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Feb 24, 2011

Congress needs to act on DOMA

Obama has flip-flopped on LGBT rights from the very beginning.
Adam Winkler has got it right:
“While DOMA is a discriminatory law and should be repealed,
Obama’s decision not to defend it should be condemned.”
As Chief Executive Officer of the government you are in charge of defending the law, not backstabbing it. The intention of doing away with DOMA is perfectly good. But let legislature make laws, not courts!

Feb 21, 2011

Presidents Day

What is so important about the birthday of a president anyway?
Okay, George Washington, is one of America’s greatest national heroes.
But the current holiday cannot even land on his actual birthday anymore.

Some interesting observations can be made looking at the
List of Presidents of the United States by date of birth:
– Each of the last four presidents, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama was born during the summer months.
– Only one president was born during World War I: John F. Kennedy.
– No presidents were born during World War II.

One thing that makes the birth of the President relevant to the nation is the Natural Born Citizen Clause:
Natural Born Citizen Clause
At this point that means, that our older daughter could not become president even though she has lived longer in this country than her little sister. Very strange. Eight presidential candidates had their eligibility questioned, based on this – in my opinion – outdated provision.
Happy Presidents Day anyway!

Oh, and here is my favorite commercial about the birth of a president:

Sep 16, 2009

Write Your Own Obama Speech, Part 2

Back in June there was a step-by-step guide for writing your own Obama speech.
Richard Lowry now adds his 13-step-model:
1) Create a false center.
2) Scorn ideology.
3) Talk about your openness to ideas from opponents.
4) Embrace empty symbolic measures as a show of reasonableness.
5) Make lawyerly distinctions too subtle for most people to notice.
6) Say things just because they sound good.
7) Dissemble as necessary.
8) Make the price right.
9) Never admit any cost or downside to what you are proposing.
10) Couple attacks on your critics as unworthy hacks with calls for civility.
11) Be sure to say something like “this is the time.”
12) At least once a speech, keep talking over the applause.
13) Load it up in a teleprompter.

Sep 3, 2009

Obama’s Halo

Yes, literally, check it out at the White House Website:
Obama's Halo

Aug 10, 2009


Obama used to be the big hope for Liberals. The dream of a better world, equality not only for people of all ethnicities but sexual orientations as well. No way – breaking his promises he wants to keep „Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell“. Same thing with the „Defense Of Marriage Act“ – candidate Obama wanted to do away with it, President Obama wants to keep it. His actions are not helpful for LGBT community at all, but sheer symbolic politics: Harvey Milk and Billie receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, that’s all.

Jul 23, 2009

Yes we can

Does anyone remember that Barack Obama stole the slogan “Yes we can” from Bob the Builder:

Jul 17, 2009

Health Care Charts

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has two charts showing what health care regulation looks like now:
Health Care now
…and what it would look like under the House Democrats’ health care plan:
Health Care Obama
via Cato

Jun 18, 2009

Write Your Own Obama Speech

The Daily Beast analyzed Obama’s famous speeches to crack the code behind the president’s rhetoric. Our step-by-step guide for turning even the most divisive debates into an inspiring call for unity:

1. Thanks for having me.
2. Express shock that someone with your life story could ever stand before such a crowd…
3. …But that’s just America for you.
4. Pause for audience interruption.
5. Have gracious comeback ready.
6. Pay homage to Founding Fathers and/or quote the Declaration of Independence.
7. Express regret at America’s failures to live up to its founding principles.
8. Both sides have a point.
(a.) On the one hand…
(b.) But on the other hand…
9. Dismiss traditional battle lines as insufficiently nuanced. Find common ground.
10. After all, just look at me!
11. Manage expectations.
12. That said, don’t be afraid to dream big.
13. Invoke God.

Jun 4, 2009

Obama’s Cairo speech

A few quotes:

“It was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing…”
The invention of the compass is generally credited by scholars to the Chinese.
Even printing originated in China.

“…nearly seven million American Muslims in our country today…”
The CIA knows 0.6% of the US population to be Muslim which equals 1,861,397.18

“On the other hand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people – Muslims and Christians – have suffered in pursuit of a homeland.”
In 1964, the Arabs created a fiction they called the “Palestinians” and blanketed the world successfully with the mantra that they were the Palestinians and Palestine (read “Israel”) was theirs. (learn more)

“[We will] create a new online network, so a teenager in Kansas can communicate instantly with a teenager in Cairo.”
What has government to do with that? Want to nationalize facebook?

Mar 11, 2007

The Great Global Warming Swindle

How convenient Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” is for most people you have read before. A BBC documentary finally shows that everything you’ve ever been told about Global Warming is probably untrue.