Monday, July 23, 2012

You didn't build that ad; Another bankrupt green company; Republican teachers pressured; ABC's false news hurts; The rich DO pay far more and have become less rich; Twenty new taxes on middle class; More of our money goes to Kenya; Burning our corn crops leave a hungry world; Just who did invent the internet?; Dem Congress not contributing to party; An unpresidential attack on a news outlet (and a lie to boot); How contraceptives changed the world; The amazing words of Obama off telepromter; Obama campaign unworthy of a Democratic President; ;

Here is an ad which should be seen by all Americans - concerning Obama's "You didn't build that" diatribe:
The Amonix solar manufacturing plant in North Las Vegas, heavily financed under an Obama administration energy initiative, has closed its 214,000-square-foot facility 14 months after it opened.

Officials at Amonix headquarters in Seal Beach, Calif., have not responded to repeated calls for comment this week. ...

A designer and manufacturer of concentrated photovoltaic solar power systems, Amonix received $6 million in federal tax credits and a $15.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to build the plant in North Las Vegas. [Do you think we the people will see one red dime of our investment coming back to us - as when they sell their assets?]
  Read more:
In interviews with The Associated Press, roughly a dozen teachers who identified themselves as Republicans said they felt pressure from union leaders and the rank-and-file to support Obama's re-election — and felt marginalized when they wouldn't. Some interviewed said they were so worried about retribution from their colleagues that they wouldn't provide their names for publication.
National unions such as the NEA — it's the largest teachers union in the U.S. — have long been stalwart supporters of Democratic candidates, and to be effective, they must speak with a unified voice. But teachers, like other professional groups, are not monolithic in their political views, prompting inevitable tensions when the union mobilizes its political machine.
NEA leaders have been urging members to hold house parties to educate their friends about why Obama, who addressed the convention Thursday by telephone to thank teachers for their support, deserves a second term.

[Because the name was the same, Brian Ross reported on ABD that a Tea Party man was the perp.....sounds about right...]  ABC Brian Ross Tweets Apology for Insinuating Tea Party Connection to Colorado Shooting

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The presidential election has given us two myths about the rich. First, that their incomes, and income inequality, are at all-time highs. Second, that the wealthy pay less in taxes than ever, and lower taxes than the rest of us.

A recent report from the Congressional Budget Office, however, suggests that both may be false.
Let’s consider income first. Between 2007 and 2009, after-tax earnings by Americans in the top one percent for income fell 37 percent. On a pre-tax basis they fell 36 percent in the same period. 
In other words, the incomes of the top one percent fell 18 times more than the incomes for the middle class at the start of the recession.
The high bench has confirmed that ObamaCare's individual mandate is a massive tax on the American middle class. But let's not forget the 20 other new taxes that are embedded in the law.
But his plan, which subsidizes some 30 million uninsured, amounts to a $1.8 trillion whammy on working families. And that's just for starters.
The court was silent about the 20 other different taxes hidden in ObamaCare, more than half of which affect families earning less than $250,000 a year.
The new taxes, which cost some $675 billion over the next decade, include:

New Obama projects to boost Kenya power companies

Taxpayers to fund contractor trip to Africa


 Which brings us to ethanol.  It comes from corn. The amount to be produced is a mandate, not a choice. It’s 13.2 billion gallons this year.  Last year we burnt up 40% of our crop.  This year, given the expected yield reductions, we could easily destroy over half of our corn.

The U.S. is by far the world’s largest producer, and our abundant supply is a major factor in keeping the price of the world’s most abundant feed and food grain low—generally around $3.00/bushel.  That was before George W. Bush decided that the answer to global warming was to produce ethanol from corn.  Hence the rise in corn price that commences with the 2007 passage of the ethanol mandates, followed soon by global food riots.  $8.00 corn today will likely bring much more of the same.

What we have seen is a change in policy, not of the weather.  Now, the Saudi Arabia of corn burns up half of its supply, instead of selling it to a hungry world.  All of this was brought to you by our greener friends and, yes, Republicans, working the political process hand in hand.  Later, the environmental community realized—as some of us had been telling them for years—that corn ethanol results in an increase in carbon dioxide emissions, not a decrease. 


If the government didn't invent the Internet [as Barack Obama declared], who did? Vinton Cerf developed the TCP/IP protocol, the Internet's backbone, and Tim Berners-Lee gets credit for hyperlinks.
Xerox PARC
Xerox PARC headquarters.
But full credit goes to the company where Mr. Taylor worked after leaving ARPA: Xerox. It was at the Xerox PARC labs in Silicon Valley in the 1970s that the Ethernet was developed to link different computer networks. Researchers there also developed the first personal computer (the Xerox Alto) and the graphical user interface that still drives computer usage today.
One by one, the pictures of House members adorning the lobby of Democratic Party headquarters have come down, turning neat rows of framed photos into a disjointed mess — “splattered,” as one aide described it.
The half-dozen or so lawmakers whose mugs have vanished in recent weeks weren’t indicted in court or slapped with an ethics violation. But their transgression is still deadly serious in the eyes of top party leaders: ignoring pleas to kick in cash for Democrats’ increasingly uphill slog to take back the House.

 So, just in case some of your friends or neighbors or, ya know, Uncle Jim who’s a little stubborn and been watching Fox News and, ya know, he thinks that somehow I raised taxes. Let’s just be clear. We’ve lowered taxes for middle class families since I came in office,” Obama said.

Because, ya know, it’s really presidential to make everyone who watches Fox News out to be a complete idiot. It must be purely coincidental that all of the “Uncle Jims” out there have made Fox News the most watched news network of the past decade.
‘Contraceptive sex,” writes Mary Eberstadt, is “the fundamental social fact of our time.” 
Women march in London, 1971
Eberstadt argues that the invention of the pill and near-mastery of contraception in the West during the 1960s caused a cascade of epochal consequences. Just to tally a few of the big-ticket items: It uncoupled sex from reproduction, caused people to have sex earlier and marry later, increased divorce, cohabitation, and illegitimacy, revolutionized the economic role of women, imploded the fertility rate, and set the modern welfare state on the course to insolvency. The sexual revolution unleashed by contraceptive sex, says Eberstadt, rivals the Communist revolution in terms of its influence on the world of the 20th century. [I just read that the Olympics has become a powerful place for the athletes to "hook up", with condom give-aways soaring.]
This week Obama, speaking off the teleprompter, said something that set off a storm of criticism:
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business. you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.
 For such a supposedly fantastic speaker, it's sure hard to bring to mind any outstanding Obama quotes. I remember nothing from his big post-racial race speech, his inaugural, his state of the union addresses. What I remember is when he goes off teleprompter.
"Why can't I just eat my waffle?"
"I've now been in 57 states -- I think one left to go."
"The private sector is doing fine."
"At a certain point, you've made enough money."
"The Cambridge police acted stupidly."
"I bowled a 129. It's like -- it was like Special Olympics, or something."
"They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them."
"We're the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad."
"I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."
"You didn't build that."
In an article titled, "The Obama Campaign Is Unworthy of a Democratic President," Georges Ugeux, who identifies himself as the chairman and CEO of Galileo Global Advisors and an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, writes, "As a Democrat and a staunch support of Barack Obama, I am completely disgusted by his campaign. Are we talking about the President of the United States? Are we talking about a principled man who has boosted our ideal for a fair and equitable America? Does this have anything to do with the American people?"
Ugeux goes on to accuse Obama's campaign of "harassment" by incessantly calling and emailing to ask for campaign cash--"Even those of us who asked to only receive selective information."
To that "presidential" harassment one needs to add what the Democratic Party does: strangely enough they only call and e-mail to collect money. Never to tell us what are the important causes for the Party.
Then, the liberal law professor complained that, for the Obama campaign, "It's all about money."

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