Monday, October 25, 2010

Teleprompter to make its debut in Parliament when Obama speaks

A teleprompter will be in use for the first time in the Central Hall of Parliament when US President Barack Obama addresses MPs on November eight.

As per the tentative programme being worked out, the address by Obama, who once said that "America has its roots in the India of Mahatma Gandhi", would not be for more than 20 minutes.

The president's programme in Parliament House complex itself will be less than an hour affair, Parliament sources said today. It is scheduled to start at 5pm.

The programme will feature a welcome speech by vice president Hamid Ansari and a vote of thanks by Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar. The US president would also sign the Golden Book, the visitors’ diary of Parliament.

While US first lady Michelle Obama would be accompanying her husband, there was no confirmation whether secretary of state Hillary Clinton would be part of Obama's entourage, Parliament sources said.

Besides the visiting dignitary, those who would be on the dais in the historic Central Hall along with Obama, the vice president and the speaker would be prime minister Manmohan Singh. Michelle will be given a special seat in the front row.

Obama will take the help of a teleprompter to deliver his address to the 780-odd members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, sources said.

Parliament authorities said this will be the first time that such a facility will be arranged in the Central Hall.

Obama’s reliance on the teleprompter is unusual--not only because he is famous for his oratory, but because no other president has used one so consistently and at so many events, large and small.

Teleprompters are textbook-sized panes of glass holding the prepared remarks of the speaker and which rests on top of a tall, narrow pole and flank his podium during speeches.

Democrat Candidate Running From Obama: “I Voted For McCain!”

And the award for who can run away from President Obama the furthest and the fastest goes to “Blue Dog” Democrat Gene Taylor of Mississippi:

MS-04: Embattled Blue Dog Rep. Gene Taylor is taking Democratic efforts to distance themselves from the White House to a whole new level, telling the Sun Herald of South Mississippi: “I did not vote for Obama. I voted for Sen. McCain. Better the devil you know.”

That’s not all. Taylor has already signed a pledge to repeal Obamacare and said he would not support Nancy Pelosi for House Speaker if Democrats keep their majority.

McCain won Taylor’s district with 67 percent in 2008, so Taylor is in good company. Once viewed as a safe hold for Democrats, Cook Political Report recently changed its rating for the contest between Taylor and GOP challenger Steven Palazzo to “toss up.”

Meanwhile, in Rhode Island, Democrat candidate for Governor Frank Caprio is saying that Obama can “shove” his endorsement.

Top Rhode Island Democrat: Obama Can Take His Endorsement and “Shove It!”

It begins… The Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Rhode Island told Barack Obama he can take his endorsement and “shove it” today.
WPRO 630 reported:

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio is livid after the Providence Journal reported Monday morning President Obama would not endorse Caprio during his visit to the state today.

“He can take his endorsement and really shove it”, Caprio told John Depetro and the WPRO morning news. Caprio told WPRO he did not seek the President’s endorsement and calls the snub Washington politics.

“We had one of the worst floods in the history of the United States a few months back and President Obama didn’t even do a fly over of Rhode Island. He ignored us and now he’s coming into Rhode Island and treating us like an ATM machine”, said Caprio.

Obama Tells Latinos That Officials Who Support Border Security “Aren’t the Kinds of Folks Who Represent Our Core American Values”

Because to Barack Obama – open, porous borders are an American value.

Obama says that officials who support immigration law and secure borders “aren’t the kinds of folks who represent our core American values.”
Can you believe it?
Did he think it would not leak out to the masses?
The Caucus reported:

In a radio interview that aired on Univision on Monday, Mr. Obama sought to assure Hispanics that he would push an immigration overhaul after the midterm elections, despite fierce Republican opposition.

“If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s gonna be harder and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2.”

Referring specifically to Republicans such as Senator John McCain, who are stressing border security and supporting strict immigration laws like Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration measure, Mr. Obama said, “Those aren’t the kinds of folks who represent our core American values.”

Monday, October 18, 2010

Miracle Worker: Obama Matches 214 Years Worth of US Debt in Less Than 24 Months

President Obama, assisted by his willing accomplices in Congress who have helped swipe the national credit card like giddy teenage girls at the mall with daddy’s Visa, have made history.

From CNS News:

It’s official: The Obama administration has now borrowed $3 trillion, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.

It took from 1776, when the United States became an independent country, until 1990, the year after the Berlin Wall fell signaling victory in the Cold War, for the federal government to accumulate a total of $3 trillion in debt, according to the Treasury Department. It only took from Jan. 20, 2009, the day President Barack Obama was inaugurated, until Oct. 15, 2010, for the Obama administration to add $3 trillion to the federal debt.

The overall debt of the federal government, according to the Treasury Department, is now $13.666 trillion.

Republicans are far from removed from guilt when it comes to debt accumulation over the decades, but one thing’s for certain: The GOP’s Slurpees and lattes over the years have cost far less than Obama’s alleged attempt to get the car out of the ditch.

Fortunately the country has a lot to show for this new debt (I’m selling long on sarcasm and short on Hope & Change, in case that isn’t obvious).

Doug Powers -

Friday, October 15, 2010

Obama’s 52 Year-Old Muslim Brother Takes a Teenager as Third Wife

In 2008 Barack Obama’s brother Malik told the Jews not to worrry that Barack will be a good president for the Jewish people, “despite his Muslim background.”
Malik took his third wife recently.

Malik Obama, older brother to Barack Obama, holds an undated picture of Barack, left, and himself, middle, and an unidentified friend in his shop in eastern Kenya. (Karel Prinsloo, AP)

The AP reported:

President Barack Obama’s polygamist half brother in Kenya has married a woman who is more than 30 years younger than him.

The 19-year-old’s mother told The Associated Press on Friday she is furious that her daughter quit high school and married the 52-year-old.

Mary Aoko Ouma says her daughter tried to marry Malik Obama two years ago, but the mother says she wouldn’t give permission.

Malik Obama, who is Muslim, has two other wives. Polygamy is legal in Kenya if it falls under religious or cultural traditions.

How sweet.

It’s Not That Obama Was Lying It’s That He Didn’t Know What He Was Talking About

On the job training for Presidents can be horribly expensive:

Back in early 2009, President-elect Barack Obama was asked on Meet the Press how quickly he could create jobs. Oh, very fast, he said. He’d already consulted with a gaggle of governors, and “all of them have projects that are shovel-ready.” When Obama revealed the members of his energy team, he explained that they were part of his effort to get started on “shovel-ready projects all across the country.” When he unveiled his education secretary, he assured everyone that he was going to get started “helping states and local governments with shovel-ready projects.”

In interviews, job summits, and press conferences, it was shovel-ready this, shovel-ready that. Search the White House website for the term “shovel-ready” and you’ll drown in press releases about all the shovels ready to shove shovel-ready projects into the 21st century, where no shovel is left behind.

Only now it turns out that the president was shoveling something all right when he was talking about shovel-ready jobs — a whole pile of steaming something.

In the current issue of The New York Times Magazine, Obama admits that there’s “no such thing as shovel-ready” when it comes to public works.

It’s not that Obama was lying when he said all that stuff. It’s just that he didn’t know what he was talking about. All it took was nearly a trillion dollars in stimulus money and 20-plus months of on-the-job training for him to discover that he was talking nonsense.

To be honest, I’m still not convinced that Obama has learned that it’s nonsense.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Uh-Oh… Michelle O Campaigns In Polling Place!! May Have Violated Law

Following the Law is for Thee… But Not For Me.

Michelle Obama reportedly campaigned for her husband and his radical agenda at a Chicago polling station today.
FOX News reported on the infraction:

Drudge reported:

First lady Michelle Obama appears to have violated Illinois law — when she engaged in political discussion at a polling place!

The drama began after Mrs. Obama stopped off at the Martin Luther King Center on the south side of Chicago to cast an early vote.

After finishing at the machine, Obama went back to the desk and handed in her voting key.

She let voters including electrician Dennis Campbell, 56, take some photos.

“She was telling me how important it was to vote to keep her husband’s agenda going,” Campbell said.

According to a pool reporter from the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES at the scene, the conversation took place IN the voting center not far from the booths.

Illinois state law — Sec. 17-29 (a) — states: “No judge of election, pollwatcher, or other person shall, at any primary or election, do any electioneering or soliciting of votes or engage in any political discussion within any polling place, within 100 feet of any polling place.”

A top Ilinois State Board of Elections official tells the DRUDGE REPORT how Mrs. Obama may have simply been ignorant of the law and thus violated it unintentionally.

“You kind of have to drop the standard for the first lady, right?” the official explained late Thursday. “I mean, she’s pretty well liked and probably doesn’t know what she’s doing.”


When questioned about the brazen nature of Mrs. Obama’s campaigning, press secretary Robert Gibbs defended the action.

“I don’t think it would be much to imagine, the First Lady might support her husband’s agenda,” Gibbs smiled.

Related… She also snarfed down a cheeseburger today too.

More… Bruce added this:

There’s NO WAY you can spend as much time running for office and working on political campaigns over the last ten years, as these two have, and be ignorant of this most basic of basic election laws.

Viacom Giving Obama An Hour Of Free Air Time On Six Networks Just Weeks Before Election

Viacom, parent company for MTV, CMT and BET, is giving President Obama an hour of prime time on six of their networks (including the three I mentioned) after the White House requested it just weeks before the elections:

The so-called “A Conversation with President Obama” will be live and commercial-free on six Viacom networks at 4 p.m. on Thursday. The networks will not give equal time to a Republican before the election, according to a spokeswoman.

MTV denies that the Obama hour of TV is political, despite the timing, weeks before the midterm elections.

“We’re not giving an hour of free time to the president to freely express his views. We’re hosting a town hall with 250 young people to ask questions of the president,”Viacom spokeswoman Kelly McAndrew said to HUMAN EVENTS.

“This is not a campaign appearance. This is a town hall discussion.”

The White House conceived of the concept and asked for the commercial-free TV time, according to Viacom.

Viacom says that the audience will be screened for “diversity” but that the President won’t know the questions he’s asked in advance.

Now, I’m no advocate for the “fairness doctrine” or mandates for ideological diversity in broadcasting. These privately-held companies can do as they please when it comes to political content as far as I’m concerned. That being said, this is absolutely shameless. The notion that Obama taking questions from the audience, even assuming that the questions aren’t heavily screened softballs (and I assume no such thing), and that it amounts to fair political programming is ridiculous.

Obama will have an hour of time with no opposing viewpoints outside of maybe a tough-to-answer question or two from the audience. And that’s a pretty big maybe.

Even so, I don’t see this being of much help to Democrat candidates across the nation who have spent more time running away from Obama in their campaigns than they have touting their legislative accomplishments from the last two years.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Propaganda Pays. Team Obama Gave GE -Parent Company of MSNBC- $24.9 Million in Stimulus Grants

Your tax dollars at work.
The Obama Administration gifted GE, the parent company of NBC, $24.9 million in Stimulus cash last year.
Don’t worry. You won’t have to pay for it… Your children will.

GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt (R) was a member of Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. GE was given $24.9 in Stimulus cash by the democrats and Barack Obama. (Zimbio)

CNS News reported, via Free Republic:

The Obama administration gave corporate giant General Electric—the parent company of NBC–$24.9 million in grants from the $787-billion economic “stimulus” law President Barack Obama signed in February 2009, according to records posted by the administration at

Despite getting $24.9 million from U.S. taxpayers, GE decreased its U.S.-based employees by 18,000 in 2009, according to the company’s 2009 annual report.

According to Standard & Poor’s, GE took in $156 billion in revenue in 2009.

GE was the primary recipient of 14 stimulus grants, a spokeswoman for confirmed to These 14 grants provided GE with $24.9 million in tax dollars. On four additional stimulus grants, the primary recipient of the federal money hired GE as a contractor. is the administration’s website that tracks stimulus expenditures.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Man Paid $1 Million By Billionaire To Streak Obama Rally

He put out the offer, a man has pulled off the streaking stunt, and the billionaire is promising to pay up in cash.

If billionaire Alki David is an honest man, the man who streaked in front of Barack Obama at the president’s rally today in Philadelphia will be paid $1 million for his stunt. The man who performed today’s stunt, which captured the attention of the Drudge Report and an Associated Press photographer, is 24-year-old Juan James Rodriguez, THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned.

David is a billionaire shipping and bottling magnate who is known to carry out stunts, mainly by paying others to perform them. As the The Sun reported on August 17: “A WACKY billionaire has offered $1million (£638,700) to the first person who streaks in front of US President Barack Obama. Loaded Alki David has promised to pay out the cash — providing the streaker writes the name of his website ‘Battlecam’ across their chest.”

“When I see the video and it’s confirmed…it won’t be check [that he sends], it will be cash,” David, reached by phone tonight, told THE WEEKLY STANDARD.

The requirements of the streaking stunt, David told me, are that the streaker must have been within “eye-shot and ear shot of the president, they have to scream the name ‘’ six times, and they have to be nude.”

Well, I guess that’s one way to market.

Hypocrite in Chief: Day After Barack Obama Smeared Chamber of Commerce He Uses Them to Promote His Radical Agenda

Figures. The day after Barack Obama smeared the US Chamber of Commerce in his speech he uses the business group in a speech to promote his radical agenda.

Yesterday they were a threat to our society. Today they’re a respected American business organization.
You just can’t make this stuff up.

Figures. Book Tosser Is a Crackpot Obamabot

There were 1,078 articles today written about Barack Obama’s speech Sunday in Philadelphia.
As of 10PM CST last night only one article, written by Britain’s Daily Mail, mentioned that a book was tossed at his head.

It narrowly missed him.

Once again, it took the British press to report on this incident.
(The Daily Mail)

Now we know why the media ignored this story.
The book tosser was an Obama supporter.
Via JWF and the AP:

The Secret Service says it questioned and released an overexuberant fan of President Barack Obama who had tossed a paperback book near the president at a Philadelphia rally on Sunday.

Spokesman Ed Donovan said the man had written the book and hoped the president would read it. Donovan said agents concluded the man posed no danger.

Obama seemed not to notice the book that landed near him on an outdoor stage after he finished speaking to a large crowd Sunday. The president had turned his back to shake hands with people on another side of the stage.

No wonder the state-run media ignored the story.

Sajid Ali Khan, the book tosser and Obama supporter, wrote about his lunacy on a blog last night.

Yesterday was one of the most dramatic days of my life. Daring, courage and lunacy was all involved. I went to the President Obama rally, in Philadelphia. Usually I am able to place myself at a point where I can shake the hand of the President and talk to him. This time I was one fence away so there was no way I could speak to him. There was five rows of people between me and the President. I was still about 10′ away from him. So I held up my book and as soon as he looked at me I tilted the book to show him that I wanted to give it to him. I did it a few times when he looked towards my direction. The President is extremely intelligent and is always looking for new ideas so I could see that he took several good looks at the book. But he did not say anything. I realized that it was going no where. So I tried to focus on Vice President Biden. I tried to jester towards him, I kind of felt that he did not mind my throwing it to him. So I threw the book towards his feet. The book almost floated in a magical curve. I thought it would land off the stage but it floated and landed in front of the Vice President. I made a V sign and gave him a thumbs up and he enjoyed the whole episode and was smiling and gave me back a thumbs up. As if saying he got it. A secret service officer ran up to the stage and picked it up and soon I was surrounded by the secret service. I was interrogated by a few officers. They said it is a very serious crime to throw an object at the President of the United States, even if it is a book and I am to be locked up till they made sure I meant no harm. However the Chief Officer was very professional and I told him if the Vice President welcomed my behavior then how come it is a crime. Anyway one officer ran a background check and he finally said that my record is clean and that I am good. I explained to the chief officer the whole idea how I need to take my work to the President. He said that this is not the way. I talked to him for over an hour. He said that according to procedure he will file a report and send it with the book to the White House. Then he let me go with a warning that if I did anything like this again I would be banned from any future rallies.

The unlucky part is that when the book landed on the stage President Obama was almost off the stage shaking hands with the front row. I am sure he would have taken the book right there if he saw it next to him.

Also there was no way I could have thrown the book at him. So I was very cautious and threw it away from him. Any way I am doing all I can. I met at least one very promising senior officer from New York City. We immediately bonded and chatted for a little while. He asked me to email him my work!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Obama jobs death toll: 95,000 more gone

The latest jobs report is out — and the NYTimes can’t whitewash the truth. It’s “far worse” than expected. The unemployment rate is stuck at 9.6 percent.

No spin:

The economy shed 95,000 nonfarm jobs in September, the Labor Department reported Friday, with most of the decline the result of the layoffs by local governments and of temporary decennial Census workers.

The steep drop was far worse than economists had been predicting. Most estimates were for a loss of only a few thousand jobs.

“September’s U.S. payroll report adds to the evidence that the recovery is losing what little forward momentum it had,” said Paul Ashworth, senior United States economist at Capital Economics.

The recovery that officially began in June 2009 has slowed considerably in recent months, raising concerns about the long slog the country will have to endure to dig itself out of the deepest downturn since the Great Depression. Private payrolls have been growing throughout 2009 but at a rate too sluggish to make much of a dent in unemployment. The outlook for the rest of the year is equally discouraging, economists say.

“We’re looking for companies to get more confident in the pace of recovery and start to hire around 150,000 jobs a month, which is what we need just to keep the unemployment rate flat,” said John Ryding, chief economist at RDQ Economics. “But I just don’t see that happening between now and the end of the year.”

While total government jobs fell by 159,000, private sector companies added 64,000 jobs last month. The unemployment rate, which measures the percentage of workers who are actively looking for but unable to find jobs, stayed flat at 9.6 percent.

AP grimaces:

The die is cast, and it’s grim news for the Democrats. There’s nothing now that Congress or President Barack Obama can do to before the November midterm elections to jolt the nation’s stagnant economy.

Friday’s government report — the last major economic news before the midterm elections — showed the nation continued to lose jobs last month, reinforcing the bleak reality that it probably will be years — not months — before employment returns to pre-recession levels below 6 percent.

That tightens the pressure on Democrats ahead of the Nov. 2 elections. And it also casts a dark shadow well into the 2012 election season and beyond.

BLAME BUSH in 3, 2, 1…

Democrats, who now control the White House and both chambers of Congress, are sticking with a positive line: The economy is moving too slowly for anybody’s comfort, but Obama and his congressional Democratic allies have laid the groundwork for future prosperity. They are blaming the downturn on the policies of Republican George W. Bush’s eight-year presidency.

Un-fun fact: “Unemployment has now topped 9.5 percent for 14 months in a row, the longest stretch since the Great Depression of the 1930s.”

The Job-Killing Grim Reaper reigns.


Update: 11:47am Eastern. Obama addressing jobs report, stresses private sector jobs added and bashes Republicans.

But via Ed Morrissey at Hot Air:

There was further bad news in the expansion of underemployed and chronically unemployed. The underemployed grew by 612,000 in September, and is now at 9.5 million people. The chronically unemployed went to 2.5 million, up 300,000 from a year ago. Among the latter group were 1.2 million discouraged workers, up over 500,000 from a year ago.

The winners in job additions were health care, food services and drinking places, employment services, and a slight bump in mining. Manufacturing stayed flat, which may be the best possible outcome, considering the setbacks to manufacturing during “Recovery Summer.” Construction lost 21,000 jobs.

Yesterday, Gallup warned that serious job losses occurred in the final two weeks of the month, and that the BLS data would likely miss it in this report. If true (ADP also saw private-sector losses), then next month’s report will look significantly worse.

Rory Reid Admits Obamacare Won’t Bring Down Costs & May Hurt Nevada

Woah. Harry Reid’s son Rory admitted yesterday in a debate that Obamacare won’t bring down costs.

An honest democrat?

During his debate tonight the democratic candidate told voters that his father’s healthcare reform could hurt Nevada.
The Hill reported:

Gubernatorial candidate Rory Reid (D) said Thursday that the new health reform law could hurt Nevada.

During a televised debate, Rory Reid, the son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), said he does not support the legal challenges against the health overhaul. Yet, he does believe that President Obama’s signature achievement could negatively affect Nevada.

“I don’t deny, however,” Rory Reid said, “that Nevada needs to be vigilant on this issue. The law that was passed gives time for the new system to go into effect, but there is potential for it to put significant pressure on states because Medicaid rates could go up significantly.”

Democrats will love that.