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September 10, 2001

Posted by ginnypub on March 24, 2009

On November 20, 2008, 52.9% of the American electorate voted like it was September 10, 2001.

Here’s a reminder of why that was a mistake.

H/T: Roadster

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The Jerk Goes To Washington

Posted by ginnypub on March 23, 2009

Once upon a time there was a child who grew up in a loving family, but felt that he, somehow, didn’t fit in.

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When he had grown up, he moved to the Big City. There he met a man who made him rich and famous.

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He bought some Greek columns with some of his riches.

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Along the way, he took up with some shady characters

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And found his “Special Purpose”

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But he soon found out that he was in over his head and lost all his riches

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Because he wasn’t smart enough to learn this:

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**Breaking-Bush Admin Emails-AIG

Posted by ginnypub on March 20, 2009

Fox Business and Fox News are reporting that they have obtained 5 emails through the FOIA between the Bush Administration and AIG concerning executive bonuses.

In a Nov. 5 e-mail to a Treasury and Federal Reserve officials, an outside attorney working on the transaction wrote, “We indicated that UST (United States Treasury) … wants to put in place a limitation on annual bonuses that assure that (AIG: 1.2104, -0.3796, -23.87%) executives/employees will not be enriched out of TARP funds.”

But the e-mail indicates AIG officials pushed back on the proposal. In a section of the e-mail discussing proposed limits on severance packages for AIG employees, the attorney wrote, “They were slack jawed at the idea of imposing the restriction throughout the entire population, especially worldwide.” AIG proposed that Treasury apply such limits “to a class of partners and senior partners (700).”

At another spot in the e-mail, the attorney said about AIG executives, “They will think about ways to deal with the ‘no enrichment’ point. In this connection they again raised the size of the applicable group and kept coming back to ‘700’ as a meaningful, and possibly workable, group for limitations.”

The e-mail also indicates that in their deliberations, government officials were concerned about the effect of compensation on recruiting and retaining AIG employees.

“We also indicated that all parties understand that the restrictions must be designed so that the business can be operated in a reasonable way, including in terms of recruitment and retention of employees,” the attorney wrote in the e-mail.

A key argument in AIG’s defense of its bonus practices has been that bonuses are needed to recruit and retain key employees.

A Treasury official in the department’s general counsel office, Stephen Albrecht, wrote in response to the attorney’s e-mail, “See below. Looks like AIG has some creative thinking to do, but we’ll need to decide to what extent we’re willing to bend.”

Government officials eventually decided to restrict compensation at AIG to just the top 75 company executives. The Treasury agreed to invest $40 billion into AIG.

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The World’s Most Dangerous City

Posted by ginnypub on March 19, 2009

Those of us who have followed the blogs from Iraq written by Iraqis and members of the U.S. Armed Forces were not surprised by Charlie Gibson’s recent report on Iraq.

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What was STUNNING, however, was to see it reported from one of the alphabet networks. The evening news anchors have been a self-appointed panel of  judges and assassins of Pres. George W. Bush’s character, judgement and competence  for the past 7 years.

“Is this a war about oil?” “Where is U.N. approval?” “Is Iraq a quagmire?” “Does Pres. Bush get it?” “Is the surge a failure?” “Is hope for democracy dead in Iraq?”

Night after night, they beat the man down until his popularity hit rock bottom and truth was lost in a Hegelian blur.

The majority of Iraqis did not share the sentiments of the alphabet anchors.

Any hint of journalistic integrity evaporated when the alphabet anchors became the self-appointed press corps for presidential candidate Sen. Barry Soetoro (D-IL). He had won his first election in Chicago by having his opponets removed from the ballot on a “technicality”. Not only did his personal press corps not assassinate his character, they never even questioned it. He has a long-standing personal relationship with domestic terrorists. Not only did his personal press corps not assassinate his judgement, they never even questioned it. He condemned the Bush/Petraeus “surge” strategy in Iraq as a “complete failure” and called for surrender and defeat. Not only did his personal press corps not assassinate his competence, they never even questioned it.

While Iraqis celebrated their new freedom born out of the democracy fertilized with the blood of Americans, Iraqis and their allies, the alphabet anchors celebrated a new “visionary”. “Intelligent”, “Curious”, “Honest”-they proclaimed of this community organizer from Chicago; this mystery man with no medical records, no academic records and no birth records; this man calling himself Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.; this man who was known as Barry Soetoro on a school report card.

Barry Soetoro was sworn in 44th President of the United States of America on 20Jan09. He selected George Mitchell as Envoy to the Middle East.

But turning to Iraq, Mitchell first suggested that W’s decision on troop levels in Iraq will be driven not by the national security interests of the United States but by pure politics, stating: “I don’t think they [the Bush administration] can go into the next general election in the United States in November of 2006 with the status quo so I think you’re going to see significant troop withdrawals.” George Mitchell, Today Show

Suppose Barry Soetoro had been in office as the 43rd president. How might conditions be different in the Middle East today? How much strength and power would al-Qaeda, Saddam Hussein and Usama bin Laden have over the region?

Let’s go back in time to another century, another decade, when the same players and the same policies were in control. It really wasn’t that long ago.

In December 1992, U.S. President George H.W. Bush announced that the United States would provide the backbone of a multinational military force to secure supply lines and deliver food to the starving in Somalia. “America must act,” Bush said.

Pres. William Clinton was inaugurated on 20Jan93.

Pres. Clinton’s plan was for a “lasting solution” in Somalia. His administration would carry out this lasting solution by expanding the mandate of U.N. involvement. U.N. Resolution 814 was passed. With almost no planning, the U.N. Security Council broadened the peacekeepers’ mandate from securing relief operations to “the rehabilitation of the political institutions and economy of Somalia.” On 03Oct93, Maj. Gen. William F. Garrison decided that a good idea for a Special Ops mission would be to send a small force into a hornet’s nest of supporters of Warlord Gen. Mohamed Farah Aideed’s Somali National Alliance in the Bakara Market area of Mogadishu in BROAD DAYLIGHT to capture guerilla loyalists of Aideed.

The Clinton administration strongly supported this more aggressive stance. Madeleine Albright, then the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the goal was “nothing less than the restoration of an entire country.” Most of the U.S. Military personnel were withdrawn.

 

  

 

On 03Oct93, members of the U.S. military faced forces linked to Usama bin Laden’s al Qaeda terrorist organization  for the first time. They were outnumbered 10 to 1.

The U.S. was defeated. America lost 19 warriors and 2 Blackhawks. Something equally as precious as those lives was lost on that day, too.

“Where was this false courage of yours when the explosion in Beirut took place in 1983? And where was this courage of yours when two explosions made you leave Aden in less than twenty-four hours! But your most disgraceful case was in Somalia; where – after vigorous propaganda about the power of the United States and its post-cold war leadership of the new world order – you moved tens of thousands of an international force, including 28,000 American soldiers, into Somalia. However, when tens of your soldiers were killed in minor battles and one American pilot was dragged in the streets of Mogadishu you left the area carrying disappointment, humiliation, defeat and your dead with you…. You have been disgraced by Allah and you withdrew. The extent of your impotence and weakness became very clear.”  Usama bin Laden

What has become of Mogadishu, Somalia and its people?

Mogadishu has been wracked with internal unrest ever since. The city received renewed international attention when the Islamic Courts Union claimed control over the city, only to be pushed back by Ethiopian forces. Today, while nominally governed by the UN-sanctioned Transitional Federal Government and policed by forces from the African Union, Mogadshu remains the scene of running gun battles between rival militias and tribal factions, as well as Islamic insurgents seeking to eject AU forces.  Over a million of the city’s residents have reportedly been displaced, with tens of thousands fleeing the “city of death” altogether.

Today, Mogadishu, Somalia is the most dangerous city in the world.

And every year since 1993, Somalis have celebrated “The Day of the Rangers” on October 3rd, the day America was defeated.

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New Head of GOP-Barry Soetoro!

Posted by ginnypub on March 18, 2009

I would like to invite all my fellow Conservatives in joining me to thank Pres. Barry Soetoro for doing more to bring the GOP together and get more voters on board in 2 months than anyone else in America.

From Rasmussen‘s Generic Congressional Poll:

Date

Dem

GOP

03-15-09

39%

41%

03-08-09

42%

38%

03-01-09

41%

39%

02-22-09

41%

37%

02-15-09

41%

39%

02-08-09

40%

39%

02-01-09

42%

38%

01-25-09

42%

35%

NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL COMMUNITY ORGANIZING!

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How’s It Hangin’, Buffett (not Jimmy)?

Posted by ginnypub on March 10, 2009

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett put almost all his eggs in one basket for the past 2 years.

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How has your investment paid off, Warren?

Oh, I see.

The man considered by many to be the greatest investor of all time just had his worst year ever.

Mr. Buffett, in his annual letter, read closely by shareholders and nonshareholders alike, reported Berkshire in 2008 lost 9.6% in book value per share, a common metric Berkshire uses to track performance. That marks the biggest decline since Mr. Buffett took over in 1965, when it was a family-run East Coast textile maker.

Mr. Buffett conceded he “did some dumb things.”

What about the future, Warren?

Unemployment rate in U.S. will go well above its current levels before the downturn ends.

Inflation has the “potential” to be worse than the 1970s.

How did this happen, Warren?

“In my view, it’s an economic war, and–I don’t think anybody on December 7th would have said a `war is a terrible thing to waste, and therefore we’re going to try and ram through a whole bunch of things and–but we expect to–expect the other party to unite behind us on the–on the big problem.’ It’s just a mistake, I think, when you’ve got one overriding objective, to try and muddle it up with a bunch of other things.”

This sounds dire, Warren. What are you doing to overcome “the dumb things” you did in 2008?

Oh, I see.

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Huh! That’s what YOU are, what am I?

Posted by ginnypub on March 9, 2009

Pee-wee: I wouldn’t sell my bike for all the money in the world. Not for a hundred million, trillion, billion dollars!
Francis: Then you’re crazy!
Pee-wee: I know you are but what am I?
Francis: You’re a nerd!
Pee-wee: I know you are but what am I?
Francis: You’re an idiot!
Pee-wee: I know you are but what am I?
Pee-Wee, Francis: I know you are but what am I? I know you are but what am I? I know you are but what am I? Pee-wee: Infinity!

I was thinking about Pee Wee Herman when I read this today in the Washington Times.

President Obama was so concerned that he had appeared to dismiss a question from New York Times reporters about whether he was a socialist that he called the newspaper from the Oval Office to clarify his policies.“I did think it might be useful to point out that it wasn’t under ME that we started buying a bunch of shares of banks. It wasn’t on MY watch. And it wasn’t on MY watch that we passed a massive new entitlement -– the prescription drug plan — without a source of funding. And so I think it’s important just to note when you start hearing folks throw these words around that we’ve actually been operating in a way that has been entirely consistent with free-market principles and that some of the same folks who are throwing the word ‘socialist’ around can’t say the same.”
 
 
 

 

After viewing this photo on Michelle Malkin’s site, I realized we’ve been misspelling Barry’s slogan.

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You tell ’em, Barry:

UPDATE: FILE THIS UNDER: TIMING IS EVERYTHING!

Former correspondent for CNN en Español, Mauricio Funes, is running for President of El Salvadore under the party of the bloody, vicious Sandinista; the Communist FMLN.

The business community is not afraid of us,” Funes said in an interview. “And we are not afraid of business. I will work to strengthen the relationship with the United States, to make the U.S. more of a partner, and I think we will work well together.”

“I represent a new kind of leadership in El Salvador,” he said, sweat pouring moments after he finished a high-octane speech in front of 1,000 supporters in the plaza in Metapan on Saturday night. In his address, he vowed to put medicine on hospital shelves, help families left behind by immigrants working in the United States and reduce the price of fertilizer. Funes was introduced by a mayor in a cowboy hat, who was wearing a pistol shoved into his waistband and who worked up the crowd by proclaiming that Funes would end the rule of the “bloodsuckers.”  

 

The FMLN television spots complete the link by employing the Obama slogan in English and Spanish, vowing “Yes, we can!”
 

 

 

It wasn’t under MY watch that the Sandinista slaughtered many.

 

 

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Charlie Rangel, Class Act

Posted by ginnypub on March 9, 2009

“The American people have entrusted us with their hopes and aspirations for themselves, for their families, and for their future. We will honor that trust.”

– Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), November 8, 2006

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Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), Chairman, Ways and Means Committee, Vice Chairman for the Joint Committee on Taxation, U.S. House of Representatives, under the direction of Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.

He puts the ASS in clASS:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) denied a report on Tuesday that she had called on Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) to step aside.

“I see no reason why Mr. Rangel should step down,” Pelosi told reporters Tuesday. “I have supported his call for the ethics committee to look into it.”

The Ways and Means chairman has asked the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct to look into his use of four rent-stabilized apartments in a Harlem high-rise, his use of congressional stationery to solicit money for an educational center in New York that bears his name and, most recently, his failure to pay taxes or report rental income on a vacation home in the Dominican Republic.  September 16, 2008

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told NBC’s Meredith Vieira in an interview taped Monday that Rep. Charles Rangel should not step down as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.

Pelosi said she didn’t see “any reason” that Rangel should step down.

Tuesday, the House ethics committee said it’s now expanding its investigation of Rangel.

Pelosi said it’s up to the ethics committee to decide if Rangel should surrender his chairmanship.

“Until they make their decision, which I hope will be soon– I think that he should stay as chair of the committee,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi added, “Mr. Rangel, he loves our country. He loves this Congress. He wants to do nothing but bring credit to it. And he’ll be the first one to know what his course of action should be.”

The expanded ethics committee will investigate Rangel’s role in preserving a tax loophole that benefited a company whose executive had pledged $1 million to a center named after Rangel. December 10, 2008

House Resolution 143 to remove Rep. Rangel from his chairmanship. TABLED.

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Baucus Balking

Posted by ginnypub on March 5, 2009

Jake Tapper and crew interviewed  Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., chair of the Senate Finance Committee, for the ABC News Shuffle Podcast.

Baucus said he was “concerned” about President Obama’s proposal to help pay for health care reform by reducing the amount in itemized deductions (mortgage interest, charitable donations, etc.) that those earning more than $250,000 a year can claim on their taxes.

“It’s an issue,” Baucus said, “but there are lots of different ways to solve this one, there’s always a solution…you just have to look hard enough and carefully enough and creatively enough to find a solution and if not that tax provision, there may be some other.”

To borrow from Shawn Hannity‘s “liberal translation treatment”, that’s what Baucus said, but here’s what he meant:

Cut itemized deductions on the rich, my ass. Look you little community organizing idiot…. NOW you’re in MY pockets.

What’s that? I think I hear Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Charlie Rangel, former HHS Secretary nominee Tom Daschle, former OMB nominee Nancy Killefer, Secretary of labor Hilda Solis and Trade Representative designate Ron Kirk laughing: Baucus pays taxes! Hee hee hee… stop it…haw haw…before you make me…snort snort… pee my pants… 

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Gov. Palin’s Russian Diplomacy

Posted by ginnypub on March 4, 2009

I’m sure Barry Soetoro’s ass is chafing from his stack of foreign policy blunders this week. From publicly bitch-slapping his Secretary of State to being seen as a weak, sniveling little joke in Russia, to scaring the beJesus out of American allies, to insulting Great Britain, ole Barry’s been on a roll demonstrating why a “community organizer” lacks sufficient knowledge and experience to lead the greatest nation.

But I think Barry Soetoro’s candy-ass was already chafing because of Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK). You see, Gov. Palin did something in January that the media didn’t report on, but that Barry knows about because of his continued obsession with her; so much so, that he’s even hired a political party hack of no distinction, Alaskan State Senator Kim (‘troopergate”) Elton to be “Director of Alaskan Affairs”.

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Here’s what Gov. Sarah Palin did:

January 2, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin today is welcoming an international delegation of diplomats who are traveling to Alaska to celebrate Alaska Statehood Day on January 3, 2009. Representatives from several Asian and European countries accepted Governor Palin’s invitation to participate in weekend celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Alaska being admitted to the Union.

“We welcome these representatives with our best Alaska hospitality. We are pleased with their recognition of the importance of our 50th anniversary,” Governor Palin said. “It is a special honor to welcome Ambassador Kislyak and to showcase our state to this high-profile international group.”

Among the traveling dignitaries is Mr. Sergey Kislyak, newly appointed Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States, who is making his first visit to Alaska.

“I am so pleased to be here this weekend,” Ambassador Kislyak said. “As discussed in my meeting with Governor Palin, it is encouraging to note the similarities between Alaska and the Russian Far East. Our existing commercial connections and the mutually beneficial nature of our professional partnerships can only help provide a measure of stability as, together, we face the global economic challenges that lie ahead.”

Ambassador Kislyak also met with representatives of the Aleut International Association, Institute of the North, Alaska Rule of Law Initiative, National Parks Service, ISER Alaska Chukotka Project, and Turnagain Elementary School Russian Immersion Program, all of whom have been involved in multi-year Russia-related projects.

In addition to Ambassador Kislyak, foreign dignitaries include Yuri Gerasin, Consul General of the Russian Federation; Julian Evans, British Consul General; John Mataira, Consul General of New Zealand; Balazs Bokor, Consul General of Hungary; Sten Arne Rosnes, Consul General of Norway; Haryong Lee, Consul General of Korea; Fred Santos, Consul of The Philippines; Mel Knight, Alberta’s Minister of Energy; Marvin Schneider, Alberta’s Executive Director of the U.S. and Americas; and Haijun Wang, Deputy Director General of the Foreign Affairs Office of China’s Heilongjiang Province. Mr. Wang is leading a four-person delegation from Heilongjiang Province, a sister province to Alaska, and China’s northernmost region.

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NOTE TO BARRY SOETORO: THIS IS WHAT EXPERIENCE LOOKS LIKE.

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