President Barack Obama is peeved with the American press. They never say “thank you,” he whined to journalists in Japan on Monday.
According to the pool report from the press conference, one reporter said “Thank you, Mr. President.” Someone said the reporter was Australian.
“I knew it must have been an Australian because my folks never say thank you,” Obama said.
At that, the entire American pool said in unison — admittedly with a bit of sarcasm — “Thank you, Mr. President.”
PM Gillard could be heard chiming in, “There are a few cheeky Australians here.”
At first glance, Obama’s comment reeks of arrogance. He seems to think that press access is a privilege, not a right, and that he is under no obligation to even speak to reporters.
I know all you libs out there are screaming at the top of your Obama loving lungs. STOP PICKING ON PRESIDENT OBAMA!!! Oh wait, you guys are pissed off at him too. What a great “uniter” he has turned out to be. Oh,Oh,wait, he is uniting us. He’s uniting everyone that is Pissed off at him. Good job my president, you really do mean what you say.
I reported on this volcano last week and just thought I would keep ya’all updated.
From Fox News:
Fewer earthquakes have been recorded in the Philippines’ lava-spilling Mayon volcano, but the local scientists still believe an eruption to be imminent.
In response to the continued seismic activity at the volcano, Albay Governor Joey Salceda cut off the electricity and water supplies within the extended and permanent danger zones around Mayon Volcano yesterday evening, reports the Manila Bulletin.
Salceda told the paper that the move was designed to is to ensure that people remain away from their homes and out of the danger zone. Reportedly, many evacuees have returned to their homes for the New Year’s.
We all live in a Yellow Submarine, a Yellow, Brown, Green, Christian, Muslim, Budda, oh hell, Alien from space, Submarine:
From the AP :
HONOLULU — Hawaii’s state Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to celebrate “Islam Day” — over the objections of a few lawmakers who said they didn’t want to honor a religion connected to Sept. 11, 2001.
The Senate’s two Republicans argued that a minority of Islamic extremists have killed many innocents in terrorist attacks.
“I recall radical Islamists around the world cheering the horrors of 9/11. That is the day all civilized people of all religions should remember,” said Republican Sen. Fred Hemmings to the applause of more than 100 people gathered in the Senate to oppose a separate issue — same-sex civil unions.
The resolution to proclaim Sept. 24, 2009, as Islam Day passed the Senate on a 22-3 vote. It had previously passed the House and now goes to Republican Gov. Linda Lingle.
OK, let’s break this down together. Political correctness run amuck. Dangerous. Giving nut bags more ammo. Rule of law out the window. he he ha ha.
People, its time we think and think hard about our Republic and where it’s heading. Only you can decide……
From CNS News:
A year after Indonesia and Australia put aside years of suspicion and ill feeling to hail a “new era” in relations, ties between the world’s most populous Islamic state and Washington’s closest ally in the Asia-Pacific have taken a dramatic turn for the worse.
Once again, the chill stems from an Indonesian view that Westerners are supporting campaigns that threaten its national sovereignty.
The row centers over a decision by Australia to grant temporary asylum to 42 refugees from Indonesia’s far-eastern Papua province.
The group had earlier this year traveled in a large dugout canoe to Australia’s far-north coast and claimed that the military was carrying out “genocide” against Papuans.
Protesting the visa decision, Jakarta recalled its ambassador from Canberra, and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday called for a review of relations with Australia, given the “inappropriate” decision to grant visas to the Papuan asylum-seekers.
“Relations between Indonesia and Australia are entering a difficult time that is full of challenges,” he hold a press conference in Jakarta, calling for “serious and intensive diplomatic meetings.”
“Indonesia will not tolerate whatever elements, in whichever country, including in Australia, which clearly provide support for a separatist movement in Papua,” he said, in an apparent reference to pro-independence Western non-governmental organizations.
Separatists have been fighting for more than four decades for independence for the resource-rich, multi-ethnic region they call “West Papua” — currently the Indonesian provinces of Papua and neighboring West Irian Jaya.
The indigenous inhabitants of the area, a Dutch colony until taken over by Indonesia in the 1960s, are mostly Christian, and do not share historical or cultural ties with Indonesians.
From The BBC:
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has arrived in Indonesia for talks with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
Ahead of her first official visit there, she said Indonesia had made “giant strides” after 32 years of President Suharto’s autocratic rule.
Washington is seeking closer ties with the world’s most populous Muslim state, analysts say.
Last year the US lifted a six-year arms embargo and re-established other military relations.
“This is a state that has really made giant strides over the last several years and the United States has been able to significantly change the nature of the relationship,” Ms Rice said on her way to Indonesia.
The move came as a reward for Indonesia’s help in anti-terror operations.
“The military is an important institution in Indonesia,” Ms Rice said on Monday.
“It’s by no means completely made its reform, but we believe those reforms are underway and that we can have a more positive effect on the reforms by being part of it.”
Her first visit to Indonesia will include a speech on democracy in the Islamic world and the similarities between Indonesia and the US. She will also visit an Islamic school.
“You want to be careful not to cut off contacts with the very people who are going to be important for the restoration of democracy,” she said.
I think it is a good idea to re-open cooperation, but we had better be careful and keep our eyes open.
From an article in CNS News:
Approximately 30 Christian children fled in panic after a mob of Islamic militants raided and vandalized their Sunday school class, which was being held in a private home last weekend in Curug, Indonesia, according to a Christian group called Voice of the Martyrs (VOM).
VOM reported that in the most recent incident, the mob “terrorized” the children at the Curug Sunday school class and destroyed several desks and chairs, guitars, a keyboard, organ and fan in the classroom. Voice of the Martyrs is a Christian organization that documents persecution of believers.
The children began to flee in panic, according to VOM, after which the mob then allegedly evicted the remaining adults and children from the home “by force” and “sealed” it by plastering posters denouncing the school over the doors of the building.
Anton Neta, one of the Sunday school workers, said a few months ago that the Christian group signed an agreement with “local inhabitants” promising the house “would be emptied on January 1st 2006.”
Neta said that despite the agreement the mob went ahead and raided the house anyway.
Local authorities in Indonesia are coming under increasing criticism for insisting that recent attacks in the area were due to political rather than religious motivations. However, the region has a long history of religious motivated violence. Others suggest that the two motives can’t always be separated.
Yeah, religion has nothing to do with Muslims persecuting Christians; its politics. I guess the previous beheading of three Christian school girls was just a disagreement over politics.
From an AP article on FNC:
JAKARTA, Indonesia â Unidentified assailants attacked a group of high school girls on Saturday in Indonesia’s tense province of Central Sulawesi, beheading three and seriously wounding a fourth, police said.
The students from a private Christian high school were ambushed while walking through a cocoa plantation in Poso [Kota] subdistrict on their way to class, police Maj. Riky Naldo said. The rural area is close to the provincial capital of Poso, about 1,000 miles northeast of the Indonesian capital Jakarta.
He said the heads of the three dead girls were found several miles from their bodies.
Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim nation. But Central Sulawesi has a roughly equal number of Muslims and Christians. The province on Sulawesi island was the scene of a bloody sectarian war in 2001-2002 that killed around 1,000 people from both communities.
At the time, beheadings, burnings and other atrocities were common.
A government-mediated truce ended the conflict in early 2002 but since then, there have been a series of bomb attacks and assassinations targeting Christians. A market attack in the predominantly Christian town of Poso killed 22 people in May.
Christian leaders have repeatedly criticized the authorities in Jakarta for allegedly not doing enough to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
The Christian-Muslim conflict in Sulawesi was an extension of a wider sectarian war in nearby Maluku archipelago in which up to 9,000 people died between 1999 and 2002.
Soon after it erupted in 1999, the Maluku conflict intensified with the arrival of volunteers belonging to Laskar Jihad, a newly created militia from Indonesia’s main island of Java that was supported by hardline elements in the security forces.
Analysts and diplomats accused senior army commanders of funding and training the militia, which was hurriedly disbanded following the terrorist attacks on the tourist island of Bali in 2002 that killed more than 200 people â including 88 foreigners. Some former militiamen are believed to have moved to Poso.
The religion of peace sure spawns allot of terrorists.
To add insult to injury go see how the “religion of Peace” deals with an 8 Year Old Iranian Boy Caught Stealing Bread. This is not for the faint of heart. [I have not verified the authenticity of these pictures.]
Red Satellites points out how the MSM isn’t reporting on this story, but slams our troops!