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Saturday, November 06, 2010

Obama Submits America to “Human Rights Review” by World’s Most Despicable Regimes - Iran  and North Korea Lectures America On Rights Abuses

Weasel Zippers has been posting about this for a few days, today it finally happened and it’s just as bad, if not worse, than you imagined it would be.

(Fox News)- The Obama administration got a new “shellacking” this morning, this one entirely voluntary. In the name of improving America’s image abroad, it sent three top officials from the State Department to Geneva’s U.N. Human Rights Council to be questioned about America’s human rights record by the likes of Cuba, Iran, and North Korea.

This was the first so-called “universal periodic review” of human rights in the U.S. by the Council, which the Obama administration decided to join in 2009.

The move represents a striking departure from prior American foreign policy, which has been to ratify selected human rights treaties after due consideration and submit American policy-makers to recommendations based on well-conceived standards accepted by the United States.

But in the three-hour inquisition which took place this morning, Michael Posner, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor responded with “thanks to very many of the delegations for thoughtful comments and suggestions” shortly after Cuba said the U.S. blockade of Cuba was a “crime of genocide,” Iran “condemned and expressed its deep concern over the situation of human rights” in the United States, and North Korea said it was “concerned by systematic widespread violations committed by the United States at home and abroad.”

According to the Council’s procedure, all U.N. members are given carte blanche to comment and make recommendations to the state in the docket. But since only three hours are allotted per state, the practice has emerged of allowing approximately only the first sixty to speak.

This morning fifty-six countries lined-up for the opportunity to have at the U.S. representatives, many standing in line overnight a day ago in order to be near the top of the list. Making it to the head of the line were Cuba, Venezuela, Russia, Iran, Nicaragua, Bolivia, and North Korea.

Recommendations to improve the U.S. human rights record included Cuba’s advice to end “violations against migrants and mentally ill persons” and “ensure the right to food and health.”

Iran – currently poised to stone an Iranian woman for adultery – told the U.S. “effectively to combat violence against women.” 

North Korea – which systematically starves a captive population – told the U.S. “to address inequalities in housing, employment and education” and “prohibit brutality…by law enforcement officials.”
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If Al Gore’s Chicago Climate Exchange Suffers Total Failure, Does the MSM Make a Sound?

The CCX was the topic of thousands of MSM articles over the years, but not a single article reported their recent demise.

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From PJM:

Global warming-inspired cap and trade has been one of the most stridently debated public policy controversies of the past 15 years. But it is dying a quiet death. In a little reported move, the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) announced on Oct. 21 that it will be ending carbon trading — the only purpose for which it was founded — this year.

Although the trading in carbon emissions credits was voluntary, the CCX was intended to be the hub of the mandatory carbon trading established by a cap-and-trade law, like the Waxman-Markey scheme passed by the House in June 2009.

At its founding in November 2000, it was estimated that the size of CCX’s carbon trading market could reach $500 billion. That estimate ballooned over the years to $10 trillion.

Al Capone tried to use Prohibition to muscle in on a piece of all the action in Chicago. The CCX’s backers wanted to use a new prohibition on carbon emissions to muscle in on a piece of, quite literally, all the action in the world.

The CCX was the brainchild of Northwestern University business professor Richard Sandor, who used $1.1 million in grants from the Chicago-based left-wing Joyce Foundation to launch the CCX. For his efforts, Time named Sandor as one of its Heroes of the Planet in 2002 and one of its Heroes of the Environment in 2007.
The CCX seemed to have a lock on success. Not only was a young Barack Obama a board member of the Joyce Foundation that funded the fledgling CCX, but over the years it attracted such big name climate investors as Goldman Sachs and Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the CCX’s highly anticipated looting of taxpayers and consumers — cap-and-trade imploded following its high water mark of the House passage of the Waxman-Markey bill. With ongoing economic recession, Climategate, and the tea party movement, what once seemed like a certainty became anything but.

CCX’s panicked original investors bailed out this spring, unloading the dog and its across-the-pond cousin, the European Climate Exchange (ECX), for $600 million to the New York Stock Exchange-traded Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) — an electronic futures and derivatives platform based in Atlanta and London. (Luckier than the CCX, the ECX continues to exist thanks to the mandatory carbon caps of the Kyoto Protocol.)

The ECX may soon follow the CCX into oblivion, however — the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012. No new international treaty is anywhere in sight.

While we don’t know how well Al Gore and Goldman Sachs fared on their investments in the CCX, we do know that there’s no reason to cry for Sandor. He received $98.5 million for his 16.5% stake in CCX when it was sold. Not bad for a failure that somebody else financed.

Incredibly (but not surprisingly), although thousands of news articles have been published about CCX by the lamestream media over the years, a Nexis search conducted a week after CCX’s announcement revealed no news articles published about its demise.

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Why is Iman Rauf in Jakarta, Indonesia, preparing the presidents visit or speech? 

Indonesian President Urged to Help Islam Engage With the West.

With just a few days to go until Barack Obama arrives in Indonesia, a prominent American Islamic scholar has called on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to show the Western world the true face of Islam.

The real battleground is between the moderates of all religions against the radicals of all religions,” Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, founder and chief executive of the American Society for Muslim Advancement and leader of the Al-Farah mosque in New York, said at the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Friday.

Feisal said Muslims should be responsible to help change negative attitudes toward Islam by intensifying interfaith dialogue and fighting radicalism.

I am convinced that with the right behavior, the right ethics, we will change the hearts and minds of people in America toward Islam,” he said. 

Read the full story here.
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A little over a year old but still relevant
Especially this week. . .

Fortunate Son

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Why Muslim cultures suck

In the past fifty years, many countries have caught up with the rich and developed Western World.  Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore, with virtually no natural resources, have created advanced, urbanized and prosperous societies, complete with world-class technology that often exceed that which is found in the West.  India, Brazil and China, although not fully developed, now all possess large and affluent middle classes that did not exist just a few decades ago. There is no reason to believe why their economic and social progress of all of these countries will not continue for the foreseeable future.

The Muslim world, on the other hand, has struggled during this era of unprecedented global wealth creation. These countries have profited almost solely, by happy geological accident, from oil and gas extraction.  Beyond these activities, economic activity in Muslim countries remains scant, low tech and strictly oriented towards local consumption.  Despite trillions of dollars in oil revenue over the past sixty years, Muslim progress in many other areas, such as scientific research, social issues and education, lags badly behind the rest of the world.

How could this be the case?  The answer, which the major media dares not touch, lies in the very culture of Muslim countries themselves.  Consider the following:

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Bosnian Muslims post tribute video to Nazi ally Hajj Amin al-Husseini, Mufti of Jerusalem

From Jihad Watch:

"During World War II, the Mufti lived in Berlin, where he met Hitler and traveled in top Nazi circles (he even stayed in Hitler's bunker toward the end of the war). Among his close friends was Adolf Eichmann, who is commonly thought to be the architect of the Holocaust. Journalist Maurice Pearlman, author of the 1947 book The Mufti of Jerusalem, said that the Mufti advised Eichmann on the best ways to persecute Jews. Hitler gave the Mufti a radio station, which al-Husseini used to preach Nazism and genocide in Arabic."

The explanation on this video reads: "This video is a small contribution, and small thanks from Bosniaks to the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Amin al-Husayni (Let Allah s.w.t be pleased with him) for his spiritual and military leadership against the enemies of the Bosniaks, the faith of Islam and the Homeland."

And yet the Left and its Islamic supremacist allies would have you believe that the anti-jihadists are the ones dallying with Nazism. Yeah, surrre. The real convergence and harmony of views is between Nazis and Islamic supremacists, as this illustrates yet again.
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Beverly Giesbrecht, one dead, dumb dhimmi

You might vaguely recall Beverly Giesbrecht, the suburban woman from West Vancouver, Canada, who converted to Islam post 9-11, the woman who went to Pakistan to "report" on the Taliban, the woman who was kidnapped and held captive for a few years-- somewhere. She's now reported dead. Dhimmitude ain't all it's cracked up to be.


Some background and three photos of Giesbrect:



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Friday, November 05, 2010

Joe Cocker
You Can Leave Your Hat On

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Posts for Nov 5th: Ramala's 5-Star Hotel, Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, Sexual Harrassment in Egypt, ISAF kills Haqqani network leader, Soutudeh in danger, US Human Rights reacord scrutinized in UNHRC,

  1. Ramallah gets five star luxury hotel: The hotel, a franchise of the Swiss-based Movenpick chain, has 171 rooms and suites, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center, and cost $40 million.
  2. UK: Jihadist webmaster Abdel Hameed Shehadeh held without bail in Brooklyn Federal Court: Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, 21, of Staten Island, was arrested last week in Hawaii, where he had tried in the past to travel to Somalia, but failed because he was on a “no fly” list.
  3. Egypt: Challenging sexual harrassment on Cairo's streets: The project, called HarassMap, aims to create a map of the ‘hotspots’ of harassment in Cairo – that is, the places where harassment most frequently occurs.
  4. Afghanistan: fifth Haqqani network leader confirmed killed during Paktiya operation: Intelligence reports later confirmed the death of the five Haqqani leaders as well as several additional Haqqani fighters. It is assessed the security force had broken up a Haqqani leadership meeting.
  5. Iran: Life of Jailed Human Rights Lawyer at great risk: On Sunday, 31 October, Nasrin Sotoudeh, one of Iran’s most prominent human rights lawyers went on a dry hunger strike protesting her detention and ill treatment inside Tehran’s Evin prison. Her family reported that her health is quickly deteriorating.
  6. UN: Cuba, Venezuela, Iran top the list of countries lining up to scrutinize US Human Rights during UN review: ccording to diplomats cited Wednesday by a Geneva-based NGO, U.N. Watch, Cuban officials “took the lead last week in circulating an advance sign-up sheet.” “We are concerned that Iran, Cuba, Venezuela and other non-democracies are planning to hijack the session to score propaganda points and drum up anti-American sentiment worldwide,” said the organization’s executive director, Hillel Neuer.
  7. UK: Al-Qaeda terrorist arrested: Talking to the Royal United Services Institute, May revealed that an associate of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was arrested earlier this year and is suspected of planning an attack on the country. This terrorist unit has been blamed for the cargo bomb plot on the US just last week, which was intercepted. The bombs were found in printer cartridge packages in Dubai and Britain and were being mailed to the US. It’s believed that Anwar al-Awlaki, a US national and al-Qaeda leader, was the mastermind behind the attack from his base in Yemen.
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Not The Frankie Ford Song below. . .

George Thorogood and the Destroyers
You Talk Too Much

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Now if we could find a way to get Tingles and Madcow in our sites . . .


Olbermann suspended for Dem contributions
By: CNN Political Unit

(CNN) - Keith Olbermann, MSNBC's primetime firebrand host, has been suspended indefinitely for violating the ethics policies of his employer earlier this year when he donated to three Democrats seeking federal office, MSNBC announced Friday.

"I became aware of Keith's political contributions late last night. Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay," MSNBC President Phil Griffin said in a statement.

First reported by Politico and confirmed by Federal Election Commission filings, the primetime television host gave $2,400 – the maximum individual amount allowed – to each of the campaigns of Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway, and Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords. (View PDF's of FEC filings for Conway, Grijalva, and Giffords)

Conway lost his bid to Republican Rand Paul while Grijalva eked out a win over Tea Party-backed candidate Ruth McClung for a fifth term. Grijalva found himself in an increasingly competitive race after he announced his support of a boycott of Arizona businesses in response to the state's controversial new immigration law and often appeared on Olbermann's show where he found a sympathetic audience. CNN, meanwhile, has yet to declare a winner in Giffords' race, but the Democrat currently holds about a 3,000-vote lead with all precincts reporting.

The contributions may have violated an NBC policy that requires employers of the news organization to obtain permission ahead of any political donations or activities that could be deemed as a conflict of interest. CNN institutes a similar policy.

In a statement to Politico before the suspension was announced, Olbermann defended the contributions:

"One week ago, on the night of Thursday October 28 2010, after a discussion with a friend about the state of politics in Arizona, I donated $2,400 each to the re-election campaigns of Democratic Representatives Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords," he said in the statement. "I also donated the same amount to the campaign of Democratic Senatorial candidate Jack Conway in Kentucky."

Olbermann, as well as MSNBC executives, was a vocal critic of the $1 million donation by Fox News' parent News Corp. to the Republican Governor's Association earlier this year, saying at the time, "We now have another million reasons Fox News is the Republican news channel."

In a subsequent show, Olbermann also pressed House Majority Whip James Clyburn if there was a "legislative response" to a networks that "starts to shill for partisan causes."

A News Corp. spokesman defended the donation when it was first reported in August.

"News Corporation believes in the power of free markets, and the RGA's pro-business agenda supports our priorities at this most critical time for our economy," the spokesman said.


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A Bumper Sticker, Explained

Crossposted at Tasty Infidelicacies
Via Jihad Watch, with credit to Kathy Shaidle at NewsReal Blog

This  goes a long way in clearing up any misconceptions you may have had about the liberal mindset. Print out some copies and give them to people who have this sticker on their Volvos.

This is the pact made between the suicidal leftists in the West and Islam: COEXIST, which doesn't mean really coexist, just quit existing altogether, if you are anyone but the C.  Like 'tolerance' doesn't really mean being tolerant of people with unconventional ideas and lifestyles. I hope this clears everything up, for you.
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Gutfeld: Obama's False Call for Civility

I love Greg Gutfeld.

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Police called to NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland after reports of gunman inside

NASA jobs
CLEVELAND - Brook Park police have been called to NASA Glenn Research Center.
NewsChannel5 has gotten reports that there is a gunman inside building 77. The building is on lockdown. There is an ambulance on standby.
A viewer who has connections inside the building said there were reports of shots fired. An e-mail into newsnet5.com said he is communicating with someone in the building who said one person has been shot and the shooter currently un accounted for.
A spokeswoman for NASA Glenn said that there is an unverified report of a possible activity involving a gun. Katherine Martin said Glenn is implementing proper action for employees and facilities. The whole center is on lockdown.
Several people are standing outside the building.
No other information is being released.
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From Paul Williams at The Last Crusade:




Paul L. Williams, Ph.D.

This weekend, the Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston along with Christian communities in Atlanta, Seattle, and Detroit will initiate a series of sermons that have been designed to produce an ecumenical reconciliation between Christianity and Islam.

In addition to the sermons, the Sunday school lessons will center on the inspired teachings of the Prophet Mohammad.

Qurans will be placed in the pews next to the Bibles.

The concept of Chrislam, now embraced by such preachers as Rick Warren and Robert Schuller, appears to have emerged from a program on the meaning of “love your neighbor” at Grace Fellowship Church in Atlanta, Georgia

“In 2001, like most Americans, we were pretty awakened to the true Islamic presence in the world and in the United States,” says Jon Stallsmith, the outreach minister at Grace Fellowship. “Jesus says we should love our neighbors. We can’t do that without having a relationship with them.”

Stallsmith maintains that a rapprochement between Muslims and Christians can be achieved by the fact that Jesus is mentioned twenty-five times in the Quran.

The Chrislam movement has gained impetus by statements from President George W. Bush and that Christians, Jews, and Muslims all worship the same God and by Rick Warren’s reference to Isa (the Muslim name for Jesus) in his prayer at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Only 30 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Muslims, according to a Pew Forum poll. At the same time, more than half the country says they know “not very much” or “nothing at all” about the Islamic faith.

“The recent political developments and the fact that we’re fighting two wars in Muslim countries should sharpen that need to know how to talk to these guys,” Stallsmith insists “We want to find peace, reconciliation around a scriptural understanding of Jesus.”

Jesus in the Quran is neither the only-begotten Son of God nor the Messiah who was divinely appointed to restore the House of David. He is rather viewed as a prophet who was appointed by Allah to prepare mankind for the coming of Mohammad.

In the Quran, Jesus neither suffers nor dies on the cross but is rather raised alive into heaven:

“That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of God”;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:- Nay, God raised him up unto the himself; and God is Exalted in Power, Wise” (4: 157-158)
The victim at Calvary, Islam teaches, was either Simon of Cyrene or Judas Iscariot.

The Quran mentions that Jesus was born of the virgin Maryam – - not by an immaculate conception but rather the will of Allah and that He performed miracles to show the Jewish people that He was a maseh in the manner of Moses and Ibrahim (Abraham):

“In blasphemy indeed are those that say that God is Christ the son of Mary. Say: “Who then hath the least power against God, if His will were to destroy Christ the son of Mary, his mother, and all every – one that is on the earth? For to God belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between. He createth what He pleaseth. For God hath power over all things” (5:17).

Belief in the divinity of Jesus is condemned in Islam as shirk (filth).
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Obama Doesn't Get It About The Meaning Of November 2

So, our Blabber In Chief will be on 60 Minutes this weekend to say that his message hasn't gotten across.

I've seen a preview of the interview. Obama's pretended humility cannot cover up his blatant narcissism.

But, of course, CBS's Early Show this morning is heavily promoting the upcoming edition of 60 Minutes.

Kathleen Parker's recent essay in the Washington Post explains how pathetic Obama's analysis of Tuesday's election results is:
Blindsided by their own blindness

Two words: Narrative, schmarrative.

Democrats have talked endlessly about the importance of narrative - missing in President Obama's case. We've heard over and over about the lack of smart messaging and the president's failure to communicate. If only Obama could better express himself, all would be well.

Seriously? This is the same president whose soaring rhetoric once sent his ratings into the heavenly realm and who, after assuming office, never stopped expressing himself.

For months, he was everywhere. Talking, talking, talking. Admit it. How many times did you flip on the tube and say, "Omigod, he's talking again"? Several Teleprompters had to take early retirement from sheer exhaustion.

Here's a narrative: You can't sell people what they don't want, no matter how mellifluous your pitch. This is the clear message of the midterm elections...


Obama didn't need to be a better communicator. He needed to be a better listener. End of story.
Read Ms. Parker's entire essay HERE. Worth your time.

I'll watch Sunday's edition of 60 Minutes. Provided that I'm fortified with eggnog and brandy, that is.

Some music for when Obama is on the television screen:

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Speechless Speech

Guest Commentary be Edward Cline:
"I'm not a bigot. You know the kind of books I've written about the Civil Rights movement in this country," Williams said on the show. "But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."
So said Juan Williams, news analyst for National Public Radio (NPR), to Bill O’Reilly on Fox News. The remark got him promptly fired from NPR, and subsequently hired fulltime by Fox News. What was NPR’s reasoning?
"His remarks on The O'Reilly Factor this past Monday were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR," the statement read.
And what editorial standards and practices might those be? No one really knows, but it is easy to guess, to judge by the wholly left-liberal-progressive bias and content of all its news programming. From NPR’s perspective, Williams not only shot from the hip, but shot himself in the foot. Williams expressed a private concern shared by multitudes of Americans, including very likely many denizens of NPR, when they see Muslims in their tribal garb anywhere, and not just in airports. But those other NPR employees will not be punished, because they have kept their mouths shut.

Using Williams’s pseudo-gaffe as an example, Gary Wickert, an insurance trial lawyer in Wisconsin and author or editor of several books on insurance, wrote an interesting article on Pajamas Media on the corrosive effects of political correctness, “Political Correctness and the Thought Police” (November 1st). He begins by stating that political correctness is hard to define.
It’s hard to define political correctness, but like pornography, you know it when you see it. Some say it is a social philosophy that strives to ensure nobody will ever be offended by anything, ever. Wikipedia defines it as a term which “denotes language, ideas, policies, and behavior seen as seeking to minimize social and institutional offense in occupational, gender, racial, cultural, sexual orientation, disability, and age-related contexts.” Merriam-Webster defines it as “conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities — as in matters of sex or race — should be eliminated.”
Two minor errors in the piece should be corrected: Mr. Wickert says that “niggardly” (a supposedly offensive term discussed in the article) means “spendthrift.” Actually, it means not quite the opposite: “ungenerous,” or “cheap,” or “penny-wise.” Then, he invented a new term, “cow-tow,” when he meant “kowtow.”

However, his article delves handily but inconsistently into the causes and consequences of political correctness in speech, action and policy.

I penned a review of Guidelines for Bias-Free Writing, published by The Task Force on Bias-Free Language, in 1996 for The Social Critic, “The Ghouls of Grammatical Egalitarianism.”
Thought orthodoxy is not synonymous with thought control. There is no Federal Board of Language Usage to which publishers must submit their books and journals to be tested for discriminatory or disparaging language before they can be put on the market for sale to the public. However, while no official agency of control exists, there is a kind of interlocking directorate of semi-public institutions and organizations which accomplishes the same purpose by presenting a united front against freedom of expression and imposing orthodoxy on our culture's intellectual and literary pacesetters. 'Say what you please, we're not censors!....But say it our way, or do not bother to say it.'

Short of overt government repression, I cannot imagine a more insidious form of thought control than this, which is to thrust independent minds of whatever professional suasion or degree of ability into a purgatory that is not quite freedom and not quite slavery.
(See also my entry, “Censorship,” in The Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science.)

The Task Force was created by the Association of American University Presses (the AAUP, see its membership here) in response to constant mewlings from other cultural quarters to research and write Guidelines, which has become a kind of Psalter of Bowdleristic Banter for academics and others obsessively sensitive to sensitivity.

Only H.L. Mencken could do better than P.J. O’Rourke, who reviewed this abomination in August 1995:
The pharisaical, malefic, and incogitant Guidelines for Bias-Free Writing is a product of the pointy-headed wowsers at the Association of American University Presses, seven women, two men who established a Task Force on Bias-Free Language filled with cranks, pokenoses, blowhards, four-flushers, and pettifogs. This foolish and contemptible product of years wasted in mining the shafts of indignation has been published by the cow-besieged, basketball-sotted sleep-away camp for hick bourgeois offspring, Indiana University, under the aegis of its University Press, a traditional dumping ground for academic deadwood so bereft of talent, intelligence, and endeavor as to be useless even in the full precincts of Midwestern state college classrooms.
Politically correct speech and writing are not necessarily traceable, as Wickert alleges, to the Frankfurt School and Marxism, although the two are closely allied ideologically. I doubt that even David Axelrod, Cass Sunstein, or Anita Dunn would claim that politically correct speech is Communist in origin, though they would have no problem enforcing it. Politically correct speech in America, as a phenomenon, is a direct result of legislated envy.

Politically correct speech is the political bowdlerizing of thought and expression of thought. It requires ceaseless “conditioning” by government- and academically-approved wardens. As Thomas Bowdler sought to expunge “indecencies” from language by simply removing them from literary works (such as Shakespeare’s plays), politically correct speech seeks to expunge objectionable terms from the mind. The “authorities” plant un bacio Della morte on unwelcome terms, as surely as Michael Corleone condemned his brother Fredo in Godfather II.

However, while a mind cannot be forced, it can be corrupted. That is the sole purpose of politically correct speech. A corrupted mind will accede to anything. It is ready to be moulded and given its marching orders.

Political correctness is an insidious, poliomyelitic epistemological affliction that attacks, not the brainstem or spinal cord, but language, concepts, and ideas in one’s mind to render the mind an impotent and helpless plaything of authorities or the thought police. In short, it attacks the mind, and, like Orwell’s Newspeak Dictionary in Nineteen Eighty-Four, seeks to reduce the range of the mind by homogenizing and cleansing its contents and imposing a literal mindless conformity.

The catch is that, while imbeciles would not know the difference between plain, politically correct, and “incorrect” speech – they are not the objects of the tyranny, it is only active minds that are the object of controls – it works only if one is willing to submit, Muslim-style, to a higher “authority,” only if one knows that one is expected to knuckle under and bow to the god of sensitivity.

Compliance with politically correct speech, however, is voluntary. It is a conscious action requiring knowledge of what one is submitting to and for what reason, and knowledge of what one is abandoning. This in turn contributes to a deadening miasma of habitual, congenital conformity in politics, art, speech, and other realms of endeavor, even in soccer moms who applaud scoreless, “non-competitive” games – designed to protect the feelings of the losers and bolster their “self-esteem” – which in turn contributes to the growth of a servile, passive, complacent citizenry.

And a dishonest one, as well, for while “incorrect” terms may be suppressed, the banished terms form a black market of expression. They do not disappear. Genuinely offensive terms, which would not be employed by a civil person in any circumstance, such as wetback, Polack, wop, or kike take on even more vicious meanings, as well as prejudice-free terms such as black, idiot, moron, and imbecile. (Note: Black basically means either a color or an absence of color; the latter three terms were formerly clinical terms used to measure thinking or reasoning capacity, and are now “disused.” I have no idea what terms have replaced them, except the popular, universally applicable and now humorously denigrating challenged.)

In the written realm, political correctness results in staleness of writing, in thinking, in literature. It is not a power exercised with the arrogance of breaking down one’s front door. It sneaks in through the back door and insinuates itself in one’s daily life.

It is only government force that can fuel and sustain political correctness by imposing penalties on incorrectness. The trials of Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolfe in Austria, and of columnist Mark Steyn in Canada are proof of that power, a power handed government by its allies in academia. Political correctness is a trickle-down phenomenon with dual ends: the punishment and fettering of independent minds; and fostering the increase in truncated minds, which are more easily managed, manipulated, and led. It is a communicable polio that corrupts an increasing number of fields, from the military to politics to education and art. It is an enfeebling disease, promoted and imposed by government.

Political correctness, especially in speech, vitiates a person’s epistemology, with the consequence of creating a universal state of desideratum, or the nagging sense that the identifying terms of some things have been deliberately banished or eradicated. One’s only option is to conform to an arbitrarily enforced norm. For an individual who knows the terms, it puts him on a cautious self-defense regime that is more destructive repression than it is studied discretion.

It is noteworthy that it is specially protected or patronized groups that are the beneficiaries of politically correct speech. They are viewed in the same way that certain animals and plants have been designated “endangered species.” They beg protection from indiscriminate speech or “wounding words” and real and imagined insults. The disabled, the aged, the mentally incapable, and so on are allied in a unique menagerie of untouchables and the socially coddled, and safe-housed in the same iron-clad fortress of exclusivity with the spotted owl and the delta smelt and, more recently, Muslims.

To echo Juan Williams, whenever I encounter politically correct speech and action, I get worried and nervous. It means that I am dealing with dishonesty, with corruption, with a consciously shrunken mind that demands that I speak and write on its terms.

But then, as a free man, I simply laugh and say what I wish.

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Paris court hands woman suspended sentence for veil attack

Jeanne Ruby bit, slapped and scratched Middle Eastern woman who was wearing face-covering Muslim veil
    French niqab ban
A woman wearing a niqab was attacked by Jeanne Ruby in a Paris shop. 

A Paris court today gave a retired French teacher a one-month suspended sentence for attacking a Middle Eastern woman who was wearing a face-covering Muslim veil. The court also ordered Jeanne Ruby to pay €800 (£698) in damages to the victim, a citizen of the United Arab Emirates. Ruby had been charged with aggravated violence, and the prosecutor had asked that she be given a two-month suspended sentence. The incident – in which Ruby bit, slapped and scratched her victim – happened in a shop in the French capital in February. In a recent interview with Le Parisien newspaper, Ruby compared the niqab to a "muzzle" and said she did not mean to harm the woman and had wanted to pull the veil off.
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ACLU Suing NJ Transit For Firing Employee Who Burned Koran on 9/11 Anniversary

Koran Burning & Offending Islam
Koran Burning & Offending Islam
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TRENTON — On the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, Derek Fenton stole headlines by burning pages from the Koran in Lower Manhattan to protest a planned Islamic community center there. Two days later, he lost his job at New Jersey Transit for breaching the agency’s code of ethics.
Now the American Civil Liberties Union says Fenton should get his job back. The group will file a lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court saying Fenton was unconstitutionally fired for exercising his free speech rights.
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Leon Russell
Stranger in a Strange Land

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Thursday, November 04, 2010

John Mayall & The Blues Breakers
Oh Pretty Woman

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Al Di Meola and Roman Miroshnichenko
Mediterranean Sundance

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We are HEADED for a trade war anyway .. make an industry list to protect and get with it?

It's going to start over currencies, and spread.
Last time around we were acting to help the farmers (Smoot Hawley).
Now we are only trying to prevent KILLING deflation.

Perhaps once a worldwide recession reaches a certain point, it can' end any other way.
If so, forthright action to wall off US industries which are critical and must be grown needs to be ready.

DRILL BABY DRILL. We might need to depend on ourselves alone, YOU FREAKING GAIAN PUTZES

U.S. dollar printing is huge risk -China c.bank adviser

Wed, Nov 3 2010

BEIJING, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Unbridled printing of dollars is the biggest risk to the global economy, an adviser to the Chinese central bank said in comments published on Thursday, a day after the Federal Reserve unveiled a new round of monetary easing.

China must set up a firewall via currency policy and capital controls to cushion itself from external shocks, Xia Bin said in a commentary piece in the Financial News, a Chinese-language newspaper managed by the central bank.

"As long as the world exercises no restraint in issuing global currencies such as the dollar -- and this is not easy -- then the occurrence of another crisis is inevitable, as quite a few wise Westerners lament," he said.

Germany Concerned About US Stimulus Moves

| 04 Nov 2010 | 09:03 AM ET

German Economy Minister Rainer Bruederle said on Thursday he was concerned at U.S. efforts to stimulate growth by injecting liquidity into its struggling economy.

"I view that not without concern," Bruederle said, adding that a variety of measures were needed to solve the problem and it was not enough to pump in liquidity alone.

"We hope the U.S. economy gets back up stronger on its feet," he said.

Bruederle also said there was some truth to the criticism that the United States was influencing the dollar's exchange rate with monetary policy and voiced concern about increased protectionism in different forms around the world.

In First Press Conference Brazil's New President Says Currency War Can Lead to Real War

Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and the president elect, Dilma Rousseff, held a joint press conference. What follows is a summary of what Rousseff, said to reporters on a variety of subjects:

Economy - Dilma said that everybody except the United States and China can see that there is a currency war underway that cannot be resolved by any one country by itself. She added: "Individual solutions leave countries unprotected and when you start competitive currency devaluation you get what you got [60 years ago]: the Second World War."

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Posts for Oct 4th: Saudi child bride, Choudhry's process, AQ threatens Christians, Taliban flog drug-addicts, Mosque's hate campaign in UK, Taliban blow schools

  1. Saudi Arabia: 80-year-old man marries 14-year-old and now refuses to divorce: “Her father said he does not have the money (for the divorce) and is appealing for all benevolent people to help him so he will regain his daughter…the old man has threatened that they either pay him or he will take her by force.”
  2. UK: Woman stabbed MP Timms "in revenge for Iraq war vote": Jeremy Dein QC, defending Roshonara Choudhry, 21, said she did not recognise the jurisdiction of the court and did not wish her lawyers to challenge evidence put before the jury.
  3. Iraq: All Christians "targets", Al-Qaeda in Iraq says: Wednesday, the group released a new message saying, “The Ministry of War of Islamic State of Iraq declares that all the centers, organizations and bodies of Christian leaders and followers have become legitimate targets by the Mujahedeens, wherever our hands will reach them.” According to witnesses, one of the attackers was 12-years-old.
  4. Pakistan: Taliban publicly flog men for "taking drugs" against their diktat: Members of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan detained 65 tribesmen on the “charge” of selling and using hashish and heroin... After they were “sentenced” by the militant court, the men were taken to a ground on Sunday and each of them was given 10 lashes by Taliban fighters as a large crowd watched.
  5. UK: Mosque linked to hate campaign against Ahmadiyya Muslims: Evidence shows Ahmadiyya Muslims are being demonised and ostracised by UK Islamic fundamentalist group Khatme Nabuwat, whose hardline clerics have been preaching in south London mosques.
  6. Pakistan: Taliban blow up another school in Mohmand Agency: Another girls primary school was destroyed by miscreants on Tuesday. The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack.

Magazine: The People's Cube.

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Barrack Obama's Fabulantastic Indian Getaway

Wherein we learn that the President of the United States is afraid of a seaborne assault by monkeys bearing cocnuts to toss at his noggin so they are sending a 34 warship armada, building eighty foot towers and erecting a kilometer long tunnel to keep him from getting beaned by an angry simian.

I'll bet you think I'm kidding.

Maybe he should just stay home and watch TeeVee


34 warships sent from US for Obama visit
Press Trust of India, Updated: November 04, 2010

New Delhi: The White House will, of course, stay in Washington but the heart of the famous building will move to India when President Barack Obama lands in Mumbai on Saturday.

Communications set-up and nuclear button and majority of the White House staff will be in India accompanying the President on this three-day visit that will cover Mumbai and Delhi.

He will also be protected by a fleet of 34 warships, including an aircraft carrier, which will patrol the sea lanes off the Mumbai coast during his two-day stay there beginning Saturday. The measure has been taken as Mumbai attack in 2008 took place from the sea.

Arrangements have been put in place for emergency evacuation, if needed.

Obama is expected to fly by a helicopter -- Marine One -- from the city airport to the Indian Navy's helibase INS Shikra at Colaba in south Mumbai.

Two jets, armed with advanced communication and security systems, and a fleet of over 40 cars will be part of Obama's convoy.

Around 800 rooms have been booked for the President and his entourage in Taj Hotel and Hyatt.

The President will have a security ring of American elite Secret Service, which are tasked to guard the President, along with National Security Guards (NSG) and personnel from central paramilitary forces and local police in Mumbai and Delhi.

Similar arrangements will be in place in Delhi, with the Air Force One to be kept in all readiness throughout Obama's stay here from Sunday afternoon to Tuesday morning.

Maurya Hotel, where the President will stay, has already been swarmed by American security personnel and protective measures have been put in place.

Security drills have already been carried out at the hotel as well as Rajghat, where he will visit.

Sources said 13 heavy-lift aircraft with high-tech equipment, three helicopters and 500 US security personnel have arrived in India ahead of Obama's visit.

The US security has also brought interception and obstruction device, sniffer dogs, rescue gadgets.

Apart from Obama's Air Force One, a few private luxury jets carrying top American corporate leaders, who are part of Obama's entourage, are also expected to arrive in India in the next 2-3 days.

All high-rise buildings in the vicinity of Mumbai's Taj Mahal hotel and Delhi's Maurya Sheraton hotel, where the US President will stay, are being sanitised and security personnel will be positioned on rooftops to prevent any air-borne attack.

The Ridge area - opposite Delhi's Maurya Sheraton hotel - has been illuminated by floodlights as part of the heightened security drill.

The Home Ministry has already issued an alert for Mumbai and Delhi asking authorities to take extra precautions during Obama's visit as well as on Diwali on Friday.

Times of India

Monkeys to be kept at bay during Obama's visit
IANS, Nov 4, 2010, 04.06am IST

NEW DELHI: Eighty-foot-high towers being built around the ridge area in the capital are not just being erected for the security of US President Barack Obama but also to keep the monkeys in the vicinity at bay, police said.

Obama will be visiting the national capital on November 8-9 and will be staying at ITC Maurya hotel, situated near the ridge area where the monkey population is high.

"As several incidents of monkey-menace have been reported from the area, we are keeping a watch on the simians," a police officer said.

He also said that trained monkey-catchers will also be deployed.


Coconuts removed from trees in preparation for Barack Obama's India trip
India is preparing for Barack Obama's first visit to the country by removing coconuts from palm trees in Mumbai to protect the US president.

Mr Obama will arrive in India on Saturday for the first leg of an Asian tour.

But as well as the usual security measures that come with welcoming a a visiting dignitary, Indian authorities have decided to go one step further, by removing all natural threats to the president as well.

All coconuts around the city's Gandhi museum, one of Mr Obama's stops in the city, are being taken down.

Mani Bhavan, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his freedom struggle against the British, is among five places the US president is visiting in Mumbai.

"We told the authorities to remove the dry coconuts from trees near the building. Why take a chance?" Mani Bhavan's executive secretary, Meghshyam Ajgaonkar, told the BBC.

Last week American security officers inspected Mani Bhavan and its surroundings along with other places the president is likely to visit.

Every year in India people are injured or even killed by falling coconuts.

Mr Obama, still smarting from heavy losses in the midterm elections, will visit India, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan and China on the 10-day tour.

DNA India

Tunnel for Obama near Mani Bhavan
Published: Thursday, Nov 4, 2010

It could give a sense of superior American organisation, or be an indicator of a deep-set persecution complex. It could also be a manifestation of Uncle Sam’s penchant for a show of strength.

The matter pertains to US president Barack Obama’s planned visit to Mani Bhavan —the Gandhi museum — on November 6, soon after he reaches Mumbai. On Monday, US secret agents visited the museum to plan Obama’s security detail.

They were accompanied by officers of Mumbai Police and civic officials of the D ward (where Mani Bhavan is located). While inspecting the route and the buildings lining up the route to the museum, the Americans detected a skyscraper near Peddar road and also found the area to be highly populated.

Since it is difficult to monitor such a congested area, they came up with a quick solution which left the Indians accompanying them amazed: A bomb-proof over-ground tunnel — to be installed by US military engineers in just an hour.

The tunnel would be a kilometre long and measure 12ft by 12ft — enough to let Obama’s cavalcade pass through. The tunnel would be centrally air-conditioned, fitted with close-circuit television cameras, and will be heavily guarded at every point, including, of course, its entry and exit.

Details about when exactly the tunnel would be made were not forthcoming. But officials said that the structure would be dismantled immediately after Obama leaves the area.

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This Week On The Gathering Storm

Listen to The Gathering Storm Radio Show, hosted by WC and Always On Watch. The show broadcasts live every Friday beginning at noon, Pacific Time.

The call-in number is 646-915-9870.

Callers welcome!

Join us this week for a post-election discussion with Mustang (and possibly other guests).

Listen to the November 5, 2010 edition of The Gathering Storm Radio Show, live or later, by CLICKING HERE.

November 12: IQ al Rassooli
November 19: Midnight Rider
November 26: IQ al Rassooli and Warren
December 3: Dr. Andrew Bostom

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The Troublesome Cult of Black Bigotry

By: Erik Rush

Erik Rush is a visionary. I've interviewed him on my radio show several times. His book, "Annexing Mexico" will, in my opinion, be cited in the future as a seminal work on the changes that need to take place in order to save this nation. Erik does not simply demonize the massive immigration that is ruining our education and healthcare systems, and shattering our national cohesion and pride. Instead, Erik looks at the necessities which dictate the massive immigration, and proposes a solution, a way through to the future which will benefit all.

In his latest book, "Negrophilia: From Slave Block to Pedestal - America's Racial Obsession", Erik has turned his focus on the subject of race, specifically the black race, and it's standing in America. Erik, once again, sees far beyond the traditional dichotomies that define the national debate. And, this of course, will make him an enemy to all those who want to think simply and angrily.

From the writer Erik Rush:
Since ethnicity has played such a large factor in political matters of late, I would like to start there in this, my first post-midterm election column. The reader will find it germane to our moving forward with wisdom and prudence in the months ahead.

Every now and then, I have an experience that deeply drives home just how profoundly black Americans have been deluded, how thoroughly they have been conditioned by the political left and how immovably they are fixed to the racial orthodoxy that has been inculcated into their minds.

Late last week, I did a call-in interview hosted by two black commentators in a large urban market. Ostensibly, the subject was race relations since the ascent of President Obama; as is usually the case, my book, "Negrophilia: From Slave Block to Pedestal – America's Racial Obsession," was mentioned during my introduction.

Given the hosts' ethnicity, of course there was around a 91 percent probability they would be pro-Obama liberals. Since there are liberals with whom one can have civilized disagreement and those with whom one cannot, I didn't prejudge them. Unfortunately, these two belonged to the latter subgroup. The reason I am not disclosing the market, station, or hosts' names is not to shield them from scorn or ridicule; I simply do not want to reward bad behavior with publicity.

At one juncture, I was addressing the host's question of whether or not things have gotten better for blacks since the Civil Rights Movement. Among other examples, I pointed to black Americans who have become fabulously wealthy in a variety of vocations.

I'm still not sure why, but this is apparently where the co-host's reactor went critical. He had apparently been simmering for some time throughout the interview. Interrupting, he launched into a vitriolic tirade about injustices committed decades and centuries ago, ranting about the South, Klansmen, hangings and other sundry – but wholly irrelevant – atrocities.

Then, the personal attacks began. He was saying something along the lines of "You can jus' take yo' Nigra-philia and – !" when I took the phone away from my ear.

After that, there was no getting in a word edgewise. Each of my subsequent blasphemies against hallowed progressive racial doctrine gave rise to a new flurry of gnashing and inane mouthings. When he finally stopped jabbering, the host asked if I might answer a question. Since that was why I was on the phone in the first place, I answered in the affirmative. The host then began a protracted diatribe circumscribing how George W. Bush had spent eight years driving America down to where she is now, and now the right is up in arms because poor old Barack Obama couldn't turn it around in a scant 18 months.

Of course, we hadn't been discussing Bush to begin with, but that hardly mattered. In any case, I never got an actual question.

So you see, there are black Americans who are not only pro-Obama liberals, there are those willing to follow Obama to the gates of hell – convenient, because that's precisely where he's taking them – then blame Bush for the heat.

Why? Because he's black, and only because he's black.

That's a reason?
In their estimation, conservatives and Republicans are one in the same and are the cause of all strife among blacks. How so? They can't tell you. What should conservatives and Republicans be doing other than whatever it is they're doing? They can't tell you that, either. This co-host's meltdown illustrates key tenets of their dogma: Blacks must remain angry. The advancements that have been made since the Civil Rights Movement count for nothing. Whites can never, ever be trusted.

Of course, there's much more, but with such convictions in play, blacks and America will never be reconciled to each other, which is what their progressive overseers wish.

While the prospect of President Obama crashing and burning politically holds a certain allure, we must be aware that black Americans like those I have addressed here will never accept the notion that he did so as a result of his own policies. They will blame it on America's inability to accept this black man as president; were Obama to be caught wok-frying newborns in the White House kitchen, the pressure of governing a white racist nation would be cited as the cause.

The good news is that the advent of black conservatives and their increased participation in the political process is a great start toward neutralizing this cult of black bigotry; having more elected to office will further validate conservatism in the perception of blacks and bring us that much closer to the ultimate goal – neutralizing 100 years of progressive policies in America.

Concerning the radio show: To their credit, the host (the one who had managed to maintain his composure, but remains dangerously deluded nonetheless), called me afterward and apologized for the gross lapse in professionalism. I graciously accepted and acknowledged my part in the episode.

I did not, however, apologize for calling the co-host a rude idiot on the air.
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American's United for the Separation of Church and State comes out in opposition to banning Sharia in Oklahoma, Claims ban is Religious Intolerance

Once again, we find that people who pose as Liberals, opposing Jewish and Christians incursions into the public sector, are not nearly so Liberal when it comes to opposing Islamic infiltration.

I am thoroughly disgusted with American's United for the Separation of Church and State. They are no better than the ACLU, and the SPLC. Disgusting all the way through.

The truth is, they do not believe in what they say they believe in. They are anti-Judeo-Christian bigots posing as crusaders for Separation of Church and State (a cause I support, but I have to call a spade a spade here).

Sharia Charade: Oklahoma Ballot Measure Reflects Religious Intolerance

In just six days, Oklahoma voters will decide whether they want to write religious intolerance into their state’s constitution.

That’s what they will be doing if they vote “yes” for a constitutional amendment that would prohibit courts from considering “sharia” – Islamic law – when deciding cases. Since our Constitution already separates religion and government, this proposal has no legitimate purpose.

Supporters are simply fanning the flames of religious discrimination and intolerance. I hope Oklahomans see that.

Supporters of the measure claim it’s the only way to protect the state from a takeover by Islamic extremists.
“There is actually a huge pocket of terrorist organizations operating out of Oklahoma,” said Brigitte Gabriel, founder of “Act! For America,” which is backing the measure. “I know this because I work with members of the FBI who are in counter-terrorism and who are paying attention to what’s happening in Oklahoma. What we are seeing right now, not only in Oklahoma, but nationwide [is] where there is a large concentration of Muslim population, [there are] more demands and more push for sharia law.”

Sadly, Gabriel and her allies have fooled a lot of people in Oklahoma into believing that if they don’t vote “yes,” Islamic law will become the basis for American law. A poll by The Tulsa World in July found that 49 percent of voters support the amendment compared to 24 percent who opposed it and 27 percent who were undecided.

It’s really disappointing that the current anti-Islam sentiments circulating in the nation have enabled such fear mongering. Let’s be clear: The U.S. Constitution already states that religion cannot be the basis of our laws. The First Amendment mandates the separation of church and state.

So, "Americans United for the Separation of Church and State", if what you say is true, then why are our children being asked to play Muslim for a day in schools, reciting the shehada, and going to Mosques?

Why is there a Sharia court in Texas? 

Why was the Sharia Court approved by the Second Court of Appeals?

Where did the Americans United for Separation of Church and State stand with regard to those issues?

Crickets chirping, eh?

FUCK YOU. You guys have lost your moral right to advocate.
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Armey: Tea Party Victory Stops Obama's 'Leftward March'
Wednesday, 03 Nov 2010
By: Jim Meyers

Former House Majority Leader and leading tea party figure Dick Armey tells Newsmax that Republicans’ capture of the House on Tuesday averts the “frightening threat” posed by President Obama’s “leftward march.”

The Texas Republican also says the GOP-controlled House should seek to repeal “grotesquely unacceptable” Obamacare, and predicts that the Democrats’ “lust for victory” will push them to turn to an alternative to “dead weight” Barack Obama in the 2012 primary process.

Armey served in the House from 1985 to 2003 and is now chairman of FreedomWorks, a nationwide organization dedicated to “lower taxes, less government, more freedom.” He is also the co-author of the new book “Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto.”

Armey became Majority Leader after the 1994 “Republican Revolution” gained control of the House for the GOP for the first time in 40 years. In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, he was asked to compare this year’s Republican victory in the House to 1994.

“This is better than ’94 for a lot of reasons,” he responds.

“One, the threat the nation faced this year is much more onerous, much more frightening, and so the victory that allows us to put a cork in the bottle and stop this leftward march that this administration has been making is very exciting to us. We feel we stopped it just before it went off the cliff.

“Secondly, this is a groundswell movement from America. The real big change that we see here is that America has said definitively ‘we do not take from Washington what Washington wants us to have, and like it or lump it. We tell Washington what we require of them.’

“This is a big change, where America is fundamentally going back to its roots. The citizen activist is controlling his government. And we’re excited to watch this process.”

FreedomWorks this year endorsed 100 candidates for the House and 12 for the Senate, and 67 of those candidates won election, Armey observes.

“We have managed to go beyond winning a Republican majority and far more importantly to the winning of a conservative majority.

“The constitutionally limited, small-government conservatives will set the agenda, in the House at least, just as they did in this grassroots movement for this election.”

Republicans should launch an attack on Obamacare as soon as the new House is sworn in, Armey tells Newsmax.

“I think what the Republicans ought to do first of all, in order to punctuate the point that Obamacare is grotesquely unacceptable to the American people, at least in the House take the full repeal to the floor and have a vote. I promise you it will pass with as many as 20 Democrats.

“Then get into the nuts and bolts of this thing. You can start taking some of these very onerous trespasses against individual liberty out of the bill. Certainly the mandate. There may in fact be, if you dig deep enough in this bill, a thing or two worth saving. Save those things and put them in combination with the more critically missed opportunities like tort reform and interstate purchases of insurance.

“But you can certainly turn away from government control of healthcare through sabotage of the private sector, which is what Obamacare was really all about.”

As for the Bush tax cuts set to expire at the end of this year, Armey says: “I can’t believe that the outgoing Democrat majority and the continuing Democrat White House are so callously blind in their understanding of the requirements of the American people that they won’t see the need, as they go into this lame duck session, to make at least a full one-year extension of the Bush tax cuts the number-one priority.

“If the Democrats miss this point, then they just reaffirm the worst fears of most Americans — that the Democrats refuse to listen to America. They’re determined to have it their way.”

Armey says John Boehner, who is set to become the new Speaker of the Republican-led House in January, is a “reliable conservative” with a “proven track record. He’s disciplined, he’s capable, he’s responsible, and he understands the way the world works.

“I think this nation ought to feel quite comfortable trusting him to lead this Congress.”

Asked who he sees as the likely GOP presidential candidate in 2012, Armey mentioned no one specifically but says “there is no shortage of good people available.

“I am confident that this reborn conservative Republican Party that’s at large in America is going to sort this out and come up with the best candidate.

“The Democrats on the other hand have a real dilemma. President Barack Obama has already made it clear that he’s not going to be re-elected to a second term. How do they relieve themselves through their primary process of this dead weight loss they’ve got in this president, and find another candidate? That’s a real dilemma for them.

“If President Obama is the rigid, inflexible ideologue that I believe he is, and he says ‘I’m sticking to my guns no matter what and I don’t care how many people around me die,’ then he becomes a real burden to the Democratic Party in two years.

“If that’s the case, their lust for victory will very likely cause them to turn to somebody else in their own primary process.”

Armey adds: “The most obvious person to challenge him is Hillary Clinton. I know an awful lot of Democrats who voted for Barack Obama in the primary who say: ‘Hey, did I make a mistake. I should have voted for Hillary.’”


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Obama's Midterm Loss May be Netanyahu's MidEast Win
Wednesday, 03 Nov 2010

For Benjamin Netanyahu, the view from Capitol Hill seemingly couldn't get much better.

A U.S. midterm election rout by the Republicans, widely seen in Israel as staunch allies, could give the Israeli leader even more incentive to resist pressure from a weakened U.S. President Barack Obama for concessions in Middle East peace negotiations.

Several Israeli political sources said on Wednesday members of Netanyahu's inner circle were cheered by the blow dealt to a Democratic president who is sharply at odds with the right-wing prime minister over Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinians, who broke off U.S.-brokered direct talks with Israel in September after Netanyahu refused to extend a limited building moratorium in West Bank settlements, said they hoped Obama would stay the course in pursuing peace.

"There is no doubt that the outcome of the election has strengthened tremendously the pro-Israeli elements in the U.S. at large, in the House of Representatives, in the Senate and throughout the political establishment," said Yoram Ettinger, a former Israeli diplomat who served in the United States.

"This is going to constrain immensely the maneuverability of the president, who is generally pretty critical (even) negative towards Israel. Which would require the president, in my mind, to limit his pressure on Israel," he said.

But some political sources said the U.S.-educated Netanyahu was taking a more cautious view of the impact of Tuesday's vote on Obama's foreign policy and prospects for a second term.

The sources said Netanyahu was well aware that Democrat Bill Clinton, who also tried to forge Israeli-Palestinian peace, had rebounded from a Republican sweep in a 1994 midterm ballot and won re-election as president two years later.

Under international pressure to bend, Netanyahu is also believed to be working on a possible resumption of the partial freeze of housing starts in West Bank settlements in return for a package of security-related incentives from Washington.

A new moratorium could help Netanyahu avoid alienating Obama further as both Israel and the United States explore ways to deal with Iran's nuclear program, which the West believes is aimed at producing atomic weapons, an allegation Tehran denies.

Obama is widely expected, now that the election is over, to boost U.S. diplomatic efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Time could be running out: the Arab League, on Oct. 9, gave the United States one month — a period when the U.S. election campaign was at a peak — to persuade Israel to halt settlement construction or risk the complete collapse of the negotiations.

Next week, Netanyahu will take a personal reading of the post-election scene during a 5-day visit to the United States, where he will address a U.S. Jewish conference and meet Vice President Joe Biden to discuss the stalled peace process.

The Israeli leader also plans to give a series of media interviews and officials said he was trying to arrange a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Obama will be on a trip to Asia at the time.

Yasser Abed Rabbo, a Palestinian peace negotiator, voiced confidence the Republican victories would have no bearing on the White House's Middle East policy.

"The American interests in the region do not change as a result of midterm elections," he told Voice of Palestine radio.

But George Giacaman, a Palestinian political scientist, said the Obama administration had already shown "great weakness" in standing up to Israel over settlements.

When the White House confronted Israel last year over plans for settlement expansion on land Palestinians want for a state, Republicans seized on the dispute as a sign that Obama was weak on security issues and unfairly pressuring on a trusted ally.

"Maybe there will be a period of waiting to see if the American administration plans to do some serious work but there is a great feeling of despair and hopelessness," Giacaman said.

In any case, he said, "we only have one year left" before Obama devotes his attention to a campaigning for re-election in the 2012 presidential poll.


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