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Gay Rape as a Means to Recruit Suicide Bombers

As I start this post, I’ve decided I’m going to do something a little differently.  Normally, when I have a hunch about how certain people to react to certain things, I check their web-sites first.

This time, I’m going to offer my hunch about how gay organizations are reacting at the outset and check their web-sites only after I have posted.  Their response to outrages against gays in the Islamic world are so predictable, that I’m certain that either this latest abusive use of gay sex escaped their attention or, if they had learned about it, decided not to comment on it because, well, it doesn’t fit their narrative.

Via Ace of Spades, a right-of-center blog, we learn that “Islamic terrorists are raping young men in order to drive them into suicide bombings.“  Because of  the “intense social stigma and fear of more gay sex attacks leaves Muslims prepared to die.”

Intense social stigma?  As that stigma increasingly fades in Western societies, shouldn’t gay organizations concern themselves with that stigma in other lands, particularly when it leads to the persecution and execution of people just because they’re gay.

Shouldn’t gay organizations want us to ramp up the war on terror to defeat those persecute gay people and use gay sex for nefarious purposes?

And it’s not just gay sex, these extremists have a problem with.  Michael Ledeen reports that one overzealous middle-aged female terrorist organized the rapes of young woman “so she could later convince them that martyrdom was the only way to escape the shame.

I wonder if NOW has anything to say about that?  Other left-of-center feminist organizations.

I am a gay blogger so I’m concerning myself with the reaction of the gay groups.  I predict silence.  Now that the post is up, I’ve got to search a few web-sites.  We’ll see if my hunch is correct.

HRC UPDATE:  All misty-eyed over the confirmation of Eric Holder, silent on gay rape as a terror tactic.

NGLTF UDPATE: Similarly silent.

NCLR UDPATE: More silence. This is getting to be a pattern.

Well, I guess this just goes to show that there’s really no need to check the web-sites of the national gay organizations because their responses to things are, well, just so predictable. They don’t want anything interfering with their narrative that the real evils in the world are Republicans in general and social conservatives in particular.

GOP Doing Its Job (Finally!)

Glenn Reynolds links two articles which I believe are closely related (albeit linked in separate posts).  In one, Newsweek columnist Michael Hirsh, with a decidedly liberal slant, claims that the president has lost control of the agenda in Washington:

The reason Obama is getting so few votes is that he is no longer setting the terms of the debate over how to save the economy. Instead the Republican Party—the one we thought lost the election—is doing that.

Hirsh claims that GOP has turned the debate over the “stimulus” into, what he terms, a “decidedly stale, Republican-style debate over pork, waste and overspending” at a time when additional government spending (in his view) is necessary to lift us out of recession.

This isn’t, however, a stale or “nitpicking” debate, but an essential debate about the purpose of government. When Republicans stand against excessive government spending, they speak for a majority of the American people.

Which brings me to the second of Glenn’s links: Support for Stimulus Package Falls to 37%. The more people learn about this bloated boondoggle, the less likely they are to support.

Kudos to Republican leaders, conservative pundits and bloggers and those mainstream journalists who have highlighted its excesses.

Does Obama’s Team Understand Marketplace Realities?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:32 pm - February 4, 2009.
Filed under: Economy,Entrepreneurs,Obama Watch

Even with the appointment of New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg to his cabinet, President Obama has few, if any, top advisers with any significant entrepreneurial experience.  They have little exposure to the vicissitudes of the marketplace and the risks necessary to build a business and so market innovative ideas and products, create jobs, thus furthering economic growth and promoting prosperity.

What goods or services have any of the president’s cabinet produced?  How have they dealt the difficulty of decreased demand?  How have they learned to adapt to trying economic times?

I keep thinking of the president’s cabinet when I consider my brothers who built their own home-building business in my home town.  I’ve seen the long hours they’ve had to work when they’d rather be with their families.  I’ve accompanied them on site and they deal with potential home-buyers and their own staff.

I’ve listened as they had to deal with supply problems and troublesome employees, even heard them face the problem of asking a friendly supplier for a lower price.  Obviously, just by paying attention to their work, I’m not qualified to act in their stead.  But, I have been impressed by their efforts, observing that their success is based largely on the choices they have made–and how they’ve followed through on those choices.

In the current economic downturn, I know that the most difficult choice they have had to make has been to lay off employees, many of whom worked hard building their business, some of whom they counted as friends.  But, unless they laid them off, they couldn’t make ends meet and keep the business afloat.

In private enterprise, when receipts are down, an employer often has to reduce his work force.  So, why is it that when “[c]ompanies are cutting jobs by the tens of thousands,” Uncle Sam is hiring?   The “federal work force is growing.

Maybe if Obama had more close advisers with entrepreneurial experience, he might understand the reality of the marketplace and the necessity of laying off employees as does a private employer.  Instead, with the president’s team experienced in government and academia, they seem more attuned to the realities of politics and the abstractions of ideas.

Does Barney Frank Want to Regulate Fannie & Freddie?

In the fall, when the scope of the financial meltdown was made manifest to the American people, various conservatives pundits, bloggers and even some mainstream journalists reminded us how reluctant leading Democrats had been of regulating Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored enterprises (GSE), at the heart of the mess?

While those Democrats, led by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, decried Republican deregulation as the cause of the meltdown, they ignored their own past efforts (successful, I might add) to block Republican legislation increasing the regulations on and providing additional oversight over the GSEs.

Today, Michelle Malkin asks a question related to the Democratic defense of those quasi-public enterprises, well, now I guess they’re fully public since the federal government took them over last fall.  She has “no problem with limiting the executive pay and bonuses of corporations that take billions in taxpayer-funded bailout money,” and asks:

Where are the limits on Fannie and Freddie corruptocrats’ executive pay? Have those been passed yet? Are they equal to the limits on private executives’ pay?

Why, I wonder, isn’t Barney as eager to regulate the pay of Fannie and Freddie executives?  Is it that he has a higher regard for government employees than he does for those in the private sector?  Or might there again be further conflicts of interest?

(H/t:  Reader Peter Hughes)

Treasury Secretary Geithner — RESIGN NOW

With Tom Daschle and Nancy Killefer withdrawing their nominations yesterday because they were too important of Americans to pay their taxes…. the time is NOW for Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to step down.

The rationale is that “only Geithner” can somehow stop the slide into the Second Great Depression, so he is too invaluable to lose over some pesky tax thing.  Really?  Well just about a year ago was when we first started hearing about how the 2nd Depression was looming and Hank Paulson seemed to handle the job quite well — even if you disagree with the policies and speed in which he acted.   Hey, how about Larry Summers?  He’d be fine, if you have to put up with a Democrat manipulating economic policy.

My point — NO ONE is indispensible.  That’s how the private sector operates — for good or bad.  Just what gives the folks in Washington the idea that they are above the law or above accountability?   Secretary Geithner is a cancer on the Obama Presidency.

Geithner’s tax crimes are worse than anything that any member of the Bush Administration did while in office, including Scooter Libby.  No, I’m not defending lying under oath.  But I am asking for some relative comparison here.  Geithner broke the law and has never answered for it.  And HE is our Treasury Secretary?

Disgusting.

I’m calling my US Senator and the White House today.  Geithner must go.  President Obama is a complete hypocrite if he allows Geithner to remain in office.

[Ed. Note — This rant was inspired by the excellent argument laid out yesterday by Larry Kudlow at The Corner; he being my “personal economic guru hero”… if there is such a title.]

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

UPDATE (from Dan): While I pretty much agree with Bruce, I should just say for the record that I don’t think Nancy Killefer should have stepped down due to her tax problem. As I wrote in my post on the revelation of her late tax deliquancy, she “resolved” it “before Obama tapped her.” Neither Daschle nor Geithner addressed their problems until after they had been tapped for positions in the president’s cabinet.

Obama Is Mortal After All; Approval Rating Crashing

Awwwwww, poor angry liberals.  Your Messiah is suffering from a dose of realism by the American public.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Approval Index for Tuesday shows that 37% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing as President. That’s the lowest total to Strongly Approve of Obama at any point while he has been President-elect or President. Twenty-two percent (22%) Strongly Disapprove to give Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of +15.

And this tidbit from Gallup:

Public satisfaction with the state of the nation remains in short supply just over a week after President Barack Obama was sworn in. Only 17% of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the country in Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Jan. 27-29; 80% are dissatisfied.

EIGHTY PERCENT.  The honeymoon is OVAH.  THAT didn’t take long!

Barack — we have a problem.  Obamaniacs, please fasten your seat belts; there are exits in the front and rear of this Administration and in every ethics loophole your President can find; brace yourself for impact.

American Liberals — Welcome To The Political World That You Created On December 12, 2000. 

Sleep in the bed you made, all of you.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Opposition to “Stimulus” Boosts GOP’s Fortunes

Last week, by all measures, was a good one for the GOP. The party united in opposition to the spendthrift “stimulus” and its national committee elected an intelligent and telegenic man as its chairman. We see thus a commitment to conservative principles and the elevation of a man who can communicate those principles to the American people.

Like Reagan in his era, it appears Michael Steele knows how to use contemporary media to communicate his message.

It’s not just leaders with good communication skills that our party has found wanting. GOP leaders have also failed to hold true to the principles which won them election, principles which, in the past, Americans counted on Republicans to defend.  Now, in coming out against the “stimulus,” Republicans once again are affirming the fiscal conservatism which supposedly defined the party.

When elected Republicans betrayed the trust of the rank and file, the rank and file stayed home or decided to give a chance to the new kid who promised to change the town whose ethos we (conservatives) never really liked.

Not just that, Obama sounded like a Republican.  Take a gander at this web-page, where the Administration promises to root out waste and unnecessary spending, things Republicans are supposed to be doing.  But, note that this page doesn’t provide the details of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (i.e., the “stimulus”).  Some transparency, huh?

It’s taken Republican leaders (as well as conservative bloggers and some enterprising reporters, not all conservatives) to expose this boondoggle for what it is.  John McCain may be leading the way, but he’s not alone.

Now, the polls show a Republican rebound, with the GOP closing “the gap on the generic Congressional preference poll to four points–down from seven points a week earlier.“  It seems that when Republican stand on principle, they rebound at the polls.  And let’s hope soon at the ballot box as well.