Saturday, 03 January 2009
Do you know what tsuris is? Sure you do, even if you've never seen or
heard the word before.
Tsuris is the yiddish word for troubles/woes/ill fortune. If someone
you care about has tsuris, you worry about that person and try to help out as
much as you can.
Well, the Democratic Party has Burris tsuris. Roland Burris, is going
to show up on capital hill with the legal credentials to be Illinois' new
Mr. Burris' credentials apparently will not include
certification by the Illinois Secretary of State -- but, as noted in a
absolutely no legal need for that certification, so it doesn't matter a bit.
Now, what will Democrats do about it? Are they really going to have the
doors blocked, as they were considering doing, or have they thought better
The answer is in this news piece from the AP, via www.sweetness-light.com:
January 2nd, 2009
From a conflicted Associated Press:
William Walls of the Committee for a Better
Chicago speaks at a news conference, Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, in Chicago where
activists gathered to push for lawmakers to accept Gov. Rod Blagojevichs
appointment of former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to the U.S.
Senate. Walls warned that, if Secretary of State Jesse White doesnt certify
the appointment and Sen. Dick Durbin doesnt support Burris, activists will
work to defeat them in upcoming elections.
Blagojevich pick to be given few
Roland Burris plans to be on Capitol Hill
WASHINGTON - Democratic leaders plan to grant
few if any privileges next week to Roland Burris, the man picked by Gov. Rod
Blagojevich to represent Illinois in the U.S. Senate, even if he arrives on
Capitol Hill with the right credentials.
Senate officials involved in the tangle of legal
and logistical planning said Friday that a Democrat will object to Burris
being duly sworn with the rest of his class, and propose that his credentials
be reviewed for a period of time by the Rules Committee.
The only way Burris will be
allowed on the floor is if he possesses a certification of appointment signed
personally by his embattled patron, Blagojevich and Ill. Secretary of State
Jesse White. Burris would then be treated as a senator-elect, which by
tradition means hell be allowed on the Senate floor without voting or
speaking privileges - and he wouldnt be granted a desk, according to these
officials. They demanded anonymity because they werent authorized to
speak publicly on the matter.
The man charged with letting people through the
door of the chamber, Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance Gainer, said he expects
the two sides to work out a deal before Tuesday
Whatever the drama, Burris will not be seated
when the new Senate convenes on Tuesday, Democrats have said all
Privately, Democrats have been
busily charting out the choreography for Burris arrival, conscious of the
racial sensitivity involved with blocking Burris from becoming the Senates
only black member. And there is significant debate over whether the Senate has
any legal standing to turn away a person who meets the Constitutions
qualifications for serving in the chamber.
Senate Democrats believe the Constitution and
their agenda-setting power gives them the tools for a slow-motion rejection of
Burris credentials if they are not signed, in person, but both the governor
and White, who has refused to certify anyone Blagojevich appoints
This should be fun to watch.
Do these ninnies really think that treating the only Black person in the United States senator like a pariah
is any better than blocking the door to prevent him from coming in? Can
they be this incredibly dense?
Evidently they can.
As Steve Gilbert of www.sweetness-light.com says,
"This should be fun to watch" Personally, I would add "pathetic" and
It is also a huge opportunity for Republicans -- provided they are less dense
than Democrats. Frankly, this remains to be seen.
OBAMA GOES INTO LOWER-EXPECTATION MODE
How many politicians could hope to convince the people of his country - and
media - that if unemployment rises almost 50% he will have been a success?
Only one. THE one.
Here, courtesy of www.bloomberg.com, are excerpts
of what Barack Obama said about the economy in this morning's radio
Says U.S. Must Act Swiftly to Address Economic Crisis
By Hans Nichols
Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) -- President-elect Barack Obama said that Democrats
and Republicans need to act with urgency to address the great and growing
economic crisis, warning of double-digit unemployment if swift action isnt
These are Americas problems, and we must come
together as Americans to meet them with the urgency this moment demands, he
said today in his weekly radio address. If we dont act swiftly and boldly, we
could see a much deeper economic downturn that could lead to double-digit
With the U.S. amid its worst economic slump since
World War II, Obama said he is looking forward to meeting with leaders of both
political parties in Washington in the new week.
The incoming 44th president, back on the U.S.
mainland after a 12-day vacation in Hawaii, is working on a package of tax cuts
and spending on infrastructure, such as roads, bridges and transit systems, to
stimulate growth and create 3 million jobs. Eighty percent of these will be in
the private sector, he said.
We must make strategic investments that will
serve as a down payment on our long-term economic future, Obama said.
Citing a long-term goal of reducing the federal
deficit, he said there would be tough choices ahead on spending, without being
Act now or there will be double digit unemployment? Ok, let's think
The current unemployment rate is 6.7%. It would have to go up another
50% to get to double digits. So Mr. Obama is positioning himself to be
able to claim success if unemployment rises as much as 45% or even more.
Too bad those pictures from Hawaii only showed him undressed from
the waist up. I would pay money to see a pair of balls that
HAMAS AND THE "INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY"
Mona Charen's latest column is an excellent analysis of how hamas fares
with "the so-called "International Community". Here it is:
The So-Called International
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Just for a lark, I decided to google
"international condemnations of Hamas" this morning. You can guess what came up,
right? Naturally, searching for condemnations of Hamas, one finds only
international condemnations of Israel. An Australian report noted that the
"British Foreign Secretary David Miliband is calling for an urgent ceasefire,
while Russia's Foreign Minister says he's told his Israeli counterpart to
urgently halt the military action." The United Nations High Commissioner for
Human Rights, Navi Pillay, "strongly condemned Israel's disproportionate use of
force," as did Brazil. Indonesia called on all countries to "sever all forms of
diplomatic and business ties with Israel." French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who
currently holds the rotating chair of the European Union, did call upon Hamas to
halt its rocket attacks but also censured Israel's "disproportionate response."
Let's fantasize. Let's pretend that the
"international community" (it's not a community, thus the quotation marks)
actually lived by the principles it claims to advance. It happens that
international communiteer par excellence, Jimmy Carter, (he received the Nobel
Peace Prize in 2002 "for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful
solutions to international conflicts") was in Syria on Dec. 14, meeting with
Hamas leaders. Nobel laureate Carter was silent when Hamas announced its
decision to allow an Egyptian brokered ceasefire with Israel to expire. Nor did
he -- or any international leader -- comment upon the 4,000 rockets that Hamas
has rained down on Israel just since 2005.
Hamas held an anniversary party of sorts during
the time of Carter's visit. Marking the 21st anniversary of the organization's
founding, Hamas staged a large demonstration in Gaza City that featured video
connections to Damascus (where Carter was meeting with Khaled Meshaal). Ismail
Haniyeh addressed the crowd of 300,000, promising more terror and violence
toward Israel in the name of Allah. There was also a skit. A Palestinian dressed
as Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who was kidnapped and has been held by
Hamas since 2006, was portrayed pleading for his life. "I miss my Mommy and
Daddy," he sobbed into a microphone for the crowd's delectation. Search in vain
for international condemnations.
The so-called international community has a script
already prepared for any news from the Middle East. In this script, there is
only Israeli violence, Israeli repression, Israeli guilt. The script reads as
follows: Palestinian violence and terror against Israel is not to be condemned
because it is the response to occupation and repression. On BBC radio, host Owen
Bennett-Jones objected when Israel's ambassador to Great Britain pointed out
that Hamas has been bombarding southern Israel with rockets on a daily basis.
"But your analysis is seen by people around the world to be completely
wrong-headed. The idea that Hamas sort of came from nowhere and radicalized
Palestinian society overlooks the fact that Israel occupied and repressed these
people for over 40 years."
In 2005, perhaps accepting Bennett-Jones's
interpretation of history, Israel pulled out of Gaza completely, uprooting all
of the Jewish settlers, and leaving the area completely to the Palestinians to
administer. Rather than build a society of their own, Hamas, which controls Gaza
-- the Palestinian Authority controls the West Bank -- has used its independence
to launch a ceaseless barrage of missiles against Israel.
It's often pointed out that Hamas does not
recognize Israel's right to exist. It's more than that. Hamas, with Iran's
backing, is committed to Israel's violent destruction. Missiles have fallen on
schools and homes. Hamas is explicit about desiring Israeli counterattacks,
because while Hamas aims to kill Israeli civilians, they know that Israel tries
very hard not to kill Palestinian civilians. But every Palestinian death at the
hands of Israel is seen as a propaganda victory for Hamas -- which is why they
place their munitions and terrorists in mosques, hospitals, and homes crowded
with children. Hamas representative Fathi Hamad stated it explicitly: "For the
Palestinian people death became an industry, at which women excel and so do all
people on this land: the elderly excel, the Jihad fighters excel, and the
children excel. Accordingly (Palestinians) created a human shield of women,
children, the elderly and the Jihad fighters against the Zionist bombing
machine, as if they were saying to the Zionist enemy: We desire death as you
It's impossible for Israel to hit back at Hamas
without harming and killing innocent civilians. As Likud leader Benjamin
Netanyahu has pointed out, by aiming at Israeli civilians and using Palestinian
civilians as human shields, Hamas is committing a double war crime.
But you will wait in vain for an international
Let's remember that this is the same "international community" that sat by
and watched the carnage in Sudan, and Rwanda. It is the same
"international community" that is currently wringing its hands over Zimbabwe, as
mugabe systematically starves and kills his own people.
Realistically, if the "international community", which includes billions of Black people, can
accept such atrocities in Africa, what would we expect it to do about daily
attacks on a few million Jews it despises, who live in a country it despises?
To understand this is to understand why Israel will never get a fair hearing
in the world community -- and to understand how principled and courageous the
United States has always been in its support of Israel.
We can only hope that Mr. Obama appreciates and respects
HARRY REID: NO BLACKS ALLOWED
I've talked at some length about the symbolism of harry reid and other senate
Democrats preventing Roland Burris, Illinois' Black former state Comptroller
and Attorney General, from being seated.
It certainly is possible that Mr. Burris's being Black
is incidental. But before you assume that's the case, read this article
from today's Chicago Sun-Times:
Reid pressured Blagojevich
not to appoint Jackson Jr. to Obamas U.S. Senate seat
SENATE PICK | Reid reportedly
made it clear he didn't want Jackson, Davis or Jones to be appointed, fearing
they'd lose to a GOP opponent in a future election
Days before Gov. Blagojevich was charged with
trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat to the highest
bidder, top Senate Democrat Harry Reid made it clear who he didnt want in the
post: Jesse Jackson, Jr., Danny Davis or Emil Jones.
Rather, Reid called Blagojevich to argue he
appoint either state Veterans Affairs chief Tammy Duckworth or Illinois Attorney
General Lisa Madigan, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Blagojevich spokesman Lucio Guerrero confirmed
that Reid (D-Nev.) and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) the new chief of the
Senate Democratic political operation each called Blagojevichs campaign
office separately Dec. 3. Sources believe that at least portions of the phone
conversations are on tape.
Before their contacts, Obamas chief of staff Rahm
Emanuel called Blagojevich to tell him to expect to hear from Senate leadership
because they were pushing against Jackson and others, according to statements
the governor made to others.
The Reid-Menendez calls came a day before a Dec. 4
conversation overheard on government wiretaps where Blagojevich says he was
getting a lot of pressure not to appoint Candidate 5. Candidate 5 is
The calls reveal the varying forces directed at
Blagojevich as he weighed the appointment.
Duckworth is the wounded Iraq war veteran who was
tapped by Blagojevich for the state post after she lost a House race in 2006.
Duckworths entry in the House contest was championed by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin
(D-Ill.) with her campaign assisted by Emanuel, who was running the House
political operation at the time, and Obama. David Axelrod, Obamas chief
presidential campaign strategist, was Duckworths media consultant for her House
Madigan is supported by her powerful father
Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan.
A Jackson spokesman said the congressman believes
he could attain statewide support.
Congressman Jackson was encouraged that two
independent statewide polls confirmed that he was the most popular Democrat to
succeed Barack, Jackson spokesman Rick Bryant said. The polls also showed he
was in a strong position to win reelection in 2010, drawing strong support from
virtually every demographic group.
Jim Manley, spokesman for Reid, acknowledged
Friday that Reid called Blagojevich as well as other governors who had Senate
vacancies in their respective states.
Of course Sen. Reid spoke to the governor of
Illinois -- just as he spoke to the governors of New York and Colorado when
senators from those states accepted jobs in the new administration, Manley
said. It is part of his job as majority leader to share his thoughts about
candidates who have the qualities needed to succeed in the Senate.
Reid declined to reveal the specific names
discussed, saying he didnt want to embarrass anyone.
Though Menendez did talk with Blagojevich about
the appointment, he did not suggest any names and he did not discourage the
appointment of anyone, said Matt Miller, a spokesman for the Democratic
Senatorial Campaign Committee which Menendez chairs.
Blagojevich was arrested Dec. 9 on charges he
tried to sell Obamas vacant seat in exchange for campaign funds, a job or
On Tuesday, he appointed former Illinois Attorney
General Roland Burris to the post.
Reid, as well as other Senators, have vowed to
block the move. At a news conference naming Burris, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush
(D-Ill.) told reporters he backed Burris because it was important that an
African American hold a post in the U.S. Senate.
An Obama transition team spokeswoman would not
comment, referring reporters to a report released by Obamas transition team
The report did not specify the contact between
Emanuel and the governor.
A spokesman for Jones could not be reached for
comment. A Davis spokesman declined comment.
Please note that Jesse Jackson Jr., Danny Davis and Emil
Jones all have something in common. I bet you can guess what it is.
That's right, every one of them is Black. And every one of them is
rejected by harry reid.
Now, guess what harry reid's two favorites, Tammy Duckworth and Lisa
Madigan are not.
Right again! Ms. Duckworth and Ms. Madigan are not Black.
So is harry reid intentionally disqualifying every notable Black contender in
Illinois? Good question.....you tell me.
Here's an even better question: Will voters notice this and react to
it? How about Nevada voters in 2010, when reid is up for re-election?
And the best question of all: Will MEDIA notice it? If you think that reporting the race
of harry reid's rejects is unavoidable in a story like this, read the Sun-Times article
again - this time specifically looking for any mention of the fact that Jackson,
Davis and Jones are Black or that Duckworth and Madigan are not.
See my point?
Since it is generally assumed that hamas, to a large extent, is bankrolled
and armed by Iran, I thought you might like to see how Iran is conducting itself
Here are three short pieces from Radio Free Europe, which should provide you
with a pretty clear answer:
Heard In Iran: Iranians Speak Out Against Hamas
January 01, 2009
Some Iranians Speak Out Against
December 31 -- An Iranian newspaper was closed
by authorities after publishing a statement critical of the government's support
for Hamas. The statement was made by a pro-reform student group to "Kargozaran,"
a paper affiliated with former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani [read more in Persian]. During a discussion of the Gaza conflict, a Radio Farda listener in
Tehran calls Hamas an obstacle to peace [listen in Persian].
Another listener from Southern Iran wonders why the government is sending
support to the Palestinians when there are so many problems at home [listen in Persian].
More Harassment of Nobel Peace Laureate
December 29 -- Eight days after raiding the
Center for Human Rights Defenders [more in English],
Iranian security agents raided the private law office of the Center's Nobel
prize-winning founder, Shirin Ebadi. Ebadi says five agents illegally
confiscated her computers and all confidential documents relating to her clients
[read more in English
or listen in Persian].
Crackdown: Jailed Journalist on Hunger
Strike, Jailed Activist in Critical Condition, Another Activist
Are you surprised? I didn't think so.
HOW DID OUR FINANCIAL MESS GET TO THIS POINT?
Do you think you know the answer to that question?
Here is the key information that you need to make an informed judgment,
courtesy of Warner Todd Huston:
Posted on January 3, 2009
-By Warner Todd Huston
Bush tried to regulate and supervise Fannie and
Freddie but the Democrats scoffed at it all and blocked Bush from trying to fix
the financial mess. So, whose fault is the economic mess?
Here is what Representative Barney Frank said in
2003 about Fannie and Freddie:
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not in a
The more people, in my judgment, exaggerate a
threat of safety and soundness, the more people conjure up the possibility of
serious financial losses to the treasury, which I do not see I think we see
entities that are fundamentally sound financially and will withstand some of the
disaster scenarios. And even if there were a problem the federal government
doesnt bail them out. But the more pressure there is there, then the less I
think we see in terms of affordable housing.
Here is a video that YouTube initially pulled
because it proved that the Democrats are at fault.
What you have just read and seen is 100% accurate. Every video speaks
for itself and every quote is easily checkable.
How much of this have you seen in mainstream media? How much of this
would you ever expect to see?
Thanks to Mr. Huston, you now know which end is up. As for our
wonderful "neutral media? No thanks at all.
But listen to them squeal like stuck pigs if you call them