Archives for the Month of March 2009 on Through the Magnifying Glass

Angie Harmon: I'm Not Racist Because I Disagree With Obama

Angie Harmon is not afraid to come out and say she doesn’t like how President Obama is handling the job — but she’s sick of having to defend herself from being deemed a racist.


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We are all entitled to our own opinions, but I would find it offensive for anyone to accuse me and others that do not like Obama's policies of being racist. It's like someone telling me that I have a problem with Obama because he's black if I voted for McCain in the last election.

And note that I did not even vote for Bush in 2000 and 2004 (I voted third-party instead).

Let's drop this race card nonsense.

Barney Frank tells Code Pink to "grow up"

Rightfully so!

Daniel Hannan MEP puts Gordon Brown in his place

Daniel Hannan, MEP for South East England, gives a speech during Gordon Brown's visit to the European Parliament on 24th March 2009

Tea Parties

Obama Team "unreachable"

After 51 days in office, Barack Obama has appointed only 73 people to 1,200 jobs that require Senate confirmation.

Every senior post in the US Treasury Department remains vacant, with the exception of Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary, who should have 17 deputies.

In this economic crisis, this is not acceptable.

Enough with the weekend parties, the poses for magazine covers, the honeymoon is over. It's time to get working.

Our allies in the United Kingdom called the Obama team "unreachable."

Sure, it was comments by Sir Gus O'Donnell, Britain's most senior civil servant, but he does point out the advantagse of a permanent civil service.

Don Surber - There is Nobody There

Independent - Cabinet Chief: Obama team 'unreachable'

NAACP: No Free Speech for you, Mr. Meyers

We all know about the furor of protest by Rev. Al Sharpton and other African-American public figures over a cartoon by the New York Post's Sean Delonas showing a chimpanzee shot and killed by the police (as had just actually happened to a pet chimpanzee gone berserk). Said one of the cops: "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill."

From the NAACP point of view, this was regarded as a racist attack on President Barack Obama. They called for protests and a boycott against the New York Post and demanded the firing of the cartoonist and the paper's editor. This was advocated by both the NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous and its chairman, Julian Bond.

This brings us to Michael Meyers, a former assistant director of the NAACP, personal assistant to its late executive director, Roy Wilkins, and a protege of Dr. Kenneth Clark, whose research played a major role in the Supreme Court's decision that declared public-school segregation unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education.

Meyers is a well publicized defender of the First Amendment and he publicly objected to "this exercise in sheer racial rhetoric." He stated that "all political pundits deserve a wide berth for social criticism and for parodying and poking fun at and criticizing our political leaders, no matter the skin color or race of the public official."

So during the NAACP's annual meeting at the New York Hilton Hotel, Meyers rose following a member's speech calling for a boycott of the New York Post but also of all the national enterprises of its owner, Rupert Murdock. At the microphone, Meyers began: "I wish to speak in opposition."

Chairman Julian Bond sharply cut off Meyers stating: "I do not recognize you. Your views are not welcomed here."

Bond cut off the microphone and summoned security personnel to escort Meyers out of the room.

Why the suppression of opposing viewpoints? Why do they choose to suppress free speech when those viewpoints run counter to the current leadership?

Did you know that Meyers is the creator and head of the New York Civil Rights Coalition? He directs the "Civil Rights and Race Relations Project" in the city's schools. His volunteers work to "help equip students with the critical thinking skills and information they need in order to challenge common stereotypes and myths about people because of skin color, religion, national origin, disability, sex, ethnicity, or sexual orientation."

They would "use Socratic teachng methods, role play, Devil's advocacy, courtroom scenarios and mock trials to engage the students in examining all kinds of stereotypes."

It goes to show how the NAACP is more intent on reviving the racial stereotypes in order to maintain their power and influence, and sacrificing free speech in the process. Racial equality and harmony indeed.

Real Clear Politics - Cartoon Protest Pits NAACP Against Free Speech

What does one trillion dollars look like? shows us! - Link

New York Times re-evaluates illegal immigration

In the New York Times correction page, Powerline blog noted that in the March 5th edition, NYT stated:

"An editorial on Feb. 22 stated incorrectly that unlawfully entering the country is not a criminal offense. It is a misdemeanor for a first-time offender."

Ron Paul - The end of war is not near

Ron Paul on CNN American Morning 3/2/09