Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Practice for Jihad and more Health Care Shenanigans

One reader of Michelle Malkin's article expressed to me: "Are they serious?!?! These are KIDS!!! The law of unintended consequences with this "change" will surely amount to hugely increased cases of childhood/adolescent depression, leading to drug and alcohol abuse and random acts of violence and agression a la Columbine...not to mention a greasing of the skids towards acts of terrorism against America! What are these people thinking and where is the child psychologist in all this?!?!"

Canada Free Press is once again leading coverage, this time on possible terrorist practices for Jihad. They write: It happened again on Wednesday, December 9, 2009, less than a month after the incident aboard AirTran Flight 297. United Airlines Flight 227, scheduled to depart Denver International Airport at 1:50 pm Wednesday for Los Angeles was disrupted when several passengers who were described as Middle Eastern in appearance, confirmed by this investigator to be a group of Muslims traveling together, were removed from that aircraft due to suspicious behavior. [I have been sitting on the information on the AirTran flight til further confirmation appeared. It seems we should all be warned that these possible practice sessions are occurring. We passengers must not let them think we will sit in our seats in fear and let them do their will. You and I are expected to stay in our seats and not disrupt others. They should do the same. Just Google the subject and read for yourself... or go to this website: ]

For those of you interested in finance, you may read the entire article. To keep it short, just know the following: U.S. gave up billions in tax money in deal for Citigroup's bailout repayment

Firms exempted from rule when U.S. sells its stake

The IRS, an arm of the Treasury Department, has changed a number of rules during the financial crisis to reduce the tax burden on financial firms. The rule changed Friday also was altered last fall by the Bush administration to encourage mergers, letting Wells Fargo cut billions of dollars from its tax bill by buying the ailing Wachovia.

"The government is consciously forfeiting future tax revenues. It's another form of assistance, maybe not as obvious as direct assistance but certainly another form," said Robert Willens, an expert on tax accounting who runs a firm of the same name. "I've been doing taxes for almost 40 years, and I've never seen anything like this, where the IRS and Treasury acted unilaterally on so many fronts." A senior Republican staffer also questioned the government's rationale. "You're manipulating tax rules so that the market value of the stock is higher than it would be under current law," said the aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity. "It inflates the returns that they're showing from TARP and that looks good for them."


“We are on the precipice of an achievement that has eluded Congresses and presidents for generations,” Obama told reporters after meeting with Senate Democrats for about an hour at the White House complex. [He is describing his health care bill. What an odd choice of words: precipice. And, Mr. President, it may be an "historic" achievement, but not all historic events are good ones...]


Reporting from Washington - As the White House on Tuesday detailed its proposal to move terrorism suspects from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a prison in rural Illinois, some lawmakers made it clear that they would try to derail President Obama's plans to shutter the controversial detention center.

In addition to buying the nearly empty state prison in Thomson, Ill., to house the Guantanamo detainees, the government said, it plans to set up a courtroom in the facility for defendants who will be tried before a military commission.

Pentagon officials said they would send as many as 1,500 military personnel to serve at the underused prison, and that they would hold annual hearings to review whether detainees were a threat and should remain there or whether they qualified for transfer to other countries.

But Republican lawmakers' opposition could prove a serious obstacle to the plan, White House aides said, because congressional action is needed to change a law that bars the transfer of detainees to U.S. soil for any purpose other than prosecution.,0,6631852.story

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