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An Open “No Confidence” Letter to Senator Lieberman: race-baiting the Fort Hood tragedy is unacceptable.

November 9, 2009

Dear Senator Lieberman,

In direct defiance of the Army’s top brass and its Commander-in-Chief,  you have effectively race-baited the recent tragedy at Ford Hood by publicly stating that:

“Dr. Hasan had become an Islamist extremist and, therefore,… this was a terrorist act”

President Obama and Army Chief of Staff General George Casey cautioned Americans against jumping to conclusions until law enforcement officials investigate the shootings and gather the facts. They imparted this advice out of concerns that such actions would incite a backlash against Muslims serving in the Armed Forces.

Your decision to ignore this call for cautious introspection is civically irresponsible act of insurrection and reflects terribly on your position as a both a member of the Committee on Armed Services and The Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

You are chiefly responsible for overseeing The Department of Homeland Security, who’s stated mission is to “secure the nation from the many threats we face”. The first line of defense against these threats is our military, and the key to its success is its ability to function as a cohesive unit. Your comments threaten that cohesion by potentially inciting racist tension within our Armed Forces.

Otherwise put, your unnecessarily inflammatory remarks hinder our military’s ability to protect us from our enemies and, in effect, pose the very same type of threat to our Nation that the Department of Homeland Security is charged with protecting us from.

You are evidently negligent in your sworn duties and, as such, are incapable of handling the responsibilities entrusted to you. It is therefor requested that you resign your chairmanship of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and remove yourself from the Committee on Armed Services, effective immediately.

Sincerely,
The Undersigned

Miami’s ban on “A Visit to Cuba” doesn’t go far enough…

February 11, 2009

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Miami-Dade County School District’s right to purge a book titled “A Visit to Cuba” from its libraries. A Visit to Cuba is one of many childrens’ book in the A Visit to series published by Heinemann-Raintree Library.

The A Visit To book series aims to increase childhood literacy and provide Kindergarten through Second Grade students with basic information about the geography, culture, and lives of children living within countries all across the world. This series also includes books on Brazil, Cambodia, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Puerto Rico,  The United Kindom, and Vietnam.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ban on A Visit to Cuba because it presents an “inaccurate view of Cuba” by not exposing its  readers to horrors inflicted by Cuba’s Dictatorship. In upholding the ban on A Visit to Cuba, the 11th U.S. Court of Appeals has implied that the focus of childhood education should not be on basic social studies, but on the complex politics of atrocity.

This ban does not go far enough. Concerned parents should push for a ban on the entire “A Visit To Series”, because too many of these books fail to address the catastrophic conditions of the countries about which they are trying to education children.

For example:

A Visit to Columbia:
This book does not address the influence of international drug cartels and paramilitary terrorists.

A Visit to China: This book does not address the rampant abuse of the death penalty, the suppression of free speech, the destruction of the Falun Gong exercise movement, or the horrors of the One-Child population control policy.

A Visit to Egypt: Does not address the poor human rights under the authorian rule of President Hosni Mubarak

A Visit to India: This book does not address the rampant poverty felt by nearly 30% of the population.

A Visit to Vietnam: This book does not address the issues of Child Prostitution and Exploitation.

Joe Lieberman, The Shameless Opportunist

November 19, 2008

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In one horrendous display of masochistic spinelessness, the Democratic Party has single-handedly destroyed whatever dignity it earned through it’s recent electoral victories. Their specific mistake: rewarding Joe Lieberman’s shameless apostasy by allowing him to retain his undeserved chairmanship of the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Joe Lieberman’s Faginesque opportunism first manifested itself in 2006 when, after being disowned by Connecticut’s Democrats, he served his own interests over theirs by campaigning as an Independent with the endorsement, financial support, and votes of Republicans.

Having failed to secure his future as a Democrat, Joe Lieberman crossed party lines and looked to the Republican Party for career advancement. Even though he endorsed and tireless campaigned for John McCain, Joe Lieberman failed to brown nose his way onto the Republican Presidential Ticket.

John McCain wanted to name Joe Lieberman as his running mate, but was dissuaded by influential Republicans who objected to Joe Lieberman’s posturing on abortion and gay rights issues.

Despite his failed attempts to run as the vice-presidential candidate for both the Democratic and Republican parties, Joe Lieberman’s mercenary loyalty remains unpunished simply because Joe Lieberman tacitly threatened to withdraw his support for the Democrats. Again. Specifically, Joe Lieberman suggested that losing the chairmanship of the homeland security panel would “be unacceptable to him”.

This veiled threat provoked Democrats’ fears that stripping Joe Lieberman of his chairmanships and expelling him from the Democratic caucus would inspire him to align himself with the Republicans. Again. Without Joe Lieberman’s support, the Democrats do not have the filibuster-proof majority needed in the Senate.

In a specious display of convenient rhetoric, Joe Lieberman referred to the Democratic caucus as “a roomful of friends”, apologized for the statements he made about Barack Obama in the ‘heat of a campaign’, and suggested that “it’s time to move on”.

Well, that settles it then. At least, until he’s up for re-election in 2012