Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Political Digest for February 28, 2012

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American Narcissist? Obama Personality Cult Grows Bigger and Stronger
Kids forced to memorize song praising BO. Funny but sad. ~Bob. Excerpt: Barack Obama read a book to school children about himself. The President even personally launched African-American's for Obama. Trifecta looks at the growing personality cult of Barack Obama, and the role the President plays in its creation.

Burning the Koran Was Wrong, but Stop Apologizing for Me, Mr. President
Excerpt: The president of the United States sends an apology letter because a couple of books were burned at a military base in Afghanistan? I had to read the Reuters story twice to believe it and, as unbelievable as it may sound, it is absolutely true.

Protestors throw urine bombs at Denver Police
Though it says they weren't "directly" associated with Occupy, BO said people like this were the reason he ran for office. Fooled me, I thought it was for the power and wealth. ~Bob. Excerpt: The Mall Ride was forced to shut down as protesters allegedly threw urine-filled balloons, set off fireworks and sprayed painted several vehicles including an RTD bus.

CAIR Slams NY Post for Political Cartoon That ‘Evokes Anti-Semitic Themes’
Excerpt: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has called on the New York Post to apologize for a political cartoon published in the paper Friday which CAIR says “evokes anti-Semitic themes” through its depiction of hook-nosed terrorists objecting to the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslims without warrant throughout the city.

American Kadi* in Pennsylvania’s Court
Excerpt: Responding with self-righteous indignation this past August, 2011 to queries about his judicial appointment of Sohail Mohammed, a Muslim, New Jersey governor Chris Christie proclaimed “Ignorance is behind the criticism of Sohail Mohammed.” He added, peevishly, that his “sharia-[Islamic]law business is crap . . . and I’m tired of dealing with the crazies!” But Christie’s uninformed and defamatory diatribe willfully ignored that Mr. Mohammed was a board member of the cultural jihadist American Muslim Union (AMU) organization, and personal attorney for AMU’s Mohammed Qatanani, an admitted member of Hamas, whose covenantal goal is the jihad genocide of Israel’s Jewish population.

Pakistanis Want Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Arrested For Hurting Feelings Of Muslims
Excerpt: A case for the arrest of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Cultural Editor of Danish Newspaper Fleming Rose, for allowing ‘blasphemous’ caricatures of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh), was registered at the Kotwali Police Station in Jhang. The case, FIR no 134/12, was registered after Advocate Muhammad Zahid Saeed, stirred by websites allegedly demeaning the Prophet (pbuh), filed a petition before the District Session Judge seeking a ban on websites including Facebook, YouTube, Google and others.
Excerpt: Health Affairs is a peer-reviewed journal, which is why it was surprising to see it publish a recent article on the Massachusetts health reform, by Long et al [gated, but with abstract]. Based on telephone surveys, the authors declare that RomneyCare “continued to fare well in 2010.” This is an important finding, as the authors consider RomneyCare “the template for the federal Affordable Care Act of 2010.” Unfortunately, in several cases the authors fail to inform readers that their results are contradicted by other, possibly more reliable, sources of information. They also neglect to put some of their results in proper context. Some examples:

Obama Doctrine Failure
Excerpt: Three years ago, President Barack Obama set forth to recast American foreign policy in an image of his own design. It was one in which the White House engaged with enemies and undercut allies, apologized for American exceptionalism, and favored the "soft power" of treaties and international organizations. This "Obama Doctrine" was tailor made to burnish America's supposedly flagging reputation on the world stage. Today we are seeing the disastrous results of a doctrine gone wrong. The Middle East is a logical starting point of this Obama Doctrine retrospective, a region where the President's soaring aspirations have been mugged by the reality on the ground. Beginning in Iran, Obama sought to engage a regime led by a man who has openly called for the destruction of Israel. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was not mollified by the President's charm offensive, and now, even in the face of escalating sanctions, Iran is ratcheting up its rhetoric, threatening to cut off a quarter of the world's energy supply, and marching toward a nuclear weapon. The Obama Administration's response? An admonishment of Israel for considering a strike against the murderous Iranian regime.

Trial of U.S. Nonprofit Workers in Egypt Is Abruptly Put Off
Excerpt: The adjournment of the case, until April 26, adds another wrinkle: Congress recently passed a law requiring that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton certify that Cairo is making progress toward democracy before American aid can be delivered to Egypt. State Department officials have said that the deadline for the certification is in April and that Mrs. Clinton would not make the certification while Egypt continued to restrict the American groups and other nonprofit groups. (Look Akbar, we get the infidels’ money first, THEN we hang them. ~Bob.)

Europeans Agree to Review Size of Firewall Fund
Excerpt: The finance chiefs of the Group of 20 countries won a commitment from the European Union on Sunday to review the size of its planned rescue fund, as a step toward amassing international resources to guard against global financial turmoil.

Wikileaks publishes confidential emails from Stratfor
Excerpt: Whistleblowing website Wikileaks has begun publishing the first of more than five million confidential emails from US-based security think tank Stratfor. The group said the documents would reveal Stratfor's "web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods".

Here Comes Obama's 3 AM Phone Call by James Lewis
Excerpt: In the next 60 days Obama's presidential career will finally meet that concrete wall of reality. He will either fail or survive. Trouble is, he might take many innocent people with him if he fails. So far, the most hyped-up and unqualified president in US history has shown no capacity at all to act, in the face of a do-or-die challenge.

Excerpt: One rare apology might in theory make things safer for Americans; lots of them in fact make things more dangerous for our troops. In general, if you apologize gratuitously when there is no need, remorse loses its currency in the rare cases when it might be necessary. All this saying “we are sorry” has also energized our enemies as much as it has depressed the public at home.

Hamas Prime Minister Breaks With Syria
Excerpt: Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh saluted the Syrian revolution during a rally Friday in Cairo, in the group's first sign of support for rebels fighting their former patrons. The comments indicate Hamas may be moving out of the Shiite Syrian-Iranian orbit, and into alliances with conservative Arabian Gulf countries and new Islamic regimes throughout the Arab world.

Apologizing to Our Killers
Excerpt: When Jimmy Carter was president, I dreaded the morning news, which invariably brought some new embarrassment, whether it was the president boasting that America had “lost its inordinate fear of Communism,” or whispering to the Polish dictator that Carter had not lost hope of bringing the tyrant back to Christianity, or slashing our military strength, or apologizing to the Khomeini regime in Iran for presumed past American sins. The dread is back. Worse than before. The disgusting spectacle of President Obama personally — the usual first-person verbiage again in play — apologizing to murderous Afghan Muslims for the Koran book burning, without condemning the murder of American soldiers, is a new low in failed leadership.

The Week That Was: 2012-02-25 (February 25, 2012)
Excerpt: Is Heartland justified in intensely defending its work against individuals such as Gleick? Unlike the leaks during Climategate, Heartland is a private organization, not a government funded one. The information came from someone who clearly misrepresented himself, a felony, not from a leaker. And, Gleick’s efforts were to discredit individual funding sources, not discredit a small government funded team manipulating science. Please Article #1 (Just a reminder that all the “numbered” articles appear at the end of the summary. Article #2, “Obama skins the cat” is especially worth reading. Ron P.)

Expect the Unexpected
Excerpt: In one sense, energy has always been a constraint. Firewood is needed by less developed societies for cooking and warmth, and large areas have been effectively denuded of trees (a process which occurred much earlier in Europe as forests were cleared for farming, building and fuel), but this is used only intermittently. In the industrialised world, we now take for granted that energy is constantly on tap and, not surprisingly, sometimes get concerned about security of supply. In many ways, our sophisticated lifestyle is uniquely vulnerable; localised power cuts can cause real problems for people in the short term, but national or regional blackouts would soon cause chaos as IT systems went down. (This is an interesting view of the purely economic future (assuming there is one). Ron P. Of course there will be an economic future; I’ll trade you four skins for two spear points. ~Bob.)

Climategate sequel? Scientist lies to get Heartland Institute documents.
Excerpt: Some who advocate action to combat climate change equate Gleick's actions with those of whistleblowers, who make sensitive information public despite the legal and personal risks they may face. Others are more guarded. Kevin Knobloch, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, notes that “it's wrong to obtain documents under false pretenses, just as it was wrong for hackers to have taken scientists' e-mails from the University of East Anglia” – a reference to “Climategate” in 2009. (Keeping in mind that Christian Science Monitor is strongly in the warmist camp, the mild tone of criticism in this article becomes a dismayed shout of outrage. Think about it: how bad does it have to be for the Union of Concerned (Creditcard-holding) Scientists to be against it? Ron P.)

Bending over backwards to let unlicensed drivers keep their cars.
Excerpt: It has been at once amusing and saddening to witness the debate here in Los Angeles over how police officers should respond when, having made a traffic stop, they find the driver to be unlicensed. At issue is the decision an officer must make as to whether or not to impound the car as authorized by California state law and, if the car is impounded, for how long. It’s been amusing to see so many people twist themselves into legal and intellectual contortions in arguing that cars driven by illegal immigrants should not be impounded, and saddening to know that no matter how tenuous their grip may be on the legal and intellectual arguments, these people will prevail regardless.

The Not-So-Vast Conspiracy
Excerpt: Press coverage has focused in particular on Heartland's plans to produce and distribute "educational material suitable for K-12 students on global warming that isn't alarmist or overtly political." Heartland is budgeting $200,000 this year for the effort, which in the past has "had only limited success," per one of the documents. Little wonder if teachers aren't returning Heartland's calls: Last year the World Wildlife Fund spent $68.5 million on "public education" alone. (It takes a lot more money to promote lies than to promote truth, I guess. Notice that when WSJ compares Heartland expenditures, it compares them to only the best-known individual organizations, not to the total by ALL the interested groups spending money to promote the AGW cause. The skeptics are such small Davids battling such large Goliaths, terms fail to express the lop-sidedness of the relationship. If the truth wasn’t on our side, we’d have faded away long ago. Ron P.)

Green – the Color of Rotten Corruption
Excerpt: As if it were his private stash of fun-money, Barack Obama set aside $80 billion of the Stimulus boondoggle to artificially pump up the green-energy industry through a DOE administered program of grants and loans. When three of the companies that received funding, Solyndra, Beacon Power, and Ener1, each declared bankruptcy in rapid succession, a rotten stench started to waft from the DOE and the White House. It quickly became apparent that there were numerous close connections between many of these heavily government funded businesses and Obama campaign supporters and operatives. (Drained the swamp, eh, Nancy? Or, were you hoping to wash it clean by flooding it? The sheer scale of this makes all previous lootings of the public look like kid-stuff. Ron P.)

Wikileaks Pairs with Anonymous to Publish Intelligence Firm’s Dirty Laundry
Excerpt: WikiLeaks did not mention the source of the reported five gigabytes of e-mails in its press release, but did say it has been working for months with 25 media outlets from around the world to analyze the documents. The first batch of leaked e-mails purport to show that Stratfor monitored the political prankster group known as The Yes Men on behalf of Dow Chemical, which has been targeted by The Yes Men over the company’s handling of the Bhopal disaster. The e-mails also purport to show Stratfor’s attempt to set up an investment fund with a Goldman Sachs director to trade on the intelligence Stratfor collects, as well as give insight into how the private intelligence firm acquires, and sometimes pays for, information. (Gee whiz, it's all being done to save us from the evil rich! If anyone notices some of the uber-geeks have vanished over the next few weeks…. They might not be celebrating in Disneyland. Ron P.)

Big Asteroid 2011 AG5 Could Pose Threat to Earth in 2040
Excerpt: Scientists are keeping a close eye on a big asteroid that may pose an impact threat to Earth in a few decades. The space rock, which is called 2011 AG5, is about 460 feet (140 meters) wide. It may come close enough to Earth in 2040 that some researchers are calling for a discussion about how to deflect it. (Good luck with this and the national debt kids—outside my lifetime. ~Bob.)

Bradley Manning Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Excerpt: Bradley Manning has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, the Associated Press reports. Manning is most famous for allegedly leaking troves of classified documents, including State Department cables and Military files, to WikiLeaks. He was arraigned last week in Ft. Meade, Maryland and is being charged with "engineering the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history." Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks who allegedly received the leaked information from Manning, was nominated last year for the award, though he did not ultimately receive it. (As deserving as Obama, except he’s not black. ~Bob.)

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