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    • Islamophobia
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    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
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    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
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    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

E. J. Dionne Blames Tea Party for Republicans Working on Lowering the Deficits

E.J. Dionne has been a hardline Leftwing fixture at the Washington Post.  He is a skilled propagandist as one can note in this article he wrote, “The Tea Party is Winning”.   

He has had a particular hate against the Tea Party folk.   Rabble, extremists, racists, lowlifes….that sort of thinking and writing.   His suggestion here is that the Tea Party extremists are paying no attention at all to the plight of the 9% unemployed….actually the more truthful figure is over 13% if one includes those who no longer are among the statistics of those seeking work.

He pretends that Obamadebt has nothing to do with the economy.   Mr. Dionne pretends that the president did not submit a budget for House review which has a lot to do with Obamadebt and Obama-unemployment.

There is a lot of John Kerry sleaze in these well nested columnists such as Dionne and those in the aeries at the New York Times, Krugman, Kristof, Friedman and Rich.  

Here is an article by E. J. Dionne, a man who has apparently not had an original thought for decades:

“Take five steps back and consider the nature of the political conversation in our nation’s capital. You would never know that it’s taking place at a moment when unemployment is still at 9 percent, when wages for so many people are stagnating at best and when the United States faces unprecedented challenges to its economic dominance.

No, Washington is acting as if the only real problem the United States confronts is the budget deficit; the only test of leadership is whether the president is willing to make big cuts in programs that protect the elderly; and the largest threat to our prosperity comes from public employees.

Take five more steps back and you realize how successful the Tea Party has been. No matter how much liberals may poke fun at them, Tea Party partisans can claim victory in fundamentally altering the country’s dialogue.

Consider all of the problems taking a back seat to the deficit in Washington and the media. You haven’t heard much lately on how Wall Street shenanigans tanked the economy in the first place – and in the process made a small number of people very rich. Yet any discussion of the problems caused by concentrated wealth (a vital mainstream issue in the America of Andrew Jackson and both Roosevelts) is confined to the academic or left-wing sidelines.

You haven’t seen a lot of news stories describing the impact of long-term unemployment on people’s lives or the difficulty working-class kids are encountering if they want to go to college.

You hear a lot about how much the government spends on the elderly but not much about facts such as this one, courtesy of a report last fall from the Employee Benefit Research Institute: People over 75 “were more likely than other age groups – including children under 18 – to live on incomes equal to or less than 200 percent of poverty.”

Any analysis of the economic struggles many elderly people endure would get in the way of the “greedy geezer” storyline being spun to justify big cuts in Medicare benefits and Social Security.

Thanks to the Tea Party, we are now told that all our problems will be solved by cutting government programs. Thus the House Republicans’ budget bill passed Saturday. They foresee nirvana if we simply reduce our spending on Head Start, Pell grants for college access, teen pregnancy prevention, clean-water programs, K-12 education and a host of other areas.

Does anyone really think that cutting such programs will create jobs or help Americans get ahead? But give the Tea Party guys credit: They have seized the political and media agenda and made budget cutting as fashionable as Justin Bieber was five minutes ago.

More striking is the Tea Party’s influence on Washington’s political elite, which looks down at the more extreme men and women of the right when they appear on Fox News but ends up carrying their water.

Lori Montgomery reported in The Post last week that a bipartisan group of senators thinks a sensible deficit reduction package would involve lifting the Social Security retirement age to 69 and reforming taxes, purportedly to raise revenue, in a way that would cut the top income tax rate for the wealthy from 35 percent to 29 percent.

Only a body dominated by millionaires could define “shared sacrifice” as telling nurses’ aides and coal miners they have to work until age 69 while sharply cutting tax rates on wealthy people. I see why conservative Republicans like this. I honestly don’t get why Democrats – “the party of the people,” I’ve heard – would come near such an idea.

The media are full of commentary on President Obama’s “failure of leadership.” There is some truth to the critique but not in the way the charge is typically made.

Obama is not at fault for his budget proposals. But any fair examination of the news suggests that he is in danger of losing control of the national narrative again, just as he did during the stimulus and health-care battles.

In his State of the Union address, Obama made a good case that budget cutting is too small an agenda and that this is also a time for more government – yes, more government – in areas that would expand opportunities and strengthen the economy. That argument has been entirely drowned out. If politics is reduced to a crabbed and crabby accountants’ war, Obama loses. The country will, too.

Further comment:   I wonder if anyone at the Washington Post knows that Mr. Obama made his federal budget public last week.

 

Angry Constituents Confront John Kerry in Northampton

Prager fan Cole out in California knows the nature and degree of my affection for this evil J.F.K, John F. Kerry for his treason  and betrayal sins against his country in the late 1960s to satisfy  his greedy ambitions for fame, claiming heroism in Vietnam, and accepting  honors based on his plots, lies and deceit…..judgments made by a fellow Democrat of those days of his dishonor.  

John F. Kerry, Senator from Massachusetts  is getting a teaspoon of medicine he gave out by the truck load every day of his discovery of the limelight when he fit into his  naval uniform, but still in diapers.

What a foul man.   Think of it.   The American Left actually selected this urchin to run for president and their support made him president, well, except for 100,000 votes in Ohio.

I am as sincere and deeply devoted to what I say here about this terrible American.   Thank God I don’t have to see him or think about him every day.   Those in Massachusetts deserve that  duty and punishment to do this.   A bit over 40 years ago I nearly every daywatched  this man’s deceptions building himself up to be known as a  Vietnam hero and expert on the war on television, attempting to name himself a moral leader against further involvement in that miserable conflict, I promised myself I would never forget the weasel.

He  maneuvered for a couple medals in Vietnam and claimed to have been wounded to earn them.   He desired a political career.  He could NEVER come up with any proof  about where and how his wounds occured.   Eventually, he claimed one was in the buttocks, but he refused to have an exray taken or come up with any evidence, only the “honor’ of his word….which is almost always the “dishonor” of his word, for his words belong to his political kabuki.

From the Boston Herald

NORTHAMPTON — A loud and angry crowd in Northampton confronted Sen. John Kerry over his support for the war in Afghanistan, the government’s response to the recession and other issues. Anti-war protesters interrupted Kerry numerous times Saturday as he met with constituents. Kerry apologized to a woman who said he called her a Neanderthal for not believing in global warming. The Democratic Party’s 2004 presidential candidate said he was referring generally to those who do not believe in global warming. Resident Steve Ganzel of Northampton criticized Kerry for failing to stem credit-default swaps, which insure against default of securities tied to mortgages and were blamed for partly causing the collapse of large banks. Kerry said he tried unsuccessfully to gather support for measures that would have imposed regulations.  He criticized House Republicans for proposed budget ctus of $60 billion.

Why Are So Many Blacks Like Tavis Smiley So Dumb? Is It Just Their Bigotry?

Why is Public Broadcasting’s  Tavis Smiley so dumb?…..so foul?……so bigotted…..so twisted? ……so tolerated?

Click on below to view his performance on Bill Maher’s show…….This isn’t Tavis’ first fall of snowflakes.

http://www.examiner.com/political-buzz-in-national/bill-maher-criticizes-the-treatment-of-women-the-muslim-world-is-heckled-by-an-audience-member-video

Is it because he’s black?   Even Bill Maher couldn’t take Tavis’ nonsense when Tavis starred on  Maher’s television show recently.   Tavis had claimed that the American male abuse against women here was like it is in Egypt.   He has had many such jewels in his crown of verbal  ignorance at PBS.  (Our taxes help pay for his employment.)

Bill Maher speaks hatefully about America. He sells vulgarity.  He preaches non-urban Americans are Nazi-like.     Is it because Mr. Maher is a profiting Leftwing Jew?   Was he born to hate America, especially its Christians?

No matter how many issues and problems which might cross the American mind older than 12 years, the leftwing censorship laws of political correctness of the past generation, forbid countless  questions to be asked and therefore are never discussed for examination.

To examine these  generalizations  more accurately, those considered whites,  both conservative and Liberal, must be silenced to control thought.  Minorities must be guided, dictated, to have the politically correct  thought.   These Leftwing rules governing speech are absolutely necessary to continue the Left’s poisonous preachments that Christian traditional America is the bane of peace, prosperity and decency in the world today.   It is absolutely necessary for the Left to replace the good of Americana of the past  with Marxism and its hates of the present.

This Left’s hate of America is based on false teachings, false social science, false economics, and even on false science,  all designed to sabotage all that has been the classic good which has created the  most citizen sensitive and properous, and well meaning culture in human history.

How can these enemies of America’s goodness  be so successful in popularizing their hate?  

Let me share a shadow of my background to know better where this message is coming from. 

I am a 76 year old, white American, raised Protestant, have been a classic social liberal and had been a political Liberal until the presidency of Ronald Reagan.  Im not Jewish, not black, nor am I pink.  I have never been rich, actually have never had a salary over $35,000 per year in my life.  I still work in a small business, but part time.  My parents were not divorced and died at 86 and 90 in age, my mother spending her last  7 years senile.  I am divorced and have 3 children in their 40s.

Relative to others in the country, I was very well educated and have been lucky to have a few talents.  I taught high school “Modern Problems”, which means a general study of  problems in our American  democratic society.  I also have taught beginning and intermediate Russian Language.   I ran a small semi-state agency for 13 years and a small business for the past 20 which I co-own.

I served two years in the U.S. Army, but never was a hero…and never had an opportunity to serve over seas.   I have traveled much throughout our country, including some time in the segregated South.   In my long life I have spent about  a year all totalled in Britain and Europe,  visited Central America on four occasions and very special in my life, I spent some time  in the good old USSR on two occasions, once in 1966 and the second time in 1990.

I do have strong prejudices regarding what is right from what is wrong.   Thank God I came from such a generation who well recognized these  differences. 

Regarding  2011 America, I am very unhappy with the cultural decay of the country with its new habits shallowness,  immorality,  narcissism, its ignorance,   ignorance deep and profound among the general population under 50, especially among the nation’s vast armies of Leftwing leaders. They no longer have a standard of learning stable enough to recognize  good from bad, truth from deceit when thrown at them whether at university, whether at MSNBC or Fox News,  by our entertainment or news industry, or even at home or at work or from president Obama. 

Worse, few in the nation seem to care about the decay of  our cultural institutions….the family, church and school, the safety and content of mind and body of our children….We seem proud of the stupidity, the miseducation  and blindness of our public school teachers at nearly every level especially at university  so many of whom themselves cannot tell the difference between right and wrong, America and Venezuela,  today’s Chrisitianity and Jihadi Islam or George Soros’s Marxism, even  between democracy and Obama’s Government Rule All policies,  or what American society was like at anytime before Americans woke up this morning. 

American adults no longer know what democracy is or demands.  How can they teach it to their children…..if they bother to have any?

Double worse, if there is such a measure, look at  what the American Left has created over the past 45 years  as the model of  behavior for  today’s so-called ADULT!    But where are these model adults.  Brad Pitt? Hillary R. Clinton?  Tavis Smiley?   Barack Obama?   What do they know?….do?….  advise?  What examples do they set?  Are they honest or do they weave tangled webs ?

The Left for forty years at university has created its  cancer in the American  brain,  and business has created for these Americans’  their decorations…..both joining to create all the lust and lusts’  narcissism  needed to keep the American male and female from becoming adult, from amassing knowledge, from being able to  problem solve…..a forever child needy of Obama government to make adult decisions for all its children. 

 These are the people who make the American noise today.   Unions and Democrats in Wisconsin are examples of this moment.   Neither give a damn about the country.   They claim they are among the needy.  If they are among the needy, how do we describe  the wants or missings of those Americans in the inner city who shoot and drug up, who are jobless and have few skills or interests to build and to do good, who are told to hate  white man’s habits and learnings, whose families are without fathers and know nothing about anything day before yesterday except myths and myths’ hates.    How did a Tavis Smiley come about?   Where did his ignorance, his stupidity, there is a difference, folks, this certitude he possesses to spread his ignorance, stupidity when he performs in public.

One could ask, if it weren’t for the rules of leftwing political correctness censorship, why are there so many folks in the American black community who are leaders, spokespersons, new writers, television performers, professors at university, who talk and likely think just like Tavis Smiley, BUT WHO KNOW EVEN LESS?  

Why is Bill Maher so void of knowledge?   Why do Noam Chomsky and  George Soros hate America so?…. They would deny the charge accusing the accuser as a fascist.     

I challenge any reader.   Do your own research into these people who are so vile and dishonest in spewing their vile.  What causes them to do so?   Let the evidence guide your conclusions.

Another piece of homework……The American university and colleges in the social sciences are almost universally left wing, no matter what the departments except for perhaps Business.   Beyond this unfortunate unAmerican condition, the Left has created departments  in which learnings are base on fanning hates against America and Americans.   Nearly every major American university has Departments of Black Studies,  Departments of Womens Studies, and Departments of Gay and Lesbian Studies primarily   to teach and preach hate against America, in general, and against whites and critics of homosexual politics, and against the human male whereever and whoever he may be.

Doubt this?   Take a look at the class descriptions….or  drop in on a class or two, if they’ll let you.   If they don’t,  go to your city  library and read some of the Marxist and racist and sexist anti American  hate written  in the texts which are required for readings and ‘learnings’ in these corruptions of education  on American university campuses.

Why is Tavis Smiley so dumb? ……or, if you prefer, talk so dumb?   Why is it tolerated especially at PBS, which takes money from you as a taxpayer?

Could it be that he mixes up his thinking with political black bigotry?   If so, where could he have learned it?    Or are most American blacks born to hate America?

 The Left has taught our students  to be unable to think and talk  as an American.   America must be detested for its pimples, they insist.

Since the Left’s anarchistic AntiAmerican Cultural revolution, 1967-1980, what kind of an American has been created?

Creatures soaked in drugginess, both chemical and from the poison of  leftwing propaganda. poisoning our children and young people to hate the parents of yesterday.  America’s schools have collapsed as places of learning and intellectual pursuits in favor of Marxist madrassas.  The country’s mainstream media preaches from the same school of thinking……our universities, as well. with the same poison tonics spewing from Big Labor Unions……..One Party America!

Wisconsin Republicans Step up Pressure on Democrats Who Fled State

The following article is from Fox News:

“Wisconsin Republicans on Sunday upped the pressure on Democrats who fled to Illinois to return home and vote on an anti-union bill, with the governor calling them obstructionists and a GOP lawmaker threatening to convene without them.

Gov. Scott Walker said the 14 minority Democrats who left Madison on Thursday were failing to do their jobs by “hiding out” in another state. And Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said his chamber would meet Tuesday to act on non-spending bills and confirm some of the governor’s appointees even if the Democrats don’t show up — a scenario that should outrage their constituents.

Senate Democrats acknowledged that the 19 Republicans could pass any item that doesn’t spend state money in their absence. The budget-repair bill they have been blocking requires a quorum of 20 senators to pass, while other measures require only a simple majority of the chamber’s 33 members.

Nonetheless, Democrats said they were standing firm in their opposition to the budget-repair bill, which would take away the right of most public employees to collectively bargain for their benefits and working conditions. Hundreds of protesters filled the Capitol for a sixth straight day, noisily calling on Walker to drop the plan they consider an assault on workers’ rights.

Protesters are pledging to remain in the Wisconsin Capitol while Senate Democrats are committed to staying out of state until a compromise can be found with Gov. Scott Walker on collective bargaining rights for public sector employees.

Snow that turned to freezing rain Sunday considerably reduced the protest activity in the capital of Madison as hundreds gathered inside the Capitol building. That’s significantly fewer than the estimated 68,000 who demonstrated on Saturday. 

But Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the state AFL-CIO, said another large protest was expected Monday, when many state workers are being furloughed to save money.

Walker has been targeted by protesters for nearly a week for negotiating a bill now in the state Senate that would require workers to increase their contributions to pensions and health care coverage, would limit collective bargaining rules and tie raises to inflation. Senate Democrats fled Wisconsin to avoid voting on the legislation.

The Republican governor said that while the state enjoys a lower-than-average unemployment rate — about 7.5 percent compared to 9 percent nationally — about 5,000-6,000 state workers and 5,000-6,000 local government workers will find their jobs on the chopping block as the state looks to close a $3.6 billion biennial budget gap.

“I don’t want a single person laid off in the public nor in the private sector and that’s why this is a much better alternative than losing jobs,” Walker told “Fox News Sunday.”

The state’s nearly 300,000 public sector employees are being asked to give up benefits worth about $300 million over two years, or less than 10 percent of the deficit total.

“If we’re going to be in this together, (cut) our $3.6 billion budget deficit, it’s going to take a whole lot more than just employee contributions when it comes to pensions and health care,” Walker said. “But it’s got to be a piece of the puzzle because as I saw at the local level, it’s like a virus that eats up more and more of the budget if you don’t get it under control.”

Protesters and Democratic lawmakers have likened Walker to a dictator, and demonstrators protesting the budget bill have waived signs comparing him to ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak and Adolf Hitler

But some lawmakers are looking for a way out.

Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, has proposed suspending collective bargaining rights temporarily to get through the state’s two-year budget, but then restoring them in 2013. That idea was endorsed Sunday by the Wisconsin State Journal, the state’s second largest newspaper.

Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, who was staying in a Chicago hotel, called Schultz brave for bucking Walker’s administration with the proposal. Asked whether Democrats could accept Schultz’s plan, Erpenbach said workers should not lose their rights since they have agreed to make concessions on contributions.

He said Democratic senators aren’t likely to come back to the state until the governor was willing to compromise but claimed Walker’s administration has not returned their phone calls. 

“It’s trying to slow this train down,” Erpenbach said. “It’s making sure that obviously everybody in the state knows what we’re dealing with here. It’s an opportunity for the governor to calm down, take a step back, realize what he’s asking for with this legislation and hopefully come to his senses.”

Walker said he hoped “cooler minds will prevail” and lawmakers will come back to vote.

“Those senate Democrats should realize, if you want to participate in a democracy, you got to be in the arena. And the arena is right here in Madison, Wisconsin. It’s not hiding out in Rockford, Illinois, or Chicago, or anywhere else out there. Democracy means you show up and participate.

And they failed to do that. They’re walking out on their job,” he said.

On Sunday, Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson, a member of the NFL Players Association, became the latest player to back the public employees’ cause. NFL owners and the players’ union are locked in their own fight over a collective bargaining agreement. Along with Woodson, seven other current and former Packers have expressed support for the protesters.

While union workers say they’ve been blindsided by the governor’s plan, which he campaigned on through the midterm election, they also say Walker has unfairly targeted public employees while giving tax breaks to businesses worth about $117 million.

“We expected concessions, but we just didn’t think there was a mandate for this. We didn’t see him getting rid of collective bargaining,” said Gary Steffen, president of the Wisconsin Science Professionals, the union that represents state scientists, including crime lab analysts, biologists, chemists and foresters. 

Walker called that a “red herring,” one he repeatedly witnessed while serving as the Milwaukee County executive before becoming governor.

“If you want to have democracy, if you want to have the American way, which is allowing people to have a choice, that’s exactly what we’re allowing there. People see the value, they see the work, they can continue to vote to certify that union and they can continue to voluntarily have those union dues, and write the check out and give it to the union to make their case, but they shouldn’t be forced to be a part of this if that’s not what they want to do,” he said.

President Obama, whose group Organizing for America, has bused in some of the nearly 70,000 protesters Saturday, last week called the bill “an assault on unions.”

Walker said the president should stay focused on fixing the federal budget, which is $1.5 trillion in deficit this year. The president’s plan, rolled out last week, proposes $1.65 trillion in deficits next year.  

Under the governor’s proposal, unions still could represent workers, but they could not force employees to pay dues and would have to hold annual votes to stay organized. Only wages below the Consumer Price Index would be subject to collective bargaining, anything higher would have to be approved by referendum.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.”

Rebellion Continues Among Arab States

The following article in the Washington Post, is by Sudarsan Raghavan, titled:  Dozens killed in Libya as Arab leaders struggle to keep calm.

SANAA, YEMEN – Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi’s regime showed more signs of crumbling Monday following a volatile night in which dozens were reportedly killed in the capital and Gaddafi’s son and heir-apparent declared in a televised speech that the North African nation could fall into anarchy if his father was ousted.

By Monday morning, the six-day-old uprising had reached the capital, Tripoli, amid reports of buildings being set ablaze and looting in some neighborhoods. In Libya’s second-largest city of Benghazi, anti-government demonstrators celebrated on the streets, as reports grew that the city was now under their control.

Reuters news service reported that a senior source in Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s government denied Monday reports that Gaddafi was travelling to Venezuela.

Tribal leaders railed against Gaddafi while reports swirled of soldiers defecting from their units to the opposition. There were also reports of senior Libyan officials resigning from their posts, outraged by the killings carried out by security forces.

At least 61 people had been killed in the protests overnight in Tripoli, al-Jazeera television reported, quoting medical sources. It also reported that security forces were looting banks and other government building in Tripoli, that protesters had ransacked several police stations and that military aircraft on Monday fired on protesters. Protesters also set ablaze the building used by Libya’s parliament when it is in session, Reuters reported.

Ali al-Essawi, Libya’s ambassador to India, resigned from his post Monday and called for Gaddafi to step down. He also accused the regime of deploying foreign mercenaries against the protesters.

Over the weekend, security forces in Benghazi opened fire on mourners attending funeral marches for 84 protesters killed the day before, their harshest response yet to the recent round of demonstrations. They also swiftly clamped down on smaller uprisings that spread to the outskirts of the capital, Tripoli, where protesters seized military bases and weapons. The outbreak of protests there signaled a new threat to the regime.

Unrest across the region

As fresh protests erupted across the Middle East and North Africa over the weekend, embattled leaders in the region struggled to contain their discontented masses, deploying a wide variety of tactics – from offers of dialogue to brutal crackdowns – to suppress the pro-democracy forces unleashed by the revolts in Tunisia and Egypt.

Protests also broke out Sunday in Morocco and Tunisia, posing new challenges to their rulers, while authorities in Iran and Bahrain continued to confront calls for reform.

By late Sunday, the number of those killed in the uprising across Libya had soared to at least 233, most of them in Benghazi, according to Human Rights Watch. Other news reports placed the death toll at 200 or much higher.

U.S. and European Union officials on Sunday condemned Libya’s crackdown and called for an end to the violence. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the United States is “gravely concerned” and has received “multiple credible reports that hundreds of people have been killed and injured.” Many of the victims had been killed with machine guns, witnesses said.

The scope of the turmoil in Libya is impossible to verify. Authorities have denied access to foreign journalists and have periodically cut off the Internet and phone lines. But the unfolding situation in Libya could mark the most brutal attempt to suppress the anti-government protests.

Visiting the Union Protesters; Reading Their Signs

 

Remember, these people are teaching Wisconsin children:

For more pix, click on below:

http://hotair.com/archives/2011/02/20/pictorial-protest-saturday-in-wisconsin/

The above pictures were printed at HotAir.

Big Hillary Clinton Donors are Indicted

The indictment of a top Virginia fundraiser last week marks the latest in a series of criminal cases that have ensnarerd campaign donors to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who relied heavily on wealthy bundlers in her failed 2008 presidential bid. 

Federal grand jury indictments allege that Galen Capital Group Chairman William Danielczyk and his treasurer illegally reimbursed nearly $190,000 in donations to Clinton’s 2008 and 2006 campaigns, sometimes with corporate funds.

(The above article was published in the Minneapolis StarTribune.)

Iranian Warships Near Entry to the Mediterrenean

The Iranian Navy at the Gateway to the Med

The Egyptian government has now granted them clearance, and two Iranian warships are scheduled to enter the Suez Canal tomorrow. Destination: Syria.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_NudT06IAM&feature=player_embedded

Suez Canal says Iran navy ships passage delayed

 

Yahoo News Reports Iranian Warships will enter the Mediterrenean sometime this week.

ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) – The passage of two Iranian naval vessels through the Suez Canal has been delayed by 48 hours, a canal official said on Sunday.

The frigate and supply ship had been due to enter the canal with the northbound convoy that moves daily at 6 a.m. (0400 GMT) on Monday.

The passage through the canal would be a first for Iranian naval vessels since Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution.

At Last, A True Modern Arab Hero, Tunisian, Mohammed Bouazizi

Who is Mohammed Bouazizi?……

……..more accurately, who was he?

 

“Tarek el-Tayyib Mohamed Ben Bouazizi (March 29, 1984 – January 4, 2011; Arabic: محمد البوعزيزي‎), known simply as Mohamed Bouazizi, was a Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire on December 17, 2010, in protest of the confiscation of his wares and the harassment and humiliation that was allegedly inflicted on him by a municipal official and her aides. This act became the catalyst for the 2010–2011 Tunisian revolution, sparking deadly demonstrations and riots throughout Tunisia in protest of social and political issues in the country. Anger and violence intensified following Bouazizi’s death, leading then-President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to step down on January 14, 2011, after 23 years in power.”……this from Wikipedia.

What Wikipedia did not include was the humiliation Mohammed Bouazizi had endured which, in part, drove him to his actions.   A female  government worker had confiscated his scale, demanding a bribe for him to claim it back….a common occurence he has suffered in the past.  The $100 scale could not be replaced and he desperately needed it for his fruit and vegetable stand.  He refused to pay it and, I believe, ran after her as she left with his scale and shouted to all what she had done….She slapped him across the face in pubic……a supreme humiliation for an Arab male.

The only way in which he felt he could regain self esteem was to immolate himself.   Unfortunately, he did so.  Fortunately, he will forever be honored and remembered as the hero who sacrificed himself in a public square whose very act brought down the Tunisian corrupt dictatorship of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali ten days later.

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http://www.france24.com/en/20110119-tunisia-self-immolation-copycat-arab-world-suicide-protest-vendor

Deficits Reshape the Debate as Republican Hopefuls Jockey for 2012

By JEFF ZELENY   New York Times
WASHINGTON — Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana described the nation’s fiscal condition in dark terms more often reserved for a terror threat, declaring, “We face an enemy lethal to liberty and even more implacable than those America has defeated before.”

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey argued that the country was headed toward financial ruin if leaders did not summon the courage to tackle the most politically charged aspects of the problem, saying: “You’re going to have to raise the retirement age for Social Security. Oh, I just said it, and I still am standing here. I did not vaporize into the carpet!”

Former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska said Republicans would be on the hook, along with Democrats, if runaway spending was not controlled in Washington, declaring, “Tone-deaf politicians are going to be fired, and they’re going to be replaced in the next election cycle.”

Budget deficits and the nation’s growing debt load have emerged in the last few weeks as the consuming issues in Washington and in state capitals, and they are now shaping the early stages of the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Not a single candidate has formally opened a campaign yet — and some of those delivering the toughest talk on the budget may never do so — but the subject is giving focus and energy to a contest that has so far been largely unformed.

The growing profile of the issue has given Republicans an opportunity to cast President Obama as a weak leader, unwilling or unable to confront the tough issues, and has added fuel to the conservative drive for smaller government.

But it has also highlighted divisions among Republicans about how aggressively to cut domestic spending; the wisdom of supporting specific steps to address long-term problems in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security; and the proper balance between emphasizing fiscal issues and social ones like same-sex marriage.

And with the Republican-controlled House voting to cut deeply into this year’s federal budget and state capitals producing their own volatile showdowns, it has underscored the opportunity for potential candidates to seize on a fiscal-themed message to break out of the pack.

As a result, a presidential race that once seemed poised to be a straight referendum on Mr. Obama’s record — with a particular focus on the health care law, the unemployment rate and criticism over the expansion of government regulation — now seems likely to focus more at the outset on how aggressively the country should be reassessing the size and role of government and the future of the social welfare system.

The first debate of the Republican presidential season is scheduled for a little more than two months from now, and some candidates are expected to make formal announcements in March. But it is still not clear who, from a potential field of more than a dozen candidates, will decide to run.

Former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts has reassembled many of the advisers who led his unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign. Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota has logged more trips to early voting states than nearly any of his potential rivals. Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, has secured early endorsements in important states.

The intentions of others are less certain.

Mr. Daniels has expressed concerns about whether his family is willing to put up with the rigors of a campaign. Mr. Christie joked last week that only suicide would convince political reporters that he is not running. Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi has lined up major fund-raisers and is taking his first trip of the year to Iowa next month. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, who holds a lead in several early polls, is scheduled to release a book this week but has taken few obvious steps to build a campaign operation. Ms. Palin said last week that she, and all potential candidates, should decide soon.

Senator John Thune of South Dakota, who once seemed close to jumping into the race, has now expressed reservations about being the only candidate who would have to vote on many of these issues while running a presidential campaign.

The challenge for the Republican candidates, said David Winston, a Republican strategist, will be finding effective ways to distinguish themselves and connecting fiscal policy to the broader economic concerns of voters.

“The outcome is reducing spending,” Mr. Winston said. “But the payoff is growing the economy and creating jobs. What people are focused on is the payoff.”

Those themes were at the heart of appearances over the last week by a number of leading Republicans, all of whom pushed the idea, to varying degrees, that the nation needed to have a serious fiscal debate. And with fiscal issues playing out in high-profile ways in Congress and in statehouses, they will be called on to take more specific positions.

One of the earliest tests will come during the debate over whether the federal debt ceiling should be raised, a looming legislative fight in Congress that will be a proxy for the battle in the Republican Party between pragmatism and principle. In his recent speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Mr. Daniels did not mention the topic. Mr. Romney has not dwelled on it, but others like Mr. Pawlenty and Ms. Palin have argued forcefully against raising the debt ceiling.

The realities of these budget burdens will play out in states at the very time Republican primary voters are weighing their party’s prospective presidential candidates, which will drive the fiscal debate even more. In early voting states, where Republican contenders have been making frequent appearances, the issue is among the chief concerns.

“People were already concerned about the deficit, and then it just exploded,” Gov. Terry Branstad of Iowa, a Republican, said in a recent interview. “The huge structural deficit has to be addressed, but that’s going to require a lot of courage.”

Candidates in both parties have learned the hard way over the years about the risks of advocating changes to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, and it is not clear whether voter sentiment has changed enough to reward blunt talk this time around — or whether positions taken in a primary driven by conservative voters might be problematic for the eventual nominee in the general election.

But with the anger and energy that animated the Tea Party movement last year still coursing through politics, how Republicans navigate fiscal issues could be just as critical to their primary campaign as the Iraq war was to the Democratic nominating contest four years ago.

Would Mr. Gingrich be rewarded or punished for presiding over the 1995 government shutdown? Would Mr. Barbour, a former White House political director, Republican national chairman and lobbyist, be seen as too much of an establishment figure to end business as usual in Washington? Will the Massachusetts health care bill signed into law by Mr. Romney define him forever in the eyes of conservatives as sympathetic to big government?

“People want someone who is going to be a threat to the system,” said Steve Deace, who until last week hosted a prominent conservative talk show in Iowa. “The thing that’s really tricky is whether you can do that without coming across as the least likeable person on planet Earth. That’s not easy to do.” Mr. Deace left WHO-AM, the station where a young Ronald Reagan established his career, and plans to play a more active role in Republican politics.

Should Mr. Daniels get into the race, a decision that he said he intended to make in April, he would most likely face questions about his own role in presiding over the deficit during his time as director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush.

Michael D. Shear contributed reporting.

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