Sunday, September 27, 2009

Video Unearthed Obama Slamming McCain And Bush For Afghanistan

via HotAirPundit,

Foster nearly alone at Congress on Your Corner event

via The Chronicle: Foster nearly alone at Congress on Your Corner event

Nearly alone because he never told anyone about it. The unanswered question and the reason Foster has to hide or schedule events no one knows about, is how does Obama Care squeeze half a billion in fraud, waste, and abuse out of Medicare without reducing services, annd if there really is this kind of waste, what's stopping HHS from starting now?

No wonder Foster has to hide.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Dan Proft: Illinois Isn't Just Losing Jobs to India; We're Losing Jobs to Indiana

The guy can turn a phrase. Proft's latest release.
September 25, 2009

Illinois Isn't Just Losing Jobs to India; We're Losing Jobs to Indiana

Illinois Drops 7 Spots in National Business Climate Rankings

As if the Chicago Democrats’ control over Illinois couldn’t generate worse economic news, today the Tax Foundation released its annual Business Tax Climate Report. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels greeted the report with a triumphant press release:

Indiana's growing national reputation as a great state to do business has received another boost. The state moved up two places in the Tax Foundation's 2010 Business Tax Climate Index for business tax climate. Indiana is 12th overall, up from 14th in 2009, and remains the top state in the Midwest for business tax competitiveness.

But you won’t be seeing any press release from Gov. Pat Quinn’s office, triumphant or otherwise. According to the report, Illinois dropped seven spots from last year, falling to the 30th place in the nation in terms of business tax climate. That’s not the kind of news Chicago Democrats want to trumpet from the rooftops as Illinois’ economic death spiral picks up speed.

And this slide into economic oblivion is occurring even without the Quinn-Madigan proposed income tax increase.

However, as the report notes, Illinois did increase several excise taxes this past year and still has one of the worst sales tax climates in the country. Unlike Illinois, other states, like Indiana, have reformed their property tax systems or, like Maine, have reduced their income taxes to become more competitive in the global marketplace.

Gov. Daniels is right to be in a celebratory mood. He knows that his state trounces Illinois across the spectrum of indexes the Tax Foundation used to make their rankings.

* On the Corporate Tax Index, Indiana is 21st, Illinois is 27th.

* On the Property Tax Index, Indiana is 12th, Illinois is 39th.

* On the Unemployment Insurance Tax Index, Indiana is 11th, Illinois is 46th.

Why would any business, deciding between these two states, choose Illinois? They wouldn’t and they aren’t.

My opponents in this race want to congratulate themselves for opposing the Quinn-Madigan tax increase. Big deal. Without those tax increases we have the 48th ranked economy in the country in terms of job creation, the 30th ranked economy in terms of business tax climate, and the highest unemployment rate in 25 years.

My opponents who have been in Springfield for the last 15 years talk generically about “looking for” tax and fee reductions. What are they going to find now that they have been unable to find during the last 15 years that they went along to get along?

We need specific and significant tax relief and we need it right quick. I am the only candidate for Governor who has been specific: cut the state personal and corporate income tax rates in half and eliminate the state estate tax.

Businesses and jobs will not come back to Illinois in response to airy platitudes from politicians. We need to speak with the policy choices we make.

The Chicago Democrats have presented one path; I have presented another. With apologies to Robert Frost, it’s time we take the path less traveled. Let’s expand opportunity for the people who play by the rules and grow our economic base by rewarding work and investment.

Weekend Iran Posts: Now that we know what Obama's open hand to Ahmadinejad yield



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via GOP Conference Blog,
U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference and member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, made the following statement today after Iran revealed the development of a secret nuclear facility:

Iran’s revelation of a secret nuclear facility is disturbing yet not unexpected. Iran has deceived the world community time and time again and any assurance that their nuclear program is peaceful should be seen for what it is, just another lie.

President Obama must abandon his foreign policy that extends a hand of cooperation to our enemies, while turning a cold shoulder to our friends and a blind eye to their suffering. Continuing to hold out the false hope that this lie will be the last further endangers the safety of the American people and our allies. It is time to impose meaningful sanctions on the Iranian government, and send a strong signal that these dangerous acts of deception will not stand.

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Franks Calls on World Leaders to Act Now to Halt Iran's Nuclear Program

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Transparency goes under the Obama Bus: Democrats nix putting pre-vote health bill online

via AP
Senate Finance Committee Democrats have rejected a GOP amendment that would have required a health overhaul bill to be available online for 72 hours before the committee votes.

Republicans argued that transparency is an Obama administration goal. They also noted that their constituents are demanding that they read bills before voting.

Democrats said it was a delay tactic that could have postponed a vote for weeks.

The Democrats noted that unlike other committees, the Finance Committee works off conceptual language that describes policies — instead of legislative language that ultimately becomes law, and which the GOP amendment would have required.

Democrats accepted an alternate amendment to make conceptual language available online before a vote.
Oh.... kinda like we're too stupid to sort it out.

Kane County Video Poker - Let the Good Times Roll


A little late but better than never, tonight at the Kane County center,
Meeting attendees raise their hands in support of legalizing video gambling machines during a public hearing conducted by the Kane County Video Gaming Task Force at the Kane County Government Center in Geneva on Tuesday morning. The task force will hold another public hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday (TONIGHT).


Thanks to our state lawmakers, Illinois has a new gambling law which allows video gambling machines in local establishments where liquor is served. In other words, we will soon have mini-casinos in neighborhoods throughout Illinois -- at our favorite family restaurants (Applebee's, Portillo's, Pizza Hut, etc), banquet halls, bowling alleys, truck stops and corner taverns.

In response to this anti-family legislation, the DuPage County Board voted unanimously last month to pass legislation banning video poker in unincorporated areas of the county. Dozens of other local municipalities are considering similar legislation to ban video gambling machines in their communities.

Take ACTION: The Kane County Video Gaming Task Force will conduct a second public hearing tongith at the Kane County Government Center. The meeting will be in the County Board room, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Building A, Geneva. at 7 PM tonight

The purpose of the hearings is to allow comments from Kane County liquor licensees, Kane County social service organizations, the general public and all other interested parties on the recent state legislation that permits video gambling devices in establishments having liquor licenses.

Register to speak by contacting the Kane County Board office at 630-232-5936. Remarks are limited to five minutes.

Illinois Democrat's ACORN / SEIU links

via Illinois Review. Much more to come from this...
Illinois State Board of Elections records shows since it began tracking contributions online, SEIU has given in excess of $12 million to Illinois political campaigns, including those of Governor Rod Blagojevich, Governor Pat Quinn, Secretary of State Jesse White, State Comptroller (and gubernatorial candidate) Dan Hynes, IL House Speaker (and Democratic Party Chairman) Mike Madigan and his top lieutenant Barbara Flynn Currie.

In addition, and perhaps very importantly, ACORN/SEIU campaign dollars played a huge part in several law enforcers' campaigns -- including Attorney General Lisa Madigan, a small amount in former Cook County State's Attorney Dick Devine, much more to current State's Attorney Anita Alvarez', as well as current Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart's.

ACORN/SEIU also helped a state candidate named Barack Obama on several occasions, beginning in 1995 and last listed to be in 2000, giving him $2750.

Below are ISBE contribution totals to these elected officials from the SEIU listings only:

Top elected officials

* Former Governor Rod Blagojevich -- $538, 963.00
* Current Governor Patrick Quinn -- $30, 750.00 (Quinn was endorsed last week by SEIU for governor over fellow Democratic candidate Dan Hynes)
* State Comptroller (and 2010 Democratic candidate for governor) Dan Hynes -- $38,200.00
* Secretary of State Jesse White -- $192, 427.00
* House Speaker Mike Madigan -- $97,450.00

Law enforcement officials

* Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan -- $223, 460.00
* Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart -- $107, 138.00
* former Cook County State's Attorney Richard Devine -- $1250.00
* Current Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez -- $31, 433.00

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Natasha Korecki: Tour de Rod 2009 ...

Geez...from Korecki's Rod Blog
From his PR people:

(PRNewsChannel) / Chicago, Ill. / Rod Blagojevich is scheduled for the following interviews for Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, according to The Publicity Agency, the PR firm that represents the former Illinois governor.

Blagojevich's new book THE GOVERNOR was released last week.

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DAN PROFT: State Sens. Kirk Dillard, Bill Brady Voted to Give $100,000 of Illinois Taxpayer Money to ACORN‏

Nuts...Pat Brady tells me ACORN's a criminal enterprise. That's real tough nuts. Not like it would be the only one in Illinois for sure, but what's the GOP doing handing out State funds to them? So Proft over reaching here? The funds went first to the Illinois Housing Authority which then distributed to others including ACORN. That's the way things worked. Were Dillard and Brady wrong?

September 21, 2009

http://www.proft2010.com/news-room/contentview.asp?c=189722

NUTS! State Sens. Kirk Dillard, Bill Brady Voted to Give $100,000 of Illinois Taxpayer Money to ACORN

Chicago, IL – Conservative reform candidate Dan Proft released the following statement today in response to the discovery that State Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady voted to give ACORN $100,000 of taxpayer dollars:

“On Friday, State Sen. Kirk Dillard, the self-described ‘camera-ready’ Hinsdale Republican who appeared in a campaign commercial for Barack Obama, called on Gov. Pat Quinn to immediately ban all state funds to ACORN.

“‘We should not be spending tax dollars to fund an organization like ACORN which continues to violate the public’s trust at a time when our state is in a budget crisis,’ Sen. Dillard said in a statement.

“I agree. But perhaps Sen. Dillard should stop voting to fund ACORN before he calls on others to do the same.

“In 2007, both Sens. Dillard and Brady voted for SB 1167, which appropriated state funds to the Illinois Housing Development Authority which in turn distributed a $100,000 grant to ACORN.

“Once again, Sen. Dillard has let the headlines guide his convictions. Well before the recent undercover footage was aired, nine states had charged ACORN employees with crimes totaling 30 convictions. Where were Sen. Dillard’s denunciations of the group then – a group he voted to fund with taxpayer dollars?

“Sens. Dillard and Brady like to tout their respective 15-year political careers in Springfield. How’s that working out for you? It’s working out great for ACORN.”

Fox Chicago Sunday: Pat Brady

Brady calls ACORN a Criminal Enterprise. No argument for me there but that's goning to be tough for the GOP's candidates who voted to fund ACORN in the past. My next Proft Press release to explain.

What if Rep Joe Wilson had been in the Chicago City Council for the Parking Metter deal?

Arlene Jones writes,
To make my point even more salient, imagine if our aldermen were like Rep. Wilson when it came to the parking meter deal. Maybe if one of them had been willing to shout "You lie!" at the mayor, we wouldn't be stuck in a deal that lasts 75 years and will only benefit those who put up one billion bucks to reap tens of billions of dollars in the future.
and a Southsider tells me,
He woulda cooked in his chair like a back-sliding bad guy in a James Bond Movie~!
Any other ideas?

Little kid showing V during Qods day 18 September 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

VOICES FOR IRAN: NO to Ahmadinjad! YES to Human Rights! Rally at UN

VOICES FOR IRAN: NO to Ahmadinjad! YES to Human Rights! Rally at UN

***INVITE EVERYONE!!! FORWARD EVERYWHERE!***

***DONATE! DONATE! DONATE! at voices4iran.org (it's tax deducible!)***

Join us in New York City, September 22nd, 23rd and 24th, as we raise our Voices for Iran and demand Ahmadinejad be held accountable for crimes against the Iranian people. We call upon the international community support human rights in Iran and reject the policies of military aggression and economic starvation.


SCHEDULE (check for updates at www.voices4iran.org):

*Tue. Sept. 22nd: 6:30pm – “Iran Alive” – (47th St. & 2nd Ave.)

Art installation and performance dedicated to the people of Iran. Iran Alive is short film projected on a 300-person human screen with audio featuring recorded protest messages from Iranians inside Iran.
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* Wed. Sept. 23rd: 12:30pm - Rally outside the Iran Mission to the UN (40th st, & 3rd Ave.)

The Iran Mission serves as Ahmadinejad’s NYC headquarters. He reportedly will be having meetings there all day. Let’s make our presence felt. At 3pm we will begin a procession to the UN plaza.


*Wed. Sept. 23rd: 4:00pm – Rally outside the United Nations Building (47th st. & 2nd Ave)

Ahmadinejad speaks before the UN General Assembly around 5:00pm; our rally will last the duration of his speech.
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*Thursday. Sept 24th: 10am: March with the Green Scroll across the Brooklyn Bridge (gather at Cadman Plaza Park in Brooklyn)

*Thursday. Sept 24th: Music for Iran, social event fundraiser (location and time TBA)


PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE:
Denis Halliday, Ali Akbar Mousavi Khoeini, Mansour Farhang, Reese Erlich and more TBA.

PERFORMANCES BY: Arash Sobhani from Kiosk, Freedom Glory Project, Sohrab Saadat, Haale, Revolution of the Mind, Meetra A. Sofia, Turaj and more TBA.




OUR MESSAGE:

Hold Ahmadinejad Accountable. Say no to torture, killings, rape. Say yes to freedom of speech, assembly. End the show trials. Free all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, and hold the real criminals accountable. Remember Neda and Sohrab, and all the victims of state violence. Oppose war and economic sanctions.

JOIN US:

We aim to have the single biggest international action ever in support of Iranian rights in one location. We encourage everyone to come to New York City September 23rd and 24th. Together we can send a message that is heard loud and clear!

Delegations are coming from all over North America and Europe including D.C., Toronto, San Fransisco, Paris, Stockholm, L.A., Seattle, Atlanta, Vancouver, Orange County, Austin, Phoenix, Houston, College Park PA and more...

Email us to find the delegation near you!

Hotels: Check out hotels.com or email us at delegations.voicesforiran@gmail.com.

For more information go to http://voices4iran.org/

The worst thing we can do is to do nothing! بدترین کاری که میتوانیم انجام دهیم این است که کاری انجام ندادن!


بدترین کاری که میتوانیم انجام دهیم این است که کاری انجام ندادن!

The worst thing we can do is to do nothing!

via Freedom Fighter Iran's Facebook

'Please restrain yourself from killing us'


An Iranian protester holds up a sign reading "Please restrain yourself from killing us. Thank you. The people of Iran." H/T Bill Roggio

Ahmadinjad's NYC visit: it's not about denying the Holocaust anymore

Via Mir Hossein Mousavi's facebook,
Ahmadinejad is attending this year’s UN General Assembly yet again. Every year the protests against him were aimed at his remarks denying the Holocaust or were planned by those who were against the Islamic Republic but this year his trip will be different as there are millions of Iranians who will protest his “selection” and the crimes committed in the aftermath of election. This year he is going to face the "Green Movement" in NYC as well!
This year the protests aren't about the regimes threats to the world, but by the crimes inflicted by the regime on Iranians.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Hitlerian Racism

Jesse Jackson words on Jimmy Carter's ethnic purity remarks back in Time Magazine April 1976,
The furor began when Carter was asked in Indianapolis to explain his recent statement that there was "nothing wrong with ethnic purity being maintained" in neighborhoods. Carter replied that he wholeheartedly supports open-housing laws that make it a crime to refuse to sell or rent a house or apartment on the grounds of race, color or creed. But he opposes Government programs "to inject black families into a white neighborhood just to create some sort of integration." Said he: "I have nothing against a community that is made up of people who are Polish, or who are Czechoslovakians, or who are French Canadians or who are blacks trying to maintain the ethnic purity of their neighborhoods. This is a natural inclination."
I had met Carter at the Airport in Grinnell Iowa that winter. My friend was a big Carter supporter during those Iowa primaries and had the virtually unknown Gov invited over to school to speak. He didn't impress me much then and never has since. He's as phony as a politician can come.

Preperations for Ahmadinejad’s trip to New York گزارشی از تدارك احمدی نژاد و ایرانیان خارج از كشور برای اجلاس نیویورك

A translation using google translate from Mir Hossein Mousavi میر حسین موسوی facebook followed by the Persian text.
It seems this year's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad traveled to New York's most different trip to the United Nations, he will be a broader procurement news suggests he is the former travel. Finally, the same crime News of Parliament to pressure parliament for minority representatives to outfit with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would travel to New York suggests, was confirmed to be set for the first time representatives of religious minorities in Parliament his trip Tuesday Day to accompany. On the other hand seems to Iranians protesting the elections out of the country engaged in the provision of widespread protest to show their presence during Ahmadinejad is in New York. Or

Fars reported: Siamak Mrhsdq representative Jews, Armenians Representative Robert Byglryan South, North Gyvrk Vartan representative Armenians, Assyrians and Kldanyha Churches Btklya representative and Zoroastrian representative Esfandiar optional five representatives of religious minorities in our parliament are. Based on ordinary presidents in our past trips to America to participate in the annual UN General Assembly meeting, the only member of the Assembly representatives of religious minorities was accompanied by President of parliament, but this time invited all the representatives mentioned the trip to New York, accompanied Ahmadinejad said. or

A month before the program Parlmannyvz Atrafyan Ahmadinejad and his effort with representatives of religious minorities to travel with him in New York had sent. Said that representatives attend the visual moderate and temperate in the Ahmadinejad will show minorities. Or

On the other hand, following Wall Street Journal story titled "Iran and residing abroad to protest Ahmadinejad to accumulate" wrote: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad next week for when the UN General Assembly New York in control will be a watershed in U.S. relations with Iranians outside the country will be. Or

The magazine in its latest number writes: Thousands of Iranian cities in the U.S. and Canada for 22 to 24, in protests against Iran and protest actions following the June presidential election rights violations attributed to them it Bshrbh are the way to travel to New York.
And the original Farsi.
به نظر می رسد سفر امسال محمود احمدی نژاد به نیویورك متفاوت ترین سفر وی به سازمان ملل خواهد بود و خبرها حاكی از تداركات گسترده تر وی نسبت به سفرهای پیشین است. در همین راستا سرانجام خبر سایت پارلمان نیوز كه از اعمال فشار به نمایندگان اقلیت مجلس برای همسفر شدن با محمود احمدی نژاد در سفر به نیویورك حكایت می كرد، تایید شد و قرار شد برای نخستین بار مجموعه نمایندگان اقلیتهای دینی مجلس وی را در این سفر سه روزه همراهی كنند. از طرفی به نظر می رسد ایرانیان معترض به انتخابات در خارج از كشور نیز مشغول تدارك گسترده ای برای نشان دادن اعتراض خود در مدت حضور احمدی نژاد در نیویورك هستند.ا

فارس گزارش داد: سیامک مرهصدق نماینده کلیمیان، روبرت بیگلریان نماینده ارامنه جنوب، گیورک وارطان نماینده ارامنه شمال، یوناتن بتکلیا نماینده آشوریها و کلدانیها و اسفندیار اختیاری نماینده زرتشتیان پنج نماینده اقلیتهای دینی کشورمان در مجلس شورای اسلامی هستند. براساس روال معمول در سفرهای گذشته روسای جمهوری کشورمان به آمریکا به منظور شرکت در اجلاس سالانه مجمع عمومی سازمان ملل، تنها یکی از اعضای مجمع نمایندگان اقلیتهای دینی در مجلس رئیسجمهور را همراهی میکرد ولی این بار از همه نمایندگان مذکور دعوت شده در سفر به نیویورک، احمدینژاد را همراهی کنند.ا

یک ماه پیش پارلماننیوز از برنامه احمدینژاد و تلاش فراوان اطرافیان او برای همراه کردن نمایندگان اقلیتهای دینی با او در سفر نیویورک خبر داده بود. گفته می شود که همراه بودن این نمایندگان تصویری میانه رو و معتدل از احمدی نژاد در رابطه با اقلیت ها نشان خواهد داد.ا

از سوی دیگر، وال استريت ژورنال ذیل مطلبی با عنوان "ايرانی های مقيم خارج از کشور برای اعتراض به احمدی نژاد جمع مى شوند" نوشته است: محمود احمدی نژاد رئيس جمهوری ايران هفته آينده هنگامی که برای شرکت در مجمع عمومی سازمان ملل متحد وارد نيويورک مى شود شاهد نقطه عطفی در مناسبات دولت خود با ايرانيان مقيم خارج از کشور خواهد بود. ا

این نشریه در تازه ترین شماره خود می نويسد: هزاران ايرانی از شهرهای مختلف در آمريکا و کانادا برای شرکت در تظاهرات ۲۲ تا ۲۴ سپتامبر عليه دولت ايران و اعتراض به اقداماتی که در پی انتخابات ژوئن رياست جمهوری در مورد نقض حقوق بشربه آن نسبت داده مى شود راهی سفر به نيويورک هستند.ا

Pelosi on squeezing $500 billion from Medicare

Well, start now.... it's gonna take a might umpf to get $500 billion outta the program.

Peace Making issue: Brezinski Calls for Obama to Shoot Down Israeli Jets

From The Daily Beast via The Weekly Standard,
How aggressive can Obama be in insisting to the Israelis that a military strike might be in America’s worst interest?
We are not exactly impotent little babies. They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch?

What if they fly over anyway?
Well, we have to be serious about denying them that right. That means a denial where you aren’t just saying it. If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not. No one wishes for this but it could be a Liberty in reverse. [Israeli jet fighters and torpedo boats attacked the USS Liberty in international waters, off the Sinai Peninsula, during the Six-Day War in 1967. Israel later claimed the ship was the object of friendly fire.]

Sunday's Blogging Dan Proft

An Aug 10th interview on Fox. I like the way he packs a message that describes how Illinois works. Illinois's Fixed sums it all up.



Proft on Andy McKenna... very tough.



....and Pat Hickey's prediction on the above
This just might be the GOP's year - Gov. Quinn got the backing of the Cook County Democratic Leadership, an endorsement from the Purple People Eaters of SEIU and is in a pillow fight with Dan Hynes. That should be gravy for the GOP and Dan Proft just might be the guy to keep them focused and keep the GOP from blowing their toes off - as is their wont. Dog! Yo! - make sure that Judy is out grabbing a smoke during the bouts, Dan.

This brawl might end up with Andy McKenna getting the big belt for Governor. I expect to see Dan Proft holding up Andy McKenna's arm with one hand and swinging the other one like a saloon door on payday in the role of Lt. Governor. This will be Dempsey v.Tunney *1926 all over.

Dan Proft will propbably come over to my 'Hood and flatten my tires for saying that: I would expect no less from a guy who is in the race to win. Andy, Proft can do the hard hitting.
I don't Pat, it's gonna be hard to put the paste back in the tube with what Proft's saying.

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Thoughts of a Regular Guy on meeting Proft

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Pat Hickey again from the CBO in response to Rich Miller's comments on Proft.
From what I can tell Dan Proft has thus far offered this campaign season and the voters of Illinois the only clearly defined positions on issues that most affect the voters. In particular, Dan Proft is the only genuine Education Reformer in the entire pool. If Proft is the shark that Rich Miller presents him to be, Dan Proft – bon appétit! Mr. Proft, you are swimming with minnows.

Rich Miller’s column seemed to dump toxins into the placid political waters of the Governor’s race like he was Crestwood Village Trustee. The minnows would be immune to Miller’s beverage as the poisons seem dumped only to toxify Dan. Don’t seem fair none. So, I decided to ask Dan Proft what he thought of the piece and don’t you know . . . I got me an honest and straightforward answer.
Dan wrote back,
Even though The Capitol Fax Blog’s Rich Miller and I disagree on a wide range of policy matters, I am an avid reader of CapFax because Rich understands state government and state politics and he puts the work in to give value to his readers.

In his column today he wrote that I “love the hatchet” when it comes to the rough-and-tumble of the Illinois political arena. I’m not going to pretend great insult or injury — that would require a range of human emotion I do not possess.

However, it would be more accurate to say that, while I don’t love the hatchet, I’m willing to use it when necessary. And that’s more than I can say for my opponents in this race.

Families and businesses are fleeing this state like it is on fire; children in failing school systems are condemned to a life of second-class citizenship; and, despite being broke, the politicians in Springfield continue to borrow against tomorrow to pay for yesterday.

The Chicago 9 are indifferent if not outright hostile to these problems. They concentrate on the further enrichment of their political base, while my Republican opponents quibble over their respective short-sighted ways to finance the status quo.

While I do not consider the advancement of conservative system change ideas such as my “Universal Clout Program for Education” for K-12 children from low income families as appropriate fodder for Rich’s hatchet metaphor, I’ll accept it anyway.

Yes, I’m angry and frustrated about the deterioration of life and government in Illinois, and you can be sure that getting us back on track will require a variety of tools, including, from time to time, a hatchet.

The situation in our state is dire and we must recognize our problems with honesty, discuss them with candor, offer up constructive, conservative reforms and put in the fight that is required to advance them.

I am the only candidate in this race who seems willing to do all of the above. I am the only candidate who will name the names of those responsible and the only one who is taking the fight to the Chicago 9. I will make them defend systems they don’t want to defend.

And if there is agreement as to my assessment of the situation, why are my opponents not as angry and as committed to the fight as I am? Why do they timidly enter this arena unarmed?

If I’m in a fight with Mike Madigan, I’m bringing at least a hatchet. He’s not going to carve me up without a fight. It’s both unfortunate and instructive that my opponents don’t feel the same way.

John Laesch: Linda Healy backed by Mike Madigan to challenge Kay Hatcher

John writes over at Progressive Fox,
Calls started going out 2-3 days ago to Democratic activists in Kane and Kendall counties to notify them that Democratic Speaker of the House, Mike Madigan had chosen to support Linda Healy to run against Kay Hatcher for State Representative from the 50th District.

Linda Healy is the former director of Mutual Ground, a local shelter for abused women and men. In my opinion, Healy is an excellent pick to challenge Kay Hatcher who voted against funding for Mutual Ground earlier this year when Hatcher voted “no” for a fully-funded budget.

To learn more about Linda Healy or donate to Mutual Ground, follow this link. (PDF File)
The Madigans see a tough 2010 for Democrats but savvy enough to spot the chinks and get behind a candidate who's just had her former organization make a pitch for funds in liberal Churches throughout the valley. She's got a base and as John notes a divided GOP in southern Kane.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Lech Wałęsa talks about missile shield

Via Warsaw Business Journal via Weekly Standard,
Former Polish President and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Lech Wałesa, has spoken out about media reports that the US has scrapped plans to install a missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic.

“Americans have always cared only about their interests, and all other [countries] have been used for their purposes. This is another example,” Mr Wałęsa told TVN24. “[Poles] need to review our view of America, we must first of all take care of our business,” he added.

“I could tell from what I saw, what kind of policies President Obama cultivates,” the former president added. “I simply don't like this policy, not because this shield was required [in Poland], but [because of] the way we were treated,” he concluded.
A promo for the Polish film Katyn. The first Polish movie about the massacre in the Katyn Forest, west of the Russian town of Smolensk, where Soviet secret police killed Polish army officers and civilians taken prisoners from 1939-40. Pay attention to the Polish Woman telling her husband, don't tell me about hope.

Bill Foster votes Present on Joe Wilson's Admonisment

Well, fighting John Laesch would voted where he stood. H/T Illinois Review: Foster Tries to have it both ways on Joe Wilson

Quantum physics over at Fermi lab says a particle can be in two places at the same time, but Il-14th district voters are going to want a Rep with umph to take a stand one side or the other.

Next question Congressman Foster: What say you on Charlie Rangel? Straddle a position on Rangel's conduct if you can. That'll be Physics worthy a Nobel Prize.

Bryon York wrote,
Rep. Charles Rangel has been in the House since 1971. He's as old bull as you get in the Democratic hierarchy, and he waited through 12 long years of Republican rule to take over as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee in 2007. Along with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democratic power brokers Henry Waxman and Barney Frank, Rangel is playing a key role in the effort to push the president's health care, environmental, and financial initiatives through the House.

Last week, we learned that Rangel filed a grossly misleading financial disclosure report for 2007 -- failing to report at least half a million dollars in assets.

It turns out Rangel had a credit union account worth at least $250,000 and maybe as much as $500,000 -- and didn't report it. He had investment accounts worth about the same, which he also didn't report. Ditto for three pieces of property in New Jersey.

Beyond that, we've learned that Rangel has failed to report assets totaling more than $1 million on legally required financial disclosure forms going back to at least 2001.

The news comes on top of revelations last year that Rangel didn't report -- and didn't pay taxes on -- income from a villa in the Caribbean. In that matter, the Internal Revenue Service gave him sweetheart treatment; Rangel paid about $10,000 in back taxes but was not required to pay any penalty or interest.

Rangel's doings are under investigation by the House Ethics Committee, which so far hasn't taken any action. Democrats are standing behind their chairman, and minority Republicans can't do anything about it.

Protestors taking down Hezbollah Banner پایین کشیدن بیلبورد حزب الله لبنان توسط مردم

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

ACORN Child Prostitution Sting Continues. More from San Bernardino and San Diego — and the ObaMedia finally weighs in

Geez, full post over at Real Barack Obama. My Senators Durbin and Burris two of the seven Senators who couldn't vote to defund ACORN. 83 Senators had the horse sense to defund.

Asad Khan Betani: Al-Qaeda return to Afghanistan?

I'll quibble on some details here, but priorities are definitely clearer from Peshawar and Quetta. Asad Khan Betani from a cached copy of his article,
The month of July 2009, proved the most deadliest month for US and foreign troops in Afghanistan, and the month of August also passed same as July, but Barack Hussain Obama is still paying much attention towards health care reform rather than mass destruction in Afghanistan.
Read the whole thing and add The Frontier to your list of AM reading.

Iranian Opposition Vows To Turn Quds Day Green

From Radio Free Europe via Iran Quest. Watch Iran tomorrow,
The founder of the Islamic republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, designated the last Friday of Ramadan as a day for Iranians and Muslims to demonstrate solidarity with the Palestinian people and their cause.

But this year, Quds Day (Jerusalem Day) could instead reexpose the fissures that exist as a result of Iran’s severe political crisis.

Amid official warnings not to turn Quds Day into a protest against President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, whose reelection led to massive street protests that were met with a violent crackdown, three leading opposition figures say they will join the pro-Palestinian mass rally on September 18.

The leaders of the opposition movement, former presidential candidates Mir Hossein Musavi and Mehdi Karrubi, and former President Mohammad Khatami — who have said Ahmadinejad’s reelection was the result of massive fraud — have announced that they will take part in the demonstrations in Tehran.

Billion Dollar Winner - The Novel by A P Jones‏

A P Jones writes,
My first novel is out and I will be reading from it and selling it on Saturday Oct. 3, 2009 at Kennedy King College Theatre, 740 W. 63rd Street, Noon until 3:00 p,m. I will be on a panel discussion that day and the special guest is DJ Herb Kent. For those under 30 or just "not in the know", Herb Kent was the preeminent DJ on WVON in the heyday of Motown, Epic Records, etc.

Please come out and support me on that day as well as pass this information on to all the people on your email lists.

For those who live outside of the Chicagoland area, or who are unavailable to make it that day, my book is available on Amazon.com Billion Dollar Winner. I am ordering 500 copies to sell myself, so feel free to contact me via email (preferred) for a copy that is personally autographed by me to you.

Also visit my blog and read the prologue to the book.


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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Exploring Bioethics with Uncle Sam

My latest Press Release from National Institute of Health was this: NIH Releases Innovative Approach to Exploring Bioethics in New Curriculum Supplement
Should Carl, a high school baseball player, take steroids to improve his performance and win a college scholarship?

Luke is 58 years old, Emily is 36, and Mario is just 6 months old. All have liver failure. Which one should get the liver that has become available for transplantation?

Joy refuses to be vaccinated. Should she be forced to get a vaccine? Does it matter that the reason she doesn’t want to be vaccinated is her fear of needles? Would her refusal be fairer if vaccinations were against her religious beliefs?

Now teachers will have an innovative approach for students to address these and other bioethical questions. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the global nonprofit Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), developed "Exploring Bioethics," a high school curriculum supplement. It serves as a guide for teachers to foster thoughtful classroom discussions on topical bioethical issues.
Go to the website and you'll find more. Here's module six
6. Modifying the Natural World: Human Responsibilities toward Animals Examine human responsibilities to animals and analyze whether respect for persons should be extended to other species.
Or up a bit to module two,
2. Balancing Individual and Community Claims: Establishing State Vaccination Policies Determine and justify a position that balances individual rights against the best interests of a school community.
So who defines the community's interests? The Community Activists over at ACORN? The Ward Regular Democratic Organization?

And back on up to the start with mod one,
1. Bioethics Concepts and Skills Introduce students to a new model for examining bioethical issues. Apply this model to two cases involving the use of enhancements in sports.
So what exactly was the old model this new model replaced?

I just finished putting the third and last through High Schcool. None of them ever came home with the old bioethics model. What exactly is the old Model NIH has replaced with this New Model? What were the changes?

email to Dr Vannier on it's way.... He owes Americans a little more about the Government Ethics he's zipping off to our kids classrooms.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Democrats lose as stewards of Amercian Health Care

From George Will today on why no one believes the Prez. A pretty remarkable loss of brand. Loss in Afghanistan and no response to threats from Iran will just confirm security failures. Democrats will drive straight off the cliff if they keep this up.
...never in his [McConnell] 25 Senate years have Republicans polled close to Democrats when the question is: Which party do you trust most to deal with health care? Until now. Last week's polling: Democratic Party, 41; Republican Party, 39—a statistical dead heat.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

For Peace Makers: Chavez: American Empire must be wiped off the map

Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi translates from Farsi this,
Khomeinist regime-run newspaper Rehsaalat reports: Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela speaking in Moscow on the subject of "friendship between our two nations" emphasized the need to free the world of American domination. According to the Bolivarian news agency of Venezuela, Chavez who travelled to Russia last week, reiterated that now more than ever people are becoming aware of the need to free the world of American sovereignty. Chavez who spoke at the Friendship University of Russia, in Moscow assured that the American "Empire" will be wiped off the planet during the current century. He added: "If the United States does not collapse, humanity will and therefore a choice must be made. Most of the countries of the world are allied empires which devour people; now a new unity has developed among countries that is to their advantage. If we do not destroy the political, economic, military rule that Imperialism wishes to impose on the world, we will slip into barbarism. Russia has risen to this occasion and things must continue as such."
Translated from Farsi by yours truly with original link: http://www.iranpressnews.com/source/065341.htm
I think Chavez means it. Dismiss him as a buffoon? Maybe, but he's talking in Iran to a regime intent on making nuclear weapons.

Admonish Joe Wilson; what about Charlie Rangel?

Democrats foolish to admonish Wilson while Rangel out there for rudeness dodging taxes. That's a gift to the GOP. CNN below; wait for the question on Wilson to the crowd at the end.

Pence Remarks at the National Tea Party “March on Washington”

Washington, DC - U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, delivered the following remarks today at the National Tea Party “March on Washington:”

*As prepared for delivery*

“I am Mike Pence. I am from Indiana, and it is an honor to welcome the largest gathering of conservatives in American history to your nation’s capitol.

“There are some politicians who think of you people as astroturf. Un-American. I’ve got to be honest with you, after nine years of fighting runaway spending here on this hill, you people look like the cavalry to me.

“We stand together at a historic moment in the life of the conservative movement and in the life of this great country. The coming weeks and months may well set the course for this nation for a generation. How we as conservatives respond to these challenges, could determine whether America retains her place in the world as a beacon of freedom or whether we slip into the abyss that has swallowed much of Europe in an avalanche of socialism.

“While some are prepared to write the obituary on capitalism and the conservative movement, I believe we are on the verge of a great American awakening. And it will begin here and begin now and begin with you.

“This Administration and this Congress are getting a badly needed history lesson, starting with just what our founders meant by ‘consent of the governed.’ If silence is consent, it is now revoked.

“We the people, do not consent to runaway federal spending. We the people, do not consent to the notion that we can borrow and spend and bail our way back to a growing America. And we the people, do not consent to government-run insurance that will cause millions of Americans to lose the insurance they have, and that will lead us to a government takeover of health care in this nation.

“This week, the president came to this hill and he gave one more speech about the same bad plan. Mr. President, America doesn’t want another speech, we want another health care plan that is built on freedom.

“And we the people, do not consent to Members of Congress passing thousand-page bills without anybody ever reading them. Members of Congress should be required to read ever major bill that Congress adopts. I’ve got to be honest with you, I think Members of Congress should read major bills, but I’d be just as happy if some of them read this just a little more often – the Constitution of the United States.

“You know, there is a lot of good stuff in there and it reminds us that we are a nation led by the people, and not the elites and the bureaucrats and the politicians. It reminds us that the powers not delegated to the federal government by the Constitution are reserved to the states or to the people.

“And nowhere in our Constitution can you find the word ‘czar.’ It is time Washington, D.C. became a No Czar Zone.

“The American people are not happy. But it is not just about dollars and cents. It is about who we are as a nation.

“As Ronald Reagan said in 1964, it’s about whether ‘we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.’ My money is on the American people. My money is on freedom. My money is on the future.

“This great national Capitol is filled with memorials to freedom’s heroes. Americans whose faces are carved in bronze, whose names adorn monuments, and just across that river, lie the remains of Americans who paid freedom’s price so we could gather here today. In their time, they did freedom’s work as citizens and patriots. Now it’s our turn.

“Let us do as those great Americans we remember in this city have done before: let us stand and fight for freedom. And if we hold the banner of freedom high, I believe with all my heart that the good and great people of this country will rally to our cause, we will take this Congress back in 2010 and we will take this Country back in 2012, so help us God.”

NOTE: To view the remarks online, click here.

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Harry Reid's Evil-Mongers on the march. Video and much more over at the Real Barack Obama.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Bill Foster's coming flip on Afghanistan?

Given this: Obama Facing Doubts Within His Own Party on Afghanistan
Underscoring the increasing unease, the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, said earlier on Thursday that the president would face opposition if he sought to fulfill an expected request from Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan, for more American combat troops.

“I don’t think there is a great deal of support for sending more troops to Afghanistan in the country or in Congress,” Ms. Pelosi told reporters, emphasizing that she was eager to see a report due from the White House in two weeks on benchmarks to measure the success of the administration’s six-month-old strategy.
Foster's going to have to tell us if still believes this (and it's still posted on his website),
It is long past time to begin to redeploy and rebuild our forces. Our presence in Iraq and the Administration’s management of the conflict is diminishing our ability to fight our true enemies, and it is preventing us from addressing needs here at home.
'Cause Bill Roggio is raising concerns for me we're not giving our troops enough to fight the true enemy,
Tuesday's ambush in Gangigal in Kunar that killed four U.S. Marine military advisers, eight Afghan soldiers and policemen, and an Afghan interpreter will surely raise serious question about the current rules of engagement which U.S. forces operate under in Afghanistan. Jonathan S. Landay, a reporter for McClatchy Newspapers, witnessed the ambush and said the Marines and soldiers did not receive air and artillery support to suppress the Taliban firing from the mountains.

Bill Foster on Obama's Health Care Speech

via Northwest Herald with HT Progress Illinois
Rep. Bill Foster, a Batavia Democrat whose district extends into parts of Huntley and Algonquin, also said both sides of the aisle have the same main goal.

“I was very impressed at how the core principles that he enunciated were actually accepted by both sides of the aisle,” Foster said, citing not building up additional debt and stopping policies that make it difficult for those with preexisting medical conditions to find health insurance.

But Foster said that he, too, would like to see more details, especially about the public option.

“I’d like to see the details of what will determine whether or not a state would have the public option or not. He mentioned being willing to talk about trigger mechanism, but the details are very important,” Foster said.

He said he wants to see rapid progress in Washington.
Well, I'd like to enunciate for the Congressman one side of the aisle said the Prez lied. I wouldn't call that actually accepted by both sides of the aisle.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Obama throws illegal immigrants under the bus

Steve Holland notes,
Tucked into President Barack Obama's speech to the U.S. Congress was a new talking point -- that his aim is to get health insurance for 30 million uninsured people, not 46 million.

"There are now more than 30 million American citizens who cannot get coverage," Obama said on Wednesday. Back in August, he had said: "We've got 46-47 million people without health insurance in our country."

Why the change?

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama was making the point that under his plan, illegal immigrants would not get health insurance.
I don't think American Health Care is broken. I think it's world class and we ought to export it. Maybe a start would be billing the much vaunted Foreign Health Care systems for care given immigrants, instead of throwing 16 million folks under the bus for political expediency's sake.

Chicago Tribune, 1934: remind you of anything?

A great cartoon from a reader.

"Wilson's right, Obama's wrong," Robling says

H/T Illinois Review

 

Camp Dodge, Iowa 1918

18,000 men preparing for war in a training camp at Camp Dodge in Iowa.

Alyssa Rosenberg: Questions After the Health Care Speech

Rosenberg asks some nuts-and-blots questions.
So, I watched President Obama's speech last night, and while I'll leave the political prognostication to others, there was one substantial omission in the speech that I want to look at a little bit. Obama explained in detail what his proposal for health care reform would do, and provided a scenario for how he would pay for it. But he didn't talk about how it would be done. Are we going to have a new agency? Are existing federal employees going to be expected to do some of the tasks that would be required under the current plan? These aren't minor questions. They impinge on Obama's ability to do what he wants to do, and the cost at which he wants to do it.
No kidding. Read her full post here. She gets into the details yet without answers. I'm guessing some new Ross Perot is waiting out there with the new EDS that will make millions off this program.

So Much for Internet Privacy

A cross post from the Real Barack Obama

obama is watchingIt sure looks that way. Remember the recent brouhaha we had only a short while ago about internet privacy and flag @ whitehouse.gov? WH mouthpiece Robert Gibbs was asked at the August 18 press briefer if he thought it was a good idea to be spying on American citizens. Remember that?

Well, if the e-letter (posted at the bottom of the page), which arrived around 10:30 a.m. Eastern in a regular RBO reader's inbox, is any indication the White House is passing around email addresses -- or at least it has to the Department of Health and Human Services and HHS's HealthReform.gov.

You see there's only one problem -- our RBO reader never signed up for any HHS e-mail list -- yet there it is, the HealReform.gov e-mail below.

Then there's the little matter of the email's subject line: "U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services Health Reform Pledge Submissions Update."

"Pledge Submissions"??? What "Pledge Submissions"???

btn_supporthrhiIs this what they're talking about? Could it be that HealthReform.gov wants you to click on that button? And then what? Collects more information from and about you? Let's just say RBO didn't want to find out what was behind that "door".

Plus, to the best of our knowledge, our regular RBO reader didn't push that button either.

So, what's going on here?

Not being tech gurus here at RBO we're really not qualified to hazard a guess. However, let's take another look at the August 18 exchange on internet privacy between Fox New's Major Garrett (Q) and Robert Gibbs for some clues:

    Q One other issue related on Internet privacy — the White House announced through OMB a couple of weeks ago a public comment period on removal of a nine-year ban, dating back to the Clinton administration, on persistent cookies, the idea that if you come to government Web sites, you can be in some way, shape or form tracked in ways you can’t now. What’s the status of that? Does the administration still think that’s a good idea? Has it learned anything from public comment about this to change whether or not that’s a good idea or not?

    MR. GIBBS: I have not talked to — about the comments. I know the policy of this government is not to allow Web-tracking technology. We are continually adding to our Internet platforms in order to provide greater openness and transparency in government and trying to do so in a way that always, first and foremost, protects people’s privacy. That will always be what we do first and foremost.

    Q And this idea of allowing, perhaps, limited persistent cookies is consistent with that, even though some on the other side have wondered whether or not it might compromise some people’s Internet security if they go repeatedly to government Web sites?

    MR. GIBBS: Well, again, you should discuss with OMB some of the — I’m conversant on cookies, but it’s slightly different than what you and I are discussing now. (Laughter.)

    But obviously, Major, we are trying to develop tools that broaden the amount of information, the ease with which people get. If somebody goes to your blog on foxnews.com, they’re providing information, personal information to a Web site. We want to ensure that we can continue to use the best tools possible to provide information with the greatest ease and protect people’s privacy, first and foremost. And that’s what we’ll continue to do.


Question: Is your government using Web-tracking technology or not? How else to explain the following HHS e-mail? (Emphasis added.)

    Friends,

    There’s never been a more important moment for health insurance reform.

    Last night, President Obama delivered an address to Congress and called for real health insurance reform. The President said:

      Well, the time for bickering is over. The time for games has passed. Now is the season for action. Now is when we must bring the best ideas of both parties together, and show the American people that we can still do what we were sent here to do. Now is the time to deliver on health care.


    We’re continuing to do all we can to inform the American people about the problems with the health care status quo and the urgent need for health insurance reform.

    Today, the Secretary is releasing a new report, Insurance Insecurity regarding workers who receive health insurance through an employer. Millions of Americans depend on their job for health benefits, but more and more of these families have seen their coverage disappear.

    The new report notes the striking statistics:

  • A full one in six Americans with employer-sponsored insurance in 2006 lost that coverage by 2008.
  • When an employee and his or her family lose employer coverage, the family must seek alternative coverage and frequently turn to the individual market. However, a family that buys insurance on the individual market pays nearly 60 percent more in out-of-pocket costs such as deductibles and co-payments than a family that gets insurance through work
  • Almost 75 percent of individuals looking for coverage on the individual market never bought a plan, with 61 percent of those who did not purchase the insurance citing premium cost as the primary reason.

    I hope you will visit www.HealthReform.gov and read the complete report. It’s another powerful argument in favor of real reform that will give American families the security and stability they need.

    We know that this is a critical time and we are closer to health insurance reform than ever before. Now, with your help and your support, we will make reform a reality.

    Sincerely,

    Jeanne Lambrew
    Director, HHS Office of Health Reform


So, sure. Go ahead. Push that button. State your "support". You never know, you might even get some unsolicited e-mail from ACORN or the SEIU.

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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Bill Foster hides behind the phones: John Laesch hits the streets

Foster head a telephone town hall on Health Care. Matt over at Illinois Review was invited. I had signed up with Foster's office early August when I called to verify Foster had left the country, but never heard back from Foster's staff with a time or number.

Heard last night John Laesch would be leading a demonstration today in St Charles for ObamaCare. Gotta admit if Laesch had won Il 14th, he's not the kinda guy who would have gone underground on the issues. He would have been out there fighting and making the case. Not a winning strategy maybe, but you have to admire that. He believes in something and that doesn't seem to be the case with Foster.

New Lenox Tea Party Express draws 10,000

More coverage at Illinois Review,

Bill Foster and Afghanistan

A letter to the Prez that I'll send to Bill Foster too. Foster campaigned telling Illinois
As firm as I am about our obligation to our troops, I am troubled about their continued presence in Iraq. While we continue to referee a centuries old conflict there, Al Qaeda is regenerating along the Pakistan/Afghanistan border. It is long past time to begin to redeploy and rebuild our forces. Our presence in Iraq and the Administration’s management of the conflict is diminishing our ability to fight our true enemies, and it is preventing us from addressing needs here at home.
Well, Af Pak's gotten worse and Sec Gates / Gen McChrystal seem on the verge of asking for more troops. What's Foster going to say? Health Care is nothing compared to War. Foster's not going to be able hide from this question.
The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
Washington, DC

Dear Mr. President:

The situation in Afghanistan is grave and deteriorating. This is in part the legacy of an under resourced war effort that has cost us and the Afghans dearly. The Taliban has retaken important parts of the country, while a flawed U.S. strategy has led American forces into secondary efforts far away from critical areas. However, we remain convinced that the fight against the Taliban is winnable, and it is in the vital national security interest of the United States to win it.

You’ve called Afghanistan an "international security challenge of the highest order, " and stated that "the safety of people around the world is at stake." Last month you told a convention of veterans, “Those who attacked America on 9/11 are plotting to do so again. If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which al Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans. So this is not only a war worth fighting. This is fundamental to the defense of our people.”

We fully agree with those sentiments. We congratulate you on the leadership you demonstrated earlier this year when you decided to deploy approximately 21,000 additional troops and several thousand civilian experts as a part of a serious counterinsurgency campaign. Your appointments of General Stanley McChrystal as top commander and David Rodriguez as second in command in Afghanistan exemplified the seriousness of purpose you spoke about during the campaign. We are heartened to see that the much needed overhaul of our military operations has begun.

Since the announcement of your administration’s new strategy, we have been troubled by calls for a drawdown of American forces in Afghanistan and a growing sense of defeatism about the war. With General McChrystal expected to request additional troops later this month, we urge you to continue on the path you have taken thus far and give our commanders on the ground the forces they need to implement a successful counterinsurgency strategy. There is no middle course. Incrementally committing fewer troops than required would be a grave mistake and may well lead to American defeat. We will not support half-measures that repeat the errors of the past.

This is, as you have said, a war that we cannot afford to lose. Failure to defeat the Taliban would likely lead to a return of al Qaeda to Afghanistan and could result in terrorist attacks on the United States or our allies. An abandonment of Afghanistan would further destabilize the region, and put neighboring Pakistan and its nuclear arsenal at risk. All our efforts to support Islamabad’s fight against the Taliban in Pakistan’s tribal regions will founder if we do not match those achievements on the other side of that country’s porous northwestern border.
As you observed during the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, “You don't muddle through the central front on terror and you don't muddle through going after bin Laden. You don't muddle through stamping out the Taliban.” We completely agree. Having “muddled through” in Afghanistan for years, this is no longer a politically, strategically, or morally sustainable approach.

Mr. President, you have put in place the military leadership and sent the initial resources required to begin bringing this war to a successful conclusion. The military leadership has devised a strategy that will reverse the errors of previous years, free Afghans from the chains of tyranny, and keep America safe. We call on you to fully resource this effort, do everything possible to minimize the risk of failure, and to devote the necessary time to explain, soberly and comprehensively, to the American people the stakes in Afghanistan, the route to success, and the cost of defeat.

With the continued bravery of our troops, and your continued full support for them and their command team, America and our allies can and will prevail in Afghanistan.

Sincerely,

Steve Biegun
Max Boot
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Eliot A. Cohen
Ryan C. Crocker
Thomas Donnelly
Eric Edelman
William S. Edgerly
Jamie M. Fly
David Frum
Abe Greenwald
John Hannah
Pete Hegseth
Margaret Hoover
Thomas Joscelyn
Frederick W. Kagan
Robert Kagan
William Kristol
Tod Lindberg
Herbert London
Clifford May
Robert C. McFarlane
Joshua Muravchik
Sarah Palin
Keith Pavlischek
Beverly Perlson
Danielle Pletka
John Podhoretz
Stephen Rademaker
Karl Rove
Jennifer Rubin
Randy Scheunemann
Gary Schmitt
Dan Senor
Marc Thiessen
Peter Wehner
Kenneth Weinstein
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Why Red 68er me can feel at home at a Tea Party protest

Camille Paglia gets it,
Why has the Democratic Party become so arrogantly detached from ordinary Americans? Though they claim to speak for the poor and dispossessed, Democrats have increasingly become the party of an upper-middle-class professional elite, top-heavy with journalists, academics and lawyers (one reason for the hypocritical absence of tort reform in the healthcare bills). Weirdly, given their worship of highly individualistic, secularized self-actualization, such professionals are as a whole amazingly credulous these days about big-government solutions to every social problem. They see no danger in expanding government authority and intrusive, wasteful bureaucracy. This is, I submit, a stunning turn away from the anti-authority and anti-establishment principles of authentic 1960s leftism.
And she gets better with this: a critique of the Industrial-University worthy of Cohn-Bendit.
But affluent middle-class Democrats now seem to be complacently servile toward authority and automatically believe everything party leaders tell them. Why? Is it because the new professional class is a glossy product of generically institutionalized learning? Independent thought and logical analysis of argument are no longer taught. Elite education in the U.S. has become a frenetic assembly line of competitive college application to schools where ideological brainwashing is so pandemic that it's invisible. The top schools, from the Ivy League on down, promote "critical thinking," which sounds good but is in fact just a style of rote regurgitation of hackneyed approved terms ("racism, sexism, homophobia") when confronted with any social issue. The Democratic brain has been marinating so long in those clichés that it's positively pickled.
Un homme n'est pas stupide ou intelligent, il est libre ou il n'est pas

via Slogans of 68

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Van Jones: Not Just a 'Truther,' a 'Deserver'

H/T RBO Vetting Van Jones

geez, a summary of the Sept 13, 2001, Emergency Action Against Racism and War (Oakland). Quoted in full (see how long it stays up) with Van Jones words bolded.
One summary of tonight's rally in oakland

Community Gathers in Oakland to Mourn and Organize Against Racist Violence Committed by US Government

Oakland, CA (September 13) - Hundreds of people gathered at Snow Park in Oakland tonight to mourn, provide support for each other, and speak out against violent United States policies at home and abroad, which they say are the underlying reasons for unprecedented terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington DC. Organizing against a growing climate of racism, nationalism and anti-Arab bigotry was a focus of the rally.

Organized by youth and people of color in Oakland and San Francisco, solidarity speakers included supporters of Palestine, people returning from the WCAR in South Africa, police brutality activists, anarchists and socialists, anti-gentrification activists and other people representing dozens of cultures and ethnicities. International solidarity was the theme as community and activist groups stood together against the threat of more US violence. Michael Franti of Spearhead also spoke, saying that "we need to be in a war against war."

In addition to an open mic, people at the rally talked with friends and strangers, cried, and began coming to terms with the events of the last three days. Many people who attended have family members still missing on the east coast. And many others have been the target of increased racism and discrimination during times of crisis in the United States, like the Oklahoma City bombing or Gulf War.

A recurring theme of the speakers was the brutal violence committed by or supported by the United States government on a daily basis. "The bombs the government drops in Iraq are the bombs that blew up in New York City," said Van Jones, director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, who also warned against forthcoming violence by the Bush Administration. "The US cannot bomb its way out of this one. Safety at home requires justice abroad."

In a diverse international community shocked by recent world events, deep feelings about the United States government were expressed. A young Puerto Rican person said that "the belly of the beast had something back to eat." A young Filipino human rights activist said that "when we found out what kind of place got hit, we were kind of glad to see the Pentagon burning. But we also know that thousands of Puerto Ricans, Haitians and other workers were in those buildings." An African-American man who works on gentrification issues in West Oakland said that "we're always seeing Americans drop bombs on people. We watch the Vietnamese get bombed, Iraqis get bombed, Palestinians get bombed, now it has come home to roost." Japanese-Americans spoke about internment camps and the nuclear holocaust brought on by US militarism.

Violence and repression within the United States was also talked about. A representative of TransAction said, "We know what it's like to experience police violence on a daily basis." Mesha Monge-Irizarry, the mother of Idriss Stelley (who was killed by SFPD in June), also spoke: "We pray for many lives killed by this government, of black people, and of innocent black people in the third world who will be slaughtered with this terrorism retaliation."

United States support, in the form of arms and funding, for apartheid in Israel was also discussed. "You want to know why they hate us?" asked one woman. "Forty Israeli tanks just entered Jericho tonight."

Those present were determined to make their voices heard in an increasingly hostile, war-mongering climate scripted by the government and recited by corporate media. They also vowed to fight within their own communities against racism and hostility towards Arab-Americans. Everyone sensed that this was an important time in history, and that the stuggle against injustice requires international solidarity. "Everyone should be as wise as these inner-city youth here today," Van Jones concluded. "We all have more in common with the working people of the earth than we do with George Bush or Colin Powell."

An African-American man summarized his feelings: "We don't want innocent people dying. But that's the price we pay for the government in this country."
Worth noting the direct link Jones found between Iraq and 911. Al Qaeda struck America because of Iraq sanctions and bombings. Safety at home does require Justice abroad and a first step was getting ride of Saddam Hussein.

I imagine Van Jones doesn't quite see it that way, but in a weird way he's right.

Monday, September 07, 2009

RBO: Major Fail: Hate Talker Van Jones

A good wrap up of reporting on the Van Jones story.

United Republican Fund's Conservative Summit - Part 3 (and a challange)

Berkowitz's conclusion: I lifted it in full from his website.
You can’t trust anyone over 40

Finally, Proft, Murphy and Andrzejewski have youth, energy and physical appearance on their side. Increasingly, political campaigns are TV campaigns and as we all know, TV is a visual medium. This gives an advantage to these young Republicans over the Democratic Primary Guv candidates: 50ish Quinn and the 40ish Hynes, who may look old for his years.

It wasn’t so long ago that we said “you can’t trust anyone over 40.” Even before we get to the Democrats’ problem in 2010 with the hangover from the Blagojevich corruption, the tax increases promoted by Quinn and Hynes and the advantages of new ideas being developed, put forth and marketed by Proft, Murphy and Andrzewejski, the youth movement represented by that triad, composed of Guv candidates forty and under, may be a dominant factor in 2010. Predicting turning points is always tricky, but the Republican Party in Illinois may have finally started its turnaround. If it happens, you heard it first here.

Perhaps this was the subliminal message at Carlucci’s Restaurant yesterday. Perhaps it captivated the movement conservatives. Yet, earlier this week, Chicago Tonight panelist Laura Washington observed, “No stars were emerging,” in the Republican Primary for Governor and none of the other panelists disagreed. Now, the question is: When will Chicago Tonight and the rest of the MSM take note of what is going in the race for Governor, on the Republican side? The answer, my friends, is blowing in the wind. The answer is blowing in the wind, as in WIND 560 AM Radio, that is. Ask Cisco.
Young people some the hardest hit by Democrat's economic policies. There should be a youth movement. Especially if Obamacare becomes a mandate on the young to subsidize an insolvent Medicare.

But you want to energize the young, you need go Libertarian. It's Illinois's Libertarian center you need to win, and a good bet to win them is channel Dick Cheney on Marriage,
Speaking at the National Press Club for the Gerald R. Ford Foundation journalism awards, Cheney was asked about recent rulings and legislative action in Iowa and elsewhere that allowed for gay couples to legally wed.

"I think that freedom means freedom for everyone," replied the former V.P. "As many of you know, one of my daughters is gay and it is something we have lived with for a long time in our family. I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish. Any kind of arrangement they wish. The question of whether or not there ought to be a federal statute to protect this, I don't support. I do believe that the historically the way marriage has been regulated is at the state level. It has always been a state issue and I think that is the way it ought to be handled, on a state-by-state basis. ... But I don't have any problem with that. People ought to get a shot at that."
Free Illinois's economy to create jobs. Free Illinois from corruption. Free Illinois from mediocre (and worse) schools. Free Illinois to live our lives freely (and protect our lives from conception). Conservatives start spreading that message and I bet young people respond.

Cheney gets it. It's not an incongruous stand. Lets see if any of these candidates can get it and unleash Illinois's Libertarian center.

United Republican Fund's Conservative Summit - Part 2

Warner Todd Huston writes a pretty good narrative of the whole event: Illinois Conservative Summit, Full Report. He includes links to each candidate's web page.

Dan Berkowitz writes analysis here. (I'm doing a third post on his conclusion). Dan picks up the best joke,
Senator Dillard: I just gave you my Republican credentials as ...the Republican Chairman of this place [DuPage County]... My wife’s Great, Great grandfather nominated Abraham Lincoln for the Presidency, was the eulogizer at his funeral and buried him. So, I think I’m a pretty good Republican. Thank you.

Cisco Cotto: And, then [your wife’s Great, Great grandfather] went and gave a speech for [Stephen] Douglas, right? But, it was in the Primary. [LOL from the crowd].
...and Dan also has Proft's comments on why the top tier from the straw poll were non-office holders,
Proft said the problem with those guys that have been in Springfield for a long time, like Brady and Dillard, is they have a real tough question to answer, which is, “you’ve been in Springfield for 15 years, how is that working out for us.” So, even if they have put up a good fight, “Do the results seem to indicate that they don’t have the punching power for the fight before us.” So, Proft argues that Brady and Dillard’s performance over the last 15 years is responsible for some of the lethargy associated with those two candidacies.
Proft's right, but I just wonder if over the coming months Quinn's amateurism (and the Obama Administration's) isn't going to make voters want professionals. Quinn for all of his time in office still seems the outsider unable to figure out which lever does what in Springfield. Competency may be the big issue next year. Brady, Dillard, Schillerstrom may look different after a few more months of chaos.

United Republican Fund's Conservative Summit

I attended last Friday. The Straw Poll results here at Illinois Review.

Adam Andrzejewski leading with 116 surprised me. (I put Dan Proft as my first choice but more on him later). I thought Andrezejewski's stump speech the weakest of the lot.

Nice guy but I still can't figure out what goes on Labor Day weekend in his little hometown downstate. Why start your stump speech with that? I forget the rest except he hit all the high notes a URF crowd would expect from him. I don't think he gave 116 votes worth of a speech though.

Tom Swiss covered it here. I didn't realize each candidate's unique question was submitted by the other candidates. Swiss lists 'em and Dillard's was the question I was waiting to here. Via Swiss,
Kirk Dillard's Question: Do you regret endorsing Obama?

Dillard's Answer: First, I did not endorse Obama, it was a commercial about ethics. He called me from Iowa and said he was taking heat from Democrats for working on ethics reform. If someone is on the right side of ethics, I will help them. I endorsed John McCain.
The question ought to have been, What will you say Sen Dillard, if President Obama offers to cut a commercial for you; not an endorsement, just a spot on ethics.

I thought Dillard handled it well though --it sounded better than it reads. Face facts here, Illinois's GOP is going to need votes from people who voted for Obama. Dillard's not going to be the only Illinoisan (and Republican Illinoisan) who was bamboozled by the Prez. The GOP needs these folks back. Dillard gets a pass.


Proft's question,
Dan Proft's Question: Having never been elected to anything, what makes you qualified to be Governor?

Proft's Answer: This is not my first rodeo. I have been in the political arena for 15 years. It is a policy problem, not a management problem. I am the only candidate correctly diagnosing the problem. We need to make the correct big ticket policy choices.
Never having been elected won't be Dan's problem. Cicero will be Dan's problem. Proft gave the best speech by far. Hit the issues a new Illinois GOP should be hitting: the GOP is a working peoples party, we're the party of Walmart shoppers; the GOP offers the only solution for African Americans to the crushing oppression of Chicago Public Schools.

But Cicero is going to dog Proft (and I'm a Bugalow sort of guy fond of the place). The question should have been how does he explain that relationship with that town. Illinois voters will want to know. It's a lot of baggage for Dan to carry and he needs to start explaining what he's been doing there, or at least show us at the Lunchon he's ready for the sure to come questions (and smears).

More coming....

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Greg Mitchell deranged on AP Photo of fallen Marine

My instinct is war should be shown as it is, but I understand a family's objections, and I really understand being in a war zone and concerned about the images my family is seeing. But Greg Mitchell --writing here in HuffPo-- insensitive beyond comprehension.
It was not a one-off bit of "sensationalism" but part of a tasteful and remarkable tribute package profiling the dead Marine and the experience of the photographer, Julie Jacobson, who was there to capture his final moments before he was gravely injured. He later died, three weeks ago.
There is nothing tasteful and remarkable, no remarkable tribute in war's gore. Just an affront to a American family that did not want their son's suffering published.

Chairmen Madigan and Brady: show Illinois your returns


Seems like a nice first step towards transparency would be for the Chairmen of Illinois's Democratic and Republican parties to post their tax returns on the web for all to see.

Too much for citizens to ask? I can't think why not.

xp Prairie Politics.