Friday, July 31, 2009

Graphic of the Day

Thursday, July 30, 2009

NBC/WSJ Poll Not Good for Dems

And the hits just keep coming...

During the Bush administration, Democrats made huge gains in some important Republican areas. For example, on the question of which party would do a better job in handling the federal budget deficit, Democrats held a 19-point advantage in a November 2005 Journal poll, a 25-point advantage in July 2007, and a 22-point advantage in January 2008.

Now all that has changed. In the new poll, the results have completely turned around, and Republicans hold a six-point advantage. On the related issue of controlling government spending, in July 2007, Democrats held a 16-point advantage. In the new poll, Republicans hold a nine-point lead.

And there's more from Raz: Overall, 48% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President's performance. That is the lowest level of total approval yet recorded for this President. Fifty-one percent (51%) now disapprove.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Generic Congressional Poll

The latest NPR poll backs up Rasmussen:

Democratic candidate.......................................................... 38
Lean Democratic candidate.................................................. 5
Republican candidate.......................................................... 38
Lean Republican candidate.................................................. 5
(Other candidate) ................................................................. 3
Lean (Other candidate) ........................................................ 1
(Undecided)......................................................................... 10
(Refused).............................................................................. 2
Total Democratic candidate ............................................. 42Total Republican candidate.............................................. 43
Total (Other candidate) ...................................................... 3

That's an 8 point turn around in 6 weeks. Any doubt why the "Blue Dogs" are skittish about Obamacare?

U.S. June durable goods orders down 2.5%

Recovery? Not even close...

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - Orders for U.S.-made durable goods sank in June, falling 2.5% on weaker demand for autos, airplanes, and computers, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. It is the largest drop since January and follows two monthly gains. Excluding the 12.8% decrease in transportation goods, orders rose 1.1%. The decrease far exceeded the expected 0.6% fall forecast by economists surveyed by MarketWatch. Orders in May were revised lower to a gain of 1.3% from the previous estimate of a rise of 1.8%.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Consumer confidence falls ....Again

Obama is finding he just can't bullsh!t his way out of this.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Americans' confidence in the economy eroded further in July as worries about job security offset any enthusiasm about the resumed stock market rally that has helped bolster retirement accounts.

The souring outlook presents yet another obstacle for stores' critical back-to-school season.

The New York-based Conference Board said Tuesday that its Consumer Confidence Index, which retreated last month, fell to 46.6, down from 49.3 in June. Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters were expecting a reading of 49. It would take a reading above 90 to signal that the economy is on solid footing.

Cambridge Police Officer Says She Voted for Obama but "I Will Not Again"

Obama continues to dig his own grave...

Video HERE.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Graphic of the Day

Background story HERE.

US released senior Iranian Qods Force commander

Apologizing relentlessly coupled with capitulation ain't going to accomplish shinola, yet it continues to be Obama's POA.

A senior Qods Force officer who led one of the three commands in Iraq assigned to attack US and Iraqi forces was one of five Iranians released by the US military on July 9. Mahmud Farhadi, the leader of the Zafr Command, one of three units subordinate to the Qods Force's Ramazan Corps, was among five Iranians turned over to the Iraqi government and then subsequently turned over to the Iranians...Reports initially indicated that five Iranians who were captured by the US in Irbil in northern Iraq in January 2007 were released from custody. But US military intelligence officials told The Long War Journal that Farhadi was disguised as one of the Irbil Five to soften the blow of the release. The US had previously released two members of the Irbil Five in November 2007, according to The Associated Press, but the report received little attention. This "left room for Farhadi to be pawned off as one of the Irbil Five and snuck out the back door," one official told The Long War Journal.

Quote of the Day

Victor Davis Hanson on Obama's "post racial" society:

President Obama and the subject of race remind me of the proverbial camel’s back and straws: the American people shrugged off “typical white person”, then forgave the clingers’ speech. They bristled a bit about “No more disown Rev. Wright than…” and started to become concerned about “downright mean country” and Michelle’s never before being proud of the good old U.S. Sotomayor’s “wise Latina” and self-referencing “as a Latina” ad nauseam did not help. Nor did Attorney General Holder’s slur that we were “cowards.” And now the Gates affair. Minor of course. But it is the proverbial straw that finally seems on this issue to really be breaking the back of the American people, who are not only tired of racial evocation, but tired of Barack Obama and those elites around him using race for self-serving sermonizing—especially given their former confidence in Obama to lead us to racial transcendence.


Sunday, July 26, 2009

Zogby Poll: President Obama's Job Approval Falls to 48%

It's not just Rasmussen...

The survey found similar results when likely voters were asked specifically to rate President Obama’s performance—47% give him a positive rating, with 22% rating his job performance as “excellent” and 25% rating it as “good.” But slightly more than half (53%) give the president a negative job performance rating, with 10% who say he is doing a “fair” job as president and 43% who say he is doing a “poor” job—up from 36% who said he was doing a poor job in mid-June. (Zogby uses a four-point scale of excellent, good, fair and poor, and aggregates excellent and good to determine positive ratings.)

Media barred from Pelosi speech

Oh that "new transparency" is a wonderful thing to behold.

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline)-When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi addresssed the nation's trial lawyers' group Saturday, the media was barred from attending.

Ray De Lorenzi, associate director of communications for the American Association for Justice, said the event is exclusively for members of the national trial lawyers' group.

"No media have ever been allowed at our conventions," he told Legal Newsline. "This is for members only."

Pelosi, a California Democrat, is speaking at the American Association for Justice's annual convention in San Francisco, which has drawn hundreds of plaintiffs' attorneys.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Obama Hits New Low Water Mark (Updated)

Appears that "The Ones" press conference did him more harm than good...

Thirty-nine percent (39%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -9. (see trends).

The number who Strongly Disapprove of the President has increased slightly following the prime time press conference on Wednesday night. That figure—39%--is now at the highest level yet recorded. As a result, the overall Approval Index has fallen to the lowest level yet recorded for this President.

Update: Double digit time: -11% 7/26

Obama Calls Cambridge Police Officer, Invites him for a Beer with Gates at the White House

Crowley's Irish which means he's really gotta like alcohol right? Hence the "beer" invite. How racist!!

President Obama made his second surprise appearance before press in the briefing room to address what he called the “media frenzy” over his comments on the Skip Gates case.

“The fact that it has garnered so much attention, I think, is a testimony to the fact that these are issues that are still very sensitive here in America,” The President said, “And, you know, so to the extent that my choice of words didn't illuminate, but rather contributed to more media frenzy, I think that was unfortunate.”

At about 2:15 pm today the President spoke on the phone with Sergeant Jim Crowley.

“I have to tell you that, as I said yesterday, my impression of him was that he was a outstanding police officer and a good man, and that was confirmed in the phone conversation. And I told him that.”

Obama took partial blame for the media frenzy over the story, saying that he “helped to continue ratcheting it up” by saying that the Cambridge police “acted stupidly” comments at Wednesday night’s primetime press conference.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Obama: Professor Gates Probably "Overreacted"

This man is a bullsh!t artist like I haven't seen in my lifetime....

President Obama says his choice of words unfortunately gave the impression that he was maligning against the Cambridge Police Department.
Obama said, he hopes as a "consequence" that this event becomes a "teachable moment" where people spend more time "listening to each other" and to generally improve relationships between minorities and police officers. Obama said more unity is needed.

Regarding this being a local issue, Obama said he felt like he needed to step in because race is still a "troubling" aspect in our society.

"Unfortunately gave the impression"???!!! He stated uniquivically the the police "ACTED STUPIDLY". That is not giving the "impression of malignment", that is a blatant allegation of incompetence or malfeasance. Jeez, be a man and admit you jumped to a conclusion that was flat wrong and move on. Continue to try and spin this thing and you will do more damage to yourself and this country than you could possibly imagine.

Rasmussen Has Obama below 50% Approval

For the first time, Obama's Approval Rating Falls Below 50%

Overall, 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President's performance, fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove. This marks the first time his overall approval rating has fallen below 50% among Likely Voters nationwide.

The facade is gone, reality sets in.

Quote of the Week

“There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. “

- Booker T. Washington

Video of Sgt. Crowely discussing the "incident" HERE.

Police report HERE.

Obama definately jumped the shark on this one.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Quote of the Day

A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said this about Hillary Clinton:

"Sometimes she looks like a primary schoolgirl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping."

Even a blind sow finds an acorn once in awhile.

U.S. Airstrike May Have Offed Bin Laden's Son

Waiting for Obama's apology.

U.S. officials believe Usama bin Laden's son, Saad bin Laden, was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Pakistan.

Sources confirmed to FOX News late Wednesday that officials believe the younger bin Laden was killed by hellfire missiles from a U.S. Predator drone strike earlier this year.

The death was first reported by National Public Radio.

National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell told NPR that Saad bin Laden reportedly traveled to Pakistan last year after spending several years under house arrest in Iran.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Judge rules NC must rehire whistleblower

RALEIGH, N.C. - A judge says North Carolina must rehire an employee who was fired after he complained that the Division of Motor Vehicles might be giving drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants.

The News & Observer reported that Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning ruled Tuesday that Jeffrey M. Brown has a right to return to his DMV job and to $70,000 in back pay.

Brown worked as a license examiner in the DMV New Bern office from July 2006 until April 2007. He was fired after he complained that state policy allowing immigrants with temporary work visas to renew licenses for longer than their visa period conflicted with state law.

Brown said after he won his lawsuit that he was being forced to give licenses to illegals and his supervisors told him to be quiet.


Obama's top secret service agent fired

A Secret Service Agent, responsible for protecting President Obama, was fired today under questionable reasons, according to top aides. The Agent was reportedly tired of overhearing personal gripes by the Obama Family about certain demograhics in the United States. The Agent, who has not been identified as of today, brought his concerns staright to the President Obama, who later had him removed fr his current assignment. More to come as story unfolds.

Those crackers clinging to religion and guns I'll wager.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Quote of the Week

From RCP

Heritage: During the call, a blogger from Maine said he kept running into an Investors Business Daily article that claimed Section 102 of the House health legislation would outlaw private insurance. He asked: "Is this true? Will people be able to keep their insurance and will insurers be able to write new policies even though H.R. 3200 is passed?" President Obama replied: "You know, I have to say that I am not familiar with the provision you are talking about."

Good grief.

Congress in Toilet as Well

A new CBS poll shows Obama fading fast but Congress is faring worse hitting historic lows.

And only 22% approve of the job Congress is doing. That is down from 28% last month, but is not as low as the ratings Americans gave Congress last fall.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Clinton Calls De Facto Honduran Leader To Demand President's Return

“de facto” my butt, the present leader was installed in accordance with the Honduran Constitution and Congress in total compliance with the laws of Honduras.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called de factor Honduran leader Roberto Micheletto to warn him about the consequences for his country if it does not permit ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya to return to power, the State Department said Monday.

Clinton called Micheletti on Sunday from New Delhi, where she is meeting with Indian officials on climate change.

It is the first call from Clinton since she met with Zelaya in Washington two weeks ago following his removal from power for trying to hold a referendum in defiance of an order by the nation's Supreme Court. The United States supports Zelaya's return to office.

BTW, it certainly appears that the present administrations policy of "not meddling in the affairs of other countries" has been exceedingly shortlived. Perhaps a new term has been born, "selective meddling".

Pic of the Day

BO at +1 Total Approval

His lowest job approval to date.

Overall, 50% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President's performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove. The President earns approval from 41% of white voters, 97% of black voters, and 58% of all other voters.

Iranian "wed" Iranian girls about to be killed and raped them because Iran doesn't execute virgin

These sick bast^rds make the Nazi's look like choirboys.

In a shocking and unprecedented interview, directly exposing the inhumanity of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's religious regime in Iran, a serving member of the paramilitary Basiji militia has told this reporter of his role in suppressing opposition street protests in recent weeks.

He has also detailed aspects of his earlier service in the force, including his enforced participation in the rape of young Iranian girls prior to their execution.

The interview took place by telephone, and on condition of anonymity. It was arranged by a reliable source whose identity can also not be revealed.

Founded by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1979 as a "people's militia," the volunteer Basiji force is subordinate to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and intensely loyal to Khomeini's successor, Khamenei.

The Basiji member, who is married with children, spoke soon after his release by the Iranian authorities from detention. He had been held for the "crime" of having set free two Iranian teenagers - a 13-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl - who had been arrested during the disturbances that have followed the disputed June presidential elections.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Israel Gives Bambi the Finger

( Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren was summoned urgently to the State Department over the weekend to hear that Israel must stop a private construction project in its capital. The project is being carried out at the site of the Shepherd Hotel in Sheikh Jarrah, near the Shimon HaTzaddik neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem.

The owner of the property, since 1985, is Dr. Irving Moskowitz, who has built other projects in eastern Jerusalem – most notably the Maaleh HaZeitim neighborhood in Ras el-Amud, below and to the south of the Temple Mount.

The new project currently calls for the construction of 20 apartments. It took 20 years to receive the necessary permits, which were received only three months ago.

Oren Takes Tough Stand on Jerusalem, Concedes in Judea/Samaria
Oren reportedly took a tough stand against the American “orders,” but at the same time implied that the Americans do have a say in Judea and Samaria. “Jerusalem is not the same as Judea and Samaria,” Oren told the Americans, “and Israel builds in eastern Jerusalem just as it has been building in the Aravah [northern Negev] for the last 40 years. Israel does not agree to stop this construction.”

Saturday, July 18, 2009

IG Walpin sues government over "unlawful" firing

He's got a case and what's worse for the Obama administration, discovery could be devastating.

Gerald Walpin, the AmeriCorps inspector general who was summarily fired in June amid controversy over his investigation of a politically-connected supporter of President Obama, has filed suit alleging that the firing was "unlawful," "politically driven," "procedurally defective" and "a transparent and clumsily-conducted effort to circumvent the protections" given to inspectors general under the Inspectors General Reform Act of 2008.

Walpin's suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, is against the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees AmeriCorps. Also named are Nicola Goren, the acting CEO of the Corporation, Frank Trinity, its general counsel, and Raymond Limon, the Corporation's "chief human capital officer." The suit asks the court to declare Walpin's firing unlawful and restore him to his position as the Corporation's inspector general.

Pic of the Day

ObamaCare, it's "shovel ready"

Friday, July 17, 2009

See a Dad, See Ya Mom Luv Ya


Ohio jobless rate hits 11.1 percent

That hopey-changey thing continues to pay dividends...

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s unemployment rate jumped to 11.1 percent in June, up from 10.8 percent in May and the first time in nearly 26 years that the rate has topped 11 percent.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services released the rate on Friday, July 17.

“Ohio’s labor market continued to weaken in June,” Douglas Lumpkin, ODJFS director, said in a press release. “Significant job losses in both the goods-producing and service-providing industries led to an increase in the unemployment rate to 11 .1 percent.

The state’s nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 33,000 over the month, from 5,133,200 in May to 5,100,200 in June.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

President Obama losing his cool?

"And he whispered in his ear all glory is fleeting"...

It’s been a tough week for President Obama’s cool factor.

Not only is he weathering criticism of his policies, but the Cool One has also taken a few dings to his immaculate image in recent days.

It started on Monday. Speaking at the White House, Obama was just getting into a sharp defense of his economic agenda when one of the teleprompter screens holding his speech crashed to the floor and shattered into pieces.

“Oh, goodness,” said a surprised Obama. “Sorry about that, guys.”

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Just Words

From her past statements, the honorable Sonia Sotomayer cannot in good faith recite the oath of office without choking...

"I, [NAME], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as [TITLE] under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God."

She was either lying then or she's lying now, there is no alternative.

Wednesday Funny

Can you say TROLL?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

McCain Moves To Cut Funding For F-22 Jets.

Good move or myopic, I'm not sure. The premier fighter in the world untill 2040 and we are going to limit ourselves to 187 when many in the defense community believe we should maintain an inventory of at least 300. The F35 is NOT the F22. Cheaper, yes but getting by on the cheap has never paid dividends when one speaks of national defense.

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain, in an unusual alliance with the Obama administration, moved Monday to eliminate $1.75 billion recently inserted into the proposed 2010 defense budget for more fighter jets from Lockheed Martin Corp.

The Arizona Republican, along with Michigan Democrat Carl Levin, filed an amendment to cut the extra money for seven more F-22's. The Senate Armed Services Committee last month narrowly approved the additional funding requested by Georgia Republican Saxby Chambliss.

Messrs. McCain and Levin, the committee's chairman, voted against the additional funds. The full Senate may vote on the defense spending bill this week. The House last month voted to include a $369 million down payment for 12 additional fighters to its version of the defense bill.

The White House reiterated its threat to veto legislation that includes money to continue production of the radar-evading jets beyond the current request of 187 planes.

"We do not need these plans," President Barack Obama wrote in a letter to Messrs. McCain and Levin Monday. "To continue to procure additional F-22s would be to waste valuable resources that should be more usefully employed to provide our troops with weapons that they actually do need."

Monday, July 13, 2009

June budget gap $94.32 billion, record for June

You get what you vote for...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government rang up a $94.32 billion budget deficit in June, a record for the month, as the price tag for efforts to prop up the economy, banks and automakers mounted and revenues weakened.

The Treasury Department said on Monday that June marked the ninth straight month in which the government had run a deficit. In June 2008, the budget enjoyed a $33.55 billion surplus.

Through the first nine months of fiscal 2009, the government has racked up a $1.086 trillion deficit. That compares with a shortfall of only $285.85 billion in the comparable year-ago period, underscoring the sharp deterioration in the U.S. fiscal picture.

The record budget deficit for June was not an all time high, which was $194 billion in February, the department said.

And then there's this: U.S. budget deficit rises above $1 trillion

Schumer: Stimulus package prevented depression

Typical liberal argument, state something that's completely unprovable to prove your misguided assertions.

Schumer: Stimulus package prevented depression By Bob Cusack Posted: 07/13/09 08:45 AM [ET] Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Monday that the economic stimulus accomplished its first goal of preventing a great depression and cautioned against rush judgments about whether the $787-billion package is a significant job-creator.

During an appearance on MNBC's "Morning Joe" program, Schumer said, "It's done job 1: prevent a depression. Now let's see if it does enough of job 2: create jobs."

Schumer's comments come as Republicans are seizing on rising unemployment numbers as proof that the stimulus is a failure. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) labeled the stimulus "a flop" during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday."

Democrats have been on the defensive in recent weeks on the stimulus and their argument in defending the law has shifted over the last couple of months. Vice President Biden earlier this month indicated his administration "misread the economy" while also noting that many outside economists have been surprised by recent unemployment figures.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

OAS oddly silent on 'coup' in Caracas

It's a good bet we won't here a word from the White House either.

While the Organization of American States is rightly denouncing the coup against ousted President Manuel Zelaya in Honduras, there are growing questions about why it hasn't said a word about the coup against Antonio Ledezma in Venezuela.

Ledezma, you may recall, is the opposition mayor of Venezuela's capital, Caracas, who was elected by a landslide in November 2008. Yet after his victory, President Hugo Chávez effectively ignored the election results by creating a position of ''super-mayor'' of Caracas, appointing a loyalist to the new job and stripping Ledezma of his offices and the bulk of his budget.

In a telephone interview from the San Román Clinic in Caracas, where he was recovering from a six-day hunger strike to draw international attention to his case, Ledezma told me that while the 34-country OAS acted decisively to demand the restoration of the rule of law in Honduras, it has not lifted a finger to demand the same thing in Venezuela.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Quote of the Day

In his weekly radio address, Barack Obama said: In a little over one hundred days, this Recovery Act has worked as intended.

Obama: "No business wants to invest in a place where the government skims 20 percent off the top."

The son of a white woman from Kansas and a black goat herder-turned-academic from Kenya, Obama delivered an unsentimental account of squandered opportunities in postcolonial Africa. America's first black president spoke with a bluntness that perhaps could only come from a member of Africa's extended family.

"No country is going to create wealth if its leaders exploit the economy to enrich themselves, or police can be bought off by drug traffickers," he said.

"No business wants to invest in a place where the government skims 20 percent off the top, or the head of the Port Authority is corrupt. No person wants to live in a society where the rule of law gives way to the rule of brutality and bribery. That is not democracy, that is tyranny, and now is the time for it to end."

Er, I think someone needs to fill Obama in on the current corporate tax structure for this country. Businesses here can count on a corporate profits tax of 35% combined with local, county and state taxes they can expect to pay upwards of 42%+. Maybe all our entrepreneurs should move down there as 20% is a real bargain.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Pic of the Day

Obama like booty.

It appears from this photo along with the one released yesterday that we have a serial butt watcher here.

Firefighter Ricci to Testify at Sotomayer Confirmation Hearing

This guy has a great story. A very hard working and deserving man who was callously thrown under the bus by a very flippant and superficial ruling by Sotomayer.

Washington (AP/WTNH) - Republicans plan to call a white firefighter whose reverse discrimination claim was rejected by Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor to testify against her.

New Haven firefighter Frank Ricci brought a lawsuit challenging his city's decision to scrap the results of a promotion test because too few minorities scored highly enough to qualify. He's one of 14 witnesses Republicans will call during Senate hearings on Sotomayor's confirmation that open Monday.

Sotomayor was part of an appellate court panel that rejected Ricci's claim. The Supreme Court reversed the ruling last week.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Obama's Numbers Continue to Crater

The graph speaks for itself.

Quote of the Week

Justice Ginsburg when being interviewed by the NYT on the Sotomayer nomination:

GINSBURG: Yes, the ruling about that surprised me. [Harris v. McRae — in 1980 the court upheld the Hyde Amendment, which forbids the use of Medicaid for abortions.] Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion. Which some people felt would risk coercing women into having abortions when they didn’t really want them. But when the court decided McRae, the case came out the other way. And then I realized that my perception of it had been altogether wrong.

Every once in awhile pro-abortion liberals let their guard down and say what they really think.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

CU billing Churchill up to $50,000

Ah, the story that's keeps on giving.

Ward Churchill could find himself on the hook for up to $50,000 in out-of-pocket costs the University of Colorado incurred fighting the lawsuit the former ethnic studies professor filed against it, CU's lead attorney said Wednesday.

CU attorney Patrick O'Rourke said he plans to file for recovery of those costs -- which include flying witnesses in and out of Colorado and creating deposition transcripts -- over the next 15 days and said the amount would be in the "five figures" and likely just shy of $50,000.

"We've got to go through and add it up -- it's not a staggering number".

Consumer Confidence Nears Record Low

How's that Hopey-Changey thing workin out for ya?

Consumer confidence is within striking distance of its worst in weekly polls since late 1985 for the third straight week.

The ABC News Consumer Comfort Index stands at -52 on its scale of +100 to -100, 2 points from the lowest on Jan. 25. The index has spent the last three weeks below -50, territory it's seen only 14 times in over 1,220 weeks of polls, with eight of those coming this year alone.

Positive ratings of the buying climate dropped this week, down 4 points to 22 percent, matching the largest one-week drop ever. In 23 years of weekly polls it's fallen this far this fast only eight other times. The other two components of the index  ratings of the economy and personal finances  held near their historic lows.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Rasmussen: Obama Hits New Lows (UPDATED)

The slide continues...

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 33% of the nation's voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-six percent (36%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of –3. Those figures reflect the highest level of strong disapproval measured to date and the lowest level recorded for the overall Approval Index.

Update: He's now at -5

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 32% of the nation's voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-seven percent (37%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of –5.

Overall, 52% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President's performance so far. That, too, is a new low for the President. Forty-eight percent (48%) now disapprove.

US, Russia Oppose G8 Sanctions on Iran

The guardian of Freedom and Democracy is comatose. Totalitarian regimes the world over rejoice as Obama acquiesces to their every whim in the name of world peace.

( Both Russia and the United States are likely to oppose the imposition of further political or economic sanctions on Iran at this week's G8 Summit. This, despite pressure from other G8 nations to punish Tehran for its violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters at home, as well as to influence its nuclear development policy.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told Italy's Rai television station on Saturday, "If I understand correctly, the United States would like to establish more open and more direct relations with Iran. We support this choice. It would be counter-productive to resort to other sanctions." He added that additional sanctions imposed by G8 nations would most likely fail and would inflame tensions with the Islamic Republic.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Robert McNamara Dead at 93

A liberal and bean counter extraordinaire, military strategist, not so much.

Full story HERE.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Leading Clerics Defy Ayatollah on Disputed Iran Election

This is going to leave a mark...

CAIRO — An important group of religious leaders in Iran called the disputed presidential election and the new government illegitimate on Saturday, an act of defiance against the country’s supreme leader and the most public sign of a major split in the country’s clerical establishment.

A statement by the group, the Association of Researchers and Teachers of Qum, represents a significant, if so far symbolic, setback for the government and especially the authority of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, whose word is supposed to be final. The government has tried to paint the opposition and its top presidential candidate, Mir Hussein Moussavi, as criminals and traitors, a strategy that now becomes more difficult.

“This crack in the clerical establishment, and the fact they are siding with the people and Moussavi, in my view is the most historic crack in the 30 years of the Islamic republic,” said Abbas Milani, director of the Iranian Studies Program at Stanford University. “Remember, they are going against an election verified and sanctified by Khamenei.”

Quote of the Week

When elected leaders decide the rule of law does not matter, that constitutional restrictions on power can be overcome by executive fiat, the democracy ceases to exist.


Saturday, July 04, 2009

Sarah Palin Steps Down as Gov. of Alaska

I see 4 possible reasons:

1. She’s saying FU to politics and the whole digusting business, that I’ve got a family to raise and a Governorship or the Presidency is less important than that. The latest personal attacks on her family would be ample reason.

2. She's had it with the some 180 frivolous lawsuits that have been filed against her and, like many of us, believe lifes too short.

3. She's going to take a serious run at the Presidency in 12 and feels she needs to put 100% of her efforts to that end.

4. There's some skeleton in her closet that will be imminently disclosed and she's getting out while the gettin's good. (least likely in my mind)

Happy Independence Day!

Friday, July 03, 2009

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Unemployment Rate at 26 Yr High (9.5 Percent)

WASHINGTON -- Employers cut a larger-than-expected 467,000 jobs in June, driving the unemployment rate up to a 26-year high of 9.5 percent, suggesting that the economy's road to recovery will be a bumpy one.

Economists had expected 363,000 job cuts last months, and that the jobless rate would rise to 9.6 percent from 9.4 percent in May.

If laid-off workers who have given up looking for new jobs or have settled for part-time work are included, the unemployment rate would have been 16.5 percent in June, the highest on records dating to 1994.

Out-of-work with no place to land, the legions of America's unemployed are growing.

Niger leader undermining rule of law - White House

The word that most accurately describes Obama's foreign police is schizophrenic.

WASHINGTON, July 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. government voiced concern on Wednesday over actions taken by Niger's President Mamadou Tandja to extend his rule in the West African country.

"These decisions undermine Niger's efforts over the last ten years to advance good governance and the rule of law," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement.

Tandja responded to the rejection by Niger's highest court of his plan to seek at least another three years in power by sacking the judges and naming a new Cabinet.

Please explain to me how this substantively differs from the Honduras situation.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Karl Malden Dead at 97

From one of my all time favorite movies. A truly fine actor and from what I've read a very nice guy.

Interesting fact just pointed out to me, he died 5 years to the day of Marlon Brando.

Americans See Democratic Party as “Too Liberal”

Fortunately for Democrats, Americans have short memories. They only get elected in significant majorities when the general population has forgotten how bad their policies really are[were].

PRINCETON, NJ -- A Gallup Poll finds a statistically significant increase since last year in the percentage of Americans who describe the Democratic Party's views as being "too liberal," from 39% to 46%. This is the largest percentage saying so since November 1994, after the party's losses in that year's midterm elections.

Most major demographic and attitudinal subgroups show at least a slight uptick since 2008 in perceptions that the Democratic Party is too liberal. The increasing perception of the Democrats as too far left comes as President Obama and the Democrats in Congress have expanded the government's role in the economy to address the economic problems facing the country. Additionally, the government is working toward major healthcare reform legislation and strengthening environmental regulations.

US private sector sheds 473,000 jobs in June

Not going to bolster Obama's "light at the end of the tunnel" propaganda.

NEW YORK, July 1 (Reuters) - U.S. private employers cut 473,000 jobs in June, more than expected but down from the 485,000 jobs lost in May, a report by a private employment service said on Wednesday.

The median of forecasts from 25 economists surveyed by Reuters for the ADP Employer Services report, jointly developed with Macroeconomic Advisers LLC, was for 393,000 private-sector jobs lost in June.

Though June's job loss was the smallest since October 2008, the surprisingly large number of cuts deals a setback to those expecting the U.S. economy to recover soon.