Monday, June 25, 2012

Momentous week is here; The non-lethal truth, perhaps?; Seeking comparisons; Pentagon's "unilateral disarmament"; Obama's Executive Privilege" based on principle?; Obama committing war crimes?; Wayne County pensions; Obama's Hope and Change in real numbers; Hope and Change video made White House angry; Obama's gift registry; U.S. designated terrorist member at Obama meeting; Romney and overseas jobs; Latino elected officals has forks and knives removed at luncheon with Obama; Largest set of tax law changes with Obamacare; Obama's Reset Buttons not working; Obamacare gives conservatives reason to vote for Romney; King Barack's Michelle edict; G-20 decisions; Muslim Brotherhood wins in Egypt

●The Supreme Court will rule not only on the constitutionality of Obama’s landmark health-care law, but the highest court in the country also will hand down judgment on Arizona’s stringent illegal immigration law.
●Congress will be forced into action (or inaction) on federal student loans and highway projects — both of which will expire within the next week.
●The House will vote on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress due to his refusal to turn over some documents related to the “Fast and Furious” gunrunning operation.
Any one of those issues — in isolation — would be a major political event with resultant consequences on the presidential race. Combined them all in the space of a week and we may well look back at this coming seven days as where/when Obama’s second term bid was made/broken.
The U.S. Border Patrol is under fire for allegedly ordering its elite, SWAT-style units to use non-lethal bean bag ammunition before responding with deadly force – even against suspects armed with high-powered semi-automatic and automatic weapons like AK-47s.
The controversy over the agency’s “bean bag” policy began in the days following the Dec. 14 killing of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and has escalated recently as more information is uncovered in the investigation of the fatal shooting.
"When the suspected aliens did not drop their weapons, two Border Patrol agents deployed ‘less than lethal' beanbags at the suspected aliens,” according to a FBI search warrant request filed in the U.S. District Court in Tucson on Dec. 29. “At this time, at least one of the suspected aliens fired at the Border Patrol agents. Two Border Patrol agents returned fire, one with his long gun and one with his pistol. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was shot with one bullet and died shortly after.”  [Could this be what they are hiding?]
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The warrant appears to support claims made by Terry’s brother, Kent, and former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo that Terry’s team -- part of the U.S. Border Patrol Tactical Unit, also known as BORTAC -- was under standing orders to always use bean-bag rounds first before using live ammunition. 
"There was a group of four guys with my brother and two had lethal and two had non-lethal weapons there," Kent Terry told Fox News Friday.
Tancredo wrote about the issue in a Dec. 18 op-ed article.


Two senior leaders of the House Armed Services Committee this week criticized President Obama’s forthcoming plan to seek deeper cuts in strategic nuclear warheads, calling a Pentagon study on the matter “unilateral disarmament.”
Even the water carrying press couldn’t contain their laughter when White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told the the executive privilege used by President Obama yesterday was “totally based on principle.”

UN Says Obama Drone Strikes May be “War Crimes”


What's a Wayne County [Michigan] pension worth?  It depends on the plan (the county has six), how long an employee worked and what he or she earned in their final years of work. The average county employee earns a salary of $54,000 a year, according to figures released by Wayne's pension system. A typical employee must work 25 years to reach the pension maximum of 75% of salary.
A worker's final average compensation often includes banked sick and vacation time, overtime and base pay. Here are examples of how an employee with a final average pay of $54,000 and 25 years of service would fare under each of the county's six pension plans.

Plan 1

The employee contributes between 2% and 6.6% of his or her wage annually, depending on position, and receives a pension of about $35,700 beginning at age 50. Plan was closed to new hires Aug. 15, 1983.

Plan 2

Employees contribute nothing and receive an annual pension of about $14,200 beginning at age 55. Eligibility ended Oct. 1, 2001.  And so on.......
Here is a terrific 4 minute video on Hope and Change, by Fox News: 

NYT: Jay Carney Made an ‘Angry Phone Call’ to Fox Exec. Following Anti-Obama Video


Obama Asks People Getting Married To Forgo Gifts, Ask Their Guests To Donate To His Campaign Instead…You can even register your wedding on his campaign website.


It was supposed to be a routine meeting for Egyptian legislators in Washington, an opportunity for senior Obama administration officials to meet with new members of Egypt’s parliament and exchange ideas on the future of relations between the two countries.
Instead, the visit this week looks like it’s turning into a political fiasco. Included in the delegation of Egyptian lawmakers was Hani Nour Eldin, who, in addition to being a newly elected member of parliament, is a member of the Gamaa Islamiya, or the Egyptian Islamic Group—a U.S.-designated terrorist organization. The group was banned under former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, and is now a recognized Islamist political party. Its spiritual leader, Omar Abdel Rahman—also known as the “blind sheik”—was convicted in 1995 of plotting attacks on New York City landmarks and transportation centers, and is serving a life sentence in a North Carolina federal prison.
Sorry, Washington Post, Romney didn’t get rich moving U.S. jobs overseas
Just a few days after announcing that his administration would no longer deport about 800,000 young illegal immigrants, you would think that President Obama would be received as something of a hero by NALEO, the National Association of Latino Elected Officials, before whom Obama is giving a speech this afternoon in Orlando. But the Secret Service wasn't taking any chances. As hundreds of Latino elected officials were enjoying their lunch at Disney's Contemporary Resort earlier today, it was announced that forks would be collected before Obama took the stage. It was also mentioned that knives, too, were entirely absent from the lunch for "a reason."-
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ A new report from the Treasury Department says that Obamacare “represents the largest set of tax law changes in more than 20 years and affects millions of taxpayers.” As the report notes, Obamacare’s “new taxes, fees, and penalties account for approximately $438 billion.” But, really, it’s even worse than that.  
That’s because, according to the official estimate that the Treasury Department sites, that $438 billion in new taxes, fees, and penalties on Americans and American businesses is just the tally through 2019 — at which point Obamacare would really have been in effect for only six years (2014-19), not the ten years that are the norm for government scoring.  On an annual basis, Obamacare’s taxes, fees, and penalties (according to that same official estimate) would increase from $48 billion in 2014 to $88 billion in 2019, rising between 9 and 26 percent per year (depending upon the year) — with no end in sight.
On a positive note, however, this would allow Obamacare to promote job growth in at least one area.  As the Treasury report conveys,
“As of May 2, 2011, the IRS reported that it had hired 495 new employees and had plans to hire an additional 87 new employees by the end of September 2011 to assist in implementing the provisions associated with the ACA [Obamacare]. Actual ACA spending for Fiscal Year 2011 included 582 full-time equivalents (FTE)….The IRS projected its Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013 ACA staffing needs to be 1,278 FTEs and 859 FTEs, respectively.”
Three years ago this month, President Barack Obama promised a transformation in America’s relations with the Muslim world. He gave the first television interview of his presidency to the Al Arabiya news channel six days after his inauguration, and sent a Persian New Year video address to the people of Iran a few months later.  The high water mark of his stated quest to rehab our reputation occurred in Cairo, in a speech titled “A New Beginning.” There, Obama apologized for past sins against the Muslim world (like colonialism) and heralded the religion’s historical “tolerance and racial equality.”
To stay on message, Obama avoided mentioning some of the more uncomfortable realities—that our most significant terrorist threat is from those using Islam as a shield, as well as the gender discrimination Muslim women face, one of the world’s most egregious and systematic abuses of human rights.
But despite these efforts, it’s now clear that his platitudes didn’t get him very far. The men and women of the region, it seems, have seen through the Obama hype. According to a recently released Pew poll on Obama’s favorability in the Muslim world, 76 percent of Egyptians would like to make him a one-termer. Majorities in Pakistan, Lebanon, and Jordan don’t want to see Obama re-elected, either.   [I suggest that the reason is that Obama, in their eyes, is the worst of Infidels because he does not support them enough, even using drones to kill them.]
Yet, the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare may give conservatives uncomfortable with Romney two important reasons not to sit on the sidelines this November. 
First, the Supreme Court Justices are getting up in age, and at it is not at all unreasonable to predict that three to five justices could leave the court by decade’s end. Liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 79 years old and a cancer survivor. Conservative Justice Antonin Scalia is 76. Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer is 73 and Anthony Kennedy, the Court’s perpetual swing vote, is 75. 
The Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare will put the Court front and center and remind conservatives that two more Elena Kagans or Sonia Sotomayors on the Court will threaten conservatism for a generation and would be more unpalatable than even four more years of an Obama presidency.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Michelle Obama, super jock to lead USA’s Olympic delegation, opening ceremony London, England in July.  Her husband Barack Obama, bestowed the honor to the First Lady today.  [For this shameless President, I suppose the fact that Ann Romney will be going to the Olympics because her horse actually qualified to compete in the Dressage event was just too much to handle.  They look more and more like the usurpers who will take all they can from us Americans - along with the millions of dollars of our money which they will spend to take them and their entourage to London, while taking focus away from the athletes.  They clearly have no shame.]
The Wall ST. Journal wrote this about the G-20 meeting: The clearest decisions that came out of the summit promoted governments, not private sectors, pointing to even more deficit spending, an IMF expansion led by China and another expensive G-20 meeting next year in Russia.  The outcome raises fundamental doubts about the G-20"s value in furthering free markets, strong private economies and global living standards;
 The elephant in the living room at the summit was the U.S. year-end deadline imposing history's largest tax increase.  Despite numerous pleas from across the U.S. political spectrum to act now to delay the deadline at least until a new government is fully formed in 2013, the summit barely discussed the problem and made no concrete progress to avert it.
U.S. corporate tax policies are also bewildering to the world, especially during a global slowdown when U.S. dynamism is vital.  The U.S. maintains the world's highest - meaning most anti-jobs - corporate tax rate, with the added kicker of prohibitive taxation on the repatriation of foreign-based corporate earnings.  The result is an exodus of U.S. capital, investment and jobs to friendlier tax jurisdictions abroad at the expense of critical stimulus in the U.S.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Islamist Mohamed Morsy of the Muslim Brotherhood was declared Egypt's first democratic president on Sunday by the state election committee, which said he had defeated former general Ahmed Shafik with 51.7 percent of last weekend's run-off vote.

Thousands of Brotherhood supporters burst into cheers on Cairo's Tahrir Square, waving national flags, setting off fireworks and chanting "Allahu Akbar!" or God is Great, greeting a dramatic victory, tempered by the army's continuing role. [In a show of Muslim-stlye decency, one man beat his wife to death after finding that she voted for the other guy.]





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