December 30, 2009

You Know You're Screwed When Even Your Whores Stop Taking Your Calls

While the competition to verbally fellate Barack Obama has been intense in the op-ed section since he first started his presidential run, the various staffers of the New York Times have always been among the most reliable. From Krugman, Rich, Freidman, and Douthat, etc. when it came to the man who would become President, they always gave good ed. It is, after all, the service for which they are employed.

So it was a bit shocking to see one of the premier courtesans of the Times, Maureen Dowd, finally rip into the Administration for one of its characteristic failures:

If we canít catch a Nigerian with a powerful explosive powder in his oddly feminine-looking underpants and a syringe full of acid, a man whose own father had alerted the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, a traveler whose ticket was paid for in cash and who didnít check bags, whose visa renewal had been denied by the British, who had studied Arabic in Al Qaeda sanctuary Yemen, whose name was on a counterterrorism watch list, who can we catch?


Before he left for vacation, Obama tried to shed his Spock mien and juice up the empathy quotient on jobs. But in his usual inspiring/listless cycle, he once more appeared chilly in his response to the chilling episode on Flight 253, issuing bulletins through his press secretary and hitting the links. At least you have to seem concerned.


Citing the attempt of the Nigerian's father to warn U.S. authorities six months ago, the president intoned: "It now appears that weeks ago this information was passed to a component of our intelligence community but was not effectively distributed so as to get the suspect's name on a no-fly list."

In his detached way, Spock was letting us know that our besieged starship was not speeding into a safer new future, and that we still have to be scared.

Heck of a job, Barry.

Now, if only Krugman will admit Obama is destroying the economy...

Posted by Confederate Yankee at December 30, 2009 01:45 PM

LOL. I was once told I give the best phone in town while manning a phone bank, but giving good ed. Now that is funny.

Happy New Year Bob and friends.

Posted by: Sara (Pal2Pal) at December 30, 2009 02:31 PM

I'm pretty sure by now that Barry will stop taking advise from Tiger Woods.

Posted by: Neo at December 30, 2009 04:37 PM

Imagine what is going to happen when there is a terrorist incident and it is traced back to the fact that Obama allowed this creep to lawyer up.

Some things that are coming from this concern me. Now there is a big push on to have total body scanners. This in very, very dangerous. You are being exposed to radiation at an unknown level. The company may state a specfic level, but it will be administered by people who have no idea as to how to deal with such instruments and little intelligence. The average technician at a hospital has 4 years of schools. Even then, a physicist is constantly reviewing the techs and machines. Low level radiation will cause eye damage, thyroid disease (cancer), fetus malformations in pregunant women, skin cancer (melenoma) and on and on. Will it assure you that bomb material is not on the plane? No. My 17 year old was able to come up with several suggestions as to how to get past the stupid security. The answer, profiling and declaring Islam an enemy and removing its religious protection.

Posted by: David at December 30, 2009 05:23 PM

The Daily News, also reliably Obama-fellating, zipped up his pants w/ his junk still hanging out, too:

Even so, Obama’s description of Abdulmutallab as an “isolated extremist” was remarkable and disturbing. This radicalized young Nigerian is nothing of the sort. He operated, in fact, as an Al Qaeda-recruited, Al Qaeda-supplied, Al Qaeda-directed foot soldier – as, to put it directly, an enemy combatant, and not as the criminal “suspect” of Obama’s description.

In similarly distant fashion, the President ordered up a “review” of how Abdulmutallab smuggled explosives onto the jet and a “review” of how he slipped through the government’s various terror watch lists despite signals of clear and present danger.

Missing then was a statement about those obvious and unacceptable security cracks; the name, rank and serial number of the officials who would conduct the inquiries, and a deadline for completion and a report to the public. Tuesday, Obama filled in those rather basic blanks.


Posted by: ECM at December 30, 2009 05:40 PM

Barry just doesn't have what it takes. Good looking suit and really quite articulate, though.

And that is fine if you are president of the garden club, but not if you are President of the United States.

Posted by: Jack at December 30, 2009 09:41 PM

The answer, profiling and declaring Islam an enemy and removing its religious protection.

@David: I would have to respectfully disagree. The best solution, IMO, would be to make airlines responsible for their own security. People don't fly on planes that go boom. When people don't fly, airlines don't make money. It would be in their vested interest to make their airlines as safe as possible. Of course it isn't that simple. We'd also have to get Teh Gov't out of the airline industry. And, like any cancer, once it's in it's hard to get rid of ...

Posted by: Dan Irving at December 31, 2009 11:34 AM