Barack Obama's Diary: Forward, no...Back

Dear Diary: I've just called Hamid Karzai about the pitched battle that broke out between US troops and group of our Afghan friends this weekend. I told him how much we regretted that we had embarrassed him by being at the receiving end of a mortar round seemingly fired by his forces. By apologizing profusely I was able to avoid a nasty confrontation of the kind that Bibi Netanyahu stages when he doesn't get his way. Like I always tell our girls, the way to deal with bullies is to retreat and run like heck. Worked for me.

5 die as US battles Afghan 'allies'

Obama's  disastrous Afghanistan "strategy" has come to this [from The New York Times] : "Only two days after joint operations between American and Afghan forces were said to be returning to normal, five people — two Americans and three Afghans — were killed when a pitched battle broke out between soldiers of the two sides, American and Afghan officials said Sunday." Read it all.  

Caption of the Day...

"Five lies in one minute.
Let's see Romney beat that"


Who is Leon Panetta?

Thanks to Maggie's Notebook for this compelling address by New Zealander Trevor Loudon of blog New Zeal,  revealing the background of the Secretary of Defense.

Cartoon: Rick McKee

[The Augusta Chronicle]

Obama & Israel: A voter's disillusion

This new, 18-minute documentary follows the journey to disillusion of Irina, a 23-year-old liberal, Jewish New Yorker who voted for Obama in 2008. 

Caption of the Day...

 "It says: Sorry you couldn't even find time 
for lunch. We've just nuked Tehran. 
Love, Bibi"

The Dung Beetle Award goes to...

The Academy of Dung Beetles Award goes to whoever  it was that made this outrageous faked video of Mitt Romney. Dirty politics, distilled.

Headline of the Day...

"Elbonese Lesbian Vegan Atheist Open Borders/Global Warming/Abortion Activist Wonders If She’s Too Moderate"  by Smitty at The Other McCain.

Obama caves, Islamists to gain $450 million

In spite of the assault on the US embassy in Cairo, and now a terror alert for Americans there, the Obama administration has notified Congress that it will provide Egypt’s new government an emergency cash infusion of $450 million. The aid immediately encountered resistance from a prominent lawmaker wary of foreign aid and Egypt’s new course under the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhoood.  Read more

Biden boosts butt benefit

In Florida, Vice President Joe Biden has reminded supporters that, thanks to President Obama, they can now get colonoscopies without a co-pay. More here  [Thanks RK]


Obama gets 4 Pinocchios

"Obama certainly inherited an economic mess, and that accounts for a large part of the deficit. But Obama pushed for spending increases and tax cuts that also have contributed in important ways to the nation’s fiscal deterioration. He certainly could argue that these were necessary and important steps to take, but he can’t blithely suggest that 90 percent of the current deficit “is as a consequence” of his predecessor’s policies — and not his own." -- From The Washington Post Fact Checker, awarding Obama four Pinocchios. Details  here.   [Thanks BJS]

Obama, larger than life

[h/t The Other McCain]

Cartoon: Daryl Cagle


Barack Obama's Diary: Gangnan style

Dictated by phone en route from the Capital Hilton to the White House: Bibi deigned to be patched through  to my limo after finishing his shower and had already spoken to his old pal Mitt. Auugh! That made me pissed from the get-go.  How dare he speak to errr...Mittman before speaking to me. I can just imagine their laughter as they mocked my superior errr... intellect and peerless leadership of the Free World. Sickenin'. If we bomb Iran,  I could tell the Pentagon  to drop a bunker-buster on the Netanyahu manse en route.] I love fantasies like that, they make me feel -- for an ecstatic moment-- that I am the one controllin' events and makes me feel like dancin' Gangnan-style. Hoopah...oopah...Gagnan style.

Emperor Obama's sumptous perks

Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion dollars on everything from staffing, housing, flying and entertaining President Obama and his family last year, according to the author of a new book on taxpayer-funded presidential perks. In contrast, British taxpayers spent just $57.8 million on the royal family. Details  here.

Cartoon: Yaakov Kirschen

[Cagle Cartoons]

Obama flunks disclosure test

On his first full day in office, President Barack Obama ordered federal officials to “usher in a new era of open government” and “act promptly” to make information public.
As Obama nears the end of his term, his administration hasn’t met those goals, failing to follow the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act, according to an analysis of open-government requests filed by Bloomberg News. Read more.   [Thanks BJS]

Barack Obama's Diary: Call me, maybe

 Dictated by phone from my motorcade en route to  a fundraiser at the Capital Hilton:
Dear Diary:  The wheels are wobblin' on our Iran sanctions policy with Rudy Guiliani asking if I'm on Mars, or somethin'. In point of fact, I am on Mars: my autograph is engraved on an aluminium plate on Curiosity, as befits someone of my intergalactic stature.  As for Iran sanctions, being gentle with thugs always disarms them. Look at the success we've had with the ...errr.... Taliban. Back to the important stuff: I've got three fundraisers today. I've got a call scheduled with Netanyahu which I'm goin' to have take, after he hung up on me yesterday. Ah. Here he is  now: "Switchboard? What the heck do you mean:  'The Prime Minister can't take my call until he's finished his shower?' I'm the daggone...errr... President... OK,  he can call me later, Bibi, maybe, (heh) but he may have to wait as I'm due to deliver some remarks at the ...errr... Hilton.

Bibi's Other Chart

[Charlie Speight: @CHSpeight/Twitter]      [h/t  Bad Blue]

Headline of the week...

"SCUM OF THE EARTH:  AP And Reuters Hit Bottom, dig" Read it all.


Cartoon: Luojie

[The China Daily]

Mia Love in 2016!

Tim Stanley writes in The Telegraph, London: "Romney’s actually in an OK place when it comes to historical polling, he has a debate to shine in, and anything can happen in the next six weeks. But the evidence from Pennsylvania is that America is changing. It’s partly demographic, but since the Bush years the great American middle has also become more suspicious of moneyed elites. Republicans might do better in future by nominating someone with a more populist image – a woman, the child of immigrants, or the grandson of a coal miner. I’m not thinking of anyone in particular...."
Well, we are thinking of someone "in particular" who meets most of his criteria: Mia Love in 2016!
Read it all.

Dem 'dirty tricks' lure Catholic vote

A whispering campaign is  reportedly under way, that's both dishonest about the president's record on abortion and deviously attempts to divide the Catholic electorate on the issue of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's religion—something the Obama campaign has repeatedly promised it would not do. With the election getting closer, the comments and attacks are getting nastier. Some people, apparently, will do anything to hold on to power.
Read it all.
[Thanks BJS]

Global cigarette tax looms

The World Health Organization is considering a worldwide tax of up to 70% on cigarettes.  Next, a world-wide alcohol tax?

Cartoon: Rick McKee

[The Augusta Chronicle]

Debate Prep

Barack Obama's Diary: Bibi calling

For transcription, dictated  by phone en route from the White House to Virginia Beach: After this next campaign appearance I'm devoting  the weekend to practicing for the debates, and , with my ability to speed-learn and my superbly agile mind, I will  then be able to wipe the floor with Mitt. Wait... wait...I gotta take a call from that pesky Netanyahu: 
"Yo Bibi, I've asked you before not to call me again unless World War 3 is about to start... what do you mean 'it is and it's all my fault?' Bush's fault, maybe. You're here until Saturday and if you don't get to meet me face-to-face you'll fly home and attack Iran ASAP? ...errr... OK,  Bibi. errr...call Valerie Jarrett and see if there's a gap in my ...errr...schedule. Bibi?... Bibi?  I do believe the rat bastard  hung up on me. Now where was I with my diary? Ah yes... the debate rehearsals...

Cartoon: Milt Priggee

[Milt Priggee.com]

The great bumper-sticker mystery

"...What a quiet bumper-sticker season this campaign has seemed. Look around. How many 2012 presidential bumper-stickers do you see? For either candidate?" asks Mary Schmich of The Chicago Tribune.  "Four years ago, political passion burst from bumpers everywhere, for Barack Obama, for Hillary Rodham Clinton, for John McCain and Sarah Palin. This week, I went in search of bumper-stickers in my neighborhood, and on an eight-block stroll, I did find one, but it was on a window not a bumper."
This seems to be a national phenomenon. Is it indifference, the result of too many negative campaign ads on TV? Or what? More here.
[Thanks BJS]


Cartoon: David Fitzsimmons

[The Arizona Star]

Joe sees the future

" Barack...  so what will 
we do if we're re-elected?"

Remember, Remember, what's on the Sixth of November

How Obama fire-bombed free speech

The incomparable Mark Steyn: "After a week and a half of peddling an utterly false narrative of what happened in Libya, the United States government is apparently beginning to discern that there are limits to what even Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice can say with a straight face. The official line – that the slaughter of American officials was some sort of improvised movie review that got a little out of hand – is now in the process of modification to something bearing a less patently absurd relationship to what actually happened. That should not make any more forgivable the grotesque damage that the administration has done to the bedrock principle of civilized society: freedom of speech..." Read it all.   [Thanks BH]

Was that anti-Islam movie a set-up?

Why doesn’t Obama  want the American people to know exactly what happened in Benghazi? Is it because the truth would reveal the deplorable lack of security at our Middle Eastern consulates and embassies?  Or is there an even darker explanation? If you read blogger Nice Deb you'll  want to know, too. Read it all.

Why Obama hates work

Instapundit Glenn Reynolds in The New York Post: " It’s a hell of a thing when the nominee of the far-left Green Party espouses a stronger work ethic than the President of the United States. But that’s what we’ve come to."  Read it all.

Cartoon: Nate Beeler

[The Columbus Dispatch]

Cartoon: Hajo de Reijger

[Hajo de Reijger, The Netherlands]

The Dung Beetle Award goes to...

The Academy of Dung Beetles' Award is being rolled toward Eric Posner of Slate who says we "overvalue" freedom of speech compared with the rest of the world. More here.

Cartoon: Eric Allie

[Cagle Cartoons]


Obama: The dime stops here

 From The Wall Street Journal: "A question raised by President Obama's immortal line on CBS's "60 Minutes" on Sunday—"I think that, you know, as President, I bear responsibility for everything, to some degree"—is what that degree really is. Maybe 70% or 80% of the buck stops with him? Or is it halfsies?
Nope. Now we know: It turns out the figure is 10%. The other 90% is somebody else's fault." Read it all.
[Thanks BJS]

Cheer up, your life could be like THIS

 Think we've got it bad? Another four years of Obama and life could be like this: 
[Thanks: BJS]

Eternity is a day of Obama

Cartoon: Jeff Parker

[Florida Today]

Chinese protester 'crushed to death'

 Joy of socialism: A villager in northern China attempting to resist a forced government relocation is reported to have been crushed to death by a road flattening truck on the orders of a Chinese government official. The only confirmation comes from a very graphic and disturbing image. Source here [Beware: not for the faint of heart.]

Barack Obama's Diary: In the Mahmoud for love

Dear Diary: I delivered a captivating speech to the UN this morning. I told them that we are held  together by our common hopes. That will have put Mahmoud Ahmadillo --or whatever that disagreeable midget calls himself -- in a mood of love for his fellow Man. He will return to Iran and immediately order an end to development of nuclear weapons. When disarmed by my appeasement and irrefutable logic, hordes of murderous rioters invariably lay down their arms unless it's night-time in Benghazi . No-one is immune to  my soaring rhetoric. Having told the leaders of the world how to solve their problems, I went to the Sheraton to address a meeting of Bill Clinton's Global Initiative. This leadership thing is easy once you get the hang of it. The trick is to remain at the rear and direct everyone from there, out of harm's way.

As the world melts, Obama tries to wax poetic

President Obama will tell the UN  today that the world faces  a choice "between the forces that would drive us apart and the hopes we hold in common." That stuff was considered Obama's "soaring rhetoric"  back in 2008, but  is now as  flat as the print-out from a speechwriter's computer, which  it is.

Bumps in the Road

'"Agreed: we''ll call them  'bumps in the road'
instead of murders"

Cartoon: Eric Allie

[Cagle Cartoons]

Cartoon: Nate Beeler

[The Columbus Dispatch]


Ego-in-chief thinks he's eye candy

"I'm just  supposed to be eye candy for you guys" Obama tells the  ladies of The View. Read it all

Mahmoud The Unrepentant says Israel will be eliminated

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ignored a U.N. warning to avoid inflammatory rhetoric and declared in New York that  Israel has no roots in the Middle East and will be "eliminated." Read more.

The View of Obama's priorities

Here are the people Barack Obama was meeting as the leaders of the world gathered in New York Monday. They are the ladies of The View.  The world is currently so peaceful, what possible harm could there be in Obama schmoozing in a TV studio, rather than meeting  face-to-face with Netanyahu and other key Middle East players?

Poll: Romney ahead 14% among middle class

In the latest POLITICO-George Washington University Battleground Poll with middle-class families, Romney holds a 14-point advantage (55 percent to 41 percent).  Middle-class families are more inclined to believe the country is on the wrong track (34 percent right direction, 62 percent wrong track), are more likely to hold an unfavorable view of Obama (48 percent favorable, 51 percent unfavorable), and hold a more favorable view of Romney (51 percent favorable, 44 percent unfavorable) and Paul Ryan (46 percent favorable, 35 percent unfavorable) than the overall electorate.  These middle-class families also hold a majority disapproval rating on the job Obama is doing as president (45 percent approve, 54 percent disapprove), and turn even more negative toward  Obama on specific areas; the economy 56 percent disapprove; spending 61 percent disapprove; taxes, 53 percent disapprove; Medicare 48 percent disapprove; and even foreign policy 50 percent disapprove. Read more:

What noise annoys Obama?

Israel's pressure to draw red lines over Iran is just "noise" to the Commander-in-Chief.  How silly of the rest of us to worry that Iran is now talking about World War 3 and a possible pre-emptive attack on Israel if it deems an Israeli  attack 'imminent'.


Most Americans distrust media

Do you find your blood pressure rising as you watch NBC news? You are not alone. The Gallup Organization says Americans' distrust of the media has just hit a  new record, with six in 10 Americans saying they have "little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly."  More details.
[Thanks: BJS]

Barack Obama's Diary: Mittmares

Dear Diary: I'm having  Mittmares again. He's invading my dreams: we're on stage during a debate and he's laughing uproariously at my answers. My campaign staff has been lowering expectations of my debating skills, which doesn't help  maintain my usual supreme self-confidence in  my limitless brilliance.  Perhaps Axelrod can facilitate the appointment of Chuck Todd or Chris Matthews as moderators -- that will take some of the pressure off of me. What is making my life even worse today is that right-wing bloggers are wrecking the narrative that Hillary and I have carefully constructed about the manner of Ambassador Stevens' demise. I feel under siege and under appreciated. This is so wrong -- for a monarch to feel this low when he is so universally adored by his subjects.

The Ego Has Landed

There's no escaping the Ob-ego, even on Mars. This is a plaque photographed by  Curiosity itself, transmitted from the Red Planet and crowned by Obama's signature.   Read more.
[Thanks: BJS, for item and title]

You lie! You lie! You lie!

The Obama Administration has added lie upon lie upon lie, upon still more lies, over the murder of Ambassador Stevens. Details here.

Cartoon: Nate Beeler

[The Columbus Dispatch]

Joe faces hard wood

"When Joe Biden arrives, send him in."

The Dung Beetle Award goes to...

The Academy of Dung Beetles' Award is being rolled towards Obama strategist David Axelrod who is whining now that Mitt Romney paid too much in taxes.

Words to swear by

Most journalists  avoid  obscure or even slightly unfamiliar words; they are trained to be brief, readable and never to give a reader a chance to become distracted, set aside the publication, pick up a dictionary and never pick up the publication again.
When I took up blogging  I was suddenly free of the watchful eyes of editors (even editors usually have editors). While it's still  an ineluctable  rule of  good writing to avoid an unfamiliar word when a familiar one will do the job, I am now free to use any word I like, so I have been ineluctably drawn towards using more unusual words. It helps that blogs are normally read on computers, so it takes but an instant for readers to Google an unfamiliar  word  and carry  on exactly where they  left off. This  has produced  an ineluctable change in my writing.  Our African-grey parrots, Kofi and Kass do not usually go gentle into that good night. I can now use" crepuscular" (pertaining to twilight) to describe their evening recital  which goes something like this:  “What do you want to watch?”  “ I can’t hear you.”  “What’s for dinner?”  “Whatever!” (We are very careful not to curse within their hearing, them being God-fearing  Southerners and all). Crepuscular is a recondite, but useful, word when you have parrots.
But,  like ineluctable, recondite is for me to know, and you to Google.


Want lunch with Gore and Pelosi? No? Not surprised

Democrats are  offering campaign donors  first prize of lunch with Al Gore and  Nancy Pelosi. Maybe Harry Reid  is being added as second prize and Eric Holder as third prize.  Details here

Barack Obama's Diary: Printin' more cash

Dictated aboard Air Force One returning from Milwaukee to DC:
Dear Diary:  Bloggers and other pundits are already criticisin' my Tuesday speech to the UN General Assembly before it is errr...even... errr...delivered. They say I'm not doin' enough to defend freedom of speech. Give me a break. We've spent $70,000 in Pakistan on TV ads condemnin' that anti-Islamic film. I've already told Bibi Netanyahu that I won't meet him. This sent a dramatic message to all Middle Easterners to behave themselves. Strangely, this common-sense conciliatory gesture to Islamists only further inflamed them all. Why won't they listen to reason-- as I do when Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod suggest printin' another trillion to stimulate the...errr.. economy? Since it didn't work last time, it makes complete sense to...errr...try it again. Now I think about it, maybe I should..errr...  double down on Bibi, by inviting him to dinner  in Manhattan, then standin' him up. That will take his ...errr...mind off of  Iran and give the...err... hacks somethin' else to write about to stop them revealin' more embarrasin' stuff about Bengay...errr... Benghazi.

Benghazi: Why the White House changed its story

The Christian Science Monitor explains the Administration's ducking and diving after the death of Ambassador Stevens. Read it all.
[Thanks BJS]

Cartoon: Rick McKee

[The Augusta Chronicle]

You lie! (Part XXVIII)

Asked about the Fast and Furious program at the Univision forum... President Obama falsely claimed that the program began under President George W. Bush. Read it all.
[Thanks BJS]

Hats off for the Lede of the Week

Lede of the Week:
"She is a retired New York City correction officer with a job at a security firm. He is a convicted drug dealer from Brooklyn who has admitted and denied — in that order — cutting off a stranger’s head with a chain saw.  Nobody said marriage was easy." Read it all.
[Thanks: RK]

Guess who did not approve this message:

"Traits that are common among psychopathic serial killers—a grandiose sense of self-worth, persuasiveness, superficial charm, ruthlessness, lack of remorse and the manipulation of others—are also shared by politicians and world leaders. Individuals, in other words, running not from the police. But for office. Such a profile allows those who present with these traits to do what they like when they like, completely unfazed by the social, moral or legal consequences of their actions," -- from  a fascinating article in Scientific American.  Read it all.
[Thanks BJS]

More Love for Mia

We are long-time fans of Mia Love. Here's why.  [h/t The Other McCain et al] 

Obama's lie -- or let's hope it's a lie

John Hinderaker at Powerline writes: "Barack Obama is a world-class liar. At least, we’d better hope he is a world class liar, because if he really has no idea what the national debt is, we are in even worse trouble."


Barack Obama's Diary: Geezers beware

Dear Diary: Auugh! Word has somehow escaped that I was informed about the 9/11 attack on the Benghazi diplomatic mission 90 minutes after it started but I fell asleep before knowing the status of the ambassador. But, to be fair  to my majestic self, if I stayed awake every time there was an ongoing  international security issue, I would never sleep at all. That's what 3am phone calls to Secretaries of State are for. Meantime Mittman seems to be winning over voters in Florida, reducing my lead by 27%. Ungrateful geezers.They should know  by now how we Chicagoans  reward our friends and punish our enemies. If they turn against  us in large numbers they can forget  future Social Security cost-of-living adjustments. And, man, will they need them when Bernanke's QE3 kicks in and ignites the inflation rocket. Biden's been putting his foot in his mouth again, telling a bunch of cheerleaders that they are like gymnasts and the feats they achieve on hard wood blow his mind.  Sigh... I should have launched Joe aboard Curiosity to be ambassador to Mars, but he would just have scared the rocks and craters by telling them: "Mitt is goin' to put y'all in chains."

Why Romney will win

 Doug Ross writes: Romney has been tempered through the fires of a dozen, hard-core, debate melees.
And Obama has had precisely zero debates and, for that matter, hasn't even entertained a serious interview in years. Without practice -- and with his increasingly questionable work ethic -- I have a prediction to make:
Obama is going to stumble in these debates. He will stumble badly. And he will reveal himself.
Furthermore, when you come right down to it, he's an easy mark. He has a record he must try to defend. And that record is downright ugly..." Read it all

Cartoon: Rick McKee

[The Augusta Chronicle]

Barack Obama's Diary: Ya'll ready?

Dictated From my limo in route to Woodbridge, Virginia--
Dear Diary:  It's a all-Virginia Day for me. First a satellite link to the AARP conference in the Big Easy, then an appearance at a junior league stadium in Woodbridge where I can practice the southern  accent that Michelle and I have been practicin' at home: "Ya'll ready for some biscuits 'n gravy?"  Yup, if yall's cookin' some." Pretty good, if ah cayenne say so myself, and ah's the prezident, so ah cayenne.
I'm gettin' nervous about the... errr.. polls. Mitt seems to be closin' the gap in...errr... Florida. Time to get ...errr...Bernanke ... to crank up the ole printin' press again and for me to promise to raise social security payments when I'm ...errr... re-elected. I'm done with this day's entry, y'all.

Slugger Obama

Forward to the future


Countdown to Obama's defeat

Alan Caruba writes: "When noted liberals or liberal publications start looking for the exit door before the election, you have a pretty good indicator that even liberals have tired of Obama's unfulfilled promises, not to mention the worst economy since the Great Depression. " Read it all.

MC 'Bama: You Didn't Build That!

Barack Obama's...errr... Diary

By telephone from Airforce One for transcription by secretarial staff: 
Dear Diary:  I'm headin' back to Florida to massage the Jewish and the senior vote.  Michelle is in North Carolina addressin' students at an African American university  usin' the black Southern Accent that she and I have been practicin' so ya'll down there will see us as average errr... folks, but much ...errr... brainier and cooler. [Hold, please. Bibi Netanyahu's on the other line, I've got take the call.] "Bibi...wassup, Dude?Amadinejad causin' you trouble again?  Take a tip from Clint Eastwood's playbookbook and tell Mahmoud to do to himself what is physically impossible. Or  you could follow my Administration's cunnin' strategy in Benghazi. Oh,wait....
Just go ahead and bomb the blowhard and we'll join in after the election. Gotta go, Bibi, my plane is landing at Miami." 

Cartoon: Tom Janssen

[Tom Janssen, The Netherlands]

Obama's squad

[From Aftermath]

Obama parties on

Ouch! This biting  cartoon by the inimitable Michel Ramirez, from Investors Business Daily, is attracting media attention, as it rightly should.

Hooked on pirates

"Mitt, you disguised yourself just to measure
for drapes?"


Cartoon: Rick McKee

[The Augusta Chronicle]

The Man behind the cartoons

Australia's Herald Sun has a profile of the  diminutive Frenchman, known only as "Charb",  who was involved in the publication of those controversial new cartoons.

Peril of Yahoo's 'incompetent' news

John Hinderaker writes: "....Yahoo News is a very important web site, which contributes to molding the perspectives of millions of Americans, many of whom are otherwise ill-informed. So we should take incompetence at Yahoo News seriously–just as seriously as we take incompetence at The New York Times or The Washington Post, in fact much more so..."  Read more

Cartoon: Nate Beeler

[The Columbus Dispatch]

Global warming? Antarctic ice highest ever

A good day for  climate sanity: Antarctic ice is the highest ever for the date, and the eighth highest daily reading ever recorded. Details here.

Cartoon: Daryl Cagle


Barack Obama's Diary: A weighty issue

By phone from Airforce One, [for transcription]:  Dear Diary:  How 'bout that  Letterman interview...How cool was that! He started by askin' me... errrrr... how much I weigh, which gives you an idea of how...errr... demandin' his err...questions were. Hold on a second...Francois Hollande is on the other line. "Bonjour, Francois. You are shutting down 50 embassies in Muslim countries because you've had warnin's of violence over some errrr...cartoons?"  But we didn't do that. That makes me look errr...uncarin' for our diplomats in Muslim countries, Francois. What? Clint Eastwood told me to do that and it's physically impossible. And merde to you, too. Au revoir, Francois."  Back to the dictation: Where was I? Oh yes, Letterman....he's a dependable guy...always makes me look good, [Note to self: Get Valerie to set up another... errr...appearance on the errr...show nearer to the November election.]


Sununu on Romney's 47%

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Truth versus hope

Cartoon: Rick McKee

[The Augusta Chronicle]

Wake-up call

 "Yes, Bibi... you're going to attack Iran.
Tell me something that I haven't heard."

White House weakens its Benghazi stance

The White  House is weakening its denial that the Benghazi attack was planned in advance.  Read more

Romney 47% -- Obama 45% !

Rasmussen's latest daily poll shows Romney 2% ahead of Obama. Details here.

Barack Obama's Diary: Yay for me!

Dear Diary: Yay! My snit is over. Today is a day fit for the king that I should be.  After a flight to New York aboard Taxpayer One, I taped my scheduled interview with David Letterman. Just the  usual softball questions I get from limousine liberals like Dave and Jay. Then onward to the really important stuff: a fundraiser at a venue fit for my majesty: the art-deco magnificence of the Waldorf Astoria. The organizers know that I now have a Clint Eastwood-induced phobia about empty chairs and  made sure there weren't any that weren't any in the ballroom. The rapturous reception from my subjects quickly erased any of the painful emotions that remained after nobody, not even Chuck Todd, noticed my deliberate seclusion last weekend.

Cartoon: Eric Alllie

[Cagle Cartoons]

Obama's Afghan plan collapsing

President Obama's  plan  for withdrawal from Afghanistan by 2014  is under serious threat. Read more.


Allen West unspins White House spin

US debt -- as seen from China

[Jianping Fan, Guangzhou, China]

Barack Obama's Diary: The snit continues

Dear Diary: My snit continues. Far from missing me as I went into seclusion over the weekend, the  nation appears not to have noticed my absence. Ingrates. Here I am-- as close to a genius as they are ever likely to have in the Oval Office and they simply don't appreciate me. Nor do the Islamists with whom I played  so nicely from the moment I took office. I am taking my toys from the sandbox and taking Taxpayer One to Ohio to campaign again. At least I can still travel in comfort.

The real failure at Benghazi

Both Former CIA covert operator Mike Baker and Former Marine Rich Brewer say that the US being unprepared for the Benghazi attack is much deeper than an intelligence failure. The real question is:  Why didn't the Obama administration have Marines there a year ago? Video here.

Obama's handling of the Mid-East in one word:

Murder enough and NYT will respect your faith

New York Times editorial, 2 October 1999, on Andres Serrano’s Piss Christ -- a Jesus on the cross submerged in the artist’s urine— and Chris Ofili’s The Holy Virgin Mary, covered in elephant dung and pornographic images:

“To be sure, many citizens of conscience find parts of the Brooklyn exhibition repugnant, and it is understandable that many Roman Catholics would find Chris Ofili’s image of the Virgin Mary offensive. Others would agree with our colleague William Safire that while the Brooklyn Museum has a right to show what it likes, the administrators have been clumsy or needlessly provocative. Yet a Daily News poll shows that the majority of New Yorkers support the museum over Mayor Giuliani by a ratio of two to one. Those numbers show a broad-based support for New York’s role as the nation’s cultural capital. The people understand intuitively what Mr. Giuliani ignores for political gain. A museum is obliged to challenge the public as well as to placate it, or else the museum becomes a chamber of attractive ghosts, an institution completely disconnected from art in our time.

New York Times editorial, 12 September 2012:

[W]hoever made the film [alleged to have incited Libyan and Cairo embassy riots and murders] did true damage to the interests of the United States and its core principle of respecting all faiths...
Read it all
[Thank you BH in Sydney]

Cartoon: Gary McCoy

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Mr Obama regrets...

[ From: The Looking Spoon ]

The Book of Mitt

Here beginneth the lesson:  Gosh these are exciting times ...at the risk of sounding vain, I am  now noticeably ahead of Obama, bless his heart, in North Carolina.  The campaign has come up with a swell idea: a sweepstakes to choose two of my supporters to come on board my campaign plane-- which Ann affectionally calls Hair Force One ---  to join me for a day on this important journey. Wags say that second prize will be two days. Heh. Very droll.
I don’t know exactly what our itinerary will be, but if you’re one of the winners — I can tell you it will be exciting. And, who knows, maybe you and I will come up with a better name for the campaign plane. Here endeth the lesson. Amen.

Chicago strike continues

The Chicago teachers' strike is to continue Monday. It looks like Rush Limbaugh's prediction is correct. The strike will last until SuperBam can swoop in  and burnish his credentials by saving the day. Read more. 

Cartoon: Peter Broelman

[Peter Broelman, Australia:  Cagle Cartoons]