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My current, favorite president – Sarkozy!

Posted by liloladenvers on September 28, 2009

President Sarkozy of France was not impressed with President Obama’s performance at the United Nations last week.  In his comments to the General Assembly (which were not reported in most US media forums) were biting and to the point.  This story in the London Telegraph tells all about it. 

“President Obama dreams of a world without weapons … but right in front of us two countries are doing the exact opposite.

“Iran since 2005 has flouted five security council resolutions. North Korea has been defying council resolutions since 1993.

“I support the extended hand of the Americans, but what good has proposals for dialogue brought the international community? More uranium enrichment and declarations by the leaders of Iran to wipe a UN member state off the map,” he continued, referring to Israel.

The sharp-tongued French leader even implied that Mr Obama’s resolution 1887 had used up valuable diplomatic energy.

“If we have courage to impose sanctions together it will lend viability to our commitment to reduce our own weapons and to making a world without nuke weapons,” he said.

Mr Sarkozy has previously called the US president’s disarmament crusade “naïve”.”

I think I’ll have some French fries for lunch and maybe some French toast for dinner.  Vive la France!!

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Sarah Palin on The Tea Party Movement

Posted by necessarygrace on September 24, 2009

From her incredible speech at an investment conference in Hong Kong Wednesday:

When members of America’s greatest generation – the World War II generation – lose their homes and their life savings because their retirement funds were wiped after the financial collapse, people feel a great anger. There is suddenly a growing sentiment to just “throw the bums out” of Washington, D.C. – and by bums they mean the Republicans and the Democrats. Americans are suffering from pay cuts and job losses, and they want to know why their elected leaders are not tightening their belts. It’s not lost on people that Congress voted to exempt themselves from the health care plan they are thrusting on the rest of the nation. There is a growing sense of frustration on Main Street. But even in the midst of crisis and despair, we see signs of hope.

In fact, it’s a sea change in America, I believe. Recently, there have been protests by ordinary Americans who marched on Washington to demand their government stop spending away their future. Large numbers of ordinary, middle-class Democrats, Republicans, and Independents from all over the country marching on Washington?! You know something’s up!

These are the same people who flocked to the town halls this summer to face their elected officials who were home on hiatus from that distant capital and were now confronted with the people they represent. Big town hall meetings – video clips circulating coverage – people watching, feeling not so alone anymore.

The town halls and the Tea Party movement are both part of a growing grassroots consciousness among ordinary Americans who’ve decided that if they want real change, they must take the lead and not wait to be led. Real change – and, you know, you don’t need a title to do it.

The “Tea Party Movement” is aptly named to remind people of the American Revolution – of colonial patriots who shook off the yoke of a distant government and declared their freedom from indifferent – elitist – rulers who limited their progress and showed them no respect. Today, Main Street Americans see Washington in similar terms.

When my country again achieves financial stability and economic growth – when we roar back to life as we shall do – it will be thanks in large part to the hard work and common sense of these ordinary Americans who are demanding that government spend less and tax less and allow the private sector to grow and prosper.

We’re not interested in government fixes; we’re interested in freedom! Freedom! Our vision is forward looking. People may be frustrated now, but we’re very hopeful too.

And, after all, why shouldn’t we be? We’re Americans. We’re always hopeful.

(Taken from an excerpt posted on Former Governor Palin’s Facebook Page. The Wall Street Journal also has excerpts from the speech posted on their blog.)

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Are You Following Breitbart?

Posted by necessarygrace on September 21, 2009

When filmmaker and provocateur James O’Keefe came to my office to show me the video of him and his friend, Hannah Giles, going to the Baltimore offices of ACORN – the nation’s foremost “community organizers” – dressed as a pimp and a prostitute and asking for – and getting – help for various illegal activities, he sought my advice.

Breitbart is the genius behind the release of the Acorn sting tapes… and apparently a whole lot more. According to his website, Big Hollywood another big story will be coming out at noon today. I for one will be glued to my computer, because if there’s one thing Andrew Breitbart has shown in the last week or so, it’s this: In the age of the internet, it doesn’t matter how many network execs and newspapers Obama has in his pocket, so long as there are real journalists left in the world, the truth will come out.

(For more hints about today’s big story, read his post, Pregame Report: The NEA Conference Call.)

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Jon Stewart Skewers the Media Over Acorn

Posted by Nancy on September 18, 2009

Maybe the real journalists will start reporting the Acorn scandal now that Jon Stewart has brought it to the public’s attention.

Oh, I forgot, the Main Stream Media doesn’t have real journalists anymore.

You won’t see the clip of Jon Stewart skewering Acorn on YouTube either, because they aren’t showing it.  I can’t get the Hulu clip to embed, but it’s well worth following the link below and spending six minutes watching it to see how Stewart mocks Acorn and the MSM.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/09/media_dam_on_acorn_videos_has.html

Priceless.

Then there’s this one by Jay Leno.

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Happy Constitution Day

Posted by necessarygrace on September 17, 2009

Today marks the 222nd Anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution!

Check out the National Constitution Center’s website for fun quizzes you can take, educational videos to watch and games to play with your kids. And go to ConstitutionFacts.com to take the Constitution IQ Quiz… how much do you really know about our country’s founding document? There’s never been a better time to celebrate the U.S. Constitution, so don’t let this day go by without notice!

And to commemorate the day, consider sending the President and your Congress-person their own copy of our Constitution – and suggest they read it before signing any more bills!!

Now, do YOU remember the Preamble? Sing it with me… “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union…”

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Racism Knows No Party Lines

Posted by necessarygrace on September 15, 2009

Over the weekend I posted on my personal blog about attending the 9/12 rally. That post resulted in a new commentor coming by, hippieprof. As you might guess from the name, hippieprof is a liberal. But unlike most liberals I “see” on the internet, he appears genuinely interested in having intelligent discourse. Because of that, I’ve invited him to come over here, (where I try to keep my political posts for the most part) to join me in a real discussion. I hope many of you will join us – Conservative, Liberal, Independent or Whatever Label You Choose – and share your thoughts and opinions. As long as we can stay respectful, I think we could have a very good time!

To kick off our discussion, I’ll be breaking down a comment HippieProf left on my blog. The first subject we’ll tackle is Racism – are Conservatives racist? Is racism a welcome component of our movement?

hippieprof wrote…

What I am really bothered by is the overtly racist quality in this movement. In fact, that is probably why I am taking the time to talk about this. Note – I AM NOT ACCUSING YOU OF RACISM – I SEE NONE OF THAT IN YOUR POST. I also believe that people can have honest disagreements with Obama for reasons other than race.

I do believe, however, that there is a substantial racist component to your movement. When the “express” came through here a week or so ago, signs read “Impeach the Muslim Marxist Bastard” – for now, lets ignore the fact that Obama is neither Muslim nor Marxist nor a bastard – nor has he done anything worthy of impeachment – but what is the point (apart from racism) of claiming he is Muslim?

Almost every time I see photos of tea party protests someone is carrying a racist sign.

Racism isn’t patriotism even if you are shouting “USA!”

I wish that reasonable people on your side (and I am taking you to be one) would call these people out and tell them they are unwelcome in your group. Frankly, they undermine your message.

Is hippieprof right? Is there a “substantial racist component” to the Conservative movement?

First, let me start off by saying that there ARE racists who call themselves Conservatives. I know this because I have seen comments on conservative blogs. These commenters are almost always immediately rebuked by other conservative commenters. But they do exist.

And I’m sure out of the hundreds of thousands of people at the Capitol on Saturday there were a few who hold racist viewpoints. It would be hard to point them out though, because there were no racist caricatures of our president, no racist slogans, no racist chants. Even the type of sign that hippieprof references about Obama’s muslim background was in short supply. (I didn’t see any – My husband said he saw one. Out of the *thousands* of signs we saw that day.) I would argue (and in fact will argue, in another post) that referencing Obama’s middle name or accusing him of being a muslim is not necessarily a racial issue, but a political one, but regardless it was not the issue of the day, by any stretch of the imagination.

To point to that one sign and say it was a “substial component” of the march on Saturday would be a gross exaggeration at best, and more accurately, a lie. And when Democrats or the media say that people are speaking out against Obama and the democrats in Congress because they are racist, it shows an absolute ignorance of what Conservatives believe and what we are arguing for.

Limited government. Liberty. Freedom. How are these racist values? We don’t want the government to take over every private enterprise in America. Is that a racist statement? We believe Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the others are taking this country in the wrong direction and that we as American citizens are seeing our freedoms eroding more and more each day. We are concerned. We are angry. And it has absolutely NOTHING to do with race.

No, racism is not a conservative (or Republican) value. Is it a liberal one? What if I hold up the mirror and ask hippieprof (and any other liberals who care to answer) the same question?

Consider the way that Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Justice Clarence Thomas, and Michael Steele have been treated by liberals at all levels of political discourse. Accused of being “Uncle Toms”, the target of disgusting blatantly racist caricatures dressed up as political cartoons, insulted and dismissed as African Americans just because they had the audacity to hold views in opposition to liberals.

Even worse, in my opinion, is the way the Democratic party views minorities as a whole. Democratic leadership (black and white) has repeatedly made American blacks victims and themselves the saviors. Social programs with nice sounding names that do nothing but keep people in poverty. Tax laws and government contracts that give preference based on race, rather than merit. How are these things not racist? Truth be told, does the Democratic party not in fact have a long history of racism against blacks?

When will the liberals stand up and speak out against the racism they see in their own party?

The sad truth is, racism is alive and well in America. You will find racists at conservative events, and you will find them at liberal ones. You will find racists in every political party, and among those who claim no political party. Furthermore, racism is not a white – black issue. Racists come in every skin color, and they hate on every skin color. I wish it did not exist. I wish ALL people would see beyond melotonin levels and ancestry and do as Dr. King dreamed – judge one another on the content of our character.

For the record, I think we are a lot closer to this dream than we’ve ever been before. But that progress will not continue – it may even be reversed – if people who hold contrary views are constantly accused of racism. Such baseless accusations do nothing to further the political discourse and serve only to inflame racial tensions – or even create them where they previously didn’t even exist. We should ALWAYS refute racism whenever and wherever we are confronted with it. But let’s not infuse it into a discussion where it does not belong. The issues of the day are about healthcare, the economy, the size of the federal government, and the war in the middle east. They are issues that affect every American, regardless of race. Let us have enough respect for one another to take our viewpoints at face value and have a real, rational debate. Racism has no place in our world – let us not give it a place at the table.

UPDATE: Michael Williams, a conservative running for senate in Texas posted this response to Former President Carter’s accusations of racism leveled at tea partiers.

“As a black man from the South, I take exception to the notion that my opposition – or the opposition of millions of Americans to the president’s healthcare proposal – is rooted in racial politics. It is a sad day when genuine disagreement is smeared by such an incendiary characterization. I oppose the president’s plan because it will explode the deficit, allow further government intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship, and continue to insulate healthcare consumers from the true cost of their care….

Americans who have honest concerns about increasing government control of healthcare, and the overall direction of this nation, deserve answers instead of scorn, respect instead of reviling accusations of racism. If this president is going to change the tone in Washington, he better first change the tactics of his supporters.”

Read the full statement.

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Memo To Axelrod: YOU are Wrong

Posted by necessarygrace on September 14, 2009

The White House has a message to the tens of thousands of protesters who railed against big government during a rally in Washington Saturday: You’re wrong.

White House senior adviser David Axelrod said Sunday that the protesters, part of the “tea party” movement, do not represent the views of the broader public when it comes to health care reform.

“I don’t think it’s indicative of the nation’s mood,” Axelrod said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “You know, I don’t think we ought to be distracted by that. My message to them is, they’re wrong.”

Dear Mr. Axelrod,

You don’t know me, but that hasn’t stopped you from casting judgement on me. You say I’m “wrong” and that I don’t represent the views of the “broader” public. Which makes me wonder, do you have any idea who you are speaking to? Did you even take five minutes to look at the faces of the people in the crowds marching on your turf on Saturday?

No?

Let me give you a glimpse.

I am a stay at home mother of four. My husband works in the computer industry. His company probably made some very large contributions to your boss’ election campaign. We live in a part of Virginia that according to your polls is somewhat “Blue”. We have never participated in a protest before.

(Oh wait, I take that back. When I was about nine, my mom took me to a “no nukes” rally in Seattle. My parents (all 3 of them) are raging liberals.)

Have I messed with your concept of demographics yet? Oh wait, there’s still the “astroturf” and “brooks brothers” tripe you’ve fed the media this summer.

How’s this for Grass Roots: I found the rally on facebook. And how’s this for “Brooks Brothers”: I made my own T-shirt. As did my husband and my 14 year old daughter.

I really liked mine, it was a quote from James Madison – you might remember him Mr. Axelrod, he was our 4th president and is considered the Father of that document you love to stomp all over, the Constitution. He said, “Crisis is the rallying cry of the tyrant.” Which I thought was rather apropos, given your friend Rahm’s famous quote.

My husband chose a quote from Margaret Thatcher: “The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” Oops. He used that word. Socialism. How dare he point out that your friend Obama wants to spread the wealth around. Obviously he forgot that it’s no longer okay to point out the obvious, here in the Land of Hope and Change.

My daughter, who has a mind of her own and never does anything because someone else told her to (most especially her parents!) found this quote, from her rock idol, Kurt Cobain: “The duty of youth is to challenge corruption.” Ouch. Bet you never thought the youth of America might wake up and catch on to what you guys are doing. She’s supposed to be in the “broader public”, swooning over handsome Barack and trusting in him to give her everything she needs. Unfortunately for you and the President, my daughter – like many teens – can think for herself. And she’s also a voracious reader. Her current favorite author? George Orwell. Which is why she made this sign to carry in the march:

1984 sign

My younger children came along mostly as an educational exercise. I wanted them to see what Freedom of Speech looks like. I wanted them to understand what Thomas Jefferson meant when he said, “What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?”

We arrived in DC hours before the March was scheduled to begin. Apologies to Al Gore, but we drove. See, it’s a lot more economical for us to park all day for $7 than to pay for 6 metro passes. Also, you know, it’s swine flu season, and as you’ll remember everybody’s favorite Vice President, the man your boss chose to succeed him, advised Americans, “I would tell members of my family — and I have — that I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now.”

We parked and walked a few blocks to Freedom Square two hours before the start of the march and found a crowd so big it was spilling out of the square and into the surrounding streets. We couldn’t even see the stage where the speakers were – just hundreds (or more likely thousands) of people, and a sea of homemade signs.

freedom square rally

Not long after we got to Freedom Square an announcement was made that the march was starting early. The DC police insisted, because there were too many people in the square. The crowd was so large, it was causing safety and traffic issues in the area.

Now before you leap to the conclusion that safety issues = unruly crowd, let me clear something up. The people at that rally were there for a purpose. They were serious about the cause of liberty. But they were not ANGRY. Well, okay, they were angry at your boss and his friends in congress, but they weren’t CRANKY. In fact, it was one of the friendliest crowds I’ve seen in a long time. People were polite and smiling and patient with one another. You know what we were? Energized. Excited. Happy to FINALLY have a voice, when for far too long we have been pushed aside and ignored.

And so we marched. People of all ages and backgrounds, united in one thing – our desire for liberty. What that looks like to everyone isn’t exactly the same. In fact, there were some people there I didn’t really agree with. For instance, I have no desire to vote for Ron Paul. Also I think comparing your boss to Hitler is not a productive thing to do. (Though let’s be honest, we all know most of those Obama-as-Hitler signs are wielded by members of the LaRouche Party… not Conservatives.) And some signs I thought were too graphic – the ones where Obama’s face is made to look like the Joker’s (they did the same to Bush, so let’s not pretend it’s a “racist” thing, K?). The ones with graphic pictures of granny dying because Obama is lying. I covered my younger kids’ eyes for those signs. But they were a tiny tiny minority of the signs we saw that day.

Most of the signs were pithy and funny, simple and to the point. “Joe Wilson Was Right.” “Czars Czuck”. “Democrat Against Obamacare.” (Uh Oh David! How’d that person get in there? Aren’t they supposed to be in your broader public?) Many of the signs were mini-lessons in history and our constitution. You know it’s a great educational outing when your kids are asking you “What’s the tenth ammendment?”

When we got to the Capitol building, two hours before the big rally was set to begin (due to the early start of the march), the lawn was already packed. Having four kids with us, we decided to hang out at the small park across from the staging area. From there we could (mostly) hear the speakers and watch as the people continued to stream in. There was a steady stream of people completing their march for the next two hours. At one point my son and I decided to go get a closer look at the stage, and found we could not even get through the crowd, it was packed so tightly. When my eight year old had to answer nature’s call, the line for the porta-jons was nearly an hour long. I tell you this because I know that you and your friends in the media want very badly to minimize how many people were gathered in DC on Saturday. Even with images like these, you try to say there were only “scores” or “thousands” … even Fox News sticks with “tens of thousands.” Well, I was there. And I’m looking at the pictures. The very least you could accurately say is “HUNDREDS of thousands.” More accurate? “A million strong.”

So Mr. Axelrod, you may want to minimize what happened Saturday. You and your boss can try to brush us off, or say we are “coarsening” the “political dialogue“. But when you do, you are only fooling yourselves. For all the hundreds of thousands of us who rallied on Saturday, there are hundreds of thousands (or day I say – millions?) more who were there with us in spirit. And when those 2010 elections come around, you and your boss and all his friends in congress are going to find out just how WRONG you are.

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Baltimore, D.C., and Now Brooklyn

Posted by E. on September 14, 2009

As President Obama said in one of his campaign speeches, “The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree . . .”

The US Census Bureau has now cut its ties with ACORN.  Perhaps it is past time the President does the same.  In fact, it might behoove him to just fell the mighty oak he has helped organize.  What are the chances?

Nah.  It won’t happen.  After all, there are real pimps/political candidates and prostitutes out there who need help getting a house so they can set up a brothel with under-aged illegal immigrants.  ACORN must be there to help them get their business going.

For the details and video from the Brooklyn ACORN office, go here.

As soon as I hear anything about how to donate to the defense fund of the “hooker” and the “pimp” who ACORN is claiming committed a felony by exposing all of this, I’ll let you know.

In the meantime, props to the mainstream media folks for doing such an excellent ostrich imitation through all of this.  Your peacock president must be so proud.

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Saturday’s Warriors

Posted by Nancy on September 13, 2009

If you believe the MSM, there weren’t very many people in Washington D.C. on Saturday, 9/12.   ABC, CNN, and the AP put it at tens of thousands, but I hear CBS put it at mere thousands, with “scores” waving flags and signs.

Watch this time lapse of the three and a half hours of marching.  “Scores” of signs and flags?

How many people does it take to make that large a crowd?  Remember, they are not gathered there stationery – they are continually marching by, hour after hour.

Those who officially registered numbered over 450,000.  A helicopter that overflew the event estimated turnout at 1.5 million. The London Daily Mail guessed the crowd at 2 million, and other estimates have gone as high as 2.3 million. 

You won’t see any of that in the mainstream media, though.

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Gives a Whole New Meaning to the Term “Stimulus Package” OR I’m Proud My President Was a Community Organizer

Posted by E. on September 10, 2009

Seriously, you are going to need about 20 minutes for this one.  Grab a drink, sit back, and get ready to be appalled.

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