Saturday, June 16, 2012

King Obama; Jihad summer school; Black-on-black crimes in Chicago; Rich donors to both candidates; The UN and Agenda 21; The irony of Obama stiffing the restaurant; Governor Snyder going rogue on bridge?; Whistleblowers change Holder's mind; Obama fund-raisers leaving Obama; Sheriff Joe will still arrest illegals; Secret Service behavior;

[Some time ago]To the Spanish-language newspaper "La Opinion", Obama defended his work on immigration: "In some ways there is an unrealistic notion of what I can get done by myself." On Oct. 25, Obama agreed to an in-studio radio interview with Eddie Sotelo, the host of a popular program on an L.A. Spanish station.
The interview deteriorated; Obama remained mostly on the defensive. "If the majority of Democrats support this issue, if I as president support this issue.then the question I have is why are we spending time talking about us instead of spending time focusing on getting Republicans to do what's right?" he asked. As the interview continued, he seemed more than ever like a president beleaguered by all that he could not control:
  • "Change isn't easy," he said. "It doesn't happen overnight."
  • "I am president. I am not king. I can't do these things just by myself."
  • "I just want to repeat: I'm president. I'm not king."
  • "The notion that we haven't worked hard is just not true."
In Gaza, less than an hour and a half from Tel Aviv, school graduations are also underway. There, too, parents have been scrambling to obtain slots for their beloved offspring in summer camps run by Hamas. At these institutions, children do not learn how to swim or make lanyards. No, their time is not wasted on frivolous childhood activities. Instead, they spend their time receiving instruction on how best to contribute to the Palestinian cause of killing Jews and annihilating Israel. It is, as far as the parents of these babes in the woods are concerned, an important preparatory period for their coming of age as suicide bombers.
But Hamas isn’t the only group in Gaza concerned with child welfare. Islamic Jihad is just as interested in providing the next generation with crucial tools for their future as upstanding Palestinian citizens, and the earlier the better. This terrorist organization, like everyone else, realizes that tots have an enormous hunger and capacity for learning.
This month, an Islamic Jihad kindergarten displayed for parents how well its 5- and 6-year-olds had absorbed what they were taught during the year. At their graduation ceremony, the little ones put on a performance that made the adults enormously proud.
The show included a series of skits depicting Israeli soldiers as evil torturers of innocent Palestinians. A number of the children were in a cage, representing an Israeli prison, with their hands cuffed behind their backs. Others were dressed in makeshift IDF uniforms — with kippot on their heads — carrying various kinds of weapons. One child playing an Israeli soldier shoved the head of another child, playing a tortured Palestinian, into a bucket of water. Meanwhile, the children recited anti-Israel slogans and expressed their desire to become martyrs.
Eight people died ­— including a 16-year-old boy ­— and at least 43 others were wounded in weekend shootings across the city, Chicago police reported.
Joseph Briggs was the youngest to die in the weekend gun violence, just outside his Marquette Park home.
The 16-year-old was shot on his front porch in the 6100 block of South Rockwell, police said. Shots were fired from a gray vehicle about 8 p.m. Saturday, police said, adding that the shooting might be gang-related.  [I'm certain the DOJ is not all over this because it is NOT white-on-black crime...]  
Remember those websites that chronicled the Iraq body count? They should consider doing the same for Chicago. Sadly, around the same number were killed or wounded in a mortar attack in Baghdad Sunday.
You know what might drive the message home that Chicago is a lawless wasteland? Mitt Romney should go there and call for federal intervention in order to save lives, while pointing the finger at Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama and David Axelrod.
Sheldon Adelson, billionaire casino magnate, Republican donor and former Newt Gingrich backer, has said that his political donations this election cycle will be "limitless," leading some to speculate his individual contributions might exceed $100 billion in favor of Mitt Romney.
Forbes has confirmed that billionaire Sheldon Adelson, along with his wife Miriam, has donated $10 million to the leading Super PAC supporting presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney–and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. A well-placed source in the Adelson camp with direct knowledge of the casino billionaire’s thinking says that further donations will be “limitless.”
The news media likes to play with these kinds of numbers as if there's some great meaning in them - and it's particularly juicy when it seems like some billionaire or another is bragging about campaign contributions specifically to Republicans. Whether it's Adelson, the Kochs, Foster Friess or any number of big-money GOP donors, they all play into the media's perception that Republicans are "buying" elections.
This ignores the fact that Barack Obama is a figurative fundraising machine. Obama started 2012 with $250 million in the bank, and while the hype around his potential to get to a billion was probably overhyped, he's going to be a force to be reckoned with, GOP billionaires or not. Barack Obama outspent John McCain three-to-one in the closing days of the 2008 campaign after outraising him by a massive amount. Did Obama "buy" the 2008 election?
Environmentalists heading to Brazil for a United Nations Rio+20 Summit on global environmentalism may be served well by paying attention to the recent action by the state of Alabama.-
By a unanimous vote of both houses of the Alabama Legislature, Senate Bill 477 was passed, essentially confirming that the state no longer will cooperate with the “Agenda for the 21st Century,” known as UN Agenda 21.
UN representatives are meeting in Brazil now for an organization meeting of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives/Agenda 21 World Congress at Belo Horizonte. The meetings run through later this week.
Then a “sustainability environmental” Rio+20 Summit will be held June 20-22.
Since then, under a cloak of contracts compiled with palliative words such as “sustainable,” “smart growth,” “social justice” and others, more and more local and state governments in America have begun working with the UN’s Agenda 21.”‘
But the ideas contained therein, that U.S. energy production is bad because of its pollution, that wealthy nations must give technology and money to other nations and the like, did not please Alabama legislators.
Celebrating Father’s Day early, the president had lunch with two service members and two local barbers at Kenny’s BBQ on Capitol Hill.
As the group chatted about fatherhood, the president enjoyed a steaming plate of pork ribs with hot sauce, collard greens, red beans and rice and cornbread.
The bill for the president and his four guests was $55.58, but was left unpaid at the point of sale, according to pool reports.
The White House corrected the oversight and settled up the tab by the end of the business day.
It was an easy oversight on their part. They’re so used to putting their expenses off on others, they probably didn’t realize they’d done anything wrong.
This is especially delicious considering this quote from President Obama:
Obama compared Republicans to a person who orders a steak dinner and martini and then, “just as you’re sitting down, they leave, and accuse you of running up the tab.”
Oh, irony. You’re so playful sometimes.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Gov. Rick Snyder said today that he's considering fallback options in case the Michigan Legislature doesn't back a plan to build a new bridge from Detroit to Windsor, including seeking an "interlocal agreement" with Canada that wouldn't require legislative approval.
The Republican governor said he hopes to the GOP-led House and Senate will back the bridge plan. But given his lack of success in getting legislation through the Senate, he's also pursuing other options.
"If you look at the state constitution, you'll see it actually includes Canada as a potential party to an interlocal agreement. It's kind of unique," Snyder said.
Snyder has said a second span between Detroit and Windsor is needed to speed exports and imports between the U.S. and Canada and add jobs.
The owners of the Ambassador Bridge are fighting Snyder's efforts to build a separate bridge, pushing a November ballot proposal that would require voters' approval to build the alternative bridge and running an aggressive ad campaign saying it would cost taxpayers a lot of money.
What’s academia’s response to a whistleblower who exposes fraudulent research and faked credentials on a panel of experts?
Fire the whistleblower, of course.
That’s the allegation in a new complaint filed against the regents of the University of California by the American Center for Law and Justice on behalf of former professor James E. Enstrom.
The lawsuit explains that Enstrom was a UCLA research professor for decades – until he blew the whistle on “junk environmental science and scientific misconduct at the University of California” and was dismissed.
There are a number of Barack Obama fund-raiser types from four years ago that have come over now to help with Mitt Romney,” Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford said outside the Pump Room fund-raiser for Romney Thursday. “We’ve had time to see what an Obama White House would be, and it’s not quite what some people thought it would be. People see Romney and say, ‘Here’s a businessman who’s got experience’ … I think we’re finding a number of people willing to pony up.”-
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio sat down at ABC15 to talk about the new changes by the Obama administration to stop deporting younger illegal immigrants.
The announcement came in around 6:30 a.m. Friday that some illegal immigrants will be granted work permits if they meet certain requirements.
"I think people from Mexico are now going to feel, 'Hey come on in and we'll get by with it.' But it won't happen in this county. They will still be arrested," Arpaio said.
According to The Associated Press, this change will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants who have lived in fear of deportation.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The U.S. government has revealed details of serious allegations against Secret Service agents and officers since 2004, including claims of involvement with prostitutes, leaking sensitive information, publishing pornography, sexual assault, illegal wiretaps, improper use of weapons and drunken behavior. It wasn’t immediately clear how many of the accusations were confirmed to be true. The heavily censored list, which runs 229 pages, was quietly released under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act to The Associated Press and other news organizations following the Secret Service prostitution scandal that erupted in April in Colombia. It describes accusations filed against Secret Service employees with the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general.


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