Anne asked earlier if Obama had reached his point of no return yet.

Asked and answered:

One barometer of the plunge in excitement has been the sale of Obama-themed
T-shirts, which designers had been banking on after the craze of last
year. Clothing labeled with the president’s name sold by the thousands,
helping to salvage a tough economic year for the island.

But this year’s T-shirt sales are much less brisk, merchants say.

“Last year, Obama gave you goose bumps, but I don’t think you’re going to
see that this year,” said Alex McCluskey, co-owner of the Locker-Room, who sold
more than 4,000 “I vacationed with Obama” T-shirts last year. But so far
this year, he said, his hot item is T-shirts of former President Bush asking,
“Miss me yet.”

This might not be as shocking if it were written about any locale other than Martha’s Vineyard, which prepares for the umpteenth Obama vacation with fewer welcome signs in businesses or on yards than last year.

Cross-posted at P&P.

Song of the day from Obama to the Democrats

I wonder if the charmingly obnoxious DNC staffer I had the privilege to meet was trapped next to on a three-hour flight knew then her winning strategy would be get-the-hell-away-from-Obama-stat!

Ah, Liberalism is a fickle mistress.  Could any Democrat have predicted Obama would destroy their party two years ago?

Rush did.

(Just sayin’.)

From Reid Wilson:

The advice from Democratic consultants and strategists is almost unanimous: Run away from the president, and fast. A prominent Democratic pollster is circulating a survey that shows George W. Bush is 6 points more popular than President Obama in “Frontline” districts — seats held by Democrats that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sees as most vulnerable to Republican takeover. That Bush is more popular than Obama in Democratic-held seats is cause for outright fear. …

I wish I could share my beaming smile.

“He is a walking radioactive disaster,” one senior Democratic operative said of the president. But any effort to seriously distance oneself from Obama is dangerous for an incumbent; go too hard against the president and voters think the candidate is faking it.

Funny how that blame game works out, isn’t it?  Blame Bush for two years and poll lower than he does.  Oopsie!

More stuff you can’t make up:

What’s more, virtually every Democratic strategist agreed, if the president of the United States shows up in a candidate’s home state, the candidate should show up too. Dodging Obama by claiming a scheduling conflict only breeds more stories about how much of a drag he is, and about how desperate Democrats are to avoid him.

Excuse me: ROTFLMAO. 

“If he comes into the district, you have to talk about what’s going on in Washington. That’s never going to be good for incumbents or even challengers who are Democrats,” said a Democratic campaign manager. “But if he’s coming in to raise you $500,000 that you can then use to drop an anvil on your opponent’s head, it’s worth it, in my opinion. The ads comparing you to him are coming no matter what, so you might as well get the money.”

Ah, you might as well get the money.  Fitting advice for Democrat Congressmen, eh?  Problem is, they already think they’re entitled to it!

Problem is, does anyone think Obama’s ego will allow him to accept that he’s the one dragging the party down? 

H/T: Ed Morrissey, who picked a worthy theme song for the Democrats in the midterm election.  (A favorite, in fact, and thanks: I just created a new Pandora station with extra surf music ; )

How to answer your trash-talking liberal friends who call you the extremist racist bigot (or whatever the meme-of-the-day happens to be)

Via Hot Air:

This should be playing on every channel.

Allahpundit notes:

The narrative is all about big government, the stimulus, ObamaCare, and so forth — all reason enough to go to the polls and vote, but all debatable on their individual merits. The meta-narrative is about Democratic contempt for American public opinion, which of course is why the mosque story has legs. You can debate whether that contempt exists or not, but assuming that it exists (and it surely does, although lefties will deny it in the interest of raw political survival), there’s no debate as to whether it’s a good thing or bad thing. If the GOP convinces independents that the left holds them in contempt — or rather, I should say, if Democrats convince independents of that — they’ll take a beating of Biblical proportions. We’re well on our way.

It’s not just the mosque. It’s immigration. And spending. And ethics. And the economy.

“We remember.”

Do you?

H/T: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/244113/we-remember-robert-costa

Bradbury, teachers unions, and Obama pulling a Palin: oh my! Tuesday Various and Sundry

Something wicked this way comes: Ray Bradbury detests big government (and gadgets).  From the LA Times:

“I think our country is in need of a revolution,” Bradbury said. “There is too much government today. We’ve  got to remember the government should be by the people, of the people and for the people.”

K-Lo calls him the new Tea Party Celeb.

Via Mark Hemingway at the Beltway Confidential, teachers union leaders get their collective panties in a twist over (shocking, I know) real journalism from the LA Times.  The Times analyzed teacher performance.  Like all liberals, judge us not by what we do, but what we want to do.   Again, from the LA Times:

The Los Angeles teachers union president said Sunday he was organizing a “massive boycott” of The Times after the newspaper began publishing a series of articles that uses student test scores to estimate the effectiveness of district teachers.

You’re leading people in a dangerous direction, making it seem like you can judge the quality of a teacher by … a test,” said A.J. Duffy, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, which has more than 40,000 members.

Duffy said he would urge other labor groups to ask their members to cancel their subscriptions.

Based on test score data covering seven years, The Times analyzed the effects of more than 6,000 elementary school teachers on their students’ learning. Among other things, it found huge disparities among teachers, some of whom work just down the hall from one another.

So it’s ok to judge the quality of a student’s performance by a test but not a teacher’s?  I shouldn’t say this: Alfie Kohns of the world exist.
Moving right along, here’s a winning answer to “Will Obama be a one-termer” Roger Simon:
He might last that long.
Honest to goodness, the man just does not get it. He might be forced to pull a Palin and resign before his first term is over. He could go off and write his memoirs and build his presidential library. (Both would be half-size, of course.)

Heh.  Read the rest. 




Dear Natalie, this one’s for you

It’s not four or five blocks, honey. 


Quoting Olbermann as fact is the fastest way to lose your posting privilege.

Dear liberal women who sport pink ribbons, buy pink mixers, and breathlessly adore The One: caveat emptor

While this pains me because it will needlessly end the lives of women suffering from advanced breast cancer, it’s difficult not to say told ya so.   Welcome to Obamacare, liberal women of America.  How does it look now?

Federal regulators are considering taking the highly unusual step of rescinding approval of a drug that patients with advanced breast cancer turn to as a last-ditch hope.

Why, you ask?

The debate over Avastin, prescribed to about 17,500 women with breast cancer a year, has become entangled in the politically explosive struggle over medical spending and effectiveness that flared during the battle over health-care reform: How should the government balance protecting patients and controlling costs without restricting access to cutting-edge, and often costly, treatments?

As my two-year-old would say, with conviction: Ah-ha!

It’s $8,000 a month, but only used for breast cancer patients who’ve exhausted all other treatment options. 

Citing a dearth of evidence of the drug’s effectiveness, its potential toxic side effects, and its high cost, many cancer experts, patient advocates and others are welcoming the prospect that Avastin’s authorization for breast cancer might be repealed. But the possibility is alarming other cancer specialists, women taking the drug, some members of Congress and advocates for giving patients as much access to as many treatments as possible.

The FDA is not supposed to consider costs in its decisions, but if the agency rescinds approval, insurers are likely to stop paying for treatment.

Ed Morrissey notes:

With the new ObamaCare regime in place, the issue of cost has now become openly part of the FDA process.  This is a perversion of their mission, which is supposed to only involve product safety and effectiveness, not bean-counting.  If Medicare doesn’t want to cover Avastin, that should be a separate issue handled by CMS and HHS.  This strongly suggests that the FDA has become politicized to a degree where their recommendations lose credibility — a dangerous situation for consumers and providers alike

Welcome to the reality of Obamacare, y’all.  It will get worse.

Sophie’s Choice for Democrats, part II

After the gut-wrenching decision to cut food stamps to save unionized teacher pensions last week, the poor (D)s in Congress have another tough choice ahead: more food stamp cuts to fund Michelle Obama’s pet project “Let’s Move.”


In theory, the cuts aren’t really cuts (as can only happen in DC):

Democrats have turned to the food stamp program because funding increases enacted in the stimulus package last year were already scheduled to phase out over time. The changes proposed in the state aid and nutrition bills would simply cut off that increase early, in March 2014. Because the cuts would not take effect for more than three years, Democratic leaders have voiced the hope that they will be able to stop them in future legislation.

Of course.

Remember all the claims years ago that eeevil Republicans were cutting the funding for school lunches or seniors this that or the other when in reality the “cuts” were a refusal to allow the automatic increase in budgeting to occur? So the school lunch program would receive the same amount of money as before, but the media spin was that the eeevil GOP was slashing the budget?

What goes around, comes around, eh?

Gynecology in the Ancient World 101: Why American colleges & universities are going bust

Supporting Instapundit’s higher education bubble hypothesis, the sometimes-conservative Kathleen Parker highlights a large part of the problem in American colleges and universities: course requisites. She writes:

It is generally true that you get what you pay for, but not necessarily
when it comes to higher education.
A study scheduled for release Monday about the value of a college
education, at least when it comes to the basics, has found the opposite to be
true in most cases. Forget Harvard and think Lamar.
Indeed, the Texas university, where tuition runs about $7,000 per year
(Harvard’s is $38,000) earns an A to Harvard’s D based on an analysis of the
universities’ commitment to core subjects deemed essential to a well-rounded,
competitive education.

Say it ain’t so!

In other words, Lamar requires courses that Harvard apparently considers
of a lesser value. These include six of the seven subject areas used in the
study to gauge an institution’s commitment to general education: composition,
literature, foreign language at the intermediate level, U.S. government or
history, economics, mathematics, and natural or physical science.
Harvard has comprehensive requirements for only two of these
subjects–composition and science.

Is it any really surprise that Harvard students need not study U.S government or history? Or economics? Heh.

Of the 16 schools (of 714 nationally!) receiving an A: the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Military Academy.

So why do exclusive, expensive schools fall short on teaching? Myriad reasons, but esteemed leftie faculty apparently don’t like teaching “basics” like U.S. government or history, preferring their own research interests. Where does that leave students?

At Emory University, for example, to fulfill a “History, Society and
Culture” requirement, students may choose from about 600 courses, including
“Gynecology in the Ancient World.” At the University of Wisconsin at
Madison, a “Humanities, Literature and Arts” requirement may be met by
taking an introduction to television.

Isn’t that special? Learning how the Ancient Greeks practiced birth control? That’ll set you up for success working at your local Planned Parenthood, so you, too, can counsel young ladies in the ancient rituals of infanticide. Just in case you’re wondering, Emory tuition will set you back $38,600 this year. With room and board in midtown Atlanta, you’ll be robbed of a cool $50,000. Per year.

(After a quick perusal of Emory’s course offerings, a few things are clear: the “African-American Studies” course list is longer than that of “American” studies. Surprised? No. Looking through the “American” list, over half mention race or segregation. Surprised? No. Disgusted, maybe.)

As more parents and prospective students wise up and realize that going into massive debt for nonsensical “education” isn’t the path to prosperity or success, schools will be forced to give students more educational bang for their buck or go bust. That means refocusing a college degree on subjects worthy of study–history, economics, literature–rather than trendy progressive pet projects and race/class/gender studies.

Cross-posted at Pundit & Pundette.

11 Reasons to vote (D) in November

H/T: Common Cents