Archive for April 16th, 2009

Tea Party Quote of the Day

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

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“They are welcome to come and listen to us, for a change.”
-San Antonio Tea Party Organizers to Politicians

Well said, folks. Very well said.

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Obama Dept. of Propaganda (aka Mainstream Media) Use Tea Parties to Make Toilet Humor (Content Warning)

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

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Emperor Obama’s Department of Propaganda, formerly known as the Mainstream Media, couldn’t wait to tear down the average rank and file citizens, who were showing their disdain for the governments spending habits , in the form of Tea Parties, by making “toilet humor” about these people and events.
This is what our “media” has degraded to. They are no longer interested in reporting the news, but are little more than the shills for Emperor Obama and his ilk (Pelosi and Reid).

For thousands of Americans, Tax Day was a moment to protest what they see as bloated budgets and a pile of debt being passed on to their children.

For CNN, MSNBC and other media outlets, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to use the word “teabagging” in a sentence.

Teabagging, for those who don’t live in a frat house, refers to a sexual act involving part of the male genitalia and a second person’s face or mouth.

So when the anti-tax “tea party” protests were held Wednesday across the country, cable anchors and guests — who for weeks had all but ignored the story — covered the protests by cracking a litany of barely concealed sexual references.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper interspersed “teabagging” references with analyst David Gergen’s more staid commentary on how Republicans are still “searching for their voice.”

“It’s hard to talk when you’re teabagging,” Cooper explained. Gergen laughed, but Cooper kept a straight face.

MSNBC’s David Shuster weaved a tapestry of “Animal House” humor Monday as he filled in for Countdown host Keith Olbermann.

The protests, he explained, amount to “Teabagging day for the right wing and they are going nuts for it.”

He described the parties as simultaneously “full-throated” and “toothless,” and continued: “They want to give President Obama a strong tongue-lashing and lick government spending.” Shuster also noted how the protesters “whipped out” the demonstrations this past weekend.

Tea Party participants were not amused. The events were held in dozens of cities across the country, and while some demonstrators were criticized for wielding off-topic and sometimes insensitive protest signs, most took to the streets to speak out against government spending.

Brent Bozell, president of the conservative Media Research Center, said the media coverage was “insulting,” reacting specifically to CNN reporter Susan Roesgen’s combative interviews with Illinois demonstrators in which she declared that the protests were “anti-CNN” and supported by FOX News. She left the teabagging jokes to her colleagues, though.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Bozell said. “The oral sex jokes on (CNN) and particularly MSNBC on teabagging … they had them by the dozens. That’s how insulting they were toward people who believe they’re being taxed too highly.”

Max Pappas, public policy vice president at FreedomWorks — a small-government group which promoted the tea parties — said it’s a “shame” media outlets cracked jokes at a genuine “grassroots uprising.”

“I think what that reveals is how worried they are that this might actually be something serious. You make fun of things you’re afraid of, I’d say,” Pappas said.

If anyone thinks the orally charged remarks on mainstream cable were just a coincidence, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow’s segments over the past week with guest, Air America’s Ana Marie Cox, would dissolve all doubt. Their on-air gymnastics, dancing around the double entendre of the week, looked like live-action Beavis and Butthead.

By one count, the two of them used the word “teabag” more than 50 times on one show. And on Monday, Cox even let the viewers in on their joke — referencing, a site which offers a number of colorful definitions for the term “teabagging.”

“Well, there is a lot of love in teabagging,” Cox said. “It is curious, though, as you point out, they do not use the verb ‘teabag.’ It might be because they’re less enthusiastic about teabagging than some of the more corporate conservatives who seem to have taken to it quite easily.”

Jenny Beth Martin, a Republican activist who helped organize one protest in Atlanta, said she’s not too worried about the protests being dismissed by some media outlets. She estimated 750,000 people attended more than 800 protests in all 50 states, and that at the very least the local media and community newspapers documented it.

“Our message definitely got out where it needed to get,” she said.

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High School Hazing Rife, Growing ‘More Brutal’

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

This statement from the article is noteworthy:

“‘We’re still having hazing incidents in this country in high schools. They’re getting more brutal. They’re getting more sexual. And they’re being pushed down into middle schools,’ said Elliot Hopkins of the National Federation of State High School Associations.”

What did we expect to happen when we, as a society, shove “sex without consequences” down our children’s throats 24/7? When sex is marginalized to the point of being a casual social event? What did we expect when we took God, and as an extension, the moral absolutes, out of the school? Did we actually believe that things would be better? Did we actually believe that our children would act better? The only people we were fooling were ourselves.

PORTLAND, Maine — Authors of an ambitious survey of hazing in colleges and universities have turned their attention to high schools and discovered that many freshmen arrive on campus with experience — with 47 percent reporting getting hazed in high school.

As in college, high school hazing pervaded groups from sports teams to the yearbook staff and performing arts, according to professors Elizabeth Allan and Mary Madden of the University of Maine’s College of Education and Human Development.

The hazing included activities from silly stunts to drinking games, with 8 percent of the students drinking to the point of getting sick or passing out, they said.

Just like college students, high schoolers are susceptible to getting swept up in group activities and doing things they might not otherwise do, the authors said.

“That group dynamic can lead to the escalation where you have the hazing that’s been reported in the news, some horrendous incidents,” Madden said.

Among them: a “powder puff” event in which several seniors at a suburban Chicago high school were suspended or charged with roughing up junior girls, and junior varsity football players being sodomized by teammates at their New York high school.

The professors’ findings, to be presented Thursday during the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting in San Diego, suggest that little has changed since the last major survey of hazing in American high schools in 2000.

That survey, led by Norm Pollard at Alfred University, indicated that 48 percent of high schoolers belonging to school groups were hazed.

While lack of any significant improvement is bad enough, the nature of hazing has become more dangerous and destructive, some educators say.

“We’re still having hazing incidents in this country in high schools. They’re getting more brutal. They’re getting more sexual. And they’re being pushed down into middle schools,” said Elliot Hopkins of the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Allan and Madden previously reported on college hazing using a survey of 11,480 students at 53 colleges and universities. The result was the biggest study of hazing in higher education to date, said Pollard, who served as an adviser.

This time, the professors tapped the same pool of participants to explore what happened to them prior to their arrival on college campuses.

Allan and Madden found the highest rates of hazing among members of sports teams (47 percent), ROTC (46 percent), and bands and performing arts organizations (34 percent). The average for other school organizations was 20 percent, the researchers reported.

Hazing-related activities included being required to associate only with the peer group (28 percent), singing or chanting in public (21 percent), verbal abuse (19 percent), sleep deprivation (12 percent), and getting a tattoo or piercing (12 percent), they said.

Twelve percent of the survey’s respondents participated in a drinking game, and 8 percent drank until getting sick or losing consciousness, they said.

Hopkins said he is particularly worried that activities are becoming more sexually charged in cases of cheerleaders being forced to undress and shave in front of their peers, or boys and girls being forced to simulate sex acts to join a group.

At its worst, hazing can lead to sexual assault, as happened with a highly publicized incident involving a football team from Long Island, N.Y., he said.

In that case, several junior varsity players were sodomized with sticks, pine cones and golf balls at preseason training camp in Pennsylvania. Four students were charged, five football coaches fired and the team’s football season canceled.

The psychological harm from hazing can follow into students’ relationships, marriages, parenting and workplace, Pollard said.

“It’s not just ‘boys being boys.’ It teaches impressionable young adults about power, control, humiliation and how you treat other individuals,” he said.

Allan and Madden, who are based at the University of Maine campus in Orono, say they were disturbed to learn that hazing is taking a back seat as high school administrators focus on bullying.

“We’ve had educators say, ‘Isn’t that the same as bullying?”‘ Madden said. “It just indicates the amount of education that’s needed all around.”

Bullies do not want the victim to be part of their group, and their goal is to humiliate, ostracize and degrade to make themselves feel bigger and better, Madden said. Hazing is different because it involves a group dynamic and coercion.

“The coercion can be subtle, but it’s powerful,” Allan said. “You have these really nice people who are generally reasonable kids making sound decisions for the most part. And then all of a sudden they’re swept up in his group dynamic — it contributes to impairing judgment.”

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Spanish Study Sparks Skepticism About Green Jobs

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

For the last several months, President Obama has held up Spain, Germany and Japan as countries America needs to emulate in creating so-called green jobs — those involved in renewable energy production — to rev up the economy.

“Will America watch as the clean energy jobs and industries of the future flourish in countries like Spain, Japan or Germany?” he asked in January.

But a new report out of Spain says if that country is any indication, Americans shouldn’t be depending on green jobs to help the U.S. economy.

Gabriel Calzada Alvarez, a professor, has released a study with startling claims about what’s happened in Spain and what he predicts will play out in America.

Calzada says for every green job that’s created with government funding, 2.2 regular jobs are lost and that only one in 10 green jobs wind up being permanent.

With billions slated to go toward similar programs in the U.S. the study is sparking new concerns.

“Well it’s an awful lot of money that is being funneled,” said Patrick Michaels, a senior fellow in environmental studies at the CATO Institute. “If we don’t pay for it, I guess we’ll get some inflation out of it. Or we could tax people and that would probably cost jobs. Take your pick. You can’t get something for nothing.”

But critics of the study say it doesn’t translate to the U.S. economy and that the dire predictions are overblown.

“A lot of critics have missed the point, acting as if this was sort of all public investments to create government jobs,” said Bracken Hendricks, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, who is an expert on environmental issues.

“Nothing could be further from the truth. This is about the private sector, it’s about innovating in business and it’s about putting the economy back to work.”

When asked about the study Tuesday, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said he hadn’t read it but that if it had any merit, the U.S. wouldn’t be busy importing wind turbine parts from Spain to meet the demands for renewable energy here at home.

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Afghans Throw Stones at Women Protesting Rape in Marriage Law

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

In Islam, a woman is a man’s property, like a dog or a cow, sheep or goat. He can do anything with her/to her that he wants to, up to and including killing her.
Women protest in Afghanistan are pretty much unheard of and these brave women are putting themselves at great risk (as shown in the article) for even having the urge to protest, let alone actually do it.
Pray for their safety.

KABUL — Dozens of young women braved crowds of bearded men screaming “dogs!” on Wednesday to protest an Afghan law that lets husbands demand sex from their wives. Some of the men picked up small stones and pelted the women.

“Slaves of the Christians!” chanted the 800 or so counter-demonstrators, a mix of men and women. A line of female police officers locked hands to keep the groups apart.

The warring protests highlight the explosive nature of the women’s rights debate in Afghanistan. Both sides are girding for battle over the legislation, which has sparked an international uproar since being quietly signed into law last month.

The law says a husband can demand sex with his wife every four days, unless she is ill or would be harmed by intercourse. It also regulates when and for what reasons a wife may leave her home without a male escort.

Though the law would apply only to the country’s Shiites, who make up less than 20 percent of Afghanistan’s 30 million people, many fear its passage marks a return to Taliban-style oppression of women. The Taliban, who ruled Afghanistan from 1996-2001, required women to wear all-covering burqas and banned them from leaving home unless accompanied by a male relative.

Governments and rights groups around the world have condemned the legislation, and President Barack Obama has labeled it “abhorrent.” Afghan President Hamid Karzai has remanded the law to the Justice Department for review and put enforcement on hold.

A host of Afghan intellectuals, politicians and even a number of Cabinet ministers have come out against the law. But those who decry the legislation face quick criticism from conservative Muslim clerics and their followers, as Wednesday’s protests showed.

“You are a dog! You are not a Shiite woman!” one man shouted to a young woman in a head scarf.

The woman, who held a banner reading “We don’t want Taliban law,” replied quietly: “This is my land and my people.”

The demonstrators chose a risky spot to hold their protest — in front of the mosque of the legislation’s main backer — and were easily outnumbered by supporters of the law. They said many women had been stopped on their way to the protest.

In the end, more women demonstrated in favor of the law than against it: A few hundred Shiite women marched with banners to join the angry men. They blamed foreigners for inciting the protests.

“We don’t want foreigners interfering in our lives. They are the enemy of Afghanistan,” said 24-year-old Mariam Sajadi.

Sajadi is engaged to be married, and said she plans to ask her husband’s permission to leave the house as put forth in the law. She said other articles — such as the one allowing husbands to demand sex — have been misinterpreted by Westerners prejudiced against Islam. She did not elaborate.

On the other side of the shouting, Mehri Rezai, 32, urged her countrymen to reject the law.

“This law treats women as if we were sheep,” she said. [welcome to Islam… -ed.]

Both sides say they’re defending their constitutional rights — but Afghanistan’s constitution is unclear. It defers to Islamic law as the highest authority, but also guarantees equal rights for women.

Abbas Noyan, a Shiite lawmaker who opposes the law, said he is hopeful it will be changed. But others are less sure, and even the country’s minister of women’s affairs, who is female, has declined to comment on the law.

New York-based Human Rights Watch maintains that the judicial review ordered by Karzai is unlikely to be truly independent because those leading the process come from a conservative Shiite background.

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Massive Tax Day Tea Party, CNN: Fools Again and Fox News Channel “a Little Too Overzealous”

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

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Michelle Malkin has more coverage on the Tea Parties. Also a CNN reporter calls the protests “not fit for family viewing” because of an “offensive” anti-Obama sign that compares Obama to a fascist, but showing CNN’s duplicitous reporting, Newsbusters catches the same reporter at an anti-Bush rally in New Orleans in which she refers to a huge Bush puppet with horns and a Hitler mustache as a “lookalike”. And at America’s Right, Jeff Schreiber says “I do think that Fox News Channel’s coverage was a little too overzealous at times”, but follows up with my sentiments exactly, “I’m fine with Fox News being a little overzealous in tea party coverage, as it nearly compensated for the complete blackout from the rest of the mainstream press.”

“Massive: Tax Day Tea Party USA” By Michelle Malkin

I just have one word: Wow. More than 800 tea parties across the country. Here’s your first photo/vid round-up from the events across the country, large and small, every corner of this great nation (hit your refresh button often…I’ll keep updating…11:20pm…just added tons more crowd pix and vid…trying to keep ‘em all in one post to give you the full breadth and scope of the protests — not just the size, but the reach, a true sense of which is missing from the MSM coverage. More coming…):

“CNN Beclowns Itself” By Michelle Malkin

So, the Tea Party protests are “not fit for family viewing” according to one very unhappy CNN reporter, Susan Roesgen, who also fumes over what she calls an “offensive” anti-Obama sign that compares Obama to a fascist. (And yes, I told you this was going to happen.)

But guess what? Newsbusters caught the same indignantly indignant Susan Roesgen covering an anti-Bush rally in New Orleans in which she blithely refers to a huge Bush puppet with horns and a Hitler mustache as a “lookalike.”

“President Bush “Look-Alike” a Cross Between Satan and Hitler?” from NewsBusters

Does President Bush resemble Adolf Hitler and Satan? That seemed to be the implication during the 9am half hour of CNN’s American Morning. A protester wearing a George W. Bush mask, complete with a colored in Hitler-esque mustache and red horns attached to the forehead was deemed a Bush “look-alike” by reporter Susan Roesgen. In her report on how the bureaucracy at FEMA is delaying federal funds for rebuilding New Orleans, Roesgen highlighted a group of female Catholic school students demonstrating for money to repair the city’s levees. The students, as Roesgen noted, “hoped the President would stop by” the protest. It was then that the demonstrator wearing the Bush mask was highlighted on camera, while Roesgen narrated, “But while a look-alike showed up with a wad of cash, Mr. Bush did not.” The “wad of cash” in the demonstrator’s hand was actually several phony dollar bills mocking the Bush administration.

Susan Roesgen: “City officials aren’t the only ones wondering when federal money will materialize. Catholic school girls marched on Jackson Square. They and their teachers say more money is needed to fix the levees, and they hoped the President would stop by after his meeting with business leaders. But while a look-alike showed up with a wad of cash, Mr. Bush did not.”

“Unbelievable” by Jeff Schreiber at America’s Right

You know, when my daughter is old enough to be snide with me, I think the proper response would be something along the lines of “watch your tone, young lady.”

That seems appropriate here.

I could go on for hours about how the reaction to the tea party protests served as a bellwether for bias in the mainstream press, but it’s nearing 3:00 a.m. and I’ve still got some more studying to do before hitting the pillow. So, fill in the blanks yourselves here, folks. It certainly doesn’t take a master of perception to see what’s going on — the overt bias here sticks out like Rosie O’Donnell’s thonged posterior in a Victoria’s Secret catalog.

Incidentally, I do think that Fox News Channel’s coverage was a little too overzealous at times. In fact, since the election, the network has indeed made a big jump to the right (though it’s still closer to the center than either MSNBC or CNN). Honestly, with regard to the network’s rightward jump or its blanket coverage of the tea party protests, I don’t have a problem with it at all. Like the folks over at Ace of Spades said today, I’m fine with Fox News being a little overzealous in tea party coverage, as it nearly compensated for the complete blackout from the rest of the mainstream press.

That’s “the other side” of the story he gives you for balance, in a “to be fair” type one paragraph diversion. The main side he pushes is that FoxNews is too much the cheerleader for tea parties — arguably true, yes, but given that FoxNews’ mission is to be a tonic and corrective to the lapses and biases of the MSM, ought we not dwell on the MSM black-out of the movement rather than FoxNews’ “overcaffeinated” reportage?

I know for a fact that when 50 or so professional leftist protesters congregate to protest, say, the Asian Dawn (“I read about them in Time Magazine”), the MSM covers the story, often prominently. CNN’s top headlines never fail to include some small potatoes lefty protest. And yet when millions of amateur protesters get together, the MSM deems it unworthy of mention.

steve_in_hb made that point to me yesterday: the left protests on a near-daily basis, because they’re students or permanent casualties of the acid-fueled Summer of Love. As a general matter, they are underemployed; they don’t usually have to get away from the office to protest. Furthermore, it’s largely the same people week-in, week-out protesting; as such, these are largely social gatherings, street parties with placards.

By the way, the Hans Gruber quote . . . phenomenal.

Napolitano Apologizes for Offending Veterans After DHS Eyes Them for ‘Rightwing Extremism’

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Too little, too late, Jan.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano apologized to veterans after a report issued by her department said troops returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were at risk for being recruited by right-wing extremists.

“To the extent veterans read it as an accusation — and apology is owed,” she said in an on-air interview on FOX News Thursday, a day after veterans’ groups and members of Congress blasted her for the report, which they said libeled members of the armed forces.

“The last thing I want to do is offend or castigate all veterans. To the contrary, let’s meet and clear the air,” she said.

A footnote in the report, which was released last week by DHS’ Office of Intelligence and Analysis, said that while there is no specific information that domestic right-wing terrorists are planning acts of violence, such acts could come from unnamed “rightwing extremists” concerned about illegal immigration, abortion, increasing federal power and restrictions on firearms — and singled out returning war veterans as susceptible to recruitment.

“If there’s one part of this report that I would rewrite … it would be that footnote,” Napolitano said.

Napolitano defended the report Wednesday, saying it is part of an ongoing series of assessments to provide information to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies on “violent radicalization” in the United States.

“Let me be clear: we monitor the risks of violent extremism taking root here in the United States,” Napolitano said in a statement. “We don’t have the luxury of focusing our efforts on one group; we must protect the country from terrorism whether foreign or homegrown, and regardless of the ideology that motivates its violence.”

Veterans groups like the American Legion and Vets for Freedom quickly criticized the report, which described disgruntled veterans as coveted recruits for group looking for “combat skills and experience.”

In a letter to Napolitano on Tuesday, American Legion National Commander David Rehbein blasted the report as incomplete and politically-biased.

“The American Legion is well aware and horrified at the pain inflicted during the Oklahoma City bombing, but Timothy McVeigh was only one of more than 42 million veterans who have worn this nation’s uniform during wartime,” Rehbein wrote. “To continue to use McVeigh as an example of the stereotypical ‘disgruntled military veteran’ is unfair as using Osama bin Laden as the sole example of Islam.”

Napolitano acknowledged Rehbein’s letter on Wednesday and said she plans to meet with him sometime next week.

Pete Hegseth, chairman of Vets for Freedom, said the report represents a “gross misunderstanding and oversimplification” of the country’s service members.

“It’s amazing they would single out veterans as a threat to this country,” said Hegseth, an Army veteran who served in Iraq. “It underscores a pervasive belief that some are trying to spread that veterans are victims and we’re coming home as damaged goods that need to be coddled instead of celebrated.”

The report follows a similar DHS assessment released in January that detailed left-wing threats, focusing on cyberattacks and radical “eco-terrorist” groups like Earth Liberation Front, accused of firebombing construction sites, logging companies, car dealerships and food science labs. The report noted that left-wing extremists prefer economic damage to get their message across.

“Their leftwing assessment identifies actual terrorist organizations, like the Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front,” House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said Wednesday. “The rightwing report uses broad generalizations about veterans, pro-life groups, federalists and supporters of gun rights. That’s like saying if you love puppies, you might be susceptible to recruitment by the Animal Liberation Front. It is ridiculous and deeply offensive to millions of Americans.”

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“The Tenth Amendment, Hypocrisy, and Right-Wing Extremists Like You and Me” By Rick Saunders

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

In a press conference held last week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry articulated a concern that has long simmered under the surface of the nation’s states, and asked a question being asked by concerned Americans from coast to coast: has the intrusive hand of the federal government now become so oppressive and hostile to the existence of the states and to the free and productive lives of its citizens that a new resurgence of popular support for the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution is needed?

His answer: you bet it has, and the time has come to draw a line in the sand and say “enough is enough.” And yes, Virginia, Perry is a Republican.

Gov. Perry has thrown his support behind a movement in the Texas Legislature to enact HCR 50, a concurrent resolution reaffirming the proper relationship between the federal government and the states under the Tenth Amendment. That amendment, eloquent in its simplicity, states that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” A return to its powerful purpose is long overdue.

Under it, the Founding Fathers, as well as the representatives of the individual states of the fledgling republic who demanded it as an integral part of the Bill of Rights, understood that the federal government existed at the sufferance of the states, and not vice versa. Although this bedrock principle has resided at the core of the Tenth Amendment since 1791, over the years and decades and under both Republican and Democrat administrations–the jury is still out on the current administration as to whether it is more socialistic than anything else–its meaning and significance have been blurred, diluted and, until very recently, simply ignored.

But, as held in New York v. United States, 505 U.S. 44 (1992), under the Constitution and the Tenth Amendment, the states are not and were never intended to be mere “federal outposts” created to implement federal policies at the dictate of federal “authorities.” Ruling for the Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor noted that the federal government and the Congress “… may not simply commandeer the legislative and regulatory processes of the states” to implement and enforce federal policies. And yet, that is precisely what has happened in far, far too many instances, ranging all the way from the storage of nuclear waste to enforcement of gun laws to, believe it or not, Indian gaming.

Governor Perry is right: enough is enough and more states should follow his lead. And what better time to say “enough is enough” than now, when the most leftist chief executive in the history of the country now seems intent on changing the nation from the republic it has been for the last 220 years into an aggregation of battling classes more resembling Huxley’s Brave New World and without the slightest concern for the rights of the states under the Tenth Amendment.

Ah, but wait — there’s more. As The Chosen One and his cadre of apparatchiks continue to steer the ship of state into waters even more perilous than those off the coast of Somalia, the most recent preview of what lies ahead for people like Perry comes in the form of a just-declassified and released report from the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”). If anything is more in danger of being hijacked than a cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden these days, it is the United States Constitution in the District of Columbia.

The hypocrisy of the current administration and, in particular, the DHS regime under Secretary Janet Napolitano, starts on the first page of the “assessment,” entitled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.”

Rightwing extremism?

The DHS, now headed up by former Arizona Gov. Janet “What Budget Calamity?” Napolitano, has produced a document which reads like a draft criminal indictment of all things conservative, libertarian or even vaguely Republican. And perish the thought that someone would look to the Tenth or (shudder) the Second Amendment to try to learn of one’s rights under the Constitution.

Underscoring the abject hypocrisy of the DHS “assessment” and the mentality of its authors, whoever they may be, the report throughout refers to the targets of the report as “domestic rightwing terrorists,” “rightwing extremists,” “small terrorist cells” and “rightwing extremist radicalization.”

This from the same woman who, less than 30 days ago, stated that the terms “terrorist” and “terrorism” were being given the administration’s Orwellian Newspeak scrub and that, henceforth, the Obama administration would refuse to characterize Islamist murderers of civilians as “terrorists” and that “terrorism” itself would now be known only by its politically correct alias, “man-caused disasters.” Napolitano has apparently become a big fan of Napoleon the pig’s axiom in Animal Farm that “all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others” only, in her view, Islamist acts of decapitation are “man-caused disasters” while the only persons now capable of “terrorism” are “domestic rightwing terrorists.”

Disgusting, but oh, so typical.

What emerges is an ugly image of the United States Department of Homeland Security and its commandant calling the Islamist decapitation of a conscious, screaming Daniel Pearl a “man-caused disaster” while the legitimate concerns of non-Obots that their Constitution is being fed through a turbocharged industrial shredder constitute the rumblings of “domestic rightwing terrorists.”

Want some choice quotes from the report? How about the perceptions of “many rightwing extremist groups” that gun control legislation might eviscerate their Second Amendment rights and cause weapon and ammunition stockpiling and that “[s]uch activity, combined with a heightened level of extremist paranoia, has the potential to facilitate criminal activity and violence.”

Point one, “paranoia” is an unjustified fear. Remember, the first thing that dictatorships do when solidifying power is the disarming of the citizenry. Point two, since when did a citizen’s concern over rights protected by the U.S. Constitution become an acceptable basis for the slander that this will “facilitate criminal activity and violence?” The obvious, ominous answer seems to be: January 20, 2009.

The “assessment” also contends that “domestic rightwing terrorists” perceive the threat of the rise of other nations as being inimical to the interests of the United States (huh?) and that–get this–“[r]ightwing extremist views bemoan the decline of U.S. stature and have recently focused on themes such as the loss of U.S manufacturing capability to China and India….”

Say what? Is this not the identical propaganda line invoked by The Chosen One on the campaign trail when he was castigating all things Republican, dissing all things Bush and condemning all things corporate America in order to bamboozle the electorate into believing that he was better qualified–not to be confused, Virginia, with “eligible,” a completely different constitutional issue–to be elected president?

So, on that note, does this DHS report thus actually suggest that Obama himself may be a stealth rightwing extremist? Hmm. Maybe somebody should pose the question to his TelePrompTer. Regardless, Texas Gov. Perry, on the other hand, might need to start looking over his shoulder — his left shoulder, that is, as that’s their favorite side for attack.

So we are left with the question: What, exactly, are these people ingesting at night? I thought they harvested and hoarded away, like so much ammunition from members of that extremist group, the National Rifle Association, all the funny mushrooms from out behind the Rose Garden when Clinton loaded up the last U-Haul in 2000. Apparently not.

Rick Saunders is a freelance writer who splits his time between endeavors in southern California and the American southwest. He began writing for America’s Right in December 2008.

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Thousands of Anti-Tax ‘Tea Party’ Protesters Turn Out in U.S. Cities

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

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It begins. If things don’t change, expect to see more and bigger “parties”.

Chants like “Give me liberty, not debt” and “Our kids can’t afford you” were heard across several U.S. cities Wednesday as anti-tax “tea party” protesters took to the streets to voice their opposition to big government spending.

Thousands of protesters — some dressed in colonial wigs with tea bags hanging from their eyeglasses — showed up in states from California to Kentucky to Massachusetts, holding signs and reading speeches lambasting the Obama administration’s tax-and-spend policies.

“I have two little kids and I know we are mortgaging their futures away,” one protester at a rally in Austin, Texas told FOX News. “It makes me sick to my stomach.”

The demonstrations are part of a larger grassroots movement against government spending called Taxed Enough Already, or TEA — giving name to the Tax Day Tea Parties — and come more than 235 years after the original Boston Tea Party revolt against taxes.

Protesters gathered in cities across the country.

Shouts rang out from Kentucky, which just passed tax increases on cigarettes and alcohol, to Salt Lake City, where many in the crowd booed Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman for accepting about $1.5 billion in stimulus money. Even in Alaska, where there is no statewide income tax or sales tax, hundreds of people held signs and chanted “No more spending.”

“Frankly, I’m mad as [edited],” said businessman Doug Burnett at a rally at the Iowa Capitol, where many of the about 1,000 people wore red shirts declaring “revolution is brewing.” Burnett added: “This country has been on a spending spree for decades, a spending spree we can’t afford.”

In Boston, a few hundred protesters gathered on the Boston Common — a short distance from the original Tea Party — some dressed in Revolutionary garb and carrying signs that said “Barney Frank, Bernie Madoff: And the Difference Is?” and “D.C.: District of Communism.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry fired up a tea party at Austin City Hall with his stance against the federal government, as some in his U.S. flag-waving audience shouted, “Secede!”

But unlike many events around the country, politicians were not allowed to speak at a separate rally in San Antonio.

“They are welcome to come and listen to us, for a change,” organizers said in a statement.

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