Saturday, September 5, 2009

Jack Webb talks to Barack Obama on Healthcare

Hell on the concept of what America is all about honestly.

(Politico) What Obama will say in his health care address

From the looks of it more of the same with the idea in his mind that he is going to soother everyone with his soothing tone.

The contents of the speech were still being debated over the weekend. But here is what POLTIICO gleaned from conversations with top aides:

1) Obama will lay out a specific “President’s Plan,” even if he doesn’t call it that. He will make clear what’s on the table, and what he thinks warrants further debate, such as how to pay for the overhaul.

2) He will not confront or scold the left. “This is a case for bold action, not a stick in the eye to our supporters,” said an official involved in speech preparation. “That’s not how President Obama thinks. The politics of triangulation don’t live in this White House.”

3) He will make an overture to Republicans. “He will lay out his vision for health reform – taking the best ideas from both parties, make the case for why as a nation we must act now, and dispel the myths and confusion that are affecting public opinion,” the aide said.

4) He will make it clear that it’s better to get something done than nothing done. White House aides are reminding fellow Democrats that the party lost Congress in 1994 by failing to do any health reforms at all after Congress balked at the original plan by President Bill Clinton. “The lesson of 1994 is not that tackling health reform is politically perilous. It’s that failing to act could be devastating,” said Dan Pfeiffer, the White House deputy communications director.

5) Obama will try to reassure the left about his commitment to a public option, or government insurance plan. Aides said they are rethinking what he will say about this. He wants to thread the needle of voicing support for a public option, without promising to kill health reform to get it. But liberal congressional leaders were unyielding in their support for it on a conference call he held from Camp David yesterday, and he's going to meet with them at the White House early next week.


Basically more of the same pie in the sky ideas with little details on how to pay for it and why such drastic action should be taken to have the government take over 1/6th of the nation's economy. Obama doesn't get the fact the public is not against finding ways to reform health care to make it cheaper, but against his and the Dems ways to reform it because it doesn't make any sense.

The speech was very much in flux over the weekend, because key decisions are being hashed out. Even the length is not yet set.

“He has not made any final decisions about the ultimate form of his package,” said a top official guiding speech preparation. “Anyone that tells you that he has is misinformed or extrapolating from conversations. He’s going to talk to a lot of people between now and next Wednesday. The president is in the process of deciding what his ultimate proposal will look like."

Also undecided: whether to follow up with nitty-gritty legislative language. “He has not made decisions about how he’s going to move this thing forward,” said a top West Wing aide.


Then Obama would be wasting everybody's time if he doesn't show some concrete details during or put it out right after because everyone is going to say it was the same old thing being spewed out.

This speech cannot resemble previous speeches or it will be a failure.

Pelosi too much of a coward to get rid of Rangel.

There are excuses in this politico piece but the fact she doesn't want to get rid of Rangel even thought the stuff he has pulled would put a non-politician in jail.

Stripping the Harlem Democrat of his chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee would force Pelosi to make a series of unpalatable decisions about Rangel’s successor that would create a ruckus in the Democratic caucus.

It would also infuriate the Congressional Black Caucus, which is still sore over Pelosi’s decision to strip committees from former Louisiana Rep. Bill Jefferson – even after Jefferson had been found with a wad of tainted cash in his kitchen.

“Unless they find $90,000 in his freezer, like they did with Jefferson, we’re going to wait [for the outcome of a House ethics probe],” said a Democratic aide familiar with Pelosi’s thinking on the matter.

Staffers say the speaker has been so focused on the health care battle that she simply hasn’t devoted much time to Rangel’s recent troubles – and there’s no push among House Democrats to heed the fire-Rangel cries of Republicans, the New York Times, Washington Post and Buffalo News.

“She hasn’t even spoken to the congressman about this latest episode,” said a close Rangel associate, referring to recent published reports that the 78-year-old Rangel underreported his assets by hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“The speaker is totally behind him, and she told him that the last few times they have spoken,” the person added.



Along with the NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus has become a damn embarrassment to black politicians. You can't keep defending the indefensible and continue to be taken seriously. Rangel has to go and go now.

NAACP supports Van Jones, of course they do.

Negro please.

NAACP has long lost its way and just knee jerks defends liberal blacks while trying to cast everyone as being racist by pointing out the obvious character flaws of Van Jones who so far has been found out to be a Mumia supporter, Israel hater, communist and a truther.

NAACP Continues its Support of Special Advisor of Green Jobs Van Jones and the White House Green Jobs Initiative. The NAACP is calling for civility in the national discourse on safe, clean communities and sustainable sources of domestic energy. It is time to end the personal attacks on administration officials as a distraction to crucial discussion on our nation and our world's environmental conditions.

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous:

“It is sad and unfortunate that our nation's precious airwaves and cable television time are being occupied with the unscrupulous, diversionary tactics launched by right wing extremists such as Glenn Beck. These desperate tactics divert America's attention and intellectual resources away from issues affecting our families and communities. These life-and-death concerns are being overshadowed by employing ruthless attacks against Van Jones, White House Special Advisor for Green Jobs and dedicated advocate for safe, clean and healthy communities.

Van Jones has established himself through his many years in public service as a hardworking advocate for positive, progressive change. He is a devoted husband and father. Mr. Beck and the other news services' portrayal of Mr. Jones to the contrary is not only distracting and disingenuous but harmful and destructive.

“The only thing more outrageous than Mr. Beck’s attack on Van Jones is the fact that there are sponsors that continue to pay him to provide this type of offensive commentary. I can only assume hat this is the very reason that several dozen organizations throughout our country have gone on record stating they will boycott FOX News (the television network home of Glenn Beck). While we defend the right to free speech for all Americans, we expect news outlets throughout our country to uphold civility in their portrayal of the President of the United States as well as members of his administration and others who have wrongfully come under scrutiny. America's news outlets have the responsibility to uphold accuracy and integrity in their reporting."


So the things everyone is pointing out about Van Jones is wrong? BTW, Jealous and Van Jones came out of the same San Francisco black activist circle.

More on the Jealous/Van Jones connection.

He moved back to Northern California in 2004 to serve as president of the Rosenberg Foundation.
The Bay Area, Jealous says, is currently a center of civil rights activism. “There’s just this brain trust in the Bay Area of black activities,” he says. “It’s a pretty incredible group I was in there.”

His group included people like Steve Phillips of San Francisco, the founder of PowerPAC.org, and Van Jones of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland, which currently is working on a plan to develop “green collar”—or environmentally friendly—jobs for young adults who are having trouble finding work.

“There’s a real renaissance happening in the Bay Area amongst civil rights activists,” Jealous says. “The East Bay has always been a place for the idealistic who can also take a practical approach to accomplishing things.”

Van Jones also a Mumia supporter and Israel hater?

The part that may stunn people in the center and right is within Obama's cirle of friends none of this is a shock or thought of as being out of bounds.

Obama approves Honduras visas cut, Cuba visas greatly expanded.

In Obama's world where people like Van Jones are praised, this is not a great surprise. The state department must be giddy to finally have the clout to suck up to the leftist regimes in the world without a White House to scold them.

Broward County will force students to watch Obama

No surprise as Broward is a big time Dem county and the school board is Dem central in terms of political clout.

Broward Schools Superintendent James Notter wrote in a memo to principals Thursday that students will not be allowed to opt out of viewing Obama's address. The district has encouraged civics education through programs such as Kids Voting Broward and by watching presidential inaugural addresses, Notter wrote, so letting students skip Obama's speech "does not align with our practices and responsibility to provide a well-rounded, quality education for all students."

That doesn't mean all school activities will cease during Obama's talk. Notter said schools can record the address and watch it later if the broadcast time conflicts with previously scheduled tests, field trips or other events.

In his opinion, Notter said in an interview, having childen listen to the country's elected leader "is some of the purest of civics education." Letting them choose whether to not to attend would set a bad precedent, Notter said. He compared it to students who might object to saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

"You don't get to go out into the hall," Notter said. "You're there and you're silent."


I did chuckle at Notter's memo.

“As one of the premier major school systems in America, we have consistently encouraged civics education in the broadest sense, e.g., Kids Voting, elected officials participating in Career Days, countywide broadcast of Inaugural address, etc.,” said Notter. “Therefore, providing for a separation from this Address does not align with our practices and responsibility to provide a well rounded, quality education for all students. This is the first time an American President has spoken directly to students on the importance of education and the challenge to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for one’s learning.”

Schools will have the option to record or obtain a copy of the Address for later educational use, due to individual school needs, such as, tests at that time, field trips, prior scheduled events, and other reasonable conflicts.


If Broward is one of the premier school systems with a graduation rate of 60%, America is in deeper trouble than I thought.

Labor unions demand Massachusetts appoint new Senator.

Union labors don't care about the peoples vote, they demand an appointment or else. This is third world banana republic politics right here. No surprise that the unions are starting it.

Organized labor and senior members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation are mounting an intensive lobbying effort to persuade state legislators to support the appointment of an interim successor for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.


In advance of a state legislative hearing on the matter next week, a variety of groups, including labor unions and voting rights organizations, have been reaching out to lawmakers expressing their support for a plan to change the state succession law to give Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.) the authority to install a temporary senator before the January special election to fill Kennedy’s seat .


“There’s an unbelievable campaign going on,” said Robert J. Haynes, president of the Massachusetts chapter of the AFL-CIO. “Everybody is on deck to try to pull this off.”


Haynes said that he is mobilizing his members in a campaign-style push to change the law because the state needed to be represented by two senators as Congress grapples with health care reform and other issues.


Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) plans to testify before the state’s Joint Committee on Election Laws, which is holding a hearing next Wednesday to consider a bill that would change the succession law. Kerry has said he supports the change, an idea that Kennedy discussed with him in the months before he died.


Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), who has suggested he is open to accommodating Kennedy's request to change the law, is working with other members of the House delegation on drafting a letter to the committee.


The AFL-CIO plans to send an e-mail to every member of the state House and Senate on Tuesday asking them to support the temporary succession plan, and union leaders are leaning on their members to lobby their representatives to vote in favor of changing the law.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Roland Martin/Tom Joyner blames mostly white people for Obama Speech boycott.

The juicy stuff is the first 2 mins 30 seconds and the rest is Senator wannabe Kendrick Meeks yamming about different talking points.

China's flag to go up in White House on Sept 20

I am convinced the White House is screwing with us because you can't make an easier event for people to explode in anger short of Obama declaring Mao appreciation day. This is from July and has flown low under the radar until now.

The national flag of the People's Republic of China (PRC) will be hoisted at the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on September 20, media reported Sunday.

Chinese associations in the United States had applied to hold a ceremony in front of the US President’s residence to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of PRC.

Chen Ronghua, chairman of Fujian Association of the United States, told reporters that their application was approved not only because of the sound Sino-US relations but also because China is a responsible country.

"Many Americans admire China due to the success of last year’s Beijing Olympics," said Chen.

More than 1,000 people will attend the ceremony and the performances held after it, according to Zhao Luqun, who will direct the performances.

Zhao said the performances will demonstrate the friendship, magnanimous spirit and kindness of modern Chinese people.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

(OP) Van Jones must be fired or quit from the White House.

Van Jones calling Republicans assholes is not a fireable offense given the context he used in that video.

Van Jones becoming a communist because of the Rodney King verdict is just dumb. Communist lovers who live in the west are never the ones who have actually lived or would live in a communist country. It is just a style thing for the empty headed.

Van Jones spewing racial nonsense about white polluters starts the ball rolling to getting him out of there.

But truther is a couple of notches above the birther and Van Jones explanations are pathetic and just insulting to people.

In a statement issued Thursday evening Jones said of “the petition that was circulated today, I do not agree with this statement and it certainly does not reflect my views now or ever.”

He did not explain how his name came to be on the petition.


The Wash Times called the 9/11 truther people and they pointed out.

9/11Truth.org spokesman Mike Berger told the Washington Times over the phone that all of the signers had been verified by their group. He said 9/11Truth.org board members “spoke with each person on the list by phone or through email or individually confirm they hae added their name to that list.”

“I think in most cases they spoke to them personally,” he added. “No one’s name was put on that list without them knowing it.”


Since the initial explanation got busted, Tapper twitted the second one.

a source says Jones did not carefully review the language in the petition before agreeing to add his name.


Then he is a liar or stupid or both. Pundits agree with Labor Day Weekend coming up he is gone by Monday, I say a Friday Night resign dump

Spain solar power industry crashes without welfare money.

Hey look, an unsustainable economic plan created by socialists collapses on it itself like a black hole. Who would have thought that would happen hmmm?

Spain's hopes of becoming a world leader in solar power have collapsed since the Spanish government slammed the brakes on generous subsidies.

The sudden change has rippled across the global solar industry, in a warning of the problems that government-supported renewable-energy programs can encounter.
.In 2008, Spain accounted for half the world's new solar-power installations in terms of wattage, thanks to government subsidies to promote clean energy. But late last year, as the global economic crisis worsened, the government dramatically scaled back those subsidies and capped the amount of subsidized solar power that could be installed.

Factories world-wide that had ramped up production of solar-power components found that demand for solar panels was plummeting, leaving a glut in supply and pushing prices down. Job cuts followed.

"The solar industry in 2009 has been undermined by [a] collapse in demand due to the decision by Spain," says Henning Wicht, a solar-power analyst at research group iSuppli.


Do you have a real industry if it has to be supported by taxpayers dollars who pay outrageous sums for an expensive source of power? Look at the logic jump by Zappo's government.

Wind energy was a cheaper renewable option than solar, so the Spanish government sought to make solar power more attractive by increasing subsidies, just as other countries, particularly Germany, were scaling back support.
As a result, Spain's solar capacity last year increased to 3,342 megawatts from 695 megawatts, the size of a coal plant, a year earlier. Government subsidies for solar power jumped to €1.1 billion ($1.6 billion) in 2008 from €214 million in 2007.

Solar power "was a financial product, not an energy solution," says Ignacio Sánchez Galán, chairman of Iberdrola, the world's biggest renewable-energy company. Iberdrola has largely shunned solar because wind power is cheaper and requires less land.


Spain's logic is awesome.

Japan's first lady says she rode on a spaceship.

It would have been cooler if she said it was the mothership.

Mother nature reclaiming Detroit houses

This is a neat pic essay. It says a helluva lot about Detroit.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

(NYTIMES) Obama desperate to get any deal signed.

Its now down to a bill on his desk that says health reform so he can claim credit.

President Obama plans to address a joint session of Congress next week in an effort to rally support for health care legislation as White House officials look for ways to simplify and scale back the major Democratic bills, lower the cost and drop contentious but nonessential elements.

Administration officials said Wednesday that Mr. Obama would be more specific than he has been to date about what he wants included in the plan. Doing so amounts to an acknowledgment that the president’s prior tactic of laying out broad principles and leaving Congress to fill in the details was no longer working and that Mr. Obama needed to become more personally involved in shaping the outcome.

But the officials said Mr. Obama was unlikely to unveil a detailed legislative plan of his own. And they insisted that Mr. Obama had not given up on the provision that has attracted the most fire from the right, a proposal for a government-run competitor to private insurers, although many Democrats say the proposal may eventually be jettisoned.

By signaling that they would seek to revise existing versions of legislation moving through the House and Senate, administration officials and Democratic leaders in Congress — many of whom had said earlier in the summer that they saw no need to scale back their ambitions — made clear that their political calculations had changed. With Congressional Republicans standing almost unanimously in opposition to the Democratic approach, the target now for Mr. Obama is primarily a handful of moderate Democrats and the one Republican who seems open to a deal, Senator Olympia J. Snowe of Maine.

“It’s so important to get a deal,” a White House official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity in order to be candid about strategy. “He will do almost anything it takes to get one.”


But Snowe has to stick herself in this self defeating mess. This is why rank and file conservatives hate the GOP now.

Olympia Snowe sends Obama a life jacket over Obamacare

Sigh, You just knew some idiot Republican would pull a stunt like this right?

Senior White House officials, in conversations with reporters today, are floating the idea that President Obama is secretly negotiating with Sen. Olympia Snowe over a health care compromise that would phase in a government-funded health care alternative if private insurance companies fail to meet quality and cost benchmarks over a certain period of the time.

The public discussion of the Snowe “compromise” is meant to test the reaction of House Democrats, who will pass a bill that includes an immediate public option added to a new health insurance exchange. The White House hopes that, having voted for a public option, House Dems would accept a “trigger” as part of a conference committee compromise rather than putting the kibosh on the entire health care reform project. In some ways, this strategy is old, and in some ways it’s new. For months, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has been pushing the idea of a “trigger” internally, and he and Snowe regularly trade legislative and political intelligence.


The government is the referee and the rules will be rigged to be triggered regardless down the line to get Obamacare in play. How stupid is Snowe to think she can trust the Dems. Everytime conservatives fight they get undermined by one or two of these blasted Republicans who think they are smarters than everyone else.

Canada grants white South African man refugee status.

South Africa is up in arms calling Canada a racist nation for the ruling because it puts yet another spotlight on the high crime rate going on in that country.

A white man from South Africa has been given refugee status in Canada after claiming persecution, his lawyer said, angering many in his home country where race remains a highly sensitive issue.

A Canadian immigration board panel issued its ruling late last week in the case involving Brandon Carl Huntley, according to his lawyer, Russell Kaplan.

Kaplan said Tuesday it's likely the first time a white South African has been granted refugee status in Canada claiming persecution from black South Africans.

The Immigration and Refugee Board refused to comment on the case or to release the decision. Board spokesman Stephane Malepart said he is barred from commenting on any individual case by privacy provisions.

Malepart said the board is an independent tribunal that operates at arms' length from the Canadian government.

Huntley argued that whites are targeted by black criminals in South Africa and that the government does nothing to protect them. He claimed he was attacked seven times during attempted robberies and muggings.

Kaplan, a South African native who moved to Canada 20 years, said tribunal panel chair William Davis ruled that Huntley would stand out like a "sore thumb" due to his color in any part of South Africa and that Kaplan's fears of persecution are justified based on the evidence he submitted.

In his its written decision, Davis said "I find that the claimant was a victim because of his race (white South African) rather than a victim of criminality."

It also said that Huntley "has presented clear and convincing proof of the state's inability or unwillingness to protect him."

Only human music to calm monkeys. METALLICA!

That makes me more wary of monkeys and their mood swings.

Music inspired by the soothing calls of contented monkeys relaxes the animals when it is played back to them, researchers have discovered.

Researchers composed "monkey melodies" to investigate whether non-human primates are capable of responding to music with the same emotions as people.

They found that while monkeys were left cold by human music, they reacted emotionally to tunes that incorporated features commonly heard in monkey calls, such as rising and falling tones.

Tamarin monkeys lounged around and ate more when they heard music inspired by the calming sounds the animals make when they are safe, the study found.

....Snowdon teamed up with David Teie, a cellist with the American National Symphony Orchestra, to investigate whether humans were alone in responding emotionally to music.

In the study, 14 cotton-top tamarins were played 30-second blasts of music while the researchers noted any changes in their behaviour. The animals were played Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings and a soft piano piece from The Fragile by rock band Nine Inch Nails, followed by Metallica's Of Wolf and Man and an excerpt from The Grudge by rock band Tool.

They then heard the specially composed monkey music.

The only human music that elicited any response was the heavy metal band Metallica, whose music had the unexpected effect of calming the monkeys.

Firebomb chaos in Uppsala, Sweden

It seems those darn "youths" are at it again though you wouldn't know from the article which tries desperately to avoid the elephant in the room.

Authorities are convening a crisis meeting in Uppsala today after a wild weekend of firebombings and burning cars.

On Saturday night in the suburb of Gottsunda, a number of cars were set alight, and a firebomb was thrown into a swimming centre, an officer of Upplands Police told news agency TT. It was the third night in a row of chaos, with youth gangs running rampant, according to a report in the Uppsala Nya Tidning.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Obama to drop public option, take on liberal Democrats.

Can it be? Obama ready to pull a Clinton which means taking on the far left of his party and daring them to do something? Could be a rope-a-dope.

Top officials privately concede the past six weeks have taken their toll on Obama's popularity. But the officials also see the new diminished expectations as an opportunity to prove their critics wrong by signing a health-care law, showing progress in Afghanistan, and using this month's anniversary of the fall of Lehman Brothers to push for a crackdown on Wall Street.

On health care, Obama’s willingness to forgo the public option is sure to anger his party’s liberal base. But some administration officials welcome a showdown with liberal lawmakers if they argue they would rather have no health care law than an incremental one. The confrontation would allow Obama to show he is willing to stare down his own party to get things done.

“We have been saying all along that the most important part of this debate is not the public option, but rather ensuring choice and competition,” an aide said. “There are lots of different ways to get there.”


Lets see how much Obama and the White House is willing to smack down the Daily Kos/Olbermann segment of the party to show who is in charge. This could all be a nice big showing for the public.

Update: I like AP's spin on this.

White House: Obama may detail health plans soon

Maybe the smartest man in the room should have done that in the first place.

Obama holds Ramadan Dinner but cancelled prayer event.

Just pointing out the obvious from the LATIMES.

May 7, 2009: Obama ends Bush-era National Prayer Day service at White House ...

Sep 1, 2009: Guest list for Obama's White House Ramadan dinner Top of the ...

Obama White House plan to harvest personal data from social networking sites.

Via Instapundit comes this job offer found by the NLPC.

NLPC has uncovered a plan by the White House New Media operation to hire a technology vendor to conduct a massive, secret effort to harvest personal information on millions of Americans from social networking websites.

The information to be captured includes comments, tag lines, emails, audio, and video. The targeted sites include Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, Flickr and others – any space where the White House “maintains a presence.”

In the course of investigating procurement by the White House New Media office, NLPC discovered a 51-page solicitation of bids that was filed on Friday, August 21, 2009. Filed as Solicitation # WHO-S-09-0003, it is posted at FedBizzOps.com. Click here to download a 51-page pdf of the solicitation.


It sounds like contracting out to a company to archive sites done by the EOP for official records.
1. Purpose
The purpose of this Statement of Objectives (SOO) is to obtain the necessary services to ensure that content published by the Executive Office of the President (EOP) on publicly-accessible web sites is archived in accordance with the Presidential Records Act (PRA), that information posted on publicly-accessible web sites where the EOP maintains a presence is archived in accordance with the PRA, and that all archived information is securely stored and provided to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for historical preservation, in accordance with the PRA.

2. Scope
The contractor shall provide the necessary services to capture, store, extract to approved formats, and transfer content published by EOP on publicly-accessible web sites, along with information posted by non-EOP persons on publicly-accessible web sites where the EOP offices under PRA maintains a presence, throughout the term of the contract. The contractor shall if possible, capture, store, extract to approved formats, and transfer content published by EOP on non-public websites. The contractor shall include in the information posted by non-EOP persons on publicly-accessible web sites where the EOP maintains a presence both comments posted on pages created by EOP and messages sent to EOP accounts on those web sites. Publicly-accessible sites may include, but are not limited to social networking sites. The contractor shall provide a user-friendly way of organizing and searching captured information. The contractor shall properly transfer the captured information, as identified by EOP, to NARA in an acceptable format for both preservation in NARA’s Electronic Records Archive and presentation at the future Presidential Library. The Contractor shall provide a method to separate content posted by other EOP component offices as required.


The bolded and the secrecy clause on page 7 of the PDF file will cause people to ponder but on the surface it doesn't seem "evil.".

Sandy Cane, Italy's first black mayor.

She voted for Obama in America and now talks with Nick Griffin of the BNP...wait..what?

Sandy Cane, a 47-year-old Italian-American, becomes the mayor of the northern town of Viggiu, near Varese, east of Milan, after winning 30 per cent of votes cast by the town's 5,000 residents.

The translator and hotel director, who has a black American father and an Italian mother, voted for Barack Obama in the US presidential elections. She said there was no contradiction in a black woman representing the Italian anti-immigration party. "To tolerate illegal immigration above all harms those who enter our country with the desire to work and integrate themselves and to have a normal life," she said. "In America I voted for Obama, in Italy for Bossi."

Umberto Bossi, the rabble-rousing leader of the Northern League, is enjoying greater influence than ever in Silvio Berlusconi's coalition government after the party doubled its share of the vote to more than 10 per cent in this month's European elections.

Earlier this week it emerged that Mr Bossi had had discussions with Nick Griffin, the leader of the British National Party, which does not accept non-whites as members.

Ms Cane said she knew of no racist or xenophobic members of her party, adding that all she wanted to do was "clean up this town which is beautiful but very dirty".


First Huffy Post, she is talking about illegal illegal immigration and its a bit racist to think because she is black she wouldn't be against illegal immigration.

Now talking to Nick Griffin is a lot more odd.

EEOC sides with Somali Muslims at Swift Plant.

This all started last year when an influx of Somali Muslims started working at Swift plants in Greeley,CO and Nebraska.

Muslim workers are on bended knee in prayer. Company officials are on their toes.

The result: a ruckus-free Ramadan.

So far, anyway.

“Everything is smooth now, and people are happy, and the company is happy,” said Asad Abdi, vice president of the East Africa Community Center in Greeley.

The company had even put out dates, which are customarily eaten to break the fast, for the workers. At 10-minute intervals, the Muslims were allowed to leave production lines and go to prayer rooms — one for men, another for women.
....Last September, things were much different.

Essentially, JBS got caught flat-footed. The company appeared blindsided by the religious practices of a large new demographic in the plant work force — East African refugees.

The Ruckus of 2008 built steam over a week. First, Muslim workers complained when they couldn't leave production lines for end-of-fast prayers. Company management responded by giving Muslims an earlier break time near sunset. The sudden schedule shift irked other workers, however, who said Muslims were being granted preferential treatment. They protested and claimed the company was acting in breach of the union contract.

The end result was severe. The company fired 100 Muslim workers for walking off the job. A similar fracas played out in Grand Island, Neb., where JBS also employs many East Africans.


CAIR got involved and filed complaints with the EEOC who of course sided with the complaints.

Muslim advocates said Friday that federal officials determined a Nebraska meatpacking plant wasn't doing enough to accommodate the religious needs of its Muslim workers but stopped short of laying out specific recommendations.

The Chicago-based Council on American-Islamic Relations said the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission outlined its decision in a letter sent to the organization this week. The decision comes after a nearly yearlong investigation into conditions at the Grand Island JBS plant, where hundreds of Muslim workers walked out in protest last September because they weren't given time to pray.

"It's a favorable finding ... it's definitely a victory," said Rima Kapitan, an employment attorney who worked on the case for the council.


That means that Swift will have to bend even more to satisfy those who are demanding certain Muslim customs from the Somali refugees be accepted and accommodated. That will again tick off Non-Muslims and start the cycle over again. Accommodation is a two way street and if your religious practices interfere with social and business dynamic of the workplace, both sides have to compromise. The problem here is the EEOC is allowing groups like CAIR to force Islamic customs and traditions into the workplace without realized the long term negative consequences.

Why would you want to work in a place with segregated prayer rooms or having to cover because of special reasons. The assimilation of various religious practices into American culture has stopped and now what you are seeing is the forcing of customs that in some cases are not compatible with Western Culture.

Instead of changing over time to have unique American characteristics like other religions, Islam is being allowed in cases like this to flourish without changing.

Hawaii's racist problem i.e. Lets kill Whitey.

I have heard/read stories over the years about the racist treatment anyone not a Hawaiian and Southern Poverty Law Center actually reports on it which is shocking.

A Hawaiian Studies professor at the University of Hawaii, Haunani-Kay Trask, is one of the most caustic critics of whites in the islands. In her 1999 book, From A Native Daughter, Trask wrote: "Just as … all exploited peoples are justified in feeling hostile and resentful toward those who exploit them, so we Hawaiians are justified in such feelings toward the haole. This is the legacy of racism, of colonialism."

In a poem titled, "Racist White Woman," Trask wrote: "I could kick/Your face, puncture/Both eyes./You deserve this kind/Of violence./No more vicious/Tongues, obscene/Lies./Just a knife/Slitting your tight/Little heart."

Trask's opposite number is Conklin, the "anti-sovereignty" white activist who has lived on Oahu for 17 years and says he loves Hawaii's culture, spirituality and history, but is labeled a racist by some of his detractors. He wrote a book entitled Hawaiian Apartheid: Racial Separatism and Ethnic Nationalism in the Aloha State.

"Here in Hawaii, there is no compulsion to speak out on racist attacks. There are all these hate crimes and violent things happening to white people and you don't hear sovereignty activists speaking out against it," says Conklin, who manages a massive website on Hawaiian issues. "The violence has been going on for years and it's always been hush-hush."


tip Instapundit.

David Brook's manloving for Obama.

Remember the rule. If liberals like a conservative, he is not a conservative. Brooks is just your typical pseudo-elitist who holds no conservative values/convictions.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Ditzy Natalie Portman: Recession ‘An Exciting Time’

Tell that to millions of people looking for jobs and trying to keep a roof over their heads.

PORTMAN HAS HIGH HOPES FOR RECESSION

Hollywood actress NATALIE PORTMAN is determined to see the positive side of the global economic downturn - she's convinced the international recession will allow people to rethink their priorities.

The Star Wars actress, who filmed a FunnyOrDie comedy sketch about the financial crisis last year (08), insists workers who are now worse off will be able to get their lives back on track and find the career they have always wanted.

She says, "I think it's kind of an exciting time. I mean, everyone is cutting back. It's happening in every industry - including our own.

All of a sudden, people are doing jobs that they hate and they're not making as much money as they thought they would or they've lost their jobs entirely. I've started to see people looking more toward their own passions and what really excites them."


I think a Hollywood star like Natalie Portman cutting back is not the same as the regular American family having to cut back. But perhaps miss Ivy League can educate us simple people with more words of wisdom.

Obama gives federal workers 2% pay raise.

Considering the amount of people looking for work in the private sector or trying to hold on to their jobs while still paying taxes towards this pay increase to federal workers, it seems rather insensitive.

Citing the current economic recession -- and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks eight years ago -- President Obama says he will use emergency powers to cut the programmed across-the-board January increase in federal employees' pay from 2.4 percent to 2.0 percent, according to a letter he sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Monday.

The move was not a surprise, as Obama telegraphed a 2 percent increase in the budget he proposed earlier this year. But it's certainly not welcome news for federal employees, whose unions protested when Obama's budget was released.

Obama's ally in Costa Rica wants unlimited presidential power.

Its situations like this that make me ponder if Obama is totally naive or honestly doesn't give a damn that he has America side willingly with wannabe dictators who want third world banana republics.

President Oscar Arias of Costa Rica has joined the trend in Latin America of calling for a new constitution that would expand executive powers and get rid of “unnecessary checks” on the president’s authority. Although Arias has less than 9 months left in office and can’t run for reelection, his brother and current minister of the presidency — a primer minister of sorts — has openly said he’s interested in running for president in 2014. A new constitution with expanded executive powers would fit him just fine.

Arias’ call has been received with broad skepticism. La Nación, Costa Rica’s leading newspaper, said that trying to make the government more efficient through a constitutional convention was like “killing a mouse with cannon fire.” The newspaper also said that the idea of dismantling the checks and balances on executive power sounds like an effort to create an “imperial presidency.”


The third option is Obama wishes he could do the same.

New FEMA chief says people not government is the answer.

The hell is Craig Fugate doing in an Obama government telling people that government is not your mommy and daddy? Highly strange to see someone saying learn to get off your ass.

“We need to change behavior in this country,” he told about 400 emergency-management instructors at a conference in June, lambasting the “government-centric” approach to disasters. He learned a perverse lesson in Florida: the more the federal government does in routine emergencies, the greater the odds of catastrophic failure in a big disaster. “It’s like a Chinese finger trap,” he told me last spring, as a hailstorm fittingly raged outside his office. If the feds do more, the public, along with state and local officials, do less. They come to expect ice and water in 24 hours and full reimbursement for sodden carpets. But as part of a federal system, FEMA is designed to defer to state and local officials. If another Katrina hits, and the locals are overwhelmed, a full-strength federal response will inevitably take time. People who need help the most—the elderly, the disabled, and the poor—may not get it fast enough.

To avoid “system collapse,” as he puts it, Fugate insists that the government must draft the public. “We tend to look at the public as a liability. [But] who is going to be the fastest responder when your house falls on your head? Your neighbor.” A few years ago, Fugate dropped the word victim from his vocabulary. “You’re not going to hear me refer to people as victims unless we’ve lost ’em. I call them survivors.” He criticizes the media for “celebrating” people who choose not to evacuate and then have to be rescued on live TV—while ignoring all the people who were prepared. “This is a tragedy, this whole Shakespearean circle we’re in. You never hear the media say, ‘Hey, you’re putting this rescue worker in danger.’”


Fugate hasn't been to New Orleans if he thinks this sort of attitude will be welcomed.

Brazil ready to break US drug patents

So this is why we signed up with the WTO? Not that I approve of subsidies for farmers when its not needed or helpful in any way. But how does this seem like equal trade from cotton farms to drugs?

Brazil is preparing to infringe patents on US pharmaceutical products, in retaliation against subsidies for US cotton farmers, according to the Brazilian press.

The World Trade Organisation is expected to rule on Monday that Brazil can contravene the drug patents, say the reports.

One option would be to raise import tariffs against US goods. But Brazil is a relatively small US market, taking $32bn out of $1,287bn of US exports last year.

Instead it is preparing to take action over intellectual property, an area of much greater significance to the US. The WTO is expected to include this possibility in its ruling on Monday. According to a report in a Brazilian newspaper the government has prepared a “provisional measure” – a presidential decree that takes immediate effect, although it must later be ratified by Congress – to allow Brazilian pharmaceuticals companies to copy medicines protected by US patents

Cheney slams Obama/Holder over CIA investigation.

Cheney repeats what ever Dems are eluding to now that this politicized investigation being done by Holder and Obama will damage national security not just in the short term but long term as well. Agents from the CIA and other agencies will be scared to do anything because of the threat of being investigated by future admins or people with payback on their minds.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday sharply criticized the Obama administration’s decision to investigate the abuse of prisoners held by the Central Intelligence Agency as he delivered a forceful defense of the full range of interrogation techniques used by intelligence officers.

Broadcast just six days after Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. appointed a federal prosecutor to examine the abuse of detainees, Mr. Cheney described the use of waterboarding and other coercive methods — including threatening detainees with a gun and a drill — as legal and crucial elements of the counterterrorism war.

“I knew about the waterboarding, not specifically in any one particular case, but as a general policy that we had approved,” said Mr. Cheney, who noted that neither a gun nor a drill had actually been used on detainees. “The fact of the matter is the Justice Department reviewed all those allegations several years ago.”

“The judgment was made then that there wasn’t anything that was improper or illegal,” said Mr. Cheney, who was speaking in an interview on Fox News Sunday.

Mr. Cheney said he also supported officers who strayed outside Justice Department rules and used unauthorized interrogation techniques, saying they did so to keep Americans safe. And he warned that Mr. Holder’s investigation would demoralize intelligence officers and discourage them from working aggressively to protect the nation.

Mr. Cheney described the inquiry as an “intensely partisan, politicized look back at the prior administration” intended to placate the left wing of the Democratic Party. “It’s clearly a political move,” he said. “I mean, there’s no other rationale for why they’re doing this.”

....Mr. Cheney’s vigorous remarks demonstrated his determination to embrace his new role as a fiery defender of the Bush administration policies. But some of his concerns are already reverberating within the Obama administration as officials debate whether the investigation will undercut the work of the C.I.A. or serve as a critical step toward exposing and possibly prosecuting grave acts of wrongdoing that have damaged the nation’s standing abroad.

Officials in the C.I.A. and the Justice Department remain sharply divided about Mr. Holder’s decision to appoint a federal prosecutor to determine if a full criminal investigation into the conduct of agency employees or contractors is needed. On Sunday, it became clear that such concerns were also emerging among some Democrats in Congress.

Concern over the Mob getting stimulus money.

The mob would be the only group where the stimulus money wouldn't go to waste. If its choice between them and some ACORD like group, I will go with the Godfather.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Wasserman Schultz takes on Obamacare critics...by phone.

Way to show that backbone.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, went on the offensive Sunday night against critics of health care reform.

Republicans and other opponents are motivated by a political desire to see the Democratic Congress and President Barack Obama fail, she said, and they’re whipping up false claims to scare people.

“You have Republican opponents of reform who want to make sure that we are not successful as a Democratic Congress and want to make sure that President Obama is not successful because then they won’t be able to take over,” Wasserman Schultz said during a town hall meeting conducted by telephone. “They [the Republicans] don’t like that they’re in the minority.”

Other interests’ motives are easy to see, she said. “The insurance industry make a lot of money off the status quo.”

....Most negative was Robert, who said the legislation would bring about “almost mandatory rationing of care.”

Wasserman Schultz didn’t mince words in response.

“I disagree with you completely on the premise of your question. Nothing could be further from the truth,” she said. Wasserman Schultz said it’s the current system that actually causes rationing — at the hands of insurance company bureaucrats. She said opponents are using a provision of the legislation that would help identify and encourage the best practices that produce the best outcomes, and twisting it to suggest rationing would result. “Under our legislation there’s no rationing of care.”

Wasserman Schultz said a public plan would exist alongside private insurance plans — available to those who want it and providing competition to private insurance.


Again, there is no state run health care system in the world where you don't have rationing of health care. What makes up the best practices? Its either going to be the best method to produce the best result regardless of cost or the best method because it cuts down on cost and can be applied to the widest amount of people at a low cost. The current system in not rationing health care unless you are a Dem who think that you having health care is a god given right instead of it being a service.

A public plan can't be honest competition for private insurance because it is not subject to the same market rules and pressures as private companies. The government also gets to be the rules committee that will screw up the playing field in their favor.

Fort Lauderdale wants a light rail system? Waste of money.

Another request of stimulus money going to waste for system that is not needed in Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale and its Downtown Development Authority already were working on a $124.3 million light rail project. And along came the federal stimulus dollars.

Fort Lauderdale politicians are going to vote Tuesday to apply for some of the stimulus money for The Wave project.

Click here for a memory refresher on The Wave.

According to a city memo, the federal Recovery Act includes money for "surface transportation infrastructure capital investment projects, on a competitive basis, that will have a significantimpact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region.''
The grants are $20 million to $300 million, and priority is given to "projects that are expected to quickly create and preserve jobs, and stimulate rapid increases in economic activity, particularly jobs and activity that benefit economically distressed areas,'' the city memos says.

The city wants to use the money to buy rail cars and/or fortify the Third Avenue bridge to be "transit-ready.''

The application deadline to the federal Dept. of Transportation is September 15, 2009.


This is the proposed route. The problem here is there is nothing in Fort Lauderdale that would justify building this nonsense. During the day it is people going to work at the handful of office towers, tourists going down Las Olas Blvd. After 5 PM, everyone gets the hell out of dodge except for a handful of bars just west of Andrews Avenue and South of Broward Blvd. There is nothing south of the courthouse on Andrews Avenue except the hospital that would be considered justification enough to build a light rail.

The past couple of years Fort Lauderdale can boast of an explosion in homeless, drug addicts, crazy people and unsavory riff raffs that make walking around in the daytime fearful for your health.

I could see a light rail up and down AIA or even heading out West to Sawgrass Mills Mall. Actually anything West of I-95 or East of even Federal Highway would make for a better case than downtown Fort Lauderdale.

New Orleans landlords refusing to rent to Section 8 users.

I don't blame them at all. I have never seen a section 8 area that was worth a damn after people moved in for landlords or more importantly other residents.

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center will announce the results of an audit report on discrimination against Section 8 holders during a 10:30 a.m. conference call.

The report, titled "Housing Choice in Crisis," claims landlords are denying Section 8 tenants at an "alarming rate." The group claims that more and more people rely on the housing vouchers for assistance each day, and "the extent to which voucher holders are able to use the vouchers to attain safe, quality housing in high opportunity neighborhoods is an important consideration."

James Perry, the group's director, said in a statement that the voucher program is "a tool to promote economic and racial integration by providing housing choice to people reliant on housing assistance.


Section 8 is not a tool for racial integration, it is to cover people regardless of color who can't pay rent. But this is a community organizer talking so race plays a big part.

BTW, the Housing Authority of New Orleans program director is allegedly stealing from the Section 8 program. New Orleans, still a hive of crime and villiany.

Charles Rangel should be in jail right now for tax evasion.

If he was a Republican or just anyone else other than a Dem politician, he would be in jail and paying fines till the end of time because of hiding assets.

Representative Charles B. Rangel failed to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in income and assets on his financial disclosure forms for 2002 through 2006, including tens of thousands of dollars in rental income from a Harlem brownstone he sold in 2004, according to records filed this month with the clerk of the House of Representatives.

Mr. Rangel, who is facing investigations by two House subcommittees into his personal finances and fund-raising, filed amended financial disclosure forms on Aug. 12 acknowledging that he had omitted an array of assets, business transactions and sources of income. They include a Merrill Lynch Global account valued between $250,000 and $500,000; tens of thousands of dollars in municipal bonds; and $30,000 to $100,000 in rent from a multifamily brownstone building he owned on West 132nd Street.


Update: Democrats say Rangel is safe. No surprise the Congressional Black Caucus will vow to protect him because the color of your skin is a helluva lot more important than your actions to them.

But unless the Ethics Committee probes hit Rangel with something more than a slap on the wrist -- or a bigger scandal arises -- Democrats are unlikely to push him off the Ways and Means Committee, a Washington insider said.

"He doesn't strike me as someone who would go quietly, and he's not afraid to play the race card on his own party," the DC source said.

Friends like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the New York delegation are committed to keeping Rangel in place, sources said.

"Unless he's done something absolutely insane that hasn't come out yet, he's protected," said a Democratic official.