Hussein in Cairo

Mad Obama

 

Some notes and observations on Obama’s speech in Cairo:

I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.
Really?  With all you have on your plate, this is a priority?
So let there be no doubt: Islam is a part of America.
Oh, there’s no doubt: 9-11-01, 5-20-09, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/21/nyregion/21arrests.html 6-1-09 http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,524799,00.html …yeah, we get the picture.
Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism – it is an important part of promoting peace.
This is one of the most asinine statements I have ever encountered. 
The Holy Koran teaches that whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind; and whoever saves a person, it is as if he has saved all mankind.
Tell your Muslim amigos to stop skipping over that part of the Holy Koran.
9/11 was an enormous trauma to our country. The fear and anger that it provoked was understandable, but in some cases, it led us to act contrary to our ideals. We are taking concrete actions to change course. I have unequivocally prohibited the use of torture by the United States, and I have ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed by early next year.
Never stop appologizing Hussein!  You’ll earn enormous respect.
Unlike Afghanistan, Iraq was a war of choice…
Obama’s reference to the 2003 invasion of Iraq as a “war of choice” touched at least one nerve.  Iraqi National Security Adviser Muwafaq Rubaie said that while it was a war of choice, “it was a good choice, because that choice brought down one of the most brutal dictators in history.”
More recently, tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations. 
Aww, that’s so sad!
[Palestinians] endure the daily humiliations – large and small – that come with occupation.
So they know what it’s like to be a conservative living in ObamaNation.
No system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other.
America imposed systems of government — thank goodness — in Germany, Japan, and South Korea. 
I strongly reaffirmed America’s commitment to seek a world in which no nations hold nuclear weapons.
You naif!
I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose. Those are not just American ideas, they are human rights, and that is why we will support them everywhere.
You believe in free speech?  The rule of law? Equal adminstration of justice? Transparent government? Government that doesn’t steal from people?  The freedom to live as you choose?  Ha! Could have fooled me!  Your actions speak louder than your words.
This last point is important because there are some who advocate for democracy only when they are out of power; once in power, they are ruthless in suppressing the rights of others.
You would know.
For instance, in the United States, rules on charitable giving have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation. That is why I am committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat.  [Zakat: It is an obligation on Muslims to pay 1/40 (2.5%) of the wealth which they have had for a full lunar year.]
What exactly is Obama talking about here?  Does he want to make it easier for Muslims to contribute to terrorist organizations?  Apparently no one knows where Obama’s going with this.
In Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia, we have seen Muslim-majority countries elect a woman to lead. Meanwhile, the struggle for women’s equality continues in many aspects of American life, and in countries around the world.
Hey, thanks for defeating Hillary Clinton!
It is easier to blame others than to look inward…
Is that why you always blame America first?

I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.

Really?  With all you have on your plate, this is a priority?

Let there be no doubt: Islam is a part of America.

Oh, there’s no doubt: 9-11-01, 5-20-09, 6-1-09 …yeah, we get the picture.

Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism – it is an important part of promoting peace.

This is one of the most asinine statements I have ever encountered. 

The Holy Koran teaches that whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind; and whoever saves a person, it is as if he has saved all mankind.

Tell your Muslim amigos to stop skipping over that part of the Holy Koran.

9/11 was an enormous trauma to our country. The fear and anger that it provoked was understandable, but in some cases, it led us to act contrary to our ideals. We are taking concrete actions to change course. I have unequivocally prohibited the use of torture by the United States, and I have ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed by early next year.

Never stop apologizing, groveling and pandering Hussein!  You’ll earn enormous respect.

Unlike Afghanistan, Iraq was a war of choice…

Obama’s reference to the 2003 invasion of Iraq as a “war of choice” touched at least one nerve.  Iraqi National Security Adviser Muwafaq Rubaie said that while it was a war of choice, “it was a good choice, because that choice brought down one of the most brutal dictators in history.”

More recently, tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations. 

Aww, that’s so sad!

[Palestinians] endure the daily humiliations – large and small – that come with occupation.

So they know what it’s like to be a conservative living in an ObamaNation.

No system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other.

America imposed systems of government — thank goodness — in Germany, Japan, and South Korea. 

I strongly reaffirmed America’s commitment to seek a world in which no nations hold nuclear weapons.

You naif!

I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose. Those are not just American ideas, they are human rights, and that is why we will support them everywhere.

You believe in free speech?  The rule of law? Equal administration of justice? Transparent government? Government that doesn’t steal from people?  The freedom to live as you choose?  Ha! Could have fooled me!  Your actions speak louder than your words.

There are some who advocate for democracy only when they are out of power; once in power, they are ruthless in suppressing the rights of others.

You would know.

For instance, in the United States, rules on charitable giving have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation. That is why I am committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat.  [Zakat: It is an obligation on Muslims to pay 1/40 (2.5%) of the wealth which they have had for a full lunar year.]

What exactly is Obama talking about here?  Does he want to make it easier for Muslims to contribute to terrorist organizations?  Apparently no one knows where Obama’s going with this.

In Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia, we have seen Muslim-majority countries elect a woman to lead. Meanwhile, the struggle for women’s equality continues in many aspects of American life, and in countries around the world.

Hey, thanks for defeating Hillary Clinton!

It is easier to blame others than to look inward…

Is that why you always blame America first?

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Underground or Above Board?

Radio TowerMuch is to be had on the internet regarding the history of the so-called “Fairness Doctrine. When it was introduced in the U.S. in 1949, the thought was that while there was an unlimited supply of paper and ink for newspaper publications, the number of available airwaves was extremely limited, and that they should be used to present opposing points of view in an equal manner. The thought turned out to be ill-formed. The doctrine was finally abolished in 1987, not only because it was determined that it was not in the public’s best interest, and that it violated free speech rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, but because very few people were interested in presenting views opposing those which were broadcast.
While there doesn’t appear to be any serious legislation proposing the reinstatement of the act at the moment (despite a few prominent politicians wanting it otherwise) a thought occurred about all of this. I may be wrong, but I don’t believe a Fairness Doctrine, or any similar animal or mutation will be visited upon us any time soon.
The reasons have to do with the very things that politicians would like to have on a tight leash; conservative blogs and talk radio. Although there may be no way to know if either or both are monitored, or to what extent, I believe such things are monitored. As long as we’re all just talking and blogging away, however, and things don’t get beyond venting and wringing of hands, no harm done. We’re all letting it hang out for the world to hear and see.
On the other hand, if there were no conservative blogs and talk radio to monitor, Plan B would be the formation of underground resistance movements. Although “resistance movements” in the generic sense have been around for centuries, dating from the American Revolution and even earlier, the term really came into being during World War II. By definition, underground movements are….underground. They are also by definition, action and result-oriented. Unless they are infiltrated, no one knows exactly what they’re up to, and improvements in technology continue to make them more efficient.
Given the current state of conservative talk radio and blogs, the powers-that-be would probably prefer to know what talk radio hosts and bloggers are up to, rather than risk implementation of Plan B.

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Much is to be had on the internet regarding the history of the so-called “Fairness Doctrine.”  When it was introduced in the U.S. in 1949, the thought was that while there was an unlimited supply of paper and ink for newspaper publications, the number of available airwaves was extremely limited, and that they should be used to present opposing points of view in an equal manner. The thought turned out to be ill-formed. The doctrine was finally abolished in 1987, not only because it was determined that it was not in the public’s best interest, and that it violated free speech rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, but because very few people were interested in presenting views opposing those which were broadcast.

While there doesn’t appear to be any serious legislation proposing the reinstatement of the act at the moment (despite a few prominent politicians wanting it otherwise) a thought occurred about all of this. I may be wrong, but I don’t believe a Fairness Doctrine, or any similar animal or mutation will be visited upon us any time soon.

The reasons have to do with the very things that politicians would like to have on a tight leash; conservative blogs and talk radio. Although there may be no way to know if either or both are monitored, or to what extent, I believe such things are monitored. As long as we’re all just talking and blogging away, however, and things don’t get beyond venting and wringing of hands, no harm done. We’re all letting it hang out for the world to hear and see.

On the other hand, if there were no conservative blogs and talk radio to monitor, Plan B would be the formation of underground resistance movements. Although “resistance movements” in the generic sense have been around for centuries, dating from the American Revolution and even earlier, the term really came into being during World War II. By definition, underground movements are….underground. They are also by definition, action and result-oriented. Unless they are infiltrated, no one knows exactly what they’re up to, and improvements in technology continue to make them more efficient.

Given the current state of conservative talk radio and blogs, the powers-that-be would probably prefer to know what talk radio hosts and bloggers are up to, rather than risk implementation of Plan B.

Read more of Adrienne’s posts at her website.

Government Motors Propaganda

Listen closely.  The narration sounds like it was written by one of Obama’s speech writers.  What do you think?

 

 

Help advance Obama’s agenda.  Buy GM.

The Perks of Public Service

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Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings spent $24,730 in taxpayer money last year to lease a 2008 luxury Lexus hybrid sedan. Ohio Rep. Michael Turner expensed a $1,435 digital camera. Eni Faleomavaega, the House delegate from American Samoa, bought two 46-inch Sony TVs.
The expenditures were legal, properly accounted for and drawn from allowances the U.S. government grants to lawmakers. Equipment purchased with office expense accounts must be returned to the House or the federal General Services Administration when a lawmaker leaves office.
The Senate and House release volumes of the reimbursement requests for these allowances, but do not make them available electronically. A Wall Street Journal review of thousands of pages of these records for 2008 expenses showed most lawmaker spending flowed to areas such as staff salaries, travel, office rent and supplies, and printing and mailing.
But it also turned up spending on an array of products, from the car leases and electronics to a high-end laptop computer and $22 cellphone holder. Rep. Howard Berman expensed $84,000 worth of personalized calendars, printed by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, for his constituents. A spokeswoman for Mr. Berman, a California Democrat, didn’t return requests for comment.

 

The inmates are running the asylum:

Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings spent $24,730 in taxpayer money last year to lease a 2008 luxury Lexus hybrid sedan. Ohio Rep. Michael Turner expensed a $1,435 digital camera. Eni Faleomavaega, the House delegate from American Samoa, bought two 46-inch Sony TVs.

The expenditures were legal, properly accounted for and drawn from allowances the U.S. government grants to lawmakers. Equipment purchased with office expense accounts must be returned to the House or the federal General Services Administration when a lawmaker leaves office.

House members get a government expense allowance of $1.3 million to $1.9 million a year. Senators get $2.9 million to $4.5 million.

The Senate and House release volumes of the reimbursement requests for these allowances, but do not make them available electronically. A Wall Street Journal review of thousands of pages of these records for 2008 expenses showed most lawmaker spending flowed to areas such as staff salaries, travel, office rent and supplies, and printing and mailing.

But it also turned up spending on an array of products, from the car leases and electronics to a high-end laptop computer and $22 cellphone holder. Rep. Howard Berman expensed $84,000 worth of personalized calendars, printed by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, for his constituents. A spokeswoman for Mr. Berman, a California Democrat, didn’t return requests for comment…

While American workers see their wages decline and face record job losses, it is unconscionable that Congress would indulge in such extravagant spending practices!

Nothing good can come of this . . .

Tiller

George Tiller, abortion doc, killed at church.

 

Whoever murdered George Tiller has done a gravely wicked thing. The evil of this action is in no way diminished by the blood George Tiller had on his own hands. No private individual had the right to execute judgment against him. We are a nation of laws. Lawless violence breeds only more lawless violence. Rightly or wrongly, George Tilller was acquitted by a jury of his peers. “Vengeance is mine, says the Lord.” For the sake of justice and right, the perpetrator of this evil deed must be prosecuted, convicted, and punished. By word and deed, let us teach that violence against abortionists is not the answer to the violence of abortion. Every human life is precious. George Tiller’s life was precious. We do not teach the wrongness of taking human life by wrongfully taking a human life. Let our “weapons” in the fight to defend the lives of abortion’s tiny victims, be chaste weapons of the spirit. 

— Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University.

Voting For A Racist?

To The Senators Who Will Vote To Confirm Sotomayor:

When you vote to confirm Sotomayor, you will have failed in your responsibility to stand up for impartial justice and the separation of powers.  

Sotomayor doesn’t know whether biology, culture or experience is the most important source of her prejudice, but she anticipates that her bias will confer judging skills that will make her superior to white males.

From a speech, Sotomayor in her own words (and with ample context):

  • “Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences… our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging.”
  • “Personal experiences affect the facts that judges choose to see. …I simply do not know exactly what that difference will be in my judging. But I accept there will be some based on my gender and my Latina heritage.”
  • “Justice O’Connor has often been cited as saying that a wise old man and wise old woman will reach the same conclusion in deciding cases. …I am also not so sure that I agree with the statement. First…there can never be a universal definition of wise. Second, I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

[Translation: Judges are prejudiced, my prejudice will stem from my female gender and my Hispanic heritage …my prejudice will be an asset.]

From NRO:

“So accustomed have we become to identity politics that it barely causes a ripple when a highly touted Supreme Court candidate, who sits on the federal Appeals Court in New York, has seriously suggested that Latina women like her make better judges than white males.
 
“Any prominent white male would be instantly and properly banished from polite society as a racist and a sexist for making an analogous claim of ethnic and gender superiority or inferiority.”

That Sotomayor touts her prejudice would be reason enough to vote against her confirmation, but Sonia has also hinted at a preference for legislating from the bench.  While Sonia Sotomayor was participating in a panel discussion at Duke University Law School, she said the following:

“…Court of Appeals is where policy is made, and I know this is on tape and I should never say that because we don’t MAKE law.  I know…uhm…ok…  I know, I know.  I’m not promoting it and I’m not advocating it.  I’m…you know…uhm…ok…uhm…”

Reaction to the statement from Verum Serum:

“Talk about a ‘wink, wink, nudge, nudge‘ moment. Everyone there KNEW what she meant.  That’s why they were all laughing.”

So Sotomayor is quite comfortable with the idea of legislating from the bench and admits to being prejudiced.  How can you take this candidate seriously?

In nominating Sotomayor, Obama is delivering on a promise he never should have made:

“I will seek someone who understands that justice isn’t about some abstract legal theory… I view that quality of empathy, of understanding and identifying with peoples hopes and struggles as an essential ingredient for arriving at just decisions and outcomes.”

From The American Spectator:

“Obama’s call for Supreme Court justices who demonstrate the proper ’empathy’ isn’t merely wrong; it’s unlawful, indeed anarchic, and it utterly trashes the entire American tradition of equal procedural treatment under the law.  The proper conservative response to any nominee forwarded by Obama under such criteria is to demand, and force, extended and illuminating public debate in the Senate.”

FYI, The Judicial Oath, for all Federal Judges and Justices:

“I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as (name of position) under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God.”
 

Prop 8 Upheld

Prop 8 Upheld


Californa supremes will recognize previous gay marriages. 

The decision virtually ensures another fight at the ballot box over marriage rights for gays. Gay rights activists say they may ask voters to repeal the marriage ban as early as next year, and opponents have pledged to fight any such effort. Proposition 8 passed with 52% of the vote.