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The Main Reason Mitt Romney is Not the GOP Frontrunner

This represents Mitt Romney’s biggest problem in his effort to win the Republican nomination for President: people just are not sure they can trust him.

[H/T to HotAir]

Via Mark I at RedState: Romney in Seven Words

On Wednesday, after his loss in the New Hampshire primary, Gov. Mitt Romney returned to Boston to lick his wounds and conduct a telephone fundraiser before heading off to his next must win state of Michigan. ABC Radio microphones were there and they featured an audio quote from Romney in their top of the hour news broadcasts. Romney was encouraging his phone bank volunteers with a little pep talk when he unintentionally summed up his entire campaign; ironically hitting upon the reason why he has failed to gain any traction with conservatives despite spending the most money of any Republican. ABC News Radio was contacted by telephone and confirmed the following quote from their report.

Hit the phones today make all the promises you have to, and… make sure that we get the funds that we need to keep on propelling this campaign forward with power and energy.

“Make all the promises you have to.”

That’s Romney in a nutshell. Of all the Republicans running, he alone has sought to clarify, cover, and indeed change past positions in an attempt to curry favor with conservatives. In the process, Romney has developed a reputation not as a principled conservative, but as a politician who will say almost anything and take almost any position to win votes.

And that, in a nutshell, is why I am not supporting Mitt Romney. I just do not trust the man. He seems like a nice enough man, a good family man, a devoted religious man, but I just cannot trust him as a politician. I can trust Rudy Giuliani a lot more than him, even though I disagree on many of Rudy’s political positions. But at least I know where Rudy Giuliani stands on the issues. With Romney, I just don’t know what to believe. He has switched positions too many times in his political career and, in my opinion, comes across as a political opportunist.

It’s a shame too, because it sounds like he has some good ideas for the economy, based on his background as a successful businessman. However, I just don’t know what to believe with him. And I cannot vote for someone I do not trust.

January 12, 2008 , 11:41PM Posted by | 2008 Presidential Election, Conservatism, Mitt Romney | Comments Off on The Main Reason Mitt Romney is Not the GOP Frontrunner

The Creepy, Race-Obsessed Church of Barack Obama

Two great posts on this subject. First, from Burt Prelutsky at Pajamas Media: Obama’s Creepy Race Obsessed Church

[ … ] Why is it, I wonder, that nobody is asking Barack Obama about his religious convictions? From what I’ve gathered, they’re far more fascinating than Mitt Romney’s.

For over 20 years, Sen, Obama has been a faithful member of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ. The other day, I paid a visit to Trinity’s website. There I read that the vision statement of the TUCC is based upon something called the systematized liberation theology that began in 1969 with the publication of Dr. James Cone’s book, “Black Power and Black Theology.” Dr. Cone believes that black Christians should not follow the “White Church,” as it had failed to support them in their struggle for equal rights in America. I suspect that most white Christians would disagree.

Trinity United boasts that it is a congregation “Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian.” What’s more, “it is a congregation with a non-negotiable commitment to Africa. We are an African people, and remain true to our native land, the mother continent, the cradle of civilization.”

Its pastor, Reverend Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., has referred to “white arrogance” and “the United States of Whiter America.” To my ears, that sounds unashamedly black, but I’m not so sure about the unapologetically Christian.

Furthermore, Rev. Wright’s church publishes a magazine, The Trumpet. Not too surprisingly, all things considered, the recipient of the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Trumpeter Award for Social Justice was none other than Louis Farrakhan, the fellow who plays the race card even better than he plays his violin.

[ … ] I have no idea how a member of a black church that apparently feels it owes greater allegiance to Africa than to America and that pays homage to a bigot like Farrakhan, has the gall to present himself as the one candidate who can bring us all together.

But, of course, the media has no interest in any of this. They prefer to talk about Mitt Romney’s Mormonism and say that only Republicans are religion-obsessed. Uh huh.

Speaking of the race-baiting bigot Louis Farrakhan, whom Barack Obama apparently admires, Velvet Hammer at Ironic Surrealism II, has a great post exposing the backgrounds of the people with whom Barack Obama keeps company and considers his “mentors”: Is Obama a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?

[ … ] Barrack Obama’s Church Honors ‘Nation of Islam’s’ Farrakhan



As I previously reported Barack Obama’s church ‘Trinity United Church of Christembraces Louis Farrakhan head of the ‘Nation of Islam



Here is Trinity United Church of Christ’s video commemorating Farrakhan’s life..



[ … ] What a conundrum. A presidential candidate linked to a ‘black power’ church who places Louis Farrakhan of the radical ‘Nation of Islam’ up on a pedestal. They honor him and refer to him as ‘minister’??? WTH? Don’t they mean to say, Iman? Odd.

Velvet Hammer also includes this description of the goals of the Nation of Islam. I would hope that people would be well aware of this radical Islamic group by now, but apparently, people are still completely ignorant to its background:

I will now reiterate the demands of the Nation of Islam as I posted in my previous article. They bear repeating, trust me. Insane demands on their own. But should a United States presidential candidate be connected in any way shape or form to Farrakhan or his twisted ideals? I say NO!

As taken directly and quoted verbatim from the Nation of Islams website.

What The Muslims Want – Nation of Islam

This is the question asked most frequently by both the whites and the blacks. The answers to this question I shall state as simply as possible.

1. We want freedom. We want a full and complete freedom.

2. We want justice. Equal justice under the law. We want justice applied equally to all, regardless of creed or class or color.

3. We want equality of opportunity. We want equal membership in society with the best in civilized society.

4. We want our people in America whose parents or grandparents were descendants from slaves, to be allowed to establish a separate state or territory of their own – either on this continent or elsewhere. We believe that our former slave masters are obligated to provide such land and that the area must be fertile and minerally rich. We believe that our former slave masters are obligated to maintain and supply our needs in this separate territory for the next 20 to 25 years – until we are able to produce and supply our own needs.

Since we cannot get along with them in peace and equality, after giving them 400 years of our sweat and blood and receiving in return some of the worst treatment human beings have ever experienced, we believe our contributions to this land and the suffering forced upon us by white America, justifies our demand for complete separation in a state or territory of our own

5. We want freedom for all Believers of Islam now held in federal prisons. We want freedom for all black men and women now under death sentence in innumerable prisons in the North as well as the South. (LMAO! They MUST be mentally incapacitated! STHU! & STHD!)

We want every black man and woman to have the freedom to accept or reject being separated from the slave master’s children and establish a land of their own.

We know that the above plan for the solution of the black and white conflict is the best and only answer to the problem between two people.

6. We want an immediate end to the police brutality and mob attacks against the so-called Negro throughout the United States.

We believe that the Federal government should intercede to see that black men and women tried in white courts receive justice in accordance with the laws of the land – or allow us to build a new nation for ourselves, dedicated to justice, freedom and liberty. (How does islamic law ‘sharia’ fit in with “justice, freedom and liberty)

7. As long as we are not allowed to establish a state or territory of our own, we demand not only equal justice under the laws of the United States, but equal employment opportunities – NOW!

We do not believe that after 400 years of free or nearly free labor, sweat and blood, which has helped America become rich and powerful, so many thousands of black people should have to subsist on relief or charity or live in poor houses.

8. We want the government of the United States to exempt our people from ALL taxation as long as we are deprived of equal justice under the laws of the land.

9. We want equal education – but separate schools up to 16 for boys and 18 for girls on the condition that the girls be sent to women’s colleges and universities. We want all black children educated, taught and trained by their own teachers. (Islamic alert. Islam separates boys and girls, men and women)

Under such schooling system we believe we will make a better nation of people. The United States government should provide, free, all necessary text books and equipment, schools and college buildings. The {{{{{Muslim}}}}} teachers shall be left free to teach and train their people in the way of righteousness, decency and self respect.

10. We believe that intermarriage or race mixing should be prohibited. We want the religion of {{{{{Islam}}}}} taught without hinderance or suppression.

These are some of the things that we, the Muslims, want for our people in North America.

Now, how do you feel about Barack Obama’s message of unity and hope and change, hmmm? What you just read above are messages and idealogies that Barack Obama admits inspire him. Do you want a man inspired by these idealogies to be your President?

I am no fan of Hillary Clinton or the Clinton smear machine, but I certainly hope her campaign intends to expose this fraud for the radical, race-baiter that he is.

You can also go here to read my previous posts on Barack Obama.

You can also read more about the Nation of Islam and Louis Farrakhan here:

Discover the Networks – Nation of Islam
Discover the Networks –
Louis Farrakhan

January 12, 2008 , 6:29PM Posted by | 2008 Presidential Election, Barack Obama, Islam, Louis Farrakhan, Muslims, Nation of Islam, Trinity United Church of Christ | Comments Off on The Creepy, Race-Obsessed Church of Barack Obama

My Thoughts on Polls

I left this comment in response to Jake’s blog post: 65% of the American People support having Troops in Iraq.

All polls are simply a way for the mass media to push their agenda by pointing you to poll results. The polling questions are deliberately asked in a certain way so as to obtain a specific result. The mass media can then run a story and say “See, see, the American people say ___!” But what this really is all about is the mass media trying to get their agenda into their “reporting”.

The mass media believes X, but they cannot say that in their “reporting”, because they are supposed to be objective and just report the facts. So the way around this is to “report” the “fact” that “America says ___ about X”.

But really, stories on polls are just lazy and stupid “reporting”. When I want to know about X, I want to know the facts, history and proper context of X. I don’t really care what percentages of 1,000 polled Americans feel/think/believe about X. But the mass media doesn’t want you or me or Joe Schmoe American to know the facts, history and proper context of X so they can make up their own minds. No, they want them to be swayed by the opinions of 1,000 of their fellow Americans on the topic of X.

When it comes down to it, the only polls that matter are on election day. I ignore all other polls, because they don’t matter.

The other ‘polls’ that matter are when Americans contact their elected officials and express their support or displeasure with what their elected officials are doing in a general or specific sense.

But otherwise, whenever you see an article talking about a poll, that is simply the media trying to sway people into taking a certain position on that issue, nothing more.

UPDATE at 15:01 EST on 13 JAN 2008: And here we are, right on cue, with people writing more and more articles based on polls. Just more, lazy advocacy “reporting”.  And what is their goal here?  To get people to either vote for Mitt Romney, since he is in the lead or… to get John McCain supporters riled up so they come out to support their man, since he seems to be ‘losing’ in these meaningless polls.

Will it change my vote?  No.  You know why?  Because I could care less what anyone else thinks about the candidates.  I have researched their records, researched their political history and researched their statements they have made in their careers and, imagine this, have made up my own mind for whom to vote based on those facts. 

January 12, 2008 , 4:32PM Posted by | 2008 Presidential Election, Media Bias | Comments Off on My Thoughts on Polls

Sounds of Iraq One Year After Surge: Laughter of Iraqi Children

Hopefully you have already read about the Continued Success and Progress in Iraq. If not, just click on that link and go read about it now.

In addition to that, Laughing Wolf at Blackfive has put together a great Blackfive TV video about “The Surge at One Year: Handshake for the Future”

[You can watch all videos from Blackfive here]


January 12, 2008 , 1:21AM Posted by | COIN, Iraq, Military, The Long War, War Effort in Iraq | Comments Off on Sounds of Iraq One Year After Surge: Laughter of Iraqi Children

New War Movie – When the Smoke Clears, Heroes Emerge

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Dirty Harry at Liberty Film Festival’s blog LIBERTAS has details of a new war movie/documentary called Brothers at War by Jake Rademacher, sponsored by Gary Sinise and Jon Voight. Dirty Harry went to see a private screening and came away very impressed with the film:

Last night was an industry event, not a political one, with the goal of finding Brothers At War domestic distribution. After the standing ovation it received, there’s hope, but I’m not holding my breath. This is a not a look at the United States military anti-war Hollywood will be eager to rally around. Though it’s a warts-and-all documentary, when it’s over you can’t help but admire these professional, fiercely intelligent warriors who believe in their mission.

What makes the film so effective is its honesty. Unlike these anti-war documentaries and narratives where you feel manipulated by the narrow context of what the filmmaker is choosing to show you, Brothers at War feels fully fleshed out. There are plenty of horrific moments to bolster the anti-war argument and many hopeful moments to arm the other side, but what rises from all of this are those magnificent men and women who serve their country by leaving their loved ones behind to run towards danger.

The anti-troop propagandist would choose only to show our guys cussing, annoyed with slow-moving Iraqi soldiers, and strutting their machismo. The pro-troop propagandist would choose only to show the brave, heroic, and vulnerable moments. Rademacher shows it all, and when the smoke clears heroes emerge.

You can go to the official site and watch a 7-minute trailer.

January 12, 2008 , 12:36AM Posted by | Brothers at War, LIBERTAS, Military, Movies | Comments Off on New War Movie – When the Smoke Clears, Heroes Emerge