Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Minnesota voters proven to be insane

Franken succeeds in stealing the election.

Yet another nail in the coffin of the USA.

And the news media continues to drink the kool - aid.

There is no guarantee Senate Democrats would all fall in line to pass Obama's top initiatives, and the Democratic president knows it.

"I am under no illusions that suddenly I'm going to have a rubber-stamp Senate," Obama said in April after Specter switched parties.

What a crock of BS.

h/t Drudge

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Get Out Of Our House

Last Saturday night approximately 100 people packed the meeting room at BassProShops in Ashland to hear Tim Cox explain the concept of GOOOH.

I was in attendance and I must say the man has a plan. It's going to require cooperation from all corners of the conservative movement, but if we can make it work, I think this country can be saved from the headlong rush into socialism we seem to be trapped in.

And trapped is what we will be if we don't do something, and do it soon. We need good solid conservatives who would be willing to perform the duties of a Representative the way it was intended: a citizen legislature, like Virginia, which meets twice a year to take care of the country's business, and then goes home to their regular job.

I can think of a half a dozen Virginia delegates who would be perfect candidates.

We are being spoon-fed this crap and told we need it.
They're pissing in our ear and telling us it's raining.

From Cap and Tax to healthcare to goverment takeover of industry where a sitting CEO of a private corporation can be fired by the President of the United States for no apparent reason to Congress exceeding the powers granted by the Constitution; we are being screwed big time and K-Y is optional.

Stalin and Lenin are doing a jig in Hell watching us being led down the road they paved.

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Hope you enjoy a return to the old days

The House has passed the Trade Knee Capping Cap and Trade Bill. This madness is just one result of the environmentalist movement to "reduce our carbon footprint."

Look at the 32 year old woman on the right. She had a minuscule carbon footprint. Welcome to the world that the Greens want back.

Expensive energy = more human power needed.
Expensive energy = no time saving devices.
Expensive energy = prolonged national depression.

Protein Wisdom explores the nature of these "lying, misanthropic, baby-hating Luddite.(s)"

Modern Americans have NO freaking clue as to the reality of a world with energy rationing. No freaking clue as to the reality of living in a world of little or no available gasoline.

They all think that life will be the same except that we'll all be "saving the Earth." MMMMMMmmmm. Won't that keep us warm at night. I'm sure those idiots will object to my increase use of lumber to burn when fuel and electricity prices skyrocket. I'm sure that they won't mind too much when forests are being turned into fuel. Just think of all that soot going into the air......
THAT will be helpful in cooling the planet.....

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Climate Bill is a "pile of sh#t"

Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) had a few choice words about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) landmark climate-change bill after its passage Friday.

When asked why he read portions of the cap-and-trade bill on the floor Friday night, Boehner told The Hill, "Hey, people deserve to know what's in this pile of shit."

Need anything more be said?

From The Hill.com

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A Culture of Treason

There comes a time when legal processes are no longer applicable, and the nation is rapidly approaching that situation.
.When the possibility that the occupant of the Office of President is ineligible to hold the office in violation of the fundamental laws of the land and no authority will take action to even check...

.When a possibly Ineligible-Affirmative-Action-Usurper-in-Chief packs the highest offices with criminals and cheats then persecutes those who seek to right the wrong...

.When a possibly Ineligible-Affirmative-Action-Usurper-in-Chief pays homage to the enemies of the nation and treats its allies with scorn...

.When the voting processes and census processes become so contaminated by the likes of ACORN and they receive taxpayer funds to advance a particuler political agenda, and the Justice Department ignores the situation...

.When the judiciary becomes packed with corrupt political hacks FOR LIFE...

.When the Congressional majority is controlled by traitors, fools, and thieves...

.When greedy filthy corrupt unions control education to keep the so-called "voters" even more stupid then they would be on their own...

.When borders are open to to criminals and illegal immigrants alike, and the responsible authorities do nothing to prevent or even address the problem for their own selfish reasons...

.When patriots in law enforcement and the military are persecuted for doing their jobs...

.When the media have become a propaganda arm of the traitors in government...

... the long-term prospects look bleak.
... the legal glue starts to come unstuck.
... normal politcal activity becomes useless.
... the time for alternative actions arrive.

.Treason is evident for all to see and the challenge to right the wrong is before us.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

The Bill to put a Cap into our Trade has passed

Eight idiotic Republicans helped to pass this theft.
Let them know what you think:
Bono (CA) 202-225-5330 Castle (DE) 202-225-4165 Kirk (IL) 202-225-4835 Lance (NJ) 202-225-5361 Lobiondo (NJ) 202-225-6572 McHugh (NY) 202-225-4611 Reichart (WA) 202-225-7761 Chris Smith (NJ) 202-225-3765

NO Congressman read this bill. They continue to pass bills that they are not reading and expect us to know what the law is. Ignorance of the law is supposed to be no excuse. Every single one of these bastards need to be kicked out of office. Every single one of the bastards that sponsored this, supported this, or voted for this should be impeached for malfeasance.

I think that I'm going to need a lot of that tape to wrap around my head.

First, the entire bill is based on a false premise of confirmed man-made global warming. Not only has no global warming been confirmed to be man-made, THE PLANET IS COOLING!

Second, no one read this bill. 300 pages were snuck in at 3 am. And there is an unconstitutional “place holder” mentioned so that they can add more after the vote. (Khrys at Michelle Malkin.com: The GOP should explore bringing suit with the aim of declaring “placeholder provisions” make the whole bill unconstitutional. If Line Item Veto is unconstitutional, Line Item Insert sure as heck is too.)

Third, the entire premise of “cap and trade” is a proven failure. Look at Europe and Kyoto. China and India have already spoken. They are NOT going to kill THEIR economies.

Fourth, Spain is bewildered that we are following a similar plan for green jobs as theirs. Their plan failed miserably.

This bill will do nothing but hurt our economy. NOTHING will be gained, except that Al Gore’s wallet will get fatter. He owns a “carbon credit” company. Where are all the critics of Enron? This was an idea pushed by those thieves.

Reports say that the switchboards were overloaded with citizens demanding a NO vote. Including Democrats. This government is out of control. This is the greatest tax hike for the US in history. And, apparently, we don't have any representation.

Ironic that its so close to July 4th.

Rope. Tree. Politician. Some assembly required.

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Iranian Freedom Fighters - updated

These brave, brave people. Stones vs rifles. Bare courage and honor against thugs. If only they had their own rifles so that they could fight back properly.

Do we have people in this country like this anymore? Would we be willing to take to the streets? Or the rooftops?

If you are interested in Iran, Gateway Pundit has been following this since the beginning. Just keep scrolling

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DC Protest Warrior: Heritage Foundation Morning Bell

DC Protest Warrior: Heritage Foundation Morning Bell

Waxman-Markey Bill Is An Energy Tax That Doesn’t Work
Later today, the House of Representatives is slated to vote on the most convoluted attempt at economic central-planning this nation has ever attempted: cap and trade. The 1,200-plus page Waxman-Markey climate change legislation is nothing more than an energy tax in disguise that by 2035 will raise:

Gasoline prices by 58 percent
Natural gas prices by 55 percent
Home heating oil by 56 percent
Worst of all, electricity prices by 90 percent


Thursday, June 25, 2009

DC Protest Warrior: Lt Col Allen West on Cap and Trade


Cap and Trade.....is that the same as Knee-Capping Trade?

On knee-capping trade Cap and Trade

"So… if I’ve got this right, putting my Finance Manager hat on, your economic exit strategy is to spend your way into a hole, and then to pray for death? Hmmm… That sounds about right. "

Go read the rest at Monster Hunter Nation

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Well, at least until November....



Wednesday, June 24, 2009


UPDATE: HR2454 is a scam. The bill that was voted out of committee has been changed in backroom deals and 300 PAGES have been added. And that's not the end of it. More changes are expected WITHOUT public discussion. The Sunlight Foundation has the information.

Tell Congress to vote NO!
Tell Congress to read their damn bills!

Congress is scheduled to vote Friday on HR 2454, the 2 trillion dollar cap and trade legislation that will effectively reduce the standard of living for every citizen of the United States.

Call your Congressperson and tell them to VOTE NO!!!!!!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

When News Becomes Propaganda

From Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center:

President Obama is trying to put our nation on the fast track to socialized health care, and on June 24, the ABC network will help him sell this bill of goods to the American people. Tomorrow night, ABC News will transform the White House into their newsroom for what has been described as an unabashed infomercial promoting the Democrat agenda; more specifically, government-run health care.

ABC News Emphatically Rejects Opposing Views

ABC News has abandoned all pretense of journalistic integrity in its bid to be the administration's official salesman for ObamaCare. ABC flatly rejected Republican National Committee Chief of Staff Ken McKay's request to add opposition views to ensure all sides of the health care debate were represented in the "town hall" forum.

Not only that, ABC News Vice President Kerry Smith responded by saying, "ABC News alone will select those who will be in the audience asking questions of the President."

As if that wasn't enough, ABC then rejected an ad from a conservative group trying to counter the liberal health care agenda. They clearly are not interested in a balanced presentation on this subject.Void of opposing views, this "news special" becomes nothing more than an extended infomercial designed to scare and manipulate the American people into supporting a trillion-dollar government takeover of the highest quality health care system in the world!

Hold ABC News Accountable
Health care is an issue of life and death. If you don't want politicians and faceless bureaucrats making your personal health care decisions, which medical procedures you need, which treatments are affordable, which medications you can have; then stand with us and demand the media present a balanced view on how to reform health care.That's why we are asking MRC Action team members to do two things TODAY. First, take a moment right now to call ABC News executives and demand balance in the health care debate. Ask them why they won't allow the conservative point of view on this show. Second, click here to submit questions to be asked at this "town hall" on Wednesday “questions the liberal media aren't asking. Questions like:
1· How much will your plan cost?
2· How will it be paid for?
3· Can you name one example of the government taking over an industry and the costs falling as a result?

Here is your contact information:
David WestinPresident, ABC News(212) 456-6200
Anne SweeneyPresident, ABC-Disney Television Group(818) 569-7700

Alert your Friends and Family
A firestorm of protest can bring about quick change. That's why after taking action, we're asking you to forward this update to 25-30 friends and family members. Let them know what is happening, and how they can play a pivotal role by calling as well.President Obama has already taken over the banks, and General Motors; now he's using ABC television to ram his socialist health care plan down our throats unabated. Make your calls, and forward this important message today!

Thank you in advance for taking action with the MRC.

To help you track all the news surrounding ObamaCare and the liberal media slant on health care reform, we created a special website where we will post all the latest news and stories in the coming weeks. Please visit it often to stay on top of this life or death issue.

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Megan Fox Wants You Dead

At a press conference in South Korea, Fox was asked how she'd prevent the evil Transformer Megatron from destroying the world. Saying she'd barter with him, the star explained how she'd reason with the character:

"Instead of the entire planet, [I'd say to him]: Can you just take out all of the white trash, hillbilly, anti-gay, super bible-beating people in Middle America?"

Hmmmmm, don't think I'll waste my money on THAT movie.......

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Healthcare By the Numbers

This is something that bugs the hell out of me and you never hear politicians talk about the true number of uninsured......they love to throw that 50 million number out there every chance they get......this is one issue that everyone needs to call your Congressman about and demand that they stick to the facts.There are many people that have narrowed down the number greatly, but here's an example of the real ballpark figure.

From Liberty and Tyranny by Mark Levin:

"In 2006, the Census Bureau reported that there were 46.6 million people without health insurance. About 9.5 million were not United States citizens. Another 17 million lived in households with incomes exceeding $50,000 a year and could, presumably, purchase their own health coverage [1]. Eighteen million of the 46.6 million uninsured were between the ages of eighteen and thirty-four, most of whom were in good health and not necessarily in need of health-care coverage or chose not to purchase it [2]. Moreover, only 30 percent of the nonelderly population who became uninsured in a given year remained uninsured for more than twelve months. Almost 50 percent regained their health coverage within four months [3]. The 47 million "uninsured" figure used by [Speaker of the House Nancy] Pelosi and others is widely inaccurate."

Allowing about half of the 18 million (ages 18 to 34) as part of the 17 million (household income > $50K), 9.5 million + 17 million + 9 million = 35.5 million. 46.6 million - 35.5 million = 11.1 million potentially "uninsured."

The real number of "uninsured Americans" is less than 4% of the total U.S. population. As usual, this is a tempest in a teapot designed to give the Statist even more control over your life.

I would wager that the 9.5 million non-citizen number is actually higher. As far as I know, these numbers do not take medicare, medicaid, and VA benefits into consideration. So the real number is likely to be even smaller.

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Biden Got Money from Iran?

If you were wondering about Obama/Biden's timidity towards Iran, the story from NewsMax in 2008 shows Biden getting monies for his campaign by the pro-Mullah gang Obama wants to 'talk' to; allow to get nukes; while bashing Israel.

Weak as mush, Obama's timidity is equally appalling towards N. Korea and in both cases our enemies are taking advantage.

Our rally at the White House on July 5th, starts at Noon. We'll have speakers for an hour including Rabbi Krantz and Paul Williams and others. Then we circle with our signs/banners in front of the White House and then we march to the Holocaust Museum and rally there as well including remembering Stephen T. Johns, Security Guard murdered there by that 88yr. old Nazi. Rally will end at 3P.M. We've had calls from NY to Chicago of folks wanting to be a part of this event.

Bibi and his government are always willing to listen, but will not be dictated to.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Iranian freedom fighters

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Need anything more be said?

h/t Reason and Revelation: Free Iran

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Iranians contemplating total overhaul of government

You won't find reports of this development in Iran in any other news reporting. The removal of the Supreme Leader as a position in Iran? Under God, all things are possible.

And this also shows another reason why liberating Iraq was a good idea:

First, there was Libya abandoning THEIR nuclear weapons program.
Second, the people of Iraq are taking back control of their country and providing a good example of liberty.
Third, the people of Iran have seen that liberty and want it for themselves.

Can you imagine Ayatollah Sistani having any influence if the US had not liberated Iraq?

Read the whole thing at Threats Watch: (emphasis mine)

Religious leaders are considering an alternative to the supreme leader structure after at least 13 people were killed in the latest unrest to shake Tehran and family members of Ayatollah Rafsanjani were arrested amid calls by former President Mohammad Khatami for the release of all protesters.

Iran's religious clerks in Qom and members of the Assembly of Experts, headed by former President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, are mulling the formation of an alternative collective leadership to replace that of the supreme leader, sources in Qom told Al Arabiya on condition of anonymity.

....word made it through the grapevines over the weekend that Rafsanjani had been meeting with other Ayatollahs and clerics in Qom, and had among them a representative of Iraq's Ayatollah Ali Sistani.

Why? Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in 2007 made two very critical statements: that "I am a servant of all Iraqis, there is no difference between a Sunni, a Shiite or a Kurd or a Christian," and that Islam can exist within a democracy without theological conflict. You will never hear such words slip past the lips of Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei. Ever.

Sistani's presence at the Rafsanjani talks in Qom, Iran, through a representative brings therefore added significance. And the al-Arabiya report above seems to suggest that Rafsanjani is not seeking Sistani's support for superficial reasons.

Sistani's appeal does not end at the Iraqi border, as Iranians increasingly observe his leadership with interest and fondness. Some are "intrigued by the more freewheeling experiment in Shi'ite empowerment taking place across the border in Iraq," which is fundamentally different in approach than the Iranian theocratic brand of dictated observance and obedience. The Boston Globe's Anne Barnard reports that within Tehran's own central bazaar, "an increasing number of merchants are sending their religious donations, a 20 percent tithe expected from all who can spare it, to Iraq's most senior Shi'ite cleric."

If that didn't quite sink in, go read that paragraph again. many Iranian merchants have been sending their 20% tithes to Sistani, not Khamenei. Since at least 2007.

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Obama wants to do to your health insurance what he's doing to your bank and to GM.

Obama wants to offer a plan that "competes" with employer and private insurance. That's like a legal business competing with the Mafia. Honest debate? Obama is lying. Again.

Btw, we already have a single payer system. Do you want all of medicine to be based on the Medicare/Medicaid plan?

How long do you think its going to take for America to have the same quality of care as Britain?

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Obama's curious...and missing, past

Obama is a man of mystery. That explains why so many are attracted to him....must be.
Americans can't be THAT stupid, can they?

Where have all of Obama's records disappeared to?

Isn't he proud of ANYTHING that he did while in school? And who paid for all of this schooling? Wasn't he poor?

At the risk of being classified as a nut, its seems that Obama's history is being hidden and his entire life was guided and supported to reach this goal.

If you wanted to crush the dollar, Obama's programs are the ideal way to go about it. If you wanted to make America weaker, Obama's snub of allies is the ideal way to go about it. If you wanted to control the finances of America, Obama's bailout policies are the ideal way to go about it. If you wanted to destroy the rest of America's energy and manufacturing industry, Obama's cap and trade policies are the ideal way to go about it. If you wanted Americans to be under even more control of the government, Obama's proposed medical policies are the ideal way to go about it.

Nuts, huh?

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

More "security" means less freedom

"....we maintain we have this power and authority, you can expect we will continue to do it whenever and wherever we wish, and there is no requirement that we justify ourselves or explain our reasons.”

said by a Department of Homeland Security official in response to "routine checks" involving agents and pointed weapons......

DHS also is requiring private pilots to request permission to LEAVE the USA! They want to implement intrusive regulations on EVERY takeoff of ANY aircraft: Name, address, and SSN of every person on an aircraft so that they might check the "No Fly" list.

This is wrong no matter whom is President!

Read the whole thing: First they came for the pilots.....

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Buy Gold or Silver

Washington is unable to call all the shots
By Michael Hudson

Challenging the American empire will be the focus of meetings in Yekaterinburg, Russia, today and tomorrow for Chinese President Hu Jintao, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and other leaders of the six-nation Shanghai Co-operation Organisation. The alliance comprises Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Tajiki-stan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, with observer status for Iran, India, Pakistan and Mongolia.

The attendees (who will be joined on Tuesday by Brazil for trade discussions) have assured American diplomats that dismantling the US financial and military hegemony is not their aim. They simply want to discuss mutual aid - but in a way that has no role for the US or for the dollar as a vehicle for trade among these countries.

The meeting is an opportunity for China, Russia and India to "build an increasingly multipolar world order", as Mr Medvedev put it in a St Petersburg speech this month. What he meant was this: we have reached our limit in subsidising the US military encirclement of Eurasia while also allowing the US to appropriate our exports, companies and real estate in exchange for paper money of questionable worth.

An "artificially maintained unipolar system", Mr Medvedev said, was based on "one big centre of consumption, financed by a growing deficit, and thus growing debts, one formerly strong reserve currency, and one dominant system of assessing assets and risks".

Keen observers of America, if not effective managers of their own economies, these countries argue that the root of the global financial crisis is that the US makes too little and spends too much. Especially upsetting is US military expenditure - such as military aid to Georgia or the presence in the oil-rich Middle East and central Asia - using money that foreign central banks recycle.

Overconsumption by US citizens, US buy-outs of foreign companies and dollars the Pentagon spends abroad all end up in foreign central banks. These governments face a hard choice: either recycle the dollars back to America by buying US Treasury bonds or let the "free market" force up their currencies relative to the dollar - thereby pricing their exports out of world markets, creating domestic unemployment and business failures. US-style free markets hook them into a system that forces them to accept unlimited dollars. Now they want out.

This means creating an alternative. Rather than making merely "cosmetic changes as some countries and perhaps the international financial organisations themselves might want", Mr Medvedev concluded his St Petersburg speech: "What we need are financial institutions of a completely new type, where particular political issues and motives, and particular countries, will not dominate."

For starters, the six countries intend to trade in their own currencies so as to get the benefit of mutual credit, rather than give it to the US. In recent months China has struck bilateral deals with Brazil and Malaysia to trade in renminbi rather than the dollar, sterling or euros.

Many foreigners see the US as a lawless nation. How else to characterise a country that holds out a set of laws for others - on war, debt repayment and the treatment of prisoners - but ignores them itself?

The US is the world's largest debtor, yet has avoided the pain of "structural adjustments" imposed on other debtor nations. US interest rate and tax reductions in the face of exploding trade and budget deficits are seen as the height of hypocrisy in view of the austerity programmes that the "Washington consensus" has forced on other countries via the International Monetary Fund and other vehicles. The US tells debtor economies to sell off their public utilities and natural resources, raise their interest rates and increase taxes while gutting their social safety nets to squeeze out money to pay creditors.

It is no mystery to other countries how the US remains above the law. Foreigners see a financial system backed by American aircraft carriers and military bases encircling the globe. The IMF, World Bank, World Trade Organisation and other Washington surrogates are seen as vestiges of a lost American empire no longer able to rule by economic strength, left only with military domination.

The countries that are gathering today are convinced that this hegemony cannot continue without adequate revenues and are attempting to hasten the bankruptcy of the US financial-military world order. If China, Russia and their allies have their way, the US will no longer live off the savings of others, nor have the money for unlimited military spending.

US officials wanted to attend Yekaterinburg as observers. They were told no. It is a word that Americans will hear much more in the future.

The writer is professor of economics at the University of Missouri

From Gold is Money

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Hoping They Don't Change Anything

"[T]his threat is with us, and at the moment, more imminent. One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine… most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can't afford it."
Ronald Reagan

Michael Reagan:
Obama-Care is an idea that would surely wreck the greatest health-care system in the world and give you... your children... and your grandchildren… health care that is both sub-standard and expensive. Ask yourself the following questions:

Would you be willing to wait for six painful months to have cancer surgery, while the malignancy spreads through your body... hoping and praying that you would receive treatment before the cancer become inoperable?

Would you be willing to give the federal government the power to assign you to a physician, tell doctors which treatments they can prescribe and which tests they can run, and even decide at what age you're too old to receive a transplant or continue dialysis ?

And would you be willing to obey a law that forbids you to consult a private physician, even if you are willing to pay for the visit yourself?

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Friday, June 19, 2009

The Fight for Our Way of Life

Sound familiar? Bill Whittle updates this over at PJTV.

The takeover of America through socialization is not a new idea. Socialized medicine is just one play in a huge playbook that the socialists use. Its not about "helping those without medical insurance" or the poor. Its about control. And the socialists never, ever, give up.

Who do YOU want to control your life? You or a government bureaucrat?

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Funding we can ALL agree on.

Not Larry Sabato has a post EVERYONE needs to see. Its from his archives. Apparently I found this back in 2008 according to the comments there. I'm reposting the link.

Save the Children.



There's A Signpost Up Ahead; Your Next Stop:

The Twilight Zone

16 June 2009
Lieutenant Colonel Allen B West (US Army, Retired)

Greetings fellow South Florida riders, South Floridians, and Americans, here we are for another monthly installment of our Wheels on the Road political assessment. This month’s title is appropriate because Rod Serling could not have written this script any better. Everyday we wake up and have to ask ourselves, “Are we in some kinda parallel universe”? Actually Serling had an episode which fits appropriately. Read more...

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HR 2546

A mesage from the folks who manufacture and market our Service Flags

We Need Your Help!
Families in certain areas are being told to take down their Service Flag because its display violates the rules of the homeowner or condo association.

On May 21, 2009, Congressman John A. Boccieri (D-OH), an Iraqi war Veteran, introduced HR 2546 (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.2546.IH:) l "To ensure that the right of an individual to display the Service Flag on residential property not be abridged. "
The Bill was introduced without co-sponsors, so we need your help to get Congress to pass this Bill - we want you to write to your Congressman, and we've made a sample letter to make it easy - Copy the letters below (inserting your name and other appropriate changes) and mail them right away to your representatives (link to congressional addresses are below)!!!
1. Support & Thank You Letters: Click here to open the sample support Word document to send to your Representative and Senator (if you don't have Word, or have an older version, scroll down for the text of each letter).
Click here to read the support letter text
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The Service Flag is an official flag regulated by the Department of Defense. It is displayed by the family members of U. S. Military personnel during any period of war or hostilities the United States may be engaged in.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Another example of why the 2nd Amendment is relevant

Iran is burning. It doesn't matter whether Mousavi is a "true reformer" or not. It doesn't matter whether he's a hard liner or not.

What matters is that the elections were a charade and the people are objecting.
What matters is that the mullahs can't stop the message from reaching the free world.

What matters is that protesters are throwing rocks at government backed snipers.
What matters is that they should have rifles.

The 2nd Amendment is one of the reasons why we have free elections.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Mission Submitted: Permission Granted

In the coming weeks I will be updating an ongoing mission I have volunteered for. For now, I have to maintain OPSEC.

I can tell you it involves fast cars, hot chicks, left turns and Warriors.

Stay tuned for further developments.

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Fatal Attraction

When the 20 somethings I work with tell me they are more afraid of Gov Sarah Palin than muslim terrorists; when they tell my bumperstickers scare them more than UBL, I have to wonder where the hell the've been gettig their intel.

America's Fatal Attraction
By David Limbaugh
Excuse my mastery of the obvious, but I have to believe the greatest obstacle to America's return to policy sanity is the electorate's cultish adoration of Barack Obama. If it weren't for this disturbing phenomenon -- not to discount a healthy dose of blind partisanship -- it is inconceivable that the majority of people would tolerate Obama's dismantling of America's free market system, his returning America to a pre-9/11 mindset against terrorists, his increasing usurpations of power, and his corrupt ties and practices, from the public funding of ACORN to the summary dismissal of the case against the Black Panthers to his firing of inspector general Gerald Walpin apparently for uncovering corruption by Obama's friends.

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Pvt Long, Stephen Johns, Dr.Tiller; All Were Victims of Hate

Frank Gaffney always hits the 10 ring. Krugman is in OKC mode. Blame conservative media (i.e. talk rdio and FoxNews) for the violence perpetrated by people who made a conscience choice to kill.

My issue is the third act of violence that took place that week. An act of hate and violence that Krugman chose to ignore; the cold-blooded murder of Pvt Long by a convicted felon; a prison-convert to muslim ideology. An American jihadist the left would hold up as a hero because the "system failed him". Does Krugman and the VLWM give this self-proclaimed American muslim jihadist asshat wacko nutjob a pass because of his religion or his race?

Mr Gaffney's column on The Chosen One and the Muslim Brotherhood is interesting and you should go read it.

His response to Krugman's response to that column is here and some excerpts are below.

In a column called "The Big Hate," (Paul) Krugman seized upon two unrelated shootings in different cities - of a Kansas abortionist and a U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum guard in Washington - to contend outrageously that disaffected conservatives and Iraq war veterans may pose a public threat.

Mr. Krugman faulted the leading lights of the conservative media for fostering a climate of alienation and anger. He castigated Fox News hosts Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck, charging them with "mainstreaming right-wing extremism." Talk radio's Rush Limbaugh "peddles conspiracy theories" on Planet Krugman.

To this list of alleged extremist-enablers, Mr. Krugman added The Washington Times, noting that it "saw fit to run an opinion piece declaring that President Obama not only identifies with Muslims, but actually may still be one himself and that in any case he has 'aligned himself' with the radical Muslim Brotherhood." The unnamed author was yours truly.

Let me be clear. The nature and religious context of Mr. Obama's relationship with his Creator is, as far as I am concerned, the man's own business. Religious tests for holding public office in this country went out around the time of the Salem witch trials, and I don't want them to come back.

Mr. Obama's policies, however, are fair game for criticism. If the president singles out for special treatment any faith or seeks, whether wittingly or not, to advance the agenda of its most intolerant practitioners, that is decidedly our business.

You should check out Blackfive's response and updates on Officer Stephen Johns.

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Monday, June 15, 2009



Thursday, June 11, 2009

Redstate Action Alert

From Erick Erickson:

The Blue Dog Democrats are wavering on supporting H.R. 2346, the 2009 Supplemental Appropriations Act. How do I know? Sources tell me Rahm Emanuel is trying to sweeten the package.

Remember: H.R. 2346, the 2009 Supplemental Appropriations Act, will provide funds to the International Monetary Fund to bail out European banks. We can stop it.

Target their home offices. Find your state, find your Congressman, and call them. Call their local offices. Tell whoever answers the phone that you want your Congressman to vote against H.R. 2346, the 2009 Supplemental Appropriations Act.

Glenn Nye VA-02 - 757-326-6201 757-789-5092 202-225-4215
Tom Perriello VA-05 - 434-293-9631 434-791-2596 434-392-1997

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Morning Bell; Heritage Foundation

A Pro-Growth, Pro-Nuclear, Energy Alternative
Last month the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis released a study of the Waxman-Markey energy tax bill showing that by 2035 it would raise electricity rates 90 percent, reduce aggregate gross domestic product (GDP) by $7.4 trillion, and destroy over 1,900,000 jobs. The Natural Resources Defense Council recently responded with a critique of our analysis claiming we “concealed” the fact that GDP would actually grow under the Waxman-Markey bill.

This is just plain false. Of course the U.S. economy would still grow under Waxman-Markey … it will just grow a lot slower (and produce a lots less jobs) than it would have otherwise. The question decision makers must face when considering any change in policy is: What are we sacrificing when we choose one action over its alternative? In economics, this basic concept is called “opportunity cost.” But the NRDC explicitly urges readers to ignore fundamental economic thinking: “Do not accept a ‘how much less GDP is relative to no policy’ answer.”

That is not even the most galling aspect of their critique. The NRDC then goes on to cite the Environmental Protection Agency’s lower cost estimates as evidence that the CDA’s estimates are too high. But to keep their cost estimates so low, the EPA study assumes a doubling of nuclear power by 2035 … an assumption the NRDC has previously attacked! Apparently, audacity is contagious on the left.The Waxman-Markey bill is nothing more than an anti-growth bailout for corporations and a huge tax on consumers.

Fortunately, there is an alternative.

Yesterday House conservatives unveiled the American Energy Act which unshackles America’s energy producers by allowing energy exploration in Alaska’s North Slope, leasing of oil and natural gas fields in the outer continental shelf, and expediting legal challenges to energy development projects. Most importantly, it makes key policy changes that will revive our domestic nuclear industry, including:

Providing an efficient, predictable, and expedited pathway to permitting new reactors;
Suspending tariffs on imported reactor components;
Providing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) the authority to complete its review of the Yucca Mountain repository;
Repealing the artificial limitations on Yucca Mountain’s capacity; and
Providing an avenue to start recycling spent nuclear fuel in the U.S.

Unlike the massive new energy tax that President Barack Obama has personally admitted would lead energy prices to skyrocket, creating a regulatory framework that will revive our domestic nuclear industry will create thousands of high paying construction and engineering jobs as well as produce cleaner, cheaper energy for the rest of our economy.

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Why Bob McDonnell WIll WIn

Fred Malek: Why Bob McDonnell Will Win Virginia
What it Can Mean for the Republican Party
Bob McDonnell is a young polished lawyer and an Army veteran who grew up in liberal (though much less liberal back in the day) Northern Virginia and lives with his family in conservative Virginia Beach, so he can connect with young suburban families in a way that Jerry Kilgore had trouble doing in 2005. McDonnell is a great example of the kind of candidate who doesn't have to "choose" between sticking to his values and appealing to moderate voters.

That gives him a real advantage over Creigh Deeds, whose economic platform is more of a populist shtick targeted to the United Mine Workers than a sensible roads and schools plan for I-95 commuters. McDonnell cares about the issues Virginians care about, like transportation funding, college tuition costs, energy policy, taxes, and, of course, job creation.

So Northern Virginia will be something it hasn't been in recent elections: A battleground leaning Republican.

And Republicans will be more excited about McDonnell than the Democrats are about Deeds. It's clear where he stands on the issues that are important to the Republicans Party, including taxes, religion and honoring our troops.

Deeds, on the other hand, is going to have to activate his base and crank up the turn out better than he did last time around. In doing so, he is going have to walk the line between Prius drivers in Arlington and NASCAR fans in Bristol. He's not an anti-gun zealot, which won't please pastors in Hampton, and wants to soak the entrepreneurs and businesses on taxes, which won't impress technology executives in Reston. And there should be no forgetting that Virginia is the new battle ground in big labor's battle to expand its power. In a state that appreciates the right to work and still tilts conservative, the advantage goes to Bob.
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Is the 2nd Amendment necessary?

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Why do we need arms? To defeat tyranny.

h/t Random Nuclear Strikes and Say Uncle.

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Hmmm, what to buy the little lady.....?

Tactical Corsets.

For the woman that has everything.....

Just sayin' is all.....

h/t SayUncle

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Obama has declared that the WAR is over.

All actions now will be considered law enforcement. Captured enemy combatants will be given Miranda warnings.

The Obama Justice Department has quietly ordered FBI agents to read Miranda rights to high value detainees captured and held at U.S. detention facilities in Afghanistan, according a senior Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. “The administration has decided to change the focus to law enforcement. Here’s the problem. You have foreign fighters who are targeting US troops today – foreign fighters who go to another country to kill Americans. We capture them…and they’re reading them their rights – Mirandizing these foreign fighters,” says Representative Mike Rogers, who recently met with military, intelligence and law enforcement officials on a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan.

We are SO screwed. Can we impeach this son of a bitch yet? For providing aid and comfort to the enemy?

QandO and Gateway Pundit have more.

I'm too angry and disgusted to follow up on this.

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But Diplomacy is all you need!


If Bush had screwed up

this badly, the press would have....oh. Wait. They did even when he DIDN'T screw up.

Obama flunks simple history even worse than I thought..........

Frank J. Tipler:

Almost every advance he attributed to the Muslims in his big speech should be credited to someone else.

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Obama = Spock?


10th Amendment? What 10th Amendment?

Cap and Trade. Sounds so..........simple. Doesn't sound like the death knell of America to me. But then, you never hear the bullet that kills you.

Beyond the taxing of our energy and manufacturing industries out of existence, Congress intends to try and control, well......everything. Sound familiar? Very.....socialist progressive.

Washington Post
...the bill also contains regulations on everything from light bulb standards to the specs on hot tubs, and it will reshape America's economy in dozens of ways that many don't realize.

Here is just one: The bill would give the federal government power over local building codes. It requires that by 2012 codes must require that new buildings be 30 percent more efficient than they would have been under current regulations. By 2016, that figure rises to 50 percent, with increases scheduled for years after that. With those targets in mind, the bill expects organizations that develop model codes for states and localities to fill in the details, creating a national code. If they don't, the bill commands the Energy Department to draft a national code itself.

States, meanwhile, would have to adopt the national code or one that achieves the same efficiency targets. Those that refuse will see their codes overwritten automatically,...

The statists always want more control. If they get this, what will they want next? First they came for your light bulbs....then your suv.........

h/t Dynamist and Hamilton, Madison, and Jay

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Healthcare Update Alert

June 10, 2009 House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) Permalink

House Democrats have begun rolling out their long-awaited health care “reform” legislation, and it turns out there’s not much “reform” to it after all. Instead, it would increase taxes, raise health care costs, ration care, and leave key medical decisions to government bureaucrats, rather than patients and their doctors – a proposal that House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) warned in an op-ed published on Townhall.com could cause more than 100 million Americans to “be forced out of their current health care plan and onto the government rolls.”

With a debate on health care reform slated to begin in Congress, here are the top 10 facts about the House Democrats’ health care proposal:

1. A Government Takeover of Health Care. The House Democrats’ plan will create a new government-run program, will make health care more expensive, limit treatments and ration care, and put bureaucrats in charge of medical decisions rather than patients and doctors. Translation: higher costs, lower quality, and fewer choices for patients.

2. Forcing More than 100 Million Out of their Health Care. The House Democrats’ plan will force more than 100 million Americans out of their current health care plan and onto the government rolls. A Lewin Group study confirms that under a new government-run health plan millions will lose their current health care coverage.

3. Rationing Health Care Treatments. The House Democrats’ plan establishes an “advisory committee” that will put bureaucrats and politicians in charge of deciding patient treatments and cures. Translation: The government will make health care treatment decisions rather than doctors and patients.

4. A New Mandate on Individuals. The House Democrats’ plan mandates that every American buy health insurance or pay a hefty tax to Washington. This would force more Americans into government-run system that will make health care more expensive, ration care, and put bureaucrats in charge of medical decisions.

5. A New Mandate on Employers. The House Democrats’ plan would impose employer mandates and cost jobs by requiring some employers – especially small businesses – to pay a new tax to Washington. The plan would also slap employers that are unable to offer coverage the government deems adequate with another new tax to Washington. These two new taxes will make it more difficult than ever for small business owners to reinvest in their businesses and create and retain good paying jobs.

6. Harming Small Businesses. The House Democrats’ plan doesn’t yet define “small businesses,” which is troubling news for millions of Americans who depend on these engines of economic growth. One Democratic draft plan revealed to date only provides assistance to ease employer mandates for small businesses with an average of 27 or fewer employees. This leaves a huge number of small businesses to deal with the onerous and expensive mandates of the Democrats’ government defined health benefit plan (“small businesses” are traditionally defined as employing less than 500 people).

7. Expanding Entitlements. The House Democrats’ plan expands the Medicare and Medicaid programs without reform, ignoring the pending insolvency of programs that millions of seniors and families rely upon. These policies will result in benefit cuts and premium increases for many Americans who depend on these programs.

8. Unfunded Mandates on States. The House Democrats’ plan creates new unfunded mandates for already cash-strapped states by expanding Medicaid, forcing both the federal government and states to pay more to finance this entitlement expansion. This will leave states no choice but to raise taxes or reduce services for citizens of those states.

9. How Many Taxes Will Democrats Raise? The House Democrats’ plan expands benefits and includes massive new subsidies and government-dictated benefits, but it doesn’t identify any significant savings to help pay for the new scheme, nor does it acknowledge the massive new costs it will impose on individuals, employers, and states. In the past, Democrats promised a series of new tax hikes to pay for their plan. How many will there be? When do Democrats plan to reveal them?

10. Shifts Massive New Costs onto Taxpayers. The House Democrats’ plan represents a bait-and-switch that will make health care more expensive and hit the middle class particularly hard with higher taxes, rationed care, and new health costs. As millions of middle-class families are struggling to make ends meet while making responsible choices, this plan forces those that make responsible decisions to foot the bill for those who don’t.

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What to do to fulfill your Oath?

Enlisted Oath

I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

Officer's Oath

I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

Now, my question is: (including those that are now out of the services)

What does one do when one part of the oath, more specifically, "I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic" forces you to consider that elected and appointed members of the government are acting contrary to the Constitution?

(I don't mean illegal orders. That's covered under the UCMJ.)

What to do? What to do.....?

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Simple Questions:Simple Answers

Paul Hollrah asks a few questions

Is he a “natural born” citizen, or isn’t he? It seems pretty clear from the available evidence that he is not. If that proves to be the case he should minimize the damage to the country and follow the Nixon example; he should simply resign from office so that we can begin to clean up the mess he leaves behind.

One Simple Fact That We Need To Consider
We've all seen the emails about Obama's citizenship. This is a new twist WE hadn't known. Interesting. More questions, and this time some good questions. While I've little interest in getting in the middle of the Obama birthissue, Paul Hollrah over at FSM did so yesterday and believes the issue can be resolved by Obama answering one simple question:

What passport did he use when he was shuttling between New York, Jakarta,and Karachi?

So how did a young man who arrived in New York in early June 1981,without the price of a hotel room in his pocket, suddenly come up with the price of a round-the-world trip just a month later? And once he was on a plane, shuttling between New York , Jakarta , and Karachi ,what passport was he offering when he passed through Customs and Immigration?

The American people not only deserve to have answers tothese questions, they must have answers. It makes the debate over Obama's citizenship a rather short and simple one.
Q: Did he travel to Pakistan in 1981, at age 20?
A: Yes, by his own admission.
Q: What passport did he travel under?
A: There are only three possibilities.
1. He traveled with a U.S. Passport,
2) He traveled with a British passport, or
3) He traveled with an Indonesia passport.
Q: Is it possible that Obama traveled with a U.S. Passport in 1981?
A: No. It is not possible. Pakistan was on the U.S. State Department's"no travel" list in 1981.

Conclusion: When Obama went to Pakistan in 1981 he was traveling either with a British passport or an Indonesian passport.

If he was traveling with a British passport that would provide proof that he was born in Kenya on August 4, 1961, not in Hawaii as he claims. And if he was traveling with an Indonesian passport that would tend to prove that he relinquished whatever previous citizenship he held, British or American, prior to being adopted by his Indonesian step-father in 1967.

Whatever the truth of the matter, the American people need to know how he managed to become a "natural born" American citizen between 1981and 2008.
Given the destructive nature of his plans for America, as illustrated by his speech before Congress and the disastrous spending plan he has presented to Congress, the sooner we learn the truth of all this, the better.

Count me in as one of those inquiring minds who'd at least like to know the answers to these easily answered (by Obama) questions.

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

New Cars For Everyone

I've been reading the Constitution again. I'm looking for the section that grants Congress the authority to give tax revenues to Americans so they can buy a new car. I know its in there, and I'm going to find it. It must be in there, because I'm certain Congress wouldn't do anything that ran contrary to its Constitutionally mandated powers of authority.

Maybe if the Founders had put an index or appendix or bibliography or used footnotes, it would be easier to find.

Meanwhile, I will continue to drive my Dodge pickup with the 360 cubic inch engine getting 15 miles a gallon at 80 miles an hour with Hank Jr in the tape deck and the A/C cranked up to MAX.

and I will enjoy every freaking minute of it because my truck earns more than minimum wage and most third world countries and it is tax free, BABABABABABAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!

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Cap and Trade CO2 Emissions

The thermometer watching tree hugging enviro-nazis are salivating at the prospect of this bill being passed. It will decimate the American economy, destroy jobs and do what the marxist idiots want:

Put America on the same level as Cuba or worse.

CO2 bill will cost jobs, raise energy costs
The spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation says the Waxman-Markey bill will have enormous negative impacts if passed.

The Waxman-Markey bill -- described by some as an energy tax in disguise -- recently made it out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill seeks to tackle the issue of alleged "manmade climate change" by limiting the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by businesses and power plants. Sometimes referred to as "cap-and-trade" legislation, the bill seeks to reduce CO2 emission by 17 percent by the year 2020.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu praises the legislation. "[It] is our best shot of anything I've seen in recent legislative pasts where Congress might get something [passed], and it's got a lot of support in the industry now," he told Reuters. But Dr. E Calvin Beisner with the Cornwall Alliance disagrees. "It will increase energy costs across the board," he notes. "It will probably lead to the loss of, in an average year between now and 2035, of about 1.1 million jobs."

Beisner also contends that energy costs will increase by about $125 per month per household. And he says the overall cost will be about $9.6 trillion between now and 2035. According to Beisner, for the past several years there has been no global warming -- and temperatures have been falling faster than they have been predicted to rise in the next 100 years. He also concludes that if the Waxman-Markey bill passes, it will have no significant effect on global temperatures in the next 50 to 100 years.

Beisner is not alone in his concerns about the Waxman-Markey bill. Ben Lieberman, senior policy analyst with The Heritage Foundation, offered his comments at the International Conference on Climate Change this spring. "This is an energy tax in disguise," he stated. "Energy prices go up -- but it's done in such a roundabout and convoluted way that the hope is the public doesn't recognize it as a tax, at least not until it's too late."

The bill must pass through several more committees before it goes before the full House for a final vote.

So all you tree-hugging thermometer watchers just hold your breath for 5 minutes beginning now. That will reduce CO2 levels dramatically.

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Full Court Press for Abortion Doctor's Murder

But Heaven forfend that the same Justice Department investigate the cold blooded, pre-meditated murder of a young soldier, in broad daylight, in middle America, by a nutjob turned mooslim jihadist "freedom fighter". No mooslims in the woodpile, but you know those pro-life nutjobs are everywhere and they have to be stopped.

Do I detect a double-standard here or is it just my cynical nature? You think they might be on a fishing expedition?

Pro-life 'smear' suspected in DOJ's Tiller inquiry

One pro-life leader is questioning the motive behind the Justice Department's announcement of a probe to determine if others were involved in the murder of abortionist George Tiller.

Late Friday afternoon, the DOJ made it clear that it believes other individuals or groups may have been involved in Tiller's shooting on Sunday, May 31. The agency's press release stated it will "work tirelessly to determine the full involvement of any and all actors in this horrible crime, and to ensure that anyone who played a role in the offense is prosecuted to the full extent of federal law." (See earlier story)

Is it a legitimate investigation -- or a political payoff from the Obama administration to the pro-abortion movement? Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America, believes politics could be a motive. But she suspects there may be more behind the announced investigation than meets the eye. "This may be more of a nefarious effort than it appears on its face," she exclaims, "that in fact, the Department of Justice may be trying to smear pro-lifers, as if we all belong in the same camp, as if we all advocate violence, when it's [actually] just the opposite."

Naw, no double-standard here.

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Belated D-Day post.

Because Boston Maggie would want me to....

Eyes Right! Hand Salute!

For the D-Day Vets!

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Congress Lacks the Constitutional Authority

to force free Americans to purchase anything they don't want, and the Constitution specifically prohibits Congress from puntitive retribution on those who choose not to.

The Constitution does not give Congress the auhority to impose healthcare mandates on free citizens or the power to punish those who do not comply by imposing fees or fines.

But since they've never a let a little thing like the Constitution stand in the way of their marxist engineering or socialist agenda, and its never stopped them before, it's time to let them know we're not going to stand for an imperialist regime imposing their mandates and ignoring the Supreme Law of the Land.

If The Chosen One, may peace be upon him, and his band of useful idiots in Congress wants to force me to buy coverage I don't want, or penalizes me for not buying it, or taxes my current benefits and does not allow for a full deduction of the associated costs, I will cancel my current healthcare policy and stand in my front yard and wait for the brownshirts from ACORN or the Civilian Defense Force to come get me.

Thats when maximum fun begins.

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Monday, June 08, 2009

The Sniper: Sheer Improbability? He's Still Just Not Getting It

The Sniper: Sheer Improbability? He's Still Just Not Getting It

The picture just screams for a caption. Sniper probably wouldn't mind if we indulged, just keep it clean.

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Too Graphic To Post Image Directly

I didn't want to frighten the children or the liberals (or does that come under the Department of Redundancy Department?)


Dog Pack Attacks Gator In Florida

At times nature can be cruel, but there is also a raw beauty, and even a certain justice manifested within that cruelty.

The alligator, one of the oldest and ultimate predators, normally considered the "apex predator", can still fall victim to implemented "team work" strategy, made possible due to the tight knit social structure and "survival of the pack mentality" bred into the canines.

See the remarkable photograph at the link, courtesy of Nature Magazine. Note that the Alpha dog has a muzzle hold on the gator preventing it from breathing, while another dog has a hold on the tail to keep it from thrashing. The third dog attacks the soft underbelly of the gator.

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Socks Socks Socks The Boys Are Marching

Yeah yeah...lame I know.

But thanks to Mrs Diva out in sunny southwest America, I can tell ya'll about a great company and a great way to support our troops deployed in the Global War on Terror.

Did ya hear me, Napolitano???? I said GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR!!!!! Not man-made disasters.

Socks..Nothing beats a clean, fresh pair of socks. I swear there were times I would have killed for a clean pair of socks. But thanks to Thorlo, our soldiers won't have to that, if you help.

3 pair for 17.85...safe secure transaction. Life is good.

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ACORN Now Targeting Gun-Rights

June 8, 2009
Exclusive: Obama and ACORN Officials: Setting Sights on Gun Owners?
Jim Kouri, CPP

ACORN, the publicly funded national organization linked to voter fraud in several states, is now actively interfering with the exercise of firearm civil rights in New Jersey, and the Second Amendment Foundation is calling for an immediate federal investigation.

One example of ACORN's gun control activism is when its officials intervened in an unsuccessful attempt to defend Jersey City, New Jersey's local gun control ordinance, which was struck down December 13, 2006 in New Jersey state court as a violation of state law pre-empting stronger local gun ordinances.

"ACORN has, since 1998, received an estimated $31 million in government funding," said SAF founder Alan Gottlieb. "Now they have intervened in a New Jersey gun rights case in defense of an illegal Jersey City one-gun-a-month ordinance that violates the state preemption statute."

"For the past few election cycles," Gottlieb noted, "ACORN has clearly grown more partisan toward the political Left. ACORN'S PAC, in fact, endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president, even though their tax-exempt status prohibits endorsement of political candidates. That's hardly surprising since he used to serve as their legal counsel and he taught the group about community organizing. ACORN and Obama are lockstep in seeking to destroy our Second Amendment rights," he stated.

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From A Frontline Freeper


The first show is in the can.

(I don't usually watch Steve Colbert, but I'll make an exception in this case)

Greetings from Camp Victory, Iraq!

Good afternoon, I mean good morning for all of you back in the states! I wanted to make you all aware that Steven Colbert of the Colbert Report on Comedy Central is filming his Mon, Tue, Wed and Thursday shows here at the al-Faw palace at Camp Victory where I work. Please tune in to watch the show on those days and keep an eye out for me. Please watch his show and help boost his ratings. Colbert is a strong supporter of the troops and raises thousands of dollars for our troops and their families and he has decided to come over here in the heat and danger to put on a big show for us. He is also the first person to broadcast a show from the war. Judging by the set they have set up, it looks to be an amazing show filled with lots of inside jokes pertaining to they way things are over here and what life is like. I hope you all can tune in and enjoy a great show for the troops! And keep an eye out for an obnoxious soldier waving and going crazy....that will be me haha.

I miss you all and hope that you are all doing well! Keep up the good fight!

Pro Deus quod Terra

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Friday, June 05, 2009

No Heart No Compassion

H/T Viper

Diana West

Taking it from the top: The last thing President Obama [The Chosen One, may peace be upon him] did not do before leaving for Saudi Arabia, "addressing" the Muslim world from Cairo, and commemorating D-Day in Europe (in that order) was condemn a bona-fide jihadist attack on a Little Rock, Ark., Army-Navy recruiting station that left U.S. Army Pvt. William Long, 23, dead, and U.S. Army Private Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, wounded. The killer was Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, 23, an American convert to Islam originally named Carlos Bledsoe. Muhammad had recently returned from studying jihad in nearby Yemen -- nearby, that is, to Saudi Arabia, President Obama's first stop abroad.

The horrific shooting took place Monday morning when the soldiers, both of whom had just completed basic training, were taking a break outside the office. The hours passed, then the entire day, but no statement came from these soldiers' commander-in-chief (Obama). Never mind that just the week before, as Michelle Malkin has pointed out, President Obama personally condemned the murder of abortionist George Tiller within hours of the crime ("I am shocked and outraged by this heinous crime ..."). The Justice Department also issued a timely statement condemning Tiller's murder, additionally dispatching federal protection to abortion clinics. But there was nothing on Monday from Washington for these U.S. soldiers who had come under fire in a sleepy shopping mall on U.S. soil, and no federal assistance was put forward for the country's recruiting stations, long subjected to harassment, vandalism and now worse.

The silence was even more noticeable on Tuesday when President Obama held a press conference in Washington to announce his selection for secretary of the Army. While blah-blahing about preparing our soldiers "to meet the challenges of our time," the president failed to note the "challenge" of homegrown jihad that had tragically cost Pvt. Long his life and put his comrade in the hospital. And then Obama was off on his own jarringly personal mission of perpetual outreach to the Islamic world, this time setting out in Sharia-ruled, oil- and jihad-exporting Saudi Arabia. "I thought it was very important to come to the place where Islam began and to seek his majesty's counsel," Obama said on Wednesday.

The place where Islam began? Spare us. How about the president instead going to the place where Islam ended the life a U.S. soldier, an unexpected casualty of jihad in the young man's own back yard?

Little Rock is where the president of the United States should have traveled this week to address the Muslim world. There, he should have declared that the 21st century era of Islamic jihad is over, that Pvt. Long had not died in vain, that his memory would be served by a new American resolve to join with its kindred allies in liberty to contain and ultimately reverse the militarily- and demographically pressed advance of Sharia (Islamic law) across the non-Muslim world.

But such a pilgrimage to the heart of America to denounce jihad obviously doesn't interest Barack Obama. Not when he could make a pilgrimage to the heart of Islam where jihad is a sacred institution. Finally, on Wednesday afternoon, as criticism of the president's silence began to achieve a critical Internet mass, a statement came from the White House: "I am deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence ..." it said.

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Fisking Obama's Speech - so you don't have to.

President Obama tried his schtick on the "Muslim world" today. Smooth talk that let the audience hear what it wants. To be honest, I hope it works. But then, I hope that I'll win the lottery. Hope is a wonderful thing. I don't think Change will be coming any time soon to that area of the globe nor to their feeling for the US.

One would think that Obama's exposure to Islam would better prepare him for dealing with this. Any speech that hints of apology will be seen as weak. Any hint of prior membership in the "Religion of Peace" will doom him to apostasy. But, perhaps, since he spent is developmental years abroad and in the presence of leftists, he is just ignorant of American exceptionalism. As our new SCOTUS candidate implies, one cannot disregard one's background when making judgements. And Obama's background places him in foreign territory.

Update: Mr. Bowden delves into the speech. Outstanding.

Generation Patriot has a good point: Which Muslims was the President talking to?

Remarks of President Barack Obama, A New Beginning, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009

I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo, and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions. For over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has stood as a beacon of Islamic learning, and for over a century, Cairo University has been a source of Egypt’s advancement.

Together, you represent the harmony between tradition and progress. I am grateful for your hospitality, and the hospitality of the people of Egypt. I am also proud to carry with me the goodwill of the American people, and a greeting of peace from Muslim communities in my country: assalaamu alaykum.

We meet at a time of tension between the United States and Muslims around the world – tension rooted in historical forces that go beyond any current policy debate (To say the least. Conflict with Islam began with the START of the religion. With the offense on the side of the Muslim.). The relationship between Islam and the West includes centuries of co-existence and cooperation, but also conflict and religious wars.

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. (Umm, except that it was the Soviets, not the US that used the Muslim countries as proxies. Why aren't they bombing THEM?) Moreover, the sweeping change brought by modernity and globalization led many Muslims to view the West as hostile to the traditions of Islam. (Perhaps, because modernity IS hostile to the 7th century traditions of Islam, like equal rights, no slavery, freedom of religion......)

Violent extremists have exploited these tensions in a small but potent minority of Muslims. The attacks of September 11th, 2001 and the continued efforts of these extremists to engage in violence against civilians has led some in my country to view Islam as inevitably hostile not only to America and Western countries, but also to human rights. (That and an increased knowledge of the Koran and Islamism.) This has bred more fear and mistrust. (Is he saying that our view or violence is breeding fear? He is a master at letting the audience hear what they want.)

So long as our relationship is defined by our differences, we will empower those who sow hatred rather than peace, and who promote conflict rather than the cooperation that can help all of our people achieve justice and prosperity. This cycle of suspicion and discord must end. (Nice words. How do you make THEM live up to it?)

I (who the hell are you?)have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world( A new beginning?! What about the old one where the US saves millions of muslims?); one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect (That'll be a first. Muslims respecting a non-muslim country); and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles – principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings. (Where do you find THAT in the Koran. Non-muslims are considered inferior. And in the eyes of the Middle East, the one seeking peace is the weaker. We have NO common principles. Sharia and the Constituion are mutually exclusive.)

I do so recognizing that change cannot happen overnight. No single speech can eradicate years of mistrust, nor can I answer in the time that I have all the complex questions that brought us to this point. But I am convinced that in order to move forward, we must say openly the things we hold in our hearts, and that too often are said only behind closed doors. (So, he's going to stop political correctness. And why should we be the ones to eradicate the mistrust? The US saves Muslims. The Middle East KILLS Westerners.)

There must be a sustained effort to listen to each other; to learn from each other; to respect one another; and to seek common ground. As the Holy Koran tells us, “Be conscious of God and speak always the truth.” (The Koran also says: Fight against those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.)That is what I will try to do – to speak the truth as best I can, humbled by the task before us, and firm in my belief that the interests we share as human beings are far more powerful than the forces that drive us apart. (THAT is a bunch of BS. He's never been "humble". Just look at the number of "I"'s in this speech. HE is going to save the world. Besides, the Koran promotes lying to unbelievers.)

Part of this conviction is rooted in my own experience. I am a Christian, but my father came from a Kenyan family that includes generations of Muslims. As a boy, I spent several years in Indonesia and heard the call of the azaan at the break of dawn and the fall of dusk. As a young man, I worked in Chicago communities where many found dignity and peace in their Muslim faith. (Nice. He slipped through the minefield of saying his father was muslim. Are there actual living atheists in a Muslim country. Could he have live there without participating? In the eyes of the muslim world, he is admitting that he is an apostate muslim.)

As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Islam. It was Islam – at places like Al-Azhar University – that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe’s Renaissance and Enlightenment. It was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass (Invented in China and spread to Europe first.) and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing (Gutenberg was Arabic?); our understanding of how disease spreads and how it can be healed. (Why this entire statement is wrong and just propaganda, via Classical Values and The Charlotte Capitalist.)

Islamic culture has given us majestic arches and soaring spires; timeless poetry and cherished music; elegant calligraphy and places of peaceful contemplation. And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality. (Really? Tell that to the Christians and Jews living as dhimmis under their rule. Tell that to their women.)

I know, too, that Islam has always been a part of America’s story. The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco. In signing the Treaty of Tripoli in 1796, our second President John Adams wrote, "The United States has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Muslims."(Of course, Adams was paying ransom to the Barbary States at the time.) And since our founding, American Muslims have enriched the United States.

They have fought in our wars, served in government, stood for civil rights, started businesses, taught at our Universities, excelled in our sports arenas, won Nobel Prizes, built our tallest building, and lit the Olympic Torch. And when the first Muslim-American was recently elected to Congress, he took the oath to defend our Constitution using the same Holy Koran that one of our Founding Fathers – Thomas Jefferson – kept in his personal library.

So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed. That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn’t. (So.....What is it?)And I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear. (Except that stereotypes have a basis in fact and that stereotype is supported by the mainstream religion of Saudi Arabia, Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, and parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Why shouldn't MUSLIMS prevent those "stereotypes" from appearing?)

But that same principle must apply to Muslim perceptions of America. Just as Muslims do not fit a crude stereotype, America is not the crude stereotype of a self-interested empire. The United States has been one of the greatest sources of progress that the world has ever known.(THAT IS THEIR PROBLEM WITH US. PROGRESS IS ANATHEMA TO THEM.)

We were born out of revolution against an empire. We were founded upon the ideal that all are created equal, and we have shed blood and struggled for centuries to give meaning to those words – within our borders, and around the world. We are shaped by every culture, drawn from every end of the Earth, and dedicated to a simple concept: E pluribus unum: "Out of many, one."

Much has been made of the fact that an African-American with the name Barack Hussein Obama could be elected President. (Oh, NOW we can mention his middle name.) But my personal story is not so unique. The dream of opportunity for all people has not come true for everyone in America, but its promise exists for all who come to our shores – that includes nearly seven million American Muslims in our country today who enjoy incomes and education that are higher than average.(CIA Fact Book: 2.35 million)

Moreover, freedom in America is indivisible from the freedom to practice one’s religion (Unless the ACLU objects). That is why there is a mosque in every state of our union, and over 1,200 mosques within our borders. That is why the U.S. government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab, and to punish those who would deny it. (WHAT? Really? There is NO law like that. Who denies it? Mostly no one cares. There have been successful and unsuccessful lawsuits about the wearing of it, but, prosecutions?)

So let there be no doubt: Islam is a part of America. And I believe that America holds within her the truth that regardless of race, religion, or station in life, all of us share common aspirations – to live in peace and security; to get an education and to work with dignity; to love our families, our communities, and our God. These things we share. This is the hope of all humanity. (Ummmm, where is Liberty in all of this? Forget to mention this necessary item? Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness....go read it. We'll wait.)

Of course, recognizing our common humanity is only the beginning of our task. Words alone cannot meet the needs of our people.( Our People? Who is he talking about here?)These needs will be met only if we act boldly in the years ahead; and if we understand that the challenges we face are shared, and our failure to meet them will hurt us all.

For we have learned from recent experience that when a financial system(is corrupted) weakens in one country, prosperity is hurt everywhere. When a new flu infects one human being, all are at risk. When one nation pursues a nuclear weapon, the risk of nuclear attack rises for all nations.

When violent extremists operate in one stretch of mountains, people are endangered across an ocean. And when innocents (Muslims saved by Americans) in Bosnia and Darfur are slaughtered(by Muslims), that is a stain on our collective conscience.(Actually that is a stain on the KILLER'S conscience. The USA keeps trying to rescue those victims. Not the muslim world.) That is what it means to share this world in the 21st century. That is the responsibility we have to one another as human beings.

This is a difficult responsibility to embrace. For human history has often been a record of nations and tribes subjugating one another to serve their own interests. (Except the US.) Yet in this new age, such attitudes are self-defeating. Given our interdependence, any world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will inevitably fail. (What world order elevates the US? The "world order" a)depends on the stability based on US military might, b) keeps trying to tear down the US to their level c) the US got there on their own.) So whatever we think of the past, we must not be prisoners of it. Our problems must be dealt with through partnership; progress must be shared. (Again, name a Muslim country that will share progress or accept our version of it.)

That does not mean we should ignore sources of tension. Indeed, it suggests the opposite: we must face these tensions squarely. And so in that spirit, let me speak as clearly and plainly as I can about some specific issues that I believe we must finally confront together.

The first issue that we have to confront is violent extremism in all of its forms.

In Ankara, I made clear that America is not – and never will be – at war with Islam. We will, however, relentlessly confront violent extremists who pose a grave threat to our security. Because we reject the same thing that people of all faiths reject: the killing of innocent men, women, and children. (Read the Koran. Doesn't say that.) And it is my first duty as President to protect the American people.

The situation in Afghanistan demonstrates America’s goals, and our need to work together. Over seven years ago, the United States pursued Al Qaeda and the Taliban with broad international support. We did not go by choice, we went because of necessity. I am aware that some question or justify the events of 9/11. But let us be clear: Al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 people on that day. The victims were innocent men, women and children from America and many other nations who had done nothing to harm anybody.

And yet Al Qaeda chose to ruthlessly murder these people, claimed credit for the attack, and even now states their determination to kill on a massive scale. They have affiliates in many countries and are trying to expand their reach. These are not opinions to be debated; these are facts to be dealt with. (Of course, he doesn't realize that he just made some muslims very happy with that description.)

Make no mistake: we do not want to keep our troops in Afghanistan. We seek no military bases there. It is agonizing for America to lose our young men and women. It is costly and politically difficult to continue this conflict. We would gladly bring every single one of our troops home if we could be confident that there were not violent extremists in Afghanistan and Pakistan determined to kill as many Americans as they possibly can. But that is not yet the case.

That’s why we’re partnering with a coalition of forty-six countries. (And only Canada, Britain, Australia,New Zealand and the US have Rules of Engagement that allow offensive combat. And NATO said "no more troops for you!" What was that about it was all Bush's fault for having such a coalition?) And despite the costs involved, America’s commitment will not weaken. Indeed, none of us should tolerate these extremists. They have killed in many countries. They have killed people of different faiths – more than any other, they have killed Muslims. Their actions are irreconcilable with the rights of human beings, the progress of nations, and with Islam.(They disagree. And their Imams back them up. And millions of muslims agree.)

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. The enduring faith of over a billion people is so much bigger than the narrow hatred of a few. Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism – it is an important part of promoting peace. (What? Islam IS part of the problem. The jihadists use the 9th sura in the Koran as the basis for their war.)

We also know that military power alone is not going to solve the problems in Afghanistan and Pakistan. That is why we plan to invest $1.5 billion each year over the next five years to partner with Pakistanis to build schools and hospitals, roads and businesses, and hundreds of millions to help those who have been displaced. And that is why we are providing more than $2.8 billion to help Afghans develop their economy and deliver services that people depend upon. (It would be cheaper just to buy their entire crop of heroin. And more productive.)

Let me also address the issue of Iraq. Unlike Afghanistan, Iraq was a war of choice that provoked strong differences in my country and around the world.(Yep. We CHOSE to prevent Saddam Hussein for acquiring or using WMD and CHOSE to gain a strategic foothold affecting Saudi Arabia and Iran.) Although I believe that the Iraqi people are ultimately better off without the tyranny of Saddam Hussein, I also believe that events in Iraq have reminded America of the need to use diplomacy and build international consensus to resolve our problems whenever possible. (Yep. And he's wrong. Just can't admit that the surge worked.) Indeed, we can recall the words of Thomas Jefferson, who said: “I hope that our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us that the less we use our power the greater it will be.” (Does he really want to invoke the first President to go to war with Islam?)

Today, America has a dual responsibility: to help Iraq forge a better future – and to leave Iraq to Iraqis. I have made it clear to the Iraqi people that we pursue no bases, and no claim on their territory or resources. Iraq’s sovereignty is its own. That is why I ordered the removal of our combat brigades by next August.(Except for that 50,000 troops that he wants to stay. He better define combat brigades)

That is why we will honor our agreement with Iraq’s democratically-elected government to remove combat troops from Iraqi cities by July, and to remove all our troops from Iraq by 2012.(If they aren't combat troops, then who's still there?) We will help Iraq train its Security Forces (Without combat troops. Uh-huh.) and develop its economy. But we will support a secure and united Iraq as a partner, and never as a patron.

And finally, just as America can never tolerate violence by extremists, we must never alter our principles. 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 (except that he's following Bush's policies), and I have ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed by early next year. (Big whoop. We'll see.)

So America will defend itself respectful of the sovereignty of nations and the rule of law. And we will do so in partnership with Muslim communities which are also threatened. The sooner the extremists are isolated and unwelcome in Muslim communities, the sooner we will all be safer. (For once, he said something true.)

The second major source of tension that we need to discuss is the situation between Israelis, Palestinians and the Arab world.

America’s strong bonds with Israel are well known. This bond is unbreakable. It is based upon cultural and historical ties, and the recognition that the aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in a tragic history that cannot be denied. (Second true thing that he said)

Around the world, the Jewish people were persecuted for centuries, and anti-Semitism in Europe culminated in an unprecedented Holocaust. Tomorrow, I will visit Buchenwald, which was part of a network of camps where Jews were enslaved, tortured, shot and gassed to death by the Third Reich. Six million Jews were killed – more than the entire Jewish population of Israel today.

Denying that fact is baseless, ignorant, and hateful. Threatening Israel with destruction – or repeating vile stereotypes about Jews – is deeply wrong, and only serves to evoke in the minds of Israelis this most painful of memories while preventing the peace that the people of this region deserve. (And to evoke in the minds of the Israelis why "Never Again" is the motto and nuclear weapons are handy.)

On the other hand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people – Muslims and Christians (Christians-mainly by there MUSLIM Palestinian brothers) – have suffered in pursuit of a homeland. For more than sixty years they have endured the pain of dislocation. (By choice. Too bad they attacked Isreal instead of cooperating and becoming rich. Also because their FELLOW MUSLIMS KILL THEM. See Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. Egypt was tryannical in when they controlled Gaza.) Many wait in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, and neighboring lands for a life of peace and security that they have never been able to lead. (Peace and security come to all that don't engage in warfare. And the refugee camps are artificially supported. The local countries REFUSE to let them assimilate.)

They endure the daily humiliations – large and small – that come with occupation. (Gaza is NOT occupied. And when HAMAS took over, it deteriorated.) So let there be no doubt: the situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable. America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian aspiration for dignity, opportunity, and a state of their own.

For decades, there has been a stalemate: two peoples with legitimate aspirations, each with a painful history that makes compromise elusive. It is easy to point fingers – for Palestinians to point to the displacement brought by Israel’s founding, and for Israelis to point to the constant hostility and attacks throughout its history from within its borders as well as beyond.

But if we see this conflict only from one side or the other, then we will be blind to the truth: the only resolution is for the aspirations of both sides to be met through two states, where Israelis and Palestinians each live in peace and security.

That is in Israel’s interest, Palestine’s interest, America’s interest, and the world’s interest. That is why I intend to personally pursue this outcome with all the patience that the task requires. (And the seas will stop rising.......oh wait, that's another speech.) The obligations that the parties have agreed to under the Road Map are clear. For peace to come, it is time for them – and all of us – to live up to our responsibilities. (The Road Map was never implemented and the Palestinians rejected it.

Palestinians must abandon violence. Resistance through violence and killing is wrong and does not succeed. (So the American Revolution was a failure?) For centuries, black people in America suffered the lash of the whip as slaves and the humiliation of segregation. But it was not violence that won full and equal rights. It was a peaceful and determined insistence upon the ideals at the center of America’s founding. (However, "Ghandi" tactics WOULD work against Israelis.)

This same story can be told by people from South Africa to South Asia; from Eastern Europe to Indonesia. It’s a story with a simple truth: that (improperly applied, fixed it) violence is a dead end. It is a sign of neither courage nor power to shoot rockets at sleeping children, or to blow up old women on a bus. That is not how moral authority is claimed; that is how it is surrendered. (Third thing that he said true.)

Now is the time for Palestinians to focus on what they can build. The Palestinian Authority must develop its capacity to govern, with institutions that serve the needs of its people. Hamas does have support among some Palestinians, but they also have responsibilities. To play a role in fulfilling Palestinian aspirations, and to unify the Palestinian people, Hamas must put an end to violence, recognize past agreements, and recognize Israel’s right to exist. (That'll happen right after the Wahibbis in Saudia Arabia allow women to vote.)

At the same time, Israelis must acknowledge that just as Israel’s right to exist cannot be denied, neither can Palestine’s. The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements. (Since when? And who the hell are we to tell Israel what to do? They got that land fair and square by taking land from invaders.) This construction violates previous agreements and undermines efforts to achieve peace. It is time for these settlements to stop. (The Israelis could go back to the ORIGINAL BORDERS and they wouldn't have peace. See the war of 1948.)

Israel must also live up to its obligations to ensure that Palestinians can live, and work, and develop their society. (Nothing is stopping them. THEY destroyed Gaza by turning it into a rocket pad. )And just as it devastates Palestinian families, the continuing humanitarian crisis in Gaza does not serve Israel’s security; neither does the continuing lack of opportunity in the West Bank. Progress in the daily lives of the Palestinian people must be part of a road to peace, and Israel must take concrete steps to enable such progress.(Like what? They already gave it back. They should reward people that want them dead?)

Finally, the Arab States must recognize that the Arab Peace Initiative was an important beginning, but not the end of their responsibilities. The Arab-Israeli conflict should no longer be used to distract the people of Arab nations from other problems. Instead, it must be a cause for action to help the Palestinian people develop the institutions that will sustain their state; to recognize Israel’s legitimacy; and to choose progress over a self-defeating focus on the past.

America will align our policies with those who pursue peace, and say in public what we say in private to Israelis and Palestinians and Arabs. We cannot impose peace. (Tell that to the Germans and Japanese.) But privately, many Muslims recognize that Israel will not go away. Likewise, many Israelis recognize the need for a Palestinian state. It is time for us to act on what everyone knows to be true.

Too many tears have flowed. Too much blood has been shed. All of us have a responsibility to work for the day when the mothers of Israelis and Palestinians can see their children grow up without fear (or Palestinian parents don't cheer when their kids grow up to be suicide bombers); when the Holy Land of three great faiths is the place of peace that God intended it to be(then the Muslims need to stop persecuting Christians); when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed (peace be upon them) joined in prayer.

The third source of tension is our shared interest in the rights and responsibilities of nations on nuclear weapons.

This issue has been a source of tension between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran. For many years, Iran has defined itself in part by its opposition to my country, and there is indeed a tumultuous history between us. In the middle of the Cold War, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically-elected Iranian government.(And the Shah was the lesser of two evils.)

Since the Islamic Revolution, Iran has played a role in acts of hostage-taking and violence (against an Embassy is an act of war.) against U.S. troops and civilians. This history is well known. Rather than remain trapped in the past, I have made it clear to Iran’s leaders and people that my country is prepared to move forward.(ie, surrender. That's how it looks to the mullahs.) The question, now, is not what Iran is against, but rather what future it wants to build. (That's obvious. Iran wants to be a regional nuclear superpower that spit in the eye of the Great Satan. And they are doing it.)

It will be hard to overcome decades of mistrust, but we will proceed with courage, rectitude and resolve. There will be many issues to discuss between our two countries, and we are willing to move forward without preconditions on the basis of mutual respect.(Except they've already said that they have nothing to discuss. "Go away little boy", I think were the words they used.....)

But it is clear to all concerned that when it comes to nuclear weapons, we have reached a decisive point. This is not simply about America’s interests. It is about preventing a nuclear arms race in the Middle East that could lead this region and the world down a hugely dangerous path.

I understand those who protest that some countries have weapons that others do not. No single nation should pick and choose which nations hold nuclear weapons. (Actually, I don't have a problem with the USA doing the picking and choosing.....but, that's just me.) That is why I strongly reaffirmed America’s commitment to seek a world in which no nations hold nuclear weapons (re-affrimed? Since when did we seek that?). And any nation – including Iran – should have the right to access peaceful nuclear power if it complies with its responsibilities under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. That commitment is at the core of the Treaty, and it must be kept for all who fully abide by it. And I am hopeful that all countries in the region can share in this goal. (What a pipe dream. You don't need centrifuges for "peaceful" purposes. And on nuclear disarmament? The saying, "You go first." is quite popular.)

The fourth issue that I will address is democracy.

I know there has been controversy about the promotion of democracy in recent years, and much of this controversy is connected to the war in Iraq. So let me be clear: no system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other.(Hey Saddam, sorry for the misunderstanding. Hitler? Our bad. Tojo? Sorry dude. Taliban? Go ahead, rape those kids...)

That does not lessen my commitment, however, to governments that reflect the will of the people. (You mean, like Israel? Or Palestine? THEIR democratically elected government wants to destroy Israel.) Each nation gives life to this principle in its own way, grounded in the traditions of its own people. America does not presume to know what is best for everyone (well, except we do know what is best for everyone. LIBERTY!), just as we would not presume to pick the outcome of a peaceful election.

But 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 (EXCEPT HIS); 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. (How does that not contradict your previous paragraph?)

There is no straight line to realize this promise. But this much is clear: governments that protect these rights are ultimately more stable, successful and secure. Suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. America respects the right of all peaceful and law-abiding voices to be heard around the world, even if we disagree with them. And we will welcome all elected, peaceful governments – provided they govern with respect for all their people.(Tell that to Pelosi, Barney Frank, Rahm Emmanuel, Harry Reid.)

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 (see the US Democratic Progressive party). No matter where it takes hold, government of the people and by the people sets a single standard for all who hold power: you must maintain your power through consent, not coercion; you must respect the rights of minorities, and participate with a spirit of tolerance and compromise; you must place the interests of your people and the legitimate workings of the political process above your party (HAHAHAHA HE SAID THIS WITH A STRAIGHT FACE). Without these ingredients, elections alone do not make true democracy.

The fifth issue that we must address together is religious freedom.

Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance (For dhimmis. Why not as the Egyptian Coptics about that tolerance?). We see it in the history of Andalusia and Cordoba during the Inquisition. (Why not bring up the 700 years of Muslim occupation before that. The Inquisition was partially a response to previous Muslim rule. If you were a Christian or a Jew, you were considered to be just above a slave.) I saw it firsthand as a child in Indonesia, where devout Christians worshiped freely in an overwhelmingly Muslim country. That is the spirit we need today.

People in every country should be free to choose and live their faith based upon the persuasion of the mind, heart, and soul. This tolerance is essential for religion to thrive, but it is being challenged in many different ways. (Not the least of which is that the Muslims you're talking to will kill their fellow Muslims if they convert.)

Among some Muslims, there is a disturbing tendency to measure one’s own faith by the rejection of another’s. The richness of religious diversity must be upheld – whether it is for Maronites in Lebanon or the Copts in Egypt. And fault lines must be closed among Muslims as well, as the divisions between Sunni and Shia have led to tragic violence, particularly in Iraq. (Why no mention of toleration of Jews? Don't they have a right to follow their faith in a muslim country. There are still some there.)

Freedom of religion is central to the ability of peoples to live together. (Not really; If all were of one faith, they would get along right well.) We must always examine the ways in which we protect it. 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.

Likewise, it is important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit – for instance, by dictating what clothes a Muslim woman should wear. We cannot disguise hostility towards any religion behind the pretense of liberalism. (So that hostility to Christianity is all gone bye bye?)

Indeed, faith should bring us together. That is why we are forging service projects in America that bring together Christians, Muslims, and Jews. That is why we welcome efforts like Saudi Arabian King Abdullah’s Interfaith dialogue and Turkey’s leadership in the Alliance of Civilizations. Around the world, we can turn dialogue into Interfaith service, so bridges between peoples lead to action – whether it is combating malaria in Africa, or providing relief after a natural disaster. (Except that Saudi Arabia's spread of Wahabbiism is the main cause of fundamentalist muslim violence. And those that spread it support the spread of sharia.)

The sixth issue that I want to address is women’s rights.

I know there is debate about this issue. I reject the view of some in the West that a woman who chooses (how about those forced? Or beaten? Or forced back into burning building because their hair was uncovered?) to cover her hair is somehow less equal, but I do believe that a woman who is denied an education is denied equality. And it is no coincidence that countries where women are well-educated are far more likely to be prosperous.

Now let me be clear: issues of women’s equality are by no means simply an issue for Islam. In Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia, we have seen Muslim-majority countries elect a woman to lead. (While still subjgating their women. Great juggling act.) Meanwhile, the struggle for women’s equality continues in many aspects of American life (Two words: Bull. Shit.), and in countries around the world.

Our daughters can contribute just as much to society as our sons, and our common prosperity will be advanced by allowing all humanity – men and women – to reach their full potential. I do not believe that women must make the same choices as men in order to be equal, and I respect those women who choose to live their lives in traditional roles. But it should be their choice.(But that is the problem. Sharia law takes choice away. It must be as Allah wills as supported by the Koran.)

That is why the United States will partner with any Muslim-majority country to support expanded literacy for girls, and to help young women pursue employment through micro-financing that helps people live their dreams.

Finally, I want to discuss economic development and opportunity.

I know that for many, the face of globalization is contradictory. The Internet and television can bring knowledge and information, but also offensive sexuality and mindless violence (Thanks to the liberals). Trade can bring new wealth and opportunities, but also huge disruptions and changing communities.

In all nations – including my own – this change can bring fear. Fear that because of modernity we will lose of control over our economic choices (like GM and Chrysler), our politics (ACORN), and most importantly our identities – those things we most cherish about our communities, our families, our traditions, and our faith.(Bitter clingers!)

But I also know that human progress cannot be denied. (Sure it can. See most muslim countries.) There need not be contradiction between development and tradition. Countries like Japan and South Korea grew their economies while maintaining distinct cultures. The same is true for the astonishing progress within Muslim-majority countries from Kuala Lumpur to Dubai. In ancient times and in our times, Muslim communities have been at the forefront of innovation and education. (Education? How many Nobel Prizes are coming from the founts of learning?)

This is important because no development strategy can be based only upon what comes out of the ground, nor can it be sustained while young people are out of work. Many Gulf States have enjoyed great wealth as a consequence of oil, and some are beginning to focus it on broader development.

But all of us must recognize that education and innovation will be the currency of the 21st century, and in too many Muslim communities there remains underinvestment in these areas. (You just said that Muslim communities are at the forefront of innovation and education!) I am emphasizing such investments within my country. And while America in the past has focused on oil and gas in this part of the world, we now seek a broader engagement. (Like what? Sand?)

On education, we will expand exchange programs, and increase scholarships, like the one that brought my father to America, while encouraging more Americans to study in Muslim communities. And we will match promising Muslim students with internships in America; invest in on-line learning for teachers and children around the world; and create a new online network, so a teenager in Kansas can communicate instantly with a teenager in Cairo. (That Kansan will not be allowed to spread harmful ideas. And didn't we just CLOSE this loophole in our visa problem.....)

On economic development, we will create a new corps of business volunteers (former GM employees?) to partner with counterparts in Muslim-majority countries. And I will host a Summit on Entrepreneurship this year to identify how we can deepen ties between business leaders, foundations and social entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world.

On science and technology, we will launch a new fund to support technological development in Muslim-majority countries (THEY have to be willing to step out of the 7th century. They don't need help. See DUBAI!), and to help transfer ideas to the marketplace so they can create jobs. We will open centers of scientific excellence in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, and appoint new Science Envoys to collaborate on programs that develop new sources of energy, create green jobs, digitize records, clean water, and grow new crops. (BLAH, BLAH, BLAH)

And today I am announcing a new global effort with the Organization of the Islamic Conference to eradicate polio. And we will also expand partnerships with Muslim communities to promote child and maternal health. (It is because of the suspicion of "Western science" that polio vaccine is being rejected in Muslim communities. You going to wave your magic wand? I thought that we weren't to impose our way of life on them.)

All these things must be done in partnership. Americans are ready to join with citizens and governments; community organizations, religious leaders, and businesses in Muslim communities around the world to help our people pursue a better life.

The issues that I have described will not be easy to address. But we have a responsibility to join together on behalf of the world we seek – a world where extremists no longer threaten our people, and American troops have come home; a world where Israelis and Palestinians are each secure in a state of their own, and nuclear energy is used for peaceful purposes; a world where governments serve their citizens, and the rights of all God’s children are respected. Those are mutual interests. That is the world we seek. But we can only achieve it together. (And Unicorns and magic bunnies fart free energy!)

I know there are many – Muslim and non-Muslim – who question whether we can forge this new beginning (HE'S TALKING ABOUT ME, I'M FAMOUS!). Some are eager to stoke the flames of division, and to stand in the way of progress. Some suggest that it isn’t worth the effort – that we are fated to disagree, and civilizations are doomed to clash. Many more are simply skeptical that real change can occur.(ME AGAIN!)

There is so much fear, so much mistrust. But if we choose to be bound by the past, we will never move forward. (If we IGNORE the past, we will be doomed to repeat it!) And I want to particularly say this to young people of every faith, in every country – you, more than anyone, have the ability to remake this world.

All of us share this world for but a brief moment in time. The question is whether we spend that time focused on what pushes us apart, or whether we commit ourselves to an effort – a sustained effort – to find common ground, to focus on the future we seek for our children, and to respect the dignity of all human beings.

It is easier to start wars than to end them. It is easier to blame others than to look inward; to see what is different about someone than to find the things we share. But we should choose the right path, not just the easy path.(Their "right path" seems to be the spread of Islam.)

There is also one rule that lies at the heart of every religion – that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. (Not in the Koran.) This truth transcends nations and peoples – a belief that isn’t new; that isn’t black or white or brown; that isn’t Christian, or Muslim or Jew. It’s a belief that pulsed in the cradle of civilization, and that still beats in the heart of billions. It’s a faith in other people, and it’s what brought me here today.

We have the power to make the world we seek, but only if we have the courage to make a new beginning, keeping in mind what has been written.

The Holy Koran tells us, “O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another.” (So where is the Islamic verse promoting universal peace? This is just Genesis retold.)

The Talmud tells us: “The whole of the Torah is for the purpose of promoting peace.”

The Holy Bible tells us, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

The people of the world can live together in peace. We know that is God’s vision. (Not according to Mohammed.) Now, that must be our work here on Earth. Thank you. And may God’s peace be upon you. ###

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