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Barack on Mumbia…

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Barack and Michelle Obama have released a statement expressing their condolences for those killed and injured in the tragedy at Mumbai, India.    It is not a tragedy — it is a terrorist attack.  Obama has always called 9/11 “a tragedy,” too. In fact, a reliable indicator of liberalism is a person’s refusal to call a terrorist operation what it is.

Most indigenous cultures, including those of many American Indians, believe that if you reveal your true name to someone, that person acquires some power over you.  So how will Barack Obama fight terrorism when he refuses to name either the act or the actors?

He won’t.  Terrorism is a criminal matter, suitable for lawyers and courtrooms, not soldiers and bullets, which is why he uttered not a peep when Rep. Barney Frank proposed cutting the military’s budget by 25%.   We will hear lots of high-flown rhetoric about diplomacy and regaining the world’s respect, and talking to those disagree with us.

But remember Mumbai, because if Obama carries out his promise to close Gitmo immediately, the streets of those cities where the former Gitmo detainees are jailed will look more like India than America.

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November 29, 2008 at 2:27 am

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terrorism and a new president

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Terrorists attacked today in Mumbai, which is India’s financial center, targeting upscale Western tourist hotels and apparently searching for holders of US and British passports.  I await Obama’s response, but I’m afraid it will be Clintonian, in that it will be all words and no action.

Obama’s  choice of  Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as secretary of Homeland Security signals a focus on southern border immigration issues rather than on fighting terrorism.  She has zero experience in battling terrorists, and she had just about ruined Arizona’s economy before the crunch hit.

I am not comforted that Obama will retain Robert Gates on as Secretary of Defense for a year.  as that is much more about Obama being able to blame everything on George Bush than it is about actually listening to the SecDef.

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November 26, 2008 at 10:29 pm

Obama a citizen, or not?

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Janet Porter asks three salient questions:

  1. If you were a natural born American citizen and had it within your means to quiet all the lawsuits and questions with proof, would you do it?
  2. If you were a natural born American citizen, would you spend thousands of dollars to fight the legal cases against you, or would you simply answer the legitimate question of whether you meet the constitutional requirements for office?
  3. If you were a natural born American citizen, would you forge a document called a “Certification of Live Birth” and tell the public it was a real “birth certificate”?

Whatever your view, she raises an excellent point about how he got into Pakistan at a time an American passport holder would have been denied entry.  Read the whole thing here:

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=81943

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November 26, 2008 at 3:34 am

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More bad things to ponder

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Brian Kennedy, a member of the Independent Working Group on Missile Defense, has a timely warning on an EMP  (electromagnetic pulse) attack:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122748923919852015.html

It would make the current fiscal fit look like child’s play, and is exactly the sort of event which Obama and the Democrats would wring their collective  hands over and do nothing about.

For those of you stuck on the power grid,  at least get yourself a manual NOT battery-operated!) can opener.  I’m always astonished to hear of people who live in earthquake, hurricane and tornado zones and don’t have one .  Mine cuts the side of the can, instead of cutting inside of the top, which means you can put the lid back on – handy when you’re competing with assorted varmints for the contents.

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November 25, 2008 at 5:46 am

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NBC fires its own propagandists

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This is too funny:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/capitalweathergang/2008/11/nbc_fires_twc_environmental_un.html

NBC axed the entire staff of the The Weather Channel’s “Forecast Earth” environmental program during the middle of NBC’s “Green Week.”

But it’s still comitted to saving the earth, don’t you know.

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November 24, 2008 at 6:49 am

John Kerry again.

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Democrats are displaying, depending on your point of view, either total cluelessness or a deep sense of irony:

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/11/20/kerry_poised_to_cap_long_journey/

Yes, John Kerry will be chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the same committee he made an anti-Vietnam war appearance before over   30 years ago, giving testimony that gave him quite a reputation.  I doubt we’ll see mentioned that none of the testimony of Kerry or the so-called Winter Soldiers could ever be corroborated because none of them would provide sufficient information for anyone to check it out.

We also won’t hear that Kerry’s testimony,  claiming first-hand knowledge of some atrocities, means that he should have been subject to court-martial for failure to report the same.  Nor should you hold your breath in anticipation of hearing about his trip to Paris, where he met with the Viet Cong, while still a member of the Naval Reserve.  That little trip has long led to speculation that he had Jimmy Carter reissue his discharge papers because his originals contained something unsuitable for an ambitious young man running for  public office.  If that isn’t the case, one wonders why he never fulfilled his often made promise to release all his Navy papers during his presidential campaign.

It’s too early to tell if the Democrats will run completely amuck in Congress, but I take this as a sign.

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November 20, 2008 at 11:31 pm

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Liberalism to be put to the test? Maybe…

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Bret Stephens says liberals will shortly lose their excuses:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122697207170735899.html

He’s correct, but I expect Obama will continue to blame Pres. Bush for  everything, and liberals will continue to blame Republicans and conservatives for their own failures.  They’ve learned such claims go over well, even when totally without substance, so they’ll continue employing them.

It’s safe to assume big media won’t call them on this tactic, so it’s up to us.  Are you ready?

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November 19, 2008 at 3:20 am

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Pres. Obama’s senior adviser is a slumlord…

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Lynn Sweet reports that Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Obama’s presidential campaign and a member of his finance committee, will be senior adviser and assistant to President Obama:

http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2008/11/valerie_jarrett_will_be_senior_1.html

She identifies Jarrett as the chief executive of Habitat Co., and gives us an aide’s characterization of Jarrett: “She’s always been the other side of Barack’s brain.”

What she omits is that Habitat managed Grove Parc Plaza  from 2001 until this winter,  and co-managed an even larger subsidized complex in Chicago that was seized by the federal government after city inspectors found widespread problems.

Grove Parc is in a district  Obama represented for 8 years as a state senator,  and holds 504 apartments subsidized by the federal government.  About20% of the units are vacant, many rendered uninhabitable by unfixed problems, such as collapsed roofs and fire damage.   Newsbusters relays part of a Boston Globe report here:

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/michael-m-bates/2008/11/15/ap-ignores-jarretts-slum-ties

Perhaps such behavior by “elites” is so common in Chicago that the SunTimes considers it normal.  If Karl Rove had owned a four-plex where sewage backed up into kitchen sinks, would someone have considered that newsworthy?

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November 18, 2008 at 2:41 am

Liberals really are crazy

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Veteran psychiatrist  Dr. Lyle Rossiter says liberals really are mad:

http://wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=56494

and Ellis Washington agrees:

http://wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=81033

Neither man claims ALL liberals are loons, but the case they make is persuasive when one considers characteristics such as disassociation from reality, and perception of victimization, and a strong tendency to favor “the government” over the individual.

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November 18, 2008 at 12:50 am

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the joys of compulsory service

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For those who can’t believe that Rahm Emanuel shares his new boss’s fondness for conscription, watch:

http://wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=80829

Both believe the “shared experience” of “being American” is best taught by the government, just in case the brainwashing by public schools has been insufficient.  The initial reaction to the language on the change.gov site has merely taught them that they need to give it a new name.  Liberals and leftists have a rich history in the art of creating a more palatable term for something not so tasty.

For starters, how many liberals proudly claim to be liberal?  Almost none.  Instead, they characterize themselves as “progressive”, because their actions have given liberalism such a bad reputation.  About the only people who actually adopt the liberal title are assorted leftists who wish to avoid admitting what they are.  You have to give Bill Ayers credit for being honest — he says he’s still an anarchist.

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November 14, 2008 at 3:12 pm