Barack Obama’s close family friends, terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, and top campaign bundler Jodie Evans from Code Pink are top activists with the Gaza flotilla group that attacked the IDF today.
Barack Obama’s close family friends, terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, and top campaign bundler Jodie Evans from Code Pink are top activists with the Gaza flotilla group that attacked the IDF today.
When Fate has turned against a man, even the gods cannot save him – though they may love him. ~ SW
By: Byron York, Chief Political Correspondent * 05/31/10 2:10 PM EDT
In the last few days, there’s been a minor controversy about whether President Obama should have attended Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Doing so has become a recent tradition for presidents. Bill Clinton appeared at Arlington every Memorial Day of his presidency. George W. Bush did so on seven Memorial Days, and on the one holiday he was not at Arlington, he appeared at the American Cemetery in Normandy, France. Earlier presidents did not always attend.
President Obama wanted to head home to Chicago for the Memorial Day holidays for cookouts and gatherings with friends. He still planned to observe Memorial Day, but instead of Arlington, he would appear at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, about 50 miles outside Chicago.
And so he did, but his appearance was accompanied by the rise of a thunderstorm so sudden and so severe that is stopped the proceedings almost immediately. Here are the president’s remarks upon taking the podium, umbrella in hand:
Good afternoon, everybody. Now everybody, excuse me, everybody, listen up. We are a little bit concerned about lightning. This may not be safe. So I know that all of you are here to commemorate the fallen. That’s why we’re here. What we’d like to do is if possible have people move back to their cars, and if this passes in the next 15 to 20 minutes, I will stick around, and we’ll come up and start up the ceremony again. But we don’t want to endanger anybody, particularly the children in the audience. So I’d ask everybody to very calmly move back to your cars. I’m going to move back to mine. We will wait to make sure that the thunder has passed. A little bit of rain doesn’t hurt anybody, but we don’t want anybody struck by lightning.
Obama’s speech was ultimately canceled, and according to a pool report, he met personally with service families on several buses. While the rain was certainly a disappointment for the thousands of people who had gathered to see the president, it should be said that skies were sunny at Arlington, where Vice President Joe Biden took part in ceremonies.
My all time favorite soldier video by Lizzie Palmer. No contest. LOVE our troops!
Hat tip to Ramparts posse – Mob Father Alan, Poor Richard and to Gateway Pundit.
Lizzie’s new one is here: http://www.opgratitude.com/
Lee Marvin at Arlington, hat tip Anita.
Never has a Texan stood so tall as Audie Murphy…Congressional Medal of Honor winner and America’s most decorated WWII Army hero….thank you for your service for God & Country! – Alan, Texas Mobfather
Top of Ira’s headstone, I placed a stone for each of us, along with a Yellow Rose,
Intermediate Conservative Studies
Required Courses – Socialism 101 / 201 = 2 hours credit
Study Program: So, What’s wrong with Liberalism?
An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before but had once failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.
The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism. All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.
After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.
As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little. The second test average was a D! No one was happy.
When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F. The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.
All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.
Could not be any simpler than that.
What a profound short little paragraph that says it all:
“You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom.
What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.
You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.” Source.
By Monty Pelerin
The end of democratic socialism is at hand. The welfare states of the U.S. and Europe are financially out of control, spent and unsustainable. They have reached the point that Margaret Thatcher defined as the end of socialism: They have run out of other people’s money. These areas of the world are about to change dramatically.
Victor Davis Hanson has a piece in National Review Online focused on Europe. His comments, while directed at Europe, are also applicable to the United States. Hanson states:
Five years ago, the European Union’s account of itself resonated with end-of history triumphalism. In organic fashion, democratic socialism would spread eastward and southward, recivilizing the old Warsaw Pact and the Balkans through cradle-to-grave entitlements, state unionism, radical environmentalism, and utopian pacifism.
How quickly the dreams of just a short time ago have been shattered. Now the once-smug EU struggles desperately to survive. The financial problems of Greece and several other countries threaten its very existence. Incredibly, in spite of this experience, the U.S. marches in double-time toward the goal that Europe is now being forced to abandon.
The myth of Socialism should have been abandoned long ago. In the 1920s, Ludwig von Mises demonstrated that Socialism and its close relative, Interventionism, were not capable of long-term management of an economy. The Soviet Union and a host of other highly socialized economies provided subsequent empirical support for Mises’ theoretical argument.
By Los Angeles Times | Published: 05/29/10 at 9:37 AM |
In this Tuesday, May 18, 2010, photo, Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer flashes the “number one” sign as she joins proponents of Proposition 100, which would increase the sales tax in Arizona, gather on election night in Phoenix. Brewer has been under a sometimes harsh spotlight, drawing both fire and praise for signing Arizona’s new law targeting illegal immigration and championing a successful push for voter approval a temporary sales tax increase to help ease the state’s budget troubles. That may not be a bad mix for the unelected governor facing a contested Aug. 24 primary in her bid to win a term of her own .(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
A sudden new twist in the ongoing rhetorical and legal struggle over Arizona’s tough new law to round up illegal immigrants.
Late Friday night as the Memorial Day weekend began, Arizona’s Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, in effect, suspended the state’s Democratic attorney general from defending the new law in upcoming legal challenges. The measure, known as S.B. 1070, is due to take effect this summer and, among other things, allows local police under federal guidelines to check the immigration status of people they stop. (For a full list of background stories, see Related Items below.)
The governor’s abrupt action against Terry Goddard, her likely Democratic opponent in this fall’s gubernatorial election, came after months of disputes between the two and at the end of a long day of legal maneuvering in both Arizona and the nation’s capital.
As the state’s chief lawyer, Goddard would be expected to take the lead in defending Arizona against challenges to the Legislature’s action, which erupted after years of state frustration with the federal government’s inability to secure the state border with Mexico against illegal immigrants, drugs and criminals.
However, Goddard has vocally opposed the measure, so much so that the Legislature gave the governor advance authority to hire outside legal counsel.
The local news quite often has the best reporting. This piece from Nevada is no exception. Detractors of Harry Reid, enjoy! Hat tip Tank. ~ SW
There are 10 happy days left for Harry Reid.
GLENN COOK: May. 30, 2010 * Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
Ten days to savor the panic of Nevada’s too-close-to-call Republican Senate primary. Ten days for his henchmen to attack the field’s leaders, snicker about their flaws and hide on the sidelines. Ten days for his cheerleaders to dress as chickens and his staff to think that he can win back large numbers of independent voters.
On June 9, once the GOP primary is settled, Reid will be flushed into the open and subjected to a five-month, scorched-earth campaign the likes of which he’s never seen.
There are so many easy ways to savage the Senate majority leader, the Republican nominee — likely to be Sue Lowden or Sharron Angle — and anti-Reid PACs could produce a new campaign ad a day through Nov. 2 and still have a mountain of ammunition remaining. Reid’s a big fish in a small barrel, and Republicans can’t wait to start shooting.
He’s enjoying a nice bump in the polls from his jabs at Lowden and Lowden’s attacks on Angle. But that’s going to go away once he’s in the line of fire, too.
by Daniel Greenfield * Posted: 29 May 2010 08:03 PM PDT
Last week, just in time for Everybody Draw Mohammed Day, Apple decided to ban iSlam Muhammad, an app that featured some rather revealing passages in the Koran. Meanwhile Apple chose to leave in place BibleThumper, an app that attacked the bible. Of course those very same Koranic quotes can be found in the numerous Koran apps created by Muslims. But the double standard doesn’t stop there. Before that Apple had decided to ban a campaign App by California congressional candidate Ari David, which criticized his opponent, Congressman Henry Waxman, for being “defamatory”. But naturally you can find Robert Gibbs’ latest “defamatory” statements on the White House App.
This shouldn’t be particularly surprising as Apple does have Al Gore as one of its board members. Apple CEO Steve Jobs is a Democratic donor who has contributed to Rahm Emanuel and Nancy Pelosi. Apple fields one of the largest lobbying efforts among computer companies, spending 1.5 million over the last few years. Not only is Apple not politically neutral, it’s decidedly left of central. And it controls one of the largest mobile platforms. Its ability to censor a political App from Ari David, but not from Barack Obama is a thing that has decided implications for the future of an open marketplace of ideas.
Hit full screen, Crank it up, and Sing it out, America! God Bless Our Troops and Have a Safe, Happy Memorial Day to everyone.
- Poor Richard
Gene Simmons From KISS-A Patriotic Salute to the Military….yeah, THAT Gene Simmons!
Amazing Grace – Leann Rimes
by Bill Weckesser * May 30, 2010 – 09:43:34 AM CDT
Democrats and President Obama remain firmly committed to behind-closed-doors deal-making and uncontrolled spending as usual. The Hill reports that they’ve now launched an effort to scrap a GOP initiated web site to host discussions for a “new agenda rooted in principles of smaller, more accountable and less costly government.” A number of republican congressmen are hosting meetings over the Memorial Day Weekend to show the site to constituents and Republican deputy whip Kevin McCarthy talked about it in the Republican’s weekly address.
Democrats are aghast that taxpayer money is funding it. They’ve launched an effort to use the GOP’s great new tool, YouCut, to scuttle the funding.
Democrats describe “America Speaking Out” as a “partisan initiative,” and say that Republicans “have refused to disclose the total cost” of the project to taxpayers.
But McCarthy and other House Republicans are pushing the program as a way for Americans to “once again have a role in driving America�’s agenda.”
YouCut , meanwhile, is a dynamite tool to educate voters on reasonable ways to cut government spending. Led by Virginia Representative Eric Cantor, the site features weekly budget cutting initiatives and lets visitors select their favorite one. Cantor and company then take the winner to the House floor for a vote. Last week Congresswoman Barbara Bachman’s suggestion for a federal pay freeze had Missouri Democrat Ike Skelton squirming like Boss Tweed.
These are efforts that demand the support of every conservative and Tea Partier. It’s becoming increasingly telling which lawmakers are truly behind common sense reform…and those supporting obfuscation and fiscal malfeasance.
E. Lansing, MI
Why the tea parties still have much work to do after the November election.
Eliminating RINOs and reforming the GOP is next. – Poor Richard.
On Memorial Day we wanted to let you know about HeroBracelets to honor those who serve in our military. From their creator:
Our goal with these bracelets is twofold.
First, to honor those serving, wounded in combat or killed in action. Wearing a HeroBracelet is a profoundly simple way to show your respect to these brave men and women.
Second, we want to support the work the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund has done to build The Center For The Intrepid in San Antonio. It is, without a doubt, the finest facility ever built for the rehabilitation of those wounded in combat. It was built with over $60 million raised entirely by donations from individuals and projects like HeroBracelets. Since HeroBracelets.org was launched in December of 2004, we’ve made tens of thousands of bracelets honoring soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen, from WWII to the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. And we’ve heard from thousands of HeroBracelet wearers, from the camps in Iraq to towns and cities all around the world. We have been honored and humbled to talk with so many of you and we welcome your comments and photographs.
A FAST START FOR HEROBRACELETS
HeroBracelets started with an idea and a batch of 500 simple bracelets. Within two weeks of opening the Web site, we were inundated with reporters. ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and FOX NEWS all did features. Major newspapers from around the country wrote stories and interviewed HeroBracelets wearers. We were unable to keep up with the orders and would never have made it without the help of friends, neighbors and volunteers. Twice, mothers of fallen soldiers met with the President and gave him HeroBracelets bearing their son’s names. Unit Commanders both in the US and Iraq have ordered scores of HeroBracelets for their troops. Even though a HeroBracelet is not officially part of military dress code, we have heard from thousands of military personnel that wear them daily with their officers blessings. More info and how to order at HeroBracelets.org
1st Annual Operation Honor Our Heroes
5K/10K Run & Family Mile Cedar Park, Texas
June 12, 2010 One Mile One Hero One Country Raising Funds and Awareness One Mile at a Time
We want to say THANK YOU … Continue Reading…
Everything animate or inanimate that is within the universe is controlled and owned by the Lord. One should therefore accept only those things necessary for himself, which are set aside as his quota, and one should not accept other things, knowing well to whom they belong. ~ Sri Isopanishad, verse 1
In America, life (without harassment), liberty (disposable income) and the pursuit of happiness (private property) are seen as God-given, inalienable rights.The individual is free to keep the fruit of his labor and distribute it as he sees fit because “In God We Trust”.
On the other hand, socialism is specifically dedicated to the abolition of private property. It is an atheistic doctrine bent on control of the minds and bodies of collective humanity, and the confiscation of their income by those who have seized power. Throughout the history of mankind it has repeatedly failed.
Check out this article that connects the symbolism of boundaries and their defense as the ongoing fight between good and evil. Hat tip Poor Richard.
Posted by Socrates *Saturday, May 22nd at 2:38PM EDT
This is a story about a fence. Well, not just one fence, but millions of them. What you believe about them and how they make you feel says about your politics all I need to know.
Picture if you will an idle street in any American city, suburb, or small town. Kids play about. A car passes a bit too fast, draws the glances of adults tending their yards, and slows down. A church bell tolls on Sunday morning.
Surrounding many of the houses on this quiet little street are short fences, serving to keep small children and smaller dogs from wandering off — white picket fences, some not even fully enclosing the property they protect.
But they mark the line between one home and the next, between public and private. In a functioning civil society, they stand as an impenetrable wall defending the estate held within, and inside of which the authority of the State does not extend. Without a functioning civil society, they are of no use whatever. If people will not govern themselves and honor the delineation of property bounds, no fence is strong enough.
VIDEO 1: Preserving the Tools We Need to Protect America – May 4, 2010
VIDEO 2: Heritage’s Entry to the EPA Video Contest – May 13, 2010
“How to Kill Jobs and Hurt The Economy”
VIDEO 3: In the Green Room: Judge Andrew Napolitano on Tea Parties
and Why Obamacare is Unconstitutional – April 2010
Arlington National Cemetery was created in 1864 on land taken from Robert E. Lee. This song was written by Andy Revkin (of Uncle Wade) to honor its storied past and those who rest there, and to ponder its future.
This Memorial Day weekend, please pause for a moment and remember our fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and everyone who gave the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedoms. From the American Revolution to the ongoing global war on terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond, freedom has never been free.
(Source: Sultan Knish)
Flopping Aces sez: Obama took a “three hour tour” of the oil spill in the Gulf today as a break in his Memorial Day vacation in Chicago. The trip reminds some of another “three hour tour” which seems to have about the seriousness of Obama’s diversion on Air Force One.
Bammy’s schedule and itinerary - if anyone cares.
FLASHBACK – Gilligan’s Island
by Daniel Greenfield * Posted: 26 May 2010 08:16 PM PDT
One of the more stunning bits of insanity to come out of 2008 is that during an economic crisis caused by “Buy Now, Pay Later” fiscal planning, a candidate whose entire economic philosophy was built on “Buy Now, Pay Later” was voted in. The difference is that Obama’s “Buy Now, Pay Later” plans weren’t there for capitalism, but to fund socialism. And now with the national debt tripled, and his approval rating lower than a skunk’s at an aromatherapy session, he’s pushing out ObamaCare’s “benefits” ahead of schedule. Still Buy Now, Pay Later.
Buy Now, Pay Later had already done a stunning job of undermining the basic financial competence of large numbers of Americans over the years. What had been a country where people understood the value of saving money, became a country of consumers who were talked into running up credit card debts and taking out loans they couldn’t afford. But this was a mirror image of what they saw happening in government at every level, with their leaders spending money non-stop, without any serious thought of when the bill would come due. Companies not only seduced customers into abandoning common sense, but they threw their own financial accountability overboard. Debt became Detroit’s real commodity, not steel or muscle cars. Debt became Wall Street’s best investment. And as the national debt grew, debt also became America’s biggest export to China.
STEYN: Beleaguered taxpayers may finally put a stop to the sheer waste of government spending
by Mark Steyn on Thursday, May 27, 2010 6:58am
Back in 2008, when I was fulminating against multiculturalism on a more or less weekly basis, a reader wrote to advise me to lighten up, on the grounds that “we’re rich enough to afford to be stupid.”
Two years later, we’re a lot less rich. In fact, many Western nations are, in any objective sense, insolvent. Hence last week’s column, on the EU’s decision to toss a trillion dollars into the great sucking maw of Greece’s public-sector kleptocracy. It no longer matters whether you’re intellectually in favour of European-style social democracy: simply as a practical matter, it’s unaffordable.
How did the Western world reach this point? Well, as my correspondent put it, we assumed that we were rich enough that we could afford to be stupid. In any advanced society, there will be a certain number of dysfunctional citizens either unable or unwilling to do what is necessary to support themselves and their dependents. What to do about such people? Ignore the problem? Attempt to fix it? The former nags at the liberal guilt complex, while the latter is way too much like hard work: the modern progressive has no urge to emulate those Victorian social reformers who tramped the streets of English provincial cities looking for fallen women to rescue. All he wants to do is ensure that the fallen women don’t fall anywhere near him.
So the easiest “solution” to the problem is to throw public money at it.