1/21/2009

Juan Williams Agrees With Me

He must have been reading my mind.


Here is the article:

Judge Obama on Performance Alone
Let's not celebrate more ordinary speeches.

By JUAN WILLIAMS

JANUARY 20, 2009, 11:31 P.M. ET

With the noon sun high over the U.S. Capitol, Barack Obama yesterday took the oath of office to become president of the United States. On one level, it was a simple matter of political process -- the symbolic transfer of power. Yet words alone cannot convey its meaning.

The calloused hands of slaves, the voices of abolitionists, the hearts of generations who trusted in the naïve promise that any child can become president, will find some reward in a moment that was hard to imagine last year, much less 50 years ago. Our history, so marred by the sin of slavery, has come to the day when a man that an old segregationist would have described as "tea-colored" -- the child of a white woman and an African immigrant, who identifies as a member of the long oppressed and despised black minority -- was chosen by a mostly white nation as the personification of America's best sense of self as a nation of power and virtue.

At the end of the 1965 march calling for passage of the Voting Rights Act, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said politics held the potential to reflect the brilliance of the American creed of justice for all, and a "society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience." Years of hard work lay ahead to shift racist attitudes born of political power being limited to white Americans, he said, then added that "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice. How long? Not long. Because mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!"

It is neither overweening emotion nor partisanship to see King's moral universe bending toward justice in the act of the first non-white man taking the oath of the presidency. But now that this moment has arrived, there is a question: How shall we judge our new leader?

If his presidency is to represent the full power of the idea that black Americans are just like everyone else -- fully human and fully capable of intellect, courage and patriotism -- then Barack Obama has to be subject to the same rough and tumble of political criticism experienced by his predecessors. To treat the first black president as if he is a fragile flower is certain to hobble him. It is also to waste a tremendous opportunity for improving race relations by doing away with stereotypes and seeing the potential in all Americans.

Yet there is fear, especially among black people, that criticism of him or any of his failures might be twisted into evidence that people of color cannot effectively lead. That amounts to wasting time and energy reacting to hateful stereotypes. It also leads to treating all criticism of Mr. Obama, whether legitimate, wrong-headed or even mean-spirited, as racist.

This is patronizing. Worse, it carries an implicit presumption of inferiority. Every American president must be held to the highest standard. No president of any color should be given a free pass for screw-ups, lies or failure to keep a promise.

During the Democrats' primaries and caucuses, candidate Obama often got affectionate if not fawning treatment from the American media. Editors, news anchors, columnists and commentators, both white and black but especially those on the political left, too often acted as if they were in a hurry to claim their role in history as supporters of the first black president.

For example, Mr. Obama was forced to give a speech on race as a result of revelations that he'd long attended a church led by a demagogue. It was an ordinary speech. At best it was successful at minimizing a political problem. Yet some in the media equated it to the Gettysburg Address.

The importance of a proud, adversarial press speaking truth about a powerful politician and offering impartial accounts of his actions was frequently and embarrassingly lost. When Mr. Obama's opponents, such as the Clintons, challenged his lack of experience, or pointed out that he was not in the U.S. Senate when he expressed early opposition to the war in Iraq, they were depicted as petty.

Bill Clinton got hit hard when he called Mr. Obama's claims to be a long-standing opponent of the Iraq war "the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen." The former president accurately said that there was no difference in actual Senate votes on the war between his wife and Mr. Obama. But his comments were not treated by the press as legitimate, hard-ball political fighting. They were cast as possibly racist.

This led to Saturday Night Live's mocking skit -- where the debate moderator was busy hammering the other Democratic nominees with tough questions while inquiring if Mr. Obama was comfortable and needed more water.

When fellow Democrats contending for the nomination rightly pointed to Mr. Obama's thin proposals for dealing with terrorism and extricating the U.S. from Iraq, they were drowned out by loud if often vacuous shouts for change. Yet in the general election campaign and during the transition period, Mr. Obama steadily moved to his former opponents' positions. In fact, he approached Bush-Cheney stands on immunity for telecommunications companies that cooperate in warrantless surveillance.

There is a dangerous trap being set here. The same media people invested in boosting a black man to the White House as a matter of history have set very high expectations for him. When he disappoints, as presidents and other human beings inevitably do, the backlash may be extreme.

Several seasons ago, when Philadelphia Eagle's black quarterback Donovan McNabb was struggling, radio commentator Rush Limbaugh said the media wanted a black quarterback to do well and gave Mr. McNabb "a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn't deserve." Mr. Limbaugh's sin was saying out loud what others had said privately.

There is a lot more at stake now, and to allow criticism of Mr. Obama only behind closed doors does no honor to the dreams and prayers of generations past: that race be put aside, and all people be judged honestly, openly, and on the basis of their performance.

President Obama deserves no less.


Mr. Williams, a political analyst for National Public Radio and Fox News, is the author of several books, including "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965" (Penguin, 1988), and "Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America -- and What We Can Do About It" (Crown, 2006).

Happiness and Euphoria

Of all the delusions, self-delusion is the sweetest. - James H. Carr



Perhaps you remember the saying, "The only thing worse than not getting what you want, is getting what you want."

I have observed much celebration, happiness, expressions of satisfaction and general euphoria since the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama yesterday, as the 44th President of the United States of America, along with some extremely low-class, rude behaviour toward the outgoing President. These incidents of disrespect have only served to show what low class assholes Obama supporters, and Democrats in general are.

I believe that I will be one of the few people who are pleased during the Obama presidency, because I expect absolute disaster. With such low expectations, I can only be pleasantly surprised when he makes some policy decision that I like. As President, he can no longer evade making decisions. This will cause dissatisfaction among the various factions who support him. Making decisions and establishing policy will only decrease his popularity over time.

However, this decrease in popularity will be mitigated by a compliant, fawning, lying media; NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, etc. Since these people in the media virtually coerced millions of less than clear-thinking (a.k.a. stupid) voters to elect Obama, by portraying him as some sort of miracle-working saint, they will be heavily invested in saving face by brushing aside and underplaying negative consequences of his policies, and spinning nearly everything as masterful, briliant, outstanding, inspiring. In a word, genius.

The news and entertainment media in this country, and throughout the world, really, chose this new figurehead to usher in a bright, brave new world, where hunger and misery will end, the lion shall lie down with the lamb, etc., and once again, the whole world will love the USA (which in fact was never the case). They successfully made millions of voters feel guilty at the prospect of voting against him because he is black, or African-American. Nobody wants to be thought of as racist, so this is one great way to prove that America is not racist. And, the mentality that has been fostered over the last 8 years that George Bush is Hitler, and has taken away all of our civil liberties, therefore ANYBODY would be an improvement, so long as he is a Democrat, has successfully convinced enough muddle-headed people to go out and vote for some vague, undefined "Hope", "Change We Can Believe In"; with empty, meaningless slogans like "Yes, we can!", and phrases like "Sea levels will drop", etc.

Martin Luther King said in his "I have a dream" speech, that he dreamed of the day when a man would be judged not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character. MLK was a great man, and that was a great sentiment. But people who voted for Obama because of his race (and they number in the tens of millions) are equally racist as those who voted against him because of his race (these number probably in the thousands). To judge a man because of his race is improper, immoral, and is the very definition of racism. Even if your judgement is to vote for him. America, and Democrats in particular, is not a color blind society. MLK looked forward to the day when it would be. It is sad that that day has not yet arrived, and may not arrive for many decades to come.

BHO will go down in the history books as the first African-American President, but he isn't, really. To me (a white person), an African-American, or Black American, is a descendant of slaves brought over from Africa in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. He (or she) is a person who has suffered, or whose parents and/or grandparents have suffered discrimination, revulsion, injustice, and general unfairness, solely because of their race. An African-American has suffered at the hands of an unfair system, even though great strides have been made in the last 50 years or so. An African-American has suffered from a "black" culture that rewards ignorance and ridicules education and accomplishment as selling out to the white man. An African-American, for the most part, has had to grow up in externally or internally imposed "ghettoes", or mostly black communities, with high unemployment and high crime rates. A young black man has an extremely high probability of dying before he reaches maturity, because of the crime and violence in these neighborhoods.

BHO is the son of a young white woman from a wealthy family. His mother was impregnated by a Kenyan philanderer, a serial inseminator, a womanizer, who abandoned his own flesh and blood; indeed, from my admitedly sketchy information, he fathered several children from various women over the years. He was, in my opinion, based on this, an irresponsible, immoral and cruel jerk, an asshole of the highest order. Any man who would abandon his own child is despicable, in my opinion.

BHO was raised in white society by a white grandmother, while he was virtually, partially abandoned by his own mother. He grew up as a brown-skinned white boy. He attended Harvard University. He grew up in Hawaii. He had priveleges, resources, and opportunities that would be the envy of most middle-class whites.

BHO is undoubtedly a smart man. It is apparent from listening to him. But smart does not mean wise. When the fate of millions of Americans is at stake, we need wisdom much more than high intelligence.

And, his abandonment issues leave me worried. Nobody could get away unscathed from those experiences.

I voted against him because I am not racist. His policies, his history, has shown him to be a knee-jerk liberal of the highest order, and a pandering, lying, slimey politician from the Chicago political environment, one of the most corrupt in the nation. I judged him by the content of his character and not the color of his skin.

This is a dark time for America (and I don't mean that as a pun). All great nations have their heyday, and then decline. I fear that America will begin to decline with the Obama era. The once bright "beacon on a hill" is fading, in my opinion.

If I am wrong, that will be wonderful. Perhaps some day we will be able to dig ourselves out of the mess and severe financial burden that the Democrats will be creating. But it's not likely. How many government programs have ever been terminated, after all?



If you disagree with me, then you are obviously stupid, and WORSE THAN HITLER!

1/07/2009

Muslims and Socialists Unite to Urge Killing of Jews

We should have never let these barbaric, cruel, evil muslims into our country. I say it's time to round them all up. I blame this on the election of Barack Hussein Obama.



Protester Calls for Jews to 'Go Back to the Oven' at Anti-Israel Demonstration
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Fox News

Like many other protests of Israel's campaign in Gaza, this one ended badly — police had to cool an ugly fight between supporters of Israel and Gaza, breaking up the warring sides as their screaming and chanting threatened to turn into something worse.

But some protesters at this rally in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., took their rhetoric a step further, calling for the extermination of Israel — and of Jews.

Separated by battle lines and a stream of rush-hour traffic outside a federal courthouse last week, at least 200 pro-Palestinian demonstrators faced off against a smaller crowd of Israel supporters.

Most of the chants were run-of-the-mill; men and women waving Palestinian flags called Israel's invasion of Gaza a "crime," while the pro-Israel group carried signs calling the Hamas-run territory a "terror state."

But as the protest continued and crowds grew, one woman in a hijab began to shout curses and slurs that shocked Jewish activists in the city, which has a sizable Jewish population.

"Go back to the oven," she shouted, calling for the counter-protesters to die in the manner that the Nazis used to exterminate Jews during the Holocaust.

"You need a big oven, that's what you need," she yelled.

Millions of Jews were gassed and burned in crematoria throughout Europe during Adolf Hitler's rule of Germany. The protest organizers, asked to comment on the woman's overt call for Jewish extermination, said she was "insensitive" but refused to condemn her statement.

"She does not represent the opinions of the vast majority of people who were there," said Emmanuel Lopez, who helped plan the event, one of many sponsored nationwide on Dec. 30 by the ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism ) Coalition.

Lopez, a state coordinator for ANSWER, admitted there is a problem with anti-Semitism within his organization's ranks. But then he went on to call the supporters of Israel across the street "barbaric, racist" Zionist terrorists.

"Zionism in general is a barbaric, racist movement that really is the cause of the situation in the entire Middle East," Lopez said.

The unidentified woman, who protest organizers said was a Muslim, wasn't the only protester who raised hackles that day. Other demonstrators held signs that said "Nuke Israel," and a number made comparisons to the Holocaust, accusing Israel of genocide in Gaza.

More than 670 Palestinians, including hundreds of civilians, have been killed in the 12 days of Israel's campaign in Gaza. At least 30 were killed Tuesday by Israeli shelling of a U.N. school that had been housing refugees. (Israel said its forces fired at militants who launched mortars from that location.)

"This is absolutely inhumane," said Ahmed Suid, who attended the demonstration, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "This is a modern-day Holocaust."

The comparisons of the Israelis to the Nazis has Jewish organizations concerned about a "growing trend" at protests in America, where they say hatred of Israel and Jews is being increasingly preached.

"We're worried about hate speech. We're worried because hate speech eventually leads to pain and suffering and death," said Abraham Foxman, director of the Anti-Defamation League, which has been tracking Gaza protests.

"Comparisons of Israel to the Nazis are a deeply cynical perversion of history, an attempt to turn the tragedy that befell the Jewish people into a bludgeon against Israel," he said.

Even though police had to intercede and break up a potentially violent confrontation between the two factions at the Fort Lauderdale protest, organizers called it a success, saying it drew crowds of new activists.

"It was not just an academic exercise . . . not just a protest," Lopez told FOXNews.com. "It's a material force."

1/06/2009

Eurabian Muslims Plan New Holocaust

Didn't someone say, long ago, "Never Again"?



Here's the story:

European Jews Attacked in Response to Gaza Conflict
Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Associated Press

PARIS - Signs are mounting that the conflict in Gaza is starting to spill over into violence in Europe's towns and cities, with assaults against Jews and arson attacks on Jewish congregations in France, Sweden and Britain.

Assailants rammed a burning car into the gates of a synagogue in Toulouse, in southwest France, on Monday night. A Jewish congregation in Helsingborg, in southern Sweden, also was attacked Monday night by someone who "broke a window and threw in something that was burning," said police spokesman Leif Nilsson. Neighbors alerted rescue services before the fire took hold.

Someone also started a blaze outside the premises last week. And on Sunday slogans including "murderers ... You broke the cease-fire" and "don't subject Palestine to ethnic cleansing" were daubed on Israel's embassy in Stockholm.

In Denmark, a 27-year-old Dane born in Lebanon of Palestinian parents is alleged to have injured two young Israelis last week, opening fire with a handgun in a shooting that police suspect could be linked to the Gaza crisis.

France has Western Europe's largest Jewish and Muslim communities and a history of anti-Semitic violence flaring when tensions in the Middle East are high. In 2002, some 2,300 Jews left France for Israel because they felt unsafe.

President Nicolas Sarkozy warned in a statement Tuesday that France would not tolerate violence linked to the Gaza crisis. A day earlier, his interior minister said she was concerned about the prospect of contagion and met with the heads of the two main Muslim and Jewish groups and police officials to stress the need to "preserve national unity."

Damage to the synagogue in Toulouse was limited to a blackened gate, and there were no injuries even though a rabbi was giving a course to adults inside, authorities said. They said unlighted gasoline bombs were also found in a car nearby and in the synagogue's yard. A local Jewish leader, Armand Partouche, said he believed the assailants had planned to torch the synagogue, but fled when the building's alarm went off.

"It could have been very, very serious," Partouche said in a telephone interview. "There were people inside; there could have been deaths."

He said Jewish leaders are asking Toulouse authorities for reinforced security for the city's synagogues.

"We really fear that anti-Semitism will spring up again and that the current conflict will be transposed to our beautiful French republic," he said.

In Britain, the Community Security Trust, a Jewish defense group, said it had seen a rise in anti-Semitic incidents since the start of Israel's offensive against Gaza. The group said it had recorded 20-25 incidents across the country in the past week that it believed were connected with Gaza, including an arson attempt on a synagogue in north London on Sunday.

London police are investigating the attack, in which suspects splashed flammable liquid on the door and set it on fire.

Community Security Trust spokesman Mark Gardner said that in another incident last week a gang of 15-20 youths walked along the main street in Golders Green, a largely Jewish neighborhood in north London, shouting "Jew" and "Free Palestine" at passers-by.

"It could get worse," Gardner said. "We tend to see these things happen in waves."

The government in Belgium on Tuesday ordered police in Antwerp and Brussels to be on increased alert after recent pro-Palestinian protests ended in violence and dozens of arrests. Police said burning rags were shoved through the mailbox of a Jewish home in Antwerp last weekend. Damage was limited and no arrests were made.

In the Danish shooting, one Israeli man was shot in the arm and another in the leg as they were selling hair care products in a shopping mall. Eli Ruvio, who owns the company that operated the stands, said his employees have been harassed by Muslim youths since they set up three kiosks in the shopping center in August.

"They kept cursing and shouting at us," Ruvio told The Associated Press. He added that the Muslim youths also threw mud and firecrackers at the employees and spat at them.

Ruvio recalled an episode Dec. 27 when some of the youths shouted "slaughter all the Jews."

"I told my employees not to speak in Hebrew and lie about where they come from, they should say there were from Spain or somewhere else. If people ask you where you are from, never say you're from Israel," he said.