Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Mid-week Post

Obama has vowed to fight his own countrymen the way he will never fight the Chinese:

The Republican-controlled House of Reprsentatives has voted to repeal the health care law President Barack Obama signed last year.

The 245-189 vote marks the fulfilment of a promise many Republicans made in last year's political campaigns.
The vote will not eliminate the system signed last year by President Barack Obama.

The House bill has little or no chance to passing the Senate, controlled by Obama's Democratic supporters. And Obama has vowed to veto it if it reaches his desk.

This shambles of a healthcare reform bill is Obama's pride and joy (along with cowering to the Chinese and Iranians). He'll be damned if he lets a bunch of Republicans democratically shred it. The arrogance of that man in assuming he knows what is good for countrymen on whom he looks down.

I, for one, am glad not to have that dictator here.

Related: Hu silences human rights critics with lip service:

In a rare concession on a highly sensitive issue, Chinese President Hu Jintao used his White House visit on Wednesday to acknowledge "a lot still needs to be done" to improve human rights in his nation accused of repressing its people. President Barack Obama pushed China to adopt fundamental freedoms but assured Hu the U.S. considers the communist nation a friend and vital economic partner.

Hu's comments met with immediate skepticism from human rights advocates, who dismissed them as words backed by no real history of action. Hu contended his country has "made enormous progress" but provided no specifics.

Still, his remarks seemed to hearten and surprise U.S. officials, coming during an elaborate visit that centred on boosting trade and trust between the world's two largest economies.

Question: why do we have to take cues from the Iranian government or would-be terrorists in this country? Did we lose a war? Did Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant toil in vain? Did everyone forget Zahra Kazemi?

Just gob-smacked- an inter-faith fatwa.

Related: what this guy said:

The Copts — and other Near Eastern Christians facing extinction -- in their ancestral homelands no less—should be spared the condescending wringing of hands and other worthless histrionics of collective sorrow. Something else, of an entirely different nature, needs to take place: politicians, academics, prelates, lay leaderships, Middle East experts, and decent Muslims all over the world could resolve to take a firm and decisive stand against Muslim supremacists. Nothing short of summoning brutally honest Arab and Muslim introspection — by Arabs and Muslims—should be deemed acceptable any longer.

The culture and theology that produce these sorts of genocidal impulses—of which the Copts are only the most recent victims—should be put on trial; not the "terrorists," and not "al-Qaeda."

The ongoing destruction of Eastern Christians is not a modern phenomenon, nor is it a reaction to Western colonialism, American meddling, the existence of Israel, the war in Iraq, or economic hardships in the Middle East—the standard pretexts flaunted by a biased Middle East scholarship and media.

The deliberate, methodical erasure of the histories, languages, cultures, and memories of indigenous non-Muslim Middle Easterners is a phenomenon fourteen centuries in the making. An honest recognition of this horrid legacy is imperative to a sound understanding of the Middle East.

Why would the deliberate genocide and elimination of a culture be deemed acceptable or an acceptable loss? Do tell, liberals.

Apparently, it is wrong to censor things.

Cut. Pakistan. Off.

Pakistani police are threatening the father of an 18-year-old Christian man whom officers raped, killed and threw into a sewer last week, according to area Christians.

Christian residents of Akhter Colony, Karachi who pulled the body of Waqas Gill from the sewer on Jan. 11 protested an alleged police cover-up by placing the corpse in the middle of a street and chanting slogans against officers of Mehmoodabad police station. They said local officers kidnapped and sodomized Gill before shooting him dead on Jan. 9.

The victim’s father, Pervez Gill, told Compass that four policemen on Jan. 6 abducted his son without a warrant and without making any charges. He said higher level police officials took notice of their Jan. 11 protest and reluctantly filed charges against the four policemen, two of them identified as Muhammad Amir Butt and Muhammad Adeel Khatak of the Mehmoodabad police station in Jamshaid Town, Karachi. The First Information Report is No. 38/11 under the murder laws of Section 302 of Pakistan Penal Code.

“Police are now threatening us and other Christians of Akhter Colony that we have to retract the charges,” Gill said, nearly in tears. “Police registered a case against the culprits, but they have not filed it under the proper parts of the section, which weakens the case, and police have done everything possible to save their fellow policemen.”

Gill said this police bias was the reason the other two officers named were still at large, with no action taken against them.

We can re-build them. We have the technology. Or lack thereof:

Susan Maushart lived out every parent's fantasy: She unplugged her teenagers.

For six months, she took away the Internet, TV, iPods, cell phones and video games. The eerie glow of screens stopped lighting up the family room. Electronic devices no longer chirped through the night like "evil crickets." And she stopped carrying her iPhone into the bathroom.

The result of what she grandly calls "The Experiment" was more OMG than LOL — and nothing less than an immersion in RL (real life).

As Maushart explains in a book released in the U.S. this week called "The Winter of Our Disconnect" (Penguin, $16.95), she and her kids rediscovered small pleasures — like board games, books, lazy Sundays, old photos, family meals and listening to music together instead of everyone plugging into their own iPods.

Filthy, immoral, sinful cats!

A cat who observes the rule of law.

Cats should be judged not by the colour of their fur but the content of their purring.

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