Posts Tagged ‘Understatement’

“Absurd”… “Internally Contradictory”.

by Skip MacLure on Sunday, July 1st, 2012

This is article 43 of 59 in the topic US Supreme Court

It’s a tax… it’s a penalty… no, wait…it’s a tax.

Chief Justice John Roberts turned the Constitution and the Supreme Court on its head with a not-quite-coherent opinion in which he managed a tortured interpretation of the Obamacare Act, which was clearly intended to save the most detested piece of legislation since prohibition.

The temptation to jump on my keyboard as soon as I heard the announcement was severe. As with most news events, I prefer to wait until the immediate coverage has sorted itself from the garbage which so often accompanies events such as this. I’m glad I did. It gave me the opportunity to listen to the opinions of one of the true experts on the Constitution and Constitutional law in this country, Mark Levin.

For those of you seeking information you could not find a better, more coherent source than Mr Levin. His book, ‘Men in Black’, is a compelling look at the Supremes and their relationship to jurisprudence and the Constitution. His book,’Liberty and Tyranny’, is a tour de force which offers a compelling insight into the minds and actions of those who would destroy America as we know it.

Mark was as close to ballistic in his treatment and analysis of the Roberts decision as anything I’ve ever heard him say or write. Words such as “Mickey Mouse”… and… “There’s nothing redeeming about Obamacare, nothing”. To say that he filetted the opinion of the Chief Justice is a wild understatement.

Roberts found a political reason to render the judgement as he did. Had he not convoluted his reasoning along the tortuous path he chose, Obamacare would have gone down in the flames it so richly deserves. As it is, Roberts’ legacy to the court and the nation is going to be one of eternal vigilance on our part. The usual beltway pundits are falling all over themselves to posit this mess as some sort of conservative victory.

The only victory here is that there’s probably nothing that could have galvanized an already aroused conservative patriot populace more. Everything I’m hearing out here and reading online indicates a real anger over upholding a clearly unconstitutional law, which was passed in the ‘dark of night’ without a single Republican vote and not a single committee hearing.

For myself, November just can’t get here fast enough.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2012

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Obama gives unbiased network journalist chills

by Doug Powers on Friday, May 11th, 2012

This is article 293 of 573 in the topic Media

I got chills, they’re multiplyin’.
And I’m losin’ control.
‘Cause the power you’re supplyin’,
it’s electrifyin’!

You’re the One That I Want
*****

ABC’s Robin Roberts conducted the interview yesterday in which President Obama said he was coming out in favor of same sex marriage.

Here’s the latest example of an “objective” journalist coming dangerously close to infringing on Chris Matthews’ copyright:

“Boy do you know how to make a splash!” George Stephanopoulos joked with Robin Roberts as Thursday’s “Good Morning America” began.

It was rather an understatement; Roberts had just returned from what was undoubtedly the biggest moment of her career, after she was chosen personally by the White House to interview President Obama for his announcement that he now supports same-sex marriage. It’s not every day, after all, that political reporters are sending out minute-by-minute updates about the movements of morning news anchors.

Back at the “GMA” desk, Roberts reflected on the interview.

“I’m getting chills again,” she said. “When you’re sitting in that room and you hear him say those historic words, it was not lost on anyone that was in the room.”

That sounds a little familiar.

One upside to Obama’s run for re-election: If enough of these “reporters” get the chills maybe they won’t have to freak out about global warming anymore:

Here’s an artist’s rendering of Roberts during the Obama interview, where the chills were so intense that they caused her hope-induced tears of joy to freeze before hitting the ground.

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Does Google allow itself to be used to tilt the political debate?

by John Lott on Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

This is article 458 of 1300 in the topic 2012 Elections

Dan Gainor has this discussion at Fox News:

When Rick Santorum essentially tied in Iowa, he gave his campaign new life. He also guaranteed America would finally learn just how disgusting, vile and despicable the left is in this country. And how major news outlets and one of the most well-known businesses in the world – Google – are complicit in trying to destroy Santorum because he opposes gay marriage.
Santorum is the victim of what Reuters partner The Wrap and many other organizations call a “Google problem.” That’s quite the understatement. He was attacked with a Google bomb from Dan Savage, a gay advocate and sex columnist who hates straight people who don’t agree with him. He also thinks they should be silenced, bullied and blackmailed. That’s exactly how he’s treated Santorum. . . .

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Obama – Surprised if Americans Happy With Economy

by Jason Whitman on Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

This is article 473 of 1014 in the topic Obama

In his interview on “60 Minutes” last night, the President said he would be “surprised” if Americans are satisfied with the current economic climate (at the 2:37 mark in the video). That is obviously a major understatement.

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7391356n

A quick review of the numbers will tell the story. There is a new CBS poll fresh off the presses that has the numbers and they are ugly:

  • 54% Of Americans Do Not Believe The President Deserves A Second Term. “Just 41 percent of Americans think Mr. Obama has performed his job well enough to be elected to a second term, whereas 54 percent don’t think so.” (CBS News Poll, 12/12/11)
  • 86% Of Americans Rate The Economy As Bad, 42% Say “Very Bad.” “86 percent of Americans characterize the economy as at least somewhat bad, including 42 percent who say it is very bad.” (CBS News Poll, 12/12/11)
  • 60% Of Americans Disapprove Of How President Obama Is Handling The Economy. “Views of how he has handled the economy is the obvious drag on the president’s ratings: While just 33 percent approve, 60 percent disapprove.” (CBS News Poll, 12/12/11)
  • 58% Of Americans Disapprove Of President Obama’s Handling Of Job Creation. “Similarly, just 35 percent approve his handling of job creation while 58 percent disapprove. The last time Mr. Obama’s approval rating on the economy was above 40 percent was in February of this year.” (CBS News Poll, 12/12/11)
  • Only 28% Say The President’s Policies Are Leading America In The Right Direction. “When it comes to leading the economy in the right direction, voters are unimpressed: Just 28 percent think he has made progress on improving the economy.”  (CBS News Poll, 12/12/11)

Needless to say, these are not the kind of statistics that should make the President feel comfortable with his chances in November of 2012. The key is to not let up on this record because the President is most assuredly not going to be running on his economic achievements.

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Dem Senator: North Carolina Bridges Aren’t in Danger of Falling

by Doug Powers on Sunday, September 25th, 2011

This is article 35 of 71 in the topic Travel/Transportation

“Over-suggesting”?

To say that President Obama’s justifications to sell the “jobs bill” are overstated would be an understatement. Even members of his own party are on standby with belt sanders to smooth down the sharp exaggerations that are troubling their constituencies.

From CNS News:

Reacting to President Barack Obama’s statement last week that there were 153 “structurally deficient” bridges in North Carolina and that the government should not wait “until another bridge falls” to take action, Sen. Kay Hagan (D.-N.C.) insisted there are no bridges in her state in danger of falling.

“No, no there are not any bridges in North Carolina in danger of falling,” Hagan said when CNSNews.com asked her about Obama’s statement about North Carolina’s “structurally deficient” bridges.

As for “structurally deficient,” a term that Obama uses because it reeks of imminent danger, there’s this:

The Federal Highway Administration applies that scary-sounding label to thousands of bridges across the nation. It basically means the bridge needs careful maintenance and repair to stay in service, and eventually it will have to be rehabilitated or replaced – or closed.

“Structurally deficient doesn’t necessarily mean that they are dangerous,” said Tom Crosby, spokesman for the Charlotte-based AAA Carolinas motor club, which lobbies for more money to replace old bridges. “If these bridges were dangerous, they would close them down and immediately begin work on them.”

I like the way the Beaufort Observer phrased the Obama approach:

Obama appears to have undercounted his bridges. And at the same time – employing the deft spin that political speakers use when they spice up a little information to make a big impression – the president may have over-suggested the risk to public safety.

“Over-suggested” is great substitute for those who don’t want to say “scaremongering” or at the very least “fibbing,” but if the condition of bridges was indeed dire and required a $445 billion outlay for public safety, there should be no need to overstate the situation. Even the bridge that President Obama uses as an example to justify his jobs bill didn’t fall because it wasn’t properly maintained, but rather because of a design flaw.

All I know is that there must not be a lot of bridges in Harry Reid’s district, because he’s still in no hurry to introduce the “American Jobs to Keep Bridges from Collapsing Act.”

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Loathing Obama And Loving Harry Reid: The Myth of "Pro-Business" Democrats

by Austin Hill on Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

This is article 2 of 67 in the topic Business

A note to business men and women who call themselves Democrats: you really can’t have it both ways.

You can’t continue supporting your party and your favorite Democrat politicians, and also expect that you and your business associates will remain free to take risks, to invest, to innovate, and to succeed. This is because your political party is no longer about ideals – it is all about one person, a persona, an individual.

It’s all about a man named President Barack Obama. And to say that President Obama is “just not that into you,” would be an understatement. He is downright hostile to you, your accomplishments, and to private sector enterprise in general.

A few days ago the worlds of business and political news were rocked by Steve Wynn, C.E.O. of the publicly traded Wynn Resorts, Ltd. The headlines stated that “Wynn Slams Obama On Business,” but if you read or listened to any of his actual remarks, you’d realize that there really wasn’t much of any “slamming” going on.

More accurately, Wynn’s comments seemed very accurate, rational and fair – as though he was simply stating the obvious.

Speaking with a calm tone during a corporate conference call last week, Wynn stated, among other things: “… This administration is the greatest wet blanket to business, and progress and job creation in my lifetime…my customers… are frightened of this administration… Everybody complains about how much money is on the side in America…those of us who have business opportunities and the capital to do it are going to sit in fear of the President. And a lot of people don’t want to say that. They’ll say, God, don’t be attacking Obama. Well, this is Obama’s deal and it’s Obama that’s responsible for this fear in America…”

After acknowledging the Obama-driven “fear” among America’s entrepreneurs and investors, Wynn further states that “the guy (President Obama) keeps making speeches about redistribution and maybe we ought to do something to businesses that don’t invest, they’re holding too much money. We haven’t heard that kind of talk except from pure socialists. Everybody’s afraid of the government and there’s no need soft peddling it…It is the truth. And that’s true of Democratic businessman and Republican businessman, and I am a Democratic businessman and I support Harry Reid. I support Democrats and Republicans. And I’m telling you that the business community in this country is frightened to death of the weird political philosophy of the President of the United States… until he’s gone, everybody’s going to be sitting on their thumbs…”

If you’re “shocked” by any of this, I have a question for you: Why? Are you surprised that a Democrat and business executive had the audacity to state the obvious? Or is Wynn’s analysis of the President not so obvious to you?

Column space doesn’t allow me to chronicle the many ways President Obama has been spiteful to private enterprise, but consider this from the summer of 2008. Several American oil corporations had just posted some robust profits, even as gasoline prices were surging across the U.S.

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Newt’s Long March.

by Skip MacLure on Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

This is article 98 of 1300 in the topic 2012 Elections

It’s going to be a long road for our friend Newt Gingrich, as he sets off down that long, lonesome presidential campaign trail. The campaigning is brutal under the best of circumstances, but the remnants of the Lame Stream press, in sync with DeMarxist union thuggery, are going to make this an especially politically-bloody gauntlet which every Republican / Conservative candidate will be forced to run.

The left has its knives out, and with the boorishness which has exemplified the behavior of the left thus far you can be assured that wives and children will not be spared. Newt comes into this race with some old ‘infidelity’ issues which should be history, but are now being exposed all over again with the Schwarzenegger revelation. Fair or not, it’s going to be hashed out all over again.

To say that Newt stepped in it last weekend is giving a new meaning to the term ‘understatement’. Newt has spent all week doing damage control… some of it sounded convincing.

I mentioned that I had a real problem with the direction I had seen some of Newt’s thinking taking, at least through his public utterances. He sounded like he wasn’t in sync with the movement of the country into Constitutional Patriotism… his early criticisms of the Tea Party Patriots have not been forgotten. Neither have we forgotten Mr Gingrich and ‘Nancy-of-the-smiling-eyes-Pelosi’ sitting there and telling us we had to find solutions for ‘climate change‘. I guess Newt has us all pegged as deniers.

Newt Gingrich has a powerful intellect. I’m just not sure about his focus… or his critical judgment.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

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Federal probe identifies “cracks” in ICE

by Douglas J. Hagmann on Monday, March 7th, 2011

This is article 1 of 12 in the topic ICE

Passport fraud, money laundering and potential terrorist findings from the inside

There is a major national scandal involving multiple breaches of national security by Muslims working in federal law enforcement positions that you are not hearing about. Through a combination of blatant stupidity and calculated design, we’ve let our enemies inside our “house” and access to our security, which is a situation that is purposely being downplayed by this administration and the complicit corporate media.

The very people who embrace the ideology that caused the mass slaughter of 3,000 people nearly ten years ago has infiltrated nearly all agencies of our government, from the White House to various law enforcement agencies. A glimpse into the realm of corruption and the “impossible allegiance” by practicing Muslims to their job and country is illustrated by a recent case involving an intelligence analyst working for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It should provide an indication of just how bad things really are.

Last week, testimony in a Texas courtroom disclosed that an investigation of “alleged misconduct” by a “small number of employees” of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is in progress. By all accounts, that is an understatement that is being reported by the corporate media. According to sources close to this author, the number of government employees under suspicion is growing, and most involve Muslims working in positions of law enforcement authority and oversight.

The corporate media is reporting this story as a case of passport fraud or misuse by an official within the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but it’s a much larger story that involves high-ranking officials, alleged monetary kickbacks, blackmail and potential money laundering for Middle Eastern terrorists.

Washington, DC ICE Deputy Director placed on administrative leave

On 4 February 2011, the deputy director of intelligence at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters in Washington, DC, James M. WOOSLEY, was escorted from his desk and the building by internal security officials. He was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation of allegations that he helped an employee submit fake travel expense reports and received financial kickbacks from the employee for his efforts. As of this date, he has yet to be charge with any crime.

As WOOSLEY was being escorted from ICE headquarters, FBI  agents were raiding the El Paso, Texas home of WOOSLEY subordinate ICE Supervisory Intelligence Analyst Ahmed Adil ABDALLAT, 63, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Jordan and a devout Muslim. The FBI seized nearly 30 boxes of evidence from ABDALLAT’s residence.

A federal detention hearing for ABDALLAT was held last week, who is also accused of using a diplomatic passport to make eight-(8) unauthorized personal trips to Jordan since 2007. The trips are at the center of the allegedly fictitious travel reimbursements.

In March 2007, ABDALLAT was issued a diplomatic passport to perform various temporary duties in U.S. Embassy’s in several foreign countries.

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Thank the founders for slow government

by Drew McKissick on Friday, November 26th, 2010

This is article 31 of 104 in the topic Preserving America

It’s that time of year again when we as a nation take some time to stop and consider all of the things that we have to be thankful for.  And in light of the recent elections, one item that is often overlooked is this: our government is slow.

For all of our justifiable complaints about our elected officials, and even our system of government, the fact that it is slow is a gift from our country’s founding fathers for which we can all be truly thankful.

To say that the founders were suspicious of power, government and human nature would be an understatement.  And considering that self-government has to be administered by flawed individuals, they purposed to spread power as far, wide and thin as possible, reducing the potential for mischief that couldn’t be quickly checked by either competing interests or the voters themselves.

Not only did they provide us with the world’s first written constitution, a separation of executive, legislative and judicial power, and a division of legislative power, but they also had the presence of mind to stagger elections for representatives, president and senators every two, four and six years respectively.

It was a conscious choice to design a system that would make rapid and radical change extremely difficult.  The end result being that Americans have to feel really, really strongly about something for an extended period of time in order to impact the election of enough officials to make substantial changes.

Even though conservatives rightfully lament most of what Obama and the Democrat majority have done, how much exponentially worse would things be if we had a European style parliamentary system where a simple majority in the equivalent of our House of Representatives is all they would have needed to enact their agenda?  (Americans think they’re mad now…)

Such countries hold less frequent elections, and the ruling party usually gets to decide when to hold them.  This makes it easier for those in power that may have been swept in on a wave of emotion (or personality perhaps?) to play out their hand, instead of being tempered by the fact that they have to face the voters again in less than two years.

Here we elected a new president in a landslide with coattails long enough to win large Democrat majorities in the House and Senate, but even he ran up against the slow nature of our system.  And just two years later Americans had the opportunity to change course by voting on every House member and one-third of the members of the Senate.

Again, let us give thanks.

Yes, most of us get sick of the political advertising, with all of the direct mail, email, phone calls, yard signs, and the ads on TV, radio and the Internet.  But it’s all part of our slow government insurance policy – the insurance that no one with power can move so fast and make potentially irreversible changes without our being able to look over their shoulder every twenty-four months and render a verdict.

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Man Or Machine?

by Skip MacLure on Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Not Tony Stark, Alex Murphy or even Locutus of Borg… but Barack Obama. All have bonded with technology to varying degrees, willingly or not. Obama’s reliance on electronics to be able to function was again highlighted in India.

An official in the sub-continent was amazed that the renowned orator was dependent on teleprompters. This exclamation of surprise highlighted how little is known about the ‘Great Savior’ outside of the US. More than a few British folks remarked, to me personally, on hearing the mid-term election results that they thought Obama was well-liked by Americans. I guess they have been too wrapped up in their own parochial affairs for the last two years to notice that all was not well (an understatement) with America.

If our overseas friends embraced technology as the president has, they may get a truer picture of the false idol that is still imprinted in their minds, striking a pose while flanked by mighty stone pillars.

When Obama first entered the White House there was much talk of his affection for his Blackberry, a fact that concerned his security advisers. Perhaps he found it a useful way to keep updated with emails, or it appealed to his narcissistic streak, enabling him to see the latest press adulation. Or his paranoia, keeping tabs on his number one enemy, Fox News.

There has never been such a programmed politician. Aside from his love affair with teleprompters, his impromptu statements show all the versatility of a stuck subroutine. His seventeen minute reply to a simple question from a member of the public is a classic example. The crux of the query had still not been addressed as the audience dozed off.

Evasiveness under questioning is nothing new for a politician. I’ve seen masters of this art that can totally flummox all but the very best interviewers. This is not the standard ‘I’ll ramble so he forgets the point’ approach, though. It’s more like the multiple choices given by a technical support website. You can never find the exact problem that has occurred, so you select the nearest to it. The answer you get will not cure your problem, but the program assumes it has done its job.

Obamacare is a typical case. When asked about the cost to businesses and the taxpayer, the deterioration of services or the effect on seniors, the explanation will always include the homeowner who is forced to sell up to cover treatment costs.

These pre-select answers have some hilarious results. A machine can not look ahead to the consequences of irrelevant or contradictory statements. In this week’s post-election press conference, Obama said that perhaps he could have done more to help the fallen Democrats. That statement is open to more replies than I care to count!

The funniest was possibly “I don’t think anyone walks around with a fixed ideology”. This, from a man whose determination to impose his ideals would destroy his government and, if not checked, the country.

If I didn’t know that he is a mere mortal, I would suggest that Obama may have a defective chip, that his frequent inclusion of the word ‘batteries’ in every industry stimulus visit could be a secret code to his boffins that his need replacing.

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