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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Friday, January 30, 2009


"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."

(Cicero, in 55 BC)

....... but common sense is often times elusive.

Stimulus Slush Fund for Housing Entitlement Thugs
Michelle Malkin

From tiny acorns, mighty government debacles grow. House GOP Leader John Boehner on Monday rightly sounded the alarm over billions in stimulus tax dollars that could potentially go to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). But the Republican leadership has only scratched the surface over what amounts to a bottomless slush fund for a bigger coalition of housing entitlement thugs.

FBI: Burgeoning gangs behind up to 80% of U.S. crime
Criminal gangs in the USA have swelled to an estimated 1 million members responsible for up to 80% of crimes in communities across the nation, according to a gang threat assessment compiled by federal officials.

GOP Stakes Its Claim With Stimulus Vote
The unanimous vote by House Republicans against President Obama's stimulus plan provided an early indication that the GOP hopes to regain power by becoming the champion of small government, a reputation many felt slipped away during the high-spending Bush years.

The bill passed easily despite the opposition of all 177 Republican House members, but party leaders delighted in what they considered a victory after two straight electoral drubbings and much soul-searching about what the party stands for.


Homeland secretary wants criminal aliens out of US


Gaza victims describe human shield use
Members of a Gaza family whose farm was turned into a "fortress" by Hamas fighters have reported that they were helpless to stop Hamas from using them as human shields.

They told the official Palestinian Authority daily newspaper that for years Hamas had used their property and homes as military installations from which the group would launch rockets into Israel, dig tunnels and store arms. According to the victims, those who tried to object were shot in the legs by Hamas operatives.


Gaza victims describe human shield use
Members of a Gaza family whose farm was turned into a "fortress" by Hamas fighters have reported that they were helpless to stop Hamas from using them as human shields.

They told the official Palestinian Authority daily newspaper that for years Hamas had used their property and homes as military installations from which the group would launch rockets into Israel, dig tunnels and store arms. According to the victims, those who tried to object were shot in the legs by Hamas operatives.

Judge Says Obama’s Bid to Suspend Gitmo Hearings Is ‘Unreasonable’
San Juan, Puerto Rico (AP) - President Barack Obama's plan to suspend proceedings against Guantanamo detainees hit a snag when a military judge said it would be unreasonable to delay a hearing for the alleged mastermind of the USS Cole bombing.

Economic Stimulus Bill Overloaded with Pork, Group Says
– The economic stimulus bill that was approved by the House on Thursday and is under consideration by the Senate includes more pork than stimulus, the Family Research Center found. The package gives away billions to the “green” lobby, abortion industry, unions, and special interests, according to the FRC, and in particular sets aside $3 billion for prevention and wellness programs, which included $335 million for STD education and prevention.

Sessions: ‘Financial Soul’ of U.S. at Stake with Stimulus Bill
- The proposed economic stimulus plan will cost taxpayers a whopping $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years – not just the $819 billion contained in the proposal that the House approved this week. With additional debt costs adding $347 billion over 10 years – the proposed stimulus is a budget-destroyer, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said in an interview with CNSNews.com Thursday.

Senate Passes SCHIP Expansion; First Step Toward National Health Care, Republicans Say
Washington (AP)
– The Democrat-controlled Senate on Thursday voted 66-32 to pass a bill expanding government-sponsored health insurance to another 4 million uninsured children. While Democrats called Senate passage of the SCHIP expansion a victory for kids, Republicans called it a victory for national health care. Nine Republicans joined 57 Democrats in voting for the bill.

Senate Republicans May Use Filibuster to Block Stimulus
– Republican senators who oppose the $819 billion economic stimulus plan passed in the House Wednesday declined to say whether they personally would lead a filibuster to try to stop the legislation in the Senate. But they said a filibuster is an option and they are developing a strategy to stop the bill.

Tony Blankley : Obama's Collectivist Nationalism
President Barack Obama is a beguiling but confounding figure. As he said of himself in "The Audacity of Hope," "I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views." It is indeed audacious that he should proclaim this consciously disingenuous attribute. And as one reads his inaugural address, it is hard not to conclude that it was crafted shrewdly to perpetuate such confusion.

Run-of-the-mill politicians try to hide their duplicity. Only the most gifted of that profession brag that they intend to confound and confuse the public. [more]


"Between the extremes of virtually no government and a pure communist state, how much government is necessary and desirable...?"

The Optimum Government
by Richard W. Rahn

(Richard W. Rahn is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and chairman of the Institute for Global Economic Growth)

If you knew economic growth and new job creation begin to slow when total government spending is larger than about 25 percent of the economy, and you knew total government spending in the United States is about 36 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), would you propose policies to make government larger or smaller to create more jobs and boost economic growth?

Over the last few decades, many economists have done studies on the "optimum" size of government. A new study just completed shows the optimum size of government is less than 25 percent of GDP.

Optimum is defined as that point just before government becomes so large as to reduce the rate of economic growth and job creation. Governments are created to protect people and property. A government too small to establish the rule of law and protect people and their property from both foreign and domestic enemies is less than optimal.

The American Founding Fathers also believed government.....

More by Richard W. Rahn

Quotes from Norman Thomas (1884 - 1968):

"The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened."


"I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democrat Party has adopted our platform."

About Norman Thomas
Source: Wikipedia

Norman Thomas, was the son of a Presbyterian minister. Thomas was born November 20, 1884 in Marion, Ohio. He attended and graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1905. Later, he attended Union Theological Seminary. He was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1911.

He preached against American participation in the First World War. His pacifist stance led to his being shunned by many of his fellow alumni from Princeton, and opposed by some of the leadership of the Presbyterian Church in New York. By 1931, he had formally left the church and joined the Socialist Party.

Thomas opposed the United States' entry into the First World War. He founded a magazine, The World Tomorrow, in January, 1918, and in 1921-22 he was associate editor of The Nation.

In 1922 he became codirector of the League for Industrial Democracy. Later, he was one of the founders of the National Civil Liberties Bureau (the precursor of the American Civil Liberties Union) and The Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy. He was an unsuccessful Socialist candidate for Governor of New York State in 1924, and for Mayor of New York City in 1925 and 1929.

Thomas became the Socialist standard-bearer and was the party's Presidential nominee (6 times) in every election from 1928 to 1948. As an articulate and engaging spokesman for democratic socialism, Thomas' influence was considerably greater than that of the typical perennial candidate. Although socialism was viewed as an unsavory form of political thought by most middle-class Americans, the well-educated Thomas -- who often wore three-piece suits -- looked like and talked like a president and gained grudging admiration.

Thomas frequently spoke on the difference between socialism and Communism, explaining the differences between the movement he represented and that of revolutionary Marxism. His early admiration for the Russian Revolution subsequently turned into devout anti-Communism. (The revolutionaries thought him no better; Leon Trotsky, on more than one occasion, levelled high-profile criticism at Thomas.) He wrote several books, among them his passionate defense of World War I conscientious objectors, Is Conscience a Crime?, and his statement of the 1960s social democratic consensus, Socialism Re-examined.

Thomas was as outspoken in opposing the Second World War as he was the first, and spoke against the war under the auspices of the America First Committee. However, once the United States was attacked by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor, his stance changed to support for US involvement.

He and his fellow democratic socialists were also some of the few public figures to oppose the internment of Japanese Americans following the attack on Pearl Harbor at a time when virtually every public figure and government official approved of it. Thomas loudly condemned the ACLU for "dereliction of duty" when the organization supported the internment. Thomas was also a pioneer in his campaigning against racial segregation, war, environmental depletion, anti-labor laws and practices, and for his efforts to try to open up the United States to Jewish victims of Nazi persecution in the 1930s.

Thomas was an early proponent of birth control. Margaret Sanger recruited him to write "Some Objections to Birth Control Considered" in Religious and Ethical Aspects of Birth Control, edited and published by Sanger in 1926.

After 1945 Thomas sought to make the non-Communist left the vanguard of social reform, in collaboration with labor leaders like Walter Reuther. He championed many seemingly unrelated progressive causes, while leaving unstated the essence of his political and economic philosophy. From 1931 until his death, to be a "socialist" in the United States meant to support those causes which he championed.

In 1961, Thomas released an album The Minority Party in America: Featuring an Interview with Norman Thomas, on Folkways Records, which focused on the role of the third party.

Thomas' 80th birthday was marked by a well-publicized openly gay gala at the Hotel Astor in Manhattan. At the event Thomas called for a cease-fire in Vietnam and read birthday telegrams from Hubert Humphrey, Earl Warren, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He also received a check for $17,500 in donations from supporters. "It won't last long," he said of the check, "because every organization I'm connected with is going bankrupt."

The Norman Thomas High School in Manhattan and the Norman Thomas '05 Library at Princeton University's Forbes college are named after him. He was also the grandfather of Newsweek columnist Evan Thomas.

A plaque in the Norman Thomas '05 Library reads: Norman M. Thomas, class of 1905. "I am not the champion of lost causes, but the champion of causes not yet won."

Thomas died on December 19, 1968.


By Geert Wilders
To The Point News

[You may have seen news stories, such as on Fox News, about the Dutch member of parliament, Geert Wilders, being prosecuted in Dutch courts for "insulting Islam." Recently, Mr. Wilders delivered this speech in New York.  After reading it, you may watch his 15-minute film Fitna. Geert Wilders is a hero of Western Civilization, and he may go to jail for it. ]

I come to America with a mission. All is not well in the old world. There is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very difficult to be optimistic. We might be in the final stages of the Islamization of Europe. This not only is a clear and present danger to the future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and the sheer survival of the West. 

The danger I see looming is the scenario of America as the last man standing. The United States as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe.

The Europe you know is changing. You have probably seen the landmarks. The Eiffel Tower and Trafalgar Square and Rome's ancient buildings and maybe the canals of Amsterdam. They are still there. And they still look very much the same as they did a hundred years ago.

But in all of these cities, sometimes a few blocks away from your tourist destination, there is another world, a world very few visitors see - and one that does not appear in your tourist guidebook. It is the world of the parallel society created by Moslem mass-migration. Read more.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Yemen has idea for its 94 Guantanamo detainees: 'Integrate themselves back into society'
CAIRO — Yemen expects its nationals to be released by April from a U.S. Navy prison in Cuba.

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said 94 Yemeni detainees at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo would be released in early 2009, most likely by April, Middle East Newsline reported.

"Now, within 60-90 days, 94 Yemeni detainees will be here among us," Saleh said.

In a briefing to a national security conference on Jan. 24, Saleh said the United States had sought to send the released Yemenis to....

Report: Barack Obama's Al Qaida initiative began months before his election
WASHINGTON — Barack Obama was working with Arab intermediaries to establish an unofficial dialogue with Al Qaida long before his election as the 44th U.S. president, according to a report in the upcoming weekly edition of Geostrategy-Direct.com.

Al Qaida has offered what has been described as a truce in exchange for a U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to the report.

Obama has deemed the U.S. reconciliation with the Muslim world, including Iran, as his main foreign policy goal, sources quoted in the report said. The president has been aided by.....

Economic stimulus? Feds want your medical records
A little-discussed provision in President Obama's economic stimulus plan would demand that every American submit to a government program for electronic medical records without a choice to opt out, and it has privacy advocates more than a little alarmed.

Patients might be alarmed, too, privacy advocates said, if they realized information such as documentation on abortions, mental health problems, impotence, being labeled as a non-compliant patient, lawsuits against doctors and sexual problems could be shared electronically with, perhaps, millions of people.

Bill calls for execution by firing squad
New Hampshire State Rep Delmar Burridge, D-Keene, is sponsoring H.B. 37, a bill providing for execution by firing squad for anyone who causes the death of another person by use of a firearm while engaged in the commission of a felony – an offense that would be considered capital murder under Burridge's plan.

House passes biggest spending bill in world history .....

Hollow victory: Republicans deliver slap in the face to Barack Obama
Toby Harnden
.....his failure to get even the squishiest moderate Republican - including the 11 entertained in the White House by Rahm Emanuel last night - to back him is not merely a big score for Rep Eric Cantor, Republican Whip, and the rest of the GOP leadership.

It also shows that it is not just Fox, the loony Right or Rush Limbaugh - or however else you might want to characterise the opposition in order to marginalise it - who had grave misgivings about the content of the bill.

Full article.

Sunday, January 25, 2009


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