19 Nov 2013

Unreal: Obama Omits “Under God” from Recitation of The Gettysburg Address (Video) – Updated

By |November 19th, 2013|News|4 Comments|

Why would you do this?

In a recorded recitation uploaded to YouTube on November 9, President Obama read the address in its entirety. However, when it came to the line “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom,” the President left out the words “under God.”

Obama’s omission occurs at the 1:35 mark.

Obama respects the feelings of those who might be offended by hearing “God” than he does the words of Abraham Lincoln or America’s history.

Sickening.

UPDATE:

Apparently, he was asked to read the original version, which didn’t have the words “Under God.”

nicolay

 

 

17 Aug 2012

Dissecting the Typical (And Latest) Liberal “Deal,” This Time Regarding Romney’s Tax Returns

By |August 17th, 2012|The Blog|2 Comments|

I remember sitting in the front row of the Kansas City Tea Party a couple years ago listening to the keynote speaker. The premise of his speech was simple.

No compromise.

No deals with liberals, no concessions to progressives, no compromise with leftists.

Sound radical? Extreme?

Sounds rational to me.

Here’s why: they never keep their part of the bargain. A deal with a progressive usually consists of two parts: what conservatives will do now and what they will do later.

For example, in 1986 President Reagan granted amnesty and the left promised an end to illegal immigration. How did that work out?

Now, Mitt Romney stands before another “deal,” this time offered by the Obama camp:

“Governor Romney apparently fears that the more he offers, the more our campaign will demand that he provide,” wrote Obama campaign manager Jim Messina in a letter today Romney counterpart Matt Rhoades.

“So,” Messina added, “I am prepared to provide assurances on just that point: if the Governor will release five years of returns, I commit in turn that we will not criticize him for not releasing more — neither in ads nor in other public communications or commentary for the rest of the campaign.”

Sounds like a deal, right?

Until all the Obama surrogates start making demands for more, while the campaign sits back and says, “That’s not us. That’s them. We’re not asking for any more.”

We cannot allow the left to set the terms of the debate. We cannot compromise.

Don’t release the tax forms. Don’t allow them to dictate the terms.

They have no intention of following through.

10 Oct 2011

Why Isn’t the Working Families Party Paying Its Employees a Living Wage?

By |October 10th, 2011|The Blog|9 Comments|

I noted earlier that the Working Families Party is hiring and they are either hiring for the Wall Street protest, or using it as a recruiting tool. When you look at the craigslist ad, you can see at the bottom they are paying “$350-$650 A Week.”

But wait a second here…this doesn’t jive with the demands of the movement.

The Occupy Wall Street protestors are on record as saying a living wage is equal to $20 an hour.

These guys are paying between $8.75 and $16.25, based on a 40 hour workweek and “Responsibility & Length Of Time On Staff.”

How are these guys supposed to survive on $8.75 an hour? And why are we placing one new hire above another new hire? Are we not all equals?

To avoid looking like hypocrites, Working Families needs to be paying all new hires a minimum of $800 a week. In fact, if they were looking to hire 10 people at 40 hours, they need to cut their workweek back to 32 hours, pay every new hire $640 a week and hire 12 people.

Or are you just for imposing your agenda on the evil corporations?

Step up. Like Gandhi said, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

UPDATE: Welcome Instapundit readers!

28 Sep 2011

Gov. Perdue and Peter Orszag Show the True Face of Liberalism – Tyranny

By |September 28th, 2011|The Blog|2 Comments|

While liberals want you to believe they are all about democracy and freedom and the government being about the will of the people and other such empty notions, every once and a while one of them slips up and gives you a peek behind the curtain so you can see the real “wizard” pulling the levers and switches.

Liberalism is, at its root, about using the government to force Americans into the collective, and if they won’t go quietly, then they take the tyranny and turn it up to 11.

For example, the governor of North Carolina suggested that it might be necessary to cancel the 2012 elections so the government could focus on jobs, also known as the continued redistribution of the property of private citizens:

“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover,” Perdue said at a rotary club event in Cary, N.C., according to the Raleigh News & Observer. “I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.”

The initial spin was it was a joke, because, the suspension of freedom is funny, or something. But after they claimed it as a failed attempt at humor (where have I heard that before), this audio surfaced showing not only was it delivered seriously, but if it were a joke, it was not received as one:

Following Perdue’s admission of her desire for a curbing of your voting rights, another leftist, this time a former member of the Obama administration, comes out and says that maybe what American needs right now is a little less democracy:

To solve the serious problems facing our country, we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic.

Doesn’t that sound lovely? I’m sure I’m taking it out of context, or it’s a joke.

Rather than have deliberation or, what’s that word the president keeps using, compromise, what we need is an autocratic powerful central government handing down decisions their subjects have to implement, or else.

Meanwhile, the Tea Party is still being maligned as a terrorist organization and Sarah Palin is considered dangerous.

The liberal movement isn’t about increasing liberties, but about increasing government power to advance the collectivist dream. When the people dared to exercise their right to influence the debate in Washington, the liberals reaction is to suspend freedom and sally forth.

10 Aug 2011

My Co-Worker Asked, “What are the London riots all about?” – This right here.

By |August 10th, 2011|The Blog|1 Comment|

I was sitting at work, reading a book, waiting for the next training session to start when one of my younger co-workers asked me what the riots were all about. He said he heard something about a black guy being killed.

I said that was an excuse. People protest alleged police malpractice all the time without rioting. Al Sharpton has made a career out of it.

This is the real reason right here:

John Stuart Mill wrote in his great 1859 essay On Liberty: ‘The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited; he must not make himself a nuisance to other people.’

Yet every day up and down the land, this vital principle of civilised societies is breached with impunity.

Anyone who reproaches a child, far less an adult, for discarding rubbish, making a racket, committing vandalism or driving unsociably will receive in return a torrent of obscenities, if not violence.

So who is to blame? The breakdown of families, the pernicious promotion of single motherhood as a desirable state, the decline of domestic life so that even shared meals are a rarity, have all contributed importantly to the condition of the young underclass.

The social engineering industry unites to claim that the conventional template of family life is no longer valid.

But is isn’t this alone. While the breakdown of the family has a big impact on the life of a child, not every child of a single parent is out setting fires and robbing kids.

There are many other factors, including a lack of discipline and the rescuing of of children from well deserved consequences of their actions:

And what of the schools? I do not think they can be blamed for the creation of a grotesquely self-indulgent, non-judgmental culture.

A teacher, Francis Gilbert, wrote five years ago in his book Yob Nation: ‘The public feels it no longer has the right to interfere.’

Discussing the difficulties of imposing sanctions for misbehaviour or idleness at school, he described the case of a girl pupil he scolded for missing all her homework deadlines.

The youngster’s mother, a social worker, telephoned him and said: ‘Threatening to throw my daughter off the A-level course because she hasn’t done some work is tantamount to psychological abuse, and there is legislation which prevents these sorts of threats.

‘I believe you are trying to harm my child’s mental well-being, and may well take steps . . . if you are not careful.’

I don’t know any conservatives that would not want their child held accountable for their behavior. Granted, there might be a conservative here or there who throws a fit at a random ballgame or goes to the school to get a grade fixed so his kid can make the game Friday, but by and large, the conservative wants his kid to behave and holds them accountable for their actions.

Liberals want grades eliminated. They want scores to be a thing of the past.

Conservatives don’t.  They don’t want everyone to get a trophy, only the deserving.

Liberals excuse negative behaviors and a “phase” or a child “expressing themselves.”

Conservatives reach for a switch.

The factors that lead to the riots in London can be found in the violent flash mobs you are seeing all across America.

The flash mobs that are popping up are primarily black youth. The current rate of single parent families in the black community is 72 percent.

Our problem, and Great Britain’s, is the result of a liberal agenda of little or no accountability, “A massively expanded welfare state, which — as study after study after study has shown — encourages single-parent families and breeds criminals [a]nd onerous gun control laws, which only impact the law-abiding citizens who follow cities’ unconstitutional dictates.”

That’s the one thing not mentioned in Max Hastings’ article in the Daily Mail. He spoke on the fact that victims of crime in the once Great Britain are often treated worse than the criminal, but he didn’t mention that guns have been outlawed there since 1997.

But this fact didn’t escape Nile Gardner at The Telegraph:

Britain’s gun laws are among the most draconian in the world, yet the nation has some of the highest levels of violent crime and burglary in the West, and there is no shortage of gun crime in major cities such as London and Manchester. While criminal gangs are often able to acquire firearms on the black market, ordinary law-abiding British citizens are barred from owning guns for self-defence.

The riots in London, the West Midlands and the North West should prompt a renewed debate in Britain over the right to bear arms by private citizens. The shocking scenes of looting across the country are a reminder that the police cannot always be relied upon to protect homes and businesses during a period of widespread social disorder. The defence of life and property can never be entrusted solely to the state, not least when there is a complete breakdown in law and order. As we have seen this week in Britain, when individuals are barred from defending their own property from mobs of vicious thugs, sheer anarchy and terror reins.

Give London shop owners the ability to defend their property with lethal force and there would be fewer fires.  That’s the simple truth.

Decades of liberal policies has created a culture where this happens. It wasn’t a shooting. This is bigger than that and won’t be solved with the prosecution of any number of police officers.

It is most likely to get much worse before it gets better.

7 Apr 2011

Would Obama Really Shut Down the Government Over Planned Parenthood?

By |April 7th, 2011|The Blog|7 Comments|

Trending on Memeorandum right now is an article by Steve Benen at The Washington Monthly.  The headline reads:

WOULD BOEHNER SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT OVER PLANNED PARENTHOOD?….

Nice spin.

Here’s what he writes, followed by a thorough beat down by your’s truly:

The bad news, Republicans still want to use the budget to wage a culture war, and tomorrow night, will shut down the government to advance this agenda.

Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the top Democrat in the Senate, said Thursday morning that he is “not nearly as optimistic” about avoiding a shutdown as he was after a Wednesday night Oval Office meeting and said “it looks like it’s headed in that direction.”

Mr. Reid said that Republicans have “drawn a line in the sand” on issues of abortion funding and changes to the clean air act, and he said those issues could not be resolved in the hours left before a government shutdown.

“The numbers are basically there. But I am not as nearly as optimistic, and that’s an understatement, as I was eleven hours ago,” Mr. Reid said on the floor of the Senate. “The only thing holding up an agreement is ideology.”

In case this isn’t already clear, we’re dealing with obvious madness. Republicans want to cut off Planned Parenthood and gut the Clean Air Act, but instead of pursuing legislation to achieve their goals, they’re insisting that this be part of the budget. Democrats can’t go along with this nonsense, and John Boehner is too weak a Speaker to tell his caucus to act like grown-ups, so the entire process is unraveling.

The Republicans are waging a culture war?  Please.  If so, we are on the defensive.

Cutting spending to cover a budget deficit isn’t a culture war.  Threatening to veto a bill that cuts spending to an ideological brick in your liberal foundation, resulting in a shut down of government, is.  Who did that exactly?

President Obama.  Who exactly is fighting the war here?  My headline is far more accurate than Benen’s, it seems.

As to referring to the cutting off of Planned Parenthood’s funding via the budge process as “madness” is nothing more than hyperbole.  Of course you handle funding issues via the budget process.

Furthermore, this isn’t simply about abortions.  It’s about the $14 trillion debt the country has and the deficit spending that adds an average of $4 billion a day. There simply isn’t money to give to Planned Parenthood, even if they didn’t provide abortions.

I have preached the following to people for years:  pick your battles small enough to win and big enough to matter.  Cutting spending in Washington is big enough to matter, and the cuts being proposed are small enough to win.

Boehner is doing what needs to be done.  There should be more, but he has compromised as much as he should.  It is the Democrats who refuse to budge, despite the facts of the matter being so obvious.

Washington is broke.  They need to spend less.

Meanwhile, the left is pointing at everything in the grocery store from the baby seat in the cart, screaming, “I WANT THAT!  GIMME, GIMME, GIMME!”  And the Republicans are pushing the baby around saying, “No.  We can’t afford it and we don’t need it.”

But it’s the GOP that aren’t acting like grown ups.

The left wants it all, can’t pay for it and doesn’t care about anything but their next election.  They are afraid of telling the irrational base that there simply isn’t any more left and cut backs are necessary.

 

 

 

16 Mar 2011

If Only Leftist Meltdowns Had the Same Psychological Impact as Nuclear Meltdowns

By |March 16th, 2011|The Blog|1 Comment|

In 1991, there was a massive meltdown in the U.S.S.R.

I’m not talking about Chernobyl. Think bigger.

The entire country was destroyed when the weight of decades of communist rule finally caused the nation to buckle. Despite the leftists in America telling us they had seen the future, and it works, the fact is it didn’t.

Millions more died under communist rule than will ever be killed by the nuclear reactors in Japan. Yet, none of that seems to impact the left the way problems at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station impact the dialogue on nuclear power.

The failure of the Japanese reactors’ backup cooling systems and the explosions that followed are likely to lead U.S. regulators to re-evaluate nuclear plant designs and safety. The heightened scrutiny could increase costs for new and existing reactors and make it harder to raise money for new plants.

The crisis comes as the U.S. nuclear energy industry is starting to build the first new reactors in a generation.

The idea that a one in a thousand year event can have such a psychological impact on the future of the country, yet example after example of leftist leaders killing millions has little influence on the left’s belief that communism will work. It’s just no one has done it right yet.

Imagine that argument used to compel citizens to trust nuclear power if, after each attempt, millions were discovered to have died.

Yet the left continues to trot out this tired meme whenever anyone uses the facts about socialism and communism to refute their propaganda.

And despite the millions of bodies of evidence that communism and socialism kills, there are those who continue to advocate for its implementation, and those who cheer them on.

If the various meltdowns of the socialist and communist regimes throughout history had the same impact on political philosophy as one nuclear meltdown in Japan is having on the energy debate in America, those who advocated for leftism would be relegated to the status of crackpot, instead of elected to office.

5 Oct 2010

A New Low: Comparing Tea Parties to the Kent State Massacre

By |October 5th, 2010|The Blog|3 Comments|

I thought that I had seen the pinnacle of leftist horse waste when Ed Schultz said the “One Nation” rally was equal in size to Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” get together.

Then I read this column, dubbed “The Worst Column of the Year” by Hit and Run’s Michael Moynihan.

The column, written by the Washington Post’s Richard Cohen, describes a recent bike ride, where the writer heard the Neil Young song, “Ohio.”  The song is about the Kent State shooting.

Cohen says the lyrics “What if you knew her and found her dead on the ground?”
hit him especially hard:

On the bike, I have to repress a tear.

Then, things get stupid:

This was not China, not Tiananmen Square, and not Iran and the pro-democracy rallies of last year — not any of those places. This was America, just yesterday (take my word for it) and yet it had happened. How? I thought hard and then I remembered. Bullets had killed those kids, sure — but they were fired, in a way, from the mouths of politicians.The governor of Ohio, James Rhodes, demonized the war protesters. They were “worse than the Brownshirts and the communist element. . . . We will use whatever force necessary to drive them out of Kent.”

That was the language of that time. And now it is the language of our time. It is the language of Glenn Beck, who fetishizes about liberals and calls Barack Obama a racist. It is the language of rage that fuels too much of the Tea Party and is the sum total of gubernatorial hopeful Carl Paladino’s campaign message in New York. It is all this talk about “taking back America” (from whom?) and this inchoate fury at immigrants and, of course, this raw anger at Muslims, stoked by politicians such as Newt Gingrich and Rick Lazio, the latter having lost the GOP primary to Paladino for, among other things, not being sufficiently angry. “I’m going to take them out,” Paladino vowed at a Tea Party rally in Ithaca, N.Y.

According to Cohen, the rhetoric from the Tea Party is going to lead to some people being hurt or killed.  What he fails to realize is that there already has been people hurt.  Only, the people hurt were conservatives and the people doing the hurting were on the left.

Kenneth Gladney ring a bell:

How about this SEIU member assaulting a cameraman in a hospital cafeteria:

How about this guy getting his card punched for daring to videotape a Democrat candidate:

And finally, this screaming banshee of the left attacking a Human Events reporter at the One Nation rally on 10/2/10:

What about these examples of vile behavior, Cohen?

Do you shed a tear for Kenneth Gladney, who was called a “nigger” while SEIU thugs were putting their boots to him?

I don’t know if you have had a chance to listen to Glenn Beck’s show lately.  I heard it this morning while I was traveling.  His big kick these days?

“Blessed are the peacemakers.”

This is something I have heard from him before, on a weekend show.

Now, let’s compare what Beck is preaching to his listeners to the words of President Obama:

“I want you to argue with them and get in their face…”

Let’s stop the canard that the rhetoric on the right might result in violence when there is actual violence being perpetrated on the left and the President is encouraging his drones to get up in people’s faces.

4 Oct 2010

“One Nation” Under Marx

By |October 4th, 2010|The Blog|0 Comments|

Over the weekend, communists and socialists alike converged on the National Mall for one big get together called “One Nation.”

Surely I must be using hyperbole.  Communists?  Socialists?  On the National Mall?

Believe it.  Jay Tea at Wizbang notes who helped organize the event:

Here are a few that jumped out at me:

  • Sojourners: the far-left allegedly religious coalition secretly funded by George Soros.
  • The SEIU: Barack Obama’s purple-shirted Brute Squad.
  • Rainbow PUSH Coalition: Jesse Jackson’s non-profit that he used to pay off his mistress after she bore his illegitimate daughter. Hired former Congressman and convicted sex offender Mel Reynolds after his release from prison.
  • National Council of La Raza: “La Raza” is Spanish for “The Race.” They’ve faced numerous charges of being racial separatists and supremacists.
  • AFL-CIO: A subsidiary of La Cosa Nostra, Inc.
  • Democracy For America: Howard Dean’s private PAC.
  • International Socialist Organization: the name says it all.
  • Detroit Democratic Socialists Of America: see above.
  • Democratic Socialists of America: see above, again.
  • Communist Party USA: COME ON, PEOPLE!
  • ANSWER Coalition: literally, a Communist front group.
  • Coffee Party Progressives: yet another astroturfed attempt to discredit the Tea Party movement.
  • Code Pink: the anti-war psychopaths and sociopaths who found common cause with the lunatic Cindy Sheehan.

These are the people the Democrats call their “base.”

Unlike the hundreds of Tea Party rallies across America, this one was mandatory for union leftists.  Hat Tip to The Blaze:

Doug Ross has this nice shot of all the buses, along with the SEIU members that were mandated to attend:

There are 14 more pictures over there the legacy media doesn’t want you to see, like this one of a slave in training:

Unions weren’t the only organizations coercing attendance.  You can’t forget the most expansive force for indoctrination in the country.

Yes, the government school system:

From Gateway Pundit:

High School kids are forced to attend the one Nation rally in order to graduate. SSL (Student Service Learning) hours are required by many state governments to graduate High School, so kids must attend these rallies. Apparently, the organizers were willing to use any means to bring thousands to the rally.

The rally, with all these fine, upstanding organizations helping to force people to attend, was, according to Crooks & Liars, bigger than Glenn Beck’s rally on 8/28.

Doug Ross disagrees, and has these things called facts backing them up.  Exhibit A, a photo of 8/28 followed by a photo of One Nation, taken from the exact same angle:

I’m no genius, but I’m guessing the turnout for One Nation was a few shy of Beck’s rally.  But like Larry Elder used to say, facts to a liberal are like kryptonite to Superman:

Despite pictures clearly showing that Saturday’s “One Nation” rally had far fewer attendees than August’s “Restoring Honor” event, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz claimed Monday the crowds were equal in size.

So separated from reality is Schultz that towards the end of “The Ed Show,” he even got into a fight with a guest about the matter.

But don’t let pictures fool you.  The Jawa Report shows how CSPAN used this photo with an article on the commie rally:

One small problem:

…notice the Gadsden flags in background

Yeah, that’s from a Tea Party.

These photos and videos, however, are from One Nation:

Socialists dominated the rally:

When the rally was over, there was one thing left to see.  Trash, trash and more trash:

Look at what they did to the World War II memorial:

This is who we are up against.  This is why every election is important.

Remember this in November.

12 Aug 2010

Libs Stay Classy, Launch “F*ck Tea” Campaign

By |August 12th, 2010|The Blog|6 Comments|

I’m not sure, but I think we can thank our potty mouth Vice President for inspiring the latest progressive campaign against the Tea Party. Rather than debate the merits of free market capitalism vs. a centrally planned and heavily regulated market or a progressive income tax system vs. a consumption tax system like the Fair Tax, the left has chosen a more base and juvenile tactic.

Agenda Project, a new, progressive group with roots in New York’s fundraising scene and a goal of strengthening the progressive movement, has launched the “F*ck Tea” project, which is aimed, the group’s founder Erica Payne wrote in an e-mail this morning, “to dismiss the tea party and promote the progressive cause.”

“”We will be launching new products in the next several months to help people all over the country F*ck Tea,” Payne told POLITICO. “Products like a Glenn Beck Bowl Buddy (Beck B Scrubbin) and others are perfect holiday gifts or just a great way to say, ‘I love you and our country’ to your spouse, friend or family.”

Payne, a veteran consultant to progressive groups, is a co-founder of the Democracy Alliance, the low-profile group of liberal mega-donors who helped build the Center for American Progress and other new organizations that grew in the Bush years.

Here’s a look at the progressive t-shirt sure to win over the hearts of minds of the average American who reads it at the supermarket:

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Liberalism.

Because there aren’t enough inconsiderate jackasses wearing inappropriate t-shirts in public.