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  • Quite Rightly 4:26 PM on 07/26/2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Obama’s Little Default Secret Gets Out 

    Barack Obama and his Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner, have been telling everyone who will listen that the U.S. will default on its debts if the debt ceiling is not raised, pronto.

    “The yellow light,” the president said, “is flashing.” “By August 2nd, we run out of tools to make sure that all our bills are paid. So that is a hard deadline.”

    Curiously, though, just a week away from that “hard deadline,” the stock market is not panicking, and all is quiet on the Asian trading front, too.

    What gives?

    It seems that Barack Obama and Timothy Geithner have been assuring banks that what the White House has been telling the rest of us is pure bunk, fit only for the unwashed ears of the lowly American masses, including those fearful American grandmas living on the edge of starvation on tiny little Social Security checks.

    From Fox Business (h/t The Strata-Sphere):

    While officials from the Obama Administration raised their rhetoric over the weekend about the possibility of a debt default if the debt ceiling isn’t raised, they privately have been telling top executives at major U.S. banks that such an event won’t happen, FOX Business has learned.

    In a series of phone calls, administration officials have told bankers that the administration will not allow a default to happen even if the debt cap isn’t raised by the August 2 date.

    America, who have you elected?

    Cross-posted at Bread upon the Waters.

     
    • McConell 9:33 PM on 07/31/2011 Permalink | Reply

      “What gives?”
      Dunno. Why don’t we ask Mitch McConell, John Boehner and a whole array of Republican legislators, as well as almost every notable economist in the country, who strangely, also agrees with the Obama administration….

      Or, should we take the words of Bachmann, who does not even have one economist in her stable? The same Bachmann who was confused over the difference between deficit and debt? The same Bachmann who thinks that the debt ceiling implies future spending, instead of incurred spending authorized by the Congress under a budget she herself, among many other fellow Republics, had approved?

      Or, should we take the stories from the impartial Fox News, citing unnamed sources, over everything else?

  • Quite Rightly 10:59 AM on 07/09/2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Back of the envelope math: 18,000 new jobs in June = 4/10 of one job per zip code 

    On average.

    That will be a big help to the one out of every eleven Americans who are out of work.

    Cross posted at Bread upon the Waters.

     
  • Quite Rightly 10:26 AM on 02/21/2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Teaching by Example: Wisconsin “Sick Note” Doctors are Medical School Faculty 

    The Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health must be proud. A number of the doctors publicly dispensing doctor-excuse sick notes to thousands of teachers who expect to be paid by taxpayers for attending a political rally serve as the Department’s faculty.

    More at Bread upon the Waters.

     
    • just a conservative girl 11:23 AM on 02/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

      What I would like to know is how they are going to handle it the next time a kid forges a sick note? After all it is all the over the news that they did it, so why can’t the kids? Aren’t we supposed to teach our kids by example?

      • vegas art guy 12:48 PM on 02/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

        They’ll ask which side of the political aisle they are on. If they are democrats all is forgiven. If they are republicans, they’ll get suspended or expelled.

    • PortiaElizabeth 12:52 PM on 02/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Well why am I not surprised? I used to work for one of their faculty (who shall remain nameless because he’s a petty little prick), but his initials are EA. He’s such an upstanding example of an MD that he had his license suspended in Ohio for drug-related charges.

      • Quite Rightly 7:51 PM on 02/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

        No wonder the MDs signing those fraudulent excuses are so comfortably arrogant.

  • Quite Rightly 1:50 PM on 11/12/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    In June of 2009, Asia Bibi, mother of five, was working in the fields on the farm of Muslim landowner Muhammad Idrees, near the village of Ittanwali, when her boss told her to fetch some water for the rest of the crew.

    After Asia brought the water, some of the women–all Muslims–refused to drink it because it had been brought by a Christian, making it “unclean.” The women called Asia an “infidel” and called Christianity a “religion of infidels.”

    Asia reportedly responded by telling the Muslim women that Christ died on the cross for our sins. She told them Jesus is alive. “Our Christ is the true prophet of God,” she reportedly told them.

    Upon hearing this response, the Muslim women became angry and began to beat Asia.

    When Muslim men in nearby fields gathered to attack Asia, she fled to her home, but angry Muslims followed her, took her out of her home, severely beat her, and tortured her children.

    They announced from mosque loudspeakers that she would be punished by having her face blackened and being paraded through the village on a donkey.

    When local Christians informed the police, the police saved Asia’s life by taking her into custody, holding her in Nankana city “for her own safety.” Under pressure from local Muslim leaders, the police registered a blasphemy case against her.

    Two courts in Nankana found Asia guilty of the “crime” of blasphemy and, on November 8, 2010, Asia was fined US$1,190 and sentenced to death by hanging.

    Ashiq Masih, her husband, doesn’t have the heart to break the news to their two youngest daughters.

    “They asked me many times about their mother but I can’t get the courage to tell them that the judge has sentenced their mother to capital punishment for a crime she never committed.”

    Asia’s case is now under appeal, but she has been being held in isolation since June of 2009, essentially for the crime of sharing her Christian beliefs with her Muslim neighbors. Her family is one of only three Christian families in a village of more than 1,500 families. Asia’s family has lived in the village of Ittanwali for many generations.

    Between 1986 and August 2009, at least 974 people have been charged with blasphemy against Islam.

    This week, an anti-blasphemy resolution, “On Combating Defamation of Religion,” is coming to a vote at the U.N.

    Pakistan has been actively pushing for passage of this resolution since 1999.

    One thing you can count on, passage of this resolution will not offer protection for Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, or any other non-Muslims.

    More Shariah law, anyone?
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    Cross-posted at Bread upon the Waters.

     
    • fuzislippers 1:59 PM on 11/12/2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is just one of hundreds of thousands of isolated incidents!

      Ugh. This story breaks my heart. We need to do more about blocking Sharia here. I mean it.

    • Quite Rightly 4:54 PM on 11/12/2010 Permalink | Reply

      And Americans keep getting told that we need to be more tolerant and teach our young people to appreciate Islam.

  • Quite Rightly 12:45 PM on 11/04/2010 Permalink | Reply  

    We’ve all heard of dead people registering to vote and casting ballots, but California’s tombstone voters may have carried the practice to its logical extreme by re-electing a deceased incumbent, State Senator Jenny Oropeza (CA-28).

    Senator Oropeza died on October 20.

    She won her seat by a nearly 23 point margin.

    H/t: What Planet Am I On?

     
  • Quite Rightly 10:04 PM on 10/03/2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Teachers Union Marches Proudly With “One Nation” Socialists 

    Great public schools for every student? Or is that great socialist indoctrination for every student at private taxpayer expense?

    The nation’s teachers union, the National Education Association, proudly helped organize Saturday’s “One Nation” rally and then sent their president, Dennis Van Roekel, to the Lincoln Memorial to address their fellow demonstrators. From NEAtoday:

    Soccer practice can wait. The leaves will be there next weekend for raking. Everything can be put on hold for a day to march on Washington on behalf of the new civil rights movement — jobs and education for all.

    Tens of thousands are expected to converge on the National Mall Saturday for the One Nation Working Together march.

    The event is organized by a broad coalition of more than 170 civil rights, labor and education groups, including the National Education Association. Standing side-by-side, participants will conduct a major demonstration of grassroots support for equal opportunity and justice for all — tenets that include access to a secure job, a safe home and a quality education.

    Yes, helping to litter the nation’s capital and one of our nation’s sacred memorials to America’s war dead was none other than the NEA, the union representing public school, college, and university faculty, support personal, and staffers.

    To see the identities of many of the other groups that organized the rally, check out teresamerica.

    Cross-posted at Bread upon the Waters.

     
    • Vegas Art Guy 10:13 PM on 10/03/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Gee, what a shock, and the NEA mag I got this week dealt with political activism. Not sure if I’ll even bother…

    • just a conservative girl 10:32 PM on 10/03/2010 Permalink | Reply

      yeah, I live locally and went down for the day. The vast majority of people I saw belonged to some teacher’s union. There was more than one teacher’s union there. One the train ride home I spoke to the lady next to me. She lived locally, but had friends that came in from Chicago. I said well that bus fare must have cost a pretty penny, she said no it only cost $15, the union paid the rest. I have some pictures of the crowd (well, lack thereof) the trash left behind and the signs I saw. It was an interesting day. At least the weather was nice.

  • Quite Rightly 4:29 PM on 08/15/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Why Won’t Bloomberg Let A Church Destroyed on 9/11 Rebuild? 

    Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which was destroyed on 9/11 by the collapse of the Twin Towers, has spent NINE YEARS trying to get building permits. Nine. Long. Years.

    From Fr. Constantine J. Simones Waterford, courageous pastor of St. Nicholas Church:

    Shame on Mayor Michael  Bloomberg and the members of his Landmarks Preservation Commission for  voting 9-0 to allow the building of a Muslim mosque at ground zero in  New York City.

    Too many Americans are sleepwalking when it comes  to understanding Islamic policies during the last 1,400 years of what I  see as its brutal history. No one talks about St. Nicholas Greek  Orthodox Church, which was crushed by the collapsing Twin Towers.

    Why  is the mosque put on the fast track to construction when St. Nicholas’  reconstruction is being hindered by New York City bureaucracy?

    Wake  up, America, before it is too late. The Greek Orthodox faithful of the  Balkans were enslaved by Islam for 500 years. Ask me what it means to  live under the laws of Islam, under Sharia Law and the Hadith. Call me  and I will provide a history lesson on what can be like to live under  Islam extremists.

    Fr. Constantine J. Simones Waterford

    About the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church:

    Since  1922, St. Nicholas Church had stood as a quiet sanctuary of prayer and  reflection amidst the tumultuous and bustling crossroads of commerce.  For the past nine years the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey has  used bureaucratic obstacles and false promises to hinder the rebuilding  of the St. Nicholas Church.

    As Nice Deb (who has published an excellent commentary about the Ground Zero mosque, don’t miss it) pointed out:

    City officials, eager to deflect the criticism of a righteously outraged  public, claim that nothing can be done [to stop the mosque from being built on hallowed ground]… something that anyone who has  contended with zoning boards across the country knows to be untrue.

    Ask the congregation of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church of New York City.

    Many thanks to patriot Chris Wysocki at Wyblog for a heads up on the Ground Zero Church. You’ll want to read his report on moderate Muslims in New York (and watch the video) here.

    Cross-posted at Bread upon the Waters.

     
    • nicedeb 9:24 PM on 08/15/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Grrrrrrrrrrr! Now I’m really mad!

    • pjMom 12:41 AM on 08/16/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ditto nicedeb. So much for tolerance and diversity, eh?

    • Shredderofmass 6:56 AM on 08/16/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Republica candidate for congress and Harvard Physicist Mike Stopa says he would not want a Mosque in his Neighborhood.

      http://www.stopaforusrep.com/blog/95-comments-on-mosques

      See this same content at a great pro-Israel site

      http://llphfreedom.blogspot.com/2010/08/two-comments-on-issue-of-mosques-by.html

    • Jack 9:04 PM on 08/16/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Shared you and NiceDeb on Facebook…two awesome articles.

    • Jim 9:57 PM on 08/16/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Good question!

    • Investigator 12:00 AM on 08/17/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I may be wrong about this… but a little investigation seems to indicate that “Fr. Constantine J. Simones Waterford, courageous pastor of St. Nicholas Church” may not actually exist. The only reference to him that I can find is the same text posted in the blog that started this thread. In fact the only places he shows up is in blogs… each of which contain the same text. It may turn out that the text, and the fictitional Fr. Constantine, was simply fabricated in order to incite unrest.

      The web site for St. Nicholas Church NYC says this:
      “Our priest, Father John Romas, has been temporarily assigned to St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 64 Schemerhorn Street in Brooklyn. St. Constantine and Helen’s Congregation have also warmly welcomed the Congregation of St. Nicholas as we work to rebuild our Church.”

      http://www.stnicholasnyc.com/?page_id=7

      Another story from NYTimes indicates that the major problem the rebuild project has faced is one of acquiring land; enough land to build a new church six times the size of the original for the 70 families that comprise the parish membership. While the church has retained the original 1200 square foot lot that the original four story church stood on, it is apparently not big enough for the new church they want to build.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/03/nyregion/03trade.html?n=Top%2FReference%2FTimes+Topics%2FPeople%2FB%2FBagli%2C+Charles+V

      • Quite Rightly 12:42 PM on 08/17/2010 Permalink | Reply

        My bad. This is what happens when a writer doesn’t go back to original sources but relies on other people’s reporting. After further investigation on my part, I have concluded that the Greek Orthodox cleric in question does indeed exist but that his name and actual location have gotten garbled somewhere along the line during reprints. (More in next comment.)

      • Quite Rightly 12:50 PM on 08/17/2010 Permalink | Reply

        The delay in rebuilding the Church does not seem to result from any bad faith or “land grabbing” on the part of the Church. Originally, the Church was assured by then NY Governor Pataki that they could rebuild on the original location. However, the Port Authority wanted the Church’s land and offered the Church a land swap, which the Church accepted. But the Port Authority has never concluded the deal (more).

      • Quite Rightly 12:59 PM on 08/17/2010 Permalink | Reply

        We all know that building projects everywhere in the U.S. routinely get ensnarled in red tape, and the Ground Zero site presents many more than the usual issues. So, the glaring question in all of this for me is: How is it that the Ground Zero Mosque is getting escorted to the finish line with the support of the NYC mayor, the State Department, and even the president of the United States. Where is support for St. Nicholas Church? Reference: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/03/nyregion/03trade.html?pagewanted=1&n=Top/Reference/Times%20Topics/People/B/Bagli,%20Charles%20V&_r=1

    • Don 8:06 AM on 08/17/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I bet you could not build this church in Tehran ! I’m not from N.Y. city,so it really is non of my business,
      but building a mosque at Ground Zero is spitting in our faces,there are plenty around the corner…….If all of this is untrue then I agree with “Investigator “.

    • Grace Taylor 11:59 AM on 08/17/2010 Permalink | Reply

      There is a retired Greek Orthodox priest with the name of Fr. Constantine Simones.
      In 2006, and maybe today for all I know, he lived in Waterford, CT.
      He has been involved in Justice for Cyprus. Cyprus, as you will remember, is currently 37% occupied by Muslims in the form of the Turkish army.
      A link which I think satisfactorily proves he exists: http://news.pseka.net/index.php?module=sponsor

      • Quite Rightly 7:37 PM on 08/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Grace.

        Also, the rebuilt church will need to be much larger to accommodate a large number of the visitors to the 9/11 memorial, once it is completed.

    • Crosshairball 12:08 PM on 08/18/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Quite Rightly,

      I hope you don’t mind, but I have posted this post in it’s entirety over at Crosshairball. I did link back to here and attributed the post to Quite Rightly. I wanted to contact you first to ask permission but can’t find an email link. I figured this would be ok because of the cross posting part at the bottom of the post.

      Cross-posted at Bread upon the Waters.

    • Ignatz 10:39 AM on 08/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Quite: The mosque is 4 blocks away in an area of abandoned stores. That’s why there’s no red tape,

      • Quite Rightly 8:19 AM on 08/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Ignatz – Respectfully, I think you should check out the aerial views, widely available on the Web, including here. The actual distance from Ground Zero rubble to the mosque site is less than 600 feet, about 200 steps. Pace it off. In fact, a piece of the first airliner to hit the WTC plunged through the roof and top floor of the Burlington Coat Factory. How far away from Ground Zero is that?

    • Rachel 3:42 PM on 08/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights.

      “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

      http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html

      Free exercise of religion. One of OUR founding principles. I am suprised no one has brought this up yet. You CANNOT argue about freedom of religion and just mean Christianity. If the founders had meant freedom of Christianity, they would have said “Freedom of Christianity” and not free exercise of “RELIGION”.

      Yes, the bombing of the Twin Towers was horrific, but so are many other acts of violence toward any PERSON. Pardon me for my sarcasm, but I find it hypocritical to label all Muslims under the ‘extremist’ label, when there are numerous ‘extremist’s of EVERY RELIGION.

      Oh yeah, lets not forget that Judaism, Christianity, AND Islam all worship the SAME GOD. “Oooohhh, no, those MUSLIMS want to build a place to WORSHIP GOD, GOD FORBID!!!” Phht, personally, I dont think God cares how He gets worshiped, as long as people believe in Him, and try to follow the Ten Commandments.

    • ThatGuy 3:53 PM on 08/22/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Did you read the entire article?

      “In keeping with the archbishop’s vision, Mr. Koutsomitis planned for a roughly 24,000-square-foot marble church and adjoining spiritual center at an estimated cost of up to $40 million. But church leaders say they have raised only $4 million. JPMorgan Chase has agreed to give $10 million toward the rebuilding of St. Nicholas, as part of the bank’s tentative deal to build an office tower on the site of the Deutsche Bank building. ”

      I wonder why you’re having trouble getting going.

      “The church wants the authority to provide roughly $55 million toward the estimated $75 million cost of rebuilding St. Nicholas.”

      Wow.

      Also, lets not even begin to get into the sheer amount of ignorance and bigotry it takes to even oppose this. Suppose the trade center was destroyed by a group of lunatic pro-lifers (no attempt at disrespect is intended here by the way) and people were protesting the rebuilding of this very church? How would you feel if the actions of others skewed their opinion on not only you but your faith? Do you really think there were no Muslims in the building that day? Do you really feel as though Islam-practicing American-born citizens didn’t feel exactly as you did on 9/11?

      • Quite Rightly 10:48 AM on 09/11/2010 Permalink | Reply

        @ That Guy: Perhaps you missed the part of the article that pointed out that the Port Authority would require the church to install a $35-million blast-proof concrete slab beneath its building to protect it from a possible explosion on the screening center ramps. That $35 million is a Port Authority estimate, by the way, which means, of course, that the actual cost will be much more.

    • Anna 9:44 AM on 09/11/2010 Permalink | Reply

      A article from the Greek Orthodox Observer:

      On September 11, 2001 the barbaric attack not only destroyed the majestic Twin Towers but also the tiny yet historic St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, located south of the second tower of the World Trade Center. In the aftermath of its destruction, very little survived: two icons, one of St. Dionysios of Zakynthos and the other of the Zoodochos Pege, along with a few liturgical items, a book, and some candles.

      Within days, the Archbishop traveled personally to Ground Zero, setting foot on the site where the Church of St. Nicholas stood, in order to conduct a memorial service for the victims of those who perished in the attacks and to offer prayers for the families in mourning.

      On the Feast Day of St. Nicholas, December 6, the Archbishop, joined by His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos and area clergy, celebrated a somber Vespers and memorial service near where the Church once stood. Six months after the attacks, His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew also journeyed to this sacred site and presided at a memorial service with family members of the victims.

      Though small in stature, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was a place of ministry and worship both for her parishioners and also for local residents and workers in the Financial District of Manhattan who would pass by and often enter the Church. Following its collapse, the legacy of this tiny Church continues to dramatically impact peoples’ lives, and donations of almost $2 million have been received, as well as additional pledges of construction materials and appointments for the complete rebuilding of the Church. The city of Bari, Italy, where the relics of St. Nicholas were originally bestowed, has donated $250,000. The government of Greece has contributed $750,000 to these efforts, and the Ecumenical Patriarchate has given $50,000. The Governor of the State of New York, George Pataki, met with the Archbishop and pledged his support for including a new St. Nicholas in the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site.

      The task of rebuilding the Church of St. Nicholas involves careful coordination, planning and vision. To this end, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios has appointed a committee to oversee the rebuilding project. In accomplishing their objectives, the committee has met with the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation so that the task of rebuilding St. Nicholas may be properly incorporated into the concept plans for the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site located at Ground Zero. These concept plans, which are the product of an inclusive process, envision the rebuilding of the historic Church of St. Nicholas as a functioning parish, ministering once again to the needs of her faithful. His Eminence, however, also sees the rebuilding of St. Nicholas as a matter of spiritual destiny, so that the millions of people who will visit the historic site of Ground Zero may find marking the place of a national tragedy, a sanctuary of solace and prayer, a concrete and visible testimony of renewed faith and hope.

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      Just another point. This church has been there since 1922.

    • Quite Rightly 10:44 AM on 09/11/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, Anna.

    • K.West 10:04 AM on 11/27/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Attention to all!!!!

      Read Psalms 37

      K.W.

    • Aphrodite 5:26 PM on 12/05/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Why is Mayor Bloomberg eager to build a mosque at Ground Zero but the only church destroyed on 9/11 he is against? This church was build back in 1922 and stood proudly for over 79 years without one incident. Yet, the Muslims who hijacked our planes and successfully murdered 3,000 of our citizens are allowed to build a mosque! Mayor Bloomberg says it freedom of religion but he is against a church being built on the site it was before the terrorists attack. What happened to diversity Mr. Bloomberg? Why do you hate Christians and not Muslims? When did a Greek Orthodox Christian ever destroyed anything in America? The faithful have raised money to rebuild our church. The people of Bari Italy donated money to rebuild our church. Why? Does it make sense? No. Today is the eve of St. Nicholas. Our church member will hold a mass at the site. Let’s see how many media attention this will get. Let’s see if Mayor Bloomberg shows his face.

      Lets pray the Church will be built and we hold a Mass in the new church next year the 10th anniversary of the day it was destroyed. If not it’s another victory for Turkey and AlQueda destroying churches and getting away with it. Remember Hagia Sophia in Constantinople and Apostolos Andreas in Cyprus.

      • Quite Rightly 6:27 PM on 12/05/2010 Permalink | Reply

        @Aphrodite

        Many others also feel the terrible injustice of so much support and attention going to the Ground Zero mosque when your beautiful Church, the St. Nicholas clergy and parishioners, and all the people of the neighborhood who visited that Church, are being all but completely ignored.

        I posted an announcement about the St. Nicholas vespers service (held, I note with sorrow, in a tent) at Bread upon the Waters.

        We must keep spreading the word.

  • Quite Rightly 9:58 AM on 07/14/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Coloradan Hispanics Want an Immigration Law Like Arizona’s 

    How is Obama’s unrelenting push to kill Arizona’s immigration bill working out in America’s Southwest?
    Not as well as expected, it seems, if the results of the first Denver Post/9News poll of the 2010 election campaign are any indication.
    According to that poll, six out of ten Hispanic voters registered in Colorado (62%) would like to see their state enact an immigration law similar to Arizona’s, and only three out of ten (31%) would be opposed to such a law. That pretty much matches the opinions of Arizonan registered voters who identify themselves as White, among whom six out of ten (61%) would like to see a Colorado version of the Arizona law, and three or four in ten (35%) would not.
    It’s public opinion like this that motivated Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman to quip,  “I’d be willing to bet a lot of money that almost every state in America next January is going to see a bill similar to Arizona’s.”
    More and more, it looks like Americans aim to protect their country, not only from “unauthorized Democrats” flooding in illegally from other countries, but from their enablers in the White House and Congress.
     
  • Quite Rightly 8:30 AM on 07/05/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Mexican Drug Cartel Threatened to Blow Up Texas Dam 

    There are plenty of events that you might think would make big news but don’t because they contradict utterances made by Barack Obama or one of his high-ranking Obamatons. A case in point is the reported plan by a Mexican drug cartel, the Zeta cartel, to blow up Falcon Dam on the Rio Grande, southwest of San Antonio, Texas, as an act of vengeance against their rival, the Gulf cartel.

    The plan came to the attention of U.S. officials when members of the Zeta cartel circulated handbills and drove around “the Mexican side of the river near the dam” with bullhorns to warn the population “to get out of the area.” Some members of the cartel are known to be ex-military members “trained in special forces tactics,  including demolition.” If  these drug thugs had succeeded in seriously compromising the dam, they  would have released 534 billion gallons of water stored behind the dam in Falcon Lake, not only disrupting the Gulf cartel’s smuggling routes from Falcon Lake to the Gulf but also flooding “massive amounts of agricultural land . . .  as well  as significant parts of a region where about 4 million people live along  both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.”

    Contrast the Zeta cartel’s threat in May of this year with a statement made by Obama during his “immigration reform” speech of June 1:

    So the bottom line is this:  The southern border is more secure today  than at any time in the past 20 years.

    The threatened attack on the dam was met with secret actions by the “American police, federal agents and disaster officials” including the “U.S. Border Patrol, the Texas Department of Public Safety and even game  wardens,” according to officials. A “stepped-up presence by the Mexican military” may also have played a role.

    Said Gene Falcon, director of emergency preparedness for Starr County where Falcon Dam is sited, “It would have been a hell of a disaster. There was plenty of concern.”

    I’ll bet.

    But will that concern ever reach the White House?

    More at Bread upon the Waters.

     
    • backyardconservative 8:37 AM on 07/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I suppose liberals in denial will call the cartel an NGO. Maybe the UN will recognize them.

      • Quite Rightly 9:12 AM on 07/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

        LOL! Sounds about right. Or maybe they’d like NASA to focus on the cartel’s “scientific contributions.”

    • fuzislippers 6:28 AM on 07/08/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ugh. Don’t you just feel totally overwhelmed by the horrors sometimes? What the hell is going on in this country?

      Is it November yet? Or better yet 2012?

  • Quite Rightly 6:27 PM on 06/20/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Obama Tells His Price for Border Security, AZ Senator Says 

    Arizonans and other Americans suffer enormously from illegal immigration, but what does that suffering amount to for the president of the United States? It makes a great bargaining chip. When you are in serious pain, you might agree to just about anything to make the pain stop.

    On Friday, June 18, Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) told an audience at a town hall meeting in North Tempe why President Obama won’t enforce America’s immigration laws. The entire video is worth watching, but the Obama information starts at 3:17.

    Here’s what Senator Kyl said:

    I met with the president in the Oval Office, just the two of us . . . and we had a discussion about this. . . . Here’s what the president said:

    “The problem is,” he said, “if we secure the border, then you all won’t have any reason to support comprehensive immigration reform.”

    In other words, they’re holding it hostage. They don’t want to secure the border unless and until it is combined with comprehensive immigration reform.

    Now, I explained, “You and I, Mr. President, have an obligation to secure the border. That’s an obligation. It also has potentially positive benefits. You don’t have to have comprehensive reform to secure the border, but you have to secure the border to get comprehensive reform.” I said, “You’d be surprised. Maybe you don’t think that there would be any more incentive for comprehensive reform. But I’m not so sure that that’s true.” In any event, it doesn’t matter. We’re supposed to secure the border.

    But that’s why it isn’t being done. They frankly don’t want to do it. They want to get something in return for doing their duty.

    That is, of course, if “they” plan on securing the border at any time.

    Hat tips: Snaggletoothie of the Loyal Opposition and The Right Scoop.

    Cross-posted at Bread upon the Waters.

     
    • fuzislippers 7:12 PM on 06/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      It’s official, I cannot abide that man. BO is a . . . ugh! Words fail me. We knew this is how he thinks, but the confirmation of it is still unsettling.

      As to securing the borders, that’s the job of the federal government, they all swore an oath to uphold the Constitution. To me, this is nothing less than failing to live up to the office he took: I won’t protect or defend this nation . . . unless you do what I want? No, no, no. That is not how it works. The Constitution is clear about this, and people are being killed, terrorists are coming in from Mexico, and this petty, bully Chicago crap has got to stop. He’s crossing lines here, and it’s just not acceptable. Hell, BO is just not acceptable.

  • Quite Rightly 10:33 AM on 06/19/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Obama’s View: Gulf Spill Recovery Only a Part-Time Job 

    I might think I was hallucinating, but I have witnesses: commenters on Potluck’s Oval Office live open thread, plus the dozens of millions of people who watched, listened to, or read Barack Obama’s Oval Office speech of only four days ago, Tuesday, June 15. In that speech, according to The New York Times, Obama said:

    Already, this oil spill is the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced. And unlike an earthquake or a hurricane, it’s not a single event that does its damage in a matter of minutes or days. The millions of gallons of oil that have spilled into the Gulf of Mexico are more like an epidemic, one that we will be fighting for months and even years.

    But make no mistake: We will fight this spill with everything we’ve got for as long as it takes. We will make BP pay for the damage their company has caused. And we will do whatever’s necessary to help the Gulf Coast and its people recover from this tragedy.

    So Obama appoints a guy to lead the Gulf recovery: a part-time guy. That’s what Obama considers “everything we’ve got for as long as it takes.” If only he had hired a part-time guy to push through his socialized health-insurance fiasco. But no, for that he had to tie up the 111th Congress for an entire year and whip them into voting on Christmas Eve.

    From ABC News:

    President Barack Obama’s point man charting a new future for the oil-poisoned Gulf Coast will do the job part-time. Some environmentalists said the job demands someone’s full attention.

    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who oversees 900,000 Navy and Marine personnel, is inheriting an amorphous second job as the Obama administration’s leader of long-term environmental and economic planning. His task is no less than rebuilding a region still suffering after Hurricane Katrina and beset by decades of environmental problems.

    Mabus won’t resign from his Navy job. When President George W. Bushpicked Donald Powell to lead the recovery after Hurricane Katrina, Powell resigned as head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

    Mabus was Clinton’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia for two years, after serving as governor of Mississippi.

    “The president talked to the governor about this, and they both agreed that he had the ability to do both,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday after Mabus met with Obama at the White House.

    That prompted quick criticism from the Defenders of Wildlife, which is working to save animals from the oil that has gushed from an offshore BP oil well for nearly two months. “The idea that he is only going to work on this part-time is disturbing,” said Robert Irvin, the group’s vice president for conservation programs. “If this is the equivalent of war, as the president has been saying, it needs a full-time general.”

    True, the recovery will benefit from focused, strong coordination of help from the federal government. But something tells me that’s not what this president has in mind for the Gulf states.

    Cross posted at Bread upon the Waters.

     
    • Obi's Sister 11:57 AM on 06/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

      My brother, the infamous Obi of whom I am the Sister, called yesterday. They were on day 5 of a 7day stay in a beach house just west of Destin. Every day, they see clean-up crews cruising the beaches, with nothing to do. There has only been one tar ball discovered since they’ve been there. No slick, no sheen, no globs, no greased up pelicans, no media angst of “what lies just offshore.” The usual beautiful beaches, just not as crowded.

      Hmmm, he says. He is more opinionated than I am and has several theories, none of which are complementary of our current regime.

      And he likes that Bobby is channeling his inner Rudy.

      • Obi's Sister 9:04 PM on 06/24/2010 Permalink | Reply

        The oil rolled in on their last day. He said it looked like the surf was filled with corn flakes.

  • Quite Rightly 2:07 PM on 06/10/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Presidents Who Really Could KSA 

    Joaquin over at How Is That Obama Vote Working Out For You???, points out that a dude who can’t even pitch a baseball faces a credibility gap when it comes to threatening to perform an activity usually reserved for tough guys.

    Joaquin has posted a list of presidents who possessed some real authority in that department. Readers might want to add their own favorites to the list.

    Now, if you want to talk about Presidents that can kick ass!

    George Washington–clearly
    Andrew Jackson–he killed a guy in a duel. So yeah!
    William Henry Harrison–yep
    Zachary Taylor–for sure
    Honest Abe–absolutely…if pushed
    US Grant–just ask Robert E. Lee
    TR–oh yeah!!
    Harry Truman–bantam weight
    Ike–yes sir!
    JFK–maybe in his prime
    LBJ–reluctantly, but yeah!
    Gerald Ford–a Wolverine
    Ronald Reagan–the Gipper
    W–sober
    Obama–*snort*

    Cross-posted at Bread upon the Waters.

     
  • Quite Rightly 10:30 AM on 06/05/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Ground Zero Mosque Imam Sponsors Gaza Blockade Run 

    The New York Post is reporting that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the point man for the planned Ground Zero mega-mosque, “is a key figure” in the group that is the biggest donor to the Free Gaza Movement, which is “a key organizer of the six-ship flotilla that tried to break Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-run Gaza strip.” The group, called Perdana Global Peace Organization [it's always about peace, isn't it] is based in Malaysia. Their donation? $366,000 (“so far’). The imam’s participation was published on the group’s own Web site.

    Efforts to reach Imam Abdul Rauf yesterday for comment were unsuccessful.

    He’ll think of something to say. Maybe he’s on the phone with Mayor Bloomberg right now coordinating their press releases. Meanwhile, New Yorkers are preparing for a protest against the mega-mosque to be held tomorrow noon at the corner of Church and Liberty Streets at Ground Zero.

    Deborah Burlingame, the sister of the American Airlines pilot whose hijacked plane struck the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, said the indirect ties of the imam to the protesters who confronted Israeli forces Monday were not surprising.

    “I think it goes to show he is not the man he represents himself to be. We have two Imam Raufs,” she said.

    “We have the anti-Israel, anti-democratic imam, and we have the smiling, soft-spoken moderate Muslim who says ‘Why can’t we all get along?’

    The Free Gaza Movement is a charity that has made nine seaborne aid missions in the past two years to break the Israeli blockade.

    Cross-posted at Bread upon the Waters.

     
    • fuzislippers 8:58 PM on 06/05/2010 Permalink | Reply

      This mosque is an insult to America, and I can’t believe that anyone thinks it’s a good idea to allow it to be built. We know exactly what it represents to the Islamic terrorists, they haven’t done a thing to hide their true motives except to lie in public, but I can’t believe that anyone in government doesn’t understand, doesn’t know that it represents triumph and that they’ve “conquered” that land.

      As to the shady funding links to the terrorists who are trying to destroy Israel, color me unsurprised. They are the same people, same goals, same methods, same same same. What I want to know is how involved this WH was; it seems all his radical and commie pals were funding it.

      • Quite Rightly 8:11 PM on 06/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t want to believe that anyone thinks its a good idea to allow this mosque to be built, but it’s Twilight Zone time again. I am forced to succumb to the apparent reality that surrounds me, which is that a good many of the people in my community think this mosque is just another opportunity to demonstrate that old, boring freedom of religion. I cannot fathom it;I cannot expIain it. I know from direct experience that these same people are pushed to the edge of their tolerance if an evangelist from one of the proselitizing Christian sects shows up at their door with a couple of free pamphlets and an invitation to say a prayer, but a mosque positioned so that worshipers can literally look down on Ground Zero while they pray–that presents no problem to them and raises no alarms, except that they might encounter some shameless “bigotry” by some lout who opposes the idea. All the Muslims tthey know–all of them–they are quite sure, are paragons of tolerance. I don’t get it. I know people whose apartments looked down on Ground Zero while it was still smoking, and I know others who refuse to believe that was a traumatic experience. I know many people who thought the U.S. had it coming. Truly. At today’s rally in NYC against the building of the Ground Zero mosque, maybe 5,000 – 10,000 people showed up. In New York City, population 8 million. That’s a pretty small number, something like 7 people per thousand. Here in Progressive Paradise, that percentage of the population will show up on an hour’s notice to demonstrate against Israel’s “war on Gaza.” There are plenty of people who think it’s a good idea for this mosque to be built, and a great many more who think it’s existence is irrelevant.

        • fuzislippers 11:36 AM on 06/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

          The problem is that they do not understand the intention of Islam, its reason for being in a way. As usual, the western world thinks it can pat the uncivilized heathens on their head, give them a lollipop (or mosque), and good will springs forth from their kind tolerance and benevolence. Everything is wrong with that theory, not the least of which is the fact that they see white Christians and patriots (as represented by the cross and the flag, which must be banned) as the threat, while they roll out the red carpet for the real threat to their very existence. Idiots, morons, half-wits. Suicidally so.

  • Quite Rightly 12:53 PM on 05/25/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    GROUND ZERO MOSQUE COMMUNITY BOARD MEETING TONIGHT, 5/25/10 

    From 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America (via Teresamerica and Patriot’s Corner):

    [The] mosque, located on the top floor of the 15-story building, would have a commanding view of the entire Ground Zero neighborhood.

    I’m trying to imagine what kind of “moderate” Muslims think this is an inspiring view, the site of:

    the worst terrorist attack by extremist Muslims in America’s history; following the attack, 20,000 body parts were recovered in a nine-month operation to remove 1.8 million tons of rubble from Lower Manhattan.

    So inspiring, in fact, that someone was willing to put down almost $5 million in cash to secure the building, even though it is still under consideration for protection as an historical site.

    As we are reminded at Patriot’s Corner, 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America view the plan outlined by the Ground Zero imam to

    “leverage” the mosque’s proximity to Ground Zero to engage in proselytizing and to “grow the Muslim community,” as shockingly insensitive to the history of the site . . .

    Maybe that’s why the rest of the $100 million the mosque is expected to cost will be coming not only from Muslims in the United States, but also from overseas:

    Imam Abdul Rauf … told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Islamic center will be financed through contributions from Muslims in the US, as well as by donations from Arab and Islamic countries. . . .

    From Atlas Shrugs:

    Last week, the finance committee, composed of 12 people, voted unanimously in support of the mosque, after Imam Rauf and his wife, Daisy Khan was made. No one knew about it, no announcement was made. The matter will now go to the full committee (more than 40 people). The full committee will be meeting on May 25. WE NEED YOU ALL TO ATTEND TO VOICE YOUR OPPOSITION. [emphasis mine]

    CB1 has no legal authority. Their “approval” or disapproval is in no way binding on the matter, but the media will be there, and we need to send a message to Rauf, Khan and Mayor Bloomberg: This is wrong.  This will do terrible harm to the 9/11 family community and non- Muslims around the world.

    Meeting Info:

    CB #1 Monthly Meeting – 6:00 PM

    Location: Three Legged Dog Art and Technology Center

    80 Greenwich Street (at Rector Street)

     
  • Quite Rightly 3:34 PM on 05/21/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    What a Deal: A Ground Zero Mosque and Sharia Law in the U.S. 

    Who could resist a two-fer like that?

    Not surprisingly, the imam spearheading this mosque is a big supporter of Muslim law ruling American Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, and everybody else, and has written that the purpose of this mosque is to lay the groundwork to establish shariah law in the U.S.

    This link will take you to a petition to stop the building of the mega-mosque in the Ground Zero kill zone. I strongly encourage you to make your opposition known to Mayor Bloomberg, the Financial District Committee who approved this plan, and Community Board No. 1 who gave them authority to do so.

    You are asked to be polite in your communications by blogger Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs, co-founder of the human rights group, Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), which is hosting a rally at Ground Zero on June 6 at noon to protest the construction of this mosque.

    More at Bread upon the Waters.

     
  • Quite Rightly 8:46 AM on 05/18/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Janet Napolitano Hasn’t Read The AZ Immigration Bill Either: Why Bother? 

    Another paragraph in the continuing saga of the Obama administrations disdain for the American people.

    From Real Clear Politics:

    Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano admits she hasn’t read the Arizona immigration law, but passed judgment on it anyway. “That’s not the kind of law I would have signed,” she declared.

    Video here (quote starts about :51).

    You can understand why Obama’s administration doesn’t want the American people to think they actually read our laws. We might get the mistaken notion that the administration is considering upholding those laws.

     
  • Quite Rightly 1:24 PM on 05/11/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Supreme Court Unable to Save Memorial Cross from Desecration 

    Less than two weeks ago, on April 28th, five members of the Supreme Court decided to let an 8-foot war memorial cross stand in the middle of the Mojave Desert despite the objections of an Oregon man distressed by the possibility that he might someday drive through the Mojave Desert and, from the road, view that memorial cross, which had been erected in 1934 by members of the local post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

    Against the possibility that the eyes of someone driving through the Mojave Desert might momentarily rest on an object he considers offensive, the cross has been covered with plywood for the last 10 years as the ACLU worked to have it removed from a desert preserve owned by the U.S. government. Over the weekend, “vandals” took it upon themselves to finally remove the plywood covering from the cross. A few hours later, on Sunday, when workers were sent to replace the plywood covering, they found that the problem of having a memorial cross exposed to public view had been solved, not by plywood, but by “by thieves who cut the metal bolts that attached the symbol to a rock in the sprawling desert preserve.”

    Authorities are suggesting that the cross was removed by “scrap metal scavengers.”

    Uh huh.

    As reported by The Press-Enterprise of Riverside, California, the president of the Liberty Institute, one of the law firms representing the veteran caretakers of the Mojave desert cross, had this to say:

    This is an outrage, akin to desecrating people’s graves. It’s a disgraceful attack on the selfless sacrifice of our veterans. We will not rest until this memorial is re-installed.

    The VFW also promised that the memorial will be rebuilt:

    “This was a legal fight that a vandal just made personal to 50 million veterans, military personnel and their families,” National Commander Thomas J. Tradewell said.

    The cross had been sitting on land controlled by the National Park Service until a transfer of the section of land on which it stood could be transferred to the VFW in a land exchange ordered by Congress. That was a compromise that the plaintiff and the ACLU refused to accept. They adamantly fought to have the cross torn down before the land was transferred, which was the demand that brought the case to the Supreme Court. After hearing oral arguments, the court said:

    The goal of avoiding governmental endorsement does not require eradication of all religious symbols in the public realm. . . .

    Of course, some people will never quite understand the protections afforded to society when the majority of its members honor such simple rules of conduct as “Thou shalt not steal.”

    Cross posted at Bread upon the Waters.

     
  • Quite Rightly 8:35 AM on 05/06/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Times Square Bomber Dropped from Terror Watch List 

    It looks like the Times Square car bomber was dropped from the terrorist watch list shortly before he got his citizenship in 2009–at just about the same time that surveillance of the Fort Hood shooter and the Christmas Day bomber also stopped. This sickening revelation comes via AJ at The Strata-Sphere, who has been connecting the dots on the Obama administration’s reduction of Clinton and Bush era surveillance of suspicious behavior by potential terrorists.

     
    • backyardconservative 9:49 AM on 05/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Our worst fears about this administration.

      We have yet to experience a worse terror attack, but the rate of attempts has been intensifying hasn’t it. We can’t keep counting on ignorance–theirs or ours.

  • Quite Rightly 11:46 AM on 05/02/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Car Bomb Attempt at Times Square 

    Last night around 7 p.m. (from the NY Daily News, via Jihad Watch):

    Three heroic cops and a quick-thinking street vendor stopped a madman from detonating a car bomb in the heart of Times Square Saturday night, law enforcement officials told the Daily News.

    According to Newsweek, the bomb design apparently depended on an timing device triggering commercially made fireworks, which would then ignite containers of gasoline, detonating propane tanks.

    Jihad Watch is reporting something that the U.S. MSM is not:

    [O]ne clue comes from Jihad Watch reader Michael M.: “the vehicle was parked on 45th Street between 7th and 8th avenues in New York City. This is the location of VIACOM, Inc. offices. VIACOM owns Comedy Central. Comedy Central as we all know is the home of ‘South Park’. This information is omitted from every article I’ve come across so far.”

    Back home, according to Newsweek,

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that there is currently no evidence that the bomb was “anything other than a one-off.” But on another show, she said the event was being handled as a “potential terrorist attack … We’re taking this very seriously.”

    More at Bread upon the Waters.

     
    • fuzislippers 12:48 PM on 05/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s some really disturbing information from the wonderful guys at BlackFive:

      Mr. Roggio at Long War Journal has some potentially very disturbing news if verified. He has sources in the Intel community that believe this was an attempt by elements of the Mehsud group to hit us at home.

      A top Pakistani Taliban commander took credit for yesterday’s failed car bomb attack in New York City.

      Qari Hussain Mehsud, the top bomb maker for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, said he takes “fully responsibility for the recent attack in the USA.” Qari Hussain made the claim on an audiotape accompanied by images that was released on a YouTube website that calls itself the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan News Channel.

      The tape has yet to be verified, but US intelligence officials contacted by The Long War Journal believe it is legitimate. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan News Channel on YouTube was created on April 30. Officials believe it was created to announce the Times Square attack, and Qari Hussain’s statement was pre-recorded.

      The fact that the website and tape were prepared before the attempted bombing lends credence to the idea that the bastards claiming it are responsible. That is a particularly unwelcome development. The only upside is that the idiot making the claim is their top bomb maker and they can’t even get a damn bomb to explode. I have made many types of improvised explosives including fertilizer bombs, briefcase bombs, shaped charges out of metal funnels and just about anything else we could think of. The tricky part is setting them off. It seems that the losers in the Taliban haven’t managed to use their advanced civilization to generate much in the way of technology.

      It is also telling that this attack may have come from the Taliban and not al Qaeda. If they have decided to move their fight out of the Hindu Kush it completely changes the calculus of our war against them. Those who argue we should simply ignore them, now have to contend with the fact that they have decided the battlefield extends to our front yard. (at: http://www.blackfive.net/main/2010/05/car-bomb-in-times-square-by-pakistani-taliban.html )

    • Jill 2:53 PM on 05/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

  • Quite Rightly 11:45 AM on 04/30/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Don’t You Dare Ask For My ID, But You Are Welcome to My Body Parts 

    Of all the creepy, nightmare, sci-fi scenarios that liberal lunacy is assaulting us with, I think New York’s assumption that American citizens don’t even own our own bodies is the topper.

    Here in New York, we are so thoroughly considered the property of the state that when we die, our lawmakers plan on having the state move in and harvest our organs, no questions asked. Die in New York State, and your heart, lungs, eyes, and liver go to the highest bidder, the state, nobody’s saying.

    What could go wrong? Especially in the age of death panels, world demand for transplant organs and the enormous profits to be made by selling organs, not to mention the inevitable desire to get an organ while it’s nice and fresh, maybe from a body that’s still warm (not quite dead, perhaps). Who’s watching, anyway? After all, it can’t happen here (here, maybe).

    Oh, I’m telling you, my dear, that it can’t happen here.

    Don’t be nervous about going into a hospital for that risky surgery. If you are viewed as a prospective donor, you don’t need to worry about how hard a medical team will work to save you if they (or the government) perceive a greater benefit to harvesting the organs. Nah. They’ll return you with all your parts. You can always trust the state.

    But don’t you find it just a tad interesting that a group of New York’s lowly state assemblymen and assemblywomen are so confident of the state’s ownership of us that they have no problem blithely informing us that they (reluctantly) will approve of individuals owning their own body parts (for now), only if individuals petition the state, in writing, for ownership of their own body parts. That’s for those of us who are in a good situation to write, of course. In enlightened, ultra-charitable New York State, there are no poor, disabled, illiterate, or sick people (or even non-English speakers) who could be taken advantage of — or, let us say –who could “fall through the cracks.” No. Uh, uh. Not here. It can’t happen here.

    I mean, some politician wouldn’t dream of confiscating your organs for one of his family members. Nah. Well, maybe the guy who dreamed up New York’s latest “New York wants your heart” legislation because he had a hard time finding new kidneys for his daughter and didn’t want to wait for “an act of God” to provide her with organ donors.

    Under current New York State law, if I want to donate my organs and tissues to someone after I die, all I have to do is check a box on my drivers license renewal form (or license application), and my license will be mailed to me clearly emblazoned with the words “ORGAN DONOR.” All legal and set to go.

    But that’s not good enough. Or convenient enough.

    I keep saying it, and I’ll say it again:  The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

    Cross-posted at Bread upon the Waters.

     
    • Jill 12:25 PM on 04/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

      This makes my blood boil. Note that our regulation czar, Cass Sunstein, has proposed donation-by-default in his book, Nudge.

      • backyardconservative 1:45 PM on 04/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Wow. How about that right to privacy the Supremes “discovered” in the Constitution for abortion–I guess less powerful people are expendable.

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