Thank You President Obvious

The United States is out of money, when did this happen?

C-SPAN INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

SCULLY: Yet, it all takes money. You know the numbers, $1.7 trillion debt, a national deficit of $11 trillion. At what point do we run out of money?

OBAMA: Well, we are out of money now. We are operating in deep deficits, not caused by any decisions we’ve made on health care so far. This is a consequence of the crisis that we’ve seen and in fact our failure to make some good decisions on health care over the last several decades.

Pay careful attention to the expression of his face when he says that. It seems to be like some kind of a funny joke to him. And what’s Obama’s solution to the problem, even as he acknowledges America is already flat broke and seriously in debt? Hey, I, know, the obvious answer is to quadruple the deficit! That makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it? I mean the trick to getting out of debt is to borrow lots more money and spend it, right?

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It’s a good thing the financial markets weren’t open when he made such a flippant remark.

/as Admiral Josh Painter said in The Hunt for Red October, “this business will get out of control, it will get out of control and we’ll be lucky to live through it”

Make Your Own Pet Water Bubbler UPDATE

Last week I posted about making your own pet water bubbler. It’s still a great concept and working well, rinse the nuts and take a paper towel to the air tubing every once in a while and it’s good to go. However, if you’re an intrepid juvenile cat product tester like Bill, with nothing but all the time in the world on your paws, the air tubing looks like just another toy that must be removed from the water bowl and played with.

So, the system is in need of an upgrade. Besides the cheap aquarium pump, aquarium tubing, and stainless steel nuts, you’re going to need two more things that are virtually free, a rubber band and a twist tie.

Secure the rubber band around the perimeter of the water bowl, near the rim, It needs to be tight to keep the pet from dislodging it. Next, take a twist tie and twist it securely around the air tubing at the approximate place the tubing intersects the rim of the water bowl, Finally, loop the ends of the twist tie between the bowl and rubber band and back around the air tube, thus, for the most part, fixing it in place. Problem mostly solved. It’s still easy for anyone with opposable thumbs to disengage and replace the rubber band/twist tie/air tube apparatus to clean the water bowl, but it’s pretty difficult for cats. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible for a cat to defeat this system, but so far it’s slowed him down real good.

/it’s a test of wills and I WILL win

If It’s Friday It Must Be Time To Transfer More Taxpayer Money To The UAW

Oh yeah, it’s late Friday afternoon of the Memorial Day weekend, time to tell the taxpayers how much more money Obama just flushed down the auto bankruptcy toilet, hoping you won’t notice.

U.S. Lends Additional $4 Billion to Ailing GM as Bankruptcy Looms
GM says it received 4 bln dlrs more from US Treasury

General Motors Corp. said Friday that it has borrowed an additional $4 billion from the Treasury Department, meaning the automaker has now accepted $19.4 billion in loans from the U.S. government.

GM started taking government money in December and said it intended to borrow $2.6 billion more by June 1 and an additional $9 billion after that. But in a regulatory filing Friday, GM said it needed $1.4 billion sooner than originally forecast.

The company didn’t publicly disclose how it will use the money but said it provided the information to Treasury officials, and they considered the loan acceptable.

“We appreciate President Obama’s and his administration’s ongoing support of GM and the domestic U.S. auto industry as we undertake the difficult but necessary actions to reinvent our company,” the company said in a written statement.

And remember, the plan is to forgive these “loans” in bankruptcy, which GM will most likely declare next week. The UAW thanks you for the direct transfer payments, have a nice long Memorial Day weekend!

See also:
GM borrows another $4 billion from Treasury
GM borrows additional $4 billion from government
GM gets $4B in new federal aid
GM Bankruptcy Filing Moves Closer Amid Sale Plans, Union Deals
Report: General Motors bankruptcy expected as early as next week
GM bondholders dig in, gird for bankruptcy
UPDATE:GM Bondholders Lobby US Lawmakers To Oppose Treasury Backed Deal
GOP Lawmakers Push Geithner on GM ‘Main Street’ Bondholders’ Behalf
UPDATE:GOP Lawmaker Presses For More Oversight Of Auto Bailout
Auto Task Force Wages ‘War on Capital,’ Lawmakers Say (Update2)
Lawmakers want Obama to slow down on GM, Chrysler
Lawmakers urge Obama to slow auto task force
Lawmakers worry about auto job losses…GM borrows more money…New…
Lawmakers want Obama to slow down on GM, Chrysler
UPDATE 2-Fiat already concerned for ‘deteriorating’ Chrysler
The UAW Says Thanks Taxpayers!

/anyone else think these government sponsored “auto bailouts/bankruptcies” were a really bad idea, aren’t going to go well, will cost taxpayers more than they could ever imagine, and it’s all a criminal waste of money because Chrysler and General Motors will never be able to survive anyway?

If It’s Friday, It Must Be Time To Riot

For Islam, or the Religion of Peace TM as they call it, Friday is the day of communal prayer. So, they all go to Mosque and the Imam whips them into a frenzy concerning the latest real or perceived affront to Islam. And then, when they leave their Friday religious services, as has happened countless times before in many, many countries, most notably after the Danish Muhammad cartoon controversy, during which over 100 people were killed, the now raging, seething Muslims take to the streets and hilarity ensues.

Greek riot police clash with Muslims over Koran mutilation

Hundreds of Muslims clashed with riot police in central Athens on Friday, who retaliated by spraying tear gas into the crowd – who were protesting over the alleged mutilation of a copy of the Koran by police.

Roughly 1,500 immigrants, many from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Syria marched towards the interior ministry and parliament in central Athens, clashing with riot police by throwing rocks and sticks.

Riot police retaliated by spraying tear gas to disperse the crowd, causing shocked and frightened tourists to run into nearby hotels for cover.

The immigrants said that during a police check on a cafe late on Thursday in central Athens an officer took a customer’s Koran, ripped it apart, threw it on the floor and stomped on it.

Hundreds of angry immigrants immediately took to the streets near Omonia Sqaure, smashing shop windows and destroying parked cars.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident.

Muslims, many who cross into the country illegally in an attempt to seek a better life, have complained of police brutality and poor treatment by officials in the past.

The majority of immigrants live in grim conditions in central Athens, and are not allowed to work and face arrest for minor crimes.

See also:
Riot police fire on Greece protest
Clashes break out in Greece over Koran incident
Greek riot police clash with Muslims over Koran mutilation – Summary
Muslimer i sammenstød med græsk politi

If the “Koran desecration” incident actually occurred, that would be bad, but it in no way justifies breaking windows, destroying cars, and engaging in general mass mayhem. Muslims living in Western cultures need to learn, although they never will because they don’t intend to, that Islam is not exempt from mockery and that it’s not a crime to criticize religion. No matter how much Muslims collectively desire to dominate the rest of us by conversion or the sword, it’s just never going to happen, we will not accept Sharia rule. All you have to do is look around the world, where Sharia goes, trouble follows. However, as long as Muslims continue to consider themselves superior and all infidels subject to subjugation or death, one of the primary tenets of Islam, there will be no peace for the rest of us.

/seriously, can you imagine if any other religion behaved like this in today’s world?

Better Living Through Piracy

That ain’t piracy, that’s the way you do it, asylum for nothing, travel for free. Come for the trial, stay for the citizenship.

Somali pirates embrace capture as route to Europe

Pirates captured after attacking a Dutch vessel have gone on trial in the liberal Netherlands and at least two of them have declared their intention to stay on as residents.

Geert-Jan Knoops, an international criminal law attorney and professor at the Royal University of Utrecht, has suggested that the Dutch trial might encourage pirates to surrender just in order to seek a better life in Western countries.

“The Dutch Justice department must be cautious. I cannot imagine the five alleged pirates would voluntarily return to Somalia after their conviction.”

The five Somali pirates were arrested off the coast of Africa in January by Danish marines after attacking the Samanyulo, a Dutch-flagged cargo ship.

But since Somalia has a record of international human rights violations it will be almost impossible to deport the men after their conviction in the Netherlands.

“Life is good here,” said one of the defendants, named Sayid, about his experience in a Dutch jail.

“I appeal to the government not to send me back to Somalia. The people who live here respect human rights. I wish to settle here.”

Willem-Jan Ausma, a Dutch defence attorney who is representing another pirate, described his client’s relief to be in a Western prison.

“My client feels safe here. His own village is dominated by poverty and sharia [Islamic law] but here he has good food and can play football and watch television. He thinks the lavatory in his cell is fantastic,” he said.

Mr Ausma has told the Somali that he will be considered for a residence permit after serving his sentence, expected to be a maximum of four years in prison.

“He intends to send for his wife and children as soon as he is released from prison. He knows he cannot easily be sent back to Somalia. He loves it here in the Netherlands,” Mr Ausma told the NRC Handelsblad newspaper.

Mr Ausma has also warned that ongoing piracy trials in the Netherlands, France and the United States will encourage pirates to commit crimes, for the purpose of being captured, rather than deterring attacks on Western flagged vessels.

“Anything is better than Somalia,” he said.

See also:
Somali pirates to request asylum in Netherlands
Netherlands: Somali pirates thinking of immigrating
Somali pirates find safety at last in Dutch prison cell
Somali pirates on trial in Netherlands
Somali Pirate Suspects Appear In Dutch Court
Try pirates in Africa, Netherlands says

You just can’t make this [expletive deleted] up. Hey, you arrest ’em, you own ’em! How long before this asylum tactic spreads to the al Qaeda terrorists at Guantanamo? I’m pretty sure they’d love to live in the United States.

/just another good reason why Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo and bring the terrorists onto U.S. soil proper is a really bad idea

The Religion Of Peace Thankfully Whiffs On Another Terror Attack

Damn, is Islam a great religion or what? Less than a week after Iran threatened to wipe Israel out of existence in eleven days and the Obama adminisstration told Israel to just relax and enjoy it, the FBI and NYPD reeled in yet another group of radical Muslims fantasizing about and taking overt action toward killing their fill of Jews and infidels in New York.

FBI, NYPD Arrest 4 in Alleged Plot to Bomb NY Synagogues

Four New York City men were arrested Wednesday in connection with an alleged plot to blow up New York City synagogues and other city locations, WNBC’s Jonathan Dienst has learned.

Raids by the FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force in the Bronx captured the suspected ringleader and three followers in what law enforcement sources are calling a homegrown terrorist plot.

Investigators stress the suspects’ meetings had been infiltrated early on and there was “no chance” the alleged plot could succeed.

Investigators said several of the suspects are Muslims who allegedly talked about destroying two Jewish temples, including at least one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.

Prosecutors also said the men discussed trying to shoot down military planes at Stewart Airport using stinger missiles.

The four suspects were identified as James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen.

Read the full complaint

The men ordered and accepted delivery of materials they believed were bomb-making ingredients, authorities said. But investigators said they made sure the materials the suspects received were inert. Officials tell WNBC they moved in now so the alleged plot could not progress any further.

The four men are in custody and are expected to be arraigned Thursday in White Plains federal court on terrorism-related counts.

An official announcement of the arrests is expected later Wednesday or Thursday morning.

The motives behind the alleged plot are not yet known, but authorities said that Cromitie was apparently upset over the war in Afghanistan.

Since the 9/11 attacks, authorities have arrested suspects in a number of alleged plots against area targets including the Fort Dix New Jersey military base, John F. Kennedy Airport, the Herald Square subway station in Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge.

Last December, a New Jersey jury convicted five foreign-born men, living and working in the area for years, of conspiring to kill U.S. soldiers at Ft. Dix. Three were brothers from Yugoslavia; the others were born in Jordan and Turkey. The FBI arrested them after 15 months of surveillance after they tried to buy AK-47s and M-16s. The men had claimed they were set up by an unscrupulous informant.

In June 2007, four alleged Muslim extremists — a 63-year-old former JFK airport cargo employee living in Brooklyn and three others from Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago — were charged with plotting to blow up fuel lines and gas tanks at the busy Queens airport. All four have pleaded not guilty.

Two men were convicted of plotting to bomb the Herald Square station including a Pakistani immigrant Shahawar Matin Siraj. He is serving 30 years in federal prison for conspiring to blow up the subway station on the eve of the 2004 Republican National Convention in nearby Madison Square Garden.

Al Qaeda operative Iman Faris of Columbus, Ohio, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Kashmir, is serving 20 years in federal prison for planning to destroy American targets including the Brooklyn Bridge, which he cased in 2002 and 2003.

Others have been charged with material support for terrorism. Two American born Muslim converts, Bronx jazz musician and martial arts expert Tarik Shah and emergency room doctor Rafiq Sabir, who had worked in New York and Florida, were convicted in 2007 of conspiring to provide material support to Al Qaeda.

Queens resident Mohammed Junaid Babar, who immigrated to the U.S., pleaded guilty in 2004 to supporting Al Qaeda and has since testified against terror suspects who plotted attacks in London.

Terror Plot Foiled

See also:
Four Charged in Alleged Synagogue Bomb Plot
APNewsBreak: 4 arrested in plot to bomb NYC temple
Synagogue targeted in NY plot, four charged
NBC: 4 arrested in plot to bomb NYC targets
4 arrested in NYC synagogue bomb plot
Arrests in New York ‘attack plot’
CIA head: J’lem knows not to attack Iran
Leon Panetta’s mission to stop Israel bombing Iranian nuclear plant
Obama warned Israel against surprise attack on Iran – report
Federal Bureau of Investigation
New York Police Department
Stewart Airport

Now, you can choose to just ignore that it’s a problem or choose to slather it with thick layers of denial, moral equivalence, and political correctness, but facts are facts and modern day Islam is anathema to modern civilized society. No other modern day religion (and Islam is actually more of a governmental/political system) openly calls for the death or conversion of all non-believers, especially Jews, in every country on Earth in which it currently exists. Not only do they teach it to all observant adherents, they teach it from the cradle.

And why do they do this? Because it’s in the Koran. Read it some time if you haven’t already.

/just remember, hardly all Muslims are terrorists, but 99.9% of all terrorists in 2009 are Muslims, it’s called Jihad

It’s Deja Vu All Over Again

Gee, for someone who says he doesn’t want to run car companies, Obama sure seems to like to collect them.

GM bankruptcy plan eyes quick sale to government

If General Motors Corp files for bankruptcy, as widely expected, its healthy assets will be quickly sold to a new company owned by the U.S. government, a source familiar with the situation said on Tuesday.

The source, who was not cleared to speak with the media and would not be identified, said the U.S. government would pay for the assets by assuming the automaker’s $6 billion of secured debt and forgiving the bulk of the $15.4 billion of emergency loans that the U.S. Treasury has provided to GM.

The government is negotiating the terms on which it will assume GM’s secured debt and might make an the offer to holders of the debt that is far superior to the one made to Chrysler LLC’s secured lenders, the source said.

Chrysler filed for bankruptcy in April and has proposed paying its secured lenders about 28 cents on the dollar.

The new GM is likely to distribute stock in the company to GM’s unions in return for concessions on wages and benefits, the source said.

The percentage of stock given to the unions, bondholders and other creditors whose debt is not repaid by new GM has not been determined, the source said.

In addition, the government would extend a credit line to the new company, the source said.

The remaining assets of GM would stay in bankruptcy protection to satisfy other outstanding claims.

The government has given GM until June 1 to restructure its operations to lower its debt burden and employee costs as sales have plummeted in recent years.

See also:
GM shows signs that bankruptcy filing is coming
GM says still hasn’t made deals with Treasury, UAW
GM bankruptcy would be complex, painful

So, to recap, the U.S. government is going to buy GM, turn a large ownership stake over to the UAW, the taxpayers are going to take it in the shorts for the $15.4 billion of loans already made to GM, and then, to add insult to injury, we’re going to loan the new government/union owned company even more money. Can you say Chrysler redux, only on a much larger scale? Did anyone ask you if you wanted to spend tens of billions of your tax dollars to buy and run two of the three major U.S. car companies just so the UAW can keep their overpaid jobs and gold plated health care and pensions as payback for supporting Obama?

/this isn’t Venezuela, is this Venezuela?