Justice Dept. secretly uses FISA to access two months of phone records from AP reporters and editorsTues., May 14, 2013>>>First it's Benghazi, then its the IRS violating Federal law by targeting conservative political action groups with punitive scrutiny when they applied for 501(c)4 tax status. Now we learn the Dept. of Justice, using a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act [fisa] court-provided search warrant, seized telephone records not only of the office phones of AP reporters and editors, but their home phones and cell phone records as well. (While most Americans believe that FISA courts were created by George W. Bush, they were actually created in 1978 by Jimmy Carter.) The Patriot Act merely expanded the length of time a surveillance could be carried out, and increased the number of FISA judges from 7 to 11. The search perimeter for the AP "reach" was two months. A FISA court issued the warrant (which is like one federal agent approving an unconstitutional act that another federal agent wants to do).
While the DOJ sought the calls on more than 20 telephone lines going into AP offices in New York, Washington, DC and Hartford, Connecticut, the number of journalists who use those 20 lines total over 100 reporters and editors whose phone recordsboth business and residenceswere targeted. Included in the numbers tapped was the main number for AP journalists in the House of Representatives. The subpoena the DOJ used? It was served on the Associated Press on Friday, May 10long after the DOJ got the information they were looking for.
Once the Justice Department completed what likely is the most massive, unprecedented seizure of phone records between AP journalists and their news sources, they advised the AP what they had done. But they wouldn't tell the AP why they did it. The reason the DOJ didn't tell the AP what they were doing until they did it is that under constitutional law the government has to advise the subject of their investigation that they want his recordsand the reason they do.
They seek a search warrant from a Grand Jury or from a federal judge. In both cases, the Associated Press would have been told the DOJ wanted the records. If the Dept. of Justice was investigating what they believed were terrorists planning a strike against the United States and by telling them what their search warrant demanded, that the suspects would destroy the evidence, the court would exempt them from "warning" the suspect that he (it or they) was being investigated. But, I think Eric Holder, who denies culpability, knew without anyone with a brain (hard to find in the Obama Administration) so advising him, knew this was not the case.
However, as Obama officials have said in previous pubic testimony, the US Attorney in Washington, DC conducted a criminal investigation into who may have leaked information to AP journalists Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman about a foiled terrorist plot in Yemen on in the spring of 2012. (It is interesting how fast Obama classifies public domain information when it contradicts his rhetoric or might cost him votes.) The CIA stopped an al-Qaeda attempt to detonate a bomb on a plane bound to the United States. But in the long run, I suspect Obama's paranoid socialist lackeys are afraid of someone breaching Obama's transparency shield and revealing information about Obama that will turn the left against him, or trigger his impeachment in the GOP controlled House and his removal from office by a Democratic-controlled Senate. What would cause his allies on the left to do that? The only thing that comes to mind is treason.
When you consider the fighting words from AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt, that what the Obama Administration did was "...an unprecedented intrusion and serious interference with AP's constitutional right to gather and report the news," it's safe to say that, at least for the moment, the camaraderie between the media and the White House has ended. The AP reiterated that no information they secured and released for print compromised national security. They said a little bit more as well. "The Obama Administration," Pruitt said, "has aggressively investigated disclosures of classified information to the media and has brought six cases against people suspected of leaking classified informationmore than all previous presidents combined."
Forty-six year old Marotta, who saw the ad probably thought he was going to get to make his donation the old fashioned way, answered the ad placed by a lesbian couple, Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner, in 2009. They were seeking a sperm donor because the pair wanted to jointly become the mamas and the papas to a child of their own. I suspect when he answered their ad, Marotta didn't realize he was going to share his sperm in an empty pill bottle.. Wanting to help the lesbian couple, Marotta also wanted to make sure he protected himself from any paternity issues that would obligate him to make child support payments. Bauer, Schreiner and Marotta signed an agreement designed to relieve Marotta of any financial obligations to the couple's baby. Marotta waived all paternal rights to the baby and Bauer and Schreiner jointly and separately absolved Marotta of all paternal responsibilities. So much for legal clarity. Clearly the agreement was designed as a walk-away situation. The problem is, you just can't trust the State to let you walk away from anything. The Bauer-Schreiner baby is now 3-years old. But, mommy-daddy and daddy-mommy are no longer hyphenated partnersexcept in the newspapers, the court and the Kansas Dept. of Children and Families who don't see the threesome baby-making deal quite as uncomplicated as Marotta, Bauer and Schreiner did in 2009 when they signed their pax-paternity agreement.
Big Brother in Kansas, Missouri or anywhere else for that matter, couldn't care less who agreed not to hold whom liable for child support when mommy-daddy and daddy-mommy split up. The State knows it didn't cohabit with mommy-daddy or daddy-mommy. Which means someone elsea male with all the right God-designed body parts and an employer-designed paycheckgets to play daddy-daddy and write support checks even though he was only a passerby participant in the donor sperm scheme.
Angela de Rocha, a Department of Children and Families spokesperson told the Associated Press that agreements of that type between individuals are not legal. Nor are they valid which means donor-daddy is liable. For the agreement to be valid, a licensed attorney would have to draw up the legal documents, and the sperm insemination would have to have been performed by a licensed physician. The reason that sperm banks keep their donors anonymous, and why there are layers of lawyers between the sperm donor and sperm recipient. It's to prevent what happened to Marotta from happening to Marotta. I wonder if Marotta is going to include his new daughter on his Christmas list? Or does he think the thousand bucks a month he's going to be sending her for the next 15 to 19 years is enough of a gift? Wonder if Marotta still reads Craig's List?
Had William Marotta taken the time to do more than get free legal advise from Google, Bing or Yahoo, and actually paid for the advise of a real lawyer, he would have known that being a good Samaritan sperm donor not only in Kansas but in a dozen or so other States puts you at the head of the child support line if either mommy-daddy or daddy-mommy calls it quits.
State child support agencies prefer to beat men into the ground for support payments since they've been conditioned to believe that women, all by themselves, can't have babies. Maybe it's time for the 50 States to write a new chapter in their "Who Do You Blame For Impregnation?" handbook. The women, with Bauer playing the male role, used a homespun technique to achieve artificial insemination. They used a syringe filled with Marotta's sperm, which Bauer injected into Schreiner. Schreiner eventually became pregnant using this method. As much as Marotta could argue that he didn't have sexual contact with either woman, the DNA was screaming "Daddy-daddy." leaving the court to conclude that the biological evidence pointed to DNA Daddy-daddy regardless how the party-favors were distributed. The court ruled that Marotta had to repay the State of Kansas $6,000 (half of the $12,000 Kansas paid Schreiner) for child support. Somehow it doesn't seem right that Daddy-Mommy Bauer should get a pass since she's the one who impregnated Mommy-Daddyeven if she did it with Daddy-Daddy's eager little Olympic swimmers.
Who leaked the State Department secret to the Muslims in Benghazi and Cairo?Fri., Sept. 14, 2012>>>On Tuesday, Sept. 11 radical Muslim terrorists hit the US Embassies in Cairo, Egypt and Yemen after radicals attacked the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya where US Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Consulate IT Specialist Sean Smith and two former Navy Seals, Glenn Doherty and Tyrone Woods (who were employed by Blackwater Security, the private security firm that guarded the Consulate in Benghazi) were murdered. The attacks on American interests in the Mideast continued with the attack on US compound in Tunis, Tunisia followed by attacks on US Embassies and consulates throughout the Muslim world, including a German embassy in the Sudan. Embassies, by international accord, are construed to be the native soil of the nation whose flag flies over it. As such, the embassy and consulate guardsusually armed military or government police officers from that country guard the embassy officials and guests and, if necessary, protect the embassy or consulate personnel from an "invasion" by native radicals or extremists in the host nation. International law views the invasion of the sovereign soil of another nation to be an act of war.
The first US Embassy to be invaded by a host nation was the US Embassy in Tehran, Iran on Jimmy Carter's watch on November 4, 1979. One of the radical organizers of the "student protest" was Iran's current president, Mahmoud Abmedinajad (who has denied any participation in taking 63 American citizens hostage and holding them until 12:01 p.m. on Jan. 20, 1981, releasing them the moment Carter was no longer the President of the United States. The Muslim world held Carter in contempt for two reasons. First, he negotiated the peace accord between Egypt and Israel. Second, because he was a weak, indecisive man who, when he made a decision, he usually made the wrong one. The Muslim world had already sized up Carter's successor and knew Ronald Wilson Reagan would use the muscle of the United States to protect his nation. When you look at Reagan and Carter compared to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, Obama is a clone of Carter and Romney is as close as this generation is going to get to another Ronald Reagan.
If you recall, when Barack Obama launched his campaign for the presidency on November 21, 2007, he told his supporters that he was uniquely qualified to bring stability to America's relationship with the Muslim world because he was raised as a Muslim in an Islamic country, adding that "...the day I'm inaugurated, Muslim hostility will ease." The IslamistObamawas confident that his Manchurian Candidate-Islamofascist relationship with now deceased King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia would provide him with a type of insider-diplomacy no US president has ever had. Maybe it's because Saudi King Abdullah is now dead, or because Obama has provedas Washington Post columnist Matt Peterson noted in a recent op-ed column that "...years from now historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon that would cause men to wonder how...a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world's largest economy, direct the world's most powerful military, and be the executive officer of the world's most consequential job?" Peterson quoted Norman Podhoretz's comment that "...Obama is constantly blaming anything and everything else for his troubles...In short, he's a small-minded man with neither the temperament nor the intellect to handle his job."
Podhoretz and Peterson's opinion seems to be substantiated by what happened in Cairo, Tunis and Benghazi. Rumors surfaced before the attacks were launched that Egypt had warmed the US intelligence community that terrorist attacks against US diplomatic missions were imminent. The Jerusalem Post broke the story for the world at 4:58 p.m.hours before any of the attacks began.
According to ABC News, the Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen, the American Enterprise Institute and the anti-Obama Super Pac American Crossroads, Obama has skipped over half of his intelligence briefing from the CIA so, even though White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told the White House Press Corp there were no warnings, how would he know? His boss has been too busy campaigning to learn what the intelligence community knew. The question is: did Secretary of State Hillary Clinton know? And when did she know? And when did the Obama State Department order the US Marines who guard America's embassies around the globe to unload their weapons?
Although the Pentagon has denied reports on Marine blogs that the US Embassy refused to authorize service members to carry ammunition, the Obama State Department ordered the empty weapons. (If so, this incident will parallel the Clinton Administration's folly in Somalia in 1993 when US Rangers were assigned to capture a Muslim warlord, Mohamed Farrah Aidid, from his safehouse in Mogadishu. Defense Secretary Les Aspin took the political fallout when it was the Clinton co-presidency which decided that since the US troops in Somalia were part of a UN peacekeeping mission, they should not be there "armed to the teeth." Task Force Ranger did the drop in Mogadishuarmed only with side arms. Two Blackhawk helicopters were shot down. Eighteen American soldiers died because they were badly out-gunned, and 73 were woundedand Islamic extremists dragged the bodies of six dead US Rangers through the streets of Mogadishu.)
A Marine Corp Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Chris Hughes told the media that there were "...[n]o restrictions on weapons or weapon status have been imposed." Another Pentagon spokesman, George Little, told Time Magazine that "...with or without a weapon, Marines are always armed," adding that he had "...heard nothing to suggest they don't have ammo." Time Magazine's "Battleland" blog said that senior US officials refused to discuss security issues at either the Cairo embassy or the Benghazi consulate.
However, it appears that "invisible voices" within the Obama bureaucracy told The Blaze and NightWatch that the US Ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson, complied with the State Department edict and ordered the Marines guarding the Embassy to unload their weapons to prevent an incident with what is supposed to be a "friendly Islamic neighbor" if the protests turned ugly. Logic suggests Patterson had foreknowledge there was going to be an "incident" at her embassy and made sure she was in Washington when it happened. If that supposition is true, then it's likely that Ambassador Chris Stevens knew as well. His consulate, which is not an official diplomatic mission, is used primarily to issue visas and handle perfunctory bureaucratic crippycrap for the Obama Administration. It was not guarded by the US Marines. It was guarded by very small contingency from Blackwater Security, a PMC (private military company) who served as the Ambassador's body guards and a Libyan security detachment responsible for perimeter security. Former Navy Seals Glenn Doherty and Tyrone Woods were part of that detachment.
If the information contained in
this article is officially verified, all of those who had knowledge
that "incidents" against the United States of America
were staged to take place at various US Embassies around the
world, and ordered the US Marines or private security forces
to empty their weapons and stand down, thereby allowing terrorists
to invade American soil, each and every one of those official
needs to be impeached, removed from office, and charged with
high crimes against the United States of America. Since the
buck for foreign policy decisions constitutionally stops in
the Oval Office, the first articles of impeachment need to be
Over that same weekend GOP National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was asked by a liberal reporter if he was concerned about the nation's diversity given that his party is still viewed as largely white, largely rich, and largely male. Strangely, the left has been repeating that myth so long that a large slice of working class union voters shun GOP candidates for that reason. Even more strange, the left who created the myth, bought their own rhetoric. In reality the Jacobin princes of industry who formed the Republican Party in 1856 controlled the US government for 50 years. They jumped ship in 1896 and surreptitiously took over the Democratic Party. Today, the princes of industry fear the Grand Ol' Party which has become the Party of the Middle Class.
Priebus replied that Florida, New Mexico and Puerto Rico had prominent GOP Latino officials. Benan wrote that "...to say the elections of Marco Rubio, New Mexico governor Susana Martinez, and Puerto Rico governor Luis Fortuno was a real stretch since polls show Latino voters moving away from Republicans in droves."
Former 3rd term conservative Democratic Alabama Congressman Artur Davis seconded Barack Obama's nomination at the Democratic National Convention in 2008 only to be renounced by the Democrats for his conservatism. This year Davis, who switched parties, became a key speaker at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this year, becoming the first African American to make a key address at sequential national conventionsone Democratic and the other Republicanas a member of that party's Party.
As MSNBC "covered" the GOP convention (and I use the term "covered" in its most baseless sense) Rachel Maddow who was controlling the spin for the left in that time slot in Tampa became editor-in-chief of maintaining the GOWMP image of the GOP as the old white guy's party. If Mitt Romney had been the whole act at the nominating convention, the left's illusion that they are the "inclusive party" that cares for everyone would remain intact.
Maddow's assigned job on Tuesday appears to have been to change the subject whenever a minority, like Davis, or Mia Love (a black woman running for a US House seat in Utah), or Ted Cruz, the Latino GOP candidate running to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson [R-TX] spoke. When any minority GOP candidate or office holder was about to take the podium, Maddow changed the subjectthe MSNBC cameras left the front of the convention center to the MSNBC cubicle. And MSNBC anchor Maddow filled the time with small talk from her fellow leftwing talking heads: Chris Hayes, Chris Matthews, Steve Schmidt, Ed Schultz, or Al Sharpton, to make sure their leftwing audience never lost sight of the Old White Guys' party. To MSNBC's audience, the GOP was still just as white as the driven snow.
All though the convention Chris Matthews accused the old white guys' partyand Romneyof playing the "race card" when Romney commented that he was born in Michigan and had his birth certificate. "That cheap shot about 'I don't have a problem with my birth certificate,'" Matthews said, "was awful. It's an embarrassment to your party to play that card."
Here's the reality. If Romney's Article II birth status was even remotely in question, Obama , whose only genuine birth certificate is Kenyan when Kenya was called British East Africa, would not let a minute go by without some far left talking head suggesting the governor was not eligible to serve and should step down. Obama is grasping at straws at every turn. Obamawho by Executive Order has even barred anyone from securing his Indonesian elementary school records, forget Barry Soetoro's records from Occidental College where he purportedly applied for financial aid from a Fulbright Foundation Scholarship Program that is available only for foreign students.
In desperation, the Obama Administration is still harassing Romney to surrender ten years of his tax returns so the liberals can continue their treasure hunt in a futile attempt to find some little nugget they can use to make Mitt Romney look like Sen. Jay Rockefeller. Which makes me ask: why is it okay to be a Democrat whose family wealth exceeds a million Romneys? Why is it okay for that Democratic US Senator, a member of the wealthiest family in the world, to be so rich and the family's Standard Oil fortune so protected by tax exempt trust funds, that the Senator's only visible, measurable wealth comes from his share of the interest on that wealth and, of course, his pay as a US Senator? And, why is it evil for a Republican millionairewith a "M" and not a "Tr" before the zeroswho paid over $3 million in personal taxes after donating over $4 million to charities last year to have earned $20 million in 2011, but it's not evil for one of the richest Democrats in the world to shelter his wealth in tax exempt trust funds and foundations?
In closing, let me say that when you watch how ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC and PBS spin and slant the news to fit the views and agenda of the social progressive Obama White House, its easy to understand how the Fox News Channel trounced the networks and CNN and MSNBC on RNC coverage. The left still doesn't get it. The American people are smart enough to look at the TV screen and decide for themselves what they are looking at. They don't need anyone telling them what they are looking, and what it really means. But what no Americanon either side of the aislewants is either the left or the right editing live feed or video taped news to give the viewers a distorted and false picture of events that will influence our thinking.
Millions of Obama Twitter Followers Are FakeMon., Aug. 27, 2012>>>The New York Times reported that a new Web tool called Fake Follower Check by a London, England company, StastusPeople, has determined that over 70% of Barack Obama's 18.8 million (13.16 million ) Twitter followers don't exist. They were purchased. Buying fake followers, according to the New York Times "...is the worst kept secret in the Twittersphere." Very likely 70% of the 5.6 million that's left are simply made up or purchased from another source that Fake Follower Check can't identify. Rob Waller, the founder of StatusPeople," Fake accounts tend to follow a lot of people who only have few real followers. We combine that with a few other metrics to confirm the account is fake." Logic suggests that if the social media White House occupant had 5.64 million real Twitter followers he would have been be ecstatic. He has so many fans that a recent fundraiser his campaign held in Chicago was less than 50% sold out.
The Times referenced a comedian named Dan Nainan who will be appearing on this year's MDA Telethon, and who has performed at the White House. He appears to have millions of fans on Twitter and YouTube. "There's a tremendous cachet associated with having a large number," Nainan said, "When people see you have that many followers, they like (say): 'Oh, my goodness, this guy is popular. I might want to book him.' The number of Twitter followers I had in relation to how many people in the world know about me was woefully inadequate." So, for $424.15, Nainan boosted his Twitter follow count from about 700 to more than 220,000 fans on the black market. It proved to be the best four hundred bucks he'd spent. He got a gig at the White House.
Will Mitchell, founder of a marketing company called
Clear Presense Media, said he has bought more than a
million followers for his clients which include musicians, startup
entertainers, and a well-known actress with a stalled career
Or, it could be a stalled reelection campaign for a guy who's
all sales pitch and no substance. Seventy-one percent of Lady
Gaga's nearly 29 million followers are fake. The Obama
Campaign denies that it purchased fake followers, but the
reality is that an overwhelming majority of Obama's Twitter
followers don't exist. That's not surprising since in 2008 most
of his "common citizen donors" and, those who voted
for him, don't exist, either.
TARP, according to the political rhetoric, was supposed to buy up the foreclosed mortgages that were strangling credit and bankrupting both small business entrepreneurs and working class stiffs who were impacted by the lack of financial liquidity in the United States that was caused, initially, by the collapse of Indonesia's largest financial institution, Bank Century when it lost 6.7 trillion rupiah ($720 million). That bank failure came on the heels of the insolvency of Indonesia's central bank, Bank Indonesia a decade earlier. The money Bank Century lost was owed toyou guessed itAmerica's Wall Street banks who advanced them massive loans to modernize their infrastructure: roads and critical services to prepare them for the transnational princes of industry bringing the third world into the 21st centurywith American factories and American jobs.
The exporting of US jobs to the third world that began with the never constitutionally ratified North American Free Trade Agreement enacted by the 103rd Congress (which can be repealed since it's a law and not a treaty), created the economic mechanism that, combined with another Clinton-era law orchestrated by then community-organizer Barack Obama in Chicago that forced Illinois banks to make bad mortgage loans to minorities that Fannie Mae had agreed to underwrite. In 1999, Bill Clinton's Republican-controlled 106th Congress amended Public Law 95-128, 12 USC § 2901, Jimmy Carter's 1977 Community Reinvestment Act to reduce what that legislation called discriminatory credit practices against minorities in impoverished areasa banking practice known as "red-lining." The Clinton law, actually concocted by Republicans to curry favor from minorities voters, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, was officially known as The Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999. It forced banks to make home loans guaranteed by Fannie Mae to low income families who were not "sound financial risks" for mortgages. It should have been called "The Mortgage Industry Implosion Time Bomb Act of 1999" because the 106th Congress lit the fuse. It took six years for the economic time bomb to explode and for the American mortgage industry to implode.
TARP would have repaired the economy had the funds allocated to get the damaged mortgage assets off the books of the lenders and into the hands of the Resolution Trust Corporation been solidified by legislation and not just rhetoric. TARP should have freed up credit with local banks and averted most of the financial crisis in the United States with small mortgage lendersmany of whom were declared insolvent by the Federal Reserve System. Once declared insolvent, those banks were swallowed up by the same major Wall Street Banks who caused the problem, and who needed the cash reserves of the "declared bankrupt" banks to buffer their own liquidity as the Fed funneled the TARP money to banks they viewed as "too big to fail." Some of that money was used to buy "declared bankrupt" banks in the United States. Some of it was loaned to third world banks to keep them from going belly-up since, regardless of their size, no third world bank was viewed as "too big to fail."
In his book, Bailout: Why TARP Failed, Barofsky said that Washington used our tax dollars to abandon Main Street while rescuing Wall Street. Barofsky said when he got to Washington he "...saw that Washington had been hijacked by a small group of very powerful Wall Street Banks. They captured regulators ideology...and what I saw was TARP went from a program that was supposed to help Main Street reinvigorate the economy, restart the economy and help homeowners, turn into a program that really only served the financial elites on Wall Street."
While Barofsky admitted that, in part, TARP was supposed to plug up the leaks and prevent a gigantic financial collapse and restore confidence in the financial system, "...throwing a few billion dollars at the largest banks, plus trillions of dollars of other support, just to preserve what is essentially a broken status quo, that benefits really financial executives and institutions...that's why Congress and Treasury promised more. They promised the banks would take this money and use it to pour it into the economy and bring back the economic growth which hasn't happened because the way it was mismanaged." Congress promised. But TARP didn't get passed. The money was allocated, but the super majority Democratic Party under Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid in 2007 never created the legislative tools get the allocated funds from the Treasury into the hands of the Resolution Trust Company in order to help troubled homeowners.
Barofsky, who was appointed by Bush but arrived to assume his job after Obama took office, told CBS News that once you arrive in DC, you discover the "...capture in Washington is not Republican or Democrat. It crosses political barriersand, it's a major problem for this country." CBS defended Obama's use of TARP moneyand going back for $823 billion morenoting that Obama saved the auto industry.
Barofsky nodded, saying: "I was one of the first people outside of the Treasury bubble to say that...But you can't look at a program that narrowly. This program was supposed to do a lot more for the American people. And, it wasn't an accident. It wasn't happenstance. This was a series of choices. This was the choice not to deploy TARP funds to help Main Street, and to help homeowners. That's what they were supposed to do. That's what they promised to do...The housing program was supposed to spend $50 billion (to help homeonwers). They spent three. That means (the Obama Treasury Department) chose to spend more money to bail out American Expressa credit card companythan it did to deal with the foreclosure crisis that's holding our economy back."
Barofsky emphasized that TARP failed because of "...the horrific mismanagement of the program. And, the real question of what the program's goals really were." Barofsky pointed out that Obama Administration officials complained that Congress was stopping them when they weren't. Through mediocre management by Obama appointees, hundreds of billions of TARP dollars were simply left on the table and not spent to help homeowners.
Small Businesses Are Worried: Obamacare means no jobs and layoffs on top of no jobsMon., July 9, 2012>>>This is a press release from Congressman Jim Jordan, head of the Republican Study Group: Economic reports over the last few months have not been good, and I've heard from a number of small business owners who are very concerned about the future. (Obama's) health care law is a big part of the problem. As many employers explained to a news station in the D.C. area, ObamaCare "will mean not hiring new workers, not growing their business, and some say they'll just pay the penalty, rather than having to cover all of their workers." The same concerns were also voiced in this article, with multiple employers saying the law will lead to fewer full-time jobs and more temp and part-time work.
This law isn't affordable, it doesn't protect patients, and it isn't good for our economy. Those are three big reasons why the House of Representatives will vote again to repeal it later this week.
ObamaCare isn't the only obstacle to a healthy economy, though. Earlier today (July 9), ...Obama publicly demanded higher taxes on families and small businesses who already pay a 33% or 35% income tax rate. In what universe can politicians impose such a high tax rate and still accuse you of "not paying your fair share?" Not to mention, the people targeted by liberals are the exact people whose private investments and risk-taking create the kind of jobs America needs. Newsflash: raising taxes on job creators makes them less likely to create jobs.
The real impediments to job creation are...Obama and the Democrat-controlled Senate. Unless they move past their ideological belief that government spending, taxation, and regulation are the answers to every problem, we will all suffer the consequences. Congressman Jim Jordan, Chairman, Republican Study Committee.
(Note: the reference to the term "President" with respect to Obama has been deleted since Jon Christian Ryter's Conservative World pledged in 2008 not to address Obama by that title until he produced genuine, forensic-verifiable documents that prove he is an American citizen who is constitutionally eligible to seek and hold the office of President of the United States. With 181 days of the term of office of what should be the 44th President of the United States remaining, Mr. Obama has not yet satisfied the 1st Amendment right of the People of the United States to know who occupies the living quarters in the White Housebecause the federal courts of the United States have denied the American people their 1st Amendment legal voice to petition the courts for a redress of their grievances against Democrats who control the Dept. of Justice and the federal judiciary and who certified his eligibility.).
71-year old former Vice President Dick Cheney has a heart transplantMar. 24, 2012>>>In his book, "In My Time" former Vice President Dick Cheney noted that after much soul-searching he was not sure he would consider a heart transplant. He underwent a pacemaker, bypass surgery and even the the battery-powered heart pump that was installed in June, 2010 to help his left ventricular pump blood. But he said he was still not sure he would consent to a heart transplant, noting that when his own heart failed, he was prepared to die because he had a full, rich life. (But, these are things people who want to life say when they have given up hope of life after someone else's death.) After two years on the heart transplant list, a suitable donor heart became available and, on early Saturday, the heart transplant took place at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA. The former vice president, who has a history of heart diseased dating back to his first heart attack at age 37, received a new lease on life at age 71.
According the United Network for Organ Sharing, 332 people over age 65 received a heart transplant last year. Sadly, with Obamacare those statistics are going to change radically beginning next year. If there are any heart transplant recipients over 70 years of age next year they will either be politicians or their donors who are exempt from Obamacare, doctors, VIP Watermelons or other wealthy individuals. Transplants will simply not be available to the working class elderly if they have advanced cardiac disease (which is when you need cardiac surgery) according to an Ann Arbor, Michigan orthopedic surgeon, Dr. David Janda in a campaign speech he made for Dr. Rob Steele who was running against Congressman John Dingell [D-MI] on Oct. 13, 2010. In his speech he mentioned the Obama Rationing Board whose job it would be to deny healthcare procedures to "double dippers."
The task the rationing board, which I more honestly (and less politically-correctly) choose to refer to as the Death Board, was charged with establishing a formula based on [a] the cost of the treatment [b] divided by the number of the years the patient will benefit from the treatment and [c] an element factored into the equation but not in the physician's calculations that was based on the amount of money the prospective donor drains from the Social Security System verses the amount of tax dollars and/or consumer dollars he or she still contributes to the economy. If you believe the rationing of healthcare is not your next medical nightmare, think back to Friday (you know, the slow news day when all the bad news is reported because no one pays attention to the media going into the weekends) when several electronic news blogs reported, starting with a report by Illinois Policy.org that is urging the Supreme Court to strike Obamacare because children diagnosed with juvenile diabetes will wait over three months just to see a endocrinologist (diabetes specialist). Your wait time to get an X-ray shot and read could amount to a few weeks to a few months. Just hope what's on the film doesn't require immediate surgery, because just like Europe and Canada, your wait for a surgeon may take a year or moreproviding you are qualified (by the criteria above) for surgery.
According to Dr. David Janda, Obamacare created a multibillion dollar center to institute the decisions formulated by the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Research (that was buried not in Obamacare but in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act a full year before Obamacare was enacted. In other words, they created the board that will deny us benefits in order to euthanize us a year before they created the healthcare system that they claimed would keep us alive. Within that multibillion dollar center Obama created the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The National Coordinator will "...determine treatment at the time and place of care." That means," according to Dr. Janda, on Jan. 1, 2013 (right after Obama hopes you are stupid enough to reelect him, or like 2008, not catch him stealing 35 million votes) "...when a physician walks into a hospital room, his nurse or physician's assistant [PA] will have a little handheld computer. And, when the doctor makes the diagnosis on that patient, she will type it into that little handheld computer and the diagnosis will go to the National Coordinator's office and, while we are still in that room, the word will come back from Washington as far as the treatment and protocol for that patient." Dr. Janda noted that hospitals and/or physicians who fail to comply with the protocols ordered by the Coordinator will face penalties.
Dr. Janda quoted these same comments to a US House Committee, and asked them what it meantwhat were these penalties? He queried Congress if he received the government's protocol for a patient that he knew it was wrong, and did what he needed to do to heal or prolong the life of that patient would be punished? The unidentified Congressman said, "Yes." Dr. Janda replied, "You're telling me that I get paid twenty bucks to see that patient that you're going to fine me a hundred bucks?" Dr. Janda continued: "They looked at me and said, 'That's not going to make you hurt enough. Try a hundred grand for your first offense." Jokingly, Janda looked at the Congressman and said, "and if I do it again, which would probably be on the next patient because I am going to do what's right for my patient, are you telling me you're going to fine me again?" Very soberly, the Congressman replied, "No, Doctor. The second time, you're going to jail."
The American people need to understand that every nation on Earth that created an old-age pension system created a companion healthcare system. Not to prolong the lives of the pensioners, but to make sure they don't live long enough to enjoy their golden years. When Social Security was enacted the life expectancy of an American male was 58.1 years. To collect any of the benefits his taxes paid for, he would have to live 7 years longer than the doctors said he would. Medical science adds 2 to 5 additional years to a man's lifespan every decade as abortion-on-demand shrinks America's future taxpayers which means those eligible to collect benefits will so greatly exceed the number of taxpayers supporting them that the economic system will collapse if the number of elderly people draining the system are not eliminated. Rather than creating a system to provide the world's best healthcare to the American people, Obamacare was developed to save Social Security by expediting the deaths of the elderly double-dippers and young work-are welfare recipients who are draining a system that can no longer them, either.
McDonald's announced it will quit putting "pink slime" in their burgersFeb. 21, 2012>>>Have you figured out the "secret ingredient" that makes your Mickey D's Big Mac or Quarter Pounder taste so good? British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver did, and let the cat out of the bag in an episode of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. He derisively called that "yummy stuff" that brings customers back for a second Big Mac "pink slime." There is a non-food additive called ammonium hydroxide mixed with waste fat trimmings (which the burger industry calls "boneless lean meat trimmings." You call those meat trimmings "fat," or "suet.") The fatty beef offcuts from many different cuts of beef are ground into filler and mixed with leaner, low grade, generally tough cuts of beef to create the beef patties that Americans burger lovers know and love. That fat trimmings actually make the burger tastier. When busy Americans miss dinner, today's overweight consumer sometimes buys two of these mega-calorie treats with large fries and a diet soft drink.
But it wasn't just McDonald's who was adding boneless lean meat trimmings to the beef patties they serve their customers. This is one of those things where, in America, everyone's doing it. Seventeen percent of all meat products sold contain boneless lean meat trimmings. Even your local supermarket sells pink slime. Anyone who mixes those indigestible fat trimmings from steaks, roasts or other cuts of meet with what becomes high fat ground beef is doing it. The ammonium hydroxide, which is approved for human consumption by the USDA, is added to the waste fat to kill all sorts of bacteria (like E.coli and salmonella) that may be lurking in the fat trimmings. And, under USDA regulations, processors are not required to list ammonium hydroxide on the food label.
How many times have you brought home a bargain pound of 75/25 hamburger meat, and when you were frying up a couple of patties for a cheeseburger dinner, saw a thick pink ooze on the top of your burger? I know. You thought it was beef blood. In 94% lean meat, it is because there is virtually no fat in those burgers. (It's usually watery because supermarkets sometimes add weight to their cuts of beef by soaking them in water before packaging and weighing them. In tough times, it all about the bottom line.)
When you see a thick, pinkish ooze instead of bright red, slightly watery blood, you've been zapped with pink slime. When Oliver first revealed "pink slime" on his program, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, he asked a question: "Why would any sensible human being want to put ammonia-filled meat into their children's mouths?" that had to make executives at McDonald's quake. If that didn't, his final comment did. He said: "Basically, we've taken a product that would be sold as the cheapest form for dogs and after it's processed, give it to humans."
That raised a question in my own mind. Would I ever sit down
and eat a can of Alpo dog food for dinner? I don't think so.
US Department of Agriculture microbiologist Geral Zimstein
agreed with Oliver that the ammonium hydroxide agent
should be banned. It's been banned from human consumption in
the United Kingdom and Ireland for years. While Oliver
did not achieve his goal of having the USDA ban ammonium hydroxide
(and through a ban, relegating "boneless lean meat trimmings"
to the trash bin, or to pet food makers), he accomplished the
next best thingMcDonald's announced on Feb. 12, 2012 that
it will no longer use it as a filler. McDonald's action will
force the entire fast food industry in the United States to
do the same thing.
Is it okay for government to deceive consumers by photoshopping the ads they use to sway public opinion in order to alter "bad eating habits?" Jan. 26, 2012>>>When is false advertising "false advertising" and when is lying to manipulate the public to achieve acceptable behavior for New York City? Answer #1: in the view of the New York City Dept. of Health, which believes government has the right to regulate how you eat, to make a point the city not only has a right to deceive the public, it has an obligation to do it if moderates the eating habits of New Yorkers. Answer #2: Advertising fraud is fraud regardless who perpetuates it.
New York City just launched a provocative advertising campaign to scare New Yorkers into cutting down on their portion sizesor force restaurants to do so. The ad the New York City Department of Health created and is using (pictured on the right) depicted three soft drink containerssmall, medium and largewith the small container labeled "Then" and the large container labeled "Now." Probably a lot of truth in that imagery. The heading of the ad says: "PORTIONS HAVE GROWN. So has Type 2 Diabetes." Again, probably a lot of truth in the statement. At that point, for several reasons, truth and reality vanish. So much for government as a credible advertiser. Clearly, as America has painfully learned over the past 50 years you can't believe a word that comes from the mouth of a social progressive when he/she is running for office. Or assuring you that he/she is working in your best interest after winning, we now know you can't trust the appointed social progressive bureaucratic hack anymore than you can trust the elected hack.
Let's look at the ad again. The revelation came from MyEverydayHealth.com on Jan. 25. Only this time, let's look at the whole poster headline. "PORTIONS HAVE GROWN. So has Type 2 Diabetes, which can lead to amputations" No one with Type 2 Diabetes, which is treated with pillsusually sulfonylureas, biguanides, thiazolidinediones. meglitinides, dipeptidyl peptidase or alpha-glucosidase inhibitorsis ever at risk of having limbs amputated. In fact, there is now a pill that will prevent Type 2 diabetes in a majority of high risk patients (those who are obese or have family histories of diabetes). Patients with Type 1 Diabetes (those taking one form or another of insulin by injection) are very seriously at risk of the conditions that lead to the loss of fingers and/or toes, and in extreme cases, the loss of arms or legsor their life.
To sell that reality in an ad, it is incumbent on the New York City Department of health to find a "model" that is the victim of the tragedy they are attempting to projectthat obesity almost 100% of the time leads to diabetes. If obesity is not reversed, Type 2 diabetes will become Type 1 diabetes almost 100% of the time. And, if the patient does not take care of his/her Type 1 diabetes any better than he/she took care of his/her Type 2 diabetes, it's very likely their primary care physician or endocrinologist will be talking to them about the options of using chelation therapy to try to save an arm or legif gangrene has not set in. You might think about that on your next visit to your favorite 2,000 calorie fast food burger joint for a quick lunch. Take a tipdon't worry abut the size of the soft drink. Buy the one patty junior burger. No mayo. No fries. Now you can have the large soft drink.
If you absolutely have to buy a triple decker burger, go ahead. Need the fries, too? Jumbo king size? Fine. Buy them even though you could have gone to a sit-down family restaurant and had a balanced, home-cooked meal for the money. Okay. Got your meal? Don't sit down. Take it outside. Somewhere around the door you're going to find a homeless waif down on his luck (or at least posing like he is). Open the burger. Give him the three all-beef patties. You get the tomato ketchup and mustard drenched bun. If you're lucky, you get a slice of tomato and lettuce. The fries you had to have? Eat one. Give the homeless guy the rest. If he really is homeless, he needs the calories. You should feel good. You just did a good deed with minimal damage to your digestive system, your cholesterol and triglycerides.
Okayback to the New York City Department of Health. Afraid that they would be attacked by the city's restaurants by suggesting that eating hamburgers and French fries might make you fat, the city took what they thought would be the safe routepicking on watered-down fountain colas. Thomas Farley, the city's health commissioner told Reuters that they opted for "...these hard-hitting images because we really felt we needed to drive home a point that large portions are not completely benign." But, he said, the American Beverage Association which represents the soft drink manufacturers and distributors accused Farley's department of using scare tactics. When the New York Times discovered that not only was the city's "model" not an amputee, but that the agency which employed him never checked to find out if he was diabetic. In fact, according to the agency they had no idea who the model was because the photographer who shot his picture did not bother to log his identity. He was simply a "stock shot" in the photographer's portfolio.
The rules and laws
that apply to the masses must apply to government. If a free
market entrepreneur decided to photoshop a photograph because
digital enhancement would sell his products or services better,
not only would the FDA or some other agency of the federal government
be after him, so would a half dozen State, county and municipal
government agencies. But, in New York, John Kelly, a
spokesman for Thomas Farley, pushed criticism aside,
ignoring the fact that they fabricated a diabetic amputee who
did not exist to sell the fear they were peddling that day,
said "...sometimes we use individuals who are suffering
from the particular disease. Other times we use actors."
I'm surprised he didn't just say, "We don't want to
exploit the handicapped to make the public realize that it could
be them, so we use actors"
ATF wants to regulate Chore Boy pot scrubbersDec. 17, 2011>>>On Dec. 14, 2011 David Codrea of the Gun Rights blog for the Examiner.com released a copy of a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms [ATF} opinion letter in which the firearms regulatory agency has construed the right to regulate Chore Boy® copper cleansing pads, fiberglass insulation and, of course, 14" shoelacesif consumers buy too much.
The ATF assumes the right under the US Code to warn consumers that "stockpiling" copper scouring pads can legally be construed as a violation of the National Firearms Act 18 USC 92[a] because Chore Boy® can, and with provocation will, be considered an essential component of a gun silencer. As such, the ATF believes the federal government has a right to regulate the use of Chore Boy® copper scouring pads by restricting your right to buy multiple boxes of copper scouring pads at your neighborhood supermarket and too much Fiberglas insulation at your local home improvement store. If you are surprised that the ATF would assume the right to regulate Chore Boy® copper scouring pads, remember this is the same agency that tried to regulate 14" shoelaces as a machine gun-making "component" on Sept. 30, 2004.
On that date the ATF responded to a Feb. 6, 2004 letter from a Brian A. Blakely. The ATF was asked about the legality of using a small piece of string to increase the cycling rate of a semiautomatic rifle. Sterling Nixon, then the Chief of the Firearms Technology Branch responded by telling Blakely that any weapon that can be retrofitted to automatically fire more than one shot without physically pulling the trigger according to the National Firearms Act, 26 USC § 5845(b) is construed to be a machine gun. In 1996, the FTB classified a 14" shoelace with a loop at each end that was used to convert a semiautomatic rifle into a machine gun as a machine gun component as defined by 26 USC § 5845(b). Modifying a weapon by any person who is not a licensed gun manufacturer is a violation of law.
The Blakely inquiry dealt with a question concerning the repairing of a legal, registered silencer, and the repairing and/or replacing of the gas/sound-absorbing material in the silencer. The silencer could be repaired with a dollar's worth of fiberglass insulation and a few scraps of a copper Chore Boy. John R. Spencer, the current head of the Firearms Technology Branch of the ATF responded by saying that anyone except a licensed gun manufacturer repairing a silencer would be a violation of federal law. The proper procedure, Spencer advised, would be for the owner of the registered silencer to submit an application to the ATF and pay a $200 fee. In addition, he would also have to submit a "no marking" variance to the FTB since there would be no space on the silencer in which to apply a new serial number to the newly-added sound-absorbing material. Spencer also advised Blakely that it would not be legal for the owner of the registered silencer to "...have a stockpile of sound-absorbing materials for his own use in replacing deteriorated sound-absorbing material."
In March, 2010 a Cornelius, Oregon store owner, Brad Morgan and his son Ben discovered that a shipment of Airsoft BB pistols they ordered from Taiwan were seized by the Obama Administration's ATF agents in an Oct. 30, 2009 raid in Tacoma, Washington. The BB guns, which were worth $12,000 were slated for destruction because ATF Special Agent Kevin Crenshaw said "...[w]ith minimal work it could be converted to a machine gun." In reality, the ATF seized the BB guns because they were missing the blaze orange tips which are required on all imported toy guns. Ben Morgan disagreed with Crenshaw, saying "...[t]o say these are readily convertible to machine guns is absolutely preposterous. The round wouldn't go into the firing chamber, and even if the firing pin did strike the primer, the gun would basically blow up in your face."
Last October the Obama Administration's State Department barred the Republic of South Korea from returning tens of thousands of refurbished surplus M1 Garand rifles to the US consumer market by classifying the semi-automatic WWII and Korean War-era rifle as a threat to public safety in the United States. A Dept. of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms document uncovered by the Examiner's gun rights writer, David Codrea, revealed the ATF's alarm over the fact that the rifle that won World War II would not be regulated any more than any other firearm sold in America. Somehow that bothered the bureaucrats in the US government who are in bed with the globalists trying to impose a global ban on the private ownership of all firearms in the world in order to subdue all populations and make them serfs of the overlords of Utopia.
In May, 2009 the State Dept. approved South Korea's request to sell 87,301 M1 Garand rifles and 770,160 M1 carbine rifles to US gun distributors f or commercial resale in the United States. The Obama ATF contacted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and advised her that the White House felt that such a large stock of rifles "...poses a threat to public safety in the United States." In other words, the White House said "no."
But they actually didn't say that. What the ATF saidsupposedly looking out for the profits of the retailersis that the transfer of so many weapons would raise the number of guns available and lower the price (based on too large of a supply), making them more readily available, and cheaper. On top of that, the ATF said, the M1 rifles "...may be legitimately sold, trafficked or otherwise transferred. The only controls are the ones in the Gun Control Act of 1968 and, while these controls require federal firearms licensees to keep records, and place some restrictions on their firearms sales...very few records are required to be provided to the ATF, and ATF is specifically prohibited from maintaining any form of firearm registry." They further argued that anyone who can purchase seven separate parts for the M1and install them correctlycould probably convert the carbine into a machine gun.
"Could," "probably." The odds of the average deer hunter doing that are about as good as the Mortons converting BB guns into a live ammo-firing weapon, or converting a carbine into a machine gun with a common, ordinary 14" shoelace. What bothers the Obama Administration, I suspect, is the thought of having about a million military-trained conservative civilians armed with military-grade weapons when Obama or some other social progressive decides to surrender the United States to the UN.
Pakistan has banned the name "Jesus Christ" as an obscenityNov. 19, 2011>>>Charisma News.com reported that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has just issued a new list of words that it considers to be so obscene they are construed to be pornographic in the Muslim world. The PTA ordered mobile phone companies to begin screening cell phone use and block text messages that contain any of 1,109 English words and 586 Urdu words by Nov. 21, The global eradication of the Son of God from the lips of mankind in the Muslim-friendly world begins on Monday.
In what was termed to be an "unofficial" correspondence from the PTA to those outside of the Muslim world, and what can only be construed as a very official mandate to the believers within Islameven outside the borders of Pakistanthe letter reiterated that "...the transmission of harmful, fraudulent, misleading, illegal or unsolicited messages in bulk to any person without the express permission of the recipient can be banned. Free speech," the PTA said, "can be restricted in the interest and glory of Islam."
Charisma News noted that although many of the words on he banned list are legitimately obscene or pornographically-suggestive, including the name of Jesus Christ among the most tasteless words in the world, Charisma said, "...is leading some to question Pakistan's motives."
In Pakistan last year 29 Christians were martyred for their faith. Four others were sentenced to prison for blasphemy. In 2010 a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy. Fifty-eight Christians were kidnapped and over 100 were beaten but survived. When a tsunami hit Indonesia in August, 2010 following an 7.7 earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, the world sent relief to Indonesia. The Islamic government discriminated against Christians by denying them aid..
FBI investigating strange graffiti on Southwest Airlines 737sSept. 22, 2011>>>Aircraft graffiti on both the outside skin and in the cargo bins is quite common in the United States. Typically aircraft graffiti is done by ground crews at one airport taking jabs at the ground crews at another airport, at other airline employees, supervisors or senior managementparticularly during union negotiations when most of the graffiti is either pro-union or anti-management.
But not in the case of the strange graffiti that has been appearing on the underbellies of several of Southwest Airlines 737 aircraft that began showing up in February of this year. The markings appear to be words written in Arabic, or at least appear to be Arabic symbols which taggers have written on the exterior of the airplanes. Public statements made by a Southwest Airlines spokesperson adamantly stress the markings pose no threat to travel and that the situation appears to be an "internal one." The consensus at Southwest is that the vandalism was done by "employees joking around." In their statement to ABC15 in Phoenix, Arizona, Southwest dismissively minimized the incidents saying that they believe the problem is the result of activities of one or more employees who have access to the planes while they are parked at the gate. A Southwest internal memo say the messages or Arabic symbols were written in thick dirt and soot which, the airline added, can easily be washed off.
That assessment is at odds with a Huffington Post reports, which may be why the FBI and the Transportation Security Administration entered the investigation. While the FBI will investigate any form of graffiti if the taggers leave terrorist threats, it appears what brought the FBI into the investigation were the markings themselves. KNX 1070 Radio] in Los Angeles reported that the graffiti which concerned the FBI were not finger smudging in thick dirt or soot, but words and/or letters applied with a chemical that are apparently invisible to the eye until an auxiliary power unit is turned on and heats up the outside skin of the aircraft in flight, revealing the words or symbols. CBS Los Angeles, which owns KNX 1070 said they are not sure how many aircraft are involved.
Michelle Obama disrespects flag folding at the WTC MemorialSept. 11, 2011>>>When Michelle Obama officially kicked off her role in her husband's 2012 Democratic campaign in a speech to the Democratic National Committee's liberal Women's Leadership Forum on Thursday, May 21, 2011, she stood in front of a backdrop of patriotic red, white and blue. The colors of freedom. The American flag. The symbol that men and women have fought forand died. The flag workswhen she is the centerpiece of the display, since all the flag represents to herwindow dressing . On Sept. 11, on the 10th Anniversary of the World Trade Center disaster, as she stood waiting impatiently for the hoopla to get over and her celeb moment to begin after the flag folding to the sound of bagpipes to honor the fallen on 9-11. Caught on video by Fox News, Michelle Obama leaned towards her husband and, according to someone who read lips, appears to say: "All of this just for a flag?" Then, she pursed her lips and shook her head as her husband nodded in agreement.
Michelle Obama, you will recall, told the world she had never had occasion to be proud of America. Her statement, made on Feb. 17, 2008 was: "For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country." (She really wasn't then, either since her statement was merely a "pitch" for change in AmericaObama's move away from free market democracy to Marxism. A couple months after expressing her contempt for America, Michelle Obama made her famous May 5, 2008 Trinity United Church of Christ audio-taped "whitey" speech, referring to the middle class White community of the United States as racist. Her husband is cut from the same cloth. If you recall during his election campaign there was a flap about American flag lapel pins, with Obama's campaign opting from wearing them because "it offended some people."
Defending his action, the far left mainstream TV media did the same. TV newscasters on ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and NBC shunned American flag lapel pins. Obama went a step farther by designing his own "American" logo that emblazoned the tailfin on his rented campaign jet. On the tailfin is where the flag of that plane's registration is generally found (just like the flag that flies on ships-at-sea. Obama's "country-of-origin" based on his 'flag" is about the most honest statement he has made since becoming part of the public persona of Americazero. He has no "public" country of origin. The Canadian conspiracy citizenship claims notwithstanding, Obama was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia.
in his role (regardless how he got there) as a chief executive,
understands the pomp and circumstance that goes with the job.
Michelle Obama, whose waking moments are reportedly centered
only upon her own celebrirty status, doesn't understand that
the official respect shown to her is not about her. It's about
her role based solely on the consequence of marriage. The respect
shown her is respect Americans show for the First Family of
the United States (regardless how they got there). But while
they are there, in the White House, they need to show respect
for the American flag and for the American people.
The wind turbines proved to be a green flop. On the afternoon of Aug. 2, 2011, when electricity demand hit 67,919 megawatts, the maximum output ERCOT could pull from their expensive green experiment was 1,500 megawatts of electricity, or 2.2% of the demand even though the designers of the system assured Texas that it would deliver 15% of peak demand. In four days in August when demand set records in Texas, the Texas wind turbines contributed, respectively, 1%, 2%, 1% and 1% of the demand. Wind turbine advocates promise the extremely expensive technology will produce energy at a rate of 25% to 30% of capacity because as the technology was developed the turbines were always constructed in areas where wind speeds averaged 20 miles per hour or higher. Add to the reality the fact that the environmentalists who champion green science exaggerate the effectiveness of their product, and understate the cost to develop it.
The Texas wind turbine system cost federal and State taxpayers $25 billion to date ($17 billion to install the wind turbines and $8 billion for the transmission lines to carry the new energy to waiting consumers across the State during the dog days of summer). And, for $25 billion, the turbines can't keep the home air conditioners pumping cool air because the greenies failed to reveal something they learned when they developed and tested their green science secretwhen power demands are highest (during the daylight hours) wind turbines are the least effective. They work best in the middle of night when electricity demand is at its lowest. Holland began experimenting with wind power a decade ago under a "green edict" to slowly begin to replace their existing carbon fuel electricity generating plants with alternative energy sources. Wind turbine energy proved to be so unreliable that what negligible amount of electricity Holland produces it sells to its neighbors.
In February of this year the London Daily Mail called England's £250 billion experiment in wind energy "the greatest scam of our age," The Mail said, "...the 350 foot monstrosity above the M4 (highway) outside Reading...performed so poorly that the £130 thousand subsidy the government gave the owners for cheap energy development was more than the £100 thousand of very expensive electricity it produced." The Mail noted that "...wind turbines are so expensive that Holland became the first country to Europe to abandon its EU renewable energy target...Wind tunnels are so unpopular that our own government has just offered bribes to local communities, in the form of lower council tax and electric bills."
The Mail concluded its piece by noting that "...the Most glaring dishonesty peddled by the wind industryand echoed by gullible politiciansis to exaggerate the output of turbines by deliberately talking about them only in terms of their 'capacity,' as if this was what they actually produce. Rather, its the total amount of power they are capable of producing..." if the wind levels are strong enough and consistent enough to let the turbines operate 100% of the time at capacity. In the real world, that does not happen. Wind, of course, blows at varying speeds, so the turbines produce only from 2% to 22% of "capacity."
Wind power, the Mail noted, is "...a preposterously expensive way to produce electricity. No one would dream of building wind turbines unless they were guaranteed a huge government subsidy..." since that is the only way the wind energy company would make money. "It is," the Mail reiterated again, "...one of the greatest scams of the age." Oh, and by the way, the London Daily Mail is one of England's more liberal newspapers.
TSA Threatened to stop all air flights to Texas if Groping Bill Passed Texas LegislatureMay 28, 2011>>> Forbes Magazine reported on May 25 that the Transportation Security Administration [TSA] has arrogantly threatened to cancel all flights in and out of Texas by shutting down all airports in that State if a Texas bill that criminalizes TSA pat-downs that include touching the anus, sexual organs, buttocks or breasts of another person through their clothing. Under the Texas bill, these forms of "groping" will become misdemeanors under law, allowing Texas law enforcement officers to arrest TSA officials and charge them with sexual harassment. The penalty for sexual groping by "search agents" (i.e., screeners) for the government would be a fine of up to $4,000 and a year in jailper offense.
The legislation was triggered by an intrusive TSA full-body pat-down of 2003 Miss America Susie Castillo in the Dallas-Fort Worth in a connecting flight to Austin airport from Rio de Janeiro where she hosted a red carpet premiere for the movie "Fast Five." When she refused to go through the strip search X-ray scannerafter being specifically directed to that line by TSA officialsshe was told she would be required to undergo an intrusive full body pat-down if she did not go through the full body scanner. Castillo explained that as a frequent flyer she feared the constant radiation from the full body X-ray scanners. That was why she chose the line where travelers were receiving noninvasive back-of-the-hand pat-downs.
After opting out of the strip search scanner, Castillo followed a female TSA security agent to the "pat down" area. Since she had the "back-of-the-hand" pat-down at LAX when she flew to Rio, she knew she could endure it again. Only this pat-down had very personal touching contact with her breasts and vagina. Castillo noted that in the pat-down at LAX, the screener never touched any "private part." The DFW screener touched the private areas of her body four times.
When Texas responded with a law to criminalize "cheap feels" by TSA screeners, the TSA responded with a comment on the TSA Blog on May 14, 2011 with an arrogant comment that Texas needed to keep its hands off federal law. "The Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution (Article VI, Clause 2) prevents States from regulating the federal government." The 9th and 10th Amendments prevent the federal government for assuming for itself authority not specifically granted to it by the Constitution. The Constitution does not give Congress the right to grant power that it does not, itself, possess under its own franchise in the Constitution. Congress' right, and therefore the rights of the Executive Branch are limited to the search perimeters detailed in the 4th Amendment.
When the Texas House enacted Texas House Bill 1937, the measure introduced by State Senator Dan Patrick appeared likely to speed through the Texas Senate as well. Instead, on May 25 a letter from the Department of Justice was hand-carried to the Texas Legislature by TSA officials. The DOJ warned the State of Texas that if they enacted the law, it would send a signal to the Justice Department that the Lone Star State was not fully complying with "aviation safety standards," and the TSA would then have the authority to shut down all airports in Texas. (Keep in mind, this was not the binding legal opinion of a federal judge, this was the nonbinding, non-legal view of a DOJ bureaucrat following the orders of the Obama Administration.)
As the TSA got tough, Texas State Senator Patrick told the Texas Tribune that "...I don't cave in to heavy-handed threats by the federal government." But when the letter arrived from the DOJ, he caved in to mounting pressure from his peers and withdrew the legislation. In an editorial in the Washington Times, former US House Select Committee on Homeland Security spokesman Richard Diamond stated that "...the Texas legislature needs to grow a backbone. A State that prides itself on its independent...ought not to be easily cowed s the upper chamber was on Wednesday. When the time came for a vote to hold the TSA accountable for its despicable airport screening practices, it only took a scary letter from a Department of Justice bureaucrat to convince enough senators to hoist the white flag." I suspect that none of the ancestors of the sitting Texas Senate fought at the Alamo.
On May 25, far right Internet blogger Alex Jones led a boisterous crowd of about 100 protesters into the State Capitol Building around 3 p.m. and proceeded to the House chamber where the Jones crowd was told that the House had passed the measure and that it failed to get through the Senate. The protesters then proceeded to the third floor Senate gallery on the other side of the Capitol Building. By the time they arrived they were blocked by Texas State Troopers. They stood outside the visitors' gallery chanting "Cow-ards, cow-ards; trea-son, trea-son," and calling State senators and the Lt. Governor and Senate President, David Dewhurst, who killed the TSA Groping Bill after Patrick withdrew it, "federal pimps" and "scalawag trash," as they promised to vote them out of office in 2012.
The protesters should have circled their wagons around the White House, not the Texas legislature. It was, after all, Obama's Brown Shirts at the TSA and his appointed Black Shirts in the Department of Homeland Security under a blanket of protection from the Patriot Act, who arbitrarily decided that what can only be described as the sexual assaulting of American citizens was a prerogative they actually possess.
assumes power it does not constitutionally possess it is constitutionally
incumbent on the people to resist that tyranny. In the Federalist
Papers 28, Alexander Hamilton (writing under the pseudonym
Publius) claims that the rights of the People to defend
themselves against any unlawful infringement of the government
is "original" (meaning it existed as a right
before the formation of the State, and is a preeminent right).
Hamilton said that since man's right to self-defense
cannot be taken from them, that right will always be a means
of controlling those by whom they are governed. In the United
States if elected leaders betray their constituents, the People
have an inherent right to divest those representatives of their
"artificial strength of government." Also affirming
the right of the People to resist and oppose a belligerent government
that exceeds the authority granted it by the Founding Fathers
in the Founding Document, are Federalist Papers 10, 16, 46,
54 and 60." These documents were written by Hamilton,
James Madison and John Jay, the first Chief Justice
of the US Supreme Court.
In an op-ed piece in the Washington Post on April 2, Richard Goldstone, a South African judge who chaired the UN Fact Finding Mission to investigate the Israeli-Hamas conflict and produced the reported named after him, said "If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document."
The Israeli government did not cooperate with the UN Fact Finding Mission solely because the UN Human Rights Council, which ordered the investigation, has a longstanding bias against Israel. The report concluded that both Israel and Hamas had committed war crimes in the 22-day conflict and asked both to initiate probes into approximately 400 reported incidents. In his op-ed piece, Goldstone praised the Israeli government for investigating the allegations against them. Hamas, he noted in his op-ed piece, did nothing.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who oversaw the conflict with Hamas, said that Goldstone needed to share his newfound views with the international community, adding that "...we always said that the IDF was a moral army. Judge Goldstone needs to publish his present conclusions before all international bodies where he published his distorted report."
In this one instance it appears that had the Israeli government and the Israeli Defense Forces cooperated with Judge Goldstone's investigation, the Goldstone Report would likely have only condemned the actions of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
I agree with Barnett's second statement. We are moving into a different kind of world. It's called global cooling. Don't expect the scholastic global warming ecowackos to acknowledge global cooling just because the US Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, on Feb. 27, 2008, reported that global cooling was currently underway. While the environmentalists were decrying what they called "Earth's fever" to fan global warming fears as their political allies on the left on Capitol Hill pushed hard in 2008 to enact Cap & Trade legislation that would allow "friends of the left" to get rich buying and selling carbon credits.
Senator Jim Inhofe's Environment & Public Works press blogger, Marc Morano quoted a Daily Tech report which cited anecdotal evidence that the planet has entered a cooling phase. China has been experiencing its coldest winters in 100 years. Baghdad reported snow for the first time in recorded history. Temperatures lingered around freezing and the Baghdad airport was closed due to poor visibility. Baghdad residents admitted the only snow they had ever seem prior to that morning was in movies. North America had the most snowfall in 50 years, with Wisconsin recording the highest levels of snow since record-keeping began. Record cold spells occurred in Florida, Minnesota, and Texas; and in Australia, Chile, Greece, Greenland, Iran, Mexicoand the thickness of Antarctic sea ice (which the ecowackos claim is thinning so much that the Antarctica ice sheet is in danger of disappearing. The list of cooling ranges from 0.65°C up to 0.75°Ca value large enough, the Daily Tech reported, to wipe out most of the warming recorded over the past 100 years. All of this occurred in one year, and it is the single fastest temperature change ever recordedeither up or down.
Scientists linked the cooling to reduced solar activity which they noted is the primary driver of climate change. The scientist at all four global temperature tracking outletsHadley, NASA's GISS, UAH and RSSaffirmed that while science has not proved that carbon dioxide is responsible for warming the planet, evidence now exists to prove that reduced solar activity is now cooling it.
Dr. Kenneth Tapping, a solar researcher and project director for Canada's National Research Council predicted a new ice age on Feb. 9, 2008. Tapping is worried about the sun. The sunspot activity that was the hallmark of Solar Cycle 24 has all but vanished, and activity is conspicuously quiet. The last time this happened was between 400 to 700 years ago when a solar event known as a Maunder Minimum happened and the world entered into what became known as the "Little Ice Age." During the Little Ice Age, global temperatures dropped sharply and glaciers in Norway grew up to 100 meters a year, destroying farms and villages. Norse Icelandic Vikings settled Greenland in the late 10th century. Climate change, brought on by the Little Ice Age, which began around 1300 changed the fortunes of the Vikings By 1378, almost all of the the Vikings were gone. By the 1500s the climate in Greenland was dangerously inhospitable, and only a handful of Arctic Induit Indians remained.
In 2005, Russian astronomer Khabibullo Abdusamatov predicted that the sun would soon peak, triggering a rapid decline in world temperatures. In 2008, his views were echoed by Dr. Oleg Sorokhtin, a fellow at the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, who advised the world to "...stock up on fur coats." Sorokhtin, who affirmed that man's contribution to climate change amounted to a "drop in the bucket," said that we will hit a "solar minimum" by 2040, and the icy weather would last until 2100 or beyond.
Confirming the Russian findings is Dr. Timothy Patterson, Director of the Geoscience Center at Carleton University. Patterson's research has also centered on the correlations between solar fluctuations and weather and the relationship, he said, which does not exist between CO2 and climate change. Patterson's research, he noted, shows "...the sun is the ultimate source of energy on this planet."
In 1991, the Danish Meteorological Institute released a study showing that world temperatures over the past several centuries correlate very closely with solar cycles. A post-2004 DMI study further corroborated their 1991 study adding a key weather factorthe sun's magnetosphere which shields the Earth from more cosmic rays which act as "seeds" for cloud formation. The less clouds, the warmer the planet. When the seed field weakens, cloud layers increase, reflecting more light back into space, causing the Earth to cool.
This is the type of thing geoengineering would do artificially, creating the same side effects the geoengineers and econuts are talking about to cool a planet which is already cooling too fast on its own. National Academy of Science president Ralph Cicerone, a climate advisor to former Vice President Al Gore, Jr., and a "climate realist" according to the leftwing Center for American Progress, insistswithout evidencethat the world's average temperature will increase by 3° to 7° by the end of the century, making such drastic measures necessary. All of this as the world is very rapidly cooling.
Once again greedy
men, in a hurry to promulgate a Cap & Trade profit center
to enrich the envirosocialists are advocating Cap & Trade
as necessary to save the world from itself, are really advocating
for trillions of dollars in fines and taxes which will be paid
by the middle classes in the industrialized nations in the form
of higher energy and commodity prices as the princes of industry
and barons of banking speed up their efforts to redistribute
the wealth of industrialized nations to the emerging nations
which they now call "home." Global warming is not
only a myth, it isand always has beena deliberate
fraud, fabricated for obscene profit by greedy men with the
ability to create the punitive laws of the industrialized nations
because they own the votes of the lawmakers who theoretically
write the laws which are actually written by the lobbyists of
the princes of industry.
The statement, buried at the end of a Dec. 22, 2010 State Dept. news release entitled "Consular Report of Birth Abroad Certificate Improvements," said: "These improvements are being made to provide a gender neutral description of a child's parents and in recognition of different types of families." In the old passport application, the form asks for the "Father's Place of Birth" and the "Mother's Place of Birth." The purpose of tagging the blurb on the politically correct terminology switch into a news report that just about no one was ever going to read was to comply with federal law which required the posting while trying hard to keep it under the public radar screen since Resident Barack Obama is now pretending he's a political moderate in a changing political landscape. If he had managed to keep the terminology change in the US passport from the 99+% of the American people who are heterosexual (statistics from the 2000 US Census), Obama could have scored points from the less than 1% of the population that admits to being homosexualparticularly after his congressional repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
The new forms, which cannot yet be accessed by the public, will be available online on Feb. 1, 2011. Instead of the old verbiage, the form will ask for "Parent One's Place of Birth" and "Parent Two's Place of Birth" since "daddy" may actually be a "mommy" and "mommy" may actually be a "daddy." The Washington Post called the new policy a win for gay rights groups which were financially generous to Democrats in the Election of 2008.
It is still unclear whether similar changes will be forthcoming in all federal documents. Very likely that will depend on two things: public outcry and the adamance of Republicans to restore the passport status quo. An announcment made by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009 suggests the passport terminology change is likely the opening salvo fired across the bow of the USS United States that will lead to a lethal barrage aimed at legalizing homosexual marriage by regulation. Clinton announced that "partners" of homosexual American diplomats who be eligible for spousal benefits.
If you recall, in June, 2000 Hillary Clinton became the first wife of a sitting president to march in a Gay Pride parade. In a speech she made in June, 2010, Clinton said "...the United States is elevating the [gay rights] dialogue with other governments, and conducting public diplomacy to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons."
Sprague said, "The words in the old form were mother and father. They are now 'parent one' and 'parent two.'" She told the media that the decision by the Obama State Department to change the language was not an act of "political correctness"although the change was lobbied hard by the gay rights group, Family Equality Council, and they were quick to issue a statement when the announcement was made.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council blasted the Obama-Clinton policy as a reflection of "...the topsy-turvy world of leftwing policial correctness." Perkins continued, adding that only in the world of smoke and mirrors "...is it considered an improvement for a birth-related document to provide less information about the circumstances of that birth. This is clearly designed to advance the cause of same-sex marriage and homosexual parenting without statutory authority." Perkins added that this policy decision "...violates the spirit, if not the letter, of the Defense of Marriage Act," (the federal law that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman).
Rosemary Macray of the State Department of Consular Affairs which issued to Consular Report of Birth Abroad Certificate Improvements," shrugged off allegations of leftwing political correctness by Perkins and others and described the terminology implant as nothing more than an "...unremarkable tweak." Nothing could be farther from the truth. Macray dismissed the terminology change by suggesting the only thing the public is concerned about is not the legitimizing of homosexuality, but the cost to transition the forms. "It's not going to really involve any expense to taxpayers," she said, ending her statement.
"Changing the term mother and father to the more global term of parent," Jennifer Chrisler, Executive Director of the Family Equality Council told Fox News, "allows many different types of families to be able to go and apply for a passport for their child without feeling like the government doesn't recognize their family. Our government needs to recognize that the family structure is changing. The best thing that we can do is support people who are raising kids in loving, stable families."
Chrisler's world view "reality" is warped by the prism of homosexuality. With the tons of gay rights advocacyfunded by billions of dollars of taxpayer moneyand the efforts by social progressive educators in the taxpayer-funded public school system promoting homosexual sex as a normal and acceptable lifestyle, as well as an intelligent alternative to abortion, Chrisler appears to be pretending that the statistics which affirm that less than 1% of the population is homosexual or lesbian are fantasies of the homophobic right when, in fact, the numbers come from the 2000 US Census. The question was inserted by the Clinton Administration's Commerce Department on the belief the statistics would verify what the left has been touting for years: that somewhere between 10% to 20% of the American population is gay. When the statistics verified what Christian groups had been saying for decadesthat the homosexual-lesbian population in the United States was only around one half of one percentthe unsupported claims of the purveyors of perniciousness notwithstanding, the media chose to ignore the "hard prove" on just how many people actually were homosexuals or lesbians.
The slain officers were all wearing bulletproof vests when Clemons approached them from behind and opened fire. One of the officers managed to unholster his weapon and returned fire before collapsing. It was believed by other customers in the coffee shop that Clemons was hit by the return fire from the officer.
Police said Clemons was returning to the parked stolen car, whose hood was raised and the engine, which had been hot-wired, was running. A lone Seattle officer had stopped to check out the car when he spotted and instantly recognized Clemons from the bolo which had been posted two days earlier, as he approached the vehicle. The officer ordered Clemons to stop and show his hands. When Clemons bolted, the officer fired several rounds, taking Clemons down. He was alive at the scene but died in custody a short time later. Had Huckabee not commuted his sentence, the earliest he would have been eligible for parole would have been 2021. However, with his well-documented hatred of law enforcement officers, its not likely Clemons would ever have been paroled. Huckabee, a former Baptist preacher was conned by a jail house minister who convinced Huckabee that Clemons had "found Jesus," and was a changed man who no longer posed a threat to society.
Huckabee tried to redeem himself by appearing on the O'Reilly Factor, admitting that he made a mistake by granting clemency to Clemons and telling host Bill O'Reilly that the commutation was "...not something I'm happy about." Patronizingly, O'Reilly replied, "It's not your fault. I'm not saying its your fault. I don't think anybody watching thinks it's your fault." Wrong! It was Huckabee's fault. Entirely. Huckabee insisted the parole board never told him Clemons was a dangerous, anti-cop felon. But, Huckabee, the all-powerful governor, never asked. He didn't have to. He had the power in his pen to play God, and he did. On Wed., Nov. 2, Huckabee defended his decision to commute Clemon's sentence, saying "If I had the same information in front of me tonight that I did 9 years ago in a case exactly the same, I would make the same decision." Think about putting this man in the White House with a clemency pen that impacts convicts in 50 States. It appears all a convict has to do to catch Huckanee's ear is shout: "Hallelujah! I've been saved!" and they get out of prison.
And not just Clemons. During his 10.5 years as governor of Arkansas, Huckabee granted clemency to 1,103 guests of the State's penal system. Among them were 163 hard core criminals who received early releases from prison. Twelve of those were convicted murderers who should have served every day of their sentences. Among the re-offenders were Wayne Drummond who was convicted for the rape of a teenage girl. Released from prison by Huckabee, he moved to Missouri where he raped another woman and killed her. Convicted in Missouri, Drummond died in prison at age 55. Huckabee blamed Drummond's release on the parole board. Parole board member Ernest Pondexter told the media that Huckabee pressured him to release Drummond.
Here's just a few of Huckabee's early releases: John Henry Clairborne: sentenced to 100 years for robbing two elderly people at gunpoint. Elizabeth Diane Hager: convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of her husband. Wade Stewart: sentenced to life for murder. Denver Witham: beat a man to death with a lead pipe. In at least two instances, State prosecutors successfully sued Huckabee's attempt to free violent men. In one instance, Glen Martin Green beat an 18-year old pregnant woman with martial arts sticks and raped her as she was dying. Not dying fast enough to suit him, Green dumped her body out of the car and repeatedly ran over her. A pastor friend of Huckabee's convinced him that Green had found God and did not mean to kill the woman. Don Jeffers pleaded guilty to first degree murder for a 1980 killing and was sentenced to life in prison. In 2004 Huckabee issued a clemency order making Jeffers eligible for immediate parole. The prosecutor sued Huckabee. A State court judge vacated the clemency order.