Friday, September 2, 2011

Getting to know Michael Moore; Feds suggests Gibson Guitar ship manufacturing jobs overseas; Freddie and Fannie will file lawsuits against big banks; Tis legal for citizens to film government officials on duty; Government stonwalling info on solar panel company Solyndra; Obama finds jobs w/o input of Congress; Homes where no one has ever worked double in decade in England;

World Net Daily opines: His 10-acre, waterfront home today is on Michigan's Torch Lake, one of the three most beautiful lakes in the world, according to National Geographic. He was accused by authorities of despoiling a wetland – just like many of the greedy, robber-baron land-grabbers he criticizes – when he tried to expand his private beach.
Perhaps nothing irritates Moore more than criticism of his lifestyle.
He's been known to refer to his house on 10 acres of Torch Lake frontage as a cabin, as if it were a place with four walls, a roof, an outhouse and a stack of cordwood to beat back the chill in winter.
Technically, it is a log cabin. Two stories. According to Antrim County records, the home is worth $1.2 million.
At an appearance at Michigan State University in late January, Moore took questions after his two-hour talk. A student asked if rumors about him building on a wetland Up North were true.
Silence. Then: "Don't know what you're talking about."
According to state records, Moore partially filled in a wetland to improve his beach. He quickly fixed the problem and wasn't fined.
 "Capitalism is an evil, and you cannot regulate evil," the two-hour movie concludes.

[Touchy, touchy, touchy!  That is Michael Moore and his minions.....  I just happened to have the occasion to be in a boat on Torch Lake this week.  We slowed down as we passed the Michael Moore mansion, which is now being added to with a 3 story addition the size of about half the existing "cabin".  It is an enormous home.  The second we slowed down, someone started walking down the close to 50 steps to the dock with a pad and pencil in his hand.  We assumed he was going to fix the boat.  No - he asked us if it wasn't rather odd to be just drifting in front of a home on the lake.  We exclaimed that no one owns the lake surface.  One person in our boat said we wanted to see a Capitalist's home - another yelled we wanted to see a hypocrite's home.  The man on the dock motioned us closer, so he could get the MC number on the boat, we presumed.  You see, we were at a most respectful distance, well beyond the drop-off, and he couldn't see the number.  We are still amazed at the speed with which someone came down to try to get us to leave.  No - we had no camera nor any intention of taking a photo.  It is still a free world, Mr. Moore, until and unless you have your way.
Redstate reports: Regarding the raiding of the Gibson guitar factory by federal agents, according to CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, agents of the United States government are bluntly informing them that they’d be better off shipping their manufacturing labor overseas.
In an interview with KMJ AM’s “The Chris Daniel Show,” Juszkiewicz revealed some startling information.: CHRIS DANIEL:  Mr. Juszkiewicz, did an agent of the US government suggest to you that your problems would go away if you used Madagascar labor instead of American labor?
HENRY JUSZKIEWICZ:  They actually wrote that in a pleading.
CHRIS DANIEL:  That your problems would go away if you used Madagascar labor instead of our labor?
So the government attacked them in the first place by citing obscure regulations that probably weren’t violated about importation of wood. Now they are suggesting that all these problems would go away if they simply exported their labor.
CNBC writes: The federal agency that oversees the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is set to file suits against more than a dozen big banks, accusing them of misrepresenting the quality of mortgage securities they assembled and sold at the height of the housing bubble, and seeking billions of dollars in compensation.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency suits, which are expected to be filed in the coming days in federal court, are aimed at Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank, among others, according to three individuals briefed on the matter.  The suits will argue the banks, which assembled the mortgages and marketed them as securities to investors, failed to perform the due diligence required under securities law and missed evidence that borrowers’ incomes were inflated or falsified. When many borrowers were unable to pay their mortgages, the securities backed by the mortgages quickly lost value.
Prison Planet reveals: “The filming of government officials while on duty is protected by the First Amendment, said the Court,” reports Daily Tech.
“The filming of government officials engaged in their duties in a public place, including police officers performing their responsibilities, fits comfortably within these principles [of protected First Amendment activity].,” said the Court. “Gathering information about government officials in a form that can readily be disseminated to others serves a cardinal First Amendment interest in protecting and promoting the free discussion of governmental affairs,” stated the ruling, adding that this has been the case all along, and that the right to film police officers is not just restricted to the press.  The court ruling also made it clear that bloggers who report news based on their recordings of police have equal protection under the law as journalists.
National Review reports: The collapse of Solyndra, the solar panel company to which the federal government extended more than half a billion in loan guarantees as part of the stimulus package, ought to be a national disgrace in and of itself. That said, there could very well be even more damning revelations on the horizon regarding the nature of the Obama administration’s involvement — through the Office of Management and Budget and Department of Energy — in the debacle. House Republicans on the Energy and Commerce committee have been seeking information from the administration regarding Solyndra since February 2011, but White House officials have repeatedly stonewalled these efforts, as illustrated by this timeline

The Atlantic writes: President Obama is either fed up with Congress or he's testing his own administration's mettle. Or both.  On Wednesday, Obama took a now-familiar path in adopting a program--this time a jobs and infrastructure effort--that can happen entirely within his domain. Obama directed several federal agencies to identify "high-impact, job-creating infrastructure projects" that can be expedited now, without congressional approval.
One week before he will make a major address to Congress on jobs, Obama is making sure they know he plans to move forward without them. In practical terms, that means speeding up the permitting and waiver processes for green-building or highway projects to get the government out of the way.
The president has also directed the Education Department to come up with a "Plan B" updating the 2001 No Child Left Behind law in the absence of congressional action. The message to Congress is clear: Do your work or we'll do it for you.

UK Daily Mail reports: The number of homes where no one has ever worked has doubled in little more than a decade.
There are now nearly 300,000 homes where no one has had a job in their lives, and more than 300,000 children living in families where no one knows what it is like to go out to work.
These numbers have more than doubled in the years since Labour came to power.
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With thanks to Lucianne for the photo:

1 comment:

  1. old grizzled veteranSeptember 7, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    What a great statement the photograph makes ! Just like a picture of George W. Bush vs. Obama at the same do speak louder than words, don't they ?!