Sunday, August 28, 2011

Obama's Illegal Alien Uncle Omar Busted for Drunk Driving in Massachusetts

No word yet from Uncle Omar's younger sister and fellow resident of Massachusetts, Auntie Zeituni Onyango, or from his brothers, Yusuf Obama and Said Obama.

When Omar Obama, aged 67, who now calls himself Onyango Obama, was booked last Wednesday near the Chicken Bone Saloon in Framingham, Massachusetts, on charges of DUI and driving to endanger, he "was asked if he wanted to make a telephone call to arrange for bail." In typical Obamalike bravado, the Kenyan illegal alien who is wanted by ICE, replied: "I think I will call the White House."

Uncle Omar came to the attention of police when he cut off a police car and a civilian vehicle with his Mitsubishi SUV, nearly hitting the police vehicle, and then kept going, right through a stop sign, to make a left turn without bothering to use a turn signal. The drivers of the two other vehicles involved avoided being hit by slamming on their brakes.

That's not exactly what happened according to Uncle Omar, who failed his Breathalyzer test, registering a .14 in a state where the legal limit is .08. He protested that, if the other vehicles had really slammed on their brakes, their tires would have squealed.

According to Obama relatives back in Kenya, and as reported in Barack Obama's book, "Dreams from My Father, Uncle Omar moved to the Boston area in the 1960s. Like Auntie Zeituni, who lived in a Boston homeless shelter for a couple of years, Uncle Omar's life in the U.S. has not been a bowl of cherries. As reported by The Sunday Times, records reveal that a man believed to be Uncle Omar "was beaten by armed robbers with a “sawed-off rifle” while working in a corner shop in the Dorchester area of the city [Boston]. He was later evicted from his one-bedroom flat for failing to pay $2,324.20 (£1,488) arrears, according to the Boston Housing Court."

Nevertheless, neither Omar nor Zeituni are in any hurry to head back to Kenya.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement have been holding a warrant for Uncle Omar's arrest, and he has previously been ordered to be deported back to Kenya.

The judge ordered Uncle Omar held on the ICE warrant.

Auntie Zeituni, who came to the U.S. from Kenya in 2000, lived here illegally on taxpayer-provided benefits until late last year, when she was granted legal residency by a judge who said "she could be in danger if she returned to her homeland." She still lives in public housing and receives disability payments, but not from the nephew who vacations with his immediate family and extensive entourage on Martha's Vineyard on money earned by U.S. taxpayers. That's okay by her. In an interview televized on WBZ-TV last September, Auntie Zeituni went on record, "If I come as an immigrant, you have the obligation to make me a citizen."

Linked at And So It Goes In Shreveport, where the Big Zero's true concern about Americans' joblessness is captured. Thank you, Pat!

A Shelter in the Time of Storm - George Banton

In the late 19th century, this was a fav­o­rite hymn of fish­er­man on the north coast of Eng­land, and they were oft­en heard sing­ing it as they ap­proached their har­bors in the time of storm.

The Lord’s our Rock, in Him we hide,

A Shelter in the time of storm;

Secure whatever ill betide,

A Shelter in the time of storm.

(Refrain) Jesus is a Rock in the weary land,

In the weary land, in the weary land;
Oh, Jesus is a Rock in the weary land,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

A shade by day, defense by night,

A Shelter in the time of storm;

No fears alarm, no foes afright,

A Shelter in the time of storm.


O Rock divine,
O Refuge dear,

A Shelter in the time of storm;

Be Thou our Helper ever near,

A Shelter in the time of storm.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bloomberg Bans Clergy from 9/11 Ceremony

Father John Romas, pastor of the church destroyed by terrorists on 9/11

Add religious leaders to the list of people deleted from the 9/11 ceremony this year. (First responders have already been told they will be denied entry to the ceremony.)

From Fox Nation:
Religious leaders are calling on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to reverse course and offer clergy a role in the ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Banning any kind of reference to God at memorial services and burial rituals is the new thing for the Obama administration and Obama clingers like Mayor Bloomberg. The Veteran's Administration has been doing it at the Houston (TX) National Cemetery for a while now. In fact, "U.S. Attorneys will be going to court to forbid Christian soldiers being buried as the names of God or Jesus are invoked."

Except if you are a Muslim terrorist, of course, like Osama bin Ladin, the al-Qaeda founder/unimaginable monster responsible for the 9/11 attacks that killed 2,977 innocent people on  9/11 alone. Interestingly, when Osama bin Ladin was buried at sea, US forces administered Muslim religious rites for him, remember that?

From ABC World News:
Officials said that, in accordance with Muslim law, bin Laden's burial at sea was conducted by a Muslim seaman, who recited the prayers and ensured that the body was washed and wrapped appropriately in cloth.
According to a Boston religion scholar, Stephen Prothero, the traditional funerary prayers that are recited "ask God for forgiveness and mercy for the deceased."

Yet, as Bloomberg will have it, there will be no prayer for the nearly 3,000 innocent people murdered by bin Laden on 9/11 alone, nor for their bereaved, nor for the many first responders and others sickened and suffering as a result. Not even a prayer by the pastor of the Greek Orthodox church destroyed by terrorists that day.

From Chris at Wyblog:
No prayer, just the looming presence of Iman Rauf's Ground Zero Death to America Victory Mosque overshadowing the solemnity of the remembrance ceremonies. And of course no acknowledgement of the void where Saint Nicholas Church ought to stand. Destroyed in the attacks, it's rebirth languishes beneath NYC and Port Authority red tape. Red tape which magically fails to impede construction of a new house of worship, one that is dedicated to the ideology which spawned 9/11 in the first place.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Founders Rolling Over in their Graves Cause 5.9 Magnitude Quake in DC

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

From Fox11 WLUK-TV:
The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was 3.7 miles deep. Shaking was felt at the White House and all over the East Coast, as far south as Chapel Hill, N.C. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated. The quake was in Miner, Va., in Louisa County.
Another quake was felt in the DC area a little over a year ago on July 16, 2010. That one was 3.7 on the Richter scale.
Hoping everyone is okay.

Added: There's a "Did you feel it?" intensity map here. You can add to it if you like. (H/t: Eruptions)

Honored to be linked at What Planet Am I On?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Be Thou My Vision - David Summerford on His Mountain Dulcimer

The old Irish hymn:

Be Thou my vision, oh Lord of my heart
Nought be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best thought by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light

Be Thou my wisdom, and Thou my true word
I ever with Thee and Thou with me Lord
Thou my great Father and I Thy true son
Thou in me dwelling and I with Thee one

Riches I need not, nor man's empty praise
Thou mine inheritance now and always
Thou and Thou only first in my heart
High king of heaven my treasure Thou art

Friday, August 19, 2011

I've heard of separate bedrooms, but separate Presidential Jets?

From White House Dossier by way of Weasel Zippers via Tom Nelson, who asks, "Why are the Obamas acting so very much like they don't really believe in the global warming hoax?":
Michelle Obama and President Obama traveled to Martha’s Vineyard just hours apart, costing taxpayers thousands in additional expenses so she could have just a bit of extra vacation time.
That's what they think. I think Michelle's hairdresser and personal trainer needed to hitch a ride.
Mrs. Obama and her daughters arrived just before 2 pm Thursday on a U.S. government jet, according to the Martha’s Vineyard Times, which got its information from the local airport. The first lady’s office has been silent on her travel. President Obama arrived in the evening along with the family dog Bo.
Bo knows more than he's telling.
Part of a convoy of helicopters escorting Obama and his dog, Bo, from Air Force One on Cape Cod to Martha's Vineyard via Marine One (photo: Reuters).
The extra costs related to Mrs. Obama’s solo trip mainly include the flight on a specially designed military aircraft she took instead of Air Force One, as well as any extra staff and Secret Service that had to be enlisted to go with her. She would also have had her own motorcade from the airport to her vacation residence.
The Obama Martha's Vineyard motorcade:
(photo: Reuters)
Mrs. Obama’s separate jet travel sends the wrong message on a host of issues, from global warming to the budget deficit to the economy – in which currently so many people can’t afford to take a vacation at all.
This is not the first time Michelle has gone on vacation ahead of the president on the taxpayers’ tab. Last December, she racked up what was likely more than $100,000 in expenses leaving early for their Hawaii vacation.
Obama has assured us that he wants to see Americans working and, to make certain that one of his daughters was working very hard on her homework while he golfed a foursome at the Vineyard Golf Club this afternoon, Obama dropped into Vineyard Haven to buy her $32 worth of books, which he conspicuously charged to his own credit card, telling the cashier he only uses it about three times a year. Which I believe.

Here is Obama with his daughters on their book-buying mission. The kids look really happy, don't they?

(photo: Reuters)

What Obama didn't use his credit card for was to gas up the motorcade (see above) that escorted the First Trio to the bookstore to buy that $32 worth of books and then delivered the president to the Vineyard Golf Club for that pressing presidential business.

Thank you for the link to Jill the Pundette, who wondered:
Is there a candidate out there who is willing to view the presidency as something akin to military service, or even to the Peace Corps, as an obligation that will require personal sacrifice, to the point of [gasp] giving up dinners out?
I think there is. And she eats pizza with a fork.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Obama's Blunder Bus Built in Canada

Just heard this on Rush, and I should have known. . . .

Leave it to those curious folks at the New York Post to discover that the contract of Obama's 2 buses, each costing $1.1 million, "lists the country of origin as Canada and place of manufacture as 'outside U.S.'"

Tell us more about creating American jobs, Mr. President.

Other details revealed by the Post:
Obama's new ride is equipped to carry all the baggage a president needs -- including the "football" that allows him to remotely control US nuclear weapons.

There's electronic equipment allowing Obama to communicate and teleconference worldwide.
Like his GM-built limousine, nicknamed "The Beast," the bus has armored doors. 

The president also has large flat-screen TV sets and comfortable couches. 

There's a bathroom, but unlike on Air Force One, no sleeping area. 
No pie, either:
Obama heads for the pies at the Coffee Mill cafe in Zumbrota, Minnesota (Reuters' photo).

Personally, I believed the feds when they assured us that O's bus and its red twin were purchased from a Tennessee-based company. That's only a half-truth. Hemphill Brothers Coach of Tennessee installed the custom interior upgrades into a Canadian-made bus shell.

I wonder where the raw and manufactured materials for those custom upgrades originated? China, perhaps?

Still, it's nice to know that an American company installed the U.S. president's ride interiors, including the baggage area for the US nuclear weapons "football."

I'll bet Hemphill Brothers remembered to install pie racks and burger warmers on those buses. 

The president does have his priorities.

In his ongoing effort to act as a role model for America's overweight kids, Obama had his photo taken at the Coffee Mill cafe ordering apple, pumpkin, German chocolate, and coconut cream pie, plus "something with Graham Crackers." A note to non-bakers: If a pie is worth pulling your 40+ vehicle motorcade to the curb, it isn't a low-fat, low-cal treat.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

9/11 First Responders Denied Entry to 9/11 Ceremony

You won't be seeing 9/11 first responder fire fighters, police officers, and civilian volunteers at this year's 9/11 ceremony, as usual, because they ARE NOT INVITED. City officials say there won't be enough room for them. However, not even a delegation representing the first responders has been included in the ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Here's one comment on this news gleaned from CBS New York:
On 9/11 I was conducting a business meeting in Northern New Jersey, just over the bridge from Manhattan. When we heard the news several of the attendees who were part of local fire department rescue teams asked permission to leave and participate in the rescue mission. Many were gone for over seven days. They not only were part of the rescue but also remained and were part of the clean up.
Later on I received news that my daughter-in-law was missing. For two hours my son kept calling her on her cell phone. No answer. We found out that a rescue team put a group of World Trade Center employees on a boat to Hoboken, New Jersey and secured their safety. The call came, and she was safe.
I would like to know which politicians participated in this rescue mission. Not only have we ignored the rescuer’s health issues, but now we are ignoring their bravery. The only people who belong at this ceremony are the immediate families of the loved one who was lost and the rescuers who participated in the saving of lives. Everyone else is secondary. 
I wonder if Daisy Khan is invited. You probably remember her in connection with the Ground Zero Mosque effort, which she co-organized with her husband, Iman Feisal Abdul Rauf, otherwise known as the Ground Zero Mosque imam. It's possible. In the Believe-It-Or-Not world that is Mayor Bloomberg's New York City, Daisy Khan was welcomed as an advisor to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Moreover, the Ground Zero mosque has not only the approval of Mayor Bloomberg and the financial assistance of NYC taxpayers (through help to the mosque project provided by the Mayor's office and staff), but also the support of Barack H. Obama expressed by him at the 2010 Ramadan dinner at the White House.

Needless to say, Barack H. Obama has received an invitation to the ceremony. No word yet on whether there's going to be room for his teleprompter.

Hat tip to the rightscoop.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Obama's Green Magical Misery Tour Bus Powered by Wind & Batteries (Updated)

Well, not really. It's not any kind of green and it's powered by that same stinky-exhaust stuff that other buses run on.

Except more of it. A lot more.

Not counting the limo fuel used by the presidential limo and the jet fuel used by Air Force One to transport Obama to his bus.

Yes indeed. That's a real man of the people.

Obama walks from the Presidential Limo to his $1.1 million bus. Friendly looking, isn't it? But not too electric.
President Obama is engaged for the next three days in what political operatives call “bracketing” – a technique by which you horn in on the media attention being paid to your competitor and muck up their message. 
Consider that for a moment: The sitting president is in such dire electoral condition that he is looking to “bracket” the still-forming Republican field . . . .

Thus opines Chris Stirewalt of Fox News.  

And don't think you're not paying for it. 

No less an authority than the White House has already announced that you are

In addition to the unusually high tab associated with Obama junkets, the President of Cool can't just rent a bus for his three-day bracket tour and have it retrofitted with security like those piker presidents of the past used to do.  Nope. He needs a specially built armored bus costing a mere $1.1 million.

Bill Clinton waving from the door of his 1996 reelection campaign bus, which did not at all resemble a Darth Vader conveyance. Back then, Democrats still hadn't determined that red, white, and blue are "tacky" campaign colors.

So whom did Obama bracket today? Michelle Bachmann.

Red, white, and blue still works for Michelle Bachmann.

Ditto for Rick Perry.
Herman Cain opts for flag blue.

The Secret Service says a $1.1 million Darth Vader bus that matches Obama's ride will be made available to whomever wins the GOP nomination.

But something tells me that if the GOP nominee turns out to be Sarah Palin, she'll stick with her "We the People" wheels. After all, as Alaska governor, she flew commercial and sold the governor's state plane to save Alaskan taxpayers $1,674 per hour of gubernatorial flying time.

Sarah Palin added spacious skies and mountain majesties to her patriot bus.
Update 8/16/11, 11:30:

Next time you're wondering how much gas you can afford to put into your vehicle, remember this 40-vehicle presidential motorcade cruising through Minnesota (posted by Pundette).

Is it my imagination, or is the number of cars in that motorcade about 1/3 of the 125 Chevy Volts sold in the United States during the entire month of July?

Linked by Ed Driscoll at PajamasMedia, who calls Obama's new ride the "Stealth Bomber Blunder Bus of Economic Doom." I like that!  And thanks!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

No Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Cards for 62% of Sentenced London Rioters

Plenty of the more than 1600 people arrested for riot-related crimes in the UK over the past few days--as well as the 900 or so likely to be arrested soon--never expected to face any punishment at all.

But more than half of the first 150 UK rioters who thought they'd spin right through the UK's revolving court doors were in for a big surprise when they encountered weary British magistrates who were staying up all night to decide their cases. The young offenders had had the book thrown at them. Softcover.

British magistrates hear minor cases, and the maximum sentence that a magistrate can assign is 6 months in prison, which is reduced by up to a third if the defendant pleads guilty. Only half of that sentence actually is served in prison; the rest is served by "community service."

Typically, magistrates send only 3.5% of defendants to prison. Now, though, magistrates are sending 62% of those brought into court for riot-related crimes straight to jail, mostly for crimes of burglary or violent disorder, or they are sending them on to higher courts, without bail, to face more severe sentences.

In South London, for example, a surprised 23-year old engineering student with no previous convictions was sentenced to 6 months in jail for stealing a case of water worth £3.50.

He took the water "because he was thirsty," he said.

The prosecutor saw it differently:
This defendant has contributed through his action to criminal activities to the atmosphere of chaos and sheer lawlessness.
In Manchester, an 18-year old got 8 months for stealing two sweaters and a couple of pieces of musical equipment.

That's what he got caught with, at least.

Beyond public outcry and having to explain one's actions to one's neighbors, it's scenes like the following, of young bystanders complacently watching an arsonist set fire to a store, that must be moving England's magistrates to get the yobs off the streets, if only temporarily. (H/t, Gates of Vienna.)
Only about 500 of the anticipated 2,500 riot-related cases have been heard. The defendants are "overwhelmingly young, male and unemployed," with nearly 60 percent between ages of eighteen and twenty-four and 20 percent between eleven and seventeen.

England's Ministry of Justice is confident that the British prison system can "deal with any upsurge in demand" caused by the riots.

The UK has 2,500 empty beds in its adult prison system and 300 empty beds in its children's prisons.


Facing the Obama Legacy

Armageddon is an old, old word that's gaining currency these days. Financial and social analysts are using it more and more to describe what they see as an impending period of catastrophic economic upheaval and accompanying social conflict. According to my dictionary, this kind of conflict is "typically seen as likely to destroy the world or the human race." Armageddon takes its meaning from the Old Testament, where it is named as the site of the last battle between good and evil before the Day of Judgment.

When fear and concern rise to the level where Armageddon starts seeming like the correct word to describe our approaching reality, it is past time to stop hurtling ourselves willy-nilly into the unknown behind leaders who are quite willing to point toward the abyss and start shouting, "Jump!"

All conservative bloggers know this. But not all voters do. They should.

To this end, Blogger Maggie notes that icesaint2011 has updated The Obama Legacy video with "new and devastating details" and royalty-free music. "Let's make it go viral," challenges Maggie. "If you post the video," she offers, "let me know, and I’ll link to you [at Maggie's Notebook]."  Ditto here. Every vote counts.


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Way Back Wednesday: Obama Pledges to Cut Deficit in Half by Jan. 2013

And that's why today I'm pledging to cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term in office.
This will not be easy. It will require us to make difficult decisions and face challenges we've long neglected.
But I refuse to leave our children with a debt that they cannot repay. And that means taking responsibility right now, in this administration, for getting our spending under control.
Barack Obama, February 13, 2009

No, you didn't accidentally click into an alternative universe, although the president may have. Here's the video. To save yourself 60 seconds of exposure to an Obama speech, move the slider to 1:00.

The rest of the quote:
But I want to be very clear, if the message was not effectively delivered by the three previous speakers: We cannot, and will not, sustain deficits like these without end. Contrary to the prevailing wisdom in Washington these past few years, we cannot simply spend as we please and defer the consequences to the next budget, the next administration, or the next generation. . . . And that’s why today I’m pledging to cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term in office. Now, this will not be easy. It will require us to make difficult decisions and face challenges we’ve long neglected. But I refuse to leave our children with a debt that they cannot repay, and that means taking responsibility right now, in this administration, for getting our spending under control.
Thanks to the right scoop.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Our World Today: UK riots: Iran Condemns Police 'Violence'


From the UK Guardian:
Iran has called on the British government to "restrain" the police and stop the "violent treatment" of rioters.

The foreign ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, said dialogue would calm the situation, and urged the UK to respond to the demands of the "protesters". He also asked human rights organisations to investigate the death of Mark Duggan, which led to the riots.

    Civilization Falls Apart in London, Liverpool, Birmingham and Bristol

    This photo was taken on Church Street, Croydon, suburban south London, 9:00 p.m. local time, last night, during  burning and looting in a number of neighborhoods of London and in three other English cities by young people of all races out for a lark and to "loot till we drop"  and "get our taxes back"; taxes, I dare say, that these young people never paid.

    Amy Weston, the 33-year old professional news photographer who took this shot, had this to say:
    Further up the road, there were some looters - people breaking into stores … and then as I looked further down the road, there was a man running towards the fire wearing a white shirt. Police were trying to stop him and he was shouting he had family in the building … maybe two or three minutes later, the crowd started shouting: 'Somebody's going to jump.''

    You could feel the heat from the fire because it was so close … flames were practically touching her.
    From the Sidney Morning Herald:
    Weston said the woman appeared to be without injuries and no ambulance came to that area in the following 10 minutes. People remained in the burning building.
    Did the people who remained in the building survive?

    I don't know.

    I do know that some apartment buildings burned with no fire department presence.

    Did everyone escape from those burning buildings?

    What do you think?

    Beyond the torching and looting in London's suburban districts of Croyden and Ealing, the insanity hit both wealthier districts like Notting Hill and Clapham and inner-city districts like Peckham and Hackney.

    The "Lavender Hill Mob" in Clapham, via Gates of Vienna's "Live from London" series:
    In Notting Hill, a gang of masked "youths" smashed down the glass door of the five-star restaurant, The Ledbury, and stole customers' wedding rings and cell phones. The staff defended themselves and their customers with rolling pins and kitchen implements, then locked their dining guests in the wine cellar for their safety.

    From the London Evening Standard:
    Diners at the two Michelin-starred restaurant The Ledbury in Notting Hill were attacked by looters who stormed the dining room demanding jewellery and phones.

    Louise Yang, a programmer, had gone to the restaurant with her husband Will for a night out.

    Today she described the horrific scenes on her blog page, and said her wedding and engagement ring were stolen.

    She said: "The restaurant staff were yelling at us to get away from the windows. Before I knew it, the front door, a solid piece of glass, shattered and people came crashing in with hoodies, masks, and random weapons.

    "The looters were yelling at us to get down and throwing stuff all over the place.

    "I got down and started taking off my wedding and engagement ring to hide somewhere, but unfortunately wasn't fast enough."
    London and Londoners have been very good to me, and I am grieving for London and the UK today. The UK's contributions to the world are incalculable and hardly recognized and acknowledged here in the U.S.

    But I think it is fair to say that maybe Londoners should not have stopped taking their kids to church.

    Just a thought.

    Sunday, August 7, 2011

    Saturday, August 6, 2011


    (H/t Doug Ross @Journal.)

    S&P Quote of the Day: AA+ with Negative Outlook Edition

    More broadly, the downgrade reflects our view that the effectiveness, stability, and predictability of American policymaking and political institutions have weakened at a time of ongoing fiscal and economic challenges to a degree more than we envisioned.
    ~Standard & Poor's

    Thank you, Mr. President, the "smartest president in history."

    And thank you to all those who campaigned for, contributed to, and voted for Barack Hussein Obama, particularly based on his "urbane" and "super cool" image. We offer special gratitude to the S&P employees who voted for Barack Hussein Obama during the 2008 presidential election.

    Honorable mention goes to proponents of the U.S. Constitution as a "living, breathing document" that should be forced to outgrow--via judicial activism--such "blunderbuss" concepts as protection of private property and "a man's home is his castle" in favor of "spreading the wealth around."

    And of course, it would be negligent to fail to give credit for this downgrade to a U.S. Congress eager to abandon their legislative functions to various federal agencies and to offer their budgetary powers to the president of the United States. Without the crushing federal regulations created with no oversight by  "The People's House," South Korea would not have, this day, a better financial outlook than the United States of America. And, if Congress had not generously given to President Obama its power to initiate borrowing (h/t, Adrienne), we would not be sharing a credit rating and negative financial outlook with our good neighbor, Belgium.


    Friday, August 5, 2011

    Quote of the Day: $2.4 Trillion Edition

    I have a math degree, so I can tell you with authority that if Obama took his newly looted $2.4T and gave it to the 1.5M newly unemployed, he could give each of them $1.6M. 
    ~Kevin Jackson


    Thursday, August 4, 2011

    Every One of These People Paid Actual Money to Wish Obama a Happy Birthday

    After 30 months of staggering levels of public spending, massive failed bailouts, rising unemployment, declining consumer confidence, and a collapsing housing market, the American economy is literally on its knees. 
    ~Nile Gardiner

    These people obviously have not gotten the memo:

    This gala Obama birthday fundraiser at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago was followed by a $35,800-a-plate birthday dinner fundraiser. (Credit: Larry Downing, Reuters)


    Wednesday, August 3, 2011

    On Being Called a Terrorist

    Thank you to Stilton Jarlsberg for putting it into words:
    You'd think that America has seen enough genuine terrorism to recognize it by now. The twin towers falling in smoke and flame. The bodies being carried from Fort Hood. The severed head of Danny Pearl. And thousands of innocents blown to bloody pieces by suicide bombers.

    All of which makes it an obscenity beyond belief that the Democrats and mainstream media have colluded to brand the Tea Party "terrorists" for trying to stop Washington's insane and potentially suicidal spending spree, using the Constitutional procedures created by our nation's founders.

    We're not talking just the usual low-level bottom feeders here, either. Vice-president Joe Biden said of the conservatives in the debt negotiations "they have acted like terrorists." And other liberal jaws have been flapping:

    • Rep Mike Doyle: "This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money."
    • Tom Friedman: a "Hezbollah faction" "on a suicide mission."
    • Rep Hoyer: "they want to shoot every bullet they have at the president."
    • Joe Klein (TIME): "Osama bin Laden could not have come up with a more clever strategy for strangling our nation."
    • Steve Rattner (MSNBC): "Economic terrorism."
    • Paul Krugman (alleged economist): "Republicans have taken America hostage."
    • Martin Frost: "...much in common with the Taliban."
    • Margaret Carlson: "They've strapped explosives to the Capitol."
    • Jay Carney: "...hold the American economy hostage."

    And on, and on, and on.

    Here's a news bulletin for the Left: spending within your means isn't terror. Attempting to save Medicare and Social Security isn't terror. Returning to Constitutional principles isn't terror. Representing the voters who sent you to Washington isn't terror.

    When this nation observes the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks next month, it would be an obscenity beyond description for any of the stupid, duplicitous, hypocrites listed above (especially Joe Biden) to set foot on the hallowed site of Ground Zero after having equated their latest petty budget battle with that nightmarish act of terrorism.

    And yes, we said act of terrorism...not "man-caused disaster."

    It's easy to tell them apart; acts of terrorism are committed by terrorists. Man-caused disasters are committed by politicians.