A look at current events from the point of a view of a Conservative Evangelical Christian who stands firmly on the Word of God (that's the Bible for those of you at Berkley) and stands behind the Constitution of the United States of America. So grab yourself a big cup of java, kick back in your chair and enjoy another member of the "vast right wing conspiracy" making his voice heard.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Obama & Ayers
The McCain campaign released a new web ad today that targets Barack Obama’s relationship with William Ayers. The Obama campaign and the leftwing media are trying to convince you that this association is just a “distraction” from the serious issues. I believe this relationship – much more than a mere association – is a serious issue because it tells us a lot about who Barack Obama is, what he believes and the values and ideas that will influence how he governs as president if he is elected in 26 days.
Who Are The Weathermen?
To understand this controversy and William Ayers, you first need to know about the Weather Underground. The group formed in the 1960s after splintering with the radical leftwing organization Students for a Democratic Society. According to a recent Time Magazine report, “While SDS promoted nonviolent protests, the Weathermen aligned themselves with violent groups like the Black Panthers.” As Time noted, the founder of the Weathermen wrote, “There is no example of a peaceful road to fundamental social change.”
Throughout the early 1970s, the Weather Underground claimed responsibility for a series of bombings against government buildings, including the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon and the State Department. As a result of their terrorist activities, the FBI launched a massive manhunt that drove many Weather Underground members into hiding.
How Was William Ayers Involved?
William Ayers was a co-founder of the Weather Underground. In 1969, the Weathermen launched the “Days of Rage” in Chicago, in which a mob ran through several blocks of an affluent neighborhood attacking cars, homes, police officers and businesses. More than two dozen police officers were injured, six Weathermen were shot, and nearly 70 protesters were arrested.
In 1970, the Weatherman bombed the home of a New York judge who was presiding over the trial of a group of Black Panthers. That same year, a letter was sent to the Associated Press, signed by Bernardine Dohrn, promising more bombings. Dohrn was placed on the FBI’s “10 Most Wanted List” for her terrorist activities. While on the run from the authorities, Dorhn and Ayers married and spent years in hiding.
In 1980, Ayers and Dorhn, now with two children, came out of hiding and turned themselves in. Most of the charges against them had already been dropped because of what a court found to be unconstitutional surveillance. Dorhn, however, was sentenced to three years probation and fined.
Unbelievably, Ayers and Dorhn found a refuge in academia. William Ayers is a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, while Dorhn, formerly on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list, is an associate professor of law at Northwestern University.
What is the Ayers-Obama connection?
In debates and interviews, Obama has tried to dismiss his connection to William Ayers by saying that he is just “a guy who lives in my neighborhood.” But, in 1995 Obama launched his political career with a fundraiser at William Ayers’ and Bernardine Dohrn’s home.
That same year, Ayers founded the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, and Barack Obama was chosen to be the foundation’s first board chairman. Ayers and Obama served together on the board of the Woods Fund from 1999-2002. They regularly appeared together on academic panel discussions.
Clearly, Ayers is more than just “a guy who lives in my neighborhood.” In an interview this week with ABC’s Charlie Gibson, Obama said of Ayers, “This is a guy who engaged in some despicable acts 40 years ago when I was eight years old. By the time I met him, 10 or 15 years ago, he was a college professor of education at the University of Illinois…” So we are left to assume that at some point, Ayers had a “road to Damascus conversion,” repudiated his terrorist past and radical ways, and has spent the rest of life doing good works.
The only problem with that story is that Ayers has never repudiated his past and seems to be proud of it. In September of 2001, Ayers was interviewed by the New York Times after he published his memoirs about his activities in the Weather Underground. When asked if he regretted his actions, Ayers offered this disgusting retort: “I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough.”
Obama and Ayers obviously worked together because they shared common values and beliefs, and as late as 2001 – when Obama was not eight years old, but 40 years old – Ayers remained unrepentant about his past.
It would be bad enough if Ayers were the only leftwing, fringe extremist in Obama’s background, but he is not. And the pattern of disturbing associations – what it says about the ideology and judgment Obama would take with him into the Oval Office – is a critical issue in this campaign.
Senator McCain and Governor Palin are right to bring it up, and the American people should seriously consider the Obama-Ayers relationship before they vote. You can view McCain campaign’s Ayers ad online at www.johnmccain.com.
And yes, Michelle Obama did ask about her little brochure, "Isn't it pretty?".
I'm more sure today of my vote than ever before.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Tom Brokaw: “I’m just hired help here.”
Obama: “You’re doing a good job, Tom.”
Could this be the first admittance of the lame stream media being in the tank for Obama? Of course, this is not counting Chris Matthews having chills going up and down his leg as his messiah speaks and nearly anything coming out of the mouth of Keith Olbermann.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Years of bad decisions and stupid mistakes have created an economic nightmare in this country, but $700 billion in new debt is not the answer. As a tax-paying American citizen, I will not support any congressperson who votes to implement such a policy. Instead, I submit the following three steps:
Common Sense Plan.
A. Insure the subprime bonds/mortgages with an underlying FHA-type insurance. Government-insured and backed loans would have an instant market all over the world, creating immediate and needed liquidity.
B. In order for a company to accept the government-backed insurance, they must do two things:
1. Rewrite any mortgage that is more than three months delinquent to a 6% fixed-rate mortgage.
a. Roll all back payments with no late fees or legal costs into the balance. This brings homeowners current and allows them a chance to keep their homes.
b. Cancel all prepayment penalties to encourage refinancing or the sale of the property to pay off the bad loan. In the event of foreclosure or short sale, the borrower will not be held liable for any deficit balance. FHA does this now, and that encourages mortgage companies to go the extra mile while
working with the borrower—again limiting foreclosures and ruined lives.
2. Cancel ALL golden parachutes of EXISTING and FUTURE CEOs and executive team members as long as the company holds these government-insured bonds/mortgages. This keeps underperforming executives from being paid when they don’t do their jobs.
C. This backstop will cost less than $50 billion—a small fraction of the current proposal.
II. MARK TO MARKET
A. Remove mark to market accounting rules for two years on only subprime Tier III bonds/mortgages. This keeps companies from being forced to artificially mark down bonds/mortgages below the value of the underlying mortgages and real estate.
B. This move creates patience in the market and has an immediate stabilizing effect on failing and ailing banks—and it costs the taxpayer nothing.
III. CAPITAL GAINS TAX
A. Remove the capital gains tax completely. Investors will flood the real estate and stock market in search of tax-free profits, creating tremendous—and immediate—liquidity in the markets. Again, this costs the taxpayer nothing.
B. This move will be seen as a lightning rod politically because many will say it is helping the rich. The truth is the rich will benefit, but it will be their money that stimulates the economy. This will enable all Americans to have more stable jobs and retirement investments that go up instead of down. This is not a time for envy, and it’s not a time for politics. It’s time for all of us, as Americans, to stand up, speak out, and fix this mess.