Wednesday, April 30, 2008
If these things are halal then the hell with halal.
I bring this up because I received a question from a very thoughtful person concerning shariah or sharia law and the taking of America by Islam as they appear to be doing in Europe and Asia.
I think that we too will crumble without hardly a blink...what do you think?
I do not believe we will.
I have lived and worked in DC, LA, NYC, Boston, Taos and other places and there is a difference in thinking among certain circles. I feel sorry for those that, as a friend quipped, have become so urbane that they are insane. That said, there are differences between Butte, Paducah and Billings as well. Unlike Europe and Asia, America is ployglot both literally and figuratively. We are a united people in a united state of steel workers, bankers, soldiers, ranchers and doctors, lawyers and such.
The urbane insane love to quip that our founding fathers were just a bunch of dead white guys, ie, all alike. How intellectually shallow. To understand our founders is to know just how different they were except in the vision and determination to build a better nation. Some were wealthy, some became wealthy, some lost their fortune and some died. To say that Jefferson, Adams, Burr, Hamilton, Madison and Franklin were all the same is not ignorance, it is stupidity because even a fourth grader has readily at hand descriptions of each. Their differences were wedded together, often not too prettily, to shape a nation. Yes, they were that important that you can still see their prints in the mold of each new generation of Americans.
It is not that Americans want to be a Washington or a Jefferson, nor do they want to be a John Wayne, George Washington Carver, Clara Barton or a Ronald Reagan, but they do want to emulate them in passion, excellence and devotion to principle.
Islam in America so far has only had to deal with lawmakers, philosophers and the media. They best watch out when they start running into the America that remembers what America is and will become. America's greatest strength is not just its people, but those people's belief in God, liberty and their neighbors. That America will not swear or violate as they kill those that would harm America and the American dream.
To travel America is to be awed. Its beauty alone staggers the mind. Its differences all wedded together, sometimes not so prettily, is what makes it strong and wildly brilliant. The human race shares basic needs and desires, but here in America, as those basic needs are daily met, Americans reach for the sky in little and big ways.
My son, three generations out of the coal mines grinding down hope, is wrestling with the question of becoming a doctor, an economist or a rally race car driver. My father died young just as all the males in his family before him even though he was the first to graduate from high school, college and medical school and married "up" to my mother whose fore bearers settled Jamestown, Richmond and numerous other towns and regions. I think my family special, but they are not unique.
They are American.
Islamofacists cannot possibly understand that which is why they will fail in their violent hope of the caliphate including America. How could their tribal tradition ever hope to understand a southern lady marrying a hard scrabble boy from the streets of Akron whose son married an Italian girl from New York whose godfather was a Brooklyn cop named Leo?
Jen, we must always keep up our guard, but Tehran will never play in Peoria. If they ever try to go off Broadway they'll find that my uncle, Old Zeth, can still nail them in the eye at 10 yards with tabaccy or 100 yards with a single shot. It would be no matter to him except he'd have to put down his book and his pulled pork sandwich to deal with any halal crap which would make him cantankerous. Trust me. No one wants to try to make him mad twice. I got the welts as reminders, but I also have the love, the wisdom and the patriotism handed down by a long line of Zeths. So do you and the majority of Americans.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Branching out, with limits
In many ways, the 2005 initial public offering for Caribou Coffee was like any other.
It contained information about the popular coffee chain's growth strategy, an industry overview and its financials.
But Page 16 of its prospectus may have left some would-be investors scratching their heads:
"Our compliance with Shari'ah principles may make it difficult for us to obtain financing and may limit the products we sell."
Arcapita's diverse holdings, which include Southland Log Homes, Cypress Communications, Church's Chicken and American Pad & Paper, show that a company with strict investment guidelines can succeed in the United States, the world's biggest --- albeit secular --- economy.
Arcapita Bank, founded in 1997 as First Islamic Investment Bank, had $2.3 billion in assets at the end of June.
I hope the Church's Chicken employee handbook doesn't mention sharia to resolve employee disputes. That could give a whole new meaning to chicken fingers.
When asked about President Bush's comments that having US troops in Iraq for another 50 years would be acceptable was, "Maybe 100. That's be fine with me. As long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed, that'd be fine with me, and I hope it would be fine with you, if we maintain a presence in a very volatile part of the world where al-Qaida is training, recruiting, equipping and motivating people every single day."
The quote, and the real intent of the quote, is obviously about stability in the Middle East, but Howard Dean twists it to his intent which is furthered by using terrorist footage of American troops being blown up.
Instead of addressing the obvious, that the "religious" terrorists are murderers that do not represent the majority of Iraqis, Howard Dean uses the murderers as an example of what will be the norm for 100 years.
This is negative campaigning at its worst and Howard Dean and Democrats should be ashamed, but as a fellow member of the United Church of Christ with Moyers, Obama and Jeremiah Wright there is little possibility that shame will cross his mind.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Tom Hayden Looks at Clinton's 60s Past
In The Nation, former 60s radical Tom Hayden -- in an essay called "Why Hillary Makes My Wife Scream" -- hammers Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, for attacking Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, for his association with former Weather Underground member William Ayers. "Hillary is blind to her own roots in the sixties," Hayden writes. "She was in Chicago for three nights during the 1968 street confrontations. She chaired the 1970 Yale law school meeting where students voted to join a national student strike again an 'unconscionable expansion of a war that should never have been waged.' She was involved in the New Haven defense of Bobby Seale during his murder trial in 1970, as the lead scheduler of student monitors. ... She wrote that abused children were citizens with the same rights as their parents.
"Most significantly in terms of her recent attacks on Barack, after Yale law school, Hillary went to work for the left-wing Bay Area law firm of Treuhaft, Walker and Burnstein, which specialized in Black Panthers and West Coast labor leaders prosecuted for being communists. Two of the firm's partners, according to Treuhaft, were communists and the two others 'tolerated communists'. Then she went on to Washington to help impeach Richard Nixon, whose career was built on smearing and destroying the careers of people through vague insinuations about their backgrounds and associates. ...
"All these were honorable words and associations in my mind, but doesn't she see how the Hillary of today would accuse the Hillary of the sixties of associating with black revolutionaries who fought gun battles with police officers, and defending pro-communist lawyers who backed communists? Doesn't the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whom Hillary attacks today, represent the very essence of the black radicals Hillary was associating with in those days? And isn't the Hillary of today becoming the same kind of guilt-by-association insinuator as the Richard Nixon she worked to impeach?"
Hey Hillary, with friends like this... it would be easier to dodge sniper fire.
After listening to his speech I envision a train wreck at which the survivors are desperately looking at what should be done to clean up the mess of scattered ruin while the train engineer smugly avers that the mess is better understood when people apologize for the inherent wrongness of the way the system was built.
Wright spoke defiantly, always switching the point to keep his opponents off kilter and made any question a personal attack on him, blacks and the black church. Wright spoke, smirked and ridiculed just as a smart ass punk does in the school yard. Wright answers only to his god and thus is infallible while saying Obama is only doing what politicians do which is to be a two-faced liar because that is politically expedient.
In short, Wright believes that all that has happened is really just an attack on the black church, but he is available to be Vice President.
Wright is simply using God and Obama to further himself because in the end, it is all about Jeremiah Wright. Wright is shameless.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Taliban bitten by a snake in the grass
The Taliban and their al-Qaeda associates, in what they considered a master stroke, this year started to target the Western alliance's supply lines that run through Pakistan into Afghanistan.
Their focal point was Khyber Agency, in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas, a key transit point for as much as 70% of the alliance's supplies needed to maintain its battle against the Afghan insurgency.
The spectacular blowing up on March 20 of 40 gas tankers at Torkham - the border crossing in Khyber Agency into Afghanistan's Nangarhar province - sent shock waves through the North Atlantic Treaty Organization-led (NATO) coalition. So much so that it made a deal for some supplies to transit through Russia, a much more arduous route.
The Torkham success was followed by a number of smaller attacks, and the Taliban's plan appeared to be going better than they could have expected.
Then came this week's incident in which the Taliban seized two members of the World Food Program (WFP) in Khyber Agency, and it became obvious the Taliban had been betrayed, and all for the princely sum of about US$150,000.
Their Khyber dreams are now in tatters.
Read the rest. It is a very interesting story of the Taliban and al-Qaeda running into problems when locals are offered a choice. They lose if the locals believe they, their families and villages will be protected. It's also called trust. Something the Democrats and liberals cannot understand. Trust in America and our allies. Rough concept for them.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Hour after hour. Day after day. Week after week. Month after month.
Boogers are green.
Rev. Wright says 'devious' forces behind use of his words against Obama
"I think they wanted to communicate that I am unpatriotic, that I am un-American, that I am filled with hate speech, that I have a cult at Trinity United Church of Christ," Wright said in the first interview he has granted since comments critical of U.S. policies surfaced on television and the Internet."
'And by the way, guess who goes to his church, hint, hint, hint?' That's what they wanted to communicate. They know nothing about the church."
Moyers is a member of Wright's denomination, the United Church of Christ.
Last year Moyers had a different tone.
Journalist Moyers Blasts Religion-Based Politics In Magazine Interview
Moyers replied, "If you have to talk about God to win elections, that doesn't speak well of God or elections. We are desperate today for cool thinking and clear analysis. What kind of country is it that wants its politicians to play tricks with faith?"
Moyers, whose broadcasts on PBS have spanned several decades, holds a master of divinity degree and is known for his interest in religion.
And before that the things people like a Wright said were repugnant.
January 4, 2002 Now we must now reaffirm that vow, because we have some work to do on the home front. We have our own version of theocrats in people like Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. They took bin Laden’s line – that what happened on 9/11 was God’s judgment on a decadent America. On Robertson’s television program Falwell said, ‘We probably got what we deserved.’ and Robertson replied: ‘Jerry, that’s my feeling.’ And what is the sin for which God condoned terrorism to punish America – why, the sin of the Bill of Rights. The sin of tolerating people Falwell and Robertson and bin Laden don’t like – feminists, gays, lesbians, rationalists, humanists, liberal judges, pro-choicers, the ACLU, People for the American Way. Yes, said Falwell, ‘(They) helped this to happen. So it was that people like Luis Bautista, William Steckman, Elizabeth Holmes, Linda Luzzacone, and Fred Scheffold had to die to propitiate a wrathful God.
Repugnant? Of course, but under that Bill of Rights they so detest they are entitled to their repugnant opinions. But such rights cannot mask their repulsiveness as human beings – piously spreading their virus of holy hate from the safety of plush studios and stately pulpits where they are isolated from the consequences of their malevolence. Let God do the dirty work – while they rake in the takings of bigotry and bile. We must say to these people – over and over again – what Mohammed Ali said to bin Laden: God is not an assassin.
It’s an old and enduring riddle -- how faith, “The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” – becomes a toxic chemical compound capable of changing plowshares into swords?
Can't have it both ways Reverend Moyer. If Falwell was wrong, so is Wright. Of course, if you exhonerate Wright while condemning a Falwell you become a hypocritical warrior for what you believe is "right". That would be like beating plowshares into swords to use against those with which you disagree, eh? Kinda like the Islamofacists. Kinda like Jeremiah Wright.
God bless America Reverends.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I have always loved listening to people whine about negative political advertising because the whiners are those that just got skewered. One step further, people whining about negative political advertising don't even know what real negative advertising is and what it is not.
If campaigner #1 does a bone head thing and campaigner #2 points it out, that is not negative advertising. If, after getting hit, campaigner #1 hits back with scurrilous nonsense, that is negative advertising
I am supporting John McCain, but I am allowed by the secret society of evil Republicans to disagree with him. Really, it's in the bylaws, but written only in lemon juice. John McCain is wrong about condemning the North Carolina ad about the ever entertaining Jeremiah Wright that shows Wright making a complete ass of himself. That they tie Obama to Wright is not by inference because it is a known fact. That Obama gave the "speech" not disowning Wright, but disowning his words is as disingenuous as Nana Pelosi lusting with love for the troops, but disowning their mission even though the objects of her lust are getting killed because of her public disowning of their mission. If Nana had done this on the streets of Little Italy while growing up in Baltimore a little old lady would have spanked her and told her to go home before she completely disgraced the neighborhood.
When the uproar over Wright started, Obama chief strategist David Axelrod asked his friends at Jasculca Terman -- a public affairs firm -- to advise Trinity on how to handle the crush of media coverage, and they did, pro bono. Jim Terman, the president of the firm, said, "We were not asked to provide our advice about the reported speech of Rev. Wright in Washington" and did not know about it until it was scheduled.
McCain denounced the North Carolina GOP party ad. "It's not the message of my campaign," he said. He wrote a letter to the state party chairman imploring them to pull the spot. The ad "degrades our civics," McCain said. The Republican National Committee also told the North Carolina party the ad was not "appropriate or helpful."
Obama, in Indiana, said he assumes if McCain "thinks that it's an inappropriate ad, that he can get them to pull it down since he's their nominee and standard bearer." The spot as I write this has not been pulled.
I'm pretty sure that McCain's understanding of the amendments, I'm thinking 10th here, is guiding his deploring, but not allowing his ordering that the ad be taken down. This is something Obama won't even try to understand because the federal government and its employees, elected and hired, can and should do what ever they want and the Constitution be damned.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Bloodbath In Chicago: 5 Found Shot Dead...
Five people have been fatally shot on the South Side on Wednesday afternoon, a fire department source confirms. Police responded to reports of "multiple people shot" in the 7600 block of South Rhodes Avenue, police News Affairs Officer Marcel Bright said. The shooting took place inside a residence, he said.
Fat Jack Murtha in an uncoordinated echo stated that he is tired of gang members who he called "regional freedom fighters" being wantonly "murdered in cold blood" by uncontrollable Marines. When asked about reporters rolling their eyes every time Murtha opens his pork stuffed mouth, Pelosi got chaffed by her hair shirt, "This is not the American way," she said of a political climate she said brands those with dissenting views as unpatriotic, "but this is what's happening."
Pelosi later restated her support of the troops, but showed continued support for Murtha, her hatchet man, by saying that maybe it wasn't Marines murdering, that it could be Army, Navy or other BushCo-bot personnel like typical out-of-control police reminding reporters of her Rodney King stories.
Wednesday afternoon's shooting comes on the heels of a particularly violent weekend in the city. Between Friday night and early Monday morning, 36 people were shot in Chicago, nine fatally, and two people were stabbed.
Jay Rockefeller, extraordinaire inheritor of wealth and political power, mused that here in America we'd be really, really pissed if Chicago invaded us. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said with finality, "Chicago is lost and I tried to warn the president. He wouldn't listen to me".
Democrats in congress refuse to set any withdrawal time tables until the city and Cook County agree to give back a portion of patronage and other corruption dollars raised there since Mrs O'Leary's cow rebuilt the city.
Prior Chicago Here
Police in Congo have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men's penises after a wave of panic and attempted lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft.
Reports of so-called penis snatching are not uncommon in West Africa, where belief in traditional religions and witchcraft remains widespread, and where ritual killings to obtain blood or body parts still occur.
Rumors of penis theft began circulating last week in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo's sprawling capital of some 8 million inhabitants. They quickly dominated radio call-in shows, with listeners advised to beware of fellow passengers in communal taxis wearing gold rings.
Please don't tell me 'The Plumbers" are responsible for penisgate.
via Drudge (of course)
As is usually the case in the modern leftist movement know as the democratic Party they stare into their crystal ball with a myopia that is breath taking as we observe them divining the future.
The voter is asking whether they want another four years of the Clinton mindset without the political savvy of William Jefferson and with the bad characteristics of every horror picture's bumbler that always misreads the situation putting the good guys in further danger.
The voter is asking whether they want Obama's change for change sake when that change is pinioned to a history of sixties chaos and personal misjudgement so profound it stuns even those with a political tin ear.
Anyone who says that this candidate or that candidate will win in November is either speaking with God or is a moron. No liberal operative I know would bother to listen if God did speak to them. Any candidate that starts the post convention race politically exhausted, in dire need of huge chunks of change and hurt and damaged is logically fighting an uphill battle.
Hillary has the gumption, but does she have the strength?
Obama has the chutzpah, but does he have the savvy?
McCain does and he has survived very troubled waters.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Chicago Gang Violence Escalates: 32 Shot, 6 Die In 2 Days...
Chicago appears to be more dangerous than Baghdad. Oh, that's right. It isn't Chicago's fault. It is the fault of President Bush and white history. Just ask the bullfrog, the Democrats that run it and Congress.
Croak, squeak,belch. No matter. It is the combined sounds of a racket.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Big Lizards has nailed Maher. Go read.
Bill Maher is a ratings whore chasing the mighty dollar by fraudulently attacking those who are honestly doing so.
And he is not funny.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Obama, Post-Debate, Decries "Gotcha Games"
For Obama, the debate provided a fresh illustration of one of his underlying campaign themes, that Washington had lost touch with the rest of the country. "Washington hasn't gotten the news yet that people want something different," the candidate told the Raleigh crowd. "Last night we set a new record. It took us 45 minutes ... before we heard about health care. Forty-five minutes before we heard about Iraq. Forty-five minutes before we heard about jobs. That's how Washington is," Obama said.
It's a town of "gotcha games," "anything goes," and "slash-and-burn politics," and Obama added, "Sen. Clinton looked in her element" on the ABC stage last night, as Obama grappled with questions about why he doesn't wear a flag pin his on his lapel, the Wright scandal redux, and Obama's relationship with Ayers, a prominent Chicago resident who had been a member of the radical '60s terrorist group the Weathermen.
Barack seems to be saying that if you don't like the message, kill the messenger.
On the debate
Stephanopoulos strongly defended his handling of the debate. He dismissed criticism that it had focused too heavily on "gotcha" questions, arguing that they had gone to the heart of the "electability" that, he said, is forefront in the minds of voters evaluating the two Dems.
Asked why the moderators had chosen to spend time on Wright, when Obama has repeatedly responded to questions about him, Stephanopoulos defended it by saying that Wright's most incendiary comments had come to light, and Obama's speech in response, had both come after the previous debate.
Obama wants to be haloed as a "new" type of president and gets petulant when people and reporters don't know when to curtsy and bow. No doubt he'll demand ring kissing if he gets the
Hey, Barack baby, politics is and has always been a contact sport. Grow up and stop acting like a ten year old who demands, as his right, ice cream for breakfast. It's childish and demeaning.
Stengel also appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on April 17 and had no difficulty admitting the magazine needed to have a “point of view.”
“I think since I’ve been back at the magazine, I have felt that one of the things that’s needed in journalism is that you have to have a point of view about things,” Stengel said. “You can’t always just say ‘on the one hand, on the other’ and you decide. People trust us to make decisions. We’re experts in what we do. So I thought, you know what, if we really feel strongly about something let's just say so.”
Time has been banging the global warming drum for some time now. In April 2007, Time offered 51 ways to “save the planet,” which included more taxes and regulation.
Tom Shales is as reliable as my dogs. I know they'll bark if someone knocks on our door and I know if liberalism is not regaled as the law of reason that Shales will bay at the moon as if the moon gives a damn what Shales thinks. In both cases they think they are sounding a warning of some import. In one, the mailman is delivering the mail as he does with regularity and in the other Shales is delivering his message as usual, but without the hope of an interesting bit of news.
Why is it that liberals do not find it interesting that a presidential candidate has such a tin ear as to not have heard a racist message filled with hate for all things not colored and an antipathy for the nation that the candidate hopes to lead? How is that a Shales doesn't notice that a presidential candidate is lying when he said he didn't hear anything as he sat in a pew over twenty years nor understood that friendship with a domestic terrorist involved in murder is not a resume building occurrence?
I resent it when people look down their adopted urban nose at my beautiful little "provincial" village. I have a real problem with a pseudo preacher telling God to damn America. Alas, I may be provincial because when someone becomes an enemy of those I love they become an enemy of mine. Besides, assumed arrogance is such an ugly thing and should be reserved to those of an improperly formed mind, just as it has always been.
Arrogance, mixed with ingenuity, is a Shales message delivered with the regularity of a country postman being barked at by dogs.
In Pa. Debate, The Clear Loser Is ABC
The boyish Stephanopoulos, who has done wonders with the network's Sunday morning hour, "This Week" (as, indeed, has Gibson with the nightly "World News"), looked like an overly ambitious intern helping out at a subcommittee hearing, digging through notes for something smart-alecky and slimy. He came up with such tired tripe as a charge that Obama once associated with a nutty bomb-throwing anarchist. That was "40 years ago, when I was 8 years old," Obama said with exasperation.
Obama was right on the money when he complained about the campaign being bogged down in media-driven inanities and obsessiveness over any misstatement a candidate might make along the way, whether in a speech or while being eavesdropped upon by the opposition. The tactic has been to "take one statement and beat it to death," he said.
No sooner was that said than Gibson brought up, yet again, the controversial ravings of the pastor at a church attended by Obama. "Charlie, I've discussed this," he said, and indeed he has, ad infinitum. If he tried to avoid repeating himself when clarifying his position, the networks would accuse him of changing his story, or changing his tune, or some other baloney.
This is precisely what has happened with widely reported comments that Obama made about working-class people "clinging" to religion and guns during these times of cynicism about their federal government.
"It's not the first time I made a misstatement that was mangled up, and it won't be the last," said Obama, with refreshing candor. But candor is dangerous in a national campaign, what with network newsniks waiting for mistakes or foul-ups like dogs panting for treats after performing a trick. The networks' trick is covering an election with as little emphasis on issues as possible, then blaming everyone else for failing to focus on "the issues."
Maybe if Shales delivered a coupon for dog food mingled in with his message it would be of interest to those of "us" interested in the character of our candidates, but as a self annointed speaker of "them" Shales probably hates dogs too.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
It was all over the news when pro-Bush ally Silvio Berlusconi of Italy resigned in 2006 - it was widely seen as a rebuke to Bush himself.Not a whole lot of news on his victory today and that his party is reclaiming power. Surprising.
Ben added this bit from the AP which seems to be a PR wing for Obama sometimes which makes this a little surprising.
AP: Berlusconi's party and its allies won strong victories in both houses of parliament despite a strong final sprint by his main rival, Walter Veltroni, who ran a campaign that could have come out of Barack Obama's playbook, with calls to "Vote for change" and supporters armed with "We can!" banners.
Maybe they can't.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Berlusconi 'wins' Italy election
Some 158 different parties contested the regional and national polls, including Mr Berlusconi's new conservative People of Freedom (PDL) and Mr Veltroni's recently formed Democratic Party (PD).
The new government will be Italy's 62nd since World War II.
Yeah, just what we need. 62 different governments over a short time made up of center-left, communists and at least 3 more Jimmy Carters.
May this scourge never visit America again.
Among the stories, both true and untrue, that I have heard was one that goes directly to the sensitivity of the press in the Dan Rather sense that the story is not true, but speaks to the truth.
As the story goes, as Mrs Lincoln left Ford Theater a reporter started to ask a question when a guard heatedly announced that her husband had just been shot. The reporter, always on the beat, immediately asked, "Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?"
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Another coincidence is that after Celeste left each position things improved.
Now Dick Celeste is president of the Colorado Springs' Colorado College where humor is dangerous unless vetted by liberals, i.e., professional educators who warn us not to try education at home because their work is done on a closed course by trained professionals.
Joking students called on the carpet
The pair at Colorado College are rebuked over a feminist-newsletter parody seen as threatening.
OH MY GOD, NOT PARODY! Parody scares feminists. Being scared makes feminists angry. When said parody is mixed with chainsaws and guns, well that is just downright threatening. Scary. Angry. Time for Dick.
Dick knows about feminists. Think Dagmar. Dagmar hates Dick. Dagmar was so angry she went and made herself a Catholic bishop. As she broke water, Dagmar thanked mother God and Harvey Milk.
This explains why Dick runs when confronted by feminists.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Barack Obama's unlikely political education.
But Wright was a former Muslim and black nationalist who had studied at Howard and Chicago, and Trinity's guiding principles--what the church calls the "Black Value System"--included a "Disavowal of the Pursuit of Middleclassness.'"
The crosscurrents appealed to Obama. He came to believe that the church could not only compensate for the limitations of Alinsky-style organizing but could help answer the nagging identity problem he had come to Chicago to solve. "It was a powerful program, this cultural community," he wrote, "one more pliant than simple nationalism, more sustaining than my own brand of organizing."
As a result, over the years, Wright became not only Obama's pastor, but his mentor. The title of Obama's recent book, The Audacity of Hope, is based on a sermon by Wright. (It's worth noting, however, that, while Obama's book is a coolheaded appeal for common ground in an age of political polarization, Wright's sermon, "The Audacity to Hope," is a fiery jeremiad about persevering in a world of nuclear arms and racial inequality.) Wright is one of the first people Obama thanked after his Senate victory in 2004, and he recently name-checked Wright in his speech to civil rights leaders in Selma, Alabama.
The church also helped Obama develop politically.
But Obama was a Christian after he was not a Muslim. Was Wright a Christian before he was a Black Nationalist Muslim before he was a Biblical scholar who welcomed Hawaiian Harvard Obama into his new church to become an authentic African-American from the southside of Chicago, ie become part of a family he never had.
I don't know about Wright and Obama, but I got whiplash just trying to keep up with this sell.
HT to Ace
Friday, April 11, 2008
To add to his soft drink presidential choices Jesse thinks we should also have a "none of the above" flavor. His nattering on every possible venue shouldn't be considered as publicity for his book. His nattering should be considered moronic. Is it well intentioned? Don't care.
Maverick wants none of the above for president
"I oppose the two-party system. All it is is more of the two-party dictatorship," he said. "What I wish we had on the ballot for all our elections is 'none of the above' so you could show you have no confidence in the government.
"It would be amazing just how often 'none of the above' would win ... the only difference I see is that if a Democrat wins (in November) our taxes will go up. That's not saying they spend any more or less than the Republicans but the Republicans put it on a credit card, or the national debt."
An electorate that relies, for the most part, on the main stream media to glean knowledge about two opposing candidates for president will be better off if they have more as well as an out if they don't know or care to make a decision? That's like giving a teenager the choice between cars in the garage and liquor in the cabinet for their drive to the prom. Aren't we in bad enough shape by letting the bureaucrats the run of the auto dealership and the liquor store while controlling the judicial process, using our money the whole time?
You want multiple choice, take a class or move to Italy since that's working oh so well for them. If we are to have weirdo candidates for weirdo voters to vote for and a none of the above choice for those too stupid or too lazy to make a choice, we're in trouble. Wait, we are in trouble, we may have Barr and Paul for starters.
Maybe we can add Daffy Duck and a Teletubby candidate for those that think we need more diversity in government just to round out the Jesse Ventura weirdo slate. Then we can add a Nazi candidate, a Communist, a Green and an Ayrian Nation candidate as well. Come on, this is fun. How about a Zuni Nationalist, a La Raza North American Unity Party candidate, a NAMBLA candidate to spread the love and a vegan Wiccan Nation Common Sense Party candidate for those that don't believe, but want to cover their bases type of voters. Don't forget the Goth Nation! If they win they can repaint the White House black, you know, for change. Real change.
Me, I'd like to continue what has made America strong, one man - one vote and a two party system. For those that can't make a decision or won't make a decision, they can exercise their "none of the above" by not voting for president. Otherwise they can stop screwing with our elections to sell books, get on television or to puff up their own self worth.
Work, support your family, understand the ramifications of your vote and be nice to people. If you want to get involved in party politics to make a change, that is great. If not, stop your bitching and your spewing of foolish ideas.
UPDATE: Add another party!
From Obama via Ace:
Vote For Me, You Corncob-Smokin', Banjo-Strokin' Chicken-Chokin' Cousin-Pokin' Inbred Hillbilly Racist Morons
See? This is gittin more funner all the time!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Near there is the Route 40 Motel. So incredibly ugly/fun architecture that I remember from childhood.
Geez, lov'em or hat'em, they can't live without them.
NAACP in Detroit to host Obama's embattled ex-minister
Rev. Jeremiah Wright to speak at Freedom Fund dinner
Over the years, speakers of the Freedom Fund dinner have included Obama, NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton. The Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner began in 1956. The event’s first speaker was civil rights lawyer and future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
They may be always wrong, but they are always predictable.
Personally I am aghast that I must wait for the announcement, but then I am also aghast that the ever lovely and vivacious Randi is gone.
Last week Air America suspended Randi Rhodes for abusive, obscene language at a recent public appearance in San Francisco which was sponsored by an Air America affiliate station.
Air America Media was informed last night by Ms. Rhodes that she has chosen to terminate her employment with the company. We wish her well and thank her for past services to Air America.
We will soon announce exciting new talent and programming that will accelerate Air America’s growth in the future.
Maybe it's not Eugene. Al Franken appears busy these days as well. Bill Maher is bearing his own cross of humor in real time to a Palestinian beat.
You know, maybe they have Lord Haw-Haw in the wings just waiting for the AA microphone. It'd be a step up for sure.
Prior post HERE
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
The money quote that
“I think it could be fair to say that it might well be irresponsible to continue the policy that has not produced the results that have been promised time and time again, at such tremendous cost to our national security and to the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States military.”
While Hillary debated the meaning of is, Obama called for his type of change in Iraq which strangely enough seems to be the benchmarks for a successful Barack Hussein Obama Administration.
“The problem I have is that if the definition of success is so high, no traces of al Qaeda and no possibility of reconstitution, a highly effective Iraqi government, a democratic multiethnic, multisectarian functioning democracy, no Iranian influence, at least not the kind that we like, then that portends the possibility of us staying for 20 or 30 years,” Obama said.
“If, on the other hand, our criteria is a messy, sloppy status quo, but there’s not huge outbreaks of violence, there’s still corruption but the country is struggling along, but it’s not a threat to its neighbors and it’s not an al Qaeda base, that seems to me an achievable goal within a measured time frame.”
Every nation should strive for a messy, sloppy status quo government. That should get the welfare checks there on time, eh?
It is way beyond belief that these people are running to be the leader of the free world which is the beacon of hope for citizens everywhere, they actually believe people will buy this crap.
While the crowd was indeed diverse, some students at the event questioned the practices of Mrs. Obama’s event coordinators, who handpicked the crowd sitting behind Mrs. Obama. The Tartan’s correspondents observed one event coordinator say to another, “Get me more white people, we need more white people.” To an Asian girl sitting in the back row, one coordinator said, “We’re moving you, sorry. It’s going to look so pretty, though.”
“I didn’t know they would say, ‘We need a white person here,’ ” said attendee and senior psychology major Shayna Watson, who sat in the crowd behind Mrs. Obama. “I understood they would want a show of diversity, but to pick up people and to reseat them, I didn’t know it would be so outright.”
Like most "diversity" programs this is all about numbers, but it upsets liberals if race based quotas are "so outright" as to become apparent.
Some see this much ado about nothing except to the "frustrated commentariat."
From The Moderate Voice;
Unlike the student setting up this event, however, when you advance in your career as a campaign worker and actually start getting paid, you learn not to say idiotic things out loud like, “Give me more white people!” Still, this is yet another of the all too common cases of a bored, frustrated commentariat looking for something - anything - to report on as this endless campaign season drags on.
I'm not frustrated. I am not tired of this "endless campaign". I'm not looking for something - anything - to comment on. I don't have to, it comes to me just like "Get me more white people" has. And it does tell me something about the mindset and attitude of Democrats and of the Obama campaign. Campaign based racial quotas for public dissemination to unaware voters. Racial theater.
UPDATE: Gateway Pundit has more!
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Africa. Africa is setting itself up to continue to be the sob story for the next many centuries. Is this because they were victims of slavery in Rome, the world and the southern states of America or because they captured and sold thier own brothers as slaves to Europeans to sell to the world that they will continue to slaughter, rape and rob their way into the next millennium?
Vietnam now has graveyards aplenty and a communist government constantly building more out of necessity of its own actions. Ireland has finally found Kennedy money is too dirty even for them. Its sad when a group of filthy little socialists bent on murder feel they are better than a family of rum running whore mongers.
Africa. Darfur. Congo. Rhodesia. Libya. Mau-Mau. The washing of the spears.
As long as I have been alive I have heard of the dark heart of Africa. A heart that loves hate. I have hunted in Kenya and the then country of Rhodesia. I especially treasure my time at Nairobi Ranch with my aunt and friends. Of African friends I only hope for their good.
Other than them, I just can't care anymore. That is bad, but when does a continent's badness become part of one's nightly prayers.
At what point does hope become sadness when those you hope to help refuse help?
Africa is more of a mess than Asia which is almost as much a mess as the Russias which makes Latin America almost appear sensible.
That which has been called the cradle of life appears the crib of death.
I am just plain out of sympathy for those that refuse to rise out of their sewer. The Iraqis and Afghans have risen above their prior leadership of arrogance and planned sectarian hatred to attempt freedom.
When will Africa?
Donahue's emotionalism and repetitive monotone delivery hasn't the power it did when people accepted it as new thus true.
Colmes' genuflections are embarrassing.
Interior - This 210 ft-long building passes from nave to choir uninterrupted by transepts or crossing. The initial impressions are of simplicity, height and soaring lines (mostly achieved by the predominance of the pointed arch). Built after the Lady Chapel, the pointed arcades of the eight-bay nave descend onto clustered columns and are surmounted by a double clerestory where window tracery is repeated inside the gallery. This device is copied at the west end, where the great window shows the Tree of Jesse (1906). Below are two sets of the canopied 15C Chisholm stalls deeply and vigorously carved with a wealth of detail. The misericords are of great interest. Like the nave, the wooden barrel-vaulted roof with tinctured armorials has also been restored (19C). Around the pulpit are carved figures of St Blane, who gave his name to the town, King David I, Bishops Clement and Leighton, and John Knox, while those on the screen depict Biblical personages.
Monday, April 07, 2008
Wait, maybe she is Jeanette Rankin.
Clinton invokes legend of Montana female trailblazer
Hillary Rodham Clinton is hoping to channel the legend of Montana's female trailblazer who in 1916 became the first woman ever elected to Congress.
Clinton gave another nod to her status as the only female candidate in the field. She said it takes her much longer to prepare for a day on the campaign trail than her opponents. She said, "I think I should get points for what I do, plus having to spend so much time getting ready."
Getting points for getting ready? Is she a candidate or a ditzy star talking to a tabloid?
Sunday, April 06, 2008
P.M. Carpenter at BuzzFlash;
Hillary Clinton's Self-Swiftboating into Irrelevance
As the New York Times put it: "In what proved to be an awkward juxtaposition, the disclosure of the records — which revealed the Clintons to be in the top one-hundredth of 1 percent, or roughly 14,500, of all taxpayers — came on the day that Mrs. Clinton called for the creation of a cabinet-level post to tackle poverty."
As understatements go, awkward, indeed. But at least that wretched insult publicly overpowered, for the moment, the wretched insult of delaying, once again, the release of her 2007 returns. And as we know, the Clintons live for nothing more than the moment. Lord, just get us through one more day. We'll deal with today's backlash in defense of yesterday tomorrow.
But, oops, what did tomorrow bring, which today would be yesterday? You got it. Another scandal.
Hillary, it seems, has been fibbing again. According to the New York Times,
That abomination speaks for itself. As does this one, which is to say, yet another one from merely the past couple days:
For five weeks Hillary has featured in her campaign stump speeches the
story of a health care horror: an uninsured pregnant woman who lost her baby and died herself after being denied care by an Ohio hospital because she could not
come up with a $100 fee. The woman, Trina Bachtel, did die last August, two
weeks after her baby boy was stillborn at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens,
Ohio. But hospital administrators said Friday that Ms. Bachtel was under the
care of an obstetrics practice affiliated with the hospital, that she was never
refused treatment and that she was, in fact, insured. "We implore the Clinton
campaign to immediately desist from repeating this story," said Rick Castrop,
chief executive officer of the O’Bleness Health System. Linda M. Weiss, a
spokeswoman for the not-for-profit hospital, said the Clinton campaign had never
contacted the hospital to check the accuracy of the story.
Mark Penn, chief campaign strategist to the New York senator, has apologized
for meeting with Colombia's U.S. ambassador in his separate role as a lobbyist
hired by the South American country to win congressional approval of [a] trade
deal with the United States [that his candidate opposes].
I wonder if secretly Hillary still checks the fridge for errant strawberries when her hired help leaves.
Over the last five weeks, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York has featured in her campaign stump speeches the story of a health care horror: an uninsured pregnant woman who lost her baby and died herself after being denied care by an Ohio hospital because she could not come up with a $100 fee.
The woman, Trina Bachtel, did die last August, two weeks after her baby boy was stillborn at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens, Ohio. But hospital administrators said Friday that Ms. Bachtel was under the care of an obstetrics practice affiliated with the hospital, that she was never refused treatment and that she was, in fact, insured.
“We implore the Clinton campaign to immediately desist from repeating this story,” said Rick Castrop, chief executive officer of the O’Bleness Health System.
Linda M. Weiss, a spokeswoman for the not-for-profit hospital, said the Clinton campaign had never contacted the hospital to check the accuracy of the story, which Mrs. Clinton had first heard from a Meigs County, Ohio, sheriff’s deputy in late February.
I think the really terrible thing about this story is that she forgot to mention the snipers in Athen's, a dangerous place for her because of the Greek separatists that threatened Chelsea if then President Clinton didn't give free pot to everybody in Meigs County. The Clinton campaign did not return calls from Heaven and Hell where Hillary is personally negotiating pardons for friends and family.
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Clintons Made $109 Million in Last 8 Years
During that time, the Clintons paid $33.8 million in federal taxes and claimed deductions for $10.2 million in charitable contributions. The contributions went to a family foundation run by the Clintons that has given away only about half of the money they put into it, and most of that was last year, after Mrs. Clinton declared her candidacy.
Might Bill and Hill be a tad narcissistic?
Speaking to a statewide convention of North Dakota Democrats in Grand Forks on Friday, Mrs. Clinton criticized the Bush administration’s tax cuts, which she said favored the rich, then referred to the tax data she and her husband released earlier in the day.
“Now don’t get me wrong, I have absolutely nothing against rich people,” she said. “As a matter of fact, my husband, much to my surprise and his, has made a lot of money since he left the White House, by doing what he loves doing most — talking to people. But we didn’t ask for George Bush’s tax cuts. We didn’t want them, and we didn’t need them.”
Maybe if you and little Billy gave your tax cut to a real charity or spent it on goods and services you'd be able to grasp the concept that maybe you don't need your tax cut, but there are a lot of small business and individuals that do and want you to get them, even against your will.
My, oh my, being a couple who much to their surprise have made a lot of money makes it so tiresome to deal with the little people and their wearisome demands. Jeeves, bring me an ashtray or a lamp, I feel the need to speak with William.
Friday, April 04, 2008
Deeper in Nana's threat was this gem of green economic realism:
"The stretch and strain on our military is like never before," said Skelton. "I am terribly worried about this."
Underscoring the Democrats’ economic points, Pelosi asked why the U.S. military in Iraq and Americans back home are paying more for gasoline than the Iraqis are.
“Our troops in Iraq are paying about $3.25 a gallon for gas in Iraq, comparable to what we pay here, while the Iraqis are paying $1.36 a gallon,” Pelosi said. “This is a raw deal for the American taxpayer.”
While this fact is unacceptable there is a solution. Boutique fuels. I say most of Baghdad must have sweet smelling gas fumes that would never think of polluting a single terrorist while areas in which Sadr has his forces the gas fumes must pollute and smell like Sadr's left hand. It's kind of like the difference between Cleveland and Berkeley only smaller.
Other cities in Iraq can summon up their best smarm and demand sweeter fuel in different mixtures that will make their babies stronger (because it is really all about the children unless they become loggers in which case the Hell with them) and saving Mother Earth from capitalist running dog pig Republicans.
You go Nana. You're on this like white on rice.
John Legend: I think America is ready to elect Barack. It's not insert-any-black-man-here and they would vote for him, but Barack is a unique and special person. And so I don't really like the question of "is America ready for a black president?" because it's more about the specific individual. And the thing is, the people who wouldn't vote for a person because they're black wouldn't vote for a democrat anyway.
This proto-black thinking flies directly in the face of the diversity leftists and blacks tell us they desire. Republicans are not racist, but we are told whitey won't vote black. How long until this is stated in white face while doing a countryclub shuffle to country music?