Saturday, October 18, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Robert George writes at the Witherspoon Institute: (you can follow the link from the MereComments site which first pointed this out)
...But this barely scratches the surface of Obama's extremism. He has promised that "the first thing I'd do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act" (known as FOCA). This proposed legislation would create a federally guaranteed "fundamental right" to abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, including, as Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia has noted in a statement condemning the proposed Act, "a right to abort a fully developed child in the final weeks for undefined 'health' reasons."...
...It gets worse.
Obama, unlike even many "pro-choice" legislators, opposed the ban on partial-birth abortions when he served in the Illinois legislature and condemned the Supreme Court decision that upheld legislation banning this heinous practice. He has referred to a baby conceived inadvertently by a young woman as a "punishment" that she should not endure. He has stated that women's equality requires access to abortion on demand. Appallingly, he wishes to strip federal funding from pro-life crisis pregnancy centers that provide alternatives to abortion for pregnant women in need. There is certainly nothing "pro-choice" about that. ...
And even worse
...He has co-sponsored a bill-strongly opposed by McCain-that would authorize the large-scale industrial production of human embryos for use in biomedical research in which they would be killed. In fact, the bill Obama co-sponsored would effectively require the killing of human beings in the embryonic stage that were produced by cloning. It would make it a federal crime for a woman to save an embryo by agreeing to have the tiny developing human being implanted in her womb so that he or she could be brought to term. This "clone and kill" bill would, if enacted, bring something to America that has heretofore existed only in China-the equivalent of legally mandated abortion....
Can it get still worse? Yes...follow the link here to the Witherspoon site to find out just how bad..
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
...But then Times reporters Michael Luc and Griff Palmer revealed an incredible level of naivety by stating “it is unclear why someone making a political donation would want to enter a false name.”
Unclear? What other motive could there be for using a phony name and a nonexistent address to make multiple small donations using a single credit card than to evade U.S. election laws? Such journalistic gullibility may explain why bloggers have been on this story for months and the Times is only now noticing. The Atlas Shrugged blog first broke the story of such suspicious donors behind Obama back in July after noticing little gems like this in the Illinois senator’s official FEC filings:
Name: Hbkjb, jkbkjCity: JkbjnjWorks for: Kuman Bank Occupation: Balanon JalalanAmount: $1,077.23
In case you are wondering, there is no such thing as the Kuman Bank. It is difficult to see how the Obama campaign could have mistakenly accepted such an obviously duplicitous donation - and thousands more like it - in good faith. Yet the campaign is now claiming to be the victim of “Internet fraud.”
Then there’s the question of whether foreign nationals are contributing to the Obama campaign. There is more than enough evidence to warrant a full-scale investigation by the Federal Election Commission, including the $32,332.19 that appears to have come from two brothers living in a Hamas-controlled Palestinian refugee camp in Rafah, GA (that’s Gaza, not Georgia). The brothers’ cash is part of a flood of illegal foreign contributions accepted by the Obama campaign. Potentially at issue, according to a complaint filed last week by the Republican National Committee, is as much as half of the $427 million he’s already collected.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Last June, five Supreme Court justices dreamed up a constitutional right for aliens held as enemy combatants to challenge their wartime detention in court. Now the bitter fruits of the Boumediene decision are plain to see: In Washington, a federal judge has ordered the release — into the United States — of 17 men captured near Tora Bora after the American invasion of Afghanistan. (more)
- Life-Experts agree the next president will appoint the deciding vote on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe vs. Wade and RESTORE legal protection to children in the womb or continue the killing for decades to come.
- Marriage- Barack Obama
has promised to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (signed by President Clinton, and previously supported by Sen. Joe Biden). He "supported" the California Supreme Court that redefined marriage to conform to the homosexual agenda and is on record opposing the California (and Florida) marriage amendments that would restore protection to marriage between one man and one woman.
- Your Money-While Obama is gaining in the polls from the economic collapse, he has received more money from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac than anyone else except the chairman of the Banking Committee, Sen. Chris Dodd. Obama received more than $126,000 after serving in the Senate only four years. Watch it for yourself. It was Sen. John McCain who stood on the floor of the Senate calling for more regulations for Fannie and Freddie while the Democrats blocked all the Republican efforts to provide oversight and regulations. Among Obama's economic advisers is none other than former Fannie Mae CEO Franklin Raines. By the way, Obama will reverse the Bush tax cuts, which means a tax increase for every single one of us.
- Your Health
- Israel-Obama supporters include the enemies of Israel and enemies of America. Terrorists from al-Qaida to Hamas to Hezbollah , to Islamic Jihad to the Muslim Brotherhood. Palestinians are hosting phone banks for Obama, not to mention donating to the campaign in such numbers that even the FEC has taken notice.
- Freedom-The Democrats in Congress have already announced their plans to shut down Christian and conservative talk radio, and with Barack Obama in the White House, they would accomplish their gag-rule goals
- Guns-According to the 1996 Independent Voters of Illinois/Independent Precinct Organization general candidate questionnaire, (Politico, March 31, 2008) Obama endorsed outlawing all handguns. He has also supported other bans and limitations on hunting rifles, shotguns and ammunition.
- Jobs-Small-business owners prefer a McCain administration over his opponent by a four-to-one margin. Obama's economic policies, such as higher taxes and a fine of an undisclosed amount for not providing health care, would put many small businesses out of business and make it tougher for those remaining businesses to flourish and expand, leading to a reduction in jobs. He also supports penalizing corporations, who, by the way, also provide jobs – at least until Obama's attempt to use them to redistribute wealth sends them packing.
- Energy-Obama won't drill, and is against nuclear power.
- National Security
Our very civilization is at stake, and the presidency is not the place for on-the-job training. We must blow the trumpet and warn our nation, or as Ezekiel proclaims, the blood will be on our hands! The good news is, this is not over – you can make a difference. Join with us in sounding the alarm: (read more here and what you can do)
...Meet Jennifer Brunner, Ohio's real life Secretary of State, whose actions in the lead up to this election have been so shamefully partisan -- violating both federal and state law in the process -- that it is doubtful any result on Election Day from Ohio is going to be accepted as credible....
...The second thing she did was to issue an advisory opinion advising county election officials that Ohio law does not require that partisan election observers be allowed to observe registration and voting. This is contrary to the practice on election day and a reversal of the 2006 precedent. Two of the largest counties, Montgomery (containing Dayton) and Franklin (containing Columbus), did not allow Republican election observers to enter the polling place. Media, however, were allowed.
Liberals especially cheered this ruling, believing that GOP election monitors "intimidate" minorities and young people in order to keep them from voting. Given the problems with out of state voters and other irregularities that occurred during this 6 day "Golden" period where people can register and vote on the same day, anyone halfway concerned with free and fair elections just might have welcomed election monitors in order to prevent obvious fraud. But Democrats do not appear to care very much about the "fair" part in elections and instead wish to be "free" to violate the law with impunity.
Another insult to the integrity of our election system was Brunner's attempt to prevent thousands of McCain absentee ballots from being counted.
Brunner also tried to throw out absentee ballot applications sent out by the McCain campaign because the campaign added an extra check-box to the application. This time, the GOP won in court. Clearly Brunner was not protecting everyone's right to vote. If that was her interest, she would have applied the same lax standards to the McCain campaign's applications that she applies to absentee voting.
The Republicans took that one to court and prevailed. Thank the Lord for small favors. And it appeared very briefly that Republicans had won a stunning court victory on Thursday when a US District Judge ruled that Brunner must verify the registrations by checking them against the motor vehicle and social security databases. She was also ordered to share the information on how to verify registrations with Ohio's 88 county registrars.
But a federal appeals court struck down the district judge's ruling:
Brunner argued that it would take two to three days to create the necessary computer programs, and that nothing in the Help America Vote Act required her to do what the district court ordered. The appeals court agreed in a split decision. "With less than a month until the election, and less than two weeks until the beginning of counting absentee ballots, the secretary cannot be required to undertake the extensive reprogramming and other changes to the election mechanics without complete disruption of the electoral process in Ohio," the majority said in its opinion. "The irreparable harm to the voting public caused by the district court's order is equally clear."
No word on the "irreparable harm" done to the integrity of the election process by Brunner, Obama, and the rest of the Democrats in Ohio.
Then, of course, there are the vastly more entertaining antics of ACORN in Ohio. One must give credit where credit is due. ACORN should win some kind of award for its spectacular creativity in finding new ways to game the system and flood it with false, forged, and illegal voter registration applications.
First, it is important to recall that the Obama campaign funneled more than $800,000 to ACORN and then tried to hide it by designating it as payment to "Citizens Services, Inc." for work such as $310,000 for "Stage, Sound, and Lighting." Michelle Malkin looked deeper into this fraud and found some startling facts: (more)
From John Lott author of Freedomnomics and a senior research scholar at the University of Maryland. The article is over at Fox:
Obama's claims that “I have not received some official endorsement from” and “not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis” are both wrong. True, Ayers has not publicly endorsed Obama during the current presidential campaign, but Ayers opened his home to Obama very early in his first campaign for the Illinois state Senate and threw a fundraiser for him. Undoubtedly, that counts as some type of official endorsement.
The issue of not exchanging ideas regularly is clearly wrong, too. Ayers and Obama served on two boards together: the Chicago Annenberg Challenge from 1995 to 2001 and the Woods Foundation from 1993 to 2002. For the first five years with the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, Obama served as chairman of the board and handled its fiscal matters. Ayers was the Chicago Annenberg Challenge’s founder and he served as the chairman of the foundation’s other body that set education policy. Since they served together with a foundation that gave out over $100 million to groups that they both generally agreed with, there had to be some regular exchange of and agreement on ideas.
Agreement on views seemed particularly crucial, since Ayers hardly has what most Americans would consider “traditional” views on education. The Chicago Annenberg Challenge gave money to infuse students with a radical political commitment. Just in 2006, Ayers told Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez that, “We share the belief that education is the motor-force of revolution.” Ayers apparently told an author, who was writing a book on 1960s radicals shortly before the foundation was set up in 1995, that “I’m a radical, Leftist, small ‘c’ communist.”
None of the media fact checkers evaluated either of these two claims. Instead, for example, the Washington Post Fact Check focused on whether Ayers was a professor of English or education citing the New York Times story's claim that the "two men do not appear to have been close." Nor do any of these media critics mention Obama’s comparison to Coburn, which makes it appear that the relationship between Ayers and Obama was about as close as senators from different political parties at the opposite ends of the political spectrum. (more)
2) Other quotes on Obama's relationship with Ayers
3) A pattern of false statements about controversial acquaintances
Barack Obama told a tax-burdened plumber over the weekend that his economic philosophy is to "spread the wealth around" -- a comment that may only draw fire from riled-up John McCain supporters who have taken to calling Obama a "socialist" at the Republican's rallies.
Obama made the remark, caught on camera, after fielding some tough questions from the plumber Sunday in Ohio, where the Democratic candidate canvassed neighborhoods and encouraged residents to vote early.
"Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn't it?" the plumber asked, complaining that he was being taxed "more and more for fulfilling the American dream."
"It's not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they've got a chance for success too," Obama responded. "My attitude is that if the economy's good for folks from the bottom up, it's gonna be good for everybody ... I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody." (more)
Sunday, October 12, 2008
...Though never a supporter of Obama, I admired him for a time for his ability to engage our imaginations, and especially for his ability to inspire the young once again to embrace the political system. Yet his myopia in the last few months has cast a new light on his “politics of change.”
Nobody should hold the junior senator from Illinois responsible for his friends’ and supporters’ violent terrorist acts.
But it is fair to hold him responsible for a startling lack of judgment in his choice of mentors, associates, and friends, and for showing a callous disregard for the lives they damaged and the hatred they have demonstrated for this country.
It is fair, too, to ask what those choices say about Obama’s own beliefs, his philosophy, and the direction he would take our nation. (read more here)
I think he's right. How about you?
...Conservatives were very much opposed to Bill Clinton for myriad reasons, but with decades in elective office in Arkansas, at least he wasn't a stealth candidate. Though rumors and mysteries abounded, Clinton was hardly a blank slate who emerged out of nowhere.
Obama is different. He burst onto the political scene and has risen with such alacrity that even many of his supporters don't have a clue what he's about or where he would take America.
It's no wonder the conspiracy types are whispering that he's the Manchurian candidate. It's not as if he's embracing his past; it's more as if he's concealing it, and for good reason. People have a right to know just how radical this man is because America's destiny is in the balance. ... (more)
Maggie's Notebook: Breaking Story: "Prosecutor Fitzgerald Could Send Obama To Jail"
Toni Foulkes, (ACORN organizer) “Case Study: Chicago-The Barack Obama Campaign,” Social Policy, 10/18/04)
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Obama continues his organizing work largely through classes for future leaders identified by ACORN and the Centers for New Horizons on the south side. (more here)