Lather, rinse, repeat:
By the way, I had Mike in my blogroll before I moved this site (blogroll resurrection pending), and with good reason. Few out there do fury as well as he does.
Have you noticed how words mean different things to this President, his administration and their followers in the MSM?
And have you noticed how those different meanings also mean different things depending upon who’s using them and/or to whom they’re directed?
It must be very hard for someone whose native tongue is, actually, “English” of the sort they (used to) teach in schools, you know, the kind that still pretty much lines up with Websters and Roget’s?
I feel like some old fart sitting here sighing audibly and saying:
“You know kiddos, I remember a time–I like to call them ‘the good ol’ days’–when ‘stimulus’ was something that would incite or rouse to activity. But today, it’s just a synonym for ‘spending money you don’t have.’”
The same holds true for so many words that I realized perhaps a lexicon was in order, that is, until Webters’s and Roget’s decide to make it official. Here goes, feel free to add any I missed in the comments:
Stimulus – (verb) see above
Obstructionist – (noun) Republican
Obstruction – (verb) Republicans not doing exactly what I want, when I want it done
Dangerous rhetoric – (noun) Criticizing my policies, my administration, my golf swing (see also: “Racism”)
Racism – (noun) The root cause of any and all criticism of me, my policies, or my administration; The root cause of any hard questions by members of the press (see also: “Fox News” “Conservatives” “Republicans” “Teabaggers”)
The Constitution of the USA – (noun) Synonym for “Bathroom Tissue” (the irritating, scratchy one-ply type, from Scotts; see also “Obstruction”)
Republicans: (noun) The root cause of everything wrong in the world (see also “Scapegoat”)
Negative campaigning: (verb) What every candidate who runs against my policies and refuses to congratulate me on my achievements is doing (see also: “Mitt Romney”)
Making a case to the American people: (verb) Explaining to the American people that the Republicans are using obstructionism and negative campaigning because of their underlying racism against me.
President – (noun) King, or if you prefer, Puppet Dictator of corporatists everywhere (now if the American People would just figure this out and get out of my way, I’d get so much more done! See: Saul Alinsky/Cloward Piven)
American People – (noun) Synonym for “Pain in my ASS,” slow on the uptake, not really getting the whole “Do it my way” message
Unions/Public Sector Workers – (noun) the real “American People,” as in “The only ones who matter” (see: “Harry Reid speech”)
Wall Street – (noun) Private sector workers who haven’t donated millions of dollars to my campaign yet
Justice – (noun) Whatever benefits me and confers more power upon me; Whatever screws over people I don’t like who don’t agree with me
Social Justice – (noun) Revenge against people who don’t like or agree with me; Revenge against white people who refuse to pay their tribute and bow to my greatness
Unemployed – (noun) Democrat voters who don’t have a job they like yet, or can’t get one period; Republicans are never unemployed, they’re just finally paying their “fair share.”
Fair-share – (noun) What a Republican, conservative or other non-Democrat should pay in taxes; An amount of tax equal to whatever amount is most painful to the taxpayer who has not yet figured out that arbeit (for me) macht frei (see: “Fair”)
Fair – (adjective) Whatever I say it is, variable (see: “Polling”)
Middle East Peace: (noun, misspelled) Whatever amount of Israel I can make sure they don’t get to keep.
The Rich – (noun) Millionaires and Billionaires making over $200,000 (except those who contribute to my campaign)
Shared Sacrifice – (noun) Synonym for “Social Justice”
Special Interests – (noun) Any and all interest groups that are not my allies or contributors (see also: Jewish voters, Values voters, the Chamber of Commerce)
I’m sure there are more, but I’m getting depressed just typing these. Feel free to let me know what I missed.
has a brilliant post about Obama’s healthcare plans. Lately I think it, he writes it.
Obama: “We Can’t Rest On Our Laurels “
No really, please do. I beg of you. Please take a fist-full of Ambien, down a bottle of Nyquil and DON’T call us in the morning. We’d all be better off, promise. If you really love the country, you’ll take a LOOOOOOONG nap. We’ll wake you if North Korea goes postal, but just to get the launch codes, otherwise we’ll muddle through.
I mean after all, how can you possibly top what you’ve already “accomplished” in these past 125+ days? Just look at this list compiled by commenter proreason at Sweetness and Light, it’s stunning really, quite an achievement to ruin a country in a mere 6 months!
Mortgage delinquencies are at a record high.
Unemployment (if accurately measured) is about 20%.
The GDP is down over 6%.
The value of private homes on average nationally are down 30% or more.
The national debt has doubled in 4 months.
Private Banking no longer exists.
Private Auto business no longer exists.
700 small business were just shut down for political reasons.
The Stock Market has possibly been destroyed forever. At the very least, the risk is
Business funding through Bond sales has been destroyed.
Inflation is poised to go through the roof.
Seniors have had their lifetime savings reduced by 40 to 50%.
Contract law is being flagrantly violated by the federal government.
Tax cheats control the government.
No administration has ever had as many failed cabinet nominees.
Thousands of high-level government positions remain unfilled.
Tax receipts are down 36%
Credit companies are closing accounts right and left and jacking rates through the roof.
The president and first lady urge college graduates to avoid private business.
Gay Rights lunatics destroy a 20-year old woman because she believes marriage is sacred.
A supreme court nominee has already acted in defiance of a judge‚Äôs oath of office.
North Korea has tested nukes and missles.
Iran is laughing at the US.
We have dismantled the methods that kept us free from Terrorism for 7 years.
CIA operatives have been humiliated for defending the country.
Congress is filled with criminals.
Europe laughs at US requests.
China could break the US in a minute by refusing to buy our debt.
The Moron sent Airforce One on a joy ride over NYC.
The administration will not defend a single policy of its predecessor.
Military funding is being cut.
An attempt was made to make veterans pay for their own war-realated medical care.
The president abuses his power by attacting talk-show hosts.
The president‚Äôs chief of staff conspires with the media to destroy political opponents.
But you don’t want to rest on your laurels??
The only item on the list that doesn’t bother me that much is what happened to Carrie Prejean, I mean she put herself out there, Obama had nothing to do with it (and I disagree with her and she came off like an idiot, but I digress). The rest is spot-on!
Take a bow, rest assured your communist father would be very proud of you (and so, with your primary neurosis thus defeated, perhaps you could hold off on nailing those last few nails in our nation’s coffin? Really, he’d love you, probably bow at your feet, OK? Satisfied? Now go rest.
Just as I was beginning to think I was the only one hearing Obama blame the current crisis on a lack of healthcare, or universal college or federalized education–that everyone else in America (many of whom were still giving Comrade Obama high marks) seems to have missed, along comes Charles Krauthammer to make me feel so not alone.
The “day of reckoning” has arrived. And because “it is only by understanding how we arrived at this moment that we’ll be able to lift ourselves out of this predicament,” Obama has come to redeem us with his far-seeing program of universal, heavily nationalized health care; a cap-and-trade tax on energy; and a major federalization of education with universal access to college as the goal.
Amazing. As an explanation of our current economic difficulties, this is total fantasy. As a cure for rapidly growing joblessness, a massive destruction of wealth, a deepening worldwide recession, this is perhaps the greatest non sequitur ever foisted upon the American people.
At the very center of our economic near-depression is a credit bubble, a housing collapse and a systemic failure of the banking industry. One can come up with a host of causes: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pushed by Washington (and greed) into improvident loans, corrupted bond-ratings agencies, insufficient regulation of new and exotic debt instruments, the easy money policy of Alan Greenspan’s Fed, irresponsible bankers pushing (and then unloading in packaged loan instruments) highly dubious mortgages, greedy house-flippers, deceitful home buyers.
The list is long. But the list of causes of the collapse of the financial system does not include the absence of universal health care, let alone of computerized medical records. Nor the absence of an industry-killing cap-and-trade carbon levy. Nor the lack of college graduates. Indeed, one could perversely make the case that, if anything, the proliferation of overeducated, Gucci-wearing, smart-ass MBAs inventing ever more sophisticated and opaque mathematical models and debt instruments helped get us into this credit catastrophe.
And yet with our financial house on fire, Obama makes clear both in his speech and his budget that the essence of his presidency will be the transformation of health care, education and energy. Four months after winning the election, six weeks after his swearing-in, Obama has yet to unveil a plan to deal with the banking crisis.
What’s going on? “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” said chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. “This crisis provides the opportunity for us to do things that you could not do before.”
Things. Now we know what they are.
OK fine, it’s a lame cartoon. I laughed when I first saw it, but I GOT IT, I had heard the chimp news story and knew that a CT story (the chimp attack) would surely have been covered like crazy in the Post (a borderline tabloid paper anyway) so their readership surely would have put the two things together–chimp mauling and stimulus bill. But sure, as time goes by, I realize the cartoon is lame, but racist? Seriously?
Al is SO STUPID. Get a load of this:
Being that the stimulus bill has been the first legislative victory of President Barack Obama and has become synonymous with him, it is not a reach to wonder: Are they inferring that a monkey wrote the last bill?” Sharpton said.
Well gee Al, I sure hope you and others keep linking the bill to Obama b/c I was gonna let him off the hook there and say he did NOT write that piece of dreck, just failed to show leadership to change it more, but HEY, if you want to tie him so inextricably to this 1000 page thing (as if any ONE person could have “written” it anyway), BE MY GUEST That will–you realize–make it all the easier for his critics to blame him when it doesn’t work and in two years we’re talking about another stimulus (as the cartoon implies), but you go right ahead, use the President to get your name in print again
Oh, and Al? No one is “inferring” a damn thing, we’re IMPLYING a chimp wrote that bill–a few chimps actually–only they were WHITE.
I’m talking about the now infamouse “Porkulus” bill of course. William McGurn *nails* it to the wall with this one.
Just as she did with war funding, Mrs. Pelosi is once again putting her fellow Democrats — Mr. Obama included — in the position of defending the indefensible. And she let it all ride on a game of chicken. Her bet has been that a Republican minority would sooner or later cry “uncle” on a laundry list of pet Democratic spending projects rather than risk being painted as holding up vital economic legislation.
But a funny thing happened: House Republicans called her bluff. The result has been more attention to the content of the legislation passing through Congress. And as the focus on content has increased, the American people have grown more skeptical.
In public, Mr. Obama may tell us the problem is the lack of Republican support. But if he is as comfortable with the stimulus as he says, if the bills under consideration are really the tonic our economy needs, if by not passing a stimulus immediately we truly risk catastrophe, and if the American people are going to call the Republicans to account for not going along, why all the fuss? Why not just have it passed on your own, and take full credit.
Krauthammer nails it, A-GAIN:
Catastrophe, mind you. So much for the president who in his inaugural address two weeks earlier declared “we have chosen hope over fear.” Until, that is, you need fear to pass a bill.
Go now and RTWT.
Others have summed up how I feel pretty nicely:
So Obama won. It’s not the end of the world. Everybody chill out.
1) It’s hardly a popular vote blowout. McCain kept it close in a tough anti-republican climate, and there’s a still a significant proportion of the population that’s with us, nearly 50%, in fact.
2) If Barack does win, he do so only by pretending to be a centrist and a tax-cutter. And that lie is going to be exposed riki-tik. By 2010, the entire country will know just how liberal Obama is, and the pendulum will swing. It’ll be up to us to see that it swings far enough.
3) It’s important to remember that we’re conservatives, not liberals, or “progressives” or whatever they’re calling themselves this week.
Politics isn’t our life, and if we lose an election cycle, we’re still going to be happier as a group then they will ever be, even after they’ve won this one.
Like they always do, hardcore liberal voters have placed all their hopes and dreams into one, terribly flawed, terribly human basket. And without doubt they will be terribly disappointed, especially when they learn they’ve still got to pay their own mortgage and buy their own gas.
Their Messiah, ain’t one, which will become painfully apparent to them soon enough.
Meanwhile, here on the right, we have low expectations of human nature and even lower expectations of government. It’s hard to disappoint us.
And unlike the liberals, all of our hopes and dreams are in exactly the same place they were yesterday, in our family, our friends, our local community, in our work, in our religious faith, and in our country. Those are the great constants, always there for us even when we suffer the greatest of setbacks.
Yep, tough times are ahead, and we’re going to have to fight like somsabitches to keep Obama and the Congress from screwing things up too much in the next two years. But, we’ve been there before, and we’ve prevailed before.
4) Don’t give the fucktards on the left the satisfaction of seeing you all act like a bunch of hysterical schoolgirls. They’re the ones who can’t take defeat. We can take our lumps, get up, and keep fighting. We should be Happy Warriors. whose proper response to this is mockery, good humor, and hard work. We lost and elction, but we’re still right, and they’re still wrong.
Anyway, it’s time to cowboy up, and get ready for the next go round.
From Ace of Spaces via Rachel
Seriously folks, there’s neither time for nor point in whining about this outcome. To a large degree “we” did it to ourselves. By we of course I don’t mean you and I, I mean “we”the GOP party, the people allegedly representing our POV. If you think about it, they haven’t been FOR YEARS. I think the nail went in that coffin the day Bush signed that Medicare Prescription Drug Plan and began an eight year odyssey of spending like a drunken Kennedy. I don’t think it was even the war that did us in! I think it was the perception that we offered nothing different, that we had no solutions, and worse, that we weren’t even aware of what was happening to the economy even though we were (allegedly) in charge of it for six of the past eight years.
SURE, you and I know how much blame ought to be heaped on the Democrats, but guess what? So do average Americans–witness Congress’s approval rating (lower than Bush’s!). What these same average Americans don’t know is why they should trust us to do anything to fix it when we were in a position to stop the Dems for so long and didn’t! Bush “tried” to rein in Fannie and Freddie, but did he? Really??? Did he call up the networks and say “Gimme 30 min, I need to talk to the people dammit!” Did he tell us to stop borrowing money like there was no tomorrow and it grew on trees if there was? Did he tell us he was being thwarted by the Dems and why that was bad? Did he in any way enlist the help of the electorate, even as his own party was getting flushed down the toilet during midterms?? If he did, I sure missed it!
So people are onto Congress, and Congress will overinterpret this as a mandate at their own peril! They don’t get a bump or a pass on performance just b/c their new leader is one of them, on the contrary! I think now the people will say “Git-er-done a-holes! No excuses now!”
And really, isn’t that the refrain we should be singing? For them, and for the GOP? The Dems, the black community, the whiners and complainers and other liberals of all stripes now hold the power to do what they think they want, if they get stopped it will be because they realized what they wanted to do was STOOPID, or because they were too chicken-shit to do it. They can’t blame Bush, they can’t blame the GOP led Congress obstructing them, they can’t blame race or class or any of it. What little “woe is us” card have they got left really??
I hate to go all Spiderman on them, but with great power comes great responsibility, let’s see how they do!
And by the same token, the conservative side has no more excuses either. They can’t say “Oh well, we went along to get along….We had to cave because we had to appeal to the electorate…” and call it “bipartisanship.” Work out well for ya did it? *snort!*
These bastids need to take a long look in the mirror and remember what it is to BE conservative. It’s NOT about just getting reelected, or about tit-for-tat, it’s about believing in something bigger than that, it’s about defending freedom and the Constitution (as written) and about NOT caving to partisan pressure! Y’all got your clocks cleaned and GOOD that you did! Now it’s time to take a step back and figure out what you stand for–what WE stand for–and if we keep thinking it’s guns, God and kicking the Gays, we’re gonna KEEP LOSING b/c those wedge issues are LUXURIES we can’t afford to obsess over when we aren’t sure how we’re gonna pay the mortgage, or put food on the table, or find a job! Rush says saving the Polar Bears is an issue that has no place in an economy like this, well newsflash conservatives, SO IS BANNING GAY MARRIAGE, and worrying about abortion and who’s more Christian than someone else. WHO GIVES A SHIT?! Seriously??? How does that protect my payheck from socialism? How does that protect my healthcare from government takeover? How does that keep the military from losing its funding or keep us from sitting down with dictators for tea? REALLY? Is that what we’re about??? Peyton Place Values?
If we don’t go back to being the party of IDEAS, if we devolve and become the knuckle-dragging divisionists the liberals paint us to be, we’re REALLY fucked.
So let’s not do that, OKAY? Let’s start today coming up with a way to package and sell what we’ve got going on! Let’s figure out a way to explain to the dumbed down American population why the free market is NOT to blame for the FUBAR situation we’re in, why it was government intervention IN IT that screwed the pooch. We haven’t even TRIED to do that yet. So let’s, shall we? And let’s leave the whining and complaining to the liberals who expect their mortgage to be paid off by our new President. We are better than that.