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how it's gonna be.
Hottest Discussion At Fox News
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.
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
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
$63,800,000,000,000. Your share is $668,621.
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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: 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
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
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."
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
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
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."
here . . .
A Payne In Obama's Myth
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
"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
here . . .
You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
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.
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
This is scary enough, but he told a Hollywood
audience this week that "you ain't seen nothin' yet."
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