Pitch-Perfect Palin

Pitch-Perfect Palin

By C.
Edmund Wright

Last night, Sarah Palin’s statement — and her
breaking news interview with Mark Levin — stressed some extremely important
ideas.  As such, her not running might well be among the least important topics
she touched on.  Yes, I know that’s the news that everybody was waiting for –
but what interested me most was what Palin said about her vision for America and
how she said it.  It was crafted very intentionally –and it was simply
pitch-perfect.

 

Palin spoke of ideas and priorities.  These were above
and beyond what particular position she — or anyone else — might play in our
arena of ideas.  That she’s still very much in the arena — and planning on
making a difference — is obvious.

 

In her written statement — and her immediate
follow-up interview with Levin — she made it clear what was important.  Saving
the country is all that matters, and the first step required for that task is to
totally reverse our current course.  Of course, that includes removal of the
current occupant in the White House.  Consider Palin’s first action
step:

 

We need to continue to actively and aggressively help
those who will stop the “fundamental transformation” of our nation and instead
seek the restoration of our greatness, our goodness and our constitutional
republic based on the rule of law.

 

Her message is transparent.  Obviously, fundamental
transformation refers to an idea of Barack Obama, and stopping this idea
requires defeating Obama.  If we don’t accomplish this, nothing else matters.
Stopping this fundamental transformation is more important than Palin’s
running…and more important than any particular person…and more important
than any particular issue.  Plugging the hole in the Titanic means
changing presidents, and if this is not accomplished, anything and everything
else is merely rearranging the deck chairs.

 

Thus — with apologies to the many on the internet
message boards who have been assuring us that she had a master plan to swoop in
with a whole new movement — Palin very directly asserted to Levin that a
third-party run (by her or anyone else) would merely guarantee the reelection of
Barack Obama.  This is a fate that must be avoided at all costs.  And by all
costs, Palin means all costs.

 

On this count, Palin’s choosing Levin’s show for her
initial interview post-announcement could not have been an accident.  Levin is a
classic Reagan conservative, and as such, he is an instinctively pro-Palin
figure.  Moreover, he is an “anybody but Obama” advocate, and while he will
likely criticize certain Republicans (like he did McCain in ’08) during the
primary process, he will be violently opposed to any third-party or independent
movement even if he’s not thrilled with the GOP choice.  Palin made it clear she
is of the same mind on that issue.  Read her lips: no third
party
.

 

As a note, this message was missed by some in the
pundit class — including A.B. Stoddard on last night’s Fox All Star Panel.
Stoddard confidently snarked that the use of the term “GOP nomination” in
Palin’s statement about not running was a clear signal that she intends to go
independent.  Sorry to disappoint, A.B.  You should have listened to the
tape.

 

What else struck me was Palin’s next order of
business: energy as the key to our free-market economy.  And by struck, I mean
profoundly pleased.  I totally agree with Palin’s emphasis:

 

I will continue driving the discussion for freedom and
free markets, including in the race for President where our candidates must
embrace immediate action toward energy independence through domestic resource
developments of conventional energy sources, along with
renewables.

 

What the former governor of an energy rich-state knows
is that without more reliable and less expensive energy, our free market economy
cannot reach its potential.  It just cannot happen.  She also knows that we
cannot have a nominee this time around as naïve on domestic energy as was John
McCain.  The energy emphasis was a profound statement and a perfect segue to the
more traditionally obvious Tea Party issues — which are, of course, still near
to Palin’s heart:

 

We must reduce tax burdens and onerous regulations
that kill American industry, and our candidates must always push to minimize
government to strengthen the economy and allow the private sector to create
jobs. Those will be our priorities so Americans can be confident that a smaller,
smarter government that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the
people can better serve this most exceptional
nation.

 

Obviously, many of the tax burdens and onerous
regulations that are killing our economy are part of Obamacare — not to mention
the NLRB’s attack on Boeing and the EPA’s attack on just about everybody.  These
bureaucracies are just part and parcel of a government ever-growing in its size,
scope, cost, and intrusion into our lives — and threatening to bankrupt us for
generations as well.

 

This message is not merely an “it’s the economy,
stupid” message, but instead a message that demonstrates what is important about
the secular role of government — even to devout Christians who bathe their
political decisions in prayer.  And what is important is that said government
stays limited and allows for maximum liberty.  The fundamental transformation
Palin opposes maximizes government and minimizes liberty.

 

If that fundamental transformation is not stopped,
America will cease to exist as the Founders envisioned it and as we have known
it.  That America, more than anything else, is an idea — a huge idea.  It’s
bigger than any issue.  It’s bigger than any person.  And Sarah Palin, unlike
many who denigrate her, has a mind great enough to understand that.  We all need
to.  Pitch-perfect, indeed.

 

The author has written
about Sarah Palin since before she was picked as VP nominee in
2008.

Opposition to Obama grows — strongly

Opposition to Obama grows — strongly

By and , Updated:
Wednesday, October 5, 3:20 AM

Four in 10 Americans “strongly” disapprove of how President Obama is
handling the job of president in the new
Washington Post-ABC News poll
, the highest that number has risen during his
time in office and a sign of the hardening opposition to him as he seeks a
second term.

New poll numbers suggest political opposition to President Obama is rising
and hardening. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES – Tags:
POLITICS)

While the topline numbers are troubling enough, dig
deeper into them and the news gets no better for Obama. Forty-three percent of
independents — a group the president spent the better part of the last year
courting — strongly disapprove of the job he is doing. Forty-seven percent of
people 65 years of age and older — reliable voters in any election — strongly
disapprove of how he is doing his job.

 

Strong opposition to Obama has grown markedly since the start of the
year.

In a mid-January Post-ABC survey, 28 percent strongly disapproved of the job
Obama was doing. With the exception of a poll in early May that followed hard on
the
killing of Osama bin Laden
, that number has steadily ticked upward,
as the year has worn on and the economy has remained sluggish (at best).

And even as his strong disapproval numbers have risen, Obama’s strong
approval numbers have gone into a mirror-image decline.

In January, 30 percent strongly approved of the job Obama was doing. In the
latest Post-ABC survey, that numbers is 21 percent and, as recently as early
August, it had dipped to 18 percent.

All of those numbers — and yes, we here at the Fix do love us some poll
numbers — point to a simple fact: The “anyone but Obama” crowd is getting larger
and more strident in its opinions, while the president’s base is growing less
and less strongly supportive of how he is doing his job.

To that point: 43 percent of self-identified Democrats said they “strongly”
approve of the job Obama is doing, while 74 percent of Republicans strongly
disapprove. That’s a 31-point disparity for you non-math majors out there.

The poll data provide empirical evidence for the recent switch in Obama’s
rhetoric from a focus on compromise (aimed at independents) to one that
accentuates the differences between his approach and the one advocated by
Republicans (aimed at Democrats).

The Post-ABC poll does suggest, however, that Obama’s jobs plan could well
help him repair relations with his party base. More than eight in 10 Democrats —
and 81 percent of liberals — support it.

A dispirited base coupled with a highly energized opposition isn’t an ideal
place for the president to be, but neither is it a political death sentence.
President George W. Bush found himself in a not-dissimilar situation in
2004 and managed to win re-election, using a scorched-earth approach designed to
disqualify Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry (D) in the eyes of voters.

The latest poll numbers affirm that the 2012 election will look a lot more
like that 2004 election than it will Obama’s 2008 victory. Put another way:
winning ugly may be the only way for the president to win next November.

Democrats hold on in West Virginia: For those who were watching
baseball rather than politics last night, you didn’t miss much.

Despite some consternation, Democrats held
on to win
the special election for governor of West Virginia, with Acting
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) taking 50 percent of the vote to Republican
Bill Maloney’s 47 percent.

The AP called the race shortly after 9 p.m. Eastern time — about 90 minutes
after polls closed — a very early call that made the result rather
anti-climactic for Republicans.

Democrats were quick to argue that the GOP’s efforts to nationalize the race
and make it about President Obama failed, but the GOP did
close the gap
in the final days and weeks of the campaign.

Cain’s path to victory: With some questioning whether
he’s in it to win it
, GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain laid out
his path to victory on Tuesday, and he appears to be trying to buy some
time.

The pizza magnate told
ABC News
that his goal is to finish in the top three in Iowa and New
Hampshire and, from there, win in South Carolina and Florida.

“We are not going to win every state, but we are going to win enough of the
critical ones in order to be able to get the delegates we need,” he said.

Early indications were that Cain could be a strong candidate in Iowa, but he
performed poorly in the straw poll in Ames and hasn’t been devoting the
requisite time to the state.

Meanwhile, he won a straw poll in Florida 10 days ago.

Of course, by emphasizing later states like South Carolina and Florida, Cain
could be trying to give himself more time to catch on. But we saw how well that
worked with Rudy Giuliani in 2008.

Conservative group boosts GOP incumbents: The conservative American
Action Network is launching a $1.6 million media campaign to prop up more than
four dozen Republican incumbents across the country.

The campaign, which features mail, print advertising and phone calls, accuses
Obama of trying to balance the budget by cutting Medicare and will benefit 43
House GOP incumbents and 11 Senate GOP incumbents from coast to coast. Samples
of the mail pieces can
be found here
.

Most of the Republicans receiving help are vulnerable to Democratic
challengers in 2012, but the media campaign will also benefit senators who were
just elected in 2010. It will also help Sens. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and
Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who have come under pressure from the right and
could face tough primaries next year.

Easy first debate for Warren: The first primary debate in the
Massachusetts Senate race did little to stymie Harvard Law Professor
Elizabeth Warren, who has quickly vaulted to the front of the Democratic
pack.

City Year co-founder Alan Khazei took a shot at the “Washington
establishment” deciding the nominee, and activist Robert Massie warned
against what he called a “rush to judgment” — both veiled shots at Warren. But
there was no direct confrontation among the six contenders hoping to defeat Sen.
Scott Brown (R). They agreed on almost everything.

Warren had the most to lose; the fact that there was essentially no news out
of this debate was good news for her.

Fixbits:

Not content to let Mitt Romney have all the fun, Jon Huntsman
will deliver
his own foreign policy speech
on Monday.

Cain says being
gay is a choice
.

Chris Christie joins Rick Santorum in offering something short of
criticism
of the name of Perry’s hunting camp.

Post media writer Erik Wemple with a great
breakdown of Christie’s news conference
. Definitely worth the read.

Utah state House and state Senate Republicans are struggling
to reach a deal
on a congressional redistricting map.

Former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson (R) files
for the state’s open Senate seat.

Ron Paul says killing al-Awlaki is
an impeachable offense
for Obama.

Rummy spars
with al Jazeera
.

Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory (R) says he won’t announce his
plans on running for governor until the
calendar hits 2012
.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) gives
a vote of confidence
to the judge overseeing the drawing of the state’s new
congressional districts.

Disapproval of Congress hits a
two-decade high
.

One quarter of congressional freshmen have
started
their own political action committees.

National Republican Senatorial Commitee Chairman John Cornyn (R-Texas)
and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) bury
the hatchet
.

The President of Contempt

The President of Contempt

To Barack Obama, America is lovable in proportion to the love it gives him in return.

  • By BRET STEPHENS

Nixon was tricky. Ford was clumsy. Carter was dour. Reagan was sunny. Bush 41 was prudent. Clinton felt your pain. Bush 43 was stubborn. And Barack Obama is . . .

Early in America’s acquaintance with the man who would become the 44th president, the word that typically sprang from media lips to describe him was “cool.”

Cool as a matter of fashion sense—”Who does he think he is, George Clooney?” burbled the blogger Wonkette in April 2008. Cool as a matter of political temperament—”Maybe after eight years of George W. Bush stubbornness, on the heels of eight years of Clinton emotiveness, we need to send out for ice,” approved USA Today’s Ruben Navarrette that October. Cool as a matter of upbringing—Indonesia, apparently, is “where Barack learned to be cool,” according to a family friend quoted in a biography of his mother.

The Obama cool made for a reassuring contrast with his campaign’s warm-and-fuzzy appeals to hope, change and being the ones we’ve been waiting for. But as the American writer Minna Antrim observed long ago, “between flattery and admiration there often flows a river of contempt.” When it comes to Mr. Obama, boy does it ever.

We caught flashes of the contempt during the campaign. There were those small-town Midwesterners who, as he put it at a San Francisco fund-raiser, “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who are not like them.” There were those racist Republicans who, as he put it at a Jacksonville fund-raiser, would campaign against him by asking, “Did I mention he’s black?” There was the “you’re likable enough, Hillary,” line during a New Hampshire debate. But these were unscripted digressions and could be written off as such.

Bloomberg

Only after Mr. Obama came to office did it start to become clear that contempt would be both a style and method of his  governance. Take the “mess we have inherited” line, which became the administration’s ring tone for its first two years.

“I have never seen anything like the mess we have inherited,” said the late Richard Holbrooke—a man with memories of what Nixon inherited in Vietnam from Johnson—about Afghanistan in February 2009. “We are cleaning up something that is—quite simply—a mess,” said the president the following month about Guantanamo. “Let’s face it, we inherited a mess,” said Valerie Jarrett about the economy in March 2010.

For presidential candidates to rail against incumbents from an opposing party is normal; for a president to rail for years against a predecessor of any party is crass—and something to which neither Reagan nor Lincoln, each of them inheritors of much bigger messes, stooped.

Then again, the contempt Mr. Obama felt for the Bush administration was merely of a piece with the broader ambit of his disdain. Examples? Here’s a quick list:

The gratuitous return of the Churchill bust to Britain. The slam of the Boston police officer who arrested Henry Louis Gates. The high-profile rebuke of the members of the Supreme Court at his 2010 State of the Union speech. The diplomatic snubs, petty as well as serious, of Gordon Brown, Benjamin Netanyahu and Nicolas Sarkozy. The verbal assaults on Wall Street “fat cats” who “caused the problem” of “10% unemployment.” The never-ending baiting of millionaires and billionaires and jet owners and everyone else who, as Black Entertainment Television’s Robert Johnson memorably put it on Sunday, “tried rich and tried poor and like rich better.”

Now we come to the last few days, in which Mr. Obama first admonished the Congressional Black Caucus to “stop complainin’, stop grumblin’, stop cryin’,” and later told a Florida TV station that America was losing its competitive edge because it “had gotten a little soft.” The first comment earned a rebuke from none other than Rep. Maxine Waters, while the second elicited instant comparisons to Jimmy Carter’s “malaise” speech. They tell us something about the president’s political IQ. They tell us more about his world view.

What is it that Mr. Obama doesn’t like about the United States—a country that sent him hurtling like an American Idol contestant from the obscurity of an Illinois Senate seat to the presidency in a mere four years?

I suspect it’s the same thing that so many run-of-the-mill liberals dislike: Americans typically believe that happiness is an individual pursuit; we bridle at other people setting limits on what’s “enough”; we enjoy wealth and want to keep as much of it as we can; we don’t like trading in our own freedom for someone else’s idea of virtue, much less a fabricated concept of the collective good.

When a good history of anti-Americanism is someday written, it will note that it’s mainly a story of disenchantment—of the obdurate and sometimes vulgar reality of the country falling short of the lover’s ideal. Listening to Mr. Obama, especially now as the country turns against him, one senses in him a similar disenchantment: America is lovable exactly in proportion to the love it gives him in return.

Hence his increasingly ill-concealed expressions of contempt. Hence the increasingly widespread counter-contempt.

Write to bstephens@wsj.com

Herman Cain is running for president….

He’s probably one of the       few who can actually do the job and  totally knows what he’s doing or       knows how to learn OTJ! (On The Job!)

Herman Cain is           running for president….
He’s  not a career politician (in           fact he has never held political office). He’s known as a pizza guy,           but there’s a lot more to him. He’s also a computer guy, a banker guy,           and a rocket scientist guy.

Here’s his bio:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.
  • Master’s degree in Computer Science.
  • Mathematician for the Navy, where he worked on missile             ballistics (making him a rocket scientist).
  • Computer systems analyst for Coca-Cola.
  • VP of Corporate Data Systems and Services for Pillsbury (this             is the top of the ladder in the computer world, being in charge of             information systems for a major           corporation).

All achieved before reaching the age of 35. Since he           reached the top of the information systems world, he changed           careers!

  • Business Manager. Took charge of Pillsbury’s 400 Burger King             restaurants in the Philadelphia area, which were the company’s             poorest performers in the country. Spent the first nine months             learning the business from the ground up, cooking hamburger and yes,             cleaning toilets. After three years he had turned them into the             company’s best performers.
  • Godfather’s Pizza CEO. Was asked by Pillsbury to take charge             of their Godfather’s Pizza chain (which was on the verge of             bankruptcy). He made it profitable in 14 months.
  • In 1988 he led a buyout of the Godfather’s Pizza chain from             Pillsbury. He was now the owner of a restaurant chain. Again he             reached the top of the ladder of another industry.
  • He was also chairman of the National Restaurant Association             during this time. This is a group that interacts with government on             behalf of the restaurant industry, and it gave him political             experience from the non-politician side.

Having reached the top of a second           industry, he changed careers again!

  • Adviser to the Federal Reserve System. Herman Cain went to             work for the Federal Reserve Banking System advising them on how             monetary policy changes would affect American businesses.
  • Chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank. He worked             his way up to the chairmanship of a regional Federal Reserve bank.             This is only one step below the chairmanship of the entire Federal             Reserve System (the top banking position in the country). This             position allowed him to see how monetary policy is made from the             inside, and understand the political forces that impact the monetary             system.

After           reaching the top of the banking industry, he changed careers for a           fourth time!

  • Writer and public speaker. He then started to write and speak             on leadership. His books             include Speak as a             Leader, CEO of             Self,Leadership is Common Sense,             and They Think You’re             Stupid.
  • Radio Host. Around 2007—after a remarkable 40 year career—he             started hosting a radio show on WSB in Atlanta (the largest talk             radio station in the country).

He did all this starting from rock bottom (his father           was a chauffeur and his mother was a maid). When you add up his           accomplishments in his life—including reaching the top of three           unrelated industries: information systems, business management, and           banking—

STACK THAT  UP AGAINST THE           ‘COMMUNITY ORGANIZER’….

Herman Cain may have the most impressive resume of           anyone that has run for the presidency in the last half           century.

Herman Cain and the Perfect Storm of 2012

Herman Cain and the Perfect Storm of 2012

By James
Lewis

In 2012 the world will see a perfect storm. This is
one of those few times in history when a year of crisis is
predictable.

Short-term outlook: big ups and
downs.

Long-term outlook: much better.

Why?

1. The Biggest Presidential Election of the 21st
Century:
Will
America pick socialism or freedom?

Uncertainty: max.  Outcomes: huge.

2. Iran
gets nukes and missiles.

What will they do with them?  Nobody knows.

Uncertainty: max.  Outcomes: huge.

Solution: massively accelerate missile
defenses.

Question: will missile defense be an election issue?
(If not, what are elections for?)

3. Saudis prepare for the end of the oil cartel.
OPEC’s demise can be predicted from huge
shale discoveries

around the world from Poland to Montana.  No oil spigot, no cartel.  If the
ecomaniacs manage to hobble U.S. shale development, we’ll get it from Poland and
Canada.  Not even the most radical ecofanatics can stop this development around
the world.  Just think what China will do.  The result: no Hugo Chávez with
Venezuelan oil, and a steep loss of income for Gulf Arabs.  They might even stop
all that hate propaganda against the Wicked West.  In 2012 the markets will
predict lower energy prices without strategic bottlenecks like the Persian
Gulf.

Uncertainty: minimal.  Outcomes: good for the rest of
us.

4. Dictatorships rise
in the Muslim world. 
The phony “Arab Spring” will pop like the bubble it
always was.  Muslim nations have always gone back to dictatorships after
turmoil.  The only question is: will it be a modernizing military dictatorship
or the radical Moos?  Or both?  Pakistan is run by an unstable mixture.  That
system is sometimes called “fascism.”

5. If
the US pulls out of Iraq
, the Iranians will attack and/or sabotage
the third-biggest country in the Middle East.

Uncertainty: max.  Outcomes:
terrible.

Prediction: Obama won’t pull out.

6. The
Eurosocialist stress test
.  Historic socialist budget crises in
Greece, Spain, Italy, and Ireland will pull down German, French, British, U.S.,
and worldwide government budgets.  U.N. funding may be at
risk.

Uncertainty: low.  Outcomes: bad at
first.

7. Federal and state budgets run
dry
ObamaCare gets major surgery, possibly
lethal.  Failure of the European socialist model will affect the United
States.

Uncertainty: moderate.  Outcomes: bad, then good.
(After a bubble, reality sets in.)

Welcome to 2012!  At least the predictable
parts.

So whom do you want to be president during the perfect
storm?

I mean real tornado-speed winds, worse than we’ve seen
since the fall of the Soviet Empire.

If you answered “Obama,” take a cold shower and try
again.  I think “Herman Cain” is more like it.  The reasons are obvious.  (If
they’re not, go here.)

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m in love with Sarah Palin,
personally, and I could go for Anybody But O.  My dream ticket is Cain/Palin or
Palin/Cain.  But both will be under pressure to pick a good foreign policy head
for veep.

How about Palin/Rummy?

That would be a kick.

Photos: Obama marched with New Black Panthers

Appeared with notorious racist group while campaigning in Selma,
Alabama


Posted: October 03, 2011
5:37 pm Eastern

By Aaron
Klein

© 2011 WND

 

 


Barack
Obama with New Black Panther leader Malik Zulu Shabazz and a uniformed member of
the New Black Panther Party at a march in Selma, Ala., in 2007
(BigGovernment.com)

Newly resurfaced
photographs show President Obama appearing and marching with members of the New
Black Panther Party as he campaigned for president in Selma, Ala., in March
2007. 

BigGovernment.com
posted the photographs
, reporting the images were captured from a Flickr
photo-sharing account before they were scrubbed.

The photos are reportedly featured in a book set to be released tomorrow by
J. Christian Adams, the Department of Justice whistleblower in the New Black
Panther Party, or NBPP, voter intimidation case.

The book is titled “Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama
Justice Department.”

Among the people visible in the pictures with Obama is NBPP Chairman Malik
Zulu Shabazz, a defendant in the voter intimidation case that Attorney General
Eric Holder dismissed in 2009.

Is
it any wonder the White House wouldn’t prosecute the New Black Panthers? Read
the newest Whistleblower issue, OBAMA’S DEPARTMENT OF INJUSTICE, and discover
the depths of Washington corruption!

Also present was the Panthers’ “Minister of War,” Najee Muhammed.

(Story continues below)

 

 

While the photos present new evidence of a possible relationship between
Obama and the controversial black extremist group, WND was first to report in
March 2008 that Obama met Shabazz.

 


Barack
Obama speaks from same podium as New Black Panther leader Malik Shabazz during
campaign event in Selma, Ala., in 2007 (BigGovernment.com)

 

Speaking to WND, Shabazz
boasted he met Obama when the politician attended the 42nd anniversary of the
voting rights marches in Selma in 2007.

“I have nothing but respect for Obama and for his pastor,” said Shabazz,
referring to Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s former pastor of nearly 20 years.

Shabazz said in 2008 that aside from promoting black rights, he also supports
Obama because he may take what he called a “less-biased” policy on the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“I have hopes he will change the U.S. government’s position toward the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, because our position has been unwarranted bias.
Time and time again the U.S. vetoed resolutions in the U.N. Security Council
condemning [Israeli] human rights violation. … I hope he shifts policy,”
Shabazz said.

But the extremist added he doesn’t believe Obama could change America’s
policy regarding Israel very much, since, he said, “other, powerful lobbies”
control U.S. foreign policy.

The NBPP is a controversial black extremist party whose leaders are notorious
for their racist statements and for leading anti-white activism.

Shabazz himself has given scores of speeches condemning “white men” and Jews.

The NBPP’s official platform states “white man has kept us deaf, dumb and
blind,” refers to the “white racist government of America,” demands black people
be exempt from military service and uses the word Jew repeatedly in quotation
marks.

Shabazz has led racially divisive protests and conferences, such as the 1998
Million Youth March in which a few thousand Harlem youths reportedly were called
upon to scuffle with police officers and speakers demanded the extermination of
whites in South Africa.

 


Malik Zulu
Shabazz

 

The NBPP chairman was quoted at a May 2007 protest against the 400-year
celebration of the settlement of Jamestown, Va., stating, “When the white man
came here, you should have left him to die.”

He claimed Jews engaged in an “African holocaust,” and he has promoted the
anti-Semitic urban legend that 4,000 Israelis fled the World Trade Center just
prior to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

When Shabazz was denied entry to Canada in 2008 while trying to speak at a
black-activist event, he blamed Jewish groups and claimed Canada “is run from
Israel.”

Canadian officials justified the action stating he has an “anti-Semitic” and
“anti-police” record, but some reports pointed to what was termed a minor
criminal history for the decision to deny him entry.

He similarly blamed Jews for then-New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani’s initial
decision, later rescinded, against granting a permit for the Million Youth
March.

The NBPP’s deceased chairman, Khallid Abdul Muhammad, a former Nation of
Islam leader who was once considered Louis Farrakhan’s most trusted adviser,
gave speeches referring to the “white man” as the “devil” and claiming that
“there is a little bit of Hitler in all white people.”

In a 1993 speech condemned by the U.S. Congress and Senate, Muhammad,
lionized on the NBPP site, referred to Jews as “bloodsuckers,” labeled the pope
a “no-good cracker” and advocated the murder of white South Africans who would
not leave the nation subsequent to a 24-hour warning.

All NBPP members must memorize the group’s rules, such as that no party
member “can have a weapon in his possession while drunk or loaded off narcotics
or weed,” and no member “will commit any crimes against other party members or
black people at all.”


Read more: Photos: Obama marched
with New Black Panthers
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Obama’s Analysts:Oops! We Put Muslim Radicals in Charge of Libya

Obama’s Analysts:Oops! We Put Muslim Radicals in Charge of Libya

Ben Johnson,The White House Watch

Even as the Obama administration celebrates the
killing of American-born
al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki and his
traitorous friend Samir Khan
in Yemen,its analysts are beginning to admit
their war by decree
in Libya
empowered Islamic extremists bent on exporting jihad
throughout the region. Thanks to Obama’s policies,al-Qaeda-linked radicals may
be pillaging Muammar Qaddafi’s stockpile of weapons and receiving shipments of
contraband from overseas.

In the closest thing to an admission Obama
administration figures lied us into war,Reuters reports:

During the half-year campaign by rebels to drive Muammar Gaddafi from
power,U.S. and NATO officials downplayed fears that al Qaeda or other militants
would infiltrate anti-Gaddafi forces or take advantage of disorder to establish
footholds in Libya.

Since then,however,the assessment of top experts inside the U.S. government
has sharpened.

Former CIA asset and Obama adviser Bruce Riedel summarizes,“There is a great
deal of concern that the jihadi cadre now are going to be exporting
their ideas and weapons toward the east and west.”

This author reported
the cause of their alarm a month ago. The National Transitional Council
(NTC),the body the United States now exclusively recognizes as the official
government of Libya,elected
Abdel Hakim Belhaj commander of the Tripoli Military Council in late August.
Belhaj is the co-founder of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG),which the
State Department designated a foreign
terrorist organization
in December
2004
. The New York Times relates
that LIFG members received “combat experience in Iraq or Afghanistan” —fighting
the United States. Belhaj,who met
Osama bin Laden twice
,now commands 8,000
troops
,Libya’s largest fighting force.

U.S. analysts,who covered up the links the “rebels”have to Islamic
fundamentalists,now worry Belhaj and his LIFG warriors have raided Qaddafi’s
arsenal,despoiling it of anti-aircraft weapons that could one day be turned
against U.S. or NATO planes.

The radicals may not need Qaddafi’s weapons,as other nations in the area are
reportedly replenishing their cache. Rebels in the city of Zintan intercepted a
cargo shipment to Belhaj from the nation of Qatar,which Belhaj insisted
contained food and milk. Those who opened it say it contained weapons. Taking
note of the interference Mohamed Benrasali,a leading figure in the Libyan
government,replied,“We are very sorry the Qataris have taken the decision to
support Belhaj’s brigade. This will backfire on our Qatari friends.”

Despite Benrasali’s tough talk,one suspects the fire will aimed in his
direction.

Qatar was influenced to support the rebels by Sheik Ali Salabi,a Libyan
Islamic scholar who lives in the monarchy….

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more
.

U.S. met with Egypt Islamists: U.S. diplomat (Muslim Brotherhood)

U.S. met with Egypt Islamists: U.S. diplomat (Muslim Brotherhood)

6:39am EDT

By Edmund Blair

CAIRO (Reuters) – U.S. officials have met members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party, a U.S. diplomat said, after Washington announced it would have direct contacts with Egypt’s biggest Islamist group whose role has grown since U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak was ousted.

Washington announced the plans in June, portraying such contacts as the continuation of an earlier policy. But analysts said it reflected a new approach to the way it dealt with a group which Mubarak banned from politics.

The Brotherhood is one of Egypt’s most popular and organized groups, with a broad grassroots network built up partly through social work even in Mubarak’s era.

The contacts may unsettle Israel and its U.S. backers. The Brotherhood renounced violence as a means to achieve political change in Egypt years ago. But groups like Hamas, which have not disavowed violence, look to the Brotherhood as a spiritual guide.

Under the previous policy, U.S. diplomats were allowed to deal with the Brotherhood’s members of parliament who had won seats as “independents” to skirt the official ban. This offered a diplomatic cover to keep lines of communication open.

“We have had direct contacts with senior officials of the Freedom and Justice party,” the senior diplomat told Reuters, referring to the Brotherhood’s party that was founded after politics opened up following the ouster of Mubarak.

The diplomat said U.S. officials did not make a distinction between members of the Brotherhood or its party. “We don’t have a policy that makes a distinction, that one or the other is off limits,” he said, without saying when the meetings took place.

The diplomat was responding to a question about whether any meetings had occurred, after Freedom Justice Party Chairman Mohamed Mursi told Egypt’s Al-Dostour newspaper last week that U.S. officials had not made contact since the policy shift.

Speaking to Reuters on Sunday, the party deputy head Essam el-Erian also denied any meetings had taken place with U.S. officials when asked about the diplomat’s comments.

It was not immediately clear why the two sides gave different accounts.

“HIGH-LEVEL” MEETINGS

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked in an interview broadcast on Saturday with Egypt’s Al-Hayat television whether Washington would be ready to work with a future government that included members of the Brotherhood.

“We will be willing to and open to working with a government that has representatives who are committed to non-violence, who are committed to human rights, who are committed to the democracy that I think was hoped for in Tahrir Square,” she replied, according to a U.S. transcript.

Under the former Egyptian president, the Brotherhood was banned and its members often detained. Mubarak often presented himself as the bulwark preventing Egypt’s slide into Islamist hands, an approach that analysts said help secure him backing from Washington and other Western powers wary that Egypt could turn into another Iran or Gaza.

The group took a backseat in the early part of the anti-Mubarak uprising, which was broadly led by youth groups who put national concerns above religion. But the Brotherhood and its party have taken a increasingly prominent role since.

The diplomat said the U.S. contacts had been with “high-level” members of the Brotherhood’s party but did not give names. From the U.S. side, he said the contacts were not at ambassadorial level but he did not give further details.

“We had occasionally had these contacts in the past … The difference is in the past we had seen parliamentarians,” he said.

Egypt’s parliament was dissolved after Mubarak’s fall. Fresh elections for the lower house are due to start in November, with a vote for the upper house early next year.

The Brotherhood is expected to perform well in the vote, although many analysts expect a fairly fragmented parliament with no single unified voice emerging.

The diplomat said contacts with the Brotherhood were part of an bid to understand Egypt better and explain U.S. policies.

“From our perspective it is important to be in touch with all of the emerging political forces here in Egypt, across the board, that are peaceful and committed to non-violence,” he said.

“It helps to understand Egypt and the way the political system is developing, and it helps us to deliver our message and get them to understand where we are coming from,” he added.

(Additional reporting by Tamim Elyan; Editing by Rosalind Russell)

Obama’s strange sense of humor

Obama’s strange sense of humor

Ed
Lasky

Believe it or not, Barack Obama is cracking jokes
about the horrific fires in Texas. I guesshe won’t be using Bill Clinton’s old
line, “I feel your pain,” when people complain about the terrible economy. How
presidential, how
empathetic
:

At a Silicon Valley fundraiser Sunday, the president
took a jab at Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, saying that he’s a
governor whose state is on fire, denying climate
change
.”

Aside from the fact that this is just a cheap
political shot at the expense of Americans who are suffering, it is just not
funny and weird. Furthermore, it is just un-presidential and grossly
insensitive.

Hasn’t Barack Obama talked about empathy quite a bit
over the years? He all but made that a qualification for choosing Supreme Court
Justice nominees. He has  talked about the need for being each others’
keepers.

Obama’s Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Obama’s Narcissistic Personality Disorder

By Ben Shapiro

3/2/2011

During the 2008 campaign, Hillary Clinton suggested that if the emergency phone rang at 3 a.m. in the White House, you wouldn’t want President Obama picking it up.

She was wrong. Obama wouldn’t pick it up in the first place. He’d let it go to answering machine. He’d be too busy chasing the nearest camera.

Obama is the “Girls Gone Wild” president: Stick a lens in front of him and he’ll take off his shirt, mince about like a coed, and babble nonsensical nothings to an audience oddly fascinated by his antics.

How else to explain Obama’s desperate injection of himself into the Oscars this past Sunday? Even as the Middle East goes up in flames, even as oil prices spike dramatically, even as the national debt skyrockets toward $19.6 trillion by 2015, Obama took time out to tackle a pressing question: What is his favorite movie song? Answer: “As Time Goes By,” from “Casablanca.” Feeling better about the world situation yet?

Obama had a busy week — at least in terms of pop culture. Thursday evening, Obama held yet another party at the White House, this time in honor of Motown music. Celebrity attendees included Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx, Smoky Robinson, John Legend, Seal, Sheryl Crow, Nick Jonas and Jordin Sparks. Jamie Foxx summed up the Obamas’ view of what it means to inhabit the “people’s house” in his rendition of Robinson’s “Get Ready”: “We won the election. White House, baby, so much fun!” Meanwhile, Muammar Qadafi shot people at will in the streets of Tripoli, and Americans struggled to pay their rent.

President Obama has become the Salahis of entertainment, cropping up in random places when he’s least wanted. We can’t escape him. He delayed the fifth game of the 2008 World Series, so he could broadcast a 30-minute infomercial for his campaign. He threw out the first pitch at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2009. He did a 10-minute interview with Katie Couric during the 2010 Super Bowl broadcast. In both 2009 and 2010, he did interviews with ESPN to tell the world about his NCAA tournament brackets. In 2010, Obama showed up on “American Idol.” As commander-in-chief, he’s hit “The View,” “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Show” and “Jersey Shore.” OK, he hasn’t hit “Jersey Shore” … yet.

In fact, Obama is worse than the Salahis — at least the Salahis don’t use tax dollars to subsidize their antics. Obama doesn’t just crash other parties — he spends hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to throw parties of his own. Not that Obama cares; as he put it, “This is a pretty big house so we get lonely. It’s hard for me to move around out there sometimes, so I got to bring the world to me.”

Poor baby.

Obama’s desperate need for attention is clearly a psychological condition. He drinks in applause like a washed-up movie star. It is usual for neglected children to develop narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), typically characterized by an inflated sense of self-importance, a strong sense of entitlement, preoccupations with utopian fantasies, elitism, manipulative tendencies and pathological need for praise.

President Obama was abandoned by his parents during childhood. Now he exhibits the textbook symptoms of NPD. He thinks his powers are godlike in import; “I have a gift, Harry,” Obama once told Sen. Harry Reid. He believes he is entitled to positions of power and prestige. He has never worked a real job in his life, yet deigns to tell the rest of us that he embodies our hopes and dreams. He is obsessed with nonsensical utopian fantasies of one-world peace and harmony in which nuclear weapons are beaten into plowshares.

Obama is an elitist through and through, disdaining ordinary Americans as “bitter [people who] cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them.” He is manipulative in the extreme, seeing every crisis as an opportunity to magnify his personal power.

Most dangerous, he requires a constant stream of paeans to his persona. Radical Muslims, socialists, anti-Semites — so long as they clap, they’re worthy of his warmth. Obama strongly resembles a once-abused puppy; he doesn’t care who pets him, so long as he receives the petting.

With one exception: Obama has no interest in the attention or praise of Americans who challenge his radical agenda. To make himself subject to their philosophy would force him to acknowledge a fundamental truth: His parents abandoned him because they were bad parents, not because America is a “downright mean” country. Obama has told himself for decades that America’s selfishness forced his parents to make him a social outcast. To acknowledge now that the system was largely good and his parents were largely bad would fracture his fragile ego.

So expect to see President Obama on the next telecast of the next big event. He can’t stay away from the cameras, and he certainly won’t leave behind the enthusiastic hurrahs of his supporters. Mr. De Mille, he’s ready for his close-up.

Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro is a regular guest on dozens of radio shows around the United States and Canada and author of Project President: Bad Hair and Botox on the Road to the White House.

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