Author: McManus, John F
Date published: January 4, 2010
Journal code: NEAM
What About the U.S. Constitution?
"For the first time in its history, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization invoked Article 5.... And the United Nations Security Council endorsed the use of all necessary steps to respond to the 9/1 1 attacks."
In his December 1 speech. President Barack Obama avoided mentioning the document he has sworn to abide by and pointed instead to NATO (a UN regional arrangement) and the UN itself for authorization of the war in Afghanistan.
His Huge Election Expenditure May Have Hurt the Political Process
"He has done long-term damage to the system."
After New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent $102 million of his own money ($1 74 per vote received) to squeak out a reelection win, Public Interest Research Group 's Gene Russianoff contended that the city's electoral process had been severely harmed.
European Union's New Leader Another Globalist
"The climate conference in Copenhagen is another step toward the global management of the planet."
Prior to taking office on December i as the initial President of the European Union (under the Lisbon Treaty}, Belgium 's Herman Van Rompuy let the world know that he is an ardent globalist and an enemy of national sovereignty.
The Border Between the United States and Canada Is a Bigger Concern Than in the Past
"We can't take the chance that the footprints we see are somebody coming here to live the American dream or somebody coming here to destroy the American dream."
As the official in charge of the U.S. Border Patrol's station in northern Vermont, Fernando Beltran has seen the number of agents in his office tripled to more than 300 since 9/11 .
You Can Buy Mao Memorabilia in the Town Where He Was Born
"Business is better than ever."
Mao Juxiang, a sales clerk in Shaoshan, China, will happily sell anyone items depicting the late dictator's image in a bronze bust for $85, a snow globe for $7, or a key chain for $4.25.
Army Family Members Skeptical About Afghanistan War Ending
"We have a friend who's been in the military seven years and has been deployed five of those years. I don't think anyone in the military believes this is going to end soon."
The wife of an Army medic who faces another tour in a few months, Jessica Suckarieh, laments that her one-year-old son has seen his father for only two months.
A Sober Warning for Senior Citizens
"I have a message for you. You're going to die sooner."
Pointing to President Obama 's healthcare proposals, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OkIa.), a medical doctor, claimed that planned cuts in Medicare would result in dire consequences for older Americans.
He Tossed a Shoe at President Bush and Now Has One Aimed at Him
"He stole my technique."
The famous Iraqi shoe-tosser, Muntadhar al-Zeidi, issued his comment after he ducked to avoid being hit by a shoe thrown at him during a news conference in Paris.
- Compiled by John F. McManus