Saturday, May 21, 2011

Obama's Stimulus Plan Destroyed 1 Million Private Sector Jobs; Kinetic Pieces of Our Libyan War are Intermittent; Netanyahu Schools Obama; Prosser Wins Wisconsin Recount; The Extinction of Cars as We Know Them; Tennessee May Deny Teaching of Homosexuality Before High School

Newsbusters reports: On the front page of Wednesday’s Investor’s Business Daily, reporter David Hogberg reported that a new study found President Obama’s “stimulus” plan “may have destroyed or forestalled employment, including more than 1 million private-sector jobs.  [His plan worked perfectly!]

ABC News reporta:  White House on War Powers Deadline: 'Limited' US Role in Libya Means No Need to Get Congressional Authorization 

President Obama wrote a letter to congressional leaders this afternoon suggesting that the role is now so “limited” he does not need to seek congressional approval.
A senior administration official told ABC News that the letter is intended to describe “a narrow US effort that is intermittent and principally an effort to support to support the ongoing NATO-led and UN-authorized civilian support mission and no fly zone.”

“The US role is one of support,” the official said, “and the kinetic pieces of that are intermittent.”


American Thinker reports: "We don't have a lot of margin for error," Netanyahu said to the president. "Because, Mr. President, history will not give the Jewish people another chance."
Netanyahu, whose father is a retired academic, offered the president repeated history lessons, saying Jews have "been around for almost 4,000 years. We have experienced struggle and suffering like no other people. We've gone through expulsions and pogroms and massacres and the murder of millions. But I can say that even at the dearth of -- even at the nadir of the valley of death, we never lost hope and we never lost our dream of reestablishing a sovereign state in our ancient homeland, the land of Israel."
The topper came when Bibi told the president, "Hamas has just attacked you, Mr. President, and the United States for ridding the world of bin Laden. So Israel obviously cannot be asked to negotiate with a government that is backed by the Palestinian version of al-Qaida."
It will be fascinating to watch the dueling speeches at AIPAC - Obama on Sunday and Netanyahu on Monday - as well as listening to Bibi's Joint Session of Congress speech on Tuesday. Expect more war of words from both men as Netanyahu exposes Obama's pandering to the Arabs as the naive maneuverings of a rank amateur.
The Wall St. Journal reports: A grueling statewide recount concluded Friday that Justice David Prosser defeated challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg to win another 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court in a race driven by the debate over Republican Gov. Scott Walker's efforts to curb the union rights of the state's public employees. Unofficial results showed Justice Prosser had 752,697 votes—7,006 more than Ms. Kloppenburg's 745,691.
Floyd Reports: H.R. 1687 would mandate that 50% of all new cars and light duty trucks produced by 2014 be engineered to run on some type of alternative fuel. By 2016, the percentage of new alternative fuel vehicles increases to 80%; finally topping out at 95% in 2017.  Step aside, Free Market, Big Government coming through!  If only “We The People” weren’t so obtuse.  Unwilling to do the right thing; passing over Chevy Volts in favor of Ford F-Series Pickups and Honda Accords.  Shame, shame.
Unburdened by frivolous things such as actual consumer demand, the Government will save us from our folly.  We’ll plug millions of new electric cars into our aging and already underpowered electrical grid.
KnoxNews reports: A measure that would prohibit the teaching of homosexuality in Tennessee public schools has passed the Senate. Under the proposal approved 20-10 on Friday, any instruction or materials at a public elementary or middle school will be "limited exclusively to age-appropriate natural human reproduction science." Republican Senate sponsor Stacey Campfield of Knoxville says "homosexuals don't naturally reproduce."


Friday, May 20, 2011

GM, Ford & Chrysler To Open Plants in Mexico; Circumcision May Become Illegal in San Francisco; Obama Expects Israel to Cave; Obama's 60 Days Are Up; University Graduates Sour on President - Only 27% Would Vote For Him

RedWhiteBlue news reports: US giant General Motors will invest $540 million to produce two low-emission motors in central Mexico, the company announced here Thursday, accompanied by President Felipe Calderon.
The latest project for GM in Mexico would create 500 direct and another 500 indirect jobs in its plant in Toluca, Calderon said.
GM has four plants in Mexico, and has invested some $5 billion here since 2006, Calderon said.
Bloomberg reports: Mexico’s share of North American auto production may rise at a quicker pace as General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC seek out workers making less than 10 percent of what their U.S. counterparts earn.
The lower labor costs may help the U.S. companies build smaller cars profitably amid demand for fuel-efficient vehicles in the wake of last year’s recession. Mexico’s gains will come at the expense of workers in the U.S. and Canada, said Dennis DesRosiers, president of DesRosiers Automotive Consulting Inc.
The Blaze reports: San Francisco voters in November will be asked to weigh in on what was until now a private family matter: male circumcision.
City elections officials confirmed Wednesday that an initiative that would ban the circumcision of males younger than 18 in San Francisco has received enough signatures to appear on the ballot. The practice would become a misdemeanor.
Supporters of the ban say male circumcision is a form of genital mutilation that should not be forced on a young child.
But opponents say such claims are alarmingly misleading, and call the proposal a clear violation of constitutionally protected religious freedoms.

The Jerusalem Post writes: A day before their scheduled meeting in Washington, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama staked out dramatically conflicting positions Thursday as to the path for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Netanyahu issued a quick, bitter response on Thursday night to Obama’s landmark Middle East speech, saying that the establishment of a Palestinian state could not come “at Israel’s expense.”
The Washington Times reports: He [Obama] announced Thursday that a Palestinian state, soon to be decreed by the United Nations General Assembly, must be drawn to 1967 borders. This tells the Palestinians and their Arab allies and enablers that events do not have to have consequences.
We’re not supposed to remember that the Arab states attacked Israel in 1967 (and again in 1973), betting they could crush the Jews and take the looted land. Instead they were themselves squashed like bugs. Their airmen were shot out of the skies and their soldiers, routed, threw away their shoes in the desert and ran in panic looking for somewhere to hide, like Mr. Lincoln's army fleeing Manassas. The losers have been demanding a mulligan ever since, and now Barack Obama has offered them one.
Insult was added to injury when the president, in what the White House called “a major speech,” announced his betrayal of Israel on the eve of the arrival in Washington of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 
CNN reports: As the U.S. military campaign in Libya approaches the 60-day mark this Friday, six Republican senators wrote President Obama asking if he will comply with the War Powers Act, which says Congress must authorize action that lasts more than 60 days. "Friday is the final day of the statutory sixty-day period for you to terminate the use of the United States Armed Forces in Libya under the War Powers Resolution. Last week some in your Administration indicated use of the United States Armed Forces will continue indefinitely, while others said you would act in a manner consistent with the War Powers Resolution. Therefore, we are writing to ask whether you intend to comply with the requirements of the War Powers Resolution. We await your response," wrote the GOP senators Wednesday.
Yahoo News reports: A very large proportion of recent university graduates have soured on President Barack Obama, and many will vote GOP or stay at home in the 2012 election, according to two new surveys of younger voters.
“These rock-solid Obama constituents are free-agents,” said Kellyanne 
83 percent voted for Obama in 2008. But only 27 percent are committed to voting for Obama again, and 80 percent said they would consider voting for a Republican, said New York-based Maddalone.
That’s a drop of almost 60 points in support for Obama among this influential class of younger post-grad voters, who Maddalone recruited at conferences held at New York University and Thomson-Reuters’ New York headquarters. The bad news for Obama was underlined May 19 with a report by a job-firm Adecco that roughly 60 percent of recent college-grads have not been able to find a full-time job in their preferred area.;_ylt=Ase0UH_am0IDPFioAHCKdJSyFz4D;_ylu=X3oDMTNtaDU5ajA0BGFzc2V0A2RhaWx5Y2FsbGVyLzIwMTEwNTIwL3JlY2VudGNvb
Ecotality, the San Francisco company awarded $130 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to build the network of public charging stations [for electric cars]Ecotality, the San Francisco company awarded $130 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to build the network of public charging stations, was supposed to have 1,100 installed in Oregon by the end of next month. But as of last week it has yet to install a single public station in Oregon. Not one.
Of course, it's early yet in the electric vehicle industry. But as President Obama highlights his goal of putting 1 million advanced technology vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015, the slow rollout of the EV Project illustrates some of the chicken-and-egg problems involved in hatching an entirely new market and weaning the United States from its dependence on petroleum.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hamas to Annihilate Israeli Jews; Land Mass Rising; DNC Chair Accuses Republicans of Blocking Voters; "Works Bombs" in Your Yard; $1 Billion Loan Forgivness to Egypt; CFL Dangers; Ryan Wants Pro-choice, in CFLs and Toilets

Hamas Cleric - The Jews Were Brought to Palestine for the 'Great Massacre' 

Words of Hamas MP and Cleric Yunis Al-Astal, 5-11-2011:  "Jews were brought to Palestine so that the Palestinians and the Islamic nation behind them will have the honor of annihilating the evil of this gang.  Their arrival in Palestine was for the purpose of their great massacre.  The land of Palestine will become the capital of the Islamic Caliphate." [And yet it seems America doesn't stand behind Israel - watching while another Holocaust is being openly planned....]

Big Government writes: The University of Colorado Sea Level Research Group is coming to their rescue. The NASA-funded group claims glacial melt is removing weight that had been pressing down on land masses, which in turn is causing land mass to rise. This welcome news mitigates sea-level rise from melting glacial ice, meaning sea level will rise less than previously thought. However, it is very inconvenient for alarmist sea level predictions. Therefore, instead of reporting the amount by which sea level is rising in the real world, the Sea Level Research Group has begun adding 0.3 millimeters per year of fictitious sea level rise to “compensate” for rising land mass.
The extra 0.3 millimeters of fictitious sea level rise will add up to 1.2 inches over the course of the 21st century. While this is not monumental in and of itself, it will allow alarmists to paint a dramatically different picture of sea level rise than is occurring in the real world. For example, the current pace of 8 inches of sea level rise for the present century is essentially no different than the 7 inches of sea level rise that occurred last century. However, with an artificially enhanced 9.2 inches of sea level rise, alarmists can claim sea level is rising 31 percent faster than it did last century.
This isn’t the first time NASA climate-change scientists have fudged data. James Hansen [Al Gore's Global Warming  expert] is famous for it.
National Review writes: In USA Today, former DNC interim chair Donna Brazile claims that Republicans are trying to block voters from the polls and reduce the voting rights of  ”Democratic-leaning Americans.” She asserts that Republicans are passing state ballot integrity laws — such as voter photo-ID requirements – to limit the participation of minority voters, the young, and the poor (purported Obama voters) heading into the 2012 elections. Brazile asks, ”Do we really want to see Florida’s 2000 election controversy replayed?”
Expect to see lots more of this leading to the presidential election.  But the Justice Department found no credible evidence that Floridians were intentionally denied the right to vote.
Voter fraud isn’t the imaginary phenomenon some claim it to be. Brazile bemoans the the expense of voter ID requirements ($10 million over four years in Indiana, according to her). Given the closeness of so many recent elections that could’ve been decided by fraudulent ballots, is $10 million per state too much to spend on improving election integrity?
Snopes reports: Have you ever heard of a "Works Bomb"?  Neither had I.  According to Snopes, it is a mixture of Draino and tin foil, placed insides a water bottle.  It is thrown into neighborhood yards.  When picked up or jiggled, the chemical reaction of the two ingredients explodes with a boiling liquid.  Beware!  Warn your children and neighbors.  Proof  at
Tom Cohen of CNN reports: In the wake of the Arab Spring protests across the Middle East and North Africa, President Barack Obama will pledge U.S. economic assistance to Egypt and Tunisia on Thursday in a speech highlighting his administration's revised policies toward the changing region.

Obama will announce several programs intended to increase U.S. and international investment, create jobs and spur economic growth in the two countries, the officials said. The goal is for Tunisia and Egypt to serve as models for a region undergoing change so that other countries have incentive to undertake similar reforms, according to the officials.Specific programs include relieving Egypt of up to $1 billion in debt over the next two to three years so the money can be invested by the Egyptian government in economic development plans, and providing $1 billion in loan guarantees to finance infrastructure development and job creation, the senior administration officials said.


American Thinker describes CFLs: [Here is pertinent information for those of you who are NOT hoarding incandescent light bulbs]: New evidence of CFLs causing fires -- even exploding -- as well as new environmental concerns have come to light since my article The CFL Fraud published.  Here are some of the additional fires:  
"I had one of these CFL's in my garage socket, and it blew a component (not the glass corkscrew) and caught fire.  Fortunately, I was standing four feet away at the time.  I turned off the power and smothered the bulb with a towel." LINK
"I heard a sizzling sound like bacon, looked in the direction of the sound and watch the CFL burst into flame with flames licking up onto the ceiling of my house." LINK
"I've had two CFLs explode on me.  One in our bedroom overhead light.... I took a long time cleaning the bedspread and carpeting, because of fears of the mercury residue.  Had another one explode in the family room." LINK 
How was that bedspread cleaned?  Was the person aware it must not be put in a washing machine, according to EPA, "because mercury may contaminate the machine and/or pollute sewage"?  Was that person aware EPA also says never to use a vacuum cleaner to clean up a broken CFL on a carpet?  Vacuuming will disperse mercury into the air and contaminate the vacuum cleaner, which for all practical purposes is impossible to decontaminate. LINK
Of course, as I pointed out previously, state and federal environmental laws have effectively eliminated the mail-back programs of CFL manufacturers.  Researchers found the only legally acceptable shipping container is "a double box with a zip closure foil-plastic laminate bag between the cardboard layers" if CFLs are to be shipped by U.S. Postal Service or common carrier.  To ignore this requirement would subject violators to the penalties of the law, which would surely exceed the value of a replacement bulb.  The cost of the acceptable container and the postage/shipping charge must also be paid by the consumer returning the product.  The result is that probably nobody is ever going to return a broken CFL to Armorlite.  
"CFL bulbs contain many nasty toxic substances.  You likely know of the mercury they contain already, but they also have things like lead (stabilizer in the plastic ballast housings), arsenic in the electronic parts, phenol in circuit boards, cyanide to process metals for parts, toxic phosphors, and the list goes on and on!  They can't be tossed in the trash can, and have to be saved and recycled (expensive!) when they burn out.  Incandescents are not only easily recycled, but can be discarded in the trash -- the glass and metals used are inert."
"Do not use in luminaries controlled by a dimmer, electronic timers, 3-way socket or photocells, illuminated switches, totally enclosed luminaries, or where directly exposed to weather.  Do not use with emergency fixtures or emergency lights.  This CFL may interfere with other products like radios, cordless phones and others."    
Youtube reveals: Here is a video of Senator Ryan, who asks a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee if she is pro-life.  It was mentioned that many are for pro-choice as far as abortions go, but not for choice in the purchase of light bulbs, toilets, refrigerators, washing machines, etc.  Government fines or threatens jail, puts American companies out of business, and prohibit the making of products which people want.  Ryan wants government to encourage Americans to save energy, not to demand.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Union Members on All Unionized Company Boards?; Pelosi Constituents Get 20% of New Obamacare Waivers; Totalitarian America Under Obama; US Ship to be Named For CA Labor Leader Chavez; State of Nevada Gets Partial Obamacare Waiver; Another Radical School Agenda; GM Heartily Supports Making Movie About Chinese Communist Party;

The Washington Examiner reveals NLRB agenda: Why has private-sector unionization fallen from 35 percent of the work force during World War II to less than 7 percent today? The main reason is that unions raise a firm's labor costs, leaving fewer resources for things like job 
creation, capital improvements, and research and development. Unions also make it much harder for owners
and executives to make practical business decisions.
Obama's NLRB doesn't give a hoot what the Supreme Court ruled. Not only is the NLRB standing firm in its
Boeing suit, but the leaked memo, which was obtained by the Heritage Foundation's Hans von Spakovsky
and James Sherk, also shows that the board seeks to elevate union officials to equal partners with executives in corporate boardrooms of all unionized firms. The memo instructs NLRB regional operatives to flag all cases
in which unionized firms made relocation decisions without submitting detailed economic justifications to their
unions.  The intended consequence is that all major business decisions will become subject to approval by 
unions. Soviet Communist Party theoretician Leon Trotsky wrote this in 1931: "The workers need control not
for platonic purposes, but in order to exert practical influence upon the production and commercial operations
of the employers. ... In a developed form, workers' control thus implies a sort of economic dual power in the
factory." Were Trotsky still around, he would no doubt cheer Obama's NLRB.
Daily Caller reveals: Pelosi’s district secured almost 20 percent of the latest issuance of waivers nationwide, and the companies that won them didn’t have much in common with companies throughout the rest of the country that have received Obamacare waivers.
Other common waiver recipients were labor union chapters, large corporations, financial firms and local governments. But Pelosi’s district’s waivers are the first major examples of luxurious, gourmet restaurants and hotels getting a year-long pass from Obamacare.
The United States is rapidly becoming a totalitarian democracy.
As described by Israeli historian J. L. Talmon, totalitarian democracy is a political system in which lawfully elected representatives rule a nation state whose citizens, although granted the right to vote, have little or no participation in the decision-making process of government.
In a totalitarian democracy, the government is transformed from one based on traditional values and articles of faith into one in which social utility takes absolute precedence.
Obama is a disciple of Chicago-native, Saul Alinsky, a neo-Marxist and community organizer, who wrote: “Rules for Radicals”, a guide which provides Obama’s operational model.
“The first step in community organization is community disorganization. Present arrangements must be disorganized if they are to be displaced by new patterns…. All change means disorganization of the old and organization of the new.” p.116
A Times writes: U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) disagrees with the Navy's decision to name a cargo ship under construction in San Diego for California farm labor leader Cesar Chavez.
The decision, announced Tuesday, "appear[s] to be more about making a political statement than upholding the Navy's history and tradition," Hunter said in press release.
Hunter, who served as a Marine in Iraq and Afghanistan, said that if the Navy wanted to recognize "the Hispanic contribution to our nation, many other names come to mind."
Hunter mentioned Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta, killed in combat in Iraq and nominated for the Medal of Honor.
Las Vegas Sun writes: Nevada got a partial waiver from the health care law — a significant development that Democrats are dismissing as par for the course and Republicans are claiming as a political victory.
The Health and Human Services Department announced late Friday that Nevada had secured a statewide waiver from certain implementation requirements of the Obama administration’s health care law, because forcing them through, the department found, “may lead to the destabilization of the individual market.”
Big Government reveals: There are many conservative teachers sounding the alarm about the hijacking of their profession and the
radicalization of school curriculums by left-wing union leaders.  Exhibit A: Chicago Teachers Union President
Karen Lewis saying they’re not teachers but “education workers.”
Dean Kalahar is a Sarasota, Florida high school economics teacher. On his blog, he says his guiding principles
include private property rights, free market entrepreneurial capitalism and the U.S. Constitution.
Kalahar recently brought attention to the new Florida high school senior exit exam, which he says will
“indoctrinate children into a progressive and revisionist model critical of America.”
Among the questions Kalahar exposes are:
  • Analyze the major factors that drove United States imperialism.
  • Examine the controversy surrounding the proliferation of nuclear technology in the United States.
  • Assess key figures and organizations in shaping the Black Power Movement.
  • Analyze significant Supreme Court decisions relating to reproductive rights.
  • Describe efforts by the United States and other world powers to avoid future wars.
  • Examine the failure of the United States to support the League of Nations.
Kalahar says teachers will be legally bound to teach these perspectives.
In late 2010, General Motors agreed to sponsor a propaganda film celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The CCP made film titled (translated to English) “The Birth of a Party” or “The Great Achievement of Founding the Party" is set to premiere all over the Communist nation on June 15 reported China AutoWeb last September. The auto website adds:
"According to an announcement posted on Shanghai GM’s official web site yesterday, whose title reads "joining hands with China Film Group, Cadillac whole-heartedly supports the making of the Birth of a Party..." [Isn't it terrific to know where our taxpayer dollars are being spent?]

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Van Jones Indoctrinates NY Students; U of Missouri Class "Introduction of Labor Studies" Teaches Industrial Sabotage; Democrat Party Members Charged with Felonies; Neighborhood Stabilization Program Not Working; Random House Searches by Police Approved; Britain to Exit Afghanistan; TSA Scanners May be Unsafe; Majority Support Repeal of Obamacare

Big Government reports: Speak Truth to Power human rights curriculum launched in New York- [Or - Let's Indoctrinate Young Skulls Full of Mush to End Capitalism through Revolution - my words.]

A new human rights curriculum that was recently introduced to middle schools and high schools all across New York is a disservice to students because it wastes precious instruction time which would be more wisely spent on academic fundamentals.

Last Friday, December 10, over 1,000 New York students took part in the inaugural webcast of the “Speak Truth to Power” curriculum distributed by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice &; Human Rights and New York State United Teachers.
The web event originated from a classroom at Chestnut Ridge Middle School, a school with a student population that recently scored below-average on statewide tests, according to the New York Times.  It is extremely difficult to see how lessons focusing on corporate “greed,” landmine awareness, Chinese labor camps and abolishing the death penalty will do anything to raise student test scores in math, reading and science.
According to a NYSUT blog, the curriculum “introduces general human rights issues” and “urges students to become personally involved in the protection of human rights.”
New York parents and taxpayers ought to be very concerned that their public schools think this curriculum is an appropriate use of time.  Students may end up with an increased awareness of global problems, but if they don’t graduate with basic academic skills, what can they possibly do about such issues?
This is another case of public schools using class time to indoctrinate students with a radical, leftist political agenda. No curriculum that promotes the views of Van Jones should be allowed to pollute the minds of school kids.
New York schools need to focus on the rights of their students to an education that prepares them for life. Teaching social awareness to students who are lacking basic academic skills is a luxury that New York schools, families and taxpayers cannot afford.      and
RedState writes: For the last few years, America has been slowly awakened to the level of Marxism taught in American classrooms. From the of taking public school students to Cuba and the NEA’s reccommendation of Saul Alinsky to the most recent revelation of the University of Missouri’s “Introduction to Labor Studies” taught by two Marxists who, in addition to allegedly giving a Communist organizer two hours of class time to recruit, also shared the finer points of industrial sabotage and cat electrocutions.
Pecinovsky also described the dues requirements and initiation procedures of the Communist Party, and gave out his phone number several times, offering to stay as long as anyone wanted to talk to him about joining.
Prof. Ancel acknowledged that joining the Communist Party could cost students their future security clearances, make them less desirable to future employers, and potentially put them on federal watch lists. Still, she and Prof, Giljum invited this organization into class to recruit.
the Left becomes hysterical when individuals who donate their private money to universities and have the audacity to place some conditions on their donations.
Last week, Bloomberg reported on former BB&T Corp. chairman John Allison’s giving of grants of up to $2 million to schools if they create a course on capitalism and make Atlas Shrugged required reading.
Fox Detroit reveals: Two former leaders of the Oakland County Democratic Party [Michigan] are facing a total of nine felonies for allegedly forging election paperwork to get fake Tea Party candidates on November's ballot.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ reports: U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg voted Wednesday to terminate a program aimed at helping with the foreclosure crisis that he says has been shown to be ineffective.
Walberg, R-Tipton, said the Neighborhood Stabilization Program has been criticized by the GAO and the Inspector General for "inadequately accounting of federal funds, which has led to a misuse of taxpayer resources."
The Committee on Financial Services found that the NSP “allows lenders and real estate speculators to off-load their foreclosure properties onto the taxpayers.”
 “With a $14 trillion dollar debt and rising, there is no room in the budget for programs that waste taxpayer funds. 
Radio Host Mike Church reports: According to Newton County Sheriff, Don Hartman Sr., random house to house searches are now possible and could be helpful following the Barnes v. STATE of INDIANA Supreme Court ruling issued on May 12th, 2011. When asked three separate times due to the astounding callousness as it relates to trampling the inherent natural rights of Americans, he emphatically indicated that he would use random house to house checks, adding he felt people will welcome random searches if it means capturing a criminal. Speaking under the condition of anonymity, a local city Police Chief with 30 years experience in law enforcement directly contradicted the Newton County Sheriff’s blatant disregard for privacy & liberty, stating that as an American first, such an action is unconscionable and that his allegiance is to the Indiana and federal Constitutions respectively. However, he also concurred that the ruling does now allow for police to randomly search homes should a department be under order by state or federal officials or under a department’s own accord.
Senior American military figures have warned Britain that a hasty exit from Afghanistan could strain relations between the two countries.
The Daily Telegraph last week revealed that David Cameron has ordered British commanders to draw up plans to start pulling hundreds of British troops out of Afghanistan within weeks.

ProPublica reports: The Transportation Security Administration says its full-body X-ray scanners are safe and that radiation from a scan is equivalent to what's received in about two minutes of flying. The company that makes them says it's safer than eating a banana.
But some scientists with expertise in imaging and cancer say the evidence made public to support those claims is unreliable. And in a new letter [2] sent to White House science adviser John Holdren, they question why the TSA won't make the scanners available for independent testing by outside scientists.
The Weekly Standard reports: The latest Rasmussen poll of likely voters shows that, by a margin of 17 percentage points (55 to 38 percent), Americans support the repeal of Obamacare. Repeal is supported by men and women; by those in their 30s, 40s, 50s to mid-60s, and mid-60s on up; and by all income groups (ranging from under-$20,000 to over-$100,000 a year).
And by a margin of better than two to one (48 to 20 percent), they think Obamacare would reduce, rather than improve, the quality of care.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act; South Carolina to Make Own Incandescent Bulbs; Rapper Common to White House; Democrat Against Obama's Plan to Force Federal Contractors to Disclose Politcal Donations; $2 Million Spent on Photographing What School Students Eat; Romney Defends RomneyCare; Reid Condemns Republican Push-back on Government Interference in Boeing's New Plant Location; Obama's 60 Days in Libya Ending this Friday; Seal Team 6 in Dangered; Let's Create More Government Jobs!

Fox News reports: On Wednesday, Congress considered a bill to void that. The House debated H.R. 1231, a bill titled, "Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act," and it is expected to pass Thursday.
Here's what it would do [among other things]:
-- Require the administration to allow drilling in at least 50 percent of the Outer Continental Shelf areas known to contain the most oil and gas. Specifically, that means southern California, the Arctic, mid-Atlantic and Eastern Gulf of Mexico.
Require the federal government to establish production targets for oil and gas. Currently, that would mean 3 million barrels a day of oil, or roughly three times more than the U.S. currently produces from offshore sources.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- writes: Fed up with the federal government’s ban of the traditional incandescent light bulb, state representatives in South Carolina are pushing for the state to produce and use incandescents solely for its state.
The Incandescent Light Bulb Freedom Act, which unanimously passed South Carolina’s Senate panel, would allow South Carolina manufacturers to continue to sell incandescent bulbs so long as they have “Made in South Carolina” on them and are sold only within the state. Other states have floated the idea, and last year Arizona passed a bill that would have done the same thing, but Governor Jan Brewer (R) vetoed the legislation.
NBC News revealed: The invitation of rapper Common to the White House this week drew the ire of the union representing New Jersey state police. [Common has written lyrics about killing cops and burning a {President} Bush.  According to Michelle M'Belle, he has done many good things.  He is from Chicago. ]
The Wall St. Journal reveals: President Obama's plan to force federal contractors to disclose political contributions was dealt a surprise blow yesterday when Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House, said that he opposed the idea.
"I am not in agreement with the administration on that issue," Mr. Hoyer told reporters. "It's not a requirement now. I don't think it ought to be a requirement."
The debate is over Mr. Obama's decision to draft an executive order that would require companies applying for federal contracts to disclose contributions to independent political groups, as well as the donations of their executives and subsidiaries to political parties and independent organizations. Congress considered such changes last year but failed to pass them. That prompted liberal groups to urge the White House to act unilaterally through an executive order that bypassed Congress.
Yahoo News writes: That's the idea behind a $2 million project being unveiled Wednesday in the lunchroom of a San Antonio elementary school, where high-tech cameras installed in the cafeteria will begin photographing what foods children pile onto their trays — and later capture what they don't finish eating.
Business Insider writes: What is surprising is that the Wall St. Journal -- which you'd think might overlook that in Romney's case, given their general common ideologies -- would pulverize him on the subject [of RomneyCare].
That's exactly what they've done tonight, on the eve of his big healthcare speech, basically branding him has un-credible and self-serving.
They say RomneyCare has been a mess, but that really, up until recently he was bragging about its success. What's more, his new argument that it only failed because of poor execution reeks of passing the buck.
The Washington Times writes: The Senate’s top Democrat strongly condemned what he called “inappropriate” attempts by Republican lawmakers to intervene in a simmering labor dispute now before the National Labor Relations Board.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday said the GOP moves were an attempt to “poison the decision-making process” in the increasingly bitter dispute over plans by aerospace giant Boeing Co. to open a major new, non-union manufacturing plant for its premier 787 Dreamliner fleet in South Carolina.
The court date for the complaint is set for June 14. The NLRB filed its complaint against Boeing on April 20.
In a letter to President Obama last week, 19 GOP senators demanded that he withdraw his nominations of NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon and board member Craig Becker - the two men who are largely seen as responsible for the Boeing action.
Critics of the agency’s actions warn that it could have a chilling effect on corporate investment generally and even could lead U.S. companies to seek opportunities overseas.
Redstate opines: As of 17 May 2011, armed forces from the United States will have been involved in military combat operations in Libya for 60 days. By that date, President Obama is required by statute to withdraw US Forces from Libya and cease all unpleasantness. Or, he could ask Congress to give him a resolution authorizing the use of force. This would seemingly make for a rather tough day at the links for President Obama.

Dedicated legislators like Senator John Kerry and Congressman James Moran should be in rather high dudgeon. We have a President sending drones to attack a foreign country in hopes of targeting a specific individual. We have a vague, unenforceable UN “no-fly zone” resolution that Russia’s president compared to a medieval call for a crusade.
Joe Biden's loose lips are truly endangering our Seal Team 6, as declared by none other than CNN! 
Powerline writes about the Stimulus report: Benchmark results suggest that the ARRA created/saved approximately 450 thousand state and local government jobs and destroyed/forestalled roughly one million private sector jobs. State and local government jobs were saved because ARRA funds were largely used to offset state revenue shortfalls and Medicaid increases rather than boost private sector employment. The majority of destroyed/forestalled jobs were in growth industries including health, education, professional and business services.
So the American people borrowed and spent close to a trillion dollars to destroy a net of more than one-half million jobs. Does President Obama understand this? I very much doubt it. When he expressed puzzlement at the idea that the stimulus money may not have been well-spent, and said that "spending equals stimulus," he betrayed a shocking level of economic ignorance. [More government workers = more union members = more democrat donations and votes: the intended outcome?]