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There ARE some things you can blame on Mr Obama…

But this ain’t one of them. I mean, Gitmo is still open, torture is still happening, the murderous God-damned wars for profit are still happening…. and he hasn’t managed to fix 30 years worth of pure destructive “trickle down free market” economic policies which favor only people willing and able to loot other peoples’ treasuries. But according to Right Wing bullshit-monger The Daily Caller, there’s a massive increase, (not true, the figure is less than half a percentage point) in pedestrian deaths. And that Michelle Obama is at fault because she encouraged kids to get out from in front of the TV and go for walks, exercise, do things for which the human body is geared. The “Debating” points… as reported at HuffPo:

Slight Uptick In Pedestrian Deaths Is Apparently Michelle Obama’s Fault
Jason Linkins jason@huffingtonpost.com

As Ashley Halsey III, in the Washington Post, reports:

It is the kind risk teenagers take: darting across six lanes of traffic, paying no mind to the flashing sign warning pedestrians to await the green light.

Wayne Cuffy and his buddies bolted across Landover Road on their way to the mall Tuesday night, a mistake that cost the 15-year-old his life when he stepped in front of a Ford Expedition at Dodge Park Road.

A terrible tragedy, to be sure, one that figures into new statistics from the Governor’s Highway Safety Administration, which finds that pedestrian deaths ticked upwards by a teensy 0.4 percent in 2010. And all of those deaths could have been prevented if only Michelle Obama hadn’t been encouraging Wayne Cuffy and his buddies to get out there and start exercising, right?

The Daily Caller is pretty sure they have this all figured out, anyway:

Pedestrian deaths increased sharply during the first half of 2010, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The reason may be First Lady Michelle Obama and her “Let’s Move” campaign.

That’s right! While an intelligent read of everyone else’s reporting on the slight uptick in pedestrian deaths might lead you to conclude that more pedestrians are distracted by their iPods and smart-phones, or that pedestrians are growing more aggressive, The Daily Caller’s Amanda Carey is pretty sure that this is all being caused by that time Michelle Obama urged children, “Let’s Move!” as though she meant, “Let’s move right in front of some moving cars!”

Carey basically echoes this piece from the Washington Examiner, in which the executive director of GHSA discusses the extent to which Michelle Obama is to blame for people dying in the streets in a way that I would term “highly equivocal”:

GHSA executive director Barbara Harsha said her organization doesn’t know why there were more deaths in the first six months of 2010 than in 2009, but the increase is notable because overall traffic fatalities went down 8 percent during this period, and the increase ends four straight years of steady declines in pedestrian deaths.

But the “get moving” movement, led by Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign to eliminate childhood obesity, could be to blame, Harsha told The Washington Examiner.

“There’s an emphasis these days to getting fit, and I think people doing that are more exposed to risk [of getting hit by a vehicle],” said Harsha, who conceded to having no scientific evidence that the Let’s Move campaign has led to an increase in walkers and runners, or deaths.

“This is all speculative,” Harsha said. “Obviously, further study is needed.”

Kids, before you exercise, remember to get yourself stretched out at least as far as the above stretches the meanings of words like “told” and “conceded.”

UPDATE: GHSA’s communications director, Jonathan Adkins, tells the Huffington Post: “Barbara Harsha was completely misquoted by the D.C. Examiner. Certainly, we don’t blame Mrs. Obama for the uptick in pedestrian deaths. In fact, we support “Get Moving” programs. We just want to ensure pedestrian safety.”

Meanwhile, deaths from heart disease — the nation’s leading killer of humans — were down considerably in 2010, beating expectations. Medical professionals, however, worry that these trends will be reversed if more isn’t done to stem the “twin epidemics of diabetes and obesity in young people.” So, yeah, maybe now isn’t the best time to conclude from the GHSA study that the safest thing you can do is sit on your couch all afternoon, stewing in your own filth and drinking ranch dressing straight from the bottle. But if you hate Michelle Obama, by all means, indulge

One of my liberal friends posted that to yet another left-wing forum, with the following commentary.

The last paragraph lays out the irony. These are the same folks who oppose health care because all those sick people did it to themselves by sitting on the couch eating Cheetoes.

I wrote one article in the Rants & Raves section of Craigslist pointing out the fact that even if the light hasn’t changed, a pedestrian in the crosswalk (or even jaywalking) Has The Right-Of-Way end of sentence period. Screaming out the passenger side of your best friends ride to the pedestrian “Hey, get the Fuck out of MY road” marks you as an idiot, for one thing, extremely childish, and a lawbreaker. Harassing other users of the road, no matter what vehicle they’re using, especially their feet, is not only socially retarded behavior, it’s illegal. Honking your stupid horn in any situation other than to signal an impending hazard is also illegal.

People who don’t bother to read those portions of the Drivers License Test and the accompanying manual shouldn’t be allowed to drive, in a civilized society.

Lucky for them we don’t have a civilized society. My post on Craigslist R&R got flagged. The person who replied to it by saying he would simply run over anybody in his mad rush to claim his non-existent Right of Way, and subsequently call the police to report it after he got home, (several crimes there, including murder)… His post wasn’t flagged.

Ehh… just goes to show we’ve got a lot of semi-educated Right Wing Morons in town.

But the Road Rage, fueled by Right Wing Talk Radio, that would be probably THE most significant factor in pedestrians getting hit.

If you’re crossing the street or even walking on the sidewalk parallel to the street and you hear a loud motor, AM radio playing and some idiot leaning on his horn and cursing, just realize that you’re witnessing a crime, AND that you and anybody else in reach of his vehicle are in danger.

My but this is fun. Sweet Video.

Saying that President Obama planted a Computer Chip in his head and then saying further that Americans should be gunned down to accomplish Tea Party goals, That was O-Kay. Saying that his fellow TeaBags should not vote for Sarah Palin, No Kay. They turned on him and mocked THAT as being crazy.

Having a computer chip in his brain and wanting to kill people, that’s not crazy. They applauded him for that. Although, if he had a computer chip in his brain, wouldn’t that make him Want To Do What He’s Told by Obama? How did Obama accomplish that, anyway? Something like the Alien Abductions, which are an order of magnitude more believable?

Maybe in one of those court-orders hospital sessions..

On the Other Hand, Sarah said in Arizona to “not sit down or shut up”… but only those who agreed with her. Apparently, Free Speech means Free to Agree, or be escorted from her Royal Presence by Federal Officials, at Taxpayer expense. Which was going on at the same time she was saying “don’t sit down or shut up”.

That of course would be seen on different videos, the one provided at the above link is a “Free Speech” rally.

He’s also a radio host for a local-to-wherever-the-Hell-he-was Right Wing Call-in Show. Nice to see that even people with His Own Special Problem can be gainfully employed.

Tea-Party Skulks decide to ramp up their terrorism…

Only, like the jackals they truly are, they did drive-by windowbreakinsgs and split before anybody could fight them. Guess it’s a Republican thing, you know, institutionalized cowardice. Their Skulk “leaders” at DumFox Noose Nutwerx are “fighting a war against Liberals” the same way they “fought” in the VietNam War, which they universally supported, just, you know, not with their own personal presence.
Beck and Limbaugh and Malkin and O’Reilly, Ted “I shit my pants and didn’t shower for a month to play crazy in order to not go to the VietNam War I supported” Nugent, doing their Same Old Tired Ass ChickenHawk routine, urging OTHER PEOPLE to commit the crimes they’re just too yellow to commit themselves.

These “leaders” also tell their Demented Disciples that all you have to do is show a gun to a Liberal and he’ll fold up like a soft-shell taco and say “Oh, Please, Mr. Minuteman Coward, Sir, Please don’t shoot me!”

Even though they were proved wrong at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville TN… Adkisson is right now in protective custody, hiding behind several rows of bars and a phalanx of Tennessee cops while he shouts “Nigger nigger nigger” at fellow inmates… like the True Monkey in The Zoo that he is. That’s Republican “courage” in action. He picked a fight with a church where he thought everybody was helpless. Kind of like a 4th grade kid who tries to make a reputation beating up on Kindergarten students. Yep, them Republicans sho’ does love them some Baby-Killing. By the way, for those of our newer readers who were hiding under a rock for the past couple of years, two of the “Liberals he shot to death before being wrestled to the ground, one was a Retired Marine.. and both of them got between the muzzle of his Elmer Fudd pop-gun and the CHILDREN of the church who he was targeting.

“Be vewwy vewwy quiet— I’m hunting Wibewals! huhuhuhuhuhu!”

See, Oh Big Bwave “patwiiots”, the problem with your leaders’ plans is that exactly NONE of you Tee-Pottie freaks are man enough to do anything like that unless you catch somebody out alone, and you have several of your Big Bwave Patwiot Fwiends with you. And your Elmer Fudd guns. You’re just as yellow as your “leaders”.

Karl Rove, speaking of Killer Kowardice, actually wrote a book using the word “courage” as part of the title.

I used to wonder if all the Republicans are a bunch of chickenshit Retards. Now it’s been confirmed.