Thursday, September 30, 2010

Mainstream media bias and the mid-term elections: Whose side are they on? (Video)

Whose Side Is The Mainstream Media On Is For The Most Part Purely A Rhetorical Question

There exists little pretense on the part of the mainstream media as to whose side it is pulling for not only in the mid-term elections, but in any election that takes place in this country from president on down to dog catcher. I tried to develop an analogy that would equate to this bias, but drew a blank. On the other hand, it would be something like a soccer referee having money on one of the teams, or a pro basketball referee like Tim Donaghy fixing the game he was reffing. Scratch that, both happened and I really didn't draw a blank.

Can The Mainstream Media Try And "Fix" An Election?

Certainly not by going to the polling places and tampering with the machines or by shoving the hanging chads back into the holes. At least not yet. But there are ways that the MSM can try by simply stuffing the channels of communication with stories that are meant to make one side look exceedingly good while trying to make the other side look as bad as possible.

It can be done by trying to make the people at a Tea Party rally look like the lunatic fringe while canonizing participants at an Obama town hall meeting. The problem for fairness is that the majority of people in this country receive whatever news they actually watch from these mainstream news sources.

These slanted stories are presented as hard news in a very polished way, so how is one watching to differentiate between fact, fiction and opinion? The answer is that they most likely can't, so it is up to the alternative media to work as hard as it can to get the "fair and balanced" story out there, helped along the way by the incompetence of the other side.

Some Examples Of Biased "News" Presentations Care Of The Media Research Center

On ABC's World News Tonight last Thursday a video created by the White House of President Obama on a call with a cancer patient who was thanking him for the Healthcare Bill was presented as news:

On Monday of this week Matt Lauer of NBC is seen urging the President to push back harder against Republican attacks:

Similar examples could recently been found on ABC's This Week with Christiane Amanpour and on CNN in an interview with Lisa Miller of Newsweek.

The most interesting thing of all, however, is an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that found the following despite the biased coverage of the news:

Despite the MSM trying to sway public opinion, 54% of those polled say they want to see the Obama Healthcare Bill repealed, and 42% see the Tea Party as a good thing while only 18% see it as bad.

The capper is that the statistics above were found despite the fact that 59% of those polled say that they get their information from the MSM. This seems to prove that actual governmental actions speak louder than the biased coverage and spin of the MSM.

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Cowards and sloths! Remember in November!

House Adjourns Without A Vote On Extending Or Repealing The Bush Tax Cuts

The Cowardice Of The Democrat Leadership As They Go Home To Campaign

Rather than stay in Washington and do what is right for the American public, they will instead go home, on our dime, to campaign for the opportunity to go back to Washington and do nothing all over again.

Some Democrats opined, "that their time would be better spent at home campaigning instead of in Washington..." These are our tax dollars at work. Remember in November!

In a narrow vote Wednesday, the House agreed to adjourn until after the midterm elections without voting on whether to extend the Bush tax cuts.

The House voted 210-209 to end the session, with 39 Democrats joining Republicans who have demanded a vote on the tax cuts for the past few weeks. In a rare move, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was forced to cast the tie-breaking decision.

House Minority Leader John Boehner took to the House floor shortly before the vote to urge other members to demand an opportunity to vote on the tax cuts.

“Vote no on this adjournment resolution,” he said. “Give Congress the chance to vote on extending tax rates.”

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer vowed to address the tax cut extension before the year was over.

“There will be no votes in the House next week, as were previously scheduled,” Hoyer said in a statement. “[W]e will make sure working families do not see a tax increase next year.”

The decision to cut the session short may act as a double edged sword for Democrats in vulnerable districts. While many of them have voiced concern that their time would be better spent at home campaigning instead of in Washington, many of them wanted an opportunity to vote on the record on the tax cuts, something they could point to on the campaign trail.

According to Hoyer, the House will reconvene on November 15.

As of this writing, the Senate has not yet agreed to adjourn, although Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday afternoon he plans to send senators home as soon as possible.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

So you think you know religion?

Maybe you know about religion and maybe you don't, and if you don't does it matter? And if you do does it make you a good person?

Anyway, Pew Research did a study asking people to take a 15 question quiz designed to determine knowledge of different religions. It takes about 5 minutes, and at the end you can compare your results against everyone who took the test.

The questions were not that difficult, and I know that because I scored an 80% or 12 out of 15 (I got 3,6 and 8 wrong). This score was better than 87% of the people who took this quiz. The majority got 6,7,8 or 9 total questions correct.

What does this say about society, as just about everything seems to say something about society?

Well as a religion Jews scored the best and it seems as if Muslims did not participate. Atheists surprisingly did 2nd best. Those who go to houses of worship at least once a week did only slightly better than those who never go. Men did better than women 52% to 48%, and people with Masters degrees did better than those with a high school education.

I still don't know what it all means, except you are either a believer or you aren't.

Take the quiz by clicking here, and when you are done report your results.

Middle East Peace: Back to the Future (Cartoon)

Are The Palestinians Really Interested In Peace?

Is Hamas on board, or is this an exercise in political posturing? Will there be peace in the Middle East in our times? Will...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Personal responsibility? Nah, let's try and legislate our way out of childhood obesity

What Role Should Parents Play In The Childhood Obesity Dilemma?

San Francisco is naturally the city where a bill is being debated that would prohibit toys from being given away in Happy Meals that do not meet some arbitrary nutritional guidelines. This is meant to combat the crisis of childhood obesity, a problem that is growing quickly around the country.

While there is no question that the problem of obesity in increasingly sedentary children is huge, what role should the parent play in helping to solve it, and what role should government play?

Is it really some cheap plastic toy that drives the traffic into McDonald's for these meals? Do the kids force their parents to take them into this fast food emporium and buy these unhealthy food offerings? Who is responsible for saying yes and saying no? Who is responsible for the kids sitting in front of the television for hours on end watching cartoons or playing video games? Who is it that takes the path of least resistance and goes to McDonald's, the parents or the kids? Is McDonald's the only culprit, or are parents flocking to all of the other fast food joints as well? We know the answer to that, but maybe McDonald's is just too easy a target.

Parental Responsibility

Now the statistics say that about 1 out of 3 American kids are either overweight or obese, so this is certainly not a trivial problem.

However, the bottom line to reducing the waistline of our children is not more government involvement, but more parental involvement.

Just say no to the unhealthy food and lead by example. Assume the role of parent instead of enabler. Get the kids outside to do some physical activity, and if they resist then go with them!

The statistics for adult obesity ain't that good either!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Is your kids teacher in elementary school an ex-hooker?

From The This Can Only Happen In New York File

"From October 2006 to January 2007, I accepted money in exchange for sexual services I provided to men I met online in what was then called the 'erotic services' section of"

Teaching for the past three years while doing little to conceal her past, is this the type of role model that parents want their children to be "exposed" to. A better question might be how the New York City Department of Education failed to do the simplest of background checks such as Googling her name, which would have provided an open window to her past (sounds a little like a peeping Tom).

This bio from Salon in 2007:

Melissa Petro graduated from Antioch College in 2002 with a degree in Self, Society and Culture, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Nonfiction at The New School. The first chapter of her memoir (’Mexico’) was awarded second place in Memoirs Ink 2005 Nonfiction Contest and was featured in Cultural Shock, a multimedia exhibition at Local Project Gallery. She recently presented a paper at Sex Work Matters: Beyond Divides, a conference for scholars, activists and analysts involved in issues surrounding sex work. This paper, entitled “I Did It… For the Money: Sex Work as a Means to Socioeconomic Opportunity”, was published in the August edition of Research in Sex Work. The third chapter of her memoir is being published in the forthcoming edition of Post Road.

What do parents think?

"I don't want nobody that used to do that to be around my kid. People like that should not be allowed to be anywhere near children."

What level of due diligence should parents reasonably expect when placing their kids under the care of a teacher? Probably a little more than this. She apparently has tenure so will be difficult to dismiss, and is currently on administrative duty.

Picture courtesy of the New York Post

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The tolerance of discrimination against white Americans is exposed and basically ignored by the mainstream media

Civil Rights Commission Hears The Testimony Of Christopher Coates

Is there a culture of tolerance for discrimination against white citizens in the Eric Holder led Department of Justice? Is the New Black Panther Party case, in which charges of voter intimidation at Philadelphia polling places during the 2008 presidential election were dropped, an isolated case or endemic of a systemic problem of white citizens being viewed as second class in the eyes of the DOJ?

The plan of Christopher Coates to testify against the wishes of the DOJ was detailed in this blog on Thursday, with the testimony taking place yesterday. This testimony had the potential to be damaging and embarrassing not only to the DOJ, but to the Obama administration as well.

Was the Stephen Colbert testimony before another House Sub-committee yesterday a smokescreen to draw attention from this testimony by Coates (Colbert story and video here)? Most likely, and it seems to have worked to some extent as the anger over that carnival sideshow has been palpable.

That said, the Coates testimony occurred and was both instructive and damaging to the administration. From Fox News:

Coates went in depth about a controversial decision to dismiss charges against New Black Panther members after they were videotaped outside a Philadelphia polling place in 2008 dressed in military-style uniforms and allegedly hurling racial slurs while one brandished a night stick.

The case has drifted in and out of the limelight over the past year as the commission has struggled to investigate it. Ex-Justice official J. Christian Adams fueled the controversy when he testified in July and accused his former employer of showing "hostility" toward cases that involve white victims and black defendants.

Nearly three months later, Coates backed up Adams' claims. In lengthy and detailed testimony, he said the department cultivates a "hostile atmosphere" against "race-neutral enforcement" of the Voting Rights Act. [...]

He said civil rights attorneys stick to cases that involve minority victims and that the Black Panther case was dismissed following "pressure" by the NAACP and "anger" at the case within the Justice Department itself.

"That anger was the result of their deep-seated opposition to the equal enforcement of the Voting Rights Act against racial minorities and for the protection of white voters who have been discriminated against," he said.

While this story may not be front page news in the mainstream media, it may also be completely ignored as well. Thumbing through today's New York Times I could not find any mention of the story. Is it because this is really not big or worthwhile news, that I just didn't look carefully enough or is the MSM once again protecting the Obama administration ahead of the mid-term elections?

In any event, the alternative media of bloggers and news distribution outlets such as Fox will make sure that this story will get the traction that it deserves. Discrimination in any direction is not tolerable and should be policed and dealt with in a color blind fashion.

Why is this Congress a joke? Two words, Stephen Colbert (Video)

Stephen Colbert Of Comedy Central Appears In Front Of Congress, Makes A Mockery Of The Institution And Wastes The Taxpayers Time And Money.

Ostensibly there to discuss immigration because he had spent one day in the corn fields of New York along side immigrant workers, Stephen Colbert stayed in character and essentially made a mockery of the proceedings, as if the Congress needed any help.

Appearing before the before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law, Colbert made comments such as "America's farms are presently far too dependent on immigrant labor to pick our fruits and vegetables. Now, the obvious answer is for all of us to stop eating fruits and vegetables. And if you look at the recent obesity statistics, many Americans have already started."

Don't these representatives have anything better to do with their time?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

A government fairy tale, source unknown

Hello! Anybody home?

Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert.

Congress said, "Someone may steal from it at night." So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job. 

Then Congress said, "How does the watchman do his job without instruction?"

So they created a planning department and hired two people, one person to write the instructions, and one person to do time studies. 

Then Congress said, "How will we know the night watchman is doing the tasks correctly?"

So they created a Quality Control department and hired two people. One to do the studies and one to write the reports.

Then Congress said, "How are these people going to get paid?"

So they created two positions: a timekeeper and a payroll officer, then hired two people. 

Then Congress said, "Who will be accountable for all of these people?"

So they created an administrative section and hired three people, an Administrative Officer, Assistant Administrative Officer, and a Legal Secretary. 

Then Congress said, "We have had this command in operation for one Year and we are $918,000 over budget, we must cut back."

So they laid off the night watchman. 

NOW slowly, let it sink in. 
Quietly, we go like sheep to slaughter


Does anybody remember the reason given for the establishment of the DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY … during the Carter Administration? 




Didn't think so! 

Bottom line.

We've spent several hundred billion dollars in support of an agency...the reason for which not one person who reads this can remember! 

It was very simple … and at the time, everybody thought it very appropriate. 

The Department of Energy was instituted on 8/04/1977,

Hey, pretty efficient, huh??? 



33 years ago 30% of our oil consumption was foreign imports. Today 70% of our oil consumption is foreign imports. 

Ah, yes -- good old Federal bureaucracy. 


Is anybody home?


Don’t forget to take out the trash!

New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case showdown tomorrow before the Civil Rights Commission (Video)

Did The Eric Holder Led DOJ Fail To Protect The Rights Of White Voters?

Christopher Coates, a career attorney with the Department of Justice, will testify tomorrow against the wishes of the DOJ, before the Civil Rights Commission. The testimony will revolve around the dropping of charges against all but one of the members of the New Black Panther Party who were charged with voter intimidation in Philadelphia during the 2008 presidential election.

The testimony will be instructive, and has the potential to be extremely damaging to both the leadership of the DOJ and the Obama administration. To refresh the memories of those who may have forgotten the incident, the video is below.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

3,000 died, but can you please pass the ketchup?

New Woodward Book "Obama's Wars" Includes A Very Telling Quote From The Commander In Chief

A senior administration official had this to say about the book:

"The President comes across in the [Afghanistan] review and throughout the decision making process as a Commander in Chief who is analytical, strategic, and decisive, with a broad view of history, national security, and his role."

But in the book, as casually as you might ask someone at the table to pass the ketchup, the President had this to say:

"[w]e can absorb a terrorist attack. We'll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever ... we absorbed it and we are stronger,"

How should this statement be interpreted? Is the President seemingly resigned to some inevitability of a terrorist attack being successful at some point in the future?

Or is there perhaps some deeper meaning as it relates to the acceptance by the west that some number of terror attacks need to be tolerated so that our relations with the Muslim world can stay on some imaginary even keel.

This was written in the blog, Ace of Spades HQ, which sums up the President's quote well:

"They will spin this, but this is what Obama is getting at, what the left is constantly saying, but which leftist politicians are careful never to say publicly: for the good of relations with the Muslim world we're just going to have to be mature about mass murder."

Must see video: The "Islamization" of Paris serves as a warning to the west?

Hidden Camera Captures A Takeover Of Parisian Streets Enforced By Private Security Guards For The Purpose Of Public Worship

Actions that are all against the law in France, but that occur in front of Parisian police who have been ordered not to intervene. The story appears here, and the video is below.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Greed is good, anti-semitism isn't

Wall Street 2 Debuts, But Remember Back To When Oliver Stone Expressed His Opinion On Jews, Hitler And The Holocaust?

While Jews, particularly in New York, were willing to overlook the sketchy background and associations of then candidate Obama when it came to their religion and cast their vote for him, will they be just as willing to overlook the recent statements made by movie director Oliver Stone and flock to see his movie?

In an interview with the Times of London back in July, Stone opined on the Holocaust, the Jewish lobby, Hitler and more. These are just a few of the statements:

On why Americans think and dwell on the Holocaust:

"The Jewish domination of the media. There’s a major lobby in the United States. They are hard workers. They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f..ked up United States foreign policy for years."

On Hitler:

“Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and it’s been used cheaply.”
“We can’t judge people as only ‘bad’ or ‘good.’ ”
“[Hitler] is the product of a series of actions. It’s cause and effect. People in America don’t know the connection between WWI and WWII.”
“Hitler was a Frankenstein, (but) there was also a Dr Frankenstein.”
“German industrialists, the Americans and the British. He had a lot of support.”
“He’s the product of a series of actions. It’s cause and effect … People in America don’t know the connection between World War I and World War II.”
“We’re going to educate our minds and liberalize them and broaden them. We want to move beyond opinions … Go into the funding of the Nazi party. How many American corporations were involved, from GM through IBM. Hitler is just a man who could have easily been assassinated.”
“Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people, 25 or 30 [million killed].”

Wall Street 2 Premiered Last Night In New York

Michael Douglas whose father was Jewish resumed his role as Gordon Gekko, living up to the famous phrase that "greed, for want of a better word, is good." Perhaps he had no idea of the thoughts that Oliver Stone has when it comes to Jews and Judaism. But perhaps he had an inkling, and decided to proceed with the sequel regardless.

Will Jews, particularly in New York, once again disregard the thoughts and ideas of a man as they did with now President Obama, this time in search of entertainment? They probably will and therein lies much of the problem.

Do you know about the Constitution? Take a quiz and see how you compare

Test Your Knowledge And Compare Your Results

"surveyed college seniors/graduates received a failing grade when attempting to answer multiple choice questions on the following constitutional topics: federalism (44%), judicial review (42%), congressional powers (29%), women’s suffrage (58%), representative democracy (58%), the establishment clause (48%), The Federalist Papers (50%), and the Anti-Federalists (44%). And they only earned a “D” on these fundamental issues: the three branches of government (64%), the war power (62%), and federal foreign policy making (68%)." (The Audacity of Logic)

The answer key is well below the last question, but don' cheat!

1. What is federalism?

a) A political party at the time of the Founding.

b) A set of essays defending the Constitution.

c) A political system where the national government has ultimate power.

d) A political system where state and national governments share power.

e) The belief that America should be unified with a transcontinental railroad.

2. The power of judicial review was established in:

a) The Constitution.

b) Marbury v. Madison.

c) McCulloch v. Maryland.

d) The Bill of Rights.

e) A presidential executive order

3. The Federalist (or The Federalist Papers) was written to:

a) Support ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

b) Oppose ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

c) Support America’s independence from Britain.

d) Oppose America’s independence from Britain. e) support the Missouri Compromise.

e) Support the Missouri Compromise.

4. The principle of the “separation of powers” suggests that:

a) Legislative, executive, and judicial powers should be dispersed.

b) Government becomes more efficient with division of labor.

c) There should always be at least two global superpowers

d) No single political party should dominate any legislature.

e) Courts should formulate policy during periods of Congressional gridlock.

5. Which of the following is NOT among the official powers of Congress?

a) Declare war.

b) Regulate commerce with foreign nations.

c) Receive ambassadors.

d) Create courts lower than the Supreme Court.

e) Approve treaties with foreign nations.

6. What are the three branches of government?

a) Executive, legislative, judicial.

b) Executive, legislative, military.

c) Bureaucratic, military, industry.

d) Federal, state, local.

7. The United States Electoral College:

a) Trains those aspiring to local office.

b) Was established to supervise the first televised presidential debates.

c) Is otherwise known as the U.S. Congress.

d) Is a constitutionally mandated assembly that elects the president.

e) Was ruled undemocratic by the Supreme Court.

8. What impact did the Anti-Federalists have on the United States Constitution?

a) Their arguments helped lead to the adoption of the Bill of Rights.

b) Their arguments helped lead to the abolition of the slave trade.

c) Their influence ensured that the federal government would maintain a standing army.

d) Their influence ensured that the federal government would have the power to tax.

9. What part of the government has the power to declare war?

a) Congress.

b) The president.

c) The Supreme Court.

d) The Joint Chiefs of Staff.

10. In the area of United States foreign policy, Congress shares power with the:

a) President.

b) Supreme Court.

c) State governments.

d) United Nations.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Obama show wearing thin with liberal base (Video)

Thanks To CNBC For Putting On This Infomercial

What they didn't count on was an unscripted question.

This woman, emblematic of an Obama voter, is obviously growing weary of his rhetoric, as rhetoric doesn't put food on her table and educate her children.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sunday joke: Obama and national security (Cartoon)

Has Obama Kept The United States Safe From Terrorist Attack?

Bill Maher seems to think so. In a recent appearance on Larry King Live, Maher opined that Obama has kept the U.S. safer than George Bush because 9/11 happened on the Bush watch and there have been no successful attacks under Obama.

Forget about the fact that Bush inherited national security compromised by eight years of a Bill Clinton rule that was as anemic, passive and dictated by poll numbers. Forget that we have gotten lucky that the terrorists have been so damn incompetent.

Let's not let a Maher opinion get muddled by facts.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Friday morning observations on death threats, sexual abuse and Derek Jeter

Alleged Plot To Harm The Pope By 5 Men Reported To Be Of Middle Eastern Origin

If there were actually a plot against Pope Benedict XVI as it seems there may have been, thank G-d that it was found out and stopped. One can only think though, what worldwide reaction would have been if he had been harmed. Would there be rioting and violence in the streets across the globe? Or would there have been pockets of violent protest coupled with the appropriate anger expressed in verbal and written diatribes.

This is asked in relation to rioting that has taken place in the Muslim world over "transgressions" much less egregious.

Priests and Sexual Abuse

Pope Benedict XVI in his visit to the U.K. has dedicated part of his discussion to addressing the Roman Catholic Church response to sexual abuse perpetrated by priests. The abuse has been an ugly little "secret" for more years than can reasonably be excused, and even the response of this Pope to the problem both in the past and today has been somewhat less than overwhelming. The Pope in his statements said this abuse came as a shock and a surprise, but that seems to be somewhat disingenuous. The quote is:

"These revelations were for me a shock and a great sadness. It is difficult to understand how this perversion of the priestly ministry was possible. How a man who has done this and said this (in his priestly vows) can fall into this perversion is difficult to understand."

It is also a great sadness that the authorities of the church were not sufficiently vigilant and insufficiently quick and decisive in taking the necessary measures."

Derek Jeter "Scandal"

The "scandal" over Derek Jeter's not owning up to not being hit by a pitch the other night is probably one of the most ridiculous things that I have heard debated in professional sports. Other than a tennis player who should own up to touching a ball and therefore losing the point, in what sport does a professional tell the umpire, referee, line judge or any other official that he or she made a mistake and that a call should be reversed.

Is it a bad line call in tennis that leads to a victory, a foul that never actually happened in basketball leading to a game winning free throw, a catch that actually wasn't made in football leading to a critical first down, a ball called foul that a fielder saw was fair in baseball or maybe a defender in soccer touching the ball with his hand in his own teams goalie box? In these cases and more should the player tell the referee that he should reverse a call or make another call?

Let's get serious and let the officials do their jobs and the players do their jobs. If 100% accuracy in sports officiated by humans is the desire, then have machines make or check every play to certify accuracy. Otherwise let it go.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Breaking: Palestinian demand to Israelis: Agree or else

Palestinian Authority Says If Settlement Houses Continue To Be Built, "Peace Talks" Are Off

This threat comes one day after Hamas fired missiles from Gaza into southern Israel in an unprovoked attack. The headlines of course will read that Israel is jeopardizing these talks due to an incalcitrant attitude, with most likely little or no mention of the actions of Hamas.

In a statement at an Arab League meeting in Cairo, the Foreign Minister of the Palestinian Authority Riyad al Maliki, while making no mention of Hamas, today said the following:

"If one settlement is built after the end of the freeze, we will stop direct talks with Israel."

This is consistent with my thoughts yesterday when I wrote:

"Calls have been made by the EU that Israel extend it's moratorium on building new settlement houses to appease the Palestinian Authority, in order to keep the "peace talks" going. This demand by the EU coincides with unprovoked missile attacks by Hamas into southern Israel.

Apparently in order to achieve peace all concessions must be made by Israel even with the Hamas targeting of innocent civilians and infrastructure targets within Israel."

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As of today this will no longer be the case.

The Political Commentator will once again be the one stop shop for commentary on the issues around the world that I see as having the potential to affect the United States in a negative way.


Israel attacked and asked to make all of the concessions in "Peace Talks"

Predictably, Hamas Fires Rockets Into Southern Israel And The Only Sound Heard Are Calls For The Moratorium On The Israeli Building Of Settlement Houses To Continue So The "Peace Talks" Charade Can Move On

Part 1: Hamas, Among Other Issues, Stands As A Roadblock To Peace

Missiles Fired Into Southern Israel By Hamas Create Even More Uncertainty Surrounding Israeli-Palestinian Authority Peace Talks

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell prepare for talks between Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Hamas fired approximately eleven missiles from Gaza into southern Israel. Some of these missiles contained white phosphorous intended to do damage beyond that of the explosion itself.

While Gaza is part of the Palestinian Authority in name only, it is actually controlled by Hamas and has been for three plus years since Hamas ousted the Fatah party government. The region targeted by the bombs contain oil and gas pipelines as well as electrical generation plants.

The meetings today were taking place in Jerusalem while yesterday's were in Sharm el Sheikh. Beyond the fact that attacks such as the ones today will make any deal for peace extremely difficult, so then will PA demands that a moratorium on new settlement houses be extended in Judea and Samaria, as well as the continued unwillingness of the PA to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

Part 2: Israel Asked To Make The Concessions While Hamas Continues To Fire Missiles

Calls have been made by the EU that Israel extend it's moratorium on building new settlement houses to appease the Palestinian Authority, in order to keep the "peace talks" going. This demand by the EU coincides with unprovoked missile attacks by Hamas into southern Israel.

Apparently in order to achieve peace all concessions must be made by Israel even with the Hamas targeting of innocent civilians and infrastructure targets within Israel.

The EU statement reads:

"The European Union deems it indispensable that both parties observe calm and restraint and refrain from actions that could affect negatively the progress of the negotiation," reads the draft, referring to direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that began this month.

"In this regard, it recalls that settlements are illegal under international law and, with a view to ensure that these talks continue in a constructive manner, calls for an extension of the moratorium decided by Israel."


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ahmadinejad can't sleep here

2010 United Nations General Assembly Meetings To Begin September 23rd In New York

Anti-American Leaders Such As Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega and Evo Morales Expected

The United States will once again be in the position of having to to allow some of it's top antagonists access to the country for the U.N. General Assembly, scheduled to take place in New York City in late September. At these meetings expected guests include names such as Ahmadinejad of Iran, Chavez of Venezuela, Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and Evo Morales of Bolivia.

It seems like only yesterday, although it was 1986, that Daniel Ortega spoke the following to the U.N. General Assembly when he said "President Reagan should remember, Rambo exists only in the movies!"

The United States is placed in the uncomfortable position, as host country of the U.N., of providing a forum for anyone with an anti-American agenda to speak on our soil. While calls have been made in the past to deny entry to certain leaders, these restrictions have not occurred. As a result, quotes like the ones below are possible in a forum that was created to foster world harmony.

Some Of The Quotes By Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:

February 2008 in Iran on the topic of Israel: "The world powers established this filthy bacteria, the Zionist regime, which is lashing out at the nations in the region like a wild beast."

On homosexuals in Iran in 2007: "In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country... In Iran we do not have this phenomenon. I don't know who's told you that we have this."

On 9/11 in 2006 and U.S. involvement: "Could it be planned and executed without coordination, with intelligence and security services - or their extensive infiltration? Of course this is just an educated guess. Why have the various aspects of the attacks been kept secret? Why are we not told who botched their responsibilities? And, why aren't those responsible and the guilty parties identified and put on trial?"

What do he, and some of his allies, have in store this time?

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Limited war on terror, with an all out war on Asian carp

You Read That Right. War On Carp And Not War On Terror

John Goss on Friday was named by the Obama White House as the Asian carp director on the White House Council of Environmental Quality. His job, should he choose to accept it (although he already has)...

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

The economy will be fine? Really? 1 out of 7 Americans living below the poverty line!

Poverty Sucks!

While President Obama provided rhetoric on Friday concerning poverty, jobs and the economy, the Associated Press on Saturday released it's estimates of numbers that are due to be released on Thursday, expected to show a huge uptick in poverty statistics for Americans.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Is it okay to burn the Holy Bible?

Panic Surrounding Rogue Pastor's Plan To Burn A Koran On The Anniversary Of 9/11

Political Correctness Run Amok As The President On Down Beg The Pastor From Florida Who Has About 50 Followers To Reconsider His Koran Burning Plan

The fear in the west concerning the potential backlash from the proposed burning of the Koran is most probably warranted. One need only look at the worldwide reaction from Muslims when a Dutch cartoonist published something not to their liking. Riots and death threats abounded.

The reactions of the west and of the Muslim world will typically vary in this regard. American Flag burning and rioting is more of the norm in some of these Muslim societies where in the west reactions to distasteful situations will be found most likely in editorials and on op-ed pages.

Christian missionaries may be kidnapped or killed based on the accusation of the "crime" of spreading Christianity, where in the United States and elsewhere there truly exists freedom of religion.

How many churches or synagogues have been built in the Muslim world...

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Always Remember! Never Forget! Never Forgive!

A Picture That Requires No Words

Friday, September 10, 2010

Forget the noise surrounding the anniversary of 9/11 and remember the phrase: NEVER AGAIN!

Let's Not Lose Sight Of The Significance of September 11, 2001

Given all of the subplots that currently surround the former World Trade Center buildings, it is critical for Americans not to lose sight of the real significance of the events that happened in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington and in a lonely field in Pennsylvania.

It was this day, nine years ago tomorrow, that Islamic fundamentalists hijacked three planes and committed the worst terrorist attack ever on U.S. soil. It was the culmination of attempts that had been made in the past, and highlighted the failings of prior administrations in dealing with this known and ever present threat.

It made clear to the United States that we were indeed involved in a war, and that we needed the resolve and courage necessary to win that war. While we had that resolve for a good amount of time, Americans, and even more so politicians, have very short memories...

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Imam Rauf on CNN offers a not so veiled threat to the U.S.

What Irony That Imam Rauf Speaks Out About The Ground Zero Mosque At The Start Of The Jewish New Year

The world has been waiting so long for the pronouncements from Imam Rauf concerning both the seemingly strategic placement and possible ulterior motives of the Ground Zero, or Cordoba House mosque, being built mere steps away from the World Trade Center site.

He chose as his venue for discussion that bastion of far-left liberal think CNN along with commentator Soledad O'brien.

Build It Here Or Else!

While the Imam was not personally making tacit threats...

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Mayor Bloomberg: Who is this guy? First the Ground Zero mosque and now the Koran-burning pastor

Mayor Bloomberg, Three Term Mayor Of New York Is Not Who We Thought He Was, Now Supporting "International Burn a Quran Day"

First Mayor Bloomberg surprised and mostly disappointed many in New York, around the country and around the world when he came out in favor of the Ground Zero, or Cordoba House mosque, being built in lower Manhattan ("Victims families and friends speak out against the mosque at Ground Zero (Video)."

The Ground Zero where Islamic fundamentalists had flown jet fuel laden missiles...

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Dove World Outreach Center is fringe, but poses a grave threat to the United States and the world

The Dove World Outreach Center, A Fringe Religious Group, Plans The "International Burn a Quran Day" For September 11 To Remember 9/11 And To Take A Stand Against Islam

Instead, What They Will Accomplish Although They Are Small In Size And Even Smaller in Reach, Is An Incredibly Large And Unnecessary Backlash Against The West.

Readers of this page know only to well the position here regarding the rise of radical Islam, and the need for the global understanding that this group has an agenda that moves contrary to that of the west. It is one of intolerance and a belief that all who are not as they are should not exist...

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Life, Death and Healthcare - A personal story

What Does Nursing And Medicine Have To Do With Homeland Security And A War On Terror?

When a family is in a position of having a loved one suffering with a critical illness, there is no greater threat to the security of the home. Similarly, during the illness battles are constantly being fought on many fronts, most of which, if not all, on terrain very foreign to the loved ones of the sick. One thing is for certain however, which is throughout the course of the illness the terror of the wrong outcome is a constant.

Fronts In The War

As in any war, there will be many players that each play a critical role in striving for victory, and within the war there will be many intense battles that are being fought on different fronts. Each new battle seems like a life and death struggle, because for the most part it is...

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