Saturday, June 25, 2011

A Primer on Cloward and Piven, and Saul Alinsky; Obama and our military

  My latest Guest Commentary in the Boyne City Gazette: 
   In the 1960s, two radical Columbia University professors, Cloward and Piven, wrote the The Cloward and Piven Strategy, detailing how to force “political change through orchestrated crisis, seeking to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, stressing the system, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.”
   The welfare system was the first target of the Cloward and Piven strategy, using violent demonstrations to achieve desired results. In NYC one of every three people ended up on the welfare rolls, sending the city into bankruptcy and turning welfare from a limited-time expectancy into a lifetime entitlement. The drain on local resources persists indefinitely, just as planned.
 In 1970 ACORN was established – the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, which has been responsible for widespread criminal activity countrywide.  As divulged by Townhall, they successfully used the following Cloward-Piven Strategy to get more Democrat voters:
 1. Register as many Democrat voters as possible, legal or otherwise, and help them vote, multiple times if possible.
2. Overwhelm the system with fraudulent registrations using multiple entries of the same name, names of deceased, random names from the phone book, even contrived names.
3. Make the system difficult to police by lobbying for minimal identification standards.
   Rules for Radicals, written by Saul Alinsky in 1989, became the go-to book for those interested in fomenting progressive revolution. With the intent to create a crisis, it was suggested: "Pick the Target, Freeze It, Personalize It, Polarize it."  Remember these rules while reading current events.
   Then along came Barack Hussein Obama, almost out of nowhere. Having been deeply influenced in childhood by his mentor (self-proclaimed Communist Frank Marshall Davis);  employed as a community organizer and attorney for ACORN; befriending unrepentant, bomb-throwing Weather Underground's Bill Ayers; and maturing in the thugocracy which is Chicago politics, Obama was uniquely qualified to sell his Hope and Change mantra.  Who could be against that? Those interested in reading the full story can go to: 
   "Make the enemy live up to their (sic) own book of rules," Alinsky wrote in his 1989 book Rules for Radicals. “When pressed to honor every word of every law and statute, every Judeo-Christian moral tenet, and every implicit promise of the liberal social contract, human agencies inevitably fall short. The system's failure to "live up" to its rule book can then be used to discredit it altogether, and to replace the capitalist "rule book" with a socialist one.”
   Obama openly campaigned for “fundamental change” for America, and Michelle Obama proclaimed: “Barack knows that we are going to have to make sacrifices; we are going to have to change our conversation; we're going to have to change our traditions, our history; we're going to have to move into a different place as a nation."  I agree with the President that words, indeed, do matter.  Our country is being fundamentally changed as promised: bail-outs; government take-over of private companies; the breaking of legal contracts; stimulus spending mostly on government jobs; an increasing social and socialist agenda in our schools; wildly unpopular government healthcare; Obamacare waivers to many unions; and unemployment compensation now reaching almost two years; higher taxes on the horizon; promotion of amnesty for illegal aliens before border security; federal lawsuits against states; dropping prosecution of blatant Black Panther intimidation at voting centers; and tasking NASA to make Muslims feel better about their historic contribution to science, among others. 
   We must also remember that Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's Chief-of-Staff, once declared that Rule #1 is to "never let a serious crisis go to waste."
    It really doesn't matter if this is coincidental - or if it demonstrates the above strategies in action.  Either way, our country is in great crisis!  The Socialists are openly demonstrating at various protests in America, for they believe that this is their time.  Only we can save our Republic – by educating ourselves, exercising our rights as citizens, and supporting those who believe in American greatness.

The Cable reports: The top U.S. admiral involved in the Libya war admitted to a U.S. congressman that NATO forces are trying to kill Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi. The same admiral also said he anticipated the need for ground troops in Libya after Qaddafi falls, according to the lawmaker.
House Armed Services Committee member Mike Turner (R-OH) told The Cable that U.S. Admiral Samuel Locklear, commander of the NATO Joint Operations Command in Naples, Italy, told him last month that NATO forces are actively targeting and trying to kill Qaddafi, despite the fact that the Obama administration continues to insist that "regime change" is not the goal and is not authorized by the U.N. mandate authorizing the war.
"The U.N. authorization had three components: blockade, no fly zone, and civil protection.

What does the UK Telegraph think of Obama's "you guys" appellation for our military as well as his horrible ad lib on the dead soldier?  They wrote: Note that rather than referring to SFC Monti by his rank, Obama said just “Jared Monti”. Servicemen and women earn their ranks and deserve to be addressed by them.
When SSG Giunta received his Medal of Honor, Obama referred to him as “Sal” and ad libbed: “I really like this guy”. After hanging the medal around his neck, Obama did not salute him but gave him a hug – one of the most awkward and cringeworthy moments I’ve seen at the White House.
At the ceremony for SFC Monti, Michelle Obama wore this dress (more like a red and orange cocktail dress) and entered the room holding hands with her husband. Obama once mispronounced “corpsman” – saying “corpse” instead of “core” – several times.
All this suggests that Obama doesn’t really understand or fully appreciate the military, its culture and its traditions.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Atlas Shrugged; Congress and patent protections; 30% will vote for Obama; TSA conducts surprise screenings at bus terminals and subways; War casualty rate up 5 fold under Obama; Dept. of Agriculture decries "heterosexism"; FBI checking Obama's Chicago connections; Geithner cut non-union pensions at GM; Allahu Akbar, again; UK comments on Obama's Ahghanistan speech; Barack call our military "you guys"; Geithner wants higher taxes on small business

[I know - I am having to post more and more articles each day just to keep up with the pace of this Administration's activities.  It seems as if Barack Obama is trying to "overwhelm the system" ala Saul Alinsky and his Rules for Radicals. So, if you can, at least ready the gyst of each article, for we must keep ourselves informed.]

Big Government and Wayne Allen Root write about the book Atlas Shrugged, and Barack Obama: The central plot of Atlas Shrugged is that in response to being demonized, over-taxed, over-regulated, and punished for success, America’s business owners were disappearing — dropping off the grid, and refusing to work 16-hour days to support those unwilling to put in the same blood, sweat and tears. They were going on strike. Because of that the original proposed title of “Atlas Shrugged” was “The Strike.”
They were going on strike to teach that civilization cannot survive when people are slaves to government. That without a productive class of innovative business owners willing to risk their own money and work 16-hour days, weekends and holidays, there are no jobs and no taxes to pay for government. If you punish the wealthy, the risk-takers, the innovators, you kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. In Obama’s America, fiction is becoming fact.
The lesson of Atlas Shrugged is that without the $100,000+ earners paying into Social Security, there are no pensions for the poor and lower middle class. Without the wealthy owners of million-dollar mansions paying $25,000 and $50,000 annual property tax bills, there is no funding for public schools. Without the wealthy paying into Medicare, there is no “free” healthcare for the elderly. Without capitalists motivated by profit, there are no discoveries to eradicate polio or create miraculous cancer and AIDS drugs. Without capitalists motivated by profit, there are no jobs, period! That is what happens when the producers of society go on strike to protect themselves from the looters.
Expose Obama reports: Let’s make a brief summary of the abuse America has been subjected to this week by her self-appointed, and self-anointed “leaders.”  The Senate voted 95-5 for a blatantly unconstitutional bill, misleadingly named the America Invents Act, S. 23. This bill destroys over 200 years of patent protections for American inventors, and imposes, instead, “global standards” that amount to a giveaway of American inventions to the Chinese.
As the Democratic Policy Committee writes: In order to win the future, America must out-innovate and out-build the rest of the world.  Yet the U.S. patent system lags woefully behind.  Over 750,000 patent applications have yet to be approved due to inefficiencies in the approval process.
The America Invents Act will create jobs and promote innovation by reforming the nation’s patent filing system for the first time in nearly 60 years.
The America Invents Act is self-funding and will not add a dime to the deficit.

And Law Pundit explains: We definitely agree with the need for substantial patent reform, although the proposed change from a "first to invent" to a "first to file" system may unjustly favor those who have the money to file patents, which requires the investment of thousands of dollars. A penniless inventor with a great invention is out of luck until he finds the cash to file his patent application, and by then, word may have gotten around, and a patent can then be easily stolen. I am not sure that is the kind of "patent reform" the system needs.
Bloomberg reports: Only 30 percent of respondents said they are certain to vote for the president and 36 percent said they definitely won’t. Among likely independent voters, only 23 percent said they will back his re-election, while 36 percent said they definitely will look for another candidate.
“As far as the economy goes, I don’t see that he has delivered on the change that he promised,” said Sharon Ortiz, a 38-year-old
Mother Jones reports: Think you could avoid the TSA's body scanners and pat-downs by taking Amtrak? Think again. Even your daily commute isn't safe from TSA screenings. And because the TSA is working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Border Patrol, you may have your immigration status examined along with your "junk".
As part of the TSA's request for FY 2012 funding, TSA Administrator John Pistole told Congress last week that the TSA conducts 8,000 unannounced security screenings every year. These screenings, conducted with local law enforcement agencies as well as immigration, can be as simple as checking out cargo at a busy seaport. But more and more, they seem to involve giving airport-style pat-downs and screenings of unsuspecting passengers at bus terminals, ferries, and even subways
CNS News reports: The average monthly casualty rate for U.S. military forces serving in Afghanistan has increased 5-fold since President Barack Obama was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2009. [I'm sure we can all remember when each and ever death during Bush's term was trumpeted as Bush's fault...]
U.S. Department of Agriculture activists want to impose their intense brand of homosexual sensitivity training governmentwide, including a discussion that compares “heterosexism” - believing marriage can be between only one man and one woman - to racism. It says people who view marriage as being between only one man and one woman are guilty of “heterosexism.”
Accuracy in Media reports: In a front page story about a major FBI terrorism investigation, The Washington Post has reported that the targets include “Chicagoans who crossed paths with Obama when he was a young state senator and some who have been active in labor unions that supported his political rise.” The implication is that the trail could lead to the White House.
This is an unusual investigation that does not primarily involve Islamists. Instead, it is focused on elements of the old international communist networks that many people mistakenly thought had faded away with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Those under investigation are suspected of providing support to foreign terrorist organizations such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in the Middle East, a Marxist group. The Post called them “Colombian and Palestinian groups designated by the U.S. government as terrorists.”
Daily Caller writes: Republican Reps. Dan Burton and Mike Turner say that during the GM bailout, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner decided to cut pensions for salaried non-union employees at Delphi, a GM spinoff, to expedite GM’s emergence from bankruptcy.
Washington Examiner reveals: A Marine Corps reservist charged with shooting at military buildings last year videotaped himself firing a handgun out of a moving vehicle at the National Museum of the Marine Corps while saying "Allahu Akbar!," an Islamic exclamation meaning "God is great," prosecutors said.
Yonathan Melaku, 22, of Alexandria, was charged with firing at the museum in Prince William County and the Pentagon in October as part of a series of attacks in Northern Virginia. Authorities said they would not discuss a possible motive, but they say that Melaku's intent was to shut down military targets.
"This is not a junior high student shooting a BB gun at a local school," said Neil MacBride, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
The UK Telegraph opines: Racing through his speech, President Barack Obama told us what had been comprehensively leaked over the preceding 24 hours: by next summer 33,000 troops – a third of the American force – will be withdrawn from Afghanistan.
The words were soothing - “take comfort in knowing that the tide of war is receding”, rest assured that “the light of secure peace can be seen in the distance” – but what was entirely lacking was an explanation of American strategy in Afghanistan from now on.
Barack Obama: "Throughout my service, first as a senator and then as a presidential candidate and then as a President, I’ve always run into you guys.  And for some reason it’s always in some rough spots.    
First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq.  When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there.  I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously."

The problem is, Jared Monti was killed in action in Afghanistan, on June 21, 2006.
[I just have to add that "you guys" is not a Presidential way to address our military, nor is it the sign of a great orator....]
CNS News reports: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told the House Small Business Committee on Wednesday that the Obama administration believes taxes on small business must increase so the administration does not have to “shrink the overall size of government programs.”

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Corps of Engineers under fire in Missouri; Obama's executive order on rural communities; Al Gore advocates active population control; Muslim and Hispanic demographics in America;

The Souix City Journal writes: "The Corps of Engineers has completely and totally let us down," Gary Grittner, a Fort Pierre resident, said. "We, the people of Fort Pierre and Pierre, are paying the price for incompetence on the part of the Corps of Engineers."
Severe flooding on the upper Missouri may be a rare event, but harsh criticism of the corps isn't. For decades, stakeholders up and down the river have waged a fierce struggle over how the corps has managed water releases from the great Missouri River reservoirs -- struggles triggered equally by periods of low water as this year's high water.
Patriot Action Network reports: On June 9, 2011, President Obama signed his 86th Executive Order, and almost nobody noticed. 
Created by executive order this month, the new council will help low-income residents in rural communities access public funds for “economic growth” and will “promote innovation” and improve access to health care and education. Section 1. Policy. Sixteen percent of the American population lives in rural counties. Strong, sustainable rural communities are essential to winning the future and ensuring American competitiveness in the years ahead. These communities supply our food, fiber, and energy, safeguard our natural resources, and are essential in the development of science and innovation. Though rural communities face numerous challenges, they also present enormous economic potential. The Federal Government has an important role to play in order to expand access to the capital necessary for economic growth, promote innovation, improve access to health care and education, and expand outdoor recreational activities on public lands.  Warning bells should have been sounding all across rural America when the phrase “sustainable rural communities” came up. As we know from researching the UN plan for Sustainable Development known as Agenda 21, these are code words for the true fundamental transformation America.
Judicial Watch opines: [The Rural Council will also focus on job creation in those areas, bringing access to credit, creating “digital and physical networks,” expanding “ecosystem markets” and developing “renewable energy projects.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide the taxpayer money and administrative support for the new committee.
Obama’s Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, will chair the rural council and the heads of all major federal agencies will serve as members and key advisors. Among them are the secretaries of the Treasury, Defense, Commerce, Labor, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Education and Energy. Attorney General Eric Holder will also serve on the new panel.
Daily Caller reports: In an appearance Monday in New York City, former Vice President Al Gore, prominently known for his climate change activism, took on the subject of population size and the role of society in controlling it to reduce pollution.
He offered some ideas about what might be done for females in the name of stabilizing population growth. (h/t Chris Horner via
“One of the things we could do about it is to change the technologies, to put out less of this pollution, to stabilize the population, and one of the principle ways of doing that is to empower and educate girls and women,” Gore said. “You have to have ubiquitous availability of fertility management so women can choose how many children have, the spacing of the children.
“You have to lift child survival rates so that parents feel comfortable having small families and most important — you have to educate girls and empower women,”  (I would like to assume that he is talking about women in third world countries, but I wouldn't count on it.
1) Americans are at this time producing only enough children to replace themselves, and I can't think of one person who had more children than they wanted because they knew several of them would die due to our low survival rate
2) The truth of it is that whites in our country, and all over the world, will continue to lower their population growth, while Hispanics, Afro-American, and Muslims will continue to produce far more than enough children simply to replace themselves. 
3)  We have been shocked thru the years by China's one child policy, which leads to abortions of many female fetuses, leading to a decided lack of women who can bear children.
4) These solutions to global warming will create a world where the white man will become the minority even more quickly than is now happening.  Is this Algore's unstated goal?  What could he be thinking.  We should be so grateful that many recounts show that he lost the election to George W. Bush, liberal lies about it aside.  Gore is the gift that keeps on giving.)
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Washington Post adds: The world's Muslim population will grow at double the rate of non-Muslims over the next 20 years, according to a broad new demographic analysis that is likely to spark controversy in Europe and the United States.
If current trends continue, the study found, the number of Muslims in the United States will more than double, from 2.6 million in 2010 to 6.2 million in 2030. The percentage of native-born Muslims in the U.S. is projected to rise from 35 percent today to 45 percent in 2030.
USA Today writes: The U.S. population will soar to 438 million by 2050 and the Hispanic population will triple, according to projections released Monday by the Pew Research Center.Even if immigration is limited, Hispanics' share of the population will increase because they have higher birth rates than the overall population.
•Nearly one in five Americans will have been born outside the USA vs. one in eight in 2005. Sometime between 2020 and 2025, the percentage of foreign-born will surpass the historic peak reached a century ago during the last big immigration wave. New immigrants and their children and grandchildren born in the USA will account for 82% of the population increase from 2005 to 2050.
•Whites who are not Hispanic, now two-thirds of the population, will become a minority when their share drops to 47%. They made up 85% of the population in 1960.
•Hispanics, already the largest minority group, will more than double their share of the population to 29%.
•Blacks will remain 13% of the population. Asians will go to 9% from 5%.
AP News writes: For the first time, minorities make up a majority of babies in the U.S., part of a sweeping race change and growing age divide between mostly white, older Americans and predominantly minority youths that could reshape government policies.
Preliminary census estimates also show the share of African-American households headed by women - made up of mostly single mothers - now exceeds African-American households with married couples, a sign of declining U.S. marriages overall but also continuing challenges for black youths without involved fathers.
MSNBC wrote: Minorities make up nearly half the children born in the U.S., part of a historic trend in which minorities are expected to become the U.S. majority over the next 40 years.

Expose Obama writes about another issue which will affect our demographics: In a first for any administration, President Obama has implemented a new system to spare a myriad of illegal immigrants from removal by authorizing—and encouraging—low-level field officers to block deportations by using an outrageously broad list of exemptions.
The unprecedented program will allow droves of undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. by drastically expanding factors that can be considered to exercise “prosecutorial discretion.” That’s when agencies get to decide to what degree they enforce certain laws against particular individuals.
Beginning this week, federal immigration officers, attorneys and other officials can cancel the removal of an illegal immigrant that is breast feeding or pregnant, has pursued an education in the U.S., has a relative in the military, has ties and contributions to the community or a U.S.-born child (anchor baby), to name a few. A “person’s length of presence in the U.S.” will also strengthen their case to stay.
"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can't pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies."  - Senator Barack Obama, March 16, 2006*

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Letter from Grandpa

John G. is 63 years old and owns a small business. He's a
life-long Republican and sees his dream of retiring next year has all but
evaporated. With the stock market crashing and new taxes coming his way, John
assumes now that he will work to his dying day.
John has a granddaughter. Ashley is a recent college grad.. She drives a
flashy hybrid car, wears all the latest fashions, and loves to go out to
nightclubs and restaurants. Ashley campaigned hard for Barack Obama. After the
election she made sure her grandfather (and all other Republican family
members) received a big I told-you-so earful on how the world is going to be a
much better place now that her party is taking over.
Having lost both roommates, Ashley recently ran short of cash and cannot
pay the rent (again) on her 3 bedroom townhouse.. Like she has done many times
in the past, she e-mailed her grandfather asking for some financial help.

Here is his reply:
Sweetheart, I received your request
for assistance.

Ashley, you know I love you dearly and I 'm sympathetic to your
financial plight. Unfortunately, times have changed. With the election of
President Obama, your grandmother and I have had to set forth a bold new
economic plan of our own...."The Ashley Economic Empowerment Plan."
Let me explain.

Your grandmother and I are life-long, wage-earning tax payers. We have
lived a comfortable life, as you know, but we have never had the fancier things
like European vacations, luxury cars, etc.. We have worked hard and were
looking forward to retiring soon. But the plan has changed.. Your president is
raising our personal and business taxes significantly. He says it is so he can
give our hard earned money to other people. Do you know what this means,
Ashley? It means less for us, and we must cut back on many business and
personal expenses.

You know the wonderful receptionist who worked in my office for more
than 23 years? The one who always gave you candy when you came over to visit? I
had to let her go last week. I can't afford to pay her salary and all of the
government mandated taxes that go with having employees. Your grandmother will
now work 4 days a week to answer phones, take orders and handle the books. We
will be closed on Fridays and will lose even more income.
I'm also very sorry to report that your cousin Frank will no longer be
working summers in the warehouse. I called him at school this morning. He
already knows about it and he's upset because he will have to give up skydiving
and his yearly trip to Greenland to survey the polar bears.

That's just the business side of things. Some personal economic effects
of Obama's new taxation policies include none other than you. You know very well
that over the years your grandmother and I have given you thousands of dollars
in cash, tuition assistance, food, housing, clothing, gifts, etc., etc. But by
your vote, you have chosen to help others -- not at your expense -- but at our

If you need money now sweetheart, I recommend you call 202-456-1111.
That is the direct phone number for the White House.. You can also contact the
White House here: ;..

You yourself told me how foolish it is to vote Republican.. You said Mr
Obama is going to be the People's President, and is going to help every
American live a better life. Based on everything you've told me, along with all
the promises we heard during the campaign, I'm sure Mr. Obama will be happy to
transfer some stimulus money into your bank account. Have him call me for the
account number which I memorized years ago..

Perhaps you can now understand what I've been saying all my life: those
who vote for a president should consider the impact on the nation as a whole,
and not be just concerned with what they can get for themselves. What Obama
supporters don't seem to realize is all of the money he is redistributing to
illegal aliens and non-taxpaying Americans (the so-called "less
fortunate") comes from tax-paying families.

Remember how you told me, "Only the richest of the rich will be affected"?
Well guess what, honey? Because we own a business, your
grandmother and I are now considered to be the richest of the rich. On paper,
it might look that way, but in the real world, we are far from it.

As you said while campaigning for Obama, some people will have to carry
more of the burden so all of America
can prosper.. You understand what that means, right? It means that raising
taxes on productive people results in them having less money; less money for
everything, including granddaughters.

I'm sorry, Ashley, but the well has run dry. The free lunches are over..
I have no money to give you now. So, congratulations on your choice for
"change." For future reference, I encourage you to try and add up the
total value of the gifts and cash you have received from us, just since you
went off to college, and compare it to what you expect to get from Mr. Obama
over the next 4 (or 8) years. I have not kept track of it, Ashley. It has all
truly been the gift of our hearts.

Remember, we love you dearly....but from now on you'll need to call the
number mentioned above. Your "Savior" has the money we would have
given to you. Just try and get it from him.

Good luck, sweetheart.
Love, Grandpa
We now have Sarah Palin's emails.  Slate points out: Obama had been asked the question by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, who pressed the senator on the question, saying that she wasn't requesting specific papers. Instead, she just wanted to know where the papers were.
"You know I'm not certain, Lynn," Obama said. "I didn't have the resources to ensure that all this sutff was archived in some way; it could have been thrown out. I haven't been in the state senate now for some time. I'm not sure, Lynn. I don't know.When asked about why he hadn't released his papers, Obama said that he had only one staff person assigned to him during his years in the senate and simply did not have the resources to keep archival records.
The Journal Sentinal announced: Acting with unusual speed, the state Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the reinstatement of Gov. Scott Walker's controversial plan to end most collective bargaining for tens of thousands of public workers.
The court found that a committee of lawmakers was not subject to the state's open meetings law, and so did not violate that law when it hastily approved the collective bargaining measure in March and made it possible for the Senate to take it up. In doing so, the Supreme Court overruled a Dane County judge who had halted the legislation, ending one challenge to the law even as new challenges are likely to emerge.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Waivers will not continue to be written; Middle schoolers required to answer sex survey; House forces government contractors to us labor unions; University of Colorado exaggerates affects of global warming; Obama's governement plans for recovery; Texas avoids lightbulb ban

The San Francisco Chronicle wrote: A program that allows McDonald's Corp., the world's largest restaurant chain, and the insurer Cigna Corp. to avoid providing the minimum health coverage mandated by last year's overhaul will stop accepting applicants in September, the government said today.

Companies that already have exemptions from the mandate will be able to continue their "mini-med" health plans with annual maximum coverage of $10,000. The health-care overhaul signed last year by President Barack Obama raised the minimum coverage level to $750,000 for those who weren't granted the waivers.
The government is closing down the program because there's no need for new applications, Steve Larsen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, said during a call with reporters. "For the vast majority of plans that would need a waiver, those are the ones that would have applied and did apply this year," said Larsen, whose office is implementing the law's regulations on health insurers.

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Fox News reports: A middle school in Massachusetts is under fire for requiring children to complete a graphic sex survey -- without parental knowledge or consent -- that included questions about sexual partners and oral sex.
The Rutherford Institute, a civil liberties organization, filed a complaint with the U.S. Dept. of Education against the Fitchburg School Committee. They are representing the two middle school-aged daughters of Arlene Tessitore.
Whitehead said the girls were deeply disturbed by the subject matter of the study – including questions about suicide, drug use and sexual behavior.
“One of the questions is, ‘have you ever had oral sex,’” Whitehead said. “You’re talking about kids who probably don’t even know what oral sex is.”
He said the survey also delved into even more graphic language.
“It’s adult material,” he told Fox News Radio, noting that one question asked students what method they used to prevent pregnancy during their last sexual encounter.

Redstate writes: the House passed the largely non-controversial Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Appropriations (MilCon) bill for FY 2012.  Unfortunately, it is these non-controversial bills which provide a safe haven for meretricious policy initiatives through the rapid fire amendment process.  While everyone was focused on presidential politics, the House passed an amendment forcing government contractors to use labor unions on federal construction projects.  Oh, and like most bad legislation, this amendment passed by one vote, with the help of 27 Republicans.
The University of Colorado’s Sea Level Research Group decided in May to add 0.3 millimeters -- or about the thickness of a fingernail -- every year to its actual measurements of sea levels, sparking criticism from experts who called it an attempt to exaggerate the effects of global warming.

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------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- reports: The president has unveiled a plan to cut joblessness with an industrial policy from the 19th century. In this "new" economy, government will pick winners and losers for industry. It didn't work then, it won't work now.
Taking a cue from classical Marxist theory as well as vintage union organizing doctrine, both discounting the value of service work over manufacturing, we now see President Obama touting training for factory jobs over all others, pushing government spending in that area and calling it a jobs recovery plan.
"I see a future where we train workers who make things here in the United States, and continue a important and honorable tradition of folks working with their hands, creating value, not just shuffling paper," he said Wednesday at Northern Virginia Community College, urging students to pack up and go to ... Detroit.
As he announced his public-private "Skills for America" partnership to train and credential 500,000 students for jobs in industries favored by the Obama administration, it bears looking at how at odds this approach is to both history and economic reality.
Fox News reports: State lawmakers have passed a bill that allows Texans to skirt federal efforts to promote more efficient light bulbs, which ultimately pushes the swirled, compact fluorescent bulbs over the 100-watt incandescent bulbs many grew up with.
The measure, sent to Gov. Rick Perry for consideration, lets any incandescent light bulb manufactured in Texas - and sold in that state - avoid the authority of the federal government or the repeal of the 2007 energy independence act that starts phasing out some incandescent light bulbs next year.
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The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition for review from ACORN, ruling in effect that Congress was absolutely entitled to cut off federal taxpayer funding of ACORN, the depraved radicals who used to employ President Obama, according to reports.
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now had asked the high court to review a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit which found that the funding cutoff was not a "bill of attainder" banned by the Constitution. ACORN had advanced the nonsensical argument that Congress had no power to stop funding the group unless it could prove it had done something wrong.
Food industries are in an uproar over the proposal written by the Federal Trade Commission, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Tony the Tiger, some NASCAR drivers and cookie-selling Girl Scouts will be out of a job unless grocery manufacturers agree to reinvent a vast array of their products to satisfy the Obama administration’s food police.
Either retool the recipes to contain certain levels of sugar, sodium and fats, or no more advertising and marketing to tots and teenagers, say several federal regulatory agencies.
The same goes for restaurants.
It’s not just the usual suspected foods that are being targeted, such a thin mint cookies sold by scouts or M&Ms and Snickers, which sponsor cars in the Sprint Cup, but pretty much everything on a restaurant menu.

Monday, June 20, 2011

A good explanation of Democrats

When your friends cannot explain why they voted for Democrats, give them this list.. They can then pick their reasons from this "TOP 12"........

1. I voted Democrat because I believe oil companies' profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene, but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn't.

2. I voted Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.

3. I voted Democrat because Freedom of Speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.

4. I voted Democrat because I'm way too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers and thieves.

5. I voted Democrat because I believe that people who can't tell us if it will rain on Friday can tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don't start driving a Prius.

6. I voted Democrat because I'm not concerned about millions of babies being aborted so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.

7. I voted Democrat because I think illegal aliens have a right to free health care, food stamps, education, and Social Security benefits.

8. I voted Democrat because I believe that business should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as the Democrats see fit.

9. I voted Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters.
 10. I voted Democrat because I think that it's better to pay billions to people who hate us for their oil, but not drill our own because it might upset some endangered beetle or gopher.

11. I voted Democrat because while we live in the greatest, most wonderful country in the world, I was promised "HOPE AND CHANGE".

Thanks to the trillions of dollars that the Chinese have made flooding our shores with cheap products, China is now in a position of tremendous economic power.  So what is China going to do with all of that money?  One thing that they have decided to do is to buy up pieces of the United States and set up "special economic zones" inside our country from which they can continue to extend their economic domination.  One of these "special economic zones" would be just south of Boise, Idaho and the Idaho government is eager to give it to them.  China National Machinery Industry Corporation (Sinomach for short) plans to construct a "technology zone" south of Boise Airport which would ultimately be up to 50 square miles in size.  The Chinese Communist Party is the majority owner of Sinomach, so the 10,000 to 30,000 acre "self-sustaining city" that is being planned would essentially belong to the Chinese government. The planned "self-sustaining city" in Idaho would include manufacturing facilities, warehouses, retail centers and large numbers of homes for Chinese workers.  Basically it would be a slice of communist China dropped right into the middle of the United States.
CNS News reports: 1.9 Million Fewer Americans Have Jobs Today Than When Obama Signed Stimulus