Saturday, October 3, 2009

No Chicago Olympics

As has already been reported far and wide across the Internet and in other media (radio, TV, etc) Chicago lost the Olympics.

As has been predicted, it's now time for the blame game to begin. According to critics of the USOC (United States Olympic Committee) the fault belongs firmly on their shoulders, according ot the New York Times. (*)

" Chicago’s last-place finish in the I.O.C. voting on Friday in Copenhagen was the latest blow in a year marked by the departure of major sponsors, layoffs at U.S.O.C. headquarters, controversy over the salary of the acting chief executive, and the failed plan for an Olympic television network. (Link is from the New York Times and is left intact.)

" “Before we think about putting forth another Olympic city for a Games possibility, we’ve got to deal with some outstanding issues that are not going to go away,” said Mike Plant, who serves on the U.S.O.C.’s 10-member board and traveled to Copenhagen as part of the Chicago delegation. “I think that certainly there will be some dialogue that’s going to take place in the next couple of weeks — or certainly in short order.” "

But there's also this link the "Chicago Sun-Times"(**) article where the blame is laid firmly at the feet of President Bush?!?

" Some Chicago officials say anti-American resentment likely played a role in Chicago's Olympic bid dying in the first round Friday.

" President Obama could not undo in one year the resentment against America that President Bush and others built up for years, they said. "

Say it isn't so, O! But it goes further:

" State Rep. Susana Mendoza (D-Chicago) said she saw firsthand the resentment against America five years ago when she was in Rio de Janeiro. "I feel in my gut that this vote today was political and mean-spirited," she said. "

"...political and mean-spirited..." Um, yeah. Whatever.

I REALLY wish I had permission to post one of comments on their site, but it was written by Geoff King and was written on 3-OCT-2009 (today) at 6:17pm CDT.

The gist of the comment was that the Obamas gave emotional appeals which work well on Oprah but fall short on the International stage. Mr King also said they were good for "ego gratification."

Just remember, according to Chicago's 'leaders' this is President Bush's fault.

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ObamaCare or Jail?!? - UPDATE 3-OCT-2009

Yes, you read that right. ::sigh:: Here's a link to the article:

And here's a link to the story that started it all:

" Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty, Barthold wrote on JCT letterhead. He signed it "Sincerely, Thomas A. Barthold." "

The "violators" are the people who don't sign up for ObamaCare.


According to this New York Times blog

there has been a relaxing of the penalties for failing to buy ObamaCare:

" My colleagues, Robert Pear and Jackie Calmes, who followed the committee proceedings through the wee hours of the morning, report some of the crucial changes that were made to the bill in the final session, including an easing of penalties the new law would require for people who fail to obtain health insurance. " (Link is theirs and is left intact.)

By following that link (above) we end up here:

which states: " Before it finished work at 2:15 a.m. Friday, the committee voted to reduce penalties on people who go without insurance. The maximum penalty for a family was cut to $800, from $1,900, and it would be phased in gradually from 2014 to 2017. ", it reduces the penalty from $1,900 for a family down to $800. But it still says nothing about prison time, so it's a guess if you still go to jail for failing to buy ObamaCare.

The MSM, oddly enough, didn't really report on the JAIL provision, except for Fox News. The WTMJ story started with this line: " Undoubtedly, this would be dismissed as more right-wing fear-mongering, except that it has been confirmed in writing. " (This was a link that led back to the Politico article. The link was removed.)

But that's what the Dems wanted. Don't buy ObamaCare, go to jail. No update on the jail provision, however.

Is this the 'change' you wanted?

Friday, October 2, 2009

Article: "IOC ... humiliates Obama..."

The link:

You'll notice, I hope, the ellipses (the three periods "...") in the title. Those are, I believe, the most important words. The IOC didn't mean to do this, but to many Democrats, that's what it's going to be. The IOC, in the Democrat's mind, meant to humiliate Obama. Butlet's read a bit from this article:

" Rio de Janeiro is to host the first Olympic Games in South America." And warm congratulations should go to the "City of God."

" International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge made the announcement in Copenhagen today, to the bitter humiliation of Barack Obama.

" The U.S. president was embarrassed on the world stage after the IOC rejected his very personal bid for the 2016 Olympic Games to be hosted in his home town of Chicago. "

Ok...that should sum up the article right there. But already on CNN, one of their 'unbiased' 'reporters' was very nearly in tears. Tears. That's unbiased reporting? Shocked disbelief I'll give you, but tears?? Come on.

One of the Chicago papers' on-line edition had "O No!" And Rush was ... well. Rush was Rush. I think he didn't think the "mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama" rap of indoctrination (Google this, you'll find it) in a public school really helped. (As an aside, if you really needed any more reasons to homeschool, there you go. It's about indoctrination these days. It's the Chicagoland way.)

I would've liked the United States to have been the host for the 2016 Games. But go to Michelle Malkin's site ( and read about the corruption in Chi-town to try to get the Games. It'll leave you wondering where the MSM is. Out to lunch perhaps, since they couldn't be bothered to report any of it.

"HAMMER (and Sickle) TIME!"

The link:

" The billboard reads, "How do you like your change now? Obama Nation. They are coming for you! The Taxpayer. First and Second Amendments are in jeopardy. Live free or Die." There is also a hammer and sickle on the sign." (Link is KCTV5's and is left intact)

Waiting for the screams of "RAAACIST!!!"


"The Ego Has Landed" - Drudge Report

And currently on Drudge Report - Madrid has won.

I've never been an Obama fan. I'll admit that. I've spoken out against him from day one and I'll admit that too. I'll also admit that our Friday group got a bit "giddy" when we learned that Obama's Chicago had lost the Olympics.

But I'm of two minds to this. First, the US could've used the Olympics. But you know that in the corruption culture that's in DC now, the Democrats would've used this as a victory to push through even more liberalism.

This next is from Michelle Malkin's site and, I think, sums it up quite well:

" Goodbye, “Yes We Can.” Hello, “No, You Can’t.” Like Icarus, President Obama’s giddy ego flight has ended with melted wax and fallen wings.

" This is a big win and a massive relief for taxpayers. But Chicago cronies are not going to take this well. Gird your loins.

" Who will be first to cry RAAAAAACIST? Well, it will be a little awkward to play the race card after liberal critics of the Games filed a civil rights complaint against the Chicago 2016 committee for racial discrimination yesterday. But count on the Team Obama grievance-mongers to play it anyway." (*)

There is a lot there, so let's examine this. "...Obama's giddy ego flight has ended with melted wax and fallen wings." Well, yes. Remember the Drudge Report's banner: "THE EGO HAS LANDED"

And, Ms Malkin's right that somebody, Janeane Garofalo perhaps, is going to play the "RAAACIST!" card. As in "Well, the IOC simply couldn't bear to have Chicago win because Barack Obama's black. That's all this is." This is following Ms Garofalo's 'logic' that those of us who supported (and still do support) the Tea Parties are because Mr Obama's black.

Give me a flippin' break. And yes, Ms Obama did say it was a "sacrifice" to go there to pitch for Chicago. (**) Here's THAT headline: "Michelle Obama: It's a 'sacrifice' to travel to Europe to pitch for the Olympics. But I'm doing it for the kids." Um...yeah. Some sacrifice.

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