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Our brain-dead country

David Horowitz says what needs to be said:

A Muslim fanatic with an Internet site praising Islamic suicide bombers as defenders of their comrades is a Major in the U.S. Army with access to military intelligence and lethal weaponry. And it’s not as though the army didn’t know that he was a Muslim fanatic and supporter of the Islamic jihad against the West. He was under investigation for six months because of his anti-American, jihadist rantings. He did not want to be deployed. He wanted to be discharged.

But despite his identification with America’s enemies, the army kept him in its officer corps. How in God’s name was this possible? But it was. And so, after calling America the “aggressor” in Afghanistan and Iraq this Muslim jihadist traitor army officer picks up his semi-automatic weapons and heads for the center at Ft. Hood where soldiers are being deployed to fight the jihadists in Afghanistan to conduct his massacre. Yet this morning the Fox News Channel chiron says “Investigators search for a motive in the Ft. Hood killings.” Is everybody out of their mind?

Meanwhile, the BBC echoes the PC apologists in the American media with this incredible headline: Shooting raises fears for Muslims in US army.

Any objective observer might think that “Shooting raises fears for non-Muslims in the US army” would be more accurate.

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Robert Gibbs must not have been a history major at NCSU

Robert Gibbs, the former NC State soccer player who is President Obama’s press secretary, made an incredible statement at his press gaggle today. He was criticizing the few questionable signs at yesterday’s “Kill the Bill” rally at the Capitol:

Imagine just a few years ago had somebody walked around with images of Hitler.

My daughter helps to refresh Gibbs’ memory, which seems to have a huge gap that encompasses most of the Bush years. She also points to Gibbs’ totally classless performance earlier in the press briefing:

Before Gibbs took leave of his senses and all sense of history today, the White House had a more petulant response to the gathering, at which actor Jon Voight spoke. Yesterday, Gibbs very kindly stopped himself from making a “Deliverance” joke about the attendees. Considerate.

I would argue that the White House Press Secretary implying a joke about how protesters are rednecks prone to anal rape would fall into the category of “stunning” and “personally disagreeable,” but I digress.

I guess this is what they meant by “audacity.”

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Going against the wishes of the people

It’s pretty certain that five of North Carolina’s congressional delegation will vote for whatever budget-busting health care “reform” package that the House leadership proposes. They are Democrats David Price, Bob Etheridge, Mel Watt, Brad Miller and G.K. Butterfield. All the Republicans surely will oppose the government takeover of health care, and probably Democrats Heath Shuler, Mike McIntyre, and Larry Kissell will as well.

Meanwhile, the latest polls show that 53 percent of the American people are against Obama’s health care “reform” efforts, and fully 72 percent want some significant changes in the bills that are now floating around Congress. Why, then, are the president and congressional Democrats so anxious to go against the will of the people?

Perhaps David Price, being a political scientist, would say he’s serving a trustee role as a member of Congress, meaning that voters sent him to Washington to weigh the pros and cons and come up with his own decision.

Maybe all the others who are going to support these bills would use the same rationale. Maybe they even have polling data that shows that a majority of their actual constituents support massive health care changes, and they plan to do as their constituents wish, which is a delegate role.

But the fact is that no major social legislation in history — from Social Security to civil rights legislation — has passed without a majority of the American people behind it, and without a significant amount of real bipartisan support in Congress. If this is ramrodded though Congress, it will be the first time that legislation so major in scope has passed with only one party supporting it and with most of the American people against it.

And that can’t be a good thing.

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Entrepreneurs, ya gotta love ‘em

An unemployed 26-year-old Florida man, Jason Sadler, came up with the idea of renting his t-shirt as advertising space and made $83,000 last year:

For his human billboard service, Sadler charges the “face value” of the day so January 1 costs $1, while December 31 costs $365.

Sadler said this may not sound like a lot but it adds up to $66 795 a year if he sells out every day, which he did this year. He also sells monthly sponsorships for $1 500, adding another $18 000 to his income.

“I walk around, take photos, wear the shirt all day… I blog about those photos, I put ‘em up on Twitter, I change my Facebook profile… and then I do a Youtube video,” he told Reuters Television.

“I made about $83 000 this year.”

Instead of whining and moaning, he came up with an idea that paid off. That’s the kind of creativity that the left-wing thinks is “unfair” when it brings in the big bucks. Better, they think, to sit on your duff and wait for your government handout. At least that way everyone’s equally miserable.

I say congrats to Sadler and much more success in 2010.

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Where’s the Napolitano memo about Muslim extremists in the military?

Does anyone remember the memo issued by Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano in April? The one that warned of the dangers of right-wing extremism among soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq?

I’ve Googled my fingers to the bone today and can’t find any instances of this as-much-as-predicted right-wing extremism. I certainly I haven’t found any that compares to the Muslim Army officer who yesterday murdered 13 people at Fort Hood. But Muslim extremism was not mentioned in the April memo. The danger would come, said Napolitano, from soldiers, who, in her view, are strangely susceptible to entreaties from right-wing extremists to join their nefarious bands. Not a word, though, about the entreaties of global jihad to Muslims in the military.

Yes, the security of homeland is in good hands.

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When will CAIR charge her with a hate crime?

The civilian police officer who shot Nidal Malik Hasan was a female officer. That has to be a real downer for a devout Muslim like Hasan, to whom women should be covered and not heard:

Army officials say the suspect, “the lone shooter” for this tragic incident, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, is currently on a ventilator at a nearby civilian hospital and the police officer who gunned him down, Kimberly Munley, a civilian Fort Hood police officer, is in stable condition.

Lt. Gen. Bob Cone praised Munley’s actions:

Cone said Munley’s aggressive response training taught her that “if you act aggressively to take out a shooter you will have less fatalities.”

“She walked up and engaged him,” he said. He praised her as “one of our most impressive young police officers.”

Below, Hasan gets his morning coffee on the day he murdered 13 of his fellow soldiers. Doesn’t look like he’s wearing fatigues in this shot:

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Why are lefty protesters never called “radical”?

The Times of the UK, which is pretty much The New York Times of England, had this to say today about the House Call-Kill the Bill rally in Washington yesterday:

Thousands of radical conservatives crowded on to the steps of the Capitol yesterday to voice their anger over Democrat spending plans and yearning for the presence of the one person they really wished was there, but wasn’t: Sarah Palin.

See what they did there? In one paragraph the average American taxpayers who bussed in to Washington to seek a redress of grievances from their elected leaders are radicals. And therefore their favorite politician, Sarah Palin, must be a radical too. Right? Clever those Brits.

When was the last time you saw a news report where a leftist protest was termed anything, much less radical. Usually the media won’t even describe it as a liberal or left-wing protest. It’s just a protest, the normal outpouring of deserved outrage with which all reasonable people can agree.

And here’s another example of unbiased coverage, this time from The Washington Post:

With the stage set for a historic House vote on health-care reform this weekend, an estimated 10,000 conservative activists descended on Capitol Hill on Thursday for a campaign-style rally in a last-ditch effort to defeat a bill they demonized as “Pelosi-Care.”

So the mainstream media, which will not venture to suggest that the Ft. Hood alleged shooter’s religion might have had something to do with his motivation, is quick to read the minds of the protesters yesterday and divine that their goal was demonization.

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Heath Shuler takes refuge in the term “robust”

About 100 anti-Obamacare protesters gathered at Democratic congressman Heath Shuler’s Asheville office yesterday. Most of them, according to reports, were senior citizens. A Shuler spokesman came out at one point and and read a prepared statement:

One of Rep. Shuler’s employees received our petitions and read a prepared statement saying that he was not in favor of a “robust public option”. There was murmuring about what “robust” meant.

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Different rules for citizen journalists?

There are two reports today of citizen journalists being treated differently from the “credentialed” media.

In one, a citizen journalist with a camera is pushed and told to put the camera away by a congressional press secretary, even though the so-called “credentialed” press were running around in the congressional office all day with cameras.

In the second, a Democratic Party spokesman felt free to lie to a citizen journalist, but when asked the same question by The Washington Post took the “no comment” option rather than lie.

News sources are going to have to figure this out sooner or later. It’s a different journalistic world now and they’ve got to come to terms with it.

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“No religious preference”

The News & Observer of Raleigh joins The Los Angeles Times in the effort to downplay the Muslim background and, as some evidence suggests, the motive, of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan in yesterday’s shootings at Fort Hood. The N&O ran a New York Times wire service story that never mentions Hasan’s religion. In fact, the Times story, in a disingenuous paragraph, says:

Military records indicated that Hasan was unmarried, born in Virginia, had never served abroad and listed “no religious preference” on his personnel records.

The only mention of Hasan’s religion is in an info box on the jump page, where it is used to portray him as a victim:

[Hasan] started having second thoughts about his military career a few years ago after other soldiers harassed him for being a Muslim, he told relatives in Virginia.

That sounds like a religious preference to me, but apparently the Times‘ editors felt differently.

UPDATE: I guess the mountain of evidence that there was a religious motive involved has become too huge to ignore. The N&O’s Web site now has this Associated Press story on its home page: Army: Suspect said `Allahu Akbar!’ before shooting.

UPDATE 2: Headline of the day: The Media Will Downplay His Religion, But God Help Us if His Car Had a Talk Radio Station On.

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