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These are all the Blogs posted on Wednesday, 5, 2008.
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Barack Obama promises new dawn of American leadership

I have steered clear of too much comment on the US election, leaving that to the experts here.
On this morning after the election the British papers are full of the news of Barack Omaba's victory. The most recommended comment on the BBC website “Have your Say” is from Abdullah Jafari of Texas who says:-  

Americans have demonstrated today that this nation has progressed in such a short period of time. . . What a great country this is. . . We as Americans must come together and move forward as one and united people.
 
Of the other UK papers from a quick skim The Telegraph seems the most measured.
 
Barack Obama promised "a new dawn of American leadership" as he delivered his victory address in front of 100,000 people in Chicago's Grant Park after being elected as America's first black president.
"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there," said Mr Obama.
"It's been a long time coming. But tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America."
"We have proved that the true strength of our nation comes not from the scale of our wealth but from the power of our ideals - opportunity, democracy, liberty and hope."
A win for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky was one of the few bright spots of the evening for Republicans, and kept alive their hopes of preventing a 60 to 40 majority for Democrats, which would make it impossible to block legislation without some Democratic help.
This would represent the highest percentage turnout since 1908. Mr Obama's campaign, which heavily outgunned Mr McCain's in terms of the number of volunteers, fund-raising and enthusiasm had poured immense resources into registering new voters.
High turnout was a key sign that David Plouffe, Mr Obama's campaign manager, had succeeded.
 
But why do I keep thinking of the final episodes of Series 3 of Dr Who last year when Harold Saxon, the young, attractive, persuasive, charming and charismatic Prime Minister who came out of absolutely nowhere 18 months prior to election turned out to be the Dr’s evil arch-enemy The Master? The difference seems to be that Mrs Saxon was also an innocent dupe who was ultimately responsible for his overthrow.
Please tell me I have an overheated imagination.
Please tell me that Barack Hussein Obama is a “GOOD THING”.
Posted on 11/05/2008 3:28 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Black Man Given Nation's Worst Job

From The Onion:

WASHINGTON—African-American man Barack Obama, 47, was given the least-desirable job in the entire country Tuesday when he was elected president of the United States of America. In his new high-stress, low-reward position, Obama will be charged with such tasks as completely overhauling the nation's broken-down economy, repairing the crumbling infrastructure, and generally having to please more than 300 million Americans and cater to their every whim on a daily basis. As part of his duties, the black man will have to spend four to eight years cleaning up the messes other people left behind. The job comes with such intense scrutiny and so certain a guarantee of failure that only one other person even bothered applying for it. Said scholar and activist Mark L. Denton, "It just goes to show you that, in this country, a black man still can't catch a break."

Posted on 11/05/2008 6:18 AM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
America buys all that change bullsh*t

Deep insights on the Obama victory from The Daily Mash:

BARACK Obama swept to victory last night as millions of Americans lapped up all that bullshit about change.

The Illinois senator made history as the first black American to become President and the 44th man to win the office with a lot of vague platitudes and an army of creepy spin doctors.

He told a crowd of 250,000 supporters in his home city of Chicago: "Remember, change is something that happens in the middle of the night when we're all fast asleep and very often the next morning no-one can tell that anything has actually changed.

"I promised you change you can believe in, I did not promise you change you can actually see."
 

He added: "You believe in Jesus don't you? Right, but have you ever seen Jesus? Exactly. Just making sure we're all on the same page."

Mr Obama said he would bring about change by working closely with the vast and terrifying multi-national corporations that had funded his campaign and pledged to end the war in Iraq in order to create a much bigger war in Afghanistan.

"But instead of some middle-aged white guy doing it, it'll be me and I'm half-Kenyan. D'you see?"

Bill McKay, a college student from Denver, said: "I can't believe I now live in a country where an African American can be elected to the presidency after spending just $600 million on advertising."

He added: "Give me a hug!"

Well, we lapped up all that change bullsh*t in 1997 with Tony "things can only get better" Blair.

You can find America on this map:

Posted on 11/05/2008 6:20 AM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Our President

Now is the time for all Americans to unite behind our new President. Let us pray for his health and safety and that our great nation will be secure under his stewardship.

(And let us also pray that a real conservative in the mold of Ronald Reagan, who deeply understands the nature of the war we are in, will rise up to take the helm in four years.)

Posted on 11/05/2008 7:05 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Two Who Won Against The Democratic Tsunami

There were two glints among the Democratic Tsunami in Tuesday's House Elections: Rep. Mark Kirk (R.10th-IL ) and Sue Myrick (R- 9th NC).  Kirk won handily 55% to 45% against second time Democratic contender, Dan Seals in one of the more expensive House contests ($6.8 Million).  The 10th Illinois District that lies north of Chicago is affluent and has a heavy Jewish and Democratic registration. Kirk, a reserve Naval intelligence officer, is very pro-Israel and sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  He also leads a  bi-partisan domestic Suburban Issues group in the House. We interviewed Kirk  for the New English Review in September and found him to be one of the most effective, intelligent and moderate GOP members in Congress.  He was a true maverick, a term used repeatedly at the national level in the defeated McCain-Palin GOP compaign. He voted in opposition to the Bush Administration 59% of the time.

Doubtless in an Illinois district that went heavily for Democrat Barack Obama for President, Kirk survived on merit. 

That compares  sharply with another GOP moderate,  my former Congressman, Chris Shays, who was defeated in a bid for an 11th term in the Connecticut 4th District. He was New England's lone GOP House member swept out of office in the Democratic surge in Tuesday's elections.  Shays voted frequently n opposition to the Bush Administration. Yet he lost to newcomer and former Goldman Sachs official, Democrat Jim Himes.  Shays says that his days in 'elective politics' are over, but then there is speculation that he might be urged to bid for Sen. Dodd's seat in the US Senate, when the low rated solon and head of the Senate Banking Committee is next up for re-election. Shays will be missed, given his wide ranging work on domestic issues like the mortgage meltdown at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and his efforts on national security and foreign policy issues including support for Israel.

Over in North Carolina, there was another GOP Congressional Member returned to office, Rep. Sue Myrick (R-9th NC).  Myrick, who was previously Mayor of Charlotte for 14 years, won in her Congressional  district against Democratic contender, lawyer Charles Taylor.that covers Mecklenburg, Gaston and Union   The importance of her re-election victory is not lost on a few of us concerned about the threat of Islamism and the Grand Jihad in America.  Myrick has been a stalwart in the bi-partisan Anti-Terror Caucus. She is the author of the Wake Up America Agenda with a program directed at apprising Americans of Saudi and Islamist influence in America, the latter reflected in secret plans of Muslim Brotherhood fronts like CAIR, the ISNA and AMC to overturn our Constitution and replace it with strict Islamic Sharia law.

Kirk and Myrick represent the best among re-elected GOP Members of Congress. Whether it is the moderate views of Kirk on domestic issues and support for America's ally Israel or the conservative views of Myrick on Islamism in our midst in America, their positions resonated with their constituents as it should for many Americans who share their views.

Posted on 11/05/2008 8:56 AM by Jerry Gordon
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Chief Constable behind official complaint over Channel 4's mosque documentary

From the Birmingham Post
The Chief Constable of West Midlands Police was personally responsible for the disastrous decision to complain about a documentary exposing extremism in a Birmingham mosque, an inquiry has been told.

Paul Scott-Lee, head of the region’s force, approved the decision in a conversation with another senior officer, the Home Affairs Select Committee heard.
Philip Gormley, Deputy Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, was quizzed in Westminster by MPs conducting an inquiry into the way forces work with the media.
He was asked about the Channel 4 documentary Dispatches: Undercover Mosque, broadcast in January 2007, which showed preachers and teachers making disparaging comments about non-Muslims and women.
One of the mosques featured was Green Lane in Small Heath, Birmingham.
Instead of prosecuting the preachers, West Midlands Police and the Crown Prosecution Service issued a press release accusing programme makers of distorting comments, and reported Channel 4 to TV watchdog Ofcom for “heavily editing” the words of imams to give them more sinister meaning.
But Ofcom dismissed the complaint, while Channel 4 and documentary-makers Hardcash Productions successfully sued for libel.
Mr Gormley told MPs the Chief Constable, who has announced plans to step down next year after seven years, was responsible for the decision.
Black Country MP David Winnick (Lab Walsall North) said there was surprise in the West Midlands police had criticised the documentary-makers instead of congratulating them.
He said: “Many people, Mr Gormley, are very surprised in the West Midlands a programme that exposed extremism in a mosque, and it would be the same if it exposed it in synagogues or churches, should have been the subject of such fierce criticism from the police.
“Instead of congratulating programme makers and what had been done in exposing hate merchants, the television company came under fire. What possible explanation can the West Midlands Police give?”
Mr Gormley said: “We got it wrong. We’ve apologised. Judgements were made in good faith [but] there was no justification for the assertions made.”

Posted on 11/05/2008 12:04 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
A Post-Election Musical Interlude: Let's Face The Music And Dance (Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers)
Posted on 11/05/2008 1:59 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
First of all, let me say this....

Boo!

Boo!

Posted on 11/05/2008 3:03 PM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Going Up The Line And Over The Top
Posted on 11/05/2008 3:09 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Trouble ahead - Angela Rippon warns

And in 1976 there was trouble ahead, but a doughty female newsreader stepped up to the plate and kicked against the pricks.

Posted on 11/05/2008 3:14 PM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
One track mind, one train of thought, one Ummah

From the BBC with thanks to Alan:


Sunni Muslims cling to a packed train as they return home from an annual religious congregation attended by hundreds of thousands of people in Multan, Pakistan, on 2 November 2008.

Posted on 11/05/2008 3:40 PM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Cliché corner

"If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

[...]

"We are, and always will be, the United States of America.

[...]

"Let us remember that, if this financial crisis taught us anything, it's that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers.

[...]

"Yes we can.

[...]

"Yes we can

[...]

"Yes we can."

Posted on 11/05/2008 3:46 PM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Muslim Brotherhood Reacts To Obama Win

GMBDR:

The first reactions are comming in from elements of the global Muslim Brotherhood reacting to the election of Barack Obama as U.S. President. Reuters is citing the following comments by Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Mahdi Akef:

We congratulate (Obama) on the confidence of the American people in him and we hope that he will change the policy of the United States toward the Middle East and toward the crimes which are happening in Afghanistan and Somalia, in other words that he adopts a just policy that restores to America its natural position of respect for humankind and democracy.

An internet news portal reports that the Jordanian Brotherhood considers the election an “apology” from the American people:

The Islamic Action Front (IAF), Jordan’s largest political party, on Wednesday expressed guarded optimism over the election of Barak Obama as the next US president and said they considered his win an “apology” from the American people to the peoples of Iraq and Afghanistan. “We welcome Obama’s election and believe that his win represents a clear message inside as well as outside America,” IAF Secretary General Zaki Bani Ershaid told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa. “Obama’s victory is also tantamount to an apology from the American people for the crimes committed by the outgoing Republican administration in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere,” he added. Bani Ershaid said that his party, the political arm of the influential Muslim Brotherhood movement, was “cautiously optimistic” over the change promised by Obama and believed that the “starting- point for this change should find expression in a correction of the US foreign policy on Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan.” “A real change in the US policies cannot materialize without rectifying the erroneous attitude considering Israel an ally, withdrawing troops from Iraq,” he said.

According to an Israeli newspaper, Hamas officials had said on Tuesday that “No matter who wins Tuesday’s US presidential election, US policy in the Middle East will remain the same, reporting that a Hamas spokesman described both John McCain and Barack Obama as “terrible.” In April, a Hamas political adviser had expressed his hope that Obama would win the election, comparing him to John F. Kennedy.

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood website has also reported on the opinion of Sheikh Youssef Qaradawi who interestingly had endorsed John McCain:

Personally speaking, I hope the Republican candidate McCain wins, because I prefer a clear and frank enemy who does not play the hypocrite in his enmity and who accordingly does not make you play the hypocrite with him too. I prefer this to the enemy in disguise”…the frank enemy will make you clearly determine your attitudes and he will even uncover hypocrites in your camp because any one backing him with such a flagrant enmity is undoubtedly hypocrite. The frank enemy makes you always on alert while the enemy in disguise makes you become inactive and lax and feel safe….Those thinking that the Democrats have less enmity than the Republicans, should know that the number of Iraqis killed by the Democratic president Bill Clinton during the siege on Iraq are more than doubles of those killed by the Republican president Bush…The Democrats kill you slowly without making you feel this. They are like the adder that injects its venom and you feel this venom only after it enters your body. For this, I hope that McCain assumes office .

Posted on 11/05/2008 4:05 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
A Musical Interlude: Baby Face (Jan Garber Orch., voc. Benny Davis)
Posted on 11/05/2008 8:30 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

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