The Top Ten Best and Worst Communicators of 2010

(BrightCitizen.com) This is something we look forward to reading each year.  The Decker blog makes their conclusions on the best and worst communicators of the year.  Here’s that summary-

The 10 Best

1. Sebastián Piñera – Excellence above and below the surface

2. Scott Brown – Refreshing face and voice

3. Sandra Bullock – Grace under pressure

4. Admiral Thad Allen – Rock solid under pressure

5. Marco Rubio – Articulate power makes a new political star

6. Luke Russert – Chip off the old block, beyond his years

7. Buster Posey – Speaks softly, but carries a big stick

8. Elizabeth Smart – Character and maturity

9. Emmitt Smith – A winner at many things

10. Steve Jobs – Just has to be in the Top Ten, again

 

The 10 Worst

1. Tony Hayward – Appalling

2. Dick Fuld – Never learned

3. Christine O’Donnell, Joe Miller, Alvin Greene – Not ready for Prime Time

4. Gordon Brown – Consistent stumbler

5. Mel Gibson – Rant after rant

6. Jan Brewer – Inconsistent stumbler

7. Eric Massa – How can one believe?

8. Bertha Lewis – Like many under scrutiny, talks with forked tongue

9. Harry Reid – This politician is no stem-winder

10. Obama – Cadence, teleprompters and arrogance gets him here

Check the Decker assessment for 2010 here.

Obama Sues Arizona Over State Immigration Law

(BrightCitizen.com) With 59% of the US public against illegal immigrants, the state of Arizona has reacted.  They have enacted a law to allow law enforcement to check if people they come across on a day to day basis are legally in the United States or not.

(Reuters) – The Obama administration on Tuesday sued Arizona over the state’s strict new immigration law, attempting to wrestle back control over the issue but infuriating Republicans who said the border required more security.

The administration argued the Arizona law, which requires state and local police to investigate the immigration status of anyone they reasonably suspect of being an illegal immigrant, is unconstitutional and would sap law enforcement resources.

The Republican-controlled Arizona legislature passed the controversial law to try to stem the flood of thousands of illegal immigrants who cross its border from Mexico and to cut down on drug trafficking and other crimes in the area.

 

Quoted from here

 

Is The US News Media Anti-Christian?

(BrightCitizen.com) The United States has been considered to be a Christian nation for almost three-hundred years.  Some estimates say Christians of all flavors number in some 80% of the total US population.  However, for anyone who watches the mainstream news, you will find very anti-Christian comments and reports.  MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann calls ProLife people “Christian Jihadists”.  CBS’ Katie Couric calls Christian values “repugnant”.  Others have called intelligent and well-established Christians as people with “neurological disorders”.  Why such bigotry and outright attacks on Christians?

There are many reasons Christians can identify, however SE Cupp in her book, “Losing Our Religion” sees it from a different angle.  Ms. Cupp is an atheist.  She comments that the goal of the news media is to overthrow God.  To rip every discussion, every talk of any content on God.  The mainstream media is a tool of oppression targeting mainstream American.

In a recent interview, Ms. Cupp notes that the media finally has someone in the White house that is as uncomfortable with publish worship as they are.  On top of that Hollywood and pop culture has always been anti-Christian.  These three mediums are a powerful influence.

The media uses religion as a weapon, they use it to humanize the left, and to demonize the right.  The case is in point is the onslaught of attacks on President Bush who professes to be a Christian, while Barak Obama who also says he is a Christian is not under attack.  This is more evident how the media has attacked people like Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee labeling those with Christian values as extremists and anyone of those who profess to be Christians on the political left are not submitted to such fierce criticism.

The liberal media does not handle nuance well.  They cannot distinguish between Christians or any of the various types of Christians.

If Christian attacks were replaced with Jews, Blacks, Asians, or some other group, the anchor would be removed from their jobs.  However, this double-standard in the media is very evident.

Ms. Cupp says these attacks are happening daily.  She thinks that Christians need to organize around this. Just as the Tea Party’s have been organized around fiscal responsibility.

Israeli’s Blockade Of Gaza Is Legal By International Maritime Law


(BrightCitizen.com) International Maritime Law expert Mr. Robert Margolis on a recent interview says a state has a right under International Maritime Law.  Under the law of Blockades, a country may declare a blockade over a port in both the territorial seas and the international waters.  The boarding of the ship is not an act of piracy by a warship as others have condemned Israel.  Pirates are individuals seeking personal gains.

If a blockade is declared and the ship is aware of the blockade.  Their is a series of steps to hail, fire across the bow, and boarding becomes acceptable.  By trying to break a sovereign nation’s blockade, they indeed are breaking the law.

Mr. Margolis says that the Israelis actually did not use too much force, but actually used too little force.  He said the Israeli’s should have dropped stun grenades or tear gas to clear the deck first as they had every right to board the ship by International Maritime Laws.

The Peace Boats

(BrightCitizen.com) Israeli media reported the other side of their story.  Many believe the Peace Flotilla was a set up to delegitimize the state of Israel’s right to exist.

The below video shows the story from a different perspective.  Notice particularly the song in the video.

Who Are These Peace Boats Fighting Israel?

 

(BrightCitizen.com) The nation of Israel has been fighting to protect it citizens from the endless barrage of missiles fired into it’s territory from Gaza.  Gaza is currently under the control of the militant group HAMAS.  Hamas refused to recognize the nation of Israel or it’s right to exist.  Israel has responded by blockading Gaza by sea so that arms will not flow in from Hamas terrorism supporters in Iran and Syria.

A flotilla of 10 ships set sail from Cypus.  The ships were loaded with people and supplies in an effort to bring attention to the blockade.  Although they were referred to as Peace Boats, the sponsors of the boats is a non-profit organization in Turkey which is a front for a terrorist organization.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) engaged the named “Peace Flotilla” asking them to sail toward Ashdod instead of Gaza.  There they would inspect the cargo for weapons and send the aid on to the people living in the Gaza area under Hamas rule.  The Peace Flotilla continued on ignoring the orders of the Israeli navy.

Israel commandos repelled from helicopters to the decks of the ships.  Their were armed with side-arms but only paint-ball rifles as they apparently intended to do crowd control.  They were greeted by Turkish nationals with steel pipes and knives.  They immediately attacked the Israeli commandos and two commando handguns were taken.  The commandos were beaten and one was thrown over the side rail to the deck 30 feet below.

When the IDF so that it was not just crowd control, they opened fire as they were surrounded by these Turks and 9 people were killed.

International outcry has condemned the Israeli action, but the background of the Turkish attackers seems to go unreported in mainstream media.