Saturday, July 30, 2011

Opinion pieces on our President; Obama loses 33,000 Twitter followers; Our shrinking economy; Obamacare job losses; Obama is confused about math; Ethanol edicts causes many job losses; Mexico unemployment about half of ours;

Forbes opines: President Barack Obama’s speech to the nation Monday night was highly disturbing.  Because read carefully, it reveals a president wildly divorced from the fundamental realities of the nation he is supposed to be leading.
President Obama actually told America on national television that it is a nation “with a system in which the deck seems stacked against middle class Americans in favor of the wealthiest few.”  It is incomprehensible how a man serving as president of these United States could make such a fundamentally false assertion about his own country. official IRS data showed that for 2007 the top 1% of income earners paid more in federal income taxes than the bottom 95% combined. Obama’s wildly erroneous statement Monday night indicates he is not living in the real world, which is dangerous for America.  These tax policies so heavily skewed against the nation’s small businesses, job creators and investors are central reasons why there has been no recovery from the last recession, why working people can’t get jobs, why their wages are falling in real terms, why unemployment is still rising 3.5 years after the last recession started, why a record number of Americans are in poverty.  As a consequence, in reality, it is Obama’s anti-market economic policies that are actually in effect stacked heavily against the middle class, working people and the poor.
National Review adds: By now, the Obama “leadership” style should be blindingly apparent: Do nothing, lie in wait, and then counter-attack. Never present a plan if you can possibly help it, but deal exclusively in bromides and platitudes as you stake out the moral “high ground” and get ready to ambush the other guy. Think of it as the Permanent Insurgency campaign.
Meanwhile, have your media allies, talking parrots, and court lickspittles prepare the ground with standard-issue talking points — “The Tea Party Republicans are terrorists,” for example. In other words, do what former New York Times reporter and former car czar Steve Rattner and former Boston Globe columnist Mike Barnicle did this morning on Morning Joe:
The Blaze reports: [of the CEO of Home Depot] -Aside from calling the commander-in-chief “unpresidential” and “petulant,” he accused the president of purposefully pitting Americans against one another during the nation’s ongoing debt debate. In the interview, the successful businessman said:
“He’s not bringing us together. He’s willfully dividing us. He’s petulant. Ronald Reagan would never go into the Oval Office without his jacket on — that’s how much he revered the presidency…
Divide us and we all lose. And this has got to stop. And if [Obama's] listening, or one of his people are listening, and you can quote me exactly for what I say, he is not acting presidential, he is behaving in a way designed, in my opinion, to divide us and make us look at each other with skepticism, with suspicion.
That’s the end of America as we know it when that happens.”
The NY Daily News writes: President Obama brought his debt battle to Twitter and he lost – more than 33,000 Twitter followers.
Obama asked Americans Friday to call, email, and tweet Congressional leaders to “keep the pressure on” lawmakers in hopes of reaching a bipartisan deal to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit ahead of an Aug. 2 deadline.
Obama’s campaign staff used the @BarackObama Twitter account to post the Twitter handles of tweeting GOP leaders – state by state, tweet by tweet.
Not everyone is a fan of the presidential spam. By Friday evening, the President’s had lost more than 33,000 Twitter followers - and counting.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ write about Obamanomics: In case you thought the economy was doing better, Friday's report on gross domestic product likely disabused you of that notion. It shows the last two years of economic policymaking have been an utter failure.
New data show that the economy has been expanding far less robustly over the past two and a half years than initially claimed.
According to the Commerce Department, first-quarter GDP growth was 0.4%, not 1.9% as first reported. In the second quarter, it grew at a tepid 1.3% pace.
A recent problem? Hardly. Fourth-quarter 2010 growth was also revised down, from 3.1% to 2.3%.
In fact, all told, from the end of 2008 to this year, the government estimates U.S. GDP was $314 billion less than first estimated, not including this year's revisions.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- reports: Boston Scientific Corp. said yesterday that it plans to eliminate 1,200 to 1,400 jobs worldwide during the next 2 ½ years to free money for new investments, the Natick medical device maker’s second major round of cuts since last year.Yesterday’s move, a day after Boston Scientific disclosed it was investing $150 million and hiring 1,000 people in China, raised fears that the company will gradually shift more work to foreign sites with less government oversight and lower costs than the United States.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Wall St. Journal reminds us: [At the time Obamacare passed] A large swath of the business community opposed the changes, arguing the legislation was too broad and had too many taxes. "This will make us one of the highest-taxed regions in the world, and that's going to have an impact on the appetite for people to invest in medical innovation," said Bill Hawkins, chief executive of Medtronic Inc., which makes medical devices. He said his company could cut at least 1,000 jobs to absorb a new 2.3% excise tax on medical-device makers. [Tell me again how many jobs President Obama has created?]
The Hill reports: President Obama used his his weekly address to call out House Republicans for holding up the process of getting "our fiscal house in order."
"Republicans in the House of Representatives just spent precious days trying to pass a plan that a majority of Republicans and Democrats in the Senate had already said they wouldn’t vote for," Obama said in the Saturday morning message. [If you are not lying once again, Mr. President, please explain just how it passed without a majority.  I do recall that it was your plan which the senate defeated 97-1.]
The Winston-Salem Journal reports: The 476 employees of Omtron USA's chicken-processing plant in Mocksville were bracing for bad news when they went to work Friday.
Employees knew the surging cost of corn was slamming poultry operators small and large.
What employees were handed was a sheet of paper representing the worst-case scenario: The plant at 251 Eaton Road — part of Townsends' Crestwood Farms division — is closing and all jobs are being eliminated by Oct. 4.

Just like that, a plant that appeared to have been given new life — with 200 employees added in the last three months — became destined for shutdown after all.
Omtron also said it was closing its poultry operations in Siler City, cutting 680 jobs in the same time frame.
The N.C. Commerce Department said it expects to deploy its rapid-response team — which provides unemployment and job-searching assistance — to both plants in the next week. The price of a barrel of corn has climbed from $3.41 in June 2010 to $6.58 in June 2011, according to the N.C. Agriculture Department. [We must keep in mind that government edicts and taxpayer financial support for turning a large amount of corn into ethanol has been cited worldwide for a rise in the cost of corn as well as in the rise of food shortages.]
The Dallas News reports: Chicken processor Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. announced Friday it will close a Dallas production plant in the next 60 days, eliminating 1,000 jobs.

Closing the Dallas plant by Sept. 30 is part of the company’s effort to reduce costs. Pilgrim’s reported Friday that it lost $128 million in the second quarter as high corn prices and chicken surpluses hit its bottom line hard.
The company said its cost for corn feed in 2011 has climbed by $400 million over last year. Those prices have risen as more of the nation’s corn crop goes to ethanol production, rather than to feed livestock. Thank you, U.S. Congress.]
The Sacrament Bee spells out how great America's employment really is: There are fewer undocumented immigrants in California – and the Sacramento region – because many are now finding the American dream south of the border.
"It's now easier to buy homes on credit, find a job and access higher education in Mexico," Sacramento's Mexican consul general, Carlos González Gutiérrez, said Wednesday. "We have become a middle-class country."
Mexico's unemployment rate is now 4.9 percent, compared with 9.4 percent joblessness in the United States.
An estimated 300,000 undocumented immigrants have left California since 2008, though the remaining 2.6 million still make up 7 percent of the population and 9 percent of the labor force, according to the Public Policy Institute of California.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Nancy Pelosi scare tactics; NASA puts lie to UN global warming models; Wildlife biologist's scientific misconduct; Democrat Wu to receive $1million in pension after resigning over sexual encounter; UK rations operations; Is marijuana for voter registration legit?; Obama deficits skyrocket; Sodexo can sue SEIU for extortion; Russia responsible for bomb blast at U.S. Embassy;

Rush Limbaugh explains U.S. baseline budgeting: Baseline budgeting is a method of developing a budget which uses existing spending levels as the basis for establishing future funding requirements. The baseline is normally enhanced by adding adjustment factors based on issues such as inflation, new programs, and anticipated changes to existing programs. 
Now, those of you who have been regular listeners to this program since the mid-nineties, you probably remember what my explanation of baseline budgeting was, or is. Here is the dirty little secret: Because Obama got his Porkulus, and because we did TARP, the "baseline" on which all these so-called cuts are measured has gone way up. So essentially the baseline that is being used here is a baseline that is established after $9 trillion of new spending. We're gonna cut $1.2 trillion from $9 trillion in new spending. We're still left with a new spending of seven-point-some-odd trillion. [In other words, when Democrats say that we are cutting their budget, what is really happening is that we are reducing the amount of the normal 8% automatic increase. Their expenditures of this current year will not be cut.  If we hold spending to last years' bloated baseline, that would not be a cut.  If we began a simple 1% cut in spending for the next 8 yrs. (one cent of every dollar spent) - the deficit would be eliminated in those 8 years.  These cuts being touted are just not cuts at all.] 


The Weekly Standard reports on the outrageous scare tactics of Nancy Pelosi on today's vote: "What we're trying to do is save the world from the Republican budget. We're trying to save life on this planet as we know it today." [She added that Medicare would just disappear, but offered no explanation as to how or to why or to the veracity of her words.]
Yahoo reveals: NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011 show the Earth's atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, reports a new study in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing. The study indicates far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted, and supports prior studies indicating increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide trap far less heat than alarmists have claimed.
"There is a huge discrepancy between the data and the forecasts that is especially big over the oceans."
In addition to finding that far less heat is being trapped than alarmist computer models have predicted, the NASA satellite data show the atmosphere begins shedding heat into space long before United Nations computer models predicted.
The new findings are extremely important and should dramatically alter the global warming debate.
Yahoo also reports: A federal wildlife biologist whose observation in 2004 of presumably drowned polar bears in the Arctic helped to galvanize the global warming movement has been placed on administrative leave for scientific misconduct, possibly over the veracity of that article.  and is being investigated for
USA Today reports: Rep. David Wu could be eligible for pension and benefits worth more than $1 million in his lifetime, according to an analysis by the National Taxpayers Union.
Wu, D-Ore., first elected in 1998, announced Tuesday he will leave Congress. His departure follows a report in The Oregonian last week that an 18-year-old woman complained to his office about an "unwanted sexual encounter."
The UK Independent reveals: Hip replacements, cataract surgery and tonsil removal are among operations now being rationed in a bid to save the NHS money.
Two-thirds of health trusts in England are rationing treatments for "non-urgent" conditions as part of the drive to reduce costs in the NHS by £20bn over the next four years. One in three primary-care trusts (PCTs) has expanded the list of procedures it will restrict funding to in the past 12 months.
Michigan Messenger reports: A Lansing medical marijuana dispensary is offering medical marijuana patients a choice of a half a gram of medical pot or a marijuana-laced baked good called a “medible” in exchange for registering to vote.
On the dispensary’s website, owner Skekina Pena writes:
Protect Your Access! Vote 2011:
All dispensaries are doing a voter registration drive. If you sign up at Your Healthy Choice, we will assist you in filling out the registration form and will mail it out for you. We believe in power in numbers and everyone taking a stand. So in appreciation, we will reward legal patients with a .5 gram free or a free medible! I’m planning an event for the preliminary voting that will have shuttles to the polls! We have to amend our Lansing ordinance! May God bless our efforts!
Bill Huizenga writes: To put this in perspective, when Republicans were in the majority in the House from 1995 through 2006, the average annual deficit was $96 billion. When Democrats controlled the House from 2007 through 2010, average monthly deficits were $75 billion. Since President Obama took office the average monthly deficit has been $111 billion.  Bill Huizenga for Congress -
Townhall Finance reports: United States District Judge Claude Hilton, acting in the eastern district of Virginia, has ruled that the French-based food service and facilities management company Sodexo can proceed with an extortion claim against the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
The SEIU, which has strong ties to the Obama administration, has been accused of using ties to the federal government to harass companies such as Sodexo. The alleged methods include using regulatory or government action to pressure or embarrass the company or its employees.
Sodexo, which operates as a contractor in government facilities, military bases, schools and hospitals, says that the SEIU tried to “extort [the company] by threatening financial damage unless [it] cave[d] into its demands. The SEIU's campaign was designed to illegally threaten [the] company.”
Sedexo vowed to continue to “challenge the SEIU's illegal behavior until it ends,” says a statement released by the company.;_what_does_obama_know/page/full/
The Washington Times writes: U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in a classified report late last year that Russia’s military intelligence was responsible for a bomb blast that occurred at an exterior wall of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, in September.
National Review opines: Let’s start with the House Democrats, who are content to make a political statement and sit on their hands. That means that the Boehner plan must pass with only Republican votes and Democrats don’t care if financial markets melt down tomorrow morning (they will).
Add to this list the White House. Are they whipping Democrats to vote for the Boehner plan, move a legislative vehicle to the House, soothe financial markets, and work to a better (in their eyes) legislative outcome in the Senate? No; that’s called governing. Instead, they are pushing a Reid proposal that will never get 60 votes in the Senate.
Now, about the Senate. Can Harry Reid actually move a piece of legislation, whether it comes from the House Republicans or one of his own? No. The Senate Democrats’ contribution to the week’s efforts has been a letter saying “no way” to a plan that has yet to emerge from the House. Meanwhile, America slides toward meltdown.
And finally, let’s discuss the House Republicans who are standing on the brink of sending to the Senate — who will pass it — and the president — who will sign it — a piece of legislation that is consistent with their principles, if not perfect.

by Michael E. Hammond, former General Counsel Senate Steering Committee 1978-89.. Five (Fairly) Short Points
(1)  House Republicans are walking into an enormous trap. The Boehner plan is sufficiently similar to the Reid plan, in virtually all important respects, that its passage will lead to the following compromise:  
  •  The adoption of Boehner’s ten years of sham cuts,which will be ephemeral beyond fiscal year 2012. Even John McCain said tonight that Gramm-Rudman (whose “sequestration” provisions are the enforcement mechanism for Boehner) became worthless because Congress just started declaring emergencies.
  • A commission which will report out large tax increases which cannot be filibustered. The “deciders” on the commission will be six Pelosi/Reid people and one squish Republican, who will be corralled into submission by:
  • A “trigger” which will make the pressure currently being applied to Congress seem small by comparison.
(2) Unless you can guarantee that it will go to the states, a guarantee of a losing vote on the balanced budget amendment is worthless.
(3) Dick Morris is correct that if Tuesday comes and goes, with only a shut-down of unessential government agencies, the American people will see Obama’s fear-mongering for what it is.
(4) Furthermore, as 2008 taught us, the GOP can sell all of its principles and spend the better part of a trillion dollars and the stock market will still continue to fall –- particularly since Standard & Poor’s is about to downgrade the U.S. for being too timid in debt reduction.
(5) Finally, Obama is currently reeling from his poor stewardship. For Republicans to capitulate and give him a “compromise” will reset him on a glide path to reelection. The liberal media is currently “spinning” that Republicans have won, but, after they lose, their surrender will be reported for what it was.
The Blaze reports: Former “green jobs czar” Van Jones is back at it againDuring Thursday’s Rebuild the Dream rally outside the U.S. Capitol, Jones said Americans “refuse to bow down” to what amounts to hostage-taking tactics. Jones reportedly told MRCTV:
“Any faction in America that would put a gun to the head of 310 million people and say ‘If you don’t do it our way, we will blow your dreams away, we will blow a hole in the American economy’, that is un-American. That is not how we do business, and we refuse to bow down to those tactics.”
The Rebuild the Dream movement is of course co-sponsored by in partnership with the Daily Kos, Planned Parenthood, Code Pink, Green for All, and, among others.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Obama not Presidential; Republicans have won the argument; Sharia Law in UK zones; U.S. Guardsman gets life in prison; A wide national conspiracy unfolding; Buffet's plan on debt ceiling; Unintended backdoor way to convert to Roth IRA; Obama's plan; Pelosi on republican plans to destroy America; Arbitrary changes to Medicare by new gov't body; Obama assures banks there will be no default;

American Thinker opines on Obama: Make no mistake: that's what happened over the past weekend.  We have been through a mercilessly condensed version of a presidential campaign, lasting only hours, in which Barack Obama ran against his own image, demonstrated himself unworthy of office, and threw away any chance of victory in next year's contest. To start with, we have his failure to deal with the budget in due time, thus allowing the crisis to build up in the first place.  Then we have his walking out of the negotiations after he himself tried to pull a fast one (adding $500 billion -- that's a half-trillion, folks -- in taxes at the last minute).  The threats against grandma's checks.  His petulant and adolescent Friday press conference.  His prolonged weekend sulk, leaving the separate houses of Congress to work their way through the crisis with no input from the White House whatsoever.  His wordless rejection of a better deal than he had coming.  The attempt to crash the Asian markets by personal decree.  And finally the speech which was intended to rally the country behind his vision but wound up as a prolonged plea for Congress and the Tea Parties to stop picking on him.
How can this be described as anything else but a complete dereliction of his duty as chief executive of this country?  Put aside all else that has occurred over the past two years; last weekend we saw the utter disintegration of a president.  It cannot be overlooked, and it will not be forgotten.
But times have changed.  People have seen Barack Obama, have taken in his oddities, his narcissism, his ignorance, his lack of quality.  They are unwilling to cut him any more slack.  They know what a president looks like, good or bad, popular or not, and they no longer see a president in Barack Obama.  Is it possible to imagine Reagan, FDR, Truman, or either of the Bushes pulling the kind of tricks that Obama has in recent days?
The UK Telegraph opines: So what’s going on? Amid all the disputes about tactics and different plans and, inevitably, the politics of every move, Republican seem not to have noticed that they have won the big argument – and reduced President Barack Obama to using his bully pulpit for petulance and blatant electioneering. Even Nancy Pelosi is talking about an “era of austerity” 
UK Daily Mail writes: Islamic extremists have launched a poster campaign across the UK proclaiming areas where Sharia law enforcement zones have been set up.
Communities have been bombarded with the posters, which read: ‘You are entering a Sharia-controlled zone – Islamic rules enforced.’
The bright yellow messages daubed on bus stops and street lamps have already been seen across certain boroughs in London and order that in the ‘zone’ there should be ‘no gambling’, ‘no music or concerts’, ‘no porn or prostitution’, ‘no drugs or smoking’ and ‘no alcohol’.
Brietbart reports: FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - A U.S. Army National Guardsman was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with the chance of parole for the murder of an Afghan civilian.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- reports: It has become clear that an operation so vast that involves multiple agencies of the Obama Administration, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fireams, and Explosives, the Department of Justice, the FBI, and others, would have had to secure the approval of individuals at the very highest layers of the federal government.
World Net Daily says that witnesses scheduled to testify at Issa's hearings this week will more than likely name names.
Vanderboegh said it looks like the government itself, from the highest level, was trying to undermine the Constitution.
"They're gradually building a case for a much wider, national conspiracy. By the end of this process, they'll be able to prove that orders came from the very top."
MSN Money reports: Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes I've heard in all this drama about the debt ceiling: "I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election."
CNN Money reports: Amid all the rancor in Washington over how to rein in the federal deficit, one thing seems inevitable: If you're a six-figure earner, your tax bill has nowhere to go but up. The good news? A quirk in the tax code gives you a new backdoor opportunity to build your savings and shelter more of your income from the threat of higher taxes.
Inexplicably, Congress left a major loophole in the new tax code. No matter what your income, you're eligible to open a traditional, nondeductible IRA, which you can then convert to a Roth now that the income limits on conversions have been lifted. And you can repeat the process each year as long as the loophole is in place. "It's almost certainly an unintended consequence of the new rules," says Ed Slott, a CPA and IRA specialist in Rockville Centre, N.Y. "But it's a perfectly legal maneuver and a great strategy for high-income investors."  Before making this move, however, you should consider converting any existing traditional IRAs you have to a Roth or move them into your 401(k) plan if allowed, says Loyd Stegent, a Houston-based CPA at Cornelius Stegent & Price. Otherwise the IRS may hit you with a tax bill on a portion of your backdoor Roth contribution. (Ask your financial planner or visit to determine how that applies to you.)
Glenn Beck reports: Fox News’s Ed Henry went after the White House and Jay Carney about their (lack of a) debt plan.
“What’s the point of giving a prime time address to the nation without an Obama plan and say neither of these other plans can work?” Henry asked, critiquing the President’s speech that offered no plan.
When Carney responded saying that Obama had laid out details during a speech at George Washington University, he added som insult, “The president stood before you. I can’t remember if you were here Friday night. Some of you weren’t because you cut out early. But a lot of you were. And he put forward in detail -” before being cut off by the press chatter.
Glenn Beck reports: In a recent speech, Nancy Pelosi accused the GOP of hating food safety, clean air, clear water, and education. She said they want to ‘destroy’ all of the above! She finally caught us! Glenn laid out his diabolical plan on radio this morning.
“They want to destroy. They want to destroy food safety, clean air, clean water, the Department of Education,” Pelosi said.
Patriot Update reports: Last weekend, Reps. Tim Bishop of New York and Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas were the latest Democrats to join the increasing bipartisan effort that opposes IPAB as they signed on as co-sponsors of Rep. Phil Roe’s bill to repeal it. Quite simply, IPAB has so many opponents because it embodies centralized planning from Washington, D.C., and enables unelected bureaucrats to make decisions about people’s health care. The contrast couldn’t be more clear: a new government body (IPAB) charged with taking resources away from the beloved Medicare program.
Major changes in the Medicare program should be decided by elected officials who will be held accountable for their decisions. Such an arbitrary system lacks transparency and oversight, and according to the Congressional Budget Office, IPAB will save no money over the next decade because Medicare spending won’t hit the threshold level to activate its powers.

Patriot Update writes: While officials from the Obama Administration raised their rhetoric over the weekend about the possibility of a debt default if the debt ceiling isn’t raised, they privately have been telling top executives at major U.S. banks that such an event won’t happen, FOX Business has learned.
In a series of phone calls, administration officials have told bankers that the administration will not allow a default to happen even if the debt cap isn’t raised by the August 2 date Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner says the government will run out of money to pay all its bills, including obligations to bond holders. Geithner made the rounds on the Sunday talk shows saying a default is imminent if the debt ceiling isn’t raised, and President Obama issued a similar warning during a Friday press conference after budget negotiations with House Republicans broke down.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

LaRaza asked to make change that cannot be stopped; Debt Limit debate a "political charade";

CNN reports: "The idea of doing things on my own is very tempting, I promise you, not just on immigration reform. But that's not how our system works. That's not how our democracy functions," Obama told the National Council of La Raza.
empty," he said.
Audience members greeted Obama with a standing ovation, and responded to his discussion of immigration reform by chanting, "Yes you can, yes you can."
"I need you to keep building a movement for change outside of Washington, one they can't stop, one that's greater than this community," Obama told them.
"Feel free to keep the heat on me and the heat on Democrats. But here's the thing you should know, the Democrats and your president are with you, don't get confused about that," he said Monday.
"I swore an oath to uphold the laws on the books. That doesn't mean I don't know very well the real pain and heartbreak that deportations cause. I share your concerns and I understand them," he said Monday. "We work every day to make sure we are enforcing flawed laws in the most humane possible way."  ["One they can't stop: he must be speaking of Obamacare or the Stimulus, both of which were not written, as the Constitution commands, by the Congress - but by the SEIU.  Yes, that would be great for him, to have La Raza working with him to upend that pesky old Constitution.]
Vision to America reports: Pete Stark (D-CA) told an audience Saturday morning that the Debt Limit debate is a ‘’political charade’. Not exactly anything that President Obama wants the American people to hear while he’s trying to convince them of the utter, complete and immediate need to raise the limit.
“You’ve heard a lot about the Debt Limit.  And I guess that’s – I don’t know how many of you are worried about it or concerned about it.  The fact is I think it’s a political charade.
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American Thinker reveals: John Kerry was introduced at the 2004 Democratic National Convention by Wade Sanders, a retired Navy Captain and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy who served as a Swift Boat officer in Vietnam. Like Kerry, Sanders was the recipient of a Silver Star for gallantry in action. During the 2004 campaign, Sanders functioned as Kerry lead attack dog against the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, repeatedly denouncing the veterans on the air as liars and comparing them to Nazi propagandists.
Wade Sanders is now in Federal prison, serving a 37-month sentence for possessing child pornography. Now the Navy Times reports that Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has revoked Sanders' Silver Star. The highly unusual decision appears unrelated to Sanders' felony conviction. A Navy spokesman cited "subsequently determined facts and evidence surrounding both the incident for which the award was made and the processing of the award itself." John Kerry has to be hoping this doesn't become a trend.
Consider that John Boehner told Sean Hannity tax hikes could come out of his deficit commission despite earlier denials.
Consider also that in one of the key differing portions, John Boehner uses Mitch McConnell’s gimmick of letting the President raise the debt ceiling on his own with merely a congressional vote of “disapproval” that the President can then veto. This is a gimmick embraced by Harry Reid.
Consider that John Boehner claimed actual cuts to the federal budget for 2012 would be just over $6 billion — that is for an entire year. The federal government spends $10 billion a day.
Consider that the Congressional Budget Office determined late last evening that the actual amount of cuts for 2012 would only be $1 billion for the whole year, or about 2.5 hours of federal government spending.
And then consider that the White House, after the Congressional Budget Office’s determination, defended John Boehner on the White House website even after White House officials said they would recommend the President veto Boehner’s plan — actually a different statement from the past. In the past, the White House said definitively that the President would veto the GOP’s idea. Now, they are just saying it’ll be recommended to the President.
Consider all these things and it seems the White House and Harry Reid are perfectly willing to let John Boehner pass his plan if he can get it out of the House. Their very hostility is designed to reassure Republicans. They’ll sign it into law. Then they will blame the GOP when our credit rating is downgraded — something sure to happen with John Boehner’s plan.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Obama wants a dance partner on immigration; King mentions impeachment if Obama allows default; CA gives free college education to illegals; U.S. armed drug cartel for war; Witnesses received warning letters from ATF prior to their testimony

CNN reports: America's immigration system is broken, but only a bipartisan political movement can fix it, President Barack Obama said Monday.
"The idea of doing things on my own is very tempting, I promise you, not just on immigration reform. But that's not how our system works. That's not how our democracy functions," Obama told the National Council of La Raza.
Speaking at the organization's annual conference in Washington, Obama said passing immigration reform measures will require support from both sides of the aisle in Congress.
"Let's be honest, I need a dance partner here, and the floor is empty," he said.

Politico reports: Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Monday that President Barack Obama “would be impeached” if the nation falls into default.
“STOP talking about default,” he wrote on Twitter. “The 1st dime of each $1 of revenue services debt. Obama would be impeached if he blocked debt payments. C C & B!”
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- writes:California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Monday a bill allowing illegal immigrants to receive privately funded scholarships to attend the state's public colleges and universities.
The bill, dubbed the California Dream Act, passed the state Legislature earlier this month and aims at helping illegal immigrants who earned a diploma after attending at least three years of high school in the state.
Fox News writes: The failed federal anti-gunrunning program known as Operation Fast and Furious got so out of control in November 2009, it appeared the U.S. government was single-handedly "arming for war" the Sinaloa Cartel, documents show, even as U.S. officials kept lying to fellow agents in Mexico about the volume of guns it helped send south of the border.
Those shocking allegations are revealed in the latest congressional report investigating the operation.
At one point, agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives say guns sold under the program took just 24 hours to travel from a gun store in Phoenix to a crime scene in Mexico. ATF agents there pleaded for help but were told nothing about Fast and Furious, which was intended to let guns "walk" in order to track them to higher-profile traffickers.
The Washington Times reports: House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, said at least two scheduled witnesses expected to be asked about a controversial weapons investigation known as “Fast and Furious”received warning letters from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to limit their testimony. 
Mr. Issa also said he is certain the Fast and Furious operation was known by most top officials at the Justice Department and that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. either knew and misled Congress, or was so out of the loop that he’s guilty of mismanagement.
“How is it that the No. 2, 3, 4 at Justice all knew about this program, but the No. 1 didn’t?,” Mr. Issa said. “Is it because he said ‘don’t tell me’? Is it because they knew what they were doing is wrong, and they were protecting their boss? Or is it that Eric Holder is just so disconnected … ?

Monday, July 25, 2011

NEA has Save our School rally July 30; Obama promises; Palestine a UN member state?; TX court intreprter kidnapped, then found dead in Mexico;Cosmic rays create more clouds, cooler planet; EPA regulations coming as Obama campaigns; 100 Mile marathon foot race cancelled due to lingering snowfall in Montana

The NEA Education Insider made this announcement: The Save our Schools (SOS) rally and march is a grassroots movement to reclaim schools as places of learning, joy, and democracy.  The event will take place on July 30, in Washington, DC, but there are also ways to participate in or plan actions in your local area!
"I promise 100% transparency in my administration."
"I promise NO NEW TAXES on a family making less than $250K a year."
"I will allow 5 days of public comment before I sign any bills."
"I will remove earmarks for PORK projects before I sign any bill."
"I will end Income Tax for seniors making less than $50K a year"
"I'll put the Health Care negotiations on CSPAN so everyone can see who is at the table!"
"I'll have no lobbyists in my administration"
Msnbc writes: he U.N. Security Council plans to discuss in July the possibility of Palestine becoming a United Nations member state, the Security Council president said on Tuesday. The Arab League has said it would request U.N. membership for a Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, with East Jerusalem as its capital at the U.N. General Assembly in September.
Fox News reports: A Texas court interpreter who was kidnapped this month was found dead in Mexico after relatives failed to pay a $10,000 ransom, authorities said.
The Canada Free Press opines: Get ready for the next big bombshell in the man-made warming debate. The world’s most sophisticated particle study laboratory—CERN in Geneva—will soon announce that more cosmic rays do, indeed, create more clouds in earth’s atmosphere. More cosmic rays mean a cooler planet. Thus, the solar source of the earth’s long, moderate 1,500-year climate cycle will finally be explained.
The IPCC, for its part, announced that the sun could not be the forcing factor in any major climate change because the solar irradiation was too small. IPCC did not, however, add up the other solar variations that could amplify the solar irradiation. Nor had the IPCC programmed its famed computer models with the knowledge of the Medieval Warming (950–1200 AD), the Roman Warming (200 BC–600 AD), or the big Holocene Warmings centered on 6,000 and 8,000 BC.
Recently, the U.S. Solar Observatory reported a very long period of “quiet sun” and predicted 30 years of cooling.
Last year, Denmark’s University of Aarhus did another experiment with a particle accelerator that fully confirmed the Svensmark hypothesis: cosmic rays help to make more clouds and thus could cool the earth.

The NYT writes: In the next weeks and months, Lisa P. Jackson, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, is scheduled to establish regulations on smog, mercury, carbon dioxide, mining waste and vehicle emissions that will affect every corner of the economy.
She is working under intense pressure from opponents in Congress, from powerful industries, from impatient environmentalists and from the Supreme Court, which just affirmed the agency’s duty to address global warming emissions, a project that carries profound economic implications.
The new rules will roll out just as President Obama’s re-election campaign is getting under way, with a White House highly sensitive to the probability of political damage from a flood of government mandates that will strike particularly hard at the manufacturing sector in states crucial to the 2012 election.
The Great Falls Tribune noted: The race director of a 100-mile ultra-marathon foot race through the Flathead National Forest has cancelled the event due to lingering snow on the route that he says would make the course too dangerous for runners and likely prevent anyone from finishing within the required 36-hour limit.
Brad Lamson said that portions of the course for the Swan Crest 100 have deep snow that is concealing signs that mark trail intersections.
He said he’s convinced the snow won’t melt in time for the event scheduled for July 29.|topnews|text|Frontpage