Tuesday, July 24, 2012

WARN Act may be huge November surprise; U.S. will license exports of sensitive space technology to China; The proper role of media and judges; HAMP Act benefited banks, not people; UN and people with disabilities; Dodd-Frank Act slow to be enacted; 72% of American business builders think they DID build that!; ABC News' other lie; Ice-T supports gun ownership; Time & Space to negotiate with Iran; Germany's militant Islamists problem

Last week, I wrote about how the sequester will trigger the WARN Act, which requires employers to warn staff of pending layoffs a minimum of 60 days in advance. That means potentially hundreds of thousands of public and private sector workers would receive layoff warning notices on November 2 — 60 days before sequestration hits, and just five days before the presidential election.
Needless to say, this is a BFD for President Obama. So you may not be too shocked to learn that the administration might be pressuring employers to delay these notices until after Election Day. HotAir’s Tina Korbe flags this key item in Sen. Jim Inhofe’s floor speech last week: http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/07/23/november-surprise-2/
In 2011, Congress and President Barack Obama could not come to terms on a long-term debt ceiling agreement.
Sequestration refers to the automatic, across-the-board cuts that will occur at year’s end if Congress cannot agree on a deficit reduction plan. It equals about $1.2 trillion in budget cuts — split between defense and non-defense programs — that will take place in 2013.
Sequestration is what happens when a politically divided Congress can’t agree and kicks the can down the road for resolution another day. http://www.examiner.com/article/sequestration-could-cost-n-h-jobs
The Obama administration recently notified Congress that it has agreed to license exports of sensitive U.S. space technology to China from a U.S. company that was fined in the past for illegally supplying space support that improved Chinese ballistic missiles.
The State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, the unit that licenses exports of sensitive technology, notified House and Senate leaders on Wednesday of plans to go ahead with an export license for a deal between Space Systems/Loral and AsiaSat, a company owned in part by a Chinese state-run investment company linked to past satellite deals in the 1990s.
Additionally, U.S. government reports indicate that China’s People’s Liberation Army, which is currently engaged in a major space warfare program that involves anti-satellite missiles and lasers, used AsiaSat communications satellites in the past. http://freebeacon.com/obamas-lost-in-space/
The news media -- as there are almost no non-liberal mainstream news media, the term "news media" means liberal news media -- believe they have a higher calling than reporting news.
In order to understand this, I offer this anecdote. A number of years ago, I was asked to moderate a panel of judges that included a former, very liberal, California Supreme Court justice. At one point, the justice said that his role as a judge was to fight inequality, poverty and racism. I respectfully disagreed: if that is what he wanted to do professionally, he should have chosen another profession; his role as a judge is solely to administer justice in his courtroom.
People on the left think the way the judge did. The primary purpose of every profession, as they see it, is to increase what they call social justice.
Thus, the purpose of college teachers (and increasingly high school and elementary teachers as well) is no longer merely to teach. It is to improve society by teaching students, for example, about global warming. And the purpose of history textbooks is not primarily to teach history, but to make female, gay, black, and Latino students feel good about themselves. (California just passed a law mandating that textbooks include stories of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people.) http://townhall.com/columnists/dennisprager/2012/07/24/why_abc_tried_to_blame_the_tea_party_for_aurora/page/full/
"The plan I'm announcing focuses on rescuing families who've played by the rules and acted responsibly," President Obama said of his Home Affordable Modification Program in Mesa, Ariz., on February 18, 2009. "It will give millions of families resigned to financial ruin a chance to rebuild," he claimed. Over 40 months and millions of foreclosures later, we now know that HAMP was never really intended to help families stay in their homes.
Neil Barofsky, the former special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, has published a new book, "Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street." It presents a damning indictment of the Obama administration's execution of the TARP program generally, and of HAMP in particular. http://washingtonexaminer.com/examiner-editorial-obamas-tarp-team-helped-banks-betrayed-homeowners/article/2502917

The United Nations in collusion with Obama's globalists has cooked up another scheme to slice off a piece of U.S. sovereignty and put us under global government. The plan is to stampede the Senate into ratifying the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD.
This particular piece of globalist mischief had been unnoticed since President Obama ordered U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to sign this treaty on July 30, 2009. Now he is trying to ram it through to ratification.
The notion that the U.N. can provide more benefits or protections for persons with disabilities than the U.S. is bizarre. The United States always treats individuals, able or disabled, rich or poor, innocent or guilty, better than any other nation. http://townhall.com/columnists/phyllisschlafly/2012/07/24/un_treaty_mischief_on_disabilities/page/full/
Two years after President Obama signed the 848-page Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, only a third of the nearly 400 required regulations have been finalized, and critics say the ensuing uncertainty is retarding economic growth.
According to a July 18 report from law firm Davis Polk, 123 of the 398 rules required by Dodd-Frank have been finalized, but 141 rules have not been proposed at all.
Regulators have missed more than 60 percent of the stipulated rulemaking deadlines, the report states.
“Dodd-Frank was a legislative massacre,” said Peter Wallison, a financial policy expert at the American Enterprise Institute. “If the Republicans win in November, repealing Dodd-Frank should be the first thing they do.” http://freebeacon.com/dodd-frank-two-years-later/

President Barack Obama may believe "you didn't build that," but 72 percent of Americans disagree, according to a newly-released poll by Rasmussen. According to the poll, 72% "believe small business owners [are] primarily responsible for success of their business," while only 13% disagree. 

In addition:
Here’s the beginning of a July 20 ABC News story on the shooting credited to Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross, Pierre Thomas, Richard Esposito, and Megan Chuchmach, after the editor’s note apologizing for Ross falsely implicating a member of the Colorado Tea Party:
A California woman who identified herself as the mother of James Holmes, the 24-year-old man federal authorities said is the suspect in a mass shooting in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, told ABC News her son was likely the alleged culprit, saying, “You have the right person.”  [She was only saying that she IS the mother of the man....  Now when will we stop trusting ABC, I ask?  And let's once again be grateful for what I call the "New Media" who aired the truth.]
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/23/abc-news-reporting-on-the-aurora-shooting-is-even-worse-than-we-thought/#ixzz21XXYf0hp

Krishnan Guru-Murthy, anchor, Channel 4 News: So do you carry guns routinely at home?

Ice-T: Yeah, it's legal in the United States. It's part of our Constitution. You know, the right to bear arms is because that's the last form of defense against tyranny. Not to hunt. It's to protect yourself from the police.


Former Obama administration officials were tightlipped about the escalating violence in Syria and declared that there is “time and space” to negotiate with Iran over its nuclear program during a press call organized by the president’s reelection campaign Monday.  http://freebeacon.com/obama-campaign-downplays-syria-soft-peddles-iran/


Germany faces a growing threat from militant Islamists and far-right fringe groups, including small extremist cells and lone wolf operators, top security officials said Wednesday.

A report by Germany's domestic intelligence agency puts the number of Salafi Muslims in the country at 3,800 last year, with a small number of those prepared to use violence to achieve their aims.


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