Thursday, May 24, 2012

Obama and reality

What’s New Today

Story #1 is relates the real tragedy that isn’t being covered along with the Trayvon Martin homicide.  #2 looks at the ad charging Bain as vampires and compares it to the 100,000 people who lost their jobs when Obama took over GM.  #3 relates that even though the Democrats want to say the economy is going in the right direction, it still is pathetic.  #4 talks about the Obamameter which measures how much you suck up to professors at Harvard.  #5 gives just another example of left wing bias in the press.  #6 is a warning of what Obama’s energy policies will do to the country.  #7 is about zero tolerance being zero intelligence. 

Today’s Thoughts

On Jay Leno the other night regarding the street in San Francisco named after Nancy Pelosi.  It’s called Botex Drive.  

The upcoming recall election in Wisconsin appears to be going Scott Walker’s way.   The latest poll had him up by 8 with him losing in union families by only 3 percent. 

The Real Tragedy of Trayvon Martin

Each year, roughly 7,000 blacks are murdered. Ninety-four percent of the time, the murderer is another black person. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 1976 and 2011, there were 279,384 black murder victims. Using the 94 percent figure means that 262,621 were murdered by other blacks. Though blacks are 13 percent of the nation’s population, they account for more than 50 percent of homicide victims. Nationally, black homicide victimization rate is six times that of whites, and in some cities, it’s 22 times that of whites. Coupled with being most of the nation’s homicide victims, blacks are most of the victims of violent personal crimes, such as assault and robbery.

The magnitude of this tragic mayhem can be viewed in another light. According to a Tuskegee Institute study, between the years 1882 and 1968, 3,446 blacks were lynched at the hands of whites. Black fatalities during the Korean War (3,075), Vietnam War (7,243) and all wars since 1980 (8,197) come to 18,515, a number that pales in comparison with black loss of life at home. It’s a tragic commentary to be able to say that young black males have a greater chance of reaching maturity on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan than on the streets of Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Oakland, Newark and other cities.

A much larger issue is how might we interpret the deafening silence about the day-to-day murder in black communities compared with the national uproar over the killing of Trayvon Martin. Such a response by politicians, civil rights organizations and the mainstream news media could easily be interpreted as “blacks killing other blacks is of little concern, but it’s unacceptable for a white to kill a black person.”

There are a few civil rights leaders with a different vision. When President Barack Obama commented about the Trayvon Martin case, T. Willard Fair, president of the Urban League of Greater Miami, told The Daily Caller that “the outrage should be about us killing each other, about black-on-black crime.” He asked rhetorically, “Wouldn’t you think to have 41 people shot (in Chicago) between Friday morning and Monday morning would be much more newsworthy and deserve much more outrage?” Former NAACP leader Pastor C.L. Bryant said the rallies organized by Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson suggest there is an epidemic of “white men killing black young men,” adding: “The epidemic is truly black-on-black crime. The greatest danger to the lives of young black men are young black men.”

While the death of Trayvon Martin is a tragedy, this issue is one we should be looking for a solution for.

Obama:  the real vampire

According to President Obama, the Western world is safer and more secure thanks to the two-day NATO talkfest in the Windy City. Feel better?

But that came at the end of a public statement that began with the more politically important expression of deep gratitude to "my great friend, Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of the city of Chicago." First things first.
The Democrat didn't have time to mention that Emanuel is a fellow product of the Chicago Democrat machine and the finance chair of Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign, as he was of Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign.

Emanuel's the diminutive fellow who's taking all these private evening trips off his mayoral schedule for quiet dinners in New York with those evil investment people and bankers that Obama is denouncing by day, the 1% moneyed crowd that's produced almost all of Obama's chiefs of staff.

They're bad guys now because of you-know-who, the Republican former governor whose former investment company trained Obama's current acting budget director.

But those are inconvenient details. Like the 100,000+ people who lost their jobs in Obama's automobile bailout/sellout. Right now, the guy who's never run a company or hired a private employee in his working life wants to talk about Mitt Romney's former company shutting down an inefficient steel mill after years of trying to save it after Romney left the company.

This is what we can expect in coming weeks, the kind of distortion that repelled former Obama aide Steve Rattner and Newark Mayor Cory Booker in recent days, until the campaign got to Booker. No Obama pullback here….

The Auto bailout is a good thing for Republicans to talk about.  Remember how the government  arbitrarily shut down thousands of dealerships throwing tens of thousands of employees out of work?  Sort of like a vampire, wouldn’t you say?

So How’s the Recovery Going?

President Obama, in speech after speech, proudly makes the following point: Although we inherited the worst recession since the Great Depression, we have generated net new jobs every month, and while we need to do more, we are going in the right direction.

Of course, recoveries always go in the right direction—that is, things get better over time. But merely going in the right direction is an incredibly low performance standard. Moreover, since deep recessions are generally followed by more robust recoveries, this should have been one of the strongest recoveries ever.

So what went wrong? All the available Keynesian levers for achieving economic growth have been pulled, yet the recovery is one of the weakest since World War II. The problem lies with the way the "stimulus" was carried out, the uncertainty of looming higher taxes, and the antibusiness rhetoric and regulatory strong-arming of this administration.
First, exactly how weak has this recovery been? The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis tracks economic performance for each recovery and compares gross-domestic-product growth and job growth, the two most important indicators of economic performance. Over the past 60 years, there have been 11 recessions and 11 recoveries.
Sadly, this recovery is near the bottom of all 11. Cumulative nonfarm job growth is just 1.9% 34 months into recovery, the ninth-worst performance and well below the average job growth of 6.5%. Cumulative GDP growth is just 6.8% 11 quarters into this recovery, less than half the average (15.2%) and the worst of all 11….

Obama is like a baseball player who breaks out of a slump where he went 0-30 and in the last 5 games has gone 2 for 25.  Bragging that you have a .080 batting average in your last five games doesn’t make you a candidate for player of the year. In fact you are probably going to the minors. 

Have you heard of the Obamameter?

So the other day, I was having lunch on the patio at Orso’s with a fellow screenwriter, and as we watched all the suits making deals that didn’t include us, all the actresses who aren’t going to be in our movies, and all the agents who won’t return our phone calls, this writer leaned over to me and whispered, “Have you heard about the Obamamometer?”

I won’t keep you in suspense. Turns out that this writer knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who went to Harvard Law with B. Hussein Obama Jr., and, the story goes, such was Barry’s monumental capacity for sucking up to his professors that the “Obamamometer” was established to calibrate and quantify the most egregious, shameless brown-nosing, and it quickly became the gold standard of Uriah Heep-dom in Cambridge, Mass. “That was a 10 on the Obamamometer,” the Harvard men and women would whisper when someone rose to the unctuous level of Barry at his best. Who knows, maybe they still do.

I laughed in my friend’s face — “you expect me to believe that?” I cried. After all, if you wanted to invent the ideal candidate for a post-9/11 world, you couldn’t do much better than Obama: his parents’ brave interracial marriage, their tragically broken home, the early years experiencing religious and cultural diversity in Indonesia, then on to a fancy private prep school in Hawaii, Harvard Law, and, for good measure, a dollop of good old-fashioned Chicago machine/ward-heeler bare-knuckled politics. No wonder a first-term senator with no particular qualifications or accomplishments realized that he could run for president!

But my friend had even more surprises in store for me. It seems that at Harvard our Barry was widely regarded as a person of overweening arrogance and a gold-plated sense of entitlement; not only did the world owe him a living, it owed him just about everything. I was so upset I made my buddy pick up the check for our two salads, a shared carpaccio, and designer waters, since he’s working at the moment and I’m not….

…But maybe Barry’s private remarks didn’t come off as helpful. (Have they tracked down the Bushitler operative who recorded his chat and leaked it to Arianna yet? Where’s Alberto Gonzales when we need him?) Maybe they really did sound arrogant, aloof, and condescending — quintessentially Harvard, as it were. Hey, give the guy a break: One of the hardest things about being a liberal Democrat is that, when you’re talking to the resentful yahoos whose votes you unfortunately need, you have to pretend to care about them. When you’re trying to sell Hope and Change, you need to give the rubes Hope that the Change is going to be Change they want. Even when you know there’s no Hope of that.

Just ask Mrs. Obama. Quoth Michelle: “Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.”

You hear that, people — we’re talking to you!...

I found a mention of the Obamameter and hadn’t heard about it so I goggled it and came up with this story.  Was BHO as suck up and arrogant?  From what we’ve seen the last few years there is no contrary evidence to eliminate it from being possible. 

Proof of Press Bias for the non-believers

On Monday 43 different Catholic institutions filed 12 separate lawsuits against Obama's HHS mandate requiring them to fund contraception, sterilization, and chemical abortions.
The story has even greater impact than it appears at first glance because one of the institutions suing Obama is the University of Notre Dame, the same university that was derided by many Catholics for having Obama as a commencement speaker.

In an election year where Obama needs to retain the Catholic vote it would seem newsworthy that the most famous Catholic college in America has moved from giving the President an honorary degree to suing him.
Yet as of Wednesday morning the network nightly news coverage has totaled 19 seconds.
ABS and NBC haven't mentioned the lawsuits and CBS devoted 19 seconds to the issue. This during what is clearly a slow news cycle since ABC devoted time to sleep apnea--an important but not time critical issue-- and Katie Couric's assessment that Queen Elizabeth's hat was "lovely".
Can anyone imagine the same level of network coverage if 43 Black institutions, such as the NAACP and Tuskegee University, filed 12 lawsuits on the same day against the Bush administration?

This obvious example of spiking a story that doesn't fit in with the conventional liberal line provides a great teachable moment.

For years conservatives have complained about media bias; especially in the network news shows.  But generally speaking "moderates" don't listen because the issue has been framed around how to interpret the presentation of information by the network news--lots of poor people suffering but no coverage of welfare cheats for example.

But in this case it's clear that network news shows are just not covering the issue.  That's a very different thing.

Conservatives can use this example to show "moderates" why they can't trust the network news.  There's no need to explain liberal dog whistles or go into detail about how various stories are spun.
Instead it's very simple. Major news event occurred;  network news ignored it because they didn't like it. End of story in more ways than one….

In fact the thing that liberals hate about Fox News is not they their stories are slanted right, but they cover stories the left would just as soon bury.  They bring up stories that in the past they could ignore and it would be as if it never happened. 

The Results of Obama’s energy policies 

Last week PJM Interconnection, the company that operates the electric grid for 13 states (Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia) held its 2015 capacity auction. These are the first real, market prices that take Obama’s most recent anti-coal regulations into account, and they prove that he is keeping his 2008 campaign promise to make electricity prices “necessarily skyrocket.”

The market-clearing price for new 2015 capacity – almost all natural gas – was $136 per megawatt. That’s eight times higher than the price for 2012, which was just $16 per megawatt. In the mid-Atlantic area covering New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and DC the new price is $167 per megawatt. For the northern Ohio territory served by FirstEnergy, the price is a shocking $357 per megawatt.

Obama promised that he would raise the price of energy and his EPA is delivering.  This is absolutely astounding.

High School Nurse Refuses Student in Asthma Attack his Inhaler

Volusia County School officials stand by a Deltona High School nurse's decision to refuse a student his inhaler during an asthma attack, citing a lack of a parent's signature on a medical release form.

"It's like something out of a horror film. The person just sits there and watches you die," said Michael Rudi, 17. "She sat there, looked at me and she did nothing."

He said the school dean found his inhaler during a search of his locker last Friday. The inhaler was still in its original packaging -- complete with his name and directions for its use; however, the school took it away because his mother hadn't signed the proper form for him to have it.

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