Wednesday, December 9, 2009
President Obama's job approval rating has fallen to 47 percent in the latest Gallup poll, the lowest ever recorded for any president at this point in his term.
Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and even Richard Nixon all had higher approval ratings 10-and-a-half months into their presidencies. Obama's immediate predecessor, President George W. Bush, had an approval rating of 86 percent, or 39 points higher than Obama at this stage. Bush's support came shortly after he launched the war in Afghanistan in response to the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said he doesn't "put a lot of stock" in the survey by Gallup, which has conducted presidential approval polls since 1938, longer than any other organization.
"If I was a heart patient and Gallup was my EKG, I'd visit my doctor," Gibbs said in response to questions from Fox. "I'm sure a six-year-old with a Crayon could do something not unlike that. I don't put a lot of stake in, never have, in the EKG that is daily Gallup trend. I don't pay a lot of attention to the meaninglessness of it."
Gallup Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport responded: "Gibbs said that if Gallup were his EKG, he would visit his doctor. Well, I think the doctor might ask him what's going on in his life that would cause his EKG to be fluctuating so much. There is, in fact, a lot going on at the moment -- the health care bill, the jobs summit, the Copenhagen climate conference and Afghanistan."
The new low comes as Obama struggles to overhaul the nation's health care system and escalates America's involvement in the Afghanistan war. He is also presiding over a deep and prolonged recession, with unemployment at 10 percent.
"There's no doubt Obama's 47 percent is mainly a result of the continuing bad economy," said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. "But there is also a growing concern about government spending and debt, and a sense that Obama is trying to do too much, too soon."
He added: "President Obama has reason to be concerned about his ratings. Even in tough times, presidents have usually been able to stay above the critical 50 percent mark in the first year, when the public is most inclined to give the new incumbent the benefit of the doubt."
Obama officials have not always shown disdain for Gallup. During last year's presidential campaign, Obama adviser David Plouffe, trumpeted "the latest Gallup poll" to reporters because it showed that 53 percent of Americans did not find Obama Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, "trustworthy."
When Gallup began taking presidential approval polls 71 years ago, Franklin Roosevelt had been president for more than five years. During his remaining time in office, his job approval rating never fell below 48 percent.
The next 11 presidents, both Democrats and Republicans, all had higher job approval ratings than Obama at this stage of their tenure. Their ratings were:
-- George W. Bush, 86 percent
-- Bill Clinton, 52 percent
-- George H.W. Bush, 71 percent
-- Ronald Reagan, 49 percent
-- Jimmy Carter, 57 percent
-- Gerald Ford, 52 percent
-- Richard Nixon, 59 percent
-- Lyndon Johnson, 74 percent
-- John Kennedy, 77 percent
-- Dwight Eisenhower, 69 percent
-- Harry Truman, 49 percent
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Are we really starting to walk down this path? We now have Muslim jihadists in the United States Armed Forces? America is completely oblivious to how far radical Islam has penetrated our society. Before we act, it will be too late.
Today is a prime example.
Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan murdered 12 of America's finest and wounded over 30 more. Personally, I think things are going to get very interesting as information surfaces about Hasan. Maybe this will open the American public's mind when it comes to radical Islam.
Here is an Internet post that was reportedly posted by Hasan about six months ago:
"To say that this soldier committed suicide is inappropriate. Its more appropriate to say he is a brave hero that sacrificed his life for a more noble cause," said the Internet posting. "Scholars have paralled (sic) this to suicide bombers whose intention, by sacrificing their lives, is to help save Muslims by killing enemy soldiers."
WAKE UP AMERICA!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
In the first of many, thank you Mr. Obama for your inability to lead and your horrendous policies.
And the tide shifts...
Thursday, October 29, 2009
However, from my brief overview of the proposal one thing is certain:
Democrats hate America. Heck, the Dems may even hate you.
Why so harsh, Ryan? Hate? Isn't that a strong word? Well, yes...it is, but when it comes to issues like this you have to let the evidence speak for itself.
Stupidity in 1,990 Pages
"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within." ~William Durant~
Friday, October 23, 2009
Mike O'Keefe thinks a health care overhaul would lead to more long lines like the flu shot lines at Cedarburg High School.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
On Wednesday night, I became the AFFI Social Networking Director for an organization called the Alliance for the Future of Israel. Basically, I am in charge of maintaining the organization's communication goals through several social networking websites (Twitter, Facebook, and Myspace). Our goal is to "spread the word" through as many avenues as possible. The endeavor will hopefully launch the AFFI organization to new heights.
Here is an overview of AFFI:
The Alliance for the Future of Israel is a joint venture of Jews and Christians who are striving to advance the fulfillment of God’s prophetic Word regarding the return of His nation, Israel, to Zion; and the rebirth of the modern Nation of Israel.
The Alliance was founded out of the need to:
* Ensure the existence of Israel
* Promise the security of the Jewish people dwelling in the Holy Land
* Guarantee their ability to prevail over the many threats they face.
The founders of the Alliance understand that the future of the Jewish people in Zion is based on two pillars:
* Developing new leadership in Israel, which possesses faith, values and integrity.
* Intensifying Jewish immigration to Israel (opening Israel’s Gates to ALL JEWS, regardless of their religious affiliation.)
The Alliance calls for the involvement and support of the Judeo-Christian world for this vision.
AFFI’s support of Israel will be focused on two main areas:
* Development of future leadership
* An Educational Campaign that will deepen the recognition, understanding and cooperation between all Jewish Streams
AFFI is a non-profit 501 © (3) registered in the USA. All contributions are tax-exempt. All monies raised are channeled to support the annual budget which supports:
* Training and developing leadership
* Supporting Freedom of Religious Choice and Equality for all Jewish streams
Along with AFFI, our organization is a strong supporter of the Israel Leadership Institute.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Mike Huckabee; Ex-Governor of Arkansas
Haley Barbour; Governor of Mississippi
Jeb Bush; Ex-Governor of Florida
Eric Cantor; US Representative Virginia
Charlie Crist; Governor of Florida
Newt Gingrich; Ex-Speaker of the House
Bobby Jindal; Governor of Louisiana
Ron Paul; US Representative Texas
Tim Pawlenty; Governor of Minnesota
Mike Pence; US Representative Indiana
Mitt Romney; Governor of Massachusetts
Sarah Palin; Ex-Governor of Alaska
Rick Santorum; Ex-US Senator of Pennsylvania
Rick Perry; Governor of Texas
My top ticket (subject to change)?
President - Mike Huckabee
Vice President - Pence/Perry/Gingrich/Crist/Santorum
Friday, October 9, 2009
On my way to work, I about crashed my car into a ditch when this news came over the airwaves this morning.
I am literally in utter shock.
Barack Obama and the Nobel Peace Prize?
I immediately feel pity on other past winners (except Yassir Arafat and Jimmy Carter). In one brief moment the Nobel Peace Prize has been dumbed-down to Employee of the Month status. I hear Elie Wiesel has taken his NPP off of the shelf and is now using it as a coffee coaster.
"I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many transformative figures that have been honored by this prize," Obama said.
The Nobel Peace Prize had a deadline of February 1, 2009 for all nominations. That is less than two weeks after Barry took office. Does anyone else see a problem here?
According to FoxNews, "The Nobel committee said its decision to honor the president was motivated by Obama's initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and stress diplomacy and cooperation rather than unilateralism."
"Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future," said Thorbjoern Jagland, chairman of the Nobel Committee.
What world are you living in Mr. Jagland?
Let me get this straight...as the sitting president residing over two wars, unemployment through the roof, fiscal irresponsibility, federal promotion of abortion services, pushing to nationalize our bodies, throwing money and legislation at the myth of global warming, promoting an immoral and hazardous lifestyle, is all you have to do to get the Nobel Peace Prize?
So, if I show up to the UN and give a speech promoting "initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and stress diplomacy and cooperation rather than unilateralism;" I can get one of those puppies too?
There are only so many times that you can flush the toilet before the Earth actually goes down the drain.
I'm starting to feel the swirl.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
This is hot topic in today's Arab/Israeli conflict. However, it is one of the biggest fabrications as well. Before the War of 1948, over 100,000 Arabs (mostly well-to-do Arabs, but followed by Arab peasantry) migrated to Beirut and Damascus on their own terms and could return to a "better off" situation (it had been reported in Arab newspapers that the War of 1948 would last 4-6 weeks). This mass exodus happened before either side raised a weapon.
Upon war, it became quite clear to Israel that this was a war of survival. The Haganah paramilitary group used scare tactics to force Arabs to leave Jewish areas, but many Jewish leaders publicly called for the Arabs to stay. Arab countries were not similar in this respect. Many Arab countries encouraged, often times using their own scare tactics, Arabs to leave. In the Arab's view, the War would be over quickly and the fleeing Arabs could return to their lives. In 1943, the Jordanian newspaper Al Urdun wrote,
For the flight and fall of the other villages it is our leaders who are responsible because of their dissemination of rumors exaggerating Jewish crimes and describing them as atrocities in order to inflame Arabs...By spreading rumors of Jewish atrocities, killing of women and children, etc., they instilled fear and terror in the hearts of Arabs in Palestine, until they fled leaving their homes and properties to the enemy."
Khaled al-Azm, the Syrian prime minister, said,
"We brought disaster upon a million Arab refugees by inviting them and bringing pressure on them to leave. We have accustomed them to begging...we have participated in lowering their morale and social level...Then we exploited them in executing crimes of murder, arson and throwing stones upon men, women and children...all this for service of political purposes."
Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the PLO, wrote,
"The Arab armies entered Palestine to protect the Palestinians from Zionist tyranny, but instead they abandoned them, forced them to emigrate and to leave their homeland, imposed upon them a political and ideological blockade and threw them into prisons similar to the ghettos in which the Jews used to live in Eastern Europe."
Another argument that often arises is the "massacre" at Deir Yassin. Unfortunately, 107 Arabs did die (most of them Iraqi soldiers), but the fabrication of this story by the Arabs is questionable. Iraqi soldiers arrived to this area in hopes of blocking the main road to Tel-Aviv. When the Irgun arrived (another paramilitary group) they found themselves ambushed by Iraqi soldiers who had dressed as women and were firing in and around innocent civilians. Another piece of evidence that shows the mentality of this so-called political nationalism.
By May 15, 1948 armies from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt (along with volunteers from Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Morocco, attacked Israel and outnumbered them 5 to 1. Israel was obviously on defense and pushed the Arabs back and claimed land that had been "promised" to the Arabs (which they had turned down on numerous occasions). There was nothing close to ethnic cleansing.
At the Rhodes armistice talks in 1949, Israel willingly offered all of the land back in exchange for a peace treaty. The Arabs, not surprisingly, said no and launched, over the next six years, over 9,000 terrorist attacks that would eventually lead to the war of 1956. At the Lausanne conference, Israel (again) offered the Arabs' land back. The Arabs rejected this again because it would be recognizing the State of Israel. Instead, the Arabs maintained the refugee problem and claimed that it would stay that way until the flag of Palestine flew over the State of Israel.
~Reference from David Meir-Levi, History Upside Down (pgs. 66-75)
Monday, October 5, 2009
A little history first. The Jew were a powerful people in Israel about 3,200 years ago. The Jewish state lasted through the Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Greek, and Roman conquests. After 70 AD, the landscape began to change as more conquests dominated the area and, eventually (7th century), the Arab Muslims took control and the Jews became a barely tolerated minority. During the Arab rule, the land known as Israel became stagnant. Surrounding Arab countries rounded up populations that would relocate to Israel (a large majority being fellahin, or Arab laborers. Under the Ottoman Empire, these Arabs, or early Palestinians, were bought out by their own Arab people. Land reform laws, enacted by the Ottoman Empire, reduced the Arab laborers (who had owned the land for decades) to nothing more than Arab serfs.
As Zionists slowly made their way back into the land of Israel, they bought up unworked land and privately owned land; which had a positive effect overall on both cultures. The Zionist endeavor reversed the harsh land laws, helped cultivate the land, and allowed many Arab serfs to become land owners once again.
In the early 19th century, the British became interested in Israel. England's turmoil with the French caused the British to send political and cultural representatives to the region in order to limit French influence. After World War I, the British and the French carved up the region and created puppet states; the land of Israel being part of that region. During the war, the British had promised both the Arabs and the Jews land for the creation of a state. Arab riots in 1919, 1921, 1922, and 1929 killed hundreds of Jews and British military leaders teamed up with Palestinian leaders to show how unpopular the UK's pro-Zionist policy was. Britain would eventually require Jews to relocate, dismantle settlements, and limit Jewish immigration to Palestine. As Hitler came to power, thousands of Jews fled to Palestine, which enraged the Arabs and eventually led to the Great Arab Revolt in 1936. To fix the situation, Lord Peel's partition plan was presented to the two sides: the Palestinians would get 85% of the land and the Jews would get 15%. The Jews accepted. The Palestinians did not. In their views, the Jews deserved no sovereignty in Arab lands. In 1937, the Arabs could have had 85% of Israel.
The Holocaust caused even more ripples in the region. Because of the British limit of Jews allowed to immigrate to Palestine, thousands of Jews were trapped in Europe. The British gave up and handed the land over to the United Nations. After a fact-finding mission, the UN decided that Israel needed its own state. The Arabs did not meet with the UN teams and claimed that it would not support any land, even though land was already legally owned by the Jews, "given" to the Jews. Eventually, the UN made two states. The Jews rejoiced. The Arabs prepared for war.
The War of 1948 was a defensive war for Israel. Leading up to the war, Arab paramilitary forces carried out deadly attacks on Israel settlements. The British mandate expired on May 14, 1948 and seven Arab armies invaded at once. During a brief ceasefire, Israel planned its next moves while the Arab armies couldn't trust each other enough to leave their own borders. Israel never stole any land. It simply took back land that had been compromised by the Arabs during the aggression. It did not break any international laws or norms. Upon Israel's victory, 725,000 Arabs fled for their own reasons. On the other hand, almost 1 million Jews were expelled from surrounding Arab countries. They left behind an estimated $2,500,000,000 worth of estates. 80% of these expelled Jews were absorbed by Israel.
Arabs refer to this Israeli victory as al-Nakba, or "The Catastrophe." How was this a disaster? The Jews simply defended land assigned to them by the United Nations. Had there been no war, there would have been no refugees. The Arabs, if willing to negotiate, could have had there land back. Instead, Jordan and Egypt illegally declared sovereignty over Gaza and the West Bank defying Resolutions 181 and 194. Even worse, the Arab states kept the refugees in concentration camps that could be used as leverage against Israel and the West. The Arabs who stayed in Israel (170,000...1,400,000 today) have prospered and enjoy opportunities unlike any in the Arab world.
~reference David Meir-Levi, History Upside Down (pgs.53-65)
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Let's take a closer look at Hamas. In the Middle East, not yet in the West, Hamas is known as apocalyptic terror group that has written into its Charter the idea of genocide and destruction against the Jewish people and world domination through Islam. Founded in 1987, Hamas became the first democratically elected group in Palestine, in 2006, with an agenda that incorporates genocide and terrorism. Talk about an unstable region.
Upon its founding, Hamas was used against Palestinians that would not conform to strict Islamic rules, execute those who cooperated with Israel, and to prepare the Gazans for jihad against Israel. It even partnered with the PLO to carry out terrorist attacks, which Arafat used (once again) for his political posturing. When it comes to support, Hamas has plenty. Much of the Arab region has put its weight behind Hamas. Syria, Iran, and Saudi Arabia has been funding and training Hamas since the 1990's. Although it operated mostly under Syrian support, Hamas now operates independently with funding from Iran. Iran and Hamas share the same vision; the destruction of Israel. Hamas has a branch office in Tehran, it was invited to an international conference in Iran about the "blessed Intifada," and has been training and equipping Hamas and Hezbollah for several decades. Unfortunately, the biggest asset of Hamas has been the UN, another reason that it is a pointless collaboration of countries.
After Israel re-entered the West Bank in April of 2002, it uncovered thousands of documents and computer hard drives showing the connection between the PLO and Hamas. After decades of creating a political illusion, the United States finally saw Arafat for what he was; a terrorist aide and a leader unable and unwilling to achieve peace. There have also been documented cases in which Hamas has helped al-Qaeda and a growing number of al-Qaeda cells have been uncovered in Gaza. Hamas also gave Arafat something he never successfully could develop: suicide bombers. It founded a suicide bomber academy in Gaza City. From 2000 to 2004, Hamas carried out 425 attacks against Israel with 52 of those attacks being suicide bombings.
The 2006 election was a bigger victory than expected for Hamas; which claimed more than half of the seats within the government. Although the Palestinian people have claimed they voted for Hamas to "clean up" Fatah's governmental mess, even Hamas' leaders recognized the fact that the people understand what the group stands for and used this to show the sway in public opinion. During the transition of power, Fatah and Hamas fought a civil war in which more Palestinians were killed in less than one year than by Israel in the previous six years. Mahmoud Zahar put it best when asked what the purpose of Hamas will be when it comes to running a government entity, "It is in our national interest to stop cooperation with Israel in any field. It should be Hamastan."
The next installment will discuss Palestine's myth about how Zionists stole its land.
~reference History Upside Down by David Meir-Levi (pgs. 36-50)
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Egypt was particularly interested in Muslim Brotherhood that was spewing from Palestine. It made sure that the 350,000 Palestinian refugees developed no national sentiment or activism. In fact, Egypt directed, through propaganda, an anti-Israel sentiment in hopes of extinguishing the anti-Egyptian tone that was surfacing. The Egyptian secret police (through Arab refugees) carried out the fedayeen which, over seven years, carried out over 9,000 terrorist attacks against Israel. Egyptian King, Gamal Abdel Nasser, deliberately used the illusion of Palestinian nationalism for his own purposes. Nasser would go on to use the Palestinians, until the economy collapsed, to do much of Egypt's dirty work in Gaza. Nasser used the poor economy to form a relationship with the USSR and thus the creation of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).
The PLO was "born" out of the USSR's attempt to create "liberation fronts" in the Third World. Amazingly, the first PLO council (consisting of 422 handpicked Palestinians by the KGB) drafted the Palestinian National Charter which was created in Moscow. The USSR and East Germany were funding the entire PLO operation. Over the next several decades, the PLO was trained for and trained terror groups across the region. The Soviets also created Moscow's Patrice Lumumba People's Friendship University that specialized training in terrorism. Who was a graduate? Non other than Mahmoud Abbas; head of the PLO who wrote his doctoral thesis on the denial of the Holocaust.
As Yassir Arafat rose to power, he summoned the aide of other Arab states through the realism that terror was on the only way to keep political hopes alive. Arafat, unappeased with the Palestinians aide of Israel to stop Fatah operatives, set of on a campaign to win over the Arab states. Eventually, this was successful when the Khartoum conference rejected Israel's land offers (once again). After Arafat claimed "victory" over Israel (Israel actually retreated because it didn't want to get involved in the conflict between Jordan and Palestine), he, backed by the Soviets, became the leader of the PLO and Fatah. In 1970. Arafat denounced William Roger's (US Secretary of State) plan (Jordan and Egypt agreed to Roger's plan) for Israel to withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza; in Arafat;s mind, Palestine existed with no Israel. After a brief defeat as leader, Arafat reestablished himself as the head of the PLO by convincing the Palestinians that he had fought for Palestinian nationalism (his invention), turned the PLO into a terror group, waged war on Israel, took the PLO into sovereign countries, and gathered support throughout the Arab world. Arafat would continue to be a Soviet puppet as his terror regime continued forward.
Let's break down some of the PLO's influences. Abu Jihad, PLO military operations leader, went to North Vietnam to study Ho Chi Minh's guerrilla warfare tactics. Ho's chief strategist, General Giap, told Arafat, "Stop talking about annihilating Israel and instead turn your terror war into a struggle for human rights. Then you will have the American people eating out of your hand." Arafat was also tutored by Muhammad Yazid who said,
"Wipe out the argument that Israel is a small state whose existence is threatened by the Arab states, or the reduction of the Palestinian problem to question of refugees; instead, present the Palestinian struggle as a struggle for liberation like the others. Wipe out the impression...that in the struggle between the Palestinians and the Zionists, the Zionist is the underdog. Now is the Arab who is oppressed and victimized in his existence because he is not only facing the Zionists but also world imperialism."
Arafat used his expertise in propaganda to paint a picture of a homeless people being oppressed through terrorism that he, in fact, was orchestrating. Thus, he was winning the hearts of the West as a statesman who needed our sympathies. In order to keep Arafat in Soviet control, the Soviet's used an "insurance policy" on Arafat. The USSR secretly taped Arafat's nightly homosexual encounters with his bodyguards and teen orphans. This ensured the relationship between the USSR and the terrorist PLO.
In general terms, Arafat created Palestine. Throughout history, there was never a nation of Palestine and never a people known as the Pales tines. In fact, it has always been under the sovereignty of other nations and empires. It wasn't until the 1940's when a "two state" solution was first conceived. However, the Arab nations rejected this notion because it would be an injustice to Syria, whose southern part was considered part of "Palestine," and the Arabs argued that there has never been a Palestinian people. During the 19 years between 1949 and the Six-Day War, no Arab nation ever questioned Palestinian nationalism as it was controlled by Jordan and Egypt.
In the PLO's original Charter, it states, "this organization does not exercise any regional sovereignty over the West Bank in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, in the Gaza Strip or the Himmah area." However, once Arafat took control, he considered the only :homeland" of Palestine to be the state of Israel. In 1968, Arafat changed the Charter by claiming sovereignty over the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. He created a myth that the Palestinian people had always been a part of this land and that Israel was unjustly taking it over. Terror; therefore, was the only means to reclaim its national identity. Zahir Muhse'in, a member of PLO Executive Committee said,
The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there are no difference between Jordanians, Syrians, and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct "Palestinian people" to oppose Zionism.
Even Arafat himself said, "The Palestinian people have no national identity. I, Yassir Arafat, man of destiny, will give them that identity through conflict with Israel."
Palestinian nationalism, that was created, came to be the only national movement to have the destruction of a sovereign state and the genocide of a people as its only reason for being.
The next installment will focus on Islamofascism.
~reference History Upside Down by David Meir-Levi (pgs. 8-35)
Friday, October 2, 2009
In our world today, Radical Islam is the biggest threat to world peace, democracy, and societal progress. Over the last century, radical groups such as Hezbollah, Hamas and al-Qaeda have dominated the political landscape of the Middle East.
Where did this ideology originated? Enter Sheikh Hassan al-Banna; the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood. This group was founded for his desire to restore the Caliphate, ultimately unifying the Muslim world in a global Islamic empire. The West, in the Brotherhood's view, was suffocating Islam and promoting evilness throughout the world. Although the Brotherhood's ideology loathed the West, this "evilness" could be traced back to the Jews; the main culprits of destruction.
Founded in 1928, the Brotherhood had grown to over 500,000 members by the late 1930's with 38 chapters in the British Mandatory Palestine alone. To achieve its goal, the Brotherhood drastically changed the way Islam was taught. It focused on training that included terrorist activity (assassinations, suicide missions, and the acquisition of weapons). As the Nazi's rose to power in Germany, so did the Brotherhood's admiration for its cause. The similarities were already there, but nothing was as prominent as both entities main desire: the extermination of the Jewish people.
It sounds like al-Banna was the strongest Nazi supporter, right? Wrong. Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and one-time president of the Supreme Muslim Council of Palestine, takes the cake. His claim to "fame?" Transplanting genocide from wartime Europe to the Palestinian national movement. He even made the Nazi payroll. He was directly responsible for the anti-Jewish riots of 1919, 1920, and 1929 that destroyed the community of Hebron. He organized the "Great Arab Revolt" of 1936-1939 which was funded by the Nazi movement. Al-Husseini led the pro-Nazi coup in Iraq in 1941 and urged other pro-Nazi governments to transport Jews to death camps. He was also one of the biggest propagandists of the Nazi movement. On November 21, 1941, al-Husseini praised the Nazis because "they know how to get rid of Jews, and that brings us close to the Germans and sets us in their camp." In 1944, the mufti in Palestine said in a broadcast, "Arabs! Rise as one and fight for your sacred rights. Kill the Jews wherever you find them. Kill them with your teeth if need be. This please God, history, and religion."
After the war ended, and a brief exile, al-Husseini joined Hassan al-Banna in urging the Arab world to unite in opposition to the partition of Palestine and the creation of Israel. The Muslim world embraced the message of hate and genocide which eventually led to the Israeli invasion of 1948. For decades, al-Husseini was recognized as "the voice of the Palestinian people" and Yassir Arafat declared him a hero of his time.
Even as Nazism was decapitated in Europe, a large portion of the Muslim world continued to carry its torch. This movement only hardened the jihadist mentality and the hatred for the West and Jews. With this movement came a new architect; Sayyid Qutb.
Qutb took the hatred towards the Jews one step further. He devoted his life, until he was executed in 1966, to promoting and feeding the jihadist mentality; mostly through literature that still fuels the radical's fire.
This Arab and Palestianian Nazism continues in today's Middle East. Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah, said of the Jews after the Lebanon war of 2006, "If they gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide." Mahmoud Zahar, the Hamas foreign minister, says, "I dream of hanging a huge map of the world on the wall at my Gaza home which does not show Israel on it." Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, former president of Iran looks ahead to the future, "The use of a nuclear bomb in Israel will leave nothing on the ground, whereas it will only damage the world of Islam.
In the next installment, we will look at the chilling communist face of the Palestinian movement.
~References from David Meir-Levi, History Upside Down (pgs. 3-17)
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Israel is looking like the new leader of the Free World. The previous leader, the United States, resigned this role last week at the United Nations to take the position of global community organizer. This was made plain by President Obama in his speech, titled "Responsibility for Our Common Future," in which he heralded "a new chapter of international cooperation." By contrast, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a blunt and forceful call to action in the central challenge facing free people today. This is the struggle of "civilization against barbarism" being fought by "those who sanctify life against those who glorify death."
Mr. Obama's address was the predictable mix of criticism of the past policies of the United States, self-praise for correcting said policies and vague calls to united action on matters of collective interest. It sought to ingratiate rather than offend. But Mr. Netanyahu chastised the United Nations for its "systematic assault on the truth." He spoke truths that Mr. Obama would never whisper regarding the regime in Iran, which is "fueled by an extreme fundamentalism" and an "unforgiving creed." Mr. Netanyahu rebuked those members who countenanced Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's diatribe before the same world body, rightly calling it a "disgrace."
Mr. Netanyahu repeatedly paid tribute to the blessings of liberty and "the allure of freedom." He marveled at the technological advances freedom made possible. He asked if the international community would support the Iranian people "as they bravely stand up for freedom." He envisioned a future of Israel and Palestine, "two free peoples living in peace, living in prosperity, living in dignity." Mr. Obama, meanwhile, touted the imperative of responding to global climate change and mentioned as an afterthought that democracy should not be an afterthought.
Israel stands out because it understands the central challenge faced by the civilized world and by its willingness to take action. Israel is readying to stem the tide of barbarism and stand up to the threat of a nuclear Iran. In return, it asks only for moral support. "If Israel is again asked to take more risk for peace," Mr. Netanyahu said, "we must know today that you will stand with us tomorrow." He challenged the countries of the world with a clear-cut test: "Will you stand with Israel? Or will you stand with the terrorists?"
Mr. Obama said in closing that "we call on all nations to join us in building the future that our people deserve." But people only deserve what they have earned. Mr. Netanyahu called on the civilized world to "confront this peril, secure our future, and, God willing, forge an enduring peace for generations to come." Sometimes the future doesn't come without a fight.
Hopefully, Mr. Obama was taking notes.
Monday, September 28, 2009
When Barack Obama was elected president, I congratulated him by posting a picture of a nuclear bomb explosion on my personal blog before I started this separate political avenue. Several people were unhappy with that analogy. I was metaphorically speaking. Who would have guessed I was predicting things to come?
As the days drag on, it may prove to be the most accurate depiction of that historical moment. A sign of the times...on numerous fronts.
Barack Obama is proving to be a disastrous presidency. His foreign policy initiatives are beyond flawed and have made us more vulnerable than at any time in our nations history (can you believe the number of foiled terrorists plot within the past several months? Chicago, Dallas, North Carolina, Denver, NYC, etc.). The despots that have ruled in far away lands are using the Obama Administration as a doormat when it comes to the national scene. We are now an international joke. We have caved to the very essence of an evil ideology. It is no surprised that these were the same despots that were pulling for "The One" to capture the election. Did you vote for Barack? You were in great company :\ These world leaders knew Obama had no spine and lacked the political capital to engage in any meaningful negotiations or dialog. He is inept beyond explanation on many of today's pressing issues.
Under Barack Obama's watch, we are literally months (maybe even weeks or days) from witnessing a global catastrophe in the Middle East. Obama has allowed Iran to, almost over night, grow into a potential Armageddon accelerator. He has distance the United States from our only true ally in the East (probably even the world) and has proven why the United States is not mentioned in Revelations. When the U.S. stops blessing Israel, God stops blessing the United States. Not to get too Biblical in this post, but the prophecy of Christ's return is unfolding before our very eyes. The table has been set and there is almost nothing that we, as a human race, can do (I'll elaborate on eschatology another time). It is truly amazing to be witnessing these worldly events.
The following is from Joel Rosenberg and his take on the Apocalyptic storm brewing in the Middle East:
Events are moving so quickly in the epicenter it can be difficult to keep track of, much less understand the big picture. So here it is in a sentence: An apocalpytic storm is forming over the Middle East.
Consider the data points:
Iran has just been caught secretly building a 2nd uranium enrichment facilityon a military base in the religious capital of Iran, a city known as Qom;
A growing number of Western military analysts say the design of this new facility — and its secrecy, and location — clearly indicates it was being built by Iran for the purpose of creating nuclear weapons;
Iran has thus been caught in its third lie since 2002 with regards to building secret nuclear development facilities in Natanz, Arak, and now Qom;
Ahmadinejad refused four times during his NBC News interview last week to rule out the building of nuclear weapons;
A.Q. Khan — the father of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons development program – has just admitted selling advanced nuclear weapons blueprints years ago to Iran for millions of dollars;
The latest IAEA report indicates Iran has enough low-enriched uranium (LEU) to produce enough high-enriched uranium (HEU) by 2010 to produce two nuclear weapons;
Iran has just spent the weekend testing “its most advanced missiles” capable of reaching Israel;
Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began his speech to the U.N. by praying for Allah to hasten the coming of the Islamic Messiah, which according to his theology requires the destruction of Judeo-Christian civilization as we know it.
Ahmadinejad spoke more openly about his End of the World theology during his U.N. speech than ever before;
Ahmadinejad was asked for the first time by an American reporter to describe his relationship with the “Twelfth Imam” and admitted on camera that he is communicating with this mystical Shia messiah;
Humanly speaking, war is coming. The West does not seem determined enough to stop Iran from getting the Bomb. So unless the Lord intervenes, Israel might soon feel compelled to launch a preemptive strike against Iran. It won’t be easy, and the entire region could go up in flames.
The stakes couldn’t be higher. So on this day of Yom Kippur, let us commit ourselves to prayer and fasting for the peace of Jerusalem and the physical and spiritual salvation of all of Israel and all of Iran.
A question of reality: How many Americans are going to die because of the foreign policy and national security incompetence of the Obama administration?
Joel is right. We must pray for the salvation of this world. Lord knows, Obama can't lead us to the Promised Land, in fact, he's driving us in the opposite direction.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Pictured above is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Also known as the only competent leader in the free world.
I simply cannot put into words the admiration I have for this man and his people.
Here are some of his statements from today's U.N. speech:
Speaking to Ahmadinejad's speech:
"To those who gave this Holocaust denier a hearing, I say on behalf of my people. ... Have you no shame? Have you no decency? What a disgrace, what a mockery of the charter of the United Nations."
He challenged the U.N. for its anti-Semitic and anti-Israel “Goldstone Commission” report. The report charges the Jewish state with war crimes for defending her people from eight years of 10,000-plus rockets and missiles raining down from Gaza. What’s more, he challenged the U.N. to reject the commission’s report and thus side with Israel, or accept the report and side with and reward the Hamas terrorists in Gaza. He asked how Israel could possibly take more “risks for peace” if the world condemned Israel for defending herself from terror attacks launched from the last swath of land offered to the Palestinians in the name of peace. ~Rosenberg
The defining moment, maybe for the world:
"Will you stand with Israel or will you stand with the terrorists?"
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The date was December 31, 1999 and I was making a few extra bucks during Christmas break. I worked at Clearwater Systems during the summer and a few holiday breaks. It was decent work. I basically loaded cars with bags of water softener salt and 10 gallon jugs of water. Fun times.
Anyhow, does anyone remember New Year's Eve 1999?
The Year 2000 Problem? Y2K? Millennium Bug? Y2K Bug?
Ring a bell?
I remember sitting at home and waiting for my computer clock hit 12:00am. Was it going to blow up? Was it going to crash? Was it going to evaporate? Was it going to turn into an alien saucer and fly off into space? Would I be sucked into the screen?
You'd be surprised what people thought.
I remember working that day at Clearwater Systems. People were lined up around the building and down the street waiting to stock up on water. We were, as an international body, scared into believing that the world was going to end because of a computer problem. Looking back at that event...man were we stupid.
Today, Barack Obama gave a speech on climate change to the U.N. He talked with an urgency. He talked about change (surprise). He talked about the future of our planet and of our people. Basically, he did something very similar to Y2K. He scared people into believing something that doesn't exist. Think about it. Scientists are warning us about something that science proves isn't happening.
Yes, read that last sentence again.
Climate change is the biggest magic trick ever performed. It is causing people to change his/her lifestyle. It is causing governments to implement legislation that takes away the freedoms of its citizens. It is throwing money (trillions of dollars) at a problem that doesn't even exist. It's a scam and we've been punk'd.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute provides the following:
Obama: “…[T]he threat from climate change is serious, it is urgent, and it is growing.”
Reality: global mean temperatures increased slightly from 1977 to 2000. Temperatures have been flat since then.
Obama: “Rising sea levels threaten every coastline.”
Reality: sea levels have been rising on and off since the end of the last ice age 13,000 years ago. The rate of sea level rise has not increased in recent decades over the nineteenth and twentieth century average.
Obama: “More powerful storms and floods threaten every continent.”
Reality: there is no upward global trend in storms or floods.
Obama: “More frequent drought and crop failures breed hunger and conflict in places where hunger and conflict already thrive.”
Reality: there is no upward global trend in major droughts. Reversals in large-scale cycles have meant that the southward march of the Sahara Desert into the Sahel has been reversed in recent years and the Sahara is now shrinking.
Obama: “On shrinking islands, families are already being forced to flee their homes as climate refugees.”
Reality: some Pacific islanders may want to emigrate to New Zealand or Australia and are claiming that their islands are disappearing as the reason, but shrinkage has been minimal in recent decades because sea level rise has been minimal.
Cliff May said it best:
This is a dangerous game. We blame ourselves for a crisis that may or may not exist: Are we really certain that the world is warming up dangerously, that industrial development is causing it, and that we can “fix the problem” without returning to a 19th-century economy?
Then, we grin as we are criticized by all and sundry.
Meanwhile, those gathered at the U.N. and the media covering them avoid talking about Islamist terrorism, genocide in Darfur, brutal suppression in Iran by a regime that is attempting to acquire nuclear weapons, and similar unfashionable topics.
It’s unreal. Or maybe it’s surreal.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
I recently finished Joel Rosenberg's Inside the Revolution. This is a MUST READ for those who question the motives behind Radical Islam and its global threat. Rosenberg does an amazing job of educating the reader on the history and present situation of the Middle East through research, interviews, and evidence. His book begins with the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and continues through the present rumblings in the epicenter (Israel). Rosenberg also provides an insight into Biblical Prophecy and how the events in the Middle East are setting the table for Christ's return.
As America, and the world, lethargically act on the threat of Radical Islam's theology/ideology, we conservatives need to awaken the masses for the sake of all people, religions, and cultures before it is too late. It is time to educate the uneducated when it comes to Radical Islam.
Our world depends on it.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
What is it with the left? Yes, we have a minority president. Stop rubbing it in our face. It's, by far, not the issue at hand. It's the policies and the philosophy of those governing.
When there was opposition to the Iraq War, did the Right fault racism as a motive? When Barbara Boxer and Henry Reid called George W. Bush a liar, did the Right call for legislative reprimands? When Bush was booed at the Inaugural Address, did Congress waste taxpayer money by investigating those culprits?
Of course not.
This interview with Jimmy Carter shows how delusional the Left actually is. The kicker comes at the :46 mark when he says angry town hall citizens are motivated by racism. Barack Obama should put a gag order on Carter. He was a horrible president, and a main cause for the problems we are currently dealing with in the Middle East, and even more of a disaster as our Middle East envoy. How can you trust the words of Jimmy Carter when Osama Bin Laden recommends his book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," a travesty in itself because it completely misses the theology/policies that drive the unavoidable coils within the Middle East.
Let's drop the race card Washington. We're sick of your tactics.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Did I get your attention?
This isn’t an error or an optical illusion.
I am not delusional.
Let me repeat: America needs Barack Obama.
First, some background. I am a hardcore conservative. Hannity is DVR’d. Mark Levin’s bestseller is on my coffee table. Ainsley Earhardt rocks. The Constitution is sacred. My Bible is my armor. I fight for the unborn and I support the traditional family.
Yep, I’m part of the mob. According to the Democrats, I’m un-American and my tactics resemble Hezbollah and Hamas.
Barack Obama’s empty rhetoric did not impress me. I’ve blogged with a purpose. Civility, entwined with an undying passion, has been broken on several occasions with individuals who fell in love with Barack the Candidate; not Barack the Politician. My family structure suffered as I spent countless hours researching the inner workings of Mr. Obama. I threw out red flag, after red flag, after red flag. America’s future, in my eyes, was already sold. Helplessly, I watched as Obama pulled the wool over the American electorate’s eyes.
I knew him better than Michelle.
However, I’ve had a change of heart. I think we, as Americans, need Barack Obama. I mean he is the second coming of Jimmy Carter, right? I hope this Administration keeps spending trillions of dollars. I like money. Doesn’t everyone? The deficit is just a number. In fact, we could use another stimulus package. I bet we could use another Frisbee golf course around here somewhere. Oh, and taxes are pretty cool, too. I’ll have some more of what he is having, please.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Kim Jong Il are two, completely sane guys that got caught in a bad situation. I could trust them. It would be great to sit down with those two, Hugo Chavez, and Joe “I’m as cool as the other side of the pillow” Biden and share a few brews on the White House lawn. Imagine the photo possibilities. Maybe it would be a good thing to have a few nukes in the most unstable region of the world. Maybe it would be some sort of reverse psychology. Barack will bring them around. He’s just playing hard to get. This whole “America is an international laughing stock” is just a thing of the past. Maybe this End of Times theology is just a phase that we can talk through. Just ask Israel.
Diversity could be a great alternative. Racist, communist czars could be the missing piece to improving democracy. Lying isn’t a sin if it’s made up information. We call that fiction. Unemployment could be worse. We could be at a 26 year high. Oh…wait. Oh, and health care? Do not even get me started. Who do these town hall people think they are? Standing up and speaking his/her mind. What are they trying to use? The First Amendment? Pssshh. Waste of space. For the last time, government ownership IS the best option available. Look at education, welfare, social security, cash for clunkers, medicare, medicaid, and our tax system. Stellar.
Are you starting to get it? Look at what could be. Barack Obama needs America and America needs Barack Obama. He will lead us down a path of suffering, humiliation, and self-destruction. Liberal ideas, and those who promote them, will crash and burn like never before. It will be the death of the Statist agenda. America will need to be revived from the brink.
That’s where you and I come in. America will see those red flags. We’ll hug and embrace those who “overlooked” Barack the Politician for Barack the Candidate. It will be glorious.
America will be back. We are just taking a four year break. It’s like an experimental drug treatment.
We’ll know all the side effects.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
- 56 iterations of “I”
- 19 iterations of “school”
- 10 iterations of “education”
- 8 iterations of “responsibility”
- 7 iterations of “country”
- 5 iterations each of “parents”, “teachers”
- 3 iterations of “nation” ~Ed Morrissey
Monday, September 7, 2009
1. Cutting $500 billion from Medicare will not hurt care or cut benefits for seniors.
2. Spending $1 Trillion will save money.
3. Spending $1 Trillion will not increase the deficit.
4. If you like your plan you can keep it, except in five years every insurance plan design for everyone will be dictated by the federal government design requirements.
5. You can buy any insurance plan from any insurer you want. But you can only buy the government designed, government approved plans — its like saying you can buy the same house from any builder, but the builders all have the same set of plans and can only sell that house.
6. This is not a government take-over of the health care sector.
7. There will not be any rationing.
8. Campaign promises made explicitly by the President that he would not cut any deals with “the drug companies” only to do exactly that in return for Pharma spending million in ads to prop up the sagging ObamaCare this summer.
9. Abortion is not a covered benefit (despite the fact that the Democratic House pro-life leaders say it covers abortion, and more than 20 Democrats have told their leadership in writing that they will not vote for any bill that covers abortion.)
10. Seniors will not be steered in the direction of dying to save money — but most of the public knows that the most expense in health care is in the last six months of life — making seniors think Obama’s promises sound hollow. Seniors, it turns out, do not want the government to make the decision about when that last six months starts.
11. The President is against a single payer system and ending employer provided health care. All those videos of the President saying that he is for a single payer system and for ending employer provided health care, well, they are “misleading.”
12. Except that your employer may decide to put you in a government designed plan, so your employers will be taxed less than it costs to give you your insurance. Your employer will save money by putting you in the government-run Health Information Exchange — and you can never leave!
13. This bill’s purpose is insure the uninsured and do “insurance reform.”
14. President Obama promised no mandate in his health plan, but it has an individual mandate and an employer mandate.
15. If you don’t buy health insurance and you earn more than $19,000, you will be taxed 2.5 percent of your total income. The no tax increase pledge for families earning $250,000 or less does not apply, of course, to ObamaCare.
I have an honest question that deserves an honest answer:
If you voted for Barack Obama, do you regret your vote? On any level?
I remember watching the results coming in on election night. Millions of people around the country were gathering to celebrate the election of our first minority president. People were dressed from head-to-toe in Obama gear. The youth of America was soaking up the latest victory. Women were crying. Men were dancing in the street. Everyone had a twinkle in his/her eyes.
It was "magical."
However, when it comes down to it and you really breakdown the American electorate, how many people actually knew the professional and personal background information of Barack Obama? How many voters were educated on his policies and his support of past legislative issues that were as far left as you could reach? How many voters took the time to dig beyond the media bias to understand Obama's politics?
Obviously, as we have learned now, not many.
Knowing the Statist's mindset, he/she could never admit to failure. He/She could never lose an ounce of pride by admitting the current debacle in Washington. The Statist would find the last, dying glimmer of hope if they had to. He/She would reach down to the "Gates of Hell" in order to cling onto any source of intellectual survival. How else do you think Obama was elected?
I just can't comprehend the madness. I see the events of the world unfolding and wonder how anyone, supporter or not, can see value in the philosophy of the Obama Administration. Obama has turned the Iran, North Korea, and Israel/Palestine issues (something he thought could be fixed with touchy feely talks...as they laugh at us on the world stage) into lethal molotov cocktails. As our economy has tried to recover, his spending has been a constant billy club to knees of our nation. He has corroded our society by pushing the rights of abortion and gay marriage. Obama's advisers (never czars) are filling the Obama White House with corrosive language and helping to push an agenda that will eventually lead to the nationalization of the United States. His political ties are radical and communist in nature. Socializing health care will destroy the system that we currently have and will lead to less choice, poorer quality, and higher taxes. The spending is out-of-control and the deficit isn't even a forethought in any process. The Afghan War is underfunded, undermanned, and led by a Commander-in-Chief that couldn't lead an army across the street...let alone out of a war.
So, as America spirals down the international and national toilet...do you regret your vote? Do you wish you would have listened to conservative voices that predicted all of this mess? Do you wish you could have it back?
Well, you can.
Real change begins in 2010 as we put Republicans into the House and Senate on local, state, and national levels. This is the only way to help begin the healing process and stop the liberal bloodletting.
Then, of course, Obama will be out by 2012. Honestly, in regards to putting up a fight, I believe we won't have to do much to help this cause. Obama has already done enough damage in eight...yes, only eight OMG what is he thinking...months.
Imagine what 3+ years will bring.
P.S. I recently scheduled a surgery for late next year. I'm not sure if I'll need it or what it will be for, but I didn't want to take any chances. I suggest you do the same. Especially if these imbeciles pass a public option. Best wishes!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Well, one down. Many more to go.
President Obama's advisor, Van Jones (the green czar/communist/Marxist/9-11 Truther/bigot/racist/community organizer/self-proclaimed radical), resigned over the weekend after his professional and personal aspirations were uncovered by the media (well, a small portion of the media anyways).
Finally, maybe people will start questioning how this clown got into Washington. Van that is.
These are the type of people that are "advising" the President of the United States of America. These are the type of people that are pushing his agenda and helping to write the language for legislative issues in Washington.
I like how NBC is reporting the resignation:
President Obama's environmental adviser Van Jones resigned from his post late Saturday evening after he came under fire for a series of inflammatory statements he made about Republicans, the White House said early Sunday morning.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Did anyone else find that video disturbing?
Look at these lesson plans the White House wants teachers to use for the classroom. It gives me the creeps. Is Obama the next 'Great Leader'? I would have to be mentally insane to use this in the classroom if I was keeping the interest of the students at heart.
The only thing 'I Pledge' is to make sure that the Republicans take back Washington in 2010 and that Barack Obama is ruining another country in 2012.
Check out some things I would support though:
I pledge to respect, listen to and obey my parents and elders because they have life experiences, wisdom and knowledge that I need to learn and which will guide me almost invariably to make better decisions.
I pledge to learn how to read, and read voraciously, because understanding the written word is critical to succeeding in life.
I also pledge that when I grow up, I will vote for government officials who will read the laws and regulations they propose before voting on them, and I will not abide their laziness, double-speak, vagueness and condescension.
I pledge to learn mathematics because I will need to use it every day as I grow up and into adulthood.
I also pledge that when I grow up, I will vote for government officials who know how to add and, much more importantly, subtract so that they will reduce taxes and government spending, size and growth, and stop running up humongous deficits that will make life harder on me and future generations.
I pledge to listen to my teachers because they are eager to prepare me for my future by working with me in the classroom.
I also pledge that when I grow up, I will vote for government officials who will carry forward the principles they hold but also listen and respond to their constituents’ desires rather than dictating to us what we need.
I pledge to learn about the history of our great nation and its Judeo-Christian heritage, the wisdom of its founders, and the blessings that have flowed from our shores to the rest of the world.
I also pledge that when I grow up, I will vote for government officials who will know our founding documents, interpret them as written, understand they were meticulously designed to limit government power while recognizing our religious traditions, and strive to exceed the high standards our founders set.
I pledge to support strong national security against our enemies because it is one of the few things the federal government is truly in the best position to handle.
I pledge to support our soldiers, sailors and airmen, and our law enforcement and emergency responders, as they carry out their duties to secure, protect and defend the liberty and freedom God has graciously granted us.
I also pledge to work against those who denigrate our troops, micromanage their every move, equate their actions to the thuggary and merciless violence carried on by other regimes, and fail to provide them with the best available equipment, weapons, health care and living conditions.
I pledge to be a good friend, reliable, truthful and caring, placing the needs of others ahead of my own.
I also pledge that when I grow up, I will vote for leaders who act not out of political expediency or lust for power or personal gain but instead for the best interests of our nation and with a strong desire to find solutions to our problems that don’t involve increased government intervention, regulation and control.
I pledge to care for our environment because of its beauty, wonder, resources and its evidence of God’s creative hand.
I also pledge that I will not genuflect to hypocritical celebrities lecturing me about the evils of global warming (or cooling), gas guzzling cars, plastic, incandescent light bulbs, and meat as they fly around in Gulfstream jets, take Hummer limos to and from appointments and dine on wagyu steaks with political allies.
I pledge to conserve energy and our natural resources because it is important not to be wasteful.
I also pledge not to place the needs of animals over people, or limit the use of our resources or technologies simply because environmental activists use the parts of science they find most appealing to push their alarmist agenda items in Chicken Little-esque fashion.
I pledge to honor the sanctity of life by working to ensure policies and resources are in place to protect it, especially for the most vulnerable among us—the unborn and young, and the infirm and elderly.
I pledge to welcome immigrants from other nations who come to America through legal process seeking better lives and wanting to work hard to legitimately achieve the American Dream.
I also pledge that when I grow up, I will vote for governmental officials who are committed to securing our borders and deporting illegal immigrants who flout our laws, even if their intentions are otherwise honorable.
I pledge to treat with respect and dignity people of different races, creeds and cultures who intend no harm to my nation and her traditions, communities and families.
I also pledge that when someone of another race, creed or culture wrongs me, I will not in jump to the conclusion that they are a racist, bigot, sexist, homophobe, or any other epithet, and will not use such incidents for cheap publicity or to push an agenda.
I pledge to behave both publicly and privately in ways that meet or exceed high standards of ethical conduct.
I also pledge that when I grow up, I will vote for and support those government representatives who do likewise and tirelessly oppose those who don’t.
Finally, I will never to be a “servant” to anyone, especially not the president or any other government official. On the contrary, I recognize that our leaders are in office to serve us and represent the best interests of us and our nation. Therefore, I pledge to serve my country joyfully and selflessly, as an equal member of our society and without a political agenda, by seeking out and serving the needs of my family, friends, neighbors, fellow churchgoers and community.
And I don’t need President Obama, the federal government or self-righteous celebrities to tell me how to do it. ~Leo Shishmanian
Friday, August 28, 2009
"That advice may need heeding if the Environmental Protection Agency declares carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases dangerous pollutants, a move -- expected in the next couple weeks -- that would require the federal government to impose new rules limiting emissions.
But some skeptics say regulating carbon dioxide, a byproduct of burning fossil fuels, may be a difficult task, especially since people emit carbon dioxide with every breath.
"The EPA doesn't have the manpower to implement the regulations the way they would have to be," said David Kreutzer, senior policy analyst in energy economics and climate change at the conservative Heritage Foundation.
Kreutzer said new regulations would trigger a flood of lawsuits, would create massive paperwork and the EPA should have no reasonable expectation that people would comply.
In April, the EPA released its proposed finding that man-made pollution is a cause of global warming, triggering a 60-day comment period before the agency issues a final decision.
The finding was prompted by a Supreme Court ruling two years ago that said greenhouse gases are pollutants under the Clean Air Act and must be regulated if found to be a human health danger.
An EPA spokesman told FOXNews.com that no date has been set for a final ruling.
"The EPA received over 300,000 comments on the proposal and is currently reviewing these comments in preparing the final rule," the agency said in a statement.
Congressional aides, however, say the EPA likely will issue its final ruling next month when Congress reconvenes and its first proposal will be to blame auto vehicles for the emissions.
That's just the start, however. Aides say later rules will extend to other sources and require a permit from the EPA to build anything that emits more than 25,000 tons of these pollutants. That could include schools, nursing homes or a Walmart.
In addition to carbon dioxide, the EPA said five other emissions are believed to cause warming when they concentrate in the atmosphere: methane, which is emitted by gassy cows as well as steam boilers; nitrous oxide, found in cooking sprays and used as anesthesia by dentists, better known as laughing gas; hydrofluorocarbons, which are used in refrigerators and aerosols; perfluorocarbons, a gas permeated by fire extinguishers, refrigerators and high end ski waxes; and sulfur hexafluoride, more commonly known for its use in circuit breakers, switchgear and other electrical equipment.
While the EPA follows its path, a climate change bill now working its way through Congress would also impose the first legislative limits on greenhouse gases, eventually leading to an 80 percent reduction by mid-century by putting a price on each ton of climate-altering pollution.
President Obama has said he prefers that Congress act to pass the legislation rather than address climate change through administrative action. He said he wants a bill that utilizes market-based solutions to reduce carbon pollution and transition to a clean energy economy that creates millions of green jobs. The EPA is unable to use market solutions and lacks the authority to tax.
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll says 55 percent of Americans approve of the way Obama is dealing with energy issues, including his plan to limit greenhouse gases with the climate change legislation, while 30 percent disapprove. By a somewhat narrower majority -- 52 percent to 43 percent -- Americans back a system that would set a ceiling for greenhouse gas emissions and would allow companies to buy and sell permits to emit the gases.
"Most Americans would strongly support the president's and the bipartisan commitment to comprehensive legislation that addresses our dangerous addiction to foreign oil and create new jobs and addresses the climate crisis," said Vickie Patton, an attorney with the Environmental Defense Fund.
Patton added that there's a "misinformation campaign designed to divide Americans instead of bringing Americans together to afford solutions."
Senate Democrats want legislation passed before talks in Denmark in December on a new global treaty to reduce heat-trapping gases.
But the legislation, known by opponents as "cap and trade," may be in trouble. In June, the House narrowly passed its version of the bill 219-212 after months of negotiations that led to last-minute deals and significant concessions to win the votes of moderate Democrats from industrial and agricultural states concerned about the costs that would be imposed on businesses in their districts.
Further compromises will be needed for the bill to pass the Senate, which has tried and failed before to pass legislation to curb greenhouse gases.
A GOP Senate aide told FOXNews.com that the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will introduce a climate change bill on the same day senators return from summer break.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has set a deadline to have all committees working on climate change finish by the end of September, the aide said. But it's unclear whether Democrats are still pushing for a vote before December after the public backlash to Democratic-sponsored health care reforms.
"We're starting to see hints that is no longer a viable option," the aide said, "especially given the number of Democrats who have expressed concern about cap and trade."
Kreutzer said he believes the EPA decision is a tool being used by the Obama administration to pressure the Senate to pass the legislation.
"None of this is surprising," he said. "There's a lot of people who want to use the bogeyman of EPA regulation to force people into the cap-and-trade bill. ... They don't want to give up that lever."
Kreutzer called EPA regulation a "ransom" for climate change legislation.
"It's a stone axe to go after something where you need a scalpel," he said.
He suggested a simple solution would be for Congress to pass a one-line bill that declares carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. But it's an unlikely solution."