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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

When Stupid Pigs Fly

I just read an email from Jed. To refresh, Jed is my friend who does not believe Obama will be a good President. Jed is a good hard working American business owner who I respect greatly.

Jed felt that Obama got too lite of a scolding for the now infamous fake Air Force One/fighter jet photo session over New York City.

I disagree with Jed on this one. The photo-op story was the lead story on every news medium I looked at yesterday. I believe the fire was put quickly because everybody said it was a stupid mistake, even Obama.

My opinion, the White House is full of "green" political workers. Dare I say, "cocky". Some staffer had one of those ideas that looks good on paper, but in reality, was not so smart.

Bloomberg & Obama were furious about the subject. From what I read all the proper people were told what was going to happen, they just never told the people.

Jed, and I'm sure some of my other regulars, will wonder what if it had been Bush's mistake?

I think the media coverage would have been the same, but Bush's response would've been more like this;

"I was informed some pictures were taken of my plane over New York yesterday. I'm sure some people were 'fraid that Al-Qaeda was back. I'm sorry they felt that way. But, bein' 'fraid is also good because it helps us remember to be on our toes fer terrorists. We cain't ferget that dem Al-Qaeda terrorists want to kill us. We must always be ready to prevent attacks from Al-Qaeda. To show Al-Qaeda we still mean bussiness I've ordered our troops to attack any country with the letter "Q" in its name. "Q" is the secret code letter for Al-Qaeda. Find the "Q" and you've found Al-Qaeda. Thank you and God Bless America."


Scott Plocharczyk said...

If you read my blog yesterday at, only the NYPD was alerted.

This was a drill.

Anonymous said...

You are full of crap. The media would have crucified Bush for something like this. The media has there noses so far up Obama's rearend they can't see the light of day.

Mark Ploch said...

The media was all over it until a swine took over. And I'm not talking about Rush Limbaugh.

CFandl said...

Earth to Mark....Earth to Mark... the MSM is in love with Obama.


Mark Ploch said...

Earth to CFandl

Get over it

Earth to Anony

Thanks for being a crap reader

Anonymous said...

Typical lib response there Mark. Coming from a guy who whined for 8 years about George Bush.

Jeff said...

I disagree with your Bush response...You used complete sentences...

Jeff said...

A Day in the Life of Joe Conservative*

Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare
his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-
hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards. With his
first swallow of water, he takes his daily medication. His medications
are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to ensure
their safety and that they work as advertised.

All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer's medical
plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for
paid medical insurance -- now Joe gets it, too.

He prepares his morning breakfast: bacon and eggs. Joe's bacon is safe
to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate the
meat packing industry.

In the morning shower, Joe reaches for his shampoo. His bottle is
properly labeled with each ingredient and its amount in the total
contents because some crybaby liberal fought for his right to know
what he was putting on his body and how much it contained.

Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he
breathes is clean because some environmentalist wacko liberal fought
for the laws to stop industries from polluting our air.

He walks on the government-provided sidewalk to the subway station for
his government-subsidized ride to work. It saves him considerable
money in parking and transportation fees because some fancy-pants
liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives
everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.

Joe begins his work day. He has a good job with excellent pay, medical
benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some lazy
liberal union members fought and died for these working standards.
Joe's employer pays these standards because Joe's employer doesn't
want his employees to call the union.

If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed, he'll get a worker
compensation or unemployment checks because some stupid liberal didn't
think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.

It is noontime and Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some
bills. Joe's deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some
godless liberal wanted to protect Joe's money from unscrupulous
bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression.

Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his below-
market federal student loan because some elitist liberal decided that
Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and
earned more money over his lifetime. Joe also forgets that in addition
to his federally subsidized student loans, he attended a state funded

Joe is home from work. He plans to visit his father this evening at
his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive. His
car is among the safest in the world because some America-hating
liberal fought for car safety standards to go along with the taxpayer
funded roads.

He arrives at his boyhood home. His was the third generation to live
in the house financed by Farmers' Home Administration because bankers
didn't want to make rural loans.

The house didn't have electricity until some big-government liberal
stuck his nose where it didn't belong and demanded rural

He is happy to see his father, who is now retired. His father lives on
Social Security and a union pension because some wine-drinking, cheese-
eating liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn't
have to.

Joe gets back in his car for the ride home, and turns on a radio talk
show. The radio host keeps saying that liberals are bad and
conservatives are good. He doesn't mention that the beloved
conservatives have fought against every protection and benefit Joe
enjoys throughout his day. Joe agrees: "We don't need those big-
government liberals ruining our lives! After all, I'm a self-made man
who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I

Anonymous said...


Come up with something on your own. That thing has been going round the net for some time.

bill said...

anonymous, but is it true?

the most virulent anti-democratic "cons" i have ever met have invariably had union jobs with tax payer funded pensions.

even though it was an incredibly astoundingly uniquely original observation, here is the text of an article that i read today that suggests that not all of "The media has there noses so far up Obama's rearend they can't see the light of day."

Bob Cesca
Posted April 30, 2009 | 09:14 AM (EST)

One of the most striking aspects of President Obama's first 100 days has been his ability to not necessarily "feel our pain" but instead to become a role model for how we should deal with our pain. In other words, we're all in the shit -- even the president -- but here's how best to deal with it: remain calm, think clearly, set an agenda, and make sure to spend time with your family. (Because, as the famous line goes, "a man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man.")

There's a classic astronaut quality to President Obama in that, so far, he's been able to confront enormous strain with a cool but competent grasp of the mission -- there appears to be a natural respect for his duty as well as for the 300 million people he's serving. President Obama's first 100 days haven't been flawless, but considering the Apollo 13 nature of the situation he inherited, his errors could've been far more serious.

Meanwhile, his opposition has behaved like a googly-eyed, flop-sweat soaked mess -- crapping their cages and shouting gibberish about the end of the world.

The striking contrast between President Obama's grace under pressure and the apoplectic insanity of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck or Michele Bachmann is the Republican Party's greatest weakness. They're missing the narrative for the sake of blind rage. Rather than grasping, as the president has, the very simple concept that, in general, people under tremendous stress don't respond well to screeching maniacs -- especially screeching maniacs who are clearly making things up as they go -- the Republicans have, by design or by instinct, embraced this screeching maniac base.

Looking at the recent polling, it's obvious that the post-election spike in the FOX News ratings are indicative of nothing more than a consolidation of the fringe rather than a broader indication of a growing movement. In an historical sense, FOX News and talk radio numbers more closely resemble General Lee's Army of Northern Virginia during the final days of the Civil War: old men, walking wounded and terrified children hunkered down in a long and imposing U-shaped array of earthworks around Petersburg. Each unit spread thin and deployed with huge gaps along the line so as to give the illusion of more soldiers. The Republicans don't seem particularly interested in gathering real numbers and, instead, would rather just make their existing numbers seem more intimidating than they actually are.

And perhaps this is because the tea party base of the Republican Party -- certainly its de facto leader, Mr. Limbaugh -- isn't really capable of the leadership required for the challenges we face. Challenges that require a respect for details, science, logic, analytic thought and steadiness.

It's no wonder considering how, over the last 30 years, the Republican Party has become dominated by bumper sticker marketing gimmicks and dress-up play acting in lieu of substance and reason.

In the last 100 days, this costume party fakery has been illustrated by Glenn Beck dressing up like Howard Beale and making random loud noises without realizing that Beale was a tragic, suicidal character. Bobby Jindal and Michael Steele dressing up like Barack Obama knockoffs, even though it's not really President Obama's ethnicity that makes him a popular leader, but rather his character and political instincts. Michelle Malkin and Glenn Reynolds dressing up like Sam Adams, even though there's very little in common between the Sons of Liberty, who were protesting against a corporate tax cut, and the tea partiers who support tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent.

Marketing -- in this case, using patriotism and platitudes to trick people into buying their crap on a stick -- has long been the Republican strong suit, but lately it's been reduced to the logical equivalent of speaking in tongues; typically coming off as disingenuous, self-contradictory, uninformed, unserious, accidentally sexual or desperate.

As for desperation, so many of the right's attacks against the president in last 100 days have been based upon otherwise unremarkable observations, but delivered with an outraged or snarky tone so as to make the observation sound like an egregious trespass. Teleprompters, for example. Desperate for something to stick to the wall, they went with attacking the president for using a technology which literally everyone in politics and media uses.

Glenn Beck, in particular, has proved to be a master at making an otherwise normal observation sound like an attack simply by rolling his eyes and waving his hands around -- employing the sarcastic set up: "Idon'tknowaboutyou, but..." For example: "Idon'tknowaboutyou, but [rolls eyes, waves hands] Obama's use of an oval-shaped office -- that's not change we can believe in! Call me crazy, but BRAP-BEEP-FFFTT-ZOOOM!"

With pied pipers like this, it's difficult to see how the GOP can ever expect to recover on its own merit. It turns out that, in absence of substance and inspirational leadership, wishing for the president to fail is all they really have left as a path to winning again. The Republicans certainly don't possess the ability to compete based upon their own ideas and so they need the other guy to fail in order to appear more palatable.

That's a hell of a strategy. Waiting and hoping for the president to become more ridiculous than the Republicans. And in the event this occurs, how many millions of Americans will fail, too, as the consequence of both the Republicans and the president being equally as incompetent? It's no wonder why Americans are identifying with the president over the Republicans by as much as a three to one margin. Throwing in with the Republican Party in its present form feels comparatively like suicide.

I'm reasonably certain that historians will peg the legacy of the president's first 100 days based partly upon this contrast between the crazy and the calm, the substantive and the trivial, the buggy-eyed and the steady handed. And while the president has obviously won the day (the first 100, actually) on his own accord, there's no denying that this margin of victory is further widened by a remarkably self-destructive and tone deaf Republican Party.

Mark Ploch said...


Great article, but they won't "read" it.

bill said...

mark, no they won't

Tara said...

I agree great article Bill. I had never seen that Jeff, I like it. Thanks for sharing.

Scott Plocharczyk said...

I think there is one thing I take from Bill's posting is that Obama isn't afraid to fail. He doesn't want to fail mind you but if something doesn't work, try something else.

His calm has to be helping.

Anonymous said...

I read it. Still doesn't change my opinion about Obama and his cronies.

Actually, Obama is just a puppet of George Soros (where do you think all of those campaign donations came from?). He is only doing what he is told.

I agree there are hypocrites out there in regards to unions. The problem I see is that unions are more concerned with payoffs than helping the working man/woman anymore.

Mark Ploch said...

Anony would know a puppet when he sees one. Cheney is still scraping Bush's colin out from under his finger nails after being up there for 8 years.

Anonymous said...


Stop living in the past. Bush is not President anymore. You had your fun.

Obama is now the man in charge. He has the keys to the car. Making statements like "I was only 6 months old" or "that didn't happen on my watch" just ain't going to cut it.

Jeff said...

I cut and pasted it myself... I wasnt pretending I thought of it,
I just thought it would be fun to post for those who might not know about it.
But, since you asked...

A Day In the Life of Joe Anonymous.

Joe wakes up in the morning and turns on his computer. He has a long day ahead of him
blogging on progressive minded websites as the mouthpiece of the establishment.

Joe must first get all of his talking points from the RNC because conservatives
aren't allowed to think for themselves.

Joe gets about ten cents from the RNC for every piece of consevative propaganda he can post
on progressive sites around the web.

Joe logs in under the name Anonymous because for some reason he's afraid to own up to his
own ideals.

Joe uses lines of communication that follow public rights of way that are maintained
and protected by the government. Ironically, Joe dosent feel at all like a socialist
when he does this. And why should he? He's a proponent of the "Free Market". Joe believes
that when corporations are freed from all government restrictions they'll still
do the right thing and that a middle class will naturally spring into existence.
What Joe and his cronies wont admit is that there is absolutly nothing free
about the "Free Market". Market are the creation of govenment. Govenments
provide a stable currency for financial transactions. They provide the legal infrastucture
to enforce the contracts that make the market possible. They provide the roads, railways and
airways that allow workers to get to their places of business and that the companies use to
move their products around. They also protect the businesses with government sponsored police
and fire departments.

Joe and his masters still don't feel at all like socialists when they skip out on paying
their fair share by purchasing a P.O. Box in the Cayman Islands or by moving their headquarters
to Dubai.

Joe and his buddies are afraid the average person will find this and many other things out so they must
wrap themselves in devicive social issues to distract their attention.

Joe screams god, gays and guns and tells you what you need to believe if you want his and god's approval
as a moral person. Joe says his way is god's way as he puts profiteering from heath care before
people's lives. Joe says two gay people on the other side of the country getting married will
destroy his way of life even though his whole philosophy is based on self-reliance.

...and I could go on and on and on.

Something like that...Punky?

Jeff said...

Great article by the way...

Jeff said...

Hey everybody. Check these sites out.
You can download both movies for free! "Zeitgiest" and "Zeitgiest Addendum"
Then check out the Venus Project site after. (it will make more sense to go there after because they talk about it in the second movie "Zeitgiest Addendum")

This is what Punky and his disciples really dont want you to know!!!

Also, just a warning... The first like 25-30 minutes of "Zeitgiest"
tear down the myth of Christianity.
So if you're one of the blind faithful and see no reason (blind joke)to question any aspect of yours or any religious faith, then it might be too much for you. However, we owe to ourselves and to each other to do question even those things.

Tara said...

I know too many Joes.

Anonymous said...

I got one:

Jeff the Lemming.

Jeff said...

If that's all you got, you got nothing...Punky.

Anonymous said...

"Punky"? Thay weak-a$$ comeback pretty much sums it up to me.

Maybe you should change your name to Sally.

Jeff said...

At least I have a name, Punky...and after reading all of your posts, I have to admit that you are an authority on weak combacks. Waiting for the next topic and then going back to try to get the last word in is such a coward's move! Hahahaha! Get stuffed, loser!

Anonymous said...

Your stuff is still weak there Jeffey. (Now there is a nickname). Go cut and paste something junior.

Jeff said...

Jeffey is what all the girls call me. Bytch...

Mark Ploch said...


Jeff said...

Sorry, Mark... I'll let it go.

Anonymous said...

Considering you act like a girl you might want to be worried.

Jeff said...

Get stuffed, bonehead.