Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Iran: how serious the threat?

"The coexistence of these various networks in Iran may be creating safe haven for terrorists not unlike the militant sanctuary in Pakistan."

Iran's Strategic Offensive in Iraq  "In recent months, the Iranian regime has reinvigorated its use of hard and soft power tactics in Iraq as a means to undermine the American presence in Iraq and exert greater influence over the Iraqi government’s policies. Through its actions Iran is demonstrating that it is willing and capable of both exploiting the Iraqi state and killing Americans. "

Andrew C. McCarthy : Iran Is at War with Us  "If we’re not in it to win it — for victory, not for tilting at windmills — we should come home. But regardless of what we do, what was true in 1983, when Hezbollah bombed our Marines, remains true today: Iran is at war with us, whether we choose to engage or not. If we are not going to win, we are going to lose. Happy talk about democracy and springtime won’t obscure the fact that there is no middle ground."

The deadly threats of Hizbullah and Iran  "WE have the patience needed to destroy the Jews and spread Islam throughout the world,” one Iranian Islamic fundamentalist said recently. “After all, we have been weaving carpets for thousands of years. The decadent West doesn’t understand what patience is.”

Many in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad wonder what Obama's vision for Iraq is. "Still, the Iranian ambassador in Baghdad remains very active, and the Americans refuse to meet with him -- a surprising change given the meetings that took place under the Bush administration."

Tehran pulls strings of Gaza missile war through proxy Jihad Islami  "Tehran managed to transfer to its Palestinian arm in Gaza, the Jihad Islami, more than 10,000 missiles well in advance of the violence launched three days ago. Most of them are heavy Grads bringing Beersheba, capital of the Negev and Israel's 7th largest town (pop. 200,000), within their 30-kilometer range for a sustained, massive missile offensive."

Jihad Watch:  Iran preparing nuke strike on U.S.?  "“The only plausible explanation we can find is that the Iranians are figuring out how to launch a missile from a ship and get it up to altitude and then detonate it,” he said. “And that’s exactly what you would do if you had a nuclear weapon on a Scud or a Shahab-3 or other missile, and you wanted to explode it over the United States.”...."

Wind power; America's future

California bill would require parents pay workers comp to babysitters. Authored by a Democrat

Rick Moran  "The Feds have already cracked down on evil garage sales. Municipalities have outlawed lemonade stands. And now, we can imagine empowering that 18 year old girl who babysits your kids to sue you if you don't pay minimum wage, overtime, or vacation.
"The never ending stupidity of government at every level never ceases to amaze us."

From the comments to this post:
"Californians get what they voted for. I have a hard time feeling sorry for them. show more show less
"Californian liberal legislators are well on their way to achieving their Going Out of Business Plan. In fact, one could argue they are way ahead of schedule. I'm sure sensible neighboring States such as Arizona, Utah, Texas etc. will welcome the personal and corporate emigres and the prosperity they bring with open arms. In spite of their pathetic fiscal situation, these legislators keeping digging their hole deeper.  I am truly sad to read about all the moronic mismanagement of this once proud and beautiful State."

Who is this man?

If you think you know, enter your guess in the comments below the post.

In a previous post, the man pictured here...
                                                                                                                is none other than Gabby Hayes.
                                                                                                             (At link, scroll down)

Half of U.S. Muslims Want More Condemnation of Extremism; Wow! This is great news! Er, wait a minute here...half?

Commentary Magazine  "With the recent controversy over Rep. Peter King’s radicalization hearings, it was interesting to see Muslim Americans have the same misgivings about Muslim community leaders  that the congressman does. Nearly half – 48 percent – say Muslim leaders haven’t done enough to speak out against Islamic extremists. And that number is even higher among women and American-born Muslims:"...
 "And the most prominent Muslim American group, Council on American Muslim Relations, has become so politically toxic in recent years that its influence has really been waning. It seems like there’s a major opening here for a new Muslim American group that’s more invested in (and more vocal about) combating extremism and radicalization, while still fighting to protect Muslim civil rights and political interests."

Two Major Examples of Why We Can’t Trust the Mainstream Media

Ron Radosh , "Two Examples..." Quoting from "American Theocracy Revisited" by Ross Douthat:
If you didn’t spend the Jeremiah Wright controversy searching works of black liberation theology for inflammatory evidence of what Obama “really” believed, you probably shouldn’t obsess over the supposed links between Rick Perry and R. J. Rushdoony, the Christian Reconstructionist guru
"Both subjects of my blog today make it more than clear: we can no longer trust a great deal that appears in the mainstream media."  More on this here.

NYT Shocker: 'MSNBC Is Less a News Provider Than a Carousel of Liberal Opinion'  "When one of the nation's most liberal papers thinks the nation's most liberal cable news network is too biased, the owners of said network should sit up and take notice."

Politico’s ‘Is Rick Perry Dumb?’ Hit Piece Is Just a Taste of What’s Coming in 2012  "Desperate to change the subject from Obama’s default socialism, Jonathan Martin at Politico stepped in and did something that can only be described as morally obscene — he published oppo-research against this private citizen (who eventually came to be known as Joe the Plumber).
"So what does this have to do with Politico’s Rick Perry hit-piece?"

Related: Operation Destroy Joe the Plumber   From 2008; never forget!  " Welcome to Joe the Plumber Derangement Syndrome. If you can’t beat him, smear him. It’s the Obama way."

Verum Serum has this: How the Media Handles “You lie” vs. You Lynch  "Here we are two years later and the shoe is on the other foot. In audio that was brought to wider attention by Naked Emperor News, Rep. Carson accuses Tea Party members of Congress of wanting to see blacks “hanging on a tree.” There’s no need to hear any phantom words this time. The race-baiting is as plain as it could be."

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Destroying America's Moral Fiber

"This is occurring as America witnesses the most gay-friendly administration in its history. The appointment by President Obama of Kevin Jennings to a position in the Department of Education is an example. Jennings helped introduce Bill 4530 in Congress that would require the normalization of homosexuality, transgenderism, cross-dressing and other behaviors into the curriculums of schools from coast to coast. California has introduced legislation mandating such views in its schools."
"The nation’s economic problems can be fixed and we can ensure a strong defense, but the moral rot that is occurring with every passing day will destroy America from within more surely than any external enemy could hope for. "  Alan Caruba

Flashback Obama in 2010: New Jobs Plan after Vacation

"“Next week, I will be laying out a series of steps that Congress can take immediately to put more money in the pockets of working families and middle-class families, to make it easier for small businesses to hire people, to put construction crews to work rebuilding our nation’s roads and railways and airports, and all the other measures that can help to grow this economy,” Obama said on Monday at a Rose Garden ceremony for new Council of Economic Advisors Chairman Alan Krueger."

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Israeli Columnist Shreds “Disaster Called Obama” In Oped

NiceDeb   "He doesn’t say anything, we, in the conservative blogosphere haven’t already said, but this is a pretty decent rant, deserving of your attention:
Barack Obama is solidifying his status as the worst president in American history. The leader who promised us a bright future of peace and fraternity is leading the American empire – and the rest of the world with it – into a dark abyss. Ever since he settled into the Oval Office, Obama has been hopping from one disaster to the next, making every possible mistake, boosting enemies and disregarding allies while ruining everything he touches in the process. To our regret, the heaviest price – for the time being at least – is being paid by residents of the Middle East.

And here: Op-ed: Israel should not be deterred by psychological warfare from White House "Will Prime Minister Netanyahu leverage this unique American support, defying pressure and solidifying Israel's posture of deterrence in the face of an unpredictably violent Middle East, where concessions breed radicalism, terrorism and war? Or, will he succumb to the psychological warfare launched by the White House?"

Ron Paul: 9/11 Attacks Product of U.S. Foreign Policy (Isn't that the position of Code Pink?)

Weekly Standard  " “I don’t see Islam as our enemy,” Paul said. “I see that motivation is occupation and those who hate us and would like to kill us, they are motivated by our invasion of their land, the support of their dictators that they hate.” "

Ron Paul says U.S. intervention motivated 9/11 attacks " “(9/11) was one of the main motivations for getting your attention on why they hate us and want to kill us,” he said. “You could send 20 million people over there and all it would do is make our problems worse.” "

From RealClearPolitics: Ron Paul's Foreign Policy Predicament  "Paul likely will have a difficult time making his case effectively on international and military affairs to many of the voters who might otherwise be inclined to support him on the home front.
""I think what brought the tea party together were domestic economic issues -- the health care bill, the tax issue," Curtis said. "When it comes to foreign policy, the opinions become more diverse. Some take a very narrow view and would like to see the U.S. take a more isolationist view when it comes to foreign policy, whereas others feel strongly about providing for the common defense and preventing future terrorist attacks.""

From The Foreign Policy Initiative   "Continuing to include Paul and his mob of vocal supporters at Republican debates makes the GOP look unserious. It would be as if Bernie Sanders were allowed to grace the stage at Democratic-party events and promote his socialist vision for America to a cheering crowd. " 
"Compounding the problem, some in the Tea Party movement now seem to be following Paul’s recipe for American decline".....

Ron Paul on Israel  "...he believes that we should NEVER try to use our influence to stop Israel from defending herself. Ron Paul refused to vote to condemn Israel during the 2006 war with Lebanon. And he will never try to pressure Israel into accepting a “land for peace” compromise before the Israelis themselves decide."


Obama Snubs VFW: First Time In Group’s History White House Not Sending Senior Official To Veterans Convention…  The Fox article via Weasel Zippers
“It is an insult of the highest magnitude that for the first time in the history of the VFW, the White House has apparently decided that this great and iconic organization of combat veterans and all of its members are not worthy of its notice by not at least offering a first-tier speaker from the administration.”
Blackfive has this:  ...."All of this hubub may just be window dressing, if you recall the snafu of the VFW PAC in the runup to the 2010 electoral season. By this, I mean that most of those addressing the VFW this convention are Republican, while ALL, or nearly all, of the speakers addressing the Legion, are Democrats. This is certainly an interesting situation."

Rick Moran: Administration's Tin Ear  "I find it very revealing that the administration considers the UN Ambassador a "first tier" speaker. And the other speakers offered by Obama are minor functionaries, perhaps worthy of speaking at a Jaycee's meeting or a Chamber of Commerce breakfast but not the national convention of combat veterans.
"One more group needlessly insulted by this arrogant, tone deaf administration."

Drawing the Wrong Lessons from the British Riots — Again

Liberal pundits hold rioters harmless by falsely applying the "racism" argument to excuse their behavior.
"Putting 16,000 police into the streets of Britain finally brought an end to the current spate of riots. But rest assured, when Britain’s next riot commission report is issued, there will be a call for more social programs of the type that is bringing all of Europe to the edge of economic implosion. Indeed, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, on August 22, 2011, called for massive social intervention to respond to the conditions that “caused” the riots. We’ve heard it all before."

Monday, August 29, 2011

Cheney's on a roll

Perhaps Dick Cheney is looking at his health issues and wants to make sure he has not left anything undone in his life. It seems what drives him now is vindication of the Bush Administration and the United States before the American People. And most probably anger at the fecklessness of Democrats while this country has been at war.  TD

Cheney Slams McCain  "Over at Politico, Jonathan Martin has written a “political junkie’s guide” to Dick Cheney’s memoir, In My Time. During the 2008 presidential race, Martin notes, the veep was unimpressed with Sen. John McCain’s campaign:"

POLITICO's guide to Cheney's book  "He shares little about the 2004 re-election, but does recall Democratic vice-presidential nominee John Edwards  bringing up Mary Cheney’s sexuality at their lone debate.
“I was furious with his response,” Cheney writes. What gave him the right to make pronouncements about my family? But you never want to let the other guy get under your skin, so I kept my anger in check.”
"After Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry brought up Mary Cheney at a debate a week later, Cheney writes: “Now it was obvious that there was a concerted effort by the Kerry-Edwards campaign to remind viewers that my daughter Mary was gay, to bring her into the debate and into the campaign.”"

Newsweek Reporter's Weird Complaint: Cheney Memoir Doesn't 'Look Forward'   I had that same problem with The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich; it just looked back at old stuff. TD.

Prepare for the Obama speech

Victor Davis Hanson:  The Old ‘Not Enough’ Excuse   "As we witness the financial insolvency of blue-state America, the monetary meltdown in southern Europe, and the criminality breaking out among some members of the Western underclass, logic suggests that massive state deficits not only did not bring a promised utopia, but ensured chaos.
"But for those who are invested materially and psychologically in the religion of never-ending government borrowing and spending, there is always the true believers’ excuse of “not quite enough.”"

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Obama’s Next Economic Advisor is a Labor Economist and Proponent of Big Government Solutions

Obama to nominate Alan Krueger to chair Council of Economic Advisors  "Krueger, a labor economist and member of Princeton’s faculty, served as assistant Treasury secretary for economic policy during the first two years of the Obama administration. He favors “a future consumption tax to fix today’s economy,” as well as a higher minimum wage, which his research purports to demonstrate does not depress employment. He was also one of the minds behind the Cash for Clunkers program."

Labor Economist to Fill Key Post . "If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Krueger, a labor economist, is likely to provide a voice inside the administration for more-aggressive government action to bring down unemployment and, particularly, to address long-term joblessness."

You call this 'regulatory reform'?

James W. Lucas    "Another way to measure the gross impact of federal regulation is to count the pages in the official publication of all federal regulations, the Federal Register. This is a bit crude as a measure, because a very long regulation may be fairly innocuous whereas a short one could have a massive cost imprint, but it is a decent rough gauge of the extent of the totality of federal regulation. The Federal Register for 2010 is over 81,000 pages long, a 19% increase in one year. We do not have a page count on the regulations to be repealed, perhaps because many of the revisions have yet to actually go into effect, but it is safe to assume that they will come nowhere near to matching the voluminous regulations still to be issued under the new Obamacare and Dodd-Frank laws. And there are also the numerous ongoing rule-makings by President Obama's hyperactive regulators at the EPA, NLRB, and the rest of the seemingly endless alphabet soup of federal regulatory bodies."
"I agree. And it is on the common ground of facts that we can declare–in a calm, specific, reasonable, rational and empirical manner–Obama to be an utter failure."

911 Whitewashing the War: "Never Forget" Morphs into "Forget it"

911 rally no to stealthAtlas Shrugs  "The firefighters and police officers and innocent Americans were heroes, great Americans. We must pay them and their brothers tribute. Honor them on September 11th at West Broadway and Park Place at our 911 Freedom Rally. Stand for freedom and against the deception and lies being used to subdue us. Join us, Robert Spencer and me, on September 11th at West Broadway and Park Place and protest this cultural obscenity at our 911 Freedom Rally. Remember last year?"....
"Members of the clergy (banned from the official ceremonies) will be there for our invocation. And first responders, who were not invited to to the official ceremonies, will speak and are welcomed at our Freedom rally of remembrance.
"And that evening, we will host a special screening screening of the groundbreaking film, The Ground Zero Mosque: The Second Wave of the 911 Attacks ..."

Want Stimulus? Reduce Regulation

Heritage  "The President has publicly stated his intent to roll out a new expensive stimulus plan this fall. That plan is expected to contain hundreds of billions in new debt obligations to you, the taxpayer.
"Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) has a better idea. He wrote a letter today to President Obama that identifies an effective means to stimulate growth. Reduce regulations that are a hidden tax on all Americans and killing private enterprise. Reducing the regulatory burden on the economy will spur economic growth."  Boehner's letter to Obama:
Last year, on August 16, 2010, I wrote you about my concern that the Administration’s published regulatory agenda included a total of 191 planned new regulations, each of which had an estimated annual cost of $100 million or more, with some involving billions of dollars annually. In my letter, I noted that at public forums, private sector job creators were citing this regulatory agenda as one of the primary impediments to job creation, especially for small businesses. 
This assessment of Mr. Obama sums it up rather well, I think:

Where Next for Obama? Magic can turn failure into a resume enhancement.
David Solway  " My suspicions deepened as his candidacy soared and by the time he gave his Denver coronation speech I knew beyond the slightest hesitation that he was as fake as the classical columns he spoke before and as artificial as the teleprompters that accompanied him everywhere. From whatever angle one examined him, the man was unmitigated bad news for a country swept up in a protracted seizure of idolatrous frenzy. The ensuing years only confirmed the fact that, in electing him to the presidency, America had done itself megaharm."
David Solway is a Canadian poet and essayist. He is the author of The Big Lie: On Terror, Antisemitism, and Identity, and is currently working on a sequel, Living in the Valley of Shmoon. His new book on Jewish and Israeli themes, Hear, O Israel!, has just been released by Mantua Books.

Norman Podhoretz:  What Happened to Obama? Absolutely Nothing. "...nothing happened to him. He is still the same anti-American leftist he was before becoming our president, and it is this rather than inexperience or incompetence or weakness or stupidity that accounts for the richly deserved failure both at home and abroad of the policies stemming from that reprehensible cast of mind."

Manmade Global Warming: Researchers identify 26 past scares analogous to the global warming alarm.

Pajamas Media  "Polls show that roughly one person in two is concerned about manmade global warming. Why? Because vivid, alarming forecasts, even those based on weak foundations, are persuasive."....
...."Rachel Carson raised alarm over the insecticide DDT ... There was no good evidence for this assertion, and there still isn’t. The EPA nevertheless banned DDT in 1972, ... The main consequence of the ban is that millions of people have died needlessly from mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria.....
....."We hope that this phenomenon of false environmental alarms will become widely recognized so that in the future we can avoid the very real costs that they impose on the most vulnerable people, and then on all of us."
Forecasting expert Dr. Kesten Green is a researcher at the University of South Australia in Adelaide . Tom Harris is the Executive Director of the International Climate Science Coalition.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Victor Davis Hanson: The False WWII Analogy

Victor Davis Hanson  "In the immediate postwar years, only a capitalist, self-confident America was poised to supply foreigners with much-needed manufactured goods, expertise, and capital to raise the world from ruin. And from the profits, we were able to pay down our own staggering and unsupportable wartime-incurred debt. Note as well that in 1946 a self-sufficient oil-producing America was not guzzling down a half-trillion dollars’ worth of imported oil each year."

Prominent Syrian cartoonist beaten; Gunmen break both his hands, ‘send message’

Ali Farzat
"Until better communication exists between the rulers and the ruled, Syrians must rely on intuitive skills honed through long years of exposure to Farzat cartoons. For the decipherers and code-breakers on either side of the political fence, his humour has been like a divining rod."

Syrian sense of humor failure  ..."Another shows Mr Assad flexing in uniform in front of a mirror that reflects back a dominant, muscular image, overshadowing his puny figure."  Bad career move.
"His beating-up by security forces shows that he has hit home and that the authorities' tolerance for dissent is touching zero.""

"Assad is a Reformer"  Hillary Clinton.
NY Times  "Masked gunmen severely beat Syria’s best-known political cartoonist on Thursday, breaking his hand and leaving him to bleed on the side of a road in Damascus, activists said."

Gaia's Church of the Holy Windfarm

Who's Gaia?  "Gaia or Gaea, known as Earth or Mother Earth (the Greek common noun for "land" is ge or ga). She was an early earth goddess and it is written that Gaia was born from Chaos, the great void of emptiness within the universe, and with her came Eros."....More here if you really have to know.

A Lesson from Egypt for American Politics: A wise president puts into effect policies that work. A smart president sees his policies aren’t working and changes them

An Egyptian president says the Israelis ate my homework
This American president says that the Japanese earthquake ate my economy

...."If external saboteurs are responsible for a problem, nothing has to be done to fix it. In other words, all you have to do is wipe the offenders’ country off the map and the problem would go away. You don’t need to improve agricultural inspections or to teach Egyptian Muslims to respect Christians; you just have to make a speech denouncing the “real enemy.”"
"This American president says that the Japanese earthquake ate my economy. And he blames the local equivalent of Zionist imperialist running dogs such as Bush, the Republican minority in Congress, ATMs, Arab revolts, the Japanese earthquake, the Internet, workers manufacturing too many corporate jets, taxes being too low, bad luck, and “headwinds” because his policies aren’t working and then doubles down on the aforementioned policies. Then his supporters call critics greedy racists for not supporting the failed policies.
"As I said earlier, when a country is unable to discuss its problems honestly and intelligently, it is unable to fix its problems." Emphasis added.
"And this most anti-liberal form of scapegoating and bigotry against the “other” is now supposed to be what liberalism is? No, it has more in common with how Arab dictatorships are governed."

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Charles Krauthammer: King, in word and stone

"Equally miraculous is Martin Luther King Jr. Black America’s righteous revolt against a century of post-emancipation oppression could have gone in many bitter and destructive directions. It did not. This was largely the work of one man’s leadership, moral imagination and strategic genius. He turned his own deeply Christian belief that “unearned suffering is redemptive” into a creed of nonviolence that he carved into America’s political consciousness. The result was not just racial liberation but national redemption."
"And yet, however much one wishes for a more balanced representation of King’s own creed, there is no denying the power of this memorial. You must experience it. In the heart of the nation’s capital, King now literally takes his place in the American pantheon, the only non-president to be so honored. As of Aug. 22, 2011, there is no room for anyone more on the shores of the Tidal Basin. This is as it should be."

Sculptor Lei Yixin

Jesse Jackson Rains on MLK Celebration With Attack on Tea Party  "The memorial is intended to be “an inspiration for all people, for all time,”said Harry E. Johnson,  president and CEO of the MLK Memorial Foundation. But in the wake of divisive remarks by Jackson and others, many Tea Party members feel their participation in the memorial’s dedication is unwelcomed."  (Emphasis added)

It is well to remember the Vietnam Wall was once described as nothing but "an ugly black gash".

Production of legendary Gibson guitars halted as company is investigated for using illegally imported wood

UK Daily Mail  ; Guitar maker accused of making instruments from endangered plants. 
"Federal agents have now raided Gibson facilities in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee, on Wednesday, seizing wood imported from India, and workers were sent home.
"Mr Juszkiewicz said in a statement yesterday that the company has worked with environmental groups such as the Rainforest Alliance to ensure its wood imports are from sustainable sources."
(The government) has suggested that the use of wood from India that is not finished by Indian workers is illegal, not because of U.S. law, but because it is the Justice Department’s interpretation of a law in India.'

The Federal Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. has suggested that the use of wood from India that is not finished by Indian workers is illegal, not because of U.S. law, but because it is the Justice Department’s interpretation of a law in India. (If the same wood from the same tree was finished by Indian workers, the material would be legal.)" 
Terrorism of this sort will not be condoned.

 Not about illegal logging, not about conservation, not about the environment  "Yet, the Federal Government raided Gibson's facilities on August 24, 2011, without warning or communication of any kind. Had the Government simply communicated with Gibson, Gibson would have cooperated without having to stop its production and send workers home."

Update on Obama's Raid on Gibson Guitar  "So this breaks down to three issues:"
  • The Obama DOJ is enforcing Gibson to comply with what they believe to be Madagascarian law
  • The Obama DOJ is actually wrong about the law in Madagascar and Gibson has affidavits to prove it.
  • The Obama DOJ would seemingly prefer to have Gibson finish its products overseas by non-American workers
Arrogance. Stupidity. Overreaching regulation. Anti-business. ....

 Somewhere in the bowels of the DOJ, something about Gibson set this vendetta off, even though we feel this company is fully in sync with the Obama Administration. We are very interested to see what were the origins of all this. TD

Father Schall on the Fragility of Islam

David P. Goldman   "Fr. James V. Schall S.J. remains at the age of 83 an indispensable voice in foreign policy, combining theological depth and strategic acuity. “The Fragility of Islam” is the subject of his latest pronouncement at the Catholic Thing blog. Western analysts tend to accept the narrative of Muslim triumphalism, the assertion that the strong faith of the Islamic world will overwhelm the temporizing and vacillating West. Not so, Fr. Schall argues: Islam itself is “as fragile as communism.” He writes:"...

"Islam Will Dominate the World" broadcast   "You'll note that the first speaker is convicted terrorist Omar Bakri Mohammad. They're even so kind as to give you his phone number! I might just give the ol' boy a ring: 011-961-7095-7759"

Lawsuit Accuses Iran Of Complicity in 9/11 Attacks

Joshuapundit  "The attorneys in the case claim to have taken sworn testimony former Iranian intelligence operatives describing the direct participation of top government officials of Iran in the planning of, and preparation for, the 9/11 attacks. These witnesses also describe the roles of top Iranian officials in assisting al Qaeda leadership and operatives to escape from Afghanistan after the U.S.-led invasion in the wake of 9/11.Iran then provided safe haven and support for these al Qaeda members inside Iran.
" "There is an I-Spy aspect to all this," Dennis Pantazis, a partner at Wiggins Childs said. "But the information the defectors provided is direct and their documentation is direct." "

From Imprimus; The Right to Work: A Fundamental Freedom; plus Thomas Sowell on the "Free Choice Act"

Milt Priggee - Puget Sound Business Journal - Laurel n Hardy - English - nlrb, boeing, 787 washington, state, union, machinists, plant, manufacturing, south carolina
Hillsdale College  "The general counsel of the NLRB, on behalf of the International Association of Machinists union, has issued a complaint against Boeing, which, if successful, would require it to move its South Carolina operation back to Washington State. This would represent an unprecedented act of intervention by the federal government that appears, on its face, un-American. But it is an act long in the making, and boils down to a fundamental misunderstanding of freedom.
"Where does this story begin?"...

Thomas Sowell: Union Myths; "Nothing shows the utter cynicism of the unions and the politicians who do their bidding like the so-called "Employee Free Choice Act" that the Obama administration tried to push through Congress. Employees' free choice as to whether or not to join a union is precisely what that legislation would destroy."

Senator Marco Rubio at The Reagan Library

Rubio gives us hope in an age of weak leadership. Our leaders have been weakened by political correctness and easy living. They have relied on the goodwill and treasure generated by previous generations and have stopped growing. Rubio somehow broke through that wall of confusion and understands Freedom and Responsibility. The Constitution provided the framework for success by setting the people free and putting them in charge of their government. 
From the comments to this video.
Hat tip to Harley Standlee, Placerville, Ca

Friday, August 26, 2011

Clueless Joe

Biden's Obsequious* Bow to Beijing "He then hailed Sichuan's late graduate Zhu De as "one of the most illustrious figures and a founding father of the republic."
"Zhu De, in fact, was the commander of the People's Liberation Army and a full partner with Chairman Mao​ in transforming the world's most populous nation into a communist dictatorship. "Zhu De was one of the most important members of the CPC's first generation of leading collective with Mao Zedong​ at the core," says the Communist Party of China Encyclopedia.
"This "founding father of the republic," as Biden called him, was a key figure in a regime that outlawed the Roman Catholic Church to which Biden himself belongs.
"While lauding Chinese communists in China, Biden was tongue-tied in trying to explain the greatness of America and our people.
" "It's hard to define what an American is," Biden said in his speech at Sichuan. And apparently it is too hard for Biden."

Man without a clue  "Why can the Chinese become American but Americans can’t become Chinese? Now don’t go popping off again until you can do better than you did in Sichuan. You’re embarrassing your fellow countrymen.
"As Biden’s boss likes to say, let there be no mistake. Here is a man with nothing to say, but the ability to say it — to advertise it — at great length."

*ob·se·qui·ous  [uhb-see-kwee-uhs] adjective :
1. characterized by or showing servile complaisance or deference; fawning: an obsequious bow.
2. servilely compliant or deferential: obsequious servants.
3. obedient; dutiful