Monday, September 28, 2009

Monday Factoids and Links From Around the WWW (or "that open sewer" as the NYT has taken to calling the internet)

"Open Sewer"--what a great name for a blog.

Sometimes what's in the daily news is just too target-rich an environment to pick out just a couple of stories--sort of like something called "nutrient mud" used for fertilizer--oh cripes, you really don't want to know what THAT'S  a euphemism for!

I like this story from a blog called Just One Minute: "Too Biased Even to Describe the Bias," a discussion of the "explanation" given by the New York Times about their non-coverage of the ACORN debacle. The NYT can take as gospel every ridiculous lefty blog-rumor from HuffPo or "research" from the Daily Kos or the serious investigative journalism practiced by Rachel Madow or Keith Olbermann for the eight years when Bush was in office, but when a story might be "inconvenent" for Obama, all of a sudden the NYT doesn't trust what's coming from that "polemical world of talk radio, cable television, or partisan blogs." When that rag finally disappears from the planet, I will celebrate in the streets.

Iran has again been poking the U.S. in the eye over the weekend with three missile tests in two days. This comes on the heels of President Barack Hussein Obama's speech to the U.N. I guess it really does matter that we put into office a man who is woefully inexperienced for the job. Obama's inflated view of his own ability to negotiate with Iran is dangerously naive. Iran is boasting that the missiles are capable of reaching Israel--or U.S. bases in the Middle East.

Report from "The incident came two days after Barack Obama warned Iran had until the end of the year to respond to his diplomatic overtures and enter into serious 'good faith' negotiations over its nuclear programme." Well, Barry, how's that diplomacy, those warnings of "grave consequences" with Iran working out so far? Have you had any "meaningful dialogue" with them yet, Barry? I love this guy. He's willing to sit down and talk with every nut-job world leader around, but he doesn't have the stones to face Chris Wallace on Fox News.

Seriously, Barack Obama's handlers really need to do something about this ridiculous nose-in-the-air pose. Who does this?

Question of the day: Is Obama just constantly blowing smoke in our faces in this video, or does he believe what he's saying? If he believes his own stuff, then we are in serious, serious trouble.

Oh my, this is from Newsweek, the most in-the-tank Obama media rag evah. Howard Fineman writes, "Mr. President, please stay off TV" in his article "The Limits of Charisma." Hilarious. Even Newsweek has figured out that the "president's problem isn't that he is too visible [well, I would argue with them there]; it's the lack of content in what he says when he keeps showing up on the tube." Bingo!

I'm happy to hear the newest Rasmussen report on ObamaCare: now just 41% of voters nationwide favor the plan proposed by Obama and congressional Democrats. "That's the lowest level of support yet measured." The telephone survey finds that 56% are opposed to the plan, with senior citizens (who vote!) the least supportive. The report goes on to discuss the "difficult political environment" the issue has produced for incumbent Democrats. My own personal favorite: longtime idiot incumbent Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer polls 50% against two 2010 challengers in California. As Rasmussen points out, any incumbent who polls less that 50% is considered vulnerable. Boxer is expected to seek a fourth term in the Senate next year. Let's hope some of those Californians find some brain cells before the 2010 elections, although I don't know, Rasmussen is still able to find 6% of Californians answering his poll who think the economy is "good or excellent."

In related polling news from Rasmussen, in the Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, Obama's Approval Index is down to minus 10. For those who want to compare, his Approval Index the day after his inauguration was plus 30. 51% of the country disapproves of Obama's performance. Heh. Something tells me after his stellar performance at the U.N. last week, coupled with Iran's hijinks over the weekend, those numbers might be headed even lower.

One of my favorite writers at HotAir is a guy who calls himself "Dr. Zero." Most everything he writes is good. He has a new post about Obama titled The omnipresent leader. His take on the creepy school video of the kids singing to Obama: "I like to call this clip 'The Best Home School Endorsement Video Ever'." Dr. Zero suggests that we really need to begin scaling back the super-State. No kidding.

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