Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Pink slips coming right before election; Obama and those who have achieved; Voter fraud in Hialeah; No proof Obama related to first slave; Romney app beats Obama's; Despotism warning; Michigan's energy policy; CFL's cause cancer; Obama has NOT been to Israel over and over again, Nancy; MI will have constitutional amendment supporting unions on ballot; White House gas mileage standards scare car industry; Does US really need to be more like China?; CO company does NOT have to provide birth control coverage, says judge

This wasn’t supposed to happen until Nov. 7: It’s like the last act of Titus Andronicus over at GM corporate headquarters.
I’m having trouble understanding all this. I’ve been told that after its Rattnerized bailout GM is “back,” a dramatic ”success story.” The president himself has boasted “General Motors is back on top.” Yet now a few weeks later Bloomberg says the company is in a “slump”–it’s right there, in the headline: “slump.” How can the bailed out, comebacked, turned around success story GM be in a slump when the U.S. auto market as a whole is growing rapidly? It’s almost as if an easily spun media wildly underestimated the problems at GM (and the inadequacy of the administration’s fixes) in a way that helped President Obama’s favored narrative (and pleased a major advertiser at the same time!) …
Jonathan Chait says the president’s "you didn't build that" speech revived racial resentments about redistributive fiscal policy, partly because the president was speaking in a “black dialect.”
Maybe this was a problem with the speech, but the key problem was much simpler: The president was needlessly insulting. He wasn’t just calling on successful people to pay more in tax but was being dismissive of their accomplishments.
Frum mostly talks about why this statement irks rich people, but I believe it resonates badly with people at all income levels. Lots of people -- most, I hope -- are proud of something they’ve achieved in their lives and feel like that achievement owes much to their own hard work and talents. You don’t have to make over $250,000 a year to be annoyed when the president mocks people for taking credit for their achievements.
Investigators looking into possible vote fraud in Hialeah are now examining at least 31 absentee ballots collected by a suspected ballot broker in two separate instances last week, according to sources familiar with the expanding probe.

Media Overjoyed: Genealogists Link Obama to the First Slave... But They Can't Prove It


Both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama launched iPhone apps this morning, and the presumptive Republican nominee's is blowing the president's out of the water.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Recent government attacks on religious liberty have made him fear the United States might be headed toward “despotism,” the newly appointed archbishop of San Francisco—a city represented by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi—warned in a recent speech.
“When I saw what was happening and my eyes were opened, it made me fear that we could be starting to move in the direction of license and despotism,” the Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone said at a May 24 conference on religious liberty at the Ethics in Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

A former Michigan legislative leader argued Thursday the future is too uncertain to enshrine Michigan's energy policy in the constitution -- something a pending ballot proposal would do. 

Former Republican Senate Majority Leader Ken
SIKKEMA released a review of the state's current renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS) adopted by lawmakers in 2008 and contrasted it with the Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs "25 by 2025 ballot" proposal.

Sikkema contends the 2008 RPS standard was thoroughly researched, modeled and adopted by a Democratic House, Republican Senate and Democratic governor.

As a result, Sikkema said the 2008 process created "a comprehensive set of interrelated reforms designed to spur investment in clean energy and other technologies, create jobs, maintain reliability and provide affordable rates for consumers.

25 by '25, by contrast, doesn't require anyone to review its implementation nor does it require the Legislature to develop implementation legislation.


A report from a German study finds that the purported environmentally friendly compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL’s),  have cancer causing chemicals that are sent out when you switch on the light
A compact fluorescent lamp for general or home use (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
in your home or office.  The report goes on to say that the bulbs should not be left on for extended periods of time due to the poisonous materials emitted by the CFL’s.
The report by the scientists indicate that the CFL’s release chemicals that are both carcinogenic and toxic to those nearby.  Those chemicals include naphthalene, phenol and styrene.

Daniel Halper has called attention to Nancy Pelosi’s remarkable interview with Al Hunt on the topic of Barack Obama and Israel. I’d note one comment in particular: Pelosi’s claim that President Obama “has been there [Israel] over and over again.”
Wow. I’m involved with the Emergency Committee for Israel. We have an ad up in several states calling attention to the fact that President Obama, who’s been quite the world traveler, has never visited Israel as president. Did we make a terrible mistake? Were we unjust to President Obama? Do we have to pull down the ad?

After suffering a string of political setbacks in the U.S. industrial heartland, organized labor hopes Michigan voters will help turn the tide in a November election by supporting a state constitutional amendment for the right to unionize.
The union-backed ballot proposal would make collective bargaining a constitutionally protected right and cripple efforts to pass so-called "right to work" legislation in the state. Critics say the measure, which would cover private as well as public employees, would be a "death warrant" for Michigan's economy because it would discourage businesses from bringing new jobs to Michigan and encourage some already in the state to leave.
Experts say the union push, which included a door-to-door weekend canvassing effort by delegates attending the Detroit convention of the American Federation of Teachers, is likely to increase voter turnout in the fall presidential election in a state that is too close to call.,0,4504.story


The White House is expected to OK federal standards in the next few weeks that will nearly double vehicle gas mileage for vehicles by 2025, as automotive dealers warn the changes could slam the recovering retail car industry because they will come with sticker prices that will keep buyers off their lots.
In an ad that played during the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren suggested the United States be more like Communist China, the New York Sun reported Monday.
“We've got bridges and roads in need of repair and thousands of people in need of work. Why aren’t we rebuilding America?” Warren asked. “Our competitors are putting people to work, building a future. China invests 9% of its GDP in infrastructure. America? We’re at just 2.4%. We can do better.”  [She forgets to mention that China's growth is now slated to stall and the government is running out of money because they put so much money into infrastructure.  There is a city of condominiums which have no residents, but it makes such a pretty picture.  I have been to China, and the horrific pollution due to the Chinese not putting any money toward pollution reduction is unlike most any other place in the world.  But we should be more like China, right?]
 In a ruling that could have future impact on the health care law’s contraceptive mandate, a Colorado business does not have to comply with the law’s mandate that requires private employers to provide employees with insurance coverage of birth control. The ruling was handed down by a federal judge in Colorado, on Friday.
Members of the Catholic Newland family, which owns Hercules Industries Inc, a private manufacturer of heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, brought the suit in April. U.S. District Judge John Kane temporarily blocked the federal government from  enforcing the contraception mandate against the owners of the company.
The ruling only applies to this particular plaintiff but it does open the door for any company, in the future, to seek relief from the mandate, on religious grounds. Department of Health and Human Services attorneys argued that this temporary exemption would interfere with the government’s ability to implement the law.
More than 20 lawsuits are currently pending, in various parts of the country, filed against the birth control mandate. The University of Notre Dame, Catholic University of America and the Archdiocese of New York are among those who have filed on behalf of their organizations.


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