A bump in the road or a massive roadblock? | Power Line

A bump in the road or a massive roadblock? | Power Line.

Paul Mirengoff seems to have the same reaction I did to Obama’s “bumps in the road” quote.

The curious thing wasn’t that the president referred to the deaths of several U.S. embassy personnel as “bumps in the road”–that’s typical of a president who has no perspective on history or international relations. The curious thing is the part of his quote referring to Islam as “the one organizing principle” in “a lot of these places.”

Where are the protests? Where’s the indignation from the Council on American Islamic Relations? If this comes out of the mouth of anyone else, it’s fuel for fire. But it comes from the Zero and … nothing. Unless you’ve heard something I haven’t.

Why Barack’s Silence On Obamacare? – Forbes

Why Barack’s Silence On Obamacare? – Forbes.

From “BFD” to silence by Biden and Obama at the DNC. Why the change? Grace-Marie Turner of the Galen Institute takes a look.

Obama position likely will embolden terrorists

If anything, Obama’s statement—misunderstood or not—that Israel should return to its pre-67 borders will embolden Palestinian terrorists, evidenced by Hamas calling for a return to 1948 borders.

If Obama is unwilling to make demands of Hamas to halt all attacks on Israel, etc., but instead puts the weight on Israel to cave in, Hamas and Hezbollah will see that as tacit approval of their positions. If Obama continues down this road, look for increased attacks from Gaza and Lebanon in coming months.

He offered a “helpful” clarification of his positions on Sunday to the American Israel Political Action Committee, saying that he was misrepresented, although his statement on Thursday was pretty clear. Either the Great Miscommunicator blew it again or, as suggested on WLS-AM this morning, he was testing the waters.

I really got a kick out of this response from senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar:

Speaking to Al-Emirate Al-Youm, Zahar asked “Why won’t we talk about the 1948 borders? Why won’t we discuss the partition plan which was internationally  recognized?”

Of course, that partition plan was rejected by all Arabs, who immediately launched a war on Israel. Now it’s what they want? Well, I guess that’s progress.

Sign that man up for a comparative religions class

It’s not like we haven’t argued before over whether God hears the prayers of a non-Christian. Jerry Falwell got us involved in that discussion in 1980. But, in the wake of a new Pew poll showing 18 percent of Americans think the Ø is a Muslim, the White House has implied that prayer is a Christian practice by definition.

White House spokesman Bill Burton said most Americans care more about the economy and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and “they are not reading a lot of news about what religion the president is.” He commented on Air Force One as Obama headed for a vacation in Massachusetts on Martha’s Vineyard.

Burton added, “The president is obviously a Christian. He prays everyday.”

Christians who have a good spiritual discipline do pray every day. But so do Muslims, 5 times daily. And observant Jews, 3/day. And Baha’is. And pagans. And Hindus.

I’m not sure why this is such an issue, other than we’re all so used to hearing Obama lie that it wouldn’t be unusual to find out he was lying about his faith or that the conspiracy mill is juiced about where his loyalties lie (besides in himself).

As a messianic believer in Yeshua, I’d just as soon the Ø turn out to be something other than a Christian or Jew until such time as he changes his ways. For right now, he wouldn’t be doing either tradition proud.

The (Superstitious) One

According to Time magazine in June 2008, “Amongst the things that Barack Obama carries for good luck are a bracelet belonging to a soldier deployed in Iraq, a gambler’s lucky chit, a tiny monkey god and a tiny Madonna and child.” (via Has President Obama run out of luck? – Roger Simon – POLITICO.com)

This is the man who is the most powerful in the free world? A “tiny monkey god”?

And how many of his supporters trash Christians for being supposedly superstitious?

Obama aces McChrystal test

I’ve been mostly–all right, totally–negative about Barack Obama as president, leader, politician, whathaveyou. But at first blush, he handled the Gen. McChrystal controversy perfectly, and gave solid reasons for removing him from command: civilian over military rule; the impact of divisiveness within the chain of command. He treated McChrystal with respect, as well.

On the other hand, per John Derbyshire, we need to get our buns out of Afghanistan and devote resources instead to protection here.

What? The Ø lied?

After last night’s joke speech, the Left is finally waking up to the fact that Barack Obama is incompetent, an empty suit. Jon Stewart, on The Daily Show (recorded before the speech), pointed out something more onerous.

He’s a liar as well. Always has been, always will be.

Surprise!

The amazing Obama flight from reality

George Orwell would have been in awe of Barack Obama, who tops his previous doublespeak every time he opens his mouth.

Obama will unveil his health care legislative plan this afternoon. His remarks are breathtaking in their contempt for the intelligence of the average American.

I don’t believe we should give government bureaucrats or insurance company bureaucrats more control over health care in America.

Yet this is exactly what the Democratic health care legislation will do on both counts.

I believe it’s time to give the American people more control over their own health insurance.

Yet your legislation will take away that control in an unprecedented way.

I don’t believe we can afford to leave life-and-death decisions about health care to the discretion of insurance company executives alone.

Note the word “alone.” Need to extend that power to government bureaucrats.

I believe that doctors and nurses like the ones in this room should be free to decide what’s best for their patients.

They may be the only ones left after government starts determining health care costs and drives the rest of the medical profession out of the profession or overseas.

The proposal I’ve put forward gives Americans more control over their health care by holding insurance companies more accountable.

It makes them partners with the government, which is showing itself in this action to be completely unaccountable to the American people.

It builds on the current system where most Americans get their health insurance from their employer.

Which is one of the problems. Third-party payment shields the consumer patient from the real cost of their medical care.

If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.

Unless your employer, which is what this new plan is supposedly built on, drops that plan.

 If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.

Unless your doctor leaves the profession or shutters his/her practice due to lack of proper compensation. Or unless a government plan or government-approved plan doesn’t want to send patients to that doctor.

This guy just doesn’t get it, and I’m beginning to think he never has.

My prediction for the health care ‘summit’

At the health care summit on Thursday, Barack Obama will:

  • Pinch his fingers together a lot.
  • Purse his lips a lot.
  • Pretend like he’s keeping his campaign promise to have open health care negotiations even though he’s only doing it after being called on the carpet about it and after the real “negotiations” (read: Democratic caucuses) are done.
  • Lie.
  • Say, “Let me be clear,” a lot and then not be clear.
  • Say, “You will be able to keep your health plan and your doctor” a lot.
  • Lie some more.
  • And stumble and fumble around when something gets out of his control.

Republicans will:

  • Be generally useless because they’re scared to death of being called the “party of no,” even when it’s a good thing to say no to something bad.

Democrats will:

  • Let their minds wander off to how much more money they can spend so they won’t feel guilty about something.

Here’s how Obamacare will work

  • Require health insurers to accept all applicants regardless of health at time of application or in past.
  • Require all people to have insurance.
  • All people, except those with the guts to tell the government to get lost, will get health insurance.
  • The premiums under these conditions would naturally go up, but …
  • President Obama’s health insurance price regulatory panel will control prices.
  • Insurers won’t be able to make a profit. (Surprise!)
  • Insurers will go out of business or be subsidized by the government.
  • Ultimately, all health insurance will go through the government, which will have total control over what procedures and care will be paid for.
  • Single-payer accomplished, Cap’n.