Obama Flips McCain The Bird Over His Lifelong Service

Who uses their index finger… then calls an audible and comes back for more with the middle finger?

He did this to Hillary too… without the use of the index finger first.

Was it conscious? Unconscious? A kinetic Freudian slip? Sure is ironic that it isn’t the first time he’s done it and at the least isn’t more careful.

Try it… no really, go ahead. Watch what he does, then stand in the mirror and do the same.

Doesn’t it take a little too much effort to tuck in the index finger to extend the middle finger for it to be subconscious? Yeah, I thought so too.

UPDATE: The first time this happened back during the primaries.

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Obama: I’ll answer questions “on Wednesday”

No One Questions The One

No One Questions The One

Seriously. You cannot make this stuff up. ABC News’ Jake Tapper recounts the transaction on his blog.

ABC News: Senator Obama, what would you tell your Treasury Secretary do differently with the $700 billion?!

Obama: (laughs)

ABC News: It’s a substantive question!

Obama: It is! But Jake, we’re on a tarmac! That’s a pretty good question!

ABC News: Have a press conference then!

Obama: I will! On Wednesday!

Obama walks up the stairs to his plane.

It’s getting serious. Hot Air points out that the media whipped itself into a frenzy when Gov. Palin would not answer questions from the media. Now it appears, after a month of no press conferences and no questions, Sen. Obama feels it is above him to do the same.

Of course, Jake Tapper was taking a calculated risk since dissent gets you thrown off the plane.

L.A. Times’ Malcolm: O Farce One Playing “Cheesy Political Hardball”

O Farce One

O Farce One

From the L.A. Times Blog:

Why would a political campaign take retribution on reporters for a decision made by their publication’s separate editorial boards? The publications, after all, pay their own way on the charters.

That would be a cheesy hardball — and quite possibly counterproductive — Chicago kind of thing for a frontrunner to do, especially one on a national unity ticket. A candidate’s organization would have to reflect an enormous ego and over-confidence to pull something like that.

Next thing you know such a campaign might urge supporters to clog a radio station’s phone lines or e-mail boxes just because it gave air-time to an Obama critic.

And it’s certainly not the kind of hands-across-the-aisle, bipartisan change we need and/or can believe in a national capital that could use a large dose of both.

True, the Obama campaign has buttoned itself up from most press access, apparently fearing some kind of late-minute gaffe that might threaten its lead in most polls.

Amazingly, as Howard Kurtz points out, two seats did suddenly open up on the Obama campaign plane this weekend to accommodate Ebony and Essence magazine reporters. Another coincidence. 

So let me get this straight: in order to avoid an embarrassing last minute gaffe, they create an embarrassing last minute gaffe. Future leaders of the newly enslaved free world, ladies and gentlemen.

Tito The Builder: “This Is To Intimidate Colmes”

Straight talk.

This is guy is almost better than Joe the Plumber. Why? He shoots straight, and doesn’t take crap, and is an immigrant living the American Dream. This is what makes America great. Not a stuffy corrupt Chicago politician that talks down about America to America and pretends to have the solutions to all of our problems.

See, Sen. Obama, you’re over baked. You’ve spent too much around too many people who do not like America and when you buttress that against your self-confessed fetish for socialism/Marxism, you become dangerous — too dangerous for America and too unqualified to defend and protect our Constitution.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is not a game, this is life in America as we know it and it is about to change dramatically if Sen. Obama is elected President. Sen. Obama could benefit from a few years studying under Tito and Joe if he wants to understand “Hope and Change”.

Keep at it Tito.

ABC’s Kate Snow: Palin Won’t Release Her Medical Records!

Five Pregnancies vs. The One

Five Pregnancies vs. The One

Look folks, Obama is smoker, Biden had an aneurism, and McCain has had several incidences of cancer. McCain and Biden have released their medical records which are no surprises. Obama has yet to release his records and instead substituted them with a doctor’s note — actually just a one page letter. 

So what gives with this:

On Sunday morning, Palin spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt told ABC News that the campaign had planned to release information on her medical history early this week.

Today is Wednesday.

ABC News has asked every day this week about the status of the release of information and received no updates from the campaign.  It is unclear what is holding things up.

“We are working on this and it will happen sooner than later,” Schmitt said on Sunday.

Aides suggested privately that there was nothing to hide in the records, but that it was simply taking a while to call doctors and round up the appropriate information to release.

But an entire week?

Now you know what ABC has to obsess over, that is, when they’re not kowtowing Obama. Palin is aware of it noting to NBC’s chief kowtower:

“So be it, if that will allow some curiosity seekers, perhaps, to have one more thing that they can either check the box off that they can find something to criticize, perhaps, or find something to rest them assured over.  Fine.  I’m healthy, I’m happy, had five kids.  That is going to be in the medical records.  Never been seriously ill or hurt.  You will see that in the medical records if they’re released,” Palin told NBC’s Brian Williams.

More substantive information there than we find in Obama’s doctor’s note. Both of Obama’s parents died of cancer. His is at high risk for prostate and he has a history of smoking.

Meanwhile, the ‘Cuda does not smoke, has five kids, both parents living and healthy, and she breathes the clean fresh Alaskan air and when she goes where huskies go, she never eats the yellow snow.

Obama Always Late Arriving to Work

I wonder if this incessant tardiness has anything to do with him being mocked by our allies and enemies alike on foreign policy matters. 

His ever evolving comments on the Russian invasion of Georgia and his belief that meeting with rogue dictators is a good idea serves as proof that maybe showing up on time might benefit your understanding about these particularly important issues.

Then again, I’m sure his liberal/socialist ideology prevents the messiah from understanding the kind of logical conclusions even us mere common mortals can figure out even with the most cursory of understandings.

Bailout Update: Surprise, Banks Hoarding Taxpayer Cash!

Financial Pride & Prejudice

Financial Pride & Prejudice

In one of the most unshocking revelations of 2008, Congress once again has managed to exercise their lack of judgment at our expense by forking over $700 billion of our money to give to banks.

Free market experts, let me ask you a question: If you’re cash position is struggling mightily at the hands of defaulting debt instruments and unknown risks, and someone offers you a pile of cash to help ballast your listing vessel, what would you do with it?

Would you continue ‘business as usual’ giving loans away in the same manner that got you into this balance sheet nightmare? Of course, not.

It turns out, neither are the banks. They’re hoarding and merging with on our time and we have nothing to show for it except to foot the bill.

Thank you, Congress, for your lack of political will to stand up to a plan that we knew would fail. Glad you didn’t listen to us, since you know so much more than we do. I thought you Democrats knew how to stand up to President Bush? Oh wait, his Treasury Secretary is one of your guys.

Via the Associated Press:

The infusion of federal money is to rebuild banks’ battered capital reserves so the institutions would feel comfortable resuming more normal lending practices. But that confidence was undercut somewhat when reports surfaced that bankers might use the money to buy other banks. Indeed, the government approved PNC Financial Services Group Inc. to receive $7.7 billion in return for company stock on Friday and, at the same time, PNC said it was acquiring National City Corp. for $5.58 billion.

There is little federal officials can do about it. There is no language in the bailout bill that specifically obligates banks receiving money to increase their loans. Officials had argued that attaching strings to the capital-infusion program would discourage financial institutions from participating.

Cute. I realize that merging to some degree and if done correctly will help the situation. But the struggle I have is that now we have so much capital tied up in a handful of banks that are essentially ‘too big to fail’ now that the government has set this nasty bailout precedent. The bottom here is that the taxpayers, in my opinion, are on the hook for bailing out banks that still do not want to lend like we need them to and instead would prefer to consolidate and become so huge that their failure in the future would plunge us right back into this scenario.

First rule of the free-market: market players always act based upon their own rational self-interests. Of course, it’s no surprise the liberal Democrats (and their redistributive talking Presidential nominee) in Washington do not understand this most basic of economic principles. The real shock is that a lot of supposedly conservative Republicans do not get it either.