Friday, November 20, 2009

Devout Muslims in US Government and the Senate health care bill

Are we seeing the sunset of the America of our Founding Fathers?
You can check this out on Snopes to find that it is true.....
Obama Appoints two 'Devout Muslims' to homeland security posts. Doesn't this make you feel safer already?
Obama and Janet Napolitano Appoint Arif Alikhan, a devout Muslim as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development Source announcement: Homeland Security Press Room.
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is proud to announce that the DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano swore-in Kareem Shora, a devout Muslim, who was born in Damascus, Syria as ADC National Executive Director as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC).
Following is from an unsourced email making the rounds. It expresses some pretty important thoughts.
Excuse me, but has anyone ever heard a government official being identified

as a "devout Catholic, Jew or Protestant."..? Just wondering...

Wasn't it men of the "Devout Muslim Faith" that flew airplanes into some U.S. buildings not too long ago? Yeah, I thought so

What IS this president thinking? [Some of us think we know, and it has us worried.]
This announcement was made on Aug. 20, 2009.

Why are we just now hearing about it???
5/6/09) - The Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today congratulated Arif Alikhan on his recent appointment as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

"Congratulations to Mr. Ali Khan on this well-deserved appointment," said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. "Mr. Alikhan's new position reflects his and the community's dedication to helping preserve the security of our country. The American Muslim community can be proud of him."

In the past few weeks, American Muslim leaders have been urging the Obama administration to be inclusive and to reflect the diversity of our nation as he selects the most qualified public servants to fill important positions.

Back in 2007, Alikhan was instrumental in removing the Muslim terror tracking plan in LA.

The controversial Muslim 'Mapping' Plan of the Los Angeles Police Department is now "dead on arrival" according to Chief William Bratton.

"It is over and not just put on the side," said Chief Bratton in a meeting with the Muslim leadership of Southern California on Thursday, November 15th. The meeting was moderated by Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles, Arif Alikhan and attended by Deputy Chief Mike Downing.

Chief Bratton acknowledged the hurt and offense caused to Muslims and agreed to send a letter to the Muslim community announcing the official termination of the 'mapping' plan.

A major reason for the termination of the 'mapping' plan was the Muslim community's vociferous opposition and active civic engagement in making themselves heard beyond Los Angeles. Muslim organizations demonstrated a strong unity of purpose and message on the issue of 'mapping' that led to a position of strength for Muslims in the meeting. Those involved in the initial phases of this controversy were the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Muslim Public Affairs Council.
Glenn Beck is reporting the following about the "new" Senate health care bill, being voted on for discussion this Saturday: the employer mandate tax (on page 348) mandates that if the employer does not offer health care coverage and at least one employee qualifies for a health tax credit, the employer must pay an additional nondeductible tax of $750 for all full-time employees.

A new 40% excise tax on "Cadillac" comprehensive health insurance plans will start in 2013 if your health insurance plan is worth $8,500 a year as a single, or $23,o00 as a family.
Then the employer reporting of insurance on W-2 tax is the preamble to taxing health benefits on individual tax returns.

There is the medicine cabinet tax. You are no longer allowed to use health savings accounts, you are no longer allowed to use flexible spending accounts or health reimbursement on pretax dollars to purchase nonprescription over-the-counter medicines except for insulin.

There will be an excise tax on charitable hospitals of $50,000 per hospital if they fail to meet the new community health assessment needs, financial assistance and bill and collection rules. There is the tax on innovator drug companies, $2.3 billion annual tax on the industry imposed relative to the share of sales made that year, and a tax on medical device manufacturing, $2 billion on the industry imposed relative to shares of sales made that year.

Among the cost-cutting provisions would be creation of an Independent Medicare Advisory Board which could be required to recommend steps limiting the growth of the program that provides health care to millions of seniors. The recommendations would go into effect automatically unless Congress blocked them. [Is it time yet for you to call your Congressmen?]


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

AIG, Obama in China, Child Migrant Programs, Chicago Politics in DC

CBS News is reporting: Special Inspector General for TARP (aka "SIG TARP") Neil Barofsky said something we've all known for a while: the government gave away the farm when AIG failed.The SIG TARP report noted that "structure and effect of the FRBNY's [Federal Reserve Bank of NY] assistance to AIG ... effectively transferred tens of billions of dollars of cash from the government to AIG's counterparties."Barofsky seems to be one of the few officials that has to tell us what we already know: TARP is "almost certainly going to be a loss" for taxpayers and Geithner rolled over for Wall Street in the AIG negotiations.
Michelle Malkin writes: President Obama traveled all the way to China to praise the free flow of information. It's the only safe place he could do so without getting heckled. With a straight face, Obama lauded political dissent and told Chinese students he welcomed unfettered criticism in America. Fierce opposition, he said, made him "a better leader because it forces me to hear opinions that I don't want to hear." How do you say "You lie!" in Mandarin?

For instance: Most recently, two EPA lawyers critical of the "fatally flawed" cap-and-trade system -- peddled by their agency, the White House and the Democratic majority -- were told by their superiors to yank a video they posted to YouTube explaining their views. Despite including a caveat that the opinions expressed were their own and not the agency's, the couple faces possible disciplinary action by the feds. While demanding the video be yanked, the EPA disingenuously claims it tolerates all dissenting views of its employees.

The clampdown follows on the heels of the Obama EPA's stifling of veteran researcher Alan Carlin's dissent. He dared to challenge the agency's reliance on outdated data to support its greenhouse gas "public endangerment" finding. Carlin's report was squelched; his office is now on the chopping block.


Andrew Tallman opines: That’s why I’ve been so shocked at the widespread assertion that a national mandate requiring individuals to carry health insurance is legitimate (and even Constitutional) because we already require everyone to purchase auto insurance. There’s just one small error this idea seems to forget: the federal government does not actually have a law requiring individual drivers to carry such insurance. Only states do. [But let's not sweat the details....]


The British government said Sunday that Prime Minister Gordon Brown would apologize for child migrant programs that sent boys and girls as young as 3 to Australia, Canada and other former colonies. Many ended up in institutions where they were physically and sexually abused, or were sent to work as farm laborers.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will offer his own apology Monday to the child migrants, as well as to the "forgotten Australians," children who suffered in state care during the last century.


Glenn Beck reports that as part of the Obama health care plan, we the American citizens will be responsible for paying the pension fund of none other than SEIU! It is no wonder they support Barack Obama, whom they helped elect. In face, it has been reported by Obama that before he address ANY issue of importance, he consults the President of SEIU, the most frequent visitor to the White House since the election.


Noel Sheppard reports: World leaders meeting in Singapore have decided to punt on reaching any firm agreement at next month's global warming conference in Copenhagen . The decision represents a huge setback to the Obama administration's goal of passing a cap and trade bill this year, which conversely is great news for virtually every company in America that has been worried about the higher cost of doing business that would come from the enactment of such legislation. [Obama is widely seen as a failure for not producing America's agreement to pass the bill].


An Iowa congressman is questioning the timing of the sudden resignation of a controversial Obama administration official, whose husband has had close ties to ACORN and has recently been named President Obama's White House counsel.

Politics and Government has this to say of Anita Dunn"s resignation:

In serving as White House communications director, Anita Dunn had created a stir when she told school children earlier this year that Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse Tung was one of the people she admired the most. She also launched a public attack against the Fox News Channel for its reporting on the ACORN prostitution scandal.

Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) thinks it is curious that Dunn abruptly resigned from her White House post, just four days after Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell raided ACORN's national office, seizing paper records and computer hard drives.

He says Dunn's husband, Robert Bauer, has been a staunch defender of ACORN. King believes that as the newly named White House counsel, Bauer will be in a position to help President Obama erase his ties to ACORN.
The Los Angeles Times has posted the following:

Chicago politics, where voting is such a revered civic duty that people do it even after they're dead, cold, stiff, stuffed, boxed and buried beneath the permafrost for years, has now come to D.C. with the Obama administration.

This afternoon comes the most encouraging economic news, courtesy of our keen-eyed buddy Rick Klein over at ABC, that the Obama administration's $787-billion economic stimulus has, for example, thankfully created 30 new jobs in a little-known rural corner of Arizona at a cost to American taxpayers of only $761,420.

That works out to only $25,380.67 spent to create each individual job.

Seems like a lot per slot, but those 30 folks must be happy to be employed again and paying taxes.

So the people of that 15th Congressional District in staunchly Republican Arizona should be pretty happy about this.

Trouble is, there is no 15th Congressional District in Arizona. None. Nada. Zip. Zero. Doesn't exist. Not in Arizona. Not even on paper at the Democratic National Committee. There are only eight. Period.

But the administration's much-vaunted website reported these jobs as being created there.


The Examiner has created an online interactive map for tracking exaggerated stimulus claims. So far, more than 75,000 jobs -- exceeding 10 percent of the total -- are either highly doubtful or clearly imaginary.