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Linda Douglas: The Snitch B**ch

I think that’s an original coinage, btw.

They say if you stand up to a bully, he’ll back down. I think we’re about to find out:

“By requesting citizens send ‘fishy’ emails to the White House, it is inevitable that the names, email, addresses, IP addresses and private speech of U.S. citizens will be reported to the White House,” Cornyn wrote in a letter to Obama. “You should not be surprised that these actions taken by your White House staff raise the specter of a data collection program.”

Cornyn asked Obama to cease the program immediately, or at the very least explain what the White House would do with the information it collects.

President Obama is in a when-did-you-stop-beating-your-wife position (not literally—she could kick his a** across the National Mall). I can’t imagine any of his image doctors would be happy to see him stammering and stumbling in front of the Pekineses and Shih-Tzus of the Washington press corps about how he does not intend to spy on Americans exercising that highest patriotic right: dissent.

Lots of bloggers are taking part in Operation Go Flag Yourself — flooding the Internet Snitch Brigade with e-mails turning themselves in for health care hate crimes or turning Team Obama in for “fishy” misinformation. I did my part yesterday. How about you?

Email flag@whitehouse.gov

I haven’t reported myself—that’s what you’re for, dear readers. Besides, if we aren’t already high on Obama’s “enemies list” (and not just alphabetically) then I don’t know what we’re doing.

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Run it Up the Flagpole and See Who Salutes

Ed Morrissey already made this point, but, hell, it’s my bandwidth, and I’ll do what I want with it:

Is he singing to the Ghanaian national anthem? What the hell…?

I might have found a clue. See my bracketed emendations to the song, and maybe you’ll agree with me that he was singing his own version:

Hail to thy name, O Ghana [O-bama]
To thee we make our solemn vow;
Steadfast to build together
A nation strong in Unity [you and she];
With our gifts of mind and strength of arm,
Whether night or day, in the midst of storm,
In every need whate’er the call may be,
To serve thee, Ghana [Bama], now and evermore.

No wonder he wouldn’t wear a flag pin in his lapel:

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Extreme Prejudice

Hey, Leon Panetta, why don’t you stick your big beak into what’s going on in Iran, instead of QUESTIONING THE PATRIOTISM of a former Vice President of the United States of America:

Vice President Cheney on Monday hit back at CIA Director Leon Panetta over his suggestion that Cheney wants another terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

“I hope my old friend Leon was misquoted,” said Cheney in a statement provided to The Hill. “The important thing is whether or not the Obama administration will continue the policies that have kept us safe for the last eight years.”

Panetta, a veteran politician who served as Bill Clinton’s chief of staff, had criticized Cheney for “gallows politics” and said the former vice president hoped the country were subjected to another terrorist attack.

“I think he smells some blood in the water on the national-security issue,” Panetta told The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer.

“It’s almost, a little bit, gallows politics. When you read behind it, it’s almost as if he’s wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point. I think that’s dangerous politics.”

I despise those liberals who can’t stay on topic and have a civil debate. Cheney told you what he thought—he held nothing back. So why put such a disparaging spin on his motives? Debate him on the issues if you disagree. It’s a cheap, ad hominem, personal attack.

For something like this to emanate from the mouth of the Director of the Agency is way, way, way out of line.

I’m serious about Iran, btw. They didn’t see the revolution coming 30 years ago, and they didn’t see this big fat mess coming. (Else why would they let President Obama say this: “We are excited to see what appears to be a robust debate taking place in Iran.” D’oh!) Do your effing job, Panetta.

John Kerry would cry like a little girl about questioning his patriotism if you so much as offered him a breath mint. Questioning patriotism would seem to be all this crew has to offer in the “robust debate” over national security.

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Another Unsatisfied Customer

Is it okay to question his patriotism?

Pedro Pablo slowly folds up his American flag blanket and stuffs it in his duffel bag. With it goes his American dream.

“I left my family and lost four years with them. I will ask them to forgive me,” he said.

Pablo is an illegal immigrant from Guatemala who came to the United States to support his wife and five sons back home. When he arrived, construction jobs were plentiful. Over the last year, he says, he’s worked three days.

He recently boarded a bus with a one-way ticket home, paid for by the Guatemalan consulate in Los Angeles. “I thought I could get ahead here. I regret coming.”

He snuck in illegally, and someone else had to pay for his ticket home. (I can call it “home”, can’t I? This was never his home—can we agree on that?)

I will decline to criticize him further, as I may want to take up residence in that economic powerhouse of Guatemala—compared to what’s going to become of Obama’s America, that is.

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The Ma Barker of Palestinians

Except they would call her Umm Barker:

Following are excerpts from interviews with Dr. Ibtihal Al-Qassam, the granddaughter of ‘Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam, and Umm Muhammad, the wife of Sheik ‘Abdallah ‘Azzam:

The Qassam missile means a great deal to me, as the granddaughter of the martyr ‘Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam. Just as I am proud of my ancestry, I am humbled by the blood being spilled in Palestine.

I consider the Qassam missile to be a fetus in the womb of the resistance.

A mother who loves her son should ease his way to Paradise, to opulence, and to happiness. Unfortunately, we encounter mothers who cling to this world, and want their children to study, to gain a high social standing. By focusing on this world, they forget that it is more important to secure a place for them in Paradise. What about memorizing the Koran? What about proper Islamic education? What about educating children to love Jihad and martyrdom?

Got that? These effing mothers demanding their children study, gain social standing—what rot!

What does the other dingbat—Umm Myrtle—have to say to that?

Whisper in the ears of your sons, your husbands, and your brothers, and stand behind them like a solid rock. Urge them to wage Jihad for the sake of Allah. Talk to them about martyrdom for the sake of Allah. If you do not stand behind him like a solid rock, he will not set out on Jihad. He will remain by your side, and there will be no difference between him and you.

Oh, that’s a big help. Real men aren’t quiche eaters, they’re detonators.

But I think I’ve found the reason why Palestinian women aren’t showing the love: they’re not getting it from their men.

Following are excerpts from a speech delivered by Egyptian cleric Hazem Shuman, which aired on Al-Rahma TV on February 6, 2009.

In a few days something very important and dangerous will take place in the world of the youth – perhaps even more important than tonight’s Al-Ahli soccer match. People will follow this event everywhere. I am talking about the global Valentine’s Day, the global holiday of love.

In a few days time, planet Earth will turn red. We will become the reddest planet in the universe. Everything red will become more expensive. Red teddy bears, red candles, red pens – they will all become more expensive. Only one red thing will become cheaper: The blood of Muslims. All this is the result of the sins committed by Muslim youth.

In a few days time, a very dangerous virus will attack the body of the nation. What virus? Is it AIDS? No, something more dangerous. Something more dangerous than Ebola, which dissolves the human body, more dangerous than cholera, which killed half of Europe a few centuries ago. I am talking about the Valentine virus, people. I have come tonight to warn all boys and girls about an extremely dangerous virus, which is about to attack the hearts of the nation’s youth, and to destroy our relations with God. We must confront this Valentine virus?

What is this, the third crazy Egyptian “cleric” we’ve encountered in the last week?

No wonder the women want to blow up their children. You hear this stuff every day, it’s bound to have an effect. You’d blow up your own son, too, just to prevent him from growing up to be an Egyptian cleric.

Or do I have the order reversed?

Maybe Palestinian men are so wigged out because their women won’t put out.

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On second thought, celibacy doesn’t sound half bad.

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Don’t Question Their Patriotism

Why bother?

They do so all by themselves!

Before Obama’s victory speech in Chicago, the crowd of 125,000 people said the Pledge of Allegiance. In my 53 years I have never heard such a multicultural throng recite the pledge with such determined enunciation, expelling it from the heart in a treble soaring to the skies and a bass drumming through the soil to vibrate my feet. The treble and bass met in my spine, where “liberty and justice for all” evoked neither clank of chains nor cackle of cruelty, but a warm tickle of Jeffersonian slave-owning irony: Justice cannot sleep forever.

Spontaneous street bursts of the pledge and the national anthem came from notoriously liberal Madison, Wis., and the People’s Republic of Cambridge. The day after the election, children claimed they said the pledge in school like they never said it before, in places like majority-black Washington, which still does not have a vote in Congress, and Memphis, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

Eleven days after the election, University of Washington political scientist Christopher Parker stood for the national anthem and the unfurling of the American flag before the Washington-UCLA football game in Seattle. Parker, an African-American, served in the Navy for 10 years.

“In the Navy we were conditioned to revere the flag, but knowing what it often stood for, it was a tortured feeling,” Parker said over the telephone. “I’ve often had a hard time saying the words. But as I watched the flag being unfurled, time kind of slowed down. I thought of the race speech (by Obama), the Democratic National Convention, and the crowd in Denver. I thought about him at Grant Park. I felt free to be proud, free not to be angry. I can actually say the words. I’m thinking, ‘Oh, I guess it’s OK to be an American now.’ “

Fair-weather patriots—where would we be without ‘em? Like their leader, who ditched his American flag lapel pin AFTER 9/11, their love of country is conditional, changeable. If the foxhole doesn’t have wi-fi and cable, don’t expect them to hang around when the going gets tough.

Ten years in the Navy serving a country he didn’t believe in. We thank him for his service, but we have to wonder: who acts like this? Which communities actually think they are loyal Americans when they symbolically renounce their citizenship for four to eight years at a time? What if the rest of the country behaved in the same manner every time a philandering Democrat or a crypto-socialist Chicago machine politician assumed the White House?

Where is the mass volunteering of Obama supporters for national service? How are those military recruitment rates in Cambridge, MA and Madison, WI? Or is the military even allowed on their college campuses?

We’ll let you sign the Patriotic American guest book—but for both our sakes’, you might want to use a pencil.

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Penalty Flags

His reflections are a little late, but they’re worthwhile nevertheless. Dennis Prager on the two conventions:

In Denver, the Democrats wanted to present themselves as Middle American as possible. In Boston, the hero of the Democratic Convention was Michael Moore. But in Denver, Michael Moore was nowhere to be seen. Nor was Jimmy Carter heard from. And no Jesse Jackson, either. Also, delegates seemed more formally dressed, and there were more flags and more chants of “USA” than even at the Republican Convention. If one only looked at the convention, one could easily have assumed it was the Republicans’.

As noted, the Democrats waved many flags. At Invesco Field, where Obama addressed 75,000 supporters, the Democrats gave all of them an American flag. According to The Denver Post, thousands of those flags were left behind or in garbage bags. The Democrats say they intended to pick them up days later for other events. I don’t believe them — not because they are not patriotic (the people I was with at Invesco Field love America), but because they are generally tone deaf to patriotic symbols. My one souvenir from the Democratic Convention is a flag I found on the floor by my seat at the stadium. I instinctively picked up a flag that had fallen and took it home. That is no longer a liberal instinct.

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History will judge whether Obama made a wise decision to deliver his acceptance in a football stadium in front of 75,000 adoring fans. A good argument could be made that it is not his superstar status that he should be emphasizing, but his gravitas.

For the first time in generations, one party’s ticket has no military experience. It does, however, have two lawyers. And neither of the Republican nominees is a lawyer. These facts are not coincidental.

After my debate with Air America’s Thom Hartmann in Denver, a number of those present — all Democrats — commented on how surprised they were at how intellectual the arguments I, the conservative, offered were. This is only because, in general, most liberals see, hear or read conservative arguments far less often than conservatives see, hear and read liberal arguments.

I think Prager gets it exactly right. Note what he said about the Dems and the flag, by the way:

I don’t believe them — not because they are not patriotic (the people I was with at Invesco Field love America), but because they are generally tone deaf to patriotic symbols.

Bingo!

My point about Obama and the flag pin has always been not that he didn’t wear one—but that he did, and then chose to take it off after 9/11. But I always let him speak in his own words:

“You know, the truth is that right after 9/11, I had a pin,” Obama said. “Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we’re talking about the Iraq War, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security, I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest.

“Instead,” he said, “I’m going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testimony to my patriotism.”

I think it will be, but not in a way he’s going to like.

I didn’t care about the hand over the heart thing because there’s more than one way to respect the flag. Taking it off your lapel after the worst terrorist attack ever on our soil is not one of them.

Let me repeat Prager’s brilliantly succinct clarification: “not because they are not patriotic … but because they are generally tone deaf to patriotic symbols.”

Maybe some of you don’t agree, but I think that matters in a President.

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