Saturday, August 29, 2009

Gutless Dems use Ted Kennedy's grandson to pray for universal health care.

Sorry sons of bitches couldn't pump up the courage to do it themselves so they put this kid as shield to politicize a funeral. Not that Ted wouldn't have approved of it, he would have suggest it. Hell I wouldn't be surprised if he helped to plan it in his last days.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Obama to stop aid to Honduras

America siding with Cuba and Venezuela is awful, siding with a Chavez lapdog like Zelaya makes this even worse.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is considering action against Honduras in the wake of the military ouster of its president, a move that could lead to suspension of millions in U.S. development aid, a senior State Department official said Thursday.
Her staff has recommended that she sign a determination that the ouster and forced exile of President Manuel Zelaya on June 28 meets the legal definition of a coup d'etat, the official said. That would trigger suspension of $215 million in U.S. aid under an anti-poverty program run by the Millennium Challenge Corp.

The official briefed reporters on condition of anonymity because a decision on the recommended action is still pending.

The presidential crisis in Honduras has put the Obama administration in a tricky position as it works with regional leaders to reinstate Zelaya, who is opposed by all branches of the Honduran government as well as the military, which removed him and flew him out of the country.

This is not pending, they have already decided and now throwing this out there to make the anger less when they do cut aid. As for the Obama headline, Hillary is not doing anything without his approval.

Berlin culture center tries censor exhibit to grand mufti's working with Nazis

Multicultural covering you butt from protest by the Muslim community is the most likely answer. The second is an insipid attempt of glossing over history because you don't agree with showing the facts.

The publicly funded Multicultural Center's (Werkstatt der Kulturen) decision to remove educational panels of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Muhammad Amin al-Husseini, who was an ally of Adolf Hitler, from an exhibit, sparked outrage on Thursday among a district mayor, the curator of the exhibit, and the Berlin Jewish community.

The curator, Karl Rössler, told The Jerusalem Post that it is a "scandal" that the director of the Werkstatt, Philippa Ebéné, sought to censor the exhibit.

"One must, of course, name that al-Husseini, a SS functionary, participated in the Holocaust," said Rössler.

The exhibit covers the "The Third World during the Second World War" and three exhibit panels of 96 are devoted to the mufti's collaboration with the Nazis.

The grand mufti delivered a talk to the imams of the Bosnian SS division in 1944, and was a key Islamic supporter of Nazi Germany's destruction of European Jewry.

Ebéné denied that there was an "agreement " reached with the local German-Muslim community to shut down the exhibit. She termed media queries regarding an agreement as "Eurocentric."

She told the Post that the exhibit was intended as a "homage to soldiers from African" countries who fought against the Nazis.

When asked about her opposition to the inclusion of the mufti panels, she asked, "was there ever a commemoration event in Israel to honor the [African] soldiers?"

Rössler was notified last Friday that Ebéné wanted to take out the panels dealing with the grand mufti, but he rejected her demand to remove them.

Meanwhile, the exhibit in its uncensored version has been relocated to the UferHallen gallery.

Yes, Obamacare covers illegal immigrants to get health coverage.

Let me point out the obvious, do you think that a liberal Dem congress and President which we have will flat out deny illegals health care? No.

The Obamacare bill is set up to cover illegals while saying it doesn't cover them.

Immigrants living illegally in the United States could be mandated to have health insurance under the proposed health care reform bill but would be ineligible to receive subsidies to afford such coverage, a report from the Congressional Research Service says.
The report, prepared by the nonpartisan policy research arm of Congress, provides a close reading of the treatment of noncitizens in the House bill on health care reform, HR 3200.

While the report found that federal subsidies to obtain health coverage would be restricted to U.S. citizens and legal residents, it also noted that the bill does not specify a citizenship verification system, something that critics say creates a loophole for undocumented immigrants to receive subsidies anyway.

The report, released Tuesday, "undermines the claims of the president and others that illegal immigrants would not be covered under the House version of the bill," Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies, told CNN.

The bill specifically bars illegal immigrants from receiving payments, but opponents of the reform say that without verification, the system is open to abuse.

Rep. Dean Heller, R-Nevada, last month proposed an amendment in the House Ways and Means Committee to add a verification process. Democrats on that committee, including Rep. Xavier Becerra of California, voted it down because the rules it called for would be "unworkable," the Democrat said.

There is the trick as they can't money but there is no way to check if they should be in the first place.

No Muslims allowed at Black Eyed Peas concert

Malaysia is not doing its image any favors these days.

Muslims in Malaysia have been barred from attending a concert by U.S. hip hop band the Black Eyed Peas sponsored by Guinness which is owned by the world's biggest spirits group Diageo.

The move comes after a Malaysian Islamic court sentenced a 32-year Muslim woman to be caned after she was caught drinking beer in a hotel and at a time when an opposition Islamic party has moved against beer sales.

The concert, part of celebrations of Guinness 250th birthday, asks on its website ( "Are you a non-Muslim aged 18 years and above?" and if the response is no, access is not allowed.

Muslims account for 55 percent of the 27 million people in this Southeast Asian country and are barred from consuming alcohol although the rules are regularly flouted, especially in big cities like the capital, Kuala Lumpur

Broncos's Brandon Marshall makes an ass out of himself.

Considering the amount of trouble this idiot has gotten himself in off the field, you would think he would have some pride in himself to show some professionalism on the field.

This video shows he is not a professional football player and showing the ultimate disrespect to his fellow teammates.

Ted Kennedy made jokes about Chappaquiddick

Ho ho ho, what a funny guy, I am sure Mary Jo would be laughing too if Ted hadn't killed her.

Jules Crittenden mentioned on his blog he heard Ed Klein, former of foreign editor Newsweek and editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine, recalling on air that Ted Kennedy liked to joke about Chappaquiddick. It seemed to defy belief, so I listened to the episode of The Diane Rehm Show in question and sure enough — I've transcribed what Klein told guest host Katy Kay (Here's a link to the audio in WMA format, relevant portion starts at about 30:15):

I don't know if you know this or not, but one of his favorite topics of humor was indeed Chappaquiddick itself. And he would ask people, "have you heard any new jokes about Chappaquiddick?" That is just the most amazing thing. It's not that he didn't feel remorse about the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, but that he still always saw the other side of everything and the ridiculous side of things, too.

EXCUSE ME? If that's true it makes Kennedy kind of a monster. The odd thing is that if you listen to the whole show, the tone of everyone involved is nauseatingly haigographic and reverential. Klein apparently let his guard down a bit; after he lets it slip Kennedy liked to joke about the woman he killed you can actually hear in his voice that he's trying to backpedal. The show actually cuts to a break as he's trying to explain himself, and I seriously wonder if it wasn't the producers trying to do Klein a favor. But I'm sorry, there appears to be little to that could explain this. It goes way beyond "you had to be there."

What a dick.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Howard Dean: Dems won't fight the trial lawyers over Obamacare.

So another way of cutting costs on the sideline because the lawyers are one of their main special interest groups.

And as the financial realities of health reform are coming together there are questions about why tort reform isn't part of the package.

At a town hall hosted by Democratic Rep. Jim Moran this week, one person demanded to know why the threat of medical lawsuits couldn't be reduced.

"There's $200 million dollars in savings over 10 years if we had tort reform and nobody loses but the lawyers," the person said before shouting, "Why have we not even considered that?"

Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, a proponent of health reform, responded that tort reform would create more enemies for lawmakers as they try to pass a reform bill.

"Plain and simple truth," he said.

The president of the American Medical Association says without more protections for doctors in the courtroom they will continue to order tests that may be unnecessary and drive up health care costs simply to protect themselves.

Yes, Eric Holder investigates CIA for foreign governments to charge Bush officials.

This has been going around from Rush Limbaugh's site and I believe it to be true. Andy McCarthy brings up this angle of attack by Eric Holder and Obama.

RUSH: The Eric Holder decision to investigate "abuses" by interrogators. I talked to my buddy Andy McCarthy. You know, he's a lawyer. He used to be with the US attorney's office in New York, the Southern District of Manhattan, and he was on the prosecution team that put behind bars the blind sheik. Andy has a theory that at the end of the day after these special prosecutor investigations that the Democrats really will not have the nerve to pull the trigger on an actual indictment. They will investigate, they'll try to come up with everything they can, but they probably won't file charges. But what they're really trying to do according to Andy is generate evidence through their investigation -- Department of Justice, truth commission, congressional hearings, all of that -- that can then be handed over to foreign and international tribunals by leftist lawyers.

And those tribunals will then bring charges against the Bush officials. Those tribunals will issue international arrest warrants, which will make it impossible for these people who were charged to travel, and they will be convicted in abstentia. That's what McCarthy thinks the game plan here is: to turn it over to the world court, the world tribunals and let Europe, let Germany, let somebody like that indict our guys 'cause they really won't have the guts to do it here. There's a story from Berlin here that Obama should make sure Cheney is "brought to justice." So the international tribunals out there are working hard on this trying to convince the Democrats and Obama to go all the way.

Back on April 24th, 2009, Eric Holder has this to say.

In his comments Wednesday, Holder also said it is possible the U.S. could cooperate with a foreign court's investigation of Bush administration officials.

Speaking before it had been announced that a Spanish magistrate had opened an investigation of Bush officials on harsh interrogation methods, Holder didn't rule out cooperating in such a probe.

''Obviously, we would look at any request that would come from a court in any country and see how and whether we should comply with it,'' Holder said.

''This is an administration that is determined to conduct itself by the rule of law and to the extent that we receive lawful requests from an appropriately created court, we would obviously respond to it,'' he said.

Pressed on whether that meant the United States would cooperate with a foreign court prosecuting Bush administration officials, Holder said he was talking about evidentiary requests, and would review any such request to see if the U.S. would comply.

Another cowardly angle by Holder and Obama. This is getting to be a pattern. It also show that Eric Holder has politicized the DoJ like no other in recent history.

FCC's Mark Lloyd looks to destroy conservative radio.

Another Saul Alinsky disciple put in a position of power to backdoor regulate conservative radio with talk of "diversity."

The FCC's new chief diversity officer laid out a battle plan two years ago for liberal activists to target conservative talk radio stations, and critics say they are concerned that he now will want to bring back the "Fairness Doctrine."

Mark Lloyd, who was named the associate general counsel and chief diversity officer at the Federal Communications Commission last month, is under attack for authoring a June 2007 report entitled "The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio" and a subsequent essay, "Forget the Fairness Doctrine."

Lloyd, who wrote the essay during his tenure at the Center for American Progress, said the rise and influence of Rush Limbaugh and other conservative radio hosts were traced to "relaxed ownership rules" and other pro-business regulation that destroyed localism.

While he said he was not interested in reinstating the Fairness Doctrine, he called for "equal opportunity employment practices," "local engagement" and "license challenges" to rectify the that perceived imbalance. "Nothing in there about the Fairness Doctrine," he wrote.

"The other part of our proposal that gets the 'dittoheads' upset is our suggestion that the commercial radio station owners either play by the rules or pay. In other words, if they don't want to be subject to local criticism of how they are meeting their license obligations, they should pay to support public broadcasters who will operate on behalf of the local community."

Eric Holder's DoJ kills Bill Richardson probe.

Protecting a friend?

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former high-ranking members of his administration won't be criminally charged in a yearlong federal investigation into pay-to-play allegations involving one of the Democratic governor's large political donors, someone familiar with the case said.

The decision not to pursue indictments was made by top Justice Department officials, according to a person familiar with the investigation, who asked not to be identified because federal officials had not disclosed results of the probe.

"It's over. There's nothing. It was killed in Washington," the person told The Associated Press.

Daniel Hannan cites Enoch Powell, Labour throws a hissy fit.

Powell is one of the left's boogey men that must be denounced at every opportunity.

Olbermann lies about his 35 and younger ratings.

As pointed out there is no such thing as a 35 and younger ad demo that people place importance on unlike the 18-34 and 25-54.

The attack came over O’Reilly’s insult toward MSNBC’s ratings, and Olbermann answered with some new ratings info of his own. “Ours is the highest rated cable news program viewers 35 and younger and the highest rated cable news program for all viewers not on Fixed News,” he said.

Well besides the fact that “35 and younger” isn’t exactly a usual demographic, according to Nielsen, this doesn’t appear to be accurate. The lowest age level would be the 18-34 demo, which O’Reilly still beat Olbermann in during July (140,000 to 124,000). The FNC host is winning by that same percentage in August so far.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ted Kennedy dead at 77, I give Dems a day before using him.

Pretty much thats all I am going to say about it. He should be know for Chappaquiddick but that will get little mention as the media makes a saint out of him.

I give the Dems a day before they use him to try and pass health care reform as some sort of lasting legacy.

Islamic Court Halts Caning in Malaysia

Malaysia officials realized how backward and stupid this sentence carried out would make them look.

An Islamic court in Malaysia suspended indefinitely the caning of a Muslim woman for drinking beer and put the sentence under review, government officials said Tuesday, potentially marking the beginning of the end of a saga that has transfixed this mostly Muslim nation.

Prime Minister Najib Razak, meanwhile, urged the 32-year-old mother of two, Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, to appeal her sentence, in the strongest sign yet that the Malaysian government was seeking to head off a punishment that could badly damage its international reputation.

The woman refuses to appeal and wishes the punishment to be carried out in public. Brave woman.

Merit pay for teachers work in test, teachers union raise hell.

Heaven forbid we give incentives to teachers to do better which in turn helps students. The unions especially teachers unions are all about themselves.

In 2007, the nonprofit Mass Insight Education and Research Institute won a five-year, $13.2 million grant funded primarily by ExxonMobil Corp. to recruit, train, and reward teachers for Advanced Placement classes in math, science, and English at 10 local high schools. College-level AP courses are the gold standard in high schools where students who earn qualifying scores stand out in the admissions process and earn college credits. Mass Insight is proving that these courses are manageable for kids who otherwise might balk at the challenge.

Last year’s results are dramatic. Teachers boosted AP enrollment at the schools by more than 500 students. Passing scores shot up by 39 percent, 11 times the state average. Among students from low-income families, the total number of passing scores jumped 57 percent to 254. Teachers unions should be ecstatic over the proof that good teaching can yield measurable results. But in some cases they are apoplectic because the initiative pays AP teachers bonuses of up to $3,000 based on their ability to increase enrollment and raise scores. In the urban schools, teachers also can receive an additional $100 for each student who scores a 3 or higher on the 5-point AP exam.

Union grievances, grousing, and arbitration hearings now litter what should be a fresh pathway for educators. Morton Orlov, who runs the Mass Insight initiative, has sufficient funds to add 14 new schools to the program this year. But only 12 will participate after teachers in Dartmouth and Leominster rejected the offer. Milton has dropped out. Boston and Worcester teachers unions are challenging the program in formal proceedings. And the Massachusetts Teachers Association is urging its locals to reject the program unless the bonuses are given to support scholarship funds or school supplies, not individual teachers.

Philly Pension proposals anger unions.

Considering the taxpayers pay their salaries and pensions maybe the unions better realize in a recession you cannot keep bleeding the public dry.

Philadelphia is on the verge of finally getting the emergency budget help from state lawmakers it so badly needs, but with a huge catch: if the city does not cut pension expenses immediately, the fiscal assistance will vanish.

Newly amended legislation that could clear the State Senate as early as tomorrow would give Nutter the authority to temporarily raise the sales tax and defer pension payments, measures that will save $700 million over the next five years and prevent mass layoffs and deep cuts to basic services like sanitation and criminal justice.

In exchange, the bill demands that the city cut the retirement benefits of future employees by 25 percent, while capping the benefits of existing workers at current levels.

The legislation, which is fiercely opposed by city labor eaders, represents an unprecedented state intervention into Philadelphia's dealings with its municipal unions.

The bill, as drafted, would "all but eviscerate collective bargaining," said Deborah Willig, a leading labor attorney who represents public employee unions across the state.

The bill also requires that elected officials, such as City Council members, be excluded from the controversial Deferred Retirement Option Plan, or DROP. The DROP ban would apply only to future elected officials, not anyone already in office.

Mayor Nutter today said he welcomed the state assistance, but he was non-committal when asked repeatedly about the pension reforms that were added to the legislation yesterday.

Labor leaders, however, said they would do all they can to defeat it.

"It's ridiculous, it's ludicrous and it's unacceptable," said John McNesby, president of Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police. "We are not going to devastate our pension plan."

'Cash for Refrigerators' coming this fall

Only $300 million yet it is even less thought out than clunkers in some respects.

So, what do you do when you have a poorly-conceived and ill-managed project winding down (Clunkers expires at 8 p.m. eastern on August 24)? Kick off another one, even more poorly thought out, and gloss it with an equally catchy name: Cash for Refrigerators. Beginning in the fall, consumers will have access - through existing state-level energy efficiency incentive programs - $300 million in stimulus funds made available as rebates for energy efficient appliances.

So far, so good. If a consumer is out buying an appliance to replace an existing or broken-down one, it is better that they choose an energy efficient model. But, what about special incentive program purchases? Who is the buyer and why are they buying?

The answer is that the most well-educated and most discerning consumers become aware of and make use of special rebate programs for energy efficient appliances. These are not impulse buyers. Some may actually be committed to greening their kitchen and just waiting for the right incentive push, but I doubt it. In other words, my perception is that most of the $300 million will go to middle-class households that already may have a relatively efficient refrigerator, like Clunkers, it won't get at the really dreadful stuff in use in the lowest income households.

Worse still, this program does not borrow one component from Clunkers that would actually have been effective: there is no requirement to take the old appliance offline. Odds are that many of the middle class households claiming the rebate will use the new appliance in the kitchen, and move the old one to the basement, the garage, or the back porch, where it will be pressed into service storing extra beer and the overflow from Costco. The old fridge remains on the grid and we add in the new appliance too. Does that sound like a good environmental deal?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Cheney slams "political" CIA probe plan. Obama = coward.

He is not the only one as Congressman Peter King ponder exactly what side are Holder and Obama on to do this probe.

Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney criticized President Barack Obama's ability to handle national security after the Justice Department appointed a special prosecutor to investigate CIA interrogation abuses.
Cheney, who has emerged as a vocal defender of Bush administration policies since leaving the White House, said the intelligence obtained from harsh interrogation techniques had saved lives.

"The people involved deserve our gratitude. They do not deserve to be the targets of political investigations or prosecutions," he said in a statement dated Monday

The more I think about it the less respect I am having for Obama not being man enough to stand behind Holder's decision. You know the White House and the Dems are gleeful about it because they think it will provide a distraction while pleasing their left base. But Obama wants to distance himself by saying its all Holder's decision.

First, Holder did the president no favors when he named a veteran prosecutor to look into the abuse of prisoners held by the CIA. After all, what happened to the president's view that the country needs to turn the page on George W. Bush's policies, and move on?

What's more, it's not exactly a move that's going to be applauded at the CIA -- and could actually undercut the intelligence agency's ability to do its real work.

Granted, Holder rightly stated that it's his job to "follow the law." The problem for the administration is that it's the president's job to lead -- forward, not backward. And now that Holder has asked a career prosecutor to examine the CIA interrogations, it's possible he could get a recommendation for criminal prosecutions for CIA agents.

That might please liberals, but that's about it. And today, former Vice President Dick Cheney made it clear where he stands (as if we didn't know). "These people deserve our gratitude," he said. "They do not deserve to be the targets of political investigations or prosecutions."

So now the president is looking at the prospect of landing exactly where he does not want to be on the matter of torture -- in a political brawl over Bush administration interrogation policies. And what makes it all worse is that the American public agreed with Obama when he called for the country to move on.

A CNN poll taken in May made it very clear that most Americans are not interested in an investigation of those who authorized harsh interrogation techniques post 9/11.

And when it comes to the agents in the field who used the procedures, 64 percent of Americans said leave them alone.

Coming up in the next couple of months are stories on how intelligence operations are being crippled because agents don't know if they will be prosecuted down the road because of politics.

Scottish government faces censure over Lockerbie bomber.

Good. Any officials dumb enough to believe Qaddafi promises while signing off on the agreement deserves to be embarrassed.

Alex Salmond's Scottish government is facing an embarrassing vote of censure after the crisis over its controversial decision to free the Lockerbie bomber deepened yesterday.

Furious opposition leaders have forced Salmond to hold a parliamentary vote next week – which his government is expected to lose heavily – over the decision to send Abdelbaset al-Megrahi home to a hero's welcome in Tripoli last Thursday.

The first minister agreed to a fresh debate on the Lockerbie affair after MSPs were recalled to the Scottish parliament yesterday for an emergency session to hear the Scottish justice secretary, Kenny MacAskill, explain his decision to release Megrahi on compassionate grounds.

The Scottish Labour leader, Iain Gray, led the attacks by accusing MacAskill of a "deeply flawed" decision that had "damaged Scotland's reputation from start to finish". The minister had been "mishandling the whole affair from start to finish", he added.

MacAskill's discomfort grew after Gray later claimed the minister had misled parliament by claiming he was required to meet Megrahi in person earlier this month under a prisoner transfer treaty signed by the UK and Libyan governments.

Jack Straw, the UK justice secretary, had confirmed yesterday that this was not true, Gray said. MacAskill was only required to take written representations from Megrahi. "MacAskill has been caught out misleading parliament over his claim he was duty-bound to meet Megrahi in person," Gray added.

Renditions to continue until morale has improved.

What is the difference between Obama rendition plan and Bush's rendition plan? "Better oversight" Considering the left hates this program, how many will react or do golf claps.

The Obama administration will continue the Bush administration’s practice of sending terrorism suspects to third countries for detention and interrogation, but pledges to closely monitor their treatment to ensure that they are not tortured, administration officials said Monday.

Human rights advocates condemned the decision, saying that continuing the practice, known as rendition, would still allow the transfer of prisoners to countries with a history of torture. They said that promises from other countries of humane treatment, called “diplomatic assurances,” were no protection against abuse.

“It is extremely disappointing that the Obama administration is continuing the Bush administration practice of relying on diplomatic assurances, which have been proven completely ineffective in preventing torture,” said Amrit Singh, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, who tracked rendition cases under President George W. Bush.

...The administration officials, who discussed the changes on condition that they not be identified, said that unlike the Bush administration, they would operate more openly and give the State Department a larger role in assuring that transferred detainees would not be abused.

“The emphasis will be on ensuring that individuals will not face torture if they are sent overseas,” said one administration official, adding that no detainees would be sent to countries known to conduct abusive interrogations.

If the state department is involved look for stern warnings and hugs to be included in interrogation techniques.

Second Stimulus bill needed in 2011.

Financial Times lead is the "White House set for backlash on national debt" but middle of the article they point out that economists are saying this expansion of the debt has a big political worry beyond the obvious.

At Tuesday’s mid-term budget review, the Office of Management and Budget is also expected to revise downwards this year’s projected budget deficit to just under $1,600bn, having removed a $250bn “placeholder” it had inserted in February for a possible expansion of the banking bail-out – the troubled asset relief programme. Given the return to profitability of many banks since April, that is no longer considered necessary.

However, most of the attention is likely to focus on the longer-term picture, which will result in the near doubling of US national debt to 82 per cent of gross domestic product by 2019 – levels not seen since the second world war. Mounting concern over the economic – and even national security – implications of exploding US national debt is also likely to complicate any attempts by the Obama administration to embark on a second fiscal stimulus, which many economists say may prove necessary by 2011 as the effects of this year’s $787bn stimulus begin to wane.

According to Goldman Sachs, the need for a new stim­ulus will be most acutely felt in 2011 when the combination of the expiration of the tax cuts George W. Bush enacted in 2001 and 2003 and the withdrawal of the stimulus will reduce GDP growth by 1.6 per cent.

But economists worry that political concerns about the deficits will make this impossible. Others worry about crowding out and the risk of a back-up in real interest rates. For the time being, there is still little private sector debt issuance, so the US government faces little competition for global savings other than from other countries with large deficits. But many fear sustained large deficits will eventually push up real interest rates, crowding out private activity. If this happened too soon, it could undermine recovery; even if it came later it could undermine long-term growth prospects.

Some economists believe the growing likelihood of tax increases a few years from now to mitigate the deficit may discourage consumer spending and business investment today.

Tax increases would discourage consumer and business spending, what an absurd theory eh?

Health Care bill pay $10 Billion to UAW retirees.

Yep, Obamacare gives $10 Billion of taxpayer money to UAW retirees. Obama gave them car companies and now a cushy health plan. No end to this man's generosity with other peoples money.

Antilabor forces say it's welfare for the UAW and Democrats' union allies. Labor supporters say it falls short of what's needed as tens of thousands of union members are pushed into early retirement as employers cut back health care coverage.

They're both talking about a $10-billion provision tucked deep inside thousands of pages of health care overhaul bills that could help the UAW's retiree health-care plan and other union-backed plans.

It would see the government -- at least temporarily -- pay 80 cents on the dollar to corporate and union insurance plans for claims between $15,000 and $90,000 for retirees age 55 to 64.

Yet another giveaway in the health care I guess Obama will claim is not in the bill.

Thanks to Detroit's twin auto bankruptcies and other concessions, the UAW's voluntary employee benefit association, or VEBA, had to take stock of unknown value for $24 billion in claims, while adding thousands of early retirees to its rolls.

Outside experts estimate the funds have about 30 cents in cash for every dollar of future claims, with no guarantee of what its stock assets will be worth. Lance Wallach, a New York-based VEBA expert, says if the funds "don't get something, they're out of business in 12 years."

That something may be national health care reform.

Key provisions in House and Senate proposals set aside $10 billion to pay some claims for early retirees covered by employers and VEBAs, before other cost-saving measures kick in. Critics call it a union giveaway, but the union says the money would keep companies from further slashing coverage.

"We want to see the whole reform package succeed," said Alan Reuther, the UAW's chief lobbyist. "There's substantial overall benefits to the American people and our members that includes benefits to retirees and VEBA."

The hell. GM Balks at Selling Opel Unit

As you see from the chart, it is well worth investing American taxpayer dollars on.

General Motors Co. is now considering whether it should retain its Opel and Vauxhall operations in Europe, a strategic reversal that raises new questions about the struggling car maker's direction and creates complications with the governments of Germany and Russia.

GM's new board of directors has instructed the company's management to consider new options for Opel/Vauxhall, including pulling together a $4.3 billion financing plan to rejuvenate the operations rather than sell them, as had been the company's plan since this spring, said three people involved in the matter.

Chief Executive Frederick "Fritz" Henderson has been charged with putting the funding plan in motion by the next GM board meeting in early September, these people said.

The move follows a meeting last Friday in which the board rebuffed Mr. Henderson's recommendation to sell Opel/Vauxhall to a consortium of Canadian auto supplier Magna International Inc. and a Russian bank and car maker. The German government has promised to help finance that deal and it has received vocal support from the Russian government.

....So far, the U.S. Treasury Department is leaving the Opel decision to GM's directors, some of whom are appointed by the Obama administration, said a person familiar with the matter.

(audio) Tim Wise on the Tom Joyner: Health care protests? RACIST!

An amusing interview on the Tom Joyner show as Roland Martin talks to Tim Wise, a far left guilt ridden white guy who is a champion of the black and brown who sees racism as the answer to everything. This subject is the health care debate and townhalls where people are against Obama due to being racist or racism is lurking underneath the protests themselves. Tim Wise really does fit the stereotype of guilt ridden white guy who hates America in its present form. He hates 4th of July celebrations, the right are all Nazi imitators, and if you are pro-life you must be a terrorist who wants women barefoot and pregnant. This is what is known as the enlightened class.


Monday, August 24, 2009

Obama and the left to remake 9/11 in their own image?

The American Spectator points out that 9/11 is now a national day of service with Obama and friends determined to lessen the memory of 9/11 terrorist attacks because it helps Republicans?

The Obama White House is behind a cynical, coldly calculated political effort to erase the meaning of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks from the American psyche and convert Sept. 11 into a day of leftist celebration and statist idolatry.

This effort to reshape the American psyche has nothing to do with healing the nation and everything to do with easing the nation along in the ongoing radical transformation of America that President Obama promised during last year’s election campaign. The president signed into law a measure in April that designated Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service, but it’s not likely many lawmakers thought this meant that day was going to be turned into a celebration of ethanol, carbon emission controls, and radical community organizing.

The administration’s plans were outlined in an Aug. 11 White House-sponsored teleconference call run by Obama ally Lennox Yearwood, president of the Hip Hop Caucus, and Liv Havstad, the group’s senior vice president of strategic partnerships and programs.

Yearwood, who uses the honorific “Reverend” before his name, has been in the news in recent years, usually for getting arrested. After Democrats took back Congress, the rowdy activist was handcuffed outside a congressional hearing in September 2007 when Gen. David Petraeus was to testify. Yearwood told the “Democracy Now” radio program that he wanted to attend the hearing to hear Petraeus give his report. “I knew that when officers lie, soldiers die,” he said.

On the Aug. 11 call, Yearwood and other leaders kept saying repeatedly that they wanted 9/11 to be used for something “positive,” “forward-leaning,” and “productive,” said a source with knowledge of the teleconference.

The plan is to turn a “day of fear” that helps Republicans into a day of activism called the National Day of Service that helps the left. In other words, nihilistic liberals are planning to drain 9/11 of all meaning.

Horrible plan. On that date it is time of reflection and remembrance of the horror that happened, not a day to hijack because you feel it helps your political opponents.

Obama and Holder declare war on CIA agents.

All for the sake of changing the subject and throwing an important agency to the left who always hated the CIA. The White House wants to be the good cop to Holder's bad cop routine but everyone knew this was coming since last month when Newsweek did a glowing profile on Holder being stand for justice AG.

Holder's foolish move will weaken the national security of this country since it effectively hampers all of our agencies from doing the job that needs to be done to combat terrorism. This isn't some mob case, this is a fight against terrorism worldwide where the rules have to bent in some cases to be effective. Bringing in the leftist yanks everything down to become a boondoggle.

In appointing a prosecutor to investigate alleged CIA interrogation abuses, including episodes that resulted in prisoner deaths, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Monday shook off warnings from President Obama to avoid becoming mired in past controversies.

Holder said that he realizes the move is controversial, but that it was the only responsible course to take.

The decision does not reflect a sharp division between the Justice Department and the White House, government officials said, given the limits of the preliminary review and the respect that Obama says he maintains for the role of an independent attorney general. But it could mark the beginning of a painstaking inquiry that tests the boundaries of the Justice Department's discretion and its ability to evaluate incomplete evidence collected on the world's battlegrounds.

Holder has named longtime prosecutor John H. Durham, who has parachuted into crisis situations for both political parties over three decades, to open an early review of nearly a dozen cases of alleged detainee mistreatment at the hands of CIA interrogators and contractors.

The announcement raised fresh tensions in an intelligence community fearful that it will bear the brunt of the punishment for Bush-era national security policy, and it immediately provoked criticism from congressional Republicans.

Legal analysts said the review, while preliminary, could expand beyond its relatively narrow mandate and ensnare a wider cast of characters. They cited U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald's investigation of the leak of a CIA operative's identity, which culminated with the criminal conviction of then-Vice President Cheney's chief of staff.

In a statement Monday afternoon, Holder cautioned that the inquiry is far from a full-blown criminal investigation. Rather, he said, it is unknown whether indictments or prosecutions of CIA contractors and employees will follow. Lawyers involved in similar reviews said that any possible cases could take years to build because of challenges with witnesses and evidence.

"I fully realize that my decision to commence this preliminary review will be controversial," Holder added. "As attorney general, my duty is to examine the facts and to follow the law. In this case, given all of the information currently available, it is clear to me that this review is the only responsible course of action for me to take."

Of course he can't be bothered with black panther voter intimidation which wasn't the right course of action I guess.

As for Leon Panetta, lets put him in his proper place in this charade. He is nothing more than a weak patsy for Holder and Obama to push around while trying to destroy the CIA. That is why he got the job. Any strong CIA director would be raising hell and not just threatening to quit. He/she would have made sure to protect the CIA instead just releasing a neat memo. The CIA is being set up to fail and that is how Obama/Holder and the Dems want it.

U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich slams Holder for not having his priotiies straight.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Godmothers take the lead in Naples Mafia wars.

Italian authorities are rounding up the men so the women take charge and in some way more brutal and smarter.

Muslim women protests against equal rights for women.

Via BBC.

".....The law was adopted by the Malian parliament at the beginning of August, and has yet to be signed into force by the president.

One of the most contentious issues in the new legislation is that women are no longer required to obey their husbands.

Hadja Sapiato Dembele of the National Union of Muslim Women's Associations said the law goes against Islamic principles.

"We have to stick to the Koran," Ms Dembele told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme. "A man must protect his wife, a wife must obey her husband."

"It's a tiny minority of women here that wants this new law - the intellectuals. The poor and illiterate women of this country - the real Muslims - are against it," she added. "

Daily Mail: How Churchill was bullied into D-Day

Long interesting article about Churchill and his wariness about the D-Day operation which should scare anyone connected to it because the size and scope of the operation meant victory or utter defeat for the Allies.

Israel/ Sweden organ row.. Sweden scared of Muslims?

Something especially fishy about Sweden's explanation.

Israel's prime minister has urged the Swedish government to condemn a Swedish newspaper article that claimed Israeli troops killed Palestinians for organs.

Benjamin Netanyahu joins broad Israeli criticism of the Aftonbladet paper over the claims troops took organs to sell.

An Israeli official quoted him saying: "Statements in the Swedish press were outrageous. We are not expecting an apology - we expect condemnation."

Sweden has refused to condemn the article, citing freedom of expression.

But Mr Netanyahu reportedly compared the claims to medieval "blood libels", which alleged that Jews used the blood of Christian babies during religious ceremonies.

When the Mohammed Cartoons came out a couple of years ago in a Swedish paper, the government couldn't wait to condemn and correct for the sakes of its Muslim immigrants and the Muslim world.

The Swedish government has moved to shut down the website of a far-right political party's newspaper over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
The site's host, Levonline, pulled the plug on the website of the Swedish Democrats' SD-Kuriren newspaper after consulting with the government.

It is believed to be the first time a Western government has intervened to block a publication in the growing row.

Via JPost.

The strong Muslim presence in Stockholm makes the Jewish community there apprehensive about taking a public stand against the recent article in the Aftonbladet tabloid reporting Palestinian claims that IDF soldiers stole body organs from Palestinians, Rabbi Isak Nachman, the spiritual leader of two Orthodox synagogues in the Swedish capital, said on Sunday.

"We want to combat this type of thing, but some Jews here are afraid - there are between 400,000 and 500,000 Muslims out of a population of about nine million," said Nachman, a member of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe.

"There is definitely anxiety and tension, especially at times when Israel is involved in a military operation, like Cast Lead," he said.

Nachman added, however, that there was not a threatening feeling on the streets of Stockholm as a result of the article in Aftonbladet. "I walk around with a kippa and the Chabad rabbi here wears his hat. Muslims don't live in the large Jewish neighborhoods."

Obama's vacation gift: $9 Trillion budget deficit

This is the same number the White House slammed the CBO for putting out earlier in the year.

The Obama administration will raise its 10-year budget deficit projection to approximately $9 trillion from $7.108 trillion in a report next week, a senior administration official told Reuters on Friday.

The higher deficit figure, based on updated economic data, brings the White House budget office into line with outside estimates and gives further fuel to President Barack Obama's opponents, who say his spending plans are too expensive in light of budget shortfalls.

The White House took heat for sticking with its $7.108 trillion forecast earlier this year after the Congressional Budget Office forecast that deficits between 2010 and 2019 would total $9.1 trillion.

"The new forecasts are based on new data that reflect how severe the economic downturn was in the late fall of last year and the winter of this year," said the administration official, who is familiar with the budget mid-session review that is slated to be released next week.

"Our budget projections are now in line with the spring and summer projections that the Congressional Budget Office put out.