Obama and other liberal “progressives” (anything goes morality is “progressive” apparently) made a fool of himself today in Cairo with his sometimes ridiculous and sometimes downright offensive speech there. Here is a section I take umbrage with:
“The U.S. government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab, and to punish those who would deny it.”
Yes, we know that women in islam are second class citizens. The koran itself states that women are lesser than men. Thank goodness they have the “right” to be second class and allow men to dominate them like this.
“I reject the view of some in the West that a woman who chooses to cover her hair is somehow less equal, but I do believe that a woman who is denied an education is denied equality. And it is no coincidence that countries where women are well-educated are far more likely to be prosperous.”
Huh? Why is it okay to support some arbitrary misogynist rule to cover your head and face because it’s a religious idea, but it’s not okay to support the religious idea of denying women education? Why is one somehow okay but not the other? This is the why liberals are nancies. They refuse to take a firm ideological stand on anything…for fear of not having every single person and every single thing be “equal,” no matter how little right something has of ever being “equal” to logical and reasonable traditions.
“Now let me be clear: issues of women’s equality are by no means simply an issue for Islam. In Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia, we have seen Muslim-majority countries elect a woman to lead. Meanwhile, the struggle for women’s equality continues in many aspects of American life, and in countries around the world.”
Does it? Women in the US ARE equal. You just finished a campaign that included a woman in the number 2 spot of the dem nomination! Enough of this bullshit that women are still fighting for equality in the US, it’s just not true, and to compare the US to muslim-majority nations where women are raped, beaten, and stoned to death for merely not having a penis, is absurd and offensive.
“Our daughters can contribute just as much to society as our sons, and our common prosperity will be advanced by allowing all humanity – men and women – to reach their full potential. I do not believe that women must make the same choices as men in order to be equal, and I respect those women who choose to live their lives in traditional roles. But it should be their choice. That is why the United States will partner with any Muslim-majority country to support expanded literacy for girls, and to help young women pursue employment through micro-financing that helps people live their dreams.”
Pipe dream. There’s no evidence that most muslim-majority nations hold anything but extreme contempt for their mothers and daughters, so let’s stop with the idiotic platitudes about how islam is so great and so wonderful, and by-golly it’s a great place for women to succeed.
Obama and most other progressives are wimps. You’ll never change the horrible situation for most women in the muslim world unless you man up, grow a pair, and start being honest. Not all religions are equal, and not all religious demands are equal. Just as not all nations are equal. Don’t you dare compare this land of freedom to any muslim-dominated nation, Mr. President, and don’t dare try to fool anyone into thinking islam is anything but a big bag of suck for women of all ages. It’s stupid, it’s pointless, and it’s just the pattern of liberal nonsense that never makes any true progress. The rights of women is an issue that needs to see progress in the muslim world. Unfortunately, when you follow a religion started by a mass murdering madman, that progress is sort of hard to come by. Obama would be wise to stand up and say so.
UPDATE: Pundette over at HotAir.com notices the absurd nature of Obama’s comments as well.
One of the dumbest arguments I hear from supporters of gay marriage, and lately protesters of proposition 8 in California- marriage for ALL people is a human right. To oppose proposition 8 is to somehow stand up for human rights.
Jesus H Christ, this is the dumbest argument on the planet.
So, let me get this straight. Marriage is as old as mankind itself. Marriage, recognized by leaders of various communities throughout history has been 1 man and 1 woman. That has been the inherent definition of the entire institution. Gay marriage, which has existed for a couple of years (in some states) is somehow a basic human right? Nonsense. Clearly if a ”right” has only existed in any form for a mere handful of years, it isn’t much of a right to begin with. Human rights? To claim gay marriage is a human right is a slap in the face to all people. It’s offensive to the very idea of human rights. The right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These are the basic human right as spelled out in the US Constitution, and they pretty well sum up human rights themselves, as they encompass a plethora of rights in general.
But a right to gay marriage? People have the basic human right to love whoever they choose to love, but to have the state recognize a union between two people. One, not only is that not a human right in any sense of the word, it’s surely not a right to be extended to any group of people, whether they be 2, 3, 4, or more together, just for the sake of supporting “human rights.” Two– allowing any group of people to join in any union they so choose and demanding that the state recognize it as a “marriage” degrades the instution of marriage and the right to that institution for one man and one woman. Marriage is sacred in that it IS unique. It is solely between one man and one woman. To allow gay marriage would, in theory and surely eventually in practice, demand that we extend this right to all people who join together in some sort of union, no matter how weird most of us think it is. Being weird shouldn’t exclude someone from gaining legal status under certain laws, but to come into a system thousands of years into the process and demand that the world kowtow to your demands that you completely and irreversibly change the very basic definition of that system is ludicrous.
Gay can marry already. There are literally thousands of churches who will be glad to violate the basic tenants of their religion to marry you as a couple. Why the state has to recognize that union and has to recognize it with the words “marriage,” I’ve no idea. And to rebut the argument that we not support gay “marriage” but rather gay “unions”- that idea is insanity that doesn’t even pretend to make any sense. A marriage is, in the eyes of the state, nothing more than a union. Supporting gay unions but not gay marriage (I support neither) is a laughable attempt at obfuscation. Marriage is, no doubt, the foundation of our society. But the important aspect is the religious, cultural, and societal message it sends, as well as the impact the recognization has on all of us as a nation. Gay union is a slipperly slope magic trick. You call them unions, you get people to accept them with that name, then you simply come in with the obvious argument that the state recognizes the union in a marriage, they don’t specifically recognize the religious implications that go along with it. Soon enough people are realizing that gay unions are, in fact marriages, just without the same title, so they soon allow that supporting unions is, in both in theory and practice, the same as supporting marriage itself. Thus, gay marriage across the land.
Gay marriage is clearly not a basic right. It most certainly is not a human right in any sense of the word. It’s not hate or hateful to oppose the concept as a whole, and it’s not mean to support bans to make sure the concept doesn’t turn into actual process. The rabid and the not-so-rabid protesters alike are coming up with some crazy arguments in support of what they really demand (notice I said demand and not what they want), which is total transformation of society. Down with the old order that cherished traditional core values, basic rights as promised by the founders, and the rule of common sense and reason. In with the new progressive rule complete with anything goes morality, a refusal to have any basic core values out of fear of not being totally inclusive, and the idea that as long as it feels good, go ahead and do it. The latter spells doom for our nation, and balllot initiatives like that in California are the only way to stop the constant assault on our national idenity itself.
It’s truly unfortunate that most voters are clueless halfwits that probably can’t even pronounce “socialism,” let alone know they’re ready to elect one to the highest office in the land.
If they watched this video of Obama in 2001 talking about civil rights and how we need to tie those rights to redistributing wealth (as he once again said when Joe the plumber asked him about it), no one would vote for. Sadly, most people won’t hear this audio, and even if they did, they’d be too stupid for it to have any effect at all. That sounds harsh, but it’s true…most voters couldn’t tell you a single thing they’re guy is for, let alone give you anything in detail about their chosen candidate’s platform.
This nation is in for a rude awakening. Jimmy Carter for the new century. Apparently, many voters think that’s a good thing…Obama is a closet socialist, but somehow the mainstream media ignores that all day long, the candidate himself won’t admit to it, and the voters are utterly clueless as usual.
Be afraid people. The people that make jobs are Obama’s target. When they cut the workforce and you lose your job, you’ll have the most liberal presidential candidate in our nation’s history to thank for it.
6:50 in, Obama complains that we have rotting sewer pipes, yet look at the olympics in Beijing- China was building!
Did Obama really just praise the hundreds of millions spent by the ChiComs for their publicity stunt in Beijing? Does he really think we’d be better off if we were just more like the good ol’ Chinese? I know I just harkon back to the days when we were a bit more like communists!
UPDATE (September 14, 2008): Apparently this is an argument Obama has used numerous times in stump speeches, and others noticed it as well.
Are the athletes going to the Olympics in Beijing bad people for doing so? I say, yes. Yes, they are. Going to participate in games (and that’s what they are- nothing more), while a billion people surrounding you are held hostage by a brutal communist state, is, in my mind, reprehensible. Which is why I won’t be watching a single second of any of the coverage. I would urge you to boycott the games as well, in any way you can.
Worse than the simple act of participating in some fairly useless (in the whole scheme of things, sports are, indeed, useless comparitively-speaking) is the fact that the athletes are clearly being used by the communist regime to legitimize the policies there. The govenment is using these people to prop up the idea that they’re not so bad afterall. China is a good place. It’s not the evil blight on the world some think it is. The athletes are mere pawns in this silly game. A game the IOC should be ashamed for even playing to begin with.
American companies who are supporting these games should also be ashamed. I’m all for free markets, but propping up a government that threatens the entire world is disgusting, and we should want to have no part in it. Furthermore- we should demand that governments and corporations worldwide do anything possible to overhaul that nation, and if they refuse to stop doing business with them in phases. We can’t cause a global economic disaster- such a disaster would be the downfall of all nations, not just the Chinese. But withdraw from this nation, we should.
Clearly, the tactics used to this point have not worked. It’s still a nation run by insecure thugs (most of whom probably couldn’t get women and had to make up for their weaknesses by brutalizing others); it’s still pumping out mass quantities of dangerous products that are constantly being recalled; it’s still a nation without basic rights, where freedom of expression is nonexistant, and censorship is rampant. It’s still a nation building up its military and implying threats to the US and our allies across the globe. There’s no good coming out of China, and we all know it. Boycotting the Olympics is the right thing to do.
The athletes themselves should put human rights and the very lives of the chinese people above silly ribbons and medals. Everyone taking part is to blame, no exceptions if you ask me.
[Updated with book cover below]
Oh dear God in heaven, I live in a world surrounded by morons who seem to have had their heads split open and their brains completely removed.
An incident at IUPUI (Indiana University Purude University Indianapolis- the longest and possibly worst school name ever) started when a white janitor named Keith Samspon read a book called Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan during a break. The book features a klansman on the cover, a burning cross, and Notre Dame’s campus. It’s the story of a riot in the 1920′s between Notre Dame students and the kkk, in which the students prevailed and apparently forced the klan off campus. It’s a positive story against racism and bigotry that happens to feature negative symbols on the front representing the history.
A co-worker complained to the school and Samspon was sent a warning letter.
But Sampson says his union official likened the book to bringing pornography to work, and the school’s affirmative action officer in November told Sampson his conduct constituted racial harassment.
“You used extremely poor judgment by insisting on openly reading the book related to a historically and racially abhorrent subject in the presence of your black co-workers,” Lillian Charleston wrote in a letter to Sampson.
It’s so sad that in 2008, ANY public institution, let alone a university has a “affirmative action office.” Think about that- the democratic presidential candidate is a black man the media adores. Yet, we have an office…an entire office at a public school dedicated to a form of instutionalized racial preferences. You can still get into school in this day and age by having a certain skin tone, often times over more qualified students with a different skin tone. We still pretend in this country that racism abounds when it clearly does not. Isn’t Obama proof that there’s certianly no need for skin tone-based bonus points? It boggles the mind.
And what does this officer think? That blacks in the community are the most thin-skinned people on earth? I’d wager that most blacks in the school probably support the idea of a book about the positive aspects of FIGHTING the KKK! To be warned by a school official for reading a book of history is absurd. If someone is offended, they need to get a clue, a life, and thicker skin, because if a book AGAINST the klan offends you, you’re never going to make it in the real world.
Sampson says he’s interested in history and wants to educate and better himself. The Indiana Civil Liberties Union and The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education took up the case and defended Sampson’s rights. The fact that school even sent a letter to begin with is a shame, and that they kowtow to whiners who make stupid complaints is a tragedy. A little common sense would go a long way on the modern college campus…but common sense is one major ingredient that seems to be missing on far too many campuses today.
The school eventually sent Sampson a letter apologizing, but only after bloggers took up the case and the Wall Street Journal wrote about the situation. Sounds like a bunch of cowards who screwed the pooch then went to hide under their desks, not wanting to admit they acted like boneheads with this case.
How do people so seemingly clueless get such high paid jobs? I’ll never understand this sad fact of life.
UPDATE: Saddest thing? THIS below is the book cover. I googled the title, and I could only find one book cover for the title, and it fits what the story describes- campus of Notre Dame, burning crosses, and white robes. Notice, though, how the main focus is the campus and the klansmen are a small part of the photo at the very bottom. No matter- such a cover shouldn’t have been reason for a warning, let alone a whiny complaint…but seeing the cover it makes it even more absurd to me.
The Chinese government is evil. Communism is, itself, evil. You can deny it till your blue in the face, but the world has known no greater threat to peace, freedom, and human life than communism in the 20th century. A new century has come, but the face of communism hasn’t suddenly changed.
Can we agree that the International Olympic Committee is just out of its mind for even thinking of allowing China to host international games? The idea wasn’t just foolish, it was offensive to all people who love freedom and human dignity and life itself. I don’t think even think there’s any need to go into the list of evils that exist within China and specifically with the regime that holds a death grip on a once great nation.
I wanted to take a second to ponder the Chinese lack of any common sense when it comes to the public images it displays. The thing that I’ve noticed with all the protest videos connect to the torch relay are these idiots in the blue tracksuits. These Chinese “torch protecters” are apparently part of China’s People’s Armed Police. These thugs, if you’ve seen any of the video have been right in the mele, pushing people, nearly fighting with protesters, and according to reports- these guys have just been thugs by swiping Tibetan flags, signs, and so forth.
It’s the epitome of an inept government to have no sense of what a brigade of uniformed armed torch protectors looks like to most of us. I see these blue track suit fools, and I notice that they all look identical…which would make sense in a nation that simply destroys the idea of personal identitym and is all about doing your best to turn anyone and everyone into a mindless, unthinking zombie who can do nothing but spout the party line. I also wonder who in their right mind allowed this brigade of thugs to even get anywhere near protesters, let alone allow them to be seen tussling with those who lined the relay route.
This is all indicative of a regime that has no true sense of reality. The Chinese seem to be completely clueless as to how to protray a positive image…or any sane image at all. And, it’s no wonder…any nation that embraces a soul-destroying system like communism would probably be the last regime to ever have any clue as to how to portray themselves in any positive light.
MORE: I just found this from the Wall Street Journal on the torch protecters and their link to Tibet.
The olympics…an important event to bring the world together, if only briefly. The International Olympic Committee should be ashamed of itself, as should world leader’s who stand by and say nothing about the boneheaded decision to host the 2008 games in a brutal, barbaric, and backwards communist nation that has a near stranglehold in all its citizens. In the modern world, there should be no acceptable reason why a nation as evil as China should ever host any international event, let alone something as big as the olympics.
The torch was run through London today, and protesters did their best to stop the torch run. Now, I don’t agree with some of these idiots fighting with police and such or even trying to stop the torch run itself- you have a right to express your opinion, but no right to force that opinion down the throats of others- let stupid people make stupid decisions, I say…but I wholly support protesting the events surrounding the games and complete boycotts of the games and any company that sponsors the game. Economics is one thing, but bringing down a brutal thuggish regime like in China should be a much higher priority. I can only hope that this nonstop protesting will shed even more like on the depressing communist regime and communism as a system itself. (newsflash- communism is an utter failure devoid of any positives).
Beyond the companies that sponsor the event- world leaders that take part in any aspect of the games should, I think, be ashamed of themselves as well. You take part in the games, and you lend credibility to the Chinese regime and the system it foolheartedly props up. It’s rather pathetic that it took Chinese violence against protesters in Tibet recently for any major world leaders to even say anything about the situation.
I understand economics, and the role China (unfortunately) plays in the world ecomony, which is why I would move to slowly remove the communist system brick by brick in China…a slow process that would take a number of years to completely destroy, but something that would take place in less than a decade. Why the world won’t gather around the idea of destroying the communist rule in China (and elsewhere- North Korea for example) just boggles the mind. If freedom in nations like Iraq and Afghanistan are worthy goals- why not a nation that holds 20% of the world’s population?
Hopefully the olympic games can shine a brightter light on the brutality of the Chinese government as well as the basic problems that need to be resolved here- there might be some good that comes out of all of it, but even that doesn’t excuse the shameful move by the IOC to hold the games in Beijing.
Bill Clinton Loses Temper, Lashes Out at Pro-Lifers
How on EARTH was this man ever president?! He’s killing his wife’s campaign with his constant insanity. Anymore, he just comes off as a sad angry old man who needs to bully others.
It is rich to see Clinton claiming to have stopped more abortions with his policies than pro-life groups and their advertising efforts. It might be funny if not for the fact that this guy is really serious.
Not all passenger airlines are offering flights in favour of passengers interest. The flights to rome and the flights to thailand were never this expensive. This holds true for flights to phoenix as well.
This is Kurt Daims. (Nice hat.) He’s bat-shit crazy.
Daims, resident of Brattleboro Vermont started a petition, gathering signatures from citizens in Brattleboro to arrest President Bush and Vice President Cheney for “war crimes, perjury or obstruction of justice” if either ever came to the city. (Vermont is the only state President Bush has never visited).
Here’s a bit from the article I found:
Kurt Daims, 54, of Brattleboro, the organizer of the petition drive, said Friday the debate to get the issue on the ballot was a good one. Opposition to the vote focused on whether the town had any power to endorse the matter.
“It is an advisory thing,” said Daims, a retired prototype machinist and stay-at-home dad of three daughters.
So far, Vermont is the only state Bush hasn’t visited since he became president in 2001.
Daims said the most grievous crime committed by Bush and Cheney was perjury — lying to Congress and U.S. citizens about the basis of a war in Iraq.
He said the latest count showed a total of 600,000 people have died in the war.
Daims also said he believed Bush and Cheney were also guilty of espionage for spying on American people and obstruction of justice, for the politically generated firings of U.S. attorneys.
Let’s ride this idiot into town.
First- let’s dispense with the bogus 600, 000 people killed in Iraq figure. This is nonsense.
Let’s go thru some facts associated with the lancet numbers:
The survey is tainted from the word “go”, as it was funded by uber-liberal foaming-at-the-mouth Bush hater, George Soros. (1)(2) He funded nearly half of the $100, 000 to do the survey/study. Does the fact that your study is funded by someone who is VERY wildly anti-war taint it? Come on. Of course it does. Anti-war groups used the number 600, 000 to claim Bush had blood on his hands. They hailed it as proof they were somehow right on the issue. They were completely wrong.
The Iraq Body Count project only lists less than 90, 000 deaths due to violence, tho they claim they undercount. The Iraq Body County project throws any credibility it has out the window from the front page of their very site. Wikipedia’s article on the project puts it well:
The project quotes the top US general in Iraq, Tommy Franks, as saying “We don’t do body counts “. The quotation was from a discussion of the Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan and was referring to counts of enemy soldiers killed, in the context of using enemy body counts as a measure of military success. The website, which omits the context of the quote, could be said to conflate the meaning of “enemy body count” with “civilian deaths caused” and to imply that the US is not interested in the number of civilian deaths its military operations cause. (emphasis added)
If you’re going to be blatantly dishonest on your website’s front page- you lose all credibility. I’ve no idea who runs the project or what their motives are, but it seems to be anti-war, so you have to wonder about how reliable their numbers are. Let’s be fair, and say being anti-war doesn’t necessarily mean they’re trying to pull one over on us…well, the deceptive quote on their site shows the project’s overall character, no?
So, we toss aside Iraqi Body Count for the most part. But, even if we leave them in- they show far less than 600, 000 (they currently show under 100, 000). This guy in VT using the lancet survey claims numbers that are 3 times higher!
The Iraqi Health Ministry did their own survey and list less than 300, 000 deaths.
The United Nations Development Programme Iraq Living Conditions Survey showed far fewer deaths than the lancet as well. They covered far many more households in their survey (over 20, 000 compared to the lancets study of less than 1, 000). You can google for more information, but the numbers were far lower…to be fair, their concentration was on living conditions and not on civilian deaths.
Let’s end the lancet stuff with a few items- Times Online UK claims fraud in the lancet study…National Journal collected the numbers from various sources and always find the lancet study to be completely flawed (or worse).
So, we can safely say- there is no way on earth that anywhere near 600, 000 people have died in Iraq due to the violence related to the war or during the war.
Little need to do this, but let’s quickly dispatch the other nonsense from the petition. Bush and Cheney lied to congress to get us to go war? How is that possible. Members of congress are privy to the same intel the president had on the situation. No stockpiles of WMD were found, but every intelligence agency that matters said the same thing- CIA, MI6, Russian intel, France, Germany, etc- they all said the same thing. Saddam had stockpiles of WMD. There was NO argument over whether or not he had WMD. The argument was over HOW that specific problem should be dealt with. To oust Hussein for this fact or not. The bad intel makes no difference in the end, as there were numerous reasons given by the administration to remove the brutal dictator, including 11 years of flippant refusal to abide by 16 UN resolutions dealing with the regime’s behavior.
The political firings of attorneys. Well, as has been discussed- these attorneys serve at the whim of the president, and the appointments themselves are political. So, no one is going to argue against that, but no one is going to argue it’s illegal or even uncommon- it’s the rule not the exception.
In the end, Daims is an utter loon, and sadly the city of Brattleboro becomes a laughing stock in the process. He’s helping waste tax payer money and time. He’s making himself, his family, and the city look foolish.