Prayers for Rev. Billy Graham

Local station WTVD-TV Raleigh reports that our nation’s beloved Reverend Billy Graham has been hospitalized due to a pulmonary ailment:

ASHEVILLE (WTVD) — Evangelist Billy Graham is being treated at Mission Hospital in Asheville for a pulmonary condition. He was admitted Wednesday.

A spokesperson for Graham said the 92-year-old was taken to the hospital for medical assessment following a health episode overnight, and initial tests suggested pneumonia.

“Appropriate antibiotics are being administered, and he is clinically stable at this time,” said Dr. Shaw C. Henderson, pulmonologist.

There is no date for Graham’s release but his primary doctor, Lucian Rice, says, “He is resting comfortably and is fully alert.”

Graham spokesperson A. Larry Ross says the evangelist is feeling much better since his arrival at the hospital. “We anticipate his pneumonia to clear with treatment and hope he will be able to soon return home.”

Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Graham has not been in the best of health for several years now and rarely makes public appearances. His last public appearance that I know of was at President and Mrs. Bush’s book signings here in Charlotte back in December.

Does the White House endorse the view that Republicans are racists?

**Posted by Phineas

Have a look at this item from Conn Carroll. True, the shout “They’re racist” came from an audience member, but it was one of only a very few(1) the White House saw fit to include in the official transcript of Obama’s speech on immigration in El Paso(2), which does lend it a somewhat “official” quality.

So, question for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Does the President of the United States agree that Republicans and border-security advocates are racists?

(1) The others being expressions of adulation for Obama, which we can assume have the WH seal of approval.

(2) Which happens to be in a state that’s burning to the ground, not that Obama has noticed.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

When Texas burns, the Fed rushes into action… in Mexico??

**Posted by Phineas

In case you missed it, much of Texas is burned up, literally; according to Kevin Williamson at NRO, about 3400 square miles have gone up in flames, an area the size of Puerto Rico. Williamson uses this fact to excoriate President Obama for coming to Texas to raise money and sell his non-starter of an immigration plan while refusing to even tour devastated areas, let alone declaring a federal disaster area.

But he saves the cherry on the sundae for last:

To its credit, the Obama administration has dispatched aircraft to help with the firefighting . . . in Mexico.

MEXICO??

Following Williamson’s link, we find that he really did:

Two specially equipped U.S. Air Force cargo planes left Colorado on Saturday to help battle wildfires in northern Mexico.

The C-130s were requested by the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department, a U.S. Northern Command spokesman said.

The planes can spray about 3,000 gallons of fire retardant in a matter of seconds from a system of pressurized tanks called Modular Aerial Fire Fighting System or MAFFS.

The fires have burned 386 square miles in Mexico — one-ninth of what’s been destroyed in Texas — and yet the Obama administration won’t send help to Texas but will to Mexico? Mr. President… Barry… WTF??

Oh, and you want to know the best part? The planes will be flying from a base… in Texas.

That sound you heard was the sound of the back of Obama’s hand meeting Governor Perry’s face.

Look, I have no problem helping Mexico, per se; we have plenty of resources in the Western states. But it seems to me that you take care of your own people, first, and then lend what you can spare to help the neighbors. This looks like nothing more than the administration taking out its petty anger at Texas and its governor for not voting for Obama and for not supporting his policies. President Peevish apparently only helps those who help him, regardless of the duties of his job.

So, let’s consider. On the one hand:

  • He seemed indifferent to the flooding that devastated Tennessee in 2010.
  • He is ignoring fires that are ravaging Texas in 2011.
  • He is wrecking the Gulf Coast economy with his permitorium, in defiance of a federal court order.

On the other:

Three-to-one. I’d say it’s pretty clear his natural instincts are to go with the “gangster government” approach to governance: “If you play nice, you get help. But if you cross me, you can burn for all I care.”

Literally.

via Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt

CLARIFICATION: The linked article discussing planes sent to help Mexico is from April 16th, nearly a month ago. I should have noted that and apologize for any confusion. However, as an article from the Christian Science Monitor, dated just two days later, shows, Governor Perry was asking for help way back then. So, why the hold up?

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)