Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Barack Obama Paid Your Mortgage Bill by John McCormack
November 3, 2008
One Obama fan explains her enthusiasm for The One: "I won't have to worry about putting gas in my car, I won't have worry about paying my mortgage. You know, if I help him he's going to help me."
That clip makes you wonder how many Obama supporters really think the world might look a little something like this at the end of an Obama administration:
Posted by Joyce Kavitsky at 1/21/2009 06:31:00 PM
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
16 Jan 2009 06:00 pm
Historian/Reagan aide Craig Shirley
Students at Washington Mill Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia received this flyer yesterday and were "encouraged" to wear red ribbons today to support Obama which were distributed at the school.
Needless to say, the school did nothing like this four or eight years ago.
My research assistant, Borko Komnenovic who grew up under communism in Yugoslavia, said this indoctrination was identical to the communist system there, only they had to wear red scarves to show their love for Marshal Tito. If they did not wear the scarf, their parents might get a call from the police.
Suffice to say, my son Mitchell---with his refined sense of freedom and privacy---told the school they had to "respect" his "diversity" in refusing to wear the ribbon.
Shirley's e-mail points to an event that's probably common in public schools next week; as a rock-ribbed Republican conservative, he doesn't want children to be forced to support Barack Obama as a liberal and a Democrat. (Of course, would he have the same problem with students celebrating his beloved Ronald Reagan?)
This smacks of introduction to Good ol' Borko. Aside from the turn of phrase -- schools school -- it is a bit of indoctrination but in a light and forgivable sense.
Martin Luther King Jr.,has been historicized as a trans-partisan figure in our civil rights narrative; the bloodless transition from president to president is one of the hallmarks of our democracy. Linking the two men in history isn't a stretch, even without the racial angle.
But ok, let's talk about race: for public schools with a large number of black students, celebrating the ascension of the first president with black skin is easily justifiable for reasons of progress and of pride and confidence, and as illiberal, in the sense that Obama's election is said to have ushered in an era when we hope students pay less attention to racial difference. Can public schools properly celebrate this momentous occasion without sanctioning the Democratic Party and Obama's policies? Yes. The gray areas are unavoidable.
If you're uncomfortable wearing a ribbon to honor Barack Obama, for whatever reason, then don't wear the ribbon.
Posted by Joyce Kavitsky at 1/20/2009 10:09:00 AM
Monday, January 19, 2009
Dennis Miller: Waterboarding Terrorists is ‘Heaven-Sent,’ Feels ‘Privileged’ Bush Was President By Brad Wilmouth
January 16, 2009 - 16:59 ET
On Wednesday’s The O’Reilly Factor, during the show’s regular "Miller Time" segment, Dennis Miller defended the practice of waterboarding terrorists to save the lives of Americans, calling the technique "heaven-sent." Miller: "Something that takes somebody who's willing to strap a bomb on and yet freaks them out to the point where they'll tell you where the next bomb is by pouring water down their nose and they don't even die, I think, wow, this is heaven-sent." He also heaped praise on President Bush for "keeping this country safe in the interim seven years" since the 9/11 attacks. Miller: "That's what I admire about him. He's willing to be hated for the rest of his life to do the right thing. And I just want to look in the camera. This is the last time I’ll be on this show when he's my President and my Commander-in-Chief and say, ‘Thank you, sir. I feel privileged that you were the President during this time in American history.’"
Below is a transcript of the relevant portion of the Wednesday, January 14, The O’Reilly Factor on FNC:
BILL O'REILLY: Top of the program, as you know, we had this torture debate. And I think these people who are trying to indict Bush and Cheney right now when there's no hard evidence they broke any law are hurting the nation. How do you see it?
DENNIS MILLER: Yeah, I think that, put it this way. Maybe not the 20th, but the 22nd of January, I think if I was domestic help on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, I would keep my head on a swivel because there's going to be some angry people walking around with a suppository of hate for George Bush for the last eight years. And they're going to have no place to put it. And I would say underlings, nannies, drivers, housekeepers are about to get laid into. Because I don't think they’ll know what to do without Bush to hate.
As far as the torture goes, I guess the thing is, if Bill Clinton can quibble about what the definition of "is" is, I certainly think fair-minded people can disagree on what torture is. Now, as I understand, according to this article, they're talking about loud music, keeping somebody up all night, and pouring water down their nose. And, you know, if you mix in transporting a Maraschino cherry across the poorly lit break room and depositing it into a shot glass using nothing more than your nether regions, I think we've got a fraternal ritual on our hands here. I don't think waterboarding is torture. And I know John McCain does. I respect him immensely. But I swear to God, John McCain would have probably prayed for days when he was in the Hanoi Hilton that what they did was pour water down his nose. I think if George Tenet says that it sprung something out of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed that saved some innocents, God bless him.
And I oft-times am quizzical, Bill, that people don't get, don't get waterboarding. To me it seems heaven-sent. It doesn't kill anybody, and yet it's able to turn zealots who are prepared to die for their religion into people who want to give information to preclude future terroristic incidents. To me, I look at it and I think I find it odd when somebody says, "No, I'm against that." I think, geez, I can't believe it exists. Something that takes somebody who's willing to strap a bomb on and yet freaks them out to the point where they'll tell you where the next bomb is by pouring water down their nose and they don't even die, I think, wow, this is heaven-sent.
O'REILLY: And their nose doesn't even get, you know, hurt. But anyway, look, it's the irrational hatred of Bush-Cheney that's driving this debate and hurting the nation all over the world. When Bush gave his final press conference earlier this week, I thought he did a pretty good job there. I think he is responsible for the economy somewhat. Therefore, he goes out under that cloud. How did you see it?
MILLER: Today is 2,682 days since 9/11, 2001. After Khobar, after the Cole, after the embassies in Africa, after World Trade Center one and two, to a point after Mogadishu where we were pronounced by Osama bin Laden to be the weak horse, I want to thank George Bush for keeping this country safe in the interim seven years. That is an amazing achievement.
And when I see the bin Laden who deemed us to be the weak horse issue a statement today almost soliciting funds like a PBS pledge break, I realize that George Bush got this right. He continued to press on them like water. He bore on that surface. It flipped A.Q. Khan. It flipped Gadhafi. They're out of funds. And that's what I admire about him. He's willing to be hated for the rest of his life to do the right thing. And I just want to look in the camera. This is the last time I’ll be on this show when he's my President and my Commander-in-Chief and say, "Thank you, sir. I feel privileged that you were the President during this time in American history."
Posted by Joyce Kavitsky at 1/19/2009 09:46:00 AM