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I saw this video the other night on The O’Reilly Factor, and I just had to share it with you guys. It is a scene from the classic cartoon How The Grinch Stole Christmas with Bill O’Reilly’s voice, discussing the Wikileaks debacle, superimposed over Boris Karloff’s voice (the original voice of the Grinch). The cartoon was first played on Jimmy Kimmel’s show; however, O’Reilly then played it on his show because it is absolutely hysterical (and because he’s a good sport). So, if you don’t think that this cartoon is funny, then you must be a pinhead.

Enjoy, and have a Merry Christmas! 🙂

PS–It looks like Stacy McCain shares Bill O’Reilly’s sentiment. LOL.

Cross-posted from The Minority Report.

NY Mosque

There have been a lot of knee jerk reactions to the Ground Zero Mosque/Cultural Center. I’ve had my own, which was troubling as I generally don’t care about others’ religion except in the general sense of wanting everyone to go to Heaven. Why we’ve had such visceral reactions is not easy to put into words and most will fail at putting it into words, though I’ll give it a try.

Our understanding of Islam is that it is not “just a religion” but a whole system of government and economics as well as religion. This runs counter to the main argument being used by both sides. To date, the framers of the debate on the Ground Zero Mosque, have designated freedom of religion as the hill to die on. The problem with this approach is that it allows those debating to avoid the big issues lurking underneath.

Just as we Christians have different doctrinal flavors (Lutheran, Baptist, Episcopal, Catholic, and so on) so does Islam. The particular “flavor” of Islam that is being promoted with the construction of the Ground Zero Mosque is that of Wahhabism and Sharia Law.

The would-be builders are seeking money from Saudi Arabia and Iran among other nations that practice the above described religion, which isn’t just a religion. In addition, those builders/backers refuse to give any assurances that this new “cultural center” won’t be a repeat of this one (emphasis mine). Continue reading

I believe what you mean is we should raise taxes, rather than add a new one.

Speaking at a security conference in San Francisco, Microsoft Vice President for Trustworthy Computing Scott Charney pitched the Web usage fee as one way to subsidize efforts to combat emerging cyber threats — a costly venture, he said, but one that had vast community benefits.

The problem with this is: We already pay fees and taxes for web usage. We also pay fees and taxes for phone usage (both cell and land lines), cable TV, and utilities in general.

This is someone who has never looked at a bill for any service he pays. We pay sales taxes, franchise fees, FCC fees, and the like typically adding up to about 20-25% of the bill, depending on the service. For instance, my Vonage business account is supposed to cost $49.99/month but the bill is always $74 or higher. If I don’t go over my free minutes for the toll free or fax numbers, it’s $74/month. If I go over… well, you get the idea.

Go ahead, open up your next bill or dig out one of your old ones and look at all the various fees and taxes that are added to the supposed cheap price of services. It becomes more ironic when you find you’re paying taxes on a government owned utility such as your electric bill or water services.

Where has this guy been living? In a cocoon? People are already hurting trying to make their dollars stretch and he wants to add yet another tax. I suppose this is one of those: The government will insure that it receives its fair share of our labors regardless of how they describe it, be it income tax or some fee for supposed services that never seem to materialize into anything concrete except more governmental control.

The European Union is no longer charmed, it seems.

“We want to see a strong and united Europe, speaking with one voice. In the best of all possible worlds, that one voice will be saying what we want to hear,” Mr. Gordon said, according to the Web site of Britain’s Economist magazine. “If it is not saying what we want to hear, then we would rather that voice was less united. For the foreseeable future, we will have to have relations with the EU and with nations. You go to the place that can deliver.”

Those unusual public comments were followed by even more candid remarks that stunned many in the audience: “We want to see Europe thinking more strategically, because we think if they do think more strategically, they will think more like Americans.”

Perhaps, not so much support:

In an earlier conversation with reporters, Sarkozy compared his electoral record to Obama, says the piece, whose byline is of the Parisian correspondent for a Swiss newspaper, Le Temps, owned by Le Monde.

“Obama has been in power for a year, and he has already lost three special elections. Me, I have won two legislative elections and the EU election. What can one say I’ve lost?” Sarkozy is quoted as asking. [snip]

The piece also quotes a Sarkozy advisor, Alain Minc, expressing what it claims is Sarkozy’s true view of Obama in Le Parisien: “He’s a charmer, a conciliator, but I am not sure that he’s a strong leader in a crisis writing.”

Perhaps that is why both Sarkozy and Merkel blew off the E.U. snub.

This attitude could explain why Obama’s personal approval numbers remain relatively high in spite of the downward track of his job approval numbers.

It seems the people are saying they support Obama but not his “mission’, much like a few years ago, some American counterparts were saying they support the troops but not the mission.

To my ears (actually eyes plus semantics) it’s the politically correct way of saying they’re having buyers’ remorse. These countries can’t say outright what they really think without further damaging international relations but they can say, “support the president but not his mission.”

Or, as Lech Walesa put it:

The United States is only one superpower. Today they lead the world. Nobody has doubts about it. Militarily. They also lead economically but they’re getting weak. But they don’t lead morally and politically anymore. The world has no leadership. The United States was always the last resort and hope for all other nations. There was the hope, whenever something was going wrong, one could count on the United States. Today, we lost that hope.

Obama worship is over, at home and abroad. The world demanded a rock star’s charisma coupled with leadership. They got the rock star. The media love affair still continues as The Politico exhorts us to not count Obama out, just yet. Such an article reminds me of the time when the media was telling us not to count out McCain yet just a couple of weeks before the 2008 elections.

With the swearing in of Scott Brown as the 41st Republican Senator effectively killing the Democrats’ filibuster proof majority, matters look grim for the president and his agenda promoting Congress. Of course the Democrats had to get one last shot in before Brown officially became a Senator for Massachusetts.

If there was any clue that the Democrats wanted one last opportunity to pump their last hours of super majority muscle, it happened on Thursday, immediately before Sen.-elect Scott Brown, a Massachusetts Republican, was finally sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden at 5 p,m. While the GOP grew antsier over when Mr. Brown would be seated in the Senate, Democrats managed to squeeze in one last vote for labor nominee Patricia Smith just hours before Mr. Brown became an official U.S. senator. Senate Democrats confirmed Ms. Smith to the Solicitor of Labor on a party-line vote 60 to 37.

That move may go down in history as an unsuccessful [a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hail_Mary_pass”.Hail Mary pass by the Democratic Congress. Their petty tyrannical political power plays will have ramifications for their future political health.

Crossposted to The Minority Report.

Castro and Chavez say the United States is occupying Haiti. Yet their own responses to Haiti leave a lot to be desired.

In my mind, one reason the military is best to send into disaster situations is so tin-pot dictators can’t do what they’re accusing of us doing. We have a history of doing what we need to do in a given location, then getting the heck out when we’re no longer needed. Will the greedy dictators do that same?

Then, along comes Italy and France criticizing our response, also calling it an occupation.

Tell you what Mr. Ministers of Italy and France. Put your money where your mouth is and you do it. Italy’s government as a whole doesn’t seem to agree with Bertolaso but that’s beside the point. They think they know everything better than anybody else but when it’s time to take the lead who do they look to? Us. So,either put up or shut up.

I don’t care if you call it American Exceptionalism (which I prefer) or something else but the United States always takes the lead, not out of a need to dominate but because nobody else has the fortitude to do so.

If you want exceptionalism for your countries,then do something about it except complain when somebody else does what you won’t.

It’s one of the stupider comments coming from the media to congratulate Americans for now owning car companies. We don’t and won’t. The government owns them which is, and has been for awhile now, a totally separate entity from the people it’s supposed to be serving. If there is money made, which is doubtful, it goes to the government first. It won’t be coming back to us, except in the form of congratulating us for pandering to government greed. No, they’ll justify spending the money on anything and everything rather than return it. Have I mentioned lately how much the government is beginning to resemble medieval robber barons?

The Value Added Tax debate rears it’s ugly head again although the government says it’s unlikely. Now, when the government says it’s unlikely, I have a tendency to think that’s exactly what they’re going to do. Obama said he wasn’t intending to nationalize car companies, banks, or insurance companies but that’s exactly what he did.  We’re living in opposite land now, where everything that is said means the opposite of what it used to mean. I remember playing that game as a child but apparently the government has not outgrown such childish games. So, if the federal government adds a national sales tax to everything we buy, in addition to the income tax, fees for various services such as utilities, gasoline for your automobiles, internet service, phone service, and so on, how much is left over from your paycheck?

I must be a more moderate conservative than I thought because I’m not all up in arms over the Sotomayor nomination to the Supreme Court. Quite frankly, I can’t understand why anybody is. It’s not as if it is a surprise. Instead of agonizing over it, those same people doing the agonizing should have been busy planning how to block it before it happened. Too little, too late, as is usual for either side of the partisan divide.

Is anybody else tired of the phrase “gravely concerned”, yet? Every foreign incident nets the same response: “gravely concerned.”  It’s a meaningless phrase unless followed by meaningful action.  North Korea detonates an atomic bomb and fires missiles.  In addition the country declares that it is no longer subject to the 1953 accords(or armistace. I forget which). Japan and South Korea want to do something about it. Our government is “gravely concerned.” Iran is full steam ahead with their own nuclear program. Our government is “gravely concerned.” Israel is set to act on its own. Our government is “gravely concerned.”  The government seems to be a little light on the action side. 

Health care is not free nor will it ever be. I don’t understand why people don’t get that. Tax dollars will pay for a nationalized health care system, which is one of the reasons why the VAT is now being considered. The healthcare industry is a business just like any other business. Can anyone point to any time when the government has efficietnly run a business, including their own since they have become one of the largest employers in the nation?

Why do we keep taking their words at face value when we’ve been shown time and again that they mean the opposite of what they say?

We need someone who will challenge all the nonsensical politics with a simple question: Is what they’re doing Constitutional? Only in opposite land because what the Constitution says means the opposite. :???:

Thomas Sowell has a great article this morning over at Townhall. But then, Thomas Sowell almost always has great articles. I suggest you read the entire thing without conservative or liberal ideological blinders on.

Fifth paragraph in:

We seem to be moving steadily in the direction of a society where no one is responsible for what he himself did but we are all responsible for what somebody else did, either in the present or in the past. 

 Everything seems to be someone else’s fault. Okay, even if it is, so what?  Is it going to change your life one iota to blame it on somebody else? Only if, once you assign blame, you learn the lesson being taught instead of wallowing in the blame pool.

What does “economic justice” mean, except that you want something that someone else produced, without having to produce anything yourself in return?

Perhaps the way President Obama will reduce the deficit is by making more presidential appointments of people who will pay the back taxes they owe, in order to get confirmed by the Senate.

Liberals seem to think that they are doing lagging groups a favor by making excuses for counterproductive and self-destructive behavior. The poor do not need press agents. They need the truth. No one ever said, “Press agents will make you free.”

If I were Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, I would not sign any long-term lease on a home in Washington.

Socialists believe in government ownership of the means of production. Fascists believed in government control of privately owned businesses, which is much more the style of this government. That way, politicians can intervene whenever they feel like it and then, when their interventions turn out badly, summon executives from the private sector before Congress and denounce them on nationwide television.

One of the things that bugged me most about the “Tour” and the G-20 summit is how so many people seemed to be laughing and smiling because they got away from all of it without having to take responsibility for any of it. Obama got a celebrity’s welcome but little else, however, the celebrity welcome is enough that he’ll be able to spin it into a win.

There are some things you cannot redefine. The war on terror is one of them. No matter what semantical games you play to allay people’s fears, some will still be killed by Islamic terrorists. But, of course, that’s our fault for being arrogant, you know. We’re changing. Yes, we are!

Others have posted articles about Obama’s apologizing for America so I won’t go into detail about it. Suffice it to say, some people don’t know the difference between debasement and humility. Whether he likes it or not, the U.S. has been put in the position of guardian of everyone else in the world, most especially Europe. They haven’t stepped up, manned up, or whatever you call it because that’s not their responsibility anymore. They abdicated it. They also abdicated any responsibility for helping allies as Bush evidenced during the 9/11 tragedy and for Iraq and he has been villified for his “with us or against us” comment.

If the fact that if America fails, Europe fails makes us a little arrogant, well so what? Shoot us for being imperfect humans. We have warts just like every other country but we’ll still stand strong against the enemies of liberty. We have nothing to apologize for unless/until Europe lives up to its own responsibilities and I am ashamed that President Obama felt the need to debase his own country to secure personal adulation from European nations. Adulation without respect is very fleeting and the U.S. will pay the price just as we’ve paid the price at home for government takeover of businesses.

I would say the Republic is dead but it isn’t. The soul of this country still thrives and it’s becoming ever more apparent that the scales are falling off eyes when there are tea parties galore coordinated to take place on a single day. I’ll be at the here but not for the entire time. I have to pick up my grandson from preschool by 1:30 and that’s a responsiblity I can’t abdicate.

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