1.5 Billion Bin Ladens – Tea Party Nation

 

1.5 Billion Bin Ladens – Tea Party Nation.

by Alan Caruba

Amidst the graffiti on the wall outside the U.S. embassy in Cairo, one of the rioters scrawled “1.5 Billion Bin Ladens.” Last time I heard, the last thing bin Laden saw was a member of Seal Team Six just before he took a bullet to the head. That is the way a nation that has been attacked responds to the murder of nearly three thousand of its citizens.

To suggest, as the White House keeps saying, that rioting in more than twenty-five mostly Muslim nations is the result of some amateur film that no one has seen reveals an administration that thinks Americans are stupid and unaware that President Obama’s foreign policy in the Middle East is responsible for the crisis that has killed our ambassador to Libya and others. A compliant mainstream news media continues to report this fiction.

At the heart of events is the intention to create a Muslim caliphate stretching across the Middle East, Northern Africa, and into Southeast Asia. One that will stretch into Europe and, presumably, America. The aim is to establish governments in which Sharia law will replace any remnants of democracy and freedom. It is being aided and abetted by Barack Hussein Obama.

I don’t want 1.5 billion Muslims to die. I just want them to stop attacking America, the West, and each other. The likelihood is that many, if not most, Muslims find the rioters an offense to Islam, but if they said so out loud, they are just as likely to become a dead Muslim. No other faith of the many on planet Earth requires its faithful to make war on everyone that is not a Muslim.

There is no making peace with the more radical elements of Islam for whom dying as a martyr is so appealing they believe that killing other people is worth strapping on a bomb.

Jews don’t believe this. Christians don’t believe this. Hindus don’t believe this. And Buddhists don’t believe this.

The history of Islam reveals a pattern of conquest by a cult that venerates a self-proclaimed prophet.

In 612 AD, Mohammed began to preach his new “religion.” It was a patchwork of what he knew of Judaism and Christianity with a mix of local pagan faiths. Its greatest appeal was that it endorsed the pillage of caravans and then of tribes as a means to acquire wealth. It permitted men to have several wives and reduced women to chattel. If you were a malcontent forever looking for someone to hate, you were instructed to hate—and kill—all non-believers in Allah.

In 632 AD, Mohammed died. His followers launched “holy wars” to spread Islam and, in the process, created the schism between Sunnis and Shiites concerning who was Mohammed’s rightful successor. They still disagree and, as we have seen, do not hesitate to kill one another.

By 638 AD, Muslims had conquered Jerusalem and, within a few decades, controlled an empire stretching from Libya to Afghanistan, a landmass that includes modern day Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Iran.

In 673 AD, the first Muslim attack on Christian Constantinople was repulsed. Having established Islam throughout northern Africa, Muslims invaded Spain in 711 AD where they would remain for seven centuries until driven out. When they tried to go farther north in Europe, they were stopped at Poitiers, France in 732 AD.

Between 1095 and 1291, led by the Catholic Church, a series of crusades ensued. The latter ones were more successful, recapturing Jerusalem in 1099. Saladin would recapture it in 1187 AD. In 1453 AD, Constantinople fell to Ottoman armies and the Church lost its base in the Middle East. Rome would become its capitol.

Thereafter the greatest threat to Europe was the Ottomans, but in 1683 their army was decisively defeated near Vienna, ending any expansion. It would not be until World War I that the Ottoman Empire would be dismembered by Britain and France.

Muslims have long memories and still resent the loss of Spain despite their spread into India and parts of Asia. When Israel declared itself an independent nation in 1948 those memories were inflamed because Islam does not cede land it once controlled.

In the modern era, the West has mostly sought to control the Middle East through the proxies of various despots, but that has not always worked out as they wished. After invading Afghanistan the Soviet Union collapsed when they were driven out. They lost control over satellite nations in Eastern Europe. The U.S. is seen as losing the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Militant Islam is on the rise again, driven in large measure by Iran, but also funded and encouraged by Saudi Arabia despite its reliance on American military power to protect it. The present turmoil has nothing to do with a quest for democracy and freedom.

In Egypt the overthrow of Hosni Mubarack put the Muslim Brotherhood in charge and President Obama had signaled his support when he gave his apology speech in Cairo in 2009. He then supported the overthrow of Libya’s dictator.

In all likelihood, Israel will have to mount a military mission to damage Iran’s nuclear program. If it does not, it will be destroyed. After Israel, America will be next. So let’s root for Israel even if the present administration does not.

America’s problem is the present administration of Barack Hussein Obama who was elected in 2008 despite the fact that his father was a Muslim, his step-father was a Muslim, and his outreach to Muslims has proven to be a colossal failure.

America responded to the 2001 attack on 9/11 with military action in Afghanistan and Iraq. It did not pursue these wars as we once did against Nazi Germany or Imperial Japan in the last century which ended with the demand for an unconditional surrender and a long occupation.

That’s going to be hard to achieve as President Obama continues to reduce our nuclear arsenal and massive budget cuts to our military power kick in. Those who think that America can withdraw from the Muslim turmoil and aggression behind two great oceans are wrong. We could not do that in the 1940s, we could not do that in 2001, and we cannot do it now.

© Alan Caruba, 2012

 

The Party of…. – Tea Party Nation

The Party of…. – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

The true colors of the Democrat Party were on full display this week at their convention in Charlotte.

 The display from the Democrats this week shows they truly are the party of…

 You fill in the blank.

The Democrats opened their convention with an Islamic prayer service led by a man who has called for the overthrow of the “filthy” American government and to have it replaced by an Islamic state

 That has worked out so well in Iran, Afghanistan and Egypt among other places.  That’s a good idea.

 The Democrats took God out of their platform, booed when he was put back in and truthfully those who wanted him out of the platform probably won that vote.

 Then, after repeated insults to those who hold Christian beliefs, an olive branch was offered.  The Democrats hastily accepted the offer by Cardinal Dolan to offer the benediction.

When he offered the benediction, he offered an explicitly prolife benediction. 

 The left went nuts.

 While conservatives are not allowed to dare question Obama’s Christianity (or lack thereof), it was open season on the top Catholic Prelate in America.

 Liberals took to twitter saying all manner of foul things about the Archbishop

Twichy has got a pretty good rundown on the slime. (warning, the language is very obscene).

 This is liberal tolerance on full display.  No one is allowed to disagree with liberal orthodoxy. 

 Conservatives are told that we must tolerate any liberal idiocy and the first word out of the mouth of your average liberal about a conservative is that we are “intolerant.”

 Guess what?

 For liberals, that term just got retired.

Contempt of Obama – Tea Party Nation

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Contempt of Obama – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

The left is always whining that Obama is the President and we should respect him.  The obvious question is, if the standard for respect is being elected, where was respect for George W. Bush?

 Now the Obama Regime is doing something that not only does not deserve respect, it deserves our contempt.

 What is it?

The Obama Regime wants to help free a convicted killer.  But this guy is not just any convicted killer.  His name is Omar Khadr.

 A few years back, Khadr became a minor liberal cause célèbre.  What did he do to earn this respect from the treason wing of the American political spectrum?

 He killed an American soldier.

 Khadr killed an American soldier in Afghanistan.  Khadr was a Canadian who at age 15 was an Islamic terrorist in Afghanistan.  He was captured after shooting it out with American forces and killing Sergeant Christopher Speer.  Khadr threw a grenade that killed Sgt. Speer.

 The international left was looking for an excuse to try and embarrass America about holding international terrorists at Guantanamo and they found their poster child in Khadr. 

 Khadr was sentenced by a military jury to 40 years in prison.    Despite the fact that Khadr was able to engage American forces and kill one American soldier, Khadr was given a generous plea bargain, which called for another year of custody at Guantanamo and then he could apply to transfer to Canada. Perhaps one of the most disturbing parts of this arrangement is the fact that the American government agreed to allow Canadian law to govern Khadr’s release.

 Although Khadr was sentenced to 40 years in prison, in Canada, he is automatically eligible to be considered for parole after serving one third of his sentence.  He is automatically paroled after two thirds of his sentence. 

 Canada has not wanted to take Khadr, and who could really blame them?   But now the Obama Regime is pushing Canada to accept him.

 Why in the hell are they doing that and what are they thinking?

 Khadr is now 25.  He is an international terrorist.  His father was a close associate of Osama Bin Laden

 Let him rot!

 In short, the Obama Regime does not think the killing of an American soldier is worth much.

 If Obama were a real American he would value the life of an American soldier much more than that of an Islamic terrorist.  It says a lot about the Obama Regime’s priorities that they want Omar Khadr released to Canada and probable parole as quickly as possible. 

 Khadr will probably be released to Canada and paroled.  Perhaps after that Obama can go on a tour in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where Khadr lived and apologize to Islamists that we imprisoned someone who killed an American soldier.

Obama at work – Tea Party Nation

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Obama at work – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

The only spending the Obama regime has been wanting to cut has been the Defense budget.  Now things are so bad, a long time defense goal can no longer be met.

 From The Hill:

 The Army’s already shrinking ground force could get a whole lot smaller if Congress can’t find a way to spare the service from the sequestration axe, according to the Army chief of staff..

 Slashing another 100,000 active duty troops from its ranks will be the only way Army leaders can pay their share of the $1.2 trillion in budget cuts aimed at defense coffers under the looming sequestration plan, Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. The Pentagon is facing the possible cuts because of the failure of a supercommittee of lawmakers to agree to a deficit-reduction plan.

  Under legislation that lifted the debt ceiling last year, the supercommittee’s failure triggered $1.2 trillion in cuts to the federal budget that are to be implemented starting in 2013, with about half due to come out of the military.

 The Army’s total force topped out at roughly 570,000 active duty and reserve troops at the height of the Iraq war. With that conflict now winding down and budget pressure on DoD ratcheting up, the Army is already planning to drop down to just over 490,000 troops. The reduction was part of the service’s fiscal 2013 budget plan sent to Congress in February.

 But sequestration would force that number down to just over 300,000 troops.  Losing those 100,000 troops would essentially eliminate the Army’s ability to fight two simultaneous wars, Odierno said.

 If you think Obama is letting budget cuts get in the way of the things that are really important, think again.

 From the Daily Caller:

 The U.S. Air Force is pulling nine cargo aircraft from military operations to support President Barack Obama’s stepped-up visits to campaign events.

 The five medium-capacity C-130s and four heavyweight C-17s will be used to ferry security vehicles, armored limousines and communications gear into cities ahead of Obama’s campaign appearances.

 In the months before November, the president is expected to fly into multiple cities per week, and speak at multiple sites per day. On Mar. 8, for example, the president will fly to Richmond, and then drive over to a Rolls-Royce aircraft-parts factory. That evening, he’ll fly down to Houston, Texas.

 His wife, Vice President Joe Biden and many of his cabinet secretaries are using the Air Force’s fleet of VIP aircraft to visit more states as the election season speeds up.

 The nine cargo aircraft will begin operations in April, said Maj. Michelle Lai, communications officer for the Air Force’s 89th Airlift Wing. “They’ll stand down in November 2012,” she said.

 So let’s get this straight.  Obama is gutting our defense.  Defense is the primary job of the Federal Government.   While our men and women are in harms way, he is taking cargo aircraft away from their duties of doing things like carrying troops and supplies to Afghanistan so that his limo can be ferried around to his campaign reelection appearances. 

 If the defense budget is going to be cut, the first cuts should be in the VIP transport area, which includes Air Force One. 

 Our men and women in uniform deserve our support and respect. 

Obama simply must be voted out of office.

Screw Afghanistan – Tea Party Nation

Screw Afghanistan – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

Afghanistan is about to claim six more casualties.  These people will not be killed but will be hurt as a result of the idiocy of the Obama Regime.  They are the Koran Six.

Who are the Koran Six and why are the important?  And why the hell are we still screwing around with Afghanistan?

 The Koran Six are the five American military personnel and the one Afghan American interpreter who have been targeted by the so-called investigation into the Koran burnings in Afghanistan.

 They will be set for disciplinary action so that we can try to calm the savages that pass for citizens in Afghanistan.

 It is time to stand up and say screw Afghanistan.

 For ten years, we have been there.  We have been trying nation building for the last six or seven.  We are propping up the regime of a lunatic, who is singularly incapable of operating a commode, much less a nation.  The ingrate has repeatedly said his sympathies lie with the Islamists who want to kill him, rather than Americans who want to protect him.

 Screw him and his hellhole of a country.

 We are spending billions of dollars on that waste of a nation. 

 Why?

 We send aid to them and if the Afghans see that the aid is coming from America, they burn it.

 Screw them.

 I’m tired of American blood being spilled for savages who live in the 7th century.  I’m tired of American money being sent over to help people who hate us.  I am tired of our money going to support a corrupt regime who spits on us every chance we get.  I am tired of America’s sons and daughters being put in the position of having to trust the knuckle dragging Afghans, who are just as likely to turn and shoot them rather than help them.

 Afghanistan is a phenomenal waste. 

 We have a President in this country who wants us to lose and who is doing everything possible to make certain we lose in Afghanistan.  His only concern is making certain he is not blamed for it. 

 Screw him too.

 I have a simple suggestion for the next President. 

 Our reason for going into Afghanistan was to keep it from being a terrorist playground.   We need to deny Afghanistan to the terrorists and we need it as a base of operations to pressure both Pakistan and Iran

 Let’s put our people into their bases and just inform the Afghans that it is open season on the Taliban.   We are going to kill them wherever we find them.   If an Afghan village helps the Taliban, then an airstrike will wipe it off the map and we don’t care.   Let’s send in loads of napalm and pesticide and wipe out their opium production so the Taliban lose their cash crop.

 Forget this playing nice with them.  If their Korans get burned, well that is just too bad.  If they want to attack American bases because of that, we have guns, a lot of ammunition and people who know how to use them.

 No more American lives should be lost, nor more American blood shed, nor treasure expended to try to remake that open sewer that we call Afghanistan.   Our purpose there is only to protect America from terrorists who want to bring death and destruction to America’s shores.

 While Barack Obama parties with his radical buddies in Washington and takes vacations every other week at taxpayer expense, the Koran Six have risked their lives in Afghanistan and will be sacrificed because some Korans got burned.

 They do not deserve to be punished.  They deserve medals.

Abominable Apologies – Tea Party Nation

Abominable Apologies – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

Abominable Apologies - Tea Party NationI will leave it to the historians to pinpoint when President Obama began to lose the 2012 election, but I think it occurred on June 4, 2009 when he gave a speech at Cairo University as part of his now-famed “apology tour” of the Middle East.

At the time he said, “We meet at a time of great tension between the United States and Muslims around the world—tension rooted in historical forces that go beyond any current policy debate…More recently, tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a cold war in which Muslim-majority countries were often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations.”

Apparently, to Obama, those tensions had nothing to do with a dastardly attack on September 11, 2001 that killed nearly three thousand non-combatant civilians and those working at their desks in the Pentagon. It had nothing to do with the earlier attack on the Twin Towers, the attack on U.S. embassies in Africa, the attack on the USS Cole, or, going back to 1983, the suicide bomb attack on Marine barracks in Beirut. And that’s just the short list.

To Obama the “tensions” were the result of “colonialism” despite the fact that most Arab nations in World War II sided with the Nazi regime or that they have always been ruled by a succession of despots, several of whom were deposed in 2011. According to Obama, “the Cold War” with the then-Soviet Union that began shortly after World War II and subsequently aided its downfall was another reason why Muslims hate America.

In Cairo that day, Obama thrice referred to the “holy Koran” while referring to “civilization’s debt to Islam”, saying “I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”

Those “stereotypes” were reinforced in Afghanistan after riots broke out after the perfectly reasonable destruction of Korans that that been damaged, a practice common to Islam. This was followed by rioting in the streets of Kabul, the shooting of an American colonel and major inside the Afghan Ministry of Interior and, as the Feb 27 edition of The Wall Street Journal noted, “Ten of the 58 U.S.-led coalition soldiers who died this year have been killed by their Afghan comrades in arms.”

In June 2009, Obama said, “In Ankara (Turkey), I made clear that America is not—and never will be—at war with Islam.” This clueless president who claimed to be “a student of history” is deliberately ignorant of the fact that Islam, since its inception, has been at war with all other nations and religions. When it swept through the Middle East in its earliest years, it all but destroyed Christianity there and, when it conquered Jerusalem, it built a mosque over one of the most sacred places of Judaism, the Temple Mount.

He promised to “invest $1.5 billion each year over the next five years to partner with Pakistan to build schools and hospitals, roads and businesses…that’s why we are providing more than $2.8 billion to help Afghans develop their economy and deliver services that people depend on.”

In that Cairo speech he said, “I have ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed by early next year.” His administration wanted to afford the man who planned 9/11 a civil trial in the heart of Manhattan, replete with all the protection afforded by the U.S. Constitution. He did not close Gitmo and the trial was not held after its prospect evoked widespread protest.

Obama said, “No system of government can or should be imposed by one nation by any other” and, in 2011 the citizens of Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, and Yemen rose up to overthrown their own governments—dictatorships—while the citizens of Syria are doing that today. When Iranians filled the streets of Tehran in 2009 to protest their own dictatorship, he said that the United States “should not meddle” in their affairs, depriving them of even a word of encouragement.

Three years ago, Obama was convinced that America’s reputation had been harmed by its vigorous response to 9/11 in Afghanistan and the decision to depose Iraq’s dictator, Saddam Hussein.

His apology to the government of Afghanistan is an abomination.

The fact is that Islam, particularly in the Middle East, is the enemy of democracy in the West and everywhere else it exists. It is tyranny personified. It is the reason why the Middle East has lagged so far behind the rest of the world. It is the reason why military forces are massed around an Iran that threatens to set off a cataclysm when it acquires nuclear weapons.

The U.S. and NATO forces will leave Afghanistan and it will return to its barbaric, seventh century roots. The U.S. and coalition forces have left Iraq and it will return to its ancient schism and conflict between Sunni and Shiite populations everywhere. We tried to drag these nations into the twenty-first century and we failed, but at least we tried.

We are standing aside while Syria’s dictator slaughters his own people. We will likely see the Jordanian king overthrown and we have witnessed 64 years of unrelenting assaults by the so-called Palestinians on Israel, our only true ally in the Middle East.

This President, however, knows nothing of history and has signaled in many ways his partiality to the “religion of peace” that has attacked America and is filling the streets of Muslim-majority nations with the blood of innocent victims.

He will be rejected by Americans in November 2012 just as he has been rejected by the leaders of most of the free world, the leaders of the Soviet Union and China, virtually all of the members of the United Nations, and all the nations of the Muslim world.

America does not need his apologies. America needs to regain the leadership it has earned by opposing despotism throughout its history.

© Alan Caruba, 2012

FACT CHECK: Obama pushes plans that flopped before – Politics & Elections News

 

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FACT CHECK: Obama pushes plans that flopped before – Politics & Elections News.

It was a wish list, not a to-do list.

President Barack Obama laid out an array of plans in his State of the Union speech as if his hands weren’t so tied by political realities. There can be little more than wishful thinking behind his call to end oil industry subsidies _ something he could not get through a Democratic Congress, much less today’s divided Congress, much less in this election year.

And there was more recycling, in an even more forbidding climate than when the ideas were new: He pushed for an immigration overhaul that he couldn’t get past Democrats, permanent college tuition tax credits that he asked for a year ago, and familiar discouragements for companies that move overseas.

A look at Obama’s rhetoric Tuesday night and how it fits with the facts and political circumstances:

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OBAMA: “We have subsidized oil companies for a century. That’s long enough. It’s time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that’s rarely been more profitable, and double-down on a clean energy industry that’s never been more promising.”

THE FACTS: This is at least Obama’s third run at stripping subsidies from the oil industry. Back when fellow Democrats formed the House and Senate majorities, he sought $36.5 billion in tax increases on oil and gas companies over the next decade, but Congress largely ignored the request. He called again to end such tax breaks in last year’s State of the Union speech. And he’s now doing it again, despite facing a wall of opposition from Republicans who want to spur domestic oil and gas production and oppose tax increases generally.

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OBAMA: “Our health care law relies on a reformed private market, not a government program.”

THE FACTS: That’s only half true. About half of the more than 30 million uninsured Americans expected to gain coverage through the health care law will be enrolled in a government program. Medicaid, the federal-state program for low-income people, will be expanded starting in 2014 to cover childless adults living near the poverty line.

The other half will be enrolled in private health plans through new state-based insurance markets. But many of them will be receiving federal subsidies to make their premiums more affordable. And that’s a government program, too.

Starting in 2014 most Americans will be required to carry health coverage, either through an employer, by buying their own plan, or through a government program.

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OBAMA, asking Congress to pay for construction projects: “Take the money we’re no longer spending at war, use half of it to pay down our debt, and use the rest to do some nation-building right here at home.”

THE FACTS: The idea of taking war “savings” to pay for other programs is budgetary sleight of hand. For one thing, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been largely financed through borrowing, so stopping the wars doesn’t create a pool of ready cash, just less debt. And the savings appear to be based at least in part on inflated war spending estimates for future years.

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OBAMA: “Through the power of our diplomacy a world that was once divided about how to deal with Iran’s nuclear program now stands as one.”

THE FACTS: The world is still divided over how to deal with Iran‘s disputed nuclear program, and even over whether the nuclear program is a problem at all.

It is true that the U.S., Europe and other nations have agreed to apply the strictest economic sanctions yet on Iran later this year. But the global sanctions net has holes, because some of Iran’s large oil trading partners won’t go along. China, a major purchaser of Iran’s crude, isn’t part of the new sanctions and, together with Russia, stopped the United Nations from applying similarly tough penalties.

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OBAMA: “Tonight, I want to speak about how we move forward, and lay out a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last – an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values.”

THE FACTS: Economists do see manufacturing growth as a necessary component of any U.S. recovery. U.S. manufacturing output climbed 0.9 percent in December, the biggest gain since December 2010. Yet Obama’s apparent vision of a nation once again propelled by manufacturing _ a vision shared by many Republicans _ may already have slipped into the past.

Over generations, the economy has become ever more driven by services; not since 1975 has the U.S. had a surplus in merchandise trade, which covers trade in goods, including manufactured and farm goods. About 90 percent of American workers are employed in the service sector, a profound shift in the nature of the workforce over many decades.

The overall trade deficit through the first 11 months of 2011 ran at an annual rate of nearly $600 billion, up almost 12 percent from the year before.

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OBAMA: “The Taliban‘s momentum has been broken, and some troops in Afghanistan have begun to come home.”

THE FACTS: Obama is more sanguine about progress in Afghanistan than his own intelligence apparatus. The latest National Intelligence Estimate on Afghanistan warns that the Taliban will grow stronger, using fledgling talks with the U.S. to gain credibility and stall until U.S. troops leave, while continuing to fight for more territory. The classified assessment, described to The Associated Press by officials who have seen it, says the Afghan government hasn’t been able to establish credibility with its people, and predicts the Taliban and warlords will largely control the countryside.

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OBAMA: “On the day I took office, our auto industry was on the verge of collapse. Some even said we should let it die. With a million jobs at stake, I refused to let that happen. In exchange for help, we demanded responsibility. We got workers and automakers to settle their differences. We got the industry to retool and restructure. Today, General Motors is back on top as the world’s number one automaker. Chrysler has grown faster in the U.S. than any major car company. Ford is investing billions in U.S. plants and factories.”

THE FACTS: He left out some key details. The bailout of General Motors and Chrysler began under Republican President George W. Bush. Obama picked up the ball, earmarked more money, and finished the job. But Ford never asked for a federal bailout and never got one.

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OBAMA: “We can also spur energy innovation with new incentives. The differences in this chamber may be too deep right now to pass a comprehensive plan to fight climate change. But there’s no reason why Congress shouldn’t at least set a clean energy standard that creates a market for innovation.”

THE FACTS: With this statement, Obama was renewing a call he made last year to require 80 percent of the nation’s electricity to come from clean energy sources by 2035, including nuclear, natural gas and so-called clean coal. He did not put that percentage in his speech but White House background papers show that it remains his goal.

But this Congress has yet to introduce a bill to make that goal a reality, and while legislation may be introduced this year, it is unlikely to become law with a Republican-controlled House that loathes mandates.

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OBAMA: “Right now, because of loopholes and shelters in the tax code, a quarter of all millionaires pay lower tax rates than millions of middle-class households.”

THE FACTS: It’s true that a minority of millionaires pay a lower tax rate than some lower-income people. On average, though, wealthy people pay taxes at a much higher rate than middle-income taxpayers.

Obama’s claim comes from a Congressional Research Service report that compared federal taxes paid by people making less than $100,000 with those paid by people making more than $1 million. About 10 percent of families with incomes under $100,000 paid more than 26.5 percent in federal income, payroll and corporate taxes. And about a quarter of millionaire taxpayers paid a rate lower than that.

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OBAMA: “We can’t bring back every job that’s left our shores…. Tonight, my message to business leaders is simple: Ask yourselves what you can do to bring jobs back to your country, and your country will do everything we can to help you succeed.”

FACT CHECK: Many of the jobs U.S. companies have created overseas won’t return because they were never in the United States in the first place.

As Obama said in his speech, U.S. workers have become more productive and labor costs have fallen.

But there are powerful forces pushing the other way: Many of the overseas jobs in U.S. companies weren’t transferred from the U.S. They were created in fast-growing markets in Latin America, Asia and elsewhere to serve customers in those markets. Companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index now earn more than half of their revenue from overseas.

That has fueled more job creation abroad. U.S. multinationals cut more than 800,000 jobs in the United States from 2000 to 2009, according the Commerce Department. They added 2.9 million overseas in the same period.

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OBAMA: “Anyone who tells you that America is in decline or that our influence has waned doesn’t know what they’re talking about … That’s not how people feel from Tokyo to Berlin; from Cape Town to Rio; where opinions of America are higher than they’ve been in years.”

THE FACTS: Obama left out Arab and Muslim nations, where popular opinion of the U.S. appears to have gone downhill or remained unchanged after the spring 2011 reformist uprisings in the Middle East. A Pew Research Center survey in May found that in predominantly Muslim countries such as Turkey, Jordan and Pakistan, views of the U.S. were worse than a year earlier. In Pakistan, a major recipient of U.S. foreign aid that went unmentioned in Obama’s speech, just 11 percent of respondents said they held a positive view of the United States.

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Associated Press writers Tom Raum, Anne Gearan, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Martin Crutsinger, Jim Drinkard, Dina Cappiello, Erica Werner, Andrew Taylor, Christopher S. Rugaber and Stephen Ohlemacher contributed to this report.

The castration of the American military – Tea Party Nation

 

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The castration of the American military – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

George Patton was caught urinating into the Rhine River in 1945.    People cheered Patton for killing the enemy and visiting hell upon them.  Now, four Marine snipers are going to be criminally charged for urinating on dead Taliban terrorists.

 From Fox News:

 The four Marines seen in a video that purports to show them urinating on dead bodies in Afghanistan have been identified and will face charges soon, a senior military official told Fox News. 

The Marines are from the 3rd battalion, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Lejeune, N.C. A fifth individual, the camera operator, apparently has not been identified. 

Meanwhile, the Marine Corps has appointed a three-star general to decide what disciplinary action to take against the four Marine snipers. 

 Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser will name another officer to lead an internal Marine Corps investigation. That investigation will be in addition to a criminal probe already under way by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Waldhauser, who is commander of Marine Corps Forces Central Command, will determine how to proceed once both investigations are completed. 

NCIS Communications Director Maryann Cummings also said her department’s probe is still “in its very early stages.”

 This is what happens when we have liberals in charge.  What are they going to do next, require sensitivity training for snipers when they kill someone?

 When you absolutely, positively need to destroy the enemy, you send in the Marine Corps.  The purpose of the Marine Corps is to go to some very bad places and deal with very bad people. 

 Marine Corps snipers are a very special type of Marine.  While Marines will often engage in small unit combat, snipers by their nature are asked to do something very specific.   They reach out and deliberately kill individual targets.  Regular Marines in combat may or may not know if they killed someone and sometimes if they do, it is in hand to hand combat.

 Snipers reach out at a long distance and kill someone.  They do not give the other guy a fighting chance.  Their job is to reach out and destroy someone. 

 These Marines were almost certainly in combat.  They saw the horrors of war and saw what the enemy did to non-combatants and what they did to other Marines.  It is a safe bet they all lost friends, not to hand to hand combat but to IED’s and other booby traps. 

 What liberals do not understand is the purpose of the military is to go and kill the enemy.  It is not to do public relations or nation building.  You designate the enemy and you send the military in to destroy that enemy.

 When they are done, sometimes the Marines need to blow off some steam.  We ask them to do something that we do not ask most Americans to do. 

 These Marines peed on the corpses of dead Taliban.  The Taliban are war criminals.   They torture and kill.  They will not stand on the battlefield in uniform and engage the military.  They hide behind civilians. 

 Screw them. 

 Those Marines were asked to go and serve their country and kill our enemies.  They did. 

 Give them a medal and send them back to work.

Liberal Moron of the week. – Tea Party Nation

Liberal Moron of the week. – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

When you look for the liberal moron of the week it is hard to make a decision.  It is not because it is hard to find liberal morons.  It is hard because there are so many of them. 

 But now, there is one who is this week’s clear winner.

 Who is it?

 His name is Thomas Walker and he is an English Professor at Iowa State University.  At ISU, the College Republicans decided to hold a drive to collect items to send to our troops in Afghanistan.

 He wrote:

 I read in Tuesday’s Iowa State Daily that the College Republicans have begun collecting sundries for U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Why? Doesn’t the U.S. Army victual its soldiers? Don’t their families send them yuletide goodies? Aren’t GIs paid enough to buy what they need, and even what they want?

“As Republicans we believe in charity,” stated Jeremy Freeman, a member of the College Republicans. Donating toiletries, boxed and canned foods, socks and beanies to U.S. soldiers who can already deodorize themselves, who eat better than the poorest Americans and who are gallantly garbed, is an eleemosynary travesty.

 Necessities should be doled out to people who really need them and who might get them if not for the hundreds of billions of dollars being funneled to the Pentagon in the greatest squandering of money on the planet. If anything, Republicans should sympathize with veterans struggling to find employment, a challenge that may daunt the discharged soldier, who might wish he had reenlisted. Soldiers are to Republicans as fetuses are to them: prized. But once out of the womb-like army, Republican solicitude for hapless veterans goes where extracted zygotes go.

“We get to show the troops we still appreciate what they’re doing for us,” said another College Republican. What are they doing for us? Nothing. But against us they’re doing a lot: creating anti-American terrorists in the countries they occupy. Said the same College Republican, “It can’t be fun to be away from your family for the holidays. As if American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan had been conscripted? They chose to leave home.

Why do Republicans care so much about the military? Because the military-industrial complex is dear to their simplistic laissez-faire fantasies: a bottom-line patriotism that excludes the people at the bottom.

 Thomas Walker has the constitutional right to be an idiot.  That is a right he seems to exercise on a regular basis.  If he wants to be a moron and let everyone know it, he has that right.  If he wants to publish his moronic opinions, he is welcome to.

 However, the taxpayers of Iowa pay his salary and I bet they are tired of bozos like him who are supposed to be educators, but all too often end up being indoctrinators. 

 Here is a simple idea.  Eliminate his job.  He probably has tenure, so he cannot be fired.  But his job can be eliminated.  If this buffoon outrages the people of Iowa then they should all call their Legislators on Monday and tell them when the Iowa Legislature meets in January and starts working on a budget, there is one position in the Iowa State University English Department that needs to be eliminated.

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