I am a Muslim, a Christian, a Jew and a Buddhist too. If you don't like it, then this place is not for you, but as long as you don't force your beliefs on anyone, you're welcome to join in, it doesn't matter if you're a liberal, a republican or just simply you.
When even your loyal followers are complaining, I'd say it maybe time for your reality check.
Note: Do not click on the following link unless you want to risk seeing some thonged ladies, along with
some nakedness, just to read the rest of the article. Hah I'm not sure what the LA Times was thinking.
For all his reputation as the nation's Top Talker, Barack
Obama took his sweet time giving a maiden Oval Office address to the
country. And waiting another nearly 60 days to speak nationally about the oil
spill that’s become the worst environmental disaster in the nation’s
Obama, the first modern president to pass his first full year in office
without addressing the country from his historic desk, had the setting right.
Just back from a day-and-a-half on the gulf coast listening, reassuring, talking
tourism, eating seafood. He wore the proper suit, had the requisite flags and
family photos in the background.
For 18 minutes he delivered the words crisply and forthrightly, though too
often distracting anxious viewers with his fidgeting hands like the lecturing
professor he once was. Or wait! Was Mr. Cool nervous? (See video below.)
Obama had the firmness down OK: Make no mistake etc. We will hold BP
accountable etc. He....
...had the God references. The talk of real live shrimpers devastated. An
American way of life threatened. And though he likened the spill more to an
epidemic, he also brought in the requisite battle metaphors. And, in case anyone
hasn't heard by now, Obama noted has another Nobel Prize winner in his cabinet,
Stephen Chu, who hasn't been able to stop the oil leak
But there was something wrong. The first two-thirds of the president's remarks
read just fine (Full text over here on The Ticket as usual). By golly, we’ll
get the money, we’ll clean it up, no matter how long it takes.
But watching the president and hearing him was a little creepy; that early
portion of the address was robotic, lacked real energy, enthusiasm. And worst of
all specifics. He was virtually detail-less.
After almost two months of waiting through continuously contradictory
reports, an anxious American public wanted to know, HOW are you going to
accomplish all this?
Well, look at him. Have you ever seen
him in action like this before?
Ok so help me out here please, I'm just a simple immigrant (with no
voting rights), trying to understand our Mr president.
So here's what I'm thinking, here he is going into intricate detail explaining "capitalism" and why
it must be destroyed. Then he finishes off basically by saying that he can't do it
alone, he's going to need "leaders in both parties" to resist these capitalist thugs he's speaking of.
But then I'm thinking, aren't these leaders in the "other" party typically regarded as
So if he doesn't like American capitalist type of government, then what type of
government does he actually prefer?
I get the impression he doesn't completely hate capitalism either, only the
parts of capitalism that are in conflict with social reform.
And what does social reform mean? I know what it
means, but I'm not exactly sure what it means to Mr. Obama.
We've already heard him boast countless times, about fixing the economy
with his Recovery Act and don't forget how many times he told us about his "
historic health care reforms" too. Sounds like socioeconomic reform in progress, yes, but we still have to wait and see how it all plays out...give or take four or more years at least.
And who exactly gets to pay for those things?
Well, Capitalists of course, if you
paid attention to his recent Fiscal Budget that is.
Hey, like I said before, I'm just a simple immigrant trying to understand
One thing is clear to me though, President Obama certainly does not sound
like a typical Social Democrat to me. I get Social Democrats, they keep things
simple, they watch out for government overspending, they fight for the people and social
order, they allow individual freedoms and provide welfare, they promote free
enterprise and free market economy...they do all of these things and much more, maybe even too much,
but not exactly for free.
Heavy taxation at every corner and for everything
that you do you're going to have to run to City Hall for a piece of paper that proves you're entitled, and that too for a nominal fee.
I know Social Democrats because I've lived with them for 17 years. No big
deal really. Like everything else in life, you just get used to it (eventually)...when it's implemented gradually.
One way or another, government is always going to remain in charge, but
it's up to the people to think and decide what they want. At least the people who
are allowed to vote, not me, I'm just a spectator for the time
The Republican Party lost the presidential election and the blame game began.
So when are they finally going to realize that change was inevitable regardless of who was running for president on the Dem's side?
Every single republican presidential candidate who withdrew early on in the race saw the writing on the wall. They were obviously wise enough to make the right decision, heading for the exit before it was too late to avoid political suicide.
Fact is, McCain was the only one left standing to put up a fight on the Republican side. In the end he was still not good enough, maybe because he was never really accepted as a Republican in the first place and maybe that's why he picked Sarah Palin as his running mate.
But who cares?
The final outcome should speak for itself regardless of who played foul.
This country has been torn apart along with the rest of the world for far too long.
Then this morning a friend of mine sent me a copy of this article on a body of email without a link, so I did a Google search on the title of the article
"Understanding Obama: The Making of a Fuehrer
By Ali Sina" to see if anyone else is talking about it and I got only 5 hits. Only one of them actually listed the article I was looking for and another one listed 3 links with the same title, but when I clicked on them, each one redirected me to Barack Obama and Joe Biden: The Change We Need
By now we should all be used to being lied to by politicians across the globe and not just Americans, but there is no denying now that the world is two world class superstars richer, providing plenty of material to work with at least for the entertainment industry, hopefully to keep us all from crying our eyes out.
No more lies please!
Let's get down to business.
What the world needs now more than ever is entertainment.....(THAT and service <~~you may interpret that as you want).
That's where the money is at during these troubled times we live in.
'OBAMA! Inshallah!" - Obama! Allah willing! That slogan, scribbled on walls in Gaza, indicates the hopes that Barack Obama has inspired among Arabs.
While Obama has tried to push his origins into the background, his "Islamic roots" have won him a place in many Arabs' hearts.
One columnist, Mohamed Al-Menshawi, hails Obama as "the candidate with Muslim roots" and as the "harbinger of solidarity between Americans and the Muslim world."
Another, Al-Jazeera's Aala al-Bayoumi, notes: "Had it not been for Obama, Arabs would not even bother to follow the US presidential race." What makes the difference is Obama's "Islamic and African roots."
Marwan Bishara hails Obama's "radical politics": "For the US to vote in an African-American progressive liberal would certainly mark a departure from the hyper and violent conservatism of the Bush-McCain camp," he writes. An Obama presidency "would be better for both the US and the Arab world."
Obama especially appeals to pan-Arab nationalists angry at the United States for having ousted Saddam Hussein. Obama's promise to leave Iraq gives pan-Arabs their only chance (albeit slim) to destroy the new Iraqi democracy.
While radical Arabs, including the Hamas leadership, favor Obama, most Arab officials are wary of him. They fear his inexperience and leftist connections might destroy all that has been gained in Iraq, provoke a bigger mess in Afghanistan, trigger a war with Pakistan and open the way for Khomeinist hegemony in the region.
Note that Obama wouldn't be the first politician with Muslim roots to lead a major non-Muslim country. Carlos Menem, a Muslim of Syrian descent, served as Argentina's president from 1989 to 1999. But he dropped his Arab-Islamic first name and adopted his baptismal Christian name before entering politics.
Obama, by contrast, has retained his Arabic-Islamic names. (Barack means "blessed" and Hussein means "beautiful.") His family name is Swahili, an East African lingua franca based on Arabic. Arab commentators note that his siblings also all have Arabic Muslim names. His sister is called Oumah, Arabic for "the community of the faithful his older daughter, Malia, bears the name of a daughter of the Caliph Othman, who commissioned the compilation of the first edition of the Koran. That Obama's stepfather was also a Muslim (from Indonesia) strengthens the empathy that many Arabs feel for him.
The Syrian regime has also indicated its preference for Obama, not least because President Bush forced it to end its 29-year military occupation of Lebanon. Buthaina Shaaban, an adviser to President Bashar al-Assad, has welcomed Obama's call for radical change in US policy. She writes, "The change suggested by Obama is essential not only for the US but for the entire human family."
Also enthusiastic for Obama is the Lebanese Hezbollah. The party's No. 2, Sheik Naim al-Kassim, went as far as inviting Americans to vote Obama as a step toward peace with Islam. (The party disowned his comments as "personal opinion.") Pro- Hezbollah columnist Amal Saad-Ghorayeb has no doubt that Arabs should welcome an Obama presidency because "African-Americans are more sympathetic to Arabs because they, too, are oppressed."
Hussein Shobokshi, a liberal Saudi commentator, predicts that "Obama's ascent to power in America would mark an important moral transformation in the superpower and is a healthy indicator of the long-awaited improvement in the international arena." He envisages a new system in America in which "nongovernmental institutions will participate in the political decision-making process in an effective manner," while "capitalism will undergo fundamental adjustment."
Another liberal writer, Diana Makkled, sees Obama's success as a sign that America is still the place where dreams are realized. That a man with a Muslim-African background might become president "could only take place in the US, not in the banana republics we live in," she writes.
Arabs welcomed and widely commented on Colin Powell's assertion that, even if Obama were a Muslim, it should not be held against him.
Some columnists have also noted Obama's close ties to a number of Palestinian radicals, including Rashid Khalidi and the late Edward Said, as signs that the senator would change US Middle East policy in the Arabs' favor. Strengthening that impression was an interview the Rev. Jessie Jackson granted to several Arab media outlets, including Al-Jazeera and the popular Internet newspaper Elaph, in which he promised an end to the United States' allegedly pro-Israel policy.
Not all Arab commentators are struck by Obamania, however. His flip-flops on issues - including the future of Jerusalem, withdrawal from Iraq and dealing with the Iranian nuclear threat - have prompted some to counsel caution.
Tareq Al-Houmayed, editor of the daily Asharq Alawsat, warns Arabs not to expect too much: "Every American president would be governed by American interests. Obama's understanding of politics is not important here."
Abdulrahman al-Rashed, a Saudi commentator, also notes that no president can radically alter US global policies. He advises Arabs to neither have exaggerated hopes nor be dispirited when Obama tells the Israelis "more than they hoped to hear" to win Jewish support.
Amir Taheri's latest book, "The Persian Night: Iran Under the Khomeinist Revolution," is due out next month.
It seems the unconstitutional investigation that was being conducted by that assortment of political hacks in the Legislature that Gov. Palin had not gotten around to stuffing and mounting; have reached a 'conclusion.' As anyone watching this debacle unfold, a foregone conclusion since State Legislator French and investigation lead, had already announced this would be the October surprise to derail Gov. Sarah Palin. You guessed it, French's investigation has found Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power in firing her Commisioner of Public Safety because he did not fire her ex-brother-in-law who in 2006 had been demoted as a state trooper due to such family things as TASERing his step-son, shooting a moose with his wife's hunting tag, and driving a state patrol car while intoxicated. This ignores the Commisioner's own statements Gov. Palin nor her husband ever directly said for him to fire the guy. Did I forget that French is an open supporter of Sen. Obama's?
Then again, it seems all Obama/Biden supporters tend to see Gov Sarah Palin as some kind of atavistic horror zipping along on her motorbike destroying all their 'ideas' of how a successful woman should be. I think someone needs to update their close-minded concepts.