Archive for January 30th, 2009

Unlike Bush’s ‘Google Bomb,’ Google Quickly Defuses Obama’s

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Remember, you must love “The One”, or else. He is here to save you from yourself, so you must support him, or else. So let’s go grab an “O” and grin our praises to “The One”, or else.

It took four years for Google to address the “Google bomb” that was lobbed at former President Bush. But it took the Internet behemoth only a few days to defuse the same attack on President Obama.

Four years versus a few days … Some Googlers are asking why.

In 2003, President Bush’s detractors successfully gamed the Google search engine by arranging to have countless Web sites link the words “miserable failure” to Bush’s official biography on the White House Web site. The result was that when someone typed the search term “miserable failure” into the Google search box, Bush’s bio rose to the top of the search results.

And that’s how it stayed until 2007, when Google developed an algorithm to detect what became known as “Google bombs” and re-directed the term “miserable failure” to non-political pages.

Unfortunately for Obama, “miserable failure” reverted back to his bio when he moved into the White House. The new president was also Google-bombed with the phrase “cheerful achievement.”

But this time, Google stepped in quickly, rectifying the situation in a few days, instead of four years.

The difference in time did not go unnoticed.

“You let this go on for the entire Bush administration,” a reader named w3bgrrl wrote on a Google blog. “But since you bought the White House for Obama, you don’t want your candidates harmed … And your claims not withstanding, even liberals know you’re liberal.”

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David Limbaugh: “[Obama] Does Not Tolerate Dissent Well”

Friday, January 30th, 2009

David Limbaugh puts to words a thought that has been rattling around in my head lately:

“[Obama] professes to be open to all ideas but apparently brooks no dissent. He not only does not tolerate dissent well but also really doesn’t even like to be questioned, as we saw during the campaign, when he accused the normally fawning press of grilling him for merely asking a follow-up question. We caught another glimpse of this last week, when he showed irritation at the White House press corps for daring to ask him a policy question after he had decreed that the sole purpose of his visit was to press the flesh.”

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Obama ‘Friend’: End of Israel ‘Within Reach’

Friday, January 30th, 2009

JERUSALEM – Accusing the Jewish state of “genocide,” an anti-Israel Palestinian activist once commended by President Obama has predicted the end of Israel, which, he boasted, is “within reach, in our lifetimes.”

In a piece earlier this month titled, “Why Israel won’t survive,” Ali Abunimah, co-founder of Electronic Intifada, a pro-Palestinian online publication, accused Israel of war crimes and gloated, “Now, the other pillar of Israeli power – Western support and complicity – is starting to crack. We must do all we can to push it over.”

“It is Israel as a Zionist state, not Palestine or the Palestinian people, that cannot survive this attempted genocide. Its problem is legitimacy, or rather a profound and irreversible lack of it,” wrote Abunimah.

Abunimah previously was described as close to Obama and has introduced the politician at pro-Palestinian events. Referring to a time period in the late 1990s, Abunimah said that “Obama used to be very comfortable speaking up for and being associated with Palestinian rights and opposing the Israeli occupation.”

Abunimah was quoted stating Obama was “quite frank that the U.S. needed to be more evenhanded, that it leaned too much toward Israel.”

He noted Obama’s unusual stance toward Israel, commenting “these were the kind of statements I’d never heard from a U.S. politician who seemed like he was going somewhere, rather than at the end of his career.”

In his piece this month, Abunimah blasted Israel’s three-week campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, accusing the Israel Defense Forces of “massacr[ing] civilians in the hope that the population would turn against those fighting the occupier.”

“The death toll keeps rising as more bodies are pulled from carpet-bombed neighborhoods,” Abunimah claimed.

Israel did not carpet-bomb any area in the Gaza Strip. It carried out surgical precision strikes against specific Hamas targets. The IDF regularly warned civilians of incoming attacks with phone calls or text messages. The IDF routinely employed what it terms “roof knocking” – just prior to a targeted bombing, the building in question would receive a telephone call in Arabic warning that the structure was going to be bombed.

Hamas, on the other hand, was widely condemned for utilizing civilians as human shields and storing weapons and military infrastructure in civilian zones, including apartment buildings.

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“Obama: The Endless Honeymoon?” by Larry Elder

Friday, January 30th, 2009

“When,” someone recently asked me, “does President Obama’s media ‘honeymoon’ period end?”

Answer: It won’t.

Oh, sure, every relationship experiences peaks and valleys. But the “mainstream media” wanted Obama to win, and helped him do so. If Obama were a stock, the media would be “fully invested.”

During the Bush administration, we saw many “Big Stories” of “Bad Actions.” Let’s liken these stories to crimes. If Bush committed no crime, they reported an infraction. If he committed an infraction, they reported a misdemeanor. If he committed a misdemeanor, they reported a felony. If he committed a felony, they reported a capital offense. With Obama, the media reverse the procedure. Any future capital offense will get reported as a regular felony, a felony as a misdemeanor and so forth.

Obama’s inauguration showed the double standard on full display. The final tally for all the expenses won’t be out for a few months, but clearly the cost of Obama’s inauguration meets or exceeds Bush’s four years ago, even adjusted for inflation. And expect a higher price for security, in large part because about 400,000 people attended Bush’s last inauguration versus Obama’s 1.5 million to 1.8 million. Obama’s inaugural committee budgeted about $45 million for the fun stuff — such as balls and concerts and parades — with taxpayers putting up $49 million more, and local jurisdictions are asking federal taxpayers for another $75 million to cover their costs.

But back in 2005, when Bush’s second inaugural costs (excluding security) reached $42 million, the media attacked. Unseemly! Exorbitant! Extravagant! How can Bush justify the spending during wartime? Not only does the country remain at war, but our country now suffers a serious recession.

So what do the mainstream media say about Obama’s inaugural “extravagance”? Virtually nothing. One Associated Press article, headlined “For inaugural balls, go for glitz, forget economy,” opened with this lead: “So you’re attending an inaugural ball saluting the historic election of Barack Obama in the worst economic climate in three generations. Can you get away with glitzing it up and still be appropriate, not to mention comfortable and financially viable? To quote the man of the hour: Yes, you can. Veteran ballgoers say you should. And fashionistas insist that you must.” Four years ago, an Associated Press article that attacked Bush’s “extravagant” inauguration listed things $40 million could buy — from Humvees to vaccinations.

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“Innocent” Former Gitmo Detainee Now Al Qaeda Field Commander

Friday, January 30th, 2009

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Before he was released from Guantanamo, a Saudi detainee insisted he had only wanted to help refugees and was not a fighter. Now, as an Al Qaeda field commander sporting a bandolier of bullets, he is threatening the United States and has been hailed by a militant Web site as a veteran guerrilla and “a fomenter of war.”

The story of Abu al-Hareth Muhammad al-Oufi underscores the dilemma Barack Obama’s administration finds itself in: Keeping men locked up without trials invites global criticism but releasing them without a fair and diligent process to distinguish enemies from noncombatants exposes the U.S. and its allies to danger. It also shows how hard it is to separate truth from lies.

Al-Oufi was one of two former Saudi detainees at Guantanamo, the U.S. military prison in Cuba, who resurfaced last week in video clips as Al Qaeda fighters in Yemen. Their identities were confirmed in recent days by a U.S. counterterror official. Al-Oufi was detainee number 333 at Guantanamo.

Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs says it best:
“‘Hard to separate truth from lies?’ Oh yeah, it’s incredibly difficult. Who would have imagined that Islamic terrorists might actually lie?”

My sentiments exactly.

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“The Islamic Version of Orwell’s “1984″ Is Upon Us” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler

Friday, January 30th, 2009

How can we keep repeating ourselves without losing heart? What more is there to say? Telling the truth does not seem to work. The Big Lies, as well as the foul deeds, keep on happening. Expose one lie: A hundred more rise up in its place. Kill 100 Taliban and a hundred more take their places. We, who are still safely behind enemy lines, absolutely must keep documenting the hate speech and the terrorist atrocities; it is a profound form of resistance. One can tell that it is a form of warfare by the considerable toll it takes upon one’s body and soul.

How many times can one document the rise of the new anti-Semitism and the demonization of Israel? I have been doing so since 2001, both in a book (The New Anti-Semitism) and in hundreds, maybe thousands of articles, lectures, interviews. There are now hundreds of us who are also doing this heavy lifting: pundits, bloggers, distinguished authors, grassroots activists, retired folk. Some voices are outraged, many are maddeningly reasonable and consummately accurate. Still, the blood libels keep coming at us, without respite.

How many times can we document the nature of Islamic and terrorist religious and gender apartheid? Again, I and others, have been doing so for many years. Just today: I learned that six Pakistani men gang-raped a 14 year-old girl in front of her bound-and-gagged parents because they are all Christians. The Islamic Republic of Iran just arrested and jailed three converts to Christianity. (Leaving Islam is considered a capital crime). A judge in Egypt told 24 year-old Christian convert, Martha Samuel Makkar, who was caught trying to flee the country, that “If I had a knife I would kill you.” Miraculously, he allowed her to go free. (Her extended family have threatened to kill her).

The Taliban have been shutting down schools for girls in Afghanistan and throwing acid in the faces of those who persist in attending. These human demons are branching out into Swat, Pakistan where they have already destroyed 169 schools for girls. The area is, increasingly, a “no go” zone, even for the Pakistani police, hundreds of whom have been shot, be-headed, or otherwise slain for trying to protect civilians.

Now, the local Taliban leader, Shah Doran, has demanded that civilians listen to him nightly on the radio or risk being lashed or be-headed. Doran outlines newly proscribed “un-Islamic activities like selling DVDs, watching cable television, singing and dancing, criticizing the Taliban, shaving beards and allowing girls to attend school.” Doran also announces whom he plans to execute the following day. Either one flees or “turns up headless and dumped in the village square.”

One resistance fighter, Pir Samiullah, fought the Taliban. He was killed and buried in a secret location. The Taliban kept be-heading people until they revealed the place of his burial. They dug him up and hung his body in the square. Then, they desecrated it. They also displayed the bullet-ridden body of one of the city’s most famous dancing girls “splayed on the main square.” Another Taliban terrorist, one Maulana Fazlullah, commands hundreds of fighters who roam the valley with “sniper rifles, Kalashnikovs, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, mortar tubes…night-vision goggles and flak vests.”

The civilians are terrified. They will not rise up against their tormenters. Thus, even if they are peaceful, moderate Muslims they, like the civilians in Somalia, Sudan, and Gaza, will not stop the advance of the barbarians. Even Nato feels it is losing its battle against the Taliban in Afghanistan due to “tensions within the alliance.”

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