Never say that I don’t admit it when Barack Obama has a good idea.

This strategy works for me:

“What we’ve said to the girls is, ‘If you guys ever decided you’re going to get a tattoo, then mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo in the same place. And we’ll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo,” Obama said. “And our thinking is that might dissuade them from thinking that somehow that’s a good way to rebel.”

I may steal this.

Moe Lane

PS: I will not say a word if/when my adult children decide to get a tattoo.  Neither am I criticizing the idea of tattoos: it comes under the broad category of A perfectly reasonable thing/activity/concept, for other people. I am merely exercising my parental rights to nix the idea for my minor children.


#rsrh QotD, Victor Davis Hanson Knows Just Where To Stick The Knife edition.

Not surprising: I believe that the man is still technically a Democrat (or that he was one until recently). That means that he knows where the sensitive bits are.

Liberals used to go gaga over the man who promised that Guantanamo and renditions would be part of our distant criminal past, only to gag that he has embraced and expanded almost every one of the Bush-Cheney protocols that he once demagogued. Obama even recruited Yale Law Dean Harold Koh, who used to sue the government on behalf of Guantanamo detainees, to write surreal briefs explaining why stepped-up Predator missions can quite legally vaporize American citizens suspected of terrorism, and why American planes dropping bombs over a foreign country do not constitute warlike acts. A Yale Law dean who does that is like the proverbial dog walking on two legs, eliciting wonder not just that it is done, but why it is even attempted.

I wonder (but do not particularly care) whether antiwar progressives ever contemplate the equivalent of that paragraph, then go get blind, stinking drunk…

A free hint for Obama for America: check to see whether your images have offensive subtext.

In this particular case, there’s a problem with your new flag design:

It’s a dead, if you’ll pardon the pun, ringer for the International Zombie Warning* symbol for Unsecured manhole cover: watch out for grab-and-draggers.

No, no need to thank me: I’m a giver. Continue reading A free hint for Obama for America: check to see whether your images have offensive subtext.

88% of Obama’s 2008 over-$200 donors are AWOL in 2012.

This is one of the more amusing factoids that you’re going to read this morning: “According to a BuzzFeed analysis of campaign finance data, 88% of the people who gave $200 or more in 2008 — 537,806 people — have not yet given that sum this year. And this drop-off isn’t simply an artifact of timing. A full 87% of the people who gave $200 — the sum that triggers an itemized report to the Federal Elections Commission — through April of 2008, 182,078 people, had not contributed by the end of last month. It’s a factoid that is subject to some interpretation, of course. Certainly the Obama for America campaign is in full-fledged meltdown/spin mode on the subject; they’re pointing out that those people could be contributing less than $200*. Which could very well be true.

It’s also true that most of these people will end up pulling the lever for the Democrats in November, too: roughly 45% of the vote will go to Obama even if a dinosaur-killer asteroid hits the earth between now and Election Day**. So the goal here is probably not to get these folks to see the light in that regard… and, honestly, it’s not their voting habits that we want to change; it’s their contribution habits – because changing those will probably also change their phone banking/door knocking/letter writing habits. Remember, every dime that Barack Obama has to spend on paying people to canvass for him is one less dime that he can’t spend aggressively. Continue reading 88% of Obama’s 2008 over-$200 donors are AWOL in 2012.


(Via JWF, via Instapundit)

If I’m not actually outraged at this exhibition of amazingly bad judgement – and, not to mention, taste – by Florida Democrats:

…it’s because amazement and entertained scorn have already taken up all the available emotional space in my head.  Somebody in general thought that it was a good idea to take an American flag and replace the stars with Obama’s head.  Somebody in the Lake County, Florida Democratic party thought that it was a good idea to put up that flag at their headquarters. And, of course, someb – no, wait, we have a name for this one – Lake County Democratic party chair Nancy Hurlburt thought that it was a good idea to actually argue with a bunch of ticked-off military veterans who stopped by to complain. Continue reading #rsrh OBAMAFLAG!

#rsrh QotD, From the Mouths of Tavis Smiley/Cornell West Edition.

There’s a lot of damned nonsense even in the portion of the interview that I watched before the eye-rolling got too bad – Cornell West was in it and not being constantly mocked, to give you an idea of how non-serious the whole thing was – but Tavis Smiley did in fact raise one interesting point:

“This White House,” Smiley observes, “more than any in recent memory to me at least, this White House does not like being critiqued. They don’t like being criticized. They’re very temperamental about this. Especially from black folks.”

No!  Really?  Sorry about the sarcasm, there – but the truth of the matter is that the current President of the United States has never had to learn how to handle either critiquing or criticism; and he’s surrounded himself with people who don’t know how to do it for him, either.  So of course he and they are bad at either. Continue reading #rsrh QotD, From the Mouths of Tavis Smiley/Cornell West Edition.

#rsrh May Barack Obama keep *this* promise, at least.

…just for the novelty value.

Let me note, in passing: thank GOD that I don’t have the job of trying to convince the American people that this current administration couldn’t have been replaced with a rapidly oxidizing cast-iron skillet and the country still would have been better off overall.  That’s a job that would almost demand heavy alcohol consumption in order to stay sane – and I’m not twenty-three anymore; my liver wouldn’t hold up under the strain.

See also Jim Geraghty and Ed Morrissey.