The Supreme Court decided today in a 5-4 decision that the white firefighters in New Haven, CT were unfairly denied promotions based on their race, a decision endorsed by Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor as an appeals court judge.
The four liberal justices dissented in order to cover Sotomayor's ass, and Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Judiciary Committee (he'll be presiding over Sotomayor's confirmation hearings), is coming to the rescue as well. He said she should not be criticized for the unsigned appeals court decision (which he asserts she did not write) and added, "Judge Sotomayor and the lower court panel did what judges are supposed to do, they followed precedent." Reverse racism is precedent? That's pretty sad.
This isn't a case about equal opportunity employment. It's about equal opportunity result. No one was offered a promotion because the result would not have been 5 whites, 5 blacks, and 5 Hispanics.
The 1200-page legislation to curb greenhouse gas emissions barely passed in the House with a 219-212 vote. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi commented, "We passed transformational legislation, which will take us into the future." (But added that no amount of Botox could take her into the future as well.) Obama is now urging the Senate to follow suit. "My call to every senator, as well as to every American, is this: we cannot be afraid of the future. And we must not be prisoners of the past." Beautiful, Mr. President, beautiful. I wonder if any of them even read it? Oh wait, Harry Reid did. "The bill is not perfect, but it is a good product for the Senate."
Obama said the average American would have to pay the cost of a postage stamp per day. Hmm, 44 cents times 365 is $160.60. It's great to ask Americans to pay more taxes at a time when what they need to be doing is spending money (and something tells me it's going to cost more than Barry says it will, so that's probably a low estimate).
"It is paid for by the polluters who currently emit dangerous carbon emissions," Obama said. "It provides assistance to businesses and families as they make the gradual transition to clean energy technologies."
Ohhhh, those eeeeeevil, nasty polluters! People who take advantage of the fact that we live in the 21st century and have the luxury of electricity and cars and air conditioning and so on and so forth.
Just when I thought things couldn't get any more ridiculous in Washington, the Senate goes and unanimously approves a resolution apologizing for slavery. (Unanimously only because if someone voted against it, they would be asked to resign on the grounds of being a "racist.") Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said, "It is important to have a collective response to a collective injustice." Now I have a two things to say about that:
1) His use of the term "collective injustice" is, quite plainly, moronic. I did not own slaves; my parents did not own slaves; my grandparents did not own slaves; and my great-grandparents weren't even born here, so I'm pretty sure they didn't own any slaves either (heck, my ancestors further back could have been slaves themselves). I'm sure this goes for most Americans out there. 2) We already had a collective response to slavery - the Civil War. 360,000 Union soldiers died in that war - I think that's reparation enough. (Even though the Civil War was more about keeping the Union together than about slavery, the point is that, ultimately, the slaves were freed.)
Carol M. Swain, a professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University, called the Democratic-controlled Senate's resolution "meaningless" since the party and federal government are led by a black president and black voters are closely aligned with the Democratic party. "The Republican Party needed to do it," she said. "It would have shed that racist scab on the party."
1) Our black president is not even 100% black, AND his father was from Kenya. So I'm not really sure what his being black has to do with it. 2) Racist scab? I don't know any racist Republicans. Sure, there's some crazies still in the South, but there's also some crazies in the Democratic party. See: Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Bill Ayers...
Look, if the Senate is going to apologize for slavery, I want it to apologize for kicking out the American Indians (I loathe the term "Native American") - oh wait - it already did that by giving them free college. Ok, then I want it to apologize for other social "injustices" - Medicaid, Welfare, ABORTION, and every other stupid, vile, heinous resolution or law that it has ever passed.
While we're on the second Apology Tour, how about the South apologizes for Jim Crow laws, Germany apologizes for Hitler, Rome apologizes for Nero, Greece apoligizes for Alexander the Great, and God apologizes for Eve, mosquitos, and carbon dioxide.
Martin Luther King, Jr. did not spend his life fighting for equality (and eventually dying for it) so that we could have some elitist Senators apologize for slavery some 144 years after it was banned.
My point is, apologizing for slavery and saying that we should all be sorry for it is nauseating.
When we invaded Iraq in 2003, Saddam Hussein hadn't made any threats nearly as bad as as what Kim Jong Il might do. According to Japanese intelligence, North Korea may fire a long-range ballistic missile towards Hawaii sometime around Independence Day. Now, that alone should have caused President Obama to sit down at his desk in the Oval Office and make an announcement Americans, the world, and most importantly, to Kim Jong Il:
"Our good faith has not been returned. The North Korean* regime has used diplomacy as a ploy to gain time and advantage. It has uniformly defied Security Council resolutions demanding full disarmament...
The United States and other nations did nothing to deserve or invite this threat, but we will do everything to defeat it. Instead of drifting along toward tragedy, we will set a course toward safety.
All the decades of deceit and cruelty have now reached an end. Kim Jong Il* and his sons must leave North Korea* within 48 hours. Their refusal to do so will result in military conflict commenced at a time of our choosing.
Before the day of horror can come, before it is too late to act, this danger will be removed. The United States of America has the sovereign authority to use force in assuring its own national security. That duty falls to me as commander of chief by the oath I have sworn, by the oath I will keep.
The United Nations Security Council has not lived up to its responsibilities, so we will rise to ours.
As our coalition takes away their power, we will deliver the food and medicine you need. We will tear down the apparatus of terror and we will help you to build a new Iraq that is prosperous and free.
Yet the only way to reduce the harm and duration of war is to apply the full force and might of our military, and we are prepared to do so.
If Kim Jong Il* attempts to cling to power, he will remain a deadly foe until the end."
-Excerpts from President George Bush's March 17, 2003 address to the nation, with italics showing changes I made to suit today's conflict
Mr. Bush, I am grateful that you had the strength and honor to live up to your oath and protect the American people before it was too late. I can only hope and pray that President Obama will take the rightful course of action; not the easiest; not the one that will keep him popular; but the right course.
Two days ago, Leon Panetta stated that former vice president Dick Cheney is almost "wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point."
In October, vice president Joe Biden stated, "Mark my words: it will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy...Remember I said it standing here...we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy."
Hmm...it sounds to me like it's really Biden, not Cheney, who's wishing for an attack.
Heard on Hannity today that ABC will be delivering the news from the Blue Room in the White House on June 24th. What's on June 24th? A primetime special called "Prescription for America," a program which will cover the president and White House officals pushing for government-run health care. However, ABC will exclude opposing voices on the debate. That means millions of Americans will be fed information from only one side, therefore garnering support for the president's plan.
The RNC Chief of Staff Ken McKay wrote a complaint to the head of ABCNews and received the following response: "ABCNEWS alone will select those who will be in the audience asking questions of the president. Like any programs we broadcast, ABC News will have complete editorial control. To suggest otherwise is quite unfair to both our journalists and our audience."
The infamous imbecile is at it again, filming what he calls a documentary but what I call a load a b.s. The teaser trailer for "Save Our CEOs" aired in theaters this weekend, asking audience members to take money from their pockets and donate it to the major corporations who received bailouts. Mr. Moore failed to mention in his spiel that two of the corporations - Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan - have offered to pay back their share with some resistance from the government.
Moore's hypocrisy is deafening. Here he is, a multi-millionaire taking advantage of the capitalist system we have, yet is quoted as saying, "Capitalism is an evil system." Needless to say, I'll be missing this film. But unfortunately, you know the liberals will be going in droves, and I'll be hearing about how eeeeeeevil those CEOs are and how Moore is just oh-so-great.
After suffering an enormous amount of pressure from the Obama administration, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has suggested the creation of a limited Palestinian state. The conditions would be as follows: a Palestinian disarmament and the Palestinian recognition of Israel as the Jewish state.
Those are the best preconditions suggested to date. Those are the two key issues that need to be dealt with before the Palestinian state can be realized. I'm sure Netanyahu is doing this with some hesitation and is only doing it because if not, he risks losing the United States as an ally.
If Palestine cannot accept disarmament or recognize Israel, there can be no arguing that Palestine wants peace.
And in honor of Flag Day: If anyone, then, asks me the meaning of our flag, I say to him - it means just what Concord and Lexington meant; what Bunker Hill meant; which was, in short, the rising up of a valiant young people against an old tyranny to establish the most momentous doctrine that the world had ever known - the right of men to their own selves and to their liberties. ~Henry Ward Beecher That piece of red, white and blue bunting means five thousand years of struggle upwards. It is the full-grown flower of ages of fighting for liberty. It is the century plant of human hope in bloom. ~Alvin Owsley
You're the emblem of The land I love. The home of the free and the brave. ~George M. Cohan
When my mother's grandparents came to America from Poland, they couldn't have been happier to see the Polish Supermarket, road signs in Polish, and Americans who learned Polish in order to better communicate with them. Oh - wait. That didn't happen. My great-grandparents had to learn English and start brand new lives for themselves without the help of the U.S. government, along with the millions of other immigrants who came to America...legally.
Today, the first Supermercado de Wal*Mart opened in Phoenix in order to cater to the Spanish community, rather than the Spanish community learning to adapt to living in America. There have been times when I've picked up a product in a store and had to actually LOOK for the English.
In no way am I anti-immigration. I am, however, a strong opponent of illegal immigration, benefits for illegals, and adapting to immigrants (illegal and legal) rather than them adapting to us. This whole "let's build a store solely for one community" thing is a step in the wrong direction. Sure, it's great for Wal*Mart (hello profits), but is is great for our country as a whole? Things are being made way too easy for people. Why should a Mexican immigrant learn English when everything is available in his native language? (Para Espanol, oprima el 2.)
The opposition against assimilation has proven to be a problem for Europe and will prove a problem for us as well.
This is from an April 27th column in the Russian newspaper Pravda:
It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.
Yesterday, Obama claimed that 150,000 jobs have been "saved or created" (I've been wary of that phrase since the first time it was used). He's also bragging that unemployment has risen but not as much as it has in a long time. That's like a kid telling his mom that he had 6 tests in school with these grades: 100, 90, 80, 70, 60, and 58, and then bragging that that's the lowest drop from the previous grade yet. The point is, IT STILL DROPPED. But back to the "saved or created" b.s. No one -- not the Labor Department, not the Treasury, not the Bureau of Labor Statistics -- actually measures "jobs saved." So it's very easy for the Obamanation to make up this number and not have it disputed because there's no way to prove it wrong, especially since the media has fallen for it and is selling it.
From the Telegraph:
Left-wing incumbents in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Poland, Denmark, and of course Britain were either slaughtered, or badly mauled [while] Right-wing incumbents in France (Sarkozy) and Italy (Berlusconi) survived the European elections unscathed.
Europe is finally realizing the error of its ways and jumping on the capitalism bandwagon, but somehow we're going down the path that led them to disaster in the first place? Really?
Bill O'Reilly is being blamed for Dr. George Tiller's murder. We heard this kind of bull after the shootings in Binghamton and elsewhere; that time, it was Glenn Beck's fault. Maybe I'm crazy, but when I hear about a murder, the first thing I do is think to blame the actual killer.
The Left has legitimately lost it. They just can't handle the excitement of a black president, a white vice president, and a Hispanic nominee for SC Justice (which is a stunning picture of diversity, I might add). Okay, all kidding aside, what I think is going on here is that the Left has developed such empathy for criminals that they are unable to blame the criminals themselves for their actions. The blame is always shifted from the criminal to whoever can be held responsible for "inciting" the criminal to commit a crime. In the Binghamton shooting, right-wing second amendment defenders were blamed for Jiverly Voong's rampage. The Bush Administration is being blamed for rising numbers of jihad recruits. Gang members and drug dealers are given a pass because they grew up in a poor environment. In the case of Dr. Tiller's death, Bill O'Reilly is being blamed for somehow inciting the gunman to kill Tiller.
The shifting blame game is going to become increasingly popular.