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Matt Damon; Love Your Movies, But You’re An Idiot

In America, funny, Obama, Sarah Palin on March 10, 2010 at 11:06 am

(By Joanne Galloway)

I’ve had that proverbial “pea under the mattress” with Matt Damon over his characterization of Sarah Palin for some time now.  It may be old news, but I think it’s important when you consider the current influence – and possible 2012 presidential run – of Sarah Palin.

Matt Damon – the *Rosetta Stone* for political knowledge – used his Hollywood influence to gain an interview with CBS news during the 2008 presidential campaigns.   He was quote, horrified, *egads* at the idea of McCain winning office with Sarah Palin left to potentially lead this country after his *imminent* demise.

Focusing solely on Mr. Damon’s fear, let’s analyze a few of his statements from the video snippet.  He refers to Sarah Palin as a:

“Bad Disney Movie”, “Totally absurd”, “really terrifying possibility…[of] this being a reality”, “I don’t know anything about her”, “Governor of Alaska for less than 2 years”

Ouch.  He must have really been scared.  Ok, never fear Matt – I looked into the matter for you – and to keep things simple – we’ll focus on just their public office experience, m’kay?  Good.

  • Palin was a member of the Wasilla, Alaska City Council from 1992 to 1996, and the city’s mayor from 1996 to 2002
  • Palin chaired the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission from 2003 until she resigned in 2004
  • From 2006 -2009, Palin was Governor of Alaska

Ok now we need someone to compare her to.  Ah heck – let’s go for the Head Honcho, the Big Cheese – let’s use Matt’s Hero and Chief, Mr. Obama.

  • Obama served three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004
  • He won election to the U.S. Senate in November 2004.
  • Won the presidency and was sworn in January 2009.

So… let’s do the simple math.

Sarah Palin’s years in elected office – 14-15 years, give or take a few months

Obama’s years in elected office – 13 give or take a few months (as of March 2010).

Hmmm.  I am no math major, but I think Mr. Damon might have been a tad off in his figuring.

If Mr. Obama was okay with Mr. Damon, then what was it again about Sarah Palin he “feared” so much? That she was a “soccer mom”?  I can see how that might put her out of the mainstream.  Ya know,… because there aren’t too many soccer moms out there.  He doesn’t “know anything about her”.  I suppose when you’re reading scripts there isn’t much time to read about anything else, guess we’ll have to forgive him there.  Or we could go into the shamefully wretched coverage the mainstream media gave to Palin.. oh, that’s another long, sad story – so , moving on…..  A “Bad Disney Movie”….well now, to be fair WALL-E did look like he was wearing glasses, but I’m not sure I get his point there.  “Really terrifying possibility” and  “Totally absurd”…

Oh whoops… he must have meant good ole’ Joe on that one.  *raucous laughter*

So, in simple conclusion, I’d have to agree *snort* – Oh yes – THANK GOODNESS we’re safe from Sarah Palin.  The good news is we have our *rock star* backup VP for dealing with the big stuff, ya know, like Vladimir Putin.

Sleep well Matt.  Nothing to fear here.

Matt Damon; Love Your Movies, But You're An Idiot

In America, funny, Obama, Sarah Palin on March 10, 2010 at 11:06 am

(By Joanne Galloway)

I’ve had that proverbial “pea under the mattress” with Matt Damon over his characterization of Sarah Palin for some time now.  It may be old news, but I think it’s important when you consider the current influence – and possible 2012 presidential run – of Sarah Palin.

Matt Damon – the *Rosetta Stone* for political knowledge – used his Hollywood influence to gain an interview with CBS news during the 2008 presidential campaigns.   He was quote, horrified, *egads* at the idea of McCain winning office with Sarah Palin left to potentially lead this country after his *imminent* demise.

Focusing solely on Mr. Damon’s fear, let’s analyze a few of his statements from the video snippet.  He refers to Sarah Palin as a:

“Bad Disney Movie”, “Totally absurd”, “really terrifying possibility…[of] this being a reality”, “I don’t know anything about her”, “Governor of Alaska for less than 2 years”

Ouch.  He must have really been scared.  Ok, never fear Matt – I looked into the matter for you – and to keep things simple – we’ll focus on just their public office experience, m’kay?  Good.

  • Palin was a member of the Wasilla, Alaska City Council from 1992 to 1996, and the city’s mayor from 1996 to 2002
  • Palin chaired the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission from 2003 until she resigned in 2004
  • From 2006 -2009, Palin was Governor of Alaska

Ok now we need someone to compare her to.  Ah heck – let’s go for the Head Honcho, the Big Cheese – let’s use Matt’s Hero and Chief, Mr. Obama.

  • Obama served three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004
  • He won election to the U.S. Senate in November 2004.
  • Won the presidency and was sworn in January 2009.

So… let’s do the simple math.

Sarah Palin’s years in elected office – 14-15 years, give or take a few months

Obama’s years in elected office – 13 give or take a few months (as of March 2010).

Hmmm.  I am no math major, but I think Mr. Damon might have been a tad off in his figuring.

If Mr. Obama was okay with Mr. Damon, then what was it again about Sarah Palin he “feared” so much? That she was a “soccer mom”?  I can see how that might put her out of the mainstream.  Ya know,… because there aren’t too many soccer moms out there.  He doesn’t “know anything about her”.  I suppose when you’re reading scripts there isn’t much time to read about anything else, guess we’ll have to forgive him there.  Or we could go into the shamefully wretched coverage the mainstream media gave to Palin.. oh, that’s another long, sad story – so , moving on…..  A “Bad Disney Movie”….well now, to be fair WALL-E did look like he was wearing glasses, but I’m not sure I get his point there.  “Really terrifying possibility” and  “Totally absurd”…

Oh whoops… he must have meant good ole’ Joe on that one.  *raucous laughter*

So, in simple conclusion, I’d have to agree *snort* – Oh yes – THANK GOODNESS we’re safe from Sarah Palin.  The good news is we have our *rock star* backup VP for dealing with the big stuff, ya know, like Vladimir Putin.

Sleep well Matt.  Nothing to fear here.

Matt Damon; Love Your Movies, But You're An Idiot

In America, funny, Obama, Sarah Palin on March 10, 2010 at 11:06 am

(By Joanne Galloway)

I’ve had that proverbial “pea under the mattress” with Matt Damon over his characterization of Sarah Palin for some time now.  It may be old news, but I think it’s important when you consider the current influence – and possible 2012 presidential run – of Sarah Palin.

Matt Damon – the *Rosetta Stone* for political knowledge – used his Hollywood influence to gain an interview with CBS news during the 2008 presidential campaigns.   He was quote, horrified, *egads* at the idea of McCain winning office with Sarah Palin left to potentially lead this country after his *imminent* demise.

Focusing solely on Mr. Damon’s fear, let’s analyze a few of his statements from the video snippet.  He refers to Sarah Palin as a:

“Bad Disney Movie”, “Totally absurd”, “really terrifying possibility…[of] this being a reality”, “I don’t know anything about her”, “Governor of Alaska for less than 2 years”

Ouch.  He must have really been scared.  Ok, never fear Matt – I looked into the matter for you – and to keep things simple – we’ll focus on just their public office experience, m’kay?  Good.

  • Palin was a member of the Wasilla, Alaska City Council from 1992 to 1996, and the city’s mayor from 1996 to 2002
  • Palin chaired the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission from 2003 until she resigned in 2004
  • From 2006 -2009, Palin was Governor of Alaska

Ok now we need someone to compare her to.  Ah heck – let’s go for the Head Honcho, the Big Cheese – let’s use Matt’s Hero and Chief, Mr. Obama.

  • Obama served three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004
  • He won election to the U.S. Senate in November 2004.
  • Won the presidency and was sworn in January 2009.

So… let’s do the simple math.

Sarah Palin’s years in elected office – 14-15 years, give or take a few months

Obama’s years in elected office – 13 give or take a few months (as of March 2010).

Hmmm.  I am no math major, but I think Mr. Damon might have been a tad off in his figuring.

If Mr. Obama was okay with Mr. Damon, then what was it again about Sarah Palin he “feared” so much? That she was a “soccer mom”?  I can see how that might put her out of the mainstream.  Ya know,… because there aren’t too many soccer moms out there.  He doesn’t “know anything about her”.  I suppose when you’re reading scripts there isn’t much time to read about anything else, guess we’ll have to forgive him there.  Or we could go into the shamefully wretched coverage the mainstream media gave to Palin.. oh, that’s another long, sad story – so , moving on…..  A “Bad Disney Movie”….well now, to be fair WALL-E did look like he was wearing glasses, but I’m not sure I get his point there.  “Really terrifying possibility” and  “Totally absurd”…

Oh whoops… he must have meant good ole’ Joe on that one.  *raucous laughter*

So, in simple conclusion, I’d have to agree *snort* – Oh yes – THANK GOODNESS we’re safe from Sarah Palin.  The good news is we have our *rock star* backup VP for dealing with the big stuff, ya know, like Vladimir Putin.

Sleep well Matt.  Nothing to fear here.

LIVE Coverage Of The Health Care Summit

In America, Congress, Health Care, Obama, Socialism, US Senate on February 25, 2010 at 3:51 pm

(Click on the picture above for LIVE coverage of the Health Care Summit)

UPDATE: Gateway Pundit has the story.

Obama: No More Lobbyists-Forget My Record

In Congress, freedom, Government Lies, Integrity, living free, morality, Obama, US Senate, World News on January 28, 2010 at 12:21 am

Tonight President Obama vowed to rid Washington of lobbyists and special interest groups. Really? I’m sure Andy Stern was just fixing drywall in the Oval Office-22 times. Clearly tonight’s SOTU was an attempt to further blind the American people with a tactical use of smoke and mirrors. Regardless of whether or not you believe what the President said tonight, let’s take a closer look at the facts surrounding his administration:

(Source: RedState.com)

  • Eric Holder, attorney general nominee, was registered to lobby until 2004 on behalf of clients including Global Crossing, a bankrupt telecommunications firm [now confirmed].
  • Tom Vilsack, secretary of agriculture nominee, was registered to lobby as recently as last year on behalf of the National Education Association.
  • William Lynn, deputy defense secretary nominee, was registered to lobby as recently as last year for defense contractor Raytheon, where he was a top executive.
  • William Corr, deputy health and human services secretary nominee, was registered to lobby until last year for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a non-profit that pushes to limit tobacco use.
  • David Hayes, deputy interior secretary nominee, was registered to lobby until 2006 for clients, including the regional utility San Diego Gas & Electric.
  • Mark Patterson, chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, was registered to lobby as recently as last year for financial giant Goldman Sachs.
  • Ron Klain, chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, was registered to lobby until 2005 for clients, including the Coalition for Asbestos Resolution, U.S. Airways, Airborne Express and drug-maker ImClone.
  • Mona Sutphen, deputy White House chief of staff, was registered to lobby for clients, including Angliss International in 2003.
  • Melody Barnes, domestic policy council director, lobbied in 2003 and 2004 for liberal advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the American Constitution Society and the Center for Reproductive Rights.
  • Cecilia Munoz, White House director of intergovernmental affairs, was a lobbyist as recently as last year for the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group.
  • Patrick Gaspard, White House political affairs director, was a lobbyist for the Service Employees International Union.
  • Michael Strautmanis, chief of staff to the president’s assistant for intergovernmental relations, lobbied for the American Association of Justice from 2001 until 2005.

I’m confused, are all these people leaving?

The Washington Examiner also reports:

“we’ve excluded lobbyists from policy-making jobs”

This claim falls somewhere between extremely imprecise and downright false, presuming he’s talking about former lobbyists. To begin with, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was a lobbyist for the National Education Association in March of 2008.

Sure, education and agriculture are two different issue areas, but what about Monsanto’s former top lobbyist Michael Taylor, whom Obama put in charge of food safety policy? And then there’s top agri-chemical lobbyist Isi Siddiqui, whom Obama tapped as a trade representative on agriculture. Their defenses are that they were lobbyists outside Obama’s two-year window.

But then there’s William J. Lynn, who was a lobbyist for leading defense contractor Raytheon when Obama tapped him as Secretary of Defense. Not much getting around that one, so Obama issued a waiver.

But, last I checked, we didn’t even have a waiver for Treasury Department Chief of Staff Mark Patterson, who was a Goldman Sachs lobbyist as late as April 2008. Does Patterson recuse himself from all policymaking on taxes, financial policy, Goldman Sachs, AIG, and monetary policy?

There are at least a dozen other former lobbyists in the Obama administration.

It’s “time to put strict limits on the contributions that lobbyists give to candidates for federal office.”

Obama has credibility here, as he steadfastly tried to avoid taking lobbyist money in 2008. But it’s worth pointing out that, according to data at OpenSecrets.org, Democrats have outraised Republicans from the lobbying industry by $5.6 million to $3 million this cycle, the top two recipients of lobbyist cash are Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and 8 of the top 10 recipients are Democrats.

Finally, let’s take a look at the actual campaign donations from Obama’s Presidential election:
Yet again, the eloquent rhetoric of the President falls in direct contradiction with the facts. The American people have had enough of the speeches, the contradictions and empty promises. As a whole, Americans are a strong, resilient and hardworking people; they deserve the absolute best from those who represent them, not simply the appearance of such. Stop talking and start doing.
UPDATE: The Atlantic explains why even liberals didn’t buy the speech.
UPDATE: Statesman.com reports thorough “fact check” of SOTU

Boston Herald: Where’s Martha?

In freedom, Integrity, living free, Scott Brown on January 3, 2010 at 4:28 pm

I first saw this story on Gateway Pundit.

While Scott Brown pounds the pavement, Martha Coakley opts for a six-day vacation getaway. With Martha refusing to debate Scott one-on-one, dodging media and ignoring recent terror attacks, it’s beginning to look like her advisers are instructing her to disappear until after the election. Can you imagine taking a vacation with less than 20 days until election?

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Boston Herald: Where's Martha?

In freedom, Integrity, living free, Scott Brown on January 3, 2010 at 4:28 pm

I first saw this story on Gateway Pundit.

While Scott Brown pounds the pavement, Martha Coakley opts for a six-day vacation getaway. With Martha refusing to debate Scott one-on-one, dodging media and ignoring recent terror attacks, it’s beginning to look like her advisers are instructing her to disappear until after the election. Can you imagine taking a vacation with less than 20 days until election?

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Boston Herald: Where's Martha?

In freedom, Integrity, living free, Scott Brown on January 3, 2010 at 4:28 pm

I first saw this story on Gateway Pundit.

While Scott Brown pounds the pavement, Martha Coakley opts for a six-day vacation getaway. With Martha refusing to debate Scott one-on-one, dodging media and ignoring recent terror attacks, it’s beginning to look like her advisers are instructing her to disappear until after the election. Can you imagine taking a vacation with less than 20 days until election?

Read the rest of this entry »