Thursday, March 31, 2011

Bin Laden Nukes in US; Compassion for al Qaeda; AP Fact Checks Obama Speech; How to Get Your $50,000; The Fight in Wisconsin; Clare McCaskill's Big, Serious, Sloppy Mistake; Unions Threaten Businesses in Wisconsin; Obama on Sadam Hussein; Transparency Award Awarded in Private; Ohio's Collective Bargaining Laws

CBS Chicago reports on nuclear bombs which may be in the US, put here by Bin Laden's minions:  The threats came in the mail and to date, there have been 25 letters that warn of nuclear bombs destroying America. People who got them called the FBI and CBS 2′s Kristyn Hartman learned, the Bureau’s Chicago office is leading the investigation.
FBI Special Agent Andre Zavala said, “Yes, they alarmed a lot of people.”
The letter inside said, “The Al-Qaeda organization has planted 160 nuclear bombs throughout the U.S. in schools, stadiums, churches, stores, financial institutions and government buildings.” It also said, “This is a suicide mission for us.”
The writer, who claims to be Osama Bin Laden, tells the reader the nukes are remotely controlled. “It was clear the writer wanted to scare me,” said Rizzo, “Yes, it frightened me.” Rizzo was one of eight people in the Chicago area to contact the FBI.
Agencies in Oregon, California, Texas and Florida also got the letter with the Chicago postmark.
NBC's Matt Lauer, on Wednesday's Today show, startled Michele Bachmann as he tried to convince her that Obama's strategy of bombing Libya was a good way to show support for the rebels as he pressed the Republican Minnesota Congresswoman. "If there are flickers [what on earth is that?], as you say, of al Qaeda among the rebels, would it not be a sign to them or showing them that the United States has compassion and we are willing to use our military might to help all people?" Even Bachmann was taken aback by the thrust of the question as she responded: "Compassion for al Qaeda?"
The AP fact checked our Presidents speech on Libya and found it to be wanting in many ways.  These reasons include:  In transferring command and control to NATO, the U.S. is turning the reins over to an organization dominated by the U.S., both militarily and politically. In essence, the U.S. runs the show that is taking over running the show.
And the rapid advance of rebels in recent days strongly suggests they are not merely benefiting from military aid in a defensive crouch, but rather using the multinational force in some fashion — coordinated or not — to advance an offensive.
In his pre-presidential book "The Audacity of Hope," Obama said the U.S. will lack international legitimacy if it intervenes militarily "without a well-articulated strategy that the public supports and the world understands."
He questioned: "Why invade Iraq and not North Korea or Burma? Why intervene in Bosnia and not Darfur?"
Now, such questions are coming at him. [I add that another of our President's lies was that George Bush did not have a coalition or the consent of Congress when he clearly did.  Our President also said that it has taken 8 years to effect a regime change in Iraq, and will take less time in Libya.  Mr. President, Saddam Hussein was taken from office in about 2 days, are we have been in Libya far longer already.  When you begin to speak the truth, more people will take you seriously.]
John Stossel of Fox News reports: Want to get a check from the government for $50,000? If you’re black and willing to say you once “attempted to farm,” the money could be yours.
Why? In the 80’s and 90’s, some Black farmers were allegedly discriminated against by the Agriculture Department. Department loan officers supposedly did the opposite of what Shirley Sherrod was accused of:   they granted government-subsidized farm loans to whites but not to blacks.
Government shouldn’t be giving out government subsidized loans to anyone.  But that’s another story for another time.
When some black farmers sued, claiming discrimination, the USDA agreed to pay $50,000 to every black person who was discriminated against.
According to the census, there were 18,000 black farmers in the country when the lawsuit was filed. But 97,000 black “farmers” have applied for the money.
Black farmer Jimmy Dismuke says it’s fraud. He said lawyers went to black churches and told people who had never farmed to file for the money.
People say well, how do I qualify?” Dismuke told us. “And then [the lawyers] started talking about potted plants.  They said if you had a potted plant, you can be a farmer.  And if you have a yard and you fertilize it, you're a farmer.”
Despite the fraud, Congress approved $1billion in payments, and when that ran out, authorized another $1.25 billion dollars. Some victims of discrimination may benefit. But plenty of money will go to freeloaders.
And speaking of freeloaders, lots of money will go to lawyers: In the first round of $1 billion, Cross estimates, about $40 to $50 million was paid out to lawyers.  [It has been rumored that our President is now considering to extend the same powers to Hispanic farmers.]
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RedState writes: Wisconsin liberals have apparently decided to win the fight by trying to remove conservatives from the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which will presumably soon decide on whether the law stripping the public unions of collective bargaining power was properly passed.
In an especially low trick, a Democrat-backed group has run a sleazy ad essentially making Prosser complicit in child molestation (from his time as a prosecutor), a trick so sleazy that the victim of the molestation has come forward denouncing it
The Hill writes: Voters will have to render their judgment on a "big, serious, sloppy mistake," Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said of her acknowledged failure to pay taxes on a private plane. McCaskill, who admitted in recent weeks to both using taxpayer money to fund political travel and failing to pay almost $300,000 in taxes on a private plane, said she'd leave it to Missouri voters to make up their minds on the matter. "[T]he voters will have to decide whether this big, serious, sloppy mistake is enough for them to decide not to hire me again," McCaskill said Wednesday
From the Labor Union Report: In the letter from Parrett to some businesses, he says that, “It is unfortunate that you have chosen ‘not’ to support public workers rights in Wisconsin. In recent past weeks you have been offered a sign by a public employee who works in one of the state facilities in the Union Grove area. These signs simply said, ‘This Business Supports Workers Rights,’ a simple, subtle and we feel non-controversial statement gives the facts at this time.”
So, by not displaying the “non-controversial” sign means, as a business owner, your business will be targeted by union bosses for a boycott. What’s next?
Will unions be demanding homeowners to put them in their windows as well? And, if they don’t…?
CNS News reports on Obama's beliefs several years ago:  "Now, let me be clear – I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein,” said Obama in his speech. “He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied U.N. resolutions, thwarted U.N. inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity. He's a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him.”
"... What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair, weekend warriors in this administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne."
Obama argued that deposing Saddam militarily was not necessary, because Iraq posed no “direct threat” to the United States.
Politio reports:  President Obama finally and quietly accepted his “transparency” award from the open government community this week — in a closed, undisclosed meeting at the White House on Monday.

The secret presentation happened almost two weeks after the White House inexplicably postponed the ceremony, which was expected to be open to the press pool.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ writes: A drastic overhaul of Ohio's nearly 30-year-old collective-bargaining law cleared the legislature on Wednesday after nearly two months of contentious hearings, raucous protests and passionate debate. Now the fight comes to your doorstep. Republican Gov. John Kasich will sign Senate Bill 5, which will spark a voter referendum effort by Democrats and unions to defeat the bill by putting it before voters on the Nov. 8 ballot.

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