Wednesday, June 30, 2010

First cross-border gunfire!

From Juarez with love:
Shots apparently fired from Juárez pelt City Hall, enter office

EL PASO -- Several gunshots apparently fired from Juárez hit El Paso City Hall on Tuesday afternoon.

No one was hurt, but nerves were rattled at City Hall in what is thought to be the first cross-border gunfire during a drug war that has engulfed Juárez since 2008.
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CBO's bad news today

6/30/10:
...Specifically, Elmendorf noted that spending on major mandatory health care programs such as Medicare is on track to double by 2035, up to 10% of GDP from 5% today. That increase is the equivalent of $700 billion this year in additional spending, Elmendorf said.

Add in the less dramatic increase in Social Security spending, and the cost to federal coffers of mandatory entitlement programs will reach 16% of GDP by 2035. That's not very far below what the government has spent on all federal programs and activities on average over the past 40 years...
And later in the article:
The only way to bring the federal budget into better balance would be to sharply reduce U.S. spending, drastically increase taxes to rates never before seen in the United States or some less dramatic combination of the two, Elmendorf said.
Read the whole thing

More on Obama-Selective Service fraud

Update: Selective Service responds, but fails to answer additional FOIA requests: AFTER RESPONDING PROMPTLY LAST MONTH, WHY HAVE THEY NOW GONE MUM?

MSM wakes up: TIME covers Obama's connection to Blagojevich corruption trial

If the Craig report chose to omit any mention of a conversation with a known go-between for Blagojevich, in which the President is, at least, understood to be recommending Jarrett, then there is no telling what other salient facts were also left out...
Faced With The Blagojevich Scandal, Did Barack Obama Tell The Whole Truth?

Basilika-Garage in Budapest, St. Istvan-Ter.

WOW...now THIS is innovation (like pre-Obama America used to do): WOHR MULTIPARKER 730

...an enfeebled economy for years to come

Today, Obama is following a script eerily similar to the one followed by Hoover and FDR: He wants to spend wildly, raise taxes on all Americans, erect trade barriers and protect unions, his biggest supporters, to boost their wages at others' expense.

The only difference this time is the Fed has refused to let the money supply contract by a third, as it did during the Depression, deepening the economy's collapse.

The hole in which we find ourselves is the result of bad policy responses to a short-term financial crisis. We'll pay for it with an enfeebled economy for years to come.

And if, as Krugman believes, we are about to enter a global depression, it's only because our policymakers were foolish enough to take his advice.
Paul Krugman's Depression

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The REAL card check


Kagan lied; people died.

My God, are we really going to end up with a terrorist-enabling, baby-killing, lying excuse for a human being and upholder-of-the-law on our U.S. Supreme Court?

Kagan flat lied about the clear wording of a law that goes to the very heart of our ability to use the courts to combat Islamic terrorism, and thanks to the Court's failure to review this crucial case, the simple wording and intent of Congress—that foreign states whose actions do injury in the United States can be sued for those injuries—has now been undone, as if the law had never been passed.
Kagan lied to Supreme Court in 9/11 case, should be disbarred

The Kagan Smoking Gun – Elena Kagan fudged the results of a study on partial birth abortion in order to justify the procedure in court.
Kagan Fudged Study Results to Justify Partial Birth Abortion in Court

New strategy unveiled to force Obama on eligibility

Petition calls on state election officials to verify qualifications in 2012

How global warming destroyed the world...

...and Al Gore relieved his Second Chakra!

Big Government: "Some of us who don’t even own homes are paying to support others and their home ownership..."

For American taxpayers, now on the hook for some $145 billion in housing losses connected to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans, that amount could be just the tip of the iceberg.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the losses could balloon to $400 billion. And if housing prices fall further, some experts caution, the cost to the taxpayer could hit as much as $1 trillion.
Fannie-Freddie Bailout Could Cost Taxpayers $1 Trillion

Monday, June 28, 2010

Why Elena Kagan will block the repeal of Obamacare if she gets on the Supreme Court

She singled out for disdain the High Court's 1995 ruling in U.S. v. Lopez, which is a seminal case in limiting Congress's power under the Commerce Clause. . .

If Ms. Kagan disdains Lopez, she is all but certain to rule against the states on ObamaCare. On this point, someone should ask Ms. Kagan whether Congress has the power to force individuals to buy certain cars—say, Chrysler's, now that the U.S. taxpayer has bailed out that auto maker?
WSJ: Read the whole thing

KABA: What it really means

"KEEP AND BEAR ARMS"

I received this today from Robert A. Gismondi--a very well-informed, experienced, ex-Army guy:

McDonald vs. Chicago has been decided in favor of McDonald. Now honest citizens can be armed in Chicago, instead of just criminals. (McDonald is an elderly black man living in Chicago, who has been menaced by criminals.)

I checked CNN when Fox went to commercial and who should appear but Jeffrey Toobin. He said that this decision reverses the opinions of legal scholars, apparently for the last 40 years. What Jeffrey, like Zerobama, does not seem to know, is that before then, when the socialist/collectivist/statist/fascists began to take control of public education, universities, law schools, and the media, it had been understood since the founding of our nation (actually it pre-dates the founding) that there is an individual right to KABA. In England, the right was recognized, as long as you were not Roman Catholic. Later, the right was extended to them as well. Of course, that was then.

The extent of "liberal" lies never fails to impress me!

The usual suspects reporting indicate that the Supremes have "extended" the right to KABA. That is male bovine exrementum. They extended nothing; they merely explicitly recognized what was common understanding for hundreds of years.

Even the WSJ has its biases (on the news side.) I expect that the NRA, fast mover that it is, will have a report, oh, perhaps Friday or Saturday.

For Cah-lee-FWAR-nya, there will be many lawsuits, as a result of the decision. The fascists are like Islamist terrorists; they are fanatics, and never give up.

However, I think this ruling invalidates, generally, the requirement in Cah-lee-FWAR-nya to lock up firearms. If you cannot have access to your piece, it does no good.

As everyone knows, the Fourteenth Amendment extended all individual rights to freed slaves, including the right to KABA. And, it explicitly applied to the states. Associate Justice Alito's majority opinion made a point of that concept.
. . . The right to keep and bear arms is enforceable against the States because it is a privilege of American citizenship recognized by §1 of the Fourteenth Amendment, which provides, inter alia: “’No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.’”

Majority Decision, Justice Alito

The complete decision:

http://thetruthaboutguns.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/08-1521-1.pdf

A brief article:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703964104575334701513109426.html

Real "Gun Control" means: A good stance, proper grip, the right sight picture, and smooth trigger technique.

After reading it, I happened upon this cool site:
www.keepandbeararms.com

Obama...just your garden variety Jew-hater

Obama's Secret talks with Hamas, Look for President Hussein to Remove the Annihilationist Hamas From the Terror List in the Coming Months...

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Obama administration uses coffee shops to conduct national business so lobbyists won't show up on White House visitors' log!

...the Caribou Coffee across the street from the White House has become a favorite meeting spot to conduct Obama administration business...because the discussions are not taking place at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, they are not subject to disclosure on the visitors’ log that the White House releases as part of its pledge to be the “most transparent presidential administration in history.”
Coffee shops used for discreet lobbyist meetings: Meetings outside the White House avoid official visitor registration

SUPERSTAR: OUR NEXT PRESIDENT

Payback time: Citizens would be shocked to learn about the open and pervasive hostility within the Justice Department to bringing civil rights cases against nonwhite defendants on behalf of white victims.

Equal enforcement of justice is not a priority of this administration. Open contempt is voiced for these types of cases.

Some of my co-workers argued that the law should not be used against black wrongdoers because of the long history of slavery and segregation. Less charitable individuals called it "payback time." Incredibly, after the case was dismissed, instructions were given that no more cases against racial minorities like the Black Panther case would be brought by the Voting Section.
ADAMS: Inside the Black Panther case Anger, ignorance and lies

Great: Obama Can Shut Down Internet For 4 Months Under New Emergency Powers

While media and public attention is overwhelmingly focused on the BP oil spill, the establishment is quietly preparing the framework that will allow Obama, or indeed any President who follows him, to bring down a technological iron curtain that will give the government a foot in the door on seizing complete control over the Internet.
The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act

Saturday, June 26, 2010

How Obama turned an accident into a catastrophe

Criminal negligence...and environmentalists have a long record of sacrificing human and animal life to arbitrary standards such as in California's Man-Made Drought and Activists Blocked New Orleans Levee Plan. The Gulf oil spill was another such Avertible catastrophe.

UPDATE: What the Obama administration has wrought: the world's first "Oilcane"

The U.S. is not only calling for more spending, but it is also failing to reduce its own deficit, which will reach $1.4 trillion in 2010. Now, the question becomes when will this come back to hurt the country?

Immediately. Why The G20 Won't Listen To Obama

Democratic Arizona Legislator Jorge Garcia and Assistant Attorney General Peter Silverman conduct Foreign Policy In Mexico.

The participants from Arizona explained the law as well as the actions they’ve taken to prevent it from going into effect. The participants, all Democrats, included David Lujan, Mary Peralta, Peter Silverman, Cynthia Aragon and Jorge Garcia, as well as Mexico’s Consul in Phoenix, AZ.
Democrats flaunt the Logan Act

THE LOGAN ACT

18 U.S.C. § 953 : US Code - Section 953: Private correspondence with foreign governments
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to
influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply, himself or his agent, to any foreign government or the agents thereof for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.

A Soldier Speaks: What about Some Respect From Obama?

Now that General McChrystal is gone, liberals and conservatives seem to agree that McChrystal did not show sufficient “respect” for President Obama. But what about respect from Obama and his ruling liberal elite for our system, our country, and its values? What about the chain of command that makes Obama answerable to the American people and the system that he is so brazenly attempting to transform into something completely foreign to what our founders intended?
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Who Were the 56 Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence? And have you ever wondered what happened to them?

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Here are a few of their stories.

*Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died.

*Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

*Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, another had two sons captured.

*Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

*Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.

*Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year, he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later, he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.

Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.

Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing straight and unwavering, they pledged: "For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."

Remember: Freedom is never free!

Friday, June 25, 2010

The Obama administration has tapped an outspoken critic of immigration enforcement on the local level to oversee and promote partnerships between federal and local officials on the issue

...as a police chief, Hurtt was a supporter of "sanctuary city" policies, by which illegal immigrants who don't commit crimes can live without fear of exposure or detainment because police don't check for immigration papers.
Hurtt Hired by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement

Isn't it amazing how everything that Obama does, and has done, has undermined the country?

Whatever happened to the Constitution?

Great article: The Constitution, at Last

Excerpts:
For the most part, the Constitution’s diminishment was the work of modern liberalism, beginning in the progressive era and accelerating with the New Deal. Though the original Constitution has not disappeared entirely, it grows less and less relevant, or even legible, to our political class...
For a hundred years, liberalism has worked to overcome the constitutional separation of powers, winning many battles — but not quite the war. In the current crisis, conservative efforts to restore the separation of powers may even be more important than a campaign to shore up federalism.

TARP, for example, was an unprecedented delegation of legislative power to the Treasury secretary, of all people. It was a desperate, essentially lawless grant resembling the ancient Roman dictatorship, except that the Romans wisely confined their dictators to six-month terms. Obamacare is a 2,000-page monstrosity that will need thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of pages of additional regulations before it can operate. These will be issued by more than a hundred new bureaucracies, each a source of unaccountable power wielded over individual Americans. These multiplying centers of petty tyranny will accelerate our transformation from a republic of laws to a corrupt regime of muddled and ever more arbitrary power.

To unravel these new structures of unconstitutional power — and their predecessors, added primarily since the mid-1960s — is an enormous challenge. But our efforts can start with the restatement of the constitutional goal, and the resolution that at least we shall go no farther toward centralizing and combining what should be separated. Obamacare must be repealed, even if the older bureaucracies cannot be. No new TARPs — and let us usher this one into the grave as quickly as possible. No new delegations of legislative power to unaccountable bureaucracies. We need to constitutionalize the government we have, as far as we can: to pare it back as much as possible to the functions it was designed to perform, and where that is not possible, to prefer more constitutional to less constitutional means in every policy area. Here is the beginning of an agenda for conservative legislators and presidents, and for citizens, to guide us back — or rather forward — to a healthier, more responsible, and more constitutional political life.
Charles R. Kesler is a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute, editor of the Claremont Review of Books, and professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. This article originally appeared in the May 17, 2010, issue of National Review.

By getting rid of limitations on leverage, Wall Street has raised the odds of another financial crisis.

The most crucial element in the re-regulation of Wall Street has been gutted. At least for now, there will be no limits on how much money Wall Street can borrow to do its business. It's an invitation to dare a new meltdown or financial crisis. The big banks' lobbyists have convinced Treasury and Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, not to support Rep Barney Frank's, D-Mass., insistence on limiting the leverage Wall Street can use to trade securities.
Treasury, Dodd Sell Out To Wall Street

Blagojevich: Obama’s Watergate?

OBAMA SAID TO JUDGE HIM BY THE COMPANY HE KEEPS, AND HIS CHICAGO “PALS” ARE CROOKS, LIARS AND EXTORTIONISTS!

Chris Dodd: "No one will know until this is actually in place how it works..."

House, Senate leaders finalize details of sweeping financial overhaul

These bastards are getting away with experimenting on, and destroying the United States of America! If Republicans don't re-take Congress this November, kiss your freedom goodbye.

Couldn't one of Obama's many handlers have warned him to ignore the media's tingling-leg gaga worship, or their nonsense that Obama is "a god"?

Victor Davis Hanson NAILS IT: Saving Obama From Himself

On August 3, 2010, Missourians will be the first in the nation to cast a vote on the federal health care reforms passed by President Obama and the Congress earlier this year

The beginning of that roll-back does not occur on November 2, but much earlier. On August 3, 2010, Missouri voters will be tasked with the responsibility of taking the first stand against Obamacare, the progressive panacea, by voting for the Missouri Health Care Freedom Act (MHCFA) in a public referendum...
August 3: The Most Important Day in America

The president is dangerously out of touch and he is incompetent.

Wow. You know we're in trouble when Washington insiders are clutching at Joe Biden's coattails! Concern at Home and Abroad

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Need more proof?

Obama appoints Sharia finance promoter Samar Ali

H/T: Atlas Shrugs

SHARIA IN ACTION:

We know Obambi loves Hugo.....but this is going too far!!!

Venezuela to nationalize U.S. firm's oil rigs...

Democrats: "minorites" and "defective" people need not apply

Doesn't it drive you crazy that the Dems can get away with anything because of a press/media that is corrupt? Racist Dem Rep. Kanjorski: “We’re Giving Relief to ‘Average, Good American People’ Not ‘Minorities’ or ‘Defective’ People” (Video)

The Left is issuing death threats based on outdated and incorrect information!

Typical.
Much of the sensational reporting on Feldman’s investments was based on outdated information. The Judge was blasted for owning stock in Transocean, Ltd and Halliburton, two of the major companies involved in the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Feldman owned those stocks in 2008; however, he sold those shares long before issuing his ruling this week. In fact, this updated information will be released in the next report on his stock holdings.
Judge Faces Death Threats After BP Gulf Oil Drilling Moratorium Ruling

From PIECE OF WORK IN PROGRESS: Big Oil Maneuvering and Vestiture, or The Unified Theory of Obama Fail

H/T: InstaPundit

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

You won’t hear about it in the mainstream media, but the Electoral College is on the verge of being eliminated

One important legislative vote could occur Thursday. Two others could occur in the upcoming days and weeks...

H/T: InstaPundit

Obama and Soros rule the world

In a recent post, Obama, Oil and Treason, I included Glenn Beck's analysis of "Crime Inc" which documents how George Soros (who switched his loyalties to Obama from Hillary and helped get him elected) and Obama are closely coordinating the circumstances surrounding the Gulf oil spill disaster to benefit George Soros's massive investments in Brazilian oil (towards which Obama has pledged several billion dollars of your hard-earned tax dollars).

Now take a close look at how these two are coordinating their pressure on Germany in the crisis of the "euro" and those collapsing economies in Europe: Soros tells Germany to step up to its responsibilities, or leave EMU

You gotta love these guys, right?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

By what right...

Ben Stein:
We live in a Constitutional Republic. The President's job under the Constitution is to enforce the laws made by the elected Congress. His job is not to create new laws and enforce them all by himself. His job is as magistrate under the Constitution, not as Caudillo. He is not the law. He is supposed to enforce what Congress decides. The BP behavior is reminiscent of how, immediately after assuming office, Mr. Obama, with no Congressional authority or administrative allowance, simply made a phone call to fire the head of GM. When I called the White House press office to ask under what law or regulation Mr. Obama was acting, I was told he did not need a law. If the government put a lot of money into GM, it could call the shots at GM, I was told. But under what authority, I asked. 'None needed,' was the final answer. ... The same goes for Mr. Obama's demand that BP pay the lost wages of oil and gas workers suspended from work because of the moratorium on Gulf of Mexico underseas drilling. There simply was no legislation allowing this kind of specific demand. Mr. Obama's demand was in the nature of a threat, more than a Constitutional act. ... [T]o create specific enactments and actions without any authority -- now Mr. Obama's specialty -- is so at odds with the law of the land that it terrifies me. These are not the acts of a teacher on Constitutional law. These are the acts of a big city boss or a third world dictator.

Jobs: Obama is the worst President in history

H/T: Gateway Pundit

An open letter from actor Jon Voight to President Obama

June 22, 2010: President Obama...

Obama planning "mass amnesty" via Executive Order

Several Senators have learned of a possible plan by the Obama Administration that would provide a mass Amnesty for the nation's 11-18 million illegal aliens...

If ever there were a trial as to whether the media and our politicians had gone mad, the controversy over the Rolling Stone article would be Exhibit A.

Has Anyone -- Including McChrystal -- Actually Read The Rolling Stone Article?

Obama, oil, and treason

Here's What Oil Industry Insiders Are Gossiping About The Oil Spill

Glenn Beck - Obama, No Less Than Treason

Just where in the Constitution of the United States does it say that a president has the authority to extract vast sums of money from a private enterprise and distribute it as he sees fit to whomever he deems worthy of compensation?

Nowhere.
Is U.S. Now On Slippery Slope To Tyranny?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Did any of you know that the US supposedly has a National Contingency Plan for dealing with very large oil spills? And that EPA has legal responsibility for maintaining readiness for such an eventuality?

EPA and the “National Contingency Plan”

Progressives vs. The Founders: The Limits of the Welfare State

After the election of 2008, progressives believed this was their time. With a presidential administration and congressional majority full of committed statists, what followed, they were sure, would be a flourishing of government committed to alleviating every possible ill American society has inflicted upon its citizens.

To their chagrin that hasn’t worked out so well.
Read the whole thing

The number of doctors refusing new Medicare patients because of low government payment rates is setting a new high, just six months before millions of Baby Boomers begin enrolling in the government health care program...

USA Today: Doctors limit new Medicare patients

The Obama presidency is nearly out of gas...

Weekly Standard: Running On Empty

REPORT: Birth Certificate Fraud

Birth documents such as the "Certification of Live Birth" President Obama's campaign posted online to rebut questions about his constitutional eligibility prove very little other than that a birth happened, according to a federal report uncovered by WND.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

WARNING: Coming your way

Make your own judgments based on your values, the ONLY reason I'm sending this is to warn you to analyze your financial situation and adjust your withholding accordingly.

Should you want to verify this, go to www.thomas.gov, enter "HR 3590" in the search box and look for "CRS Summaries." This is what you'll find.

Title IX Revenue Provisions—Subtitle A: Revenue Offset
(Sec. 9002) Requires employers to include in the W-2 form of each employee the aggregate cost of applicable employer-sponsored group health coverage that is excludable from the employee's gross income (excluding the value of contributions to flexible spending arrangements).

Starting in 2011—next year—the W-2 tax form sent by your employer will be increased to show the value of whatever health insurance you are provided. It doesn't matter if you're retired. Your gross income WILL go up by the amount of insurance your employer paid for. So you’ll be required to pay taxes on a larger sum of money that you actually received.

Take the tax form you just finished for 2009 and see what $15,000.00 or $20,000.00 additional gross income does to your tax debt. That's what you'll pay next year. For many it puts you into a much higher bracket.

This is how the government is going to buy insurance for fifteen (15) percent that don't have insurance and it's only part of the tax increases, but it's not really a "tax increase" as such, it a redefinition of your taxable income.

Also, go to Kiplinger's and read about the thirteen (13) tax changes for 2010 that could affect you.

Why am I sending you this? The same reason I hope you forward this to every single person in your address book. People have the right to know the truth because an election is coming in November. So vote intelligently, based on your values. But also adjust your tax withholding, or increase your savings, so that you aren't surprised and put in a jam when your federal income taxes are due on April 15, 2012.

Good one to distribute widely, IMO. People need to know all of these details of what the big "O" hath wrought.

Fight organized crime! Re-elect no one.

Tongue

The tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself. People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth.
James 3:5-10

BLACKMAIL: Obama's national security policy

“The problem is, . . . if we secure the border, then you all won’t have any reason to support ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’”

NASA: 706 candidates for potential alien worlds

Hundreds of Possible Alien Planets Discovered By NASA Spacecraft

When hell freezes over: Russia not only has a flat tax, but is getting rid of the capital gains tax!

I'm a duck-and-cover baby, ergo the hell-freezes-over reference:
The former communists running Russia apparently understand tax policy better than the crowd in charge of U.S. tax policy. Not only does Russia have a 13 percent flat tax, but the government has just announced it will eliminate the capital gains tax (which shouldn’t exist in a pure flat tax anyhow).

Saturday, June 19, 2010

COMMEMORATION OF JUNETEENTH - THE CELEBRATION OF BLACK FREEDOM

By Frances Rice

As we celebrate Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, it is fitting that we pause to recognize the origin of this important part of our African American heritage.

June 19th marks the day in 1865 when word reached blacks in Texas that slavery in the United States had been abolished. More than two years earlier, on January 1, 1863, Republican President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

Delivered during the American Civil War, this proclamation ordered the freeing of all slaves in states that were rebelling against Union forces. The proclamation had little effect in Texas, where there were few Union troops to enforce the order.

News of the proclamation officially reached Texas on June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger, backed by nearly 2,000 troops, arrived in the city of Galveston and publicly announced that slavery in the United States had ended. Republicans had passed the Thirteenth Amendment on January 31, 1865 that was ratified on December 6, 1865 to abolish slavery in the United States.

Reactions among newly freed slaves ranged from shock and disbelief to jubilant celebration. That day has been known ever since as Juneteenth, a name probably derived from the slang combination of the words June and nineteenth.

Juneteenth commemorations began in Texas in 1866. Within a few years they had spread to other states and became an annual tradition, celebrating freedom for blacks in addition to many other themes, including education, self-improvement, African American accomplishments throughout history, and tolerance and respect for all cultures.

The racial divisiveness prevalent today would not exist if the Democrats in control of the Southern states had left African Americans alone at the moment in history when blacks were freed from slavery and the Juneteenth celebrations began. Instead Democrats set for themselves the horrendous task of keeping blacks in virtual slavery.

Southern Democrats passed discriminatory Black Codes in 1865 to suppress, restrict, and deny blacks the same privileges as whites. The Codes forced blacks to serve as apprentices to their former slave masters.

In 1866, the Ku Klux Klan was started by Democrats to lynch and terrorize Republicans, black and white, and the Ku Klux Klan became the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party.

To counter the discriminatory and terrorizing actions by Democrats, Republicans passed the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and the Reconstruction Act of 1867 that was designed to establish a new government system in the Democrat-controlled South, one that was fair to blacks.

Further, the Fourteenth Amendment pushed by Republicans was ratified in 1868 that granted blacks citizenship. The Fifteenth Amendment also pushed by Republicans was ratified in 1870 that granted blacks the right to vote.


Undaunted, Democrats passed discriminatory Jim Crow Laws in 1875 to restrict the rights of blacks to use public facilities. In response, Republicans passed the Civil Rights Act of 1875 which prohibited racial discrimination in public facilities.

Shamefully, Democrats fought against anti-lynching laws, and when the Democrats regained control of Congress in 1892, they passed the Repeal Act of 1894 that overturned civil right laws enacted by Republicans. Further, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Democrats and issued a ruling in the case of "Plessy v. Ferguson" in 1896 that established the "separate but equal" doctrine. That opinion stated that it was not a violation of the Constitution to have separate facilities for blacks. It took Republicans nearly six decades to finally get the civil rights laws of the 1950's and 1960's passed over the objection of the Democrats.

To advance civil rights for blacks, Republicans started the NAACP on February 12, 1909, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. The first black head of the NAACP was black Republican James Weldon Johnson who became general secretary in 1920 and wrote the lyrics to the song "Lift Every Voice and Sing". Republicans also founded the HBCU's (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) because Democrats were trying to prevent blacks from getting a good education.

During the civil rights era of the 1960's, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fought to stop Democrats from denying civil rights to blacks. It should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican as has been affirmed by his niece, Dr. Alveda C. King in a video posted on YouTube.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would not have joined the Democratic Party, the party of the Ku Klux Klan and segregation.

Dr. King fought against Democrat Public Safety Commissioner Eugene "Bull" Connor in Birmingham who let loose vicious dogs and turned skin-burning fire hoses on black civil rights demonstrators.

Democrat Georgia Governor Lester Maddox famously brandished ax handles to prevent blacks from patronizing his restaurant. Democrat Alabama Governor George Wallace stood in front of the Alabama schoolhouse in 1963 and thundered, "Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever." All of these racist Democrats remained Democrats until the day they died.

The so-called "Dixiecrats" remained Democrats and did not migrate to the Republican Party. The Dixiecrats were a group of Southern Democrats who, in the 1948 national election, ran a third party ticket that supported segregation and Jim Crow laws passed by Democrats. Even so, they continued to be Democrats for all local and state elections, as well as for all future national elections.

Unknown today is the fact that the Democratic Party supported the Topeka, Kansas school board in the 1954 "Brown v. Topeka Board of Education" Supreme Court decision by Chief Justice Earl Warren who was appointed by Republican President Dwight Eisenhower. This landmark decision declared that the "separate but equal" doctrine violated the 14th Amendment and ended school segregation.

After the Brown decision, Democrat Arkansas Governor Orville Faubus tried to prevent desegregation of a Little Rock public school. President Eisenhower sent troops to Arkansas to desegregate the schools and pushed through the 1957 Civil Rights Act. In 1958, Eisenhower established a permanent US Civil Rights Commission that had been rejected by prior Democrat presidents, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Ignored today is the fact that it was Roosevelt who started blacks on the path to dependency on government handouts during the Great Depression with his "New Deal" that turned out to be a bad deal for blacks. Even though Roosevelt received the vote of many blacks, Roosevelt banned black American newspapers from the military because he was convinced the newspapers were communists.

Much is made of Democrat President Harry Truman's issuing an Executive Order in 1948 to desegregate the military. Not mentioned is the fact that it was Eisenhower who actually took action to effectively end segregation in the military.

Little known is the fact that it was Republican Senator Everett Dirksen from Illinois, not Democrat President Lyndon Johnson, who pushed through the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act. In fact, Dirksen was instrumental in the passage of civil rights legislation in 1957, 1960, 1964, 1965 and 1968. The chief opponents of the 1964 Civil Rights Act were Democrat Senators Sam Ervin, Albert Gore, Sr. and Robert Byrd, a former official in the Ku Klux Klan who is still in Congress. None of these racist Democrats became Republicans.

Democrats ignore the pivotal role played by Senator Dirksen in obtaining passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act, while heralding President Johnson as a civil rights advocate for signing the bill.

Notably, in his 4,500-word State of the Union Address delivered on January 4, 1965, Johnson mentioned scores of topics for federal action, but only thirty five words were devoted to civil rights. He did not mention one word about voting rights. Information about Johnson's anemic civil rights policy positions can be found in the "Public Papers of the President, Lyndon B. Johnson," 1965, vol. 1, p.1-9..

In their campaign to unfairly paint the Republican Party today as racists, Democrats point to President Johnson's prediction that there would be an exodus from the Democratic Party because of Johnson's signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Omitted from the Democrats' rewritten history is what Johnson actually meant by his prediction. Johnson's statement was not made out of a concern that racist Democrats would suddenly join the Republican Party that was fighting for the civil rights of blacks. Instead, Johnson feared that the racist Democrats would again form a third party, such as the short-lived States Rights Democratic Party. In fact, Alabama's Democrat Governor George C. Wallace in 1968 started the American Independent Party that attracted other racist candidates, including Democrat Atlanta Mayor (later Governor of Georgia) Lester Maddox.

Democrat President John F. Kennedy is also lauded as a civil rights advocate. In reality, Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil rights Act while he was a senator. After he became president, John F. Kennedy opposed the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. King that was organized by A. Phillip Randolph who was a black Republican.

President Kennedy, through his brother Attorney General Robert Kennedy, had Dr. King wiretapped and investigated by the FBI on suspicion of being a Communist in order to undermine Dr. King. To his credit, Republican President Ronald Reagan made Dr. King's birthday a federal holiday, ignoring how the Democrats had smeared Dr. King.

Democrats denounced Senator Trent Lott for his remarks about Senator Strom Thurmond. However, there was silence when Democrat Senator Christopher Dodd praised Senator Byrd, a former official in the Ku Klux Klan, as someone who would have been "a great senator for any moment." Senator Thurmond was never in the Ku Klux Klan and, after he became a Republican, Thurmond defended blacks against lynching and the discriminatory poll taxes imposed on blacks by Democrats.

Democrats today castigate Republican Senator Barry Goldwater as anti-black. However a review of Senator Barry Goldwater's record shows that he was a Libertarian, not a racist. Goldwater was a member of the Arizona NAACP and was involved in desegregating the Arizona National Guard.

Goldwater also supported the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and the Civil Rights Act of 1960, as well as the constitutional amendment banning the poll tax. His opposition to the more comprehensive Civil Rights Act of 1964 was based on his libertarian views about government. Goldwater believed that the 1964 Act, as written, unconstitutionally extended the federal government's commerce power to private citizens, furthering the government's efforts to "legislate morality" and restrict the rights of employers.

It is instructive to read the entire text of Goldwater's 1964 speech at the 28th Republican National Convention, accepting the nomination for president that is available from the Arizona Historical Foundation. By the end of his career, Goldwater was one of the most respected members of either party and was considered a stabilizing influence in the Senate. Senator Goldwater's speech may be found also on the Internet.


In the arsenal of the Democrats is a condemnation of Republican President Richard Nixon for his so-called "Southern Strategy." These same Democrats expressed no concern when the racially segregated South voted solidly for Democrats for over 100 years, yet unfairly deride Republicans because of the thirty-year odyssey of the South switching to the Republican Party that began in the 1970's. Nixon's "Southern Strategy" was an effort on his part to get fair-minded people in the South to stop voting for Democrats who did not share their values and were discriminating against blacks. Georgia did not switch until 2004, and Louisiana was controlled by Democrats until the election of Republican Governor Bobby Jindal in 2007.

As the co-architect of Nixon's "Southern Strategy", Pat Buchanan provided a first-hand account of the origin and intent of that strategy in a 2002 article that can be found on the Internet.

In that article, Buchanan wrote that when Nixon kicked off his historic comeback in 1966 with a column about the South (written by Buchanan), Nixon declared that the Republican Party would be built on a foundation of states rights, human rights, small government and a strong national defense, and leave it to the "party of Maddox, Mahoney and Wallace to squeeze the last ounce of political juice out of the rotting fruit of racial injustice."

During the 1966 campaign, Nixon was personally thanked by Dr. King for his help in passing the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Nixon also endorsed all Republicans, except the members of the John Birch Society.

Notably, the enforcement of affirmative action began with Richard Nixon's 1969 Philadelphia Plan (crafted by black Republican Art Fletcher who became know as "the father of affirmative action enforcement") that set the nation's first goals and timetables. Nixon was also responsible for the passage of civil rights legislation in the 1970's.


Fletcher, as president of the United Negro College Fund, coined the phrase "the mind is a terrible thing to waste." Fletcher was also one of the original nine plaintiffs in the famous "Brown v. Topeka Board of Education" decision. Fletcher briefly pursued a bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 1995.

Nixon began his merit-based affirmative action program to overcome the harm caused by Democrat President Woodrow Wilson who, after he was elected in 1912, kicked blacks out of federal government jobs and prevented blacks from obtaining federal contracts. Also, while Wilson was president and Congress was controlled by the Democrats, more discriminatory bills were introduced in Congress than ever before in our nation's history. Today, Democrats have turned affirmative action into an unfair quota system that even most blacks do not support.

For more details on the true history of civil rights please read the book "Whites, Blacks and Racist Democrats: The Untold History of Race and Politics within the Democratic Party from 1792-2009" by Wayne Perryman.

Just as Democrats built their economic power base on the backs of poor blacks during the time of slavery, Democrats today have built their political power base on the backs of poor blacks today.

As author Michael Scheuer stated, the Democratic Party is the party of the four S's: slavery, secession, segregation and now socialism.

Democrats have been running black communities for the past 40 years, and the socialist policies of the Democrats have destroyed the economic and social fabric of black communities. A wise man once wrote that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

It is way past time for blacks to end their unfounded loyalty to the Democratic Party, stop having their vote taken for granted and seize control over their own destiny.

Only then will blacks be truly free.

Frances Rice is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, a lawyer and chairman of the National Black Republican Association. She can be contacted at: www.NBRA.info

Why Barack Obama Will Win the 2012 Democratic Nomination

A good number of people - on both sides of the spectrum - are allowing themselves to speculate on the previously-unthinkable scenario that possibly, just possibly, the President might be successfully challenged in the primaries in 2012. This is America, right? People come out of nowhere to win elections all the time. Why, look at President Obama! He did precisely that in 2008.

Yes. That’s why he’s redesigned the system to keep it from happening in 2012...
Quietly revising the 2012 Democratic nomination process...

Friday, June 18, 2010

Goldman Sachs sold 4,680,822 shares of BP in the first quarter of 2010 and the chief executive of BP sold £1.4 million of his shares 3 weeks before the "accident"

RICO Investigation Needed NOW about Gulf, Energy, and CCX

My own theory is that he's either being blackmailed, or threatened, or is colluding with Obama's pals (perhaps, as my husband suggests, connected to George Soros's oil investments in Brazil).

From today's Los Angeles Times:
At the hearing, Hayward angered lawmakers by stressing that he wasn't involved in key decisions before the deadly explosion of the rig and refused to comment on possible causes of the accident.

"Unfortunately in most cases, he did not have good answers — or give any answers," said Fadel Gheit, an analyst at Oppenheimer & Co. in New York. "He obviously was unprepared and ill-equipped to go through this inquisition."
SARAH PALIN (5/23/10 FOX NEWS SUNDAY):
I don't know why the question isn't asked by the mainstream media and by others if there's any connection with the contributions made to President Obama and his administration and the support by the oil companies to the administration...If there’s any connection there to President Obama taking so doggone long to get in there, to dive in there, and grasp the complexity and the potential tragedy that we’re seeing here in the Gulf of Mexico.

Wondering what the worst case scenario is in the Gulf of Mexico?

Several knowledgable oil folks from the region have privately indicated that this guy has it right, or is on the right track..

From Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely

We need to demand resignations of Obama, his cabinet, and members of Congress...

"It takes a spillage..."

Mark Steyn, writing for Investors Business Daily: Even His Supporters Are Noticing: Obama Never Fails To Disappoint

King Obama

We understand that, in our litigation system, the wheels of justice often roll on as if the tires were flat — or worse, square. But it is our system and it guards against the executive branch trying to establish justice as a monarch would, by fiat and political favors. It should not be bypassed for convenience or political gain.

Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton is right to characterize the $20 billion fund a "shakedown," just as GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota is correct in calling it a "redistribution-of-wealth fund" and a "gateway for more government control."

This White House is treading yet again on ground that it should stay away from. That the infringement has gone this far is a regret. If it goes any further, it will be a tragedy.
Seizing Justice

Now if this doesn't get rid of Obama, nothing will...

You are in your car driving home.






Thoughts wander to the game






you want to see or meal you






want to eat, when suddenly






a sound unlike any you've






ever heard fills the air.






The sound is high above you.






A trumpet? A choir? A choir of trumpets?






You don't know, but you want to know..






So you pull over, get out of your car,






and look up.






As you do, you see you






aren't the only curious one.






The roadside has become a parking lot.






Car doors are open, and people are






Staring at the sky.






Shoppers are racing out






of the grocery store.






The Little League baseball






game across the street






has come to a halt.






Players and parents






are searching the clouds.






And what they see, and






what you see,






has never before been seen.






As if the sky were a curtain,






the drapes of the atmosphere part






A brilliant light spills onto the earth.






There are no shadows. None.






From every hue ever seen






and a million more never seen.






Riding on the flow is an endless fleet






of angels.






They pass through the curtains






one myriad at a time,






until they occupy every






square inch of the sky.






North. South. East. West.






Thousands of silvery wings






rise and fall in unison,






and over the sound






of the trumpets,






you can hear the cherubim and seraphim chanting, Holy, holy, holy...






The final flank of angels is






followed by twenty-four






silver-bearded elders






and a multitude of souls






who join the angels in worship.






Suddenly, the heavens are quiet.






All is quiet. The angels






turn, you turn,






the entire world turns and






there He is... Jesus.






Through waves of light






you see the silhouetted figure of Christ






the King. He is atop a great stallion,






and the stallion is






atop a billowing cloud.






He opens his mouth,






and you are surrounded






by his declaration:






I am the Alpha and the Omega.






The angels bow their heads...






The elders remove their crowns...






And before you is a Figure






so consuming that you know,






instantly you know:






Nothing else matters.....






Forget stock markets






and school reports.






Sales meetings and football games.






Nothing is newsworthy..






All that mattered, matters no more..






For Christ has come.






"Amen. Even so, come, LORD Jesus." (Revelation 22:20).

Obama down low

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Now Obama's asking for a $140 billion Stimulus 2.0 package, claiming it is necessary to stave off the double-dip recession..

Washington Times:
The White House kicked off a "recovery summer" public relations blitz yesterday to promote the alleged benefits of stimulus spending...The job losses for this recession have been far deeper in percentage terms than in any of the 11 recessions since the Second World War. Underemployment, home foreclosures, bankruptcy filings and the number of Americans on food stamps have all increased since the stimulus act was passed. If this is "absolute success" we would hate to see what the vice president would call failure.
EDITORIAL: Obama's endless summer of spending: Make-work jobs program has failed

New bad news about Obamacare

WSJ:
It's also dawning on employees that they will lose their coverage. Some will blame management; many more will blame those who wrote this terrible legislation.

Employees who lose coverage get to select a policy from a government-sponsored insurance marketplace called the "exchange." This will be subsidized by taxpayers. Depending on his income, a worker will have to pay between 8% and 9.8% of the cost.

But there are a few hitches. Employers now pay for employee health plans with pre-tax dollars, but workers who buy into one on the exchange pay with after-tax dollars. Families making less than $30,000 and individuals making less than $15,000 a year will be dumped into Medicaid, widely viewed as second-class health care.

Either Mr. Obama was stunningly blind to these perverse effects when he promised people could keep their coverage, or he felt that admitting his plan would collapse employer-provided health coverage could keep it from passing. Either way—self-deception or deliberate deceit—health reform is going to turn out far differently than was promised. And because more workers will be dumped into subsidized coverage, taxpayers are likely to pay much more than the $1 trillion-plus price tag claimed by ObamaCare advocates for its first 10 years.

It doesn't end there...
The Bad News About ObamaCare Keeps Piling Up

Will We Defend Israel?

From Ed Koch (former Mayor of New York City)--read the whole article here.
I was requested by an e-mail writer to read the comments, published on February 8, 2010, of Pilar Rahola, a Spanish politician, journalist and activist. Spain today is one of the most hostile nations to Israel, probably because of its large Muslim population and economic contracts with the Muslim world. Ms. Rahola sums up her feelings with the following statement directed at those constantly assailing Israel.
Today too, as yesterday, that left is hawking totalitarian ideologies, falls in love with dictators and, in its offensive against Israel, ignores the destruction of fundamental rights. It hates rabbis, but falls in love with imams; shouts against the Tsahal [Israeli Defense Forces], but applauds Hamas' terrorists; weeps for the Palestinian victims, but scorns the Jewish victims, and when it is touched by Palestinian children, it does it only if it can blame the Israelis. It will never denounce the culture of hatred, or its preparation for murder. A year ago, at AIPAC's conference in Washington, I asked the following questions: Why don't we see demonstrations in Europe against the Islamic dictatorships? Why are there no demonstrations against the enslavement of millions of Muslim women? Why don't they declare against the use of bomb-carrying children in the conflicts in which Islam is involved? Why is the left only obsessed with fighting against two of the most solid democracies of the planet, those which have suffered the bloodiest terrorist attacks, the United States and Israel?...Because the left no longer has any ideas, only slogans. It no longer defends rights, but prejudices. And the greatest prejudice of all, is the one it has against Israel. I accuse, then, in a formal manner: the main responsibility of the new anti-Semite hatred, disguised as anti-Zionism, comes from those who should have to defend freedom, solidarity and progress. Far from it, they defend despots, forget their victims and remain silent before medieval ideologies which aim at the destruction of free societies. The treason of the left is an authentic treason against modernity.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The two most sarcastic articles I've ever read about Obama

Both, of course, are based on THE ONE's "maiden" speech from the Oval Office:

HotAir.com: Obama’s disaster of a disaster speech...

Los Angeles Times: Obama's speech: There's a pipe spewing a gazillion gobs of oil into the gulf, so let's build more windmills...

Saturday night live: Saturday night letter from Obama calling for action on education and Medicaid assistance but giving no direction on how to pay for them!

Our Prez...you just hafta love 'im!

Obama letter stalls war funding...

Is this a $1.2 billion dollar whim? Or is Obama planning to get rid of your cars?

The new focus on biking and walking represents a turnaround from the administration of President George W Bush. Mary Peters, transportation secretary under Bush, dismissed biking paths and trails as projects that "really are not transportation," saying they had no place in federal transportation policy.

In March, Mr Obama's transportation secretary, Ray LaHood, announced a policy "sea change" that gives biking and walking projects the same importance as automobiles in transportation planning and the selection of projects for federal money.
Obama administration spends $1.2 billion on cycling and walking initiatives

Government would have “absolute power” to seize control of the world wide web under Lieberman legislation!

Lieberman has been pushing for government regulation of the Internet for years under the guise of cybersecurity, but this new bill goes even further in handing emergency powers over to the feds which could be used to silence free speech under the pretext of a national emergency.
New Bill Gives Obama ‘Kill Switch’ To Shut Down The Internet

Heavily-armed foreign nationals invade the US, and what is the federal government's response?

INVASION USA

A federal move to get involved with the arrangements between the states and their unions was almost inevitable,,,

Call Me Cassandra

Obama aims high, but overshoots facts and history

FACT CHECK: Obama inflates hopes in spill recovery

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Obama's relying on the public's ignorance: Most people don't realize that in the U.S., oil isn't counted as part of our "reserves" unless it is legally available for drilling...

From PowerLine:
...Thus, ANWR, to take one of many examples, isn't counted toward the total "reserves." The U.S. government could cause our reserves to skyrocket overnight by opening new areas, on land and in shallow water, to drilling. But the U.S. is the only country in the world that has deliberately chosen not to develop its own energy resources. No one else is that dumb.
Obama's Long Noise

PS:
The "addiction" meme is moronic. We are not addicted to oil, we make a rational decision to use it because it is the most efficient and versatile energy source on this planet. If the federal government artificially inflates the price of fossil fuels through taxation and thereby forces Americans to use less desirable sources of energy, while at the same time other countries continue to use more efficient fossil fuels, it will raise the relative price of all American products and devastate our economy. Is it possible that Barack Obama does not know this? I'm not sure; his grasp of even the most basic economic principles seems shaky at best.

ATLAS SHRUGGED COMING TO LIFE

First, the movie...

BP's boy: You use me; I'll use you

Excerpts from The Washington Examiner:
While BP has resisted some government interventions, it has lobbied for tax hikes, greenhouse gas restraints, the stimulus bill, the Wall Street bailout, and subsidies for oil pipelines, solar panels, natural gas and biofuels.

Now that BP’s oil rig has caused the biggest environmental disaster in American history, the Left is pulling the same bogus trick it did with Enron and AIG: Whenever a company earns universal ire, declare it the poster boy for the free market.

As Democrats fight to advance climate change policies, they are resorting to the misleading tactics they used in their health care and finance efforts: posing as the scourges of the special interests and tarring “reform” opponents as the stooges of big business.
Chicago, Chicago:
Two patterns have emerged during Obama’s presidency: 1) Big business increasingly seeks profits through more government, and 2) Obama nonetheless paints opponents of his intervention as industry shills. BP is just the latest example of this tawdry sleight of hand.
Once a government pet, BP now a capitalist tool

Jimmy Carter's malaise speech just lost its place in history

Worst Presidential Speech Ever?

Turns out, Obamacare critics were right

Critics warned that the Obama bill meant a federal takeover of health care, with Washington bureaucrats making core decisions about medical care. With ObamaCare taking shape, that's exactly what consumers are getting. Saying "we told you so" is no consolation to those who took the president at his word.
You're losing your plan

Many people today continue to accept critiques of free-market capitalism that are unjustified and support government policies that are economically destructive...

Great Myths of the Great Depression

Expert warns: Get out of stocks NOW

From Richard Russell, the famous writer of the Dow Theory Letters
Just as for years I asked, cajoled, insisted, threatened, demanded, that my subscribers buy gold, I am now insisting, demanding, begging my subscribers to get OUT of stocks (including C and BYD, but not including golds) and get into cash or gold (bullion if possible). If the two Averages violate their May 7 lows, I see a major crash as the outcome. Pul - leeze, get out of stocks now, and I don't give a damn whether you have paper losses or paper profits!
Read more

Quoted here:
http://docisinblog.com/index.php/2010/06/13/coming-cataclysm/
Hat Tip:
http://wizbangblog.com/content/2010/06/15/now-is-the-time-to-become-grounded.php

NPR poll bad news for Democrats

The trend of voter direction is not anti-incumbent, as is often suggested in the media, but distinctly anti-Democrat...

Video: How minimum-wage increases kill job creation

From the Center for Freedom and Prosperity via HotAir.com

Enamored with wind, Obama ignored drilling risks

Wind, not oil, was the MMS offshore energy priority. Even when MMS addressed oil industry problems, it seemed only half interested...

Mercy for Taliban. Nothing for our own soldiers.

Why?

To the thousands of Michael Behenna supporters:

The New York Times recently reported that the US military has initiated a policy to "reintegrate" imprisoned Taliban fighters to their Afghan communities. These Taliban fighters were caught with evidence that they had killed our soldiers, but are released to their families in an active war zone with merely a 'pledge' that they will not return to the Taliban. This appears to be the latest attempt to win the hearts and minds of our enemies and taking the 'catch and release policy' to a whole new level.

This brings us to Michael's case. Michael has been incarcerated by the Army for over a year now. We have asked at every level that Michael's constitutional right to a fair trial be granted so that all the evidence is disclosed to the jury. Doesn't seem too much to ask for an American citizen who fought for his country does it? Yet Michael's request for a new trial has been stranded. The Army seems to be in no hurry to have Michael's case in front of the Army Court of Appeals as they have yet to file their response to Michael's brief which was filed back in December 2009.

There is a double standard in play here where enemy combatants are given mercy, but our soldiers/Marines are denied mercy. For example, Marine SGT Larry Hutchins whose conviction was overturned several weeks by the Navy Appellate Court is STILL IN CUSTODY while the Navy appeals the decision to the next appellate level.

During the past year we have come to know the families of the other soldiers/Marines who have been charged and convicted of 'murder' of Al-Qaeda or insurgents while in a combat zone. We have watched as these soldiers/Marines and their families prepare for clemency hearings before the military clemency boards. (The Armed Forces have a procedure, independent of the appellate process, where an incarcerated soldier/Marine can appear before a clemency board and ask for a reduction of his sentence, or if the individual has served at least 1/3 of his sentence they may request parole.) We have heard the hopelessness in the voices of the families when they learn that their son or husband will not receive ANY reduction in their sentence. It is difficult for these military families to know that based on a 'solemn' pledge Taliban fighters are released by the SAME US military leadership and allowed to return home to their families. What message does the US military send when we punish our own soldiers more harshly then we punish the combatants who have killed our brave men and women on the front lines of this war on terrorism?

Many of the soldiers/Marines I am speaking of, including our son, would never find themselves involved in the criminal justice system but for their combat experience. These soldiers/Marines do not have previous criminal histories, and their military records are replete with honorable service including purple hearts, bronze stars, and multiple deployments in defense of our country. Some of these soldiers fell victim to the military's 'catch and release' policy that returns enemy combatants to the battlefield where they return to fight our soldiers time and time again. Yet others were protecting themselves or their men in a combat zone. Even if they made mistakes in judgment during war, should they be sentenced to 10-40 years while the enemy is totally forgiven? Why shouldn't the SAME military leadership afford our combat soldiers/Marines a second chance!

If the US military will release Taliban fighters simply on a pledge by their families that they will not rejoin the Taliban then we ask the same for our troops. These soldiers/Marines are not a threat to our society and deserve to be home with their families. We ask that you the American public stand with us. Our request is that each of you vouch for these soldiers/Marines and demand that our military extend the same mercy to them as they did to the enemy combatants who are trying to kill our soldiers every day.

Please write a letter to your Senator, Congressman, and the Secretary of Defense and advise them that this double-standard will not be tolerated. Use this link to find you Congressional Delegates.

Bless you for your continued support,

Scott and Vicki Behenna

www.defendmichael.com

Monday, June 14, 2010

The new "N"-word

NEGROPHILIA

Take some profits before The Tax Man Cometh

Excerpt from Larry Kudlow at CNBC:
...the Tax Man is coming to town on January 1, 2011. Taxes are going up across-the-board. So investors should seriously consider selling into any stock market strength ahead of the tax deadline. Doing this will enable investors to lock in a lower capital-gains tax this year and beat next year’s higher rates.

It’s a lesson investors literally cannot afford to forget: If after-tax investment returns decline, because the key capital-gains tax rate and other investment taxes go up, the future value of stocks is damaged.

In other worrisome news, despite some improvement in consumer sentiment, U.S retail sales fell on Friday for the first time in eight months. That was something of a shocker...
Read the whole thing

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Bye-bye, miss american pie

They were singing,
"bye-bye, miss american pie."
Drove my chevy to the levee,
But the levee was dry.
Them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’, "this’ll be the day that I die."


The Senate just claimed the title of the world's most delusional body by refusing to strip unelected EPA bureaucrats of the power to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant. This was the day freedom died.

Did you know: 94 percent of the bills that pass the U.S. Senate, pass in secret

...if our legislators aren't writing the bills, nor are they reading the bills, then what job is it that We the People, have hired them to do?

Why Obama's blocked foreign companies with the world's most advanced oil skimming ships from helping with the Gulf oil spill...

It's the UNIONS stupid!

CARPE DIEM: What Do Protectionism, Union Power and Jones Act Have to Do with the Cleanup in the Gulf? A LOT

The Obama Justice Department went to bat for the New Black Panther party—and then covered it up.

This last, final paragraph reiterates yet another extremely important reason why Republicans must take back House and/or the Senate in this November's elections:
Smith and Wolf, who just this week fired off two-dozen questions to Attorney General Eric Holder, continue to pursue the case, but without Democratic support they cannot subpoena either witnesses or documents. That may change after the November election. If the House of Representatives or Senate flips to Republican control and new committee chairmen decide to engage in actual oversight, Perrelli and Holder may find themselves forced by subpoenas to tell the complete NBPP story and explain why Obama’s Justice Department believes the civil rights laws exist only to protect citizens of certain races.
Friends in High Places

You'd be surprised to know what Obama's hiding about the Gulf oil spill...

Late Wednesday night, the FAA created a "no-fly zone" over a large area in the Gulf in order to, uhm, secure the safety of cleanup workers or something...
But that's not all!
They also have a gag order on the GIS data for this incident, in direct contradition with NIMS protocol...
But wait, there's even more here!

HAT TIP: Zip Wire Headlines

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Obama tells Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit that he is STILL A MUSLIM!!!

...and that he is the son of a Muslim father, the stepson of Muslim stepfather, that his half brothers in Kenya are Muslims, and that he's sympathetic towards the Muslim agenda.

From Pamela Geller (Atlas Shrugs): "I am a Muslim," Obama Tells Egyptian Foreign Minister Gheit Islamic Coup on the White House

Keep your health plan? Probably not.

Insurance: Canceled

Administration: 51% Of Companies’ Health Plans Won’t Pass Muster

Keep Your Health Plan Under Overhaul? Probably Not, Gov't Analysis Concludes

Should President Obama revoke a JFK executive order allowing the existence of federal employee unions?

The enemy within. That's what Robert F. Kennedy called the then corrupt Teamsters union in the title of a 1960 book. Just maybe it's time to use that phrase again, referring not to one union especially, but to a whole bunch of them, and employing the words in political speeches, debate and commentary as a rallying cry.

The bunch is those representing public employees. They constitute an extraordinarily powerful special interest that could all but bankrupt any number of local and state governments and vastly increase federal spending.

Why? So members can live much better on average than those of us in the private sector.

To get a better idea of how this works...
The Enormous Cost of Public Unions

This looks like one more instance where the Obama administration is neither honest nor competent, and where its first instinct seems to be to pursue the course that will most damage our economy...

Another Stumble In The Gulf

Friday, June 11, 2010

18 U.S. beaches permanently ruined? Here's ANOTHER reason why you should be REALLY angry with the Obama administration!

From Gateway Pundit:

18 US Beaches May Be Ruined Forever While Miles Of Oil Boom Sits in a Maine Warehouse

Oil Boom Manufacturer: We Notified Government 4 WEEKS AGO That We Have Product (Video) …Update: Team O Learns of Maine Company in Live Interview

White House works to ease Iran proposal in Congress

The Obama administration fears tough U.S. sanctions against companies doing business in Iran would anger foreign allies.

Obama Administration to Support Anti-Israel Resolution at UN Next Week

THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that senior Obama administration officials have been telling foreign governments that the administration intends to support an effort next week at the United Nations to set up an independent commission, under UN auspices, to investigate Israel's behavior in the Gaza flotilla incident. The White House has apparently shrugged off concerns from elsewhere in the U.S. government that a) this is an extraordinary singling out of Israel, since all kinds of much worse incidents happen around the world without spurring UN investigations; b) that the investigation will be one-sided, focusing entirely on Israeli behavior and not on Turkey or on Hamas; and c) that this sets a terrible precedent for outside investigations of incidents involving U.S. troops or intelligence operatives as we conduct our own war on terror.
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Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Ethanol Trap

The most disgusting aspect of the blowout in the Gulf of Mexico isn't the video images of oil-soaked birds or the incessant blather from pundits about what BP or the Obama administration should be doing to stem the flow of oil. Instead, it's the ugly spectacle of the corn-ethanol scammers doing all they can to capitalize on the disaster so that they can justify an expansion of the longest-running robbery of taxpayers in U.S. history.
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Hawaii elections clerk: Obama not born here!

A college instructor who worked as a senior elections clerk for the city and county of Honolulu in 2008 is making the stunning claim Barack Obama was definitely not born in Hawaii as the White House maintains, and that a long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate for Obama does not even exist in the Aloha State.

Tim Adams, a former senior elections clerk for Honolulu, now teaches English at Western Kentucky University.

"There is no birth certificate," said Tim Adams, a graduate assistant who teaches English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky. "It's like an open secret. There isn't one. Everyone in the government there knows this."
Official who oversaw ballots in 2008 race says hospital birth certificate non-existent...

Top Democratic Party consultants connected to the Obama White House have profited from advising politicians in South America who have long-term economic ties to British Petroleum

'Cold-blooded' campaign favoring oil giant directed by Carville, others...

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

In the next couple of weeks, we may know what the future of the Middle East will look like, as well as the future of the Obama presidency.

VERY scary times we're living in now...

From Legal Insurrection: Joe Biden's Prediction About To Come True

Obama is "The First Jewish President?"

Wrong: he is the first president to employ "kapos" in his administration.

The Great Israeli Bash-Fest - Obama makes Anti-Semitism Fashionable in the U.S.
The Huffington Post has annointed Obama "The First Jewish President." This isn't just because so many Jews voted for him; Liberal Jews will blindly vote for any Democrat.

The term exists because so many self-hating Jews surround Obama, such as David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Ron Bloom, Cass Sunstein, and, most recently, Elena Kagan.

So why would these people associate themselves with such a regime? Do they have a death wish?

Monday, June 07, 2010

Don't be fooled...

Dear Fellow Tea Party Patriots,

There is much talk of the formation of a third political party based on the tea party movement. Additionally, in several states, including Michigan, unscrupulous individuals have formed third parties utilizing the tea party name in an attempt to play dirty politics and trick unsuspecting voters into voting for candidates who are being put on the ballot simply to split the vote.

Tea Party Patriots is issuing this statement in order to make it clear that we are not associated with any attempts to form a third party. Additionally, we believe that such efforts, even those that might be well intentioned, are unproductive and unwise at this time. The history of third party movements in this country is one of division and defeat. We believe that it is instead time for all Americans to rise up and demand appropriate reform within their own existing parties. The mechanisms exist for citizens to participate in their parties, and to drive their parties in the right direction.

The Tea Party Patriots encourage all citizens to get involved in the party process, and to reshape their parties into something in which they may once again believe. This country does not belong to any one party, nor does it belong to the career politicians. And it certainly doesn't belong to people who would like to trick you into voting for "tea party" candidates so you will waste your vote. This country belongs to the citizens.

As Benjamin Franklin once said, "We have given you a republic madam, if you can keep it." The founders knew that it would be our sacred obligation as citizens to get involved, and to work hard to hold on to this great nation. We have much work to do, and future generations will look back in judgment. We hope you will join us in preserving the republic.

Citizens, private relief groups, photographers, bloggers, and citizen journalists have been barred from access along the Gulf Coast

Conservative Examiner has also learned that the few authorized journalists and photographers that are allowed in the area have been instructed by the Feds not to write anything critical of the Obama Administration's response--or shall we say the lack thereof--to the crisis. Photographers have also been instructed to limit photographs of the devastation.

These actions by the federal government do nothing but raise suspicions even more about the nature of this disaster and the scenario that led to it.
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Judicial Watch Uncovers New Documents Detailing Mexican Government Incursions

U.S. Border Patrol Agents Subjected to 528 Assaults from January – June 2008, Statistics Show U.S. Border Incursions on the Rise in 2008 and 2009

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Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that on March 22, 2010, it received records from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) concerning Mexican Government incursions and encounters along the U.S. border. The documents which are incomplete and do not contain all of the relevant data nonetheless indicate an increase in the number of incursions in 2008 and 2009. Judicial Watch’s analysis of the data shows:

•76 Mexican Government incursions from January 2008 to December 2009 (data missing from February 2009)

•50 Mexican Government incursions in 2008 alone, which is double the number of incursions from the previous year

•528 assaults against CBP agents from January – June 2008

•11 assaults against National Guard agents with CBP from January – June 2008

CBP statistics obtained previously by Judicial Watch confirmed 25 incursions in Fiscal Year 2007. Judicial Watch has documented 226 Mexican Government incursions between 1996 and 2005.

CBP also records the number of tunnels discovered along the border which are allegedly used for smuggling and human trafficking. In 2008 alone, CBP discovered 25 of these tunnels. Overall, between 1990 and March 2009, CBP discovered 103 tunnels along U.S. borders – one along the U.S border with Canada and 102 along the U.S. border with Mexico.

The documents obtained by Judicial Watch from the CBP are missing large amounts of data. Through the Freedom of Information Act Judicial Watch requested incursion and encounter reports from January 2008 to present. However, CBP provided full statistical reports for the first six months of 2008 only. The remaining reports only include the numbers of incursions. Moreover, data for February 2009 is missing entirely. Judicial Watch has filed an appeal with CBP to obtain the missing information.

“President Obama and the federal government continue to be derelict in securing the nation’s southern border. These new government documents depict a chaotic and dangerous situation for our nation’s Border Patrol agents – and for border states such as Arizona,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

Previous Mexican Government incursion documents obtained by Judicial Watch describe incidents involving shots fired on both sides of the border, unmarked helicopters invading U.S. airspace, drug smuggling, and confrontations between U.S. Border Patrol agents and members of the Mexican military.

Restrictive policies created and enforced by the Interior Department and federal land managers are preventing the U.S. Border Patrol from providing the maximum amount of security on some of our most vulnerable border areas...

As if fighting terrorism weren't complicated enough, the United States has a new national security threat to worry about: grizzly bears.

Obamas Party Hardy

Obama Wastes Millions of Taxpayer Dollars on Personal Entertainment

Cancer patients fly free in the empty seats on corporate jets

Through the generosity of corporations flying business aircraft, Corporate Angel Network arranges free travel for cancer patients using the empty seats on corporate jets.

Since 1981, CAN has arranged more than 30,000 cancer patient flights and currently transports more than 200 patients a month.
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