Sunday, June 27, 2010

More Nonsense from Washington

The Obama administration's answer to the alien invasion in Arizona is not to get the National Guard down there to stop it. It is not to have as many law enforcement personnel as possible engaged in protecting American citizens. No, the answer apparently is to cede large swaths of United States territory to the invaders and to warn our citizens to stay away for our own safety.

Here's what Arizona governor Jan Brewer thinks about that response:

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Last Vestiges of Liberty

As July 4th approaches - a celebration of America's independence from the British Empire - I am struck by a feeling of melancholy to which I am unaccustomed. The reason will become clear as this essay progresses.

On July 4th, 1776, the Continental Congress declared their independence from the British Monarchy and officially became The United States of America. Quite naturally this did not sit well with King George III, and a brutal war erupted between British soldiers and the new Continental Army, formed in 1775. The French government under King Louis XVI covertly supplied the Continental Army with supplies, weapons and ammunition.

In 1777, when the Rebels captured a British contingent of soldiers, events escalated and, in early 1778, the French military entered the war in earnest. What this accomplished was crucial to the success of the rebellion as it evened the military prowess of both sides. Further, in the coming two years, two allies of France also went to war with Great Britain.

Threatening to invade Great Britain and challenge her navy, Spain and the Dutch Republic severely hindered the campaign in the Colonies, drawing critical resources away from America. Britain's naval superiority enabled her to enjoy easy success in controlling the harbors and coastal regions of the Colonies, but only roughly 10 percent of the population was there. The remainder lived inland, and the ground forces of the British were ill equipped to combat the fierce resistance offered by the Minutemen.

When Spain became engaged in the war, the British were forced to abandon the Florida gulf coast. France was the deciding factor, however, because she had a formidable naval force of her own. When the French navy defeated the British navy in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, it led to the surrender of the British in Yorktown in 1781. Two years later the Treaty of Paris ended the war and culminated in the official recognition of the United States of America as a sovereign State.

Still, it wasn't until four years later that the United States Constitution was signed by the members of the newly-free members of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 17th, 1787. And it took another two years to have it ratified in 1789, and America had an official Federal government.

For nearly two centuries thereafter, America prospered and grew into the greatest nation Mankind has ever known. Then it all began to sour...

The key components of our success were the entrepreneurial spirit of our people, our moral and spiritual roots, and our relationship with a free press. Arguably, the former could not have flourished without the latter since success is dependent on accurate information and truth. At our inception, men were honest and journalism followed suit. It was the Miracle-Gro of Liberty.

Our government has slowly but surely plodded its way back to the root cause of the first revolution, though the people are not free from culpability. Generational success passed down has bred sloth, but even worse has been the notion that such luxury is to be expected. When the chain of wealth is broken, the offspring look elsewhere for the meal ticket. Politicians have learned well and become quite adept at capitalizing on that mentality.

The true betrayal has come not from our own propensity to cede freedom for comfort, however, as we have been herded toward that end for several generations. It is the enabling of that herding by a media equally infected by the same propensity, an affliction that has made possible this tragic rejection of a great gift through a collusion to conceal the truth.

It seems to be an inexorable march to our ultimate doom, an end to life as we have grown accustomed. All that our ancestors have fought, bled, sacrificed and died for has been casually cast as funereal ashes to the wind. Once a great patriot advised us that only two things mattered; Patrick Henry said, "Give me liberty or give me death".

If you are reading this, you have a computer or phone with internet access. That is a great thing. I love the technology we enjoy today. It's great to have the cell phone, the flat screen television, the computerized cars, the video games, and everything "I". But think about this; what good would these trinkets be if you were not free to use them as you pleased?

Our forefathers had none of the ease of communication that we enjoy, but no one ever told them they could not assemble and discuss. While they would most likely envy our modernity, they understood through investment the importance of liberty. And as we have learned to spread our messages far and wide, we have forgotten how to whisper in our neighbor's ear.

We have seen a steady progression of our media toward an ideology that they share with the forces determined to hasten the destruction of all that the Founding Fathers fought valiantly to create. The election of Barack Obama has seemingly cemented the relationship between the government and the only entity created ostensibly to counter it. When the forces of power and information join, freedom dies.

Ironically, as we resist a return to our European roots, it took the words of an Irish entrepreneur to drive this notion home. From the Irish Times, a word on the subject from Ben Dunne regarding the press:

“It exposes mistakes. It probes actions. It presents alternatives. Without a free media, freedom would have far less meaning. The common good is served by an independent and principled media.”
Sadly, we have an "independent and principled media" in America, but it is under assault not only from the government it seeks to restrain, but a complicit "mainstream" media. Clearly, if Mr. Dunne is correct, liberty is in serious jeopardy in America and those who stand to defend it - most notably anyone who supports the Tea Party movement - are cast as villians, somewhat successfully.

Look around you. The campaign against tyranny in the 20th century that resulted in such joy has largely been dismantled and forgotten in the last two years. Forgive me, but our prospects look bleak.

So as Independence Day approaches with all the festiveness of the long weekend and the fact of Summer, I fear mine may be partly spent in brooding contemplation of our future. I will certainly partake in the company of loved ones and good food, but part of me will be wondering how close the waterfall's edge looms.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Make That Willful Dereliction of Duty

What should have been major news around the country I had to learn from a fellow blogger. As U.S. citizens are being killed and brutalized by illegal aliens along the border with Mexico, President Obama plays politics, something he claimed would come to an end under his leadership.

What's worse, however, is that a Republican senator has spilled the beans about a callous disregard by Obama for his own people, Americans, and there is virtually no press coverage about it. That could be because Senator Kyl from Arizona spoke of this in relative whispers to a handful of constituents when what he should have done was shout it from the rooftops and call Bob Woodward.

Holding out for "comprehensive immigration reform", aka amnesty, Obama told Kyl in a private Oval Office meeting that he wouldn't protect the border because "you all (Republicans) would have no incentive to enact comprehensive immigration reform."

While the media cares not about this, you can watch the video in which Kyl makes the claim. The specific portion of his comments comes at the 3:20 mark:

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Dereliction of Duty

Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution. Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:--"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." - Oath of Office for the President

Perhaps many have not noticed - or they may be ignorant due to their information consumption preferences - that everything this president and his administration does is to the detriment of America. His betrayal of our allies makes us weaker while it aides our foes and emboldens them. He is dismantling our economy with breathtaking speed, threatening the very foundation of the nation. The Coast Guard, under Obama's command, has been thwarting efforts in the Gulf of Mexico to mitigate the damage from the oil spill, and his Justice Department is poised to sue the state of Arizona to prevent it from enforcing immigration law.

Our federal government has made the job of a border patrol agent a criminal act and has even targeted local sheriffs in the area, most notably Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Obama halted construction of fence along the southern border of Arizona, ostensibly because - in his view - it simply isn't right to "keep people out". As a result, crime from illegal aliens in Arizona has reached intolerable levels, which caused the state to pass SB1070 in the first place. Now, however, the Obama administration has decided that it is okay to keep people out, but it's not illegal aliens; it's American citizens.

Armed Mexican drug lords have overrun large sections of the United States in what can only be characterized as an invasion, and the Obama administration's answer is to keep Americans out of the area?
See the video below:

Obama's sworn duty is to mobilize military forces to go down there and eradicate the threat to our citizens but, to quote a good friend, "I'd guess he's too busy trying to overthrow the U.S from within to worry about a bit of competition from two-bit smugglers and slave traffickers."

Nonetheless, this dereliction of duty is enough cause for our Congress to remove Obama from office immediately.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Irony is Best Served Fresh

He's done it again, that Mr. Obama. He has cost workers a day's pay so that he could visit a job site to tout the good he's doing for our economy. It matters not that his visit cost the taxpayers nearly a million dollars for a ten minute speech, nor that workers were forced to take an unpaid day off. It mattered even less that his words were untrue, claiming that his massive stimulus package was moving the economy forward. He still did it, and not one "journalist" noticed.

Travelling to Columbus, Ohio on Friday to inaugurate his "Recovery Summer", Obama's Secret Service instructed the road construction company, Turner Construction, to keep its workers home that day for security reasons. Of course, the workers would not be paid for the day, but Obama hailed alleged progress for the working man. Ah, Irony.

It's not the first time this has happened either, and the first reported instance is rife with bonus irony. Last month Obama paid a similar visit to the Solyndra, Inc. solar plant in Fremont, California and cost those workers their wages for the day. Yes, it made news in the "new media", but many major outlets ignored it. But the truly delicious irony comes after the fact on that one since folks have had a chance to examine it.

Carla Marinucci writes a blog for the San Francisco Chronicle in which she attempts to "set the record straight" on those lost wages. She claims that the meek criticism Obama received is unwarranted because the workers in Fremont didn't really lose a day's pay. Admitting that they were kept home for the day with no compensation, Ms. Marinucci reveals the fruits of her intrepid investigative efforts.

Giddily and mistakenly thinking she had proven Drudge wrong, she opens her May 26th piece thusly:

No matter what's being reported on KRON, the Drudge Report -- and now by the Republican Senatorial Campaign Commitee -- President Obama's visit Wednesday to a Fremont solar panel construction plant did not "cost local factory workers their paychecks."
Marinucci boasts that she "got the scoop from Dianna Wright, spokeswoman for Redwood City-based Rudolph & Sletten, the general contractor which is building Solyndra". Wright points out that the companies contract has been extended by one day, "which will be paid".

Take that, you right wingers! Those blue collar workers, many of whom probably live paycheck-to-paycheck in an economy this bad, will get that day's pay...eventually. Great work from Marinucci who, ironically, titles her blog The Spin Cycle.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

The Battle Brewering in Arizona

As violence continues to increase in Arizona border towns by illegal immigrants coming across from Mexico, the American federal government wrings its hands, does nothing, and continues to insist that it is in charge. The state of Arizona and Governor Jan Brewer disagree, and have had enough, so they have taken it upon themselves to remedy the situation.

In April of this year, the state passed SB1070, hailed - or decried, depending on one's point of view - as the toughest immigration law in the land. Tired of waiting for the United States government to perform its duty, and after pleas from Brewer have been ignored by , Arizona acted. The news prompted howls of rage from the Left in the U.S. and also from South of the border.

While it should come as no surprise that civilian liberals would rail against such a thing, the reaction from our own elected representatives has been stunning. Democrats almost universally denounced the law immediately after its passage, and then came the worst moment of all; Mexican President Felipe Calderone, speaking before a joint session of the United States Congress, received a standing ovation after attacking the immigration policies of Arizona.

Again ignoring the demands of a majority of Americans, the federal government halted construction of a border fence along Mexico and continues to push for "comprehensive immigration reform". Meanwhile, the border remains porous, and Americans continue to suffer.

President Obama vowed to have the Justice Department "look into" the legality of the Arizona law, hinting at a possible lawsuit against a U.S. state in favor of foreign nationals. Obama's Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, went further, telling an Ecuadorean reporter that "the Justice Department, under his direction, will be bringing a lawsuit against the act." Governor Brewer was outraged at learning of such a move, from the Secretary of State, and from a foreign land.

Brewer fired back almost immediately. In a statement, she said:

"To learn of this lawsuit through an Ecuadorean interview with the secretary of state is just outrageous. If our own government intends to sue our state to prevent illegal immigration enforcement, the least it can do is inform us before it informs the citizens of another nation."
As for the lawsuit, pending or not, Brewer struck a figurative "bring-it-on" pose straight out of The Matrix when she responded, "We'll meet them in court ... And we will win." My money is on Governor Jan. From the photos accompanying this article, she looks like she could whip Hillary with one arm of the law tied behind her back.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

To Topple Tyrants

What happens when even the alleged "downtrodden" realize that their perceived benefactors have been responsible for their misery all along? While it could get ugly in another place, here in America the consequences are comparatively tame. Here in America, the plaintiffs express their displeasure at the polls.

Reverend Michel Faulkner is counting on just that sort of paper rage as he challenges Charles Rangel for the seat he has held for four decades in the House of Representatives in the 15th District of New York. Faulkner faces an uphill battle on several daunting fronts; Rangel's entrenchment in a predominantly minority district, Faulkner's own neophyte status, and the fact that Faulkner has actually worked to better the lives of those he hopes will become constituents. Oh yeah, there is one more crucial element...Faulkner is a Republican contender in the bluest area of a severely blue state.

The rest may be detriment or benefit, depending on one's point of view, level of engagement in the political community, or degree of disenchantment with the current system, because Faulkner is considered an anomaly, albeit the sort that is becoming the norm rather rapidly these days. He is a black man who has realized that he shares his faith with more white Republicans than black Democrats, and as such, shares the values that both races embrace even as they are pitted against one another in a battle for votes.

Further, being a black reverend, he will face the stereotyping that comes with such territory, and be compared to the likes of Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, both staunch Democrats and racial opportunists who pray on their followers through fear and false information.

A simple perusal of Faulkner's official campaign website should allay many of the fears that would be somewhat understandable among the voters he courts since they are accustomed to being fed lies. That being said, there is a wealth of information available on Faulkner from a variety of independent sources that should dispel any reservations they may have.

For an in-depth assessment of Michel Faulkner, I recommend this article in American Thinker by Marc J. Fitzgibbons, which expresses brilliantly the difference between this particular black reverend and those to whom America has become accustomed.

And if, after reading this and the Fitzgibbons piece, you wish to aid this fine candidate, you can go here to do so. If you wanted hope and were crushed by what you got instead, this is real hope waiting to vote.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Cloward-Piven at Work in the Gulf?

While crude oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, blame also gushes from the White House and Congress, as well as from environmental groups and anti-capitalists. Obama, clearly out of his depth in the arena of actually being in charge, has focused instead on scapegoating not only BP but the energy industry in general.

Environmental groups with an axe to grind have also seized on the opportunity to decry the evils of oil and - by extension - virtually every Earthly gift responsible for the comforts Man has come to enjoy, while rabid Socialists have found new hope in their quest to end Capitalism.

Certainly, BP should have had a contingency plan for just such an occurrence, but it also should have been a requirement by our well-funded Environmental Protection Agency prior to any drilling to be permitted in the Gulf.

It also should never have come to companies like BP being forced to drill for oil in the home of Poseidon, so deep that repairs are nearly impossible. (Never mind my confusion over how BP was able to place that valve that deep but they can't reach it to plug it!) But if this drilling were happening in the desolate wilderness of Alaska and such a spill had occurred, it could have easily been stopped and cleaned up with little spread. That is the legacy of wild-eyed liberals who wring their hands at the progress of humans.

All of that having been said, a basic fact of life is that sometimes defecation occurs. The most important things immediately following such occurrences are the severity of the consequences and the appropriateness of the responses; and sometimes, the competency of those charged with implementing the appropriate responses.

Despite Obama's claims that "[they] were there from day one", they clearly were not, nor were they particularly attentive to the pending environmental impact until it was too late to avert this disaster. Obama's immature response from the outset was akin to that of an hysterical bystander trembling while shrieking at the party responsible, "Do something!"

But Obama is anything but a dumb man. He has areas of expertise like anyone else and - like a banker who considers the plumber to be dimwitted but depends upon his services nevertheless - Obama also has his limitations. While he is quite pathetic at being an executive and has proved that he is incapable of managing anything, he is a master at manipulation and conniving.

In other words, he's well versed in the ways of Saul Alinsky and the Cloward-Piven Strategy, capitalizing (pardon the irony) on crisis to further his agenda. The Cloward-Piven Strategy is the blueprint for what Obama has managed in the Gulf spill incident. I have laid out the tenets of this philosophy before, so I will not bore the readers with another long explanation. Instead, those who may be unfamiliar with Cloward-Piven can read further on that subject here and here.

Not everything can be planned out to perfection, and I am not suggesting that the Deep Water explosion was engineered, though others are. I will leave that for the experts, but for now, I will point out the brilliance of Obama in recognizing an "opportunity" and grasping it. In this case, the opportunity was presented in the tragic loss of 11 human beings, something which appears to be considered collateral damage to the regime of Obama.

Since the loss of the rig and those unfortunate souls, Obama has been scheming to extract as much money from BP as possible while thwarting efforts to contain the spill. When the Dutch - who are perhaps the best masters of the seas by virtue of their proximity to the sea line - offered to bring skimming ships to the Gulf to assist, they were turned down by the U.S. government. The reason for such a refusal is stunning.

Obama deferred to a nearly century old law, the Jones Act of 1920, to deny foreign ships with unsurpassed expertise the ability to assist in containing the gushing oil from the ruptured well valve. His grievous error could be attributed to the deficiency resulting from his youth and neophyte status in all things managerial, but that would discount out of hand the worth of his cabinet.

When we were led to believe that George W. Bush was little more than a "frat boy" riding the coattails of his Daddy, we at least enjoyed the solace of knowing that "adults" were actually in charge. And when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans - ironically similar to the below-sea-level home of the Dutch - Bush waived the "Jones Act" four days later, allowing foreign ships bearing aid access to U.S. ports.

Everything points to a concerted effort by this administration to perpetuate the advance of crude oil to the shores of the Gulf in order to gain from the disaster another measure of success toward the radical transformation of America. As Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is fond of saying, “You don’t ever want a crisis to go to waste..."

Maybe Obama and his minions are not responsible for the Deep Water well explosion, but they sure seem to have deployed the vision of Cloward and Piven by taking full advantage of the crisis.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Obama's Backward Agenda

By now, seventeen months into the Obama administration, it is becoming increasingly obvious that this mistake we've made is taking us in the wrong direction. Many may have already noticed the false urgency with which this regime has foisted upon us that which we have clearly stated we do not want, as well as the smug disregard for the wishes of the people in perpetrating the "change".

The fouls Obama has committed, however, have not been reserved exclusively for his subjects. He has also managed to alienate our allies and international friends, one of the staples of the nation's allegedly desired removal of George W. Bush, who was excoriated for "ruining our image in the world". Obama was going to heal us all, remember? Yet, as I'm sure many have already forgotten, just a month into his new job as God of America, Obama insulted our closest ally.

Shortly after the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks, then-leader of Britain Tony Blair sent Bush a bust of Winston Churchill to be placed on display in the White House as a demonstration of solidarity. And shortly after assuming the throne, Obama sent it back.

Some speculate that the reason may well be because Churchill, in 1952, suppressed the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya, then under British colonial rule. Obama's grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, spent months in lock-up as a suspected subversive. Could it be that little Barry holds a personal grudge that supersedes his duties as POTUS? Perhaps, but he was far from finished insulting our friends, the British.

On Prime Minister Gordon Brown's first state visit to the United States, he was denied a proper welcome by the new president. The reason given to British journalists by Obama's aides was that the president was "too tired". Still not feeling quite vindicated, Obama followed up with useless and ridiculous gifts to Brown and the Queen. There was yet more to come.

At the opening session of the United Nations in September, 2009, Brown was humiliated once more. According to the London Daily Telegraph's David Hughs, Brown had either directly or indirectly requested "face time" with Obama on five occasions, and was turned down at each request. In desperation, the Telegraph reports:

"The prime minister was forced to dash through the kitchens of the UN in New York to secure five minutes of face time with President Obama after five requests for a sit down meeting were rejected by the White House."
Still Obama was not content with mere snubs and subtle lack of grace so in early June his administration, through Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, endorsed a comrade of Hugo Chavez. Cristina Kirchner, president of Argentina, has demanded mediation of the countries claim to the Falkland Islands, under British rule for the past 177 years. Despite that little tiff in 1982, when Argentina tried to seize the island by force and was repelled by British forces with the support of Ronald Reagan, this administration has sided with Argentina over Britain.

This administration has also sided with the Socialist President Manuel Zelaya in Honduras who, after being forcibly removed by his own Congress and military for trying to subvert the Constitution of that country, sought the counsel of his fellow Socialists in securing his unlawful return. See more on that here.

In March of this year when Benjamin Netanyahu was here to meet with Obama, the president abruptly walked out of talks with the Israeli Prime Minister to "have dinner with his family", leaving Bibi to foment in his own thoughts for over an hour. Moments earlier, Netanyahu was scolded by Obama and presented with a list of 13 demands designed to "end the feud between the administrations and to build Palestinian confidence" by, among other things, ceasing construction in Jerusalem. Apparently, Netanyahu's shocked pause at such a demand prompted Obama's impetuous departure. According to reports, the Israeli Prime Minister was advised to consider the error of his ways, which led to the Israeli contingents subsequent "lock down" in the Roosevelt Room on the first floor of the White House.

Then there was the "shunning" after the Flotilla raid.

Obama has done more damage to our standing among friends than George W. Bush could ever have dreamed possible, and has done nothing to sway our enemies save for making them bolder than they have ever been. When combined with the damage our economy has sustained and continues to suffer, it should be clear that he, along with his Democratic accomplices in Congress, has moved this country so far into the past that space exploration should seem a distant hope.

Oh wait...Obama wants to scrap that, too.

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An Incredibly Arrogant Congressman

It's bad enough when a member of Congress behaves like a complete lunatic, but it's even worse when the media tries to justify it simply because said Congressman is a Democrat.

First, watch as North Carolina Congressman Bob Etheridge (D-Lillington) loses it on a college kid merely because he asked a question: posted the video, Drudge picked it up and ran with it, and then...ABC News seemed to defend the actions of the Congressman. From the ABC report:

Etheridge's reaction is to demand to know who the photographers are. He then gets physical. He grabs the camera from one man and then takes him by the wrist. In the video, the photographer's faces are blurred and their identities aren't given. They never identify themselves to the congressman other than to say they're students working on a project.

When they continue to refuse to identify themselves, Etheridge grabs one around the neck and then the shoulders refusing to let him go.
The man eventually slips Etheridge's grasp and the video ends.
How low will the media go to protect Democrats and this administration? And perhaps an even better question is, how far will the Congress Critters go if their behavior is not held to traditional societal standards?

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Carl Gallups Factor

There have been some major players involved in the Barack Hussein Obama birth certificate issue since his nomination for president, and most have been attorneys, such as Philip Berg and Orly Taitz. Both have been denied their cases before the Supreme Court, and both have been denigrated as fools by the mainstream media (MSM). But does truth rely solely upon wide coverage? To put it another way, if a tree falls in a forest but ABC or CBS doesn't report it, does that mean it never happened?

Further, if Joseph Goebbels was correct, it seems that if enough people tell a lie it becomes the truth. Socrates would disagree vehemently, however. He believed that man was capable of arriving at truth through query, something that in the case of Obama's eligibility to be president is squelched rather than encouraged. That is a critical issue because it would be one thing if Obama's supporters merely waved dismissively at those who would raise such a question. To proactively battle such curiosity should raise suspicions, though it seems not to have.

Carl Gallups has not been as high profile as Berg or Taitz, but he has been noticed by the protectors of the Left. A World Net Daily article states that Gallups, a Christian pastor in Milton, FL, has "posted dozens of videos on the Web, including others highlighting questions about Obama."

Gallups has had problems, though, with Google, which owns YouTube. According to WND:

Gallups notes that for a while, YouTube had frozen its view counter at 301 views, and thinks the Google-owned company did this to prevent the video from being promoted to its featured video section.

"Every time we put up a film that has something to do with Obama, they freeze the counter on us," he said. "And they won't respond to any of my e-mails [asking for an explanation].

His latest is certain to cause quite a stir, as it involves Tim Adams, a former senior elections clerk for Honolulu who states emphatically that Obama has no birth certificate. Adams now works as a college instructor and is not encumbered by the rules of "omerta" from his former employer.

See the Gallups video here:

Don't expect to see this anywhere but on right wing websites, however, unless it grows some very long legs. This administration has become quite adept at deflecting damning stories simply by claiming that they are just too ridiculous to be believed. And as Gallups further points out, the subject seems too toxic for Republicans to broach.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Terror With Tea

Perhaps frightened by the prospect of Conservatives making headway through the seeming success of the Tea Party movement, the mainstream media (MSM) makes a regular practice of portraying its members as "dangerous" and racist. There have been no reports that I'm aware of from any of the multitudes of protests of arrests or even clashes with police.

Black Democrat lawmakers even made the claim that they were spit upon and were the recipients of racial slurs hurled at them on their arrogant march to the Capitol building after passage of the health care bill. To date, there has been no corroborating evidence that either happened, but that still didn't prevent the MSM from reporting that they had.

Still other reports are stretched beyond belief, such as the man in the video below. Sure, he is angry, but he is moving away from the object of his ire, not attacking. See for yourself:

"Exploding Tea Party Protester..." one man getting animated in his response is "exploding" to the maker of that video.

But what happens when Liberals see something they don't like? They get violent. See just about any protests on the West Coast. Or see this Obama supporter, as he truly explode:

And he wasn't arrested, either. No big deal, right?

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Estranged Patriots

Imagine leaving for work one morning and returning home at night only to find that your key no longer works. Worse yet, picture travelling abroad to fight for your country only to find upon your return a landscape unrecognizable. Just the idea that people with whom you have co-habited could so casually change your home is tragic, and the act by those people unconscionable. Yet, it is happening right now, and not only to the recently returned; it is happening to people who have never left.

The lineage of my "discovery" is traced back first to Drudge, then to a blog titled I Own the World, and ultimately to an entity referred to as "@Racist", to whom I regrettably have no link. But the discovery is stunning, nonetheless.

What @Racist posted was an alarming display of blatant disregard for this nation's founding, and a glimpse into the mindset of those who do not revere our founding and worse, consider it archaic.

Amazon is selling a copy of the U.S. Constitution, combined with the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, with a disclaimer by the publisher. That publisher is Wilder Publications, and their "warning to parents" of children who may read the original documents states the following:

This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as if it were written today. Parents may wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity and and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work.
A scanned copy of the caveat is seen here:

What I find tragic is the fact that as we offer our young access to the Founders responsible for their freedom, some feel compelled to warn their parents of the possible perceived "harm" they may experience through reading the original intent of the same benefactors of our splendor.

What is obvious is the plan by the Progressive establishment to uproot everything this country was based upon in an attempt to remake it in their own socialist image. It is a task they have undertaken by way of seeking to dilute the rules by which America was formed through claims that those rules were meant for our ancestors and not for us. It is a task bolstered by their insistence that the Constitution is a "living, breathing document", one susceptible to the whims of modern Man.

The incredible success of our relatively young nation is owed to nothing other than our traditional adherence to the laws set before us. For the first 165 years, we followed them to the letter. We flourished as a result. Has anyone noticed that our decline began the moment we deviated from the course laid out before us?

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Monday, June 7, 2010

When the Pack Smells Weakness

For the narcissist, it is particularly vexing to have others not share the same love he has for himself. This will usually create in him an obsequiousness designed to draw his detractors to view him as he does himself, but which invariably alienates them even further, causing them to become more antagonistic.

For a student in a small town school, this is not a big deal. For the President of the United States, it is critical.

When newly-elected President Barack Hussein Obama launched his Forgive Us Our Trespasses Tour around the globe, I - among many others - sounded the alarm that his target audience was not interested in overtures of peace but rather signs of weakness which they could exploit. We warned that the bad actors around the world were not cheering his new message of peace as much as they were applauding their long-awaited opportunity to misbehave at will with no deterrent standing in their way.

Signs of their emboldenment abounded, with the ratcheting up of rhetoric from Mahmoud Ahmedinejad concerning Israel to Hugo Chavez and Daniel Ortega arrogantly chastising the United States while its new leader sat passively and listened without protest or rebuttal.

Possibly the worst moment up to that point was the "gift" from Chavez to Obama of a book that our president accepted with a smile and a handshake from the wannabe dictator. Chavez may as well have said to Obama, "Please accept this gift which details how much your country sucks, and I thank you for agreeing".

It was not to be the worst moment of all, however, as they continue to mount much as a snowball rolling downhill on a fresh, moist fall. In addition to the nauseating mea culpas delivered to foreign foes by this president have been the shocking shunnings of our traditional allies. Between his embraces of hard-line socialist and Islamic leaders, Obama has managed to sprinkle in some not-so-subtle snubs of Sarkozy and Gordon Brown, not to mention a classless encounter with the Queen of England.

Perhaps the most alarming betrayal, however, has been the nearly total abandonment of Israel, our strongest ally in the Middle East and a long time friend. Thankfully, one New York congressman has not slumbered through the current session. Rep. Peter King (R-NY), has introduced a resolution in the House that would force the U.S. government to support the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Coming on the heels of the recent raid by the Israeli military on the first flotilla, sent from Turkey by alleged "peace activists", King wants the U.S. to stand firm with her ally in the face of international criticism based on misinformation and propaganda. (The first casualty of such nonsense was long time White House Press reporter, Helen Thomas, who was dispatched via self-inflicted wound).

But King's resolution could not come at a more opportune time, as Iran - perhaps seizing on the telegraphed impotency of Obama - has offered (threatened?) to have its Revolutionary Guard escort the next flotilla through the Israeli blockade. If this were to happen, it would most likely mark the beginning of the first naval war since World War II. The big question is whether Israel will fight it alone.

Perhaps the world has become spoiled by the comfort of the true leaders and commanders of military might America has historically wielded, and that may be well and good, since America has been the most powerful and benevolent country to ever inhabit the Earth. But it seems that - being in the middle of Obama's only term - it may be time for a Churchill to emerge.

If not for another true leader, we may see the power structure shift dramatically. Much like Jack London's White Fang losing his footing in the circle of excited sled dogs.

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Turkish Taffy

The Gaza Flotilla raid by Israel has Turkey quite upset, but they are not alone. Our own Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich appears to be hopping mad, as well.

In a letter intended to be sent to President Obama, Kucinich says:

“It is not acceptable to repeatedly violate international law. It is not acceptable to shoot and kill innocent civilians. It is not acceptable to commit an act of aggression against another U.S. ally. It is not acceptable to continue a blockade which denies humanitarian relief. It is not acceptable to heighten tensions in a region while the United States continues to put so much blood and treasure on the line.”
The whole premise of Kucinich's anger is so fallacious as to be laughable, were it not so tragically flawed. Civilians who are beating and stabbing soldiers are not innocent, Dennis, and you may also wish to direct your ire over the violation of international law at Hamas, who lobs rockets at innocent Israeli civilians at will. Or you may wish to chastise Turkey for committing an act of aggression against Israel by sending the ships in the first place. And the blockade does not "[deny] humanitarian relief", it denies Hamas bigger rockets.

While Kucinich may be excused for simply getting his facts confused, the Turkish foreign minister must be called out on his incredible chutzpah and blatant hypocrisy. Recently, he said that the flotilla raid was Turkey's "9-11". Really, sir? Nine people killed after they attacked Israeli commandos?

For all of the people who are outraged over the Palestinian predicament, it must be pointed out that the concern for them shown by Turkey is touching, if not duplicitous. While they stray from home in a quest to provide "humanitarian aid" to the Palestinians, they have their own humanitarian violations back at the ranch.

There are over 30 million people in the South and East parts of Turkey known as the Kurds. Remember them? While they make up roughly 20 percent of the Turkish population, they are treated as second class citizens, living in poverty while the North and West enjoy prosperity. The Ankara government has systematically withheld resources from the Kurdish region, and repressed any attempts by the Kurds to develop political representation. Political parties are shut down as soon as they form, and its members imprisoned for "crimes of opinion".

As a result, in 1984, an armed separatist movement formed known as the PKK. From the website
The state immediately responded to this threat with increased force, deploying some 300,000 troops in the southeast at an annual cost of $8 billion. In addition, the Turkish armed forces instituted a system of "village guards," paying and arming Kurds to keep the PKK guerrillas out of their villages. Villages that refuse to participate in the guard system face demolition by the Turkish military, while those that go along suffer under harsh reprisals by the PKK.

The war escalated dramatically in the early 1990s. Between 1984-91, an estimated 2,500 people had been killed. Over the next four years, that figure shot up to 20,000. Some 3,000 villages have been destroyed by the military in an effort to rout out PKK sympathizers, creating more than 2 million refugees.
I wonder, therefore, how Turkey would respond to a convoy of trucks rolling into the Southeast to provide "humanitarian aid" to the Kurds? I also wonder why Dennis Kucinich, et al, are not protesting the treatment the Kurds receive at the hands of the Turks?

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Propagation of Ignorance

The plight of the "Palestinian people" has become quite the cause célèbre since the advent of the Internet and the rapid spread of "information", but much of that information is erroneous and is picked up and spread like a virus. Worse is the fact that allegedly intelligent people fall victim to the same propaganda and transmit it to others who then believe that they are informed. While it may be true that they are "armed with information" and ready to debate, the sad fact is that they are frequently loaded with blanks and the information is false.

A case in point is the recent idiocy uttered by veteran White House Press Pool reporter, Helen Thomas. Questioned by a rabbi at a White House Jewish heritage event, Thomas displayed her ignorance of the Jewish/Palestinian affair. See the video below:

Certainly, Thomas is entitled to her opinion, but she is a journalist and as such, should shoulder some responsibility for truth. Hard as it may be to believe, there are people who rely on her for their news, and they no doubt believe that Palestine is Arab land stolen by the Jews. A simple perusal of history easily dismisses such a notion.

Considering that this is the Jewish year of 5,770, that places the first Jews on Earth at 3,760 years before the arrival of Christ, and roughly 4,300 years before Muhammed. The Jews had a temple in Palestine more than 500 years before Christ that was destroyed by the Babylonians. It was rebuilt in 516 BC. The Temple of Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD, and there were still no Arabs or Muslims there. (Muslims wouldn't even exist for another 600 years anyway.)

In fact, "Palestine" is a misnomer. The Roman name for the land Israel calls home was Judea (Iudaea). Palestine was derived from "Plesheth", which translated into English as "Philistine" and referred to the nomadic tendencies of the Philistines who, ironically, were neither Arab nor Semite, but most closely related to the Greeks.

Furthermore, in 312 AD, when Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity, Jerusalem became a center for Christian pilgrimage. Someone tell Helen Thomas that Christians have more of a claim on Israel than the fictional "Palestinians" do. As for the name, it can be traced back to the Roman Emperor Hadrian who, after suppressing the Bar Kokba revolt between 132 and 135 AD, sought to wipe out the identity of the Jews and changed "Judea" to "Palastina". Despite this, Jews remained to tend their land, and still no Arabs expressed any interest in the region.

So after all of this, and with the modern "Palestinians" (whoever they are) claiming victim hood and injustice, liberal dupes like Helen Thomas regurgitate the lie that the Jews are occupiers and squatters who should leave and give their country to the poor Palestinians, who are really exiles from their native Arab lands that surround Israel.

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Friday, June 4, 2010

He is the Walrus

When I was a young lad, I was very relieved to discover that Paul was not really dead, as the manufactured story went. I had always favored Paul McCartney of all the Beatles. After his disgusting little speech at the White House upon being named the third recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, however, I have reconsidered.

Connie Hair of Human Events makes two excellent points:

McCartney is the third recipient of the Gershwin Prize. Hailing from England and having earned no university degrees of his own, the Beatle may not know W. was the first American president to earn a master’s degree in business administration. (The fact the MBA is from Harvard really irks the left.) Not to mention Bush is married to a librarian.
What is it about these entertainers that causes them to behave in such boorish fashion? And why couldn't McCartney just Let it Be? He had a Ticket to Ride, so there was no reason to get nasty. Nothing could justify what That Boy said, but Michelle will never scold him for it. Maybe Another Girl would, but not her. No, Her Majesty was probably so proud that she had Golden Slumbers that night.

I tell you, It's All Too Much. Don't get me wrong, I Feel Fine, but I'm So Tired of the lies and misconceptions about George W. Bush. I still maintain that history will be much kinder to W. than the present, and that It Won't Be Long before the actions of this administration actually Help! his image.

For now, the only song I want to hear from McCartney is I'm a Loser.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hope Reborn

Just as a charred forest rejuvenates itself with new lush, green foliage, perhaps Barack Hussein Obama was the symbolic fire America needed to renew herself. Like the mythical Phoenix, the election of Obama could be seen as America having built her own nest and set it ablaze, only to rise from the resultant ashes anew.

That is my fervent hope, for if this has all been for naught, it would be a colossal tragedy. The video below offers a glimpse of what may well be the most stunning electoral event in our short history. Enjoy.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Love Boat (and Other Trappings of the Asylum)

Depending upon what news source you peruse, the Israeli raid on the Gaza flotilla a few days ago was either a criminal act by Israel or - in rare examples - an act of war by Turkey, or Hamas, or Iran. But the general consensus among the media at large and their parrots on the talk shows is that the Jews attacked the Love Boat in brutal fashion. Never mind that nothing could be further from the truth; with consumers who barely read beyond the headlines, or listen past the soundbites, nothing will convince them otherwise. It's like a judge in a criminal trial instructing a jury to disregard a previous statement or question.

For far too many people, Palestine actually exists, and the Israelis are their tormentors. And since the Israelis are wealthy, and the Palestinians live in relative squalor, it must because the Jews stole all of the Arabs' fortune. Funny how easily forgotten is the story of how the Jews have been pursued and persecuted across the globe through the history of Man. Resilience seems a vice these days.

So when the Arabs demanded a place for their Palestinian "brothers" - who ironically are not welcome in their own homes - Israel ceded the Gaza Strip to them, while Hamas quickly filled the void in governance there. Arabs leading Arabs did not work out so well for the poor Palestinians, either. They fared better under Jewish rule.

Since Gaza is bordered by land only in Israel and Egypt - and since Egypt cooperated in a blockade of Gaza - the only other way in is from the sea, which Israel guards alone. They have allowed food and medicine to pass through the blockade, but nothing else. (Hamas smuggles weapons through tunnels from Egypt anyway.) That wasn't enough for some, so there was a "humanitarian aid" flotilla formed and sent to Gaza.

Israel warned them not to come because they would be stopped. They didn't listen, so when they got there, Israeli commandos tried to board and were beaten by terrorists mingling with the "Love Boat passengers". In short, these were not only peacenik, flower petal-tossing do-gooders, but mean and armed Turks and Yemenis who wanted this conflict, and who also inflicted damage on the SEALS who descended from the helicopters.

In the bizarro world in which we now reside, Israel has borne the brunt of the criticism in this event. I agree that the Israeli command needs some scrutiny, but not because of the casualties that occurred. They should never have been caught so off guard, sending down men in single formation and armed only with side arms (paintball rifles notwithstanding).

Thanks to the techno age, this shrinking planet compels normally sane people to behave in irrational ways, concerning themselves with how they are perceived rather than performing proper duties. Hopefully Israel has learned an important lesson here, but I remain unconvinced that much will change, based on the irrational reaction of the media.

This is not the only example, either. We see the same insanity in America, where the state of Arizona is vilified for passing a resolution that enforces existing law. The press reports hysterically on the "racist" element in that border state so effectively that our own politicians react as fools, and even then, ordinary consumers of the news are oblivious, and not only formulate their opinions based on faulty intel, but pass them along to their even more sequestered friends who in turn feel empowered by a false wisdom.

It is evident in the fact that our own president seeks to strip his own country of nuclear weaponry while standing idly by as Iran and North Korea work feverishly to develop theirs. It has been obvious for decades as activists in the United States resisted clean nuclear power while turning a blind eye to the successes of the French in that arena.

It is clear in light of Canada recently realizing that universal health care might be too costly in the glare of multitudes of retirees even as the U.S. embarks on the same course despite an immense wave of "Baby Boomers", and against the boisterous wishes of the electorate.

And finally, we have the Gulf of Mexico crisis, made possible by none other than the very people who sought to "protect the Earth". As Charles Krauthammer so eloquently points out, this is made possible by the fact that the environmental lobby has been so successful in pushing exploration so far out to sea, and in a densely populated and crucially important region, no less. Had this been permitted in a remote region of Alaska, and on land, the leak could have been stopped within hours, not months, as is now predicted.

In the giant Asylum where we now live, however, BP is the villian and nothing Charles Krauthammer or I can say will change that, since no one will ever see our words but the choir. And if words such as these do manage to escape the sphere in which they're trapped, they will be easily dismissed as those of the heretic.

Grab yourself one of those rear-breasted blazers and make yourself at home.

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