Friday, May 21, 2010

Elena Kagen; Smart Pills; and Shocking Math Lesson; Blogger and a Free Press; and Sermons Spouting the Government Message

In what should come as a shock to absolutely nobody, Elena Kagan's newly surfaced college thesis centered on socialism...and not in a critical way.
In it, she thanks her brother, "whose involvement in radical causes led me to explore the history of American radicalism in the hope of clarifying my own political ideas."
An in part of her conclusion, she states:
The story is a sad but also a chastening one for those who, more than half a century after socialism's decline, still wish to change America. Radicals have often succumbed to the devastating bane of sectarianism; it is easier, after all, to fight one's fellows than it is'to battle an entrenched and powerful' foe. Yet if 'the history of Local New York shows anything, it is that American radicals cannot afford to become their own worst enemies. In unity lies their only hope. ...

The Birmingham News is reporting:  Jefferson County geometry teacher uses wrong example to teach angles --- assassination of President Barack Obama

The teacher was appar­ently teaching his geometry students about parallel lines and angles, officials said. He used the example of where to stand and aim if shooting Obama.

"He was talking about angles and said, 'If you're in this building, you would need to take this angle to shoot the president,' " said Joseph Brown, a senior in the geometry class.

[This is shocking, dangerous and inappropriate!  I think he should have been arrested, actually.]  

Congress about to limit political speech of bloggers?

The bill, however, would radically redefine how the FEC regulates political commentary. A section of the DISCLOSE Act would exempt traditional media outlets from coordination regulations, but the exemption does not include bloggers, only “a communication appearing in a news story, commentary, or editorial distributed through the facilities of any broadcasting station, newspaper, magazine or other periodical publication…”    "The purposeful lack of exemption for bloggers looks ominous indeed — and could be used to harass smaller, unfunded bloggers out of the realm of political debate."
World Net Daily reports: A George Soros-funded, Marxist-founded organization calling itself Free Press has published a study advocating the development of a "world class" government-run media system in the U.S.
A newly released book, meanwhile, documents Free Press has close ties to top Obama administration officials.
The current Top 25 movers and shakers right now looks more like a list of books for history buffs. Almost every single one of the top 25 are about the Constitution, the Founders, and faith. 
Nancy Pelosi is proposing sermons from our churches' pulpits:  "On the subject of immigration, because I think the church is going to have to play a very major role in how we, how people are treated. The cardinals, the archbishops, the bishops that come to me and say we want you to pass immigration reform and I said but I want you to speak about it from the pulpit. I want you to instruct your, whatever the communication is — they — the people some oppose immigration reform are sitting in those pews and you have to tell them that this is a manifestation of our living the Gospels."  [And they said George W. Bush had a difficult time constructing a sentence?]
“Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships recently issued its report of recommendations and the Obama administration is about to take faith-based initiatives to a whole new level.
“The president’s council envisions the government and religion partnering to push the good news of global warming, climate change and green issues.  Yes, the religion of environmental and social justice.  [What ever happened to the "separation of church and state?]
American Thinker writes: Recall, one of the few times Obama has been honest was his campaign era gaffe when he touted his desire to spread the wealth.
More recently, he hectored us (which he often does) that sometimes he thinks people just earn too much money. Now his OMB director denies that Obama pledged not to raise taxes on those earning less than $250,000. He says it was just a preference of Obama's  (and now Obama himself just says he is agnostic on tax raises).
A few years ago, he expressed dismay that the Constitution was a roadblock to redistributing wealth

'The decision is not whether or not we will ration care - the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open" is what Dr. Donald Berwick, President Obama's nominee to head the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, said in an interview published in Biotechnology Healthcare in June 2009.
The question is whether the Senate will confirm Berwick with open eyes.
And how will that care be rationed? It seems Berwick is a great fan of Britain's National Health Service, specifically its Orwellian-named National Institute for Clinical Excellence, or NICE. NICE is the body that decides what health treatments are available in Britain and who is worth receiving them.
In the 2009 interview, Berwick opined: "We can make a sensible social decision and say, 'Well, at this point, to have access to a particular additional benefit (new drug or medical intervention) is so expensive that our taxpayers have better use for those funds." Sounds like denial of care to us.
John Brennan:  Current Position: Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism (since May 2009) After the attempted bombing of a Northwest jet on Christmas Day 2009, Brennan became the point person in defending the Obama administration's war on terror. He said "the system is working. It's just not working as well as it needs to constantly." [Now that's a good one!]
Brennan seemed at ease speaking to the largely Muslim audience, which included Islamic law students. In fact, he broke out his Arabic at some length, drawing a warm reaction from the crowd.  [If I could get the written Arabic, I could get the translation, which sure would be interesting.....]
From the New York Times: The House Armed Services Committee has dealt a blow to President Obama’s hopes to shutter the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, by unanimously approving legislation that would prohibit creating a detention center inside the United States.  The House committee unanimously approved a defense bill for 2011 that bans spending money to build or modify any facility inside the United States to house Guantánamo detainees, according to a summary of the bill.

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