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August 31, 2012

The Faded Obama Poster On The Wall

Paul Ryan made the comment on Wednesday -- Crossroads Generation rolled out with the commercial today.

H/T Betsy Newmark





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A Different Sort Of Acceptance Speech From A Different Sort Of Candidate

In my lifetime, America has not nominated a man like Mitt Romney for the presidency. Yes, like all save one, he is a white man. And yes, like of the others, he is a man of some means though perhaps more substantial wealth than most of the others. But Mitt Romney is different in that he is not primarily a politician he is a businessman and he has also served for a time in a pastoral role. Those things make him stand out among others who have sought the presidency as major party nominees over the last half century.

Nothing made this more clear than the cluster of speeches from those who knew Romney from his work as a local leader in the LDS Church. When else have we heard a story like this one from Ted and Pat Oparowski?

Explaining that they are a family of modest means firefighter Ted Oparowski spoke of meeting the Romneys and the son, David, the Oparowskis lost over 30 years ago with the Romneys by their side America deserves to hear it he exclaimed.

You cannot measure a mans character based on words he utters before adoring crowds during happy times, he said. The true measure of a man is revealed in his actions during times of trouble. The quiet hospital room of a dying boy, with no cameras and no reporters that is the time to make an assessment.

Pat Oparowski detailed how son, David, at age 14 was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and the way in with Romney helped David and the family including helping young David write his will.

On another visit, David, knowing Mitt had gone to law school at Harvard, asked Mitt if he would help him write a will. He had some prized possessions he wanted to make sure were given to his closest friends and family, she detailed. The next time Mitt went to the hospital, he was equipped with his yellow legal pad and pen. Together, they made Davids will. That is a task that no child should ever have to do. But it gave David peace of mind.

She posed the question: How many men do you know would take the time out of their busy lives to visit a terminally ill 14 year old and help him settle his affairs?

And of what other modern candidate would we have heard a story akin to this one from Pam Finlayson about her seriously ill newborn?

Her lungs not yet ready to breathe, her heart unstable, and after suffering a severe brain hemorrhage at three days old, she was teetering on the very edge of life.

As I sat with her in intensive care, consumed with a mothers worry and fear, dear Mitt came to visit and pray with me.

As our clergy, he was one of few visitors allowed.

I will never forget that when he looked down tenderly at my daughter, his eyes filled with tears, and he reached out gently and stroked her tiny back.

I could tell immediately that he didnt just see a tangle of plastic and tubes; he saw our beautiful little girl, and he was clearly overcome with compassion for her.

During the many months Kate was hospitalized, the Romneys often cared for our two-year old son, Peter. They treated him like one of their own, even welcoming him to stay the night when needed.

I dont mean to suggest that no candidate who came before him would have shown kindness and compassion for others each of them, from Kennedy and Nixon to Obama and McCain, would undoubtedly have shown human kindness in such situations. But if elected, Romneys experience would put him in a small category among American presidents only James A. Garfield was a minister, and Romneys pastoral work was in some ways more extensive than Garfields. Yet what they share in common is a certain humility about the work they did in the name of their religion.

That may be why, listening to Romney last night, I heard a speech that struck me as quite humble in tone. As I re-read it I am struck by how it follows one of the rules for preaching that I learned in seminary for most of the speech, when Romney included deeply personal stories they were there to point to something greater and more significant than himself. While the preacher in the pulpit points towards Christ, candidate Romney pointed towards the greatness of America and what makes our country great. Consider his conclusion.

The America we all know has been a story of the many becoming one, uniting to preserve liberty, uniting to build the greatest economy in the world, uniting to save the world from unspeakable darkness.

Everywhere I go in America, there are monuments that list those who have given their lives for America. There is no mention of their race, their party affiliation, or what they did for a living. They lived and died under a single flag, fighting for a single purpose. They pledged allegiance to the UNITED States of America.

That America, that united America, can unleash an economy that will put Americans back to work, that will once again lead the world with innovation and productivity, and that will restore every father and mother's confidence that their children's future is brighter even than the past.

That America, that united America, will preserve a military that is so strong, no nation would ever dare to test it.

That America, that united America, will uphold the constellation of rights that were endowed by our Creator, and codified in our Constitution.

That united America will care for the poor and the sick, will honor and respect the elderly, and will give a helping hand to those in need.

That America is the best within each of us. That America we want for our children.

If I am elected President of these United States, I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America, to lift our eyes to a better future. That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us. Our children deserve it, our nation depends upon it, the peace and freedom of the world require it. And with your help we will deliver it. Let us begin that future together tonight.

Yes, Mitt Romney is a different kind of candidate with a different sort of background from that which we are accustomed to. He is the evangelist of an American vision that is both traditional and modern at the same time. As such, he points away from himself and towards that vision that he wants us to share, in the hope that his fellow Americans will be swayed to that call to a secular salvation of freedom and prosperity. It is to be hoped that Americans respond.





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The Wisdom Of Clint Eastwood

I didnt watch the speeches at last nights convention I was instead watching my Houston Texans beat the Minnesota Vikings from my seat at Reliant Stadium, since someone with the NFL saw fit to schedule a game in one of the most Republican metropolitan areas in one of the most Republican states in the union on the final night of the Republican National Convention. And while I got to listen to Mitt Romneys speech while driving home, I called it a night when I got home because I knew I had lunchroom duty at 6:45 AM and a classroom full of kids to teach thirty minutes later.

But fortunately, someone sent me a link to a piece over at Q and O that pointed me to the single most important thing that Clint Eastwood had to say in his speech/performance last night.

I would just like to say something, ladies and gentlemen. Something that I think is very important. It is that, you, we -- we own this country.

(APPLAUSE)

We -- we own it. It is not you owning it, and not politicians owning it. Politicians are employees of ours.

(APPLAUSE)

And -- so -- they are just going to come around and beg for votes every few years. It is the same old deal. But I just think it is important that you realize , that you're the best in the world. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican or whether you're libertarian or whatever, you are the best. And we should not ever forget that. And when somebody does not do the job, we got to let them go.

Hes right, you know.

We own this country all of us, together.

It does not belong to the political class in Washington, patrician families in Hyannisport, pampered movie stars in Hollywood, or elite journalists in Chevy Chase Village. America and its promise belong to all of us, and those to whom we entrust the levers of power work for us, not the other way around. It is why it is so appropriate that the opening words of the Constitution are writ large in that ornate script We the People

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Everything that follows in that document has but one purpose to give instructions to our employees on how to operate the machinery of government and to place certain powers and functions off limits to them. And yet today we hear many of those same employees tell us that the instruction manual is no longer important and the changes they have made over the years are a better way and that if we just let them use some of those prohibited functions and powers they will really make things so much better. We the people have all too often stood by and allowed them to violate the operating parameters, and all too often we have found that whatever short-term good may have been done comes with long term consequences that are detrimental to our national health and our individual liberties.

We own this country and it is our obligation to wisely choose stewards to act on our behalf. We own this country and at times it is important that we fire an employee who is not up to the job he has been handed or who has indicated his contempt for our authority over him. We own this country and if the results we want are not forthcoming, it is time to make a change. And let there be no mistake the results of the Obama Presidency are clearly not what we were promised, not what we were led to expect, and not what we should accept.

In 2008, Barack Obama campaigned and won on a promise of change. It is therefore perfectly within our rights for We the People to decide that change is what we want in 2012. Thank you to Mr. Eastwood for reminding us of that at this auspicious moment.





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Why Is Chris Matthews Afraid Of Black People And Why Does He Try To Hide It?

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Could his attempts to paint the GOP as racist (like this over-wrought example) have something to do with his living in a lily-white suburb, despite his claims to live in a majority black city?

After offering yet another rant about how the latest Republican speech at the convention was really nothing but coded racist dog-whistling, the guy who gets all tingly over Obama said the following:

But I go back to living in DC all these years. I've lived there 40 years, a black-majority city, and anybody who wants to get up early in Washington and drive down North Capitol (Street) and drive past Florida Avenue, sees nothing but youn-, but black people up at 6:30 in the morning going to work. That's where they're going, to work, and not at big-wage jobs and not to get a welfare check, they're out working hard all day and not coming home with a fantastic paycheck.

Only one problem with this the reason Chris Matthews is driving by all those black people is because he is driving his pasty white @$$ in from the affluent suburb of Chevy Chase Village in Maryland. And as the good folks over at NewsBusters report for us, that community of slightly under 2000 souls has a grand total of TEN (10) black residents approximately one half of one percent. Of course, the numbers may be somewhat higher there are 22 folks who report themselves as being of two or more races, so it is conceivable that there are as many as 32 residents who are at least part black, for a potential 1.6% black/part black, which is still dwarfed by the 93.4% of the community that lists itself as white like Tingles. Indeed, I wonder if that sensation that the NBC journalist gets when he hears Obama talk is really his bodys signal that hes seeing someone who probably doesnt belong in his neighborhood and how he would react to a black kid in a black hoodie wandering his neighborhood on a dark and rainy night.





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August 30, 2012

Who Are The Racists?

As we listen to folks on the Left and in the media (the same thing, really) tell us that "golf", "Chicago", "angry", "welfare", "food stamps", and other seemingly race neutral words and phrases are actually "dog whistles" of latent racism, I think that this graphic needs to be consdered by all Americans.

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So will someone at MSNBC, which blacked out all of the minority speakers save one on Tuesday night at the RNC, offer a cogent rebuttal?





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Obama To America -- "We Don't Need No First Amendment!"

Well, maybe that isn't a direct quote, but it is the substance of his words.

President Barack Obama used the online springboard provided by Reddit to dive into the media crush at the GOP convention, with a skillfully executed call for a constitutional amendment to curb the free-speech of wealthier people and corporations.

I think we need to seriously consider mobilizing a constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United. Even if the amendment process falls short, it can shine a spotlight of the super PAC phenomenon and help apply pressure for change, Obama said during 4:30 p.m. EST online event.

Barack Obama has already launched a direct attack on religious freedom with his administration's birth control regulations under Obamacare. Now he wants to take away the free speech rights of his opponents. What other parts of the Bill of Rights does Obama want to scrap? Americans have a right to know the answer before the election.





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August 29, 2012

Hack Reporter Accuses Republicans Of Acting Like Obama

It may be one of the most disgusting things to come out of a "journalist" not employed by MSNBC or Current TV.

Yahoo News has fired Washington bureau chief David Chalian after he was caught on a hot-mic during an online video broadcast saying that Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, had no problem with African Americans suffering as a result of Hurricane Isaac, a source familiar with the situation tells POLITICO. (Now confirmed: see below)

"They're not concerned at all. They're happy to have a party with black people drowning," Chalian said over a break during the ABC News/Yahoo News webcast, in reference to the fact that the GOP convention in Tampa is taking place as Hurricane Isaac makes landfall on the north Gulf coast.

That accusation is ugly, hateful, and typical of what we have heard from the President, his campaign and surrogates, and his minions in the media. And frankly, it is disgusting. After all, the convention was set long in advance of the hurricane -- and is part of the process of selecting a candidate and electing a president, not merely "a party".

Besides, we republicans don't act like Barack Obama, who does have a history of partying while Americans are dying as the result of an ongoing natural disaster.

Let's have a little "Hope & Change flashback" to the first weeks of the Obama Administration in 2009.

Last week a massive ice storm struck the heartland of America, leaving at least 42 dead and millions without power or water. Days later there are still over a million people in Kentucky who have no power, no water, and no communications. They could have to survive this way for weeks! The conditions are dire and getting worse, with some storm survivors carrying pails of water from creeks. Thousands more are living in shelters with no timetable for returning home. FEMA is nowhere to be found.

Amid this catastrophe, where is President Barack Obama? While millions are struggling were struggling with the dangerous and deadly icy conditions President Obama had the thermostat in the Oval Office cranked up like a hothouse growing orchids. On Thursday while millions in Tennessee and Kentucky did not have access to shelter or food Obama hosted a cocktail party at the White House and served up fancy martinis and an appetizer menu that featured mouthwatering wagyu steak costing $100 a pound.

Saturday night as the governor of Kentucky called up the entire National Guard in his state to deal with the ongoing crisis President Obama slipped into his black tie attire to attend the exclusive Alfalfa Club dinner, where lavish cocktails and fine dining were the order of the evening. And on Sunday when millions in Kentucky and Tennessee still lacked the basic necessities of power and water the Obama family threw an extravagant Super Bowl party!

Yeah, that's right -- as Americans suffered and died during an ongoing weather-related natural disaster, Obama's response was to "party hearty". Now I'll grant you that those most severely impacted by the storm were folks who had not voted for Obama -- and were overwhelmingly white, not black like so many of the residents f New Orleans -- but it still seems to me that Obama's actions dwarf any insensitivity that the GOP may be guilty of in the fevered imaginations.





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MSNBC Bleaches GOP Convention White

Shockingly racist!

MSNBC wants you to think the Republican Party hates minorities. So much so that the liberal news network cut minority speeches from its convention coverage.

When popular Tea Party candidate Ted Cruz, the GOP nominee for Senate, took the stage, MSNBC cut away from the Republican National Convention and the Hispanic Republican from Texas speech.

MSNBC stayed on commercial through former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis speech, as well. Davis, who recently became a Republican, is black.

Then, when Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortunos wife Luce Vela Fortuo took the stage minutes later, MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews opted to talk over the First Ladys speech.

And Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval? Noticeably missing from MSNBC, too.

Mia Love, a black candidate for Congress in Utah, was also ignored by MSNBC.

Indeed, the only racial or ethnic minority broadcast was South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, the daughter of Indian immigrants, who at first glance does not appear to be Asian.

This is not surprising if they had showed those speeches, Americans would have seen that Republicans come in both genders and every race, ethnicity, and religion. The illiberal liberal media would prefer that the American public especially minorities believe that the GOP is the party of old white fundamentalist Christians, and so they engaged in a bit of truth suppression last night to cover up the truth.





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Obama Disses Moon Hero With Flag Proclamation, Politicizes Practice Of Lowering Flag To Half Staff

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It was bad enough that Barack Obamas Neil Armstrong tribute comments on the internet featured a picture of the president rather than a picture of the astronaut walking on the moon. Now Obama has slighted Armstrong with his proclamation lowering the flag to half staff in on the day of his funeral.

DEATH OF NEIL ARMSTRONG

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

As a mark of respect for the memory of Neil Armstrong, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that on the day of his interment, the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset on such day. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

BARACK OBAMA

Ordinarily I would take no exception to this proclamation lowering the flag for a single day, even though the historical importance of Armstrongs accomplishments arguably merits a greater honor.

But in light of Obamas proclamations in two other cases in the last six weeks, Im troubled.

After the Aurora theater shooting, flags were lowered for six days.

After the Sikh temple shooting outside Milwaukee, flags were lowered for five days.

In the case of Neil Armstrong, we have a figure of great historical importance who put his life on the line for his country being honored for a single day. In the cases of the two mass shootings, we have multi-day lowering of the flag over murders that were simply notorious crimes.

I cant help but wonder if the fact that Neil Armstrong was a public critic of Obamas space policy had something to do with this disparity. Or perhaps Obama simply saw a chance to use his office to try to use the crimes to pander for good publicity in the run up to the election. Or, most likely, both.





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Don't Like Ryan's Budget?

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And remember -- Obama's budget got rejected without a single affirmative vote from either party

H/T GayPatriot.





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August 26, 2012

Watcher's Council Results

Here are this weeks full results.

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!





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August 25, 2012

Neil Armstrong, First Man On Moon, Has Died

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"That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind."

From the Houston Chronicle.

CINCINNATI (AP) Family says Neil Armstrong, who gave world 'giant leap' with 1st footprint on moon, has died.

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I can't even begin to say all the things I would like to about the accomplishments of Neil Armstrong. These photos do a significantly better job than I could. And so I will let them speak.

But one of the neat things about living just a few miles from Johnson Space Center is that I have had the opportunity to get to know men and women who knew Neil Armstrong before he went to the moon. They have all spoken highly of him -- and in the case of one couple I am friends with, from the perspective of neighbors who got to see what he was like on a day-to-day basis. Their words remind me that we have lost not just an American hero -- we have also lost a good man. May he rest in peace, and may his family be comforted in their time of loss.

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Obamunists Wail Over Romney Joke As "Gutterball Politics" After Accusing Him Of Felonies, Murder

It was a marginally funny joke by Mitt Romney while visiting his home state.

In an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley on Friday, Mitt Romney played down the remarks he made about President Obama's origins, arguing that they amounted to a joke and not a "swipe" at the president.

"No, no, not a swipe," Romney said. "I've said throughout the campaign and before, there's no question about where he was born. He was born in the U.S. This was fun about us, and coming home. And humor, you know -- we've got to have a little humor in a campaign."

Romney was on the campaign trail in his home state of Michigan Friday when he made a crack at the "birther" suspicions that ultimately drove Mr. Obama to release his long-form birth certificate to prove he was born in the United States.

"I love being home in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born. Ann was born in Henry Ford Hospital. I was born in Harper Hospital," Romney said in Commerce, Michigan earlier Friday. "No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised."

Given Romney's long record of acknowledging Obama's birthplace is Hawaii, the little quip shouldn't have been a big deal -- especially given that Obama himself raises money on his own website selling items with his birth certificate on it.

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Add to that the reality that Obama's own campaign has been a platform for "Returners" to accuse Mitt Romney of federal felonies, and the president's own refusal to disassociate himself from the staffers and major allies who have done so (like Harry Reid), I find it difficult to work up much outrage over what was, in fact, a lame attempt at humor about the whole "birther" controversy.

That's why the response of the Obama campaign is particularly outrageous. To claim that Romney is playing "gutterball politics" when the Obama campaign has gone so far as accusing him of cheating on his taxes and killing a woman is obscene -- the joke laughing at the "birthers" (which is how I took it when I first heard what Romney said) is orders of magnitudes less offensive that the things that the Obama campaign has said about Romney in an attempt to demolish the reputation of a man of higher moral and ethical character than Obama could ever aspire to. That the media has taken the sniveling Obmaunist whimpers about this as worthy of respect is evidence of just how far most news outlets are in the tank for the president.





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University Refuses To Pick Up Tab For Obama Campaign Event, Bans Obama From Campus

As a Washington & Lee alum, it pains me to utter or type the words "Hurrah for UVa," but I fully support their decision to tell Barack Obama he isn't welcome on their campus if the school will be stuck with the cost of his security.

A University of Virginia spokeswoman says President Barack Obama will not be at the university when he comes to Charlottesville on Wednesday. In a statement released Friday, it was confirmed that the university declined the president's request to speak at UVA.

UVA says the Obama campaign requested the use of one of two outdoor venues - the Amphitheater or the Harrison-Small Library plaza. The university declined the request for a number of reasons including class cancellations, which UVA estimates could be more than 186 classes on the second day of school. The other main reason is they would have to take on the full cost of security, and because of university policy and their federal and state tax exempt status, they would have to offer the same opportunity to the other candidate so as not to show favor for either candidate.

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Costs: the host site would be responsible for all security costs as determined by the Secret Service. The security costs would include, but not be limited to: staffing the intersections along the motorcade route (anticipate more than 200 officers would be required at a cost of $90,000 or more); security required at U.Va. and at the airport (obtaining officers from the local police departments and state police at U.Va.'s expense); canine dogs (obtaining them from police departments statewide).

Obama has been sticking it to states, counties, cities, and schools since before the 2008 election, refusing to pay those entities for the cost of campaign events and instead expecting local taxpayers to pick up the tab. It is about time that some responsible official insist that enough is enough and tells the president that he is not welcome if he isn't going to pay for what he and his campaign use.





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Maybe We Need To Disarm The Cops And Leave The Civilians Armed

Yeah, one murderous wahoo with a gun started this -- but it appears that the only guy he shot was his intended victim. Most (and likely all) of the wounded were shot by the police.

As the two officers confronted a gunman in front of the Empire State Building on a busy Friday morning, they had to make a snap decision: Do they open fire in the middle of Midtown?

From a distance of less than 10 feet, the officers, Craig Matthews and Robert Sinishtaj, answered in unison; one shot nine times and the other seven.

Investigators believe at least 7 of those 16 bullets struck the gunman, said Paul J. Browne, the Police Departments chief spokesman. But the officers also struck some, if not all, of the nine bystanders who were wounded.

Maybe Mayor Bloomberg needs to quit worrying about who is drinking a Big Gulp and instead deal with NYPD -- The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight.





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I Offer Up A Prayer Of Thanksgiving On Shelia Jackson Lee's Behalf

It is no secret that I do not particularly like the politics or personality of Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, and that I consider her "service" in Congress to be a disgrace to this state and this nation. That said, I am truly thrilled to read this good news of hers and to offer up the above mentioned prayer in response.

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee announced Friday that she is now 'cancer free' after undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

In a statement, Jackson Lee says she was diagnosed last year and had been undergoing surgery, chemotherapy and radiation at the MD Anderson Cancer Center and St. Luke's Hospital.

"I look forward to having many more years to enjoy my family, friends and to serve our community and nation," Jackson Lee said. "Thank you for your concern and your support. This is just one more battle that I had to win and my strength is renewed. I especially want to thank my family for all of their support. I know my purpose -- it is to use this challenge as an inspiration for the work that God calls me to do."

I've said it many times -- there's politics and there's real life. Let's not let our many disagreements on the former interfere with our ability to have kind words and thoughts about each other on the former. And in that spirit I wish her many long years of health and life, whatever our respective political differences may be.





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August 24, 2012

German Prosecution Of Rabbi Signals Change From "Never Again" To "Well, Maybe Again"

Less than a century after the Holocaust, Germany is criminalizing and prosecuting Judaism.

A German rabbi is facing charges for performing a circumcision, less than two months after a Cologne court outraged Jews and Muslims by outlawing the procedure.

Rabbi David Goldberg has become the first rabbi to face possible legal action for performing the ritual after an unidentified doctor filed a criminal complaint against the spiritual leader, alleging "bodily harm" to the child involved, the Times of Israel reported.

The charges against the 64-year-old, a rabbi of the Bavarian city of Hof for over 10 years, have sparked widespread anger among Jewish and Muslim communities, with many groups demanding that Germany pass legislation to protect the practice.

"The charges laid against a Jewish religious leader for performing a fully legal action is outrageous and a very troubling escalation, sending a deeply problematic message," Moshe Kantor, the president of the European Jewish Congress, told the Jerusalem Post.

"It has been many decades since a Jew was charged for practicing Judaism openly and is reminiscent of far darker times," he added. "We hope that in Germany, of all places, the authorities would remain far more sensitive to this issue."

There ought to be international outrage over this, with front page editorial denunciations of this violation of fundamental human rights. But there isn't. After all, it has become fashionable among Europe's intellectual and political elite to lament that Hitler was not permitted to complete his work seven decades ago -- which explains European support for organizations and nations that seek to complete the Final Solution by destroying the State of Israel. It is therefore fitting that this effort to make Judaism illegal has begun in the heart of the nation that has repeated tried to exterminate its Jews over the last several centuries.





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When They've Lost Anderson Cooper...

Bravo to the CNN anchor for calling out the head of the DNC.

When Democrat lies become too much for the mainstream media o take, you know how far Team Obama has sunk.





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More Muhammadan Mayhem & Murder Over Blasphemy Allegations Directed At Chidlren

There may be some admirable things to be found in Islam -- but there is much too much of this sort of activity for me to declare that faith to be either beautiful or peaceful.

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Detectives in Faisalabad, around 60 miles from Lahore, said they were investigating whether accusations of blasphemy had also been made against the boy.

Human rights campaigners condemned the killing of Samuel Yaqoob whose burned and tortured body body was discovered on Eid, the celebration which marks the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

His lips and nose had been sliced off, his stomach removed and there was evidence that his legs had been mutilated too.

The boy had been missing since Monday when he left his home in the town's Christian Colony to visit a local market. His relatives identified his body from a distinctive mark on his forehead.

It is unclear if this young boy had been accused of blasphemy -- but in the context of the arrest and imprisonment of a young girl with Down Syndrome on the basis of an accusation of blasphemy and subsequent threats and violence against the Pakistani Christian community, it is quite possible that this murder is an act of communal retaliation for the alleged misdeeds of the other Christian child even if there is no charge of blasphemy against the victim in this case.

And speaking of the outrageous charges against that mentally disabled child, there is this update.

A Pakistani Christian girl detained on accusations of defaming Islam has been refused a meeting with a lawyer.

Rimsah Masih, a teenage girl who some media have said has Down's Syndrome, was reported by a neighbour under Pakistan's anti-blasphemy law after her daughter saw Masih throwing away rubbish that included burned Islamic religious texts.

A spokesman for All Pakistan Minorities Alliance said jail authorities had told lawyers to get permission from top authorities to meet with Masih.

"I myself contacted the inspector general (of prisons) by phone and he told me that he will call me back, but I am still waiting to speak to him," Tahir Naveed Chaudhry, one of Rimsha's lawyers, said.

"Legally, they can't stop a lawyer seeing his client in the jail but the authorities are refusing us a meeting."

Those who have seen her report that she appears beaten and bruised. Is this evidence of jailhouse torture, or simply the failure of prison authorities to provide for the safety of a mentally disabled child?

So in addition to the violation of human rights that is implicit in charging a Christian with blasphemy against Islam (a religion that is built upon anti-Christian and anti-Jewish blasphemy), now we are seeing much more mundane violations of due process rights in the case. This certainly continues to undermine the notion that there is much civilized about Islamic civilization.





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August 23, 2012

Democrat Thrown Off Ballot For Praising Republican Incumbent

The local Dems here in Harris County did so using a provision of their party rules that allows them to toss out any party official who has endorsed a candidate from the other party.

Here's the complaint filed by former Harris County Democrat Party chairman Gerald Birmberg, which was upheld by current Harris County Democrat Chairman Lane Lewis in his decision to throw Democrat nominee for District Attorney Lloyd Oliver off the ballot.

I am writing formally to complain that Lloyd Oliver, a party officer of the Harris County Democratic Party, being its official candidate for the office of District Attorney on the November 6, 2012 General Election ballot, publically endorsed Pat Lykos, a non-Democratic candidate seeking the office of District Attorney of Harris County in an election in which a Democrat is seeking the same office.

Specifically, on May 30, 2012, Lloyd Oliver told the Houston Chronicle, a newspaper of general circulation in Harris County, knowing that such comments would be make public and publicized, that Republican Pat Lykos was such a good candidate for District Attorney, she would have gotten my vote. I attach hereto a copy of the Houston Chronicle article reporting this endorsement of Ms. Lykos.

On June 18,2012, Mr. Oliver repeated his endorsement of Republican Pat Lykos, stating publicly on KUHF radio that he so admired her that he would have voted for her.

Now the dates are significant here. Oliver's first statement was made on May 30. The second was made on June 18. The thing is, District Attorney Pat Lykos was kicked to the curb by GOP primary voters on May 29 -- so she was no longer a candidate for any office when the alleged "endorsement" was made. As a result, the statements could not have violated the rule prohibiting endorsements of non-Democrat candidates when there is a Democrat running against them.

Of course, Big Jolly Politics points out that there are additional problems with the interpretation of Democrat Party rules used to remove Oliver from the ballot -- such as the minor niggling detail that Oliver is not a party official (he is a nominee for office), nor did he do any of the things that the rules stipulate constitute prohibited activities.

The reality is that the local Democrat establishment wanted Oliver off the ballot. Why? Because he has run for various offices in previous primaries as a Republican (and in others as a Democrat) and because he had the audacity to defeat the Democrat establishment's choice for the office. The Democrat establishment would prefer to lose the race outright (which was bound to happen in any event -- Lloyd Oliver is a joke) than to take the risk of having a non-liberal straight white male who wasn't under their thumb holding a major office in Harris County.

Lloyd Oliver is planning to take this matter to court. I anticipate his winning.

By the way -- doesn't this move disenfranchise the predominantly minority voters who voted for Oliver back in the May 29 primary? Will the Justice Department intervene in this case under the Voting Rights Act -- especially since the reason's cited for Oliver's removal are clearly a sham? Or will the fact that Lloyd Oliver is a heterosexual white male keep the Obama Administration on the sidelines?





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The Picture Says It All

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August 22, 2012

Joint Chiefs Chairman Shows Himself To Be A Political Hack Who Is Unfit To Remain In Uniform

It is a part of our American tradition that the military remain under civilian control, and that military officers not take political stances for or against our civilian leaders -- or against the right of the American people to speak on political matters or military policy.

Unfortunately, Obama's pet general, Joint Chiefs Of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, has abandoned that tradition and attacked veterans who have spoken out against his boss -- thereby taking sides in a political campaign and undermining the rights of Americans to speak out on political matters.

The top U.S. military official criticized a video from a group of ex-special operations and intelligence officers who are attacking President Obama for allegedly politicizing the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said he was disappointed with the members of the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund, when asked about the video Tuesday in interviews with Fox News and Agence France-Presse.

Dempsey said that the military should never be used as a partisan vehicle and should remain apolitical.

If someone uses the uniform, whatever uniform, for partisan politics, I am disappointed because I think it does erode that bond of trust we have with the American people, Dempsey said during his flight back from a trip to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Is their criticism valid? I wont comment on that, Dempsey said Is it useful? No, its not useful. Its not useful to me.

The thing is, the only member of the military using the uniform for partisan politics is Dempsey. Those behind the political ad he attacked are no longer in uniform -- and as civilians they have every right to publicly express their support or opposition to the president and his policies and to engage in public political speech. That he would question the propriety of those veterans -- indeed, of any civilian -- to do so is contrary to the very tradition he cites and contrary to the values of the US Constitution that he swore an oath to defend. Having violated that oath, it is time for the general to be cashiered for his disgraceful conduct -- at which time he can take a post as another hack flacking for Obama's reelection, a position which his comments demonstrate he is eminently qualified.





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August 21, 2012

To Gain Farm Votes, Obama Will Drive Up Food Prices For Working Americans

But only for working Americans, because they are the folks most likely to vote Republican. Obama's super-rich supporters and the seething mass of Food Stamp recipients won't feel a thing -- the former because they won't notice the increased marginal cost, and the latter because they aren't paying for their food in the first place.

President Barack Obama, campaigning in Iowa today, announced $170 million in government meat purchases to help farmers struck by drought, helping to send hog prices to a one-week high.

The purchase of as much as $100 million of pork, $50 million of chicken, and $10 million each of lamb and catfish come on top of $30 million in assistance announced last week. Farmers and ranchers are struggling with the worst combination of heat and dryness since the 1950s, the administration said.

Obama said he also directed the Defense Department to speed up purchases and hold the meat for later use. The buying will help farmers, and the government will get a better price on products than if they were bought later, he said.

Now let's break this one down for those who are not really clear on the matter.

Obama is going to take your tax dollars (an amount taken from you under threat of government force, decreasing your purchasing power) in order to compete with you in the marketplace for the purchase of food products, thereby bringing about higher prices which will have the effect of further reducing your purchasing power (and no doubt seek to increase your taxes to pay for the program, which will then decrease your purchasing power even further).

And let's face it -- food prices are already high. The pound of hamburger that cost $1.99 a year ago cost me $2.88 Sunday evening -- and that isn't even getting into the increased price for cuts of steak. I've seen similar price increases for pork and chicken -- and I'd presume something similar has happened with seafood prices, though I can't comment because I so rarely purchase fish.

But don't 't worry, Michelle Obama has a suggestion for for those who find the price of ordinary foodstuffs to be excessive.

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Obama's Racism Displayed In Politico E-Book

After all, how else can would your average liberal describe someone calling a minority politician "boy"?

Obamas trash-talking competitiveness, a trait that has defined him since his days on the court as a basketball-obsessed teenager in Hawaii, was on display one night last February, when the president spotted a woman he knew was close to Sen. Marco Rubio in a Florida hotel lobby. Is your boy going to go for [vice president]? the president asked her. Maybe, she replied.

Well, he said, chuckling, according to a person who witnessed the encounter. Tell your boy to watch it. He might get his ass kicked.

What?

All you Obama supporters don't find that to be a racist comment?

Then ask yourself how you would respond if I were to make the comment that "I can't wait to see your boy kicked out on his ass by the American people in November." Somehow I don't think you would be nearly so willing to overlook or excuse such a statement by me. Is that because you hold your enemies to a different standard than you do your allies? Or is it just that you have a racist double standard that holds a black man like Obama to a lower standard than you hold a white man like me?

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August 20, 2012

A Roger Clemens Comeback

Well, this sure got folks talking over lunch at school today.

Seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens has come out of retirement and joined the Sugar Land Skeeters.

The team announced the signing of Clemens, 50, who will join the Skeeters Friday, and pitch on Saturday when Sugar Land of the independent Atlantic League takes on Bridgeport.

Clemens' Major League career spanned three decades. He's pitched in 709 games and has logged nearly 5,000 innings. He was 354-184 with a career ERA of 3.12 with 4,672 strikeouts.

He pitched for the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and Houston Astros. He ended his MLB career as a member of the Yankees in 2007.

Yeah, an 87 MPH fastball isn't quite major league material -- but then again, the Skeeters are not a major league team. If the old guy can hack it on this level, why not?





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August 19, 2012

Hit The Road, Barack

A PICTURE THAT SPEAKS A THOUSAND WORDS.

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From the Niall Ferguson article.

The voters now face a stark choice. They can let Barack Obamas rambling, solipsistic narrative continue until they find themselves living in some American version of Europe, with low growth, high unemployment, even higher debtand real geopolitical decline.

Or they can opt for real change: the kind of change that will end four years of economic underperformance, stop the terrifying accumulation of debt, and reestablish a secure fiscal foundation for American national security.





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Christian Child With Down Syndrome Charged With Blasphemy In Pakistan

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Is there no level of indecency, barbarism or savagery that the followers of Islam will not sink to in the name of their false religion?

An 11-year-old Christian girl has been arrested in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad on a charge of blasphemy after she was accused of burning pages of the Quran, police said today.

Officials of Ramna police station said a First Information Report (FIR) had been registered against Rimsha Masih, a resident of Umara Jaffar in Sector G-12 in Islamabad.

The girl was arrested on Friday by personnel from a women's police station after a man named Syed Muhammad Ummad filed a complaint against her.

However, an NGO named 'Christians in Pakistan' reported on its website that the girl has 'Down Syndrome' and had been falsely accused of burning 10 pages of the Quran.

This is a child -- and one with a diminished mental capacity at that. What sort of society arrests and charges one such as this with a crime that carries a sentence of life imprisonment -- or even death -- for what amounts to nothing more than burning a few sheets of paper? What sort of religion demands such a thing?

What's more, as a Christian the Quran is not something she holds sacred, but is instead a book which expressly contradicts the teachings of her faith. In a civilized country among civilized people, it would therefore be understood that she would hold the Quran in lower esteem and respect than a Muslim does -- and that no government ought to be forcing her to abide by the teachings and practices of a different faith.

Especially when one considers that the teachings of Islam found in the Quran are blasphemous lies to a Christian -- and the lack of respect for Christians taught by Islam.

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What Obama Needs To Release

I'm with Doug Ross on this one -- if Barack Obama thinks that Mitt Romney's tax returns are so important, he ought to be willing to release some pertinent information about himself and his administration in return. You know, including ones that are PUBLIC RECORDS that the public supposedly has a right to see anyhow, as opposed to income tax returns that are deemed confidential by law with criminal penalties for unlawful access, use, or disclosure.

I propose a simple trade: Mitt Romney will release one tax return in exchange for the release of the following documents by Barack Obama (in order):

1. His college transcripts.

2. His Illinois state senate schedule and meeting records.

3. The video of his speech praising PLO operative Rashid Khalidi at a banquest in 2003, which The Los Angeles Times possesses, but still refuses to release.

4. His complete medical records.

5. His client list while serving as an attorney for the firm of Davis, Miner, Barnhill and Gallard.

6. His personal records from the Illinois state senate.

7. His Illinois state bar records and the status of his bar license.

8. His own and his mother's original passport application.

9. The death photos of Osama bin Laden.

I'd add the documents subpoenaed by the House as a part of the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious, which the White House and Justice Department are illegally withholding.

Oh, yeah -- and his original birth certificate, which I've long argued ought to be on file in the National Archives due to its historical significance and importance for establishing Obama's constitutional qualifications for the presidency (which is something I do not question at all).





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Watcher's Council Results

Here are this weeks full results.

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!





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August 18, 2012

A Study In Irony

The Soros-funded apologist for collectivism and oppressive government at ThinkProgress EmoteRegress ran a piece with this headline that was picked up by Memeorandum.

Pro-Gun Group Floods Public Library With Armed Protesters, Compares Gun Regulation To Jim Crow

Upon reading the article, it is clear that the EmoteRegress stooges simply object to the exercise of First and Second Amendment rights by those on the right -- and certainly object to the claim being made by the protesters, one which was arguably on point.

And the irony is that THIS headline appeared in the column directly opposite the disapproving headline about the peaceful protest.

Colorado U. to segregate dorms for students with gun permits

In other words, the hoplophobic bigots running a government university are imposing Jim Crow regulations upon those exercising their legal and constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Somehow the Soros-funded hacks missed the story about a public entity doing exactly what those protesters claimed is done with gun regulations -- or more likely, they approve of it.





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USS Constitution To Sail Under Its Own Power Again

I am in awe.

The world's oldest commissioned warship will sail under its own power for just the second time in more than a century to commemorate the battle that won it the nickname "Old Ironsides."

The USS Constitution, which was first launched in 1797, will be tugged from its berth in Boston Harbor on Sunday to the main deepwater pathway into the harbor. It will then set out to open seas for a 10-minute cruise.

The short trip marks the day two centuries ago when the Constitution bested the British frigate HMS Guerriere in a fierce battle during the War of 1812. It follows a three-year restoration project and is the first time the Constitution has been to sea on its own since its 200th birthday in 1997.

I'm an old (and getting older) Navy brat who was raised on the tales of the US Navy's sailing ships like the USS Constitution, USS Constellation, and older vessels like Bonhomme Richard -- and of the heroes who sailed them. I have no words to describe the emotions that are welling up inside of me as I imagine this short voyage.





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Left Again Becomes What It Accuse Right Of Being

Remember.

The Tea Party was supposed to be lawless and violent -- but it was the Occupy movement that saw multiple acts of violence and uncounted crimes, not the Tea Party.

Sarah Palin supposedly sparked violence by putting a target on a Congressional district where a deranged man later shot a member of Congress -- but it was a pro-gay marriage activist who volunteered for LGBT organizations who shot up a conservative Christian group after it was labeled a hate group by the extremists at Planned Parenthood, the Human Rights Campaign and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

And remember the "phantom loogie" allegedly hocked at a Democrat Congressman as Tea Party activists peaceably assembled seeking a redress of grievances against Obamacare? Well, now we do have an actual spitting incident -- one that is documented.

A bus tour event on behalf of Mitt Romney turned ugly Friday afternoon when a protester interrupted a rally and spit in a supporters face.

The event featured Wisconsin state Sen. Alberta Darling and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.

During Darlings remarks, the protester, Mary Hoglund, 83, of Appleton, interrupted the event to ask about Republican opposition to Planned Parenthood.

A local Romney supporter began arguing with Hoglund, who then spit in her face. Hoglund was escorted out, and received medical attention for a scratch she received on her neck.

Just more evidence of how hatred and incivility are "progressive" liberal values.





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August 16, 2012

Lack Of Charges In MF Global Case Speaks Volumes

Do you think that the Obama Justice Department would be this lax if the head of MF Global were an Romney bundler and former GOP elected official, not former Democrat governor and big time Obama fundraiser Jon Corzine?

A criminal investigation into the collapse of the brokerage firm MF Global and the disappearance of about $1 billion in customer money is now heading into its final stage without charges expected against any top executives.

After 10 months of stitching together evidence on the firms demise, criminal investigators are concluding that chaos and porous risk controls at the firm, rather than fraud, allowed the money to disappear, according to people involved in the case.

Must be good to have friends in high places.





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Doesn't The First Amendment Apply To Islam?

How can the federal government pay to train clergy about how the teachings of their religion line up with American policy -- despite centuries of religious teaching to the contrary?

As part of its effort to combat gender-based violence, the U.S. State Department has trained 450 Muslim leaders (imams), using a curriculum focusing on the compatibility of womens rights and Islam, according to a report released on Friday.

The report, United States Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally, was released by the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Aug. 10, after President Barack Obama issued an executive order instructing government agencies to come up with a multi-year strategy that will more effectively prevent and respond to gender-based violence globally.

Mind you, I'm not defending violence against women -- something that I believe should be eliminated and which traditional Islam explicitly endorses. I'm just asking what business the United States government has in offering religious training to religious leaders in an attempt to sway them to support government policy. What next? A government funded seminar for priests on designed to show them how gay marriage and Catholicism are compatible?





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Obama's Cult Of Personality Continues Unabated

When you think of American presidents who were clearly deeply and passionately in love with their wives, you find the numbers to have been quite small. Heck, if we just look at those of the last century, few stand out as having done so -- and if you exclude the relationship between Woodrow Wilson and his second wife (who he courted and married in the White House), the only ones who really spring to mind are Harry and Bess Truman, Gerald and Betty Ford, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, and perhaps both Bushes (and in the case of 41 and Barbara, I'm biased because I've been blessed to see this lovely couple together here in Houston so many times). Michelle and Barack Obama have never come across to me as that sort of couple -- I don't question that there is some sort of love between them, but I can't imagine the sort of book being written about them that was written about the Reagans, nor are we likely to see a collection of his love letters to her published.

So why on earth are we getting this creepy historical marker placed in Chicago?

She was an attorney at a big Chicago law firm. He was a Harvard Law student who landed a job there as a summer associate. He was immediately smitten. She wasn't so sure. But he won her over, and the couple sealed their budding romance with a kiss at the Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop in Hyde Park.

So goes the story of how Michelle and Barack Obama fell in love in 1989. And on Wednesday, a historical marker went up at the corner of Dorchester Avenue and 53rd Street noting the exact location where the couple had their first smooch.

A quote from President Obama, taken from an interview published in "O, The Oprah Magazine" in February 2007, is inscribed beneath an embedded photo of the couple.

"On our first date, I treated her to the finest ice cream Baskin-Robbins had to offer, our dinner table doubling as the curb. I kissed her, and it tasted like chocolate."

Is anyone aware of anything even remotely similar for any other First Couple? Or am I correct that this is just another effort to deify this failed president?





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Anti-Semite Obama Demands Government Enforcement Of Racial And Religious Exclusion From Neighborhoods

You would think that the first black president would be a hesitant about insisting that government agencies engage in the sort of invidious discrimination that our nation's courts have ruled in violation of the Constitution and fundamental rights for some seven decades in this country.

Of course, Obama isn't trying to enforce such malignantly racist restrictions in this country, or against his fellow African-Americans. Instead he is pushing them in Israel, to restrict the property rights of Jews.

As Cherna Moskowitz, wife of Irving Moskowitz and a fellow activist against anti-Semitism along with her husband, notes,

We were both born in the United States and experienced anti-Semitism while growing up. However, we were secure in the knowledge that our government would ensure our equal rights to live in any neighborhood in any part of the country we wished. We believed that if it was legal, the full force of the government would protect us regardless of the fact that we were Jews. How is it then that President Barack Obama had demanded that the Israeli government disallow building permits in areas of Jerusalem if Jews would live there? Christians and Muslims yes, Jews no. This is clearly racist. Furthermore, this would deprive us as American citizens of our constitutional rights to equal protection of the law.

It seems to be a continuation of a 2,000-year-old habit of Jews being told where they can and cannot live. This spanned from the ghettos of medieval Europe, to severe zoning restrictions in czarist Russia and finally to the edicts of Nazism, where we were eventually told that we could not live at all. Can it be possible that we will accept any part of that today in our own nation? Jews should be able to live anywhere in the world. The question should be: Is the purchase legal and are the permits in order? Not what faith do the families living there follow?

Obama's policy is blatantly anti-Semitic, and against the principles enshrined in our founding documents and our laws. How dare he allow his personal antipathy for Jews and Israel -- clearly shown by his long record of association with Jew-haters like Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan and Rashid Khalidi, among others -- to dictate US policy in a direction akin to that espoused by the KKK in this country and those implemented by a certain regime that held sway in Europe from 1933 to 1945?





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August 15, 2012

How Long Until Liberals Accuse Palin Of "Eliminationist" Rhetoric Against Biden?

After all, if they can make putting targets on congressional districts into a call for murder, they can surely turn a reference to a coffin into incitement of assassination.

Sarah Palin said Tuesday that Vice President Joe Bidens remark that Republicans are going to put yall back in chains was disgusting and added that it should make the Obama campaign seriously consider kicking him off the Democratic ticket.

The former vice presidential candidate told Fox Newss Greta Van Susteren that Bidens comment at a Tuesday rally in Danville, Va., should mark the nail in the coffin for the vice president.

Remember -- you only nail the dead into a coffin, so she must be sending subliminal messages to the Tea Party go out and kill her 2008 opponent. Given the deranged reaction of the Soros-funded Left t any Palin statement, no doubt such claims will be making the rounds shortly.





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August 14, 2012

This Is A Cool Picture -- UPDATE: Flashback To 2008 "Lightworker" Column

Even though I can't stand the guy, I have to admit that this does look neat.

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It is just an effect of the light, but it is still cool to look at.

Buzzfeed suggests Obama seems like a wizard.

Can I suggest anti-Christ instead?

UPDATE: Got an email from a friend reminding me of the 2008 hyperbolic claims of liberals about Obama as a spiritually advanced "lightworker".





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Lifelong Member Of Party Of Slavery, Segregation, And Jim Crow Declares Party Of Emancipaton And Civil Rights Wants To Enslave Blacks

Joe Biden is a despicable individual, saying despicable things to frighten blacks into voting for him and his despicable, incompetent boss.

This morning in Virginia, Vice President Joe Biden dropped some shocking and offensive language in ripping into Mitt Romneys economic plans. Stooping to a new low, Biden said, Romney wants to let thehe said in the first 100 days, hes going to let the big banks once again write their own rulesunchain Wall Street. They gonna put yall back in chains.

The southern accent Biden adopts for that last line is deeply disturbing; its a clear reference to slavery. The city of Danville, where Biden was speaking, has a black population of 48.6 percent; 19.8 percent of all Virginians are black. Those facts surely did not go unnoticed by Biden. This is race-baiting as its finest. It is despicable.

Remember -- Democrats create and defended slavery. They created and implemented the Jim Crow system and enforced segregation for a century. To this day they hold the idea that blacks are inferior and can only get ahead through the good graces of the Democrat Party providing special treatment for them through a system of racial preferences. Now Joe Biden, whose career in the Senate was spent representing one of the last states to give up slavery, dares to imply that the Party of Lincoln seeks to re-enslave blacks. Utterly disgusting -- but it is just fine with the Obama campaign.





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Obama Concedes That Michelle Has His Testicles In A Blind Trust

Well, we know who wears the pants in the First Family -- as if there was ever any doubt about the matter.

The president has been known to indulge on the campaign trail. Chili dogs, cheeseburgers, ice cream.

But this week in Iowa, when he goes to the state fair, the president told attendees at a campaign rally in Council Bluffs that the first lady has given him strict instructions.

Michelle has told me that I cannot have a fried Twinkie, he said.

Good grief! No wonder our country has become an international laughingstock under President Mom Jeans. I'd suggest he man up, but I suspect Mrs. Obama would forbid that, too.





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August 12, 2012

The Best Non-Campaign Romney-Ryan Graphic

I really wish that the campaign would buy the rights to this one -- it spells out what we on the right believe in.

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H/T American Elephant





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Remember -- "True Education Requires Two Parties"

Thanks to Joanne Jacobs for highlighting this commentary on where much of the problem in education is today.

The problems of public education are a societal problem a society that no longer values individual work ethic and a society that wants to place the responsibility for education on what is taught, how it is taught and by whom it is taught, instead of on the students who are responsible for learning.

Education will continue to struggle in this state and country until society remembers that true education requires two parties: a person who teaches and a person who is willing to work and participate in the learning process.

Utah teacher Teresa Talbot notes that teachers often face the problem of students who refuse to do the work assigned and therefore do not develop the skills or learn the material -- and I'd like to add to that students who see no need to retain anything information beyond the unit test. Oh, and I'll add one more group for special excoriation as well -- school boards, district administrators, and campus principals who decree a maximum permitted failure rate, which results in grade inflation as teachers reduce rigor and apply generous curves to ensure that undeserving students pass in order to keep their own jobs.

Besides, this is all too common a scenario when students do get bad grades.

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The Animated Animal Farm

Instapundit linked it, and I think this is a good time to embed it.

Maybe it is time for an update -- Obama-nimal Farm.

Let's set the overthrow of the swine for this November.





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Obama College Classmate Raises Questions

Wayne Allyn Root went to Columbia at the same time as Barack Obama. He shared a major and a minor with the president. And yet he has some questions about his classmate that beg to be answered -- but which cannot be because Obama is hiding his college records from the world.

If you could unseal Obamas Columbia University records I believe youd find that:

A) He rarely ever attended class.

B) His grades were not those typical of what we understand it takes to get into Harvard Law School.

C) He attended Columbia as a foreign exchange student.

D) He paid little for either undergraduate college or Harvard Law School because of foreign aid and scholarships given to a poor foreign students like this kid Barry Soetoro from Indonesia.

Now Root isn't some nobody, and he isn't an anonymous source of the sort Harry Reid has used to make unsubstantiated tax charges against Mitt Romney. Root is an author, commentator, and former vice presidential candidate (Libertarian Party, 2008). He is, as I noted earlier, an Obama college classmate -- but as he notes, he can't remember having ever heard of Obama during their joint college days at Columbia, and isn't able to find anyone among his circle of friends during those years who remembers the president. That leads him to argue that there must be one or more bits of fishy information in Obama's sealed academic records that the president doesn't want the world to know about. Now that Root has put these charges out there, doesn't Obama have an obligation to disprove them, as Reid insists Romney has regarding his anonymous accusations?





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Remember -- Religious Freedom A One-Way Street In Islam

Enforced by the state when Muslims become the majority.

A leading Malaysian government official is warning non-Muslims that state governments can take punitive action against those who attempt to convert Muslims.

Distribution of reading materials and in the form of audio-video is disallowed as it will lead to dissatisfaction of Muslims, said Jamil Khir Baharom, minister in the prime minister's Department Islamic Affairs, in remarks quoted by Bernama, the national news agency.

Of course, this is in direct contradiction to international human rights norms, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Article 18.

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Article 19.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Article 20.
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
(2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

It is clear that the Malaysian declaration violates all three of these fundamental human rights, in that every person has a right to freely choose, change, and practice their religion, to impart information about their beliefs free from government sanction, and to peacefully assemble and associate with others.

This leads inevitably to one of two conclusions:
1) Muslims are not human beings.
2) Islam is a human rights violation.

I'll leave it to you to decide which is the case - but cannot help but point out that I find the first to be utterly repugnant and offensive to human dignity, and therefore find myself concluding that the second option must be true.





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Watcher's Council Results

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August 11, 2012

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H/T to my old friend Larry, who inspired this bit of whimsy.

NOTE TO THE HUMOR IMPAIRED: This is a joke. It is only a joke. I'm on record as accepting that Obama was born in Hawaii.





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Romney-Ryan 2012

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Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has selected Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate.

More to follow on this story throughout the day -- as it is truly THE political story of the day.





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I'm Back -- And A Milestone!

It's been a rough couple of weeks.

Not only were there the issues mentioned in the post last weekend, but on the heels of that came last weekend's death of the retired associate pastor of my church, a man who was both a friend and spiritual mentor to me.

Add to that three days of mandatory in-service training for the upcoming school year, but while I've wanted to blog about certain recent events I realized I could not do them justice with my head and heart elsewhere.

I am going to return to blogging today, with an admission that there are some things I have planned this week that will likely limit my time online. You will, however, hear all about them after the fact.

By the way -- I'd like to note that yesterday marked a milestone at Rhymes With Right. I finally got my one-millionth visit to the site.





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August 06, 2012

Romney Vs. Obama On Investment

This should speak volumes.

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Mitt Romney created jobs and made money. If you had given him $1000 to invest when he started Bain and left it in his hands, you would be a millionaire dozens of times over -- and it would be your money to do with as you choose.

Barack Obama lost nearly every dime of your tax dollars -- but it doesn't matter to him, because he has no skin in the game and no accountability (other than at the ballot box). And even if his investments of your money had been wildly successful, you would not have seen a penny of the profits -- but the same "green energy" hucksters who got money from Obama are injecting green back into his campaign, but not the US Treasury.

Now remind me again why we should leave failed president Barack Obama in charge of the economy, rather than giving successful businessman Mitt Romney the nod in November.

H/T Doug Ross





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August 05, 2012

Watcher's Council Results

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August 04, 2012

Surely THIS Is A Hate Crime

The head of Chick-Fil-A made a statement about his religious beliefs.

Someone vandalized one of his restaurants as a result.

The perp has indicated that he did it because of the religious beliefs held by the owners of the chain.

LOS ANGELES -- Local artist Manny Castro has stepped forward to claim responsibility for the "Tastes Like Hate" message painted on the side of a Chick-fil-A restaurant Friday morning in Torrance, Calif.

In an exclusive interview with The Huffington Post, Castro, who is gay, explained that he felt he had to step out and make a statement against Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy's comments against gay marriage rights.

"Everybody is entitled to free speech, but it seems like for the gay tribe, this is more of an issue of equal rights -- human rights," explained Castro. "I'm against what these people stand for, what this company stands for. They're trying to take away what little rights we already have."

Now remember -- hate crime laws are designed to impose an extra punishment on those who pick their target because of bias due to their actual or perceived race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or (depending upon the statute) sexual orientation. In this case, Mr. Cathy made a statement regarding his religious beliefs and his business was targeted as a result. This is no different than if a synagogue were to have a swastika painted on the front door or a gay bar were to have "God hates fags" painted on it. If authorities in California -- and the US Department of Justice -- do not prosecute this as a bias crime, then we have proof positive that the hate crime laws in this country are designed to make some groups more equal than others and therefore deny equal protection of the laws to members of disfavored groups.

Dare I suggest that the whole world is watching?

H/T Gateway Pundit, who also notes a similar incident in the St. Louis area. Will the authorities give this the same priority as they would a cross burning?





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Is This A Hate Crime?

After all, they are harassing this homeless man because he has the audacity to read the Bible outside of Chick-Fil-A.

Could you imagine the outrage if a group of "Christian" protesters did such a thing to a gay man?

By the way -- this event took place in Chicago. I guess we now know what Rahm Emmanuel meant by "Chicago values".





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Congress Dishonor Constitution While Seeking To Honor Veterans

Listen, I despise the Phelps Phamily Phreaks from Westboro Baptist "Church" as much as anyone, but I love the First Amendment to much to let this sad action by Congress pass by uncommented upon.

Westboro Baptist Church protesters will soon be severely limited in their ability to disrupt military funerals, after Congress passed a sweeping veterans bill this week that includes restrictions on such demonstrations.

According to "The Honoring Americas Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012," which is now headed to President Barack Obama's desk, demonstrators will no longer be allowed to picket military funerals two hours before or after a service. The bill also requires protestors to be at least 300 feet away from grieving family members.

This aspect of the legislation was introduced by Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), who, at the urging of a teenage constituent, proposed new limitations on military funeral demonstrations as a response to a 2011 Supreme Court case that ruled such actions were protected under the First Amendment.

For crying out loud! There is no plausible exception to the First Amendment that would allow for this law to be held constitutional. There is no "respect for the military" exception to the First Amendment, as courts have held for the better part of a century. Similarly, there is no "funeral exception" to the First Amendment -- and even if there were, there could be no rational basis for a law that applies only to military funerals and not to other funerals. Lastly, this ban would appear to only apply to those who are speaking negatively about the deceased and the military, not to those with a favorable message, making this a content-based restriction on speech that would not survive even the most generous jurist's reading of First Amendment precedents -- the distance rule might be defensible, but combined with the limits on when certain speech would be permissible that effectively makes it illegal to hold the demonstration at all I do not believe the statute can stand.

Is this a case of my approving of the speech in question? No, it isn't -- as I've made clear countless times on this blog, I consider the Westboro Baptist cultists to be scum and their message to be beyond defense. Yet even saying that, I view their right to speak to be of critical importance for myself and every other American who from time to time expresses an unpopular view for if their right to speak is held sacred by our nation, then ours is safe as well.

Jazz Shaw is correct when he makes the following point -- If the government can regulate speech to the point where they can prevent you from showing up two hours before until two hours after an event, that would be a precedent which could very quickly get out of control. And I agree with Dr. James Joyner that this is noting more than bipartisan pre-election pandering. Patrick at Popehat offers a neat satire that does, in fact, point out that not merely the objectionable protests of the anti-American pseudo-Christians spawned by 1988 Al Gore DNC delegate Fred Phelps (virtually all members of WBC are descendants of Phelps or their spouses) would be banned, but also protests at funerals that many Americans might find more justifiable.

Indeed, I'd like you to consider what protests might well face a ban under this law. As Ken pointed out, protests at the funerals of those who participated in the My Lai massacre would be banned under this law. So, too, would public demonstrations upon the death of Fort Hood terrorist Nidal Hasan. And consider what this would mean for public expressions of dissent against a recently deceased politician who had served in the military -- or upon the occasion of the death of a sitting or former president, given that individual's role as commander in chief of the armed forces. It simply isn't Congress' role to make laws abridging the freedom of speech of those whose speech is unpopular -- indeed, especially if said speech is unpopular.





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I Should Be Making A Comeback

As you may have noticed, I've been sort of sporadic in my posting lately, with nothing posted for the last few days. Personal concerns -- including two troubling medical diagnoses for the same family member -- have sort of knocked me for a loop and led me to step back for a couple of days in order to wrap my head around the situation. Normal blogging should resume shortly.





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