Saturday, October 29, 2011

Who needs Congress - part 3 - my column in the Boyne City Gazette; Lawsuirts filed against the Democrat Party on certifying Obama as eligible; Obamacare against married couples; Occupy Phoenix puts out document questioning goodness of cops, and saying that any cop killer may have been the good guy

Tyranny is defined as the arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power.  As an Obama spokesman said, “There are things he can do without Congress, and he will do them.” Obama recently asked appointees to” identify all those areas in his newest Jobs Bill in which they can act administratively without additional congressional authorization and just get it done."
1)       President Obama has at least 45 czars, all protected by the Freedom of Information Act from disclosure of their activities, or oversight by Congress.
2)      President Obama signed an executive order authorizing the transfer of all 172 Guantánamo detainees to the next chief executive of the United States of America.  Obama had pledged to close Gitmo because it is immoral to treat foreign enemy combatants in mean ways, and yet he directed the killing of an American citizen (al-Awlaki) without the benefit of either imprisonment or military tribunals.  This action was decided by a secret “kill panel” whose decisions are not necessarily published.
3)      Any Secretary of Health and Human Services is empowered by Obamacare to decide with no Congressional vote what care will and will not be covered and what new regulations will be mandated.  This leads to rationing through so-called Death Panels.
4)      Obama’s Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently told members of the National Restaurant Association that Americans need to “adjust their tastes so that they like the kind of food the government believes they should eat—and we have to make sure that what we do is create the appropriate transition.”  So it is now government’s job to decide for us what we will eat.  Our US Senate recently voted to stop Obama’s proposal to limit the amount of potatoes served on school lunch lines.
5)      Our President recently launched “Attack Watch” on his website, a new vehicle to have citizens report to him those fellow citizens who say mean things about him. 
6)      The American Cancer Society has noted, "The federal government has never before attempted to define what constitutes essential medical benefits for Americans with private insurance."  And yet they are now planning, through Obamacare mandates, just what private health insurance policies may cover.
7)      The Food and Drug Administration just announced a coming ban on over-the-counter inhalers for asthmatics, as part of an agreement signed by the U.S. and other nations to stop depleting the ozone layer.  So sorry, asthmatics.
8)      The Administration admits to 219 pending major regulations from Obamacare, the Dodd-Frank financial law and others, each to cost more than $100 million per year.  The President has personally identified the “Big Seven” regulations which would each impose burdens of over $1 billion per year.
9)      Department of Health and Human Services is demanding that insurance companies submit detailed health care information about their patients, endangering our privacy.
10)  Our President threatened to make the entire state of Texas a no-fly zone if that state criminalized the TSA screenings.
11)  The EPA is asking taxpayers to fund up to 230,000 new government workers just to process all the extra paperwork, at an estimated cost of $21 billion.
12)  A bill has been offered which would seal the Presidential records of Obama, just as his college records have been sealed.
13)  Hundreds of animals are about to be added to the Endangered Species list, even disrupting the building of the fence on the Mexican border.
14)  The extra paperwork and nearly $10,500-per-employee compliance costs are far from the only regulatory hurdles from government regulations over the trucking industry.
15)   81,205 pages of regulations are in place to improve farming.  Look for the UN Agenda 21’s “sustainable development” as key words.
16)  Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole says Obama has decided to “pull back all training materials used for law enforcement and national security communities, in order to eliminate all references to Islam that some Muslim groups have claimed are offensive.”
17)  Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children has mandated new rules that will cost the food industry more than $28 billion in revenues and manufacturing in just its first year, denying to Congress the report required prior to enactment.
America – the land of the used-to-be free.  

 The Liberty Legal Foundation has filed a pair of lawsuits in state and federal courts that don't ask anything about Obama's birth or for any determination from the court about his eligibility. Or his birth certificate, for that matter.

Instead, they name the national Democratic Party as a defendant, and ask the court to enjoin officials there from certifying that Obama is eligible for the office for the 2012 election.
"This complaint does not request or require this court to find that President Obama is not qualified to hold the office of president of the United States. Instead, this complaint is directed toward defining the term 'natural-born citizen' under the Constitution of the United States, and toward negligence or intentional misrepresentations of the Democratic Party.
"This complaint requests this court to affirm the Supreme Court's definition of 'natural-born citizen' as 'all children born in a country of parents who were its citizens."
"This complaint does not request any injunction against any state or federal government official. Instead this complaint asserts that the private entity, Defendant Democratic Party, intends to act negligently or fraudulently in a manner that will cause irreparable harm to the plaintiffs, to the states, and to the citizens of the United States."
It continues, "Because Mr. Obama has admitted that his father was not a U.S. citizen, and because this fact has been confirmed by the U.S. State Department, any reasonable person with knowledge of these facts would doubt Mr. Obama's constitutional qualifications. Therefore, any representation by the Democratic Party certifying said qualifications would be negligent, absent further evidence verifying Mr. Obama's natural-born status.
"Plaintiffs further request an injunction prohibiting the Democratic Party from making any representation to any state official asserting, implying, or assuming that Mr. Obama is qualified to hold the office of president, absent a showing by the party sufficient to prove that said representation is not negligent."
Fox News reports: The law includes generous subsidies for the uninsured so they can afford to buy coverage in the new insurance exchanges that are part of the legislation.
But several analysts told Congress Thursday the nature of the subsidies has an odd effect.
"The way this bill is structured, there are disincentives for women to marry and disincentives for women to work," said Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. "And for a bill that's supposed to make Americans healthier, these disincentives are truly startling."
Critics say that beginning in 2014, Americans will find it more advantageous to stay single than marry because it will be easier to afford health coverage.
The Blaze reports: Yesterday, the Arizona Counter-Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC — a division of the Arizona Dept. of Public Safety) released a bulletin announcing the chilling document that seems to endorse and justify the killing of law enforcement officers.
Copies of the “informational” letter were apparently left on a table with other documents to “educate” protesters at Occupy Phoenix. A bulletin from the ACTIC notifies officers of the document, but says that no credible threats against law enforcement official have been uncovered (yet its investigation continues).
“The next time you hear of a police officer being killed “’in the line of duty,’ take a moment to consider the very real possibility that maybe in that case, the ‘law enforcer’ was the bad guy and the ‘cop killer’ was the good guy,” the document concludes. “As it happens, that has been the case more often than not throughout human history.”

Friday, October 28, 2011

House excludes U.S. Airlines from EU's cap and trade program; Obama considering immunization of children against anthrax; Gingrich and Cain will be in modified Lincoln-Douglas debate; Farrakhan condemns killing of Gadhafi, calls Obama an assassin; Obama disengaged on subject of Iraq; Flu vaccine 59% effective; We will loan money to Russia for steel plant in Michigan; Germy places; Issa lists lies of Holder; Medicare to be cut back; Why do we give money aid to China; US pays $2.5 million to promote unions in Viet Nam; Tea Party wants money back in Richmond; Sheriff Joe says Obama birth certificate report may be a shock; Obama's latest redistribution of wealth

No - this is not from Occupy Wall ST., but from a D.C. Tea Party gathering.

The AP reports: The House voted Monday to exclude U.S. airlines from an emissions cap-and-trade program that the European Union plans to impose on all airlines flying to and from the continent beginning next year.
With the legislation, which passed by voice vote, lawmakers joined the airline industry and the Obama administration in opposing the EU Emissions Trading Scheme scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1. The bill now goes to the Senate.
The Washington Post reports: The Obama administration is wrestling with the thorny question of whether scientists should inject healthy children with the anthrax vaccine to see whether the shots would safely protect them against a bioterrorism attack.
The other option is to wait until an attack happens and then try to gather data from children whose parents agree to inoculate them in the face of an actual threat.
A key working group of federal advisers in September endorsed testing, sparking objections from those who consider that step unethical, unnecessary and dangerous. The National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB), which advises the federal government, is to meet Friday to vote on its working group’s recommendations.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- USA Today reports: Texas Tea Party Patriots will host a "modified Lincoln-Douglas debate," with Republican candidates Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain confirming their attendance.  At the most recent GOP debate in Las Vegas, Gingrich said that if he's the nominee he wants to challenge President Obama to seven forums akin to the Lincoln-Douglas debates -- each of them three hours apiece. He repeated the debate challenge this weekend at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition event.
The Chicago Tribune reports: Controversial Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan condemned the killing of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi on Tuesday, warning that America and other Western powers will soon face severe consequences for their support of the uprising that led to the dictator's death.

"I know something of the good of Moammar Gadhafi that made me to love him as a brother and to feel a great sense of loss at his assassination," Farrakhan said during a two-hour interview with radio host Cliff Kelley on WVON-AM.
Chicago's Mosque Maryam, the Nation of Islam's international headquarters, was purchased 40 years ago with a $3 million loan from Gadhafi, but Farrakhan said his admiration of Gadhafi was not tied to Gadhafi's money or power.
Farrakhan acknowledged that Gadhafi had killed people, but he said all other world leaders, including President Barack Obama, are responsible for the deaths of others.
"Did he kill people? Well, hell, did our president kill people? Talk back to me!" Farrakhan said, prompting some of his supporters to say, "Yes," in reply.
"You have made your president an assassin, that the only value that he has now is that he was responsible for the death of (al-Qaida leader) Osama bin Laden," Farrakhan said, his voice rising. "He was captured without a weapon. He should have been brought to America, put on trial for the American people to see this man. But he was executed so you will never know the real truth.",0,5790121.story
The Vancouver Sun writes: Throughout the summer and autumn, as talks on a continued U.S. military presence in Iraq foundered, President Barack Obama and his point man on Iraq, Vice President Joe Biden, remained aloof from the process, not even phoning top Iraqi officials to help reach a deal, according to logs released by the U.S. Embassy here.The omission is an unusual one, given the high priority that U.S. officials had given to achieving an agreement for some sort of residual U.S. presence in Iraq after the Dec. 31 pullout deadline set in a 2008 pact between the two countries. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and other senior Pentagon officials spoke often about the need for an agreement in a pivotal country in a volatile region and insisted talks were continuing up until Friday, when Obama announced that all U.S. troops would be coming home before the end of December.
CBS Philadelphia reports: If you’re somebody who likes medicine to be perfect, you are not going to be happy by a report in the journal The Lancet. The report looked at flu vaccine and finds it’s only about 59-percent effective in adults who receive the shot.
Energy Department plans to loan $730 million to billionaire owner of Russian steel company for steel plant in Michigan.
The five most germ-covered services: gasoline pump handles, atm buttons, mailboxes, parking meters,escalator rails
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- writes: Daryl Issa writes: It's an image so can't copy. First letter details Holders lies to Congress and requests for explanations of inconsistencies. Second letter covers actions of the ATF and demands explanations for the agency's actions re-fast and furious. The cover up is falling apart. Prison time is in their future. 


Jewish World Review opines: T he worst fears about Obamacare are now being realized in a decision on Monday by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MPAC) established by the law to supervise $500 billion in Medicare cuts. MPAC, whose decisions have the force of law, has voted to impose drastic pay cuts on all doctors under Medicare and, by extension, under Medicaid (which tends to follow suit). The cuts will effectively reduce the real pay for specialists by 50% over the next ten years --- including a 25% reduction over the next three years -- and cut general practitioners' pay by one-third over ten years (and that assumes that inflation stays down at 3% a year).  [As Nancy Pelosi said: "We have to pass this bill to see what is in it."  As Sarah Palin suggested, the bill has within it items which will act just like Death Panels, and here is one example, as doctors will quit taking Medicare/Medicaid patients, or simply retire, leaving masses without proper access, resulting in some case in death.  As promised, there is fundamental change, but without the hope.]

Personal Liberty opines: China has loaned more than $1 trillion to the U.S. to fund its deficit-spending, a fact that many Senators have denounced since the United States provides the country with foreign aid, Fox News reported.
“Why in the world would we be borrowing money and then turn around and giving it back to the countries that we’re borrowing it from?” Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) told the news outlet. “If they have enough of a surplus to loan us money, they have enough of a surplus to take care of their own needs.”
Democratic Senators also voiced their outrage with the current level of aid that the U.S. is providing to China.[P11667790]&rrid=394582776
Expose Obama reports: With a record number of Americans out of work,the government agency responsible for advancing employment in the United States just doled out $1.5 million to promote collective bargaining and improve labor relations in Vietnam…-
The Petoskey News Review reports: RICHMOND, VA (WTVR) - The Richmond Tea Party is asking the city of Richmond for its money back. They say they're not happy to hear that Occupy Richmond protesters get to stay in Kanawha Plaza - for free.
In April, the Richmond Tea Party held a Tax Day Rally in Kanawha Plaza. They say before they could use the city venue they were charged nearly $10,000 and had to comply with a series of usage forms and procedures.
Colleen Owens, a spokesperson for the Tea Party, says it's obvious the Occupy demonstrators are not being held to the same standard. "We followed the rules, we followed the law, we got all the permits, we paid all the fees, we had to jump through all the hoops that they asked us to.  "And they’re not having to pay for the park, they’re not getting permits, they’re not paying for police, they’re not paying for port-o-potties, they’re not paying for emergency personnel," Owens says.,0,4830888.story
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Expose Obama writes: The results of a formal law-enforcement investigation into whether Barack Obama is eligible to be president of the United States could come as a “shock,”according to Maricopa County,Ariz.,Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Tuesday night,speaking to a tea-party group in Arizona,Arpaio said,“I can’t tell you everything,but there could be a shock there somewhere that my guys came up with. I can’t talk too much about it. It’s in the process.”
David Limbaugh opines: Back when Obama was trolling for illusory savings to manipulate Congressional Budget Office scorekeepers into decreeing that Obamacare would be revenue-neutral, he proposed the ingenious scheme whereby the federal government would subsume 100 percent of the student loan industry and eliminate evil private-sector profits going to "middlemen."

By calculating $60 billion in savings over the next decade, Obama gleefully inflated student loans by $40 billion and boasted that he still had $20 billion left over to count toward reconciling the balance sheet on his grossly over-budgeted national health care bill.
Obama smuggled this student loan legislation into the Obamacare bill because it probably never would have otherwise attracted the 60 needed votes to pass on its own. Such relatively small-potatoes legislation, by itself, wouldn't have supported the bribes Obama used to cram through Obamacare.
You don't need to be a math wizard to understand that this is just a slick way of forcing taxpayers to take a bigger hit by increasing the number of loans that will never be fully repaid, yet another redistribution of wealth from our Marxist in chief.  [I heard on Fox News that this could mean that a student, who signed a contract to get his loan, may owe over $200,000 and end up paying less than $30,000. 

Nor do you need to be a clinical psychologist to grasp that our government is teaching young adults how to be financially irresponsible with impunity.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Just whose idea was this "Occupy" phenomenon?; Revolution lesson plans; AFL-CIO funds "Occupy"; ACORN has key role in organizing and money-gathering for "Occupy"; "Occupy" cooks tiring of cooking for "professional homeless people"; "Occupy" to take direct action against banks; Obama says America has lost its ambition; One more groups gets to erase debt, vote for Obama; Americans against loan forgiveness by government; Students to save $10/month; If we don't reelect him, we will "be on our own";

Business Insider reported: Stephen Lerner, [former head of SEIU] said that unions and community organizations are, for all intents and purposes, dead. The only way to achieve their goals, therefore--the redistribution of wealth and the return of "$17 trillion" stolen from the middle class by Wall Street--is to "destabilize the country." 
The plan is designed to destroy JP Morgan, nuke the stock market, and weaken Wall Street's grip on power, thus creating the conditions necessary for a redistribution of wealth and a change in government.
The former SEIU official, Stephen Lerner, spoke in a closed session at a Pace University forum last weekend.

Lerner's plan is to organize a mass, coordinated "strike" on mortgage, student loan, and local government debt payments--thus bringing the banks to the edge of insolvency and forcing them to renegotiate the terms of the loans.  This destabilization and turmoil, Lerner hopes, will also crash the stock market, isolating the banking class and allowing for a transfer of power.
Lerner's plan starts by attacking JP Morgan Chase in early May, with demonstrations on Wall Street, protests at the annual shareholder meeting, and then calls for a coordinated mortgage strike.
Lerner also says explicitly that, although the the attack will benefit labor unions, it cannot be seen as being organized by them. It must therefore be run by community organizations.
Lerner was ousted from SEIU last November, reportedly for spending millions of the union's dollars trying to pursue a plan like the one he details here.
He said, "There are actually extraordinary things we could do right now to start to destabilize the folks that are in power and start to rebuild a movement.'
Read more:

Townhall reveals: Far-left social justice teachers never miss an opportunity to push their agenda in the classroom. As you’ll see in my upcoming book, “Indoctrination: How ‘Useful Idiots’ Are Using Our Schools to Subvert American Exceptionalism,” leftist teachers use moments like the #OccupyWallStreet protests around the country to push their agenda of shifting America leftward away from a free market system.
The New York Times has also published a lesson plan [PDF here] for teachers, entitled, “Who Are the 99 percent? Ways to Teach About Occupy Wall Street.” The plan begins:
Overview | Why are protesters occupying Wall Street? What are they protesting, and what are their goals? In this lesson, students are introduced to Occupy Wall Street and then investigate the movement more deeply.
Warm-Up | Provide students with the following six slogans that have been displayed on placards during demonstrations being staged as part of a political movement. (At this point, do not identify the movement; you may also want to obscure the fact that the movement is contemporary.) Invite the class to guess which movement the placards are from.
Human Need Not Corporate Greed
Jobs, Justice and Education
Save the American Dream
We are the 99%
Those purveyors of straight journalism at the New York Times – they’re so helpful in providing materials so students can “learn” about what’s behind #OccupyWallStreet.
Remember just a few days ago when AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka told C-Span viewers that his federation was only providing support, places to meet, water, food, but NO money?
Well, it turns out the AFL-CIO has vowed to provide legal support and is also encouraging people to be arrested…
The former New York office for ACORN, the disbanded community activist group, is playing a key role in the self-proclaimed “leaderless” Occupy Wall Street movement, organizing “guerrilla” protest events and hiring door-to-door canvassers to collect money under the banner of various causes while spending it on protest-related activities, sources tell
Read more:
NY Post reports: The Occupy Wall Street volunteer kitchen staff launched a “counter” revolution yesterday -- because they’re angry about working 18-hour days to provide food for “professional homeless” people and ex-cons masquerading as protesters.
For three days beginning tomorrow, the cooks will serve only brown rice and other spartan grub instead of the usual menu of organic chicken and vegetables, spaghetti bolognese, and roasted beet and sheep’s-milk-cheese salad.
Big Government reports: The Occupy movement is planning to take ‘direct action’ against banks in the next several days, using a variety of tactics, according to video and email evidence compiled by Big Government. These tactics include physical occupations of banks, and attempts to encourage financial runs on the banks.
In this clip from the video bombshell that BigGovernment revealed on Sunday night, we see a New York Times freelance reporter and a self-described ‘commie’ laughing over the possibility of criminal acts against banks – has have happened recently in Dallas, Oakland, Los Angeles and Minneapolis.  The assault on banks  appears to be the movement’s latest strategy and  part of an overall scheme to ‘take over the banks, to nationalize them’, as one #OWS supporter said in a recent email revealed by
The Baltimore Sun writes: At a San Francisco fundraiser yesterday, the President had this to say:

Speak for yourself, Mr. President.  Our ambition, imagination and will is completely intact -- it's just that we're saddled with a leader who neither understands nor respects the American character, and then projects his inadequacies onto us.,_mr_president
The Baltimore Sun writes: The Obama Administration announced it will accelerate changes in the federal loan program to make it easier for certain students to repay their loans.
Students enrolled in the Income Based Repayment Plan will have their payments capped at 10 percent of discretionary income starting next year, and any remaining balance after 20 years will be forgiven.  The Income Based Repayment Plan has been available since 2009 and has limited monthly payments to 15 percent of discretionary income with remaining debt is forgiven after 25 years.

Next year’s changes were scheduled to take effect in 2014, but the White House noted that borrowers needed help now.,0,584536.story?track=rss

Rasmussen Reports: The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 21% of American Adults think the federal government should forgive the nearly $1 trillion in loans it made or guaranteed to help students pay for a college education. Sixty-six percent (66%) oppose the forgiveness of all student loans.Thirteen percent (13%) are undecided.


The Atlantic reports: Obama's Student-Loan Order Saves the Average Grad Less Than $10 a Month


ABC News reports: At a million-dollar San Francisco fundraiser today, President Obama warned his recession-battered supporters that if he loses the 2012 election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance in America.
“The one thing that we absolutely know for sure is that if we don’t work even harder than we did in 2008, then we’re going to have a government that tells the American people, ‘you are on your own,’” Obama told a crowd of 200 donors over lunch at the W Hotel.
“If you get sick, you’re on your own. If you can’t afford college, you’re on your own. If you don’t like that some corporation is polluting your air or the air that your child breathes, then you’re on your own,” he said. “That’s not the America I believe in. It’s not the America you believe in.”

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Department of Justice wishes to make lieing legal; Herman Cain is pro-life; Judge blocks FL. law; NYT reporter is taking part in planning and execution of Occupy; Occupy invites Islamic groups to support them; Dreams from Obama's father; Obama math is off by a factor of 10; Washington County pulls plug on UN;s Sustainable Development membership; Dem candidate claims credit for Occupy Wall St.; Obama administration accused of violating federal law - again

Free Republic reports: A proposed revision to Freedom of Information Act rules would allow federal agencies to lie to citizens and reporters seeking certain records, telling them the records don’t exist.
The Justice Department has proposed the change as part of a large revision of FOIA rules for federal agencies. Specifically, the rule would direct government agencies who are denying a request under an established FOIA exemption to “respond to the request as if the excluded records did not exist,” rather than citing the relevant exemption.
The proposed rule has alarmed government transparency advocates across the political spectrum, who’ve called it “Orwellian” and say it will “twist” public access to government. [This should really help Americans to trust their government, right? This isn't exactly what a "the most transparent administration" should be proposing.]
Redstate writer clarifies his statement: I have come to understand that Herman Cain has in reality done far more for the pro-life movement than I ever have. For instance, he donated $1 million of his own money in an attempt to encourage black voters to vote pro-life. His 2004 Senate campaign made life a central issue. His work opposing abortion – especially among the black population – has led many leftist organizations to denounce him with hysterical, shrieking screeds; which is probative evidence of the fact that they were to some degree effective.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- reports: A federal judge temporarily blocked Florida's new law that requires welfare applicants to pass a drug test before receiving the benefits on Monday, saying it may violate the Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches and seizures.
Big Government opines: A newly-discovered video–filmed by Occupy Wall Street supporters themselves–reveals that New York Times reporter Natasha Lennard is not merely covering the protests, but is also apparently taking part in planning and executing them.
In the video, Lennard is seen participating as a featured speaker in a discussion among anarchists, communists, and other radicals as they examine the theory, strategy and tactics of the Occupy protests.
When Lennard reported on her arrest at the time, she appears to have concealed her own apparent role in the Occupy protests, implying that her arrest was an abuse of press freedom. She used her affiliation with the Times to win her early release.
Sympathetic media expressed shock that a reporter had been taken into custody by allegedly overzealous police. Only sources like Newsbusters questioned that narrative at the time. The video suggests that the skeptics were correct in their suspicions.
Daily Caller writes: The Occupy Wall Street organizers have invited support from Muslim groups, and on Friday, their camp in New York City’s Zuccotti Park played host to an Islamist group with ties to Islamist anti-Semites, radicals and terrorists.
[Barack Obama's book Dreams from my Father is now being given to embassies around the world.  Guess who is paying for it?  You got it - the American taxpayers.  The State Department has bought more than $70,000 worth of books authored by President Obama, sending out copies as Christmas gratuities and stocking “key libraries” around the world with “Dreams From My Father” more than a decade after its release.
A review of the expenditures in a federal database did not reveal any examples of State Department purchases of books by former Presidents George W. Bush or Bill Clinton. The purchases of Mr. Obama’s literary work mostly, but not always, took place in the months after Mr. Obama captured the White House.
National Review reports: The Washington Examiner reports that at a fundraiser in Las Vegas, the president said the following about his jobs bill:
But last week, we had a separate vote on a part of the jobs bill that would put 400,000 teachers, firefighters and police officers back on the job, paid for by asking people who make more than $1 million to pay one-half of 1 percent in additional taxes. For somebody making $1.1 million a year, that’s an extra $500. Five hundred bucks. And with that, we could have saved 400,000 jobs.
As every Corner reader who graduated from 4th grade determined immediately upon reading the above quote, one half of 1 percent of $1.1 million is $5,500, not $500. But, hey, even though he said it three times, cut the president some slack — he’s off only by about factor of ten.
But even if the president meant to say $5,500, his math continues to pose some challenges. According to the IRS, a total of 235,413 taxpayers earned more than $1 million last year. If each “was willing to pay $[5,]500 extra to help the country,” that would generate only $1.3 billion in revenue — approximately what the federal government spends every three hours. Wouldn’t it be just as patriotic for President Obama to turn off the federal spigot for three hours and dedicate the savings to funding those 400,000 jobs?
The New American writes: Activists in Clallam County, Washington are celebrating their government's decision to pull the plug on membership in the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), a worldwide association of more than 1,200 local governments dedicated to promoting the United Nations' sovereignty-eroding sustainable development program known as Agenda 21. The county will save $1,200 in annual membership dues, but ICLEI critics say they've salvaged much more than that. 
His remarks, detailed at Citizen Review Online, include the warning that ICLEI's idea of sustainable development is to promote UN Agenda 21, a plan drafted at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. He quoted official documents stating the published agenda of UN habitat programs is to protect the environment by moving people from rural areas into cities and that "land ... cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals, [as this] contributes to social injustice.  "
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- reports:  In a new interview, Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren claims much of the credit for the Occupy Wall Street protests sweeping the nation.
“I created much of the intellectual foundation for what they do,” the Harvard Law School professor and former Obama administration consumer advocate told Samuel P. Jacobs of The Daily Beast. “I support what they do.”
The National Republican Senatorial Committee, charged with helped Senator Scott Brown win reelection, jumped on the comment.
“Warren’s decision to not only embrace, but take credit for this movement is notable considering the Boston Police Department was recently forced to arrest at least 141 of her Occupy acolytes in Boston the other day after they threatened to tie up traffic downtown and refused to abide by their protest permit limits,” NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh wrote.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------A Expose Obama reports: Republican leader in the House is accusing the Obama administration of violating a federal law designed to protect America’s most sensitive technological secrets from the Red Chinese. The most extreme of Obama’s czars,Science Czar John P. Holdren,so flagrantly violated the law that a one-sided Justice Department legal memorandum drawn up to exonerate him said it could defend “most,if not all”of his actions.According to Virginia Republican Congressman Frank Wolf,the offense took place when Holdren attended the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) on May 9-10. Holdren,who heads the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP),took nine OSTP employees to the meeting,where they admit they met with representatives of the People’s Republic of China. This violates section 1340 of the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011,a funding bill Congress passed earlier this year to avoid a federal shutdown.
Despite the clear statutory language,nine OSTP employees participated in the S&ED with their Chinese counterparts,costing the agency $3,500. Wolf said their participation constitutes “blatant disregard for the law.”
"In fact,the GAO found OSTP violated two laws;by spending funds that were not available to it,the agency also broke the Anti-Deficiency Act.
As a sign of this administration’s growing contempt for the rule of law,the government did not attempt to hide its wrongdoing;it simply said the lawbreaking is none of your business.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Who need Congress? - part 2 - My Boyne City Gazette column

I continue to chronicle the many ways in which this  Administration is passing new laws and regulations without the input and votes of Congress.  It is as if our "Constitutional Professor President never studied the Constitution, wherein Congress passes the bills and gives them to the President to sign into law..

1)  The Super-Committee on Debt was endorsed by our President even though it countermands the Constitutional mandate that laws are to be written in the House, passed through the Senate, and vetoed or signed into law by the President.  Congress is ceding its normal powers for the sake of expediency and bipartisanship.
2)  The Department of Energy was awarded Stimulus funds for green energy companies. President Obama rushed through taxpayer “investment” of $535 million in solar-power company Solyndra just in time for a photo op, even after being told that the company was not ready to be a viable enterprise. He later restructured the debt, assuring that private Obama-donor investors will receive their money in the event of default before we the taxpayers will be paid.  The company is now bankrupt, and may have violated terms of its taxpayer-paid subsidy.
3)  A waiver was granted by the FCC to LightSquared, a company whose product would interfere with military GPS.  An Air Force General as well as the director of the National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing testified that the White House asked them to alter their testimony to Congress regarding the company, which is funded by a major Obama donor. Obama himself invested $100,000 in this company in 2005 when it carried a different name.
4)  Obama’s Executive Order – “Establishing a Coordinated Government-wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce” – was mandated even though, according to the Office of Personnel Management, federal employees are currently underrepresented by whites and over-represented by blacks, Hispanics, Asians and American Indians in relation to their numbers in our country.
5)  Executive Order 13575 - Establishment of the White House Rural Council – ties directly to the UN’s Agenda 21 of 1992 and is crucial to achieving a “sustainable world” – “to create more sustainability and green energy.” Obama’s Department of Commerce declared that the agency could implement 67% of their mandates without the vote of Congress.  Government would then control and facilitate rural economic development.  Look for the key UN word “Sustainability” in your local planning documents.
6)  Obama’s Food Safety Modernization Act in the Omnibus Bill authorized millions in spending on “sustainable” agriculture and development in America. NYC’s Mayor Koch has declared that “government’s highest duty is to push healthy foods on the citizenry.”
7)  President Obama’s Executive Order 13547  Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes further extends federal power, embraces global governance, diminishes the rights and privileges of individuals and brings the United States into compliance with  UN Agenda 21, Chapter 17.6 which says: Each coastal State should consider establishing, or where necessary strengthening, appropriate coordinating mechanisms for integrated management and sustainable development of coastal and marine areas. …
8)  The Obama administration has set up a new National Ocean Council to convince the Senate to ratify the treaty Convention on the Law of the Sea.  Rejected by Ronald Reagan in 1982, and by our Senate in 2000 and 2004, the treaty is once again being promoted. If passed, the treaty would give the UN the power to regulate activities within our territorial boundaries and to levy taxes via royalties and application fees of $250,000, without providing one bit of new benefits to the United States.  The UN’s agenda is taking Americans money away from them to support the rest of the world.
9)  Obama’s Department of Justice is suing the Boeing Company for daring to build and operate a new plant where unions are not required to be involved.
10)   New Hampshire just cut off funding for abortions in their state. The Department of Health and Human Services stepped in to fund those Planned Parenthood abortions.
11)  Attorney General Eric Holder is promoting redistribution of our wealth to the UN to fight terrorism as well as the trying of terrorists in civilian courts, without the input or vote of Congress. 
12)  President Obama violated the War Powers act by entering a war in Libya without an Act of Congress, then dares to call it a kinetic activity.
13)  Obama’s Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett states: “The point of government is to give people a livelihood so they can provide for their families”.

When will enough of this be enough?

The latest attempt: using the mantra of "We Can't Wait" (for Congress to do their constitutional duty].  The Obama administration has been working with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to find ways to make it easier for borrowers to switch to cheaper loans even if they have little to no equity in their homes.  [When any of these new mortgages go bankrupt, it will once again be the American taxpayer who takes the hit]

Monday, October 24, 2011

Obama and EPS protection of imperiled animals; Dept. of Energy and Nancy Pelosi's brother; Texas and an historic drought; No offshore wind farm for Ocean City for GE; Turning agricultural waste into vehicle fuel; State Department at odds with White House over oil pipeline project:; Environmental laws in Britain will not save planet at expense of businesses; Mini Ice Age in Britain; Fresh cow's milk targeted in LA; Swine flue vaccine causes narcolepsy, hallucinations and more; Obama protects golden-winged warbler and 500 otthers; EPA hampers border fence building

Yahoo News writes: The Obama administration is taking steps to extend new federal protections to a list of imperiled animals and plants that reads like a manifest for Noah's Ark — from the melodic golden-winged warbler and slow-moving gopher tortoise, to the slimy American eel and tiny Texas kangaroo rat.
Compelled by a pair of recent legal settlements, the effort in part targets species that have been mired in bureaucratic limbo even as they inch toward potential extinction.
With a Friday deadline to act on more than 700 pending cases, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service already has issued decisions advancing more than 500 species toward potential new protections under the Endangered Species Act.
Also among species that advanced for further consideration are 35 snails from Nevada's Great Basin, 82 crawfish from the Southeast, 99 Hawaiian plants and a motley cast of butterflies, birds, fish, beetles, frogs, lizards, mussels and more from every corner of the country.
But it also comes amid a backlash in Congress against the 37-year-old endangered species program. Earlier this year, citing restrictions against development and other activities, Republicans unsuccessfully sought to strip the federal budget of money to list new species as threatened or endangered. 
The Weekly Standard writes: Despite the growing Solyndra scandal, the Department of Energy approved $1 billion in new loans to green energy companies -- including a $737 million loan guarantee to a company known as SolarReserve:
SolarReserve LLC, a closely held renewable energy developer, received a $737 million U.S. Energy Department loan guarantee to build a solar-thermal project in Nevada.

The 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes project, near Tonopah, Nevada, will use the sun’s heat to create steam that drives a turbine, the agency said today in a e-mailed statement. SolarReserve is based in Santa Monica, California.
On SolarReserve's website is a list of "investment partners," including the "PCG Clean Energy & Technology Fund (East) LLC." As blogger American Glob quickly discovered, PCG's number two is none other than "Ronald Pelosi, a San Francisco political insider and financial industry polymath who happens to be the brother-in-law of Nancy Pelosi, the Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives."

The Ausin Statesman reports: Texas could be in the midst of a drought the history books have never seen, meaning water planners need to prepare for worse than what they've seen, state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said Thursday.
The current drought could last until 2020, because the region's climate is in the middle of a 20- to 40-year dry phase, Nielsen-Gammon said.
Water planners, including state agencies and river authorities, have long since made water plans based on the drought of record, a nearly 10-year dry spell in the 1940s and 1950s.
"Sooner or later there will be a drought that's worse" (than the drought of record), Nielsen-Gammon said.  [Since man's pollution was not nearly so complete sixty years ago, just what caused this drought back then?]
Washington Examiner writes: Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to build one of the nation's first offshore wind farms off the coast of Ocean City was wisely put on hold last year by state legislators, who said they needed more time to study the proposal. Key questions about the centerpiece of O'Malley's environmental policy have finally been answered, and they don't help the cause.
Although the governor vowed in June 2010 that offshore wind energy would "create jobs for our workers and help stabilize utility costs for our families while increasing grid stability," it's clear he won't be able to deliver on any of those promises.
Like the solar panels manufactured by now bankrupt Solyndra, wind turbines depend on the vagaries of nature and thus are not reliable producers of electricity when it is needed. Which is why General Electric announced earlier this month that after pocketing $125 million in federal stimulus grants and contracts, it was retreating from the faltering offshore wind market due to lack of demand. GE, one of the world's leading manufacturers of direct-drive wind turbines, is laying off 40 employees at its ScanWind plant in Norway. O'Malley's claim that this heavily subsidized but still failing industry will create "green" jobs in Maryland is nothing but wishful thinking.
The NY Times reports: A Georgia company says it has overcome a major roadblock in turning agricultural waste into vehicle fuel and other useful chemicals by experimenting with a technology that treats the waste with compressed water heated to very high temperatures. 
If it works, the technology could reduce the nation’s reliance on oil imports for gasoline in favor of a cleaner-burning and less expensive source of energy. A company with a workable technology would have a guaranteed market, given that Congress has set quotas for the consumption of cellulosic fuel but so far, hardly any is being produced.
What is more, the supply of cellulosic biomass is far larger than the amount of corn available for making ethanol, and it does not involve diverting many resources from food production.
The Washington TImes reports: The State Department’s support of a controversial oil-pipeline project is putting pressure on the White House to move forward after three years, despite objections from environmentalists.
A series of public hearings concludes Friday on the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada’s oil sands in Alberta down through America’s midsection to the Texas Gulf Coast.
So far, the State Department has published reports in favor of the project, which is projected to create 20,000 jobs and reduce the nation’s dependence on overseas oil.
Still, it isn’t an easy decision for the Obama administration because it doesn’t want to disappoint its environmental supporters, who are opposed to the project. The president is expected to make a decision by the end of the year.
The UK Daily Mail reports: Rather overshadowed by events at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester last week was a line in George Osborne's speech which could mark the start of a long overdue political transformation in Britain.
The Chancellor acknowledged that a decade of environmental laws had been piling unnecessary costs on households and companies, adding that Britain was not going to save the planet by putting ourselves out of business.
He was referring in particular to the Climate Change Act, famously passed by the House of Commons in October 2008 by 463 votes to three, even as the snow was falling outside.
Read more:
The UK Express writes: BRITAIN is set to suffer a mini ice age that could last for decades and bring with it a series of bitterly cold winters.
And it could all begin within weeks as experts said last night that the mercury may soon plunge below the record -20C endured last year.
Scientists say the anticipated cold blast will be due to the return of a disruptive weather pattern called La Nina. Latest evidence shows La Nina, linked to extreme winter weather in America and with a knock-on effect on Britain, is in force and will gradually strengthen as the year ends.
The UK Daily Mail reports: But while Europe is taking a relaxed view of climate change, Britain seems to have excelled in devising more and more bizarre ways of bankrupting the nation.
Tens of thousands have been pushed into fuel poverty. Firms that could not pass on their costs moved abroad. Huge tranches of the aluminium industry have disappeared, one major firm having moved to the Emirates in October 2009 – taking 300 workers from Anglesey who had to follow to keep their jobs.
Natural News reports: -Dear NaturalNews readers,
Court documents released late last week reveal that the LA County DA's office went to outrageous lengths to try to target Rawesome Foods and it distribution of fresh cow's milk and unpasteurized eggs.
NaturalNews has just learned that LA County spent millions of dollars hiring infiltration agents, running covert (hidden) cameras and stationing at least one surveillance camera where it could view and record members coming and going from Rawesome Foods. This investigation went on for at least two years, requiring an enormous expenditure of law enforcement resources in LA County for the sole purpose of indicting raw milk advocates who help deliver farm-fresh milk to Los Angeles citizens.
This is an extraordinary story of government abuse of power, and it demonstrates the new air of arrogance carried by government operatives who many people are now calling "terrorists" themselves!
(NaturalNews) The nation of Finland has now openly admitted that the swine flu vaccine "conclusively" causes narcolepsy, a chronic nervous system disorder that makes people uncontrollably fall asleep. The Finnish government, in acknowledging this link, says it will pay for "lifetime medical care" for 79 children who have been irreparably damaged by the swine flu vaccine. (

Narcolepsy isn't the only side effect now admitted to be caused by swine flu vaccines: 76 of the 79 children also suffered hallucinations and "paralyzing physical collapses," say Finnish researchers.

Remarkably, even though the link between swine flu vaccines and permanent neurological damage in children is now openly admitted by the Finnish government, there is absolutely no talk about halting the utterly unscientific ritual of injecting children with flu vaccines in the first place. Not only are flu vaccines harmful to children (as is now admitted), but flu vaccines don't even work! A simple daily dose of vitamin D would do far more to halt influenza than any vaccine (
Conservative Action Alerts writes: Word has emerged that President Obama is finally taking steps to protect the melodic golden-winged warbler.  It appears that he was the one that we’d been waiting for after all.
With his finger firmly on the pulse of what is most concerning to Americans, the president has announced that he will soon be extending endangered species status (and the requisite mountain of rules and regulations that accompany the designation) to a list of over 500 plant and animal species.  And besides being great news for the soon-to-be-protected slow-moving Gopher tortoise, this move will undoubtedly benefit a national economy already stunted by oppressive bureaucratic micromanagement.
One can fairly imagine how much easier life is about to get for the people of Hawaii, for instance, when they receive new federal guides on how to identify the 99 new native plants they must avoid trampling or trimming.
And though Americans will be initially alarmed to know that the giant Palouse earthworm of Idaho and the Utah Gila monster did not make the cut, the Obama administration is assuring us that all rejections are subject to court challenge.  Thank heavens!  It’s about time our underworked court system had something of substance to engage.
Redstate reports: Energy productivity isn’t the only thing that is hampered by laws governing so-called endangered species.  For decades, the Departments of Interior and Agriculture have encumbered border security operations with layers of environmental restrictions and regulations.  Additionally, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been forced to pay millions in taxpayer dollars, known as mitigation funds, to offset the “environmental effects” of their roads, fences, and surveillance towers in or near national parks and other federally owned lands.  Now, Rep. Rob Bishop is seeking to exempt the border patrol agents from these laws, so they can focus on their real job – protecting the border.
Bishop’s bill (H.R. 1505) prohibits the secretaries of Agriculture and Interior from impeding border security operations that are currently stymied by three dozen environmental regulations, including the Wilderness Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, and the 1965 law known as the Solid Waste Disposal Act.  This bill allows CPB to construct roads and fences, use patrol vehicles, and set up monitoring equipment within on all federal lands within 100 miles of both the northern and southern borders.