February 13, 2013

Kirsten Powers Rips Obama’s State of the Union Speech, Fawning Press in USA Today Column

Kirsten Powers is definitely a liberal, but not blindly so.

Here’s her take on President Obama’s State of the Union speech last night as expressed in her Wednesday USA Today column, with an added bonus of a delicious potshot at the sycophantic press: “It was so hackish, so devoid of any theme or purpose, that it makes one wonder whether part of Obama just wants to see how bad he can be before his cultists in the news media can see it.” Obviously, from reaction seen at various NewsBusters posts today (here, here, here, and here), the cultists are still mesmerized. More from Powers’s good by hardly error-free column is after the jump (bolds are mine):

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Politico’s Thrush Cites Obama’s SOTU ‘Spending Proposals,’ Omits His Claim That They Won’t Increase Deficit ‘By a Single Dime’

Last night in his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama claimed: “Nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime.” Even considering the inclusion of “should” as a wiggle word, that’s a laughable claim.

Politico’s Glenn Thrush is one among what will surely turn out to be a legion of pundits and reporters who will ignore Obama’s deficit promise while extolling “his new spending proposals” (while describing them as “relatively modest”). It was a speech Thrush said “could have been comfortably delivered by JFK, FDR or LBJ.” Sorry, Glenn, but JFK and LBJ, hardened libs that they were, would not have countenance such a speech in the context of four consecutive annual deficits of over $1 trillion and a national debt that’s over 100 percent of the nation’s annual economic output. Several paragraphs from Thrush’s vain attempt to make Obama’s speech some kind of seminal moment follow the jump (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

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Mark Levin Lets Loose on Washington’s Politicians

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:56 am

So sad, so true, as he rips both politcal parties over debt (HT RightScoop, which also has a second shorter audio clip).

Just listen:

We are in so much trouble, and the collective denial and timidity are really more frightening than the actual financial problems.

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021313)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: The Anchoress, on Pope Benedict’s Retirement

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From her blog post Monday morning:

John Paul II’s deterioration was hard to watch, but one of the lessons it taught us was that age and illness does not diminish the worth of a person; that was an important, nay, urgent message that had to be delivered to this increasingly utilitarian age.

Perhaps Benedict’s retirement is meant to remind this exceedingly busy world — the non-stop, twenty-four-hour-live and very self-important world — that we are none of us indispensable; that there comes a time to step back, throw oneself into the arms of the Lord and trust that all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

Yes, I am sad. I have loved Benedict XVI; he has been my favorite pope — I loved John Paul, of course, but as I have said before, he was a grand, dramatic pipe organ of a man; he belonged to the whole world and his writings are often so dense I cannot plumb them. Benedict has always been the more accessible tinkling piano, simply inviting one to come closer. His copious writings have been almost avuncular in their gently-voiced but brilliant instruction, and somehow it always felt like he belonged “to me”.

I will miss him terribly. I agree with Ed Morrissey, Fr. James Martin, and others who call this an act of extreme humility …