Back in June 22, 2007, then-candidate Barack Obama made a pledge to the American people. You can watch it, if you can stomach it, starting at the 1 minute mark in the following video:

“When there is a bill that ends up on my desk as the president, you the public will have five days to look online and find out what’s in it before I sign it.”

The Health Care Reform Act passed the House late on Sunday, and today, Tuesday, President Obama will sign it into law. Now I’m no rocket scientist, but I know the difference between two days and five. If Obama were to keep his promise, the bill would be online for five, count ‘em, five days on the White House website so we can see what the hell it is he is signing. But what do you see when you follow the “Learn More” button?

Nothing to see here, move along.

To those people who voted for Barack Obama believing in his promises, I have just one thing to say:

Suckers!

Almost a year ago, September 12th, 2008, to be precise, then-candidate Barack Obama made a promise to the American people.

And I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase – not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.

This promise didn’t last long. On February 4th, 2009, President Obama signed into law a 156% tax increase on cigarettes, and that certainly qualifies as part of “any of your taxes.” But it’s so hard to keep one’s word; we should give him credit for going 16 days before breaking it.

“But surely that was a one-time slip! Besides, smoking is a nasty habit, so it’s OK to raise taxes on them.” Taxes on cigarettes is often called a “sin tax” because that tax is on something people really shouldn’t be doing anyway. But once you accept the idea of taxing people’s cigarette sins, then all other sins become fair game for more taxes:

The President, in an interview with Men’s Health magazine released yesterday, said he thought taxing soda and other sugary drinks is worth putting on the table as Congress debates health care reform.

“It’s an idea that we should be exploring,” the President said. “There’s no doubt that our kids drink way too much soda. And every study that’s been done about obesity shows that there is as high a correlation between increased soda consumption and obesity as just about anything else.”

So that’s a tax on just the rich people’s soda, right? *snort* Yeah, sure it is. But why is Obama even considering taxing sodas when he made a firm pledge to raise “not any of [our] taxes”?

Simple. I have come to realize that a politician’s “firm pledge” is what we normal folk would call “a lie.”

This is an article in the series A Look Into Islam.

There is a facet of Islam that isn’t discussed or understood in the West nearly as much as it should be — the religious practice of deception, or taqiyya. Since they were often a tiny minority in the larger Sunni population, Shi’a Muslims would use taqiyya to deceive others around them, concealing the nature of their true beliefs in order to survive. While it could be argued that the practice of taqiyya began with Shi’a Muslims, it is now widely accepted throughout all of Islam. And since Sharia law recognizes no difference between church and state in Islam, the practice of taqiyya has come to be used in all aspects of Muslim life, both religious and political. When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims that his country is doing nuclear research for purely peaceful applications, he is practicing taqiyya upon the world. When confronted with evidence of plutonium, he will likely continue practicing taqiyya. “What plutonium? Oh, you mean this plutonium. Gosh, how did that get there?”

In an earlier article, I referred to a news report of Sunnis being dragged into the streets and set afire by Shi’as. There is now some real doubt that this story really happened. The news services are all quoting Capt. Jamil Hussein in Iraq, but is this single source credible? It is quite possible that this story is yet another example of taqiyya being used to spread anti-Shi’a hatred — not that Iraq needs any more of that right now. And do you remember the infamous faked-up Reuters photo? Is it just an example of shoddy journalism, or is it taqiyya in action? What about the much-ballyhooed story of the Lebanese ambulance supposedly hit by Israeli munitions? Was this an example of faking the news just for the thrill of it, or was it taqiyya again?

This brings me to a classic example of taqiyya: Palestinian news reports. The people at Second Draft have done a great job of showing two examples of intentional deception in the news. Next time you hear about some atrocity committed by Israeli forces on innocent Palestinian bystanders, you should consider the level of taqiyya used in that area to produce “news.” Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here are two videos produced by Second Draft about Palestinian taqiyya. If these YouTube links stop working, you can access the movies directly from the Second Draft site.

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Birth of an Icon

All this begs the question: how do you deal with a religious culture that sanctions lying and deception?

Leftists jump up and down screaming about missing WMDs, but when the evidence of their existence appears, the Left covers its collective ears and sings, “La la la, I’m not listening!” There are those who claim President Bush was lying, but that’s only true if you change the definition of “lie.”

But there are lies involved, and The Telegraph of England has written about them. It’s just not the U.S. that’s been lying. It’s Iran. This is evidenced in a confession by Hassan Rowhani, the man who led talks with Britain, France and Germany about Iran’s atomic program.

He boasted that while talks were taking place in Teheran, Iran was able to complete the installation of equipment for conversion of yellowcake – a key stage in the nuclear fuel process – at its Isfahan plant but at the same time convince European diplomats that nothing was afoot.

“From the outset, the Americans kept telling the Europeans, ‘The Iranians are lying and deceiving you and they have not told you everything.’ The Europeans used to respond, ‘We trust them’,” he said.

Did you catch that? Iran was lying about what it was doing, the U.S. recognized the lies, and the Europeans ignored the warning from the U.S., choosing to trust the liars. How can you trust a nation that believes in kitman to hide the truth and taqiyya to lie outright? While Europe went on with meetings and diplomatic dicussions, Iran was busy doing its own work:

He told his audience: “When we were negotiating with the Europeans in Teheran we were still installing some of the equipment at the Isfahan site. There was plenty of work to be done to complete the site and finish the work there. In reality, by creating a tame situation, we could finish Isfahan.”

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

Why is Iran doing this? “America and its European allies believe that Iran is clandestinely developing an atomic bomb but Teheran insists it is merely seeking nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.” Yeah, peaceful purposes like power generation. I would believe that if Iran weren’t sitting atop a lake of oil. So should we believe Iran when it says it wants peaceful nuclear power?

Before you answer that, remember: they just admitted that they lied to us.

I know a boy who lies continually. I could regale you with stories about the many lies he has told, but let me sum it up thus: he lies about small things, he lies about big things, and he lies about things even when he doesn’t need to lie. To top it off, he is a really bad liar. Too often, when he is confronted with one of his lies, his first tactic is to play dumb, muttering, “Uh, what do you mean?” and otherwise trying to dismiss the lie. Then comes the distraction: “I’m sure you didn’t see my car there.” Sometimes this distraction takes the form of a changed and continually changing story. You know the type: “I was alone. I was with my sister. I was with my sister and her friend. OK, I was alone with this girl.” Finally, when confronted with irrefutable proof, this boy (I refuse to call him a man) will sullenly admit that you are correct. This pattern — the lie, the denial, the distractions, and finally the admission — is common with liars.

Two murder cases have been in the news recently. Mark Hacking has been charged with the slaying and disposing of the body of his wife, Lori. Scott Peterson is on trial for the murder of his wife, Laci, and their unborn child. In both cases it is apparent that the husband lied to his wife. Mark had lied about graduating from college and being enrolled in medical school. This wasn’t a new development; Mark had told lies routinely and consistently for years. Things came to a head when Lori found out Mark wasn’t enrolled at the University of North Carolina as he had claimed. A few days later she went missing; her body remains undiscovered at the time of this writing. Scott was lying both to his wife and to another woman with whom he was having an affair. The prosecutor in Scott’s trial has played audio tapes of him lying to his girlfriend; these have been damaging to his character as well as to his legal case. While our legal system requires a defendant to be proven guilty, I am not the law and I believe both men are guilty as charged. When they are found guilty, I hope that in both cases the punishment will be death. A death sentence for both would show that our society cannot condone the brutal slaughter of wives and mothers, especially not when the murderer kills in an attempt to conceal his lies.

Murder is the worst possible outcome of continual lying, but there are numerous other social problems associated with liars. New Jersey Governor James McGreevey recently held a press conference to announce his adulterous affair. “And so, my truth is that I am a gay American,” the Democrat governor said. Some people question the timing of this announcement. Governor McGreevey said he would step down on November 15th, making the New Jersey Speaker of the House — another Democrat — the next governor. Both Republicans and Democrats are calling for McGreevey to step down soon, since New Jersey law allows for a run-off between the various candidates if the Governor steps down 60 days before an election. My quick count puts that at September 3rd, and I am predicting that Governor McGreevey will resist the demands of the people and stay in office past the September 3rd deadline.

I am distressed that the Governor may have been adversely affected by his sexual feelings, causing him to do a less than capable job in office. One Golan Cipel has threatened to bring a lawsuit against McGreevey, claiming that “[he] was the victim of repeated sexual advances by [Governor McGreevey].” Something fishy is going on here. Cipel, an Israeli citizen, was appointed to the coveted post of New Jersey’s Director of Homeland Security. Under a storm of opposition from New Jersey lawmakers and claims that he was unfit for office, Cipel left this post for a similar-paying job, and finally left state government altogether. Why would Governor McGreevey pick a nobody like Cipel for this important post, particularly when he could have had former FBI director Louis Freeh instead? Freeh had been approached for the position, and he was willing to accept the post if both acting Governor DiFrancesco and incoming Governor McGreevey made the offer. McGreevey did not do so. So instead of a former FBI director and New Jersey native, Governor McGreevey chose Cipel, a non-citizen who had no real world experience to bring to the job.

While the Governor did not name his lover in his announcement, people close to him have said it was none other than Golan Cipel. I don’t know whether that is true, but it would explain the Governor’s piss-poor choice if he had been thinking with his gonads rather than his brain. His confessed lies and adultery are taking a back seat to the announcement that he was in a gay relationship. I frankly don’t care about the sex of the person with whom he was having an affair; anyone engaged in adultery has broken the sacred promises made at the time of marriage and has lied. Anyone who is willing to break marriage vows, who is willing to lie to the very person he or she should care for the most, is frankly unfit to hold a position of power, whether local, state, or national. This is why a liar such as President Clinton was not a good person to have as President of this nation. It is also, incidentally, why Senator John Kerry shouldn’t be president.

Senator Kerry served his nation for four months in Vietnam. I thank him for his service. But since he has made this tour of duty such a pivotal part of his run for the presidency, it is only fitting that people examine his war record. Speaking of war records, when Senator Kerry and others accused President Bush of being AWOL from his National Guard unit, President Bush released his full military and corresponding medical records. You don’t hear this charge any more from serious news people, because the facts showed that President Bush was never AWOL from service. But although people have asked Senator Kerry to release his records, he has steadfastly refused to do so.

The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth organization is made up of combat veterans who served with Senator Kerry in Vietnam. They display a picture used by the Kerry campaign to show the “Band of Brothers” who supposedly support him in his bid for the Presidency. But the before and after images show just how many of those “brothers” actually support him — one.

Why do I lump Senator Kerry in with people like Mark Hacking and James McGreevey? Because I can’t help but see him as a liar also. Here is a statement made by Kerry on the Senate floor on March 27, 1986: “I remember Christmas of 1968 sitting on a gunboat in Cambodia. I remember what it was like to be shot at by Vietnamese and Khmer Rouge and Cambodians, and have the President of the United States telling the American people that I was not there; the troops were not in Cambodia. I have that memory which is seared — seared — in me.” Considering how seared his memory is, it seems odd that no one else recalls being in Cambodia. This story has shifted, as lies often do, in the past few days as Senator Kerry and his minions backpedal wildly to try to regain plausibility. He was there. It was winter. It was around New Year’s. It was in the border between Cambodia and Vietnam. He inadvertently strayed into Cambodia. He was on super-secret missions for the CIA.

Remember, when the story starts to change, it’s a good bet that the story is a lie.

If you’re interested in the unfolding Christmas in Cambodia story, I strongly suggest you read the last 2-3 weeks of posts at the Captain’s Quarters, an excellent blog that is on my daily must-read list. Captain Ed has
posted many good questions about Senator Kerry’s service in Vietnam. While the mainstream media is mostly ignoring the Swift Vets and others who question inconsistencies in Senator Kerry’s “memories,” blogs such as the Captain’s Quarters have been doing a smash-up job.
To make this easier, I have listed a bunch of the latest posts here:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28

There is one simple thing Senator Kerry can do to clear up all the confusion: release his full military and medical records from his tour of duty in Vietnam. Don’t hold your breath waiting for them.

Addendum (8/24/2004): President Bush has come out denouncing the all 527 organizations, and has asked that Senator Kerry denounce them as well. Since almost 90% of all the money going to 527s goes to support Democrat groups, I doubt Senator Kerry will be speaking out against them anytime soon.