Tuesday, July 7, 2009

From the San Francisco Examiner: Muscle for Money includes multiple techniques for creating highly aggressive, organized efforts both to pressure businesses and officials to support the activists’ agenda or to discredit and intimidate opponents of their agenda, according to present and former ACORN members. Service Employees International Union has funded Muscle for Money activities in the past and continues to finance corporate shakedown efforts across the country as part of this program. SEIU locals 100 and 880 have been identified as allied organizations on ACORN’s web site. That information has since been removed from the ACORN web site, but U.S. Department of Labor LM-2 financial disclosure forms show over $600,000 in transactions between these same locals and ACORN operations in recent years.

"Rarely does the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights vote unanimously on anything", according to a Washington Times Editorial. "A partisan divide has made the commission contentious in recent years. Yet the Department of Justice's decision to forfeit its voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party and three individual defendants drew a 6-0 vote with one abstention by the commission. What unified the commission was outrage at the Justice Department for letting the Black Panthers off the hook."


The bottom line, as our President is pledging to dismantle our good ICBMs while Russia eliminates their rusted and perhaps unusable ones, is that it is Russia which is now in the lead in ICBM development, not America. They continue their development while we close ours down..... I'm not feeling safer - are you?

From Gerald Warner of the U.K. Telegraph, who is willing to tell it like it is: "For America voluntarily to reduce its nuclear superiority is madness. Bien-pensant talk of a nuclear-free world displays total stupidity in a global situation where nuclear weaponry is proliferating, not receding. There is even a nuclear bomb in Pakistan, which is teetering on the brink of failed statehood at the hands of Islamist insurgents. Is this a time for America to disarm, to “sell the store” as one trenchant right-wing commentator has already described Obama’s posturing in Moscow?

For Obama, success is not the delivery of watertight nuclear security for America; it is a feel-good news conference and photo opportunity that will create huge approval ratings on liberal campuses where the delusions of 1968 and the anti-Vietnam war movement still linger on in these isolated Jurassic Parks.


While telling us that our country is in a recession, Michelle Obama has a staff that is SO big that it is costing us Americans three times as much as Laura Bush's staff did. And, while in Paris, at taxpayer expense, she and her girls went shopping, with an escort of 20 automobiles.... Shouldn't this be a time in our history when our leaders show the same restraint that we must show?

From the Los Angeles Times: Leaders of developing nations shun plan to cut greenhouse gases in half. [And it has been proven that without the cooperation of China and India, whatever else the rest of the world spends to lower greenhouse gases will not reduce them enough to lower temperatures by more than .01 degree..]

An amused Steny Hoyer, House Majority Leader, concerning the need to actually READ a bill prior to passing one, said: “If every member pledged to not vote for it ( the cap and trade bill) if they hadn’t read it in its entirety, I think we would have very few votes,” Hoyer told CNSNews.com at his regular weekly news conference. Again laughing, he said: “If every member pledged to not vote for it if they hadn’t read it in its entirety, I think we would have very few votes,” Hoyer told CNSNews.com at his regular weekly news conference. Are YOU laughing yet?

e T. Boone Pickens, according to the AP, is planning to cash in on the wind energy boom by building the world's largest wind farm in West Texas. The oil tycoon wants to install large wind turbines in parts of four Panhandle counties in a project that would produce up to 4,000 megawatts of electricity.

Oops! That was June of 2007. This month of July 2009, things have changed. Pickens is trying to find buyers for the 687 windmills which he has already purchased for over 2 billion dollars. According to Sabastian Blanco, Pickens' told NPR that people still want renewables and that the wind farm will someday come to fruition. Until then, though, he's still touting natural gas as a replacement for oil and said he would find places to install the 667 wind turbines that he had already ordered for the farm. [He is blaming the inability to get financing as well as the COST of actually getting the energy produced to the people who need it. Now who would have thought THAT would be a problem?]

L'AQUILA, Italy (Reuters) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned the United States Friday that if it did not reach agreement with Russia on plans for missile defense systems, Moscow would deploy rockets in an enclave near Poland.

In sharp contrast to his positive words during President Barack Obama's visit to Moscow earlier this week when the two reached broad agreement on nuclear arms cuts, Medvedev used a news conference at the G8 summit to return to Russia's earlier tough rhetoric on arms control. Referring to an order he gave earlier this year to prepare deployment of short-range Russian missiles in the western enclave of Kaliningrad to answer to any U.S. deployment of a missile shield in central Europe, Medvedev said: "If we don't manage to agree on the issues, you know the consequences. What I said during my state of the nation address has not been revoked." Medvedev also appeared to change his tone on the missile defense shield itself. During Obama's visit he told the U.S. leader, using markedly softer language than normal, that "no one is saying that missile defense is harmful in itself or that it poses a threat to someone." But at the Group of Eight rich nations summit in Italy on Friday, Medvedev returned to a traditional posture on the system, describing it as "harmful" and "threatening to Russia."


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