Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Supremes Meet on Suing Utilities; Determination Letter to Allow 80,000 Muslim Immigrants This Year; Immigration Reform Meeting; Sharia Gathering at OSU; IBM Turned Down by Obama; More Eligible Voters Than Exist Registered in Michigan; We Are Set to Lose $11 Billion on GM; Ryan's Medicare Plan; Possible Mileage-Based User Fees

The Washington Times reports: On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in American Electric Power Co., Inc. v. Connecticut, the issue at hand being whether states and private groups may sue utilities over purported global warming. Several states and environmental activists sued five electric utilities for allegedly contributing to the “public nuisance” of global warming and seek a court order capping their carbon-dioxide emissions to the level required to achieve “reductions necessary to significantly slow the rate and magnitude of warming.”
The Washington Post writes: President Barack Hussein Obama, in a determination letter to Congress, has announced that he will allow an additional 80,000 immigrants – - mostly from Islamic countries – - to resettle in the
Refugee Resettlement Watch and other organizations have expressed grave concern that Mr. Obama is allowing so many immigrants into the country while so many Americans remain out of work and living in poverty.
Richard Trumka of AFL-CIO took part yesterday in a White House session on immigration.  I wonder if the 80,000 muslims were part of the agenda, coming to take jobs away from Americans.....
CNS News reports: As President Barack Obama was preparing to meet at the White House on Tuesday afternoon with a group of business, religious and law enforcement leaders to talk about immigration reform, the Gallup poll released its latest weekly presidential job approval numbers indicating that Obama’s approval among Hispanic Americans had dropped to an all-time low.
In the week of April 11-17, Gallup reported, only 47 percent of Hispanics said they approved of the job Obama was doing as president. 
According to the Pew Hispanic Center’s analysis of the 2008 presidential election exit polls, then-Sen. Barack Obama defeated Sen. John McCain 67 percent to 31 percent among Hispanic voters.

Creeping Sharia reports: Muslim Brotherhood-founded student group whitewashes sharia at OSU

“There is such ignorance that many people have no clue what Islam is,” Nana said. “When the sponsors of the bills were asked what Sharia is, they had no answer,” said Mufti of the anti-Sharia laws that have been introduced in some states.
Nana explained Sharia as not just Islamic law, but a code of life for all Muslims.
Nana also spoke of the similarities between the American legal system and Islam.
Our legal system here in America has strong links and owes a lot to Islam,” Nana said.
Nana said the jury system and the concepts of reasonable doubt and legal representation were all borrowed from Islam.
Michael Calvert, a third-year in international studies, came to hear Nana discuss Sharia because he thinks it is an interesting topic in the world today.
“I had no idea that the Western law system is based so much on Sharia,” Calvert said. “There are a lot more similarities than people realize.”
In truth: 
Sharia judicial proceedings have significant differences with other legal traditions, including those in both common law and civil law. Sharia courts traditionally do not rely on lawyers; plaintiffs and defendants represent themselves. Trials are conducted solely by the judge, and there is no jury system (like civil law in countries such as Russia and France). There is no pre-trial discovery process, and no cross-examination of witnesses. Unlike common law, judges’ verdicts do not set binding precedents[102][103][104] under the principle of stare decisis[105] and unlike civil law, Sharia does not utilize formally codified statutes[106] (these were first introduced only in the late 19th century during the decline of the Ottoman Empire, cf. mecelle). Instead of precedents and codes, Sharia relies on jurist’s manuals and collections of non-binding legal opinions, or hadith, (ulama, particularly a mufti); these can be made binding for a particular case at the discretion of a judge.

The CEO of IBM offered the Obama administration a free software program that would have cut Medicare and Medicaid fraud by almost a trillion dollars, but he was turned down – twice.
"We could have improved the quality and reduced the cost of the healthcare system by $900 billion...I said we would do it for free to prove that it works. They turned us down, "IBM chairman and CEO  Samuel Palmisano said during a Sept. 14, 2010 taping of the Wall Street Journal’s Viewpoints program. 
FOX News confirmed that a second meeting between Palmisano and Obama administration officials yielded the same result: "No thanks!" – even though the proffered "fix" would have eliminated 90 percent of the nation’s health care deficit – and cost taxpayers nothing it didn’t perform as guaranteed.
Ruth Johnson, Michigan's new Secretary of State said the following when speaking of her first 100 days in office:  "According to a 2008 report by the nonpartisan Pew Center on the states, Michigan had an impossible 102.54 percent of eligible voters registered to vote in this state. We have been working diligently to clean our voter rolls and change the laws to keep them that way. We're also working to ensure that all of our votes are able to be recounted and that election workers are well-trained through a new comprehensive training program. Finally, I announced an upcoming legislative package that will put more teeth into our election laws to go after those who violate our campaign finance requirements. Candidates who don't follow the rules and fake political parties will not be tolerated!"
Google writes: A report that the US government plans to sell off much of its remaining stake in General Motors this year despite the firm's lackluster share price caused investors to flee the stock Tuesday.After the Wall Street Journal reported a government sale could come within the next six months, GM's shares fell by nearly 1.3 percent to end at $29.59.
The government sale would "almost certainly" mean that US taxpayers would take a loss from a politically controversial $50 billion rescue of the auto giant in 2009, according to the paper.
The government would need to sell its roughly 500 million shares for $53 dollars each in order to break even, but GM's stock is currently hovering at a price of just under $30 per share.
At the current price, the government would lose more than $11 billion, but the Obama administration is willing to accept the loss in order to cut its last ties to the auto manufacturer, the newspaper said, citing unnamed sources.  [During his election campaign, I'm sure Obama does not want us to be able to say anything about Obama Motors, which has been touted as not being a money loser at all.....]
Dick Morris writes: Piously posturing as the savior of Medicare, President Obama lashed out at the House Republicans for embracing the budget proposed by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). But a comparison of the president’s own plans for Medicare with those in the Ryan budget shows that the Democratic cuts are far more immediate and drastic than anything in the GOP proposal.
While the Republican Medicare changes only take effect in 2021, Obama’s cuts will begin hurting seniors right away. The president’s healthcare legislation imposed a hard spending cap on Medicare 
— the first time it has ever had one — which he has just proposed lowering by another one-half of 1 percent of GDP (a further cut of about $70 billion a year).
Obama’s cuts, which will take effect immediately, are to be administered by his newly created Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) of 15 members appointed by the president. Its recommendations for cuts in Medicare services or for reductions in reimbursement will not be subject to congressional approval but will take effect by administrative fiat. Right now.The IPAB will be, essentially, the rationing board that will decide who gets what care.
Kare Minnesota wrote: The Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for 500 people to test technology that could someday be used to collect a mileage-based user fee.
Mn/DOT anticipates a fee on road usage might someday be necessary as more fuel efficient and hybrid cars are on the road, decreasing revenue from the gas tax.

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