Berkeley, California which had earned the scorn of those supporting our troops for the mayor's and city council's shameful treatment of the local Marine Corps recruiting office found itself in center stage for a pro-military pro-USA rally last Saturday. Veterans and patriots from around the Bay Area gathered in front of the Marine Corps recruiting office that had been subjected to city council approved harassment by the members of Code Pink and their proxies.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Give it up for the incomparable Muddy Waters and the Hoochie Coochie Man!
Lionel Chetwynd is an award winning Writer, Producer and Director born in London and raised in Canada who like many have had some after-thoughts about Senator Obama's much publicized speech on race relations. Mr. Chetwynd's open letter to the Senator is published in Pajamasmedia and is a must-read.
Taking the Senator's admonition that the context of Reverand Wright's outrageous sermons can provide us with a "teaching moment" Mr. Chetwynd offers some insightful commentary on the Senators speech and gives the Senator a lesson in "context". Here are some excerpts from Mr. Chetwynd's open letter to the Democratic Senator from Illinois with parts of the text highlighted by me.
You tell me Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s horrendous remarks will take on a different meaning if I will but contextualize them and understand he has seen terrible things in his time, a burden shared by all African-Americans. A fair proposition; from Kant to Auden and beyond we learn we define by comparison and only by internalizing can we grasp true meaning. So I have done precisely that: looked inside myself to understand how hatred might need to be contextualized.
I did not have to look far. I remembered how, as a boy, I sat at the Passover Seder with my sister’s Polish-born husband and the remnants of his family. The remnants of five families to be precise, for the 12 weary souls around that table were all that remained of what had once been 300. The others – their loved ones, their sons, their daughters, their hopes and dreams – were gone, their lives consumed by zyklon-b gas, their mortal remains wisps of smoke from a Büchenwald chimney.
As he listens to the surviving members of his family speak in Yiddish about the betrayals of neighbors during the Holocaust the conversation turns to the particular criminality of the Germans during that time of infamy.
I was filled with a righteous hatred. Had I, in that moment, the power to end the life of every German on earth, I might have well done so. That is a shameful thought. I am humiliated by the memory. But perhaps, in context, you can understand my homicidal rage and forgive me, and should I have chosen to preach that doctrine in a place of worship and stir an audience to its feet as it cheered my righteous fury, I trust you would offer me the fig leaf of “context.”
As the Seder ended, my brother-in-law, seeing my rage, put his arm around my shoulder and asked what troubled me. I stammered the best explanation I could. He smiled, “Don’t be a fool,” he said, “the Germans left so many of us dead and stole the joy from so many that remain. So now you want to give them the final victory by allowing your own life to be consumed and twisted and deformed by the same hatred? Leave it to them. That’s why we, at this table, forgive. Not forget, but forgive.
A few years later, work on a particular film took me to Munich, and as I drove past the road signs to Dachau, past Hitler’s favorite spot, “The English Gardens,” to my suite at the Bayerischof Hotel (where The Fuehrer himself once stayed) I was physically ill. I couldn’t stand to hear the German tongue, nor bear to see Germans smile, and when I noticed a man in traditional Bavarian dress I again felt my homicidal anger rise. I survived that trip, came back to the safety of my blessed America, promising never to return to part of the world that was home to alien races who had destroyed so many people just like me.
Sometime after that, I was invited to participate on a panel on “Hollywood and Stereotypes” sponsored by the American Jewish Committee and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. It was against my instinct, but a good friend had asked I participate and so I did.
My first co-panelist to speak was a young woman, a German filmmaker. She spoke of how growing up as a German she felt ashamed and humiliated whenever it was necessary to admit her lineage and how her life was about working to ease her shame. It was pure self-hatred. Senator, by some strange alchemy I heard myself explaining to her the mantle of guilt did not fall upon the shoulders of her generation. In fact, I found myself describing Germany’s honest attempt to come to terms with the horrors committed in its name.
Mind you, Senator, the “new” Germans did not ask for forgiveness; they knew this was not within the power of humankind and could only be given by the grace of God. They acted out their atonement from pure understanding of what had gone before.
And in that instant I realized my hatred was unjustified. The “context” was false. I was nursing the anger for my own psychic advantage and not because the current state of humanity or my own experience gave it justice. And I shed my anger. And when another film project took me to Germany, my journey was completely different.
But I also understood the young Germans around me could not be held to that account. When one of my colleagues, also Jewish, made a derogatory remark I engaged him, and with surprising ease found he agreed it was time to let go. I threw away the comfort of context, spoke the truth to him. And it freed me. Now, this is not true for all Jews, Senator; some still dwell on that bitterness, and you would say, understandable, given the “context.” Perhaps. But they are not our soul or intent. They are a past generation and we do not look to them for leadership. We teach redemption. We try to hold them to some form of account.
That is the teaching opportunity I hoped you would evoke: not explaining Wright’s outrage to me, but explaining his outrageousness to him. That’s how we’ll reach the postracial era: by no longer justifying ourselves with what was, instead speaking to what now exists. Not deny the past, but recognize that’s what it is: past.
You say you are devoted to Reverend Wright because he brought you to Christ. I can only imagine how powerful a relationship that forges. But, my imperfect understanding of the Christian Faith tells me you can do him an equally magnificent service: You can help bring him back to Christ. Show him redemption and salvation lie not in the satisfaction of doing little dances in a pulpit while you slander good and decent people. Teach him that great leadership and Christian love abjures the very filth – and I pick that word deliberately – that he spews on an apparently regular basis. After all, Senator, you know our government did not invent the HIV virus to kill African-Americans. You know, Senator, this is not the United States of KKK America. You know the truth of 9/11. At least you should. Both you and Michelle have benefited mightily from the new spirit that has come to America in the last two generations. I thought you were part of that. I thought you were post-racial.
Lionel Chetwynd's letter is brilliant. You can read the text in its entirety here. I think if Mr. Chetwynd were not directing and writing films he would be a rabbi. And a darn good at that! Any congregation would be blessed to have him.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Reuters has a brief article up today quoting the CEO of phone giant AT&T bemoaning the fact that his company is having trouble finding enough skilled workers in the U.S. able to fill all of the 5,000 customer service jobs currently outsourced to India. In remarks made before a business gathering today AT&T Chief Randall Stephenson said only 1,400 of the targeted 5,000 jobs to be returned from overseas customer service centers in Bangalore, India had been filled by the company.
Stephenson blamed the lack of skilled workers in the U.S. as the main obstacle to filling the 5,000 slots AT&T pledged to fill back in 2006. The article went on to say that, Stephenson said he is especially distressed that in some U.S. communities and among certain groups, the high school dropout rate is as high as 50 percent.
If I had a business that half the product we turned out was defective or you couldn't put into the marketplace, I would shut that business down," he said.
Gone are the days when AT&T and other U.S. companies had to hire locally, he said.
How can U.S. citizens compete in a global economy when our educational institutions and local communities fail so many young people entering the workforce? Anti-free-trade and anti-globalization rhetoric from trade unionists and their Democratic vassals won't solve the problem of why Johnny can't answer the phone, do math and handle a computer in the 21st Century.
Our educational institutions from the smallest grade schools to largest centers of higher learning need to become conservatories of scholarship and achievement rather than warehouses for groupthink, speech codes and political correctness. This will be only be realized when parents, clergy, (yes clergy) educators, and business people band together with a common purpose to discard the feel-good curricula of lower expectations for our youth in exchange for real learning and sciences.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Watching the Obama campaign is like watching a car wreck in slow motion. You feel a twinge of guilt as you're watching the frightful events unfold before your eyes but you just keep looking in morbid fascination to see what happens next.
To be sure Barack has navigated through some very tough hazards as he tries to navigate the rough road ahead to the Democratic Party convention in Denver this August. And this has been quite a ride. Here are some of the more memorable of twists and turns on the Obama trail:
His admitted alchohol and experimental use of drugs during his youth.
Questions about the authenticity of his professed Christian faith and whether he is a closet Muslim. The kerfuffle over the use of his full name, Barack Hussein Obama coupled with doubts about where his true allegiances lie with regard to the well being of the country he wants to lead.
His wife's clumsy statements such as, "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country." and that America is, "just downright mean."
Obama's association with former Weather Underground member and admitted Vietnam era bomber William Ayers.
Obama's past campaign support and fishy real estate deal with indicted Chicago fixer Tony Rezko.
During the Democratic candidates debate in Ohio, Barack along with Hillary slammed NAFTA while in the presence of voters and cameras until it was later revealed that a high-level Obama campaign operative privately assured Canadian officials that all the anti-NAFTA talk was just rhetoric.
His selection of top policy advisors such as former policy middle east policy advisor Samantha Powers who resigned early this month after calling Senator Clinton "a monster" during an interview with a reporter from a Scottish newspaper. Ms. Powers faux pas aside we have top foreign policy advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski and military adviser and national campaign co-chairman Merrill "Tony" McPeak who are decidedly anti-Israel in their views about the middle east coupled with misgivings about Obama's true stance on the nation's most loyal ally in the region.
The reported discovery of favorable references to Obama in letters extracted from the computers of assasinated FARC terrorist and spokesman Raul Reyes hiding in Equador along with the letter's references of meetings with people representing the candidate and implying these representatives were interested in meeting with the Columbian terrorists.
And the latest controversy revolving around the racist anti-American rants of his pastor and mentor of the past twenty years the Reverand Jeremiah Wright. Obama went before the cameras and wowed the talking heads of the mainstream media with his speech on "A More Perfect Union". Since then the media have played lap dog to Barack Obama and have clearly turned on the Clintons to smooth the road for Obama. The results of a poll released today by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News show that Obama's Pastor controversy hasn't had much effect on his contest with Senator Clinton.
Don't expect that the Clinton's are going to quietly sit by and retire to their milk and snicker-doodles while Obama is ahead in the delegate count. Can the media's charade to obscure the foibles of the their candidate while trying to shoo away the Clinton's be maintained all the way to the Democratic convention in August?
I doubt it.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Six people identifying themselves as anti-Iraq war protestors disrupted Easter services at Chicago's Holy Names Auditorium.
The group identifying themselves as Catholic Schoolgirls Against the War stood up during the beginning of the homily delivered by Roman Catholic Cardinal Francis George and began disrupting the service by shouting and spraying fake blood around the parish hall.
Those arrested after the craven disruption of the Easter service were identified by Chicago police as; Donte D. Smith, 18; Ephran Ramirez Jr., 22; Ryane Ziemba, 25; Mercedes Phinaih, 18; Regan Maher, 25; and Angela Haban, 20.
The merry band of dimwits were all charged with felony criminal damage to property and two counts of simple battery for squirting the blood around the auditorium and onto worshipers' clothes.
More information on the Easter Sunday attack on the Christian worshipers can be viewed here and from Gateway Pundit who provides mug shots of the attackers here.
I hope they take the biggest book in the legal library and throw it at these self-righteous little cretins.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
He Is Risen (Luke 24:1-35)
1 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. 2 But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. 3 Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. 5 Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, 7 saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’”8 And they remembered His words. 9 Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. 11 And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.
The Road to Emmaus
13 Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him. 17 And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?” 18 Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?” 19 And He said to them, “What things?” So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. 22 Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. 23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. 24 And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.” 25 Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
The Disciples’ Eyes Opened
28 Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. 29 But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them. 30 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. 32 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” 33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.
(Text Courtesty of Bible Gateway.com)
Friday, March 21, 2008
13 Then Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, 14 said to them, “You have brought this Man to me, as one who misleads the people. And indeed, having examined Him in your presence, I have found no fault in this Man concerning those things of which you accuse Him; 15 no, neither did Herod, for I sent you back to him; and indeed nothing deserving of death has been done by Him. 16 I will therefore chastise Him and release Him” 17 (for it was necessary for him to release one to them at the feast).
18 And they all cried out at once, saying, “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas”— 19 who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for murder.
20 Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them. 21 But they shouted, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!”
22 Then he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has He done? I have found no reason for death in Him. I will therefore chastise Him and let Him go.”
23 But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified. And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed. 24 So Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they requested. 25 And he released to them the one they requested, who for rebellion and murder had been thrown into prison; but he delivered Jesus to their will.
The King on a Cross
26 Now as they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus.
27 And a great multitude of the people followed Him, and women who also mourned and lamented Him. 28 But Jesus, turning to them, said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For indeed the days are coming in which they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, wombs that never bore, and breasts which never nursed!’ 30 Then they will begin ‘to say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!”’ 31 For if they do these things in the green wood, what will be done in the dry?”
32 There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. 33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
And they divided His garments and cast lots. 35 And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God.”
36 The soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him sour wine, 37 and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself.”
38 And an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew:
THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”
40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”
43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
Jesus Dies on the Cross
44 Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45 Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. 46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Having said this, He breathed His last.
47 So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!”
48 And the whole crowd who came together to that sight, seeing what had been done, beat their breasts and returned. 49 But all His acquaintances, and the women who followed Him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Only one day after delivering his address on race relations to reporters and selected supporters in Philadelphia on Monday Senator Obama's website no longer contains an endorsement from the New Black Panther Party.
Hat Tips to Stop the ACLU and Gateway Pundit who cached the original website layout which appears here and here.
Gateway Pundit also links to Fox News which depicts the original page and provides quotes from the NBPP platform.
The Party, demands slavery reparations, the release of all black prisoners from American jails, trials of blacks only by all-black juries, an end to all black cooperation with police departments, exemption for blacks from the all-volunteer U.S. military and a separate country for African-Americans.
“We believe that Black People should not be forced to fight in the military service to defend a racist government that holds us captive and does not protect us. We will not fight and kill other people of color in the world who, like Black People, are being victimized by the white racist government of America,”
There are some slight exceptions but these sound like the talking points of the Reverand Jeremiah Wright.
Previously: Obama to make speech on race relations today
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Senator Obama's "A More Perfect Union" speech yesterday in Philadelphia attempted to stem the tidal wave of negative publicity generated by the release of videos and audio of his Pastor's sermons, alternately damning America and slandering Whites and Jews. While the Illinois Senator's gifted oration is acknowleged without question, what remains unanswered is the effect that this speech will have on his campaign for the highest office in the land and the effectiveness it will have in distancing himself from the vile bloviations of his deranged cleric.
The full text of the Senator's speech is contained here.
It's guaranteed that Obama's flowery prose delivered in the City of Brotherly Love will be discussed, analyzed and re-analyzed by the media and its pundits over several news cycles. For me there are several things about the speech. I offer my humble impressions of the subtext to the Senator's message.
Obama starts out with a short history lesson about the founding of the country two hundred and twenty-one years ago by patriots who began our Constitution with the words, “We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.” made official their "improbable experiment in democracy." Obama tells his listeners that the Constitution, "was stained by this nation’s original sin of slavery, a question that divided the colonies and brought the convention to a stalemate until the founders chose to allow the slave trade to continue for at least twenty more years, and to leave any final resolution to future generations."
Obama's free ride for white supporters hoping to be absolved of the nation's original sin ended with that statement. Then Obama provides the listener with a way out from the burden of guilt by rightly pointing to the ultimate triumph over injustice.
Of course, the answer to the slavery question was already embedded within our Constitution – a Constitution that had at is very core the ideal of equal citizenship under the law; a Constitution that promised its people liberty, and justice, and a union that could be and should be perfected over time.
And yet words on a parchment would not be enough to deliver slaves from bondage, or provide men and women of every color and creed their full rights and obligations as citizens of the United States. What would be needed were Americans in successive generations who were willing to do their part – through protests and struggle, on the streets and in the courts, through a civil war and civil disobedience and always at great risk - to narrow that gap between the promise of our ideals and the reality of their time.
The Senator transports us back to the unfulfilled promises of equality and the days of the civil rights movement.
This was one of the tasks we set forth at the beginning of this campaign – to continue the long march of those who came before us, a march for a more just, more equal, more free, more caring and more prosperous America. I chose to run for the presidency at this moment in history because I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together – unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have different stories, but we hold common hopes; that we may not look the same and we may not have come from the same place, but we all want to move in the same direction – towards a better future for of children and our grandchildren.
Obama now tells his listeners that his candidacy has been about race and views it as an extension from the days of the civil rights movement in the fifties and sixties. Obama has here-to-fore run as the post-racial candidate but now reveals that when he looks at America he sees great racial, ethnic and economic divisions in the country and states that the country does not have enough of the freedoms that have made it great. The country needs more justice, more freedom, more caring and gosh-darnit, more prosperity.
Coming from the leading candidate of a party which has worked long and hard to capitalize on, magnify and create strata upon sub-strata within our society of different identity groups these are strange words indeed. First, remind people of their differences, then present yourself as the unifier of the masses.
The Senator goes on to flatter his listeners by stating that he has, unyielding faith in the decency and generosity of the American people. But it also comes from my own American story.
Obama then goes on to present his bona fides as a uniter based on his unique view of the world begining with his mixed heritage and moving on to his extended family, life experiences in being raised in a poor country and educational experiences that take him to the pinnacle of academic and professional achievement.
Then the Senator gets to the crux of the matter; Jeremiah Wright.
I have already condemned, in unequivocal terms, the statements of Reverend Wright that have caused such controversy. For some, nagging questions remain. Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views? Absolutely – just as I’m sure many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests, or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed.
But the remarks that have caused this recent firestorm weren’t simply controversial. They weren’t simply a religious leader’s effort to speak out against perceived injustice. Instead, they expressed a profoundly distorted view of this country – a view that sees white racism as endemic, and that elevates what is wrong with America above all that we know is right with America; a view that sees the conflicts in the Middle East as rooted primarily in the actions of stalwart allies like Israel, instead of emanating from the perverse and hateful ideologies of radical Islam.
The Senator tries to equate the hate-filled remarks made by his confidant and Pastor with spiritual disagreements you may have with your Minister, Priest, Rabbi or Imam. Nice try Senator but the detestable rhetoric spewing forth from Reverand Wright has little to do with the niceties of Liturgical interpretation.
Obama then refuses to disown Jeremian Wright and his crazy outbursts and even goes so far as to equate Wright's racist advocacy from the pulpit before thousands with the uneasiness he claims his elderly grandmother confessed to him when passing black men on the street. The Senator however omitted the context for his sainted grandmother's angst. Sweetness and Light quotes from Obama's first book, "Dreams from My Father" on page 46.
I took her into the other room and asked her what had happened.
“A man asked me for money yesterday. While I was waiting for the bus.”
Her lips pursed with irritation. “He was very aggressive, Barry. Very aggressive. I gave him a dollar and he kept asking. If the bus hadn’t come, I think he might have hit me over the head.”
I returned to the kitchen. Gramps was rinsing his cup, his back turned to me. “Listen,” I said, “why don’t you just let me give her a ride. She seems pretty upset.”
“By a panhandler?”
“Yeah, I know — but it’s probably a little scary for her, seeing some big man block her way. It’s really no big deal.”
He turned around and I saw now that he was shaking. “It is a big deal. It’s a big deal to me. She’s been bothered by men before. You know why she’s so scared this time? I’ll tell you why. Before you came in, she told me the fella was black.” He whispered the word. “That’s the real reason why she’s bothered. And I just don’t think that’s right.”
Obama omitted the part of the story where his grandmother had been bothered by aggressive panhandlers in the past while waiting for the bus. The woman obviously wasn't a racist since she loved and cared for him and his mother during the time of his mother's illness. Very convenient if you're trying to run your campaign as the "great uniter" of the masses.
Barack Obama has a disturbing habit of saying one thing before cameras and privately working against it in private or twisting events to suit the construct of political correctness and personal expediency. Barack refuses to disown his lunatic Pastor and completely disassociate himself
with his divisive church. One can only surmise that despite his public "denunciations" of "the statements in question" that the Senator implictly endorses the anti-American and racial world view of his Pastor of twenty years.
The Senator has defended Jeremiah Wright in the past and in essence his viewpoints and can be expected to continue to defend him in the future.
In what his campaign is referring to as a "a major address on race and politics" Senator Barack Obama plans to address head-on his relationship with his Pastor Jeremiah Wright and the controversy that generated by his Pastor's over-the-top rhetoric regarding America and Whites. Obama will use as his backdrop the National Constitution Center near Philadelphia's Independence Hall. It was at this site in 1787 that the nation's founders counted each slave as three-fifths of a person during the period Southern slave holding states were joined by Northern free states in order to draft the U.S. Consititution and form a Union between the former British colonies.
Mr. Obama whose mother was a white anthropologist from Kansas and whose father was a Kenyan government bureaucrat has billed himself as being a new kind of candidate in a post-racial era. After the thunderous and incendiary pronouncements made by Obama's Pastor of 20 years, the Illinois Senator from Chicago's south side has chosen to meet the roiling controversy about the Reverand Wright's outlandish sermons and his own knowledge or professed lack of knowledge of his Pastor's viewpoints head-on.
As a result of the negative publicity surrounding his church and its Pastor, Obama has seen his favorability rating among likely voters drop from 53% to 47% in only a few days according to the latest Rasmussen poll released this weekend . In one of his ear-popping sermons, the Reverand Jeremiah Wright declared, "No, no, no, not God Bless America, God damn America for treating our citizens as far less than human.". In another sermon delivered just five days after the 9/11 attacks the Reverand Wright blared that the nation's "chickens were coming home to roost" and that "we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon,".
Obama has steadily distanced himself from his one-time spiritual mentor and advisor, revoking an invitation to have him speak at the announcement for his candidacy, at some points calling his Pastor's statements "provocative" and at others likening him to a "crazy old uncle" and finally dropping him from the campaign altogether. Expect to hear Obama consign his Pastor and his ideas to the realm of 1960's activism and acknowledge that while these ideas had their place in history it it now time to move on to a brighter, more promising tomorrow. Obama has certainly moved on in his affiliation with Jeremiah Wright now that this association has become a major liability. In his own eloquent way Barack Obama will declare that Jeremiah Wright and his ideas are yesterday's news.
He may want to reconsider that ringing endorsement from the New Black Panther Party on his website.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
John McCain is one of the few men who have endured genuine torture from the enemy during time of war. March 15th marks the 35th Anniversary of McCain's release from the infamous North Vietnamese prison known as the Hanoi Hilton.
This video provides a glimpse into the personal travails of the man target for "special treatment" while he was a guest of the Communists.
Update: NewsMax goes squishy on claim that Obama was present as Wright declared the "United States of White America". NewsMax backed away from a reporter's claim that Barack Obama nodded in agreement when his Pastor launched into one of his tirades against White America. Other reports put Obama in Chicago during that day. NewsMax reporter Jim Davis says he attended services at Mr. Obama's church all that month and maintains that during one of the services he attended the Senator sat through the entire service. Later on the day in question the Senator made a speaking engagement in Miami before La Raza's annual convention in Miami Beach, Florida.
In contrast of Senator Obama's statements that he deplores "the stataments in question" that stirred a major controversy this week The Autonomist uncovers Barack Obama nodding in agreement with the inflamitory bombast of his deranged "Pastor".
Quoting from a reporter's article about his visit to Wright's racist church The Autonomist reveals, Wright laced into America's establishment, blaming the "white arrogance" ofAmerica's Caucasian majority for the woes of the world, especially theoppression suffered by blacks. To underscore the point he refers to the countryas the "United States of White America." Many in the congregation, includingObama, nodded in apparent agreement as these statements were made.
The sermon also addressed the Iraq war, a frequent area of Wright'sfulminations. "Young African-American men," Wright thundered, were "dyingfor nothing." The "illegal war," he shouted, was "based on Bush's lies" and is being "fought for oil money.
"In a sermon filled with profanity, Wright also blamed the war on "Bushadministration bulls--t." Those are the types of statements that have led toMSNBC's Tucker Carlson describing Wright as "a full-blown hater."
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Barack Obama appeared on Fox News to explain his association with his Pastor, the Reverand Jeremiah Wright. Reverand Wright teaches his congregants an eclectic mix of America-bashing coupled with damning the nation of his birth, hatred of Jews and White people followed by black nationalism mixed in with "doing good works". This delightful mix is otherwise known in "progressive" religious circles as Afro-centric "liberation theology".
And here I thought Jesus said something like; "And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” John 12:32, and "He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad." Matthew 12:30. But I guess it would take a "respected biblical scholar" like Reverand Wright to explain away those verses.
But I digress.
Here Senator Obama is interviewed by Fox News correspondent Major Garrett on Hannity and Colmes. You see the glow from the Senator diminish as he stumbles with his answers and bobs his head as he's speaking. I kind of feel bad for him. Barack Obama is very bright and well-spoken and seems like a nice guy on a personal level. It's sad that he chose to associate himself with Wright.
The airwaves have been humming for the past three days over lunatic rantings made from the pulpit by Barack Obama's Pastor and Mentor the Reverand Jeremiah Wright. Here is a sample of the Reverand Wright's greatest hits. (Against America and White people)
Warning - Strong Language (The Reverand is merely trying to be provocative)
After waiting two days before responding to a mounting wave of blistering reaction on radio, television and the blogosphere to the Reverand Wright's scurrilous rants before his Trinity United Church of Christ congregation in Chicago's south side, the Illinois Senator issued this statement.
The pastor of my church, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who recently preached his last sermon and is in the process of retiring, has touched off a firestorm over the last few days. He’s drawn attention as the result of some inflammatory and appalling remarks he made about our country, our politics, and my political opponents.
Let me say at the outset that I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy. I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies. I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it’s on the campaign stump or in the pulpit. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue.
There's no denying that Mr. Obama has an elegant legal mind. He writes, I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy.....I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue. Senator Obama deftly steers away from the specific content of his Pastor's venomous rants while leaving open the possibility that there are other issues with which he finds himself in agreement with his declared Mentor. (Brilliant!)
Citing his own writings the Senator continues, I first joined Trinity United Church of Christ nearly twenty years ago. I knew Rev. Wright as someone who served this nation with honor as a United States Marine, as a respected biblical scholar, and as someone who taught or lectured at seminaries across the country, from Union Theological Seminary to the University of Chicago.
....Rev. Wright preached the gospel of Jesus, a gospel on which I base my life. In other words, he has never been my political advisor; he’s been my pastor. And the sermons I heard him preach always related to our obligation to love God and one another, to work on behalf of the poor, and to seek justice at every turn.
In these passages Senator Obama tries to establish his Pastor's credibility by citing his bona-fides as a member of the cloth and one who has served in the military and then cites his personal belief (again) in Jesus and social causes to dispel any lingering questions as to his faith.
The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation. When these statements first came to my attention, it was at the beginning of my presidential campaign.
Obama excuses himself by claiming to have no knowledge of the deranged statements or views of his Pastor and close confidant of 20 years and parses the timeline of his association with Reverand Wright by stating that he was not in attendance when the offensive statements were being made. By making such a claim the Senator leaves himself open that someone will place him in church at a time when his Pastor was engaged in one of his bombastic diatribes.
When these statements first came to my attention, it was at the beginning of my presidential campaign. I made it clear at the time that I strongly condemned his comments. But because Rev. Wright was on the verge of retirement, and because of my strong links to the Trinity faith community, where I married my wife and where my daughters were baptized, I did not think it appropriate to leave the church.
Again Obama claims ignorance of his Pastor's rants and maintains that he "strongly condemned" Wright's comments. The Wall Street Journal recalls that, (m)eeting with Jewish leaders in Cleveland on Feb. 24, Mr. Obama described Mr. Wright as being like "an old uncle who sometimes will say things that I don't agree with." Hardly a stinging rebuke that qualifies as "strongly condemned". The Journal continues, (a)s for Mr. Wright's repeated comments blaming America for the 9/11 attacks because of what Mr. Wright calls its racist and violent policies, Mr. Obama has said it sounds as if the minister was trying to be "provocative." Please Senator, you're being far too harsh on this "respected biblical scholar"!
Senator Obama concludes, (w)ith Rev. Wright’s retirement and the ascension of my new pastor, Rev. Otis Moss, III, Michelle and I look forward to continuing a relationship with a church that has done so much good. And while Rev. Wright’s statements have pained and angered me, I believe that Americans will judge me not on the basis of what someone else said, but on the basis of who I am and what I believe in; on my values, judgment and experience to be President of the United States.
The Senator explains that Reverand Wright is being ushered off the stage and replaced by a younger more reasonable Pastor who won't embarrass him anymore. And while the Senator thinks his old Pastor's unhinged comments may have hurt and offended the majority of Americans, he hopes all the bad publicity will stop and the public will just forget the whole thing and hurry up and make him President.
Does that sum it up pretty well Senator Obama?
Oh, and about the statement that the Senator was out of town all those times Pastor Wright was engrossed in another one of his delirious bloviations? Well it seems Rich Lowry came across his musings as he sat in church while Pastor Wright was delivering his sermon titled, “The Audacity of Hope” the sermon title that inspired Barack Obama to write his second book.
Lowry came across the passage in Senator Obama's book "Dreams of My Father" as he notes, Barack Obama wrote (an achingly good) memoir. In the book, Obama makes it clear that Wright when he first got to know him was pretty much the same Wright we're getting to know now (the one that Obama is at pains to say is on the verge of retirement). Wright was striking some of the same notes, saying racially venomous things and attacking the bombing of Hiroshima.
In an excerpt from the book written 10 years before he thought of running for President Obama writes; The title of Reverend Wright’s sermon that morning was “The Audacity of Hope.” He began with a passage from the Book of Samuel—the story of Hannah, who, barren and taunted by her rivals, had wept and shaken in prayer before her God.
The sermon starts on an even keel and then decends into the familiar crazed absurdity we have become all-too-familiar-with when the Reverand rails against this fallen world, “It is this world, a world where cruise ships throw away more food in a day than most residents of Port-au-Prince see in a year, where white folks’ greed runs a world in need, apartheid in one hemisphere, apathy in another hemisphere…That’s the world! On which hope sits!”
And so it went, a meditation on a fallen world. While the boys next to me doodled on their church bulletin, Reverend Wright spoke of Sharpsville and Hiroshima, the callousness of policy makers in the White House and in the State House. As the sermon unfolded, though, the stories of strife became more prosaic, the pain more immediate. The reverend spoke of the hardship that the congregation would face tomorrow, the pain of those far from the mountaintop, worrying about paying the light bill…
The Astute Bloggers call it for what it is and say the Obama bubble has burst.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
And you thought the battle of the Dems was bad!
Check out this KOTV News story about the beat-down between ORU Mascot Eli the Eagle and IUPUI Jawz the Jaguar at the 2008 Summit League Championship.
ORU students say Eli the Mascot was acting in self-defense but the word from IUPUI fans is that Eli messed with an IUPUI cheerleader and the fight was on!
The audio signal strength is a bit weak so you may have to bring your volume up to hear the report.
Democratic Senator John Kerry of Massachussetts was confronted by Jason Mattera of Young America's Foundation in this YAF/Hot Air TV clandestine interview in the halls of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C.. During the January 31st 1971 "Winter Soldier Investigation" staged before an eager press corps, John Kerry along with Al Hubbard told bold faced lies about the actions of U.S. servicemen during the Vietnam war. Kerry along Al Hubbard who falsely claimed to be an Air Force officer wounded in the war, told horrific stories of U.S. military personnel burning villages, gang-raping women and using defenseless Vietnamese as targets before an astounded nation as the cameras rolled.
The "Veterans" who testified in "Winter Soldier" were later proven to be fakes who never served in Vietnam with most having never served in the military at all! After returning from only six weeks of duty in Vietnam, John Kerry joined the Vietnam Veterans Against the War and later along with antiwar celebrities staged this media stunt which resulted in a Congressional investigation later that year. Although the "Winter Soldier" "witnesses" who testified about these alleged atrocities were later discredited, the organizers achieved their objective before the world press in portraying American servicemen as unruly, loutish savages with no regard for human life. Between the media's own campaign against the Vietnam war and the "Winter Soldier Investigation" the American public had finally had enough of Vietnam and lost the will to fight Communist aggression in that part of the world which resulted in a great triumph for Hanoi.
John Kerry, Jane Fonda and other antiwar activists were later honored by the Communist regime in Vietnam with their photos proudly displayed in in the Vietnamese Communist War Remnants Museum (formerly known as the "War Crimes Museum") in Ho Chi Minh City (the former Saigon; capitol of South Vietnam). The photographs of Kerry, Fonda and other antiwar noteables appear in a section of the museum honoring foreigners opposed to the war against the Communists.
Now a new group of dedicated Leftists, Socialists, Communists and Anarchists is staging their own version of Winter Soldier with the formation of Winter Soldier Soldier II to be held Thursday through Sunday of this week. If you're in the D.C. area show your support for the troops and don't let the usual suspects slander and defame those who are defending our country.
Vets for Freedom, Gathering of Eagles and Move America Forward will be there to show the useless hippie leftovers that we won't be fooled again.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Former Democratic Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro stepped down from her position on Hillary Clinton's campaign finance committee late this evening according to ABC News. Ferraro's racially charged comments about Barack Obama's successes as a Democrat presidential front-runner in the race for his party's nomination this August were at the center of the most recent controversy between the rival camps.
In a written statement to Clinton Ferraro wrote: "Dear Hillary, I am stepping down from your finance committee so I can speak for myself and you can continue to speak for yourself about what's at stake in this campaign. The Obama campaign is attacking me to hurt you. I won't let that happen. Thank you for everything you've done and continue to do to make this a better world for my children and grandchildren. You have my deep admiration and respect, Gerry.”
Don't expect this will quiet the rancor between the Clinton and Obama teams for long. There's enough matter-anti-matter combustion between these two opposing forces to fuel the Star Ship Enterprise.
Don't beam me up just yet Scotty.
Obama won Wyoming on Saturday and will cruise to an easy victory in Mississippi during that state's upcoming primary. Senator Obama skillfully swats down the repeated Clinton line that he would make a good V.P. when he rightly points out, "Why should the one who's in first place settle for second place?" Obama is very likeable and charismatic but then goes on to explain how he will not pursue the policies of President Bush, i.e. won't fight our enemies or confront Iran. Despite his many personal merits, from an issues standpoint an Obama presidency would be a disaster.
An irate race-baiter in action last year. People quietly gathering signatures for a petitition to end racial preferences in Oklahoma encounter the face of the ugly racisim that fuels racial preferences and quotas. (Otherwise known as institutionalized racism.) Personally I would have called the cops on a character like this if that person tried to badger me while I was quietly going about collecting signatures for a ballot initiative. - Note to race-mongers, we have something called the 1st Amendment that prohibits the kind of intimidation that you put on display for the benefit of the cameras. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." These people were peaceably assembling to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Senator Barack Obama handily won the Mississippi Democratic primary today carrying 90% of the black vote and only 25% of the white vote. Obama was expected to take Mississippi and trounced his opponent with a decisive 61 - 37% win in the overall vote. The AP reports on the racially polarized contest between the two Senators while recalling remarks made during an interview with Torrance, California periodical the Daily Breeze, by prominent Clinton supporter Geraldine Ferraro. During the interview Mrs. Ferraro said that, "If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. (Competing as a front-runner) And if he was a woman - of any color - he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept,".
After the comments were aired, the Obama team hit back hard with calls for Ferraro to be dismissed from any active participation with the Clinton campaign. "The bottom line is this, when you wink and nod at offensive statements, you're really sending a signal to your supporters that anything goes," said Obama senior advisor David Axelrod. The strategist for the Obama campaign added that people view Mrs. Clinton as a "divisive and polarizing force."
With 2025 delegates needed to win the Democratic party Presidential nomination, Senator Obama leads Mrs. Clinton with 1,374 delegates to 1,226 according to the AP while the New York Senator leads in super delegates 247-211. Democrat party bosses fear an all out fight on the convention floor if a clear winner is not decided in time for the party's convention in Denver this August. Activists fear a deadlock going into the convention could result in a back room deal by the Clintons to persuade super delegates to move for Clinton and take the nomination away from Obama. A behind the scenes deal by the Clintons to take away super delegates from Obama would backfire badly. Barack Obama has led the popular vote among the party faithful and has won more than twice the number of states as the former first lady in Democratic primaries and caucuses. Obama has been able to attract standing-room-only crowds for his speeches while the Clinton's play to half-empty venues. A majority of the party rank and file have flocked to hear the Illinois Senator speak of a new hope in auditoriums, gymnasiums and union halls across the land. A move by the Clintons to rob Obama at the convention would split the party and irreparably damage African-American support for the Democrats not only in this election cycle but in future elections for years to come.
But if there's anything the Clintons know, it's a good fight and they give nothing up without an all-out battle. In bare knuckles contests like this, the Clintons can count on the support of feisty allies like Mrs. Ferraro who is not one to shy away from a fight or to start one if need be as Ben Smith reveals in a Ferraro flashback to 1988. Referring to then presidential candidate Jesse Jackson's radical views Mrs. Ferraro said, "If Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn't be in the race,". Like the old vaudevillian Al Jolson once said, "Hang on folks, you ain’t seen nothing yet!" I expect we'll hear more broadsides exchanged between the rival camps on the road to the big stakes primary coming up in Pennsylvannia.
Get set for a wild to Denver this summer.
Touchy, touchy. The Democrats deal with the back and forth blowback from Mrs. Ferraro's earlier comments that Senator Obama wouldn't be in the favored position he has in the primaries if he were not black. The 1984 Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee explains the context of her earlier comments and finishes with a stern warning to the Junior Senator from the Land of Lincoln, "Don't antagonize me!"
The party that prides itself in majoring in identity politics finds itself stuck in the mire of pitting one identity group against another and the results aren't pretty.
Saturday, March 08, 2008
The Simon Wiesenthal Center in L.A. will hold a Memorial and Rally for the victims killed in the terrorist attack at the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem on Thursday. The program will begin on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 Pacific Time at Young Israel of Century City. More information about the location can be found here.
In New York a Memorial Protest for the victims of the terror attack will be held at the Israeli Consulate at 11:00AM Eastern Time at 42nd Street and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan. More information about that rally can be found here.
God comfort the families and loved ones of these innocents during this time of trial and despair and usher these children into your eternal rest.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
In Jerusalem last night at 8:30PM local time 8 students, some clutching Bibles were gunned down by a Palestinian terrorist who gained entry into the Mercaz Harav seminary through the school's library. The gunman used a blue East Jerusalem identity card to gain access into the school's unsecured library and used a cardboard box to conceal an AK-47 and amunition.
Witnesses later reported that the amount of amunition the gunman carried was such that it appeared he had packed a suicide vest as well as an automatic rifle as he was opening the box. The Palestinian terrorist fired at point blank range at High School aged students as they were studying the Talmud. Eight boys aged 15-17 were killed and 10 others wounded in this brazen and cowardly attack.
People in the vicinity at first thought they heard the sound of firecrackers since the school was about the celebrate the feast of Purim. Once it became clear to others in the vicinity that the school was under attack students used tables to barricade doors to one of the study rooms to protect themselves from the gunman.
Caroline Glick who serves as the Deputy Managing Editor of The Jerusalem Post describes the chaos around the terror attack in Jerusalem and reflects on events leading up to the massacre:
I heard the ambulance sirens wailing from my window and from the sheer quantity it was clear that something terrible had just happened. I checked the internet and saw an initial report relating that one student at Mercaz Harav Yeshiva was wounded. And I knew that it was a massacre. That’s how it always starts.
The police claim that they had received no intelligence information warning of an impending attack in the capital. But there were several indications that one was about to occur. On Saturday night I was walking in a park above the Old City at dusk. Suddenly a crowd of Arab teenagers appeared and started yelling Allah Akhbar. My big, barking dog scared them away. They were not serious but they were the harbinger of what came next.
Two days later mobs of Arabs attacked Jewish motorists in the city and nearly lynched two municipal inspectors whose car they assaulted with rocks and crow bars while trying to force them out of their vehicle. The pair escaped by the skin of their teeth as they swerved out of range and managed to drive away. I hate to think what would have happened if the Fatah-incited mob had attacked their tires instead of their windshield.
So the Palestinian Arabs and their friends have decided to murder Jews studying Torah in Jerusalem. They decided to go to the heart of the religious Zionist movement and open fire knowing the sort of passions such an attack will provoke. Apparently the terrorist was a Jerusalemite. One television channel reported that he lived in Jabel Mukhaber – a neighborhood abutting Armon HaNatziv.
Eight yeshiva students murdered while studying Torah in Jerusalem. And Olmert, Livni, Condi, Bush and all their friends and supporters want to give these people Jerusalem. What do they see when they look in the mirror?
The terrorist's muderous rampage was stopped by a part-time Yeshiva student who is also a soldier in the IDF. Haaretz reports, Yitzhak Dadon said he climbed onto the roof of a nearby building, armed with a rifle, and waited for the gunman to emerge. "He came out of the library spraying automatic fire ... the terrorist came to the entrance and I shot him twice in the head," he said.
Arutz Sheva - Israel National News (Warning Graphic Content) adds, David Shapira, a yeshiva graduate and officer in the paratroopers, heard the shots from his nearby home, ran to the yeshiva and "finished [the terrorist] off."
Underling the barbarity of Hamas and its familiars Atlas Shrugs displays headlines bragging of the attack on Hama's website and articles describing the spontaneous celebrations that break out in Gaza as news spread about the killings in Jerusalem.
Pam Geller cuts to the chase; Attacking schools, killing students in cold blood. When did America begin to sanction such barbary? What happened to us. Were is our soul? What happened to The Bush Doctrine> How can Condi possibly consider talking to Hamas? It's craven.
Now it's being reported that the attacks are linked to Hezbollah.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
More attention is being focused on the fallout from this weekend's raid in Equador that killed sixteen FARC terroists along with Raul Reyes, the group's diplomatic representative.
Gateway Pundit and Free Republic pick up the story of Martha Colmenares who writes about a treasure trove of information extracted from FARC computers captured by Columbian military forces after this weekend's raid that killed the narco-rebel group's International spokesman Raúl Reyes. The raid on the rebel camp located one mile inside Equador's territory killed Reyes along with 16 of his fellow guerrillas and led to a diplomatic breakdown between the three nations with Equador and Venezuela threatening to go to war with Columbia over the incursion.
Letters stored on the computers captured from the raid reveal the rebel group's connections with Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa as well as Venezuelan president's Hugo Chavez' offerings of $300 million in support of the group. The report says that other items of interest found on the captured insurgent's computers are plans on how to make a Dirty Bomb along with Uranium purchasing records.
The most troubling item found in the FARC memos is the name of a prominant American politician. In Article 6 of his last letter Reyes writes, "The gringos will ask for an appointment with the minister.....They say that the new president of their country will be Obama and that they are interested in your compatriots."
Here is the text in Spanish;
6. Los gringos pedirán cita con el ministro para solicitarle nos comunicara su interés en conversar estos temas. Dicen que el nuevo presidente de su país será Obama y que ellos están interesados en sus compatriotas. Obama no apoyara Plan Colombia ni firma de TLC. Aquí respondimos que nos interesan las relaciones con todos los gobiernos en igualdad de condiciones y que en el caso de Estados Unidos se requiere in pronunciamiento público expresando su interés en conversar con las Farc dada su eterna guerra con nosotros.
Es todo, Abrazos, Raúl.
Here is the translation to English,
6. The gringos will ask for a meeting with the minister to solicit him to communicate with us his interest in discussing these topics. They say that the new president of their country will be Obama and that they are interested in your compatriots. Obama will not support "Plan Colombia" nor will he sign the TLC. Here we responded that we are interested in relations with all governments in equality of conditions and that in the case of the US it is required a public pronouncement expressing their interest in talking with the FARC given their eternal war against us.
(TLC here is understood to be the Columbian Free Trade agreement)A few things came to mind after reading something these accounts. The story could be a hoax planted by the Columbian government, which is what Hugo Chavez and Rafael Correa would want you to believe. This could be a story planted by a political rival in the US and floated out to the Net to cast suspicion on Senator Obama. That possibility could exist given the rancor and personal acrimony between the rival Democratic camps in this election cycle.
If the story is true, then who are these "gringos" and how are they so sure that Obama will be elected President of the United States? How do they know Obama is opposed to the Columbian Free Trade agreement and "Plan Columbia"
The AP, Investors Business Daily and even the New York Times have picked up the story and write about the discovery of Hugo Chavez's financial support of the terrorist group and FARC's plans to sell Uranium to make a dirty bomb but make no mention of meetings between the rebels and representatives of the Illinois Senator. But in this report filed by the AP a meeting is mentioned with the following details added:
In a Dec. 11 message to the secretariat, Marquez writes: "If you are in agreement, I can receive Jim and Tucker to hear the proposal of the gringos."
Writing two days before his death, Reyes tells his comrades that "the gringos," working through Ecuador's government, are interested "in talking to us on various issues."
"They say the new president of their country will be (Barack) Obama," he writes, saying Obama rejects both the Bush administration's free trade agreement with Colombia and the current military aid program.
Reyes writes that his response to the Americans was that the United States would have to publicly express these positions.
Why would representatives from a prominent Democratic presidential candidate want to meet and want to establish a dialogue with FARC? Would someone running for POTUS want to start dialogues with foreign entities in order to fashion some pre-arranged agreements prior to their entering the White House? What next? Is he having someone measure the drapes in the Oval Office too? Seems a bit fantastic to me but I wouldn't put it past Obama given his pattern of publicly advocating a position while privately working against it. It doesn't help that earlier in the week the Obama campaign was caught in a lie regarding a senior advisor's visit to the Canadian consul general in Chicago to assure them that the Senator's hard line on NAFTA was just talk.
Hillary Clinton has stopped the Obama momentum with wins in Rhode Island, Ohio and now Texas. The former first lady stopped a series of defeats to Barack Obama, the Junior Senator from Illinois with her wins in three of the four States to hold their primaries last night.
With 81% of the precincts reporting Mrs. Clinton grabs 51% of the vote to Obama's 48% in the Lone Star State.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Making good on her promise to throw everything including the kitchen sink at her Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton took Rhode Island earlier this evening. Mrs. Clinton is also the projected winner in Ohio taking 56% of the vote to 42% for rival Obama with 66% of the State's precincts reporting. Ohio voters cited their perceptions that the economy is in trouble and that the country needs a change in direction. Democratic Ohioans have some antipathy for NAFTA and free trade with foreign countries and CBS News notes that NAFTA was a important in the Ohio race. Recent revelations that a senior Obama economic advisor visited the Canadian counsel general in Chicago to assure him that Obama's anti-NAFTA statements were "just campaign rhetoric" could not have helped the Senator in the Buckeye State.
Mrs. Clinton also took the lead in Texas where she had trailed the Illinois Senator during earlier polling. The Senator from New York now leads by a margin of 50% to Obama's 48% with 56% of the precincts reporting. Several problems were reported earlier in the evening with Clinton campaign officials accusations that Obama supporters were improperly padding the caucus vote total. Contention between the two camps was evident tonight when Clinton's campaign communications director Howard Wolfson and Obama campaign lawyer Bob Bauer traded barbs and accusations during this heated exchange after Bauer called in on a Clinton campaign conference call with reporters.
This promises to be a long night.
Arizona Republican Senator John McCain handily won state primaries in Ohio, Vermont, Rhode Island and Texas over rival Mike Huckabee, winning enough delegates to put him over the required 1191 goal needed to win his party's nomination.
The four term Senator will meet tomorrow morning with President Bush who is expected to endorse McCain in his run as the GOP's 2008 presidential nominee. After decisive wins by McCain, rival Mike Huckabee conceded defeat tonight, promising to work to reunite the party to face the Democrats in the November general election.
I don't agree with him on everything but my congratulations to Senator McCain, an American hero.
Monday, March 03, 2008
ABC does a segment on Senator Barack Obama and his relationship with Chicago political fixer Tony Rezko. Rezko's ties with the Senator and a questionable real estate deal between the Rezko's and Obama keep popping up during news conferences and interviews with the candidate. The near-perfect timing of negative publicity surrounding Rezko's trial while Obama wages a battle to win the hotly contested Texas and Ohio primaries makes you wonder who would benefit from the release of such embarassing information at a time like this. Hmmmm, who would likely benefit from the exposure of Obama's past association with a discredited fund raiser? -- I wonder.
Saturday, March 01, 2008
Allegations of political double-speak from the two top Democrat presidential candidates remain after CTV reaffirmed its sources' claim that high-level representatives from the Obama and Clinton camps reassured Canadian officials in private that belecose threats by the candidates before voters to renegotiate NAFTA was just talk. Here are excerpts from Canadian Television's online report:
On Wednesday, CTV reported that a senior member of Obama's campaign called the Canadian government within the last month -- saying that when Senator Obama talks about opting out of the free trade deal, the Canadian government shouldn't worry. The operative said it was just campaign rhetoric not to be taken seriously.
...the Obama camp did not respond to repeated questions from CTV on reports that a conversation on this matter was held between Obama's senior economic adviser -- Austan Goolsbee -- and the Canadian Consulate General in Chicago.
...the Obama campaign insisted that no conversations have taken place with any of its senior ranks and representatives of the Canadian government on the NAFTA issue. On Thursday night, CTV spoke with Goolsbee, but he refused to say whether he had such a conversation with the Canadian government office in Chicago. He also said he has been told to direct any questions to the campaign headquarters.
The CTV exclusive also reported that sources said the Clinton campaign has made indirect contact with the Canadian government, trying to reassure Ottawa of their support despite Clinton's words. The Clinton camp denied the claim.
...On Thursday, the Canadian embassy in Washington issued a complete denial.
"At no time has any member of a presidential campaign called the Canadian ambassador or any official at the embassy to discuss NAFTA," it said in a statement.
But on Wednesday, one of the primary sources of the story, a high-ranking member of the Canadian embassy, gave CTV more details of the call. He even provided a timeline. He has since suggested it was perhaps a miscommunication.
The denial from the embassy was followed by a denial from Senator Obama.
"The Canadian government put out a statement saying that this was just not true, so I don't know who the sources were," said Obama.
Sources at the highest levels of the Canadian government -- who first told CTV that a call was made from the Obama camp -- have reconfirmed their position.
This makes great theater. -- Where's my popcorn and soda?
More of Obama's double-dealing nature is revealed in this CTV report where a senior member of Obama's campain staff reportedly told Canadian officials the Illinois Senator would speak out against NAFTA but "don't worry, it's campaign rhetoric, it's not serious". Nice. Way to work for the little guy Senator Obama! The only thing not serious in 2008 are your qualifications as a candidate! This latest of the Obama flaps goes to the question of this candidate's truthfulness. Obama reportedly says one thing to a foreign government and another to the voters of Ohio and the nation.
Relying on its unimpeachable star source Dana Jill Simpson, CBS ran a story on 60 Minutes parroted by Dan Abrams of MSNBC that Karl Rove asked Simpson, a portly fast-talking attorney from Rainsville, Alabama to do opposition research for the state GOP. Simpson claims that she is a life-long Republican who after having wrestled with her conscience just had to tell all about events she knew of in 2001 and 2002.
The 60 Minutes story is framed in the context that onetime Alabama Democratic Governor Don Siegelman was the victim of a set-up by the state Republican party and that this secret operation cluminated with Siegleman's conviction on charges of bribery and mail fraud and was subsequently sentenced to prison where he is now serving his sentence. Simpson says the dark hand of Karl Rove was behind the conspiracy to get the former Democratic Governor.
Dana Simpson says that Karl Rove asked her to follow Siegelman around with a camera and try to get compromising photos of the governor in bed with one of his female assistants. This request did not surprise Simpson because she claims that she had been asked by Rove to work on other secret missions for the GOP.
At this point the story doesn't even pass the "you-gotta-be-putting-me-on" test. In 2001-2002, Karl Rove living in D.C. and serving as President Bush's cheif political advisor decides to frame a Democratic Governor in Alabama and use a small time lawyer from the northeast part of the state, no where near the state capital of Montgomery to accomplish this task! Now just imagine a corpulant redhead with a mountainous coiffure, Kodak at the ready, furtively creeping about the potted plants and table runners of hotel lobbies and tenement hallways trying to get that embarrassing snapshot of governor Siegelman with one of his assitants! Picture Hyacinth Bucket of "Keeping up Appearances" in the role of partisan super slueth in this yarn and you'll get the idea.
Without doubt this is the most blantantly stupid and dishonest hit piece that CBS and 60 Minutes have ever produced in their whole sordid history of faux-journalism. When asked on Fox News about the story, Karl Rove categorically denied having ever worked with Dana Jill Simpson and called her story a flat-out lie. Rove says that CBS staffers called him five months ago to say they were looking at the story and decided to run with it without ever asking him for comment before airing it last Sunday night. During the Fox interview Rove summed up his opinion of CBS by referring to it as "the National Enquirer of network news".
Powerline points out in Dissecting the 60 Minutes Scandal that during the summer of 2007, Dana Jill Simpson came to attention of the media and D.C. House Democrats after she signed a lenghty affidavit claiming to have spoken with now Alabama Republican Governor Bob Riley's son in November of 2002. The two most obvious questions that come to mind is what is so compelling about a phone conversation that purportedly occured five years ago with a soon-to-be-governor-elect's son that it merits the attention of House Democrats serving on the House Judiciary Committee and national media attention and why wait five years to go public with the story? The answer Ms. Simpson says is that "Karl" was mentioned during the course of the phone conversation and "Karl" was understood to be Karl Rove. OOOOOooooooohhhh!
But the affidavit Simpson submitted makes no mention of her ever meeting or speaking with or having ever been asked by Rove to spy for him! Simpson seems to have a flair for storytelling and a vivid imagination because in her sworn testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on September 14th 2007 she said that it was Rob Riley, the son of Republican Governor Bob Riley who asked her to take photographs, not of Siegelman but of campaign events. (Yeah, that's the ticket...it was campaign events.)
Eddie Curran, a reporter with the Mobile Press Register did the stories that prompted an investigation of former Gov. Don Siegelman and his administration. He posts his Letter to 60 Minutes online. Here are some excerpts of the letter he writes to the producers and management of the TV "news" show.
Regarding Simpson's outlandish stories he writes:
I assume you are aware of her constantly expanding and evolving stories. That you even put her on television after reviewing these ever-evolving tales is incredible. Furthermore, you absolutely had to know of her association with the Siegelman and Scrushy legal teams that began, at the latest, in February of last year. Among other things, she has testified to doing what would appear to be an illegal credit check report on the judge who presided over the case.
We reporters in Alabama, no doubt because we’re dumb rednecks or being paid off by Republicans, have from the beginning seen Simpson for what she is: a very lonely person with a very – and this is your word – vivid imagination.
It would appear – or at least, CBS made it appear – that this particular Rove claim (there have already been several by her relating to her allegations that Rove was involved in the Siegelman administration)”) was new. This was suggested by Scott Pelley’s surprise, which I trust was not feigned.
As anyone who has ever worked in a newsroom knows, it is almost a daily occurrence for someone to come by or call and spin the most amazing stories. A few, a very few, are true. A decent reporter can usually tell the difference in about a minute. The crazy ones are treated politely and ushered out the door as soon as possible. Considering her past stories -- none corroborated by a single human being -- 60 Minutes should never have interviewed her in the first place. However, after that mistake, once she started on the Rove tale, Pelley, the producers, the janitor, someone, should have pulled the switch. This leads me to ask the following questions of the journalists at CBS:
After Simpson delivered these explosive and entirely uncorroborated accusations (again, all of her stories are uncorroborated) did 60 Minutes ask Simpson where she followed Siegelman, as in what cities and on what dates?
Having done so, did 60 Minutes conduct a simple Nexis search of stories during that period? After all, Siegelman’s trips and actions were covered almost daily by the press, especially the AP.
And also asked her:
Who funded this top-secret mission? She does not live anywhere near Montgomery and one assumes that while carrying out this top-secret assignment she incurred hotel, travel, and meal bills. Did you ask her if she had any records of these bills? Is there anyone alive who can corroborate this?
Did you ask her: How was a big redhead like you able to follow Alabama’s governor for months without being seen by the governor or his security? Did you follow him by car? Hide in the bushes? Hover above in a helicopter? You claim that this was not the first "intelligence" assignment given you by Rove. What were the others?
You said you met him working on past campaigns. Which campaigns and can you provide us with a single person who also worked on these campaigns who can confirm that you worked on them and that, furthermore, you met Rove while doing so?
Pelley, with a wink and a nod, noted that Rove worked in some Alabama campaigns. This is widely known. They were judicial races in the mid-1990s. I was in Alabama at the same time and, remarkably, never ran into Rove. I doubt Simpson did either though. However, if we are to trust your broadcast, you made no effort to check this out. You simply tossed it out that Rove had been in Alabama, as if our state is the size of Mayberry.
I’m not sure what would be worse, for CBS not to have asked such questions or to have asked them but not shown or reported that it did so to the audience, and given her responses and the results of your verification.
Gateway Pundit who has been digging further into this ridiculous story reveals; "60 Minutes" based an entire segment attacking Karl Rove on a sole source bitter over a lost Alabama tire dump contract!
This may explain why Dana Jill Simpson went to the media in the first place.She was angry with the state for not awarding her client a tire dump contract.
Gateway Pundit cites this article that appeared in the June 24th 2007 issue of the Times Daily.
Rob Riley, the central character in much of Ms. Simpsons narratives said at the time that,
he believes Simpson's motive for coming forward with the allegations now is the result of a debris removal company she represents losing a contract to remove tires from the Attalla tire dump. As a lawyer, she had represented the losing bidder for the tire contract, former Alabama Attorney General staffer Mark Bollinger of Albertville.
Last summer, Simpson warned Gov. Riley about the contract he was about to award, which reportedly kept Riley from attending a news conference to announce the largest tire cleanup in Alabama history. Simpson, in a series of interviews, said she first developed her theory when she believed "Karl'' and Gov. Riley may have a plan to get Siegelman, who again ran for governor in 2006.
As Sheriff Andy of Mayberry admonished one ne'er do well some years ago, "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive."