Friday, November 11, 2011

Occupy dope calls for another 9/11; UN Agenda 21 in Michigan; Occupy Atlanta dealing with TB; Marco Rubio introduces legislation to reform UN; Gingrich and Fannie and Freddie at the last debate; Fannie and Freddie bonuses; Obama's friend Raines takes $90 million with him; United Steelworkers call for more militancy; Penn State riots are product of entitlement culture; Obama's Keystone decision

Take time today to thank every veteran or current military member, and their families, for their service in the defense of our country and our freedoms! 

Just when you thought the Occupy crowd couldn’t get any more despicable they go and do this: knowingly hope for another 9/11 to happen while being recorded on camera. Glenn reminded listeners of what Van Jones said about the OWS protesters not long ago — that these are the ‘best’ people in America. How many examples of hate, filth, vile, rape, etc do we need before someone in the media starts calling this movement out for what it really is?
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------A From the Michigan Land Use Institute comes proof that the UN Agenda 21and "sustainability" is alive and well in Michigan:
A powerful momentum is converging in communities across the
state. People from all walks of life are speaking out with newfound
conviction about practical alternatives to sprawling growth. And land
use reform has become a priority in Lansing as useful new legislation
gains support from both parties.
As director, my goal is to build our momentum and
dedicate the Institute’s skills and resources to making sure
Michigan becomes a national example for policies that link
economic development and environmental
Completed “Smart Roads: Petoskey,” a technically
qualified and compelling alternative to a $70 million
state department of transportation proposal to build a
major highway bypass around the northern
Michigan resort town of Petoskey. Two
local governments have since
announced their official support for
the effective and lower-cost “Smart
Roads: Petoskey” plan over the
state’s bypass proposal.  [Yes, I believe we should be smart about development.  I also keep in mind that the UN agenda is to push all human activity into smaller and smaller areas in order to leave most of the country as "open space"  I'll have more on this subject in several weeks.]
CBS Atlanta reports: The home base for Occupy Atlanta has tested positive for tuberculosis.
The Fulton County Health Department confirmed Wednesday that residents at the homeless shelter where protesters have been occupying have contracted the drug-resistant disease. WGCL reports that a health department spokeswoman said there is a possibility that both Occupy Atlanta protesters and the homeless people in the shelter may still be at risk since tuberculosis is contracted through air contact.
The Weekly Standard writes: Florida senator Marco Rubio is introducing legislation today to reform the United Nations. The United States gives at least 22 percent of the U.N. budget, and consequently has much influence over the multinational organization. Rubio's bill is a companion to Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s House bill, and would, according to the senator's office, accomplish the following things:
·         Allow the U.S. to fund only UN agencies and programs that advance U.S. interests and values, resulting in greater competition among UN entities for funding that would increase transparency and effectiveness. 
·         Authorize the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate and audit the use of U.S. contributions to the UN.
·         Prohibit U.S. contributions to the UN from being used for any purpose other than the specific purposes for which it was made available by Congress.
·         Firmly establish U.S. policy on various issues relating to the UN, including transparency, reform, Security Council expansion, terrorism, anti-Semitism and the unfair treatment of Israel.
·         Withholds U.S. contributions from any UN agency or program that upgrades the status of the Palestinian observer mission outside a negotiated settlement with Israel.·
The Washington Post writes this about the last debate: This exchange may have been the most underrated part of the debate:
HARWOOD: Since -- since you mentioned Fannie and Freddie, Speaker Gingrich, 30 seconds to you, your firm was paid $300,000 by Freddie Mac in 2006. What did you do for that money?
I would do no lobbying, and I offered advice.And my advice as a historian, when they walked in and said to me, “We are now making loans to people who have no credit history and have no record of paying back anything, but that’s what the government wants us to do,” as I said to them at the time, this is a bubble. This is insane. This is impossible.  [On this point, there is some evidence that he actually supported the continuation of the organizations, without actually lobbying Congressional members.]
GINGRICH: It turned out, unfortunately, I was right and the people who were doing exactly what Congresswoman Bachmann talked about were wrong. And I think it’s a good case for breaking up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and getting much smaller institutions back into the private sector to be competitive and to be responsible for their behavior.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Politico writes: the government regulator for Fannie and Freddie, approved $12.79 million in bonus pay after 10 executives from the two government-sponsored corporations last year met modest performance targets tied to modifying mortgages in jeopardy of foreclosure.
The executives got the bonuses about two years after the federally backed mortgage giants received nearly $170 billion in taxpayer bailouts — and despite pledges by FHFA, the office tasked with keeping them solvent, that it would adjust the level of CEO-level pay after critics slammed huge compensation packages paid out to former Fannie Mae CEO Franklin Raines and others. 
[And for our history lesson for this week, I post this, from US Action News]: As an executive at Fannie Mae, Franklin Raines illegally coerced his employees to falsify accounting facts so he’d get a maximum bonus.  The government-backed firm used Enron-like fraud, in part at Raines’s orders, to create the largest bail-out in US history. Raines had the whistleblower fired.  From the Heritage Foundation:
As an executive at Fannie Mae, Franklin Raines illegally coerced his employees to falsify accounting facts so he’d get a maximum bonus.  The government-backed firm used Enron-like fraud, in part at Raines’s orders, to create the largest bail-out in US history. Raines had the whistleblower fired.  From the Heritage Foundation: [Raines walked away from a failing company with $90 million dollars.]
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Front Page Magazine writes: The United Steelworkers (USW) Marxist president Leo Gerard believes if Big Labor can’t get what it wants through the ballot box it’s time to start cracking skulls.
The Canadian-born Gerard loves a brawl. In 1999 he helped the violent anarchists protesting in Seattle block access to the World Trade Organization meetings. USW sent 1,400 goons to shut the talks down. Gerard’s agitation helped to push Algoma Steel of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, into bankruptcy in the 1990s.
USW president since 2001, Gerard wholeheartedly supports the labor-backed Occupy Wall Street movement – and wants it to become even more violent.
“You’re damn right Wall Street occupiers speak for us,” he recently told left-wing radio host Ed Schultz. “They do in Pittsburgh, they do in Chicago, they do in Oakland, they do in San Francisco, they do all across the country. And I think what we need is, we need more militancy.”
NY Post opines: But what about the riots? These aren’t simply a product of football culture, they’re a product of a campus culture that teaches students they have an absolute right to whatever their hearts desire, starting with a fun-filled college experience and, afterwards, a rewarding career.
Imbued with a sense of victimhood, entitlement and cultivated grievance that can only be taught, their preferred response to inconvenience is a temper tantrum.
The tantrums are always self-justifying. Arguments are correct not if they conform to facts and reason, but if they are passionately held. Unfairness is measured by the intensity of one’s feelings.
The Calgary Herald writes: So much for the U.S. being the bastion of free enterprise and respecting due process.
With the State Department announcing Thursday it wants to explore alternative routing for TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline, after the project has been subject to 36 months of review - dutifully following a prescribed process that resulted in thousands of pages of documentation - the U.S. has signalled to the world it is not open for business.  [But the environmentalists do not now have a reason to be angry with Obama, so they will still vote for him - the thinking goes.]

1 comment:

  1. Good for Mark !! Let's get the UN back (if it ever was !) to some level of reason !!