more, all his devoted followers, wanted to hear his soaring words and reassuring tones and know that all was well.

He blew it. His speech was worse than any stump speech we’d all heard a thousand times. He was arrogant. He was condescending. He dissed the Supreme Court. He dissed the Senate. He dissed conservatives. He dissed pretty much everyone but himself. The speech itself contained many falsehoods. He spent more time talking about jobs and healthcare and the economy than about national security. Sport, let me let you in on a little secret – without strong national security, our country is a target, weakened and possibly destroyed. What’s the point of petty jobs programs, restrictive and rationed healthcare and a teetering economy if there is no nation in which they might function?

Many folks much smarter than me are putting forth some great commentary. Here’s just a sample:

The Anchoress live-blogged the speech with some interesting points on cognitive dissonance.

Dr. Melissa notes Obama may have taken Carville’s advice – “attack, attack, attack.”

Erick on the jobs/taxes lie.

Fausta notes a special historical moment.

Jimmie is unimpressed.

Jill on Obama’s personal inflation and snippiness.

Interesting the things he couldn’t bring himself to say:
We won in Iraq
– Haiti only deserved a “shoutout”
– the two heroes sitting next to his wife (hint: they took down the Ft. Hood shooter)
He who shall not be named

Another interesting thing is that the day after, are people talking about his speech, or a quiet aside from the chamber (h/t Instapundit)? Don Surber:

The mouthing of words was one of the few newsworthy moments in a speech that dragged on for more than an hour as Obama grasped at any and all straws in a desperate attempt to salvage his presidency.

Judge Samuel Alito, you are da man.

One final thought, via Glenn Reynolds, on sitting there and taking it,

No, actually, you don’t, and Alito didn’t. And that will step on Obama’s press tonight and tomorrow, turning his demagoguery into a negative for him. That’s why Presidents usually act Presidential. Not so much because it’s dignified. But because it’s smart. That’s something that Obama, with his limited experience on the national stage, hasn’t figured out yet.

Not only did Obama stumble last night, he dug himself deeper.

In the meantime, enjoy your day after. FAIL.

UPDATE: Ed Morrissey on the AP’s Top Ten Whoppers from the speech.

Gerard has the final word on that idiot Matthews.

Phineas of Public Secrets can’t help but notice that the President came off as diminished and petty. Wait, it gets worse. God help Obama – he needs help extracting his head from his hindparts.

State of the Union Bingo

Play along, kiddos! (via Right-Mind)

Happy Birthday Wolfie!

I would be remiss if I forgot that today is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birthday! He was born 254 years ago, just two years before President James Monroe. The “Colonies” were just beginning to knit together into something that twenty years later would be a grand and glorious embodiment of liberty.

A little Dame Kiri (in what Salieri called “perfect absolution”) for the day…

Here is the scene from Amadeus…

F. Murray Abraham’s Salieri is such a study in bitterness. He’d made a great 2010 Democrat.

Erick Finally Said It

Erick Erickson finally said what I’ve been saying in private for the last year. Barack Obama didn’t spend his formative years in the US, learning the basic curriculum of American history. He was in a madrasah, far from America. He once said the most beautiful sound he’d ever heard was the Muslim call to prayer. Then he attended a famous university that is known for it’s America-bashing and elitist attitudes. His blood is not red, white and blue. He doesn’t understand America or Americans. He doesn’t understand why this country was founded – to live free, without the boot on tyranny on your neck. Whiffs of that very same tyranny now seep from his very fingertips. No wonder he doesn’t get the Tea Party movement. He never took third grade history or participated in the subsequent playground reenactment.

Erick, again:

Tonight [in Obama’s SOTU), it will be interesting to see how often he blames George Bush and how often he resorts to stale cliches the public is no longer buying. Obama, his teleprompter, and the rhetoric they deploy have become the butt of late night jokes. When Barack Obama loses Jon Stewart, he is in real trouble.

But there is a greater trouble for Barack Obama and one very few people are discussing. It is, however, the greatest threat to the Obama administration and is not easily reversed. If he cannot turn back from this threat rather soon, no successes with jobs, the economy, or anything else will save him.

The American people have a very American world view. The God of the Bible is real. Mom, the flag, apple pie, and American exceptionalism are the hallmarks of the American world view. A majority of American embrace this world view.

Voters want a guy in office who shares that world view.

But there is a growing sense among independents and even some Democrats that Barack Obama does not share that world view.

Voters were so intent on finding someone so 180 from G.W. Bush, the Anti-Bush if you will, that they allowed their rage to overwhelm their reason and they elected someone they did not know or even understand. No wonder even the Democrats are backing away.

Obama was not Bush and independents and Democrats could not imagine electing a guy who did not share their world view. Obama was “one of us,” so to speak. He had to be.

Except he is not. He never was. When voters begin to think and then realize that the President of the United States does not share the prototypical American world view, they will turn on the President.

It does not matter how well a person does in a job, people want to support those they view as their own. When Obama loses the connection with the voters because of his lack of a shared world view, a job well done will not matter.


I was not planning on watching tonight’s SOTU, but now I may, just to watch the chamber squirm under the weight of platitudes and empty promises.

Cross-posted at RedState.


Via my pal Jimmie, proprietor of The Sundries Shack, this is probably the scariest thing I’ve seen in while:

Wait, I’ve got an idea! What if Obama wore this during his SOTU speech tomorrow night?!? Why, he’d outshine FLOTUS in fashion faux-paux-ity!

Obama’s SOTU Speech Leaked!

Via Erick, the text of Obama’s State of the Union Speech courtesy of Chris Buckley:

What a difference a year makes. But I’m pleased to report that before I came up here tonight, I was able to sign a contract with my publisher for a new book. I’m going to call it The Audacity of Oops.

And don’t forget those words immortal uttered to retiring Arkansas Representative Marion Berry by Big Zero himself (h/t HotAir),

‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.’

Same song, different verse. Astroturfers abound. His minions continue to do his bidding. Yadda – yadda – yadda.

Jill is generally annoyed by it all. She has a point – even in his decline, his mug is still on every television in sight. In a sad way, it resembles those documentaries of fallen starlets or burned-out rockers. But me, in a way, it reminds me of dealing with teenagers. When they’re caught in blatant lies, they wiggle and negotiate and obfuscate; thrashing themselves into such a state that anything… everything is fair game if it will get them out of their current pickle. But it never occurs to them that their behavior, their lies, effect other people. Hurt other people. Because it’s all about them. That’s why the grown-ups are annoyed. Elizabeth, The Anchoress, lumped Obama in with the perpetual adolescents last fall, and I’m sad to say, I see no trend in growth or maturity since then.

As Fausta says,

We’re awash with bs, folks.


Quote of the Day/Week/Year/ Space-Time Continuum

Boy, when the Anchoress nails it, she nails it.

We need a president who…well…actually…we need a president.

Read the whole thing. It ranks up there with her outstanding scolding of Congress last month.

While we’re on the subject, see Pundette on the Endless Campaign, which includes this juicy jab by Jennifer Rubin on Obama’s first reaction to the loss people’s choice in Massachusetts:

It is only fitting that Obama’s first significant personnel change in the wake of the Massachusetts debacle is to hire back his campaign manager. No, really. Chris Cillizza reports:

David Plouffe, the man who managed President Barack Obama’s campaign, will be taking on an expanded role as an outside adviser to the White House, according to sources familiar with the plan, a move that comes just days after a stunning defeat for Democrats in a Massachusetts Senate special election.

Not a new economic team. Not a new chief of staff. Not even a new national security staff to replace the gang that dropped the ball on the Christmas Day bomber. No, with the Obami, it is never about substance or getting the policy right. It’s not about governance. It is about the perpetual campaign. So the campaign manager gets the emergency call.

Clueless. Ab-so-lute-ly clueless.

“Health care was supposed to be done by August, now it drags on forever, like Stalingrad!”

This Hitler clip just never gets old (via The Other McCain):

And by the way, Happy One Year Anniversary Mr. President. Hope you’re having a great day.

Vote MA, Vote!

Under the weather, again.

All eyes turn today to Massachusetts and the special election that (I hope) is the beginning of the end for the Democrats. Pray for a good turnout and a fair election. No cheating, no violence, no threats. Please folks, act like you’re older than twelve!

I’ll make a prediction: if Scott Brown wins, the market will rally and Obama will try to crowd the spotlight, claiming vindication for his outrageous fiscal policies and that the financial crisis is over.

Jill quotes Lurch, that paragon of the Boston workingman:

The voters are all too familiar with how democracy works in Massachusetts. That’s part of the problem.

UPDATE: Mary Jo Kopechne was unavailable for comment (The Nose on Your Face, via Gerard)

UPDATE II: Coakley must be really panicked. Marc Elias, former attorney for Al Franken in his Senate race recount until the cows come home campaign, is now magically by her side, already claiming “spoiled ballots.” Oh puuuhleeezzz!

Did the Boston Globe really just test their new software, or were they already calling the election for Coakley?

William Jacobson is live-blogging the election at Legal Insurrection.

And the ever industrious Stacy McCain has a live video from Scott Brown’s HQ.

How scared are the liberal taskmasters? Even David Brooks, Stacy’s favorite whipping boy, is firing a warning salvo about the folly of continuing down the yellow brick road of ZeroCare. Allahpundit:

Dude, if David Brooks is accusing you of elitism for continuing to pursue this, it should be abundantly clear how bad it’s going to be.


UPDATE III: 9:20-ish pm, Coakley concedes to Brown. It’s over.

Ace says the Brown party is pandemonium!

* * * * *

Well, shoot, let’s invite everybody to the election party!

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Massachusetts Miracle

Everyone else has put up this video, so I’ll help out with the plastering of playbills all over town.

Go Brown!

The Most Beautiful Picture Evah

If you’re not reading Pioneer Woman every day, you should.

This picture made my day when I saw it and stuck with me. The subject made an appearance in my dream last night, so I’m posting it for your enjoyment.

I was raised around horses. My family tends to forget that, when they only see me as aging and meddlesome. Hrmph…horses don’t argue.

That pound cake looks like a good project for a gray, dizzly day like today.

See, you’ll never leave!

Poetic Justice

Remember back in July, when Obama said the Cambridge Police Department “acted stupidly” in their arrest of his pal, Henry Gates? Remember the awkward “Beer Summit” and the equally awkward photo-op afterward?

Well, well, well. Guess who the Cambridge Police Department is endorsing in next Tuesday’s Senate special election? Scott Brown.

There are a couple of points of embarrassment here. First, Coakley’s husband, as Killion notes, was a former Cambridge police officer. Not only didn’t that give Coakley an edge, the 11-2 vote shows that it didn’t make much difference at all. Note too that the union opposes Coakley expressly on ObamaCare, but from the perspective of protecting their collective bargaining ability. They’re accusing her of being more or less anti-union, an interesting charge coming from any union towards a Democrat.

The other embarrassment comes with having an AG get opposed by a police union, which we saw in Worcester as well.

And the MA State Police Association has endorse Brown as well.

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Indeed.

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