Barack Obama

Am I the only one who thinks there's something weird about this?

OK, first there was this:

Then there was this:

followed by this (by the way, the "E" stands for "Edsel", not "electric"...oh yeah, and it catches fire from time to time and it's been subsidized to the tune of about $250K in state and federal dollars per vehicle—but never mind):

and now this AP story:

WASHINGTON — Even expensive electric cars get recalled sometimes.

Fisker Automotive is recalling its 2012 Karma because of a potential coolant leak.
 
The plug-in hybrid cars cost about $100,000. Fisker has sold about 50 of them and says 1,200 more are in production or waiting to be sold.
 
Improperly installed hose clamps in the car's battery pack could cause coolant to leak, which could start a fire. Fisker says no incidents have been reported by customers or retailers.
 
The company says it will replace the battery pack.
 
Fisker was founded in 2007 and is privately held. It's based in Irvine, Calif.
 
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also investigating a fire in the battery of a Chevrolet Volt that may have been caused by a coolant leak.
 
Weird karma, huh?
 
h/t Tom
 

Problem solved

A couple of weeks ago, we posted about the "app gap."  Jared McAndersen at The Looking Spoon has a little different take—new hardware:

Demagogier?  cool

Malazy

Your dose of Chris Christie porn—you're welcome:

And along the lines of "What the hell are we paying you for?" there's this via Ace:

Everybody's a winner...

...um, not so much.

Glenn Beck's friend and on-air sidekick, Pat Gray, has a major pet peeve—the "every kid gets a trophy" syndrome.  The daughter unit here at Redneck Mansion just brough home a flyer from a company that proclaims that "every child is a Star."  This kind of thinking is a distant relative of a long-standing, perhaps well-meaning, but ultimately misguided policy that is having disastrous consequences for the country because the policy's most notable product resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  At American Thinker:

Obama: The Affirmative Action President

By Matt Patterson
Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages.  How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world's largest economy, direct the world's most powerful military, execute the world's most consequential job?

Imagine a future historian examining Obama's pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a "community organizer"; a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, so often did he vote "present"); and finally an unaccomplished single term in United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions.  He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as legislator....

Read the rest.

The author's addendum at the very end is interesting:

Author's Note.  A lot of readers have written in asking me how I came to the conclusion that Obama was an unremarkable student and that he benefited from affirmative action.  Three reasons:

1)  As reported by The New York Sun: "A spokesman for the university, Brian Connolly, confirmed that Mr. Obama spent two years at Columbia College and graduated in 1983 with a major in political science. He did not receive honors..."  In spite of not receiving honors as an undergrad, Obama was nevertheless admitted to Harvard Law.  Why?  

2)  Obama himself has written he was a poor student as a young man.  As the Baltimore Sun reported, in:  

"'Obama's book 'Dreams from My Father,'....the president recalled a time in his life...when he started to drift away from the path of success. 'I had learned not to care,' Obama wrote. '... Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it.' But his mother confronted him about his behavior. 'Don't you think you're being a little casual about your future?" she asked him, according to the book. '... One of your friends was just arrested for drug possession. Your grades are slipping. You haven't even started on your college applications.'"   

3)  Most damning to me is the president's unwillingness to make his transcripts public.  If Obama had really been a stellar student with impeccable grades as an undergrad, is there any doubt they would have been made public by now and trumpeted on the front page of the New York Times as proof of his brilliance?  To me it all adds up to affirmative action.

More than just a losing crap shoot

This is really a very thoughtful cartoon on a lot of levels...there is no "green" on a roulette wheel...there is a roulette wheel...Obama's betting it all..."investments" is in quotes.

Ah.  Maybe that's the key.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu not only has the gall to lecture us on light bulbs as one of our moral and intellectual superiors in the Obama administration, he also expects us to believe this:

...that he was unaware of predictions by DOE staffers in 2009, before the Solyndra loan was finalized, that the company was likely to face severe cash-flow problems in the future...
 

...[that] Solyndra’s demise [was due to] the “unanticipated” deterioration of the solar-panel market over the past several years...

...that “political considerations” had [no] influence on the DOE’s decisions regarding Solyndra...

...[that] he had “just learned” about this [the postponement of the announcement of layoffs of Solyndra employees until after the 2010 midterm elections], and insisted that “no pressure” was exerted by the DOE to convince Solyndra to postpone the layoffs...

There's more.  Read the whole thing.

Can you imagine the caterwauling if this had happened—I was going to say in a Republican administration, but really, in any administration prior to the current one?

When is the light bulb going to come on?

h/t Tom

 

VDH, BHO, & the Imaginarium

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassusa 2009 fantasy film,

follows a traveling theater troupe whose leader, having made a bet with the Devil, takes audience members through a magical mirror to explore their imaginations and present them with a choice between self-fulfilling enlightenment or gratifying ignorance.

Hmmmm...from Victor Davis Hanson:

The presidency of Barack Obama is full of funny things that need not follow any sort of logic. Images and ideas just pop in and out, without worry of inconsistency, contradiction, or hypocrisy. It’s a fascinating mish-mash of strange heroes and bogeymen, this imaginarium of our president.
 
In the imaginarium there are no revolving doors, earmarks, or lobbyists. So Peter Orszag did not go from being OMB director to a Citigroup fat-cat. Once chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel did not make $16 million for his well-known banking expertise. The more you damn the pernicious role of lobbyists and the polluting role of big money, the more you must hire and seek out both. Public financing of campaigns is wonderful for everyone else who lacks the integrity of Barack Obama who understandably must renounce such unfair impositions.
 
Those who now vote against raising the large Obama debt ceiling are political hucksters and opportunists; those who not long ago voted against raising the smaller Bush debt ceiling were principled statesmen. “Unpatriotic” presidents borrow $4 trillion in eight years; patriotic ones we’ve been waiting for can trump that in three.
 
Catching known terrorists and putting them in Guantanamo is very bad; killing suspected ones by drone assassinations — and anyone unlucky enough to be in their general vicinity — is exceptionally good. Tribunals, renditions, preventative detention, and all that were bad ideas under Bush-Cheney, but could become good ideas under Barack Obama, the law professor who often sees no need to follow the law when an immigration or marriage statute is deemed regressive...
 
Read the whole thing (and keep it all in mind come 2012).
 

Demonizing conservatives

It's what the left does.  It's done it to Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, Rick Perry, Clarence Thomas...Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas?

Yes.  But perhaps no longer.  According to Walter Russell Mead:

Jeffrey Toobin’s gripping, must-read profile of Clarence and Virginia Thomas in the New Yorker...is one of the most startling reappraisals to appear in The New Yorker for many years.  It is hard to think of other revisions as radical as the declownification of Clarence Thomas...

There are few articles of faith as firmly fixed in the liberal canon as the belief that Clarence Thomas is, to put it as bluntly as many liberals do, a dunce and a worm.  Twenty years of married life have not erased the conventional liberal view of his character etched by Anita Hill’s testimony at his confirmation hearings.  Not only does the liberal mind perceive him as a disgusting lump of ungoverned sexual impulse; he is seen as an intellectual cipher.  Thomas’ silence during oral argument before the Supreme Court is taken as obvious evidence that he has nothing to say and is perhaps a bit intimidated by the verbal fireworks exchanged by the high profile lawyers and his more, ahem, ‘qualified’ colleagues.

At most liberals have long seen Thomas as the Sancho Panza to Justice Antonin Scalia’s Don Quixote, Tonto to his Lone Ranger.  No, says Toobin: the intellectual influence runs the other way.  Thomas is the consistently clear and purposeful theorist that history will remember as an intellectual pioneer; Scalia the less clear-minded colleague who is gradually following in Thomas’ tracks....

Why is this "declownification" particularly important for the 2012 presidential campaign? Because of the Tenth Amendment...and another "clown," Rick Perry:

The text of the [Tenth] Amendment is simple and short:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

....The Second Amendment was a constitutional landmine for the left; the Tenth is a nuclear bomb....

....The prospect of a serious judicial rehabilitation of the Tenth Amendment is real, though perhaps not immediate.  And change this sweeping is unlikely to come simply because a relative handful of judges and lawyers change their minds on an issue of constitutional interpretation.  A broader change would need to take place in society so that the idea of transferring more activities from Washington to the states appeals to public opinion to the point where presidents appoint judges who share this philosophy, the Senate confirms them, and the new majority begins to set a new direction for the law.

Arguably, we are nearing a zone where something like that could happen.  The apparent Republican front-runner Governor Rick Perry has strong views on the Constitution.  His book Fed Up! Our Fight To Save America From Washington is essentially an essay calling for a return to the concept of a federal government limited to its enumerated powers.  Let unemployment stay above 8 percent through November of 2012 and President Perry could be sending the names of judicial nominees to a Republican Senate...

....At the moment, Governor Perry’s advocacy of Tenth Amendment Federalism looks like an asset in the competition for the GOP nomination but a serious and perhaps fatal liability in a general campaign.  Medicare and Social Security might not pass a strict Madisonian constitutional test, but there are not many voters who want to see them vanish.... 

....Nevertheless, the Jacksonian populism behind the Tea Party and associated movements connects with some deep seated American preferences.  The public is suspicious of clever legal theories that run counter to ‘obvious’ ideas about what the Constitution means...

Hmmm...things could be really different with one of these "clowns" in the White House and the other the acknowledged intellectual leader of a benchful of conservative justices.

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