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Amazing.

President Obama sharply criticized Republicans on Tuesday for following a “familiar script” to “block healthcare reform.” The president, seeking to prod the Democratic-controlled Congress to show significant progress on healthcare reform before the August recess, directed blame at the GOP for the stalled legislation.

Obama blasted the “familiar script” of Republicans who “have openly declared their intention to block healthcare reform.”

Talk about “familiar script”… With control of the White House, a veto-proof supermajority in the Senate and Democrats holding 59% of the seats in the House and the Community Organizer in Chief still tries to cast blame at the feet of Republicans.

Sorry, Barry, but you and your Democrats own this crap. Deal with it.

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An Abortion By Any Other Name…
July 21st, 2009 12:55 pm

Creative Democrats in Congress have introduced legislation that appears, by its title, to be a pro-life measure, but in reality is nothing more than a bailout bill for abortion providers.

A former leader for one of the nation’s largest pro-abortion groups and a congressman who abandoned his pro-life views to such a large extent that a pro-life group kicked him off its advisory board are introducing a new bill that will be touted as pro-life legislation.

However, the Reducing the Need for Abortions Initiative, expected to be introduced in the House of Representatives this week, is a bailout for the abortion industry.

The bill provides additional funding for Planned Parenthood, a group that receives hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars and performs hundreds of thousands of abortions every year.

Pro-life advocates aren’t being duped, however.

Rep. James Oberstar, a Minnesota Democrat who is the co-chairman of the House Pro-Life Caucus and the kind of moderate lawmaker the measure is designed to appeal to, wouldn’t support it either.

[Rep. Tim] Ryan (an Ohio Democrat whom Democrats for Life of America recently kicked off its board) also told Copely at the time that he asked several major pro-life groups to join him in supporting the bill, but none would take the bait because of the money dedicated to Planned Parenthood.

It’s obvious on its face what the Democrats behind this bill are trying to accomplish. And it’s apparently not working at all, thank goodness.

So here’s my question: If abortion proponents actually think abortion is not the killing of an innocent human being, why spend so much time trying to “reduce the number of abortions” (or introducing bills that purport to do so)? If abortion is simply a “medical procedure” that allows women positive things like “reproductive freedom”, why try to reduce the quantity? You’re making it sound like a bad thing.

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For months, the Community Organizer in Chief has been selling us on how good his disasterous plan for a government takeover of healthcare is. He’s given speeches, press conferences, even had his friends in the media do primetime infomercials for him. And throughout all of these snakeoil peddling sessions, he keep referring to one particular healthcare institution as a beacon of hope and an example of high quality healthcare at lower prices… the Mayo Clinic.

On June 11, in a townhall meeting at Southwest High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin, he said:

“And so what you’ve got is a situation where, for example, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is famous for some of the best quality and some of the lowest cost. People are healthier coming out of there, they do great. And then you’ve got places — there’s a town in McAllen, Texas, where costs are actually a third higher than they are at Mayo, but the outcomes are worse.

So the key for us is to figure out, how do we take all the good ideas in the Mayo Clinic and spread them all across the country so that that becomes the dominant culture for providing health care?”

On June 24, in an interview on infomercial-partner ABC’s Good Morning America, he said:

“Well, I think what’s important is to say to the American People that you should get the best possible care to make you well. And that the measure of the quality of care is not quantity, but whether or not it is making you better. Now, what we’ve seen is that there’s some communities and some health systems that do this very well. Mayo Clinic, a classic example. In Rochester, Minnesota. People go there. They– spend about 20-30 percent less than some other parts of the country, and yet have better outcomes.”

And again on July 1, in a virtual townhall from Annadale, Virginia, he said:

“There are some places, like the Mayo Clinic — many of you have heard of — provides outstanding care, some of the best in the world. People fly in from everywhere to go to Mayo Clinic to get treatment. It turns out Mayo provides care much more cheaply than a lot of other health systems, even though it’s better care.”

So with all this praise being heaped upon them, I wonder what the Mayo Clinic thinks of the proposed Obamacare plan. Luckily, they’ve issued a statement to let us know.

Minnesota’s not-for-profit Mayo Clinic, which Mr. Obama has repeatedly hailed as offering top quality care at affordable costs, blasted the House Democrats’ version of the health care plan as lawmakers continue to grapple with several bills from each chamber and multiple committees.

More specifically, the official Mayo statement said:

The proposed legislation misses the opportunity to help create higher quality, more affordable health care for patients… In fact, it will do the opposite… The real losers will be the citizens of the United States.”

Ouch. That’s gonna leave a mark.

It will be interesting to see how the teleprompter speeches are modified to remove any mention of the Mayo Clinic as the shining example of healthcare in the future.

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They say a “gaffe” is defined as a moment when a politician accidentally tells the truth.

Barack Obama, meet the gaffe.

Transcript:

“The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system…”

Don’t worry, Barry… Freud says there’s a perfectly good explanation for your slipup. (Unless you just want to blame the teleprompter again)

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A Hero’s Salute
July 20th, 2009 11:19 am

Sergeant First Class John C. Beale was killed last month in Afghanistan. His body was escorted from the airplane at Falcon Field in Peachtree City, GA to the funeral home in McDonough, Georgia. His body was accompanied by Henry County PD, Henry County Sheriff’s, McDonough PD, Hampton PD, The Patriot Guards, Rolling Thunder, and ABATE. A simple notice in local papers indicated the route to be taken and the approximate time.

Here are some other videos taken from folks standing along the funeral procession route.

…and then on June 14, 2009, flags were returned to full mast and then retired in memory of Staff Sgt. Beale and his military brothers killed in action: Maj. Kevin M. Jenrette, and Spc. Jeffrey W. Jordan…

God bless our heroes.

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Seriously. The gaffe that keeps on giving is at it again. Here’s the audio clip.

“And folks look, AARP knows and the people with me here today know, the president knows, and I know, that the status quo is simply not acceptable,” Biden said at the event on Thursday in Alexandria, Va. “It’s totally unacceptable. And it’s completely unsustainable. Even if we wanted to keep it the way we have it now. It can’t do it financially. We’re going to go bankrupt as a nation.

Now, people when I say that look at me and say, ‘What are you talking about, Joe? You’re telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?’ The answer is yes, that’s what I’m telling you.

Dear Barry, I’m begging you to let this guy speak in public more often.

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Barack Obama: Commander in Gaffe
July 16th, 2009 10:55 am

Isn’t it interesting how the same people who used George W. Bush’s gaffes as evidence to bolster their claim that he was an idiot think Barack Obama is some sort of saintly intellectual and oratory genius?

Despite the fact that Barack Obama isn’t really so good at the speaking thing.

He’s also not so good at the geography thing.

Nor is he very good at the sports thing.

The healthcare thing? Nope, not good at that either.

But surely he’s been trained in proper protocol. Wrong again.

But someone who is President certainly should know their history. Nope, not that either.

Surely, though, the guys knows who’s in his own cabinet, right? Wrong.

  • He introduces his Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates as “William Gates“. Granted, Gates was a Bush appointee, so we can cut him some slack on this one. It’s not like he goofed up on the title of his own pick for a running mate… wrong.

Maybe math is his specialty. Then again, maybe not.

And it’s quite telling that his supporters were so cheerful at his blissful admission of ignorance on the campaign trail last year when he was asked about the nation’s most contaminated nuclear waste site. Despite the fact he’d actually voted on the issue.

George W. Bush was a genius compared to this mental midget. Dope and change, man, dope and change.

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As Governor Rick Perry puts it, “Government isn’t difficult in theory — don’t spend all the money.”

Texas’s formula for success is classical conservatism: Low spending enables low taxes, while a liberal regulatory environment attracts the capital that makes capitalism work. Texas has a state government that is structurally incapable of taking on the grand political ambitions that characterize states such as California and New York, which leaves the private sector with a relatively open theater of operation. With conservatives at the national level looking to the states for models of what works, Texas can provide a blueprint for a prudent and bipartisan conservatism that is neither hostage to ideological excess nor relegated to merely trying to put Leviathan on a leash.

During the “greatest recession of our lifetime”, Texas has become:

1. Home to 6 of the 25 largest cities in the country, more than any other state.

2. A trillion-dollar economy that would make it the 15th-largest national economy in the world.

3. A job-creating machine that is estimated to have created 70 percent of the new jobs in the United States in 2008.

4. Home to America’s highest-volume port.

5. Home to the largest medical center in the world.

6. The headquarters of more Fortune 500 companies than any other state, having surpassed New York in 2008.

There are those who would look at this and say, “Not bad for a state with no income tax and a part-time legislature that meets only every two years.” And there are those who would say, “You could only accomplish this in a state with no income tax and a part-time legislature that meets only every two years.”

God bless Texas…

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I’m Rooting Against The Country
July 8th, 2009 10:20 am

According to Democrats, that is.

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who has had an eventful couple of weeks to say the least, believes House Republican opposition to climate change legislation and the stimulus indicates they’re cheering against the good ol’ US of A.

“It appears that the Republican Party leadership in the Congress has made a decision that they want to deny President Obama success, which means, in my mind, they are rooting against the country, as well,” the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman told WAMU radio host Diane Rehm on Tuesday morning, promoting his new book, “The Waxman Report.”

Another fine example of liberals trying to adopt catch-phrases in the completely wrong context. You see, when conservatives said liberals were rooting against the country, it was when liberals were actually rooting against and slandering American troops, denying their right to vote, or admitting that good news for America in a war was bad news for their party…

But now that conservatives are trying to oppose the push by liberals to turn America into a socialist trainwreck, liberals are claiming such opposition is somehow an opposition to the country. If that’s the case, then count me among those rooting against the country… Obama’s Country.

I’m rooting against a country where the federal government takes over the auto, financial, health and insurance industries.

I’m rooting against a country where the President thinks he has the right to fire corporate executives or decide the compensation structures in the private sector.

I’m rooting against a country where the President tries to circumvent checks and balances of senate approval by appointing nearly two-dozen soviet-style Czars.

I’m rooting against a country where criminal associates of the President are put in charge of the tool used to apportion representatives.

I’m rooting against a country where the media ceases to be the reporter of news and becomes a propaganda tool of the administration.

I’m rooting against a country where the President wants to completely disarm while simultaneously rewarding state-sponsors of terrorism.

I’m rooting against a country where the President subserviently bows to foreign leaders.

Waxman is right, I am rooting against Barack Obama’s success… because Obama defines success like Chavez, Castro and Ahmadenijad do. You’re damn right I’m rooting against that country…

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