VIDEO: Little boy cries over inability to be NJ governor, then gets his wish

This adorable 2009 video, only posted recently on YouTube, went viral a few days ago:

Today, that young man’s wish came true – thanks to NJ Governor Christie:

A boy filmed crying on a YouTube video because he was too small to be governor of New Jersey can wipe away his tears today

Governor Chris Christie made four-year-old Jesse Koczon’s dream come true – for a day.

He will sign a proclamation this afernoon making the boy honorary governor when he comes face to face with the little child who has big political ambitions.

Spokesman Kevin Roberts said: ‘We thought it would be a nice thing to do. It sends a good signal to kids around the state who are public service-minded to keep their dreams alive.’

When Jesse’s mother asked her son on the video why he was crying, Jesse replied, ‘Cause everyone tells me I’m too small to be the governor of New Jersey.’

Asked if he would wait until he had been to college, the boy replied: ‘I am already in college.’

‘You already have the education to be the governor?” asks his mother.’Yes’, responds Jesse. ‘Would you raise property taxes?” she asks.

‘Yes,’ he replies. His mother answers: ‘But then people wouldn’t be happy.You have to say, ‘I’m going to lower them.’

[…]

Christie later responded on Twitter, writing: ‘Don’t worry Jesse, people gave plenty of reasons why I couldn’t be Governor, though being too small wasn’t one of them.’

Heh. Here’s video of Gov. Christie, Jason, and Jason’s older brother Brandon from earlier today:

Priceless!

Al Qaeda, Hamas, and Hizbullah: the boys in Brazil

**Posted by Phineas

It’s been noted before by myself and others that our porous southern border poses not only a problem of illegal immigration, but an avenue of opportunity for terrorists trying to get into the United States. Hamas has been trying to set up operations in Mexico, Hizbullah has become involved in the Colombian drug trade, and an Iranian book celebrating suicide bombers was found in the Arizona desert, probably not dropped by a Mexican looking for day-work in Phoenix.

Now comes word via a Brazilian periodical that al Qaeda operatives are in Brazil, plotting and organizing:

Al Qaeda operatives are in Brazil planning attacks, raising money and recruiting followers, a leading news magazine reported Saturday, renewing concerns about the nation serving as a hide-out for Islamic militants.

Veja magazine, in its online edition, reported that at least 20 people affiliated with al Qaeda as well as the Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim group Hezbollah, the Palestinian group Hamas and two other organizations have been hiding out in the South American country.

The magazine said these operatives have been raising money and working to incite attacks abroad. The magazine cited Brazilian police and U.S. government reports, but did not give details on specific targets or operations.

This isn’t the first word we’ve had of Islamic jihadists in South America, of course. As the article mentions, the United States has long believed that the lawless area where the Brazilian, Paraguayan, and Argentine borders meet harbored terrorists and Iranian agents. But this latest news from Brazil is a salutary reminder that our enemies are not just in the Hindu Kush: they are much closer, they are making plans, and we are a very likely target. (Though not the only one…)

via Fausta, who provides links to articles about the activities of Hamas and Hizbullah in the land of the samba, too.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Spinsanity: As Obama 2012 campaign gears up, JFK comparisons begin (again)

The New York Observer observed the architect of the Obama 2008 election victory and “man behind the man” David Axelrod give a speech today on Obama’s first two years in office at ‘Reverend’ Al Sharpton’s NAN gathering, and in the interview we got a sneak peek at what’s to come in the next few years as Team Obama prepares to go all out in order to try to get their man re-elected to the WH (bolded emphasis added by me):

As David Axelrod puts it, he got his start in politics when a family friend took him to see John F. Kennedy speak near his home at Stuy Town in Manhattan.

“I can’t remember what he said that day. I was five years old,” Axelrod said. “But through the wonders of Google, someone sent me the speech that he made that day.”

Axelrod, who recently left the White House to work on Obama’s re-election campaign, was the first of nearly half a dozen Obama aides to address the National Action Network audience, this morning alone. (HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, Attorney General Eric Holder, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Lisa Jackson of the EPA were all slated to speak, in addition to Obama himself.)

“And what [President Kennedy] said was, ‘I’m not running on the platform that says if you elect me, things will be easy,'” said Axelrod, with NAN founder Al Sharpton sitting as his side. Kennedy told the group: “I don’t come here to please you, I come here to serve you. Not to please you, but to serve you.”

“Believe me, I’ve been thinking a lot about that a lot over the last couple of years,” Axelrod told the audience. “We did a lot more serving than pleasing because of the challenges that we face.”

Rescuing the economy from a “free fall” was chief among them, he said.

“If you were planning your presidency, the first three things you would do, would not be a nearly trillion-dollar recovery act, bailing out the auto industry, bailing out the financial sector. That was not in our campaign plan. That was not in our campaign plan.”

“Each of these decisions were as necessary as they were unpopular,” said Axelrod. But making it more challenging was the fact that “we had to do it virtually all alone.”

Oh, for crying out loud! Number one, the economy has in no way been “rescued.” And number two, “do it virtually all alone”? That’s an interesting assertion, considering Axe was Obama’s chief advisor during the two years that Democrats controlled both the House and Senate. And thirdly, doesn’t the arrogance of Axelrod trying to insinuate that Obama is like a modern day version of JFK? At least we can be thankful that he didn’t mention Lincoln … or let’s hope he didn’t, anyway (I’ve not read the full speech).

The self-centered equation of Democrat “leaders” – including Presidents – to JFK is not a new one. As we all know, Bill Clinton was frequently likened to JFK during his 8 years in the WH, and he lapped it up. Senator John Kerry, along with his supporters, took to using his initials – which also happen to be “JFK” – during the course of his campaign for POTUS in 2004 in order to drum up in people’s minds the memory of JFK, who is a hero in elite Democrat circles. Why do they do this? you might ask. It’s a way for them to not so subtly imply that they’re just as “great” as JFK supposedly was … without actually saying the words. That would appear way too egotistical, so instead of outright saying it, their handlers and other devotees make the comparisons, and before you know it, a myth is formed. We saw this in 2007 and 2008 with the Obama/Lincoln comparisons, from the start of Obama’s campaign run, all the way through his inauguration – and beyond.

It’s one thing to, as many prominent Republican politicos do, embrace the essence of what made conservative icons like President Reagan so great – but not essentially proclaiming yourself to be the next Reagan. You can love Reagan, but still be your own man or woman. It’s another thing to do what liberal politicos so frequently do, and that’s assume the mantle of iconic figures from their side of the aisle who have long since passed on, all in the purely political need to be not just associated via similar philosophical beliefs with greatness, but to be assumed to be “as great as.” Having to pretend to be the modern-day likeness of a well-known and respected political figure from days gone by in order to win over the hearts and minds of voters is a strong indicator of someone who is severely lacking in a strong identity of their own. An empty suit of sorts.

Case in point.

Cartoon courtesy of Michael Ramirez.

Cartoon courtesy of Michael Ramirez.


Cartoon source.

Hope? Change? Four more years?

**Posted by Phineas

President Obama’s reelection campaign released its first campaign video this week. Surprisingly, the President hardly appears in it and his record is barely mentioned. How odd. Anyway, the National Republican Senatorial Committee decided to help our shy president out by creating the following video that makes sure he and his record are front and center:

Wasn’t that nice of them?

PS: The Obama campaign’s video has been viewed just under 300,000 times, so far. The NRSC’s video, meanwhile, has been seen almost 900,000 times. Change?

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

New Tone Watch: Anti-Obama protestor attacked in SF

CBS San Francisco files this disturbing report

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/ BCN) — A man who set up a table with political literature and a sign opposing President Barack Obama was attacked in San Francisco’s North Panhandle neighborhood, police and witnesses said Tuesday.

Initial police accounts had indicated that the man had a sign supporting Obama, but witnesses later said it was an anti-Obama sign with a Hitler mustache drawn over the president’s face.

The attack happened around 11:30 a.m. Monday in the 1200 block of Fell Street, where the victim, a 29-year-old Daly City man, had set up his table, said Capt. Denis O’Leary of the SFPD’s Park Station.

A man and woman approached the victim, tore the sign and shook the table, causing the political literature to fall to the ground.

The attackers also kicked the man in the hand, O’Leary said.

The SFPD captain said he did not know whether the victim was a supporter or opponent of Obama, but a witness who was in the area Monday said the victim was a supporter of Lyndon LaRouche, a left-wing political activist who opposes the president.

 […]

The first attacker was described as an Asian man with long black hair who was wearing a gray baseball cap, gray sweatshirt and dark jeans, O’Leary said.

The other was a white woman who is about 5 feet 6 inches tall with long, curly brown hair, he said.

Punks.

Call the SFPD at (415) 575-4444 or text TIP411 if you witnessed the attack.