May 31, 2012

One small victory for human liberty…

Watts Up With That?

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http://phys.org/news/2012-05-internet.html

As a followup to a previous story about congressional hearings regarding a proposal to turn over control of the internet to the United Nations International Telecommunications Union, we are happy to report that extensive public pressure has ensured that there remains a bipartisan consensus against allowing this transfer of power over the Internet.

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First he’s our first Gay President, now he’s our first Jewish president?

May 31, 2012

I mean, that’s kind of the idea when he told Conservative Jewish rabbis that he knows more about Judaism than any past president:

In the meeting, Obama reportedly boasted about his knowledge of Judaism, telling the leaders that he thinks he knows more “about Judaism” than all past presidents. He said he gained this knowledge of Judaism from reading.

Obama … stressed he probably knows about Judaism more than any other president, because he read about it,” Haaretz reports. “[He] wondered how come no one asks Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner or Senate minority leader Mitch McConnel [sic] about their support to Israel.”

Similarly, he said to the group, “I [am] not going to tell you again how I even feel about Israel, but why [are] we still talking about it?”

He then suggested that he should not be questioned about his commitment to the Jewish state because “all his friends in Chicago were Jewish – and at the beginning of his political career he was accused of  being a puppet of the Israel lobby,” Haaretz reports.

Get it? He read about Judaism (Once? Twice? How deeply? The menu at the local deli?), and, hey, some of his best friends were Jews, so of course he’s an expert on a nearly 6,000-year old religion.

What’s next, a production of “Guess who’s coming to (Passover) dinner?”

Bill Kristol responds:

And the claim that Obama knows more about Judaism than any president? His vanity boggles the mind. One could begin by citing Adams and Madison, who knew Hebrew, or Harry Truman, who knew Jewish history … but it’s silly to dignify this claim with a rebuttal. In thinking about the presidents since Truman, though, I’d guess the president who knew the most about Judaism was Jimmy Carter, who taught Sunday school and had a deep interest in religion. So let’s stipulate that of the modern presidents, Carter and Obama “know” the most about Judaism. But what is it they know? In Obama’s case, one could ask whether what he “knows” is what he learned from Rashid Khalidi (1) and Jeremiah Wright.

I know we’ve seen examples of his overwhelming ego again and again over the last 3-4 years, but each new one still leaves me saying “You’ve got to be kidding.”

Trouble is, he isn’t.

via Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt

RELATED: Jeff Dunetz isn’t impressed at all.

Footnote:
(1) That would be former PLO spokesman and Hamas sympathizer Rashid Khalidi, whom Obama toasted at a farewell dinner, the tape of which has been mysteriously suppressed by the LA Times. Never knew he was Jewish…

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Why former Rep. Artur Davis is switching from Democrat to Republican

May 31, 2012

**Posted by Sister Toldjah

The Hill reports (hat tip):

Former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama is officially leaving the party for the GOP, he announced Tuesday.

“Wearing a Democratic label no longer matches what I know about my country and its possibilities,” Davis wrote on his website after lamenting that “this is not Bill Clinton’s Democratic Party.”

The former congressman will also switch his party registration to in Virginia, where he now lives.

Davis has been rumored as a possible GOP congressional candidate in Northern Virginia, and in the statement he doesn’t rule out the possibility, although his long statement indicates if he runs it could be for either the House or the statehouse and would be in 2014 or afterwards.

The one-time Democratic rising star had grown critical of the party in recent years, was the only African American member of the House to vote against Democrats’ health care reform law, and became increasingly vocal about his disagreements with the Democrats after losing a gubernatorial primary in 2010.

Davis, who has been an occasional guest contributor at National Review Online, has a fairly comprehensive website where you can go to learn more about who he is, his views on the issues, etc. Here’s his full post explaining his party switch.

Even though I wasn’t crazy about “Bill Clinton’s Democratic Party” back in the day, I have to say it would be much more preferable to the far left mentality we see in most elected Democrats today – especially in the case of our radicalized celebrity President and certain members of Congress. It goes without saying that Obama Democrats are bad news for America. It took a lot of guts for Davis to switch parties in this highly charged climate and then openly announce such – even though he is not in Congress anymore – because he is black and few “minority” groups ever feel the wrath of “tolerant” leftists like black people and gay people who either have never toed the Democrat party line or who wake up from doing so at some point in their lives. And right now when all black Democrats are supposed to fall in line behind Barack Obama come election time, Davis making his views public should be considered all the more bold.

I commend him for the stance he’s taken, and am looking forward to reading about him and learning more from him regarding his policy ideas in the future. Welcome to the party, Mr. Davis.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)