Say What? April 6th, 2011 Edition [Reader Post]



Moral equivalence by President Obama (of the desecration of the Quran) “[It] is an act of extreme intolerance and bigotry.”

Obama, of the attacks on innocent people: “[It is] outrageous and an affront to human decency and dignity.”

Obama, of the killings of innocents: “[no religion tolerates] the slaughter and beheading of innocent people.”

USAID Administrator, Rajiv Shah: “We estimate, and I believe these are very conservative estimates, that H.R. 1 (proposed budget cuts by Republicans] would lead to 70,000 kids dying.”

President Obama: “When someone like Qaddafi threatens a bloodbath that could destabilize an entire region.”  Because the Middle East is the model of stability right now.

John Kerry on Libya: “I would not call it going to war. This is a very limited operation that is geared to save lives, and it was specifically targeted on a humanitarian basis.”

John Kerry on Bahrain: “The president has been crystal clear about Bahrain.  He has said that the violence needs to stop in Bahrain.”

Charles Schumer on Democratic strategy on taped call: “The main thrust is basically that we want to negotiate and we want to come up with a compromise but the Tea Party is pulling Boehner too far over to the right and so far over that there is no more fruitful negotiations.  The only way we can avoid a shutdown is for Boehner to come up with a reasonable compromise and not just listen to what the Tea Party wants.”  This is Schumer’s strategy, not an opinion.

Harry Reid: “I am extremely disappointed that after weeks of productive negotiations with Speaker Boehner, Tea Party Republicans are scrapping all the progress we have made and threatening to shut down the government if they do not get all of their extreme demands…The division between the Tea Party and mainstream Republicans is preventing us from reaching a responsible solution on a long-term budget.”

Howard Dean: “If I was head of DNC, I would be quietly rooting for [a government shutdown].”

White, 63 year-old Howard Dean: “The TEA party is all over 55 and white; this is a shrinking minority.  The shrinkier they get, the madder they get.  This is why they have gotten so far off the deep end.”  You make the call, whether or not he has gotten so far off the deep end.   EEEEEYAH!!

Howard Dean: “What Fox News says is not true and they know it is not true, and they say it anyway; it is not a news organization.  It is a very expensive, incredibly well-funded right-wing propaganda organization.”

Dr. Caroline Heldman (FoxNews): “Boycotts are the most American thing you can do.”

President Obama: “American taxpayers are now positioned to recover more than my administration invested in GM.”  According to the Washington Times, this could be, ultimately, an $84 billion loss, paid for by the taxpayers.

NY Time Columnist Paul Krugman: “All of this stuff about [economic] uncertainty is just a myth being made up to blame this on Obama”

Planned Parenthood‘s CEO Cecile Richards: “If this bill ever becomes law, millions of women in this country are gonna lose their health care access-not to abortion services-to basic family planning, you know, mammograms, cancer screenings, cervical cancer.”  Planned Parenthood does not provide these 3 things.

Ed Schultz on US Arming Qadhafi’s Foes: “Well, why are we concerned with who gets arms? I’m just, for conversation now. … I mean, if they’re going to take out Qadhafi, hell, they can’t be all that bad!”

Staffan de Mistura, the top U.N. envoy in Afghanistan, speaking of the deadly demonstrations in Afghanistan: “The demonstration was meant to protest against the insane and totally despicable gesture by one person who burned the holy Quran.”

Louis Farrakhan: “I love Muammar Qaddafi and I love our President.”

Russian President Medvedev has announced the ending of daylight saving time starting in the autumn of 2011, arguing: “Every fall and every spring we are swearing at this system.  Our biorhythms are damaged. We are all angry. We either oversleep and turn up late for work or wake up too early and don’t know what to do with this free time. Let alone poor cows and other animals that can’t understand why they should have their meals or be milked earlier or later.”

Liberals from the past:

Joe Biden: “I went to five leading scholars, Constitutional scholars, and they drafted a treatise for me that is being distributed to every Senator.  And I want to make it clear, and I’ll make it clear to the President: that if he takes this nation to war, without Congressional approval, I will make it my business to impeach him.”

Barack Obama: “You know, ummm, I – I would say that ah, when I, uhhh, the one thing I’m clear about is that I’d rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president. Ahh, and I, and I believe that.”

Adolf Hitler: “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”

Liberals being civil:

Katherine R. Windels allegedly wrote in an email to several Wisconsin Republican legislators: “Atten: Death Threat!!!! Bomb!!!”  Portions of the text:”Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your families will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks…I hope you have a good time in hell…putting a nice little bullet in your head.”  Windels has since been arrested.

Liberals making sense:

Anthony Weiner: “This is all a real thrill for me being broadcast on C-Span, so tens of Americans will see this.  Down at the CNN table, they’re saying, ‘Tens; what’s their secret?’ ”


Dick Durbin being quoted: “It is wrong to link all Muslims to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.”

Howard Stern: “Well, who’s doing that?  I hate when guys tell us the obvious.  We know it’s not every Muslim; we just know that is’s a bunch of them.  And how are we going to figure out who’s who?  Why can’t someone tell us something that means something, like, how do you tell who the terrorists are?  [Mocking Durbin] ‘I’m here to tell you that not every Muslim is bad.’  ‘Oh, I thought every single one was bad.’ ”


NBC’s Matt Lauer: “If there are flickers, as you say, of al Qaeda among the rebels, would it not be a sign to them or showing them that the United States has compassion and we are willing to use our military might to help all people?”

Michele Bachmann: “Compassion for al Qaeda?”


In support of the no-fly zone over Libya, Amre Moussa, the body’s secretary-general said, “It has one goal: To protect the civilian population…We will inform the U.N. Security Council of our request to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya.”  March 12, 2011.

Complaining about the no-fly zone, Amre Mousse said: “What happened differs from the no-fly zone objectives; what we want is civilians’ protection not shelling more civilians.”  March 20, 2011.


Michele Bachmann: “Harry Reid supports [government-funded] cowboy poetry and the people are thinking that maybe that’s not an essential government service.” (Quoted from memory)

John Boehner: “The House has passed our bill and it’s been nearly 40 days and yet we’ve seen nothing pass the United States Senate. …Now the Senate says, `we have a plan.’ Well, great! Pass the damn thing, all right?!  And send it over here and let’s have real negotiations instead of sitting over there rooting for a government shutdown.”

Peter Kirsanow: ‘We bombed Qaddafi’s forces because they were killing civilians. So Qaddafi’s forces began dressing like civilians. So the rebels began killing civilians. So NATO is warning the rebels not to kill civilians, otherwise NATO will bomb the rebels. But the rebels are dressed like civilians.  So NATO may end up killing civilians.  In other news, the administration continues to debate arming the rebels who are dressed like civilians. But Qaddafi’s forces are also dressed like civilians. So we may be arming Qaddafi’s forces who are killing civilians while we also bomb the rebels who are killing civilians and bombing civilians who really are civilians but look like Qaddafi’s forces who are killing civilians.”  [I think he is a conservative?]

John McCain: “I don’t know what we do about Yemen.”  This is one of the few times I have heard a politician give an “I don’t know” answer to a direct question.

Jeff Sessions, on Libya: “We–I can’t quite see where we are heading.  I can’t see exactly where the endgame is, and I do think it is a troubling situation. We just hope for the best and maybe this will be successful.  But I don’t see the certainty of it for sure.”

Mark Steyn: “The war in Libya should be under Mexican leadership because [according to the President] this is a job Americans won’t do.” (Quoted from memory)

John Bolton: “You’ve got tens of millions of young Chinese men who will never be married.  You don’t think that can be socially disabling?  Think again.”

Orin Hatch: “He’s a person you want to like.  You want him to be a success as the first African American president.”

Rush Limbaugh: “If there’s anybody who could make a claim to attracting the independents, it would be the hated Tea Party people. I mean, they were the only ones offering an alternative.”

Rush: “This is exactly how liberals people think: It’s just not fair that some people are able to afford a loan to buy a house while others can’t, and so the way to change that is to force the lender to give people a loan who can’t pay it back, and we’ll figure it out later.”

Rush: “You have no idea how desirous the American media is to be able to portray Obama as a kick-butt military leader. You can’t understand the desire they have to portray Obama as one of the most powerful and decisive foreign policy presidents in the history of the country.”

Rush: “We have Chuck Schumer out there advising everybody to call the Tea Party people extremists. Frankly, folks, I want some extremists when it comes to budget cutting.”

Rush: “This country will not survive very long with too many people thinking their neighbors owe ’em a living.  Europe has shown us this.”

Rush: “You are not engaging in collective bargaining when you’re a public employee union member — you’re just shaking down your fellow citizens.”

Jodi Miller: “At a recent address to a group of business leaders, President Obama proved that he is a great public speaker as he spoke for nearly 20 minutes without using his teleprompters.  April Fools; I gotcha.”

Jodi Miller: “The text expressions OMG and LOL have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary.  Hey, they had to be, with this administration in power.”

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NATO planes nowhere to be found as rebels flee Brega

Who’s in charge? A committee comprising NATO, the Arab League, and a few other nations belonging to the coalition. They are the ones making decisions on where to bomb, how to support the rebels. Given that both Turkey and Germany are against air strikes at all, its a wonder any NATO planes get off the ground.

The world without American leadership. How’s it look to you?

Say WHAT? . . . . Wayne Allyn Root in The Washington Times: Obama might be a socialist
“I ought to know. I was Mr. Obama’s college classmate at Columbia University Class of ‘83. Our college was dominated by socialists and Marxists who hated capitalism and America.”

. . . . You don’t say.

“Say What?” is one of my favorite threads here.
So, Gaddafi wrote a letter to Obama.
Here it is:

Our son, Excellency,

President Obama


We have been hurt more morally that physically because of what had happened against us in both deeds and words by you. Despite all this you will always remain our son whatever happened.

We still pray that you continue to be president of the U.S.A. We Endeavour and hope that you will gain victory in the new election campaigne.

You are a man who has enough courage to annul a wrong and mistaken action. I am sure that you are able to shoulder the responsibility for that.

Enough evidence is available, Bearing in mind that you are the president of the strongest power in the world nowadays, and since Nato is waging an unjust war against a small people of a developing country.

This country had already been subjected to embargo and sanctions, furthermore it also suffered a direct military armed aggression during Reagan’s time.

This country is Libya. Hence, to serving world peace … Friendship between our peoples … and for the sake of economic, and security cooperation against terror, you are in a position to keep Nato off the Libyan affair for good.

As you know too well democracy and building of civil society cannot be achieved by means of missiles and aircraft, or by backing armed member of AlQuaeda in Benghazi.

You — yourself — said on many occasions, one of them in the UN General Assembly, I was witness to that personally, that America is not responsible for the security of other peoples. That America helps only. This is the right logic.

Our dear son, Excellency, Baraka Hussein Abu oumama, your intervention is the name of the U.S.A. is a must, so that Nato would withdraw finally from the Libyan affair. Libya should be left to Libyans within the African union frame. The problem now stands as follows:-

1. There is Nato intervention politically as well as military.

2. Terror conducted by al-Qaeda gangs that have been armed in some cities, and by force refused to allow people to go back to their normal life, and carry on with exercising their social people’s power as usual.

Muammar Gaddafi

Leader of the Revolution

The UK’s Telegraph has it….I wonder who sent them a copy?

Howard Dean: “The TEA party is all over 55 and white; this is a shrinking minority. The shrinkier they get, the madder they get. This is why they have gotten so far off the deep end.”


Save this one for next week:
Obama needled one questioner who asked about gas prices, now averaging close to $3.70 a gallon nationwide, and suggested that the gentleman consider getting rid of his gas-guzzling vehicle.
“If you’re complaining about the price of gas and you’re only getting 8 miles a gallon, you know,” Obama said laughingly. “You might want to think about a trade-in.”

Media carries water for OBAMA:
Instapundit has since noted that the AP has scrubbed this exchange from their website, but earlier versions with this account still exist (including The Huffington Post at this time).

There are things the government can do that will drive the price of gas up. And the Obama administration has done many of them including:

Immediately after taking office in 2009, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, canceled 77 leases for oil and gas drilling in Utah.
The EPA announced new rules mandating the use of 36 billion gallons worth of renewable fuels (like ethanol) by 2020.
Last summer President Obama needlessly instituted, not one, but two outright drilling bans in the Gulf of Mexico.
After rescinding his outright offshore drilling ban, President Obama has refused to issue any new drilling permits in the Gulf, a policy that the Energy Information Administration estimates will cut domestic offshore oil production by 13% this year
Interior Secretary Salazar announced that the eastern Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic coast, and the Pacific coast will not be developed, effectively banning drilling in those areas for the next seven years;
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced new global warming regulations for oil refineries;
Interior Secretary Salazar announced new rules making it more difficult to develop energy resources on federal land.
The EPA is slowing a pipeline that would expand U.S. access to Canadian oil sands.

All of these policies raise gas prices at the pump by either: 1) decreasing the availability of domestic energy supplies, or 2) increasing regulatory costs on gasoline production.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner:

Good for the SF Examiner for publishing Obama’s embarrassing quip instead of allowing him to send it down the ”memory hole.”