A Little Voting Help Needed

Good Morning SUFA. I am requesting a little bit of voting help from all of you this morning. Many of our long-time readers are very well acquainted with Rani Merryman, one of my best friends since we were kids. Rani ran for office last year and, after a sucker punch from the GOP, barely lost her election campaign. Most of you were not eligible to cast your vote for her. But this time you are all eligible to cast a vote in a different type of contest. Rani’s sister, Sean Bockstie, is a really amazing singer whom I have had the pleasure of listening to for several decades now. Sean is singing in a contest and needs our votes to catapult her to victory.

The contest is “Singing for the Suns” in Hagerstown, MD. The Hagerstown Suns are a minor league baseball team (that happens to have one of the hottest prospects in baseball). The local television news station there selected 5 singers to compete singing the National Anthem. Sean was one of the 5. Each singer sang the anthem on a morning broadcast last week and now the voting has begun to select the winner, who will sing the National Anthem at the game the day before Independence Day. Sean currently has garnered 41.2% of the vote and sits in second place. I would like to change that to first place!

All you have to do is click on the link below and vote for Sean. She is Singer #4. You do have the ability to watch the video of her singing there. I appreciate anyone who takes the time to go and vote…

http://your4state.com/fun/webxtras

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Comments

  1. Mathius has voted.

    Unfortunately, as a vote is an act of violence, I fear that this makes me inherently evil. 😦

    I am, after all, a barbarian.

    That said, speaking of awesome votes, HUZZAH FOR NEW YORK!

    • USWeapon says:

      Agreed my friend. New York doesn’t do a lot that I agree with these days. But as you are aware, this is something that I wholeheartedly support.

      As for being inherently evil… aren’t all those who fall left of center that way?

  2. She is the best of the bunch anyway. Good Luck Sean.

    Mathius is a barbarian!

  3. To Mathius the Barbarian…….

    Huah!!!

    To USW: Will do.

    To the rest: Hoooowwwwdeeeeee!!!!!

  4. Little hijack here:

    Fox News Headline today: Iran to US. You are the terrorists.

    D13 to Iran: Stick it up your ass.

  5. REFUGIO, Texas — Investigators say a man has died while in the act of raping an elderly South Texas woman.

    The Refugio County Sheriff’s Office identifies the man as 53-year-old Isabel Chavelo Gutierrez. Sheriff’s Sgt. Gary Wright says the incident happened June 2 after he rode two miles by bicycle from his home to that of his 77-year-old victim in the tiny coastal community of Tivoli.

    He says the 5-feet-7-inches tall, 230-to-250 pound man sneaked into the woman’s house and raped her at knifepoint. During the attack, he said he wasn’t feeling well, rolled over and died. His body was sent to the Nueces County medical examiner in Corpus Christi for autopsy.

    Gutierrez was a registered sexual offender on parole from a sentence for aggravated sexual assault and indecency with a child.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/06/14/man-dies-while-raping-elderly-texas-woman/#ixzz1QKLMtjhi

    Need I say more…..Don’t mess with Texas

  6. Well, well, well-Wonder if anyone will listen to experience talking.

    June 25, 2011
    Netherlands abandoning multiculturalism
    Thomas Lifson

    In a landmark turnabout, one of the cornerstones of contemporary liberalism is being rejected by one of the fountainheads of liberalism. The politically correct doctrine of multiculturalism is heading for decline, as Holland, one of the most socially liberal societies on earth, is reversing its former policy of multiculturalism. Soeren Kern, writing for Hudson New York, covers an important story that has gotten almost no notice from the American media, which wishes to pretend that multiculturalism works just fine:

    A new integration bill (covering letter and 15-page action plan), which Dutch Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner presented to parliament on June 16, reads: “The government shares the social dissatisfaction over the multicultural society model and plans to shift priority to the values of the Dutch people. In the new integration system, the values of the Dutch society play a central role. With this change, the government steps away from the model of a multicultural society.”

    The letter continues: “A more obligatory integration is justified because the government also demands that from its own citizens. It is necessary because otherwise the society gradually grows apart and eventually no one feels at home anymore in the Netherlands. The integration will not be tailored to different groups.”

    The new integration policy will place more demands on immigrants. For example, immigrants will be required to learn the Dutch language, and the government will take a tougher approach to immigrants to ignore Dutch values or disobey Dutch law.

    The government will also stop offering special subsidies for Muslim immigrants because, according to Donner, “it is not the government’s job to integrate immigrants.” The government will introduce new legislation that outlaws forced marriages and will also impose tougher measures against Muslim immigrants who lower their chances of employment by the way they dress. More specifically, the government will impose a ban on face-covering Islamic burqas as of January 1, 2013.

    This occurred just a day before a Dutch court acquitted Geert Wilders of defaming Islam by, in part, reading from the Koran. It looks as though common sense is triumphing in one of the nations which led the western world down the path of political correctness. It is hard to overstate the potential importance of this development for societies elsewhere, including the United States.

    Kern’s report includes some fascinating background information on the transformation of the Dutch political environment, including an about face on the part of Interior Minister Donner on the subject. Read the whole thing.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/06/netherlands_abandoning_multiculturalism.html

  7. Today, at the opening ceremonies of the International Association of Barbarians being held at an undisclosed castle in Germany, delegates to the Annual Barbarian Feast have elected the new International Barbarian Chieftain (IBC) for the 2011-2012 Pillaging Year. Mathius, of the New York Liberal Barbarian Chapter, has been enthroned as IBC! All hail IBC Mathius!!!!

    And in other news – I voted. Current results:

    Sean Bockstie 50.2%
    Alexis Barone 39.8%
    Hearts in Harmony 5.5%
    Merrick Jensen 4.2%
    Jim Morrison 0.3%

  8. gmanfortruth says:

    I voted as well. Sean has a 9.5 percentage point lead as of my vote, GO SEAN!

  9. Don’t mess with Texas – Part two

    Governor Perry signed into state law to preserve the incandescent light bulb over this compact florescent light bulb. The NDRC (China) is very upset at the Texas law and the EPA is equally upset at the law. Perry, in a news conference yesterday, says that China is not his problem and it is time we took jobs away from China and the EPA is everybody’s problem.,,,as is any Federal agency. A new plant is destined to open in Texas to produce the incandescent bulb for 50 cents and will employ 1100 people. Texas, in these hard times, has produced 35% of the new jobs nationwide and these new jobs are not Federal. No more of these stupid $5 dollar bulbs made in China.

    When asked about the EPA findings that incandescent bulbs are environmentally harmful, Perry states that the only harm being done to the environment IS the EPA and the hot air it puts out. Come to Texas, he said, and we will show you how we dispose of these used bulbs. (Rumor has it that with all the federal personnel that there are, there are plenty of asses to shove the used bulbs up). However, should they run out of Federal butts, we will do what we have always done. Ground them up into Road-a-mill and use them that way.

    Adding, Texas solved its budget problems without Federal money, without raising taxes, without instituting new taxes (ie. income or corporate), and without pushing anything to the next budget. It was hard to do and it hurt but it is done.

    There is a caveat to new business coming to Texas, as the proposed plant to produce the incandescent bulb….no Federal money allowed. The State has funds to loan to businesses.

    • :::sigh::::,,,,,lack of proof reading

      Ground=grind

      oops

    • Murphy's Law says:

      Texas has entered the fight
      O’er incandescent vs fluorescent light.
      China is pi$$ed,
      Add the EPA to that list…
      So Perry must be doing something right!

      • Arguing that incandescents are dangerous is almost laughable after all the evidence that the new bulb is just as dangerous-maybe more. I do know that sound bites of lines like this one “it is time we took jobs away from China” will play well in the media-I would have said “take back jobs” but the words are good either way.

  10. Go Sean! Still in the lead but that Alexis chick is moving in.

    Speaking of Texas…..what is this about?

    http://www.therightscoop.com/convoy-of-mexican-soldiers-crosses-u-s-border/

    Beautiful day in WI – heading out to the links – second weekend in a row! How does that compare to The One’s record?

    • Hi Kathy…not to worry. The Feds on the border did not know what to do and let them on the bridge. Had they gone 200 yards further instead of turning around, there was a contingent of Texas National Guard loaded and ready as well as a contingent of Texas Rangers. We are watching our own border because the Feds are not. We have it handled and would have fired upon the Mexican soldiers as we already have on two other occasions.

  11. Murphy's Law says:

    I voted as well. I listened to them all…
    Sean is the best!

  12. In Gold Cup final, it’s red, white and boo again
    Mexico rallies for a 4-2 win over U.S. behind overwhelming support at Rose Bowl. In what other country would the visitors have home-field advantage?

    Fans cheer prior to the Gold Cup Final at the Rose Bowl. The U.S. team was roundly booed as a vast majority of attendees supported Mexico, which won 4-2. “We’re not booing the country, we’re booing the team,” one fan said. (Kelvin Kuo / US PRESSWIRE / June 25, 2011)
    By Bill Plaschke

    June 25, 2011, 10:15 p.m.
    It was imperfectly odd. It was strangely unsettling. It was uniquely American.

    On a balmy early Saturday summer evening, the U.S soccer team played for a prestigious championship in a U.S. stadium … and was smothered in b

    Its fans were vastly outnumbered. Its goalkeeper was bathed in a chanted obscenity. Even its national anthem was filled with the blowing of air horns and bouncing of beach balls.

    Most of these hostile visitors didn’t live in another country. Most, in fact, were not visitors at all, many of them being U.S. residents whose lives are here but whose sporting souls remain elsewhere.

    Welcome to another unveiling of that social portrait known as a U.S.-Mexico soccer match, streaked as always in deep colors of red, white, blue, green … and gray.

    “I love this country, it has given me everything that I have, and I’m proud to be part of it,” said Victor Sanchez, a 37-year-old Monrovia resident wearing a Mexico jersey. “But yet, I didn’t have a choice to come here, I was born in Mexico, and that is where my heart will always be.”

    On a street outside the Rose Bowl before the Gold Cup final, Sanchez was hanging out near a motor home that was hosting 17 folks — 15 of whom were Mexico fans. Inside, that ratio held, there seemingly being about 80,000 Mexico fans among the announced crowd of 93,420.

    This was Staples Center filled with Boston Celtics fans. This was Chavez Ravine filled with Giants jerseys. This was as weird as it was wild and, for a U.S. team that lost, 4-2, it had to be wearisome.

    “Obviously … the support that Mexico has on the night like tonight makes it a home game for them,” said U.S. Coach Bob Bradley, choosing his words carefully. “It’s part of something we have to deal with on the night.”

    It wasn’t just something. It was everything. I’ve never heard more consistent loud cheering for one team here, from the air horns to the “Ole” chants with each Mexico pass, all set to the soundtrack of a low throbbing roar that began in the parking lot about six hours before the game and continued long into the night.

    Even when the U.S. scored the first two goals, the Mexico cheers stayed strong, perhaps inspiring El Tri to four consecutive goals against a U.S. team that seemed dazed and confused. Then when it ended, and the Mexican players had danced across the center of the field in giddy wonder while the U.S. players had staggered to the sidelines in disillusionment, the madness continued.

    Because nobody left. Rather amazingly, the Mexico fans kept bouncing and cheering under headbands and sombreros, nobody moving an inch, the giant Rose Bowl jammed for a postgame trophy ceremony for perhaps the first time in its history.

    And, yes, when the U.S. team was announced one final time, it was once again booed.

    “We’re not booing the country, we’re booing the team,” Sanchez said. “There is a big difference.”

    Mexico soccer fans have long since proven to be perhaps the greatest fans of any sports team that plays in this country, selling out venues from here to Texas to New Jersey, dwarfing something like Red Sox Nation, equaling any two SEC football fan bases combined.

    But eventually, the rules for their unrequited love get tricky. Because eventually, Mexico ends up playing the U.S. team on U.S. soil. And then folks start wondering, as they surely did Saturday, is it really right for folks who live here to boo and jeer as if they don’t?

    “I know, it’s strange, and when we got here, we were a little worried,” said Roy Martinez, a U.S. fan who wrapped himself in an American flag and led “USA” cheers to passing cars outside the stadium before the game. “But, you know, it works.”

    It was truly strange but, in the end, it indeed worked, perhaps because there is pride in living in one of the only countries where it could work.

    How many places are so diverse that it could fill football stadiums with folks whose roots are somewhere else? How many places offer such a freedom of speech that someone can display an American flag on their porch one day and cheer against the flag the next?

    I hated it, but I loved it. I was felt as if I was in a strange place, and yet I felt right at home.

    Certainly, for the U.S. team, it undoubtedly stinks. But then, well, to be honest, the team stinks.

    All the misguided hopes that surrounded their advancement into the second round of the 2010 World Cup — We beat Algeria, whoopee! — have come crashing down in recent lackluster play under Bradley.

    If this were any other country, Bradley would have been relieved by now. But because U.S. expectations remain sadly low, he is allowed to continue guiding a team whose mistakes and missteps led to the Mexico comeback.

    Long after that comeback was complete, when the stadium was finally cleared and the party had moved to the parking lot, the Rose Bowl field contained scattered patches of blue and gold celebration glitter. It was messy, and mangled, and beautiful.

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-0626-plaschke-gold-cup-20110626,0,7072114.column

    I don’t find it beautiful-the freedom yes-the attitudes NO, the booing at the red, white, and blue and the anthem-REVEALING-you love this country-I think not. I also read that the ceremonies were done in spanish-Spanish!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Seriously, can I Pleasssssse kick parts of California out of the union.

      • Yeah, that kind of horsedookey happens when you’re into all that multiculturalism crap.

        • So what happens when they ask the UN for a vote on creating Aztaln out of the US southwest?

          • Aztlan

          • My words were meant as sarcasm T-Ray:) -but it looks to me like Aztlan already exists in some of these areas.

            • One might even have to acknowledge that the situation being caused by illegal immigration or the support of open immigration -is pretty close to the situation that caused Mexico to lose Texas and the other lands.

    • Maybe one of the liberals on here, especially one of the LAWYERS, can explain how a foreign country can sue one of our STATES to keep a law from tking effect oe being enforced.

      This is the case in GA at this time. Why should this be allowed? We have 11 foreign countries suing us over our new immigration law. If I were them, I would be more concerned over why all my citizens want OUT of their own country!

      And in case you don’t get it, it’s the ‘illeagal’ part of immigration we have a problem with.

  13. Top cop Garry McCarthy likens federal gun laws to ‘racism’

    BY STEFANO ESPOSITO Staff Reporter June 24, 2011 12:56AM

    Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy earlier this month told parishioners at St. Sabina’s Church that federal gun laws are akin to “government-sponsored racism.”

    “I want you to connect one more dot on that chain of African-American history in this country, and tell me if I’m crazy: Federal gun laws that facilitate the flow of illegal firearms into our urban centers, across this country, that are killing black and brown children,” he said according to an WMAQ-Channel 5 story that aired Thursday.

    McCarthy can be heard telling the congregation in the video about the NRA, “The NRA does not like me, and I’m OK with that.”

    McCarthy went on to say that in the debate about gun control, there has to be “a recognition of who’s paying the price for gun manufacturers being rich and living in gated communities.”

    McCarthy told parishioners an anecdote about a brutal night of killings in Newark, N.J., where he was previously head of the police department. McCarthy said that after he got home that night, he turn on the TV to relax, and tuned in to Sarah Palin’s Alaska.

    “She was caribou-hunting and talking about the right to bear arms,” McCarthy said. “Why wasn’t she at the crime scene with me?”

    McCarthy also told parishioners that “everybody is afraid of race. I’m not afraid of race.”

    In a statement Thursday, McCarthy said “strong gun laws against illegal firearms are critical in order to maintain public safety and private rights.”

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/6145603-418/top-cop-garry-mccarthy-likens-federal-gun-laws-to-racism.html

    What can you even say about something this ridiculous? Racism and evil rich gun manufacturers-you would think liberal people would get tired of repeating this narrow, irrational argument as the cause for all the world’s problems.

    • I watched a news segment on a gun buyback program they were running. They were giving people $250 for every gun they turned in. Sounds good right?

      Then they showed the guns they were getting. Most, not all, were old, or single shot shotguns, or cheap handguns. But to hear them brag you would have thought they were taking assault rifles off the street instead of $50 specials.

    • I saw this too. What a POS. Does this guy always pander to the crowd? He says he is up for confirmation. If I were voting, he would be out of a job. so when he retires and they come for his guns, will he give them up?

  14. No ‘him’ or ‘her’; preschool fights gender bias
    AP

    In this Monday June 20, 2011 file photo, children play in the garden of “Egalia”, a Swedish preschool aiming at gender stereotypes, poses for a photo AP – In this Monday June 20, 2011 file photo, children play in the garden of ‘Egalia’, a Swedish preschool …
    By JENNY SOFFEL, Associated Press Jenny Soffel, Associated Press – Sun Jun 26, 11:40 am ET

    STOCKHOLM – At the “Egalia” preschool, staff avoid using words like “him” or “her” and address the 33 kids as “friends” rather than girls and boys.

    From the color and placement of toys to the choice of books, every detail has been carefully planned to make sure the children don’t fall into gender stereotypes.

    “Society expects girls to be girlie, nice and pretty and boys to be manly, rough and outgoing,” says Jenny Johnsson, a 31-year-old teacher. “Egalia gives them a fantastic opportunity to be whoever they want to be.”

    The taxpayer-funded preschool which opened last year in the liberal Sodermalm district of Stockholm for kids aged 1 to 6 is among the most radical examples of Sweden’s efforts to engineer equality between the sexes from childhood onward.

    Breaking down gender roles is a core mission in the national curriculum for preschools, underpinned by the theory that even in highly egalitarian-minded Sweden, society gives boys an unfair edge.

    To even things out, many preschools have hired “gender pedagogues” to help staff identify language and behavior that risk reinforcing stereotypes.

    Some parents worry things have gone too far. An obsession with obliterating gender roles, they say, could make the children confused and ill-prepared to face the world outside kindergarten.

    “Different gender roles aren’t problematic as long as they are equally valued,” says Tanja Bergkvist, a 37-year-old blogger and a leading voice against what she calls “gender madness” in Sweden.

    Those bent on shattering gender roles “say there’s a hierarchy where everything that boys do is given higher value, but I wonder who decides that it has higher value,” she says. “Why is there higher value in playing with cars?”

    At Egalia — the title connotes “equality” — boys and girls play together with a toy kitchen, waving plastic utensils and pretending to cook. One boy hides inside the toy stove, his head popping out through a hole.

    Lego bricks and other building blocks are intentionally placed next to the kitchen, to make sure the children draw no mental barriers between cooking and construction.

    Director Lotta Rajalin notes that Egalia places a special emphasis on fostering an environment tolerant of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. From a bookcase, she pulls out a story about two male giraffes who are sad to be childless — until they come across an abandoned crocodile egg.

    Nearly all the children’s books deal with homosexual couples, single parents or adopted children. There are no “Snow White,” “Cinderella” or other classic fairy tales seen as cementing stereotypes.

    Rajalin, 52, says the staff also try to help the children discover new ideas when they play.

    “A concrete example could be when they’re playing ‘house’ and the role of the mom already is taken and they start to squabble,” she says. “Then we suggest two moms or three moms and so on.”

    Egalia’s methods are controversial; some say they amount to mind control. Rajalin says the staff have received threats from racists apparently upset about the preschool’s use of black dolls.

    But she says that there’s a long waiting list for admission to Egalia, and that only one couple has pulled a child out of the school.

    Jukka Korpi, 44, says he and his wife chose Egalia “to give our children all the possibilities based on who they are and not on their gender.”

    Sweden has promoted women’s rights for decades, and more recently was a pioneer among European countries in allowing gay and lesbian couples to legalize their partnerships and adopt children.

    Gender studies permeate academic life in Sweden. Bergkvist noted on her blog that the state-funded Swedish Science Council had granted $80,000 for a postdoctoral fellowship aimed at analyzing “the trumpet as a symbol of gender.”

    Jay Belsky, a child psychologist at the University of California, Davis, said he’s not aware of any other school like Egalia, and he questioned whether it was the right way to go.

    “The kind of things that boys like to do — run around and turn sticks into swords — will soon be disapproved of,” he said. “So gender neutrality at its worst is emasculating maleness.”

    Egalia is unusual even for Sweden. Staff try to shed masculine and feminine references from their speech, including the pronouns him or her — “han” or “hon” in Swedish. Instead, they’ve have adopted the genderless “hen,” a word that doesn’t exist in Swedish but is used in some feminist and gay circles.

    “We use the word “Hen” for example when a doctor, police, electrician or plumber or such is coming to the kindergarten,” Rajalin says. “We don’t know if it’s a he or a she so we just say ‘Hen is coming around 2 p.m.’ Then the children can imagine both a man or a woman. This widens their view.”

    Egalia doesn’t deny the biological differences between boys and girls — the dolls the children play with are anatomically correct.

    What matters is that children understand that their biological differences “don’t mean boys and girls have different interests and abilities,” Rajalin says. “This is about democracy. About human equality.”

    _http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110626/ap_on_re_eu/eu_fea_sweden_gender_neutral_tots___

    “Nearly all the children’s books deal with homosexual couples, single parents or adopted children. There are no “Snow White,” “Cinderella” or other classic fairy tales seen as cementing stereotypes.” I suppose they can’t see that by leaving out the Cinderella type stories or stories that deal with the traditional family that they are in fact “cementing” the idea that traditional families are somehow wrong. As far as gender -what do you guys think about this? I think it has some merit to encourage boys and girls to play with both dolls and trucks. It certainly doesn’t hurt to teach a boy about caring for a child through doll play-or showing a girl the benefits of being tougher-but to take away the important distinctions of their gender in everything except their sex organs is just unrealistic and promoting a lie.

    • I hate to put it like this. BUT! What a CROCK of horsedookey.

      I wonder how long before we see this in the U.S.??

    • Why are people so afraid of their own gender and sexuality? Who wants to be neutral? Very odd. My boys played with dolls and my daughter played with tool benches. Why go to such extremes?

  15. This has been fun-it’s like an open mic day-does anyone else miss the open mic days?

  16. June 26, 2011
    The Gulf Cooperation Council vs. Iran
    By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

    The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) first came to widespread attention during the early stages of the uprising in Bahrain, where, on March 14, it deployed thousands of “Peninsula Shield Force” troops — drawn principally from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates — to aid the Sunni monarchy in suppressing the largely Shi’a protestors. This measure, still in force today, is rooted in the growing tensions between the Gulf states and Iran as part of the “Arab Spring,” with the former accusing the Islamic Republic of being behind the demonstrations in Bahrain and of fomenting unrest in the predominantly Shi’a areas of eastern Saudi Arabia.

    Less widely noticed however, was the GCC’s decision on May 10, 2011 to announce at a meeting convened in Riyadh that it welcomed Jordan’s request to join the council, along with its invitation for Morocco to become a member. This move came as a surprise to certain delegates at the summit. Yet the choice to invite Morocco to the GCC, despite its distance from the Gulf region, should have been expected.

    For those who have been closely following the development of what can be termed the “Middle Eastern Cold War” between the “resistance” bloc led by Iran and Turkey as opposed to the “status quo” bloc of Saudi Arabia and formerly Egypt until Hosni Mubarak’s ouster, Morocco has distinguished itself for publicly breaking off all ties with Iran in March 2009. Morocco’s initiative was at the time supported by Bahrain, both of whom then claimed that Iran was trying to spread Shi’i Islam in the Maghreb.

    But what are the more general motives behind the GCC’s decision? Two reasons come to mind:

    Forming a Sunni axis against Iran and the Shi’a: It is clear that the GCC is trying to bolster its military capabilities, anticipating a military conflict with Iran in the future. The idea of creating a new coalition of Sunni Arab states can be explained by the status-quo bloc’s suffering of a heavy loss with the removal of Mubarak as president of Egypt. With the Egyptian authorities allowing Iranian warships to transit through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt’s membership of the status-quo bloc is severely in doubt in the eyes of the GCC.

    One can also account for the decision to incorporate both Jordan and Morocco into the GCC in terms of forming a new Sunni bloc against Iran, as well as the GCC’s retraction of an earlier invitation to the council for Iraq, which has a Shi’i-dominated government and took a stance in support of the protestors in Bahrain. The latter policy particularly annoyed the GCC, and partly motivated the Arab League in April to cancel the planned Baghdad summit that should have been held in March.

    Replacing the dysfunctional Arab League: It could well be that the GCC is trying to create a new inter-Arab political group to replace the Arab League and shift the onus of decision-making to the Gulf region. Two traditional key players in the Arab League have been Egypt and Syria, even though the Baathist regime has aligned itself with the resistance bloc in the Middle Eastern Cold War. A vacuum in the Arab League’s leadership has therefore been created by the ouster of Mubarak and the uncertain transition state in Egypt, together with the major protests and unrest in Syria that have taken Bashar al-Assad by surprise. Thus, the Arab League, which has normally fostered some sort of unity among Arab countries and served as a body for joint initiatives (e.g. the “Arab Peace Initiative” in 2002 to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict), is now almost completely dysfunctional.

    Nevertheless, Saudi Arabia and the GCC have looked beyond the Arab world to strengthen ties with other Sunni nations against Iran and what are perceived as Shi’i threats. For example, in return for Saudi pledges to put Pakistan’s economy on the path to recovery, Pakistani security firms — similar to Blackwater — have recruited thousands of active and demobilized Pakistani troops to assist the monarchy in Bahrain. Meanwhile, on May 13, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak declared in Riyadh that he would be prepared to send troops to Bahrain to aid the Peninsula Shield Force if necessary.

    The emerging picture appears to be one of alliances formed on the basis of the traditional Sunni-Shi’a schism. On the other side, Shi’i countries and movements such as Iraq and Hezb’allah respectively have affirmed their support for the uprising in Bahrain, while standing with Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite (a sect of Shi’i Islam)-dominated regime in the face of protests in Syria. In contrast, the Kurdish authorities and Sunni Arab politicians in Iraq have openly declared their solidarity with the Syrian demonstrators. Sectarianism thus appears to be very much alive in relations among Muslim countries at present.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/06/the_gulf_cooperation_council_vs_iran.html

    This seems to backup another of your articles d13-also makes why we should stay out of fights in the Middle East a little clearer to me.

  17. Judy Sabatini says:

    I just voted for Sean, I like her the best, has a somewhat country sound in her voice, & I like that. Hope she wins.

    • I liked her the best too-the other two single woman-I liked but they seemed to sing like they had just walked out of vocal training -where Sean sang with a natural born talent, a love for singing, and real passion.

      • Judy Sabatini says:

        That one gal, the teenager, sounded more operatic to me. Don’t get me wrong, I like opera, but it just doesn’t sound right singing the National Anthem.

        • Out of those two I liked the other one better-but she wasn’t getting any votes-I guess alot of people like the sound of opera-my appreciation is limited.

          • Judy Sabatini says:

            My sister in law belongs to the opera here in Reno, so we go to a lot of her plays she’s in. They’re really very good. My favorite one so far, had been Phantom of the Opera.

        • Murphy's Law says:

          Alexis has a nice voice, but she had a difficult time holding the key- not trying to be too hard on her but I kept thinking, pick a key please and stick to it. Merrick held the key and did a nice job, but it seemed to me she had no passion or feeling- maybe she was nervous, I don’t know. But Sean sang beautifully, and sang it like she meant it. I do hope she wins- she is easily the best of the 5 IMO.

          Murf

  18. Judy Sabatini says:
  19. Obama Administration Passes DREAM ACT by Executive Memo
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    posted at 10:30 am on June 26, 2011 by Rovin
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    Who needs Congressional authority when you can govern by executive fiat?

    “A new enforcement memo handed down by the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last week has some accusing the White House of running around Congress to implement the DREAM Act – and consequent amnesty for some illegal immigrants – by executive fiat.
    The new memo, penned by ICE Director John Morton, directs ICE agents, attorneys and directors to exercise “prosecutorial discretion” – meaning less likelihood of deportation – for illegal aliens who have been students in the U.S., who have been in the country since childhood or who have served in the American military.” LINK

    Morton’s excuse for the memo—”not enough resources”:

    Specifically, the memo argues, “Because the agency is confronted with more violations than its resources can address, the agency must regularly exercise prosecutorial discretion.”

    Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer calls this maneuver a Constitutional breech pointing out that it is Congress’s responsibility to enact laws:

    “This is outright lawlessness on the part of the administration,” argued syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer on a discussion panel with Fox News’ anchor Chris Wallace. “Whatever the politics of this, we do have a Constitution. And under it, the Legislature, the Congress enacts the laws and the executive executes them. It doesn’t make them up.
    “The DREAM Act was rejected by Congress,” Krauthammer continued. “It is now being enacted by the executive, despite the express will of the Congress. That is lawless. It may not be an explicit executive order; it’s an implicit one.”

    The Obama administration IS explicitly running an end-run around the will of people and their representative government. First Libya and now this. What’s next Mr. President?
    Update: It appears John Ransom at Townhall saw this coming. John posted this on May 12th titled “Crass and Cynical on Illegal Immigration”

    “The guy who rushed out to get trillions for banks, big pharmaceuticals and unions, practically ignored the topic of immigration reform when his guys ran Congress for two years and could have written their own version.
    Indeed one of his wise-guys from Chicago, Rep Luis Gutierrez recently noted “[Obama] has the power to make things better right now without the Congress having to pass any new laws.”
    Yeah, he can just do what he did for gays, unions, Chicago and all of his other cronies: He can ignore enforcing the old laws he doesn’t like. Or maybe he can grant every illegal immigrant a waiver, like he did for his favorites under healthcare “reform.”

    And Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit asked “the question“:
    Who Needs Congress?… Obama Rams Through DREAM Act By Executive Order

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/06/26/obama-administration-passes-dream-act-by-executive-memo/

    Good Grief-2012 needs to hurry up. No President is perfect but this guy is a dictator.

    I think I have posted enough for one day 🙂 Just couldn’t help myself-so many articles I read today-just irritated me too much not to post them.

  20. The problem with Barbarians is they do not understand when a vote matters and when it does not.

    Here, since it is voluntary, choices made are voluntary, for an event that is voluntary.

    Sean has my vote – and in solid first place!

    (When does the voting end?)

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