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Obama – no tolerance of critical commentary
Barack Obama pretends to be big on town hall meetings. He performs at them quite regularly. Or appears to do so.
Ordinary Americans who tune in TV coverage of such events, should understand what they are really seeing. Those spectaculars are nothing more than carefully selected, thoroughly vetted, groups of people who are certain to applaud on cue, ask only carefully framed questions, and display a requisite amount of devotion to the president. They are not ordinary Americans displaying real sentiments or feelings. The White House dares not risk such.
These are audiences who get to watch Obama read his teleprompters. No small favor! Something to brag about to friends and relatives!
No wonder Obama and his minions were so shocked and offended when Republican Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina shouted “you lie” in the middle of an Obama performance before a joint session of Congress.
It turns out, Wilson was right. Obama knew at the time that his radical health scheme would be extended to illegal aliens…but Obama sure didn’t want to admit that fact, and he deeply resented having his hand called on the issue.
(Far more outrageous was the scene of Democrats attending a joint session, eagerly applauding and celebrating a spate of anti American insults spewed by President Calderon of Mexico.)
Obama is very thin skinned. That’s why he gets so outraged when people pick at his birth certificate, make fun of his “57 state” gaffe, or try to pin him down about his not realizing for after 20 years that his primary spiritual mentor and designated closest friend, Jeremiah Wright, was shouting anti American, racist, and anti Semitic rants and raves in his sermons.
Perhaps Obama was dozing. Maybe he never read any of Wright’s magazines heaping unmitigated praise on Louis Farrakhan and Obama. Perhaps he just looked at the pictures.
Obama has been shielded from negative questioning by what passes for the nation’s “Mainstream Media”, because that group long ago openly signed onto being a participating part of the Obama campaign.
Only Fox News, talk radio, and the Internet have provided critical or honest coverage of Obama. So several months ago, he attacked Fox News and has tried again and again to undercut them. Now he is asking Capitol Hill for a “Kill Switch” that would allow him to shut down the Internet for four months without needing Congressional concurrence,
Earlier, Obama Democrats huddled and conspired about resurrecting the “Fairness Doctrine” which would kill Talk Radio.
November cant come nearly soon enough.
Given the looming Fourth of July recess, and another recess during Labor Day, Obama and his dominating Democrat majority have a limited time in which to further their conspiracy before the mid term elections.
If, as is predicted, Democrats take a bath in November, expect a “Lame Duck” session crammed full of the sort of radical legislation and strong arm pressures seen during consideration of the “Stimulus” scam and Obamacare.
If the GOP can clog the machinery and keep the dangers at bay, if they DO win big in November, in February they will have a chance to roll back a lot of bad liberal legislation and begin repairing America itself.
Pray for November.
Bishop & Associates
The day’s top political news:
Finally!! US accepts international assistance for Gulf spill
The United States is accepting help from 12 countries and international organizations in dealing with the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.The State Department said in a statement Tuesday that the U.S. is working out the particulars of the help that's been accepted.
The identities of all 12 countries and international organizations were not immediately announced. One country was cited in the State Department statement -- Japan, which is providing two high-speed skimmers and fire containment boom.
More than 30 countries and international organizations have offered to help with the spill. The State Department hasn't indicated why some offers have been accepted and others have not.
Arizona, Texas Call for More Border TroopsState Officials Say Their Share of a Planned National Guard Deployment Isn't Enough to Curtail Illegal Immigration
Officials in Arizona and Texas are clamoring for more National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that their share of a planned new deployment won't be enough to make a dent in illegal immigration.
After a meeting Monday with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, officials with the Obama administration announced that Arizona would receive a sizable share of the 1,200 planned new troops, 524. That is more than double the number allocated to any of the other three border states, even though Arizona abuts only about 19% of the U.S.-Mexican border.
Texas and Arizona, both led by Republican governors, immediately complained about their allocations. "Obviously, that is not sufficient to secure the border," said Katherine Cesinger, a spokeswoman for Texas Gov. Rick Perry. "We're going to continue to urge the federal government to provide the resources we need."
President Obama juggles competing issues of immigration and climate
President Barack Obama hosted two groups of lawmakers at the White House Tuesday on a pair of legislative issues that have divided the Democratic Party and competed for his attention.
He met first with a bipartisan group of senators for talks on the way ahead on climate legislation, then sat down with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on immigration reform.
But even as he gives the appearance that he is pushing hard on both hot-button issues this year, strategists and aides on Capitol Hill are skeptical that the president can deliver on either one. That’s great news for America. Ordinary Americans can breath a bit easier.
Paying President's 'Price On Carbon'The supposedly kinder, gentler energy and climate bill that Sens. Joe Lieberman, left, and John Kerry are pushing is still seen as killing half a... View Enlarged Image
Energy Policy: The administration plans to use sleight-of-hand politics to sneak through an economy-killing tax on energy as necessary to save the Earth. Make no mistake: Cap-and-trade is a tax every American will pay in every aspect of his or her life.
Cap-and-trade is like Jason Voorhees of the "Friday the 13th" movie series. Just when you think you've killed it, it comes back.
Exposures of fraud in the climate science used to justify it seemed to doom its chances as the economy soured and prospective costs seemed prohibitive. Then the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico happened, and images of oil-covered pelicans filled our TV screens. It was, as White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has put it, a crisis too good to waste.
So President Obama made his first televised speech from the Oval Office, a forum usually devoted to matters of state and wars, to rail against fossil fuels, to say we needed to end our dependence on them and to push for comprehensive energy legislation such as the Waxman-Markey bill that passed the House of Representatives.
The president noted that "the House of Representatives acted on these principles by passing a strong and comprehensive energy and climate bill — a bill that finally makes clean energy the profitable kind of energy for America's businesses." It is a bill that would make us all pay, not just British Petroleum.
Obama knows he can't get Waxman-Markey through the Senate — not now, perhaps not ever. He even lost South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who was working with Democrat John Kerry and Independent Joe Lieberman on a supposed kinder and gentler bill. Recently, Graham told reporters he would vote against the climate bill he helped author.
"The science about global warming has changed," Graham said as he backed an energy bill by Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind. "I think they've oversold this stuff, quite frankly. I think they've been alarmist and the science is in question," Graham put it mildly.
As we and others have pointed out, climate change is more like a religion than a science, and its zealots do not give up. As the Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin reported recently, "Several sources familiar with the administration's thinking confirmed it has started pressing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to bring up a slimmed-down energy and climate bill next month (July)."
According to Eilperin, "Under this scenario, the final product of any House-Senate conference could come up for a final vote in a lame-duck session after lawmakers have faced voters in November, thereby cushioning the vote's political impact." Lame ducks would save oil-soaked ducks.
They would sneak through a watered-down "comprehensive" energy bill in reaction to the Gulf spill, and then in conference make sure the worst parts of Waxman-Markey are in there, including the cap-and-tax provisions on American energy. As with health care reform, we'll be told we have to pass the bill to see what's in it.
But we know what will be in it. Cap-and-trade seeks, as President Obama says is his desire, to put "a price on carbon." The government would sell or auction off emission credits based on a predetermined cap on the total amount of carbon emissions arbitrarily set for the U.S. economy.
Lower-polluting companies could then trade their excess credits to higher-polluting industries. The cap would gradually be lowered as companies are forced to be more energy-efficient, "green jobs" are created, and the earth is saved. At least that's the theory.
The practice is that the only thing that is capped is economic growth. The cost of these carbon credits amounts to a hidden tax that is passed on to consumers of energy and everything that energy is used to make or transport. Money that could be spent on creating jobs will be wasted trying to save the polar bear.
Cap-and-tax would impact almost every aspect of our lives, from higher gasoline prices to soaring utility bills, to restrictions and regulations related to the "energy efficiency" of our homes. It is a hidden tax on our freedom and our prosperity. It will limit our choices and our actions. It will reduce our supply of energy and thereby increase its costs, another hidden tax.
An analysis prepared by the Treasury Department and obtained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute through a Freedom of Information Act request put the total in new taxes at $100 billion to $200 billion a year.
The upper end of that range translates to a cost per American household of an extra $1,761 a year. Because personal income tax revenues bring in around $1.37 trillion a year, a $200 billion additional tax would be the equivalent of a 15% increase.
The FOIA'd document written by Judson Jaffe, who joined the Treasury Department's Office of Environment and Energy in January 2009, contains this odd line: "It will raise energy prices and impose annual costs on the order of XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX." The Treasury Department redacted the rest of the sentence with a thick black line. Why would it want to hide the true total cost?
According to the Center for Data Analysis at the Heritage Foundation, prices at the gas pump would leap 58%, and residential electricity costs would "necessarily skyrocket" 90%.
Total GDP loss by 2035 would be $9.4 trillion. Net job losses (after green job creation) could approach 2.5 million by 2035. Manufacturing loses about 1 million jobs in 2035.
On Wednesday, the Institute for Energy Research will release an analysis of the American Power Act, pushed by Kerry and Lieberman (sans Graham). IER says it will cut U.S. employment by roughly 522,000 jobs in 2015, rising to more than 5.1 million by 2050.
"Gross annual burden" imposed by the current Senate version of cap-and-trade is put at a paltry $125.9 billion a year or $1,042 per household, with costs disproportionately borne by low-income households.
According to IER, Kerry-Lieberman will redistribute roughly $12.3 billion per year from the bottom 80% of earners to the highest quintile. As the average age of each household rises, so does the economic burden imposed on it. Health care rationing and Kerry-Lieberman — a double whammy for seniors.
Whether through the front door, the back door or behind another closed Senate door, cap-and-trade will put a price not only on carbon, but also on freedom. The power to tax is the power to destroy, but it is also the power to control.
Obama Enlists Radical Groups, SEIU, Labor Unions to Push for Amnesty
Barack Obama just enlisted his radical leftist groups, the SEIU and labor unions to push for amnesty this year.
The AP reports:
President Barack Obama is enlisting activists and labor leaders in a push for comprehensive immigration legislation that will showcase Republican opposition and include a speech by the president.
The strategy was discussed during a meeting Monday by a range of prominent labor leaders and activist groups. Participants said Obama reiterated his support for immigration legislation but noted the political realities that have stalled it in Congress.
Latino leaders say they will work in coming months to pressure Republicans to give way and support an immigration bill — and make opponents pay at the ballot box if they don’t.
“We’re going to make absolutely crystal clear who’s at fault here,” said Eliseo Medina, a leader of the Service Employees International Union.
Prospects for passage of comprehensive immigration legislation look bleak this election year, and even many Democrats are wary of wading into the hot-button issue. But Obama, who pledged as a candidate to make immigration reform a top priority during his first year in office, faces pressure from the Hispanic community to act — or at least to try.
Barack Obama's Attention Deficit DisorderSelwyn Duke
While I'm no fan of the Attention Deficit Disorder diagnosis, I think it may be applicable to Barack Obama. After all, the man seems to suffer from a case of it that mainlining Ritalin wouldn't remedy.
Just consider Obama's relationship with Jeremiah Wright. Despite calling the prejudiced preacher a friend, mentor and uncle, despite sitting in Wrong's church for 20 years, despite being married and having his daughters baptized by him, Obama says he was completely unaware of the bigot's anti-American, anti-white, anti-Jewish, anti-Western and anti-Christian views. And, just so we can appreciate the severity of Obama's affliction, Wrong has quite conveniently provided a reminder of what those unforgettable views are. The scene was a five-day seminar at the Chicago Theological Seminary where, for a mere $1000 if taken for college credit and $300 if not, you could be enlightened by Wrong on matters of race, brotherhood and Zionism and kibitz with him during lunch breaks. Reporting on the wisdom he imparted, the New York Post wrote:
"You are not now, nor have you ever been, nor will you ever be a brother to white folk," he [Wrong] said. "And if you do not realize that, you are in serious trouble."
He cited the writings of Bill Jones -- author of the book "Is God a White Racist?" -- as proof that white people cannot be trusted. "Bill said, 'They just killed four of their own at Kent State. They'll step on you like a cockroach and keep on movin', cause you not a brother to them.' "
Wright referred to Italians as "Mamma Luigi" and "pizzeria." He said the educational system in America is designed by whites to miseducate blacks "not by benign neglect but by malignant intent."
Wrong also said, "We probably have more African-Americans who've been brainwashed than we have South Africans who've been brainwashed" and "All your commentaries are written by oppressors."
As for Wrong's oppression, whatever its nature, it's quite a pleasant one. A few months ago he relocated to a new, opulent, million-dollar home that boasts its own cul-de-sac and proximity to a golf course.
And then there is the oppression of mental deficiencies. What I mean is, since Wrong doesn't seem like a shy, retiring type who hides deeply held views from his inner circle, I can only conclude that Obama's ADD kicked in again. Obama never assimilated the aforementioned wisdom from his longtime pastor. He never heard Wrong bellow "The US of KKK-A!" or "G**d**n America!" Instead, Obama said about his friend, "Not once in my conversations with him have I heard him talk about any ethnic group in derogatory terms." "Heard?" Or is it more like "in one ear and out the other"? Whatever. Perhaps, when Wrong's lips were moving, Obama was thinking about golf or basketball or singing "The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round" in his mind while bobbing his head side-to-side.
Of course, we must show compassion for the handicapped, and this is another area where Wrong is found wanting. In an apparent reference to Obama, the "reverend" said that black leaders were guilty of "cuttin' and duckin'" at the mention of Louis Farrakhan's name. But can he be so sure? Maybe Obama never really "heard" anything Farrakhan said.
Given this deficiency, though, we have to wonder what, if anything, Obama has learned or is capable of learning. Will he come to understand that bowing to foreign leaders and apologizing to humanity for America's alleged sins (which, presumably, he has heard about) doesn't engender respect in this streetwise world? Can he figure out that if even thoroughly statist European leaders reject his global stimulus plan, spending your way to oblivion isn't prudent economics? Can he grasp that if an oil gusher was spewing oil into the ocean yesterday, and the hole hasn't been plugged, that it will spew oil into the ocean today? Can he learn that, if foreign companies with expertise in oil clean-up wish to help in the Gulf, it probably isn't a good idea to decline their services based on a protectionist 1920 law? Can he fathom that if our border was porous yesterday, and hasn't been sealed, that it will be porous today? Can he learn that illegal means illegal, that amnesty for criminals yields more criminality, and that when "undocumented" weapons of mass destruction come across our southern back door we'll end up with a very well-documented 9/11-squared? Can he learn -- anything -- or does the brain shut down with the teleprompter and start to alpha-theta-wave flatline?
So perhaps Obama isn't just our first "black" president but also our first ADD president. At least, that's what the idea that he could carry on a deep, 20-year relationship with Wrong and not know of the man's vile views -- and not share them to some degree -- suggests. Of course, there is another possibility:
Barack Obama is a liar.
Barack Obama is a radical, a demagogue and a clear and present danger to these United States.
Perhaps the Americans who voted for Obama need to consider that he not only is one of Wrong's fellow travelers (the title of Obama's second book, The Audacity of Hope, came from one of Wrong's sermons) but, just as damnably, only threw him under the bus when Wrong became a political liability; that Obama apologizes because he -- and his wife, who said that she never had been proud of America as an adult -- are consumed with the typical left-wing hatred of the U.S.; that he spends trillions we don't have because he's an out-of-touch fool or, worse still, wants to collapse the free-market system; that he instituted an unconstitutional health-care plan because the nationalization of healthcare is a tenet of communism; that he allows the Gulf's ecosystem to be damaged in deference to unions or, worse still, because he wants to provide impetus for his cap-and-tax scheme; and that he wants our nation flooded with unassimilable foreigners because he knows that such people, once naturalized, will vote for him and hi
s fellow leftists to the tune of 90 percent.
In 2008, Barack Obama (I'll clean this figure of speech up a bit) spit down Americans' backs and told them it was rainin', and 53 percent of us believed him. Many of us still do. But it's time to grow up and wise up -- because our time is almost up. That deluge of national destruction running down your back is not some unexplainable natural phenomenon. It is the effluent that naturally flows when you elect Marxists, malcontents and miscreants to office.
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