Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Constitution gets in Obama's way; Michigan ties government payments to all-day kindergarten; New ways to fend off Asian carp; Needy family assistance not for strip clubs, casinos or liquor; Some states required to implant radio frequency id into drivers' licenses; Michigan Education Association urges members to use students as propaganda; Girl Scouts are being brainwashed by Planned Parenthood, promoting sex; Teacher charged with lewd conduct, and all staff, off job but being paid; House votes to repeal Obamacare's long-term care program; Social Security trust fund in worse shape than thought; AZ candidate for City Council cannot speak Engish even with high school diploma; Government intervention in company decisions; ACLU calls for online database listing Gov. Walker's supporters against recall; Forced unionization of home healthcare workers really paying off for SEIU; Unfunded liabilities for teacher retirement account for 25% of MI school payroll expenses; Israeli facilities around the world on high alert; Khamenei predicts Islam will be victorious; UN wants world tax on financial transactions; Obama channels Jesus; Obama quotes Islamic belief; Stock Markets says Obama to be defeated?: We lost $1.3 billion on Chrysler; God removed from patch logo for Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office; Obama sings a new tune;

  Powerline reports: And this week Barack Obama proved himself once again the perfect epitome of Woodrow Wilson—the first president to criticize the Constitution and the principles of the American Founding—with his remarks to NBC’s Matt Lauer that one reason he hasn’t succeeded in fulfilling his campaign promises to transform the world is that “it turns out our Founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change than I would like sometimes.”  It turns out?  He’s just discovering this now?  (Well, one thing that “turns out” is that the only constitutional law Obama actually taught at the University of Chicago was the equal protection clause.  Apparently he skipped over that whole “separation of powers” stuff.) 
WSBT reports: Updated state rules mean public schools in Michigan must offer all-day kindergarten to receive full funding for each kindergarten pupil starting in September.
The Detroit News reports Monday ( ) that the rules were approved last year by the Legislature. The state this month updated school districts about the half- and full-day options as well as the financial consequences.  [I can still remember back in my childhood when Kindergarten was devised and it ran as an option, not a requirement.  I remember because I was not happy when my Mother refused to let me go - to have the government take control of what I did at such an early age.],0,6078518.story
USA Today writes: A privately funded study to be released Tuesday outlines three ways the Chicago waterways could be closed off from the Great Lakes to keep invasive species, such as Asian carp, from moving between them.
The cheapest solution would cost taxpayers more than $3 billion and would take at least a decade to complete.
The study, which cost $2 million and was funded by several foundations, says separating the two watersheds would create jobs and could end up being cheaper than spending money every year to fight invasive species.
US News reports: As the recession continues onward, House Republicans are worried that those receiving welfare payments may be having a bit too good of a time.
The chamber will again vote Wednesday on a bill which would ensure that electronic withdrawals of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families dollars aren't allowed to be withdrawn from ATMs at strip clubs, casinos or liquor stores. TANF replaced national welfare programs after the welfare reforms of 1996.
Now, it will get a stand-alone vote, along with several other measures which face an uncertain future in the Senate. "The abuse of [electronic benefits transfer] cards must stop," Boustany said when the measure was first proposed in December.
Patriots for American opines: For more than two years, the Michigan Education Association [MEA] has had a manual that urges its members to use students as propaganda in contract negotiations and also lays out how to organize strikes,” writes Tome Gantert of Michigan Capitol Confidential.
Considering the fact that teacher strikes are illegal in Michigan, some may find it odd that the MEA has been encouraging this sort of behavior. In fact, the MEA has done a lot more than just “encourage” potentially illegal activity. As Gantert reports, the organization produced an anonymously written 28-page manual titled, “Building Full Capacity Locals — Crisis Planning, It’s Never Too Ear...
Alinsky instructs his followers to “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Likewise, the MEA manual instructs teachers to “Pick a target—personalize—and polarize the opposition [pg. 17].” And those are just the verbatim quotes; the entire manual is a handbook for creating, managing, and profiting from crises. [Wake up, parents!  Pay attention to what your school may be doing!]
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CNS News writes: In 2010, a panel sponsored by the Girl Scouts USA at the United Nations Commission featured a Planned Parenthood pamphlet called “Healthy, Happy and Hot," according to published reports.
A portion of the pamphlet read:
[I will not print the words here, as they are totally inappropriate for Girl Scouts or this news service.  Do you know what YOUR Girl Scout is learning?  If you want the details, go to the link below.  Suffice it to say, it ends with this: There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore and be yourself!”
A similar pamphlet was distributed at a Waco, Texas Girl Scouts organization in 2008 that included information on masturbation, diagrams of adults having sex and a boy putting on a condom.
LA Time writes: A teacher charged with 23 counts of lewd conduct in his classroom successfully thwarted attempts by the Los Angeles Unified School District to fire him. In the process, the teacher, who is accused of spoon-feeding his xxxxx to blindfolded children, managed to retain lifetime health-benefits provided by the nation’s second-largest school system.
Former Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt also automatically receives nearly $4,000 a month in pension from the California State Teachers' Retirement System. [Aren't public unions and their protected teachers such a good thing?  He and his staff have all been replaced, but are still being paid.  Are you talking to your children about what interesting things happened during their school days?]
The Washington Times reports: The House voted Wednesday to repeal a part of President Obama’s health care law deemed unsustainable by his own administration, sending the bill to the Senate, where Democrats have indicated they aren’t ready to kill the long-term care program.
More than two dozen House Democrats broke party ranks to join Republicans in a 267-159 vote to repeal the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act - a part of Mr. Obama’s signature health care reform aimed at providing long-term coverage for the elderly and those with disabilities.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- reports: The outlook for Social Security's trust fund has deteriorated to an astonishing degree over the past year, new Congressional Budget Office projections show.
The nonpartisan budget
The Hill opines: Criticizing the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s to defund Planned Parenthood, Sen. Barbra Boxer (D-Calif.) said Thursday the breast cancer foundation was getting involved in a “political witch hunt.”
"I’m reminded of the McCarthy era" Boxer said on MSNBC’s "Andrea Mitchell Reports," a period she described as “a congressman stands up, a senator, [and says] 'I’m investigating this organization and therefore people should stop funding them.' 
The Komen foundation is under attack for defunding Planned Parenthood due to an investigation undertaken by House Republicans, claim foundation representatives deny. When should names on public rolls be kept secret?  [I can't say that I am shocked that once again our government is in the business of telling companies what they think they can and cannot do.  Komen's focus is on breast cancer.  Period. Will your company be next?]
Michigan Capitol Confidential reports: Far more home healthcare providers were ensnared in Michigan's forced unionization of 2006 than previously believed, according to figures provided by the Department of Human Services.
There are 60,190, which is more than 25 percent higher than the 43,000 reported up to now.
It's probable that more than 80 percent of these workers were forced into the Service Employees International Union through a "scam" perpetrated while Gov. Jennifer Granholm was in office.
The SEIU “take” so far is more than $28,089,803 from the Home Healthcare Dues Skim, and the tally is climbing. Those dollars can be used for anything the SEIU desires, including politics.
ABC News reports: Israeli facilities in North America -- and around the world -- are on high alert, according to an internal security document obtained by ABC News that predicted the threat from Iran against Jewish targets will increase.
"We predict that the threat on our sites around the world will increase … on both our guarded sites and 'soft' sites," stated a letter circulated by the head of security for the Consul General for the Mid-Atlantic States. Guarded sites refers to government facilities like embassies and consulates, while 'soft sites' means Jewish synagogues, and schools, as well as community centers like the one hit by a terrorist bombing in Buenos Aires in 1994 that killed 85 people.
The head of Shin Bet, Israel's internal security service, told an audience at a closed forum in Tel Aviv recently that Iran is trying to hit Israeli targets because of what it believes are Israeli attacks on it nuclear scientists.
World Net Daily writes: “In light of the realization of the divine promise by almighty God, the Zionists and the Great Satan (America) will soon be defeated,” Ayatollah Khamenei, the Iranian supreme leader, is warning.
Khamenei, speaking to hundreds of youths from more than 70 countries attending a world conference on the Arab Spring just days ago, told a cheering crowd in Tehran that “Allah’s promises will be delivered and Islam will be victorious.”
The countries represented included Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Palestine and Tunisia, all of which have been involved in the Arab Spring.
Info Wars reports: The United Nations wants a world tax imposed on all financial transactions to fund a global model of social services that will provide “needy people” with a basic income, free healthcare, education and housing.

The drive is part of the UN’s mission to create a “social protection floor” under the auspices of the Commission on Social Development, which began this week in New York. The SPF will become the UN’s primary focus from 2015 onwards when the Millennium Development Goals project concludes.According to the report, the new global tax is designed to be a progressive scale, with higher earners paying more to help provide “all needy people with a basic income, healthcare, education and housing.”
White House Dossier opines: President Obama today suggested his political agenda is blessed by the world’s great religions, linking a variety of specific policy proposals to the teachings of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
In a remarkable flouting of the traditional barrier between church and state, Obama used the annual National Prayer Breakfast to assert that his proposals are not just based on economic benefit, but on guidance he receives from the Bible.
But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that “for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.” It mirrors the Islamic belief that those who’ve been blessed have an obligation to use those blessings to help others, or the Jewish doctrine of moderation and consideration for others.
Investor's Business Daily opines: It's happened 13 times since 1936. Call it the IBD January Incumbent Barometer.Here's how it works: When the stock market scores a big gain in January — about 6% or more — the challenger beats the incumbent president every time, or as we shall see, almost every time. When the stock market goes up or down modestly in January — 4% or less in either direction — the incumbent wins almost every time.
This January the Nasdaq rose 8%, signaling a loss for President Obama, according to the IBD JIB.
CNN reports: U.S. taxpayers likely lost $1.3 billion in the government bailout of Chrysler, the Treasury Department announced Thursday.
The government recently sold its remaining 6% stake in the company to Italian automaker Fiat. It wrapped up the 2009 bailout that was part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program six years early.
The Hill reports: A group of Republican lawmakers is protesting the removal a reference to God in the patch logo for the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.  The patch logo was changed after a military atheist group, the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, protested the reference to God on the patch. The patch has a saying on it in Latin, which is common for military patches, that tranlates to: “Doing God’s Work with Other People’s Money.”
The NY Timew opines: Two years ago, while delivering his State of the Union address, President Obama looked the Supreme Court justices in the face and told them they were wrong to have allowed special interests to spend without limits on campaigns. “I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests,” he said. “They should be decided by the American people.” 
On Monday, the president abandoned that fundamental principle and gave in to the culture of the Citizens United decision that he once denounced as a “threat to our democracy.” 
The announcement fully implicates the president, his campaign and his administration in the pollution of the political system unleashed by Citizens United and related court decisions.  


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