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Am I supposed to be sad at Ted Kennedy’s passing? He had a family, so that’s sad, but what has he done that’s worth all this fanfare? Is it the fact he’s been in the freaking Congress all his life? I’m for term limits personally. I don’t care if he reached across the aisle to come up with No Child Left Behind or any other botched legislation. What about the alcoholism, Chappaquiddick and Mary Jo Kopechne? Can someone on CNN please say something that makes a little freaking sense- stop glamorizing everything you shameless pricks! It’s all a bit too familiar isn’t it? Weren’t we all just forced to live through this kind of thing with Michael Jackson? What a brilliant star, performer and… child molester. Damn I feeling cynical right now, must be the carbs talking. My apologies.
The mayor of a New Jersey town where Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi plans to stay when he addresses the U.N. General Assembly next month says the “terrorist” should reconsider.
“As a Jew, I’m embarrassed and mortified to host him,” Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes told FOXNews.com. “I’m really upset that a financier of terrorism is coming to our shores. This is not acceptable and we need to make sure he does not come. This man embraced a convicted terrorist and is, at his core, a financier of terrorism himself.”
Qaddafi stoked international ire last week when he oversaw Libya’s hero’s welcome for Adbel Baset al-Megrahi, the lone man convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan American Flight 103, which killed 270 people. Al-Megrahi, who is dying of cancer, was freed from a Scottish jail and returned to Libya on compassionate grounds.
The bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, is thought to be the work of Libyan intelligence and killed all 259 people aboard the flight, including 33 from New Jersey.
“This is an affront to the 33 families who live in New Jersey and lost their relatives because of him when they blew up Pan Am 103,” Wildes continued. “You can’t buy that back. You can’t give them their lives and memories back.”
Wildes said police costs to provide security for Qaddafi at a Libyan-owned estate on Palisade Avenue would total at least $20,000 per day. And the Libyans “haven’t paid a nickel in property taxes in over 30 years,” Wildes said.
U.S. Rep Steve Rothman, whose district includes Englewood, said city officials learned 26 years ago that the Libyan Mission to the United Nations had purchased the estate. Rothman said local officials hammered out a deal with the U.S. State Department limiting its use to recreational activities by the ambassador and his family. Qaddafi was expressly forbidden to live there, Rothman said.
State Department officials told FOXNews.com no decision had been made on the issue as of early Tuesday.
“I would urge any — any foreign leader to be sensitive to the concerns of victims of the most horrific terrorist attack before September 11th affecting American citizens,” Ian Kelly told reporters Monday. “No decision has been made about where anybody’s going to pitch a tent.”
Meanwhile, other residents in the upscale community of 28,000 residents say Qaddafi, who has ruled Libya since 1969, is persona non grata.
“This is what happens when you have the path of appeasement,” said Susan Cohen, of Cape May Court House, N.J. “He’s getting everything he wants, and I guess that includes a trip to the state of New Jersey, which certainly doesn’t need this.”
Cohen’s daughter Theodora, who was 20, died in the 1988 bombing.
“It’s very peaceful here and we’d like to keep it that way, but what can we do if the government lets him in,” said Bennie Wong, 58, who lives near the estate.
Another nearby resident, Dr. Joel Kopelman, 58, said he didn’t want Qaddafi living in the town if the leader sees al-Megrahi as a hero.
Nicole DiCocco, a spokeswoman the Libyan Emassby in Washington, D.C., confirmed that the Libyan government owned the property but said it hasn’t been decided if Qaddafi will stay there.
Wildes, for his part, said he plans on continuing to work with State Department officials to block the stay, which could last up to two weeks, he said.
“He has no business staying in my city even for a night,” Wildes said. “People are mortified this is happening. They’re offended, and frankly speaking, I don’t blame them.”
We’ve all had time now to digest Obama’s town hall meeting in New Hampshire, and my guess is most of us have a bad case of indigestion. He’s on the campaign trail again, selling his healthcare snake oil, try his best to convince you that unless this passes (and it must be passed now before it’s too late) the apocalypse is sure to come and all will be lost.
Why the need for the convincing and the happy talk? Why do I feel like he’s trying to sell me a car that’s a lemon. “This care and you were made for each other, can you feel it? Times like this come once in a lifetime, just sign here…” Why not just sit there, bill in hand, and say, “Here’s what people are saying… here’s why that is not true.” Why haven’t the members of Congress done that? Why do we need to be sold on anything in this bill? If it’s so great, shouldn’t we be able to see that for ourselves; see that it’s going to bring the planets into alignment and all will be well in the world? Despite what Bill Maher says, I don’t think America is a stupid country, I think it’s a trusting one. Most people would like to believe that our leaders have their best interests at heart and have totally checked out of the entire republican process (and I use that term it it’s original meaning). Now that people are waking up and educating themselves, finally understanding that the government cannot be blindly trusted, there’s more than just a little static coming the President’s way.
In the midst of all the static and the outrage displayed at all the townhall meetings, Obama offers us this bright and shiny piece of what Michelle Malkin calls, “kabuki theater” (and I couldn’t agree more). Forget the fact that everyone in the room was “randomly” picked by some White House computer program. Put aside the fact that no one, not a single person offered any real resistance to what Obama was saying. This might as well have been another campaign rally. Put that little girl that asked the question about the “mean signs about reform and healthcare” and you’ve got the cherry on top. Forgot to ask you to forget about the fact that her mom is an ardent supporter and financial contributor to Obama’s campaign. As one clever commentator wrote, “More plants there than “The Home Depot” Garden Center.”
Of course, this is the man who offered us transparency and honesty. With one breath he asks you to hold him accountable and the next tells you to shut up and get out of the way so he can clean up your mess. He says he is for a single-payer healthcare plan (2003, 2007); now he says he’s not… and he never was. No one will have their healthcare rationed but perhaps it would be better for grandma to just take painkillers rather than have that pacemaker put it. He says the recession is over yet the Fed just monetized our debt by printing more money and we’re still losing jobs like crazy. This man is clearly out of touch with not only the American public, he’s out of touch with reality.
I’ve never quoted Woodrow Wilson before, but when I read this yesterday I couldn’t help but notice his notion of government involvement in the lives of citizens was not only wonderful but totally absent in Obama’s philosophy of governance…
Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it.
It seems obvious now that the goal is to create a new reality. One in which the state controls every aspect of our lives. And when someone tries to take your liberty, it is not only your right; it is your duty to stand up and do everything you can to retain it. This is no longer a debate of ideas, these decisions directly impact your life and freedom. It’s time to get in the fight and get your hands dirty. If you’re already in the trenches, I thank you.