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Smear: Bill O’Reilly Takes Silly Hot Air Comment And Calls It “Blog Posting”

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:08 pm

See if you can spot the problem with this still image from Bill O’Reilly’s show today:

(Image via Doubleplusundead.)

The problem, of course, is that neither Ed Morrissey nor Allahpundit would ever say something like that. You have probably already guessed (with help from the post title!) that the “blog posting” in question is actually a comment from their site — made by someone who evidently has paid no attention to Ed’s and Allah’s disdain for the use of the name “Hussein” to refer to Barack Obama.

I came this close to paying $4.95 to sign up to O’Reilly’s site for a month so I could troll his message boards for idiotic “Bill O’Reilly blog postings.” But I didn’t want to give him the money. Luckily, ginalou came to my aid. Behold:

Above: Bill O’Reilly blog posting

There have to be even better Bill O’Reilly blog postings. Anyone else a member?

P.S. Allahpundit responds here.

Sport’s Quote of the Day

Filed under: Sports — DRJ @ 4:03 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Texas football Coach Mack Brown, as he prepares to visit the troops with Ohio State’s Jim Tressel, Mississippi’s Houston Nutt, Wake Forest’s Jim Grobe, UCLA’s Rick Neuheisel, the Air Force Academy’s Troy Calhoun and former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville:

“[In the military,] you never know when you leave in the morning if you are going to come back or if you are going to come back in the same way, so their lives are very different than ours. And as many similarities as there are between football and the military, theirs is real because they can die. And that’s the difference, and that’s why we quit using the term “war” and we quit using the word “battle” when we start talking about a football game because it’s very, very different. But leadership is something we can continue to learn.”


Relevant Joe Biden

Filed under: Government — DRJ @ 3:17 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

A quote from Joe Biden’s speech at the Air Force Academy today:

When Biden’s teleprompter failed, he poked fun at Obama, who’s known for relying on teleprompters for his speeches.

“What am I going to tell the president? Tell him his teleprompter is broken? What will he do then?” Biden joked.

That’s pure Biden, isn’t it? I bet Obama and his advisers would love to muzzle Joe for the next three years. There’s also this quote:

“You do it all. You’re going be asked to do more,” Biden told about 1,000 graduating cadets at the school in Colorado Springs. “You are relevant.”

He might want to work on that for the future because it’s not the most inspiring thing you can say to young graduates. But I can understand where he’s coming from. The Air Force has been vital to American military success but its involvement in the War on Terror has not been as visible in the media as it was in, for example, Desert Storm. Some may view that as a secondary role, and I’m sure Vice President Biden knows what it feels like to play second fiddle.


Solar Power and Jobs in Las Vegas

Filed under: Obama — DRJ @ 2:35 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Barack Obama was in Las Vegas last night and today (where he did not say the “magic words“). He also toured Nellis AFB. Nellis generates 25% of its power from a photovoltaic array aka solar power. The White House Press Office provides this background on the Nellis solar power project:

# The Nellis solar power system, completed in December of 2007, is America’s largest solar photovoltaic array.

# The plant will generate more than 30 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean electricity annually and supply approximately 25% of the total power used at the base, where 12,000 people live and work.

# The system covers 140 acres of land at Nellis AFB, 33 acres of which are a capped landfill which has been reused for this “green” energy project. The array is made from over 72,000 solar panels which track the sun to maximize the solar renewable energy we can receive.

# It will reduce carbon emissions by 24,000 tons annually.

# Using a “first-of-its-kind” public/private partnership, this project (which cost over $100M to construct) cost the AF less than $100,000 in capital costs, yet saved Nellis over $1.2M in its first year of operation.

# The Nellis solar power system is joint venture between the U.S. Air Force; Renewable Ventures; SunPower Corporation; and N.V. Energy.

# It took over 200 workers to build the array.

The project took $100M to build and saves $1.2M a year. That should pay off in 83 years. Sweet.

Speaking of sweet deals, the AP reports Obama claimed his economic stimulus has saved or created 150,000 jobs. Where is the proof that the stimulus has saved or created 150,000 jobs? I don’t see them in my area but here’s one possibility: Obama’s speech at Nellis followed his appearance at a fundraiser last night for Harry Reid in Las Vegas. He is also scheduled to attend a fundraiser tonight for the DNC in Los Angeles. Maybe those extra jobs are in fundraising and catering.


The 2009 Van Cliburn Piano Competition

Filed under: Current Events — DRJ @ 11:07 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

And now for something completely different.

The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition — The Cliburn — is an international piano competition for promising pianists that takes place every 4 years in Fort Worth, Texas. It’s named for Harvey Lavan “Van” Cliburn, Jr., an American pianist who won the first International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow as a young pianist during the height of the Cold War.

The 2009 Cliburn competition began May 22 and ends June 7, and includes preliminary, semifinal and final rounds. This year’s event hosts 29 young pianists from all over the world. The contestants play solo recitals in each round and also perform with a string quartet in the semifinal round.


Sotomayor: Originally Picked, Not by GHWB, But by a Democrat Senator

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:25 am

Obama made a big deal yesterday out of the fact that Sonia Sotomayor was first appointed to the federal bench by George H.W. Bush, so it’s good to remember exactly how that happened. Byron York explains that Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan essentially got to hand-pick her as part of a longstanding arrangement he had with the other New York Senator.

Of course, even if GHWB had hand-picked her, that would hardly be a point in her favor . . . as evidenced by the man whom she is replacing.

Meanwhile, Beldar offers his take, which is very similar to my own. Elections have consequences. True, she’s not the absolute brightest bulb in the chandelier, and she has the liberal penchant for using race to determine what should be legal decisions. These facts should be revealed to the public, so that the public is reminded of the consequences of their election. But absent some new revelation, this nominee will be confirmed. This nominee is no Harriet Miers, and we could do worse. Nor will her confirmation change much about the court.

No need to keep your powder dry; if there are legitimate shots to take, we should take them. But I don’t see anything so far that justifies killing her nomination — other than the fact that we don’t like whom the President picked. Well, the answer to that is simple: next time, pick a better President.

Obama Administration Closing Down Dealerships That Donated to the GOP??

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:16 am

What happens when the President of the United States seizes control of a major industry?

Would you be surprised to learn that “business” decisions start getting made, not on the basis of merit or profitability, but rather on the basis of political donations?

If you answered “yes” then you are (and I say this in the nicest possible way) an idiot.

And so there is really very little that is surprising about the fact that the Chrysler dealerships getting closed down appear to share a curious characteristic: they donate heavily to Republicans:

I took all dealer owners whose names appeared more than once in the list. And, of those who contributed to political campaigns, every single one had donated almost exclusively to GOP candidates.


But surely this was Chrysler’s decision? So it’s really just business?

Uh, not necessarily:

A lawyer for Chrysler dealers facing closure as part of the automaker’s bankruptcy reorganization said on Tuesday he believes Chrysler executives do not support a plan to eliminate a quarter of its retail outlets.

. . . .

“It became clear to us that Chrysler does not see the wisdom of terminating 25 percent of its dealers,” Bellavia said. “It really wasn’t Chrysler’s decision. They are under enormous pressure from the President’s automotive task force.”

Hello? Big Media? Hello? Anyone home???

UPDATE: Hot Air had essentially the same post a few hours ago, but I just saw it now . . .

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