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Hottest Discussion At Fox News Obama's elusive long-form birth certificate that would establish his eligibility to serve as president as a "natural born citizen" is the hottest discussion topic at the Fox News Channel's website.

Under the heading, "Should Obama release his birth certificate?  Or is this old news?,"  there were 1,332 comments at 4:17 PM, eastern -- all of them since Bret Baier reported on White House press secretary Robert Gibbels being questioned about the document a couple of days ago by WorldNewsDaily White House correspondent Les Kinsolving.

The rush of posts at the Fox News site makes it the "most talked about" issue, according to a ranking on the right side of the page.

One contributor to the page had this to say: "Not old news, just a burning question that needs an answer, and while your at it, get some of that other hidden, sealed information uncovered like, his passport to Indonesia, his college records, etc.  There are so many unanswered questions, and frankly you all dropped the ball before the election."
You Owe $668,621 The federal government owes $63,800,000,000,000.  Your share is $668,621.

Taxpayers are on the hook for an extra $55,000 a household to cover rising federal commitments made just in the past year for retirement benefits, the national debt and other government promises, a USA TODAY analysis shows.

The 12% rise in red ink in 2008 stems from an explosion of federal borrowing during the recession, plus an aging population driving up the costs of Medicare and Social Security.

That's the biggest leap in the long-term burden on taxpayers since a Medicare prescription drug benefit was added in 2003.

The latest increase raises federal obligations to a record $546,668 per household in 2008, according to the USA TODAY analysis.  That's quadruple what the average U.S. household owes for all mortgages, car loans, credit cards and other debt combined.

"We have a huge implicit mortgage on every household in America -- except, unlike a real mortgage, it's not backed up by a house," says David Walker, former U.S. comptroller general, the government's top auditor.

Once Obama's profligate spending is added to this bill, your share will be over $1,000,000.
Let The Brothers Go Obama's Justice Department is dropping charges against the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense and two of its members who were involved in voter intimidation on Election Day at a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania polling station.

A Justice spokesman said the department decided to take this action after winning an injunction earlier this month against a third member, Samir Shabazz, that prevents him from ever brandishing a weapon outside a polling place again as he was charged with doing last November.


BLACK PANTHERS at Polling Places in Philly

Shabazz was one of the three persons from the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, charged with voter intimidation last January in a lawsuit filed under the Voting Rights Act.  Shabazz will not face any jail time or a fine.

"Claims were dismissed against the other defendants based on a careful assessment of the facts and the law," DOJ spokesman Alejandro Miyar said in a statement.  "The Department is committed to the vigorous prosecution of those who intimidate, threaten or coerce anyone exercising his or her sacred right to vote."  giggle!

On Election Day, two men in uniforms stood outside the polling station with one of them holding a police-style baton weapon and saying he was providing security there.  Justice has alleged that person was Shabazz.

In January, Justice said in a criminal complaint that the chairman of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense confirmed its members were stationed at that location as part of a nationwide effort to deploy people at polling stations.

Combat boots, leather jackets, military-style berets and a billy club-- and notice how he's brandishing it -- no intimidation there.  I can just see little old white ladies deciding that Obama was going to win anyway, so why bother.



That's one scary-looking guy.  He would have given me a moments pause, swinging his police baton at the entrance to the polling station.  I'd have gotten the message. 

Obviously, Obama's Justice Department was just displaying some of the Obamamessiah's vaunted empathy -- "based on a careful assessment of the facts and the law" -- what a hoot! -- obviously, the biggest fact was the guy is a brother -- but Justice warned him not to do it again -- that's the ticket.

Obama and Holder would prefer to prosecute George Bush and Dick Cheney for war crimes. 

Obama has replaced Justice's blindfold with shades.

Update:  Justice Department political appointees overruled career lawyers and ended a civil complaint accusing three members of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense of wielding a nightstick and intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling place last Election Day, according to documents and interviews.

Career lawyers pursued the case for months, including obtaining an affidavit from a prominent 1960s civil rights activist who witnessed the confrontation and described it as "the most blatant form of voter intimidation" that he had seen, even during the voting rights crisis in Mississippi a half-century ago.

The lawyers also had ascertained that one of the three men had gained access to the polling place by securing a credential as a Democratic poll watcher, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The Washington Times.

The career Justice lawyers were on the verge of securing sanctions against the men earlier this month when their superiors ordered them to reverse course, according to interviews and documents.  The court had already entered a default judgment against the men on April 20.

Update:  Extcerpts from the affidavit of Bartle Bull, a civil rights attorney who served in the mid-60s as a lawyer with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Mississippi.  He worked closely with Charles Evers.

I served as an attorney poll observer at the polling place, 1221 Fairmount St, Philadelphia.  There I observed two men wearing Black Panther party insignia, black boots and berets.  They were positioned in front of the entrance to the polling place.

The shorter of the two men possessed a weapon in the form of a billy-club.  I watched the man with the weapon point it at individuals and slap it in his hand.

I watched the two men confront and intimidate voters.  They were positioned in a location that forced every voter to pass in close proximity to them.  The weapon was brandished in plain sight of voters.

I watched the two men interfere with the work of other poll observers whom the uniformed men believed did not share their preferences politically.

In my opinion, the men created an intimidating presence at the entrance to a poll.  In all of my experience in politics, in civil rights litigation...I have never encountered or heard of another instance where armed and uniformed men blocked the entrance to a polling location.  Their clear purpose was to intimidate voters.

I heard the shorter man (Shabazz) make a statement towards white poll observers that "you are about to be ruled by a black man, cracker."

Update: When confronted by Philadelphia Police, Black Panther Jerry Jackson stated that he was "an official watcher" -- meaning that he had been appointed by a party or candidate to observe the election at the polling location.  Only voters, election board workers, and watchers may enter a polling location.  The New Black Panther Party isnít an officially recognized political party in Philadelphia, so they couldnít appoint him.  So who gave this guy a credential?

We already reported here that Jackson is an elected member of the Philadelphia Democratic Committee.  And a document obtained from the Philadelphia Board of Elections confirms he was "representing the Democratic Party" at the polls in November.

Here is a copy of the watcher certificate he was issued and below is some of his "official" activity.

Definitely looks like a case of Respondeat Superior by the Democratic Party.
Burke and Obama The other day I sought a respite from current events by re-reading some of the writings of 18th century British statesman Edmund Burke.  But it was not nearly as big an escape as I had thought it would be.

When Burke wrote of his apprehension about "new power in new persons," I could not help think of the new powers that have been created by which a new President of the United States -- a man with zero experience in business -- can fire the head of General Motors and tell banks how to run their businesses.

Not only is Barack Obama new to the presidency, he is new to running any organization.  One of Burke's fears was that "we may place our confidence in the virtue of those who have never been tried."

Neither eloquence nor zeal was a substitute for experience, according to Burke.  He said, "eloquence may exist without a proportionate degree of wisdom."  As for zeal, Burke said: "It is no excuse for presumptuous ignorance that it is directed by insolent passion."

The Obama administration's going back and forth on the question whether American intelligence agents who forced information out of captured terrorist leaders will be subjected to legal jeopardy, even though they were told at the time that what they were doing was not only legal but a service to the nation, came to mind when reading Burke's warning about the dangers of continuing to change the rules and values by which people lived.

Burke asked how we could expect a sense of honor to exist when "no man could know what would be the test of honour in a nation, continually varying the standard of its coin?"

The current drive to take from "the rich" for the benefit of others came to mind when reading Burke's warning against creating a situation where "any one description of citizens should be brought to regard any of the others as their proper prey."

He also warned that "those who attempt to level, never equalise."  What they end up doing is concentrating power in their own hands -- and Burke saw such new powers as dangerous, even if they were used only sparingly at first.

He said, "the true danger is, when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients and by parts."  He also said: "It is by lying dormant a long time, or being at first very rarely exercised, that arbitrary power steals upon a people."

Thomas Sowell continues here . . .
Adversaries Slap Obama's Open Hand Obama's Inauguration Day promise to open his hand to hostile world leaders if they would "unclench their fist" has been met with belligerence from North Korea's Kim Jong-il and defiance from Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, testing the efficacy of Obama's emphasis on diplomacy.

Obama also has had to endure slights from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Cuba's Castro brothers, but outreach to those Latin American countries does appear to be yielding some early results.

Ideological opponents of the Obama administration see North Korea's escalating nuclear threat and Iran's vow to keep its nuclear program as vindications of their warnings that Obama would be a feckless and ineffective leader.

John R. Bolton, who served as President George W. Bush's ambassador to the United Nations, said Mr. Obama's inaugural remarks were the words of "a naive and inexperienced leader" and that Mr. Obama "did it again" after North Korea's test of a nuclear bomb Monday.

"He said North Korea will never gain international acceptance by pursuing nuclear weapons.  That is the paradigm of an American politician who thinks that acceptance is the highest earthly objective,"  Mr. Bolton said. "The North Koreans couldn't care less about acceptance.  They care about having nuclear weapons."

Continue reading here . . .
A Payne In Obama's Myth Charles Payne, Obama's great uncle offered some blunt language as to why his nephew is visiting the memorial at the former Buchenwald concentration camp next week during his trip to Europe and the Middle East.

"This is a trip that he chose, not because of me I'm sure, but for political reasons," Payne told the German magazine Spiegel.  "Perhaps his visit also has something to do with improving his standing with (German Chancellor) Angela Merkel.  She gave him a hard time during his campaign and also afterwards."

Payne, 84, is no stranger to Americans -- his WWII experiences were used by the Obama Campaign last year to burnish the candidateís all-American upbringing.  But Obama made a gaffe when he said his great uncle liberated Auschwitz.  In fact, Payne was part of the force that liberated Ohrdruf, a subcamp of the Buchenwald concentration camp, in April 1945.

Payne told Spiegel that he was shocked to see his war experience, especially his "liberation" of a concentration camp, used in campaign commercials.  He said he had never spoke with his nephew about the matter, nor did Obama ever express any interest in Payne's experience.

"I was quite surprised when the whole thing came up and Barack talked about my war experiences in Nazi Germany," Payne said.  "We had never talked about that before."

Payne doesnít know where Obama came up with the fictitious Auschwitz connection.

"He couldn't have gotten it from me since we had never talked about this particular episode in the war," said Payne.

Payne talks about his experience here . . .
You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet Wesley Pruden says Obama's legacy is coming sharply into focus, four years early.  He's out to transform "a nation of laws," once the pride of the Anglo-Saxon heritage and exemplar to the world, into "a nation of feelings."  We won't need judges, just social workers damp with empathy.

This is in line with the president's larger vision, to cut America down to a size a community organizer could manage, making it merely one of the nice nations of the world, like Belgium or Brazil.  The home of the brave and the land of the free would become what our English cousins call "wet," weak, ineffectual, fragile, fearful, and inconsequential.

Sonia Sotomayor is one of the building blocks of the president's envisioned Mediocre Society.  She's a perfect first nominee to the Supreme Court, "untouchable" for anyone tempted to look at who she really is, a lawyer of good grades -- she graduated summa cum laude from her university and even won the class spelling bee in elementary school -- but a judge with a modest record, confident of entitlement, and determined to help the president render America harmless, armed with good intentions but at the mercy of ravenous rivals.  We may one day look back at her as the best of the worst.

The president is the master of demographic politics, playing the race card in a way that no one else could.  Sotomayor was presented not first as a jurist distinguished by learning and accomplishment, but as a Latina, a woman of empathy and delicate sensibility.  He's counting on male gallantry, if not male timidity, to carry the day.  Robert Gibbels, the president's press agent, was an unapologetic intimidator, warning everyone to be "exceedingly careful" in talking about her.  Criticism of Sotomayor is to be regarded as proof of racism, sexism and maybe even fascism.  Criticize the little lady at your own risk.

The prospect is not that Republicans will be too tough, but not tough enough.  Sotomayor has a damning paper trail, and the Republicans have a responsibility to ask vigorous, even robust, questions.  Obama has the votes to prevail no matter how she answers the questions, but the nation is entitled to know who the president puts on the nation's highest court.

Obama himself leaves no one under any misunderstanding about how he intends to remake America.  "It is experience that can give a person a common touch of compassion," he said on introducing Sonia Sotomayor, "an understanding of how the world works and how ordinary people live.  And that is why it is a necessary ingredient in the kind of justice we need on the Supreme Court."  Not much there about the law and the Constitution.

This is scary enough, but he told a Hollywood audience this week that "you ain't seen nothin' yet."
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