Monday, May 7, 2012

International regulations; OSU offers tepid support for Obama; Obama held off on Osama; Gov. Scott Walker in the lead in Wisconsin; Democrats's "People's Rights Amendment"; Companies save by dropping health insurance; 6 year old accused of sexual harassment at school; Targeting "ultraconservatives"; The Weather Underground and our tax dollars; Who counts the votes?; Voter ID required for MI Caucus; China's Defense Minister to visit our military facilities

Here is one of the new Executive Orders right from the White House website -  EO #13563, stating in part: The regulatory approaches taken by foreign governments may differ from those taken by U.S. regulatory agencies to address similar issues. In some cases, the differences between the regulatory approaches of U.S. agencies and those of their foreign counterparts might not be necessary and might impair the ability of American businesses to export and compete internationally. In meeting shared challenges involving health, safety, labor, security, environmental, and other issues, international regulatory cooperation can identify approaches that are at least as protective as those that are or would be adopted in the absence of such cooperation. International regulatory cooperation can also reduce, eliminate, or prevent unnecessary differences in regulatory requirements.
Also noted on the website:  Presidential Memorandum -- Waiver of Restriction on Providing Funds to the Palestinian Authority

Barack Obama launched his campaign in unspectacular fashion today at Ohio State University, the largest college in the crucial swing state.  A photo posted to twitter by Mitt Romney's campaign spokesman Ryan Williams reveals sparse attendance.  The above image, according to Williams, was taken during the President's first official campaign speech.

Obama's speech at Ohio State University was the first official one of his reelection campaign. The president said Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee, would take the country in the wrong direction.
"Ohio, we cannot give him that chance. Not now. Not with so much at stake,” Obama said at Ohio State University, his voice growing louder with every line," Obama said in the speech. "We’ve been through too much to turn back now."


General Jack Keane (Retired), the former Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, told Mike Huckabee tonight that Barack Obama knew about Osama Bin Laden’s hideout since the summer of 2010.  But Barack Obama refused to act for several months. He wanted absolute proof first that Osama was living there.  It wasn’t until May of 2011 that he agreed to attack Bin Laden’s compound, almost a year later.
Democrats aiming to send a resounding message about the enduring strength of organized labor by recalling Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker next month have a problem: the candidate backed by nearly every union is poised to lose the primary on Tuesday to the man Walker defeated in 2010.  But with just a few days left before the primary, Falk trails 2010 Democratic nominee Tom Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee, 38 to 21 percent among primary voters, according to a Marquette University Law School poll (considered the most reliable in the Badger State) released last week. Barrett also supports restoring the collective-bargaining rights unions have lost, but has said he’d do so through a standalone bill, an approach that would provide significantly less leverage with legislators. [If this truly happens, and Scott Walker's Governorship continues, it will be the first of three tremendously important victories I hope to celebrate!]
Now comes Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass.  His "People's Rights Amendment" declares that the Constitution protects only the rights of "natural persons," not such persons organized in corporations, and that Congress can impose on corporations whatever restrictions Congress deems "reasonable." His amendment says it shall not be construed "to limit the people's rights of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, free exercise of religion, freedom of association and all such other rights of the people, which rights are inalienable." But the amendment is explicitly designed to deny such rights to natural persons who, exercising their First Amendment right to freedom of association, come together in corporate entities to speak in concert.
McGovern stresses that his amendment decrees that "all corporate entities -- for-profit and nonprofit alike" have no constitutional rights. So Congress -- and state legislatures and local governments -- could regulate to the point of proscription political speech, or any other speech, by the Sierra Club, the National Rifle Association, NARAL Pro-Choice America, or any of the other tens of thousands of nonprofit corporate advocacy groups, including political parties and campaign committees.  
he proposed amendment is intended to reverse the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which affirmed the right of persons to associate in corporate entities for the purpose of unrestricted collective speech independent of candidates' campaigns.

( – A report from the House Ways and Means Committee finds that 71 of the nation’s top 100 companies would find it far more economical to drop their health care plans and simply pay the penalty for not complying with the Obamacare employer insurance mandate. [So much for being able to keep our insurance if we like it.  This was the plan all along, moving everyone to government insurance indirectly.]


A 6-year-old boy was suspended from his suburban Denver school for three days after school officials said he told a girl “I’m sexy and I know it,” a line from a popular song.
D’Avonte Meadows, a first-grader at Sable Elementary School in Aurora, is accused of sexual harassment and disrupting other students, according to a letter the school district sent to his mother after he was sent home Wednesday.
School officials issued a statement saying they couldn’t discuss the case, but they pointed out a school board policy that defines sexual harassment as any unwelcome sexual advance. There is no age limit.
The Aurora Police Department said it was not involved in the case because laws only cover children ages 10 and older.
The New York Times sent reporter Sabrina Tavernise to the battleground state of Ohio, to the blue-collar town of Steubenville in pursuit of a pet theory: Barack Obama may struggle to win because some whites are racist. Tavernise starts by suggesting this could be a problem with Democrats, but “ultraconservatives” quickly surface.

As James Taranto at The Wall Street Journal theorized, “If 45 of 50 interview subjects didn't mention race, one could just as easily take the position that the glass is 90% full rather than 10% empty.” But Tavernise and the Times felt that even a small amount of what they perceive to be racism could be crucial in a close election.
It’s also ridiculous for the Times to imply through its mining for quotes that the concept that Obama “got the Nobel Prize without deserving it” is racist. Obama felt he won the Nobel Prize without deserving it.
Bernardine Dohrn has a history with the Justice Department. More specifically, in the early 1970s, she was one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives because of her actions with the Weather Underground, a violent radical organization.
Times have changed. In 2010 and 2011, the Justice Department saw fit to give $400,000 in grants to an organization that lists Dohrn as a member of its board of directors: a $150,000 grant in September of 2010 and a $250,000 grant a year later.
The organization that received the grants is the W. Haywood Burns Institute, and the project that brought in the money is the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative. JDAI aims to keep juvenile criminals out of “secure confinement” and to reduce racial disparities in the juvenile justice system.
As Joseph Stalin once said, “I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this...who will count the votes and how.”
While these are words of a dictator, these words sum up the serious issue we now face, because there is something very wrong when a foreign company will count the most important votes of our lifetime and possibly our country's lifetime.
AMERICAN votes, both here at home and those of our overseas military, should be counted, tallied, and reported by an AMERICAN owned company based in AMERICA, and computed and tabulated by AMERICANS only!
'We the People' cannot allow this election to be 'fixed' and indeed it could be if this foreign company, rumored to have George Soros as part owner and whose head contributed major sums of money to Obama's '08 campaign, is allowed to count this elections, or any of our elections votes.

More Holder Hypocrisy: “Anti-Voter ID Democrats require Voter ID for Michigan Caucus”

“This weekend, the Michigan Democratic Party will be holding its caucuses to formally nominate Barack Obama as president. What do Democratic caucus voters need to vote? A photo ID.”

- What to expect: Bring proof that you live in the area served by the caucus location – photo ID is required.
China’s defense minister and a delegation of military officials will visit sensitive U.S. military facilities this week, raising fresh concerns that the Pentagon may not be fully abiding by a 2000 law restricting Chinese military visits.

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