On Tuesday, the Democrats passed a $26 billion bill that will raise taxes and cut government funding to food stamp recipients. I’m left wondering who the Liberal insiders are really looking out for? For years the Left has claimed to be for the low- and middle-class workers, claiming the rich need to carry the load. Tuesday showed us who the Left really cares about- public employee unions. The bill that Obama pushed through Congress robbed the poorest Americans of much needed food stamps while guaranteeing that highly paid public employees will still have their jobs.
I bet you haven’t heard about HR2765 entitled “Securing the Protection of our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage Act.” It’s the new law protecting First Amendment rights of American authors and publishers from foreign libel lawsuits. I’ve written about it before; it’s a vital piece of protection which passed both Houses of Congress unanimously (which in this day and age is saying something).
Columnist Diana West reports here on the mysterious fog that continues to surround the April 10 crash of a Polish jet in Russia several months, killing Polish President Lech Kaczynski and many other members of the Polish elite.
For those of us who have struggled to understand our mayor’s passionate defense of the Ground Zero Mosque, we now know the deep-seated psychological scar that undergirds it. (NYTimes 8/13) It seems that his parents shielded their identity as Jews when they bought a house in Medford, Mass in a restricted neighborhood. Oh the horror of it - and how exactly analagous it is to the situation on Park Place - grief counselors may be called to help the mayor deal with this re-opening of an old wound. Hopefully, the mayor won’t proceed from this memory to the reality of how many exclusions and quotas existed for Jews in America at every step of their academic, professional, residential and recreational opportunities. Despite these devastating ordeals, the Jewish people amazingly neither turned to terrorism nor did they call for it from their “religious” pulpits. But back to today’s Times article about the deep roots of the mayor’s defense of the Cordoba mosque.
A friend once defined the difference between the men and the boys in politics: “Boys run for office to be someone. Men run to do something.” Manute Bol was not a politician. Far better, as Julius Caesar said, “This was a man!”
Liberals have made it clear that if you oppose any of President Barack Obama’s policies, you’re racist. And if you oppose illegal immigration, you’re racist. But it doesn’t stop there. With new guidelines being issued minute by minute making it hard to keep track of what’s racist, here’s an update:
This week, we got word that the controversial imam behind the proposed Ground Zero mosque, Imam Faisal Rauf, is embarking on an all-taxpayer-paid tour of the Middle East. He’ll be visiting the desert climes of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi—-all paid for by you, the long-suffering and overly-burdened American taxpayer.
In a front page article about the Ground Zero Mosque in Wednesday’s Times (8/11/10), reporter Anne Barnard manages to incorporate the following loaded phrases: volatile post 9/11 passions and politics; combustible debate…characterized by powerful emotions and mistaken information…and a national political climate in which no preparation could have headed off controversy; fear and confusion in New York about Islam after 9/11; a movement…against Muslims seeking a larger role in American public life. In contrast to these descriptions of the general population’s mood, the post 9/11 volatility was characterized solely by the televised images of American Muslims dancing in the streets of Brooklyn and New Jersey, cheering the destruction which had taken the lives of 3,000 victims. There were no such demonstrations on the part of non-Muslim New Yorkers who were somber and grief-stricken by the wholesale slaughter and grotesque photos of trapped people jumping from the windows of a burning building. The national ceremonies in Washington included a Muslim imam conducting prayer services alongside a grave president who made certain to stress that this country was not at war with Islam - this only days after the worst military attack on home ground since World War 11.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has forcefully supported the building of an Islamic mega-mosque within spitting distance of Ground Zero, where nearly 3000 Americans were incinerated by Islamic jihadists on September 11, 2001.
Did you know that in 1933, when the country was sick and nobody knew what to do about it, people got in their cars, drove to Washington, presented themselves at the White House, and said “What can I do to help?”
With nearly 10% nationwide unemployment it’s hard to distinguish where the downturn ends from where the sluggish recovery begins, but I think most Americans believe the worst is over. We weathered the storm. In spite of supreme mismanagement by this administration, earmarked with bogus bailouts, a failed stimulus package, a healthcare plan most Americans oppose, and a litany of other big-government bonanzas, the American economy has proved its resiliency. But before you think we’re back on our feet, be warned: there’s a tax tsunami on the horizon.
Earlier this season, Team Obama launched a PR offensive designed to convince Americans that a real economic recovery was underway. They called it “Recovery Summer!” Note the exclamation point. They wanted you to really, really get that they believed we were in “recovery.” It wasn’t just a “recovery.” It was “Recovery Summer!”
Writing for the Economist, columnist Lexington wades into the lower Manhattan Mosque controversy by quoting approvingly Imam Feisal’s claim that calling his center Cordoba “in recollection of a time when the rest of Europe had sunk into the Dark Ages but Muslims, Jews and Christians created an oasis of art, culture and science” demonstrates the cleric’s good intentions. The trouble is that Cordoba was not the tolerant oasis the two faced cleric claims than Munich was. Both cities knew periods of tolerance and fanaticism. Hence, to call a Muslim center Cordoba is no better than calling a Christian center Munich.
My best friend in high school and college was Mike Burke. Like many of us in the 60’s, he was a rebel. He had long, blond hair, loved the Beatles and charmingly caused trouble wherever he went. He was the leader of our pack. They say there is nothing more dangerous than a 17 year-old boy. Mike was the literal definition of that truism. He led us into more trouble than can be imagined, from seducing all the freshman girls to high speed chases with the police to eventually getting most of us to try drugs. But, it could have been a lot worse had it not been for his saintly mother, Wanda.
A man who really likes a woman will not forget about her – will not forget to call when he said he would, will not forget he had a date with her, will not forget to put her name on a list, will not forget it’s Valentine’s Day, will not forget her birthday, will not forget her number…he will not forget! But the man who’s not that into you? He’ll forget – a clear red flag, and one once waved should be your signal to forget about him. Cross him off your list. Let him go. Don’t agonize. In a word: Next!
The National Football League has a rule that calls for a penalty when a player scoring a touchdown celebrates excessively. It’s normal for a player to spike the ball in the end zone, but if he taunts his opponents or dances around crazily in a burst of uncontrolled exuberance, he draws a referee’s flag.
If you want one reason to vote Republican—-and by now, you’ve seen the Democrats inflict so much damage on this country that I’m sure you’ve got a million reasons to vote GOP. But if you’re still looking for just one reason to vote Republican, here it is, in one word: judges.
While the guardians of our diversity-obsessed society stress the need for us to welcome a Muslim mosque to Ground Zero, despite Muslim antipathy towards western values, I wonder why the selfsame champions of gay rights are silent about Islam’s prohibitions against homosexuality and harsh penalties for offenders. Christine Quinn, the first lesbian Speaker of the New York City Council, stood silently behind Mayor Bloomberg as he chastised us that “to cave to popular sentiment would be to hand a victory to the terrorists,” as if popular sentiment represents a less developed, more bigoted type of thought. The developers of the mosque have already announced their plans to file for tax-exempt, not-for-profit status - in others words the mosque will be subsidized by all of us. How do enlightened thinkers such as Bloomberg, Quinn and Cuomo feel about supporting groups that discriminate against gays?
For those who haven’t yet seen it, here’s a link to the July 27 report by the Congressional Budget Office entitled “Federal Debt and the Risk of a Fiscal Crisis.” A few highlights from the report (and remember, the head of the CBO is a Democrat):
We saw one expression of Islam at Ground Zero in New York City on September 11, 2001. Now, Imam Faisal Rauf and others want to demonstrate another expression of Islam there: a $100 million mosque mere steps away from the place where thousands were incinerated by Mohammed Atta et al.
The Father of the Constitution James Madison once said, “Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.” Nonetheless, we live in an entitlement age, where the business of providing charity invariably becomes an impetus for bigger, more oppressive government.
Heretical as it may be to dis a Robert Duvall movie, Get Low, a film that pretends to show us that good and evil are not poles apart but intertwined, remains a slow-paced movie that upends no conventions and ends with a mawkish celebration of the basic goodness of even the most ornery soul. It begins with the image of a man fleeing a blazing fire, leading us to believe that he’s the one who torched it before running for his own safety. Soon enough, we meet the grizzled recluse who has secluded himself from the community for forty years, taking intermittent potshots at those who invade his space or cross his animals. Duvall has owned this character and played variations of it for many years so that now, with nothing new added to the formula, the performance and the film are predictable and boring. We know that beneath his meanness beats a heart that has been broken - the only remaining question is how.