Daily Archives: June 24, 2010

Obama Welcomes LGBT Pride Reception

What is going on in our nation?

Marriage is still defined as a union between one man and one woman but as you will hear Obama announce to his audience, he will repeal DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act).  You can find this around 8:55 on the video.

He also announces right after that he will repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.  He will do this in spite of the feelings of the men and women who serve willing and proudly in our military and by the way, in the middle of 2 wars.  Surely, something has gone wrong in America.  Where is the moral compass?

“This too, shall pass.”

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Is Obama A Tyrant? Are We Slipping Into Tyranny?

Faith and Freedom Network

V.I. Lenin described unthinking supporters of his dictatorship in the Soviet Union as “useful idiots.”

It’s time to think.

It’s time to ask hard questions.

It’s time to become active and vocal.

“Unthinking” people are enabling an administration to build a power base that undermines the very foundations of the greatest nation on the Earth. Our fiscal foundations and our social foundations.

Here are some of the ways it is advancing.

Columnist, THOMAS SOWELL, wrote in the Investors Business Daily this week, “When Adolf Hitler was building up his NAZI movement of the 1920s, leading up to his taking power in the 1930s, he deliberately sought to activate people who did not normally pay much attention to politics.”

They were useful.

Sowell says they were particularly susceptible to Hitler’s rhetoric and had far less basis for questioning his assumptions and conclusions.

Sowell and others are expressing concern about the $20 billion President Obama is extracting from BP. Not that he or others don’t think BP should pay all the damages, whatever the amount—-it’s the way the President is using the moment.

He and others don’t believe the President has constitutional “authority to extract vast sums of money from private enterprise and distribute it as he sees fit to whomever he deems worthy of compensation.”

He’s right. The Constitution says that private property is not to be confiscated by the government without “due process of the law.”

Sowell says, “If you believe the end justifies the means, then you don’t believe in constitutional government.”

He says, “If the agreement with BP was an isolated event, perhaps we might hope that it would not be a precedent. But there is nothing isolated about it.”

Indeed it is not isolated. This is part of a pattern of behavior that leads to tyranny. Each crisis is an opportunity. You will recall that the Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said we cannot allow a “crisis” to go to “waste” as an opportunity to expand the power of government.

The President, it appears, is also overreaching his authority of social issues.

Needing to appease the anger of the homosexual activists who helped elect him he is now announcing that he will arbitrarily take the Family Medical and Leave Act and tweak it to include homosexuals who are living together and raising children.

Can he legally do this?

Many feel, including myself, that his action violates the Defense of Marriage Act—which he has promised to repeal, that clearly defines marriage as between one man and one woman and defines “spouse” as being of the opposite sex.

Tragically, some Christians and Christian leaders continue to maintain that they feel “uncomfortable” addressing the homosexual issues of our day. If the church doesn’t lead on moral issues, who will? No wonder our country has to some degree lost its moral compass.

Our Founders knew the importance of Christian leadership in the culture. Hopefully we will discover that importance before we allow an “exceptional” nation with an exceptional destiny, to slip into the dustbin of history as a former city on a hill.

The secular socialists are counting on your silence and detachment from the process.

Ramming through the Obamacare health plan is a colossal example of how a tyrannical government works.

There seems to be a pattern of imperialism—of subverting the Constitution.

And he is counting on the masses to be silent. Uninformed or simply uninterested.

Here’s how it works:

America was founded on the fundamental principle stated in the Declaration of Independence—“all people are created equal—endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.”

If you want to create a tyrannical government or dictatorship for that matter, using the mechanisms of a constitutional republic, your actions must fit the historical nature of the society.

The only rightful use of force is to uphold the law, the only just law is that which protects inalienable rights, so, to increase personal power you must “discover” more “rights” and protect them.

This is insidious because it actually puts those who seek power in a position to never have to argue for more power.

This strategy enables them to become the “advocate” for the downtrodden—the disenfranchised. Those with newly found rights.

This is exactly what happened with healthcare. For two and a half centuries, America provided opportunity for individuals to prosper and improve their lot in life, in any number of ways. Over time it became apparent that we needed to reform some aspects of our healthcare in America. The secular socialists seized the opportunity to remake the country rather than restore it and redistribute the wealth all in one fell swoop.

Healthcare is now a “right” and they are advocating for the downtrodden.

The far left declared, a couple of months ago, that abortion is now a “right”.

Yes we can.

Homosexual “marriage” is now a “right”. Social justice. Equality.

The list of newly found “rights” is as long as is needed to “remake” America.

Cloaked in deception, public education is re-educating our children to these new “truths” while secular socialists continue to grab power.

Only two things need happen to allow this to continue:

First, remain indifferent, uninformed and detached to cultural moral issues and their consequences. Particularly Christians.

Second, remain silent. Intimidated by political correctness. Don’t speak biblical truth to the culture.

That will get us there. Patrick Henry said, “When people forget God, tyrants forge their chains.”

Be Vigilant. Be Unafraid. Be Prayerful.

posted by rightthingtodo  June 24, 2010

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Blago Tapes – Closer, Closer, Closer …

posted by rightthingtodo  June 24, 2010

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich

The portrait of Rod Blagojevich that comes through on the tapes introduced at trial against him is that of a man of many faces. One face that shines through the AP report on the tapes heard in court yesterday is that of a nut, but there are others.

Attention must be paid. President Obama is a subject and object of Blago’s dreams; Obama’s rise has a lot to do with the case against Blago. Obama is himself a product of the Chicago Way. The Chicago Tribune has set up a clearinghouse for its coverage of the trial here.

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Judge Refuses To Delay His Ruling To Strike Down Obama’s Moratorium

Judge Martin L. C. Feldman

Judge Refuses to Delay Ruling on Gulf Drilling Ban

Published June 24, 2010

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judgein New Orleans has refused to delay his decision to strike down a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling imposed after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Justice Department had asked U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman to stay his ruling while it appeals to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Feldman rejected that request Thursday. Two days earlier, he struck down the Interior Department’s decision to halt approval of new permits for deepwater projects and suspend drilling on 33 exploratory wells.

The Justice Department says in court papers that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has instructed all employees to not take any action to enforce the moratorium.

It also says the department is sending letters to operators who received notices of suspension

that those notices have no legal effect at this time

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Gilad Shalit: You Are Every Mother’s Son

Tomorrow marks four years that Gilad Shalit has been in captivity. June 25, 2006, Gilad Shalit was captured in a cross border raid. In the ensuing four years, Gilad has been denied even the most basic of human rights, and his family has no idea where he is, or how he is, since even the Red Cross has not been allowed access to him. This is contrary to the Geneva Convention, and human decency.

this video was released last year

We pray for you safe return home, to Israel.

posted by rightthingtodo  June 24, 2010 

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More Oil Spilliing Into The Gulf Coast

This is reported by Associated Press:

More oil gushing into Gulf after problem with cap

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
Jun 23, 2010

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tens of thousands of gallons more oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday after an undersea robot bumped a venting system, forcing BP to remove the cap that had been containing some of the crude.

It was yet another setback in the nine-week effort to stop the gusher, and it came as thick pools of oil washed up on Pensacola Beach in Florida and the Obama administration tried to figure out how to resurrect a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling.

When the robot bumped the system just before 10 a.m. Wednesday, gas rose through the vent that carries warm water down to prevent ice-like crystals from forming, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said.

Crews were checking to see if crystals had formed before putting it back on. BP spokesman Bill Salvin could not say how long that might take.

“We’re doing it as quickly as possible,” he said.

Before the problem with the containment cap, it had collected about 700,000 gallons of oil in 24 hours. That’s oil that’s now pouring into the Gulf. Another 438,000 gallons was burned on the surface by a different system that was not affected by the issue with the cap.

A similar problem doomed the effort to put a bigger containment device over the blown-out well in May. BP had to abandon the four-story box after the crystals called hydrates clogged it, threatening to make it float away.

The smaller cap, which had worked fine until now, had been in place since early June. To get it there, though, crews had to slice away a section of the leaking pipe, meaning the flow of oil could be stronger now than before.

The current worst-case estimate of what’s spewing into the Gulf is about 2.5 million gallons a day. Anywhere from 67 million to 127 million gallons have spilled since the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig that killed 11 workers and blew out the well 5,000 feet underwater. BP PLC was leasing the rig from owner Transocean Ltd…

God help us

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This Is Just For The Record – September 11, 2007 – Obama Criticizes Petraeus’ Iraq Surge

Senator Obama  Questions General Petraeus On The Iraq Surge – 2007

To this day, Obama has not acknowledged the success of the Iraq Surge

Transcript

OBAMA (D-Ill.): Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman.

Thank you, gentlemen, for your testimony. Obviously, with seven minutes, it’s a little frustrating, because we’re dealing with an extraordinarily complex situation.

So I just want to stipulate a couple things. Number one, the performance of our troops has been outstanding. And we thank them for their service. They’ve done everything that’s been asked of them throughout this process.

Number two, I think that both of you gentlemen are doing the absolute best that you can, given an extraordinarily difficult situation. And so I appreciate the work that both of you are doing. I would say that the mission that’s been given to you is what’s at issue here in the Senate.

The question is one of strategy, not tactics. And the difficulty we have, I think, is that, each time we’ve talked to you, questions have been posed to you about the broader strategy of our war in Iraq, you’ve punted a little bit because you’ve said, look, that’s a little outside my bailiwick.

But as Senator Feingold pointed out, we don’t have limitless resources. And we’ve got to make these decisions, at least, in the Senate, based on priorities and the costs, as well as benefits, to pursuing a particular strategy.

I have to say, and this hasn’t been commented on, I think that we should not have had this discussion on 9/11 or 9/10 or 9/12. Because I think it perpetuates this notion that, somehow, the original decision to go into Iraq was directly related to the attacks on 9/11.

OBAMA: And this is not to relitigate the original decision to go into Iraq.

It is to suggest that if the American people and the Congress had understood then that after devoting $1 trillion, which is what this thing optimistically will end up having cost, thousands of American lives, the creation of an environment in which Al Qaida in Iraq could operate because it didn’t exist prior to our invasion, that we have increased terrorist recruitment around the world, that Iran has been strengthened, that bin Laden and Al Qaida are stronger than at any time since 2001, and that the process of Iraqi reconstruction and their standard of living would continue to be lower than it was pre- invasion, that if that had been the deal, I think most people would have said that’s a bad deal, that does not make sense, that does not serve the United States’ strategic interests.

And so I think that some of the frustration you hear from some of the questioners is that we have now set the bar so low that modest improvement in what was a completely chaotic situation, to the point where now we just have the levels of intolerable violence that existed in June of 2006 is considered success, and it’s not.

This continues to be a disastrous foreign policy mistake. And we are now confronted with the question: How do we clean up the mess and make the best out of a situation in which there are no good options, there are bad options and worse options?

And this is not a criticism of either of you gentlemen, this is a criticism of this president and the administration which has set a mission for the military and for our diplomatic forces that is extraordinarily difficult now to achieve.

OBAMA: And there has been no acknowledgement of that on the part of this administration, so that we have the president in Australia suggesting somehow that we are, as was stated before, kicking A-S-S.

How can we have a president making that assessment? And it makes it very difficult then for those of us who would like to join with you in a bipartisan way to figure out how to best move forward to extricate this from the day-to-day politics that infects Washington. So I just wanted to get that on the record.

Final stipulation, I think the surge has had some impact, as I suggested. I would hope it would, given the sacrifices and loss that have been made. I would argue that the impact has been relatively modest given the investment.

And I have to say that, based on my testimony, it is not clear to me that the primary success that you’ve shown in Anbar has anything to do with the surge. You said, in this testimony, that it’s political the reason for the success in Anbar, not because of an increase in troop strength.

We have, maybe, seen some modest decline in sectarian violence inside Baghdad as a consequence of our troop withdrawals. That has been purchased at the cost of increased U.S. casualties and is unsustainable. What we haven’t seen is a significant disarming of the Shia militias. Again, during your testimony you’ve told us that essentially the Shias decided, even before we got there, to get on one knee and to wait it out.

We haven’t seen, most importantly, any significant improvement, in terms of the central government’s performance. It continues to be ineffectual and we have not seen national reconciliation of the sort that was promised prior to the surge.

So I just think it is important for us to get all that clear and on the record because that provides the context in which we are going to have to be making a series of decisions.

That, of course, now leaves me very little time to ask questions and that’s unfortunate.

BIDEN: That’s true, Senator.

(LAUGHTER)

OBAMA: Let me pick up on a question that, I think, was relevant and posed by Senator Murkowski. And that is, the general theory has been that we will draw down when Iraqi security forces stand up and or the Iraqi government stands up.

OBAMA: General Petraeus, in the counterinsurgency manual that you wrote, it says that even the strongest U.S. commitment will not succeed if the populous does not perceive the host nation government as having similar will and stamina to our own.

The question, I think, that everybody is asking is, how long will this take? And at what point do we say enough? General — Ambassador Crocker, you said the patience — the Iraqi people understand that the patience of the American people is not limitless. But that appears to be exactly what you’re asking for in this testimony.

I don’t see, at any point, where you say, if this fails, or if that does not work, or if we are not seeing these benchmarks met or any conditions in which we would make a decision now to start drawing down our troops. And you suggest, somehow, that our drawing down troops will not trigger a different set of behaviors on the part of the Iraqis, but I don’t see what will.

And if we’re there the same place a year from now, can you please describe for me any circumstances in which you would make a different recommendation and suggest it is now time for us to start withdrawing our troops? Any scenario? Any set of benchmarks that had not been met?

CROCKER: Senator, I described for Senator Sununu a little bit ago some of the things that I think are going to be very important as we move ahead.

OBAMA: Can you repeat those? And I know I’m out of time, so I’m just going to ask for both the general and the ambassador to answer.

But as Senator Feingold pointed out, we don’t have limitless resources. And we’ve got to make these decisions, at least, in the Senate, based on priorities and the costs, as well as benefits, to pursuing a particular strategy.

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