Friday, November 5, 2010

Obama - Don't Shred Documents; No Sharia Law For Oklahoma; AARP Priorities; Saudi Prince On Moving NYC Mosque to a Better Location; American for Prosperity; Unions Hold 99ers Meeting; $8 Billion Lost in Iraq;

The Hill opines: Republicans are likely to urge the Obama administration not to shred documents as they transition to the House majority. 

Before the election, GOP officials on Capitol Hill privately discussed the issue but refrained from publicly tackling it, not wanting to assume what would happen on Election Day.

 Now that Republicans will control the House, the shredding matter will move front and center. 

No one is accusing the Obama administration of destroying documents, but Republicans are expected to try to ensure that all records — on a range of issues — are kept intact.

Darrell West, a political scientist and director of governance studies at the Brookings Institution, said Republicans likely will formally ask the administration not to shred or delete any relevant documents that could be requested in a congressional probe.

“That’ll happen right away, because they want to make sure that the documentary record is preserved so that they have something to investigate,” said West.

Armed with the House majority, Republicans next year will enjoy subpoena power.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From NewsOK:  Oklahoma voters have approved a measure that would forbid judges from considering international law or Islamic law when deciding cases.
Republican Rex Duncan, the sponsor of the measure, called it a "pre-emptive strike" designed to close the door on activist judges "legislating from the bench or using international law or Sharia law."
Members of the Muslim community called the question an attack on Islam and some of them said they are prepared to file a lawsuit challenging the measure.
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Have you been wondering why the AARP is supporting Obamacare?  Consider this:  Obamacare will force 14 million people into regular Medicare (my Medicare Plus Blue was just eliminated, as one example).  That will move many seniors to use AARP's Medigap Insurance for coverage.  Always follow the money....
Yahoo reports from DUBAI, United Arab Emirates:  A Saudi prince who has aided the imam spearheading a proposed Islamic center near New York's ground zero says it would be better to shift to another site not associated with the Sept. 11 attacks. In an interview with the Dubai-based Arabian Business magazine, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal says moving the planned mosque and other facilities would respect the memory of the 2001 attacks and allow American Muslims to choose a better location. It is reportedly the prince's first public comments on the dispute. He has contributed to the foundation of New York's Imam Feisal
Want to know the most effective way to stop President Obama’s policies?  Just ask him.
President Obama has said over 18 times, that your grassroots efforts with Americans for Prosperity, are the most effective way to stop his big government agenda.
President Obama said:  "That's the biggest problem that we have all across the country right now.  We've got great candidates who are taking their case directly to the American people, but they are being drowned out by groups like Americans for Prosperity."

World Net Daily writes: The U.S. Department of Defense got more than $9 billion from the sale of Iraqi oil and other revenue streams to be used for reconstruction inside the war-damaged nation and spent it but now cannot document where $8.7 billion of those funds went, according to an inspector general's report published online.
The military's response in the report noted that the records probably exist, it's just that they're probably archived, and it might take a long time to track them down.

The UK Telegraph wrote: US midterm elections: Barack Obama's world turned upside down as Democrats face electoral disaster

By abandoning his own rhetoric of bipartisanship, President Obama divided America and set the course for a heavy Democratic defeat in Tuesday's midterm elections, argues Toby Harnden. 

The irony of Obama being the blue-state president is acute. Back in 2004, the then state senator shot to international attention by mocking the pundits who "like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue States".
He declared: "There's not a liberal America and a conservative America. There's the United States of America. There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America. There's the United States of America."
Central to Obama's appeal in 2008 was his pledge to change Washington and to reach across the political aisle to work with Republicans in a new era of bipartisanship and co-operation.
I checked this email out on Snopes, which says this did happen in 2009: The State of Sonora is angry at the influx of Mexicans into Mexico. Nine state legislators from the Mexican State of Sonora traveled to Tucson to complain about Arizona 'S new employer crackdown on illegals from Mexico. It seems that many Mexican illegals are returning to their hometowns and the officials in the Sonora state government are ticked off.

A delegation of nine state legislators from Sonora was in Tucson to state that Arizona's new Employer Sanctions Law will have a devastating effect on the Mexican state.  At a news conference, the legislators said that Sonora, - Arizona's southern neighbor - made up of mostly small towns - cannot handle the demand for housing, jobs and schools that it will face as Mexican workers return to their hometowns from the USA without jobs or money.





Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Fed Printing of 600 Billion Dollars;Kasich and Ohio's High-speed Passenger Rail Project; Obamacare Repeal Votes; Disavow Clinton Impeachment During Lame Duck Session?

Yahoo News reports: Policymakers from the world's new economic powerhouses in Latin America and Asia pledged on Thursday to come up with fresh measures to curb capital inflows after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would print billions of dollars to rescue its economy.
Emerging economies expressed displeasure at the Fed's move, making any substantive deal on global imbalances and currencies at next week's Group of 20 meeting in Seoul even less likely.
"As long as the world exercises no restraint in issuing global currencies such as the dollar -- and this is not easy -- then the occurrence of another crisis is inevitable, as quite a few wise Westerners lament," Xia Bin, an advisor to China's central bank wrote in a newspaper managed by the bank.
South Korea's Ministry of Finance and Strategy said it had sent "a message to the markets" on Thursday and would "aggressively" consider controls on capital flows, while Brazil's Foreign Trade Secretary said the Fed's move could cause "retaliatory measures."
Bloomberg writes: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke may have to renew his battle to preserve the central bank’s independence after Republican victories in yesterday’s congressional elections.
With Republicans reclaiming a majority in the House of Representatives and eroding Democrats’ hold on the Senate, Tea Party candidates who campaigned in part against the Fed get an opportunity to call Bernanke to task for taking part in the unpopular financial rescues that helped propel them to office.
“There’s certainly going to be more hearings and more pressure,” said Mark Calabria, a former Republican Senate Banking Committee aide who is now director of financial- regulation studies at the Cato Institute, a policy research group in Washington that favors free markets.

From the Wall Street Journal: Republicans Scott Walker of Wisconsin and John Kasich of Ohio, who won their races for governor Tuesday, both have sharply criticized the high-speed passenger-rail projects championed by President Barack Obama. Their victories cast doubt on high-profile projects in their states that were awarded hundreds of billions of dollars in federal stimulus funds.
In Ohio, Mr. Kasich has said the proposed $450 million train connecting Ohio's three major cities—Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati—would cost too much and run too slowly to be more convenient than driving or flying.
Wisconsin's Mr. Walker made opposing the train, which he deemed too expensive, a major part of his campaign. He has said he would like Congress to allow him to use the $810 million allocated to Wisconsin for a high-speed line between Madison and Milwaukee to repair the state's roads and bridges instead.
Fox News reports: The Senate's Republican leader says congressional lawmakers can and should vote to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, repeatedly if necessary. If Obama should veto laws repealing the health care overhaul, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says, the House should cancel funding for its programs. As for the Senate, he says that senators should vote against what he calls the law's "most egregious provisions."
The Hill reveals: On the day after Republicans reclaimed control of Congress, a Democratic lawmaker said he will introduce a measure that would "disavow" the impeachment of former President Clinton.
Rep. Chaka Fattah (Pa.) said that the resolution is necessary so that Democrats and Republicans can work together in a bipartisan fashion.
"As we enter a period in which bipartisanship will be a major priority for the Congress, it is vital that we disavow the most highly partisan example of the politics of personal destruction in the recent history of this House," Fattah said in a statement.
Fattah said he is introducing the resolution on Nov. 15, the first day of the lame-duck session, noting that Clinton's impeachment took place during the December 1998 lame-duck session.
Republicans have already said they do not plan to impeach President Obama when they take power next year.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

You Are a Hero; Russians Yearn for Freedom of Assembly; Fed to Buy $500 Billion in Securities, Which Will Devalue the Dollar; Bush Administration AIDS Aid to Tanzania; $200 Million Per Day Visit to India

Herman Cain, inspiring us to get out the vote!  What a wonderful, inspiring speaker.  The crowd cheered when he said that he might get crazy and decide to run for President - who knows!  He would be terrific!
If you voted yesterday, this youtube is about you - an American hero!
MOSCOW Nearly 2,000 people gathered in central Moscow on Sunday demanding freedom of assembly in a rare sanctioned rally.
The Russian opposition protests on the 31st day of each month are a nod to the 31st Article of the Russian constitution, which guarantees the right of assembly.  [Still, to stand up for freedom in Russia is a risky and wonderful thing.]
Bloomberg writes:  The Federal Reserve will probably introduce an unprecedented second round of unconventional monetary easing tomorrow by announcing a plan to buy at least $500 billion of long-term securities, according to economists surveyed by Bloomberg News.
Policy makers meeting today and tomorrow will restart a program of securities purchases to spur growth, reduce unemployment and increase inflation
CNBC warns: The dollar is in danger of losing 20 percent of its value over the next few years if the Federal Reserve continues unconventional monetary easing, Bill Gross, the manager of the world's largest mutual fund, said on Monday.
The United States gave $151.3 million in foreign aid to Tanzania in 2006, $100 million of which was for HIV/AIDS initiatives. [And yet Obama just said that we Republicans don't give money for AIDS, right?]
President Obama's trip to India will cost the U.S. $200m-a-day, it was reported today.
The visit - part of a 10-trip to Asia - will take place amid unprecedented levels of security in the city of Mumbai, where terrorists killed at least 173 people two years ago.
Extreme measures to ensure the safety of President Obama will include the complete booking of the 570-room Taj Mahal Hotel for his security entourage.
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Nov 29, 2007 ... #2 posted by flickersticks , November 29, 2007 10:30 AM ... This needless duplication of security effort costs money, after all -- Republicans need to learn that money ... So a three day international trip is $3M give or take a few million. .... I saw his motorcade go by (in the US) a few years ago. ...  [I am posting this comparison because I was asked to put Obama's India trip into perspective.  This is really the only thing I could come up with on Google, and I invite my readers to add more perspective to Obama's trip, as well as Michelle's trip to Spain.  I can see that in 2007 the amount of 1 million per day was considered to be outrageous. I think the request to compare is a fair and valid request.... so do help me out here if you can.]


Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Above is Dr. Dan Benishek, at the Take Back America Rally in Petoskey, Michigan. 

Following are my endorsements for the elections of the following candidates: 
Dan Benishek, for the US House of Representatives
Greg MacMaster, for the State Representative.
Howard Walker for the State Senate.
Rick Snyder for Michigan Governor/Brian Calley for Lieutenant Governor
Ruth Johnson for Secretary of State (George Soros has used his money to target her and other Republican candidates in important states, so that Democrats will be the ones in charge to count votes in close state elections.  As Stalin once said, it is not the voters who matter, but the ones who count the vote.) 
Bill Schuette for Attorney General
Mary Beth Kelly for Supreme Court
Bob Young for Supreme Court

Go forth and make your vote count!  Be sure to be part of history!

Be sure when you vote to turn the election ballot over in order to vote for other candidates and for or against several initiatives.  You will choose whether or not you want to go to the expense of holding a state Constitutional Convention, and whether you wish for convicted felons to be able to run for public office (no, I'm not kidding!)
Need another reason to vote?  How about this from the LA Times?

If the GOP wins control of the House next week, senior congressional Republicans plan to launch a blistering attack on the Obama administration's environmental policies, as well as on scientists who link air pollution to climate change.

The GOP's fire will be concentrated especially on the administration's efforts to use the Environmental Protection Agency's authority over air pollution to tighten emissions controls on coal, oil and other carbon fuels that scientists say contribute to global warming.

The attack, according to senior Republicans, will seek to portray the EPA as abusing its authority and damaging the economy with needless government regulations.
In addition, GOP leaders say, they will focus on what they see as distortions of scientific evidence regarding climate change and on Obama administration efforts to achieve by executive rule-making what it failed to win from Congress.  Also, Obama could use his veto power.

But the GOP's plans for wide-ranging and sustained investigations by congressional committees could put the EPA and administration environmental policymakers on the defensive and create political pressures that could cause Obama to pull back on environmental issues as the 2012 presidential election draws closer.,0,6040861.story
Breitbart reports that: the United States will come under the spotlight at the UN's top human rights assembly's for the first time over the coming week along with other countries that face scrutiny by the Human Rights Council.
Some 300 US civil liberties and community groups in the US Human Rights Network on Monday called on the Obama administration to bring "substandard human rights practices" in the United States into line with international standards.
The United States only agreed to join the Council in May 2009, after the Bush administration had shunned the body which replaced its similar though discredited predecessor, the UN human rights commission, in 2006.

 The Network produced a 400-page report criticising "glaring inadequacies in the United States human rights record," including the "discriminatory impact" of foreclosures, "widespread" racial profiling and "draconian" immigration policies. 
[And here we thought that things such as government beheading, killings, imprisonment, intentional starvation, stoneings to death, no freedom of speech and the like were what constitutes human rights violations]
"Advocates across America have not only documented substandard human rights practices which have persisted in the US for years, but also those that reflect the precipitous erosion of human rights protections in the US since 9/11," said Sarah Paoletti of the Network.
The United States has also faced widespread criticism by UN rights monitors in recent years over its handling of terror suspects and suspected torture, while concern over the conduct of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has been revived in recent months with "Wikileak" reports on leaked confidential documents.

Washington (CNN) -- The number of Americans who say things are going badly in the country, at 75 percent, is higher than it has been on the eve of any midterm election since the question was first asked in the mid-1970s, according to a new national poll.

You know what you need to do - now do it!   :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

This Was Obama's Moment - Now It Is Ours!

From Obama's convention speech (my rebuttals in parenthesis): "America, this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past. Our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face. Our time to offer a new direction for the country we love.  [What a bunch of unspecific platitudes from a man whose wife said during the Presidential campaign that this was the FIRST time she was ever proud of her country!  I think she needs to study some American history - don't you?]
The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations [a promise he couldn't keep because he believes himself to be more brilliant than anyone else]. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, [I believe he is speaking here about his Progressive agenda] then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick [has he forgotten the assistance provided by Medicare, Medicaid, AIDS funding for those without insurance, State Children's Health Insurance Program, the NIH, free clinics and the generosity of those who donate to hospitals for the care of the uninsured - and the fact that emergency rooms are not allowed, by law, to turn anyone away?  I would say we "began to provide care decades ago] and good jobs to the jobless [by this, I imagine he meant giving government jobs and union jobs, not promotion of jobs in the private sector, for if the government takes over an industry it can then claim to have provided those jobs, as any good Socialist would do]; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow [and he thinks he is humble?] and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth [we always have been the shining city on the hill]. This was the moment—this was the time—when we came together to remake this great nation [notice he didn't say to improve this great nation, but to actually remake it, to (as he said) "fundamentally transform it"]so that it may always reflect our very best selves and our highest ideals. Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America". [How do YOU think the Hope and Change mantra has worked out for America?  His change, in my view, is that our country's President now spends his time in office dividing our citizens into groups of good and evil, picking winners and losers, denigrating those who provide jobs and opportunity as the bad guys, declaring that those who disagree with him are his "enemies", and actually declaring that democrats must "punish" these enemies!]
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  I implore you to vote!  It is now our moment, and it may very well be our last good chance to demand that our government work for us, the citizens, instead of we citizens working for our government (perhaps in their desired Civilian National Security Force, "just as
powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded as our military".  It is also the Progressives' best chance, after many decades of work, to wrest from the hands of conservatives the tenets of our Constitution, the principals upon which our Founding Fathers created our Republic.  Progressives have been at work in our school systems for decades, little by little teaching our children that America is no better than any other country (as Obama actually said), that we are in fact fatally flawed, and that we need to get out of the way and let the enlightened Left lead us.  They believe that more government interference in our lives is always good.  I agree with President Gerald Ford, who said, "A government big enough to give you everything you need is big enough to take from you everything you have."  We must keep in mind this election day that, as Edmund Burke said in the 1700's, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."  If this Administration has done so many things in two years which are directly against the will of the people, just what is it they WON'T do?

Make sure you are part of this possible sea change to the liberal, progressive take-over of America's government, directed by President Obama.  Don't be left out! Overcome all difficulties, get out of your chairs, get in line at the polls, take someone with you when you go to vote, and be proud to be able to say, if we get out the vote and win, "I took part in the election of 2010 - I did my civic duty and it was a privilege."  Look your grandchildren in the eye and tell them that you did everything YOU could do to prevent the greatest country the world has ever known from changing beyond recognition. This is all about getting out the vote - not sitting at home talking about how unhappy you are with our government.  If you don't think particular Republican candidates are quite perfect, it doesn't matter.  Look at the alternative, hold your nose, and vote for the Republican!  Third party candidates are not the answer, as they always help Democrats win. It also ensures that the winner does not have anywhere near a majority of people who actually wanted him in office. Whoever is more energized, more determined to vote, will win this day.  If we don't win this election, we may never have another chance to prevent further progressive laws from being enacted.   This is why Progressives are in a state of panic - their great hopes, the culmination of decades of community organizing to "fundamentally transform" America on Tuesday, are in jeopardy.

Perhaps when history books are written, it will be said that the conservatives, the Tea Party voters, the "take back America" folks, the Tax and Spend Must End patriots, and the newly energized small government voters were the "Second Greatest Generation".


Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Short List Of News Two Days Prior to the Election!

Fox News reports: The Justice Department is sending a small pack of election observers to Arizona as Hispanic groups sound the alarm over an anti-illegal immigration group's mass e-mail seeking to recruit Election Day volunteers to help block illegal immigrants from voting.
Hispanic voting rights groups say the e-mail is just an attempt to intimidate minority voters. [What?  If they are voting legally there will be no problem.  This IS the law in America!] But election fraud monitors say that there are hundreds of examples of duplicate registrations, wrong information and past unregistered voters getting ballots.
Voter fraud allegations have emerged just days before the midterm in many crucial battleground states across the country, including Nevada, Pennsylvania and Florida.
The Justice Department [whom we have learned to distrust] announced Friday it would deploy more than 400 federal observers to 30 jurisdictions in 18 states ahead of Tuesday's election. But Arizona officials say the department had already committed to sending observers to their state.
NPR and Newsweek really respects us, according to Newsbusters: NPR's Nina Totenberg said Friday that she's very afraid of the upcoming elections.  Newsweek's Evan Thomas, her co-panelist on "Inside Washington," said historians might look upon November 2, 2010 "as kind of a joke...obviously the political system’s a mess"
"There is sort of a circus aspect to it that people, it’s become comic and a kind of a dark way."
Isn't it amazing how these same people that were thrilled by the idea of America electing as president a junior senator from Illinois with little qualifications for the most important office in the land are now scared to death about who may be going to Congress next January?  [I do like Michele Bachman's idea to spend some time in Congress giving lessons on the Constitution, more for the Democrats than for new Republican Congressmen, however.]
Oozes with hypocrisy, doesn't it?
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New York Magazine actually ran this without correcting the President's diatribe (well, they did say "somewhat dubiously):  According to President Obama, some pesky "young people" protesting for more global AIDS funding have been showing up "at every rally" and interrupting him. Today, in Connecticut to discuss the economy, Obama addressed these crazy young people, and ended up addressing AIDS funding in the process. The president put his planned remarks on hold and said:
"Excuse me, excuse me, excuse me, young people? Let me just say this: You've been appearing at every rally we've been doing, and we're funding global AIDS, and the other side is not. So I don't know why you think this is a useful strategy to take. I think it would make a lot more sense for you guys to go to the folks who aren't interested in funding global AIDS, and go to that rally. We're trying to figure out how to finance the things that you want financed. You guys have made your point. Let's go."
Our Liar In Chief told a whopper this time.  Now read this, from the Bush Administration era......
  For the fifth consecutive year since the Republican takeover of Congress, the House advanced a spending measure which would increase funding for AIDS treatment and services millions of dollars above the budget request of President Clinton.

The House Appropriations Labor/HHS Subcommittee set an increase of $107 million for the Ryan White CARE Act in Fiscal Year 2000 (7.6%), with a crucial increase in the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), a state-administered program which funds direct access to life-saving and life-extending AIDS drug treatments for patients who are uninsured or underinsured and do not qualify for Medicaid. [Wait a minute!  But I thought, according to Obama's campaign speeches, that HE will BEGIN to care for the sick in America, at last...]
"The Republican Congress has acted wisely and prudently, and has preserved health care priorities for people with HIV/AIDS amidst budget conflicts," said James Driscoll, Log Cabin national AIDS policy advisor. "In addition, Congress put in a 9% increase for AIDS research programs at the National Institutes of Health, while President Clinton only requested a 2% increase. This shows Chairman Porter's far-sighted leadership in crafting a sound federal AIDS strategy.  [As you can tell, even the policy advisor for AIDS knows that the Bush Administration was good to them.  Where is the media, and why aren't they pointing this out to be a lie??  It is time to start looking for an honorable President who does not lie with vigor to Americans.  I have had enough of him and Democrats, haven't you?]   
                                   What to do?                Go   forth   and    V-O-T-E!!!