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ARIZONA SENATORS: SAY YOU’RE SORRY

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 18, 2010

Michael Posner, Assistant Secretary of State

Is it possible to disagree with a liberal and not be branded a Nazi? Or a fascist? Or be compared to a murderous dictator? Or be called a racist? Or labeled a homophobe?

In a liberal’s world, how does a non-bigoted, non-hateful, non-totalitarian conservative dissenter sound or look? Is there even such a thing? How does one who believes in a strong national defense, limited government and the rule of law go about his or her job without being compared to an oppressive Communist regime by a high-ranking Obamacrat?

It is the last fortress for lefties who have no substance. It is the reflex of libs who cannot hold their own in the arena of ideas. It is the primal instinct of Obamacrats who can only respond to coherence and reason by launching personal attacks and making farcical comparisons to oppressive governments in the hope of tugging on people’s emotions.

It is how Dems play the game.

Assistant Secretary of State, Michael Posner is getting some much deserved heat from Arizona’s two Senators, John McCain and Jon Kyl. They are asking – nay, demanding – that Posner apologize for comparing Arizona’s new illegal alien law to the human rights record of Communist China.

From Yahoo News:

A top US diplomat who reportedly compared a tough new immigration law in Arizona to China’s rights record must retract his “offensive” remark and apologize, the state’s two US senators demanded Tuesday.

Republican Senators Jon Kyl and John McCain accused Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner of implying that the Arizona measure “is morally equivalent to China’s persistent pattern of abuse and repression of its people.”

The letter from McCain and Kyl, obtained by AFP, cited a media report that Posner had called Arizona’s controversial immigration measure part of “a troubling trend in our society” during recent US-China human rights talks.

“As assistant secretary of state in charge of the bureau of democracy and human rights, your remarks are particularly offensive. We demand you retract your statement and issue an apology,” the lawmakers wrote.

Kyl and McCain pointed to the US State Department’s annual human rights report, which sharply criticized what it described as China’s rampant rights abuses and warned Beijing’s record was worsening.

“To compare in any way the lawful and democratic act of the government of the state of Arizona with the arbitrary abuses of the unelected Chinese Communist Party is inappropriate and offensive,” they wrote.

“There is no place for moral equivalency and human rights policy. The United States is the world’s leader in defending the rights of all people. Someone in your position should be proud to proclaim that,” they said.

Perhaps Posner can call an emergency meeting with officials from Libya and Angola – two well-known human rights violating nations recently admitted to the new United Nations Human Rights Council – to discuss the shamefulness and contemptibility of the new Arizona immigration law, and ask for some much-needed advice.

In effect, Posner issued what amounted to an apology to Communist China because of Arizona’s decision to actually uphold the law of the land. And by his own admission, he brought up the new Arizona law “early and often” to demonstrate to the ChiComs (like a good, capitulating little invertibrate) that we, too, have our issues of discrimination to deal with, and that we must do better – because asking people to prove their legality in this country is exactly like harvesting organs, throwing dissenters in modern-day gulags and executing innocents at will. Yes, Posner sat face-to-face with the Red Chinese – one of the most forbidding and suppressive regimes on planet earth – and denounced the evil that is Arizona’s illegal alien law.

But that’s okay.

One man’s freedom is another man’s oppression, right?

What do we expect from an administration who use the words “Rush Limbaugh” more than they do “terrorism” and “radical Islam”?wordpress statistics

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DON’T FORGET THOSE CANUCKS UP THERE

Posted by Andrew Roman on April 26, 2009

janet-napolitano1What is it with wanting to somehow involve our neighbors to the north in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001? As tempting as it may be at times to want to find something – anything – to blame Canada on, there seems to be a growing misconception as to the role the nation of Canada played in the 9/11 attacks from some here in America – and from people who should know better.

The correct answer, of course, is nothing … as in “Canada had absolutely nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks in any way, shape or form” … but agendas and truth just don’t play well together.

Our esteemed Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, has already shown herself to be both an embarrassment and a joke by not only suggesting that returning war veterans could prove to be terrorist threats themselves, but by saying that the some (or all) of the 9/11 killers used the nation of Canada as a gateway into the United States. How reassuring – and thoroughly nauseating – to know that such a well-informed ignoramus is in place at the head of the Homeland Security table. Of course, this isn’t quite as infuriating as having the President of the United States apologize on foreign soil for the actions of his own country, or watching him bow before foreign leaders, but it is enough to add a bit more ornamentation to the “laughing stock” motif of the Obama administration’s first hundred days.

As it turns out, someone whom you would expect to posses slightly more clarity on the subject of the September 11 attacks – and the entire war against Islamo-fascism, for that matter – is apparently just as bird-brained than a less-than-informed, ignorant Homeland Security Chief. Ostensibly, former Republican presidential candidate John McCain also believes that the 9/11 hijackers made their way into the United States via Canada.

From the Canadian Press:

John McCain is the latest high-profile politician to repeat the diehard American falsehood that the 9-11 terrorists entered the United States through Canada.

Just days after Janet Napolitano, the U.S. homeland security secretary, sparked a diplomatic kerfuffle by suggesting the terrorists took a Canadian route to the U.S. eight years ago, McCain defended her by saying that, in fact, the former Arizona governor was correct.

“Well, some of the 9-11 hijackers did come through Canada, as you know,” McCain, last year’s Republican presidential candidate, said on Fox News on Friday.

The Arizona senator’s remarks prompted the Canadian embassy to immediately reissue remarks made earlier this week by Ambassador Michael Wilson, who reminded Americans once again that no 9-11 perpetrators came to the U.S. via Canada.

“Unfortunately, misconceptions arise on something as fundamental as where the 9-11 terrorists came from,” Wilson said.

To the best of anyone’s knowledge, none of the September 11 terrorists were ever in Canada at any time. There is certainly no evidence pointing to that fact, and there is nothing in the official 9/11 report suggesting it. Just because off-teleprompter out-of-the-box numbskulls utter idiocies doesn’t make them true. In truth, it was the United States and its remarkably spongy “Come On In And See America” visa plan that facilitated these scumbuckets’ entry into the country.

No Canucks were used or harmed in the making of the worst terrorist attack in this nation’s history.

However, twenty-four innocent Canadians were killed as a result of the attack that morning.

It brings me no great pleasure to say this, but Senator McCain ought to be ashamed of himself. The terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 is, without question, the defining event of this country’s recent past. That McCain – a champion of the ongoing War on Terror – would make such a provably inaccurate claim is more embarrassing, given his steadfast and outspoken support of the war effort, than Napolitano’s moronic, “equality uberalis” ramblings. It makes one wonder how the Barack-tabluous media would have covered such a ridiculous gaffe by McCain had he won the election last November.

“President McCain More Stupid Than Bush.”

“McCain Blames McCanada.”

I understand that there are many on both sides of the aisle who are so concerned about offending large chunks of the Latino voting block that they go out of their way to try and convince Americans (and the world) that the northern border of the United States poses just as much of a risk to national security as does the southern border, but there is simply no excuse for John McCain to start sounding like Meghan McCain.

 

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MAC THE MAV AND TINO, TOO

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 25, 2008

Mac and friend

Mac and friend

At least John McCain is back to his old self.  This assumes, of course, at some point he wasn’t.

Believe me, he was. (See the entire 2008 campaign).

He’s back to being the crotchety old Republicrat spitfire, Mac the Mav.

That reach-across-the-aisle, strolling-down-the-median joie de vivre he possesses (and can beckon at will) is throttling up for the new administration.

Goodie gumdrops.

Since the time is just about right for McCain to ride the wave of ascendancy back into the good graces of the media (who, you’ll recall, once upon a time, had rockets in their pockets for him when he was still their beloved “maverick,” only to turn on him once he became the lead obstacle for “The One“), what better way to worm his way back into fishwrap favor than to get “comprehensive” with illegal immigration?

You remember that golden nugget, don’t you?

It was all the rage in 2007.

It looks as though it’ll make a hasty return in the early going of the Obama Chronicles next year, according to Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid.

Speaking to the Detroit Free Press, Reid said:

On immigration, there’s been an agreement between (President-elect Barack) Obama and (Arizona Republican Sen. John) McCain to move forward on that. … We’ll do that. We have to get this economy stuff figured out first, so I think we’ll have a shot at doing something on health care in the next Congress for sure.

We’ve got McCain and we’ve got a few others. I don’t expect much of a fight at all. Now health care is going to be difficult. That’s a very complicated issue. We debated at great length immigration. People understand the issues very well. We have not debated health care, so that’s going to take a lot more time to do.

Everyone who saw this coming, go grab an “attaboy” out of petty cash. (Don’t worry, there are a ton of them in there).

If, however, for some reason, McCain finds himself too busy bucking his own side of the auditorium during the next session of Congress to blow kisses over to the Dems, no worries…

Over at the Hot Air blog, AllahPundit writes:

And if they don’t get around to it in this Congress? Good news — Maverick’s officially running for re-election, so he can be the GOP point man for The One in 2011 or 2012 if need be. Exit question: Any predictions on how the Senate vote will shake out next time? Given the beating McCain took from Hispanic voters, I’ll put the over/under at 70.

Add to the lovefest, the announcement of Obama’s new immigration team, headed by Stanford law professor Tino Cuéllar, described by John Trasviña, president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, as “brilliant beyond his years.”

Ooh, yummie. A lawyer.

More goodie gumdrops.

Needless to say, Obama’s new “border boys” aren’t thrilling anyone on our side. While many of “The One’s” other appointments thus far have proven slightly less than horrible – even though none of them would be on my fifth string team – I get that queasy kind of uneasy looking at those who will be charged with formulating “sound immigration policy” for the United States.

As Tyche Hendricks of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote:

” … Cuéllar was named this week to lead President-elect Barack Obama’s transition working group on immigration, putting him among the many scholars from the Bay Area who are helping shape the next administration. Lawyers and immigration experts across the country praised him Friday for his intellect and his grasp of both regulatory minutiae and the big picture of American immigration policy.”

Once I reached the words “scholars from the Bay Area,” I walked.

Here’s a question … In terms of how many months after Bam’s inaguration, how long until the borders look like – what my mother used to call my room – who-did-it-and-ran?

I’ll put that over/under at 6.

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THE HEART OF IT

Posted by Andrew Roman on September 7, 2008

The Wilson Sisters

Nancy and Ann Wilson, co-founders of the 1970s hard rock band Heart, are apparently a little perturbed that the song they made into a classic-rock staple, “Barracuda,” was used at the Republican National Convention last week. The song had become something a trademark for Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, an association that dates back to her days as a high school basketball star in small-town Alaska. Now that Governor Palin is a household name – and has affronted the sensibilities of the antediluvian feminist class – she will apparently have to find another theme song – that is, if the Wilsons have her way.

Prior to John McCain’s acceptance speech on Thursday evening, Heart had publicly requested that their song not be used at the convention. (No doubt the Wilson sisters were a tad surprised that the convention playlist was light on Hank Williams and Boxcar Willie). The sisters, of course, didn’t come right out and say that they were sickened to hear their precious creation used at a congregation of bigots, fat cats, war mongers and homophobes, but they did say that “the Republican campaign did not ask for permission to use the song, nor would they have been granted that permission.”

By Thursday evening, when the next President of the United States had finished his speech and the balloons were falling all over the assembled masses, the song was showcased again. This prompted a fuming Nancy Wilson to respond by saying, “I think it’s completely unfair to be so misrepresented. I feel completely f—ed over.” How eloquent.

Could this be a royalties issue maybe?

No.

Following Thursday night’s convention activities, she and her sister issued yet another statement – this time with a touch more lucidity – saying, “Sarah Palin’s views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women. We ask that our song ‘Barracuda’ no longer be used to promote her image.”

Bingo.

Why not just say that in the first place?

Their objections had nothing to do with copy infringement. It wasn’t about getting permission to use their song. The sister’s opposition focused squarely on the political chasm that exists between them and the gun-wielding, moose burger-eating, bible-pounding wilderness woman from Alaska who wants to destroy the environment and call Messiah Obama names.
The Wilsons went on to explain, “The song ‘Barracuda’ was written in the late ’70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women. (The ‘barracuda’ represented the business.)”

Interesting. If this were an episode of “Behind the Music,” I might even find it relevant.

My initial thought after reading their protestations was to try and shed light on specifically what it was that put such a twist in their knickers. Which “values” and “views” relevant to American women did they believe Governor Palin was an affront to? Achievement? Leadership? Capitalizing on equality of opportunity? Rising from humble working-class beginnings to become a Vice-Presidential candidate? Funny, I thought those sorts of things were foundational tenets of the feminist creed. I thought that was what the Steinem constituency of American womanhood had been championing for years.

Silly me.

The sad reality is that to the Wilson sisters – and almost everyone still entranced by the feminine mystique – politics trumps all. Governor Palin’s remarkably impressive resume is nothing to admire for the left-leaning ladies of the ensemble because she is not a liberal. Palin’s conservatism, by default, invalidates her womanhood, belittles her accomplishments, and opens her up to personal attack from the compassionate ones. Whereas her achievements and successes would have been the very underpinnings of her status as a hero had she been a liberal, they instead amplify her inexperience and gross disqualification as a conservative. Ironically, Palin is assailed on non-political matters precisely because she is on the right. Because she is not a liberal, she is a fraud.

Speaking of fraud … I have to assume the Honda Corporation has more “soul” in their “corporate nature” than the “music business” that made Nancy and Ann millionaires, seeing as Heart’s song “Barracuda” was featured in Honda’s ads for the fossil-fuel burning Odyssey minivan this year.

I wonder if Governor Palin – or any other conservative – has ever driven a Honda.

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