Merry Christmas Everyone! (Open Thread)

O Holy Night

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.

Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

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We at WTPOTUS wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas filled with the Holy Spirit who watches over and is with us at all times.   The celebration of the birth of Jesus  renews and instills in us all that is  good, pure, and holy.    May the words of “O Holy Night” give you peace and comfort now and in the upcoming days while our country is under assault from without and within. 

God Bless you, your family, and  our troops who are defending our country and its foundation of  liberty and freedom for all.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to All!

Bridgette, Miri, Renee, Red Pill, and Newsleuth

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Songs of the Magnificent Season

Celine Dion – Oh Holy Night

Josh Groban – O Holy Night

Ave Maria – Celine Dion – Merry Christmas

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97 responses to “Merry Christmas Everyone! (Open Thread)

  1. A Peaceful Christmas to All
    “THE LIGHT OF LIFE”
    by Sharon Rondeau
    Dec. 23, 2011

    http://www.thepostemail.com/2011/12/23/a-peaceful-christmas-to-all/

  2. Remembering Bob Hope’s Christmases with the Troops
    Dec. 23, 2011 snips

    Bob Hope was one of our greatest American treasures. A delightful comedian and actor, he gave us a lifetime of work to enjoy. Nothing Hope did though was more special than what he did for the United States service men and women.

    As a kid I never missed the Bob Hope Christmas Specials. From World War II through the Gulf War, Bob Hope would gather up some of the nation’s best talent, prettiest girls, and head to where the troops were. Often times Hope and company would be right in the thick of things, close to the front lines of battle. This never stopped them.

    Hope, and all of those who went with him, understood the brave men and women who serve sacrifice so much for God and country.
    Cont.

    http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/remembering-bob-hopes-christmases-with-the-troops/

  3. Read Glenn Beck’s Christmas Message
    December 23, 2011

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/read-glenn-becks-christmas-message/

  4. MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE. HAPPY HANNUKAH, TOO. SEASON’S GREETINGS. HAPPY WINTER SOLSTICE. BLESSED KWANZAA. HAPPY HOLIDAYS.


    A “painting” by our own Newsleuth. Merry Christmas, Sleuthie! We love you.

  5. Merry Christmas everyone, and thank you for this forum, of truth.

    • It’s like you could feel the Holy Spirit working on each and every person’s heart, both there in the mall, and those watching on YouTube. And when the singers literally fell to their knees, several spectators did, as well, out of reverence to the birth of our Savior. I wish I had been there in person, but even though I live thousands of miles away, modern tecnology can share this with the world…

      And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

      Mark 16:15

  6. Merry Christmas to you all. God bless.

  7. Merry Christmas!

  8. Factcheck non-profit status challenged over Obama birth certificate

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=379561

    Merry Christmas, Brooks Jackson and Jess Henig (wherever you went)

    • Merry Christmas to you too Ron;
      FactCheck – NewsTrust
      Nov 17, 2007 … Top Authors: Lori Robertson (66), Brooks Jackson (63), Justin Bank (36), Viveca Novak (36), Jess Henig (32), Emi Kolawole (25), Joe Miller …

      http://newstrust.net/sources/factcheck

    • And Viveca Novak (Deputy Director, FactCheck.org)

      Video from July 2009:

    • Dr. P.! TY. That news makes my Christmas that much merrier. Too funny! Good one!

    • Great news Dr. P! Merry Christmas! Who would think that specks of dust on a scanner could implicate Fact Check in their attempts to deceive! Another “trusted” blog of Obots! Do let us know if you get a response. This administration isn’t known for its quick responses or any responses at all. Will the probe into Fact check get elevated to tax cheat Timothy Geithner? Did you send a copy to Fact Check so they could check the facts? Do you think they are now cleaning their scanner after each use? So two of the trusted directors are no longer there? Do you think they are living really well on some island? Will the DOH’s Fuddy Duddy be joining them shortly?

  9. Well, I’m just here to say howdy, and hope all are okay. I don’t keep x-mas, and haven’t done it for many, many years. Why??? Because I found out about it from studying the Scriptures, the most sacred book that was given to us by Yahweh himself. Then by studying ancient history, then the NT in knowing when Yahushua (aka Jesus) was really born, then by studying in Acts 15, this means to not take part in pagan festivals, period.

    The strangest thing to me is this, people saying that Washington kept it, but then little movies come out to say, oh, heck, Pres. Washington put up a x-mas tree. Not! He didn’t. Congress was held on x-mas day. I don’t think it was even made a national holiday until the very late 1800s. Maybe 1860, 1870 or so.

  10. Global financial crisis ? Really ?
    Saudi posts $81.6 bn budget surplus
    AP

  11. Merry Christmas to everyone! I hope you all had a great Christmas!

    Have you all seen this? More funny images coming out of the WH. Shrinking children?
    Here’s present for you all!!!!
    Sorry it’s late.
    http://theulstermanreport.com/2011/12/25/the-odd-case-of-the-shrinking-obama-children/

    • Merry Christmas, Greg. Happy New Year, too. TY for the hilarious and very interesting link. How does the lamestream explain this? I do note that their height is compared to their father’s. We’ve noticed his varying height. Quite a trick. But he probably can walk on water, too.

      The Obamas at church YESTERDAY. (Supposedly bundled up in Hawaii! So did they lie about the photo or did they lie about going to Christian services on the base in Hawaii?)

      The Obamas Christmas shopping this month.

      Read ulsterman, though, and you’ll see that the source made an error in a “rush” to get the post online. Right. Just happened to have an OLD photo of the Obamas at church? There’s video of them arriving for church at a link at ulsterman.

      • Nice of them to dress up for the occasion of celebrating Our Lord’s Birth.

        • Do any of you know what church that was, or if it was even a church in the video? Also, in the last video on the link that Ulsterman posted………….Does that guy not look link Jared Loughner???????????

      • It appears to me they posted a photo a couple years old. The elder daughter is now a teenager and quite tall. The first tip off was them wearing heavy winter coats in Hawaii where the temperatures are mid to high 70’s. Perhaps they didn’t want to post the photo of MO in short, shorts. TY for that!

        A church photo op is a necessity to prove their Christian religion. Is this their 2nd or 3rd time to attend church this year? No worries for Santa having to locate this family, since gift giving isn’t part of their Christmas tradition. Their tradition is strangely like the Muslims who don’t celebrate Christmas either, just sayin’.

        Who is minding the 37 decorated trees at the WH? Are all of the Mao bulbs hung on the trees with care? Are there bulbs with Chavez’s face on them? Do comrades Putin or Castro’s faces adorn some trees at the WH? What? No Photos of the trees were allowed again this year?

        • Someone said that even with all those trees, there’s no allusion at all to the Nativity or the purpose of the celebration. Muslims are reported to see Christmas as a “pop culture holiday.” So …

    • What a sloppy photo job.

  12. Hi All,

    Hope everyone had a nice Christmas!

    Don’t know if y’all are following Ulsterman and the White House Insider, but this is worth our attention. I think we know this has been going on since Day #1 of this ‘administration’ and it looks like it’s kicking into full gear for 2012.

    Something to be aware of:

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2011/12/26/white-house-insider-heads-up-the-cook-the-books-campaign-is-underway/

    • Merry Christmas to you too!

      Obama Approval Surge a sham… statistically they polled 32% Democrats and 25% Republicans to get their higher approval numbers. Whereas in November they polled 29% Democrats and 26% Republicans to get these results showing Disapproval at 53%. The latest scam poll was taken before the payroll tax debate, so that doesn’t skew the numbers, but the number/% of people interviewed within each party does.

      November: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack
      Obama is handling his job as president?

      Approve: 44% Disapprove: 53%

      They are advertising these numbers below now. (I saw it
      regurgitated on FOX) that Obama is now ahead and his approval
      is strengthening.

      December: Approve: 49% Disapprove: 47%

      Plain and simple – deceitful fabrications from the Left! Tricks of their trade. If you can’t win fair and square.. cheat and cheat some more. If you can support a Marxist regime, an unDemocRat party, an empty suit, the unqualified conman, the unconstitutional, lawless resident squatting in the WH, your moral compass is non-existent. How pathetic.

      Oh My – How Those Obama-Friendly Polls Do Lie!
      by Ulsterman on December 27, 2011

      http://theulstermanreport.com/2011/12/27/oh-my-how-those-obama-friendly-polls-do-lie-2/

      • Real Clear Politics is the best place to look at the polls and the trends. They show results from multiple polls. They have a graph that shows the trends. His “surge” is hardly. You can find their site easily by just typing “polls” in a search engine. Real Clear will show up near the top. Rasmussen is the gold standard. The most accurate and uncorrupted by politics. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_obama_job_approval-1044.html 54% disapprove.

      • Polls to believe in? After the sham surge that no one believed… they try to cover themselves. May he plummet further! Can we see 37?

        Obama’s approval rating plummets
        By Amie Parnes – 12/29/11 05:34 PM ET Snips

        President Obama enjoyed a surge in popularity this week — but the bounce proved to be remarkably short-lived.

        A Gallup tracking poll released Thursday showed that Obama is once again underwater, plummeting to 41 percent approval and 50 percent disapproval, a sharp drop from [the sham poll] earlier in the week.

        http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/201719-obamas-approval-rating-back-underwater?utm_campaign=briefingroom&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitterfeed

        • Must be that vacation. Here’s a story that repeats what we already know, but I like seeing it reported:

          http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/12/30/media_abet_obamas_aloofness_on_tough_issues_112576.html

          Since August, President Obama has held only one formal White House news conference. That came on Oct. 6, nearly three months ago. It lasted 74 minutes, shorter than any single Republican debate, and the president was asked 17 questions, most of them softballs on the economy and his latest legislative proposals to create jobs.

          No questions on immigration, no questions on Iran or Iraq or Afghanistan or Israel or North Korea — global trouble spots the GOP candidates have been queried about repeatedly. Moreover, he was not asked about what spending cuts he would make to reduce the deficit, nothing about Medicare and Social Security reform or his health care law, all familiar questions for the Republicans seeking his job.

          Obama’s ability to avoid tough questions, skate above the fray and look presidential while his potential successors appear to be futilely flailing is not by accident. It is by White House design, abetted by a press corps that seems content with being shut out by the president and being spoon-fed the message of the day, rather than clamoring for more chances to ask him questions during this critical time. …

          It’s time for reporters to start smoking the president out and call for him, not his surrogates, to answer questions on a regular basis.”

          Yeah. Right. Don’t hold your breath on that one.

    • As he admits, they’ve always done this. For two reasons, though: To shape public opinion (the pile-on effect, the tendency of people to want to associate with a “winner” that everybody else backs) as well as to set the stage for the PLAUSIBILITY of vote counts that are actually the result of vote FRAUD.

      I’ve said it before: Unless the polls are close, then people WILL suspect fraud and call for investigations. IF they can make the poll numbers appear to be close, then it’s more plausible when they tout the “upset” that vote fraud hands to Obama. Especially when everybody knows that his popularity is GONE.

      How many people do you know who support him wholeheartedly? How many people do you know who once supported him but now won’t even admit that they ever supported him much less that they plan to support him again? It’s all lies.

      They know his ‘pop” popularity is gone. They know the economy sucks and will continue to suck.

      People know when they can’t find jobs, can’t afford food, can’t afford gas. People know when they’re far worse off than 4 years ago. We don’t need the media’s lies to tell us that the economy is improving. We KNOW that it’s not.

      With luck, whoever is the Republican nominee will tell America WHY the economy sucks and why it will continue to suck so long as Barry is not “changed” out for someone who actually WANTS the economy to improve.

      They’re not just planning lies in the form of polls and favorable stories about the economy. They’re planning MASSIVE vote fraud. It’s all they can do. They are desperate to hang onto power.

      But to make it appear “plausible” that Barry won, they MUST make it look AS IF his support came back, AS IF his supporters are still there and enthusiastic, and AS IF the economy is better, which is why everybody wanted him back. KABUKI THEATER. That’s all it is. That’s all it’s ever been.

      Right on cue: I read today that the most admired Americans are Hillary Clinton and Barry. Isn’t that special? (I’m sure that “poll” is accurate.)

      Waiting in the wings. Barry “lite”.

      No way. She’s complicit. She’s NO DIFFERENT from Barry. She is the lap dog of the same corrupt progressives: SOROS.

  13. Morning, Bridgette,

    Sure enough, my local news this morning was reporting that ‘Obama’s poll numbers are up and that he’s surging.’

    …and I have a nice bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.

    We need to keep an eye on this; they’ll push the lies to the max!

  14. A present ?

    Bank Of America Dumps $75 Trillion In Derivatives On U.S. – …
    19 hours ago … Bank Of America Dumps $75 Trillion In Derivatives On U.S. … that Bank of America (BAC) has shifted about $22 trillion worth of derivative …

    inagist.com/The__Forest/151399391373176832/

  15. Two scary stories about our disappearing privacy and right to free speech:
    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20111216/03275317104/how-sopa-20-sneaks-really-dangerous-private-ability-to-kill-any-website.shtml

    “However, what most people missed was that the bill effectively sneaks this back into the bill in a much worse form in Section 105, which supposedly grants “immunity” to service providers for taking voluntary action to stop infringement. The true impact of this section was only made clear by Rep. Polis’ attempt to limit it, as he highlighted how this broad immunity would likely lead to abuse. That’s because this section says that anyone who takes voluntary action “based on credible evidence”: basically gets full immunity. Think about what that means in practice. If someone sends a service provider a notice claiming infringement on the site under this bill, the first thing every lawyer will tell them is “quick, take voluntary action to cut them off, so you get immunity.” Even worse, since this is just about immunity, there are no counternotice rules or anything requiring any process for those cut off to be able to have any redress whatsoever.”

    So, in the same way that they somehow manage to intimidate the media into not reporting what they don’t want reported, this new Internet piracy bill will allow someone to lean on service providers, by making a complaint, and then to protect themselves (to get immunity), they can “voluntarily” cut off your website (blog, etc.) and you will have no recourse.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/how_the_feds_are_tracking_your_kid_xC6wecT8ZidCAzfqegB6hL

    “Would it bother you to know that the federal Centers for Disease Control had been shown your daughter’s health records to see how she responded to an STD/teen-pregnancy-prevention program? How about if the federal Department of Education and Department of Labor scrutinized your son’s academic performance to see if he should be “encouraged” to leave high school early to learn a trade? Would you think the government was intruding on your territory as a parent?

    Under regulations the Obama Department of Education released this month, these scenarios could become reality. The department has taken a giant step toward creating a de facto national student database that will track students by their personal information from preschool through career. Although current federal law prohibits this, the department decided to ignore Congress and, in effect, rewrite the law. Student privacy and parental authority will suffer.”

  16. quote of the year, Two Thousand and Eleven, in the Year of Our Lord, on the Eleventh Day of September.

    in solemnity,

    all that just for a flag? uh huhn, said her goon, sheepishly.

  17. Time Magazine failed our Troops, the Navy Seals who went down for us. where’s their cover 2011?

    a crying shame. yet, another peek through the keyhole.

    Never forget. and Fort Hood, too. See.

  18. So much for the wonders of the Arab Spring. Egypt raids a bunch of NGOs and Barry’s peeps are outraged: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-egypt-ngo-raids-20111230,0,420905.story

    Apparently one man’s “non-governmental organization” that exists only to promote “democracy” is another man’s agency of insurrection and government subversion. It all depends upon your point of view, huh? It will be interesting to see what the Egyptians find and report.

    Did you read about the latest fiasco concerning Yemen? Seems that our military was duped by the Yemenis into being proxy assassins for Saleh. They called in a strike by our forces on a “terrorist” meeting somewhere in Yemen. Turns out, they had sent a rival politician there to negotiate with the terrorists. Knowing he was there, they called in the air strike. One less political rival to deal with! It’s said that John Brennan was fuming. Now, maybe this was reported earlier, but I don’t remember it. Wall Street Journal called it a major embarrassment for Obama’s foreign policy, which is why nobody reported it! (I said that; they didn’t.) I’d link the story but it’s locked for subscribers. Here’s another http://news.yahoo.com/saleh-prepares-u-visit-officials-played-them-160259049.html

  19. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/dec/30/romney-braves-rain-mocks-obama-hawaii-vacation/

    Romney did something good. Criticized Barry’s latest Hawaiian vacation:
    “”We’re out in the cold and the rain and the wind because we care about America. He just finished his 90th round of golf,” Mr. Romney told the crowd of hundreds that came despite the temperature which, with the windchill factored in, felt like 24 degrees.

    Even as the rest of the Republican presidential field takes aim at each other, Mr. Romney, a former one-term governor of Massachusetts, has been mostly focused on the president — and he on Mr. Romney.

    Several protesters tried to interrupt the rally by chanting “Why are you hiding your tax forms?” The Democratic National Committee has been demanding Mr. Romney release those forms — something not required by law, but which many presidential candidates do end up doing. All candidates are required to file financial disclosures, which give voters a general sense of a candidate’s wealth.”

    Hmm. It’s not “required” for candidates to release birth certificates or college transcripts, either, but many do. If only the DNC cared as much about giving “voters a general sense of a candidate’s” ELIGIBILITY for the job. What a bunch of hypocrites. They “demand” Romney’s tax forms but hide EVERYTHING about Barry. How long was it, btw, until he released his “tax forms”?

    • I heard that Obama has played 90 days of golf – 1 month each year was spent on the golf course! Then Mitt says it and so did Rush. Obama has been such a hardworking sap. That doesn’t count his other vacation days.

      The OWS groups are targeting all Republican rallies nationwide …just another name for the rehired ACORN’s. Change of name, same agenda, same tactics. Disruption is their intent. No peaceable rallies allowed. Professional protesters for their government wages. (yes, we funded Acorn’s newly branded organizations once again!) Do they have new shirts yet? They are such a minority and the only thing they have going is to open their mouths and cause havoc.

      Rush said on Greta’s last night that Obama is targeting the disenfranchised, the poor, and the minorities. They are totally disregarding in their campaign the white middle class that are considered a lost cause. That is why there will be more class divisiveness and warfare talk as well as promoting illegals coming from the Left and Obama. (Some author on Huff Po wrote about it and supposedly was writing for the regime.)

      The Marxist democRats are the only one that will help the entitlement class stay exactly where they are and keep them in the entitlement mindset. They are the Gimme’s party that gives nothing back to society.

      • And yet, he’s planning to style himself as the candidate for the middle class. Such irony. Alinsky tactics. Laughing in everyone’s face.

  20. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/dec/29/little-time-to-save-america/

    An article by Michele Bachmann, which shows why she was at the top of my list when I took that preferred candidate quiz last week. Right on, Michele. But nobody is listening. Or are they?

    • She even says “Socialism.” Now if she would talk NBC!

      I will have an ambitious agenda in the first 100 days that will send a signal to our country’s job creators and to the world that the days of socialist policies are over, that our free market is once again open for business and that we will once again lead the world as the true exceptional nation.

      My first act as president will be to repeal Obamacare and Dodd-Frank. No two pieces of legislation represent socialism and big government more than those, and both have greatly hindered the creation of jobs and capital necessary for economic recovery.

    • It looks like Michelle and Santorum are the only two that speak of our constitution also Miri.

  21. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/appeals-court-oks-law-giving-telecom-companies-immunity-for-governments-surveillance-program/2011/12/30/gIQAbJt0PP_story.html?wprss=rss_national

    Another 9th circuit ruling to be overturned, I hope. What’s interesting is that the ACLU and Soros-connected Electronic Frontier Foundation are plaintiffs. And Barry is defending the warrantless wire taps. Well, of course he is. When he’s the one collecting the data. So easy to abuse. Ain’t it wonderful?

  22. The Obama Regime stands ready to help ….all illegals! Wonder what this costs us? How many illegals are going to be calling the US government for help? Have those 50 agents been placed in AZ yet? Perhaps they are manning the hotlines!

    ICE launches hotline for busted immigrants
    12/29/11 2:05 PM EST

    As states across the nation ramp up their efforts to catch illegal immigrants, the Obama administration on Thursday launched a new free hotline for people busted on violations to get help.

    The hotline, run by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, is available 24/7 for detained individuals to phone if they think they “may be U.S. citizens or victims of a crime.”
    ~
    The new practices are “part of a broader effort to improve our immigration enforcement process and prioritize resources to focus on threats to public safety, repeat immigration law violators, recent border entrants and immigration fugitives while continuing to strengthen oversight of the nation’s immigration detention system and facilitate legal immigration,” ICE wrote in its press release.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1211/70943.html

    • Your tax dollars at work. Ensuring that illegal aliens can continue to flout our laws.

      Did you read that 59% of “hispanics” polled were against Barry’s strict (what a joke!) deportation regime for illegals? 27% supported it. So I guess the rest were undecided. It’s interesting that so many “hispanics” were NOT against deportation. This proves that they don’t all think in lockstep and that many of them care as much about the law as the rest of us do.

      Here’s the thing: How many hispanics, upon being asked, would ADMIT that they support deportation of illegal aliens? A lot of peer pressure there. I can envision many of them saying they oppose deportation when they secretly are for it. How would they vote? Nobody knows unless they’re in the booth with them.

      This is spun as bad news for Barry because so many hispanics are against his policy. It’s probably designed to pressure him in an election year, with the hope that he will water down the effort even more. Who even believes they deport people in the first place?

      btw, the poll didn’t specify if the hispanics asked were legal themselves.

  23. The Center for American Progress’ Jihad Against the Free World
    Dec. 30, 2011

    The colors of the American flag are red, white and blue, but the colors of the Center for American Progress are red, white and green. Red for the left and green for Islam.

    The Center for American Progress is not just any organization. Headed up by John Podesta​, a co-chairman of Obama’s transition team and backed by a 38 million dollar annual budget, it is George Soros’ most ambitious attempt to turn his Shadow Party into a shadow government. CAP is the organization with the single greatest influence on the Obama White House and its foreign and domestic policy.

    CAP is more than just another think tank; it’s a lever for shifting the Democratic Party further to the left, bought and paid for by George Soros​ and a roster of secret donors whose names are not made public by the secretive and powerful organization. Those who buy influence with it also get anonymity as part of the package.

    But the Center is more than a rogue billionaire’s brand of progressivism turned into talking-point group think by Washington insiders. It is a link between the American left and the Muslim right, articulating the Islamist agenda as a vehicle for the foreign policy of the post-American left. It’s where Ali Gharib can run pieces whitewashing the Muslim Brotherhood​ while Zaid Jiliani attempts to justify the ambassador to Belgium’s comments denying the existence of Muslim anti-Semitism.
    Cont.
    http://frontpagemag.com/2011/12/30/the-center-for-american-progress%E2%80%99-jihad-against-the-free-world/

  24. 2011 in Review: Who’s Been Naughty, Who’s Been Nice?
    Mike Kelsey – Heritage Org.
    December 30, 2011

    Americans are blessed to have inherited a constitutional republic. If we are to keep it, we must vigilantly preserve the Constitution upon which it stands. As 2011 draws to a close, we made a list (and checked it twice!) of the year’s most important constitutional trends.

    Nice: Congress begins to rediscover its (atrophied) constitutional muscles

    Congress kicked off the year with unprecedented reverence for the Constitution. Congress began the session with a ceremonial reading of the Constitution on the house floor, and then adopted a new rule that requires any proposed bill to cite its constitutional authority. While admirable, these measures have thus far failed to achieve their intended result. The potential solemnity of the reading ceremony was tainted by petty disputes and goofy mistakes (an entire section was skipped) and the citation rule has become little more than an exercise in box checking. Congress still has a long way to go, but its newfound constitutional courage marks a welcome change from Pelosi’s “are you serious?” approach to the Constitution.

    cont.
    http://blog.heritage.org/2011/12/30/2011-in-review-whos-been-naughty-whos-been-nice/

  25. Alms, alms, Alms for the poor? Pure audacity! Are ya fired up yet?
    Oh, go snorkel it MO!

    On a $4M Vacation, Michelle Seeks $3 From Backers
    December 30, 2011 snips

    Speaking from her paradisical $4 million Hawaii vacation, Mrs. Obama wants to know: Do any of President Obama’s supporters have $3 to spare for his reelection? This is approximately like coming upon Warren Buffett on a street corner with a McDonald’s cup asking if he can have 15 cents. Michelle’s request was part of an email sent to the Obama 2012 list today. Over the next 11 months we’ve got an organization to grow, voters to register, and people to get fired up

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2011/12/30/4m-vacation-michelle-seeks-3-backers/

    • Keep your $5.00 donation (supporters of the Marxist in chief) and go buy a big mac.The mobster is only trying to make you little donors feel good about your damn selves for your help in supporting his destruction of this county.

      Obama Backers Tied to Lobbies Raise Millions

      By ERIC LICHTBLAU
      Published: October 27, 2011

      WASHINGTON — Despite a pledge not to take money from lobbyists, President Obama has relied on prominent supporters who are active in the lobbying industry to raise millions of dollars for his re-election bid.

      At least 15 of Mr. Obama’s “bundlers” — supporters who contribute their own money to his campaign and solicit it from others — are involved in
      lobbying for Washington consulting shops or private companies. They have raised more than $5 million so far for the campaign.

      Because the bundlers are not registered as lobbyists with the Senate, the Obama campaign has managed to avoid running afoul of its self-imposed ban on taking money from lobbyists.

      But registered or not, the bundlers are in many ways indistinguishable from people who fit the technical definition of a lobbyist. They glide easily through the corridors of power in Washington, with a number of them hosting Mr. Obama at fund-raisers while also visiting the White House on policy matters and official business.

      As both a candidate and as president, Mr. Obama has vowed to curb what he calls the corrupting influence of lobbyists, barring them not only from contributing to his campaign but also from holding jobs in his administration. While lobbyists grouse about the rules, ethics watchdogs credit the changes with raising ethical standards in Washington.

      But the prevalence of major Obama fund-raisers who also work in the lobbying arena threatens to undercut the president’s ethics push, raising questions about whether the campaign’s policies square with its on-the-ground practices, some of those same watchdogs say.

      “It’s a legitimate concern,” said Craig Holman, a registered lobbyist for Public Citizen, a nonpartisan ethics group in Washington. “The campaign has to draw the line somewhere, but the reality is that the president is still relying on wealthy special interests and embracing those people in his campaign.”

      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/28/us/politics/obama-bundlers-have-ties-to-lobbying.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

      • biggovernment.com

        12/29/2011

        Snip ~

        As for Mr. Obama’s popularity with Wall Street donors, contrary to his Occupy Wall Street rhetoric, the president has received more campaign contributions from Wall Street than all Republican candidates combined.

        MSNBC host Joe Scarborough says Team Obama’s rhetoric versus their fundraising reality is nothing less than audacious.

        Obama seems capable of effortlessly floating between demonizing Wall Street gambling one day and profiting from it the next. The audacity is breathtaking.

        The president has raised more money from Wall Street through the Democratic National Committee and his campaign account than any politician in American history. This year alone, he has raked in more cash from bank employees, hedge fund managers and financial services companies than all Republican candidates combined.

        Even poor Mitt Romney was outraised by the Obama money machine at his former employer, Bain Capital, by a margin of 2 to 1.

        It is a campaign operation whose wheels are greased by Wall Street bundlers like MF Global former chief, Jon Corzine.

        http://biggovernment.com/whall/2011/12/29/obama-fundraising-video-billion-dollar-campaign-bullsht-we-fund-this-campaign-in-contributions-of-3-or-5/

      • there’s a sucker born every minute. true story.

        these sheeples are going to be shorn. just like it says in Karl Marx’ Manifesto.

        Clank.
        that was the gate slamming shut. sucker. literally and figuratively

        oink. welcome to your nightmare.

      • You mean he’s relying on the 1%? Shame on him.

  26. The Left is going crazy with the big news of the day. Matt, Mitt’s son, jokingly said that his dad would release his tax returns when Obama released his birth certificate! “As soon as President Obama releases his grades, and birth certificate, and sort of a long list of things, then maybe he will.’” [So I guess they are well aware of the ineligibility of Obama and lack of documents!]

    With that the Left is off to the races with their birther, conspiracy theories mantras! All in unison too…imagine that! I got 12 alerts to the news within minutes! Forward ….charge! Pounce!

    They call it a major gaffe..huh? it was a joke! A few headlines: He makes a really awful birther joke, he strays from the playbook, Romney son makes major gaffe!

    To bad, now Matt is apologizing for a dumb joke. Why apologize? Let it hang in there! I’d like to think it was intentional and not a gaffe..but we know what still makes headlines for the Left! The good side is, no matter how they’ve tried through ridicule… the issue is still alive and kickin’! Wait until Sheriff Joe’s news!

    Meanwhile Huntsman defends Obama and says he was born in the USA! (per Huff po!) Well, Newt had said it too previously. Do they have a clue or one or two? The Left loves Huntsman…well IMHO, he is running for the wrong party for sure.

    • Heads up all Extremists! Don’t be last in line..get your authentic Obama mug printed with his forged BC today! At least we know where the mugs were made! Going, going,…..

      Obama Re-Elect Team Jumps on Romney Son’s Birther Crack
      Dec. 29 Snips

      But the Obama team quickly seized on the remark, with campaign manager Jim Messina blasting an email to supporters accusing the Romney campaign of “pandering” to “extremists.”

      “This is how the Romney campaign thinks it’s going to win the Republican primary: by pandering to the dead-ender fringe of extremists who still question where the president was born,” Messina wrote. Asking for a donation, he added, “We can’t make them rewrite their talking points. But we can drive up the cost of this kind of politics.” Messina added that the campaign sells “Made in the USA” mugs printed with the president’s birth certificate “in case anyone else says they’ve never seen it.”

      The campaign followed up the message with two tweets on Obama’s official Twitter account: One asking why Romney won’t release his tax returns, and another promoting the mugs again: “Mitt Romney’s son thinks President Obama should release his birth certificate. Guess he doesn’t have one of our mugs?”

      http://www.theblaze.com/stories/obama-re-elect-team-jumps-on-romney-sons-birther-crack/

      • Who is really doing the pandering? I wonder how many of those mugs they still have in stock. Were they a big seller for the year? Were they flying out of the obot’s basements?

    • I heard that in two stages on the news last night. First they reported what Mitt’s son said. I literally shouted, “Hooray!” Was laughing out loud. Then the next sentence was that he apologized. Talk about a come down. WTF did he apologize? These people are constantly shooting themselves in the foot. Are they THAT afraid of the media? IF SO, then they’re not the candidates for We the People, who LONG FOR a straight talker. Like Trump. As Bridgette said (didn’t she?): Why did Trump’s poll numbers skyrocket WHEN HE ASKED FOR THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE? People KNOW. We’re NOT stupid. If these RINOs don’t wise up, we’re doomed. Huntsman is a DemocRAT plant, imho. They don’t have a clue because NOBODY DOES HAVE A CLUE. NOBODY CAN POSSIBLY KNOW WHERE HE WAS BORN. THERE’S NO EVIDENCE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER.

  27. You gotta love being born on August 4th, 1961
    your immaculate conception was probably the night Kennedy was elected or something. The Nativity. Its a beautiful thing. ho hum.

    the pictures bug me. where is that person? punhou’s missing link? it surely is not the person behind the podium reading shiftly from telOprompter screen to telOprompter screen. Who is this guy? jeeeebz

    let us pray, for the integrity pouring forth in thy barky that he will submit to releasing his records. and will the real person in those plastic photos from yesteryear, please. stand up. and
    For Martha, a disciple. and documentary diva. have at it.

  28. wuz the smooth debonair barky toking under his lid the same barky that’s hanging out with sarah haulng a sack? mmmnoooo

  29. this is the kid from Punahou?

    • this is short…..but should make the point. It’s Malcolm x.

      • Well, those uh uh uh’s and ut’s are familiar. He was a great orator? Not impressed.

      • Those are some scary teeth. That much looks familiar. Also the middle finger gestures. I do think Barry imitates him. He imitates EVERYONE who he thinks will “ring a bell” and psychologically, subliminally bring him “cred”. So he mimics MLK and JFK. He has his peeps research past presidents like FDR and Teddy Roosevelt, then he recapitulates their “phylogeny,” hoping for similar results in the trajectory of HIS political career.

        Pretty gross how Mx picks his nose. 🙂

  30. Bridgette, This is not intended to show his abilities , it was to make a quick point…oh well….what can I say??

    • Did you think that something went over my head Alfy? I got his points and didn’t feel the need to express my disdain about his convoluted way of thinking.

    • Quick point ? with that finger ? uh, um, ah I don’t know….? ya think ?
      um, ah, uh….thinking here. What an act.

    • Oh, we couldn’t have seen THAT ONE coming! How predictable these people are. Call out all the usual suspects. Victimhood! For free! All aboard!

  31. (I’m placing this on an older open thread link because it is so long)
    “You should have stopped me at the dinner roll”.
    h/t mojitojoe @ FreeRepublic.com

    Once upon a time, I was invited to the White House for a private dinner with the President. I am a respected businessman, with a factory that produces memory chips for computers and portable electronics. There was some talk that my industry was being scrutinized by the administration, but I paid it no mind. I live in a free country. There’s nothing that the government can do to me if I’ve broken no laws. My wealth was earned honestly, and an invitation to dinner with an American President is an honor. I checked my coat, was greeted by the Chief of Staff, and joined the President in a yellow dining room.

    We sat across from each other at a table draped in white linen. The Great Seal was embossed on the china. Uniformed staff served our dinner. The meal was served, and I was startled when my waiter suddenly reached out, plucked a dinner roll off my plate, and began nibbling it as he walked back to the kitchen. “Sorry about that,” said the President. “Andrew is very hungry.” “I don’t appreciate…” I began, but as I looked into the calm brown eyes across from me, I felt immediately guilty and petty. It was just a dinner roll. “Of course,” I concluded, and reached for my glass. Before I could, however, another waiter reached forward, took the glass away and swallowed the wine in a single gulp. “And his brother Eric is very thirsty.” said the President.

    The President is testing my compassion, I thought. I will play along. I don’t want to seem unkind. My plate was whisked away before I had tasted a bite. “Eric’s children are also quite hungry.” With a lurch, I crashed to the floor. My chair had been pulled out from under me. I stood, brushing myself off angrily, and watched as it was carried from the room. “And their grandmother can’t stand for long.” I excused myself, smiling outwardly, but inside feeling like a fool. Obviously I had been invited to the White House to be sport for some game.

    I reached for my coat, to find that it had been taken. I turned back to the President.”Their grandfather doesn’t like the cold.” I wanted to shout- that was my coat! But again, I looked at the placid smiling face of my host and decided I was being a poor sport. I spread my hands helplessly and chuckled. Then I felt my hip pocket and realized my wallet was gone. I excused myself and walked to a phone on an elegant side table. I learned shortly that my credit cards had been maxed out, my bank accounts emptied, my retirement and equity portfolios had vanished, and my wife had been thrown out of our home. Apparently, the waiters and their families were moving in.

    The President hadn’t moved or spoken as I learned all this, but finally I lowered the phone into its cradle and turned to face him. “Andrew’s whole family has made bad financial decisions. They haven’t planned for retirement, and they need a house. They recently defaulted on a subprime mortgage. I told them they could have your home. They need it more than you do.” My hands were shaking. I felt faint. I stumbled back to the table and knelt on the floor.

    The President cheerfully cut his meat, ate his steak and drank his wine. I lowered my eyes and stared at the small grey circles on the tablecloth that were water drops.”By the way,” He added, “I have just signed an Executive Order nationalizing your factories. I’m firing you as head of your business. I’ll be operating the firm now for the benefit of all mankind. There’s a whole bunch of Erics and Andrews out there and they can’t come to you for jobs groveling like beggars.” I looked up. The President dropped his spoon into the empty ramekin which had been his creme brulee. He drained the last drops of his wine. As the table was cleared, he lit a cigarette and leaned back in his chair. He stared at me. I clung to the edge of the table as if were a ledge and I were a man hanging over an abyss.

    I thought of the years behind me, of the life I had lived. The life I had earned with a lifetime of work, risk and struggle. Why was I punished? How had I allowed it to be taken? What game had I played and lost? I looked across the table and noticed with some surprise that there was no game board between us. What had I done wrong? As if answering the unspoken thought, the President suddenly cocked his head, locked his empty eyes to mine, and bared a million teeth, chuckling wryly as he folded his hands he said: “You should have stopped me at the dinner roll”.

    • Yeah. They should have.

      http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-05/obama-chooses-politics-over-principle-in-naming-consumer-bureau-head-view.html That’s a particularly good analysis of his outrageous power grab. Now we learn if the Congress and the Courts will stop him. Or if we are on a fast track to Venezuela.

      • excuse me ,but is Obama about to kill over or fall out of his seat right hear. Where in the world did this photo come from? Hawaii vacation must have rough.Or maybe he’s trying to pass one indiscriminately. Weird photo

        • It was on Drudge yesterday. It came from the presser where he announced his illegal recess appointment. He does look ILL. That vacation didn’t do him any good. Maybe the sun bleached his hair?

        • Excuse me, but was looking for something and came back by this . Is that the ZOMBIE OBAMBI there? This photo is so weird. Yeah Miri, I thought the Hawaiaan sun may have put a bit of light in his hair, but did it make him this stiff and lifeless. Did they prop him up in this picture. I bet they store the real Obama in an ice box somewhere, like the White House kitchen and just bring him out when his twin is not availabe.WHAT is he thinking here? I know this is out of order with our posts but this is so weird or is it telling? Like maybe he’s had it with this office.He’s so cold here I expect his lips to be more purple than usual, and an icecicle for his widows peak.

          • It’s very bizarre. That right eye is half closed. His hair resembles the tonsure of a monk, the way it just does that circle around his head. Looks almost like a receding hairline. He forgot to take his Grecian Formula to Hawaii or else he’s trying the “elder statesman” look again.

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