Archive for 6 Apr 2009

Didn’t have much time for analyzing to day, but did get some reading in.

Things I’ve read today:

Tom Raum: Obama declares US not at war with Islam

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Barack Obama, making his first visit to a Muslim nation as president, declared Monday the United States “is not and will never be at war with Islam.”

Calling for a greater partnership with the Islamic world in an address to the Turkish parliament, Obama called the country an important U.S. ally in many areas, including the fight against terrorism. He devoted much of his speech to urging a greater bond between Americans and Muslims, portraying terrorist groups such as al Qaida as extremists who did not represent the vast majority of Muslims.

Partisan Gap in Obama Job Approval Widest in Modern Era

For all of his hopes about bipartisanship, Barack Obama has the most polarized early job approval ratings of any president in the past four decades. The 61-point partisan gap in opinions about Obama’s job performance is the result of a combination of high Democratic ratings for the president — 88% job approval among Democrats — and relatively low approval ratings among Republicans (27%).

Obama Wants to Control the Banks

There’s a reason he refuses to accept repayment of TARP money.

I must be naive. I really thought the administration would welcome the return of bank bailout money. Some $340 million in TARP cash flowed back this week from four small banks in Louisiana, New York, Indiana and California. This isn’t much when we routinely talk in trillions, but clearly that money has not been wasted or otherwise sunk down Wall Street’s black hole. So why no cheering as the cash comes back?

Jesse Westbrook: Geithner May Oust Executives at Banks Needing ‘Exceptional’ Aid

April 6 (Bloomberg) — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said he’s prepared to oust executives and directors at banks that require “exceptional” assistance from the U.S. government.

“If in the future, banks need exceptional assistance in order to get through this, then we will make sure that assistance comes,” while ensuring taxpayers are protected, Geithner said yesterday in an interview on the CBS “Face the Nation” program. “Where that requires a change in management and the board, then we will do that.”

Mary L. Davenport, MD : The end of physician conscience protection in America?

The period of public comment on conscience protection for health care providers will end on April 9. No one wants the government telling physicians they must violate their conscience in the practice of medicine. This is especially important regarding life and death decisions.

Ben Voth: Churchill’s Finest Hour?

In January of 2005, I publicly confronted Professor Ward Churchill for his outrageous allegation from a September 12, 2001 essay that the victims of the world trade center were “little Eichmanns.”  At the time, my questions and concerns were not meet with respect or encouragement.  In fact, university authorities where I worked in Ohio took the microphone away from me during the question and answer period of the forum and told me that my questions were “inappropriate.”  A jury has now said that Professor Ward Churchill had his first amendment rights violated by the university procedures at The University of Colorado, Boulder.  Ironically, I agree with the jury and the First Amendment rights of Churchill.  Nonetheless, I do not think Professor Churchill respects the First Amendment since he considers the United States to be a complete moral fraud.

Steve McCann: Now Is the Time to Put Aside Childish Things

“Divide et impera” (divide and rule) is an ancient maxim that became the basis of Machiavelli’s approach to power and political theory.  It is the same modus operandi used by the left in this country over the past 16 years that has given us the most radical government in our history.

Chuck Hustmyre: Modern American ‘Racism’

RACISM!

The word itself, and its kissing cousin, RACIST! are perhaps the two most feared words in the English language. They can destroy lives, wreck careers, even land people in jail.

But what do they mean — exactly?

Victor Davis Hansen: President 50/50

Our Philosopher Organizer

The most successful practitioner of community organizing looks around for what he thinks is a problem, chastises both sides and allots absolutely equal blame, gives exalted moral lectures about compromise and understanding, and then waltzes away well paid, praised for his moderation, but having accomplished nothing.

Bobby Eberle: Obama’s ‘Get the Guns’ Plan Goes Global

Barack Obama has a history of ignoring the Constitution’s Second Amendment. Over and over and over again, he has supported measures that would make it harder for citizens to possess firearms and easier for criminals to gain the upper hand. Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder is of the same mold and has argued for gun control measures at every turn.

David Freddoso: The American Way

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger recently explained cigarette tax increases in an unexpectedly candid radio interview.

Host John Williams asked: Isn’t it unfair to keep targeting smokers with tax increases?
Obamamania Infects Notre Dame

by Ken Connor

Controversy has erupted over Notre Dame’s invitation to President Barack Obama to speak at its May commencement ceremony.  The President will address the university and receive an honorary doctorate in law. Bishop John J. D’Arcy of the Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese has decided not to attend the commencement, explaining, “My decision is not an attack on anyone, but is in defense of the truth about human life.”  Bishop D’Arcy’s position is reflective of the outrage of many in the Catholic community.  Their angst is understandable since Mr. Obama has pursued a strong anti-life agenda both before and after assuming the office of President.  Indeed, Mr. Obama’s actions are at odds with the very foundations of American law and justice: a belief that all men are created equal and that innocent human life should be protected by the State.

Doug Giles: We’ve Got to Fight for the Right of Our Party

What a massive hemorrhoid on London’s glutes the G20 protesting goobers were, eh? As I watched them riot this past week I kept thinking, “What are you getting so PO’ed about? You’ve got a G20 Anti-Capitalism, Anti-War, Kum Ba Yah, Green Dream Team headed up by B-HO himself. Dial down, you idiots. Chill. The tree humpers are in charge. You’re winning. Go hump a tree. Smoke some weed. Take a bath. Buy a new bong. Eat some Ramen. Put ‘Imagine’ on your iPod, loop it and listen to it over and over as you kiss your lover. Just celebrate and quit breakin’ stuff, you whiny little postmodern Ernest T. Bass wannabes.”

The Right Wing Paranoia That Drove Richard Polawski To Commit Murder

The best minds progressive politics has to offer have apparently met on their little list and determined that-eureka!-it is the fault of the evil right wing neocon media that an unemployed sociopath ambushed and killed three police officers in Pittsburgh that were responding to a domestic violence call placed by his mother.

Krissah Thompson: Blacks at odds over scrutiny of president

Divisions arise between those who want to praise, those looking to critique

WASHINGTON – Jeff Johnson knows how to make his audiences squirm. The young, black radio and TV political commentator waits for the discussion to turn to the topic being talked about ceaselessly, incessantly, ad nauseam: the meaning of the barrier-breaking election of Barack Obama.

Star Parker: Embracing our future by ignoring our past

The Congressional Budget Office, the economic forecasting arm of the Congress, now reports that the Social Security trust fund is almost in the red. They project that the fund’s surplus next year will be a scant $3 billion.

Tyra Banks: Let’s applaud the Johnstons for talking trash about the Palins for free

I thought they were low-rent in taking money from a tabloid talk show to dish about the other half of little Tripp’s family, but now that I know they were doing it gratis, for the sheer sport of it, well, that changes everything.

Spitzer: Hey, sorry about that whole prostitution thing

From this morning’s Today show, America’s most famous john returns with mechanical intonations about his “egregious” betrayal and other boilerplate from the politician’s handbook of public remorse. Given his reputation as the scourge of Wall Street, imagine how high his political stock would have been post-financial meltdown if only he’d been able to keep his pants on. As it is, he’s primed for a comeback of some sort: Not only is his successor’s approval rating eye-poppingly disastrous, but after Blagojevich, Spitz’s scandal seems almost quaint. To what office can he reasonably aspire, though? He blew his chance at governor (no pun intended); Schumer will have his Senate seat for as long as he wants it and Gillibrand is already raising boatloads of cash to hold onto hers.

Bad News: Megahed Acquitted

Good News: Megahed Arrested by ICE, Faces Deportation

Youssef Megahed, indicted on explosives charges after he was arrested near Goose Creek South Carolina, was acquitted of those charges Friday.

The good news is that the Egyptian national was arrested today by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and likely will face deportation. I especially love Megahed’s father’s description of his son’s arrest as a “kidnapping”.

This is yet another attempt by Obama to control. This is just small steps towards despotism, which is what he wants. To be the ruler of America and forever destroy the  freedoms that we have come to enjoy. Just like the frog that sits in the pot and doesn’t jump out before he is boiled, because the heat comes in incrementally, freedom is being eroded in the same manner with Obama.

Don’t let the gradual theft of your freedoms occur through negligence. Get off your ass and start writing every politician you have. Make your voices heard now, before it comes to civil war.

Mary L. Davenport, MD : The end of physician conscience protection in America?

The period of public comment on conscience protection for health care providers will end on April 9. No one wants the government telling physicians they must violate their conscience in the practice of medicine. This is especially important regarding life and death decisions.

This basic principle securing the integrity of physician-patient relationships has been threatened of late. In December 2008 the Department of Health and Human Services issued a regulation clarifying the protections offered by three civil rights laws for health care providers passed by Congress with bipartisan support. However, the Obama administration has stated its intention of overturning the conscience regulation and not enforcing the existing laws.

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It’s about control. Obama wants control of everything he can in order to fulfill his desire to socialize America into his Euroweenie utopian paradise. Problem is, most people are starting to catch on to his act and the fight is starting to gain steam. It may not be too late for the sane people to get America off this train track to hell…

STUART VARNEY: Obama Wants to Control the Banks

There’s a reason he refuses to accept repayment of TARP money.

I must be naive. I really thought the administration would welcome the return of bank bailout money. Some $340 million in TARP cash flowed back this week from four small banks in Louisiana, New York, Indiana and California. This isn’t much when we routinely talk in trillions, but clearly that money has not been wasted or otherwise sunk down Wall Street’s black hole. So why no cheering as the cash comes back?

My answer: The government wants to control the banks, just as it now controls GM and Chrysler, and will surely control the health industry in the not-too-distant future. Keeping them TARP-stuffed is the key to control. And for this intensely political president, mere influence is not enough. The White House wants to tell ’em what to do. Control. Direct. Command.

It is not for nothing that rage has been turned on those wicked financiers. The banks are at the core of the administration’s thrust: By managing the money, government can steer the whole economy even more firmly down the left fork in the road.

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Jesse Westbrook: Geithner May Oust Executives at Banks Needing ‘Exceptional’ Aid

April 6 (Bloomberg) — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said he’s prepared to oust executives and directors at banks that require “exceptional” assistance from the U.S. government.

“If in the future, banks need exceptional assistance in order to get through this, then we will make sure that assistance comes,” while ensuring taxpayers are protected, Geithner said yesterday in an interview on the CBS “Face the Nation” program. “Where that requires a change in management and the board, then we will do that.”

Geithner noted that American International Group Inc., Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had their chief executives removed after it became clear the companies couldn’t survive without government rescues. The Treasury is reviewing how much capital the biggest U.S. financial companies need in order to endure a severe economic downturn.

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