Mike Corthell

Mike Corthell
Editor & Publisher at Fryeburg Free Press MEDIA

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Ted Kennedy's liberal, wet dream is your nightmare

Dangerous idiots come in pairs.

''Power always thinks that it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all His laws.''

Following the Christmas Eve passage of the Senate Democrats’ health care reform bill, Harry Reid said, “This vote brings us one step closer to making Ted Kennedy’s dream a reality.” Many Americans would contrastingly characterize the potential passage and implementation of this legislation as more of a nightmare. But one thing on which both critics and supporters of ObamaCare may be able to agree is that invoking the name of the late senator from Massachusetts in connection with the passage of a piece of legislation as incompatible with free-market principles and notions of individual liberty as ObamaCare is altogether fitting and proper.
While campaigning against Kennedy in the
spring of 1980, then-President Jimmy Carter stated that “Senator Kennedy is well known as the largest spender perhaps in the history of the United States Senate.” Though Carter’s statement was made thirty years ago and nearly three decades prior to Kennedy’s death, it is hard to improve on it in describing Kennedy’s affinity for big government.
According to the National Taxpayers Union’s
BillTally, which tracks the amount of spending proposed by members of Congress via the bills they sponsor or cosponsor, no one serving for more than two years in the Senate from 2001 to 2008 proposed more spending than Ted Kennedy. During those dreaded “last eight years,” no senator was more willing to part with the generous — though involuntary — donations of American taxpayers to the U.S. Treasury than Kennedy.
According to BillTally, at least 1.9 trillion dollars would have been added to the federal deficit had all of the legislation that Kennedy sponsored or cosponsored during the Bush years passed.

More Satanic "Verbiage”

Left Turn: Liberal Whine and Cheesey Brain Cells

''The election of the first black U.S. president led to a slew of racially charged comments that were truly shocking, but that's only the tip of the right-wing iceberg.''

Outrageous comments are nothing new to the conservative media -- one might even call them a defining characteristic. The Most Outrageous Comment of the 2009 came when Fox News host Glenn Beck asserted that Obama is a "racist" who has "exposed himself as a guy" with "a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture," but right-wing media figures made plenty of other unhinged remarks throughout the year:

Savage: "One of the reasons America is suffering right now is because so many people who are gay have not had children. ... Some of the most wonderful genetic material is going to waste"
Hannity and "Great American" panelists fearmonger about Jennings "indoctrinating" children, "promoting homosexuality"
Limbaugh: "[W]e all know that Barney [Frank] patrols Uranus"
Quinn:"[T]the last time I checked, two guys doing the bone dance with Mr. Sphincter was not going to produce the next generation of children"
Robertson: Many "made homosexual because of a coach or a guidance counselor or some other male figure who has abused them"
O'Reilly again claims that if gay marriage was legalized, "you could have married a duck"
Pat Robertson suggests "ultimate conclusion" of legal same-sex marriage is legal polygamy, bestiality, child molestation, pedophilia

More Obama 'associates'

''Al-Mansour is no such person. Born "Donald Warden," al-Mansour is an anti-Semitic, anti-white whack job attorney who has claimed, among other things, that America is plotting a "second genocide" in order to "remove 15 million black people, considered disposable, of no relevance, value or benefit to the American society."

This past Saturday witnessed the passing of 89-year-old Percy Sutton, a former Manhattan Borough president and, in his day, the most powerful black politician in New York.
Although all the major media have reported his death, usually in some detail, none has made any mention of Sutton's most recent and inconvenient brush with the
news, what might profitably be called "Suttongate."
How Suttongate came to be spiked, when it had the potential to undo the Obama candidacy in September 2008, is a story worth relating.
The story begins on March 25, 2008, when Sutton was interviewed by Dominic Carter on his local NY1 TV show.
When asked about Obama, Sutton answered, "I was introduced to him by a friend." Sutton named the friend as "Dr. Khalid al-Mansour," whom he described as "the principal adviser to one of the world's richest men."
The rich man in question was Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal. More on him shortly.
As Sutton related, al-Mansour asked him in 1988 to "please write a letter in support of [Obama] ... a young man that has applied to Harvard."
Mansour reportedly knew that Sutton had friends at Harvard, and Sutton claims to have gladly written a letter in Obama's support.
There would be nothing terribly controversial about any of this were Mansour the kind of person a presidential candidate ought to pal around with.
Al-Mansour is no such person. Born "Donald Warden," al-Mansour is an anti-Semitic, anti-white whack job attorney who has claimed, among other things, that America is plotting a "second genocide" in order to "remove 15 million black people, considered disposable, of no relevance, value or benefit to the American society."
That much said, al-Mansour is influential beyond all good sense. He has sat on any number of
corporate boards, including the Saudi African Bank and Chicago-based LaGray Chemical Co., and in 1995 he organized a Clinton White House tribute to the president of Ghana along with the late Michael Jackson.
Although 88 years of age at the time of his NY1 interview, Sutton spoke clearly and lucidly about al-Mansour, and what he said made perfect sense.
When the interview surfaced on
YouTube in late August 2008, the major media did their level best to ignore it. The conservative blogosphere, however, pursued the story aggressively. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=120544

The vindication of George W. Bush

''Almost two years after we entered Iraq, Iranians, according to a 2004 BBC poll, preferred Bush (52 percent) over John Kerry (42 percent) in the U.S. presidential elections. When asked whether the U.S. should get out of the Middle East, only 20 percent of Iranians said yes.''

Did Saddam Hussein's fall and the formation of a fledging democracy in Iraq encourage and embolden regime-threatening dissent in Iran?
The anti-Iraq War crowd, many of whom suffer from Give-George-W.-Bush-No Credit-for-Anything Disease, says, "No, of course not." How dare anyone even suggest that the former president was correct, if not about the rightfulness of the war itself, then about his argument that a "free and peaceful" Iraq would provide a "dramatic and inspiring example" to the Middle East and the Muslim world. Good Lord!
The Iraq War-achieved-zero crowd begrudged Bush nothing even after the democratic Cedar Revolution in Lebanon. Never mind that Walid Jumblatt, a Lebanese Druze Muslim leader, said: "It's strange for me to say it, but this process of change has started because of the American invasion of Iraq. I was cynical about Iraq. But when I saw the Iraqi people voting (in 2005), 8 million of them, it was the start of a new Arab world."
As to Iran, the New York Times quoted a pundit-
blogger who, when protests began this past summer, wrote, "(N)o Iranian ... has mentioned Iraq as an inspiration for the demonstrations, nor has any leader of their opposition cited their Iraqi neighbors as a model or a source of guidance."
Meet Mohsen Kadivar. In May 2004, Time magazine profiled this Iranian intellectual in a flattering article called "The Critical Cleric – Reclaiming Islam for a New World." Newsweek called him a global leader "to watch in 2005." His criticism of the Iranian regime landed him in jail. He now teaches at Duke
University, and PBS' Charlie Rose interviewed him in July.
What does this cleric says about Iraq's possible influence on his native country? In February 2005, he said: "I think the Iraqis can make what we wanted to create but were unsuccessful: a real Islamic Republic. By that I mean a republic with Islamic values, democracy with Islamic values ... (where) the clergy has no special rights. If they have a good government with Islamic democracy and without any special or divine rights for the clergy, the Iranian government won't be able to justify its situation to the Iranian citizens."
Meet Mashallah Shamsolvaezin. In 2000, this Iranian journalist received an International Press Freedom Award but could not attend the formal dinner honoring him. Shamsolvaezin was then sitting in a Tehran prison for the crime of "insulting Islamic values." The authorities shut down several publications he edited. Just days ago, he and several other journalists were arrested in Iran.

Electronic mugging

''A young man named Nicolas Castro recently threatened one of Columbian President Uribe's sons on Facebook. He reportedly used Facebook "to access information about the Uribe family." This means he did precisely what countless mothers and fathers worry might be done with their Facebook information.''

"Program a map to display frequency of data exchange, every thousand megabytes a single pixel on a very large screen," wrote William Gibson. "Up your scale. Each pixel a million megabytes. At a hundred million megabytes per second, you begin to make out certain blocks in midtown Manhattan, outlines of hundred-year-old industrial parks. ..."
Gibson's "Neuromancer" is a groundbreaking work of fiction, the novel that arguably launched an entire genre known as "cyberpunk." The genre is in turn characterized by the blurring of mundane reality and cyberspace, the muddying of our real, flesh-and-blood lives with the complications of a world that can be neither seen nor heard – though it is only too greatly felt – except through the portal, across the veil, and with the aid of technology. A dystopian future that once might have seemed more fantasy than possible fact is now only too attainable. Crime has moved from the "meatspace" of the real world to the endless vistas of the virtual world's ether. The result is a liberation, of sorts, as criminals find ways both to commit and to facilitate crime from behind the screens of computers.
As San Francisco's
KCBS reported on Sunday, hackers grew more sophisticated in their virtual burglaries in the last year, stealing identities and appropriating bank and credit-card information with ever-greater skill. The popular social networking sites Facebook and Twitter were both attacked in 2009 – and the anti-virus experts at McAfee claim that sites like Facebook will become the "platforms of choice" for hackers and "cyber criminals" in 2010. Larry Magid at CNET reports that users of Adobe Systems (such as Adobe Flash and the omnipresent Adobe Reader) likely also will be targeted, and that the introduction of Google's "Chrome" browser provides yet another new window of vulnerability. (The report says that exploits targeting Adobe programs will "become the preferred targets for criminal hackers ... surpassing Microsoft Office applications.") McAfee's doomsaying goes on to predict smarter, more dangerous trojan viruses and malware like the "Koobface" virus that spreads among Facebook users' friends lists. An increase in "rogue Facebook applications" could make your social networking an exercise in computer virus propagation. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=120494

Muslims in the 21st Century: Need watching

“Before a lot more Americans are killed we must acquire the courage to tell the truth and to act on that truth,” said Gingrich. “We know our opponents are radical extremists of the irreconcilable wing of Islam. We know they have an ideology which is anti-female, desires to impose fundamentalist Sharia as a form of law, is hostile to other religions and is prepared to kill the innocent to achieve their goals. We know how to identify these enemies but our elites have refused to do so.”

''What Gingrich said, I echo. Fire Napolitano for being inept, incompetent and out of touch. She reminds me of a five foot woman that cannot swim, but she jumped into a 10 foot swimming pool with no lifeguards. She’s in over her head and she’s taking our whole country down with her. She proved herself an inept governor of Arizona and as a ‘political appointee’, her incompetence could get more of us killed.'' “In the Obama Administration, protecting the rights of terrorists has been more important than protecting the lives of Americans,” said Gingrich. “It is time to know more about would-be terrorists, to profile for terrorists and to actively discriminate based on suspicious terrorist information. The United States should track down the owners of every website that promotes terrorism and systematically root them out. It should be as dangerous to a person promoting terrorism as it is to execute an act of terrorism. The same should apply to the electronic communications of every known radical (and using these communications to track down every unknown radical).” http://www.newswithviews.com/Wooldridge/frosty531.htm

Silent: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

''...any passenger including the elderly and/or the infirm, who has a kidney or bladder problem should probably wear Depends or some other adult diaper because use of bathrooms is going to be more restrictive! No doubt Ms Napolitano will find some jazzy way of justifying the ruling about blankets on laps, perhaps calling these blankets, security blankets!''

The most commonsense measures that would require our government to do a more effective job of administering the program by which our government provides aliens with visas to enter the United States and make certain that credible information concerning terror suspects is transmitted quickly to appropriate personnel is still not being done.
What is particularly disturbing about all of this is the simple fact that the 9/11 Commission identified visa fraud and immigration benefit fraud as major areas of concern where the entry and embedding of terrorists in our country are involved, yet virtually nothing has been done to address these major holes in the fence that is supposed to keep those individuals out of our country who are determined to do us such harm!
Yesterday, Janet Napolitano had the chutzpah to make the assertion that the system had worked the way it should! She focused on the fact that after the terrorist attempted to destroy the airliner as it prepared to land in Detroit, that notification was sent to other airliners heading for the United States. The fact that the airliner landed safely and no one, other than the terrorist was injured was not attributable to the actions of our government's officials but rather to the whims of fate- the bomb failed to properly detonate!
It has been said that "Hope is not a strategy" I would add that "Dumb luck is not a success!"
The news has now reported that in order to combat future attempts of terrorists to destroy airliners as they prepare to land in the United States, passengers will not be allowed to get out of their seats for one hour prior to landing. Furthermore, passengers will not be allowed to keep blankets or articles of clothing on their laps for one hour prior to landing either.

The global vision of Barack Obama

''It is the experience of most of us that nothing happens by accident in politics and government and when something happens it was planned to happen.''

At the UN conference in September Barack Obama stated that the United States won’t solve the world’s problems and that we needed "…a new era of engagement with the world. Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges."
This speech stuck in my mind as familiar to other research I had done a couple of years ago. Then I remembered a very similar set of goals issued by the UN in what it called the Millennium Project or the Millennium Development Goals. I remember this because some friends and I, after hearing Candidate Obama speech on global poverty, discussed the need to focus on America before we can fix the world.
So I started looking up my data on the UN’s
Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and I started to wonder just whose agenda was being sought here, that of the ambitious young Senator or the global governance seeking UN.
Here is the MDG list taken directly from their website:
1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger2. Achieve universal primary education3. promote gender equality and empower women4. Reduce child mortality5. Improve maternal health6. Combat HIV/AIDS7. Ensure Environmental Sustainability8. Develop a global partnership for development.
Notice a striking similarity to the goals of the President. Now to be fair Obama ran on more than just these items but the odds of a coincidence that he would support as his platform to “fundamentally change America” with every goal of the MDG pales beyond the coincidental.
At the least this raises the question of whether this president is pushing his vision of America or the vision of the United Nations.

New Year's resolutions and the good fight

''I will no longer re-elect an incumbent who fails to keep his or her campaign promises. I will join with others to find someone to run against that incumbent in the next party primary election. I will not wait for the general election and then throw up my hands and say, "What's the use. There is no one worthy for whom I can cast a vote."''

I will never miss another election.
I will never vote for a candidate whose stand on the issues I do not know, nor will I vote to re-elect an incumbent whose record I do not know. I will simply leave the box beside that office blank.
I will never vote for a ballot proposition that I do not fully understand.
I will not beat up on myself for the votes I failed to cast. Instead, I will give myself a pat on the back for every intelligent vote I make.
I will begin now to prepare for the 2010 election by making a list of the issues that are important to me and my family.
I will find out how my elected representatives have voted on the moral issues, knowing that the ones who have voted right on those issues very likely voted right on the other issues as well.
I will find out how my elected representatives handled my money by checking their records with the National Taxpayers Union Foundation, Citizens Against Government Waste and similar groups.
I will not vote to re-elect anyone who backs measures that will increase our national debt. I must balance my budget, and I expect my representatives at the local, state and national levels to do the same.
It's not too late to rescue the nation! Read how in "Save America Now! The New Revolution to Save Freedom and Liberty"
I will put my elected representatives on notice that I will not vote for anyone who accepts pork-barrel projects no matter how much they benefit my state or town.

No greater evil

''Barack Obama is obviously a gifted man. He could have actually accomplished something meaningful with his life; instead, he has dedicated that life – from early on, mind you – to destroying the greatest nation, and people, that has ever come along. Can you think of a greater evil?''

I apologize ahead of time to those who are attentive to this space on a weekly basis; the process of addressing key topics I hold as vitally important in the coming months – but of which those coming across my columns for the first time may not be yet apprised – may convey the appearance of redundancy.
One of those topics is the deeply- and long-held Marxist philosophy on the part of our current president, Barack Hussein Obama.
The reason I consider this to be vitally important is because by the time Americans find themselves saying, "My God, what have we done?" – it will be far too late. At that juncture, mentioning God, even in private, may not be the most prudent move, either.
The dream of global communism did not die with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the fall of the Berlin Wall or The People's Republic of China adopting aspects of capitalism. As we now know, American communists have been quietly working, though in earnest, since the Bolsheviks gained power in Russia, toward a similar revolution in the United States. Despite a popular swing toward the right in America during the 1980s and mid 1990s, those factions have been in high gear since the civil-rights movement.
As of now, they are operating in the open; all that remains, truly, is for them to lay claim to the brand "communist."
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Listen to CAIR??

''CAIR has been so effective at pulling the wool over the eyes of the U.S. media that no press outlet – not CBS, ABC, NBC, the New York Times, CNN or Fox News – has even dared to report on the stunning disclosures of "Muslim Mafia."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is once again using a major Muslim terrorist attack in the U.S. to its own political and public-relations advantage.
The blood of 33 Americans was not even dry after the Fort Hood attack by Nidal Malik Hasan when CAIR was denouncing an imaginary anti-Muslim backlash that never materialized.
Now, following the attempted downing of Flight 253 over Detroit, CAIR is warning against ethnic profiling to prevent future such attacks against airliners.
While it might seem counterintuitive to conclude that Muslim terrorist attacks actually benefit the agenda of the group exposed from the inside out as a Muslim Brotherhood front group in
"Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Conspiring to Islamize America," it most definitely is not.
In fact, Islamic terror attacks inside the U.S. are the bread and butter of CAIR's existence. They quite literally put CAIR on the map.
The group known as CAIR was thrust into the national media spotlight after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. While it took CAIR more than a month to muster the grief to condemn the worst-ever foreign attack on American soil, the group was propelled to notoriety through a clever public-relations campaign that has continued to this day.
In fact, while CAIR continues to whine about the potential for anti-Muslim violence in the wake of this relentless war by Islamic jihadists, the violence remains very one-sided. In addition, its shrill warnings against profiling have helped to make it politically unpopular to consider the kind of common-sense profiling instituted by the Israeli airliner El Al to prevent skyjackings and bombings.

In the end, it's up to you and me

Janet go home...

''The government is like the drunk looking for his keys under a lamppost. Someone stops to help, and asks, "Is this where you lost them?" No, the drunk answers, but the light's better here.''

In response to a Nigerian Muslim trying to blow up a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day, the government will now prohibit international travelers from going to the bathroom in the last hour before the plane lands.
Terrorists who plan to bomb planes during the first seven hours of the eight-hour flight, however, should face no difficulties, provided they wait until after the complimentary beverage
service has been concluded.
How do they know Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab didn't wait until the end of the flight to try to detonate explosives because he heard the stewardess announce that the food service was over and seats would have to be placed in their upright position? I can't finish my snack? This plane is going down!
Also prohibited in the last hour of international flights will be: blankets, pillows,
computers and in-flight entertainment. Another triumph in Janet Napolitano's "Let's stay one step behind the terrorists" policy!
For the past eight years, approximately 2 million Americans a day have been subjected to humiliating searches at airport
security checkpoints, forced to remove their shoes and jackets, to open their computers, and to remove all liquids from their carry-on bags, except minuscule amounts in marked 3-ounce containers placed in Ziploc plastic bags – folding sandwich bags are verboten – among other indignities.
A jaw-dropping expose on the six-month undercover operation that revealed the true terror-supporting nature of CAIR: "Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Conspiring to Islamize America." It's also available in electronic form at reduced price through Scribd.
This, allegedly, was the price we had to pay for safe airplanes. The one security precaution the government refused to consider was to require extra screening for passengers who looked like the last three-dozen terrorists to attack airplanes.

What was the most covered-up story of 2009?

''WorldNetDaily was ridiculed for months by both the establishment press and even much of the "mainstream conservative" press for pursuing the story, but it eventually became "legitimate" when Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Lou Dobbs and increasing numbers of congressmen admitted publicly what polls say much of America has known privately all along: Barack Obama is hiding something, and investigating that is the responsibility of a free press.''
Overwhelming evidence Fort Hood mass murderer was an Islamic terrorist who considered himself part of a greater plan to bring the U.S. under Saudi-style Islamic law tops the list of the 10 most "spiked" or underreported stories of the last year, according to an annual WND survey.
At the end of each year,
news organizations typically present their retrospective replays of what they consider to have been the top news stories in the previous 12 months.
WND's editors, however, have long considered it far more newsworthy to publicize the most important unreported or underreported news events of the year – to highlight perhaps for one last time major news stories that were undeservedly "spiked" by the establishment press.
WND Editor and CEO Joseph Farah has sponsored "Operation Spike" every year since 1988, and since founding WorldNetDaily in May 1997, he has continued the annual tradition.
Stop the media's massive cover-up! Read "Taking America Back" and "Stop The Presses!" http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=120496

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Top 10 of Everything in 2009: All Lists

No tie, no service

Barack Obama on Tuesday said a "potential catastrophic breach" of security led to the Christmas Day attempted bombing on a Detroit-bound airplane. So why is this Stickroid president speaking to the world with no tie? Must be a breach of presidential dresscode. We mean business?? or No prob bro?

Obama and the Reaper

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord...

CAIR: A Terrorist Co-Conspirator

''Thanks to CAIR, the military along with everyone else in government is terrified of associating terrorism with Islam. No one dares utter the M word, lest they be sued for discrimination or branded an “anti-Muslim bigot” or “Islamophobe” by CAIR’s smear merchants.''

With the FBI cutting off ties to the Council on American-Islamic Relations and now subpoenaing some 12,000 internal CAIR documents under temporary restraining order as part of the bureau’s ongoing criminal investigation of CAIR, the terrorist front group is suddenly cooperating with the FBI — or at least making a show of it.
Suddenly CAIR, an unindicted terrorist co-conspirator, is acting like a good citizen. Suddenly it’s concerned about young Muslim-American men going on jihad. Suddenly it’s concerned about “certain” passages of the Quran inspiring jihadists.
It’s all too little, too late.
Thanks to CAIR, 42 brave American soldiers were gunned down by an Islamic nut in Texas. That’s right, thanks to CAIR.
How so? For starters, it was the intimidating and ruthless CAIR that almost single-handedly created a climate of fear of reporting any suspicious anti-American behavior on the part of Muslim soldiers like Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, accused of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.
The CAIR-induced mass silence led to mass murder.

Top 10 pro-life stories of 2009

''Oct. 6: Bryan, Texas, Planned Parenthood manager Abby Johnson submits her resignation, leading quickly to her conversation as pro-life activist and speaker. Johnson said it was seeing a baby aborted via ultrasound that primarily changed her mind, although being pressured to sell more abortions in these economic down times turned her away from the industry as well.''

Following are the top 10 stories of greatest impact to the pro-life movement in 2009, in both my opinion and the opinion of my blog readers. I'm listing them in chronological order, not necessarily in order of significance.
Jan. 20: Inauguration of President Barack Obama, quick to please those hoping pro-lifers were right to assert he was the most anti-life politician ever elected to our highest office, when …
Jan. 23: President Obama signs an executive order overturning the Mexico City Policy, thereby reauthorizing taxpayer funding of international groups promoting and/or committing abortion. Obama defenders rationalize that at least he waited until after the Jan. 22 anniversary of Roe v. Wade, demonstrating a non-provocative tone … toward born people, anyway.
May 15: Gallup releases a poll showing that for the first time since it began asking the question in 1995, a 51 percent majority of Americans consider themselves "pro-life" as opposed to 42 percent "pro-choice." Gallup credits Obama for the shift, in part: "It is possible that, through his abortion policies, Obama has pushed the public's understanding of what it means to be 'pro-choice' slightly to the left, politically. While Democrats may support that… it may be driving others in the opposite direction."
May 17: President Obama speaks at Notre Dame University's commencement and is bestowed an honorary doctorate degree. The magnitude of protest incited by university president Father John Jenkins' invitation surprises just about everyone. Protestant pro-lifers join Catholics in strident opposition that includes billboard signs, an "abortion plane" and busloads of protesters. Eighty-eight are arrested.
May 31: Late-term abortionist George Tiller murdered in his Wichita, Kan., church by schizophrenic Scott Roeder, marking the eighth murder of an abortion doctor or staffer throughout 36 years of legalized abortion, the first since 1998.

Modern-day lunacy on Capitol Hill

''For a president and congressman to shamelessly propose something like the Pre-existing Condition Patient Protection Act demonstrates just how far we've gone down the road to perdition. The most tragic thing is that most Americans have no idea that such an act violates every principle of insurance...''
Sen. John Rockefeller, D-W.Va., chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, and Rep. Joe Courtney D-Conn., a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, have introduced the Pre-existing Condition Patient Protection Act, which would eliminate pre-existing condition exclusions in all insurance markets. That's an Obama administration priority. I wonder whether President Obama and his congressional supporters would go a step further and protect not just patients but everyone against pre-existing condition exclusions by insurance companies. Let's look at the benefits of such a law.
A person might save quite a bit of money on fire insurance. He could wait until his
home is ablaze and then walk into Nationwide and say, "Sell me a fire insurance policy so I can have my house repaired." The Nationwide salesman says, "That's lunacy!" But the person replies, "Congress says you cannot deny me insurance because of a pre-existing condition." This mandate against insurance company discrimination would not only apply to home insurance but auto insurance and life insurance as well. Instead of a wife wasting money on costly life insurance premiums, she could spend that money on jewelry, cosmetics and massages and then wait until her husband kicked the bucket to buy life insurance on him.
Insurance companies don't stay in
business and prosper by being stupid. If Congress were to enact a law eliminating pre-existing condition exclusions, what might be expected? Say I'm a salesman for Nationwide and you demand that I write you an insurance policy for your house that has already gone up in flames. I send an appraiser out to your house to get an estimate how much money it would take to make you whole. Let's say it comes to $400,000. Guess how much I'm going to charge you for the policy? If you said somewhere in the neighborhood of $400,000, you'd be pretty close to the right answer. You might say, "Williams, you're right. Forcing fire and auto insurance companies to sell policies for a pre-existing fire or auto accident is bizarre and stupid, but it's different with health insurance." Yes, health insurance is different from fire and auto insurance, but the insurance principle remains the same. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=120412

Adopt the filibuster

The filibuster is sure taking its lumps these days. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman says "the Senate – and, therefore, the U.S. government as a whole – has become ominously dysfunctional." The Democrats won the White House and Congress last year and should have had no trouble passing the health-care overhaul, yet "the need for 60 votes to cut off Senate debate and end a filibuster – a requirement that appears nowhere in the Constitution, but is simply a self-imposed rule – turned what should have been a straightforward piece of legislating into a nail-biter. And it gave a handful of wavering senators extraordinary power to shape the bill."
Why is this "dysfunctional"? I assume Krugman would praise the filibuster if a President Palin and Republican Congress were ramming bills through. Regardless of what senators in the 19th century had in mind, the filibuster is a wonderful antidote to the tyranny of the majority. It's no argument against it to say that the statists' favorite piece of legislation didn't fly through smoothly enough. They'll have to come up with a better case than that.
There is no greater threat to individual freedom and autonomy than government. The threat from private freelance crime is small potatoes compared to the daily usurpations of the state, with its taxation, regulation, privilege-granting, inflation and war. Pierre-Joseph Proudhon's immortal passage has never been topped:
"To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be governed is to be at every operation, at every
transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place(d) under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored."
That just about covers it.
Is there such a thing as an ethical member of Congress? Find out in Sen. Tom Coburn's "Breach of Trust: How Washington Turns Outsiders into Insiders"
So I favor any procedural methods that can slow down government's legislative juggernaut. During the health-care debate, commentators often referred to the lawmaking process as sausage-making, a reference to this quote, usually misattributed to Otto von Bismarck but spoken by poet John Godfrey Saxe: "Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made."

How did America do in 2009..Dumbdummmm?

...and unwise, foolish and damaging
''Intelligence is not wisdom and does not suggest good judgment. Those who lack wisdom seldom realize this truth and almost always lack common sense. Perhaps they confuse “shrewd” or “educated” with “wise.”''This year of 2009 ends and 2010 begins. How did America do this year? I always like to write a year-end review. Since this has been a particularly dismal year economically and since this will be my last article for a few months, the following words are my way of saying “if you know this, you’ll know what to expect in 2010.”
“How did we do?” can best be answered by a multimedia presentation from the American Observer titled The Geography of a Recession. It takes less than two minutes to watch.
If you really want a factual overview of America as of November 2009, watch it.
No matter how many times he claims everything is George Bush’s fault, Barack Obama was President of the United States for all but a few days of 2009. The lack of economic recovery is his. It’s true that he inherited problems – just as Bush inherited a recession from Bill Clinton. I’m not a fan of the neo-conservative (liberal lite) Bush, but he did a far better job with a sagging economy than the present White House occupant.
It is apparent no one understands how impossible is the concept of using debt to get out of debt. And, in my opinion, much of what has happened constitutes fraud. Some call it treason.

In God's hands

''When we hear people reflect on what God is going to do based on their limited understanding, we should rather encourage them to ask God proactive questions like, “God what do you want me to do to be involved in your solution for this?"''
From time to time, I receive emails suggesting that God has rejected America, that the bloodshed of 50,000,000 innocent souls through abortion and the acts of immorality and abominations has come to its full and therefore, God has cast off our nation.
I disagree.
Until the angel of the Lord comes down and removes the faithful from the land, the mercy of God is still within our reach, and we should never, ever give up our hope because of our limited understanding. What is necessary is for us to expand our understanding of God so that we can expand our expectation of Him.
Can the grace and mercy of God be measured?
Can you know His deepest thoughts?
Can you fathom the width of His patience?
Has He told you of impending wrath to be poured upon America?
Are there signs for you to head to the hills and run?

A warning to teachers

''What's needed for our profession is a book Alinsky DID NOT WRITE: Rules for Radical American Patriotic Teachers. We need to break the silence, adopt a radical, non-union stance in order to save our youth. That is, assuming we care!''

We as teachers cannot afford to sit on the sidelines any longer. It cannot be business-as-usual as we seek to bring enlightenment to our over 100 charges each day, nonchalantly plowing through our benchmarks and state standards. There is something deeply disturbing about our profession, and the time has come to shed light on our role as the mentors of America's youth.Never before in my recollection has there been a youth so out of touch with America's values. This applies to the upscale "westside" schools as it does to the most challenging inner city environment. As I patrol the halls at times during our announcement and pledge-of-allegiance period, I see very few students or even teachers saluting to the flag. Why is this important? Why must our students visibly identify with their country? I bet you there are a whole bunch of teachers out there that have given up on presenting an unabashed view of patriotism and altruism. I sense that our destructive media and kowtowing boards of education prefer not to instigate the leftist media with any above-the-radar incidents that would bring scrutiny to their fiefdoms. What's happening across the land is basically that we teachers of America are losing our students. We are losing them to the Internet madness of pornography, the armies of organized gangs marauding through our cities and towns, the prolific drugs and stimulants that alter fragile, undeveloped minds, but most insidious of all, we're losing our youth to a national lethargy and political correctness that threatens to sap the collective fighting spirit of America, turning us into victims and setting our nation up for a home-grown fifth column, ripe for the picking of the leftist ideologues that abound on our campuses.For us teachers, it all starts in the credentialing programs. These are often run by pinheads that are burned-out, self imposed refugees from the classroom, putting on a facade of love of the profession, but in reality want to be left alone, stress free and student-free. If teaching is so wonderful, why are they out of the class? http://www.newswithviews.com/Shifren/nachum104.htm

Whistleblowers punished for warning of aviation security lapses

''Former TSA Red Team Leader Bogdan Dzakovic, one of the world's top experts on aviation security, was demoted to human answering machine after he testified at the 9/11 Commission's second hearing that safety issues were still not being addressed.''

They've been frantically trying to warn America for the past six years: Aviation security is a joke, and it's only a matter of time before terrorists destroy another airplane full of innocent passengers.
The close call in Detroit on Christmas Day has vindicated a group of highly experienced experts -- including former airline pilots, federal air marshals and Federal Aviation Administration inspectors -- who were fired or demoted for pointing out obvious flaws in the nation's post-9/11 aviation security system to their chain of command.
Even now, facing financial ruin after their careers were trashed and their families destroyed, courageous members of the Whistleblowing Airline Employees Association (
airline-whistleblowers.org) refuse to be silenced.
Former United B-777 Captain Dan Hanley was forced out of the cockpit after filing federally mandated complaints in 2003 about the lack of federal air marshals and onboard cabin cameras aboard his high-risk London-to-New York flights. Six years later, there was still no federal air marshal aboard Northwest Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit, even though both cities are well-known hotbeds of radical Islamic activity.
Robert MacLean, hand-picked as one of the first federal air marshals, was fired for publicly criticizing the Transportation Security Administration's plan to remove marshals from nonstop, long-distance flights -- in violation of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001 -- because the agency didn't want to pay their hotel bills.

PC Stupidity Makes Airport Security A Farce

''Does anyone honestly believe that making a show of frisking senior citizens, toddlers or military personnel keep us any safer or deter some jihadi ready to lose his life killing infidels for Allah?Some will accuse me of advocating for racial or ethic "profiling" at airports...Guilty as charged.''

In October of 2004, I learned first-hand just how serious our federal government is about defending us from terrorists who threaten airliners; it isn't. I was at Boston's Logan Airport, and had just checked in for my one-way flight to Baltimore where I would board a charter flight bound for Qatar. From there I was to take a military transport into Afghanistan where I would spend the next several months - I was an officer in the U.S. Air Force. My one-way ticket to BWI automatically triggered a call for additional screening at the security checkpoint. Dozens of other people breezed through the magnetometers and retrieved their checked and carry-on bags from the x-ray machines' conveyor belts as I, military orders in hand that denoted my 'top secret' security clearance, dutifully removed my jacket, boots and dogtags and watched as a TSA(Totally Stupid Asses?) agent who could barely speak English rifle through the big green bags containing my uniforms and other gear issued to me for the deployment. http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_165753.asp

When we fail to learn our lesson

''The last 10 years have taught us hard lessons. Lessons about what happens when airline security is so lax that Arab men enter airplanes with box cutters; what happens when immigration standards are so ridiculous that men with terrorist connections are left to wander around our country on expired visas; what happens when political correctness trumps obvious suspicions about radicalism.''

Ten years ago, on Dec. 24, 1999, a group of Pakistani men hijacked an Indian airbus, Flight IC-814. After forcing the plane to land in Afghanistan, the hijackers negotiated the release of three terrorists virtually unknown in the United States: Maulana Masood Azhar, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar.
And America slept.
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright testified before Congress that she was "concerned about the fact that groups … involved in the recent hijacking of Indian Airlines 814 operate in Pakistan." She went on to explain that "we have been concerned about Pakistan's support for the Taliban, who are, in turn, closely linked to Osama bin Laden." Yet the Clinton administration did nothing, continuing to treat Islamic terrorism as a law enforcement problem.
It didn't work.
The Clinton administration didn't bother to keep real tabs on the hijackers or terrorists released by the Indian government. This was massively unwise. The hijackers had ties to both al-Qaida and the Taliban, as well as to the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence, a terrorist facilitator. The Taliban ensured safe passage for the hijackers. And all three men released by the Indian government in the hostage standoff went on to directly harm the United States and its allies.
A jaw-dropping expose on the six-month undercover operation that revealed the true terror-supporting nature of CAIR: "Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Conspiring to Islamize America." It's also available in electronic form at reduced price through Scribd.
Azhar was the founder of Jaish-e-Muhammad, a murderous terrorist group responsible for the murder of journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002. Jaish-e-Mohammed was allegedly connected to the massively coordinated terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, murdering at least 173 people and wounding at least 308. Members of Jaish-e-Mohammed were arrested in the U.S. in 2009, while plotting to bomb a New York City synagogue and fire Stinger missiles at U.S. military airplanes.

It's time for this ideologically driven nitwit to go

''Janet Napolitano's bureaucracy literally rolled out the red carpet for this maniac. Her idea of "security" is making American citizens more miserable every time there is a terrorist attack. Her idea of "security" is demonizing and profiling "conservatives," returning military veterans and Christians. Her idea of "security" is making more rules and regulations determined terrorists can easily subvert.''

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano finally admitted the system she presides over failed miserably in preventing a known Muslim terrorist, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, to board NWA 253 and actually begin the detonation of a homemade bomb designed to kill nearly 300 on board the Detroit-bound flight on Christmas Day.
Earlier, she maintained "the system worked."
Keep in mind Napolitano directs a $50 billion agency funded with one main purpose – to prevent these kinds of terrorist attacks on the American homeland.
Let's diagnose the latest incident.
The terrorist was reported to the U.S. State Department as a potential threat by his own father. Yet, he was permitted to board a U.S.-bound airliner because his name did not appear on the no-fly list.
Once again, government proved it cannot be trusted to guard the American people.
Had alert passengers not subdued the attacker in this case, the airliner might have been destroyed.
So what is government doing about its failure?
It's making airline passengers more uncomfortable. In future flights, passengers will be forbidden in the last hour from having anything on their laps – books, blankets, sweaters, etc. They will also be banned from standing up.
In other words, the very thing that prevented a disaster on flight 253, passengers standing up and taking down the terrorist, would become illegal under the new rules.
Make sense?
It does in the wacky world of Janet Napolitano – a woman, you might remember, who was profiling "right-wing extremists," not Islamic terrorists, when she took over her position earlier this year.
No, whom do you think is a bigger threat to the lives and safety and civil rights of American citizens – a grandma with a sweater on her lap or Janet Napolitano?
It's time for this ideologically driven nitwit to go.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

My Darkest Prediction for 2010: Israel Bombs Iran

The world will go to the brink of World War 3 when Israel bombs Iran. China and Russia will confront the United States and warn them not to interfere with their retaliation against Israel. America backs down: World War 3 is likely averted. That may be good news but the really bad news is that World War 3 is only delayed by two years.

Janet Nappy lists a list

How about a list of guys who like to bomb airliners?

Left Turn: We’ll All Be Terrorists

''This corruption of our legal system, if history is any guide, will not be reserved by the state for suspected terrorists, or even Muslim Americans. In the coming turmoil and economic collapse, it will be used to silence all who are branded as disruptive or subversive. Hashmi endures what many others, who are not Muslim, will endure later. Radical activists in the environmental, globalization, anti-nuclear, sustainable agriculture and anarchist movements—who are already being placed by the state in special detention facilities with Muslims charged with terrorism—have discovered that his fate is their fate.''

Syed Fahad Hashmi can tell you about the dark heart of America. He knows that our First Amendment rights have become a joke, that habeas corpus no longer exists and that we torture, not only in black sites such as those at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan or at Guantánamo Bay, but also at the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Lower Manhattan. Hashmi is a U.S. citizen of Muslim descent imprisoned on two counts of providing and conspiring to provide material support and two counts of making and conspiring to make a contribution of goods or services to al-Qaida. As his case prepares for trial, his plight illustrates that the gravest threat we face is not from Islamic extremists, but the codification of draconian procedures that deny Americans basic civil liberties and due process. Hashmi would be a better person to tell you this, but he is not allowed to speak. http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/

Dear Dave Ramsey: Lowball offers?

Dear Dave,
My husband and I are looking at getting a second vehicle. We found one we like, and it's in great shape, but they're asking more than we can afford to pay. Do you have any suggestions on how to make a low offer without insulting someone?


Dear Angela,
This is a really good question, and I think you're smart to want to stay on the seller's good side. You want to be classy and diplomatic. Never point out the bad things about an item someone's selling just to drive down the price. You're liable to blow the whole deal right off the bat if you insult their merchandise or insinuate the price is unfair.
What if you try something like this? Tell them it's
a fine vehicle, and their price is fair, but the amount they're asking is outside your budget. Let them know that you want to work out a deal, and for it to fit into your lifestyle, you can only pay a certain amount. You might throw in that a lot of people are selling things right now because of the economy, and you're just looking for the best deal.
Who knows? Maybe that and letting them know you're standing there with
money in hand will help swing this thing in your favor!

Dave Ramsey is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and best-selling author. His life experience gives him an unusually deep perspective and insight into life and money matters.