January 1 –


Summarizing the (pending) “fiscal cliff” deal:

    Obama 1 (Won)
    Republicans 0.
    Elections DO have consequences.

    Prepare for the flood when the inflation dam breaks, as it inevitably will. At which time the lumpen proletariat (a fine old German term which could be defined as modern-day Democrats) will moan, “What happened?”

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It's astonishing that a man with such a colossal ego, while cherishing the opportunity to blame Republicans in the House short-term for his total screw-up of the economy, can fail to see that in the longer term, this period of U.S. decline will not be remembered as the “Boehner administration,” but the “Obama administration.”

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Obama went on “Meet the Press” over the weekend and claimed he'd cut federal spending in 2011 by over a trillion dollars. The White House Office of Management and Budget says he increased spending by $147 billion.
    Who's more credible? Take your choice. Mine is prompted by the ancient axiom about politicians: “If his lips are moving … “

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Bernard Goldberg surveys the sheer idiocy of a nation – this one – borrowing upward of forty cents out of every dollar spent and suggests that Republicans find a spokesman who can deliver this message more effectively …
    "If we continue spending money we don't have, before you can say The Great Depression we will be in one, except this one will be worse than the first one.
    "We won't have any money for the Army, the Navy, the Air Force or the Marines. We won't have any money for the FBI. No money for interstate highways or national parks. No money for anything except paying off the Chinese and everyone else who loaned us money.

    "And this president either doesn't get it or doesn't want to get it. Since he doesn't understand anything about growing the economy, he's happy just to 'spread the wealth around.' Except there won't be any wealth to spread around.

    "He will never cut spending in any serious way. He thinks government is the answer to everything.

    "The only way out is to cut spending and then cut some more. This president won't do it. He's counting on you — the American people — not to understand how serious this problem is.”

And so far he's been right.

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Circulating on the internet …
    “In 2013, both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union address will occur on the same day. This is an ironic juxtaposition of events. One involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to an insignificant creature of little intelligence for prognostication.
    “The other involves a groundhog.”

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Burt Prelutsky strokes his beard and metaphorically puts Obama on the psychiatrist's couch ...
    "When I hear Obama insisting to the Republicans in Congress that when it comes to taxes and spending, it’s his way or the highway, I understand what people mean when they refer to sore winners. Perhaps it’s because in his entire Affirmative Action-coddled life, he has never been forced to accept the inevitable losses that lead to maturity, he remains, even in his 50s, as blissfully unaware of his numerous shortcomings as your typical spoiled teenager.
    "My friend, Don Melquist, otherwise known as the Pride of Green Valley, Arizona, recently pointed out to me what a huge role bossy black women have played in Obama’s life. The ladies include Oprah Winfrey, Susan Rice, Whoopi Goldberg, Valerie Jarrett and Michelle Obama. But, it occurred to me that he has also surrounded himself with bossy Jewish men, such as Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod and George Soros, and assorted bossy ne’er-do-wells, such as Bill Ayers, Frank Marshall Davis and Jeremiah Wright. Whoever it was who first observed that when you lie down with dogs, you’re very likely to get up with fleas, must have had someone very much like Obama in mind."

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Argus Hamilton --
"O.J. Simpson is openly complaining in prison that they're after the gun owners, and tomorrow it'll be the knife owners."

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At the risk of disillusioning some folk, allow me to lift the veil from a piece of folklore.
    Spending much of my childhood in rural America, I heard that one way of becoming physically stronger required a baby bull calf. Lift him once a day, every day, the theory went, and when he was a husky 2,000-pounder you'd still be able to lift him.
    The flaw in the plan revealed itself long before Toro reached his maximum weight. The problem was not the poundage, per se, but it is not in the nature of a growing young bull to allow himself to be manhandled, however good the cause.
    I cannot reveal the research that went into this revelation.

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Realizing that the New Year will likely add to the total of human stupidity, my friend and one-time producer John Brennan forwards this collection to help immunize you against the plague. We are informed that these are reports of actual events as related by observers …

    I went to McDonald's I saw on the menu that you could have an order of 6, 9 or 12 Chicken McNuggets.
    I asked for a half-dozen nuggets.
    “We don't have half-dozen nuggets,” said the teenager at the counter. We only have six, nine, or twelve.”
    “So I can't order a half dozen nuggets, but I can order six?'
    “That's right.'

    I was checking out at the local Wal-Mart with just a few items and the lady behind me put her things on the belt close to mine.
I picked up one of those 'dividers' that they keep by the cash register and placed it between our things so they wouldn't get mixed.
After the girl had scanned all of my items, she picked up the 'divider', looking it all over for the bar code so she could scan it. Not finding the bar code, she said to me, “Do you know how much this is?”

    I recently saw a distraught young lady weeping beside her car.

    “Do you need some help?' I asked. She replied, 'I knew I should have replaced the battery to this remote door unlocker. Now I can't get into my car.”
    “Do you have an alarm, too?” I asked.
    “No, just this remote thingy,” she answered, handing it and the car keys to me.
    I took the key and manually unlocked the door. It had never occurred to her.

    Many of these people doubtless vote. Explains a lot, doesn't it?
Lee Rodgers"...and now, if you'll excuse me..."