Kitties like Christmas
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Just mouthing off -- because I can.
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Joshuapundit summarized a landmark event in the Obama Presidency (the issuance of Executive Order 13524) removing restrictions on Interpol operating with complete diplomatic immunity within the U.S.--
InterPol, for those of you who don't know is essentially an offshore information repository and data base on criminals that American and European law enforcement officials can have access to for crimes that cross international borders. Obama just changed it into a full fledged police and investigative agency with arresting powers freely operating on US shores with no US oversight and not subject to US laws...The U.S. Interpol office is currently located within the Obama Justice Department--yes, that whacky, highly politicized Obama Justice Department that is bringing the Khalid Sheik Mohammed trial to New York City, and the Justice Department that not only refused to prosecute the Black Panthers voter intimidation case, but which just "removed" the department employee, Christopher Coates, who filed the initial charges.
Many questions remain unanswered as a result of Obama's action. Some will contend that his order does not change the status quo because there are sufficient safe-guards extant in American law. But the order makes INTERPOL immune from prosecution under those laws so how efffective they would be against abuse by INTERPOL becomes a question.
So why would an American president grant such extensive powers to a foreign organization?
And foreign INTERPOL is. It is housed in Lyon, France and is governed by an Executive Committee elected by the 123 member nations though the General Assembly. But that group meets only once a year. The real power is exercised by thirteen members of the Executive Committee. It is headed by KHOO Boon Hui of Singapore. There is not an American on the Executive Committee.
As best we can determine President Obama's actions have not been reviewed by Congress and certainly have not been debated publically.
* Every other international organization granted such exemptions deals with mundane issues like fish - the International Pacific Halibut Commission - or disaster aid - the Red Cross. But Interpol is a law enforcement operation. Why does President Obama think it appropriate to give such exemptions to an international law enforcement operation, and what does he want Interpol to do here in the U.S. in the future with the exemptions that it cannot do now without the exemptions?
* Does the search and seizure exemption extend to the activities and documents created by U.S. Department of Justice employees working with and for Interpol in New York and Washington, D.C.? If these employees and activities were already exempt from coverage of the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), why have FOIA requests concerning them been previously answered?
These are serious questions that the White House ought have no hesitation about answering, if indeed "there is nothing newsworthy here."
UPDATE: Newt Gingrich and Andrew McCarthey on how Obama elevated Interpol above the U.S. law. My own senator said this:
On December 17, 2009 President Obama issued an executive order granting Interpol all of the privileges of the International Organizations Immunities Act. Therefore, Interpol's property and assets are no longer subject to search and confiscation, and its archives are now considered inviolable. This means that Interpol may operate unrestrained by the U.S. Constitution and American law while it operates in the United States.
I do not believe an international law enforcement agency such as Interpol should have greater immunity from our Constitution than is granted to the FBI and other American law-enforcement agencies.
I agree. The question is, what will our legislators do about this? What will we Americans do about it?
"Big Guy said it was amazing what Americans could do when government got out of the way and let them protect their lives and future on their own terms. He said he wished they'd do more of that every day here at home."
UPDATE: Mark Steyn: "The last time a Dutch filmmaker encountered a jihadist face to face he said "Can't we talk?" and was rewarded with eight bullets, near decapitation and a crowing note from his murderer skewered by knife through his chest. By contrast, Mijnheer Schuringa jumped on the guy, got him in a choke hold, and dragged him away. That makes more sense - even if it is, under Secretary Napolitano's new rules, now illegal."
UPDATE: Another Black Conservative (via Maggie's Farm): "This is where Republicans need to take some blame. Republicans should have rejected her nomination and loudly voiced her short comings and poor qualifications. Democrats sink nominations all the time for far less reasons. Sadly, too many Republicans fear the wrath of negative media attention (which they will get anyway) and thus go along with very bad ideas for the sake of appearing bipartisan or supporting the president in his early days. This is why a Tax Cheat is now head of the IRS and a clown is now in charge of the Department of Homeland Security."
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And now is the time for choosing.
Here is an essay that I think everyone should read in its entirety, as it encapsulates the essence of the battle going on in our country right now about which direction our government should take. It is a battle that has been raging among Americans for the past 100 years, ever since the reform movement swept Teddy Roosevelt into public office, followed by the tidal wave of "progressive" social welfare measures and "positive" economic freedoms propounded by FDR and then by Johnson's "Great Society." Here is just an excerpt:
The stated slogan driving so much of leftist thought and action is the ideal of “social justice” — in other words, equality of outcome and the leveling of resources through redistribution of wealth (except, of course, for those in charge, who somehow always manage to keep their perks; a good example of this would be Congress’s exemption of its own members from the hazards of ObamaCare). The fact that such equality is a fake “justice” and that all efforts towards achieving it end up profoundly compromising liberty is ignored or minimized by its champions.
We have increasingly seen this principle in action during the Obama administration, both in the executive and legislative branches of government. Obama plays on it intentionally; notice how often he uses the phrase “social justice” or “justice,” and how seldom the word “liberty” escapes his lips? This is no accident.
Years ago — for example, during FDR’s Depression terms — most liberal/left “solutions” were relatively new, and the idealism behind them had yet to be repeatedly contradicted by reality. But it is much more difficult now, after seeing what has gone on in the frankly Communist countries around the world as well as the softer socialist ones of Europe, to remain idealistic about the results of legislation that furthers the growth of government in leftist causes and its concomitant restraints on liberty. Idealism on the American left has increasingly been replaced by a thirst for power and ever more power.
That was the path of the French Revolution, as well, when the drive for power and “social justice” (that “égalité” part) led in that case to a bloodbath....
Some of the comments are very thoughtful and well-articulated as well. This piece summarizes the basic long, ongoing struggle that has been raging for generations over who will wield the majority of power in our land--the people as individuals or the government as a cabal of elitist politicians, bureaucrats, and colluding special interests. Ronald Reagan came down squarely with the nation's founders on the side of the people and their individual liberties when he said (thanks to commenter Zeke for the quote):
“The doctor begins to lose freedoms; it’s like telling a lie, and one leads to another. First you decide that the doctor can have so many patients. They are equally divided among the various doctors by the government. But then the doctors aren’t equally divided geographically, so a doctor decides he wants to practice in one town and the government has to say to him you can’t live in that town, they already have enough doctors. You have to go someplace else. And from here it is only a short step to dictating where he will go.”
—Ronald Reagan, in 1961, arguing against the creation of Medicare
Reagan knew then that Medicare would be ultimately unworkable, as it is now proving itself to be. The damage it has done to the American health care system is obvious. The Democrats' solution is not to reform Medicare but to raid it to create an even larger and more fantasy-ridden government takeover program, even as most Americans scream their opposition, two to one.
Losing liberties and government assumption of power....it is clearly on the agenda of the Democrat party. That is their mission.
Lately I have been realizing that I have, in my own small way of resistance--most of it internal, informal, and personal--been fighting against collectivism (socialism, communism, Marxism) all of my life. I used to think I was a Cold War baby and that that scary and terrifying potentially-nuclear war ended with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Now I realize the battle began not just around World War II, but long before I was born, and even before my parents and grandparents were born. It began somewhere around the time Bismarck decided to adopt some Marxist principles and provide progressive social welfare programs for the subjects of the German Empire. It flourished when the Bolsheviks took root in Russia and the Soviet death empire conquered and seized the lives of millions of innocent people, in the name of doing good for them while killing their spirits, their liberties, and their futures.
Under the excuse of doing critical and vital good with taxpayer dollars overseen by politicians and bureaucrats, it gained enthusiastic supporters here in America, boosted by writers, clergy, visionaries, the labor movement, and other self-styled reformers. Tainted beef? Dangerous working conditions? Crime-ridden neighborhoods? Down-trodden poor people? Racial injustice? What kind of hard-hearted monsters would ever wish to stand by and see people suffer when one-more tailor-made government program could spread more progress?
The evidence has piled up after all of these years that government solutions have become a major part of the problems facing us.
Now I know my former view of the conservative-progressive battle was like Al Gore's hockey-stick--a mere bite-sized piece of the entire long true story. Now I know the scary battle between democracy and liberty (our traditional American values) vs. collectivism did not substantially end with the fall of the Soviet Union. Incredible as it seems to me, there are still people who want to bring about a socialist world with those failed collectivist philosophies. There are still Keynesians among us, despite all the evidence that Keynes was wrong. In fact, the sad news is there are Keynesians (and worse) now governing us and regulating our businesses, our livelihoods, and our lives.
The worldwide, long-term battle is still raging on our very own American soil. The enemies of liberty and individual rights have merely become fragmented and atomized after the Cold War ostensibly ended, as has stateless Al-Qaeda. They swim among us, seeking our country's demise. And they laugh at those who see this, and call it a conspiracy theory.
Now I know I cannot afford to sit in my comfortable home, live my comfortable, insulated life taking care of myself, my family, my charities, and my community. I can no longer expect others to do battle for me somewhere far away. I have to accept yet another responsibility--the one dictated by my love of my country and what it stands for and is founded on. The battle is that big, and that important. Every person of every age and station can and should do whatever she or he can to help.
Obama and the Democrats are rapidly tarnishing all their accumulated glitter in the eyes of their fellow Americans. They have no idea of how the glory is draining out of their brand, and how big and bipartisan the backlash will be when folks begin to understand what the Democrats are really voting to impose on us. (via Ace)
Democrats, think twice. You don't really want to go there on this piece-of-crap legislation (just to salvage Obama's already-sputtering reputation according to his politically-driven "emergency rush" timeline).
Here's one Democrat who woke up and smelled the coffee. Any more like him in Washington, willing to face reality and stand on principles for the good of our country? Or is he just the first to discover which way the mighty wind of the American popular backlash is blowing?
Refusal to buy health insurance? Shedding payrolls by 50%?
Doctors going on strike?
Believe me, Democrats, America doesn't want to go there--where you are seemingly hellbent on taking us. But we won't take it lying down.
And Republicans in Washington should beware as well. A lot of the anger extends to you.
UPDATE: We've already heard of the outsourcing (moving offshore and out of our country) of medical billing and transcriptions. If Obamacare passes, look for the mass outsourcing of doctors and medical care (Americans fleeing to Mexico, the Bahamas, and other countries to have procedures done). That means even more jobs lost here, and more regulation-caused waste and expense--to the detriment of Americans and America. But doctors and patients will not consent to be slaves under Obamacare and will, like other humans, continue to operate in their own best interests, despite unconstitutional laws passed by Congress.
Also under Obamacare--look for a significant number of Americans (including Christian Scientists, the Amish, and the principled objectors to this blatant attack on individual freedom) to choose jail or instigate lawsuits over an unconstitutional mandate. Are you really ready for this fight, Democrats? Or is this exactly what you do want to bring on?
UPDATE: The bill has passed the Senate. Page 148 says the Federal government will determine what medical care your doctor will be allowed to provide to you, and there will be no more private health insurance. The bill is also intended to be unrepealable. Wonder what else will end up in the bill, now that the Democrats think they can do anything to us, beyond the rule of law and the Constitution? You and I and our doctors seemingly have no say in the matter now. ("Harry Reid Turns Insurance into a Public Utility")
In the face of such massive, unconstitutional, tyrannical theft of our property and our liberty, all we can do now is resist, fight, submit, or flee. Every individual has the choice--what will you do? What will I do? And how will I do it?
The quasi-fascism Obama and his buddies are flirting with is a wake up call for our beloved Republic. In the end it will not kill us, but make us stronger.
And we will need that strength. If even tools like Tom Friedman are recognizing that we will have to defeat Islamic fascism to survive, the real war is not far off.
Remember....when it comes down to it, Americans still rise superbly to challenges. So rise up and don't succumb to despair, because this is a fight we can win. Rise up, and fight harder, because the alternative is you telling your grandchildren what it used to be like to live in a free country.
Rise up, and fight harder, because the alternative is you telling your grandchildren what it used to be like to live in a free country.
I'm waiting to see Harry Reid interviewed on national TV about which state will be the lucky recipient of the Mystery Hospital (another bribes-for-votes goody) tucked into the Reid "heath care reform" bill that is soon to pass in the Senate.
Fortunately for me and my family, I am not holding my breath.
Personally, I give very little care about whether other countries like us or not, as long as they respect us, or even maintain a healthy fear of us, when necessary. ("Don't tread on me," in other words.)
But it is interesting to note that our President Obama's actions and words at the U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen seem to have personally cost him (and by extension, America?) both respect and admiration.
Did they laugh when he left the room?
World leaders agree Obama screwed up the deal.
I'm actually very happy that the Copenhagen conference imploded with impotency and that Americans fell to no binding agreements there. If President Obama had anything to do with jinxing that, I have to give him sincere accolades. I just wish he'd quit running around the world advertising what a bumbling amateur we went and elected to our highest office.
UPDATE: Foreign leaders lecturered Obama on their responsibilities (and his) toward their own respective countries. Hey, if he won't listen to his fellow Americans, why would he be schooled by foreign leaders saying the same things? But of course, this is what he wants, like all good collectivists: one-world "global" government.
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I don't doubt it: skyrocketing insurance premiums and reduced care for everyone. And that will be only the beginning of the decline.
"Every American, not just seniors, should know that the rationing provisions in the Reid bill will not only reduce their quality of life, but their life spans as well."
Ask a doctor in the Senate.
My mother's 82, on Medicare, but in overall good health--great health for her age. She is active and independent, volunteers three, four, or five days a week in her church and community, doesn't go to doctors and doesn't take medication. She is also a mainstay in our family, to her four children, 11 grandkids, and countless friends. Under the Reid bill her Medicare coverage will be radically reduced whenever she does need medical care. It's no question to me that doctors not being reimbursed adequately and overwhelmed by demands and bureaucracies will not give her the care she can get now.
Thanks for your tireless efforts to shorten my mother's life, Senator Reid.
My husband and I are in our 50's. We've seen more doctors in this decade than we ever have before. Until now that was just a part of the normal American good life--things start to wear out, you go see the doc, get them diagnosed and fixed, and keep truckin.' We have grown to hope for, if not expect, a long, productive lifespan. Now we can't count on medical problems that normally wouldn't slow us down to not become game-enders. We can no longer expect that medical breakthrough cures and innovations will keep on coming to make life better for all of us. We, along with our doctors, our local medical facilities, our insurance companies, and our pharmaceutical providers, have become pawns of the state. We have yet to understand just how much this will cost us, and how radical the "unexpected" consequences of the Reid bill and Obamacare in general ("unexpected" by legislators, that is) will be.
Thanks for your passion in pursuing your mission of closing off our medical options, Senator Reid.
My children are in their teens. I have long worried about how they could afford to start or raise families under the kind of economy and tax burden our country has displayed over the last decade. With rising medical malpractice fees, finding an obstetrician has made birthing even a healthy baby in the zone of medical safety we've become accustomed to an extremely expensive deal. In fact, having any medical problems has become extremely expensive for a number of reasons, insurance costs and government intrusion in the marketplace among them. We had hoped for real, effective, reform from Washington. Now, thanks to Obama and the Democrats, it may not be a matter of how expensive it will be for my kids and their future families to find medical care--but whether or not they will even have access at all to such high-quality care in the future. Reduced standards, rationed care, and the kind of government-induced bureaucratic snafus like the swine flu vaccine delays and shortages are now almost certainly in store for my kids and their kids, along with enforced mandates to spend even more of their income on even higher insurance payments and more taxes on medical devices and procedures.
Thanks, Senators Reid and Nelson, for taking away my children's future prospects. Thanks, Senators Snowe and Landrieu, for your 15 minutes in the sun and for moving things along. And thanks, President Obama, for buying votes, and for breaking your promises to be transparent and to not impose taxes on the middle class.
Thanks to all the Democrats who are pushing our country that much closer along the road to serfdom, in the face of bipartisan opposition.
We ordinary Americans outside of your Washington enclave will remember the cold winter day you did this dirty, dirty deed. We will remember you as we watch our formerly superlative American medical care system decline and succumb to UK-style paralysis, Soviet-style corruption, and the kind of bribery and gamesmanship you displayed in the Senate yesterday. We will remember you as we watch our Constitution flouted and our federal government become hostage to a gang of mercenery crooks.
You will go down in history. We will remember your names.
Outrage and sorrow, and more outrage--
Video: "This bill is a legislative trainwreck of historic proportions." Cuts to Medicare, hospitals, nursing homes, home health care, and hospice. Massive tax increases on American families and businesses, insurance, medical devices, and medicine. Massive unfunded burdens of expanded Medicaid enrollments on already-struggling state governments. Increased costs for insurance premiums and health care. "The history that's being made here is the ignoring of the will of the American people."
A season of diminishment: "we look at a future filled with uncertainty as to prosperity coupled with a certainty about taxation, regulation, legislation, and ever encroaching limits on personal and collective freedom. We move into the final week before Christmas with the promise from a government that barely recognizes those from whom it receives its mandate to increase our indenture and servitude on Christmas Eve."
A letter to Senator Ben Nelson from a Nebraska doctor: "...The long hours I spent on my medical education and the long hours I spend treating my patients are nothing but chump change to you and your Democrat colleagues in Washington...."
We will remember their names.
It is not over.
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Because then they'll get to understand and make these amazing machines. You're staring at our future. I hope American kids will be as much a part of it as Indian or Chinese kids.
Related: finding more surface area on your bagel so you can load on more cream cheese.
Hat tip to That Certain Bayesian.
The "Just War Theory" sounds so right when you first hear about it. It sounds like something mankind has evolved to appreciate after eons of unenlightened barbarianism--like the Queensberry Rules of boxing, or modern football helmets. In other words, it is a progressive notion--not that there's anything wrong with that per se (the Founding Fathers of America could conceivably be termed radical progressives in rejecting monarchy and embracing those newfangled ideas propounded by John Locke and Adam Smith).
But in a new book “Winning the Unwinnable War: America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism,” Yaron Brook and Alex Epstein of the Ayn Rand Center argue that Just War Theory is incompatible with American self-defense. The problem of fighting under Queensberry Rules or a Just War Theory is that your opponent may not know or care about the rules. And there are no referees in war, and you do not win on points.
Next to the ACORN scandal, and the stealth canning of Obama's Communist czar Van Jones, both of which stories eventually broke through into the mainstream press, the story of sleazy Kevin Jennings, Obama's "Safe School Czar" (what irony) stands high as the most underreported national news story of the year.
True, it is a hard one to explain on national television. But professional wordsmiths like journalists and editors, if they were honest, could do better in covering this national news. And Americans who want news can and will get the story elsewhere, while the mainstream outlets drag their heels. (As somebody once said, "Just Google it!")
Here we have just another jaw-dropping example of the dereliction of the mainstream news media when it comes to honestly vetting Obama and his entire administration. They can't really call themselves news organizations when they pick and choose what news they cover according to a political agenda. Keeping Americans in the dark by design is hardly what professional journalists are supposed to do.
These will be remembered as very strange times in America.
[Link to details you probably don't want to read, at Gateway Pundit, who broke the story. What I can't figure out is why the Obama administration, who obviously knew all of this, would think it would be appropriate to appoint this man as "Safe Schools" czar.]
No kidding: PowerLine points out that the current legislation to "reform health care" being battled over in Congress contains an unfunded Medicare mandate about to be sent to the states that will overwhelm their budgets and their health care systems on the ground and in the field. It will in all probability wipe out their education budgets, as it wipes out the best and most effective medical care delivery system in the world. The result will be much higher taxes and much lower services in both health care and education on the very local level--this means for you and your children and later, their children. What families have been struggling through to stay afloat in the economy of 2009 will seem in retrospect like a cakewalk if this abomination bill gets passed into law.
No kidding. Read it for yourself. Look into it, especially if you are a Democrat who considers yourself informed and honest, or not hitherto much interested in the details. These details may end up literally killing you or your family members down the road.
As I've said before, we don't have a health care crisis in this country--we have a government crisis, when our supposed representatives, without a public mandate, boldly attempt to pass this kind of cobbled-together, severely damaging 2,000+ page gobbledygook "legislation" onto the backs of their fellow citizens (but not themselves!), under cover of darkness and from behind closed doors, all with the excuse of trying to "help" them.
Sometimes I think hanging is too good for these people in Washington who can wreck such damage and never suffer have to the consequences that the rest of us will suffer if we don't push back.
My friends, this is what they called "tyranny" back in the days of George III.
The question for each American now becomes: is our country as we've known and loved it worth fighting for, or do we let it be taken down the tubes by these wannabe tyrants? And if it's worth fighting for, what price are we willing to pay?
So if both liberals and conservatives think that the bill is worse than the status quo, what is the logic in voting for it? Is it just to have that signing ceremony for Obama to crow about his historic achievement? Is the show that much more important than the substance? And do you think that voters are so terribly dumb that they can't recognize a turkey when they see it? If we ever get to see what it is that Reid has put together....
Kill the bill now, or kill Americans later with the resultant rationed, constricted, and nightmarish government medical system and economic collapse--some choice, eh?
Some in Congress think it's all about the game. I am ashamed such childish people are now in power positions in our country.
UPDATE: Howard Kurtz on the Senate bill:
Is it still worth passing? The president certainly didn't campaign for a public option. But to add, say, 30 million Americans to the health insurance system through a mandate -- a laudable goal, on the surface -- could really lead to soaring costs without a strong mechanism to keep prices under control. And that seems to be lacking, especially given Congress' record on calling for cuts in programs like Medicare but flinching when it's time to carry them out.And as Kimberley Strassel writes in the Wall Street Journal: "Slowly, slowly, the Democratic health agenda is turning into a political suicide pact."
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Here are some of this morning's links I found fascinating concerning the whole climate change mess (must-reads, my friends!):
Roger L. Simon's observations from the crowds at Hopenhagen: "So many despots, so little time!" The UN meetup is a nest of anti-capitalists and anti-Americans and hypocrits operating under a mantle of green. Oh yes, and shoppers, too. It's a bald farce.
Al Gore's famous alarming HOCKEY STICK in perspective--a spot-on video of the rest of the graph Al didn't show you. History rules and the truth will out. What a fraud Al Gore is. Why is he not being investigated like Madoff or Enron? Well, this outfit will get to the bottom of it. Or perhaps the Russians will. Too much to ask that Americans police their own corruption in the Age of Obama, I guess.
Al Gore's film also lied about the mosquitos. No wonder some are calling for his Academy Award to be rescinded. As one former colleague said, "he's gone to hell."
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Here's a website that may well be what our American future looks like, if Obamanomics and the current leftist Democrats continue to run our country into the ground. (Better pay attention just in case--there are some good ideas here for Depression-style livin'.)
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This woman who wrote an op-ed in a Canadian newspaper ("The whole world needs to adopt China's one-child policy"), calling for a globally enforced one-child population-reduction policy in the name of "green" concerns is doing what Jonah Goldberg points out as obvious: advocating for a draconian government-imposed restriction of reproductive rights for women (and men). (She is also rehashing tired old scare tactics that have been refuted ever since Malthus first brought them up.) I'm sure she feels she is being very progressive and brave and forward-looking in penning this absurd screed. But more interestingly, which side of this argument do the leftist feminists, many of whom may be smarter than this woman, choose? Would it be too rude of me to point out that this wished-for absolute tyranny in the name of anti-humanity is merely the ultimate end that such "green" and leftist causes logically lead to--including our contemporary brand of leftist/Marxist feminism?
And may I add: I am glad to read such screeds and glad they are being published and disseminated, so that such ideas can be fully debated and kicked to the curb where they belong. The truth will out as long as we have freedom of speech, assembly, and the press. That's the difference between leftists and conservatives--leftists in the end can't tolerate or allow dissent, while conservatives have nothing to fear from the truth.
Try these two tests and see where you fit in on the Hollywood history continuum.
"It's a Wonderful Life" Quiz
Guess the Movie--by Nicholas Cage's Hair!
On "It's a Wonderful Life" I got a 93%, only missed one (who knows what month that movie was released?).
For Nicholas Cage--I didn't recognize any.
Maybe kinda explains why Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, and John Wayne are my favorite movie actors, hmm? And why my daughter laments that nobody else in her class knows who Fred Astaire and Gracie Allen are?
That's my family--just doing our part to contribute to America's diversity.
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He's my nomination, as the man who has accomplished some truly earthshaking changes in American society (the ACORN scandals revealed) and who seems well on his way to changing the face of U.S. media, no less.
His new launch, Big Journalism, will be run by former Time Magazine staffer Michael Walsh.
Time Magazine was unavailable for comment.
UPDATE: She's pretty good, too!
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Code Red Rally Tuesday 1:30pm Dec 15th US Capitol. It's time we all stop pretending that what is happening with this Obamacare debate is about "helping the uninsured" or "fixing the healthcare system" or "giving the people what they want." It's about none of those things. It's about amassing as much power in a central government as humanly possible. It's about wealth redistribution. It's social engineering at its absolute worst.Check here for departure information from Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey. Tea Party patriots will be joining in. So will Americans for Prosperity.
The American people must take this political system back from those who have hijacked it in one of the most abhorrent power grabs that we the voters have ever seen. It's the holiday season so the Democrats are counting on you to be otherwise occupied and too busy to stand against their massive expansion of government. Let them underestimate us again just as they did last summer. Let these unrepresentative politicians proceed with their legislative chicanery and self-righteous grandstanding. We can expose them and confront them in the classic American spirit--a public gathering on their doorstep. On December 15th at 1:30pm, we will remind Pelosi, Reid, Schumer et al. that they work for us and not the other way around. We will demand that they follow the will of the people, not dismiss and degrade it by putting future generations into a deficit dungeon. We will put every politician who supports this travesty on notice: enjoy your remaining time in the U.S. Capitol because we're coming for your seat.
The American people will not forget those who turned their backs on us and voted for a bill that they hadn't read and which will do nothing but ensure that one of the best healthcare systems in the world is compromised.
I was excited today to hear that a massive rally of Tea Partiers will be held in Washington, D.C. next April 15th. It is expected and hoped to be "the largest gathering ever of Americans in the nation’s capital."
As the friend who told me this went on to say, the protest should be a sit-down peace protest, and the theme should be:
"COUNT US AS YOU MOVE US"
I guess the Powers-That-Be in Washington D.C. couldn't ignore the protests outside their doors then.
Plan now to be there when "history calls." The left and the media still may feign ignorance as to what we stand for, but they won't be able to pretend we don't exist.
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Many of the most distinguished physicists are now calling for an investigation into the claims of the global warming proponents in the wake of "Climategate" -- and some do not mince words:
Princeton University's Robert Austin:I view it as science fraud, pure and simple, and that we should completely distance ourselves from such unethical behavior by CRU, and that data files be opened to the public and examined in the full light of day. We as taxpayers pay for that work -- we are owed examination of the analysis.
Princeton University's William Happer:The APS has not responded to our petition. We submitted the petition several weeks ago... Prof. Callan, the president elect of the APS, who works in the same building in Princeton University as Professor Austin and I, has been unable to find time to discuss the petition with us.
We have independently contacted as many members of the APS as we can to ask for their support of the petition. We are getting about as many supportive as negative responses, so I would judge that about half the membership of the APS agrees with us. Those who oppose us usually have little or nothing to say about the science and plenty of things to say about what evil people we are. Those who agree with us are troubled by the lack of scientific support for the current APS statement and the highly political nature of it.
Hal Lewis of the University of California, Santa Barbara:I think it behooves us to be careful about how we state the science. I know of nobody who denies that the Earth has been warming for thousands of years without our help (and specifically since the Little Ice Age a few hundred years ago), and is most likely to continue to do so in its own sweet time. The important question is how much warming does the future hold, is it good or bad, and if bad is it too much for normal adaptation to handle. The real answer to the first is that no one knows, the real answer to the second is more likely good than bad (people and plants die from cold, not warmth), and the answer to the third is almost certainly not. And nobody doubts that CO2 in the atmosphere has been increasing for the better part of a century, but the disobedient temperature seems not to care very much. And nobody denies that CO2 is a greenhouse gas, along with other gases like water vapor, but despite the claims of those who are profiting by this craze, no one knows whether the temperature affects the CO2 or vice versa. The weight of the evidence is the former.
So the tragedy is that the serious questions are quantitative, and it's easy to fool people with slogans. If you say that the Earth is warming you are telling the truth, but not the whole truth, and if you say it is due to the burning of fossil fuels you are on thin ice. If you say that the Earth is warming and therefore catastrophe lies ahead, you are pulling an ordinary bait and switch scam. If you are a demagogue, of course, these distinctions don't bother you -- you have little interest in that quaint concept called truth.
So it isn't simple, and the catastrophe mongers are playing a very lucrative
Our representatives in Copenhagen should remember that good environmental policymaking is about weighing real-world costs and benefits -- not pursuing a political agenda.
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--will debut this Thursday at 8 p.m. on Fox Business Network, offering "44 shows exploring topics pertaining to economic liberty."
Well hot damn. I like John Stossel and have for a long time, because a) he's a libertarian, b) he makes sense and doesn't pander to his audience much, for a TV personality, and c) he's eye candy. I could get to like this alternative to Blowhard O'Reilly's "independent" stances (i.e. inconsistent rantings of his own muddled opinions "for The Folks" and his incessant exposes of topics involving scantily clad women and other prurient ratings-boosters). Usually I just turn the TV off at 8 and (gasp) read a book.
"Thursday's premiere will focus on either Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged" or on global warming." Okay, I'll be there.
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Thanks to Ace for starting an Al Gore poetry slam, and for the nice images that made me laugh--Ace is my kind of poet.
As for the "floating continent" disappearing--I can see that coming, all right. That part's not so funny.
There’s only one remedy for this otherwise inevitable regulatory nightmare. The Congress must pass H. R. 391, legislation offered by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R., Tenn.) that prohibits the EPA from using the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions.
Yeah, I'm sure that Democratic Congress will get right on that.
I agree with Professor Richard Lindzen from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who said: “future generations will wonder in bemused amazement that the early 21st century’s developed world went into hysterical panic over a globally averaged temperature increase of a few tenths of a degree, and, on the basis of gross exaggerations of highly uncertain computer projections combined into implausible chains of inference, proceeded to contemplate a roll-back of the industrial age”. ―
Vaclav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic
Gross and vile revelations at Gateway Pundit concerning the pornographic reading materials advocated for middle and high school students by Obama's "Safe Schools" czar, Kevin Jennings, and the group he founded, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.
Bookworm says we should be grateful to Obama for bringing to the attention of parents this kind of sleaze in the classrooms being pushed to sexualize their children, all in the name of "tolerance" and "diversity." Most parents don't have a clue how widespread this effort is. I didn't realize it until a couple of years ago.
Gay Patriot says the kinds of activists like Jennings and his GLSEN cohorts give gays a bad name and that the best Jennings "could for the gay community would be to resign his position in the Education Department." As Byron York has summed up earlier:
Jennings has come under heavy criticism from many conservatives for, among other things, his work to introduce gay themes into the nation's classrooms, including elementary schools; the foreword he wrote for a book entitled Queering Elementary Education; his lack of experience in school safety and drug issues; some of the work of the organization he founded, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network; and his handling of an incident in 1988 in which, as a high school teacher, Jennings was approached by a sophomore boy who confided that he had become involved with an older man.
What is the Obama administration waiting for?Michelle Malkin also comments.
The upcoming U.N. climate change meeting in Copenhagen (or "Hopenhagen," as some unicorn-lovers would style it) is the next big chance for the U.N. to enjoy a fancy carbon-rich get-together and to demand that rich countries pony up big bucks to "developing" countries (aren't they always "developing" and never actually maturing?) to help them cope with "climate change." Never mind the moral illogic behind this extortionate demand--and never mind that "Climategate" has now pulled the curtain off the fraudulent roots of the whole climate-change scam. Will our illustrious President Obama show up and try to sign over American sovereignty to the global overlords he and his anti-American, left-wing one-worlder compatriots so obviously venerate? Only if he wants to look like an even bigger fool in the eyes of his fellow Americans. He will be hung out to dry by a non-seconding Congress and an angry American populace. Yet it is fascinating to speculate how low he'll go before he's through.
Meanwhile, while I'm not willing to send any money to "developing" dirt-nations run by tyrants in order to stuff their corrupt or inept rulers' pockets, I'd be glad to send them an extra copy of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged I have lying around the house. If anybody in a developing nation actually wanted to help their own people, an honest reading of that book would do them more good than anything else we can "give" them (like taxpayer dollars taken from us unwillingly at the point of a gun). My advice to developing countries is: Learn some economics and grant your own people their God-given liberty and freedom to pursue their own lives, happiness, self-interest, and development without interference and corruption.
Maybe former U.N. bigwig Kofi Annan can cough up some of those scammed Food for Oil proceeds to help such "developing" nations, since he's such an expert on such things.
I hope most Americans are smarter than to fall for such extortionist rot. Personally, my own patience has long run out for having anything to do with the United Nations. Too bad some of our most prominent U.S. corporations and media don't have the smarts to see the light. (Talking to you, Coca-Cola, Google, and the Wall Street Journal! Shame on you!)
UPDATE: "Nopenhagen!" Al Gore won't show. Will his Oscars for "An Inconvenient Truth" be rescinded? (via Instapundit)
Just a few recent reasons, off the top of my head, for why his ratings are tanking and he seems so out of touch:
--Ignores "Climategate" when a simple Googlesearch would fill him in. Americans now know about Climategate. Americans never respect being stonewalled by their own representatives. It seems patronizing and disrespectful, and the stonewaller seems a fool.
--Czarmania (via Instapundit)
--Wimpish with tyrants
--Irresolute and pussyfooting
--Seeks to subvert instead of uphold the law. Perpetuating miscarriages of justice is "The Chicago Way"--and just another way of being dishonest. Americans don't appreciate such trends that hurt our country and make its people cynical.
--Seven more reasons (via Instapundit).
--Everything is all about him.
We might as well laugh--there's not much else we can do for four years. Or at least until 2010, anyway, when a change in who we send to Congress can start to return our country to its people from the usurping grasp of the 24/7 Democrat-approved Obama Amateur Trainwreck.
* "That idiot in the White House" is a phrase used by my 82-year-old mother, referring to President Obama. I think she is not alone in feeling that way.
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