Posted: 08 Jul 2008 11:54 AM CDT
Jonah Goldberg, writing an editorial for the LA Times has taken issue with Barack Obama's speech to which Obama said he would "set a goal for all American middle and high school students to perform 50 hours of service a year, and for all college students to perform 100 hours of service a year."
Barack Obama gave a speech on July 2, 2008 on "A New Era of Service" where he said he would set a goal for students to perform a certain amount of "service" a year and that he would attach strings to educational monies to assure they did so.
Obama went on to say he would attach strings to educational dollars to see to it those goals were met.
Goldberg goes on to quote from the 13th amendment which says, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime where of the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."
Goldberg doesn't let John McCain off the hook either as he points out that John McCain and President Bush both are in favor of "Washington-led (and paid-for) "volunteerism."
He also points out that both Christopher J. Dodd and John Edwards used compulsory service in their campaign platforms.
In pointing out the data and statistics of Americans that willingly give their time and money, he says:
Americans are vastly more generous with their time and their money than Europeans. According to social demographer Arthur C. Brooks, in 1995 (the last year international comparative data on giving was available), Americans gave 3 1/2 times as much money to charities and causes as the French, seven times more than the Germans and 14 times more than the Italians.
Goldberg readily admits that national service is not slavery but he contends that compulsory national service contributes to the "slave mentality".
There's a weird irony at work when Sen. Barack Obama, the black presidential candidate who will allegedly scrub the stain of racism from the nation, vows to run afoul of the constitutional amendment that abolished slavery.
Is Goldberg right that forcing people to volunteer by threatening the funding of their education is contradictory to the literal definition of the word "volunteer"?
1. a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking.
Is making service compulsory, for a nation that already gives more time and money, run the risk of going against the 13th amendment?
Posted: 08 Jul 2008 11:52 AM CDT
According to The Telegraph, the National Children's Bureau is a government sponsored agency that receives approximately £12 million annually and the guidance they have drawn up is supposedly to help teachers and play leaders to spot potentially racist attitudes starting at a young age, some as early as three.
The NCB is a government sponsored agency by the UK and it has issued some guidelines to nursery schools and play leaders, with things to look forto suggest racism at an early age. According to NCB, a child disliking foreign food could be an indicator.
It is a 366-page guide titled, "Young Children and Racial Justice" and it specifies things for the elders to look for in children, such as "name-calling, casual thoughtless comments and peer group relationships."
The guide goes on to warn that children might also "react negatively to a culinary tradition other than their own by saying 'yuk'".
Now, after looking a little further into this, the Telegraph is correct, the "Young Children and Racial Justice" is produced by the NCB and it the NCB does receive £12 million annually from the government and the advice quoted included the bit about spicy or foreign foods is in the "guidance" but what is not made clear in the original article is that this is a book that has been published by book sales alone – and not from government funding or from any grants, as has been reported.
Sally Whitaker, Deputy Chief Executive, NCB, said:
Either way, that is a technicality, the thought that children who do not a particular type of food because it is foreign or because it is spicy, is in my opinion, simply ridiculous.
What explanation would this writer have for children who hate liver or spit out hot dogs, despise beans or cannot take the taste of hamburgers?
A child's palate is no way to determine prejudicial tendencies and anyone that thinks that it is, has never had a child that was fickle about what they would and wouldn't eat.
Posted: 07 Jul 2008 07:10 PM CDT
Recently Caroline Kennedy and Eric Holder were given the task of vetting potential running mates for Barack Obama and in a sign that the vetting process has begun, they have begun asking for information and documents from people on Obama's list of those to consider, so that backgrounds and careers can be thoroughly vetted.
Barack Obama's vetting team started asking potential running mates for information and documents to vet through for Obama to choose who he wishes on the ticket with him. Jim Webb refused, stating he did not want the position.
The Virginia Democratic Senator, Jim Webb refused, telling the Obama campaign that he did not want to be considered for the position.
Today Webb issued a statement saying he would work hard to help Barack Obama get elected but that he does not want to be considered for Obama's vice presidential running mate.
"Last week I communicated to Sen. Obama and his presidential campaign my firm intention to remain in the United States Senate, where I believe I am best equipped to serve the people of Virginia and this country. Under no circumstances will I be a candidate for vice president."
Recently it was reported that Ohio Governor, Ted Strickland had also stated publicly that he would "absolutely not" be Obama's running mate, even if he was asked.
His exact comment was, "Absolutely not. If drafted I will not run, nominated I will not accept and if elected I will not serve.
So, I don't know how more crystal clear I can be."
At one point it was speculated that General Wesley Clark could make an attractive choice for a running mate as well but given the timing of some controversial statements he made last week, many believe that his name too can be crossed off the list of potential running mates.
The estimated list is getting shorter.
Posted: 07 Jul 2008 04:50 PM CDT
Chaudhry Rashid was brought to court which was presided over by Chief Judge Daphne Walker at the Clayton County Magistrate Court, where he was arraigned on a murder charge for strangling his 25-year-old daughter because she wanted out of an arranged marriage with a man she hadn't seen in months.
His reason for killing his own daughter?
She disgraced the family.
Right here in the good ole United States of America we are seeing honor killings.
He reportedly confessed to the killing after being brought to the police station.
He will be back in court Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. His bond hearing is scheduled for July 25 at 8 a.m., with a preliminary hearing July 24.
The wife of Chaudhry Rashid, Gina Rashid said she had been in bed, asked her husband to open some windows and turn on the fan, went back to sleep and woke up to hear screaming. she left the house and called 911.
According to ABC:
M. Siddique, director of the Pakistani American Community of Atlanta, did not immediately return a phone call from ABC News for comment. Shahid Malik, a member of the organization, told ABC News' Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV that the young woman and father were both suffering from depression.
The book needs to be thrown at this man and others need to understand that murder is unacceptable and in America, a woman has the choice if she wishes to get married OR wishes to leave a marriage for any reason.
How do you murder your own child?
Posted: 07 Jul 2008 04:41 PM CDT
The border patrol agents was interviewing the three suspects at approximately 2:15 a.m, when the suspects pushed the agent to the ground and started hitting him.
According to the U.S. Border Patrol, an agent was assaulted and fired shots at three suspects along the Canadian border in Vermont.
The agent pulled his weapon and fired two shots at the three suspects.
Two suspects, male and female, were taken into custody and the third escaped capture and it is believed he crossed into Canada.
The nationalities nor names of the suspects have been released and border patrol is working in conjunction with federal, state, local, and Canadian law enforcement officials to capture the person that escaped.
Anyone with information information regarding this incident is being encouraged to call it into the Border Patrol at Sector Headquarters in Swanton, Vermont, at 1-800-247-2434.
Posted: 07 Jul 2008 04:14 PM CDT
Northwest Airlines is investigating why the nose cone on one of its planes caved in on a flight Sunday from Detroit, Michigan, to Tampa, Florida, a spokeswoman said Sunday.
No one was injured and there is speculation that the plane could have hit something after take off but the pilots concluded their was no danger to the passengers.
Posted: 07 Jul 2008 02:08 PM CDT
A Christian group known as the Christian Defense Coalition is launching a new campaign against Barack Obama, titled, "Barack Obama: The Abortion President", where they have unveiled a photo of a black Uncle Sam saying, "I want YOU to pay for abortions"The Christian Newswire has announced the unveiling of the new "Barack Obama: The Abortion President", which will be an attempt to "to educate American voters on the radical and extremist abortion policies of Senator Obama."
The campaign will focus on Barack Obama's stances on abortion and will focus towards taxpayers that would have to pay for those abortions.
The Christian Defense Coalition will have a news conference on Tuesday, July 8, at 11:00 A.M. to discuss this new campaign. They will also have large color posters and fliers.
This campaign is being launched at a time when Barack Obama has just made statements regarding abortion and mental health being cited as a reason and his specific policy stance on abortions.
Last week an interview with Barack Obama was published which caused a firestorm of ink to be dedicated to his answer to a question about his stance on late term aka partial birth abortions, where his answer was instantly criticized by pro-choice advocates.
Obama: I absolutely can, so please don't believe the emails. I have repeatedly said that I think it's entirely appropriate for states to restrict or even prohibit late-term abortions as long as there is a strict, well-defined exception for the health of the mother. Now, I don't think that "mental distress" qualifies as the health of the mother. I think it has to be a serious physical issue that arises in pregnancy, where there are real, significant problems to the mother carrying that child to term. Otherwise, as long as there is such a medical exception in place, I think we can prohibit late-term abortions.
The interview discussed other issues such as born alive babies and his prior votes for bill, but the specific criticisms came from the "mental distress" answer.
Immediately after that interview was published, Barack Obama sought to clarify his answers, explaining the nuances from his answer and providing context to show that his words were not a change in position for him, but an expansion on previous statements.
The Christian Newswire release announcing this new "Abortion President" campaign goes on to point out a Chicago Tribune report published last year where he was asked about his proposal for expanded access to health insurance and he answered that it would cover "reproductive health services."
When his campaigned was asked for clarification they asserted that his answer included "abortions", which is where the Christian Defense Coalition connects taxpayers monies to being spent on abortions if Obama has his way.
The Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, Reverand Patrick J. Mahoney, states, "Senator Obama talks about bringing hope, faith and change to American politics. We now see this is all just political 'doublespeak.' One of his top priorities as President would be protecting abortion rights and even expanding them. If elected, Senator Obama would become 'The Abortion President,' with the most extremist policies on abortion of any President in history.
"Senator Obama's views on abortion are so radical that he even wants American citizens to pay for them. This would include Catholics, Evangelicals and all people of faith. He would also expand abortion rights through his passionate support of The Freedom of Choice Act."
This will be the basis of the Christian Defense Coalition's "Abortion President" campaign going forward.
They will be having a press conference on Tuesday, July 8, at 11:00 A.M to discuss the new campaign and they will be unveiling more color posters and fliers.
More information on Barack Obama's abortion votes can be found at On the Issues.
Hat Tip and more from CBN News.
[Update] In the interest of fairness, I just saw the Barack Obama campaign has issued a response, via spokesman Hari Sevugan:
Barack Obama understands that the best way to reduce the need for abortions is to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies. He is committed to commonsense solutions to achieve that objective and to changing the tone of the discourse which for too long has devolved into false and negative attacks such as this that do nothing to accomplish that goal.[End Update]
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