In an NBC segment featuring George Zimmerman’s 911 call on the night of the Trayvon Martin shooting, Zimmerman is heard saying: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.”
The full version, though, unfolds like this:
Zimmerman: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good, or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.”
911 operator: “Okay. And this guy, is he white black or Hispanic?”
Zimmerman: “He looks black.”
Notice the subltey, it was the 911 operator who inquired about the race of the bad actor, and Zimmerman just replied it raining he couldn’t be sure, bu8t he looks to be black. Slight difference, but important.
So why would NBC want to try and make it sound as if Zimmerman was a racist?
You know what NBC stands for don’t you? No, OK I will refresh your recollection. It seems the network NBC has stood for Nothing But Crap for so long, I can’t recall when it started. And this applies double to our local station.
The solution, turn the crap off.
Peggy Noonan now notices … What most have known for some time.
Most devious tyrants go this route, the Chavez route. And then the deaths pile up.
If you jumped into a time machine to the day after the 2012 election, in November, 2012, and saw a headline saying “Obama Loses,” do you imagine that would be followed by widespread sadness, pain and a rending of garments? You do not. Even his own supporters will not be that sad. It’s hard to imagine people running around in 2014 saying, “If only Obama were president!” Including Mr. Obama, who is said by all who know him to be deeply competitive, but who doesn’t seem to like his job that much. As a former president he’d be quiet, detached, aloof. He’d make speeches and write a memoir laced with a certain high-toned bitterness. It was the Republicans’ fault. They didn’t want to work with him.
Something’s happening to President Obama’s relationship with those who are inclined not to like his policies. They are now inclined not to like him. His supporters would say, “Nothing new there,” but actually I think there is. I’m referring to the broad, stable, nonradical, non-birther right. Among them the level of dislike for the president has ratcheted up sharply the past few months.
It’s not due to the election, and it’s not because the Republican candidates are so compelling and making such brilliant cases against him. That, actually, isn’t happening.
What is happening is that the president is coming across more and more as a trimmer, as an operator who’s not operating in good faith. This is hardening positions and leading to increased political bitterness. And it’s his fault, too. As an increase in polarization is a bad thing, it’s a big fault.
The shift started on Jan. 20, with the mandate that agencies of the Catholic Church would have to provide birth-control services the church finds morally repugnant. The public reaction? “You’re kidding me. That’s not just bad judgment and a lack of civic tact, it’s not even constitutional!” Faced with the blowback, the president offered a so-called accommodation that even its supporters recognized as devious. Not ill-advised, devious. Then his operatives flooded the airwaves with dishonest—not wrongheaded, dishonest—charges that those who defend the church’s religious liberties are trying to take away your contraceptives.
What a sour taste this all left. How shocking it was, including for those in the church who’d been in touch with the administration and were murmuring about having been misled.
Events of just the past 10 days have contributed to the shift. There was the open-mic conversation with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in which Mr. Obama pleaded for “space” and said he will have “more flexibility” in his negotiations once the election is over and those pesky voters have done their thing. On tape it looked so bush-league, so faux-sophisticated. When he knew he’d been caught, the president tried to laugh it off by comically covering a mic in a following meeting. It was all so . . . creepy.
Next, a boy of 17 is shot and killed under disputed and unclear circumstances. The whole issue is racially charged, emotions are high, and the only memorable words from the president’s response were, “If I had a son he’d look like Trayvon.” At first it seemed OK—not great, but all right—but as the story continued and suddenly there were death threats and tweeted addresses and congressmen in hoodies, it seemed insufficient to the moment. At the end of the day, the public reaction seemed to be: “Hey buddy, we don’t need you to personalize what is already too dramatic, it’s not about you.”
Now this week the Supreme Court arguments on ObamaCare, which have made that law look so hollow, so careless, that it amounts to a characterological indictment of the administration. The constitutional law professor from the University of Chicago didn’t notice the centerpiece of his agenda was not constitutional? How did that happen?
Maybe a stinging decision is coming, maybe not, but in a purely political sense this is how it looks: We were in crisis in 2009—we still are—and instead of doing something strong and pertinent about our economic woes, the president wasted history’s time. He wasted time that was precious—the debt clock is still ticking!—by following an imaginary bunny that disappeared down a rabbit hole.
The high court’s hearings gave off an overall air not of political misfeasance but malfeasance.
All these things have hardened lines of opposition, and left opponents with an aversion that will not go away.
I am not saying that the president has a terrible relationship with the American people. I’m only saying he’s made his relationship with those who oppose him worse.
In terms of the broad electorate, I’m not sure he really has a relationship. A president only gets a year or two to forge real bonds with the American people. In that time a crucial thing he must establish is that what is on his mind is what is on their mind. This is especially true during a crisis.
From the day Mr. Obama was sworn in, what was on the mind of the American people was financial calamity—unemployment, declining home values, foreclosures. These issues came within a context of some overarching questions: Can America survive its spending, its taxing, its regulating, is America over, can we turn it around?
That’s what the American people were thinking about.
But the new president wasn’t thinking about that. All the books written about the creation of economic policy within his administration make clear the president and his aides didn’t know it was so bad, didn’t understand the depth of the crisis, didn’t have a sense of how long it would last. They didn’t have their mind on what the American people had their mind on.
The president had his mind on health care. And, to be fair-minded, health care was part of the economic story. But only a part! And not the most urgent part. Not the most frightening, distressing, immediate part. Not the “Is America over?” part.
And so the relationship the president wanted never really knitted together. Health care was like the birth-control mandate: It came from his hermetically sealed inner circle, which operates with what seems an almost entirely abstract sense of America. They know Chicago, the machine, the ethnic realities. They know Democratic Party politics. They know the books they’ve read, largely written by people like them—bright, credentialed, intellectually cloistered. But there always seems a lack of lived experience among them, which is why they were so surprised by the town hall uprisings of August 2009 and the 2010 midterm elections.
Is the U.S. Government expecting domestic insurrection?
From Business Insider:
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office is getting an “indefinite delivery” of an “indefinite quantity” of .40 caliber ammunition from defense contractor ATK.
U.S. agents will receive a maximum of 450 million rounds over five years, according to a press release on the deal.
The high performance HST bullets are designed for law enforcement and ATK says they offer “optimum penetration for terminal performance.”
This refers to the the bullet’s hollow-point tip that passes through barriers and expands for a bigger impact without the rest of the bullet getting warped out of shape: “this bullet holds its jacket in the toughest conditions.”…
Hollow point bullets are generally reserved for duty rounds, not for training. They cost 4 times military rounds. So even stupid government can’t be this stupid. Can they?? Hey it’s not government’s money, what do they care.
Obama leading the protests against the Jews THIS WEEK, behind the curtain of course, so no one knows he is there. But the ears are sticking out, while Rev Wright does the dirty work.
Uh, back to the penny. You remember when you could actually buy something for a penny … that was way back before the Feds quantative easing. In case you don’t know, Quantative easing, that FED CODE WORDS FOR JUST PRINTING MONEY.
Are you one of those people who still feels a nostalgic desire to keep the penny around? Don’t get me wrong… there is a lot to be said for nostalgia. I’m one of those relics who can actually remember buying penny candy as a child and looking forward to having some coins. But times have changed. I actually saw a gumball machine this week that took quarters, and the gumballs were not particularly large. So is it time to get rid of the penny?
Canada is taking the plunge.
Canada will withdraw the penny from circulation this year, saving taxpayers about C$11 million ($11 million) annually and forcing retailers to round prices to the nearest nickel, the government announced in its budget today.
The Royal Canadian Mint, which has produced 35 billion pennies since it began production in 1908, will cease distribution this fall due to the coin’s low purchasing power. Production and handling cost for the one-cent coin are a C$150- million drag on the economy, according to a 2006 study by Desjardins, a Quebec City-based bank.
“Pennies take up too much space on our dressers at home,” Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said in the text of his budget speech in Ottawa. “They take up far too much time for small businesses trying to grow and create jobs.”
Doug Mataconis offers a few arguments in favor of the US following the example of our neighbors to the north.
The situation is actually even nuttier here in the United States, where it costs 2.4 cents to produce each penny, but efforts to eliminate the penny have always died in Congress. The President’s new budget included a proposal to allow the US Mint to study the use alternative metals in coin production in the hope that this would reduce costs, but that’s likely only a short term measure. Given its almost non-existent purchasing power, there’s really no rational reason to keep pennies around. This is a Canadian idea we should think about doing ourselves, it seems.
I suppose logic could be on his side.
Well lookey here … Just when you think Presidential lies and stupidity about oil can’t get any worse, up pops his “whack a mole” pasture from hiding. This time to attack the Jews. Doing Obama work for the Caliphate.
Have you ever wondered what secrets the microphones would tell aboiut Obama’s secret deals with the terrorists? Just saying, cause something is going on and it’s not above boards.
Barack Obama’s former pastor Jeremiah Wright is one of the leaders today in the “Global March on Jerusalem.” Protesters from 80 countries are taking part in the rally to show solidarity for the Palestinians.
I wonder what this is all about, don’t you?
One News Now reported:
A worldwide pro-Israel Christian ministry is concerned about today’s “Global March to Jerusalem.”
The Times of Israel reports that Arab and international protestors from 80 countries are taking part in today’s Global March to Jerusalem to show their solidary for the Palestinian cause. According to Bill Sutter, executive director of The Friends of Israel (FOI), some bad actors are involved.
“There are some horrible connections with Hamas, with Hezbollah [and] with Iran,” he lists.
Bill Sutter (FOI)And one of the leaders in the march is none other than President Barack Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright.
“He is a member of the central committee of the Global March to Jerusalem,” Sutter details. “And so we have participants across a huge and radical stripe of terrorist groups and apologists for Islam, even to the point of here in the United States.”
The ‘protesters’ threw firebombs and rocks at security forces.
The Jerusalem Post reported:
The IDF and Israel Police went on high alert Friday, imposing a full closure on the West Bank, limiting access to the Temple Mount and setting up checkpoints on roads near the Lebanese border ahead of expected protests marking Land Day and the Global March to Jerusalem.
Palestinian protesters were clashing with Israeli forces at the Kalandiya checkpoint, throwing rocks, firebombs and burning tires. Security forces were using large amounts of tear gas, stun grenades, sound weapons and foul-smelling water to disperse the protesters.
So I guess doing actual work is out, fixing the dead economy is finished, the lies are getting thread-bare.
Back to fundraising, yeah that’s it.
Obama Schedule || Friday March 30, 2012
9:55 am || Departs White House
11:35 am || Arrives Burlingon, Vermont
1:15 pm || Delivers remarks at fundraiser; Sheraton Burlington Hotel
2:35 pm || Delivers remarks at second fundraiser; University of Vermont; Burlington
3:30 pm || Departs Burlington
4:20 pm || Arrives Portland, Maine
5:15 pm || Delivers remarks at fundraiser #3; Southern Maine Community College, Portland
7:20 pm || Delivers remarks at fundraiser #4; Portland Museum of Art
8:35 pm || Departs Portland
10:20 pm || Arrives White House
All times Eastern
And what is our fist lady up to? Michelle Obama jetted in to South Dakota Wednesday for a day trip to Mount Rushmore, taking in the sights before departing the same day for Las Vegas.
Michelle is traveling with her daughters on a “private family trip” to the West, the White House said.
The Obama Women Are in Vegas … Yep, another vacation.
This painful problem of deleveraging is going to continue…You cannot resolve the fundamental problems with liquidity. You can just kick the can down the road with liquidity, but you can’t resolve those fundamental problems.”
He focused on three major points:
First, Roubini downplayed European measures to stem the crisis so far, accusing the fiscal compact and austerity measures are aggravating the economic and political stability in the short term:
“We need growth in the eurozone. We cannot just talk about austerity because without growth that would be unsustainable. If gdp keeps on falling and without economic growth, the social and political backlash against austerity is going to become overwhelming. Strikes, demonstrations, weak governments, and eventually failing governments.”
The same goes for liquidity measures that have stemmed short-term banking pressures in the short term, and even produced positive economic data in the U.S.:
“This painful problem of deleveraging is going to continue…You cannot resolve the fundamental problems with liquidity. You can just kick the can down the road with liquidity, but you can’t resolve those fundamental problems.”
By the way, concerns over oil won’t go away anytime soon:
“This tension is going to rise throughout the year, there are going to be more sanctions, negotiations are going to fail, and it’s not just the Israel-Iran issue. Look what’s happening in the Middle East.”
The biggest risk is an oil price spike.
While you digest those points, what’s the way out?