Saturday, April 30, 2011

DEBKAfile Special Report: Qaddafi escapes NATO air strike which kills his son, three grandsons

DEBKAfile "...The Libyan ruler's determination to fight it out will be strengthened. If until now he refrained from hitting back at coalition allies in and outside Libya, now he is likely to pull out all the stops and starting using missiles and commando forces;..."
Editorial Cartoon: Libya

The Unexamined President and His Media Enablers

Bruce S. Thornton "The enabler and abettor of this studied indifference to the past life of the most powerful man on the planet has been the media. Partly this reflects their rank hypocrisy, the way they protest their Olympian objectivity and exalted status as the “watch-dogs” of the republic, ever vigilant and ready to expose the secret abuses and machinations of the powerful, even as they shill for the Democratic Party and its various clients like trial lawyers, race-mongers, and public employee unions."

Oil Producers or government: Who is "gouging" Whom at the Pumps?

J.B. Williams (Written during the previous administration, but an excellent lesson in economics.)  "But the fact is, the gross profit margin for a gallon of gas in America today, is what it has always been, on average, .08 cents per gallon, (2.5% at $3.00 per gallon). Though retail gas prices fluctuate with crude prices and supply vs. demand, the gross profit margin per gallon remains roughly the same at all times. (No evidence of price gouging here.)
"However the federal government profits approximately .59 cents per gallon through gasoline taxes, 7 ½ times or 750% that of the oil producers themselves and 20% of the price at the pumps. Pay attention here, Washington liberals are attacking oil companies for their 2.5% gross profit margin, while Washington is profiting 20% per gallon. Democrats answer? Tax some more?
"If oil companies cut their profit margins by 50%, it would drop the price of a gallon of gas by only .04 cents per gallon. If Washington law makers cut their take by 50%, gasoline would cost .30 cents per gallon less."
"Based upon a $3.00 gallon of gasoline, the average break-down is as follows."
Gasoline Retailer $.01 cents per gallon
Oil Company $.08 cents per gallon
Refining $.29 cents per gallon
Marketing/Distribution $.32 cents per gallon
Taxes $.59 cents per gallon
Cost of crude $1.71 per gallon (delivered)
"Who is gouging who? "
Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez


Yes, Virginia, Obama Foreign Policy Is Ignorant and Stupid Rather Than a Conspiracy

Barry Rubin "The most common question — or remark — that I get from readers is to say that I’m wrong to talk about how Western policymakers (and especially the Obama administration) are ignorant, ideologically deluded, and unable to learn from experience. They claim that these problems arise from a deliberate malevolent effort to destroy America.
"It tells something about how bad a lot of the administration’s policies are that such a conclusion is possible. Nevertheless, it’s not correct."

Ideologically-driven strategic ineptitude "Confronting the Obama administration's assault on reason in the interest of ideological faithfulness, Israel is faced with very few good options. The threats Israel faces stem largely from the rising forces of jihad, Islamic terrorism and religiously justified nuclear adventurism embraced by Islamist politicians and religious leaders. That is, the threats facing Israel stem largely from the forces the Obama administration has elected to ignore and deny."

Obama Presents A Greater Danger Than The WikiLeaks "Indeed both are giant problems and will have long term deleterious consequences. Unfortunately, Obama’s ineptitude, lack of leadership, arrogance, ideological perversions and intellectual challenges have created a dangerous situation for America and engendered international recriminations with these document leaks that were totally avoidable if he had any shred of competence.
"Obama MUST be removed from office ASAP. The danger that he represents is incalculable. "
John Bolton, Sunday 5 December 2010

Animal lovers should stop calling their furry or feathered friends “pets” because the term is insulting, leading academics claim.

UK Telegraph  Quoting the Journal of Animal Ethics, a new academic publication devoted to the issue.

"It argues that “derogatory” language about animals can affect the way that they are treated.
“Despite its prevalence, ‘pets’ is surely a derogatory term both of the animals concerned and their human carers,” the editorial claims.
“Again the word ‘owners’, whilst technically correct in law, harks back to a previous age when animals were regarded as just that: property, machines or things to use without moral constraint.”
It goes on: “We invite authors to use the words ‘free-living’, ‘free-ranging’ or ‘free-roaming’ rather than ‘wild animals’
“For most, ‘wildness’ is synonymous with uncivilised, unrestrained, barbarous existence.
“There is an obvious prejudgment here that should be avoided.”
The preceding spawns this comment from American Thinker:  "I don't know about you, but when was the last time your dog was "insulted" when you called him a flea bitten mutt? Or your cat's feelings were hurt when you called him a "Crazy Critter" for jumping on your head in the middle of the night?"

U.S. Religious-Freedom Commission Recommends Egypt Be Listed Among Worst Offenders  "A U.S. government commission has recommended that Egypt be placed on a list of the "worst of the worst" countries for religious freedom, for its record of increasing attacks on Christians and a culture of impunity.
"The U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom made the recommendation on April 28 to the Obama administration via its annual report, which it wrote after researching conditions for religious freedom in 28 countries."
We anxiously await Mr. Obama's actions in the light of this.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Carter says US withholding food from NoKos a 'human rights violation'

Rick Moran "Jimmy Carter is a walking, talking human rights violation. He is violating the right of the entire world to be rid of this meddlesome twit and his pious moralizing. No mention by Carter of how Kim and his gangsters brutally oppress their own people, making them into the most regimented, fearful, hopeless nation in the world. Instead, he takes his own country to task for not giving food aid that would end up in the hands of the military, not ordinary people."
Who's the Worst?

Muslim Group Cancels Protest Outside Royal Wedding

PHOTO: Islamic protestors hold a banner as they speak with media in London, April 27, 2011. The protestors have been banned by police from demonstrating during the royal wedding.

ABC  ""Careful plans were laid out," said the group in its online statement, "in order to inflict maximum damage both to the reputation of the Crusader and Nazi Prince William as well as Queen Elizabeth II and the British government in general. Unfortunately, it is has recently come to our attention ... that the threat of an imminent attack against those attending the royal wedding on 29th April 2011, is too strong to substantiate the presence of any Muslims within the locality." "

Superman Renounces U.S. Citizenship in 'Action Comics' #900 (Updated)

JAWA Report

Fox News  "The Man of Steel, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1938, has always been recognized as a devoted American warrior who constantly fought evil, but as of Thursday, he is no longer the country's own to claim."

Superman Renounces His U.S. Citizenship in 900th Issue of Action Comics   Were these people taught American History from  Howard Zinn's history books?
Political Cartoons by Mike Lester

Whoopi Goldberg: ‘I’m Playing The Damn [Race] Card Now’

Pajamas Media  "“I’m getting tired to trying not to find things slightly racist. It is very difficult, on a daily basis, to see this stuff and not say, you know, this is what it is. I have been raised to think, ‘Well, maybe that’s not what they mean. Let me figure it out.’ But, being black, when you say, ‘Y’know, this is racist,’ 9,000 people say, ‘Oh, you’re just playing the race card.’ Well, you know, I’m playing the damn card now.”"
The article also cites this gem from Whoopi: 

Cartoon: Whoopi Goldberg (medium) by Nenad Vitas tagged portrait,whoopi,goldberg,actress,usa,movies,cinema

Whoopi plays the ever predictable race card against The Donald on The View.  "Only an absolute dumb ass or a racial manipulator could come up with a premise that if a person supports the strict interruption of the constitution, he or she must somehow support a return of slavery." How's this for street cred? This comes from Wake up Black America

Video of Whoopi Asking McCain If His Court Appointments Would Bring Back Slavery  "In response to Goldberg's ridiculous question, McCain says that she made an "excellent point." Why did he say that?"

Hysterical Attack Machine in Full Force Targeting Ryan Plan

Heritage  "The right way to reduce spending is complete transformation of the program in a way that empowers patients and allows market forces to achieve better value for each dollar spent. The only other option is to empower government to reduce costs from the top down, which would entail across the board cuts, restricted access to providers, and more government intrusion into health care decisions.
"The truth about the Ryan plan is much different than its detractors would have America believe, but their attacks are par for the course given the utter lack of seriousness accompanying the left’s approach to the budget crisis."

Then this: Gen Xers, Baby Boomers and Seniors Prefer Ryan’s Budget Over Obama’s Plan

Brian Williams Wonders If Tornadoes Caused by 'Something We Have Done?'

MRC  "On Thursday night, looking at the tornadoes across the South, ABC’s Sam Champion ridiculously claimed “everybody is asking if climate change played a role here.” Brian Williams blamed humans: “What's going on here? Is this something we have done?”"
These people not only vote- they tell other voters what to think and how to vote.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Victor Davis Hanson: Our 21st-century political correctness can have us behaving like 20th-century denizens of Leningrad or Moscow.

National Review "...we know that Israel is supposed to be culpable and that we are asked to praise the “aspirations” of the Palestinians, but if we were to go to the Middle East we most certainly would not stay in Gaza or the West Bank or visit unescorted a Christian shrine. We would wish to dine with people like the Fogels, but not their killers or the people who ordered them to kill."

Krauthammer: The Obama doctrine: Leading from behind

Charles Krauthammer  "Who truly reviles America the hegemon? The world that Obama lived in and shaped him intellectually: the elite universities; his Hyde Park milieu (including his not-to-be-mentioned friends, William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn); the church he attended for two decades, ringing with sermons more virulently anti-American than anything heard in today’s full-throated uprising of the Arab Street.
"It is the liberal elites who revile the American colossus and devoutly wish to see it cut down to size. Leading from behind — diminishing America’s global standing and assertiveness — is a reaction to their view of America, not the world’s."

The Birth Certificate

Richard Fernandez "That is all most of us have: an assertion of authenticity by normally trusted authorities. Obama’s supporters will argue that any demand for further proof — tests that we ourselves would not routinely be subjected to — is tantamount to treating him like a felon. It springs from a pre-existing bias. They would be right. The reason people have been looking for the birth certificate isn’t because they mistrust official birth certificates in general. It is because they mistrust Obama."

Andrew C. McCarthy:   Birth Certificate: Where Are the Indignant Questions to Obama?

 "So, assuming as we should the legitimacy of the long-form birth certificate produced yesterday, the only thing that makes sense is that Obama knows the mainstream media is in his hip pocket. That is, he knew that he would not be held to the same standard as other politicians, and that if he acted in an unreasonable manner by withholding basic, easily available information that any other person seeking the presidency would be expected — be compelled — to produce, the media would portray as weirdos those demanding the information, not Obama and his stonewalling accomplices."

Political Cartoons by Dana Summers

Political Cartoons by Mike Lester

(PJM Exclusive) Holder’s DOJ Scuttled More Terror-Related Prosecutions

Pajamas Media   "But with Eric Holder blaming the Bush administration for this decision, it will be interesting to see how he explains the fact that, under his leadership, the DOJ has been responsible for scuttling other terror-related investigations — according to congressional investigators looking at the possible political motivations for dropping prosecutions of American Islamic leaders for terrorism support."

Holder: DOJ nixed CAIR leader's prosecution  ""I think the attorney general's hands should be involved in any case involving CAIR and a possible terrorism indictment," King told the Main Justice website. "He should not be hiding behind the decision of the Bush administration, because that decision was made before the Holy Land Foundation was convicted. Once the Holy Land Foundation was convicted, that would make it easier to get an indictment and conviction of CAIR.""

Card check: More NLRB Overreach?

Volokh Conspiracy  "The New York Times and Associated Press are reporting that the National Labor Relations Board intends to sue Arizona and South Dakota over state-level labor law reforms.  Both states recently adopted constitutional amendments that prohibit unionization other than by secret ballot, as have Utah and South Carolina."

What IS card check?  ""Card Check" is any process by which an employees' right to a federally supervised private ballot election is taken away. This can occur by union organizers coming to a business and asking workers to sign a card in public, or by having mail-in cards; the union, your co-workers and your employee will still know how you voted. "
Bob McCarty

Card Check – A Column, A Cartoon "You wake up one morning, eat breakfast and go to work as usual. About mid-morning, a union official walks into your office and informs you that your employees have successfully unionized your company."

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tunnel Dwellers on the road

We leave for Portage, Indiana, Thursday morning to stay with our youngest son and his family, so posting will be more sporadic. We do prefer the morning posting because the news is fresh, but since the TW concentrates on commentary rather than breaking news, we should still be timely. Besides, we tend to post all during the day anyway.
Since Mr. Obama likes to make news during the Rush Limbaugh program, the evening posts may be more current.
The Tunnel Dweller

Come November 2012, independents will remember the president's earlier appeals to the hard left..

Karl Rove  "It's clear Mr. Obama likes campaigning more than governing. And for this president, campaigning means knocking down straw men and delivering a steady stream of misleading attacks. It means depicting opponents as indecent, heartless people who take special delight in targeting seniors and autistic children. It means basking in the adulation of a partisan crowd rather than engaging in the difficult work of passing bipartisan legislation.
"Since Mr. Obama can't make an affirmative case for his re-election, he has decided to try convincing voters that Republicans are monstrous. As a result, America is likely to see the most negative re-election campaign ever mounted by a sitting president."
As an empty suit, just what is this man good for?  He will have left this nation bitter and divided with his time in office nothing but dark ages from which the electorate may never heal.
Obama's Two Modes

Ann Coulter: "Obama's Budget: More Waste, Fraud, and Self-Abuse"

Ann Coulter Quoting Milton Friedman:
"In January 1975, a typist in the Environmental Protection Agency was so consistently late for work that her supervisors demanded she be fired. It took 19 months to do it, and this incredible 21-foot-long chart lists the steps that had to be gone through to satisfy all the rules and all the management and union agreements.
"The process involved the girl's supervisor, his deputy director, his director, his director of personnel operations, the agency's branch chief, an employee relations specialist, a second employee relations specialist, a special office of investigations and the director of the office of investigations. This veritable telephone directory, need I add, was paid with taxpayers' money. Who could invent a better protected job than this one -- before it came to its end?"
 Can't Budget

Lisa Benson on offshore drilling permits

Thomas Sowell: The Trump Card

Townhall  "What Trump has that so many other Republicans are so painfully lacking is the ability and the willingness to articulate his positions clearly, forcefully and in plain English. Too many Republicans talk like the actor of whom a critic once said, "he played the king like he was afraid that someone else was going to play the ace."
"What electrified so many Republicans about Sarah Palin in the 2008 election campaign was that she was such a contrast to the usual mealy-mouth talk that was more common among other Republican candidates, including Senator John McCain."
I think Republicans fear any frank talk will be demagogued by the Democrats and the liberal media. And it will.
Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Newsweek's Evan Thomas: Democrats Will Demagogue Paul Ryan All the Way to Reelection
This is going to be one of the most demagogic campaigns we have ever seen. I think it’s incredibly irresponsible, but I think it might actually work. I think that if you are a Democrat, you want to get reelected in 2012 as Obama does, I, I will bet he will sit back and ride the anti-Ryan demagoguery all the way into reelection.            Quoting Charles Krauthammer
The Democrats' Tactic: Fearmongering  "Voters this past November have spoken: they want government to cut the federal budget and they want it to happen now. GOP legislators who are determined to return our country to a culture of fiscal discipline have nothing to fear but fearmongering itself. "

That birth certificate: Obama distracts from his other distractions

We anxiously await the cartoons that will follow this.
Jennifer Rubin  "But he was on a roll with zingers like this: “We’re not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers.”And then he flew off to do the Oprah show in Chicago.Yeah." ....
"Obama is apparently impervious to sound advice. For what other explanation could there be for his decision to join the carnival? I mean, there had to have been people in the White House who thought this was a daft idea, right?"

Video: Obama explains timing of birth-cert release  "Via Tommy Christopher at Mediate, be prepared to see Barack Obama the happiest he’s been in public in a long while, perhaps since taking office. And why not? In one fell swoop, Obama gets to paint his opponents as nutcases, tweak the press for their sudden obsession over the circumstances of his birth while we move from one government-shutdown deadline to the next, and act like the grown-up in the room.

The Birth Certificate – A Teaching Moment  "This doesn’t mean I don’t think the press haven’t hidden or deliberately been disinterested in plenty of important details about Barack Obama (his education, political relationships, etc.) that we should know about, but stick to those that have true policy implications. Here’s one we have all known about for a few years – the unreleased Khalidi tapes, currently in the hands of the LA Times. With the Middle East in turmoil, that would be particularly interesting now."

The Complainer-in-Chief just hijacked the airwaves for another moment of presidential petulance:
"The president needs to understand that the problem is not that the press is nonserious. It is that he has failed utterly to give it something serious to cover. The controversy over his birth certificate was more substantive than the impact of his plan because there was no plan."

White House releases Obama birth certificate

CNN  "A new CNN investigation revealed earlier this week what most analysts have been saying since the "birther" controversy erupted during the 2008 presidential campaign: Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961."
So there. That wasn't so much to ask, now was it?

Birth Certificate, page one
Birth Certificate, page two

Why didn't he do this two years ago? Did he enjoy his "amusement" that much?

Arrogant –adjective
1. making claims or pretensions to superior importance or rights; overbearingly assuming; insolently proud: an arrogant public official.
2. characterized by or proceeding from arrogance: arrogant claims.

 Condescending –adjective
showing or implying a usually patronizing descent from dignity or superiority: They resented the older neighbors' condescending cordiality.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

(Updated) Former Obama Adviser Van Jones Helping to Push 'Human' Rights for Mother Nature

Van Jones is now helping to push the issue of giving the environment rights comparable to those provided to humans.Fox News  "Van Jones, the Obama administration's controversial former "green jobs czar," has found a new calling: helping to push for a new, global architecture of environmental law that would give Mother Nature the same rights status as humans." Photo: Van Jones
(Update) Mother Earth says to treat all of her creatures equally "Sadly, a lowly frog naturally born and raised in the swamps of Florida can not presently become the President of the United States. True, frogs are hatched rather than “born,” but that is not their fault and is of no consequence. The unfairness of this discrimination on account of mere color — green — should be apparent to all. Since frogs must soon be recognized as having full human rights, why not as naturally born, or hatched, citizens of the United States, endowed by Mother Nature with all of the requisite Constitutional qualifications for the presidency?"

United Nations to Debate Human Rights for ‘Mother Earth’ (they’ll do anything to get out of paying those parking tickets)  "Keep reminding yourself as you read the story that we pump a good deal of money into supporting this cuckoos nest. Sometimes though I think it’s worth it in order to keep them isolated in pockets of New York, Vienna and Geneva instead of being entirely free-range socialist nut cases, and this might be one of those days:"   Doug Powers via Michelle Malkin

GAIA WORSHIP - THE NEW PAGAN RELIGION   "Gaia is a revival of Paganism that rejects Christianity, considers Christianity its biggest enemy, and views the Christian faith as its only obstacle to a global religion centered on Gaia worship and the uniting of all life forms around the goddess of "Mother Earth".  ...
" Gaia worship is at the very heart of today's environmental policy.  The Endangered Species Act, The United Nation's Biodiversity Treaty and the Presidents Council on Sustainable Development are all offspring of the Gaia hypothesis of saving "Mother Earth". "

The Obama Energy Policy illustrated

Gas prices in Santa Monica, CAEPA Blocks Oil Drilling in Alaska   "But after spending five years and nearly $4 billion, Shell Oil Company has been forced to abandon its efforts to drill for oil in the region.
"With gas at $4 per gallon and higher, one might think that more oil would be a good thing. So what’s the road block? The Environmental Protection Agency. Fox News reports that the EPA is withholding necessary air permits because of a one square mile village of 245 people, 70 miles from the off-shore drilling site."
Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Stuxnet Has Completely Paralyzed Iran’s Bushehr Plant

Reza Kahlili   "Contrary to the claims made by Gholam-Reza Jalali — director of the Iranian Center for Non-Military Preemptive Defense — regarding the nature of the virus and Iran’s capabilities in dealing with the fallout, Stuxnet has wreaked serious and perhaps fatal havoc on the foundations of energy structure and the operating systems of the Bushehr nuclear installation. According to the Green Liaison news group, over the past year and a half the Bushehr plant has incurred serious damage and has lost major capabilities."
"Reza Kahlili" is a pseudonym for an ex-CIA spy who requires anonymity for safety reasons. A Time to Betray, his book about his double life as a CIA agent in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, was published by Simon & Schuster on April 6.

Andrew Breitbart on the Tea Party and the Media’s Power

The Foundry  "Andrew Breitbart is no stranger to controversy. Known by many on the left and the right for his work exposing ACORN and his network of popular conservative websites, Breitbart has seen firsthand the role media can have in influencing public opinion."
Mr. Breitbart also hosts these sites:
Big Government
Big Hollywood
Big Journalism
Big Peace
Breitbart TV

WikiLeaking on GITMO

Guantanamo Bay _ GitmoHeritage  "While these documents may provide a wealth of details, they largely confirm what we already know about the detention facilities at Guantanamo. They are there for a good reason. The detainees who are left are either serious risks to U.S. security or there is no safe place to release them. Keeping the facilities open makes sense. As Heritage has noted, “The detention facility at Guantanamo Bay is first-rate, and detainees are well treated. Congress should deny funds to close the facility until it is no longer needed.”"

Club Gitmo  "Club G'itmo 4 Kids: Send your little jihadi to daycare in air-conditioned comfort! The food at Club G'itmo beats the taxpayer-provided lunches in the infidel's schools. Plus, we provide students with all the tools needed to worship the god of their choice, free of charge!"
* Offer not available in United States, where kids may not pray in school."

Rush Limbaugh

Is the Age of America Coming to An End?

Heritage  "A dire prediction hit the news yesterday: A date has been set for the end of the “Age of America,” — i.e., when China’s economy will overtake the United 2016. Though there are reasons to question the IMF’s conclusions, it is true that if the U.S. does not get its fiscal house in order, the era of American leadership will be over.
"... China’s evolution into an economic superpower will spell the end of America’s economic dominance on the global stage:..."

Foreign Policy
"We've Heard All This About American Decline Before." "The Chinese challenge to the United States is more serious for both economic and demographic reasons. The Soviet Union collapsed because its economic system was highly inefficient, a fatal flaw that was disguised for a long time because the USSR never attempted to compete on world markets. China, by contrast, has proved its economic prowess on the global stage."
Is the ‘Age of America’ Really at an End? "You’ve no doubt read the ghoulish MarketWatch headline: “IMF Bombshell: Age of America near end.” The story goes on to report that “China’s economy will surpass that of America in real terms in 2016 – just five years from now.”
"Well — yes and no and how much does it really mean?"

Speak softly to your enemies but carry a big stick for Republicans

As Price of Gas Hits Record, EPA Blocks Oil Drilling in Alaska .

rightsidenews  "EPA Blocks Oil Drilling in Alaska
"There are an estimated 27 billion barrels of oil waiting to be tapped in the Arctic Ocean, off the coast of Alaska. But after spending five years and nearly $4 billion, Shell Oil Company has been forced to abandon its efforts to drill for oil in the region."
Via Warning Signs, which also posted the photo below:
What Greens Really Believe by Alan Caruba

Monday, April 25, 2011

The War between the States: American Civil War Re-Enactors ... In The U.K.?

NPR  "In the U.K., re-enactment in general is "a huge deal," Seawell wrote in an e'mail. "It seems that there are historical re'enactors of just about every war there." Plus, a lot of these "soldiers" grew up watching American Westerns, which often glamorize the Civil War era. Ray Thompson, for example, grew up watching them with his grandfather. "And I think it just burns into your psyche," he says in Seawell's documentary. "I've always been mad on it since I was about 6 years of age. Why? I don't know. I know nothing about the English Civil War — at all. But the American Civil War — I wouldn’t call myself an expert, but I am obsessed.""

How to intimidate your way to victory in labor negotiations

Hot Air  "I’m tempted to call this a master class but the master class was held in Wisconsin a few weeks ago. This is part two of a series that Breitbart’s Big Government site is running today. If you only have time for one clip, watch the second one (by clicking the image below) as that’s where you’ll find useful tips on how to convince your boss that you might physically destroy his business and/or kill him. Part one is interesting too, but like any college grad, I’m somewhat inured to the spectacle of dogmatic leftists ranting about “the system” in revolutionary terms. Abandon all hope of a “new tone,” ye who enter here." 
“The Chivalry of Modern Knights”

NATO unleashes the Dogs of War

Nanny gubmint food police

Obama’s Pen: The Most Powerful Branch of Government?

Pajamas Media  "According to a release by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the draft executive order would require companies doing business with the federal government to disclose contributions to some issue advocacy groups while exempting labor unions and special interest groups that support the president’s agenda:
This order is a purely political act offered under the benign label of disclosure. … The order would not impose the same requirements on the labor unions or other organizations who support the president. Furthermore, it unnecessarily politicizes the procurement process.

GOP Rep. Peter King: CAIR Should Be Indicted

Weasel Zippers  "Don’t hold your breath."

Bloody Pig’s Foot Sent To GOP Rep. Peter King [Updated: Hey CAIR! The Culprit is a Muslim Bigot]  "A Georgia grandmother who says she sent state Sen. Greg Ball a Curious George monkey with a label saying it was bound for Auschwitz, cheap perfume and an anger-filled, anti-Semitic letter also laid claim Wednesday to mailing a bloody pig’s foot to Rep. Peter King of Long Island."

Shooting Jews at Prayer: Coming to All Holy Sites in Jerusalem (Updated)

Peggy Shapiro  "The gravest danger is if Palestinians prevail at the UN this September and receive a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian State with the 1967 borders. Then all of Judaism's holy sites would fall victim to Arab control. This Passover's Palestinian shooting of Jews praying at Joseph's Tomb foreshadows the devastation to all Jewish holy sites in Jerusalem and the demise of Jewish religious freedom in the Jewish homeland. "
Arab "victims" desecrate Joseph's tomb

When does enough become enough?    "How many murders have to be committed by Palestinian Arabs just because the victim was a Jew and it was convenient to kill him, before there is a fundamental change in our way of thinking about Palestinian Arabs?"

The human rights industry hates Israel
Love of the Land blog

Honor Killings, Jew-Hatred [and] UN Think: An Open Letter to Hina Jilani  "I once worked at the United Nations. In my opinion, it is completely ineffective save in two areas: It has legalized Jew-hatred with a vengeance and it has provided a High Life for many Third World/developing world professionals who wish to be well paid to live in the West and yet also wish to retain or achieve reputations as champions of justice. Therefore, I understand the price you would have to pay if you broke with UN-Think or with Third World Think which is so intensely anti-American, anti-Western, and anti-Israel—the convenient scapegoats for all the crimes and ills of the Arab and Muslim world." Phyllis Chesler

Palestinian Baby Killers ""With their bloody mission accomplished, they left the Fogel home. But spotting a police car they returned inside, where they heard the crying of 3-month-old Hadas. They slit her throat. Unknowingly they left behind, unharmed, sleeping brothers Roi (age 8) and Yishai (age 2). Had they been noticed, Amjad blandly told Israeli investigators, the murderers "would not have hesitated to kill them."""
Bosch Fawstin
"The parents of 10-month-old Shalhevet Pass, residents of Hebron, were walking their baby in a stroller to visit her grandparents.
"Suddenly, there was a shot. Shalhevet's mother, Oriya, grabbed her baby but it was too late. Hit in the head, Shalhevet died instantly. Her father Yitzhak crumbled from a bullet wound in his leg. A Palestinian sniper, Sudki Zaro, had fired the deadly bullet from the nearby Abu Sneineh hills overlooking the city, which had recently been relinquished to Palestinian control by then Prime Minister Netanyahu."

Video: Opening Segment from Hannity's 'Behind the Bias: The History of Liberal Media'

Media Research Center "The hour began with what Sean Hannity described as “how and why this bias began,” illustrated with several classic examples of left-wing journalistic advocacy and/or denigration of conservatives. Watch that segment, about seven minutes in length.
"The Hannity show page on has video of all the segments from the April 22 program."

What Did the Conservative Movement Accomplish?  "The greatest achievement of my lifetime is the defeat of communism. Jihadism has its terrors, but they are limited (as President-elect Obama pointed out in the campaign) compared to the old communist threat. Today, no foreign force currently on the planet can credibly threaten to topple the democracies of the world, including the United States. That's a pretty big change."

The Media Tells Us What We Think of Our Candidates  "Nobody has declared for the White House on the Republican side and already the media is working as hard as it can to diminish the field. Humm, wonder why they would want to do that? Basically the media is saying, “We don’t know what the field is yet, but we know Republicans don’t like it.” What they are really saying is that they don’t like it."

CBS News Cover-Up-Gate: No Comment On Obama Hot-Mic  "We have an update on the story of CBS’s refusal to release the full recording of His Presidency Barack Obama calling American workers “Slugs.”"

Obama Calls Workers Slugs: Is Obama the New Nixon?
Bosch Fawstin
""We can't get our phones to work." Acting out his exasperation, he said: "Come on, guys. I'm the president of the United States! Where's the fancy buttons and stuff and the big screen comes up? It doesn't happen."" Oh, yeah, the "slug" comment is in there, but I thought this excerpt was kinda neat as well.

Mr. Fawstin posts this interview in which making  federal workers' performance linked to market-based criteria. Leftist demagoguery begins in

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Black middle-class flight from northern big cities, failing public schools like nearby Fresno City College, where yesterday it was announced that 70 percent of students (the majority of them on some sort of federal and state loan support) fail to receive a two-year AA degree — these are just a few indications that increasing reliance on government subsidies does not eliminate, and may well perpetuate, such ills as illiteracy, poverty, and hunger.

Victor Davis Hanson  "Black middle-class flight from northern big cities, failing public schools like nearby Fresno City College, where yesterday it was announced that 70 percent of students (the majority of them on some sort of federal and state loan support) fail to receive a two-year AA degree — these are just a few indications that increasing reliance on government subsidies does not eliminate, and may well perpetuate, such ills as illiteracy, poverty, and hunger."

John McCain Has a Lot To Answer For on Libya

Pajamas Media  "McCain calls the Libyan rebels his “heroes.” A year and a half earlier, in Tripoli, he described Gaddafi as America’s friend."
But remember McCain also said this in 2008:
McCain appears to concede he could lose by telling voters: We have nothing to fear with Barack Obama in the White House
Video: McCain's own words  The rank and file voters didn't buy it then and sure won't now. But remember, don't trust anyone under 30.
2008 Universal Press Syndicate

He is Risen...INDEED!

The Uniqueness of Jesus; Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?  "A serious study of the Gospels leads a person to one of three conclusions about Jesus: He was (1) an evil lying villain, (2) a preposterously deluded madman, or (3) the Messiah, the Son of God. It is ludicrous for anyone who has studied His life to take the position that He was simply a good teacher. Only one of the three conclusions is a logical possibility."  Patrick Zukeran, Point of View

Parents, don't dress your girls like tramps  "It's easy to blast companies for introducing the sexy wear, but our ire really should be directed at the parents who think low rise jeans for a second grader is cute. They are the ones who are spending the money to fuel this budding trend. They are the ones who are suppose to decide what's appropriate for their young children to wear, not executives looking to brew up controversy or turn a profit.
"I get it, Rihanna's really popular. But that's a pretty weak reason for someone to dress their little girl like her."

Gabrielle Giffords' doctors, husband share details on her progress

 The Arizona Republic   "Many other things are different since Giffords' brain was pierced by a bullet during the shootings near Tucson on Jan. 8. Her hair is short, maybe 2 inches long, says Pia Carusone, her chief of staff, so there are scars on her scalp that show through. Eventually, her hair will cover them. A thin scar across the top of her forehead is healing well and fading, and her face, though sometimes swollen, is otherwise the same as before..."
Fox News

Taco Bell: Taco Loco Lawsuit, A lawsuit that makes the case for "loser pays" tort reform..  "...frivolous lawsuits like this tie up the courts and cost companies millions of dollars, money that would be better spent hiring new workers or making beef tacos beefier. To discourage such lawsuits, Texas is considering "loser pays" legislation modelled on the British system, which requires losing parties to pay their opponents' legal fees. If it passes, Taco Bell and many other companies may soon be seeking to incorporate in the Lone Star State."
Taco Bell's statement
Taco Bell asks: would it kill you to say "I'm sorry"?  Good to see the business world fighting back. Enough is enough. 

The Trump factor

A.B. Stoddard, columnist, The Hill "The Donald show is becoming so outlandish — this week's developments include Trump claiming he is tight with "the blacks" — that even nonpartisan observers of the GOP 2012 primary race are beginning to feel sorry for legitimate contenders like former Govs. Mitt Romney (Mass.) and Tim Pawlenty (Minn.) and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour."
As long as Trump attacks Obama and Democrats, things are good. If he turns his efforts and great fortune to attacking conservatives he becomes a liability. 

Obama, Donald Trump, and the Collective Unconscious  "Of course, the left controls the flow of ideas by maintaining a stranglehold on the mainstream media. But there's another reason: the left subscribes to Alinsky-type smear tactics.
"Progressives will call their opponents a "tea bagger" even though the phrase is sexually explicit and lewd. They'll allow Bill Maher and other amoral types to verbally rape conservative women. Conservatives don't follow suit because these below-the-belt tactics are anathema." By Robin of Berkeley

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The meaning of Maundy Thursday and the Tenebrae Service   "The name Tenebrae is the Latin word for "darkness" or "shadows." Tonight we will experience only a small portion of Christ’s pain and suffering the day of His crucifixion. One of the most conspicuous features of the service is the gradual extinguishing of candles until only a single candle, considered a symbol of our Lord, remains. As it gets darker and darker we can reflect on the great emotional and physical pain that was very real for Jesus that evening. Toward the end of the service, the Christ candle is hidden, typifying the apparent victory of the forces of evil over good....

The mood created sets up the Resurrection Service on Easter Sunday and this hymn is an excellent bridge from Tenebrae to Easter.

You have to be moved at this song by Dolly Parton ;  And this version by Don Francisco
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