Remember that Pledge drive I posted about yesterday? Well, it seems that one of their very competent volunteers, Colleen O’Brien, decided it would be wise to post all of the information that she gathered in the last two days on her blog located on the BarackObama.com website.
She posted it at 8:38 PM ET and it’s still there as of 9:26 PM ET.
Attended two local events yesterday and today to get pledges
By Colleen O’Brien – Mar 22nd, 2009 at 8:38 pm EDT
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Got 26 pledges. Was not able to turn in, except by phone. The pledges are:
Out of respect for the duped pledgers, I’m not going to post thier info. I won’t even post the link, but you can find it for your self at the BarackObama.com – you’ll have to look for the blogs.
10:08 PM ET and it’s still there.
11:45 PM ET and all is still there.
I hadn’t noticed that at 11:35 PM someone posted a comment:
The Brownshirts are supposed to be knocking at your door today!
Just in case you doubted that President Obama is still in campaign mode:
Seriously? We will be asked to sign a pledge to President Obama? Does this not concern anyone?
Well, my personal plan (should a lovely volunteer approach me) is to engage the Obamabot in conversation. Perhaps I’ll discuss Obama’s appearance on Jay Leno and how it upset me, a mother of a child with Down syndrome, that our president so easily, so casually, was able to make a joke at my son’s expense. Perhaps I will discuss the Illinois version of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act and how Barack Obama was able to hear testimony about how a baby with Down syndrome was born alive after an abortion and left to die on a shelf and Obama was still able to coldly vote against the act. Perhaps we’ll discuss exactly what s/he is doing asking me to sign a pledge of loyalty?
I will take up the volunteer’s time because time spent with me is time taken away from getting other people to pledge their souls away.
Operation Disorganizing for America – engage the volunteers for as long as you can and waste their time. Be cordial, be informative and be strong.
No doubt you’re already aware of Speaker Pelosi’s grand scheme to stimulate the economy–give hundreds of millions of dollars to family planning services. Remove the children and you remove the burden to society. It’s quite simple really, why isn’t anyone getting this?
In case you didn’t hear it from the horse’s mouth:
So where else can this go?
Like Michelle Malkin points out:
Up next: Emergency funding for suicide manuals and euthanasia education.
It should be noted that the disability community has thought about that for a long time now. Michelle Malkin’s comment reminded me of this from the Ragged Edge Online Magazine:
Customer Service Representative: It is the law, Ralph. Assisted suicide procedures and methods are regulated by both federal and state governments. It is administered under END-A, the Early Need for Death Act that was passed by Congress in 2020. Since that time, unapproved suicides are illegal and punishable by fine and imprisonment.
Ralph: What’s the reason for that?
CSR: Unapproved suicides can be highly ineffective and often result in incomplete suicides. One incomplete suicide can leave a patient and his or her family with extremely high, long-term, health care costs. Ten years ago, Unregulated Incomplete Suicides (UIS) were threatening the viability of the entire Managed Universal Care System. On the other hand, Approved Assisted Suicide is the most cost-effective medical procedure in the history of health care. The Administration of END-A has now established best-practice guidelines and inexpensive toolkits that ensure an effective, safe suicide experience for about 98 percent of patients who are eligible for the procedure.
Ralph: Well, I have always tried to follow the advice of my personal physician.
CSR: Very wise, Ralph. Touchstone Healthcare encourages all eligible patients to use Approved Assisted Suicide. Most patients are highly satisfied with the outcome and benefit package. Oh, good, I see your doctor’s order is on my screen. Okay, I can move to the authorization process.
Ralph: How does that work?
CSR: I will ask you a series of questions. I will record your answers for privacy and compliance requirements. Ready?
Ralph: I guess so.
CSR: Okay. Ralph, state your name, date of birth, and patient account number.
Ralph: Ralph Craven. Date of birth was 06/27/1990. My account number is 2175-002-4569.
CSR: Ralph, what is your physician-approved END?
CSR: What is your Early Need for Death?
Ralph: I have Predicted Genetic Terminal Illness.
CSR: Has your physician explained what that means?
Ralph: Yes. It means that DNA tests have determined that I definitely will die from something within 20 to 30 years. It is not possible to predict what disease will cause my death, but the DNA predictive test results were conclusive. My doctor said the 20- to 30- year prognosis makes me eligible for Approved Assisted Suicide.
CSR: Ralph, did your physician explain the Suicide Benefit Package?
Ralph: Yes. In fact, the benefit package is what helped me make the decision to go with assisted suicide. The package is just too good to pass up. My family will receive a Suicide Choice Rebate from the Touchstone Healthcare, and they will still collect my life insurance.
CSR: Right, Ralph. For most people it is a real win-win situation. Well, let me go ahead and email you the Patient Suicide Handbook and Toolkit. The Handbook describes the procedure and tells you how to prepare and what to expect from your assisted suicide. The Toolkit includes your choice of a lethal dose of Endal, or a reusable handgun. If you choose the handgun option, a family member must ship the gun back to Touchstone within thirty days or its cost will be deducted from your Suicide Choice Rebate. The Patient Suicide Handbook also is loaded with other practical information about crematoria and other resources that you might be interested in. Shall I ship your Handbook and Toolkit today?
Ralph: Okay. And I will take the Endal option.
CSR: Excellent choice, Ralph. Your Handbook and complete Assisted Suicide Toolkit will arrive by UPS within 24 hours.
CSR: Is there anything else I can help you with today, Ralph?
Ralph: No thank you, Susan. You have been very helpful. I’m sure I will be quite satisfied.
There must be a grain of Joe Bidenesque patriotism in all of this!
President Obama doesn’t want Republicans to listen to Rush Limbaugh. In a matter of time, he may not even want the name, Rush Limbaugh, spoken. Well, in the spirit of bipartisanship of which President Obama once spoke, I thought we should take on some of the sillyness of liberal Democrats and show our support of Rush by taking on his name. You know, like Sunshine Hussein Lipshits.
What sounds better, Candy Rush Slice or Candy Limbaugh Slice? Should there be a hyphen? Or should it be Candy Rush Limbaugh Slice?
If only more “Republicans” in congress would actually listen to Rush Limbaugh…
Mr. Hopeenchangenunity puts this forth on the Whitehouse.gov website:
President Obama will keep the broken promises made by President Bush to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. He and Vice President Biden will take steps to ensure that the federal government will never again allow such catastrophic failures in emergency planning and response to occur.
Um, Mr. Obama, whose catastrophic failure was it? The governor that refused the national guard? The mayor who didn’t follow his city’s disaster plan? Oprah for perpetuating the rape stories?
If you heard Jennifer Granholm talk, you’d never know there was a surplus. Our state is bleeding businesses and people. The ONLY industry that Granholm saw fit to offer incentives was Hollywood (movie/television etc.). It was a great lesson showing that tax cuts/incentives to industry work – but I guess the stars in her eyes blinded her to the fact that it would work across the board. In any case – I want my money back!
“Taxpayers deserve a refund!”
-Attorney General Mike Cox
Cox calls for state tax refund…Attorney General Mike Cox says the state is overcharging taxpayers, and more than $700 million should be refunded to them to help with car, house and other payments. He said when the state raised income and business taxes in October 2007, it was sold as a means to deal with an economic crisis. And yet, he noted, the state ended the last two fiscal years with surpluses, including $712 million for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.
Michigan is like the poor waif looking in at the opulence from a cold frustrating place. The rest of the country is enjoying the feast while Jennifer Granholm is content blaming Bush for our woes and taxing the life out of those of us and businesses struggling to stay.
In a whispy headed attempt to scare tax-payers into “putting out,” she announced yesterday that she would be taking away $125 in funding per public school student and cutting Medicaid funding for hospitals by 6%. Am I shuddering? No, I’m mad!
In 2004, 72 percent of Michigan State University’s graduating class secured jobs in Michigan. The following year, that number went down to about 62 percent. In 2006, the percentage of MSU students finding employment within Michigan dipped to about 50 percent, according to Phil Gardner, director of the Collegiate Employer Research Institute at Michigan State University.
In light of this not so new development, perhaps Ms. Granholm should consider cutting the Michigan Promise Scholarship program which gives money to any Michigander high school graduate who merely takes the MEAP or MME standardized test and maintains a measly 2.5 GPA in college, university, technical school, or other approved post high school education.
Students who do not receive qualifying scores on the state assessment test will still receive up to $4,000 after the successful completion of two years of postsecondary education with at least a 2.5 GPA associate’s degree, two-year certificate, vocational education program or 50 percent of the academic requirements for a bachelor’s degree).
Bolding mine – So they don’t even have to complete the degree requirements.
Oooh, free money:
Scholarship and grant amounts that exceed tuition, fees and books are considered to be taxable income and are to be reported as such on income tax filings. For more information, discuss with a financial advisor.
Comerica Inc. was founded in 1849 in Detroit and the Detroit Tigers play in Comerica Park, but this week the bank holding company announced it is moving its headquarters to Dallas–where, it said, the bigger growth opportunities are. Consider it one more vote of confidence in the state the national expansion forgot, and especially in Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm’s economic agenda.
Re-elected last year, Ms. Granholm recently rewarded the voters by announcing some $1 billion in new fees and tax increases. The plan would charge Michigan residents higher levies for almost every activity inside the state with a moving part. She would tax trucking, shopping, smoking, hunting, fishing, drinking beer and liquor, using a cell phone and, yes, even dying.
Her plan does complete the phase-out of the state’s hated “single business tax,” which the Tax Foundation has called one of the most anti-growth business taxes in the nation. She should have stopped right there. Instead the Governor wants to create a new corporate income tax as well as a new 2% excise tax on upwards of 100 business services. The net effect would be to raise Michigan’s overall business tax burden. She’d also impose a 5% death tax on estates valued at more than $2 million–which is a sure way to encourage even more Michigan retirees to relocate to Florida.
Then she subsidizes college educations with our tax money and the graduates are fleeing the state to find jobs. Talk about an absurd investment into Chicago’s future with kisses from Michigan.
Kelley Bishop, executive director of career services at MSU, said a growing number of Michigan students are making a home in Chicago. A survey taken by his office on graduating MSU students found that, in 2003, 6 percent of the student population relocated to Chicago. In 2004, that number grew to 8 percent; 2005, 12 percent; and 2006, 15 percent.
Bring on the “Bobs” to clean out Michigan Government. They certainly couldn’t hurt it any more than Granholm and her pals already have.
Just wondering Ms. Granholm…where’s all that extra revenue our state was supposed to see from the mandatory delay in the start of the public school year until after Labor Day?
Please take time to read this story at The Gathering Storm:
CAIR’s latest attempt at protecting our civil rights are charges against a California middle school teacher, Randy Ingram, who had the courage to state to his sixth grade class the obvious – that Iran has sworn to destroy the state of Israel.
Came to this story via Michelle Malkin who has more.
His family has disowned him, his own father is calling for his death if he does not repent, and his lawyer is not hopeful.
Egypt has once again been cracking down on freedoms of expression in cyberspace and recently arrested a 22-year-old law student blogger, Abdol Karim, for being critical of Islam in his posts.
Mr Karim, known in the blogosphere as Kareem Amer, was detained on November 6 in his home city of Alexandria. A website has been set up to campaign for his release.
Amnesty International has been campaigning against online censorship and the jailing of bloggers around the world. Reporters Without Borders has responded to Mr Karim’s case with scathing criticism, and, at the weekend, a string of Egyptian human rights organisations condemned his incarceration.
According to reports, Mr Karim has been charged with several offences, including defaming the president of Egypt, incitement to overthrow the regime and incitement to hate Islam.
Alaa Abd el-Fatah, another blogger detained by the Egyptian authorities earlier this year, and later freed, says that the jailing of Mr Karim is much more troubling because he has been targeted for his religious views.
Reporters Without Borders says that earlier this year Mr Karim was expelled from his university, the Islamic University of al-Azhar for criticising the Egyptian government’s “religious and authoritarian excesses”.
Campaigners for Mr Karim have said it is particularly worrying that the university was involved in trying to stop Mr Karim’s blogging.
When I read stories like this, for some reason my mind wanders back to the drivel of that insufferable dipstick that has boosted ratings on The View (no, not Elisabeth Hasselback).
Unfortunately – the video that was attached to this post was removed from YouTube. Go figure?
Thank you again Rosie for making it all so clear. Will you be speaking up for Kareem, Rosie? Just wondering…
I read this on Debbie Schlussel’s blog:
Can you imagine The New York Times writing a sympathetic piece about how Mohammed Atta’s family needs money to fly him for burial in Egypt?
It may sound twisted indeed, but not far from what actually appeared in a story about the Trolley Square killer in Salt Lake City’s Desert Morning News:
The family on Wednesday arranged for their son’s body to be picked up at a mortuary. It is to be sent to Bosnia for a funeral. The father will fly back to bury him, and the family is in need of donations.
Okay, if you have trouble with the terrorist parallel; submitted for your approval (or not) from and article by Robert Spencer in FrontPageMag.com:
Talovic joins an unfortunately growing list of Muslims who have committed random acts of violence, only for officials to assure us that their actions have nothing to do with terrorism. Maybe none of them do, but the list is full of troubling details:
- On January 31, Ismail Yassin Mohamed, 22, stole a car in Minneapolis. He went on a rampage, ramming the stolen car into other cars and then stealing a van and continuing to ram other cars, injuring one person. His father told officials that Mohamed was suffering from mental problems; his mother added he had been depressed and hadn’t been taking his medication. During his rampage, Mohamed repeatedly yelled, “Die, die, die, kill, kill, kill,” and when asked why he did all this, he replied, “Allah made me do it.”
- Omeed Aziz Popal, a Muslim from Afghanistan, who killed one person and injured fourteen during a murderous drive through San Francisco city streets in August 2006, during which he targeted people on crosswalks and sidewalks, identified himself as a terrorist after his rampage, according to Rob Roth of San Francisco’s KTVU. Later the murders were ascribed to Popal’s mental problems, and to stress arising from his impending arranged marriage.
- On July 28, 2006, a Muslim named Naveed Afzal Haq forced his way into the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. Once inside, Haq announced, “I’m a Muslim American; I’m angry at Israel,” and then began shooting, killing one woman and injuring five more. FBI assistant special agent David Gomez stated: “We believe…it’s a lone individual acting out his antagonism. There’s nothing to indicate that it’s terrorism-related. But we’re monitoring the entire situation.”
- In March 2006, a twenty-two-year-old Iranian student named Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar drove an SUV onto the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, deliberately trying to kill people and succeeding in injuring nine. After the incident, he seemed singularly pleased with himself, smiling and waving to crowds after a court appearance on Monday, at which he explained that he was “thankful for the opportunity to spread the will of Allah.” Officials here again dismissed the possibility of terrorism, even after Taheri-azar wrote a series of letters to the UNC campus newspaper detailing the Qur’anic justification for warfare against unbelievers, and explaining why he believed his attacks were justified from an Islamic perspective.
None of these were terrorist attacks in the sense that they were planned and executed by al-Qaeda agents. And it is possible that all of them were products of nothing more ideologically significant than a disturbed mental state, although it is at least noteworthy that each attacker explained his actions in terms of Islamic terrorism.
Talovic’s family cries, heartbroken not knowing where he got these ideas or the weapons; insisting there must have been an outside influence.
He repeatedly insisted that he had never seen his son with a gun. He said he did not know where his son got the weapons and ammunition.
“I think somebody’s behind him, somebody’s trailing him,” he said.
Asked to explain what that meant, his sister, Ajka Omerovic, said, “He wants to tell you that he thinks there is somebody who push him to do that.” Does he have any idea who? “No, really, no. We want to find out, just like you guys, all other people,” she said.
“He think that somebody like, I don’t know, behind all of that, set up Sulejman.” This person told him to shoot people, she said, relaying the father’s feeling.
It sounds like Talovic’s own father has suspicions that his son was influenced by someone else. Someone having access to a lot of weapons. Someone who wants to see unsuspecting Americans dead. Was Talovic a lone Jihadist? Who could have influenced him if he was such a loner?
Written by Al-Hakaymah, the “Guide for Individual Jihad” suggests ways to kill the enemy when one is fighting alone.
The recommended methods include stabbing, feeding overdoses of cocaine or heroin, injecting air via needles, assassination with guns, burning down homes, putting poisonous snakes in cars, tampering with car brakes, planting explosives in vehicles, running over people, and luring people and then killing them.
The book also highly recommends poisoning targets and includes various methods of preparing and obtaining lethal toxins, including botulism. The book also gives instructions on making improvised explosives.
“These ideas, ways, and methods are subject to development and improvisation,” Al-Hakaymah stated.
Of course, how very politically incorrect and Islamophobic to even suggest that there might be a connection that should at the very least be explored. Debbie Schlussel raised the question; why didn’t anyone take the computers from the Talovic house. If for no other reason (like finding jihadist sites in the history), then just to see where his head was, who was he talking to online, did he warn anyone, did he type up some sort of “Will” or explanation!
We’re not permitted to question why he did it, especially if the questions involve Islam.
In “Playing with fire” in The Guardian, Dan Glaister reduces himself to vilifying Charles Johnson and me for asking politically incorrect questions, and demonstrates the intellectual bankruptcy of his position by offering no arguments against the questions we have raised. Just sneers.
“Salt Lake Jihad?” asks David Horowitz’s conservative Frontpagemag.com. The question refers not to some Latter Day Saints-Osama Bin Laden merger but rather to speculation about the shootings at the Trolley Square shopping mall in Salt Lake City on Monday. While much has emerged about the shootings, and about the shooter’s family background in Bosnia, the conservative blogosphere, such as it is, is awash with suggestions that the mainstream (as in, liberal) media has deliberately suppressed the fact that Sulejman Talovic, the 19-year-old perpetrator, was Muslim.
“Conservative” = evil. “Such as it is” = insignificant — albeit apparently significant enough for a full denunciation in The Guardian. “Suggestions”: i.e., not statements, and in fact just questions, but never mind. They were the wrong questions.
Glaister goes on to denounce Little Green Footballs for noting that the media did not report the Salt Lake killer’s Islamic faith, and parrots many of the charges made in the Deseret Morning News.
I enjoyed reading LGF’s response. Here is a tiny bit:
This is where the media are heading, and the British are getting there first. If you suspect Islamic terrorism when a Muslim commits mass murder, and say so publicly, you’re going to be attacked and derided as a bigot. The fact that Islamists launch mass murder attacks around the world nearly every single day is immaterial; the vital job of journalists is to make sure there is no “backlash,” and they’ll withhold information to prevent it.
Never mind that there has never been such a backlash, not even after September 11. Journalists like Glaister are sure there’s one just waiting to happen, and if it does, it will be the fault of those idiots who think facts and truth are important.
Read the rest here.
Don’t question and don’t satire.
Don’t do anything.
As the commentor below points out – it has been reported that Talovic did not have a computer. However, Debbie Schlussel is still disputing the possibility that a computer may have existed because of inconsistencies in information from the Salt Lake City Police Department.
Reported by the Balimore Sun:
Armed with a shotgun and a .38-caliber pistol, a bandolier of shotgun shells under his trench coat and backpack full of ammunition, Talovic began “shooting anyone and anything he could point his gun at,” Police Chief Chris Burbank said Friday.
It is a question that might never be answered: Why did 18-year-old Talovic shoot nine strangers, killing five, at the upscale mall just east of downtown. His heartless 7-minute rampage ended only when police managed to cut him down in a Pottery Barn Kids store.
He left nothing behind — no notes, no journals, no computer — that might explain his motives, Burbank told The Associated Press.