Saturday, June 12, 2010

Declaration of Independence and Constitution are Now Offensive; Upgrades to Immigration Detention Centers; ACORN Fraud ; and Oil Booms on the Way

You spoke out. You voted. The winning item this week for saving government money was to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which would generate over $30 billion in savings for the taxpayers. As promised, House Republicans again made history by bringing the item you selected to the floor for an up-or-down vote.

The spending reforms were defeated 230 to 180.
A Virginia-based publisher has decided that the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and other founding books are likely offensive and they want their readers to understand that these old documents are no longer valid ways of thinking. And so the publisher, Wilder Publications, has put a warning label on its reprints of America’s founding documents and books to shield American’s delicate sensibilities.
The warning label reads, “This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today. Parents might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work.”
The warning labels appear on copies of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, the Articles of Confederation, and the Federalist Papers, as well as other founding books and documents the company reprints.
FoxNews was not able to elicit a comment from Wilder Publications and the webpage of the company seems to feature a lot of self-published type stuff, so big time it is not.
MYFOXNY.COM - Things got heated at a community meeting on Staten Island where representatives from an Islamic group answered tough questions about their pending purchase of a former convent. When one man began shouting down another, the meeting's organizers shut down the event, the Staten Island Advance reported.
The Archdiocese of New York has struck a deal to sell an unused property in the Midland Beach section of the borough to the Muslim American Society, which intends to turn it into a mosque and community center.
The plan is a reflection of Staten Island's growing Muslim population, but it has drummed up opposition and concerns from other residents of the neighborhood.

A spokesman for the Archdiocese said that the agreement to sell the convent to the Muslim American Society is not final because it still needs to pass through various internal and civil stages.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are preparing to roll out a series of changes at several privately owned immigration detention centers, including relaxing some security measures for low-risk detainees and offering art classes, bingo and continental breakfast on the weekends. The changes, detailed in an internal ICE e-mail obtained by the Houston Chronicle, were welcomed by immigrant advocates who have been waiting for the Obama administration to deliver on a promise made in August to overhaul the nation's immigration detention system. 
But the plans are prompting protests by ICE's union leaders, who say they will jeopardize the safety of agents, guards and detainees and increase the bottom line for taxpayers. Tre Rebstock, president for Local 3332, the ICE union in Houston, likened the changes to creating “an all-inclusive resort” for immigration detainees
The radical activist group ACORN “works” for the Democratic Party and deliberately promotes election fraud, ACORN employees told FBI investigators, according to an FBI document dump Wednesday.
The documents obtained by Judicial Watch, a watchdog group, are FBI investigators’ reports related to the 2007 investigation and arrest of eight St. Louis, Mo., workers from ACORN’s Project Vote affiliate for violation of election laws. All eight employees involved in the scandal later pleaded guilty to voter registration fraud.
Project Vote is ACORN’s voter registration arm. Project Vote continues to operate despite the reported dissolution of the national structure of ACORN.
The handwritten reports by FBI agents show that ACORN employees reported numerous irregularities in the nonprofit group’s business practices.
Another report indicates an employee told the investigator, that ACORN “[t]old employees not to talk to the FBI.” The FBI is “‘trying to intimidate you.’”
“These documents show the need for a national criminal investigation by the Obama Justice Department into ACORN,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch.
Three days after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, the Dutch government offered to help.
It was willing to provide ships outfitted with oil-skimming booms, and it proposed a plan for building sand barriers to protect sensitive marshlands.
The response from the Obama administration and BP, which are coordinating the cleanup: “The embassy got a nice letter from the administration that said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,'” said Geert Visser, consul general for the Netherlands in Houston.
Now, almost seven weeks later, as the oil spewing from the battered well spreads across the Gulf and soils pristine beaches and coastline, BP and our government have reconsidered.
U.S. ships are being outfitted this week with four pairs of the skimming booms airlifted from the Netherlands and should be deployed within days. Each pair can process 5 million gallons of water a day, removing 20,000 tons of oil and sludge  [And we Americans are not supposed to say that our President has failed in leadership on this issue....]

An Army officer who invited his own court-martial to resolve for the nation questions about Barack Obama's eligibility to be president has waived a preliminary hearing in his case.[This officer is risking 2 years of hard labor in prison to finally have this question answered instead of being covered up via almost a million dollars of Obama's money for the work of his attorneys.]
The Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, states, "No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President."
WorldNetDaily is reporting: There have been a multitude of challenges and lawsuits over the issue. Some have alleged that he was not born in Hawaii in 1961 as he has written, or that the framers of the Constitution specifically excluded dual citizens – Obama's father was a subject of the British crown at Obama's birth – from being eligible for the office. [For details, do follow the link to the article.]
Besides Obama's actual birth documentation, the still-concealed documentation for him includes kindergarten records, Punahou school records, Occidental College records, Columbia University records, Columbia thesis, Harvard Law School records, Harvard Law Review articles, scholarly articles from the University of Chicago, passport, medical records, his files from his years as an Illinois state senator, his Illinois State Bar Association records, any baptism records, and his adoption records. [He certainly does act as someone who has something to hide.]

Friday, June 11, 2010

EPA Vote; HIV Needles in Taliban Bombs; Iran's UN Sanctions; Seizing Oil Companies; What's Wrong with Obama; and more

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday that President Barack Obama should find someone's "ass to kick" regarding the budget deficit.
The Republican leader riffed off comments the president made Tuesday that he consults with experts on the BP oil spill to determine "whose ass to kick."
"Look, we’re broke," Boehner said in a statement. "We’re $13 trillion in debt, and 43 cents of every dollar the federal government spends this year we’re going to have to borrow and pass the bill on to our kids and grandkids.
"I think it’s time for Democrats here on Capitol Hill to start listening to the American people. They want spending cut and they want it cut now. And I’m wondering, why isn’t the president looking for someone’s ‘a-- to kick’ on this subject?"

On Thursday, the Senate voted No on S.J.Res.26, a resolution to block EPA from usurping powers never delegated to it by Congress. Failure means allowing EPA to go forward, apparently in flagrant violation of our constitutional traditions simply because too many in Congress desire, but can’t bear to take responsibility for, more of the Obama agenda. EPA’s breathtaking Power Grab raises questions critical to our form of governance. The powers EPA has claimed for itself include staking out national policy on the contentious “climate” issue, and even amending the Clean Air Act on its own initiative and authority.

From the UK: TALIBAN fighters are burying dirty needles with their bombs in a bid to infect British troops with HIV, The Sun can reveal.

Hypodermic syringes are hidden below the surface pointing upwards to prick bomb squad experts as they hunt for devices. The heroin needles are feared to be contaminated with hepatitis and HIV. And if the bomb goes off, the needles become deadly flying shrapnel.

Read more:
Iran dismissed new U.N. sanctions on Wednesday as "valueless," vowed to continue its nuclear work and warned it may reduce cooperation with the United Nations nuclear agency.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said during a visit to Tajikistan: "these (U.N.) resolutions have no is like a used handkerchief that should be thrown in the waste bin."
"Sanctions are falling on us from the left and the right. For us they are the same as pesky flies...We have patience and we will endure throughout all of this," he said in comments in Farsi translated into Russian.
[In the I kid you not category, and as Glenn Beck reports]:  A Canadian youth soccer league and the new rule they introduced. Any team that wins a game by more than 5 points will lose by default. Yes, you read that correctly.   The rule intended to foster sportsmanship. [Well, that's a unique way to foster good clean competition, and being the best one can be, isn't it?]
Glenn Beck:  "Another brilliant idea from a Hollywood celebrity regarding the BP oil spill situation: seize them [the oil companies]! Yes, this is the kind of advanced thinking that conservatives could only dream of coming up with. Nothing bad could come of the government taking over our energy sector because government always runs things more smoothly and more efficiently than the private sector could ever dream of". O'DONNELL: "Seize their assets today, take over the country, I don't care. Issue an executive order. Say BP, guess what. Call it socialism, call it communism, call it anything you want. Let's watch Rush Limbaugh explode on TV when he talks".   [If this just seems silly to us, we must remember that this is what qualifies as good NEWS to those who are watching!  These people do not mind being labeled as Communist, for they like communism!  Do you recall that the young people knew of Sarah Palin only what Tina Fey depicted on Saturday Night Live?]
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Maurice Ferré says the United States spends an ``absurd'' amount on end-of-life care and should gradually move to a universal health system in which the government controls costs by setting prices for medical procedures and capping expenditures based on age and medical condition.  [But don't you dare refer to this idea as using a "death panel"!] 
"We know how to enumerate safely because we are required to read" the Census handbook. "Number 3, 'wear comfortable shoes. These shoes may come in handy should there be a need to run . . . (And) as you walk toward your vehicle, scan beneath the vehicle for persons waiting to charge out at your ankles.' Who knew?"
* "I have been hired and laid off (by Census) five times. Each time I had to refill out paperwork as if a new hire, get fingerprinted, etc. Each training session is four days, at least 35 hours plus (50 cents a mile) mileage. Each assignment only lasts about one-third as long as told when called up."
"Working here in Kansas, we Census workers were basically ordered to obtain the info by any means possible, (including) asking neighbors. This strongarm tactic was enough to make several of us quit, as we felt it was a blatant violation of privacy since the Census forms clearly have 'refusal' as one of the choices."
* "I work Manhattan South. I have never seen such waste and inefficiencies in my working life. The Census makes a big deal about you living in the area you work in -- however, the guy who runs Manhattan lives in New Jersey."
"We are not supposed to wear any political signage, or talk politics, but in our training meeting the (unit leader) said, 'You have to be careful about Tea Party members, they are on purpose not giving out information and they may shoot you. They are nutjobs.' "

The following is a small part of a column in American Thinker titled:  A Shrink Asks: What's Wrong with Obama?

[For fascinating details of Obama's life as a child, do read the entire article.  It is not the first time I have read of this, and is shocking and unsavory to say the least.  That it is getting coverage in this venue proves how important it is.]  James Carville railed about Obama's blasé attitude after the catastrophic oil spill. The New York Times' Maureen Dowd revamped Obama's "Yes We Can" motto into "Will We Ever?"
The liberal women of the TV show "The View" have expressed sympathy for Michelle Obama's living with a man so out of touch. Peggy Noonan, hardly a vehement Obama foe, recently pronounced him disconnected.  
Obama is flat when passion is needed; he's aggressive when savvy is required. What's most worrisome is that Obama doesn't even realize that his behavior is inappropriate.
Yet a personality disorder like narcissism does not explain Obama's strangeness: his giggling while being asked about the economy; his continuing a shout-out rather than announcing the Ft. Hood shootings; or his vacations, golfing, partying and fundraising during the calamitous oil spill.

Take also Obama's declaring on the "Today Show" that he wants to know whose ass to kick. Consummate narcissists would never stoop to this vulgar display of adolescent machismo.

Obama is flat when passion is needed; he's aggressive when savvy is required. What's most worrisome is that Obama doesn't even realize that his behavior is inappropriate.
It means that liberals need to wake up and spit out the Kool-Aid...and that conservatives should put aside differences, band together, and elect as many Republicans as possible. Because Obama will not change. He will not learn from his mistakes. He will not grow and mature from on-the-job experience. In fact, over time, Obama will likely become a more ferocious version of who he is today. 

Why? Because this is a damaged person. Obama's fate was sealed years ago growing up in his strange and poisonous family. Later on, his empty vessel was filled with the hateful bile of men like Rev. Wright and Bill Ayers. Obama will not evolve; he will not rise to the occasion; he will not become the man he was meant to be. This is for one reason and one reason alone:  He is not capable of it.
A frequent AT contributor, Robin is a psychotherapist in Berkeley and a recovering liberal. 

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Land of the Slave, the Home of the Coward........

The Chairman of the Democrat National Committee recently put forth eight  points on which the Dems should run for office, one of them being that they have strengthened their relationships with our allies across the world.  Funny, eh?  Here is what the Russians have to say, according to the European Union Times: 
Foreign Ministry reports circulating in the Kremlin today are warning that an already explosive situation in the United States is about to get a whole lot worse as a new law put forth by President Obama is said capable of seeing up to 500,000 American citizens jailed for the crime of opposing their government.
Sparking the concern of Russian diplomats over the growing totalitarian bent of the Obama government is the planned reintroduction of what these reports call one of the most draconian laws ever introduced in a free society that is titled “The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act”.
 [They end the article with this summary:]
As another example of how dictatorial the Obama regime has become, and as the Gulf of Mexico oil debacle has now become the worst ecological disaster our World has ever seen, the White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, this past week slammed American reporters for “asking too many questions about BP”.  Leading one to ask that if Obama’s regime can’t be asked about this disaster, what can they be asked about?
The answer is apparently none, as Obama himself, just this past week, in announcing his signing of a new law called the Press Freedom Act refused to answer any reporters questions and abruptly left them standing in stupefaction over the irony an ordeal that shows how far America has fallen.
Another irony apparently lost upon the American people is that their President Obama, who has been dubbed “The Great Communicator”, now holds the dubious distinction of having held less press conferences than any American President in modern history.  And if yesterday’s press conference, his first in nearly a year, was any example one can see why as incredulous press corps was left astounded that Obama had no knowledge of the firing/resignation of one of his top officials.
In all of these events one fact, beyond all others, stands out….in what was once called “The Land of the Free, And the Home of the Brave”…..the United States today has become “The Land Of Slave, And the Home of the Coward”….and these Americans have only themselves to blame.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Obama Appointees; Un-Presidential Speech; Presidential Speech with Telepromtors; Emanuel and BP; and US Jobs

The American Thinker opines:  The amorous Dr. Berwick [founder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, has reportedly been named by President Obama to head Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the organization that administers programs including Medicare and Medicaid] wants American health care to mimic the NHS, which, according to Cato Institute's Michael Tanner, has three-quarters of a million patients waiting to enter hospitals. The U.K. had hoped to achieve a wait time of less than eighteen weeks by 2008. The deadline now passed, the NHS hopes to improve on an abysmal 30 to 50 percent of patients seeing specialists within eighteen weeks. Shockingly, each year, 50,000 queued-up NHS patients become too sick to undergo what might have been life-saving surgeries.

In early 2009, at one hospital alone, Britain's Healthcare Commission reported 1,200 deaths attributable to "appalling standards of care," "patients left for hours in soiled bedclothes," unattended injured people "covered in blood and without pain relief," and patients receiving wrong or no medication. Also in 2009, London's Daily Telegraph documented nearly 400 deaths a year at two hospitals that lacked "basic nursing skills" and made a habit of parking untreated patients in emergency areas for ten hours.
The doctor tells the NHS audience that there is "little evidence" that consumer choice and competition create a "healthcare system you want and need."
Fox News reports: The Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court decision that upheld Arizona's right to punish employers for hiring illegal immigrants. The Arizona law gives the state the right to suspend or terminate business licenses. "If you hire a person in this country illegally knowingly, you'll lose your license. First offense, 10 days. Second offense, revocation, never to do business in the state of Arizona again," said Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce, a Republican who helped draft the new controversial Arizona law that cracks down on illegal immigrants.
Powerline reports:  President Obama has announced the appointment of retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper, a former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and current undersecretary of defense for intelligence, to be the next Director of National Intelligence. Eli Lake has some interesting background on Clapper. According to Lake, in 2004 Clapper supported the view that Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq sent weapons and documents to Syria in the weeks before the 2003 U.S. invasion.
I had never heard of Clapper's name before reading of Obama's nomination of him to replace Blair as the DNI. If Pete Hoekstra opposes him, however, there must be reasonable ground for believing Clapper may not be the man for the job. Hoekstra is the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee and a serious man. Politico reports that Hoekstra has related the existence of "bipartisan opposition" to Clapper's nomination, and complained that Clapper failed to brief Congress on "an extraordinarily sensitive program."
[The oh, so Presidential Obama, on the oil spill, on MSNBC]:  "I don't sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar [a venue in which he could excel], we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick."   [As Lucianne at says: Teachers, clergy, nice people everywhere try to get their heads around a president who uses street language.What are you telling your kids?]
President Obama uses teleprompters while giving the commencement address at Kalamazoo Central High School in Michigan.  [And still, he is thought of as a great orator!  It boggles the mind...]
The title of the article?  "The ties that bind.
Remember Rahm Emanuel's
rent-free D.C. apartment?
The owner: A BP adviser"
Los Angeles Times, by Andrew Malcolm

Friday's US jobs report, according to the UK Guardian:  caught most economic analysts by surprise. After touting the strength of the recovery for months, they had to come to grips with the fact that the economy just is not creating very many jobs.
If the temporary jobs generated by the census are pulled out of the count, the economy created just 20,000 jobs in May. The average rate of growth of non-census jobs over the last three months has been just 130,000 a month, only slightly faster than the growth of the workforce. At this rate of job growth, it will take decades, not years, to get back to normal levels of unemployment. It's time that we stop the happy talk about recovery and get serious about the country's economic problems.
President Obama said Tuesday he would have fired British Petroleum's CEO Tony Hayward for comments downplaying the Gulf oil spill if Hayward had been working for him,
"He wouldn't be working for me after any of those statements," Obama said in an interview with Matt Lauer on NBC's TODAY show, reportsMSNBC. [This is outrageously hilarious.  He is surrounded by incompetence and/or unethical appointees (Napolitano, Holder and Emanuel come to mind), and he has yet to fire one who matters.  He is, after all, an organizer, not a leader.]
From Politico:  A senior White House official just called me with a very pointed message for the administration's sometime allies in organized labor, who invested heavily in beating Blanche Lincoln, Obama's candidate, in Arkansas. "Organized labor just flushed $10 million of their members' money down the toilet on a pointless exercise," the official said. "If even half that total had been well-targeted and applied in key House races across this country, that could have made a real difference in November." [This is money shich could have been added to their pension funds, which Americans may have to guarantee and pay if government plans are successful.] /0610/White_House_official_Organized_labor_just_flushed_10_million_of_their_members_money_down_the

Monday, June 7, 2010

On Israel and Jews

How is this for an unbiased reporter - old Helen Thomas:  r  [In this video, Helen is heard using the aforementioned quote, during a Jewish Heritage Celebration at the White House on May 27, 2010, of all places!  Doesn't this anti-Semite know that Jews lived in Palestine before the Holocaust?  Or that 6 million Jews were killed in their "homes" of Poland and Germany?]

[Then, on June 1, 2010, following the flotilla incident] Newsbusters writes:  Helen Thomas was on her typical, Israel-hating self Tuesday when during the White House press briefing, she called the previous day's flotilla incident a "deliberate massacre, an international crime."  [Never mind that the actual facts of the situation were not yet known.]

As National Review Online writes:  In contrast to the general directions of Helen ("Go back to Germany and Poland") Thomas, the peace-lovers aboard the Mavi Marmara were more specific:
In response to a radio transmission by the Israeli Navy warning the Gaza flotilla that they are approaching a naval blockade, passengers of the Mavi Marmara respond, "Shut up, go back to Auschwitz" and "We're helping Arabs go against the US, don't forget 9/11".
[How is this for our President making America more loved across the world"]  From the Israeli National News:  In the hubbub surrounding the “battle of the flotilla,” Netanyahu’s quick reversal of his decision to remain in the United States has been largely ignored. It turns out that Obama told him to leave because he didn’t want Netanyahu to use the White House as a stage on which to present Israel’s side of the story. (Snip) The meeting was to have been a way for Obama to make up for the humiliation he dealt Netanyahu on his last visit, when he refused to be seen with the Israeli leader in public.
The flotilla violence caught Netanyahu in the midst of a diplomatic trip to North America. He was in the Canadian capital of Ottawa at the time, about to leave for Washington for a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama. The meeting was to have been a way for Obama to make up for the humiliation he dealt Netanyahu on his last visit, when he refused to be seen with the Israeli leader in public.
Netanyahu announced immediately after the flotilla news broke that he would remain in North America and would meet with Obama as scheduled. However, within minutes after media reported Netanyahu would continue with his trip as scheduled, he abruptly announced a change of plan and set off immediately for Israel to “deal with the flotilla crisis.”
U.S. President Barack Obama is anti-Israel, says Israel National News, and “is willing to throw Israel under the bus in order to please Muslim nations," former New York City Mayor Ed Koch charged.  According to Israel National News: 
Koch, a Jewish Democrat, has been gradually “falling out of love” with President Obama, a term he used in a commentary he published last August. The recent snub by the president of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, highlighted by a meeting without a press conference or even an official photograph, broke the proverbial camel’s back for Koch.
After having opposed President Obama’s health care reform plan and expressing disappointment over his failure to convince Russia and China to back harsh sanctions against Iran, the former mayor recently wrote, “President Obama’s abysmal attitude toward the State of Israel and his humiliating treatment of Prime Minister Netanyahu is shocking.”   "I have been a supporter of President Obama and went to Florida for him, urged Jews all over the country to vote for him, saying that he would be just as good as John McCain on the security of Israel. I don't think it's true anymore.”
On the subject of lionizing Joseph Stalin, National Review writes:

Lee Edwards of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation: Since the fall of the Soviet Union, statues of Joseph Stalin have been torn down all over Europe and even in the former Soviet Union itself. The world is closer than ever before to a consensus on the evils of communism and Stalin's primary role in the worst crimes of the last century. And yet a statue of Stalin is included in the National D-Day Memorial, to be dedicated in Bedford, Virginia, this Sunday, June 6.