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Archive for 25 September 2009
Leader of the Free World no more
The torch has been passed
By THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Israel is looking like the new leader of the Free World. The previous leader, the United States, resigned this role last week at the United Nations to take the position of global community organizer. This was made plain by President Obama in his speech, titled “Responsibility for Our Common Future,” in which he heralded “a new chapter of international cooperation.” By contrast, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a blunt and forceful call to action in the central challenge facing free people today. This is the struggle of “civilization against barbarism” being fought by “those who sanctify life against those who glorify death.”
Lawmakers in Washington are calling on the National Institutes of Health to explain why millions of taxpayer dollars are being spent on seemingly ridiculous research projects, including:
– how dragon boating can help cancer survivors;
– how canoes can help cultural identity;
– how snorting cocaine creates anxiety.
Is it possible that we really have gone through the rabbit hole?
When you’re old, everything is a risk. That’s why USC researchers are concerned about the “overall safety of yoga for older adults,” which can be “ineffective or even injurious.”
So a squad of scientists will spend nearly $700,000 tracking 24 participants between the ages of 65 and 90 as they creak and groan their way through an 8-month yoga course — all to be captured on “high-speed cameras” and with “muscular-skeletal modeling” to figure out what’s safe for the elderly.
I don’t mean to be a spoil sport, but unless you’ve been doing this kind of thing your entire life, it’s not really wise. Here’s a clue for ya D.C.: Old people aren’t all that flexible. Their bones lose mass. They break easily. That’ll be $700K please.
The NIH is spending a quarter of a million dollars to help teach cocaine users not to act impulsively. Figuring out why some cokeheads have dangerous sex and others have safe sex would help create “the most effective language for use in media campaigns,” according to the study’s abstract.
And here I thought there were at least a few reasonably intelligent people in the swamp. I guess I was wrong. Well, guess what! Drugs alter your behavior. Some people are able to handle them better than others. Or, perhaps they are just more than just stupid. Doing such drugs is the first clue. I’ll take my $250,000 now.
Poor, smack-using minorities living in the city “are particularly at risk for HIV infection” because they suffer from “anxiety sensitivity” and get very upset when bad things happen. So the NIH is funding a $371,000 study to reduce anxiety and teach heroin addicts about “healthy relationships” where they don’t have risky sex, all in the hopes of reducing HIV/AIDS rates.
See above. Cool. I’m getting rich here. I think I’ll have to check into a few offshore accounts.
Well, you get the picture. At least I sure hope so. Evidently, our so called representatives who hand out the bucks don’t.
In a letter to NIH director Francis Collins, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) on Thursday demanded to know the screening procedures and review criteria used to approve $1.6 billion in stimulus grants and another $20 million in grants from the regular NIH budget.
“It’s outrageous,” says Walden. “It’s beyond embarrassing in my book. I don’t think there’s enough oversight being done there.”
Gee. Y’think?? I remember many, MANY moons ago, I actually sat down an read the evening newspaper. Yeah, back then, they had morning and evening. I remember reading on the front page about some of the wasteful spending that was going on in D.C., something that has stuck in my head these many years….$100,000 to study why salmon swim upstream. Now, mind you, this was back in the last half of the 60s, and 100 grand was a WHOLE lot of money back then. Shoot, it’s quite a chunk of change now, but back then….. My point? Nothing has changed. They are still wasting money on things that anyone with an ounce of common sense could figure out!
Cash only! No checks accepted! Especially not from the gubmint!
Even though the Border Patrol now reports that almost 1,300 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border is not under effective control, and the Department of Justice says that vast stretches of the border are “easily breached,” and the Government Accountability Office has revealed that three persons “linked to terrorism” and 530 aliens from “special interest countries” were intercepted at Border Patrol checkpoints last year, the administration is nonetheless now planning to decrease the number of Border Patrol agents deployed on the U.S.-Mexico border.
To use a tired old phrase: Look up the word insanity, and you’ll find a picture of the ENTIRE Obama administration, and a vast majority of BOTH Houses of Congress. Yes, it’s an extremely large entry.
We have become our own worst enemy! We have watched the flood of illegals, from every corner of the planet, rushing into our country, and what have we done about it? Not a DAMN THING! Nothing! Bush didn’t do dick, and Obama is inviting them in! Yes, it began with Reagan, one of the BIGGEST mistakes he made, but has anyone done anything to stop the flow? Is common sense such an obscure concept it has totally been lost?
We, as a nation, as citizens, are in danger, and no one in Washington, D.C. seems to give a flip. I wonder if they’ll pay attention after the next attack? Will they even notice the blood on their hands? No, they’ll blame Bush. It’s all they know how to do.
Published in 2005, and nothing has changed. If anything, it has gotten worse.
Shared by John via email.
The Obama Administration plans to give $400,000 in funding to a Libyan charity run by the Gadhafi family, and U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) wants the grant withdrawn.
The money would be divided between two foundations run by the family of Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi. A $200,000 share is set to go to the Gadhafi Development Foundation, which is run by Gadhafi’s son, Saif, and another $200,000 are to go to Wa Attassimou, an organization run by Muammar Gadhafi’s daughter, Aisha.
Kirk says the grants should be withdrawn in light of the recent return to Libya of Pan Am Flight 103 bomber Abdel Baset Megrahi. The terminally ill prisoner was released from in Scotland on compassionate grounds, and got a hero’s welcome from Muammar Gadhafi and other Libyans upon his return.
First off, the ‘grants’ should have NEVER been offered. PERIOD! It’s not just that this administration (and yes, that includes Congress) is spending the country into a debt so deep that our great-great-great-grandchildren will be cursing us for allowing this to happen. No, Libya is a country that praises the murder of Americans, hails as heroes such murderers, and our tax dollars going to such a country is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE! The continuous slap in the face/knife in the back by this administration must stop! NOW!
A few snippets:
These are dangerous times in America. “It is past time for all good Americans to come to the aid of their country.” That is a statement I am hearing and reading more and more these days. It is beginning to sound like a rallying cry for Americans concerned about the direction America is being taken by the socialist regime at the helm in the nation’s capitol.
Now, maybe it is just me, but this whole Islamic rally strikes me as nothing more than a show of the power of Muslims in America and it is deeply frightening to many Americans. Frankly, it is troublesome to me.
America could once claim the title of a “Christian nation.” Evidently, that time has passed and today we are, well, frankly, I don’t know what we are! Diversity and multiculturalism have taken a tremendous toll on America. She stands today a husk of her former self.
I weep for the nation we once were, strong, proud, able. No longer. Over recent decades, we have turned out back on our foundations, and no one said a word. Those who did speak out were branded, and are still being branded, with titles that should not be a part of ‘polite society’.
I cannot forget the religious faith of those who hi-jacked those planes and murdered those thousands of innocent people on American soil. As I close my eyes that final time I will see, emblazoned upon the dark undersides of my eyelids, men and women leaping from hundreds of feet above the ground, to escape the flames licking at their heels, into the arms of the instantaneous death they knew awaited them at the end of their downward plunge. That sight remains with me always and I fully expect to take it to my grave.
Nothing that Muslim rally does today will remove the bitter gall left in the back of my throat by the premeditated murder of thousands on American soil… nothing!
Those images are burned into my mind. They will never fade! Call me a racist if you will, but religion has diddly to with the color of one’s skin. Call me a bigot, but I know who is responsible for the slaughter of many of my mom’s family in Lebanon. I know who is responsible for murdering 3,000 innocent people in a single day. I know who is behind the slaughter of innocents all around the world, and today, it is NOT the Christians, or the Jews, or even Buddhists.