Monthly Archives: May 2008

Obama’s Marxist advice!

Obama’s Marxist sentiments are not new to conservatives who have studied his shadowy biography. His embracing of Black Liberation Theology is completely consistent with Marxism. Rev Wright and Fr Pfleger are just more recent nails in that coffin.

Obama doesn’t understand where the roof over our head (collectively speaking) comes from. Social work–while wonderful–is an offshoot of capitalism. God bless social workers…but someone’s tax revenues must pay for that job.

What follows here is not perfect article on this subject…but it is worth considering (for the open minded, of course).

In today’s NYPost…

Obama is a Marxist

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“Saints in Armor” (Ben Stein)

This article was posted yesterday by Ben Stein in the The American Spectator but I just stumbled across it this morning. It is a short but memorable piece…well worth citing a day late.

Here’s an excerpt:

Here I am in my swimming pool in Beverly Hills, lazily swimming laps back and forth at midnight. I can see the stars above my palm trees and cedars. The dogs are loping around the back yard sniffing for squirrels. My wife is upstairs drinking the Cuervo Gold or whatever it is.

I am thinking about a conversation I had a couple of hours ago with my pal Phil DeMuth. He said that basically, what we had to realize was that our freedom, our prosperity, our opportunity, our rule of law, came from 19 year olds carrying around M-16’s. He was quoting from a fine book called Grunts.

This idea is burning like wildfire in my brain. Here we all are, living like kings, living like maharajahs, and what’s keeping us alive? Kids from small towns in Pennsylvania and Iowa and Wyoming and the Central Valley of California. And their parents and their wives and their kids, many of them now widows and orphans. I saw about a thousand of those wives and kids over Memorial Day weekend in Crystal City, Virginia, at the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) event. If I had to pick the finest people I have ever met in my life, it would be the wives — widows — and kids — orphans — and Moms and Dads and husbands of those superstars. You cannot imagine the looks of pride and pain on their faces. Blessed of God, is all I can say.

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Exactly what is Obama’s religion?

We know Obama is a self-described Christian, but what exactly does that mean? We know Obama “walked the aisle” one Sunday as a public demonstration of his adherence to Jeremiah Wright’s brand of theology, but precisely what is that theology.

Today, Kyle-Anne Shiver explains (in American Thinker) precisely and exactly why Obama found his spiritual home at TUCC and what kind of theology is preached from the pulpit there.

After reading this excerpt, I’m sure you’ll conclude that this is a “must read” article…

The phenomenon that raised so many questions for me in January, when I visited Trinity United Church of Christ, was not Jeremiah Wright’s sermon, which turned out to be just a call for all good congregants to support Barack Obama for President. It wasn’t the sermon that caught me off guard; I was prepared for that. I had watched video of Wright, giving five of his fiery sermons.

The thing that really got me to thinking, reading and searching for answers was the church bookstore.

Having been a practicing Christian for more than 40 years now, and a practicing Catholic for 26 of those years, I have visited perhaps 100 various Christian bookstores, both Protestant and Catholic. In all of those places, one thing tied together the books for sale: Christianity.

Not so in Obama’s church bookstore.

I spent more than an hour perusing available books, and found as many claiming to represent Muslim thought as those representing Christian thought. Black Muslim thought, to be specific.

And the books claiming to support Christianity were surprisingly of a more political than religious nature. The books by James H. Cone, Wright’s own mentor, were prominent and numerous.

Now that I have read a number of the books that presumably Wright’s congregants (including Barack Obama) have also read, I can only conclude that the thing tying these volumes together is not Christianity, nor any real religion, but the political philosophy of Karl Marx.

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“Obama, the Closer” (Kyle-Anne Shiver!)

Here is her article…“Obama, the Closer”…in NRO.

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Update: Appeasement and Obama!

Last week, Obama howled that the President had him in mind when addressing the Knesset on the subject of “appeasement” and then proceeded to place appeasement (or rather his willingness to meet with enemies without preconditions) as the centerpiece of his foreign policy.

What Obama seems to be unaware of is that his willingness to meet with parties that have already indicated pernicious aggressiveness is also a signal of weakness or defect (less like a poker player’s “tell” and more like a blast from a foghorn). In this, Obama (like Kerry, Carter, and others before him) displays a kind of sissified naïveté at best and a pathological blindness to evil at worst.

There is an article today in The American Spectator (“Seeing Evil: The Arms of John McCain”, by Jeffrey Lord) that delves into this issue with Churchill/Chamberlain/Baldwin as a template to understanding our present situation. What follows is an interesting excerpt that captures the general feel of the article. And, BTW, if you read nothing else this week, please read this article. It reminds us that there is, among other currents of statecraft, a “canine-like” interaction between nations. This is a world of established order among aggressors. There is an “alpha male/female” and he/she is regularly tested by the other dogs.

I have learned from watching “The Dog Whisperer” (Cesar Milan) that this is how ordered is maintained in the pack.  And, I have learned from reading Churchill that the same holds true among nations.

First, the definition of “to appease” as provided by The Random House Webster’s College Dictionary: “to appease is to make anxious overtures and often undue concessions to satisfy someone’s demands.” Webster’s also suggests appeasement is “to yield to the demands of in conciliatory effort, sometimes at the expense of one’s principles.”

There were any number of precise reasons why Winston Churchill believed Chamberlain and his predecessor were guilty of appeasement. He was, for example, appalled at the reluctance to fund British military preparedness. This is the 1930s British version of modern Democrats in America opposing the Reagan-era buildup or refusing funding for today’s troops in Iraq. Indeed, the struggle between Churchill and his foes Baldwin and Chamberlain suggests nothing more than what has become a seemingly eternal struggle between a Reagan, either Bush or a McCain versus a Carter, Mondale, Dukakis, Clinton, Gore, Kerry or Obama.

To cite but one specific example, Churchill thought his opponents derelict in funding the Royal Air Force (RAF). Churchill warned Baldwin in 1934, barely a year after Hitler had come to power, that “the Germans had a secret Air Force and were rapidly overhauling ours.” He presented Baldwin with “definite figures and forecasts.” All of which Baldwin “denied with all the weight of official authority,” depicting Churchill as a “scaremonger,” very much as Senator Obama today charges both President Bush and Senator McCain with trying to instill fear in the American people. Over and over Churchill hit Chamberlain and Baldwin over their refusal to allocate sufficient funds to rebuild the RAF. He thought the specific lack of funding was not only dangerous in the sense of leaving Britain militarily unprepared for war, but that the refusal to aggressively follow a preparedness doctrine sent a message of weakness to Hitler. As Chamberlain and Baldwin stubbornly clung to their anxious hopes of not doing anything to antagonize Hitler, Churchill ridiculed their defense budgets and public statements not simply as conciliatory but rather as “acts of submission,” castigating Chamberlain for his lack of “judgment.”

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Here’s the most detailed article on the state of McCain’s health so far.

McCain, to no one’s surprise, is as healthy as a horse. I was shocked to find that at 5’6″ (much shorter than I imagined) he weighs only 163. Here’s the article (By Peggy Peck, Executive Editor, MedPage Today, Published: May 23, 2008 Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco in MedPageToday.com). BTW, check out MedPageToday.com. It is an excellent source for current information on medical advancements and developments.

Campaign ’08: McCain’s Doctors Say the State of the Candidate’s Health Is Excellent

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 23 — Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, was among the multitude of Americans who stopped taking ezetimibe/simvastatin (Vytorin) after publication of the ENHANCE trial, which found the drug did not reduce plaque burden.

That was one of several medical facts revealed today during a teleconference with McCain’s Mayo Clinic Arizona physicians — an internist, a head-and-neck surgeon, and a dermatologist. The physicians called the 71-year-old McCain’s health excellent and affirmed that he appeared sufficiently healthy to serve in the White House, despite his age and history of melanoma.

McCain’s internist, John Eckstein, M.D., said he put McCain on the ezetimibe/simvastatin combo drug two years ago, but took him off the medication following the release of the ENHANCE data earlier this year (See ACC: ENHANCE Data on Ezetimibe/Simvastatin (Vytorin) Reveal Wavy Bottom Line).

According to Dr. Eckstein, McCain had only mild lipid elevations. But ezetimibe/simvastatin is not considered a first-line agent. Instead, it is an agent for refractory dyslipidemia or for patients who cannot tolerate high-dose statin therapy.

Dr. Eckstein said McCain “had an excellent response to Vytorin” but following release of the ENHANCE results, he took him off the drug and put him on simvastatin instead.

Questions during the teleconference focused primarily on the Arizona senator’s history of melanoma. He has had four in the past 15 years, three in-situ and one invasive. The in-situ lesions were on his left shoulder, left arm, and left nasal sidewall, and were removed in 1993, 2000, and 2002, respectively.

The invasive melanoma, on his left lower temple, was removed in August 2000. All four lesions were primary melanomas.

Michael L. Hinni, M.D. a head-and-neck surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, said the August 2000 lesion was 2.2 mm thick at its thickest part and was 2 cm in diameter.

“A 2-cm margin of normal skin was removed around the 2-cm melanoma, resulting in a 6-cm-by-6-cm roughly circular wound on the left side of the senator’s face,” Dr. Hinni said. “The underlying parotid salivary gland was also removed to assure a clear deep margin, to protect facial nerves from injury and to remove the sentinel and other lymph nodes that were inside the parotid gland.”

Dr. Hinni said none of McCain’s nodes showed any evidence of metastasis. He said McCain has been closely followed since 2000 and has remained melanoma-free since 2002.

McCain’s dermatologist, Suzanne M. Connolly, M.D., said the senator regularly does skin self-examination and she said he has had a number of basal- and squamous-cell lesions removed over the years. The most recent was a non-invasive squamous cell carcinoma on the lower leg that was biopsied in February and excised earlier this month.

McCain has also had recurrent adenomatous polyps, Dr. Eckstein said.

“In the 1990 he had an adenomatous polyp removed and then he had two normal colonoscopies,” Dr. Eckstein said. Then on April 1, McCain had six adenomatous polyps removed and he will be followed with yearly exams, Dr. Eckstein said.

McCain has had a history of kidney stones and gallstones. Dr. Eckstein said the senator was taking 12.5 mg of hydrochlorothiazide to reduce the risk of renal calculi, but he had just increased the dose to 25 mg.

The low-dose thiazide didn’t have a big impact on McCain’s blood pressure, which was 134/88 mm Hg.

His total cholesterol was 192, his LDL 123, and his HDL 42. His triglyceride value was not available.

His weight was 163 pounds and his height 5 feet 6 inches. Waist circumference was not available.

In addition to the simvastatin and hydrochlorothiazide, McCain takes a baby aspirin to prevent blood clots, cetirizine (Zyrtec) for nasal allergies, zolpidem (Ambien CR) as needed for sleep when traveling across time zones, and a multivitamin.

Although some reporters were allowed a brief period to view McCain’s medical records and take notes, McCain did not allow copies of the records to be made for wide dissemination.

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Another great explanatory Crossfit video!

This video helps further define Crossfit (sorry about the rough language, but ignore it…this program really works!)…

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