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Ouch!

This Brit clearly hasn’t drunk the Obama Kool-Aid:

Yeah, I know, I know. I too was taken in when I first heard him speak. I remember thinking when I heard that measured, steady voice with its pleasant but authoritative timbre that here was a guy fit to govern the world. He sounded cool. Clint Eastwood “Make my day” cool.

Now, though, that novelty has worn off. Now, it’s becoming clear that this carefully worked, glacial poise is all there is to Obama. He’s just a hollow man spouting empty rhetoric.

Read the whole thing.

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Media ignoring dramatic rise in gas prices

Remember when gas prices began rising after Katrina. The media was apoplectic, pushing conspiracy theories involving Cheney, Halliburton and the oil companies. Now, not a peep. Suddenly the MSM understands market forces. James Lileks noticed it too:

Gas hit $2.45 at my local station today. A little over two weeks ago it was $1.87. Where are the stories about gouging? Obscene profits? Peak oil?

Let’s see. Who’s the president now? Oh, yes, a Democrat. Like the homeless people who suddenly become the big national news story when a Republican is in the White House, gas prices become a non-issue when a Dem lives on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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McClatchy plays Robert Gibbs today

Two McClatchy reporters played Robert Gibbs, Obama’s press secretary, today with a story titled “Cheney’s speech contained inaccuracies.” In the story, dubbed an “analysis,” which means it’s an editorial disguised as a news item, they nitpicked disagreements between Cheney and those who disagree with him and the Obama administration:

Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s defense Thursday of the Bush administration’s policies for interrogating suspected terrorists contained omissions, exaggerations and misstatements.

News flash to McClatchy: The phrase “contained omissions, exaggerations and misstatements” could be used in the lede of any story about any public statement that Obama makes. Don’t hold your breath, though.

UPDATE: NewsBusters is on the case, too:

Would anybody at the ailing McClatchy Newspapers care to point out to us even the slightest hint of neutrality in the reporting of two correspondents for that chain, Jonathan S. Landay and Warren P. Strobel, on former Vice President Dick Cheney’s speech yesterday about terrorism? You sort of get the idea where these two are coming from just by reading the title of their report: “Cheney’s speech contained omissions, misstatements.”

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Bill Kristol on Obama-Cheney “mismatch”

The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol is right on the money with this blog. My policy disagreements with President Obama aside, I’m fascinated by the language with which he’s comfortable. It seems he and his aides have decided that campaign-speak is what got him there and what will keep him there.

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Grow Up, Everybody

A $10,000 raise given to Raleigh City Manager Russell Allen is now the subject of debate and criticism, according to the News & Observer. Apparently it’s not OK for someone to get a raise — especially if it’s a manager/executive — when the rank and file don’t get one too.

Grow up, everybody. As much as today’s society preaches that we’re all equally important to our employer — no matter our contribution or performance — that’s simply not true. Never has been. If Mr. Allen has earned a raise based on his performance and the competition for his skills in his profession, then he’s earned his raise.

That said, Raleigh’s in a budget hole. My suggestion is that he make a deal with the council to defer payment of the $10K.

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