A buddy of ours has two tickets for the 2017 Super bowl. Box seats plus airfares, accommodation etc., but he didn't realize when he bought them that this is going to be on the same day as his wedding - so he can't go.
If you're interested and want to go instead of him, it's at St Peter's Church, in New York City, at 5pm. Her name's Louise. She's 5'4", about 125 lbs, good cook, makes $130,000 a year!
She will be the one in the white dress.
[Thanks Chuck Gardner]
"When it's third and ten, you can have the milk-drinkers. I'll take the whiskey-drinkers every time."
~ Max McGee, (1932-2007) Green Bay Packers
A tame Siberian Tiger?
No, photo shopped.
Is that Fabio?
Sarah Jessica Parker?
No, it is a Yakut Mongolian
pony with blond mane
[It's a terrible feeling when
I realize a horse is
better looking than I am]
"Come on, let's
build a snowman."
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4 January 2017
awards himself a
"Distinguished Public Service "
megalomanian medal to go
along with his Nobel Peace Prize.
Next, the sash and epaulettes.
Assessing the Obama Legacy;
Against His Own Mileposts
In his 2016 State of the Union address, President Obama summarized his achievements. That same night, the White House issued a press release touting Obama's accomplishments.
Now that he will be leaving, how well did these initiatives listed in the press release actually work out?
"Securing the historic Paris climate agreement."
The accord was never submitted to Congress as a treaty. It will be ignored by President-elect Trump.
"Achieving the Iran nuclear deal."
That "deal" was another effort to circumvent the treaty-ratifying authority of Congress. It has green-lighted Iranian aggression, and it probably ensured nuclear proliferation. Iran's violations will cause the new Trump administration to either scrap the accord or send it to Congress for certain rejection.
"Securing the Trans-Pacific Partnership."
Even Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton came out against this failed initiative. It has little support in Congress or among the public. Opposition to the TTP helped fuel the Trump victory.
The recent Miami celebration of the death of Fidel Castro, and Trump's victory in Florida, are testimonies to the one-sided deal's unpopularity. The United States got little in return for the Castro brothers' propaganda coup.
"Destroying ISIL" and "dismantling al Qaeda."
We are at last making some progress against some of these "jayvee" teams, as Obama once described the Islamic State. Neither group has been dismantled or destroyed. Despite the death of Osama bin Laden, the widespread reach of radical Islam into Europe and the United States remains largely unchecked.
"Ending combat missions in Afghanistan and Iraq."
The Afghan war rages on. The precipitous withdrawal of all U.S. peacekeepers in 2011 from a quiet Iraq helped sow chaos in the rest of the Middle East. We are now sending more troops back into Iraq.
"Closing Guantanamo Bay."
This was an eight-year broken promise. The detention center still houses dangerous terrorists.
"Rebalancing to the Asia-Pacific region."
The anemic "Asia Pivot" failed. The Philippines is now openly pro-Russian and pro-Chinese. Traditional allies such Japan, Taiwan and South Korea are terrified that the U.S is no longer a reliable guarantor of their autonomy.
"Supporting Central American development."
The once-achievable promise of a free-market, democratic Latin America is moribund. Dictatorships in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua remain impoverished bullies. All have been appeased by the U.S.
Democrats claimed Russian interference in the recent election. If true, it is proof that there is no such thing as "cybersecurity." The WikiLeaks releases, the hacked Clinton emails and the Edward Snowden disclosures confirm that the Obama administration was the least cybersecure presidency in history.
"Growing the Open Government Partnership."
The NSA scandal, the hounding of Associated Press journalists, some of the WikiLeaks troves and the corruption at the IRS all reveal that the Obama administration was one of the least transparent presidencies in memory.
"Honoring our nation's veterans."
Obama's Department of Veteran Affairs was mired in scandal, and some of its nightmarish VA hospitals were awash in disease and unnecessary deaths. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki was forced to resign amid controversy. Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano apologized for issuing an offensive report falsely concluding that returning war vets were liable to join right-wing terrorist groups.
"Making sure our politics reflect America's best."
The 2016 presidential campaign was among the nastiest on record. WikiLeaks revealed unprecedented collusion between journalists and the Clinton campaign. Earlier, Obama had been the first president in U.S. history to refuse public campaign money. He was also the largest fundraiser of private cash and the greatest collector of Wall Street money in the history or presidential campaigns.
"Protecting voting rights."
Riots followed the recent presidential election. Democrats, without merit, joined failed Green Party candidate Jill Stein's recount in key swing states they lost. Progressives are berating the constitutionally guaranteed Electoral College. State electors are being subject to intimidation campaigns.
Lethal attacks on police are soaring.
"Promoting immigrant and refugee integration and citizenship awareness."
The southern U.S. border is largely unenforced. Immigration law is deliberately ignored. The president's refugee policy was unpopular and proved a disaster, as illustrated by the Boston Marathon bombings, the San Bernardino attack, the Orlando nightclub shooting and the recent Ohio State University terrorist violence.
Note what Obama's staff omitted: his doubling of the U.S. debt in eight years, the unworkable and soon-to-be-repealed Affordable Care Act, seven years of anemic economic growth, record labor nonparticipation, failed policy resets abroad, and a Middle East in ruins.
Why, then, has the president's previously sinking popularity suddenly rebounded in 2016?
Obama disappeared from our collective television screens, replaced by unpopular candidates Clinton and Trump, who slung mud at each other and stole the limelight.
As a result, Obama discovered that the abstract idea of a lame-duck Obama was more popular than the cold reality of eight-year President Obama.
He wisely adjusted by rarely being heard from or seen for much of 2016.
So Obama now departs amid the ruin of the Democratic Party into a lucrative post-presidency: detached and without a legacy.
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Democrat Party Today
"As President Obama concludes his reign of error, his party is smaller, weaker and ricketier than it has been since at least the 1940s. Behold the tremendous power that Democrats have frittered away — from January 2009 through the aftermath of Election Day — thanks to Obama and his ideas:
- Democrats surrendered the White House to political neophyte Donald J. Trump.
- US Senate seats slipped from 55 to 46, down 16 percent.
- US House seats fell from 256 to 194, down 24 percent.
- Democrats ran the Senate and House in 2009. Next year, they will control neither.
- Governorships slid from 28 to 16, down 43 percent.
- State legislatures (both chambers) plunged from 27 to 14, down 48 percent
- Trifectas (states with Democrat governors and both legislative chambers) cratered from 17 to 6, down 65 percent."
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Supreme Court Record
Over the past 50 years, presidents have won over 60% of their cases:
Reagan won 75%
H.W. Bush 70%
G. Bush 60%
B.H. Obama 44%; (Constitutional Law Professor)
One previous U.S. Attorney General said, "When you have a crazy client with crazy positions, you're going to lose cases."
Worse than Jimmy Carter; this is what you get when you elect a community organizer.
Eight years of incompetent,
selfie-naivete, leading from behind
will end at noon next Friday.
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[Thanks Bob Richards]
Obama's Olympic Medal
for downhill skiing.
7 more days until
January 20th, 2017
and our new
Commander in Chief.
'It wouldn't be Friday
without the Follies.'