TheJOTUS

The Jim of the United States

Archive for July, 2010

Remembering Ted Kennedy’s Douchbaggery From The Grave

Posted by TheJOTUS on July 18, 2010

Even though Ted Kennedy is now dead and gone, I think it is still important we remember what kind of person he was.  And I can think of no better example than the events that unfolded at Chappaquiddick.  Or, as some have called the most brilliant cover-up ever achieved in a nation where investigative procedures are well developed and where the principles of equal justice prevail.  Let’s take a look, shall we?

On July 18, 1969, Kennedy and five other men – all but one of whom was married – met six single young women who had worked on Robert Kennedy’s 1968 campaign. The women were known as the “Boiler Room Girls” for their tireless work in a windowless office in that ill-fated campaign. All of them, especially Teddy, had grieved hard when Bobby had been killed 15 months earlier. Although he was only 37 years of age, Teddy had lost all three of his brothers; two to assassin’s bullets, one in the skies over England in World War II. Mary Jo Kopechne had felt gut-shot by Bobby’s murder, too. For all of those people who met in the cottage in the island off Martha’s Vineyard, getting together must have been cathartic.

Sometime late at night after an evening of drinking, Kennedy and Kopechne went for a drive in his 1967 Oldsmobile. Kennedy placed the time he left at 11:15 p.m. A local cop who believed he saw the car put the time at 12:40 a.m. – significant at the time because Kennedy testified that he was taking Kopechne to a ferry that ran to Edgartown, a ferry that stopped running at midnight. In any event, Kennedy wasn’t headed toward the ferry landing when his car careened off Dike Bridge and into the inlet known as Poucha Pond; they were heading toward the beach.

Kennedy got out of the car alive, Mary Jo Kopechne did not. He said he dived down several times to try and rescue her, before walking back to the cottage where his friends were staying. To do so, he passed at least four houses with working telephones, including one 150 yards from the accident with a porch light on – as well as a firehouse with a pay phone. When he got to the cottage, none of the women were told what happened. According to the 763-page coroner’s inquest, this was just the first of a series of appalling decisions Kennedy made that night, decisions that stretch credulity.

First of all, he and two of the men, a cousin named Joseph Gargan and a friend named Paul Markham say they returned to the bridge to try and rescue Mary Jo. (If the Edgartown constable who believes he saw Kennedy was accurate, this was impossible.) Next, the men claimed that they drove Kennedy to the Chappaquiddick ferry landing, where he told them not to tell the other women for fear that they would try to rescue Mary Jo – at great peril to themselves – and assured them that he would report the incident to authorities. Then, the men said, Kennedy dove into the water and swam across the sound to Edgartown himself.

Teddy waited 10 hours to call in the “accident” while he huddled with his lawyers.  Mary Jo Kopechne survived for as long as two hours in the submerged automobile by breathing a pocket of trapped air.  The Kennedys call their lawyers rather than dialing 911.

It was a sad time for justice, politics, scummy politicians, lost integrity and especially for Mary Jo’s family.  While Ted Kennedy is now dead, we will not forget his cowardly actions.

Posted in Ted Kennedy | 1 Comment »

I Think Jimmy Buffet Has Been Out In The Sun A Tad Too Long

Posted by TheJOTUS on July 17, 2010

So I recorded Jimmy Buffet’s charity concert to help the people of the Gulf he had last week.  I have always been a parrothead.  Then I find out Jimmy Buffet, the genius that he is, seems to know who to blame for the oil spill.  After reading this, I haven’t brought myself to watch it yet:

The Obama-supporting musician told the Associated Press on Tuesday that he believed the Bush administration was responsible for the crisis, due to its alleged ties to oil companies.

“To me it was more about eight years of bad policy before [Obama] got there that let this happen,” said Buffett. “It was Dracula running the blood bank in terms of oil and leases.”

While celebrities from Larry King to James Cameron have already lined up to offer aid to people impacted by the oil spill, Buffett says he also hopes that his sea-side concert next Sunday in Gulf Shores, Alabama will soothe people’s anger over the crisis.

“People were going, ‘What are you going to do about things?’ I mean, hell, I can’t stick my finger in that hole. Everybody wishes they could,” Buffett told the Associated Press on Tuesday. “What I’m best at is two hours of escapism for people that have to go back and either live jobs that they don’t like or whatever…it’s that Mardi Gras mentality.”

Jimmy Buffet, splitting atoms with.  His.  Mind!!

Perhaps we should remind Captain Sun Bake that in the last 20 years, it was Obama receiving by far and away the majority of campaign cash from BP.  Something apparently lost on our famous beach bum.  Seriously Jimmy, can you just shut the hell up with the incoherent ramblings of the “Bush did it” syndrome?  Jesus f-ing Christ already.

Look, I openly admit to enjoying his music and have seen him in concert four times.  Really, once you get past the obnoxious overplayed ones he’s most known for, he has written some pretty good tunes.  And the Margaritaville restaurants are good fun, despite the food tasting like ball sweat.   I imagine he’s being asked his take on the Gulf because he grew up in Mobile and started his career in New Orleans.  His career took off after he spent some time in Key West.   And–not coincidentally–he just opened a gigantic name-branded resort in Pensacola.  So, obviously he’s got some over sun-exposed skin in the game.

His music has always had a left leaning tilt to it and when he was interviewed on CNN, he was careful not to seem too partisan one way or another.  Why?  Well because he’s a businessman, and the central part of his fanbase is middle class redstaters who like to blender it up one night a year in an amphitheater parking lot.  I mean really, is there anyone who represents the American dream more than Buffett?  Mediocre so-so talent, incredible marketer, tours in the summer to replenish his bank account……seriously, more power to him.

The guy is worth million and millions of dollars a year.  A year!  And he didn’t get there on the pure residuals of “Cheesburger in Paradise.”  The man owns something like four airplanes and the cash making those bad boys run isn’t cheap.  It’s the concert tickets, the branded margarita maker, the Buffett beer, the tee shirts, the lawn chairs, the baseball caps, and the Lost Shaker of Salt ($7.99, Margaritaville Cafe.)…basically the fleecing of the midwestern boob.

He’s made his millions, and bless him for it.  He keeps a lot of people employed and I for one enjoy his music.  Politically, well Jimmy, just STFU about politics.  Let’s not veer off the path allowing you to attain your incredibly comfortable livilyhood.

Posted in Celebrity Hot Air, Nuggets of Potpourri | 2 Comments »

Obama: “I Will Not Rest”

Posted by TheJOTUS on July 11, 2010

He’s such a hard worker, that Obama:

APRIL 9, 2009 – “And we will not rest until we reach a day when not one single veteran falls into homelessness”

MAY 11, 2009 – “I will not rest until the dream of health care reform is finally achieved in the United States of America”

NOVEMBER 2, 2009 – “We will not rest until we are succeeding in generating the jobs that this economy needs”

NOVEMBER 23, 2009 – “I will not rest until business are investing again, and businesses are hiring again”

JANUARY 28, 2010 – “We will not rest until we build an economy that’s ready for America’s future”

MARCH 5 2010 – “I’m not gonna rest & my administration is not gonna rest in our efforts to help people who are looking to find a job”

MAY 26, 2010 – “We will not rest until this well is shut, the environment is repaired and the clean up is complete”

JULY 8, 2010 – “My administration will not rest until every American who is able and ready and willing to work can find a job”

Posted in B. Hussein Obama | Leave a Comment »

The Obama Tax Hike Exemption Card: Don’t Leave Home Without It

Posted by TheJOTUS on July 3, 2010

What taxes might you ask?  Well here are just a few:

The Tax on Indoor Tanning Services takes effect July 1, 2010

The “Medicine Cabinet Tax” takes effect Jan. 1, 2011

The “Special Needs Kids Tax” takes effect Jan. 1, 2011

The HSA Withdrawal Tax Hike takes effect Jan. 1, 2011

TheMedical Itemized Deductions Cap takes effect Jan. 1, 2013

The Obamacare Individual Mandate Excise Tax takes effect Jan. 1, 2014

The Obama 156%  Tobacco Tax Hike took effect April 1, 2009

Remember folks:  “No family making less than 250k per year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”

Again…You.  Lie.

Posted in B. Hussein Obama, Taxes | Leave a Comment »

Hoping Of An Obama Failure

Posted by TheJOTUS on July 3, 2010

I great piece on how failure is always an option (yeah, I know it’s old):

I was going to write about the curious fact that it’s not only mathematically possible but now even somewhat plausible that Republicans could take over the Senate in November; but everybody and his monkey’s paw is already going on about that. So I’m shifting gears: Instead, I’ll argue against Michael Medved and every other conservative who repeats the stupid mantra that “Of course we hope President Obama is successful!”

That way, my only competition is Rush Limbaugh, whose explanation is kind of shallow, to tell the truth.

When some caller presses Medved on what the heck he means, he has a pat, memorized answer. Alas, it’s a complete non-sequitur. Medved invariably explains that he doesn’t mean he hopes Barack H. Obama succeeds in passing card check, implementing energy cripple and tax, closing Gitmo, ending the war against the Iran/al-Qaeda Axis, nationalizing more banks and other corporations, raising taxes, spending us into oblivion, and for dessert, foisting ObamaCare on the charred remains. Rather, Medved insists that by “I hope the president is successful,” he means he hopes that Obama succeeds in leading America to prosperity, security, and liberty.

This explanation is nothing but Mueslix on stilts: nutty, flakey, and wobbly all at the same time.

Medved is engaging in what I call “Argument by Tendentious Redefinition.” With that rhetorical trick, proponent takes an ordinary, simple English-language word (such as “success”) and secretly redefines it to a meaning whose only purpose is to win the argument — while still relying upon people imagining that he still means the generally accepted definition. In this case, the word “success” (meaning, achieving a goal one has set) is transmogrified to mean, achieving the goal diametrically opposite what one has enunciated, but which happens to be more congenial to the “well-wisher.”

When Michael Medved or any of a score of conservative pundits says he hopes Obama succeeds, it’s really code for saying he hopes Obama converts to conservatism. While that may be a laudible wish, it’s definitely not covered by the word “success.”

……But I have never in my entire life been a liberal; I was never trained to think of a black man or some other minority as a representative of some group, or that his failure was due to the white man “holding him down for 300 years,” as many blacktivists insist. Consequently, I feel no guilt whatsoever wishing abject failure upon Barack H. Obama: Success as Obama defines it is anathema to me, so why on Earth would I wish for it?

In fact, one of our most important rights is the right to fail: By failing, we learn, we grow, we mature… or at least we can. And I would never be so cruel as to take away anybody’s right to fail by, e.g., supporting a government Bureau of Bad Breaks, which tries to make good (at taxpayer expense) any setback or adverse result of poor judgment — like not buying health insurance and then getting sick or injured. That’s a liberal idea, and I despise it as unAmerican and infantalizing.

I particularly like his comment on how he has never been a liberal.  I too, have felt this way.  Even as a kid I always had, what I now know as, conservative beliefs.  I knew that if I wanted something I had to work for it.  It wasn’t just given to me.  I knew that whatever punishment I received it was because of the actions or decisions I made.  It wasn’t George W. Bush or the “man” bring me down.

Anyway, check it out, it’s a good read.

Posted in B. Hussein Obama, Nuggets of Potpourri | Leave a Comment »

Green Energy Might Be More Of An “Off” Green

Posted by TheJOTUS on July 3, 2010

Five myths about green energy:

1. Solar and wind power are the greenest of them all.

Unfortunately, solar and wind technologies require huge amounts of land to deliver relatively small amounts of energy, disrupting natural habitats. Even an aging natural gas well producing 60,000 cubic feet per day generates more than 20 times the watts per square meter of a wind turbine. A nuclear power plant cranks out about 56 watts per square meter, eight times as much as is derived from solar photovoltaic installations. The real estate that wind and solar energy demand led the Nature Conservancy to issue a report last year critical of “energy sprawl,” including tens of thousands of miles of high-voltage transmission lines needed to carry electricity from wind and solar installations to distant cities.

Nor does wind energy substantially reduce CO2 emissions. Since the wind doesn’t always blow, utilities must use gas- or coal-fired generators to offset wind’s unreliability. The result is minimal — or no — carbon dioxide reduction.

Denmark, the poster child for wind energy boosters, more than doubled its production of wind energy between 1999 and 2007. Yet data from Energinet.dk, the operator of Denmark’s natural gas and electricity grids, show that carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation in 2007 were at about the same level as they were back in 1990, before the country began its frenzied construction of turbines. Denmark has done a good job of keeping its overall carbon dioxide emissions flat, but that is in large part because of near-zero population growth and exorbitant energy taxes, not wind energy. And through 2017, the Danes foresee no decrease in carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation.

4. Electric cars will substantially reduce demand for oil.

Nissan and Tesla are just two of the manufacturers that are increasing production of all-electric cars. But in the electric car’s century-long history, failure tailgates failure. In 1911, the New York Times declared that the electric car “has long been recognized as the ideal” because it “is cleaner and quieter” and “much more economical” than its gasoline-fueled cousins. But the same unreliability of electric car batteries that flummoxed Thomas Edison persists today.

Those who believe that Detroit unplugged the electric car are mistaken. Electric cars haven’t been sidelined by a cabal to sell internal combustion engines or a lack of political will, but by physics and math. Gasoline contains about 80 times as much energy, by weight, as the best lithium-ion battery. Sure, the electric motor is more efficient than the internal combustion engine, but can we depend on batteries that are notoriously finicky, short-lived and take hours to recharge? Speaking of recharging, last June, the Government Accountability Office reported that about 40 percent of consumers do not have access to an outlet near their vehicle at home. The electric car is the next big thing — and it always will be.

More at the link.  Decent read.

Posted in Energy | Leave a Comment »