Headline questions

Saddest headline in my email today: George W. Bush was the last American President.

I’m in sort of a cranky mood, especially after getting this thing in my email a dozen times. Not the HA post, the vid. If you can watch it you’ve got a stronger stomach than I do. And if you want info on the UI behind it, Malkin has it. Ugh, and ugh.

So, I’ll start with this video, instead. Note the line: “These are bad Americans, and they’re putting our country at risk.”

Okay, I have questions.

Oil Discoveries Everywhere: Except in America, where they are not allowed, because exploring for oil and refining it might create jobs and make us energy independent and Obama, and the Democrats will not stand for it. Are they purposely working against America’s own interests?

An inadvertent revelation: Looks like Maybe Bill Ayers did write Dreams of my Father after all, or large parts of it. How many frauds has O perpetrated? Fake books, fake centrist bait-and-switch…a head fake or a fake head?

Obama doesn’t know anything about ACORN, too, and the press lets him lie? Why?

He could regain some momentum if he follows this advice, which he won’t. Is it because he knows everything?

Let’s see…Lots of people unhappy with Obama’s speech to UN. Krauthammer called it embarrassing and dangerous. I read that he’s heading the UN Security Council today and having great success. The UN hearts him, because he doesn’t challenge them to do anything they don’t want to do, or to mean what they say, unless it’s to say ‘America bad.’ I hope he stays there, passing meaningless resolutions. Maybe then we’ll survive this presidency, but I am not hopeful. Is he just dangerously naive? Or is Obama simply a gullible sap?

Or is Obama simply the product of our empty, self-esteem building culture?

I don’t think he’s a gullible sap. I think he likes sitting in the big chair and saying, “I am the King of the World.”

Is he contemptuous of the first amendment? Is there a Soros-Axelrod Axis? We don’t know. We don’t know anything about this guy in the White House.

Well, we do know he’s making the hippies dream come true.

Over at Hot Air: Oh look, Obama is adopting Bush’s indefinite detention program. If only he would cut taxes to create some jobs and bring in some tax revenue, like Bush did. That would be great. Remember, just the other day we noted that Bush managed to create jobs and bring in record-breaking tax revenue, even as carbon emissions dropped? Weren’t those terrible days?

Speaking of which, Jim Miller looked into that a bit further – uses a graph and concludes:

‘… it still appears that the Bush-Cheney administration was making some progress in reducing CO2 emissions, unlike the Clinton-Gore administration before it.

(Are there any “mainstream” journalists who know that Bush may have reduced CO2 emissions, or at least slowed their growth? Probably not.) “

How easily everyone forgot
the quarters of sustained growth under Bush. How easily people ignore the fact that Germany (and now Sweden) cut taxes to create jobs and pull themselves out of recession.

What happens when: there is no more Bush to blame? Revelation? Or revolution?

Beware the dear leader hiding in progressive bosoms?

Sacred Heart Poll: 89.3% say press helped Obama into office, and help support him still.

The Honduran Despot Obama Supports?
: He’s nuts. All the guys Obama likes are nuts.

First Paterson: This president likes to butt in to local elections

Speaking of Paterson, remember when he gleefully announced he’d have raised taxes sooner, if he’d known they would chase Limbaugh out of NY? Well, reality bites:

“You heard the mantra, ‘Tax the rich, tax the rich,’ ” Gov. David Paterson said Wednesday at a gathering of newspaper editors at an Associated Press event in Syracuse. “We’ve done that. We’ve probably lost jobs and driven people out of the state.”

You know, the Bush Tax Cuts expire in January. Immediate tax increases coming. Dems and President hungry for it. Pelosi actually looks ravenous. We’re in such trouble.

On lighter notes, because I can’t stand anymore, and the way things are going we may not have to:

Derek Jeter on keeping fit at 35.

Interesting read on Mainline Protestantism

Our favorite menacing cook, Ree Drummond becomes a star. Deserved.

It’s official: Water on the Moon

Finally: The Top Baby Names of 2019. Nonsensical projection. Well, why not?

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • http://www.ponderingpenguin.blogspot.com Karen

    Thanks for the link! Excellent wrap-up all around.

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  • SjB

    One point I would like to address: jobs.

    I believe there will be no job growth (other than the already 25,000 jobs added to government so far) until employers feel safe to hire/expand their businesses. There is too much uncertainty that cannot be planned for – how do you calculate the risks for government regulations on: health insurance, cap-n-trade, union favoritism, retaliatory actions against business (think bonuses garnished by congress after the fact)(or think Humana warning it’s clients), pending regulations on wage limits…. ad infinitum.

    We have a very intrusive, unpredictable, crazy congress and white house right now. Businesses cannot make long or even short term plans right now. They have to wait to see what happens or risk losing everything because of unforeseen (how could they?) regulations.

  • dry valleys

    A Lost Job And A New Life

    (Though to be fair, I don’t think most people would be able to do that, & we wouldn’t want them to, given that for all the small-time entrepeneurs we are always going to need at least a few larger operations with rank & file employees who are content to sytay put).

  • SjB

    Lost Job/New Life

    I can understand the fairy tale here. My husband and I owned a small business for 20 years (until he died). It does have it’s perks, but this article does not address the difficulties. Our income was tied to the economy because we were general contractors and handyman work was our bread and butter during difficult economies.

    What this article doesn’t touch on is how people like my husband and I had to let all of our employees go and our kids qualified for free lunches at school while we were struggling to survive. We worked our butts off 60+ hours a week and could not afford health insurance or to pay payroll taxes to hire help. We shot a deer each year and that was our meat supply. We ate a lot of rice and beans.

    Stories like that…. buyer beware.

  • dry valleys

    Yes, it’s not for everyone, as I said. In fairness I am not the thrusting, go ahead, dynamic, etc. type & I think the majority of people aren’t. For that matter, society should be glad of this fact otherwise there would be chaos & the majority of jobs would never be done.

    I read about things like <a href="http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/gardening/291394/finding_fulfilment_through_farming.html"this. But while they may not be for me, they are definitely for others.

    I am now starting to think that after the recession, we will just go back to business of usual without major societal changes, as much as some individuals (say 10-15% of us?) will permanently change, for better or worse. Some never recover (I still see people who suffered under Thatcher & weren’t able to pick themselves up), some suddenly transform their lives.

    It depends, in reality, partly on external factors (culture & economics in the region) & partly on the sort of people we were before the hit. While I am conventional in my lifestyle, others are not, & we need both sorts.

  • dry valleys

    Link (didn’t work initially)

  • dry valleys

    Previously I thought huge changes would be wrought & society would never be the same again, but we’ll be surprised at how little life for the majority changes. Governments obviously went for business as usual after bailing out the bankers, so that is what we will get.

  • http://www.erud-awakening.blogspot.com Gina

    I hope he stays there, passing meaningless resolutions.

    LOL My husband said the same thing this morning: “Can’t we just leave him there for the next four years, making speeches and chairing votes on resolutions and voting on resolutions to vote on resolutions?” The really sad thing is, I think he’d be happier leading the UN than leading the USA with all its bitterly clinging evilmongers.

  • http://www.erud-awakening.blogspot.com Gina

    Re. the Pioneer Woman, great article except for the implication that people just go to the site to look and not cook. I’ve only been visiting there a couple weeks and I’ve already made… *counts* three or four things from her site. That’s remarkable considering the number of cookbooks sitting on my shelves which collect dust.

    I do think that the photography is a big secret to her success, however. I’ve made things I didn’t plan to make, but the pictures sat in my mind working, working, working until I just HAD to make the stuff.

    Excited for the cookbook!

  • JuliB

    Dry Valleys – Can I ask how old you are?

    Change isn’t bad, but I am pretty happy with the way things are, overall.Not 100%, what with being a Catholic and a somewhat-libertarian. I just can’t relate to people who want society changed. I prefer more of a live and let live approach. Our society in the US is (or at least was) structured to let diverse people live freely the way they want to. I think it’s an overall fine set-up. (But I believe that increased federalization/nationalization is harmful to freedom and liberty overall.)

    What type of change were you looking for? I wondered if you were young, or if you felt estranged from society so that you wanted change.

  • Bob Devine

    Being a Canadian that is loath to get involved in a discussion about the way that the USA is governed I still will say that the USA will rue the day Barrack Hussein Obama was elected.

  • Patrick

    “Are they purposely working against America’s own interests?”

    Why yes, of course, they are.

  • Catholic Greta

    What a list of questions. When you start to add up all these things and start to become concerned, you too will be called dangerous by this administration who does not like truth revealed. Next you will have them coming after you like they are Glenn Beck. In fact, you are starting to sound a lot like Glenn. We are being forced by the daily onslaught of all the tens of radicals that have infested the administration and turned loose without supervision. Each needs to be watched and who can do that and keep a day job. Obama and this infestation of radicals hate America that has existed for 200 years. They hate the constitution. Barry studied the Constitution not out of respect, but looking for ways to attack it and use the government and courts as tools of his planned distruction. Only when it is destroyed can he build his new socialist world view empire.

  • brooklyn

    a great round up. feel exactly the same.

    up is down, as the Democratic Partisan fashion has been given the keys, and reveals it exists only to drive all off a cliff.

    it’s the hard knock life for us, now, thank you Democratic Party…

  • dry valleys

    JuliB, I am 24.

    I didn’t so much say that I wanted change as that, in late 2008 & early 2009, I was really expecting it to happen like it or not. I wasn’t alone in thinking this, as you can see the feverish mood of the press at the time by going back over archives.

    In particular, I was expecting individual lifestyles to change, by people adopting personal habits of more thrift & frugality, & no longer following consumerism so slavishly. But now I am thinking that this won’t be the case.

    The mood I have sensed in the last few months has been one of calm, & a belief that in 2 years’ time we’ll be back in 2007. I am observing that this is quite unexpected.

    There are a series of reasons why I am a natural Democrat in American terms. But in Great Britain, I am not viewed as especially left-wing by the standards that exist, especially with hardcore left-wingers finding me objectionable :)

    Believe it or not I am quite sceptical of state power- I have witnessed it being ratcheted up, often in the name of counter-terrorism, but what I consider unacceptable infringements on my civil liberties. I have also seen heavy-handed government schemes that just don’t work- I refer to one here (I am “asquith”, which is my usual username. Note that the post itself runs along similar lines.

    But I suppose that a Briton who is halfway between a liberal & a libertarian would be viewed as a fairly strong left-winger in America, because the two countries have such different political cultures.

    I am always amused by the stories about people moving right as they grow older. But I don’t think it will happen to me, as they were generally people who were fairly unthinking liberals. I do, however, look at a few of my peers & think “Yes, you’re going to be a conservative when you’re in your 40s”.

    Yes, I’m sorry if I gave the wrong impression by saying I wanted some vague, unexplained “change”, I just meant that I was expecting it & surprised that it now appears not to be happening, surprised that 2007 seems to be rolling around again. Well, I never understood why they were called “the good times” but still.

  • dry valleys

    The above refers to the majority of people. Obviously some will change thanks to the recession, but I can’t help thinking most won’t, & society will remain stable. Make of that what you will- it depends what you thought of the old ways :)

  • dry valleys

    Obviously not making myself clear- I was expecting Lehman Brothers etc to be bigger deals than they turned out to be. Perhaps my view is coloured by the fact that my own government, tied in with city banker interests as it is, is desperate to go back to the “boom” it created, & consumers all seem quite glad of the chance to revert to what they consider normal.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Actually, Dry Valleys, here in my section of the US, I see a lot of people giving up on consumerism, and buying things—mainly, because they don’t have any money to spend, not because they’re adopting some supposedly more enlightened, uplifting lifestyle. Some of them are even having to walk away from their homes.

    And I don’t sense much calm, either.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    JulieB, like you, I was fairly happy with our society as it was. I see our country as being less in need of some overall, vaguely idealist “change” than I do of it being in need of preserving what’s good about it, before it’s lost forever. And, yes, jobs, jobs, jobs, and oil drilling, and even nuclear power, so we’re not dependent for energy on the whims of Middle-Eastern potentates.

  • John Bey

    Talking about lies and corruption you forgot the past 8 years that ruined this country and many of its citizens. No matter how much you hate Obama, he was elected to clean up the mess left behind by the worst president ever. And the fact that he is educated and intelligent can only help.

    [so intelligent -admin]

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    John, it’s getting to be long past the point where this administration can blame all its woes on the previous one.

    As for intelligence, it depends on how you use it; as for education, it depends on what it consisted of, and how you use that, too.

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  • dry valleys

    “it’s getting to be long past the point where this administration can blame all its woes on the previous one. ”

    Are we to infer that there will be no more references to Carter or B. Clinton then?

    No more Community Reinvestment Act & the rest of it?

    Glad we’ve sorted that one out. If, as you say, administrations wipe out what their predecessors did & can be held solely responsible, we must assume Bush nullified everything his predecessors did when his party held power all the way through, so you have no right to mention anything before 2000.

    Unless you want to admit that administrations can leave long hangovers.

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    Obama is stumbling but Republicans are nowhere to be seen. I am confident for a Democrat victory in 2010, even if a slightly less overwhelming one than 2008.

  • Mickey

    Mrs. Anchoress, Ma’am, a point of order.

    I have always been uncomfortable with the label “Bush Detention Policy”…it’s really “Detention Under International Humanitarian Law” (IHL = Geneva and Hague Conventions / Protocols). Mr Obama is continuing the policy because: (1) its lawful, and (2) its prudent.

    A few notes:

    1. Anyone in battle is a “combatant” by definiton.

    2. If a combatant does not follow IHL (i.e. “Geneva”) is, therefore, is by definition an “unlawful combatant.”

    3. An “unlawful combatant” is a combatant who does not meet ALL of the following:

    - Fights in the service of a legitimate authority
    - Wears a uniform
    - Carries weapons openly

    Clearly, Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters met NONE of these since they employed IEDs, didn’t wear uniforms, hid their weapons, and their “gov’t” was not legitimate.

    4. Therefore, when captured on the battlefield, AQ and Taliban fighters were interned according to the Laws of Land Warfare (IHL) (in addition to being given food, water, and medical attention). According to a 2002 Presidential Military Order (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/nation/documents/020702bush.pdf) these detainees were to be treated in accordance with Geneva, even though they did not qualify for such treatment under IHL.

    5. The belligerent countries have the right, under Geneva and Hague protocols, to detain their prisoners until those prisoners are no longer a threat. This, the US and our Allies are doing both in theater and at Gitmo. Curiously, detention in civilian prisons, might be a violation of the detainees rights under IHL since prisoners captured on the battlefield are not supposed to be subjected to civilian courts.

    6. These people are not common criminals…they’re war criminals. They’re not incarcerated because they steal cars or sell drugs (although they probably did those things, too). They’re in detention because they violated the Laws of War and are a danger to others.

    That Mr Bush and his Administration were never able to articulate those simple facts is a constant source of frustration to me.

  • Charlie Collier


    Regarding oil exploration in the United States, the penultimate paragraph of the article you cite from the NYT, as proof that there are not discoveries in the U.S, reads: “Meanwhile, in the Gulf of Mexico, BP’s discovery proves that the area remains one of the most promising oil regions in the United States. BP has estimated that the Tiber field holds four billion to six billion barrels of oil and gas, which would be enough, in theory, to meet domestic consumption for more than a year.” And here’s the first paragraph from a Bloomberg news piece dated September 3, 2009: “The discovery of the biggest U.S. oil find in three years might spur an exploration revival in the Gulf of Mexico, a region thought by some industry executives to be played out after output slumped.”

    If all of your linking/attacks on Obama are as ill-informed and off-target as this instance, I guess I’m done with this blog. Nothing but ideological sniping and whining here.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Valleys, Clinton is always good for a laugh; as for Carter, he simply won’t go away, so how can we say he’s gone yet? Every time we think he’s finally retired, he pops back up again. He’s kinda like the proverbial bad penny, that way.

    But the Obama administration is really overdoing the “It’s all Bush’s fault!” routine. At some point, Obama’s going to have to take responsibility for his own mistakes, and start being a leader. Good leaders don’t lay all the blame on scapegoats. Reagan, as I recall, got right to work; he didn’t constantly moan about how Carter had sabotaged him, so he couldn’t possibly get anything accomplished.

    If Obama really wants to leave some kind of legacy, shouldn’t it be something a bit better than “I could have done better, if it hadn’t been for Bush!” Also, it is September, he’s well into the first year of his presidency.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Honestly, I sometimes get the impression that a lot of Democrats, and a lot of people on the Left, enjoyed hating Bush so much, they’re actually rather sorry he’s gone. They try hating Beck, and Limbaugh, but it’s just not the same. So they do the next best thing, (for them); they blame Bush for all the problems of the current administration, like the pigs, in Orwell’s “Animal Farm” blame all their mishaps on the mechinations of the supposedly nefarious enemy, “Snowball.” Not only does this get Obama off the hook for everything; it allows them to go on hating Bush.

    As for Carter, he was considered one of our most respected former presidents, due to his work with Habitat for Humanity. Unfortunately, the man keeps trying to insert himself back into politics, especially when they involve the Middle-East. He just can’t keep away from it! It’s like dangling catnip in front of your cat! So, when he does come back, he reminds everybody exactly why he lost presidency way back when, and he gets his share of blame, but a lot of that is because he insists on being a player in what’s happening now.

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