Saturday, October 1, 2011

My Boyne City Gazette Guest Column - Who needs Congress?

President Obama is willfully avoiding the enforcement of American laws while writing Executive Orders to directly override the votes of Congress.  
1)      After Congress failed to pass a Cap and Trade law, Obama gave to the EPA the power to rule our country with expensive regulations.  National Economic Research Associates (NERA) used Federal Government data to discover that proposed EPA regulations would cost America over 1.2 million jobs by 2020.
2)      After Congress defeated his Amnesty bill, President Obama told a group of Hispanics that he’d “like to make this happen all on my own”, and “how we enforce those laws is also important”.  His Department of Homeland Security then decreed that it will focus only on felons who have illegally entered our country, giving a type of “amnesty” to all others.  The Department is now suing the states of Arizona and Alabama for enforcing immigration laws.
3)      Obama’s Jobs Bill, Section 376, forces states to give up their sovereign immunity if they take any Federal funds for any program or activity.  Read this one again.
4)      Obama’s Executive Order #13514, titled “Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance”, closely follows the Kyoto Treaty which failed to be ratified by Congress.
5)      “Project Rebuild”, included in the Jobs Bill, would once again direct taxpayer money to renamed ACORN entities which have committed voter fraud, against the vote of Congress.
6)      After declaring a moratorium on offshore drilling, President Obama was declared to be in contempt of court for not allowing drilling permits, causing the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs. To this day he stalls those permits.  .
7)      Obama took over GM and Chrysler, fired their CEOs, and appointed new ones.  He broke a legal contract by denying to the preferred bondholders the right to be paid before anyone else, paying them pennies on the dollarChairmen of the Boards will now be appointed by US and Canadian governments and the UAW. He demanded closure of many auto dealerships. United Auto Workers now own 17% and the Canadian Government owns 12% of GM.  He has declared, however, that taxpayer losses of $14 billion represent a resounding success.  Meanwhile, signing bonuses and salary increases are being implemented once again.
8)      His Justice Department halted the prosecution of the New Black Panthers of Philadelphia for their video-taped intimidation of white voters in the 2008 elections.  The stated intention of the Civil Rights Division is to not prosecute black-on-white crimes.
9)      He has openly taken sides with unions, 12% of all American workers, against the interests of the other 88% of us. Only unionized companies can get larger government construction contracts, as per Executive Order #13502.  The National Labor Relations Board recently enacted regulations designed to push workers into unions while limiting employer input.   A probable Department of Labor regulation would require every private-sector employer and service provider to file financial statements with the Labor Department if the service provider’s services even indirectly affect employees’ choice to unionize or not.  This will become public information and failure to file will be a criminal offense.  It is primarily unionized companies which have received waivers from following the mandates of Obamacare.
10)  His Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, as well as his Attorney General, were involved in the “Gun Walker” program, and the BATF, at least, was involved in “Fast and Furious”, allowing Mexican drug cartels to receive American guns.   Over 200 murders occurred using those guns.  ATF then used the sales as evidence that America needs more gun regulations.  Worse than that, now CBS has tapes wherein an ATF Agent “admitted she had suggested the ATF hire a private investigator to dig up dirt on U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley to persuade Grassley to stop investigating the ATF.”
11)  In promoting his Jobs Bill, our President has been found by the AP and others to be lying when repeatedly stating that middle class taxpayers pay a higher percentage in taxes than do the “rich”.  Uninformed masses believe every word he says.
Take my word or do your own internet search to verify.  Our President is behaving like a dictator, and a sleeping America is paying the price.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee quotes; Saginaw schools have few students and more teachers; Treasury Secretary Geithner tell Europeans that it is he who is in charge, not Obama; Obama's silence on probably execution of Christian pastor in Iran; Obama Senior Advisor says "point of government is to give people a livelihood"; Citibank exec calls for less democracy; Pentagon attack thwarted; Illegal drug distribution charged at Boeing plant; "Bless you" banned in school; MA Senate hopeful appears at teach-in with Democratic Socialists of America and AFL-CIO; Obama says America needs to regain its competitive edge; Obama says ethics class not his favorite; Obama says UN and America must "do more with less"; Transgenders want to serve openly in the military; US considers building fence along Canadian border; Journalism course downplays Islamic deaths by comparing them to HIV and malaria deaths

Margaret Thatcher: "The trouble with Socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people's money."
Redstate writes: Recently, Congresswoman Shiela Jackson-Lee went on the air with Tavis Smiley of PBS. During her appearance she was kind enough to explain something to all those crazy conservative bloggers. “Shut up!” And while we’re all zipping the soup-coolers, we’re also supposed to lay off the racial politics.
For those of us hoping for greater detail, we are still unsure as to whether we should “Go to Hell” first, and then shut the yaps, or whether that works the other way around. However, she is handy with a totally non-racial and uncontroversial piece of advice for anyone who expects to do business with the Federal Government once Barack Obama’s new jobs bill has been passed.

She also said that if Obama’s jobs bill is passed, that contractors who “do not look like”* her need to make sure that if they get federal money, their workforce “better be reflective of those suffering double-digit unemployment.”
“I don’t consider it discrimination, I don’t consider it affirmative action,” she added.
Now before we all rush to judgment about members of Congress who are differently-able, it helps to review some prior public statements of Shiela Jackson-Lee. She claims that Venezuela is a friendly nation and a US ally soon after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called US President George W. Bush the devil.
Michigan Capitol Confidential reports: The Saginaw School District estimates that it has 222 fewer students compared to last year, yet the district has 13 more teachers than a year ago. This is in stark contrast to the picture the district painted during the heated debate over Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget in May. Back then, a Saginaw teacher union official said Snyder’s budget would devastate K-12 education.
Vision to America writes: A new report prepared by Russian Deputy Finance Minister Tatyana Nesterenko about the Eurogroup meeting of the Informal Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) in Wroclaw Poland on the growing European debt crisis states that EU Finance Ministers were “left stunned”Friday after they were told by US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner that President Obama was “not in charge.”
According to this report, the “uninvited” US Treasury Secretary showed up at the ECOFIN conference and engaged in what can only be described as a “temper tantrum” where he slammed Europe’s economic policy makers for their intransigence in provided further bailouts to Greece and when queried by European Central Bank (ECB) Chief Jean-Claude Trichet as to if this was “Obama’s position too” was told by Geithner, “He’s (Obama) not in charge, I am.”
Vision to America writes: When President Obama came into office, we were assured that our relationship with Islamic nations would improve. Islam is really a religion of peace. He said the following in his remarks to the Muslim world, delivered on June 4, 2009 in Egypt.
“I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles – principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings. . . . And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.”
So where is he as a Christian pastor is about to be executed in Iran because he is a Christian? Where are the media? When three American hikers were tried and imprisoned, they became causes célèbres in the media until they were just recently released.

The Blaze reports: Obama’s Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett: The Point of Government Is to Give People a Livelihood so They Can Provide for Their Families


The Economist writes: PETER ORSZAG, a former OMB director and current Citibank executive, argues that the increasing polarisation of the American electorate has lead to dangerously impotent government and that, therefore, we need to rely "more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic."


Yahoo writes: A man was arrested Wednesday and accused of plotting an assault on the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol using remote-controlled aircraft armed with explosives — the latest of several terrorism cases to spring from federal sting operations.

Rezwan Ferdaus was arrested in Framingham, Massachusetts, after undercover federal agents delivered materials he had allegedly requested, including grenades, six machine guns and what he believed was 24 pounds of C-4 explosive. Federal officials said the public was never in danger from the explosives, which it said were always under control and closely monitored.
Wednesday's arrest was similar to other cases in which reputed would-be terrorists were caught in sting operations that revolved around fictional plots against various targets, such as Dallas skyscapers or a Chicago nightclub. In this case, though, authorities say Ferdaus planned the scheme.
Fox News reports: More than three dozen people have been charged in a prescription drug sweep that included a raid on a Boeing plant near Philadelphia that makes military helicopters.
Federal authorities say 37 people are facing charges including illegal drug distribution and attempted drug possession. They say 36 of them are employees or former employees of the Boeing plant.

Fox News reports: Teacher Bans Students From Saying 'Bless You'  [The teacher says that taking 25 points off your grade for saying it, because it takes too much time, and it no longer means getting rid of evil spirits.  The new media came to the rescue, and now the teacher will punish the students in a different way.]

California teacher's decision has sneezing students outraged
Gulagbound reports: Massachusetts Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren is scheduled to appear in an AFL-CIO sponsored “National Teach-In” with two leading members of Democratic Socialists of America.
The AFL-CIO wants activists to join “Elizabeth Warren, Frances Fox Piven, Barbara Ehrenreich (invited) and student activists for a national teach-in on the jobs crisis and student activists’ fight for workers’ rights, equal access to education, fair taxation and economic and social justice.”
Academic Frances Fox Piven is an honorary chair of the US’ largest Marxist organization Democratic Socialists of America. She was also the originator, with her late husband and DSA comrade, Richard Cloward, of the infamous Cloward-Piven Strategy – a plan  to advance socialism in the US by deliberately bankrupting state governments through a program of massively expanding welfare rolls.
The Weekly Standard reports: In an interview this evening with a local NBC affiliate in Orlando, President Obama claimed that America has "gotten a little soft.""I mean, there are a lot of things we can do," Obama said. "The way I think about it is, you know, this is a great, great country that had gotten a little soft and, you know, we didn't have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last couple of decades. We need to get back on track."  [I'm sure each of us could write a response about just why we've lost our competitive edge, but attempts to make each American equal in all ways to all others is a good place to start - from preschool, thru college, through outcomes.]
CNS News reports: President Barack Obama told an audience of high school students in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday that he was “not always the very best student” and that ethics “would not have made it on the list” of his favorite subjects.
“I was not always the very best student that I could be when I was in high school, and certainly not when I was in middle school,” Obama said, speaking at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School.
“I did not love every class I took. I wasn’t always paying attention the way I should have,” Obama said. “I remember when I was in 8th grade I had to take a class called ethics. Now, ethics is about right and wrong, but if you’d ask me what my favorite subject was back in 8th grade, it was basketball. I don’t think ethics would have made it on the list.”
Obama went on to tell the high school students that even though that 8th grade ethics class was not one of his favorites it did have a significant impact on his life—and now inspires the way he acts as president.
“I still remember that ethics class, all these years later,” Obama said. “I remember the way it made me think. I remember being asked questions like: What matters in life? Or, what does it mean to treat other people with dignity and respect? What does it mean to live in a diverse nation, where not everybody looks like you do, or thinks like you do, or comes from the same neighborhood as you do? How do we figure out how to get along?
Bloomberg writes: The Obama administration told the United Nations that too few of its 10,307 workers are being cut and average salaries, currently $119,000 a year, have risen “dramatically.”
The Obama administration, he said, “calls for a comprehensive, department-by-department, line-by-line review of this budget” and a new process to approve UN funding.
“It is our obligation to our taxpayers to do more with less in Washington and here at the UN,” he said. [This is so funny as to make me laugh.  The bigger the lie the more it is believed?]

The Washington Times reports: [Now we can see how this works with breaking down barriers - inch by inch.] With homosexuals now able to serve openly in the military, the gay rights movement’s next battleground is to persuade the Obama administration to end the armed forces’ ban on “transgenders,” a group that includes transsexuals and cross-dressers.


CBC writes: [In the theater of the absurd:] The United States is looking at building fences along the border with Canada to help keep out terrorists and other criminals, according to a draft report by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency
The report proposes the use of "fencing and other barriers" on the 49th parallel to manage "trouble spots where passage of cross-border violators is difficult to control."  [This has worked so well along our Mexican border.  One presumes that it might be Islamic terrorists they are describing here.]
Fox News reports: A new online journalism course on Islam appears to downplay the threat posed by global jihad groups, suggesting reporters keep the death toll from Islamic terrorism in "context" by comparing that toll to the number of people killed every year by malaria, HIV/AIDS and other factors. 
"Jihad is not a leading cause of death in the world," the online course cautions studying journalists. 
While that is technically true, researchers at the Culture and Media Institute who examined the online program took exception to that and numerous other claims made in the Poynter News University course
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Governor Christie's "American exceptionalism"; Khilafah conference in Chicago (Revolution for worldwide Caliphate); Islamizing shcool curriculum in Ameria; OnStar faces revolt, backs down; Photos of bin Laden would damage national security; Obama imitates Baptist preacher in speech; International "Open Government" initiative from Obama State Department; Kentucky office-seeker would pass one law - to impeach Obama; White House security official praises cleric connected with Muslim Brotherhood in America; "There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide" - but we are a Republic; Most of Alabama's immigration law upheld; Can "individual mandate" be severed from Obamacare?; Pharmaceutical manufacturers condemn Obama's jobs bill; Dinner with Obama raffle is only $3; Bloomberg, government overreach, and the UN; China challenges US power in South China Sea; Europeans not buying Obama's lecture; Ford not exactly tough, caves to White House; Exact quotes of Obama's words now racist; Solyndra loan may ensnare Energy Secretary Chu

The Wall St. Journal opines: The New Jersey Governor spoke about the obligations of leadership, especially Presidential leadership, but his larger theme was the meaning of "American exceptionalism." He defined that oft-abused phrase not in the context of assertive American power overseas, as the left likes to caricature it, but as the power of America's example that flows from economic and political success at home. "Earned American exceptionalism," he called it.
Mr. Christie is onto something that is likely to resonate with Americans who are worried about their economic prospects and increasingly disappointed with President Obama's response. As Mr. Christie put it, Mr. Obama ran on themes of postpartisan inspiration and U.S. revival in 2008. But "now, seven years later, President Obama prepares to divide our nation to achieve re-election. This is not a leadership style. This is a re-election strategy."
The Anti-Defamation League reports: Hizb ut-Tahrir's American branch convened its second Khilafah conference in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook, Illinois, on June 26, 2011. The conference, which was not advertised as broadly as it first conference in 2009, was attended by approximately 250 people.
Messages at the 2011 conference, titled "Revolution in the Muslim World: From Tyranny to Triumph," primarily centered on promoting the organization's vision of establishing worldwide Caliphate and how the revolutions in the Middle East affect the movement's goals.
One session at the conference, titled "Breaking the Shackles," gave voice to the organization's idea that capitalist and nationalist systems of the West are "enemies to Islam," and the only solution is for a unified Islamic state to replace such systems with "the rule of Allah," Sharia, and the Sunnah. The speaker at this session, indentified as Brother Abu Saib, offered the February 2011 ousting of the Mubarak regime in Egypt as evidence of the Islamic nation awakening and starting on a path toward establishing a Caliphate.
American Thinker opines: Last week, we found that schools across Georgia were Islamizing the curriculum by selling misogyny to children.  They were using a lesson plan that glorifies the cloth coffin that Muslims dress women in, as well as polygamy:
My name is Ahlima and I live in Saudi Arabia. ... Perhaps two differences Westerners would notice are that women here do not drive cars and they wear abuyah. An abuyah is a loose-fitting black cloth that covers a woman from head to toe. I like wearing the abuyah since it is very comfortable, and I am protected from blowing sand. ... I have seen pictures of women in the West and find their dress to be horribly immodest. ... Women in the West do not have the protection of the Sharia as we do here. If our marriage has problems, my husband can take another wife rather than divorce me, and I would still be cared for. ... I feel very fortunate that we have the Sharia.
A parent, Hal Medlin, complained: "I thought this was absurd.  [The teacher] was trying to compare Islamic rules of dress and how they compared to school uniforms, which I thought was a stretch.  The principal and the [superintendent] agreed with me ... but they wouldn't agree with my premise that it put Islam in a positive light because of the [statements]."
Of course it put Islam in a positive light.  This is not education; this is proselytizing.  Bear in mind that these letters are fictitious -- propaganda created to soft sell misogyny.  It is time our children were taught about the 270 million victims of over a millennium of jihadi wars, land appropriations, cultural annihilations, and enslavements.  And the systematic dehumanization of women: honor killings, clitorectomies, and so much more.  Where is the caning?  Where is the prohibition of women leaving the house without a male family member?  Where is the prohibition of women driving?
This document was hosted on a public school district's official website.  When we called attention to it, the lesson was quickly pulled and scrubbed from the web.  But I have screenshots of everything, because I knew that as soon as I exposed this dawah (Islamic proselytizing), the school official quislings would scrub this material.  And they did -- so they know that what they are promoting is wrong. 
This is dawah, a religious mandate in Islam.  It is proselytizing.  If this is happening in any way in your schools, do not sit idly by.  As I describe in my new book, Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance, you must take action.
Justin Hyde writes: [The power of the new media is on display.] In the face of a full-on revolt from users and pressure from Congress, Drudge Report and other media outlets, General Motors' OnStar service just announced it was reversing plans to keep tracking vehicles of its 6 million subscribers if they cancel the service. Now once it's off, it's off. The changes unveiled two weeks ago would have kept a data connection with any OnStar-equipped GM vehicle active unless an ex-subscriber specifically asked for it to be shut off. OnStar said it wanted to keep the connection alive to offer new services and alert vehicle owners in case of emergency or recalls —
The AP reports: Public disclosure of graphic photos and video taken of Osama bin Laden after he was killed in May by U.S. commandos would damage national security and lead to attacks on American property and personnel, the Obama administration contends in a court documents.
National Review writes: In the current racial circus, the president of the United States, in addressing an assembly of upscale black professionals and political leaders, adopts the style of a Southern Baptist preacher of the 1960s. He alters his cadences and delivery to both berate and gin up the large audience — posing as a messianic figure who will “march” them out to speak truth to power. 
Hope-and-change has now sunk into little more than a tawdry spectacle of racial spoils, as the president of the United States desperately cobbles together squabbling special-interest racial, ethnic, and gender groups in lieu of restoring the nation’s prosperity. Before the age of Obama, I don’t recall that some members of the Black Caucus was so ready to invite political opponents to “go straight to hell,” or to allege that they were veritable murderers eager to lynch blacks and restore slavery.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Accuracy in Media writes: Obama State Department and a George Soros-funded organization calling itself Global Integrity have launched an “Open Government” international initiative that should be a subject of late-night jokes.
“Here in the United States, we’ve worked to make government more open and responsive than ever before,” Obama said, as his administration fights congressional requests for information about the Solyndra bankruptcy and the U.S.-Brazil alliance to help the socialist and pro-Castro Latin American country develop its own oil resources.
Interestingly, the new “Open Government Partnership” project was announced on Tuesday at the United Nations by President Obama and Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, a former Marxist terrorist.
The Obama Administration’s failure to produce documents related to a $535 million federal loan guarantee issued to solar panel maker Solyndra prompted the Republican majority on a House Energy and Commerce Committee panel to subpoena the material.
Expose Obama writes: The Knoxville News Sentinel gave the three women seeking the Republican nomination a questionnaire asking if they could be guaranteed of passing just one law, what would they choose? Victoria DeFreese, a 37-year-old teacher and former Knox County Commissioner, responded:
Because the federal government manages the macro-economy and that impacts all states, if I could introduce one piece of legislation that would be ensured passage, I would suggest a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Obama. If we could join with other states and pursue that, that is what I would like to do.
World Net Daily opines: While visiting a mosque in the Washington area last week, a senior White House security official lavished praise on a Muslim cleric who happens to be a top leader of the radical Muslim Brotherhood in America, FBI investigators point out.
White House sources explain that deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough was unaware of the cleric's radical ties, and added that the presidential assistant attended the outreach event as a show of support for the Muslim community ahead of Thursday's congressional hearings on Muslim radicalization. Led by New York Republican Rep. Peter King, the planned hearings have already generated charges of "bigotry" from Muslim activists.
During his speech at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling, Va., McDonough singled out the mosque's imam, Mohammed Magid, for praise.
"Thank you, Imam Magid, for your very kind introduction. I know that President Obama was very grateful that you led the prayer at last summer¹s Iftar dinner at the White House," he said. "Thank you, also, for being one of our nation's leading voices for the values that make America so strong, especially religious freedom and tolerance."
However, Sudanese-born Magid (aka Hagmagid Ali) is also president of the Islamic Society of North America – a terror-supporting organization and known front group for the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood's operations in America.
Read more: White House official praises Muslim Brotherhood leader
The New Republic writes: In an 1814 letter to John Taylor, John Adams wrote that “there never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” That may read today like an overstatement, but it is certainly true that our democracy finds itself facing a deep challenge: During my recent stint in the Obama administration as director of the Office of Management and Budget, it was clear to me that the country’s political polarization was growing worse—harming Washington’s ability to do the basic, necessary work of governing.  [Perhaps it would be instructive to point out to Mr. Herzog that America does not have a democracy.  Our form of government is a republic.  Perhaps the Adams quote was because of that.]
So what to do? To solve the serious problems facing our country, we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic.,0&passthru=MGU3YjMxNDdlN2UyMjM2MTNhZGZjNDE2MjE2NjE2Nj
The Huntsville Times reports: A Birmingham federal judge today upheld most sections of Alabama's tough new immigration law.  U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn ruled on a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit seeking to block the law.
Blackburn upheld a provision of the state law related to police stops and detentions of people suspected of being in the country illegally.
She also upheld sections requiring schools to check the citizenship status of children and sections that would nullify contracts knowingly entered into with unauthorized aliens.
Blackburn also upheld a section making it a felony for "an alien not lawfully present in the United States" to apply for a license plate, driver's license, business license or other business license.   
On other provisions, Blackburn ruled that the state cannot:
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- opines: The National Federation of Independent Business is asking the [Supreme] Court to overrule this holding - that the portion of the panel’s decision that held that the unconstitutional individual mandate could be severed from the Obamacare legislation, since “Congress itself deemed [the mandate] ‘essential’ to the Act’s new insurance regulations.” Given that the 11th and 6th Circuits have issued “directly conflicting final judgments about the facial constitutionality of [Obamacare’s] mandate,” the case is one that the Court should obviously take up given its interest in eliminating conflicting opinions in the courts of appeal.
What also differentiates this particular case from the many other lawsuits that have been filed against Obamacare is the “all star” lineup of Supreme Court litigators that the NFIB and the 26 states have lined up to argue their case before the Supreme Court.  [It is my recollection that in the haste to put this bill together Congress failed to insert the "severability clause" which would allow the rest of the law to stand if one part is deemed unconstitutional.]

Washington Times reports: The chief spokesman for pharmaceutical manufacturers says President Obama has stuck two thorns in the industry’s side at a time marked by uncertainty as lawmakers contemplate cutting health care programs and battles over the new health care law wind their way through the courts.
When the president presented his deficit-cutting plan last week, he included measures that will drive up drug prices and squash investment in companies that develop drugs and medical devices, said John Castellani, president of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).
[A chance for] Dinner with Obama down to $3... 
CNS News reports:  Speaking on the government's role in diet and health last week, Bloomberg told the UN General Assembly, “There are powers only governments can exercise, policies only governments can mandate and enforce and results only governments can achieve. To halt the worldwide epidemic of non-communicable diseases, governments at all levels must make healthy solutions the default social option. That is ultimately government’s highest duty.”
Breitbart reports: Philippine ex-president Fidel Ramos said Wednesday that China's recent assertiveness over sea disputes was motivated by a desire to challenge US power, as he predicted more tensions to come. On a visit to Washington, Ramos described China and the United States as "shadow-boxing" over the South China Sea and East China Sea where Beijing has growing friction with countries including the Philippines, Vietnam and Japan.
"China's proximate aim, it seems to me, is to limit American freedom of access" and "erode the credibility of Washington's security guarantees to the East Asian states, including and especially the Philippines," Ramos, who was president from 1992 to 1998, said at the Heritage Foundation think-tank.
Spiegel International writes: US President Obama has given the Europeans a harsh lecture on the dangers of their ongoing debt crisis. Offended by the unsolicited advice, Europeans have suggested the US get its own house in order first. Obama's remarks were "arrogant" and "absurd," German commentators say on Wednesday.,1518,788807,00.html

The NY Post opines on the recent Ford ad: In a single day this week, the Obama administration managed to chill the free market, stomp all over the First Amendment and -- once again -- bend Detroit’s auto industry to its political will.

Ford chose to pull the ad after “individuals inside the White House” complained about the devastating spot, a columnist at the Detroit News reported.
Such is the power of the administration that a company that rejected government meddling implicit in the bailout still felt it had to fall in line.
Ford doesn’t look splendid here, either. It developed the ad to show it’s not subservient to the White House -- then dropped it after a phone call, showing just how subservient it actually is.
Not exactly Ford Tough.
But there’s the rub.
Even though the bailout of Chrysler is complete (after taxpayers lost $14 billion) the Treasury still owns a $16-billion piece of Government, er, General Motors, or about a third of the company. Which means that for the foreseeable future, Detroit will remain Obama’s outpost on the Great Lakes -- where free speech and a free market seem to have little relevance.
American Spectator reports: Reporter Mark Smith quoted the President this way:
"Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes," he said, his voice rising as applause and cheers mounted. "Shake it off. Stop complainin'. Stop grumblin'. Stop cryin'. We are going to press on. We have work to do."
Though that is precisely what the president said, it differed from the official White House transcript, which included the three missing g's. Smith, sensing something important not in the president's words, but in the way he delivered them, thought it important not to change them. For that simple application of journalistic integrity, he was called a racist.
On Chris Hayes' MSNBC show, author and, unbelievably, professor of journalism Karen Hunter said the AP story was "inherently racist." She explained, "I teach a journalism class, and I tell my students to fix people's grammar, because you don't want them to sound ignorant. For them to do that, it's code, and I don't like it."
At this point it might be worth noting that in 2009 Hunter said, also on MSNBC, that people who show disrespect to the president are racist.
The Hill writes: The controversy over a $535 million loan guarantee to the now-bankrupt California solar firm Solyndra is threatening to dim the star of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, a physicist and Nobel Prize winner who has rarely been thrust into the political spotlight.  
Republicans are pointing to a recent Los Angeles Times story that says Chu disagreed with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and others when they raised concerns about the loan guarantee program during a meeting last October.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Boeing and unions; Man arrested for playing New Testament DVDs in his cafe; Special Prosecutor for "Fast and Furious"; Ohio to vote on overturning Obamacare; Geithner says jobs at $2m per job is ok; Wall St. still "occupied", no media coverage; Obama punts Gitmo to next President; Iran threatens military ships off American shores; Obama decides not to sell GM stock now; GM/China partnership gives GM technology to China; Health Insurance costs skyrocket since 2005; Governor suggests no Congressional elections for 2 years; Obama "wasn't ready to be President"; Herman Cain speaks from a core of fire deep within him; 87% of doctors disagree with AMA's support of Obamacare; Border Patrol releases confessed terrorists bent on Bin Laden Fatwa

Big Government reports on Solyndra: While ‘Project Gemini’ clearly shows that the company was interested in a second source of production in South Carolina because of “lower labor costs” and its “current hostage situation,” the problem with the union’s (and NLRB’s) entire evil corporate conspiracy theory is in the actual time line of events.
Very simply, the union’s (and NLRB’s) conspiracy theory falls apart when this is taken into account: The company that Boeing bought (Vought Aircraft) for what ultimately was chosen for the second 787 production facility was unionized at the time Boeing bought it—by the very same union, the International Association of Machinists.
In fact, as has been noted on several occasions, were it not for the South Carolina employees decertifying the Machinists’ union after Boeing bought the company, the union would have not likely have ever filed the charges against Boeing.
Charleston Business News writes: A look back in time: An employee at The Boeing Co.’s newly-acquired North Charleston operation has filed a request with the National Labor Relations Board seeking a decertification election that could disband the local Machinists union.
The petition was filed on Thursday, the same day Boeing completed its purchase of the plant from Vought Aircraft Industries for $580 million.
“The premise is that at least 30% of the work force has indicated that they no longer want to be represented by the Machinists union,” said Howard Neidig, assistant to the regional director at the NLRB’s regional office located in Winston-Salem, N.C.
UK Daily Mail reports: Police have threatened a Christian cafe owner with arrest –for displaying passages from the Bible on a TV screen.
Jamie Murray was warned by two police officers to stop playing DVDs of the New Testament in his cafe following a complaint from a customer that it was inciting hatred against homosexuals.
Mr Murray, 31, was left shocked after he was questioned for nearly an hour by the officers, who arrived unannounced at the premises.
He said he had turned off the Bible DVD after an ‘aggressive inquisition’ during which he thought he was going to be arrested and ‘frog-marched out of the cafe like a criminal’.
But he added: ‘I have now checked on my rights and I am not going to be bullied by the police and the PC lobby out of playing the Bible silently in my cafe. It’s crazy. Christians have to stand up for what they believe in.’
Expose Obama writes: House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa on Tuesday called for a special prosecutor to investigate the growing “Fast and Furious” scandal,in which the Obama administration allowed guns to walk to Mexico,where they fell into the hands of drug lords and were found at the murder scene of at least one U.S. border agent.
Issa complained in a conference call that,“there is ongoing cover up of a pattern of wrongdoing that can’t be explained by any ordinary people (who tried) to do the right thing but made a mistake.”
(More here and here) Entertainingly,Attorney General Eric Holder would be the one who would have to appoint the person investigating… him;even more entertainingly,this actually makes it more difficult for Holder to stonewall things.
Expose Obama reports: As legal challenges to President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul proceed to a decisive U.S. Supreme Court battle,state ballot boxes are becoming skirmishing grounds in efforts to impede the law.
Ohio residents will vote on Nov. 8 on an amendment to their constitution aimed at undercutting the federal Affordable Care Act,joining four states that considered similar measures last year and four slated to vote next year,according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Voters nationwide next year will consider the most ballot measures in more than a decade seeking to overturn laws passed by their legislators.
The ballot measures are needed to ensure lawmakers don’t go further than the federal law,such as by trying to enact a government-run system,said Jeff Longstreth,spokesman for Ohioans for Healthcare Freedom. They also send a message to the Supreme Court about citizen opposition,said Eric Novack,an orthopedic surgeon in Phoenix who led a 2010 campaign to pass a constitutional amendment in Arizona.
The proposed Ohio amendment says that no federal,state,or local law or rule “shall compel,directly or indirectly,any person,employer,or health care provider to participate in a health care system.” It also would not allow bans or penalties on the sale and purchase of healthcare or insurance ttp://
ABC News reports: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner didn't dispute a Harvard economist's estimate that each job in the White House's jobs plan would cost $200,000, but said the pricetag is the wrong way to measure the bill's worth.
And he also pointed out, in an interview today with ABC News' David Muir, that there is no other option on the table for getting the economy moving and putting more people back to work.

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IndecisionForever writes: It's nice to see Obama finally taking some action on this matter
After two years of false starts and protracted legal wrangling, President Barack Obama signed an executive order Tuesday authorizing the transfer of all 172 Guantánamo detainees to the next chief executive of the United States of America.
"The president's bold decision to move these enemy combatants to the subsequent administration should finally quiet critics who have accused him of inaction and impotence concerning this issue," White House press secretary Jay Carney said…
The Australian reports: Iran raised the prospect on Tuesday of sending military ships close to the United States' Atlantic coast, in what would be a major escalation of tensions between the long-standing adversaries."Like the arrogant powers that are present near our marine borders, we will also have a powerful presence close to American marine borders," the head of the Navy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said, according to the official IRNA news agency.   [That apology tour doesn't seem to be working...]
National Legal and Policy Center reports: According to a WSJ report, "people familiar with the situation" said on Tuesday that the Obama Administration has put on hold its decision to sell the taxpayers' stake in General Motors. The article also states that "Treasury officials had anticipated GM's share price would increase following its public stock offering last November at $33 a share." It would seem that Treasury anticipated wrong.
Once again, the Obama Administration is arrogantly assuming that GM share price will recover to above $33 a share in the near future. Or perhaps the administration is not as averse to continuing its intrusion in private industry as it would have us believe. Considering that President Obama is staking a great deal on the recovery of GM regarding his reelection chances, the decision to continue a market timing gamble on the company carries significant risk that the government will try and help GM recover at an ongoing cost to taxpayers.
National Legal and Policy Center reports: Professional subsidy-sucking General Motors, which seems content to marinate in its taxpayer "investment" indefinitely, is getting ambitious. No, not in the sense of paying back the $50 billion U.S. government bailout, or in producing vehicles people actually want to buy, but instead in finding other governments to subsidize its products.
Not surprisingly the new partner - in a 50-50 joint venture with the state-run auto industry - is China. And also unsurprisingly, General Electric will join GM in a related partnership in the communist nation.
Instead, in order to be able to grab the eye-popping $19,300-per-car incentives, automakers must share their technology with Chinese counterparts and produce the vehicles over there.
Bloomberg writes: The cost for businesses to buy health coverage for workers rose the most this year since 2005 and may reach $32,175 for a family in 2021, according to a survey of private and public employers. The groups’ findings, based on data collected through May, show that health insurance is consuming a bigger share of employer costs, preempting pay raises and making companies pass on more medical costs to their workers, benefit consultants said. The premiums reported are in effect for the full year.
News Observer reports:  Speaking to a Cary Rotary Club today, N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue suggested suspending Congressional elections for two years so that Congress can focus on economic recovery and not the next election.
"I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that," Perdue said. "You want people who don't worry about the next election."
The comment -- which came during a discussion of the economy -- perked more than a few ears. It's unclear whether Perdue, a Democrat, is serious -- but her tone was level and she asked others to support her on the idea.  (Read her full remarks below.)  [Has she forgotten the Constitution she pledged to uphold?]
The New Republic reports: In an 1814 letter to John Taylor, John Adams wrote that “there never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” That may read today like an overstatement, but it is certainly true that our democracy finds itself facing a deep challenge: During my recent stint in the Obama administration as director of the Office of Management and Budget, it was clear to me that the country’s political polarization was growing worse—harming Washington’s ability to do the basic, necessary work of governing.  [Perhaps it would be instructive to point out to Mr. Herzog that America does not have a democracy.  Our form of government is a republic.  Perhaps the Adams quote was because of that.]
So what to do? To solve the serious problems facing our country, we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic.,0&passthru=MGU3YjMxNDdlN2UyMjM2MTNhZGZjNDE2MjE2NjE2Nj
Newsbusters reports: During an appearance on Morning Joe, Tuesday, Newsweek editor Tina Brown made an off-hand remark about Barack Obama, conceding that the politician "wasn't ready" to be President. Brown has previously attacked Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives for daring to oppose the Obama

While discussing whether New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will change his mind and run for President, the former New Yorker editor blurted, "Actually, I just hope he doesn't, because in the end, you know, his tremendous misgivings, maybe he is right. I mean, We had this with Obama. He wasn't ready, it turns out, really."
The Wall St. Journal writes: The pundits busy divining the reasons Herman Cain won that Florida straw poll so handily can't be blamed -- it was a compelling spectacle and a distinctly satisfying one as straw poll results go. To have listened to the candidate's prescriptions in his speech to the delegates Saturday was to see why. Everything he told the audience had been said, in one way or another, by most of the leading Republican candidates. The difference here was -- is -- Mr. Cain's unfailing capacity to speak as though from a core of fire deep inside him. An irresistible strength -- as is the mordant humor he brings to the battle.
Big Government reports: Sally Pipes, President of the Pacific Research Institute, has written an important article in Forbes analyzing new survey results demonstrating that 87% of medical physicians in the United States no longer view the American Medical Association as representing their views and interests.
Ms. Pipes states: “Much of that dissatisfaction stems from the organization’s support for President Obama’s contentious health care reform package.” The survey, conducted by physician recruitment firm Jackson & Coker, discovered that more than three times as many doctors believed that the quality of American health care would “deteriorate” rather than “improve” under ObamaCare; and nine of ten physicians think ObamaCare will have a negative impact on their profession. Most member driven organizations would collapse with such negative trends; but the AMA survives by collecting up to $70 million from its exclusive relationship with the federal government to provide CPT Codes in direct conflict with medical doctors.
Pajamas Media reports: Two Bangladeshis who were caught by Customs and Border Protection illegally crossing the border in June 2010 admitted under questioning that they were members of a designated terrorist organization that signed on to a fatwa by Osama bin Laden pledging to wage war against Americans.
But amazingly, after one of the men requested asylum, he was released on bond. And now one Homeland Security official tells me, concerning the released terror operative, “We don’t have the slightest idea where he is now.”

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

No stalling by Obama on Obamacare!; Asthma users out of luck with Obama's FDA regulations; Senator Collins calls for regulatory time out; Honors student gets suspension for his unwelcome free speech; 14 year old Yemeni has hand cut off; Obamacare leads to longer wait times; Our patient records will go to government; Black Panthers threaten student on Constitution Day; 81% don't like way country is being governed; Castro calls Obama speech "jibberish"; 11% of Americans now liberal on fiscal issues; It is the Senate which is doing nothing

"The trouble with Socialism is that sooner or later we run out of other people's money" - Margaret Thatcher
----------------------------------------------------- Politico reports: The Obama administration chose not to ask the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to re-hear a pivotal health reform case Monday, signaling that it’s going to ask the Supreme Court to decide whether President Barack Obama’s health reform law is constitutional.
The move puts the Supreme Court in the difficult position of having to decide whether to take the highly politically charged case in the middle of the presidential election.
This confirms what I had already concluded: That the government is confident that it’s going to prevail in the Supreme Court and would like to have a decision sooner rather than later,” Dellinger told POLITICO.
The Weekly Standard: Remember how Obama recently waived new ozone regulations at the EPA because they were too costly? Well, it seems that the Obama administration is would rather make people with Asthma cough up money than let them make a surely inconsequential contribution to depleting the ozone layer:
Asthma patients who rely on over-the-counter inhalers will need to switch to prescription-only alternatives as part of the federal government's latest attempt to protect the Earth's atmosphere.
The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday patients who use the epinephrine inhalers to treat mild asthma will need to switch by Dec. 31 to other types that do not contain chlorofluorocarbons, an aerosol substance once found in a variety of spray products.
The action is part of an agreement signed by the U.S. and other nations to stop using substances that deplete the ozone layer, a region in the atmosphere that helps block harmful ultraviolet rays from the Sun.
But the switch to a greener inhaler will cost consumers more. Epinephrine inhalers are available via online retailers for around $20, whereas the alternatives, which contain the drug albuterol, range from $30 to $60.who rely on over-the-counter inhalers will need to switch to prescription-only alternatives as part of the federal government's latest attempt to protect the Earth's atmosphere.
The Hill reports: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is calling for a "regulatory time out" to give the U.S. economy a chance to create jobs.
“Business owners are reluctant to create jobs today if they're going to need to pay more tomorrow to comply with onerous new regulations; that's why employers say that uncertainty generated by Washington is a big wet blanket on our economy," Collins said in the Republican weekly address.
"America needs a ‘time out’ from the regulations that discourage job creation and hurt our economy."
Fox News writes: An honors student in Fort Worth, Texas, was sent to the principal’s office and punished for telling a classmate that he believes homosexuality is wrong.
Holly Pope said she was “absolutely stunned” when she received a telephone call from an assistant principal at Western Hills High School informing her that her son, Dakota Ary, had been sent to in-school suspension.
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The Sydney Morning Herald reports on the peaceful religion of fanatic Muslims: Suspected al-Qaeda militants have severed the hands of two people, including a 15-year-old boy, who stole electrical cables in a southern Yemeni town, witnesses summoned to watch the punishment say.
The militants cut off the teenager's hand with a sword in front of dozens of residents of Jaar, in the troubled southern province of Abyan, on Saturday evening before taking the limb around town for all to see.
On Sunday, the militants severed the hand of a 26-year-old man whom they also accused of stealing electrical cables. Under a very strict interpretation of Islamic law, theft is punishable by cutting off the thief's hand. Under a very strict interpretation of Islamic law, theft is punishable by cutting off the thief's hand.
The Tennessean writes: Nearly 700,000 Tennesseans will gain new coverage under health-care reform, but those already with insurance might have to wait longer to receive care and younger people overall may have to pay more.
Those are among findings from a report out from a think tank the state’s largest health insurer, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, launched this year to study the interface between public policy and health care.
“It will be a little longer line, but everybody will be in the line,”  Expanding insurance coverage without a corresponding increase in the number of primary care doctors, though, could create problems with access to medical care, the study says.
The Washington Examiner writes several items on Obamacare: It’s been said a thousand times: Congress had to pass President Obama’s  health care law in order to find out what’s in it. But, despite the repetitiveness, the level of shock from each new discovery never seems to recede.
This time, America is learning about the federal government’s plan to collect and aggregate confidential patient records for every one of us.
In a proposed rule from Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the federal government is demanding insurance companies submit detailed health care information about their patients.
(See Proposed Rule:  Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Standards Related to Reinsurance, Risk Corridors and Risk Adjustment, Volume 76, page 41930. Proposed rule docket ID is HHS-OS-2011-0022
The HHS has proposed the federal government pursue one of three paths to obtain this sensitive information: A “centralized approach” wherein insurers’ data go directly to Washington; an “intermediate state-level approach” in which insurers give the information to the 50 states; or a “distributed approach” in which health insurance companies crunch the numbers according to federal bureaucrat edict.
The Blaze reports: It all happened while Phil Cleary was passing out Constitutions in honor of Constitution Day. (which calls Cleary a “conservative) reports he had a table of literature promoting Western Civilization (and his group Youth for Western Civilization) and was engaging students and faculty on the topic. While doing that he had conversation with someone the site identifies as Blair Jordan Moses, the young man with a soft spot for the Black Panthers.
And Cleary got it on video.
According to the video, the supporter tells Cleary that the 2nd Amendment could come in handy if Clearly ever threatened the campus multicultural center. What would constitute a threat? He never truly defines it, but “suggested that the existence of the group Youth for Western Civilization would count,” according to
Gallup reports: A record-high 81% of Americans are dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed, adding to negativity that has been building over the past 10 years.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Cuba's Breitbart reports: Fidel Castro blasted Barack Obama's speech to the United Nations as "gibberish" on Monday, saying the US president used a rambling address to justify the "unjustifiable." In his first published column since July, the 85-year-old revolutionary icon slammed US and NATO intervention in Libya as "monstrous crimes" and said Obama -- whom he called the "yankee president" -- used a bully pulpit at the UN General Assembly last week to try and sway global opinion.  [Do you wonder why I would put this in my news?  It was told to us innumerable times that having Barack Obama as our President would heal the wounds and make the world love us.  So, we have a need to know if that is what has happened.]

The UK Telegraph reports: Most strikingly of all, Gallup finds that:
• 49% of Americans believe the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. In 2003, less than a third (30%) believed this.
 Even 28 per cent of Democrats agree with the 61 per cent of Republicans (and 57 per cent of independents) who now view the federal government as “a threat” to the rights and freedoms of the American people. It is little wonder that a mere 11 per cent of US voters now describe themselves as liberal on fiscal issues in Rasmussen polling, compared to 44 per cent who call themselves conservative and 40 per cent who describe themselves as moderate.
American Thinker reports: "Pass this bill now." Obama is still repeating this slogan ad nauseum. The problem is that after more than two weeks, still no bill has hit the floor for a vote in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
So who's to blame for his bill not being passed yet?  BO would have us believe it's Congress and in particular the Republicans, of course.
"This Congress, they are accustomed to doing nothing, and they're comfortable with doing nothing, and they keep on doing nothing," President Obama complained at a September 15 Democratic National Committee gathering in a private Washington residence.
Deroy Murdock at the National Review rightly points out that we may have a do-nothing Democrat-run Senate but the Republican-led House of Reps has been very busy.