30 November 2010

Obama Presidency: Dead On Arrival in 2012?

Obama faces a hostile Democratic Party for 2012 reelection.




From Denny:  A Presidency that held a lot of promise is now in its dying stages. The problem is this White House still does not realize it. How can this be true? Like what is the big deal that after the off-year 2010 midterm election the House switched into the hands of Republican control? Like "So, What!" That happens to almost every President after two years in office.

Well, sad to say, this year the attitude of the Democratic Party is vastly different. Democrats are ready to throw Obama from the train. Normally, you would think everyone would calm down after a shellacking election like this one and just accept the new reality. That is what usually happens.


Angry voters turn out good Democrats with the bad in favor of odious Republicans in order to teach Obama a lesson about ignoring what the voters want:

Steve Benson



The Big However that makes this election cycle different is that Obama and Team Obama have continually rebuffed their own base of liberals and progressives on literally everything for the entire past two years. They have not governed as Democrats nor honored any of the promises Obama made during his campaign: close the terrorist jail in Cuba, stop the Iraq and Afghan Wars immediately, transparency in government, create jobs and bring in the public option for health care - among a few promises broken. After all, it was Obama who took out the public option cheaper alternative from the health care reform bill, essentially weakening the bill to weak as lukewarm water. It does little to help the general public, and, in fact, is now driving up the price of health care premiums beyond the current too expensive level.

The latest and most cruel development are the new health care "plans" that offer no premiums but extreme deductibles - to the tune of levels like $7,000 and higher.  That's outrageous and most people don't possess that kind of savings any more since this economy began its massive job losses.  It would take five years to save the deductible for most families - if ever.  People are insuring themselves is what it has amounted to now.  And you wonder why the public is furious with President Obama?  Why isn't he doing anything to curb outrageous business practices and prices?



Democrats wake up to new reality: It's time to look for someone other than Obama in 2012.


Chip Bok



Why would it be said the once-promising first African-American presidency is now not only a Lame Duck presidency but completely dead on arrival?  The Democrats were polled after this election cycle and some startling news was revealed.

* How many want a primary challenger to Obama for the 2012 presidential election?  At this early date already 42 percent want someone other than Obama as their presidential candidate in 2012.

* How many will not vote for Obama if he is the Democrat's candidate in 2012?  Here we are at two years before that election and already 48 percent are speaking it out loud they will refuse to vote for Obama in 2012.  How many more are there that are not willing to say it out loud just yet - or are still conflicted about voting for him and in the deciding phase?

* What the polling is saying is that there are six percent of Democrats who will vote for a Republican if Obama is the 2012 candidate.  That's a chilling figure that is sure to rise.  As it is in the current polling across America, and with all political affliations, it's the generic Republican who can win over Obama by five points.  Republican Mitt Romney can win against Obama by five points too.  Palin is no worry but there are plenty of other Republicans who can win over Obama.  Expect Obama to be set aside by the super delegates no matter what he thinks he can do to get the nomination for 2012.  He is not going to get reelected to the White House.  It would take a miracle at this point.  He would have to do a complete reversal of attitude and deeds to convince the House and Senate Democrats he has disrespected the past two years.

What's happening inside the Democratic Party right now is that the House and Senate Democrats are organizing to push Obama aside.  After all, he has refused to cooperate with any of them for two years now, not meeting any of the Democratic agenda.  Minority Speaker-elect Pelosi has already promised she will block Obama from easily compromising with the GOP.  Why should Democrats compromise with the Republicans on anything when to a person they have never voted on anything with the Democrats for the past two years?  It's a stupid strategy plain and simple.  Obama has spent so much time trying to get the Republicans to like and respect him that he has lost the confidence and goodwill of his own Democrats who now despise him.

Can't Obama do an about face in attitude and deeds to achieve his Zen of getting reelected?  Well, it appears he does not have the interest to do so.  How is that so?  Currently, he was begged by Democratic leaders to bring in new blood into the White House to get past the closed ranks of the corrupt Chicago political machine mindset.  What is he doing to address that?  Obama is currently reschuffling his players.  They are all the same people that he is placing in different positions.

He is even going to put Carol Browner from EPA in as Chief of Staff.  What a mess that will be.  Remember her?  She's the jerk who was too arrogant to listen to her agency people who warned her about using dispersants during the BP Oil Spill Disaster.  Those dispersants further polluted the Gulf of Mexico.  But at least Obama and BP got what they wanted.  The dispersants broke up the oil into smaller bits that could not be picked up and sank to the bottom of the ocean where it is currently clumping together at depths too deep to collect.  Had they left well enough alone the oil could have been scooped up off the surface by the super tankers.  But instead, Obama and BP were a lot more concerned about burying the problem from public view.  Out of sight, they figured, is out of mind.  Of course, they were wrong on that call as well.  EPA Chief Browner  went against good science and experience and flaggantly used the cancer-causing disperants anyway.  Clearly, she is weak and willing to promote any lie Team Obama and Big Business wants promoted.

Currently, President Obama is again bowing to Republican pressure on extending the Bush Tax Cuts to the wealthiest Americans as well as the middle class.  There is no reason he should compromise yet he says he plans to do so.  Liberals, progressives, the entire Democratic Party is fed up with this weak as rainwater attitude and poor negotiating tactics from this President.  Clearly, he is not the populist the Democrats thought they elected.  What's more is that if he gives in and paves the way for the extension of the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthiest it will be the deal-breaker Democrats have said will cause them to set aside Obama for a 2012 reelection.

Obama is so overly self-protective, like President Nixon, that he is going the way of an historical anomaly, dissed by historians for being a Do Nothing President who was tone deaf to the needs of the American people.  What a sad ending to the Era of Civil Rights.  Now the Democrats will have such a bad taste in their mouths for promoting minorities that it will be decades before another black minority gets a chance at the presidential nomination.  I wonder what the chances are for women to get the presidential nod by the Democrats?  Only time will tell.




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29 November 2010

Funny Situational Hunh?! Cartoons - 29 Nov 2010

Enjoy some simple humor courtesy of our national cartoonists owning some seriously cracked minds.




From Denny:  Oh, for bloggers to discover what funny posts are waiting in draft! Found this little cartoon post gem from October just waiting to bust out and get noticed. Get a grin for your work week.  It's like cartoonists have the best timing...




Social sites and tech:


Ballard Street




Speed Bump




Moderately Confused




Moderately Confused




Bruce Beattie




Steve Sack




College life:


Chip Bok




When the law passed against texting while driving, teens resorted to hiding their texting while driving:


Signe Wilkinson







Funny Animals:


Ballard Street




Ballard Street




Speed Bump




Speed Bump




Strange Brew





Discovering Life:



Speed Bump




Speed Bump




Bruce Beattie




Speed Bump




Moderately Confused




Graffiti




Moderately Confused




Moderately Confused




Jeff Stahler




Walt Handelsman




Strange Brew




Strange Brew




Strange Brew







Oh, it's that "keeping romance alive" phrases that really work:


Ballard Street




Moderately Confused





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28 November 2010

North Korea Throws Dangerous Temper Tantrum: Why?

North Korea bombs its neighbor to get the attention of a weary, and increasingly indifferent, world.


Heir to North Korea Kim Jong un - AP photo


From Denny:  This week North Korea shelled a small island, Yeonpyeong Island, off South Korea for three hours.  After the relentless and merciless shelling, the islanders evacuated.  This weekend, North Korea shelled the island yet again - only this time there were no people left to harm.

Normally, South Korea takes the temper tantrums of "the crazy uncle from the North" in stride, not reacting. But there is a game changer these days, a new sheriff in town: the crazy out-of-control son has taken over the helm of the crazy uncle.

The heir to the Starvation Throne, Kim Jong un, is also now a four-star general since his father installed him a year ago. He oversees a million man army. He also has his itchy fingers on the buttons of an arsenal that is the most concentrated into one small geographical area on the planet.

Since 1953, when the peace accord was signed to end the Korean War on that peninsula, America has had 38,000 troops on the border between divided North and South Korea. We currently have about 30,000 troops there. North Korea has starved under a Communist regime and built up a huge arsenal, developed nuclear weapons and has sold nuclear material to other crazy rogue states like Iran.

South Korea, during the almost 60 years of peace, has made better use of their resources and time. They are a thriving democracy and healthy world economy, selling Kia and Hyundai cars around the world. They also have now finally built up a million man army. South Korea has grown weary of American troops rumbling our tanks through their villages for generations. They want us out of South Korea as they now believe they can handle the crazy uncle to the North on their own. They are right. Let them handle the crazy uncle and the crazy son.

Communist China has a stake in all this. They possess a three million man army they built up - thanks to trade with America. Yes, they used their profits to build weapons and a military to both protect China and advance on neighboring countries. Sounds like a world power to me. Why should America be surprised they used our consumerism greed money to do it?

China has a vested interest in North and South Korea not unifying back into one country. After all, with the fall of traditional communism in the old Russia, who is left to carry the banner forward but China, Cuba and North Korea? Both North Korea and Cuba are faltering on that front. Dictatorships are dependent upon their charismatic leaders. Once the leader dies, so does that vision of the country and the system in place deteriorates - later to resurrect as something else by someone else.

Right now South Korea is making all the appropriate noises of anger and posturing. They also look like they will do little to nothing though they have the capacity. Over the decades they have become co-dependent upon America for direction and protection. For some reason, President Obama thought he should revert to a 60 year old mindset and send over some gunboat diplomacy. Like one American warship will scare a young nuclear power? Come on.







What is going on with North Korea? Several things. They are still starving. Anyone see the news clips in the past few months of a North Korean army marching in the square? The soldiers marched forcefully and proudly. They problem was that to any casual observer their uniforms were practically hanging off them like an emaciated runway model. Usually, in regimes like this, it's the military who are well fed. If the military looks to be starving we can only imagine the horrors going on in the cities and the countryside.

North Korea's young son, Kim Jong un, now a four-star general, is testing his power to bring the world to his doorstep to negotiate. North Korea has always done dangerous temper tantrums - or threats to do so - to get the world to give them free food and wads of cash to keep their regime afloat. This time, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said a definite no to their temper tantrum of late - no more freebies.

One main reason for the bombing of those hapless islanders is to create more unity among North Koreans by increasing North-South tensions.  It's a considered opinion among think tanks that to do so will help promote the new heir as a strong military leader, therefore inspiring loyalty to him.  The strategy is considered useful to pave the way for North Koreans to accept the new - inexperienced and untested - heir to power, Kim Jung un.

One of the most immediate needs as North Korea sees it is to pressure America and other countries back to the negotiating table, those six-party talks. Those talks have been stalled since April 2009 when it was North Korea that threw another of their famous temper tantrums and walked away from the negotiating table.  They were in a snit when there was world condemnation for the test-firing of their rocket.

Right now the reason for the current temper tantrum is that North Korea wants assurances that America won't attack. They desire a permanent security guarantee of safety. So, they go around attacking their vulnerable easy-prey neighbors in order to make the world feel it's a good idea to give them a security guarantee? Talk about warped thinking. They want others to honor their word yet North Korea breaks their word constantly. It's time for the world to quit taking these Bozos seriously.

And, it's about time America quit placating these destructive fools. It's also past due time we withdraw American troops from the Korean peninsula. Let China handle the temper tantrums in their back yard. Let South Korea negotiate with North Korea. It's time for America to withdraw and quit playing the world's policeman with deep pockets. The American people are weary of financing these dictatorships and their stupid games.

As it is, it's smarter to wait them out with sanctions. They can't starve forever. Sooner or later there will be a coup to take over the country. As it is, when the crazy uncle to the North dies there will be a military coup to kill the sons - especially the young and inexperienced novice: Kim Jong un, who is only 27 years old. The question then is whether South Korea will grow the courage to advance and reunify the North.  "If you will feed them, they will come."


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27 November 2010

American and World Politics Cartoons - 27 Nov 2010

Lots to lampoon this week for cartoonists as they poke fun at crazy North Korea, the buffoon of the world.




From Denny: Dark humor seems to be spreading around the world as everyone watches their own economies erode and slowly implode. To add to the Blow It All Up mindset along comes North Korea this week and they bomb the hell out of some hapless islanders off the coast of South Korea. "We want attention and we want it NOW!" screams North Korea to the world. Oh, please. What a bunch of Bozos.

Why does anyone give these guys money or food? Of course, North Korea does have the largest concentration of weapons in one small geographical location on the planet. What a sweet thought: As these Bozos fire off a missile, nuke or not, chances are high they have not properly maintained said accumulated weaponry and the end result is they blow up their own country.

Another scenario is they could end up sinking the whole island - along with South Korea as they blow up their entire arsenal. There would be a giant black hole created off China. Of course, China might figure out a way to make a profit off it as a tourist attraction.

Will someone please pay me to think up outrageous yet probable scenarios? What a gig. Oh, that's right, that job is already taken by the Pentagon and the CIA. No room for competition, ol' boys network? :)

The political fringe Tea Party continues to amaze and amuse us. Who knows? Maybe they will prove to end Washington gridlock and get the Republicans to implode? Karl Rove is already apoplectic since he can't control or strong arm the Tea Party. This should be prove to entertaining political drama for the next two years. At the rate this economy is going it may be the only channel any of us can afford to watch.

Our greatest amusement of all is what the media is trying to set up as the match-up between Republican Palin and Democrat Obama for the 2012 election. The sad thing is that the Democrats and the donors are already in the process to push Obama aside as his poll numbers drop like a rock. Palin is a screwball political pretender who is all about collecting as much money as she can stuff into her bank account.  It's the American way, right?

The real match-up will be between someone like Romney and a Democratic primary challenger yet to be named. Obama won't get the nomination for 2012. Sad, isn't it? Obama held a lot of promise but his presidency is done. Like President Jimmy Carter Obama doesn't listen to or cooperate with his Democratic Party either. That's what got Carter tossed aside for a second term. Carter is still shunned by Democrats. It looks like that will be Obama's fate as well since he has stiff-armed his own party faithful and they have finally had enough.

And on the terrorism front:  More amusement comes from the TSA corner as they continue to grope America for their anti-terrorism jollies.


World Politics:


Nick Anderson




Nick Anderson




Jeff Stahler




Jerry Holbert




Chuck Asay




Robert Ariail




Lisa Benson




Robert Ariail




Gary Markstein




Chip Bok




Robert Ariail



Nick Anderson




Clay Bennett




Steve Kelley




Clay Bennett




Clay Bennett




Ed Stein




Chip Bok




Tea Party politics:


Bill Day




Gary Varvel




Chip Bok




Signe Wilkinson




Clay Bennett




MIke Thompson




MIke Thompson




Rob Rogers




Drew Sheneman




Rob Rogers




Robert Ariail





Democrats blowing their chances to win The South to their column - especially the mess Team Obama created with the BP Oil Spill disaster - taking the side of BP was bonehead stupid is as stupid does:


Robert Ariail




Republicans who want to blow up the world:


Ed Stein




Chan Lowe




Bill Day




Steve Benson




Moderately Confused




Gary Varvel




Robert Ariail




Signe Wilkinson




While former Speaker of the House Tom DeLay was finally found guilty of a few of his many crimes. The punishment has still not been handed down. He could get life in prison or probation and no time behind bars. Talk about a wide range of possibilities. He enjoyed styling himself as the Harsh Hammer of the Republican Party yet now he whines about how hard life has been for him. He was hateful beyond measure and now wonders why it came back to haunt him?


Nick Anderson




And from "our friends" over at the TSA:


Henry Payne




Steve Benson




Henry Payne




Watch out for the holiday eating:


Moderately Confused




Now that Thanksgiving is done, let the holiday shopping begin! Charge!!!


Jeff Stahler




Jeff Stahler




Some happy news from the land of England:


Jeff Stahler



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Friday Lite: Best Of Funny TSA Cartoons - 26 Nov 2010 - Check out what America is thinking about those TSA Pat Downs supposedly guarding us against terrorism.

Funny Thanksgiving Presidential Pardon 4 Turkeys Apple and Cider - Check out some funny trivia about presidential turkey pardons.

Funny Thanksgiving Quotes, Video, Cartoons and Food Posts - Enjoy some Thanksgiving humor along with more delectable recipes to make your mouth water waiting for the next holiday.

Monday Lite: Late Night Jokes, Thanksgiving and TSA Cartoons - 22 Nov 2010 - Check out the late night sarcasm about the TSA Pat Downs, Thanksgiving turkeys of the political kind like the Palin pride and Bush Who?

American and World Politics Humor - 20 Nov 2010 - Check out the national mind and the national conversation about politics and American culture this week from our favorite cartoonists.




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