May 182010
 

from Politics daily

Where should fake Vietnam veteran Richard Blumenthal start apologizing?

Maybe to the 2,594,000 young Americans who actually did serve in Vietnam, rather than claiming, as Blumenthal did, that “I served in Vietnam” when actually he was enjoying himself at home and burnishing his future career as a Connecticut politician.

Certainly to the 58,220 American war dead and the 1,741 American troops who disappeared in Vietnam and whose remains were never found.

And to the 153,303 Americans who were wounded in Vietnam, many of whom came home to struggle with disability and depression.

I doubt if they’d really be all that interested. But Blumenthal owes it to them to explain why he thought it was okay to lie about having done his duty in Vietnam, when actually he was cruising through Harvard, securing a socially prominent internship with Washington Post Publisher Katherine Graham, and getting himself a job in the Nixon White House.
Problem is, Blumenthal himself doesn’t see a problem. When he said, “I served in Vietnam,” he meant “during” instead of “in,” he explained Tuesday. It was “absolutely unintentional,” he asserted. “I was unaware of those misplaced words when spoken.”
Sorry. Being in war is a searing experience, not easily confused with not being in war. Combat veterans know when they’ve been in combat. People who don’t go to combat know they missed that experience. You went or you didn’t go, and the difference is not ever erased. Even if 40 years have passed.

Blumenthal’s story was broken Tuesday by the New York Times. It reported that Blumenthal, the odds-on favorite to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, falsely claimed Vietnam War service.

Blumenthal was asked Tuesday if he would apologize. He stuck out his chin and said simply, “I regret that I misspoke.”

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May 182010
 

Chinese Educators in America

Are we in the early stages of outsourcing our education system to the same country to which we’ve surrendered our manufacturing sector and entrusted our national debt?

That’s probably too dire, at least for now, but the Chinese education ministry has been extending its tentacles worldwide, from the 550 higher-ed programs (“Confucius Institutes”) already operating in 90 countries (including almost 70 on American shores) to the newer but no less worrisome K-12 language programs that are taking the U.S. by storm. One of Beijing’s chief U.S. partners in this venture, the Asia Society, has already opened 20 pilot sites in American public schools and seeks to launch 80 more by fall 2011. Some districts and states – notably North Carolina – are working directly with the Chinese government, while still more districts are turning to their local-university-based Confucius Institutes to get started.

The basic offer is surely tempting, and doubly so in a down economy: At little or no cost to you, the government of China will teach your students Chinese language and culture. Chinese nationals handle instruction (almost 5,000 of them currently roam the globe, secondary and higher education combined); their government subsidizes their salaries and pays their airfare. China provides a free curriculum, textbooks, and materials…

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The Ground Zero Mosque – First You Bomb and Then You Occupy

Did you know that downtown Manhattan has a huge Muslim population. That’s right, a Muslim population so huge that it can only be serviced by a 100 million dollar mosque to be constructed in a 13 story building.

With that kind of project, you would have to assume that there’s a local Muslim community in the tens of thousands that need to be served by a Muslim center. In fact there is no such community. The existing local mosques, including a nondescript metal door stamped Masjid, 5 blocks from Ground Zero, mainly cater to vendors selling burned meat from stores and carts, the “Halal Mafia” who insist on sending waves of foul smelling black smoke everywhere in their vicinity and are known to violently assault other vendors who want to do business in their vicinity…

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Class action filed against Arizona’s new statute

By Stephen Dinan

the ACLU and a host of immigrant rights groups went ahead Monday with the broadest challenge yet, a class-action lawsuit that could become the main vehicle for the brewing legal battle.

The law continues to roil the immigration debate and, on Sunday, even crossed over into popular culture when a contestant on the Miss USA pageant said she supported Arizona’s decision, saying states should be allowed to experiment.

Polls suggest a majority of Americans back the law, and lawmakers in a number of states have proposed following Arizona’s lead – something the groups that filed the class-action suit Monday said they’re trying to head off…

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May 182010
 

~ by Steve Emerson

Imagine the reaction if a newspaper hired a former National Rifle Association employee to cover a gun control referendum. Or if a former Goldman Sachs trader was offered by a television network as an objective journalist on financial reform.

Even those who agreed with the journalist’s point of view would have to acknowledge the appearance of a conflict of interest.
Something similar may be happening when it comes to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a group federal law enforcement views with suspicion at best. In three separate instances in less than a month, reporters working for national news organizations have written stories compatible with CAIR’s agenda without acknowledging their personal histories with the group. In two of the three cases, the reporter had been a full-fledged CAIR employee. In the third, the reporter had received a CAIR scholarship while a student.
Whether the cases are a matter of coincidence, they fit with an ambition outlined by CAIR co-founder and executive director Nihad Awad. During the 2005 Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) conference, Awad described the significance of getting more Muslims into mainstream journalism jobs (Hear it here):
“Second, to fix our image in the media over the next ten years, and to turn it, we have to invest in journalism. Today we have about between 50, in my estimate, and 100 Muslim journalists nationwide. In the next ten years, we have to encourage young Muslims to pursue the field of journalism and film making. And every major center in the country has to give a scholarship for one student. Ten years from now we will have 1,000 Muslim journalists and filmmakers. And this will be trusted in shaping the right image about the Muslim community, Muslim Americans and Islam.”

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May 182010
 

Big Government by Mike Roman

Jerry Jackson, notorious member of the New Black Panther Party, who was seen in the video below intimidating and threatening voters in 2008, is running for re-election as a member of the Democratic Executive Committee in Philadelphia.

A sample ballot is posted outside of each polling location. You can see Jackson is listed first in a field of three. The top two vote getters will be elected to a four year term as a member of the Democratic Executive Committee. In 2008, Jackson was issued a certificate by the Democratic Party to be inside of the polling place where he was seen intimidating voters.

Jackson and King Samir Shabazz were originally indicted for intimidating voters, but the Department of Justice spiked the case.

Cross Posted at Election Journal.

“Security” patrols stationed at polling places in Philly

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May 182010
 

The State Department on Tuesday defended a top-ranking diplomat who expressed regret to China last week about Arizona’s immigration law during a discussion on human rights in Washington.

FILE: Michael Posner, assistant secretary of state, is shown discussing Iran at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva Feb. 15. (Reuters Photo)

The State Department on Tuesday defended a top-ranking diplomat who expressed regret to China last week about Arizona’s immigration law during a discussion on human rights in Washington.

Spokesman P.J. Crowley, in an interview with Fox News, disputed the notion that Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner was apologizing to China, saying he was actually “standing up” for America by describing how debate functions in a “civil society.”

But he echoed other top Obama administration officials in describing the law as a gateway to “racial profiling” and doubled down on Posner’s comments to the Chinese.

Posner told reporters on Friday that the U.S. delegation brought up the Arizona law “early and often,” as an example of a trouble spot Americans need to work on.

“It was mentioned in the first session, and as a troubling trend in our society and an indication that we have to deal with issues of discrimination or potential discrimination, and that these are issues very much being debated in our own society,” Posner said.

JUST shaking head at the brazen idiocy…

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May 182010
 

posted by : Nancy Kennon

Two fans at a Phoenix Suns basketball game were ejected from their first row seats and removed from the arena last week after refusing orders from security guards to take off their shirts in support of Arizona’s recently passed law against illegal immigration.

One of the fans, businessman Jim Clark, said he and a friend, who were wearing orange shirts that read “Viva Los 1070,” eventually were allowed to return to their seats during last Wednesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs after speaking with a security director…

Cannot believe this...#)$_%@+)

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May 182010
 

by Chuck Norris ~ Townhall

With his thick Austrian accent, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger quipped in his commencement address at Emory University this past week: “I was also going to give a graduation speech in Arizona this weekend. But with my accent, I was afraid they would try to deport me.”

It seems that the whole country is taking sides in the battle over the border in Arizona. Yet it truly remains the tip of the iceberg of our immigration troubles. Spurred on by the national debate, at least 10 other states are seeking to enact tougher immigration laws.

Michelle Malkin

Now more than ever, we must protect our borders and sovereignty, by providing genuine solutions to the dangers of American boundary fluidity. With estimates showing that by 2060 America will add 167 million people (37 million immigrants today will multiply into 105 million then), it is imperative for us to do more to solve this crisis. Now is the time to beat the doors of change and save the boundaries and future of America.

But the federal government has failed miserably to produce a viable solution to the illegal immigration crisis. Amnesty is not the answer. And immigration laws aren’t effective if we continue to dodge or ignore them. Furthermore, globalization efforts have only confused security matters, further endangering our borders and national identity — our sovereignty. And the question that keeps coming to my mind is: How is it that we can secure borders in the Middle East but can’t secure our own?

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Homeland Security Sec. Napolitano has not read the Arizona Law and……

May 18, 2010 — She said she has not read it but attacks it and says she would not have signed it. Eric Hiolder did the same thing.

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May 182010
 

Report: Alleged Times Square plotter eyed other sites in NYC area

Critics protest upcoming vote on new curriculum

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May 182010
 

~Telegraph

It is a court where foreign nationals can appeal against detention, deportation or exclusion from the UK on grounds of national security when some of the evidence against them is deemed too sensitive to be disclosed in open court.

Its hearings and rulings are never fully revealed to the public because they include evidence from members of the security services which the Government says must remain secret.

It is this secrecy, which sees the defendant and their legal team forced to leave court when it goes into closed session, which makes it so controversial.

During the secret part of the hearings, defendants are represented by court-appointed lawyers known as special advocates who are cleared to see evidence gathered by the security services.

Critics of the system say the special advocate cannot argue their case properly because they cannot discuss the evidence with the defendant.

Amnesty International said the court’s judgments rely on a ”shockingly low burden of proof” because evidence is not tested to the same standards as in criminal courts.

The court, which is headed by a High Court judge but operates without a jury, was set up after the European Court of Human Rights ruled the previous system – a panel that sat in secret and gave advice to the Home Secretary – was a breach of the Convention on Human Rights.

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May 182010
 

MRC

On Monday, President Obama signed into law the “Press Freedom Act,” but refused to answer a question from CBS White House correspondent Chip Reid at the conclusion of the signing ceremony. While Reid described the ironic incident on the CBSNews.com Political Hotsheet blog, neither Monday’s Evening News nor Tuesday’s Early Show mentioned the President’s dodge.

On the CBS blog, Reid described the purpose of the law, which “expands the State Department’s annual human rights reports to include a description of press freedoms in each country.” He then noted how “It seemed a good opportunity to showcase press freedom in this country….So after he signed the bill, and as the press ‘wranglers’ began aggressively herding us out of the room, I asked if he still has confidence in BP. He ignored the question.”

Reid also pointed out that Obama “has not held a prime-time White House news conference in many months, despite much pleading from pundits and members of the media.” However, not much of that “pleading” has been featured on CBS broadcasts.

In describing the exchange with the President, Reid recalled: “I tried this: ‘In the interest of press freedom, would you take a couple questions on BP?’ That did elicit a smile, and he told me I was free to ask questions. Someone else shouted, ‘Will you answer them?’ He said he’s not holding a press conference today as we were escorted out the door.”

RealClearPolitics.com featured video of the exchange. Interestingly, WhiteHouse.gov also posted video of the signing ceremony on YouTube, but made sure to edit out the President’s back and forth with Reid.

Update: Talking to Mediaite.com’s Tommy Christopher about the exchange with Obama, Reid declared that he was just trying to “express the frustration of the White House Press Corps” at the President’s lack of press conferences.

—Kyle Drennen is a news analyst at the Media Research Center. You can follow him on Twitter here.

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