Saturday, July 28, 2012

My latest Boyne City Gazette column - on Obamacare

    Questions for the Supreme Court regarding Obamacare

1)      Is this the first time a law passed by Congress and signed by the President actually had its wording and express intent rewritten by the Supreme Court in order to be deemed Constitutional?  The President and the Democrats who passed the bill into law without one Republican vote declared and insisted that it imposed a penalty and not a tax, and would be administered under the Commerce Clause.
2)      Once you deemed the law a tax and passed it as such, did you not consider that our Constitution requires that any law having to do with taxation, unless it is an amendment to an existing law, must be initiated in the House of Representatives?  Since this law was begun in the Senate, once you deemed it to be a tax, you then must have thrown it out of court for being unconstitutional for that reason alone.
3)      Tax laws are forbidden to be judged by any court other than a tax court until such time that someone has actually paid the tax, which is not until 2014.  The law states one must pay the tax, and then sue for a refund.
4)      Was it your intent to actually encourage our government to force Americans to do anything they want us to do if only they call it a tax?  Or will that simply be the unintended result? 

Clarifications for Americans regarding Obamacare

1)      The same government which has bankrupted social security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Post Office will probably not administer health care for all Americans in a cost-saving way.
2)      Businesses will be dropping health care coverage, instead paying the “penalty tax” – leaving employees forced into government exchanges.  Individuals will simply pay the tax and wait to be ill prior to gaining coverage from government.  Do you realize this was the plan of Democrats all along, as it gives great power to government?   
3)      Because 10% of Americans had no health insurance, President Obama and Democrats in Congress have taken over the health care of 100% of us.  Some of those uninsured are illegals, some having chosen not to be insured because they are either too young to believe they need it or old and/or rich enough to pay for their own health care.  What a great way to reduce that nasty capitalism and competition and make more citizens rely on government largesse – and vote Democrat.
4)      In polling, up to 83% of doctors have declared that if Obamacare survives, they are considering retirement and discouraging children and friends not to become doctors.
5)      Insuring 30 million more people in American with a quickly declining number of doctors will not actually end well.
6)      Because of the ongoing and increasing difficulties doctors are having being reimbursed appropriately many doctors are now refusing to see Medicare patients.
7)      The power given to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, whomever that may be, is nearly absolute.  The law was written for that Secretary to take regulatory action on her own, such as when Kathleen Sebelius mandated all Americans will pay a surcharge each month to pay for abortions and birth control for all.  The Secretary alone determines each of 139 requirements of the law.  She will on her own be able to dole out billions of dollars in grant money as well.
8)      Have you considered the outcome of Obamacare’s mandated Independent Patient Advisory Board?  This group of 15 presidential appointees has the power to reduce Medicare spending in any way it pleases, their directives becoming law unless 3/5 of the Senate votes against it.  Patients, or “units” as they have been called, will be given care according to a formula using their age, the procedure, and the panel’s estimate of the patient’s life span and good use of that procedure.  As our President himself said, “Maybe you are better off not taking the surgery – but taking the pain pill.” 
9)      The largest burden of the taxes of Obamacare mandates will fall on those in the middle class - $1.8 trillion.  There are the “penalty taxes” plus 20 other new taxes in the law, 50% of which will be paid by those earning less than $250,000 a year.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Seven out of American's 10 automobiles manufactured outside USA; Reverse discrimination being called for in banking; Illegals won't have to prove they qualify for DREAM ACT Executive Order by Barack; Another budget showdown prior to election; Our manufacturing crisis; Obama has spent $15 million on polling; Dept. of Agriculture encourages "Meatless Monday" to save environment; Condoleezza Rice touts strong USA; Obama supports Muslim's destiny; Elton John praises "W" on saving lives in Africa; ATF whistleblowers threatened by Director; "You didn't build that" ramifications

In 2011, Dan Akerson gave a speech admitting, :  ”Almost seven out of every ten automobiles, seven out of ten of our vehicles were made outside the United States.  We have eleven joint ventures in China with SAIC and SAW.  We operate eleven assembly plants in China, four power train plants in eight cities across the country. We regard our eleven joint ventures as eleven keys to success, not just in China but globally.  Our commitment to working in China, with China, for China. ”
“Now, why are they making them in China?  Well, because you can get cheap labor.  You can get cheap labor.  But we’ve got the labor unions here, and workers of the world unite,” Glenn said.
“Mitt Romney’s accused by this president of outsourcing jobs in a company that he wasn’t even running at the time.  Meanwhile, we’re hemorrhaging jobs to China, Mexico, and believe it or not under this president, believe it or not, hemorrhaging jobs to Iceland,” he said.
Welcome to the bizarre world of banking regulation. Despite the recent disaster wrought by affirmative action lending, Washington ratchets up still more politically correct requirements and shifts the measure of discrimination towards “disparate impact.” Even unbiased behaviors are subject to penalty unless they benefit protected classes.
It’s no longer blind justice meted equally before the law. “Diversity” has become Washington’s Holy Grail, discharging unequal justice in preference for specific outcomes. The burden on businesses expands beyond banning discrimination into virtually requiring reverse discrimination.
A top union official for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers said Thursday that President Barack Obama’s administration has ordered ICE agents to blindly — and without any evidence — believe illegal immigrants if they claim they qualify for Obama’s administrative DREAM Act
Republican leaders in Congress haven't done very well negotiating on the budget, and now a new threat looms: a showdown in the fall, before Election Day, that could force Republicans to choose between more spending and higher taxes or the risk of a government shutdown.
That increasingly looks to be the Democratic strategy, pushed quietly by the White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Senate Democrats are refusing to complete individual spending bills, much less an overall budget, and the federal government will run out of money at the end of the fiscal year on September 30.

A new report by the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) says that revitalizing America's manufacturing capacity should be an urgent domestic priority. Co-authored by former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and former Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection Robert B. Stephan, the report suggests that our national infrastructure is increasingly vulnerable to disasters such as terrorism, floods, hurricanes, pandemic influenza and cyber disruption.


It's because we no longer manufacture many key components needed to create everything from bridges and dams to medical supplies and drinking water systems.

From 2000 to 2011, nearly 66,484 U.S. factories closed, and millions of skilled manufacturing workers lost their jobs. We've lost capacity to make drywall, steel, concrete, antibiotics, high-tech circuit boards--the list goes on. 
What’s up with all that polling the Obama camp is doing? Recently the folks over at the Weekly Standard combed through campaign spending disclosure records of the Obama campaign and related committees, discovering that they’ve spent $15 million on polling since the first of the year. And some of the June spending is still unaccounted for. Oh, my! From one perspective, spending $15 million on polling reeks of desperation. They are on a massive snipe hunt, trying to evaluate the appeal of every alleged accomplishment of the president and to gauge the credibility of every anti-Romney tidbit their dirt-diggers have dredged up.
On Wednesday, Kansas Republican Sen. Jerry Moran called on Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to explain why the agency’s employee newsletter encouraged them to not eat meat and participate in the “Meatless Monday” initiative for the environment.
“One simple way to reduce your environmental impact while dining at our cafeterias is to participate in the ‘Meatless Monday’ initiative,” The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) July 23, 2012 “Greening Headquarters Update” read. “This international effort, as the name implies, encourages people not to eat meat on Mondays. Meatless Monday is an initiative of The Monday Campaign Inc. in association with the John Hopkins School of Public Health.”
Pointing to the United Nations as their informational authority, the USDA’s newsletter said that going meatless is good for the environment because “animal agriculture is a major source of greenhouse gases and climate change.
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Condoleezza Rice stated: In this young century, the 9/11 attacks, the global financial crisis and the unrest in the Arab world have struck at the heart of vital US interests. If Americans want the tectonic plates of the international system to settle in a way that makes the world safer, freer and more prosperous, the US must overcome its reluctance to lead. We will have to stand up for and promote the power and promise of free markets and free peoples, and affirm that American pre-eminence safeguards rather than impedes global progress. Financial Times 
Last week Barack Obama marked the beginning of Ramadan by saying to Muslims that the "United States continues to stand with those who seek the chance to decide their own destiny, to live free from fear and violence, and to practice their faith freely." While he undercuts Christianity at home -- under his Obamacare abortifacient/contraceptive mandate, resistant Catholic and Protestant schools, hospitals, and charities will soon face crushing fines -- he never fails to tout Islam abroad.
The Daily Caller links to a video of a speech in which Elton John praises former President George W. Bush and “conservative American politicians” for pledging billions of dollars to “save the lives of Africans with HIV.”
“We’ve seen George W. Bush and conservative American politicians pledge tens of billions to save the lives of Africans with HIV. Think of all the love. Think of where we’d be without it, nowhere, that’s where. We’d be nowhere at all,” John said at the International AIDS conference in Washington on Monday. “Thanks to all this compassion, thanks to all this love, more than 8 million people are in treatment. Thanks to people who have chosen to care and to act, we can see an end to this epidemic on the horizon.”
Lawmakers and government accountability advocates have expressed concern over a July 9 video message directed at Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents by ATF Acting Director Todd Jones, which they say is a veiled threat to government whistleblowers.
“Choices and consequences means simply that if you make poor choices, that if you don’t abide by the rules, that if you don’t respect the chain of command, if you don’t find the appropriate way to raise your concerns to your leadership, there will be consequences, because we cannot tolerate—we cannot tolerate—an undisciplined organization,” Jones said in the video.
He’s down to 35 percent approval among business owners, and that was before “you didn’t build that.” We’ll see in future polls exactly how they react to Obama’s July 13th comments in Roanoke. Until then, Obama’s trying to turn this around on Mitt Romney.
Yesterday was supposed to mark the Obama campaign’s “nuclear” response to the “you didn’t build that” attacks from camp Romney, with an emphasis on milk fees in Massachusetts while Romney was governor:

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Bloomberg calls for police across America to go on strike; Dem voting enthusiam plummets; Probable voter fraud in VA; Office for education of African-Americans; States refusing Obamacare; It's not Socialism, it is affirmative action; White House and security leaks; NBC polls skewed to favor Obama; A move to curtail Energy Dept loan-guarantees; Government has powers to gather intelligence on EVERY American; Audit Fed bill passes House; Iran sanctions bill being watered down for political donors; Tight gun laws promote worst gun violence ;

The latest evidence that Little Lord Farquaad New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg’s brain is melting into a puddle of hot goo came courtesy of a Monday night appearance on Piers Morgan’s CNN “show.” This time, the pint-sized billionaire with a taste for cradle-to-the-grave control over the proletariat suggested that “police officers across this country…stand up collectively and say ‘we’re going to go on strike’” until the people, in exchange for order, safety, and security, willingly give up their right to bear arms.
Bloomberg – who, of course, has a 24/7 armed protective detail – wasted no time after the Aurora, Colorado shooting in calling for President Obama and Governor Romney to impose new gun control laws, and the following Sunday he declared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that, “The bottom line is if we had fewer guns, we would have a lot fewer murders.” Now, he’s going several steps farther, and actually calling for anarchy in the streets until (ostensibly) Congress acts to eradicate the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and eliminates the ability of the citizenry to defend itself against aggressors.

As Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, rightly pointed out, “Most of our mass murders have occurred precisely where the criminal knew that he would find unarmed victims, and by and large he has been right.”
Disarming the citizenry would just create more sitting ducks, like too many poor victims in Chicago and Washington, DC have become.
A Gallup/USA Today poll found that only 39 percent of Democrats now say they are “more enthusiastic than usual” about the 2012 election. That’s down from 68 percent in 2004 and 61 in 2008.
Republicans, conversely, have seen a sharp rise since 2008, when only 35 percent said they were “more enthusiastic than usual.” In the latest survey, 51 percent said they were enthusiastic about the upcoming election, a 12-point advantage over the Democrats.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign is asking Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to launch an investigation into voter-registration forms that are being sent to Virginia residents and addressed to deceased relatives, children, family pets and others ineligible to vote.
The errant mailings from the Washington-based nonprofit group Voter Participation Center have befuddled many Virginia residents, leading to hundreds of complaints.
The organization has been mass-mailing the forms — pre-populated with key information such as names and addresses — to primarily Democratic-leaning voting blocs such as young adults, unmarried women, African-Americans and Latinos.
President Barack Obama is creating a new office to bolster education of African-American students.
The White House says the office will coordinate the work of communities and federal agencies to ensure that African-American youngsters are better prepared for high school, college and career.
Obama has in the past responded to such criticism. In an interview on BET last September he answered a question about why he didn’t create more policies specifically targeted at African Americans: “That’s not how America works,” the president replied, “America works when all of us are pulling together and everybody is focused on making sure that every single person has opportunity.”
When asked if this latest executive order is timed to mobilize African American voters ahead of the election, one White House official said it is “one more step along a path that the president has been walking.” [Mr. President, it all begins at home, with two committed parents....  More money thrown at the problem will solve nothing.]
President Obama may have won the argument over his health reform law at the Supreme Court — but he's losing it in the states.
Since the Supreme Court upheld most of ObamaCare, six governors have said they will not abide by it. Four others have said that they will not set up the health insurance exchanges the law envisions, and 15 others are considering other options or waiting for the outcome of November's election.
That's half the states. More may follow — particularly as they discover how much they'll have to spend to comply with ObamaCare.
One of the law's more burdensome provisions is its requirement that states establish health insurance exchanges, where consumers and small businesses can shop for insurance policies. States are to receive grants from the feds in order to offset the cost of setting up the exchanges. If a state declines to follow federal dictates, then the feds will step in, construct an exchange, and run it.
It isn't socialism that explains Obama's dismissive "you didn't build that" remark toward people of talent and individual initiative; it's the culture of affirmative action.  As I listened to Obama's silly, if not pathetic, comments, I was reminded of nothing so much as the comments and attitudes of people like him: the so-called "multicultural" affirmative-action students one encounters in colleges and universities.
These are people who, like Obama, earned little except a greased skid because of the color of their skin.  They knew that by any competitive standard of merit, they were undeserving.  The faculty and other students knew it.  And the affirmative action students knew that everyone knew it.
Obama knows he didn't have what it took to get into Columbia, and he didn't have what it took to get into Harvard Law.  Let's face an inescapable reality.  If Obama had great grades, his transcripts would be in a full-page ad in the New York Times.
Though the press largely dropped the story weeks ago, no controversy has the potential to do as much long-term damage to the Obama presidency as the White House leaks investigation. That’s why Mitt Romney’s ringing denunciation of the administration’s fast and loose approach to classified information in his address to the Veterans of Foreign Wars yesterday had to scare the administration silly.
This morning, on MSNBC's Morning Joe, NBC political director Chuck Todd admitted their poll had a skewed sample (around 3:50 mark) and stated that, if this poll were weighted similarly to their last poll, the race would have been unchanged, instead of Obama extending his lead over Romney to 6 points. (Of course, this invites the question as to why they didn't use the same weighting in this sample.)
A House Energy and Commerce Committee panel, in a largely party-line vote, approved a GOP plan Wednesday that would curtail the Energy Department’s embattled loan-guarantee program.
The vote marks the latest political jab at White House programs to boost commercialization of alternative energy technologies — attacks that have intensified since last year’s collapse of the taxpayer-backed solar panel company Solyndra.
The bill would prevent the Energy Department from issuing loan guarantees on applications received after the end of 2011, and also sets new restrictions on existing applications and loans.
In an interview with “Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer, Drake said there was a “key decision made shortly after 9/11, which began to rapidly turn the United States of America into the equivalent of a foreign nation for dragnet blanket electronic surveillance.”
These powers have previously defended by claims of national security necessity, but Drake says that it doesn’t stop there. He warns that the government is giving itself the power to gather intel on every American that could be used in future prosecutions unrelated to terrorism.

 In a move that serves as a capstone to Rep. Ron Paul’s colorful career, the House on Wednesday approved a bill that would let Congress’s chief investigators conduct a full audit of the Federal Reserve’s shrouded decision-making process. 

The overwhelming 327-98 vote sends the bill to the Senate where Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, has previously expressed support for an audit — though it’s unclear he’ll carve out time for the legislation this year.


The insurance industry and prominent Democratic lawmakers are attempting to water down a new Iran sanctions bill that would penalize any company that underwrites Iranian affiliates, according to insiders on Capitol Hill.
Sens. Harry Reid (D., Nev.), Tim Johnson (D., S.D.), and others have quietly lobbied to weaken the revamped sanctions language, which has been circulating on Capitol Hill for several months.
The legislation, which is currently working its way through the House, would tighten existing Iran sanctions by punishing any insurance company that underwrites activities that bolster the Iranian oil industry. Insurance providers could be sanctioned for underwriting shipping companies, cargo carriers, or airlines that have been subject to sanctions.
Johnson and Reid have each received nearly half-a-million dollars from individuals and political action committees affiliated with the insurance industry, leading some to wonder whether these lawmakers are doing their corporate donors’ bidding. 
The cities and states with the toughest gun laws typically have the worst gun violence. In Chicago and Washington, DC, two cities with the toughest gun laws and restrictions in America, people have routinely been gunned down. The only people with firearms were the ones unwilling to obey the law.
Writing in the New York Times, Robert Ebert, movie critic and village idiot, wrote
That James Holmes is insane, few may doubt. Our gun laws are also insane, but many refuse to make the connection. The United States is one of few developed nations that accepts the notion of firearms in public hands. In theory, the citizenry needs to defend itself. Not a single person at the Aurora, Colo., theater shot back, but the theory will still be defended.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Assertive American nationalism; Mitt's speech: Obama gave apologies where they were not due; Temp work permits to cost us $585 million; Feds order MD to stop barring residents from receiving handgun permits; Statistics and polls can lie; Following Obama's praise of Islam in Cairo; The real mentor of Obama; Muslims infiltrating U.S. government; Justice Dept. questions PA's voter ID law; 10% of employers to drop health care coverage if & when; $4billion more in taxes for business owners; Treaty regulating arms sales to be done by consensus

 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney outlined Tuesday an assertive American nationalism that would guide his foreign policy, calling for a more aggressive posture in confronting the United States’ rivals and more consistency in dealing with its allies.
Romney advisers had billed the half-hour speech before the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention here as a major foreign policy address, one his campaign originally said he intended to give months ago. The presumptive GOP nominee has spoken little about foreign policy recently, but on Tuesday he did so sharply on an issue generally considered a strength of President Obama’s.
“I am an unapologetic believer in the greatness of this country,” Romney told the audience to applause. “I am not ashamed of American power.”
Mitt Romney has ripped into Barack Obama’s foreign policy, accusing him of ‘wishful thinking’,  apologizing for America and creating a ‘national security crisis’ by allowing top secret military information to be leaked for ‘political advantage’.
Speaking to the Veterans of Foreign Wars conference in Reno, Nevada, the presumptive Republican nominee drew cheers and applause when he said that Obama’s policies had ‘made it harder to recover from the deepest recession in seventy years’ and ‘exposed the military to cuts that no one can justify’.
He added that Obama had ‘compromised our national-security secrets’ and ‘and in dealings with other nations, given trust where it is not earned, insult where it is not deserved, and apology where it is not due’.  [I would like to know why we had to learn this quote from a U.K. newspaper.] Read more:

-The Obama administration's new plan to grant temporary work permits to many young, illegal immigrants who otherwise could be deported may cost more than $585 million and require hiring hundreds of new federal employees to process more than 1 million anticipated requests, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press.
A federal judge has ordered Maryland officials to stop enforcing a law barring state residents from receiving concealed-carry handgun permits unless they provide a “good and substantial reason” to carry their weapons in public.
Today, NBC/WSJ released their latest poll on the presidential contest. They "find" that Obama is leading Romney by 6-points, 49%-43%. They use this finding to opine a great deal about the current state of the presidential campaign. What they don't report, however, is that their poll sample is way overweighted for Democrats. Their sample is D+11, 46% Democrat, 35% Republican--a level we haven't seen in the electorate since the post-Watergate GOP meltdown.
Three years after Obama appeared in Cairo to praise Islam, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Mohammed Morsi, the country’s new Islamist president, and urged the army to turn over power to him.
In three years Egypt had gone from a stabilizing influence and a regional ally to a blossoming Sunni Iran. If Egypt’s transformation had been an isolated incident, it would still have been a foreign policy disaster, but it was actually part of a chain of such transformations with Islamists coming to power in Tunisia, Islamist thugs sweeping across Mali to enforce Sharia law and the Muslim Brotherhood emerging as the dominant force in Syria’s rebel council and likely transitional government under the auspices of Turkey’s AKP Islamist rulers.
Al-Azhar University, which Obama described in his Cairo speech as “a beacon of Islamic learning,” is part of the mechanism by which Coptic Christian women and girls are kidnapped, raped and forced into Islam. It was also this “beacon of Islamic learning” that Dr. Muhammad, the head of its Department of Islamic Preaching and Culture, declared that Jews are the source of all evil.
This is the beacon of the new Islamic world order that Obama’s disastrous pandering enabled. But it began even earlier.
The Communist who's the subject of the stunning new biography by Paul Kengor is Frank Marshall Davis.  He's the black poet, journalist, and activist whom the young Barack Obama hung out with as a teenager in Hawaii, then wrote a weird, disturbingly affectionate poem about entitled "Pop" while a student at Occidental College.  He's the man whom President Obama describes as his mentor in the latter's autobiography, Dreams from My Father.
Here's Kengor's summary of the man our president so admires:
Frank Marshall Davis was a pro-Soviet, pro-Red China, card-carrying member of Communist Party USA (CPUSA).  His Communist Party card number was 47544.  He did endless Soviet propaganda work in his newspaper columns
He portrayed America's leaders as "aching for an excuse to launch a nuclear nightmare of mass murder and extermination" against the Chinese and the Soviets -- and eager to end all civilization. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Why are Republican Senator John McCain, Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rodgers (R-MI) acting in the growing Abedin controversy as Washington Establishment Democrats of the 1940s did in the Hiss episode? Which is to say, writing off the dangers of a foreign enemy whose goal is to infiltrate the U.S. government -- because, well, the people in question are part of the Washington Establishment?
The Department of Justice is investigating whether Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law is discriminatory,
Specifically, the department is reviewing Pennsylvania Act No. 18 (2012), which establishes the requirement to show proof of identity to be able to vote, according to the document.
The Justice Department requested data on the state’s registered voters in an effort to analyze whether those who lack the proper identification are disproportionately minorities.  [Here is my question: if it is the minorities who refuse to get their I.D., should all other citizens have to accept non-citizens voting in our elections?  Perhaps the minorities should be inspired to take part in our government instead of just complaining about racism.  If they have equal access, (and can find a way to get to the welfare office), it is not discriminatory.]
About one in 10 employers plan to drop health coverage when key provisions of the new health care law kick in less than two years from now, according to a survey to be released Tuesday by the consulting company Deloitte.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Business owners will pay $4 billion more in taxes under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA)  than the Congressional Budget Office had previously expected.
The United States reversed policy on Wednesday and said it would back launching talks on a treaty to regulate arms sales as long as the talks operated by consensus, a stance critics said gave every nation a veto.

The decision, announced in a statement released by the U.S. State Department, overturns the position of former President George W. Bush's administration, which had opposed such a treaty on the grounds that national controls were better.

On Wednesday Obama Took the First Major Step in a Plan to Ban All Firearms in the United States.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

WARN Act may be huge November surprise; U.S. will license exports of sensitive space technology to China; The proper role of media and judges; HAMP Act benefited banks, not people; UN and people with disabilities; Dodd-Frank Act slow to be enacted; 72% of American business builders think they DID build that!; ABC News' other lie; Ice-T supports gun ownership; Time & Space to negotiate with Iran; Germany's militant Islamists problem

Last week, I wrote about how the sequester will trigger the WARN Act, which requires employers to warn staff of pending layoffs a minimum of 60 days in advance. That means potentially hundreds of thousands of public and private sector workers would receive layoff warning notices on November 2 — 60 days before sequestration hits, and just five days before the presidential election.
Needless to say, this is a BFD for President Obama. So you may not be too shocked to learn that the administration might be pressuring employers to delay these notices until after Election Day. HotAir’s Tina Korbe flags this key item in Sen. Jim Inhofe’s floor speech last week:
In 2011, Congress and President Barack Obama could not come to terms on a long-term debt ceiling agreement.
Sequestration refers to the automatic, across-the-board cuts that will occur at year’s end if Congress cannot agree on a deficit reduction plan. It equals about $1.2 trillion in budget cuts — split between defense and non-defense programs — that will take place in 2013.
Sequestration is what happens when a politically divided Congress can’t agree and kicks the can down the road for resolution another day.
The Obama administration recently notified Congress that it has agreed to license exports of sensitive U.S. space technology to China from a U.S. company that was fined in the past for illegally supplying space support that improved Chinese ballistic missiles.
The State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, the unit that licenses exports of sensitive technology, notified House and Senate leaders on Wednesday of plans to go ahead with an export license for a deal between Space Systems/Loral and AsiaSat, a company owned in part by a Chinese state-run investment company linked to past satellite deals in the 1990s.
Additionally, U.S. government reports indicate that China’s People’s Liberation Army, which is currently engaged in a major space warfare program that involves anti-satellite missiles and lasers, used AsiaSat communications satellites in the past.
The news media -- as there are almost no non-liberal mainstream news media, the term "news media" means liberal news media -- believe they have a higher calling than reporting news.
In order to understand this, I offer this anecdote. A number of years ago, I was asked to moderate a panel of judges that included a former, very liberal, California Supreme Court justice. At one point, the justice said that his role as a judge was to fight inequality, poverty and racism. I respectfully disagreed: if that is what he wanted to do professionally, he should have chosen another profession; his role as a judge is solely to administer justice in his courtroom.
People on the left think the way the judge did. The primary purpose of every profession, as they see it, is to increase what they call social justice.
Thus, the purpose of college teachers (and increasingly high school and elementary teachers as well) is no longer merely to teach. It is to improve society by teaching students, for example, about global warming. And the purpose of history textbooks is not primarily to teach history, but to make female, gay, black, and Latino students feel good about themselves. (California just passed a law mandating that textbooks include stories of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people.)
"The plan I'm announcing focuses on rescuing families who've played by the rules and acted responsibly," President Obama said of his Home Affordable Modification Program in Mesa, Ariz., on February 18, 2009. "It will give millions of families resigned to financial ruin a chance to rebuild," he claimed. Over 40 months and millions of foreclosures later, we now know that HAMP was never really intended to help families stay in their homes.
Neil Barofsky, the former special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, has published a new book, "Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street." It presents a damning indictment of the Obama administration's execution of the TARP program generally, and of HAMP in particular.

The United Nations in collusion with Obama's globalists has cooked up another scheme to slice off a piece of U.S. sovereignty and put us under global government. The plan is to stampede the Senate into ratifying the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD.
This particular piece of globalist mischief had been unnoticed since President Obama ordered U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to sign this treaty on July 30, 2009. Now he is trying to ram it through to ratification.
The notion that the U.N. can provide more benefits or protections for persons with disabilities than the U.S. is bizarre. The United States always treats individuals, able or disabled, rich or poor, innocent or guilty, better than any other nation.
Two years after President Obama signed the 848-page Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, only a third of the nearly 400 required regulations have been finalized, and critics say the ensuing uncertainty is retarding economic growth.
According to a July 18 report from law firm Davis Polk, 123 of the 398 rules required by Dodd-Frank have been finalized, but 141 rules have not been proposed at all.
Regulators have missed more than 60 percent of the stipulated rulemaking deadlines, the report states.
“Dodd-Frank was a legislative massacre,” said Peter Wallison, a financial policy expert at the American Enterprise Institute. “If the Republicans win in November, repealing Dodd-Frank should be the first thing they do.”

President Barack Obama may believe "you didn't build that," but 72 percent of Americans disagree, according to a newly-released poll by Rasmussen. According to the poll, 72% "believe small business owners [are] primarily responsible for success of their business," while only 13% disagree. 

In addition:
Here’s the beginning of a July 20 ABC News story on the shooting credited to Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross, Pierre Thomas, Richard Esposito, and Megan Chuchmach, after the editor’s note apologizing for Ross falsely implicating a member of the Colorado Tea Party:
A California woman who identified herself as the mother of James Holmes, the 24-year-old man federal authorities said is the suspect in a mass shooting in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, told ABC News her son was likely the alleged culprit, saying, “You have the right person.”  [She was only saying that she IS the mother of the man....  Now when will we stop trusting ABC, I ask?  And let's once again be grateful for what I call the "New Media" who aired the truth.]
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Krishnan Guru-Murthy, anchor, Channel 4 News: So do you carry guns routinely at home?

Ice-T: Yeah, it's legal in the United States. It's part of our Constitution. You know, the right to bear arms is because that's the last form of defense against tyranny. Not to hunt. It's to protect yourself from the police.


Former Obama administration officials were tightlipped about the escalating violence in Syria and declared that there is “time and space” to negotiate with Iran over its nuclear program during a press call organized by the president’s reelection campaign Monday.


Germany faces a growing threat from militant Islamists and far-right fringe groups, including small extremist cells and lone wolf operators, top security officials said Wednesday.

A report by Germany's domestic intelligence agency puts the number of Salafi Muslims in the country at 3,800 last year, with a small number of those prepared to use violence to achieve their aims.


Monday, July 23, 2012

You didn't build that ad; Another bankrupt green company; Republican teachers pressured; ABC's false news hurts; The rich DO pay far more and have become less rich; Twenty new taxes on middle class; More of our money goes to Kenya; Burning our corn crops leave a hungry world; Just who did invent the internet?; Dem Congress not contributing to party; An unpresidential attack on a news outlet (and a lie to boot); How contraceptives changed the world; The amazing words of Obama off telepromter; Obama campaign unworthy of a Democratic President; ;

Here is an ad which should be seen by all Americans - concerning Obama's "You didn't build that" diatribe:
The Amonix solar manufacturing plant in North Las Vegas, heavily financed under an Obama administration energy initiative, has closed its 214,000-square-foot facility 14 months after it opened.

Officials at Amonix headquarters in Seal Beach, Calif., have not responded to repeated calls for comment this week. ...

A designer and manufacturer of concentrated photovoltaic solar power systems, Amonix received $6 million in federal tax credits and a $15.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to build the plant in North Las Vegas. [Do you think we the people will see one red dime of our investment coming back to us - as when they sell their assets?]
  Read more:
In interviews with The Associated Press, roughly a dozen teachers who identified themselves as Republicans said they felt pressure from union leaders and the rank-and-file to support Obama's re-election — and felt marginalized when they wouldn't. Some interviewed said they were so worried about retribution from their colleagues that they wouldn't provide their names for publication.
National unions such as the NEA — it's the largest teachers union in the U.S. — have long been stalwart supporters of Democratic candidates, and to be effective, they must speak with a unified voice. But teachers, like other professional groups, are not monolithic in their political views, prompting inevitable tensions when the union mobilizes its political machine.
NEA leaders have been urging members to hold house parties to educate their friends about why Obama, who addressed the convention Thursday by telephone to thank teachers for their support, deserves a second term.

[Because the name was the same, Brian Ross reported on ABD that a Tea Party man was the perp.....sounds about right...]  ABC Brian Ross Tweets Apology for Insinuating Tea Party Connection to Colorado Shooting

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The presidential election has given us two myths about the rich. First, that their incomes, and income inequality, are at all-time highs. Second, that the wealthy pay less in taxes than ever, and lower taxes than the rest of us.

A recent report from the Congressional Budget Office, however, suggests that both may be false.
Let’s consider income first. Between 2007 and 2009, after-tax earnings by Americans in the top one percent for income fell 37 percent. On a pre-tax basis they fell 36 percent in the same period. 
In other words, the incomes of the top one percent fell 18 times more than the incomes for the middle class at the start of the recession.
The high bench has confirmed that ObamaCare's individual mandate is a massive tax on the American middle class. But let's not forget the 20 other new taxes that are embedded in the law.
But his plan, which subsidizes some 30 million uninsured, amounts to a $1.8 trillion whammy on working families. And that's just for starters.
The court was silent about the 20 other different taxes hidden in ObamaCare, more than half of which affect families earning less than $250,000 a year.
The new taxes, which cost some $675 billion over the next decade, include:

New Obama projects to boost Kenya power companies

Taxpayers to fund contractor trip to Africa


 Which brings us to ethanol.  It comes from corn. The amount to be produced is a mandate, not a choice. It’s 13.2 billion gallons this year.  Last year we burnt up 40% of our crop.  This year, given the expected yield reductions, we could easily destroy over half of our corn.

The U.S. is by far the world’s largest producer, and our abundant supply is a major factor in keeping the price of the world’s most abundant feed and food grain low—generally around $3.00/bushel.  That was before George W. Bush decided that the answer to global warming was to produce ethanol from corn.  Hence the rise in corn price that commences with the 2007 passage of the ethanol mandates, followed soon by global food riots.  $8.00 corn today will likely bring much more of the same.

What we have seen is a change in policy, not of the weather.  Now, the Saudi Arabia of corn burns up half of its supply, instead of selling it to a hungry world.  All of this was brought to you by our greener friends and, yes, Republicans, working the political process hand in hand.  Later, the environmental community realized—as some of us had been telling them for years—that corn ethanol results in an increase in carbon dioxide emissions, not a decrease. 


If the government didn't invent the Internet [as Barack Obama declared], who did? Vinton Cerf developed the TCP/IP protocol, the Internet's backbone, and Tim Berners-Lee gets credit for hyperlinks.
Xerox PARC
Xerox PARC headquarters.
But full credit goes to the company where Mr. Taylor worked after leaving ARPA: Xerox. It was at the Xerox PARC labs in Silicon Valley in the 1970s that the Ethernet was developed to link different computer networks. Researchers there also developed the first personal computer (the Xerox Alto) and the graphical user interface that still drives computer usage today.
One by one, the pictures of House members adorning the lobby of Democratic Party headquarters have come down, turning neat rows of framed photos into a disjointed mess — “splattered,” as one aide described it.
The half-dozen or so lawmakers whose mugs have vanished in recent weeks weren’t indicted in court or slapped with an ethics violation. But their transgression is still deadly serious in the eyes of top party leaders: ignoring pleas to kick in cash for Democrats’ increasingly uphill slog to take back the House.

 So, just in case some of your friends or neighbors or, ya know, Uncle Jim who’s a little stubborn and been watching Fox News and, ya know, he thinks that somehow I raised taxes. Let’s just be clear. We’ve lowered taxes for middle class families since I came in office,” Obama said.

Because, ya know, it’s really presidential to make everyone who watches Fox News out to be a complete idiot. It must be purely coincidental that all of the “Uncle Jims” out there have made Fox News the most watched news network of the past decade.
‘Contraceptive sex,” writes Mary Eberstadt, is “the fundamental social fact of our time.” 
Women march in London, 1971
Eberstadt argues that the invention of the pill and near-mastery of contraception in the West during the 1960s caused a cascade of epochal consequences. Just to tally a few of the big-ticket items: It uncoupled sex from reproduction, caused people to have sex earlier and marry later, increased divorce, cohabitation, and illegitimacy, revolutionized the economic role of women, imploded the fertility rate, and set the modern welfare state on the course to insolvency. The sexual revolution unleashed by contraceptive sex, says Eberstadt, rivals the Communist revolution in terms of its influence on the world of the 20th century. [I just read that the Olympics has become a powerful place for the athletes to "hook up", with condom give-aways soaring.]
This week Obama, speaking off the teleprompter, said something that set off a storm of criticism:
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business. you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.
 For such a supposedly fantastic speaker, it's sure hard to bring to mind any outstanding Obama quotes. I remember nothing from his big post-racial race speech, his inaugural, his state of the union addresses. What I remember is when he goes off teleprompter.
"Why can't I just eat my waffle?"
"I've now been in 57 states -- I think one left to go."
"The private sector is doing fine."
"At a certain point, you've made enough money."
"The Cambridge police acted stupidly."
"I bowled a 129. It's like -- it was like Special Olympics, or something."
"They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them."
"We're the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad."
"I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."
"You didn't build that."
In an article titled, "The Obama Campaign Is Unworthy of a Democratic President," Georges Ugeux, who identifies himself as the chairman and CEO of Galileo Global Advisors and an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, writes, "As a Democrat and a staunch support of Barack Obama, I am completely disgusted by his campaign. Are we talking about the President of the United States? Are we talking about a principled man who has boosted our ideal for a fair and equitable America? Does this have anything to do with the American people?"
Ugeux goes on to accuse Obama's campaign of "harassment" by incessantly calling and emailing to ask for campaign cash--"Even those of us who asked to only receive selective information."
To that "presidential" harassment one needs to add what the Democratic Party does: strangely enough they only call and e-mail to collect money. Never to tell us what are the important causes for the Party.
Then, the liberal law professor complained that, for the Obama campaign, "It's all about money."