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The Global War on Terror is Over

March 24, 2009

Make way for the “Overseas Contingency Operations Against Man-Caused Disasters.”  I wish I was joking.

In a memo e-mailed this week to Pentagon staff members, the Defense Department’s office of security review noted that “this administration prefers to avoid using the term ‘Long War’ or ‘Global War on Terror’ [GWOT.] Please use ‘Overseas Contingency Operation.’ “

(Source)

As for the second part:

SPIEGEL: Madame Secretary, in your first testimony to the US Congress as Homeland Security Secretary you never mentioned the word “terrorism.” Does Islamist terrorism suddenly no longer pose a threat to your country?

Napolitano: Of course it does. I presume there is always a threat from terrorism. In my speech, although I did not use the word “terrorism,” I referred to “man-caused” disasters. That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur.

(Source)

For a presidential campaign that railed against the war in Iraq as a distraction from the war on terror, Obama’s administration sure does seem strangely intent to make us forget that there even is a war on terror going on at all.  War on terror?  What’s that?  I don’t even know what terror is.  You’re confusing me.  Stop it.

To add to it, the Obama administration will no longer use the term “enemy combatants” to describe the…well…the enemy combatants held at Guantanamo Bay (Source).  I guess since they plan to close it down, they want us to forget that there was ever a valid reason to hold them to begin with.  In the same Justice Department filing that announced the dropping of this term, it was also stated that those formerly known as enemy combatants could only be held if they “substantially supported Taliban or al-Qaida forces or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners.”  Apparently they believed that the Bush administration guideline allowing detainment of those who “directly supported” these terrorist groups was too broad…  If “direct support” is too broad of a term, I cringe to think what “substantial support” could mean.  Maybe we can only detain those who detonated the bombs?  I guess we’ll have to collect the pieces of them first.

Next on True Crime: The Bush White House!!!

November 18, 2008

Yep, you guessed it. The title is full of sarcasm. How did you know?

So I was in a book store earlier today and ended up staring in awe at the “True Crime” section. Well…it wasn’t really awe. Nothing I saw there surprised me. It was just completely ridiculous. There on the top shelf of the section all facing outward were the following four books: The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism by Ron Suskind, What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception by Scott McClellan, The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008 by Bob Woodward, and Your Government Failed You by Richard A. Clarke.  As you’ll see from the descriptions of the books in the links (or just from the titles), these are all anti-Bush books…in the “True Crime” section of the book store…not in “Politics,” “Social Studies,” or other categories in which political books are usually found…but “True Crime,” a section usually reserved for books about, you know, actual crimes.

Now toward the bottom of this section of shelving I did see a few political books that looked like they were out of place, and I circled around to the other side where the “Social Studies” category was and found all of the rest of the political books.  But these books weren’t misplaced.  They were on the top shelf and all facing outward.  They were, in fact, the featured books of the “True Crime” section.  Apparently the book store has gone from simply selling books to pushing a political agenda as well.  Like I said, though…I’m not surprised.

McCain Doesn’t Know How to Email, But Did That Matter?

November 17, 2008

Too bad I wasn’t aware of this sooner…remember that ad that Obama ran taking jabs at McCain for not knowing how to send an email ( Link )? Well what did that really matter? Does a president need to know how to email? According to a recent article, no. Neither President Clinton nor President Bush (W.) used email while in office, and it’s being suggested that maybe Obama shouldn’t either. Why is this?

The president’s e-mail can be subpoenaed by Congress and courts and may be subject to public records laws, so if a president doesn’t want his e-mail public, he shouldn’t e-mail, experts said. And there may be security issues about carrying around trackable cell phones.

( Source )

I guess it was irrelevant after all. But we already knew that much.

I removed my McCain/Palin bumper sticker…

November 9, 2008

As you may have noticed, I haven’t posted a blog since election day. I didn’t think it was really necessary to let everyone know that Obama won. I’ve been thinking about the blog, and I’ve been trying to decide what I want to do from here. Do I want to continue blogging as I have been or will I even be able to stomach keeping up with politics with the Democrats in complete control for at least the next 2 years? The thing about the latter is that I don’t know if I can stomach not keeping up with politics and current events. Those are things that I’ve been very interested in and kept up with closely for the last 4 or 5 years, and I believe it is important to do so. Considering that, I suppose I will keep posting on my blog as usual whenever I see a story that inspires me to do so. But you may see some extended periods of silence from time to time as I take necessary steps back every now and then to avoid frustrating the hell out of myself.

Anyway, as the title says, I removed my McCain/Palin bumper sticker. One of my pet peeves has been seeing people driving around with Kerry/Edwards or Gore/Lieberman stickers years after their losses, and I’m not going to be one of those people. I accept our loss, and I’m going to move on.

As I continue posting here, I believe it is important to show respect for our future president. For the past eight years, I have been absolutely disgusted by the pure unfiltered hatred directed towards President Bush and the ugly names that people frequently call him. If you want to say these horrible things about him in private conversation, that’s fine. But doing so publicly for everyone in the world to hear is a disgrace to our country. This was not simply appalling because I’ve supported many of his actions, but because he is our president and is deserving of the proper respect. I’m not going to suddenly reverse positions now that we have a Democratic president who I took a firm stance against during the campaign. He has been elected now, and he is soon to take office as our president and will be the leader and the ultimate representative of our country.

Let it be clear that I expect to disagree with many of the decisions he makes, and I won’t hesitate to criticize him for those decisions, as I’ve criticized President Bush for some of his. However, the criticisms I make on my blog will be made respectfully.

In conclusion, continue to enjoy (or loathe) my blog. I’ll be sticking around…unless I end up in an internment camp for dissenters.

Oh, come on! It was a joke!

Iran Endorses Obama, Al Qaeda Prays for Republican Defeat (Updated 11/03/08)

November 2, 2008

Update (11/03/08): I just noticed I had the same source posted for both quotes in this post. Sorry about that. It’s corrected now!

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted. You might have thought I forgot there was a presidential campaign still going on. This news isn’t exactly breaking, but I want to cover it. As the title says, Iran has officially endorsed Barack Obama. The speaker of the Iranian Parliament delivered the message:

“We are leaning more in favor of Barack Obama because he is more flexible and rational, even though we know American policy will not change that much,” Ali Larijani told Agence France-Presse.

( Source )

By “flexible and rational,” I suppose the terrorist state means, “more likely to be wimpish and let us get away with developing nuclear weapons and wiping Israel off the face of the earth.”

In related news, a top leader of Al Qaeda has issued a statement praying for the defeat and humiliation of the Republican party in Tuesday’s election:

While he did not endorse either party, Abu Yahya al Libi, says in a video posted on the Internet, “O God, humiliate Bush and his party, O Lord of the worlds, degrade and defy him.”

( Source )

Hmmm…so if God humiliates and brings about the defeat of the Republican party, who would win? Oh yeah…Barack Obama. You might as well go ahead and add this to the list of terrorist endorsements of Obama. Look at it this way: Al Qaeda believes it is the will of God to kill infidels (non-Muslims) and that it is justified to kill any innocent bystanders or civilians as a consequence of their war on anyone who doesn’t share their religious beliefs. So why would they pray for the defeat of the Republican party? Because they believe it would be beneficial to them in their war against the free nations of the world, of course.

In a previous post, I referred to Hamas’s endorsement of Barack Obama. Since then, the Associated Press has run a story about a Palestinian in the Gaza Strip who is calling Americans urging them to vote for Obama:

Little Green Footballs points out that there is no free speech in the Gaza Strip. The press is strictly controlled by Hamas, meaning that the story could not have run without their permission. In effect, this is Hamas campaigning for Obama ( Source ).

I’ll also provide a link that I found regarding media control by Hamas to back this point up:

Hamas government reinforces control over media

As I’ve said before, the troublemakers of the world are more than ready for an Obama presidency, and all of this just further proves that. If terrorists want Obama to be our president, something gives me the feeling that it’s because they believe an Obama victory wouldn’t be in the best interests of our country. I’d actually have to agree with them in that respect.

Obama, ACORN, and Voter Registration Fraud

October 11, 2008

Many details of voter registration fraud on the part of employees of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) have come to light this week. On Tuesday, October 7th, authorities raided ACORN’s Las Vegas office due to the submission of falsified voter registration information ( Source ). The forms used fake names, false addresses, duplicates of previously submitted applications, and even the names of the Dallas Cowboys starting lineup. As of Tuesday, this was not the only investigation into ACORN’s fraudulent activities. There were investigations into voter registration fraud on the part of ACORN workers in nine other states: Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin ( Source ). In case you didn’t notice, those are all swing states.

FoxNews.com ran a story on Wednesday providing some details into the investigation in Missouri, reporting that so far over 800 forms submitted by ACORN had been found to be potentially fraudulent…and that’s only in one county!!! ( Source ). The article also reported that ACORN workers tried to register a 12-year old.

Then, on Thursday, a story ran reporting the claims by two Ohio voters that they had been harassed continually by ACORN workers to register to vote multiple times. One of these voters was Christopher Barkley:

“I kept getting approached by folks who asked me to register,” Barkley said. “They’d ask me if I was registered. I’d say yes, and they’d ask me to do it [register] again.

“Some of them were getting paid to collect names. That was their sob story, and I bought it,” he said.

( Source )

The other, Lateala Goins:

“You can tell them you’re registered as many times as you want – they do not care,” said Lateala Goins, 21, who was subpoenaed.

“They will follow you to the buses, they will follow you home, it does not matter,” she told The Post.

( Source )

This year isn’t the first time that ACORN workers have been involved with voter registration fraud. RottenAcorn.com lists cases from 14 states dating back to 1998. The web site also provides an excellent 30-page PDF-format report, detailing ACORN’s shady history including cases of voter registration fraud with citations ( Link ). FoxNews.com also mentioned a previous case of voter registration fraud that occurred in 2006 when ACORN in Washington state turned in about 1,800 voter registration forms, of which only six were legitimate ( Source ).

Now that I’ve covered ACORN’s extensive history of voter registration fraud, it is time to discuss Barack Obama’s connection to ACORN in relation to these voter registration drives and get-out-the-vote projects. As reported by Stanley Kurtz in the New York Post, ACORN partnered with Obama on his Project VOTE registration drive in 1992 ( Source ). You may be thinking, “What’s the significance of this? You haven’t cited any cases of ACORN voter registration fraud that far back.” Well it’s apparently significant enough for Obama to deny it. From his “Fight the Smears” web site:

Fact: ACORN was not part of Project Vote, the successful voter registration drive Barack ran in 1992.

( Source )

So Stanley Kurtz is lying? Not so fast…note this comment made by Obama at a November 2007 meeting with ACORN leaders as reported by an Obama supporter’s blog featured on Obama’s own campaign site:

Senator Obama said, “I come out of a grassroots organizing background. That’s what I did for three and half years before I went to law school. That’s the reason I moved to Chicago was to organize. So this is something that I know personally, the work you do, the importance of it. I’ve been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career. Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote voter registration drive in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work.”

( Source )

Catch that last part? In Obama’s own words, ACORN was “smack dab in the middle of” his Project Vote registration drive. It should really be no surprise because, as you can gather from the sources I’ve provided, Project Vote and ACORN regularly work together. Not only that, but Obama proudly proclaims that he’s been fighting alongside ACORN his entire career. Stanley Kurtz isn’t lying…Obama is.

But that’s not all. As the same blog reports, ACORN officially endorsed Barack Obama for president on February 20th, 2008. Almost with no hesitation, from February 25th to May 17th, the Obama campaign paid $832,598.29 to Citizens Services Inc., a subsidiary of ACORN ( Source ). Though the activities of Citizens Services Inc. were originally misreported in the campaign’s FEC reports, they were amended later to correctly show that the organization specializes in get-out-the-vote projects.

Here we are dealing with two damning issues for the Obama campaign. First, Obama has a long history with ACORN (one that I’ve barely touched on here, but that Obama happily admitted to). This is an organization that has a long history of voter registration fraud. Despite that, Obama has continued to work with them and made the poor decision to give their subsidiary get-out-the-vote organization well over $800,000 for their services. Maybe he’s counting on the pro-Obama organization’s reputation for voter registration fraud to lead to voter fraud to get him elected?

Secondly, when confronted with his clear associations with the organization, Obama downplays them and boldly lies about certain aspects. Why? Because he knows that these represent incredibly bad decisions on his part, and possibly that his dealings with them have been as shady as the organization itself.

With that said, two of the most common attacks against President Bush are that he stole the 2000 election and that he is a liar. With all of the facts out there and that I’ve cited here, are those people prepared to vote for Obama? Sadly, yes. We can only hope that those undecided voters will open their eyes to what is going on around them and make the wise decision to do what they can to keep Barack Obama out of the White House.

Palin Killed in Last Night’s Debate!

October 3, 2008

Oh, don’t worry. She’s alive. I just mean she kicked all available butt at the vice presidential debate. I admit I was very nervous leading up to the debate after seeing her interview with Katie Couric, or at least whatever edited portions were made available. But she definitely blew me away with her performance! She knew her stuff, she called Biden out on his and Barack’s statements and records, and just gave very good answers to all the questions.

I’m not the only one who thought so, either! There was a focus group on Fox News last night of people who said they were undecided and were split evenly between Bush and Kerry voters in 2004. At the beginning they were also split evenly on Sarah Palin, but afterwards an overwhelming majority thought she performed better than expected and also that she won the debate. When asked if the debate changed anyone’s minds and swayed them toward a candidate, three of the four people who raised their hands acknowledged that they were swayed toward McCain. Watch it here.

I’d also like to commend Gwen Ifill. I think she did a good job as moderator, despite the concerns that she would favor Biden considering her new book about Obama coming out on inauguration day.

I have to tip my hat to Biden as well. He really said it best when asked about Obama’s experience:

“I think he can be ready, but right now I don’t believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training.”

Oh, wait…sorry…that was from August 2007 during the primary campaigns ( Source ). But really…that would have been a valid point to make last night. I do have to respect Biden, though, for performing much more competently and professionally than Obama did last week. I disagreed with mostly everything he said, but that does count for something. And I think we can all say that we learned something valuable from his statements last night: he likes to hang out at Home Depot. Check the debate transcript here. It’s there, I promise.

So congratulations to Sarah Palin for a killer performance last night, and what I perceive as a clear win when we needed it most! She definitely took down her biggest moose yet:

Say it ain’t so, Joe!