Lech Walesa was once a trade-union activist. He was often arrested for speaking his mind against Communist oppression behind the Iron Curtain in Poland and for defying the Soviet Union. He was an electrician who, with no higher education, led one of the most profound freedom movements of the 20th century — Solidarity. He became president of Poland and swept in reforms, pushing the Soviet Union out of his homeland and moving the country toward a free-market economy and individual liberty. And President Obama doesn’t want him to set foot in the White House.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Polish officials requested that Walesa accept the Medal of Freedom on behalf of Jan Karski, a member of the Polish Underground during World War II who was being honored posthumously this week. The request makes sense. Walesa and Karski shared a burning desire to rid Poland of tyrannical subjugation. But President Obama said no.
Administration officials told the Journal that Walesa is too “political.” A man who was arrested by Soviet officials for dissenting against the government for being “political” is being shunned by the United States of America for the same reason 30 years later.
Meanwhile, one of the recipients of the Medal was Dolores Huerta, the honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America. So socialist politics are acceptable, but not the politics of a man who stood up and fought socialism.
In 2008, Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign pulled off some stunning upsets. Obama’s team of David Ploufe and David Axelrod presented America with a blank slate of a candidate, allowing voters to see what they wanted. Obama’s campaign energized the youth vote, corralled the elderly vote, and simply outplayed the mediocre campaign waged by team McCain. Axelrod and Ploufe became stars in and of themselves, and it was widely believed that these were some of the smartest, cagiest political operatives to come along in a long time. In fact, when pressed for examples of his experience, Obama actually pointed to his campaign as proof he could lead.
Fast forward to 2012.
The Obama reelection campaign, which has been ongoing since 2008, has stumbled repeatedly. Worse for them, the Romney campaign has been lightning fast with devastating counterpunches. Not a single strategy by the Obama campaign this year has been successful and most have backfired badly. Instead of the cool and adept election wonks of the past, now we’re treated to watching them freeze and metaphorically stagger about, desperate to find something – anything – that will get them on some stable footing.
Tuesday is election day in Wisconsin and voters will decide if Scott Walker will be recalled. Walker is ahead in every poll I have seen. The NYT seems worried.
The outcome of the election on Tuesday will not just decide the state’s leanings on matters of budget, taxes and policy, as well as the ultimate trajectory of Mr. Walker’s fast-rising political prospects. It will also send a message about a larger fight over labor across the country, and about whether voters are likely to reject those who cut collective bargaining rights, as Governor Walker did here last year for most of the state’s public workers, setting off this battle in the first place.
Broadly, the results will be held up as an omen for the presidential race in the fall, specifically for President Obama’s chances of capturing this Midwestern battleground — one that he easily won in 2008 but that Republicans nearly swept in the midterm elections of 2010.
Five months ahead of the presidential election, the Democratic Party is already losing seats to Republicans, as a growing number of elected officials are changing parties over issues like the right to life, the definition of marriage, and the Obama administration’s mandate that religious institutions cover abortion-inducing drugs in their health care plans.
Wednesday afternoon, seven local office-holders from three Mississippi counties announced they had voted with their feet…..
State and local officials are not only ones to defect from an increasingly left-wing party. Former Alabama Congressman Artur Davis, an early Obama supporter who ran for governor in 2010, hinted on Tuesday that he may run for office in his new home state of Virginia. “If I were to run, it would be as a Republican,” he wrote.
“First Pals: What makes Dad so cool? He’s the swim coach, tent maker, best friend, bike fixer and hug giver—all rolled into one. Or two.” The text at the bottom reads: “Real-life dads, Todd Koch and Cooper Smith with their children Claire and Mason.”
How long will it be until Viagra or Cialis will show two men frolicking on the beach together? Now that the Resident has come out and said he thinks gay marriage is A-OK, I predict we see this type of commercial very soon.
Planned Parenthood again facilitating gender selection abortion to eliminate an unwanted girl. This time at the Margaret Sanger clinic in New York City.
This is devastating.
NEW YORK, May 31 — Today, Live Action released a new undercover video showing Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger clinic in New York City helping a woman determine if her unborn child was female so she could have a sex-selection abortion. The video is second in a new series titled “Gendercide: Sex-Selection in America,” exposing the practice of sex-selective abortion in the United States and how Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion industry facilitate the selective elimination of baby girls in the womb.
The new video can be viewed at www.ProtectOurGirls.com, a hub of research and information on sex-selective abortions.”
The Obama campaign is opening a new front in its war against GOP rival Mitt Romney, ABC News has learned, with planned attacks to begin this week on Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts and the campaign promises Democrats say he left unfulfilled.
That is a plan fitting of a super genius. It is a plan well suited to a man who told us he would cut the deficit in half in his first term and instead increased it the greatest amount in history.
A man who assured as “that future generations would look back and say, “this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick, and jobs for the jobless, this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow, and the earth began to heal” and has done nothing of the sort.
A man who promised he would close Gitmo in his first year in office while three years later it is still open for business.
A man who promised no tax increases of any kind on families making less that $250,000 per year but has allowed all manner of tax increases to occure.
A man who promised to keep lobbyists out of the White House but has done everything short of installing a revolving door to make lobbyist access easy.
A man who promised to put bills online for five days before signing them but has routinely signed them in less than a day.
A man who said, “If I don’t have this done in three years, then this is going to be a one-term proposition” but is running for reelection.
Yeah. Ride that rocket Wile E. What could go wrong?
On the front page of its Sunday edition, the New York Times gave a big spread to Ann Romney spending lots of time and tons of money on an exotic genre of horse-riding. The clear implication: The Romneys are silly rich, move in rarefied and exotic circles, and are perhaps a tad shady.
Only days earlier, news surfaced that author David Maraniss had unearthed new details about Barack Obama’s prolific, college-age dope-smoking for his new book, “Barack Obama: The Story” — and the Times made it a brief on A15.
No wonder Republicans are livid with the early coverage of the 2012 general election campaign. To them, reporters are scaring up stories to undermine the introduction of Mitt Romney to the general election audience – and once again downplaying ones that could hurt the president.
“The New York Times has given Obama the longest wet kiss in political history, and they have done him a favor again,” former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said. “The New York Times does a huge expose that Ann Romney rides horses. Well, so does my wife, and a few million other people. Watch out for equine performers!”
Republicans cry “bias” so often it feels like a campaign theme. It is, largely because it fires up conservatives and diminishes the punch of legitimate investigative or narrative journalism. But it also is because it often rings true, even to people who don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh – or Haley Barbour.”
Spaniards alarmed by the dire state of their banks are squirreling money abroad at the fastest rate since records began, figures showed on Thursday, and the credit ratings of eight regions were cut.
Spain is the next country in the firing line of the euro zone’s debt crisis, with spendthrift regions and shaky banks threatening to blow a hole in state finances and pushing funding costs towards levels that signal the need for a bailout.
If you had wealth in Euros in a Spanish bank and could transfer it without penalty to a German bank, what would you do? You would transfer it to a German bank.
It may not be rational to start a bank run, but it is sure as hell rational to take part in one that is underway.
In a foolish move Governor Patrick has chosen to defend and support Fauxcahontas. She is the laughingstock of the nation and he chose to hitch his wagon to her. In the video below you’ll see that a reporter actually asked Warren about her heritage and her lying about it. Warren again began to stumble and Patrick butted in to say, “It’s not important”.
It is important; not because she isn’t what she said she is. It’s not because she may have claimed minority status to gain an advantage. It’s because she has shown herself to be a liar. Voters want to know about that before an election.
The more she is confronted about it the more her story changes and becomes weaker – no, make that ridiculous.
Obama appearing on Jimmy Fallon (5-30-2012) and “slow jamming” the news in this stupid skit. He was campaigning and giving a speech to a crowd of U of North Carolina students, who all must think he is the coolest POTUS evah! The leftist student body ate this trype up with a super-sized straw. The leftist entertainment industry will do whatever it takes to get Obama erected again, including dumb skits to allow him to make campaign appearances while giving him a national platform to bash the GOP. This was not a parody to Obama. He took this opportunity quite seriously.
Public-employee unions in Wisconsin have experienced a dramatic drop in membership — by more than half for the second-biggest union — since a law championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker sharply curtailed their ability to bargain over wages and working conditions…..
Wisconsin membership in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees-the state’s second-largest public-sector union after the National Education Association, which represents teachers-fell to 28,745 in February from 62,818 in March 2011, according to a person who has viewed Afscme’s figures. A spokesman for Afscme declined to comment.
Obama/Biden produced this love-letter to Narcissus Obama, where this woman extolls the virtues of “The One” while sharing her daughters’ dreams of a world free of the scourge of having to pay for condoms.
Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren acknowledged for the first time late Wednesday night that she told Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania that she was Native American, but she continued to insist that race played no role in her recruitment…..
“At some point after I was hired by them, I . . . provided that information to the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard,’’ she said in a statement issued by her campaign. “My Native American heritage is part of who I am, I’m proud of it and I have been open about it.’’ …..
When the issue first surfaced last month, Warren said she only learned Harvard was claiming her as a minority when she read it in the Boston Herald.
Today’s big news is that researchers have found proof of Chinese manufacturers putting backdoors in American chips that the military uses. This is false. While they did find a backdoor in a popular FPGA chip, there is no evidence the Chinese put it there, or even that it was intentionally malicious.
Backdoors are common, but rarely malicious
Backdoors are a common problem in software. About 20% of home routers have a backdoor in them, and 50% of industrial control computers have a backdoor. The cause of these backdoors isn’t malicious, but a byproduct of software complexity. Systems need to be debugged before being shipped to customers. Therefore, the software contains debuggers. Often, programmers forget to disable the debugger backdoors before shipping. This problem is notoriously bad for all embedded operating systems (VxWorks, QNX, WinCE, etc.)…..
It’s remotely possible that the Chinese manufacturer added the functionality, but highly improbable. It’s prohibitively difficult to change a chip design to add functionality of this complexity. On the other hand, it’s easy for a manufacturer to flip bits.
“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”