Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Obama and other subjects that drag down the Democrats

Obama’s record on Civil Liberties

So you were expecting a Chicago machine politician to show an enthusiasm for civil liberties?
This keeps happening. Ah, but remember when you now-disappointed Obama supporters were lecturing us about the fierce moral urgency of change? With such overbearing self-righteousness? Even as you resolutely failed to look at what was going on, or to inquire into what Obama was actually like?

Obama campaigned on the promise to end torture and shut down the gulag, but
the infamous prison camp at Guantanamo remains, trials for accused terrorists
have yet to be conducted and the "extraordinary renditions" reportedly continue.
(We don't know for sure because they're done in secret.) Equally troubling, the
White House reportedly has authorized U.S. intelligence agencies to kill Anwar
Awlaki, an Islamic clergyman turned jihadist who was born and raised in the U.S.
and is now hiding in Yemen. The
summary execution of a U.S. citizen is something not even Bush and Cheney authorized.

It’s the other guys fault

Another example of Barry (not my fault) Obama attacking the rule of law.

'As a consequence of us getting 30 million additional people health
care, at the margins that's going to increase our costs—we knew that," President
Obama said at his press conference Friday in response to a question about rising
health spending.

That wasn't how he sold the plan, but, anyway, that's a truism.
Here's another: The White House was always going to blame insurance companies
for any cost increases, even when its own policies cause them.

Witness Kathleen Sebelius's Thursday letter to America's Health
Insurance Plans, the industry trade group—a thuggish message even by her
standards. The Health and Human Services secretary wrote that some insurers have been attributing part of their 2011 premium increases to ObamaCare and warned that "there will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and
unjustified rate increases."

As Ohio goes…

Things not looking good for the Democrats

But some in the invited audience, handpicked by Democratic state
officials, were unconvinced. Jackie Capasso, 50, works in the accounting
department of a manufacturing facility outside Cleveland that remains open but
has downsized significantly and went through a closure scare. Capasso said she
has never voted for a Republican for president and normally votes for Democratic
candidates. But not this year.

Capasso said she is expecting to vote for former Republican congressman John Kasich for governor over Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland.
"We've lost way too many jobs, and whether it's right or wrong he's going to
take the fall for it," Capasso said of Strickland.

I have written extensively in many outlets including Pajamas Media
about the outright lawlessness emanating from the Civil Rights Division under
Eric Holder’s leadership at the Justice Department. Whether it involves
rewriting military voter protections, refusing to sue defendants because of
their race, or ignoring the Motor Voter requirements, the rule of law is
endangered by this DOJ. The latest example may be the Division’s defense of a
lawsuit filed by Shelby County, Alabama, challenging the constitutionality of
Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA).


Night night, sleep tight, “Don’t let the bed bugs bite.”

I focus the discussion on the bigger issue of malaria, but bed bugs were obliterated by DDT early last Century.

CHURCHVILLE, VA—3 Billion and Counting is a new documentary film on the
awful human cost of banning DDT. The film’s producer, medical doctor Rutledge
Taylor, circled the tropical world, finding that malaria has claimed some three
billion human lives throughout history—and the toll of needless deaths is
continuing to mount by perhaps 1.5 million per year.Moreover, it permanently
debilitates millions more. Taylor says malaria treatment is a “tangle of red
tape, misguided prevention policies and treatment that is ineffective in the
face of continual re-infection.” Above all, he found “willful deafness to the
pleas of local populations to help them eradicate the mosquitoes that deliver
the deadly cargo.” (Dennis Avery, CFP)

What did Obama actually inherit from Bush?

This is a good article. I recommend it because I absolutely agree with it from the question of who is responsible for deficits or surpluses to the root cause of the financial crisis.

President Barack Obama boldly proclaims, “The buck stops here!” But,
whenever his policies are criticized, he acts as if the buck stopped with George
W. Bush.

The party line that we are likely to be hearing from now until the
November elections is that Obama “inherited” the big federal budget deficits and
that he has to “clean up the mess” left in the economy by the Republicans. This
may convince those who want to be convinced, but it will not stand up under

No President of the United States can create either a budget
deficit or a budget surplus. All spending bills originate in the House of
Representatives and all taxes are voted into law by Congress.


British teen, Luke Angel, banned from United States for life for offensive e-mail to President Obama

Drunk-dialing can get you in trouble with your girlfriend.

Drunk e-mailing the President of the United States, however, can
get you banned from the country - permanently.

That's what apparently happened to Luke Angel, a British teen who
sent a curse-laden message to the White House directed at President

"The individual had sent an email to the White House which was full
of abusive and threatening language," a police spokesperson told the British
newspaper, Bedfordshire.
On Sunday, Officers visited Angel at his home in Silsoe, a town in Bedfordshire, England, during which time the teen admitted to sending the
e-mail, although he couldn't remember what he wrote.

"I don't remember exactly what I wrote as I was drunk," he told The Sun. "But I think I called Barack Obama a pr---. It was silly - the sort of thing you do when you're a teenager and have had a few."


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