Life is made up of choices and once we make those choices we have to live with them. In 1992, this country made a choice to elect a draft-dodger to the office of President rather than re-elect a real American hero of WWII, George H.W.Bush. A hero who was shot down in combat not once but twice.
As a result of this choice this country endured for the next eight years a President who disgraced the office with lewd and lascivious acts with a young intern in the Oval Office. Think about this choice another man made. If Jimmy (the dope) Carter had not pardoned all the draft dodgers, we would never have had to endure Bill (the cigar) Clinton.
This election year we have a similar choice between a Viet Nam war hero, a man of character, John McCain and a man with a gift of gab and (in my opinion) with little or no character , Barack Hussein Obama.
In Obama's recent speech on patriotism he said (to paraphrase), "I don't question John McCain's patriotism or his service in the military but I won't stand by while my patriotism is questioned.
Well, standby, because I certainly have some questions. It's hard for me to believe the polls show Obama in a small lead over McCain. Should Barack Hussein Obama be elected, who will be his first guest to sleep in the Lincoln Bedroom?
Will it be William Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn, Co-founders of the Weather Underground terrorist organization that declared war on the U.S. Government in 1970? The same William Ayers who bombed the Pentagon and is quoted saying, while stomping the American Flag, "Guilty as sin, free as a bird. It's a great country". Or will he pardon Tony Rezko and give him the honor?
I guess the Reverend Wright is not even considered because he is no longer Obama's mentor, like a grandfather, and long time friend. Right, Barack Hussein Obama threw him under the bus when he became a political weight around his neck.
It's difficult to believe these possibilities exist today, but they do. They exist only because of the left-wing extremists that control the movie and television industries, the mainstream news media and our educational system that has been successful in brainwashing and indoctrinating the last two generations with their liberal philosophy
Forgotten Iraqi Christians
Below are excerpts from an article by a minister in the present Australian government. The previous government had similar concerns
"Even casual observers of the international situation would be aware of the conflict between Sunni and Shiite communities in Iraq. But what has achieved less prominence in the national and international media is the fate of other Iraqi minorities: Assyrians, Chaldeans and Mandaeans.
Mandaeans, followers of John the Baptist, have non-violence as one of the tenets of their religion. Any form of violence, even in self-defence, is forbidden. They have thus been particularly vulnerable to attack. The much more numerous Assyrians and Chaldeans have also suffered significantly. This group are descendants of the ancient Assyrian empire, but no longer have a nation state to call their own. They predominantly live in Iraq's north and are Christians.
It is hard to pinpoint the numbers of these minorities in Iraq. However, credible estimates put Assyrians and Chaldeans as 4 per cent of the population of Iraq, while they have constituted 40 per cent of the refugees leaving Iraq. Jordan and Syria have 2 million Iraqi refugees living within their borders, and they are not allowed to work. They live, by and large, in squalor, and they often rely on their children to bring in a little income. Thousands of children are being turned to crime to support their family.
It is estimated that there were 1.5 million Assyrians and Chaldeans in Iraq before the war; 600,000 are left, at most. Two thousand Assyrians and Chaldeans are still leaving Iraq every day. Churches have been bombed, priests and bishops kidnapped and murdered. Hundreds of thousands of Assyrian and Chaldean refugees live in desperate circumstances in Syria and Jordan. It is simply too dangerous for them to return.
There are of course, many millions of people from different groups around the world who face diabolical human rights and humanitarian catastrophes, all of whom deserve greater attention. However, in all the public debate about Iraq over recent years the Assyrian and Chaldean minorities have received scant attention from both governments and the media. Their plight is one of the untold stories of the narrative of post-Saddam Iraq. Their situation as minorities in Iraq has substantially worsened since the war.
As others have pointed out, the exodus of refugees from Iraq has been greater than that after the Vietnam War. But because the exodus has occurred quietly and to other Middle Eastern countries, as opposed to by boat, the crisis has become largely invisible. There is no monopoly of suffering in Iraq. But the suffering of these minorities has received scant international attention.
Of course, as a relatively small country on the other side of the world we are limited in what we can do to help. However, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Stephen Smith, has recently met two delegations of Assyrians and Chaldeans to discuss what more can be done, and he raised the issue with the Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq on his visit last month.
A report from a German blog says that if an orangutan steals, then Muslims in Indonesia cut off the poor creature's hand. And it's not an unusual practice. A reader comments: "A ghastly, vile religion. And what will our pacifist, peacenik animal rights activists say now? Will such people be among the factions of the Left finally to have a spine and stand up to this loathsome religion? No, I gather not. (In an updating of Niem”ller's famous statement: "first they came....then they came for the orangutangs..."). What particularly makes this hideous is that it underscores just why animals can't possibly have "rights" - and you can assert this all the while being a great lover of animals, as I am - because there's no way, as any idiot can see, that a poor orangutan can possibly "learn" from such a punishment. Rights are inexorably connected with the bearer of those rights having a "free will" and capable of at least knowing why something is right or wrong. So it's actually _more_ ghastly to mistreat a creature that cannot possibly be morally culpable. The only animal in the universe capable of moral evil is a human being."
A rare burst of sanity from the EU: "It's official: European diktats on the size and shape of fruit and vegetables are bananas. Even the European Commission now wants them scrapped to avoid wasting good food in times of global shortage. The commission, in a step backed by the UK, will this week attempt to reform strict rules governing standards on such matters as the colour of leeks, the bendiness of cucumbers and the shape of carrots. In a vote in Brussels, Britain, Holland, Denmark, Sweden and Germany will support moves to reform the marketing standards amid fears that they are making the world food crisis worse. The standards are so strict that thousands of tonnes of fruit and vegetables are discarded each year because they are not beautiful or big enough. Farmers throw away mountains of cherries, onions, peas, plums and spinach among other fruit and vegetables. Last month a market trader in Bristol was prevented by inspectors from selling a batch of kiwi fruits because they were 1mm smaller than the rules allowed. Tim Down lost $2,000 in sales and was not allowed to give away the 5,000 fruit because they breached the rules."
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The Big Lie of the late 20th century was that Nazism was Rightist. It was in fact typical of the Leftism of its day. It was only to the Right of Stalin's Communism. The very word "Nazi" is a German abbreviation for "National Socialist" (Nationalsozialist) and the full name of Hitler's political party (translated) was "The National Socialist German Workers' Party" (In German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei)