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Romney says US is less safe now

May 16, 2009

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney joined Bush administration officials, including the former vice president, Dick Cheney, yesterday in arguing that President Obama’s approach to combating terrorism had left the country less safe.

By Sasha Issenberg
Boston Globe Correspondent 

“It’s the very kind of thinking that left America vulnerable to the attacks of Sept. 11th,” Romney told the National Rifle Association’s annual gathering. “And the approval of left-wing law professors and editorial boards won’t be worth much if this country lets down its guard and suffers an attack.”

Even while declaring an end to interrogation practices he calls “torture,” Obama has alienated many in his own party with a cautious approach to the issue. He has rebuffed calls to investigate Bush administration policymakers and release photographs that military leaders have said would be unnecessarily provocative.

Yesterday, the White House announced it would resume the use of military commissions to try those in American custody, a practice that Obama had criticized as a candidate.

“I’m glad he’s continuing to hold military tribunals for terrorists,” said Romney, who also said he approved of Obama’s hawkish approach to ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “In fact, whenever he adopts the policies of John McCain and George W. Bush like this, I’m glad.”

Romney, who ran for president in 2008, was the closing speaker on an agenda that included Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele and McCain, last year’s Republican presidential nominee. The stop was Romney’s latest on a circuit of conservative interest groups that many Republicans see as the opening lap in a prospective 2012 campaign.

Despite Romney’s solidarity with their priorities, gun owners were slow to rally behind him as a candidate. Romney joined the National Rifle Association only shortly before becoming a national candidate and did not own a gun. He reluctantly acknowledged that he had only been hunting twice in his life and had focused on prey such as rodents and rabbits. “Small varmints, if you will,” he said then.

Yesterday Romney was warmly received as he paid tribute to gun rights. Most of his speech, however, was devoted to the day’s broadest critique of a Democratic agenda he said amounted to “the greatest federal power-grab in American history.”

Romney took issue with Obama’s plans to change the healthcare system, which is based partially on the plan Romney helped enact in Massachusetts: mandating that citizens carry insurance.

“The best path to healthcare reform is to let the American people make their own decisions, not have those decisions forced on them by government,” Romney said. “Let Washington choose the stamps for the Post Office, but let the American people choose who we want for our doctor.”

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Obama’s Too Many Dichotomies; Requires a Telepromter to Keep Himself Straight

April 29, 2009

There are just too many dichotomies in some people to allow me to swallow their mantra.

Obama objects to waterboarding, which may have saved America from new terror attacks.  Yet he happily agrees to the execution of three Somali pirates that only wanted money and had a record of never, ever harming a hostage in the past.

He says he is the great communicator and even told Harry Reid he has a “gift,” yet he needs a telepromter to get through the most simple White House pronouncement — and he has even gotten lost using the telepromter.

He wants to create jobs but rushes through a “stimulus” that Nancy Pelosi’s crowd crafted — oblivious or uncaring that much of it has nothing to do with jobs.

And he promises sweeping health care reform but has again given responsibility for the details to Pelosi….

He is against earmarks but signed a bill in secret to hide his own gross permission to allow their continued use….

He rose from a broken home and was raised by grandparents who could have easily turned their backs on him yet he endorses abortion: the gravest way any family can turn its back on a new or unwanted addition.

He represents all that’s great about America yet he grovels before all that blame America for much about everything.

While embracing allies he seems unaware that he is neglecting and causing worry for life-long allies like Israel.

He is all about ending carbon and then flies to Iowa on Earth Day in his carbon producing jet — then loses track of the jet fleet entirely and scares New Yorkers at a cost of tons of more carbon and close to $1 million dollars.

Time to photoshop.

On Earth Day Obama’s windmill plant with just 900 jobs had once produced washers and driers and 4,000 jobs — then one quarter of the Iowa town’s work force.

He visited Mexico and came home with no new plan for drug enforcement, border patrols, immigration or guns.  Yet the Mexican swine flu is cause for alarm.

Frankly, Mexican drug gangs kill more Americans each year than the Black Plague ever could….

He is a man of great faith, we are told, yet tolerated or never noticed Jeremiah Wright’s “God damn America” approach for years and then didn’t attend any church service from inauguration day until Easter…

He participated in the “papering over” of Jesus at Georgetown….

With Obama there are too many dichotomies for me which causes me worry.

He seems a pre-packaged Hollywood mirage we cannot belive in.  Scripted, with modern day cue cards and pollsters at the ready to help shape every move…

And with our economy we need a dose of reality: not the mirage that endless borrowing won’t cause problems later….

Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
4/29/100-days-of-the-poser-presidency/

Our final dichotomy is the way the White House has handled day 100: is it a “Hallmark Moment” for meaningless greeting cards, as Robert Gibbs suggested, or is it a media circus as the White House seems to be making it?

Related:
Obama Foreign Policy: Distain, Distrust, Distaste
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Obama Orders Review of New York Flight; Cost Was $328,835 — Not Impeachable But He Might Have Known What Was Happening Diown the Hall To His Aircraft

 “Are We A Nation of Principles or Is It Only Important To Be Popular?” — Notre Dame, Obama and Abortion
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 Nothing In Obama’s First 100 Days Made America More Secure, Stronger in the Long Term
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 Israeli PM: global threat of terror greater than ever
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Hey Obama: Difficult To Make a Proper Defense While Bent Over Backward?

Is Any System Or Party “Dead” Because of Corruption? Or is Corruption With Us Always?

Is Our Treasury and Economy Now Overly Corrupted By Politics?

One Hundred Days of Obama: 100 Mistakes

April 26, 2009

1. “Obama criticized pork barrel spending in the form of ‘earmarks,’ urging changes in the way that Congress adopts the spending proposals. Then he signed a spending bill that contains nearly 9,000 of them, some that members of his own staff shoved in last year when they were still members of Congress. ‘Let there be no doubt, this piece of legislation must mark an end to the old way of doing business, and the beginning of a new era of responsibility and accountability,’ Obama said.” — McClatchy, 3/11

2. “There is no doubt that we’ve been living beyond our means and we’re going to have to make some adjustments.” — Obama during the campaign.

3. This year’s budget deficit: $1.5 trillion.

4. Asks his Cabinet to cut costs in their departments by $100 million — a whopping .0027%!

5. “The White House says the president is unaware of the tea parties.” — ABC News, 4/15

6. “Mr. Obama is an accomplished orator but is becoming known in America as the ‘teleprompt president’ over his reliance on the machine when he gives a speech.” — Sky News, 3/18

7. In early February, the 2010 census was moved out of the Department of Commerce and into the White House, politicizing how federal aid is distributed and electoral districts are drawn.

8. Obama taps Nancy Killefer for a new administration job, First Chief Performance Officer — to police government spending. But it surfaces that Killefer had performance issues of her own — a tax lien was slapped on her DC home in 2005 for failure to pay unemployment compensation tax on household help. She withdrew.

9. Turkey tried to block the appointment of Anders Fogh Rasmussen as new NATO secretary general because he didn’t properly punish the Danish cartoonist who caricatured Mohammed. France’s Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany’s Angela Merkel were outraged; Obama said he supported Turkey’s induction into the European Union.

10. . . . and he never mentioned the Armenian genocide.

11. The picture of Obama and Hugo Chavez shaking hands.

12. Hugo Chavez gave him the anti-American screed “The Open Veins of Latin America.” Obama didn’t remark upon it. At least it wasn’t DVDs.

13. Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega went on a 50-minute anti-American rant, calling Obama “president of an empire.” Obama didn’t leave the room. “I thought it was 50 minutes long. That’s what I thought,” he said.

14. Executives at AIG get $165 million in bonuses, despite receiving an $173 billion taxpayer bailout.

15. “For months, the Obama administration and members of Congress have known that insurance giant AIG was getting ready to pay huge bonuses while living off government bailouts. It wasn’t until the money was flowing and news was trickling out to the public that official Washington rose up in anger and vowed to yank the money back.” — Associated Press, 3/18

16. “After pushing Congress for weeks to hurry up and pass the massive $787 billion stimulus bill, President Obama promptly took off for a three-day holiday getaway.” — New York Post, 2/15

17. SARAH PALIN ON: “I WON” AND THE DEATH OF BIPARTISANSHIP

“Obama soared to victory on the hopeful promise of a new era of bipartisanship. During his inaugural address he even promised an ‘end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.’

“Too bad it took all of three days for the promise to ring hollow.

“Start with Obama’s big meeting with top congressional leaders on his signature legislation — the stimulus — on the Friday after his inauguration. Listening to Republican concerns about overspending was a nice gesture — until he shut down any hopes of real dialogue by crassly telling Republican leaders: ‘I won.’ Even the White House’s leaking of the comment was a slap at the Republican leadership, who’d expected Obama to adhere to the custom of keeping private meetings with congressional leadership, well, private.

“It’s only gone downhill from there. The stimulus included zero Republican recommendations, and failed to get a single House Republican vote.

“It’s not just the tactic of using Republicans for bipartisan photo-ops, and then cutting them loose before partisan decisions, that irks Obama’s opponents. The new president wasted no time rushing forward with policies and legislation guaranteed to drive Republicans nuts. The first bill he signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — a partisan hot-button that drew all of eight Republican supporters in the entire Congress. Then there was the swift reversal of Bush policies on abortion and embryonic-stem-cell research — issues dear to the Republican base.

“And when Obama and the Democrats in Congress took up SCHIP — the children’s health-insurance bill that Republicans say vastly expands government’s role in health care — they had an easy chance for real bipartisanship. After all, the bill had been hashed out in the previous Congress, and a bipartisan accord was reached before President Bush responded with a veto. Did the Obama team push for the compromise version in the 111th Congress? Nope. They went back to the drawing board, ramming through the Democrats’ dream version.

“Of course, the lack of bipartisanship isn’t limited to Capitol Hill. Obama has taken gratuitous swipes at the Republicans who recently decamped Washington, blaming President Bush for everything from the economy and the war to the lack of sufficient puppies and rainbows. And who could forget the Rush Limbaugh flap — in which Obama’s top advisers, including chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, orchestrated a public relations campaign meant to undermine the Republican National Committee chairman, Michael Steele, by framing talk-radio personality Limbaugh as the real head of the Republican Party.

“For now, Obama’s back-pedal on the bipartisanship promise just makes him look insincere. But the real consequences of the mistake will be felt soon enough. As Presidents Bush and Clinton could tell him, congressional majorities do change — and at some point, Obama will need Republicans on his side. He’d be smart to spend his second 100 days making up for the serious snubs of his first.”

— Sarah Palin is the governor of Alaska

18. “The willingness of a small percentage of military personnel to join extremist groups during the 1990s because they were disgruntled, disillusioned or suffering from the psychological effects of war is being replicated today.” — Department of Homeland Security intelligence report

19. Nixes a “buy American” provision in the stimulus bill.

20. “Yes, Canada is not Mexico, it doesn’t have a drug war going on. Nonetheless, to the extent that terrorists have come into our country or suspected or known terrorists have entered our country across a border, it’s been across the Canadian border. There are real issues there.” — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The 9/11 hijackers did not come across the Canada border

21. “The Obama administration is signaling to Congress that the president could support taxing some employee health benefits, as several influential lawmakers and many economists favor, to help pay for overhauling the health care system. The proposal is politically problematic for President Obama, however, since it is similar to one he denounced in the presidential campaign as ‘the largest middle-class tax increase in history.’ ” — New York Times, 3/14

22. JOE SCARBOROUGH ON: PROMOTING FEAR

“During his historic inaugural speech, Barack Obama promised to usher in a transformational age where hope would replace fear, unity would overtake partisanship, and change would sweep aside the status quo. But early in President Obama’s first 100 days it is obvious that the only thing that is changing is the Candidate of Change, himself.

“The same politician who proclaimed during his inauguration that ‘on this day we have chosen hope over fear’ soon warned Americans that the US economy would be forever destroyed if the stimulus bill was voted down.

“Why was it that same man who promised to put Americans’ interests ahead of his own political ambitions chose instead to use the suffering of citizens to advance his agenda?

“Maybe he was following the guidance of Rahm Emanuel, who famously said, ‘You never want to waste a good crisis.’

“They didn’t.

“The White House’s warnings were so over-the-top that Bill Clinton felt compelled to warn the new president against making such grim pronouncements. Americans would quickly warn that the White House would not channel FDR’s eternal optimism but rather embrace the gloomy worldview of Edgar Allen Poe.

“The Candidate of Hope also quickly adopted the Nixonian worldview that Americans voted their fears rather than their hopes. Over Mr. Obama’s first 100 days, that cynical calculation paid off politically for a White House that seemed most interested in appeasing the most liberal members of his Democratic Party.

“I expected more from Barack Obama. For the sake of my country, I hope I get it from the new president over the next 100 days.”

— Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and author of “The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America’s Promise” (Crown Forum), due out June 9.

23. Sanjay Gupta was in discussions to become Surgeon General, but the TV personality withdrew after he was criticized for his flimsy political record.

24. Rasmussen finds 58% of Americans believe the Obama administration’s release of CIA memos endangers the national security of the United States.

25. Only 28% think the Obama administration should do any further investigating of how the Bush administration treated terrorism suspects.

26. “Obama thanked CIA employees for their work and said they’re invaluable to national security. He explained his decision to release the memos, then told everyone not to feel bad because he was now acknowledging potential mistakes. Theirs, not his. ‘That’s how we learn,’ Obama said, as though soothing a room full of fourth-graders.” — The Oklahoman, 4/23

27. By releasing the torture memos, Obama opened American citizens up to international tribunals. A UN lawyer said the US is obliged to prosecute lawyers who drafted the memos or else violate the Geneva Conventions.

28. In their first meeting, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown gave Obama a carved ornamental penholder from the timbers of the anti-slavery ship HMS Gannet. Obama gave him 25 DVDs that don’t work in Europe.

29. TIM CARNEY ON: PICKING BILL RICHARDSON AS SECRETARY OF COMMERCE

“Richardson’s value in Obama’s Cabinet had everything to do with appearances. First, he was the Hispanic pick. Second, because Richardson had run against Obama for President, tapping him for the Cabinet helped the media write the Obama-Lincoln comparisons by burnishing the ‘Team of Rivals’ image.

“But Richardson withdrew before Obama was even inaugurated when news came out about a criminal investigation involving David Rubin, president of a firm named Chambers, Dunhill, Rubin & Co. (although there was no Chambers or Dunhill), who had donated at least $110,000 to Richardson’s campaign committees and had also profited from $1.5 million in contracts from the state government.

“This was an early warning sign about Obama’s vetting process (various tax problems and the Daschle problem would reveal this as a theme), but picking Richardson to run Commerce also highlighted that Obama and Richardson’s promise of ‘public-private partnerships’ — such as Detroit bailouts, Wall Street bailouts, and green energy–was an open door for corruption and was at odds with Obama’s promise to diminish the influence of lobbyists.

“The Richardson mistake was one of Obama’s first, and it was emblematic. Richardson embodied Obama’s attention to self-image and the problems inherent in his vision of an intimate business-government connection.”

— Tim Carney is a Washington Examiner columnist

30. Timothy Geithner nomination as Secretary of Treasury was almost torpedoed when it was discovered he had failed to pay $34,000 in Social Security and Medicare taxes. He also employed an illegal immigrant as a housekeeper. He was confirmed anyway.

31. . . . Not so lucky, Annette Nazareth, who was nominated for Deputy Treasury Secretary. She withdrew her name for undisclosed “personal reasons” after a monthlong probe into her taxes . . .

32. . . . or Caroline Atkinson, who withdrew as nominee for Undersecretary of International Affairs in Treasury Department, with a source blaming the long vetting process. Geithner still has a skeleton crew at Treasury, with no one qualified — or willing — to take jobs there.

33. “Barack Obama has been embroiled in a cronyism row after reports that he intends to make Louis Susman, one of his biggest fundraisers, the new US ambassador in London. The selection of Mr. Susman, a lawyer and banker from the president’s hometown of Chicago, rather than an experienced diplomat, raises new questions about Mr Obama’s commitment to the special relationship with Britain.” — Telegraph, 2/22

34. Obama’s doom-and-gloom comments and budget bill push the Dow below 7,000, from which it’s only recently recovered.

35. “You’re sitting here. And you’re — you are laughing. You are laughing about some of these problems. Are people going to look at this and say, ‘I mean, he’s sitting there just making jokes about money–‘ How do you deal with — I mean: Explain. Are you punch-drunk?” — Steve Kroft, “60 Minutes,” 3/22

Read the entire article from the New York Post:
http://www.nypost.com/seven/0425200
9/postopinion/opedcolumnists/100_day
s__100_mistakes_166177.htm?&page=0

Obama First 100 Days: What’s Been Lost and What’s Been Gained?

April 19, 2009

We are almost at the end of the first three months of the Obama Administration and it is getting time to ask what may have been gained and lost thus far.

As Mr. Obama is particularly active in his agenda, and he enjoys great popularity and a Democrat controlled congress, he may have more dramatic changes at this early stage in his presidency than in that of say Millard Fillmore.

From the L.A. Times:
Obama’s First 100 Days

Much of what has been gained and lost was on display this last week.

It seems that trust from a segment of the voting population was lost, as exhibited both by protesters in the streets at Tea Parties and the release of the Administration’s memo condemning them as right wing extremists.

Mr. Obama is a polarizing president — perhaps the most polarizing ever.

It seems to us that Pakistan may have been lost or is on a slippery slope and Isreal is not yet lost but certainly is showing signs of concern.

Many years of negotiating with North Korea has been lost….

But just think of all the new allies gained: Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, the Taliban, Iran’s Ahmadinejad (maybe) and perhaps others.

Obama, Chavez 
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President Obama talks with Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez at the Summit of the Americas in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Photo: Alfonso Ocando / EPA

Mexico has been lost along with gun control….

But Latinos have been gained…..

We’d have to guess that Mr. Obama has lost at least some trust among his intelligence and military professionals…..

Bush was lost (but often mentioned) and Rush was gained….

Rush Limbaugh: Whether or not you agree with him he's something to hear.

Anti-abortion folks have lost trust entirely if they ever had any but pro abortion and stem cell research advocates are delighted with the new president.

The religious right has lost interest but they don’t matter much anymore anyway….

Catholics seem happy with President Obama as he has already spoken at one great Catholic College, Georgetown, that was even kind enough to remove symbols of Jesus Christ from the president’s speech venue….

Notre Dame is next but some of the Catholic heirarchy have already said they’ll boycott Obama events ….but who cares….

The University of Notre Dame says its invitation doesn't mean the university agrees with all of Obama's positions.

The University of Notre Dame says its invitation doesn’t mean the university agrees with all of Obama’s positions.

People interested in the national debt and how their children will possibly pay it off are lost but the message to all interested in children and grandchildren is clear anyway: get an abortion and chip in for the cure to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s….

We suffered an economic meltdown but thaks to Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank; evil like this will never happen again….

Local governments are happy and growing and thriving thanks to the stimulus.

Which reminds me: in California last year only two segments of the economy “grew”: government and health care.
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Obama has been short on symbolism with unneeded allies like Britain but long on bowing to others…..

The President of the United States Barack Obama greets King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

The President of the United States Barack Obama greets King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.Photo: Getty Images

We have a new corps of young Obamaites: Americorps….so that’s a gain….

“Lawmakers” are gained and gaining as government is sure to grow.  In Congress people are delighted by the fact that they don’t have to read those long spending bills before they vote on them any more….

Obama has just about guaranteed this as a national trend….

Education will grow but not necessarily get better as Mr. Obama is killing vouchers and there is no data to show that more education spending leads to more academic achievement, according to Ben Stein and others…..

Environmentalists are gaining big time but in Spain, for every climate change technology job gained two other jobs in the economy were lost….

Immigrants of all kinds are overjoyed that Nancy Pelosi called border agents and others enforcing immigration law “un-American,” except maybe my wife from Vietnam.  She’s legal and it took her 12 years to become a citizen.  She thinks Pelosi and Obama are the un-American ones….but who cares….

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures during a news ...

The media is overjoyed at all this.  I mean, you can’t make this stuff up.  But there seems a lot of Obama fawning and unnecessary ugly attacks upon “the other side”….or just snide remarks and sexual inuendo…..

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With a few reserences….

We are almost at the end of the first three months of the Obama Administration and it is getting time to ask what may have been gained and lost thus far.

As Mr. Obama is particularly active in his agenda, and he enjoys great popularity and a Democrat controlled congress, he may have more dramatic changes at this early stage in his presidency than in that of say Millard Fillmore.

Much of what has been gained and lost was on display this last week.

It seems that trust from a segment of the voting population was lost, as exhibited both by protesters in the streets at Tea Parties and the release of the Administration’s memo condemning them as right wing extremists.
Napolitano, Homeland Security Join Parts of the American Government That Can’t Be Trusted
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DHS Calls Veterans, Tea Party Members “Dangerous,” But Others Aren’t So Sure: Maybe They’re Patriots

Mr. Obama is a polarizing president — perhaps the most polarizing ever.
Obama polarizes most in history, 43% disapproval rating; media whitewashes

It seems to us that Pakistan may have been lost or is on a slippery slope and Isreal is not yet lost but certainly is showing signs of concern.
Israel Worries Obama “Cannot be Relied Upon”
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 Pakistan on course to become Islamist state, U.S. experts say

Many years of negotiating with North Korea have been lost….
 North Korea Again Talks of War, Resists Pressure, Talks

But just think of all the new allies gained: Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, the Taliban, Iran’s Ahmadinejad (maybe) and perhaps others.
 Obama Loses Photo Op War To Chavez (and the Saudi King, and….): Call Oprah!

China and Russia are rearming…or resetting…The U.S. is cutting the defense budget…..
China: Military Modernization Continues
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Russia Rearms


Above: Russia’s Medvedev

The rest button was Biden’s major contribution so far…..
 Biden’s Best Political Blunders (So Far)
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a red button marked "reset" in English and "overload" in Russian.
Coffrini/GettyMexico has been lost along with gun control….
Obama in Mexico, Trinidad to Achieve What? Nothing, Next To Nothing and Status Quo

But Latinos have been gained…..right across the border….And perhaps a new language as well: Spanish.  Some of our federal education money may go to teaching Spanish to teachers as the Spanish speaking immigrants don’t snuggle up to the English language as quickly as some others…..
Obama, Pelosi, Democrats Woo Spanish Speaking Voters

We’d have to guess that Mr. Obama has lost at least some trust among his intelligence and military professionals…..
 Sharing Intelligence Relies Upon Trust: Obama Has Given That Away, Called an End To Terror War

Anti-abortion folks have lost trust entirely if they ever had any but pro abortion and stem cell research advocates are delighted with the new president.
Discussion of Abortion Heats Up
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Obama Causing Huge Boost for Anti-Abortion Groups

The religious right has lost interest but they don’t matter much anymore anyway….
In Obama We Trust: God Has Left The Building (and the Nation)

Catholics seem happy with President Obama as he has already spoken at one great Catholic College, Georgetown, that was even kind enough to remove symbols of Jesus Christ from the president’s speech venue….
 Georgetown Honors Obama, Not Jesus (There Can Only Be One Messiah….)

Notre Dame is next but some of the Catholic heirarchy have already said they’ll boycott Obama events ….but who cares….
American Social Discourse and Political Correctness: It’s O.K. To Insult the Gracious and Polite, Just Leave the Vocal Alone

People interested in the national debt and how their children will possibly pay it off are lost but the message to all interested in children and grandchildren is clear anyway: get an abortion and chip in for the cure to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s….
Brit View: Obama Still Expects To Borrow $2.562 Trillion Before October 1st; $6 to $10 Billion per Day

Obama’s Nightmare: Economic Signs Chilling; World’s 8th Largest Economy Tops 11% Unemployed: California

 Obama’s Suicide Machine: Economy, Spending, Debt (Education, Climate, Health Care)

We suffered an economic meltdown but thaks to Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank; evil like this will never happen again….
Pelosi Got It Dead Wrong: Congress Ignored Regulators’ Repeated Warnings on Fannie, Freddie

Local governments are happy and growing and thriving thanks to the stimulus.
 Hopeful cities, towns find limits on stimulus cash
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Stumulus: Obama and Congress Sold Us A Lot Of Useless Swampland; Ready To Buy More?

Which reminds me: in California last year only two segments of the economy “grew”: government and health care.

Obama has been short on symbolism with unneeded allies like Britain but long on bowing to others…..
Obama First President Ever To Shoot Three Juveniles in Head During “Negotiation”

We have a new corps of young Obamaites: Americorps….so that’s a gain….
Forget ACORN, Obama’s Americorps Has “strong odor of creepy authoritarianism”
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Obama’s Americorps: Hitler Youth Or Putin’s Nashi

“Lawmakers” are gained and gaining as government is sure to grow.  In Congress people are delighted by the fact that they don’t have to read those long spending bills before they vote on them any more….

Obama has just about guaranteed this as a national trend….
The Great Give Away of Taxpayer Money By Bigger and Bigger Government

Education will grow but not necessarily get better as Mr. Obama is killing vouchers and there is no data to show that more education spending leads to more academic achievement, according to Ben Stein and others…..
 Better Education? Obama Kills Nation’s “Best” Voucher Program

Teaching the leftist agenda in school

Environmentalists are gaining big time but in Spain, for every climate change technology job gained two other jobs in the economy were lost….

Immigrants of all kinds are overjoyed that Nancy Pelosi called border agents and others enforcing immigration law “un-American,” except maybe my wife from Vietnam.  She’s a real rarity: a legal immigrant.  It took her 12 years to become a citizen.  She thinks Pelosi and Obama are the un-American ones….but who cares….
I Wonder What Illegal Immigrants Cost?

Vice President Joe Biden reacts to the audience after making ...

The New York Times probably won’t see all this the way we do here….

 Why is Obama’s Left so Angry? Attacking Moderate Journalists….

Tea Parties Must Be Important: NYT Continues Snide Comments On Saturday

Obama Supporters, Left Using Intimidation to Silence “The Other Side”

 Obama Already Running for Next Term As “Better Than Bush”
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Obama The All Knowing, All Present is All Over The Media
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 Independent Media Would Disappear Under Obama Appointee Plan

Obama Is President Disorder, Irony and Non Sequitur

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Obama Is President Disorder, Irony and Non Sequitur

April 17, 2009

I find it stragely ironic that the President of the United States that has asserted that he is the one ready for negotiations with any and all bad guys including Iran and North Korea ordered the death of three Somali pirates during a negotiation.  The President of the United States so shocked by the “torture” of Gitmo has decided to close the place entirely and to release  Bush-era memos about CIA interrogation techniques.

Why?

To trash Bush, which seems to be the Obama mantra thus far?

Politico reported:

A former top official in the administration of President George W. Bush called the publication of the memos “unbelievable.”

“It’s damaging because these are techniques that work, and by Obama’s action today, we are telling the terrorists what they are,” the official said. “We have laid it all out for our enemies. This is totally unnecessary. … Publicizing the techniques does grave damage to our national security by ensuring they can never be used again — even in a ticking-time- bomb scenario where thousands or even millions of American lives are at stake.”

“I don’t believe Obama would intentionally endanger the nation, so it must be that he thinks either 1. the previous administration, including the CIA professionals who have defended this program, is lying about its importance and effectiveness, or 2. he believes we are no longer really at war and no longer face the kind of grave threat to our national security this program has protected against.”

And then why, if such “torture” is so deplorable, does the same man execute without due process three Somali pirates?  With all due respect to Captain Phillips and the hero of the U.S. Navy who pulled the trigger, how many people have the pirates killed and harmed in the past?

The answer is zero.

Death by sniper’s bullet is clearly torture and the ultimate denial of rights, it seems to me.  What has happened at Gitmo?  I’m not nearly as certain….

I am confused and concerned about President Obama….

He seems to be the president of non sequitur (“it does not follow”).

The president is against automatic weapons and the drug trade that has made the border with Mexico so dangerously violent.  So he went to Mexico and then left again without any new pledge againsts drugs, guns or a lawless border.  Non sequitur.

He wants to clean up the financial system and see the economy thrive but he has launched upon a debt supported spending binge and continues to attacks bankers, Wall Street and even fired the head of GM.  Non sequitur.

He wants to attack the economy and make it well but there is none of the job creation and building projects of the FDR years — he has linked recovery to health care, education and climate change.  Non sequitur.

Maybe I don’t “get it.”  Or maybe the president doesn’t get it — which really worries me….

Politico on release of CIA documents:
http://www.politico.com/news/sto
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Obama Amid the World Of Disorder

By George Neumayr
American Spectator

Modern liberals measure “progress” not by the unfolding fulfillment of the natural moral law but by its elimination. Consequently, most of what is labeled “progress” is basically just regress, a return, under a glossier guise, to the practices of antiquity and pre-Christian paganism.

Pagans stuck the inconvenient elderly on snow drifts; moderns dehydrate them to death in hospitals. Pagans left unwanted babies to die on hilltops; moderns bury them in bins behind Planned Parenthood clinics. Pagans attended orgies, moderns attend “gay weddings.”

In its deepening moral squalor, in its raw defiance of reality as God made it, the Brave New World is as barbaric as the old one. That Hillary Clinton and other architects of the Brave New World are now forced to grapple clumsily with piracy is somehow fitting. Their “new world order” is intrinsically disordered, a reckless ideological experiment that explodes in recurring currents of chaos, discontent, and lawlessness. Why not piracy too?

The recent gusher of globalist babble at the G-20 summit is exposed by the rise of piracy as a total sham. And the rise of piracy is one more proof of Dambisa Moyo’s thesis in Dead Aid — that ceaseless Western government-to-government handouts to Africa, which are just a new version of white colonialism, have frozen the continent in a helpless and horrid past. After a trillion dollars over sixty years, the only vivid display of entrepreneurial activity in Africa today is…piracy.

Read the rest:
http://spectator.org/archives/
2009/04/17/brave-new-barbarism

Obama in Mexico, Trinidad to Achieve What? Nothing, Next To Nothing and Status Quo

April 17, 2009

At a joint press conference with President Felipe Calderon of Mexico, President Barack Obama just now said that he has not backed “off at all from my belief that the assault weapons ban made sense…Having said that, none of us are under any illusion that reinstating that ban would be easy.”

“What we’ve focused on how we can improve our enforcement under existing laws,” Mr. Obama said.
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That means the status quo.
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This is just another photo op trip with no substance — but at least he didn’t bow to Calderon.  I take that back.  It IS A BOW to Calderon who really DOES want the drugs and money to continue to flow.  Most of his govenment profits a lot from the trafficking and cutting off the flow of Mexican people heading north?  Unthinkable.

“Our border with Mexico allows the free flow of drugs, money, guns and illegal human beings.  It is only trucks from Mexico with tomatoes that can’t get north, because the Teamsters Union makes it so,” a border agent told us.

The Teamsters get what they want and Calderon gets what he wants.  This is the come and get what you want President Of the United States.  I take that back too.  He’ll come to you, wherever your dictatorship is…..

Newt Gingrich said, “If the president wanted to shut off the flow of drugs and guns and money to and from Mexico, he should seal the border.”

But we have no such promise and not a word of criticism from the media.

No no new gun law.

Senator Obama supports making permanent the expired federal Assault Weapon Ban. These weapons, such as AK-47s, belong on foreign battlefields and not on our streets. These are also not weapons that are used by hunters and sportsmen.”

That ban expired in 2004, and Mexican President Calderon recently told Nightline that he thought “it was very good legislation. During that period, we didn’t suffer a lot, like we suffered in the four or five years” since it expired.

But the White House has indicated it is not willing to expend political capital on the issue.

Just put a sign on the White House lawn that says “DEATH TO MEXICAN POLICE!”

Now the president is off to Trinidad for  a Western Hemisphere summit.  The critical issue of Cuba will dominate.

With all the important work for the President of the United States, with Iran, North Korea, Russia, China, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, the economy and etc. it must be delightful for him to take a trip to Mexico to do nothing and to Trinidad for next to nothing….

Legion to DHS: Standing against “un-American, a menace to our liberties, and destructive to our fundamental law”

April 14, 2009

American Legion National Commander David K. Rehbein sent Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano a letter of protest concerning a recent report by the Department of Homeland Security which suggested veterans were more likely to commit terrorist acts than nonveterans. The letter is below.

Secretary Janet Napolitano
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528

April 13, 2009
Dear Secretary Napolitano,

On behalf of the 2.6 million-member American Legion, I am stating my concern about your April 7 report, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence and Recruitment.”

First, I want to assure you that The American Legion has long shared your concern about white supremacist and anti-government groups. In 1923, when the Ku Klux Klan still yielded unspeakable influence in this country, The American Legion passed Resolution 407. It resolved, in part, “…we consider any individual, group of individuals or organizations, which creates, or fosters racial, religious or class strife among our people, or which takes into their own hands the enforcement of law, determination of guilt, or infliction of punishment, to be un-American, a menace to our liberties, and destructive to our fundamental law…”

The best that I can say about your recent report is that it is incomplete. The report states, without any statistical evidence, “The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.”

The American Legion is well aware and horrified at the pain inflicted during the Oklahoma City bombing, but Timothy McVeigh was only one of more than 42 million veterans who have worn this nation’s uniform during wartime. To continue to use McVeigh as an example of the stereotypical “disgruntled military veteran” is as unfair as using Osama bin Laden as the sole example of Islam.
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Your report states that “Rightwing extremists were concerned during the 1990s with the perception that illegal immigrants were taking away American jobs through their willingness to work at significantly lower wages.” Secretary Napolitano, this is more than a perception to those who have lost their job. Would you categorize union members as “Right Wing extremists”?

In spite of this incomplete, and, I fear, politically-biased report, The American Legion and the Department of Homeland Security share many common and crucial interests, such as the Citizen Corps and disaster preparedness. Since you are a graduate of New Mexico Girls State, I trust that you are very familiar with The American Legion. I would be happy to meet with you at a time of mutual convenience to discuss issues such as border security and the war on terrorism. I think it is important for all of us to remember that Americans are not the enemy. The terrorists are.

Sincerely,

David K. Rehbein
National Commander
The American Legion

Related:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
4/14/american-legion-responds-to-dhs/

U.S. President Barack Obama hugs a service member as he visits ... 
U.S. President Barack Obama hugs a service member as he visits Al Faw Palace on Camp Victory, Iraq April 7. REUTERS/Lee Craker/Multi-National Corps Iraq Public Affairs/Handout

Free Speech, Free Assembly, Second Amendment Rights Could Come Under Fire By Obama Administration

April 14, 2009

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security warns against the possibility of violence by unnamed “right-wing extremists” concerned about illegal immigration, increasing federal power, restrictions on firearms, abortion and the loss of U.S. sovereignty and singles out returning war veterans as particular threats.

The report, titled “Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” dated April 7, states that “threats from white supremacist and violent anti-government groups during 2009 have been largely rhetorical and have not indicated plans to carry out violent acts.”

“The return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks,” the report states.

The report has the surreal feel of something I read in communist Vietnam soon after the end of the war in 1975.  That document resulted in the round up of millions for “re-education.”

The DHS document also strikes us as political correctness run wild and a threat to free speech and other rights including those protected by the Second Amendment.

The U.S. government’s concern may also explain why gun sales have been rising since the election of Barack Obama and why there is a movement to pay “volunteers” to join Ameri-Corps as a counter to conservative groups….

Related:
Michelle Malkin
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/04/14/
confirme-the-obama-dhs-hit-job-on-con
servatives-is-real/

World Net
http://wnd.com/index.php?fa=
PAGE.view&pageId=94803

Related:
 Since Obama’s Election, Gun Sales SkyRocket

 Obama’s Americorps: Hitler Youth Or Putin’s Nashi

Forget ACORN, Obama’s Americorps Has “strong odor of creepy authoritarianism”

You Might Be A Right Wing Nutso!
http://nukegingrich.com/2009/04/14
/you-might-just-be-a-right-wing-extremist/

Customers at a gun shop: Barack Obama fuels gun buying boom with pledge to tighten laws
Firearms sales have soared across America after US President Barack Obama pledged to tighten gun control laws Photo: AP