Thursday, April 30, 2009

Biden says stay away from airplanes and the subway

White House Flickr photostream

The Official White House Photostream's photostream

Take pity on the left as it grapples with the tea party revolt

Matt Kibbe | April 29, 2009 | reason online

I attended the tea party in Atlanta along with 15,000 other activists, and was struck by the makeup of the crowd. This was not a typical conservative Republican rally, with local GOP activists, Ron Paul enthusiasts, and single-issue obsessives. (Those folks always show up—and they did in Atlanta.) The difference was the new people: Young hipsters, families, angry moms, and retirees alike left their normal routines and work obligations to show up in protest of government policies that they passionately believe will ruin what is unique about America.

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100-Day Videos

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Miller Time -- Barack's first 100

Obama's first 100 days

Outrage Du Jour: The Truth; Update: Artist can’t handle The Truth?

posted at 3:25 pm on April 27, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Based on the e-mail I’ve been getting today, Michael D’Antuono will not be compared favorably to Michaelangelo any time soon. Kevin McCullough and the Anchoress have taken note of D’Antuono’s latest painting, as has WorldNet Daily, for obvious reasons:

Artist Michael D’Antuono’s painting “The Truth” – featuring Obama with his arms outstretched and wearing a crown of thorns upon his head – will be unveiled on April 29 at the Square’s South Plaza.

According to a statement released about the portrait, “The 30″ x 54″ acrylic painting on canvas depicts President Obama appearing much like Jesus Christ on the Cross: atop his head, a crown of thorns; behind him, the dark veil being lifted (or lowered) on the Presidential Seal. But is he revealing or concealing, and is he being crucified or glorified?” …

“More than a presidential portrait,” writes D’Antuono on a website touting the painting, “‘The Truth’ is a politically, religiously and socially-charged statement on our nation’s current political climate and deep partisan divide that is sure to create a dialogue.”

Color me unmoved. Unless Obama himself commissioned this portrait, or the National Endowment for the Arts subsidized it, there’s nothing much outrageous about artists with no sense of taste or perspective. It’s not even very well painted; the body is out of proportion to the head and the arms (it looks like an Obama version of South Park’s Mr. Mackey), and the face is not a terribly convincing portrayal of Obama. I’d note that D’Antuono managed to position Obama so that he would not have to paint the more intricate parts of the Presidential Seal, either.

Obama’s Liberal Arrogance Will Be His Undoing

By Jonah Goldberg | April 29, 2009 12:00 AM
The most remarkable, or certainly the least remarked on, aspect of Barack Obama’s first 100 days has been the infectious arrogance of his presidency.

There’s no denying that this is liberalism’s greatest opportunity for wish fulfillment since at least 1964. But to listen to Democrats, the only check on their ambition is the limit of their imaginations.

“The world has changed,” Sen. Charles Schumer of New York proclaimed on MSNBC. “The old Reagan philosophy that served them well politically from 1980 to about 2004 and 2006 is over. But the hard right, which still believes . . . [in] traditional-values kind of arguments and strong foreign policy, all that is over.”

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Hugh Hewitt and the swine flu

Monday April 27, 2009
Hugh talks with Frank Dowse of the Agemus Group about the rapidly spreading swine flu and how little the Obama administration seems to be doing about it.

more Hugh Hewitt podcasts here

Schumer video bragging about cutting pandemic fund surfaces

Air Force One Photoshops

National Review Online | Tuesday, April 28, 2009

FAA Memo: Feds Knew NYC Flyover Would Cause Panic

Threatened Federal Sanctions Against NYPD, Secret Service, FBI & Mayor's Office If Secret Ever Got Out
Apr 28, 2009 9:48 pm US/Eastern

Federal officials knew that sending two fighter jets and Air Force One to buzz ground zero and Lady Liberty might set off nightmarish fears of a 9/11 replay, but they still ordered the photo-op kept secret from the public.

In a memo obtained by CBS 2 HD the Federal Aviation Administration's James Johnston said the agency was aware of "the possibility of public concern regarding DOD (Department of Defense) aircraft flying at low altitudes" in an around New York City. But they demanded total secrecy from the NYPD, the Secret Service, the FBI and even the mayor's office and threatened federal sanctions if the secret got out.

if only all of the other $tunt$ Obama has pulled off were so apparent

last Saturday's radio message -- doubleplusgood budgetspeak

Monday, April 27, 2009

Obama fakes 9-11 flyover, then apologizes

Aerial Photo Op Recalls 9/11 for Some
Offices Evacuated During Flyover; Official Apologizes
By Tomoeh Murakami Tse
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

NEW YORK, April 27 -- A plane used as a backup for Air Force One and a fighter-jet escort swooped low in the sky over New York yesterday as part of a government photo op, panicking workers, forcing evacuations and prompting an outcry from lawmakers.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Bird Flu Survival Kit - Basic

A Listmania! list by Clint Fountain ""

1. 3M 8210PLUS Particulate Respirators N95, 20-Pack by 3M

2. Nexcare Earloop Mask - 20 ea by Nexcare

3. Ansell vinyl- Touch Latex Free, Powder Free, one size fits all- 50 vinyl Disposalable Gloves- fits either hand by Vinyl-Touch

4. Purell Hand Sanitizer Pump Bottle, 20 oz, Clear by GOJO PURELL

5. Bird Flu: Everything You Need to Know About the Next Pandemic by Marc Siegel

The End of the World as We Know It

Welcome to the “post-American era.”
April 25, 2009 7:00 AM
By Mark Steyn

According to an Earth Day survey, one third of schoolchildren between the ages of six and eleven think the earth will have been destroyed by the time they grow up. That’s great news, isn’t it? Not for the earth, I mean, but for “environmental awareness.” Congratulations to Al Gore, the Sierra Club, and the eco-propagandists of the public-education system in doing such a terrific job of traumatizing America’s moppets. Traditionally, most of the folks you see wandering the streets proclaiming the end of the world is nigh tend to be getting up there in years. It’s quite something to have persuaded millions of first-graders that their best days are behind them.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Barack Obama and the CIA: why does President Pantywaist hate America so badly?

Posted By: Gerald Warner at Apr 24, 2009 at 18:41:00 |

If al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the rest of the Looney Tunes brigade want to kick America to death, they had better move in quickly and grab a piece of the action before Barack Obama finishes the job himself. Never in the history of the United States has a president worked so actively against the interests of his own people - not even Jimmy Carter.

Obama's problem is that he does not know who the enemy is. To him, the enemy does not squat in caves in Waziristan, clutching automatic weapons and reciting the more militant verses from the Koran: instead, it sits around at tea parties in Kentucky quoting from the US Constitution. Obama is not at war with terrorists, but with his Republican fellow citizens. He has never abandoned the campaign trail.

That is why he opened Pandora's Box by publishing the Justice Department's legal opinions on waterboarding and other hardline interrogation techniques. He cynically subordinated the national interest to his partisan desire to embarrass the Republicans. Then he had to rush to Langley, Virginia to try to reassure a demoralised CIA that had just discovered the President of the United States was an even more formidable foe than al-Qaeda.

"Don't be discouraged by what's happened the last few weeks," he told intelligence officers. Is he kidding? Thanks to him, al-Qaeda knows the private interrogation techniques available to the US intelligence agencies and can train its operatives to withstand them - or would do so, if they had not already been outlawed.

So, next time a senior al-Qaeda hood is captured, all the CIA can do is ask him nicely if he would care to reveal when a major population centre is due to be hit by a terror spectacular, or which American city is about to be irradiated by a dirty bomb. Your view of this situation will be dictated by one simple criterion: whether or not you watched the people jumping from the twin towers.

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Obama: The Grand Strategy

By Charles Krauthammer | April 24, 2009
President Obama offers a tripartite social democratic agenda: nationalized health care, federalized education (ultimately guaranteed through college) and a cash-cow carbon tax (or its equivalent) to subsidize the other two.

Mark Steyn with Hugh Hewitt

Is Obama attracted to the Banana Republic model of dictator-for-life criminalizing predecessors?

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Obama Earth Day Flights Burned More Than 9,000 Gallons Of Fuel

April 22, 2009 5:09 PM
It happens every time a president leaves town to make an Earth Day speech. Reporters scramble to point out how much fuel was expended so the President could talk about conserving energy and using alternative fuels.

In flying to and from Iowa today, President Obama took two flights on Air Force One and four on Marine One.

The press office at Andrews AFB wouldn’t give me the fuel consumption numbers for the 747 that serves as Air Force One without the approval of the White House Press Office, which as I write this has yet to be given.

But Boeing says its 747 burns about 5 gallons of fuel per mile. It’s 895 miles from Washington to Des Moines, so a round trip brings the fuel consumption for the fixed-wing portion of the President’s trip to 8,950 gallons.

read the whole thing

Presidential Poison

His invitation to indict Bush officials will haunt Obama's Presidency.
APRIL 23, 2009 | Wall Street Journal

Mark down the date. Tuesday, April 21, 2009, is the moment that any chance of a new era of bipartisan respect in Washington ended. By inviting the prosecution of Bush officials for their antiterror legal advice, President Obama has injected a poison into our politics that he and the country will live to regret.

Policy disputes, often bitter, are the stuff of democratic politics. Elections settle those battles, at least for a time, and Mr. Obama's victory in November has given him the right to change policies on interrogations, Guantanamo, or anything on which he can muster enough support. But at least until now, the U.S. political system has avoided the spectacle of a new Administration prosecuting its predecessor for policy disagreements. This is what happens in Argentina, Malaysia or Peru, countries where the law is treated merely as an extension of political power.

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Obama’s leap to socialism

By Dick Morris
Posted: 04/21/09 05:21 PM [ET]

President Obama showed his hand this week when The New York Times wrote that he is considering converting the stock the government owns in our country’s banks from preferred stock, which it now holds, to common stock.

This seemingly insignificant change is momentous. It means that the federal government will control all of the major banks and financial institutions in the nation. It means socialism.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Obama and EPA declare war on coal and CO2

Is Obama’s EPA crackdown threat hot air?

04/19/09 7:56 PM

President Barack Obama has chosen global warming as the ground on which to make his first tough political stand.

And to win the battle, he must convince Congress and the voting public that he is willing to utterly wreck the U.S. economy in the name of climate protection.

By allowing the Environmental Protection Agency to classify carbon dioxide as a danger to human health, the president hopes to force moderate Democrats to back his plan to charge companies $646 billion over the next decade for the right to emit greenhouse gases.

The president’s message to lawmakers: Either back the White House plan, or he will let Climate Czarina Carol Browner and the carbon crusaders at the EPA start scouring companies with tough new regulations.

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Obama meets Fidel Castro wannabe

Sunday, April 19, 2009

AP compares Obama to Gorby

Apr 19 03:27 PM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has gone abroad and gored an ox—the deeply held belief that the United States does not make mistakes in dealings with either friends or foes.

And in the process, he's taking a huge gamble both at home and abroad, for a payoff that could be a long time coming, if ever.

By way of explanation, senior adviser David Axelrod describes the president's tactics this way:
"You plant, you cultivate, you harvest. Over time, the seeds that were planted here are going to be very, very valuable."

While historic analogies are never perfect, Obama's stark efforts to change the U.S. image abroad are reminiscent of the stunning realignments sought by former Soviet leader Michael Gorbachev. During his short—by Soviet standards—tenure, he scrambled incessantly to shed the ideological entanglements that were leading the communist empire toward ruin.

But Obama is outpacing even Gorbachev. After just three months in power, the new American leader has, among many other things:

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CNN, tea parties, and the rest of the story

CNN the Latest Corporate Thug to Use Copyright As a Weapon to Eliminate Embarrassing Clips from YouTube

Saturday, April 18, 2009

John Ziegler arrested for asking questions at "journalism" awards presentation

The event was to honor Katie Couric for her "gotcha interview" with Sarah Palin.

Katie Couric won the latest Walter Cronkite award for “Special Impact on the 2008 Campaign” for president. She was recognized for her “extraordinary persistent and detailed multi-part interviews with Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin,” which the judges called “a defining moment in the 2008 presidential campaign.”

Hot Air | posted at 3:10 pm on April 16, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

From the Someone Left the Irony On Department, John Ziegler gets arrested by security guards outside USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism for committing … er … journalism. He wanted to ask people attending their ceremony honoring Katie Couric with their Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism about the award, and the Annenberg School of Journalism apparently objected to … er … journalism.

Obama tells our enemies all our secrets

If Chavez initiates talks, Obama would likely agree, Gibbs says

updated 3:47 p.m. EDT, Fri April 17, 2009
(CNN) -- President Obama doesn't have a one-on-one meeting scheduled with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, but if Chavez were to initiate a conversation, Obama would likely go along with it, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said.
Obama on Friday arrived in Trinidad and Tobago for the Summit of the Americas, a meeting of leaders from North and South America. While there are no plans for a one-on-one with Chavez, the Venezuelan president is expected to be among several leaders at a multilateral meeting, Gibbs said.

Pressed on whether Obama would have a conversation with Chavez, should the Venezuelan leader pull him aside and initiate one, Gibbs said, "Every time I pull the president aside to have a conversation we've had that conversation, so I assume he would do the same."

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Mark Steyn with Hugh Hewitt on the day after tea parties

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Gov. Perry says Texas can leave the union if it wants to

"Texas is a unique place. When we came into the union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that," Perry said. "My hope is that America and Washington in particular pays attention. We've got a great union. There's absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, who knows what may come of that."

original audio link

Tea Party in Salt Lake City had small crowd of 2,500 to 3,000

CNN's Susan Roesgen, an Obama-Pelosi apologist, attempts to brand the tea parties as anti-government, anti-Obama, anti-CNN

CNN's Susan Roesgen is dripping with contempt for Chicago's Tea Party protesters. Here is how she begins her "report": "This is a Party for Obama bashers." Here is how her "report" ends: "I think you get the general tenor of this. It's anti-government, anti-CNN since this is highly promoted by the right-wing conservative network FOX. And since I can't really hear much more, and I think this is not really family viewing, I'll toss it back to you Kyra."

Any way you slice it, this clip has to be seen to be believed.

CNN's first interviewee is a man who does not know why Obama is a fascist but can't stop repeating that he is. The second interviewee is a man who, once recognized as a non-fringe element, gets the mic taken away so Roesgen can defend Obama.

Bottom line: This segment is a time capsule. Mark it under "CNN's unapologetic bias."

Tea Party Video from Powerline

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

DHS Report Warns Of Right Wing Extremists

Posted by Brian Montopoli | CBS News | April 14, 2009 3:38 PM
Conservatives are up in arms about a report from the Department Of Homeland Security entitled "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic And Political Climate Fueling Resurgence In Radicalization And Recruitment." (Here it is, in PDF form.)

The report is "one of the most embarrassingly shoddy pieces of propaganda I’d ever read out of DHS," writes Michelle Malkin, who deems it a "piece of crap report" that serves as "a sweeping indictment of conservatives."

Coverage of the report presently occupies both the top spot on the Drudge Report and a prime second location on the site, where it comes with a picture of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and the words "SHE IS WATCHING YOU."

Gov. Perry's wake up call to Washington: Don't Mess with Texas

Gov. Perry Backs Resolution Affirming Texas’ Sovereignty Under 10th Amendment
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today joined state Rep. Brandon Creighton and sponsors of House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 50 in support of states’ rights under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“I believe that our federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state,” Gov. Perry said. “That is why I am here today to express my unwavering support for efforts all across our country to reaffirm the states’ rights affirmed by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I believe that returning to the letter and spirit of the U.S. Constitution and its essential 10th Amendment will free our state from undue regulations, and ultimately strengthen our Union.”

Obama's Military Greeting in Iraq was Staged: Troops Were Screened for Obama Voters

The Big Feed ^ | April 12, 2009 | Captain Thurston
Posted on Sun Apr 12 11:59:27 2009 by The Big Feed

So the White House decided it was going to "stage" its own surprise visit to Iraq. Here's how the mainstream press reported it:

Cheered wildly by U.S. troops, President Barack Obama flew unannounced into Iraq on Tuesday and promptly declared it was time for Iraqis to "take responsibility for their country" after America's commitment of six years and thousands of lives.

What a startling change in attitude. From zero to hero. But not so fast. If you're wondering how the man who consistently opposed our troops in Iraq and their mission could be greeted so heartily, you're not the only one. Shenanigans. And lots of them. Macsmind reveals an email from an Army sergeant who was in Iraq when Obama arrived...

This picture simply doesn't jive with Obama's earlier greeting and the military poll numbers during the election campaign.

The most obvious evidence of the White House's manipulation of the crowd that greeted Obama during his surprise visit are the photos themselves. Look at the picture above. How many African-Americans do you see in that photo? African-Americans make up roughly 12-14% of soldiers serving in the U.S. Army. Does that photo seem representative of that number to you?

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

Staged Military Photo Ops Suddenly Awesome

posted at 6:54 am on April 14, 2009 by Jim Treacher | Hot Air

We were pre-screened, asked by officials “Who voted for Obama?”, and then those who raised their hands were shuffled to the front of the receiving line. They even handed out digital cameras and asked them to hold them up.

How do you make sure a crowd likes you? Screen out anybody who didn’t vote for you. Even if they’re serving their country under your watch.

Flopping Aces and Redstate have followed up on this. Will they be the only ones? Will the American press try to confirm or debunk this claim? Will it make its way to the hallowed halls of the NYT?

Guess it all depends on how eager they really are to flush out a fake turkey.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Obama girls finally get their dog - Bo, the Portuguese water dog

Published: April 12, 2009

The Obamas have chosen a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog — a gift from Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and his wife, Victoria, to Malia and Sasha Obama.

The girls have named the dog Bo because they have cousins with a cat of the same name and because Mrs. Obama’s father was nicknamed Diddley, after the musician Bo Diddley.

“We couldn’t be happier to see the joy that Bo is bringing to Malia and Sasha,” the Kennedys said in a statement. “We love our Portuguese water dogs and know that the girls, and their parents, will love theirs, too.”

The Washington Post, in a front-page article on Sunday, reported the decision.

The dog is officially due to arrive at the White House on Tuesday, although the White House Web site on Sunday featured pictures of the first family and their pet in what was described as a getting-acquainted visit earlier at the White House.

Other Web sites, which have been tracking the saga of the selection of the first dog, were in a frenzy over the weekend. One published a photograph on Saturday of a dog that it said was Bo, with very similar markings and wearing the same multicolored lei as in the White House photograph. The White House dismissed that photograph as a fake.

Pirates -3, U.S. Captain 1 -- thank you SEALS!

Navy Seals Kill Pirates, Rescue American Hostage
By Justin Fishel
Sunday, April 12, 2009

Arlington, Va. -- Captain Richard Phillips is now safe and healthy aboard the USS Boxer after Navy Seals launched a rescue attempt that ended when snipers killed three pirates in three shots, all direct hits to the head.

Vice Admiral William Gortney, Commander of Navy's 5th Fleet, told journalists at the Pentagon Sunday evening a decision was made to take the shots after the pirates were spotted pointing an AK-47 into the back of Captain Phillips.

As soon as the shots were fired, Navy Seals "scurried down" a tow line attached to the lifeboat, and were the first to get to Phillips. They surveyed the scene and found three dead pirates. Phillips was alive, although tied up.

The fourth pirate, who is now in U.S. custody, left the lifeboat hours earlier with the understanding he would negotiate from on board the USS Bainbridge, the massive Navy destroyer that shadowed the lifeboat for several days.

It soon became clear the younger pirate was simply turning himself in and had no intention of going back to lifeboat, according to defense officials.

Shortly after the Seals reached Captain Phillips, a Navy RIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) approached the life boat and safely escorted Phillips back to the Bainbridge. He has since undergone a medical exam and had the chance to take a shower.

According to Admiral Gortney he's healthy and unharmed.

Somali Pirate video while aboard the Yasa Neslihan, a vessel manned by a crew of 20 Turks captured by Somali pirates on October 29, 2008. The vessel and crew were released unharmed on Jan. 6, 2009, after a ransom was paid.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Liberal Doughboys Afraid of Tea Parties

“This people, small as it is, surrounded as it is by enemies, has decided to live. And if we have to pay the price for living, we have to pay it. This is not a people that can give in.” (Golda Meir)
Sunday, April 12, 2009 | Legal Insurrection
Liberal Doughboys Afraid of Tea Parties
Liberal bloggers and media groups can't get the Tea Party phenomenon out of their heads. It wasn't supposed to be this way, to them. Ordinary people getting together to protest against the liberal establishment. There is a cognitive disconnect. There must be a plot; the vast right-wing conspiracy at work.

So true to form, Media Matters sounded the horn that this was not a real protest, it's a Fox News segment. Kind of a made for T.V. reality show, with a cast of tens of thousands. Think Progress joined in with "Spontaneous Uprising? Corporate Lobbyists Helping To Orchestrate Radical Anti-Obama Tea Party Protests."

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Tax Facts to Make Your Head Explode!

Obama -- pirates aren't criminals, they are terrorists. Call off the FBI and send in Navy SEALS!

Pirate ships converge on US hostage at sea
Apr 10, 7:26 AM (ET)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Escalating a dramatic Indian Ocean standoff, more U.S. warships - as well as pirate reinforcements with an international gallery of hostages - rushed Friday toward the spot where four Somali bandits are holding a U.S. sea captain aboard a drifting lifeboat.

The pirates apparently fear being shot or arrested if they hand over Capt. Richard Phillips - captured in a failed effort to seize the Maersk Alabama on Wednesday - and hope to link up with their colleagues who are using Russian, German, Filipino and other hostages captured in recent days as human shields.

U.S. Central Command chief Gen. David Petraeus said U.S. warships also are headed to the area, more than 300 miles (480 kilometers) off Somalia's Indian Ocean coast.

Stop Spending Our Future - The Crisis

Mark Steyn with Hugh Hewitt

April 9, 2009

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Newsweek: while Christianity is in decline, Obama has 61 percent approval rating

Barney Frank stutters and blubbers but fails to answer the question


"I am an enemy to all these douceurs, tributes and humiliations. I know nothing will stop the eternal increase from these pirates but the presence of an armed force." -- Thomas Jefferson in a letter to James Madison

"If the Congress do not consent that the government shall send a force into the Mediterranean to check the insolence of these scoundrels and to render the United States respectable, I hope they will resolve at their next session to wrest the quiver of arrows from the left talon of the [American] Eagle . . . and substitute a fiddle bow or a cigar in lieu." -- William Eaton

choosing a church for political and racial reasons

Obamas seek new church as Easter nears
'It's not an easy choice' for the first black president

By Christina Bellantoni and Joseph Curl | Thursday, April 9, 2009
Should he choose a majority white church, blacks may be upset; should he choose a predominantly black church, whites may fear a repeat of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. debacle.

Obama: we are not a Christian nation

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Miller Time - April 8th

So what was he doing? Tripping on the carpet?

White House: No bow to Saudi
April 08, 2009 | Politico

The White House is denying that the president bowed to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at a G-20 meeting in London, a scene that drew criticism on the right and praise from some Arab outlets.

"It wasn't a bow. He grasped his hand with two hands, and he's taller than King Abdullah," said an Obama aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The Washington Times called the alleged bow a "shocking display of fealty to a foreign potentate" and said it violated centuries of American tradition of not deferring to royalty. The Weekly Standard, meanwhile, noted that American protocol apparently rules out bowing, or at least it reportedly did on the occasion of a Clinton "near-bow" to the emperor of Japan.

Interestingly, a columnist in the Saudi-backed Arabic paper Asharq Alawsat also took the gesture as a bow and appreciated the move.

"Obama wished to demonstrate his respect and appreciation of the personality of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, who has made one of the most important calls in the modern era, namely the call for inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue to defuse the hatred, conflict and wars," wrote the columnist, Muhammah Diyab.

The video shows Obama dipping toward the king as G-20 leaders greet one another at the ExCel Centre in London.


"Back in the thirties we were told we must collectivize the nation because the people were so poor. Now we are told we must collectivize the nation because the people are so rich." --National Review founder William F. Buckley Jr. (1925-2008)

"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand." --Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

"Didn't Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner say that it was not the administration's intent to control private companies? Then why is it reportedly reluctant to accept TARP repayments from some banks? If it has indeed declined to accept $340 million in payments from banks in Louisiana, New York, Indiana and California, the administration is tacitly admitting that it wants to control those banks as well as others that will try to pay back the taxpayers' money they took in the Troubled Asset Relief Program. By refusing repayment, the government can keep the leverage it bought with the bailouts. Banks that still 'owe' would not be in position to reject the administration as a 'partner.' This reminds us of mobsters making a small 'investment' in a family-owned shop, which is not always wanted by the owners, and then using it to justify taking over the business. ... Before his trip to Europe, President Obama, according to Politico, told a group of financial institution CEOs who were unhappy with the federal war on executive salaries and bonuses, 'My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.' At the time, that sounded like nothing more than exaggeration. ... Looking back, these are small signs that reveal the administration's desire to seize command of the nation's financial system. The bigger, unmistakable sign is the reluctance -- or is it outright refusal? -- to take $340 million from four banks trying to be responsible and operate on their own. This shouldn't be happening in this country. The private sector and the state are not to be mixed. The American financial system is best directed by markets, not politics. Prosperity and liberty suffer when the latter excludes the former." --Investor's Business Daily

Turkish Flash T.V. MOCKS U.S President Obama w/ black face

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Fidel Castro: How can we help President Obama?

LA Times Top of the Ticket

How's this for hope and change: U.S. officials flying to Cuba, not to interrogate prisoners at Guantanamo Bay but to meet with the Castro brothers in order to ease the 50-year tensions between the two nations.

The aging, ailing, cigar-smoking icon Fidel Castro had three members of Congress visit with him today in Havana, which resulted in the bearded one asking, "How can we help President Obama?" In an effort to improve the relationship between Cuba and the U.S., Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.) were the first U.S. officials to meet with the 82-year-old former dictator since his intestinal surgery in July 2006.

Fidel with Che Guevara in younger days.

Obama Chi-Chi-Chi Chia Pet

Obama Chia Pet yanked from some stores
If you were hoping to get your "Chia Obama" from Walgreens stores in Tampa or Chicago, you better think again. Stores in those two cities have yanked the pet plant with a likeness of the president because some shoppers found this Chia Pet racist, according to The Huffington Post.

We are not going to wade into the is-it-or-isn't-it racist debate, but it did surprise us when we asked whether an Obama dog toy was offensive that no one said yes. Is a plant modeled after the commander in chief more degrading than a dog chew toy?

Barack Obama thinks "Austrian" is a language

So intellectual, so sophisticated, so cosmopolitan, so nuanced. No, in reality it's all fluff and teleprompter. In reality, it's . . . ah, it's an interesting question, ah, ah, I had already formed relationships, ah, ah . . . in Austrian is it called wheeling-dealing?

No Mr. Wheeler Dealer President. It's called German.

The G20 moves the world a step closer to a global currency

The world is a step closer to a global currency, backed by a global central bank, running monetary policy for all humanity
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Last Updated: 2:06PM BST 03 Apr 2009

A single clause in Point 19 of the communiqué issued by the G20 leaders amounts to revolution in the global financial order.

"We have agreed to support a general SDR allocation which will inject $250bn (£170bn) into the world economy and increase global liquidity," it said. SDRs are Special Drawing Rights, a synthetic paper currency issued by the International Monetary Fund that has lain dormant for half a century.

In effect, the G20 leaders have activated the IMF's power to create money and begin global "quantitative easing". In doing so, they are putting a de facto world currency into play. It is outside the control of any sovereign body. Conspiracy theorists will love it.

read the whole thing

Monday, April 6, 2009

the United States as we know it is rapidly disappearing


Obama declares US not at war with Islam

AP to sue Obama's poster artist for copyright infringement

Obama probably doesn't care that his artist ripped off AP. Castro never believed in bourgeoisie capitalist intellectual property either. Hell Mr. President, we're only sharing the wealth like you suggest. We're just following your example. Yes we can, yes we can!


"Most of our nation's great problems, including our economic problems, have as their root decaying moral values. Whether we have the stomach to own up to it or not, we have become an immoral people left with little more than the pretense of morality. ... Do you believe that it is moral and just for one person to be forcibly used to serve the purposes of another? And, if that person does not peaceably submit to being so used, do you believe that there should be the initiation of some kind of force against him? Neither question is complex and can be answered by either a yes or no. For me the answer is no to both questions but I bet that your average college professor, politician or minister would not give a simple yes or no response. They would be evasive and probably say that it all depends. ...[That] is because they are sly enough to know that either answer would be troublesome for their agenda. A yes answer would put them firmly in the position of supporting some of mankind's most horrible injustices such as slavery. After all, what is slavery but the forcible use of one person to serve the purposes of another? A no answer would put them on the spot as well because that would mean they would have to come out against taking the earnings of one American to give to another in the forms of farm and business handouts, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and thousands of similar programs that account for more than two-thirds of the federal budget. There is neither moral justification nor constitutional authority for what amounts to legalized theft. This is not an argument against paying taxes. We all have a moral obligation to pay our share of the constitutionally mandated and enumerated functions of the federal government. ...[But] now that the U.S. Congress has established the principle that one American has a right to live at the expense of another American, it no longer pays to be moral." --George Mason University economics professor Walter E. Williams

half of us don't want a Fascist-Socialist USA

Partisan Gap in Obama Job Approval Widest in Modern Era
April 2, 2009 | Pew Research Center

For all of his hopes about bipartisanship, Barack Obama has the most polarized early job approval ratings of any president in the past four decades. The 61-point partisan gap in opinions about Obama's job performance is the result of a combination of high Democratic ratings for the president -- 88% job approval among Democrats -- and relatively low approval ratings among Republicans (27%).

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