Saturday, January 31, 2009
The introduction of hate crime legislation brings a subjective element into the legal system. Where typically Lady Justice is blind and only takes objective facts into consideration, disregarding the position and the opinions of those committing the crimes, she may now apply the law unequally and selectively. Our societies subsequently risk losing an important principle of Western law, viz. equality under the law. Europe has already gone further down this road than America, but the U.S. is following fast in Europe’s tracks.
Prosecutors and judges are no longer interested in what actually and objectively happened. Instead they focus on the intentions which they claim motivated those who acted. No longer is Lady Justice blind to anything except the facts; she is blind to the facts, but claims to be a clairvoyant about everything else.
Last week , the White House website announced that President Obama and Vice President Biden intend to “strengthen federal hate crimes legislation, expand hate crimes protection by passing the Matthew Shepard Act, and reinvigorate enforcement at the Department of Justice's Criminal Section.” In the past, Europe was in the habit of imitating bad American examples (never the good ones). Now it seems the policies of “Change” in the U.S. mean that America will imitate Europe’s bad examples.
This article is worth a read also to see the remarkable difference between the United States and Europe with the approach to "hate speech" and the infuriating inequality with which it is applied in Europe, with favor and kowtowing being given to Europe's Muslim population.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Michelle Obama stepped into the policy spotlight as first lady on Thursday at President Barack Obama’s signing of the equal-pay bill. She hailed the legislation as symbolizing her and her husband’s commitment to policies that “help women and men balance their work and family obligations without putting their jobs or their economic security at risk.”
How might Mrs. Obama bring her voice to issues of work-life balance?
Michelle Obama knows what it’s like to balance a more-than-full-time job with parenting and did it almost as a single mother when her husband was on the campaign trail. Of course, she also has a mother willing to babysit and the financial ability to pay for good child care when she needs it.
On an appearance Thursday on "Oprah," [Suzanne] Somers, 62,
invited cameras into her home to watch her daily routine of hormone injections and supplement popping.
She begins with rubbing a syringe of estrogen on one arm,
every day. For two weeks out of the month, she rubs progesterone on the other.
After that, she injects estriol vaginally, which she graciously spared the audience from watching.She can’t start her day without taking 40 pills, 15 of which she downs in a thick, yellow smoothie her husband makes for her (she says it's the secret to their marriage!). Then she ends her day with an additional 20 pills at night before bed.
While she admits the routine makes her seem “like some kind of fanatic,” she says it has helped her beat the “Seven Dwarfs of Menopause: Itchy, B**chy, Sleepy, Sweaty, Bloated, Forgetful and All Dried Up.”
The fiancée of ex-cop Drew Peterson, who is suspected in the disappearance of his fourth wife and the death of his third, left him after her father gave her a "him or me" ultimatum.
I was waiting at the train station this morning, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off as a train approached.So I ran over and said "Stop! Don't do it!" He said "Why shouldn't I?"I said, "Well, there's so much to live for!" He said, "Like what?"I said, "Well, are you religious or atheist?" He said, "Religious."I said, "Me too! …Are you Christian or Buddhist?" He said, "Christian."I said, "Me too! …Are you Catholic or Protestant?" He said, "Protestant."I said, "Me too! …Are you Episcopalian or Baptist?" He said, "Baptist!"I said, "Wow! Me too!…Are you Baptist church of God or Baptist church of the Lord?" He said, "Baptist church of God!"I said, "Me too! Are you original Baptist church of God, or are you reformed Baptist church of God?" He said, "Reformed Baptist church of God!"I said, "Me too! Are you reformed Baptist church of God, reformation of 1879, or reformed Baptist church of God, reformation of 1915?"He said, "Reformed Baptist church of God, reformation of 1915!"I said, "Die, heretic scum!"…and pushed him off.
President Barack Obama signed a series of executive orders Friday that he said should "level the playing field" for labor unions in their struggles with management. Obama also used the occasion at the White House to announce formally a new White House task force on the problems of middle-class Americans. He named Vice President Joe Biden as its chairman.Of the White House Task Force on Middle Class Working Families, Obama said, "We're not forgetting the poor. They are going to be front and center, because they, too, share our American Dream."
He said his administration wants to make sure low-income people "get a piece" of the American pie "if they're willing to work for it."
"With this task force, we have a single, highly visible group with one single goal: to raise the living standards of the people who are the backbone of this country," Biden said.
Biden pledged that the task force will conduct its business in the open, and announced a Web site, astrongmiddleclass.gov, for the public to get information. He also announced that the panel's first meeting will be Feb. 27 in Philadelphia and will focus on environmental or "green jobs."
And if you have a friend who actually buys goat milk yoghurt there and has to talk about it (see, back when I was a kid, it was just yogurt, but all the cool shops stick that extra "h" in there, claiming it's a closer transliteration to the original Bosnian, or Mongolian, or whatever 3rd World people let their milk go bad), send it to them to piss 'em off!
Hat tip to The Ugly American.
Artist: Flogging Molly
Thursday, January 29, 2009
As grad student experts have long taught us, Western culture is quick to marginalize and devalue knowledge from the "Other." For example, look at the recent ridicule aimed at the "Egg of Power" sculpture President Obama keeps in the Oval Office. There is a disturbing hint of racism to the ridicule, because that sculpture happens to refer to a traditional proverb that comes from, depending on how you Google it, either Kenya or a 1993 Hallmark Kwanzaa card. Would these critics be so cavalier in their snickering if the president had brought some traditional white art, like a Successories poster or replica Harry Potter wand?
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Well I do know. And I stand condemned. I’ve paid for three of them and was responsible for probably several more, I’m not really sure. But it breaks my heart. Because I’ve been convicted in my soul. It took years after the fact, but I was shown the Truth. And not to get mumbo-jumbo, oogly-boogly on you, but it was a spiritual awakening that did it. It happened unexpectedly, and it threw me to my knees in sudden tearful epiphany of what it meant for a man to be with a woman, what sex was really designed for by our Creator and… what abortion is.
Nothing comes easy for sweet Loretta . . . like spelling. Parking meters. Word jumbles. And those pesky little caps on prescription medicine bottles.
But for Rep. Loretta Sanchez her yes vote [on the stimulus bill] didn’t come easy.
Sanchez agonized all day about what to do. I spoke to her this afternoon and she said she didn’t like the way the spending was organized; that there wasn’t enough money for the kind of road and highway infrastructure projects that would be most likely to bring federal dollars to Orange County.
When she got to the floor she voted no, making her one of a 10 of Democrats who had voted that way.
But just as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was going to announce the vote, Sanchez went up to the desk and changed her vote. The clerk announced that Loretta Sanchez of California’s vote went from no to yes.
My Congresswoman, folks.
In honoring our 44th US President, the Chia Pet company presents this Special Edition Chia Obama.On the side of the Chia Obama planter are his famous words: '"YES WE CAN."Can you grow one?YES YOU CAN.
President Barack Obama was welcoming House and Senate leaders from both parties to the White House for drinks Wednesday night as he continues to lobby lawmakers to pass his economic recovery bill despite stiff GOP opposition.
The getting-to-know-you-better session was to get under way after the House voted 244-188 to approve Obama's $819 billion stimulus bill. It was a swift victory for the new president, but it was achieved without a single Republican vote despite Obama's heavy push for a bipartisan show of support on the measure."Someone reported that this was a celebration party for passage of the bill in the House," Boehner joked to reporters before joining his Republican colleagues in a unanimous vote against the president. "If so, I don't know why they'd want the skunk at the garden party. But I'm going to go and smile."
When Congress opens up a gusher of money, every special interest in the country reaches for a bucket.The House passed its version of the bill Wednesday evening, and a host of oddball recipients from ATV riders to TV viewers preparing for the digital conversion stand to benefit.
But critics question why such narrowly tailored add-ons -- which have little, if any, prospect of creating large numbers of new jobs -- are in an emergency bill aimed at stimulating the economy and creating jobs.Among the funding measures included in the proposal are $25 million for new ATV trails; $400 million for the National Endowment for the Arts; $400 million for global warming research; $335 million for the Centers for Disease Control to combat sexually-transmitted diseases; and $650 million coupons to subsidize TV viewers for digital television conversion.House Democratic leaders reluctantly removed two programs that had drawn fire: $200 million for new contraceptive service and $20 million to renovate the National Mall.
After he ended a ban last week on federal funding to international groups that perform or promote abortions, Obama is taking heat from the Roman Catholic Church, that political powerhouse based overseas.How this will affect Obama's appeal to Catholic voters remains to be seen. According to exit polls, the president got 53 percent of the Catholic vote in November -- 13 percent more than John Kerry, a Catholic, got in 2004.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
House Republican Leader John Boehner issued a statement over the weekend noting that the stimulus bill wending its way through Congress provides $4.19 billion for "neighborhood stabilization activities."
He said the money was previously limited to state and local governments, but that Democrats now want part of it to be available to non-profit entities. That means groups like ACORN would be eligible for a portion of the funds.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
A DRUM major who waved at President Barack Obama was brought to tears today over his six-month suspension from an Ohio marching band.
"Six months is pretty harsh, I think," firefighter John Coleman told Newsnet 5.
But the Cleveland Firefighter's Memorial Pipes & Drums bandleader said even a glance is out of bounds for marching bands in a parade marking the inauguration of a president.
"We had gone over and over time and again with everyone in the band that this was a military parade. Protocol and proper decorum had to be followed at all times," bandleader Mike Engle told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
"Unfortunately, John chose to ignore that."
Ola, this is Rosa. I am blog you again today because I am look for the job. Because the pinche puta gabacha Senora Kennedy she fire me.
Forgive me Guadalupe for to talk like this but I am very very angry. When I blog last time it is because Senora Kennedy, she say "Rosa! Make the blog for my Senator campaign, I have the gown fitting." I say, "but Senora, I no know how to do this blog and have many towels to fold." And then she is angry and say, "I no care, just do this. I am late for appointment at Saks."
Okay so I write the blog because I no want to make her angry. I blog you how much Senora Kennedy is make good Senator and how she is good to Rosa. I work hard on the blog, and even miss my late bus home to the Bronx and then I have to sleep on the extra cot in the servant wing.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi drew the ire of the conservative-leaning Drudge Report Sunday when she defended House Democrats' efforts to include family planning funding for low income Americans in the planned $825 million stimulus package.Now it looks like House Democrats are backing off that effort: The Associated Press is reporting that they are "likely to jettison" plans to include the family planning funding, "following a personal appeal from President Barack Obama at a time the administration is courting Republican critics of the legislation."