US Marine Imprisoned in Mexico Needs Your Help (Video)

Marine veteran Jon Hammar enlisted in the service at age 18 and was deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq where his unit provided security for Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai, protected election polls and disrupted insurgent cells.

Via LaborUnionReport at Redstate:

According to one account, in Fallujah, Hammar’s battalion was hit hard, with 13 killed in action and more than 100 wounded.

Imagine surviving Iraq and Afghanistan only to be jailed a few years later in a notoriously awful Mexican prison, literally chained to a bed –  on a ridiculous technicality. Since August, the 27 year old Hammar has been languishing in a Mexican jail in Matamoros, confined to solitary confinement and now is chained to his bed. The look of despair on this man’s face is heartbreaking.

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An Iraq War veteran is being held in a Mexican jail, chained to his bed, his life continuously threatened, while his family is extorted for money…and our nation’s leaders appear impotent (or negligent) by their failure to help him.

After you’ve read the story below, please go to the White House petition and sign it to press the Obama Administration to start working to bring Jon Hammar home.

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In early August, Hammar and McDonough embarked on a surfing trip to Costa Rica.

With their surfboards in tow, Hammar and McDonough made their way South. However, they didn’t get too far.

They made it to only the Mexican border. Hammar is in a Matamoros prison, where he spends much of his time chained to a bed and facing death threats from gangsters. He’s off the grid, for sure, in walking distance of the U.S. border. But it’s more of a black hole than a place to heal a troubled soul.

The reason might seem ludicrous. Hammar took a six-decade-old shotgun into Mexico. The .410 bore Sears & Roebuck shotgun once belonged to his great-grandfather. The firearm had been handed down through the generations, and it had become almost a part of Hammar, suitable for shooting birds and rabbits.

While some might argue, Hammar should have never taken his gun, he was complying with the law–or so he thought:

The pair had crossed the border and handed the paperwork for the weapon to Mexican officials, but police ended up impounding their RV and jailing the men, saying it was illegal to carry that type of gun. Hammar’s friend was later released because the gun did not belong to him.

Bill O’Reilly has taken up Hammar’s cause, and has been reporting on the case for the past couple of weeks. On The O’Reilly Factor, last Friday, he reported  that “high level negotiations were taking place and there’s some optimism that Corporal Jon Hammar will soon be free.” He had on Rep Ileana Ros Lehtinen to discuss the case.

She said that according to the Mexican Ambassador she spoke with on the phone, the reason he is chained to the bed is because they had to move him from the general population to an area that is less secure – “so unsecure that they fear he will escape.”

O’Reilly asked how the Mexican Ambassador could justify this travesty, and Ros Lehtinen answered that the Mexican government is somewhat powerless in this case because as she says, “they believe they are under siege by the Mexican drug lords and they have ceded control to these gangsters..” She continued, “The folks who are administering this terrible prison are not the Mexican government, but these drug lords.”

She agreed with O’Reilly that the President of Mexico has the power and authority to release Hammar, but doesn’t have the guts to.

Please sign the White House petition to exert pressure on the Obama administration to demand that Mexico Authorities release Hammar immediately.

Total number of signatures on this petition as of Monday night, 11:35 pm: 19,033 and counting. 25,000 signatures are needed by January 06, 2013 for the request to be taken up by Obama. Help bring Jon Hammar home.

God willing, this Marine could be home in time for Christmas.

Report: Obama Doubling Down – Will Propose Stimulus II After Labor Day

Ace, reporting on the latest grim economic news, concludes we’re in another recession – Obama’s very own recession:

I know the response is “We never left the last one,” but, again, as a technical matter (as these things are strictly defined) we did, and, as a messaging matter, it’s actually politically better for us if this is the Obama Recession, not a continuation of the Bush one.

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You know, I think someone else mentioned this, but maybe I realized it. When Obama was on this supposed non-political listening tour in swing states, he actually wasn’t presenting a plan, of course.

He was promising he would have a plan.

That’s odd, isn’t it?

What kind of SCOAMF does that? Mounts a twenty car convoy in Darth Vader’s heavy-metal band side-project tour bus when he has no actual news to report, nothing new? Just the promise that in ten days or so he might (fingers crossed!) have something to say?

In case you’re wondering what a SCOAMF is (don’t click if you’re easily offended): CONTENT WARNING: > here.

Well, he has a plan, alright. The Tatler reports that Obama’s idea to “jump-start the economy” and spur jobs will be announced after labor day:

What could be his new, imaginative idea?”

Could be Stimulus II?

Yes, after the failure of the first $800 billion round of stimulus, the President’s best idea may be to recommend more stimulus spending.

Today’s Washington Post is floating a trial balloon from White House aides that report:”President Obama has decided to press Congress for a new round of stimulus spending.”  No dollar amounts were mentioned.

Yesterday during his bus tour in Atkinson, Illinois the President prepared his audience for his new economic policy, saying he would cut spending by spending more.  The two, he said, are not inconsistent. “When Congress gets back in September, my basic argument to them is this: We should not have to choose between getting our fiscal house in order and jobs and growth.”

A “new round” because the first round was such a raging success. Isn’t that wonderful? Paul Krugman always said we didn’t spend enough in the first stimulus, which is why (he says) it failed. He wants another $800 billion stimulus:

According to Paul Krugman of The New York Times, we need another $800 billion stimulus. The first one, you see, wasn’t big enough. “The stimulus right now makes almost no difference,” Krugman recently said at the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul. And for those who worry about the deficit, he had these soothing words: “What does a trillion dollars of borrowing do to the U.S. long-run fiscal position?”

As F.A. Hayek said:

A stimulus will only stimulate the deficit: Past experience with trying to fine-tune the economy shows that counter-cyclical fiscal and monetary policy can sometimes make matters much worse (as in the 1970s). Wise politicians would therefore be advised not to meddle, however much their instincts tell them to show voters they’re doing something.

Reactions To Obama’s Middle East Speech

 In Thursday’s speech, Obama announced that he wants Israel to return to its 1967 borders–

We agree that the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines, with mutually agreed swaps…

…Prompting Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu to remind Obama of the 2004 deal that promised commitments to Israel about not having to withdraw to the 1967 lines:

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was quick on the draw Thursday in voicing clear displeasure with President Barack Obama’s mideast policy speech.

“Israel appreciates President Obama’s commitment to peace,” the response began, curtly. “Israel believes that for peace to endure between Israelis and Palestinians, the viability of a Palestinian state cannot come at the expense of the viability of the one and only Jewish state.”
“That is why Prime Minister Netanyahu expects to hear a reaffirmation from President Obama of U.S. commitments made to Israel in 2004, which were overwhelmingly supported by both Houses of Congress.”
“Among other things,” Netanyahu reminded Obama, “those commitments relate to Israel not having to withdraw to the 1967 lines which are both indefensible and which would leave major Israeli population centers in Judea and Samaria beyond those lines.”

US Rep Thaddeus McCotter shot off this Press Release soon after the speech.

Gateway Pundit went  on a blogging tear:

Leading Jewish American Group: AIPAC Should Rescind Invitation for Obama to Speak

Brigitte Gabriel on Obama’s Muslim Speech: “He Is Killing Our Allies & Cozying Up to Our Enemies” (Video)

OBAMA TELLS ISRAEL: TURN OVER THE TOMB OF JESUS TO HAMAS

Knesset Member: Barack Hussein Obama Is the New Arafat …Update: Obama Sandbagged Israel

OBAMA LIED… Said He Would Not Divide Jerusalem (Video)

For God’s sake –Are we supposed to be surprised that this President lied — or reneged on a promise? Is that even newsworthy at this point?

Keith Koffler says: Obama Insists Israel Withdraw to Fantasyland:

Despite the coming new regime in the Palestinian Authority, which will include Hamas, Obama has gone along his merry way and made a key concession to the Palestinians, as if Israel’s peril had some how lessened rather than grown.

By making it U.S. policy that the 1967 borders are the STARTING POINT for negotiations, Obama put Israel on the defensive in its fight for security and for its cultural – and the Christian cultural – heritage in Jerusalem.

The statement overturns assurances by George W. Bush to Israel in a 2004 letter that stated a return to the 1967 borders was in fact NOT the policy of the United States. This assurance was made in return for a concrete step, the withdrawal of Israel from Gaza. The concrete step cannot be reversed. The assurance could be reversed by an unreliable ally. Today, it was.

It was a DEAL. A deal is a deal, right? Wrong.

Obama today said the status of Jerusalem is up for grabs. But by declaring as the starting point the 1967 border – under which the Old City portion of Jerusalem and its holy sites were in Arab hands – Israel now has give concessions to keep Jerusalem whole, not get concessions in return for giving it away. And as a practical matter, putting Old City Jerusalem in the hands of the Palestinians at the start of the negotiations means they will never relinquish it.

How well the Arabs will protect Jewish and Christian holy sites there is anyone’s guess.

(CNSNews.com) — President Barack Obama has made an unprecedented demand on Israel, Jewish leaders said today after the president called for Israel to redraw its borders to where they were in 1967 before the Six Day War. One rabbi said Obama was, in essence, asking for “ethnic cleansing” of thousands of Jewish families.

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Atlas Shrugs is organizing an emergency rally Fri, May 20 to protest these dangerous developments:

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NYC Emergency Rally Today: Protest Obama’s Jihad Against Israel

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If you are in the New York area tomorrow – grab your crew and stand for freedom. Stand with Israel. Protest Obama’s jihad against the Jewish people. You. must. Take a stand.

Muslim groups are calling for the mass invasion of Israel today – stand up, get up, it is now or never….. if not you, who?
The Free World urgently needs your help!

An emergency rally to protest the outrageous speech of President Barack Obama!
Friday May 20th at 12:0opm, The Israeli Consulate, 800 2nd Ave & 42nd Street

Please join us in telling the president that: WE AINT GOING BACK TO AUSCHWITZ!
Please invite everyone of your facebook friends to this event:
Forward this email and most important: SHOW UP TO THE RALLY AT 12:00 PM

We are assured of media coverage and many important political leaders are being invited!
Its necessary in these times to remember what Abba Eban, when he served as Israel’s Foreign Minister said when he appeared at the United Nations following the Six Day war, in describing the fragility of Israel’s 1949-1967 map as Israel’s “Auschwitz” lines.

“We have openly said that the map will never again be the same as on June 4, 1967. For us, this is a matter of security and of principles. The June map is for us equivalent to insecurity and danger. I do not exaggerate when I say that it has for us something of a memory of Auschwitz. We shudder when we think of what would have awaited us in the circumstances of June, 1967, if we had been defeated; with Syrians on the mountain and we in the valley, with the Jordanian army in sight of the sea, with the Egyptians who hold our throat in their hands in Gaza. This is a situation which will never be repeated in history.”

Ace states the obvious : Yup, Obama Hates Israel

Very neat article at NRO pointing out the nuances of Obama’s words for Israel — compared to his words for Palestine.

It’s all pretty neat, but these word-choices matter: These words have been chosen carefully. Including the passive/active voice and declarative or commanding tenses. This is essentially a publicly-delivered diplomatic cable.

There are other neat things, but the best observation, to me, is the fact that when Obama speaks of Israel, he speaks in terms of concrete demands that he, Obama, is laying upon Israel.

When he turns to the reciprocal concessions most urge on Palestine, however, he stops speaking in the command tense, stops speaking of demanding this or that, and simply says that Palestinians will do better if they stop killing Jews.

Not that they must stop killing Jews, mind you, like Israel must stop building settlements; just that hey, it would be better, you know? Or not, you decide.

For contrast, the writer quotes Bush, who was pretty command-tense with Palestinians: They must crack down on terror and dismantle the terror infrastructure.

Hey, LA Times — any. time. now. on those Khalidi tapes.

More Friday.

Aaron Goldstein at the American Spectator is thinking what I’ve been thinking re George Mitchell’s sudden exit last week from his position as Obama’s Middle East Envoy:

Ah yes, 1967. The year President Obama believes “the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on.” Of course, he dropped that bombshell right after stating scarcely seconds earlier, “No peace can be imposed upon them – not by the United States, not by anybody else.” President Obama’s knack of contradicting himself never ceases to amaze.

With that in mind, perhaps we can expect some tap dancing from Obama in the coming days. But let’s assume Obama draws a line in the sand at 1967. Does this also mean Israel has to return The Golan Heights to Syria? No wonder George Mitchell walked away. It’s all quite unsettling.

PREVIOUSLY:

There have been signs of trouble between the US and Israel since the very beginning of his administration…

Obama v.s. Israel

John Bolton: “Israel’s On The Chopping Block”

God Help The USA and Israel

Pete Stark To Replace Charles Rangel on Ways and Means Committee

You probably figured we couldn’t do worse than Charles Rangel. You would be wrong:

Stark is next in line for the post in seniority, but his maverick personality had led some to question whether he would get the gavel even on a temporary basis.

The 19-term Democrat has a penchant for making controversial remarks. In 2003, Stark challenged then Rep. Scott McInnis (R-Colo.) to a fight during a Ways and Means Committee hearing, calling him “a fruitcake.” He also said in 2007 that President George W. Bush was amused by the heads of U.S. soldiers getting blown off. Pelosi condemned the remarks and Stark subsequently apologized on the House floor.

Last summer, Stark called Blue Dog Democrats “brain dead.”

According to Michael Barone’s Almanac of American Politics:

[Stark's] major achievement was the Catastrophic Health Care Act of 1988, which created a new benefit for Medicare recipients, but then was repealed by an overwhelming vote in 1989 after an outpouring of public protest: the problem was that its tax on the high-income elderly was very unpopular while benefits seemed puny.

It’s nice to know that these entitlements can be rolled back if they’re unpopular enough.

You may remember Pete (the larger the national debt, the wealthier we are) Stark from this video:

UPDATE:

After some …um… “lively discussions” amongst House Democrats, the Stark appointment  has been retracted. Pelosi is replacing him with Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.).

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Allahpundit thought Chris Matthews destroyed Alan Grayson in this Hardball interview, last night:

But did he?

Grayson seemed awfully smug and sure of himself.

Matthews thinks the  reconciliation idea is crazy netroots talk. Well who does he think runs Washington, right now? These are people who call their opponents tea-baggers, evil mongers and nazis:

Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi work to save health care reform

Earlier this week, Pelosi said she did not have the votes to pass the Senate bill through the House unchanged. And Reid, who lost his 60-vote majority on Tuesday, does not have the votes to make wholesale changes to legislation his chamber passed last month.

So, leaders are considering making limited changes that can be passed using a budget process called reconciliation, which only requires 51 votes in the Senate.

The changes being considered track closely with the agreements House and Senate leaders made in White House meetings last week, according to a source. They include the deal with labor unions to ease the tax on high-end insurance plans, additional Medicare cuts and taxes, the elimination of a special Medicaid funding deal for Nebraska and a move to help cover the gap in seniors’ prescription drug coverage. Pelosi is also working to change the Senate provision that sets up state insurance exchanges. The House prefers a single, national exchange.


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GOP Call To Action: This Is Our Last Chance To Stop Government Run Health Care

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Key Senator Contact information, via Michelle Malkin:

Olympia Snowe:

Mailing Address:
154 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Phone: (202) 224-5344
Toll Free: (800) 432-1599
Fax: (202) 224-1946

Email form here.

James Webb and Claire McCaskill:

Webb contact info…

Washington, D.C.
248 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-4024
Fax: 202-228-6363

Toll Free Number
1-866-507-1570

Email form for Virginians here.

McCaskill contact info…

Missouri Office Locations
Please visit our Missouri offices

Cape Girardeau
555 Independence Room 1600
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703
Phone 573-651-0964
Fax 573-334-4278

Columbia
915 E. Ash St
Columbia, Mo 65201
Phone:573-442-7130
Fax:573-442-7140

Kansas City
4141 Pennsylvania, Ste. 101
Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone 816-421-1639
Fax 816-421-2562

Springfield
324 Park Central West
Suite 101
Springfield, MO 65806
Phone 417-868-8745
Fax 417-831-1349

St. Louis
5850 A Delmar Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63112
Phone:314-367-1364
Fax: 314-361-8649

Washington D.C.
For those visiting D.C., please stop by our office at:

Office of Senator Claire McCaskill
United States Senate
Hart Senate Office Building, SH-717
Washington, D.C. 20510
(202) 224-6154
FAX (202) 228-6326

As the long march of communism through the culture and institutions nears completion, I am reminded of  King Theoden’s speech in LOTR – How did it come to this?:

Yes, the orcs represent the commies.

RELATED:

Bill Kristol rallies the troops:

A Pyrrhic Victory?

When a fellow conservative tried to cheer me up this morning by assuring me that the Senate Democrats’ victory on health care was going to be a Pyrrhic one, I realized I didn’t remember much about Pyrrhus.

I went of course to Wikipedia. That fine reference work defines a Pyrrhic victory as “a victory with devastating cost to the victor.” It also provides this quotation from Plutarch’s Life of Pyrrhus, describing the aftermath of the battle of Asculum in 279 BCE:

“The armies separated; and, it is said, Pyrrhus replied to one that gave him joy of his victory that one more such victory would utterly undo him. For he had lost a great part of the forces he brought with him, and almost all his particular friends and principal commanders; there were no others there to make recruits, and he found the confederates in Italy backward. On the other hand, as from a fountain continually flowing out of the city, the Roman camp was quickly and plentifully filled up with fresh men, not at all abating in courage for the loss they sustained, but even from their very anger gaining new force and resolution to go on with the war.”

So: Pyrrhus’s victory became Pyrrhic because the victorious party lost many of its supporters–but also because the opposition didn’t abate in courage, was able to gain new recruits, and had the force and resolution to go on.

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So: Fight on with respect to health care. Fight on other fronts. And recruit new fighters. In a word: Fight.

See also:

Ace Of Spades:

Health Care Stuff

Great analysis of what’s going on with the legislation, and Obama’s plummeting popularity. Go read it.

The price tag, via The Weekly Standard:

CBO: Real 10-Year Cost of Senate Bill Still $2.5 Trillion

With Obamacare, you get the good, the bad, and the ugly — except for the first part.

The Congressional Budget Office’s score is in for the final Senate health bill, and it’s amazing how little Americans would get for so much.

Egad…NO

Did Nancy Pelosi actually say that she’s confident that she’ll have a health care bill as a “Christmas present to the American people”?

No…she wouldn’t that obtuse…would she?

She would?

OMG.

Hat tip: Breitbart T.V.


Obama’s Dishonest Debate

It’s time to be brutally honest about Obama. The fact of the matter is…he doesn’t always tell the truth.

In fact,  he lies. I don’t mean he sometimes get things wrong, or changes his mind when facts change, although he does those things, too. I mean he out and out LIES.

He beguiles, bullshits, concocts, invents, deceives, deludes, dissembles, dupes, fabricates, falsifies, fibs, fudges, invents, misleads, misrepresents, misspeaks, misstates, perverts, prevaricates, and puts us on.

But mostly, he lies. (And thus ends our little foray into the internet thesaurus).

You see, according to  Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, there is no need to be truthful when you are fighting for social justice.

Obama lies to help him get to the next step of his grand scheme of remaking America into a European style Socialist state, and so far it’s been working out pretty well for him. The lies are written into the speeches…he reads them off the teleprompter with a  voice of sincere conviction, and voila!  the masses swoon.

I’ve known this about him for quite awhile. That’s why I find it nearly impossible to sit through an entire Obama speech, or press conference. I don’t believe half the stuff he says, and I don’t think he believes it either. I refuse to take part in the charade.

Most people, though, want to give Obama  the benefit of the doubt, because they’ve staked so much hope and good will on him.  So even though they don’t necessarily like where he taking us, and they’re becoming increasingly dubious about his spending habits, they still take him at his word when he makes a speech about his next sweeping policy change, like ObamaCare. He seems so earnest and well intentioned…

But folks…the man is a liar:

Obama has been selling his health care plan on the principle that everyone will have a choice, but he knows that his plan will lead to a universal single payer/nationalized plan, where everyone won’t have a choice. That is the ultimate goal.

Hats off to Verum Serum for doing such a great job finding the old videos and patching them in with the new.

Please spread this video far and wide. Because they are trying to sell a bill of goods that will forever change our once strong, proud,  and independent country into a weak, dependent,  Socialist state, and most agree that there’ll be no turning back. They are depending on the decent, trusting nature of the American people to do it.

Hat tip: Hot Air

UPDATE:

Obama was asked about his inconsistent positions on the single payer plan on the Today’s show in January ’08. He squirmed uncomfortably, had trouble hearing the question, and bolloxed his answer, giving the lamest explanation imaginable:

“What I said during the debate was that a single payer system was one that I would support if we were starting from scratch…”

Um, no, at the debate, he said that he had never supported a single payer system. It seems like he was having trouble keeping his lies straight, and his trouble hearing the clips made it all the more difficult for him to navigate through the lies.

“What I have said consistently is…if we didn’t have a legacy of employer based health care…then it might make more sense to set up a single payer system…I’ve always said that…I’ve said that during the course of this campaign, but what I’ve also said is that we’ve got to build on the system that we’ve already got…yadayada yada…” (segues into boilerplate).

See? He wasn’t being inconsistent…he was merely being taken out of context. What happened was, he  was consistently going around the country saying, “Gee, you know what, if there was no such thing as employer based health care…single payer would be really awesome…but since we have….employer based health care…. I guess we won’t be going for that single payer dealie, no sir!  Just thought I’d mention it and all, anyway…”

Makes total sense.

RELATED:

Obama doesn’t want us to know that nationalizing banks, car companies, the health care industry, etc. is Socialism, (whatever Hugo might say). It’s his and a few others’ dirty little secret…

(Why this Dem Rep,  Sherman keeps blurting it out on the news, I can’t figure. He’s off the reservation):

Hat tip: Naked Emporer News

UPDATE:

Yuval Levin and William Kristol at The Weekly Standard say we can beat this thing:

Dare to Defeat ObamaCare

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Doug Ross has a good overview of a speech given recently by Charles Krauthammer to the Center for the American Experiment. Here are  some points he made that jive with points made here:

2. Obama has political skills comparable to Reagan and Clinton. He has a way of making you think he’s on your side, agreeing with your position, while doing the opposite. Pay no attention to what he SAYS; rather, watch what he DOES!


3. Obama has a ruthless quest for power. He did not come to Washington to make something out of himself, but rather to change everything, including dismantling capitalism. He can’t be straightforward on his ambitions, as the public would not go along. He has a heavy hand, and wants to ‘level the playing field’ with income redistribution and punishment to the achievers of society. He would like to model the USA to Great Britain or Canada.

4. His three main goals are to control ENERGY, PUBLIC EDUCATION, & NATIONAL HEALTHCARE by the Federal government. He doesn’t care about the auto or financial services industries, but got them as an early bonus. The cap and trade will add costs to everything and stifle growth. Paying for FREE college education is his goal. Most scary is his healthcare program, because if you make it FREE and add 46,000,000 people to a Medicare-type single-payer system, the costs will go through the roof. The only way to control costs is with massive RATIONING of services, like in Canada. God forbid.

7. He’s now handing out goodies. He hopes that the bill (and pain) will not ‘come due’ until after he’s reelected in 2012. He’d like to blame all problems on Bush from the past, and hopefully his successor in the future. He has a huge ego, and Mr. Krauthammer believes he is a narcissist.

I came to that last conclusion over a year ago.

It’s time for Republicans to take the gloves off, and call him out on the lies.

MORE from Newt Gingrich last Monday at the 2009 House/Senate GOP Fundraising Dinner

The great difference between Reagan’s rhetorical skills and President Obama’s rhetorical skills are that Reagan used his rhetorical skills to shine light on truths and fundamental facts. Obama uses his rhetorical skills to hide from fundamental facts.

If you want a single case, read the Cheney speech and the Obama speech on the same day. There is a fundamental mistake, which tells you a great deal about this administration. Cheney had a fairly simple message – the reason we have Guantanamo is that we have people at Guantanamo that are dangerous. They are called terrorists. We call them terrorists because they want to kill us. It is good not to have them anywhere near us because it makes it harder for them to kill us. Now the average American could hear that simple declared sentence and say to themselves, “Okay, there’s the terrorists are okay gang and there’s the terrorists stay in Guantanamo gang. Uhh, okay, I got it. I’m with the terrorists stay in Guantanamo gang.” Now the President who had an impossible position was once said of Lincoln and Douglass that Lincoln was the best lawyer in Illinois with the good case and Douglass was the best lawyer in Illinois with the bad case. And I’m beginning to think that President Obama is in the Douglass tradition. Because the President, who is a remarkably wonderful orator said, “We are here at a deeply meaningful moment in which we are going to in a deeply fundamental and meaningful way engage is discussing a problem that is so complex and difficult that only myself can present it to you in such a way that you will fully appreciate the meaningfulness of this moment we have here together.” And the average American said “Got it. He doesn’t understand what’s going on.” And they are currently losing this debate by about 3 to 1 and it will get worse if they stick to it, because it is nonsense.

Kind of like his “a single payer system was one that I would support if we were starting from scratch…” argument.

Total. nonsensical. BS.

Call him out on the lies, Republicans. Don’t be aftraid to call it what it is. The public needs to know.

Tangentially related, via Yid With Lid:

Jews ‘Very Concerned’ About Obama, Leader of Jewish Organizations Says
By: Ronald Kessler
President Obama’s strongest supporters among Jewish leaders are deeply troubled by his recent Middle East initiatives, and some are questioning what he really believes, Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, tells Newsmax in an exclusive interview.

He told you he was pro Israel before the election, didn’t he? What did Charles Krauthammer say? Oh yeah:

Pay no attention to what he SAYS; rather, watch what he DOES!

You realllly should have paid more attention to Obama’s background before you voted for him, guys.

Crunch Time On Stimulus Bill

I know, I know. What chances do we have of stopping it? As Michelle Malkin says, “We are so screwed”. Ann Coulter says, “Goodbye America, It Was Nice While It Lasted”.

But Stop The Stimulus hasn’t stopped trying, and as long as I’m breathing, I won’t either. Tim Phillips of Americans For Prosperity writes in a mass email:

At 2PM tomorrow afternoon, your NoStimulus.com petitions (which at the moment number 395,047) will be officially presented to the United States Senate in an event at the Capitol.  Later in the day, the Senate is expected to make the final vote on the Pelosi/Reid/Obama trillion dollar spending bill.

You’re invited to join us for this presentation if you are in or near Washington.  It will be held in Upper Senate Park at 2PM tomorrow.  I’m sorry we couldn’t give you more notice, but moving the vote up to tomorrow was a surprise move by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to try to jam this disastrous bill through before folks can even read the bill.

If someone tells you this fight is over think about this for a moment. Last Friday, I stood at the Capitol with a band of AFP staff, interns and volunteers as we presented our petitions to Senator Jim DeMint — our free market leader in the Senate.  At that time, we had 69,487 petitions.

Tomorrow, we will present your more than 400,000 petitions and – if you can help us make a final push by sending the site to your friends in next couple of hours – it can be more than 500,000 petitions to the Senate telling them to vote NO on this outrageous spending bill.

Here’s the update on where the battle stands.

Senate and House negotiators are set to agree tonight on a $789 billion bill.  Here’s what we know about the deal:

  • This conference report provides the least tax relief of any version yet, even cutting President Obama’s signature middle class tax cut from $500 per individual and $1000 per couple to $400 and $800.  That takes money out the pockets of regular Americans to pay for more wasteful spending.
  • This conference report gives away as “tax cuts” tens-of-billions of dollars to people WHO DO NOT PAY INCOME TAXES.
  • This conference report, by all accounts, still funds the stealth imposition of health care rationing via so-called “Comparative Evaluation Research,” that would let bureaucrats decides whether people are too old or too sick to receive a treatment.
  • The price tag is still astonishing.  $789 billion might be less than the Senate’s $838 billion, but it’s massively more than the $300 billion this bill originally was proposed at, and still tops a trillion dollars when interest is included.  There’s still $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, $600 million to buy cars for government workers, $88 million for ATV and bike trails and so much more waste.  And, go to stimuluswatch.org to see the wish list of earmarks for cities and counties in your area.  It will blow your mind.

With a likely Senate vote tomorrow, time is of the essence.  These are the key action items that could lead to victory tomorrow:

1.  Get at least 3 more people to sign the NoStimulus.com petition. If we have a huge final push we could reach an astonishing half-million signers — or more – before our presentation event tomorrow.

2.  Make 1 last call to your senator. Many of you have done this and we’re so thankful for your standing up.  But, we have just 24  hours to make our final push.  Call the Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121 or better yet go on-line and call your Senator’s local offices.  If you need talking points go to NoStimulus.com and we’ve got plenty.

3. Consider making a special financial contribution to Americans for Prosperity today. Help us continue to get the word out about the dangers of this no-stimulus bill to literally millions more Americans around the country.  Your support will provide resources to ramp up our “No Stimulus” advertising and outreach on websites like the Drudge Report, FoxNews.com, Townhall.com and others for the final day of this fight so we can generate thousands upon thousands of phone calls into Senate offices.  A gift of $10, $25, $50 – or any amount you could afford – would go a long way toward reaching even more people with our No Stimulus message and mobilizing them to make a difference alongside you and me to STOP the Pelosi/Reid/Obama boondoggle.

You’re making a huge difference.  Yesterday, “Americans for Prosperity” and “No Stimulus Petition” were the top two searches in the nation on Google, and your efforts to drive literally hundreds of thousands of people to our NoStimulus.com website was a featured story on the Yahoo! front page.  Additionally, today you may have seen the number of petition signers ticking upward along the bottom line of the Fox News “ticker.”  You have literally flooded Senate offices with your calls and most of Washington is now going to NoStimulus.com site to view the counter to find out how many folks have signed the petition.

I know the pundits are political prognosticators are saying it’s over and the Pelosi\Reid\Obama trillion dollar bill is a done deal.

But, don’t be discouraged.  Instead, keep fighting.  One petition signer from  Wisconsin, Carla, sent me an email that says exactly why we should keep fighting.  She wrote:

“Tim,

For a week I’ve been so frustrated over this terrible Stimulus bill.  Then in the last day I’ve called both my senators and my congressman.  I’ve signed the NoStimulus.com petition and then forwarded it to my entire email list.  For the first time in my life I even called a local talk radio show to tell people why the bill is so bad.

And you something, I feel so much better because I’m doing all I can do.”

Carla is right.  We can just be frustrated over what these politicians are trying to do to our nation and our economic freedoms.  Or, we can do “all we can do” for our nation.

Thanks and if you are in the area please join us tomorrow, 2PM, Upper Senate Park for the presentation of your petitions to the Senate!!

Sincerely,

Tim Phillips
President, Americans for Prosperity

Here, some intrepid Move America Forward activists “stormed” Senator Specter’s office to give him a piece of their minds. (He wasn’t in, but an aide, took notes).

Dick Armey (in another mass email) has some other suggestions for more citizen action:

Here is what we need to do. First everyone should take to the airwaves for the rest of the week, calling talk radio stations that reach Maine and Pennsylvania voters. Your message should be that Senators Specter, Snowe and Collins have made a big mistake by voting for Obama’s trillion dollar debt plan, and that they still have time to switch their votes before the conference report goes back to the Senate later this week. These three Republicans have told the American people that if the bill is loaded with more spending in the conference committee, that they will not support it. We need to hold them to their word, and demand that they vote against the bill. So please take a few minutes and try to alert the people of Pennsylvania and Maine by calling the major talk radio stations there to drive the point home. Try to get whatever radio show is being broadcast right now and tell the host that Dick Armey encouraged you to call and defend liberty by broadcasting your message against the debt plan to hundreds of thousands of people.

Second, if you live in Maine or Pennsylvania, you should channel your energy and anger against the trillion dollar debt plan and take to the streets in protest. Grab a few of your friends and head down to Main Street with signs, handouts and sign-up sheets to recruit those you meet to our cause. The politicians and their staff may be avoiding or screening our phone calls, but we can get our message out directly to the people by leading a public demonstration against their votes for massive debt.

Finally, if you live in a city near one of the Senate regional offices in Maine or Pennsylvania, show up with your group and demand that Senators Specter, Snowe and Collins switch their votes. You can see how we led just such a visit the other day in Washington, by watching our video on YouTube. (shown above).

Thank you for everything you are doing to prevent this nightmare of spending, debt and pork from becoming a reality. Together we can send a message loud and clear that the American people are tired of the politicians performing fiscal child abuse on our children and grandchildren.

Sincerely,
Dick Armey
Chairman
FreedomWorks.org

If this thing is passed, there will be no reason for anyone to give to a private charity,  ever again, as the government will be taking over non profit organizations.

Richard A. Viguerie (in yet another mass email):

We must make sure that every member of Congress understands: Your vote on this issue will not be forgotten.  If you support this scheme, it will come back to haunt you in the years to come.

The strength and independence of our nonprofit organizations is a big reason that our country became the greatest country in the world.  Don’t let Team Obama take it away!

LET’S FIGHT THIS THING!


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Drill Drill Drill!!! Online Petition

Yep, it’s time to start beating the drum, because most of our elected leaders don’t seem to get it, and when the Republican nominee for President doesn’t get something that most other Republicans get, that spells disaster at the ballot box. No if, ands or buts…McCain will LOSE if he looks like the average environmental whacko on this issue. Drastic measures are in order…

Powerline has offered this advice to McCain:

The smartest thing John McCain could do right now is take two weeks off from the campaign trail to study the scientific data on the earth’s climate. He could familiarize himself with the latest scientific work, which has decisively refuted the global warming alarmists. He could meet with distinguished scientists on all sides of the issue. After two weeks, he could announce that his study of the issue has convinced him that the effect of CO2 on the earth’s climate has been grossly exaggerated, and as a result, he is tweaking his own energy policy in the direction of greater support for domestic oil and gas production. The benefits are obvious: high-paying jobs for Americans, not Saudis; enhanced national security; and above all, a recharged economy fueled by declining gas prices.

And, if anyone challenges McCain with the silly canard that we can’t drill our way out of the present gas shortage, he can reply: “Yes we can!”

Do that, and Obama will be lucky to carry the District of Columbia.

Not that the Maverick has a history of listening to conservative advice. Then again, if he picks Sarah Palin for VP, maybe she could talk some sense into him.

In the meantime here’s an online petition offered by Newt Gingrich on his website (with over 620,000 signatures already) to send to congress:

We, therefore, the undersigned citizens of the United States, petition the U.S. Congress to act immediately to lower gasoline prices (and diesel and other fuel prices)* by authorizing the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries.

Sign, and send the petition to everyone you know. A movement has started.


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Paultards trying to subvert the National Convention (posted by Beth)

I saw this at Digg (where else?) last week, but ignored it after burying it. It seems, though, that Paultards are quite serious about hijacking the Republican Convention. If you don’t want to see the “plan” at the Paultards’ blogs, read it here. Snip:

*The Strategy:*

The strategy therefore must be to get as many Ron Paul delegates selected to represent their states at the National Convention.

That means our delegates need to stay low-key.

Resolutions are a dead giveaway, especially when they are fought over things like opposition to the war, or abolishing the Federal Reserve and the IRS, all signature issues of Ron Paul.

So, the best plan is to shut up, move along, do what you have to do to get selected, sign the pledge to “support” McCain (it doesn’t say you promise not to abstain!) and just get in short of outright lying, of course.

If there are any ethical concerns about this supposed “stealth tactic,” think about what ethical concerns you may have if you allow McCain to become president by your inaction. [Continue reading...]

Ethics? We don’t need no stinkin’ ethics! It’s REVOLUTION! Forget about the sheeple’s votes, this is a coup!
/vomiting

At least one person is fighting back. Heather Johnson of Moms4Mitt.com:

I am a Mitt fan and have a blog for his support. But I have also pledged on my blog my support for McCain as a our GOP nominee. I am trying to do my part in stopping these Ron Paul fans from overtaking the convention with their agenda nonsense and just get McCain officially nominated.

Heather is trying to just GET to the convention, but she needs help (financially) getting there. If you can drop a few shekels her way, you’ll be doing your part to shut up these asshat Paultards. Make no mistake, they are extremely well-organized (online activity and caucus results should tell you that much) and you can be sure they’ll make their presence known at the National Convention. Unless you want to see the GOP have an even more f’d up convention than it looks like the Dems will have, the Paultard kiddies must be stopped.

Ron Paul has even given tacit support to this idea (or that’s how it’ll be read by his fanatic supporters), while leaving his options open for a third party run:

“I’ll be very cautious about what I do,” he said, noting his effort to encourage his supporters to get involved with their local Republican committee.

And you know Ron Paul–he’s a stickler for the last letter of the Constitution. If it can be interpreted to allow this “loophole” that can get him nominated–or at the very least, create chaos–it’s A-OK. He’ll say this is exactly what the Constitution was designed for. (Nevermind the votes for the candidates–the votes for delegates matter more? LOL.)

Please help Heather out – I absolutely vouch for her honesty and ethics 100%. She needs help getting to the Convention, and we need to put the final nail in the Paultard coffin of crazy once and for all.

Ron Paul Revolution OVER

[Cross-posted]

Black Friday Shopping (UPDATED)

I hate to shop.

I know I’m not the only one. I hear women all the time, say that they hate to shop….but I really, really hate it. I feel uneasy spending money on stuff we don’t *have* to have. I don’t enjoy the pressure of making the decisions on big ticket items. I tend to buy groceries and sundries, when I have to be out, anyway….picking my son up from pre-school, or the girls from dance class, and then I do it as quickly and efficiently as I can. I never go shopping just for “the fun of it”.

To me, shopping just isn’t fun.

So why would someone like me, be actually contemplating hitting some of the big sales on the busiest shopping day of the year? The one where, everyone knows, the “early bird gets the worm”, and I ain’t no early bird?

Which means that by the time I get my sorry ass out there to hit the earlybird sales (with one or two kids in tow, who begged to come), the sales are going to be about a half an hour away from expiring, and I’ll have about 5 stores to hit, and dammit, most the hottest items are going to be already gone.

Can someone tell me why I do this every year?

This year’s going to be different. I plan to get up earlier, and if no-one else is ready, that’s tough toenails. And I’m gonna keep the number of targeted stores to a realistic minimum…maybe 3…or 4. I’m not gonna buy crap for the kids just because it’s on sale, if they don’t really need, or want it. 

And I’m gonna keep a positive attitude…cup half full…cup half full…this is going to be fun.

*sigh*

UPDATE: (Friday evening).

Okay, here’s how it went down:

I was ready to get out there at 9:30, but my husband had to make an emergency trip to Lowe’s for some more tile, (we’re tiling the whole upstairs, as well as the kitchen —but not the bedrooms). So it was more like 10:30 when I got out there.

First stop – Kohl’s

I scoped the ads, yesterday at my sister’s house. Kohl’s had some killer sales; that one was at the top of my list. My twelve year old and I were heading for the shoe department when we discovered to our horror — a line — a line so long, you couldn’t see where it ended. It just kept winding, and winding around the store — even if I wanted at some point to get in this line, I wouldn’t be able to find the end, because, I swear to God…it went on forever.

Nice Deb doesn’t like lines.

We continued to look at boots, but at this point, I knew we were only going through the motions. No way was I going to wait in a line that long, I don’t care how good the sale is.

They had area rugs on sale, too, and I scoped them out, because they were going to be on sale all weekend, *I think* and I needed a nice area rug for my newly tiled living room.

Then I had to make an emergency trip to the bathroom. That was the only action taken at Kohls, this morning, because we had to skedaddle and get to Jo Ann’s for their earlybird sale that ended at noon. They had a pre-lit 7 1/2 ft. tree for only $29.98. Can you believe that? OMG, I can buy a new tree every year, at that price! I kinda do that, anyway, but that’s another story.

So we’re heading out there, and my cell phone rings — it’s my husband —we need to come back to the house because “the boys” need the boxes of tile still in the back of my van. So I have to run back home, and drop those off, and then head for Jo Ann’s. (Have you figured out how this one ends, yet)?

So I get to the shopping center where Jo Ann’s is supposed to be, and it’s not there…where the hell did Jo Ann’s go? Did it move? And here, I start to doubt myself…maybe this isn’t where Jo Ann’s is…I only come here once in a blue moon…What the hell?!

So I turn the car around and head in the opposite direction toward Old Time Pottery, and Toys R Us, two more on my list. I try to find Jo Ann’s using my GPS — I still have a few minutes left, dammit. Barbara (my GPS) says I’m going in the right direction, which baffles me, but I can make it if the traffic lights go my way, but no, suddenly we run into road construction issues, and the four way has to merge to a two way, slowing us down….tick tick tick….12:00 comes and goes. I have to give up on Jo Ann’s. It must have moved, by the way…no way was it there the last time I went!

Okay, the kiddo and I are hungry, so we stop at Steak and shake for some eats. It’s close to one in the afternoon, and so far, my Black Friday shopping has only produced two pit stops.

Old Time pottery was next. I didn’t even have to look too closely at their ad, because there’s always tons of good stuff, there.  Oh, by the way….Are we supposed to be boycotting China? Because if we are, I’m in big trouble. Pretty much everything there is made in China.

I find a 5′x8′  area rug that I think will go well in the living room, on sale for $28.00. You heard me, 28 bucks! Not bad. I also got a 7 1/2′ tree for $39.00, ten dollars more and not pre-lit, but oh well. I needed a fatter tree for the living room. The kids all thought the last one was too skinny. I bought a bunch of other Xmas related stuff, too, and a 15 piece knife set in a wood block, for $5.00. I didn’t even need it, but wow, five bucks!

My 12 year old wanted to go to the mall because the jacket she’s had her eyes on at Delia’s was on sale. We gave her money last week, to buy some items that she needed at the mall, and she came home without the jacket because she couldn’t afford the jacket and the shoes she picked out with the money we gave her. Now, she could afford the jacket.

We hit a few stores… I bought a couple of blouses for myself at Sears. My husband kept calling because he wanted to check in at the motel we’re staying at tonight, because our whole upstairs is freshly tiled, and can’t be walked on. So, we called it a day, and headed for home.

I didn’t buy any toys.

Life Imitates Art

Like a scene straight out of the famous HG Wells novel, The Time Machine, a man and his girlfriend were robbed at gunpoint in Central Park, just seconds after he proposed:

Jacunski got on one knee and popped the question to his girlfriend of six months, Mami Nagase, in a romantic spot at a gazebo in Central Park on Saturday night. She had just agreed to marry him when, they said, a gunman jumped from the bushes and yelled, “Give me your money and get on the ground!”

Here’s where it diverts from the story: Jacunski was able to slip the engagement ring off his girlfriend’s finger and hide it in his pocket, without the assailant noticing.

In the book/movie, the fight over the ring led to the doomed girlfriend getting shot. (Or was it stabbed)?

So the robber got away with some cash, and the couple had to spend the rest of the evening looking at mugshots instead of having a romantic dinner at a French restaurant.

It could have been much worse….she could have been shot dead, and he could have spent the next five years feverishly working on a time machine so he could go back in time and undo what happened, only to wind up 800,000 years in the future fighting Morelocks.

That was a close call for them.

H/T: Crime Scene KC


Bmac’s Dog Needs Your Help

Bmac’s pooch, Kramer, has cancer of the lymph nodes.

He was first diagnosed 2 1/2 years ago, and Mr. and Mrs. Bmac opted for the chemo treatments for $3,000. That bought Kramer an amazing 30 more months. But now, the cancer has come out of remission and he needs chemotherapy, again.

Mr. and Mrs. Bmac are tapped out at the moment. He’s running a new business, and although it’s not in the red, it’s not making the big bucks, yet either.

Be patient, bmac, we went through the same thing with my husband’s business, when it was first launched, and we had four kids and one on the way at the time. We had to live off savings for awhile, and sell some property. The business ended up being successful, and continues to grow.

Anyhoo, if anyone would like to help out The bmacs, he’s set up a page on Fundable.org for donations. The goal is $2,500. So far $650 has been secured. The deadline is 10/09.

Please help the bmac’s buy some more time with their beloved pet.

UPDATE (9/20):

The amount secured has jumped to $940.

Please consider donating a few bucks, if you haven’t already.

UPDATE (9/26):

The amount secured is now $1510.

$990 to go.

So Sad…

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Hat tip: Hubby, again

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