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The revolving door of radicals coming into the Obama administration continues to spin. The latest Obama nominee to draw fire is Judge Edward Chen, who has been nominated to serve as a U.S. District Court judge in Northern California.
Chen's comments over the years have been so controversial that The Washington Times recently called him "another Obama nominee who doesn't appear to love America."
For example, he's no fan of the song "America the Beautiful," because he said, "Sometimes I cannot help but feel that there are too much [sic] injustice and too many inequalities that prevent far too many Americans from enjoying the beauty extolled in that anthem."
And just a few days removed from 9/11, Chen said one of his first reactions to the 9/11 attacks was a "sickening feeling in my stomach about what might happen to race relations and religious tolerance on our own soil."
That's funny, my first reaction was to think about the thousands of innocent civilians that were murdered on that day.
Judge Chen should not be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Shockingly, President Obama's foot-in-mouth VP isn't going over so well with the American people. A new Gallup Poll shows that Joe Biden's approval rating is lower than ever before, dropping a full 17 points from the time he was inaugurated.
And as much as Democrats love to deride Vice President Cheney, it turns out that Cheney was far more popular than Biden at this point in his term. While Biden's average approval rating after almost a year in office stands at 45 percent, Cheney's approval rating at the same point was 65 percent. And get this: Al Gore's number was 55 percent after his first year.
Wow, coming in behind Al Gore? That can't feel good. But you know what, Joe? I'll bet if you tell a few more of your trademark jokes, you could probably inch that number back up.
War on Coal
And Joe isn't the only one losing friends lately. Some loyal Obama supporters are now turning their backs on the president as a result of his war against America's coal industry.
Remember when Senator Obama said this during the presidential campaign?
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP FROM JAN. 17, 2008)
THEN-SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: What I've said is that we would put a cap-and trade-system in place that is more — as aggressive, if not more aggressive, than anybody else's out there.
So if somebody wants to build a coal-fired plant, they can. It's just that it will bankrupt them, because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
Well for once, Barack Obama is actually following through on a campaign promise, even if it is at the expense of coalminers and their families. According to The Washington Times, the White House has delayed issuing 79 surface mining permits because it says they could violate the Clean Water Act.
But that's not all: The EPA has also announced it will revoke the permit at a major mine in West Virginia.
That decision is not sitting well with elected officials there, like Governor Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller. In fact Rockefeller condemned the decision, saying, "It is wrong and unfair for the EPA to change the rules for a permit that is already active."
Well, Senator, maybe you should have thought all of that before you supported Barack Obama for president.
The Flying Imams
An update on a story we brought you a few years ago. In 2006 we told you about a group of six Muslim men who became known as the "Flying Imams." The men were removed from a U.S. Airways flight after praying loudly before takeoff, after passengers had claimed they were making anti-American statements and asking for seatbelt extensions despite the fact that they were not overweight. They also had one-way tickets and were not carrying luggage.
The imams claimed that they were being discriminated against by the airline, and now after three years of litigation, they finally reached a financial settlement with U.S. Airways and the airport commission.
Here's what one of the passengers on that plane told me way back when:
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP FROM "HANNITY & COLMES," NOV. 29, 2006)
HANNITY: We have an incident where they were chanting, and it's reported, "Allah, Allah." We have some passengers saying that they heard anti-American statements. We have reports that they changed seats and we also have reports that they were asking for seatbelt extensions — that's usually for people who are heavy — but they didn't need seatbelt extensions and they just placed them on the floor.
"PAULINE," PASSENGER ON FLIGHT: I think the thing that upset me the very most is 5:00 in the morning they're trying to turn this into an incident about their right to pray and discriminating against that. And it was not that at all.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
Well now the imams have been awarded a lump of cash for all their troubles.
A sad ending to that story.
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