Thursday, October 13, 2011

U.S.Representative calls for "extra-constitutional" action by Obama; GE CEO has conflict of interest; Blue cities awash in unwashed; Saudi Arabia warns Iran; Union retirees receive $500,000 pensions; Biden blames Republicans for rapes and murders; "Occupy" speaker deems violence and bloodshed to be necessary; Olive Garden says Kiwanis displaying American flag at meeting would be "disruptive; 99 New York organized by "progressive" groups; Voter fraud in Illinois; Tea Party vs Occupy; Iran's leader and leftists in China endorse Occupy; Cain's "hope" for 9-9-9; Occupy calls for government controlled media

Daily Caller reports: Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. told The Daily Caller on Wednesday that congressional opposition to the American Jobs Act is akin to the Confederate “states in rebellion.”
Jackson called for full government employment of the 15 million unemployed and said that Obama should “declare a national emergency” and take “extra-constitutional” action “administratively” — without the approval of Congress — to tackle unemployment.
“I hope the president continues to exercise extraordinary constitutional means, based on the history of Congresses that have been in rebellion in the past,” Jackson said. “He’s looking administratively for ways to advance the causes of the American people, because this Congress is completely dysfunctional.”
“On several occasions now, we’ve seen … the Congress is in rebellion, determined, as Abraham Lincoln said, to wreck or ruin at all costs. I believe … in the direct hiring of 15 million unemployed Americans at $40,000 a head, some more than $40,000, some less than $40,000 — that’s a $600 billion stimulus. It could be a five-year program. For another $104 billion, we bailout all of the states … for another $100 billion, we bail out all of the cities.
And if there are extra-constitutional opportunities that allow the president administratively to put the people to work, he should pursue every single one of them,” Jackson suggested.  [Didn't this session of Congress begin with a reading of the Constitution, to which all Representatives pledged their oath?]
Expose Obama reports: National Center for Public Policy Research:
Reacting to the recommendation by President Obama’s jobs panel,chaired by GE CEO Jeff Immelt,that additional federal funds be dedicated to clean energy development,today policy experts from the National Center for Public Policy Research are calling attention to the conflicts of interest surrounding this advice.
“Immelt’s recommending more money for clean energy is a clear conflict of interest. GE has significant investments in solar panels and wind turbines and Immelt needs government backing to profit from his company’s investment in renewable energy. This is an outrageous example of crony capitalism at work,”said Tom Borelli,Ph.D.,director of the National Center for Public Policy Research’s Free Enterprise Project
Redstate opines: I’m going to diverge a bit from our RedState Echo Chamber® and come out in support of the Occupy Wall Street protests. I’m struggling to find a downside to this bit of theater for conservatives or the GOP. I don’t really see an upside to it for the Administration and the Democrats.
Personally, I can’t think of anything more amusing than several heavily blue cities being overrun by unwashed hipster trash protesting the excesses… or existence… of the industry group that has given Obama truckloads of money. If heads are broken, it will be under the direction of Democrat mayors. If people are inconvenienced they are by and large Democrat voters.
I think the conservatives should get behind this movement. We should make sure these people are able to stay in downtown Boston and New York City and Atlanta and wherever. We should send aid convoys from Red States to the #OWS protests to show that we, too, have been victimized by Barack Obama’s donor base. And we should make sure they get free bus tickets to the Democrat Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The UK Guardian reports: Saudi Arabia has issued a menacing ­warning to Iran that it will have to pay a price for the alleged plot to hire a Mexican drug cartel to assassinate its ambassador in Washington.
The threat from the Saudis came as the Obama administration described the alleged plot as a "dangerous escalation" in the region.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said "clearly the plotting happened at senior levels of the Quds force [Iranian special forces].  They [Iran] claimed Barack Obama was using the story to divert attention from the Occupy Wall Street protests.

MSNBC reports: Insane' even by Illinois standards? Union official to get $500,000 in pensions

Joint investigation by Chicago Tribune and WGN-TV finds at least eight labor leaders stand to get pensions from both the city and union for the same time period.  The news organizations said this was due to "a charitable interpretation" of Illinois law by officials representing two city pension funds.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Weekly Standard reports: In Flint, Michigan, Vice President Joe Biden suggested that more rapes and murders could occur if President Barack Obama's jobs bill is not passed.  [Just don't call this divisive hate speech, okay?] The vice president also seemed to suggest that the Obama administration's first stimulus is the reason rapes and murders were not even higher in 2010 and 2011." And God only knows what that number would have been had we not been able to get a little bit of help," Biden said.


Pajamas Media reports: Citizen Journalist Ringo captured this speaker at the Occupy Los Angeles camp a few days ago letting the cat out of the bag: After dismissing nonviolence as a dead end, he admits that for the Occupiers to achieve their goals, violence and bloodshed will be necessary:

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ CBS reports: Officials with the parent company of Olive Garden restaurants say they're sorry if a decision regarding an Alabama Kiwanis club's desire to display the American flag caused any concern.

The comments come after 80-year-old Marti Warren of Anniston said she wasn't allowed to bring an American flag into an Olive Garden for a planned Kiwanis Club banquet in the east Alabama town of Oxford.
Warren learned the night of the banquet that she wouldn't be allowed to display the flag or the Kiwanis banner in the restaurant, she said.
"I was so angry," she told WBRC-TV. "I felt like I had been slapped in the face."
Orlando-based parent firm Darden restaurants said in a statement that "like all Americans we have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for the American flag and everything it symbolizes."
Business Insider wrote: Yesterday's The march on the Upper East Side was well planned, well staffed and well researched.
They're calling themselves 99 New York. It's a master organization of many New York progressive advocacy groups that have been working with Occupy Wall Street (talking to their General Assembly) since its early days.
  • The Working Families Party
  • UnitedNY
  • New York Communities for Change
  • Strong Economy For All Coalition
  • Community Voices Heard
  • ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The The ChicagoTribune reported Wednesday that it has talked with more than 40 people who say they didn't sign ballot petitions submitted in St. Joseph County for Obama or Clinton, despite their names appearing on the documents.

    State Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb has called for a federal investigation into the matter.

    "How deep does this problem go?" Holcomb said. "Is it isolated to St. Joseph County, or was it a broader, coordinated effort across the state? ... Who forged the signatures and why?"

    The Tribune first reported Sunday that it and the Howey Politics Indiana newsletter had found pages from Clinton and Obama petitions with names and signatures that appear to have been copied by hand from a petition for 2008 Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Jim Schellinger.[Voter fraud?  What voter fraud?],0,1203433.story
  • ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------American Thinker opines: Imagine: if our nation was filled with folks like the protesters, there would be no civil society, no economy, and no opportunity -- except for the chance of a power-grab by totalitarians.  Trash, feces, and bitterness would dominate the landscape.  Property would be something that you take from others, and government bureaucrats would be the main purveyors of that theft.  

    The mob's understanding of reality is so stunted that the iPhones and blankets and food and even the condoms they depend on are products of a free-market capitalist system they want to demolish.  These are intellectual children -- and a society must have intellectual adults, or it will fail.

    On the other hand, if our nation was filled with Tea Party followers, the country would be clean, prosperous, and polite.  There would be significant emphasis on leaving the country better for the next generation.  Opportunity would be there for those who would but pursue it.  Property would be something you have the chance to earn and keep.  Government would be limited and certainly not central to our lives -- indeed, government would protect us from the likes of the mobs.  From what I can tell, no one would mistake a police car for a port-a-potty.  The protests are good news for all conservatives simply by giving everyone a glimpse of the socialist dream world.  These images and the support given to the movement by Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid should be great news for every GOP candidate in November of 2012.  I just refuse to believe that this is the America that a majority of voters want.
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ American Thinker opines: The occupying protesters' day got off to a good start. Iran's supreme leader and "new leftists" in the People's Republic of China have endorsed their cause. During a speech today in Kermanshah, Iran, before a crowd of "tens of thousands," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said: The corruption of the capitalist regime has become evident for these people (the protesters)... This movement will soar to completely mark the downfall of the West and the capitalist regime.
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Redstate writes: Herman Cain is now under withering fire for his 9-9-9 plan and what it’ll mean for the country. Thus far he has held his own, but he is going to have to do better.
    For example, saying that he’d require a 2/3 vote to repeal his plan is unconstitutional unless he somehow is able to get it stuck in the constitution as an amendment thereto.
    Likewise, saying the American people will keep pressure on Congress to not alter or increase the rates is not credible given that Cain and the other Republicans are fighting to repeal a health care law that Congress and the White House pushed through despite a majority of Americans opposed to it and a tea party movement energized to fight it.
    Washington Times opines: You would think the members of the Occupy Wall Street movement would be grateful to the media for all the attention they are getting. But according to the draft “American People’s New Economic Charter," the group is discussing ways to bring an end to freedom of the press as we know it. Rather than calling for more decentralized free media, citizen journalism, blogging, tweeting and so forth, the occupiers are proposing creating a centralized, top-down communications system, subsidized, monitored and controlled by the government.



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