More of Obama's Change

on Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Are you a financially responsible adult with good credit? Congratulations! Now you get to be penalized for it:

Credit cards have long been a very good deal for people who pay their bills on time and in full. Even as card companies imposed punitive fees and penalties on those late with their payments, the best customers racked up cash-back rewards, frequent-flier miles and other perks in recent years.

Now Congress is moving to limit the penalties on riskier borrowers, who have become a prime source of billions of dollars in fee revenue for the industry. And to make up for lost income, the card companies are going after those people with sterling credit.

Banks are expected to look at reviving annual fees, curtailing cash-back and other rewards programs and charging interest immediately on a purchase instead of allowing a grace period of weeks, according to bank officials and trade groups.

“It will be a different business,” said Edward L. Yingling, the chief executive of the American Bankers Association, which has been lobbying Congress for more lenient legislation on behalf of the nation’s biggest banks. “Those that manage their credit well will in some degree subsidize those that have credit problems.”
In Obama's ideal world, those of us who did things right with our financial investments the first time are labeled as "selfish" and asked (or forced) to pay the tab for those who wanted the 6-bedroom house and new Audi on their $50K a year salary. And since we're already paying for the loser's mortgages anyway, why not take on all their credit card debt too. 3 cheers for financial responsibility!

Confirmed: Pelosi Is, Indeed, A Shameless Liar

on Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Nancy Pelosi, April 23, 2009 -

"We were not -- I repeat -- were not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation methods were used."
And to any doubters who may think that I've skewed her words or taken them out of context, I present you with the damning evidence from the mouth of the Madame herself as she tries to play dumb in a failed attempt to appease the nutroots:


Fail.

Nice try Pelosi, but you forgot about one little thing: Internet archives, wherein we find this -

Washington Post, December 9, 2007 -

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour of the CIA's overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk.

Among the techniques described, said two officials present, was waterboarding, a practice that years later would be condemned as torture by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill. But on that day, no objections were raised. Instead, at least two lawmakers in the room asked the CIA to push harder, two U.S. officials said.

"The briefer was specifically asked if the methods were tough enough," said a U.S. official who witnessed the exchange.

...And this:

New York Times, April 21, 2009 -

“We were briefed, and we certainly understood what C.I.A. was doing,” Mr. Goss said in an interview. “Not only was there no objection, there was actually concern about whether the agency was doing enough.”

...And this:

Washington Post, April 25, 2009 -

Let me be clear. It is my recollection that:

-- The chairs and the ranking minority members of the House and Senate intelligence committees, known as the Gang of Four (which included Pelosi -ed.), were briefed that the CIA was holding and interrogating high-value terrorists.

-- We understood what the CIA was doing.

-- We gave the CIA our bipartisan support.

-- We gave the CIA funding to carry out its activities.

-- On a bipartisan basis, we asked if the CIA needed more support from Congress to carry out its mission against al-Qaeda.

I do not recall a single objection from my colleagues. They did not vote to stop authorizing CIA funding.

*Sigh* ...And this:

2002 DNI Report via ABC News, May 7, 2009 -

The report details a Sept. 4, 2002 meeting between intelligence officials and Pelosi, then-House intelligence committee chairman Porter Goss, and two aides. At the time, Pelosi was the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee.

The meeting is described as a “Briefing on EITs including use of EITs on Abu Zubaydah, background on authorities, and a description of particular EITs that had been employed.”

EITs stand for “enhanced interrogation techniques,” a classification of special interrogation tactics that includes waterboarding...

“The briefers described these techniques, said they were legal, but said that waterboarding had not yet been used,” Daly said.

...And even this:

Washington Post, May 9, 2009 -

A top aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi attended a CIA briefing in early 2003 in which it was made clear that waterboarding and other harsh techniques were being used in the interrogation of an alleged al-Qaeda operative, according to documents the CIA released to Congress on Thursday...

A Democratic source acknowledged yesterday that it is almost certain that Pelosi would have learned about the use of waterboarding from Sheehy. Pelosi herself acknowledged in a December 2007 statement that she was aware that Harman had learned of the waterboarding and had objected in a letter to the CIA’s top counsel.

...And finally this:

Politico, May 11, 2009 -

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi learned in early 2003 that the Bush administration was waterboarding terror detainees but didn’t protest directly out of respect for “appropriate” legislative channels, a confidant of the San Francisco Democrat said Monday...

[T]here’s no dispute that on Feb. 4, 2003 — five months after Pelosi’s September meeting — CIA officials briefed Pelosi aide Michael Sheehy and Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), then the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, on the specific techniques that had been used on Zubaydah — including waterboarding.

But other than the fact that both she and her staffers were briefed on all of the techniques used - including waterboarding - and besides the fact that she was even given a personal tour of the waterboarding facility, she insists that she wasn't told about any waterboarding...

I'm just curious, California, why do you keep electing this woman?

Confirmed: Sky Is Not Falling

on Thursday, May 7, 2009

For all the rhetoric Obama has been throwing around about this crisis being, in many ways, as bad as the Great Depression, CNN Money corraborates what I was saying several months ago. That is to say, this crisis is nowhere near the Great Depression. (if needed, click the image to open a larger view)


Optional Donations?

Remember that little box on your tax return that asks if you would like to donate a few bucks to the campaign of your choice?

Well, Nancy Pelosi and cronies have decided to go ahead and check that box for you anyway:
The House wants to increase Members’ office budgets next fiscal year by almost 15 percent, partly because 2010 is an election year and lawmakers anticipate a surge in franked mail.

In a recently released budget request, the House Chief Administrative Officer asked appropriators to raise the Members’ Representational Allowances — which fund everything needed to run offices, including salaries, travel and supplies — by $90 million, citing increases “due to the election year cycle.”
Bear in mind that, even though it is illegal for members of Congress to use tax dollars to get re-elected, Pelosi decided she was gonna go ahead and do it anyway.

Most ethical Congress evah!

Obama Has "Pork" Flu

Be ye warned: Pork Flu is infinitely more dangerous than Swine Flu because of its ultra-high degrees of contagiousness. In fact, it's so contagious that even my unborn grandchildren will be suffering the effects of Obama's horrifying disease. After promising to never pass a bill with any pork in it, he passed the Omnibus bill without even reading it - a bill that contained close to 9,000 earmarks. After which he proposed the largest one-year budget in American history laden with even more of that smoked-pork flavor than the Omnibus had.

Ah, but fear not. For our fearless leader has, once again, promised to make everything ok by vowing to remove a lousy 0.5% of the crap in his crap sandwich, leaving you and your kids with 99.5% of the sweet, wholesome goodness that is Obama's $3.5 trillion budget.
U.S. President Barack Obama's budget suggests $17 billion in spending cuts for fiscal year 2010, but Congress already has rejected some of those proposals and the savings do little to dent a projected $1.17 trillion deficit.

Obama on Thursday released details of the spending cuts, most of which were announced during or after the initial roll-out of his $3.5 trillion budget in February. Fiscal year 2010 begins on October 1.
Also take note that, instead of cutting money out of wasteful projects like remodeling government offices and giving free money to the radical fraud group ACORN, Obama decided to cut almost all of the money from defense.

You know, because the world is safe now or something.

Aww, The Media's In Love

on Wednesday, May 6, 2009

How else could you explain such sycophantic hypocrisy?

Behold the purest form of true love as the White House press stands for one president and not the other:


Add this vid to last week's Pew Research panel confirming that the fawning media has given Obama almost double the favorable coverage than they did to Bush 43 and Clinton combined, and you have a delicious double-dose of the media's love potion that has so enchanted them.

Ah, what the heck, let's go for the trifecta: While campaigning, the Huffington Post, and eventually CNN, dedicated entire segments on how evil and hypocritical John McCain was for spending $520 on his shoes.

Read it and weep, you morons. Barry and Michelle just dropped a cool $540 on a pair of kicks for the First Lady. Will the Huffington Post and CNN carry stories on the Obamas' hypocrisy and lavish spending like they did to McCain?

Happy Atheist Day

Not too long ago I speculated that our president just might be an atheist...

Dude. I was right...

President Obama is distancing himself from the National Day of Prayer by nixing a formal early morning service and not attending a large Catholic prayer breakfast the next morning.
The article later mentions that "the president prays every night". Yea right. If he refuses to pray on the National Day of Prayer, why should I believe he prays every other day? And let's not forget that our fearlessly "Christian" president still hasn't picked a church 14 months after leaving his last one.

God help us.

What I Get For Voting...

on Monday, May 4, 2009

You are reading this instead of a new post today because of jury duty. Thanks, America