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The Ultimate Irony from Obama’s State of the Union Speech

By Cassandra Effect, January 28, 2010 9:55 pm

Of all the things that were wrong with Barack Obama’s SOTU speech yesterday, nothing could hold a candle to his tout the Stimulus Bill

“The plan that has made all of this possible, from the tax cuts to the jobs, is the Recovery Act. That’s right — the Recovery Act, also known as the stimulus bill. Economists on the left and the right say this bill has helped save jobs and avert disaster. But you don’t have to take their word for it. Talk to the small business in Phoenix that will triple its work force because of the Recovery Act. Talk to the window manufacturer in Philadelphia who said he used to be skeptical about the Recovery Act, until he had to add two more work shifts just because of the business it created.”

This window company he mentions is Serious Materials, which is a firm which has benefited from focused lobbying to get government money for the Stimulus money for “Weatherization” and   The Weatherization program is a simply a wealth transfer, income qualifed program

The irony is how this relates to Bastiat’s Broken Window Fallacy:  specifically – the tax money being used to “weatherize” homes and offer tax credits on replacement windows.  These tax credit are wealth transfers of taxpayers to individuals who purchase qualifying windows, and then ultimately a wealth transfer to the window company.   All well and good for the window company and the homeowner with the new windows, but a loss of wealth that could have been used for other things by all the other taxpayers.  Thus is the taxes were lowered, then the money may have been used to go out to dinner, buy a new TV, or anything else.   Read below to truly grasp the horror and irony of President Obama’s examples:

I. THE BROKEN WINDOW  

Have you ever witnessed the anger of the good shopkeeper, James B., when his careless son happened to break a square of glass? If you have been present at such a scene, you will most assuredly bear witness to the fact, that every one of the spectators, were there even thirty of them, by common consent apparently, offered the unfortunate owner this invariable consolation – “It is an ill wind that blows nobody good. Everybody must live, and what would become of the glaziers if panes of glass were never broken?”

Now, this form of condolence contains an entire theory, which it will be well to show up in this simple case, seeing that it is precisely the same as that which, unhappily, regulates the greater part of our economical institutions.

Suppose it cost six francs to repair the damage, and you say that the accident brings six francs to the glazier’s trade – that it encourages that trade to the amount of six francs – I grant it; I have not a word to say against it; you reason justly. The glazier comes, performs his task, receives his six francs, rubs his hands, and, in his heart, blesses the careless child. All this is that which is seen.

But if, on the other hand, you come to the conclusion, as is too often the case, that it is a good thing to break windows, that it causes money to circulate, and that the encouragement of industry in general will be the result of it, you will oblige me to call out, “Stop there! your theory is confined to that which is seen; it takes no account of that which is not seen.”

It is not seen that as our shopkeeper has spent six francs upon one thing, he cannot spend them upon another. It is not seen that if he had not had a window to replace, he would, perhaps, have replaced his old shoes, or added another book to his library. In short, he would have employed his six francs in some way, which this accident has prevented.

Let us take a view of industry in general, as affected by this circumstance. The window being broken, the glazier’s trade is encouraged to the amount of six francs; this is that which is seen. If the window had not been broken, the shoemaker’s trade (or some other) would have been encouraged to the amount of six francs; this is that which is not seen.

And if that which is not seen is taken into consideration, because it is a negative fact, as well as that which is seen, because it is a positive fact, it will be understood that neither industry in general, nor the sum total of national labour, is affected, whether windows are broken or not.

Now let us consider James B. himself. In the former supposition, that of the window being broken, he spends six francs, and has neither more nor less than he had before, the enjoyment of a window.

In the second, where we suppose the window not to have been broken, he would have spent six francs on shoes, and would have had at the same time the enjoyment of a pair of shoes and of a window.

Now, as James B. forms a part of society, we must come to the conclusion, that, taking it altogether, and making an estimate of its enjoyments and its labours, it has lost the value of the broken window.

When we arrive at this unexpected conclusion: “Society loses the value of things which are uselessly destroyed;” and we must assent to a maxim which will make the hair of protectionists stand on end – To break, to spoil, to waste, is not to encourage national labour; or, more briefly, “destruction is not profit.”

What will you say, Monsieur Industriel — what will you say, disciples of good M. F. Chamans, who has calculated with so much precision how much trade would gain by the burning of Paris, from the number of houses it would be necessary to rebuild?

I am sorry to disturb these ingenious calculations, as far as their spirit has been introduced into our legislation; but I beg him to begin them again, by taking into the account that which is not seen, and placing it alongside of that which is seen. The reader must take care to remember that there are not two persons only, but three concerned in the little scene which I have submitted to his attention. One of them, James B., represents the consumer, reduced, by an act of destruction, to one enjoyment instead of two. Another under the title of the glazier, shows us the producer, whose trade is encouraged by the accident. The third is the shoemaker (or some other tradesman), whose labour suffers proportionably by the same cause. It is this third person who is always kept in the shade, and who, personating that which is not seen, is a necessary element of the problem. It is he who shows us how absurd it is to think we see a profit in an act of destruction. It is he who will soon teach us that it is not less absurd to see a profit in a restriction, which is, after all, nothing else than a partial destruction. Therefore, if you will only go to the root of all the arguments which are adduced in its favour, all you will find will be the paraphrase of this vulgar saying – What would become of the glaziers, if nobody ever broke windows?

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Obama joins infamous list of Nobel Peace Prize losers

By Cassandra Effect, October 9, 2009 3:30 pm

President Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize  - for being recognized for yet another one of his non-accomplishments – that is:

the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.

Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama’s initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.

For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world’s leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama’s appeal that “Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges.”

 yes – Extraordinary indeed – on a level of prior Nobel Peace Prize recipients like Mother Teresa, Lech Walesa, Desmond Tutu, Martin Luther King?  Ok – maybe not those – but I have complied a list of Nobel Laureates that President Barack Obama is perhaps closer in achievement levels.  To wit: 

1906 Theodore Roosevelt who mediated peace between Russian and Japan, which paved the way for the Japanese aggressive pacific expansion.

1919 Woodrow Wilson for his work in establishing the League of Nations which the United States refused to join

1925 Split

US Vice President Charles Dawes for his work on the Dawes Plan, which was a replacement for the failed repayment scheme in the Treaty of Versailles.  It had the United states providing loans to Germany to repay her war debts.  It failed after four years.

Sir Austen Chamberlain (yes- Neville Chamberlain’s half brother!) for his work on the Locarno Treaties  which allowed the redemption of Germany from its WW I sins and paved the way for its encroachments into the Rhineland, Sudetenland and the Polish Corridor, and ultimately, World War II.  The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

 1926 Split

Gustav Stresman for his work on the above-mentioned Locarno Treaty

Aristide Briand for his work on the Kellog-Briand Treaty, which prohibited the use of war – the record speaks for itself on this success.

1929  US Secretary of State Frank Kellog for his work on the Kellog Briand Treaty

1931 Columbia University President Nicholas Butler for “promoting” the Kellog-Briand treaty

1933 Sir Norman Angell – author of the book The Great Illusion which suggested that no European nation would make war since their economies were so intermeshed.   Or not…

1934 Arthur Henderson, for his work chairing the Geneva Disarmament conference, which produced no results.  Its also notable that President Franklin Roosevelt tried to set the tone of the conference by stating in a letter:  “If all nations will agree wholly to eliminate from possession and use the weapons which make possible a successful attack, defences automatically will become impregnable and the frontiers and independence of every nation will become secure.”  Maybe Obama is channeling FDR!

1945 Cordell Hull for his work in establishing the United Nations.  The UN -there’s a body that gets things done!

1950 Harvard Professor Ralph Bunche for his work in mediating the 1949 Arab-Israeli Armistice Agreement, which only ended the fighting but accomplished nothing for peace

1957 Lester Pearson for his work in the 1957 Suez Crisis…no word if Ralph Bunche returned his medal

1973 Split

Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho for the 1973 Vietnamese Peace Accord, which led to 1975 invasion of South Vietnam by North Vietnam, whereupon the United States did little to aid its former ally, and millions of South Vietnamese were slaughtered.  Le Duc Tho declined the prize – maybe he knew what was coming…..

1994 Split

Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres, Yitzhaz Rabin for their “efforts” to make peace under the Oslo Accords which the PLO refused to follow.

2000 Kim Dae Jung for his work in establishing reconciliation with North Korea (following the 2000 summit which it was later revealed that millions had been paid to North Korea in a PAYGO scheme)

2002 Jimmy Carter, “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development”

No comment necessary for former President Carter!

2007 Al Gore for his climate change arguments – soon to be a billion dollar business opportunity under his Carbon Credit trading scheme

I didn’t even bother to mention the many awards given to the League of Nations and United Nations over the years……

So you see, Barack Obama’s Nobel Prize award is neither special or surprising – the Nobel foundation has been giving losers with failed efforts these awards for many years.

 

UPDATED 10/13 – Wall Street Journal op-ed A Perfect Nobel Pick writes about the same issue!

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Obama Throws Israel Under the Bus at UN Speech today

By Cassandra Effect, September 23, 2009 8:14 pm

Obama really undercut the Israelis today at the UN speech he gave.  He is a deep wordsmith, and you have to pay attention to exactly what he says.  Which is go back to 1967 borders, allow for a contiguous Palestinian territory (even though Gaza was Egyptian and West Bank was Jordanian).  This would bisect Israel – unacceptable! 

 

How about this  - the US acknowledges there is NO SUCH THING AS A PALESTINIAN - its a made up country notion – and let the neighboring countries absorb the “refugees”

 

The time has come — the time has come to re-launch negotiations without preconditions that address the permanent status issues: security for Israelis and Palestinians, borders, refugees, and Jerusalem. And the goal is clear: Two states living side by side in peace and security — a Jewish state of Israel, with true security for all Israelis; and a viable, independent Palestinian state with contiguous territory that ends the occupation that began in 1967, and realizes the potential of the Palestinian people. (Applause.)

 

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Obama school speech released and he apologies for – HIMSELF!

By Cassandra Effect, September 7, 2009 7:15 pm

President Obama delivers his speech tommorow.  and in typical Obama fashion, he gets tough on the kids with a “Stay in School” message.   Even better, Obama Apologies for HIMSELF!   He didn’t study hard, screwed up, etc.  The man is an Apologizing MACHINE!

  Its clearly not the speech he originally drafted – this one is pretty harmless, and other than some code words to give props to liberal groups.  No further mention of the “serve Obama” language that was originally slated for the speech.  Strange that Obama isn’t delivering this message to his daughters at their elite private school that no kids in Washington will be able to use their vouchers for anymore…….

The Left blogosphere is in full swing mock mode right now – saying there is nothing here and the right was just a bunch of over reactive crazies. 

The important thing here – HE BACKED DOWN – AGAIN

 

OBAMA: Hello, everyone — how’s everybody doing today? I’m here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And we’ve got students tuning in from all across America, kindergarten through 12th grade. I’m glad you all could join us today.

I know that for many of you, today is the first day of school. And for those of you in kindergarten, or starting middle or high school, it’s your first day in a new school, so it’s understandable if you’re a little nervous. I imagine there are some seniors out there who are feeling pretty good right now, with just one more year to go. And no matter what grade you’re in, some of you are probably wishing it were still summer, and you could’ve stayed in bed just a little longer this morning.

I know that feeling. When I was young, my family lived in Indonesia for a few years, and my mother didn’t have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday — at 4:30 in the morning.

Now I wasn’t too happy about getting up that early. A lot of times, I’d fall asleep right there at the kitchen table. But whenever I’d complain, my mother would just give me one of those looks and say, “This is no picnic for me either, buster.”

So I know some of you are still adjusting to being back at school. But I’m here today because I have something important to discuss with you. I’m here because I want to talk with you about your education and what’s expected of all of you in this new school year.

Now I’ve given a lot of speeches about education. And I’ve talked a lot about responsibility.

I’ve talked about your teachers’ responsibility for inspiring you, and pushing you to learn.

I’ve talked about your parents’ responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and get your homework done, and don’t spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with that Xbox.

I’ve talked a lot about your government’s responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren’t working where students aren’t getting the opportunities they deserve.

But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities. Unless you show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.

And that’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education. I want to start with the responsibility you have to yourself.

Every single one of you has something you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide.

Maybe you could be a good writer — maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper — but you might not know it until you write a paper for your English class. Maybe you could be an innovator or an inventor — maybe even good enough to come up with the next iPhone or a new medicine or vaccine — but you might not know it until you do a project for your science class. Maybe you could be a mayor or a senator or a Supreme Court justice, but you might not know that until you join student government or the debate team.

And no matter what you want to do with your life — I guarantee that you’ll need an education to do it. You want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a police officer? You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? You’re going to need a good education for every single one of those careers. You can’t drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to work for it and train for it and learn for it.

And this isn’t just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.

You’ll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You’ll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free. You’ll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy.

We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so you can help solve our most difficult problems. If you don’t do that — if you quit on school — you’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country.

Now I know it’s not always easy to do well in school. I know a lot of you have challenges in your lives right now that can make it hard to focus on your schoolwork.

I get it. I know what that’s like. My father left my family when I was two years old, and I was raised by a single mother who struggled at times to pay the bills and wasn’t always able to give us things the other kids had. There were times when I missed having a father in my life. There were times when I was lonely and felt like I didn’t fit in.

So I wasn’t always as focused as I should have been. I did some things I’m not proud of, and got in more trouble than I should have. And my life could have easily taken a turn for the worse.

But I was fortunate. I got a lot of second chances and had the opportunity to go to college, and law school, and follow my dreams. My wife, our first lady Michelle Obama, has a similar story. Neither of her parents had gone to college, and they didn’t have much. But they worked hard, and she worked hard, so that she could go to the best schools in this country.

Some of you might not have those advantages. Maybe you don’t have adults in your life who give you the support that you need. Maybe someone in your family has lost their job, and there’s not enough money to go around. Maybe you live in a neighborhood where you don’t feel safe, or have friends who are pressuring you to do things you know aren’t right.

But at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life — what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you’ve got going on at home — that’s no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude. That’s no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. That’s no excuse for not trying.

Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.

That’s what young people like you are doing every day, all across America.

Young people like Jazmin Perez, from Roma, Texas. Jazmin didn’t speak English when she first started school. Hardly anyone in her hometown went to college, and neither of her parents had gone either. But she worked hard, earned good grades, got a scholarship to Brown University, and is now in graduate school, studying public health, on her way to being Dr. Jazmin Perez.

I’m thinking about Andoni Schultz, from Los Altos, California, who’s fought brain cancer since he was three. He’s endured all sorts of treatments and surgeries, one of which affected his memory, so it took him much longer — hundreds of extra hours — to do his schoolwork. But he never fell behind, and he’s headed to college this fall.

And then there’s Shantell Steve, from my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Even when bouncing from foster home to foster home in the toughest neighborhoods, she managed to get a job at a local health center; start a program to keep young people out of gangs; and she’s on track to graduate high school with honors and go on to college.

Jazmin, Andoni and Shantell aren’t any different from any of you. They faced challenges in their lives just like you do. But they refused to give up. They chose to take responsibility for their education and set goals for themselves. And I expect all of you to do the same. That’s why today, I’m calling on each of you to set your own goals for your education — and to do everything you can to meet them. Your goal can be something as simple as doing all your homework, paying attention in class, or spending time each day reading a book. Maybe you’ll decide to get involved in an extracurricular activity, or volunteer in your community. Maybe you’ll decide to stand up for kids who are being teased or bullied because of who they are or how they look, because you believe, like I do, that all kids deserve a safe environment to study and learn. Maybe you’ll decide to take better care of yourself so you can be more ready to learn. And along those lines, I hope you’ll all wash your hands a lot, and stay home from school when you don’t feel well, so we can keep people from getting the flu this fall and winter.

Whatever you resolve to do, I want you to commit to it. I want you to really work at it.

I know that sometimes, you get the sense from TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work — that your ticket to success is through rapping or basketball or being a reality TV star, when chances are, you’re not going to be any of those things.

But the truth is, being successful is hard. You won’t love every subject you study. You won’t click with every teacher. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right this minute. And you won’t necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try.

That’s OK. Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who’ve had the most failures. JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was rejected twelve times before it was finally published. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, and he lost hundreds of games and missed thousands of shots during his career. But he once said, “I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

These people succeeded because they understand that you can’t let your failures define you — you have to let them teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently next time. If you get in trouble, that doesn’t mean you’re a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to behave. If you get a bad grade, that doesn’t mean you’re stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying.

No one’s born being good at things, you become good at things through hard work. You’re not a varsity athlete the first time you play a new sport. You don’t hit every note the first time you sing a song. You’ve got to practice. It’s the same with your schoolwork. You might have to do a math problem a few times before you get it right, or read something a few times before you understand it, or do a few drafts of a paper before it’s good enough to hand in.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and to learn something new. So find an adult you trust — a parent, grandparent or teacher; a coach or counselor — and ask them to help you stay on track to meet your goals.

And even when you’re struggling, even when you’re discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you — don’t ever give up on yourself. Because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country.

The story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best. It’s the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and found this nation. Students who sat where you sit 75 years ago who overcame a Depression and won a world war; who fought for civil rights and put a man on the moon. Students who sat where you sit 20 years ago who founded Google, Twitter and Facebook and changed the way we communicate with each other.

So today, I want to ask you, what’s your contribution going to be? What problems are you going to solve? What discoveries will you make? What will a president who comes here in twenty or fifty or one hundred years say about what all of you did for this country?

Your families, your teachers, and I are doing everything we can to make sure you have the education you need to answer these questions. I’m working hard to fix up your classrooms and get you the books, equipment and computers you need to learn. But you’ve got to do your part too. So I expect you to get serious this year. I expect you to put your best effort into everything you do. I expect great things from each of you. So don’t let us down — don’t let your family or your country or yourself down. Make us all proud. I know you can do it.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.

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Will Van Jones be attacked as a quitter like Sarah Palin?

By Cassandra Effect, September 6, 2009 5:59 am

with Van Jones Resigning his position as the Green Jobs Czar, will the Main Stream Media attack him for being a quitter like they did to Sarah Palin?  Somehow I doubt it.  He will be presented as a victim of those mean nasty conservatives.  Take it to the bank.  At least this will be one issue that Obama doesn’t have to apologize for – Van Jones already did it for him – sort of.

Inspiration for Sarah Palin – We ALREADY elected a “quitter” to the White House

NY Times Maureen Dowd Obsessed with Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin’s Game Theory

Sarah Palin “Going Galt”

Maureen Dowd calls Sarah Palin “Crazy”

Sarah Palin – Unleashed!

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Obama “apologizes” for his stupid comments on Cambridge Professor Kerfuffle

By Cassandra Effect, July 24, 2009 3:23 pm

Obama realized he stepped into a pretty big pile with his off the cuff “stupid” judgment of Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley following the arrest of the President’s friend, Professor Henry Gates, Jr., and playing upon the alleged racial issues of the arrest.  To wit:  A neighbor notice two men trying to jimmy a lock on Professor Gates’ house at night and called the police.  I would hope to have such attentive neighbors. More here:  Obama resorts to race baiting on Harvard Prof’s arrest

Anyway – the apologizer in chief somehow could not summon the actual words “I apologize” to minimize his prejudgment and hasty comments.  I guess he finds it easier to apologize for everyone else in America except himself.

Here is the Presidents Weak-ass apology – and he ends it with inviting the two men over for a beer!  George W Bush could have pulled that off, but it sounds so silly coming from this effete man!

Watch him grovel and completely fail to acknowledge his words.

More from the NY Times:

President Obama said Friday that he “could have calibrated” his words more carefully in the controversy over the arrest of a black Harvard professor by a white police officer, but added that there had been an “overreaction” by both sides in a case that touched off an intense discussion about race in America.

“To the extent that my choice of words didn’t illuminate, but rather contributed to more media, I think, that was unfortunate,” Mr. Obama said, making an unusual unannounced visit to the White House briefing room in an effort to ease the controversy….

The president said that he conveyed his sentiment to Sgt. James Crowley in a telephone call on Friday afternoon. The call, which lasted about five minutes, came after police officials in Massachusetts and beyond accused Mr. Obama of maligning the character of Sergeant Crowley and the entire Cambridge police force.

“I obviously helped to contribute ratcheting it up, I wanted to make clear that in my choice of words, I think, I unfortunately, I think, gave an impression that I was maligning the Cambridge Police Department or Sergeant Crowley specifically,” Mr. Obama told reporters. “I could have calibrated those words differently, and I told this to Sergeant Crowley.”

Mr. Obama did not specifically use the word “apology,” but aides said that was the sentiment conveyed during his call with the officer…

“I continue to believe, based on what I have heard, that there was an overreaction in pulling Professor Gates out of his home to the station,” Mr. Obama added. “I also continue to believe, based on what I heard that Professor Gates probably overreacted as well. My sense is you’ve got two good people in a circumstance in which neither of them were able to resolve the incident in the way that it should have been resolved and the way they would have liked it to be resolved.”..

Mr. Obama, carefully measuring his words to avoid further criticism from either side, said, “Even when you’ve got a police officer who has a fine track record on racial sensitivity, interactions between police officers and the African-American community can sometimes be fraught with misunderstanding.”

One hour after calling Sergeant Crowley, Mr. Obama reached Professor Gates by telephone. An administration official said the call was “a positive discussion,” and that it ended with an invitation for the professor and the police officer to meet at the White House — to have a beer, as the president said in his remarks to reporters. There was no immediate word on whether Professor Gates accepted the invitation.

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Hillary Clinton – Apologist AND Denier of Women’s Reproductive Rights

By Cassandra Effect, July 20, 2009 8:16 pm

Obama has passed the apology torch to Secretaryof State Hillary Clinton and she has taken it to new levels (depths).

From CNS News

Urging India not to emulate America’s “mistakes,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the weekend accepted responsibility on behalf of the U.S. and other developed nations for contributing towards climate change.  “We acknowledge – now with President Obama – that we have made mistakes in the United States, and we along with other developed countries have contributed most significantly to the problem that we face with climate change,” Clinton said in Mumbai, India.
 
“We are hoping a great country like India will not make the same mistakes,” she added

More disturbing was Clinton’s fascination with the nihilistic notion that limiting a woman’s reproductive rights was “ENLIGHTENING” – read on for what went on at the conference:

In other comments, Clinton described Sunday’s roundtable discussion as “very enlightening, especially for me.”
 
As an example of this, she noted that “one of the participants pointed out that it’s rather odd to talk about climate change and what we must do to stop and prevent the ill effects without talking about population and family planning”

Some green activists have long advocated a greater focus on population control in the climate change campaign.
 
In a position paper adopted by its board of directors in November 2007, the Sierra Club said, “Given the grave implications of population growth, the Sierra Club urges greater effort to explain how population pressure is affecting the environment and stronger support for the program – family planning, health care, and education and opportunity for women – that most effectively encourages smaller families.”
 
Identifying an average of two children per family as a requirement to stabilize the world population, the paper said the Sierra Club “welcomes non-coercive, culturally sensitive policies that will help lower birth rates, stabilize global population, and make a smaller population a realistic possibility.”
 
In 2007, an Australian academic argued  {READ THIS LINK!!!] that a government campaign to encourage bigger families was flying in the face of the fight against climate change.
 
Rather than offering couples financial incentives to have more children, he said, a tax should be levied on parents who have more than an agreed number of children, “in line with the ‘polluter pays’ principle.”

To think that developing nations now have fertility rates which are below sustainable levels is a GOOD thing is only supported by the left loons in the Zero Population Movement.    Oh but wait – the executive director of the Sierra Movement, Carl Pope has served as political director for Zero Population Growth!  And he writes for the Huff Post.  Imagine that.  The self hating left can’t wait to off themselves to save the planet.  Every other creature on planet earth is tryign to perpetuate its species, but humans should hold off.  Its the most nihilistic thing I have ever seen.

And as an added bonus,in the category of sick, preverted, twisted use of totalitarianism, China spun its one child policy to get credit for REDUCING GREENHOUSE GASES

 
The Chinese government, which enforces a controversial and often coercive birth limitation policy, has listed its population control efforts among its contributions to combating climate change

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Obama caught apologizing again

By Cassandra Effect, July 11, 2009 3:13 am

This time during his trip to Russia….this guy is working the humility thing entirely too hard.  Enough already. 

His moral relativism is seriously disturbing.  To suggest that the principles of a democratic, free society are something we should not be promoting,

By no means is America perfect. But it is our commitment to certain universal values which allows us to correct our imperfections, to improve constantly, and to grow stronger over time. Freedom of speech and assembly has allowed women, and minorities, and workers to protest for full and equal rights at a time when they were denied. The rule of law and equal administration of justice has busted monopolies, shut down political machines that were corrupt, ended abuses of power. Independent media have exposed corruption at all levels of business and government. Competitive elections allow us to change course and hold our leaders accountable. If our democracy did not advance those rights, then I, as a person of African ancestry, wouldn’t be able to address you as an American citizen, much less a President. Because at the time of our founding, I had no rights — people who looked like me. But it is because of that process that I can now stand before you as President of the United States.

So around the world, America supports these values because they are moral, but also because they work. The arc of history shows that governments which serve their own people survive and thrive; governments which serve only their own power do not. Governments that represent the will of their people are far less likely to descend into failed states, to terrorize their citizens, or to wage war on others. Governments that promote the rule of law, subject their actions to oversight, and allow for independent institutions are more dependable trading partners. And in our own history, democracies have been America’s most enduring allies, including those we once waged war with in Europe and Asia — nations that today live with great security and prosperity.

Now let me be clear: America cannot and should not seek to impose any system of government on any other country, nor would we presume to choose which party or individual should run a country. And we haven’t always done what we should have on that front. Even as we meet here today, America supports now the restoration of the democratically-elected President of Honduras, even though he has strongly opposed American policies. We do so not because we agree with him. We do so because we respect the universal principle that people should choose their own leaders, whether they are leaders we agree with or not.

Full text of his speech HERE

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