Archive for December 18th, 2008

Abortion – Your Tax Dollars at Work During Economic Slump

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Last week, the Obama-Biden Transition Project posted a report on its website that calls for dramatic policy reversals on abortion, including $1 billion in taxpayer money for international abortion groups like Planned Parenthood. The report, titled “Advancing Reproductive Rights and Health in a New Administration,” also calls for a 133-percent increase in funding for the Title X program, which funds Planned Parenthood clinics across the country.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, is hoping a Republican-led effort in the Senate will block Obama’s plan to substantially increase taxpayer funding of the abortion industry.

“This billion-dollar bailout of the abortion industry comes at a time, number one, when the economy is suffering dramatically with true need. And number two, it communicates an incredible depth of arrogance, especially when you consider that the vast majority of Americans — men and women, no matter who you talk to — they don’t believe that people who don’t believe in abortion should be funding it,” she contends. “Most Americans don’t believe that we should be funding abortions, especially in a time of economic crisis.”

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“Suppose the Shoe Thrower Targeted Saddam” by Larry Elder

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

The name: Muntadhar al-Zeidi — a new hero to many in the Muslim world.

President Bush — in a surprise, end-of-term visit to Iraq — held a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Al-Zeidi, an Iraqi “reporter,” shouted, “This is your farewell kiss, you dog,” and threw a shoe at Bush. The reporter quickly threw a second. The shoes missed their target only because an agile President Bush managed to duck. And with his typical self-deprecating humor, he later joked, “It was a size 10.”

“(Al-Zeidi’s) a rather nervous type,” al-Zeidi’s brother later said, “and above all hates violence and the bombing.” Al-Zeidi’s employer, Iraqi-owned but Egypt-based Al-Baghdadia television, refused to apologize for its reporter’s behavior, calling him a “proud Arab and an open-minded man.”

The Los Angeles Times wrote: “In the few seconds it took Iraqi journalist (Muntadhar al-Zeidi) to wing a pair of shoes at President Bush, the Middle East got its own version of Joe the Plumber. Just as Joe Wurzelbacher’s gripes to Barack Obama catapulted him to fame, (al-Zeidi’s) burst of rage toward Bush has made him a household name across the Middle East.”

“Joe the Plumber”?

Would that be the working-class citizen who politely questioned then-candidate Barack Obama about his spread-the-wealth philosophy? Or was the reference to the lost video of Joe the Plumber hurling a couple of pipe wrenches at Obama’s head while calling the now-President-elect a “dog”?

Let us pose a few questions.

Suppose one or both shoes hit their mark. What if President Bush had been struck in the eye and been seriously injured? After all, in the chaos, press secretary Dana Perino was injured when a microphone struck her in the eye. Would some in the media have considered it as comical had the reporter targeted Barack Obama? It is, after all, quite reasonable that the incoming President will be the subject of a greater than usual number of threats.

Suppose the Iraqi reporter had thrown his shoes at Saddam Hussein.

During the dictator’s 24-year reign, Saddam killed an estimated 300,000 Iraqi citizens. Some place the number at more than a million. This means that, on the low end, over the past six years, a still-in-power Saddam would have killed 75,000 people. Since the March 2003 coalition invasion of Iraq, the Iraq Body Count — which many consider reliable — puts the number of violent Iraqi civilian deaths at between 89,000 and 98,000, a number that includes “insurgents” and civilians killed by them. But Iraq now has a fledgling multi-sectarian democratic government, a better economy — and a free press.

“All over central Iraq,” wrote the BBC mere months after Saddam Hussein’s fall, “independent radio and television stations are suddenly emerging to fill the void left by the destruction and collapse of the old national broadcaster. Iraqis are enthusiastically embracing the possibilities of a free media after years of heavy censorship. Alongside these do-it-yourself radio and TV stations, dozens of newspapers representing every kind of political viewpoint are suddenly available.”

What of the fate of the shoe thrower in today’s Iraq? Eyewitness and NBC news producer Ghazi Balkiz put it this way: “(Under Saddam) any insult to the president or the president’s guests used to be punished by death.” So while al-Zeidi remains in custody, he faces no feet-first visit to the wood chipper.

Who knows? Maybe he’ll even get his shoes back.

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Las Vegas Hit by Rare Snowstorm

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

There is a funny side to this…the global warming alarmist will try to tell us that what has been a very harsh winter so far this season, is caused by global warming.

LAS VEGAS — A rare snowfall blanketed Las Vegas on Wednesday, canceling flights, snarling traffic and dusting palm trees and marquees along the Las Vegas Strip with accumulations that were expected to reach 3 inches overnight.

Other locations were forecast to receive as much as 8 inches of snow in the second winter storm this week to drop snow on the desert city.

Snow piled up around the famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign on the south end of the Strip, as visitors parked and posed for pictures wearing hooded jackets. In other parts of the Las Vegas valley, snowfall toppled trees, blanketed rooftops and delighted residents who rarely get to see winter weather.

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“The Defense of Thugs” by Terry Scambray

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Hatred for America is not a recent phenomenon. Despite the opportunities offered in America for all races, creeds and nationalities, a tradition persists that Americans are racist, superficially religious and uncomfortable with foreigners.

One of the episodes in American history used to support this lie is the Sacco & Vanzetti case, enshrined as the most shameful example of American racism, intolerance and xenophobia. However, despite the parade of books, movies and monuments commemorating Sacco & Vanzetti as victims of American bigotry, the truth is that they were assassins and terrorists.

The Crime

On April 15, 1920, in South Braintree, Massachusetts, a paymaster and his guard were shot to death by two bandits who took $16,000.

Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti were convicted and sentenced to death for these crimes. After various legal motions, capped by an exhaustive investigation by a governor’s committee, the verdict was upheld and they were executed on August 23, 1927, amid international, anti-American protests in which several people were killed.

The Evidence

When arrested, Sacco carried a loaded Colt automatic along with a variety of spare bullets. Ballistics tests matched his gun to one of the fatal bullets — a conclusion confirmed by ballistics tests in 1961 and 1983. Also confirming Sacco’s guilt was the fact that some of his spare bullets, though extremely rare, matched the fatal bullet. Also, the bullets found on him matched the brands of the spent shells at the crime scene. Though no more evidence was needed, tests in 1983 revealed that shells found at the crime scene were manufactured by the same machine as the bullets found on Sacco.

Vanzetti, though not tied to the crime by such unequivocal evidence, also carried a loaded revolver like the one that was taken from the paymaster’s guard as he was dying. Also incriminating were the contradictory alibis that Sacco & Vanzetti improvised in order to explain their suspicious behavior.

Yet, despite the obvious guilt of the defendants, how did this case become the bronzed icon known as “The Case of the Century”, or, as Stalin called it, “The second most important event of the 20th century”?

A Publicity Stunt

Realizing what a lame case he had, Fred Moore, Sacco & Vanzetti’s defense attorney, framed it as a morality play, pitting xenophobic New Englanders against two indigent immigrants with unpopular anarchist ideas. Moore thus pioneered the use of the “Oprah” factor, now relentlessly exploited to gain sympathy for a variety of miscreants, including Guantanamo detainees.

But the man who really energized the case as a vehicle of international anti-Americanism was Willi Munzenberg, Stalin’s public relations genius. Munzenberg saw the case as a way to discredit America as the world’s great melting pot which rivaled the Soviet myth of Russia as a worker’s paradise.

He finessed Felix Frankfurter, then a Harvard professor, into writing an article which became the most influential polemic supporting the defendants. Though the article was rubbish, Frankfurter’s prestige mesmerized the intelligentsia.

Munzenberg had the article circulated worldwide which attracted a host of gullible world class figures like H.G. Wells and others who relished seeing America degraded. So Munzenberg’s lie took root. As Paul Johnson, the peerless British historian writes: “The Sacco Vanzetti case laid the first of what were to be many archeological layers of anti-Americanism in the world, and destroyed the faith of many innocent people in the American dream.”

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