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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

After All "He's A Politician"- The 2 Faces Of Obama

Turns out Barack Obama- the messiah of the Democratic Party, the self-righteous, purported agent of change is simply "... a politician [snip] and he says what he has to say as a politician." At least according to his preacher of 20 years, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. That comment, in a recent interview with PBS's Bill Moyers, was an obvious knee-jerk reaction to Obama semi-dissing him in Philadelphia and Indiana when pressed about his connection to Wright's virulently anti-American, hate-fest of a United Trinity Church of Christ. But Wright's outright betrayal in the interview, and in subsequent appearances at an NAACP fundraiser and the National Press Club, in turn, spawned a retaliatory full condemnation by Obama, on Tuesday, in both a news conference and a written statement. Of Wright, Obama said:


"He's drawn attention as the result of some inflammatory and appalling remarks he made about our country, our politics, and my political opponents. Let me say at the outset that I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy. I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies. I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it's on the campaign stump or in the pulpit. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue."
And at a news conference in North Carolina, Obama further hung Wright out to dry by adding:

"I am outraged by the comments that were made and saddened over the spectacle that we saw yesterday. [snip] The person that I saw yesterday was not the person that I met 20 years ago. [snip] I find these comments appalling. [snip] His comments were not only divisive and destructive, but I believe that they end up giving comfort to those
that prey on hate."
Responding to Wright's contention that Obama denounced the Pastor for political expediency, he stated:
"if Reverend Wright thinks that that's political posturing, as he put it, then he doesn't know me very well."
After commenting on the good deeds Wright had performed in the past, Obama went on to say:

"..but, when he states, and then amplifies, such ridiculous propositions as the U.S. government somehow being involved in AIDS; when he suggests that Minister Farrakhan [leader of the Nation of Islam] somehow represents one of the greatest voices of the 20th and 21st century; when he equates the United States' war time efforts with terrorism, then there are no excuses, they offend me, they rightly offend all Americans and they should be denounced."
But whether he truly means what he says, or is denouncing Wright for political gain, (considering the Pied Piper of the Dems has recently lost some of his mass appeal), is subject to conjecture. What we do know, definitively, is that Obama is not who he claims to be.

We all have our public and private personas, and although we try to keep those 2 faces apart, every once in a while they unwittingly collide. As a private citizen you can rest assured that, for the most part, nothing will come of it, but those in the public arena who believe that what lies behind their outward appearance will somehow remain forever buried, are exceedingly ignorant.

Yes, I think we can all agree that Barack Obama, on the surface, and at least until his recent troubles, was one helluva charismatic speaker; he had the ability to galvanize and inspire, to bring disparate groups together. A great televangelist, perhaps, but as the next President of the United States of America, during these trying times? No way! For those who have been digging deeper beneath that fresh, baby-faced, we need major change facade, some dark realities have surfaced. Why Obama thought he would never be held accountable for the questionable people he associates with, proves his tremendous lack of discernment, which is not a quality we need in a President! Furthermore, if he truly had no idea what the Reverend Wright was preaching, for the past 20 years, then he lacks sufficient enough brain cells to be Commander in Chief.

It is said that you can judge a person's character by the company they keep. So let's take a peek at the colorful characters Obama has been associated with:

1. Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Obama's Pastor for 20 years, is very obviously racist, anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-middle class, anti pretty much everything. And although Obama claims "he has never been my political advisor", he actually prayed with the Reverend prior to announcing his candidacy. Why Obama waited until now to formally and categorically denounce Wright for the ludicrous claims and rants he has shared with his congregants over the years, just proves Obama is a political opportunist, not to be trusted. Bill Moyers in the interview with Wright mentions "Here is a man who came to see you 20 years ago wanting to know about the neighborhood. Barack Obama was a skeptic when it came to religion. He sought you out because he knew you knew about the community. You led him to the faith." One has to wonder if Obama had his sights set on the White House back then, and whether this 20 year affiliation was a mere tactic to help him get there.

2. William Ayers, of Weatherman fame hosted a 1995 campaign fundraiser for Obama, and has served on panels and on the board of the Woods Fund of Chicago with him. Ayers, founder of the radical left-wing organization the Weather Underground, and other members were responsible for bombing federal buildings and banks in the late 1960s and 1970s. Ayers and his wife, fellow terrorist Bernardine Dohrn, were in hiding for a number of years, and although they eventually turned themselves in, they were never charged, due to prosecutorial misconduct. Ayers and Dohrn, now prominent academics in Chicago (God help our kids), in 2001 claimed they had no regrets, whatsoever for their past terrorist actions.

3. Antoin Rezko, indicted entrepreneur, restaurateur, real estate developer. There's a whole blog devoted to the Obama/Rezko connection, and there's more than meets the eye with respect to some real estate Obama purchased through Rezko, for a pittance of what it was worth.

Then we have the whole 'elitist' flap that occurred after the champion of the common man actually called the common man "bitter", at a private political fundraiser in San Francisco. I can guarantee that the comment was never meant to go public. And then we have awife, Michelle, who proclaims this is the first time, in her adult life, that she has been proud to be an American.

What we are left with is a man who claims to be someone he's not. A man who is either a very clever, convincing liar or an incredibly stupid man. Either way, he does not deserve to be our next President.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Joke of the day: Suffering From E.D.?

Wasn't able to get this any larger, but if you want to see the details, email me and I will forward the original, kindly sent to me by Pat Jenkins. As they say, it's all in the details.


Am opening a new show this weekend, which has been crazy and a major challenge, including a very long commute to and fro, but will get back to visiting everyone's blogs come Monday!!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

How Obama Will Use YOUR Tax Dollars- If Elected!

I received the following from the same source I used for my previous post McCain, Obama and Clinton: How Their Tax Changes Will Affect YOU, If Elected. Yes, some of those programmes might seem worthy, but where do you think all that money will come from? $874.35 BILLION worth, to be exact. No wonder he will need to raise our taxes so heftily!

And although he claims he won't raise taxes for us working, middle class shlubs making under $200,000 to $250,000 annually, I wouldn't bet on it. He has already said he will consider doubling the capital gains tax from the current 15% to 28%. And who do you think that will affect? Some 100 million middle class families! And all this in spite of the fact that, historically, the lower the capital gains tax, the higher federal government revenues are.

When Charlie Gibson, moderator for the Democratic Debate in Philadelphia, kept questioning him about this fact, Obama with his usual deftness conveniently evaded the questions. The Wall Street Journal says it best:


"Either the young Illinois Senator is ignorant of this revenue data, or he doesn't really care because he's a true income redistributionist who prefers high tax rates as a matter of ideological dogma regardless of the
revenue consequences. Neither one is a recommendation for President."



And now...drum roll....

YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK UNDER OBAMA

Obama Will Provide $1.5 Billion To Help States Adopt Paid-Leave Systems.

"As president, Obama will initiate a strategy to encourage all 50 states to adopt paid-leave systems. Obama will provide a $1.5 billion fund to assist states with start-up costs and to help states offset the costs for employees and employers." (Obama For America, "The Blueprint For Change," http://www.barackobama.com/, Accessed 1/14/08, p. 15)

Obama Will Provide $1 Billion Over 5 Years For Transitional Jobs And Career Pathway Programs, Equal To $200 Million A Year And $800 Million Over Four Years.

"Obama will invest $1 billion over five years in transitional jobs and career pathway programs that implement proven methods of helping low-income Americans succeed in the workforce." (Obama For America, "The Blueprint For Change," http://www.barackobama.com/, Accessed 1/14/08, p. 42)

Obama Will Provide $50 Million To Jump-Start The Creation Of An IAEA-Controlled Nuclear Fuel Bank.

Obama: "We must also stop the spread of nuclear weapons technology and ensure that countries cannot build -- or come to the brink of building -- a weapons program under the auspices of developing peaceful nuclear power. That is why my administration will immediately provide $50 million to jump-start the creation of an International Atomic Energy Agency-controlled nuclear fuel bank and work to update the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty." (Sen. Barack Obama, "Renewing American Leadership," Foreign Affairs, 7-8/0

If Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) Could Enact All Of His Campaign Proposals, Taxpayers Would Be Faced With Financing $874.35 Billion In New Spending Over One White House Term:


$874.35 BILLION....


In NEW Spending Over


ONE


White House Term

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Joke Of the Day: Danish Perspective On The 2008 U.S. Presidential Election

Just received this in my email. Have no idea if this is for real or not, but it certainly holds true:

From a Danish associate

'We in Denmark cannot figure out why you are even bothering to hold an election. On one side, you have a bitch who is a lawyer, married to a lawyer, and a lawyer who is married to a bitch who is a lawyer. On the other side, you have a true war hero married to a woman with a huge chest who owns a beer distributorship.

Is there a contest here?'

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Test for Wayne

Obama's 'Willie Horton' ad: Soft On Crime, Soft On Terror

Floyd Brown, of the National Conservative Campaign Fund (NCCF), and mastermind of the brilliant 'Willie Horton' ad that effectively torpedoed Michael Dukakis' presidential bid in 1988, has his sights set on Barack Obama this time.

For those of you who might not remember, Willie Horton (in jail for life without the possibility of parole for the brutal murder of a 17 year-old gas station attendant) was released on a weekend furlough programme that he never returned from. Within a year he was re-captured, but not before he had committed double rape and armed robbery. This was a programme then-Governor of Massachusetts Dukakis supported at the time. In fact, he had vetoed a bill that would have prevented those sentenced for first-degree murder to participate in the programme.

Fast forward 30 years, and Floyd Brown has now produced an ad critical of Obama's stance on gang violence while serving as a Senator in Chicago. Apparently, Obama voted against a law that would have expanded the death penalty to include some gang related murders. The ad is intended to draw attention to the likelihood that if Obama is weak on gang wars, he will be weak on the war on terror. The very effective ad (see below) ends with the following:


“When the time came to get tough, Obama chose to be weak. So the question is: Can a man so weak in the war on gangs be trusted in the war on terror?”
Just another reason why Obama should NOT be the next President of the United States of America.


Monday, April 21, 2008

Get Your Hillary Laughing Pen Now!


Anyone want to torture themselves by hearing that loud Hillary cackle she's so famous for? Well, someone has actually manufactured a pen with her infamous laugh, and a moving mouth to boot.

If you want to spend $15.00, you can buy it here.

To see and hear for yourself, click here.

Could be worth money some day!

You can add it to your other Hillary memorabilia, like the Hillary toilet paper, nutcracker and dog chew.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Hugs and Kisses For Hamas: Jimmy Carter Sharing the Love With Terrorists

I don't know what more I can say about Jimmy Carter. No words describe the utter lack of respect and contempt I have for that man. Not only has he decided to meet with Khalid Meshaal in Syria this coming Friday, he's been cosying up to the whole dang Hamas gang on his current Middle East trip.

In addition to placing a wreath on Yasser Arafat's grave in Ramallah; in Palestine, yesterday, there were hugs and kisses for Hamas', ex-deputy prime minister Naser Shaer. What next? Is he planning on gathering all the extremists in the world to hold hands and sing Kumbaya?

I'm still trying to figure out what he expects to accomplish meeting with members of a terrorist organization that still has clerics-cum-members of parliament claiming that:


"Very soon, Allah willing, Rome will be conquered, just like Constantinople was, as was prophesized by our prophet Muhammad."

Yes, indeedy, a sermon by Yunis al-Astal (a Hamas politician and cleric) which aired on Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV this past Friday, shared the following predictions with the Palestinian people:


"today Rome is the capital of the Catholics, or the Crusader capital which has declared its hostility towards Islam and has planted the brothers of apes and pigs in Palestine in order to prevent the reawakening of Islam. This capital of theirs will be an advanced post for the Islamic conquests, which will spread though Europe in its entirety, and then will turn to the two Americas, even Eastern Europe."

" I believe that out children or our grandchildren will inherit our Jihad and our sacrifices and Allah willing, the commanders of the conquest will come from among them.

"Today we instill these good tidings in their souls and by means of the mosques and the Koran books, and the history of our Prophet and his companions, and the great leaders, we prepare them for the mission of saving humanity from the hellfire on the brink of which they stand."

"Allah has chosen you for Himself and for His religion so that you will serve as the engine pulling this nation to the phase of succession, security and consolidation of power, and even to conquests through da'wa and military conquests of the capitals of the entire world."

Do these really sound like people willing to entertain the notion of peace? And is Jimmy Carter so clueless or deluded to think that he, alone, can change the mindset of a whole segment of the world population intent on restablishing the glory of their past?

Go home, Jimmy!


Saturday, April 12, 2008

Flash From The Past: Peace, Love and The O'Jays "Love Train"

I have a very long commute for my next project, so I am incessantly channel surfing to while away the hour-plus drive to the theatre. It's a nasty habit, but I bore easily. So this afternoon, on my way home, I happened upon some station that was playing an oldie but goodie that I fondly remembered from my youth: the O'Jay's 'Love Train'.

Flash back to the chaotic 70s- apart from the economic recession and the gas woes, we were still in the midst of the Vietnam War and the Cold War. There was the Yom Kippur War and the shift from modern secularism to Islamic fundamentalism in Iran, including the Hostage Crisis. We had the Indo/Pakistani War, and Idi Amin's brutal reign in Uganda.

The longest, most divisive conflict was the Vietnam War which, as it dragged on into the 70s, spawned a slew of anti-war tunes from Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On?' to Cat Steven's, pre-Islamic 'Peace Train'. All great songs, regardless of your politics or your stance on that particular war, or any other war for that matter.

Flash forward to 2008, and nothing much has changed. We are in what some people claim is a recession, our gas price woes have tripled, and there is even more chaos in this world then there was back then. Global conflicts abound, the problems in the Middle East have skyrocketed, Russia is poised to create another Cold War, and China is, well- China. Nothing much changed there.

As we continue to live in a world at war, a world that seems unable to embrace anything other than disharmony and discord, those songs about peace will continue to resonate as much today as they did back then. And although there are those who are so enmeshed in lives full of hate, or greed, or so full of desire for power that they've somehow lost their humanity, I still believe, at the core of most civilized beings, is an unquenchable thirst for peace; a desire to live in harmony with our neighbours.

Listening to 'Love Train' again, after all these years, was disarming in some ways. Most of the countries mentioned are the same ones we are having problems with today. But what I like most about the song is its simplistic, implied message: that love can conquer all.

So in the words of the O'Jay's "People all over the world, join in, start a love train, love train."

Friday, April 11, 2008

Dhimmi Carter and The Terrorist

Jimmy Carter has no clue when to quit. He seems hellbent on adding credit after asinine credit to his already overflowing resume' of idiocies. You would think that, after all his major gaffes and missteps over the years, he would sit back and enjoy his retirement, try to keep his mouth shut, and put more effort into worthy projects like his Habitat For Humanity. But, nope, with every subsequent blunder, Carter continues to ensure he goes down in history as the world's worst President. Although some might disagree, history will eventually prove that he wins that title hands down.

So what's his latest screw-up?
Against the State Department's recommendation , James Earle Carter, Jr. is apparently headed to Syria to meet with none other than Khaled Meshaal, the exiled leader of Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement). What on earth he thinks he can accomplish chatting with the leader of a designated terrorist organization, is beyond me. Peace? You can't negotiate peace with a group whose charter contains the following statements:

"Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessors."
Article Seven: ....Hamas has been looking forward to implement Allah’s promise whatever time it might take. The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him! This will not apply to the Gharqad, which is a Jewish tree (cited by Bukhari and Muslim).

Article Eleven: The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf . ... This is the status [of the land] in Islamic Shari’a, and it is similar to all lands conquered by Islam by force, and made thereby Waqf lands upon their conquest, for all generations of Muslims until the Day of Resurrection.

Article Twelve: Hamas regards Nationalism (Wataniyya) as part and parcel of the religious faith. Nothing is loftier or deeper in Nationalism than waging Jihad against the enemy and confronting him when he sets foot on the land of the Muslims. And this becomes an individual duty binding on every Muslim man and woman.

Article Thirteen: [Peace] initiatives, the so-called peaceful solutions, and the international conferences to resolve the Palestinian problem, are all contrary to the beliefs of the Islamic Resistance Movement. For renouncing any part of Palestine means renouncing part of the religion; the nationalism of the Islamic Resistance Movement is part of its faith, the movement educates its members to adhere to its principles and to raise the banner of Allah over their homeland as they fight their Jihad.
There is no solution to the Palestinian problem except by Jihad. The initiatives, proposals and international Conferences are but a waste of time, and exercise in futility.

What I find most objectionable is that, as a former president, Carter is entitled to Secret Service protection, which means he and his wife will be accompanied, on this upcoming trip, by at least 5 agents. And at whose expense? The U.S. taxpayer! If he chooses to ignore the administration's exhortation not to meet with Meshaal, then he should be liable for the cost. We should not have to suffer for his stupidity and lack of insight.

Stay home Mr. Carter, and save us (and yourself) more embarrassment!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Free Speech Takes a Dive In Canada- Richard Warman Sues Conservative Bloggers

Major trouble is brewing for our conservative, Canadian brother and sister bloggers to the north. For those of you who might not be aware, one twisted Richard Warman is on the war path. Formerly employed by the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC), he has turned into a one-man vigilante force bent on depriving people of their rights to free speech. To date he has filed at least 26 complaints against various respondents, utilizing the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA) Section 13.

The Commission has a unique role in combatting hate on the Internet. Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act empowers the Commission to deal with complaints regarding the use of the Internet to transmit hate messages.

What was initially a quest to silence the neo-nazi voice in Canada, has turned into an attack on the conservative blogosphere, as a whole, and anyone that Warman (and his CHRC cronies) happen to disagree with. Warman has been instrumental in the demise of many bloggers who did not have the resources to fight back.

Since the introduction of CHRA, Section 13, those critical of Islam have been targeted as well, including conservative Mark Steyn. Publisher Ezra Levant, was also targeted for publishing the Danish Mohammed cartoons. Whether one agrees, or not, with the message that certain individuals put forth in their blogs, (and personally I find the neo-nazi agenda abhorrent) UNLESS it directly encourages violence against others, it is NOT a hate crime. And, frankly, if people choose to consider mere words as hate crimes, should not those calling for death to those who insult Islam be liable, as well?


The conservative blogosphere has been highly critical of Warman and the CHRC's less than ethical behaviour and, as a result, Warman has added another suit to his long list of complaints. This time he filed a mammoth Libel Suit against some of the most prominent Canadian bloggers, plus a Canadian newspaper:

Ezra Levant, Connie & Mark Fournier of Freedominion, Kathy Shaidle of FivefeetofFury, Kate McMillan of Small Dead Animals, and Jonathan Kay and The National Post.

Unlike others, who have fallen prey to Warman's warped, litigious nature and given up, these people intend to fight back, in the name of freedom of speech. They have various defense funds you can donate to via paypal on their various blogs. If you have a few spare dollars, donate to their funds, or blog about this.

The Canuck conservative blogosphere is in a fight for its very existence, battling both Warman and the CHRC's thought police.

Are we headed down that same road if Hillary or Obama are elected? Remember the attempt to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine, by the liberal Democrats?

Freedom of speech is worth fighting for, wherever it's threatened.

Also blogging:
Michelle Malkin
The Nose On Your Face


Via Blazing Cat Fur

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Joke Of the Day: Hillary Clinton and Remus Rodham

Given La Hillary's penchant for "misspeaking", I find this joke making the internet rounds rather hilarious. There's another one referencing Gunther Gore, Al's great-great uncle, then again he too likes to embellish the truth. Enjoy!

"Judy Wallman, a professional genealogical researcher, discovered that Hillary Clinton's great-great uncle, Remus Rodham, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows. On the back of the picture is this inscription:

"Remus Rodham; horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885,
escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton
detectives, Remus was convicted and hanged in 1889."

The researcher e-mailed Hillary Clinton for comments. Hillary's staff of
professional image adjusters sent back the following biographical sketch:

Remus Rodham was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory.

His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad.

Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to service at a government facility, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad.

In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency.

In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Persecuted Christians Flee Iraq

Christians lived in Iraq long before the Islamic Caliphate first began spreading its imperialistic tentacles throughout the region, in the 7th century AD. And yet, centuries later, they are being systematically persecuted, mutilated, raped, killed or forced to flee what was once, historically, their home. Considered, at one time, the Cradle of Civilization Iraq is far from civilized these days, as we daily witness the senseless violence perpetuated all in the name of religion.

Aside from the typical Muslim killing Muslim atrocities, they are also targeting the few Christians who have refused to leave a country they have every right to call their own. Although every man has the God-given right to worship as he pleases, Christians are being threatened, killed, kidnapped for ransom, or forced to convert, against their will. According to one man, originally from Baghdad but now living in Northern Iraq,

"I had a choice: Convert to Islam, pay the tax, or give away one of my daughters."
2 years ago, this same man was kidnapped and only released after he paid a large sum of money. This so-called "ransom" is, in effect, the "Jizyah", a tax that all non-Muslims must pay, according to the Koran 9:29.


YUSUFALI: Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
Churches and schools are being bombed; priests, men, women and children are being murdered; families are being coerced into paying the Jizyah. If unable to comply, family members are forced to convert to Islam. Those who refuse are given 24 hours to vacate their homes. With all this hatred and violence heaped upon them, Iraqi Christians are leaving the country in droves. Although no-one knows the exact number, it is estimated that of the small 3% of Iraqis that are Christian, at least 50% have left or been killed. That leaves a paltry few. Tragically, this signals the beginning of the end of an ancient Christian culture that has its roots in ancient Mesopotamia.

Thankfully, the Europeans are stepping up to the plate. France has decided to take in 500 Christian Iraqi refugees. Germany has offered to take in others. Churches are working with Germany's Human Rights Commission to resettle at least 20,000 to 30,000 Iraqi Christians. And, although it is a very noble endeavour, the fact that they have to leave, in the first place, is despicable. That there are religions that still exist in this modern, so-called civilized 21st century, that are so intolerant of other religions, and even other sects within their own, that they find the need to kill, bully or dominate, is truly pathetic.

We are all GOD'S children- which means we are all brothers and sisters. Stop killing each other in the name of GOD.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Mugabe Won't Relinquish Power So Easily!

After 20 plus years of iron-fisted, dictatorial rule, did anyone really think Robert Gabriel Mugabe would ride off into the sunset without some sort of a fight?

Let’s get real. This is a man who ranked number 7 in parade.com’s 2007 “Top 20 of the World’s Worst Dictators” list, and number 6 in 2008’s. A man who has, singlehandedly, driven a once prosperous country into an economic downfall that rivals few other nations. In fact, Zimbabwe ranks tops for the world’s highest inflation rate, at 100,000 percent! Despots never go quietly into the night, they fight tooth and nail to hang on to the power and glory they’re accustomed to; by legal or illegal means. Look how long Fidel Castro lasted. Vladimir Putin ensured his continuing lust for power, by merely switching leadership positions. Hugo Chavez is in it for the long haul. There are too many others to mention, but they will all do what is necessary to retain control, and in those countries that lack democracy, anything goes, including jailing and killing opposition leaders.
In spite of major losses in Zimbabwe’s parliament, and an obvious presidential loss, Mugabe is calling for a runoff. In fact, today his police raided a hotel housing the offices of Movement for Democratic Change, whose secretary general Tendai Biti claims:
“We maintain that we have won the presidential election outright without the need for a runoff.”
Although, he generously conceded they would participate in a runoff if need be. Another hotel, frequented by foreign journalists, was also raided and several of them detained. Biti stated,
“Mugabe has started a crackdown.... it is quite clear he has unleashed a war.”
Claiming this was only the beginning of worse to come, he was very clear about the opposition refusing to go into hiding:

“You can’t hide away from fascism. Zimbabwe is a small country. So we are not going into hiding. We are just going to have to be extra
cautious.”
No-one seems to mention why the reporters were targeted, but I surmise it has something to do with the fact that Mugabe’s government barred many international news organizations from covering the March 29 elections which, of course, makes sense. No tyrant leader wants reporters to witness the rigging of elections.

We shall see what transpires over the next few days, but it more than likely will not be pretty.

UPDATE:
According to Committee To Protect Journalists (CPJ) a NY Times reporter, Barry Beark, was arrested for “violation of the journalism laws.”

Thursday, April 03, 2008

McCain, Obama, Clinton: How Their Tax Changes Will Affect YOU, If Elected

I received the following, today. I'm not sure who the author is, and how accurate some of it is, but it's a detailed, and telling, account of how drastically OUR taxes will change according to whom we elect this coming November. If this doesn't persuade you, nothing will.

CAPITAL GAINS TAX

MCCAIN
15% (no change)

OBAMA
28%

CLINTON
24%

How does this affect you? Sell a stock you own for a profit; you're subject to Capital Gains Tax. Sell your home and make a profit, you could be subject to Capital Gains Tax. If you are heading towardretirement and would like to down-size your home or move into a retirement community, more of the money you make from your homewill go to taxes. This proposal would really affect the elderly who are counting on the income from their homes as part of their retirement income.

DIVIDEND TAX

MCCAIN
15% (no change)

OBAMA
39.6%

CLINTON
39.6%

How will this affect you? If you have money invested in stock market, IRA, mutual funds, college funds, life insurance, retirement accounts, or anything that pays or reinvests dividends, you will now be paying nearly 40% of the money earned on taxes if Obama or Clinton become president.

Experts predict that "Higher tax rates on dividends and capital gains wouldcrash the stock market yet do absolutely nothing to cut the deficit."

INCOME TAX

MCCAIN (no changes)

Single making 30K - tax $4,500
Single making 50K - tax $12,500
Single making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 60K - tax $9,000
Married making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 125K - tax $31,250

OBAMA (reversion to pre-Bush rates)

Single making 30K - tax $8,400
Single making 50K - tax $14,000
Single making 75K - tax $23,250
Married making 60K - tax $16,800
Married making 75K - tax $21,000
Married making 125K - tax $38,750

CLINTON (reversion to pre-Bush rates)

Single making 30K - tax $8,400
Single making 50K - tax $14,000
Single making 75K - tax $23,250
Married making 60K - tax $16,800
Married making 75K - tax $21,000
Married making 125K - tax $38,750

How does this affect you? No explanation needed. This is pretty straightforward.

INHERITANCE TAX

MCCAIN- (No change, Bush repealed this tax)

0%

OBAMA

Reinstate the inheritance tax

CLINTON

Reinstate the inheritance tax

How could this affect you? Many families have lost small businesses, farms and ranches, and homes that have been in their family for generations because their heirs could not afford the inheritance tax.

NEW TAXES BEING PROPOSED BY BOTH CLINTON AND OBAMA

* New government taxes proposed on homes that are more than 2400 square feet
* New gasoline taxes (as if gas weren't high enough already)
* New taxes on natural resources consumption (heating gas, water, electricity)
* New taxes on retirement accounts

and last but not least....

* New taxes to pay for socialized medicine so we can receive the same level of medical care as somethird-world countries!!

Can you afford Clinton or Obama? I can't!! More information on Obama's tax and spend agenda:

If Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) enacts all of his campaign proposals, taxpayers would be faced with financing $874.35 Billion in new spending over One White House term:

Updated February 14, 2008:

Obama's National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank will cost $60 Billion over 10 Years.
Obama: "I'm proposing a National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank that will invest $60 billion overten years." (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks On Economic Policy, Janesville, WI, 2/13/08)

Obama's Health Care Plan Will Cost Up To $65 Billion A Year. "[Obama] campaign officials estimated that the net cost of the plan to the federal government would be $50 billion to $65 billion a year, when fully phased in, and said the revenues from rolling back the tax cuts were enough to cover it." (Robin Toner and Patrick Healy, "Obama Calls For Wider And Less Costly Health Care Coverage," The New
York Times, 5/30/07)

Obama's Energy Plan Will Cost $150 Billion Over 10 Years. "Obama will invest $150 billion over 10 years to advance the next generation of biofuels and fuel infrastructure, accelerate the commercialization of plug-in hybrids, promote development of commercial-scale renewable energy, invest in low-emissions coal plants, and begin the transition to a new digital electricity grid." (Obama For America, "The Blueprint For Change," http://www.barackobama.com%3c/;http://www.barackobama.com/>, Accessed 1/14/08, p. 25)

Obama's Tax Plan Will Cost Approximately $85 Billion A Year. "[Obama's] proposed tax cuts and credits, aimed at workers earning $50,000 or less per year, would cost the Treasury an estimated $85 billion annually." (Margaret Talev, "Obama Proposes Tax Code Overhaul To Help The Poor," McClatchy Newspapers, 9/19/07)

Obama's Plan Would Raise Taxes On Capitol Gains And Dividends, and on Interest Earned.
Obama's tax plan includes: "[i]ncreasing the highest bracket for capital gains and dividends and closing the carried interest loophole." (Obama For America, "Barack Obama: Tax Fairness For
The Middle Class," Fact Sheet,
http://www.barackobama.com%3c/;http://www.barackobama.com/> ,Accessed 1/8/08)

Obama's Economic Stimulus Package Will Cost $75 Billion. "Barack Obama's economic plan will inject $75 billion of stimulus into the economy by getting money in the form of tax cuts and direct spending directly to the people who need it most." (Obama For America, "Barack Obama's Plan To Stimulate The Economy," Fact Sheet,
http://www.barackobama.com%3c/;http://www.barackobama.com/> , 1/13/08)

Obama's Early Education and K-12 Package would cost $18 Billion a year. "Barack Obama's early education and K-12 plan costs about $18 billion per year."(Obama For America, "Barack Obama's Plan For Lifetime Success Through Education", Fact Sheet, http://www.barackobama.com%3c/;http://www.barackobama.com/>, 11/20/07, p. 15)

Obama's National Service Plan will cost $3.5 Billion a year. "Barack Obama's national service plan will cost about $3.5 billion per year when it is fully implemented." (Obama For America, "Helping All Americans Serve Their Country: Barack Obama's Plan For Universal Voluntary Citizen Service", Fact Sheet, http://www.barackobama.com%3c/;http://www.barackobama.com/>,
12/5/07)

Obama Will Increase Our Foreign Assistance Funding By $25 Billion. "Obama will embrace the Millennium Development Goal of cutting extreme poverty around the world in half by 2015, and he will double our foreign assistance to $50 billion to achieve that goal." (Obama For America, "The Blueprint For Change," http://www.barackobama.com%3c/;http://www.barackobama.com/>, Accessed 1/14/08, p. 53)

Obama has sponsored a bill in the senate that will tax 1/7th of 1% of U.S. GDP to give to the UN for distribution to poor countries. This will amount to $845 Billion per year from American taxpayers that most of it will end up in some tyrannical despots Swiss bank account! As of March 1, 2008, this bill is still in process but is believed will be thwarted by the Senate.

Obama Will Provide $2 Billion To Aid Iraqi Refugees. "He will provide at least $2 billion to expand services to Iraqi refugees in neighboring countries, and ensure that Iraqis inside their own country can find a safe-haven." (Obama For America, "The Blueprint For Change,"
http://www.barackobama.com%3c/;http://www.barackobama.com/> , Accessed 1/14/08, p. 51)

Obama Will Provide $1.5 Billion To Help States Adopt Paid-Leave Systems. "As president, Obama will initiate a strategy to encourage all 50 states to adopt paid-leave systems. Obama will provide a $1.5 billion fund to assist states with start-up costs and to help states offset the costs for employees and employers." (Obama For America, "The Blueprint For Change,"
http://www.barackobama.com%3c/;http://www.barackobama.com/>, Accessed 1/14/08, p. 15)

Obama Will Provide $1 Billion Over 5 Years For Transitional Jobs And Career Pathway Programs, Equal To $200 Million A Year. "Obama will invest $1 billion over five years in transitional jobs and career pathway programs that implement proven methods of helping low-income Americans succeed in the workforce." (Obama For America, "The Blueprint For Change," http://www.barackobama.com%3c/;http://www.barackobama.com/> , Accessed 1/14/08, p. 42)

Obama Will Provide $50 Million To Jump-Start The Creation Of An IAEA-Controlled Nuclear Fuel Bank. "We must also stop the spread of nuclear weapons technology and ensure that countries cannot build -- or come to the brink of building -- a weapons program under the auspices of developing peaceful nuclear power. That is why my administration will immediately provide $50 million to jump-start the creation of an International Atomic Energy Agency-controlled nuclear fuel bank and work to update the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty."
(Sen. Barack Obama, "Renewing American Leadership," Foreign Affairs, 7- 8/07

Check it all out for yourself. Many sources, including the ones given, available.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Satirical Political Beliefs System Quiz

Want to know where you fit in today's current political sphere? Republican? Libertarian? Democrat? or Commie? Don Hagen sent me his clever:

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