Monday, January 31, 2011

reuters: Israel shocked by Obama's betrayal of Mubarak

Israel shocked by Obama's "betrayal" of Mubarak

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Netanyahu fearful of Egypt unrest (01:26)
JERUSALEM | Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:54pm EST
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - If Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak is toppled, Israel will lose one of its very few friends in a hostile neighborhood and President Barack Obama will bear a large share of the blame, Israeli pundits said on Monday.
Political commentators expressed shock at how the United States as well as its major European allies appeared to be ready to dump a staunch strategic ally of three decades, simply to conform to the current ideology of political correctness.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told ministers of the Jewish state to make no comment on the political cliffhanger in Cairo, to avoid inflaming an already explosive situation. But Israel's President Shimon Peres is not a minister.
"We always have had and still have great respect for President Mubarak," he said on Monday.  "I don't say everything that he did was right, but he did one thing which all of us are thankful to him for: he kept the peace in the Middle East."

In the words of the late Howard Cosell: Down goes Obamacare, down goes Obamacare!

Woo Hoo, that's 2 strikes against Obmacare as another federal court rules Obama care unconstitutional.  This time in Florida.
Federal judge rules Obama care unconstitutional

Bibi says ties with Egypt must be preserved

This from the AP in Jerusalem by  Matti Friedman

"We are anxiously monitoring what is happening in Egypt and in our region," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said before his Cabinet's weekly meeting.
"Israel and Egypt have been at peace for more than three decades and our objective is to ensure that these ties be preserved. At this time, we must display responsibility, restraint and utmost prudence."

Israel's primary concern is that the uprising could be commandeered by Egypt's strongest opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, and its allies, who would presumably move Egypt away from its alignment with the West and possibly cancel the peace agreement with Israel.
"Israel has an interest in Egypt being democratic, but through a process that promises sustainability," said Dan Shueftan, director of the National Security Studies Center at Haifa University. "If you have a process that starts with a desire for democracy but then sees radicals take over, then the result at the end of the process is worse than what you had at the beginning."

Some in Israel have critically compared President Barack Obama's response to the crisis to that of President Jimmy Carter to the Iranian revolution in 1979. Obama has called on Mubarak to show restraint and pass unspecified reforms in Egypt.
"Jimmy Carter will go down in American history as 'the president who lost Iran,' which during his term went from being a major strategic ally of the United States to being the revolutionary Islamic republic," wrote the analyst Aluf Benn in the daily Haaretz. "Barack Obama will be remembered as the president who 'lost' Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt, and during whose tenure America's alliances in the Middle East crumbled."

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Israel Supporters Denied Entrance to Anti-Zionist Event at Rutgers

That's disgusting Thomas Friedman

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, this so called big intellectual all liberals marvel at, was on Meet the Press today.  In line with the anti Israel sentiment of the New York Times, Friedman may have outdone himself with disgusting remarks regarding Israel.  He was talking about the intransigence of dictator Mubarak of Egypt. How he has had real opportunities over the years to bring more democracy to Egypt under strength but blew those opportunities and is now acting under weakness.
Then he said: 'I hope Israel won't become the Hosni Mubarak of the peace process.'
So, I guess to Mr. Friedman it is all  Israel's intransigence and unwillingness to take chances that has resulted in a lack of a peace treaty with the Palestinians.  --   Mr. Friedman, you may be this giant intellect, now please get some common sense.

the Kreutzer sonata

Keeping up the chamber music weekend theme, here is the magnificent violin sonata #9 "the Kreutzer" [1st movement] by Beethoven [this man a gift from from God]
Keep with this...if you never have heard this... it may start slow but at about the 1:30 mark takes off.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Middle East on the brink

Anyone who isn't worried about the uprising in Egypt and the consequences it could have should be with this recent Pew poll noted by Barry Rubin on Dec. 17, 2010
When Egyptians were asked whether they preferred “Islamists” or “modernizers,” the score was 59% to 27% in favor of the Islamists. In addition, 20 percent said they liked al-Qaeda; 30 percent, Hezbollah; 49 percent, Hamas. And this was at a time that their government daily propagandized against these groups.

How about religious views? Egyptian Muslims said the following: 82 percent want adulterers punished with stoning; 77 percent want robbers to be whipped and have their hands amputated; and what could be the most startling result of all: 84 percent favor the death penalty for any Muslim who changes his religion.
With these views held by the Egyptian Muslims is it such a stretch to think if this Egyptian government is overthrown that soon after the Muslim brotherhood could take control of the country and establish their sunni Islam version of Iran's shiite Muslim state. I am not saying this will happen just that this worst of all results does not seem impossible to imagine.
This is a complicated situation and no one, not even the experts, know for sure the outcome of this uprising.

This is extremely worrisome for Israel.  Already surrounded by Islamist states, if Egypt joins the crowd,  Israel will truly be a tiny isolated country surrounded by enemies that would want to see its complete destruction.
This is a complicated powder keg situation that could change the Middle East and the world in the near future. 
Once again I pray for God to continue to watch over Israel.

Some chamber music for a January Saturday

With all the turmoil going on in the world right now, I thought this sweet chamber music by Antonin Dvorak [one of my favorite composers] would give some pause.
You may not have heard this piece but I think you will like it.  Here is the 1st movement of Dvorak's wind serenade [including cello and double-bass]

Friday, January 28, 2011

These rabbis do not speak for me!

NEW YORK (JTA) -- A group of American rabbis are calling on Fox News to sanction
personality Glenn Beck for  what they call his attacks on Holocaust survivor
George Soros.
In an ad that ran in Thursday's Wall Street Journal and in a letter
to Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch, the rabbis note Beck's recent accusation
against the billionaire Soros, a Hungarian Jew, who "used to go around with this anti-Semite
and deliver papers to the Jews and confiscate their property and then ship them off. …
It was frightening. Here's a Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps."
The rabbis also took issue with the response by Fox News chief Roger Ailes that the
outrage was confined to "left-wing rabbis."
"We respectfully request that Glenn Beck be sanctioned by Fox News for his completely
unacceptable attacks on a survivor of the Holocaust and Roger Ailes apologize for his
dismissive remarks about rabbis' sensitivity to how the Holocaust is used on the air," the
letter said.
They call for Beck to stop talking about the Holocaust and the Nazis.

The ad was paid for by Jewish Funds for Justice, a liberal group that earlier this
month delivered a petition to Fox calling for Beck's ouster. Also, the group
organized a response last year after Beck said the term "social 
justice" was a code for Nazism and communism.
"We haven't seen the ad," Joel Cheatwood, Fox News senior vice president of 
development, told Reuters, "but this group is a George Soros-backed, left-wing 
political organization that has been trying to engage Glenn Beck primarily for
publicity purposes."
These leftists rabbis make me sick.  Hugh Hewitt on his radio 
show talked about this for the first two hours of his show 
yesterday [Thursday] and what encouraged me there were so
 many Jewish Americans who called in to  denounce these
rabbis and support Fox News. 
Where the hell were these rabbis when their man Obama in his
Cairo [Muslim] speech equated the suffering of the Palestinians
in Gaza to those of the Jews during the holocaust. How sick is
that? ...the silence was deafening from these George Soros
backed rabbis.
So, I do not want to hear one word from them about Glenn Beck
or Fox News. I will take Glenn Beck and Fox News for their 
support of Israel and Jews over the anti capitalist  Soros and
Obama every day of the week.
You leftist rabbis do not speak for me!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Another great read by Caroline Glick!

Another brilliant piece by Caroline Glick that everyone should read:
Caroline Glick's "The Aim of Blood Libels"

The article begins:

"For Israelis, the American Left's assault on Sarah Palin and the conservative movement in the wake of Jared Loughner's murderous attack in Tucson was disturbingly familiar. Just as the American leftist media and political leadership immediately sought to blame Palin, the Tea Party and conservative media personalities for Loughner's actions, so in 1995 their Israeli counterparts accused the Right - from then-opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu to various rabbis to the two million Israelis who protested against the so-called peace process with the PLO - of being responsible for Yitzhak Rabin's assassination."

She scolds the conservatives who criticize her right to defend herself against these scandalous libels:

"It matters not whether these conservative thinkers support Palin. What matters is that by telling her not to defend herself from libelous attacks, they are accepting the Left's right to criminalize all conservatives. If she is not defended against a patently obscene effort to connect her to a madman's rampage in Tucson, then conservatives in the U.S. are signaling they really don't want to control U.S. policy. They are saying that if a Republican is elected in 2012, he or she will continue to implement Obama's radical policies. "
Please read the whole article by Caroline Glick

President Sputnik

President Obama in his State of the Union address talked about how America should have another Sputnik moment, I think to justify his new spending he will be proposing.  Sputnik was the satellite launched by the former Soviet Union in 1957 that shocked the US and the world and spurred the US into starting NASA and the space race, eventually leading to the US landing a man on the moon.

President Obama we don't need a manufactured Sputnik moment.  You and your policies are the Sputnik moment.  Starting with your porkulus [stimulus] bill, then your taking over General Motors, then  the regulations, and most of all your cramming Obama care down the American people's throat against their will has shocked the Amercican people.  It has woken us up and spurred us into action just like Sputnik did in the 60's.   We started our NASA -- The tea party; with hard work we developed our space ships--the 2010 elections; and it will culminate in the USA landing a man on the moon--defeating you in the 2012 presidential election.
Yes, president Sputnik, you have stirred the American people into action and we will never be the same.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The smoke and mirrors of spending freeze Obama proposes

Let's see, president Obama wants to put a freeze on current levels of discretionary spending [excluding security spending...hmm and I wonder what he would call security spending] for 5 years.   On the face of it, the average person might be impressed... wow, a freeze for 5 years.  But what this really means is keep a freeze on the cutting of spending.  In other words, GOP keep your dirty hands off my stimulus budgets.
Let's look at it this way. If for years you had gotten in a bad habit of eating a couple pieces of apple pie every week your weight would probably go up and you would need to go on a diet.  But you delay that diet for 2 years [the last 2 years] and during those 2 years you increase eating a piece or two of apple pie, not just every week but every day.  Your weight would sky rocket.  Then after these last 2 years when your weight has exploded way out of proportion, you say OK, now I finally will put an end to this increase.  So, to do that you say.... I will put a freeze on eating apple pies to the current level.. and no more.
That my friends is what Obama is proposing. No more increasing the apple pies for the next 5 years... but that won't help and in fact that will probably kill you [the economy].  What you must do is decrease the amount of apple pies you eat and decrease a lot to start losing weight [bringing the budget in balance].
No president Obama... we do not want to keep eating apple pies at this level, we want to at least go down to 2008 or better yet 2006 levels.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I was worried for nothing

I was really dreading seeing the president's state of the union speech thinking he was going to give such a rousing speech to go along with his good Tucson 'memorial' speech that his popularity would rise so much, he would be almost unbeatable in 2012.  I worried for nothing.  To quote the great [I would even say genius] Charles Krauthammer: 'The president is known for his soaring oratory, his great speeches --This wasn't one of them.  This was one of his weakest speeches ever.'
That let me know that I wasn't alone in feeling that exact thing.  It also let me know I wasn't just feeling that because of the admitted bias I have against his policies.

This changes what I thought could be a big boost in Obama's poll numbers and let reality sink in to the American people.  I predict in  a couple of months you will see those numbers start to go down again.

Dennis Prager interesting article on what you won't see on State of Union

If you are like me you will dread watching the State of the Union tonight from this president. As Stuart Varney has said on Sean Hannity's show, it will be all smoke and mirrors. A 5 year freeze on discretionary spending... yeah, freeze them at the high numbers of Obama---who wants that?  Ending of earmarks...we've been down this road before in Obama's promise during his 2008 presidential campaign..who believes that.  Easing of regulations...yeah, does that mean he will end his Obamacare plan with all of the stifling regulations on business and citizens, no.. does that mean he will hold back his EPA from it's regulations on business...what do you think?  The whole speech will be smoke and mirrors-i.e., useless.

So, if you do give in like me and watch the is one interesting thing to look and see if it shows up.  This is from a great article by Dennis Prager in Jewish World Review.
Dennis Prager:
Tonight, when you see President Obama give his State of the Union address, you will see four things: the president entering the hall, the president ascending the rostrum to be greeted by the vice president and the speaker of the House, the president giving his speech and the reactions of members of the Congress and others in the hall.
Here is the one thing you will not see and probably have never seen. You won't see what is behind the president and above the vice president and the speaker of the House. And because you won't see it, you won't know that you are missing something of surpassing importance.
Think about it for a moment. Why do television cameras never pull back and give a wide-angle view of the president delivering his speech? That is certainly routine for TV: It is considered uninteresting to TV viewers to have a fixed view of a subject.
Why, then, have almost no Americans ever seen what is located above the president, the vice president and the speaker of the House?
I discovered the answer when I attended President Obama's speech on health care to a joint session of Congress.
I saw chiseled in the marble wall behind the speaker and vice president, in giant letters, the words "In G0d We Trust."
My immediate reaction was to wonder: Why had I never seen that before? I have, after all, been watching presidential State of the Union addresses for about 40 year
Read the whole article here: Dennis Prager: The One Thing You Won't See at State of the Union

Monday, January 24, 2011

Terrorist attack at Moscow airport

At least 31 people have been killed, and many more wounded, in an apparent terrorist attack at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport. The attack is presumed to be the work of Islamic extremists, likely Chechens. The bomb, perhaps detonated by a suicide bomber, went off in the international arrivals area.
I wonder if the Moscow media will blame the civility of discourse for this attack.  Maybe when Medvedev gives his version of the State of Russia, all members [regardless of party] can sit together.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

This is scary stuff for friends of Israel.

I feel bad I missed this from a few days reminds me to be more vigilant.

Hat tip:

Russia Recognizes Jerusalem As Palestinian Capital
Today, Russia's President, while standing alongside Abbas in Ramallah said that Russia recognizes an independent Palestinian State with it's capital in Jerusalem.
The great irony of this setting is that Abbas is a denier of the historical fact that Jews ever settled in ancient Jerusalem -- therefore, Jews have no claim to Jerusalem. Abbas is on record as denying that Solomon's Temple ever existed in Jerusalem.
So now Abbas's views on Jerusalem are being confirmed by the President of Russia. Now Medvedev will argue that Jerusalem should be divided, meaning that the Jewish State will also have control of part of Jerusalem. But in reality Palestinians in any part of Jerusalem legitimates the fiction that Jerusalem is their capital and undermines Israel's legitimate claim to the Holy City.
The Battle to Keep Jerusalem Jewish is heating up. Please encourage your family and friends to sign the One Jerusalem united Jerusalem petition. Its one way to express support for a united Jewish Jerusalem.
This is scary stuff. Now more than ever we must be wary of all nations ganging up on Israel and forcing a Palestinian [terrorist] state on Israel [without their negotiations] and dividing [talking] Jerusalem.  For the first time in America's history we have an administration that is not a strong supporter of Israel and  I am getting extremely worried about Israel's future. May God continue to watch over her and bless her and may all the friends of Israel be vigilant and active in supporting Israel.

Forget about the Sports Illustrated jinx, now there is the Obama jinx

Whether in the NCAA or the pros, how many times has president Obama pronounced his support for a team or predicted a team to win only to see that team go down in defeat.  Now his announced support for the Chicago Bears has done its work again as the Green Bay Packers have beaten the Bears 21-14 to move on to the Super Bowl.
Now president Obama keep your word and stay away from the Super Bowl so we don't have to get endless shots of you watching the game and endless sickening praise from the announcers.
Now we all can enjoy the Super Bowl.
Update:   The jinx continues.  In a stunner on  Monday, an appeals court has thrown Obama's guy, Rahm Emanuel off the ballot for mayor of IL.
I hope for the sake of the fans of  the two teams in the Super Bowl- the Steelers and the Packers, Obama doesn't pick one of their teams to win.... they will be toast.

You don't need your eyes to recognize this beauty

One of the most beautiful pieces of music ever composed is Sergei Rachmaninoff's piano Concerto #2.
Every movement has beautiful themes in it.  This third movement has a theme everyone will recognize beginning at the 1:50 mark.
What a performance by Russian virtuoso pianist Boris Berezovsky-amazing!

Turn up the sound and enjoy beauty to the ear: Rachmaninoff piano concerto #2  [3rd movement]:

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Beethoven on this Sat. Jan 22, 2011

I usually don't like it when the soloist in a concerto is also the conductor... but this conductor is fun to watch and I thought you might enjoy not only the great music by Beethoven but also the video of this soloist/conductor. The conductor is someone who I have never heard of Krystian Zimerman. He sure plays a beautiful Beethoven.  This is the third movement of Beethoven's piano concerto #1.  It was actually composed second but it was published first, so that is why it is called #1 of the 5 great Beethoven piano concerti. and video :)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Even those in favor of abortions have to be sickened by this

Former Senator Rick Santorum R-PA hosted today's Bill Bennett's 'Morning in America' show as usual on Friday's and he concentrated on the issue of abortion [especially the cringing numbers of abortions in the black community]  Seth Liebson came back on the air and gave a statistic that I found truly astounding [and if I heard this wrong, someone please correct me]. Seth said that the loss of life by blacks in abortions is more than all of the top ten reasons for black deaths combined.  To me this is a scandal in today's America.  The reason the great defender of life, Rick Santorum, concentrated on this issue was initiated by the following story of this doctor in his home state of Pennsylvania being charged with multiple counts of murder for his horrendous acts.  Everyone, even those so called "woman's right to choose" people, have to be horrified by this story.  God Bless Senator Santorum for his never wavering support for life!

PA abortion doctor faces multiple murder charges

Posted: Jan 19, 2011 11:34 AM CST Updated: Jan 19, 2011 11:34 AM CST
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A doctor who gave abortions to minorities, immigrants and poor women in a "house of horrors" clinic was charged with eight counts of murder in the deaths of a patient and seven babies who were born alive and then killed with scissors, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 69, made millions of dollars over 30 years, performing as many illegal, late-term abortions as he could, prosecutors said. State regulators ignored complaints about him and failed to inspect his clinic since 1993, but no charges were warranted against them given time limits and existing law, District Attorney Seth Williams said. Nine of Gosnell's employees also were charged.
Gosnell "induced labor, forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord," Williams said.
Patients were subjected to squalid and barbaric conditions at Gosnell's Women's Medical Society, where Gosnell performed dozens of abortions a day, prosecutors said. He mostly worked overnight hours after his untrained staff administered drugs to induce labor during the day, they said.

Truthers, Birthers and Christiane Amanpour

First the "truthers" then the "birthers" and now we may have the biggest kook of them all, Christiane Amanpour. What did the assassination of JFK by the communist loving Lee Harvey Oswald or the assassination of Bobby Kennedy [in what may have been the first terrorist attack] by the anti Israeli, Palestinian Sirhan-Sirhan have to do with the political climate of today. And what does the political climate of today have anything to do with the massacre in Tucson [and assassinatin attempt of Cong Giffords] by pot smoking hippy Loughner? 
Hat Tip:

Christiane Amanpour is loony toons. With ABC's already plummeting news ratings, especially "This Week" with C Amanpour, isn't it time for this kook to go?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Republican Jewish Coalition Newsletter

I am a member of the Republican Jewish Coalition and wanted to give you a preview of their great newsletter that I received in the e-mail today.  You don't have to be Jewish to join or to get their newsletter.  :)
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News and Commentary from the RJC                                          January 20, 2011
In This Issue
Obama At Half-Time: Two Years in the Middle East
House Republicans Take First Step Toward Repealing, Replacing Obamacare
Texas Legislature Reconvenes With Jewish Speaker in the House
Senator Lieberman to Retire
Despite Leaders' Vows of 'Civility,' Democrat Congressman Likens Obamacare Critics to Nazis
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Austin Chapter
2/3/2011 Congressman Lamar Smith

Atlanta Chapter

2/2/2011 Mideast update with Cons. Gen. Opher Aviran and Jonathan Schanzer

Chicago Chapter
1/27/2011 Education Revolution Tour with Dick Morris and Michael Medved

1/30/2011 Event with Rep. Adam Kinzinger

Cleveland Chapter
1/23/2011 Discussion with Cuyahoga Co. GOP Chairman Robert Frost

1/24/2011 Education Revolution Tour with Hugh Hewitt and Juan Williams

2/13/2011 How to Reset American Foreign Policy in the Middle East

DC Area Chapter
2/9/2011 Brown Bag Lunch with Eric Golub

Knoxville Chapter
1/20/2011 Event with Col. Richard Briggs

Los Angeles Chapter
2/8/2011 Premiere Screening of 'Iranium'

New England Chapter
2/8/2011 Premiere Screening of 'Iranium'

New York Region
1/27/2011 RJC National Women's Committee event with Rep. Nan Hayworth

South New Jersey Chapter
2/8/2011 RJC/NWC Reception with Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Orlando Chapter
1/26/2011 Education Revolution: Restoring America's Exceptionalism Tour

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Education Revolution: Restoring America's Exceptionalism Tour

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1/26/2011 A Discussion on Home-Grown Terrorism Featuring Joel Mowbray




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Elliott Abrams

Obama at Half-Time: Two  Years in the Middle East

Marking the two-year mark on Barack Obama's tenure as President, Elliott Abrams delivers a harsh assessment , but one that is not easy to dispute:

The question for the next two years is whether the president will remain wedded to policies that cannot achieve his stated goals. Unless shaken out of the current rut by events-terrible ones like Iran's acquisition of nuclear weapons, or even worse a terrorist attack in the United States, or positive ones like more revolts against Arab dictatorships-the best bet is that there will be no significant change in policy despite the lack of achievements. None of the personnel changes thus far announced involves anyone with a new and different perspective on the Middle East.  No doubt there is some rethinking going on at the White House, but there is no sign that the President believes things have gone wrong.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton completed a Middle East trip that had its ups and downs.

Most Americans probably cheered when she pushed back hard on an Al-Jazeera reporter who suggested the US ought to force Israel to accept its dictates regarding peace negotiations. Clinton noted that
when the Israelis pulled out of Lebanon they got Hizbullah and 40,000 rockets and when they pulled out of Gaza they got Hamas and 20,000 rockets.

But Barry Rubin notes that Secetary Clinton badly misjudged the effect of her words in remarks in which she drew an analogy between terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda and the apparently deranged and solitary Tucson shooter.
You don't deprecate yourself and flatter macho societies. They attribute your behavior not to winsome modesty but to cowardice and to fear that they are more powerful...

The relatively moderate Arab regimes--especially in the Gulf--don't want a modest, deferential, self-critical, apologetic America. They want an America that they think will defend them from Iran, Syria, and the revolutionary Islamists. What's needed is Mr. Tough Guy, not Mr. Nice Guy.

House GOP Leaders
Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-NY), Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
House Republicans Take First Step Toward Repealing, Replacing Obamacare 

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Represenatives voted to repeal the health-care statute colloquially known as "Obamacare."  The repeal measure passed by a wider margin than the legislation that established Obamacare (245-189 vs. 219-212).

In remarks delivered during the debate, House Majority Whip Eric Cantor explained the difference between the two parties' approaches on health care policy:

Mr. Speaker, let's make something clear: both parties care deeply about health care. Likewise, Republicans have rejected the status quo. We simply disagree with our counterparts on the other side of the aisle that excessive government regulation and sweeping mandates on individuals and businesses are the right way to go about effecting the reforms Americans want.

The construct of this law is fundamentally unworkable. Instead of preserving the doctor-patient relationship, this legislation we seek to repeal, is rooted in having federal bureaucrats come between patients and their doctors, limiting choices.

If you go back to the health care debate last Congress, the President, then-Speaker Pelosi and Leader Reid often spoke of two goals: One, we should strive to lower costs. Two, if Americans liked the health insurance coverage they had, they should be able to keep it.

Mr. Speaker, we believe in the aftermath of the bill's passage these goals have not and cannot be met. Therefore, doesn't it stand to reason that we must repeal this law and begin an honest debate about a better way forward?
Cantor and others also skewered the Democrats' claim that repealing Obamacare will increase the federal deficit.

Among those debunking the Democrats' fuzzy math is the former Director of the Congressional Budget Office, Douglas Holtz-Eakin (writing with Joseph Antos and James C. Capretta):

The history of federal entitlements is one of inexorable growth. Once erected, more and more people get added to the programs. The ACA will be no different. Spending will soar, and the tax hikes and spending "offsets" that were cobbled together to get the bill passed will either wither away or vanish altogether.

Speaker Joe Straus
Texas Legislature Reconvenes With Jewish Speaker in the House

Late last week, Joe Straus, a Jewish Republican representing the San Antonio-based 121st District
was elected Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives by his peers at the commencement of the 81st Regular Legislative Session.
Addressing his colleagues and all Texans, Straus stressed the state's GOP's record of success but acknowledged big challenges ahead for the state's all-Republican elected leadership:
The makeup of the Texas House will be dramatically different than that of the 81st legislature. The House, which had 76 Republicans and 74 Democrats at Session's close in 2009, will gavel in with 101 Republicans.

I'm proud of the gains we have made in this year's election cycle. The strong Republican majority will allow us to continue to govern with the conservative principles that have made Texas one of the strongest, most prosperous states in the nation.

We know we will be faced with a number of challenging tasks, none more critical than our state budget. However, I have already taken steps to address the significant budget shortfall and ensure the state of Texas lives within its means.

Straus also addressed the ugly religious intolerance that had marred the race.  In the approving words of his hometown newspaper, the
House Speaker Joe Straus struck the perfect tone in his remarks after his re-election to the House's top job.

"Division, threats of retribution, attacks on people's religion and distortions of people's records have no place in this House," Straus said, garnering the biggest applause of the day from his colleagues.

Straus, lifelong Republican from San Antonio, emerged victorious from a series of attacks by outside interest groups seeking to block his re-election. The campaign against him included appalling attacks on his religion.

The Texas Tribune provides a useful compendium of basic facts about Speaker Straus.

Senator Joe Lieberman
Senator Lieberman to Retire

After Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) announced yesterday that his current Senate term would be his last, Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matthew Brooks responded by lauding the Senator's accomplishments and expressing gratitude for friendship across the political aisle.

Senator Lieberman is a true mensch and a great American.  He showed that it's possible to have a successful political career while doing what you feel is right - even when what's right is not what's in your political best interests.  Time and again, Senator Lieberman put principle over politics.  He was a role model and a shining example of all that's good and decent about public service."  

He's been called the last of the Scoop Jackson Democrats, but he is one of a kind and irreplaceable.  We'll dearly miss his friendship  - and the leadership he showed through more than two decades in the Senate.

Rep. Steve Cohen
Despite Leaders' Vows of 'Civility,' Democrat Congressman Likens Obamacare Critics to Nazis

Speaking on the floor of the House Tuesday night, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) compared Obamacare opponents to the Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.  He also likened Republican arguments to the infamous 'blood libel.'

Responding yesterday, RJC's Matt Brooks said,

This is a very disturbing development.  After leaders of both parties called upon their rank-and-file members to choose their words with more prudence and sensitivity in the aftermath of the horrible events in Tucson, Congressman Cohen's outrageous use of Holocaust rhetoric should offend us all.  Even the National Jewish Democratic Council frets that Cohen has 'reintroduced the Holocaust into the health care debate' after Jewish community leaders and others worked so hard to push it to the margins.

Unfortunately, Congressman Cohen is not a first-time offender when it comes to debasing our discourse.  He previously described the atmosphere at a demonstration in Tennessee as 'the verge of Kristallnacht.' 

In the spirit of recent bipartisan comments, Democratic leaders in the House need to prevail upon this habitually uncivil back-bencher to tone it down.
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Here come the Dems back to congress...there goes the civility

Well let's see, all these cries for civility from president Obama, the Democrats, the MSM and  liberals in general lasted until the time the Dems started talking again. What a bunch of hypocrites, what a bunch of nonsense. Here we go again with the same outrageous talk from liberal Democrats..this time Rep Steve Cohen, D-TN comparing Republicans talk and actions to that of Nazis.
And please I don't want to hear from Bill O'Reilly how the Dems aren't listening to the president's call for civility...Bill you still don't get it... Obama wasn't referencing this kind of talk. He meant when Republicans criticize his policies..that kind of incivility.   Why else would he let 4 days of the unbelievable libelous rhetoric of the liberals [fueled by the MSM] blaming conservatives for the shootings without a peep from him. You won't hear him criticize this either Bill, because, like Clark Gable, frankly he doesn't give a damn about this kind of talk.

Say What? Democrat Compares Republicans to Nazis

January 19, 2011 1:02 PM
JON KARLABC News Jonathan Karl reports:
The newfound civility didn’t last long.  Political rhetoric in Congress doesn’t get much nastier than the words of one House Democrat during the debate on repealing the health care law.
In an extraordinary outburst on the House floor, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) invoked the Holocaust to attack Republicans on health care and compared rhetoric on the issue to the work of infamous Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
“They say it's a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels," Cohen said. "You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, and eventually, people believe it.  Like blood libel.  That's the same kind of thing. And Congressman Cohen didn’t stop there.

“The Germans said enough about the Jews and people believed it--believed it and you have the Holocaust.  We heard on this floor, government takeover of health care.  Politifact said the biggest lie of 2010 was a government takeover of health care because there is no government takeover," Cohen said.
Cohen made his comments late last night, but they have attracted no attention because his speech was made to a virtually empty House chamber with no reporters around to watch.
One other thing.... I have yet to hear Abe Foxman of the ADL criticize Rep Cohen..if he has, then I apologize.   Please Abe, it doesn't take you long to come out and unjustly criticize a Rush Limbaugh or a Sarah Palin.  Now you have something you really need to criticize... don't let the once proud and great organization, the ADL, lose any of the credibility it has left.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Could we see more pods on the truck?

Everyone is speculating how the Dems in the senate  from 'red states' who are up for reelection in 2012 will be more inclined to vote with the GOP.   I agree and hope that is true.
But what about those GOP senators from 'red states' up for reelection who could have serious primary opponents.  Could they be even more conservative.   We  have a prime example in Orin Hatch, R-Utah.  I like senator Hatch, definitely a conservative, but on some issues his 'can't we all get along' moderate tone rub conservatives the wrong way.  Now we have this poll come out :

hat tip: the Hedgehog Report

One poll out this morning from Utah Policy and Exoro Group shows Republicans souring on their sitting US Senator Orrin Hatch.

US SENATE – UTAH – GOP PRIMARY (Utah Policy/Exoro)
John Huntsman 48%
Jason Chaffetz 23%
Orrin Hatch 21%

Could we be seeing an even stronger conservative in Orin Hatch in these next two years?   We all saw the change in Sen John McCain, R-AZ...during the primary campaign and the year leading up to it.  
"When are they going to build that dang fence?"    said by an angry John McCain or one of the pods from the Invasion of the Body Snatchers.