Friday, September 25, 2009

Political Digest September 25, 2009

I post articles because I think they are of interest. Doing so doesn’t mean that I necessarily agree with every—or any—opinion in the posted article.

Warriors—Watch this
In my old age, increasingly I wonder if America still deserves such men and women.

Marines in Afghanistan

Road of Appeasement - Citizens United Ad
Good video—couldn’t agree more.

Iran loses its only AWACS as Ahmadinejad threatens the world
Only seen on blogs. Hope it’s true and the Leftstream media is just ignoring it.

It’s OFFICIAL – Obama’s The WORST President EVER
Excerpt: He said: We’ve got to stop living in the past and stop blaming others for what happened yesterday. We must all work for tomorrow. And not play the BLAME-GAME…He contradicts point 2 when he made clear that we have to stop living in the past and playing the BLAME-GAME as in the same breath he BLAMES America for everything. I guess it’s OK to live in the past and play the BLAME-GAME if you’re Barak Obama, since 9 months into his Presidency; he’s still BLAMING former President George W Bush for the economy, healthcare, the worldview of the USA and the War in Iraq. His comment about not doing Israel any favors for supporting Israeli bad behavior is as condescending and patronizing as it gets. (A bit over the top. Worse than Jimmy Jihad’s-Friend Carter? Already?)

Ohio couple giving up baby after clinic mix-up
Welcome to the 21st century. Can I go home now? Excerpt: The Savages say the fertility clinic transferred the wrong frozen embryo to Carolyn's womb in early February. Ten days later, Sean Savage got a call from a doctor saying his wife was pregnant with someone else's child.

Democrats nix putting pre-vote health bill online
Who says liberals can’t learn? They learned from the Town Halprotests that it’s dangerous to let folks read the bills.

ACORN and the AGs
Excerpt: The reasons for inaction by state attorneys general may explain why ACORN is such a problem. ACORN has developed close ties, to put it mildly, with many state attorneys general as well as others deep in the Democrat establishment. The relationship between ACORN and Democrats may be described as symbiotic. (Gee, ya think?)

Sheriff's police raid dogfighting ring at day care home
Chicago Chapter, Michael Vick fan club. But, hey, who are we to judge their culture—all cultures arte equally valid in today’s brave new world, right? Excerpt: In the garage at Anderson's home, police said they found an 18-month-old pit bull with three 4-week old puppies. They were all kept in a wire cage soaked in feces and urine, with no signs of food or water for them, Dart said. "All were severely emaciated," his office said in a release. Police said they believe the puppies were already being used in fights, possibly as "bait dogs." One puppy had its left eye ripped out and had several puncture wounds to its face.

New squalid migrant camp pops up in Calais hours after the Jungle is razed
Excerpt: Squalid camps next to the derelict Hoverport in Calais are in danger of mushrooming into a new ‘Jungle’ full of Britain-bound illegal migrants, it was claimed today. Just 24 hours after a mile-square stretch of wasteland was cleared of hundreds of mainly Afghan young men, the town’s mayor said she had ‘spotted between fifteen and twenty squats’ nearby.

The Smart President Has a Brain Problem (interesting science)
Excerpt: It's ironic that a president as smart as Obama has a brain problem, but that's just what's going on. The president and his advisors have laid out a disciplined and intense media strategy for selling reform. Since Labor Day it's been all Obama all the time, culminating in the "Full Ginsburg," a shameless visibility tactic named for William Ginsburg, who as Monica Lewinsky's lawyer, was the first to appear on five Sunday talk shows, on the ancient morning of February 1, 1998. But there are fundamental realities about the role of emotion in decision-making, about the brain and its unconscious processes that are being overlooked, and that can derail even the most carefully calibrated political strategy. So there are deep biological and psychological consequences to the president's ubiquity. Are he and his advisors focused too much on political science and not enough on neuroscience? They are. I spoke to Dr. Joel Weinberger -- professor at the Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University -- about where Obama stands now. He told me that the framing of the health care debate has already been locked into the brains of voters. "A neural network has been established, that Obama is an ultra-liberal, that he will increase the deficit, that he will kill old people." That means every time the president goes on TV with the intention of dismissing those charges, "he is speaking into the network and reinforcing it."

Family gift that keeps giving finds son paving easy street,0,1898337.column
Chicago Politics, from the sewer of which we are to believe our President emerged unsullied. And since he has spoken out against corruption ever place but Chicago, unknowing. Just as he sat in Wright’s church for 20 years and never heard what was said, so he participated in Chicago politics and never noticed the corruption. Like his chief of staff Rahm Emanuel who was elected to Congress and never noticed the flood of illegal city employee campaign workers who made it happen.

Northern Exposure: Obama is Peddling Bad Medicine,68658
Excerpt: If you want to experience the joys of socialized medicine firsthand, you need not travel to Canada or the United Kingdom. Simply pay a visit to the John H. Stroger, Jr., County Hospital as the former Cook County Hospital is now called. If you do so, you may never squawk about paying your own health insurance premiums again. This taxpayer funded hospital for the indigent has been plagued by political scandals and epidemic mismanagement for more than a century and a half. While many capable physicians have worked at the hospital, political interference and ineptitude have been the distinguishing characteristics of this institution. If President Obama were a bold and visionary leader, he would propose immediate tort reform legislation that would place a cap on non-economic damages for intangible injuries such as pain and suffering and loss of normal life activities. Such reforms would lower the costs of medical care across the board by allowing doctors opportunities to stop practicing “defensive medicine” and ordering numerous tests solely to avoid running the risk of being sued for medical malpractice. That, of course, is highly unlikely to happen since trial lawyers contribute so generously to Democratic politicians and committees. The Democratic party has a vested interest in seeing that the medical malpractice litigation industry continues unabated while we pay the freight.

The UN loves Barack Obama because he is weak
The view from the UK: Barack Obama’s Gallup approval rating of 52 percent may well be lower at this stage of his presidency than any US leader in recent times with the exception of Bill Clinton. But he is still worshipped with messiah-like adoration at the United Nations, and is considerably more popular with many of the 192 members of the UN than he is with the American people….It is not hard to see why a standing ovation awaits the president at Turtle Bay. Obama’s popularity at the UN boils down essentially to his willingness to downplay American global power. He is the first American president who has made an art form out of apologizing for the United States, which he has done on numerous occasions on foreign soil, from Strasbourg to Cairo. The Obama mantra appears to be – ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do to atone for your country. This is a message that goes down very well in a world that is still seething with anti-Americanism.

Independents desert Obama, putting 2010 in play
Excerpt: Independent voters are turning away from President Obama and his fellow Democrats in droves. And if they can't find a way to get them back, the party could be in deep trouble for 2010 and beyond. Independents gave Obama the White House last year with a vote for pragmatic competence. They have been repaid with partisanship and dithering. And unlike liberals who Obama has quickly re-energized after their summer doldrums, independents are devilishly hard to win back once they lose faith. The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, the Rolls-Royce of public surveys, showed that for the first time, independents disapproved of the president's performance, 46 percent to 41 percent.

Ex-Kennedy Aide Is Seen as Likely Interim Senator
Excerpt: The Massachusetts legislature on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that would allow Gov. Deval L. Patrick (D) to appoint an interim U.S. senator, and he is leaning heavily toward naming Paul Kirk, a longtime aide to the late senator Edward M. Kennedy, to the position, according to a source familiar with the machinations.

The Truth about Income Inequality
Excerpt: Ask almost any Democratic politician the most important economic facts about income distribution in America, and you are almost certain to hear the following three points: (1) incomes have fallen substantially over the past ten years; (2) labor's share of income has fallen significantly behind the pace of new productivity and innovation; and (3) income distribution has worsened dramatically over the past generation and over the past decade in particular, with people at the top getting a bigger fraction of total personal income. Many Democrats believe that these three points are the economic equivalent of the "gospel truth." When politicians see truth, legislation is not far away. Thus, members of Congress have proposed new taxes redistributing income from richer to poorer Americans, new middle-class entitlements such as a public health care program, and the Employee Free Choice Act, which attempts to increase unionization by effectively taking away secret ballots in union elections. A new economic study reveals that each of the three points of the politicians' economic "gospel truth" is grossly exaggerated and perhaps entirely wrong.

Great video clip exposing the left’s hypocrisy

Our Own Worst Enemy
Excerpt: When enemy action kills our troops, it's unfortunate. When our own moral fecklessness murders those in uniform, it's unforgivable. In Afghanistan, our leaders are complicit in the death of each soldier, Marine or Navy corpsman who falls because politically correct rules of engagement shield our enemies.

Is the U.S. Losing the Pacific?
Excerpt: From the tranquil vantage point of Pacific Command's headquarters here at Camp H.M. Smith, overlooking Pearl Harbor, it's hard to recall the postcards from China that have jolted this command's peace of mind. Yet they are there: in 2004, when a Chinese Han-class nuclear submarine was spotted cruising near Japan's Miyako island; in 2006, when a Chinese Song-class submarine, armed with torpedoes and antiship cruise missiles, surfaced less than five miles from the USS Kitty Hawk carrier battle group off Okinawa; and in March, when a coterie of Chinese ships harassed the USNS Impeccable, an unarmed U.S. Navy surveillance ship operating in international waters off Hainan Island…. Yet the trend is not in America's favor. The Obama administration has curbed the Navy's expansion plans and sent signals that it doesn't believe in expanding missile defense. Beijing has meanwhile poured money into access denial capabilities, including antiship ballistic missiles, cyberwarfare and antisatellite weapons. The American Enterprise Institute's Dan Blumenthal estimates that China has added around three submarines to its fleet every year since 1995. The U.S. submarine fleet, by contrast, is shrinking. It's the same story for fighter jets: China is ramping up its fifth-generation technology, while the U.S. has capped the production of stealth F-22 fighters. The Iraq and Afghanistan engagements are also sapping personnel normally assigned to PaCom.

Difference Between Muslims and Jews
Interesting facts.

Egyptian would-be burner of Jewish books, defeated in bid to head UNESCO, whines -- and blames the Jews, of course
Excerpt: But the campaign met strong opposition from US and French commentators as well as from Auschwitz survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, who said appointing Hosni would "shame" the global community…. In his lengthy political career, Hosni has often been accused of promoting anti-Semitism, in particular in 2008 when he told the Egyptian parliament: "I'd burn Israeli books myself if I found any in libraries in Egypt."

Author warns of the ‘silent Jihad’
Excerpt: The author of a number of books on religious fanaticism, his most recent work is Surrender: Appeasing Islam, Sacrificing Freedom. Bawer argues that Europe is currently falling victim to a “silent Jihad,” a hidden holy war perpetrated by radical Islamists on Western, social-democratic values. Speaking at a conference last week organized by Islamist watchdog group Point de Bascule, Bawer warned Canadians to not be as complacent as their counterparts across the pond. Radical Islam “is a subject that a few years ago, wasn’t on my radar. My goal was to write a book celebrating The Netherlands and Amsterdam,” Bawer told the audience. What he saw in major European cities were enclaved communities, ghettos, where residents were “subject to seventh century Islamic law. They could barely speak the language of the country they were born in, thanks to the generosity of the European welfare state.”

Jihadists kill peacekeepers
Guess no one told them Islam is a “Religion of Peace.” Excerpt: MOGADISHU -- At least eight civilians were killed in Mogadishu when Islamist insurgents attacked African peacekeepers prompting an exchange of gun and artillery fire that hit civilian targets, officials and witnesses said on Wednesday.

Schoolchildren indoctrinated to praise Obama
Can the “Ministry of Truth” be far behind? Imaging the reaction if Bush supporters did this?

More on indoctrinating kids

FCC's Diversity Czar: 'White People' Need to be Forced to 'Step Down' 'So Someone Else Can Have Power'
Excerpt: "It should be clear by now that my focus here is not freedom of speech or the press. This freedom is all too often an exaggeration. At the very least, blind references to freedom of speech or the press serve as a distraction from the critical examination of other communications policies.”

GOP ad

For Majority Leader Reid, it seems that 'oversight' is a selective responsibility, and the misuse of taxpayer dollars by a fraud-ridden organization does not qualify as a priority in his purview as the Leader of the U.S. Senate. –Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)

If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel. –Benjamin Netanyahu

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