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Obama Woks the Dog

April 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Some humor from the folks at Free Republic:

Obama as a Boy Ate Dog Meat
ABC NEWS ^ | 4/17/2012 | Jake Tappert 

The Daily Caller noted that in President Obama’s best-selling memoir, “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance,” the president recalls being fed dog meat as a young boy in Indonesia with his stepfather, Lolo Soetoro.“With Lolo, I learned how to eat small green chill peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy),” the president wrote. “Like many Indonesians, Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths. He explained that a man took on the powers of whatever he ate: One day soon, he promised, he would bring home a piece of tiger meat for us to share.”After his mother married Soetoro, Obama lived in Indonesia from 1967 until 1971, from roughly the age of 6 through 10.
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….and he was forced to eat it from the roof of a rich man’s car.

2 posted on April 17, 2012 10:27:35 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walk into a bar. Bartender says “what’ll it be, Mitt?”)

And he married one too!

3 posted on April 17, 2012 10:28:53 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

twitter is having roudy fun with this right now. Check out #ObamaDogRecipes for such jewels as:
Eggs rover easy
Fast and Furriest
German Shepherd’s Pie
Chow Chow Mein 

6 posted on April 17, 2012 10:35:21 PM PDT by BAW (I’ll be back as fast as you can say “furious.”)

@davidaxelrod: “How loving owners transport their dogs.”
@EricFehrn: “In hindsight, a chilling photo.” –Romney strategist Eric Fehrstrom

LOL. Look again where the hands are! 

13 posted on April 17, 2012 10:50:23 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom

“He explained that a man took on the powers of whatever he ate…”

Dog and snake. It worked.

15 posted on April 17, 2012 10:54:26 PM PDT by 21twelve

What is Romney talking about here? This is the most bizarre charge against Obummer ever. I ate dogs when I was a kid and they were delicious. As a matter of fact, I am going to have one now.


16 posted on April 17, 2012 10:57:05 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)

18 posted on April 17, 2012 11:02:52 PM PDT by baddog 219

“Look! Daddy caught dinner!

25 posted on April 17, 2012 11:29:46 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)

When I was 10 I would not eat dog! No matter what!

With an adventurous spirit, I’ve tried Moose, Elk, Wild Turkey, Venison, Squirrel, Pheasant, Grouse, Rabbit, Black Bear, Aligator, Escargot, chocolate covered Ants, every type of fish, and more…. all as a kid and girl! The Venison, Pheasant, Grouse and once in a great while escargot are the only one’s that stuck.

I feel bad for Romney’s poor dog and his stupid choice, but at least he didn’t eat it. And did Obama say in his book that it was wrong to eat dog? The book was written as an adult. He also mentioned they were going to eat endangered Tiger. Call the Enviromentalists!

29 posted on April 17, 2012 11:40:57 PM PDT by MacMattico

So does that make him non-halal?
30 posted on April 17, 2012 11:42:18 PM PDT by GraceG

LOL!!!The comments on the ABC News site are a hoot! A few gems:

Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.Or canine.Whatever.Enjoy this one, Team Obama. You’ve earned every tasty morsel.

That Romney better watch out! The Obama political organization is very effective and they will stop the GOP lies! Why just now Axelrod is preparing to unleash the political dogs of war on….what? Ah – great….. Obama ate them.

Michael Vick: “Damn Obama, you is crazy. At least I didn’t eat the dogs after I killed ‘em.”

Obama would never put a dog on top of a car. Dries out the meat.

“@davidaxelrod: How loving owners transport their dogs.” In their bellies?

When they serve ‘Hot Dogs’ at the White House, you get the real thing! LOL!

Obama is probably wondering how Bo would taste with some flava beans and a nice chianti…

37 posted on April 18, 2012 12:34:35 AM PDT by Nasher

Been following the hilarity on twitter. Twitter erupts in Operation Fast and Furryous:

Rush is going to have a field day with this! 

44 posted on April 18, 2012 12:56:26 AM PDT by Nasher

So that is what happened to Rin-Tin-Tin, Obama ate him out of a tin!

62 posted on April 18, 2012 4:34:37 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

Guess it was his job to wok the dog when he was a kid? /groan

63 posted on April 18, 2012 4:36:56 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

So it really was a dog eat dog world.

68 posted on April 18, 2012 5:03:43 AM PDT by Go Gordon (President Poverty – President Downgrade – President Food Stamp – President Pantywaist – B. H. Obama)

I just had a funny thought. IF you “are what you eat”, then what does that make Mr. Obama?

88 posted on April 18, 2012 7:41:25 AM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth – not always with the best grammar or spelling)


Happy New Year to You and a Storm Warning for Asia

January 1, 2012 Leave a comment

I hope you have a Happy, Safe and Prosperous New Year ahead.

Unfortunately the Norks will have none of the above in the near term. After the horrendous currency debacle of 2009, Kim Jong Ill had a scapegoat executed and abandoned the economic insanity of their “currency reform”. Kim Jong-eun learned nothing from that disaster:

The latest from Free North Korea Radio:

At 3 PM, Dec. 30, Kim Jong-eun gave an order in the name of late Kim Jong-il saying, “The use of all foreign currencies including dollar and Reminbi will be banned. It warned that the punishment for violation can be as severe as death sentence,” according to our sources.

But they do have a new gold and silver coin, new currency, and a new stamp:

Can starvation and complete unrest be far behind? There is no faster way to foment revolution than this.

Those on the inside loyal to Kim Jong-eun will be given the new currency. Those who challenge him will be killed for using the old currency or will be broke and starving. Suddenly they all face a hard choice: support the brat or die or fight.

The people remember from less than 3 years ago what this means for the masses: starvation. How long before the people imagine roasting that fat pig on a spit?

We have our own challenges here in America, but they pale compared to this. Things will get interesting militarily and economically near China in 2012.

Revolution comes to China?

December 18, 2011 2 comments

This excellent article comes from an unexpected source: a Marxist website. One thing it seems we can all agree on is the awful injustice that occurs when big government meets crony capitalism. China’s so called “Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics” is nearly the ultimate in this unholy alliance between graft and big government. Here in America we still have elections to substitute for revolution. China has no such safety valve:

Police besiege village land protest in China

By John Chan

16 December 2011

Thousands of villagers in Guangdong province’s Wukan village staged protests this week following the death of a local leader in detention. About 6,000 farmers gathered in the village on Monday and Tuesday, shouting slogans such as “save Wukan” and “return our farmland.” Wukan is currently surrounded by thousands of paramilitary police officers.

Demonstrations initially erupted in September over the Wukan Communist Party committee’s corrupt deals with one of China’s largest developers, Country Garden, to sell collectively-owned lands for commercial development. Farmers overturned police vehicles and besieged government offices. In November, another protest by 4,000 people demanded the return of the lands, the punishment of corrupt officials, and for the village’s financial records to be made public. The crowd was dispersed by police using teargas.

A petition originally planned to start on December 12 was postponed due to the death of Xue Jinbo, one of the five people who was detained on suspicion of leading the demonstrations in September (see: “Riots erupt in southern China over land sales to developers”).

Xue died last Sunday, after being detained by the police for three days. Although the local Lufeng government insisted he died of heart failure, relatives who saw his body maintained that he was tortured to death.

An unnamed member of a villagers’ committee negotiating with the government told the South China Morning Post: “There were dark bruises on both his back and chest. One of his thumbs was fractured and there were strangulation marks around the neck.” The villagers demanded the return of his body and an independent autopsy, but that was rejected.

The village representative told the newspaper that the authorities had asked for the formation of a temporary committee with which to communicate, only in order to identify the protest leaders. “Xue was the most active and most capable representative,” the committee member told the Post.

Well aware of mounting anger over Xue’s suspicious death, some 100 riot police and police vehicles have blocked the entrance to the village since Monday. Food and water supplies have been cut off. Authorities have put up posters demanding that protesters turn themselves in, declaring: “Confessing to police is your only way out.”

Police numbers have since swelled to the thousands. Internet access has been cut off. Water cannons have been deployed to “ensure stability.” A resident told Agence France-Presse via phone: “People can’t come in and we can’t go out… We won’t survive if the situation keeps going, as we have no food.”

The huge police mobilisation against a community of just 20,000 people is not simply a decision carried out by authorities at the township, municipal or even provincial levels. The propaganda being used to vilify the protesters suggests the direct involvement of Beijing.

Days before Xue’s detention, several thousand villagers took to the streets, some carrying banners declaring, “oppose the dictatorship” of the local Chinese Communist Party (CCP) secretary and his allies—a slogan that has provoked concern throughout the state bureaucracy. Responding to the villagers’ sit-in, the Lufeng government issued a statement warning that the campaign was “illegal” and was being exploited by “a few people harbouring a hidden agenda.”

Significantly, Zhuang Liehong, another village representative, was detained by the State Security Bureau—Beijing’s secret police—while attending a wedding in Shenzhen in early December.

For the CCP regime, the scene at Wukan is a small but terrifying reminder of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, which began with demands by students for an end to “one-party rule,” but ended up unleashing far broader unrest involving the working class.

The CCP is acutely concerned that the country is on the verge of major social upheavals as the economy begins to slow. Zhou YongKang, the CCP Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of state security, last week called on all levels of government to prepare to deal with the possible eruption of social unrest.

Guangdong province, which depends heavily on exports to Europe and America, is facing economic difficulties amid the deepening global turmoil. The province has seen the eruption of strikes in recent weeks, across a range of watch, shoe and electronics factories.

Last week, 4,500 workers and technicians at Hitachi-affiliated Shenzhen Hailiang Storage Products, fearing the loss of jobs and conditions, took strike action against the planned sale of the company to American-owned Western Digital. Another strike last week involved 1,000 Shenzhen workers at Hong Kong-based Topsearch Industries, a circuit-board maker, in opposition to plans to relocate production to Shaoguan, where labour is cheaper.

To defend the interests of business, the Guangdong provincial government has suspended a planned 20 percent minimum wage increase next year—a move that can only provoke further strikes and protests by workers.

The re-emergence of strikes and the growing number of land disputes are interconnected.

Since 2008, China has only avoided a slump by injecting trillions of dollars into the economy via stimulus measures and cheap bank credit. That fuelled a borrowing binge by local governments and real estate developers, and rampant real estate speculation. In 2010 alone, local governments raised 2.9 trillion yuan from land sales. Of the 10.7 trillion yuan ($US1.7 trillion) of local government debt up to June 2010, nearly one quarter depended on further land sales to meet repayments.

The property bubble is now showing signs of cracking. By the end of October, 3.6 billion square metres of property was under construction, compared to sales of just 709 million square metres in the first 10 months of the year. The difference points to a massive glut of property that is about to hit the market and could potentially trigger a price collapse.

These processes are being accelerated by Beijing’s decision in recent weeks to loosen bank lending amid a rapid slowing in manufacturing industries. Cheap credit has only encouraged local governments, like that in Lufeng, to accelerate land sales and enter new speculative ventures as a means of alleviating their financial difficulties.

As a result, protests are becoming more frequent as CCP bureaucrats sell the usage of land to private corporate interests, without even consulting the nominal collective owners of the land, the farmers.

Yu Jiangrong of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences told the Wall Street Journal that 65 percent of “mass incidents” or protests since 1990 in rural areas involved land disputes. Yu estimated that local governments have seized 16.6 million acres of rural land and deprived farmers of $340 billion in compensation, because local governments often pay much less than the market price. Wukan villagers, for instance, allege that local CCP officials sold the land for one billion yuan and pocketed 70 percent of sum before putting the rest in the village fund.

The Wukan protest is a symptom of the growing class tensions throughout rural areas, as a result of CCP regime’s policy of capitalist restoration over the past three decades. While a thin layer of the peasantry has enriched itself and become a new rural bourgeoisie, the vast majority of people have been reduced to poverty, forcing millions into the factories as cheap labour.

The Wukan rebellion is a sign that, like the working class, the oppressed rural masses are being driven into a political confrontation with the CCP police-state. Unlike the protests in 1989, when the peasantry was largely passive, a movement of urban workers now would quickly meet up with mass discontent in the countryside—a situation that terrifies the regime.

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How Eisenhower Solved Illegal Border Crossings from Mexico

November 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Fifty-three years ago, when newly elected Dwight Eisenhower moved into the White House, America’s southern frontier was as porous as a spaghetti sieve. As many as 3 million illegal migrants had walked and waded northward over a period of several years for jobs in California, Arizona, Texas, and points beyond.

President Eisenhower cut off this illegal traffic. He did it quickly and decisively with only 1,075 United States Border Patrol agents – less than one-tenth of today’s force. The operation is still highly praised among veterans of the Border Patrol.

Although there is little to no record of this operation in Ike’s official papers, one piece of historic evidence indicates how he felt. In 1951, Ike wrote a letter to Sen. William Fulbright (D) of Arkansas. The senator had just proposed that a special commission be created by Congress to examine unethical conduct by government officials who accepted gifts and favors in exchange for special treatment of private individuals.

General Eisenhower, who was gearing up for his run for the presidency, said “Amen” to Senator Fulbright’s proposal. He then quoted a report in The New York Times, highlighting one paragraph that said: “The rise in illegal border-crossing by Mexican ‘wetbacks’ to a current rate of more than 1,000,000 cases a year has been accompanied by a curious relaxation in ethical standards extending all the way from the farmer-exploiters of this contraband labor to the highest levels of the Federal Government.”

(Excerpt) Read more at … This is from the excellent site Free Republic

Posted on November 27, 2011 4:46:13 AM PST by BarnacleCenturion

The Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 6, 2006 | John Dillin

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Perspective on our relationship with China

October 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Governments can have different and rapidly diverging morals, incentives, and interests from their citizens. This divergence is all the more important as governments around the world run out of money to placate their citizens. This is setting the stage for upheaval, from the Tea Party to the Arab Spring.

Here are brief excerpts from a thread at Free Republic and an article at the Houston Chronicle. They offer some insight on the complicated relationship between China and the US.

Thank-you Cards from China Pose Mystery for WWII Vets
Thursday, October 13, 2011 | LINDSAY WISE Posted on October 15, 2011 7:46:20 AM PDT by correctthought

The postcard arrived in Ed Denzler’s mailbox in Pearland last month, a mystery from his past nestled among the routine bills and coupons.

Addressed in neat block letters to Denzler, the handwritten note reads, in English: “It takes a strong man to save himself, a great man to save another. Thank you for 1944. From China.

Some Internet sleuthing by a reporter revealed a plausible answer to Denzler’s postcard puzzle: A Shenzhen Daily article published online reported that students at Shenzhen Foreign Languages School in China’s Guangdong Province had decided to write postcards to thank U.S. veterans for helping China resist the Japanese invasion. The students came up with the idea this summer after visiting an exhibit of World War II photographs, according to the article.”

(Excerpt) Read more at Houston Chronicle.

“I don’t know if this even applies, but a few years ago I was asked to drop a PRC Chinese engineer off at a hotel in Dallas. We got to chatting in the car and he told me he was thirty-five years old and had lived in in the PRC (Communist China) his entire life. Being a WWII history buff, I asked him if knew what the AVG (Flying Tigers Group) was. Chinese folks always refer to the Flying Tigers as the American Volunteer Group!!! He immediately responded with, “Oh, you mean General Chenault’s P-40 fighter aircraft, Flying Tigers.” I was taken back, and said to him, “How do you know about the AVG, you were not even born at that time?”. He answered that the history of the AVG is taught in Chinese schools, so that China will never forget the contibutions and sacrifices of these young American volunteer aviators prior to the opening of WWII!! He said many Chinese citizens were tortured and slain protecting the life line to freedom provided by these young American volunteers. He said the blood of those Americans that lost their lives protecting China is forever imbedded in the soil and earth of the very being of China!!! The AVG still is alive and well in many Chinese thoughts, he said!!!”

“When the people of Communist China after 63 years of communist rule show greater gratitude for the sacrifices made by American soldiers for Freedom than has ever been offered by the current POTUS it is a day that makes you want to cry, but also want to cheer.”

“The story of the 1st AVG is one of the most fascinating aspects of US WWII aviation.One of my favorite reads is about how dozens of Chinese farmers dove into the water with one bamboo pole at a time to place under the wings of a ditched P-40, to refloat and salvage it.”

This book is about the best:

“Chenault of China”

“Tells me something about China, that if you help them, they won’t forget.Sometimes I wonder how much of an enemy China truly is…..”

“China” as in who specifically?

“The people of China may not forget but be assured, the Chinese government is not the people and will forget such for political and ideological expediency.”

“Most [Chinese] were stunned that I would be right there in the middle of a job helping them in any capacity that I could.Ditto Russia, when I visited back in ’97, most Russians were amazed that I would pitch right in and help in absolutely any way I could. One remarked, “No matter what a bigshot an American is, they all are willing to take up any hammer or any cleaning cloth and help! I think that’s why your country got so great.”
“It truly amazes me how much the people and governments, worldwide, are diverging in desires and ethics.”
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Back before Hillary had Wattles

October 14, 2011 1 comment

Hat Tip: TigerLikesRooster at Free Republic

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China’s debt spree returns to haunt

October 12, 2011 Leave a comment

From Free Republic:  The Telegraph ^ | 10/11/2011 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

Bail-outs are coming thick and fast in China. In less than a week the authorities have had to step in to prop up the banks, rescue the insolvent railway system and save the near bankrupt city of Wenzhou from a spectacular debt crash.

It is proving harder than expected for the central bank to manage a calibrated “soft-landing” after letting rip with credit to counter the Great Recession. The loan spree raised credit from 100pc to almost 200pc of GDP (on IMF estimates), including off-books trusts, letters of credit and sub-radar loans from Hong Kong.

The 30pc annual pace of loan growth is unprecedented in any major country in modern history. It is double the pace of America’s housing boom and Japan’s Nikkei bubble in the late 1980s. It may match US loan growth in the late 1920s.

The Communist Party is now struggling to cope with the fall-out. On Monday, the state investment fund Central Huijin began buying stakes in China’s four top banks to restore confidence and halt the slide in share prices.

The relief rally ignited bank shares on Tuesday. Agricultural Bank of China surged 13pc in Hong Kong. Shanghai’s bourse jumped 4pc but is still down 60pc from its peak in late 2008.

China’s finance ministry is quietly intervening to underwrite China’s railway system. This behemoth is drowning with $300bn of debts after breakneck expansion, is in arrears on $25bn of debts to its two largest suppliers and has run out of money to pay workers on the Lanzhou-Chonqing rail project.

The ministry has offered a 50pc tax break on railway debt to be auctioned on Wednesday. This is a signal that Beijing will stand behind the system. It is intended to lure back investors following the high-speed rail crash in July

(Excerpt)

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