Husband of Condemned Pregnant Woman Rushes To Sudan To Save Her From Hanging


The husband of  Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag, the eight months pregnant woman who is facing the death penalty for marrying a Christian, has returned to Sudan in an effort to save his wife.

Meriam, who now sits in a filthy Sudanese jail with her eighteen month old son, has been sentenced to 100 lashes of the whip and then to death by hanging. 

Under Sudan’s application of sharia law, the former punishment is for adultery due to the fact that she is a Muslim woman married to a Christian man, a marriage considered invalid, and the latter, somewhat contradictorily, for having left Islam to become a Christian, which is a capital crime.  Her husband, Daniel Wani, has not been charged with adultery.

Reportedly, both mother and son (a United States citizen) have been “struggling with illnesses contracted in the deplorable conditions of Omdurman Federal Women’s Prison.”

Wani, who currently lives in Manchester, New Hampshire, has been pleading with the Obama State Department to help him get his family out of Sudan. But his pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

Via Andrew Bostom, of PJ Media:

Wani claims that when he called the U.S. Embassy on April 9, 2014 a representative in Khartoum informed him of their lack of interest in the case. Noting that the couple’s toddler boy, Martin, is a U.S. citizen by virtue of his father’s U.S. citizenship, Daniel Wani also declared that U.S. Embassy officials in Khartoum have not cooperated in granting the family travel papers to leave The Sudan, and further have told him he must prove he is the father with a DNA test prior to even offering any assistance!

I have tried to apply for papers to travel to the USA with my wife and child, but the American Embassy in Sudan did not help me. My son is an American citizen living in a difficult situation in prison. I will have to take a DNA sample in Khartoum, then send it to the USA for testing. I have provided wedding documents and the baby’s birth certificate, and doors were closed on [my] face.

The Obama administration State Department’s despicable behavior may mark a new nadir in our capitulation to Sharia which now includes coldly allowing a U.S. citizen toddler to be abused by Islam’s totalitarian “legal system.

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, (R-NH), has asked Secretary of State John Kerry to grant Ishag political asylum.

Meanwhile, the desperate, wheelchair-bound Wani has rushed off to Sudan in a precarious bid to save his condemned  wife’s life.


Wani and his brother, Gabriel Wani, grew up in Sudan but moved to New Hampshire. Gabriel told ABC News affiliate WMUR that Daniel has returned to Sudan to try and save his wife’s life.

“I’m just praying for God. He can do a miracle,” he said. “Everyone is depressed. You don’t believe it. It’s shock.”

“You cannot believe that’s going to happen,” Gabriel said. “It’s a good family, a happy family.”

Neither Gabriel nor Daniel could be reached for comment Monday by ABC News.

The U.S. condemned Sudan’s court ruling last week, with both the State Department and the White House calling on Sudan to uphold its human rights commitments.

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who represents New Hampshire, has asked Secretary of State John Kerry to grant Ishag political asylum.

The Sudan Tribune reported over the weekend that the country’s parliament speaker, al-Fatih Izz Al-Din, downplayed the death sentence and said it was only preliminary and could be appealed in the future.

ObamaCare Whistleblower, Bill Elliott, Shares His “Fan Mail”


Things have been looking up for Bill Elliott, the cancer patient who lost his coverage, last month, appeared on Fox News to talk about it, and got it back with the help of health insurance broker, C. Steven Tucker. He and Tucker both received audit letters from the IRS on the same day, about a week later. But with the help of some SC and NC politicians, he was able to have his audit terminated. Best of all, in late November his doctor told him his cancer was in full remission.

Elliott contracted cancer in 2007 when he was exposed to some radiological contamination in his work as a chemical and biological trainer to the military. He received a settlement from the government in 2009 –  the same year that the IRS wanted to audit – even though they should have known the settlement money was tax exempt.

Yesterday, Elliott revealed that one of the congressmen he sought out for help with his audit, told him that he believed the harassment “came from the top”.

Since going public with his story, Elliott’s cell phone has been bombarded with hateful, and unhinged text messages from Obama cultists. He shared some of the nicer ones on his Facebook page:

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You should die of cancer for speaking about our president

Your a white boy who don’t like a black president

Lying is all your doing, you white MF

You should die a horrible painful long lasting death you bastard

Obamacare will be the best thing for this country, I hope you die before you get it

Your lie has as many holes as my grandmas drawers 

Do not talk about president obama, he was sent from god.

You are the antichrist, don’t step foot in Chicago

I hope your govenor, congressman and you get infested with fleas from a rat with aids

That democrat senator should join you and tucker in a mexican prison cell

I will make your life hell if you keep on you good for nothing SOB

Like I said – those were the nicer ones. He couldn’t post the really raunchy, XXX ones.

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New TV Ad Hits Obama on Delphi Pension Heist: “It’s Made Life Pretty Rough”

I was saying just yesterday, team Romney needed to find some of these ex-Delphi workers who had their pensions looted at the hands of the Obama administration and let them tell their stories. A new TV ad from the conservative advocacy group, Let Freedom Ring does just that.

Via Matthew Boyle of The Daily Caller:

“I would ask President Obama why I had no rights and he had all the rights to take my pension away and never ever look back and say not only did I take it from Mary Miller, but I took it from 20,000 other people and their families,” one Delphi salaried retiree, Mary Miller, says in the ad.

“It’s made life pretty rough. I’ve really struggled to pay for the basics,” Miller also says in the ad, adding that the Obama administration’s actions led to her losing “over 30 percent of my pension.”

The ad is destined for television sets and online ads in the battleground states of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, Let Freedom Ring executive director Alex Cortes said in an email to The Daily Caller.

I think it hits all the right notes, unlike the Priorities USA “Mitt Romney Killed My Wife ad”  which went way over the line, some say actually jumping the shark, big time.
The Romney campaign actually addressed the Delphi pension issue, as well,  in an ad, last May:
“What? Wait a minute…is this still America?”, one woman plaintively asked at the end.
No ma’am. Clearly it’s not. It’s ObamAmerica where some people have more rights than others and policy is driven by Chicago rules.
This Presidential race should not even be close.
In these ads, a direct line can be made from the political decisions of the corrupt Obama administration’s policies  to these employees’ tragic outcomes, unlike the obscene Priorities USA ad that is based on falsehoods:

Joe Soptic, the former steel worker in the ad, blamed Mitt Romney for the death of his wife even though the steel plant he worked at closed after Romney left Bain. Mitt Romney left Bain 1999 to go work on the Winter Olympics. GST Steel went belly up in 2001. Soptic’s wife was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.
Only a crazy liberal would blame Romney for her death.

But there’s more…
CNN spoke to Joe Soptic, and found out that when he lost his GST job, his wife still was working and carried her own health insurance, which she then lost in 2002 or 2003 when an injury forced her to leave the job. She passed away in 2006.

Joe Soptic should be ashamed of himself.

As Political Clown Parade notes:

One can be certain he has been paid handsomely to spew lies about his wife’s death for the sole purpose of elevating the image of a president undeserving of his demented loyalty.
He has lost his wife in pieces over a long period of time.  The manner in which he has chosen to retell her loss is reprehensible.  I say it is reprehensible because his lust for money to repeat damned lies overshadows the needs of a country that can no longer bear the burden of a president who possesses uncommon incompetence.
Mr. Soptic is standing in a forest of sorrow and has lost his way.
Marcus Porcius of The Conservative Review is even more pointed in his criticism of Monsieur Soptic:

Let’s just put it out there plainly.  Joe Soptic is a vicious liar and union thug, and is so despicable that he would use his own dead wife, whose death he is far more responsible for then Mitt Romney, in a completely falsified ad to help his Marxist god Barack Obama.

Further details emerged about Soptic’s wife’s cancer too.  It turns out, when Joe Soptic said

I don’t know how long she was sick and I think maybe she didn’t say anything because she knew that we couldn’t afford the insurance, and then one day she became ill and I took her up to the Jackson County Hospital and admitted her for pneumonia and that’s when they found the cancer and by then it was stage four. It was, there was nothing they could do for her,

He was lying about that too.  He does know how long she was sick, and while she might not have said anything, the subject of his wife going to the doctor because something was obviously wrong did come up.

When Ranae started losing weight, “I tried to get her to the doctor and she wouldn’t go”

In other words, her cancer wasn’t caught because she wouldn’t go to the doctor and he didn’t do enough to persuade her.  It had nothing whatsoever to do with health insurance and he knows it.  He knew it when he made all these ads.

I have to agree.

Are You Ready For “Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day”, May 25? (Video)

This Friday, May 25th has been designated, Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day.

The always excellent Lee Stranahan came up with the idea:

Brett Kimberlin is a convicted bomber, perjurer and left-wing attack dog. He’s attacked — in no particular order — conservative bloggers like Andrew Breibart, Patterico, Liberty Chick, Aaron Worthing, Stacy McCain and others.

He created a short, easy to follow video  crib notes version of Kimberlin’s history:

That chilling music is very apropos –  Kimberlin is an evil menace to society, and must be stopped before he hurts someone again. Just as chilling is the fact that there are powerful and deep pocketed entities on the left that are willing to fund his nefarious operations. That anyone in their right minds would want to have their name associated with such a miscreant should be shocking, but we’re talking about institutional left, here. There is apparently no limit to the depths of  depravity Marxists will sink to in order to destroy their enemies..

As you’ve probably heard, the Brett Kimberlin saga recently took a bizarre Turn, forcing RS McCain to leave Maryland:

Convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin on Monday continued his effort to silence those who write about his criminal past by contacting my wife’s employer, claiming that I was “harassing” him. The resulting security concern required immediate relocation if I was to be able to continue writing about the case of Kimberlin, a violent felon, perjurer and admitted tax cheat who is employed as the director of a 501(c)3 non-profit that has collected $1.8 million in contributions since 2005.

Kimberlin was convicted of multiple federal felonies in 1981 and sentenced to 50 years in prison after he terrorized a small Indiana town in a brutal crime weeklong bombing spree. Law enforcement officials told the Indianapolis Star they believed the bombings were committed in an attempt to distract authorities investigating the 1978 murder of a 65-year-old grandmother, a crime in which Kimberlin was a suspect.

In recent months, Kimberlin has used a strategy of legal intimidation and workplace harassment in an apparent attempt to silence his critics, including blogger Seth Allen, Virginia attorney Aaron Walker and Los Angeles deputy district attorney Patrick Frey.

Walker says he and his wife were fired from their jobs because of Kimberlin’s harassment. Walker did legal work for Allen, who was sued after writing about Kimberlin’s criminal career. On Thursday, Walker published a 28,000-word account of how he says Kimberlin tried to “frame” him on a bogus assault charge.

Kimberlin is a known associate of Neal Rauhauser, a Democrat campaign consultant who has described himself as a computer “hacker.” Kimberlin, director of the tax-exempt Justice Through Music Project, is also involved in another tax-exempt group, Velvet Revolution, which has gained national attention by demanding criminal prosecution of high-profile figures including Republican strategist Karl Rove, U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Tom Donohue, and the late Internet news entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart. Kimberlin’s name also surfaced last year in connection with the so-called “Anonymous” international hacker conspiracy. Kimberlin has pursued numerous strategies to harass journalists and bloggers who have attempted to call attention to his criminal past and his notorious dishonesty — a “top-flight con man,” as Publisher’s Weekly called him in a review of award-winning journalist Mark Singer’s 1996 book, Citizen K: The Deeply Weird American Journey of Brett Kimberlin.

This Friday, let’s all be Stacy McCain – let’s all be all Aaron Worthing…

Stranahan explains what you can do to take part in EBABKD, this Friday:

  1. Research Brett Kimberlin on your own. Don’t trust secondary sources; look for the orginal articles articles published about him, too.
  2. On Friday, May 25th — write an honest, factually accurate post about what you learned and what your OPINION is. Brett may try and sue you, so be accurate, factual and separate fact from opinion.
  3. The post doesn’t have to be long — ANYTHING helps.
  4. After you post, Tweet, share, whatever — get the post out there.

In other words flood the zone…

Read Aaron Worthing’s blog, Allergic to Bull for all the latest happenings in the Kimberlin saga.

See also, Patterico: Brett Kimberlin’s Latest “Peace Order” Against Aaron Walker Is Retaliation for Truthful Speech

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The Ewok enters the fray.


Just got off the phone with Stacy.

I had contacted him because I wanted to know if the rumors were true that Kimberlin had  threatened his life like I’ve been seeing on some blogs. He told me that he doesn’t scare easily, but “when someone as dangerously sociopathic as Brett Kimberlin, with his terrorist background,  takes a personal interest in you –  *finds out where you live, you tend to feel threatened.”

The Army of Davids:

The Conservatory: The Big Cojones: Stacy McCain vs. Speedway Bomber Brett Kimberlin

Legal Insurrection: Protect and support your local blogger

Matthew Vadum: Nonprofit of terrorist bomber received Tides Foundation funding

The Sundries Shack: Clearing the Browser Tabs – Go Help a Brother Out Who Needs Your Back-Up

The Camp of the Saints: Stacy McCain’s Wife Harassed – Family Fears For Safety

Hillbuzz: Blogger Flees State After Threatened by Convicted Terrorist

Bryan Preston, PJ Tatler: Who is Brett Kimberlin?
The Coalition of the Swilling: Read. Get Pissed. Support
Richard Fernandez, Belmont Club: Free As a Bird

Smitty at The Other McCain: Brett Kimberlin Has A Friend In Lee Stranahan, For ‘Worst Nightmare’ Values Of ‘Friend’

Goldfish and Clowns: Silence Screams Louder Than Words


Michelle Malkin now on the case: Free speech blogburst: Show solidarity for targeted conservative bloggers

and Film Ladd: What Did Barbara Streisand Know…And When Did She Know It? Journalist Forced to Flee Home by Streisand-Funded Domestic Terrorist Bomber!


Dan Riehl

The Daley Gator

Conservative Hideout

Zilla of the Resistance

DaTechGuy:HERE and HERE.

An Ex-Con’s View

Lady Liberty

Bookworm Room

Trevor Loudon’s New Zeal Blog

Truth Before Dishonor 

The Daley Gator



The BK dossier

Save us Chuck Woolery 

Conservatives for America

Darth Chipmunk

That Mr. G Guy’s Blog

Instapundit Glenn Reynolds
The American Thinker
Walter Olson at Overlawyered
Blazing Cat Fur
The American Catholic
Kathy Shaidle at Five Feet of Fury


Bob Owens asks: Why are Maryland Democrats letting the “Speedway Bomber” get away with terrorism?

Why do radical leftist terrorists keep turning up around Barack Obama?

Damn good question.

It seems that Kimberlin unwisely chose lawyers as his targets, and they have compiled enough compelling evidence to warrant a criminal investigation of Kimberlin’s actions, but authorities do not seem at all interested in pursuing the case.


Another damn good question.

The charges would apparently need to be brought in Maryland. Heavily Democratic Maryland. The same Democrats for which Kimberlin’s group advocates.


Mesablue says Brett Kimberlin — sue me, please.

Mr. Kimberlin (and noxious friends), I call you out to try to find me and do to me what you have done in recent months to others that I would call friends. I hate to make this about me, but I would truly enjoy personally embarrassing you in this venue. Or, in court.


* Originally reported as “tells you he knows where you live…” but I’m not actually clear on that point. Stacy did tell me later that he knew after Kimberlin called his wife’s employment that he also knew where they lived, so until he tells me otherwise I’ll just leave it at that.

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God Help Us: Obama Tells Supporters – “It’s Time To Double Down on Clean Energy…” (Video)

It’s “never been more promising!”

Yes, he said that — and people CLAPPED.


At Michelle Malkin, Doug Powers says “hold on to your wallet”, and quips, ” with great examples like this and this and this and this and this and this and these, how could anybody not get caught up in the promise?”

Biden’s Appalling Moral Blindness On Display in China

He did not. Tell me this nominal Catholic did not go to China in his attempt to revive the financial image of the US,  and tacitly approve of one of the most brutal and heinous  policies in modern times.

In his statement, Biden talked about the other set of concerns about the one-child policy — demographic — in that China will increasingly have similar problems to the United States in terms of paying for entitlements to the growing number of people retiring who will need government support to make ends meet and a smaller population of younger workers able to take care of those obligations.

“But as I was talking to some of your leaders, you share a similar concern here in China. You have no safety net,” Biden said in the prepared remarks. “Your policy has been one which I fully understand — I’m not second-guessing — of one child per family. The result being that you’re in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable.”

“So hopefully we can act in a way on a problem that’s much less severe than yours, and maybe we can learn together from how we can do that,” he continued.

We can learn from China????

How morally confused is Biden? Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin quips:

Mass forced abortions is an entitlement sustainability problem but climate change is a moral dilemma? Sure, put Joe in charge of our health care!

It’s bad enough when we avert our gaze….but to come out with a sympathetic expression of understanding about a policy that forces late term abortions on unwilling women ….this has to be a new low for this administration.

Here are some examples of China’s one-child policy in action, that our happy-go-lucky VP dares not “second guess”:

SBA List:

I was drug out of the van. I saw hundreds of pregnant Moms there – all of them, just like pigs in the slaughter house. Then I was put into a room with several other Moms. The room was full of Moms who had just gone through a forced abortion. Some Moms were crying, some Moms were mourning, some Moms were screaming, and one Mom was rolling on the floor with unbearable pain…

I could hear the sound of the scissors cutting the body of my baby in my womb…The surgery was finished and one nurse showed me part of a bloody foot with her tweezers. Through my tears, the picture of the bloody foot was engraved into my eyes and into my heart, and so clearly I could see the five small bloody toes. Immediately the baby was thrown into a trash can.

Womens’ Rights Without Borders:

In 2009, Liu Dan was 21 years old and 9 months pregnant when family planning police grabbed her out of her home, dragged her pleading and crying to the local family planning office, and forcibly aborted her full term baby.  They did this even though they already knew from medical tests that she had high blood pressure and that a forced late term abortion would be dangerous for her.  After the forced abortion, she lay alone and unconscious in an operating room in the family planning center.  Sensing something was wrong, her fiancé burst into the room at 3:00 a.m. to find her bleeding from the eyes, nose, ears and mouth.  Even so, the family planning police refused to call for emergency help, until her family insisted.  Help arrived too late.  Liu Dan died, along with her full term baby.


The Associated Press picked up the story after the Arabic news network Al Jazeera released a videotaped interviewwith Luo,  who described his futile attempts to save his baby from death, and his wife from unspeakable abuse, at the hands of the Chinese government.”I tried and tried to save her, from the moment she was taken,” said Luo. “Those 48 hours … I didn’t sleep but three hours. I couldn’t eat. … My whole person, my whole being – I don’t know what to say. I just tried so hard.”

Luo said he rushed home October 10 after he heard his wife Xiao Aiying was taken by “Family Planning officials,” but was too late – she had been dragged away about ten minutes before. “I didn’t know where they had taken her,” he said. “When I finally found the place, they’d locked my wife in a separate room.”

Luo said the couple hadn’t been sure whether they were allowed more than one child – Luo was from the city, while Xiao was from the country – and that he tried to dissuade authorities from aborting the child.

“They told me the one-child policy meant we had to abort the baby,” he said. “I protested. The baby was eight months. That’s a living being. You can’t just get rid of a life.” Authorities gave Luo a day to come up with an alternative solution, but to no avail.

The next day, after his wife failed to pick up her phone, “I knew something was wrong and rushed back to her,” said Luo.

“There were many people surrounding my wife. They held her arms behind her back held her head against the wall, kicked her stomach, I don’t know if they were trying to give her a miscarriage right there and then. Her arms, legs, neck – were all injured. I was so angry. I told them, ‘We haven’t had the chance to even talk about a solution. How can you beat her?'” he said. “For the rest of that day, I had no news of my wife.”

Luo later learned that his child had been killed in utero by lethal injection, leaving only their nine-year-old daughter. “It was only after the lethal injection that they let my wife call me,” said Luo, visibly distraught. “This is the fourth day, and my daughter asks, ‘Where has mother gone and why has she been away?’ My daughter’s been feeling my wife’s belly as it has grown larger and larger over the months. And my daughter says, ‘I’ll have a little brother soon!’

“I dont’ know how I can possibly explain to her what has happened.”

An official told the Associated Press that Xiao’s husband had approved the abortion, but Luo denied the claim. ” “I called the police but they said family planning issues weren’t their responsibility,” Luo told the AP. “I want to sue, but lawyers I’ve asked here say they can’t help me and the media won’t report on our case.”

In the video, Luo despaired at pursuing justice in the totalitarian country. “These were government officials who did this. I’m just an ordinary man, I can’t really fight back,” he said. “If anything they’ll find a way to frame me. You know how it works.” He said he was now worried about his wife, who had still not been released from the hospital where the baby was murdered. The dead baby was reportedly delivered on October 14.

These horrors, of course, only represent a tip of the iceberg. The stories are legion.  This has been going on since the late seventies, so do the math…..our nation’s leaders used to forcefully condemn blatant evils like forced abortion.

Never mind Obama. We already have a pretty good idea where he stands on China’s one-child policy. I doubt Obama’s ever met a totalitarian policy he wouldn’t fully embrace if given the chance. But et tu, Biden? Seriously? …Our nation’s leaders used to forcefully condemn blatant evils like forced abortion. G.W. Bush took a lot of flack for withholding funds from the UN Fund’s for Population Activities (UNFPA), which helps facilitate China’s extreme population control methods.

But the times, they are a-changin’

An ex-Planned Parenthood Director and Obama supporter, Norman Fleishman recently praised China’s One-Child policy in an oped.

Via LifeNews:

In a new letter to the editorto the Napa Valley Register newspaper, Norman Fleishman, praises the policy as he offers his support for the Obama administration’s recent decision forcing insurance companies to cover birth control and drugs that can cause abortion.

“The Obama administration’s mandate that all health plans must provide to women, with no charge, all government-approved contraceptives, has already reignited debate on the federal role in health care,” Fleishman writes. “Ah, how I remember “Every child a wanted child,” our motto at Planned Parenthood. And I do welcome this legislation.

Fleishman goes on to condemn the world’s population growth and says the Obama mandate and the one-child policy is needed to stem that.

“Unless we act (this legislation, along with China’s “one child” policy, is a start), the world is doomed to strangle among coils of pitiless exponential growth,” he concludes.

Would it surprise you to know that Obama included funding in the 2009 Omnibus spending bill for the UNFPA to help China enforce its One-child laws?

A cool  $50 million went to the  cause in the 2009 Omnibus spending bill:

State Department to Release UNFPA Funds for First Time Since 2002

Earlier this week, the State Department issued a statement announcing it will provide a contribution of $50 million to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). The funds were provided in the FY09 omnibus bill. In each of the past seven years, the Bush administration withheld contributions appropriated by Congress after concluding that the agency’s activities in China indirectly supported government policies that led to coercive abortions. In its statement, the State Department noted that UNFPA “is the principal international organization supporting programs that provide access to voluntary family planning and reproductive health services” and said it looks forward to “working closely with UNFPA on these important programs.”


It Happens Again: NYer Beaten By Black Mob For Being White

Anyone who doesn’t believe this is happening, hasn’t been paying attention. In incident after incident afterincident, all across the country, mobs of angry, black youths are rioting, and targeting whites, to beat and harass, and anyone who says anything about it, is branded a racist. What happened to Obama’s post-racial America?

The NY Daily News reported on the latest incident which happened on a NY subway, late Sunday morning:

Police confirmed they are investigating the assault and robbery of Jason Fordell, 29, but have not labeled it a hate crime.

They are seeking the four assailants, who fled the scene. A fifth passenger who police say spontaneously joined in the attack has been arrested.

“Everyone on the train was egging them on,” said Fordell, 29, of the early-morning attack on the 4 train.

He said he was returning home at 5 a.m. from an East Village nightclub where he sells his hand-designed leather accessories when his Gothic getup drew unwelcome attention.

After Fordell transferred to a crowded 4 train at 42nd St., four young, black men began harassing him, cops said.

“People started saying stupid little comments – cracker this, white boy this, f—-t this,” Fordell said. “I told them the only reason they were saying this is there was four of them and one of me.”

“I’m a small, little white kid with long hair,” he added. “They got guys three times my size threatening me.”

As the train continued into the Bronx, the confrontation became physical, he said.

“I was in a headlock, punched and kicked on the floor,” Fordell said.

Then a passenger decided to join in – declaring, “Oh, I get a few shots, too,” before kicking and punching Fordell in the head, according to cops.

When Fordell finally left the train at his Fordham Road stop, his original attackers snatched his bag and ran. Inside was $2,900 worth of merchandise, cops said.

Fordell suffered bleeding from his skull, an eye “swollen five different colors”, blood in his urine, and a footprints on his back and back of his neck.

He told WPIX a reporter that  15 minutes into the ride, the harassment had made him angry so he lashed back at one of the taunters, a Latino, calling him a “spic”. That’s when things got violent:

He may want to take a taxi next time.

Hat tip: Moonbattery


A Letter To Harvey Weinstein

Love from The Sultan Knish:

When the Peace Process allowed Arafat to take over the educational system of Gaza and the West Bank, the schools there have focused on one subject. Martyrdom. In this country, that is a fancy word for killing Jews. The Nazis called it, ‘Die Endlosung”. But the Muslims call it “Martyrdom” because they are not as good at it. When you fight war after war, and lose hundreds of tanks trying to drive the Jews into the sea, then you must resort to climbing through living room windows and hoping that no one hears you slashing a baby’s throat in the dark. And if they do, they might come and kill you. And then you will be a martyr, climbing to paradise on a ladder of murdered children

I don’t mean you, Harvey, of course. You are not the man who climbs through windows and slashes throats. You are the man who is marketing a movie about terrorists. Not the bad kind of terrorists who murder children in their sleep. It would be hard to empathize with that. No, your terrorists are the good kind of terrorists. Hurt and misunderstood. Forced into it by their circumstances. The balance of suffering always on their side. Even when they kill, they are still the victims. While you were hard at work pitching Miral, the real terrorists were hard at working murdering a family. That is the difference between entertainment and reality. It is the difference between what you do and what they do. It is not so different. You trade in lies. They trade in murder.


The Fogel family is at peace now, for the most part. They have found the only form of peace that the terrorist gangs have ever delivered, in return for land, money, weapons and international legitimacy. Not the entire family of course. Three children survived. Three settlers. Three obstacles to peace.

The oldest daughter returns home to find the door locked. She goes to her neighbor’s house for help. Her neighbor, Rabbi Cohen returns with her carrying a gun. Have you known many Rabbis who carry guns, Harvey? You probably haven’t. But in the Samarian mountains, Rabbis and farmers and everyone else carries guns. Because sometimes men with knives come through your living room windows. If you’re lucky, then you will see them coming and you will shoot them. However if you aren’t lucky, then your neighbor will have to open the door for your twelve year old daughter. And then she will scream, as twelve year old girls do when they see entire family butchered. You have probably auditioned plenty of girls and listened to them give their best Fay Wray scream. But this is a different thing, Harvey. It is real. You will not hear this at an audition anywhere. It is the sound a twelve year old girl makes when the PLO fighters that movies like Miral glamorize have murdered her entire family.

Please go read the whole thing at the link. A couple of excerpts doesn’t begin to do it justice.

Harvey Weinstein reacted to criticism to his pro-Palestinian propaganda film:  ‘Miral’ Critics are ‘Crazy and Wrong’.

Harvey Weinstein has come out strongly against critics who claim the movie Miral is anti-Jewish or anti-Israeli.

“The people who don’t want you to see the movie for political reasons are crazy or wrong,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter at a disputed United Nations screening of the film. “I think the idea is, let there be peace.”


In a letter sent to General Assembly president Joseph Deiss on Friday, AJC executive director David Harris accused the movie of portraying Israel “in a highly negative light,” calling it “blatantly one-sided.”

The film will be released March 25.

See also:

Atlas Shrugs: Her Family Slaughtered by Muslim Jew-Haters, Anguished Orphaned Jewish Child in Israel Fears Obama’s America

Zilla of the Resistance: Don’t Let Them Sweep this Horror under the Rug


This Is Exactly Why I Don’t Want Sarah To Run

This sweet moment of Bristol Palin straightening out her mom’s hair in Haiti, was captured by an AP photographer, upon her arrival, Saturday. Since Bristol’s face was obscured by her elbow, the left-wing media was able to falsely identify her as Palin’s personal hairdresser, thus labeling Palin a “primadonna” who brings her hairdresser with her on a humanitarian trip to Haiti.

This wasn’t an innocent mistake on the part of AP. The photographer knew that the woman in the picture was Palin’s daughter, yet the AP ran a caption implying otherwise. It  was a media hit job. Just one of the many, Palin’s particular life circumstances would afford, if she were to run for President.

Why is Palin different from any of the other candidates, you ask?

She just is, okay? If you haven’t figured that out yet, maybe this explanation from “David Kahane”, September 2, 2008, can help you understand:

We hate you because you remind the other side of their wives, their girlfriends, their daughters, and make them want to fight for you against our sneers and our smears. We hate you because you’re smart and accomplished and didn’t make your bones on the back of Monica Lewinsky. We hate you because you’ve made us forget that our last two candidates for vice president were Joe Lieberman and John Edwards, whoever they were.

We hate you because you’re smart and beautiful and we wish we had women like you on our side.

We hate you.

Although Kahane is is actually Michael Walsh, a conservative writer who adopted the pseudonym, David Kahane  to help conservatives understand the ways of the hard left, (something Walsh, a man from the left coast, who’s often does work in Hollywood, knows something about), the kind of hatred he described here and here is real, it’s scary, and it isn’t going anywhere.  If anything, it’s only grown more unhinged since the Fall of 2008.

It’s true that the left will work itself into a frothy lather over whomever our nominee in 2012 turns out to be. But  it will be harder for them to discredit other Republicans  – it will take more effort, because in many cases some degrees of respect for the candidates will be present. With Sarah, it’s all too easy. The left is already in complete agreement in their unhinged hatred for the “Thrilla from Wasilla”. They are as sure that she’s evil and stupid, as they are that global warming is going to kill us all in fifty years if we don’t lower our living standards, and redistribute our wealth to poorer nations. It’s science. If you don’t loathe Sarah Palin, you’re anti-science,  evil, and stupid, too.

Am I being a little defeatist in saying that we can’t fight such a burning hot hatred and contempt for a candidate? We could if we had a fair and objective media. But we don’t, as the AP caption, above exemplifies. Things are what they are. Conservatives need to face facts.

I’m sorry, but through no fault of her own, a Sarah Palin bid for the Presidency  is a non-starter.

Comic Relief Update:

Mike Hendrix provides some yuks by channeling liberals over at Cold Fury:


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Chris Christie Asked To Pardon NJ Man Sentenced To 7 Years For Gun Law Violations

This is an update to the story that BlackisWhite Imperial Consigliere posted on Monday, about the NJ man who was prosecuted for transporting firearms without the proper permit. The guns were in his trunk (both locked and unloaded as New Jersey law requires), and he was in the process of moving back to NJ from Colorado.
In New Jersey, residents who want to transport firearms legally must request a permit from a local law enforcement office and produce a letter stating why it is necessary for them to carry a gun.  In other words, New Jerseyans have to prove need before exercising what many Americans consider a constitutional right.

Now, protesters across the state are organizing a push for an appeal for the court’s ruling. A “Free Brian Aitken” Facebook page has almost 7,000 fans, the website was built and a rally will be held Dec. 12, in Towns River, N.J. Aitken’s family is asking Chris Christie to grant clemency — gun control just might be the next test conservatives throw at the New Jersey governor.

A pardon from Christie is far from assured, even if he does have fairly established, conservative credentials.

During his 2009 campaign, he told Fox News host Sean Hannity, “Listen, at the end of the day, what I support are common sense laws that will allow people to protect themselves. But I also am very concerned about the safety of our police officers on the streets. Very concerned. And I want to make sure that we don’t have an abundance of guns out there.”

A lot of people are watching this case, and are hoping that the Governor does the right thing.

Tim Lynch, president of the Cato Institute’s Project on Criminal Justice, agreed. “This is a guy who seemed at every step, was trying to do the right thing,” he told TheDC. “This was an overreaction from arrest to prosecution … seems to be an exercise of extremely poor judgment.”

“When you look at it from the totality … no serious person could think that he’s [Aitken] a criminal, that he was doing anything other than trying to take his lawful possessions and move with them to New Jersey,” Neily said. “What else was he supposed to do with them?”

Both Lynch and Neily said without hesitation that Christie should pardon Aitken. Neily even went so far as to say this single issue could change his entire opinion of Christie – someone he has so far supported.

The Caller reports that Christie is aware of the case, and a formal application for pardon has been received. A spokesman for the governor declined to comment any further.

Stay tuned.
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Tuesday’s Sweetest Victories, Bitterest Defeats

RealClearPolitics shows a Republican gain of 63-67 seats in the house, a few shy of the 70 we were hoping for, but still pretty impressive. And as it stands right now, we’ve picked up 6 seats in the Senate, bringing the tally to 51-46.

The sweetest victories of the night for me were:

Vicky Hartzler, at the “Retire Ike Skelton” tea party, last weekend.

1. Daniel Webster in FL-8… Geico caveman, Alan Grayson kicked to the curb, thank you Jesus.

2. Allen West  in FL-22…his Dem opponent was quaking in fear all year, and for good reason. Congressman West will be fun to watch.

3. Vicky Hartzler in MO-4: Spikes 30+ year incumbent, Ike Skelton, taking his place on the Armed Services Committeenice.

4. Mark Kirk in Il Senate: Yeah, I know he’s a RINO, but it’s Obama’s old seat, and he visited IL numerous times to stump for Giannoulias, bwahahahahahahah!

5. Pat Toomey in PA Senate: A genuine conservative wins big in a blue state, against corruptocrat, Sestak – what’s not to love?

6. Marco Rubio in FLA Senate: This  rising conservative star was expected to win, but it’s still great news for FL – great news for America.

7. Bobby Shilling in IL-17: It turns out voters in IL do worry about the Constitution, kick Phil Hare to the curb.

8. Chip Cravaack MN-8: Minnesota niiiice: 18 term career politician James “Porky” Oberstar didn’t think he’s wake up this morning w/o a job. Sweet.

9. Sean Duffy WI-7: Duffy, formerly of MTV’s “The Real World”  is a five-time world-champion log climber and was the Ashland County district attorney from August 2002 to June 2010. He takes over a seat held for 40 years by House Appropriations Chairman David Obey...Cool beans.

10. Kansas: USA Today: “Voters in Tuesday’s election gave the Kansas GOP its first clean sweep of statewide and congressional races since the Beatles were charting their early hits.” Kris Kobach won Sec of State on a platform combating voter fraud. His policies are ones he hopes to see other states adopt.

The most stinging defeats of the night:

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

1. Jacob Turk in MO-5 - I had high hopes for Turk. He ran a good race, but he was up against a formidable Kansas City political machine. Once again, all of District-5 is sentenced to 2 more years of representation by race-baiting, Cuba-loving, Democrat Socialist, Emanuel Cleaver. Not cool.

2. Ruth McClung in AZ-7: It was a close race against Dem Socialist, Grijalva, who actually advocated a boycott against his own state, and called McClung, “Whitebread” in a mail piece, but he still managed to squeak out a win. WTF.

3. California: I consider CA to be a lost cause, a failed state. Conservatives should just leave. You’ve made your bed, California…. Don’t expect the rest of us to bail you out out of your fiscal misery.

4. Sharron Angle NV Senate: There is no way I can overstate my disappointment in Nevada voters for their decision to send the lamest, mangiest, dingiest  Dem  of them all, Harry “The Iraq War is Lost” Reid, back to the Senate, even as their economy faces an extended losing streak. Was ACORN involved?

5. Linda McMahon, CT Senate: All I can think of is how lonely and isolated conservatives must feel in a state that would elect a phony, corrupt, economically  illiterate dweeb like Blumenthal.

6. Christine O’Donnell, DE: I  knew she was going to lose, but it’s sad that the people of DE have no problem electing the smug, “bearded Marxist”, Coons to represent them in the Senate.

7. Joe Miller, AK Senate: UGH, how did so many voters  figure out how to spell Princess Lisa’s last name? Her husband even had to ask…

8. Sean Bielat MA-4: Just why? How could this young, appealing Marine Vet lose to  pompous windbag, Barney Frank, one of the architects of the financial crisis? What is in the water in the Commonwealth’s 4th district? Frank’s arrogant, partisan, and classless victory speech, here.

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Mark Levin On The New Financial Reform Law

This  “massive expansion of government influence in our daily lives” amounts to “a slow but certain takeover of the private sector”:

Why don’t we just change the word, “Marxism” to “reform”.

Doug Ross:

Executive Summery: there’s no financial reform in this bill. It is intended to expand government control over the private sector. Like “health care reform”. And the takeover of GM and Chrysler. And “Cap-and-Trade”.

This is how societies collapse, folks.

Will Republicans be able to repeal this, (like ObamaCare),  if we take the White House in 2012???

God help us.


Unbelievable!: Right Before 4th of July Holiday Weekend, Congress “Deemed Faux $1.1 Trillion Budget ‘as Passed’

This Congress is lawless….H Res 1500 passed 215-210, Thursday night, another insane, irresponsible spending measure, with no Republican votes.

Jane Jamisen at says they snuck it through while our attention was elsewhere….and nobody in the media but Human Events is talking about it:

In what has become the typical late Friday ”data-dump”, Obama/Democrat shellgame, Congress pulled yet another  fast one on us late last week.  This was also a week before a major holiday, with most of the nation fixated on summer “va-kay,” so the deception was even more likely to be ignored.  We have learned the hard way with this Obama administration that when you LEAST want something important to happen, is when it is most LIKELY to happen.

We were “told” by the president of the United States to “look over here” while he gave an “important” speech on his immigration policy.  Hearings on the most radical Marxist ever nominated to the U.S. Supreme court were wrapping up.  The oil was still spewing helter-skelter in the Gulf, and we discovered even less is being done than we thought.  Gen. Petraeus was getting ready to take over the (faulty) Afghanistan war, sanctions were locking into place on Iran.

In the midst of all that, has anyone noticed that there is NO federal budget for the United States but the House of Representatives is spending lots of money anyway?

Human Events reported on the 2nd, when most people were preparing their big  holiday weekend:

Last night, as part of a procedural vote on the emergency war supplemental bill, House Democrats attached a document that “deemed as passed” a non-existent $1.12 trillion budget. The execution of the “deeming” document allows Democrats to start spending money for Fiscal Year 2011 without the pesky constraints of a budget.

The procedural vote passed 215-210 with no Republicans voting in favor and 38 Democrats crossing the aisle to vote against deeming the faux budget resolution passed.

Never before — since the creation of the Congressional budget process — has the House failed to pass a budget, failed to propose a budget then deemed the non-existent budget as passed as a means to avoid a direct, recorded vote on a budget, but still allow Congress to spend taxpayer money.

House Budget Committee Ranking Member Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) warned this was the green light for Democrats to continue their out-of-control spending virtually unchecked.

“Facing a record deficit and a tidal wave of debt, House Democrats decided it was politically inconvenient to put forward a budget and account for their fiscal recklessness.  With no priorities and no restraints, the spending, taxing, and borrowing will continue unchecked for the coming fiscal year,” Ryan said.  “The so-called ‘budget enforcement resolution’ enforces no budget, but instead provides a green light for the Appropriators to continue spending, exacerbating our looming fiscal crisis.”

Ryan, speaking on the House floor said Dems have decided that they’re going to delegate responsibility for the budget  to the President’s Fiscal Commission. He wonders:  “Whatever happened to the separation of powers?”

I don’t know how the man is able to keep his cool, under these circumstances:


Nile Gardiner: UK Telegraph: America is sinking under Obama’s towering debt:

The CBO warns of potentially devastating consequence for the United States if this debt mountain is not tackled, and even points out that its “projections understate the severity of the long-term budget problem because they do not incorporate the significant negative effects that accumulating substantial amounts of additional federal debt would have on the economy”:

Large budget deficits would reduce national saving, leading to higher interest rates, more borrowing from abroad, and less domestic investment—which in turn would lower income growth in the United States. Growing debt would also reduce lawmakers’ ability to respond to economic downturns and other challenges.

Over time, higher debt would increase the probability of a fiscal crisis in which investors would lose confidence in the government’s ability to manage its budget, and the government would be forced to pay much more to borrow money.

The CBO assessment is probably the most important economic report the President of the United States will read this year. And it should be a huge wake-up call for the Obama administration, which has so far adopted a policy of sticking its head in the sand in the face of an impending Greek-style financial crisis in the very near future.

Weasel Zippers: Analyst: Dow Jones Repeating Pattern That Appeared Just Before Great Depression Crash…

Well said!:

Steve McCann, The Thinker: The 4th of July and the Progressive Overreach

On this 4th of July, 2010, when the future of the United States appears to be in serious jeopardy, it should be noted that sometimes in the history of a nation, what appears to be an event that could lead to long-term disaster may, in fact, be its long-term salvation. A case in point: the election of Barack Obama as president and the Democrats in full control of the Congress. To be sure, the far-left domination of government is not a situation to be wished for, but in a perverse way, it was necessary.

Over the past fifty years, regardless of who was in the White House or in charge of Congress, no one has been able to halt the incessant spread of Progressivism in our institutions and the concurrent uncontrolled spending and growth of government. When a president as accomplished as Ronald Reagan was unable to do so, no future Republican president or Congress, short of a major national catastrophe, could ever fully turn back this tide, as they could not overcome the apathy of the people and the hostility of the media, academia, the entertainment establishment, and federal bureaucracies.
A long as the American people remained largely disengaged (the result of unprecedented prosperity), the damage done to the society as a whole and to the long-term financial health of the country was unknown to the vast majority. This indifference has begun to undergo significant change as the reality of the nation’s future comes into focus, but that reality has started to come to the fore only as the result of the policies being pursued by a far-left government.
Today, thanks to a confluence of two factors, the opportunity exists to reverse the course the United States has been on and change the political power structure in the country.
The first: the emergence of alternative news sources that has broken the stranglehold on the dissemination of news by the traditional outlets dominated by the left.
The second:  The election of a president steeped in socialist/Marxist ideology and a Congress controlled by the Progressive element of the Democratic Party.
A trait common to those on the far left is an inability to have any humility; there is an intense conviction of superiority, both intellectually and in their capability to rule the masses. The true believers are incapable of hiding their philosophy and, once elected, are convinced that nearly everyone does or should share their dedication to the power of a central government. Those who do not conform will be demonized. These extremists will move heaven and earth to achieve their ends, regardless of any long-term consequences, and they cannot avoid shouting from the rooftops what they are doing as tribute to themselves.
The determination of Obama and the Congress to exploit the financial and economic crisis and, more recently, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in order to pass their agenda has had the effect of kicking over the rocks and exposing for all to see the undermining of the social and fiscal foundation of the nation by the left-wing radicals in Congress, the administration, and many of our institutions.

Repeat after me: November is coming…November is coming…

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Wake Me Up From This Nightmare

Boom boom boom…nothing but bad news on the economic front —and with every decision Obama and the Socialist Dems make,  things only get worse.

The tea party movement was born  in Feb 2009  because people instinctively knew that the Stimulus bill was was just a huge expansion of a capital-sucking government. Now, via Dan Riehl, I see at USA Today:

Paychecks from private business shrank to their smallest share of personal income in U.S. history during the first quarter of this year, a USA TODAY analysis of government data finds.

At the same time, government-provided benefits — from Social Security, unemployment insurance, food stamps and other programs — rose to a record high during the first three months of 2010.

Those records reflect a long-term trend accelerated by the recession and the federal stimulus program to counteract the downturn. The result is a major shift in the source of personal income from private wages to government programs.

Or spreading the wealth around…

Economist David Henderson of the conservative Hoover Institution says a shift from private wages to government benefits saps the economy of dynamism. “People are paid for being rather than for producing,” he says.

Here’s some cheery news from Doug Ross:

Black coffee-style sobering: “Anyone Who Is Still Bullish On Housing Clearly Isn’t Paying Attention To The Real Numbers.”


Conclusion: “Add it all up, and there is a massive structural imbalance in residential real estate that will take at least a decade more to unwind. We could be looking at a replay of the same 26 year period from 1929 to 1955 when prices remained flat, and we are only 3 years into it!”

More cheery economic news from Doug:

Economy Hitting On All Cylinders as Obama Recovery Rolls On

Betsy Mccaughey in an oped at the NY Daily News says : Bam’s budget is a monstrosity: Deficits are huge. A value-added tax could be coming

On Feb. 1, President Obama released his fiscal 2011 budget. It’s a whopper. It calls for federal spending of $3.8 trillion, soaring to $5.7 trillion in 2020.

A 5-foot-high stack of hundred-dollar bills totals $1 million. To get to $1 billion, you need 10 stacks as high as the Washington Monument. To get to $3.8 trillion, you need 38,000 Washington Monuments.

$3.8 trillion also equals 25% of everything produced in the U.S. (Gross Domestic Product). State and local government spending brings the total to 42% of GDP.

Government spending has crossed the 40% line just twice in American history: when the nation plunged into World War II and again last year, during the economic crisis. The Obama administration intends to make big government permanent, with spending at 40% even in 2020, when no crisis is expected.

Money Sen. Gregg: Finance Reform Bill a ‘Disaster':

Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., has a very harsh view of the financial reform bill passed by the Senate last week, calling it a “disaster.”

“The bill is a disaster because it doesn’t address the fundamental underlining causes of the economic issue, which were real estate and underwriting,” he says.

“This bill became, ‘I want to score the most points against Wall Street.’ Most of the initiative of this bill wasn’t directed at solving the problem, but it was directed at scoring political points,” he recently told CNBC.

The Senate version of financial reform was approved late last week and must now be reconciled with the House version before it is signed into law by President Barack Obama.

He said the proposed consumer protection agency will extend the footprint of government and spark conflicts with the banking industry.

Gregg proposed underwriting standards in tandem with Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., that weren’t included in the bill.

Gregg’s also upset that the bill doesn’t reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. “The failure to take on Fannie and Freddie is almost malfeasance of a criminal level,” he said.

“You’ll basically have a consumer protection agency which decides to go out and in the morning and say, ‘Well everybody who’s XYZ should have a loan, even though the local community bank says XYZ shouldn’t have a loan, because if we give them a loan, we know they’re not going to pay back,’” he said.

“It’s going to become an agency that defines lending on social justice purposes instead of safety and soundness purposes.”

With Republicans still burning from that travesty, it would have been fun to have been a fly on the wall when Obama came to visit Senate Republicans, earlier today. This Washington Post report probably only scratches the surface:

“He needs to take a Valium before he comes in and talks to Republicans,” Sen. Pat Roberts (Kan.) told reporters. “He’s pretty thin-skinned.”

Heh!: Krauthammer offered to write Bam a prescription, video at Weasel Zippers.

Sen. Sam Brownback (Kan.) described the meeting as “testy,” and Sen. John Thune (S.D.) called it a “lively discussion.” Others questioned whether the “symbolism” of Obama’s approach matched the actions of his Democratic congressional allies.

In his first meeting with the Senate Republican caucus in more than a year, Obama hoped to secure support on a broad range of issues, including immigration. As he left, the president said, “We had a good, frank discussion on a whole range of issues.”

But his spokesman Robert Gibbs acknowledged that little agreement was reached. “Obviously, there were continued differences on some of these issues. But the president believes that direct dialogue is better than posturing, and he was pleased to have the opportunity to share views with the conference,” Gibbs said.

Brownback said Obama explained several times that he is “under pressure from his left” on major issues, including climate change. Obama asked Republicans to be willing to take some of the same kind of criticism from their right flank in working toward bipartisan accords, other senators said.


Bob Corker was brutal:

“I said, ‘I got to tell you something, there’s a degree of audacity in you being here today,’” Corker said, recalling his exchange with the president.

“If you look at your three major initiatives they were almost all done on party-line votes,” Corker told Obama. “I feel we’re all props here today.

“Just last week you engineered a very partisan vote,” Corker added. “I would just like for you to explain to me, when you get up in the morning, and when you come over to lunch like this, how you reconcile that duplicity.”

“It hit a nerve, obviously,” Corker said, describing Obama’s reaction to the broadside.

Corker told The Washington Post:

“How can you come in on a Tuesday after [the financial bill vote]? . . . It was odd to me.”

Obama’s doing a lot of odd things lately, like planning to  jet off to Chicago for Memorial Day weekend, instead of  making the traditional Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Day speech:

On Monday, Obama will make remarks at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, south of Chicago – missing the usual tradition of presidents speaking at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day.

Ace thinks Obama’s being commendably honest, here…or perhaps he’s just clueless:

Past Democratic presidents — Clinton, say — were plainly card-carrying members of the would-be ruling class of the Harvard-to-DC corridor. But they feared the people, at least, and practiced gestural politics to symbolically, but deceptively, suggest they “shared the values” of non-ruling-class Americans.

Obama’s kind of giving up on that ruse. His attempts to establish populist credentials were half-hearted from the outset, and now he can’t even be bothered to phone it in.

See Sondrak’s photoshop - it says it all.

And now, Byron York notices, (with some satisfaction, I think), that the chumps in the MSM are getting the cold shoulder from their Messiah:

Will Barack Obama go an entire year without holding a formal news conference? He’s getting close: The president’s last full-scale session with the press was on July 22, 2009, which was 307 days ago.

Obama makes no secret of his disdain for the press. Just look at the scene in the Oval Office May 18, when Obama invited a few journalists to watch him sign a new bill — it just happened to be the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act.

“Speaking of press freedom, could you answer a couple of questions on BP?” CBS’s Chip Reid asked Obama after the signing.

“You’re certainly free to ask them, Chip,” Obama said.

“Will you answer them?” Reid continued. “How about a question on Iran?”

“We won’t be answering — I’m not doing a press conference today,” Obama said. “But we’ll be seeing you guys during the course of this week. OK?”

And that was that. In the spirit of the day, Obama conceded that the press had the freedom to ask questions — he just didn’t have to answer them. (By the way, Obama aides edited the exchange with Reid out of the video of the signing posted on the White House Web site.)


While Obama dodges questions, his spokesman stonewalls them. There’s simply no other word to describe the White House handling of Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak’s charge that the Obama administration offered him a job if he would not challenge Sen. Arlen Specter in the state’s recent primary.

And so on…Read Byron’s entire piece.

I wondered after the election if the media would ever turn on Obama, after their shameless, salivating, bias during the election. I always figured that they had too much of their own credibility invested in him, to ever turn on him. But maybe they never bargained for such a snide, arrogant and narcissistic Socialist Messiah.


Obama/Pelosi/Reid’s Dastardly Plan To Pass ObamaCare

Just so you know, Dick Morris has been talking to some “highly informed sources on Capital Hill” and has discovered that Obama, Pelosi and  Reid have been plotting and scheming behind closed doors, (of course) to come up with the basic framework of a plan to pass their wretched, unwanted monstrosity against the will of the American people.:

Their plan is clever but can be stopped if opponents of radical healthcare reform act quickly and focus on a core group of 23 Democratic Congressman. If just a few of these 23 Democrats are “flipped” and decide to oppose the bill, the whole Obama-Pelosi-Reid stratagem falls apart.

Here’s what I learned top Democrats are planning to implement.

Senate Democrats will go to the House with a two-part deal.

First, the House will pass the Senate’s Obamacare bill that passed the Senate in December. The House leadership will vote on the Senate bill, and Pelosi will allow no amendments or modifications to the Senate bill.

How will Pelosi’s deal fly with rambunctious liberal members of her majority that don’t like the Senate bill, especially its failure to include a public option, put heavy fines on those who don’t get insurance and offering no income tax surcharge on the “rich”?

That’s where the second part of the Pelosi-deal comes in.

Behind closed doors Reid and Pelosi have agreed in principle that changes to the Senate bill will be made to satisfy liberal House members — but only after the Senate bill is passed and signed into law by Obama.

This deal will be secured by a pledge from Reid and the Senate’s Democratic caucus that they will make “fixes” to the Senate bill after it becomes law with Obama’s John Hancock.

But you may ask what about the fact that without Republican Scott Brown and independent Democrats like Joe Lieberman, Reid simply doesn’t have the 60 votes in the Senate to overcome a Republican filibuster that typically can stop major legislation?

According to my source, Reid will provide to Pelosi a letter signed by 52 Democratic Senators indicating they will pass the major changes, or “fixes”, the House Democrats are demanding. Again, these fixes will be approved by the Senate only after Obama signs the Senate bill into law.

Reid has also agreed to bypass Senate cloture and filibuster rules and claim that these modifications fall under “reconciliation” and don’t require 60 Senate votes.

To pass the fixes, he won’t need one Republican, he won’t even need Joe Lieberman or wavering Democrats like Jim Webb of Virginia.

Read the whole thing, especially his prescription to stop them from ramming it through:

The Massachusetts election of a Republican to Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat has sent shock waves through Washington. Every one of these 23 Democrats knows they will face an angry backlash in their districts if they vote for the Senate bill and go along with Pelosi-Reid plan to ram through Obamacare.

I believe now is the time to act for opponents to act. The truth is that Obamacare is hanging by a thread.

Opponents, if they move now, can drive a stake through its heart.

Once these Congressmen hear from their aroused constituents, they won’t be able to back Obamacare.

As I mentioned, the Pelosi health bill passed the House by only 220-215. Nancy Pelosi knows she has no margin for error.

If only a handful of these 23 Congressman change their vote under public pressure, the Pelosi-Reid plan is stopped and Obamacare is dead.

Hat tip: Slublog at AoSHQ (He has a pretty decent photoshop, too)..


Here, via Jumping in Pools, are the vulnerable blue dog Dems who voted for PelosiCare:

Congressman Arcuri – New York’s 24th congressional district – R+2.
Congressman Baca – California’s 43rd congressional district – D+13.
Congressman Berry – Arkansas 1st congressional district – R+8.
Congressman Bishop – Georgia’s 2nd congressional district – D+1.
Congressman Boswell – Iowa’s 3rd congressional district – D+1.
Congressman Cardoza – California’s 18th congressional district – D+4.
Congressman Carney – Pennsylvania’s 10th congressional district – R+8.
Congressman Cooper – Tennessee’s 5th congressional district – D+3.
Congressman Costa – California’s 20th congressional district – D+5.
Congressman Cuellar – Texas’ 28th congressional district. – EVEN.
Congresswoman Dahlkemper – Pennsylvania’s 3rd congressional district – R+3.
Congressman Donnelly – Indiana’s 2nd congressional district – R+2.
Congressman Ellsworth – Indiana’s 8th congressional district – R+8.
Congresswoman Giffords – Arizona’s 8th congressional district – R+4.
Congresswoman Harman – California’s 36th congressional district – D+12.
Congressman Hill – Indiana’s 9th congressional district – R+6.
Congressman Mechaud – Maine’s 2nd congressional district – D+3.
Congressman Mitchell – Arizona’s 5th congressional district – R+5.
Congressman Moore – Kansas 3rd congressional district – R+3.
Congressman Murphy – Pennsylvania’s 8th congressional district – D+2.
Congressman Pomeroy – North Dakota’s at-large congressional district – R+10.
Congressman Salazar – Colorado’s 3rd congressional district – R+5.
Congresswoman Sanchez – California’s 47th congressional district – D+4.
Congressman Schiff – California’s 29th congressional district – D+14.
Congressman Scott – Georgia’s 13th congressional district – D+15.
Congressman Space – Ohio’s 18th congressional district – R+7.
Congressman Thompson – California’s 1st congressional district – D+13.
Congressman Wilson – Ohio’s 6th congressional district – R+2.

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