Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Former Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean said on December 8 that "cooperation" between European socialists and the Democratic Party has "intensified significantly" over the last several years and involves "regular contact" at "Congress, Senate, party and foundation levels." He added that "efforts have been remarkable from both sides."*********
But at a "Global Progress Conference" in October, President Barack Obama's pollster, Joel Benenson, acknowledged that socialized medicine in the U.S. faces a serious obstacle. He said that while Europeans are receptive to the expansion of government in their lives, in America there is an anti-government culture which prevents people from "expecting the State to solve their problems."
"This explains why Obama will find it difficult to implement the social coverage plans such as a broader health service," Benenson reportedly said.
The conference was held in Madrid, Spain under the patronage of Spain's socialist Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, whose pro-homosexual and pro-abortion policies have led to street protests by thousands of supporters of traditional values. Zapatero is also under fire for a jobless rate of nearly 18 percent.
Dean's comments came in a video address in which he joked that his failure to personally attend the Party of European Socialists (PES) convention, which was advertised as a "carbon neutral congress," was actually a smart move because he avoided flying and contributing to global warming. "We've saved a lot of carbon," Dean said.
Don't know if you folks have been following this Goldman child custody stuff but since I usually watch Today I have been following this a bit...
SPJ Accuses NBC of ‘Checkbook Journalism’
NBC News is accused of ethics breach for their efforts to cover the Goldman story last week.
From the SPJ:The Society of Professional Journalists' Ethics Committee is appalled NBC News breached widely accepted ethical journalism guidelines by providing the plane that carried David Goldman and his son Sean back to the United States from Brazil after a high-profile custody battle.NBC conducted an exclusive interview with David Goldman during the flight it financed and another exclusive interview once the Goldmans returned to the United States.Journalists know this practice as "checkbook journalism.
"The SPJ Code of Ethics urges journalists to act independently by avoiding bidding for news and by avoiding conflicts of interest.By making itself part of a breaking news story on which it was reporting — apparently to cash in on the exclusivity assured by its expensive gesture — NBC jeopardized its journalistic independence and credibility in its initial and subsequent reports. In effect, the network branded the story as its own, creating a corporate and promotional interest in the way the story unfolds.
NBC's ability to report the story fairly has been compromised by its financial involvement.
More NBC stuff...
Terrorist Attack Takes a Back Seat at MSNBC
Well I have not watched any MSNBC programming for months, frankly I don’t know who watches the channel except for really young (college age) folks and hyper kook leftist commie type liberals.
Hoping to find some ratings success in the morning MSNBC is shuffling its lineup.
From the Politico
Over the summer, MSNBC shuffled its daytime line-up, with former CNBCer Dylan Ratigan getting a two-hour show at 9 am and Dr. Nancy Snyderman discussing health issues at noon. While neither may be as strident as, say, Keith Olbermann, the shift was a departure from mostly straight news reports through the day.
Now MSNBC's changing things around once again, with Ratigan moving to the hour before "Hardball" and Snyderman canceled. The AP's David Bauder reports on changes taking place next month:As replacements, MSNBC will pair Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie for one hour at 9 a.m. EST, in a newsy, nonpartisan look at the day's upcoming news. For the other daytime hours, MSNBC will have general news programming anchored by David Shuster, Tamron Hall, Contessa Brewer and Andrea Mitchell, said Phil Griffin, the network's chief executive."We did some experimentation to find out what the audience during the daytime wants and I think we found out they want your basic facts – give me the facts, ma'am," Griffin said. "We can still do it with our passion and a fast pace."MSNBC may need to prove its news commitment to viewers. With news of the attempted terrorist attack on a plane bound for Detroit breaking late on Christmas, the network stuck with pre-taped programming. CNN and Fox covered the story much more extensively.Indeed, as news was unfolding about Flight 253 on competing networks, it didn't go unnoticed that MSNBC stayed with taped programming -- at one point, airing a special called “Disappearance at the Dairy Queen" rather than breaking news of the attempted terrorist attack.
MSNBC which has not discouraged observers from saying the network has been staking out territory to the left of center now wants us to believe that their new morning show will be nonpartisan?
As for missing the terrorist attack story the network must have been in Christmas mode thinking that it would be a quiet day and that there would be no significant news that day.
They guessed wrong to say the least..
Oh crap someone let Ron Paul get in front of a camera. Jesus this is a retarded fucken man...
A Ron Paul Moment- The American Spectator
By Ben Stein - Letter to the Editor
A few days ago, I was on Larry King Live on CNN. the topic was terrorism and specifically the Christmas Day aerial bombing effort by a self-described Al Qaeda agent of an airliner near Detroit.
One of the other guests was Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. He said, at least as I understood it -- and I could be mistaken -- that the real fault for this terror attack lies with the United States for provoking al Qaeda by "occupying their land" --this is a paraphrase. I expressed shock at this line of approach. Rep. Paul -- as I recall -- said again that the U.S. was causing these attacks by our being "occupiers."
I said this line was something like "the tired old anti-Semitic line." I said this because in my long experience, those who talk about the U.S. "occupying" Moslem lands soon go to criticism of the U.S. for helping Israel -- a line long associated with Rep. Paul, as I understand, and again, maybe I am misinformed -- and then to biting criticism of Israel and then to bitter comments about Jews generally.
I was about to add that I was sure that Rep. Paul was not going that far. But Rep. Paul became so upset that I could not get in a word.
So let me say right now that if Rep. Paul says he is not taking that line, and is not an anti-Semite, I believe him, good for him and I am happy to know him.
'U.S. Had Early Signals of a Terror Plot,' NY Times Reports; ‘Working Quickly’ to Protect Our Country, Napolitano Writes
(CNSNews.com) - President Obama was told Tuesday morning that the U.S. government had received intelligence from Yemen -- before the attempted airplane bombing -- that a Nigerian was being prepared for a terrorist attack by a branch of al-Qaeda in Yemen, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.
The information "would have been a clear warning sign had it been shared among agencies," the newspaper said.
Unnamed officials told the newspaper that if various pieces of information available to U.S. officials had been examined together, "it would have pointed to the pending attack."
Obama, in his second public comment on the Christmas Day air scare, alluded to the security lapse in a brief statement on Tuesday:"There were bits of information available within the intelligence community that could have -- and should have -- been pieced together," Obama said. "Had this critical information been shared, it could have been compiled with other intelligence, and a fuller, clearer picture of the suspect would have emerged.”
AND did you know?
Somali Man Arrested at Mogadishu Airport With Chemicals, Syringe Last Month
Mogadishu, Somalia (AP) - A man tried to board a commercial airliner in Mogadishu last month carrying powdered chemicals, liquid and a syringe that could have caused an explosion in a case bearing chilling similarities to the terrorist plot to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner, officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday.*****
The Somali man -- whose name has not yet been released -- was arrested by African Union peacekeeping troops before the Nov. 13 Daallo Airlines flight took off. It had been scheduled to travel from Mogadishu to the northern Somali city of Hargeisa, then to Djibouti and Dubai. A Somali police spokesman, Abdulahi Hassan Barise, said the suspect is in Somali custody.
"We don't know whether he's linked with al-Qaida or other foreign organizations, but his actions were the acts of a terrorist. We caught him red-handed," said Barise.
A Nairobi-based diplomat said the incident in Somalia is similar to the attempted attack on the Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day in that the Somali man had a syringe, a bag of powdered chemicals and liquid -- tools similar to those used in the Detroit attack. The diplomat spoke on condition he not be identified because he isn't authorized to release the information.
By Tom Bethell
Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, had an article in yesterday's Wall Street Journal drawing attention to the rise of "online hostility" and the "degeneration of online civility." He (and coauthor Andrea Weckerle) suggested ways in which we can "prevent the worst among us from silencing the best among us."
I agree with just about everything that they say. But there is one problem that Mr. Wales does not go near. That is the use of Wikipedia itself to inflame the political debate by permitting activists to rewrite the contributions of others. All by itself, that surely is a contributor to online incivility.
The issue that I am particularly thinking about is "climate change" -- or global warming as it was once called (until the globe stopped warming, about a decade ago). Recently the Financial Post in Canada published an article by Lawrence Solomon, with this remarkable headline:
How Wikipedia's green doctor rewrote 5,428 climate articles. ...
Finally.... If you get a chance check this personal story on the blog - My Voice on the Wings of Change.
Life's UNFAIR. Sure It Is, But We Push On....
A word about children/offspring. The fact is the worst age for a human being on this planet is between 13 and 23. If we’re honest with ourselves and each other we’ll admit that those were our STUPIDEST years on the planet.
Whereas, infants, toddlers and small children have less knowledge and experience than their parents and older counterparts, they don’t pretend to be smarter than they are. They tend to follow their instincts and (unless they’re inherently evil) they usually speak the plain truth.
A word about my truth. Keeping MY VOICE quiet from the world in which I live has never been about fear of being ostracized. It was about having others feeling left out or judged by me.
I’ve always been a girl who’ve marched to the beat of her own drum. I believe in God and harbor very little fear in life.
A little life experience taught me to worry more about my own feelings and less about the feelings of others.
That said, in the spirit of the Christmas season, here’s a gift for you, my readers. A little more of my heart, if you will. A look into my personal world.
I have two young adult children, 18 and 21. I adore them both. They are both exceptionally smart, well-read, thoughtful, and loving human beings. That is where my influence ends.
Following that, they are each their own person, of me, yet belonging more to themselves and their own ideas. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have no delusions of or desire for control over their lives.
I had two conversations this week, in which each of them, my young-adult off-springs, wrenched at my heart.
In the first, the oldest, who voted for Barack Obama for the same idiotic reason that many black youth did: he’s black. And for this, despite the man’s anti-American views and his glaring inexperience, this young adult of mine voted and proclaimed in sing-song: “My president is black.”
Pure friggin drivel.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Some reads from the black side of the tracks you white folks may have missed... and my rants for today...
I have read some interesting pieces on various black websites blasting the fact that he did not hoe around with Negro babes and how he has shown disdain and shame to his race and all sorts of other crap.
I am more amused by the Negros sticking up for him as well, just like they did during the O.J trial. “Evil whitey corrupted a brotha and now they out to get him” and other such nonsense.
Other than his on the golf course heroics I don’t care about his affairs nor do I care about the racial overtones and the so called impacts it has on Negros.
His actions were not “racially” motivated nor do they have racial overtones.
I found both of these articles amusing to say the least because like always Negros have this obsessive need to find a fucken racial nugget with every occurrence of Negro wrongdoing.
One thing I do know is I will never look at Tiger the same again because this was a man who had a team of individuals crafting and molding an image of perfection. From his smile to those hokey Nike commercials reminiscent of the “I wanna be like Mike” spots aired in the 80’s.
It would be one thing if some moron like Charles Barkley were busted for fucking around with a stable of white bimbos because we would expect no less from him or any other former or current NBA baler.
However Tiger’s success transcended race. Black folks will always cherry pick some faux hero to worship because black folks still have this innate need to take credit or attempt to partly own the success of a similar pigment shaded individual.
I know Mexican’s do that with championship boxers and some Asian do it as well with sports heroes. Frankly while I understood the same race hero worship stuff at the same time I always thought it was sad.
However everyone rooted for Tiger, from the old white redneck farts that still to this day would stand at the gates to block a nigga from coming into the country club to the individual who barely watched golf who likely never touched a club in his or her life.
Frankly we all got fucked again sucked into the societal media manipulation vortex which compels us to gravitate to those granted the golden pedestal of admiration.
As far as I’m concerned if Tiger never wins another match I could care less. I have seen debated on numerous sports shows whether or not Tiger can reclaim his image back from all of this and the answer is of course yes because Americans are still some ass people in general. The same folks who bought into the notion that “hope and change’ could transform a nation and got suckered into lie after lie are some of the same people who will no doubt say after a Tiger major championship win “what sex scandal?” Silly Negros will be hollering “that’s my dawg”, silly white bimbos groupies will be scanning hotel lounges tossing dude phone numbers and greedy ass marketers will be clamoring to see if they could be part of the second round of that “Nigga/Asian/whatever” is gonna make me rich.
America… what a country!
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Tiger Woods alienates black community with white lovers? Garbage!
The Associated Press' material can be a howler at times. The latest funny was this title: "Tiger Woods alienates black community with white lovers" which was conceived and written by a writer at the AP who presents his take on what the "Black Community" is and who represents it by turning to the old mainstream media standard, the legendary Tom Joyner.Tiger’s Dad: “Marriage Is Unnecessary”
Now, I love Tom Joyner, so it's not his fault; I'm aiming at the AP's 39-year-old Jesse Washington, who, while African American, has no idea what the "Black Community" is.
In a time when interracial dating is common, and black women with white men in commercials are more common than the opposite, its downright silly to complain about Tiger Woods' choice of female companions, blonde, brunette, or polka-dot, Rachel Uchitel, Jaimie Grubbs, Jamie Jungers, Kamile Moquin, Cori Rist, or Mindy Lawton.
Besides, why would any woman regardless of color want to be compared with or take the place of the alleged mistresses Tiger Woods has been linked to, given the PR backfire that can ensue?
Jesse Washington's AP-blasted take is a reflection of a certain part of Black America that no longer represents the sum total of Black America: those who racially segregate themselves and hate any image of racial mixing for fear that it may result in the devaluation of their blackness.
The golfers lamenting Tiger Woods’s indefinite leave from the PGA Tour because he is their cash cow are out of bounds. Only two people are truly dependent on Woods, and earlier this year, he could not stop smiling when he talked about them. His 2-year-old daughter, Sam, and 10-month-old son, Charlie, brought out Woods’s softer side in interviews. When I covered Woods early in his career, the only warmth he exuded in news conferences came from the vibrant reds of his signature Sunday shirts.
This year was different. Returning to competitive golf in late February after a nine-month injury-induced absence, Woods drew me in with a smile that started in his eyes when he talked about his children. When he was asked about the birth of Charlie or how he occupied himself while recovering from knee surgery, his eyes grew moony and his voice was lilting — a marked departure from his monotone.
He talked about cutting practice short to spend time with Charlie. He expressed delight in the rapid development of Sam. “I didn’t realize how much I loved being home,” he said.
This melting glacier of a golfer was so much more interesting, and likable, than the ice man who had won 14 major titles. Woods’s global warming required further examination, so I tracked him around the course in a kind of scavenger hunt in the first months of his six-win campaign. I was searching for more clues to flesh out the Clark Kent alter ego of golf’s Superman, and I collected enough material to write two articles. After a late-night accident last month and Woods’s subsequent admission of infidelity, the headlines of those articles read like punch lines: “The Family Guy Is Back on the Course” and “All Eyes Are on Tiger, the Father.”
Woods’s parenting role model was his father, Earl, who was committed to rearing him after having two sons and a daughter in a failed first marriage. Earl, a retired Army officer, attributed the divorce to military obligations that took him away from the family. Asked how he would manage to be there for his children when golf takes him away from home so much, Woods told me, “It’s going to be a lot more difficult, there’s no doubt.”
Maybe it is impossible. Perhaps Woods was destined to be like his father, only not in the way he had hoped. Over lunch on the veranda at the Masters one year, Earl Woods said, “I’ve told Tiger that marriage is unnecessary in a mobile society like ours.”
The way Woods talked about his children, I was sure he was going to prove his father wrong.
This is more FYI… most of you who come here already know this is a bunch of bullshit anyway.
Health reform's true colors
The real racial issue in this debate is not about Obama. It's about inequality.
By Michael Bader
The "tea party" protests that started last spring sparked a debate over whether racism was motivating the opposition to President Obama's health-care reform proposals. The issue was revived by a recent Internet advertisement depicting regular folks who oppose health-care reform saying facetiously, "I guess I'm racist."
While this offers another opportunity to have a national conversation about race and health care, I fear that we are once again going to fail to discuss the most important racial aspect of health care.
Rather than focusing on whether health-care reform opponents are somehow motivated by racism, we should be focusing on the fact that African Americans and Latinos have the most to gain from health-care reform - and the most to lose from its failure.
Will there ever be a "Black" economic recovery?- The Loop 21.com
Bush-era spendingA lot is being said about spending. At this point I think it might be worthwhile to outline some spending in the age of Bush v. the age of Obama.
We were on the brink of financial collapse when Bush left office. Bush entered the White House at a time of huge expected financial surpluses and he ended that administration with unprecedented levels of debt and deficits. Some of that was caused by his tax breaks that favored the wealthy. Another reason for that is the Bush administration didn't exactly keep the cleanest books. He never reconciled what we were spending in Iraq. War appropriations were, in fact, never included in the budget reckoning process.
In addition, there were the unresolved domestic issues that affect our nation's bottom line -- millions without health insurance, millions upside down in their homes, underfunded educational systems, collapsing infrastructure, outdated energy sources, etc.
According to MSNBC money, the Bush-era cost this nation about $11.5 trillion, which includes two recessions, the most lethal terror attack in the nation's history, the invasion of Iraq, and the financial meltdown on Wall Street.
The two most massive expenditures during that time was $22 billion from the federal government needed to rebuild lower Manhattan. The state of New York spent another $80 billion. Then in October, 2008, the feds dropped $700 billion to rescue Wall Street.
Spending the age of Obama
President Obama spent an additional $850 billion stimulus package, a desperate attempt at breaking the momentum of that recession we were in when he entered office.
So the task here is a difficult one. How do you pull off a recovery when the whole world is weary of governmental spending, when the country's debt level is in record territory, when you are still engaged in two wars, when you have 10 percent unemployment, decimated sectors such as manufacturing, when you have the unions, a major constituent, on your back as well as liberals -- neither of which seem at all concerned about the deficit that worries average Americans?
"What people understand that policymakers in Washington don't is that there's a real belief out there that all government does is waste money," said former President Clinton's pollster Doug Schoen in a Time magazine article. "Taxes go up. Debt goes up. People think, 'All you're going to do is waste my money and put me in a dire situation.'"
The first move Obama made, diverting TARP money to fund a national job program is a good start. In this way, the administration does not add to the deficit and re-shapes the Wall Street bailout to being more a Main Street bailout --- but still, Obama's going to have to face the bullet here.
I know he's not hiding from his race. I know there are political repercussions to focusing on issues of race, especially right now, but he's going to have to, at least privately, accept that this recession did not hit all communities equally. It hit Black folks hardest. And the economic realities in the Black community deserve some focused attention.
This article for some reason reminded me of the piece below I found some time ago and one I posted on my old blog PPP, The Failures of Integration
You folks know my opinions on race and racial attitudes particularly when it comes to block folks and how fatalistic black folks can be about their social and economic well being.
For every failure of some black person there must be some white person inserting the screw into their back.
Just what the fuck does a black economic recovery look like? I mean seriously people what the hell.
I’ve told the story of my own daughter many times and I won’t rehash in detail but for those of you who don’t know she is twenty one, two kids, the first one at age 15 but some nappy headed worthless nigga who was 22 at the time living with his mother his damn self. Now I had been divorced for about two years at this point and lived in the Kansas City area at the time. My ex and the youngest daughter lived in Wichita.
She proceeds to have another baby with another worthless nigga living between a relative and his parents’ part time both of these worthless niggas the products of ghettoized families’ generational welfare and government recipients.
My daughter for the first 13 years lived in a two parent household, bother parents worked and we made a decent living were close to our children but as many of you know divorce can be a bitch when it comes to the psyche of a teenage child. This is why I have mentioned often that the biggest mistake I made in my life was not insisting that my daughter come live with me during these formative years.
It is difficult to try and be a parent from 3 hours away but I will freely admit that I did not work as hard as I could have to be more involved in her life.
However as smart as my daughter was, straight A’s most of the time while I was in the home after my departure she not only managed to drop out of school and never went back not even a GED to this day she had a second child, has been kicked out of Section 8 homes because she was too stupid to understand that the government doe not like you shacking up with some deadbeat who should be working and paying child support while living on the taxpayers dime.
She not only has failed to file child support for either nigga sperm donor but because of her actions she is not able to get state provided medical insurance for her children. She now has major health issues of her own. Because of her laziness and ineptitude she has allowed her own health to deteriorate significantly.
Remember folks I helped start a clinic to help young women like my daughter but she got to fucken lazy to bother to use the services available to her.
She had numerous family members including her grandfather and uncles, who offered to pay for any living expenses, would have been given a car, education paid for the only stipulation was that she GO TO FUCKEN SCHOOL and GET AWAY FROM DEADBEAT NIGGAS! But naw she was like fuck all of you and so we said fine.
My point to all of this is this story is all too reminiscent to todays young Negro women, allowing some random dick to control their emotions and rendering the common sense portion of the brain useless.
Today’s Negros refuse to get an education, refusing to refrain from getting knocked up or at least if they do taking responsibility for their actions and more importantly not making the same mistake TWICE.
Countless states have dropout rates for black in excess of 80%, black teenage unemployment, at 50 percent, is the highest since World War II when this country was far more segregated and racist than it is today.
Walter Williams wrote in a column some time ago that; “having children is not an act of God. It's not like you're walking down the street and pregnancy strikes you; children are a result of a conscious decision. For the most part, female-headed households are the result of short-sighted, self-destructive behavior of one or two people.”
He also added:
“Most middle-class Americans, including black Americans, are no more than one, two or three generations out of poverty. How did they manage this feat; what's the secret for avoiding poverty?
I think it's a no-brainer. Finish high school and take a job, any kind of a job. Today, but not when I graduated in 1954, if a person graduates from high school, with even a C average, there is a college or some kind of skills training program somewhere for him, and often financial assistance to boot. So if a person doesn't take advantage of today's available opportunities, particularly those during the boom of the 1990s, and engages in self-destructive behavior, whose fault is it?”
Not whitey’s fault!
So above you have two articles; one blaming racism for health issues facing black folks and the other bitching that whitey is keeping black from achieving economic success and they need to be given “specialized” attention because after all Negroes are too fucken stupid to pull common sense out their collective asses.
Folks I am a very middle income dude, I make $38,000 a year, not a lot of money and for those of you on the east coast may be thinking damn dude is barely scraping by.
I made the choice to join the Air Force where I learned my skill set. I could easily venture back east and work in an environment making near six figures but I am content with where I work and currently live even with my current personal circumstances.
I decided not to pursue higher education and while I may not be making a much higher salary I don’t have any significant debt either.
I love my job and if you don’t focus on salary it is the most perfect job for me there could be. Hell I spend the greater part of my day blogging so what does that tell you.
The choices I made and some luck put me here. I don’t fret over money or the lack of pay because I’m not trying to impress any body, I don’t need to drive a fucken overpriced vehicle or show off any bling. I don’t have more shoes than the average man but ignore that…..
Bottom line what I look at in the mirror are the results of the choices I made. Yes I have been fucked over by some racist fucks when it came to employment opportunities and experienced my share of redneck hostility and bigotry but whitey has never been able to put up a permanent boundary to prevent me from achieving whatever I wanted to. That is the best lesson my dad taught me and one I tried to impart on my kids. Good thing one of my children figured it out.
I work in an environment where I get to watch some of the best and brightest young people and the one thing they all have in common is that they all put future goals ahead of current pleasures or vices.
They did not all come from perfect homes or perfect circumstances however none of these kids make excuses, it is full speed ahead.
So I know not all of today’s kids are dumb and lacking common sense. It just takes digging down deep and focusing on your priorities.
The sad thing is black folks for the most part won’t do this. I may come across as hard hearted and dismissive toward the attitudes of black folks but articles like the two above, idiot liberal apologists and conniving Negro Democrats thrive of the personal failings of black folks. I pray that one day black folks will wake the fuck and look in the mirror and see that most of the blame for their own failings lies with the individual staring back at them and not some mysterious white person.
If you have the time check out the piece in full, click title.
The Failures of Integration
By Sheryll Cashin June 15, 2005
Ironically, while the nation has not yet moved beyond a fundamental hurdle regarding integration—the discomfort of many with large numbers of black people—some of the most admired and respected national figures in the United States are black. White America embraces Colin Powell, Oprah Winfrey, Tiger Woods. They admire Michael Jordan, Bill Cosby, Condoleezza Rice. There are enough examples of successful middleclass African Americans to make many whites believe that blacks have reached parity with them. The fact that some blacks now lead powerful mainstream institutions offers evidence to whites that racial barriers have been eliminated; the issue now is individual effort. In December 2001, when Richard Parsons, an African American, was named the CEO of AOL Time Warner, then the largest media company in the world, it was not an earth-shattering event. Not much was made of the fact that President George W. Bush chose a black woman, Condoleezza Rice, to head his National Security Council or that Colin Powell was the first black Secretary of State. As a nation we seem to have moved past the era when the "first black" is noted, celebrated, or even explicitly discussed. For many, if not most, whites, words like "segregation" and "inequality" are old, finished business. And words like "integration" and "affirmative action" are beyond the point.
That whites are now tired of black complaints may stem from the fact that they are rather misinformed about how well African Americans are doing. Depending on the question, in response to opinion polls, between 40 and 60 percent of whites say that blacks are faring as well as, if not better than, they are in terms of jobs, incomes, education, and access to health care. No doubt, African Americans have progressed, but the closing of social and economic gaps is mostly in the minds of white Americans. According to a recent survey, half of whites believe that the average black person is as well off as the average white person in terms of employment, even though blacks are about twice as likely as whites to hold lower-paying service jobs and more than twice as likely to be unemployed. Four in ten whites incorrectly believed that the typical black earned as much as or more than the typical white, even though black median household income is about 64 percent that of whites—$29,500 compared to $46,300 for whites. (The disparity in terms of wealth, as opposed to income, is much worse: Black median wealth is about 16 percent that of whites.) There were similar gaps of perception and reality concerning education and health care. The odd black family on the block or the Oprah effect—examples of stratospheric black success—feed these misperceptions, even as relatively few whites live among and interact daily with blacks of their own social standing. We are still quite far from the integrated, equal opportunity nation whites seem to think we have become.
Black people, on the other hand, have become integration weary. Most African Americans do not crave integration, although they support it. What seems to matter most to black people is not living in a well-integrated neighborhood but having the same access to the good things in life as everyone else. There is much evidence of an emerging "post–civil rights" attitude among black folks. We are ambivalent integrationists. In opinion polls, the majority of African Americans say that they would prefer to live in an integrated neighborhood; but for some of us integration now means a majority-black neighborhood— one where you are not overwhelmed by white people and where there are plenty of your own kind around to make you feel comfortable, supported, and welcome. Across America, wherever there is a sizeable black middle-class population, suburban black enclaves have cropped up that attest to the draw of this happy "we" feeling.
This is not separatism in the classic sense. Black people want the benefits of an integrated workplace; we want the public and private institutions that shape opportunity to be integrated. More fundamentally, we want the freedom to chart our course and pursue our dreams. We bang on the doors and sometimes shatter the ceilings of corporate America not because it is largely white but because this is how to "get paid." We want an integrated commercial sector because we want banks and venture capitalists to lend to us and invest in our business ideas. We want the option of sending our children to any college we desire but for many of us Howard, Morehouse, or any number of historically black colleges are at the top of our list. We want space on the airwaves for our music, preferably aired by black-owned radio stations. We want space in Hollywood and on the big screen for our films. We want to see and celebrate ourselves on television, but we do not particularly care that there was not a black friend on "Friends;" most of us didn’t watch it and didn’t understand its appeal.
Even at the height of the civil rights era, socializing with whites was never a goal in itself for black people, and undoubtedly for many, it is not one today. There are counter examples, but we all know they are fairly rare. For those blacks, like myself, who attended primarily white schools, the dominant pattern of socialization was that blacks hung with blacks. And at most social gatherings that I attended then and those that I attend now, one race overwhelmingly predominates. Even when I attend functions that might be described as well integrated, I often observe the phenomenon of blacks pairing with blacks and whites paring with whites. Obviously there are exceptions. I am necessarily writing about generalities. But these generalities reflect certain truths—typically unspoken ones—about the limits of integration in our nation.
Two of the four leaders allegedly behind the al Qaeda plot to blow up a Northwest Airlines passenger jet over Detroit were released by the U.S. from the Guantanamo prison in November, 2007, ABC News is reporting, quoting American officials and citing Department of Defense documents. American officials agreed to send the two terrorists to Saudi Arabia where they entered into an "art therapy rehabilitation program" and were set free, according to U.S. and Saudi officials, ABC News reported.Al Qaeda Group Claims Bombing Attempt
President Barack Obama prepared to outline immediate steps the government has taken to keep travelers safe as investigators around the globe worked to determine how the son of a Nigerian banker became the first person in eight years to try to set off an explosive aboard a U.S. commercial airliner. Meanwhile, the group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the attempted Christmas day attack, saying it was retaliation for a U.S. operation against the group in Yemen. In a statement posted on the Internet, the group said 23-year-old Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab coordinated with members of the...
More on the "Crotch Bomber"
They could have flagged his visa -- twice. "U.S. Failed to Catch Suspect's Active Visa: Exclusive: 2 State Dept. Checks Before Alleged Terror Attack Didn't Discover Abdulmutallab had Active Visa Allowing Entry," by Armen Keteyian for CBS News, December 28 (thanks to Benedict):
CBS News has learned the State Department system designed to keep track of active U.S. visas twice failed to reveal Nigerian terror suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had been issued an active visa allowing him multiple entries into the United States. According to a law enforcement source, the first failure came on Nov. 19, 2009, the very same day Abdulmutallab father's, Dr. Umaru Mutallab, a prominent banking official in Nigeria, expressed deep concern to officials at the U.S. Embassy in Abjua, Nigeria, that his 23-year-old son had fallen under the influence of "religious extremists" in Yemen. The second failure to flag an active visa belonging to Abdulmuttalab occurred the very next day in Washington, after Mutallab's concerns were forwarded to officials there. It was only after the Christmas Day terror attack in Detroit that U.S. officials learned that Abdulmuttalab had been issued a visa by the U.S. Embassy in London valid from June 16, 2008, through June 12, 2010.
"There's a Mecca that Muslims should visit, and the mecca of jihad that is London."
"Was Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab radicalized in London?,"
by Robert Marquand and Ben Quinn in the Christian Science Monitor, December 28 (thanks to James):
For young Muslims especially, London is a city like no other. It is a mecca for jobs and education and provides freedom from the prying eyes of family back home. The grand metropolis also beckons as a bastion of religious freedom and as a refuge from corrupt home country politics.... That was the world that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab - the young Nigerian accused of seeking to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas -immersed himself in as a student between 2005 and 2008, when the petri dish of political Islam in London was stirring strongly.
When Media Matters warned readers on Christmas Eve that “posting will be light for the next week and a half,” who knew they meant both quality and quantity.Ultra Liberal Feingold: Obama Spends Too Much
Apparently at a loss for something important to write about — and we all know what a slow news week it’s been — today Media Matters’ Eric “the Excitable” Boehlert posts another vapid, hysterical squib, this one entitled “Surprise! Breitbart’s Big Government doesn’t understand pop culture”.
Well, that certainly would be a surprise, since Big Government/Big Hollywood founder Andrew Breitbart lives in Tinseltown, and his site boasts contributors like Saturday Night Live alum Victoria Jackson, film critic Burt Prelutsky, Emmy winning actor Michael Moriarty and numerous working screenwriters and musicians based in California and New York.
If Feingold suddenly expects Obama to start demonstrating leadership in 2010, he’s as sunny an optimist as ever Washington DC has seen. Obama has made himself into one of the weakest Presidents vis-a-vis Congress in the last century, mainly through his own lack of serious engagement. Pelosi and Reid run the show, and Obama apparently contents himself with sitting around waiting for their instructions while busying himself with a speech here and a TV appearance there. Empty suits do not issue vetoes and stand up to porkers.
Corruptocrat Chris Dodd gets his comeuppance - Michelle Malkin
Corruptocrat Chris Dodd secured a Hospital Helper in the Demcare bill, has happily exploited the swine flu to expand the role of government, and made sanctimonious noises about banking regulatory reform to cover his own lying, sordid record as the Senator from Countrywide, but the voters in his state aren’t fooled.
His poll numbers continue to crater — and over the holiday weekend, Dodd was greeted as only a corruptocrat should be greeted after helping shepherd the Cash for Cloture health care takeovers through the Senate, via WTNH:
Sen. Chris Dodd (D) returned home to Connecticut this afternoon following a historic vote this morning in the Senate that will reform health care.“Nice. Merry Christmas,” Dodd responded.
Dodd is facing a tough re-election bid and at least one man at Bradley International Airport let him know just how tough it will be.
“You’re not gonna get re-elected,” the man said.
New Year’s wish: As Dodd goes in 2010, so goes the Democrat grip on Washington…
Her old article: Dodd and Obama: Corrupt birds of a feather
Everything you need to know about false Hope and Change can be found in one picture: The image of President Obama embracing embattled Sen. Chris Dodd.
The embattled Democrat is in deep doo-doo over his Countrywide sweetheart home loan deals, corporate bailout cash, and crony associations. New revelations by Countrywide whistle-blower Robert Feinberg confirm what more and more of Sen. Dodd’s constituents in Connecticut are coming to realize: He’s a lying crapweasel. Dodd denied knowledge of the special treatment the sub-prime mortgage company had given him and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad on home loans. (Dodd’s were worth more than $800,000). Feinberg flatly contradicted him in secret testimony on the Hill this week.
He was hailed as Harlem’s king or its chairman, the eloquent author of some of its prouder moments, the dapper mentor to its sons and daughters. As news of Percy E. Sutton’s death spread on Sunday, the sadness spanned generations and city blocks, from Mr. Sutton’s home on 135th Street to the doorstep of the Apollo, that cultural heart of Harlem that Mr. Sutton jolted to life.READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
“He was a renaissance black man,” said Philip Bulgar, 45, an assistant manager at Manna’s Soul Food Restaurant, summing up a life too rich for anyone to fully recall. That did not stop everyone from trying. “They don’t make too many brothers like that anymore,” Mr. Bulgar said.
Mr. Sutton died on Saturday at age 89. He had been a Tuskegee Airman, Malcolm X’s lawyer, the Manhattan borough president and a media mogul.
Ah this gives me an opportunity to post this old material because some of you folks new to this blog may have not seen this before so lets turn on Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine…
Percy Sutton (Malcom X's Lawyer) Says Barack Obama Knows And Was Financed By The Racist Radical Muslim And Saudi Advisor Dr. Khalid Al-Mansour
Wanna know why some Muslim folks from Africa are stuffing explosives in their underwear…?
Dr. Khalid Al Mansour - Christians Designed Discrimination
You horrible Christians how dare you celebrate Christmas…you bunch of racists!!
More here: Are Khalid al Mansour and Obama Friends? - Amanda Carpenter
More old stuff newbees..
Educate Yourself: Do Not Allow Obama A Second Term! (revision 4 - 10/30/09)
A Few Moonbattery links...
Moonbats had hoped Copenhagen would mean economically crippling Western Civilization. Instead, they had to settle for stealing $billions upon $billions from taxpayers on behalf of Third World dictators. But we're hardly out of the woods when it comes to the profound threat to society posed by environmental extremism. Our rulers are using the EPA to impose rules too extreme even to pass a legislature so hard left that it just seized control of the healthcare industry in the face of 2 to 1 voter opposition. Then there is a certain wholly owned subsidiary of the Democrat Party, the voracious locust swarm made up of trial lawyers:Across the country, trial lawyers and green pressure groups — if that's not redundant — are teaming up to sue electric utilities for carbon emissions under "nuisance" laws.This is the equivalent of suing the owner of a black cat that walked across your path before you got in an accident. It isn't just dumb to think local power companies caused Katrina; it's insane. But the inmates are running the asylum now.
A group of 12 Gulf Coast residents whose homes were damaged by Katrina are suing 33 energy companies for greenhouse gas emissions that allegedly contributed to the global warming that allegedly made the hurricane worse.
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Was also perplexed that when I was able to escape for a minute every fucken Walmart and hardware store had no salt or shovels I guess the idiots who run these stores don’t watch the damn weather. You mean to tell me that Walmart was unable to adequately stock the shelves with necessary items particularly after being warned that 2/3rds of the freaken country was going to be snowed in?
My Christmas was also obvious tempered by my current personal issues as those of you who bothered to read the soap opera from weeks prior are well aware of. I really did miss the grandkids frankly without the beaming faces of young kids on Christmas eve/day the holiday would be pointless.
After receiving numerous “Merry Christmas” texts from friends I had to turn off the phone. I would have drank myself into a stupor except for my recent commitment to stop… er uh cut back on drinking. Those who know me would be shocked to know that I have not had a drink in a couple of weeks, not that I am an alcoholic mind you but when you are somewhat down mentally and sequestered involuntarily in a relatively small apartment the temptation to engage in what could be described as a liquid comatose is very tempting.
As for my disdain for Christmas going back to childhood the day brings about some painful memories, not that anyone died or there was some great tragedy but painful memories nonetheless.
But don’t let my crankiness get in the way of your enjoyment. I do home my peeps here had a great holiday because someone needs to enjoy the day even if I can’t.
I still have no computer at the crib although thanks to my cell I do read as much as I can stand on the tiny screen so I am not quite as out of touch as I could be.
So forgive me if I link to some older items you may have already seen.
When legerdemain is used to pass an unpopular bill
By: Michael Barone
Senior Political Analyst - Washington Examiner
It's time to blow the whistle on two erroneous statements that opponents and proponents of the health care legislation being jammed through Congress have been making. Republicans have been saying that never before has Congress passed such an unpopular bill with such important ramifications by such a narrow majority. Barack Obama has been saying that passage of the bill will mean that the health care issue will be settled once and for all.READ THE REST HERE
The Republicans and Obama are both wrong. But perhaps they can be forgiven because the precedent for Congress passing an unpopular bill is an old one, and the issue it addressed has long been settled, though not by the legislation in question.
That legislation was the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. Its lead sponsor was Stephen A. Douglas, at 41 in his eighth year as senator from Illinois, the most dynamic leader of a Democratic Party that had won the previous presidential election by 254 electoral votes to 42.
Douglas' legislative prowess far exceeded that of current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. To hold together his 60 Senate Democrats, Reid simply dispensed favors -- eternal Medicaid financing for Ben Nelson's Nebraska, a hospital grant for Chris Dodd's Connecticut, more rural health money for Byron Dorgan's North Dakota and Montana's Max Baucus.
Douglas did something far more difficult. He got the Senate to pass a bill some of whose provisions were supported by half of the Senate plus Douglas and some of which were supported by the other half plus Douglas. After passage, Douglas spent a day getting drunk -- a consolation unavailable to the teetotaling Reid.
10 Reasons Why the Christmas Day Pants Bomber Will Be Blogged Endlessly. - Althouse
I won’t blog about it because I have always believed that these fucken people want to kill us… ALL OF US and they will continue to test us until they can come up with the next 9/11 scale attack. This despite the fact that liberals, Democrats and Obama STILL don’t believe there is a threat. Talk to the average idiot liberal and they are like “I just don’t understand why the hate us so” BECAUSE YOU ARE AN AMERICAN JACKASS…
They don’t care that you liberals are appeasers and feel sorry for them and pass legislation that aids the terrorists. Hence the old term “Islam’s Useful Idiots.”
How Seriously Should We Take the Christmas Bomber? - American Spectator
One question is whether we should be more scared of Al Qaeda (assuming they are somehow linked to the attack) or less scared because the attack was bungled in a fashion worthy of a slapstick comedy? In some circles, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab quickly became known as the "crotch bomber."Oh God I see an episode of Family Guy... Quagmire... pilot but the bomber is a woman.... OH SHIT I BETTER GET CREDIT FOR THIS... LOL!
Fretting: Nearly 2 of 3 expect terror trials to spark attack - World Net Daily
Survey: Fear of retribution very real across America
Nearly two out of three Americans expect another new terror attack to accompany the New York City court trials for detainees who are suspects in the 9/11 attacks in 2001, according to a new poll from Fritz Wenzel of Wenzel Strategies.
"The fear of retribution from terrorists is very real all across America, the survey shows. Nearly two out of every three respondents – 61 percent – said they think it is likely that New York City will experience a terrorist attack, either before, during, or immediately after the terrorist trials," Wenzel said.
"Just 28 percent said they thought it was unlikely that such an attack would occur. In a year that saw President Obama's job approval rating move from 69 percent positive the day after he took office to just 41 percent positive in this survey, this has got to be seen as one of the reasons. Obama has pursued an agenda that has been opposed by a majority of Americans since their announcement, and as he continues to push them through to fruition, the American public is responding with unprecedented negativity," he said.Sharp-dressed man aided terror suspect
Asked ticket agents whether Mutallab could board without passport
Make sure you check this out...
I saw this idiot bitch on the Today show this morning and she flat lied through her teeth.
Is there anybody in Obama’s administration capable of talking without lying? Bunch of damn retards!
Clown Napolitano now says the system failed - Another Black Conservative
and this on Fausta's Blog - Janet Napolitano’s Emily Litella moment
Father of Nigerian terror suspect sought government help to no avail before airline attack
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's father first reached out to Nigerian security agencies two months ago and a month later to foreign security agencies about his concerns that his son had disappeared and ceased contact with the family, the family said in a statement. U.S. authorities said that in November, Abdulmutallab's father visited the U.S. embassy in Abuja, Nigeria, to discuss his concerns about his son's religious beliefs.******
Ok here is a really old piece that was on Conservative Black Woman. I had it bookmarked but forgot to post last week.
Frankly every delusional Democrat/Liberal Negro needs to read this…
National Health Care Is A Trick. Will You Be Duped?
Denmark Versey, self described blackest man on the internet wrote National Health Care Is A Trick. The Slaves of The Modern Era Will Be Bound Not With Chains But With Pills & Debt (Redux) and deconstructs how and why some people (especially Ohama sychophants) are so easily duped. What a clever guy.....
Well well..."Denmark Vesey said ...
After the Emancipation Proclamation, only a handful of freed slaves immediately separated themselves from their former masters. Lacking either the resources or will to be free, the vast majority elected not to leave the security and safety of the plantation.
These partially emancipated slaves (sharecroppers) transitioned to a new economic and political reality, that bound them to the land, made them politically impotent, and kept them in perpetual debt. Stuck in the matrix of a simultaneously adversarial yet completely dependent relationship with the Plantation, these people became the first Plantation Negros.
The Plantation Negro reasoned, at least he could eat, even though he was not free. They were fed a diet designed to keep them alive, while costing the plantation as little as possible. However, early plantation negros were resilient and resourceful. They were able to supplement their diets with organic vegetables and naturally raised animals.
As the summer of the agrarian era evolved into a cold industrial winter, Plantation Negros developed relationships with the Factory. In exchange for safety and security, the Factory ensured the Plantation Negro a home. However, he remained politically impotent and as he was integrated into the culture of consumption, he became increasingly in debt.
Again, the Plantation Negro reasoned even though he was not free, at least he could eat. Tragically, now living in urban areas, the Plantation Negro was not able to supplement his diet by working the earth. The Factory filled this void by manufacturing cheap processed food which destroyed the organs of Plantation Negros and made disease inevitable. Now, added to the cost of housing and food, the Plantation Negro suddenly found himself saddled by something called Health Care costs.
What promised to be the spring of the Digital era witnessed a change in the relationship between the Plantation Negro and the Factory. It became a relationship between the Plantation Negro and the Corporation. In exchange for safety and security, the Plantation Negro was able to get multiple mortgages, credit cards, and school loans so the Plantation could educate his children.
Although he remained politically impotent and in insurmountable debt the Plantation Negro reasoned he could at least get Health Care.
As the bubble of the Digital era pops, the Plantation Negro finds himself wading in the tumultuous waters of economic upheaval, social collapse and an impending tsunami of disease. The Plantation that became the Factory which became the Corporation is now masquerading as the Government.
In exchange for safety and security, the Government provides housing by insuring mortgages, it finances debt and educates children. As an extension of its patronage, the Corpaorate / Government will continue to feed Plantation Negros an increasingly toxic diet of genetically modified food and prescription drugs, that not only makes them sick, but appears to sterilize the Plantation Population as well.
This year the Plantation / Factory / Corporate / Government is introducing a new product. It is called National (Plantation) Health Care. Sadly Plantation Negros think the same people who poisoned them are actually offering an antidote.
Obamacare: Santa Harry's Sleigh Full of New Health Taxes - Human Events
Now for those of us on the right none of this is a shock to us in fact we all knew this prior to the Magic Negro being elected. However just in case there are those Obama fans and left wing types who mistakenly visit and who continue to keep their heads firmly entrenched in a tight lower region orifice feel free to educated yourself.
While hastily ramming his 2,457-page, $2.5 trillion ObamaCare package through the Senate before Christmas, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D – Nevada) must see himself as Saint Nick. High atop his sleigh, Santa Harry has piled 12 brand-new taxes and six tax hikes totaling $398.1 billion.
“If your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime,” President Obama told Congress on February 24. “I repeat: Not a single dime.”
He also said it here:
Oh remember this...Obama "tax cuts": for those making under....
3 months ago this commercial ran... I guess nobody gave a shit back then...
Obama's 'Health Care' Plan to Create 8 NEW TAXES
I digress.... back to the article
This remains technically true. For families earning less than $250,000, taxes would rise between 2010 and 2019 by much more than a single dime. According to Americans for Tax Reform, seven of Santa Harry’s tax hikes violate Obama’s pledge and collectively cost $81.8 billion. These include:*A $2.7 billion levy on indoor tanning salons that Reid imposed after ditching a plastic-surgery tax. He just as arbitrarily could tax haircuts, or heirloom tomatoes, or Hula Hoops. Why not a tax on guys named Harry?
*A $5 billion Medicine Cabinet Tax specifically permits insulin purchases but otherwise prohibits using money in Health Savings Accounts, Flexible Spending Accounts, or Health Reimbursement Accounts for non-prescription, over-the-counter medications. While diabetics thankfully are spared, how does this benefit those who use antacids or asthma inhalers?
*A $15 billion individual mandate would force Americans to buy health insurance. In 2014, those without “qualifying,” government-approved coverage would pay $495 or 0.5 percent of Adjusted Gross Income, whichever is higher. In 2016, that rises to 2 percent of AGI, or approximately $640 today.
*A $15.2 billion tax requires costs to reach 10 percent of AGI, up from 7.5 percent, before Americans may deduct itemized medical expenses.
*A $28 billion tax would hit employers who do not provide health coverage to their payrolls of at least 50 employees. If only one worker qualifies for a healthcare tax credit, the employer must pay a fine of $750 on all 50 staffers, not just the one tax-credited employee. For 50 staffers, this penalty equals $37,500 annually. Small-business owners who file personal returns and earn below $250,000 will suffer this tax themselves.
Senator Mike Crapo (R – Idaho) tried to enforce Obama’s pledge by deleting from ObamaCare all taxes on families earning less than $250,000 and individuals making under $200,000. Every Republican supported Crapo’s amendment. All but five Democrats ganged up and killed it.
Beyond the $250,000 threshold, Santa Harry’s sleigh overflows with other new taxes:
*A $149.1 billion, 40 percent excise tax awaits those with “Cadillac” health plans worth at least $8,500 per individual and $23,000 per family. These taxes, the Congressional Budget Office predicts, “would be largely passed through to consumers in the form of higher premiums for private coverage.” Also — in an affront to equality before the law — Longshoremen are exempt from this tax. Why not ship captains, or nurses, or test pilots?
*An additional $59.6 billion tax on health insurance companies also will make costly coverage costlier.
*A $22.2 billion tax on drug companies would increase price pressures and slash funds available for pharmaceutical research and development.
*A $19.2 billion medical-device tax would boost prices of hearing aids, heart stents, artificial limbs, and similar implements and divert money to Washington that could refine such products and create new therapeutic, life-saving inventions.
Despite this massive picking of citizens’ empty pockets, ObamaCare still would leave 24 million Americans uninsured. Among them, Reid claimed Monday, “On average, an American dies from lack of health insurance every 10 minutes.” If true, 210,384 Americans will drop dead waiting until 2014 for the start of ObamaCare’s benefits, such as they are. Why are profligate Democrats so desperate to do so little so slowly for so few?
All this is possible thanks to the Senate’s Kremlinesque procedural vote last Sunday night/Monday morning at 1:08 AM. Liberal Democrats once chanted “The whole world is watching.” Santa Harry and his snow-covered Democratic elves built a sleigh full of tax hikes while the whole world was sleeping.
2009: Could Have Been Worse - Obama's First Year.
by William Kristol
The American public seem to have decided--personal goodwill toward the man notwithstanding--that President Obama is not doing a particularly good job, that more big government liberalism is the last thing we need, and that, yes, American exceptionalism isn't a bad thing or an out-of-date idea.
So our Man of the Year is the American citizen. He's sensible, resistant to being herded around like a sheep, and invigorated with, in the words of Federalist 39, "that honorable determination which
animates every votary of freedom, to rest all our political experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government." (Needless to say, our Man of the Year includes many women--it's striking how much of the resistance to Obamaism has come from spirited American women.)
Resistance is admirable, but it's not enough. It needs to be accompanied by a winning political and governing agenda. Indeed, one might say that the success of our political experiment in self-government depends on the right today having a compelling agenda for the future.
READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
Interesting...Moronic liberals on the far left won’t listen and frankly that is good news for the country…
Dems should heed Daley's steer-to-the-center advice - Found on Jewish World Review
By David Broder
On the day before Christmas, President Obama found two presents under his tree. One was the health-care reform bill passed that morning by the Senate, a historic measure so freighted with promise and problems that it could blow up.
The other was an op-ed in The Post by William Daley, his fellow Chicagoan and one of the canniest Democrats I know, warning Obama that he is on the verge of losing his hold on the vital center of politics.
Daley, a former commerce secretary who shares with his brother, Mayor Richard M. Daley, and their late father an iron grip on reality, cited all the signs of defection among swing voters whose support in 2006 and 2008 swelled Democratic ranks in Congress and elected Obama. He ticked off the losses Democrats suffered in the only two gubernatorial elections of 2009, in New Jersey and Virginia; the polls showing independents rejecting Democrats (and such handiwork as the health-care bill); a wave of early retirements by marginal House members; and, last week, the party switch by Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith from Democratic to Republican.
To be sure, there are counter-indicators not mentioned by Daley, including a string of special election congressional victories for the Democrats, culminating in New York's 23rd District. The Republican civil war that enabled this upset is symptomatic of a growing GOP liability that could cripple the party's comeback hopes.
But this does not weaken the thrust of Daley's main argument. His target is the left of his party -- the grass-roots liberal activists who condemn the centrist Democrats sitting in marginal seats for blocking some provisions of health-care reform, for example, and the leaders of organized labor who threaten to retaliate by withholding their support from the moderates.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
"Let me make a departure from all of this health care stuff and describe for you a story that I think is perfect, a perfect story for today that illustrates one of the great challenges we face as a country. It is from The Nation. The Nation is the magazine edited by Hurricane Katrina vanden Heuvel. It's a far-left publication. It's way, way, way out there. "New Wars on Christmas Target Gifts, Santa, Lights," and they're all happy about this. "Along with fruitcake and caroling, one of the many traditions to look forward to in December is the annual 'War on Christmas,' in which religious and conservative activists and pundits accuse secularists and innocent fans of the phrase 'Happy Holidays' of stripping Christianity from the occasion. But this year, seasonal skirmishes have broken out on new fronts. In these new fights, it's not that the holiday is sliding down a slippery slope away from the manger. Instead, it's that Christmas is bad for the economy, bad for your health and bad for the environment:The Nation: New Wars on Christmas Target Gifts, Santa, Lights
"While those reindeer sweaters and charming dress socks you put under the tree are good for the retail business, Joel Waldfogel, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, has been spending recent weeks railing against Christmas gift-giving, arguing that it's an inefficient way to spend money that costs the country $25 billion a year. In his book, 'Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn't Buy Presents for the Holidays,' Waldfogel says gifts generate less satisfaction than things we buy ourselves. We don't really know what other people want, he says, but we do know what we want. Because of this, in his view, Christmas shopping is 'an orgy of wealth destruction' as we spend on things people don't value as much as the money we pay for them. 'I'm not against spending, just sloppy spending,' Waldfogel said on NPR's Tell Me More. In one experiment, Waldfogel asked his students to rate the level of satisfaction they had with gifts they were given.
"From this survey, he determined that gifts generate an average of 20 percent less satisfaction than things we buy for ourselves," which, my friends, is totally missing the point of giving a gift at Christmas. If you're a secularist, you'll never get it. If you're a pointy-headed academic elite, you'll never get it. Gift giving at Christmas is to remind us of the gift that God gave us with the birth of Jesus and the story surrounding that. "He says this is not true of gifts we buy for our closest family members and friends, who we know well enough to gift accurately." I would also point out: Is it any of this guy's business who we give what to and how much we spend on it? The theory behind this should not be surprising to economists who know well that consumers are best equipped to make decisions about purchasing for themselves.
"'That's frankly the basis of many economists' disdain for government. Because after all, when government chooses for us, they get us the wrong health care program, the wrong color shirt, the bridge to nowhere. And so this notion that we're best situated to choose for ourselves is a pretty basic notion and fairly a commonsense one,' Waldfogel said." Except the government's not giving us "gifts." It's just the exact opposite: The government is trying to imprison us. "While the theory may bear up to microeconomic scrutiny, others say Waldfogel is missing the point altogether: Giving gifts is good for society." Then they move on to something else they approve of at The Nation. That is "The War on Santa's Gut," and that is new this year. That is that Santa Claus is too fat. There's no such thing as this jolly roly-poly guy. People don't dress like that anyway when we're big and fat because it emphasizes how big they are.
It sends the wrong message to kids. Kids were counseled this year that when they went to see Santa Claus wherever he was, they should tell Santa to lose weight. "Last week, Australian public health expert Dr. Nathan Grills of Monash University..." All this stuff comes from these pointy-headed elites in academia, which is one of the Four Corners of Deceit in our country today. Government, Media, Acedemia, and Science are the Four Corners of Deceit. "Last week, Australian public health expert Dr. Nathan Grills of Monash University was called a 'killjoy' and a 'scrooge' in the media for an article he wrote suggesting Santa Claus was promoting bad health habits. The article, called 'Santa Claus: A public health pariah?' was published at bmj.com, a British medical journal, and suggested that Santa was sending the wrong message with his obesity, drunk sleigh-driving, speeding and generally bad lifestyle choices."
Oh, I guess then we could take the kids to an average holiday movie, or let 'em watch an average television show for a while and let 'em being exposed to really good role models instead of this dreaded Santa Claus! The other thing The Nation approved of was the war on your neighbors' light display. "As Christmas trees went up and light displays started flashing around the world, some people cringed at the thought of the electricity required to light the season. One environmental group, the Energy Justice Network, is providing tickets on their Web site for people to hand out to egregious offenders of Christmas light waste." Remember when I was telling you earlier in the show that once this health care stuff happens, that we're going to be pitting ourselves against each other for government services, and we're going to be ratting each other out and telling the government on each other in order to perhaps put ourselves in better shape of getting government service like health care?
I really mean it. You are going to see your neighbor with a bunch of flat-screen TVs maybe more than you "should have" or too big, and you're going to call the pollution control police, and they'll come to your house. This stuff is not without the realm of possibility. "Many of these light detractors suggest swapping out traditional Christmas lights with LED (light-emitting diodes) strings, which can be 90 percent more efficient. LED lights are used in the five miles of lights on Rockefeller Center's Christmas tree and in the 32,256 lights in the New Year's Eve ball in Times Square." Now, this story is datelined today from The Nation, a liberal journal of publication, and I think it's perfect. It's about the war on Christmas and how excited they are about it. Because, my friends, I am not going to participate in this killing of Christmas. They can try but they can't take it away from us. It's beyond what they know.
These secularists have no clue what it is. They are threatened by it. They can't leave well-enough alone, because it is other people's faith in God that scares them to death. I, for one -- and I hope you're one, too -- refuse to let these people succeed year after year, wearing away the joy and the wonder and the true meaning of this time of year and this marvelous holiday. We have to hold fast on many fronts, and this is one. So as we go into this weekend of celebration of the gift God gave us all, I will set aside the socialist scrooges who refuse to let the rest of us live the lives so many fought to give us. We'll get back to battle next week, but as of today and the rest of this week I'm going to enjoy life and my family and my faith, and I'm going to try and relax. But when you are a powerful, influential member of the media like me in constant demand, relaxation is a true luxury. But I'm still going to pursue it. And I bought a ton of presents. Well, I sent somebody out to buy a ton of presents. We bought a ton of presents. I can't tell you how many."
By now you have heard that radical leftist Jane Hamster of the far out space nut lefty blog Firebitchlake, has jumped ship and is opposing ObamaCare . In addition to be angry about the lack of a disastrous "public option," she also points out that ObamaCare is a huge tax increase on the middle class. Waitaminute? Isn't that exactly what those tea party people Jane Hamster and all of the left were hating on all summer were saying? Is Hamster tacitly admitting we were right all along.
Answer: Yes, but because she's a leftist, she'll pretend she came up with it on her own.
Remember last summer when a tranny freakazoid named Maurice Schwenkler/Princess Ariel vandalized a Democrat Party Headquarters and Democrat operatives blamed tea party patriots? Well, the freakazoid pleaded guilty yesterday and was fined $5,000. Considering the SEUI only paid him/her/it $500, that's a net loss of $4,500. Princess Ariel should have consulted with Han Solo on the economics of rebellion.
The Green Left has deemed Christmas Light displays offensive to the one true goddess, Gaia. So, the Energy Justice Network is urging ordinary citizens far out space nuts of the left to download and issue "Christmas Police Violation tickets" to neighbors with light displays.
By Andy McCarthy - National Review
Why Does Interpol Need Immunity from American Law?
You just can't make up how brazen this crowd is. One week ago, President Obama quietly signed an executive order that makes an international police force immune from the restraints of American law.
Interpol is the shorthand for the International Criminal Police Organization. It was established in 1923 and operates in about 188 countries. By executive order 12425, issued in 1983, President Reagan recognized Interpol as an international organization and gave it some of the privileges and immunities customarily extended to foreign diplomats. Interpol, however, is also an active law-enforcement agency, so critical privileges and immunities (set forth in Section 2(c) of the International Organizations Immunities Act) were withheld. Specifically, Interpol's property and assets remained subject to search and seizure, and its archived records remained subject to public scrutiny under provisions like the Freedom of Information Act. Being constrained by the Fourth Amendment, FOIA, and other limitations of the Constitution and federal law that protect the liberty and privacy of Americans is what prevents law-enforcement and its controlling government authority from becoming tyrannical.
On Wednesday, however, for no apparent reason, President Obama issued an executive order removing the Reagan limitations. That is, Interpol's property and assets are no longer subject to search and confiscation, and its archives are now considered inviolable. This international police force (whose U.S. headquarters is in the Justice Department in Washington) will be unrestrained by the U.S. Constitution and American law while it operates in the United States and affects both Americans and American interests outside the United States.
Interpol works closely with international tribunals (such as the International Criminal Court — which the United States has refused to join because of its sovereignty surrendering provisions, though top Obama officials want us in it). It also works closely with foreign courts and law-enforcement authorities (such as those in Europe that are investigating former Bush administration officials for purported war crimes — i.e., for actions taken in America's defense).
Why would we elevate an international police force above American law? Why would we immunize an international police force from the limitations that constrain the FBI and other American law-enforcement agencies? Why is it suddenly necessary to have, within the Justice Department, a repository for stashing government files which, therefore, will be beyond the ability of Congress, American law-enforcement, the media, and the American people to scrutinize?
Steve Schippert has more at ThreatsWatch, here.