20-odd years ago, everything bad was Reagan's fault. But Obama can't blame Reagan; so he and his cronies blame the most recent Republican to hold the office.
In the third part of this post by the Curmudgeon Emeritus on Obama's complete lack of leadership, we have this quote:
The terrorist was on a no-fly list. He had no passport. His own father had attempted to warn American and British authorities about him. Apparently, all that saved some 300 lives from a mid-air explosion that would definitely have downed the jet was a defective detonator. Yet there have been no statements from the White House, and only one utterly ludicrous one from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano that "the system worked."I want to revisit this post in its entirety later, but for the moment I'm concentrating on that one paragraph. Remember how the Left hounded George W. Bush because of his "inaction" on 9/11--continuing to read a story for kids as scheduled--rather than dropping everything and going to a place of safety? (For which, I might add, they would have excoriated him just as thoroughly?)
The attack failed only because the bomb was faulty. If Obama were a leader he wouldn't still be relaxing on a beach on Oahu; the fact that the bomb failed and no one died is no excuse.
Obama's vacation is more important to him than, I don't know, doing his freaking job.
Just take a look at the URL of this post by Big Dick to see what he thinks about this bit of news: apparently the people who masterminded this attack were released from Guantanimo Bay in 2007. I'm beginning to think that the best way to close down Gitmo is to line 'em all up and shoot 'em. WTF, it's not like they're protected by the Geneva Convention; in fact the Geneva Convention specifically permits the summary execution of nonuniformed combatants. Terrorists qualify as such.
Dick also has a post about the new TSA rules. (Instapundit links a PDF of the rules here.)
But they've been relaxed now.
Breda asks, "Can't they just put me on a terrorist watchlist so that TSA will leave me alone?"
Al Qaeda claims credit.
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I think Michelle Malkin gets the cookie for the best comment on Obama's statement: "'We will not rest.' Now, back to his vacation...."
It almost sounds to me as if he forgot to pack the teleprompter. I mean, he read his statement from a sheet of paper and didn't look at the cameras. And...uh,...we all know...uh....just, uh...how articulate....uh...the, uh, President, uh, is, uh...when he doesn't, uh, doesn't have a, uh, teleprompter. To read from.
The Curmudgeon Emeritus, as I said above, nails Obama on his lack of leadership.
He starts by discussing Carbonhagen and the way certain heads of states excluded him from a meeting, which he then crashed like the clueless kid nobody likes but whose feelings no one wants to hurt.
But this recent crisis has shown how little backbone Obama has:
The statesmanlike thing for Obama to do was to truncate his vacation and immediately convene the National Security Council to discuss the appropriate changes to America's anti-terrorism posture, then to announce those changes to the nation and to challenge the Dutch and British security apparatuses to meet with their American counterparts for a coordinated response. But leadership requires courage. It accepts that right action won't always be popular. It requires that one accept the blame for the bad developments as well as the credit for the good ones. It insists on risk-taking and a willingness to be judged on what follows.Obama has already said once that he's considering not running for a second term. Maybe he's able to read the writing on the wall.
So our president isn't merely a Marxist autocrat who can't abide criticism or dissent. He's a pusillanimous Marxist autocrat who can't abide criticism or dissent. He stands revealed as such by his own inaction. He stands at the lip of the ocean, surfboard in hand, and watches as the waves of history roll by. Those waves are growing ever larger as he watches.
Seventy million Americans voted for this man. How many would vote for him today?
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Is there no common sense left in this world? A Wal-Mart is being sued by employees and former employees because their Assets Protection people put a camera in a fricking bathroom.
It's one thing to have security cameras in public areas, even employee-only areas--during the three years I was at Target, AP called the cops on some three employees for stealing, and the entire contract cleaning crew had to be replaced because of shoplifting--but it is quite another to put a camera in a bathroom and changing area. That's a pretty big no-no.
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Then we have oh-so-cheerful economic opinion.
Vox Day says next year will suck.
He's not alone in that opinion.
I'd like to think these guys are wrong, but unfortunately, I do not. I'm not liking what I'm seeing in the near future.
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It's now the last Monday before 2010, and I'm not sad to see 2009 wind down. This year blew dead goats.
Annus horribilis indeed.
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Note to self: hunan cuisine seems to entail the use of black bean sauce, which I hate. Put beans in a cask and let them ferment, and then eat them? No. They taste like rancid sweat socks smell, and that is not something of which I want my food to taste.
I wanted beef, and I foolishly ordered hunan beef and shrimp. If I had been smart I would have paid the freight and had a Hong Kong t-bone.
...well, it tasted all right, but I don't know if I'll eat much of the leftovers. *sigh*
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Man, now that I've had dinner, I feel like sleeping some more.