Friday, October 31, 2008
Barack Obama's senior advisers have drawn up plans to lower expectations for his presidency if he wins next week's election, amid concerns that many of his euphoric supporters are harboring unrealistic hopes of what he can achieve.
The sudden financial crisis and the prospect of a deep and painful recession have increased the urgency inside the Obama team to bring people down to earth, after a campaign in which his soaring rhetoric and promises of "hope" and "change" are now confronted with the reality of a stricken economy.
Song: This is Halloween
Artist: Danny Elfman
Thursday, October 30, 2008
"We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set," he said Wednesday. "We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded."
He said he would make federal assistance conditional on school districts establishing service programs and set the goal of 50 hours of service a year for middle and high school students.
'Up with your hands!' yelled a savage voice. A handsome, tough-looking boy of nine had popped up from behind the table and was menacing him with a toy automatic pistol, while his small sister, about two years younger, made the same gesture with a fragment of wood. Both of them were dressed in the blue shorts, greyshirts, and red neckerchiefs which were the uniform of the Spies. Winston raised his hands above his head, but with an uneasy feeling, so vicious was the boy's demeanour, that it was not altogether a game.'You're a traitor!' yelled the boy. 'You're a thought-criminal! You're a Eurasian spy! I'll shoot you, I'll vaporize you, I'll send you to the salt mines!'Suddenly they were both leaping round him, shouting 'Traitor!' and'Thought-criminal!' the little girl imitating her brother in every movement. It was somehow slightly frightening, like the gambolling of tiger cubs which will soon grow up into man-eaters. There was a sort of calculating ferocity in the boy's eye, a quite evident desire to hit or kick Winston and a consciousness of being very nearly big enough to do so. It was a good job it was not a real pistol he was holding, Winston thought.Mrs Parsons' eyes flitted nervously from Winston to the children, and back again. In the better light of the living-room he noticed with interest that there was dust in the creases of her face.'They do get so noisy,' she said. 'They're disappointed because they couldn't go to see the hanging, that's what it is. I'm too busy to take them. And Tom won't be back from work in time.''Why can't we go and see the hanging?' roared the boy in his huge voice. 'Want to see the hanging! Want to see the hanging!' chanted the little girl, still capering round.
Zeituni Onyango, the aunt so affectionately described in Obama's best-selling memoir "Dreams fFrom My Father," lives in a disabled-access flat on a rundown public housing estate in South Boston.In his book Obama writes that "Uncle Omar" had gone missing after moving to Boston in the 1960s a quarter-century before Obama first visited his family in Kenya. Aunt Zeituni is now also living in Boston, and recently made a $260 campaign contribution to her nephew's presidential bid from a work address in the city.Speaking outside her home in Flaherty Way, South Boston, on Tuesday, Onyango, 56, confirmed she was the "Auntie Zeituni" in Obama's memoir. She declined to answer most other questions about her relationship with the presidential contender until after the November 4 election."I can't talk about it, I just pray for him, that's all," she said, adding: "After the 4th, I can talk to anyone."
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Convicted murderer Scott Peterson is writing the Florida woman accused of killing her missing toddler, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel.
Sources tell the paper that the California death-row inmate has been writing Casey Anthony in the Orange County Jail. Peterson was convicted three years ago of killing his wife, Laci, and unborn son, though he maintains his innocence.
Barack Obama effigies turned up Wednesday on the University of Kentucky campus and in a front yard in Indiana, as federal authorities said they weren't investigating a Sarah Palin hanging-from-a-noose Halloween display in California as a hate crime.In Clarksville, Ind., Kirk Deddo strung an Obama doll up by a noose from a tree on his lawn and called it a Halloween decoration, saying it was the most frightening one he could find, WNDA-TV in Indiana reported.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
That would be Barack Hussein Obama, in case anyone has forgotten . . ."I am confident that Barack Obama is more sympathetic to the position of ending the occupation than either of the other candidates," said Hussein Ibish, a senior fellow for the American Task Force on Palestine, referring to the Israeli presence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip that began after the 1967 war.Joe Wurzelbacher, a.k.a. "Joe the Plumber," on Tuesday twice agreed with a claim from an audience member at a John McCain rally that "a vote for Barack Obama is a vote for the death to Israel."
So where is the new Obama administration likely to take us? Seven things seem certain:
The U.S. military will withdraw from Iraq quickly and substantially, regardless of conditions on the ground or the obvious consequence of emboldening terrorists there and around the globe.
Protectionism will become our national trade policy; free trade agreements with other nations will be reduced and limited.
Income taxes will rise on middle- and upper-income people and businesses, and individuals will pay much higher Social Security taxes, all to carry out the new president's goals of "spreading the wealth around."
Federal government spending will substantially increase. The new Obama proposals come to more than $300 billion annually, for education, health care, energy, environmental and many other programs, in addition to whatever is needed to meet our economic challenges. Mr. Obama proposes more than a 10% annual spending growth increase, considerably higher than under the first President Bush (6.7%), Bill Clinton (3.3%) or George W. Bush (6.4%).
Federal regulation of the economy will expand, on everything from financial management companies to electricity generation and personal energy use.
The power of labor unions will substantially increase, beginning with repeal of secret ballot voting to decide on union representation.
Free speech will be curtailed through the reimposition of the Fairness Doctrine to limit the conservative talk radio that so irritates the liberal establishment.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sarah Palin is not considered to be a friend of the gay community, but the Republican vice presidential candidate seems to be looming over the West Hollywood Halloween Carnival.[T]onight comes word that a mannequin has been outfitted to look like Palin—with glasses, a beehive wig and a red business suit—and is hanging from a noose outside a WeHo residence. The display also depicts a devilish John McCain emerging from flames.
“We see people stopping and taking pictures, and the tour buses are stopping and slowing down ... people reach out and take pictures,"display creator Chad Michael Morrisette said.
An informal survey of more than two dozen U.N. staff members and foreign delegates showed that the overwhelming majority would prefer that Sen. Barack Obama win the presidency, saying they think that the Democrat would usher in a new agenda of multilateralism after an era marked by Republican disdain for the world body.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
"Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking," Biden said. "Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy."
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Holy Redeemer bills itself as "your Catholic Church in the Castro," and says it embraces all comers "regardless of their background, gender, gender identity, race, social status, or sexual orientation."So it was a shock to get an e-mail flyer from the office of San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer urging a yes vote on Prop. 8 because public schools would have to promote gay marriage."It is really out of right field," said Matt Dorsey, a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish Council. "I would expect this from Karl Rove, but not from the spiritual leader of (several hundred thousand) Catholics."
But the reality is that church leaders get their marching orders from what Mulcahey calls "a fax machine in the Vatican . . ."
Friday, October 17, 2008
- Regulation - doctors will have their licenses revoked if they will not provide an abortion to a woman who demands it.
- Provision - open your wallets because you will be paying to kill babies through your tax dollars.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Most parish events, the only men that show up are husbands, dragged by their wives. The AOTM, with a ten year history, regularly draws anywhere from 100 to 250 or more men, once a month, eight times a year.
These men are of all ages, from many parishes, and are possessed of many opinions and they are not afraid to express them or ask probing questions of the speakers. Not a few priests and seminarians (who get in free) are willing participants.
One of the major attractions, besides dynamic speakers like Father Z, is a menu laden with “guy food”, stuffed chock full of calories. No leafy arugula or jello salads. Attendees are asked to not bring their diet books and calorie-counters. Bountiful refreshing beverages are also provided.
- Kevin Farley really does have an uncanny resemblance to Michael Moore. He's fat, too!
- ACLU lawyers are not zombies. They're clowns. And that's just as scary.
- It is true that college students and young "activists" cannot get together without chanting. It makes you wonder about their sex lives.
- Like evil clowns, ACLU layers should be shot on sight.
And yes, it does appear that being a conservative in Hollywood is the "new gay." Here is an interesting viewpoint from Chuck Norris:
If there is any minority in the coastal states that is being discriminated against and actively suppressed, it is conservatives, and worst of all are religious conservatives – and everyone knows it. There's a social backlash going on in this country, and some of that pendulum swing is understandable. But it has been very sad for me over the decades to watch places like Tinsel Town turn so biased toward liberalism and the Democrat vote – so much so that a conservative or Republican movement has to go underground. In the end, it is no different than the tribal factions we see half way around the world. It wasn't always this way.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
That's what Mom wants.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Volunteers supporting Barack Obama picked up hundreds of people at homeless shelters, soup kitchens and drug-rehab centers and drove them to a polling place yesterday on the last day that Ohioans could register and vote on the same day, almost no questions asked.
The huge effort by a pro-Obama group, Vote Today Ohio, takes advantage of a quirk in the state's elections laws that allows people to register and cast ballots at the same time without having to prove residency.
Monday, October 06, 2008
Just when you thought Keith Olbermann couldn't go any lower, he plunges to new depths that seem almost unimaginable for someone pawning himself off as a journalist.
On Friday, the "Countdown" host actually told his viewers that National Review editor Rich Lowry's published opinion of Sarah Palin's performance during Thursday's debate "read like soft core porn."MSNBC's leading on-air personality disgustingly concluded: "I don`t really care if you sat there last night during the debate and masturbated. But was it really necessary to tell America about it?"
No, Senataor Obama, it is not. Because the person who occupies the Oval Office has to offer more than policies on foreign trade, domestic oil, health care, etc. Every candidate for the office does.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Then, after the surfer's ceremonial blowing of a conch shell for good luck, [Fr. Mark Munoz] the pastor of Orange County's St. Irenaeus Catholic Church shouted out a hearty, "Let's surf!"Yes, this was sponsored by my diocese. Fr. Mark, seen above in a picture from Fox News, is the grandson of John Wayne. Kid you not.
Clutching a board with an image of the Virgin of Guadeloupe inlaid into both sides, he led his flock and others in a race toward the water, diving in and paddling just as hard and as fast as he could toward the break.
Pit Bulls in Training - lot of women at the rally making liberal feminists seem so irrelevant.
This was the best the Dems could muster . . . in Southern California?
Kids abounded . . . all kinds of kids . . . and all wanted.