Thursday, February 18, 2010

Fw: It's Now Confirmed!

Sign on highway in Northern Kenya, near Sudan border.

They know! When will we know? How did we get out of the "loop"?

This was immediately suspicious, since there's no reason a Kenyan sign would be written in English and Arabic. The official languages of Kenya are English and Swahili (which is written in roman script). A little bit of playing around with Google's online translator revealed that whoever Photoshopped this fake sign had a sense of humor. Here is how you write "Kenya" in Arabic:
You don't have to read Arabic to see that what's under "Kenya" on the sign looks nothing like that. However, here's how you write "Hawaii" in Arabic:
Compare those characters to the sign. And note that Arabic is written right-to-left. It seems the Arabic on the sign says "Hawaii", backwards!

Saturday, February 6, 2010


This is hardly to be viewed as a surprise...unless you are still in denial that this guy is pissing on your leg while grinning, winking at you and telling you, "it's only water!" Many of us still need a wake-up call.

This will open your eyes! What does Obama read?

The name of the book Obama is reading is called: The Post-American World, and it was written by a fellow Muslim. "Post" America means the world After America ! Please forward this picture to everyone you know, conservative or liberal. We must expose Obama's radical ideas and his intent to bring down our beloved America !

Yup, they're right. This curdled my blood and seriously angered me. I'm not angered that our President is reading an intelligent book written by a highly respected authority on international politics. I'm only angered that people think so ill of the President that they look at the title of this book, knowing nothing about it, and jump to absurd conclusions. Here's what Publishers Weekly writes about this book:
When a book proclaims that it is not about the decline of America but the rise of everyone else, readers might expect another diatribe about our dismal post-9/11 world. They are in for a pleasant surprise as Newsweek editor and popular pundit Zakaria (The Future of Freedom) delivers a stimulating, largely optimistic forecast of where the 21st century is heading. We are living in a peaceful era, he maintains; world violence peaked around 1990 and has plummeted to a record low. Burgeoning prosperity has spread to the developing world, raising standards of living in Brazil, India, China and Indonesia. Twenty years ago China discarded Soviet economics but not its politics, leading to a wildly effective, top-down, scorched-earth boom. Its political antithesis, India, also prospers while remaining a chaotic, inefficient democracy, as Indian elected officials are (generally) loathe to use the brutally efficient tactics that are the staple of Chinese governance. Paradoxically, India's greatest asset is its relative stability in the region; its officials take an unruly population for granted, while dissent produces paranoia in Chinese leaders. Zakaria predicts that despite its record of recent blunders at home and abroad, America will stay strong, buoyed by a stellar educational system and the influx of young immigrants, who give the U.S. a more youthful demographic than Europe and much of Asia whose workers support an increasing population of unproductive elderly. A lucid, thought-provoking appraisal of world affairs, this book will engage readers on both sides of the political spectrum.
It's written by Fareed Zakaria, who is currently the managing editor of Newsweek, and was previously the editor of Foreign Affairs magazine. Here's a tidbit from his biography on Wikipedia:
After the 9/11 attacks, in a famous Newsweek cover essay, "Why They Hate Us," Zakaria argued that Islamic extremism had its roots in the stagnation and dysfunctions of the Arab world. Decades of failure under tyrannical regimes, all claiming to be Western-style secular modernizers, had produced an opposition that was religious, violent, and increasingly globalized. Since the mosque was a place where people could gather and Islam an institution that was outside the reach of censorship, they both provided a context for the growth of the political opposition. Zakaria argued for an inter-generational effort to create more open and dynamic societies in Arab countries, and thereby helping Islam enter the modern world.
Sound like a Muslim fanatic to you? Are you angry that your President is reading this book? I'm not. In fact, I'm going to add it to my reading list, it sounds pretty interesting. Thanks for the recommendation!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Fw: Islamic prayer time at the White House

Obama cancelled the National Day of Prayer service traditionally held at the Whitehouse. Now.......this.

The islamic prayer day last week at the Whitehouse.

For Obama to continue as our President is an insult
to our founding fathers (and to all Americans).

If you question the impact of the above picture,
I would suggest you get a copy of the book
The Sword of the Prophet by Serge Trifkovic.
It is well researched and documented, so is trustworthy.
Anyone who believes that 'Islam is not a major threat
to our freedom and country' has their head in the sand.
This includes Obama himself.

Of course there was no "Islamic prayer day" at the White House. Let's start with the photo. Does that look like the White House to you? Note the arches in the background. This photo was taken last April during Obama's state visit to Turkey, when Prime Minister Erdogan took him to visit some national landmarks in Istanbul, including the Blue Mosque. You can read about it on Newsweek, and if you're still not convinced the above photo was taken at the same time/place, look at this MSNBC photo, where you can clearly see the same carpet, the same suit and tie, etc.

Re Obama cancelling the National Day of Prayer service at the White House, that is true but bears some context. A law was passed in 1952 requiring the President to proclaim a national day of prayer once a year, and the law was amended in 1988 to fix the date as the first Thursday in May. Every President, including Obama, has dutifully issued such proclamations. It was only President G.W. Bush who made a regular practice of holding prayer services in the White House to mark the National Day of Prayer. President Obama has simply chosen to keep his prayers a private matter. Perhaps President Obama takes to heart the biblical admonitions against ostentatious prayer (see Matthew 6:5-6).

Fw: Keep Your Feet Off Our Furniture!

Would you speak with the Chief of Staff, your Chief Economics Adviser, and your Senior Adviser with your feet up on the Resolute Desk - a gift from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880?

We should inundate the White House with emails demanding that he keep his frigging feet off of our furniture. This arrogant, immature, self-centered man has no sense of honor, or even simple decency.

While this displayed posture is disrespectful in any culture, it should never done in an executive setting. Further, in over half of the cultures of the world, it is recognized not only as disrespectful, but as an extreme insult.

He thinks of himself as a king and not as a servant of the people, occupying our White House for his term in office. Electing him was an enormous mistake and doing so will cost us in many ways, for many generations.

Well, I have to say, I'm not thrilled about the President putting his feet on a historic piece of furniture. But apparently, Obama is no more "arrogant" or "disrespectful" than previous presidents. When I did a Google image search on "president oval office feet on desk", I quickly got photos of not only Obama, but G.W. Bush and Ford with their feet on the desk. In fact, it's rather amusing to note that you can take the exact text from above, not changing a word, and use it with this photo instead:

I wonder if the kunservatives just copied this email from one the libruls were sending around a few years ago.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Facebook: Obama surrounding himself with pictures of himself

Name Withheld In the West Wing, President's in years past have surrounded themselves with historical and significant paintings by famous artists. Evidently President Obama has surrounded himself with approximately 300, 11 x 14, pictures of himself that are changed out weekly.

This person's fevered imagination conjures the Remington Peale portrait of George Washington being removed from the Oval Office mantel and replaced with an Obama portrait. When challenged on this preposterous post, the author replied that it was reported by Ed Schultz, a librul talk-radio commentator on MSNBC, after a visit to the White House. A quick Google search reveals lots of kunservatives reacting to Schultz' comment. And to be sure, what Schultz said (audio here) was eyebrow-raising:
First of all you walk into the White House, in the West Wing, and there are picture all over, I mean everywhere! Of President Obama! I mean, of his life in the first year as president of the United States. Now I don’t know if that’s the way it is with every president, but it was almost a shrine. I mean, well, here’s a picture of Obama the president with his kids over here. There he is getting on Air Force One. Here he is with some military people. Here he is on the line working the line at one of his campaign stops. I mean, just, it was just one picture after another!
So what's really going on here? It turns out that Schultz is probably describing the visitor entry area to the West Wing, which is located near the White House Photo Office, and traditionally displays a photo gallery of the President and official visitors from the current week. Here's a detailed description of a visit to the White House in 2004 found on the web (hat tip NiceDeb):
Upon entering the building, we went into a small reception area where there were several large (approx. 18" x 24") and very recent photographs of President Bush on each wall. Lonnie told us that the pictures are rotated on a weekly basis. Most of the pictures were from the President's visit to Florida the prior weekend. All of them were quite good. I asked what was happens to them once they are taken down and was told that some are saved for use in the Presidential Library, and some are given away to the individuals appearing in the photographs with the President.
As for the Oval Office itself, it seems President Obama has made few changes (New York Daily News, 1/20/09):
Except for some Texas-centric paintings, a Winston Churchhill bust and family photographs, the furnishings and artwork favored by President Bush will stay put.

Obama has told friends he loves the taupe oval carpet designed by First Lady Laura Bush in a "sunbeam" pattern. He's also keeping the historic Resolute desk, crafted from the oak timbers of the British warship Resolute and made famous by the picture of President John F. Kennedy's son, John-John, peering out of the kneehole. The desk was presented to President Rutherford Hayes by Queen Victoria in 1880.

To nobody's surprise, a painting and bust of Abraham Lincoln, Obama's favorite predecessor, will retain their places of honor.

Other familiar items that won't be shipped off to storage include the Rembrandt Peale portrait of Gen, George Washington over the office's fireplace, and "The Bronco Buster," the stirring Frederic Remington bronze sculpture.

Obama officials said photos of Obama's family will be displayed on the table behind the Resolute desk when he walks in.

Asked about why he's keeping the new digs essentially intact, a top Obama aide quipped: "It seems that President Bush has a flair for decorating."

There were blank spots yesterday on the Oval Office's walls where Bush's Texas paintings had hung. If Obama doesn't decide on anything to fill in the blanks by today's swearing-in, curator William Allman will select placeholders.
Wikipedia provides an update on the two paintings that Obama chose to flank the Oval Office desk:
Since President Barack Obama took office on 20 January 2009 these paintings have been removed to be replaced by the American impressionist Childe Hassam's painting The Avenue in the Rain and Norman Rockwell's Statue of Liberty. President Obama has not, as yet, changed the Oval Office dramatically. Three subtle changes are the addition of a hand-carved wooden sculpture obtained by him on a 2006 trip to his ancestral home of Kenya. The figurine shows an egg placed gently into a human hand, symbolizing the fragility of power. He has also replaced the Laura Bush-inspired floral decorations with a bowl of wax apples and has replaced the decorative plates on the oval office bookshelves with books.
While his changes to the Oval Office have been conservative, the Wall Street Journal reports that the Obamas have some bigger ideas for the White House overall:
The Obamas are sending ripples through the art world as they put the call out to museums, galleries and private collectors that they’d like to borrow modern art by African-American, Asian, Hispanic and female artists for the White House. In a sharp departure from the 19th-century still lifes, pastorals and portraits that dominate the White House’s public rooms, they are choosing bold, abstract art works.
Los Angeles art critic Edward Goldman enthuses about their choices in a post with images of the artworks.

Thus, it turns out that the facts of the decor at the White House don't support the desired kunservative narrative of an egomaniacal Obama turning everything upside down.