August 30, 2012 - August 23, 2012
. Here's what the wags
are fired up about:
But it's not what I'm fired
up about. As the piece quoted should have acknowledged, the president
also released a video
honoring Easter and Passover back in April, and I'm content at some
level with the notion that he feels obligated to utter a stone tablet
or two about every event that might be considered divine by any of his
subjects. My problem is that he seems a lot more comfortable with the
muslim shtick than the Christian-Jew shtick.
I honestly don't care that much about National Prayer Day. Religious
devotion to my mind has never been about praying publicly or even
showing up at church every Sunday. The BTK killer was a regular at his
church, after all. Still, I'm bothered by the difference between the
messages to Christians and Jews on their high holy days and the message
to muslims at Ramadan. Here's an audo file juxtaposing the explicitly
religious references of the two tapes (the break points are indicated
by the Law & Order gavel
sound). Be patient while it loads; it will
You can check whether my editing has been fair or not by slogging
through both the YouTube videos. I think I've been fair, though. The
Easter/Passover tape (hey, it's a twofer!) doesn't mention God, the
Bible, the gospels, the Torah, or reiterate any prayer, blessing, or
meaningful epithet (e.g., "Son of God," "Savior," "Lawgiver,"
"Deliverer") in either faith. In contrast to the muslim portion, which
abounds with Arabic terms, there's no attempt to reference any Hebrew
words or rites. And, yes, he does
specifically cite the "resurrection of Jesus Christ" in the one and "my
own Christian faith" in the other, but even the kindest listener would
have to conclude that the first is perfunctory and the second, well,
subsidiary if not actually apologetic. He sprinkles his muslim homily
with references to "The Prophet," the Koran, and the specific religious
meaning of Ramadan. To muslims, he does not imply that Martin Luther King
is somehow the superior spiritual voice that bridges all major
religions, for example. And given our recent history, not to mention
current events, is anyone else troubled by the paean to "Islam's role
in advancing just progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human
beings"? What would that be, exactly? And I'm not asking that question
grandly and hypothetically, but grittily in the context of the past
Was it "just progress" and "tolerance" that advanced the Lockerbie bomber a hero's welcome in Libya after his release by the Gordon Brown government of the U.K.?
Was it "just progress, tolerance, and human dignity" that drove this
17-year-old girl from her home in Ohio to Florida in fear
of her life?
It's nothing but trouble to point any of this out, but if things bother
me long enough I have to say something. Why exactly is it that Obama is
well received in the Arab-Muslim world? The Ohio girl of muslim
family who converted to Christianity fears, with some
justification according to religious scholars, that her life is in
danger because she's an apostate.
If I'm understanding correctly, apostates --
those who have been muslims and leave the faith -- are more vile and
despicable than Jews in the Islamic faith, which is really f___ing saying
can't be much doubt that for at least a while in his youth, Barack
Obama was a muslim:
Isn't he, in the strict and unforgiving code of sharia, an apostate
himself? Or are we bearing witness to the biggest wink-wink in the
history of international diplomacy? Consider how adeptly he quoted
Islamic terms in his Ramadan address. Now review his recent
bumbling in last week's attempt to cozy up to rabbis for the sake
of his healthcare bill:
I believe that no matter how verbally skilled people are, they do
communicate their real allegiances and antipathies in ways that may
undermine or contradict their rational intentions. Ultimately, they
give themselves away. I believe that
whatever he says in words, Obama is not a Christian but a muslim and
the muslim world knows it. That's why there's no fatwa against the
apostate president of the Great Satan. They believe he's their
Manchurian Candidate, whether any of us believe it or not.
Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand, or even a million, words:
Ali Ali Akbar. Or whatever the damn hell the expression is. (uh, don't
bother correcting me. I. don't. care.)
We've played with her and her name in the past, calling
That won't do today. Quite properly, we got our ass kicked for having
ignored her of late by our ace commenter Apotheosis, who said this:
So we hustled on over there and now you should too. Here's all the
intro you need:
If anyone wants it afterwards, I'll tell my own story of how I discovered the Holocaust and why it changed the rest of my life. But for now, the stage belongs to Rachel. A marvelous piece of writing.
Today she's not six. She's six million.
P.S. Amazing how people fall silent when the subject is the Jews and just how much the muslims (and many many others) hate them. Here's a bit of homework for Americans. There's a page turner of a novel by Leon Uris called Mila 18. It's the fictionalized but historically accurate story of the birth of Israel, which didn't happen in Palestine. It happened in the Warsaw Ghetto, whose residents were systematically transported to the death camps of the Nazis while the Poles outside did little more than watch the trains depart. But the Jews' passive submission to the Nazis ended once and for all in the Ghetto, with a heroic stand that humiliated crack SS divisions and still represents one of the most unbelievably heroic military campaigns of all recorded human history. And it didn't end like Masada. The incredible hard core of surviving resistance fighters in the Ghetto escaped at the last and carried with them the courage and indomitable spirit that would create the nation of Israel. Read it. It should be a miniseries on this fall's network television schedule. It isn't and it won't be. Because it's politically correct in the liberal civilized mind to hate the Jews again. Just don't give yourselves that luxury. Not if you value your own soul.
We're responding to a comment on this
post by our old friend Taylor. Our purpose is not to skewer one of
our abler commenters. It's just that he gave us an excuse to flesh out
a point we were reluctant to make in greater detail. He gave us an
excuse and we took full advantage. Skip to the end and then come back if you think our purpose is
to give him a hard time. It's
to give the American people a
hard time. Period.
But here's what Taylor said in response to our taking credit for the current Obama freefall:
I'll stipulate that you were right, Mr. Punk. That's always been one of the reasons why I frequent this blog.
So, what are your new prognostications?
- A return of 70s-style stagflation
beginning in 2010;
uh, got it already.
Why did inflation soar under Carter and
plunge under Reagan? Because
Carter spent money he didn't have in ways that totally failed to
stimulate business growth. Under his administration, regulations
increased, tax rates for individuals and corporations remained high,
and the dollars government spent sucked money out of the private sector
that could have been spent on new revenue-producing investments. Under
Reagan, federal spending also increased, but tax rates fell,
regulations were eased, and thus the ability of U.S. businesses to
respond quickly to changes in their markets improved dramatically.
Reagan's bets proved to be good ones. Carter's proved to be disastrous.
The 13.7 percent inflation rate that peaked under Carter also resulted
in home mortages of 20 to 22 percent and a prime rate of lending to
banks that reached 18 percent. (As a purely academic exercise,
calculate the monthly cost of your home mortgage if your interest rate
doubled. Throw up here.)
The current Obama bailout bill is a disaster waiting to happen because 1) it spends money on non-revenue-producing projects (i.e., preventing STDs and government make-work projects), and because 2) its explicit intention of increasing the government's role in interfering with the business decisions of multiple U.S. industries for social and environmental reasons will drastically reduce the capacity of private sector enterprises to respond swiftly and effectively to changes in their markets. Every business failure precipitated by government interference and oversight will serve to decrease the confidence of investors in U.S. government securities, and the result will be escalating interest rates for the government securities required to finance folly. That's how the inflationary spiral starts. And once it has begun, nothing can stop it but a revolutionary reversal of federal policy.
What else have you got, my simpatico friend?
Meek acceptance of a nuclear-armed Iran in 2010, and more ineffectual
chin-wagging after it employs its nukes on Israel some time before 2012;
Americans like Obama's foreign policy? I scratched my head over that, but then I remembered I am old and most of the people living today have no memory or knowledge about what nuclear war looks like. It probably seems unreal to them, impossible, an insanity so stark that it doesn't even have to be contemplated. I can think of no other way that average Americans would disregard the looming probability that nuclear weapons from North Korea, Iran, and Pakistan will find their way to Tel Aviv. The governments of all three of these countries are flat fucking crazy. Which is why I'm devoting the rest of this post not to seconding Steyn, but to educating all you ignorant youngsters that nuclear weapons have already been used and are almost certain to be used again in the first or second Obama term.
But I'm listening. You're predicting no recovery?
- A recession that doesn't "double-dip"
in 2010 because the one we're in now doesn't end until 2011 at the
Who could have anticipated that? Us.
While everyone with access to a
microphone frets about this issue, that
controversy, and the other inside the beltway gossip, Barack Obama is
taking this country apart in huge bloody chunks.
He has doubled the whole history of U.S. national debt totals with one stroke of his pen. There is no end in sight to the level of additional spending, wealth transfer, and outright wealth destruction he yet intends within a matter of mere weeks. The stock market is plunging like a rock precisely because the people who must make economic decisions about the future aren't convinced the president of the United States isn't driving us single-handedly into a decade-long depression.
Why aren't they convinced? Because if that were indeed his stated aim, he still couldn't have chosen a better set of policies to achieve it. His income tax, capital gains tax, and payroll tax increases on $200K and up earners, coupled with his projected limitations on their deductions, including charitable deductions, will increase their tax burden by as much as 50 percent. This giant act of theft will significantly diminish new business investment and reduce job creation in the private sector. His unimaginably huge, unfunded increases in government spending will certainly suck vast sums out of private capital markets and result in enormous inflationary pressure, which will not only devalue pensions and individual savings but constitute another crippling tax on every income-earner in the nation. But even that isn't enough for him. He also intends to tax U.S. corporations for the income they earn overseas, which will decrease profitability and reduce jobs further at home by making our products uncompetitive in world markets. AND his planned carbon tax will ripple endlessly through the U.S. economy. hitting all businesses and individuals in wave after wave of additional costs -- for fuel itself and for all goods and services made or transported with fuel. But he also has already quietly buried the possibility of drilling for more oil at home.
All of this is mandated by what he has already signed, quietly decreed, or put on the legislative calendar. He is on course to destroy the entire American economy for a generation.
Except no one predicted election trickery before your latest August 2009 look at the
Massive fun-n-games with the 2010 census count, including millions more
illegal aliens on their way to amnesty and donkey party voter
registration before 2012; and
- Wholesale donkey party
vote fraud in 2010 and 2012, which will not only throw multiple
individual elections but also entire states during the next
, kemo sabe. Yeah, we put it in an "if" clause, but we also made
it clear the clock was ticking and that the downside risk was
If Lowry is right, Obama doesn't care about the huge political hit he is about to take if he actually succeeds in his quest for a healthcare bill. His "restructuring" of the nation is more important than the plunge in the polls he will experience when another bill read in full by no member of congress locks every American into a government monopoly of the largest sector of the economy. Why wouldn't he care? Because he's the equivalent of a mole-suicide-bomber who would rather complete his destruction of the American economy and constitution than be reelected? Because he fully intends such an utter breakdown of the American and dependent global capitalist system that he will be able to declare martial law a la Hitler and become the Hugo Chavez of the world's most powerful nation? Or because he has such infinite faith in the structural changes he's making in the electorate via billions of dollars of ACORN funding that he can rig any future election, no matter how badly the polls go against him? If any of these scenarios are accurate, we need to know.
Not saying you're not on the money. It's just that these aren't new
predictions. They're old. And inevitable. And we laid them out in
considerable detail. Not that it matters.
Contrary to what a lot of you may think, our point here is not how
scarily right we were. It's that we made these predictions a long time
ago, at a considerable distance from the action. It just wasn't that
hard to see where all this was going. If anybody had bothered to look
at Obama. Or thought about him. At all.
That's why we're almost always sick at our stomach these days. My only current prediction is that we fight for our country NOW or we die long before we stop breathing, death panels or no.
P.S. File this one under Candide's "il faut cultiver notre jardin." Someone in Philly has responded to the Vick fiasco by launching a website against dogfighting. Something to do while the world burns, eh? I like the title: "Team Vickless." Take a look.