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Obama wins

What I said in 2008:

I may be wrong, but it strikes me that Obama's election is the greatest victory for the global jihad since 9/11 in 2001. And the greatest success for the western left since the fall of Vietnam in 1975. And the greatest success for the western media since the fall of Vietnam.

Around the world, those many millions who hate America and want it to fail are celebrating an Obama win. Around the world, those many millions who say they like America, but want it weak and unaggressive, are celebrating an Obama win.

Around the world, those few foreigners who want America to lead the world, who want American victory against its enemies, who want America to be strong and aggressive in defence of our shared western civilization, are worried and fearful about what the American people are doing.

  • Victor Davis Hanson, January 17, 2009, on whether the US will survive another 7 years without attack: "Risks now seen by terrorists and rogue states as unwise during the cowboyish Bush administration may once again seem worth reconsideration in a manner reminiscent of the Clinton years. Talking of soft power, multilateralism, the U.N., dialogue, and restoring our image abroad ... may send the opposite message that the U.S. is now predictable - and predictably not going to hit hard back when provoked. Deterrence is earned with difficulty and over many years, but it is easily lost".
  • Victor Davis Hanson, October 17, 2008, is pessimistic about an Obama presidency: "A great many moderates and conservatives are worn out and tired of Bush and Bush hatred, the European furor, serial charges of racism and illiberalism, and finally, in their weariness, think that Obama will, in a variety of ways, just make all the ickiness go away - as if he will make all of us be liked abroad and end racial and red/blue fighting at home. They should ask themselves whether Jimmy Carter restored American popularity with his human rights campaigns, praise of left-wing dictators, ... boasts of no more inordinate fear of communism, etc., or whether Obama, in his Trinity/Acorn/Pfleger years, brought racial healing and understanding to Chicago."

  • Obama victory speech, 4 November 2008: "Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope." Just one word missing, and yet it reveals so much. Had he said "not only from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth .." it would be almost a different speech. He would be almost a different (and more reassuring) person. Just one word missing, and yet it reveals a disturbing mindset.

Just kidding, of course.
But it's important to get started early.
From here. More here.

The world reacts

America's enemies react to Obama win

America's enemies understand Obama, even if the American voter doesn't.

The jihad continues

  • The jihad continues after Obama's election on 4 Nov 2008.
  • In the first week alone:
    • 5 Nov - Iraq - Jihadi suicide airport bombing kills 6.
    • 6 Nov - Pakistan - Jihadi suicide bombing kills 22.
    • 6 Nov - Russia - Jihadi suicide bus bombing kills 11.
    • 7 Nov - Iraq - Jihadi bombings kill 6.
    • 8 Nov - Somalia - Jihadis execute aid worker.
    • 9 Nov - Afghanistan - Jihadi suicide bomber kills 2 Spanish soldiers.
    • 9 Nov - Iraq - Jihadi suicide bomber kills 3.
    • 9 Nov - Philippines - Jihadi gunmen shoot 2 children.
    • 10 Nov - Iraq - Jihadi suicide bombers kill 30.
    • 10 Nov - Iraq - Jihadi child suicide bomber kills 7.
    • 11 Nov - Pakistan - Jihadi suicide bombing kills 4.
    • 11 Nov - Iraq - Jihadis kill 3 newpaper vendors.
    • And this is not even a complete list for the first week alone. Funny enough, the jihad isn't stopping just because Obama was elected.

  • Mumbai terror attacks, Nov 2008. 160 dead.
    • Mark Steyn on Mumbai, November 29, 2008: "So Bush is history, and we have a new president who promises to heal the planet, and yet the jihadists don't seem to have got the Obama message that there are no enemies, just friends we haven't yet held talks without preconditions with. This isn't about repudiating the Bush years, or withdrawing from Iraq, or even liquidating Israel. It's bigger than that. And if you don't have a strategy for beating back the ideology, you'll lose."
    • Even now, the jihad will be plotting to attack the US under Obama.

From here.

Is it in bad taste to criticise the American people's decision?

Most of the American right want to hold back from criticising the people's choice for a few weeks or even months. Yes, democracy is sacred. The vote must be respected. But there's nothing wrong with criticising it. The American right never held back from criticising the Spanish people's choice after Madrid (nor should they). The American left (and all of Europe) didn't wait one day before attacking the American people's choice in 2004 (nor should they). Front page British newspapers even called the American people stupid the next day.

So enough with such blatant hypocrisy and double standards. As a non-American I feel no need to hold back from saying what I would say about any western country that elected a leader like this. The American right will soon be saying the same thing as me anyway.

  • 2008 exit polls

  • I have to permanently change my view of the American people. I thought they were smarter than this. 60 million people (46 percent) voted for McCain. But 69 million people (53 percent) voted for Obama. I really am surprised at the American people. If America no longer cares to lead the West against its enemies, we are all in big trouble.
  • Onion Report: 60 Million People You'd Never Talk To Voting For Other Guy

  • One thing is true: 9/11 is history. It is now forgotten. People voted on the economy (according to polls) and because Obama is black (according to all that anybody talked about after the election). They said 9/11 would change the world. But only for a while. After a couple of years, Americans went back to sleep and hardly ever think about the jihad now. If Al Qaeda doesn't hit them again, Americans can't be expected to pay attention.

  • Shelby Steele, November 6, 2008, says Obama had few selling points other than the dream of a black President:
    • "In fact, this was his only true political originality. On the level of public policy, he was quite unremarkable. His economics were the redistributive axioms of old-fashioned Keynesianism; his social thought was recycled Great Society. But all this policy boilerplate was freshened up - given an air of "change" - by the dreamy post-racial and post-ideological kitsch he dressed it in. This worked politically for Obama because it tapped into a deep longing in American life - the longing on the part of whites to escape the stigma of racism. ... He knew whites were stigmatized as being prejudiced, and that they hated this situation and literally longed for ways to disprove the stigma."
    • (Shelby Steele, you are aware, is black.)
    • He points out something I feel. As everyone bangs on and on about how great it is that Obama's black, I sometimes feel as if they are all racists, and I am the only post-racist in the room. "A real post-racialist could not be bargained with and would not care about displaying or documenting his racial innocence. Such a person would evaluate Obama politically rather than culturally. ... There is nothing to suggest that Obama will lead America into true post-racialism."

  • Jay Nordlinger, November 13, 2008, unlike most of the right, refuses to be positive: "I worry that the Obama years, like the Carter years, will be a field day of adventurism for the worst regimes."
  • John Derbyshire: "I see that some of my NRO colleagues are scratching around for shards of optimism - of Hope! - in the general wreckage. Good luck to them. I see nothing for conservatives to hope for in an Obama administration. We just have to stick it out."
  • Melanie Phillips: "The hyperbole for once is not exaggerated: this is a watershed election which changes the fate of the world. The fear however is that the world now becomes very much less safe for all of us as a result. ... the enemies of America, freedom and the west will certainly be rejoicing today."
  • Comment on the deliriously happy media coverage this side of the Atlantic: "All I can see on the TV is wall to wall Obamamania. In all my life, I have never seen such a toady brown-nosing wankfest by the UK main stream media. Was the TV coverage of Blair's winning of the Premiership this bad?"
  • Moonbattery: "Congratulations, moonbats. ... This is a day of celebration for everyone hostile to America and the principles of individual liberty for which it stands. Enjoy it while you can. ... Bush's subpar performance will soon fade from memory, as Obama's malignant collectivist ideology and lack of qualifications become impossible for the media to hide. ... As promised by Plugs Biden, Obama will be tested, and he isn't likely to pass. We've had awful leaders before. New York's atrocious affirmative action mayor, David Dinkins, gave way to Rudy Giuliani. Jimmy Carter gave way to the only great president of our lifetimes, Ronald Reagan. America will turn toward greatness again, once it realizes it has been tricked into temporarily embracing disgrace and decline."

I feel as if the Penguin has won.

Celebrating American weakness and coming defeat.
Obama celebration on University of Illinois campus.
Search for more Obama celebrations.

42 year old Obama supporter celebrates: "This is the first day in my life I actually feel this funny sense of pride about my country. It's a very foreign feeling". If people like that are happy, this election must be very bad news indeed.

Margaret Thatcher - At last, a woman as Prime Minister!
Lefties and feminists - did you dance in the streets when Thatcher won? Wasn't it fantastic to have the first female Prime Minister? No? You didn't celebrate? You didn't care that she was a woman? You cared what her policies were? Well now you understand why I don't celebrate today. Now do you understand? I don't care that Obama's black. I care what his policies are. And that's why I do not celebrate his election. I think it is a disaster.
Image from here.

From the nice site "From 52 to 48 With Love". See full size.
And who knows, maybe Obama will grow up in office.
No (shakes head), it's not going to happen.

Where's a site like "Sorry Everybody" now that we actually need it?

What I said before the election:

America is about to make a terrible mistake

Incredibly, in the wake of the economic crisis, America looks set to elect Barack Obama, the most left-wing president ever. Obama is an orthodox leftist with a long history of links to anti-Americans of all types, both secular and Islamist. He has many links to radical, anti-American Islamists. He has attended a radical, left-wing, anti-American church for 20 years. He has associated with radical, left-wing domestic terrorists for over 10 years. He is ranked the no.1 most left-wing senator in the Senate. He has always been a left-wing defeatist in the war against Islamist terror, and in office he is likely to make America lose it. In particular, he is likely to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq.

Everything in his past tells us that Obama will lose the Iraq War. If Americans want to see their country weak and humbled, its military betrayed, its allies on the ground massacred, and its enemies rampant and triumphant, then vote for Obama. There's a pretty good chance he'll bring that about. Whereas with McCain, there is no chance at all that will happen.

I guess the voters are blaming the Republicans for the economic crisis, and they're not thinking about foreign policy at all. It looks like a lucky, lucky year for America's enemies. I'd be surprised if Americans really are naive enough to vote for Obama. Let's hope they make the right decision.

Obama's election will excite America's enemies

McCain responds to Joe Biden, who openly said, Oct 2008, that an Obama/Biden victory will make America's enemies excited, and they will move to "test" this naive, inexperienced young man. (Whereas no such "test" will take place with McCain, since America's enemies know what the result would be.) Thank you Joe for telling the truth. America's enemies can't wait for an Obama victory.
See also Lindsey Graham's response.

Sarah Palin's smart and funny response to Biden.

Obama's links to terrorists

Sarah Palin, Oct 2008, criticises Obama for his links to terrorists.
"Our opponent is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists who targeted their own country."

See also Sarah Palin's hilarious reply to Obama's claim that he didn't know who Ayers was: "And since he got called out on his plans to meet unconditionally with terror state leaders like Ahmadinejad, will he now claim that he was unaware of his radical background?"

The questions the media will never ask Obama:
  1. When did you first meet Bill Ayers? When did you first meet Bernardine Dohrn?
  2. When did you first learn that they were unrepentant terrorists?
  3. Did you ever tell either of them that you condemned their terrorist activities?
  4. Did you ever express reservations to anyone about serving on boards with Ayers? About funding his radical educational initiatives? About having him host a political reception for you? About accepting a campaign contribution from him?
  5. How many times have you or your wife been in his home? How many times have he or Dohrn been in yours?
  6. When did you last have any communication with Ayers or Dohrn?
The media will never ask, because the media does not do its job.

Palin is more qualified than Obama

The inexperienced Obama responds, 1 Sept 2008, to the (obviously true) statement that Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin is more qualified than him. For some reason he talks about her previous job as a small town mayor rather than her current job as Governor of Alaska (25,000 employees, budget of $10 billion). Hilariously, Obama argues that he is more qualified than a Governor of a state because he has run an election campaign!
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Newt Gingrich is asked about Sarah Palin's experience.
He compares it to Obama's experience.
"Reporter almost cries, then sends it back to Olbermann"
From here. And more copies.

2008 conventions

Rudy Giuliani on Obama, 2008 convention speech, 3 Sept 2008: "But he's never - he's never run a city. He's never run a state. He's never run a business. He's never run a military unit. He's never had to lead people in crisis. He is the least experienced candidate for president of the United States in at least the last 100 years. Not a personal attack, a statement of fact. Barack Obama has never led anything, nothing, nada."

Sarah Palin, 2008 convention speech, 3 Sept 2008, replies to Obama: "Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown. And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities."

Palin on Obama: "This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word "victory" except when he's talking about his own campaign."

Barack Obama

Yes, he's young, cool, fit, handsome and black. Yes, it would be a nice statement to have a black President. But none of this is a good enough reason to vote for him. Politics should be about ideas, not about style.

Obama will lose the Iraq War

If we talk about substance, Obama is no Reagan or JFK. He is a bog-standard left-wing defeatist. They weren't.

Victory is coming in Iraq.
And Obama wants to throw it all away.
From Vets for Freedom.

Everyone who hates America and wants it to lose supports Obama

A reply to Michelle Obama saying in Feb 2008:
"for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country".

Obama's radical, anti-American church

For the last 20 years, Obama has sat in, donated large amounts of money to, and exposed his daughters to a radical, anti-white, anti-American church. It is very sad. Obama was meant to be the post-racist candidate. And yet the more we find out about his background, the dodgier he looks. This issue will never go away.

Obama's radical, anti-American church.

Q: Do you still attend Trinity?
OBAMA: Yep. Every week. 11 oclock service.
Q: Do you have people in your life that you look to for guidance?
OBAMA: Well, my pastor
[Wright] is certainly someone who I have an enormous amount of respect for. I have a number of friends who are ministers. Reverend Meeks is a close friend and colleague of mine in the state Senate. Father Michael Pfleger is a dear friend, and somebody I interact with closely.
- Interview with Obama, March 27, 2004.

The Epic of Obamacles

From here. Replaces older version.

"When Obamacles reached the shores of Chicago, he saw no monsters; Yet its bone-strewn sands announced a land of many unseen dangers. And though he be clever, Obamacles did not understand his task, ... "Community organizer?" he wondered, "What the fuck is that?" And yet he pushed from house to house, offering to organize the people, But lo, the Southside people shunned him, slamming doors and mocking sad Obamacles. "O people of Chicago, why do you shun me so?" he lamented. "I have a bachelor's degree and I am here to organize you.""

"The Jeremiad was astonished by the boldness of Obamacles and his clever flattery. He said: "You have much bravery for a white man, Obamacles. But to become an authentic brother, you must prove your worthiness in the torments of the pews." Hour after hour, Sunday after Sunday, year after year, Obamacles stood before Jeremiad And the other monsters of the pulpit, Phlegeron and Mekus, withstanding their bellows of fire, Never blinking or flinching, and seldom falling asleep. The Jeremiad was pleased and and absolved Obamacles of his whiteness, and allowing him to finally organize the community."

"the strange mutant beasts of this Isle of the Damned soon were transfixed by their enchantments: Ayres, the decrepit conjurer of fireballs; his wife Doron, worshipper of murderers; Rezko, Philistine Lord of the Pits of Slumos; ... And all of the monsters of the Pulpit from Jeremiad to Pherekon. Obamacles had conquered all of the Chicagomon"

"Obamacles ... knew the people of Demos longed to return to the White Temple, where they had been banished by the idiot emperor Chimpos II. Although the Demos knew that Chimpos was the stupidest person in the world, and they were the smartest, they had somehow been unable to defeat him."

""I will conjure our Spartans back from Babylonia," said Obamacles. "Hilldusa voted with Chimpos. I say it is time to begin the war to end this war." The words of Obamacles created a murmur in the agora, for on Demos the people wished the Spartans home from war, to face trial for war crimes or be caged as madmen. Like in the many tragedies at the Demos Odeon Octoplex."

"Obamacles was taking no chances for the general battle; He had no more further use for the Chicagomon and thus he summoned Underbus, the destroyer of memes. One by one he disposed them, The Jeremiad and Phlegeron and Ayres, all sacrificed to Underbus."

"wily Crustius had a secret trick up his toga. From his rock-strewn shipwreck he summoned Palina, huntress of Wasilla, Whose fertile loins had many odd-named children bore, ... And yet she retained the visage and figure of a goddess. Palina emerged from the sea, ... Brandishing the spear that had slain a thousand antlered beasts. Once mutinous, the Crustonauts were instantly heartened, For now they sensed a chance at victory."

"Although his pollsters warned of danger, Obamacles was stalwart .. "Attack," he beckoned very calmly, And from across the land of Soros, a thousand score of demons answered; HuffPo nutjobs, New York Kronos, the shrieking hags of talk TV, Couric, Fey, Oprah, Behar, the hermaphrodites of NBC."

"Now behold him, brave Obamacles, Who strides triumphant down Pennsylvania Avenue, ... "All hail Obamacles!" they cry, "Master of Bullshit, Vicelord of the Chicagomon, Slayer of Hildusa, Vanquisher of Palina. You are our new and shiny hope, a true god amongst mortals.""

"And yet once more the Oracle appears to Obamacles, ... The Oracle spoke out from the depths of the guacamole: "I bid thee welcome to the White House where your true test now begins: ... A world of of evil filled with monsters, who are unmoved by flowery talk, Invulnerable to race cards or leftwing blogger insults, Who Hope for Change in megatons. Do not despair! For look before you, The noble army who brought you here: Thespians and hiphop moguls, Graphic artists, hipster twats, The academic scribes of Athens, basic cable sycophants. These are the arrows in your quiver, for the coming epic tests; ... Good luck with that, well-spoken hero, I think I'll grab a snack and watch.""

Obama "Facts"

Obama "facts" from here.

John McCain

Barack Obama

Obama and the War

Obama's advisers

Media bias for Obama

Obama's church

Obama's links to terrorists

Obama conspiracy theories

The worship of Obama

Child worship of Obama

The left and Sarah Palin

I'm not really a Palin fan. Apart from anything else, she has said little about foreign policy.

But the hatred being directed against her (and her lovely family) from the left is just incredible. See round-up. The left has really disgraced itself on this issue. Shame on them.

From Andrew Sullivan down, I really can't stand the people who hate her.

Sadly, the first black President is a left-wing defeatist

Yes it is a nice historical statement to have a black President. But why does it have to be a defeatist left-winger?

Maybe you (are thick and) think I was against Obama because he's black. So this is for you. Here are some people who I think would be good Presidents, rather than the standard leftist defeatist Obama.

I'd be perfectly happy with Condoleezza Rice as President.

I'd be perfectly happy with Thomas Sowell as President.

I'd be perfectly happy with Walter E. Williams as President.

I'd be perfectly happy with Deroy Murdock as President.

I'd be perfectly happy with Ayaan Hirsi Ali as President.

I'd be perfectly happy with Rama Yade as President.

But I am not happy with Barack Obama as President. Why? Because of his ideas. They are standard left-wing defeatist ideas. I didn't agree with them before Obama came along, and I still don't agree with them.

Victor Davis Hanson, September 22, 2009, points out that President Obama is part of the racist world, not part of the post-racist world:

"As I wrote often, the election of the "healer" Barack Obama, I felt, would make racial relations worse, despite the bipartisan appreciation of his historical candidacy. Why? Obama had, by his voting record, proven the most partisan Senator in Congress. His career in Chicago was predicated on racial-identity politics. His 20-year membership in the racist Rev. Wright's pulpit was predicated on the need for establishing street credibility and racialist credentials. ... In other words, I thought it would be very difficult for a candidate who had seen problems in terms of racial identity to transcend his past, however elegant and moving the rhetoric. In contrast, there are dozens of major black political figures, and, I believe, the vast majority of Americans of all races, who see race as incidental rather than essential to their personas."

"I found a party that sees me as an individual, not as part of a group."
- Condoleezza Rice on why she joined the individualist Republicans, in contrast to the race and group-identity obsessed Democrats.

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