Taliban To Obama, ‘No Moderates In Our Ranks’

Last weekend President Obama made it know that he was entertaining the idea of talks with the “moderate” wing of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

This is simply evidence that not only is Obama winging it on the economy, he plans to wing it so far as foreign policy as well.

Moderate Taliban?

Talks with terrorists, mass murderers?

President Obama was rebuffed by the Taliban Tuesday.

Sindh Today

The Taliban has squarely rejected US President Barack Obama’s call for negotiating with its ‘moderate’ arm to bring the ‘War on terror’ in the region to end.

Qari Mohammad Yousuf, a representative of the Taliban had the following to say:

This does not require any response or reaction from us as this is illogical […]

The Taliban are united, have one leader, one aim, one policy.I do not know why they are talking about moderate Taliban and what it means

 

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Gagging The Catholic Church

UPDATE: Proposed Connecticut Bill 1098 is dead for the remainder of this legislative session. My original posting concerning this is below the fold.

Courant.com

The Democratic co-chairs of the legislature’s judiciary committee, Rep. Michael P. Lawlor of East Haven and Sen. Andrew McDonald of Stamford, just released the following statement:

"For reasons that are unclear, Connecticut has had generations-old laws on the books singling out particular religions and treating them differently from other religions in our statutes.  That doesn’t seem right.  In fact, many of our existing corporate laws dealing with particular religious groups appear to us to be unconstitutional under the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. If that is correct, any changes to that law would likely also be unconstitutional.

"With that in mind, it would serve no useful purpose to have a conversation about changing the laws that govern existing Roman Catholic corporations until we know if any of these existing laws are constitutional.  At the request of the proponents who are advocating this legislation, we have decided to cancel the public hearing for tomorrow, table any further consideration of this bill for the duration of this session, and ask the Attorney General his opinion regarding the constitutionality of the existing law that sets different rules for five named separate religions.

"We think it would be more appropriate to invite representatives from all religious denominations around the state together with legal scholars on this topic to participate in a forum regarding the current law.  Such a conversation would be more appropriate to have when the legislature is not in session and other more important issues, such as the current fiscal crisis, are resolved.  We intend to do that once we
have the benefit of the Attorney General’s opinion.

"In the meantime, we think it would be most beneficial if the proponents who requested these changes and church officials meet together privately to see if they can come to a resolution on their own.  Open and honest communication between these two groups could only help.  For our part, we intend to reach out to representatives of the Catholic Conference and continue the discussion that began in 2008 on this issue.  We hope they will agree to meet with us."

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We’ve watched the Federal government become involved in businesses which accepted bailout money and suggesting that they [the government] can dictate salary.

Now in the state of Connecticut  we see the attempt by the State government to dictate how the Catholic church in Connecticut must be organized and effectively removing control of church finances from pastors and bishops.

The Proposed Bill 1098 can be viewed in PDF here.

A public hearing is to be held March 11th at 12:00 noon.

This is an obvious attempt to rescind from the Catholic church, their First Amendment rights.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The Catholic church is being singled out in this bill as the bill mentions by name “The Roman Catholic Church”, no other religious organization is made mention of.

Seemingly from news reports I’ve read the two sponsors of this bill (who’s names appear no where on the bill itself) have a legislative history of attacking the Catholic church.

It would then seem this bill is personal for these two persons.

For those who live in the state of Connecticut, no matter if you are Catholic, Protestant, Muslim… it would be in your own best interest to contact these two men and express some righteous outrage.

For those of us who reside in other states, I suggest we also contact these two men.

Don’t think if this works in Connecticut that it won’t be attempted in other states and that other religious organizations beyond the catholic church won’t also be targeted.

Their contact information is:

Senator Andrew McDonald:
Capitol phone: 860-240-8600; Home phone: (203) 348-7439
E-mail:
McDonald@senatedems.ct.gov

Representative Michael Lawlor:
Capitol phone: 860-240-0001; Home phone: (203) 469-9725
E-mail:
Michael.Lawlor@cga.ct.gov

Judiciary Committee:
Capitol phone: 860-240-0530
Clerk E-mail:
Sarah.Kolb@cga.ct.gov

From The Catholic League

“Bishop Lori is correct to say that the bill ‘is a thinly-veiled attempt to silence the Catholic Church on the important issues of the day, such as same-sex marriage.’ Indeed, it is payback: this brutal act of revenge by Lawlor and McDonald, two champions of gay marriage, is designed to muzzle the voice of the Catholic Church.

“By singling out the Catholic Church—no other religion has been targeted—Lawlor and McDonald have demonstrated that they are ethically unfit to continue as lawmakers. They have evinced a bias so strong, and so malicious, that it compromises their ability to serve the public good. They should therefore be expelled by their colleagues. Reprimand and censure suggest that the offender can be rehabilitated. It is painfully obvious in this instance that neither lawmaker is prepared to accept such a sanction. Expulsion is the only rational response. We are contacting House leader Christopher Donovan and Senate leader Martin Looney to explore this action.”

From The Diocese of Bridgeport

The State has no right to interfere in the internal affairs and structure of the Catholic Church. This bill is directed only at the Catholic Church but could someday be forced on other denominations. The State has no business controlling religion.

The Pastors of our Diocese are doing an exemplary job of sound stewardship and financial accountability, in full cooperation with their parishioners.

For the State Legislature — which has not reversed a $1 billion deficit in this fiscal year — to try to manage the Catholic Church makes no sense. The Catholic Church not only lives within her means but stretches her resources to provide more social, charitable, and educational services than any other private institution in the State. This bill threatens those services at a time when the State is cutting services. The Catholic Church is needed now more than ever.

We reject this irrational, unlawful, and bigoted bill that jeopardizes the religious liberty of our Church.

 

Lawrence Summers: Urgent Need For Short-Term Increase In Spending By Governments

FT

Barack Obama’s top economic adviser has urged world leaders to pump more public money into the economy in a co-ordinated effort to boost demand and lift the world out of recession. […]

The US administration had no choice but to take strong public action to “save the market system from its own excesses”, he said.[…]

“This notion that the economy is self-stabilising is usually right but it is wrong a few times a century. And this is one of those times . . . there’s a need for extraordinary public action at those times.”[…]

Here is an idea, stop removing so much money from the private sector and making it public. Let the citizen pump his and her own money into the economy themselves.

Pumping more “public” money into the economy is prolonging economic troubles. We, trust ourselves with OUR money. We do not, and with good reason, trust you the government with OUR money.

The administrations so called “strong public action” has scared the crap out of employers and investors. Until the administration stops floating it’s stupid trial balloons and sticking it’s hands in every person and industries bank account the economic issues will not see an end.

But I suspect they know that.

The economy is self stabilizing, the key word being “self”. Self indicating that you [government] get out of the way and allow the economy to do what it will do.

When you [Summers] note that there are times that the economy does not self stabilize you are ignoring the fact that the economy in those instances was not given the chance to self stabilize.

Let the banks fail, let GM fail (oh I know you don’t want to because of your incestuous relationship with the unions), some thing is going to rise and take their place.

Get the hell out of healthcare while you’re at it, you are simply lying when you say our economy depends upon government intervention in healthcare. 

Basically, you go about your constitutional duties while we go about our business of producing and consuming.

No governmental spending is ever “short-term”, it’s permanent. Once you get your greedy hands on the money WE have earned you never let go.

 

Latest Front Page Of The Drudge Report Makes Me Think That Obama Is A Financial Genius

Sorry, I meant socialist, economy destroying maniacal genius…

You’ve been stimulated!

Stocks hit 12 year low

CITI in pennies

ABC Radio owner Citadel Closes trading at 1 penny on NYSE

Fed refuses to release bank lending data

12 pct. are behind on mortgage or in foreclosure

FDIC insurance fund could be insolvent this year

GM running out of cash

Updated:

Add to yesterday’s Drudge headlines these as well:

Jobless rate 8.1%

Payrolls fall 651,000

Food stamp enrollment jumps to record 31.8 million

Obama bear market punishes investors as Dow tumbles 20%

Obama’s radicalism is killing the Dow

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Global Warming Requires Civil Disobedience On A Cold Frigg in’ Day

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While some were organizing tea parties all across the nation to speak out against bailouts, a looming 3.6 trillion dollar budget and this nations march towards socialism, others were organizing civil disobedience in protest of climate change.

EP Online

A national coalition of more than 40 environmental, public health, labor, social justice, faith-based, and other advocacy groups on Feb. 3 announced plans to engage in civil disobedience at the Capitol Power Plant in Washington D.C. on the afternoon of March 2. The Capitol Climate Action (CCA), the largest mass mobilization on global warming in the country’s history, reflects the growing public demand for bold action to address the climate and energy crises.

March 2nd… hey whudda know, that’s today.

Let’s check the weather.

AP

Up to 7 inches of snow was expected through Monday morning in areas of Maryland, northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., where Mayor Adrian Fenty declared a snow emergency.

Guess you’ll have to break out the parkas for this particular protest.

 

My Wife and I Are Four Over The Limit, Making Us Completely Irresponsible

I own a big O’l environmental footprint and mother earth is torked off at myself and my wife as we’ve six children.

I can only hope Al Gore also hates us!

Times On Line

COUPLES who have more than two children are being “irresponsible” by creating an unbearable burden on the environment, the government’s green adviser has warned.

Jonathon Porritt, who chairs the government’s Sustainable Development Commission, says curbing population growth through contraception and abortion must be at the heart of policies to fight global warming. He says political leaders and green campaigners should stop dodging the issue of environmental harm caused by an expanding population.

[…]

“I am unapologetic about asking people to connect up their own responsibility for their total environmental footprint and how they decide to procreate and how many children they think are appropriate,” Porritt said.

May each of our children also leave a big environmental footprint and may mother earth hate each and every one of them!

 

Just Another Innocent Mistake

What do Tim Geithner and former Senator Tom Daschle have in common?

They both seem to have a problem remembering to pay their taxes.

We all know about Geithner who, despite working at the IMF, was seemingly oblivious to the fact that he too must pay taxes.

MSNBC

The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday cleared the nomination of Timothy Geithner as treasury secretary despite unhappiness over his mistakes in paying his taxes.

[…]

The committee vote came a day after Geithner appeared before the panel to apologize for what he called "careless mistakes" in failing to pay $34,000 in taxes earlier in the decade, when he worked at the International Monetary Fund.

It appears as though former South Dakota Senator, Tom Daschle, suffers from the very same syndrome which afflicted Geithner, the primary symptom of which is forgetfulness when it comes to personal tax debt.

 

Fox News

The White House has acknowledged that former Sen. Tom Daschle, President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services, had "some tax issues," which, the administration says, have been resolved and shouldn’t bar his confirmation as secretary.

FOX News confirmed that Daschle alerted the Senate Finance Committee, which will oversee his confirmation hearing, that the matter involves more than $100,000 in back taxes and interest for a car and driver that was provided to him for four years by Leo Hindery, a wealthy Democratic donor, longtime friend and business associate of Daschle .

President Obama, I continue to be under-whelmed and unimpressed.