Posted: 03 Nov 2008 12:29 PM CST
Since the audio of Barack Obama was released recently (audio at link) showing that he intends to bankrupt the coal industry, many have spoken out against his statements that were caught on audio.
Today via PR NewsWire we see the Ohio Coal Association statement that says that an "Obama-Biden ticket spells disaster for America's coal industry."
"Regardless of the timing or method of the release of these remarks, the message from the Democratic candidate for President could not be clearer: the Obama-Biden ticket spells disaster for America's coal industry and the tens of thousands of Americans who work in it.
Funny how this is the second time Obama has said something in California that was not caught on video but was caught via audio which has shown his true intentions, despite his rhetoric to the contrary when he IS aware that he is being recorded.
The first was his comments at a fundraiser speaking about how people in Pennsylvania "cling" to their guns and religion because they are "bitter".
Posted: 03 Nov 2008 11:10 AM CST
Free food, coffee, beer, donuts and ice cream are just some of the rewards being offered by a variety of places as a reward for voting in the presidential election.
There are also other rewards that are a little more novel, like the "Maverick", for men, which is a " "sleeve" for a man to self-pleasure himself, being offered by Babeland!
Women get rewarded as well with the "Silver Bullet" which is a mini-vibrator!
Babeland spokeswoman Pamela Doan told msnbc.com in an interview that the promotion is a first for the company, which she describes as "a sex-positive, women-friendly retailer for sex toys and accessories."
According to the Babeland site:
Stop by a Babeland store in New York or Seattle 11/4-11/11 and bring your voter registration card, voting stub, or word of honor. If you voted, we'll give you a Silver Bullet or a Maverick sleeve (get it?) for free! Yes, FREE. It's because we value.
So, keep your "I voted" button, you never know what kind of rewards you can collect after casting your vote tomorrow.
Posted: 02 Nov 2008 10:28 PM CST
A personal message from Radarsite: Fox News is the only cable news channel that I can bear to watch these days. But lately I find I can only watch portions of it. I can no longer tolerate those smiley upbeat newscasters, grinning their way through their election coverage as though they were giving us updates on Dancing With The Stars. I don't want to hear the pundits talking enthusiastically about how this is the most exciting presidential election they've ever covered. I stopped listening to Bill O'Reilly long before he began describing Barack Obama as a 'good man' and a 'patriot'. I will no longer merely agree to disagree with those friends and acquaintances who think Obama would be good for America; I just don't talk to them anymore. When I see an Obama sign on someones lawn I don't just walk on by and ignore it, I feel a sense of shock and disbelief, almost as powerful as though I had just seen the word Hitler.
Of course my friends think I take it all too seriously. They have a much healthier view of it all, a much more cavalier attitude. Politics is politics, they say. It's the same old game. Not worth getting yourself all upset about it. Liberals who have responded to my emotional pleas and dire warnings have invariably characterized me as a bitter, lonely, hate-filled right-winger racist, an obsessive anti-social paranoid, clinging to a semi-mythical and long-gone past. An uptight reactionary, fearful of change, stubbornly rejecting the promise of a bright future.
This is what it means to be a patriot in an America that has moved so far left that patriotism has become just another ism, another form of fanaticism. An America where love of country is equated with a low IQ, and belief in American exceptionalism is considered the worst example of blind hubris and historical ignorance. America has moved so far left that normalcy has become marginalized. If you don't want your neighborhood kindergarten teaching the values of an alternative life style to little kids you are prejudiced and intolerant. And now they want us to acknowledge our national guilt, and to move us even further to the left, into those glorious realms of the great Socialist Utopia, into the waiting arms of those compassionate bureaucrats and amoral atheists.
Well, I'm sorry if my passion disturbs you. But dammit, this is not just another election, this is about life and death, the life or death of a great country, of a great dream; our great country and our great dream. There is no room in my heart for kind words or private concession speeches to a victorious Barack Obama. No place here for fair and balanced. I do not watch him now, and I do not listen to his speeches. He is the enemy, and if he actually wins this election I will continue this practice. I will read transcripts of his speeches and I will follow his every move. I will continue writing about him and continue making my emotional pleas and dire warnings, but I will not allow his evil presence into my home. But, you say, even Bill O'Reilly says he is a 'good man' and a 'patriot'. To which I answer, Bill O'Reilly is a pompous fool and Barack Hussein Obama is the personification of the destruction of America.
This, my friends, is how fanatical I am. Not fair, not balanced. But not bitter, and thankfully, not alone.
Posted: 02 Nov 2008 02:21 PM CST
A note from Radarsite: According to recent polls we learn that most of the world and almost all of Western Europe would, if they could, enthusiastically cast their vote for Barack Obama for President on the United States. The Europeans love Barack Obama and everything he stands for. But do we Americans really understand what Barack Hussein Obama stands for? Do we Americans really understand the enormity of Obama's grand vision of America's future? Do we truly understand the momentous issues involved in this fateful election?
Do you really want a more European America? A more leftist Socialist America? A more 'cosmopolitan' morally-neutral America that more closely resembles Western Europe, which has moved beyond those simplistic categories of good and evil? Do you really want an American President who embraces the idea of America's guilt and accepts the Western European critique of America's aggressiveness and seeks to restore American "moral standing" in the eyes of the world? An America intent on transferring political legitimacy from nation-states to supranational organizations like the European Union, the UN and the International Criminal Court? Do you really want to embrace the concept that the most dangerous nations in the world today are the United States and Israel? Is it to be European appeasement or American exceptionalism? And finally, to appease the appeasers will you be willing to abandon our stalwart ally Israel to the mercies of the Arab 'anti-Israel resistance fighters'?
Could you really be this misguided or disinterested in our future? In less than two days you will have to answer these grave questions. Please read this fine article below from the Jerusalem Post to better understand the importance of your answers. - rg
Think Again: The end of the special relationship?
From the Jerusalem Post
By JONATHAN ROSENBLUM
For those inclined to see the workings of divine providence in human history, the special affinity of the American people for Israel provides a happy example. If Israel could have only one consistent ally in the world, it would surely have picked the world's (still) most powerful nation. Without the United States, Israel would be hard pressed to obtain the weapons needed to defend itself.
American popular support for Israel has many sources. The first is historical. The Puritan founders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony self-consciously modeled themselves on the ancient Hebrews and styled themselves as the New Israel. The Hebrew Bible provided their guidance. All the early presidents of Yale were Hebraists, and the college's insignia was patterned on the urim vetumim worn by the high priest.
To this day, Americans remain by far the most religious people in the Western world. Seventy million American Evangelicals constitute Israel's most ardent supporters. Americans have always tended to be jealous of their sovereignty and willing to defend themselves against any threat to their liberty. The state motto of New Hampshire, "Live free or die," captures that spirit. As such, they admire Israel's doughty self-defense against far more numerous enemies.
In Western terms, America is a center-right country. A major aspect of the American exceptionalism discussed by historians is its failure to develop a class-based political movement. That too has strengthened the bonds to Israel. Among American liberals, who tend to see the world in terms of victims and oppressors, 59 percent view the Palestinians more or equally sympathetically (according to a 2002 Gallup poll). Among conservatives, whose focus is on particular values and the determination to defend them, 59% view Israel more favorably.
The presence in America of the world's largest Jewish community - a community that is both wealthy and politically active - has also shored up American support for Israel. (That community, however, is diminishing both in numbers and concern with Israel; many of the most active supporters of Israel in Congress come from states with few Jews.)
Belief in American exceptionalism, its chosenness, has always played a major role in American civic religion. The two dominant conceptions of American foreign policy - isolationism and liberal internationalism - are both predicated upon an assumption of American moral superiority. Isolationists fear contamination from the "foreign entanglements," of which president George Washington warned in his farewell address. Liberal internationalists seek to remake the world in America's image.
Sen. Barack Obama represents a third foreign policy approach - what Harvard political scientist Samuel Huntington calls the "cosmopolitan." Far from taking American virtue as its starting point, the cosmopolitan seeks to remake America in Europe's image.
Thus Obama presented himself to Europeans last summer as a citizen of the world, one of them. "Mr. Obama," in the words of Fouad Ajami, "proceeds from the notion of American guilt. 'We called up the furies...'" He accepts the Western European critique of America's aggressiveness and seeks to restore American "moral standing" in the eyes of the world.
He shares the Europeans' contempt for the terminology of good and evil: "A lot of evil's been perpetuated based on the claim that we were fighting evil," he says. If his heart thrilled at the sight of Iraqis twice braving suicide bombers to go the polls, he kept it to himself. The war in Iraq, in his view, was nothing more than a "cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair, weekend warriors... to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the cost in lives lost and in hardships borne."
And he expresses understanding for the grievances of the perpetrators of evil - Hamas, Hizbullah, even the perpetrators of 9/11, which he characteristically portrayed as part of "an underlying struggle between worlds of plenty and worlds of want" (despite the affluent backgrounds of the attackers). He voted against a Senate bill to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization.
Obama's most fervent support has come from the university campuses and cultural elites - where attitudes tend most to resemble those of Western Europeans, and where scorn for those who "cling to guns or religion" runs rampant. These campuses also happen to be the redoubts of the greatest hostility to Israel.
AN AMERICA that more closely resembles Western Europe will not be good for Israel. Western Europeans consistently deem Israel the greatest threat to world peace. And they are remarkably cavalier about Israel's defense of its own existence. Recent memory does not include any Israeli response to attack that the Europeans did not deem disproportionate. The Western European countries have done little to prevent the United Nations from degenerating into an anti-Israel debating society, and a number have supported or abstained on UN Human Rights Council resolutions supportive of anti-Israel "resistance" - i.e. terrorism.
Many commonly held attitudes predispose Europeans against Israel. Western Europe is far along a project of transferring political legitimacy from nation-states to supranational organizations like the European Union, the UN and the International Criminal Court. Having achieved their nation-state rather late in the day, the Jews of Israel remain proud of it. To the Europeans, however, a non-Muslim state based on national/religious identity seems an atavism.Western Europe's almost religious faith in international institutions of open membership, like the UN, and a declining concern with national sovereignty threaten Israel. International criminal jurisdiction has already rendered Israeli military personnel wary of traveling abroad. Obama frequently demonstrates a similar reverence for the UN, and has a long list of international treaty obligations to which he is eager to submit the US.
Europe has adopted a stance of appeasement toward both external threats and to Islamic minorities within. (Ironically, the US, which offers no special dispensation to Muslims, has done a far better job of integrating Muslim immigrants than European countries.) Europeans' abhorrence of any resort to military action causes them to instinctively recoil from Israel, the superior military power in the region.
Having moved beyond simplistic categories of good and evil, Europeans try to take, at best, an even-handed approach to any conflict, invariably warning, for instance, against a "cycle of violence" whenever Israel responds to attack. Obama's immediate call for "mutual restraint" after the Russian invasion of Georgia was a classic example of that tendency.
Worse, European sophistication favors whichever party can present itself as the aggrieved underdog, or serves to mask an ugly cynicism, as in the recent multibillion-dollar deals signed by Austrian and Swiss energy companies with Iran.
To the extent that Obama's likely election betokens a move toward a more European America, the special ties that have bound the people of America and Israel show signs of fraying.
Posted: 02 Nov 2008 01:14 PM CST
John McCain was on Saturday Night Live last night and was pretty amusing. The two clips below are from his appearance on the "weekend update" portion of the show and the second video was the opening QVC skit of the show with McCain and Tina Fey playing Sarah Palin.
Weekend update video:
"I thought I might try a strategy called the reverse maverick. That's where I'd do whatever anybody tells me," McCain said. And if that didn't work, "I'd go to the double maverick. I'd just go totally berserk and freak everybody out," the Arizona senator quipped.
Opening Skit video below:
Posted: 02 Nov 2008 01:10 PM CST
Cross-posted by Maggie at Maggie's Notebook
[transcription of above] Our final goal is the destruction of imperialism, the seizure of power, and the creation of socialism. Our strategy for this stage of the struggle is to organize the oppressed people of the imperial nation itself to join the colonies in the attack on imperialism. The process of attacking and weakening imperialism involves defeat of all kinds of national chauvinism and arrogance; this precondition to our fight for socialism.The above from Prairie Fire - written by William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn
Zomblog has copies of a rare Weather Underground newspaper known as Osawatomie. Published in 1975 as William Ayers and Bernardine Dohn were hiding from authorities, and as Zomblog put it:
"transitioning from terrorism..."to inside work for the revolution...what we now know was a plan to overthrow the government of the United States, tells us what community organizing is all about, and it's all about the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis.
If you are beyond weary of hearing about William Ayers' connection to Barack Obama, Zomblog makes THE point, and I'll use it here, because it cannot be said better:
Ayers was not simply protesting "against" the Vietnam War. Firstly, he wasn't against war in principle, he was agitating for the victory of the communist forces in Vietnam. In other words: He wasn't against the war, he was against our side in the war. This is spelled out in great detail in Prairie Fire. Secondly, and more significantly, the Vietnam War was only one of many issues cited by the Weather Undergound as the justifications for their violent acts. As you will see below, in various quotes from Prairie Fire and in their own list of their violent actions (and in additional impartial documentary links), Ayers and the Weather Underground enumerated dozens of different grievances as the rationales for their bombings -- their overarching goal being to inspire a violent mass uprising against the United States government in order to establish a communist "dictatorship of the proletariat," in Ayers' own words.The plan was to overturn the government by "creativity and AUDACITY."
The following from Osawatomie:
[transcript]… the system itself is inhuman, and socialism is a real alternative; the energy crisis is the fault of Rockefeller and the oil companies, not the Arab people; unemployment is caused by capitalism not "illegal aliens" stealing jobs; war in Indochina or the Mideast is part of the problem, not the solution; political and social action can change things.
[transcript of above] Organizers must be intimately aware of every problem and each injustice, and they must show that underneath each particular problem lies another problem, and another and another until you reach the system of imperialism itself. The system is designed to create problems for poor, Third World and working-class people. Organizers need to find small solutions to small problems and great solutions to great problems. Our solutions should be drastic.The following from Ayers and Dohrn's book, Prairie Fire (more at Zomblog):
William Ayers is a communist. But don't take my word for it. He said so himself:
[transcript of above] We are a guerrilla organization. We are communist women and men, underground in the United States for more than four years.
[Zomblog] And not some nicey-nice peace-and-love kind of communist. Through his group the Weather Underground, Ayers was planning to "seize power" in a violent communist takeover of the United States:
[transcript of above] We need a revolutionary communist praty in order to lead the struggle, give coherence and direction to the fight, seize power and build the new society.
[transcript of above] Our job is to tap the discontent seething in many sectors of the population, to find allies everywhere people are hungry or angry, to mobilize poor and working people against imperialism.You've heard by now that Prarie Fire was dedicated to U.S. "political prisoners,"...one of those deemed a "political prisoner" is Sirhan Sirhan - the murderer of Robert F. Kennedy. Here it is, scanned directly from the book:
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