Saturday, October 11, 2008

Obama needs 75 percent turnout in Philadelphia, says Rendell

Politics: Pfft, once they start counting dead people votes and busing people in from New Jersey, turnout will be around 110%.

Fort Lauderdale homeless problem out of control

Florida: Thanks to the inept county officials who made Fort Lauderdale a magnet for the homeless, it has predictably gotten out of control to the point where going downtown has become less than desirable.

When a homeless man uses the steps of the Women's Club as a toilet, things have gotten out of control. When the historical society has to hire security to guard a party's wedding cake from vagrants, something's got to give.

Fort Lauderdale officials said homeless people are overrunning public parks and tourist attractions like the beach, Riverwalk and Stranahan Park in front of the main library downtown. The city has to step in and do something, Commissioner Cindi Hutchinson urged this week, because it's only going to get worse as the economy plunges.

Commissioners agreed, saying Tuesday that they'll consider new rules for groups who feed homeless people, requiring cleanup, and maybe even security and a permit. Even before a law is passed, the city will ask them to stop leaving garbage in their wake.

City officials acknowledged they must tread carefully. A 1999 effort to ban feedings at the beach failed in court.

Like Hollywood and Pompano Beach in Broward County, Fort Lauderdale has struggled with its significant homeless population.

"What they're doing out there is a disgrace to the city, and I'm embarrassed to represent that area," Hutchinson said, complaining of homeless people defecating in Stranahan Park, badgering passersby and hurting business in the area.

Downtown property owners make similar complaints.

On the city's Riverwalk, designed to appeal to tourists and families, "forget it, they're everywhere," Hutchinson said. "In every bush, every cubby hole."

There are programs government and private runned to help the homeless like getting a job, shelter and apartments. But for the county officials that is just not enough and its the rest of Broward county's fault we are not compassionate enough.

In City Hall, City Manager George Gretsas had told the commission that the homeless problem isn't just one for law enforcement to shoo people away.

"They're people, many of them are people who want help, who need help," he said, suggesting a "holistic" solution should be drawn up.

Commissioner Carlton Moore told him he admired his sense of hope, but that it wasn't realistic. Not here.

"Gretsas, you're in Broward County," Moore shot back. "These people don't give a damn about other people's hardship."

People give a damn but they are not stupid enough to put up with a downtown area where homeless have run amok urinating and defecating all over the place while making people feel less than safe. This holistic solution crap is code word for even more money to be thrown at this problem that will just attract more homeless. But this is Fort Lauderdale for you.

Dems ready to spend on welfare handouts.

Culture: We are in that area where a larger permanent parasitic section of the population is being created and set in stone.

After consulting with Barack Obama, Democratic leaders are likely to call Congress back to work after the election in hopes of passing legislation that would include extended jobless benefits, money for food stamps and possibly a tax rebate, officials said Saturday.

The bill's total cost could reach $150 billion, these officials said.

The officials stressed that no final decisions have been made. They spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they did not want to pre-empt a formal announcement. House Democrats have announced plans for an economic forum on Monday "to help Congress develop an economic recovery plan that focuses on creating jobs and strengthening our economy."

Now I don't mind the tax rebate(Gimme back my damn money check) but if you are handing out checks to people who don't pay taxes enough to contribute to the money coming back, then its a welfare handout.

The stupid Christopher Buckley endorsement of Obama.

Politics: The problem with the pointy headed Republican wing of the party is they have little common sense and rationalize their positions to make it feel right.

I’ve read Obama’s books, and they are first-rate. He is that rara avis, the politician who writes his own books. Imagine. He is also a lefty. I am not. I am a small-government conservative who clings tenaciously and old-fashionedly to the idea that one ought to have balanced budgets. On abortion, gay marriage, et al, I’m libertarian. I believe with my sage and epigrammatic friend P.J. O’Rourke that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take it all away.

But having a first-class temperament and a first-class intellect, President Obama will (I pray, secularly) surely understand that traditional left-politics aren’t going to get us out of this pit we’ve dug for ourselves. If he raises taxes and throws up tariff walls and opens the coffers of the DNC to bribe-money from the special interest groups against whom he has (somewhat disingenuously) railed during the campaign trail, then he will almost certainly reap a whirlwind that will make Katrina look like a balmy summer zephyr.

Really? One bright spot of this economic downturn it will stop him from raising taxes to be fair to everyone.

GIBSON: All right. You have, however, said you would favor an increase in the capital gains tax. As a matter of fact, you said on CNBC, and I quote, "I certainly would not go above what existed under Bill Clinton," which was 28 percent. It's now 15 percent. That's almost a doubling, if you went to 28 percent.

But actually, Bill Clinton, in 1997, signed legislation that dropped the capital gains tax to 20 percent.

OBAMA: Right.

GIBSON: And George Bush has taken it down to 15 percent.

OBAMA: Right.

GIBSON: And in each instance, when the rate dropped, revenues from the tax increased; the government took in more money. And in the 1980s, when the tax was increased to 28 percent, the revenues went down.

So why raise it at all, especially given the fact that 100 million people in this country own stock and would be affected?

OBAMA: Well, Charlie, what I've said is that I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness.

We saw an article today which showed that the top 50 hedge fund managers made $29 billion last year — $29 billion for 50 individuals. And part of what has happened is that those who are able to work the stock market and amass huge fortunes on capital gains are paying a lower tax rate than their secretaries. That's not fair.

That is the foundation of Obama's political ideals that everything must be fair because its wrong that one person can afford say a flat screen tv but Johnny down the street is not able too. Those who produce in this country, those that can must play host to parasites of those who refuse, who can't or think its not fair. If Buckley thinks that Obama won't open up the taxpayer's wallet to fund the ACORNS and various Unions he is just like David Brooks, Peggy Noonan and Kathleen Parker who are out of touch with the real world.

The pointy heads are happy just hanging around with the other side and being invited to the various parties. They have always resented like hell that the average joe is demanding more from the party than just a label. Pointy heads live in a reality where logic and reasoning works with the others. They have never come to grips that the other side works well with them as long as you agree with them.

FDR's policies prolonged Depression by 7 years

Nation: You mean putting in anti-competitive and pro-union policies drove prices up beyond market value which prolonged the depression? Welcome to future Obama policies.

Two UCLA economists say they have figured out why the Great Depression dragged on for almost 15 years, and they blame a suspect previously thought to be beyond reproach: President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

After scrutinizing Roosevelt's record for four years, Harold L. Cole and Lee E. Ohanian conclude in a new study that New Deal policies signed into law 71 years ago thwarted economic recovery for seven long years.

"Why the Great Depression lasted so long has always been a great mystery, and because we never really knew the reason, we have always worried whether we would have another 10- to 15-year economic slump," said Ohanian, vice chair of UCLA's Department of Economics. "We found that a relapse isn't likely unless lawmakers gum up a recovery with ill-conceived stimulus policies."

In an article in the August issue of the Journal of Political Economy, Ohanian and Cole blame specific anti-competition and pro-labor measures that Roosevelt promoted and signed into law June 16, 1933.

"President Roosevelt believed that excessive competition was responsible for the Depression by reducing prices and wages, and by extension reducing employment and demand for goods and services," said Cole, also a UCLA professor of economics. "So he came up with a recovery package that would be unimaginable today, allowing businesses in every industry to collude without the threat of antitrust prosecution and workers to demand salaries about 25 percent above where they ought to have been, given market forces. The economy was poised for a beautiful recovery, but that recovery was stalled by these misguided policies."

Rezko says prosecutors are pressing him for dirt about Obama

Politics: Probably won't get anything but as for Gov.Blagojevich I wouldn't be setting up any long term vacation plans.

Jailed political fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko, the Chicago real estate developer who helped launch Barack Obama on his political career, is whispering secrets to federal prosecutors about corruption in Illinois and the political fallout could be explosive.
Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose administration faces multiple federal investigations over how it handed out jobs and money with advice from Rezko, is considered the most vulnerable.

Rezko also was friendly with Obama—offering him a job when he finished law school, funding his earliest political campaigns and purchasing a lot next to his house. But based on the known facts, charges so far and testimony at Rezko's trial, there's no indication there'll be an October surprise that could hurt the Democratic presidential nominee—even though Rezko says prosecutors are pressing him for dirt about Obama.

"I think this strikes fear into the Blagojevich administration and the Statehouse Democrats but not into the Obama campaign," says state Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Westmont, a John McCain delegate to the GOP convention but an old friend of Obama.

Rezko, 53, a real estate developer, was convicted in June of scheming to use his clout with the Blagojevich administration to squeeze $7 million in kickbacks out of a contractor and seven money management firms seeking to do business with the state.

Within two months, Rezko was seen in U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald's office, along with his attorneys.

There has been no official confirmation that Rezko is talking but his sentencing has been postponed indefinitely and both sides say they are going to "engage in discussions that could affect their sentencing postures."

"They never would have delayed the sentencing if he weren't talking—it's proof positive," said Jay Stewart, executive director of the Better Government Association of Chicago.

Cleaning out Chicago of corruption is going to take decades.

NBC orders more 'Knight Rider' scripts

Entertainment: While a show like Pushing Daisies is probably going to get cancelled. Tv viewers suck.

China May Let Peasants Sell Farmland Rights

China: Not bad though more is needed to bring up rural areas in terms of income and status. But somewhere a western communist cries at this transfer of wealth.

Chinese leaders are expected to allow peasants to buy or sell land-use rights for the first time, a step that could draw hundreds of millions of farmers more firmly into the market economy, now centered around the cities.

The new policy, which is being discussed this weekend by Communist Party leaders and could be announced within days, would be the biggest economic reform in many years and would mark another significant departure from the system of collective ownership and state control that China built after the 1949 revolution.

Party leaders began reviewing a draft of proposed rural land reform laws on Thursday at their annual planning session, now under way. Policy changes are expected to be announced after the session ends on Sunday, scholars and government advisers say.

The most important change would allow China’s peasantry, which by official count includes about 800 million people, to sell land-use contracts to other farmers or to agricultural companies. Some economists say this shift would lead to more efficient land use and allow much larger farms to be established.

The Chinese leadership has long insisted that the country must remain self-sufficient in the production of staple foods, and is highly unlikely to allow farmers to sell land-use rights for nonagricultural development. But if a market for trading farmland developed as expected, peasants could gain a new source of cash income that could help revitalize the stagnant rural economy.

“If all the speculations are true, if senior leadership is going to lift all the restrictions out the door, I’d say this is a great positive,” said Keliang Zhu, a lawyer with the China research division of the Rural Development Institute, a Seattle-based organization that has pushed for land rights for the rural poor. “It’ll free up the dead capital and allow all this wealth to materialize.”

Mr. Zhu added that the change would give China “huge momentum in terms of agricultural development.”

Russia to spend billions to buy back stock.

World: Not on the Iceland scale of going under but with Oil prices going down, they could take a hit.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Friday that his government would start spending billions next week to buy shares on the Russian stock exchange to support one of the world’s hardest-hit markets from the credit crisis, as the country suffered fresh blows from plunging commodity prices.

After a week in which authorities suspended trading on the main RTS stock exchange repeatedly, Mr. Putin said $6.7 billion would be set aside to buy battered shares. The state development bank will place the orders, continuing a strategy that has essentially relied on making the government’s oil windfall profits available to banks to encourage them to lend to companies or buy equity to maintain growth.

Both of Russia’s major stock markets remained closed Friday after Asian and European markets plummeted as confidence in the global financial system continued to ebb. The Micex, a key exchange, is down 64 percent from its peak on May 19.

Many Russian companies are suffering sharp declines because they used shares as collateral to borrow large sums of money. The market’s overall spiral is also forcing a wave of margin-call selling, driving shares down further and hardening the climate of fear that has made banks reluctant to lend to one another or to businesses and consumers.

Va. Republicans Chart a Return to Dominance

Politics: What is this amazing chart to resurgence? Wait for it...
After years of prominent defeats, Virginia Republicans say they are bracing for more losses in November but think they can reverse the trend as soon as next year by returning to their conservative roots and addressing the financial crisis and other issues.

The party needs to return to core conservative principles and denounce the excessive spending that has permeated Richmond and Washington in recent years, activists say.

"It's a betrayal of our stated philosophy," said Gary Byler, a party leader in Hampton Roads. "After all our blood, sweat and tears, it's just a fundamental betrayal."

Republicans say they need to offer specific ideas for specific issues. Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell (R), who is running for governor next year, and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R), who is running for reelection, are trying to do just that. They have teamed up to form an advisory group to help them devise possible solutions to Virginia's problems.

They say they must outline conservative solutions and then get the message out. In the past, they say, the party has failed to do both.

"We have done a lousy job telling our story," McDonnell said.

"An influx of new voters, particularly in Northern Virginia, and a stronger get-out-the-vote effort have helped Democrats gain ground.

So did national fatigue caused largely by President Bush's sagging approval ratings, an unpopular war in Iraq and disappointment over Republican leaders' handling of the explosion of scandals in Congress. The economic crisis also is helping Democrats this year.

But others attributed the losses to the "arrogance of power." Activists blame elected officials for raising taxes, running up the deficit and spending money on unnecessary items -- a lengthy list that includes everything from foreign aid to early childhood education programs.

In Virginia, former governor Mark R. Warner (D) pushed through a $1.4 billion tax increase in 2004 with help from moderate Republicans. In Washington, the national debt has continued to grow through Republican administrations and stands at almost $9.9 trillion.

Republicans blame the financial industry's meltdown on a nation willing to live off debt and spend beyond its means.

Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II (R-Fairfax), who is running for attorney general next year, said Republicans have been spending like "drunken fools."

That confusion has crucial independent voters supporting Democrats and disgruntled Republicans planning to sit out Election Day.

"The base stayed home. Why bother?" Cuccinelli said. "You vote for Republicans and you get a tax increase."

I think the Repubs in Virginia and hopefully other places get it now. Act Dem lite, you get rolled.

France withdraws contaminated Chinese sweets

World: Reuters.

France banned on Friday the sale of two brands of Chinese-made sweets and biscuits that it said had been contaminated with malamine-tainted milk -- the latest country hit by the widening health scandal.

The Agriculture Ministry said in a statement that "White Rabbit" sweets and "Koala" biscuits should be withdrawn from sale and destroyed.

"The first results of tests carried out in France revealed a level of malamine that is above the danger level set by the European Commission," the statement said.

It added however that it was not aware of anyone falling ill after eating the products.

At least four Chinese infants have died and thousands have been treated in hospital after drinking malamine-tainted milk and milk formula that has led to Chinese-made products being pulled off shelves around the world.

Iceland to UK and Gordon Brown: DROP DEAD!

World: The future Iceland/UK war will be epic.

Geir Haarde also confirmed that Icelandic creditors will get priority over British customers as the country’s fallen banks’ money is returned.

British savers and companies and a growing range of public bodies all have billions of pounds potentially trapped in collapsed Icelandic banks.

The prospect of that money being lost this week drove Mr Brown to publicly threaten retaliation against Icelandic firms and question the country’s economic prospects.

At a press conference in Reykjavik, Mr Haarde said Mr Brown’s outspoken public threat to seize the assets of Icelandic companies was “illegal.”

He said that the British Government’s assessment of Iceland’s prospects had fuelled the collapse of the country’s currency.

Iceland’s banking collapse is threatening its entire economy, and the country is widely expected to seek financial aid from the International Monetary Fund in the coming days.

Mr Haarde said:”The remarks made by Gordon Brown were unfortunate and dispiriting. It was not very helpful to say that our country is virtually in default, which is not a true description. The suggestion was not helpful to us as far as the markets were concerned today

He added: “Everybody needs to show some flexibility and I won’t be sanctioning any illegal behaviour like Prime Minister Gordon Brown suggested.

”Hopefully in the situation between us there will be no further damage done.”

Friday, October 10, 2008

Oil Bubble bursts, oh the numerous screwed countries.

World: Oil prices are falling like a rock and countries who spent like a freshman college student with a new credit card are in trouble.

On Sept. 11, 2007, the price of crude oil closed at $78.23 a barrel — the last time oil closed below $79 a barrel, until Friday. What seemed like a bewildering ascent in the price of crude at the time is now a relief to traders, who watched oil fall $8.98 a barrel to close at $77.61 on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the lowest closing price in more than a year.

Like a number of other commodities, oil’s move went from a steady ascent to a vertical bounce in the spring of 2008, topping out near $150 a barrel before speculative excess started to drain from the market. And those who believed that the oil price was justified by fundamentals — being, as it is, an actual product, rather than an Internet company’s vague promise of revenue — are smarting.

“This is a market that is basically returning to the price level of a year ago which it arguably should never have left,” says Tim Evans, energy analyst at Citigroup. “We pumped up a big bubble, expanded it to an impressive dimension, and now it is popped and we have bubble gum in our hair.”


Oil exporters have racked up cash surpluses as prices soared to historic highs. Saudi Arabia, the world's largest exporter, is expected to record $138 billion this year, up from $95 billion last year.

But government spending also has soared within OPEC and among other big producers such as Russia, based in part on the expectation that oil prices would remain high.

Standard & Poor's said last week that Venezuela's budget balance "could deteriorate quickly" if crude prices fall sharply. The nationalization of a number of industrial companies is expected to cost the government around $6 billion, or about 2% of gross domestic product, in 2008, according to Standard & Poor's.

PFC Energy, a Washington consultancy, estimates that Venezuela needs an oil price of nearly $95 a barrel to assure macroeconomic stability, three times what they needed in 2000. By contrast, Saudi Arabia requires an oil price of $55 a barrel, more than double from eight years ago, according to PFC estimates.

PFC believes Iran's price threshold to be similar to Saudi Arabia's. But the International Monetary Fund warned recently that Iran will have to cut state subsidies and shave government spending if oil prices stay below $90 a barrel.

Russia also could face cutbacks, as its budget for 2009 counts on a price of $82 a barrel for Russian Urals crude, which sells at a discount to the U.S. benchmark.

For much of this year, the oil-driven economies of the Persian Gulf have been largely buffered from the financial turmoil in the U.S. and Europe. But that appears to be changing.

Investors in the six Gulf states, which include OPEC members Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar, have taken a pounding this year, amassing almost $350 billion in stock-market losses since January, according to Zawya Dow Jones estimates.

Those losses go some way in explaining why credit in some areas is drying up.

Switzerland: Not a serious country.

World: The world has gone either crazy or... nah its gone crazy.

For years, Swiss scientists have blithely created genetically modified rice, corn and apples. But did they ever stop to consider just how humiliating such experiments may be to plants?

That's a question they must now ask. Last spring, this small Alpine nation began mandating that geneticists conduct their research without trampling on a plant's dignity.

Unfortunately, we have to take it seriously," Beat Keller, a molecular biologist at the University of Zurich. "It's one more constraint on doing genetic research."

Dr. Keller recently sought government permission to do a field trial of genetically modified wheat that has been bred to resist a fungus. He first had to debate the finer points of plant dignity with university ethicists. Then, in a written application to the government, he tried to explain why the planned trial wouldn't "disturb the vital functions or lifestyle" of the plants. He eventually got the green light.

The rule, based on a constitutional amendment, came into being after the Swiss Parliament asked a panel of philosophers, lawyers, geneticists and theologians to establish the meaning of flora's dignity.

"We couldn't start laughing and tell the government we're not going to do anything about it," says Markus Schefer, a member of the ethics panel and a professor of law at the University of Basel. "The constitution requires it."

In April, the team published a 22-page treatise on "the moral consideration of plants for their own sake." It stated that vegetation has an inherent value and that it is immoral to arbitrarily harm plants by, say, "decapitation of wildflowers at the roadside without rational reason."

On the question of genetic modification, most of the panel argued that the dignity of plants could be safeguarded "as long as their independence, i.e., reproductive ability and adaptive ability, are ensured." In other words: It's wrong to genetically alter a plant and render it sterile.

ACORN fraud in Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

Politics: Number of States are now in single digits where ACORN hasn't been investigated or charged with voter fraud.

The district attorney for the Pittsburgh area is investigating possible forgery and other irregularities on voter registration forms turned in by a group already being scrutinized for registration problems in other states.

Similar allegations are being investigated by the Delaware County district attorney and the U.S. attorney's office in Philadelphia.

The Pittsburgh-area investigation focuses on fewer than 100 registration forms apparently forged or otherwise illegitimate, such as duplicating the name of someone already registered under another party, said Mike Manko, spokesman for Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr.

The forms were collected by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, Manko said. The investigation mirrors others throughout the country in which ACORN canvassers allegedly turned in forms with fake Social Security numbers, incorrect birth dates, forged signatures or fake addresses.

Pennsylvania Republican Party chairman Robert Gleason Jr. said ACORN and others submitted nearly 253,000 voter registration forms in Philadelphia this year. Thousands of them have errors, he said. Delaware County officials are also investigating more than 290 registration cards, Gleason said.

Philadelphia's voter registration administrator, Bob Lee, said 57,000 of the 253,000 registration forms were rejected, but that more than 41,000 of those were filled out by people who were already registered.

He acknowledges that some of the other 16,000 rejected voter cards are troubling _ in particular about 5,600 that include nonexistent addresses. Others were rejected for being too young or not including a birth date. Others list an incorrect Social Security or driver's license number, which could be simple mistakes or attempts at fraud, Lee said.

"So, there's an issue here," Lee said.

North Carolina:

"....Several hundred of the recent applications, however, have turned out to be incomplete, Poucher said. In some cases, the applications contained no dates of birth or Social Security numbers that appeared to be random numbers. Other applications contained the same person's name.

County elections officials have sent about 30 applications to the state Board of Elections for possible fraud investigation, Poucher said. Those applications were submitted by the grassroots organization ACORN, whose voter registration activities have been questioned in Durham and other communities, as well.

The same voters' names appeared multiple times on the ACORN applications in question, Poucher said.

Before the latest swell of voter applications, the county had about 562,000 registered voters, she said. "

NC's News Observer:

State Board of Elections officials are trying to determine whether about 100 voter registration forms submitted by a local chapter of a national grassroots organization to the Durham County Board of Elections are fraudulent.
Similar accusations have been lodged across the country against the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, which goes by the name ACORN. In Durham, the claims were made last month after the group submitted about 5,000 voter registration forms to the county board of elections.

"All of a sudden, I started seeing the same names over and over again," said Mike Ashe, county elections director. He said some forms had similar names but different addresses or dates of birth.

Durham election workers enter the information from a registration form into a system that verifies voters' Social Security and driver's license numbers. Another elections employee reconfirms the information.

ACORN uses paid workers to register voters on the street. Ashe and Johnnie McLean, deputy director of the state Board of Elections deputy director, said they believe the problem stems from volunteers being paid according to how many people they register.

On its Web site, ACORN denies this claim, saying that volunteers are paid by the number of shifts they work.

Iceland all but officially bankrupt.

World: Binge buying at its worst.

REYKJAVIK: People go bankrupt all the time. Companies do, too. But countries?

Iceland was on the verge of doing exactly that on Thursday as the government shut down the stock market and seized control of its last major independent bank. That brought trading in the country's currency to a halt, with foreign banks no longer willing to take Icelandic krona, even at fire-sale rates.

As the meltdown in the Icelandic financial system quickened, with the government seemingly powerless to do anything about it, analysts said there was probably only one realistic option left: for Iceland to be bailed out by the International Monetary Fund.

"Iceland is bankrupt," said Arsaell Valfells, a professor at the University of Iceland. "The Icelandic krona is history. The IMF has to come and rescue us."

Prime Minister Geir Haarde, who had warned this week of the threat of "national bankruptcy," said Thursday that Iceland's finance minister, Arni Mathiesen, would be in Washington this weekend for the autumn IMF/World Bank meetings. He declined to say whether Iceland was seeking a rescue package from the international lender.

An IMF intervention in Iceland, which would necessarily involve accepting a series of harsh measures to restore fiscal and monetary stability, would underline the extraordinary reversal in the country's fortunes after a decade-long, debt-fueled binge by the country's banks, businesses and some private citizens. The banks, while avoiding the toxic mortgage securities that have humbled Wall Street, expanded aggressively at home and abroad. When credit tightened and the krona fell this year, they were unable to finance their debts.

NYPD: Blacks, Latinos lead crime stats

Crime: Civil rights groups tried to make it a race issue and NYPD just put out the numbers which is horrendous as black people continue to be way out in front as victims of crime.

Black New Yorkers are 13 times more likely to be murdered - or arrested for murder - than whites, an NYPD crime analysis shows.

Blacks and Hispanics dominated tallies of both suspects and victims, according to an NYPD racial breakdown of crimes requested by the Daily News.

The News asked for the stats after civil rights groups slammed the NYPD because 90% of people shot at by cops in 2007 - the last year for which data was available - were black or Hispanic. Police brass said that was because minorities accounted for the majority of crime suspects and victims.

Using NYPD stats, the homicide rate per 1 million in population was 81.1 for blacks and 6.3 for whites.

Among murder arrests, blacks accounted for 64.9%, Hispanics 27.2%, whites 7.3% and Asians less than 1%.

In all, 153 New Yorkers were charged with homicide through June 30 - the ethnicity was detailed in 151 of the cases.

The arrest rate for homicide per 1 million population: 50.8 black, 3.8 white.

The statistics did not match crime victims with their tormentors. Anecdotally, police officers said black and Hispanic victims tend to be attacked by black and Hispanic criminals.

The racial tallies bear little resemblance to the ethnic makeup of New York City: 34.8% white, 27.6% Hispanic and 23.7% black, 2006 Census data shows.

Spain stops work visas for low-skilled immigrants

Immigration: Spain who boasted about immigration, multiculturalism,diversity of their country while yelling at places like Italy about harsh immigration laws is now not so welcoming.

Rubbish collectors, waiters and other low-skilled workers will no longer be given working visas to come to Spain as it battles fast-rising unemployment, the government said on Thursday.

Occupations like electricians, bricklayers, bus drivers and gardeners have also fallen off the list of jobs for which non-EU citizens can apply for a visa, the Labour Ministry said.

Spain's unemployment rate is at an 11-year high of 11.3 percent, the highest rate in the euro zone, and the International Monetary Fund says it could hit 15 percent next year.

More than 10 percent of Spain's population is now foreign, up from nominal levels a decade ago, thanks to a huge wave of immigration by workers attracted by jobs in construction and services.

Spain's construction industry is in steep decline, immigration is becoming a hot political issue and the government is now trying to turn off the taps.

Labour Minster Celestino Corbacho said last month the number of visas for migrant workers would be cut to "roughly zero" in 2009. He has also proposed paying unemployed foreigners to return to their home countries and wants drastic restrictions on family reunification visas.

Unions and immigrant groups say the government is trying to blame immigrants for Spain's economic woes and its efforts will only result in more illegal immigration.

New driver's license rule upsets "some immigrants."

Immigration: Some immigrants in this case means illegal immigrant advocates and illegals themselves. The twisted logic is what annoys me the most.

A little-noticed administrative change preventing illegal immigrants from obtaining a Texas driver's license has upset immigrant groups, lawmakers and Hispanic activists, who predict it will boost the number of unlicensed and uninsured drivers on Texas roads. Others fear it will boost a robust black market trade in counterfeit documents.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is already enforcing the new rule in Houston, which requires noncitizens to prove they are in the country legally before they are issued a new license, renew an existing one or apply for a state identification card.

"It's a bad idea," said Rick Dovalina, a Houston attorney and past national president of the League of United Latin American Citizens. "If you look at it strictly as a public policy, the undocumented should be issued a driver license because they would be able to drive legally, and buy insurance, and protect other people in case they have an accident."

Dovalina said Texas officials should issue a license to any resident who can present a valid identity document, such as an identification card issued by the Mexican Consulate, regardless of their immigration status.

But the change, which took effect on Oct. 1, was hailed by those who favor tightening immigration enforcement.

"It's great," said Louise Whiteford, president of the Houston-based Texans for Immigration Reform. "We need to know who's here. We need to have some restrictions on who gets a driver's license."

Media whining about emotion at McCain rallies.

Politics: If this were Dems it would about passion and energy. Republicans? Anger. This guys sums up the problem.

The crowd showed equal disdain for the media, fueled by comments from Palin, who encouraged the Republican supporters to take the campaign's message around the media. "I can't pick a fight with those who buy ink by the barrel," she said. "It's dangerous territory whenever I suggest the mainstream media isn't asking all the questions."

That message was clearly shared among the crowd. Mike Payne, who traveled from Madison, Wis., for the rally, rejected the idea that McCain's supporters are angry, preferring to use the word "frustrated."

"It might have something to do with you guys," he told a reporter.

"It's not anger at all. It's frustration. There's millions of people around the country that think like we do. You guys refuse to acknowledge that, and you insult our intelligence by misreporting the information. You are treating [Obama] like he's Britney Spears and covering him like he's Paris Hilton, instead of the next president of the United States, potentially."

McCain advisers dismissed the crowd's angry tone as an exception and not representative of most of the campaign's events. And they noted that those gathered seemed most upset by the media's handling of the contest, and simply wanted McCain to be more aggressive.

They also noted that many of McCain's events are attended by liberal protesters, who often yell epithets and hold angry signs as McCain's bus drives by. And they recalled angry words from Obama at a rally in Las Vegas last month, in which he urged supporters to talk to their friends and neighbors, saying "I want you to argue with them and get in their face."

Farrakhan Proclaiming Obama as ‘Messiah’

Politics: Pfft, this blog called it months ago.

ACORN fraud again in Northern Indiana.

Politics: Vote early and often is the ACORN way.

More than 2,000 voter registration forms filed in northern Indiana's Lake County by a liberal activist group this week have turned out to be bogus, election officials said Thursday.

The group -- the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN -- already faces allegations of filing fraudulent voter registrations in Nevada and faces investigations in other states.

And in Lake County, home to the long-depressed steel town of Gary, the bipartisan Elections Board has stopped processing a stack of about 5,000 applications delivered just before the October 6 registration deadline after the first 2,100 turned out to be phony.

"All the signatures looked exactly the same," Ruthann Hoagland, a Republican on the board. "Everything on the card filled out looks exactly the same."

The forms included registrations submitted in the names of the dead -- and in one case, the name of a fast-food restaurant, Jimmy Johns. Sally LaSota, a Democrat on the board, called the forms fraudulent and said whoever filed them broke the law.

"ACORN, with its intent, perhaps was good in the beginning, but went awry somewhere," LaSota said.

False retirement scandal rocks Long Island Rail Road.

Crime: A followup to a report a couple of months back where the NYTIMES found out that disability benefits were granted over 90% after retirement to employees.

MINEOLA, N.Y. - Like many commuters, Ron Marino is incredulous about revelations that nearly every employee who asked for disability benefits after retiring from the nation's largest commuter railroad was granted them.

But Marino isn't the only one who is venting these days about the Long Island Rail Road.

Four separate investigations are under way after it was reported last month that more than 90 percent of Long Island Rail Road employees were granted disability payments by an obscure federal board, allowing them to collect huge payments every year.

The New York Post has dubbed this the "Gravy Train Scandal."

"I think it's ridiculous," Marino, a doctor, said Thursday morning while waiting for a train into New York City. "There can't possibly be that many people disabled."

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office confirmed Thursday that its investigation is proceeding with subpoenas to five doctors involved in the disability review process. Subpoenas also have been issued to four insurance companies that sold LIRR employees private disability policies.

Fashionista Bible published for the modern reader.

Religion: It is not as cool as the Manga Bibles and it has a really superficial quality to it with the use of celebrities.

The glossy coffee table tome, titled Bible Illuminated: The Book, is a bold attempt to capture the attention of modern readers.

Instead of following the usual Bible format - lots of words but somewhat lacking in celebrity portraits - Swedish ad man Dag Soderberg has decided to repackage it in the style of Vogue.

Passages are written out in a magazine-style format and accompanied by striking images. Jolie's picture is included alongside Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and U2 frontman Bono, to illustrate the importance of doing good deeds. They were selected after the publishers asked the Swedish public which famous figures in modern times represented goodness and compassion.

UK declares "wad war" after Iceland tells them get bent.

World: Using anti-terrorism laws to get at Iceland is innovative but why did so many local councils/entities put all their money in one place? Someone should have kept an eye on the market and first sign of trouble take the money out.

Gordon Brown declared diplomatic war on Iceland last night.

He launched a furious attack on the 'illegal' refusal to pay back billions owed to British investors in the country's failed banks.

The Prime Minister invoked rarely-used anti-terrorism powers to freeze Icelandic assets here as fears grew that vast sums of British cash could be lost.

Private savers, companies, town halls, police authorities and charities have seen up to £20billion frozen after Iceland nationalised its three top banks.

Most private savers should be compensated under UK government guarantees.

But these do not apply to public sector bodies and charities, and it emerged yesterday that more than 100 councils had invested up to £1billion of taxpayers' money in Icelandic banks, lured by high interest rates.

Financial experts said that if the cash is lost for good, council taxes could rise every year for the next 25 years.

The crisis has also hit dozens of charities, which had investments of £230million.

Whitehall sources fear Iceland is now effectively a bankrupt state. It owes the world an astonishing £35billion – £116,000 for every man, woman and child.

Britain's relations with the North Atlantic island were rapidly deteriorating to the hostility of the 1970s 'cod wars' over fishing rights.

One unnamed minister said last night: 'It's not Cod War, it's Wad War'.

Scotland Yard is one of the big losers, with £20million invested in Iceland.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Ohio must verify voter registrations

Politics: Considering the Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is a Dem, this is going to be tough for her to understand and carry out.

A federal judge on Thursday ordered Ohio's top elections official to verify the identity of newly registered voters by matching them with other government documents.
U.S. District Judge George C. Smith in Columbus ruled that Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner must perform verification required by the Help America Vote Act. That includes matching new registrants' information against information in databases maintained by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles or the Social Security Administration.

The order was the result of a lawsuit the Ohio Republican Party filed against Brunner, a Democrat.

"Plaintiffs assert, and the court agrees, that it is hard to imagine a public interest more compelling than safeguarding the legitimacy of the election of the president of the United States," Smith wrote in his ruling.

Brunner also was ordered to establish a process by which Ohio's 88 county election boards can access information generated by the checks.

Residents registering to vote must provide their name, address, date of birth and either their driver's license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number.

Brunner has said the state matches registration information against data in the Bureau of Motor Vehicles system and the Social Security database. But she also has said federal law doesn't say what should be done if a mismatch is discovered, and it is up to counties to check the system for flagged registrations and investigate if warranted.

An after-hours call seeking Brunner's comment on the ruling was not immediately returned Thursday.

Republicans, who have been at odds frequently with Brunner, hailed the ruling.

You have to keep an eye on the Dems and their allies in that state.

Ohio Woman Explains How ACORN Workers Pushed Her to Vote Multiple Times

Don't mind David Brooks and Palin is a cancer on the GOP.

Politics: I have long been amused by the wailing of the cocktail party circuit Republicans who believe they have the answers to the GOP. In fact they are just the types who are part of the beltway crowd more than happy to be a minority party as long as they get the party invitations.

[Sarah Palin] represents a fatal cancer to the Republican party. When I first started in journalism, I worked at the National Review for Bill Buckley. And Buckley famously said he'd rather be ruled by the first 2,000 names in the Boston phone book than by the Harvard faculty. But he didn't think those were the only two options.

He thought it was important to have people on the conservative side who celebrated ideas, who celebrated learning. And his whole life was based on that, and that was also true for a lot of the other conservatives in the Reagan era. Reagan had an immense faith in the power of ideas. But there has been a counter, more populist tradition, which is not only to scorn liberal ideas but to scorn ideas entirely. And I'm afraid that Sarah Palin has those prejudices. I think President Bush has those prejudices.

Reagan celebrated ideas and learning ideas as they contributed to Conservatism socially and fiscally. For Palin to be accused of scorning ideas entirely would be just throwing out populist red meat that would not only be against conservatism but inane to the public at large. The scorning of ideas that are the antithesis of conservative ideals is not a bad thing.

This is just the typical cultural elitism of beltway Republicans rearing its head again. The same goes for Peggy Noonan. They have both lost any real attachment to the GOP as a whole and just spewing out the type of tripe that a liberal would want a conservative to say on a daily basis. You don't get to be the favored conservative columnist at the NYTIMES if you were not that way.

Palin’s Rhetoric: RACIST! say Black Congressmen.

Politics: Just look at this as a preview of President Obama where the liberal black congress critters will pull out the race card against anyone they disagree with to shut down debate.

As the McCain campaign ratchets up the intensity of its attacks on Barack Obama, some black elected officials are calling the tactics desperate, unseemly and racist.

“They are trying to throw out these codes,” said Representative Gregory Meeks, a Democrat from New York.

“He’s ‘not one of us?’” Mr. Meeks said, referring to a comment Sarah Palin made at a campaign rally on Oct. 6 in Florida. “That’s racial. That’s fear. They know they can’t win on the issues, so the last resort they have is race and fear.”

“Racism is alive and well in this country, and McCain and Palin are trying to appeal to that and it’s unfortunate,” said Representative Ed Towns, also from New York.

Other black members of Congress, all Democrats who support Mr. Obama, said they were dismayed by the new and vicious tenor of the McCain attacks.

“If McCain’s attacks don’t cross the line, they’re certainly teetering on it,” said Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois. “He is certainly appealing to people’s fears and not their hopes.”

Conservatives/Republicans need to stand up to this group speak of racism and politely tell them go screw. Black Jesus and his supporters have used the card more than anyone in modern political history since shutting down the Clintons earlier this year. They have used it to try and shut down debate on Freddie/Fannie and will not stop unless there is an angry pushback.

Senator Claire McCaskill is a classy trollop.

Politics: Does having any class exist in her being?

I mentioned a few days ago that Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill's mild affect masks a bit of a killer, and that she's perhaps the Obama campaign's deftest surrogate on the attack.

But I was still kind of amused by her brief interaction with Mitt Romney in the press file just now.

McCaskill was stepping out of her chair at the end of an MSNBC interview, and Romney was up next. She and a staffer unplugged her various wires, and she handed Romney the earpiece the guests use to hear the host.

"I spit on this before I put it in," she said to Romney, with a sweet smile.

UPDATE: Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom emails: "You should have seen what she did to the chair."

ICE raid in South Carolina, 300 people caught.

Immigration: Another state and another raid at a poultry factory.

Federals agents this morning raided and detained about 300 people they believe to be illegal aliens working at House of Raeford's Columbia Farms poultry plant in Greenville -- an operation that one immigration official today called the biggest workplace raid ever in the Carolinas.

Investigators expected to spend the rest of Tuesday at the plant poring over employment documents and conducting interviews to gather evidence in what U.S. Attorney Walt Wilkins said will be an ongoing investigation into House of Raeford's employment practices.

Several workers began running for the doors as agents raided the processing plant at about 8:50 a.m. this morning as shifts were changing, witnesses said. All told, 450 officers were involved in the raid, though not all actually entered the building, Wilkins said.

The raid marks the biggest move yet in a 10-month federal investigation into hiring practices at the processing plant. In recent weeks, seven supervisors at the plant have pleaded guilty to falsifying employment documents . A human resources manager faces 20 counts of felony immigration fraud.

The raid is the biggest ever in the Carolinas, said Ken Smith, special agent-in-charge of the Atlanta Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigations office.

In the course of the investigation, agents reviewed 825 "I-9 forms" that verify a worker's immigration status -- and of those, 94 percent were found to be falsified, Wilkins said.

Next couple of days, sad sob stories about illegals and their families.

Update: And here is sob story #1.

Texas DPS cracks down on illegals driver licenses.

Immigration: Nice start by Texas.

In a clampdown on illegal immigrants, the Texas Department of Public Safety has adopted a new policy requiring noncitizens to prove they are in this country legally before they can obtain or renew a driver's license.

Gov. Rick Perry applauded the change, which went into effect Oct. 1, as a way to strengthen the state's security.

"Texas is a great place to live and work, and while we welcome legally documented individuals to the Lone Star State, we must ensure that this privilege is not abused by those seeking to enter our country illegally," he said.

But Jim Harrington, director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, said the policy change is a bad idea because illegal immigrants are going to drive anyway.

"People have to drive to get to work. You want people to get (auto) insurance. They can't get insurance if they don't have a driver's license," he said.

The immigrant driver's licenses will look different than regular licenses so that they are immediately recognizable to police, Perry said.

The immigrant licenses will have a "temporary visitor" designation and the date the driver's legal U.S. admission expires.

Canada Liberals consider military spending cuts

Canada: Get a liberal near power and all of a sudden the evil military looks like a nice target. Typical leftist action.

Canadian Liberal leader Stephane Dion refused on Wednesday to rule out renewed cuts to the military if he defeats Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper in next week's election.

The Liberals slashed the defense budget by about one-quarter in the 1990s in their bid to eliminate fiscal deficits, leading to U.S. complaints that Canada was not carrying its weight in the NATO alliance.

The Liberals later reversed some cuts and the Conservatives, after taking power in 2006, expanded the size of the military and accelerated the purchase of equipment.

Canada has 2,500 troops in southern Afghanistan as part of the fight against Taliban militants.

In an interview with CBC television, Dion declined to commit to not cutting military spending again if he wins the election on Tuesday.

"What I will say is that we will have strong discipline and we'll make sure that never we'll ask ... military forces something that's not realistic," said Dion, who trails Harper by several points in opinion polls.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Section 8 comes to Century Village.

Nation: and the residents are not happy.

Perhaps there is a bright spot in the real estate collapse: "It's made more units available for low-income people to rent," said Kevin Cregan, of the Broward County Housing Authority.

But the idea that Century Village is home to folks who get federal Section 8 rent subsidies has upset some unit owners.

"Section 8 residents shouldn't live here," said retiree Anne Corman, adding she fears they would bring more crime.

Candace Tapscott, a director with the federal Housing and Urban Development agency in Miami, met with hundreds of Century Village owners this week to allay their fears. The Section 8 folks are screened, and "they look just like everybody else," she said.

Famous last words.

2.7 million illegals registered to vote?

Immigration: Most of them are in Chicago probably(Vote early and often)

The former head of a Washington think tank specializing in immigration issues says that voter registration numbers in Texas and elsewhere may be inflated because of the presence of non-citizens on voter rolls.

David Simcox, former executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, released a study Tuesday afternoon that said an estimated 1.8 million to 2.7 million non-citizen immigrants in the Unites States may be illegally registered to vote, thereby potentially influencing the outcome of the upcoming presidential and congressional elections.

The report also estimated that anywhere from 161,000 to 333,000 non-citizens may be registered to vote in Texas.

Calling the state's political culture "a mix of the worst of Old South Dixieland politics and Latin American politics," Mr. Simcox said Texas has a political history marked by election fraud, sometimes involving Mexican or Mexican-American voters.

MSM upset that people are hostile to them at GOP rallies.

Media: First you had Dana Milbank's Drama Queen article about how upsetting it was to him and rest of the media at a Palin rally. It has led to a group hug session within certain media circles including some of these hysterical claims at Romenesko.

After reading Dana Milbank's piece on the Palin rally crowd, "I need to update my [Sept. 24] letter regarding whether the news media should continue to legitimize the McCain campaign," writes Perry Parks. "In short, the answer is no. It's ridiculous for journalists (especially black ones) to have to feel like they're entering a war zone when they cover a political rally in the United States -- and it's downright sinister when that atmostphere is fomented by the campaign itself."

WP chatter: "She was inciting hatred if not violence.">

Rob Johnson: "Since when do journalists shrink from reporting where they aren't wanted?">

Andrew Sullivan: The mainstream media should dismiss Palin's candidacy as a joke, but they'd be accused of bias if they did.

A dose of reality was sent in by all people Adam Clymer.
"Lots of journalists have worked in situations more menacing than covering Sarah Palin," writes retired New York Times reporter Adam Clymer. "Covering civil rights in the South in the 60s was much scarier. George Wallace used to point us out -- 'The Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Baltimore Sun are here today....' But when he did that, his burly plainclothesmen would sidle over to make sure no one went after us."

Iceland on the verge of collapse.

World: Now Iceland was a country that got drunk on credit and banking.

Home to just 320,000 people on a territory the size of Kentucky, Iceland has formidable international reach because of an outsized banking sector that set out with Viking confidence to conquer swaths of the British economy—from fashion retailers to top soccer teams.

The strategy gave Icelanders one of the world's highest per capita incomes. But now they are watching helplessly as their economy implodes—their currency losing almost half its value, and their heavily exposed banks collapsing under the weight of debts incurred by lending in the boom times.

"Everything is closed. We couldn't sell our stock or take money from the bank," said Johann Sigurdsson as he left a branch of Landsbanki in downtown Reykjavik.

The government had earlier announced it had nationalized the bank under emergency laws enacted to deal with the crisis.

"We have been forced to take decisive action to save the country," Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde said of those sweeping new powers that allow the government to take over companies, limit the authority of boards, and call shareholder meetings.

A full-blown collapse of Iceland's financial system would send shock waves across Europe, given the heavy investment by Icelandic banks and companies across the continent.

UK: travellers win five-year battle to stay on illegal campsite

UK: I always found this odd that people as a group can take over a piece of land without any regard for the surrounding area. I wonder if the government would be so ready to allow this illegality if they started setting up camps by their homes?

When they arrived in the village of Minety five years ago, they dug up a field.

And during half a decade of complaints and campaigning from their neighbours, the 55-strong group of travellers simply dug their heels in.

Now they have been rewarded for their intransigence with permission to stay put.

Government planning officials say the travellers should be allowed to occupy their illegal site indefinitely - to avoid any disruption to their lives.

On Tuesday, Michael McTernan, chairman of the Minety Action Group, which has spent over £15,000 campaigning against the site, warned that Monday's decision would pave the way for copycat cases.

He said: 'The Government has pandered to them and treated them with kid gloves so that they don't offend their precious human rights.

'We have nothing against them personally but this will open the floodgates for all kinds of people to start setting up camp in rural sites across the country.

'People will now be able to call themselves a gipsy just to set up a caravan on some land relatively cheaply while the rest of us have to pay for it.'

Obama as "THAT ONE!" ...Racist of course.

Politics: Any little thing is a slight against Black Jesus.

ABC News' Teddy Davis and Arnab Datta Report: Part way through Tuesday's debate, Obama press secretary Bill Burton emailed reporters asking: "Did John McCain just refer to Obama as 'that one'?"

"Folks are going to remember that," Burton told ABC News in a separate email.

Showing the power of a well-timed email, McCain's reference to Obama as "that one" became a topic of discussion in the spin room following the debate.

Obama strategist David Axelrod called it "odd."

"Senator Obama has a name," said Axelrod. "You'd expect your opponent to use that name."

Asked about the Obama campaign's effort to draw attention to the reference, McCain adviser Steve Schmidt sought to brush it off.

"I think it is diversionary on their part," said Schmidt, referring to the Obama campaign.

McCain's "that one" reference came when the Arizona senator was contrasting his opposition to the 2005 Bush energy bill which was, in McCain's words, "loaded down with goodies, billions for the oil companies," with Obama's support for the measure.

"You know who voted for it? You might never know. That one," said McCain, gesticulating towards Obama. "You know who voted against it? Me."

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

McCain/Obama debate: You can't outpander Obama.

Politics: He just agreed with Obama on buying up bad loans and letting the whole Fannie/Freddie debacle slide. You can never outpander a liberal like Obama. Stop trying and act like a damn Conservative at least.

Debate is boring the hell out of me, too lifeless. For some fun watching Tom Joyner's live blog on Black America Web is hysterical to see what an Obama cheerleader is thinking about this debate.

8:46 p.m.: Obama should talk about how much he cares about the future because he'll be around to see what happens if we don't make changes. McCain won't.

8:47 p.m.: He should remind the audience that Palin said, “Drill, baby, drill!”

8:49 p.m.: That one?

8:49 p.m.: Did he just call Obama, “that one?” That's straight disrespect.

8:50 p.m.: The white people are asking Obama questions, and the black people area asking McCain questions. Coincidence?

Stephen Green:

7:44PM What is Congress going to do in two years to save the planet? The questioner looks to be about 23, and just as naive as you’d expect.

This girl was an idiot. Never trust anyone under 30. The world economy is under stress, believe me when I say that the last thing anyone will give a damn about is going green.

9:59 pm: I would give anything for this to be a Palin/Biden debate.

BTW, Obama talking about Health Care as a right is just one of many he would create as President. Health Care is expensive but I am not in the mood to paying for it described as a "right."

That was a waste of 90 mins and McCain on substance AND showmanship didn't hit Obama hard enough who just talked and said nothing all night.

This was not a gamechanger. All Obama had to do is walk out there and look like someone you could trust which he did in that respect. McCain had to go out and beat Obama like a drum, he didn't and lost the debate.

You are dealing with an American populace that wants mommy and daddy government to take care of them. Obama can pander to that element without hesitation.

Andy McCarthy from The Corner sums up the frustration with McCain by a lot of people since this campaign started.

Memo to McCain Campaign: Someone is either a terrorist sympathizer or he isn't; someone is either disqualified as a terrorist sympathizer or he's qualified for public office. You helped portray Obama as a clealy qualified presidential candidate who would fight terrorists.

If that's what the public thinks, good luck trying to win this thing.

With due respect, I think tonight was a disaster for our side. I'm dumbfounded that no one else seems to think so. Obama did everything he needed to do, McCain did nothing he needed to do. What am I missing?


John McCain is heading to near-certain defeat in the presidential election because American voters no longer trust Republicans on the economy, a strategist for the party warned yesterday.

Steve Lombardo, who has worked on Republican campaigns since 1992 and advised McCain's opponent, Mitt Romney, in the primaries, said it would take a major external event, such as a terrorist attack or a crippling error by Barack Obama, for McCain to make a comeback.

"Basically unless there is some external event the dynamics of this race are being driven almost entirely by the financial situation here in the United States and globally, and that works for Barack Obama," Lombardo told the Guardian.

Lombardo laid out his misgivings in a memo obtained by the Guardian, in which he wrote that McCain's attempts to make the election about Obama's character were unlikely to work. The memo argues such attacks at this point seem "desperate"; the time to define the Democrats' character had been in August - before the presidential debates. "The economic situation has virtually ended John McCain's presidential aspirations and no amount of tactical manoeuvring in the final 29 days is likely to change that equation," the memo said. "There are more turns to come in this election and it is not over yet but it sure seems like it is."

The memo said McCain lost the election on September 15 - two days after Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy - when he told a rally in Florida: "The fundamentals of the economy are strong."

I disagree about the fundamentals quote but fully agree on the character question, these questions about Ayers/Wright and Obama himself should have started a couple of months ago and pounded on every day. You can't do much damage in one month especially with a MSM who is going to root for Obama.

Saturday Night Live banned Soros skit.

Entertainment: Anyone going to get the real story why this skit is being taken down by NBC and SNL?

Update: Updated skit and reasons for the takedown here.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Barney Frank: Blaming the CRA? RACIST!

Politics: The last defense of a fool.

Frank charged that conservatives aim to shift blame for the market meltdown away from Wall Street and toward minority-lending laws like the federal Community Reinvestment Act.

“The bizarre notion that the Community Reinvestment Act . . . somehow is the cause of the whole problem, (conservatives) don’t mind that,” the lawmaker said. “They’re aware that the affordable-housing goals of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (and) the Community Reinvestment Act (aim to help) poor people. And let’s be honest, the fact that some poor people are black doesn’t hurt either from their standpoint.”

and the aim to help poor people meant putting Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in a position to open themselves up to bad loans that are a part of this economic meltdown. But for Dems and other race hustlers this is racist.

Germany to the rest of the EU: DROP DEAD!

EU: This is the European Union?

Germany's finance minister said Monday he is considering creating a "shield" that would protect the country's entire financial sector, arguing it would not be possible to continue to address troubled financial institutions on a case by case basis.

However, Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck made clear that Germany does not envision making its move as part of a U.S.-style bailout plan for all of Europe. He said he and Chancellor Angela Merkel agree that the German government must remain the sole "master of the process."

Steinbrueck spoke after the government on Sunday put together a new 50 billion euros ($69 billion) rescue package for distressed lender Hypo Real Estate AG. Steinbrueck's ministry reached a deal with private banks late Sunday to infuse an additional line of credit worth up to 15 billion euros ($21 billion).

"We must now try — beyond a single solution at Hypo Real Estate — to stretch a shield across Germany as a whole, so we do not stagger from one case to the next," Steinbrueck said on Deutschlandfunk radio.

"I am very conscious of the fact that, at some point, we won't be able to move forward with individual solutions," he told reporters later Monday. Steinbrueck said the aim was to have a "plan B" available, but declined to provide details.

Steinbrueck was unyielding in his opposition to a Europe-wide shield.

"The chancellor and I reject a European shield because we as Germans do not want to pay into a big pot where we do not have control and do not know where German money might be used," he said in a separate interview with WDR 2 radio.

(Audio) Gwen Ifill really didn't care for Gov.Palin

Politics: I am not talking about her on Meet the Press but on Friday Morning after the debate between Biden and Palin on the Tom Joyner Show where as Tom says this is the Gwen Ifill you didn't see on television.


For more stellar discourse from liberal black radio.

Michael Baisden fantasying about white Republican women are only for abortion if their daughters are raped by Latino or Black men.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

New study links illegal immigration and crime

Immigration: From one county but why is there no reports like this elsewhere?

Illegal immigrants comprised nearly 19 percent of those sentenced for felonies in Maricopa County in 2007 even though illegal immigrants only make up an estimated 9 percent of the county’s population, according to a new study.

The numbers, which were generated by the County Attorney’s Office, apparently reinforce popular beliefs about illegal immigration and crime.

The study was released Thursday by County Attorney Andrew Thomas and focuses on persons who are actually convicted.

It said 18.7 percent of convicted felons in the county last year were undocumented immigrants.

In the past, Thomas’ office has balked at providing numbers of illegal immigrants prosecuted for crimes other than those related to the state’s human-smuggling statutes, and the county attorney denied that the release of the study was politically timed.

Thomas faces Democrat Tim Nelson and Libertarian Michael Kielsky in the Nov. 4 election.

“I understand there is great passion related to the illegal-immigration debate,” Thomas said. “And I am not trying to incite anything or pour gasoline on the flames, but the public has a legitimate right to know whether there is a link between crime and illegal immigration.”

According to Thomas’ findings, in 2007, illegal immigrants accounted for 12.8 percent of aggravated-assault convictions, 33.5 percent of drug convictions, 35.8 percent of kidnappings, 13 percent of robberies, 20.3 percent of felony DUIs, 20.7 percent of crimes with weapons and 10.6 percent of murders and manslaughters.

The percentages were higher for crimes generally associated with illegal immigrants, such as 96 percent of smuggling cases, 44.4 percent of forgeries and frauds, and 85.3 percent of false-ID convictions.

Knife crime 'fuelled by brutalised refugees' from Africa.

UK: Half of me says this is just an excuse trotted out to cover up crime causes, other half is astonished you take in kids from these areas and not realize they could be walking time bombs.

Trevor Phillips, the chairman of Commission for Equalities and Human Rights, said that one of the causes of knife crime was a lack of integration for refugee children who had witnessed untold horrors in their early lives.

He said: "There is a very specific issue for some minority communities in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds. We have had a generation of refugee children who have come from unimaginable levels of violence, absolutely terrifying situations.

"We admit them - rightly - and then we plonk them in schools and we expect behave like everyone else. You look at the names of those who are involved, they come from Congo, they come from east Africa and so on.

"I don't think anybody has been very keen on saying it. Let's recognise what it is that is making it happen. It is not the fact that they are black but the fact that they have come from vicious, wartorn regions."

The comments come amid widespread concern about knife crime. Figures earlier this summer revealed that one person is the victim of such a crime every four minutes and the Home Affairs Committee said that it will be launching an inquiry into knife crime in November.

EU bailout plans in ruins as Germany says every man for himself!

EU: This EU concept needs work.

Germany offered a blanket bank deposit guarantee on Sunday in a bid to contain the spreading credit crisis as officials clinched deals to rescue Germany's Hypo Real Estate and recapitalize two other European banks.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was quoted as saying Italy would revive the idea of a common bailout fund for European banks at a meeting of finance ministers in Luxembourg on Monday.

Germany shot back that it remained opposed to any such pooled funding for European bank rescues like the $700 billion bailout approved last week by the United States.

But Germany said it would guarantee more than 500 billion euros ($693 billion) in deposits in German banks to protect savers from the worst global financial crisis since the 1930s. Austria quickly followed suit.

The deposit guarantee by Germany, Europe's largest economy, seemed certain to raise the stakes for other EU members to match its terms and to restart a debate about Europe's fragmented response to the credit crisis.

"We say to savers that their deposits are safe," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a news conference in Berlin. "The federal government is also committed to that."

The pledge came as German officials clinched a renewed rescue deal for lender Hypo Real Estate, Belgium and Luxembourg found a buyer for troubled financial group Fortis in BNP Paribas, and UniCredit, Italy's second-biggest bank, announced plans to raise new capital.

The UK is pissed considered they railed against Ireland who did a guarantee.

The Treasury was under pressure last night to guarantee the savings of all depositors in British banks after Germany announced it was following the lead of the Irish and Greeks and offering a blanket guarantee on all savings - currently worth €568bn (£440bn).

Britain had just agreed to raise its level from £35,000 to £50,0000 but may yet need to take more radical steps to avoid a flight of savings.

British officials were furious with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel. They pointed out that she had given no indication of the move over the weekend during a summit in Paris designed to coordinate a European response to the economic crisis. The Treasury was last night trying to establish the implications of the German move.

Speaking of the decision by the Greek and Irish governments to offer blanket guarantees, the new business secretary, Peter Mandelson, said yesterday: "It would be better while operating on a country by country basis, we did so in a coordinated way and we brought a collective European view. We are all interlocked. We are in this together."

The German move came as the Treasury was preparing a contingency plan to take a stake in failing British banks to recapitalise them. This gained the support of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats yesterday.

"24" Producer Howard Gordon bows to CAIR demands.

Entertainment: Who knew that Howard Gordon the obvious liberal producer/showrunner of 24 who will likely kill it off even knew about the film Obsession.

A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group announced today that Howard Gordon, the executive producer of Fox's drama "24," has withdrawn his endorsement of the anti-Muslim film "Obsession" currently being distributed to some 28 million households in presidential election swing states by a shadowy non-profit organization called the Clarion Fund.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) released a statement by Gordon in which he said:

"After being contacted by a number of people whose opinions I respect and after reviewing Obsession with their criticisms and concerns in mind, I have asked the film makers to remove my endorsement from the Obsession website and from any future promotional materials. While I remain committed to the film's essential message -- that the hate-mongering promoted by radical Islamism presents a real threat to western values of tolerance and pluralism -- I also appreciate that the goal of co-existence and tolerance is not being served by films like Obsession."

CAIR welcomed Gordon's statement and noted that others are withdrawing their support for the film that many commentators have called anti-Muslim "propaganda."

"We commend Mr. Gordon for recognizing the harm caused to our society by intentionally inflammatory and divisive films such as 'Obsession,'" said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. "As public outrage grows over this hate-filled production, people of conscience are spontaneously withdrawing their support."

Spontaneously withdrawing after pressuring maybe.

Olbermann infects NBC football with Palin bashing.

Sports: After Bills QB got knocked out of the game with a concussion and carted off the field he snarked that he could see Russia from here. Take that anyway you can but why the hell is this fool still allowed on NBC football.

McCain refusing to go after Wright or Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac.

Politics: You really can't win the race in a clean fashion if your opponent is willing to cut your legs off.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, McCain continues to forbid his campaign from going after Obama for his longtime friendship and ideological partnership with Rev. Jeremiah Wright — and refuses to attack Obama on the Fannie/Freddie/CRA debacles because he fears being perceived as a racist.

AP is calling the campaign racist for going after a terrorist like Ayers and you are worried about Fannie and Freddie? The media is in the tank for Obama, anything you say is going to be taken as racist. If you want to get beat then just say so now so everyone can just move on in fighting the upcoming Obama socialist regime.

Pointing out Obama and Ayers? RACIST!

Politics: Get used to this line of attack from the Obama loving press corp if he gets elected on any criticism of Black Jesus in office.

By claiming that Democrat Barack Obama is "palling around with terrorists" and doesn't see the U.S. like other Americans, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin targeted key goals for a faltering campaign.
And though she may have scored a political hit each time, her attack was unsubstantiated and carried a racially tinged subtext that John McCain himself may come to regret.

First, Palin's attack shows that her energetic debate with rival Joe Biden may be just the beginning, not the end, of a sharpened role in the battle to win the presidency.

"Our opponent ... is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that he's palling around with terrorists who would target their own country," Palin told a group of donors in Englewood, Colo. A deliberate attempt to smear Obama, McCain's ticket-mate echoed the line at three separate events Saturday.

"This is not a man who sees America like you and I see America," she said. "We see America as a force of good in this world. We see an America of exceptionalism."

Her reference to Obama's relationship with William Ayers, a member of the Vietnam-era Weather Underground, was exaggerated at best if not outright false. No evidence shows they were "pals" or even close when they worked on community boards years ago and Ayers hosted a political event for Obama early in his career.