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Joe Biden, Because He Has No Integrity, Demeans Himself By Attacking Joe the Plumber

October 17, 2008

I have never had any respect and admiration for Joe Biden.  Now I have less.

Oh, he has my genuine sympathy.  But respect?

No.

I went to the Congress about a year before Joe Biden.  I was a lowly staff member working for a member of the House of Representatives. Less that a year after Joe Biden arrived I was outside a meeting room filled with Senators and House members.  Biden and several staffers arrived late.  After Biden went into the meeting, his employees commenced to tell stories about how stupid their boss was for about an hour.

I left in disgust.  Before that I thought all senators were special.

No more.

Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., ...
Above: Joe Biden hides behind the Obama mantra of “Change.”  But he’s been a Senator from Delaware for some 35 years.  He claims he is a blue collar guy from Scranton, Pa., but he has a multi-million dollar house near his Mom’s in Delaware.  Here he speaks during a campaign rally in Henderson, Nev. on Friday, Oct. 17, 2008.(AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

You’ve witnessed some of Joe Biden at his normal, usual, incredible greatness since Barack Obama thought he needed someone smarter than himself on foreign policy.  You saw, “I have a three letter word for what’s important to Americans! J-O-B-S.”

That’s classic Joe Biden.  He also asked a state legislator who happens to be a paraplegic to “Stand up and take a bow!”

That’s Joe Biden.

But I never really had animosity toward Joe Biden until now.  Before this he only amused me and gained pity and laughter.  Now I have some distain for the man.

Joe Biden decided to pontificate on the issue of abortion at about the time of the Democratic National Convention.  He seemed to be telling Catholics that abortion was OK and his Church was confused.

Pontificating should be left to the Pontiff, Joe.

In fact, Mr. Biden (along with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi)  was confused about abortion and Catholic Church teaching.  Both earned repremands from multiple members of the Church hierarachy.

Did you see Joe Biden at the Catholic Charities dinner hosted by Cardinal Edward Egan last night?  John McCain and Barack Obama were welcome.  Joe Biden wasn’t welcome.  Why?  Because Joe Biden defies Catholic Church law and teaches his own version of Catholic Doctrine.

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., ...
Above: Where’s Joe Biden? Not welcome.  Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, Cardinal Edward Egan, center, and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., laugh during the Alfred E. Smith Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Biden, it seems, will do just about anything to get himself and Barack Obama elected to higher office.  Biden has forgotten that in politics, and in life, there is a “high road.”  Joe Bien has forgotten what “integrity” means.

So Biden has chosen the low road.

Case in point: Joe the Plumber. 

Joe the Plumber is a regular guy.  Joe the Plumber isn’t a perfect messenger and I love that.  He brought to the fore issues about Barack Obama’s economic and tax plan.

Joe Biden is all over Joe the Plumber like a dirty shirt.  Biden has pointed out that the Plumber lacks a plumbing license, might have a tax lien against him and maybe doesn’t even vote.

Who cares?  Joe the Plumber still got Obama to say what he really believes in: redistributing wealth from those that earn to those that don’t.

On Thursday Joe Biden went to NBC, which is clearly “in the tank” for Obama and not at all impartial, having lost all journalistic integrity, just to trash Joe the Plumber.  Biden opened the day on the “Today Show” and closed the day with Jay Leno.  Trashing Joe the Plumber all the way.

Host Jay Leno, right, and Democratic vice presidential candidate ...
Above: Host Jay Leno, right, and Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., talk during the taping of ‘The Tonight Show With Jay Leno’ at the NBC Studios in Burbank, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008. Biden apparently went on Leno’s show just to attack Joe the Plumber…..(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Biden was trying maybe to kill the messenger and by discrediting him, hoping we’ll all forget about his point: that Obama’s tax and economic plan is socialism that makes no sense to Americans earning a living.

Joe Biden: going after Mister Average should be beneath you.  You should be on the High Road.  But you’re not.

I have more respect for Joe the Plumber than Joe the Jerk Biden.  Any day.

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A few after thoughts:

1.  My Dad used to say, “You need a license to drive but not to say stupid things….”

2.  When I called my Vietnamese-born wife (she voted for the first time as a U.S. citizen four years ago) and said, “Joe Biden says Joe the Plumber doesn’t have a license so we shouldn’t believe him,” she responded, “Oh, PLEASE!”

3.


Above: A Plumber sent this to us…

US House Speaker slams Chinese ‘oppression’ in Tibet

March 21, 2008

By Nicolas Revise

DHARAMSHALA, India (AFP) – US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed Chinese “oppression” in Tibet on Friday as thousands of Tibetan exiles cheered her arrival in this Indian hill town to meet the Dalai Lama.

Tibetan spiritual leader-in-exile the Dalai Lama (L) shows US ...
Tibetan spiritual leader-in-exile the Dalai Lama (L) shows US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi the palace temple in Dharamsala. Pelosi slammed Chinese “oppression” in Tibet on Thursday as thousands of Tibetan exiles cheered her arrival in this Indian hill town to meet the Dalai Lama.(AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)

In a trip that angered Chinese officials, she flew into Dharamshala, seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile, to pay the first high-level call on the spiritual icon after anti-Chinese riots erupted in Tibet nearly two weeks ago.

“Speaking for myself, I would say if freedom-loving people throughout the world do not speak out against China‘s oppression in Tibet, we have lost our moral authority to speak on behalf of human rights anywhere in the world,” said Pelosi, draped in a golden scarf given to her by the Dalai Lama.

“The situation in Tibet is a challenge to the conscience of the world. What is happening, the world needs to know,” she told thousands of refugees waving Tibetan and US flags, who roared with approval.

“We are with you to meet that challenge. We are with you in this challenge.” The northern town was jammed with crowds of refugees, some with children hoisted on shoulders, and maroon-robed monks. Streets were festooned with banners proclaiming “American-Tibet Friendship.”

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‘Most wanted’ list out as China tightens pressure over Tibet

March 21, 2008
By Karl Malakunas

BEIJING (AFP) – China stepped up its pressure on Tibetan protesters on Friday, releasing photos of wanted suspects who were captured on film in the worst rioting against Chinese rule in Tibet in nearly 20 years.

But with security forces having been poured into Tibet and other Tibetan-populated areas of China, rights groups and activists warned of mass arrests and the possible torture of those taken into custody.

With China keen to put its best face forward ahead of the Olympic Games in Beijing in August, US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi had harsh words for China as she met the Dalai Lama in India.

“The situation in Tibet is a challenge to the conscience of the world,” said Pelosi, who was greeted by thousands of flag-waving Tibetan exiles as she arrived for talks Friday with Tibet’ s exiled spiritual leader.

“What is happening, the world needs to know,” she said.

Faced with international concern over its handling of the unrest that erupted last week against Chinese rule in Tibet, state media acknowledged for the first time that police had opened fire on protesters.

Key Setbacks Dim Luster of Democrats’ Year

December 20, 2007

 By Jonathan Weisman and Paul Kane
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, December 20, 2007; Page A01

The first Democratic-led Congress in a dozen years limped out of Washington last night with a lengthy list of accomplishments, from the first increase in fuel-efficiency standards in a generation to the first minimum-wage hike in a decade.

But Democrats’ failure to address the central issues that swept them to power left even the most partisan of them dissatisfied and Congress mired at a historic low in public esteem.

Handed control of Congress last year after making promises to end the war in Iraq, restore fiscal discipline in Washington and check President Bush’s powers, Democrats instead closed the first session of the 110th Congress yesterday with House votes that sent Bush $70 billion in war funding, with no strings attached, and a $50 billion alternative-minimum-tax measure that shattered their pledge not to add to the federal budget deficit.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/19/AR2007121902643.html?hpid=topnews

Pelosi: Denial on Iraq

November 23, 2007

By Charles Krauthammer
The Washington Post
November 23, 2007

It does not have the drama of the Inchon landing or the sweep of the Union comeback in the summer of 1864. But the turnabout of American fortunes in Iraq over the past several months is of equal moment — a war seemingly lost, now winnable. The violence in Iraq has been dramatically reduced. Political allegiances have been radically reversed. The revival of ordinary life in many cities is palpable. Something important is happening.

And what is the reaction of the war critics? Nancy Pelosi stoutly maintains her state of denial, saying this about the war just two weeks ago: “This is not working. . . . We must reverse it.” A euphemism for “abandon the field,” which is what every Democratic presidential candidate is promising, with variations only in how precipitous to make the retreat.

Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/22/AR2007112201089.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Pelosi: Our Candidate for “Catch and Release”

October 17, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
October 17, 2007

“Catch and release” refers to the popular fishing practice of releasing the hooked fish so that he can live and participate in that great sport another day. It has also been applied to our overcrowded prison system. Often judges release prisoners convicted of misdemeanors and minor crimes, sentencing them to something other than prison time like community service.

If only we had “Catch and release” for politicians. We often elect people to high office that turn out to be, let us say, releasable.

We’d nominate Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for Catch and Release.

Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi

Ms. Pelosi has put her own self and the interest of her small congressional constituency ahead of the national interest.

Last spring, Ms. Pelosi embarked upon what she called a “peace mission” to Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian territories. She was widely criticized for overstepping her authority as Speaker of the House and meddling in the job of the Secretary of State.

These past few weeks, Ms. Pelosi has championed an idea floated by her Armenian-American constituents to brand Turkey as a nation that fosters “genocide.” Sounds harmless enough. But the atrocities some call genocide started in 1915 and were committed by the now defunct Ottoman Empire.

Turkey took umbrage.

In fact, Turkey, though which some seventy percent of U.S. Iraq and Afghanistan war logistics flow, told its Ambassador in Washington DC to come home for “consultations.” Then Turkey threatened to stop support for the U.S. in the war. Now the Turkish parliament will apparently vote to invade Iraq to wipe out the troublesome Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, which Turkey considers a terrorist organization.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki warned Turkey that any incursion into Iraq would be unwelcome and “destabilizing.”

Ms. Pelosi, to satisfy a small local constituency, has muddled international relations on a grand scale.

If only we had catch and release for politicians.

Related:
Pelosi: Stumbling On Armenia

Pandering Pelosi-crats

Pelosi: Stumbling On Armenia

October 17, 2007

By Dan K. Thomasson
The Washington Times
October 17, 2007

One expects the Speaker of the House to be far more responsible, particularly when it comes to dealing with irresponsible, emotional demands of constituents. But what Nancy Pelosi seems to have forgotten is that her position makes her the next in line to be president of the United States after the vice president and that at times that may require putting the national interests ahead of political expediency no matter how many Armenian Americans are in her district.

Related:
Pelosi: Our Candidate for “Catch and Release”

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Torture? Well Intentioned Hearts Hurting the Nation?

October 11, 2007

Let me get this straight: the House Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday labeled Turkey a country that fosters “genocide” for acts of barbarism committed around 1915 by the failing Ottoman Empire which has nothing to do with Turkey today.  Isn’t this like convening a Nazi war crimes trial in Berlin today and putting the leadership of Germany on the stand?

Despite the fact that the President of the United States warned the House committee that their vote may harm relations with one of the key (and one of the ONLY predominately Islamic) U.S. allies in the war against terror, the committee voted to label Turkey a nation that supports genocide.

Now Ankara has withdrawn its ambassador from Washington.

Proud now, Mister Lantos?

Rep. Tom Lantos, the Chairman of the committee and several others are good and honorable men; and they have been under intense pressure from their Armenian-American constituents, most of whom reside in California, Nancy Pelosi’s home state.

Have we lost sight of the “big picture” to gain local state votes?

Is Mr. Lantos just seeking Armenian-American votes or does he really care about our men and women fighting a war; and the support that sustains them via Turkey?

I have a few problems with the committee’s actions.

First, both sides engaged in horrendous acts of lawlessness as the Ottoman Empire dissolved and World War I transpired. The facts are that evil was rampant on both sides and it is difficult to tell which side was worse. Second, the label of “genocide” now, almost 100 years later, gains us what? A good feeling? And third, everyone knew this labeling would offend Turkey; an ally we can ill afford to lose.  Seventy percent of U.S. supplies going to the war zone go through Turkey. Finally, this act has the potential to harmfully impact U.S. troops engaged in the field.

Even though we usually stand with human rights advocates foursquare, we deplore this committee action.

Which brings us to former President Jimmy Carter.

Proclaiming to the world that the U.S. has committed torture gains what?

The former president has just supported a position fostered by Osama bin Laden and others among the people who want to destroy America. Even if Mister Carter’s well intentioned accusations are accurate; it would have been better to hold fire until after the smoke of war cleared. Mister Carter, instead, while hawking his book on radio and TV shows, has sided with the terrorists and the enemy.

Ann Coulter has been accused of making bombastic statements while selling her latest book.  Now, knowingly or unknowingly, it doesn’t matter, you can add Jimmy Carter to Ann’s club.  And didn’t President Carter draw a lot of heat when his last book laid out a very problematic account of the Middle East?

President Carter is an honorable man; but he himself admits he was broke when he left the White House so he wrote a book.

Sometimes good intentions and a big heart can stand in the way of the nation’s objectives.

If we cannot stand together a little better on the big issues, we cannot beat Al Qaeda. Or anyone else.

–Submitted to Peace and Freedom by a concerned citizen.

Related:
Jimmy Carter: Human Rights Godsend Will Criticize Even His Own USA

Torture Policy Undermines U.S. Interests

Spurning Criticism, Rove Puts Blame on Democrats

August 18, 2007

WACO, Tex., Aug. 18 — During the last eight years, Karl Rove has been lionized and vilified, heralded as making the unlikely election victories of President Bush possible and impugned as reaching too high from an unusually powerful White House perch.

In the eyes of his many detractors, he has helped to send the Bush presidency off track in the process.

But in an interview at an IHOP restaurant here, days after he announced his resignation as Mr. Bush’s top political adviser, Mr. Rove defiantly dismissed the rash of fresh critiques that have come his way in the last several days, blaming the Democrats for the divisive tone that has dominated Mr. Bush’s tenure and for which he has frequently taken the blame.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/19/us/19rove.html

War By Every Possible Means

August 10, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
August 10, 2007

America is losing the world-wide war against America. That’s right, the world-wide war against America.

This is not just our war against terrorists or terrorism. This is also about three or four-fifths of the rest of the world opposing the “Only Superpower.”

Just as when ancient Rome became decadent and soft and hired more and more mercenaries to fight its wars; we Americans are discussing gay marriage at political “debates” while China and Russia make deals to oppose the U.S. plan to throttle Iran’s nuclear program.

While John Edwards is getting his $400.00 haircut, about one million Chinese “hackers” are launching a cyber attack against U.S. computers.

Why does Newt Gingrich, a student of history and a well schooled Washington insider, add to his speeches, “We are in trouble, and somebody had better start talking about it in a blunt way.”

You think that is just a cute tag line or does he believe it?

The war we are already engaged in is a world-wide war against the U.S. and that’s us.

We at Peace and Freedom view “war” as a struggle for dominance in many areas: geo-political influence, resources, science and technology and everything else. The U.S. has already proven, with the assistance of terrorists and insurgents from around the globe, that the best military doesn’t always “win.” The lessons of the war in Vietnam are locked in which Pentagon safe?

What we are talking about is a war by every possible means that is being launched against the U.S. and to which the U.S. should respond. It is a war to assemble political, manufacturing, military, technological and mineral wealth.

And we are losing.

Consider China. You have read any news lately in any credible “world view” publication or web site that DIDN’T have some jaw dropping news about China?

Here are just a few topics and headlines recently from China (and a few other places):

China could use pile of cash to invest in USA

China Threat: “Nuclear Option” Against U.S. Economy

China’s Golden Cyber-Shield

Vietnam: New Gold Rush

In Iraq, China Arming Both Sides: U.S.

Report: Risk of nuclear warfare rising

Missiles Everywhere

A $1.5 trillion mistake: Pakistan, North Korea, Iran and the Nuclear Nexus

Well, you get the idea.

During the last year, China opened the world’s largest seaport: in Pakistan. China deflected international pressure on the genocide in Darfur so it could continue to hustle Sudan’s leadership to gain a monopoly over that county’s oil. China destroyed a satellite with an Anti-Satellite (ASAT) missile test. A Chinese submarine maneuvered undetected into a position that allowed it to surface within sight of a U.S. aircraft carrier. North Korea tested at least one nuclear device. Iran threatened to go nuclear and tested missiles of increasing range: perhaps they can already reach into Europe. And while the U.N. and U.S. wring their hands about pollution and global warming, China continues to hide behind the legalese that it is a “developing nation” and exempt from restrictions like those in the Kyoto pact. That air pollution over Beijing is from manufacturing, my friend. A manufacturing juggernaut.

During the last year Vladimir Putin in Russia has opposed the U.S. on all fronts, invoking old Cold War rhetoric. Russia has been reinvigorated by oil wealth.

Chihuahuas like Hugo Chavez upped their ugly rhetoric and initiated more anti-U.S. positions and actions.

Cindy Sheehan when to Venezuela to visit. Nancy Pelosi went to Syria to visit. And during a Democratic debate, Barak Obama said he’s go anywhere to visit.

While Meredith Viera of NBCs TODAY Show tasted Chinese cuisine in Beijing to the delight of some grinning Chinese stooge Olympic handler, China was sucking as much iron and tin out of Africa as it could find.

While Americans sat transfixed to Paris Hilton and other meaningless and fleeting news, some ground-shaking world events have occurred. What we need to know is: has this been due to geological shifts or nuclear testing?

I don’t want to be painted an alarmist and dismissed to a corner of the room. What we are urging is a reawakening of our view of the world situation and a change to the sleepwalking politicians at the debates so far. Get Dennis Kucinich off the stage for God’s sake and let’s hear what Mr. Gingrich has to say.

My friend Les Lothringer, who lives and works in China and has spent his lifetime understanding international business says, “The U.S. has made a mistake allowing so much manufacturing and R&D to come here [to China], or anywhere for that matter. It should be brought back to the U.S. The Chinese economy will slow. Americans will learn some financial discipline and American domestic technical know-how, which made the US pre-eminent, will assert itself.”

To ignore Les’ advice is folly, we believe. Viewed as a monopoly board, all the hotels and properties are headed out of the U.S.

And we are not even discussing this mass migration.

Related:

 Excellent Gingrich Speech, National Press Club, Aug. 7, 2007

Americans Swallowing Communist Precept: Ideology Over Competence

Beijing is rushing to make its air clean for the 2008 Olympics, but experts say it will be impossible for the site to be totally safe for athletes at the global sporting event.
Beijing on a “clear” day…..

Related:
Russia, China and allies play war game
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Prioritizing Trouble