Friday, July 31, 2009

My Jury Duty Experience Offers a Foreboding Glimpse of the Future of Health Care

This morning I shot off a tweet that said, "Off to jury duty with Mark Levin's book in-hand. Think they'll pick me?"

Well, I didn't get picked, but it wasn't because of my book or my Git-R-Done shirt. They had us all sit in the room for an hour, then the judge came in. (Nobody had told us anything for an hour.) The judge explained what a jury was, and some people seemed genuinely surprised.

Then they gave us a break. Yes, a break. From sitting.

Then after the break they came in a said that all 75 cases set for the morning had been worked out and let all 130 people go after sitting in a room for 2 hours.

In the City of Dallas, efficiency is the order of the day.

I couldn't help but think, "Just think, in a few years the government could be running my health care system. If this is any indication of how it will be managed, no thanks."

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Blue Dogs Hold Health Bill Vote Until September, It's Probably a Trap

Fox is reporting that the Blue Dogs in the House have agreed to some provisions in the ObamaCare bill, but the agreement pushes the floor vote until September after the August recess.

In case you were wondering, this is fantastic news to all who support free choice and free market solutions to health care because it allows the Republicans to use the entire August recess to kick the ever-loving crap out of this bill. And much to the dismay of the Democrats, it allows their constituents and policy-makers to actually read the bill.

Obama and Pelosi's course of action so far has been to propose new items for discussion before the debate for the previous item was settled in efforts to divide the discussion and distract the populace. That won't work this time around.

This could be a ruse, though. The Democrats could agree to anything with the Blue Dogs, push the bill out of committee and force a vote before the August recess. "But you said they agreed to hold the vote until September." True, but those same Democrats also agreed to protect and defend the Constitution, and we see how long that promise lasted. This could be a disastrous move for the health bill, and that's why I suspect political foul play.

But if the reports are true and if they wait until September to vote, it could spell defeat for ObamaCare.

Conservatives can come at this bill from every angle, and with 53% of Americans opposed to congressional health care reform, and only 35% of voters in favor of any public health care option, the Republicans are in a prime position to kick this bill while it's down. And keep kicking and kicking and kicking until September.

So let's see it, Republicans, "Cry 'Havoc' and let slip the dogs of war, that this foul deed shall smell above the earth."

Monday, July 27, 2009

Is Performing a Cover-up?

Last week I posted that $1.2 million of the stimulus money went to purchase 2 pounds of frozen ham. (Yes, the federal government bought ham at $600,000 per pound.)

I was looking for the transaction again on the website and couldn't find it, so I clicked the link from my original post only to find that the entire transaction had been changed.

In the section titled "Description of Work/Service Performed" it used to read "2 lbs frozen ham, sliced," but now it reads "shell eggs." I'm not sure that's an improvement, but the question is why did it change?

Thankfully when you mouse over the transaction at the bottom of the page you can still find out how much pork (pun intended) your federal government bought with $1.2 million of your money.

Click the image for the full screen shot.

Why did the transaction description change? Why does it still have the original description as a mouse-over?

And the lingering question is this: Is performing a cover-up concerning how your tax dollars are spent?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Obama Needs to Keep His Friends Close, His Enemies Closer, and Democratic Congressmen Closer Still

Barack Obama is learning that he needs to keep his friends close, his enemies closer, and Democrats in congress closer still. If he lets them run off on recess in a couple of weeks, they will hear the cries of freedom-loving constituents decrying Barry's health care plan and come back to Washington as changed men and women.

And that's certainly not change he can believe in.

Senator DeMint struck a solid blow with his Waterloo comment concerning Barack Obama's health care plan. DeMint said,

"Senators and Congressmen will come back in September afraid to vote against the American people this health care issue Is D-Day for freedom in America. If we’re able to stop Obama on this it will be his Waterloo. It will break him."

Initially, Obama argued against DeMint's comment claiming, "It's not about me."

But, now that Barry has had a few days to consider DeMint's statement, it seems the two men actually do see eye to eye. Health care IS his Waterloo.

Grassley said he spoke with a Democratic House member last week who shared Obama's bleak reaction during a private meeting to reports that some factions of House Democrats were lining up to stall or even take down the overhaul unless leaders made major changes.

"Let's just lay everything on the table," Grassley said. "A Democrat congressman last week told me after a conversation with the president that the president had trouble in the House of Representatives, and it wasn't going to pass if there weren't some changes made ... and the president says, 'You're going to destroy my presidency.' "
When Obama agrees with DeMint, you either know that it's downright balmy in hell, or that for the briefest of moments Obama has had a moment of clarity in which he realizes that he is not politically immortal.

We must all understand, on the left and the right, that this is not about the person of Barack Obama. This fight is about maintaining free markets and keeping the role of the government where it should be: a substantial distance from any personal decision.

Is Jon Stewart the Leader of the Democratic Party?

For a while now I've been arguing via twitter that if Rush Limbaugh is the head of the Republican party, as so many Democrats tried to say a few months ago, then that makes Jon Stewart the head of the Democratic party. Now we have received verifiable evidence that this is so.

This poll reveals three important facts
1) Jon Stewart is, in fact, the head of the Democratic Party
2) America sees all three major news networks as bigger jokes than Comedy Central
3) Our country has something seriously wrong with it

Monday, July 20, 2009

Stimulus: $1.2 Million for 2 lbs of Frozen Ham

Read that title again. It's not a typo.

The Federal Government paid Clougherty Packing, LLC $1,191,200 for...


Michelle must have had a hankerin' for a ham sandwich while she was feeding the homeless somewhere.

If the government is willing to purchase frozen sliced ham at $600,000 per pound, this gives me oh so much confidence that President Obama will cut the cost of health care with socialized medicine.

(ht: IMAO)

Video: Captured G.I. Forced to Make Video for Taliban

Here is the video I mentioned a few days ago. The Department of Defense confirms that the man in the video is Army Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl. If you choose to watch this, remember that much of what this soldier says in this video may be the result of threats.

Ideas for Obama's Resignation Letter Courtesy of the Government of the United Kingdom

The UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, who placed Michael Savage on a terrorist watch list, resigned with a statement that included this:
"When I became home secretary I'd never run a major organization. I hope I did a good job but if I did it was more by luck than by any kind of development of skills. I think we should have been better trained. I think there should have been more induction."
With a few tweaks it would serve nicely as Barack Obama's resignation letter to the American people. Here are a few lines that he could add, just in case he needs some ideas.

"I mean, who honestly takes that 'protect and defend the constitution' thing seriously anyway?"

"In addition to training, I should have been required to show some proof of my birth place. C'mon!"

"I picked Joe Biden as my VP. I thought that would get me out of this gig instantly."

"I have reason to believe Hillary has been making my coffee for the me last few days which has brought me unimaginable stress."

"I had intended to quit during the campaign, but when I told Michelle, she threw a car at my head."

"After a few days on the job I realized I was in over my head. If you haven't noticed, I've been trying to get fired since February."

Sunday, July 19, 2009

UPDATE: VIDEO ADDED Taliban Releases Video Which Shows Captured G.I.

A U.S. soldier captured by the Taliban on June 30, 2009 has turned up in a video in which he claims the date is June 14th. The military has confirmed it is the missing soldier and the date of the video.

The video includes a type of interview or interrogation of sorts.

The AP writes
Asked how he is doing, the soldier says: “Well, I’m scared, scared I won’t be able to go home. It is very unnerving to be a prisoner.”

He begins to answer questions in a matter-of-fact voice. He later chokes up when discussing his family and his hope to marry his girlfriend.

“I have a very, very good family that I love back home in America,” he says. “And I miss them every day when I’m gone.”

Prompted by his interrogators to give a message to the American people, he says in part: “Please, please bring us home so that we can be back where we belong and not over here, wasting our time and our lives and our precious life that we could be using back in our own country."

It's impossible to imagine how afraid this brave man is or what he's experienced at the hands of his captors. For now, he and his family should be in our prayers as we hope to see him home soon.

Update: Watch the video here.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

You've Got to See This Video About Socialized Medicine

Think private health care is expensive in the United States? Try the Canadian free health care system where it costs $900 and a 2-3 year wait. That's what the government doctor suggested for Crowder when he wanted a simple blood test.

Her consolation? You're young. You have time.

Tell me, how does she know he still has 2 or 3 years if he hasn't had the blood test? Hmmm?

Wanna Hear Something Sick?

Since I posted my thoughts on the "joke" that David Letterman made about Willow Palin being raped at a Yankee's game, a whole new section of the internet has been introduced to my blog.

This blog has received hits from people searching Google for these words:
"12 year olds being raped"
"14 year old being raped"
"8 year olds being raped"
"5 year old being raped"

So you could give these searches the benefit of the doubt and think that they might be searching for some news story, or maybe Letterman was really searching Google heavy for a few nights.

But then these came across my keywords list that brought traffic:
"Video - 6 year old being raped"
"Videos of 14 year olds having sex"
"Videos of 18 year olds getting rapped" - (I assume he meant "raped" but the idiot couldn't even spell correctly.)

If you got this site in search of porn, please check out how this guy handled it.

If you got this site in search of child rape, I suggest two options
1) Please step away from the computer and go see a counselor. You're very sick and you probably don't even realize it.
2) Never, ever, ever, ever leave your house, apartment, or probably more accurately, your mother's basement again. Ever.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Don't Cry for Me North Korea by Kim Jong Il

In light of the news reporting that Kim Jong Il has pancreatic cancer, I figured it was time that the world heard this completely original song he wrote for the occasion. He's as accomplished as a song-writer as he is a golfer.

Don't Cry for Me North Korea
By Dear Leader, Kim Jong Il

It won't be easy, you'rr think it strange
When I try to exprain how I feer
that I steer need your rove after arr that I've done

You won't berieve me
Arr you wirr see is your Dear Reader
Arthough he's dressed up to the nines
At sixes and sevens with you

I had to ret it happen, I had to change
Couldn't stay arr my rife down at heer
Rooking out of the window, staying out of the sun

So I chose freedom
Running around, denying it to you
But nothing impressed me at arr
I never expected it to

Don't cry for me North Korea
The truth is I never reft you
Arr through my wird days
My mad existence
I kept my promise
Don't keep your distance

And as for fortune, and as for fame
I never invited them in
Though it seemed to the word they were arr I desired

They are irrusions
They are not the sorutions they promised to be
The answer was here arr the time
I kirr you and hope you rove me

Don't cry for me North Korea
The truth is I never reft you
Arr through my wird days
My mad existence
I kept my promise
Don't keep your distance

Have I said too much?
There's nothing more I can think of to say to you.
But arr you have to do is rook at me to know
That every word is true

Friday, July 10, 2009

Burris Won't Seek Reelection; Chicago Politicians Start the Bidding at $5 Million for Vacant Senate Seat

After only a few months in office, Roland Burris has decided not to seek reelection in 2010. The decision is based on numerous factors, but probably the greatest of which is the fact that he has only raised $20,000 for his campaign, which is enough to only purchase local position in Chicago politics. It takes millions to buy a senate seat, as several people found out last fall when Obama's was up for grabs.

Republicans ought not get too excited though. The odds of the people of Illinois placing a Republican in his vacant seat are about as good as the odds of the vacancy not being sold to the highest Democratic bidder.

60 Democrats - 1 Democrat + 1 Democrat = 60 Democrats.

Start chipping away at the weak senators now and we might have a chance to bring balance back to the senate where only only trillion dollar checks have been present.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Is Obama Competing for the Horndog President Award? (Pictures of Obama Checking Out Some Girls)

If he is, he should recognize that between Bill Clinton and John F. Kennedy, he's going to have to do a lot more than just look, if he wants to win that prize.

Someone at FreeRepublic says the girl in the second picture is 16-years-old. Others argue that there is no way for Obama to know her age before checking her out. I'll let you decide. (I haven't been able to confirm her age yet, but I'll update when I can.)

Where is Letterman now saying, "Funny thing happened at the G8 summit. In the middle of negotiations, Obama knocked up the Brazilian President's daughter." Letterman could always use the defense that he meant the older daughter, and it would be hilarious.

Update: I don't know if this confirms it or not, but the New York Post claims the girl in the second "checking out" photo is the Brazilian President's 17-year-old daughter Mayara Tavares.

Sonya "Wise Latina" Sotomayor Sounding Even More Racist

A few weeks ago Barack Obama came out in defense of his racist nominee for the Supreme Court, Sonya Sotomayor. You might remember her as the "wise Latina." Concerning her "wise Latina" comment, the President told us:
“I’m sure she would have restated it,” Mr. Obama said in an interview with NBC News. “But if you look in the entire sweep of the essay that she wrote, what’s clear is that she was simply saying that her life experiences will give her information about the struggles and hardships that people are going through — that will make her a good judge.”
Two problems have arisen with Obama's claim. First, Sotomayor has said basically the same thing on at least seven other occasions.

Secondly, Obama requested that we "look at the entire sweep of the essay that she wrote" in order for us to understand that "her life experiences will giver her information about the struggles... that people are going through." Unfortunately for Obama, when someone does read the entire sweep of her essay (or speech), concerns about Sotomayor's racist views are galvinized, not alleviated.

Leading into the "wise Latina" comment she said:
"Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences, a possibility I abhor less or discount less than my colleague Judge Cedarbaum, our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging." (emphasis mine)
Even the suggestion that there are inherent physiological differences between persons of varying national origins that would affect their mental capacity to make a fair judgment should be enough to disqualify this woman from a seat on the high court. She even seems to think this is a positive view to have of people of various races in that she "abhor[s the concept] less... than [her] colleague Judge Cedarbaum."

I'm not racist; I'm wise.

Sotomayor doesn't allow her blatant racism to end there. After stating her now infamous claim:
"I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life."
She goes on to apply the experiences that have led her to become this "wise Latina" in her actions as a judge in her speech at Steton Hall. Sotomayor explains:
"I accept the proposition that a difference will be made by the presence of women and people of color on the bench and that my experiences will affect the facts I choose to see as a judge." (emphasis mine)
Most Americans are under the impression that a judge or jury would choose to see all of the facts presented in a case, but Sotomayor is a "wise Latina" because of her experiences, remember? Those experiences that made her a "wise Latina" also dictate which facts she will choose to see in a given case.

Presumably her experiences would give other "wise Latinas" an advantage in her court seeing as she could properly relate to them better. In doing so she might choose to see the facts that are favorable to a "wise Latina," and choose not to see facts that may be favorable to a person of another race.

So is it reading too much into Sotomayor's words to call her a racist? Or do you think these comments should disqualify her as a Supreme Court nominee?

(Hat tip: The New Ledger, and The Washington Times)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Republicans Should Propose a Month-long Tribute to Michael Jackson in the House

Dorian Davis at Hip Hop Republican proposes the idea that Republicans should insist on a month-long tribute to the King of Pop. At first it seems like a waste, but Dorian explains:
I’d do the one thing I could to postpone Democrats’ spending spree: a month-long Jackson tribute. Rather than mocking last month’s House moment of silence(Link: to honor the King of Pop, as Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) did in requesting another one for jobs lost to the Clean Energy bill, I’d prolong it! I’d stream Jackson’s funeral from the Staples Center. I’d enter his music into the Congressional record. If Democrats tried to stop me, I’d just call them insensitive to African Americans and go right on with the program. Whatever it took to stall.

If National Journal is right that House Democrats plan to introduce a health care reform bill before Congress’ August recess, King and other Republicans will have to resort to some “off the wall” tactics - absent a Senate filibuster - and a Jackson tribute is not a bad idea.
Personally, I love procedural side-stepping ideas like this, but the Republicans never seem to be able to pull these things off well. They had better learn to play a little rough or we're all screwed until 2010. The value of this post is that Dorian makes a great point concerning alternative ideas to influence policy without any sort of filibuster threat in the Senate.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Obama Spends $100,000 per Week to Bypass the Fawning Press

The media that goes breathless at the sight of the president, is not good enough for the White House. No the tingling feelings up reporters legs don't serve Obama well enough. Neither do the claims that he is a "sort of god" as Evan Thomas claimed, serve to make Obama look good enough.

Thus the White House spends $100,000 per week or $5 million per year on communication including the newly-formed Office of Public Engagement. And the $100,000 does not include the cost of operation or materials; it's only the salaries of the staff.

Could it be that the reporters at MSNBC, CNN, and the New York Times, see their jobs dwindling as quickly as their viewers and readers? This would explain all the favorable reporting; they're trying to secure a position in the White House's propaganda communication department!

Here is the breakdown of the salaries via K. Daniel Glover
  • Valerie Jarrett, Assistant to the President for Public Engagement - $184,000
  • Anita Dunn, Communications Director - $172,200
  • Robert Gibbs, Press Secretary - $172,200
  • Jonathan Favreau, Speechwriting Director - $172,200
  • Christina Tchen, Deputy Assistant in the Public Engagement Office - $153,500
  • Howard Pfeiffer, Deputy Communications Director - $150,000
  • Michael Strautmanis, Special Assistant in the Public Engagement Office - $139,500
  • Robert Phillips, New Media Director - $115,000
  • William Burton, Deputy Press Secretary - $113,000
  • Joshua Earnest, Deputy Press Secretary - $113,000
  • Jennifer Psaki, Deputy Press Secretary - $113,000
  • Camille Johnston, The First Lady's Communications Director - $102,000
  • Elizabeth Reynolds, Media Affairs Director - $102,000
  • Benjamin Rhodes, Deputy Speechwriting Director - $102,000
  • Corey Ealons, African America Media Director - $78,000
  • Luis Miranda, Hispanic Media Director - $65,000
  • Adam Abrams, West Communications Director - $65,000
  • Amy Brundage, Midwest Communications Director - $65,000
  • Moira Muntz, Northeast Communications Director - $65,000
  • Gannet Tseggai, South Communications Director - $65,000
A few things stand out from that list. There are two racially-specific positions, African America Media Director and a Hispanic Media Director who make $78,000 and $65,000 respectively. Is it a problem to anyone else that the first African-American President pays his African America Media Director, Corey Ealons (who is black) $13,000 per year more than he pays the Hispanic Media Director?

Also note that there are four regional communications directors for different regions of the nation who each makes $65,000 per year.

Bush's new media team consisted of two people with a total salary cost of $118,000. Obama's team is almost six times as much with 9 employees making a total of $700,000 per year.

37,000 Attend Dallas Tea Party!

Michelle informs us that 37,000 people attended the Dallas Tea Party. To put that in perspective, the local Major League Baseball team, the Texas Rangers, only averaged 24,000 people per game last season! Wow!

The Dallas Tea Party organizers have links to local media coverage of the event. Overall, I would say it was a huge success!

The Dallas NBC affiliate had a relatively positive take on the event.

View more news videos at:

The tea party I attended was in a small town outside of Dallas, but we saw about 150 people there along with some pretty good speeches. I'll get some of the videos and pictures uploaded later this week for you.

It was a hot day (over 100 degrees where I was), but the people stayed for a couple of hours listening to speakers and celebrating the liberty we have.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Independence Day!

The thought of the freedom that we have in this country often gives me that feeling like I have something in my throat and my eyes begin to tear up.

I'm so proud to be an American.

I'm so proud of the little things: baseball on a cool spring night and jazz on a warm humid evening..

I'm so proud of the big things: a shuttle blasting into space, and an economy that outshines the world even when it stumbles...

I'm so proud when I recall the visionaries who declared for all of us that "We hold these truths to be self-evident..."

I'm so proud of those who have shed their blood to bring freedom to me and to countless others around the world...

I'm so proud of the diversity of people who have come to her shores from all around the world for the freedom America offers...

I'm so proud of meeting with others, speaking what we wish, worshiping who and how we desire all without the threat of a government shutting it down...

Mostly though, I filled with a mixture of feelings...
This weekend families will gather, grills will scorch hot dogs and hamburgers.
They will watch the small remembrances of the rockets' red glare
And though our banner of freedom still flies proudly,
Many in the world have never heard freedom's ring
North Koreans have never heard it
Iranians are dying in the streets for a chance to hear it.
These inalienable rights provided to people by God himself have never been realized in those places.

This July 4th, be proud!
But remember the cost of your freedom
And remember those who have never heard it's beautiful chime.

I heard this song for the first time at Texas Rangers game last night and I thought it was fitting for the July 4th celebrations taking place all around the country.

Happy Independence Day, America!

New Poll: Why do you think Sarah Palin Resigned?

What do you think? Why did Sarah Palin suddenly announce her resignation as governor of Alaska yesterday?

Choose your theory in the poll on the left, and please leave a comment below explaining your theory!

"Not Meddling" In Iran Apparantly Includes "No Sanctions"

Obama has taken his "no meddling" approach to the Iranian situation to a whole new level. Haaretz reports that Obama will oppose sanctions against Iran at the G8 meeting next week.

And why not? It's like everything else. Take what you would do in a situation, choose exactly the opposite, and that's likely where Obama will end up.

See our country running out of money faster than we can print it? Spend more!

Half a million more Americans lose their jobs in June? Claim things are looking up!

Watch Iranians die in the streets of Tehran? Do and say nothing for days!

Witness the violent dismantling of a peaceful uprising for the cause of freedom? Protect the brutal regime responsible for killing its own people!

In the morning, read the paper. Look at the world's problems and ask yourself, "What would I do?" Then think, "What is exactly the opposite of that?" and you will likely end up on the side of Obama.

I'm convinced that's how cabinet meetings go in the White House.

Obama: "What's happening in the world today?"
Cabinet member: "Blah blah blah economy blah blah blah Bush's fault blah blah blah war blah blah blah."
Obama: "What would a sane person do about that?"
Cabinet member:
Obama: "What's precisely the opposite of that idea?"
Cabinet member:
Obama: "Good let's go with that."

Then he makes Robert Gibbs try to explain it to the press. Gibbs, who already has trouble putting more than 3 words together that aren't a quote from Dr. Seuss, understandably has trouble with the President's stated plans.

The willing media feigns joy at idea as they scramble to find rational reasons for why the White House refuses to act in any sane fashion.

In the case of Iran, I assume Obama is planning to use his winning charm and dashing smile to win over the tyrannical leaders of Iran. When that doesn't work he'll show them the photo with his shirt off revealing his carefully photoshopped sculpted abs. When that doesn't work he'll suddenly "get tough" on Iran and tell them that they are not allowed to his birthday party this year.

By that time the Iranians will be laughing so uncontrollably they accidentally send missiles into Israel. Obama will take the position that it's Israel's fault and that it's understandable how the Iranians could have taken such action. Feeling slightly guilty, President Obama will ship replacement missiles to Iran and invoke sanctions against Israel.

Or something along those lines.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Sarah Palin Stepping Down as Governor

Calls have been coming in for a governor to step down for the past couple of weeks, but they weren't directed at Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin. The looming question is, "Why is she stepping down?"

Well, she claims that she's "doing what's best for Alaska and the country."

MSNBC claims that sources told Andrea Mitchell that Sarah Palin is "out of politics for good."

Some have speculated in the past that Palin may be interested in running for president in 2012, but she did not mention running for another office at her press conference. Sources told NBC's Andrea Mitchell that Palin is out of politics for good.
What's really behind this?

My fear is that the public whipping the media has given Palin in the past year has finally broken her down. Fearing for her family's well-being and reputation, she may have simply decided to thrown in the towel.

She seems to be a tougher woman than that, but with the recent Letterman broohaha and the "photoshop-Eddie-Burk-onto-Trig's-face" idiocy that she's had to go through, one can't help but wonder if it all became too much for her.

Her claim that she doesn't want to siphon off state dollars as a lame duck governor doesn't hold much water in my mind either. Both McCain and Obama were sitting (aka non-lame-duck) senators during their presidential bids.

My theories:
1) Some major-yet-undisclosed scandal was about to hit the fan.
This is the last thing Republicans need right now.

2) She really does want to use the time to run for president in 2012.
The problem with this is that quitting doesn't exactly prove your ability to lead.

3) The terrible press she received finally did a number on her.
The reason this seems most likely is due to the Vanity Fair hit piece released earlier this week. I doubt something that minor could actually push her over the edge though.

This is a developing story, so we'll see where it leads.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Stimulus is WORKING! 473,000 Jobs Lost in June! Yippeee!

Hooray and praise for our illustrious leader, Barack Obama! May his name be praised forever! For due to his stimulus plan our great nation lost 473,000 jobs in June!

How dare you call that bad news? Don't you know that you should be excited about this?

Oh you must not have heard that this was fewer jobs than we lost in May, which saw a loss of 485,000 jobs.

And pay no attention to those "experts" who expected us to lose only 395,000 jobs in June.

Here's a chart from Innocent Bystanders that has the projected June unemployment numbers. Since the projection was low, you know the chart will be slightly more terrifying than this when the actual unemployment rate is released.

Sen. Lieberman: I Do Not Support Socialized Medicine

TPM has this video of Sen. Joe Lieberman explaining his opposition to Obama's "Public Option" (aka the Destruction of Private Medicine Act of 2009).

"If we create a public option, the public is going to end up paying for it." should be the mantra of anyone who opposes this plan. The CBO has calculated that the cost of the plan will be $1 trillion over the next 10 years, and the CBO almost always guesses far too low.

Proponents of the plan argue that the plan "pays for itself," which in government terms means we'll all end up paying for it. The problem with the federal government getting involved in the insurance business even if it claims to "play by the same rules as the insurance companies" is a fallacy.

The government program doesn't have to turn a profit. If an insurance company runs out of money, it goes out of business. If the government program runs out of money, it prints more money.

The Cato Institute put together this critique of the Obama plan after the Obama informercial on health care.

Fox News Schools All Others; Claims Top 10 Programs in Q2

Fox continues to assert it's dominance as America's choice for cable news claiming all of the top 10 cable news programs and 13 of the top 15 programs.

Moreover, Fox was the #3 cable network in prime time; CNN and MSNBC were 23 and 25 respectively. Fox was also the #5 cable network; CNN and MSNBC were 19 and 30 respectively.

In short, Fox thrashed the competition. It seems that the American people believe "Fair and Balanced" is preferable to a "thrill up the leg" at the sight of Obama.

2009 Q2 Cable News Program Ranker (P2 ) -

2009 Q2 Cable Network Ranker -

Ohio Woman Wins $250K Lotto; Now Faces Obama Tax Hike

Linda Morgan of Warren, Ohio, was training a new employee on how to operate the lotto machine. Afterwards she purchased one of the tickets left over from the training. She claims that she bought the ticket because it had the number 29 on it which represents the anniversary she and her husband are celebrating this year. As the lotto numbers came up, Morgan realized she had won $250,000 with the ticket!

The real winners are the federal and state governments though. The Warren Tribune reports that Morgan will have to pay 31% of her winnings in taxes. The amount she will actually receive is $172,500, which is still a great haul. But to think that the government runs a no-risk gambling operation, then instantly claims $77,500 of the winnings is remarkable.

Depending on Morgan's salary and that of her husband of 29 years, this lottery ticket could push her household over Barack Obama's magic $250,000 mark which defines who is "rich" in America. I hope she's prepared for that 39% tax bracket in addition to the increase in her electricity bill, which Obama claimed would "necessarily skyrocket" under the cap-and-trade bill.

All of this is moot, however, because the Obama administration refuses to make good on their campaign pledge of only taxing those who make over $250,000.

Democrats are notorious for following the tax-and-spend approach to government. But Barack Obama brought change. He's not a tax-and-spend Democrat, his philosophy is tax-and-spend-and-spend-and-spend-and-spend-and-spend-and-spend.....