July 14, 2011

Quick-Hits (071411, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:46 am

Barely scratching the surface …


Misleading headline Wednesday at CBS News, via Corbett B. Daly: “Obama says he cannot guarantee Social Security checks will go out on August 3.” Given Daly’s bogus attempt a week ago to claim that anyone who believes that Obama administration policies lengthened the recession and made it worse is being “factually inaccurate” (shattered by yours truly), this is no surprise. More correctly stated at Hot Air: “Social Security chief actuary confirms a decision to withhold checks would come from the Treasury.” In other words, the decision to delay or not issue Social Security checks would be a political call by the President, and would not be a necessity brought about by lack of funds. James Pethokoukis at Reuters has the numerical proof. Barack Obama is the person willing to throw seniors under the bus to accomplish his political goals. Party of compassion my a**.


At the Washington Post’s Checkpoint Washington blog, based on an IBOPE Zogby poll — “In most (Arab) countries surveyed, favorable attitudes toward the United States dropped to levels lower than they were during the last year of the Bush administration.”


Muslim outreach failure, part 429, from the underappreciated Patrick Poole“Somali-Americans from Minnesota Leave to Wage Jihad with Al-Shabaab Terror Group.” Money quote: “… the U.S. government continues to conduct “outreach” to the very individuals responsible for radicalizing these youths and recruiting them for jihad.” We couldn’t do worse if we were screwing up on purpose … or maybe we are. Poole’s output at Pajamas Media during the past three months reveals a government bent on giving jihadist Muslims a pass at seemingly every turn.


Patrick Richardson at Pajamas Media“Gunwalker: Smoking Gun Email — An internal ATF email seems to support the assertion that Fast and Furious was a PR stunt for gun control.” Some “stunt”: People are dead. There’s also this, from Katie Pavlich at Townhall: “Operation Fast and Furious: Designed to Promote Gun Control.” The no-sense-of-shame Department of Justice is working on gun-restricting rules which they believe would not require legislation. I know the debt-ceiling is tying up a lot of everybody’s time, but somebody besides Darrell Issa (read: John Boehner and Mitch McConnell) needs to start making the DOJ-FBI-ATF self-inflicted tragedies and the gun-regulating attempts more widely known. In terms of Fast and Furious, they need to start calling for heads to roll, a special prosecutor, or both.



  1. Now the heat is on:

    S&P warns lawmakers on debt limit downgrade: aide


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Standard & Poor’s has warned lawmakers privately that it would downgrade the country’s debt if the Treasury Department is forced to prioritize payments because Congress does not raise the debt limit, a congressional aide said on Thursday.

    The warning undercuts an argument made by some Republicans that the country’s credit rating would not be affected as long as the Treasury Department made debt service a priority over other obligations.

    2nd paragraph is interesting spin but more importantly the MSM has been smoothering what Obama has been refusing to cut, items like high speed rail (a boondoggle), etc. This is all on Obama, he’s the one who has refused to cut the size of government even though he and his buddies increased spending by over a trillion a year since he took office. A narrative the MSM has been studiously avoiding like the plague. The PR battle is now in high swing. That Tom sounds like a productive angle to follow.

    Comment by dscott — July 14, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

  2. A possible precursor to a Federal shutdown:

    Governor, Republicans Discuss Ending Minnesota Shutdown


    ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders went behind closed doors at 2 p.m. Thursday to discuss a budget proposal and some additional conditions that could end the state government shutdown.

    The meeting comes after the governor sent a letter Thursday morning to House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, saying he “reluctantly” agrees to accept the Republican budget proposal from June 30 if it will end the government shutdown .

    Apparently, the governor has concluded there is no appetite for tax increases by the public, now he’s flailing in an attempt to save some face by claiming he is trying to save something for the poor by getting one or two concessions from those mean GOPers for his signature without a tax increase.

    You can bet Team Obama has been watching how this went down, conclusion: no touring of the country to get the sense of the public since they ain’t buying what he’s selling. Face saving strategy, decry mean GOP for hurting poor and threatening retirees, Obama got the best deal he could but in the end the GOP was suicidal and I wasn’t prepared to lose everything over their obstinance.

    Comment by dscott — July 14, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

  3. McConnell grows a pair:

    McConnell: GOP Won’t Be “Reduced To Being Tax Collectors For The Obama Economy”


    My guess he is still smarting from the reaction of the plan he floated to give Obama control over the debt limit. Better to have a person who learns from their mistakes instead of one who believes everything they do is right.

    “I was truly hopeful that the President could be persuaded to view the upcoming debt limit vote as an opportunity to cut Washington spending and the debt that has ballooned since he took office, and to preserve entitlements at the same time. But in the end, he just wasn’t interested in doing something of that magnitude that would pass. He really gave us three bad choices: higher taxes, smoke and mirrors, or default. And we refuse to accept any of them. Republicans not be reduced to being the tax collectors for the Obama economy. We won’t be seduced into calling a bad deal a good deal. And we won’t let the White House fool around with the full faith and credit of the United States. If the President wants to threaten seniors or veterans or rattle the world economy by pretending he can’t pay our bills, he of course can do that. But he is not going to implicate Republicans in these efforts,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said.

    And I see the GOP leadership is reacting to all the talk on the blogs about caving in and stabbing us in the back…again. Maybe, just maybe they finally realize that the kind of compromising they have been rationalizing as responsible governance is nothing more than be accomplices to a crime. You can’t give in to a group of people who’s main goal in life is to line their own pockets and those of their campaign contributors. Collaboration and compromise are not the same, giving in to self serving people is not akin to negotiating over honest differences of opinion. Obama’s arrogance has demonstrated (repeatedly implied by vilifying) there is no honest difference of opinion between his way and the GOP.

    Maybe, they finally get the idea that those who hold power don’t necessarily have the same use for it as those who granted it to them. Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe is such a person, he spoke in the same Orwellian manner as Obama to his people and ran the country into the ground enriching himself and his friends at the expense of the population. The only people who prosper in Zimbabwe are those who are politically connected to Mugabe.

    Comment by dscott — July 14, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

  4. Apparently, there is a new spin going on blaming Cantor of baggering and being rude to Obama. The focus of course is turning away from the fact that a petulant Obama frustrated in not getting his way threw a temper tantrum by walking out of the room.

    Apparently it is rude to not sit there and politely listen while being vilified by a condescending jerk blathering on about how the only responsible thing to do is raise taxes day after day. That is the real news story which needs to go out to the public, a stubborn Obama unwilling to face reality is endangering the finances of the country.

    Comment by dscott — July 14, 2011 @ 7:00 pm

  5. Walsh to Obama: Stop Lying


    If Cantor was rude for questioning statements Obama made, then what Walsh? A patriot sir, a patriot.

    Comment by dscott — July 14, 2011 @ 10:33 pm

  6. Oh boy, not good…

    Return of the Gold Standard as world order unravels


    “One of the big US banks texted me today to say that if QE3 actually happens, we could see gold at $5,000 and silver at $1,000. I feel terribly sorry for anybody on fixed incomes tied to a fiat currency because they are not going to be able to buy things with that paper money.”

    Are you making your list yet of things for your 6 to 9 month food supply??? Have you an up to date membership at a discounter: Costco, Sams Club, BJs? best get one now, they sell stuff in bulk and no one will look twice at you having a cart full of stuff.

    Comment by dscott — July 15, 2011 @ 12:00 am

  7. Well, I guess I misspoke about Obama being petulant, he is a weasel as he attempted to renegotiate the agreement repeatedly throwing more items into the mix than agree to. h/t Legalinsurrection:


    Great audio piece of Cantor giving his side of the story. It is as I suspected, Obama isn’t really interested in a deal, he actually wants a shutdown to create chaos if the GOP won’t cave. He is counting on a replay of the Clinton win over Congress. Either this man is truly incompetent or he is attempting a Chavez style take over of the US via further usurptation with his position as POTUS. If the public opinion is so clueless as to be angry at Congress and not at Obama, then there is no hope for this country’s future. You can’t increase revenue by raising taxes in this economic situation, all that will happen is revenues will be flat or more likely fall as economic activity flees the US.

    Comment by dscott — July 15, 2011 @ 1:57 am

  8. maintain, McConnell, Schmidt and Boehner have to go.
    We are not finished cleaning house yet.
    Now they want to cede power to the president on debt limit??? WTF is this crap?????
    Please read these two posts:

    Hennessey Pins the Tail on the Donkey (Mitch McConnell)

    AmSpec read Hennessey’s essay on the McConnell evasion.

    “The McConnell bill does not increase the debt limit. It authorizes the President to increase the debt limit, as long as Congress doesn’t prevent him from doing so. Thus, you as a Member of Congress could vote for the McConnell bill, then vote for the subsequent resolutions of disapproval, and honestly say that you never voted to raise the debt limit.

    Typical. Useless, spineless, all-politics-all-the-time Congressional evasion.”

    Screw ‘em.

    Comment by Greg — July 15, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

  9. And now the other shoe is dropping:

    Markets Shrug After S&P Says 50% Chance of U.S. Credit-Rating Downgrade


    BOTH S&P and Moody’s are now threatening a down grade IF there is no sustainable path to fiscal sanity even IF there is a raise in the debt ceiling. As predicted, they are taking their cue from the Chinese in demanding a reigning in of deficit spending.

    So folks, have you finished your hyper inflation survival list? toiletries, dry and canned goods, etc. I’m telling now be ready because once the down grades are official you are not going to have a lot of time to amass your 6 – 9 stockpile before rising prices make it very painful. Trust me on this, that can of soup or bag of rice is going to be worth a lot of money and very useful for barter. Consider very carefully that once this thing really gets going, you won’t be able to afford filling up your tank with gas, meaning NO transport to job and therefore snowballing into no paycheck. You can forget public transport because just as you can’t afford the gallon of gas, neither can they. By that time most businesses will be shut down anyway. Consider also a pump action shotgun for home defense.

    Comment by dscott — July 15, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

  10. Greg, I’m a little late with this, but what is your benchmark for success? The reason I ask is because you have concluded that Boehner, Schmidt et al have already failed, which means that it’s obvious to you that they haven’t met a standard you have set.

    Specifically what is that standard, or what are they?

    Comment by TBlumer — July 17, 2011 @ 11:28 pm

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