I find that many young-ish people in their 20's are unfamiliar with what the term "redistribution of wealth" means. They don't know that those words are a basic concept of Marxist ideology, and that "redistribution of wealth" is exactly what socialist and communist governments attempted to do in the 20th century. These rigid, totalitarian societies failed to provide functioning economies, they lacked basic freedoms, they killed more people (more than 60 million) than all the wars of the 20th century put together. Kids these days don't seem to know much about that. But "spread the wealth" and "redistribution of wealth" are red flags for older folks, who know what Senator Obama is talking about here:
"To redistribute wealth, you first have to confiscate it from those who
earned it with hard work, and the way to do that is with confiscatory
taxes. Then you give it to those who didn't earn it."
"The tape recording of an interview that Barack Obama
gave to Radio Station WBEZ in Chicago in 2001 surfaced, and in that
interview Mr. Obama, then a law professor and a state senator, lays out
how he would redistribute the wealth. He sounds like a man with a plan."
"....Mr. Obama doesn't think much of the Constitution, or even of the
Supreme Court justices who have rewritten it over the years to
accommodate notions of 'social justice.' The Warren Court, which wrote
finis to public-school segregation with its unanimous Brown v. Board of
Education decision in 1954, has been decried since as radical, but it
wasn't radical enough. Earl Warren only pretended to be a soldier of
" 'One of the 'tragedies of the civil-rights movement,' Mr. Obama says,
is that the Supreme Court did not address redistribution of wealth,
probably because of the inherent difficulty of achieving such goals
through the courts. The Supreme Court did not break from the restraints
of the Constitution and 'we still suffer from that.' Mr. Obama is not
'optimistic' that the Supreme Court can achieve redistribution of
wealth - of taking from the workers to give to the deadbeats - but he
obviously thinks he knows how to do it. A president with a compliant
Congress, which he expects to be in January, can do it through
legislation and 'administration.'"
"The Barack Obama of this interview clearly does not think much of
what the Founding Fathers bequeathed to us: 'The Constitution reflected
the enormous blind spot in this culture that carries on to this day.
The framers had that same blind spot ... the fundamental flaw of this
country. ' "
Obama does not deserve to be president of our country.
"There's nothing ambiguous about Mr. Obama's radical views, as revealed
in this interview. He clearly thinks the Constitution was a 'tragedy,'
that the men who wrote it were not the revolutionary heroes plain
Americans regard them to be, and their work must be corrected by the
surviving radicals of the '60s and their progeny. Anyone who listens to
this interview, available on YouTube.com, understands why Michelle
Obama was never proud of her country until she thought the opportunity
was at hand to destroy the country to save it, and why Barack Obama
could spend 20 years comfortably listening to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright
exhort God to damn America."
Please vote for people who love this country and will make it stronger and better, John McCain and Sarah Palin.
I firmly believe this is true. McCain is far more representative of who Americans are, what we believe and value. From the first time I heard Mr. Obama, he struck me as a person of considerable style but precious little substance. And the more I know of him, especially his many anti-American, socialist/Marxist associates, the more frightening a figure I find him to be. As Thomas Sowell wrote, Obama is a phony and he is dangerous.
We all know McCain's many faults and shortcomings. He's a known quantity with a considerable record, and we know what we're getting. WYSIWYG. Obama, on the other hand, has left few tracks. He has virtually no accomplishments to point to. In his scant two years as a senator, he's mostly voted "present" rather than "yes" or "no." What kind of record is that? An intentionally vague one. He hasn't done anything except promote himself. A man is known by the company he keeps, and Mr. Obama has way too many sketchy, radical friends (Jeremiah Wright, Fr. Michael Pfleger, Rashid Kalidi, Bill Ayers, Antoin Rezko, etc.). More from Thomas Sowell:
"Of the four people running for President and Vice President on the
Republican and Democratic tickets, the one we know the least about is
the one leading in the polls-- Barack Obama."
"...Obama could have allied himself with all sorts of other people. But,
time and again, he allied himself with people who openly expressed
their hatred of America."
Despite Mr. Obama's record-breaking spending and despite the many polls showing that an Obama win is all but inevitable, I think that Mr. McCain will in fact be elected president. There's a big poker bluff going on right now in the Obama camp. Americans know authenticity, which McCain has in spades and which Obama is utterly lacking. Despite Obama's fervently religious followers, there are more people who can see through the B.S. Two recent polls reveal the heartening trend:
I thought John McCain did pretty good at tonight's debate. He landed quite a few punches, and it looked like he got under Obama's skin a couple of times. McCain appeared to be having more fun tonight than at the previous deadly boring debates.
Also for what it's worth, my husband - a staunch Democrat who hails from the Midwest - announced last week that he had made up his mind on who he would vote for president. It was driving me crazy that he took so long (how could anyone in good conscience vote for a Socialist/Communist to be president of the United States of America?!?). In the end, Husband said there were three reasons he didn't like Obama and would vote for McCain:
Obama hasn't done anything in his short career in the Senate, he's too green to be president;
Obama is vague and talks in meaningless platitudes; and
Husband doesn't believe that Obama is telling the truth, he finds Obama to be inauthentic.
I'm hoping that this is indicative of what many Americans (including lots of Democrats) really think too. My husband's decision reminded me of a quote I read somewhere today:
“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.”
I hope tonight's debate brings more people back to their senses.
"Picking up from a thought by Mark Steyn,
why do Iraq and Afghanistan have better protections against voter fraud
and multiple voting than the United States? Why does the simple,
visible, tough-to-evade purple finger ink get put into effect in new
democracies in those countries, but we can't get something so simple
and effective on the books here in this democracy?"
"What would it take to get 'purple finge'" rules here in the United States?"
"There is a fashion these days for apologies: not apologies for the
things that one has actually done oneself (that kind of apology is as
difficult to make and as unfashionable as ever), but for public
apologies by politicians for the crimes and misdemeanours of their
ancestors, or at least of their predecessors. I think it is reasonable
to call this pattern of political breast-beating the False Apology
"....Let us examine briefly the apology for the Crusades as an example of
the whole genre. It is not exactly a new discovery that the Crusaders
often, perhaps usually or even always, behaved very badly. It is not in
the nature of invading armies to behave well, even when discipline is
strong, morale is high, and control of the foot soldiers is firm; it is
no secret that these conditions did not exist during the Crusades, to
put it rather mildly."
"They were, however, rather a long time ago. The Crusades were an
attempt to recover for Christendom what had been lost by force, with
all the accompanying massacre, pillage, and oppression that the use of
force in those days implied. No one, I think, expects an apology from
present-day Arabs for the imperialism of their ancestors, either as a
matter of moral duty or political likelihood. We are all born into the
world as we find it, after all; we are not responsible for what went
And should companies and universities be apologizing for the slave trade? Are Black Americans justified in seeking reparations for slavery?
"...The demand for an apology supposes that there is a clearly definable
person, or group of persons, who can be held responsible for the trade,
or at the very least to have been the beneficiaries of it. In other
words, the world can be neatly divided into historical oppressed and
oppressor, victim and perpetrator."
"Most historical situations and their consequences are more complex and
ambiguous than this simple schema would suggest, and the slave trade is
no exception. For medical reasons having to do with relative immunity
to malaria, if for no others, the supply of slaves depended crucially
on the co-operation of African suppliers who captured slaves for sale.
No apology from their descendents is required. The trade was abolished
almost entirely through the efforts of white abolitionists. However
discontented with their lot present-day American descendents of slaves
may be, they are much better off than they would have been had their
ancestors not been brought to America. Are they morally obliged, then,
to offer up thanks to the slave traders who brought their ancestors to
"Thus the demand for an apology for the Atlantic slave trade is a demand
that people with no personal responsibility for it apologize to people
who have suffered no personal wrong from it. From the point of view of
morality, this is a very strange demand."
I wonder what acceptable things our society is doing now that, in another 40 years or so, we'll look back on in disbelief and disgust.
"...It’s a livestream of an event in Rome, sponsored
by the Pope, in which they’re reading the entire Bible out loud. Kudos
to the Vatican for doing this; it’s part of the kickoff for a Synod of
Bishops focusing on the role of the Bible in the Church."
"If you're in Rome and wondering why there are suddenly huge crowds at Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, it's because there's a one week nonstop reading of the Bible interspersed with religious music, according to the Canadian Press. Yesterday the Pope started the reading from the Vatican. Readers who continued at Santa Croce included Roberto Benigni, known for his movie Life is Beautiful. Other Italian celebrities will participate for a
total of about 1200 readers that includes Catholics and people of other
faiths. Their plan is to read all 73 books of the Catholic Bible."
Pope Benedict keeps doing wonderful things.
“The word of God will enter the homes and accompany the lives of
families and individual people,” Benedict said of the program after his
traditional blessing Sunday. “If welcomed, this seed will not fail to
bring abundant fruits.”
"Mr. Good Will - who lists his employer as
'Loving' and his profession as 'You' - has contributed 1,000 times to
the Barack Obama campaign. All the contributions have been in amounts of $25 or less. But they add
up to $17,375 - far more than the legal limit of $4,600. ....Mr. Doodad Pro made 786 contributions for a total
of $19,500. Like Mr. Good Will, Mr. Pro lists his employer as 'Loving'
and his profession as'"You.' Mr. Pro said he is from Nunda, N.Y.
Directory assistance found no listing for him either."
"Tonight’s Pakistan Airlines flight from John F. Kennedy Airport in New
York City to Islamabad will bring an end to a case that has lasted
almost two years, first in immigration court and then with a criminal
case for the same visa fraud charges."
A handful of local papers covered the story, let's start with the Boston Globe:
"....today, under an agreement with federal immigration authorities, the
50-year-old former imam of the 1,500-member Islamic Center of New
England promised to leave the country Friday night and return to his
native Pakistan to avoid being arrested and held in jail for months
until he is deported."
"... 'This is a very disturbing case to our office,'' he (Masood's attorney Zalkind) told Judge
Douglas P. Woodlock as Masood sat silently next to Zalkind during a
brief sentencing hearing. 'His family has been living in the country
for 20 years. He is totally petrified of going back to Pakistan.' ...''I don't know what you want me to do,'' the judge said. 'The defendant was convicted of a crime.' ''
Thanks for reminder, Judge. US Attorney Michael J. Sullivan echoes that, saying that "this individual lied to immigration
officials a number of times over a number of years."
"...the former spiritual leader of the Islamic Center of New England’s
Sharon mosque said he’s worried about returning to Pakistan at a time
when violence there is escalating and political tensions are high."
"Imam Masood was detained by federal immigration agents for visa
violations in November 2006. The government arrested him on criminal
visa fraud charges in August 2007, and has since pursued immigration
and criminal cases for the same violations."
"The imam pleaded guilty to five fraud charges in February, setting the stage for his deportation."
The Patriot Ledger page has lots of excellent links about this story. Lambert has followed this case far more than any other reporter, and he's covered lots of angles. Kudos to Lambert and the Patriot Ledger for their coverage.
Scroll down here for my previous postings on Masood and his brother-in-law Abdul Hannan, who were both arrested in November 2006. Kudos to our Immigration and Customs Enforcement folks and our US Attorneys.
"Imam Muhammad Masood, brother of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, founder of the
banned Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, was ordered deported by a Boston,
Massachusetts court on Thursday on an immigration violation charge."
an agreement with federal immigration authorities, the former imam of
the 1,500-member Islamic Centre of New England agreed to voluntarily
leave the United States on Friday night and return to Pakistan rather
than be deported by the authorities which would have taken months, a
period he would have spent in jail."
Good gracious, this case has gone on for a long time. But it does appear that former Sharon, MA imam Muhammed Masood is finally being sentenced today, with a trip back to Pakistan on Friday. It's been almost two years since his arrest back in November 2006.
On September 23, a "Joint Status Report" was filed in the federal court, but it's a sealed document. The September 26th sentencing hearing was postponed and rescheduled (again!) for today, October 2. The hearing will be at 2 PM before Judge Douglas P. Woodcock in Courtroom 1.
The former imam was at the mike last weekend at the Friday noon and evening prayers at the Islamic Center of New England in Sharon. It's been a very long goodbye for Masood. You can read my previous postings on this case here, including info on Masood's numerous relatives both in Massachusetts and Pakistan. Much of his immediate family is apparently staying here, so the saga will continue.
"The Pakistan government has granted permission to the chief of the
Pakistan-based terrorist group, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed,
to import a duty free bullet-proof Land Cruiser, worth Rs 25 million"
to the interior ministry sources in Islamabad, the LeT chief, who fears
a possible attempt on his life by his 'external enemies', had sought
the government permission to import a duty free bullet proof Land
Cruiser in view of the rising number of terrorist acts across Pakistan."
"The sources said that after some lengthy deliberations on the
issue, the government has decided to give him a go ahead to import a
fully armoured Land Cruiser for his use from Dubai. It was for the
first time that the leader of a banned jehadi group had made such a
request to the government and it is also for the first time that the
government has acceded to such a request."
Rising number of terrorist attacks? What a joke, Hafiz Saeed is behind many of them.Giving all the competing jihadi terrorist groups in Pakistan, Saeed is more at risk from them than from "external sources." From the NEFA Foundation:
"The NEFA Foundation has obtained and translated Arabic-language biographies of foreign fighters-particularly those from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait-which appear to document a shift in focus away from the jihad in Iraq and towards the growing conflict in Pakistan and Afghanistan."
Things could get crowded there in Pakistan for jihadis.
"That evening there will be a concert of sacred music performed by
Boston’s Seraphim Singers. The concert will trace the evolution of the
Magnificat, Mary’s canticle of praise and thanksgiving, with
reflections on its phrases and a slideshow of Christian art."
going to be a real experience of beauty, saturating all the senses,
drawing us into the prayer of Mary herself -- a fundamental prayer of
Christians and the inspiration for the very name of Magnificat the
publication' said Father Barron."
More concert details: "Boston’s Seraphim Singers, Musica Sacra, and the Orchestra of Emmanuel
Music will perform selections from Gregorian chant and sacred
polyphony, concluding with Bach’s Magnificat in D."
Wouldn't miss it for the world. This will be a memorable, inspirational event. They've got a jam-packed program of lectures, musical offerings, masses, a Eucharistic adoration chapel, confession, and more.
"The final event is the closing Mass (Sunday, Oct 12), held at 2 p.m., which is free and
open to all. Anyone who wishes to attend can arrive at the Convention
Center as early as 1:30 p.m."
Please attend and help bring back authentic, reverent Catholic worship!