Wednesday, 30 July 2008
THE MESSIAH COMPLEX IN ACTION
The remarkable personal evaluation below is reported by Johnathan
Weisman of the Washington Post (which ain't exactly a member of the vast right
By Jonathan Weisman
beginning to believe the hype.
In his closed door meeting with House Democrats
this evening, presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama delivered a real
zinger. According to a witness, he was waxing lyrical about last week's
trip to Europe, when he concluded, "this is the moment, as Nancy [Pelosi] noted,
that the world is waiting for."
The 200,000 souls who thronged to his speech in
Berlin came not just for him, he told the enthralled audience of congressional
"I have become a symbol of the possibility
of America returning to our best traditions," he said.
What arrogance and self-importance. What incredible arrogance
You don't need any explanation from me -- Mr. Obama certainly has made his
attitude clear. But I do have just one question:
Does the quality of media coverage given Mr. Obama throughout his
primary and now general election campaigns have anything to do with his hugely
What do you think?
ANOTHER TASTE OF THE FUTURE
Here is a new installment in the series detailing how our world will operate
if radical Islam makes good on its threat to take over the world and end
western civiliation. It comes to us from Agence France
Pets used to 'pick up' women banned
July 30, 2008
Article from: Agence
SAUDI Arabia's religious police have banned selling cats and dogs or
exercising them in public in the Saudi capital, because of men using them as a
means of making passes at women, an official said today.
Othman al-Othman, head of the Commission for the
Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice in Riyadh, known as the Muttawa,
told the Saudi edition of al-Hayat daily the commission has started enforcing an
old religious edict.
He said the commission was implementing a decision
taken a month ago by the acting governor of the capital, Prince Sattam bin Abdul
Aziz, adding it followed an old edict issued by the supreme council of Saudi
The reason behind reinforcing the edict now was a
rising fashion among some men using pets in public "to make passes on women and
disturb families,'' he said.
Mr Othman said that the commission has instructed
its offices in the capital to tell pet shops "to stop selling cats and dogs''.
The 5,000-strong religious police oversees the
adherence to Wahabism - a strict version of Sunni Islam, which also forces women
to cover from head to toe when in public, and bans them from driving.
Take a good look. Because this is what will replace western
civilization if we allow it to. And it will be the way YOU live.
If we fight against radical islam we may win and we may lose. If we do
not fight, we will most assuredly lose because, either way, they will
continue fighting. And if they win, our culture and our civilization is
over, to be replaced by what? A society in which "religious police" patrol
the streets to make sure someone with a pet doesn't have a relationship with
someone who liked that pet? And who ban the sale, thus ownership, of cats
and dogs because they are so fearful this might happen?
God help the people who want to live this way. I know I'm not one
of them. Are you?
We play political games with such lunacy at our own peril.
BARACK OBAMA'S SOLUTION TO THE GAS CRISIS
You have to see the video to believe this. Because in the absence of
absolute proof you never will.
Today Barack Obama told an audience that if we would just
properly inflate our tires, and get regular tuneups, we could save an amount of gas equal to what we could get from additional drilling.
I swear, he actually said that.
Here, courtesy of www.powerlineblog.com, is the video of
Obama's incredibly nutty "solution". I am also including John
Hinderaker's comments about it.
Please note the audience reaction - which Hinderaker correctly
described as stunned silence. And remember, this is HIS crowd:
Man A Teleprompter!
Barack Obama is a lot like Sean Penn or George
Clooney. If you give him a script, he can deliver it pretty well. But if he
tries to talk without a script that has been written for him by others, he
quickly reveals that he is poorly-informed if not downright ignorant. Today he
delivered another classic, by claiming that if only we would all properly
inflate our tires, we could save as much gasoline as "all the oil that they're
talking about getting off drilling." Seriously:
The stunned silence with which the crowd greets
this howler suggests that most Americans have a more practical understanding of
energy consumption than Obama.
Just for fun, I did the math. Properly inflating
your tires can improve gas mileage by 3%. Of course, many people already keep their tires properly
inflated, and many more are at least close to being properly inflated. Let's be
generous and assume that one-half of the total possible savings would be
realized if we all inflated our tires properly; that's a net gain of 1.5% fuel
Americans drive approximately 2,880 billion miles per year. If we average 24 mpg, we use around 120 billion gallons
of gasoline in our vehicles. If, through perfect tire inflation, we improved our
collective fuel efficiency by 1.5%, that would be 1.8 billion gallons. A barrel
of oil produces around 20 gallons of gasoline, so the total savings available through tire inflation is
approximately 90,000,000 barrels of oil annually.
How does this stack up against "all the oil that
they're talking about getting off drilling?"
ANWR: 10 billion barrels
Shelf: 18 billion barrels (estimated; the actual total is undoubtedly much
higher, since exploration has been banned)
Oil shale: 1 trillion
So, on the above assumptions, it would take only
11,308 years of proper tire inflation to equal "all the oil that they're talking
about getting off drilling."
Obama is a curious case. He gives the impression
of being an intelligent guy, but through his unscripted comments we have learned
that he knows little about history, science or mathematics. He also seems rather
shockingly short on common sense, as this most recent gaffe illustrates.
I'll just bet that keith olbermann leads with this story on
THE MCCAIN HEALTH CARE PLAN
Do you know what John McCain's health care plan is and what it does? If
you're counting on most mainstream media to give you the details, I doubt you
ever will, so please keep reading.
Here is an article by John C. Goodman which explains the McCain health
care plan. Take a close look at its structure and see if you think it is
better - maybe appreciably better - than what is being offered by Barack
McCain Is the Radical on Health
By JOHN C.
2008; Page A15
If you listen only to presidential campaign rhetoric, you might conclude
that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama proposed bold new changes for our
health-care system, while John McCain is offering only small improvements. If
so, you are in for a surprise. Most health-policy analysts believe that Mr.
McCain is proposing the most fundamental health-care reform.
Right now the federal government
encourages private health insurance primarily through the tax system -- handing
out more than $200 billion in tax subsidies every year. Mr. Obama would leave
this system largely intact. Mr. McCain would completely replace it with a
fairer, more efficient system with a much better chance of insuring the
uninsured and controlling health costs at the same time.
Under the current system, every dollar
in health-insurance premiums paid by an employer is excluded from employee
income and payroll taxes. Take an employee in the 25% income-tax bracket. Throw
in state and local income taxes, add the 15.3% (FICA) payroll tax, and the tax
exclusion for a middle-income family is worth almost 50 cents on the dollar. To
make things a little better, employees can often pay their share of the premium
with pretax dollars as well.
But this system is extremely
arbitrary. There is virtually no tax relief for people who work for the 40% of
employers who do not provide insurance, for part-time workers or people not in
the labor market, or for anyone else who for any reason must buy his own
insurance. The self-employed get a slightly better deal: They can deduct 100% of
their premiums, but they get no relief from the payroll tax.
According to the Lewin Group, a
private health-care consulting firm, families earning $100,000 a year get four
times as much tax relief as families earning $25,000. In other words, the
biggest subsidy goes to those who least need it, and who probably would have
purchased insurance anyway.
The system is also wasteful. People
can always lower their taxes by spending more on health insurance, and there is
no limit to how bloated a health plan can be.
Under the McCain plan, no longer would
employers be able to buy insurance with pretax dollars. These payments would be
taxable to the employee, just like wages. However, every individual would get a
$2,500 credit (and every family would get $5,000) to be applied
dollar-for-dollar against taxes owed.
The McCain plan does not raise taxes,
nor does it lower them. Instead, it takes the existing system of tax subsidies
and treats everyone alike, regardless of income or job status. All health
insurance would be sold on a level playing field under the tax law, regardless
of how it is purchased.
The impact would be enormous. For the
first time, low- and moderate-income families would get just as much tax relief
as the very rich when they purchase health insurance. People who must purchase
their own insurance would get just as much tax relief as those who obtain it
through an employer. Whereas Mr. Obama would continue the current practice of
giving the vast bulk of federal help to the rich (through tax subsidies) and the
poor (through spending programs), the McCain tax credit would give the most new
tax relief to the middle class.
The McCain plan would also encourage
all Americans to control costs. The tax credit would subsidize the core
insurance that everyone should have. It would not subsidize bells and whistles
(marriage counseling, acupuncture, etc.) as the current system does. Since
employees and their employers will be paying for additional coverage with
aftertax dollars, everyone will have an incentive to compare the value of extra
health benefits to the value of other things money can buy. When they eliminate
health-care waste, they would get to keep every dollar they save.
The McCain tax credit would be
refundable. People could apply $2,500 per person or $5,000 per family to the
purchase of health insurance, even if they do not owe any income taxes. Families
would not have to wait until April 15 the following year to get their credit.
They could obtain the subsidy at the time the insurance is purchased.
The credit would also be transferable.
Insurance companies and other intermediaries would be able to help families
obtain their credit and apply it directly to health-insurance
The McCain health plan would allow
people to buy insurance across state lines -- thus creating a competitive,
national market for health insurance. It would provide additional federal money
for people who have been denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition,
making it easier for people who have lost their insurance to obtain new
coverage. It would also encourage Medicare to become a smarter, more efficient
buyer of care.
The McCain plan will not solve all our
health-care problems. But it has a far better chance of positively reforming the
system than any other plan that has been proposed in this campaign
Mr. Goodman is president of the
National Center for Policy Analysis. He is an unpaid adviser to the McCain
Interesting, isn't it?
I urge you in strongest terms to go over the details of this plan.
It seems crystal clear to me that, like it or not, something major
is going to be done regarding health care in the USA. And both major party
candidates have proposed their own plans.
My suggestion is that you think long and hard about which of them is
preferable to you. Health care is one of the most important issues of this
AS THE MEDIA OBAMADORATION CONTINUES.......
World Net Daily is a significant internet site. But it certainly pales
in its staff and resources when compared to, say, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, MSNBC,
major news services like the Associated Press or major newspapers like The New
So how come Aaron Klein, writing for World Net Daily, can find this
information when none of the above seem to be able to?
Here, complete with copious references to back it up, is what I am talking
Obama tied to Iraqi
Hundreds of millions in
deals with candidate's associates
Posted: July 30, 2008
JERUSALEM Sen. Barack Obama's office engaged in six months of
negotiations with a company controlled by convicted criminal Tony Rezko to lobby
the U.S. government to push through a nixed $50 million contact to train Iraqi
security personnel at a site in Chicago.
The contract was awarded to Rezko's company while
Aiham Alsammarae, a long-time, close Rezko friend and a contributor to Obama's
campaign, served as Iraq's U.S.-appointed electricity minister.
Rezko was a major Obama fundraiser and associate for two decades.
Alsammarae also awarded another Rezko-controlled
operation as part of a $150 million contract to construct a 250-megawatt
electricity plant in Iraq.
Alsammarae later was arrested by Iraqi authorities
for bilking the coalition government out of some $650 million. He was sprung
from prison under questionable circumstances in 2006 and escaped from Iraq,
where he is still wanted for questioning with regard to major financial
The information raises questions into the nature
of Obama's relationship with multiple deals made by Iraq's Electricity Ministry
while Alsammarae was in charge. Obama has ties to Alsammarae and to the
recipients of several of the massive contracts Alsammarae handed out.
While he was the electric czar of Iraq for the
Coalition Provisional Authority from mid-2003 until mid-2005, Alsammarae granted
the $50 million contract to train Iraqis to guard electrical plants to Companion
Security, a start-up reportedly controlled by Rezko, his partner Daniel Mahru
and a front man, Daniel Frawley, a former Chicago policeman. Frawley has
multiple civil court judgments against him for his alleged failure to pay
millions in outstanding bills.
The plan was to fly about 150 Iraqis to a site in
Illinois for security training, which reportedly would include the use of AK-47
Obama's office did not reply to repeated WND
requests for comment. A working number could not be found for
Alsammarae did not return WND calls left on his
cell phone and at his voicemail at his KCI Consultants firm in
The contract with Rezko's group was signed April
18, 2005, one month before Alsammarae left his governmental post.
But Iraq's new electricity minister aborted the
deal, complaining the Companion contract was too expensive, according to a U.S.
embassy official in Baghdad who spoke earlier this year to the Chicago
In the spring of 2006, Frawley and his company
reportedly reached out to Chicago politicians, including Obama and Illinois Gov.
Rod Blagojevich, to bring pressure to revive the deal, arguing the business
would be good for the state.
Blagojevich's office and Illinois Homeland
Security reportedly helped by offering an Army depot in Savanna in
western Illinois as a site for Companion to conduct the Iraqi
Frawley then reportedly reached out to Obama, who
in 2006 was a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, engaging in six
months of dialogue petitioning the Illinois senator to write a letter
introducing the Rezko-connected Companion company to senior Iraqi officials.
Frawley met with Seamus Ahern, who runs Obama's Moline, Ill., office.
But Obama, who has denied doing political favors
for Rezko, later claimed he did not known Rezko was involved with
Obama's office declined to help about the same
time Rezko was indicted on charges of fraud.
Obama's spokesman Ben LaBolt said, "The Senate
staff had two meetings, one conference call and sporadically e-mailed with
representatives of Companion Security about their request for Sen. Obama to
write a letter introducing the company to senior officials in the Iraqi
LaBolt said Obama declined to help in the
Companion deal, because "that is not the kind of action Sen. Obama usually takes
for individual companies, and our staff concluded on that basis to decline the
LaBolt claimed Obama was not aware of Rezko's
connections to the security firm.
LaBolt did not explain how Frawley could have
survived the routine vetting of a petitioner by the U.S. Senate office staff
when it was a matter of public record that his company was controlled by
The nixed Iraqi government deal opens questions
into the nature of Obama's relationship with agreements made by various
associates with Iraq's Electricity Ministry while Alsammarae was in charge.
Obama has ties to both Alsammarae and to the recipients of several of the
massive contracts he handed out.
Alsammarae, a dual Iraqi-U.S. citizen, arrived in
U.S. in 1976 and currently lives in Chicago and travels frequently to Amman, Jordan, where he maintains a
residence despite still being wanted in Iraq.
Alsammarae has described himself as a close friend
to Rezko, a former top confidante and fundraiser for Obama. Alsammarae and Rezko
had been friends for nearly 30 years, since the two were classmates at the
Illinois Institute of Technology.
Alsammarae posted more than one-third of Rezko's jail bond earlier this year,
putting up as surety his $1.9 million Chicago home and two other
Alsammarae contributed the maximum allowable
donation of $2,300 to Obama's campaign, sending money six times in January,
February and March. Obama donated the funds to charity in April, only after
Alsammarae posted bond for Rezko.
As electricity minister, Alsammarae not only
granted a Rezko firm the $50 million security training contract but also
approved a contract with another Rezko company, Rezmar, to construct a
250-megawatt plant in the Kurdistani city of Chamchamal. That contract was
granted to both Rezmar and the London-based General Mediterranean Holdings,
which is headed by British billionaire Nadhmi Auchi, who was also involved in a
large real estate deal in Chicago with Rezko and others around Obama.
Auchi, a former Baathist who left Iraq in 1979,
was convicted in 2003 in a French court of corruption in an oil deal that
stretched back to the Saddam Hussein regime. Auchi denies the
Auchi could not be reached for comment
In another connection to Obama, when Alsammarae
was jailed in Iraq in 2006, his Chicago-based family reportedly contacted
Obama's U.S. Senate office for information. Obama's office passed a written
request to the State Department about Alsammarae Oct. 16, 2006, and received a
reply from the U.S. consul in Iraq about a week later. The reply was forwarded
by Obama's staff to Alsammarae's daughter.
It wasn't immediately clear how Alsammarae landed
his electricity ministry job. He was an outspoken critic of the U.S. military campaign in Iraq and publicly has supported
In August 2000, Alsammarae, a board member of the
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, appeared in Washington alongside celebrities such as Martin Sheen and British
politician George Galloway at a demonstration against U.N. sanctions on Saddam's
Even as late as last month, Alsammarae delivered a
press conference stating he hoped the insurgency in Iraq "would continue
[against U.S. occupation] and avenges the Iraqi people."
American political insiders suggest Alsammarae
received major insider help in securing his U.S.-brokered Iraqi government
position. Unconfirmed reports point to Alsammarae's previous Baathist background
as being a factor in his elevated status in post-Saddam Iraq.
Alammarae was accused in a federal filing during
the Rezko federal corruption trial of being the recipient of a $1 million bribe
from Rezko to deliver the original Companion deal. No charges have yet been
filed, though the accuser is Daniel Mahru, the former partner in the Companion
Alsammarae was the only cabinet-level Iraqi
official to be convicted and jailed for misusing money during his time in
office. In April, Alsammarae made an appearance on CBS's "60 Minutes" to defend
his troubled conduct in Iraq and in the U.S.
An Interpol warrant for his arrest, issued in 2007
at the request of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki's government, was
taken down after Alsammarae was forgiven for some parts of his conduct by an
Iraqi legislative initiative, according to Arabic-language Iraqi criminal court
documents obtained by WND and translated into English. Alsammarae has been
warned by the Maliki government not to return to Iraq. Other charges are still
pending, and Alsammarae has been warned by the Maliki government not to return
Barack Obama's ties to antoin rezko are a matter of public
record. They have been pals for a long time. I've blogged about their
association for months and months. Yet major media seem determined not to
pursue this connection, even as rezko cools his heels in jail after being convicted
on 16 counts: 12 of wire and mail fraud, two of money laundering
and the other two of aiding and abetting bribery.
And let's remember that rezko was the man
who facilitated the purchase of Barack Obama's home - at a below market value
price - and then procured the plot of land next door so the property on his
1.6 million dollar home would be even larger.
If that were John McCain, media would be on it like flies on excrement.
So where are they when it's Barack Obama?
Evidently they're hiding in the same place they hid when it came time to talk
about jeremiah wright - a hate filled practitioner of "Black liberation
theology". How could they just accept Mr. Obama's continued lies about his
relationship with wright and how much he knew of what wright was
How could they not question Mr. Obama's judgment in
subjecting his own two daughters to this hate-filled man's ravings for all their lives?
Isn't the Obama campaign based on his having sound judgment?
What we are seeing is the continuation of media bias, brought to a grotesque
level by fawning journalists who would rather compromise the principles they are
supposed to be upholding than seriously scrutinize Barack Obama.
But listen to them squeal like stuck pigs if you call them
A LESSON IN PRIORITIES FROM ISRAEL
Palestinian Arabs live in exactly the same neighborhood as Israelis.
About 1.3 million of them live in the same country.
This is what Israel does with its desert, and what palestinian Arabs could do
if their efforts were moved in that direction. It comes to us courtesy of
Tal Barak, writing for www.bloomberg.com:
Blooming Deserts Turn Israeli Water Industry Into
By Tal Barak
July 30 (Bloomberg) -- At the end of a road
winding through Israel's Negev desert, the entrance to
Kibbutz Hatzerim is flanked by jojoba shrubs jutting from the arid earth.
The grove is the result of drip irrigation
developed by Israeli engineer Simcha Blass in the 1960s that enabled the kibbutzniks to farm the
desert. The company they started, Netafim Ltd., has sold the product in 110 countries from Germany to
``The founders were living in the middle of the
desert and saw one agricultural failure after the other,'' Naty Barak, 64, a
director at Netafim, said at the kibbutz visitors center. ``Back then it was their problem, but now it's a global
Today, some 300 Israeli companies make equipment
to deliver water or purify it with lasers or diffusion, putting them in a
position to profit as climate change, population growth and food shortages
strain supplies. With agriculture accounting for about two-thirds of global
water use, the Israeli government predicts overseas sales of the technology will
top $10 billion by 2017.
As a result, the businesses are attracting
investors. Amiad Filtration Systems Ltd.,
which will help manage sewage treatment at the Beijing Olympics, is up 49
percent in the past year in London, giving it a market value of about $75
Deere & Co., the world's largest maker of
tractors and combines, on June 5 agreed to buy Israel's Plastro Irrigation
Systems Ltd., Netafim's main competitor in agricultural irrigation, for an
More than 1.1 billion people, mostly in Africa and
Asia, don't have clean drinking water, according to the World Health
Organization. Global food prices, meanwhile, surged 57 percent in March from a
year earlier, United Nations data show.
``There is a growing lack of water in the world,
and people are realizing now that it's an issue that's gaining momentum,'' said
Nir Belzer, managing partner of Tel Aviv-based Gaon Agro Industries Ltd.'s $65
million clean-technology fund. ``In Israel, there's already
a track record for water companies.''
Belzer's fund invested in closely held Desalitech Ltd., a Tel Aviv-based
company that invented a way to take salt out of water using 20 percent less
energy than standard reverse osmosis.
Amiad, founded 45 years ago on a kibbutz,
developed what it calls ``suction scanning,'' a new way of filtering pollutants
from water. It has a contract to remove iron from drinking water in Ramenskoye,
a town near Moscow.
Atlantium Technologies Ltd. uses ultraviolet light
to zap deadly organisms, a method employed by Coca-Cola Co.
Two-thirds of Israel is desert. In the Arava
region, south of Hatzerim, the average annual rainfall is less than 50
millimeters (2 inches). Wastewater there is cleaned for drip irrigation to grow
fruit and vegetables, 80 percent of which are exported to Europe, Barak said.
Israel's Water Authority started a countrywide
campaign in July to conserve resources as the Sea of Galilee, the main source of
drinking water, dries up.
Israeli companies still face challenges finding
investors and developing sales. While demand for water is high, few customers
are willing to commit to new products, said Oded Distel, director at the
Ministry of Industry, Trade & Labor.
``Israeli water-technology companies are dealing
with a very conservative market that isn't always tempted to try the most
innovative solutions,'' Distel said. ``Municipalities around the world are
hesitant to try a new technology.''
With Netafim's system, farmers bury pipelines
underground, allowing them to drip water and fertilizers directly onto the roots
of their crops through devices that control the pressure and quality of the
The company expects to double sales within a few
years, according to Chief Executive Officer Ofer Bloch. Sales increased 25
percent to $500 million in 2007.
``An amazing agronomic knowledge has developed in
Israel in the past 40 years, which we are now selling to the world,'' Bloch, 48,
said at his Tel Aviv office.
One Netafim customer, Sociedad Agricola Drokasa SA in
Peru, uses 10,000 miles of drip irrigation hoses. The company, known as
Agrokasa, picked Netafim 12 years ago when starting production of avocados,
asparagus and grapes.
``We contacted Netafim because we weren't just
looking for hose, plastic or dripper suppliers, we were looking for a partner in
technology,'' Jose Chlimper, Agrokasa's chief, said by telephone from the
company's base in Lima.
The global water industry, which includes waste
treatment, valves, pumps, filtration and desalination equipment, is worth about
$400 billion, according to Francesca McCann, an analyst at
Stanford Group Co., a Washington-based research company.
``There was little incentive to conserve water,
but now with rising commodity prices and the climate change, that will boost
demand for more efficient technologies,'' McCann said.
The market will reach $537 billion by 2010,
according to Israel's Ministry of Industry, Trade & Labor.
At Kibbutz Hatzerim, surrounded by grass and
trees, Barak displayed the first adapted hose used on the site.
``About 60 years ago, there was nothing here, only
a dry wasteland,'' said Barak, a kibbutznik for four decades. ``This was the
start of the development of a serious industry.''
There is no reason palestinian Arabs in Gaza and Judea and Samaria (the west
bank) can't do the same. They don't even need to innovate the technique,
Israel has done that for them.
The day palestinian Arabs, as a group, decide living decent lives is more
desirable than killing Jews, is the day that peace might finally start to break
out in that part of the world.
It can't happen too fast.
TED STEVENS VERSUS SHARPE JAMES AND JOHN EDWARDS: COMPARE THE COVERAGE
By now I'm sure you know that Ted Stevens, REPUBLICAN senator from Alaska,
has been charged with wrongdoing. The media had no problem whatsoever
reporting this and immediately identifying Mr. Stevens' party affiliation.
He has been convicted of nothing and claims he is innocent of all
charges. But that didn't stop media from featuring it in their news
reports (illustratively, it is the lead story in today's New York
Times). Nor should it have.
Sharpe James is the former mayor of Newark, New Jersey. He was
convicted - not accused, but convicted - of numerous misuses of public
funds. He is about to be sentenced to jail. Have you seen or
heard a story about James at all? And if you have, did it mention his
party affiliation? I know the WNBC-TV New York report I watched last night
And then we have John Edwards, a former US Senator, former Vice Presidential
nominee and currently believed to be on the short list of possibilities as a VP
nominee for "Mr. Sound Judgment", Barack Obama. Have you heard or read a
thing in mainstream media about his apparent mistress and "love child"?
Well, even if the networks somehow haven't discovered this story, at least
one network's on-air comedic talent has. Read all about it, courtesy of
P.J. Gladnick, writing for www.newsbusters.org:
NBC Comedians Crash MSM Wall of
Silence to Tell John Edwards Jokes
It's a strange dichotomy. While NBC
News continues to maintain a wall of silence regarding the alleged John
Edwards scandal, the comedians on that network are having a field day joking
about it. On Monday night Jay Leno told the following John Edwards joke:
John Edwards asks Kobe Bryant, 'What's a good
Conan O'Brien went even further on Tuesday night with an extended
joke that incorporated video shots of his band leader, Max Weinberg, as
well as trombonist Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg:
O'BRIEN: I'm sure many of
you have heard the rumors about former Sen. John Edwards having a secret love
child with a woman who used to work for him. Yeah, and when the story first
broke, Edwards denied it. One of his former political aides claimed that it
was he, not Edwards, that had made the woman pregnant. Well since then however
the woman has confided that Edwards actually is her baby's father. And last
week The National Enquirer caught Edwards visiting the woman in a
I want to talk about this just for a second.
Now, I don't know about you but I find this whole thing really
What kind of a guy would cheat on his wife, make
another woman pregnant, and then still pretend to be an upstanding family
(Cut to shot of Max
It's ridiculous. I mean, I guess some jerks, in
the public eye think they can do whatever sleazy little they feel like doing
and then just scurry away like a weasel.
(Cut to shot of Max
Now only a spineless dirtbag would leave his
trusting wife at home and then sneak off for a quickie with his out of town
baby mama. It just makes me sick.
(Cut to shot of Max
A guy who probably spends less money supporting
his army of illegitimate kids than he does on imitation Italian suits and
over-priced hair gel.
(Cut to shot of Max
And rather... rather than take responsibility
for his despicable actions, he gets some underling to take the heat for him,
some innocent, insignificant schlub too stupid to realize he's being
(Cut to shot of
If you are as outraged as I am by all this, please
address your angry emails to:
(Cut to shot of Max Weinberg with email
address at the bottom of the screen)
It is very interesting that an alleged scandal
that has entered our popular culture continues to be ignored by the mainstream
media. Meanwhile comedians will now have a lot more John Edwards scandal
material to work with thanks to the latest information released by the National Enquirer:
A NATIONAL ENQUIRER investigation has uncovered
John Edwards mistress, Rielle Hunter the
mother of his love child has been secretly receiving $15,000 a month
as part of an elaborate cover-up orchestrated by the former presidential
The money is being funneled to Hunter by a
wealthy colleague who was closely tied to the Edwards campaign. This same man
is also shoveling cash to Edwards pal and former aide Andrew
Young who tried to take the heat off the ex-Senator by claiming he
is the father of Rielles baby.
And The ENQUIRER is also exclusively revealing
that Rielles baby is a girl named Frances Quinn Hunter and
was born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
A super-rich pal who was closely
involved with the campaign finances is helping John. Its likely this man
doesnt know all the dirty details of Johns extramarital affair, but
is acting out of loyalty and is not asking a lot of questions only
writing the checks, revealed a source very close to the situation.
So will the MSM at least double check the
information in this story? If their past attitude is any indication, don't hold
your breath. However, we can still continue to laugh at the jokes told by
comedians about material that the major media still refuses to cover.
For how many years have we been reminded that Newt Gingrich pursued a divorce
while his wife was hospitalized with cancer?
Well here is John Edwards, whose wife has cancer and is fighting for her life
(Gingrich's wife recovered), apparently taking on a mistress and fathering
her child. And not a peep from media.
But listen to them squeal like stuck pigs if you call them
REPARATIONS & POLITICAL STRATEGY
This week the house of representatives, in a non-binding voice vote,
apologized to Black people for slavery. No one in particular, just
every Black person in the country. Here, from an Associated
Press account, is the key excerpt:
The House "apologizes to African-Americans
on behalf of the people of the United States, for the wrongs committed against
them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim
And here is what Barack Obama said about it while
speaking to a gathering of minority journalists (bold print mine).
"I personally would want to see our tragic
history acknowledged... we've got some very sad and difficult things to
account for, I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it's Native
Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most
important thing for the U.S. government to do is not just offer words,
but offer deeds."
Does this mean Barack Obama wants reparations to be paid? It doesn't
exactly say so but heavily implies it.
What a weaselly way to appease the audience he was
speaking to without specifically taking a stand. Very much like his pledge
for an "undivided Jerusalem" to a cheering AIPAC gathering, after which he
claimed that he didn't actually mean Israel should control the entire
If McCain and his people are smart, they will immediately demand to know if
Obama does or does not, favor reparations. Because this is an issue
that can only help McCain and can only hurt Obama.
John McCain is sitting with maybe 5% of the Black vote, if that. And
let's be honest, the few Black voters on his side are probably the hardest of
hardliners to be there. He has no downside at all.
But no matter what Obama's answer is it must hurt him:
-If Obama says yes to reparations he cleaves away a great many non-Black
-If he says no, he outrages his most monolithic voting bloc;
-If he waffles in an effort not to take either position, voters on
both sides of the issue will be furious.
In my opinion, John McCain should be stating what I would be stating if it were me: that he personally is sorry that there was slavery and
that Blacks have been mistreated in this country. And he feels a generic
apology was appropriate. But there is no slave or slaveowner alive
today, therefore no one to pay reparations to and no one responsible for paying them.
The concept that being White means you owe something to Blacks as a group,
for actions you did not participate in and today's Black population
was not subjected to, is as racist as slavery was.
does he have to lose?
This is one of those wonderful situations where a politician can be perfectly
honest without worrying about losing votes for it. Not only that, but it
puts new life into the premise that McCain is a straight shooter not afraid to
speak bluntly about controversial issues. What an opportunity!
Now a few thoughts beyond political strategy.
From a personal perspective, my family - both sides - came to this
country a generation after the end of legal slavery because WE were being
oppressed. Who do I owe reparations to?
And even if you believe in our collective,
five-generations-removed guilt, who gets
-Do all Black people get them?
-Does Barack Obama get half as much because his mother
was White? None because his mother was White and his father was from Kenya?
-What about the Haitian people who risked their lives to come here for a
BETTER life, and rejected going to Black countries that were closer than
the USA to do so? Are we supposed to be giving them reparations
-Will the per-person amount of reparations be deducted from Black people's income tax forms so
they wouldn't be paying reparations to themselves? Would Barack Obama get a
50% tax break for because he is half Black?
Do you see how completely absurd this is?
One other thing: Have there ever
been any demands for reparations from Arab countries, since Arabs started the African
slave trade and engaged in it for 1,000 years before Europe got into the
Of course not.
The one and only reason no such demands are made is because, if they
were, the Arab countries would collectively tell Black people to do
The one and only reason demands like this surface in the USA is because we
are foolish enough to take them seriously.
TWO MORE MONTHS IS TWO TOO MUCH
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert will announce on Wednesday that he will leave office in
two months, Israel's Channel Two television reported.
The report said Olmert will not run in his
Kadima party's leadership contest on September 17, clearing the way for rivals
to try to form a new government. Channel Two said Olmert would step aside as
soon as Kadima chooses a new leader.
That's two months more for Olmert to further damage his country.
I'm thrilled he's leaving. And despair that it isn't