Archive for September, 2010

White House ALREADY Denying Freeze Letter!

That was quick.

The Obama administration lies and changes stories so quickly that it is truly hard to keep up.

Spokesman contradicts reports that in return for a two-month extension of building freeze the US guaranteed future weapons deliveries and an IDF presence in Jordan Valley, among other promises.

The White House and a State Department official denied Thursday reports that US President Barack Obama sent Israel a draft letter in which he offered security guarantees — including a continued Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley after the creation of a Palestinian state — if Israel in exchange re-instituted the moratorium on new settlement construction for a 60-day period.

Hear ‘O Israel,
The Lord Our G-d
Is Not Obama.

Ignore him. Go ahead and put the in-law apartment on the back of the house. Enjoy life.

– Aggie


The Lord Taketh Away

All credit to Rush for remembering this, but as I championed Julio Osegueda as the poster child for the Typical Obama Voter, I’d like to share it with you too:

You say you work at McDonald’s, Julio? And you want to know what Obama can do about your benefits? I’d say you got your answer this morning.

McDonald’s Corp. has warned federal regulators that it could drop its health insurance plan for nearly 30,000 hourly restaurant workers unless regulators waive a new requirement of the U.S. health overhaul.

Ask, Julio, and ye shall receive. No offense, but may ye choke it.


Speaking Of Worthless Pieces Of Paper

A few posts down, BTL reports about a letter sent to Israel from the Obama administration promising certain things in return for a two month continuation of the settlement freeze.

The letter is a worthless piece of paper.

How can I make such a broad statement? Well, I just happen to have an excellent memory. Do you recall that the Bush administration wrote a letter to Israel, promising certain things about future borders? In return for that worthless piece of paper Israel jumped through some hoops, and here memory fails. Perhaps it was the evacuation of Gaza?

When Obama became President, the first thing he did regarding Israel was to deny that the letter existed. Since they were able to produce it, the second thing he did was to disavow it as non-binding.

Letters from any US President are worthless. Especially from Barack Hussein Obama. When the two month period is up, this administration will deny the intent of the letter, point out some tricky wording which nullifies it, or simply say that it expired like a carton of milk.

On top of that, it has been widely reported that both Rahm Emmanuel and David Axelrod are leaving the administration. The White House will be as judenrein as Gaza.

For those who have forgotten the cavalier way that this administration treated the previous administrations promises, here’s some text from the link:

As Israel’s prime minister prepares for his fifth official meeting with President Obama this week, the White House has declined to publicly affirm commitments made by President Bush to Israel in 2004 on the final borders of the Jewish state.

The interpretation of a 2004 letter from Mr. Bush to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been a source of tension between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mr. Obama.

Obama is currently an unpopular President and it is in no way in Israel’s interest to support him. Jews have an absolute right to live in Jerusalem. Tell him to go pound sand.

Oh, yeah, one other thing. Another way to read Obama’s letter is as a threat: If you don’t do this or that, we won’t sell you weapons, etc. Israel needs to figure out ways to function without the support of the US, because the US cannot be trusted.

– Aggie

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Sad Beyond Words

We’re big fans of cruelty here in Bloodthirstan. You might say it’s our national pastime. But we’re only cruel to those who deserve it. We’re human; we have souls.

I know that because ours are touched by this story:

A Rutgers University freshman posted a goodbye message on his Facebook page before jumping to his death after his roommate secretly filmed him during a “sexual encounter” in his dorm room and posted it live on the Internet.

Items belonging to 18-year-old Rutgers student Tyler Clementi were found by the George Washington Bridge last week, according to authorities. Clementi’s freshman ID card and driver’s license were in the wallet.

Clementi’s post on his Facebook page, dated Sept. 22 at 8:42 p.m. read, “Jumping off the gw bridge sorry.”

Clementi’s body has not been recovered, but police have pulled an unidentified male body from the Hudson River just north of the bridge.

Paul Mainardi, the attorney representing the Clementi family, released a statement confirming Clementi’s suicide.

“Tyler was a fine young man, and a distinguished musician. The family is heartbroken beyond words. They respectfully request that they be given time to grieve their great loss and that their privacy at this painful time be respected by all,” Mainardi said.

Two students, Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei, have been charged with two counts each of invasion of privacy after allegedly placing a camera in Clementi’s room and livestreaming the recording online on Sept. 19, according to a written statement by New Jersey’s Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan.

So, college campuses are so PC that they can ban ROTC activities because the military “discriminates” against gays, but gays themselves can feel so abused and ostracized on campus that they have to jump off the GW bridge if they are outed. In this day and age. Heckuva job, academia.

The Bloodthirstani ambassador will be delivering a formal note of condolence.

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I’m Lovin’ It!

You deserve a break today, and if you work at McDonalds, you just got broke:

McDonald’s Corp. has warned federal regulators that it could drop its health insurance plan for nearly 30,000 hourly restaurant workers unless regulators waive a new requirement of the U.S. health overhaul.

McDonald’s warned federal regulators that it could drop its health insurance plan for nearly 30,000 workers unless regulators waive a new requirement of the U.S. health overhaul. Janet Adamy discusses. Also, Neal Lipschutz discusses the exit plan that the U.S. has agreed on to exit the governments interest in AIG.

McDonald’s May Drop Health Plan: The chain has told regulators it may ditch its plan unless a new health-care requirement is waived, Janet Adamy reports.
The move is one of the clearest indications that new rules may disrupt workers’ health plans as the law ripples through the real world.

Trade groups representing restaurants and retailers say low-wage employers might halt their coverage if the government doesn’t loosen a requirement for “mini-med” plans, which offer limited benefits to some 1.4 million Americans.

The requirement concerns the percentage of premiums that must be spent on benefits.

Yeah, but McDonalds workers are all rich white guys, right? Eff ’em.

How on earth is it the role of government to butt into business affairs to such a disruptive extent?

Last week, a senior McDonald’s official informed the Department of Health and Human Services that the restaurant chain’s insurer won’t meet a 2011 requirement to spend at least 80% to 85% of its premium revenue on medical care.

McDonald’s and trade groups say the percentage, called a medical loss ratio, is unrealistic for mini-med plans because of high administrative costs owing to frequent worker turnover, combined with relatively low spending on claims.

Democrats who drafted the health law wanted the requirement to prevent insurers from spending too much on executive salaries, marketing and other costs that they said don’t directly help patients.

McDonald’s move is the latest indication of possible unintended consequences from the health overhaul.

We’ve got to stop saying that. It was very much intended. By making such unreasonable and unrealistic demands on corporations, you force them to cancel coverage and send the poor employees to the federal program. That was the plan all along.

This election can’t come soon enough, and the swing can’t be big enough. If we can’t repeal Obamacare yesterday, there’ll be nothing for lower-paid workers to go back to.


What’s So Funny?

As Impulse Manslaughter so well put it:

“He who laughs last, laughs alone”:

Twenty minutes after midnight, the gavel hit and the House adjourned. Democrats, quietly, began to stream out of the chamber. I hung by the door, back against a column, taking it all in. The words on every Democrat’s lips: “Good luck.” Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy, facing a tough reelection battle in Ohio, was the recipient of numerous hugs, cheek kisses, and well wishes from her colleagues. So was Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, facing the same in Pennsylvania. The conversations, however brief, sounded heavy, almost elegiac. For a few minutes, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mingled a foot away, her fire-engine red suit at the center of a swirl of Democrats hustling into the night. Pelosi smiled her usual grin — immobile and broad — and wished fellow Democrats the best. Some stopped to chat, but many just rushed past, uninterested in small talk. Rep. Tom Perriello, a vulnerable freshman Democrat from Virginia, was one who skipped by, but Pelosi called him back, inviting him to join her circle of allies by the elevator. Their talk was short: He tried to sound upbeat about his chances. Pelosi, of course, smiled.

After a couple minutes, Perriello, along with other nervous Democrats, left Pelosi’s side and stepped out onto the Capitol steps, descending down under the shadow of the dome. As they ducked into the black of night, rain poured onto their jackets and ties, and the wind whistled around the Hill. No word on whether this storm will cease.

It’s beyond my understanding why the Dems adjourned without extending the Bush tax cuts. They are now heading into an election bearing a de facto tax increase on their backs, three scarlet letters—IRS—on their breasts. As many as 47 Dems wanted to join the Republican minority to extend the cuts—even for the moneybags. But they didn’t have the stones to follow through.

Oh, s**t. We’re fu**ed.

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Don’t Call it a Freeze

It’s a mor-a-tor-ium. Not a freeze. Never a freeze. It’s a moratorium.

(Why am I reminded of Allen Iverson’s famous press conference?)

US President Barack Obama has requested Israel extend the West Bank settlement construction moratorium by only two months and in return “will not ask for a moratorium extension beyond sixty days,” according to David Makovsky from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Army Radio reported Thursday.

“According to senior US officials,” wrote Makovsky on Wednesday, the Obama administration’s efforts to extend the construction freeze “culminated in a draft letter negotiated with Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak and chief Israeli peace negotiator Yitzhak Molcho, and ultimately sent from President Obama’s desk to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.”

Makovsky, director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process, explains that, “At its core, the letter offers a string of assurances to Israel in return for a two-month moratorium extension. More specifically, US officials indicate that the document makes commitments on issues ranging from current peace and security matters to future weapons deliveries in the event that peace-related security arrangements are reached.”

The letter commits the US to veto any UN Security Council proposal regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the coming year. In addition, Washington will not object to the request of leaving Israeli forces in the Jordan Valley for a prolonged duration.

My instinct is to tell President Obama to shove his moratorium up his rectorium, but I am nothing if not diplomatic. If Tallyrand and Metternich had a love-child, it would be your old friend, BTL.

So, if I were Netanyahu, I would say to Obama, who’s obviously desperate, something like, “Mr. President, Israel has no greater friend than the American president and the American people. You approach us as a friend, as a peer, and ask a favor of us. A big favor, one that pains us to grant. But do friends flinch at such requests? They do not. Your promises, your guarantees demonstrate your love for Israel. How can we not return that love? You’re a mensch, Mr. President.”

Tie Obama to an even greater commitment to Israeli security than he ever imagined for 60 days of a moratorium. Not only has he guaranteed Israeli security, he’s bought three bolts of silk fabric and a barrel of pickles.

Heck, it’ll take that long for the lumber to be delivered anyway.

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George Will, Funny Guy

Moderates behaving badly

It is a lawyers’ adage: If you have the law on your side, argue the law; if you have the facts, argue the facts; if you have neither, pound the table. Forgive the Democrats for their current table-pounding.

Isn’t that great?

He skewers his comrades in the media:

On the eve of the convention that nominated Goldwater, Daniel Schorr of CBS, “reporting” from Germany, said: “It looks as though Sen. Goldwater, if nominated, will be starting his campaign here in Bavaria, center of Germany’s right wing” and “Hitler’s one-time stomping ground.”

Goldwater, said Schorr, would be vacationing near Hitler’s villa at Berchtesgaden. Schorr further noted that Goldwater had given an interview to Der Spiegel “appealing to right-wing elements in Germany” and had agreed to speak to a gathering of “right-wing Germans.” So, “there are signs that the American and German right wings are joining up.”

But as Andrew Ferguson of the Weekly Standard has reported, although Goldwater had spoken vaguely about a European vacation (he did not take one), he had not mentioned Germany, and there were no plans to address any German group. Der Spiegel had reprinted an interview that had appeared elsewhere.

The relevance of this for 2010? There is precedent for the mainstream media being megaphones for Democratic-manufactured hysteria.

Ain’t it the truth?

– Aggie

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NY Times Yawns, Scratches Backside, Mumbles Question

How come the Obama administration, the most open administration in history, still uses “state secrets” to block lawsuits? Isn’t that kind of fascisty?

We in Bloodthirstan don’t mind the Obama administration using available tools to fight the war on terror, we simply question their hypocrisy.

A midnight filing by the Obama administration on Friday, asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit because of the so-called state secrets doctrine, again raises a troubling question. Why do the White House and Justice Department continue to invoke this severe legal tool essentially as prior administrations have used it, in the face of a considerable body of opinion that it has been abused and should be significantly reformed?

They are fudging the truth again, aren’t they? “… this severe legal tool essentially as prior administrations have used it” Essentially? Essentially? Don’t you mean exactly? Or is the Obama administration using it in a wider range of cases than the Bush administration?

Despite President Obama’s promises of reform in this area, the public still cannot reliably distinguish between legitimate and self-serving uses of the national security claims. Worse, some of the administration’s claims clearly have fallen on the darker side of that line.

The lawsuit was filed by the father of Anwar al-Awlaki to stop the government from killing his son, who is believed to be planning attacks for the branch of Al Qaeda in Yemen, where he is said to be in hiding. Charlie Savage reported in The Times that there is wide agreement in the administration “that it is lawful to target Mr. Awlaki,” but disagreement about the basis for requesting dismissal of the lawsuit. In the end, “a more expansive approach” won out.

Again, we don’t lose sleep over Mr. al-Awlaki, father or son. But the state of journalism in our country, and beneath that, the ability to think honestly is concerning. Journalists don’t really report and opinion pieces are not really about the topic they ostensibly cover; they are expressions of support for “our team” or a way to tear down the other team. Another fun example is the coverage of the Republic list of promises, released last week. The NY Times and other leftist rags noticed that the Republicans failed to explain how they would accomplish these goals. Compare and contrast with Hope! Change! and Together We Can! Where was the honest skepticism? The NY Times should drop the facade of news coverage and admit that the whole paper is essentially a sports rag.

No offense to sports lovers, BTL.

– Aggie

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Pink Floyd, Yellow Star

To think that Buddy Holly is dead, while this wizened sack lives, makes me wonder if there is a God:

The Anti-Defamation League on Wednesday slammed Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters for using what the organization said was anti-Semitic imagery.

Waters during performances of “Goodbye Blue Sky” on his 2010-11 “The Wall Live” tour, which targets Israel’s West Bank security fence, is using imagery long associated with stereotypes about Jews and money, the ADL said.

An animated scene projects images of planes dropping bombs in the shape of Jewish Stars of David followed by dollar signs, the organization said.

To quote your own dumbass lyrics, Rog: We don’t need no education/We don’t need no thought control.

We don’t, but you sound in the need of a little education. Why don’t you board Richie Valens Airlines flight number 666 and get the hell out of here?

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At Least Bloodthirstan Never Had Slavery

The next time you’re told what a racist country we are (in other words, tomorrow) because slavery was once legal here (though not for 147 years and counting!), ask them to explain this:

Nigerian girls are being forced to work as prostitutes in Mali “slave camps”, say officials in Nigeria.

The girls, many of them under age, have often been promised jobs in Europe but ended up in brothels, said the government’s anti-trafficking agency.

The brothels are run by older Nigerian women who prevent them from leaving and take all their earnings.

Let’s count the betrayals, shall we? Country on country, black on black, women on women. Human on human.

People have enslaved other people across the millennia. It has always been a sin and always been evil, but some people get the message sooner than others.

PS: I’ll resist the urge to wonder if they’re better off where they are than in Europe.

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Good News, Bad News

Ever the optimist, let me start with the good news:

Unemployment fell in nearly two-thirds of the nation’s 372 largest metro areas last month, the broadest improvement since May.

The jobless rate dropped in 230 cities in August, the Labor Department said Wednesday. It rose in 95 cities and was flat in 47. That’s an improvement from the previous month, when rates fell in only 152 areas.

Awesome! Thank God things are finally turning around.

Now, if we must, the bad news:

Nationwide, unemployment ticked UP in August to 9.6 percent from 9.5 percent the previous month. Businesses added a net total of 67,000 jobs, but about twice as many temporary census jobs ended.

So, if you lived in certain select cities, you got hired. But if you lived in, you know, AMERICA, you’re still hitting the bricks.

Who thought this was a story? August’s unemployment rate has been known for weeks, and it was bad news. So why does it matter if Battle Creek, MI put a few more people to work packaging corn flakes?

Does the media really think we’re stupid enough to believe that things are getting better when anything more than a cursory reading tells us they’ve already gotten worse?

You don’t have to answer that.

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