Saturday, October 31, 2009
It bears repeating today.
America has become a cannibal society, devouring its best. The competent, numerically outnumbered by the incompetents, are being corralled, restrained, confined and milked like barnyard cattle. The giants who created our skyscraper civilization are now ordered to obey Lilliputian bureaucrats. Common men—who owe their jobs to uncommon men who create jobs—gang together to shackle their providers.
Americans are becoming congenital dependents. Even as loafing relatives extort a livelihood by claiming they have a “right” to your money—so today eight million homegrown moochers insist that you are responsible for their welfare! Thus, we subsidize promiscuous mothers and their illegitimate babies and lazy feather bedders and goldbricking government pay rollers...While we penalize the strong, the purposeful, the productive with disproportionate burdens of taxes, pressures, red tape.
We praise ventures which are "non-profit" and grant them tax advantages and social acceptance, yet we damn the men who make the profits which make the "non-profit" ventures possible. Americans want to keep the electric lights but destroy the generators. What if the men of brains and initiative and industry should go on strike?
It happened once. “The Dark Ages” were a period of stagnation when men of exceptional ability gave up, figured “what’s the use?” and went underground—for a thousand years. Ayn Rand, author of “Atlas Shrugged,” thinks it may have to happen that way again. Dr. Charles Mayo says, “I know of no individual, no nation, that ever did anything worthwhile on a five-day week.” Already many American industrialists are turning the keys on their corporations and going to Florida—either part-time or full-time—to become non-productive beachcombers.
Curiously, Russia is beginning to reward the uncommon men. Soviet scholar Vadim A. Trapeznikov—not without Kremlin sanction—is now referring to the Soviet system as “obsolete.” He says Russia’s economy must now rely on the “more productive profit motive.”
We, on the other hand, continue to play the democratic con-game which pretends that all men are equal and that anybody who demonstrates any inequality should be punished for it.
Any insolent beggar can wave his sores in your face and plead for help in the tone of a threat. You are expected to feel “guilty” for having more than he. Any barefoot bum from the pestholes of Asia or Africa cries out, “How dare you be rich!” And we beg them to be patient and we promise to give it all away as fast as possible.
The economic creed of “enlightened selfishness” which made our nation the powerhouse of this planet has been so maligned that now it sounds like heresy when I say:
Any man who claims you owe him a living is a cannibal.
Whether foreign or domestic, he is a cannibal.
If you choose to help him, that is one thing.
If he demands you “help” as his “right,” he is a leech,
a sycophant, a parasite.
He is a cannibal seeking to survive by consuming you.
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Thursday, October 29, 2009
Obama administration, Pentagon prepare for homeland military deployment
Nineteen federal agencies and organizations and 17 states and the District of Columbia have participated in one or more of the seven large-scale exercises that NORTHCOM has conducted since September 2005. However, NORTHCOM faces challenges in involving states in the planning, conduct, and assessment of its exercises, such as adapting its exercise system and practices to involve other federal, state, local, and tribal agencies that do not have the same practices or level of planning resources....
"It is up to the residents of individual states to tell their governors they do not want the federal government intruding on law enforcement and public safety issues," said former NYPD detective and Marine intelligence officer Sid Frances.
"This is especially true if their governors share the same political philosophy as the President and his minions in Washington," he added....
"Obama appears oblivious to Posse Comitatus and to the US Constitution when it comes to using the military against civilians within US borders," he added.
While So-called military experts appear excited about this use of soldiers within the borders of the United States, many police commanders and officers are less enthusiastic.
"I cannot understand why the federal government is so intent on using such military force within our borders. It reminds me of the Branch Davidian massacre in Waco, Texas when the feds used excessive deadly force against men, women and children. And they used that deadly physical force based on false information," warns former Det. Frances.
"While I've served in the military and continue as a reservist, as a [New Jersey] cop I'm troubled about the use of federal troops coming into our communities during any emergencies," said Detective Lieutenant Stephan Rodgers.
The White House was so concerned about Corzine's chances during the summer that Corzine's aides feared the first-term governor was being pressured to step aside for a stronger candidate. Those fears turned out to be groundless, but were part of the reason Corzine hired Joel Benenson, who has helped impose discipline on a struggling campaign and crystallize Corzine’s aggressive attacks on the character of his Republican opponent, former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie.
The race is seen as extremely close, complicated by the presence of a third candidate, Chris Daggett. For the White House, it’s a crucial symbolic prize. With Democrat Creigh Deeds running far behind his Republican rival in Virginia, the New Jersey race – once believed to be hopeless for Corzine – is now seen as the White House’s best bet to make the 2009 election cycle a political wash and to calm the nerves of congressional Democrats approaching the crucial 2010 midterm elections.
While Corzine may win the election, he's still a loser for New Jersey.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Just one year ago, would you have believed that an unelected government official, not even a Cabinet member confirmed by the Senate but simply one of the many "czars" appointed by the President, could arbitrarily cut the pay of executives in private businesses by 50 percent or 90 percent?
Did you think that another "czar" would be talking about restricting talk radio? That there would be plans afloat to subsidize newspapers-- that is, to create a situation where some newspapers' survival would depend on the government liking what they publish?
Did you imagine that anyone would even be talking about having a panel of so-called "experts" deciding who could and could not get life-saving medical treatments?
Read the rest here.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Virginia Democratic candidate R. Creigh Deeds said Friday that he was confused and frustrated by statements from senior aides to President Obama that Deeds had rejected their advice in running his campaign for governor as some state party activists denounced what they saw as a betrayal by advisers to a president they helped elect a year ago.Bye, bye, Deeds. You've been abandoned by your party's Organizer-in-Chief.
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Is the Democrats plan to nationalize health care constitutional?
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Thursday, October 22, 2009
Hopefully, this post will serve as a warning to all those who believe in individual rights and free enterprise: The opposition is better armed, better organized, and has already begun its campaign to win 2010.
Like an advance scout reporting the movements of our foes, this post may better explain what America's adversaries are up to, before asking you: Are you ready for this fight? Can this nation be saved from the onslaught of Marxism?
First, unions are endorsing candidates far and wide for the mid-term elections. The reason unions are endorsing now is that, for many unions, once a candidate is endorsed, the unions can begin to spend their members' money and marshal their resources for those candidates.
Secondly, and most importantly, as this post [with emphasis added] from the Leftist publication Truthout explains, the war apparatus that is known as Organizing for America has already begun its campaign to diminish the risks to Democrats in the 2010 mid-term elections:
Congressional switchboards were bombarded on Tuesday with over 300,000 calls from supporters of Barack Obama's plan for health care reform....
The event was a part of a national call-in day billed as "time to deliver" by Obama's political arm, Organizing for America (OFA). OFA is the Obama campaign transformed into a political organization that is housed in the DNC in Washington, DC.
DNC Chairman and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine said that OFA is the largest department in the Democratic National Committee, with staff in 48 states. Kaine said that when he assumed the chair of the DNC, OFA was not part of the DNC, but that now it is the heart of the organization.
In the past, incumbents had begun to raise money and set their agenda for re-election early in their terms of office. The difference here is that Obama is cranking up the ground game before his first year is over. He will already have a national field campaign in full gear before the off-term elections, a move that could help him avoid the usual losses the party in the White House usually suffers. OFA may also emerge as the most powerful voice in 2016. A candidate with access to OFA's organizational strength will have a huge leg up.
While there is a grassroots model in place, the agenda will come from the top.
While it would be ideal for the agenda to come from the grass roots, in this case, since the glue that holds the organization together is Barack Obama, from an effectiveness standpoint it makes sense for the organization to organize around his agenda. Many national organizations fizzle when the leader who formed them moves on. Case in point, has anyone heard from the Reform Party lately? Once Ross Perot was gone, there was brief life as they fought over the money the party had coming in matching funds, but once the money was gone, so was their momentum.
OFA Still Has Paid Staff in 48 States
Florida has seven paid staff statewide. OFA's Miami Dade Regional Field Director Brad Schenk described the model structure of the organization, which he said was the campaign's model in Iowa in 2007. Neighborhood groups would form and chose captains and team leaders, who would report to a community organizer responsible for multiple neighborhoods. The community organizer communicates with the field office. From there, information continues on up straight to the national office at the DNC in Washington.
The goal would be to have the neighborhood groups extremely well organized; they would have their own phone banks, canvas operations and events. The campaign would provide the neighborhood groups access to data from the 2008 campaign. This is extremely important. In the past, campaigns guarded their lists, but in this case, volunteers in the community will have access to data that will allow them to organize their neighborhoods. Picture the old Chicago model with block captains all over the country.
Schenk described the organization as progressive, but not radical. He said that while the organization will hold rallies, they would not pull off stunts that could make the organization look bad. When others argued that the "tea baggers" were succeeding, Schenk countered by saying that they were hurting, not helping, their cause, going on to say that they were "polarizing the Republican Party."
All of OFA's resources are currently focused on the health care fight and it is an issue that is easy to rally around. The true test will come when OFA is focusing on an issue or supporting a candidate that its supporters are not excited about. The organization has daily access to the Oval Office, it is in transition right now, working hard to reactivate the foot soldiers from the 2008 campaign. If Tuesday's effort is any indication, they are succeeding. The result could give Obama a more powerful political arm than even the two major political parties themselves.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
In 2008, then-candidate Obama had Obama Girl and David Axlerod. And, for better or worse, John McCain had Sarah Palin...and Sarah Palin.
While policy wonks will always have their place, it seems that much of today's electorate could care less about details and more about sex appeal. [Hey, how else could an inexperienced candidate sell 'change' without really defining it?]
This brings us to Meghan McCain and the assets she brings to her father's Grand Old Party.
If the GOP really wants to get over its eight years of GWB, Cheney & Co., as well as its old fart image so it can move on, it had better start viewing Meghan McCain and her assets as...well...assets toward its future rebuilding.
While Ann Coulter is attractive, she is a policy pit bull. Ms. Coulter has great intellect and many other great points [like pointy elbows and pointy knees to go along with her pointy wit], but she is also only one attractive voice in an otherwise overly male and pale party that can't seem to get out of its own way.
Ms. Coulter may appeal to logic and reason but Ms. McCain appeals to something entirely different. In fact, while Ms. Coulter may provide the policy reasons American soldiers put their lives on the lines fighting enemies abroad, Ms. McCain gives the emotional appeal that young soldiers think of when they think of home.
Ms. McCain may not have the answers to Afghanistan (nor should she at 24) but she certainly has other assets that the GOP could (and should) put to good use--like creating a media frenzy over one 140-character "tweet," and a picture of herself holding a book. Further, when the picture posted creates a backlash, Ms. McCain has the ability to throw a curvy punch or two back at her critics as well.
In terms of making news, Ms. McCain's 'twitslip' last week garners twice as many google hits as Ann Coulter and half as many as Mitt Romney does over the same time period.
In fact, as vote-getters go, if they were to go head to head, it would be a safe bet to put Meghan McCain's sex appeal against Ann Coulter's brilliant razor sharp tongue for drawing new and much-needed young people into the GOP.
As ad men have known for years, sexy 'hipness' sells. However, if the policy wonks within the GOP don't realize this and begin to appreciate Meghan McCain and the assets she can bring to restoring their appeal to younger voters, we're sure the Libertarian Party would welcome her with open arms!
So, unless the GOP chooses to let itself go entirely to the dogs, it would be wise for the GOP to embrace both the pitbull and the poodle to ensure its future.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Here is the information:
A 16,000 acre island sanctuary, Isla San Pedro offers a doorway into the ancient world, where unique species of flora and fauna still flourish, and history is an open book.Is anyone interested?...
Located in the southern region of Chile in South America, Isla San Pedro offers stunning views of the lower Andean Mountains, natural lakes, and a wealth of natural history. Darwin surveyed this Patagonian paradise in 1834. Roads have been constructed around the island as well as some beautiful rustic cabins. In addition to the island, a 2.5 acre parcel in Quellon within walking distance of the airport containing three cottages, one boathouse and dock, 28 foot fibreglass boat and truck will be included.
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Sunday, October 11, 2009
Posted on Andrew Breitart's Big Hollywood, the questioner was polite, but it seems Gore got caught flat footed. Watch the exchange before the questioner had his mic cut off.
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Saturday, October 10, 2009
Therefore, instead of adding more to the cacophony of commentary, we compiled some of the most brilliant analysis we found on the topic of awarding a prize based on words, rather than deeds.
First, this video was just too funny to pass up (hat-tip to Left Coast Rebel):
Next, we surmise that Michael Jackson's fans must be in utter disbelief that their guy, after their intense campaign, failed to win. But despite the Oslo's public humiliation by passing over the late King of Pop, we thought the following quotes were as inspiring as the President's winning the prize itself:
- “The Nobel committee would have more credibility had they given the prize to Michael Jackson for his work with children” - 10.9.2009 Caller on national talk radio show
- “It’s an odd Nobel Peace Prize that almost makes you embarrassed for the honoree,” said the Washington Post.
- “It’s hard to escape the impression that Obama was honored because he isn’t George W. Bush.” opined the LA Times.
- "Though not being George W. Bush may cause impressionable Norwegians to flush with ardor, it is not an actual Nobel-worthy accomplishment," wrote the Dallas Morning News.
- "The Nobel Peace Prize is now something to be found in a Cracker Jack box," wrote John.
- "Upon realizing that it was not a joke, the next thing to come to mind was, where in the world did they get all those horse's heads to put in the beds of the Nobel Prize Committee members? Poor horses." observed Janice.
- And, from the one closest to The One and responsible for all those brilliant speeches (if not the prize itself), TOTUS (there is no POTUS without TOTUS):
"...there are some positive things coming out of this surprise award. Big Guy is actually thinking that now that he's won the Nobel, he might take a call from the Dalai Lama now that the Dalai is his almost his equal. I say "almost" because, the Lama won his for bringing world attention to the plight of the Tibetan people. That's not quite as great an effort as the one Big Guy exerted to draw world attention to himself."
Hat-tip to Tom W.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
While the entire piece is absolutely worth reading and will capture your attention throughout, several passages stood out:
By the time Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ross Lewallen and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Chad Bardwell arrived over the embattled outpost, dubbed Camp Keating, parts were in flames and dozens of insurgents could be seen on the camp's perimeter.Read the entire piece here.
When the battle was over and the fire extinguished, many who survived had nothing left "except the clothes off their backs and the weapons in their hands," one soldier told ABC News.
Hunkered down inside the base's operations center were 1st Lt. Cason Shrode, 24, of Dallas, and Sgt. Jayson Souter, 22, of Tuscon, Ariz. The two men were working radios and directing traffic for the Apaches and attack jets that swarmed overhead.
But they knew the camp was ablaze and that insurgents had breached the camp's defenses and were inside the wire.
"It's definitely not a comfortable feeling to be at a place where you're most vulnerable, just not a comfortable feeling knowing these guys are right outside," Souter told ABC News.
The soldiers quickly realized the assault was much larger than any they had ever endured. The camp's generator was hit immediately, plunging the camp into pre-dawn darkness.
Soon the camp was on fire with strong winds fanning it along to additional buildings. Eventually, every building in the camp, except one, was burned.
"We were basically surrounded 360 degrees," Shrode said. "I think there were significant numbers [of enemy fighters] throughout the day."
He immediately called for air support.
"We had fixed wing [jets] 20 minutes after fight started," Shrode told ABC News. "We had helicopters 20 minutes later. ... We had so many different assets up in the air ... they were stacked on so many different levels."
ABC News had previously reported that when the Medevac flight arrived, some of the wounded refused a chance to leave Keating and kept on fighting. Soldiers also confirmed an earlier ABC News report that some troops gave blood during the fight to be transfused into wounded comrades.
When the attack was over, Souter and Shrode said the soldiers checked on each other and assessed the damage. The fire had destroyed much of the camp.
Lost in the blaze were "cameras, movies, stuff that helps you pass the time ... but there were guys who literally lost everything except the clothes off their backs and the weapons in their hands," Souter said. [Emphasis added.]
As the Commander-in-Chief deliberates, and deliberates some more, these brave and heroic soldiers cannot, must not, lose our nation's support.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
This vid is the 'Safe Schools Czar' Kevin Jennings stating that all aspiring teachers should be required to take a LGBT course...
The Washington Times has the video and transcript posted here.
"...think what a weaker dollar does for the industrial heartland, where so many congressional seats will be in play and where today it’s easier to export or compete against imports because the same dollar costs convert into fewer euros, yen, or renminbi (this is what a “weaker” dollar means—foreigners can more easily afford our goods and their stuff is more expensive to us). If the dollar stays weak or declines further, our car companies, machinery makers, and turbine blade manufacturers will soon be rehiring and we’ll finally get some job growth as part of our sputtering economic recovery."
- Fed prints a lot of money, driving down value of dollar on worldwide markets
- Weaker dollar means imported goods are more expensive, exported goods cheaper for foreigners to buy
- More foreigners buy American-made exported goods, more jobs are generated.
- More jobs means the White House can claim "we did it!"
- Americans never realize they've been manipulated (like the dollar) and vote to keep the manipulators in office.
Hmmm. Sounds pretty easy, doesn't it? So, the question then becomes, is Ben Bernacke and Tim Geitner purposefully devaluing the dollar on the global markets to help Democrats win the mid-term elections?
Does anyone else smell a trap?
Will the GOP help the DNC deliver Americans into the shackles of socialized medicine?
It looks likes Republican faux-resolve is beginning to turn into GOP gutlessness.
According to CSM, the White House is using some former leaders and faux GOPers to twist arms on the Hill:
The list of high-profile, outside-the-beltway Republicans backing an overhaul of the healthcare system is raising eyebrows.Watch Frist stutter and stammer when Neil Cavuto tries to pin him down...
• California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
• New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (technically an independent, but he’s running for reelection on the Republican and Independence Party tickets).
• Bill Frist, the former GOP Senate majority leader and a physician whose family founded Hospital Corporation of America.
• Tommy Thompson, former secretary of Health and Human Services.
• Mark McClellan, former Medicare chief.
The White House freely acknowledges that it nudged most of these men – Frist came out on his own – toward making public statements. But just as freely, they did say what they said.
The wave of endorsements has already gotten through to one of its most important targets, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R) of Maine. She is the only Republican member of Congress potentially willing to vote for the Senate Finance Committee’s version of reform.
“It is important to hear all voices in the party,” she said Tuesday, according to the Washington Post. “The more we hear, the more we learn, the better job we can do in the final analysis.”
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Yet, that is what Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid & Co. are plotting to do as they try to nationalize the health care system by passing one of the most intrusive pieces of legislation written in U.S. history.
From the Washington Examiner:
As Congress lurches closer to a decision on an enormous overhaul of the American health care system, pressure is mounting on legislative leaders to make the final bill available online for citizens to read before a vote.
Lawmakers were given just hours to examine the $789 billion stimulus plan, sweeping climate-change legislation and a $700 billion bailout package before final votes.
While most Americans normally ignore parliamentary detail, with health care looming, voters are suddenly paying attention. The Senate is expected to vote on a health bill in the weeks to come, representing months of work and stretching to hundreds of pages. And as of now, there is no assurance that members of the public, or even the senators themselves, will be given the chance to read the legislation before a vote.
The [Sunlight Foundation] has begun an effort to get Congress to post bills online, for all to see, 72 hours before lawmakers vote on them.
"It would give the public a chance to really digest and understand what is in the bill," [Lisa] Rosenberg said, "and communicate whether that is a good or a bad thing while there is still time to fix it."
A similar effort is under way in Congress. Reps. Brian Baird, D-Wash., and Greg Walden, R-Ore., are circulating a petition among House lawmakers that would force a vote on the 72-hour rule.
Nearly every Republican has signed on, but the Democratic leadership is unwilling to cede control over when bills are brought to the floor for votes and are discouraging their rank and file from signing the petition.
Senate Democrats voted down a similar measure last week for the health care bill.
While it is argued that Republicans are guilty of the same obstruction of transparency (e.g., the Patriot Act), both sides should be more accountable for their actions and it is up to the citizens to make that happen by demanding transparency by all the politicians.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
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Release: No. H1N1-15
For Immediate Release
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WARNING: Drug Cartel Exposed Creating, Releasing, Injecting, Infecting, and Depopulating Planet with Pandemic H1N1 Swine Flu Viruses and Vaccines
Los Angeles, CA— World leading drug-industry investigators have uncovered stunning documents proving an international drug ring, operating from New York City, is behind the H1N1 swine flu fright and vaccination preparations.
Dr. Leonard G. Horowitz, America’s leading consumer health expert, and Sherri Kane, an investigative journalist, have released shocking proof in legal affidavits that leaders of a private global biotechnology “trust” are behind everything you ever heard about pandemic flu, including its origin and alleged prevention via vaccination. Their documents, being sent through attorneys to the FBI today, evidence powerful industrialists operating a crime ring within “Partnership for New York City” are behind the pandemic’s creation, media persuasions, vaccination preparations, and health official promotions seen everywhere from supermarkets to health clinics.
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Ten American troops were killed at the weekend in two surprise attacks that caused alarm in Nato’s US-led coalition.
In one, hundreds of insurgents attacked a pair of isolated outposts in eastern Afghanistan, killing eight US soldiers and several Afghan policemen in the deadliest battle in 15 months. Scores more Afghan policemen were reportedly captured by the Taleban.
In the other an Afghan policeman opened fire on the American soldiers with whom he was working in central Wardak province, killing two and injuring three.
It was unclear whether the policeman was working for the Taleban or simply ran amok but the attack fuelled the distrust that many Nato soldiers already feel for the Afghan security forces that they are supposed to be working with and training as part of the coalition’s eventual exit strategy.
- Declare defeat. Obama can bow to political pressure (mainly from the Left), ignore his commanders and declare defeat which would give America yet another black eye on the world stage further hastening the devolution of the Greatest Nation on Earth to that of a mediocre has been; or
- Fight to Win. Obama can listen to his commanders on the ground in Afghanistan and finish the job started eight years ago.
To that end, military commanders are making their views known:
By openly declaring their views on the Afghan war, US military leaders have placed President Barack Obama in a bind as he faces a fraught decision over the troubled US-led mission.
Obama has refused to quickly approve a request from his commanders for a major troop build-up in Afghanistan, insisting first on a full vetting of the current strategy.
But while a war council takes place behind closed doors at the White House, top military officers have made no secret of their view that without a vast ground force, the Afghan mission could end in failure.
"They want to make sure people know what they asked for if things go wrong," Lawrence Korb, a former assistant secretary of defense, told AFP.
As a result, if Obama chooses to change course in Afghanistan or decline a request for large numbers of troops, he will be rejecting the advice of the US military, raising the political stakes.
Commentators on the left say the military ought to keep its advice private without trying to influence public debate, with New York Times columnist Frank Rich accusing the generals of an attempt to "try to lock him (Obama) in" on Afghanistan.
The White House meanwhile acknowledged some members of Obama's team have been reading "Lessons in Disaster," a book about flawed decision-making in the
In the book, author Gordon Goldstein suggests the late president John F. Kennedy, if he had lived, would have rejected the military's demand for combat troops in Vietnam -- as he had lost faith in his generals' advice after the Bay of Pigs fiasco in Cuba.
"Perhaps this is Obama's JFK moment," George Packer of the New Yorker wrote
in his blog. "We?ll know in a few weeks."
The problem for the President and his allies on the Left is that Afghanistan is, as Obama himself has said, the "appropriate war" and, just as importantly, Afghanistan is NOT Vietnam.
Unlike Osama Bin Laden and Al Quaeda, Ho Chi Minh never had North Vietnamese live in 'sleeper-cell' clusters throughout the U.S., nor did Ho Chi Minh send covert operators to commit more than 3,000 mass murders on American soil.
Unlike Afghanistan, Vietnam was never used as a base from which to dispatch terrorists all over the world.
Unlike Al Quaeda and its Taliban abettors in Afghanistan, Vietnam was never really a direct threat to America and its citizens.
If the President chooses to ignore the threat of Afghanistan by ignoring the commanders on the ground, America and its allies will leave the entire world open to more terrorist attacks which could easily make 9/11 pale in comparison.
Friday, October 2, 2009
OLYMPIC-SIZED FAILURE: While American Soldiers Die and Unemployment Climbs, Obama Ogled Olympics for Big Union Backers
As the Republican National Committee blasted Obama's overnight excursion as playing "booster" to "Obama's Chicago Fat Cat Friends" on the day it was announced unemployment hit 9.8% nationwide, they failed to mention the biggest recipients to bringing the Olympics "home" to Chicago would have been Obama's union buddies.
It has long been estimated that the cost of bringing the Olympics to Chicago would be $4.8 billion or more. Since Chicago is a big union town, second only to New York, much of the money that would have been spent would have gone the city's unionized workers and, of course, their union bosses--from the construction trade unions to the hotels workers' union, UNITE -HERE.
By way of comparison, were the Olympics to have been awarded to Chicago, one need only look to Atlanta, as Time notes:
If there is one Olympic city for Chicago to emulate, it would be Atlanta. The city's $1.7 billion privately funded Summer Games in 1996 sparked a construction boom in the city's downtown core and, according to the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, generated $5 billion in economic activity, including $1.8 billion in hotel, residential and commercial construction.Since Chicago would have spent nearly three times the amount Atlanta spent (assuming no union cost over runs occurred), it is likely they assumed the amount of money made would be three times its investment, or about $15 billion, which translates into the hundreds of millions in union dues.
Unfortunately for the union bosses, Obama and his teleprompter's star power was not well enough received to even come in a close second, as Chicago was eliminated in the first round of IOC voting. As the Times (UK) comments, Obama's failure adds to growing doubts about his presidency stating that "he is full of lofty vision, but is actually achieving nothing with his grandiloquence."
Writer Amanda Keller is even more direct in her assessment of Obama's folly to Denmark:
Hypocritical acts attached to this venture are endless. The mere appearance of the Commander in Chief jet-setting to Copenhagen simultaneously to soldiers coming home in body bags from Afghanistan (the appropriate war) while his general, McCrystal, waits and waits and waits on an answer to a request over a month old is nothing short of criminal neglect. This ineptitude piled on to the arrogance of his wife, a woman who has benefited all her adult life from the sacrifice of other Americans for her ivy-league education, the education she used to flunk the Bar the first time, only to eventually pass and practice law for all of a nanosecond opting instead to ride her husband’s political coat tails along the corrupt avenues of Chicago. Fancy. [Read the rest of Ms. Keller's piece here.]So, as Americans die overseas and more and more lose their jobs back home, we taxpayers will be stuck with the multi-million dollar tab of a president and his entourage campaigning to pay back his supporters.
[Note: We suspect it will be only a matter of hours before the Liberal Left makes the claim that the IOC's rejection of Chicago is due to racism.]
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Thursday, October 1, 2009
Telling CNS News that "capitalism did nothing" for him, Moore denied the very system that has made him a millionaire.
According to Fortune Magazine, Moore’s films have grossed over $300 million worldwide. His highest grossing film was “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which critiques the Bush administration’s handling of the war in Iraq and earned over $200 million worldwide.
Moore reportedly was paid $21 million by Disney for producing, directing and creating the film.
Moore also earned 50 percent of the profits of his 2007 film "Sicko,” totaling $25 million plus DVD sales, according to Vanity Fair.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Moore would receive all of the profits made from DVD sales of “Sicko,” sales of which have been estimated at over $17 million.
“Look, you know, I mean, I make documentary films,” said Moore. “So, clearly, I’m not loaded in the way you described. But I do well, obviously because my films do well.”