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Breakfast Scramble

DavidL's Breakfast ScrambleAs Bit rambled [1]:

Apparently, the Tea Parties [2]now officially exist… though Barry clearly still doesn’t understand them.  Still, let’s have that serous conversation, Barry. Do you suppose he’ll ever have the stones to address this? [3] You know better, don’t you? Oh, Hopey Changitude.

Yes the tea parties exist, and the one has now acknowledged that they exist.  Howver Obama stil calls them tea baggers, rather than tea partiers    We  wonder about Obama’s sources.    Sam Stien, Puffington Post [4], suggests the one is reading Miss Andrea Sullivan:

Is Barack Obama reading blogs, particularly the site of one of his campaign’s most committed supporters, Andrew Sullivan?

At his press conference on Wednesday evening, the president defended his decision to end the use of torture on detainees, by citing an article he had recently read, in which it was noted that during World War II, Winston Churchill refused to use such tactics on the spies captured by the British

And to think the Obama has the audacity to criticize normal people for listening the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.    They are tea parties, not tea bags.    Reading a real life tea bagger like Sullivan would go long way to explain Obama’s confusion.

Speaking of confusion,  Scott, Powerline [5], wonders about the veracity of Obama purported historical facts:

Churchill was the leader ultimately responsible for the firebombing of Dresden. He was not particularly constrained by high minded liberal notions of wartime restraint, though late in the war (after Dresden) he opposed “the bombing of German cities simply for the sake of increasing the terror.”

Did Churchill ever say “we don’t torture”? I don’t know and I wonder what Obama was talking about. Obama’s “knowledge” on this point may derive from the deep well of leaning afforded by a recent Andrew Sullivan post calling for the prosecution of Dick Cheney (why stop with Cheney?), based on a column last week by Ben Macintyre.

As do the Brits, Michael Tomasky, Guardian [6](UK):

[T]he president did make one glaring error. He said, when discussing torture, that he’d read an article recently saying how Churchill, at the height of the blitz, said of Great Britain “we don’t torture.”

He may well have read such an article, and Churchill may well have made such a statement. But Britain did torture.

Further, confused about his own budget:

WASHINGTON (AP [7]) – “That wasn’t me,” President Barack Obama said on his 100th day in office, disclaiming responsibility for the huge budget deficit waiting for him on Day One. It actually was him – and the other Democrats controlling Congress the previous two years – who shaped a budget so out of balance.

And confused about his stimulus planGatewasy Pundi [8]t:

During his 100 Day Press Conference Barack Obama bragged that his administration had created or saved 150,000 jobs.The US economy lost 598,000 jobs in January.
The US economy lost 706,000 jobs in February.
The US economy lost 742,000 jobs in March.

At least they know what is normal in South Carolina, Make Adams, Twohhal [9]l:

I’ve been down in South Carolina spending the last few days with a beautiful woman who is opposed to gay marriage. I hope that doesn’t offend you. In Hollywood, that’s called bigotry. In South Carolina, it’s called “normal.”

Antropogenic global warming a relgion, not science,  or says one jUK judge, Marc Sheppard, American Thinker [10]:

The judge ruled that Nicholson’s extreme green views fit the definition of “a philosophical belief under the Employment Equality (Religion and Belief) Regulations, 2003.” So strong were these “beliefs,” that they “put him at odds with other senior executives within the firm.” The 41-year-old told the employment tribunal that, as head of sustainability at Grainger plc, Britain’s largest residential property investment company, he constantly tangled with fellow-executives over the company’s environmental policies and corporate social responsibility.

Cram down, smack down:

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones [11])–A measure to allow bankruptcy judges to rework mortgages of strapped homeowners failed in the U.S. Senate Thursday, clouding its chances of becoming law.

The defeat is a setback for the Obama administration, which had championed the measure as a central plank of its plan to right the housing market.

The measure was offered as an amendment to broader banking legislation. It failed on a 51-to-45 vote, with 12 Democrats, including Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, joining Republicans in opposition.

 Arlen is Dirty Harry’s problem now, Bret Baier Fox [12]:

Cutting in Line?

Some Senate Democrats are upset over the deal Majority Leader Harry Reid made with Pennsylvania’s Arlen Specter, allowing Specter to keep the seniority he earned as a Republican and bypass other Democrats on some of the most powerful committees.

The Hill newspaper reports that Maryland’s Barbara Mikulski says, “I won’t be happy if I don’t get to chair something because of Arlen Specter.”A senior Democratic lawmaker — who spoke on condition of anonymity — says the Democratic conference will vote against giving Specter seniority over others, saying that Reid’s agreement is “his deal and not the Caucus’s.”

American Chopper meets American Beauty, People [13]:

Paul Teutul Sr. and Sarah Palin [14]

Sarah’s the one one the right.