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British Newspaper Columnist Slams Obama’s State of the Union | TheBlaze.com

British Newspaper Columnist Slams Obama’s State of the Union | TheBlaze.com

This article says it all!

BRITISH COLUMNIST STUNNED: OBAMA‘S SOTU OUTLINED IDEAS ’BASED ON THE VERY MODEL THAT IS CAUSING THE EU TO IMPLODE’

Posted on January 30, 2012 at 11:54am by Christopher Santarelli

The President once introduced himself to a crowd in Berlin in 2008 as a “fellow citizen of the world.” Now some European commentators from across the pond are speaking out, dumbfounded by the direction that President Barack Obama is taking the United States.

Janet Daley wrote a blistering column for The Daily Telegraph over the weekend entitled “Barack Obama is trying to make the US a more socialist state.” In the piece, Daley writes that the days of the world looking to the United States for leadership are over:

“Barack Obama is now putting the United States squarely a decade behind Britain. Listening to the President’s State of the Union message last week was like a surreal visit to our own recent past: there were, almost word for word, all those interminable Gordon Brown Budgets that preached ‘fairness’ while listing endless new ways in which central government would intervene in every form of economic activity.

Later, in a television interview, Mr Obama described his programme of using higher taxes on the wealthy to bankroll new government spending as ‘a recipe for a fair, sound approach to deficit reduction and rebuilding this country.’ To which we who come from the future can only shout, ‘No‑o-o, go back! Don’t come down this road!’”

Daley goes on to criticize the President’s “childlike conception of fairness,” pointing out that when you breakdown the redistribution of wealth from entrepreneurial activity to public spending, the effects are much more complex and perverse than the President would suggest:

 “There is, it turns out, a huge difference between being provided with a livelihood and feeling that you have earned it. The assumption that all the wealth that individuals create belongs, by moral right, to the state, to spend on benefits or phoney job creation schemes (sorry, public infrastructure projects), is proving phenomenally difficult to expunge in Britain, so ineradicably has it embedded itself in the public consciousness.

In the US, it has had only odd historical moments of favour (Roosevelt’s New Deal, Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society”), which have been beaten back consistently by the dynamism of a country that sees its existential purpose as being to foster and promote individual achievement and self-belief. It is bizarre that Obama should be regarded (or should regard himself) as a kind-of European who is trying to bring a sophisticated kind-of socialism to American economic life, complete with government-run health care and “fair” (high) taxes on the wealthy. If his European credentials were up to date, he would know that this was precisely the social model that is causing the EU to implode, and whose hopeless contradictions the best economic minds on the Continent are attempting, unsuccessfully, to resolve.”

Daley was born in America but has lived in Britain since 1965. It should be noted that The Telegraph’s political editor has described the paper being “right of center” on the political spectrum.

After describing the President’s attachment to the “left-liberal dream, which still survives in small pockets of American life,” Daley concludes that if the United States ceases to stand by its constitution and political institutions specifically designed to prevent the government from oppressing the rights of the individual citizen, it will make a stupid mistake and “suffer a catastrophic loss of purpose and identity.”

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RealClearWorld – No More Leading from Behind for America

RealClearWorld – No More Leading from Behind for America

Wow. I really like this guy. He loves our country and understands its values. He truly understands what the Founding Fathers were doing when they first signed the Declaration of Independence and then our Constitution. He explains his positions in a way even I can understand. I just get a good feeling about him. He believes in America and understands our history. He really understands the issues with the middle east. I really enjoyed reading this editorial written by Rick Santorum. I think I like this guy more now than I did before.

I decided early on in this election process that I wasn’t going to cast my vote for whoever looked most like they could beat President Obama. I felt that if I truly wanted God to intervene, I needed to vote with my heart. We have to have faith that even though the person we choose to vote for isn’t the front-runner, if we stay firm in our values and what we want for this country, God will intervene. Through Him all things are possible. He’s (God) certainly more powerful than any GOP establishment. We have to put our faith in Him and he will guide our country to the right leader, whoever it might be. I feel it could be Rick Santorum, you might feel it’s someone else. Either way, just vote with your values and principles and put faith in God to help our country. That’s the only way we can get real change we can believe in.

Please read the following article and see if you might feel the same way.

January 30, 2012
No More Leading from Behind for America
By Rick Santorum

My passion for protecting and preserving freedom is a gift that comes to me from my grandfather, an immigrant who brought my father to this country and whose well-weathered hands mined coal in Southwestern Pennsylvania until he was 72. He left the totalitarian regime of Mussolini’s Italy to bring his family to freedom.

He worked hard and committed himself to creating a better life for his children and grandchildren. He taught me how to treasure the gift of freedom, to have faith in God’s grace, to achieve what American liberty offers to those who work hard and to love and support a family. The Pennsylvania town my grandfather called home is just a few miles down the road from the field where Flight 93 crashed on that beautiful, blue-sky September day; a day when radical jihadists declared war on America, in America, on our own soil. The passengers and crew bravely stood up for freedom.

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Michelle Malkin » For Santorum

Michelle Malkin » For Santorum

I knew I liked her!  I’ve always liked Michelle Malkin’s Blog, but now I know there’s even more there for me to like.  She explains why she’s for Rick Santorum.  Her reasons are the same as mine.  She lists both the good and the bad about Rick and then she gives details about Gingrich, Romney and Paul.  She puts into words the things I wish I knew how to say.  

I know that Rick Santorum has not flip-flopped on issues and that he values the same things I do.  Although he’s not perfect (And who is?), he is an honest and honorable man.  I feel good about him as my choice.  Even if people choose to believe my vote for former Senator Santorum is a wasted vote, I still choose him as the best choice we have now.

Read Michelle’s blog post below:

For Santorum
By Michelle Malkin  •  January 30, 2012 08:24 AM
Rick Santorum opposed TARP.

He didn’t cave when Chicken Littles in Washington invoked a manufactured crisis in 2008. He didn’t follow the pro-bailout GOP crowd — including Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich — and he didn’t have to obfuscate or rationalize his position then or now, like Rick Perry and Herman Cain did. He also opposed the auto bailout, Freddie and Fannie bailout, and porkulus bills.

Santorum opposed individual health care mandates — clearly and forcefully — as far back as his 1994 U.S. Senate run. He has launched the most cogent, forceful fusillade against both Romney and Gingrich for their muddied, pro-individual health care mandate waters.

He voted against cap and trade in 2003, voted yes to drilling in ANWR, and unlike Romney and Gingrich, Santorum has never dabbled with eco-radicals like John HoldrenAl Gore and Nancy Pelosi. He hasn’t written any“Contracts with the Earth.”

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Justice Department | Eric Holder | When Did He Know | The Daily Caller

Justice Department | Eric Holder | When Did He Know | The Daily Caller

This reminds me of President Clinton answering a question by saying, “It depends on what the definition of ‘is’ is.”  I think Mr. Holder is not sure what the definition of the word lie is.  I also notice that just like the lawyers they are, no one will give a straight answer. If he wasn’t told and didn’t know about  what had happened, the answer is easy.  Just say NO.  All of this word play just makes him look more guilty.  What do you think?  Read the article from The Daily Caller below:

DOJ dodges, won’t say if Holder knew ‘Fast and Furious’ gun killed border guard

By Matthew Boyle – The Daily Caller Published: 1:12 AM 01/30/2012 | Updated: 12:58 PM 01/30/2012

A document the Department of Justice sent to Congress Friday shows that Eric Holder’s deputy chief of staff was made aware on the day of U.S. border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder that a weapon traced back to Operation Fast and Furious killed him. But when asked Sunday, a Justice spokesperson would not would not answer The Daily Caller’s question about whether Attorney General Eric Holder himself was informed of the connection on that day.

The documents sent from the DOJ to congressional officials Friday night included a series of emails between former Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke and Holder’s then-deputy chief of staff Monty Wilkinson. Those emails show Wilkinson, a senior Holder aide, knew on December 15, 2010 — the day Terry was killed – that the weapons used to murder him were provided to a Mexican gang by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

On that day, records show, Burke wrote to Wilkinson that “[t]he guns found in the desert near the murder[ed] BP officer connect back to the investigation we were going to talk about – they were AK-47s purchased at a Phoenix gun store.”

The emails also show that Wilkinson “alerted” Holder of Terry’s death on that day. They do not, however, show whether he told Holder that Operation Fast and Furious had provided Terry’s killer with the means to murder him.

Reached by The Daily Caller on Sunday, DOJ spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler would not give a yes-or-no answer to the question of whether Wilkinson told Holder, his superior, about the connection between the gunwalking scheme and Terry’s murder.

Instead, Schmaler pointed to a letter Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich sent to Congress Friday with the documents. In that letter, Weich wrote only that Wilkinson “does not recall” whether or not he informed Holder. Weich added that the DOJ has been “advised” that Burke similarly has “no recollection” of discussing these details with Wilkinson in the first place.

Over the course of an email conversation Sunday lasting more than two hours, Schmaler declined to answer whether Holder was informed. She did, however, agree that it’s “absolutely not unreasonable to ask” that question of Holder.

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, who has led the congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious along with House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, said in a tweet Saturday that the documents DOJ released Friday “clearly show Holder[‘]s people knew” about the gunwalking initiative before Grassley opened his investigation – and that the DOJ “lied” to Congress.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/01/30/doj-dodges-wont-say-when-holder-knew-of-border-guards-death/#ixzz1l26ezt2o

 

Glenn Beck Features Ben Breedlove’s YouTube Message on Life & God on GBTV | Video | TheBlaze.com

Ben Breedlove (Image Credit: YouTube)

Glenn Beck Features Ben Breedlove’s YouTube Message on Life & God on GBTV | Video | TheBlaze.com This is an absolutely beautiful video and Billy Hallowell from The Blaze has written an awesome article about the video.  You MUST watch this video, but when you do, make sure you have lots of Kleenex and a quiet room.  This picture shows Ben Breedlove holding a card that asks “Do you believe in Angels or God?”  Well, I believe in both.  I also believe there are angels in heaven and on earth.  This boy is an Angel.  His smile makes me feel the love of God and I see the peaceful calm of someone who’s not afraid of death.  I have two sons, 17 & 19, but I’m pretty sure if I didn’t, this video would still make me cry.   Please read this article from The Blaze and watch the video.  The article also shows the original video that was posted to YouTube.  The original he posted in two parts, but GBTV with Glenn’s introduction shows the video all the way through.  But I warn you, have plenty of Kleenex.  I’m not kidding.  I woke up my husband with my sobbing. Here’s the article and the video:

GLENN BECK: THIS IS ‘ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL GOD MESSAGES THAT I’VE EVER SEEN’

Posted on January 27, 2012 at 8:30am by Billy Hallowell

On his show last night, Glenn Beck shared a very special video message that was posted on YouTube last month by 18-year-old Ben Breedlove, a brave young man who died on Christmas day (just a few days after uploading it). Tragically, Breedlove suffered a heart attack after battling a lifelong condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. (The Blaze originally did a post on the story last month: Did NBC Intentionally Edit Deceased Boy’s Admission That He Believed in God?) Beck went on to call the video, which has been viewed by more than six million people world-wide, “one of the most powerful God messages that I’ve ever seen.” The recording, which deals with both personal and spiritual themes, is moving to say the least.

Ben Breedlove (Image Credit: YouTube)

“Very few people even know half the story of [Ben’s] life,” Beck said. “It is a remarkable story filled with hope and with love and with laughter and with grace and questioning. But in the end, it is a life full of miracles.”

He continued, discussing how Breedlove’s video is miraculously making an impact, while leading non-believers to God, across the globe:

“God is not sitting on the sidelines, but you have to be quiet enough and willing to see it and then stitch it all together. Someday soon, I hope to tell you the full story of Ben’s life and the message that he left that is now connecting with so many people around the world — especially young people — many of them who aren’t even religious at all. They‘re stumbling across this video as it’s passed from person to person and they are learning from Ben’s story that there is a God, that he is good, that miracles happen.”

Beck went on to share Breedlove’s video message in its entirety — something that many media outlets declined to do when initially reporting on this story last month. In fact, some media, as we’ve noted, actually left Breedlove’s references to God (what seems to be the main premise of his message) out of their coverage entirely. “This is a message that a young man received and then did exactly what he was supposed to do — share it with you — so you knew that [God] was involved,” Beck said. Watch Beck discuss Breedlove’s life and his inspirational video, below: Click this link to see the introduction and the entire video, or just watch the two part video also added at the end of this article. http://web.gbtv.com/shared/video/embed/embed.html?content_id=20073711&width=400&height=224&property=gbtv On Dec. 18, Breedlove posted the clip entitled, “This is my story” on one of his YouTube channels. In it, he shares his battle with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, as he talks about three incidents during which he cheated death. The two-part video describes, through notecards he holds up (there is no audio), some of the visions he had during these life-threatening incidents. In describing his first experience cheating death at the age of four, Breedlove’s cards read:

There was this big bright light above me … I couldn’t make out what it was because it was so bright. I told my mom, ‘Look at the bright light’ and pointed up. She said she didn’t see anything. There were no lights on in this hall. I couldn’t take my eyes off it. And I couldn’t help but smile. I had no worries at all, like nothing else in the world mattered.

In describing his third incident cheating death, which occurred in Dec. 2011, Breedlove shares yet another heaven-like encounter. As medical professionals tried to revive him, he says he found himself in a silent, white room that had no walls. Breedlove goes on to say that he experienced “that same peaceful feeling I had when I was 4.” He continues:

I was wearing a really nice suit and, so was my fav rapper, Kid Cudi. […]

I then looked at myself in the mirror, I was proud of MYSELF, of my entire life, everything I have done. It was the BEST feeling. […]

I didn’t want to leave that place. I wish I NEVER woke up.

The clips culminate with Breedlove holding a card that says, “Do you believe in angels or god?” and another that proclaims, “I do.” And here’s the second portion: An inspiration, indeed. (H/T: GBTV)

U.S. outrage as Egypt bars Americans from leaving | Reuters

U.S. outrage as Egypt bars Americans from leaving | Reuters

Am I the only person who’s nervous about this?  Now that they’ve decided to not let American’s leave Egypt, what could go wrong?  I’ll just keep trying to pretend everything’s okay and this is just in my head.  Sometimes I wish I could just go back to sleep, like so many Americans, and just decide this doesn’t mean anything.  It doesn’t, does it?

Here’s the article from Reuters:

By Patrick Werr and Tom Perry

CAIRO | Thu Jan 26, 2012 5:29pm EST

(Reuters) – Six Americans working for publicly funded U.S. organizations promoting democracy in Egypt have been barred from leaving the country, provoking angry demands in Washington that Cairo’s new military rulers stop “endangering American lives”.

Among those hit by travel bans – one of those targeted called it “de facto detention” – is a son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, as well as other foreign staffers of the International Republican Institute and National Democratic Institute, officials at the two organizations said.

The United States said Egypt should reverse them: “We are urging the government of Egypt to lift these restrictions immediately and allow these folks to come home as soon as possible,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

“We are trying to get them free to travel as soon as possible, and we’re hopeful that we can resolve this in coming days,” she said.

A month after police raided the Cairo offices of the IRI, NDI and eight other non-governmental organizations, it raises the stakes for Washington, which had already indicated it may review the $1.3 billion it gives the Egyptian military each year if the probe into alleged breaches of local regulations went on.

Some see it as a poor omen for Egypt’s fledgling democracy following last year’s overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.

John McCain, the leading Republican senator who chairs the IRI, voiced “alarm and outrage” at a “new and disturbing turn” which included a travel ban on Sam LaHood, the group’s Egypt director.

The younger LaHood said he was stopped at Cairo airport on Saturday and prevented from boarding a flight out.

McCain, in a statement referring to Egypt’s ruling military council, said: “I call on the Egyptian government and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to cease the harassment and unwarranted investigations of American NGOs operating in Egypt.

“This crisis has escalated to the point that it now endangers the lives of American citizens and could set back the long-standing partnership between the United States and Egypt.”

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Jan Brewer: Obama Is Very Thin Skinned

What a big baby.  Be a man and say nothing.  Don’t talk down to the Governor just because you don’t like what she said about you in her book.  This only makes you, President Obama, look like a petulant child.  At least President Bush took things like a man.  I find it very disrespectful of Pres. Obama to just walk away while Gov. Brewer was still talking. He’s not a King or Dictator yet.

Here she is with Greta Van Susteren talking about how the President ambushed her:

 

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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee: Gingrich is Using Racial ‘Code Words’ | Video | TheBlaze.com

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee: Gingrich is Using Racial ‘Code Words’ | Video | TheBlaze.com

I know I’d better be careful to not use any of those tricky, racial ‘code words’, so I’ll try to make myself perfectly clear.  I don’t like Newt, not one bit, but the one thing I’m pretty sure of is that he wasn’t using ‘code words’ and doesn’t seem racist to me.  

Now, let me state clearly to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee; “What’s wrong with you?”  How can this country ever move beyond racial turmoil, if crazy nutjobs like you keep accusing everyone of being racist?  If people you don’t approve of don’t use straight racial slurs and racist language, you just accuse them of using ‘code words’.  Get a grip lady.  I’m 50 years old and have been a conservative my whole life.  Both my parents were conservative and my grandparents before them.  And guess what, not one racist among them.  I was also one of those poor kids, like the kind Newt refers to, who had to get a job before I was old enough to ‘officially’ get a job.  It helped me feel I was helping my family and earning my own money.  I’m pretty sure it helped keep me out of trouble too.  There’s a lot of white people like me and a lot of people of color who all had to work when we were young.  Pardon me for not immediately thinking racially all the time.  You have become ridiculous, not only to me, but to many others who hear your same moronic words over and over.  Now you’re just a laughingstock.  I sure hope there’s no ‘code words’ in here, because I pretty much feel the same way about Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

Now to the article:

Posted on January 21, 2012 at 11:34am by Madeleine Morgenstern

Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee on Friday accused Newt Gingrich of using racial “code words” in calling President Barack Obama the “food stamp president” and saying schools ought to hire children to do janitorial work.

The Texas congresswoman’s comments came in response to a question about remarks she made on the House floor Wednesday, when she said there are “candidates like Newt Gingrich who want to throw fuel and matches and fire to develop sort of an explosiveness in this country” and there are “underlying suggestions” to calling Obama the “food stamp president.”

“These are code words. It’s inappropriate,” Jackson Lee told MSNBC’s Martin Bashir Friday. “Let me say that the code words, as far as I’m concerned words that generate and signify race.”

“[With Gingrich] It is ‘I will use race to divide. I will call the president the food stamp president,’” she said. “Telling us that a janitor who makes $37,000 would be in a better position to give his job up so that the children of the poor in New York…can pick up a broom and work.”

To say children in New York should “pick up a broom and work…is a code word to, if you will, portray poor children and poor school districts that they have seen no one work legitimately,” she said. “That they don‘t have a work ethic and these janitors are overpaid unionized workers who don’t have family and are not making $37,000 a year”

“I think Mr. Gingrich should be ashamed of himself and we should not want to win at any cost. Let’s bring the country together. Let’s not destroy Mr. Obama. Let’s talk about helping the American people,” she said.

Her comments came just days after former President Jimmy Carter made a similar charge against Gingrich as well, saying there’s a “subtlety of racism” to his comments about food stamps and welfare.

Watch Jackson Lee’s remarks below, via MSNBC:

Click on link below to see the video:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640

Bozell Column: Colberts Egotism Isnt Fake | NewsBusters.org

Bozell Column: Colberts Egotism Isnt Fake | NewsBusters.org

By Brent Bozell | January 21, 2012 | 07:49

Late-night comedians historically have relished the opportunity to poke fun at politicians. Sometimes they savage them. In the Obama era, they haven’t been so enthusiastic about any of it. A recent study of political jokes on three late-night shows (Letterman, Leno, and Jimmy Fallon) by the Center for Media and Public Affairs found that Barack Obama’s joke count is “substantially lower than any other president.”

Some of the Obama jokes are actually bipartisan slams. Jimmy Fallon joked that “Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton are more mature than President Obama and John Boehner.” This is the classic comedian’s pose, and the safe one, that all the politicians are ridiculous, squabbling poseurs. Still, it’s every bit as much pandering to the public as the politicians are.

But some self-aggrandizing comedians are constantly stepping off the sidelines and attempting to participate in, not just ridicule, political campaigns. At least once a year, Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert professes to get serious about politics. He portrays himself as a pompous Bill O’Reilly clone.  The pomposity is not just an act. He’s engaged in a series of egotistical stunts to promote his own Nielsen ratings. Now he’s thrown his hat into the Republican primary ring to be elected “President of South Carolina.”

This is nothing new. In 1928, Will Rogers ran as the “bunkless candidate” of the Anti-Bunk Party. His only campaign promise was that, if elected, he would resign. When his name was seriously considered by voters, he wrote, “Now when that is done as a joke it is alright. But
when it’s done seriously, it’s just pathetic.”

Stephen Colbert is just pathetic.

Of course, Colbert isn’t seriously running for president, any more than he was seriously testifying on migrant workers in that fiasco in front of the House Judiciary Committee in 2010. What, then, gives him the right to pontificate as if he were demanding that level of respect?

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