Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Congress to Vote on Anti-Obesity Fund; Islamic Law for US Troops; No Work, No Pay; Facebook A Dream Come True for the CIA; Congress Eliminates Some of Obamacare; Ryan's Budget; We Are One Rallies Fail;

Daily Caller reports: -As Congress continues to battle over budget cuts, one House subcommittee took the first step toward defunding a slush fund of taxpayer money used for anti-obesity campaigns throughout the country. In a little-noticed hearing last Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee voted out legislation that would repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund that was created in the health care reform bill. The fund is a permanently authorized and appropriated subsidy for the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative (originally funded through the Recovery Act) that gives grants.
But even more staggering is the rate at which the already-appropriated funds increase from year to year, per the language of the health care bill. The legislation authorizes $500 million for fiscal year (FY) 2010, then $1 billion by FY 2012, $1.5 billion in 2013, and finally, $2 billion from 2015 and “each fiscal year thereafter”.
That eventual $2 billion in taxpayer money would be controlled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Big Peace reports: ISAF: Bringing Islamic Law to US Troops

At the International Security Assistance Force website is this:  “Religious Importance of the Qur’an.”
ISAF (NATO led)  recommends: 
1. Do NOT handle Qur’ans or other Islamic relgious items. (CAPS in the original.)
2. Never talk badly about the Qur’an or its contents.
3. If you must search a location or person’s belongings, ask them if they have a Qur’an or religious item present. If so, ask them to remove it or put it in a suitable place before conducting the search.
4. Your level of sensitivity must be even greater when conducting canine searches. [Dogs are also "najis."] Having an animal anywhere near a Qur”an or other religious artifact is considered highly disrespectful.
5. If you have questions about the Qur’an or Islam, ask respectfully.
6. Be informed and be prepared to answer questions about alleged desecration of the Qur’an. 
I received an email from a Michigan Democrat Party saying: "Congress continues to pass stop-gap measures to the keep the federal government functioning until April 8th. If a budget cannot be agreed to by then, the government will shut down. Vital government services will cease and tens of thousands of middle class families will stop receiving their paychecks.
But a loophole in federal law says that Members of Congress will continue to get paid, even if the government shuts down because they failed to pass a budget.
This is not right. If Congress fails to do its job, Members should not get paid."   [Dare we assume then that Democrats support a no-pay policy for the Democrats who fled Wisconsin in order to keep from doing their jobs there?  Just wondering...]
A Youtube video reveals: "The single most powerful tool for population control ever created?"  FACEBOOK!!  It has replaced almost every other tool for the CIA since 2004.
"After years of secretly monitoring the public", they were astounded that so many people would use suggested friends lists, photos, where they live, email addresses, status updates, travel spots.  It's a dream come true for the CIA.
The Washington Times reports: 
Congress on Tuesday passed the first major changes to last year’s health care law, undoing both a burdensome paperwork requirement for small businesses and rewriting part of the way the health exchange subsidies are paid for.
The changes are complex and don’t affect the fundamental operations of the health law, but Republicans said they are symbolic nonetheless because they mark the first repeals of significant provisions from Democrats’ signature legislative achievement under President Obama
CNS News reports: The fiscal 2012 budget proposal unveiled today by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R.-Wis.) offers sweeping reforms in federal spending, including defunding and repealing the health-care law signed last year by President Barack Obama and converting the federal share of the Medicaid program into block grants to state governments.
The Washington Examiner quotes Paul Ryan: This is the most predictable crisis in the history of our country," he went on. "We are on our path to a debt crisis" like those we've seen recently in Europe, with the national debt as a percentage of gross domestic product rising, under President Obama's budget, past the 90 percent danger point on its way to 800 percent.
At some point in between, as Harvard economist Kenneth Rogoff explains in the Financial Times, interest rates spike and the government is forced to make draconian cuts.
Those Social Security checks? They can be cut anytime, as the Supreme Court held in Flemming v. Nestor in 1960. Congress can do that just as quickly as it voted $700 billion to bail out the banks in the fall of 2008.
WTAQ reveals: The nation’s largest government labor union told Wisconsin Senate Democrats what to say on the day they left Madison to delay a vote on the collective bargaining limits.

The Milwaukee newspaper obtained e-mails from the office of Senate Democratic Leader Mark Miller. And Blaine Rummel of AFSCME – the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees – gave talking points to Miller’s office. Rummel urged the senators to tell the media quote, “We’re on the job. The fact is, Wisconsin legislators are sworn to protect people’s rights, not take them away – and we are fulfilling our oath.” In this case, the “rights” referred to the collective bargaining privileges Governor Scott Walker tried to take away from most public unions but couldn’t, because the law is now being held up in court.

Redstate reports: Here's a bit of good news on the We Are One rallies across the country:  In fact, for all the hype for the rallies, most were quite small.

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