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Monday, April 19, 2010


Not sure why Barbara Boxer agreed to have Barack Obama head to California to campaign for her. It's the kiss of death for any aspiring incumbent. After these six minutes, Obama likely had second thoughts as well. The entire video is worth watching as audience members pepper Obama with chants of, "Don't ask, don't tell" and "Yes, we can".

The reference to the former was meant to show support for repealing the policy. The chanting of the latter seemed to carry a mocking tone. There are two points where Obama is noticeably angry - one about 1/3 the way into the video and the other toward the end.

Obama was obviously very frustrated by the whole experience.

Click HERE for the video.


Barack Obama's envoy to the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) found himself in the middle of a controversy recently over sympathetic things he said about convicted terrorist fundraiser, Sami al-Arian. He said those things at a 2004 Muslim Students Association (MSA) event and had to admit to them when a recording of the event surfaced. More on that controversy here.

Shockingly, Hussain remained on the job despite both his comments and an apparent attempt to erase them from the public record. The New York Times is now reporting on the White House's continued emphasis on strengthening relations with the Islamic world:
(Obama's) administration has reached out to this politically isolated constituency in a sustained and widening effort that has left even skeptics surprised.

Muslim and Arab-American advocates have participated in policy discussions and received briefings from top White House aides and other officials on health care legislation, foreign policy, the economy, immigration and national security. They have met privately with a senior White House adviser, Valerie Jarrett, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to discuss civil liberties concerns and counterterrorism strategy.
Apparently, part of this outreach included lifting the ban on a man named Tariq Ramadan from entering the United States. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed the papers that lifted the ban recently:
Tariq Ramadan, a prominent Muslim academic, visited the United States for the first time in six years after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reversed a decision by the Bush administration, which had barred Mr. Ramadan from entering the country, initially citing the U.S.A. Patriot Act. Mrs. Clinton also cleared the way for another well-known Muslim professor, Adam Habib, who had been denied entry under similar circumstances.
Much of the relevance of Ramadan's travel ban being lifted has to do with his family tree. Ramadan's maternal grandfather was a man named Hassan al-Banna, who founded the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928. The Brotherhood is also the umbrella for several groups linked to Islamic terrorism, including the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Muslim Students Association (MSA), and even Hamas. Ramadan has clearly not renounced his ties to this group. Neither has Hussain denounced his words about al-Arian or the MSA event where he said them.

On April 28th, Obama's Islamic envoy (Hussain) will be delivering a speech at an event put on by the Center for the Study of Islamic and Democracy (CSID). Also delivering a speech at the event is none other than Tariq Ramadan.

The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report has more.


At the recent Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) in New Orleans, a couple was brutally attacked as they left the event and headed for their car. The female, Allee Bautsch, is a staffer for the Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal (R). Bautsch was stomped on by her attacker and her leg was broken in four places. Her boyfriend, Joe Brown suffered a broken nose, broken jaw, and a concussion.

Connie Hair at Human Events reports that as time passes, evidence the attack was politically motivated mounts:
During her first interview with Fox News (reported and transcribed in full on HUMAN EVENTS) Bautsch’s mother, Della Berning, confirmed reports of the political nature of the attacks but was reluctant to discuss that aspect of the assault.

In her latest interview with Yahoo News (via The Hayride, h/t Pat Dollard) Berning went a bit further, saying her daughter Bautsch and her daughter’s boyfriend, Brown, believe the attackers were a group of political protesters who followed them after they left the GOP event.
Neither Bautsch nor Brown were robbed. That would seem to indicate they were beaten out of anger for something they had done or for something they believed, by people they did not know.

Sounds political to me.

Read the whole thing.


What's been the rap from the left on the Tea Party movement - since the race card has basically fallen flat? Answer: it is Un-American to protest big government. TIME Magazine's Joe Klein actually indicated that he thinks people like Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin might be committing sedition.

The Tea Party movement has so flummoxed the left with its orderliness that the latter has actually been reduced to attempting to infiltrate the Tea Parties to play to the negative - and hugely inaccurate - stereotypes portrayed by the Mainstream Media. Did I mention the race card didn't work?

Morgan Richmond at Big Journalism compares the anti-government sentiment of the Tea Party crowd with that of former White House Green Czar and current senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, Van Jones, who was at one time ALSO anti-government.

As head of the Ella Baker center, Van Jones oversaw that group's sponsoring the production of an album narrated by a convicted cop killer named Mumia Abu Jamal. Jones also appeared on the album. Read more about the specifics on that here.

What's interesting in light of the current political climate though, as Richmond points out, is the comparison between what Van Jones produced then and what the left is now saying about the Tea Party movement now. Via Big Journalism, here are some of the lyrics from the album in question:
F*ck the government, they never done sh*t for me
For my people their defeat is a victory
“The man” wants the whole world under his thumb,
Plunders the globe and tries to buy us off with the crumbs…
That’s not your flag, not your government
Not your war, not your President
Now is not the time to be silent
Raise your voices, raise your fist
Against the real terrorist – Uncle Sam.
Paging Joe Klein..... By the way, while that brilliant prose is still fresh in your mind, have a look at what Joe Klein said while on a panel moderated by Chris Matthews, via NewsBusters:

The contrast could not be more stark, yet the left continues to demonize the American loving Tea Party movement while giving the likes of Van Jones a pass.

Be sure to read Richmond's entire piece, which also features an audio clip from the album Van Jones sponsored.

Oh, for some reason this Jason Mattera encounter with John Podesta came to mind as well. Check out Podesta's response to Mattera's question about the former's continued support of Van Jones:

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