Here is but a small portion of the exchange between Steve Doocy of Fox and Friends and Carol Browner, Oprompter’s Energy Czar, on whether or not she’s read the cap-and-tax energy killer bill that the House passed last week:
STEVE DOOCY: “[I] know the bill is over 1,000 pages long. Have you have read it?”
CAROL BROWNER: “Oh, I’m very familiar with this bill.”
DOOCY: “Have you have read it?”
BROWNER: “We have obviously been watching this for a very long time. I am very …”
DOOCY: “I’m sure you’ve got an idea of it, but you have read it?”
BROWNER: “I’ve read major portions of it, absolutely.”
DOOCY: “So the answer no you haven’t read it. But you’ve read a big chunk of it.”
BROWNER: “No, no, no that’s not fair. That’s absolutely not fair.”
DOOCY: “No, I’m just asking you if you read the thousand pages.”
BROWNER: “I’ve read vast portions of it.”
Got that? Asking the “Energy Czar” if she read the bill of which she’s a huge proponent is “not fair”! Thanks for the clarification, Carol.
By the way, here is a service I’m providing for you, my loyal readers, free of charge (you’re welcome): a translation from Beltway-ese to English. Translation in bold:
“Oh, I’m very familiar with this bill.” (“I first heard about it on MSNBC the night that it passed. It gave Chris Matthews a thrill up his leg.”)
“I’ve read vast portions of it.” (“I’ve read more of it than any member of Congress did…which is to say, I read the bill’s title, and that’s it.”)
We’re in good, capable hands with our nation’s energy infrastructure, folks. For those of you on the left, the prior sentence was sarcasm.
No doubt many of you are aware of the case in New Haven, CT, where a firefighter exam’s results were tossed out because no black firemen passed the test. The white firefighters who passed sued, arguing that they were discriminated against because of their race. It’s obvious to anyone with half a brain that they were right. So of course, the liberal appeals court told them to stick it up their white chutes (or whatever the legalese equivalent of that is). SCOTUS nominee Sonia Sotomayor ruled against the firefighters and in favor of racism.
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the liberal court, on a predictable 5-4 ruling, with the four liberal justices naturally and reflexively siding with racism.
Exit question: Does this put a dent in Sotomayor’s claim that by virtue of her being a “wise Latina woman”, she will reach “better conclusions” than non-Latin males?
It seems like only yesterday that Oprompter said that the U.S. shouldn’t meddle in other countries’ affairs, especially Iran.
Well, it may have been yesterday. But like his other promises, they come with expiration dates. When it’s a leftist tinpot dictator in Honduras, suddenly meddling on behalf of said tinpot dictator is en vogue.
When he’s not busy slandering troops, insulting soldiers’ intellect, cracking jokes on a war hero’s age, or dreaming of killing the president, John F’ing Kerry (who is rumored to have served in Vietnam) likes to spend his time longing for the death and disappearance of a state’s governor. Details:
U.S. Sen. John Kerry must have been channeling his inner Letterman yesterday.
The Bay State senator was telling a group of business and civic leaders in town at his invitation about the “bizarre’’ tale of how South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford had “disappeared for four days’’ and claimed to be hiking along the Appalachian Trail, but no one was really certain of his whereabouts.
“Too bad,’’ Kerry said, “if a governor had to go missing it couldn’t have been the governor of Alaska. You know, Sarah Palin.’’
Keep it classy, Jean-Francois Heinz-Kerry.
And to think this buttmunch came within one state of winning the presidency!
And to think we righties were concerned that ABC’s surrendering its programming to Uhhh-bama without a GOP rebuttal would be one big informercial! Boy, were we wrong!
Nope…no liberal media bias!
President Obama struggled to explain today whether his health care reform proposals would force normal Americans to make sacrifices that wealthier, more powerful people — like the president himself — wouldn’t face.
Devinsky asked the president pointedly if he would be willing to promise that he wouldn’t seek such extraordinary help for his wife or daughters if they became sick and the public plan he’s proposing limited the tests or treatment they can get.
The president refused to make such a pledge, though he allowed that if “it’s my family member, if it’s my wife, if it’s my children, if it’s my grandmother, I always want them to get the very best care.["]
Oh, I see! So ObamaCare would probably suck too much for his own family, but not for your family! He wants the best possible care for himself and his loved ones, but as for the rest of you peons, you can go to Hell.
Hey, what’s the worst that could happen with the government running health care? This, mabye?
From CNS News:
Obama’s golf outings have generated favorable reports from the media, in contrast to his predecessor, George W. Bush.
On Aug. 5, 2002, The Washington Postwrote about President Bush golfing near his parents’ home in Kennebunkport, Maine. Under the headline “Before Golf, Bush Decries Latest Deaths in Mideast,” staff writer Mike Allen described Bush as he “sprang from his golf cart at 6:15 a.m. and said he was distressed to hear about the latest suicide bombers in Israel.”
“Bush, wearing khakis and a knit shirt, was holding a driver in his gloved left hand,” Allen wrote.
“However incongruous the setting, the president plunged ahead,” Allen wrote.
“His business out of the way,” Allen wrote, “Bush barely paused for breath before saying, ‘Thank you. Now watch this drive.’”
How does the same fishwrap cover Oprompter’s golf outings?
A search of news reports on Nexis revealed that photographers, but not reporters have access to Obama when he is on the links. But his outings have been covered, including by The Washington Post on June 9, 2009, in an article with the headline “Just the Sport for A Leader Most Driven.”
“What’s the deal? Why golf?” Poststaff writer Richard Leiby wrote. “The attraction seems to be simple. It’s a great escape; the game demands such attention that nothing else matters. It’s time spent with friends, an unhurried afternoon in loose clothing (shorts seem to be Obama’s preference).”
Leiby continued, “To some, Obama’s frequent outings reflect a cool self-confidence.”
Leiby even quoted a sports psychologist who said Obama seemed able to play golf despite the grim reports by the media about the wars and the economy.
So the comPostgot its boxers in a bunch when Bush played golf with a war on one front (for those of you on the left, that would be Afghanistan, allegedly the war you actually supported this decade) and a teetering economy. Yet now that Uhhh-bama golfs with a war on two fronts, the economy mired in a deep recession, Iran and North Korea smoldering hot, and the country on the precipice of bankruptcy, golf for da prez is suddenly cool. Got it. Thanks for the clarification.
Nope…no liberal media bias!
Obama fiddles while Tehran burns. Oh, well, what’s the tee time? (Courtesy of Slublog)
I just had a flashback to “My Cousin Vinny” where Gambini says “Everything that guy just said was bull$h#t. Thank you.” Here is a link to the analysis, which you must read. Excerpt:
This is what propaganda looks like:
Americans overwhelmingly support substantial changes to the health care system and are strongly behind [72%] one of the most contentious proposals Congress is considering, a government-run insurance plan to compete with private insurers, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
Bruce Kesler points out that — in traditional NYT/CBS fashion — the sample is badly skewed:
According to the actual poll data, of the 73% of respondents who said they voted in 2008 only 34% voted for McCain and 66% for Obama. The actual vote was 48% McCain.
This is a good example of why reading a poll is as much art as science, because the first problem is the percentage who say they voted in the 2008 election. In reality, no more than 62% of eligible voters cast ballots last year. Accordingly, the poll has sampled a lot of adults who were ineligible to vote… or, as often happens, respondents lied about voting. In such cases, the lie tends to skew in favor of the winner.
Fortunately, at least for the time being, it looks like Oprompter doesn’t have the votes to pass that socialist piece of garbage down our throats. But that may change after the ABC infomercial runs (without rebuttals, paid or otherwise).
Nope…no liberal media bias!
The total numbers are 130 donations to The One and the Plagiarist, and a whopping 4 to Palin and that fossil she was running with…and none of the 4 were from journalists.
But hey, why would you go thinking that just because darned near everyone at ABC gave to the Obamessiah, and just because they’re giving him the reins to run his health care infomercial on their network, and just because they won’t even let the GOP pay for airtime to air rebuttals, that the All Barack Channel is some kind of leftist propaganda mouthpiece shilling for the administration?
Nope…no liberal media bias!
Is there some special tax evader magnet over the White House these days? Details:
President Obama’s choice as chief of protocol for the State Department, a position that carries the status of an ambassadorship, did not file tax returns for 2005 and 2006, errors she corrected last November.
The nominee, Capricia Penavic Marshall, has placed blame for the problem on the Postal Service and on miscommunication between her husband and their accountant.
In her written answers and in accounts she gave to government officials, Ms. Marshall has said the errors were unintentional. She has said that her husband failed to recognize that the couple’s accountant had included the tax returns for 2005 in a binder he provided with copies of the returns, and that the actual paperwork was never mailed.
The couple learned something was awry, Ms. Marshall has said, when the Internal Revenue Service notified them last fall that their 2006 return had never arrived. She wrote that an agent “advised us that there were a large number of tax returns misplaced by the D.C. post office for the 2006 tax year.”
That call led the couple to the discovery that the authorities had no record of their returns for 2005 and 2006. No late fees or penalties were assessed when they later submitted the returns.
Two years in a row? Notes Ed:
Does the dog eat her homework, too?
It seems awfully convenient that the one post office that lost “a large number of tax returns” was the one that would handle returns for most federal officeholders and their staffs, too. Isn’t it a little remarkable that the IRS didn’t penalize the Marshalls for late returns? Those of us who don’t work on Hillary Clinton’s staff would not get treated so kindly. Besides, If the DC post office lost “a large number of tax returns” in 2006, why did that let them off the hook for 2005?
If you voted for Obama, do you still pay your taxes…and if so, why? His appointees don’t, and apparently, there’s no fallout for failing to do so.
You thought that Obama would stop the Chicago thuggery at just one independent IG who was investigating an F.O.B. (Friend of Barack’s)? Think again. Details from Ed:
The firing of Gerald Walpin as Inspector General was not an isolated incident, as the Chicago Tribune reports today. Two more IGs have been dismissed in the past two weeks, and Senator Charles Grassley has started demanding answers. The sudden push to rid the government of independent watchdogs appears to coincide with Barack Obama’s plans to use government spending to get control over more aspects of American life, such as with stimulus spending, the financial sector, and volunteer organizations (via Dan Riehl) …
Ed has the video (that you must see) that connects the dots and dispenses with the lie that there are any coincidences here.
We are seeing a pattern, no longer just a single data point. IGs work independently to protect taxpayers from corruption and abuse from its own government agencies. A coordinated attack on IGs certainly suggests hostility to that mission, which isn’t the Hope and Change Obama promised on the campaign trail.
Corruption, BO style. And the MSM will run interference for him on this issue, an issue that in the past would have had them howling like Ted Kennedy after an all-night raging kegger.
UPDATE (06/18/2009 – 07:04 PM EST): Uhhh-bama is calling his decision to break the law in the firings an act of “political courage“. This man’s arrogance is breathtaking. Or, if you’re Chris Matthews, leg-thrilling.
Anti-Semitic former president Jimmy the Dhimmi Carter never met a dictator or terrorist thug that he didn’t like. The same foreign policy genius that gave us gas rationing, a “wear a sweater” energy policy, a 444-day American hostage standoff, and legitimizing Arafat has decided that Hamas really isn’t such a bad group of guys. I mean, if you can just get past their whole “death to Israel” charter and stuff, they’re practically jonesing for peace!
Former President Jimmy Carter will urge the Obama administration to remove Hamas from the terrorist list, FOX News has learned.
Carter, a chief defender of the U.S.-designated terror group, said Tuesday he will meet with officials in the Obama administration in two days to discuss his latest trip to the Middle East.
The international community has asked Hamas to recognize Israel, renounce violence and accept previous peace deals as part of ongoing efforts for Palestinians overall to acquire their own country. Hamas has refused.
And just how stupid is Carter? This much:
According to two eyewitnesses, including a 15-year-old boy, the bombs that were found were intended to hit Carter’s vehicle as he exited Gaza. There is some suspicion that Hamas extremists (redundant much? – Ed.) linked to Al Qaeda may be behind the attempt.
“Hey, let’s remove from the terrorist list a group that is trying to kill me!” No wonder he lost 44 states to Reagan.
No, this is NOT satire! This is Pravda materializing before our very eyes. From Drudge:
ABC TURNS PROGRAMMING OVER TO OBAMA; NEWS TO BE ANCHORED FROM INSIDE WHITE HOUSE
Tue Jun 16 2009 08:45:10 ET
On the night of June 24, the media and government become one, when ABC turns its programming over to President Obama and White House officials to push government run health care — a move that has ignited an ethical firestorm!
Highlights on the agenda:
ABCNEWS anchor Charlie Gibson will deliver WORLD NEWS from the Blue Room of the White House.
The network plans a primetime special — ‘Prescription for America’ — originating from the East Room, exclude opposing voices on the debate.
Late Monday night, Republican National Committee Chief of Staff Ken McKay fired off a complaint to the head of ABCNEWS:
Dear Mr. Westin:
As the national debate on health care reform intensifies, I am deeply concerned and disappointed with ABC’s astonishing decision to exclude opposing voices on this critical issue on June 24, 2009. Next Wednesday, ABC News will air a primetime health care reform “town hall” at the White House with President Barack Obama. In addition, according to an ABC News report, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, WORLD NEWS, NIGHTLINE and ABC’s web news “will all feature special programming on the president’s health care agenda.” This does not include the promotion, over the next 9 days, the president’s health care agenda will receive on ABC News programming.
Today, the Republican National Committee requested an opportunity to add our Party’s views to those of the President’s to ensure that all sides of the health care reform debate are presented. Our request was rejected. I believe that the President should have the ability to speak directly to the America people. However, I find it outrageous that ABC would prohibit our Party’s opposing thoughts and ideas from this national debate, which affects millions of ABC viewers.
In the absence of opposition, I am concerned this event will become a glorified infomercial to promote the Democrat agenda. If that is the case, this primetime infomercial should be paid for out of the DNC coffers. President Obama does not hold a monopoly on health care reform ideas or on free airtime. The President has stated time and time again that he wants a bipartisan debate. Therefore, the Republican Party should be included in this primetime event, or the DNC should pay for your airtime.
Republican National Committee
Chief of Staff
Considering he was roundly booed by the AMA, it’s no wonder he wanted to seek friendlier climes in the MSM.
Exit question: Can you imagine the uproar if Bush had done this with Fox News?
Nope…no liberal media bias! Aw, they’re not even pretending anymore, are they?
The United Nations: more useless than Barney Frank at the Playboy Mansion. More shameful, too.
When he’s not busy trashing our soldiers, Dick Durbin the Turban likes to spend his free time using insider information for personal gain. You know, kinda like Gordon Gecko in Wall Street, only unlike Gecko, he operates above the law that applies to everyone else. Details here, an excerpt of which follows:
As U.S. stock markets plummeted last September, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin, sold more than $115,000 worth of stocks and mutual-fund shares and used much of the money to invest in Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
The Illinois senator’s 2008 financial disclosure statement shows he sold mutual-fund shares worth $42,696 on Sept. 19, the day after then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke urged congressional leaders in a closed meeting to craft legislation to help financially troubled banks. The same day, he bought $43,562 worth of Berkshire Hathaway’s Class B stock, the disclosure shows. …
Note to self: Call Durbin’s office from now on for stock tips.
Boy, it’s a good thing those Dems cleaned up that “culture of corruption” thingy, right?
The human gaffe-o-meter we’ve got for VP admits something we all knew: the “stimulus” isn’t working. Gee, thanks, Joe. Nothing quite like peeing away our kids’ futures over something that doesn’t work, huh? How’s that Hopenchange workin’ for you now?
Ahmanutjob says he won the Iranian “election”. We know it was rigged. Pro-reform students say they’re screwed if Obama accepts the tainted election results that confirm Ahmanutjob’s victory. Obama says “Hey, sucks for you, reformers!” by legitimizing vote fraud, like his mentor Jimmy “the Dhimmi” Carter would do. Of course, considering his deep ties to ACORN, this should come as no surprise.
Oprompter fires an Inspector General who was investigating an Uhhh-bama ally, a move that should have generated tons of outrage due to its reeking of Chicago-style corruption and cronyism. Firing an I.G. is rare, even more so than, oh, firing U.S. Attorneys who serve at the pleasure of the president. Yet for some really weird reason, the left and the MSM (pardon the redundancy) made a lot of noise over the latter scenario when a Republican administration did it. But nope…no liberal media bias!
Here is an outstanding column on the left’s and the MSM’s (it’s a redundant Monday, what can I say?) efforts to link abortionist George Tiller’s murderer to us pro-lifers. I just want to know: Why is it “out of bounds” or “beyond the pale” to play “guilt by association” with Obama and guys he actually DID personally know and associate with (Wright, Ayers, Dohrn, Farrakahn), but it’s totally acceptable to play “guilt by association” with von Brunn and millions of people he didn’t know or who didn’t know him? Nope…no liberal media bias!
Admittedly, I came to that conclusion when the story first broke. Then an interesting phenomenon occurred: facts came out. First this:
FBI agents visited the offices of the conservative Weekly Standard magazine yesterday after a shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum and told employees they’d found the magazine’s address.
The suggestion that the Standard may have been a target complicates any view of the racist shooter in contemporary left-right terms. Von Brunn’s white supremacist roots put him under the rubric of a “right-wing extremist,” but the substance of his views — which included everything from believing that President Bush may have been in on the September 11 attacks to denying that President Obama is an American citizen — are too far on the fringe to fit into conventional political classification.
“F.U. MSM: This Holocaust Museum killer creep job was a 9/11 truther (a left-wing phenomenon), hated Neo-Cons (Jews like me,) Bush, McCain and hated the right’s beloved Israel (also a leftist phenomenon, mostly) — and you — in conjunction with the Democratic Party try to say he is an example of the ‘far right’ that is against Obama — all for the sickening sake of political gain? We won’t forget this, you thugs.”
The media is a abuzed about this, and the lefty blogs are acting as though this being some nuance of the right.
Wrong. Let’s not forget that Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, both antisemitic and neither considered spokesmen for the right.
But after some research it appears the shooter, James Von Brunn is in fact – despite the protestations of the Kos Kids – a registered democrat from Maryland.
So much for the “Right Wing Conspiracy”.
Yet the MSM still parrots the lie that this nutjob was a “right-wing fanatic”? I’m not saying he was a left-wing nutjob, merely that he was just a nutjob…period. But if the left really wants to play “pin the ideology on the psycho”, we’ve got plenty of ammo to work with, m’kay?
Also, did you notice that the MSM reported ad nauseum on the abortion doctor killing and this Holocaust Museum killing, but reports on the home-grown Muslim terrorist shooting the Army recruiters were not nearly as extensive?
Nope…no liberal media bias!
Actually, the funniest (yet saddest) part of the cartoon is that no one in the MSM will ask from where these numbers come.
The video doesn’t lie, my friends. It just doesn’t.
Nope…no liberal media bias!
Europe seems to be eschewing big government liberalism and moving to the right, while a country that was once the bastion of freedom and liberty (for those of you on the left, that would be America) is following its smooth-talking Shyster-in-Chief down the failed path of leftist governing.
Californiastan, meanwhile, has seen its leftist utopia wither away over the last decade or so. The state is about to go bankrupt, after having run off individuals and businesses that succeed by way of punishing tax rates, all while inviting welfare leeches and criminal aliens. However, RINO Gov. Arnie is thinking that maybe a flat tax is the way to go, instead of a “soak the rich” tax that has hastened the exodus of achievers to more tax friendly states like neighboring Nevada. Heck, CA is even considering canning its welfare program! But while CA is thinking about not pounding the rich so hard anymore, B.O. is thinking that the same thing (punishing achievers to subsidize non-achievers) that has driven Californiastan to the brink of insolvency is a darned fine idea for the country.
To add to the craziness, we now live in a society that has a media that is no better or different than Pravda during the Soviet days, Castro’s Granma, or publications that you would expect to find in Chavez’, Ahmanutjob’s, or Mugabe’s countries. They are propaganda mouthpieces for the administration, telling us that black is white and night is day. Case in point: the MSM keeps spinning further job losses as “sure, jobs were lost, but not as many as we thought…so that’s good, right”? There’s a problem with that, though: the job losses are worse than B.O. expected!
Did you ever think you would see the day where American media would fail to take their role seriously in policing government? Journalists are now comparing the Obamessiah to God (but there’s no “Obama as Messiah” thing going on, is there, Andrew?)! Instead of scrutinizing his Marxist agenda, his ties to domestic terrorists, his frequent apologies to the world for the crappy country he governs, or anything like that, the MSM delves instead to more pressing matters in B.O.’s “impossibly elegant” life: his date night with his wife. By the way, such an “objective” piece of news and not opinion was found in the National News section of the fishwrap. The MSM also tells us that while Uhhh-bama has flip-flopped considerably (some might say “lie”, but why quibble over semantics?), his “flip-flops are for the common good“! Then, of course, there’s MSNBC’s Brian Williams bowing before The One.
I mean, media bias has always been around, but we’ve gone way over the cliff and into the abyss here! If Jon Stewart is making fun of you for kissing Oprompter’s behind too much, and if a leftist magazine like Vanity Fair admits to the pervasive media bias, then it’s safe to say that you’ve jumped the shark.
With apologies to John Lennon: Strange days, indeed.
B.O.’s SCOTUS nominee, we are told, made this one isolated reference to female Hispanic making better decisions than men of any race. If, by “isolated”, they mean “she’s said it on multiple occasions“, then yeah…”isolated”!
When he’s not busy shilling for criminal aliens, Sometimes-Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham likes to spend his time pacifying the base by slamming Sotomayor’s racist words. I’m not sure why he’s got such a problem with her, since she was a member of the Hispanic supremacist group La Raza…the same La Raza that Graham appeared before to “tell the bigots to shut up” about criminal immigration.
Quote of the week by filmmaker John Ziegler, who has put out a movie called “Media Malpractice” about the Kamikaze Media’s coverage of the 2008 election: “Monica Lewinsky never dreamed of doing to Bill Clinton some of the things Brian Williams did to Barack Obama”! Heh.
When unemployment was 5% during the Bush years, the MSM howled. Now that it’s doubled under The One’s watch, the MSM spins unemployment as “fun”…”funemployment“! Please pick your jaw up off the floor long enough to say “Nope…no liberal media bias!” I’m guessing the Second Great Depression will be “Funpression #2″, maybe?
Obama said the Holocaust is bad, but then implies that it’s no worse than what those d#mned Joooooos are doing to the poor, innocent, peaceful “Palestinians” every day. Moral equivalency: it’s not just for dinner anymore.
“Bin Laden’s Obama criticism a sign he is worried”
Dude. Seriously…I mean, dude! I thought it was satire until I actually read this:
CAIRO – A day before President Barack Obama is to deliver a speech here seeking goodwill with the Islamic world, al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden tried in a new message Wednesday to convince Muslims they should hate him.
The message was the second from al-Qaida in as many days criticizing Obama. Analysts said the PR offensive shows the terrorist organization worries the new president will succeed in improving America’s image in the Muslim world and undermine the group’s anti-American jihad, or holy war.
“Obama’s election is just about the worst thing that could have happened to these guys,” said Tom Sanderson, a terrorism expert at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. “They knew right away that his election undermined a key part of their argument that the U.S. was anti-Islamic, that the U.S. was racist.”
Oh, so a group of people that hates Jews detests the U.S. for being racist? Got it. Thanks for the clarification.
Ace lambastes it better than I ever could:
Yes, bin Ladin’s criticism of Obama is a sign that Obama is scary-tough on terrorists. He never criticized Bush, after all. Or at least AP did not deem any such criticism of Bush to be a signal that Bush’s policies were working.
Quite the opposite, in fact. When bin Ladin seemed to endorse John Kerry for president in 2004, the media redlined its spin-engines claiming that this was reverse psychology intended to get Bush reelected, because, of course, we all know that Bush was the best thing to ever happen to bin Ladin.
And now? Well, now bin Ladin no longer utilizes reverse psychology. Surely this isn’t a reverse-psychology ploy, as the media insisted was utilized in 2004, to actually support Obama because he likes Obama’s weak-sauce policies. No, this time, bin Ladin’s word is bond, the AP figures.
Nope…no liberal media bias!
Well, Obama bowed to the Saudi king, so I suppose this is only coming full circle. Details here.
Un. Frigging. Believable.
Nope…no liberal media bias!
Quips Drew from Ace’s site: “I’m just glad it wasn’t Matthews or Olbermann, it would have been x-rated.” Heh.
Remember this during the election?
In September 2008, candidate Obama told a Pennsylvania crowd, “I know that I’m not your typical presidential candidate and I just want to be honest with you. I know that the temptation is to say, ‘You know what? The guy hasn’t been there that long in Washington. You know, he’s got a funny name. You know, we’re not sure about him.’ And that’s what the Republicans when they say this isn’t about issues, it’s about personalities, what they’re really saying is, ‘We’re going to try to scare people about Barack. So we’re going to say that, you know, maybe he’s got Muslim connections.’…Just making stuff up.”
ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller report: The other day we heard a comment from a White House aide that never would have been uttered during the primaries or general election campaign.
During a conference call in preparation for President Obama’s trip to Cairo, Egypt, where he will address the Muslim world, deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Denis McDonough said “the President himself experienced Islam on three continents before he was able to — or before he’s been able to visit, really, the heart of the Islamic world — you know, growing up in Indonesia, having a Muslim father — obviously Muslim Americans (are) a key part of Illinois and Chicago.”
Oh, well. At least he condemned the Muslim killer in the Army recruiters shooting. Wait a minute…now that I think about it, he didn’t condemn the Muslim shooter. Maybe because he was too busy sending federal agents to guard abortion doctors. Priorities, priorities.
Oy, vey. Excerpt:
President Barack Obama suggested that Iran may have some right to nuclear energy _ provided it proves by the end of the year that its aspirations are peaceful.
In a BBC interview broadcast Tuesday, he also restated plans to pursue direct diplomacy with Tehran to encourage it set aside any ambitions for nuclear weapons it might harbor.
Iran has insisted its nuclear program is aimed at generating electricity. But the U.S. and other Western governments accuse Tehran of seeking atomic weapons.
“What I do believe is that Iran has legitimate energy concerns, legitimate aspirations,” Obama said, adding that the international community also “has a very real interest” in preventing a nuclear arms race.
Ed nails it:
The inconvenient fact? Iran has all the resources it needs for energy production now. In fact, with the money they’ve spent on nuclear technology, they could have built oil refineries that would have reduced or eliminated their depending on imports for gasoline, producing it themselves from their own abundant supply. Absent sanctions, Iran could make a mint each year off of oil revenues and produce all the energy they need for domestic consumption, too.
So why do they pursue nuclear power? They want it for something other than energy production, although they’ll take that, too. Since they also spend a lot of money testing and launching rockets these days, the conclusion is a lot less difficult than Obama makes it. Iran has mainly illegitimate motives for pursuing nuclear technology.
The last time we took a hostile nation’s word for it that they would only use nuke energy for energy and not for weapons, the NorKoms convinced us (or, more accurately, the naive Democrat president and his Not Bright Secretary of State) of their peaceful intents. Say, how’d that work out?
Here’s a link to the story, with the following excerpt:
A man with “political and religious motives” killed a soldier just out of basic training and wounded another Monday in a targeted attack on a military recruiting center, police said. The shootings were not believed to be part of a broader scheme. (As opposed to the lone nutbar who killed the abortion doctor? I don’t recall seeing the disclaimer that he wasn’t “part of a broader scheme”, do you? – Ed.)
Let’s see: what “political and religious motives” might a man with an Middle Eastern-sounding name harbor that would encourage attacking U.S. Army recruiters? Hard to say, considering that the word “Muslim” or “Islam” never appears in the article! But nope, no liberal media bias or anything!
Exit question: Since we just saw an article that attempted to put anti-abortion foes on the defensive for an act of violence commited in their name, when will we see an article that puts a similar scrutiny on Islamofascists? Naming the religion isn’t too much to ask, it is?
UPDATE (05/02/2009 – 05:30 AM EST): The story has since been updated to include the previously unmentioned religion, and as sheer luck would have it, it was indeed Islam. Who knew? (Hat tip to Pablo)
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