A 61% approval on immaculation day has fallen to 50% in the Real Clear Politics average of 11 different polls, and to 46% in both the Rasmussen and Quinnipiac Poll. The Rasmussen polls are well regarded for their large sample (1500) and they cover “likely voters” as opposed to merely registered voters or just people who answer the telephone, as in most other polls.
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Obama’s approval index stands at a minus 18 by Rasmussen today, has been as high as a minus 21 in the last few weeks. The approval index is the difference between the percentage of respondents who strongly approve and strongly disapprove. This index is informative because it registers the intensity of feelings toward Obama and voters with intense feelings are more likely to actually vote on election day. Since is only votes and not responses to pollsters questions that count, the approval index is an important number.
Fouad Ajami blasts Obama’s year of little progress at home or abroad in today’s Wall Street Journal. Says Ajami: “No despot fears the president, and no demonstrator in Tehran expects him to ride to the rescue.”
Obama has spurned America’s allies and embraced enemies and despotic dictators. The latter are not returning the love, however. Even Cuba is now critical as reported in today’s New York Times.
The usually supplicant and sycophantic Maureen Dowd has Obama disillusionment in her recent NYT column: As the Nation’s Pulse Races, Obama Can’t Seem to Find His
On the Dowd column Ed Morrissey said “If Obama has lost Maureen Dowd, then perhaps the outrageous outrage that erupted this morning over Cheney’s remarks should be reconsidered. Be sure to read Dowd’s entire column, a sentence I thought I’d never write.”
On Cheney’s remarks see my post from yesterday: Obama The Great Pretender
As Maureen Dowd ended her Column:
Heck of a job, Barry.
Rush was taken to the hospital with chest pains at 2:40 P.M. Hawaii time, 7:40 PM Eastern time, yesterday. He was said to be in serious condition, but is now reported to be resting comfortably after this health scare.
Get well, Rush. And when you do, as we all hope you will, think about losing those stupid cigars! And stay with the diet that has been so successful (His weight is said to be in the low 200’s now. He once weighed about 360 and has bounced up and down a few times. It helps if you can afford a personal chef who prepares all your food and you only eat what they give you).
Rush Limbaugh’s father died in, I think his 70’s. His mother lived to a much older age, and his grandfather lived to be 103.
Ann Althouse: “The people calling for Rush Limbaugh to die are the same people who want to run your healthcare.”
The three videos below should be viewed in conjunction with these two posts at Charles Rowley’s Blog:
UPDATE: At The Wall Street Journal Peter Wallison reports: The Price For Fannie and Freddie Keeps Going Up–Barney Frank’s decision to ‘roll the dice’ on subsidized housing is becoming an epic disaster for taxpayers.
Most of the damage was done from 2005 through 2007, when Fannie and Freddie were binging on risky mortgages. Back then, [Congressman Barney Frank. D-MA] was the bartender, denying that there was any cause for concern, and claiming that he wanted to “roll the dice” on subsidized housing support.
The one below is in stills and features audio from the Mark Levin Radio Show and Bill O’Reilly at Fox News. The language is strong and the speakers are passionate. It might be a bit much for some folks. But it’s the hard truth.
In this video Barney Frank says in July, 2008 on Bloomberg that Fannie and Freddie are not insolvent and will not need a bailout.
Republicans should be all over this. Will they? I don’t know, the Republican party is famous for missed opportunities.
Unless killers make a big push in the next two days Washington D.C. will end the year with the fewest number of homicides since 1964. So far in 2009 D.C. homicides number 138 compared to 184 at the same time last year.
The decline in D.C. follows a national trend that I detailed in my previous post, More Guns, Less Crime
In Baltimore there has been no decline in homicides with 235 so far this year compared to 233 at the same time last year.
The decline in D.C. defies the dire predictions that D.C. would quickly resume it title as the murder capital of the world as a result of having it draconian handgun ban struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court last year in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. ____(2008). The core holding in Heller is that the Second Amendment is an individual right intimately tied to the natural right of self-defense.
It is now possible in D.C. for law-abiding citizens to own handguns for their personal protection. In Baltimore, gun ownership is still severely restricted. Could it be that the new disparity in homicide rates between D.C. and Baltimore means that criminals are plying their trade where the working conditions are better?
Dick Cheney made this statement yesterday to Politico:
“As I’ve watched the events of the last few days it is clear once again that President Obama is trying to pretend we are not at war. He seems to think if he has a low key response to an attempt to blow up an airliner and kill hundreds of people, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if he gives terrorists the rights of Americans, lets them lawyer up and reads them their Miranda rights, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if we bring the mastermind of 9/11 to New York, give him a lawyer and trial in civilian court, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if he closes Guantanamo and releases the hard-core al Qaeda trained terrorists still there, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if he gets rid of the words, ‘war on terror,’ we won?t be at war.
“But we are at war and when President Obama pretends we aren’t, it makes us less safe. Why doesn’t he want to admit we’re at war? It doesn’t fit with the view of the world he brought with him to the Oval Office. It doesn’t fit with what seems to be the goal of his presidency — social transformation — the restructuring of American society. President Obama’s first object and his highest responsibility must be to defend us against an enemy that knows we are at war.”
More at HotAir
Warning: Explicit and risque images.
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Obama signed an executive order last week exempting Interpol from constraints that apply to every law enforcement agency in America. Constraints like say, the Constitution, FOIA and other laws and treaties that protect our rights and prevents government agencies from operating in complete secrecy. This is not just about wrecking the health care system, tanking the economy, or making America a laughing stock by the amateurish behavior of its President. This is about our national security and preventing terrorism on American soil. This is about making international criminals out of those who try to protect us from terrorism. It is about giving over our sovereignty to that Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization known as the United Nations and that far left political tool known as the International Criminal Court.
I don’t have the patience to detail it here, but there is no reason for that when you can get the full picture at these sources:
I think I’ve read every book Stephen Hunter has written and his latest is I, Sniper. It is just released today so I haven’t read it, but it looks to be a good one. It’s available on Kindle also.
Hunter is fascinated by “the secret physics of gunfights.” His American Gunfight is a 384-page book devoted to the 38-second gunfight that stopped the plot to assassinate President Truman while he was staying in the Blair House on November 1, 1950. Actually, the book covers the entire history of the plot and the two hapless plotters.
I, Sniper is another Bob Lee Swagger novel but apparently has Swagger acting more as a forensics investigator than a sniper. It also, according to an account of the novel by Hunter supplied to the Powerline Blog, is a study of American journalism and the liberal mindset that inflicts nearly all of its current practitioners.
Hunter’s message to Powerline is recommended reading for anyone interested in Hunter’s books. This is what Hunter says about a character in the novel, an aggressive young reporter for The New York Times:
What he doesn’t realize, and the book documents, is that his mindset makes him vulnerable to manipulation. This is what so many young reporters don’t get. Their commitment to an agenda, subconsciously or not , distorts the way they see reality. Thus when they say “We are not biased,” they honestly believe that. They are reporting what they see, but are oblivious to the fact that they are viewing it from a platform that they take for granted.
Hunter claims to have the reputation of being the “Fyodor Dostoyevsky of the sniper novel.” I’m not sure what that would mean, but Nietzsche is reputed to have said that Dostoyevsky’s Notes From the Underground “cried truth from the blood.”
Winchester gets a contract to supply ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) with 200 million rounds of 135 grain hollow points in .40 caliber pistol ammo over the next five years. One nice thing about a government job would be having all the free ammo you can shoot and a private range to do it.
Paco Enterprises says:
Now, in case the entire population of Mexico tries to cross the border over the next five years, this would be enough to shoot everybody twice;
The IDF (Israeli Defense Force) killed three wanted Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades terrorists in Nablus that were wanted for the murder of an Israeli Rabbi and father of seven. The Obama Administration has made a rare and unusual request for public clarification by Israel’s National Security Advisor to explain the defensive nature of this action. Dan Diker, writing in the Jerusalem Post says it is the Obama Administration that needs to give clarification to Israel.
First, some background on the current state of the “Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” as it is erroneously and euphemistically referred to in the popular media. (more…)
“Yes, sir, I can. Because why did we do– why do we want a public option? We want a public option to do basically three ten– things: create more choice for insurers, create more competition for insurance companies, and to contain costs.”
–House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) when asked on CBS’ Face the Nation if he could back a healthcare bill that did not have a public option.
All the Democrats and Obama are saying the same thing, they want a healthcare plan that creates more choice and competition in insurance and reduces the cost of healthcare. They have to believe that the American people are very stupid to keep repeating this bilge. Any fool can see and knows that whatever hideous mutation of a healthcare bill finally emerges from the sausage factory of the United States Congress is not going to do any of that. The intended unintended consequences of this horrid legislation are going to be less choice and competition not more, and increased cost of insurance, as well as new taxes out the wazoo.
As to the so-called “public option,” that is just a red herring. The entire healthcare bill is a public option. Clyburn essentially admits as much when he states that it doesn’t matter what we call it. No, it doesn’t matter. You can call a dog a cat if you want but it will still be a dog. You can call a government-run healthcare system a potato or an insurance exchange but it will still be a government-run healthcare system with all the inefficiency and bureaucracy of every other government function. And there is never any private sector competition with any government-run entitlement program.
CNN falls farther into the tank, with a 30% drop in viewers for 2009. The most watched cable network is USA which has increased viewers by 15%.
Here are the stats for total viewers in primetime for these cable networks (multiply the number next to each network by 1,000,000 if it’s a decimal, by 1,000 if it’s 3-digit number):
USA 3.278 million average viewers +15%
DISNEY 2.534 +6%
ESPN 2.253 +9%
TNT 2.254 +2%
FOX NEWS 2.210 +7%
TBS 1.838 -7%
NICK AT NIGHT 1.734 +2%
A&E 1.467 +8%
ABC FAMILY 1.353 +4%
FX 1.369 +10%
CARTOON 1.302 -3%
SYFY 1.276 -0%
DISCOVERY 1.253 +4%
HISTORY 1.212 +3%
HGTV 1.202 +9%
LIFETIME 1.185 -20%
FOOD 1.119 +26%
HALLMARK 1.104 -18%
AMC 1.041 -6%
TLC 1.070 +18%
TRUTV 1.090 +0%
SPIKE 1.063 -17%
COMEDY CENTRAL 992 -10%
CNN 908 -30%
MSNBC 817 -12%
MTV 807 -10%
BRAVO 796 +6%
BET 777 +23%
VH1 744 +0%
TVLAND 720 -8%
ESPN2 694 +8%
HBO 693 +41%
E! 592 +7%
I don’t know the proper method of comparing a talk radio show to a cable news network but it appears that at any one time during his 3-hour show Rush Limbaugh has anywhere between 5 times and 20 times the number of listeners than CNN has viewers during primetime.
FOX News has 2.2 million viewers in primetime compared to CNN’s 908,000. What should CNN do to boost its viewership? I don’t know anything about cable television but I have a suggestion for something they might try. That would be doing a little more honest news reporting and a little less liberal propaganda.
More stats at The Live Feed
When those busybody jerks who were on student council in high school grow up, get rich, and win political office (sometimes in reverse order), this is what you get.
A liberal is someone who wants to reach into your shower and adjust the water temperature.
—William F. Buckley
A while back I posted The Profit Motive Versus the Political Motive
If you liked that you’ll like this: Heather MacDonald’s Post-Christmas Economic Rant
Here is a teaser:
…this knee-jerk contempt for business is worthy of a pampered adolescent who is searching for a cause with which to display his unique moral sensibility. It is not worthy of an adult who should be able to use his imagination, if not actual experience, to appreciate the extraordinary human effort that has gone into creating the delightful tools that we daily take for granted.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 30% of voters nationwide believe the $787-billion economic stimulus plan has helped the economy. However, 38% believe that the stimulus plan has hurt the economy.
The underlying reason for skepticism about the stimulus plan is that 50% of voters believe increasing government spending is bad for the economy. Twenty-eight percent (28%) believe government spending helps the economy.
I guess that leaves 22% who don’t know.
Those who say the stimulus has hurt the economy are correct, the others are wrong. The difference is this: those who think government spending helps the economy don’t understand where money comes from. They think it comes from the government, from Obama’s stash, or somewhere. It’s true that the government prints little pieces of paper that represent money, but those chits are not real money. We know that because they become worthless when the productive wealth they stand for decreases or disappears. In other words, while government has paper and printing presses, it has no real money.
Real money i.e., wealth, is created by the productive activities of the people. Wealth is not produced by anything the government does. Government can only affect wealth production by inhibiting it with high taxes and over regulation or facilitating it with low taxes and less regulation of economic activity. The only way government gets any wealth at all is when politicians take it away from the people who produced it. Politicians do this in two ways, by levying taxes on the productive efforts of the people and borrowing by selling treasury bonds.
Those who believe government spending hurts the economy understand that the only way government can spend a single dollar is to take that dollar from someone who earned it with his or her own skills, labor and investment. They understand that government spending is analogous to taking a bucket of water out of one end of a swimming pool and dumping it in the other end and thinking one has raised the water level. In fact, the water level has gone down due to the evaporation and shrinkage of some of the water while it is being transferred from one end of the pool to the other.
Evaporation of money i.e., wealth, occurs when government takes money out of one part of the economy and then puts it back in somewhere else. And that’s why politicians, bureaucrats, and public unions love government spending. They get the skim. They get some of the wealth that is produced by others, without doing anything themselves to produce any wealth. That’s what they call “good work if you can get it.”
The evaporation of wealth is what hurts the economy, and the hurt is measured not just by the amount of real wealth that is destroyed but also by the wealth that would have been created but isn’t because of government meddling in the economy.
UPDATE: OK, you’re in the 38% that believes the stimulus has hurt the economy, or if not, maybe I’ve convinced you to switch to our side. What about TARP? Has that been good for the economy? No, it hasn’t. Not at all. To see why, and get a little deeper into this, check this out: The Most Redeeming Feature of Capitalism is Failure.
Failure is not a bug, it’s a feature.
This is all over the web so it might as well be here. Can there be any doubt that great big decisions that affect our lives in vital ways are being made by people we would not entrust to run a hot dog stand?
“The World’s Greatest Deliberative Body…”
This is the best Montana can do? Yuk.
According to press reports, a passenger helped subdue the terrorist who was attempting to bring down Northwest #253. This again highlights the importance of the unorganized militia in asymetric warfare. In Saved by the Militia, I offered this analysis in the wake of the success of the general militia on United Airlines #93 in defending Washington from terrorist attack on 9/11:
The rest of it is here.
The day may be near when the anti-gun left loses yet another one of its talking points in its attempts to abolish lawful gun ownership.