Thursday, May 31, 2012

Poland During WWII: Not What Obama Thinks

It's another teachable moment for Obama's 14-year-old speechwriters and for the "smartest" speaker "in the room," who together managed to call a death camp designed, built, and staffed by German National Socialists in occupied Poland a "Polish" death camp.

As the Polish Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, correctly pointed out, "When someone says 'Polish death camps,' it is as if there were no Nazis, no German responsibility, as if there was no Hitler."

I will grant that someone in the White House may have picked up the information that 3 million Polish Jews had their lives barbarically stolen from them in Poland during World War II as part of the Nazi attempt to exterminate all Jews.

What seems to have entirely escaped the notice of the White House (and many others) is the fact that complete extermination of all Poles also was on the National Socialist to-do list.

Another fact missing from the White House history primer is the fact that the lives of 3 million non-Jewish Poles also had their lives barbarically stolen from them by Poland's Nazi occupiers.

Here's a quote from Heinrich Himmler, whom someone should inform the White House was the actual overseer (and not Poland) of the concentration camps, extermination camps, and Einsatzgruppen (paramilitary death squads):
"All Poles will disappear from the world. [...] It is essential that the great German nation should consider it as its major task to destroy all Poles." 
In 1939, Adolf Hitler authorized his military commanders to kill "without pity or mercy all men, women, and children of Polish descent or language."

German execution of 51 Polish hostages in retaliation for an attack on a National Socialist (Nazi) police station.
In furtherance of this goal, people of Polish descent were shot, hung, burned alive, worked to death in German mines and factories, relocated, starved to death, etc., etc. Before using Zyklon-B to gas Polish Jews, Germans  first tested it on the Polish gentiles and Soviet POWs who were the first prisoners held by Nazis in their concentration camp at Auschwitz.

Elimination of education in Poland and persecution of the Catholic Church there were big parts of the National Socialist agenda. Himmler's long-term plan included leaving Poland only four grade schools, "in which counting would be taught only till 500 [and] writing one's name." No need for any Poles to learn how to read.

To these ends, Germans destroyed 80% of all the school libraries and 75% of all the scientific libraries in Poland and forbade all education above the elementary level. The Nazis closed all Catholic schools. In Western Poland, the Nazis closed all elementary schools where the Polish language was used. 

Maksymilan Binkiewicz,
one of the 108 blessed martyrs
The National Socialists closed not only schools run by Catholics but also Catholic seminaries, monastaries, and  convents and then rounded up the priests, monks, and nuns to shoot or imprison in Nazi concentration camps:
In Pomerania, all but 20 of the 650 priests were shot or sent to concentration camps. Between 1939 and 1945, 2,935 members of the Polish clergy (18%) were killed in concentration camps. In the city of Wroclaw (Breslau), 49% of its Catholic priests were killed; in Chelmno, 48%. One hundred and eight of them are regarded as blessed martyrs. 
An estimated 200,000 Polish children under the age of 10 that Germans thought had German ancestry were stolen from their parents for "Germanization" and adoption by childless German couples. Many more children who didn't quite make the "racially valuable" grade in their captors' twisted minds were killed by phenol injection, by suffocation with carbon monoxide, and by entirely draining their blood for use in transfusions for wounded German troops. Many children, after being abducted from their parents (who were beaten or murdered), died of thirst or cold during transport in cattle cars. The horror stories go on and on.

Forced expulsion of Poles from a village in the Zamość region of western Poland, where over 110,000 people from about 300 villages were expelled to make room for German settlers, and where almost 30,000 children were kidnapped for potential Germanization. Because of heavy resistance by Poles and their Soviet partisans hiding in the region's forests, only about 10,000 Germans were able to settle in the region before the advancing Red army forced them to abandon their effort
The enormity of the Nazi's crime of genocide committed against Europe's Jews does not obliterate from history the atrocities committed against Poland's non-Jewish citizenry by Nazi occupiers. If the Nazis had not been stopped, their attempted genocide of Europe's Poles would have had even more gruesome and deadly success.

The importance of understanding such uncomfortable facts as these is the job of American-taxpayer-supported specialists in European history and diplomacy whose services are available--at any time--to the White House. If only this administration bothered to make use of them . . . .


Source: Nazi Crimes Against Ethnic Poles

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Flip-Flop Flashback: Obama Wants War Vets to Pay for Their Own Prosthetic Limbs

The Obamas attending a Medal of Honor ceremony
for U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti, who was
killed in Afghanistan in June 2006. Mrs. Obama
wears a party dress, green shoes, and chandelier earrings.
It's an election year, so Obama has suddenly recalled "that the nation needs to honor veterans, including those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, by ensuring that they have access to jobs, health care, and higher education."

I guess the president's golf caddies have informed him that he might lose more than a few votes if the public was aware that one of his first actions as president was an attempt to force combat-injured veterans (or their wives) to pay for combat-injury-related health care, including buying their own prosthetic limbs.

Back in March of 2009,  Investor's Business Daily was aware of the travesty and, in a editorial scathingly critical of Obama's health care plan for wounded warriors, quoted:
a "furious Commander David K. Rehbein of the American Legion," who, together with representatives of 11 veterans groups, met with Barack Obama on Monday [March 17, 2009]:
[The President] refused to hear arguments about the moral and government-avowed obligations that would be compromised by [the plan].
According to CNN, at that meeting, Barack Obama challenged those veterans "to come up with an alternative way to raise revenues."
Just 6 weeks after taking office, Commander-in-Chief Obama petulantly argued that, if American veterans want medical treatment for their combat injuries, it's up to them to figure out where the money should come from.
  
Interestingly, only a month before his election, Obama was promising to "restore our sacred trust with our nation's veterans" and "was committed to creating a 21st Century Department of Veterans' Affairs that provides the care and benefits our nation's veterans deserve [italics mine].

This is the man whom many Americans still trust with their own health care.

Think about it, civilians. If a president who doesn't think a combat-injured veteran deserves having his health care paid for by U.S. taxpayers, what makes you think he genuinely believes that you deserve health care?

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

There Oughta Be a Law...Oh, Wait...There Is a Law

Cornell Law Library
Deserving of much reposting, this heads-up from The PJ Tatler about a lil' ol' section of the U.S. Code, namely:  Title 18Part IChapter 13 › § 241:
The story about the SWATTING and intimidation is shocking.  It might also be illegal.
18 USC 241 prohibits intimidation against Americans for exercising free speech rights.  The statute says:

If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
And there's more, way more, to be learned about "18 USC § 241 - Conspiracy against rights" at the Legal Information Institute at the Cornell University Law School.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Streisand on $$$ She Gave "Speedway Bomber": "No Comment"

Watching the numbers, FrontPageMag.com, in an excellent article, published this bit of information about some of the financial backers of a tax-exempt organization directed by Brett Kimberlin, the convicted "Speedway Bomber":
The mission of the other Kimberlin-created group, the Justice Through Music Project, is to somehow pound political enlightenment into the skulls of young people through music. The group has received at least $70,000 in grants from the Tides Foundation since 2006. Barbra Streisand has given JTMP at least $10,000 through her foundation since 2006. Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts), is CEO of the Heinz Family Foundation. That charity has given JTMP at least $20,000 since 2006.
From American Thinker
The Justice Through Music Project has collected $1.8 million from the usual suspects on the political left over the last eight years, including these grants. 
2005
Farview Foundation ..................................... $9,000
2006
Tides Foundation ........................................ $60,000
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift ......... $45,000
HKH Foundation ...................................... $20,000
Heinz Family Foundation ......................... $20,000
Olive Branch Foundation ......................... $15,000
Farview Foundation ................................. $10,000
Barbra Streisand Foundation .....................$5,000
2007
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift ......... $19,000
2008
Threshold Foundation ............................ $20,000
Tides Foundation .................................... $10,000
Nathan Cummings Foundation ............... $10,000
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift ......... $20,000
Fred Gellert Family Foundation ................ $5,000
Silicon Valley Community Foundation ..... $5,000
Barbra Streisand Foundation .................... $5,000
2009
Schwab Charitable Fund ............................ $10,000
Silicon Valley Community Foundation .... $10,000
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift ......... $6,000
TOTAL (2005-2009) ..................................$304,000
[That's leaves $1.5 million of donations unaccounted for. I wonder who gave Brett Kimberlin's organization that dough?]

Breitbart.com investigated:
A spokesperson for Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift, which is listed by JTMP over several years, explained to Breitbart News that the fund is donor-advised, meaning that it does not have discretion over donations made by individuals or organizations with accounts at the fund. Donors merely park their funds at Fidelity to receive an immediate charitable tax deduction, and direct those funds over time, as they wish, to any 501(c)3. 
Schwab Charitable Fund had this to say:
National donor advised funds like Schwab Charitable Fund are cause-neutral, and exist to facilitate the charitable giving of their clients.  Grants do not in any way reflect the views or perspectives of Schwab, Schwab Charitable or the management of either organization.   
Oh, and the response from the Barbra Streisand Foundation, which does have discretion over where they give money?
"No comment."
No surprise there.  Is there a PR guy in the house?



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Thursday, May 24, 2012

ObamaCare Victory: 1st Catholic University Drops Student Health Insurance

If Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio did not drop its $600 per year student health insurance plan when it expires this coming August, they would have to double the cost of the policy to $1,200 next year, and triple it to $1,800 the year after that.

Thank you, Mr. Obama. "If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan." Isn't that what you promised?

And thank you to Ms. Sebelius, Ms. Fluke, and the Bradley University student who told Mitt Romney, "You're all for like 'yay freedom and all this stuff and yay pursuit of happiness.' You know what would make me happy? Free birth control."

Franciscan University leaders point out that to mandate that their students pay exorbitant health insurance costs would be immoral in itself, not to mention the immorality of teaching one thing in the classroom (the sacredness of life) and doing another (purchasing contraception and abortion-inducing drugs for students).

Obviously, as Investors Business Daily reminds us:
It's the first shoe to drop in what will be a cascade of such decisions. Franciscan University was able to drop its coverage, but as the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops has warned, other institutions and charities may be forced to close, sell off their assets or turn them over to secular operators in the wake of ObamaCare's unacceptable mandates and costs.
Teresa, a Franciscan University alum, published the University's new policy:

Campus Health Insurance Policy

The Obama Administration has mandated that all health insurance plans must cover “women’s health services” including contraception, sterilization, and abortion-causing medications as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Up to this time, Franciscan University has specifically excluded these services and products from its student health insurance policy, and we will not participate in a plan that requires us to violate the consistent teachings of the Catholic Church on the sacredness of human life.
Additionally, the PPACA increased the mandated maximum coverage amount for student policies to $100,000 for the 2012-13 school year, which would effectively double your premium cost for the policy in fall 2012, with the expectation of further increases in the future.
Due to these changes in regulation by the federal government, beginning with the 2012-13 school year, the University 1) will no longer require that all full-time undergraduate students carry health insurance, 2) will no longer offer a student health insurance plan, and 3) will no longer bill those not covered under a parent/guardian plan or personal plan for student health insurance. The current student health insurance plan will expire on August 15, 2012.
We encourage you to decide how you are going to provide for accidents or illnesses requiring visits to physicians, health clinics, or the hospital emergency room while you are a student here. As always, our Health Center on campus will be staffed by a certified nurse practitioner Monday – Friday during normal business hours. No insurance is necessary to receive basic health-related services at the Health Center, and the visits cost only $5 at the time of service. However, if you are referred off campus for further lab testing, physician specialists, X-rays, etc., you will be responsible to pay for those services.
As Theresa points out, the idea is to force everyone into more Gov't "care."

Yeah, and we all feel so cared for. Particularly those of us who don't subscribe to Obama's version of "freedom." 
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Liberals Are Suckers: Obama Campaign Edition

 

Thank you, Stilton Jarlsberg.

I remember when a local Democrat ran for office citing as important experience having slipped out of the middle class into poverty.  Liberals elected that politician to handle their money. With predictable results.

And then they blamed Conservatives for those results.

Yep. Liberals prefer leaders who have no experience in creating wealth. They have enormous tolerance, however, for politicians who pick their pockets.

Suckers.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Liberals are Suckers: Notre Dame Edition




In May of 2009, the decision makers of the Catholic University of Notre Dame went out of their way to award an honorary law degree President Barack Obama. This action, the University explained, was a "good thing for the president and for the causes we care about."

Suckers.

Before Notre Dame knew what hit them, said Honoree, who, not-so-incidentally, is an outspoken advocate of abortion and infanticide, a Democrat, and a socialist, determined that Notre Dame pick up the tab for the "abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives and sterilization procedures" that he advocates.

Only Liberal academics wouldn't have seen that coming.

Next comes a legal battle featuring The Fighting Irish vs. Harvard.

And only a Liberal White House wouldn't have seen that coming.
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Monday, May 21, 2012

He's Still Working Miracles -- Sensational Nightingales

Regular readers of this blog know that I like to put first things first on the first day of the week. Yesterday, life being what it is, I missed my regular Sunday post.

Playing catch-up now. Enjoy!

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

This Is "Science"?

Don't you love it when Big Nanny uses the latest technology and hired brains to tell you why you should be emptying your wallet to save the world? From Watts Up With That:
Its always important to remember what has been predicted by the elders of science, and to review those predictions when the time is right. In four months, just 132 days from now at the end of summer on the Autumnal Equinox September 22nd 2012, the Arctic will be “nearly ice free” according to a prominent NASA scientist in a National Geographic article on December 12, 2007.
Ahem:

Arctic Sea Ice Comparison, Then and Now: 5/12/07 to 5/12/12
Credit: Arctic Climate Research at the University of Illinois
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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Question of the Day

As posed by iOwnTheWorld:


And that goes for Health Care and Health Care Reform, too.
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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

About That Doctored Obama/Situation Room Photo

Read about it at American Thinker.
H/t: About.com

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Obama's War on WV Mountain Mamas Hits Progressive Paradise

It's not just Mama Grizzlies that Obama has it out for.

As William Jacobson pointed out today, "Obama already had it out for West Virginia" well before  Democrats in at least 10 West Virginia counties demonstrated that, given their druthers, they'd prefer Keith Judd (aka federal prison inmate Number 11593-051) as their 2012 presidential candidate to that other guy. Way back in January of 2011, as part of Obama's Cap and Trade "investment," the EPA moved
to revoke the long-standing permits for a mammoth coal mine in West Virginia send[ing] a strong signal that President Obama plans to implement key parts of his agenda . . . .
I have to hand it to West Virginia's Democrats for their clear appreciation of the disastrous effects that Obama's goal to bankrupt clean-coal power plants is having on their lives.

I wish the same were true here in Progressive Paradise, where Obama's war on clean coal recently shut down our local clean-coal power plant, AES Cayuga (formerly Milliken Station). This power supplier used to consume 80 to 100 railroad carloads of West Virginia and western Pennsylvania coal several times a week, back before Obama waged war on clean coal, clean-coal technologies, and the people whose livelihoods and energy use depend on it.
One of America's newly idle power stations. Brownouts, anyone?
AES Cayuga has not produced power since early March because it cannot compete with power plants using lower cost natural gas. . . . The company has sustained losses of tens of millions of dollars since 2010.
Way to go, Progressive Democrats.

But oops, what's this?
AES Cayuga [had] not only been the largest single entity tax payer for the Town of Lansing and the Lansing Central School District, but in better times they had also subsidized local charities, organizations, and facilities such as the YMCA.
Observed one county legislator here in Progressive Paradise:
AES Cayuga has been a major source of tax revenue for the past 50 years, and its downturn has had a major negative effect on Tompkins County and the Town of Lansing in particular.
In the twisty-turny landscape of Progressive Paradise, one of New York State's lonely Republicans has taken it upon himself to save the anti-coal, anti-fracking, anti-Constitution (i.e., pro-Obama) Democrats of Progressive Paradise from themselves.

Sen. Michael Nozzolio, a Republican state senator from a neighboring county, has proposed legislation to aid the plant. Which means, in layman's terms, a quick role reversal: Instead of profits from the power plant keeping local schools and charities running, New York State's Obama-lovin' Progressive moms will be emptying their "hope 'n change" purses to keep the power plant running. At Obama-inflated prices.

Pretty slick, eh?

Naturally, local Democrats are grateful: "Sen. Nozzolio learned of the difficulties facing AES in the fall of 2011 and has worked toward a positive outcome for all involved. We truly appreciate all of his efforts."

I won't count on that gratitude turning into votes on the Republican ticket come November.

I will count it as another opportunity for local Progressive Democrats to deny responsibility for the financial disasters caused by their own policies.
 
Update: For more on this issue, see South of 5 and 20 and One of Nine.
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Monday, May 7, 2012

Bwah ha ha: WH Warns Socialist Hollande Not to Raise Taxes or Spending

As usual, the Obama administration runs on the motto, "Do as I say, not as I do."

Today's belly laugh via The Washington Examiner:
President Obama's spokesman warned the new socialist president-elect of France not to implement his campaign agenda of ending austerity measures, indicating that such a reversal could damage the world economy.
Ya think?
"A balanced approach . . . Both fiscal consolidation and efforts to boost the recovery is the right approach for Europe," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters today. "That's an approach that he [Obama] thinks ensures that the recovery continues while putting our fiscal house in order."
Hollande campaigned on a no-austerity-for-Europe platform built with planks such as a 75% tax on incomes of the wealthy, lowering of manual worker retirement age from 62 to 60, raising of the minimum wage, and the hiring of 60,000 new teachers--all in a country burdened with 10% unemployment and a public debt equal to 86% of GDP.

It makes one wonder what Obama could possibly dislike about Hollande's plans, but a glance at the fine print reveals that Hollande intends to start his presidency with "a few quick symbolic measures" such as freezing the cost of fuel for three months and cutting his own presidential salary by 30%.

Oh.
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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Tonight: There's a Super Moon on the Rise


Tonight's full moon will appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than usual. Although the moon reached fullness last night, tonight (weather permitting) we have the opportunity to see it rise above the horizon, when the moon appears largest to the naked eye.

You can find the moonrise time for your location here. In the USA, moonrise will be sometime between 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., depending on altitude.


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I am the Vine -- Daniel Markoya


(From John 15:5)



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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Day: Occupy Cleveland Nuts Try to Blow Up Bridge (UPDATED)

Occupy Cleveland protester and alleged bomber
wanna-be, Brandon Baxter, reportedly
had been "living on the streets."
He turned 20 years old on Friday.
Photo credit: FBI.
Blogger Adrienne, an advocate of civilized discourse and behavior, remembers celebrations of May Day involving baskets of flowers and children's flights around a Maypole.

With a darker view of society, Occupy Whatever members view May Day as a worker rights holiday featuring celebrations of anarchy and revolution (livestream via Adrienne's Corner and here).

Today, Cleveland area FBI agents observed May Day by escorting to court a trio of Occupy-connected, self-proclaimed anarchists who attempted to blow up a bridge on state Route 82 in Cuyahoga Valley National Park:


Arrested yesterday in connection with the bomb plot were Brandon L. Baxter, 20, Connor C. Stevens, 20, Joshua S. Stafford, 23, Douglas L. Wright, 26, and Anthony Hayne, 35. Three of these men, Baxter, Wright, and Hayne "are being charged with conspiracy and attempted use of explosive materials to damage physical property affecting interstate commerce."

Occupy Cleveland organizer Anthony Hayne. 
Photo credit: Cory Shaffer

Charges against Stevens and Stafford are pending.

Not being held accountable are the Occupiers and Occupier fans who glamorize socialism, communism, anarchy, street violence, and revolution.

Update: 5/2/12:

Via CBS Chicago, the Occupy Cleveland anarchists who planned to blow up a Cleveland area bridge "also talked about plotting acts of terror in Chicago during the NATO summit":

Douglas Wright, age 26
Wright said it would be “crazy” in Cleveland after the group blew up the bridge, but “crazier in Chicago with people coming from everywhere to Chicago to protest the NATO summit. Wright also “predicted a ‘s**t load’ of people going to Chicago to protest the summit would first come to Cleveland, presumably drawn by the destruction of the bridge.

He predicted that anarchists ultimately headed to Chicago would riot in Cleveland for a week, “then everyone will leave and downtown Cleveland will ‘be a pile of rubble and ashes,’ as anarchists in every major city in the country will ultimately be ‘rioting and destroying each city,’” the criminal complaint said.

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