Saturday, June 2, 2012

Rep. Hoekstra on Presidential eligibility; Gay marriage issue to Supreme Court; Easily ending the deficit; MoveOn failing; Louisiana's education experiment; Obama waiting for Republican fever to break; Employee Rights Act; Minorities ruling majorities; $1billion and counting in another failing Obama enterprize; Feeding the homeless outdoors now ilegal in Philly

In an address to a Michigan Tea Party group in early May,former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) called for a government office to verify presidential candidates’citizenship and lamented Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) opposition to questioning President Obama on his birthplace.  [He later explained that  if a system had been in place to ensure that candidates meet qualifications for office, we would not have spent time, energy and money on this subject.  It is my understanding that in the past the national party submits the candidacy of their chosen one, and that part of that document states that the candidate eligible.  In the case of one Barack Hussein Obama, that vital sentence was eliminated from the document.  If that is true, there already IS a system of qualification in place, but it is not always fairly employed.]
A federal appeals court in Boston found on Thursday that a U.S. law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to lawfully married same-sex couples in a ruling that promises to push the issue of gay marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:

"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a  law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of  GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.
The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified!  Why? Simple!   The people demanded it. That was in 1971 - before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.
Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land - all because of public pressure.
Writing for the Huffington Post this afternoon, Andy Ostroy says the Occupy movement "is as good as dead."

It's one of the few HuffPo pieces I agree with, he calls to attention Occupy's obsession with tent cities, its inability to elect candidates to office, the unfocused agenda, and its insistence on class warfare.

There is one glaring omission in his piece: the takeover of the movement by violent Black Bloc anarchists--with a supporting cast of socialists and communists.
Louisiana is embarking on the nation's boldest experiment in privatizing public education, with the state preparing to shift tens of millions in tax dollars out of the public schools to pay private industry, businesses owners and church pastors to educate children.
Starting this fall, thousands of poor and middle-class kids will get vouchers covering the full cost of tuition at more than 120 private schools across Louisiana, including small, Bible-based church schools.

The following year, students of any income will be eligible for mini-vouchers that they can use to pay a range of private-sector vendors for classes and apprenticeships not offered in traditional public schools. The money can go to industry trade groups, businesses, online schools and tutors, among others.
Every time a student receives a voucher of either type, his local public school will lose a chunk of state funding.
"We are changing the way we deliver education," said Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican who muscled the plan through the legislature this spring over fierce objections from Democrats and teachers unions. "We are letting parents decide what's best for their children, not government.
"I believe that If we're successful in this election, when we're successful in this election, that the fever may break, because there's a tradition in the Republican Party of more common sense than that. My hope, my expectation, is that after the election, now that it turns out that the goal of beating Obama doesn't make much sense because I'm not running again, that we can start getting some cooperation again."

Unions bosses may be to blame, but the solution is found in reforming our archaic, Depression-era federal labor laws. That's exactly what Americans can accomplish with the Employee Rights Act, a piece of legislation sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C. Instead of struggling on their own to endure union exploitation, workers would be empowered by the ERA to retake control of their own destiny.
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Labor Relations Board indicate that less than 10 percent of currently unionized employees voted for the union that represents them in their workplace. Meanwhile, when employees vote on whether to unionize or recertify the union in their workplace, they often lack the secret ballot Americans hold as a sacred right. The ERA enshrines and protects the right of all workers to a secret-ballot vote on whether to unionize or recertify their union.
Overall, "U.S. adults, on average, estimate that 25 percent of Americans are gay or lesbian," Gallup found. Only 4 percent of all those surveyed in 2011 and about 8 percent of those surveyed in 2002 correctly guessed that fewer than 5 percent of Americans identify as gay or lesbian. "My first reaction to that, aside from a little chuckle, is that it's actually a sign of the success of the movement for LGBT rights," said Stuart Gaffney, a spokesman for the group Marriage Equality USA. "We are a small minority, and we will never have full equality without the support of the majority, and a poll like that suggests the majority is extremely aware of their gay neighbors, coworkers, and friends."[So - the centuries-old sanctity of marriage being between a man and a woman is being overturned by a mere 4% of the population?  My guess is that they must be thrilled that America does not govern via a democracy.  In the same way, the 40%+majority of Americans describing themselves as conservatives are being man-handled by the 20% of those describing themselves as liberal.]
Since 2009, the Obama administration has awarded more than $1 billion to American companies to make advanced batteries for electric vehicles. Halfway to a six-year goal of producing one million electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, auto makers are barely at 50,000 cars.
The money funded nine battery plants—scattered across the U.S. from Michigan to Pennsylvania and Florida—that have few customers, operate well below capacity and, so far, have created less than a third of the jobs promised by 2015.
The law banning all outdoor feedings of large numbers of people on City parkland went into effect on Friday.
Mayor Michael Nutter has said the ban will protect the dignity of the homeless, cleanliness of the parks, and eliminate food health concerns. But dozens of opponents testified at a City Council Committee hearing on Thursday, calling the Mayor’s reasons for the ban misleading.
“These regulations are clearly designated not with the intent of protecting the health and dignity of the homeless, but are designed to tuck the homeless in a corner and pretend that the problem does not exist in our city,” said Reverend Brian Jenkins of Chosen 300 Ministries.
For years, the group has held feedings for the homeless along the Ben Franklin Parkway.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Saudis and the McDonalds' toy; The law of unintended consequences in NYC; MoveOn in financial trouble; Lowering Democrat expectations in Wisconsin; Obama's tax-payer investment; Obama's Atrocities Prevention Board ignores Syria; Arabic studies in Harlem paid for by government of Qatar; America loses 129,000 millionaires in 2011; Pelosi knows the Constitution; Obama to revisit health-care issue in 2nd term; Bill Clinton cites Romney's "sterling business career"; Green Lantern coming out; Can FL purge voter rolls of illegals?

Saudis are “demanding the strongest possible punishment” for McDonald’s after the release of a toy they say insults the Prophet Mohammad. Saudis, “demanding the strongest possible punishment for the restaurant” and insisting that “they will not be silent until this is realized,” further complained how such an obvious insult could pass the supervision of the management at McDonalds. [And thus, the peaceful religion plans punishment for a toy.]


New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity[I bet no one will think to buy 2 or 3 of them, right?]
MoveOn, a giant in the progressive political world and an early endorser of Barack Obama in 2008, warns that it might have to “pull the plug” on key campaigns to help Obama and Senate Democrats if its 7 million members don’t pony up with at least $5.

Without a rush of new cash, MoveOn says it will have to give up efforts to elect Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, help the recall fight against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and energize younger voters who’ve soured on Washington.
National Democrats are distancing themselves from the Badger State as Wisconsin’s recall election approaches.

“I don’t think national Democrats want to touch Wisconsin with a 10-foot pole,” said Wisconsin GOP spokesman Ben Sparks in an interview with the Free Beacon.
On May 19, former Obama green jobs czar and 9/11 Truther Van Jones held a “Rebuild The Dream” rally in Milwaukee. The rally, attended by “hundreds,” included a performance by rapper Prophetic, whose politically charged verses touch on such subjects as “bitches who ride me.”

First Solar Furlough  [What? A company supported by Barack Obama is laying people off?  No!  That could only happen when evil private investors take over companies, right?  This time it is not greedy private investors losing money, it is you and I....]

Solar company that received billions in loan guarantees furloughs over 100 employees after CEO tells Congress his company is 'financially strong'. 
First Solar, an Arizona-based solar panel manufacturer that received more than $3 billion in federal loan guarantees under President Obama, has furloughed half of the 240-person workforce at its Antelope Valley Solar Ranch One (AVSR1) power plant near Los Angeles.
Green Tech Media reports that the move is “a severe blow to an already jobs-poor Los Angeles-adjacent community where studies found as many as one in three homeowners behind and/or underwater with their mortgages.”
White House press secretary Jay Carney said he did not know the answer to whether the president’s Atrocities Prevention Board had met in response to the Syrian crisis, in a Wednesday press briefing.
President Obama announced the Atrocities Prevention Board in April at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.
At that event, the president said “national sovereignty is never a license to slaughter your people.”
A flurry of news media reports last week highlighted a Harlem public elementary school that will become the first in New York to require students to study Arabic.
Entirely unreported is that the organization that co-created and funded the Arabic language program for the New York school, WND has found, maintains close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, while the group’s founder also started the Al Jazeera television network.
The Qatar Foundation International, or QFI, a nonprofit group financed by the government of Qatar, gave Harlem’s Hamilton Heights, a K-5 public school, a $250,000 grant to support the Arabic program for three years.
The school’s Arabic language program was reportedly developed by QFI and the the Global Language Project.
In addition to the Harlem school, WND found that QFI just awarded “Curriculum Grants” to seven U.S. schools and language organizations to “develop comprehensive and innovative curricula and teaching materials to be used in any Arabic language classroom.”

America Lost 129,000 Millionaires in 2011


When asked why she is so confident the Supreme Court will uphold the health care law, Pelosi says, "Because I know the Constitution."

"This bill is ironclad," she continued. "It is ironclad. Nobody was frivolous with the Constitution and the health of the American people in writing the bill,” she said. “So, that’s where my confidence springs from, the merit of the bill and the nature of the Constitution. The makeup of the court, well, we’ll see."
President Barack Obama is confiding to Democratic donors that he may have to revisit the health-care issue in a second term, a position at odds with his publicly expressed confidence that the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold the Affordable Care Act, according to three Democratic activists.

Bill Clinton: Romney had ‘sterling business career’


One of DC Comics oldest heroes is super-coming out.
The original Green Lantern - a DC Comics' mainstay for the past 70 years - will be revealed to be a gay man in next week's issue of "Earth 2."
Alan Scott - formerly a married father of two who first appeared in 1940 - tips readers off to his sexuality early on in the comic when he gives his boyfriend a welcome home kiss.
"He's very much the character he was. He's still the pinnacle of bravery and idealism. He's also gay," "Earth 2" writer James Robinson told The Post.
The Emerald Guardian's sexuality was rebooted along with the rest of his fictional universe as part of DC's "New 52" initiative aimed at rejuvenating their characters.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------A top lawyer for the Justice Department's civil rights division wants Florida officials to explain why they've unilaterally decided to purge the state's voter rolls of non-U.S. citizens just months before a key primary in the 2012 elections -- an apparent violation of provisions in the landmark Voting Rights Act.
In a two-page letter, T. Christian Herren, chief lawyer for Justice's Voting Rights division, told Florida's secretary of state that officials' decision to comb the rolls for foreign nationals was launched without consulting Attorney General Eric Holder or asking permission from a federal court, long-standing requirements under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.  Further, Herren writes, the state hasn't officially justified why it launched the scrub, which activists say is haphazard, subjective and disproportionately hurts minority voters. /

Thursday, May 31, 2012

DetroitRegional Chamber of Commerce opposes new renewable energy mandate ; Obama knows more about Judaism; Award goes to honorary chair of Democratic Socialists of America; Eric Holder instructs black pastors on what to do; Obama's "enemies list"; Attack Watch makes it easier; Blatant pro-Obama advocacy in temples; Department of Interior's favoritism; Shutting down coal development; EPA's war on coal; English countryside outweighs renewable energy in England;

The Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce chose Tuesday's launch of its annual policy conference on Mackinac Island to announce it will oppose a proposed 25 percent renewable energy mandate.

The chamber on Tuesday urged Michigan residents not to sign a petition to put a constitutionally mandated 25 percent renewable energy standard on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. The proposal would require Michigan energy providers to produce a quarter of their electricity from sources such as wind and solar — regardless of the cost to Michigan families, businesses and job creators.
The medal to Karski was to be part of the process of laying painful memories to rest. It was intended too to strengthen the US-Polish relations that the Obama administration has frayed in pursuit of its "reset" with Russia. Instead, this administration bungled everything: past, present, and future. Shame. [Obama’s misstatement came just hours after the president informed a group of Jewish leaders that he “probably knows about Judaism more than any other president because he read about it.”]

Obama Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom To Democratic Socialists of America Chair Dolores Huerta, Says He Stole 2008 Slogan “Yes, We Can” From Her…

Huerta is also an honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), as Heritage Foundation’s Lachlan Markay notes. DSA’s website explains that its “policies require the support of a majoritarian coalition of trade unionists, people of color, feminists, gays and lesbians and all other peoples committed to democratic change” in order to begin “transforming the power relations of global capitalism.”


Attorney General Eric Holder, the IRS, and the liberal lawyers at the ACLU will brief several hundred pastors in the African American community on how to participate in the presidential election — which the Congressional Black Caucus chair expects will help President Obama’s campaign.
“We will have representatives from nine denominations who actually pastor somewhere in the neighborhood of about 10 million people, and we’re going to first of all equip them with the information they need to know about what they can say and what they cannot say in the church that would violate their 501c3 status with the IRS,” Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., told MSNBC today.
“In fact, we’re going to have the IRS administrator there, we’re going to have the Attorney General Eric Holder there, we’re going to have the lawyers’ organization from around the country, the ACLU — all giving ministers guidance about what they can and cannot do,” he noted.
Frank VanderSloot, who is among the eight individuals on an "enemies list" released by President Obama’s campaign team on April 20, told the Heritage Foundation’s Bloggers Briefing on Tuesday that he's proud of the distinction.
Yet he is also still, perhaps, a little unnerved. This is "the first time a president of the United States has yielded to the temptation to make an 'enemies list’ and put it out for the public to see," he reflected.

ATTACK WATCH IS BACK!… Obama Website Now Supplies Easy-to-Use Snitch Forms For Truth Team Members


A growing controversy over an appearance by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) at a liberal Miami synagogue has fractured South Florida’s large Jewish community and spawned concern that multiple area synagogues are jeopardizing their non-profit status by engaging in blatant pro-Obama advocacy.
The latest uproar began when the Obama-aligned president of Miami’s Temple Israel refused to allow a prominent Republican congregant to rebut Wasserman Schultz’s remarks. That prompted the congregant to quit the synagogue, which postponed the event.
It is not the only recent political controversy at a South Florida synagogue. Anti-Obama Jews were manhandled and removed from a highly politicized speech by Ambassador Susan Rice at the B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton earlier this month.
The multiple incidents have raised red flags among some of the region’s spiritual leaders, who worry that prominent liberal forces will continue to suppress viewpoints that are critical of President Obama’s record on Israel as the campaign season heats up.
GOP investigators have stepped up their probe into possible political favoritism by the Department of the Interior (DOI) toward several solar companies that received fast-tracked leases on federal lands, as well as billions of dollars in federal loan guarantees.
So now Montana’s environmental movement are circling the wagons (or perhaps they are eco-friendly Toyota Priuses) and trying to put a stop to a plan that could result in as many as 60 coal trains a day heading from Montana’s coal fields to proposed export terminals in Oregon and Washington.
You see, there is one country that still believes in development, that still believes in growth, that still believes in economic prosperity for its people — and that country is China. Yep, the People’s Republic of China, but curiously the communists in China are more friendly to capitalist development than the good folks in MIssoula, Montana.
But the folks in Missoula are really just pawns in a worldwide enterprise to shut down coal and other natural resource development. In the case of coal, the excuse is “climate change” — that catch-all bogeyman that anti-capitalists have found useful to trick people into opposing development of all kinds.
The Obama administration has been targeting coal-fired plants with environmental regulations that are strangling the life out of the industry. Prices for electricity back East are skyrocketing as a result, but wait a minute — isn’t that what candidate Obama promised to do?
The 7th annual International Climate Change Conference ended on Wednesday with growing signs that skeptics are making steady progress in their efforts to turn back the tide of the alarmists.
The EPA's war on coal will result in the closure of 319 coal-fueled generating units totaling 42,895 megawatts, about 13 percent of the nation's coal fleet, according to the Sierra Club. This will result in consumers being hit with a 10-15% increase in their electric bills by 2015. That's an extra $150-$330 per year. Read more:
Apparently elections in Huron County's Lake Township don't mean much.
In February, Lake Township voters struck down a zoning ordinance that would allow wind turbines to operate near their homes by better than a 61 percent to 39 percent margin. Yet, there's a good chance township residents will have to live next to the turbines anyway.
On May 21, the Lake Township board began a process to transfer about 4,000 acres to a neighboring township (Chandler), which has zoning that allows wind turbines.

The Coalition's renewable energy targets do not outweigh value of the beauty of the English countryside, a High Court judge said yesterday as she rejected planning permission for a wind farm.



Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Obama speaks of "Polish Death Camps"; Banning abortions for sex of child; Putin declines Obama's kind invitation; $4.2 taxpayer dollars to illegals; Democrat becomes a Republican; Catholics to resist the law; The birth certificate issue that won't go away; Kansas against Agenda 21; Obama nominates those to be killed; Residents fleeing the high taxes of New York

The White House said President Barack Obama misspoke on Tuesday when he referred to a "Polish death camp" while honoring a Polish war hero.
The president's remark had drawn immediate complaints from Poles who said Obama should have called it a "German death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland," to distinguish the perpetrators from the location. Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski called it a matter of "ignorance and incompetence."
Obama made the comment while awarding the Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, a resistance fighter against the Nazi occupation of Poland during World War II. Karski died in 2000.
 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “The White House will apologize for this outrageous error,” Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski tweeted.  Sikorski said that Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk “will make a statement in the morning. It’s a pity that this important ceremony was upstaged by ignorance and incompetence.” [This is what happens when we elect someone who does not even know our country's history, who really doesn't like America the way she is, and who arrogantly states that he will heal all the wounds that President George W. Bush has wrought in our standing in the world.]
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The House plans to vote Wednesday on a bill banning abortions based on the sex of a child — and the measure may fail because of the way Republicans plan to bring up the measure for a vote.
The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) would punish doctors with up to five years in prison for performing abortions because the parents are seeking a child of the other sex. Republican supporters cast the bill as a measure designed to protect the civil rights of unborn children — especially babies born to minority parents. As the bill was drafted, Democrats accused Republicans of disingenuously tying the issue to the legacy of civil rights leaders.
"Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this month rejected an offer from United States (US) President Barack Obama for landmark bilateral talks at the White House, the Kremlin revealed on Tuesday." [Can you see how that pledge of President Obama's about making the world love us once again is working?  That one-on-one talking is really working out.]
The federal government is handing out $4.2 billion a year to illegal aliens.
This isn’t some service benefit that illegal aliens are receiving, like taxpayer-subsidized health care or education. And it’s not a tax deduction or a non-refundable tax credit, which would require recipients to actually pay taxes in order to receive the benefit. It’s a refundable tax credit, a taxpayer-funded check from the federal government. And the government requires no proof that the recipient is actually eligible under the law, which illegals are not.
Abuse of this tax benefit is one of the most ridiculous examples of fraud adding to our federal deficit today. Equally harmful, it is acting as a powerful incentive for more illegal aliens to come to America.
The defection of a prominent Pennsylvania Democrat to the Republican Party is raising some eyebrows.
Jo Ann Nardelli, a state committeewoman and founding president of the Blair County Federation of Democratic Women, has switched her political affiliation to the GOP, citing her Catholic faith and President Obama’s embrace of gay marriage as reasons.
Some unjust laws impose such injustices on individuals and organizations that disobeying the laws may be justified,” the bishops state in a document developed to be inserted into church bulletins in Catholic parishes around the country in June.
“Every effort must be made to repeal them,” the bishops say in the document, which is already posted on the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “When fundamental human goods, such as the right of conscience, are at stake, we may need to witness to the truth by resisting the law and incurring its penalties.”
A letter from Hawaii’s Department of Health verifying Barack Obama’s birth in Honolulu has not only not stopped Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse work on the island, his lead investigator reports it has actually “opened the door” to some “shocking revelations” the posse is promising to disclose.
Among the details leaked early by Cold Case Posse lead investigator Mike Zullo: There are allegedly several stamps bearing Registrar Alvin Onaka’s name “floating around” inside the Hawaii Department of Health.
Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Kansas: That we recognize the destructive and insidious nature of United Nations Agenda 21 and hereby expose to public policy makers the dangerous intent of the plan; and
Be it further resolved: That the federal government and all state and HR 6032 local governments across the country should seek to be well informed about the underlying harmful implications of the implementation of United Nations Agenda 21 destructive strategies for "sustainable development", and that we hereby endorse rejection of its radical policies; and
Be it further resolved: That the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives shall send an enrolled copy of this resolution to each member of the Kansas Congressional Delegation.
For an anti-war liberal Barack Obama sure has a long list of people he has ordered to be killed. According to the New York Times, Obama – who campaigned on shutting down Gitmo because it played music too loud for terrorists – has, quote, “placed himself at the helm of a top secret ‘nominations’ process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which the capture part has become largely theoretical.”

The NYT article notes that Obama is determined to make the “moral calculations” on who on the list meets an untimely demise. 
It is the strangest of bureaucratic rituals: Every week or so, more than 100 members of the government’s sprawling national security apparatus gather, by secure video teleconference, to pore over terrorist suspects’ biographies and recommend to the president who should be the next to die.
This secret “nominations” process is an invention of the Obama administration, a grim debating society that vets the PowerPoint slides bearing the names, aliases and life stories of suspected members of Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen or its allies in Somalia’s Shabab militia. [Unmentioned here is the fact that if we simply kill all our enemies, we will never get good intelligence from them.];postID=8875188772318673906

New York State accounted for the biggest migration exodus of any state in the nation between 2000 and 2010, with 3.4 million residents leaving over that period, according to the Tax Foundation.

Over that decade the state gained 2.1 million, so net migration amounted to 1.3 million, representing a loss of $45.6 billion in income.
Where are they escaping to?  The Tax Foundation found that more than 600,000 New York residents moved to Florida over the decade – opting perhaps for the Sunshine State’s more lenient tax system – taking nearly $20 billion in adjusted growth income with them.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Picking on one Supreme Court Justice; Obama's Marijuana; Al Sharpton a suspected money launderer; Suing Georgeton U for inviting Kathleen Sebelius; Highway robbery in Tennessee; Newport Beach charging Obama with a bill for security; Obama's lies about being tightfisted; Kansas blocks Islamic law; U.S. vets for Romney; Free plastic surgery for teachers in Buffalo; Islam Rising; Obama might lose Texas primary

Dedicated leftist Senator Patrick Leahy directed a 2000 word dissertation at the Court from the Senate floor,selecting as his principle target Chief Justice John Roberts.  He ridiculed conservative justices for their tough questioning of principle ObamaCare advocate Solicitor General Donald Verilli during oral arguments,stating “their action will not help restore American’s confidence in the Court to fairly apply the law.”And he alternately praised and threatened the Chief Justice,literally claiming that if Roberts joined other conservatives in a 5-4 decision against ObamaCare it would “…undoubtedly further erode the reputation and legitimacy of the Supreme Court.”
Barry was quite the accomplished marijuana enthusiast back in high school and college. Excerpts from David Maraniss' Barack Obama: The Story dealing with the elaborate drug culture surrounding the president when he attended Punahou School in Honolulu and Occidental College in Los Angeles. He inhaled. A lot. Along with TA, Barry popularized the concept of "roof hits": when they were chooming in the car all the windows had to be rolled up so no smoke blew out and went to waste; when the pot was gone, they tilted their heads back and sucked in the last bit of smoke from the ceiling. [This puts into context his quote in his book about being in a drug and alcohol induced haze for the last two years of high school.  No wonder he had to make a "composite" Obama, declaring himself to have been born in Kenya in order to qualify as a foreign minority student with less than acceptable grades to get into Harvard.]
Police suspected singer Wyclef Jean and activist and TV host Reverend Al Sharpton of being involved in laundering drug money, Brooklyn federal court has heard. 
So now Montana’s environmental movement are circling the wagons (or perhaps they are eco-friendly Toyota Priuses) and trying to put a stop to a plan that could result in as many as 60 coal trains a day heading from Montana’s coal fields to proposed export terminals in Oregon and Washington.
You see, there is one country that still believes in development, that still believes in growth, that still believes in economic prosperity for its people — and that country is China. Yep, the People’s Republic of China, but curiously the communists in China are more friendly to capitalist development than the good folks in MIssoula, Montana.
But the folks in Missoula are really just pawns in a worldwide enterprise to shut down coal and other natural resource development. In the case of coal, the excuse is “climate change” — that catch-all bogeyman that anti-capitalists have found useful to trick people into opposing development of all kinds.
The Obama administration has been targeting coal-fired plants with environmental regulations that are strangling the life out of the industry. Prices for electricity back East are skyrocketing as a result, but wait a minute — isn’t that what candidate Obama promised to do?
The 7th annual International Climate Change Conference ended on Wednesday with growing signs that skeptics are making steady progress in their efforts to turn back the tide of the alarmists.
The EPA's war on coal will result in the closure of 319 coal-fueled generating units totaling 42,895 megawatts, about 13 percent of the nation's coal fleet, according to the Sierra Club. This will result in consumers being hit with a 10-15% increase in their electric bills by 2015. That's an extra $150-$330 per year. Read more:
The author of best-selling novel “The Exorcist” says he plans to sue alma mater Georgetown University in a Vatican court after the Catholic school invited Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to speak on campus.
The author, William Peter Blatty, says the Jesuit-founded university in Washington has for the past two decades invited speakers who support abortion rights and has refused to comply with orders by the late Pope John Paul II for church-affiliated colleges and universities.
The “last straw” was the university allowing students to invite Sebelius to speak May 18, considering she was instrumental in helping President Obama draft health care reform that includes a mandate for some religious institutions to offer insurance to cover employees’ birth-control costs
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It appears that anyone visiting Tennessee this summer should leave their cash at home. A New Jersey man has encountered an outrageous policy among police in that state to seize large amounts of cash from out-of-state visitors without any probable cause of a crime. The practice brings a new meaning to “highway robbery.”
A professional insurance adjuster, George Reby, was traveling through the state from New Jersey when he was stopped and asked by Officer Larry Bates if he had large amounts of cash. He said that he did — $22,000. The officer demanded the money and said that he was confiscating the money on suspicion of drug activity. That is it. The mere fact that he was carrying a large amount of cash was enough under this policy to seize the money. The police know that many out-of-state travelers never come back for the cash and they are then allowed to keep the money for their own uses at the department.
The overwhelmingly Republican, exceedingly wealthy Southern California beach town of Newport Beach has slapped the Obama campaign with the bill for its February fundraising visit to the Corona del Mar neighborhood. The affluent community's City Manager Dave Kiff is behind the unprecedented billing, arguing that since the visit was campaign-related, not official presidential business, the Obama campaign should pay for the increased security, as would any private event. The bill's due date of June 9 is fast approaching, but there has been as yet no response from the Obama campaign offices in Chicago.
WASHINGTON -- The White House is aggressively pushing the idea that, contrary to widespread belief, President Barack Obama is tightfisted with taxpayer dollars. To back it up, the administration cites a media report that claims federal spending is rising at the slowest pace since the Eisenhower years.
"Federal spending since I took office has risen at the slowest pace of any president in almost 60 years," Obama said at a campaign rally Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa.
The problem with that rosy claim is that the Wall Street bailout is part of the calculation. The bailout ballooned the 2009 budget just before Obama took office, making Obama's 2010 results look smaller in comparison. And as almost $150 billion of the bailout was paid back during Obama's watch, the analysis counted them as government spending cuts.
It also assumes Obama had less of a role setting the budget for 2009 than he really did.

It’s Perfectly Constitutional’: Kansas Governor Signs Bill Blocking Islamic Law in Courts and Government Agencies

U.S. veterans, about 13% of the adult population and consisting mostly of older men, support Mitt Romney over Barack Obama for president by 58% to 34%, while nonveterans give Obama a four-percentage-point edge.
Teachers in Buffalo are getting plastic surgery on the tax payer’s buck, it has been revealed.
Tummy tucks, liposuction and Botox are all part of the controversial one of a kind health plan.
The teachers themselves claim to be the lowest paid in the state, and say that they deserve ‘a little something extra’, describing the procedures as ‘a perk’.
But it is a perk that comes with a price tag.
Last year Buffalo schools paid $5.9 million for its teachers to have plastic surgery. In 2010 the figure was up at $9 million. 
With an average salary of $52,000 a year for the city’s teachers, an extra 100 educators could be employed for that cost, reported.
60 teachers spent $30,000 each on procedures in 2011, an investigation by the school board revealed, and because the schools are self-insured, tax payers foot the bill.
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Islam Rising: The Never Ending Jihad Against Christianity
By Jim Murk|
21st Century Press, 2006,

Dr. Jim Murk opens Islam Rising with the proposal that when history looks back on the turn of the 21st Century, three phenomena will stand out: the rapid world-wide expansion of grassroots Christianity, the resurrection of the nation of Israel, and the surging rise of militant Islam.

The author draws disturbing parallels between Nazism, Communism and Islamic fundamentalism, pointing out that the three have used the same techniques – mass killing or murder of millions of inconvenient and innocent persons, hatred as a part of their philosophy, manipulative propaganda and totalitarian systems to impose their will on others.
He contrasts Islam and Christianity by pointing out that Christianity desires to win others by persuasion, while Islam envisions a military type takeover of all the nations of the world.
Murk has extensive credentials, holding master’s degrees in cultural anthropology and theology. He also earned a Ph.D. degree and developed a course called “The Islamic Culture Sphere” for Wheaton College.
His insights are provocative and sobering.
Don't look now, but President Obama could actually lose his party's nomination contest in this week's Democratic primary contest in Texas.  Probably not to any one of the three candidates opposing him, but he could still get less than 50% of the Democrat votes in the Texas Democratic primary.  That would be pretty embarrassing.  Almost a "no confidence" vote among Democrats.

Monday, May 28, 2012

We thank those who gave all; Russian/American military exercises in Colorado; Russia prevents UN sanctions on Syria; How to get noticed by DHS; MSNBC uncomfortable to call fallen military "heroes"; Another Muslim at Fort Hood guilty; Barack Obama's two sons; 49% of households on government benefits; Schools tracking your children; The UN and your Internet; Bain Capital and Kohlber Kravis Roberts; Three possibilities;

May we remember with pride those who have given of their lives in their 
mission of keeping America and the world free.

A Business Insider excerpt reads:
Russian paratroopers will meet up with American forces next month for an unprecedented military exercise in Colorado, according to RT News.
It's the first time Russian service members will be invited into the United States for a joint drill.
A Russian airborne task force will "exercise with U.S. special service weapons," an announcement by Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Col. Aleksandr Kucherenko revealed.
The official purpose of the joint training is to practice airborne tactics and anti-terror operations, such as dropping into a hostile area and conducting a "terrorist camp raid."
"Soldiers of the two countries will hold a tactical airborne operation, including reconnaissance of an imaginary terrorists' camp and a raid," said Kucherenko.
Syria is one of Russia's top weapons customers. The United States and European Union have suggested the U.N. Security Council should impose an arms embargo and other U.N. sanctions on Syria for its 14-month assault on a pro-democracy opposition determined to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
But Russia, with the support of fellow veto power China, has prevented the council from imposing any U.N. sanctions on Syria and has refused to halt arms sales to Damascus.
The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S.
The intriguing the list includes obvious choices such as 'attack', 'Al Qaeda', 'terrorism' and 'dirty bomb' alongside dozens of seemingly innocent words like 'pork', 'cloud', 'team' and 'Mexico'.
But if ever you wanted to see the human embodiment of the adjective in action, have a look at the video from his MSNBC show this morning of the too-refined-by-half Hayes explaining why he is "uncomfortable" in calling America's fallen military members "heroes."  

Hayes is worried that doing so is "rhetorically proximate" to justifications for more war.  Oh, the rhetorical proximity!  View the video after the jump.
In fairness, Hayes and the other panel members distinguished between their respect for the valor of the individual military members who had given their lives with the worthiness of the various causes in which they fought. 
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The US MUSLIM soldier traitor charged with plotting a 2011 attack on Fort Hood troops was found guilty on all counts. Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo, a MUSLIM soldier who was AWOL from Fort Campbell, KY, at the time of his 2011 arrest, faces up to life in prison for his conviction of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

NY POST  A civilian jury at a US District Court in Waco, Texas, also found Abdo guilty of attempted murder of US military personnel and four weapons-related charges

He stood accused of planning to bomb a Killeen, Texas, Chinese buffet frequented by soldiers at nearby Fort Hood. Prosecutors said he was planning to launch his attack around lunchtime to allow for the maximum number of casualties.


In two campaign speeches over the last two days, President Barack Obama has twice mistakenly mentioned “my sons” when defending his administration’s regulation requiring virtually all health-care plans in the United States to provide women, without any fees or co-pay, with sterilizations and all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives, including those that can cause abortions.--[Perhaps he thinks his base will love him all the more if they think he is unhinged.]
49.1%: Percent of the population that lives in a household where at least one member received some type of government benefit in the first quarter of 2011.
[BIG BROTHER ALERT!] Northside Independent School District plans to track students next year on two of its campuses using technology implanted in their student identification cards in a trial that could eventually include all 112 of its schools and all of its nearly 100,000 students.
District officials said the Radio Frequency Identification System (RFID) tags would improve safety by allowing them to locate students — and count them more accurately at the beginning of the school day to help offset cuts in state funding, which is partly based on attendance.
House lawmakers will consider an international proposal next week to give the United Nations more control over the Internet.
The proposal is backed by China, Russia, Brazil, India and other UN members, and would give the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) more control over the governance of the Internet.
[Hypocrisy alert!]One of President Barack Obama’s 35 campaign “co-chairs” partnered with a private equity firm frequently decried by progressives — Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) — to lay off workers at Del Monte Food Company.
In private equity business, “investors walk off with big returns, and working folks get stuck holding the bag. … That’s fine,” Obama told cheering donors at a May 24 De Moines, Iowa fundraiser.
“But that’s not the job of a president. That’s not the president’s job. There may be value for that kind of experience, but it’s not in the White House,” he declared.  [If Presidents and their administrations should not be in the business of private equity, I guess for Obama that a President SHOULD be in the paid-for-by-taxpayers equity business, such as Solyndra and other companies which took the money and almost immediately went bankrupt, taking our money with them.] Read more:
Three possibilities follow the bombshell discovery that Barack Obama was promoted in 1991 through 2007 by his professional agency as an author "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii."  (1) Obama untruthfully presented himself as Kenya-born.  (2) Obama untruthfully presents himself as Hawaii-born.  (3) Obama had no knowledge that his bio contained the 16-year-old "error" which was corrected in April of 2007, when Obama was gearing up his campaign for the U.S. presidency.