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In Case You Missed It

Posted by Godefroi on June 2, 2010

Big news in Kenya last week.

Our beloved Dear Leader now has even more respectable roots than before, since this happened.

DOC!

Granny O Gets Honored

Having just returned from there, I can assure all Americans that everyone in Kenya is VERY proud of her favorite son, so much so that the Universities bestow honorary doctorates just for being his ancestor!

Wow…..

Oh, and I do mean EVERYONE.  I really don’t understand why all the Kenyans in Kisumu (incidentally, where Obama’s forebears were born) would be think that he was born in Kenya, -including, may I add, Mama Sarah shown above – when actually it was in Hawaii.  🙂

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A Founding Quote

Posted by Godefroi on April 15, 2010

Inspired by a post at Doctor Bulldog and Ronin, highlighting the idiocy of today’s Liberal (in the worst sense of the word) judiciary; and by my observations of Americans’ general and unfortunate ignorance of history, I bring you a Presidential Proclamation:

Whereas the Congress of the United States, by a joint resolution of the two Houses, have signified a request, that a day may be recommended, to be observed by the People of the United States, with religious solemnity, as a day of public Humiliation, and Prayer; and whereas such a recommendation will enable the several religious denominations and societies so disposed, to offer, at one and the same time, their common vows and adorations to Almighty God, on the solemn occasion produced by the war, in which he has been pleased to permit the injustice of a foreign power to involve these United States;

I do therefore recommend the third Thursday in August next, as a convenient day to be set apart for the devout purposes of rendering to the Sovereign of the Universe and the Benefactor of mankind, the public homage due to his holy attributes; of acknowledging the transgressions which might justly provoke the manifestations of His divine displeasures; of seeking His merciful forgiveness, His assistance in the great duties of repentance and amendment; and especially of offering fervent supplications, that in the present season of calamity and war, He would take the American People under his peculiar care and protection; that he would guide their public councils, animate their patriotism, and bestow His blessing on their arms; that He would inspire all nations with a love of justice and of concord, and with a reverence for the unerring precept of our holy religion [which religion do you think he had in mind…Secularism perhaps?], to do to others as they would require others to do to them [oh wait…which religion teaches that?]; and finally, that , turning the hearts of our enemies from the violence and injustice which sway their councils against us, He would hasten a restoration of the blessings of Peace.

Given at Washington the 9th day of July, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve.

James Madison.

Not only was it written by the Architect of the Constitution and the man who proposed the Bill of Rights (First Amendment anyone?), but was nearly coincident with the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Food for thought.

Big Thank-You to Wallbuilders for source material!

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What If?

Posted by Godefroi on April 6, 2010

Hypothetically speaking, what if those crazy “Christianists” took over the government of the Unites States. 

And again hypothetically, what if the new So-Far-Right-They’re-Behind-the-Sunrise Congress appropriated government money (that’s taxes, for any uninformed) and granted – say, $38 Million* – to build a new church somewhere? 

And what if, based on that success, they proceeded to grant a $30-Million-per-year-for-seven-years* boon to a Catholic Priest, SPECIFICALLY  to assist him in evangelizing, and threw in another $89 Million* to build a church?

And then what if, getting even crazier, the Congress started GRANTING LAND to religious institutions, again specifically for evangelism or church-building?

Yeah…what if Congress did all those things?  Those would all be violations of the First Amendment ‘Establishment Clause’ (wall of separation, and all that) right?

Just wondering.

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Pondering

Posted by Godefroi on March 21, 2010

Let’s say I have $20 in each of four pants pockets – Left Hip, light bill; Right Hip, water bill; Left Front, gas bill; Right Front, groceries.

Now, I’ve got my eye on a double-CD set of William Shatner’s Greatest Love Songs for the BARGAIN price of $20, but I can’t get it because all my money is already allocated.

Along comes my BFF and yours, Barry Gubmunt.  “Here…” he says.  “Here’s $20 for you, just one thingyou’re not allowed to spend it on Shatner!”

So I think about this a minute…and here’s what I’m going to do.  I’m going to take that cash from BG, and put $5 in each of my pants pockets, and at the same time, I’m going to take $5 from each of those pockets and put it in my Shirt pocket (“mad money” fund). 

Smiling, I walk down to the RecordPalooza and pick up my new treasure.

So…did Barry help me buy that CD, or not??? 

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On Democracy

Posted by Godefroi on March 18, 2010

From Merriam-Webster:

Function: noun

Inflected Form(s): plural de·moc·ra·cies
Etymology: Middle French democratie, from Late Latin democratia, from Greek dēmokratia, from dēmos + -kratia -cracy
And from Wikipedia:
Democracy is a political government carried out either directly by the people (direct democracy) or by means of elected representatives of the people (Representative democracy). The term is derived from the Greek: δημοκρατία – (dēmokratía) “rule of the people”,[1] which was coined from δῆμος (dêmos) “people” and κράτος (krátos) “power“…
“RULE OF [or “by”] THE PEOPLE”…”PEOPLE POWER”
Question of the day: Why is it that so many who are affiliated with, or have affinity for, the Democratic Party support Government’s “Rule OVER the People?”

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QOTD – How big is 1.9 trillion

Posted by Godefroi on February 5, 2010

An hour is a relatively short amount of time.  10 hours is a normal workday for me.  16 hours is a tiresomely long workday.  24 hours is, of course, a standard Day.  A week is comprised of 168 hours.  Average month is 720, and a year is 8766 (including the 1/4 day that we only count every so often).

The Obama-Pelose-Reid unholy triad just upped the Government’s borrowing limit by $1.9 Trillion dollars….the largest debt limit increase in U.S. history.

The tie-in is the QOTD, courtesy of the AP.

“1.9 trillion hours ago, or almost 220 million years ago, dinosaurs were just beginning to dominate the Earth.” 

Let me put that another way.  I’ll be 41 years old in just a few days…that means that I was born 359,406 hours ago (give or take).  Put that in TRILLIONS, we get 0.00000036 trillion hours.  If you’re 40-ish, think about how many HOURS you’ve lived…jeez, just think about how many hours you’ve wasted…and compare that to the QOTD.  Even if you’re not a math genius, that number is staggering. 

Looking at it another way, fmr President Bush and the attendant Congress spent money like a drunken sailor, a statement with which nearly everyone – Right and Left – would agree.  President Obama now wants to increase that by 270%, to an unprecedented level, in order to institute programs and policies which history has shown numerous times to be ineffective at best, lethal at worst.

So…at this point I’ve blathered such that I can’t recall my point of intent (I bet being up for 23 hours doesn’t help)…but what I want to say right now is this:  Mr. President, PLEASE learn a history lesson, and STOP trying to spend us out of our current slowdown.  While you and Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Reid tend to characterize your collectively proposed profligacy as “investment’, both history and human nature should show you that these massive expenditures are as wise as setting all of that cash on fire.  Entitlements breed dependency which breeds need for more entitlements, ad infinitum.  Excesive taxation breeds evasion which breeds government’s need for higher taxation, again ad infinitum.  You’re so enamored with “sustainability”…how about we focus on a sustainable economy?  The path you’ve chosen to pursue leads only, and inexorably, to ruin.

What else is there to say, but God Help Us All.

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Stupid Obama Advisor of the Day

Posted by Godefroi on October 9, 2009

President Barack Obama’s adviser on Muslim affairs [excuse me, why do we have one of these?], Dalia Mogahed said on the Islam Channel [the what?!?] program Muslimah Dilemma earlier this week:

even many Muslims associated Sharia with “maximum criminal punishments” and “laws that… to many people seem unequal to women,” but added: “Part of the reason that there is this perception of Sharia is because Sharia is not well understood and Islam as a faith is not well understood.”

Let me boil that down.  Many Muslims have a negative opinion of Sharia because they don’t understand Sharia and Islam.  Got that?  Many Muslims don’t understand Islam.

That’s fantastic advice for her to pass on to Mr. Obama.  I hope he includes that tidbit in his next pandering speech to “the Muslim world”.

Oh yeah – full article at Daily Telegraph.

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Meaningless

Posted by Godefroi on October 9, 2009

A once-respected award for humanitarianism has now lost all meaning.

Nobel Peace Prize Is Awarded to President Obama

Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” the Nobel Committee said.

Three former U.S. Presidents have won the Nobel Peace Prize.  Jimmy Carter won this prize after more than a decade of international activism, misguided though it may have been.  Woodrow Wilson for creating the League of Nations (at least he had an accomplishment).  Teddy Roosevelt after he negotiated the end of the Russo-Japanese War (again, something actually accomplished).

One has to wonder if Jagland’s affiliation with Social Democrats had any bearing on this.  Hmmm.

What has Obama actually DONE to win this prize?

“The Nobel Committee has in particular looked at Obama’s vision and work toward a world without atomic weapons,” Thorbjoern Jagland, chairman of the five-member Nobel committee said in an interview broadcast on Norway’s TV2 today. “Obama has as president created a new climate in international politics.”

In short, he’s done NOTHING.  He’s made a few speeches – WOW – which as of yet have accomplished nothing.  Even the nuclear arsenal over which he has command is still undiminished. 

And the vaunted “vision and work” and “extraordinary efforts”?  It’s all occurred since he took office less than 9 months ago.

Pitiful.  Pathetic.  Worthless.  Meaningless.

Update: K. Carpenter shows us how far back this actually goes.  Not only was Obama nominated LESS THAN TWO WEEKS into office, but the nomination invitations were sent out way back in September of 2008.  Good Grief!

Update 2: Jim Geraghty weighs in

Let Me Be Clear: We Must Credit Obama For His Accomplishments

There are no longer any U.S. forces in Iraq; the war there is over.

Afghanistan is finally stabilized, with the populace reassured and President Karzai’s public trust reinvigorated by free and fair elections.

Israelis and Palestinians are finally working together to build a lasting peace.

Through our forthright and clear denunciation of brutality, the Iranian protesters have had their fraudulent election canceled and true democracy is celebrated by every young man and young woman in the streets of Tehran.

The Guantanamo Bay prison is closed.

Through our diplomatic nudging, China has made great strides in its treatment of dissent, and the Dalai Lama is recognized by every world leader as a great man of wisdom.

Eastern Europeans in places like Poland and the Czech Republic sleep easily, no longer worried about the nefarious ambitions of the Russian bear.

A crisis in Honduras has been averted through the measured, deliberate effort of the administration.

No one in Asia worries about North Korean missiles any longer.

Pakistan is stabilized, and their citizens are reaching out to India in places like Mumbai.

In Egypt, after Obama’s speech, the government has never spent more time paying attention to dissenters like the Muslim Brotherhood.

Finally, the potential chaos from a global recession has been averted, as the U.S. economy has come roaring back to lead the world to new prosperity.

Come on, folks. With a record like that, Obama was a shoo-in.

Heh!

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The most anti-Israel president ever

Posted by Godefroi on September 24, 2009

Shamelessly stolen from Meryl Yourish at Hot Air’s Green Room.

Here’s the intro:

President Barack Obama didn’t just apologize for the Bush years in his speech to the UN yesterday. He delivered what is probably the most anti-Israel speech ever given by a sitting president.

Once again, he used the argument that there is some kind of moral equivalency between Israeli settlements and Palestinian incitement. If you dig just a little, you find that “incitement” includes the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to have a single map of Israel in its textbooks, its constant Jew-hatred in its official media, statements, and even sermons, its referrals to “Palestine from the river to the sea” (that would be where Israel is currently), and the utter refusal by the Obama administration to note that the PA reinforced its anti-Israel charter and also added more anti-Israel conspiracy theories, such as the one that Israel poisoned Yasser Arafat.

And an additional excerpt on which I MUST comment.

The time has come — the time has come to re-launch negotiations without preconditions that address the permanent status issues: security for Israelis and Palestinians, borders, refugees, and Jerusalem. And the goal is clear: Two states living side by side in peace and security — a Jewish state of Israel, with true security for all Israelis; and a viable, independent Palestinian state with contiguous territory that ends the occupation that began in 1967, and realizes the potential of the Palestinian people. (Applause.)

Comment: Hey Ob-Asshole, learn a little history.  Here’s the property description of the territory for the Jewish National Home that the entire League of Nations approved (after, of course, the creation of Arab Palestine – you know, that state for those stateless Palestinians that supposedly does not exist):

Briefly stated, the boundaries are as follows:
North. – From Ras en Naqura on the Mediterranean eastwards to a point west of Qadas, thence in a northerly direction to Metulla, thence east to a point west of Banias.
East. – From Banias in a southerly direction east of Lake Hula to Jisr Banat Ya’pub, thence along a line east of the Jordan and the Lake of Tiberias and on to El Hamme station on the Samakh-Deraa railway line, thence along the centre of the river Yarmuq to its confluence with the Jordan, thence along the centres of the Jordan, the Dead Sea and the Wadi Araba to a point on the Gulf of Aqaba two miles west of the town of Aqaba, thence along the shore of the Gulf of Aqaba to Ras Jaba.
South. – From Ras Jaba in a generally north-westerly direction to the junction of the Neki-Aqaba and Gaza Aqaba Roads, thence to a point west-north-west of Ain Maghara and thence to a point on the Mediterranean coast north-west of Rafa.
West. – The Mediterranean Sea.

Which means: it’s ALL ISRAEL…GAZE, JUDEA, SAMARIA, ALL OF IT…THEREFORE THERE IS NO OCCUPATION

Jackass

I’ll leave it to you to read the rest at Hot Air.

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Not a Chance

Posted by Godefroi on September 16, 2009

Of success, that is. 

An Israeli NGO that I had never heard of prior to today is threatening legal action in (or against?) the Obama administration for failure to live up to the treaties that established the borders of Israel (or rather, the borders of Jewish Palestine from the Mandate period).  Israel National News has the story.

(IsraelNN.com) Members of the non-governmental group (NGO) “Justice Now!” claim that U.S. President Barack Obama’s policy against Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria violates internationally recognized treaties, and they are threatening to take legal action.

Justice Now! reported it has gathered the evidence necessary to file a case in the United States against the U.S. government’s “continued violations of the treaties that recognize Israel’s rights to its internationally recognized legal borders, the prohibition against ceding any land belonging to the Jewish National Home, and supporting the right of Jewish settlement within those internationally recognized borders.”

Justice Now! aims to “educate the world” regarding the legal borders of the Jewish national home, which it says comprises all Israel, including all of Judea, Samaria, the Gaza Strip, the entire city of Jerusalem, and more.

These borders were recognized by the United States in a 1924 treaty with Great Britain, the group explains, and they are still guaranteed by that treaty. Furthermore, the U.S. Constitution calls a treaty the “Supreme Law of the Land” and the Courts have the power to force the federal executive branch (President, Secretary of State, etc.) to honor treaties. Justice Now! says it may seek a court ruling to compel the U.S. government to recognize Israel’s sovereignty through all of the borders expressed within the Balfour, San Remo, and Mandate documents.

Letter to Obama
Justice Now! says it intends to send a letter to the Obama administration urging it to respect Israel’s rights under international law to settle and build within all of the lands of the Jewish homeland.

Given what we’ve seen from this administration regarding Israel, I predict there is NO WAY IN HELL the group’s efforts will bear any fruit, even though they are right.

Justice Now! homepage here, if you’re interested.

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Strangeness

Posted by Godefroi on August 12, 2009

What in the world is going on with the U.S. Senate?  Are some of its members actually coming to their senses (full text of letter at the link)?

(IsraelNN.com) No fewer than 71 US Senators – including only six of the 13 Jewish ones – sent a letter to US President Barack Obama on Monday, asking him to press Arab states to recognize and normalize relations with Israel.

[…]

The 71 signatories included the Senate leaders and whips of both parties, namely, Senators Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.).

The letter states that Israel’s efforts toward peace are not being met with equal efforts by Arab states. A similar letter was sent by 226 House members of both parties last week to Saudi Arabia, calling on its leaders to deepen their commitment to peace with Israel.

[..]

Notably, only six of the Senate’s 13 Jewish members signed the letter: Barbara Boxer (D-Cal.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Joe Lieberman (I-Ct.), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

Too weird.

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We The People

Posted by Godefroi on August 6, 2009

I’ve discovered a new writer/blogger at Hot Air who goes by Doctor Zero.  He’s intelligent and articulate (no offense!), logical and incisive.  I highly recommend any who come here who do not frequent Hot Air to start doing so, and in particular look for Doctor Zero in the “Green Room

This is from a posting made today (links are to both Green Room and Main Page postings) which hits the nail squarely on the head about who the people really are who are against the crazy policies of the Obama administration and the “Progressive” shenanigans of this Demo-controlled congress (news flash – NOT what the DNC and MSM would have folks believe).

There seems to be a bit of confusion among Democrats about the nature of the opposition to their plans. Maybe I can help clear things up, by telling them a few things about us.

We’re not paid minions of any corporate interest or lobby. Most bloggers working to stop the Obama health-care disaster are like me, writing when they can find the time, because we care about the future of our country. The same is true of the people showing up at town hall meetings, and organizing rallies. Some of us are well-dressed in tailored suits. Others wear jeans and T-shirts. Most of us are dressed in what we wore to work.

Our support for a massive government program does not increase when you tell us we’re not allowed to ask questions about it.

We’re not racists. We’re also not racialists. We don’t think a wise Latina is inherently more qualified to do anything than a wise Asian woman, a wise white woman, or a wise white man. We’re tired of being fed excuses for high government offices staffed by anything but the best people for the job. There are too many high government offices, so we’d like some of Obama’s absurdly incompetent appointees to take their titles with them when they leave. We remember what it was like when we got rid of the Clinton mob, so we’ll be conducting inventories on the contents of those vacated offices, before we turn out the lights and pour cement in the locks.

We don’t like having to fight desperate battles to save our freedom and future from socialist politicians every ten or twenty years. We don’t like having our time wasted with trillion-dollar statist fantasies, when our government is already trillions of dollars in the red. We’re tired of checking the papers each day, to see which group of us has been targeted as enemies of the State. We’re growing impatient waiting for the Democrats to come up with ideas that don’t require their supporters to hate someone. We’ve had our fill of “progressives” who act as if we’re living in 1909, and none of their diseased policies have ever been tried before.

It seems that Obama wants to be Woodrow Wilson times FDR times Lyndon Johnson, and there are WAY too many members of Congress who appear to be looking for just that.  Calling out the patriotic opposition as lunatic enemies is an old trick, used by each of the former Presidents I just mentioned, and each of them also instituted programs that haunt us to this day.

Ignore that at your peril.  Vote out the incumbents.

But first read Doc Zero’s whole post, and all of the others he’s written.  Be informed!

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