Saturday, August 11, 2012

House Republicans cede their right to approve; Janet Napolitano being sued for discrimination; MSU professor's letter to Muslim Student's Association; Don't cut nuclear warheads; Paul Ryan speaks on Obamacare; Code Pink to send photos of private parts to RNC Convention; Michelle seeking knuckleheads; Ethanaol vs. the World; USDA audit is an example of government running something

*The law now allows Obama and future presidents to name appointees to senior positions in every branch of the administration, from the Department of the Treasury to the Department of Homeland Security. [This would be without the oversight of Congress.]
Conservative critics worried that the bill restricts congressional authority to monitor executive branch decisions, but the measure received bipartisan support because of the gridlocked, slow-moving Senate, which is known for being the more deliberative of the two bodies of Congress.

A veteran US law-enforcement official has filed a blockbuster discrimination lawsuit against Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, charging she pushed him aside to make way for a less-qualified woman who’s “enjoyed a long-standing relationship” with the anti-terror chief.

The court papers also allege that Suzanne Barr, Napolitano’s chief of staff at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has engaged in “numerous” acts of “sexually offensive behavior” intended to “humiliate and intimidate male employees.
The story begins at Michigan State University with a mechanical engineering professor named Indrek Wichman.
Wichman sent an e-mail to the Muslim Student’s Association.*
The e-mail was in response to the students’ protest of the Danish cartoons that portrayed the Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist.*
The group had complained the cartoons were ‘hate speech.’*
In his e-mail, he said the following:*
Dear Muslim Association,*
As a professor of Mechanical Engineering here at MSU I intend to protest your protest.*
I am offended not by cartoons, but by more mundane things like beheadings of civilians, cowardly attacks on public buildings, suicide murders, murders of Catholic priests (the latest in Turkey), burnings of Christian churches, the continued persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt, the imposition of Sharia law on non-Muslims, the rapes of Scandinavian girls and women (called ‘whores’ in your culture), the murder of film directors in Holland, and the rioting and looting in Paris France.*

This is what offends me, a soft-spoken person and academic, and many, many of my colleagues.*I counsel you dissatisfied, aggressive, brutal, and uncivilized slave-trading Muslims to be very aware of this as you proceed with your infantile ‘protests.’*

If you do not like the values of the West – see the First Amendment – you are free to leave. I hope for God’s sake that most of you choose that option.*
Please return to your ancestral homelands and build them up yourselves instead of troubling Americans..*
I. S. Wichman*
Professor of Mechanical Engineering*  [Verified by Snopes]  
The commander of the U.S. Strategic Command on Wednesday rejected a call by a former Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman to cut U.S. nuclear warheads to as few as 300 deployed weapons.
Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler, the commander, also said Iran’s nuclear program remains a major problem and expressed worries about China’s large-scale, hidden underground nuclear facilities.


[If you can spend 6 minutes and are interested in the Affordable Health Care Act and how we are to pay for it, please listen to our Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan.  I can't wait to hear him debate Joe Biden.]  Paul Ryan: Hiding Spending Doesn't Reduce Spending

"I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits -- either now or in the future."
The radical anti-American Code Pink group is encouraging their members to send snapshots of their vaginas to the RNC Convention in Tampa, Florida.
LifeNews reported:
Taking the silly “War on Women” rhetoric to another disgusting level, the pro-abortion feminists at CodePink have come up with a new campaign: Send your vaginas to the Republican convention. [This is a perfect example of how successful the Democrat school agenda, and the agenda of tv and Hollywood has been in lowering our values, decorum, and culture.]

Michelle Obama spoke with the Tom Joyner Morning Show about the things people can do to get out the vote for her husband, and actually offered a rather insulting portrait of those who are undecided The most damning passage:
"All of us know that one person in our lives -- that one knucklehead nephew that's not registered to vote. That one neighbor who's not really paying attention. That one coworker who's confused about how Barack's tax plan will benefit that individual. Those are going to be the conversations that make the difference. And in this election, we're gonna be making a choice about how we want our democracy run. You know, do we want our president selected by people rolling their sleeves up, knocking on doors, or are we gonna hand it over to a couple of people who write big checks?

Ethanol vs. the World

The corn fuel mandate is raising food prices and hurting the poor.

Yup, the ethanol lobby strikes again. It can't succeed without a mandate that forces consumers to buy its product every time they fill up the tank, and if the resulting corn shortages drive food prices up in a way that punishes consumers around the world, so be it.
The United States Department of Agriculture spent $2 million on an internship program that only hired one full-time intern, a recent audit of the USDA’s Office of the Chief Information Officer reveals.
A USDA Inspector General’s report detailing the mismanagement of the agency’s multi-million dollar attempt to beef up the USDA’s information technology security found that after an infusion of millions, “because these projects were not effectively managed, the Department’s information systems are still at risk, even after expending $63.4 million of funding increases received in FY 2010 and 2011.”

Friday, August 10, 2012

Obama wants to "do the same thing" in every industry; Obama would have trouble; Romney's 20% rate reduction for everyone; Unions have permission for stalking, trespassing and threatening; IRS allowing illegals to commit fraud; Fraudulent tax returns produce tax refunds; Rewriting public pension plans; Keystone Pipeline continues to be built; Bringing truth to Obama's claims; Microwave popcorn linked to Alzheimer's; 70% opf GM products built outside US; Sudanese warlord accused of genocide to be on UN Human Rights Council; Fans & Furious was about supplying guns, not about tracking them; Britain being sued over US "kill list" in Afghanistan

*President Obama, while villifying Mitt Romney for opposing the auto industry bailout, bragged about the success of his decision to provide government assistance and said he now wants to see every manufacturing industry come roaring back.
“I said, I believe in American workers, I believe in this American industry, and now the American auto industry has come roaring back,” he said. “Now I want to do the same thing with manufacturing jobs, not just in the auto industry, but in every industry.

Author: ‘Obama would have trouble getting a security clearance for an entry-level government job’

Author Paul Kengor wants you to know just how radical Frank Marshal Davis — a man many consider to have been a mentor to President Barack Obama during his teenage years — was.
“Obama’s mentor was considered so radical, and such a potential pro-Soviet threat, that the federal government placed him on the Security Index,” Kengor told The Daily Caller in an interview about his new book on Davis, simply titled “The Communist.”
“That meant that if a war broke out between the United States and the Soviet Union, Frank Marshall Davis could be placed under immediate arrest.

Read more:

 As the editors of the Wall Street Journal explained, after noting that Romney’s proposal actually includes a 20 percent rate reduction for everyone who pays taxes, combined with the elimination of unspecified tax deductions that would primarily affect higher tax brackets: 

*A new study from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce finds that, when it comes to “threatening or disruptive behavior,” union members have far more rights—or, at least, far more license—than their fellow Americans. The Chamber's study, “Sabotage, Stalking, and Stealth Exemptions: Special State Laws for Labor Unions,” examines little known state laws that favor organized labor, even to the point of exempting union members from laws prohibiting “conduct that would otherwise be considered criminal activity.”
Although none of the laws highlighted by the Chamber’s report condone violence, the report suggests that state laws facilitate or even encourage the circumstances in which a labor dispute might become violent—or even deadly. The report highlights exemptions for violations such as stalking, trespassing, and other kinds of behavior that can be intimidating or seriously disturbing.
For example, in California, “making a credible threat to cause serious bodily injury to another, and then within 30 days thereafter entering the residence or workplace of the target” is punishable with up to a year in jail. But the law also states that this prohibition "shall not apply to any person who is engaged in labor union activities."
Child tax credit payments to illegal immigrants have quadrupled in the past five years as a result of President Obama’s stimulus package and the Internal Revenue Service’s refusal to pursue instances of fraud, a new study shows. The IRS is also failing to inform citizens that illegal immigrants have stolen their Social Security Numbers.
The IRS paid out $7.4 billion in tax refunds to illegal immigrants in 2012, quadruple the $1.7 billion paid out in 2007, according to a new report by Senate Republicans. The report was released as Treasury Department Inspector General J. Russell George revealed that the tax agency has allowed tax breaks for illegal immigrants and other areas of fraud to continue under the Obama administration.
In 2010, 741 tax returns were filed to the federal government from a single address in Belle Glade, Fla., the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. In response, the Internal Revenue Service issued over $1 million in combined tax refunds to that address, which is, y'know, embarrassing.
Most or all of those returns were probably filed by identity thieves, and the Belle Glade case isn't even the worst of it, according to a report issued last month by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. That report notes that in addition to the Belle Glade home, there was an address in Tampa that sent in 518 tax returns and got back almost $1.8 million in refunds, and an address in Lansing, Mich., sent in 2,137 tax returns and got more than $3.3 million back. The returns from these addresses all bore the hallmarks of identity theft, according to TIGTA.
What was once considered a basic right and untouchable is now on the chopping block: public pension plans.
I have been writing about the massive budget deficits that municipalities and states have been dealing with, the largest contributor to those budget deficits being the public pension plans.
Many states and municipalities have cut pension plan benefits for new workers, but what were once considered the legal and embedded rights of current retirees and public workers have been torn down.
In both San Diego and San Jose, California, residents have voted overwhelmingly—close to 70% in both cities—to cut the pension benefits of current public workers. (Source: New York Times, June 6, 2012). The residents weighed the budget cuts when factoring public workers retiring after 30 years of service with 90% of their salaries—which is almost unheard of in the private sector—versus having basic services cut and libraries unopened because of the massive budget deficits.
Residents of San Diego and San Jose chose to implement budget cuts on what they perceived as very generous pensions for public workers in order to reduce the budget deficits.
Previous court cases have sided with public workers, but now these measures voted on by the residents themselves will be tested in court.,2_0_0_1_120730_ALZaimIAAPC6UCKdIwASjU9q3cc,2_0_0_1_92815_ANlbimIAAAmxUCHqdgkT2FAXSq0,2_0_0_1_57293_ANlbimIAADqIUCEuNAF3XE00GYk,2_0_0_1_46697_AHZaimIAAQ%2FVUCETGA7sJCQKBLk,2_0_0_1_5416_ANlbimIAAI1QUB8Ifg3lAFeD0E8,2_0_0_1_6466_ANlbimIAAAcKUBwsGAyb9iIPM0M,&sort=date&order=down&startMid=0&hash=91d4186715cc8797cfd321f616d140a4&.jsrand=723879
A federal judge denied the Sierra Club’s request for a temporary injunction to halt construction of the lower half of the Keystone XL Pipeline Sunday.
Obama Administration Claim #1: We Didn’t Gut Work Requirements
Ever since the 1996 law passed, Democratic leaders have attempted (unsuccessfully) to repeal welfare’s work standards, blocking reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF) and attempting to weaken the requirements. Unable to eliminate “workfare” legislatively, the Obama HHS claimed authority to grant waivers that allow states to get around the work requirements.
Humorously, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius now asserts that the Administration abolished the TANF work requirements to increase work.
HHS now claims that states receiving a waiver must “commit that their proposals will move at least 20 percent more people from welfare to work compared to the state’s prior performance.” But given the normal turnover rate in welfare programs, the easiest way to increase the number of people moving from “welfare to work” is to increase the number entering welfare in the first place.
Diacetyl, a flavoring used to produce the buttery flavor and aroma of microwave popcorn and other food, may be linked to Alzheimer's, U.S. researchers say.
General Motors is becoming China Motors. Forget the spin. The evidence is clear and convincing. Did U.S. taxpayers save GM for China? Listen to the candid comments of GM's CEO.  [Since the GM bailout, 70% of sales of GM products built have been produced somewhere outside the US.]
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The election of a Sudanese warlord accused of genocide to the United Nations Human Rights Council is now virtually guaranteed, since he has the full backing of the world body's African delegation.
The International Criminal Court has issued a warrant for Omar Al-Bashir -- its first ever for a sitting head of state -- for crimes against humanity he allegedly committed in Darfur. Yet, his regime is set to take its place on the panel, in the latest bizarre appointment to make a mockery of the UN's human rights credibility, according to critics.
A high-ranking Mexican drug cartel operative currently in U.S. custody is making startling allegations that the failed federal gun-walking operation known as “Fast and Furious” isn’t what you think it is.
It wasn’t about tracking guns, it was about supplying them — all part of an elaborate agreement between the U.S. government and Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa Cartel to take down rival cartels.
The explosive allegations are being made by Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, known as the Sinaloa Cartel’s “logistics coordinator.” He was extradited to the Chicago last year to face federal drug charges.

Zambada-Niebla claims that under a “divide and conquer” strategy, the U.S. helped finance and arm the Sinaloa Cartel through Operation Fast and Furious in exchange for information that allowed the DEA, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other federal agencies to take down rival drug cartels.

Britain faces legal challenge over secret US 'kill list' in Afghanistan

Afghan man who lost relatives in missile strike says UK role in supplying information to US military may be unlawful;
An Afghan man who lost five relatives in a missile strike started proceedings against the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) and the Ministry of Defence demanding to know details of the UK's participation "in the compilation, review and execution of the list and what form it takes".

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Republican considers bill to repeal everything Obama has signed into law; Mitt Romney wasn't there to kill Soptics wife; Democrat national vote fraud strategy exposed; Seeking more government dependents; Hope and Change displayed by gunboats in Tampa; No, Mr. President, the whole world would not like to trade places with us; Poor Michelle, she doesn't get paid!; Effects of Obamacare on Papa John's; Such lofty Presidental language: "Don't muck it up"; Obama administration tells police not to arrest Portland Occupy scofflaws; Republicas will be filing lawsuit against Atty General Holder; The goodness of Pete Hoekstra; Milk is NOT good for us?; MI 2nd worst state for retirement

Joe the Plumber Wurzelbacher
*Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), an outspoken critic of just about everything President Obama supports, is considering introducing a bill that would repeal everything Obama has signed into law.

King put forward this suggestion to an Iowa audience on Tuesday, when he also reiterated his threat to sue the Obama administration for its June decision not to deport younger illegal immigrants. Under that policy change, illegal immigrants who are in school or have served in the military would get a two-year deferral from deportation.

"I am bringing him to court, and we're going to defend the Constitution of the United States and the separation of powers," King said Tuesday, according to The Messenger in Iowa.

The Obama supporting Super PAC Priorities USA yesterday introduced us to Joe Soptic. Mitt Romney killed his wife. Except it is complete and utter crap.
Mitt Romney and Bain Capital bought GST Steel at some point. Romney left day to day operations of Bain in 1999. Thereafter, Bain offered Joe Soptic a buy out and he refused. Eventually the steel plant went out of business and Joe went on the unemployment line. That happened in 2001.
In 2002 or 2003, Mrs. Soptic injured her rotator cuff and left her job. She lost her insurance. In 2006, she was diagnosed with cancer and died a few days later. It is a terrible tragedy that Mitt Romney had nothing to do with.
It seems Mr. Soptic chose poorly on the buy out offer, lost his job, and would prefer to blame Mitt Romney than anyone else. Priorities USA has set a new standard — Mitt Romney killed a woman, despite being removed from both time of death and decision making.
We need far less than the convoluted logic of Priorities USA to conclude that Barack Obama is a murderer.
The Left seeks fundamental structural change to our entire form of government. In keeping with their amoral, means-justifies-ends philosophy, they will register any voters, dead or alive, legal or illegal, who will then vote as many times as possible, in order to establish a “permanent progressive majority.” As two New York Democrats recently caught in a vote fraud scandal told police, “voter fraud is an accepted way of winning elections…”  [And straight from Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals]
1. Swamp election officials with overwhelming numbers of registrations at the last possible minute, a huge proportion of which are deliberately fraudulent, in order to create systematic chaos. This accomplishes numerous goals:
2. Activists sue state authorities for “voter suppression,” creating further chaos and pressuring them to become de facto taxpayer-funded voter registration operations;
3. Eric Holder’s Justice Department tacitly supports voter intimidation tactics, sues states and backs private lawsuits, and resists reform as “voter suppression.”
4. Leftist echo chamber discredits allegations of vote fraud, supports “suppression” theme, and promotes advantageous legislation.
The ultimate goal is a systematized, taxpayer-funded voting machinery that will guarantee maximum participation from the Left’s voting demographic while undermining the ability to manage elections and prevent fraud.
And now the commonwealth [Massachusetts]  spends $275,844 to spend out a mailing to almost a half-million layabouts that includes a letter and a mail-in registration form [for EBT cards (welfare)].
“Please note,” the letter says, “that DTA does not verify whether or not public assistance applicants or clients are currently registered to vote or eligible to register to vote.”
In other words, whether they’re illegal aliens. So the answer is yes, Auntie Zeituni, former welfare-collecting illegal, now “refugee,” is getting one of these letters of alarm from Patrick. So is every other illegal in the state. How convenient.
[This is what Obama's Hope and Change/We are all Americans hate each other actions have wrought:] Law enforcement agencies are planning to boost their patrols of Tampa's waterways during the Republican National Convention.
The RNC will be held later this month on the city's waterfront. Federal and local law enforcement agencies say they'll saturate the waterway with armed boat patrols.
From Politico, of all places, a decidedly liberal site: President Obama said: "So no matter what the naysayers tell us, no matter how dark the other side tries to make things look, the fact is there is not another country on earth that would not gladly trade places with the United States of America.”
A curious bit of hyperbole when one considers that Muslim countries have a decidedly negative view of America. In a recent Pew survey, disapproval of the United States was above 70 percent in Egypt, Turkey and Pakistan and hit 86 percent in Jordan. [So much for making the world love us, for his campaign statement: "We are the people we have been waiting for."]
President Obama spoke to women supporters at a Denver event today.

"...I wanna make sure that when she's working she is getting paid the same as men, I gotta say that First Ladies right now, they don't, even though that's a tough job!"  [It is his DNC which underpays females by 15%, by the way.]
" Michelle Obama Listed Daughters As “Senior Staffers” To Justify Expensive African Vacation and Safari "  [Well - maybe they did get paid benefits....]

Papa John’s warns it will have to raise the price of its pizzas due to President Obama’s health care law.
John Schnatter, CEO and founder of Papa John’s, said pizza will cost up to 14 cents more when the Affordable Care Act goes into effect in 2014.
{Do you think it is Presidential for the President of the United States to caution his followers to not "muck it up"?  Me neither.  It is an unqualified in any way interloper.]
 Documents obtained by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, indicate that General Services Administration (GSA) officials, with approval from the Obama administration, ordered local law enforcement officers to stand down and not arrest Occupy Portland protesters after they seemingly broke the law last year.
Due to his ongoing cover-up surrounding the failed and deadly gunrunning operation known as Fast and Furious, House Republicans announced they will be filing a formal lawsuit against Obama Attorney General Eric Holder in the coming days – indicates Obama administration’s actions mirror those of Richard Nixon during Watergate scandal.-

Tanya Hill on Pete Hoekstra

As a resident of the 1st Congressional District something that really stands out for me is when Pete Hoekstra (not Bart Stupak) came to Northern Michigan to hold town hall meetings regarding the health care bill. Our own representative would not listen, yet Pete Hoekstra came here to take our voice to D.C.
Newt Gingrich tasked Pete with being an architect of the Contract with America. John Kasich and Pete orchestrated the last budget surpluses in this country. Pete led the Teamsters investigation that reversed a corrupt election. Pete was a lone voice challenging President Bush on No Child Left Behind. Pete passed more senior members to become chairman of the Intelligence Committee and reformed our intelligence community after the attacks of 9/11.
Hoekstra has a long list of conservative accomplishments and credentials and has been emboldened by the Tea Party to do even more. I have had the opportunity to meet with each of the candidates in the Senate race against Sen. Stabenow, and I believe that Pete Hoekstra is the best man for the job.

Recently, upon entering the Union Station Metro station here in Washington, I noticed a rather surprising ad campaign. In an effort to make school lunches healthier, the ad said: “Let’s move milk out of school lunch.”
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) claims that recent studies dispute every single other study ever conducted which say milk is good for you. They say that milk does not:

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Assault on Constitution; Pelosi claims Republicans are the E. Coli group; Romney causes cancer story is based on another big lie; 1.76 million illegals qualify for legal status; 42 Presidents all related to King John; Democrat tracking device; Pensions of non-union retirees terminated by Treasury Dept.; Obama prefers welfare checks; France mulls taxing the rich at 75%; Obama is not to blame this time either; Food Stamp President advertizes for illegals to come to America and receive food stamps

*What in the world are these Republicans in the House of Representatives thinking? As if they haven’t given enough power over to the President already. Folks we are seeing the office of the President turned into the office of the American Dictator. Last year, the Senate passed the measure by a vote of 79-20, so it now goes to the desk of President Obama for his signature. (Did anyone hear about this? I don’t remember it)  By a vote of 261-116, the House of Representatives passed a bill rewriting Article II of the Constitution and divesting the Senate of the power to accept or reject the appointment of many presidential nominees.  Dozens of key management positions in the Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Commerce, and Homeland Security (including the treasurer of the United States, the deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, the director of the Office for Domestic Preparedness, and the assistant administrator of FEMA) will now be filled by presidential edict, without the need of the “advice and consent” of the Senate, a phrase specifically removed from the process in the text of the bill.
Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi visited Boca Raton to help former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel in her campaign for Florida’s 22nd district. During the question and answer period, Pelosi claimed that Republicans didn’t care if children caught diseases, specifically E. coli, from contaminated water:
“Bless their hearts, it’s the philosophy Republicans in Congress have. And bless their hearts, they act upon their beliefs. It’s an ideology. We shouldn’t have a government role. So reduce the police, the firemen, the teachers, reduce their role and give tax cuts to the high end. That will stimulate the economy and everything will be good,” Pelosi said.
That’s right.  As a Republican, I want my children to drink contaminated water.  As a Republican, I want my children to breathe dirty air.  As a Republican, I want my children to ingest food that is foul.
Do people really believe this?  [I think that many actually do....]
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Romney’s layoffs literally killed people. If you’re a low-information voter who pays attention to this stuff in bits and pieces, a story you’re half-listening to about a rich guy and a steelworker and a plant closing and a young wife tragically dying from cancer sounds really bad, even if it’s a gross smear. In fact, the grosser the smear, the more compelling the half-listened-to story seems. Right, Harry?  [The truth of it is that the woman died 6 years after she lost her job, and was covered by her own health insurance part of that time.  The audacity of lies is breath-taking.]
As many as 1.76 million young illegal immigrants could qualify for temporary legal status under President Obama's deferred action program, says a new report from the Migration Policy Institute. That's more than double the Obama administration's initial estimate of 800,000 people who would benefit from the program.
What do Barack Obama, Thomas Jefferson, George W. Bush and the other past U.S. presidents have in common? Besides holding the coveted title of commander-in-chief, it appears that all of them but one are cousins.
The remarkable discovery was made by 12-year-old BridgeAnne d’Avignon, of Salinas, California, who created a ground-breaking family tree that connected 42 of 43 U.S. presidents to one common, and rather unexpected, ancestor: King John of England.

Need to Find a Democrat? [Or determine which neighbors are NOT your friendly Democrats?] New Obama Campaign App Reveals Your Liberal Neighbors   [This information has been used for a while now, but was only available to elected Precinct Delegates and the like - as a tool to get out the vote.  Of course, it now is available to all Democrats and will probably be misused.]


Emails obtained by The Daily Caller show that the U.S. Treasury Department, led by Timothy Geithner, was the driving force behind terminating the pensions of 20,000 salaried retirees at the Delphi auto parts manufacturing company.
The move, made in 2009 while the Obama administration implemented its auto bailout plan, appears to have been made solely because those retirees were not members of labor unions.
The internal government emails contradict sworn testimony, in federal court and before Congress, given by several Obama administration figures. They also indicate that the administration misled lawmakers and the courts about the sequence of events surrounding the termination of those non-union pensions, and that administration figures violated federal law.
Delphi, a General Motors company, is one of the world’s largest automotive parts manufacturers. Twenty thousand of its workers lost nearly their entire pensions when the government bailed out GM. At the same time, Delphi employees who were members of the United Auto Workers union saw their pensions topped off and made whole.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Republican Mitt Romney is making a new push to cast President Barack Obama as a big government liberal, accusing him of dismantling welfare reform, while Democrats renew efforts to paint Romney as a profit-driven businessman.
The Romney campaign released a new television ad Tuesday bashing Obama for removing work requirements from federal welfare regulations, a key element of President Bill Clinton's 1996 welfare overhaul. The ad contends that Obama simply wants to hand out welfare checks, while Romney would restore the work requirement.
The White House says Obama's decision last month to change welfare requirements gives states the flexibility they have been asking for to make the program more efficient. Romney was among several Republican governors who signed a letter in 2005 asking for more "waiver authority." Romney is a former Massachusetts governor.
A chill is wafting over France’s business class as Mr. Hollande, the country’s first Socialist president since Fran├žois Mitterrand in the 1980s, presses a manifesto of patriotism to “pay extra tax to get the country back on its feet again.” The 75 percent tax proposal, which Parliament plans to take up in September, is ostensibly aimed at bolstering French finances as Europe’s long-running debt crisis intensifies.
But because there are relatively few people in France whose income would incur such a tax — perhaps no more than 30,000 in a country of 65 million — the gains might contribute but a small fraction of the 33 billion euros in new revenue the government wants to raise next year to help balance the budget.
In an interview with Black Enterprise magazine, President Barack Obama blames state and local governments, as well as Congress, for over 14 percent black unemployment.  -
The Obama administration advertises the fact that anyone is welcome to come to the United States to receive food stamps:

A basic premise of immigration law is that immigrants to the U.S. are expected to be self-supporting. We obviously don’t want to attract people who have no intention of working, but simply want to benefit from our generous welfare system. This principle is incorporated into the Immigration and Nationality Act, which provides:
But, as in so many other instances, President Obama has simply changed the law by executive fiat. In this case the administration acted quietly, so that it took quite a while before others understood how badly Obama had subverted the immigration laws. Yesterday, four Republican Senators wrote to Janet Napolitano and Hillary Clinton; you can read their letter here:
It has long been a sound principle of immigration law that those who seek citizenship in this country ought to be financially self-sufficient. We were thus shocked to discover that both the State Department and DHS exclude reliance on almost all governmental welfare programs when evaluating whether an alien is likely to become a public charge. Your agencies apply a cramped interpretation of the law in this regard, considering reliance on only two of nearly 80 federal welfare programs as evidence of likelihood of becoming a public charge: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
In fact, guidance from your agencies specifically prevents consular and DHS officials from considering the likelihood that an alien will receive SNAP benefits [food stamps], WIC payments, Medicaid, child-care benefits, foster care, energy assistance, educational assistance, other medical and health benefits, and assistance from at least fifteen different nutritional programs.
The Obama administration advertises the fact that anyone is welcome to come to the United States to receive food stamps:

Barack Obama’s mania to make everyone a dependent of the federal government extends even to illegal aliens. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has uncovered the astonishing fact that the Obama administration pays billions of dollars in child tax credits to illegal aliens:


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Obama's Columbia problem; Health care costs were not skyrocketing; Cronyism led to no bank execs being charged; IRS pays billions to identity theives; Polish President accuses Obama of betrayal; Hydraulic fracking opponents have no peer-reviewed science; Tanzania benefits from global warming; Counties with more voters registered than actual live voters; Illinois to spend more on government pension than on education; Indian government blames Obama; Paying students to go to summer school; Texas senators push weather modification programs; Medicaid is broken; Student loans come with less choice

Here is Wayne Allen Root, a supposed classmate of Obama's while at Columbia.  He has a great column which I encourage you to read, parts of which follow: 
My answer for Romney? Call Obama’s bluff.
Romney should call a press conference and issue a challenge in front of the nation. He should agree to release more of his tax returns, only if Obama unseals his college records. Simple and straight-forward. Mitt should ask “What could possibly be so embarrassing in your college records from 29 years ago that you are afraid to let America’s voters see? If it’s THAT bad, maybe it’s something the voters ought to see.” Suddenly the tables are turned. Now Obama is on the defensive.
My bet is that Obama will never unseal his records because they contain information that could destroy his chances for re-election. Once this challenge is made public, my prediction is you’ll never hear about Mitt’s tax returns ever again.
Why are the college records, of a 51-year-old President of the United States, so important to keep secret? I think I know the answer.
But don’t take my word for it. The Wall Street Journal reported in 2008 that Fox News randomly called 400 of our Columbia classmates and never found one who had ever met Obama.
I can only think of one answer that would explain this mystery.
Here’s my gut belief: Obama got a leg up by being admitted to both Occidental and Columbia as a foreign exchange student. He was raised as a young boy in Indonesia. But did his mother ever change him back to a U.S. citizen? When he returned to live with his grandparents in Hawaii or as he neared college-age preparing to apply to schools, did he ever change his citizenship back? I’m betting not.
If you think I’m “fishing” then prove me wrong. Open up your records Mr. President. What are you afraid of?
One of the key arguments that President Obama used to get his health care law though Congress, control of soaring health care costs, turns out to have been bogus.
Here is the way Obama put the argument in a September 9, 2009, speech about health care to a joint session of Congress:
Then there’s the problem of rising premiums have gone up three times faster than wages....our health care system is placing an unsustainable burden on taxpayers.  When health care costs grow at the rate they have, it puts greater pressure on programs like Medicare and Medicaid. If we do nothing to slow these skyrocketing costs, we will eventually be spending more on Medicare and Medicaid than every other government program combined....
Now, these are the facts. Nobody disputes them. 
Obama’s voice saying “these are the facts. Nobody disputes them,” is almost enough to set off sound effects akin to those that accompany Pinocchio’s growing nose in the Disney movie.
Sure enough, now that the data are in, the emerging consensus is that health care costs, rather than “skyrocketing,” have been moderating, even flat-lining. And they were beginning to do so well before Congress passed ObamaCare in March 2010.
A new report from the conservative Government Accountability Institute (GAI) finds that President Barack Obama’s and Attorney General Eric Holder’s failure to criminally charge any top Wall Street bankers is likely a result of cronyism inside the Department of Justice and political donations made to Obama’s campaign.
GAI argues that the Obama administration’s decision to not go after Big Finance is due to senior DOJ leadership — Holder, Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli, Associate Attorney General Tony West, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, Deputy Attorney General James Cole and Deputy Associate Attorney General Karol Mason — who “all came to the DOJ from prestigious white-collar defense firms where they represented the very financial institutions the DOJ is supposed to investigate.”
The IRS is paying out billions of dollars in fraudulent tax refunds to identity thieves; a problem that the tax service’s inspector general told CNBC is a “growing problem” involving numbers that are increasing “exponentially.”
In a new report to be issued Thursday, the inspector general for the IRS says that tax thieves are stealing the identities of taxpayers and then filing bogus returns on their behalf and collecting fraudulent refunds as a result.
The inspector general estimates that the IRS could issue as much as $21 billion in fraudulent tax refunds over the next five years.  In another case, a single residential address in Chicago was the source of 765 tax returns, generating more than $900,000 in potentially fraudulent refunds, the report said.  [Don't they employ computer programmers?  Try doing something like this with a credit card and you will be found out immediately.]

Polish president accuses Obama of betraying Poland

The Polish president has accused Barack Obama of betraying Poland by cancelling a promised missile defence system.


Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is a process in which chemically treated water is pumped into shale rock in order to release natural gas for extraction.
Fracking has brought economic benefits to states such as North Dakota and Pennsylvania, while states where fracking is banned, such as California and New York, are suffering economically, according to Stephen Moore, senior economics writer for the Wall Street Journal.
“To be against hydraulic fracturing is like being against a cure for cancer,” Moore told the Free Beacon.
Fracking represents “the most important revolution in the oil sector in decades,” according to a study by Harvard Research Fellow Leonardo Maugeri.
Numerous scientists have contradicted Gasland’s conclusions regarding pollution and cancer rates resulting from fracking.
“[Anti-fracking advocates] have a lot of amazing claims, but no peer-reviewed science to back up those claims,” said McAleer.  [This might be a good place to begin if you are undecided about the issue.  I really have no opinion formed at this time on the issue.  We will be dealing with this issue for a long time, I'm quite sure.]
Tanzania could actually benefit from climate change by increasing corn exports to the United States and other countries that may have more difficulty producing the crop in the future, according to a new study. 
Researchers at Stanford, Purdue University, and the World Bank set out to determine how certain trade policies might provide a buffer for countries like Tanzania from the worst effects of climate change.
A nonpartisan election integrity group has sent legal notices to 160 counties across the U.S. that it says have more voters on its registration rolls than actual live, eligible voters — and thus represent potential hotbeds for election fraud, the organization told TheBlaze exclusively.
The Houston-based True the Vote said the counties may be in violation of Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act, which mandates that election officials maintain clean voter rolls by removing people who have died, moved away or are no longer eligible to vote. True the Vote is demanding each of the counties show proof of compliance or they’ll bring civil suit.
The state of Illinois faces at least $83 billion in unfunded liability between its five pension systems, and is on track to spend more on its government pensions than on education by 2016, a new study released by Governor Pat Quinn’s office says.
Indian government officials and Sikh leaders across India were outraged by the attack that left 6 dead, including 4 Indian nationals, at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee and called on the U.S. to do more to protect Sikhs living in the United Sates. Clinton called Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna from her stop in South Africa Monday after Krishna criticized the U.S. for failed policies and a growing trend of violent incidents against religious minorities.
"I have seen messages of condolence from President Obama and others. They've emphasized protection of all faiths. The U.S. government will have to take a comprehensive look at this kind of tendency which certainly is not going to bring credit to the United States of America,'' Krisha said
The District is paying 305 students with poor academic and behavioral records to attend summer school, The Washington Examiner has learned.
The rising ninth-graders are earning $5.25 an hour to participate in the "Summer Bridge" program, which targets students identified by D.C. Public Schools as less likely than their peers to graduate high school within four years.
The 95 students who voluntarily signed up for the summer school program will receive half of an elective credit. But to fill the 400-student session with at-risk students, DCPS reached out to the Department of Employment Services. More than 300 students flagged by DCPS and who had signed up for the Summer Youth Employment Program were told that school would be their jobs this summer.

Handing paychecks to students for learning could, however, be a "slippery slope," said local political consultant Chuck Thies.
"How much will we pay going forward, and who will we pay, and what's the cutoff to get paid?" Thies asked. "It's critical that we get at-risk students and underperforming students and failing students into the program, but I don't think incentivizing them with money sends the right message."
If Texas Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall have their way, rain will go away come again some other day of their choosing.
Both Hutchison and Udall have introduced unsuccessful bills in the past that would have created national boards to oversee and fund research into weather modification. That is, artificially changing or controlling the weather.
“I … am very supportive of and concerned about weather prediction and modification,” Hutchison said at an appropriations hearing in 2011. “And I think we need to know more basic science, and we also need to — to use that to determine if we should or should not engage in weather modification.”

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------One of the primary difficulties with Medicaid coverage is that fewer health care providers are accepting Medicaid patients. The New England Journal of Medicine published a study last year that showed that two-thirds of children on Medicaid are denied appointments to deal with serious medical conditions (compared with 11 percent of privately insured children).
Now nearly three in 10 physicians across the nation will not accept Medicaid patients.
Doctors aren’t refusing to take Medicaid patients out of cruelty. Many have admitted to feeling guilty over refusing these patients and have put off denying care for as long as possible. But, ultimately, accepting Medicaid has been costing health care providers just too much.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Now that the student loan industry is totally run by the federal government, the federal government will be deciding for you which degrees you can pursue and from what schools. Apparently you are not smart enough to make your own decisions on this matter. Democrat fireplug Senator Barbara Mikulski’s site spouted this bit of irony yesterday:
“I’m for choice and opportunity in higher education, but we cannot be enablers of debt without empowerment,”Senator Mikulski said. “It’s appalling that schools are providing students with worthless degrees while leaving families buried under debt. It’s wrong for families and the federal government to make investments in higher education and be left with nothing to show for it. I’m cosponsoring the Protecting Students from Worthless Degrees Act to ensure that higher education programs meet the accreditation or licensure requirements so when students graduate they are qualified to be hired for the job they’ve prepared for.”

Monday, August 6, 2012

Michelle Obama quote; "Make the son----- deny it"; Obama sues Ohio for giving military 3 extra days to vote; The audacity of Rahm Emanuel; The new movie: 2016 Obama's America; Oops - ice sheet predictions well off the mark; Undermining the Constitution, says Mayor Bloomberg; Illegals pay just $465 for exemption; Bill Maher calls Allan West an ape; How polls lie to us; Communism in American town; Phelps didn't win it; someone else did; Reid is not certain; Obama closely tied to Solyndra; Executive order on Internet?; Schools will close because of Obamacare mandate

"Someone else is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more."  Michelle Obama - 2008  [And the people accepted it.]
The late gonzo journalist, Hunter S. Thompson, added to American political lore when making a point about unscrupulous politicians in his campaign chronicle, Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail, '72.
As a young man running for office in Texas, Thompson wrote, Lyndon Johnson needed to slow down a foe's momentum. And so LBJ ordered an aide to spread the rumor that their opponent was "enjoying carnal knowledge of his own barnyard sows." 
The aide blanched, and objected. No one would believe a claim like that!
"I know," Johnson was said to have replied, "but let's make the sonofabitch deny it."
It was, said Thompson, "one of the oldest and most effective tricks in the business. Every hack in the business has used it in time of trouble."
Fifteen military groups are opposing a federal lawsuit in Ohio brought by President Barack Obama's campaign because they say it could threaten voter protections afforded to service members, such as the extended time they have to cast a ballot.
Obama's campaign and Democrats filed the lawsuit last month against Ohio's top elections official in a dispute over the battleground state's law that restricts early, in-person voting during the final three days before Election Day.

The campaign, the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party contend the law unfairly ends in-person voting for most Ohioans three days earlier than it does for military and overseas voters.
Should government officials be able to block businesses from opening or expanding due to disagreement with the political views of the business’ executives? Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel evidently believes he should have this power:
The anti-gay views openly espoused by the president of a fast food chain specializing in chicken sandwiches have run afoul of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a local alderman, who are determined to block Chick-fil-A from expanding in Chicago.
“Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values. They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values,” Emanuel said Wednesday.
“What the CEO has said as it relates to gay marriage and gay couples is not what I believe, but more importantly, it’s not what the people of Chicago believe. We just passed legislation as it relates to civil union and my goal and my hope … is that we now move on recognizing gay marriage. I do not believe that the CEO’s comments … reflects who we are as a city.”
Obviously, it’s perfectly legitimate for private citizens to decide not to patronize a business with executives who have such views (I’d likely refrain from doing so in this case).
A Washington D.C. journalist screened the film and reported that "It scared the h- out of me!". To which Dinesh replied "what makes the film shocking is that much of the material was unreported by mainstream media". 2016 Obama's America is currently showing in producer Gerald Molen's home state of Montana, and also in Nashville and Houston-area theaters and NOW in Alaska!,2_0_0_1_207893_AMJaimIAAQyxUBr86wALiXpcSKs,2_0_0_1_160429_ALZaimIAAK1jUBn09wt%2FBH0jtE4,2_0_0_1_127487_ALZaimIAACD6UBldYgZyxAruD2A,2_0_0_1_72397_ANlbimIAAIR0UBgBKgsf8wYlayI,2_0_0_1_6508_AMJaimIAAM1UUBWJXAmlJw6SetM,&sort=date&order=down&startMid=0&hash=7ad6e6394b849d84c2284d6645157734&.jsrand=9062637
Doom-laden predictions that the seas are set to rise by a metre or more this century due to the melting of the Greenland ice sheet are well off the mark, a team of scientists has announced in a new study of the matter.
"It turns out that the ice sheet, in relation to this point, behaves more dynamically and is able to more quickly stabilise itself in comparison to what many other models and computer calculations otherwise predict," explains Professor Kurt Kjaer of Copenhagen uni.
Critics trying to shut Chick-fil-A because its CEO opposes gay marriage are undermining the very essence of the Constitution, Mayor Bloomberg declared today in a stirring defense of the embattled fast food chain.
"It isn't the right thing to do and it isn't what America stands for," Bloomberg said on his weekly WOR radio show. "And those people who don't like (Chick-fil-A) don't understand their rights were protected by people who took a difficult position in the past and stood by it. They stood up so everybody else would be free."
The mayor, a staunch advocate of marriage equality, argued that Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy has as much right to his views as does the Catholic Church, which also opposes same-sex marriage.
The Obama administration will formally begin granting some young undocumented immigrants legal status and work permits later this month under a controversial new policy first announced by President Obama in June.
The Department of Homeland Security today announced details of the application and approval process for the DREAM Act-like program, outlining specific eligibility requirements and a $465 fee. It will begin Aug. 15.
Bill Maher, the "comedian" who is one of Barack Obama's biggest donors, is even getting involved. He just called Congressman Allan West an APE!
The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People &; the Press, conducted July 16-26, 2012, among 2,508 adults, including 1,956 registered voters, finds that, in keeping with his favorability advantage, Obama continues to hold a sizable lead over Romney in the election contest. Currently, 51% say they support Obama or lean toward him, while 41% support or lean toward Romney.
Sample Size:
459 Republicans
813 Democrats
599 Independents

THE BEGINNING STAGES OF COMMUNISM IN AMERICA: City Government demands all keys in  Cedar Falls, [to make it easier for the fire department to get into your homes without so much damage.  It concerns only commercial properties at this time.]


From a friend watching the Olympics: "How about that Michael Phelps? But let's remember he didn't win all those medals, someone else did. After all, he and I swam in public pools, built by state employees using tax dollars. He got training from the USOC, and ate food grown by the Department of Agriculture. He should play fair and share his medals with people like me, who can barely keep my head above water, let alone swim."{linkBack}_The_most_famous_words_of_Obama%27s_presidency
Now, do I know that that’s true?” Reid said in the interview, which also included his mention of the phone call, supposedly from an investor in Bain Capital. “Well, I’m not certain.”
No biggie! Full steam ahead! He proceeded to assert that Romney’s net worth is probably greater than published estimates of $250 million because, he explained, “You do pretty well if you don’t pay taxes for 10 years.” And so a wild supposition was magically transformed into the given from which yet another bit of speculation blossomed, and any concern with provable information was long gone, a casualty of the craven rules of political engagement these days. It’s beginning to seem as if everyone’s at the prow of a Swift Boat, pants on fire and conscience on ice.
Ever since the solar manufacturing firm went bankrupt, sinking last year with Obama's $527 million investment aboard, it has been generally acknowledged as a policy and public relations disaster. But now that the House Energy and Commerce Committee has released thousands of emails between Obama administration officials and key Solyndra players, the enormity of this disaster is becoming clearer.
White House considers executive order,
leaves Internet takeover a possibility  
The White House has left open the possibility of enacting its Internet agenda via executive order after the failed effort to bring the Democrat-supported cybersecurity bill to a full vote in the Senate last week.
Hadley Heath, a senior policy analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum, points to Pius X High School in Lincoln, Neb., which has sued the federal government. The school’s administrators are “arguing that Pius X would be forced to choose between compliance and shutting its doors entirely,” says Heath. “The Obama administration shouldn’t be in the business of reducing choices for the 5-plus million students who are currently attending religious K–12 schools.”
Why would the school ever have to shut down? Because of the punitive fines that are to be levied for non-compliance with the controversial mandate. If the government decides to collect those fines, choosing conscience over Caesar’s edict would prove crippling to the likes of Pius X in dioceses across the country.