The Liberal Bubble

“The world’s largest emerging economies are no longer in a position to carry the global economy through tough times, as they did during the ‘recovery’ years of 2009-2011,” said China expert Andy Xie. (UK Telegraph)

They don’t want the pain, but if they are going to have it, everyone is going to have it!

Sounds a bit like the Democrats. Give us everything we want or the economy gets it!

The European Union is “like a bubble” – not a financial bubble but a political bubble — that could pop as a result of the euro -zone crisis, Soros said.

“In the boom phase, the EU was what the psychoanalyst David Tuckett calls a ‘fantastic object’ – unreal but immensely attractive,” he said. (NBC)

And this man is an avowed Socialist and a big financial backer of Obama and The Democrats.

The “fantastic object”– “Hope and Change” anyone? 🙂

On Friday, an ugly job market report led to the stock market’s worst day of the year. As the recovery flat-lined, the president conceded to a crowd at a Honeywell factory in Golden Valley, Minn., that “our economy is still facing some serious headwinds” and getting sucked further into Europe’s sinkhole. In depressing imagery for the start of the summer campaign, cable channels carried the red Dow arrow pointing down while Obama spoke; the Dow wiped out all of its 2012 gains.

The president who started off with such dazzle now seems incapable of stimulating either the economy or the voters. His campaign is offering Obama 2012 car magnets for a donation of $10; cat collars reading “I Meow for Michelle” for $12; an Obama grill spatula for $40, and discounted hoodies and T-shirts. How the mighty have fallen.

Once glowing, his press is now burning. “To a very real degree, 2008’s candidate of hope stands poised to become 2012’s candidate of fear,” John Heilemann wrote in New York magazine, noting that because Obama feels he can’t run on his record, his campaign will resort to nuking Romney. 

Gee, I wonder who said “Vote for Me! the other guys an asshole!” 🙂 (Hint: me!)

Or that Obama’s only tactic was to try an turn the Republican into a nuclear waste pile because that’s his only option.

And it’s still 5 months to the election.

Democrat Ed Rendell, the former governor of Pennsylvania, wonders how “the best communicator in campaign history” lost his touch. 

Notice he said campaign, not leader. Was great at campaigning, still is, but leadership and vision and all of that other stuff….Nope. So it’s time to nuke you until you glow but make you feel good about how good a campaigner and “nice” guy he is.

The president had lofty dreams of playing the great convener and conciliator. But at a fund-raiser in Minneapolis, he admitted he’s just another combatant in a capital full of Hatfields and McCoys. No compromises, just nihilism.

If he wins the election, “the fever may break,” he said. “My hope, my expectation, is that after the election, now that it turns out that the goal of beating Obama doesn’t make much sense because I’m not running again, that we can start getting some cooperation again.”

In his new biography, “Barack Obama: The Story,” David Maraniss writes that a roommate of the young Obama compared him to Walker Percy’s protagonist in “The Moviegoer”: an observer of his life, one step removed.

 On CNBC on Friday, Romney complained that Obama has “been more focused on his perspective of his historic legislative achievements than he has been focused on getting people back to work.”

A president focused on historic achievements? Imagine that. But in his lame way, Romney got at Obama’s problem: The Moviegoer prefers to float above, at a reserve, in grandiose mists.

As Maraniss recounts, Obama said he liked reading Hemingway because of Papa’s “integrity of grasping for those times, those visions, that are ones of true magnificence and profundity.”

Cook told Maraniss that she thought Obama’s desire to “play out a superhero life” was “a very strong archetype in his personality.”

But superheroes and mythic figures must boldly lead. Obama’s caution — ingrained from a life of being deserted by his father and sometimes his mother, and of being, as he wrote to another girlfriend, “caught without a class, a structure, or tradition to support me” — has restrained him at times.

In some ways, he’s still finding himself, too absorbed to see what’s not working. But the White House is a very hard place to go on a vision quest, especially with a storm brewing. (Liberal Maureen Dowd)

The storm is Europe. Terrorism.Drug Cartels. Iran.

But don’t worry, Vote for Me! Romney is a white, rich,capitalist elitist misogynist pig and I’m not! 🙂

EDUCATION

Financially struggling schools nationwide are increasing the volume of advertising that children see in the halls, at football games and even on their report cards.

School administrators say that with a public unwilling to adequately fund K-12 education, they’re obligated to find new ways to keep teachers in classrooms.

Examples:

•The college-savings program CollegeInvest signed a three-year deal to advertise on report cards sent home to students in the 85,000-student

Jefferson County Public School District, southwest of Denver.

•Drugstore chain CVS promoted its flu shot campaign in Virginia and Florida schools with signs at football games, posters at school entrances and in district e-newsletters.

•Office supply store Staples this fall will sponsor school supply lists in several California and Texas school districts and provide a coupon for parents, all printed on Staples-branded paper.

Consumer advocates say marketers want to get in front of kids to build customers for life. Kids are especially vulnerable to persuasive advertising while they are still learning how to think critically. (KFYI)

Liberals teach people to think critically, since when?

So coming soon your CVS Pharmacy Central High School!! 🙂

Or The Staples High School Band complete with uniforms to match!

Yeah, things like cutting the waste and over-spending in Administration is not on the table. Nor are the extravagant Teachers Union packages (just look at Wisconsin to see how concerned the Unions are).
Their fat is not on the table, just yours.
Unable to raise enough taxes to fund their extravagance they now want to use Commercial advertising at a time when the Food Police are going insane about Vending Machines (advertising) Soda, Salt, and Fat!!
FAST & FURIOUS

The revelation that Mexico was kept in the dark as the Obama administration pumped thousands of weapons into the hands of criminals in its country – criminals who then used the weapons to kill people – comes after news broke that President Barack Obama thinks it’s part of his job as president to kill people, as detailed in a soon-to-be-released book by Newsweek investigative reporter Daniel Klaidman.

According to excerpts from Klaidman’s book, “Kill or Capture,” former President George W. Bush’s counter-terrorism adviser Richard Clarke told Obama early in his presidency that the job required he get his hands dirty.

“As president, you kill people,” Clarke told Obama, according to the book.

Klaidman writes that Obama was unshaken by that remark.

“An inscrutable Obama looked back at Clarke, not betraying any emotion. ‘I know that,’ Obama told Clarke in an even tone,” the book excerpt reads. “‘He didn’t flinch,’ Clarke later said of the meeting.” (DC)

The liberal world is becoming so unhinged. And we are all going to suffer for it.
But don’t worry, it’s not their fault! Just ask them… 🙂
Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Spin Dizzy

Gotta See this: http://happybirthdayfromaz.com/

Send a Birthday greeting to the President who is in Chicago with Rev Wright, Tony Rezco, and other Chicago heavyweights while his Wife is taking over 60 rooms with 40 people at a 5- Star Spanish Hotel with the kids.

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“Summer of Recovery” (Obama’s Term) Update

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans who are receiving food stamps rose to a record 40.8 million in May as the jobless rate hovered near a 27-year high, the government reported yesterday.

Recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program subsidies for food purchases jumped 19 percent from a year earlier and increased 0.9 percent from April, the US Department of Agriculture said in a statement on its website.

Participation has set records for 18 straight months.
An average of 40.5 million people, more than an eighth of the population, will get food stamps each month in the year that began Oct. 1, according to White House estimates.

The figure is projected to rise to 43.3 million in 2011.

But the economy is getting better, according to the Obama Administration and Liberal Media.

“Make no mistake, we are headed in the right direction,” Mr. Obama said July 2nd.

The U.S. economy continued to grow in the second quarter, but the pace slowed more than economists had expected.-CBS News

It may not feel like we are in a full-fledged economic recovery yet but the Treasury Secretary seemed to imply otherwise in a recent New York Times piece entitled “Welcome to the Recovery”. Although Secretary Timothy Geithner noted in the piece that we still have a long way to go, it seems a little off-putting for the Treasury Secretary to welcome us to a recovery when the unemployment rate is still well over 9% and not expected to go down much further in the near future.

A new jobs report for July is due this week but the jobs report for June wasn’t terribly optimistic. A CNN.com news items about that report was titled “Job recovery hits a wall” and reported that the economy lost 125,000 jobs in June. One hopes that the July jobs report will be much stronger. Regardless, I’m sure that the millions of Americans out there who still don’t have jobs don’t feel like we are in a “recovery”.

Liberal economist Paul Krugman even seemed surprised by Geithner’s piece. After criticizing Republicans for obstructionism (unsurprisingly) and saying that the government has not done enough to stimulate the economy, Krugman wrote that “the [Obama] administration has decided to engage in happy talk, saying that it’s all good. Do they really think this will work?”

The administration might think so but until a lot more jobs are added to this economy, it seems like it’s too early for the Treasury Secretary to welcome us to a recovery. (townhall.com)

Has anyone told the American People?

Oh right, they don’t care about that, they just care about pushing their agenda.

And Big Brother is always right, isn’t he.

And since anything that is wrong is Bush’s Fault they don’t have to worry about it anyhow! 🙂

Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez

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In an exclusive Newsmax interview, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich backs Arizona’s new immigration law and says Gov. Jan Brewer “ought to promptly file suit against the federal government to make them pay for all the costs that Arizona’s dealing with — costs in schools, costs in prisons, costs in hospitals. If the federal government’s basis of its lawsuit is that it has sole responsibility, then it ought to have sole responsibility. If I were [Gov. Brewer], I’d present them with a bill for several billion dollars on behalf of the people of Arizona who are currently suffering because eof the incompetence and failure of the federal government.”

Sounds good to me. 🙂

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YOU HAVE BEEN SCANNED, CITIZEN

For the last few years, federal agencies have defended body scanning by insisting that all images will be discarded as soon as they’re viewed. The Transportation Security Administration claimed last summer, for instance, that “scanned images cannot be stored or recorded.”

Now it turns out that some police agencies are storing the controversial images after all. The U.S. Marshals Service admitted this week that it had surreptitiously saved tens of thousands of images recorded with a millimeter wave system at the security checkpoint of a single Florida courthouse.

This follows an earlier disclosure  by the TSA that it requires all airport body scanners it purchases to be able to store and transmit images for “testing, training, and evaluation purposes.” The agency says, however, that those capabilities are not normally activated when the devices are installed at airports.

Body scanners penetrate clothing to provide a highly detailed image so accurate that critics have likened it to a virtual strip search. Technologies vary, with millimeter wave systems capturing fuzzier images, and backscatter X-ray machines able to show precise anatomical detail. The U.S. government likes the idea because body scanners can detect concealed weapons better than traditional magnetometers.

This privacy debate, which has been simmering since the days of the Bush administration, came to a boil two weeks ago when Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that scanners would soon appear at virtually every major airport. The updated list includes airports in New York City, Dallas, Washington, Miami, San Francisco, Seattle, and Philadelphia.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group, has filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to grant an immediate injunction pulling the plug on TSA’s body scanning program. In a separate lawsuit, EPIC obtained a letter  from the Marshals Service, part of the Justice Department, and released it on Tuesday afternoon.

These “devices are designed and deployed in a way that allows the images to be routinely stored and recorded, which is exactly what the Marshals Service is doing,” EPIC executive director Marc Rotenberg told CNET. “We think it’s significant.”

A 70-page document  showing the TSA’s procurement specifications, classified as “sensitive security information,” says that in some modes the scanner must “allow exporting of image data in real time” and provide a mechanism for “high-speed transfer of image data” over the network. (It also says that image filters will “protect the identity, modesty, and privacy of the passenger.”)

“TSA is not being straightforward with the public about the capabilities of these devices,” Rotenberg said. “This is the Department of Homeland Security subjecting every U.S. traveler to an intrusive search that can be recorded without any suspicion–I think it’s outrageous.” EPIC’s lawsuit says that the TSA should have announced formal regulations, and argues that the body scanners violate the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits “unreasonable” searches.

TSA spokeswoman Sari Koshetz told CNET on Wednesday that the agency’s scanners are delivered to airports with the image recording functions turned off. “We’re not recording them,” she said. “I’m reiterating that to the public. We are not ever activating those capabilities at the airport.”

The TSA maintains that body scanning is perfectly constitutional: “The program is designed to respect individual sensibilities regarding privacy, modesty and personal autonomy to the maximum extent possible, while still performing its crucial function of protecting all members of the public from potentially catastrophic events.”

Notice they did say they didn’t have the capability, they just were not using it. Uh, huh, sure I’m always willing to believe the angels of better nature when it comes to the Government, especially this one, and the Justice Dept and Big Sis Janet. 🙂

Don’t you fell safer now? 🙂

Don’t feel better about the economy.

Happy Happy Joy Joy! 🙂

The Hydrocarbon Deniers

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar quietly told reporters on Friday that the administration’s six-month delay in approving new offshore drilling leases in federal waters will morph into a three-year total ban. We are forbidden from finding more oil and gas even though a December 2009 Rasmussen poll showed as many Americans want offshore drilling — roughly two-thirds — as oppose administration plans for health care.

After President George W. Bush lifted an executive ban on Outer Continental Shelf leasing, drilling was expected to begin by this July. “Secretary Salazar has finally confirmed what has long been feared — that the Obama administration has no intention of opening new areas for offshore drilling during his four years in office,” said Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., ranking member on the House Natural Resources Committee.

A study by Science Applications International Corp. at the request of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, the Gas Technology Institute and others shows that as a result of this administration’s energy policy, the U.S. economy will suffer $2.3 trillion in lost opportunity costs over the next two decades, monies that would go a long way to reining in runaway deficits and creating economic growth.

Call them the Hydro-Carbon Deniers if you will.

The kumbaya liberal set where Fossil Fuels are the Spawn of Satan and we all need solar panels, hybrid cars, and wind turbines  in our backyard.

Problem is, like more Liberal pie-in-the-sky crap, it’s fecal matter rots in the light of truth. Then the liberals cover it up and just ignore it.

The administration asked for public comments on a plan to expand offshore drilling. When they came in 2-to-1 in favor, the Interior Department sat on the news.

Last April, Salazar said President Obama told him regarding the comment period “to make sure that we have an open and transparent government” and to make sure that DOI was “maximizing the opportunity for the public to give us guidance on what it is they want us to do” about expanding domestic energy exploration and development.

Well, the public provided no small amount of guidance. The Interior Department announced in September it had received more than 530,000 comments. It did not say, however, how many supported or opposed expanded drilling. It’s now four months after the close of this extended comment period, so where are the results? What happened to the open and transparent process?

Instead, on Jan. 6 Salazar announced plans, as the energy news service Greenwire put it, that “will require more detailed environmental reviews, more public input and less use of a provision to streamline leasing.” In other words, we were being promised more stalling, not more drilling. (IBD)

So we have another case of “transparency” going right up someone’s ass and farting nothing.

They never had any intention of doing anything. They solicited public opinion, when they did get the opinion they wanted they buried it, ignored it, and continued on with what THEY wanted to do.

Sound Familiar??

Sound Like a pattern??

Sound like “consent of the governed” to you?

And do do you think they care?

NO.

And then there’s the problem that all this “green jobs” junk economics has been proven to be just that, JUNK.

Spain exposed the boondoggle of wind power in 2009, discrediting an idea touted by the Obama administration. In response, U.S. officials banded with trade lobbyists to hide the facts.

It was a cold day at the Energy Department when researchers at King Juan Carlos University in Spain released a study showing that every “green job” created by the wind industry killed off 4.27 other jobs elsewhere in the Spanish economy.

Research director Gabriel Calzada Alvarez didn’t object to wind power itself, but found that when a government artificially props up this industry with subsidies, higher electrical costs (31%), tax hikes (5%) and government debt follow. Fact is, these subsidies have the same “Cuisinart” effect on jobs as wind-generating propeller blades have on birds. Every green job costs $800,000 to create and 90% of them are temporary, he found.

Alvarez made no bones about the lessons of Spain for the Obama administration, which has big plans for “green jobs.” His report warned of “considerable employment consequences” from “self-inflicted economic wounds.” It forecast that the U.S. could lose 6.6 million jobs if it followed Spain, and it “should certainly expect its results to follow such a tendency.”

A few months later, Danish researchers at the Center for Politiske Studier came to the same conclusion about subsidized wind power from their own country’s experience.

“It is fair to assess that no wind energy to speak of would exist if it had to compete on market terms,” their report said.

Straightforward experience, facts and the logical conclusions about policy failure in Europe should be de rigueur in science, and the reports coming from nations with long experience in wind power ought to be taken seriously.

But they had no place in the Obama administration, which had declared a “green jobs” agenda with $2.3 billion in tax credits to create 17,000 “high-quality green jobs.”

“Building a robust clean energy sector is how we will create the jobs of the future,” said President Obama.

And Out Energy Secretary says we need more of it.

With an economy struggling to regain sound footing, Chu advocated a starvation diet devoid of additional fossil fuels that are to remain under the ground and seabed. Instead, he supports 53% more funding for wind research and a 22% jump for solar research. (eco-friendly)

So it’s another case of the liberal ignoring the facts and what the people want and need and just rush blindly into their own ideology, the consequences be damned!

You have to wonder why they solicit any opinions from anyone since they are going to do what they are going to do regardless.

Passive Aggressive  Dictatorship anyone?