Did Obama ‘borrow’ Voltaire’s prayer?

“I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: ‘Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.’ And God granted it.”
— Voltaire

Somehow, I think Barack Obama must have been praying the same prayer. Otherwise, how could you explain things like this?

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getalife

April 27th, 2009
6:19 pm

They are scared to death.

Of everything.

Susan Myers

April 27th, 2009
6:27 pm

Erick Erickson?

A top commander of the 101st Chairborne? You wasted pixels on this idiot? Geez – now I did too.

booger

April 27th, 2009
6:32 pm

I assume you want people to infer that this one whacko article represents the conservative view in general. This is really low. Can we infer from Cynthia Mckinney.s outrageous comments in the past that this represents liberal thought?

I see from your first blog however, that it worked.

Paul

April 27th, 2009
6:33 pm

[[If your working premise is that they are going to attack anyway, get them incited quickly]]

These guys (writing this) really think AQ follows American domestic politics and that American politicians somehow have the ability to get them incited?

News flash. We’re Americans. Democrat, Republican, Independent, black, white, brown, yellow, male female, old person, child: they hate us all and would kill anyone if so doing would advance their cause.

Obama has, at most, seven and a half months. At that point it’s his. That’s all the time Bush had (Jan 20-Sep 11).

Nice to know God listens to the prayers of Democrats. ‘Course, the evangelical Republicans would say they’re just fulfilling prophecy, so I guess it all fits.

saywhat?

April 27th, 2009
6:34 pm

Had Obama announced to the world that he had prayed those words, the last 100 days would have seen the end of athism in the US.

saywhat?

April 27th, 2009
6:35 pm

atheism, sorry for the typo.

I Report/ You Whine

April 27th, 2009
6:38 pm

So who would Obozo be praying to?

~~~~~~

RUSH: You mean you filled out President Obama’s form on the website –

CALLER: Yes, sir.

RUSH: — that was set up to help you deal with a housing problem that you had.

CALLER: Yes, sir.

RUSH: And then the next thing you knew you were being solicited by law firms throughout the country who wanted $2,700 to renegotiate your mortgage?

CALLER: Yes, sir.

Never mind Obozo sending leads to his ambulance chasing buddies, what happened to the 75 Billion?

Hmmmm?

Kamchak

April 27th, 2009
6:40 pm

This is the same tool that twittered the other day about Maddow and Janet Reno’s vibrator. Ultra reactionary looking for more Frank Luntz inspired talking points.

Taxpayer

April 27th, 2009
6:41 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 30, 1997

SPEAKER’S STATEMENT ON VISIT OF PRESIDENT JIANG
Washington, D.C. — House Speaker Newt Gingrich released the following statement today following his meeting with Chinese President Jiang Zemin.

“As I said in China this spring, there is no place for abuse in what must be considered the family of man. There is no place for torture and arbitrary detention. There is no place for forced confessions. There is no place for intolerance of dissent.” “While we walked through the Rotunda. I explained to President Jiang how the roots of American rule of law go back more than 700 years, to the signing of the Magna Carta. The foundation of American values, therefore, is not a passing priority or a temporary trend.

Now, that’s a real hoot.

TnGelding

April 27th, 2009
6:44 pm

They just don’t get it and can’t admit they were beaten fair and square by a superior candidate.

Obama might have to pardon Bush and Cheney, as well as all the others, to keep the torture issue from interfering with his agenda.

I’d recommend going on red alert. It’s not a coincidence that both attacks on the WTC occurred during the first year of new administrations.

Taxpayer

April 27th, 2009
6:51 pm

Paul,

The most effective methods available for terrorists to take credit for killing massive numbers of Americans would be for them to take ownership of some American company such as, Oh, I don’t know, R.J. Reynolds. Then, again, there are so many methods to choose from if you think outside the box and consider some of the more subtle approaches instead of bullets and bombs. Then again, such methods do lack pizazz.

getalife

April 27th, 2009
6:56 pm

They panicked in NY City today over a photo op.

Did obl win or what.

Geez.

booger

April 27th, 2009
6:57 pm

Seems everyone is using the THEY word. Somehow this one obscure, whacko article has become conserative dogma. What a crafty piece of journalism.

getalife

April 27th, 2009
7:04 pm

Who wiped the booger on this blog?

Andy?

I Report/ You Whine

April 27th, 2009
7:05 pm

Yeah, getalife packed all his s&%$ up and moved to Dallas over ittle bitty storm off the shore of Louisiana, has the nerve to laugh at people smart enough to evacuate a skyscraper when they see a 747 coming up the Hudson.

Obozo robot, your mind is shot out.

Mrs. Godzilla

April 27th, 2009
7:06 pm

I saw this earlier and thought Erik Erikson = Sociopathic Barney Fife off his meds. (is he Norwegian?)

The American people are pretty smart and are paying more attention now. They realize this knucklehead does not represent the conservative
movement. He does however represent the 21% of Americans who now say they are Republican.

Until the GOP decides to get its act together, Erickson and Morrissey and Drudge and Limbaugh and Hannity are providing style life support to a comatose patient.

I Report/ You Whine

April 27th, 2009
7:09 pm

getalife has Stockholm Syndrome, Obozo took all the Klintoon klowns hostage and they punked out and fell in love with him.

Little bitches of his.

Mrs. Godzilla

April 27th, 2009
7:22 pm

I’m beginning to think Andy uses some weird neo-con madlib book.

getalife

April 27th, 2009
7:23 pm

Yup, another hurricane coming and I will visit my brother again.

Why sit around with no power when you can leave and enjoy the big D?

getalife

April 27th, 2009
7:24 pm

Mrs. G.

He is just plain mad.

cons are sick puppies.

I Report/ You Whine

April 27th, 2009
7:29 pm

Unreal, just last week a Cessna Cub Piper single prop skirted the edge of the White House no fly, Obozo dropped his government trillion dollar checkbook and fled into Cheney’s bunker, now here’s the talking points denigrating the heroes of New York.

Sycophant, robotic brainwashed toadies and dunce cap wearing bozos all.

POS

DebbieDoRight

April 27th, 2009
7:30 pm

My prayer would be, (and I saw this on an email once), “Dear Lord if you can’t make me more beautiful, please make my friends more ugly.”

Kamchak

April 27th, 2009
7:30 pm

“RedState is the leading blog for right of center online activists. Established in May 2004 by Ben Domenech, Mike Krempasky and Josh Trevino, RedState has played an integral role in the right’s fight online against the left.

RedState continues to be the most widely read right of center blog on capitol hill and is the most cited right of center blog in the media.

Redstate has a community of tens of thousands of readers.”

Erick Erickson is the editor in chief of RedState

“obscure and whacko” RedState doesn’t seem to think so. They seem to think they represent the right of center view point.

danjonglee

April 27th, 2009
7:32 pm

WHITE HOUSE CAUSES TERROR SCARE IN NYC…WAS UPDATING FILE PHOTO OF AIR FORCE ONE…Buildings evacuated in panic…New Yorkers Run Through Streets…Put City on Edge…
Good Grief….

danjonglee

April 27th, 2009
7:34 pm

Proponents of leftist ideologies around the world share one common trait: they always demand to be included, but once you let them in, they force everybody else out, while refusing to leave themselves.

Hillbilly Deluxe

April 27th, 2009
7:36 pm

We’re Americans. Democrat, Republican, Independent, black, white, brown, yellow, male female, old person, child: they hate us all and would kill anyone if so doing would advance their cause.

Good point.

Mrs. Godzilla

April 27th, 2009
7:40 pm

Forcing everybody else out?
Should I laugh at that or send the poor guy a bus ticket?

I Report/ You Whine

April 27th, 2009
7:40 pm

1) Why would the White House decide it needed an updated photo of Air Force One? Have they not seen it lately? Are they going to advertise it on the Home Shopping Network?

2) What sort of klown would decide they needed a shot of a low flying jumbo jet over a city that was attacked by two low flying jumbo jets?

3) You’re in your office, 80 stories over Manhattan, you look out your window and here is Osama bin Laden coming up the Hudson for all you know, do you close the blinds and go back to sleep?

Now, listen to the goon democrats worship and defend their golden idol.

sick

AmVet

April 27th, 2009
7:42 pm

Mrs. G, you hit the nail squarely on the head with that 7:06.

The GOP – hijacked and hemorrhaging. And potentially mortally wounded.

Kamchak, the Republiconned cling to that “C” word desperately, but most Americans see through the charade. Finally!

It only took eight years of an unmitigated neo-con disaster, but most reasoned and reasonable mainstream Americans now know that the name, ideology and people are all frauds.

And worse, inept and deadly frauds.

What I find funny is how some are apparently so embarrassed by the faux conservative track record, and the fact that they voted for Less than Curious George, they are now “right of center” or “libertarians” or as one nut here calls himself, a “Constitutionalist”.

If the center were at the far reaches of the right-wing, then yes, I agree they are right of center. Otherwise, another inane GOP slogan gone awry.

A dumba$$ by any other name…

Mike

April 27th, 2009
7:43 pm

Yes, Jay and the same could very easily said about many of Bush’s critics like yourself, Daily Kos, Huff Post etc.

You see Jay, you are pretty much the same as Obama’s most absurd critic in that your mindless partisanship makes you an easy target for ridicule. Of course, you are too wrapped up in your own self-righteousness to see that you are no different than the mindless partisans that you sneer at. That’s OK, you have a lot of company with all of the rest of the mindless partisans out there of both stripes.

Taxpayer

April 27th, 2009
7:43 pm

We’re Americans. Democrat, Republican, Independent, black, white, brown, yellow, male female, old person, child: they hate us all and would kill anyone if so doing would advance their cause.

As I said earlier, the same thing can be said about companies such as R.J. Reynolds in their lust for money. Terrorist nut jobs get all the attention though because they do something more shockingly awesome. Of course, one also has to consider how one goes about getting attention. First, one needs easy access to a news media….there are some things that money most certainly can buy.

getalife

April 27th, 2009
7:45 pm

DB, Gwinnettian

April 27th, 2009
7:57 pm

101st Chairborne?

oooh, good one. hadn’t heard that one.

John Galt Jr.

April 27th, 2009
7:57 pm

White House approved a “photo op” of low flying Air Force 1 tailed by fighter. Scared all of New York into a panic. These are the same idiots running our country. Who’s on first? Whoop Whoop Whoop.

DB, Gwinnettian

April 27th, 2009
7:58 pm

You see Mike, you are pretty much the same as Bush’s most absurd critic in that your mindless partisanship makes you an easy target for ridicule. Of course, you are too wrapped up in your own self-righteousness to see that you are no different than the mindless partisans that you sneer at.

Hey, this is fun!

Kamchak

April 27th, 2009
8:21 pm

AmVet

I was merely quoting them from their “about” page. I believe that they do speak for the neo-conned.

TW

April 27th, 2009
8:37 pm

Red State is kinda like the rightwing’s AirAmerica. In much the same way that the left just doesn’t get off on AM radio blowhards, the majority of the rightwing abondoned reading after 8th grade.

Ray

April 27th, 2009
8:46 pm

DB and Susan,

101st Chairborne? Tell that to all of those brave Americans who jumped into Normandy. Many are buried on the Normandy coast, never to come home. Tell that to the 101st unit north of us in Viet Nam who came by the 100s to our hospital in Da Nang as casualties. Tell that to the units who secured the DMC in Korea suffering some of the worst conditions we can imagine and asking for little to nothing.
You must he misinformed or just plain stupid to make comments like this. I would opt for liberal ignorance which is alive and well.

Ray

April 27th, 2009
8:52 pm

DB and Susan,

101st Cairborne? Tell that to the men who jumped into Normandy, many of whom lie buried on the Normandy coast, never to come home. One of the most decorated military units ever to protect the interests of the people of the US. And you post stupid, ignorant comments like this. I can only assume that you know little to nothing about the military history of this country or just plain don’t give a damn. Crawl back under your rock.

Ray

April 27th, 2009
8:53 pm

Double post. Sorry

maxwell

April 27th, 2009
8:53 pm

Whiner .. There is NO such thing as a Cessna Cub Piper! Also, 767’s which attacked the twin towers are not jumbo jets!
Better keep on cuttin’ and pasting…It seems when you try posting something on your own your wrong!

jon

April 27th, 2009
8:55 pm

How much deadly CO2 was released into the atmosphere of our delicate planet with this photo-op? If they needed a pic of AFOne over NYC I could have photoshopped one for them.

Hell, why didn’t they just get some photos next time ObyOne loads the family up to take them to a basketball game in Chicago?

And how much carbon did the chosen one spew going to make his Earth Day speech?

Will the Obamanistas ever recognize his arrogance and hypocrisy?

MAC

April 27th, 2009
9:00 pm

AJC is down another 20% from last year’s sales. Go figure…..

AmVet

April 27th, 2009
9:03 pm

Kamchak,

It would seem that one of the MANY problems with the modern day Republican Party, albeit perhaps their largest one, is that it seems as though there is very little, if any room, for moderates. Certainly at the top.

The Reagan/Newt/BushCo gang are the Republican apparatchiks. Complete fealty to the party is required. And Party First, Party Last, Party Always is what has gotten them in their current abysmal situation.

Just look at the reaction to John McCain. He was absolutely vilified by the oracles of the right-wing – Coulter and Limbaugh, among numerous others. His record was perverted by the perverse. He was maligned for “amnesty”. (Which of course, it was not. It just sounded good to the brain-dead and uninformed.) He was even said to be against “free speech” for his attempts to reign in campaign corruption.

And I was personally thrilled to see him best every one of those knuckle-draggers and BushCo acolytes in the campaign.

That man, in my opinion, has more honor than virtually the entire GOP “leadership” (and I use that word loosely) combined.

What a moral victory for America, that the now-polluted GOP could not even get one of their flat-earth darlings and chickenhawks nominated.

And apparently all northeastern Republicans, such as Snowe, Warner, Chaffee and Collins are traitors.

And if they think the arse-whippings of the past three years or so have been bad, I’m guessing there are plenty more ahead for the Party of No…

getalife

April 27th, 2009
9:08 pm

“When President Obama was told about the incident, he was “furious,” a White House official says.
Caldera was called into a meeting with White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and deputy chief of staff Jim Messina.
“It didn’t sound like a fun meeting,” the White House official says.”

Somebody is in trouble.

I Report/ You Whine

April 27th, 2009
9:12 pm

There, there, maxwell, no need to get hysterical.

Your president will f up again, many, many more times, so save it, k?

TW

April 27th, 2009
9:13 pm

Great stuff, AmVet. Yes, they are being feasted upon by the very ego that made them.

Lose – lose…

I Report/ You Whine

April 27th, 2009
9:15 pm

Oh good, getalife blamed the victims of 9/11 and when that dog didn’t hunt, he threw Emanual under the bus.

Chant for the golden calf, getalife, sing, rejoice, sacrifice the humans, whatever it takes, disciple.

Kamchak

April 27th, 2009
9:18 pm

AmVet

Before the late 70’s, the power struggle in Washington was between the Executive and Legislative branches of this government, and the checks and balances worked–not always well–but worked. Then came Regan and the evangelicals, and republicans became united by God. Thirty years later this is the result.

pat

April 27th, 2009
9:23 pm

Perhaps, but with freinds like this, who needs enemies.

http://blog.peta.org/archives/2009/04/the_embryo_vs_t.php

jon

April 27th, 2009
9:26 pm

Perpetual liberal rule. Life is good. LOL!

Taxpayer

April 27th, 2009
9:26 pm

Republicans are united by their pagan gods, Rove, Limbaugh, Cheney, Gingrich….

Midori

April 27th, 2009
9:28 pm

you wingnut jackass-es are falling all over yourselves trying to pin that dumb photo op on Obama.

You really need to pace yourselves — you have at least three more years of hate to spew.

jt

April 27th, 2009
9:32 pm

Also, Eisenhower(I believe) sent the 101st Airborn into Little Rock Arkansas when the Governor defied the feds on school Desegregation.

Susan Myers

April 27th, 2009
9:33 pm

I think we all know what this is leading up to. I just hope the Secret Service is up to the task because some talk radio listener is going to cross that line.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/27/joshua-cartw

jon

April 27th, 2009
9:35 pm

Damn, I thought Obama was in charge up there. I guess he’s just the puppet of his publicity folks.

jon

April 27th, 2009
9:37 pm

I thought Obama was in charge. Or is he just a puppet of his publicist?

Kamchak

April 27th, 2009
9:37 pm

Midori

Reactionaries are not noted for their long term vision. It’s always– OH MY GOD, I cannot be-LIEVE what THEY are doing to US NOW!

jt

April 27th, 2009
9:38 pm

Republicans and Democrats.
Watch how the R&D party covers their butts on TORTURING people.
Now they can lie, cheat, steal, AND torture with immunity.
( I meant enhanced interrogate).

jon

April 27th, 2009
9:38 pm

It was such a great point I had to make it twice.

Ray

April 27th, 2009
9:40 pm

Midori,

Plenty of material. New stuff every day. And you didn’t use the last 8 yrs to hate W beyond belief? Pay back is a mother.

Midori

April 27th, 2009
9:43 pm

big difference here Ray — we didn’t have to manufacture outrage over Bush’s ignorance and incompetence.

Jon — it’s a father, too.

I Report/ You Whine

April 27th, 2009
9:44 pm

you wingnut jackass-es are falling all over yourselves trying to pin that dumb photo op on Obama.

You are absolutely right, i r o diM, how could we ever think that Obozo is in charge of his own administration.

What fools we are!

Susan Myers

April 27th, 2009
9:50 pm

Typical conservative. When they can’t handle a situation, they cry out for help and forget the personal responsibility nonsense. But when they don’t need immediate help, they bite the helping hand.

http://thinkprogress.org/2009/04/26/tx-perry-swine-flu/

Midori

April 27th, 2009
9:51 pm

and right on cue, the head jackas-s jumps in.

Midori

April 27th, 2009
9:54 pm

Andy should be quite comfortable with contracting swine flu — pig that he is.

Susan Myers

April 27th, 2009
9:57 pm

getalife

April 27th, 2009
10:19 pm

No Andy,

Caldera admitted it was his mistake.

Con flu got ya delirious?

jon

April 27th, 2009
10:19 pm

Breaking News – The White House has banned all photo-ops of large jetliners flying low over New York. I guess they got enough footage for the 2012 campaign.

The best line of the day was that idiot Robert Gibbs advising reporters to contact the White House with their questions. Dude, you are the White House press secretary!!

Next time I hear one of the libs here tell us that adults are in charge now, I will laugh that much harder.

Susan Myers

April 27th, 2009
10:23 pm

Concerning the swine flu outbreak: Imagine how Bush would have screwed this up, and McCain would have bombed Mexico. We’re extremely lucky to have Obama as president for this. He’s handling it very responsibly.

We already saw how George ‘you’re doing a heck of a job, Brownie’ Bush responded to national emergencies… his motto was “better late than never”.

ROTFL

April 27th, 2009
10:24 pm

funny how the loons feel sorry for the terrorist and beam with glee at the prospect of water boarding someone they don’t agree with.

getalife

April 27th, 2009
10:33 pm

jon,

Adults are in charge cleaning up you crazy cons huge mess you left .

Deal with it.

AmVet

April 27th, 2009
10:37 pm

The talking loon in question, Pretty Boy Sean, agreed to have it done.

But as he is lacking an adult spine, or a modicum of integrity, it is likely, no, a certainty, none of us will live long enough to see that happen.

The 101st Chariborne! Mrs. G. you are on a roll tonight!

And as the old saying goes, neo-cons, if the foo sh_ts, wear it.

When did the GOP become synonymous for Scumbags for Torture?

getalife

April 27th, 2009
10:40 pm

“The new Washington Post/ABC news poll has all sorts of intriguing numbers in it but when you are looking for clues as to where the two parties stand politically there is only one number to remember: 21.

That’s the percent of people in the Post/ABC survey who identified themselves as Republicans, down from 25 percent in a late March poll and at the lowest ebb in this poll since the fall of 1983(!).

In that same poll, 35 percent self-identified as Democrats and 38 percent called them Independents.

These numbers come on the heels of Steve Schmidt, former campaign manager for Arizona Sen. John McCain’s presidential bid, declaring the Republican party a “shrinking entity” last week — citing the decline of GOP numbers in the west, northeast and mountain west as evidence.”

Stand proud cons but your party is not.

Hell, McLoser can’t stand up to torture and he was tortured.

Pathetic.

jon

April 27th, 2009
10:42 pm

getalife,

“the adults” have a plan for you and it’s more taxes, more government spending, more danger from foreign nations and terrorists, and more control over your life. Love it!

getalife

April 27th, 2009
10:47 pm

jon,

Yeah, teabagger but the consequences of your parties destruction have yet to be fully seen.

Why in the world would you support a party that destroyed our country?

Are you insane and think the gop will change if they ever get power again?

Wake up dude.

AmVet

April 27th, 2009
10:52 pm

getalife, was that a shrinking, or a stinking, entity?

Meghan McCain is right. Shrub, DickHead, Dumsfeld and Kreepy Karl had their eight years.

And they summarily shiite the bed. The nation’s bed.

Now they can just shut up and go away already…

getalife

April 27th, 2009
10:57 pm

AmVet,

They should but the cons still believe they are right.

Cons hate Meg for saying that and will never change.

They will be in the minority for the rest of my lifetime.

And that is great for our country.

AmVet

April 27th, 2009
11:01 pm

“They will be in the minority for the rest of my lifetime.”

I do believe you are correct, my Louisiana friend.

And reading those words makes my evening!

You’ve done a heckuva job, Bushie…

Hasta la vista, babies…

Ray

April 27th, 2009
11:03 pm

Amvet,

You on the Chairborne bandwagon, too? I would think with a handle like yours, it might be otherwise. I might expect it from some dumb sh** like Susan or Midori or DB but from you? Perhaps those people in Normandy are looking down at all of you right now and shaking their heads in disbelief. What do you respect?

Cherokee

April 28th, 2009
4:39 am

I expect Amvet can speak for himself. But I would guess, Jay, that the heroes of Normandy would have much more contempt for those who loudly advocate war, after having refused to serve when it was their time. Cheney, Bush, Limbaugh, Hannity, Boortz all come to mind…

I Report/ You Whine

April 28th, 2009
5:17 am

Of the $11.3 million at issue, $10.1 million went directly from the federal government to the city. The rest, $1.2 million, was issued to the state, which sent the money to the city. So the federal Labor Department could bill the state for that amount, and the state could turn around and ask the city to pay.

Federal officials have already asked the Georgia Labor Department to review how the city spent its Workforce Investment Act money.-Urinal

I guess no one told the fed or the state that “Workforce Investment Act” stands for “the mayor’s bank account,” or “turn it all over to ACORN.”

The very first 11 million of the coming flood, no one knows where it went.

poof

maxwell

April 28th, 2009
7:16 am

“Georgia white supremacist who killed one of his followers for not obeying orders is scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday night.”

One of WHINERS relatives I presume!

Mike

April 28th, 2009
7:19 am

“those who loudly advocate war, after having refused to serve when it was their time. Cheney, Bush, Limbaugh, Hannity, Boortz all come to mind…”

And Obama, Biden, Bookman, Olbermann and the other supporters of the Afghan War who never served.

Peadawg

April 28th, 2009
8:23 am

Let’s hope with Obama being a Christian, he’s prayed more than 1 prayer! That was a dumb comment Jay.

Wyld Byll Hyltnyr

April 28th, 2009
8:25 am

mwater

April 28th, 2009
9:12 am

There is a BIG difference between “not serving” in the military and “avoiding” service when called upon to serve. Military service isn’t a requirement for being a good leader just like being a pro athlete isn’t required to be a good coach.

DB, Gwinnettian

April 28th, 2009
9:19 am

Tell that to all of those brave Americans who jumped into Normandy.

This has what, exactly, to do with the whiny-arsed teaty baby Erick Erickson? Here’s his bio. If you find any beach-storming beyond Cancun on a drunken spring break, let me know.