Saturday, July 25, 2009

CBO again slams new addition to Obama's health care plan.

CBO employees are going to be in danger of being run out of town by the dems at this rate.

For the second time this month, congressional budget analysts have dealt a blow to the Democrat's health reform efforts, this time by saying a plan touted by the White House as crucial to paying for the bill would actually save almost no money over 10 years.

A key House chairman and moderate House Democrats on Tuesday agreed to a White House-backed proposal that would give an outside panel the power to make cuts to government-financed health care programs. White House budget director Peter Orszag declared the plan "probably the most important piece that can be added" to the House's health care reform legislation.

But on Saturday, the Congressional Budget Office said the proposal to give an independent panel the power to keep Medicare spending in check would only save about $2 billion over 10 years- a drop in the bucket compared to the bill's $1 trillion price tag.

"In CBO's judgment, the probability is high that no savings would be realized ... but there is also a chance that substantial savings might be realized. Looking beyond the 10-year budget window, CBO expects that this proposal would generate larger but still modest savings on the same probabilistic basis," CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf wrote in a letter to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Saturday.

The proposal's meager savings are a blow to Democrats working furiously to bring down costs in order to win support from their party's fiscally conservative Blue Dogs, who have threatened to vote against the bill without significant changes. The proposal was heralded as a breakthrough on Tuesday after Blue Dogs and House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman emerged from the White House with agreement on giving the independent panel, rather than Congress, the ability to rein in Medicare spending.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Obama angers cops nationwide over Gates comment.

In one press conference he has alienated Insurance companies, doctors who are taking out tonsils when they don't have too according to him and now cops nationwide, good job.

BOSTON -- Many police officers across the country have a message for President Barack Obama: Get all the facts before criticizing one of our own. Obama's public criticism that Cambridge officers "acted stupidly" when they arrested black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. could make it harder for police to work with people of color, some officers said Thursday.

It could even set back the progress in race relations that helped Obama become the nation's first African-American president, they said.

"What we don't need is public safety officials across the country second-guessing themselves," said David Holway, president of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, which represents 15,000 public safety officials around the country. "The president's alienated public safety officers across the country with his comments."

Microsoft Changes 'Laptop Hunters' Ad After Apple Complains

Microsoft got a rare slap against Apple not that it wasn't deserved or true.

Les Lye of You Can’t Do That on Television dead.

Loved this show on Nick as a punk kid in the 80s and he was great from Barth to the teacher to the producer.

Les Lye, a Canadian actor and broadcaster best known in the United States as the only adult cast member of the children’s comedy show “You Can’t Do That on Television,” died Tuesday in Ottawa. He was 84.

His death was announced by the Canadian network CTV.

“You Can’t Do That on Television,” a sort of junior version of “Laugh-In,” had its premiere in 1979 on the Ottawa station CJOH-TV. Mr. Lye appeared in comedy sketches with the show’s young performers, playing foils like Barth of the hamburger stand Barth’s Burgery and the captain of a firing squad that was usually about to execute the children.

When it was shown on Nickelodeon in the early ’80s, it quickly became one of that channel’s most popular programs. It ran until 1990 in Canada, then continued in Nickelodeon reruns.

Minimum wage hike could threaten jobs

Another brilliant plan that was rushed to vote and not fully thought out especially now in this economy.

A federal minimum wage increase that takes effect Friday could prolong the recession, some economists say, by forcing small businesses to lay off the same workers that the pay hike passed in better times was meant to help.

The increase to $7.25 means 70 cents more an hour for the lowest-paid workers in the 30 states that have lower minimums or no minimum wage. It also means higher costs for employers who feel they've already trimmed all their operating fat.

"How will they absorb the increase?" said Rajeev Dhawan, director of Georgia State University's Economic Forecasting Center. "They will either hire less people or they will do less business."

At Bench Warmers Bar and Grill in the southeast Kansas farming town of Chanute (pronounced sha-NOOT), owner Cathy Matney has decided to let some of her dishwashers go rather than pay all 22 of her employees more.

"It's bad timing," said Matney, whose waitresses and cooks will have to pitch in with scrubbing pots and pans. "With the economy like this, there's a lot of people who are out of work and this is only going to add to it."

Ryan Arfmann, who owns a Jamba Juice shop in Idaho Falls, Idaho, will be cutting hours to his staff, which is made up largely of college students, high schoolers and homemakers who want to make a few bucks.

"Am I going to fire anybody, no," Arfmann said. "But kids understand there's going to be hours cut."

Arfmann said he wishes the increase was spread out over a few more years, to make it easier for him to absorb the costs. He also is concerned that he'll end up having to give everybody raises just to maintain pay differentials between employees.

"People who are already getting paid above $7.25 are going to feel like they need raises as well," he said. "It's harder for me to reward employees that are doing well because of minimum wage being so high."

Obama should have kept his mouth shut over Gates.

Obama needs to realize he is the President of the United States not some community organizer from the south side of Chicago ralling against the "Po-Po." The mouth ran ahead of his brain at the press conference.

The first mistake was saying he didn't have all the facts then siding with Gates against the cops which is not winning him support in Massachusetts.

"....But many in Massachusetts said he crossed a line by passing judgment on police while acknowledging he did not have all the facts. Online polls in Massachusetts show strong support for the white arresting officer. A police union and his department's chief also came out strongly in his defense.

"Based on what I have seen and heard from the other officers, he maintained a professional decorum during the course of the entire situation and conducted himself in a professional manner," Cambridge Police Department Commissioner Robert Haas told a news conference.

Obama's comment stunned the city's policemen, Haas added. "They were very much deflated." He said he has appointed a panel to review Gates' arrest.

Others questioned whether Obama should have so strongly backed Gates, a friend, over the police without knowing fully what took place.

"He should steer clear of it if he doesn't know all the facts," said Patricia Lynch, 49, a consultant and graduate of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, as she emerged from a Boston cafe. "For any specific case, you have to go only by the facts of that particular case."

Sergeant Crowley who we found out teaches a class about racial profiling at the Lowell Police Academy and gets the highest praise for his work is getting support because Gates is coming off like a belligerent drama queen. The reports from Crowley and another officer at the scene back up the thought the situation was handled poorly by both sides but Gates is over the line with his racist/rogue cop nonsense.

Now the White House has to backtrack on it though Obama is not backing down from it except to try and clarify with his patented speech-fu.

President Obama yesterday stood by his criticism that Cambridge police “acted stupidly’’ when they arrested Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. after responding to a burglary report at Gates’s home, saying that he was “surprised by the controversy’’ it has stoked.

“I think it was a pretty straightforward commentary that you probably don’t need to handcuff a guy, a middle-aged man who uses a cane, who is in his own home,’’ he said in an interview that aired last night on ABC’s “Nightline.’’

Despite his “extraordinary respect’’ for police work, the president told ABC News, “my suspicion is that words were exchanged between the police officer and Mr. Gates’’ and anger got the best of them. Obama said he understands that Sergeant James M. Crowley, the white Cambridge police officer who arrested Gates, is an “outstanding’’ officer, but ultimately “it doesn’t make sense to arrest a guy in his own home if he’s not causing a serious disturbance.’’

Being in your own home or property doesn't mean you can't get arrested because that would be stupid. BTW, Obama has sucked the life out of the Cambridge police department.

Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas said yesterday that his department was “deeply pained’’ and his officers “very much deflated’’ by Obama’s remark. “It deeply hurts the pride of this agency,’’ he said at a news conference, where he defended Crowley’s actions.

Good Job.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

AP: Obama lying about healthcare claims.

My title since the AP isn't going to come out and flat out say it. But Obama was lying the whole night trying to whitewash his and the Dems proposals. He tried the Obama mind routine but spewing out long answers that answered nothing..

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama's assertion Wednesday that government will stay out of health care decisions in an overhauled system is hard to square with the proposals coming out of Congress and with his own rhetoric.

Even now, nearly half the costs of health care in the U.S. are paid for by government at all levels. Federal authority would only grow under any proposal in play.

A look at some of Obama's claims in his prime-time news conference:

OBAMA: "We already have rough agreement" on some aspects of what a health care overhaul should involve, and one is: "It will keep government out of health care decisions, giving you the option to keep your insurance if you're happy with it."

THE FACTS: In House legislation, a commission appointed by the government would determine what is and isn't covered by insurance plans offered in a new purchasing pool, including a plan sponsored by the government. The bill also holds out the possibility that, over time, those standards could be imposed on all private insurance plans, not just the ones in the pool.

Indeed, Obama went on to lay out other principles of reform that plainly show the government making key decisions in health care. He said insurance companies would be barred from dropping coverage when someone gets too sick, limits would be set on out-of-pocket expenses, and preventive care such as checkups and mammograms would be covered.

It's true that people would not be forced to give up a private plan and go with a public one. The question is whether all of those private plans would still be in place if the government entered the marketplace in a bigger way.

He addressed some of the nuances under questioning. "Can I guarantee that there are going to be no changes in the health care delivery system?" he said. "No. The whole point of this is to try to encourage changes that work for the American people and make them healthier."

He acknowledged then that the "government already is making some of these decisions."

The whole goal of the private plan is to kill off private insurance in his mind.

Middle Class will pay taxes for Obamacare, oh yes.

Several times since the beginning of the year he has backed off as nice as he could from early campaign promises like not raising taxes on the middle class. Tonight he went into weasel word mode.

WASHINGTON – Six months in office, President Barack Obama sought to rally support for sweeping health care legislation Wednesday night as Congress struggled to find agreement on a historic overhaul. He vowed to reject any measure "primarily funded through taxing middle-class families."

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Remember, Christine Brennan hates good looking female journalists.

Brennan tried to clarify this tweet which sounds like Erin Andrews was asking to be filmed by some pervert.

The controversy over the videotaping of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews in her hotel room, has ricocheted around the internet in every form.

USA TODAY columnist Christine Brennan has gotten a strong reaction to her postings on her Twitter account with the tweets linked to Facebook.

Tweeted Brennan:

Women sports journalists need to be smart and not play to the frat house. There are tons of nuts out there.

Erin Andrews incident is bad, but to add perspective: there are 100s of women sports journalists who have never had this happen to them.

The Big Lead picked up Brennan's postings and the response has questioned Brennan's opinion.

keithsmooth: USA Today's Christine Brennan insinuated that Erin Andrews deserved what she got because she was "too friendly with the frat boys!" HATER!!

rfburton: I can't believe that Christine Brennan of all people essentially suggested that Erin Andrews was asking for it.

bbryan: Never thought I would see a women go with the “she was asking for it” take. Thought that was only for chauvinist male pigs.

tyduffy: Wearing a sundress on television is not a tacit invitation to videotape her naked in her hotel room. It’s not among the things one would or should ever expect to happen. There’s no logical or environmental explanation for this. Stop grasping for one!

She has gone on to say she meant playing away from the icky frat sports guys and the little girl sitting in her room dreaming one day to be Christine Brennan.

But don't forget that Brennan is the queen mean of good looking women hating going back a few years she ripped into Jill Arrington for being in the running of a Playboy hottest list.

"....In a better world, there would be a great outcry over this injustice. Unfortunately, these gals have a major problem. They are babes, and the anti-babe activists are howling like sprinters with a blown Achilles tendon. The noise became unbearable when Playboy took a poll to establish the sexiest of the bunch (Jill won, though she is far from everyone's favorite). Clearly threatened by these women, their critics hope to do unto them as they did unto their parachuting SBT forebears.

As always, the hysteria switch on their bullhorns has been set at maximum. Keith Olbermann hissed that "all of television sports, not just the women who work in it, has been set back several years." He found a brother in Leo Shapiro, who asked his readers "Wouldn't it be nice if Playboy dropped the demeaning sexiest woman sportscasters poll now on its Web site?" The most ruffled skirt probably belongs to Christine Brennan, who aired her grievances in a USA Today column.
Ms. Brennan -- clearly no relation of fun-loving Walter "Real McCoy" Brennan -- returned to her central complaint several times. "Have you seen some of the women who occasionally pop up in the studio or on the sideline? Tell me, have you been impressed by their grasp of the Counter Trey? Oh, and by the way, have you happened to notice that they look pretty darn good?"

And this: "A few weeks ago, we had CBS's Jill Arrington showing up in a tank top for her Virginia Tech-Miami sideline assignment. (Excuse me, but what ever happened to elegance and sophistication? What ever happened to Armani suits? What ever happened to trying to look, dare I say it, professional?) All season long, we've endured preposterous Fox weather woman/sweater gal Jillian Berberie. This woman makes Phyllis George look like Madeleine Albright."

so just chalk up her boneheaded post to the mask falling just a bit before being called on it.

Obama butchers Henry Gates arrest and throws police under the bus.

Good lord, even with Gates didn't simplify it as much as Obama did to make the point that law enforcement are racists against Blacks and Latinos. He took law enforcement as a whole and stomped all over them for the benefit of his good friend Henry Gates.

Obama set himself up for a pounding on this question.

Gates was arrested for allegedly disorderly conduct -- a charge that was quickly dropped -- after a confrontation with a police officer inside his own home. Though some facts of the case are still in dispute, Obama showed little doubt about who had been wronged.

"I don’t know – not having been there and not seeing all the facts – what role race played in that, but I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two that he Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home," Obama said in response to a question from the Chicago Sun-Times's Lynn Sweet.

Gates, Obama allowed, "is a friend, so I may be a little biased here. I don't know all the facts."

He was arrested for his behavior after he showed his ID not because he was in his house. It was a setup question by Lynn Sweet and Obama still managed to come off looking like an ass.

Update# Office not saying sorry.

Gates said he'd be prepared to forgive the arresting officer "if he told the truth" about what the director of Harvard's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research said were "fabrications" in the police report.

The officer, Sgt. James Crowley, told CNN affiliate WCVB earlier Wednesday that he will not apologize.

"There are not many certainties in life, but it is for certain that Sgt. Crowley will not be apologizing," he said.

Gates said the mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts, called him to apologize about the incident, in which he was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

CNN could not confirm Wednesday night that an apology was made. Cambridge Mayor E. Denise Simmons did not respond to requests by CNN for comment.

Man inline skates down roller coaster

Specially made skates and the video starts off interesting but the camera doesn't seem to capture the speed too well

Video Here.

Doctor fees not paid for in Obama bill

There is a whole lot of assumptions to Obamacare which flies in the face of common sense to think it will work out as intended.

President Barack Obama's pledge to make sure health care legislation is fully paid for excludes $245 billion to raise fees for doctors treating Medicare patients, a senior administration official said Tuesday.

Peter Orszag, the budget director, said the administration always had assumed the money would be spent to prevent a cut of more than 20 percent in doctor fees that is scheduled to take effect.

The Congressional Budget Office said Friday that the addition of money for doctors would cause the health care bill to produce deficits totaling $239 billion over the next decade.

A few hours earlier Friday, Obama had said at the White House, "I've said that health insurance reform cannot add to our deficit over the next decade. And I mean it."

Orszag's statement put him in agreement with House Democratic leaders, who have also pledged a deficit-neutral health care bill, but who exclude the physician fees from that commitment.

The House Republican leader, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, said, "This is yet another broken promise from a White House that pledged it wouldn't support health care legislation that adds to our deficit."

Islamist Militia Threatens Kenya’s Border

Scary read on how Kenya could be put in the mix with the Islamist groups threatening to cause trouble on its borders for now.

Kenya is widely seen as a frontline state against the Islamist extremism smoldering across the Horn of Africa. Few expect the Shabab to make good on its threats to march en masse across the border. But the creeping fear, the one that keeps the security staffs at Western embassies awake at night, is that the Shabab or its foreign jihadist allies will infiltrate Kenya and attack some of the tens of thousands of Westerners living in the country, possibly in a major strike like Al Qaeda did in 1998.

Last month, Western counterterrorism experts in Kenya sent out text messages warning expatriates to stay away from malls in Nairobi, Kenya’s usually laid-back capital, because of possible suicide attacks by the Shabab. A few weeks later, the group threatened to destroy Nairobi’s “tall, glass buildings.”

The Shabab has already penetrated refugee camps inside Kenya, according to camp elders, luring away dozens of young men with promises of paradise — and $300 each. It has carried out cross-border attacks, kidnapping an outspoken cleric in May from a refugee camp 50 miles inside Kenya. Last Wednesday, in one of its boldest cross-border moves yet, a squad of uniformed, heavily armed Shabab fighters stormed into a Kenyan school in a remote town, rounding up all the children and telling them to quit their classes and join the jihad.

“If these guys can come in with their guns and uniforms in broad daylight,” said one of the teachers at the school, “they must be among us.”

Then on Saturday it happened again: Somali gunmen, widely believed to be with the Shabab, stormed the offices of an aid organization and kidnapped three aid workers from a Kenyan border town before melting back into Somalia.

American and British advisers are working closely with Kenyan counterterrorism teams, but the area along the Somali border is known to be a gaping hole.

“The Kenyans don’t have the skills to close the border, even if they wanted to,” said one Western diplomat, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing diplomatic protocol. “People are very concerned. But on some level, we can’t defend Kenya’s border for them.”

When asked to assess the level of security at the Somali border, the diplomat flatly stated, “There is no security.”

Rasmussen polls among the most reliable these days?

Rasmussen was among the first if not the first to see all these sliding poll numbers way before everyone else on Obama and his issues. Just a thought.

AP Poll: Great hopes for Obama fade to reality

Reality is starting to give a beatdown to hope and change.

WASHINGTON – That was fast. The hope and optimism that washed over the country in the opening months of Barack Obama's presidency are giving way to harsh realities.

An Associated Press-GfK Poll shows that a majority of Americans are back to thinking that the country is headed in the wrong direction after a fleeting period in which more thought it was on the right track.

Obama still has a solid 55 percent approval rating — better than Bill Clinton and about even with George W. Bush six months into their presidencies — but there are growing doubts about whether he can succeed at some of the biggest items on his to-do list. And there is a growing sense that he is trying to tackle too much too soon.

The number of people who think Obama can improve the economy is down a sobering 19 percentage points from the euphoric days just before his inauguration. Ditto for expectations about creating jobs. Also down significantly: the share of people who think he can reduce the deficit, remove troops from Iraq and improve respect for the U.S. around the world, all slipping 15 points.

On overhauling health care, a signature issue for Obama, hopes for success are down a lesser 6 points.

Add it all up, and does it mean Obama has lost his mojo? Has yes-we-can morphed into maybe?

"I think it's just reality," said Sandy Smith, a 48-year-old public relations worker from Los Angeles. "He's not Superman, right?"


Pics do not lie.

Obama narcissism screws up his health care "reform."

Obama's bad week is getting worse and he has only himself to blame. Hot Air points out a clip from a couple of weeks ago where Obama brings up the clinging argument trying to sell Obamacare. John at Verum Serum points out

You begin to get the idea that, underneath all his efforts to talk to people like adults, he thinks there are really just two camps: Courageous progressives, e.g. himself and people who agree with him, and backward bumpkins who huddle around failure because they’re too afraid to be more like…him.

It must be an empowering way to see the world. It’s also arrogant, elitist and false.

That has always been the Obama method of policy making and dealing. You can trace it back to people clinging to guns and religion to this year with I won comment. As far as he is concerned anything he says goes and any other way is wrong.

He is Moses and he will lead Americans from their failed lives and society into the Utopian world he has conjured up in his mind. If you disagree you just don't understand his greatness. That is the attitude that has lead him to this health care reform which is turning into a fiasco for him.

He tells Americans that he knows what health care should be in the future, just follow along. Americans looked at his plans and are saying not so fast. This for someone who is used to getting his way is befuddling to him. How can there be Americans who can't see his genius?

That vibe is being recognized more and more and unless he changes its going to get worse.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Henry Gates charges dropped; goes into drama queen mode.

Wash Post and the which Gates founded did an interview which would make it the first useful thing posted since it was created.

The Washington Post article gives you a taste of Gates going into drama outrage but the Root interview does gives an interesting tidbit I haven't seen elsewhere.

Gates: It looked like someone’s footprint was there. So it’s possible that the door had been jimmied, that someone had tried to get in while I was in China. But for whatever reason, the lock was damaged. My driver hit the door with his shoulder and the door popped open. But the lock was permanently disfigured. My home is owned by Harvard University, and so any kind of repair work that’s needed, Harvard will come and do it. I called this person, and she was, in fact, on the line while all of this was going on.

He goes on about the cop showing up on the porch where he goes into full blown Oscar getting drama mode the rest of the way.

I’m saying ‘You need to send someone to fix my lock.’ All of a sudden, there was a policeman on my porch. And I thought, ‘This is strange.’ So I went over to the front porch still holding the phone, and I said ‘Officer, can I help you?’ And he said, ‘Would you step outside onto the porch.’ And the way he said it, I knew he wasn’t canvassing for the police benevolent association. All the hairs stood up on the back of my neck, and I realized that I was in danger. And I said to him no, out of instinct. I said, ‘No, I will not.’

My lawyers later told me that that was a good move and had I walked out onto the porch he could have arrested me for breaking and entering. He said ‘I’m here to investigate a 911 call for breaking and entering into this house.’ And I said ‘That’s ridiculous because this happens to be my house. And I’m a Harvard professor.’ He says ‘Can you prove that you’re a Harvard professor?’ I said yes, I turned and closed the front door to the kitchen where I’d left my wallet, and I got out my Harvard ID and my Massachusetts driver’s license which includes my address and I handed them to him. And he’s sitting there looking at them.

Now it’s clear that he had a narrative in his head: A black man was inside someone’s house, probably a white person’s house, and this black man had broken and entered, and this black man was me.

So he’s looking at my ID, he asked me another question, which I refused to answer. And I said I want your name and your badge number because I want to file a complaint because of the way he had treated me at the front door. He didn’t say, ‘Excuse me, sir, is there a disturbance here, is this your house?’—he demanded that I step out on the porch, and I don’t think he would have done that if I was a white person.

But at that point, I realized that I was in danger. And so I said to him that I want your name, and I want your badge number and I said it repeatedly.

TR: How did this escalate? What are the laws in Cambridge that govern this kind of interaction? Did you ever think you were in the wrong?

HLG: The police report says I was engaged in loud and tumultuous behavior. That’s a joke. Because I have a severe bronchial infection which I contracted in China and for which I was treated and have a doctor’s report from the Peninsula hotel in Beijing. So I couldn’t have yelled. I can’t yell even today, I’m not fully cured.

It escalated as follows: I kept saying to him, ‘What is your name, and what is your badge number?’ and he refused to respond. I asked him three times, and he refused to respond. And then I said, ‘You’re not responding because I’m a black man, and you’re a white officer.’ That’s what I said. He didn’t say anything. He turned his back to me and turned back to the porch. And I followed him. I kept saying, “I want your name, and I want your badge number.”

It looked like an ocean of police had gathered on my front porch. There were probably half a dozen police officers at this point. The mistake I made was I stepped onto the front porch and asked one of his colleagues for his name and badge number. And when I did, the same officer said, ‘Thank you for accommodating our request. You are under arrest.’ And he handcuffed me right there. It was outrageous. My hands were behind my back I said, ‘I’m handicapped. I walk with a cane. I can’t walk to the squad car like this.’ There was a huddle among the officers; there was a black man among them. They removed the cuffs from the back and put them around the front.

A crowd had gathered, and as they were handcuffing me and walking me out to the car, I said, ‘Is this how you treat a black man in America?’

The truth of what happened most likely lies between Gates retelling and the police report which says Gates did pull the DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM card on the officer.

He then goes on to retell his harrowing couple of hours in jail where horrors of horrors they treated him just like any other person brought in for booking. He calls it a teachable moment and outraged that the prison system is so harsh as if he expects everything to be a day at the beach. Did he expect special treatment because he is Henry Gates and a Harvard professor? Jail isn't supposed to be a pleasant experience.

TR: What do you make of the suspicious neighbor who called the police with an erroneous report of “two black men” trying to enter your apartment? Was this neighborhood watch gone wrong?

HLG: I don’t know this person, and I’m sure that she thought she was doing the right thing. If I was on Martha’s Vineyard like I am now and someone was trying to break into my house, I would hope that someone called the police and that they would respond. But I would hope that the police wouldn’t arrest the first black man that they saw—especially after that person gives them an ID—and not rely on some trumped-up charge, which is what this man was doing.

TR: The charges have been dropped. What are your plans for legal action against the city of Cambridge, its police department or the individual officer?

HLG: I’ll be meeting with my legal team, and we will be deciding what kind of legal action I should take. I haven’t made the decision yet. But I am determined that this experience, my experience, as horrendous as it was and as outrageous as it was, be used for the larger good of the black community. There are 1 million black men in the prison system, and on Thursday I became one of them. I would sooner have believed the sky was going to fall from the heavens than I would have believed this could happen to me. It shouldn’t have happened to me, and it shouldn’t happen to anyone.

As a college professor, I want to make this a teaching experience. I am going to devote my considerable resources, intellectual and otherwise, to making sure this doesn’t happen again. I’m thinking about making a documentary film about racial profiling, and I’m in talks with PBS about that.

Based on just his account, I would say Gates is a pain in the ass. The cop gets a call about a possible break-in, mostly likely he sees the damaged door as well and keeps himself outside asking for whoever is inside to come out less there be another person in the house.

Gates thinks white cop is a racist and plays the race card on himself thinking this is the deep south in the middle of the night in Jim Crow days and not the Cambridge police. Then it falls into this farce.

As I said the truth/facts lies between the two but Gates needs to drop the drama queen act.

Demetrius Hazelton, victim of racism or playing the race card?

Instapundit linked to this story about Demetrius Hazelton gettign arrested for using Dave Chappelle's white voice.

THEY TOLD ME THAT IF OBAMA WERE PRESIDENT, people would be arrested for making racial remarks. And they were right! Son of Police Detective Sues New Rochelle PD Following Arrest for using Dave Chappelle’s “White Person” Voice.

The story from the link fills out the details and you can fill in the blanks as you get the card game being played.

According to the police report, officers responded to noisy parties at the Hartley Houses complex April 13 and tried to break up an altercation there.

After the crowd ignored police commands to calm down, the report said, an officer brandished a Taser and fired it in the air without a cartridge to show the crowd the device's electric shock.

The report said many of the people there, including Hazelton, ran from the police and into traffic on Lincoln Avenue. An officer asked Hazelton to get off the road, the report said, and Hazelton mocked the officer's commands by imitating him with a "white racial monotone voice." The report described the voice as the same one comedian Dave Chappelle uses "when making fun of white people."

The officer again asked Hazelton to get off the road, according to the report, and Hazelton said, "What the (expletive) are you going to do, white boy? My father is a detective. What are you, just a cop?"

Hazelton mocked the police to the crowd, according to the report, and an officer tried arresting him by pushing the teen against a police car.

Hazelton then tried to push himself off the car when another officer came by to help take Hazelton down to the ground, the report said.

Calvin Scholar, Hazelton's attorney, disputed the police report and alleged that several key details from the incident were omitted from the report.

Those alleged omissions make up a bulk of the lawsuit against the city. The lawsuit claims the officer pushing Hazelton against the police car threatened to break his arms while other officers smashed his head multiple times against the car.

"We dispute that there was any lawful reason for him to be arrested," Scholar said. "We believe he was singled out."

Scholar added that Hazelton did not use a Dave Chappelle voice to mock the officer but said Hazelton did reference the fact he was the son of a New Rochelle detective.

The police says Hazelton is being charged with disorderly conduct which sounds like the charge you would get based on the police report. Yes, I know I have taken the police side in two cases against black people like Henry Gates a couple of posts down. But there are three cards I hate seeing being played.

1) The race card

2) The DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM card!


If Hazelton played #3 and acted the fool by not following police directions, the cop is in the right. If its just getting pissed for using the voice as alleged, cop is wrong and deserves punishment.

As for the NAACP involvement on a large scale, I get really suspicious with comments like this from the local chapter.

A black teenager and son of a city detective is alleging he was assaulted by police, and yesterday local black leaders pressed the city for answers.

"Don't get me wrong, there are some good police officers - black, white, purple and green," said Ron Williams, president of the city's chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. "There's also a lot of bad police officers, but we're not painting them all with the same brush. All we're saying is we want to be treated with respect just like everyone else."

If the majority of cops in this city are bad, then by all means lets launch an investigation as you can't make a blanket statement like that and not be called on it.

As an aside let me be bougie about the location of the arrest and going by the commentators at the article.

Hartley Houses, an affordable housing complex run by the New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority as part of their mission to make housing more accessible to low-income residents of the City of New Rochelle.

Going by this NYTIMES article from 1992 and commentators from the article, I will go with the impression not exactly paradise lost where this party was taking place.

Controlling crime has become more of a priority in New Rochelle in recent years. The projects are in the lowest-income, highest-crime area of the city. Within several blocks of them is Iona College and two fairly new additions, the Avalon, an upscale residential tower, and New Roc City, the huge sports and entertainment complex the city hopes will spark a local revitalization.

The police beat known as Sector 6, which includes the Hartley Houses, has led the city the last 13 years in drug-related crime, assaults and shotings. Crime soared in the projects in the early 90's during the crack epidemic. There were riots here after the Rodney King beating. One block bordering the Hartley houses is Horton Avenue, a hangout for the street gang, the L.A. Boys (L.A., as in Lincoln Avenue).

Both officers wear bulletproof vests at all times, even in the summer.

''I wouldn't do what they do, even if it was going to get me a gold shield,'' said Joseph Poggioli, president of the New Rochelle Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.

Eric Holder makes quiet visit to L.A. mosque.

Why make a quiet visit? It is well known about the problems between Muslims and the FBI.

In a quiet event during an otherwise well-publicized visit to Los Angeles this week, U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. reached out to local Muslim American youths, calling on them to work with the government to fight violent extremism and pledging that the Justice Department would reinvigorate enforcement of civil rights and work to advance religious freedom.

"For American Muslims specifically, these are times that pose serious civil rights and civil liberties challenges," Holder told the crowd, according to a copy of prepared remarks.

The meeting, which was closed to the media, was held Thursday evening at the Omar Ibn Al Khattab Foundation, a mosque and community center near USC, said Dafer Dakhil, the foundation's director.

It lasted about an hour, during which Holder gave prepared remarks and answered questions from an invited audience of about 200 people between the ages of 18 and 33.

The relationship between the Muslim American community and the Department of Justice has come under increasing strain. Earlier this year, a coalition of the nation's largest Muslim organizations issued a statement demanding that the Obama administration address FBI actions, including what they described as the "infiltration of mosques," the use of "agent provocateurs to trap unsuspecting Muslim youth" and the "deliberate vilification" of one of the nation's largest Muslim civil rights organizations.

The point of Thursday's event "was to engage the Muslim community here in Los Angeles," said Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller.

UK revenues plunge as ministers go on vacation.

Obama thinking damn this was almost slick enough to pull it off.

A blizzard of bad news was slipped out by the Government last night - as MPs prepare for their 82-day summer holiday.
It included the worst slump in tax revenues since the 1920s.

A report from auditors identified a catastrophic slide

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UK: CSI trick helps catch rapist.

The other big question is what sort of government gives asylum to someone with a fake passport?

A rapist who posed as a policeman to get into his 89-year-old victim's home was snared because she copied a scene from CSI and scratched his face for DNA.

Bouncer Mauro Lopes, 31, who weighs 20 stone, raped the frail seven-stone widow twice after tricking his way into her home in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

In the midst of her horrific ordeal she had the presence of mind to remember an episode of the cult U.S. forensics drama - and clawed his face knowing police would be able to retrieve his DNA from under her fingernails.

It allowed detectives to catch Lopes just two days after the attack on March 14 because he was already on the national database after a drink-driving offence in 2005.
Lopes, who won asylum after coming to the UK from Angola on a false passport seven years ago, was jailed for nine years at Leeds Crown Court yesterday.
Prosecuting, Felicity Davis said the attack - after Lopes put a large pillow over the woman's face - was so violent that she had to be taken to hospital with heavy bleeding.

But the widow of 20 years managed to tell police: 'I have been watching CSI so I scratched his face so you could get DNA from my fingernails.'

Unable now to live alone, she is in a care home but still has trouble sleeping. She cannot be identified for legal reasons.

Anne Dixon, defending, told the court that Lopes was remorseful and, in his own words, 'had fallen out of his personality with drink'.

He carried out the attack following a visit to a lapdancing club after discovering his girlfriend was cheating on him.

Florida's immigrants and poor people are wary of the Census Bureau

Lets be honest, this Sun-Sentinel article is a politically correct whitewash of why it is difficult to do a census count in the South Florida area.

When census takers visit Walter Hunter's mostly African-American community in Pompano Beach next year for the big, every-10-years count, he predicts they will encounter a lot of slammed doors.

They are likely to get a similar reception in Delmond Desira's Haitian neighborhood in Delray Beach, where many don't understand how filling out the 10-question form would improve their lives.

Hunter and Desira live in South Florida enclaves the U.S. Census Bureau ranks among the hardest to count: pockets of Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Park, Delray Beach and Belle Glade.

In those areas, with heavy concentrations of immigrants who don't speak English, poor people and rental units, almost half the residents did not return mailed surveys for the last big count, in 2000.

Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade are among the 50 counties in the nation with the most people living in hard-to-count areas, according to a report released in April by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a children's advocacy group.

....They have a tough job ahead. Residents of some of the hard-to-count communities say the prevailing concern is that the census will be used to harm them, rather than to help. Many Haitians in South Florida fear that if they cooperate with the census, they will be sent back to their homeland.

And fear prevails in northwestern Pompano Beach, Hunter said.

"They trust [ President] Obama, but I couldn't say they trust government," said Hunter, president of the Collier City Homeowners Association. "It's going to be a big job getting the right count."

The 2000 census overlooked an estimated 196,000 Floridians, a conservative figure based on a national survey. The census survey produced an estimate of 1 percent undercounted, which does not take into account the hardest-to-reach areas.

Using that questionably low number, the undercount cost the state about $96 million in aid for schools and roads, according to the U.S. Census Monitoring Board.

There are some tin foil theories going around about the census doing them some harm, the bigger problem is the problem of illegals in South Florida especially in the areas pointed out. That is why its hard to get a good census count.

NYTIMES: Obama’s Strategy to Reverse Manufacturing’s Fall

When the term "ad-hoc" is being used for activities being funded by taxpayer money, it nevers ends well.

The United States ranks behind every industrial nation except France in the percentage of overall economic activity devoted to manufacturing — 13.9 percent, the World Bank reports, down 4 percentage points in a decade. The 19-month-old recession has contributed noticeably to this decline. Industrial production has fallen 17.3 percent, the sharpest drop during a recession since the 1930s.

So far, however, Mr. Obama’s administration has not come up with a formal plan to address the rapid decline. Instead, it has pursued ad hoc initiatives — bailing out General Motors and Chrysler, for example, and pushing green energy by supporting the manufacture of items like wind turbines and solar panels.

....Beyond energy, the administration’s approach gradually outlines the elements of a manufacturing policy — what Lawrence H. Summers, director of the National Economic Council, described as “a number of things to support manufacturing.”

The auto bailout, for all its improvisations, served notice that the administration would probably rescue any giant manufacturer it deemed too big (or too iconic) to fail, and would help the suppliers of failing giants transition to other industries.

The Buy America clause in the stimulus package pointedly favors the purchase of American-made goods for infrastructure projects. The Commerce Department is adding $100 million, more than double the current outlay, to a program that helps American manufacturers operate more effectively. And trade agreements negotiated by the Bush administration — agreements that would make the United States more open to imported manufactured goods — have been allowed to languish in Congress.

“The administration’s policy is evolving in the right direction,” said Representative Sander M. Levin, Democrat of Michigan, who is particularly concerned about auto imports. “I think they have essentially shed the political chains that prevented government from having a role in manufacturing. They are working their way toward what makes sense.”

So Obama's plan is union saving protectionist methods using taxpayer revenue to bailout out companies that had bad business plans. Good deal.

BTW, with green jobs that can't be outsourced. What is stopping lower cost countries from building their own green industries to manufacture parts to be used here? Obama wouldn't ban parts for green energy because that would be stupid...right?

Henry Louis Gates arrested for being a douchebag.

Reading the Gawker summary and the hilariously bland statement from Gates's lawyer I have to put the blame on Gates. As a commentator on Gawker put it concisely.

Hold on. A woman saw two guys ramming open a front door and called the cops. The cops arrived, and started to ask questions. Resident flipped out, got cuffed.

If you read the police report first then the statement from the lawyer what it adds up as officer comes in to get information, Gates gets offended, pulls the race and the "DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM" cards, berates the officer, keeps berating and gets arrested for it.

That means he will be on the Tom Joyner show this morning crying about how the black man is still being humilated and he can't believe in 2009 this is happening blah blah blah.

AP has some updated info that you can piece together with the reports on Gawker to fill in the blanks, Al Sharpton is now involved so its officially a circus.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Obama delays budget and Gitmo report, bumps press conference.

Obama is having a lousy start for the week.

First you have the reports he is delaying his state of the economy report because the numbers are horrible and with his falling support for Obamacare, that is the last thing he needs out in the public before the August recess.

Then he gets a state of the Gitmo report delayed by six months which were to have recommendations on how to deal long term with detainees.

He is trying to gain back the momentum by holding a primetime presser but that got pushed back after networks balked due to having original programming bumped.

Then he gets into a dustup with Senator Demint who points out correctly that Obamacare is all about Obama. Obama wants his signature win and damn anyone including the CBO and now the public who is saying these plans will not work.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

(Idiots) Govs: Federal stimulus helped states plug budgets

That wasn't want it was meant to do in the first place. You plug up holes for this year when you should be cutting the budget back to acceptable spending levels based on what revenue you have coming in this year. What happens next year? You go begging Obama for another taxpayer handout?