Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Barack Obama trods the path of despots; Obama wants to allow debt collectors to cell phones; Secretary of Defense on drone kill of American citizen; Football league holds back performance of star player - for fairness; 22% of all federal programs had no positive impact; Gov. Beverly Perdue - again; Texa counties opted out of SS - are much better off financially; Promised Obamacare savings not happening; Hispanic students disappearing from schools in Alabama; UM graduate students don't want to be unionized; AZ man told by judge to give up all guns - for blogging about Bible passage; 13 hospital mass layoffs; Holder lied to Congress on "Fast and Furious"; Wall St. occupiers are uninformed, but passionate; Obama marched with New Black Panthers,explaining his support of them now

American Thinker opines: The United States, faced with its worst crisis in sixty-five years, has at the helm a radical political class, as personified by Barack Obama, who have chosen a path trod by so many despots in mankind's recent history.  Barack Obama and his fellow-travelers are exploiting the fear and desperation of a growing number of citizens amid gaping fissures in American society in order to retain and expand their control over the populace.
Human societies are held together by the most fragile of cords.  Whenever unrelenting internal or external challenges abound, thereby placing excessive stress on the foundation of any society, the key determination as to whether chaos ensues is most often in the hands of the society's leaders.  They can choose to exploit the circumstances in order to satisfy their lust for power, or they can embrace a course of action and policies to rally the citizenry into collectively overcoming the crisis at hand, regardless of the fractures in that society.  
That Barack Obama is willing to take this path and risk the potential consequences is despicable and bordering on betrayal.   http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/10/obamas_contempt_bordering_on_treachery.html
North Community Times of San Diego opines: To the dismay of consumer groups and the discomfort of Democrats, President Barack Obama wants Congress to make it easier for private debt collectors to call the cellphones of consumers delinquent on student loans and other billions owed the federal government.
The change "is expected to provide substantial increases in collections, particularly as an increasing share of households no longer have landlines and rely instead on cellphones," the administration wrote recently. The little-noticed recommendation would apply only to cases in which money is owed the government, and is tucked into the mammoth $3 trillion deficit-reduction plan the president submitted to Congress.
[Maybe we'll be able to get the unpaid taxes from government workers who are many millions of dollars behind in their payments.]
Read more: http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_3b0d18d4-42cf-5b09-ab67-7557f402935a.html#ixzz1ZoWKtCkz

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Here's The LA Times reports: Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta responding to complaints from the ACLU over the "assassination" of an American citizen without due process: "This individual was clearly a terrorist. And yes, he was a citizen, but if you're a terrorist, you're a terrorist. And that means that we have the ability to go after those who would threaten to attack the United States and kill Americans." [ So let me get this straight.  We cannot waterboard terrorist masterminds, and we should not put anyone in Gitmo - but it is A OK to just kill them without any kind of trial by using a drone?  Obama should get the story straight.  This defies logic.] http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-goldberg-terrorists-20111004,0,6714658.colum-n

Yahoo opines: Usually we try to celebrate great young athletes and their prodigious potential. In Arkansas, one youth football league is instituting a dramatic rule to hold back its brightest star, all in an attempt to level the playing field for other competitors.
According to Arkansas Fox affiliate Fox 16, 11-year-old Demias Jimerson has emerged as such a dominant running back that the Wilson Intermediate Football League he plays in has reinstated a bylaw called the "Madre Hill rule," which bars him from scoring a touchdown if he has already scored three times and his team has a lead of 14 points or more .
Now it has brought the same statute back for Jimerson, saying that the rule isn't meant to punish him, but rather to ensure that the other 21 players on the field stay involved.  [And our President pronounces that America has become soft, has become less competitive....  Indeed.]  http://m.yahoo.com/w/sports/home/blogs/article?offset=0&urn=urn%3Anewsml%3Asports.yahoo%2Cyhoo%3A20050301%3Ahighschool%2Carticle%2Cyhoo-ept_sports_prep_rally-wp6562%3A1&.ts=1317401876&.ysid=sGbHc_VQSQ.FJofYHe1XL4Fj&.intl=US&.lang=en
Investigating Answers reports: After a five-year examination of government spending, federal auditors revealed that 22% of all federal programs failed to show any positive impact on the populations they serve.
That inefficiency costs taxpayers a whopping $123 billion annually.
But beyond just inefficient spending, let's not forget about the pork-barrel spending. A Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) report identified 9,129 "pork" projects (projects unauthorized by Congress or by the President), which added up to a total cost of $16.5 billion for taxpayers.
Go to the website to see what the projects were....
Read more: http://www.investinganswers.com/a/6-projects-you-wont-believe-government-funding-3620#ixzz1ZWwh6UJ4
The Houston Chronicle writes: A state lawmaker and a group of Democratic political donors with ties to Gov. Beverly Perdue are poised to sell land at a handsome profit should a tire plant be lured to North Carolina with $100 million in state and local incentives, according to public records reviewed by The Associated Press.
As North Carolina's chief executive, the governor is a key decision maker in large incentives deals involving state money. She also helps appoint the board members of a foundation that's been asked to provide part of the tire plant's package. Perdue's campaign has received more than $52,000 from five men with an ownership stake in the Brunswick County industrial park proposed for the new plant.
The governor's son, Garrett Perdue, is also a lawyer and site-selection consultant for an influential law firm that a county official said was advising the tire company. The firm, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, does not disclose which projects the younger Perdue works on, citing attorney-client privilege. [Let's not forget that this is the same Governor who suggested that suspending Congressional elections is an idea which she hopes catches on.  If you doubt that she was serious, all you need to do is to google the speech and you will know with no doubt that she was entirely serious and believed she had a great idea.] http://www.chron.com/news/article/AP-Investigation-Plant-deal-may-enrich-donors-2196106.php
Freedom Works reports: Merrill Mathews of the Wall Street Journal showcases three counties in Texas that opted-out of Social Security by creating personal retirement accounts for county employees.  After 30 years, the county workers in these three counties:
”…retire with more money and have better death and disability supplemental benefits.”
Unlike the federal Social Security system, which has gigantic unfunded liabilities, the three counties are solvent.
“And those three counties—unlike almost all others in the United States—face no long-term unfunded pension liabilities.”
With essentially the same contributions, the county workers’ will receive roughly twice the retirement income as compared to those in the federal system.
 Why?  In these three counties, the money is saved and invested.  Conversely, in America’s federal system, the Social Security taxes are transferred immediately to current retirees, and when there were surpluses, politicians use the money for other government functions. A saving and investing system has enormous benefits to all Americans.  Obviously, twice the amount of money for retirement is good.  Equally important are saving and investing, which helps propel commerce and industry.  A nation of savers is more dependable and solvent than a tax, raid, and distribute system, which has proven to create enormous unfunded pension funds.  http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/teda/three-texas-counties-opted-out-of-social-security?source=facebook

The Weekly Standard reports: So what about that $2,500 in [insurance] savings the president pledged? White House deputy chief of staff Nancy-Ann DeParle insists families will see that savings — by 2019.

“Many of the changes in the Affordable Care Act are starting this year, and in succeeding years,” DeParle told ABC News, “and by 2019 we estimate that the average family will save around $2,000.”DeParle said that the “big increases that occurred last year were probably driven by insurance plans overestimating what the impact would be and maybe trying to take some profits upfront before some of the changes in the Affordable Care Act occur. This is remarkable. One, the White House is saying that they know more about the costs of implementing Obamacare than the collective decisions of the entire insurance market. (DeParle's statement also conflicts with the findings of the government's own analysts.)  And two, the White House really moved the goal posts on the president's promised insurance savings. Obama promised many, many times to "cut the cost of a typical family's premium by up to $2,500 a year."  http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/white-house-says-obamacare-raised-insurance-premiums_594619.html
Yahoo News reports: Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state's tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration.
Education officials say scores of immigrant families have withdrawn their children from classes or kept them home this week, afraid that sending the kids to school would draw attention from authorities. http://news.yahoo.com/hispanic-students-vanish-alabama-schools-184555038.html
 Michigan Capitol Confidential reports: Graduate student research assistants at the University of Michigan who do not want to belong to a union have some high-profile allies who have kept a low profile. The Mackinac Center has obtained a confidential letter to U of M Provost Philip Hanlon expressing a “deep and collective concern about the potential negative impacts that would result from the unionization of the University’s graduate student research assistants.”
The letter was signed by 18 Deans of the university’s 19 schools and colleges. Also signing was the University Librarian and Dean of Libraries.
The union, known as the Graduate Employees Organization (GEO), was founded at U of M in 1970, which, according to its website, makes the GEO ”one of the oldest graduate employee unions in the United States.” The GEO currently represents graduate student instructors and graduate student staff assistants, but earlier this year made moves to expand its membership at the Ann Arbor campus by including graduate student research assistants. http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/15804 
World Net Daily writes: An Arizona man has filed a federal lawsuit against some of the state's top judges, claiming they're taking away his freedom of speech and right to own firearms, all because someone didn't like what he wrote on his blog.
The scenario started when Palmer, a 55-year-old Christian missionary from Phoenix, was online discussing "spiritual death" often referred to in the Bible.
Kenton Jones, superior court judge for Yavapai County, went along with the woman's harassment complaint and ordered Palmer to surrender his guns.
"The order says that I am not allowed to possess firearms or ammunition, and directs me to turn over any weapons to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office," Palmer told WND.
Palmer indicated he does not own any weapons at this time, but when pressed on whether he had any guns previous to the order, he said, "No comment."
Read more: Man ordered to surrender guns – just for blogging! http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=349713#ixzz1ZRHyiBlp
Health Leaders Magazine writes: The sluggish economy and looming provider payment cuts have driven more hospitals to consider reducing staff as a way to stabilize their bottom lines.
According to recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, there were 13 hospital mass layoffs—defined as involving 50 or more employees—in August, resulting in 1,085 initial unemployment benefit claims. If the layoff pace continues, BLS analysts say hospitals in 2011 will post 127 mass layoffs involving 8,257 people, which would give 2011 the third-highest number of mass layoff incidents in the last decade.

Systems nationwide announce staff reductions

Meanwhile, the American Hospital Association (AHA) earlier this month said hospitals would lose $41 billion from 2013 to 2021 if Medicare payments are cut by 2%. According to AHA, the 2% cut would cost 92,866 jobs in 2013 and 194,522 jobs by 2021 http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/content/HR-271570/Hospital-mass-layoffs-on-the-rise.html
FOX News is reporting that Holder was personally identified as being informed of the plan at least twice. One report, from 2010, states that Holder was informed of the plan. This new information premiered just minutes ago on Fox’s Special Report with Bret Baier.http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/10/eric-holder-lied-under-oath-documents-confirm-the-obama-ag-knew-of-fast-furious-in-2010/
Examiner.com writes: The Occupy Wall Street protesters have posted a proposed list of demands that include, among other things, a "guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment," open borders, a $20/hr minimum wage and trillions in government spending.
The 13 demands, as posted on the web site, are: [Let me just say that these demands are so infantile as to be funny.  As Sean Hannity interviewed a girl at Wall St., she became angry  and befuddled when Sean pointed out that her dream of taking from some to give to others is the stated mantra of Carl Marx.  They are ignorant, not stupid, and we can thank our primary education for instilling in students the tenets of communism and socialism without ever pointing out that is what they are learning - nor how unsuccessful those systems have been throughout history.  It's worth your effort to click on the website below to have a look for yourselves.]

UK Daily Mail writes: Internet provocateur Andrew Breitbart has photographic evidence of then-Senator Barack Obama sharing a stage in 2007 with Malik Shabazz, National Chairman of the New Black Panther Party, a revival of the militant black supremacist organization founded in 1966 by a couple of thugs named Huey Newton and Bobby Seale.
To refresh people’s memories, several police officers in Oakland were shot in altercations with these thugs beginning with Oakland police officer John Frey who had the temerity to stop Huey Long for a traffic violation. Huey Newton would later kill Kathleen Smith, 17, a prostitute who called him, “Baby,” which happened to be a childhood nickname he hated — being the youngest of 7 children. He fled to Cuba and became a liberal icon. Huey Newton also was visited by the Reverend Jim Jones in Cuba in 1977 shortly before Reverend Jones went to found Jonestown, where liberals literally drank their Kool-Aid and died. [Maybe now we know what Obama's Justice Dept. dropped the charges on the New Black Panthers who intimidated voters at the polling place in Philadelphia - and why the department refused to litigate black-on-white crime!]  [http://blogs.dailymail.com/donsurber/archives/43621

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