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Poised to Pull a Fast One to Profit from Palin’s Memoir

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The editors and writers at The Nation rag-azine have put their pointy heads together and racked their collective brain to come up with a way to gain praises from their statist-minded readers and poach profits from Sarah Palin’s book at the same time. Entertainment Weekly reports:

Start-up publisher OR Books will publish Going Rouge: Sarah Palin An American Nightmare, with a book jacket similar to Palin’s upcoming memoir, Going Rogue: An American Life.

Also, the publisher will release the look-alike book November 17, the same day Palin’s book is slated for release.

Two of The Nation’s top editors, Richard Kim and Betsy Reed, compiled the counterfeit for OR Books. The counterfeit will be the first [and hopefully the last] book from the publisher that “embraces progressive change in politics, culture and the way we do business.”

The Nation, the flagship publication for the statist-minded left, has been for decades an anti-American rag that has consistently supported totalitarian and communist regimes.

At the conclusion of World War II, The Nation’s articles parroted the Stalinist’s line and condemned U.S. involvement in the Cold War.

After the Cuban Revolution, The Nation’s Carleton Beals, praised Fidel Castro as a “hero,” possessing “the finest qualities of true leadership:  self-sacrifice, dedication, patience, confidence and ready pliability in the most difficult situations.”  Beals wrote, “The revolution sweeps on in many directions…these are days of great promises and great hopes.”

The Nation exalted Cuba as “one of the most egalitarian societies in the world,” but it has never criticized Castro’s brutality, his human rights violations, or the poverty that he inflicted upon the Cuban people.

If the truth be told, The Nation’s editors and essayists despise those founding principles that promote individual liberty, personal responsibility, freedom of conscience, and free markets. They are out to destroy Palin because,  like Ronald Reagan, she embodies the founding principles that have made America great, and they despise her for it.

I.M. Kane

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Transparent nonsense

By Quin Hillyer

When it came to divulging basic information, it was Richard Nixon’s administration that became infamous for the phrase, and practice, of “modified, limited hangout.” Now the Obama administration has abandoned all but the “limited” part. The candidate whose most identifiable promise was to provide open and transparent government instead is leading an administration rife with secrecy, stonewalling and prevarication.

The administration repeatedly has stiff-armed Congress, the media, outside organizations and even a prestigious independent government commission. It has raised “none of your business” from an adolescent rejoinder to a public policy – to keep the public in the dark.

Before examining examples of this alarming trend, let’s remember what newly inaugurated President Obama said in a big press conference on Jan. 21, his first full day in office. His words and tone could not have been more clear:

“The way to hold government accountable is to make it transparent so that the American people can know exactly what decisions are being made [and] how they’re being made. … Starting today, every agency and department should know that this administration stands on the side not of those who seek to withhold information, but those who seek to make it known. … The mere fact that you have the legal power to keep something secret does not mean you should always use it.”

Fine sentiments. But this is the same president who promised to abide by campaign spending limits – until the time came actually to do it. Likewise, these pledges were quickly tossed into the sewer of power politics.

Consider the president’s unfathomable decision to support the radical leftist, anti-American, would-be dictator Manuel Zelaya when all the lawful authorities in Honduras removed him from office for subverting the clear text of the Honduran constitution. Even the American Law Library of Congress concluded that the Honduran Legislature and courts acted lawfully, yet the Obama administration actually has imposed sanctions on the Honduran people, who long have been our allies.

Since July 8, 16 senators have been asking the State Department to explain the legal rationale for its stance. They received no substantive response. When Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, and three House members traveled to Honduras, U.S. Ambassador Hugo Llorens urged them to read a memo by State Department counsel Harold Koh explaining the administration’s analysis. On Oct. 6, the senator’s staff specifically requested that memo from the department. No response.

Twice this month, I requested the memo. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley refused, saying the memo officially is “classified” because of “the nature of the information used in the analysis” and that it also is subject to “attorney-client privilege.” Finally, he said it is privileged because it is a “pre-decisional” and “internal deliberative document.”

This is poppycock. It doesn’t take classified intelligence to interpret the Honduran constitution, and the attorney-client privilege shouldn’t be necessary for such basic policy questions. Congressmen want to know why the administration has sided with a radical against the entire rest of Honduran officialdom. They, and all of us, deserve an answer.

The same evasive tactic was used when the Justice Department under the ethically challenged Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. decided to drop an already-won case against members of the New Black Panther Party for blatant voter intimidation at a Philadelphia polling place. Respected Republican Reps. Frank R. Wolf of Virginia and Lamar Smith of Texas requested explanations. So did The Washington Times. The Justice Department first said the decision was made by “career prosecutors” without political appointees weighing in. That was untrue. As for the further requests for information from Mr. Wolf and Mr. Smith – no dice.

The U.S. Civil Rights Commission, with statutory authority to examine such issues, also requested an explanation. Sorry, Charlie. Ignoring the law giving oversight rights to the commission, the Justice Department basically told the commission to take a hike.

Similarly, when the White House fired Gerald Walpin, the inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service, without proper notice or explanation, Iowa Republican Sen. Charles E. Grassley demanded documents. Mr. Grassley long has been praised widely for his efforts to protect whistleblowers and IGs. Yet the administration continues to jilt him as well.

The administration has refused to honor a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from the Chicago Tribune for Freddie Mac board minutes from when White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was a director. It has ignored multiple FOIA requests for White House visitor logs, including one from its pet network, MSNBC. It denied an FOIA request for documents on a treaty on intellectual property rights. It refused an FOIA request for documents related to the Troubled Asset Relief Program bailout. And as far back as June, Newsweek featured a headline saying “Obama Closes Doors on Openness” because of loopholes making its disclosure guarantees “astonishingly weaker” than those under President Clinton.

Infamously, the administration also tried to punish the Humana insurance company for the sin of communicating with its own customers. It told an Arizona sheriff he couldn’t tell the press about his roundup of illegal immigrants. It has declined to cooperate with bipartisan congressional requests for hearings with its policy “czars.” And of course, it is participating in closed-door negotiations on health care despite Mr. Obama’s famous pledge to work out the details in front of TV cameras.

Mr. Obama promised us the most transparent administration in history. That pledge looks transparently phony. [emphasis mine]

Quin Hillyer is a senior editorial writer for The Washington Times.

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Police Interrogate Christian Grandmother for Homophobic Hatred

 

Criminalizing Christianity

By Jerry A. Kane

Anti-Christian bigotry is rife throughout the United Kingdom. Christians are targeted and persecuted for expressing their religious beliefs about homosexuality. The Racial and Religious Hatred Act passed in 2006 has given anti-Christian bigots the power to criminalize Christianity.

In July, Pauline Howe wrote a complaint letter to her local council about the verbal abuse she had received while handing out Christian leaflets at a homosexual pride parade in Norwich, England. Instead of the council sending a response acknowledging her complaint, she received a letter informing her that the duty of the local authority is “to eliminate discrimination of all kinds” and that she might be guilty of a homophobic hate crime.

The council’s deputy chief executive, Bridget Buttinger, responded threatening to prosecute the 67 year-old grandmother:

 “The content of your letter has been assessed as potentially being hate related because of the views you expressed towards people of a certain sexual orientation. Your details and details of the contents of your letter have been recorded as such and passed to the police.” [emphasis mine]

Later, two Norfolk police officers arrived at the crime scene, the retiree’s home, and took her to task for writing a “potentially hate-related” letter regarding homosexuals and homosexuality. In the letter, Howe wrote that the march was a “public display of indecency” and “offensive to God,” that homosexuals were sodomites and homosexuality had “contributed to the downfall of every empire,” and that “gay sex was a major cause of sexually transmitted infections.”

Howe, a minister’s wife, said that her comments were expressions of her Christian beliefs and not of hatred or homophobia as the police had thought. Having sufficiently stressed the inappropriateness of her word choice, the officers told Howe that she would not be prosecuted.

Howe said the police presence in her home was an unpleasant experience and made her feel threatened.

“Our freedoms as Bible believing Christians have just been squashed. We’re not allowed to express our Biblical, evangelical beliefs anymore without being frightened, quite frankly,” Howe added.

For almost a decade, Christians in England have been accused of the crime of homophobia for criticizing homosexual practices or advising abstinence from homosexual activity:

  • In 2008, Miguel Hayworth, a Christian street preacher in Manchester, was forcefully removed from the street, put in the back a police van, and questioned for over an hour following a complaint of homophobia.
  • In 2006, Stephen Green, a Christian campaigner, was arrested for handing out leaflets that contained biblical quotes about homosexuality at a gay pride festival in Cardiff. He was taken into custody, questioned, charged, and was awaiting trial when the case was dropped.
  • Also in 2006, the Archbishop of Glasgow defended traditional marriage and criticized civil partnerships in a church service, and a Member of the Scottish Parliament called upon the Strathclyde Police to investigate his remarks.
  • In 2005, author Lynette Burrows was a guest on a radio talk show and said that two homosexual men adopting a child would not be good for the child. Later, a police officer phoned telling her that a “homophobic incident” had been reported against her comments and that the police would keep a record of it.
  • Again in 2005, retirees Joe and Helen Roberts were interrogated by police for opposing their local council’s use of public money for gay rights’ projects.
  • In 2004, the Christian Union of the University of Cambridge was reported to the police for hosting an evangelistic meeting where the Dean of Sydney Cathedral spoke on the traditional biblical view of homosexuality.
  • In 2003, the Bishop of Chester, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Peter Forster, told a local newspaper that therapy had helped some homosexuals re-orient to heterosexuality. His remarks were considered a hate crime and the case was submitted for prosecution but later dropped.

The list is by no means exhaustive. Many Christians, usually evangelicals, have been interrogated, arrested, and charged with homophobia and hate crimes for daring to criticize homosexuality.  And unfortunately the trend of illiberal laws, which swept over Europe for the last ten years, have breached the great divide and will now blow unrestrained throughout the United States in the guise of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.  

This draconian legislation just signed into law October 28, 2009, by Brother O is similar to the United Kingdom’s Racial and Religious Hatred Act. And like its predecessor, the Matthew Shepard Act will make ridiculing Christians and their beliefs an acceptable form of bigotry. Gluttonous, lecherous bigots the likes of Jerrold Nadler and Barney Frank will garner the power to silence anyone who dares speak out for religious reasons against the practice of homosexuality, and they will do so brazenly without accountability, and in defiance of the people’s will.

The birthplace of political liberties and the home of the Magna Carta is arguably the most intrusive nanny state in the western world, but the Brits won’t hold that distinction for long. The land of opportunity and once proud safe haven for religious refugees will assuredly supplant it, and unlike the dubious decision from the Nobel Peace Prize committee, this distinction will be earned.

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What’s a penguin to do when he’s harassed and chased by a pod of teeth weilding Orca thugs? Take a minute from the politics and check out this amazing video of a most remarkable, ingenious penguin.

Penguin Versus Killer Whales

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GRASS ROOTS POWER

Doug Hoffman Surges
By Nancy Matthis  |  Monday, October 26th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

A poll conducted over the weekend by the Club for Growth shows Conservative Doug Hoffman surging into the lead in New York’s 23rd Congressional District. The Oct. 24-25 poll shows Conservative Doug Hoffman with 31.3%, Democrat Bill Owens with 27.0%, Republican Dede Scozzafava with 19.7%, and 22% undecided.

Multiple viable political parties have existed in New York State for some time. In addition to the Republican and Democratic parties, there have been the Liberal and Conservative parties, and more recently the Working Families Party which was organized by the now-infamous Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).

The Conservative Party was founded in 1962, and eight short years later, James Buckley was elected to the United States Senate running on the Conservative line only, in a three-way race against Republican and Democratic candidates. Popular Buffalo mayor Jimmy Griffin was first elected solely on the Conservative line in 1977, and served for sixteen years.

Many see in the Hoffman candidacy a reprise of the Buckley contest. Outsiders look at party labels, and assume that Hoffman is splitting the Republican vote with Scozzafava, leaving Owens with the Democratic half. But that is not the way New York State works — it divides along conservative-liberal lines. In reality, Owens and Scozzafava are splitting the liberal vote, leaving Hoffman with the conservative half.

The Hoffman candidacy is also noteworthy for attracting the support of tea party patriots throughout the country, giving it national resonance. A Hoffman win would have tremendous implications for grass roots power, especially since both Barack Obama and Bill Clinton have been fundraising for his Democratic opponent and Newt Gingrich has vehemently supported his Republican opponent.

Doug Hoffman has been compared to the Jimmy Stewart character in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. If he wins, for a moment we can all enjoy the feeling of a return to those more honest times.

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Deciding who lives and who dies – Part III

By Harris Sherline

Comments and observations about disabilities that provide us with revealing insights:

“Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see…No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit…I also dislike people who try to talk down to my understanding. They are like people who when walking with you try to shorten their steps to suit yours; the hypocrisy in both cases is equally exasperating.” – Helen Keller (1880-1968), born blind and deaf.

“The problems of deafness are deeper and more complex, if not more important, than those of blindness. Deafness is a much worse misfortune. For it means the loss of the most vital stimulus–the sound of the voice that brings language, sets thoughts astir and keeps us in the intellectual company of man.” – Helen Keller

“Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all — the apathy of human beings.” – Helen Keller

“Each handicap is like a hurdle in a steeplechase, and when you ride up to it, if you throw your heart over, the horse will go along, too.” – Lawrence Bixby, author of over 40 books.

“We all have a disability of some kind; all are lacking in one way or another. Saul has an injury to his leg. What if his personality was deformed? How much worse if his soul was lame? Preachers or teachers look for the good in all of us. (Bless them for doing so.) I don’t see a cripple. I haven’t met anyone yet who isn’t handicapped in some way. So what’s the big deal? Don’t hide your deformity. Wear it like a Purple Heart.” – Georgiann Baldino, author, co-founder of cancer support group.

“I discovered early that the hardest thing to overcome is not a physical disability but the mental condition which it induces. The world, I found, has a way of taking a man pretty much at his own rating. If he permits his loss to make him embarrassed and apologetic, he will draw embarrassment from others. But if he gains his own respect, the respect of those around him comes easily.” – Alexander de Seversky (1894-1974), aviation pioneer.

“But pain… seems to me an insufficient reason not to embrace life. Being dead is quite painless. Pain, like time, is going to come on regardless. Question is, what glorious moments can you win from life in addition to the pain?” – Lois McMaster Bujold (1949-), science fiction writer.

“The healthy and strong individual is the one who asks for help when he needs it. Whether he’s got an abscess on his knee or in his soul.” – Rona Barrett (1936-), Hollywood columnist, author, TV

“Disability is not a brave struggle or ‘courage in the face of adversity.’ Disability is an art. It’s an ingenious way to live.” – Neil Marcus (1954-), poet, playwright, disabled from age eight.

“Not only do physically disabled people have experiences which are not available to the able-bodied, they are in a better position to transcend cultural mythologies about the body, because they cannot do things the able-bodied feel they must do in order to be happy, ‘normal,’ and sane….If disabled people were truly heard, an explosion of knowledge of the human body and psyche would take place.” – Susan Wendell, Ph.D., feminist author, suffers with chronic fatigue syndrome.

“For me, the wheelchair symbolizes disability in a way a cane does not.” – Annette Funicello (1942-), actress, suffers with multiple sclerosis.

“A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.” – William Arthur Ward (1921-1994), author, poet, columnist.

“It (hepatitis C) will kill four times as many Americans as AIDS will over the next decade. I feel that whatever kind of disability God has given me, as an entertainer and as a public figure, it is so I can be a representative for others.” – Naomi Judd (1946-), singer, entertainer, mother of actress Ashley Judd and singer Wynonna, suffered with hepatitis C.

“Americans believe that people should work hard and get ahead on their own, but when disaster strikes and they need help with retirement or disability, Americans as a whole should come to their aid.” – Jacob Hacker, Ph.D. (1971-), professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley.

“Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.” – Martina Navratilova (1956-), world champion tennis player.

“Congress acknowledged that society’s accumulated myths and fears about disability and disease are as handicapping as are the physical limitations that flow from actual impairment.” – William J. Brennan, Jr. (1906-1997), Associate Justice of U.S. Supreme Court.

“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” – Scott Hamilton (1958-), American figure skater, four time Olympic champion.

“I was slightly brain damaged at birth, and I want people like me to see that they shouldn’t let a disability get in the way. I want to raise awareness – I want to turn my disability into ability.” – Susan Boyle (1961-), Scottish singer.

“It is a lonely existence to be a child with a disability which no-one can see or understand, you exasperate your teachers, you disappoint your parents, and worst of all you know that you are not just stupid.” – Susan Hampshire (1937-), English actress, TV star.

“It was ability that mattered, not disability, which is a word I’m not crazy about using.” – Marlee Matlin (1965-), American actress, deaf (from 18 months of age)

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Will the First Daughters Receive the H1N1 Shot?

Malia and Sasha Obama have not been vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus.  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says the vaccine is not available to them based on their risk.

Currently, only children with chronic medical conditions whose immune systems are not strong enough to fight off the virus are being vaccinated. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children from 6 months to 18 years of age get the H1N1 vaccination. 

For many parents the biggest drawback to getting the vaccination is the mercury-containing preservative thimerosal, which has been used in vaccines and other products since the 1930s.

The H1N1 vaccine can include thimerosal, but the CDC insists that there is no scientific evidence to suggest that the preservative in low doses causes anything except for redness and swelling at the injection site.

The CDC also insists that no link between thimerosal and autism has been proven scientifically, a conclusion widely disputed by the National Autism Association and other non-profit organizations.

School systems have been notifying parents to return consent forms quickly for their child to receive an H1N1 vaccination during school clinics. Students will be able to get the vaccine unless they have underlying medical problems.

The CDC wants the public to know that a regular seasonal flu shot will not protect against the H1N1 virus.

Will Brother O subject his own children to the “benefits” of the H1N1 vaccine, or will he follow in the footsteps of committee Democrats, who exempted themselves from enrollment in the public option, and go on to opt out his kids from taking the vaccine while promoting it as beneficial for average Americans?

Time will tell!

I.M. Kane

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