Posts Tagged ‘Obama’

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?

January 28, 2009

In the 1967 movie “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?” Joanna “Joey” Drayton (Katharine Houghton) is a young white American woman who has had a whirlwind romance with Dr. John Prentice (Sidney Poitier), an African American man she met while on a holiday in Hawaii. The plot is centered on Joanna’s return to her liberal upper class American home in San Francisco, bringing her new fiance to dinner to meet her parents (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn), and the reaction of family and friends.

Shocking topic for America in 1967. In the contemporary version, to be played in Washington D.C. this coming weekend, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be sitting down to dinner with former Hawaii resident and current President Barack Hussein Obama at an exclusive club dinner in Washington.

Palin has started her own political action committee and laughed off suggestions that she’s in line for an $11 million book deal. Her stated intention of attending the dinner is strictly to promote Alaska’s interests as its governor.

It should prove interesting to see who commands bigger headlines for attending this event…


Caption This

January 23, 2009


“Well, I’ve got Social Security checks to send next week, a couple of bailouts, National Health Insurance, and Medicare’s in the  hole again, so make it 10 large on the Steelers…Larger…Larger…Larger…That’s right, trillion. What do you mean I gotta talk to Frankie?”

How Obama Got Elected

November 19, 2008

If the President-elect thinks that the 56,000,000 who voted against him are this dumb, it’s going to be a long four years.

Down With The Establishment!

November 17, 2008

As my post-electoral traumatic stress disorder begins to fade, it’s time to re-group, re-think, and flashback to the 60’s.

If you’re bummed out ’cause there’s no bailout in your future and you want to let “The Man” know how you feel, here’s a 60’s era counter-culture style bumper sticker. Click image for CafePress.

Obama Speaks!

November 7, 2008
Office of the President Elect?

Office of the President Elect?

In a moment of unmitigated arrogance, President-elect Obama took a below the belt shot at the widow of President Ronald Reagan:

In terms of speaking to former presidents, I have spoken to all of them, uh, that are, uh, living … obviously, uh, President Clinton, uh … [laughter] … hey, I didn’t want to get into a Nancy Reagan, uh, thing about doin’ any seances…

Here’s the video:

If the presumptive President-elect knew anything of the Reagan’s he would understand the deep, abiding love between Mrs. Reagan and her late husband. After the attempted assassination of her husband, yes, she was concerned with his welfare and apparently did consult a psychic.

This was a cheap shot, and hopefully not be a sign of things to come. The stock market, which had been slowly climbing after the “Obama bounce” of nearly minus 800 points the past two days, dropped 200 points shortly after his remarks.

A quick check at reveals the following:,, are not available.

The interesting thing is, punching in the url re-directs to Google. Have those “do no damage” capitalists at Google already figured out that url would bring considerable traffic and decided to claim it themselves?


“President-elect Barack Obama called Nancy Reagan today to apologize for the careless and off handed remark he made during today’s press conference,” said transition spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter. “The President-elect expressed his admiration and affection for Mrs. Reagan that so many Americans share and they had a warm conversation.” source

As a follower of Chicago politics and politicians, I’d say “It’s on.” I’ve been magnanimous for two whole days while I watched the stock market tank even further and this presumptuous representative of  “THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT ELECT” held his first press conference. That’s about as “fur” as I can go. Any repeating of the non-nonsensical claim about former First Lady Nancy Reagan, even with a quick apology, makes me uneasy.

[President Obama] Yeah, uh… uh…I’m sorry about that…uh… nuke. I…uh… admire and have great affection for you guys.

[President Putin] That’s okay, I’m a mile underground. How about New York City, Washington, and Miami?

[President Obama] That…uh… seems…uh…fair. Go ahead. Tel Aviv…uh… too?

[President Putin] If you insist.

[President Obama] Of course. Uh…It’s great to have this…uh… warm conversation with you.

[President Putin] Of course it’s a warm conversation. Wait for about 10 minutes and 45 seconds. It’s going to get a lot warmer for you.

Pennsylvania Voter Alert

November 2, 2008

Pennsylvania residents who have been labeled racist, redneck, bitter, Bible-clinging, and selfish by various candidates of the Democratic Party may have a new label to add in the event of an Obama administration; unemployed. From Barack Obama:

Let me sort of describe my overall policy.

What I’ve said is that we would put a cap and trade system in place that is as aggressive, if not more aggressive, than anybody else’s out there.

I was the first to call for a 100% auction on the cap and trade system, which means that every unit of carbon or greenhouse gases emitted would be charged to the polluter. That will create a market in which whatever technologies are out there that are being presented, whatever power plants that are being built, that they would have to meet the rigors of that market and the ratcheted down caps that are being placed, imposed every year.

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.

That will also generate billions of dollars that we can invest in solar, wind, biodiesel and other alternative energy approaches.

The only thing I’ve said with respect to coal, I haven’t been some coal booster. What I have said is that for us to take coal off the table as a ideological matter as opposed to saying if technology allows us to use coal in a clean way, we should pursue it.

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can.

It’s just that it will bankrupt them.”

The value of Pennsylvania coal (1999) was 2.1 billion dollars. Is that small change to Obama?

PA coal production ranked 4th in the nation in 1999. The State’s 430 Active coal mines produced 79 Million tons of coal. accounting for 7.22% of the total U.S. Coal production. Most of this coal was used to generate electricity. The 1999 value of PA coal was about $2.1 billion.

The mining sector is an important part of PA’s economy. PA’s mining industry accounts for 10,300 jobs resulting in personal income of 520 million dollars of direct income for PA workers. PA’s average mining salary including management and non mining personnel as well as mine personnel is approximately $50,000 per year. The Mining industry also accounts for indirect income to workers supporting the mining industry. In 1999 60,000 PA workers earned an estimated $1.4 billion dollars supporting the coal industry sector. source

Obama would put 60,000 Pennsylvania jobs at risk because of his unproven belief that Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere is making the Earth a couple of degrees warmer? What does he plan to do about the melting ice caps on Mars?

Simultaneous warming on Earth and Mars suggests that our planet’s recent climate changes have a natural—and not a human-induced—cause, according to one scientist’s controversial theory. source

The planets Earth and Mars simultaneously warm yet on this planet the cause is Carbon Dioxide. Why is that not the “controversial theory?” Here’s another controversial theory – collecting one thin dime from a bankrupt industry to “pay for solar, wind, biodiesel and other alternative energy approaches.” How’s that gonna happen?


Megawatthours (in Thousands) of Electric Generation By Source (2005):
Coal 1,484,855
Petroleum Liquids 58,572
Petroleum Coke 11,150
Natural Gas 238,204
Nuclear 436,296
Hydroelectric 245,553
Renewables 4,945
Other 643 (source)

Bankrupt an industry which is responsible for the overwhelming production of electricity in this country? How’s that gonna work?

UPDATE: Sen. John McCain weighs in on the issue:

“My friends, you know what Senator Obama said about a year ago, he said he had not been a, quote, coal booster,” he said, as the crowd booed. “My friends, I’ve been a coal booster and it’s going to create jobs, and we’re going to export coal to other countries and we are going to create hundreds of thousands of jobs. That’s going to help restore the economy of the great state of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.” source


The senior vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association called Obama’s comments “unbelievable.” (SO MUCH TRAFFIC FROM DRUDGE CAN NOT ACCESS SITE) link for later availability, here

“His comments are unfortunate,” Chris Hamilton said Sunday, “and really reflect a very uninformed voice and perspective to coal specifically and energy generally.”

Hamilton noted other times Obama and vice presidential candidate Joe Biden have made seemingly anti-coal statements.

“In Ohio recently, when Joe Biden said ‘not here’ about building coal-fired power plants — this is exactly what will happen,” Hamilton said. “Financing won’t be directed here. It will all go aboard for plants elsewhere in the world. The United Sates is importing more coal today from Indonesia, South Africa and Colombia than we ever have.

“If we’re going to create a situation where coal-fired power plants are at that much of a disadvantage, there will be new ones built. But as Biden said, just not here.”

Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s state director said Obama’s statements are troubling, especially for West Virginians.

“I think this clearly shows the attitude the Obama-Biden ticket has toward coal,” Ben Beakes said Sunday. “Rhetoric is cheap, but behind closed doors what they tell their supporters – that’s what we have to take as gospel.

“They’re definitely not friends of coal.”

Beakes noted other examples of Obama and Biden making seemingly anti-coal statements, such as in February when Obama said he’d like to tax “dirty energy” such as coal and natural gas.

“And their cohorts in Congress make similar statements,” Beakes said. “(Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid (D-Nevada) said this summer that ‘coal makes us sick.’

“This is an attitude and view that, to me, shows their hatred of coal. And therefore, their view would cost West Virginians thousands upon thousands of jobs.”

Beakes touted McCain’s view toward coal.

“John McCain has embraced coal,” Beakes said. “He doesn’t agree with everything in the coal industry, but his view of coal is positive. He will make it part of his energy policy. He’s met with leaders in the coal industry and let them know that. He’s sought advice from coal industry leaders.

“McCain understands that coal supports about 49 percent of our electricity in this country. He’ll continue to make coal important. He wants to reduce our foreign dependency on oil.”

Hamilton also said the Obama campaign needs to find varied sources for coal and energy advice.

“If they’re victorious Tuesday, they’d better go to someone other than Al Gore on energy and environmental matters,” he said. “They’ve tipped the balance way — unnecessarily so — toward protecting the environment.”

Experience Matters

November 2, 2008

In 1963, John (Jack) Kennedy,  the youngest President ever elected, through a series of missteps and miscalculations and foreign policy inexperience, had taken the United States to the brink of nuclear war with the USSR. The positioning of American nuclear missiles in Turkey, on the border with the USSR, had elicited a tit-for-tat response from the Russian. Nuclear missiles and launch sites were being constructed in Cuba. Sen. John McCain recalled those days last week:

Sen. Biden referred to how Jack Kennedy was tested in the Cuban Missile Crisis. My friends, I had a little personal experience in that. I was on board the USS Enterprise. I sat in the cockpit of a flight deck on the USS Enterprise off of Cuba. I had a target. My friends, do you know how close we came to nuclear war? America will not have a President who needs to be tested. I’ve been tested my friends.

How many people heard this McCain remark reported in the media? What should have been on the front page of the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post was ignored. Because, young voters – going to the polls for the first time, that is how close this nation came to destruction. You’ll never hear about the days of the “Cuban Missile Crisis” in the news during this election. Not one word will be spoken about food shortages as worried Americans removed every canned item from the shelves as they stocked their improvised home fall-out shelters.  Nor will you hear about three minute air-raid siren tests that had average citizens looking at their watches in fear, or plans for the large-scale evacuation of the cities of New York and Washington, DC.

While Barack Obama was still in diapers, John McCain sat in the cockpit of his plane off the coast of Cuba with a target destination for his bombs – at the orders of a an inexperienced President who had stumbled into a nuclear “line in the sand” with the USSR. While anyone doing research on the days of that crisis will find many sites that trumpet the event as if it was somehow a victory for the young brothers Jack and Robert Kennedy, the truth is that in exchange for the guarantee of the removal of American nuclear missiles from Turkey, the Russians agreed to remove their nuclear missiles from Cuba.

Hopefully, by presenting to bright-eyed young students, with freshly issued voter registration cards and the possibility of deciding this election, some actual history and not some empty slogan like “Hope!” or “Change!”  the words of George Santayana, “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it,” will have some added (throw) weight.

ADDITIONAL: In October 1967, John McCain was shot down over North Vietnam. Badly injured, he was captured, tortured, and spent the next five years as a prisoner of war. His wounds left him with physical limitations which continue to this day. The roots of the American involvement in South Vietnam? President John F. Kennedy, starting in May 1961:

The youthful Kennedy administration is inexperienced in matters regarding Southeast Asia. Kennedy’s Secretary of Defense, 44-year-old Robert McNamara, along with civilian planners recruited from the academic community, will play a crucial role in deciding White House strategy for Vietnam over the next several years. Under their leadership, the United States will wage a limited war to force a political settlement. (The History Place – Vietnam War)

Dictators Mock Obama’s Ignorance

October 31, 2008

A major Hollywood producer who was sick and tired of seeing Hollywood liberals worshiping at the altar of Barack Obama  put together this 30-second spot to mock the absurdity of Barack Obama’s willingness to meet with the world’s most vile and dangerous dictators and despots without preconditions. Two thumbs up!