"Outside court, about a dozen people held up signs reading 'Islam is against terrorism' and 'Not in the name of Islam.'" -- Reuters, January 8
"About 20 Muslims from nearby Dearborn appeared outside the courthouse to denounce Mr. Abdulmutallab. They carried large American flags and colorful signs that read 'NOT in the name of Islam' and 'Islam is against terrorism.'" -- New York Times, January 8, first version
"Dozens of Muslims from nearby Dearborn gathered outside the courthouse carrying large American flags and colorful signs that read 'NOT in the name of Islam' and 'Islam is against terrorism.'" -- New York Times, January 8, second version
"About 50 Detroit-area Muslims chanted 'We are Americans' as they marched behind metal barricades outside the courthouse. Many carried U.S. flags or signs with messages such as 'Not in the name of Islam.'" -- Associated Press, January 8
"An estimated 150 people attended a peaceful demonstration, carrying large American flags and signs that read, 'Not in the Name of Islam' and 'Not in Our Name.'" -- Detroit News, January 9
I don't know about you, but I am losing faith in President Obama, his Democratic Party, and Government in general.
Eight times the President said that there would be transparency on health care by having C-span open to all of the deliberations. President Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi dance around the promise and give us one hour of transparency while the rest of that bill is hacked out and scammed out behind closed doors.
Take a look.
Scott Brown’s incredible win in Massachusetts last night hopefully will open the eyes, ears, and hearts of our elected politicians both Democrats and Republicans. So let me say this:
Senator Levin, it is not the Levin seat, it is not the Democratic Party’s seat; it is the people’s seat.
Senator Stabenow, it is not the Stabenow seat, it is not the Democratic Party’s seat; it is the people’s seat.
Congressman John Dingell, it is not the Dingell seat. It is not the Democratic Party’s seat; it is the people’s seat.
Lady and gentlemen, wake up. Political parties had better get back to the people and not to the established lobbyists and bureaucratic elites who infect Washington DC.
The other day, my assistant, Jennifer and I were listening to President Obama give his speech in Ohio. We noticed that the President likes to use the personal pronoun “I” a great deal. In fact, we counted in a matter of about six minuets that he had used the word “I” thirty six times as he referred to himself. I guess that is what you would call a Big Ego.
The other interesting thing is that he told a Democratic Congressman, who was retiring, that Democrats should have no fear because they have "him", Obama. Well, so much for modesty.
And now to some slang.
When I was growing up using the term, “the Gift”, meant that you had the ability to talk your way out of just about anything. The President, when he first took office, made the statement to some newspaper people that he had the Gift. And of course they assumed “the Gift” was his eloquent speaking abilities, but to me it always meant that he knew how to talk his way out of anything. Well, it seems like that is,President Obama’s "Gift".
I watch Chris Matthews on cable quite frequently, just to find out what this dyed in the wool Democrat and Ex-Democratic staffer has to say about the state of our nation.
Chris, of course, is a Washington Elitist and lives well. Several times he has been very excited when he spoke of President Obama. You will recall him saying that he got a tingle up his leg when President Obama was elected. And now he has put his real racist cap on when he was speaking of President Obama state of the union speech and said, “I forgot he was black tonight.” So much for our elitist news caster on MSNBC and his hidden racism. Typical elitist, typical. Shame on Chris Matthews.
Here is Chris Matthews getting another tingle with Ellen Degeneres
Over the years I have had many of Frabutt students. Of course, the mother of the clan is Cynthia. Now the reason I use the word "clan" is because Cynthia is a true Scotts woman. Being Scottish myself I'm a little jealous of the talent their family has.
Over the years Cynthia has been one of the local theater icons in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights. So take a look at what they're up to and I guarantee you that this will be a good show if Cynthia has anything to do with it.
"The Underpants" (a Comedy/Farce)
by Carl Sternheim, Adapted by Steve Martin
Produced & Directed by Cynthia Frabutt
Presented by Dearborn Heights Civic Theatre
February 19, 20, 26, 27, 2010 at 8pm
February 21, 2010 at 3pm
$12 Adults / $10 Students and Seniors
Tickets available at the door and online at: www.dhctstage.org
All performances at
The Berwyn Center
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
Just as true today as it was when his book first came out.
He was, and still is, a brilliant businessman!
Often we need to be reminded of Iococca's words.
Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from its death throes? He's now 82 years old and has a new book, 'Where Have All The Leaders Gone?'.
Lee Iacocca Says:
Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder. We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, "Stay the course."
Stay the course? You've got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned Titanic. I'll give you a sound bite: Throw the bums out!
You might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore. The President of the United States is given a free pass to ignore the Constitution, tap our phones, and lead us to war on a pack of lies.Congress responds to record deficits by passing a huge tax cut for the wealthy (thanks, but I don't need it). The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we're fiddling in Iraq, the Middle East is burning and nobody seems to know what to do. And the press is waving pom-poms instead of asking hard questions. That's not the promise of America my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for.
I've had enough. How about you? I'll go a step further. You can't call yourself a patriot if you're not outraged. This is a fight I'm ready and willing to have.
My friends tell me to calm down. They say, "Lee, you're eighty-two years old. Leave the rage to the young people." I'd love to, as soon as I can pry them away from their iPods for five seconds and get them to pay attention. I'm going to speak up because it's my patriotic duty. I think people will listen to me. They say I have a reputation as a straight shooter. So I'll tell you how I see it, and it's not pretty, but at least it's real. I'm hoping to strike a nerve in those young folks who say they don't vote because they don't trust politicians to represent their interests. Hey, America, wake up. These guys work for us.
Who Are These Guys, Anyway? Why are we in this mess? How did we end up with this crowd in Washington? Well, we voted for them, or at least some of us did. But I'll tell you what we didn't do. We didn't agree to suspend the Constitution. We didn't agree to stop asking questions or demanding answers. Some of us are sick and tired of people who call free speech treason. Where I come from that's a dictatorship, not a democracy.
And don't tell me it's all the fault of right-wing Republicans or liberal Democrats. That's an intellectually lazy argument, and it's part of the reason we're in this stew. We're not just a nation of factions. We're a people. We share common principles and ideals. And we rise and fall together.
Where are the voices of leaders who can inspire us to action and make us stand taller? What happened to the strong and resolute party of Lincoln? What happened to the courageous, populist party of FDR and Truman? There was a time in this country when the voices of great leaders lifted us up and made us want to do better. Where have all the leaders gone?