Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Video: The memories of 9/11/2001; An interview with President George W. Bush


National Geographic interview (Part 1) with President George W. Bush on the events that transpired before, during and after war was officially declared on the United States, 9/11/2001!

The left enjoys nothing more than criticizing and poking fun at the muted reactions of President George W. Bush when the news of the attack was whispered into his ear in front of a roomful of children.

But just imagine for one second if his opponent, Al Gore, had won the presidential election and been in the White House when the United States was attacked!

Let's face the facts that if there was a problem with a solar panel somewhere in the world, give me Al Gore.

But, for a national security crisis involving the safety of America and Americans, I will take President George W. Bush, or any other Republican over a Democrat, every time!

There is a place for diplomacy, negotiations and punishments such as "punitive" sanctions, but there are times when a punch in the mouth is all that some enemies understand. This is something that the American left does not understand.

President George W. Bush speaks on the ten-year anniversary of the attacks on the United States: 9/11/2001


H/T Common Cents (see the other parts of the interview at this link)

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Video from NewsBusted: Hilarious political comedy for a Tuesday!

NewsBusted: A look at Obama and other natural disasters!



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Barack Obama's Billy Carter? Meet Uncle Omar!



Arrested for DUI, an illegal immigrant from Kenya who happens to be Barack Obama's half uncle, Onyango Obama (Uncle Omar), tried to call the White House to get sprung!

Ah the memories! Who can forget Billy Carter and the embarrassment he would continually cause for his brother, President Jimmy Carter.

Well it turns out that President Obama might have more than one skeleton, or Billy, in his closet who he himself brought to light in his book, "Dreams From My Father."

Due to the fact that the mainstream media tends not to cover anything from the Presidents past that could in amy way be construed as a negative (i.e. Reverend Jeremiah Wright), you need to find these story's at outlets like TPC.

It all started during the 2008 presidential election campaign when then candidate Obama's Aunt Zeituni was discovered living illegally in Boston and with the help of an immigration attorney was allowed to stay.

Now we have Uncle Omar who was arrested for DUI and tried to reach the White House with his one phone call. He has since retained the same attorney as Aunt Zeituni.

From The Washington Times (H/T IOwnTheWorld)

UPDATE:

The Australian is reporting that Onyango Obama has retained Cleveland lawyer Margaret Wong. This is the same immigration attorney who successfully represented Mr. Obama's sister Zeituni, when she managed to avoid deportation to Kenya. Mr. Obama pleaded not guilty at his remand hearing.

*Clarification: Onyango Obama nearly hit the police car. He did not actually hit it, according to police reports.

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A number of media outlets have already reported that an illegal immigrant from Kenya by the name of Onyango Obama, 67, was arrested last week on Wednesday after he nearly rammed his SUV into a police car in Framingham, Massachusetts.

He was later charged with DUI among other violations. I spoke to Framingham Public Information Officer Lieutenant Delaney who told me that when Onyango Obama was asked at booking if he wanted to make a telephone call to arrange for bail, the Kenyan immigrant replied: "I think I will call the White House."

Full article here.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's "tools" to save the US economy! (animated video)


What "tools" can possibly be left inside the bag other than a box of Fed jawboning?

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke came out with an eagerly anticipated statement from Jackson Hole on Friday saying that for the time being the Federal Reserve would be doing nothing to help spur the US economy onward and upward.

He did say however that he has " a range of tools" at his disposal. Very cryptic Fed speak from a man who knows that the world hangs on his every word.

What are these "tools" he speaks of? What is left for the Fed to do that it already hasn't done beyond more quantitative easing after the one trillion plus already in the system did absolutely no good?

Besides saying what he said which seemed to have the effect of either placating the markets or that simply inspired a bout of short covering, it seems to me all he really has would be more QE3!

While we will all have to wait and see what it is the good Fed Chairman is talking about, here is a replay from November, 2010 of the animated explanation of what quantitative easing actually is.

What is quantitative easing?




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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hurricane Irene Sunday: Presidential priorities as Obama golfs while soldiers are laid to rest!


Hurricane Irene
will be hitting at some point today with the rain having started in New York yesterday morning at 10:00AM!

Given that fact it is difficult to know whether I will still have power to post.

In the event that I don't, this article takes a look back at President Obama, our Commander-in-Chief, on the day that some of the victims of the Taliban deadly attack on a Chinook helicopter were being buried.

Neither soldiers funerals, an horrendous US economy, lack of jobs, an earthquake or any other crisis will keep the President from his appointed "rounds" on the golf course (H/T Postal Service creed)!

Hurricane Irene Sunday look at Presidential priorities!

From IOwnTheWorld c/o American Thinker,

"…On his first full day of vacation, August 19th, as Obama golfed one of Martha Vineyard’s private courses, at least five of our most elite – some of the 30 victims of the deadly Taliban attack on their Chinook helicopter August 6th — were laid to rest. Even Obama’s ambitious 77 rounds of golf in as little as 31 months failed to numb to the image. [snip]

No one believes Obama could have logistically attended the funerals of the thirty fallen, particularly with his busy fundraising schedule. And in all fairness, Obama did change his schedule to meet the flag-draped coffins returning to the U.S. on August 9th — at which time he posed for a photo, distributed to news outlets and posted on the White House website as the Photo of The Day — regardless of the request from at least nineteen of the bereaved families not to do so. But nine days later he was throwing humility to the wind and hitting the links, which seems to be par for the course on Obama’s lavish romp through public service. Still, watching our most revered soldiers laid to rest as their Commander-in-Chief putts, seems to prove once and for all the job isn’t just outside his comfort zone, it’s above Obama’s pay grade.

It’s obvious that still unbeknownst to Obama, the Office of the President really does follow him wherever he goes, as does the honor and dignity of every soldier. It comes as no surprise that our Commander-in-Chief golfs, bikes, and hobknobs as the men he is charged with sending into harm’s way are laid to rest. And it comes as no surprise that the soldiers he forsakes make a mockery, even quite inadvertently, of Obama’s incompetence by their very exceptionalism ..."

Read the full story at the link above.



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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Caption contest: Barack and Michelle Obama

Pick the caption of your choice: Hurricane Irene edition

If you are cooped up in your home as Hurricane Irene pounds the eastern seaboard, here is a diversion.

From the website LMAO (Laugh my ass off Obama), pick your favorite caption for these pictures of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama and then go vote at the link above.










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Video: Hurricane Irene from the cockpit of an Air Force hurricane hunter flight!

Hurricane Irene hunting from the eye of the storm!

This video shows the way that the Air Force is getting the critical information on Hurricane Irene from inside the eye of the storm.


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Live tracking map of Hurricane Irene (with a little political opinion thrown in)

Live from New York, it is the calm before what could be a very damaging storm as we await the impending arrival of Hurricane Irene (tracking map below)!

With Hurricane Irene approaching, it is for the most part politically quiet with President Obama back in the White House.

Political nitpicking

Quiet, unless of course you consider the fact that, like the trip to Martha's Vineyard, the President and First Lady went on separate government jets back to Washington although traveling within hours of each other.

When someone else is paying for it (you and I), does cost really matter?

I suppose however that if one wanted to at least appear sympathetic to the masses with a 9.1% unemployment rate (real unemployment rate close to 20%), jobs nowhere to be found and an economy that is anything but robust, the First Family could have slummed it a little bit and all fly Air Force One.

This is particularly true if the polling data says that your popularity and approval ratings have never been lower and you are up for reelection in 2012!

Hurricane Irene! Track and prepare!

In any event the article below was run a couple of days ago but if you missed it, this is the tracking map for Hurricane Irene as well as the steps to take in order to prepare for before (may be a little late now), during and after a major weather event.

Tracking map of Hurricane Irene (Map may take a few seconds to load)

To update the map simply refresh the page.

To see the current hurricane strength projection for your location click on the colored graphic closest to you (i.e. 1, 2, 3, TS).






What do do before, during and after Hurricane Irene!

Before

Understand the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning. A hurricane watch means that a hurricane may occur within the next 24 to 36 hours. A hurricane warning means that a hurricane will probably strike your area within the next 24 hours.

Prepare a survival kit.

Plan your evacuation route in advance of the storm.

Close storm shutters and board up all windows.

Stock up on drinking water and non-perishable goods.

Have a supply of batteries as well as flashlights and a portable radio that are in good working condition.

Review with all family members how to shut off utilities in an emergency.

Secure all outdoor objects or move them inside.

Secure your boat or move it to a safer place.

Fuel your car in case you must leave immediately.

During

Listen to the radio for important storm information and instructions.

If at home, stay inside and away from all windows, skylights and glass doors. Do not go outside, even if the weather appears to have calmed. The "eye" of the storm can pass quickly, leaving you outside when strong winds resume.

If you must evacuate, leave as soon as possible and be sure to tell someone outside of the storm area where you will be.

After

Stay tuned to the radio or television. If you had to evacuate, return home only after authorities advise it is safe to do so.

Avoid downed power lines.

Beware of and check for gas leaks or electrical system damage.

Make temporary repairs as necessary.

Promptly report the loss using the toll-free claim reporting number.

DisasterSafety.org


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Friday, August 26, 2011

Iran's nuclear weapons intentions: Suggested beach reading for the President!


With President Obama returning from vacation, perhaps he should take a few minutes to read up on new developments concerning Iran's nuclear weapons intentions and plans for the region (i.e. Israel)!

Hurricane Irene bearing down on the east coast however might force this reading to be an indoor activity for the President.

It is of course easy to understand President Obama forgetting about some pressing global issues with his fun in the sun, golf and all of the excitement surrounding whether or not he felt the Virginia earthquake while on the putting green (the answer is that he didn't).

But earthquake or not, Iran continues moving forward.

Heading back to Washington

With President Obama now refreshed and recharged after his R&R, he is no doubt ready to get back to Washington and hit the campaigning and fundraising trail in earnest with renewed vigor, but here is a reminder for him.

Iran's nuclear weapons intentions are still a clear and present danger to Israel, the entire Middle East and to the rest of the world!

Sanctions be damned, nothing has changed beyond Iran continuing to move down the nuclear weapons path, if in fact they haven't already arrived at that destination!



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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hurricane Irene: Evacuating New York City!


If you live in the 5 boroughs of New York City or on Long Island, this is the evacuation map being used in the event Mayor Bloomberg decides that people living in certain low-lying areas need to get out!

The decision will most likely be made Friday, but this map will tell you (as if you don't already know), whether you are at risk of being told to leave.

Click on the map to enlarge.


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PSA: Tracking map of Hurricane Irene and steps to prepare for before, during and after she hits!

Tracking map of Hurricane Irene (Map may take a few seconds to load)

To update the map simply refresh the page.

To see the current hurricane strength projection for your location click on the colored graphic closest to you (i.e. 1, 2, 3, TS).





What do do before, during and after Hurricane Irene!

Before

Understand the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning. A hurricane watch means that a hurricane may occur within the next 24 to 36 hours. A hurricane warning means that a hurricane will probably strike your area within the next 24 hours.

Prepare a survival kit.

Plan your evacuation route in advance of the storm.

Close storm shutters and board up all windows.

Stock up on drinking water and non-perishable goods.

Have a supply of batteries as well as flashlights and a portable radio that are in good working condition.

Review with all family members how to shut off utilities in an emergency.

Secure all outdoor objects or move them inside.

Secure your boat or move it to a safer place.

Fuel your car in case you must leave immediately.

During

Listen to the radio for important storm information and instructions.

If at home, stay inside and away from all windows, skylights and glass doors. Do not go outside, even if the weather appears to have calmed. The "eye" of the storm can pass quickly, leaving you outside when strong winds resume.

If you must evacuate, leave as soon as possible and be sure to tell someone outside of the storm area where you will be.

After

Stay tuned to the radio or television. If you had to evacuate, return home only after authorities advise it is safe to do so.

Avoid downed power lines.

Beware of and check for gas leaks or electrical system damage.

Make temporary repairs as necessary.

Promptly report the loss using the toll-free claim reporting number.

DisasterSafety.org


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Must see video of candidate Obama: Increasing debt is irresponsible!



Candidate Obama
had much different ideas concerning our country's debt load then President Obama has!

Once again a H/T goes to the Mark Levin Show where I heard this tape yesterday afternoon.

Warning: If you are not sitting down, please take a seat before you hit play.

We all know that politicians are disingenuous bordering on pathological liars, but this utterance by Obama is too much to be believed!



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Michelle Obama vacations cost the taxpayers a fortune if you consider $10MM a fortune!

The Martha's Vineyard junket is mere child's play compared to other Michelle Obama vacations and jaunts!

It's good to be the king and queen of the United States of America or so it certainly seems to watch the opulent lifestyle enjoyed by the Obama family.

In the new normal where the term trillions gets thrown around as if it were some insignificant pocket change, the money being spent by Michelle Obama on recreational travel is outrageous!

I was listening to the Mark Levin Show on my way home from work and almost drove off the road as he read out loud this article from the Daily Mail in the UK.

He opined as to why this story doesn't get more press (or any press) in the US mainstream media, but in their role as the Barack Obama protector and deflector the answer to that question goes without saying.

Here, in its entirety, is a look at the way in which American royalty lives! From the Daily Mail comes the article,


"The Obamas' summer break on Martha's Vineyard has already been branded a PR disaster after the couple arrived four hours apart on separate government jets.

But according to new reports, this is the least of their extravagances.

White House sources today claimed that the First Lady has spent $10million of U.S. taxpayers' money on vacations alone in the past year.

Branding her 'disgusting' and 'a vacation junkie', they say the 47-year-old mother-of-two has been indulging in five-star hotels, where she splashes out on expensive massages and alcohol.

The 'top source' told the National Enquirer: 'It's disgusting. Michelle is taking advantage of her privileged position while the most hardworking Americans can barely afford a week or two off work.

'When it's all added up, she's spent more than $10million in taxpayers' money on her vacations.'

The First Lady is believed to have taken 42 days of holiday in the past year, including a $375,000 break in Spain and a four-day ski trip to Vail, Colorado, where she spent $2,000 a night on a suite at the Sebastian hotel.

And the first family's nine-day stay in Martha's Vineyard is also proving costly, with rental of the Blue Heron Farm property alone costing an estimated $50,000 a week.

The source continued: 'Michelle also enjoys drinking expensive booze during her trips. She favours martinis with top-shelf vodka and has a taste for rich sparking wines.

'The vacations are totally Michelle's idea. She's like a junkie. She can't schedule enough getaways, and she lives from one to the next - all the while sticking it to hardworking Americans.'

While the President and his wife do pay for some of their personal expenses from their own pocket, the website whitehousedossier.com says that the amount paid by the couple is 'dwarfed by the overall cost to the public'.

The magazine also reported that Mrs Obama, whose fashion choices are widely followed, had been going on 'wild shopping sprees', much to the distress of her husband, who, its sources reveal, is 'absolutely furious' at his wife's 'out-of-control spending'.

The President has already come under fire this week over his decision to take a family vacation while millions of Americans are out of work and countless more are financially strapped.

But the situation sparked further anger after he and his wife elected to fly separately to the Massachusetts retreat - despite travelling on the same day.

Mr Obama left the White House aboard Marine One on his way to Andrews Air Force base to hitch a lift aboard Air Force One - along with First Dog Bo.

After landing at Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station, he then took a final helicopter to his holiday destination to complete the remarkable 500-mile journey.

His wife and daughters, who arrived just four hours earlier, were also travelling from Washington, but took a specially designed military aircraft.

They would also have had their own motorcade from the airport to the vacation residence.

FIRST LADY OF LUXURY TRAVEL: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE OBAMAS’ LAVISH GETAWAYS OVER THE PAST 12 MONTHS

GIRLS’ TRIP TO SPAIN: AUGUST 2010

The exact cost is unclear as Mrs Obama and her 40 friends footed many personal expenses, such as hotels and meals themselves.

But the U.S. taxpayer would have paid for the First Lady’s 68-strong security detail, personal staff, and use of presidential jet Air Force Two.

Per diems for the secret service team runs at around $281 each - nearly $98,000 for the length of the summer break.

Use of Air Force Two, the Air Force version of a 757, comes in at $149,900 for the round trip. This does not include time on the ground.

Mrs Obama’s personal staff, of which there are an unknown amount and might cost considerably more per day, should also be taken into account.

CHRISTMAS BREAK IN HAWAII: DECEMBER 2010

According to the Hawaii Reporter, the bill for the $1.5m trip included:

$63,000 on an early flight bringing Mrs Obama and the children to Hawaii ahead of the President.

$1,000,000 on Mr Obama’s return trip from Washington on Air Force One.

$38,000 for the ‘Winter White House’ beach property rental.

$16,000 to rent nearby homes for Secret Service and Navy Seals.

$134,000 for 24 White House staff to stay at the Moana Hotel.

$251,000 in police overtime.

$10,000 for an ambulance to be on hand at all times

SKI TRIP TO VAIL: FEBRUARY 2011

Mrs Obama and her daughters stayed at the Sebastian hotel on Vail Mountain, where rooms cost more than $2,400 for multi-bedroom suites.

The family appear to have flown there on Air Force Two.

They were escorted to the resort by a motorcade of about a dozen vehicles, including 15 state and local law enforcement officers

SUMMER HOLIDAY ON MARTHA’S VINEYARD: AUGUST 2011

The Blue Heron Farm estate, where the Obama family are currently staying, rents for about $50,000 a week.

According to U.S. News and World Report, the Coast Guard is required to keep ships floating near the property, the presidential helicopter and jet remain at the ready and security agents will be on 24-hour duty."




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