Give credit …

Earlier this year, I dogged George Stephanopoulos and other liberal media types for rolling over for a tummy rub from the Zero.

But Stephanopoulos showed he had some bite in his bark as the only interviewer on Zero’s 9/20 media tour who challenged him.

When President Barack Obama was confronted by ABC New’s George Stephanopoulos in regard to the excise tax, he continually tip-toed around an explanation. When Stephanopoulos read the definition of tax from Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, Obama provided an arrogant response that questioned Stephanopoulos’ reasoning for reading the dictionary.

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The insanity

The Zero’s foreign policy is being revealed to be as insane as Manuel Zelaya, the deposed president of Honduras.

William A. Jacobson, a Cornell U law professor who blogs at Legal Insurrection, nails it in this post:

As reported in the Miami Herald, Zelaya’s insanity is seeping out. Zelaya claims he is the victim of radiation and mind control experiments and is being targeted by Israeli mercenaries.

This is the man the Obama administration has been trying hard to restore to power in Honduras. A crazy, power-hungry tyrant in the image of Hugo Chavez, Muammar alKhadaffi and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

By taking Zelaya’s side, the Obama administration has betrayed an ally and friend. More important, the Obama administration’s foreign policy has been revealed to be as insane as Zelaya.

We bully our friends, twist the concept of the rule of law to portray our allies as criminals, and impose sanctions and other get-tough tactics only against people who like us. A foreign policy gone mad, in which good is bad and friend is foe.

I really hope the Obama administration learns the right lessons from its failed love affair with the crazy Zelaya. But I won’t hold my breath on that one.

Obama’s central America policy is shaping up to be about as helpful as Jimmy “I Surrender!!” Carter’s was.

‘The other 9/11 tragedy’

Art Cox, a friend of mine and an elder of our congregation, wrote this and distributed it at work on 9/11:

Today is a tribute to the more than 3,500 innocent people who died on 9/11, and the day after that, and the day after that, and the day after that, and yesterday, and today.

They are the ones who scream out in silence. They are those without heroes to thank. The nation does not mourn their absence. The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness was not theirs.

The eight year olds are the real survivors of 9/11. The only real innocent people who lost their lives on 9/11 are those that were aborted.

I know in Heaven there is a moment of silence for each of them, but Heaven will not always remain silent.

God bring us to repentance, and forgive, and remove our guilt today.

Working with stats from 2005 provided by the pro-abortion Alan Guttmacher Institute, the 1.21 million abortions performed that year work out to 3,315 abortions per day if you average them over a seven-day week. If, however, you cut it to six days a week, assuming that most if not all abortion clinics are closed on Sundays (after all, it’s the Lord’s Day, you know), then the number skyrockets to 3,865.

According to the U.S. State Department, 3,213 people were killed by the various attacks on 9/11. Each of those deaths–apart from the terrorists’–was murder, just as each abortion is murder by the abortionist.

Individual mandate: What they’re saying

David Catron in the American Spectator:

One of the president’s most egregious betrayals of voter trust involves the so-called “individual mandate,” a proposed federal statute that would require every American to purchase health insurance or pay a fine. During last year’s primary campaign, Obama fervently proclaimed his opposition to such a measure, saying it was unfair to penalize people for failing to buy insurance. Moreover, he repeatedly attacked Hillary Clinton for favoring such a mandate. His standard line during the Democrat debates was, “the reason people don’t have health insurance isn’t because they don’t want it, it’s because they can’t afford it.” Typically, he would go on to say that an individual mandate wouldn’t work anyway, noting that many drivers fail to buy auto insurance despite state laws requiring everyone to do so.

From the Des Moines Register:

If Congress can craft legislation that ensures insurance is affordable and accessible for all Americans, a mandate won’t be necessary.

Another reason not to send your kids to govt school

When it comes to greenhouse-gas emissions, Energy Secretary Steven Chu sees Americans as unruly teenagers and the Administration as the parent that will have to teach them a few lessons. …

The administration aims to teach them—literally. The Environmental Protection Agency is focusing on real children. Partnering with the Parent Teacher Organization, the agency earlier this month launched a cross-country tour of 6,000 schools to teach students about climate change and energy efficiency.

From here.

Stimulus road signs

Have you seen the signs that tout the fact that certain road projects are being funded by the stimulus bill passed earlier this year? I have. They apparently cost millions of dollars to make, but Democrats don’t want that funding cut, blaming the proposal instead on sour grapes that the stimulus is “working.”

Some of the projects are nice, I’ll have to admit. And one of them has resulted in a big hole in a road that has blocked use of that road for many rural commuters and doesn’t look like anybody’s working on it.

The signs actually put me in mind of ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s name being plastered all over toll plazas.

Maybe the stimulus signs should say something like, “This project is expected to put your children and children’s children into heavy debt.”

Don’t want socialism? Get off the bus!

This is a great post by Voddie Baucham on the hypocrisy of people screaming about socialistic health care and then putting their children on a bus that will take them to a socialistic educational facility (i.e., a public school).

Kudos to our public schools systems!

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Well, the good news is that these young people, apart from getting beaten up, threatened, etc., while getting inferior education, will be exposed to the world so they can better take part in it.

Let’s hear it for government schools! Thanks, WCIC!

(Yes, I know this is in Belleville and not Peoria. Same difference.)

Remembering 9-11 victim Tom Gorman

The following memorial note is part of Project 2,996, an effort to remember the victims of 9-11 rather than the perpetrators.
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Officer Thomas E. Gorman

Just look at that mug.

You can tell Thomas E. Gorman must have liked to laugh. Anyone with a smile like that should be suspected of being able to laugh at any of life’s contrivances.

 “Mr. Gorman was a little league coach on one of the opposing teams in our league,” Rob Wagner, an acquaintance, writes on a 9-11 memorial Web site. “He would always give me a tough time about my uncle to ‘bust his chops’ (in a joking matter of course).”

“As everyone says, he did have a great sense of humor,” his daughter, Bridget, wrote on the same Web site. “He was the best dad I could ask for. Every time I feel that i just want to give up, I think of him and how if he had given up, hundreds of people wouldn’t be alive right now.”

Tom Gorman, a police officer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, also was a man of duty, and on Sept. 11, 2001, that duty cost him his life as he climbed into a rescue truck after a jet struck one of the World Trade Center towers. He died when the towers collapsed.

At age 41, the Middlesex, N.J., left behind a wife, Barbara; three children; and many friends.

Rest in peace, Tom Gorman.

Cato on health care mandates

Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute talks about aspects of Barack Obama’s Wednesday speech on health care, including the mistaken comparison of mandatory health insurance and mandatory car insurance.

Listen to Cato’s Daily Podcast here.