Jon Voight Appears on Mike Huckabee’s Show: Says President Obama ‘Arrogant,’ Causing ‘Civil Unrest’ (VIDEO)

Actor Jon Voight is giving his two cents about the arrogance of President Barack Obama. I have no issue with him criticizing the president, but how is his relationship with his daughter, Angelina Jolie? I thought she wasn’t speaking to him. What’s the relevance here? Well, if he can’t get his relationship right with his own daughter, I think he should be the last person to call anyone arrogant. I have yet to see Jon Voight in the forefront rallying for all the poor senior citizens in this country.

He appeared on Mike Huckabee’s show on Faux News last weekend. He also accused the president of playing God when it comes to healthcare.

I’m here to validate all the millions of people who are opposed to the Obama healthcare. We’re witnessing a slow and steady takeover of our true freedoms. We’re becoming a socialist nation, and Obama is causing civil unrest in this country… The stimulus didn’t work… We’re being told what cars we can drive, how much we can make…

Obama has made this [healthcare} a personal crusade now… As we can see it really is about him. He is arrogant and he’s adamant that he’s going to get this passed…

He’s trying everything, even the so-called God card. If you love God, he tells us, then it’s your duty to vote this healthcare bill in… They’re taking away God’s first gift to man. Our free will. Source: Huffington Post

Gee, I can’t seem to remember any time in recent memory when I saw Jon Voight crusading for anything other than a role in a movie. Here’s someone with zero credibility trying to sound knowledgeable.

Benjamin Hilburn, 10, Charged with the Death of his Father, Byron Hilburn, Said His Father Disciplined Him too Harshly and Too Often

Benjamin Hilburn, 10, has been charged by Belen, New Mexico, police with first degree murder in the shooting death of his father, Bryon Hilburn, 42. The boy called police Thursday evening after the shooting. According to media reports, when the police arrived, they found the father with a gun shot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque. Police have said they believe Benjamin used his own rifle to fatally shoot his father. The boy reportedly told police he felt his father was disciplining him too harshly and too often. Well, when I was a child, I couldn’t muster up the courage to talk back to my parents because I knew what the result of that would have been. My parents loved me unconditionally and I respected them too much to talk back. It seems to me that there is certainly more to this than is being told. This little boy obviously had a lot of rage in him. It is being reported that he father gained custody of him when he and his wife divorced.

Police believe Benjamin’s 6-year-old sister saw the entire event. The sister is now with family members, authorities said. According to KOAT, Romaine Serna with the Children, Youth and Families Department said the agency had been called to check on the family more than seven times since 2003, after anonymous reports of child abuse and neglect.”We had concerns about this family. There were red flags,” Serna said. Serna said the agency interviewed family, close friends, school officials and doctors, but “not one of them had concerns about this household,” she said.

Serna said CYFD didn’t have enough evidence to remove the children from the household.”There were no bruises. There were no marks,” said Serna. Serna also said there were a lot of weapons in this home.”It was a family sport, they were avid shooters,” she said.bNew Mexico state law says only handguns are restricted for people under the age of 18. By law, Benjamin was allowed to own a rifle and use it with parental supervision. Source: KOAT-TV

Benjamin is too young to be arrested, but he is in state custody and is currently undergoing a mental evaluation. Children and guns make a deadly combination. I don’t understand why the gun laws in this country don’t restrict ownership by minors. This boy clearly does not have the capacity to make a sound decision, as evidenced from the fact that he shot his father to death.

Susan Graham’s Rendition of "Ave Maria" Moves Senator Kennedy’s Daughter, Kara, to Tears, During Funeral Mass

There are a few songs that will bring me to tears and Susan Graham’s rendition of “Ave Maria” during the late Ted Kennedy’s funeral mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help this morning, did just that. The song even drew tears from Kara Kennedy, the senator’s daughter and a visible sadness from his wife Vicki Kennedy. Gosh, as the cameras panned on President Bill Clinton, he even looked visibly moved. His wife is a tower of strength, grace and exuded a quiet determination to send her husband home in style.

The most poignant moment for me during the mass was the story Ted Kennedy Jr. told about how his father helped him time and time again to sled a snowy hill after he lost his leg to cancer at age 12.  He recalled that his father spent the entire day telling him that he could do it and they did. The lesson I took away from that, besides being reduced to tears, was that his father had some confidence and belief in him beyond words. He also taught him in that one moment that your adversity should not define you or even limit how high you can soar. It should instead be a springboard to higher things and loftier ambitions. That story had a profound effect on me and as a parent I can fully understand the senator’s unyielding belief in his children and their goodness.

Though I never really followed the career of Ted Kennedy, I knew about the contributions he made to social programs, immigration and above all, to the civil rights movement. I am pained when I see what has been occurring on a daily basis in this country — the divisiveness, the inner city gun violence, the lagging educational standards in our schools, especially in the inner city schools, the racial hatred that still exists and is being exacerbated by the health care reform and the historical presidency of Barack Obama. This isn’t what John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and yes, Ted Kennedy envisioned for our country. Ted Kennedy fought for the ordinary American citizen and for that we must resolve to carry on his legacy, not withstanding our political affiliations.

Louis Ross and Jennifer Campbell, Foster Parents of Missing Five-Year Old Hasanni Campbell Arrested on Charges of Suspicion of Homicide and Charges Related to Homicide


Louis Ross, 38, and Jennifer Campbell, 33, foster parents of missing five-year old boy, Hasanni Campbell, who suffers from cerebral palsy, have been arrested today on suspicion of homicide and charges related to homicide. The police were conducting a search of their property. I think we all saw an arrest coming because it was literally unbelievable that this child could disappear from a crowded area without being seen by anyone.

Ross is being held on suspicion of murder, while Campbell is being held on charges related to homicide. This precious little boy was reported missing Aug. 10 after Ross said he vanished at the rear door of a Rockridge neighborhood shoe store in Oakland, California, where Campbell worked.

The couple was the prime suspects in this case from the start. Investigators scoured their Fremont home with dogs two days after Hasanni vanished, questioning both parents. Campbell is Hasanni’s aunt and Ross’ fiancee. Ross also was given a polygraph examination; Campbell, who is more than six months pregnant, refused to take one, saying that she feared it might harm her fetus.

Here’s a hitch, which I am sure raised an enormous red flag to the investigators: court documents showed Ross sent Campbell an angry text message 10 days before Hasanni vanished, threatening to leave the boy alone on a BART platform. Ross has described the message as part of a dispute with his fiancee that quickly passed. Right and a tree grows on the moon. I recall seeing Mr. Ross on the Nancy Grace Show a few weeks ago and I found his story to be suspicious. He claims the area was a crowded one, so I cannot see how this little boy could disappear without anyone seeing this unfold. The bottom line is that child was never at the back of the store as his foster father claimed. The sad reality is that this little boy was failed by his biological parents and now his foster parents.

Photo credit: Jennifer Campbell & Louis Ross (Photo: Lea Suzuki / The Chronicle)

The Gospel of Hatred and Vile Racism According to Pastor Steven Anderson and His Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, AZ

I came across a snake in the pulpit, Steven Anderson, yesterday and I wasn’t really surprised when I learned all the vitriol he spews from his pulpit. It is a stark reminder of why church membership is plummeting across the United States. This wolf preaches from the pulpit at Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona. Besides the fact that he demands that all gays and lesbians face the death penalty, he has been praying for President Barack Obama to drop dead. Wow, is that what we should expect to hear from a preacher? The bottom line is that the Secret Service and the FBI ought to be taking a really hard look at this extremist nut. It is unconscionable to think that he is in a position to influence people in his church.

In his Aug. 16 sermon titled “I Hate Barack Obama,” he not only openly avowed his complete and utter hatred of the president, but openly wished for his death — because of his support for abortion rights and the “lewdness” he supposedly has brought to American society. Inspired by one of King David’s prayers against his enemies, this nutjob compared Barack Obama to a slug or snail and wishing he could pour salt on him:

Yeah, God appointed him to destroy this country for the wickedness of the United States of America. God appointed him because that’s what our country has turned into. That’s who we deserve as a president.

But let me tell you something: I don’t love Barack Obama. I don’t respect Barack Obama. I don’t obey Barack Obama. And I’d like Barack Obama to melt like a snail tonight. Because he needs to recompense, he needs to reap what he’s sown.

You see, any Christian will tell you that someone who commits murder should get the death penalty. Because that’s what it says in Genesis Chapter 9, that’s what it says in the Mosaic Law, that’s what it teaches us throughout the Bible. ‘Who so sheds man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed.’ ‘From the image of God created he Man.’

And when Barack Obama is gonna push his partial birth abortion, his salty saline solution abortion, hey, he deserves to be punished for what he’s done. I’m not going to pray for God to bless Barack Obama. This is my prayer tonight to Barack Obama.

…Now, look, if somebody wants me, it somebody twisted my arm and tells me to pray for Barack Obama, this is what I’m going to pray, because this is the only prayer that applies to him: ‘Break his teeth, O God, in his mouth. You know, as a snail which melteth, let him pass away. Like the untimely birth of a woman, that he thinks — he calls it a woman’s right to choose, you know, he thinks it’s so wonderful. He ought to be aborted. It ought to be, ‘Abort Obama.’ Source: Crooks and Liars

I am curious about the board of directors at that church and their ideology. There is no way anyone in their right minds would tolerate such hatred and racist statements coming from a pastor. The hatefest continued. He equated the president to Hitler, Stalin, and Jeffrey Dahmer. Then he explains:

You say why are you preaching this, you know what? Because it makes me mad. I’m mad. I don’t know about you, but I’m fed up tonight. I’m angry tonight. Because I’m angered by a bunch of preachers who want to sit back, and let America go to hell, let our freedoms go to hell, let the souls of Americans go to hell, and we all just sit back and just, we’re comfortable, we’re lazy, we’re lukewarm, we’re neither cold nor hot, and we want to come to church and have our ears tickled. Hey! This isn’t to tickle your ears, it’s to give you a swift kick in the pants tonight! ‘Cuz that’s what you need every once in awhile!

… But I’m here to tell you tonight, that God is a God of wrath and vengeance. And that’s the message that oughta be thundering from every pulpit in America today. People oughta be trembling today. People in America oughta be scared to death and trembling! And saying, ‘Oh God! What are you gonna do to our country?! Oh, God! Are we gonna be able to survive?! Oh, God! Are you gonna allow us to go into the depths of socialism, and communism with Barack Obama!?’

Let me tell you something: Barack Obama has wrought lewdness in America. America has become lewd. What does lewd mean? L-E-W-D? [Pause] Obscene. Right? Dirty. Filthy. Homosexuality. Promiscuity. All of the — everything that’s on the billboard, the TV. Sensuality. Lewdness! We don’t even know what lewdness means anymore! We’re just surrounded by it, inundated with it!

… And yet you’re going to tell me that I’m supposed to pray for the socialist devil, murderer, infanticide, who wants to see young children and he wants to see babies killed through abortion and partial-birth abortion and all these different things — you’re gonna tell me I’m supposed to pray for God to give him a good lunch tomorrow while he’s in Phoenix, Arizona.

Nope. I’m not gonna pray for his good. I’m going to pray that he dies and goes to hell. When I go to bed tonight, that’s what I’m going to pray. And you say, ‘Are you just saying that?’ No. When I go to bed tonight, Steven L. Anderson is going to pray for Barack Obama to die and go to hell. Source: Crooks and Liars

There is also another facet that bears some attention. Since he is obviously taking a political stand, it’s time for the Internal Revenue Service to revisit his church’s exempt status. His church shouldn’t be getting tax breaks on the backs of the American taxpayers. Equally disturbing is the fact that the African American man who has the assault rifle outside an event President Obama attended in Arizona is a member of his church. He lauded him with praise for carrying the weapon just because he could.

Rep. Diane Watson (D.-Calif.) at Town Hall Meeting Says Opponents are "Trying to see that the First President who looks Like Me — Fails"

I am getting a little ticked off with the ridiculous comments coming from our elected officials on both sides of the aisle over health care reform. The latest comments to raise eyebrows came from Rep. Diane E. Watson (D-Calif.) last night during a town hall meeting at Wade AME Church. She claimed that “those opposed to health care reform are attempting to destroy a president “who looks like me.” Her exact words were, “They are spreading fear and they’re trying to see that the first president who looks like me — fails.”

Of course, she wasn’t through putting her foot in her mouth. She went on to praise the healthcare system in Cuba, and apparently the Cuban revolution itself. She deliberately chose to ignore the fact that the people living in Cuba are living under communist rule and they are technologically years behind the United States. It’s amazing that the left is mysteriously silent on this racial dig, but they landed like a ton of bricks on Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins who mentioned the “great white hope” in her comments at a town hall meeting in Kansas. Sorry, but this is ridiculous and counterproductive on both sides of the aisle.

Pastor Carol Daniels, 61, Murdered in Church She Pastors, Investigators Offer $10K Reward for Tips

Oklahoma City resident Pastor Carol Daniels, 61, was killed at her church, Christ Holy Sanctified Church, in Anadarko, Oklahoma, last Sunday. Prosecutors have described the murder as “horrific” and investigators have offered a $10,000 reward for this senseless killing.

Her son, Alvin Daniels said she traveled many Sundays to Anadarko, which is about 50 miles southwest of her home, to the church “in case people came in to worship.” Investigators found her body inside the church around noon Sunday.

According to CNN, District Attorney Bret Burns called the crime scene the worst he’d ever seen in 17 years as a prosecutor, but he would not say why. He has described a “horrific” scene inside the church but declined to elaborate. He also met with religious leaders from area churches and told them to be observant and have a security plan in place at their churches. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation’s spokeswoman Jessica Brown said the body was “staged” after the killing but declined to say more.

It has been a long time since I have heard of woman being murdered in a place of worship. Clearly there is something that has made the investigators offer $10,000 right away. I hope the suspect is apprehended sooner rather than later. This is reprehensible and very disturbing.

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson and His BOND Action Group Come Out in Support of Fox News’ Glenn Beck and his Incendiary Comments About President Obama

BOND Action Inc., an African American cultural action organization, has come out in favor of Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck, who has been under attack for calling President Barack Obama a racist. You will recall that ColorofChange mounted an attack on Beck for his comments and many companies, including Ally Bank, Geico, Sargento Cheese, have stopped advertising on his show. BOND Action, Inc.’s founder and president Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, said it will be working to expose the source behind the boycott and counter it. Wow, why am I not surprised by Rev. Peterson’s actions. This is the same man who would have no qualms about throwing President Obama under a bus on Fox News. Much of Glenn Beck’s ire in this boycott is directed at Van Jones, a co-founder of ColorofChange and the White House environmental advisor.

“Glenn Beck is right, Obama is a racist!” added Rev. Peterson. “Where were the boycotts and outraged activists when President George W. Bush was being falsely maligned as a ‘racist’? This is a blatant double standard. This boycott is an attempt to silence Beck from continuing his expose’ of Barack Obama’s socialist agenda and his radical ‘green jobs czar’ Van Jones.”

Rev. Peterson said, “ColorOfChange.org claims that it exists to ‘strengthen Black America’s political voice’–but it’s clear that they are a left-wing, racist political group that deal in lies. This attempt to silence Beck is an attack on free speech and must be countered.”Source: Christian News Wire

In the spirit of fairness, I must note that ColorOfChange.org’s claims some 33 advertisers have pulled their ads off The Glenn Beck Show, is reportedly exaggerated. The group has had its own issues. It reportedly endorsed ridiculous and inflammatory statements by rapper Kanye West that former President Bush gave troops permission to go to New Orleans and shoot black people during Hurricane Katrina. That was unfounded and just a dirty lie. The chances that Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson and his group will blunt the effects of ColorofChange’s campaign is virtually nil. So, Rev., do us a favor, find another cause to fight for instead of being Fox News Channel’s Uncle Tom. I could find a few choice words to describe the so-called reverend, but I’ll leave that to your imagination.

President Barack Obama Seen Biking on Lobsterville Beach in Aquinnah Without a Helmet

Here we go again. The Obamas are under the microscope. President Barack Obama was spotted biking on Lobsterville Beach in Aquinnah and he was the only one without a helmet. Also riding with the Obamas were Konrad Ng, the president’s brother-in-law, his daughter Suhaila, family friend Eric Whitaker, and a few other unidentified children.

Would you like the president to wear a helmet? Personally, I don’t think this is a big deal, but since President George W. Bush was held to such high standards and was a paragon of virtue, then I guess we should expect no less from President Obama. Of course, I am being sarcastic.

Racially Charged Memo Asking to Support Atlanta Mayoral Candidate Lisa Borders Causes Sparks In Mayoral Race

I am appalled to learn that a racially charged memo is making the rounds in Atlanta. A letter, asking to support mayoral candidate Lisa Borders because she is “the best black candidate in the race,” warns that “for the first time in 25 years, African Americans could lose the Mayoral seat in Atlanta, Georgia, especially if there is a run-off.” Say what? This is an affront to all Atlantans and the writer of this garbage needs to apologize. The e-mail entitled “The Struggle for Unity by Aaron Turpeau,” who donated $500 to Ms. Borders’ campaign. The last time there was a white mayor (Sam Massell) running the city of Atlanta was prior to Maynard Jackson being elected in 1973. Mayor Shirley Franklin started off as a great mayor but she managed to create a firestorm everywhere she went. That’s a real shame. She was touted by many as a trailblazer and a potential candidate for higher office.  The memo was written by political scientists, William Boone and Keith Jennings, two academics from Clark Atlanta University. 

The memo also states “time is of the essence … in order to defeat a Norwood mayoral candidacy.” Mary Norwood is a white candidate and is reportedly said to be the front-runner. “We have to get out now and work in a manner to defeat her without a runoff, and the key is a significant Black turnout in the general election,” the letter stated.

Sorry, but the reality is that the last thing we need in this country is such vitriol and race-baiting. I am sure the person who wrote this would be screaming racism had the shoe been on the other foot. Well, if race wasn’t a part of the equation in the upcoming mayoral race, Aaron Turpeau and the two college professors he claimed wrote this inflammatory and racist letter, made sure that it will be front and center now. This isn’t the way we should be forced to discuss racial matters. This is just terrible and divisive.

Here’s a portion of the memo.

Introduction

The debate over the best strategic option for black leadership and the African American community as we approach the Mayoral election in Atlanta has become critical based on the fact that for the last 25 years Atlanta has represented the breakthrough for black political empowerment in the South.

It is debatable to what extent the objective socio-economic and political position of the African American community has improved. At the same time, most would agree that the Jackson breakthrough represented an unprecedented opportunity for black political representation nationwide.

A passionate argument has been made for us to develop a unity of purpose and position, and for that to be defined immediately, given the short amount of time remaining between now and November 2009 election day (two and ½ months from now).

There are unstated assumptions that need to be examined. Perhaps the most critical factor is the lack of an agenda against which to evaluate candidates. An agenda, beyond just electing a Black Mayor, would allow us to move from the margins of the debate to controlling the expectations associated with gaining our support.

Three basic assertions have been made. They are as follows:

1. There is a chance for the first time in 25 years that African Americans could lose the Mayoral seat in Atlanta, Georgia, especially if there is a run-off;

2. Time is of the essence because in order to defeat a Norwood (white) mayoral candidacy we have to get out now and work in a manner to defeat her without a runoff, and the key is a significant Black turnout in the general election;

3. The reasons support should be given to Lisa Borders is: 1) she is the best black candidate in the race who has a chance to win the election because she can attract downtown white support; and 2) based on polling data drawn from a host of sources between May 2009 and July 2009, the numbers suggest Borders is growing stronger as we move closer to the election, while the most recent polling data suggests that the other black candidates are falling further behind over the same period.

READ: Entire Memo Here

The real shame is that had this been written by two white professors, all hell would break lose. The same standards should apply to everyone and these two professors should be ashamed of themselves