Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Taliban to Germany: Leave Afghanistan or lose Oktoberfest

CS Monitor "The insurgents' threat to bomb the famous festival is apparently meant to weaken Germany's resolve for the fight in Afghanistan. It follows similar warnings issued by the Taliban and Al Qaeda ahead of Sunday's elections."

Keeping Your Doctor Under the Senate Finance Proposal

Joint Economic Committee/ Republicans Print out and laminate this chart because you may need it.

US names secret terror suspects

USS Neverdock ""Foreign fighters" in Iraq and Afghanistan? Now who might they be? Why would the Pentagon want to keep their names secret anyway? "The Pentagon has previously said that providing information about these detainees could jeopardize counter-terrorism efforts.""

Obama Can't Outsource Afghanistan

By Karl Rove "Mr. Obama's predecessor faced a similar situation: a war that was grinding on, pressure to withdraw troops, and conflicting advice—including from some who saw the war as unwinnable. But George W. Bush talked to generals on the ground every week or two, which gave him a window into what was happening and insights into how his commanders thought. That helped him judge their recommendations on strategy."

"...More Liberal Lies About National Healthcare! "

By Ann Coulter "The main causes of infant mortality -- aside from major birth defects -- are prematurity and low birth-weight. And the main causes of low birth-weight are: smoking, illegitimacy and teenage births. Americans lead most of the developed world in all three categories."

Sarkozy Says Obama Is Incredibly Naive and Grossly Egotistical (video)

Drk Skies Blog "From Greta’s interview with Jack Kelly…"

Welcome to Kids for Obama

MyBarackObama.com From 2008 "10 Ways Kids for Obama can get involved: *Create a Kids for Obama Group on My.Barackobama.com. For example, Chicago Kids for Obama or DC Kids for Obama and throw a party! *Write a letter or editorial to your local news paper, expressing "Why Barack Obama should become the next US President"."

US: No `snap judgment' this week on Iran nukes

Yahoo News "The Obama administration, while skeptical of an early breakthrough in nuclear talks with Iran, indicated Tuesday it does not intend to swiftly press for stiffer economic sanctions."

Time to Act Like a President

Washington Post "Obama lost credibility with his deadline-that-never-was, and now he threatens to lose some more with his posturing toward Iran. He has gotten into a demeaning dialogue with Ahmadinejad, an accomplished liar. ...Obama is our version of a Supreme Leader, not given to making idle threats, setting idle deadlines, reversing course on momentous issues, creating a TV crisis where none existed or, unbelievably, pitching Chicago for the 2016 Olympics. Obama's the president. Time he understood that."

Obamamania Over? T-shirts Measure Success

CBS News "Socialist and communist themes are most popular, such as "Obamunism" and "Comrade Obama." And in one night, "You Lie!" became a big-selling T-shirt topic after South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson let loose on Obama during his speech to Congress about health care."

Treemometers: A new scientific scandal

Neal Boortz "All the papers come from a small but closely knit of scientists who mutually support each other's work. All use Yamal data. And without the Yamal data, the temperature record shows a very different shape." So much for scientific peer review.

THE OBAMA MISSTATEMENTS

By Neal Boortz "Here's the story from the Wall Street Journal I was using yesterday to detail Obama's misstatements of fact. My listeners wanted me to list all 20 of the truth-challenged statements. So, here they are. For the explanations you'll have to click on the link and read the whole story. Now I know you liberals and ObamaBots aren't going to read any further. This is too hard for you to deal with. The very idea that The Chosen one could possibly be wrong ... or, worse, actually lie to you is just too much for you to bear. So why don't you head over to The Daily Kos for your comfort food while people who actually care about the truth read on ....."

Death Panel or not?

Liberals ridicule the term "Death Panel" and say the term does not exist. But I ask you, who will make the decision Obama speaks of here? If it is a board (panel, I suggest.) of some sort that makes the decision to just give Grandma the pill, could they not be doing what a "death panel "would be required to do? The commenters blow it off, but reports from Canada and the UK do not support them. Victoria Taft with a hat tip to Lew Waters

Gore Vidal: ‘We’ll have a dictatorship soon in the US’

California Chronicle "The grand old man of letters Gore Vidal claims America is ‘rotting away’ — and don’t expect Barack Obama to save it." Hat tip to Charlie Kears of calchronicle. Good work at COLAB.

The Brainy Bunch

Thomas Sowell , Townhall "Someone recently pointed out how much Barack Obama's style and strategies resemble those of Latin American charismatic despots-- the takeover of industries by demagogues who never ran a business, the rousing rhetoric of resentment addressed to the masses and the personal cult of the leader promoted by the media. But do we want to become the world's largest banana republic? "

Candidate Obama Repeatedly Said He Would Reinforce U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

CNS News "On Mar. 27, 2009, Obama announced a “comprehensive new strategy” for Afghanistan, saying that this policy came after careful review by military commanders and diplomats, government officials in Afghanistan, NATO allies, and members of Congress. “The situation is increasingly perilous,” said Obama, and “the safety of people around the world is at stake.”"

The Metamorphosis/ In which our liberal author awakens one morning from uneasy dreams . . .

By David Kahane=NRO "I have a nightmare. I have a nightmare that sometime before the 2010 elections, the scales will fall from your eyes and you will see us as we really are. I have a nightmare that you will read C. S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters and realize that it is not fiction. I have a nightmare that you will read Plunkitt of Tammany Hall and get firsthand instruction in how we steal elections."

Sick Lib Says Republicans Want Patients to "Die Quickly" Because They Oppose Nationalized Health Care (Video)

Gateway Pundit "Don't look for the media to say diddly about this nasty attack.And, don't look for Speaker Pelosi to scold this liberal representative for his awful and dishonest hate speech."

26 Foiled Terror Plots Show Success of Information Sharing

Heritage "President Barack Obama pledged that his Administration would continue to increase U.S. capacity and international partnerships to track down, capture, and kill terrorists around the world. Congress and the Obama Administration can work together to fulfill this promise by:..."

Obama's Work Ethic

By Ed Lasky American Thinker "Is this why he dithers in the face of major geopolitical challenges? Is he afraid of making a mistake? Can he just vote present as President? Is this why he outsources so much domestic policy to Congress and foreign policy to the United Nations? Does he carry on his practice of voting present -- as he did as a state Senator -- while being President? Does it seem he just doesn't like to do hard work?"

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

How Not to Defeat al Qaeda

by Frederick W. Kagan & Kimberly Kagan "Al Qaeda, by contrast, seeks to rule all the world's 1.5 billion Muslims and to reduce the non-Muslim peoples to subservience. For al Qaeda, terrorism is a start, not an end nor even the preferred means. It goes without saying that the United States and the West would face catastrophic consequences if al Qaeda ever managed to obtain the ability to wage war by different means. Defeating al Qaeda requires more than disrupting its leadership cells so that they cannot plan and conduct attacks in the United States. It also requires preventing al Qaeda from obtaining the capabilities it seeks to wage real war beyond terrorist strikes." H/T to The Weekly Standard

Obama can't downsize to success in Afghanistan

LA Times "We do not have to create "Jeffersonian democracy" in Afghanistan. But we do have to keep it from becoming a terrorist haven. The only way to achieve that minimal objective is with a comprehensive counterinsurgency strategy. If Obama blinks now, he will be doing grave damage not only to U.S. security but to his own credibility." Hat tip to Dawn Patrol .

Officials: Fed will need to boost rates quickly

Yahoo Finance "To prevent inflation from taking off, the Federal Reserve will need to start boosting interest rates quickly and aggressively once the economy is back on firmer footing, Fed officials warned Tuesday." Not entirely bad news, you realize?

From the Sergeant Major

Link "President Obama and General McCrystal need to review their history. When you treat the Afghans with kid gloves, they will bite off your hand."

American capitalism gone with a whimper (Repeat)

Pravda English "The final collapse has come with the election of Barack Obama. His speed in the past three months has been truly impressive. His spending and money printing has been a record setting, not just in America's short history but in the world. If this keeps up for more then another year, and there is no sign that it will not, America at best will resemble the Wiemar Republic and at worst Zimbabwe."

The Past Is Not Quite Past

by Victor Davis Hanson "Each time I restudy the Pacific theater it become even more mysterious, absolutely inexplicable. I wish only that Obama had not spent his Sundays lapping up liberation theology from Rev. Wright but had read instead With the Old Breed, Guadalcanal Diary, or Goodbye, Darkness to understand why his country is what it is, and why it ensures him such a forum of respect and influence."

Sarkozy unloads on Obama's 'virtual' disarmament reality.

WSJ "We thought we'd never see the day when the President of France shows more resolve than America's Commander in Chief for confronting one of the gravest challenges to global security. But here we are."

20 Questions About Obamacare

Townhall "So, let's talk about the basic questions YOU should have answered to your satisfaction before you consider supporting any health care bill that comes out of Congress. As you read these questions, keep in mind that every one has been inspired by bills that are moving through Congress as we speak."

Senate Finance Committee Rejects Both Public Option Amendments

WaPo "Republicans stood solidly against both provisions, arguing that they would lead to complete government control over health care. But Schumer vowed to keep pressing for a public option on grounds it was the best way to control rising health-care costs. "

The Need to Think Critically

Probe Ministries "Another critical thinking skill is to be wary of is the appeal to authority. "Nothing is true just because some big shot says it is true."{2} In our culture, we practically worship experts (especially scientific experts), and willingly set aside our own beliefs and instincts if somebody with a white lab coat or letters after their name tells us something is true or right or good." Hat tip to Pete Smith in Texas.

Video: Community organizers pray to their new deity, or something; Update: Or do they?

Hot Air "The Gamaliel Foundation is a community-organizing group that acts as the ground troops for Barack Obama’s domestic policies, especially health-care reform. Anyone who has spent any time in church will recognize the worship cadence of this clip, which puts Obama in the place of the Lord in prayer:"

Obama has talked to David Letterman more than our Afghanistan commander

By Rick Moran "Yes, but Letterman never tried to tell the president unpleasant things. He's so jolly and funny while I'm sure that General McChrystal is just another Gloomy Gus military guy."...."For Obama, it's a question of priorities. Obviously, David Letterman can do him more good politically than General McChrystal. Besides, since most liberals believe military guys are just dumb brutes who serve no purpose except killing babies and threatening to take over the government, it's no wonder our community organizing president doesn't want to talk to him."

Obama Administration Orders Study on Removing Dams on Snake River to Help Fish

CNS News "The Obama administration has ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to conduct studies on the possibility of removing four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River in Washington state in order to “protect” 13 species of salmon on the federal endangered species list."

Why Medical Malpractice Is Off Limits

WSJ "Trial lawyers also suggest they alone are the bulwark against ineffective care, citing a 1999 study by the Institute of Medicine that "over 98,000 people are killed every year by preventable medical errors." But the same study found that distrust of the justice system contributes to these errors by chilling interaction between doctors and patients. Trials lawyers haven't reduced the errors. They've caused the fear. "

ARE YOU A BUSINESS OWNER?

By Neal Boortz "At least Georgia isn't at the bottom of the list. The states that ranked absolute worst for businesses were New Jersey, New York and California. Hmmmm ... could that be why we so many people from New York and Jersey in Florida? Now ... speaking of California, perhaps they see the problem and are getting ready to take some action. A commission studying California's tax structure has come up with some ideas:...

DEMONIZING OPPONENTS OF NATIONALIZED HEALTH CARE

By Neal Boortz "Here's the game. This is a giant and seemingly well-coordinated set up. Kennedy, Pelosi et al, are waiting for some act of violence. It might be a shove or someone throwing a shoe at a press conference or town hall meeting. Someone with an anti-ObamaCare sign might take a swing at some purple-shirted SEIU goon giving them a hard time at a demonstration. It could be something worse. But if and when it happens the Democrats and their media supporters will come out of the gates with a vengeance blaming talk radio."

REDISCOVERING GOD IN AMERICA II: OUR HERITAGE

Neal Boortz "Newt Gingrich was on the show last week to talk about his movie Rediscovering God In America II: Our Heritage. Click on through for more information. "

House Remodeling; Can the GOP take back the House? Yes, if its candidates do their job.

By Jim Geraghty = "In other words, if you want to have victories driven by the national mood, you have to have good candidates; you can’t have lazy campaigners or guys from the wrong part of their district, and your candidates have to talk about the right issues."

Are We Witnessing the Collapse of Liberalism?

American Thinker "In less than nine months time, the time of Mr. Obama's tenure, a bad economy remains bad, with the prospect of getting worse. Overseas, the nation's enemies, who only a short time ago feared us, now scheme to overtly or surreptitiously challenge us. Our allies in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, some of whom resent our power, must confront an ugly question: What happens in a world absent sufficient projections of American power?"

ObamaCare: Taxes for everyone

By Dick Morris "So if you are insured, you will increasingly have to pay 35 percent more for the privilege. And if you are uninsured, you will have to pay one-fifth of your income in premiums, deductibles and co-payments before any subsidy kicks in." Have a nice day.

Video: Teen Attacked, Beaten to Death in Melee

MyFox Chicago "Seconds later the honor student hit the pavement. That’s when witnesses, who are other high school students, say gangbangers began stomping on and punching Albert." 4 Teens Charged In Boy's Brutal Beating Death

Andy Williams accuses Barack Obama of following Marxist theory

UK Telegraph ""Don't like him at all," he said, "I think he wants to create a socialist country. The people he associates with are very Left-wing. One is registered as a Communist."

Monday, September 28, 2009

The 2012 Presidential Race: On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

by Jennifer Rubin "It is far from clear who will actually jump into the 2012 race, but we are getting a sense of the opening lines of the campaign. There are four of them already in circulation. ..."...."Obama isn’t moderate, doesn’t like the free market, and isn’t interested in waging a robust war on Islamic fundamentalists. The 2012 contenders will no doubt argue that he is not simply a far-left liberal, but was a dishonest one."

A Fishy Tale

By Victor Davis Hanson "Californians and Americans, of course, will still eat no matter what happens to this water, as they still drive. But if we do not produce our own food and fuel, someone else will do it for us."

Flashback: Obama Lectures Bush & McCain On Finishing the Fight in Afghanistan (Video)

Gateway Pundit ""We need to finish the fight in Afghanistan... George Bush and John McCain have been weak on terrorism. It's time to finish the fight in Afghanistan." Barack Obama 2008 Presidential Campaigning [sic]. "

SAUDIS WILL LET ISRAEL BOMB IRAN NUCLEAR SITE

UK Express "INTELLIGENCE chief Sir John Scarlett has been told that Saudi Arabia is ready to allow Israel to bomb Iran’s new nuclear site." Wait! What? The Saudis are backing Israel and the US isn't?

Obama’s boneheaded plan to get involved in Chicago’s 2016 Olympics bid

By Michael Roston "If you thought Andrew Breitbart, James O’Keefe, and the conservative moneybags behind their BigGovernment.com Borat-ing were having a good time with ACORN, wait until they can sneak into city offices in Chicago with a hidden camera and bid to build a whorehouse next to the Olympic Village. Then they’ll blame it all on the president. And then the Congressional probe will begin, and we’ll get to hear about Olympicsgate."

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

Risky business: States tax the rich at their peril

Yahoo "You can say, 'The millionaire is evil,' but they don't just put their money in a coffee can," said Christopher Summers, president of the nonpartisan Maryland Public Policy Institute. "They employ people ... That fact is, you need rich people to keep working hard so they will invest." Hat tip to Neal Boortz .

Children's TV in Palestine

Palestinian Media Watch Let's watch this, mommy, it's OK for children!

Everything begins with O, &c.

By Jay Nordlinger= "Earlier, I spoke of the “establishment media” — and I have had a media thought lately, one that you have too, I bet: The game is so very, very different now. A couple of upstarts investigate ACORN, using crafty methods. They expose ACORN. And then the establishment media work to expose them — the exposers. The non-establishmentarians do the key investigating, and they, in turn, get investigated by the establishmentarians.Glenn Beck is the one who tells the nation all about Van Jones. And then the establishment media tell us about Glenn Beck. Why weren’t those establishment media on the job about Jones?"

Literary Lion Obama Will Roar No More

By Jack Cashill "From textual sleuthing, I had come to a comparable conclusion more than a year ago, namely that Obama had "turned the framework of his life over to terrorist emeritus Bill Ayers who roughed it in with his own darker sentiments and experiences." "

Rookie Mistakes

Aaron Gee "If Obama wants to play in the big leagues, he's going to have to shed his rookie preconceptions fast. Until then, he's just a rookie who talks a good game. The American people and freedom loving people the world over are still waiting for him to play a good game."

Politics and the farm crisis in the San Joaquin Valley

Ron Newsom, American Thinker "Ranchers are going bankrupt, families are going without food or jobs. And it receives very little media coverage. Who is hurting the most?Besides the Ranchers, who else makes a living off of the hard work when the harvest is due? Migrant field workers."...."This is class warfare by prosperous metropolitan elites against hardworking rural agricultural regions. The GOP should pick sides and take up the battle. And that includes letting Hispanics know who is on the side of the poor field workers."

Unanswered questions from the NEA

Washington Times "A full investigation by both Congress and the NEA inspector general is the only way to bring this story to a close. Answers to these questions would be only a start: "

Bill Clinton speaks of vast, right-wing conspiracy

Google News "Clinton said that this time around, the focus is on Obama and "their agenda seems to be wanting him to fail.""

McChrystal report officially backburnered now

Hot Air "The Pentagon says they will hold his request, officially, until Obama officially makes an official decision about the officially official policy he wants to officially pursue in the war:"

Obama's Iran Formula

by Stephen F. Hayes "Speak timidly and don't carry a stick."

Passive-Aggressive at the U.N.

by Andrew Ferguson "Obama boldly proclaims a new meekness. "

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The President Risks Getting Stale

By Karl Rove "It sounded to White House advisers like a good idea. Put President Barack Obama on five Sunday morning talk shows. This would focus attention on health care, re-establish momentum, and show off Mr. Obama's passion, intelligence, and persuasive abilities. It didn't work. Mr. Obama made a classic mistake of politicians on a downward-bending arc. He jumps out in front of the cameras without having something fresh to offer. " Could Prezbo have jumped the shark?

NBC's [Law & Order] DA McCoy: 'It's About Time Somebody' Prosecuted Bush Officials for Torture

Newsbusters "By the end of the episode, “McCoy” has added former Vice President Cheney and the Joint Chiefs of Staff to his indictment. Incredibly, the case brought by a local DA against federal employees over the conduct of their official duties goes to trial, but before a verdict is rendered a federal court orders the trial stopped -- thus getting NBC out of the bind of either characterizing the Bush administration as guilty or not guilty." Gateway Pundit "I've quit watching main L&O for at least a few years b/c of anti-Conservative/Christian/business biases of the show. They have had anti-torture cases in the past during the Bush admin. Not a new story line, frankly. Of course, they stretch things to get their local prosecutors and cops involved in such political issues." From the comments section.

Ramirez: A familiar smell at the UN

Hot Air "Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist noted Hugo Chavez’s pleasure at not smelling sulphur when he spoke at the UN podium this week, unlike his last appearance when he went out of his way to personally insult then-President George W. Bush."

They're Back

JINSA "What's the problem? The problem is that it walks the world back more than 60 years, restores the Cold War balance of power, and reminds countries yet again that America's reliability as an ally is questionable. [What Americans think of as an admirable change in leadership every four or eight years is sometimes seen by others as dangerous instability. And sometimes it is.]"

I Intend to Protest Your Protest

by Mike Adams "Members of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) at Michigan State University (MSU) didn’t know what they were getting into when they tried to suppress the free speech rights of Professor Indrek Wichman." Read more.... "Indrek Wichman is not your typical college professor. He is a true First Amendment hero. "

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Learning to Love the French: When Sarkozy Spoke Truth to Obama

Claudia Rosett /Pajamas Media "President Obama himself has said that he dreams of a world without nuclear weapons. Before our very eyes, two countries are doing exactly the opposite at this very moment. Since 2005, Iran has violated five Security Council Resolutions. ...I support America’s extended hand. But what have these proposals for dialogue produced for the international community? Nothing but more enriched uranium and more centrifuges. And last but not least, it has resulted in a statement by Iranian leaders calling for wiping off the map a Member of the United Nations. What are we to do? What conclusion are we to draw? At a certain moment hard facts will force us to take decisions."

Michael Yon; report from the battlefield

Michael Yon "Some of the smokescreens are less important but they are demonstrative of the pattern: On 20 August a, CH-47 helicopter was shot down by a Taliban RPG during a British Special Forces mission. Richardson reported that the aircraft landed due to an engine fire. Some hours later, while I was on a mission nearby, the Taliban were singing over the radios about shooting it down. I heard the rumble when the helicopter was destroyed by airstrikes. The Taliban knew they hit the helicopter. So who is Richardson lying to? Not the enemy…unless the enemy is the British public."

McChrystal troops request shelved pending review

Yahoo News "The commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan has submitted a request for more troops, a spokesman said Saturday, but the Pentagon will hold it while President Barack Obama decides what strategy to pursue."

Sarah Palin on Yom Kippur..... "may G-d Bless the Jewish people"

Atlas Shrugs "A speech was given at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday that was full of hateful anti-Semitic rhetoric. It was a shameful display before a body whose very charter is premised on the need for co-operation and harmony in pursuit of peaceful co-existence between nations. Such talk was especially abhorrent coming as it did during the Jewish High Holidays."

Gary Varvel cartoon

World Magazine

EDITORIAL: Leader of the Free World no more

Washington Times/ Lucianne "Mr. Obama's address was the predictable mix of criticism of the past policies of the United States, self-praise for correcting said policies and vague calls to united action on matters of collective interest. It sought to ingratiate rather than offend. But Mr. Netanyahu chastised the United Nations for its "systematic assault on the truth." He spoke truths that Mr. Obama would never whisper regarding the regime in Iran, which is "fueled by an extreme fundamentalism" and an "unforgiving creed." " Emphasis added. Complete Text of Netanyahu's speech.

The Christian Political Heritage

By Chuck Colson "Take this quotation from a history textbook: "It is the duty of nations, as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God," this famous Virginian writes; "and to recognize . . . that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord." Is this the voice of a zealot from the radical right? No, it's the voice of George Washington, born in Wakefield, Virginia, and our nation's first president."

Pelosi must put up or shut up about demonstrators

American Thinker "The ongoing newsout of the Pittsburgh G20 Summit protests is one of violence, tear gas, and arrests. There was none of that at the 9/12 DC Tea Party, not even trash to be cleaned up. Just a week ago, Ms Pelosi tearfully said, "...our country is great because people can say what they think and they believe. But I also think that they have to take responsibility for any incitement that they may cause.""

While Obama slept

Ed Lasky "There has been a bill in Congress - the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act - that has been bottled up by Howard Berman, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in deference to Obama's "diplomacy", Now it appears that Congressman Berman is piqued that Barack Obama had information regarding Iran's duplicity and hid it from prying eyes. Berman writes an op-ed in today's Washington Post indicating that he intends to move on the bill in the coming months."

NJ video proves Obama's school-speech opponents right

American Thinker "But what was apparent then, and the New Jersey video proves now, is that Obama's unfettered direct access to students was part of an effort to inculcate a cult of personality about Obama. After all, Obama was elected primarily because the media worshipped at the cult they created around him."

Suspected flag burner pilloried

Hat tip to Weasel Zippers "The young man was given three choices: get turned over to the police, go one-on-one in a fight with a seasoned war veteran, or be duct-taped to a flagpole for six hours with a sign around his neck identifying his alleged crime: flag burning. " This story gave me a thrill up my leg.

Krauthammer's Take; From last night's Fox News All-Stars.

National Review= "In fact, the '80's and the '90's, when we radically reduced our arsenals, is precisely when Iran and [North] Korea launched their ambitions and nuclear programs…."

Left Employing Sexist Tactics to Discredit Giles, O’Keefe?

Big Government.com "As a young woman, I can say that sexist behavior so often perpetrated by the left is a major reason why I and many other women left the Democratic party. It’s gross to know that a bunch of crusty, old, pee-paw Democratic operatives are, at this second, scouring the web for nudie Giles shots as a way to discredit her and O’Keefe’s work." Like they did with Carrie Prejean.

Bozell Column: Nick at Nite Blight

Newsbusters "During his 20-year reign at Disney, Michael Eisner’s commitment to family values was viewed with suspicion by many. The worries apparently were well-founded. His animation studio, Tornante, has a new clay-animated cartoon on Nick at Nite called "Glenn Martin, DDS.""

Friday, September 25, 2009

Video: Hannity interviews socialists at the G20. What could go wrong?

Hot Air "Surely the theological contempt we feel for each other is dwarfed by the political contempt we feel for these two imbeciles. On this foundation does the conservative coalition rest, my friends."

Judge not. . .

Powerline Blog "Thanks to President Obama, the odds that effective action will be taken against Iran's nuclear weapons program have increased in recent months, and perhaps significantly. Not action by the U.S. of course; Obama intends to fiddle and diddle indefinitely. But Obama's conduct has made it more likely that Israel will attack Iran."

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Sleeping Through Speeches

by Victor Davis Hanson "The President’s U.N.* talk was more of the same, same old formula: Me, me, me/then Bush blew it/then I came/and, presto, the waters parted. There is no need to listen to these speeches anymore..." Then some other musings as well.

ANOTHER SHOCK VIDEO: Third-Graders Sing Praises to Obama

Big Hollywood "The Obama Song (”Proud American”)By Mr. B and the students of Room 8 February 2009"

Wannsee Conference

Wikipedia "Last month, I went to a villa in a suburb of Berlin called Wannsee. There, on January 20, 1942, after a hearty meal, senior Nazi officials met and decided how to exterminate the Jewish people. The detailed minutes of that meeting have been preserved by successive German governments. Here is a copy of those minutes, in which the Nazis issued precise instructions on how to carry out the extermination of the Jews. Is this a lie?" Spoken by Bibi Netanyahu before the United Nations this week.

MINUTES OF THE WANNSEE CONFERENCE; Jan 20, 1942

Wannsee Protocol "This English text of the original German-language Wannsee protocol is based on the official U.S. government translation prepared for evidence in trials at Nuremberg, as reproduced in John Mendelsohn, ed., The Holocaust: Selected Documents in Eighteen Volumes."

High Noon for the Public Option in the Senate [Friday]

ABC News "I am told that Senators Chuck Schumer and Jay Rockefeller will force a roll-call vote [Friday] morning in the Senate Finance Committee on two amendments that would create a government-run insurance program – a top priority for liberal Democrats that was left out of the bill drafted by Finance Chairman Max Baucus."

Going Out of Business: How ObamaCare will Hurt American Businesses

Heritage "The House and Senate draft proposals for health care reform include employer mandates that require employers to pay higher taxes (as much as an 8% payroll tax) if they do not offer health insurance or if they offer it but some employees decline it and use the government system. The result of such a tax penalty will cause lower pay and job losses, especially for low-income workers. "

ObamaCare: Taxes for everyone

By Dick Morris "Now that the various healthcare plans are being reduced to print, the financial details are emerging and with them a fundamental conclusion is becoming evident: The Obama plan is a giant tax increase for much of the American people (not just the rich)." This is gaining strength and we MUST call or write our congressperson!

Bad Medicine; ObamaCare is hazardous to your health.

Wall Street Journal "So what is a better solution? First, allow everyone to purchase health insurance across state lines (difficult under current law, as you must buy your insurance in your own state), so that they can get the best possible policies at the best possible prices..."

All the President's Mandates: Compulsory Health Insurance Is a Government Takeover

CATO Institute "Massachusetts also demonstrates that compulsory health insurance enables, and ultimately requires, politicians and government bureaus to control nearly all aspects of health care and medical practice."

Obama's Self-Worship

By Mona Charen "Addressing himself directly to America's critics, the president declared, "For those who question the character and cause of my nation." He could have mentioned the Marshall Plan, the Berlin Airlift, the billions spent on fighting AIDS in Africa, tsunami relief, the Green Revolution, defeating Nazism and Communism. Just for starters. But that's not what the president had in mind."

Senate Democrats to unveil climate bill Sept 30

Reuters "Senate Democrats will unveil legislation to cut greenhouse gas emissions next Wednesday, kicking off what is likely to be a battle in Congress as lawmakers tussle over the economic impact of controlling global warming." This stuff happens when you find voters at rock concerts.

SEVERAL MORE DOMESTIC MAJOR TERROR PLOTS

By Neal Boortz "We've been real fortunate here. Our intelligence and law enforcement agencies have been getting the job done. Here are some quick links to several ISLAMIC terrorist plans to kill innocent Americans." More Here:: "WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION?"

Bibi's magnificent UN address

By Rick Moran "But to those who gave this Holocaust-denier a hearing, I say on behalf of my people, the Jewish people, and decent people everywhere: Have you no shame? Have you no decency? A mere six decades after the Holocaust, you give legitimacy to a man who denies that the murder of six million Jews took place and pledges to wipe out the Jewish state."

An Old Claim Arises Once More: Did Barack Obama Write ‘Dreams From My Father’?

By Ron Radosh “Shy of a confession by those involved, I will not be able to prove conclusively that Obama did not write this book. As shall be seen, however, there are only two real possibilities: one is that Obama experienced a near miraculous turnaround in his literary abilities; the second is that he had major editorial help, up to and including a ghostwriter.”

Man arrested in Dallas who wanted to blow up skyscraper

By Rick Moran "Agents sold Smadi a fake bomb, much like the one detonated by Tim McVeigh in Oklahoma City, and then accompanied him as he cooly parked the van underneath the building, and sped away in another car, also driven by agents.A few blocks away, Smadi went all the way through with the terrorist attack and actually dialed the number on a cell phone to detonate the fake bomb. Agents then took him into custody."

Bitter Harvests to Come

By Victor Davis Hanson= "The key question is at what point will the American people sense that the Obama feel-good magic comes at the expense of long-term American interests — and that making some unsavory characters like our president now, will mean only trouble ahead for the country itself and its friends abroad."

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Europeans Ambivalent About Obama’s Missile Defense U-Turn

by Soeren Kern "Obama’s diplomatic clumsiness may boost anti-Americanism in Eastern Europe, the only region in Europe where the United States is actually liked."

But… But… We APOLOGIZED!!!

By Andrew Klavan "President Bush was constantly being attacked by the left for inciting Islamic terrorists by standing up to them. After the recent arrests in New York, it seems to me we should all be asking: Isn’t it Obama who has incited Islamist murder by shamelessly appeasing the tyrants at its source?"

Critics Assail Obama's 'Safe Schools' Czar, Say He's Wrong Man for the Job

Fox News "President Obama's "safe schools czar" is a former schoolteacher who has advocated promoting homosexuality in schools, written about his past drug abuse, expressed his contempt for religion and detailed an incident in which he did not report an underage student who told him he was having sex with older men."

Obama insults PM Brown again

Rosslyn Smith "What are we to make of this? This country has proved, through the bravery of men like Acting Sgt Lockett, America's staunchest ally in Afghanistan. In return, the American President treats the British Prime Minister with casual contempt. The President's graceless behaviour is unforgivable."...."Mr Obama owes this country a great deal for its unflinching commitment to the American-led war in Afghanistan but seems incapable of acknowledging the fact."

Sweet: Eleven countries walk out of Ahmadinejad’s Israel-bashing UN speech

Hot Air "...Argentina, Australia, Britain, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand … and the United States. I assume our guys wouldn’t have bolted without the White House’s approval, so kudos to The One for showing a bit of principle. "

Political Cartoons by Brian Farrington

Townhall

Scaling Back in Afghanistan Would Jeopardize Security of U.S. Homeland

Heritage "But pulling back from Afghanistan would be devastating, as it would embolden a generation of international terrorists who would then be able to strike at will whenever and wherever they choose."

Shock video: Schoolchildren indoctrinated to praise Obama

By Thomas Lifson "According to the poster, it was shot around June 19, 2009 at the B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington, NJ. Decades of entrenching leftists in the education establishment has led to this. Watch it and weep for our country. " In this video are teachers of the future.

Terror plot investigation continues to mushroom

By Rick Moran "Just what is it we are facing? What kind of threat did authorities uncover when they arrested Zazi and the New York City jihadis? Unknown at this point. But the some experts are saying that the authorities have uncovered the first genuine al-Qaeda cell since 9/11." But we will NOT, I repeat, NOT cause these suspects any discomfort or damage to their self-esteem!

Andersen Book Blows Ayers' Cover on 'Dreams' (updated)

By Jack Cashill "With the deadline pressing, Michelle recommended that Barack seek advice from "his friend and Hyde Park neighbor Bill Ayers.""

Obama's Speeches-- Obama Mentions Self Nearly 1,200 Times!

Fox News "Nar-cis-sism – noun1. inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity--Dictionary.com In mythology, Narcissus was the guy who fell in love with his own reflection." More Here: "Obama snubs America's exceptionalism".

Barack at the UN: Was this Obama’s most naïve speech ever?

UK Telegraph "Still, his address today will go down in history as one of the weakest major addresses by a US president on foreign policy in a generation, by a leader who seems embarrassed, even ashamed, by the power and greatness of his own country." Related article: by Ethel C. Fenig.

APNewsBreak: ACORN Sues Filmmakers

AP Maryland "ACORN and two former employees of its Baltimore office filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit Wednesday against the makers of a hidden-camera video that showed the employees giving tax advice to a man posing as a pimp and a woman posing as a prostitute." More Here: Two words: tort reform.

AMMO FOR YOUR LIBERAL FRIENDS

Boortz "The Congressional Research Service tells us that the total cost of the Iraq war under President Bush was $622 billion. Do you have any clue how much Obama is going to spend on welfare, treating America's parasite infestation, in just 2010 alone? Care to guess?"

ISRAEL TO BARACK OBAMA: THANKS A PANTLOAD

Boortz ""Those who used to chastise America for acting alone in the world cannot now stand by and wait for America to solve the world's problems alone. Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges. Nothing is easier than blaming others for our troubles and absolving ourselves of responsibility for our choices and our actions," Well .. good for him on this one."

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Afghanistan: The Fall of the American Empire

By Zhaogen Chu , China "If [Obama] follows public opinion and gives up on Afghanistan, this will allow Al-Qaeda to come back and the U.S. and the rest of the world will never have peace again."...."It has been pointed out that the failure of the American troops in Afghanistan will most likely be the American version of the Battle of Adrianople in the year of 378. This battle was the prelude to the invasion of the Germans and the collapse of Roman Empire and has resulted in the ill fortune of Western civilization for 1,100 years!"

"Architects of Ruin" hints of why Obama disses medical malpractice caps

By: Mark Tapscott "In short, it wasn't "deregulation of the financial markets" or "out-of-control capitalism," as depicted by purveyors of the conventional wisdom, it was too much politically correct regulation mandating that lenders throw out common sense and decades of experience in order to make loans that were almost certain to go unpaid."

Liberal Lies About National Health Care, Part 5

by Ann Coulter "The way I remember it, Republicans swept Congress in 1994 not because Clinton failed to nationalize health care, but because he tried to nationalize health care. HillaryCare failed because most Americans didn't want it. (For more on this, see "ObamaCare.")"

Obama’s Dilemma

By Max Boot "...give McChrystal what he needs. If he does, he will undoubtedly suffer a short-term hit with public opinion, which has turned against the war. But in the long term, backing the McChrystal approach will allow Obama to burnish his badly tarnished centrist credentials. More important, it will allow him to rescue a failing war effort that he himself has dubbed a “war of necessity.”"

One more Post about Afghanistan - Charles Krauthammer Speaks

Blackfive/ Krauthammer "Here is what Charles Krauthammer has to say about the lack of a strategy - and it's important to watch to get an understanding of RECENT history:"

Afghanistan: Better Be Sure

Blackfive "We'll be carrying all of that weight in Afghanistan for a long time to come. We need to know if the political will exists to do that. That is what the military is counting on to make the projected, very small Afghan security forces workable. "...."Our soldiers and Marines must not be kept out there if we do not mean to win."

Treasury Memo: Cap and Trade Would Devastate U.S. Industrial Base, Trigger Energy Rationing

California Chronicle "The United States gained steel jobs from Spain because the manufacturer's costs under the European Union’s cap-and-trade program chased the jobs to Kentucky, Horner said. However, that foreshadows how cap and trade could cost the United States jobs that move abroad, he said. "

An Obama Treasury of Mother Goose Rhymes

Herman Steinbeck Three blind mice, three blind mice See how they sneer, see how they sneer They all play up to the left wing base They cut off their nose to spite their face Have you ever seen such a total disgrace As three blind mice. (ABC, NBC & CBS?)

IS NATIONAL SECURITY BACK ON YOUR MIND?

Boortz "Worried? Even a little? How far would you want our government to go in trying to get to the bottom of these threats ... and perhaps save lives? Would you care if we poured water on Zazi's head to make him THINK he was drowning, even though he would be in no danger? If not that, could we just deprive him of a little sleep to make him talk? Nope ... can't do those things. That would be torture. Besides, remember that the White House is now in charge of interrogations ... so maybe now you feel even a little bit safer! Right?"

Obamathon

A Devolving, Depressing, and Debased Debate

by Victor Davis Hanson "Jimmy Carter, at 84 no less, of course had his say. In blanket fashion, without qualification, he blasted opponents of Obama as racists. Projection? One of the reasons as a Democrat I did not vote for Carter ages ago in 1976 was his own racist past. During the 1976 campaign, it surfaced that in the 1950s Carter himself as a school board member had tried to block new black schools as part of Byzantine efforts to circumvent integration."

Mike Ramirez cartoon

Canada set to boycott Iran's UN speech

Ottawa Citizen "Walking out of the chamber is seen as a strong diplomatic show of disgust at the UN — and since the chamber is generally packed on the first day of the annual summit, Canada’s empty seats will not go unnoticed." How about the US seats?

Obama urges 'new era of engagement' around world

Yahoo News "In a blunt challenge to his nation's critics, President Barack Obama says world leaders who once accused the United States of acting alone must now join with him to solve global crises rather than "wait for America" to lead."

Bosnia Risks Sliding Into Turmoil, Diplomat Says

WSJ MARCH 26, 2009 "The top diplomat overseeing the divided Balkan nation of Bosnia and Herzegovina says the country risks deep political instability unless the international community acts soon to break a deadlock over the country's future."

Obama Caves to Iran ...Again.

by Stephen F. Hayes "Obama has spent the intervening eight months attempting to convince Ahmadinejad and Iran's clerical leadership that he is not a bully. Despite these efforts--and in some ways because of them--the Iranian leadership remains firmly in power, more radical and more dangerous than ever. The Obama administration's short history of relations with Iran is a picture of weakness."

Job One / The only way Obama can pull his presidency back from the brink.

TNR "Barack Obama looks like he will succeed where three Democratic presidents, Harry Truman, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton, so famously failed--by passing health care reform. That is an achievement for which posterity will likely reward him. But it may not help him and his party avoid setbacks at the polls."

No Rules in the Arena?

by Victor Davis Hanson "Another cause of the new rudeness is that the country is fragmenting. Almost every issue is dissected by its effect not on the American people as a whole, but rather on a particular constituency defined by race, class or gender. The louder and more melodramatic the accusation, the more attention and federal money follow."

Mike Ramirez cartoon

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bombshell: McChrystal to resign if not given more troops

By Rick Moran "That leaked report asking for more troops has elicited more excuses, more dithering from the White House. And now we learn via Bill Roggio that McChrystal is doing something almost unheard of; he is challenging his commander in chief to fulfill his desire for more troops or he will resign."

Obama changes course on Mideast

By Leo Rennert "Now, Obama -- by changing diplomatic tactics -- has left Abbas twisting slowly in the wind. If Abbas follows the new U.S. playbook, he'll look like a patsy not only to Hamas in Gaza but to most Palestinians in the West Bank. But if he balks, he will no longer have Obama in his corner and he'll be left boxed-in -- with no prospect for U.S.-brokered Palestinian statehood. It's a tough predicament for Abbas, for which Obama is entirely responsible."

Here's your 'demonstration project,' Mr. President -- it's called Mississippi

Washington Examiner "Mississippi's reforms were truly sweeping. The new laws: *Changed rules of venue, to prevent abusive court-shopping. *Got rid of the rule of "joint and several liability" -- as Barbour put it, in order to protect the defendant who is only "2 percent negligent" but who has the "deep pockets" that trial lawyers look for when deciding whom to sue. *Protect innocent landowners and sellers of products. Under the reforms, "if a pharmacist is selling a drug that the FDA has said is appropriate for the purpose it says it's used for, unless the pharmacist knows it has been tampered with, then that pharmacist is immune," said Barbour. *Put caps on punitive damages, with a sliding scale based on the size of the defendant corporation. *Put caps on non-economic damages, particularly to deal with medical malpractice liability. "

SOME INTERESTING STATISTICS ON ENTREPRENEURS

By Neal Boortz "Pretty remarkable people, aren't they? Well, these are the people that are squarely placed in the Democrat's crosshairs when it comes to tax increases."

Obama the impotent

UK Guardian "It appears that the wheels may be coming off the world's post-war leader, and not even Barack Obama can stop it happening." He isn't far enough left for them.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Glenn Foden cartoon

Townhall

We Need an Administrative-Detention Law. Denver shows us why we shouldn’t treat terror as a law-enforcement problem.

By Andrew C. McCarthy= "This is the bind we’ve put ourselves in by wedding our security to our criminal-justice processes: Arrest early to prevent an attack and prosecutors won’t be able to make charges stick — certainly not against the most significant terrorists. But if we wait too long in order for law enforcement to build a solid case, we increase the chance of a catastrophic terrorist attack."...."Our criminal-justice system is rightly the envy of the world, but it was designed to contain crime rather than to protect the nation from hostile foreign threats. By relying on it to do that which it is not fit to do — a job at odds with the presumption of innocence — we continue to invite catastrophe."

Deconstructing the “Whup Ass” (Said he.)

by Victor Davis Hanson "Barak Obama did not transcend race as promised. Nor was there a racial backlash against him as his supporters both feared and now charge.Rather the mood is weariness. One major reason Obama’s polls have dropped is the public resentment of this spate of allegations of racism."

Why is the Left so angry at Blacks who love America?

By Lloyd Marcus "I received angry emails from blacks who said I should be ashamed of myself. Apparently, they believe my not resenting whites and America is a betrayal of my blackness. I no longer feel the need to be patient with racist blacks. Just as we do not tolerate the KKK and white supremacists, we should not give a pass to racist blacks." Link: Lloyd Marcus.com

EXPLOSIVE NEW AUDIO Reveals White House Using NEA to Push Partisan Agenda

Breitbart "Should the National Endowment for the Arts encourage artists to create art on issues being vehemently debated nationally?"...."The question still requires debate but the facts do not. The NEA and the White House did encourage a handpicked, pro-Obama arts group to address politically controversial issues under contentious national debate. That fact is irrefutable." More here: High Noon for politicized arts funding

Bertha, you lie!

J.C. Arenas "Lewis's performance during the interview with U.S. Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and host Chris Wallace was the finest in liberal arrogance and dishonesty. Throughout, she didn't bother to acknowledge Issa with eye contact and she often evaded their questions so she could continue to assert ACORN does so much good for poor, working class minorities."

The real reason for the rage: Americans aren't racist - they're just furious at Obama and Washington

By Frank Luntz "Obama's popularity hasn't tumbled because he's black. It's tumbled because he has come to represent Washington instead of those who sent him there. Read More: "

President Barack Obama is beginning to look out of his depth

UK Telegraph "Regimes in Moscow, Pyongyang and Tehran simply pocket his concessions and carry on as before. The picture emerging from the White House is a disturbing one, of timidity, clumsiness and short-term calculation. Some say he is the weakest president since Jimmy Carter. The grizzled veterans of the Democratic leadership in Congress have found Mr Obama and his team of bright young advisers a pushover."

The Max Tax: Baucus Health Bill Is More of the Same

Heritage "The President needs to lead by meeting with key leaders of both parties and seek bipartisan reform around two key themes: 1) instead of a one-size-fits-all federal solution, Congress should let the states take the lead on reform, and 2) reform the tax treatment of health insurance to give all taxpayers tax relief for purchasing private insurance and extend assistance (through spending offsets) to low-income families to purchase private insurance instead of expanding government care."

A QUESTION FROM BARACK OBAMA

Boortz "Obama wants to know the following: How do we balance our freedom with our need to "look after one another"?"...."There's another more subtle premise at work in Obama's comment. Apparently he thinks that the only way Americans will "look after one another" is through the processes of government. Private charity has always been more effective at taking care of those truly in need. It was government, not private charity, that chased the fathers out of the homes of countless welfare families."

Sunday Obamathon Turns Into Media Critique; Says Press is Perpetuating 'Rude' Behavior

NEWSBUSTERS "According to Obama, alleging he wasn't doing any "media-bashing," mentioned the three major cable news networks by name, and said they were the ones enabling the "rude" behavior that some of their on-air voices have decried by giving it so much attention."

Sources: US eyes more drone hits on terror havens

Breitbart "The White House is looking at expanding counterterror operations in Pakistan to refocus on eliminating al-Qaida instead of mounting a major military escalation in Afghanistan"

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Neglected Duty of Civic Awareness

By Chuck Colson (From 1996) "As the great reformer John Calvin once wrote: “Civil authority is a calling, not only holy and lawful before God, but also the most sacred and by far the most honorable of all callings in the whole life of mortal men.”Let’s remember the high calling of public service so that we do not shirk our civic responsibility."

The Long Retreat

By Mark Steyn= "But you’ve got to figure that by now the world’s strongmen are getting the measure of the new Washington. Diplomacy used to be, as Canada’s Lester Pearson liked to say, the art of letting the other fellow have your way. Today, it’s more of a discreet cover for letting the other fellow have his way with you."...."For Britain and other great powers, the decision to build a hugely expensive welfare state at home entailed inevitably a long retreat from responsibilities abroad, with a thousand small betrayals of peripheral allies along the way. A few years ago, the great scholar Bernard Lewis warned, during the debate on withdrawal from Iraq, that America risked being seen as “harmless as an enemy and treacherous as a friend.”"

Sunday Morning Obama @ CBS: Obama Stands Firm on CIA Investigation

Patterico.com "I doubt the 7 former CIA directors appreciate being painted as people only interested in protecting their former turf and employees. They are a bipartisan group of officials who supervised the CIA for much of the past 40 years. As stated in their letter, they are concerned this investigation will do serious damage to the CIA’s mission and its ability to work with foreign intelligence agencies."

ObamaCare and Red State Democrats

By Karl Rove "Part of Mr. Obama's problem is his language. His speech contained little new information and his tone was unpresidential. Instead of binding Americans to his cause, he called legitimate concerns "misinformation," "false," "demagoguery," "distortion" or "tall tales." Earlier in the week he declared them "lies." This was like calling people with concerns stupid, and it's not the way to win them over."

Brzezinski [from the Carter administration, incidentally] fantasizes about US shooting down Israeli planes

Rick Moran "Typical liberal. He would never dream of making war on our real enemies, only our allies."...."...I think this makes an Israeli strike on Iran even more probable. The more Obama tries to isolate Israel, the more the Israelis are made aware that they cannot depend on America anymore and must act without regard to American interests in the region.It takes a special kind of incompetence to anger your allies, appease your enemies, and leave the rest of the world looking at you with contempt. "

Reactionary Liberalism and the Peanut Narcissist

By Ralph Alter "With his strident assumption of moral superiority nd defective judgment hogging national headlines, Mr. Carter has assured that he will be able to contemplate the derision he has earned before he shuffles off this mortal coil. Once again the reactionary liberal movement has over-played its hand and thereby rendered itself and its useful idiot, Jimmy Carter, into laughing stocks. "

3 men in terror probe charged with making false statements

CNN "The alleged terrorist plot, which came to light last week after raids in New York, may have been targeting a major transportation center, like a large railroad or subway station, sources close to the investigation told CNN on Thursday."

In Defense of Capitalism

Frontpage Magazine "Capitalism is responsible for nearly everything that makes human existence easy and comfortable. The automobile, the supermarket, the personal computer, the washing machine, the hammer-drill, the iPhone, the airplane, the TV set, the chewing gum, electricity and countless other good things have all been birthed and mass produced by capitalism."

Romney says liberals think profits are wrong

The Hill ""The liberals, in their heart believe that the private enterprise system -- profitability, for instance -- that those things are inefficient and wrong, and that a government-run system would be better," Romney said in an interview on the Fox Business Network."

For Edwards, Drama Builds Toward a Denouement

NY Times "The story of the spectacular rise and fall of John Edwards, with its sordid can’t-look-away dimensions, is moving slowly but deliberately to its conclusion here in North Carolina."

One woman Michelle Obama will not mention

By Michelle Malkin "I’m re-printing my June 19, 2009 blog post and column again here in its entirety to get the message out about Michelle Obama’s role in creating a health care horror story she won’t be publicizing. I repeat: What have you done for Dontae Adams, lately, Mr. and Mrs. O?"

The Stimulus

Hat tip to Michelle Malkin

More Naiveté

By Max Boot "There is a danger that Obama is now sending a similar signal of weakness—one that will discourage our allies in Eastern Europe, who went out on a limb to stand with the United States, and one that will encourage our enemies, who will conclude that the U.S. will back down under duress."

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Brezinski Calls for Obama to Shoot Down Israeli Jets; "A Liberty in Reverse"

Weekly Standard "And given Obama's (literally) submissive posture to the Saudis, his indulgence of the Iranians, and his simultaneously hard-line approach to Israel, it seems even some of Obama's supporters can savor the possibility of a "reverse Liberty." " A holdover from the Carter administration. Enough said?

A Stab in the Back

Weekly Standard "Even those who agree with the administration's approach concede that the rollout was clumsy--middle of the night phone calls and little prior consultation. In July 2007, Senator Obama criticized his predecessor for this very thing. The Bush administration, he said, had "done a poor job of consulting its NATO allies about the deployment of a missile defense system that has major implications for all of them." In addition to the geopolitical implications of this con-cession to Russia, there are several major problems with the administration's plan." The Poles and the Czechs should be used to this from Western democracies.

Once Again, It’s ACLJ vs. ACLU

ACLJ Trial Notebook "We represent Judge James DeWeese of Richland County, Ohio who has been sued by the ACLU for a poster he placed in his courtroom called “Philosophies of Law in Conflict.”"

Palin’s Advocacy: The Turning Point in Health Care Reform Debate

Pajamas Media "For an uneducated, unsophisticated rube and former governor from a backwater state, Sarah Palin sure can drive a debate. With prospects for passage of his sweeping overhaul of the American health care delivery system fading with every speech, President Barack Obama is making it increasingly clear that Palin will be recognized, for good or ill, as perhaps the most prominent single political figure responsible for stopping it in its tracks."

Military growing impatient with Obama on Afghanistan

Miami Herald "Those officials said that taking time could be costly because the U.S. risked losing the Afghans' support. "Dithering is just as destructive as 10 car bombs," the senior official in Kabul said. "They have seen us leave before. They are really good at picking the right side to ally with."" Hat tip to Weasel Zippers.

Are you a racist? "Obama Criticism Flow Chart"

Missourah.com "It’s pretty exhausting trying to keep track of what is legitimate criticism of President Obama and what is racial hatred. That’s why I developed this handy flow chart:..."

Dr. Barack and Mr. Obama; Voters learn that Obama is not the man they thought.

By Victor Davis Hanson Powerful, as usual "Obama’s real problem is not conservative rabble-rousers at town halls or Republican activists. Rather, it is the Democratic rank and file. They may rewarm with an improving economy, but for now they are discovering that just as Obama could take them individually to great heights last fall, so too he could soon bring them down collectively to unprecedented depths."

Desperate measures on the left

By Thomas Lifson "The left is quite properly terrified of the widespread and broad-based populist movement building in America in opposition to Obama's transformation strategy. They never counted on this happening. Expert astroturfers themselves, they are not really familiar with the notion of a genuinely popular political movement."

Madeleine Albright: "America Has No Intention of Being First Nation of the World"

Gateway Pundit "Madeleine Albright, a democratic expert on foreign policy, let her hair down during a recent speech to Russian students in Omsk." They must have wondered how could they lose the cold war to THESE people?

Obama shoots self in foot on Mideast negotiations

By Leo Rennert "So, as a prelude to negotiations, Obama demanded an absolute Israeli construction freeze in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, a start by Arab nations toward normalization with Israel, and moves by the Palestinian Authority to dismantle terrorist groups and put an end to anti-Israel incitement in PA organs. The big new wrinkle, however, was Obama pressuring Israel to make significant concessions -- even before there was any resumption of negotiations and while he was being snubbed and publicly humilitated by Arab leaders and Abbas..." Hubris: noun; excessive pride or self-confidence; arrogance.

UN General Assembly urges Israel to accept nuclear inspections

By Rick Moran "In short, this is a 180 degree flip in policy on the part of the US who apparently did nothing to stop the vote. The last time it was tried in 1991, the measure was soundly defeated.But a new team is in charge in Washington - a team that apparently believes that lumping an ally with our enemies is perfectly alright."

Holder throwing in the towel on CIA investigation?

Clarice Feldman "Either way, he looks foolish. If we accept the "government source's" version of the events, it's a good thing he decided to cut his losses early on this one. He would be well advised to seek new legal counsel though, because whoever told him reopening these cases was the thing to do is an idiot."

AP warns Democrats: Time to ease off on the race-baiting

Hot Air "The left has gotten tremendous mileage out of it over the years, but to be this cynical about it when there are clear majorities with serious concerns about health-care reform is practically an admission to independents that it’s little more than a type of McCarthyism." With more wisdom from Charles Krauthammer, Then there's this: 1963? Good grief.

McCain: Carter worst president in 20th century

Hot Air "What other President in American history allowed dozens of embassy staff to be held hostage for over a year? What other President kissed a totalitarian on the cheek and pronounced American fears of Soviet Communism overblown?..."

chris wallace commenting on his treatment from the white house

YouTube "Crybabies"?

Target Of NYC Bomb Plot Probe Admits Terror Ties

WCBS "The operative told Zazi what to say if stopped by police, and there is also a reference to a "wedding," which American agents believe is a code word for an attack. " Maybe they waterboarded him. Naaaa.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Chip Bok cartoon

A Tackle Box Full of Race Bait

By Jonah Goldberg= "And, yes, a tiny, tiny fraction of the signs at the Tea Party protests last weekend were racially insensitive. But if that’s how we’re going to score, then opposition to the Iraq War is anti-Semitic. After all, I saw a bunch of signs at antiwar protests that said bigoted things about Jews."

The Left, Too Left

By Victor Davis Hanson "We have elected the most left-wing president in our history, apparently to many an unappreciated fact given the Bush unpopularity, the wars, the so-so McCain candidacy...is being revealed to the American people — and they are not comfortable with it."

A Four-Way Play for Terrorists

By Andrew C. McCarthy= "The Obama administration gives a gift to al-Qaeda."

Tea Party Diversity

Ron Lipsman "A scarier interpretation is that new and recent Americans truly do understand and approve of Obama's radical program because they see it as beneficial to their interests and are not concerned about the consequences that will ensue for all of us."

"The 75 Democrats who are pro-sex slave ACORN defenders" (Their term, not mine. Ed.)

Ethel C. Fenig "...the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to cut off funds to ACORN. Overwhelmingly but not unanimously; the vote was 345-75. David Freddoso of the Washington Examiner helpfully lists all 75. All of them are Democrats."

Analysis: what will Obama get back from Russia after ditching missile defence?

UK Times "By trading the loyalty of Poland and the Czech Republic to satisfy Russia’s security concerns, the United States is signalling that it no longer contests Moscow’s right to assert its interests in Eastern Europe."...."For Mr Putin, the lesson of today’s decision is clear. Intransigence pays dividends because the US and the European Union lack the patience or determination to face Moscow down." More: "Obama's missile defense betrayal even riles Liberals" A surrender must be bad if even liberals don't like it.

PRINCESS NANCY GETS TEARY-EYED

Boortz "Earlier this week they were telling us that all of their wonderful ideas for America are being rejected because the people just don't like a black man in the White House. Now they're telling us that all of this opposition to these wonderful leftist programs are going to lead to violence and political assassinations. Can't wait to see what's next. "

SOMEONE FINALLY GETS IT!

By Neal Boortz "...all of these claims of racism out there are taking a word that once had some power and turning it into nothing more than a spitball. He quotes one John McWhorter, who studies race and language at the Manhattan Institute: "It gets to the point where we don't have a word to use to call people racist who actually are." "

Does He Lie?

By Charles Krauthammer "You lie? No. Barack Obama doesn't lie. He's too subtle for that. He . . . well, you judge. Herewith three examples within a single speech -- the now-famous Obama-Wilson "you lie" address to Congress on health care -- of Obama's relationship with truth..."

A'jad gets heave-ho from Helmsley Hotel

NY Post "Helmsley representatives told Ahmadinejad to beat it after being informed by the security group United Against Nuclear Iran that the Israel-hating, Holocaust-denying America basher was going to be in the house next Thursday. " Here is the contact for Helmsley Hotels if you care to send them an attaboy.

Poles, Czechs: US missile defense shift a betrayal

Yahoo News "...a respected pro-business Czech newspaper, said: "an ally we rely on has betrayed us, and exchanged us for its own, better relations with Russia, of which we are rightly afraid."The move has raised fears in the two nations they are being marginalized by Washington even as a resurgent Russia leaves them longing for added American protection."

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The President’s Promise Not to Insure Illegal Immigrants Isn’t as Simple as it Sounds

ABC News "The President says he won’t extend health care benefits to illegal immigrants through the health care reform bill that he ultimately signs. But he may do so indirectly through immigration reform."

Now Wait Just One Minute . . .

By Victor Davis Hanson "The present poisoned atmosphere began in the 1980s and 1990s with virulent partisan attacks on Reagan and Clinton. But it was between 2004 and 2008 that the Left introduced a particularly sick sort of hatred to the political give-and-take, reminiscent of the lunatic right during the mid-1950s."

Three-Part Disharmony

By Charlie Cook "To my way of thinking, many of the unprecedented actions that the Bush administration took in its last four months and that Obama took in his first few months as president were necessary to prevent a worldwide economic collapse. But that view is not widely shared and, thus, is of no solace to those alarmed by what they see as an ineffectual federal government expanding far beyond its competence."

Voters Turn Negative On All Political Labels Except Reagan

Rasmussen " "Progressive” is becoming more of a dirty word....“Liberal” is still the worst and remains the only political description that is viewed more negatively than positively. Being like Reagan is still the most positive thing you can say about a candidate."

Chuck Asay cartoon

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When Jimmy Carter ginned up race hatred to get elected governor

Rick Moran "Readers should refer to Stephen Hayward's The Real Jimmy Carter if they want a taste of the out-and-out racism that Carter employed in order to defeat moderate former Gov. Carl Sanders for the Democratic nomination that year. As Hayward's book points out:..."

Mainstream Media Fears Where Stories They Ignore May Lead

Breitbart "So you bet they’re terrified. And who can blame them? If you were an ideologue willing to sell your legacy as a journalist down the river for a first love named Bloated Government you’d be terrified too."

CBO analysis of the Baucus healthcare plan

CBO Blog "Among other things, the Chairman’s proposal would establish a mandate for most legal residents of the United States to obtain health insurance; set up insurance “exchanges” through which certain individuals and families could receive federal subsidies to substantially reduce the cost of purchasing that coverage; significantly expand eligibility for Medicaid; substantially reduce the growth of Medicare’s payment rates for most services..."

THE TRUTH ABOUT CAP-AND-TRADE

CBS News "The Obama Administration has privately concluded that a cap and trade law would cost American taxpayers up to $200 billion a year, the equivalent of hiking personal income taxes by about 15 percent."

Georgia Pharisee

NRO= "The inescapable conclusion is that Mr. Carter has defective judgment. We already knew that: We’ve known it since he clenched his fist and proclaimed energy conservation the “moral equivalent of war” while clad in a sweater. We’ve known it since his disastrous economic policies further impoverished the poor while he smugly posed as their champion. And he has gone from hammering nails into Habitat for Humanity houses to hammering what remains of his reputation to smithereens. The nation was poorer for his presidency and is poorer still for his emeritus shenanigans."

BLACK POLITICAL ASPIRANTS TO JIMMY CARTER ...

Boortz "The voters out there looking at you may have no personal problem with you at all. But there's this lingering fear ... a fear born of the likes of Jimmy Carter, James Clyburn, Maureen Dowd, Howard Dean, Newsweek Magazine, The New York Times and others ... the fear that if these voters ever find it necessary to question or to object to something you do in office, they're going to be branded racists."

Waters: Protesters should be probed for “racist” thoughts

Hot Air "MS-NBC practically has recast itself as the Thought Police Network, with interminable paranoid segments about latent racism in the opposition to Barack Obama and the Democrats. Jimmy Carter’s own huge double standard on criticism has gotten plenty of play on all the networks. " More here: YET ANOTHER BRAINDEAD POLITICIAN

Analysis: Demise of U.S. shield may embolden Russia hawks

KYIV Post "Diplomats here say Moscow hardliners could read the shield backdown as a sign of Washington's weakness. Far from doing the bidding of the United States, they may instead press for further gains to shore up Russian power in the former Soviet bloc. Ukraine, Georgia and other Kremlin foes in the ex-Soviet Union may be the first to feel the consequences."

Obama Delays Afghanistan Troop Decision as Criticism Deepens

Bloomberg "President Barack Obama said he’ll hold off deciding whether to add more U.S. troops to the war in Afghanistan, as Democratic lawmakers raised concerns that he lacks a clear plan and measures of progress."

U.S. scraps missile defense shield plans

CNN "Vice President Joe Biden earlier refused to confirm to CNN that the George W. Bush-era plan was being shelved. But he did explain the logic of doing so, saying Iran -- a key concern for the United States -- was not a threat."

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Jon Stewart slams media for missing ACORN story: 'Where the hell were you!?'

Beltway Confidential "“Where were the real reporters on this story…Where the hell were you?" Stewart screamed into the camera, "You’re telling me that two kids from the cast of High School Musical 3 can break this story with a video camera and their grandmother’s chinchilla coat, and you’ve got nothin’?" ...

Liberal Lies on National Health Care: Joe Wilson Edition!

By Ann Coulter "Democrats keep voting down Republican amendments that would insert these restrictions -- just before dashing to a TV studio to denounce anyone who says the health care bill covers illegal aliens."

US: Islamists Cheer on Jimmy Carter's Obama-Haters are "Racists" Remarks....

Revolution.ansar "Posted by North Carolina's own Samir Khan (aka Inshallahshaheed)...." He also links to this anti-Israel article: Another reason to throw ‘em all into the Sea .

Bush on Obama: 'This guy has no clue'

CNN "Bush presumed Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic nominee, according to Latimer, and was extremely critical of Barack Obama. Latimer said Bush was "ticked off" after one of Obama's speeches and he said the future president wasn't "remotely qualified" for the challenges of the job. (Bush) came in one day to rehearse a speech, fuming. 'This is a dangerous world,' he said for no apparent reason, 'and this cat isn't remotely qualified to handle it. This guy has no clue, I promise you,'" Latimer said.

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Bruce, you ain't da boss of dis Garden Stater

By Jack Cashill From 2004 "The fact is that Bruce Springsteen has been posturing as the poet laureate of New Jersey’s working classes for the last thirty years with little knowledge of work, less understanding of class, and, most shockingly, no feel at all for the people of New Jersey."

Obama Overload? President to Do 'Full Ginsburg' Sunday

ABC News "I think the worry is it's gone beyond overexposure and now we have what I would call the 'Obama omnipresence.' You almost can't escape this president,"

Obamacare runs counter to GOP principles

Washington Examiner "The six Senate Republicans seeking a "bipartisan compromise" on President Obama's proposal for a government-run health care system are flirting with a provision - an individual mandate to buy government-approved health insurance - that runs counter to everything the GOP stands for. "

Jerry Holbert cartoon

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How Can Biden Stay In Now?—Part 2

  Commentary Magazine But Joe Biden is not getting younger, and it’s doubtful he’s going to get more skilled—or that he will show a kind of...

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