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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Democrat Barack Obama misused a “code word” in Middle East politics when he said Jerusalem should be Israel’s “undivided” capital but that does not mean he is naive on foreign policy, a top adviser said on Tuesday.

Addressing a pro-Israel lobby group this month, the Democratic White House hopeful said: “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.”

I think Jennifer Ruben at CommentaryMagazine.com put it best:

Not understanding that a key term is a code word, not having a current picture of Jerusalem, and not anticipating the implications of having to reverse field within 24 hours sure sounds naive. Even more so, if the advisor says Obama didn’t understand what he was saying. But wait a minute. Didn’t Obama have advisors on Israel assisting him with the speech? Where were they? Once again, this suggests that there is too little adult supervision of a candidate unaccustomed to speaking on the world stage about issues in which there are lots of code words, indeed in which every word (e.g. “preconditons,” “immediate withdrawal”) has meaning to Americans’ foes and friends.

Nuance, dear Barack, nuance.  Say what you mean, mean what you say, or shut the hell up.

HopeChange!(tm)

Of course, this is coming from the same candidate who will tap Richard “Winnie the Pooh” Danzig as his National Security Advisor.  (yes, I know it was a luncheon speech, not a serious policy address; it was still quite the failure at humor in my opinion).

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This Doesn’t Help Michelle’s Kids

Actually I’m curious to hear more about this… something more than just two lines. Not that this would disqualify him from the candidacy, but it is an interesting statement. What do you make of it? From the Jerusalem Post:

Malik Obama says his brother will be good president for the Jews

Jun. 12, 2008
JPost.com Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST

Barack Obama’s half brother Malik said Thursday that if elected his brother will be a good president for the Jewish people, despite his Muslim background.

In an interview with Army Radio he expressed a special salutation from the Obamas of Kenya.

I’m sure the Obamaninjas at FightTheSmears.com will be all over this shortly with a full explanation; or perhaps they’ll just augment the existing entry on his faith. November feels like a looong way away at this point.

It is true, Barack is indeed a Christian. However, I am deeply concerned about his church’s Black Liberation theology, sprinkled with Dominion theology, and the fact that his faith was steeped in that environment for 20 years. Then, for political convenience, he throws its former pastor, and then entire church, to the wayside. I can’t help but wonder where this guy’s faith stands and his loyalties lie.

HopeChange(tm) explains it all

Lorain County(Ohio) Common Pleas Judge James Burge ruled on Tuesday this week that the state lethal injection procedure must be changed because the, “common combination of three chemicals to execute condemned inmates…. may produce excruciating pain…”

Fine, bring back hanging; it’ll be over much quicker. Never mind that the condemned are *the worst* among us that deserve nothing less than an excruciating end.

Now we have this really curious photo of said judge in USAToday

I’m not really sure what to make of it… on the one hand he’s got a picture of a Marxist, murderous thug, and on the other a … Marxist. Just plain goofy. Hopefully the Ohio Supreme court will straighten this out. His proposal isn’t so awful (essentially overdosing the condemned on barbiturates); however, I highly question his motives.

You get what you ask for

When you’re unwilling to deal with illegal immigration — and the general disregard for law that comes with it — this is one of the side benefits you get.

A rare form of tuberculosis caused by illegal, unpasteurized dairy products, including the popular queso fresco cheese, is rising among Hispanic immigrants in Southern California and raising fears about a resurgence of a strain all but eradicated in the U.S.

Cases of the Mycobacterium bovis strain of TB have increased in San Diego county, particularly among children who drink or eat dairy foods made from the milk of infected cattle, a study in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases shows.

C’mon, fellow citizens… are we angry enough yet?

Rodwell cautioned that people worried about the M. Bovis strain of TB should pay closer attention to dairy products, not people.

“It is NOT a disease you are very likely to get from a foreign-born person,” he said in an e-mail. “The increase in M. bovis cases is more about what you eat, not where you were born.”

Well, naturally, in the case of this particular TB strain. Not that regular strains aren’t on the rise. And such diseases go completely unscreened in illegal immigrants. I’ll give you a few seconds to figure out why.

So why worry about the bovine TB at all? Simple: cross-contamination. Not that I or my family will be eating at a non-mainstream restaurant anytime soon that might purchase this crap. Nor do we ever consume unpasteurized dairy products. It’s just not a great health-confidence booster. Don’t we have enough to worry ourselves about?

The Obamassiah Speaks

After numerically clinching the Democratic ticket yesterday, the purveyor of HopeChange! spake:

America, this is our moment. This is our time, our time to turn the page on the policies of the past…

(APPLAUSE)

… our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face, our time to offer a new direction for this country that we love.

The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge — I face this challenge with profound humility and knowledge of my own limitations, but I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people.

Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that, generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless

(APPLAUSE)

… this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal…

(APPLAUSE)

… this was the moment when we ended a war, and secured our nation, and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth.

Yes, folks… it’s the second coming. Brace yourselves. Honestly… this is nuts. It’s one thing to have a positive hopeful message; it’s quite another to claim powers that God/Christ have exhibited.

I love this one…

I honor, we honor the service of John McCain, and I respect his many accomplishments, even if he chooses to deny mine.

And those would be?

(APPLAUSE)

It’s understanding that fiscal responsibility and shared prosperity can go hand-in-hand, as they did when Bill Clinton was president.

Yes, that long lasting wealth that happened during the late 90’s

*sigh* …I’d love to continue, but somebody has to work to pay for all these government programs. That’s right folks… there’s no such thing as a free lunch. After all, I’m “rich” (by third-world definitions). You’re welcome.

Barack certainly knows how to tickle the ears; I have come to the conclusion that most Americans will believe these re-dressed socialist, marxist canards. But don’t take my word for it… read his own Blueprint for Change(tm).  It’s about as scary as his commencement address at Knox College

Now, no one can force you to meet these challenges. If you want, it will be pretty easy for you to leave here today and not give another thought to towns like Galesburg and the challenges they face. There is no community service requirement in the real world; no one is forcing you to care. You can take your diploma, walk off this stage, and go chasing after the big house [like Mr. Obama did], and the nice suits [like the one Mr. Obama is wearing], and all the other things that our money culture says that you should want [like those 6-figure salaries he and his wife had], that you should aspire to, that you can buy.

But I hope you don’t walk away from the challenge. Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. You need to take up the challenges that we face as a nation and make them your own. Not because you have a debt to those who helped you get here, although you do have that debt. Not because you have an obligation to those who are less fortunate than you, although I do think you do have that obligation. It’s primarily because you have an obligation to yourself. Because individual salvation has always depended on collective salvation. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.

Again, incorrect, Senator.  Individual salvation has always depended upon Christ Jesus.  No one comes to the Father except through Him.  As a Christian, I hope you and I can at least agree on that?  And how about hitching your wagon to one’s faith?  Or do we ultimately have duty to the guv’mnt?  Maybe you meant something different by it all.  Regardless, it was a VERY POOR choice of words.

Excuse me while I go buy all the guns I can to cling to over the next 4 years.

The Honesty Gap

Conservatives more honest than liberals? (Schweizer, Examiner.com)

The headline may seem like a trick question — even a dangerous one — to ask during an election year. And notice, please, that I didn’t ask whether certain politicians are more honest than others. (Politicians are a different species altogether.) Yet there is a striking gap between the manner in which liberals and conservatives address the issue of honesty.

This doesn’t come as a shock to me based on my dealings with associates, even friends, of mine who would identify themselves with a left-leaning world view. Clearly it’s not fair to paint every person of either persuasion with this broad brush. I also know some very honest, kind, well-meaning leftists in my life. Lord knows I’ve had my own personal shortcomings, as well. The difference is, I suppose, that I will not try to defend, spin, or explain away my actions. I will take responsibility for them, pay restitution (in whatever form necessary), and try to put things back together.

The honesty gap is also not a result of “bad people” becoming liberals and “good people” becoming conservatives. In my mind, a more likely explanation is bad ideas. Modern liberalism is infused with idea that truth is relative. Surveys consistently show this. And if truth is relative, it also must follow that honesty is subjective.

Sixties organizer Saul Alinsky, who both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton say inspired and influenced them, once said the effective political advocate “doesn’t have a fixed truth; truth to him is relative and changing, everything to him is relative and changing. He is a political relativist.” **

Well put. Naturally, if there is no truth, then any action taken can be justified. We have truthiness.

**In the interest of full disclosure, here’s the entire passage regarding the Alinsky quote from Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals (New York: Random House, 1971).

An organizer working in and for an open society is in an ideological dilemma.  To begin with, he does not have a fixed truth—truth to him is relative and changing; everything to him is relative and changing.  He is a political relativist.  He accepts the late Justice Learned Hand’s statement that “the mark of a free man is that ever-gnawing inner uncertainty as to whether or not he is right.”  The consequesce is that he is ver on the hund for the causes of man’s plight and the general propositions that help to make some sense out of man’s irrational world.  He must constantly examine life, including his own, to get some idea of what it is all about, and he must challenge and test his own findings.  Irreverence, essential to questioning, is a requisite.  Curiosity becomes compolsive.  His most frequent word is “why?”

…the free-society organizer is loose, resilient, fluid, and on the move in a society which is itself in a state of constant change.  To the extent that he is free from the shackles of dogma, he can respond to the realities of the widely different situations our society presents.  In the end he has one conviction—a belief that if people have the power to act, in the long run they will, most of the time, reach the right decisions.  The alternative to this would be rule by the elite—either a dictatorship or some form of political aristocracy.

An interesting look into a leftist world view to say the least.  Incidentally, Rules for Radicals was dedicated to Lucifer; how droll.