Saturday, October 22, 2011

Right to work at Occupy Eugene is compromised; Occupy Portland demonstrators don't take offered jobs; The Diaper Recovery Act; Biden is factually challenged; States could use money for teachers' jobs for anything else; US Capital now sanctuary city; Seeking law making critism of Islam to be racial discrimination; Major diplomatic and military rebuff of Obama and USA; Department of Justice benefits Muslim teacher

"Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they already have it."

-Ronald Reagan
Breitbart reports: Tom Hunnel has been selling glass jewelry at the Eugene Saturday Market since 1975. But the Occupy Eugene tent city has taken over the same spot where he does business.
"They're taking away my right to work," Hunnel said. "I have a right to work in this town. I pay rent on that spot whether I like it or not." Hunnel said that if the occupiers stay put, hundreds of folks who count on Saturday Market sales will be out of jobs.
Breitbart reports: An evil capitalist goes to Occupy Portland looking to help people find work. Most people just pass by. One prospective worker is apparently a felon. Another gentleman declines after asking if the work is from a union. Still, others merely mock the capitalist, or are more concerned with publicizing their marches. Out of the hundreds of people there, most of which complain about being out of work, only about 15 signed up for work.
Human Events reports: An economic recovery bill authored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D.-Conn.) seeks to empower struggling families by directing the federal government to distribute free diapers through day care centers.

The Diaper Investment and Aid to Promote Economic Recovery Act (DIAPER Act) would “relieve some of the stress on families facing hardship in this economy” by providing this direct service, DeLauro said in a letter to congressional colleagues urging them to co-sponsor her bill.

Without diapers, children are not allowed to attend day care, said DeLauro, who described those in need as a “lost generation of Americans.”
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- reports: However, a review of the last Uniform Crime Report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation strongly suggests that either Mr. Biden is ignorant of the facts regarding crime or he's an out-and-out liar and using fear to push through another "stimulus" plan masquerading as a jobs plan, according to several police commanders who spoke with the Law Enforcement Examiner.
These and additional data are presented in the 2010 edition of the FBI’s annual report Crime in the United States. This publication is a statistical compilation of offense and arrest data reported by law enforcement agencies voluntarily participating in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program.

Examiner writes: Democrat-dominated senate 'freezes' President Obama's 'credit line'

Jon Tester (D-MT) went on the record as saying ... "This bill fails to give taxpayers any guarantee that this money would actually be used to hire teachers and invest in our schools.  States would get loads of money with little guidance that they spend the money on teachers."
Visibly angered, President Obama was quoted as saying, "For the second time in two weeks, every single Republican in the United States Senate has chosen to obstruct a bill that would create jobs and get our economy going again. That's unacceptable. We must do what's right for the country and pass the common-sense proposals in the American Jobs Act."
D.C.'s Examiner reports: Mayor Vincent Gray signed an executive order to ban police officers from making inquiries into a person's immigration status. While most foreign countries regularly ask visitors to display their passports and visas, the capital of the United States now prohibits such requests by law enforcement. 

Bare Naked Islam reports: Muslims demand Justice Department make a legal declaration that U.S. citizens’ criticism of Islam constitutes ‘racial discrimination’ 

Top Justice Department officials convened a meeting where invited Islamist advocates lobbied them for cutbacks in anti-terror funding, changes in agents’ training manuals, additional curbs on investigators and a legal declaration that any criticism of Islam constitutes racial discrimination. (Islam is NOT a race)

DAILY CALLER  The department’s “civil rights lawyers are top of the line — I say this with utter honesty — I know they can come up with a way” to redefine criticism as discrimination, said Sahar Aziz, a female, Egyptian-American lawyer. “I’d be willing to give a shot at it,” said Aziz, who is a fellow at the Michigan-based Muslim advocacy group, the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding.

Iraq rejects US request to maintain bases after troop withdrawal

Obama announces the full withdrawal of troops from Iraq but fails to persuade Nouri al-Maliki to allow US to keep bases there. 
The US suffered a major diplomatic and military rebuff on Friday when Iraq finally rejected its pleas to maintain bases in the country beyond this year.
Barack Obama announced at a White House press conference that all American troops will leave Iraq by the end of December, a decision forced by the final collapse of lengthy talks between the US and the Iraqi government on the issue.
The Iraqi decision is a boost to Iran, which has close ties with many members of the Iraqi government and which had been battling against the establishment of permanent American bases.
Wall St. Journal opines: In the end it couldn't have come as any great shock when the Department of Justice intervened on behalf of a Muslim school teacher who claimed that the board of her Illinois school district was guilty of religious bias. Nor could it have come as any surprise that the Board of Education, Berkeley School District 87 Cook Country Illinois, was finally forced to settle the case brought against it by the DOJ. Still, even Americans accustomed to the relentless -- more precisely the relentlessly selective -- political correctness of the Obama Justice Department had to have been startled at the facts of this case and the deranged notions of equity that had impelled Eric Holder's DOJ to go rushing into battle against the school district.

Friday, October 21, 2011

The "importance of accepting homosexual intimacy" prevails; Elementary & Secondary Education Act needs to be read before passed; Being part of the 53%; Biden brainwashes 4th grade students; Obama warns other dictators; Democrats retiring; North Korea supports Occupy Wall St.; Rules for Radical on display at Occupy sites; Obama scrubbing reference to Islam from all law enforcement and national security communities; Seniors unfairly have empty bedrooms; $440,000 taxpayer dollars for antique bikes

Personal Liberty writes: A handful of students at a Connecticut high school reportedly walked out of a school play after witnessing a man-on-man kiss.
During the “Zanna Don’t” musical at Hartford Public High, a group of students walked out after the homosexual act, in what school officials referred to as “kind of a symbolic thing,” according to CBS Connecticut.
Reportedly, many students expressed a desire to skip the show beforehand because of the subject matter of the musical, which depicts life at a fictitious high school, where students with academically charged interests sit atop the popularity echelon while football players are the outcasts and heterosexuals must conceal their sexual preference to avoid public scrutiny.
School officials said they were given the opportunity to have the male kissing scene removed from the play, but opted not to because of “the importance of accepting homosexual intimacy as society accepts heterosexual intimacy.” [Indoctrination?  What indoctrination?][P11653503]&rrid=394582776
Heritage Action opines: All of us have grown tired of massive bills that are crammed down our throats with promises that they will solve all the problems of the world. Obamacare was more than 2,000 pages long and promised it would completely save the healthcare industry – lower costs, increase access to care and make medicine better. We were promised that Dodd-Frank, which was also more than 2,000 pages, would solve all the problems in the banking industry and prevent the financial crisis of 2008 from ever happening again.
What we actually got from those bills was exactly what the authors intended, but not what we were told. It was about the expansion of government power, which has very negative consequences.
Now we have the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which is 860 pages long and claims to solve all the problems of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). But what we’ve learned from long bills and claims as to what they do is that they do not work as promised. We cannot continue to pass bills to find out what is in them, because when we learn what is actually in them, we realize what a mistake it was to pass them in the first place. But with ESEA, we have help. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is attempting to slow down this bill to give people a chance to read it, weigh in and have their grievances against big-government education heard. He has offered 74 amendments to the bill, each one requiring a vote and keeping the bill in the spotlight longer so that experts can examine it.
[Are you part of the 53%. That would be the 53% of Americans who actually pay taxes so that the 99% can ask us to give them what they need.  Begun by conservative college students, the movement is growing.  The following website is really nifty, as it details the history of individuals, along with photographs, describing how they have succeeded in life by dint of hard work, not government handouts..
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- reports:  Tiffany Gabbay's excellent article in The Blaze today, which includes the video, reveals a very dangerous precedent--interjecting any political elements, especially those based on demogogary, into a public school environment--especially when it done by the Vice President of the United States.
Biden's speaking to these 30 impressionable young children about the $25 million budget cut, which forced their school system to lay off 140 teachers ... "who you don't see here this year," was at best a gratuitous photo op.

Biden actually told these schoolchildren that in order to rehire some 400,000 teachers nationwide, along with thousands of police officers and firefighters, all that needs to be done is to tax wealthy individuals at a higher rate than they are currently taxed.
“We’re going to give you some money to hire them back.”
Then Biden said that if we only take $500 in additional taxes from someone who makes a million dollars--"a millionaire"--then all those jobs will come right back.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------President The UK Guardian writes: Barack Obama hailed the lifting of the "dark tyranny" over Libya after the new government confirmed Muammar Gaddafi had been killed, issuing a warning to other dictators in the Middle East – and particularly Syria – that they could be next.
National Journal reports: Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif., announced his retirement from Congress this afternoon -- and he issued a scathing parting shot at President Obama's track record on his way out.
In a statement explaining his decision, Cardoza, a leader of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition, said he was "dismayed" by the administration's "failure to understand and effectively address the current housing foreclosure crisis."
Cardoza is the sixth member -- all Democrats -- to announce plans to retire outright so far. He's also the third member of the Blue Dog Caucus to head for the exits -- joining fellow moderate Reps. Dan Boren, D-Okla., and Mike Ross, D-Ark.
American Thinker writes: North Korea's state news agency weighed in on the Occupy Wall Street protests Thursday, highlighting the "stern judgment" of "millions of people" against a capitalist system that "brings exploitation, oppression, unemployment and poverty to the popular masses."

With no apparent sense of irony, KCNA says that in capitalist society "1% of privileged class is granted all preferential treatment while 99% of working masses are forced into poverty and death."
American Spectator opines: This is Obama's milieu. This is how he was trained. As Ryan Lizza explained in a definitive piece in the New Republic -- a liberal magazine, not a right-wing/anti-Obama hit factory -- Obama's intellectual roots and career choices made him a student of, and later actually an instructor in, the particular mass-movement methods taught by the late, radical, Saul Alinsky. The sort of unrest seen in the anti-Wall Street movement comes directly out of Alinsky's secular bible called Rules for Radicals.
"The first step in community organization is community disorganization," wrote Alinsky. "The disruption of the present organization is the first step toward community organization…. The organizer dedicated to changing the life of a particular community must first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community…. When those prominent in the status quo turn and label you an 'agitator' they are completely correct, for that is, on one word, your function -- to agitate to the point of conflict."
Alinsky hardly was squeamish about using filth to get his way. "If your organization is too tiny even for noise, stink up the place."
Daily Caller reports: Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole confirmed on Wednesday that the Obama administration was pulling back all training materials used for the law enforcement and national security communities, in order to eliminate all references to Islam that some Muslim groups have claimed are offensive.

The move comes after complaints from advocacy organizations including the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and others identified as Muslim Brotherhood front groups in the 2004 Holy Land Foundation terror fundraising trial.
UK Daily Mail reports: Older people should be taxed out of their family homes to free up space for younger generations, says a report backed by Labour.
It argues that 'empty nesters' in their 60s are taking up too much room and should be 'encouraged' by a new 'land tax' to downsize to smaller homes.
The call comes from the Intergenerational Foundation, a left-leaning think-tank that aims to 'promote fairness between generations'.  [Progressives in our government might seize on this idea.]
Human Events reports: A sanctuary for white squirrels, an antique bicycle museum and a giant roadside coffee pot are some of the projects that can still be funded with gas-tax dollars meant for highway construction after the Senate defeated a measure to strip such spending.

The Arizona deficit hawk [John McCain], known for targeting government waste, said one museum used $440,000 in government funding for antique bikes, and he held up several pictures of the projects, including a photograph of a beautification development of decorative rocks that cost nearly $500,000.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Freedom words from Ronald Reagan; Obama Regulations on food; The lowdown on putting teachers back to work; Prepare for violence at Occupy sites; Biden unvice-presidential again; Pushing more government jobs; Biden: Republicans like a sicker, more polluted country; Private sector jobs dropped 90%; Cash purchases illegal; Presidential crowds are small; US in UN hot seat ; Republicans' proposed cuts

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." ~ Ronald Reagan

More rules and regulations from the Obama Administration are revealed by Human Events:
Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children issued these new recommendations that the food industry says will cost more than $28 billion in revenues and manufacturing the first year it takes effect.  Congress never received the required report prior to its enactment.
2)      The Obama bureaucrats said, “There is a linear relationship between television viewing and obesity.”  [Will banning TV viewing be next?] 
This week, Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) introduced the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act, a $30 billion federal spending proposal to prevent teacher layoffs. [This will provide jobs for one year, after which Democrats can again complain that we need another new hire-the-teachers bill.]  It’s co-sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), who argues that school districts can’t improve if they have to “jam more students in every class and lay off literacy and math specialists.”  [Math specialists are not being laid off more than any other.]

Public-school staff hires have significantly outpaced student enrollment in recent decades. Since 1970, public-school staffs have increased by 83 percent. Over the same time period, student enrollment rose just 7 percent.
Meanwhile, the teacher “share” of staff positions has declined dramatically. In 1950, teachers constituted more than 70 percent of school staff. By 2006, that figure had declined to just 51 percent. [The real problem becomes clear.]

Expose Obama opines: Taking note of the [Occupy] crowds’organizers, Floyd and Mary Beth Brown say people should prepare for violence from the Occupiers themselves. Adding additional reason for concern,Clinton pollster Doug Schoen wrote in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal,that “nearly one-third (31%) would support violence to advance their agenda.”Like the mobs some of these same groups whipped up by in Seattle in 1999,violence could spring forth from the ranks of the affluent aggrieved themselves.
Violence could as easily be brought up from without. While the city’s police dutifully attend to the antics of spoiled malcontents,terrorists could strike at a location on the other side of town left underprotected.
But violence could hit closer to the OWS protesters yet. Suppose you were an innovative jihadist looking for new ways to strike fear into the heart of the Great Satan. Where would you strike? Terrorism,by definition,means targeting the civilian population to make a political statement. Where could you be assured that,wherever you are in the country,you would be able to locate a large,earnest,welcoming crowd of infidels?
Human Events reports: Vice President Joe Biden now says he didn’t make a reference to rape, and got testy with HUMAN EVENTS when we asked if he would like to retract his comments that the number of sexual assaults would increase if Republicans don’t sign on to Barack Obama’s latest “jobs” proposal.

“I didn’t use, no no no…Let’s get it straight, guy. Don’t screw around with me,” Biden lashed out at HUMAN EVENTS.  Then Biden confirmed that he indeed did talk about rape in terms of the President’s spending measure. “Murder will continue to rise, rape will continue to rise, all crimes will continue to rise,” if the Democrats agenda isn’t passed, he added.
It was on Tuesday during a speech at the University of Pennsylvania where Biden initially argued that another round of government spending was needed to prevent sexual assaults.  “It’s not temporary [administration’s proposed stimulus] when that 911 call comes in and a woman’s being raped, if a cop shows up in time to prevent the rape.  It’s not temporary to that woman.”  Then in the same speech he wished Republicans were themselves rape victims.  “I wish they had some notion of what it was like to be on the other side of a gun, or [to have] a 200-pound man standing over you, telling you to submit.”  [If you take time to watch the video, you will see a demonic-looking man spewing hatred, a shocking thing for a Vice President of the United States.] 
The Hill reports: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday indicated Congress needs to worry about government jobs more than private-sector jobs, and that this is why Senate Democrats are pushing a bill aimed at shoring up teachers and first-responders.
"It's very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine; it's the public-sector jobs where we've lost huge numbers, and that's what this legislation is all about," Reid said on the Senate floor. 
More hateful speech, this time from The Hill: Reid also dismissed efforts by the Republican House to ease environmental regulations as a way to create jobs.
"The Republican response has been cutting back environmental health safeguards, I guess hoping that a sicker, more polluted country is a better place to create jobs, and it's not," Reid said.
Hot Air opines: From the recession’s low point in January 2009 until April 2010, when Obamacare went into effect, the private sector created about 67,600 jobs a month. After the president signed PPACA into law, that number slowed to a meager 6,400 jobs a month — a more than 90 percent decrease or less than one-tenth the previous rate.

As the Heritage report explains, Obamacare discourages hiring in three important ways:
  • Businesses with fewer than 50 workers have a strong incentive to maintain this size, which allows them to avoid the mandate to provide government-approved health coverage or face a penalty;
  • Businesses with more than 50 workers will see their costs for health coverage rise—they must purchase more expensive government-approved insurance or pay a penalty; and
  • Employers face considerable uncertainty about what constitutes qualifying health coverage and what it will cost. They also do not know what the health care market or their health care costs will look like in four years. This makes planning for the future difficult.
Democrats once touted that Obamacare would create jobs, but the data underscore the reality that that’s not true for the private sector. The only jobs Obamacare created were within the new agencies and layers of bureaucracy the law added to the federal government.
KLFY Louisiana reports: Cold hard cash. It's good everywhere you go, right? You can use it to pay for anything.
But that's not the case here in Louisiana now. It's a law that was passed during this year's busy legislative session.
House bill 195 basically says those who buy and sell second hand goods cannot use cash to make those transactions, and it flew so far under the radar most businesses don't even know about it.
"We're gonna lose a lot of business," says Danny Guidry, who owns the Pioneer Trading Post in Lafayette. He deals in buying and selling unique second hand items.  Hardy says the bill is targeted at criminals who steal anything from copper to televisions, and sell them for a quick buck. Having a paper trail will make it easier for law enforcement.
American Thinker opines: The question is, when will reality set in for Obama?
Closing out his bus tour on a low-key note, President Obama made a pitch for his jobs package at a firehouse, where a subdued crowd needed a bit of prompting to applaud his proposal to boost the economy.
Anytime a crowd needs "prompting" to applaud what a president says - especially on friendly turf with presumably his core supporters in attendance - you might want to get out the butter and jam because you know the prez is toast.
On Wednesday afternoon, Obama stood at a lectern against a backdrop of firefighters and offered his prescription for solving the persistent jobs crisis: "A fair shot for everybody; a fair share from everybody. That's the principle that built America."
The president got a polite reception from the 100 or so people crowded into the station garage. Early in his speech he mentioned his American Jobs Act.
One or two people clapped.
"You can go ahead and clap," the president said. "Go ahead, nothing wrong with it."
What an embarrassment.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Fox News reports: The United States, the Islamic Republic of Iran and a few other countries are finding themselves in the hot seat at the United Nations, as U.N. human rights officials known as special rapporteurs submit reports to the General Assembly over the next couple of weeks on topics ranging from freedom of religion to counter-terrorism.
There is a serious problem of moral relativism at the U.N.,” says Anne Bayefsky, a Senior Editor of the Hudson Institute and Editor of Eye on the U.N., a Web site that tracks questionable U.N. activities. “Most of the rapporteurs take their work seriously, but some cast the U.S., Canada and European countries as the worst of the worst rights abusers
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Truthforfiction shows the following to be false, because these were just the proposed cuts, and Democrats blocked the package! In other words, it is TRUE that Republicans proposed these cuts.

> These are all the programs that the new Republican House has proposed cutting.
> * Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy -- $445 million annual savings.
> * Save America 's Treasures Program -- $25 million annual savings.
> * International Fund for Ireland -- $17 million annual savings.
> * Legal Services Corporation -- $420 million annual savings.
> * National Endowment for the Arts -- $167.5 million annual savings.
> * National Endowment for the Humanities -- $167.5 million annual savings.
> * Hope VI Program -- $250 million annual savings.
> * Amtrak Subsidies -- $1.565 billion annual savings.
> * Eliminate duplicative education programs -- H.R. 2274 (in last Congress), authored by Rep. McKeon, eliminates 68 at a savings of $1.3 billion annually.
> * U.S. Trade Development Agency -- $55 million annual savings.
> * Woodrow Wilson Center Subsidy -- $20 million annual savings.
> * Cut in half funding for congressional printing and binding -- $47 million annual savings.
> * John C. Stennis Center Subsidy -- $430,000 annual savings.
> * Community Development Fund -- $4.5 billion annual savings.
> * Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid -- $24 million annual savings.
> * Cut
Federal Travel Budget in Half -- $7.5 billion annual savings
> * Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20% -- $600 million annual savings.
> * Essential Air Service -- $150 million annual savings.
> * Technology Innovation Program -- $70 million annual savings.
> * Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program -- $125 million annual savings.
> * Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization -- $530 million annual savings.
> * Beach Replenishment -- $95 million annual savings.
> * New Starts Transit -- $2 billion annual savings.
> * Exchange Programs for Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Their Historical Trading Partners in Massachusetts -- $9 million annual savings
> * Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants -- $2.5 billion annual savings.
> * Title X Family Planning -- $318 million annual savings.
> * Appalachian Regional Commission -- $76 million annual savings.
> * Economic Development Administration -- $293 million annual savings.
> * Programs under the National and Community Services Act -- $1.15 billion annual savings.
> * Applied Research at Department of Energy -- $1.27 billion annual savings.
> * FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership -- $200 million annual savings.
> * Energy Star Program -- $52 million annual savings.
> * Economic Assistance to Egypt -- $250 million annually.
> * U.S. Agency for International Development -- $1.39 billion annual savings.
> * General Assistance to District of Columbia -- $210 million annual savings.
> * Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority -- $150 million annual savings.
> * Presidential Campaign Fund -- $775 million savings over ten years.
> * No funding for federal office space acquisition -- $864 million annual savings.
> * End prohibitions on competitive sourcing of government services.
> * Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act -- More than $1 billion annually.
> * IRS Direct Deposit: Require the IRS to deposit fees for some services it offers (such as processing payment plans for taxpayers) to the Treasury, instead of allowing it to remain as part of its budget -- $1.8 billion savings over ten years.
> * Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees -- $1 billion total savings. WHAT THE HELL IS THIS ABOUT?
> * Prohibit taxpayer funded union activities by federal employees -- $1.2 billion savings over ten years.
> * Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of -- $15 billion total savings.
> * Eliminate death gratuity for Members of Congress. WHAT???
> * Eliminate Mohair Subsidies -- $1 million annual savings.
> * Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- $12.5 million annual savings WELL ISN'T THAT SPECIAL
> * Eliminate Market Access Program -- $200 million annual savings.
> * USDA Sugar Program -- $14 million annual savings.
> * Subsidy to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) -- $93 million annual savings.
> * Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program -- $56.2 million annual savings.
> * Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs -- $900 million savings.
> * Ready to Learn TV Program -- $27 million savings.. WHY?????
> * HUD Ph.D. Program.
> * Deficit Reduction Check-Off Act.
> * TOTAL SAVINGS: $2.5 Trillion over Ten Years

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Democrat Party chairman in Indiana resigns over voter fraud; Congress actually voted over potatoes in public school lunch lines; Tax cuts are code words for racist; What is a Republic?; The story on free stuff; Defining poverty up; 2012 elections to be most racist in the history of the Republic; To the victor go the spoils; A call to eradicate Christians and Muslims; New Black Panther leader calls for college students to join in the hour of war

Foxnews: The chairman of the St. Joseph County Democratic Party has resigned amid a scandal that reveals hundreds of signatures on petitions for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to appear on the state's 2008 primary ballot were faked.
Butch Morgan announced his resignation in a statement Monday, saying, "After consulting with the Indiana Democratic State Party, I am stepping down as chairman of the St. Joseph County Democratic Party and as chairman of the Second District Democratic Party, effective today."
AP reports: The Senate threw its support behind the potato Tuesday, voting to block an Obama administration proposal to limit the vegetable on school lunch lines.
Agriculture Department rules proposed earlier this year aimed to reduce the amount of french fries in schools, limiting lunchrooms to two servings a week of potatoes and other starchy vegetables. That angered the potato industry, some school districts and members of Congress from potato-growing states, who say USDA should focus on the preparation instead and that potatoes can be a good source of fiber and potassium
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- wrote: Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., pointed that out back in 1994 when the Republican-led Congress pushed for tax relief. Rangel denounced Republicans' plan as a form of modern-day racism, saying, "It's not 'spic' or 'nigger' anymore. (Instead,) they say, 'Let's cut taxes.'" That means the simple use of the N-word is not enough to make one a racist. If it were, blacks would be the nation's premier racists. Today it's the call for tax cuts that makes you a racist. That's why the "tea" party, short for "taxed enough already," is nothing more than organized racists. What makes tea partyers even more racist is their constant call for the White House and Congress to return to the confines of the Constitution.
WiseGeek defines a Republic: By definition, a republic is a political unit governed by a charter, while a democracy is a government whose prevailing force is always that of the majority. Perhaps one of the difficulties in defining these two words — democracy and republic — stems from the fact that many people consider them to be synonyms, which they aren’t.  The difference between a republic and a democracy lies in the ultimate source of official power. In the case of a republic, it lies with a charter; in a democracy, power lies with the rule of the majority.
In a representative democracy, citizens elect people to represent their interests in the government, and these representatives determine how issues are decided.
As Benjamin Franklin once said, "You have a Republic, if you can keep it."
[Occupy Wall Street and its many offshoots is a President-promoted, hate the "rich" demonstration of what happens when the entitlement mentality is promoted in our schools for many decades and the President of the United States actively promotes class warfare.  Following is a terrific email of unknown authorship:] 
Class war at its best:
The folks who are getting the free stuff don't like the folks who are paying for the free stuff, because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff.

The folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop, and the folks who are getting the free stuff want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting!
Now...  The people who are forcing the people who Pay for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff are being mean, prejudiced and racist.
So... the people who are GETTING the free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free stuff, by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff, and giving them the free stuff in the first place.
We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free stuff.
Now understand this. All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded.  The reason? The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.
The United States officially became a Republic in 1776, 231 years ago. The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff. We have one chance to change that in 2012. Failure to change that spells the end of the United States as we know it.
The Bluefield Daily Telegraph, VA opines:  Currently, poverty earnings levels in the contiguous 48 states are $10,890 for individuals, $14,710 for couples and $22,350 for a family of four. The thresholds are higher for residents of Hawaii and Alaska.

Obviously, those annual earnings figures are pretty low, and people living at those income levels certainly face challenges. But understand that meeting a poverty threshold makes you eligible for federal and state assistance, like welfare, Medicaid, Aid to Dependent Children, food stamps, housing subsidies, student loans, etc., that help those who are classified as poor. In all, there are 71 federal means-tested welfare programs.

Unfortunately, poverty has political implications. For example, if you raise or lower those thresholds, you immediately change the number of poor in America. When you look beneath the surface of the poverty issue it becomes quickly evident that some of those classified as poor — emphasis on “some” — aren’t as bad off as we might think.
That conventional wisdom is borne out by what the Census Bureau tells us about Americans living in poverty:

• 80 percent of poor households have air conditioning

• Nearly three-fourths have a car or truck, and 31 percent have two or more cars or trucks

• Nearly two-thirds have cable or satellite television, one-third have a wide-screen plasma or LCD television, one-fourth have a digital video recorder system, and two-thirds have at least one DVD player

• Half have a personal computer, one in seven have two or more computers, and 43 percent have Internet access

• More than half of poor families with children have a video game system, such as an Xbox or PlayStation

You can make a persuasive argument that at least some of those classified as poor, those who fall into the categories listed above, aren’t really poor in the true sense of the word.
No doubt President Johnson and those who supported the War on Poverty believed this action would eliminate poverty. But despite spending almost $16 trillion since declaring war on poverty — which is more than the National Debt that has accumulated throughout our 235-year history — welfare programs have failed to reduce poverty.
Poverty will never be completely eliminated, but we can reduce it substantially if we stop punishing marriage, foster job creation and stop rewarding people for not working. Continuing to throw money at it will not solve the problem.
Real Clear Politics reports: Tavis Smiley [a PBS host as yet uninvited to the White House] says the President is ignoring blacks, the "most loyal" part of his base who "ought to be looked out for." Smiley spoke to NBC's Lester Holt. In April, Smiley said the 2012 elections will be "the most racist in the history of this Republic
Real Clear Politics writes: It's just not that black folks are hurting the most now. It's that there's no sign that it's going to get any better. There really are two questions in black America, I think, Lester, have to wrestle with. At least two questions. Number one: what is the pain threshold in black America? What is our pain threshold, number one. And number two, what is the presidency really worth? Is it worth not saying anything? Is it worth being silent when you're catching the most hell, when you're suffering the most pain? Especially, when you're the most loyal part of the President's base," Smiley said.

"That's not hating on the President, it's defending your own flanks. And whatever happened to that notion that to the victor goes the spoils? If anybody ought to be looked out for, it ought to be the persons who represent the most significant and the most loyal part of the base. That would be African-Americans."

Smiley says he understands that President Obama is taking the "political risk" looking "tribal" if he were to look out for the concerns of his race. "What makes presidents great, makes them transformational is taking risks," Mr. Smiley says.
The Blaze writes: American Atheists, a non-profit that claims to protect the rights of atheists and to ensure the “absolute separation of government and religion,” always seems to find itself in the middle of controversy.
As if the most recent Ground Zero cross lawsuit the group launched isn’t enough to inspire widespread angst, an explosive new blog post on the organization’s web site advocating for the “eradication” of fundamental Christians (and Islamists) is certain to make waves.
In the post, Al Stefanelli, American Atheists’ Georgia State Director, makes a bizarre connection between radical Muslims and Christians. In speaking about “fundamentalist Christian and radical Islamic doctrines,“ Stefanelli says that both are ”dangerous, damaging and disingenuous.” Throughout the blog post, he continues to create ties between these two groups, but declines to truly define them.
Aside from making this comparison, he goes on to write that “most of these people” (again referring to both fundamentalist Christians and Islamists) “lack the maturity and intelligence” to act in “a socially acceptable manner.” Many of these adherents, he believes, are “sociopaths,” “psychopaths” or simply “delusional.”
But the underbelly of fundamentalist Christianity and radical Islam does not operate in the legal system. They don’t respond to lawsuits, letters, amicus briefs or other grass-roots campaigns and they must, must, must be eradicated.
Glenn Beck reports: The New Black Panther Party is currently led by Malik Zulu Shabazz.  Glenn Beck reports: The Black Panthers are back and once again they managed to say something even crazier and more shocking than the last crazy thing they said. This time they lash out at Capitalism but more surprisingly President Obama, who he said has ‘bombed’ his own homeland while cutting a deal with Satan.
[You can watch the video or read my almost perfect rendition of his phrases and words:]  Our government has created a capitalist blood-sucker economy, white supremacy, racism,  - guilty.  To President  Barack Hussein Obama- we elected you, but not to bomb your homeland, to bomb Africa.  You can't make a compromise with the Devil, with Satan.  Stand up for the black god, black power.  Hands off Africa!  We have to fight.  Gird up your loins college students,  young black man and black woman - for the hour of war is at hand.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Women can die on the floor; Critical part of Obamacare cancelled; Out of Iraq at year's end; Extraordinary loan to Solyndra; Representative asks government to hire our 15 million unemployed; Secret visitors logs to White House; Committee approves bill linking US contributions to UN to reforms; Pelosi not invited to meeting on Super-Committee; Government proposes to collect private health records; Two American military killed in drone airstrike; Solyndra refuses to discuss company contracts; Progressive rabble rouser Piven claims Tea Party to be racist; Obama again uses class and political warfare; Brazen crooks among Occupy Wall St. goers; Revolutionary Communist Party gets Harvard Crimson editorial space to advocate replacing our Constitution; Why not demonize actors, sports stars and government?;

"Under this bill [denying taxpayer funded abortions], when the Republicans vote for this bill today," Nancy Pelosi announced, "They will be voting to say that women can die on the floor and health care providers don't have to intervene if this bill is passed. It's just appalling."  [Isn't this the same Nancy Pelosi, weeping, who said that harsh words can promote violence, and the Republicans should stop doing it?]
AP writes: The Obama administration Friday pulled the plug on a major program in the president's signature health overhaul law - a long-term care insurance plan dogged from the beginning by doubts over its financial solvency.
Targeted by congressional Republicans for repeal, the long-term care plan became the first casualty in the political and policy wars over the health care law. The program had been expected to launch in 2013.  Said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., spearheading opposition in the Senate: "The administration is finally admitting (the long-term care plan) is unsustainable and cannot be implemented." [Unstated here is the fact that this one program was the one which would "save" between 40-50% of cost of health insurance in Obamacare.]
Fox News reports: The U.S. is abandoning plans to keep troops in Iraq past a year-end withdrawal deadline, according to The Associated Press, but Obama administration officials insist to Fox News that discussions with Iraqi leaders are "ongoing." 
For months, U.S. officials have been debating whether to stick to a Dec. 31 withdrawal deadline that was set in 2008 or negotiate a new security agreement to ensure that gains made and more than 4,400 American military lives lost since March 2003 do not go to waste.  [Our President needs them at other kinetic actions spots in African countries - without the vote of Congress.]
Expose Obama reports: A parade of Treasury Department officials testified on Friday that they had never before seen a government loan restructured as the one with Solyndra had been. The testimony came as the Republican-controlled House investigated whether the Obama administration had committed a crime in its handling of the politically connected solar energy firm.

Months after the Obama administration granted the $535 million loan to the firm with which it had such close ties, it allowed investors who sank in an additional $75 million to recoup their funds before taxpayers in the event of bankruptcy.

On Friday, Gary Burner and Gary Grippo, high-ranking Treasury Department employees, told the House Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee that never in their memory had private investment funds been prioritized ahead of taxpayer dollars.
There is a good reason for that:House Republicans contend it is illegal. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 clearly states that all government loan guarantees “shall be subject to the condition that the obligation is not subordinate to other financing.”
Fox News reports: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has offered his own $804 billion jobs plan that calls on the federal government to hire the nation’s 15 million unemployed Americans for jobs paying roughly $40,000 each, and bail out all the states and cities facing budget crises.
In an interview with the Daily Caller on Wednesday, the Illinois Democrat applauded President Obama for directing his staff to greenlight job-creating initiatives without congressional approval after his $447 billion jobs bill was defeated in the Senate this week.
“Now we’re making some progress,” Jackson said, comparing the legislative gridlock in Congress to the states that seceded from the union during the Civil War.
Politico writes: The Obama administration is appealing a judge's ruling that Secret Service records of visitors to the White House complex are subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.
The Justice Department filed a formal notice of appeal Friday afternoon regarding U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell's August ruling rejecting arguments that the so-called WAVES records belong to the White House even though they are maintained and used by the Secret Service.
The decision to appeal the ruling to the D.C. Circuit would appear to be in tension with Obama's repeated pledges to operate the most transparent administration in history. The White House announced in Sept. 2009 that it was voluntarily releasing the names of most White House visitors from Sept. 15 forward. However, the conservative group Judicial Watch sought information on visits before that date.
The position taken by the Obama Justice Department, namely that White House visitor records are presidential records and not agency records, is essentially the same one that the department took under President George W. Bush. [Enough of those old Bush rules!  This will be the most transparent Administration ever!]
CNS News writes: A U.S. House committee Thursday approved a bill linking U.S. contributions to the United Nations to significant financial and other reforms, one day after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned she would recommend that President Obama veto the measure if it reaches his desk.
Deeply divided along party lines, the House Foreign Relations Committee voted 23-15 for the U.N. Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act (H.R. 2829), whose most radical provision aims to force the U.N. to change its funding mechanism from the current system of “assessed” contributions to voluntary ones.
Proponents say this would allow the U.S. – and other member states – to fund only those activities and agencies it regards as being efficiently managed, and in the national interest.
Roll Call reports: Congressional leaders met this week with two of the most important people in Washington: the co-chairmen of the Joint Committee for Deficit Reduction. There was only one problem: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi didn’t even know the meeting was taking place.
American Spectator writes: a "proposed rule", if permitted to stand, requires insurance companies to submit detailed health information about their patients to the HHS mother ship. And the "information collection requirements" (ICRs) set forth in this Byzantine edict will not be limited to federal programs like Medicare, or even to carriers involved in Obamacare's insurance exchanges. As the rule matter-of-factly phrases it, ICRs will apply to "all health insurance issuers both inside and outside of the exchanges" and affect carriers "in the individual and small group markets." The new regulation includes several alternatives for gathering and reporting your health data, but opting out is not among the choices offered.
Congressman Denny Rehberg, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services and Education, wrote to Secretary Sebelius last Thursday asking about this: "I have been told that HHS has already procured a contractor to build a database and that this contractor has already taken steps to acquire personal health care data from a large claims database. I would like to know if these reports are, in fact, true. If so, it would represent an egregious violation of the privacy rights that the American public rightfully demands." 
A Marine and a Navy medic killed by a U.S. drone airstrike were targeted when Marine commanders in Afghanistan mistook them for Taliban fighters, even though analysts watching the Predator's video feed were uncertain whether the men were part of an enemy force.,0,5628010.story
Washington Times reports: Officials at failed solar-panel maker Solyndra LLC refused to discuss the company’s contracts at a private meeting last month with a bankruptcy analyst for the Justice Department, fueling the push to have a trustee take over the failed company during its bankruptcy, records show.
Bankruptcy analyst Jeffrey Heck of the U.S. Office of the Trustee, an arm of the Justice Department that oversees bankruptcy cases, said that during a routine interview not long after Solyndra filed for bankruptcy last month, Solyndra officials suggested he “move on” when he asked about its contracts, according to an affidavit filed Friday by Mr. Heck in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.
U.S. taxpayers stand to lose out on more than a half-billion dollars in government loans issued to Solyndra before it went bankrupt.
Breitbart reports: Stephen Gutowski: Among the most controversial of her claims and assertions were her opinions on the Tea Party movement. During her time at the podium Piven asserted at least twice that racism is, at least, one of the factors driving the Tea Party. The crowd, which included a group of Tea Partiers, was clearly unhappy with Piven calling the Tea Party racist.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Real Clear Politics opines: "My plan says we’re going to put teachers back in the classrooms, construction workers back to work," President Obama said at a campaign event today. "Tax cuts for small businesses, tax cuts for hiring veterans, tax cuts if you give your workers a raise –- that’s my plan."

"The Republicans plan, Obama says, boils down to this: 'Dirtier air, dirtier water, less people with health insurance.'"
NY Post reports: Occupy Wall Street protesters said yesterday that packs of brazen crooks within their ranks have been robbing their fellow demonstrators blind, making off with pricey cameras, phones and laptops -- and even a hefty bundle of donated cash and food.
“Stealing is our biggest problem at the moment,” said Nan Terrie, 18, a kitchen and legal-team volunteer from Fort Lauderdale.
“I had my Mac stolen -- that was like $5,500. Every night, something else is gone. Last night, our entire [kitchen] budget for the day was stolen, so the first thing I had to do was . . . get the message out to our supporters that we needed food!”
American Thinker reports: Four days after the first occupiers arrived on Wall Street in September, the Harvard Crimson student newspaper offered editorial space to a Maoist fringe group called the Revolutionary Communist Party. The article by RCP spokesman Ray Lotta urged replacing the U.S. Constitution with the Constitution of the New Socialist Republic in North America, which has been published as a 91-page book with a yellow cover.
The RCP is not an underground organization. RCP Chairman Bob Avakian, the author of the Constitution, is in exile in Paris, but the RCP openly operates Revolution Bookstores in sixteen American cities, including Cambridge, Berkeley, New York, and Seattle,
The Great Walter Williams opines: President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party have led increasingly successful efforts to pit Americans against one another through the politics of hate and envy. Attacking CEO salaries, the president — last year during his Midwest tour — said, "I do think at a certain point you've made enough money."
For politicians, it's another story: Demonize people whose power you want to usurp. That's the typical way totalitarians gain power. They give the masses someone to hate. In 18th-century France, it was Maximilien Robespierre's promoting hatred of the aristocracy that was the key to his acquiring more dictatorial power than the aristocracy had ever had. In the 20th century, the communists gained power by promoting public hatred of the czars and capitalists. In Germany, Adolf Hitler gained power by promoting hatred of Jews and Bolsheviks. In each case, the power gained led to greater misery and bloodshed than anything the old regime could have done.
Let me be clear: I'm not equating America's liberals with Robespierre, Josef Stalin and Hitler. I am saying that promoting jealousy, fear and hate is an effective strategy for politicians and their liberal followers to control and micromanage businesses. It's not about the amount of money people earn. If it were, politicians and leftists would be promoting jealousy, fear and hate toward multimillionaire Hollywood and celebrities and sports stars, such as LeBron James ($48 million), Tiger Woods ($75 million) and Peyton Manning ($38 million). But there is no way that politicians could take over the roles of Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga and LeBron James. That means celebrities can make any amount of money they want and it matters not one iota politically.
The Occupy Wall Street crowd shouldn't focus its anger at wealthy CEOs. A far more appropriate target would be the U.S. Congress.