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Posted by Bruce Carroll at 10:07 pm - December 12, 2012.
Filed under: Radio & Podcasts

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-Bruce (@GayPatriot)

Obama’s idea of leadership: blame others for your problems

One of the many reasons those of us on the right are upset with Obama’s reelection is that we believe, along with one of the incumbent’s Democratic predecessors that the buck should stop with the man in the Oval Office.  And the current Democratic chief executive seems to believe the buck stops with his ideological and partisan adversaries.  Yesterday, Jim Geraghty, while questioning “just how committed Obama is to policies that undermine America’s economic health“, did acknowledge that the Democrat. . .

. . . doesn’t blink upon running up more than $5 trillion in debt in less than four years, $3.4 billion to $4 billion per day. We know he loves, loves,loves blaming Republicans for everything. We know he will blame Republicans for failure to pass immigration reformbad jobs numbers, the deficit, the continuing housing crisisgridlock in Washington, the debt panel’s failure to reach a deal, the difficulty of life for the unemployed, and the inability to build the Keystone Pipeline.

Now at some point, the public may get really tired of his “it’s never my fault” routine, and  Obama might find himself in deep doo-doo. But so far, that hasn’t happened.

No, it just hasn’t happened.  And the public doesn’t tire of it nor does the media hold him to account even though at the at the dawn of his administration, Obama told Democrats that he was “trying to break is a pattern in Washington where everybody is always looking for somebody else to blame.

He didn’t break that pattern; he used it to define his defense.

NB:  Tweaked the title.

Watcher of Weasels Nominations 12.12.12 Edition

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 8:41 pm - December 12, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas

Council Submissions

“It Gets Better…”
Right To Work Edition

Inspired by the lovely and classy Dan Savage who I’m sure supported the union thugs in Michigan.

-Bruce (@GayPatriot)

Media cover imaginary Tea Party violence, ignore real union violence

With the enactment yesterday in the Wolverine State of right-to-work legislation, freeing individual workers from the obligation to pay union dues, the unions have not reacted in a, well, dignified manner.

Take a gander at how union activists treated one conservative blogger outside the Michigan state capitol:

Via Hot Air.  The same folks knocked down a tent that Americans for Prosperity (with a permit) put up on the state capitol grounds, cheering as it collapsed with people in it.

Yet, neither AOL, Yahoo! nor the Washington Post cover this on their front pages this morning.  Here are some screen-captures of the Post’s front page:

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12/12/12 12:12

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:12 pm - December 12, 2012.
Filed under: Random Thoughts

Since I’m on Pacific Time, it’s not yet 12:12 so post this now to honor a moment that passed forever on the east coast.

Vacant storefronts in Westwood Village (near UCLA)

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:33 am - December 12, 2012.
Filed under: California politics,Economy,Holidays,LA Stories

I began my holiday shopping yesterday in Westwood Village, the shopping/dining district immediately adjacent to UCLA; was struck by the amount of vacant retail space.  On Westwood Blvd itself, I counted five empty storefronts on each side of the street just on one block (between Kinross and Weyburn).  And that’s not counting the signs on the second floor.

And I could see signs advertising “Space available” on other buildings beyond this block.

When I mentioned this in one store where I bought some gifts, a clerk commented that someone had just said the same thing about Beverly Hills.  He noted that Westwood Blvd had been particularly hard hit, with a Mexican restaurant that had served the area for twenty-five years, recently vacating its Westwood premises.

I believe this the space that restaurant once occupied:

Restaurant

Note these two storefronts, immediately adjacent to one another: (more…)

Boehner makes a counteroffer; where’s the president’s?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:23 am - December 12, 2012.
Filed under: 112th Congress,National Politics

Is this now the second counteroffer the House Speaker has offered the White House?

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) sent the White House what his office is describing as a fresh offer to stave off the tax hikes and spending cuts set to take place at the end of the year.

“We sent the White House a counter-offer that would achieve tax and entitlement reform to solve our looming debt crisis and create more American jobs,” said Boehner spokesman Michael Steel. “As the Speaker said today, we’re still waiting for the White House to identify what spending cuts the president is willing to make as part of the ‘balanced approach’ he promised the American people. The longer the White House slow-walks this process, the closer our economy gets to the fiscal cliff.”

Emphasis added.  Yes, what cuts has the White House identified?

Interesting that the only motion we’re seeing is on the Republican side.  Neither the president nor his Democrats have yet to make a serious offer.