Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Execute 3 generations of family members is the N. Korea plan; Ethics investigation by the percentages; Las Vegas Teachers Union games the system; Covering up George Washington's statue; Carbonite withdraws advertising and then suffers 12% drop in price; Obama loses 15 Oklahoma counties in Primary; The war on conservative women; Joe the Plumber wins Primary in Ohio; MSNBC wants "hard core conservativism crushed" in November; Boxcutter allowed on air plane

Global Post reports: While all defectors sent back from China are believed to face harsh punishment upon their return to North Korea, the group now in China is particularly at risk: the North Korean government has said that anyone caught defecting during the period of mourning for Kim Jong Il’s death would have three generations of family members executed.

The Atlantic reports: The facts say this: African-Americans make up 10 percent of the House, but as of the end of February, five of the sitting six named lawmakers under review by the House Ethics Committee are black. The pattern isn't new. At one point in late 2009, seven lawmakers were known to be involved in formal House ethics inquiries; all were members of the Congressional Black Caucus. An eighth caucus member, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois, had also been under investigation, but his probe was halted temporarily while the Justice Department undertook an inquiry of its own. Those are the facts, as Cleaver said. The question is why so many African-American members have been in the ethics spotlight.   [Indeed.  Another explanation, perhaps, is that black lawmakers are more prone to think they are above the law.  It looks as if Emanuel Cleaver believes we need to prosecute by percentages instead of by deeds.  Such is the way our government is going these days...  I will add that in late 2009 it was the DEMOCRATS who held the majority in the House, and a equal number of Republicans and Democrats are on the Committee.] 
It is a grave accusation: Could the congressional ethics process, ostensibly safeguarded by professional staff members and by a bipartisan structure that allows nothing to move forward unless Democrats and Republicans agree, be singling out African-Americans?
Other explanations are possible. Perhaps more ethical issues arise within the black caucus than within the House as a whole. Many of its members occupy safe seats, after all, and have been in Washington for decades. Maybe some of them grew too comfortable or insulated, and they failed to track changing ethics standards.  [As Charlie Rangel said at his Ethics Committee hearing, it was THEY who asked HIM to do the unethical thing, and he did it to help them.]
Fox News reports: Three stories on the same day in this past Sunday's Las Vegas newspapers sum up this national outrage. 
Let’s start with the Las Vegas teachers union. It was reported that more than a third of the union’s entire $4.1 million annual budget went to pay just nine union leaders. 
The Teachers Union Executive Director received $632,546, while the CEO of the union-created Teachers Health Trust was paid $546,133. 
So next time you hear educators scream that we must spend more money on education, because “it’s for the kids,” you’ll know the truth. It’s for the unions. 
It’s always been for the unions. 
Bernie Madoff has nothing on the government employee union scam.
Article number two in Sunday’s Las Vegas Review Journal was about those highly paid Las Vegas firefighters. 
It turns out they weren’t satisfied with making almost $200,000 per year. They also abused sick leave, rigged work schedules to pump up their pensions, and appear to have engaged in widespread disability fraud
About half of all Clark County firefighters retired with work-related injuries in recent years- garnering bonus payments averaging $320,000 apiece. That’s in addition to their obscene pensions for life.
Truth or Fiction report on: The annual MLK observance at the state house in Columbia , SC had an interesting
twist [last] year. The event is held on the north side steps of the statehouse.
Prominent at that location is a large bronze statue of George Washington.
This year, the NAACP constructed a "box" to conceal the father of our country
from view so that participants would not be 'offended' by his presence.
I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw this picture of the MLK Day rally in Columbia , South Carolina .
This rally was sponsored by the NAACP and they said that they covered the statue because they "didn't want to offend anyone". Really? George Washington is the father of this nation. How is he offensive to anyone?
Can you imagine what would happen if we covered the statue of Dr. Martin L. King on President's Day? or is only the statue of a 'white guy' offensive?
The Truth:
Truth for Fiction says: There was an event celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. in Columbia, South Carolina and according to a January 18, 2011 article in South Carolina's The State, a statue of George Washington was covered by a three-sided structure that was "intended to display a rally graphic and serve as a photo-and-television backdrop for the event’s speakers."  
[What a joke!  I want proof.]
. "However, the graphic was not finished before the rally and could not be put in place."

The State reported that the statue has been similarly covered at MLK Day events going back at least four years, though most groups holding rallies at the state house leave it unobstructed.
Daily Caller reports: On Saturday, Carbonite CEO David Friend released a statement on his company’s website declaring that Carbonite had decided to “withdraw” advertising from Rush Limbaugh’s radio show in the wake of his controversial remarks involving Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke because it will “ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse”:
However, it hasn’t done much to contribute to his company’s stock price. Since the market opened on Monday through its close today, Carbonite stock (NASDAQ:CARB) has plummeted nearly 12 percent, outpacing the drop of the NASDAQ index in that same time period by nine-and-a-half points. It was also one of the biggest decliners on the NASDAQ on Tuesday.
The Weekly Standard reports: The Associated Press reports that President Barack Obama struggled a little tonight in Democratic presidential primary in Oklahoma:
President Barack Obama collected the most votes in the Oklahoma Democratic primary, but lost in 15 counties.
With 98 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, Obama won 57 percent of the vote. Four other candidates combined for 43 percent of the vote, including anti-abortion activist and Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry who received 18 percent of the vote.
Townhall carries the words of Michelle Malkin: I'm sorry Rush Limbaugh called 30-year-old Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a "slut." She's really just another professional femme-a-gogue helping to manufacture a false narrative about the GOP "war on women." I'm sorry the civility police now have an opening to demonize the entire right based on one radio comment -- because it's the progressive left in this country that has viciously and systematically slimed female conservatives for their beliefs.We have the well-worn battle scars to prove it. And no, we don't need coddling phone calls from the pandering president of the United States to convince us to stand up and fight.
At his first press conference of the year on Tuesday, the Nation's Concern Troll explained that he phoned Fluke to send a message to his daughters and all women that they shouldn't be "attacked or called horrible names because they are being good citizens." After inserting himself into the fray and dragging Sasha and Malia into the debate, Obama then told a reporter he "didn't want to get into the business of arbitrating" language and civility. Too late, pal.
The fact is, "slut" is one of the nicer things I've been called over 20 years of public life. [The article details the various and far worse things that conservative women have been called by media - with no push back at all.  I suggest you visit the site to learn more about this hate talk from the left.]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- reports: An Ohio plumber thrust into national politics during the 2008 presidential campaign has won the Republican nomination in his home state as he makes a bid for Congress.
Samuel Wurzelbacher gained the nickname "Joe the Plumber" for expressing working-class concerns about taxes to then-candidate Barack Obama during a stop to the region.

Newsbusters writes: During live coverage of the Super Tuesday primaries, MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell declared that he hopes that Rick Santorum wins the GOP presidential nomination because he wants to see "hard core conservatism crushed" in November. Moments later, Chris Matthews declared his belief that Santorum would result in a "moderate to liberal Democratic party running the country" which he believed "would be good for the country."
Redstate writes: Secretary Napolitano said recently at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing that she is proposing a 50% cut in funding for the Federal Flight Deck Officer’s program (FFDO), also known as the armed pilots program, because “the program is not risk based.” Yet her Transportation Security Administration failed to detect a box cutter that ended up on a flight in Houston, Texas this past Monday. This is further evidence that President Obama’s and Secretary Napolitano’s plan to terminate the FFDO program is an aviation security mistake.


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