Saturday wrap

Obama: 24/7 Bush-bash, urged to grow some, spurned by Dem campaigners, teaching moment flops, rents-a-thug, talks nation out of health.

Mismanagement: Civic ignorance scored, Culture of Corruption exposed, secret-ballot looms in IAM-Boeing decert, labor-state shame.

International: LatAm constitutionalism debated, New Prog speech thugs advance, Castro cancels Congress, remembering Khrushchev.

Obama urged to 'man up' ... At what point does Obama Man Up and be Thee President? I can't remember Bush blaming Clinton for not taking out Osama 3 times, for the Wall between law enforcement and intelligence, etc and so on. Clinton wasn't out there blaming Bush 41. Reagan wasn't blaming Carter for the recession he inherited and the Iran hostage issue. Nixon didn't blame LBJ and Kennedy for leaving him with Vietnam, etc and so on. But, with Team Barry, that is apparently all they have. Blame. Like little kids who blame "Not Me!" when the lamp is broken. Facing the first real rough patch of his presidency, President Obama and his supporters are once again resorting to a tried-and-true tactic: attacking George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. (community.fox4kc.com)

Larry Flint echoes Hillary's advice to Obama ... President Obama: As for disloyal Democrats, you need to yank the carpet out from under them. Remind them that their survival is dependent upon yours. Don't pull punches, Mr. President. You need some gonads, and if you don't have any, as Hillary would say, you'd better grow some. You have failed to keep many campaign promises. You've ignored civil-liberty violations such as warrantless wiretapping. You passed a stimulus package that is obviously full of pork for Democrats. You handed over billions more in taxpayer dollars to crooked bankers. You listened to the very people who created our economic meltdown, the Mutt and Jeff team of Larry Summers and Tim Geithner. You've let the insurance lobbyists hijack health-care reform to the detriment of every man, woman, and child in America. (thestar.com)

Virginia race becomes a referendum on Obama ... The election in Virginia is only 3 months away and this piece from the Washington Post gives us an excellent look at how unpopular Obama's policies actually are with politicians who are staring down the barrel of an election. Many Virginia Democrats, Creigh Deeds included, are the state equivalent of the Blue Dogs in the House - a 'conservative' Democrat in a traditionally red state. In a debate held last week, McDonnell repeatedly pushed Deeds to take a position on the various policies in Obama's toxic agenda. (examiner.com)

Leftists' willful ignorance scored ... As Barack Obama spends day after day touring the world (how many days has he spent in the Oval Office?), trashing America and taking the country on a trip to hell in a hand basket, the liberal electorate and fawning media for the most part remain completely enthralled by the One. Although his poll numbers have dropped considerably, liberals have yet to abandon ship as they remain strong supporters of the Dictator-in-Chief despite his anti-American agenda. From socializing the country's infrastructure to gutting the Constitution, from cozying up to the world's tyrants to abandoning proven allies, many on the left simply cannot, or will not, open their eyes to the frightening direction in which Obama is taking our country. There are only so many times that one can use the phrase "drinking the kool aid" or "brainwashed by his rhetoric." At some point, liberals must be held accountable for their willful ignorance. (americanthinker.com)

Obama's 'teaching moment' offers insights ... I’m sorry you didn’t get a good soundbite or photo op out of this unrelenting media saga. I know you were envisioning a hearty three way handshake that could be flashed around the world, signifying absolutely nothing. But the evening wasn’t a total waste. I actually did learn something. I learned that you, and Henry Gates and other black men continue to believe that America is a racist country. I learned that you, Mr. President, will never solve any problems of race until you acknowledge your own racism against whites. I don’t think that will happen in my lifetime but I will continue to ‘hope’ for ‘change’. And just out of curiosity, I was wondering what in the world you, the President of the greatest country in the world, is doing mediating the equivalent of a traffic ticket when our young men are dying in Afghanistan, our economy is in meltdown and Iran is on the brink of nuking Israel. Do you really think that was the best use of your time and political capital? (canadafreepress.com)

Related video: Meet Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

MM's Culture of Corruption: Spot On ... Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin was at the National Press Club today promoting her latest book, “Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies”. The book attacks the Obama administration’s influences on Wall Street and their connections with unions. She also decries the hypocrisies within the administration. The book was released Monday, July 27, and has topped both Amazon and Barns & Noble’s best seller list. Discussing typical political corruption such as behind-the-doors deals, Malkin claimed her book, “couldn’t have been better timed.” (washingtonexaminer.com)

Union-backed, tax-funded partisan 'rent-a-thugs' cited ... I am convinced there is more evil in Obama than just racism. I believe that he is a godless Marxist, committed to completing the destruction of the U.S. Constitution, the one he swore an oath to uphold, and to establishing a framework for government control of all aspects of the economy. And Congress is full of those who are either willing accomplices or useful idiots, who value their power and perks more than the well being of the United States. Our Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-New Orleans, is among them, probably in the useful idiot category. Obama has filled the White House with criminals and Marxists (called czars), and they are conducting their business "The Chicago Way" (by intimidation). He has regular meetings with the leadership of Service Employees International Union and ACORN, both of which I believe are "rent-a-thug" criminal enterprises. (thenewsstar.com)

Keep talkin', Barack ... Obama will create another czar to determine if your condition warrants care because there aren't enough doctors and nurses to go around. He will put caps on the salaries of your health providers. Who in their right mind would want to become a medical professional, or stay in that profession, if the government is going to tell them what they can do, to who, when, and control their salary? Obama will have doctors taking the “Hypocritic Oath” so his government health department can make decisions for doctors. There are broken pieces in our current system, such as pre-existing conditions being excluded. But creating a socialist system of health care at breakneck speed, like everything Obama does, is not the solution. Someone needs to stand up and tell this narcissistic, arrogant, egomaniac: “no, slow down”! (theunion.com)

Workers seek to oust unwanted union using oppressive secret-ballot ... An employee at The Boeing Co.’s newly-acquired North Charleston operation has filed a request with the National Labor Relations Board seeking a decertification election that could disband the local Machinists union. The petition was filed on Thursday, the same day Boeing completed its purchase of the plant from Vought Aircraft Industries for $580 million. “The premise is that at least 30% of the work force has indicated that they no longer want to be represented by the Machinists union,” said Howard Neidig, assistant to the regional director at the NLRB’s regional office located in Winston-Salem, N.C. This move could have far-reaching implications as Boeing looks for a second assembly line for its 787 Dreamliner program. North Charleston is on a short-list of possible sites. The primary assembly line is in Everett, Wash., near Seattle. Workers represented by the Machinists union in Washington walked off the job late last year for two months. Labor strife has cost the Chicago-headquartered company tens of millions and is among chief causes of delays in the testing and delivery schedule of the Dreamliner. The same union has represented workers in North Charleston for the last two years. (charlestonbusiness.com)

Shameful labor-state disgrace ... The former head of a Long Island City-based electric company that hired union workers represented by disgraced former Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin (D-Flushing) pleaded guilty Friday to making tens of thousands of dollars in illegal payments to the corrupt ex-legislator, the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan said. Santo Petrocelli Sr., the former owner and chairman of Petrocelli Electric Company, headquartered at 22-09 Queens Plaza North, faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to making an unlawful payment to a labor representative, the U.S. attorney’s office said. McLaughlin, the former chief of the Central Labor Council, began serving a 10-year sentence earlier this month in a North Carolina federal prison after pleading guilty to racketeering charges that included embezzlement and taking bribes. He stole $2.2 million in funds from the Electchester Little League and his campaign account, among other groups. (yournabe.com)

International Collectivism

Anti-constitutionalism alleged in Honduras ... Ousted President Manuel Zelaya has threatened the interim government of Honduras with "generalized violence" if he is not restored to power. "Either the coup is reversed or generalized violence is coming," Zelaya warned the interim government headed by Roberto Micheletti in an interview Friday with Nicaragua's state-owned Channel 4 TV. "The people have the right to protest, to insurrection. This is the case of the Honduran people, which is being brutally repressed," he said. Soon after, around 100 Honduran men belonging to Zelaya's "popular army" began training exercises in a camp on the Nicaraguan side of the border with Honduras, an AFP journalist witnessed. The recruits -- mostly young men and all unarmed -- exercised, marched, and carried out maneuvers under the direction of leaders who said they were Honduran army veterans. According to the leaders, other similar camps had been set up along the border. (google.com)

Chávez speech thugs are only 'following the law' ... The Venezuelan government has ordered the closure of 34 radio stations, the head of the national telecommunications regulator, Conatel, has said. Diosdado Cabello, who is also minister of public works in the government of Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan president, said the closures were due to the stations' inability to meet legal operating requirements, and warned that more closures may follow. "They will have to cease transmission once they have received the order", Cabello said on Friday. "This is about legitimate authority of the government to manage the radio spectrum... We are only implementing what the law says." (english.aljazeera.net)

Castro Bros.: We don't need no stinkin' Congress ... Cuban President Raul Castro has postponed what was to have been the ruling Communist Party's first congress in 12 years, saying it may be the last under the aging "historic leadership of the revolution" and must be done right, state-run media reported on Friday. Castro said the party has to carefully analyze economic matters to determine "what must be perfected and even eliminated" as Cuba moves into the future without him or brother Fidel Castro at the helm, according to the newspaper Granma. The congress, where direction is set for the country's future, was expected to take place at the end of this year. No new date has been set. (reuters.com)

Khrushchev remembered fondly ... Nina Khrushcheva (Opinion, 31 July) rather improbably praises her great-grandfather as "a symbol of today's new and uniting Europe"; and while she acknowledges his decision to rape Hungary in 1956, she ignores certain other facts Yes, Khrushchev's "secret speech" earlier in 1956 laid bare the monumentality of Stalin's crimes – but he and many of his Communist Party listeners had willingly participated in many of them, such as the 1930s Ukrainian famine. In 1956, Yuri Andropov (ironically Gorbachev's mentor, 25 years later) was not merely the Soviet ambassador in Budapest – he was their gauleiter who demanded that Moscow invade Hungary. Finally, she talks of "the charnel house that the Nazis had wrought in Poland" – correct, if she includes the Soviet regime as Nazis, as it was both the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany which jointly invaded and dismembered Poland in 1939. (news.scotsman.com)
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