Posted by: smithy | June 30, 2009

My News Summary, 6/30/2009

My News Summary, 6/30/2009

For the past few months I’ve been collecting and sending to a friend of mine links to articles dealing mostly with Obama’s domestic and foreign policies. Rather than send my friend a dozen emails daily, I’ve decided to collect these links on my website and send him that. Most of what you will find here are links to articles that I find interesting or important with maybe a few words of commentary that I’ll add. The sites I visit most often are Atlas Shrugs, Hot Air, Instapundit, Ace of Spades HQ, JOSHUAPUNDIT, and Wolf Howling. Although I don’t necessarily agree with everything on these sites, I’ve overall found the analysis there to be good and worth reading, which is why I reference their articles. You can consider what I’m doing as either a personal news summary or my sharing with you my part of a conversation.

Foreign News/Policy

An interesting and informative article on the politics of Iran: Whatever happens in Tehran, there’s no going back to the Ayatollah Khomeini’s Islamic Republic. The author doesn’t discuss economics, but the Iranian economy is suffering from both high inflation (above 14%) and high unemployment (17%), and economic conditions might be getting worse. Unlike totalitarian China, the Iranian government hasn’t given its people a better lifestyle. This is driving both the protesters and the regime to take a much harder stand than they would otherwise, i.e., desperate times create desperate people. I also agree with the author that there’s no going back for the regime or the people. The Iranian government will increasingly be a dictatorship hated by its people until it’s overthrown.

More articles on Iran: Iran’s Intelligence Minister Announces Some Protesters “Will Not Be Released”, Ahmadinejad kinda sorta vows revenge on western states that supported protesters, Leading Dem Blog Huffington Post Equates Iranian Thugs Who Killed Neda to Jews, and Pigs Fly… Aljazeera Slams Obama for His Failing Iranian Strategy.

Obama now “meddling” in Honduras: What was on the referendum ballots printed in Venezuela, White House Doubles Down On Honduras, Horror! US Co-Sponsors Pro-Zelaya UN Resolution With Marxists From Venezuela & Bolivia, Gingrich: Obama Siding With Castro & Chavez On Honduras, and Thousands March In Honduras Against Chavez-Backed “President” Zelaya: Democracy Lives!.

Great News: Bye Bye Babylon: Exiting Iraq’s Cities Victorious (Via Instapundit).

Bad news: Turks increasingly turn to Islamic extremism. The trend in Turkey for the last few rears is less secularism and more Islamic expression, which includes extremism. Admitting Turkey into the European Union, which is currently the goal of Turkey, would make security harder for the West. It looks like Season 4 of the TV show 24 had it right.

Leftists, Feminists, and Europeans can’t wait: The Death of Macho.

Domestic News/Policy

Obama and the Democrats’ Deathcare: Two videos against ObamaCare, Blahous: Barack Cassidy and the Health-Reform-Myth Kids, Michelle and Barack Obama’s Lies about Healthcare, and Queen Michelle the First? (Imitating Hillary is Pure Nuts!!!).

On the other hand, why worry? One day soon Obama will finally heal our souls.

Tax hikes and more government control are coming: Everything Inside The State. Related: Debt and Taxes: The CBO’s Dire Projections (Via Instapundit).

Completely disgusting: Liberals say Conservatives Are Nothing But Terrorists And Traitors and CA Dem leader: Why do we allow free speech to terrorize politicians? Meanwhile: Video: Democrats refuse to stand for Pledge of Allegiance and Oh My God, It’s Senator Franken(stein?).

Slandering Sarah: PALIN: They Wanna Killa The thrilla From Wasilla and Another Sarah Palin Hit Job Profile, and Video: Vanity Fair author defends Palin hit piece.

Posted by: smithy | June 29, 2009

My News Summary, 6/29/2009

My News Summary, 6/29/2009

For the past few months I’ve been collecting and sending to a friend of mine links to articles dealing mostly with Obama’s domestic and foreign policies. Rather than send my friend a dozen emails daily, I’ve decided to collect these links on my website and send him that. Most of what you will find here are links to articles that I find interesting or important with maybe a few words of commentary that I’ll add. The sites I visit most often are Atlas Shrugs, Hot Air, Instapundit, Ace of Spades HQ, JOSHUAPUNDIT, and Wolf Howling. Although I don’t necessarily agree with everything on these sites, I’ve overall found the analysis there to be good and worth reading, which is why I reference their articles. You can consider what I’m doing as either a personal news summary or my sharing with you my part of a conversation.

Foreign News/Policy

Do we have a personal stake in what’s going on in Iran? Atlas Shrugs says yes: The Case for Iran: Fighting for Freedom, while JOSHUAPUNDIT leans toward no: Masquerade In Iran. Also, the comments section for both articles are worth reading.

More articles on the situation in Iran: Iranian Regime Arrests British Embassy Employees, Crackdown In Iran Puts Mousavi in Tight Spot, Obama STILL Wants to Hold Talks With Killer Iranian Regime, ISLAMIC FINANCE: Foreign bank accounts of those Iranian leaders (as one of the postings in the comments section to this article points out: That’s why they call money “mullah”), Iran: Our Election Was Fine, Move Along, The Thugs Who Lead Iran’s Supreme Leader, and Guess who’s leading the recount in Iran? (“In the first reports from the review, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reports that Ahmadinejad has increased his lead over Mirhossein Mousavi…”).

Analysis and a summary of events in Iran with pictures and video can be found at Michael J. Totten’s Blog, Atlas Shrugs, Berman Post, and Gateway Pundit.

Comparing Obama’s “Weenie Diplomacy” to Bush’s Diplomacy: No Hot Dogs For Iran, More Weenie Diplomacy: Now with Venezuela and Syria, and W on 2005 Iranian Election. Note that Obama doesn’t just want American diplomats to talk to third world dictators and terrorists, he wants to be their new BFF. While I was glad to see Bush leave office, I now deeply miss Bush and Cheney, and I don’t think I’m the only one either. By the end of his first term as POTUS, I believe Obama will succeed in his campaign to rehabilitate George Bush’s reputation.

Obama now “meddling” in Honduras: Obama stands with Castro, Chavez and Ortega, Honduras Fights for Constitution, Obama Takes Sides with Chavez against the Honduran People, Honduran President Ousted Ahead of Vote to Extend His Power, How Obama Got His Groove Back: Honduran President Ousted Ahead of Vote to Extend His Power, President Declares Honduras Action “Illegal” Coup, Declares Chavez Thug Zelaya Still the Rightful President, Obama: Leave Zelaya Alone! He’s Still The Legal President Of Honduras, and Video: The coup in Honduras was illegal, says Obama.

From Obama’s lack of speaking out on the stealing of the Iranian presidential election and his slow condemning of the murder of Iranian protesters, to his strong support for Syria, Chavez, and the Honduran president, I can only conclude that Obama is quite comfortable with third world dictators and their methods. This raises a question in my mind: If Obama gets a second term, will he try to imitate Chavez and the Honduran president by changing US laws so that he could be POTUS forever? If anyone thinks Obama is not capable of this, please read these analyses by two psychologists: The Narcissist in Chief by Joy Tiz and Understanding Obama: The Making of a Fuehrer by Ali Sina. Since Dr. Sina is also an Iranian, his My Open Letter to Barack Hussein Obama is also worth reading.

On US terrorist detention policy: The rank dishonesty of the Obama administration.

Israel stands up to Obama and Hillary: Israel to Obama: You’re Not the Boss of Me. Related: Obama’s Move Against Jerusalem Gets Clearer and Obama tells Jews where they can live.

Hey, Anyone Remember Iraq? US Forces Are Officially Pulling Out Of Cities Today and Happy National Sovereignty Day, Iraq.

Domestic News/Policy

Obama and the Democrats’ Deathcare: Ed Morrissey vs. Ezra Klein: A larger lesson of Obamacare, Obama: Healthier people must have insurance forced on them, and Obamacare as Obamacomedy.

On the other hand, why worry? One day soon Obama will finally heal our souls.

Completely disgusting: Wonkette Goes After Trig Palin Again.

Sotomayer wrong: SCOTUS overrules Sotomayor on Ricci and Supreme Court Overturns J. Sotomayor in Ricci v. DeStefano. Reaction: Of Course… White House Defends Loony Sotomayor After Court Overturns Her Latest Decision.

Obama is choosing to be weak. It’s really simple: since Obama was elected on a platform of empty promises – lots of goodies and only taxes on those “bad” rich people – he can’t afford to be honest and “strong.” An honest Leftist, who told the truth of how much his policies would cost, might well have lost to John McCain and Sarah Palin.

Video: Press corps now openly laughing at Obama’s backtracking on taxes.

Michael Jackson: While I was not a big fan of Michael Jackson’s music, I really enjoyed Billie Jean and Thriller. I could understand, even though I disagree with it, why some of his fans would want to overlook his self-destructive life and just eulogize his talent. Still, the outpouring of media attention surprises me. Some interesting articles on the Jackson phenomenon: Too much Michael Jackson?, Some Quick Thoughts on Michael Jackson, Jackson was an IDOL, not an ICON – UPDATE, and King Michael: Thriller was Michael Jackson’s masterpiece. It was also his curse. In shockingly bad taste: Jacko’s dad on son’s death: Hey, be sure to check out my new record label.

Posted by: smithy | June 24, 2009

My News Summary, 6/24/2009

My News Summary, 6/24/2009

For the past few months I’ve been collecting and sending to a friend of mine links to articles dealing mostly with Obama’s domestic and foreign policies. Rather than send my friend a dozen emails daily, I’ve decided to collect these links on my website and send him that. Most of what you will find here are links to articles that I find interesting or important with maybe a few words of commentary that I’ll add. The sites I visit most often are Atlas Shrugs, Hot Air, Instapundit, Ace of Spades HQ, JOSHUAPUNDIT, and Wolf Howling. Although I don’t necessarily agree with everything on these sites, I’ve overall found the analysis there to be good and worth reading, which is why I reference their articles. You can consider what I’m doing as either a personal news summary or my sharing with you my part of a conversation.

Foreign News/Policy

Breaking news: Massacre near Iran’s Parliament? Audio: Eyewitness describes massacre, IRAN: DAY 12 OF THE REVOLUTION – How could Obama do nothing? “Blood everywhere” “militia with axe chopping ppl like meat” “militia beating one woman with baton on ground – she had no defense nothing – sure that she is dead”, Weenie diplomacy now out?, and What’s on the menu: waffles with the weenie diplomacy.

More articles on the situation in Iran: Khamenei says no compromise, Why Iran’s Women Are Rioting, How Neda Divided My Family, Video – Liz Cheney: Obama is Putting America on the Wrong Side of History, Obama’s “appalled” now, Major Garrett to Obama on Iran: Um, what took you so long?, White House: Cairo speech inspired the Iran uprising, Obama’s letter to the mullahs, Britain, France & EU Condemn Iranian Slaughter– Obama Serves Hotdogs, State Dep’t: Iranian diplomats still welcome to celebrate July 4th with U.S.; Update: Video added, Obama: I Don’t Want to Meddle, and I Certainly Still Respect the Islamic Regime and Supreme Leader, and the Hot Dog Invitation is Still On, But Oh, By the Way? All the Protests? You’re Welcome.

Analysis and a summary of events in Iran with pictures and video can be found at Michael J. Totten’s Blog, Atlas Shrugs, Berman Post, and Gateway Pundit.

For an understanding of why Obama is so much more sympathetic to the Iranian government than the protesters, read Obama: A Man Tyrants Can Do Business With, Obama’s Got Something Against Israel, and THE SILENCE OF OBAMA.

More Obama foreign policy: Obama negotiating with terrorists for hostages?, Obama Administration Wants Settlement Freeze To Include Jerusalem, and Obama’s Foreign Follies.

Domestic News/Policy

Obama and the Democrats’ Deathcare: Cold Chills and Assisted Suicide: Why Every Senior Must Oppose Democrats’ Health Care Plans, Congress and the Unions Exempt from Obamacare, and Are Army hospitals our future?

On the other hand, why worry? After Obama has complete control over our healthcare, our economy, and our lives, maybe he’ll finally heal our souls.

Hillariously Funny Video: He’s Barack Obama by JibJab.

Obama’s troubled agenda: Immigration on or off the table?, Cap and Tax: How Much Will It Cost Us?, Making Pravda Blush, Obama 2008: Cap & Trade Will Cause Electricity Rates to Skyrocket… Obama 2009: Only Polluters Will Pay, Math in the Age of Obama: WH Will Rely on Self-Counting by “Stimulus” Recipients to Determine How Many Jobs are “Created;” Claims He Won’t Stand for Any Numbers Fudged Just to Justify the Expenditure, Tick, Tock: 39% Now Blame Obama for Economy, a 12 Point Jump in a Single Month. Politico: “Obama’s Poll Numbers Start to Wilt”.

Covering up firing an IG: How “confused and disoriented” was Walpin at that meeting?

Are Zombie Movies liberal or conservative? Also, more Zombie Stuff.

Posted by: smithy | June 19, 2009

My News Summary, 6/19/2009

My News Summary, 6/19/2009

For the past few months I’ve been collecting and sending to a friend of mine links to articles dealing mostly with Obama’s domestic and foreign policies. Rather than send my friend a dozen emails daily, I’ve decided to collect these links on my website and send him that. Most of what you will find here are links to articles that I find interesting or important with maybe a few words of commentary that I’ll add. The sites I visit most often are Atlas Shrugs, Hot Air, Instapundit, Ace of Spades HQ, JOSHUAPUNDIT, and Wolf Howling. Although I don’t necessarily agree with everything on these sites, I’ve overall found the analysis there to be good and worth reading, which is why I reference their articles. You can consider what I’m doing as either a personal news summary or my sharing with you my part of a conversation.

Foreign News/Policy

More articles on the situation in Iran: What Just Happened?, The moving finger writes, Khomeini’s Arabization of Persia, Hamas helping Iran crack heads?, Wanted: ‘Hope’ for Iran, What The President Should Have Said To The Iranian People, The People of Iran Will Not Forgive Obama For Siding With the Regime, and If the Protesters Don’t Want U.S. Support, Why Are Their Signs in English?

Analysis and a summary of events in Iran can be found at Michael J. Totten’s posts on Iran at Commentary, while Berman Post, Gateway Pundit, Ace of Spades HQ include pictures and videos.

Of course they want an atom bomb: Iranian Official Admits Nuclear Program Is Not Peaceful.

Obama and EU butt kissing the most radical Islamic groups: The EU Caves On Hamas (Caving?), Obama Sudan Envoy Declares End to Genocide, I guess the Jihadis finished killing everybody, BACKING THE MULLAHS: OBAMA’S COWARDICE AND HYPOCRISY IN IRAN, Hillary demands settlement closure in Israel, but not freedom in Iran, 3 am and Iranian people get voice mail, Hail to the Victors (Very funny). For an explanation of why Obama is so sympathetic to the most radical groups, read Obama’s Got Something Against Israel.

Over the last few months, sightings of George Bush have been rarer than sightings of Big Foot. Here’s a confirmed sighting: Bush speaks out.

Are the North Koreans committing acts of war against us? Related? US Tracking North Korean Ship Suspected of Carrying Missile, Possibly Nuclear Technology, Kim Jong-Il to provide Hawaiian fireworks for 4th of July, Gird? Check Your? Check Loins? Double-Check! North Korea Tests Young, Inexperienced, Confused and Disoriented President By Threatening Missile Launch on Hawaii on July 4th, NORK ATTACK ON US JULY 4TH?, Smuggled bonds were counterfeit, says US, and BUSTED: The $134 Billion Smuggled Bonds Were FAKE.

Depressing but true: Muslim Countries lead in Trafficking and Slavery.

Domestic News/Policy

Socialist Thug Alert: Obama has fired 2 IGs in 2 weeks, leashed another, Two IGs Investigating “Sensitive” Matters Fired; Third One Put on Short Leash; “Top White House” Lawyer Tells Baffled Republicans That Walpin Firing Was “An Act of Political Courage”, Fired IG Returns Fire; Hits Obama on 57 States Gaffe, Biden on… Everything He’s Said.

On the other hand, why worry? After Obama has complete control over our lives, maybe he’ll finally heal our souls.

What the World’s Great Recession Looks Like. More can found at New Studies Show Economy Tracking 1930s Declines and Another Great Depression?. There are three negatives that made the Great Depression much worse that we don’t have now: (1) the Smoot-Hawley tariffs that started a trade war, (2) a complete collapse of the banking system, and (3) the lack of a social safety net. We might still be able to avoid the worst parts of the Great Depression.

Dems retreating on healthcare. If the Democrats can’t do this, then they’re likely to lose upcoming elections, like in 1994. I suspect they’ll come up with something, even if it’s only a partial plan, because their political lives are on the line.

Obama: I’d Be A Laissez-Faire Kind Of Guy But Bush Screwed Everything Up. This has got to be the most shameless and dishonest remark I’ve heard from a leading Democrat since Bill Clinton’s “I’ve never had sex with that women.” Obama will be blaming everything on Bush for the next four years. Related: Obama claims to be losing sleep over Obama deficits. This has got to be the second most shameless remark I’ve heard since Bill Clinton’s presidency.

ABC is the new All Barrack Channel: $hocking: ABC Employees’ Donations Went to Obama by a 33-to-1 Ratio, and Not a Single Journalist Gave to Palin/McCain and ABC goes MSNBC?, and we knew the media was in bed with the administration, but now they’re in the office, too. The network of Mickey Mouse has turned itself into an Obama rat.

What will ABC’s Obamacare Special look like? ABC: We Want to Hear from All Voices in the Health Care “Debate,” But We Sure the Hell Don’t Want to Hear from Dissenters, Michelle: Will libertarian John Stossel be part of ABC’s Obama infomercial?. No diversity, only group think. Related: Agitator and Agitprop in Chief. A discussion of agitprop can be found at Wikipedia.

Hacking for Iranian freedom: Web Attacks Expand in Iran’s Cyber Battle (h/t Instapundit), Cyberwar guide for Iran elections, We’ve Got Tools to Undo Censorship in Iran and China. Let’s Use Them, and Iran: Information crackdown.

The lighter side: Resistance is futile (both Obama and Bill Gates believe it).

Funny film review: Star Trek 2.0.

More Star Trek reviews: J.J. Abrams Is a Neuroscientist. Note that Gene Rodenberry was the “Neuroscientist.” J.J. Abrams became a successful version of Dr. Frankenstein by restoring a dead franchise: It’s alive! It’s alive!

Posted by: smithy | June 17, 2009

My News Summary, 6/17/2009

My News Summary, 6/17/2009

For the past few months I’ve been collecting and sending to a friend of mine links to articles dealing mostly with Obama’s domestic and foreign policies. Rather than send my friend a dozen emails daily, I’ve decided to collect these links on my website and send him that. Most of what you will find here are links to articles that I find interesting or important with maybe a few words of commentary that I’ll add. The sites I visit most often are Atlas Shrugs, Hot Air, Instapundit, Ace of Spades HQ, JOSHUAPUNDIT, and Wolf Howling. Although I don’t necessarily agree with everything on these sites, I’ve overall found the analysis there to be good and worth reading, which is why I reference their articles. You can consider what I’m doing as either a personal news summary or my sharing with you my part of a conversation.

Foreign News/Policy

More articles on the situation in Iran: Iran ‘Election’ Update, Iran 6/16- The Fire Still Burning…, and So How’s it Going in Iran?. The first article argues that it’s all over, while the last two articles argue that Iran is continuing to smolder. (Interestingly, the last article points out that the real revolutionary that the mullahs fear is Zahra Rahnavard.) Whatever happens now, the mullahs have seriously damaged their legitimacy with the Iranian people. Unlike the authoritarian regime in mainland China, the mullahs have been unable to give their country bread and butter. (Iran has both high inflation and unemployment.) So taking what little hope and control over their lives that the Iranian people had will eventually backfire and destroy the Mullahs. If not now, then later.

Up-to-date summaries of events in Iran can be found at Michael J. Totten’s posts on Iran at Commentary and at Berman Post. Note that Berman Post uses a lot of videos. Be sure you’re on a fast computer with lots of RAM.

Was Bush right: Is A Free Iraq Coming Home To Roost In Iran?

Instead of trying to appease Ahmadinejad, What Can Obama Say About Iran? Related: Dear Iranians: Don’t Count on America (or Any Country Led by Left) and It Has Always Been the Mullahs.

The timing of Russia’s development of the atomic bomb was a surprise, so I hope this doesn’t come sooner: Iran will have a nuclear bomb by 2014.

Q&A: Caroline Glick on Netanyahu & the World

What do the Chinese get for supporting North Korea?

Smarter than Obama: Russians Outfox U.S. in Latest Great Game.

Great use of a classic TV episode: Lt. Colonel Allen West’s Column: “The Twilight Zone”.

Domestic News/Policy

The Leftist MSM has thrown away all pretense of objectivity and has openly become the propaganda arm of the Obama administration and the Democratic Party. Drudge Report: ABC TURNS PROGRAMMING OVER TO OBAMA; NEWS TO BE ANCHORED FROM INSIDE WHITE HOUSE. First line: “On the night of June 24, the media and government become one, when ABC turns its programming over to President Obama and White House officials to push government run health care — a move that has ignited an ethical firestorm!” The real kicker IMO comes a few lines into Drudge’s piece: “The network plans a primetime special — ‘Prescription for America’ — originating from the East Room, exclude opposing voices on the debate (my empasis).” No opposing voices allowed for ABC’s puff piece. ABC will ask some questions, but I doubt that they’ll push Obama for hard answers.

Analysis and commentary on this important story can be found at ABC to make Obamacare Infomercial, ABC to broadcast town hall on health care — from the White House, Commentary from Instapundit, ABC “News” Whores Itself To White House On Health Care (With Apologies To Any Honest Whores Who Are Insulted By The Comparisson), and ABC: The All-Barack Channel Earns a New Logo.

What does the medical profession think of Obama’s plan? Doctors oppose “public plan” in ObamaCare and a future doctor speaks out: On Proposed Healthcare Reform (tmi3rd).

What will it cost? CBO: ObamaCare will cost $1T, still leaves 30 million uninsured, Obama Trek: The Search for More Money, Video: ObamaCare an “Old Joke”; Update: Cost now $1.6 trillion; Update: $4 trillion?, and White House throws Kennedy under the bus?

On the other hand, why worry? After fixing healthcare, maybe Obama will finally heal our souls.

Of course it’s a Socialist Power Grab: Obama’s new plan for financial reguulation. You don’t have to own it if you can regulate it to death.

Excellent analysis: Why Obama can’t Fix the Economy.

Liberal Voodoo Economics: How to Think About Liberalism (If You Must) and Dr. Krugman: This Patient Needs More Bloodletting.

Key Obama Ally Says President Obama Did Not Follow the Law in IG Firing. Two things: (1) I’m beginning to think that Obama, like Bill Clinton before Monicagate, will eventually tick off everybody, and (2) Jake Tapper of ABC News has been one of the few MSM journalists who’s been willing to be critical of Obama, and has been attacked for it.

Video: Why Vulcans and Other Intellectuals Don’t Belong in the Big Chair. While I enjoyed and mostly agree with the discussion in the video, I think Obama is getting way too much undeserved credit. I honestly don’t think that Obama is as well educated, as talented or smart, or even has as much good judgment as Liberals give him credit for. (There’s even been suggestions that Obama had a silent coauthor for at least one of his books.) FDR was called a second-rate mind with a first-rate temperament (personality). Of all the comparisons of Obama to FDR that one, which I believe is the most accurate, is never used. I think of Obama as a second-rate socialist intellectual with a first-rate Machiavellian personality.

More Trek comparisons: Mirror Image; Star Trek and Lessons of the Detroit Bailout. TOS (The Original Series) Lives On!

Some protesters still don’t forgive Letterman. Others want to go after those who think like Letterman.

Posted by: smithy | June 16, 2009

My News Summary, 6/16/2009

My News Summary, 6/16/2009

For the past few months I’ve been collecting and sending to a friend of mine links to articles dealing mostly with Obama’s domestic and foreign policies. Rather than send my friend a dozen emails daily, I’ve decided to collect these links on my website and send him that. Most of what you will find here are links to articles that I find interesting or important with maybe a few words of commentary that I’ll add. The sites I visit most often are Atlas Shrugs, Hot Air, Instapundit, Ace of Spades HQ, JOSHUAPUNDIT, and Wolf Howling. Although I don’t necessarily agree with everything on these sites, I’ve overall found the analysis there to be good and worth reading, which is why I reference their articles. You can consider what I’m doing as either a personal news summary or my sharing with you my part of a conversation.

Foreign News/Policy

Some interesting articles on the situation in Iran: Anti- Ahmedinejad protests will die out, Did Iran concoct election results before the election?, At the brink: Ahmadinejad refuses to guarantee Mousavi’s safety, and Iran’s Military Coup. What I like about these articles, besides giving information on the current situation, is that they try and answer the following question: why did the Mullahs rig the election results? If Mousavi was unacceptable, he could have been barred from running in the first place. The first two articles suggest that Mousavi was becoming too popular with the young and indicated he would change the laws to elevate the status of women (a no-no for Islamists). If this is true, are the Mullahs afraid of an Iranian Gorbachev? The last two articles suggest a coup by the supporters of Ahmedinejad, the Revolutionary Guards. There may well be an element of truth to this: Ayatollah Khameini has allowed a coup because he has faith in the Revolutionary Guards as totally loyal to the current system. It could even be some combination of the two points of view.

BTW, Michael J. Totten’s posts on Iran, or any other foreign policy issue, either at his own site or at Commentary are worth reading.

What are the chances Iran will want to make a deal on it’s nuclear program?: Imposing Ahmadinejad Is Rather Significant.

OBAMA’S REACTION TO IRANIAN CHAOS. The only quibble I have is, even in jest, calling Obama a “pragmatist.” I think of Obama as an opportunist (like Nixon) whose most important goal is to turn America into a socialist country. His second major goal is to advance the cause of Islam in the West. Everything else is just a means to an end. Don’t be fooled by the fact that that he doesn’t take the most direct route to get where he wants. He has to keep public support while he achieves his goals. Sometimes that means taking two steps forwards and one step backwards. That’s not “pragmatic,” it’s Machiavellian. The key is how honest Obama is about his goals and methods. Answer: Not very.

More on the Obama administration’s reaction to Iran: Obama votes present (my title) and Obama Official Refuses to Condemn Brutality. Response: Most Americans in Poll Think Obama’s a Mewling Sissyboy.

Obama on the Mideast: Is there any doubt that had he said that in 2008 he would have been greeted with catcalls and boos?

An Arab woman speaks out on Obama’s Cairo speech.

Obama quoted in his Cairo speech from violent jihad verses in Qur’an: Click here and Obama quotes verse 5:32, omits 5:33. One has to wonder how many different messages Obama is deliberately sending by using ambiguous quotes pulled out of context. I’m sure he’s aware that hardly anyone in the West would check the context of his quotes. Even if they did, almost everyone would be willing to give Obama the benefit of the doubt. I’m not because he studied the Koran for several years when he was young. He has to be aware that Muslims will see his words in a much different context than most Westerners will. If he wanted to, Obama could’ve easily taken words from the more peaceful passages in the Koran (Muhammad’s Meccan phase). Either he doesn’t care about the impact of what he says, or he’s deliberately sending mixed messages. He doesn’t have the typical Western politician’s excuse of ignorance about Islam.

Standing up to Obama and Hillary on Israel: Netanyahu Steps Up To Bat, Netanyahu: The last man standing, and Netanyahu’s Response To Obama.

Outrage: UN workers stealing food from starving children. They sell it on the black market.

Too Jewish and pro-Israel for the Mullahs: Obama Ousts Dennis Ross as envoy to Iran and Dennis Ross out at the Iran desk?

Worth reading: Geert Wilders, The Euro-Left and Salafi Islam.

Wake up Jewish community: Republicans support Israel more than Democrats do.

Domestic News/Policy

Hope-n-Change from our new capital, Chicago-on-the-Potomac: A Descent Into Corruption and Abuse Of Power Is Not The Change For Which We Had Hoped, CORRUPTION ERUPTION: THUG IN CHIEF FIRES AMERICORPS INSPECTOR GENERAL, Obama cronyism: Going after AmeriCorps IG on behalf of contributor; Update: A Michelle Obama connection? , The curious firing of Gerald Walpin gets … curiouser, GERALD WALPIN SPEAKS: The Inside Story of the Americorps Firing, and HOPE AND CHANGE: Obama fires Americorps Inspector General who investigated friend.

Michelle: Our new Hillary? In spite of the promises, some things never do seem to change.

On the other hand, why worry? I’m still waiting for Obama to heal our souls.

Is there no end to the madness? Obama’s Urban Renewal: Obama administration considering bulldozing parts of cities and US cities may have to be bulldozed in order to survive. This reminds me of harebrained schemes like Mao’s Great Leap Forward and destroying crops and animals during the Depression to keep prices from falling. Before considering anything as drastic as this, why didn’t they at least try cutting taxes and regulation in these cities by creating Enterprise Zones?

Big Labor insolvent? Wall Street isn’t the only one who spent more than they could afford.

Who were the rubes? So called educated, sophisticated, wealthy, morally-sensitive Liberals who believed in Obama.

Zo’s video to Letterman: “You don’t make jokes, man, you hide behind jokes. You’re a weak, mean-spirited humanoid.”

Letterman caves: Apologizes to Palins. Although he said that he was sorry, why did he ever think that an 18 yr. old single mother was fair game? Also, I’m not aware of him apologizing for his remarks about Palin’s “slutty looks.”

Posted by: smithy | June 15, 2009

My News Summary, 6/15/2009

My News Summary, 6/15/2009

For the past few months I’ve been collecting and sending to a friend of mine links to articles dealing mostly with Obama’s domestic and foreign policies. Rather than send my friend a dozen emails daily, I’ve decided to collect these links on my website and send him that. Most of what you will find here are links to articles that I find interesting or important with maybe a few words of commentary that I’ll add. The sites I visit most often are Atlas Shrugs, Hot Air, Instapundit, Ace of Spades HQ, JOSHUAPUNDIT, and Wolf Howling. Although I don’t necessarily agree with everything on these sites, I’ve overall found the analysis there to be good and worth reading, which is why I reference their articles. You can consider what I’m doing as either a personal news summary or my sharing with you my part of a conversation.

Foreign News/Policy

Two interesting articles on Obama’s policy toward Israel: The Audacity of Bullying (Israel) and Israel Need Not Apply for ‘Hope and Change’. It’s simple Israel: All Israelis must immediately convert to Islam. Then you can have the full support of Obama, Western Europe, and the Islamic world. No one will dare criticize you if you’re all Muslims.

Good reading: Iran’s political coup, Riots in Tehran as Thug-In-Chief declares victory and Iran: Election Protests Spread. Now an interesting dissenting opinion: Let’s root for Ahmadinejad (my title). What I have trouble understanding is why the Mullahs went to the trouble of rigging the election for Ahmadinejad. Mousavi is at best a mild reformer. Clearly the Mullahs are afraid of something. I’m wondering if it’s related to Iran’s nuclear energy (atomic bomb) program which Ahmadinejad wholeheartedly supports. Perhaps they’re afraid that dissent might slow down their atom bomb project, or that Iranians will complain if the international community boycotts Iran after it sets off an atom bomb. The Mullahs might even be worried about an Israeli attack or a foreign inspired coup to stop the atom bomb project, so they want an unapologetic hardliner in the presidency. Some other possibilities unrelated to the atom bomb project are discussed in JUDITH MILLER: Iran’s Fishy Election Is Trouble for Obama.

Zany Hillary: Israel is on its own with Iran. Never, ever, anytime, anywhere, anyhow, trust a Clinton.

WHAT OBAMA TAUGHT ME. My answer to what Obama taught me would be that hope-through-regime-change begins at home. Related: Dr. Sanity: ON THE BEACH and President Obama’s Cairo Speech: Outrageous, Absurd, Embarrassing.

Domestic News/Policy

An interesting read: How a Liberal Lesbian became a Conservative. Also, from the same author, Why the Left hates Sarah Palin. Note: Among all the “sins” that the Left hates Sarah Palin for, I think the worst is that she’s a Conservative Christian. Many of the particulars that anger the Left are due to her Christianity, but just the fact that she’s a successful Conservative Christian is enough. Ingrained in modern Leftist thinking is religious bigotry against Conservative Christians and Jews, which, of course, they deny. Marx, for example, said in 1843 that “religion is the opiate of the people.” Obama’s comment made in 2008 (165 yrs. later) that small town, working class Americans are “bitter” and “cling to guns and religion” are basically the same as what Marx said. Also, if you can stand it, checkout posts on leftist blogs to see the raw hatred against those who believe in and practice Judeo-Christian values.

On the other hand, why worry? Obama will go on TV any day now, say a few magic words, and miraculously heal our souls. I’m still waiting.

Twin Cities Somalis protest against … CAIR? This should fall under the category of more peaceful Muslims being victimized by more militant Muslims. CAIR is devoted to supporting radical Islamic causes but disguises itself as a civil rights organization. The trend which can be seen in Pakistan, Iraq, and even in Iran, is that more peaceful Muslims don’t want the radicals to interfere in their lives. They may provide the militants with support, but only when the radicals leave them alone. It doesn’t mean that these people are on our side, but it does mean that we can sometimes work with them against our common enemy, the radicals.

Funny video (good political points): Laugh Clowns: Nero Fiddled As Rome Burned … Now America Suffers as Hillary & Co. Laugh It Up.

Scary video: Obama auto team called shareholder lawyer a “terrorist”. Note: The new Obama defintion of a terrorist is anyone who opposes the policies of Obama, not anyone who kills innocent people for political purposes. Warning: If you’re reading this, you might be considered as participating in a “terrorist act” by the Obama administration.

Media Hypocrisy and Willful Stupidity. Right on target, Pam!

Obama the Hallelujahman: Clinging To His Religion: Obama Invokes Jesus More Than Theocrat Bush Did and The Politico notices our Christianist-in-Chief. BTW, the comments to both articles are also worth reading. My take is that when Obama mentions Jesus, the Leftists believe he’s talking about an early socialist reformer like our “new Jesus,” Obama.

Funny Videos: Star Wars and Star Trek as Retold by Other TV Shows

Posted by: smithy | June 13, 2009

My News Summary, 6/13/2009

My News Summary, 6/13/2009

For the past few months I’ve been collecting and sending to a friend of mine links to articles dealing mostly with Obama’s domestic and foreign policies. Rather than send my friend a dozen emails daily, I’ve decided to collect these links on my website and send him that. Most of what you will find here are links to articles that I find interesting or important with maybe a few words of commentary that I’ll add. The sites I visit most often are Atlas Shrugs, Hot Air, Instapundit, Ace of Spades HQ, JOSHUAPUNDIT, and Wolf Howling. Although I don’t necessarily agree with everything on these sites, I’ve overall found the analysis there to be good and worth reading, which is why I reference their articles. You can consider what I’m doing as either a personal news summary or my sharing with you my part of a conversation.

Foreign News/Policy

Two interesting articles on Pakistan turning against the terrorist Taliban: Pakistani public turning against Taliban and For Pakistanis, a fight against their own.

While these articles are good news, you can see that more peaceful Muslims are reluctant to fight against those who say they are upholding Islamic law. Whether Pakistanis agree or not with the practical consequences of following Islamic law, they all feel that they belong to the same Islamic community, the Ummah. As both the link to the definition of Ummah and the news articles show, that feeling unites Muslims against non-Muslims. As has also been seen in Iraq among the Sunnis, sometimes a local Muslim population will rise up against the harsh demands of the terrorists, but it’s hard to know if this trend will last.

Germans against Jews, again! You would think that the Germans would be more sensitive, understanding, even embarrassed after Hitler killed 6 million innocent Jews. Nope. German police tore down an Israeli flag to satisfy a pro-Hamas crowd. Note that many of the Muslim demonstrators chanted “kill the Jews,” which shows that this is more than just a political dispute over some territory. It would seem that nothing short of a second Holocaust will satisfy their anti-Jewish hatred of Israel. The organization Hamas, which they’re supporting, has a Charter which calls for the destruction of Israel and the death of the Jews. The Fatah Charter is similar in calling for the destruction of Israel by armed struggle and the forcible expulsion of many of the Jews who live there. (Since the Israelis won’t leave quietly, the Fatah Charter’s threat of force has the same practical effect as shouting “kill the Jews.”) What this is ultimately all about are Muslims wanting to kill Jews and the Europeans joining in.

Netanyahu gives ground on Palestinian statehood. My guess is that Netanyahu doesn’t think Israel is strong enough to directly confront Obama, so he’ll try deflecting him for a while. He might also be expecting that Obama’s domestic policies will eventually run into trouble (who isn’t?), which might make it difficult for Obama to act internationally. Certainly while Obama’s personality popularity is high, it’s going to be difficult for anyone to challenge Obama’s foreign policies. Presidents are usually given a freer hand in foreign than domestic policy. If Obama’s popularity falls, then Republicans, and even some Democrats, will be more willing to challenge his foreign policies.

Can Israel afford to wait? It’s not just that Iran is getting closer to building an atom bomb. I’m wondering if the Muslim world would soon be willing to start a war hoping that the combination of the U.N., Europe, and Obama will pressure Israel into making territorial concessions, even if these concessions were harmful to Israel’s security.

The only reason I’d even consider this scenario to be remotely possible is because of Obama’s politics. His pro-Arab, pro-Muslim sympathies are pretty clear to anyone (who’s not a Liberal) and read his speeches or seen him bowing to the Saudi King. He’s also done things like delayed shipping military equipment to Israel, making Israel temporarily a little more vulnerable and a little more dependent on the U.S., and breaking past agreements with Israel on settlements. I believe that in any Arab-Israeli conflict Obama would do whatever he thought he could get away with to undermine Israel.

Would Hezbollah, Hamas, Fatah, Syria and Iran join in a war against Israel? Yes, with joy. Iran wouldn’t even mind a war on Israel’s borders now to distract Israel from attacking Iran’s nuclear program. Would Saudi Arabia (either through sending troops, supplies, or using oil as a weapon) and Egypt join in? Since the late 1970’s, Egypt and Saudi Arabia prefer stability, keeping things as they are, to giving more militant Muslims added power and prestige. Both these nations have militants in their own country who want to overthrow their governments. Still, a chance to humiliate and cut down Israel would be very tempting. They might join in if they think they can get away with it.

This is all pretty speculative, but I don’t think time is on Israel’s side. With Bush in the White House Israel had a sometimes overactive and pushy friend, who everyone knew would always cover Israel’s back when things got tough. On the other hand, Obama is just waiting for the right moment to backstab Israel, and the Arabs know it.

Domestic News/Policy

Why the Left Ridicules Women (mostly Outspoken Conservative Women). I think the author gets to the problem when he uses the term jerk. While there are many principled Leftists, too many of todays Liberals are a bunch of pampered, self-centered, power mad, egotistical jerks. When I was growing up – no, I’m not 90, although these days I sound just like my father – you couldn’t get away with this stuff. Then even Liberals would have been outraged and would’ve condemned this as indecent. But later we started throwing out moral standards. Now almost anything goes, especially on TV as long as it’s “edgy.” I hope the boycott of Letterman works. Maybe as a society we can pull back from the abyss.

On the hand, why worry? Don’t you know that Michelle Obama once said her husband could heal our souls? BTW, has the butt-kissing, Obama-loving, Leftist MSM reported our Liberal Messiah healing anyone’s soul yet?

This next item falls under the category of putting lipstick on a pig: Should the new GM start with a new name? If you keep the initials GM, I vote for calling it Governmental Moneypit.

Crazy Nancy’s car-sales bonanza! I’ve seen commercials with guys wrecking cars with a sledgehammer as a way to advertise that they’ll pound prices into the ground. I hope Nancy will do a similar one for the new GM (Governmental Moneypit), whose new slogan will be, “We took over GM so that you can drive the finest government designed cars ever built by the USSA (United Socialist States of America).” A large image of Obama’s eyes will fill the screen at the end of the commercial, while you will hear Obama saying: “These are the cars you want to buy, these are the cars you want to buy, these are the cars you want to buy…You must forget the Yugo, forget the Yugo, forget the Yugo …”

Related (Very Funny) Videos: The new Pelosi GTxi from GM and GM Parody Ad. Ford is looking better and better!

Finally, Obama: Let’s Make Cars More Expensive is also a good read. The author believes that Obama is deliberately concealing his real goals in the auto industry while telling people what they want to hear. Some time back I came to the conclusion that’s Obama’s way of dealing with everything.

Morgan Freeman…”Want To End Racism? Stop Talking About It!” If we had to have a black man for POTUS at this point in our history, why couldn’t it have been someone with the sharp intelligence and good character of Morgan Freeman?

A movie for our time. Get this: “A loan officer ordered to evict an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse, which turns her life into a living hell. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.” The movie’s title is Drag Me to Hell.

The interesting thing is that this movie was planned before the credit bust. Prophetic? Maybe. No, I won’t see it. After all, can’t the unfortunate old woman get an Obama-approved-government-backed-loan?

The Clintons

Yes, the Clintons deserve their own category. Two articles on the Clintons are worth reading: The Incredible Shrinking Clintons and Hillary Clinton’s Troubling Transformation on Israel.

I’m not surprised that Obama has tried to marginalize the Clintons by giving them limited foreign policy roles, while essentially stripping the Secretary of State of any real power. If you were Obama, after Hillary’s healthcare debacle, would you give her a starring role on domestic policy? Or Bill Clinton with his inability to control himself around attractive women, or even push through substantial domestic spending increases while president? Also, why give the Clintons power and influence which they might use later to make trouble for you? What Obama has done is a fiendishly clever application of the principle “keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”

What I don’t get is why did the Clintons fall for it? They must have known what Obama was like after the dirty way Obama played in the primaries. If you’ve never heard how much fraud was committed against the Clintons in the Democratic primaries, see We Will Not Be Silenced. The press, except for FOX news (the video of the FOX news report I once saw is no longer available on the web), ignored Hillary’s complaints of cheating and continued to give Obama’s campaign positive coverage, while putting Hillary’s campaign on a death watch.

Then after she ran a strong second, the party leaders pushed her aside. I remember watching the Democratic convention on TV as Hillary, in a show of party unity, and speaking for the entire NY delegation, cast all that delegation votes for Obama. That must have been a personal humiliation for her after the dishonest primary campaign Obama ran.

What did Hillary then hope to achieve by becoming Obama’s Secretary of State? Did she really believe that Obama wanted her opinion after treating her so badly in the primaries? Was Hillary lusting after whatever power she can get? I don’t understand her motives, but I think she’d have been better off staying in the Senate, building a career there. Now she’s Obama’s lapdog. He can take credit for any foreign policy successes, and shift some of the blame to her for failures, like I think his Israeli policy will be. It could be the Clintons aren’t that smart after all.

For the opposite of Hillary in every way, see this interview with Sarah Palin.

Posted by: smithy | June 11, 2009

News of the Day, 6/11/2009

News of the Day, 6/11/2009

For the past few months I’ve been collecting and sending to a friend of mine links to articles dealing mostly with Obama’s domestic and foreign policies. Rather than send my friend a dozen emails daily, I’ve decided to collect these links on my website and send him that. Most of what you will find here are just links to articles that I find interesting or important with a few words of commentary that I’ll add. The sites I visit most often are Atlas Shrugs, Hot Air, Instapundit, Ace of Spades HQ, JOSHUAPUNDIT, and Wolf Howling. Although I don’t necessarily agree with everything on these sites, I’ve overall found the analysis there to be good and worth reading, which is why I reference their articles. You can consider what I’m doing as either a personal news summary or my sharing with you my part of a conversation.

Foreign Policy

TERRORISTS’ EXCELLENT VACATION! Gitmo Terrorists Off to Bermuda. The following was found as a recruitment on an Islamic terrorist website: “As an added benefit to the basic Club Gitmo package, we can now offer you an extended stay in a Bermuda Madrassah. All Club Gitmo packages come with free, unlimited and lifetime Obamacare. So why not see your local Jihadi recruiter today? Remember, our Club Gitmo package is the next best thing to getting 72 virgins in Paradise.”

Obama demands “Mutual Respect” — except for the Jews. When I first heard about this story, my first thought was to give Obama a pass on this. The more I think about it, the less I’m inclined to do that. Obama has a history – it’s his standard operating procedure – of using an ambiguous action or speech to send different messages to different audiences. It’s his way of laughing at opponents, while avoiding all responsibility for his actions, e.g., flipping off Hillary during the primaries. (I’ve already mentioned the bowing to the Saudi King at least half a dozen times, so it’s time to pick something else.) It’s Obama’s fundamental lack of respect, his dishonesty and manipulativeness toward other other human beings that I find repulsive and infuriorating.

If you think I’m exaggerating, how many presidential photos are there where the president has his feet up and pointed at the camera while talking to the leader of a country over matters important to that nation? Doesn’t that at least suggest a lack of seriousness on the part of Obama? Why would an image conscious administration allow such a picture to be released?

Finally, given the way such a picture will be interpreted in the Arab world, do you think Israel will ever get a sincere apology from the Obama administration? I think Hell will freeze over first.

US-Israel Relations Still Crumbling. I’m not surprised that the Israelis are nervous. They’ve also apparently decided that lobbying Congress or trying to get the heavily Democratic American-Jewish community to lobby Congress won’t work. If a Republican POTUS tried what Obama is doing, Congress would cut him off at the knees. But Republican voters are such big supporters of Israel that a Republican POTUS wouldn’t try this anyway. Whatever the future holds, it will get interesting.

John Kerry: I’m For Iran’s Right to Enrich Uranium. I can’t wait till he turns against it!

‘Jihad Stimulus’: An 8-Step Plan to Completely Ruin Al-Qaeda. It’s so true that I laughed till it hurt. Unfortunately, the Jihadis (through Obama) did it to us before we could do it to them.

Domestic Policy

Fed strong-armed BofA into taking Merrill Lynch. For more on how “Godfather” Bernanke is managing things, see “Chart of the Day: The Laffer Spike” and PROOF: There Are No ‘Green Shoots’.

In the 90’s the Japanese, after the bursting of their stock and real estate bubbles, were heavily criticized for propping up failed financial institutions and using accounting gimmicks to hide what was going on. The Japanese had a positive balance of payments from international trade and a strong savings rate. In other words, while the Japanese were misallocating capital, their economy was still generating cash. We’re misallocating money and either borrowing it or printing it. As the Weimar experience proved, that never ends well.

On the hand, why worry? Don’t you know real Hope-n-Change when you see it?

The following articles are on the debt and the political problems that Obama’s budgets will create: Orwellian: Obama To Claim Mantle Of Fiscal Responsibility, HOW DO WE KNOW THAT THE OUTRAGEOUS SPENDING IS BECOMING A PROBLEM FOR OBAMA?, and Obama’s Risky Debt. For a contrary opinion, see Who’s Responsible For The Debt?. What Sullivan, in the last article, is focusing on is the past and present debt, not the future contributions from Obama’s spending increases. Those spending increases will not just add to, but will multiply the debt, which is scaring conservatives and moderates.

A rebellion among Democrats? Click here and here. Some Democratic politicians are afraid of facing the voters in the next election once Obama’s economic and environmental policies have gone into effect.

Up, Hope-n-Change version. I haven’t yet seen the animated movie “Up.” It has, however, been getting remarkably good reviews.

Science

Speeding up brain networks might boost IQ. Note: The reference is from Instapundit. My friend has worked in an experimental psychology lab, which is why I send him this kind of material.

Posted by: smithy | November 15, 2008

It’s Funny Friday, November 14, 2008

Once in a while I do a post that I call “It’s Funny Friday.” It’s a collection of a few videos, cartoons, or pictures that I found during the week to be amusing or interesting. Maybe I’ll add a comment, or maybe not. I make no claim of originality. I’m just having some fun posting things I like, and I hope you’ll enjoy them too.

When I heard that Obama won the election, my first thought was:

From No Quarter

Then I heard that many young Obama supporters are having a hard time adjusting, as shown in the video below.

Vodpod videos no longer available.From Conservatism Today, posted with Vodpod

The best advice to give the depressed college kids is to listen to OldGrumpyGuy’s Clones and Cliches, not that they’ll ever take it. After all, as they keep telling the rest of us, they know best.

From No Quarter

Whatever the college crowd feels, Obama’s poorer supporters are overjoyed, and still expect him to take from the “rich” — which will be defined as anyone who can pay taxes — to give to them. As shown below, they see Obama as their economic savior.

Obama as “Robbing Hood” Image by Scott Warner via American Thinker

Of course, as shown in the next two cartoons, Obama has been warned his economic plans won’t work. Note: the hammer and sickle is a symbol of communism.

The Right ToolsCartoon by Erin Bonsteel via American Thinker

Here’s a famous quote from Winston Churchill:Cartoon by David Heisch via American Thinker

Unfortunately, Obama won’t listen. His policies and the advice from his top supporters are summed up in the next cartoon about the new Obama Action Figures.

Obama and His Sidekick Action Figures (Click on the picture for a larger image.)Cartoon by Erin Bonsteel via American Thinker

What will America look like under Obama? How about the hammer and sickle, and the red star (symbols of communism) over the remains of the American flag with the Obama O ruling over it all.

From Dave the Marine at Blog Talk Radio

That’s much too depressing! The humorous version of what America look will like under Obama is shown directly below. We’re off to see the Wizard of Id (by way of Dare2sayit.com on a tip from Moonbattery):

Some Obama supporters have given up the worship of God, so they’re willing to worship the idol of Obama. The picture below is what any U.S. city’s skyline may look like during the “Age of Obama.”

The Obama Messiah Effect via No Quarter

What will Washington look like in the Obamatopia (Obama’s Utopia)?

Many Obama supporters will be happy to march with Comrade Obama into Washington, D.C. in January. Note the similarity of the outfit to the brownshirts. If you think that’s an exaggeration, have you heard about Obama’s Civilian National Security Force? At best this is Obama’s old community organizing on steroids, and at worst it’s Obama’s attempt to force Leftist indoctrination on young people — like he did when he was the head of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge and build a private army.

Marching into Comrade Obama’s Socialist Future from Moonbattery

First, I expect Obama’s Inauguration to look like the cartoon below.

Old Habits Die HardCartoon by Sean Sullivan via American Thinker

Then Obama’s Inaugural Celebration (from No Quarter)

Please join us for this historical Inaugural Celebration for President Barrack Hussein Obama. It will be a day of great events for all!

8:15 AM – Reverend Wright delivers the God Damn America sermon on the White House Lawn

8:45 AM – Billy Ayers steps on and burns the American Flag

9:30 AM – Professor Rashid Khaldi panel discussion on why Israel should be blown off the planet

10:30 AM – Khalid Al Monsour discusses financing radical Islamic Extremist Youth scholarships to Harvard

11:30 AM – Tony Rezko live via sattelite from Joliette Federal Prison “How to make a killing as a Slumlord”

12:30 PM – Lunch with distinguished Anti-America Father Pfleger saying grace

2:30 PM – Michelle Obama discusses how to buy earrings for $600 or less

3:30 PM – Senator Hillary Clinton discusses why women will never be part of politics in a sexist, Obama Presidency

4:30 PM – Senator Bill Clinton discusses why his wife would have been a better President

5:30 PM – FCC Head Kieth Olbermann discusses how to cheat America out of truth in journalism

6:30 PM – Chris Matthews discusses gays in America and how much relief it is to come out of the closet

7:30 PM – Dinner discussion – How much of a moron is Sarah Palin anyway?

8:00 PM – Muslim call to prayer

8:30 PM – Dinner and dancing with Ludacris singing about what a bitch Hillary is and how Senator McCain deserves to be paralyzed in a wheelchair.

Midnight – Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez drink champagne toast to their brother in communism Comrade Obama. Burning of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and fireworks display. Long live the US of Hussein!

Now that the election is over William Ayers is finally admitting that Obama and “I are family friends,” and yes, those are his words. Obama and Ayres still downplay how Ayres mentored or sponsored Obama’s early career (see for example here, here, the last two paragraphs in Part II and the references in Part III of Obama’s Chicago Way). So is the next cartoon Ayers’ and Obama’s plan?

Cartoon from Patriotart.com via American Thinker

The answer to my question is no, or at least not physically. Ayers purpose wasn’t terrorism for the sake of terrorism — although he did enjoy terrorism — but rather terrorism as a way to start a far Left revolution. Now that his protégé is in the White House with a Democratic Congress solidly behind him, violence might not be necessary. Threats by Obama supporters against opponents to Obama’s policies is an easier and very effective tactic. Only if Obama pushes too hard to the Left and meets peaceful resistance, will there be a need for violence against Obama opponents. My fear for our country is that underneath the mask– which is all that Obama has so far shown us — the real Barack Obama is the guy in the next picture.

The Real Obama?From Michelle Malkin

My final thought is very well expressed by the bumper sticker below.

Palin_Keep_The_Change.jpgOn a tip from Hoosier Army Mom found at Moonbattery.
These bumper stickers are available at the Patriot Depot.

Once in a while I do a post that I call “It’s Funny Friday.” It’s a collection of a few videos, cartoons, or pictures that I found during the week to be amusing or interesting. Maybe I’ll add a comment, or maybe not. I make no claim of originality. I’m just having some fun posting things I like, and I hope you’ll enjoy them too.

This week is a little harder than most to stay lighthearted. Who knew that without the threat of a Marxist Soviet Union willing to nuke us within a half hour, the U.S. would be willing to elect one of our own domestic Marxists…excuse me, a community organizer — you know how much those Marxists just love to organize communities — as President of the United States? There is, however, one form of Marxism that I totally approve of. Do you think there’s a chance we could convert Comrade Obama to this…?

From those crass capitalists at The People’s Cube, where you can buy the T-shirt.To Comrade Groucho: I pledge you my heart, mind, and my sense of humor. I’d gladly take you as Rufus T. Firefly over Obama any day. Hail, Hail Freedonia!

I know that many people — like the Democrats who compared Obama to Jesus Christ — think that Obama is not a Marxist but a spiritually advanced Christian who’s just been misunderstood. After all, don’t Leftists believe that all the bad things people do is because they’re just misunderstood and misguided by society? Unfortunately, most people are not aware that Black liberation theology, which was taught at the church that Obama was a member of for 20 years, is a lethal cocktail of Marxist class struggle mixed with a small amount of Christianity. Below is a picture of the Bible that was used at Obama’s church:

The New Progressive Bible

To understand the phenomenon of Obama better, let’s examine the mind and thought patterns of a “typical white person“… I mean an Obama supporter (I’ve got to be careful of the OSP, for now that stands for Obama’s Speech Police, if I don’t want to be denounced as a racist):

https://i2.wp.com/www.thepeoplescube.com/images/Brain_Socialist_550.gifBuy the t-shirt at The People’s Cube Store.

Here’s the mind and thought patterns of a “typical McCain/Palin supporter.” Clearly, an unenlightened, unrefined, incompetent, lower class, racist, reactionary Republican, or perhaps a disgruntled PUMA. (I don’t have to fear the OSP if I denounce Republicans or PUMAs with elitist, racist and sexist comments, because the OSP will think I’m one of them.)

https://i2.wp.com/www.thepeoplescube.com/images/Brain_Capitalist_550.gifBuy the t-shirt at The People’s Cube Store.

The effect that President Obama, his policies, and his supporters will have on America over the next few years is summarized in the next two cartoons:

How the Oppressed of the World Still See UsCartoons By Michael RamirezCartoon By Michael Ramirez

How the World Will See America After ObamaCartoons By Michael RamirezCartoon By Michael Ramirez. Note: E UNUM PLURIBIS is out of “The One” many.

Prediction: Four years of Obama will not only make Bush look like a genius, but also Captain Jeffrey T. Spaulding, Prof. Quincy Adams Wagstaff, and even Rufus T. Firefly. Hail, Hail Freedonia! Yes…Hail, Hail Freedonia!

A Final Thought: “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of ‘liberalism,’ they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without ever knowing how it happened.” – Norman Thomas, presidential nominee of the Socialist Party of America in every election from 1928 to 1948.


Posted by: smithy | November 4, 2008

A Pre-Election 2008 Special

In the interest of keeping my last few shreds of sanity, I’ve decided to take a last humorous look at the 2008 presidential election. I make no claims of originality. This is all in the spirit of having some fun. It’s time to p-a-r-t-a-y-y! It just doesn’t get any better than Only-Marginally-Sane Conservative-Republican-Blogger Mr. Smith’s Official 2008 Presidential Election Wild Party Pictures and Videos!

We Need More Motivation

Nothing beats sex for motivation! From RedSquareEye:

Studies show that casual sex is a number one issue among Democrat voters. Democrats think that casual sex with strangers is more important than
– Energy
– Economy
– National Security

The scientific consensus is clear: while Republicans spread freedom and democracy, Democrats spread sexually transmitted diseases. …The most important thing in life: that sex and politics go hand in hand. This is a parody of a video made by a group called “True Love Waits for a Democrat.”

Sex and the Democrats: The Truth Behind Their Campaign Videos

In the Battle of Brainy and Beautiful Babes, Republican Women Rule!!Via Moonbattery. Note: M.K. Ham, Pam Geller, or Sarah Palin aren’t on the list.

Of course, in our consumer culture, some people find shopping to be very motivational.
John McCain and Palin (Fey) went on QVC (SNL) to reach out to these voters as well:

Vodpod videos no longer available.

McCain Never Quits! For Motivation He Sings Streisand.Vodpod videos no longer available.McCain Sings Streisand Video, posted with vodpod

Don’t be fooled by a little singing, John McCain is very tough.Picture from September 15 Cover of Weekly Standard

On a personal level, I find Sarah Palin to be very, very motivational. Unfortunately, she’s already taken. Sigh! As a VP, she’d be great. And with a few years experience on national issues, a very good president. Time for some Palinmania!

Introducing John McCain’s Running Mate, Sarah Palin:

Obama vs. Sarah Palin:

A Role Model for Young Girls

How many mothers of five can be thought of as action adventure figures?From Joi the Artist. More of Joi’s work can be found here.

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What do the Democrats offer us?

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https://i1.wp.com/thepeoplescube.com/images/Halloween_MoveOn.gifFrom Dems Focus On Dead Voter Turnout, Rally Graveyards

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Is Obama qualified?

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Michelle Obama on 12-6-04 (see here and here) commenting on Barack ’08.

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Barack Obama on 12-6-04 (see here and here) commenting on Barack ’08.

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The Obamanator in ActionFrom Barack Obama: The Redistributor


What Makes Someone an Obamanator?
Does Obama Have Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

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Then one heartbeat away from Obama, there’s …

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Obama turned the promises of “hope” and meaningful “change” into…
Joe Biden!! Is Joe Biden really the VP that America has been waiting for?
Cartoon from Lost Nation Tv

This is VP candidate Joe the Biden (not the plumber) a.k.a. GaffemanFrom Joi the Artist. More of Joi’s work can be found here.

Biden as Gaffeman on Obama’s Leadership SkillsFrom Biden Predicts Severe Test For Obama In First 6 Months

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After reading Gateway Pundit’s “Hockey Mom Sarah Palin Cheered At StL Blues Game (Video) …Update: Media Blames Palin for Injured Goalie” and Rose Parade’s “It’s Bush’s fault!!! I mean Palin’s!!! I mean…”, I started thinking about the next cartoon that I saw at Joi’s site. Ordinary people like Sarah, but elitists like Obama, Biden and their followers in the MSM don’t.

From Joi the Artist. More of Joi’s work can be found here.

One final video!

From RedSquareEye:

They trekked thousands of miles in searing heat…They crossed the border risking life and limb…
They get paid peanuts…
They do jobs others refuse to do…
Some people back in their own country treat them with little respect…
They live crammed together in substandard conditions…
They rarely see their families…
They have to learn a foreign language and culture…
They recognize only one flag…

WHO ARE THEY?

They sacrificed for us, and now we need to vote for the best leader for them.

Vote Republican in ‘08
Save Our Country from Bloodsucking Socialism
or
Vote Socialist Vampire in ‘08
Elitist Liberals (Socialist Vampires) Have Rights Too!

Update: I voted Republican early on November 4. Have you voted yet?

2nd Update: Shocking: Obama’s Attack Ad On Himselfvia Jim Treacher

3rd Update: Obama Leads His FlockFrom No Quarter


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