Saturday, June 5, 2010

New Government Jobs; Fidel Castro; and Paul McCartney;

95% of new jobs last month came from the GOVERNMENT!!  [Strangely, that does not keep our President from bragging!]  The Labor Department said on Friday payrolls rose 431,000 as the government hired 411,000 workers to conduct the population count. That was the largest monthly increase since March 2000 and marked a fifth straight month of gains.
But private employment, a barometer of labor market strength, increased just 41,000 after rising 218,000 in April, as employers opted to increase hours rather than hire new workers. The average workweek rose to 34.2 hours from 34.1 hours in April.
Fidel Castro speculated Wednesday that a nuclear strike on Iran might help President Barack Obama win a second term in the White House and also suggested the United States could attack North Korea.

Sir Paul McCartney's cheap shot aimed at former President George W. Bush at a White House event on Wednesday has prompted House Minority Leader John Boehner to demand an apology from the Beatle.

McCartney literally gushed over President Obama throughout his East Room concert.  “Getting this prize would just be good enough, but getting it from this president…” McCartney said letting his praise trail off as if there were vast volumes left unsaid.
The prize McCartney was given is the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, a lifetime achievement award bestowed by the Library of Congress.  "After the last eight years, it’s great to have a President who knows what a library is,” McCartney quipped.  [And of course, those in attendance laughed and cheered....]

Friday, June 4, 2010

Health Care Problems; President Obama's Agenda; Arizona Boycotts; International Investigation

Soaring costs force Canada to reassess health model:

We can't continually see health spending growing above and beyond the growth rate in the economy because, at some point, it means crowding out of all the other government services. [You don't say!]
Healthcare in Canada is delivered through a publicly funded system, which covers all "medically necessary" hospital and physician care and curbs the role of private medicine. It ate up about 40 percent of provincial budgets, or some C$183 billion ($174 billion) last year.
Spending has been rising 6 percent a year under a deal that added C$41.3 billion of federal funding over 10 years.
But that deal ends in 2013, and the federal government is unlikely to be as generous in future, especially for one-off projects.
From American Spectator: President Obama has nominated Donald Berwick to head CMS. Berwick is a blinkered ideologue with an abiding admiration for Britain's National Health Service (NHS), and the significance of this for the future of U.S. health care can hardly be overstated.  The NHS is no public-private hybrid. It is a full-fledged socialized medical system. Yet Berwick has written, "I am romantic about the National Health Service; I love it... All I need to do to rediscover the romance is to look at healthcare in my own country." That the President has nominated a man with such views to run CMS is a clear signal that he intends to lead us out of what Berwick calls "the darkness of private enterprise."
The Daily Caller writes:  Critics say missed deadlines and other signs show the Obama administration is stumbling out of the gate on its early steps to implement the president’s health-care law.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has already missed as many as four deadlines under the law – not on any major regulations — but still a worrying trend, critics say.
Congressional staff and industry representatives have also been asking HHS for a timeline specifying when it will issue the numerous regulations required by the law. [I remind us that many times in this law are the words giving the Secretary of Health and Human Services the power to set law.]  They were shocked to find the agency has not produced such a document, one aide said.  The issue is important because vast industry sectors are trying to plan their own implementations of the health-care law and most of the details remain in bureaucrats’ hands, leaving a vacuum of uncertainty about the final burdens the law will impose.

While missing the deadlines, the administration has found time to send promotional material touting the law’s benefit, including a brochure for senior citizens and post cards from the IRS advertising tax breaks under the law.  [So - how much taxpayer money was spent on this indoctrination?  And why did we receive two of them - to the same address?  It's just money, I guess.]
One example of this is a deadline for an advisory committee to issue a progress report on deciding what counts as “medically underserved populations and health professional shortage areas” that receive extra federal money.
The progress report was due April 1, nine days after the president signed the health-care bill into law. But HHS is also required to give the public 30 days to comment on the membership of the advisory committee. The comment period ends June 10, until which the advisory committee cannot exist.
In other words, it was legally impossible for HHS to meet the deadline.
Washington Times:  With his party's poll numbers flagging and crises testing his own leadership, President Obama said Wednesday that November's elections will amount to a referendum on whether voters want to go back to the policies of the Bush administration or stick with his vision of change.  [Exactly, Mr. President.]
From the NYT:  Mr. Obama had hoped to spend his summer creating jobs, passing financial reform, promoting his health care program, getting a Supreme Court justice confirmed and an arms control treaty with Russia ratified, pressing for international sanctions against Iran and jump-starting the troubled Middle East peace process. While not abandoning any of those goals, Mr. Obama now must find ways to continue pushing them while demonstrating to the nation that he is concentrating on a spill he has called “our highest priority.”
“This has hijacked his entire legislative agenda,” said Douglas Brinkley, a historian at Rice University who has written about Jimmy Carter, whose presidency was consumed by the Iran hostage crisis. “The White House felt they were on a roll. They were looking to be a new New Deal or new Great Society and they were just getting momentum going. Something this awful has sidetracked the agenda.”
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  [So - you think only Mexicans are invading our country through our borders?  Check this out - Other Than Mexicans....]
Breitbart says:  He [Barack Obama] didn’t endorse the boycotts [of Arizona] either, as you’ll see, so it’s a classic case of Obama voting “present.”  [In discussing the various attempts to boycott the state of Arizona for their illegal immigration law, Obama said, " I am President of the United States.  I don't endorse boycotts, or not endorse boycotts. That's something that the private citizens can make a decision about."  First of all, I think Obama did a pretty fair job of boycotting Las Vegas with his derogatory words about those who would vacation there during a recession.  More importantly, he has once again shown us either how empty his suit really is, or he has declared that he really is abetting the destruction of our country, as well as pitting Americans against each other...  Has he never heard of the Commerce Clause?  According to Cornell University Law School, the Commerce Clause "has historically been viewed as both a grant of congressional authority and as a restriction on states’ powers to regulate. The “dormant” Commerce Clause refers to the prohibition, implied in the Commerce Clause, against states passing legislation that discriminates against or excessively burdens interstate commerce."  Perhaps he needs an informed Attorney General at his side.  Oh - he doesn't have one, I guess.] 
The crowd pushing President Obama to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay posthaste, as he so prematurely promised, should acquaint themselves with a stunning recommendation by his own task force:
Of the 240 detainees there, 48 should be held indefinitely, without trial, under the laws of war.
Why? Because they are believed to be members of Al Qaeda, the Taliban or another enemy force - but those charges cannot be proven in either civilian or military court.
Forbes Magazine opines:  The Obama administration is pushing for an internationalized investigation of Israel's recent effort to preserve its naval blockade of Hamas-run Gaza. In an extraordinary interference with the sovereignty of a democratic society and its right of self-defense, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton said Wednesday that the United States wants "a prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation. ... We are open to different ways of assuring a credible investigation, including international participation ... " (Snip) That would be the same international community which has condemned Israel without the facts...
PEACE activists are people who demonstrate nonviolently for peaceful co-existence and human rights. The mob that assaulted Israeli special forces on the deck of the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara on Monday was not motivated by peace. On the contrary, the religious extremists embedded among those on board were paid and equipped to attack Israelis.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Bill Maher; Chris Matthews; New MASS. Law; Governor (MI) Granholm;

HBO's Bill Maher: "I thought when we elected a black president, we were going to get a black president. You know, this [BP oil spill] is where I want a real black president. I want him in a meeting with the BP CEOs, you know, where he lifts up his shirt where you can see the gun in his pants. That's -- (in black man voice) we've got a 'motherfu**ing problem here?' Shoot somebody in the foot." [Well it sure is a good thing that we can't find any racism in these comments, eh?  And Obama's Interior Secretary has already said that he is "keeping his boot on their throats", after all.]
BP underwrote Chu's institute with a $500 million grant. Then Obama appointed him as energy secretary.
Chu is not a climate scientist, and won his Nobel for his work on lasers. But he was well-known at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for his outspoken concern about climate change and his commitment to developing clean energy long before Obama appointed him.

The Guardian writes: Chu is not a climate scientist, and won his Nobel for his work on lasers. [And he must have spent the nite at a Holiday Inn Express, no doubt.] But he was well-known at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for his outspoken concern about climate change and his commitment to developing clean energy long before Obama appointed him.
[The man who once sent a thrill up the leg of Chris  Matthews no longer pleases him] American Thinker opines:   Hot Air has a video of Chris Matthews saying something that I heartily agree with in toto. "If I hear one more time that Secretary Chu has a Nobel Prize I'm going to barf. I don't care. This idiotic cerebral meritocracy has got to step aside and let people who do things take over".    [He is commenting here on the brainiacs which Obama is employing, who have no experience in the business world, but fit Obama's desire to radicalize our government - and our country.]
Have you heard that the great state of Massachusetts has passed a new law on illegals immigrants in their state?  The measure, according to Conservative Outpost:  "which passed on a 28-10 vote as an amendment to the budget, would bar the state from doing business with any company found to break federal laws barring illegal immigrant hiring. It would also toughen penalties for creating or using fake identification documents, and explicitly deny in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants.

"The amendment would also require the state’s public health insurance program to verify residency through the Department of Homeland Security, and would require the state to give legal residents priority for subsidized housing.   Democrats had resisted such a sweeping proposal, but spent last evening negotiating today’s measure, shortly after a new polled showed 84 percent of the liberal-leaning state’s voters supported tough immigration rules barring state services to illegal immigrants. ...... [I wonder when Obama will tell us all how inappropriate this is, and when Sharpton and others will condemn the state for being racist, and which other states will boycott Massachusetts?]
As The NYT reports about this law:
The measures, which passed 28 to 10 in an amendment to a budget bill, would require state contractors to confirm that their workers were here legally and prohibit the contractors from doing business with the state if they were found to employ illegal immigrants.
The changes would also codify into law an existing state policy that bars illegal immigrants from qualifying for resident-tuition rates at state colleges. And they would require public housing agencies to give legal residents priority for subsidized housing.
In addition, the state attorney general’s office would be required to set up a hot line for people to anonymously report businesses that hire illegal immigrants, and to investigate any such reports.

Prince William County in Virginia has had a very similar immigration law to Arizona's since 2007...and it works!  (Be sure to watch past the commercial on "green jobs.")  80% of citizens surveyed support the law, illegals have fled the county, crime has been reduced by 38%, and there has not been ONE case of racial profiling reported.

The Washington Times opines:  On May 20, Oxford Union, the prestigious 187-year-old English debating society, formally considered the question of whether it was more important to focus on growing the economy or solving global warming. Climate realism won the day, 135 to 110. During the debate, Lord Whitty, former environment minister under the Labor government, claimed 95 percent of scientists were in agreement that man was responsible for a coming climatic cataclysm. Lord Monckton, representing climate realists, asked him to provide a reference backing up the claim. The audience jeered Lord Whitty for having none beyond, "Everyone knows it's true."  We think we need public policy that's based in facts, rather than facts that are based on a public agenda," Colorado State University professor Scott Denning said.

In 1895, the New York Times suggested the Earth was headed toward a "second glacial period" in which "countries now basking in the fostering warmth of the tropical sun will ultimately give way to the perennial frost and snow of the polar regions." By 1923, the Gray Lady had decided, "The Arctic seems to be warming up" as "so little ice has never before been noted." By the 1970s, schoolchildren were indoctrinated by textbooks blaming a new ice age on man's Earth abuse.  [When will it end, this belief that man actually has the power to significantly affect what this planet has the power to do to us?  We should be good stewards of the Earth, doing our small parts, for Mother Nature is in control, as always.]
It is encouraging that Gov. Jennifer Granholm, [Governor of Michigan] has issued an executive order (2009-44) abolishing the Michigan Climate Action Council. It should never have been created to begin with. Committing Michigan to regional greenhouse gas emission requirements to combat the elusive fear of global warming is fraught with peril for Michigan households and businesses. Many of the recommendations coming out of the Council will invariably lead to higher energy costs for heating and cooling homes and running businesses.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday he could “understand” if reporters thought he was responsible for keeping them in the dark about an administration position offered to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) — but he had no immediate answers for reporters about details of the deal. A reporter asked Gibbs why he wouldn’t discuss the offer over many months, even as the administration contended that nothing inappropriate had taken place. “I’d have to ask counsel for a better answer,” Gibbs said.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Wind Turbine Turned Down; Biomass Center is Dangerous; Key Global Warming Vote; and Israel's Nukes

Thank those who have protected our country and secured our freedoms, as well as those who have lost a family member to the great cause of a free America!  They are our heroes.
TRAVERSE CITY -- The Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) said it decided to drop a proposed wind turbine project in Long Lake Township.  According to BATA, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) awarded a $600,000 energy grant for BATA to build a wind turbine. The turbine was expected to generate enough power to cover BATA’s annual electric costs, officials said.
The grant was awarded back in 2005, and BATA officials said it is no longer in their best interest to pursue the project.
“I just don’t think it was a prudent business decision to go into something with have a good handle on where your suppliers were and what your cash flow is, so it really was not a good return on investment for us in the long term,” Executive Director Thomas Menzel said.
[Also from Traverse City comes news that the planned biomass center is raising concerns from physicians who say the air pollution caused by it would be most dangerous.  Green energy is not as good and as simple as the global warming fanatics would have us believe.  After all, man is also one of the animals on our planet who must be considered.]
President Obama has been very made clear that his top domestic priorities are health care and global warming. We all know what happened on health care. Now the date is set for the key Senate showdown on global warming: June 10. That’s when the Senate will vote on a resolution introduced by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski (S.J. Res. 26) that would overturn the EPA’s global warming regulations. It’s not subject to filibuster. There is no place for weak-kneed senators to hide. In just two weeks we’ll know where every member of the Senate stands.
As I’ve previously discussed here in the Fox Forum and documented on, the Obama administration is not waiting for Congress to enact a national cap-and-trade program to move ahead with its global warming agenda.
Under the watchful eye of White House Climate czar Carol Browner (who originally developed the legal theory of using the 1970 Clean Air Act as a global warming law, bypassing Congress) the EPA is moving forward on a staggering regulatory power grab that includes about 18,000 pages of appendices and will eventually regulate nearly every aspect of the U.S. economy.
And at least one more key Democrat, Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, is already feeling enormous pressure on this vote from back home. On Tuesday Tea Party activists rallied outside one of Rockefeller’s state offices with the simple, commonsense argument that EPA regulations are an illegitimate, backdoor way to get cap-and-trade without a vote in Congress.
Senator Rockefeller responded to the protest by saying: “We cannot wait any longer to send the message that relying on EPA is the wrong way to go. The fate of our entire economy, our manufacturing industries and our workers should not be in the hands of EPA.”
The only vote that will happen -- for sure -- is the vote on June 10. And it will be a clean, clear, up-or-down vote on the Senate floor—a yes to stop the EPA power grab, or a no to look the other way and let it happen.
From American Thinker: On Monday, the NY Times broke with years of blatant warmist bias in reporting that Climate Fears Turn to Doubts Among Britons.  

Now Newsweek has joined the newly aware, but with a dash more honesty.  In a piece titled Uncertain Science, the normally climate alarm sounding magazine has also acknowledged the turning tide:
Blame economic worries, another freezing winter, or the cascade of scandals emerging from the world’s leading climate-research body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). But concern over global warming has cooled down dramatically. In ├╝ber-green Germany, only 42 percent of citizens worry about global warming now, down from 62 percent in 2006. In Britain, just 26 percent believe climate change is man-made, down from 41 percent as recently as November 2009. And Americans rank global warming dead last in a list of 21 problems that concern them, according to a January Pew poll.
Washington's unprecedented backing for a UN resolution for a nuclear-free Middle East that singles out Israel has both angered and deeply worried the Jewish state although officials are cagey about openly criticising their biggest ally. The resolution adopted by the United Nations on Friday calls on Israel to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and urges it to open its facilities to inspection.
Israel is widely believed to be the only nuclear power in the Middle East, with around 200 warheads, but has maintained a policy of deliberate ambiguity about its capabilities since the mid-1960s.
The document, which singles out Israel but makes no mention of Iran's controversial nuclear programme, drew a furious reaction from the Jewish state who decried it as "deeply flawed and hypocritical."
But it was US backing for the resolution which has caused the most consternation among Israeli officials and commentators, who interpreted the move as "a resounding slap around the face" which has dealt a very public blow to Israel's long-accepted policy of nuclear ambiguity.