Saturday, September 26, 2009

UK Nanny State: Woman branded illegal childminder.

What kind of wimpy society is being created in Britain where looking after a friend's child to help out has to be wrapped up in regulations? This is pathetic.
A policewoman told last night how she was banned from looking after her colleague’s daughter because she was not a registered childminder.

Detective Constable Leanne Shepherd was ordered by the education watchdog Ofsted to end her private arrangement with her friend, DC Lucy Jarrett, or they would face prosecution.

The Thames Valley Police detectives – who gave birth within a few months
of each other – share a job at Aylesbury Police Station in Buckinghamshire.

But the mothers, both 32, have now been told by Ofsted that surveillance teams will spy on their homes to make sure they are not continuing to care for each other’s daughter.

Germany gets another Islamist threat before elections

They are trying to do to Germany what they did to Spain.

German authorities have uncovered a new video threatening attacks against the country over its military engagement in Afghanistan ahead of this weekend's pivotal elections, according to officials in Berlin.


The new internet video threats are believed to come from the Taliban, an Interior Ministry spokesman said, and demand that Germany withdraw its troops from the war-torn country.

They followed a separate message that emerged earlier Friday from al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden with German subtitles demanding that Europeans leave Afghanistan. Bin Laden's message came hours after a third German-language video in a week surfaced by another al-Qaida militant, Abu Talha al-Almani - or "The German."

In the new video, a man calling himself "Ajjub" and speaking in German said: "Because of your commitment here against Islam, attacking Germany has become an attractive idea for us, the mujahideen," according to the spokesman. The militant said it was only a matter of time "before jihad destroys German walls."

Photos of famous German sites and events then appear, including Brandenburg Gate, Munich's Oktoberfest beer festival and Cologne Cathedral.

Politicians, including Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and Defence Minister Franz-Josef Jung, are also shown, the spokesman said.

A German investigator quoted by Der Spiegel magazine's internet site described the threat as "the most concrete" against the country because of the places and people singled out. The magazine said it was the first known German-language video from the
Taliban.

Obama Makes Gains at U.N. on Iran..not really

There is this push by the media and WH officials to show that Obama's need for dialogue has helped to push Iran in a corner somehow. That is a ridiculous notion.

President Obama, in his first visit to the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, made progress Wednesday on two key issues, wringing a concession from Russia to consider tough new sanctions against Iran and securing support from Moscow and Beijing for a Security Council resolution to curb nuclear weapons.

The successes came as Mr. Obama told leaders that the United States intended to begin a new era of engagement with the world, in a sweeping address to the General Assembly in which he sought to clearly delineate differences between himself and the administration of President George W. Bush.

One of the fruits of those differences — although White House officials were loath to acknowledge any quid pro quo publicly — emerged during Mr. Obama’s meeting on Wednesday afternoon with President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia, the first between the two since Mr. Obama decided to replace Mr. Bush’s missile defense program in Eastern Europe with a version less threatening to Moscow.

With a beaming Mr. Obama standing next to him, Mr. Medvedev signaled for the first time that Russia would be amenable to longstanding American requests to toughen sanctions against Iran significantly if, as expected, nuclear talks scheduled for next month failed to make progress.

“I told His Excellency Mr. President that we believe we need to help Iran to take a right decision,” Mr. Medvedev said, adding that “sanctions rarely lead to productive results, but in some cases, sanctions are inevitable.”

White House officials could barely hide their glee. “I couldn’t have said it any better myself,” a delighted Michael McFaul, Mr. Obama’s senior adviser for democracy and Russia, told reporters after the meeting. He insisted nonetheless that the administration had not tried to buy Russia’s cooperation with its decision to scrap the missile shield in Europe in favor of a reconfigured system.

Privately, several administration officials did acknowledge that missile defense might have had something to do with Moscow’s newfound verbal cooperation on the Iran sanctions issue.


you give up Eastern Europe and the best you can do is yet another choice at a resolution. Smart power indeed. Obama is naive to think that Russia and China would ever consider meaningful sanctions against Iran since both are trade partners with Iran and both would loathe having the US have any sort of PR gain in pushing this issue. It is simply not in their best interests and that is the one thing Obama doesn't seem to understand. Russia and China govern by their own self interest, not for the sake of Obama.

Lefty critics are hailing this is a chance for Obama to put the screws to Iran.

All those who were writing off Barack Obama last week as a foreign policy lightweight may now reflect at leisure on how he has achieved two major objectives in almost as many days: Russia is back on side, for now at least, thanks to his decision to re-model European missile defence. And China is now isolated in the security council in opposing new sanctions on Iran – a position it always tries to avoid on any major issue, and which it may now find untenable.

Today’s disclosure, and the concomitant conclusion that Iran’s leaders are congenital double-dealers, will further spur the debate among regional neighbours, in particular Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt, about acquiring nuclear capabilities of their own. Thus does the feared, fabled Middle East nuclear arms race inch closer…
Yet Obama’s bid to open a dialogue with Iran – the so-called “unclenched fist” – may, conversely, be strengthened by these latest developments. Iran has been placed on the back foot. It has been caught lying, again. It cannot convincingly pretend, even to its central Asian friends and fellow travellers like Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez, that it’s a mere innocent victim of Washington’s malice.

Nor can the regime easily tell its own much-abused, much-deceived people – and their moderate and reformist representatives in the Majlis – that it’s all a foreign plot. This bombshell will weaken supreme leader Ali Khamenei, Ahmadinejad, chief negotiator Saeed Jalili, and the rest of Tehran’s hardliner crew abroad and at home although, as usual, they will try to bluff their way through.


This second plant wasn't a surprise to western agencies, I doubt it was a surprise to Russia or China and if you dig deeper you will find material being used to built the second plant come from those countries. This is a show for the public. Iran has no interest in stopping from making the bomb since they and everyone else has seen how the West deals with North Korea with a feather.

Europe won't go to war with Iran, they won't put in trade sanctions that would stop their business with Iran, the same goes for Russia and China. Obama doesn't have the balls to take out the plant. So who is left but Israel to do a strike on it then deal with the fallout.

Enjoy the show because nothing of any substance will come from it except the evermoving goalposts of demands.

Obama delaying troop request till public really turns on Afghanistan?

The idea you wouldn't have ongoing meetings in this important war and come to a decision already is mindboggling.

The commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan has submitted a request for more troops, a spokesman said Saturday, but the Pentagon will hold it while President Barack Obama decides what strategy to pursue.

General Stanley McChrystal hand delivered his long-awaited request to U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Admiral James Stavridis, said spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Tadd Sholtis.

"At the end of that meeting General McChrystal did provide a copy of the force requirements to Admiral Mullen on the U.S. side and Admiral Stavridis on the NATO side," Sholtis said after McChrystal returned from the meeting at an air base in Germany.

...The additional troops would be needed as part of a complete overhaul of tactics, with new emphasis on securing civilians in population centers to loosen the grip of a strengthening Taliban-led insurgency.

The White House says it wants to review the entire strategy for the region before considering McChrystal's request.

"Right now the focus is on the strategic assessment itself. It (the troop request) will be shelved until such time that the White House is ready," a defense official said in Washington.

"It is not going to be addressed, or reviewed, or analyzed until the White House is ready to begin discussing it."


Obama needs to be the Commander in Chief instead of sitting on his behind. There should be ongoing meetings to cover all the scenarios, incorporate the report by McChrystal and make a decision now. The fact is Obama is not making a decision based on what the military says but what is best politically for him. That is the coward's way not the way of the President of the United States.

Jay Leno's two week ratings ending 09/25/2009

Graph mania and ouch about the Dollhouse ratings.


Telegraph: Obama gives Eastern Europe back to Russia.

Gerald Warner with the slam of the day on President Pantywaist.

Barack Obama’s chances of re-election in three and a half years’ time may be evaporating at unprecedented speed, but his presidential ambitions could still be realised in another direction. He would be a shoo-in to win the next Russian presidential election, so high is his popularity now running in the land of the bear and the knout. Obama has done more to restore Russia’s hegemonial potential in Eastern and Central Europe than even Vladimir Putin.

His latest achievement has been to restore the former satellite states to dependency on Moscow, by wimping out of the missile defence shield plan. This follows on his surrender last July when he voluntarily sacrificed around a third of America’s nuclear capability for no perceptible benefit beyond a grim smile from Putin. If there is one thing that fans the fires of aggression it is appeasement.

Despite propaganda to the contrary, 58 per cent of Poles were in favour of the missile shield. But small nations must assess the political will of larger powers. Thanks to President Pantywaist’s supine policies, the former satellite states can see that they are fast returning to their former status. The American umbrella cannot be relied upon on a rainy day. They have been here before. Poles remember how a leftist US president sold them out to Russia at Tehran and Yalta. The former Czechoslovakia was betrayed twice: in 1938 and 1945.

If the word is out that America is in retreat, it will soon find it has no friends. The satellites will pragmatically accept their restored subordination, without openly acknowledging it, and co-operate with their dangerous neighbour, ushering in a new generation of Finlandisation.

Sarkozy bitchslaps Obama at UN security council Meeting.

Obama naive view of a nuke free world belongs in some college paper by a freshman writer not from the President of United States of America.

The President hailed the agreement as a landmark in halting the spread of nuclear weapons and beginning multilateral disarmament.

"The historic resolution we just adopted enshrines our shared commitment to a goal of a world without nuclear weapons," he said. "We now face proliferation of a scope and complexity that demands new strategies and new approaches."

But forceful statements from other leaders on the need to act against Iran following the vote threatened to upstage the special meeting.

Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, came close to mocking his American counterpart for the good intentions, which Mr Obama had heralded as an "historic" step towards nuclear abolition, even though it set no specific targets or fresh mandates.

"We live in a real world not a virtual world," the Frenchman told the 15-member council. "And the real world expects us to take decisions.

"President Obama dreams of a world without weapons ... but right in front of us two countries are doing the exact opposite.

"Iran since 2005 has flouted five security council resolutions. North Korea has been defying council resolutions since 1993.

"I support the extended hand of the Americans, but what good has proposals for dialogue brought the international community? More uranium enrichment and declarations by the leaders of Iran to wipe a UN member state off the map," he continued, referring to Israel.

The sharp-tongued French leader even implied that Mr Obama's resolution 1887 had used up valuable diplomatic energy.

"If we have courage to impose sanctions together it will lend viability to our commitment to reduce our own weapons and to making a world without nuke weapons," he said.

Mr Sarkozy has previously called the US president's disarmament crusade "naïve".


Full Speech

France fully supports your initiative to organize this meeting and the efforts you undertook with Russia to reduce nuclear arsenals. But let us speak frankly – we are here to guarantee peace.

We are right to speak of the future, but before the future there is the present, and at present we have two nuclear crises.

The people of the entire world are listening to what we’re saying, to our promises, our commitments and our speeches, but we live in a real world, not a virtual world.

We say: reductions must be made. And President Obama has even said, “I dream of a world without [nuclear weapons].” Yet before our very eyes, two countries are currently doing the exact opposite. Since 2005, Iran has violated five Security Council resolutions. Since 2005, Secretary-General, the international community has called on Iran to engage in dialogue. An offer of dialogue was made in 2005, an offer of dialogue was made in 2006, an offer of dialogue was made in 2007, an offer of dialogue was made in 2008, and another one was made in 2009. President Obama, I support the Americans’ outstretched hand. But what did the international community gain from these offers of dialogue? Nothing. More enriched uranium, more centrifuges, and on top of that, a statement by Iranian leaders proposing to wipe a UN member State off the map.

What are we doing? What conclusions are we drawing? There comes a time when facts are stubborn and decisions must be made.

If we want in the end to have a world without nuclear weapons, let us not accept the violation of international rules.

I understand perfectly well the various positions of the different parties, but all of us may one day be threatened by a neighbour who has obtained a nuclear weapon.

Second, North Korea. It gets even better: they have violated all Security Council deliberations since 1993, and they disregard everything that the international community says, everything. What’s more, they are continuing their ballistic tests.

How can we accept this? What conclusions can we draw from it? I say that at some point, all of us – regardless of our positions in other respects – will have to work together to adopt sanctions and to ensure that the UN Security Council’s decisions are effective.

Finally, I share the opinion expressed by the President of Uganda and the Chinese President with respect to access to civil nuclear energy. We, the nuclear powers, must agree to technology transfers so that everyone can have access to this clean energy. I would add that this will make it possible to avoid deliberate confusion on the part of those who claim to be carrying out nuclear research for civilian purposes while they’re doing it for military purposes.

So, ladies and gentlemen, my dear colleagues, this is what I believe, in full support of what was decided in the resolution and in full support of President Obama’s initiative. What I believe is that by having the courage to strengthen sanctions, together, against countries that violate Security Council resolutions, we will give credibility to our commitment to a world whose future holds fewer nuclear weapons and perhaps, one day, no nuclear weapons./.

Democrats considering insurance tax, Unions will be safe.

Unions generally have these high end insurance that under normal thinking would be tax under this plan. Since the unions own the Dems, if this pass you will see all sorts of exemptions.

House Democrats are considering a tax on high-cost insurance plans to help pay for health care overhaul that tops President Barack Obama's domestic agenda.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Friday the tax is "under consideration" as Democrats search for consensus within their ranks before taking a bill to the House floor later this fall.

"We just have to see how much money we need for what," Pelosi said. "And if we're taking the bill down in cost, there are other provisions in the Senate bill that bend the (costs) curve that might be more palatable. We'll see."

Pelosi didn't specify what other provisions she might find more acceptable. An aide said that if the House does incorporate an insurance tax in its plan, it would probably be a more modest one than what Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., has proposed.

The House Democratic plan calls for raising income taxes on upper-income people to pay for covering the uninsured. Baucus has instead proposed a tax on high-cost insurance plans worth more than $8,000 for an individual policy and $21,000 for family coverage.

Proponents of the insurance tax, which Obama has endorsed, say it would help to lower health care costs by encouraging people to become more cost-conscious health care consumers.

Some of the high-cost plans are so expensive because they come with no co-payments or deductibles, and cover every dollar spent for health care. Not all of them provide such "Cadillac" benefits, however. Some are very expensive because they're sold to companies with older employees, or workers in high-risk occupations.

Labor unions say they've given up higher pay to secure better health care benefits that they're determined to hang on to. Insurers are likely to try to pass on the cost of the tax through higher premiums.

If House Democrats adopt the insurance tax, it may help them to reduce the income tax increase that they've proposed.


Not only an insurance tax but higher income tax.

Buy Obamacare insurance or go to jail.

This will go over well.

Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) received a handwritten note Thursday from Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff Tom Barthold confirming the penalty for failing to pay the up to $1,900 fee for not buying health insurance.

Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty, Barthold wrote on JCT letterhead. He signed it "Sincerely, Thomas A. Barthold."

The note was a follow-up to Ensign's questioning at the markup

Friday, September 25, 2009

White House won't make Guantanamo Closing deadline.

When they made the big announcement early in the year of closing Gitmo in one year, they were told without a plan and not counting the diplomatic/political obstacles this was not a smart move. Now reality which probably set in months ago is being made public to smooth the upcoming delay announcement.

With four months left to meet its self-imposed deadline for closing the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Obama administration is working to recover from missteps that have put officials behind schedule and left them struggling to win the cooperation of Congress.

Even before the inauguration, President Obama's top advisers settled on a course of action they were counseled against: announcing that they would close the facility within one year. Today, officials are acknowledging that they will be hard-pressed to meet that goal.

The White House has faltered in part because of the legal, political and diplomatic complexities involved in determining what to do with more than 200 terrorism suspects at the prison. But senior advisers privately acknowledge not devising a concrete plan for where to move the detainees and mishandling Congress.

To address these setbacks, the administration has shifted its leadership team on the issue. White House Counsel Gregory B. Craig, who initially guided the effort to close the prison and who was an advocate of setting the deadline, is no longer in charge of the project, two senior administration officials said this week.

Craig said Thursday that some of his early assumptions were based on miscalculations, in part because Bush administration officials and senior Republicans in Congress had spoken publicly about closing the facility. "I thought there was, in fact, and I may have been wrong, a broad consensus about the importance to our national security objectives to close Guantanamo and how keeping Guantanamo open actually did damage to our national security objectives," he said.


There was a consensus that closing Gitmo would require a plan made before announcing you would be closing Gitmo. There was no plan. Craig got shifted because he screwed up.

UAW list of union built cars and trucks for 2010

Just so you know what not to buy.

Man arrested in trying to bomb Dallas skyscraper

Home grown jihadists seem to be coming out of the woodwork.

Federal authorities arrested a 19-year-old Jordanian citizen whom they said placed an inactive car bomb today at Fountain Place, a 60-story skyscraper in downtown Dallas.

Hosam Maher Husein Smadi has repeatedly voiced his intent to serve Osama bin Laden and al-Qa’ida and commit “violent Jihad,” authorities said in a prepared statement.

“Today’s arrest of Hosam Maher Husein Smadi underscores the FBI’s unwavering commitment to bring to justice persons who attempt to bring harm to citizens of this country and significant danger to this community,” special FBI agent in charge Robert E. Casey, Jr. said in the statement. “Smadi made a decision to act to commit a significant conspicuous act of violence under his banner of ‘self Jihad.’”

Spain expels Israeli scientists from Solar competition, US energy department mum.

This is common behavior at this point as Spain has really driven up not just Israel hatred but Jew hate up to new levels especially since Zapatero came to power.

Spain has expelled a group of Israeli scientists from a state-funded solar energy competition because they are based in occupied areas of the West Bank, it said today.

The decision to expel the team from the Ariel University Centre of Samaria from Solar Decathlon Europe, an international competition involving 20 universities, has provoked angry reactions in Israel. The team was one of 20 finalists in a competition to design solar-powered housing that is part-sponsored by the US energy department.
Spain is hosting the first European version of the event next year and claims ultimate say over who takes part.

"All the ministry has done is apply the policy of the European Union," a housing ministry spokesman said. "The EU does not recognise the occupation of the West Bank, which is where this university is."

The university said it "rejects with disgust the one-sided announcement". It claimed the decision "contravenes international law and international charters on academic freedom" and harms 10,000 students at the university, including 500 Arabs.

It was only after the Israeli project joined the finalists, which include the University of Nottingham, that officials at Spain's housing ministry became aware that the university was in the West Bank. The Israelis and the US energy department were advised of the decision a week ago.


Did the US energy Department object to this or just sat back quietly because I am not going to be happy if American taxpayer money is still going to be spent at such an event now.

Venezuela to fine networks that air 'Family Guy'

This is stupid.

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan authorities plan to impose fines on cable television companies that refuse to stop airing the animated television series "Family Guy."

Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami says the program should be pulled from the airwaves because it promotes the use of marijuana.

El Aissami was outraged by a recent episode in which the show's characters started a campaign to legalize marijuana.

He said Thursday that cable networks that broadcast "Family Guy" would be fined by Venezuela's telecommunications regulator if they refuse to dump the program.

The government of President Hugo Chavez is preparing to impose new regulations on cable television. Among other rules, cable providers could be forced to carry Chavez's frequent speeches.

Six females arrested for beating up poor karaoke singer.

This is where you should lock people up twice as long to punish being stupid.

London Guardian loses $162,000 per day

You would think the space given to terror group supporters would expand the readership a bit more in the London Guardian to cover the costs.

Guardian News and Media, the U.K. publisher of The Guardian and The Observer, is losing so much money -- £100,000 ($162,000) per day -- that it may be forced to sell assets to raise cash, industry sources say. One property that could be in play is ContentNext, the U.S.-based web publisher of PaidContent.org, which GNM bought last year for $30 million. With its good reputation for digital media coverage, sources say, ContentNext could make for an attractive acquisition target.

One company interested in potentially scooping up ContentNext is WebMediaBrands, formerly JupiterMedia. "I would certainly be interested in discussing it," Alan Meckler, the company's CEO, tells DailyFinance.

Manuel Zelaya fears Israeli mercenaries and death rays

Obama sure can pick the right horse . in political matters

It’s been 89 days since Manuel Zelaya was booted from power. He’s sleeping on chairs, and he claims his throat is sore from toxic gases and “Israeli mercenaries” are torturing him with high-frequency radiation.

“We are being threatened with death,” he said in an interview with The Miami Herald, adding that mercenaries were likely to storm the embassy where he has been holed up since Monday and assassinate him. …

Zelaya was deposed at gunpoint on June 28 and slipped back into his country on Monday, just two days before he was scheduled to speak before the United Nations. He sought refuge at the Brazilian Embassy, where Zelaya said he is being subjected to toxic gases and radiation that alter his physical and mental state.


No one expects the Israeli mercenaries.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Of Course, Racist slurs tossed at Stephen A. Smith

After going on the Mark Levin show and not spewing what the left thinks that black people should be saying.

Since my segment on the Mark Levin Show, quite a few folks in my community have called me a “Coon,” a “Sellout,” and quite a few other incendiary things I won’t waste my time repeating. One dear friend even had the gall to ask if I were “selling my soul” to get a job on FoxNews, evidently having missed my near 30 appearances on MSNBC within the last two months…

[U]nemployment was last reported at 9.7 percent. While it’s at 8.9 percent in the White Community and over 12 percent in the Hispanic Community, it was at 15.1 percent in a black community, which accounts for approximately 12.5 percent of America’s population. That amounts to nearly 1-out-of-7 African-Americans being unemployed in our country while Obama keeps talking about a Public Option with Healthcare devoid of significant Tort Reform.

Yet, these folks have a problem with ME???

Excuse my ignorance. I just don’t get it!!!


Its the mob mentality because the "brother" is not talking from the liberal hymn book. How dare this "brother" go on that white conservative show and not sing the praises of black jesus who is the president. Then the name calling starts because its the simple knee jerk reaction you see on a daily basis on many black radio shows for example like Ricky Smiley, Tom Joyner and Michael Baisden shows when confronted with ideas and thoughts that don't fit in what they feel should be the collective black community. On the internet its multi times worse and zero filtering.

Its gutter trash behavior that stunts the growth of black politics to a low level.

Jay Leno's ratings thru 09/23/2009

Update: Jay Leno's ratings thru 2 weeks.

Taken from TVbynumbers.com and HollywoodReporter.com



He seems to be settling in a 6 total range and 2 18-49 which I guess would thrill NBC because less overhead and more money coming.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

States Worry about lack of stimulus money

The use of taxpayer money given from the Federal level to the state level is akin to keep giving crack to a crackhead at the level he/she is accustomed too. Now unless they get another round of Fed money they might actually have to make spending cuts and tighten their budgets. This would have been great the first time instead they are worried their supply may run out.

WASHINGTON -- Stimulus money is helping states plug budget holes, but state officials are worried about how they will sustain programs after the federal funds run out, according to a new Government Accountability Office report released Wednesday.

Around $90 billion of the $787 billion stimulus package was dedicated to state Medicaid programs. The money, which goes out quarterly to the states and is known as FMAP funds, has moved faster than stimulus dollars allocated to many other spending categories.

The GAO, the congressional watchdog charged with monitoring how states are handling their share of the stimulus package, found that most states it studied were using the Medicaid funds to cover increased caseloads and to maintain their current services and eligibility criteria. Some states were also using the funds to avoid cutting payments to hospitals and doctors.

State officials "expressed concern about the longer-term sustainability of their Medicaid programs after the increased FMAP funds are no longer available, beginning in January 2011," the report said.

The report also found some states were using the money to free up other parts of their state budget that would otherwise have been used for Medicaid. Several states reported the funds were helping finance general state budget needs.

UN loves Barack Obama because he is weak

If the UN loves your President, then its a bad sign for America.

It is not hard to see why a standing ovation awaits the president at Turtle Bay. Obama’s popularity at the UN boils down essentially to his willingness to downplay American global power. He is the first American president who has made an art form out of apologizing for the United States, which he has done on numerous occasions on foreign soil, from Strasbourg to Cairo. The Obama mantra appears to be – ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do to atone for your country. This is a message that goes down very well in a world that is still seething with anti-Americanism.

It is natural that much of the UN will embrace an American president who declines to offer strong American leadership. A president who engages dictators like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez will naturally gain respect from the leaders of the more than 100 members of the United Nations who are currently designated as “partly free” or “not free” by respected watchdog Freedom House.

The UN is not a club of democracies - who still remain a minority within its membership – it is a vast melting pot of free societies, socialist regimes and outright tyrannies. Obama’s clear lack of interest in human rights issues is a big seller at the UN, where at least half its members have poor human rights records.

The president scores highly at the UN for refusing to project American values and military might on the world stage, with rare exceptions like the war against the Taliban. His appeasement of Iran, his bullying of Israel, his surrender to Moscow, his call for a nuclear free world, his siding with Marxists in Honduras, his talk of a climate change deal, have all won him plaudits in the large number of UN member states where US foreign policy has traditionally been viewed with contempt.

Simply put, Barack Obama is loved at the UN because he largely fails to advance real American leadership. This is a dangerous strategy of decline that will weaken US power and make her far more vulnerable to attack.

Obama's speech at the UN is what I expccted.

Obama giving away America's superpower status to be loved by the rest of the world. Just think of it as being the culmination of those America sucks and I am sorry speeches he went on earlier in the year. Obama thinks that America has been a mistake until he was elected and now he will set America on the path he thinks is better for everyone else.
Following a president pilloried for arrogance, Obama talked more modestly about the United States.

To be sure, he listed American contributions. But this was no chest-thumping bragging; instead it was a more lawyerly argument aimed at convincing the jury of Obama's world peers that the U.S. has heard the complaints and, under his leadership, is addressing them. That ranges from banning torture to winding down the Iraq war, working to rid the world of nuclear weapons, aggressively pursuing Mideast peace and bringing new energy to the battle against climate change.

And he delivered the message that America will not behave as if it is better.

"No one nation can or should try to dominate another nation," Obama said. "That is the future America wants — a future of peace and prosperity that we can only reach if we recognize that all nations have rights, but all nations have responsibilities as well."

At home, it remains to be seen whether Obama's critics on the right will see this sort of talk as giving away some of America's accepted status as the globe's lone superpower.

Many were already criticizing Obama along these lines after previous speeches meant to reach out a conciliatory hand — such as during his inauguration or in Cairo to the Muslim world. As John Bolton, a U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under Bush, said before Obama's trip: "Why should we not expect a visible demonstration of Obamamania at the U.N.? He is giving them pretty much what they ask for."

Plaxico Burress got railroaded by Bloomberg and Prosecutors.

First time ever I can remember I will agree with Rev. Al.

Reverend Al Sharpton is coming out swinging against Plaxico Burress' 2-year prison sentence -- claiming Plax's punishment is "way out of proportion with the crime.

The Rev just sent us the following statement:

"I think it is an unusually harsh sentence for someone who was his own victim. He should be punished but his sentence is way out of proportion with the crime.

Celebrities should not be given special treatment but they should not be given exceptional punishments either."


It would be interesting to see the sentences given out in other cases and compare it to Plaxico during the last year. I am sure you would find someone getting probation for assault and battery or other violent crimes against someone else with lesser time given to them.

This was a status crime for NY Law and Mayor Bloomberg.

Julia Roberts angers Hindus

Roberts never struck me as one of those who would be able to spell cat without spotting her the "C" and the "A." So her making a movie that was being gracious to hindus but ending up just pissing people off doesn't shock me.

Villagers hoping to celebrate the beginning of Navratri, nine days of worship of their Goddess Durga at Ashram Hari Mandir, close to Delhi, found their temple sealed by Roberts's vast security team of 350 guards, bulletproof cars and a helicopter.

The irony that the Hollywood star was there to film Eat, Pray, Love, in which she portrays a woman hoping to find herself in Hindu spirituality, was lost on local devotees for whom the temple has always been open.

"Entry for devotees is barred. We were not allowed to enter and pray in the morning by the security. Only those who could manage to sneak in did so but most of us were all sent back. It's Navratras and we must not be stopped from visiting a temple," said Shakuntala Devi.

Another villager threatened to break in despite the security. "I am going to barge in for the evening aarti (ritual). Let's see who stops me. What is it that they are shooting that we cannot even enter our own temple?" he asked.

A senior local police officer said no one would be allowed to breach his security cordon. "There are more than 100 policemen outside the Ashram Hari Mandir and almost equal number inside the premises, both uniformed and in civilian disguise. Nobody can breach this cover and no outsider is allowed to enter the ashram, no matter whosoever he or she is. We have strict instructions," he said.

US drops demands on Israel's settlement freeze

It would be nice to see Obama apply the same sort of pressure and demands on the Palestinians instead of trying to make Israel do all the heavy lifting.

Speaking to reporters after Obama's meeting with Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Mitchell said the United States had never presented "preconditions" and did not want the either party to do so.

The White House, eager to announce a re-launch of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians during the tripartite meeting, had demanded since Obama's swearing-in as president a complete halt to all settlement activity.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton stressed the point when she told Al Jazeera in May "We want to see a stop to settlement construction, additions, natural growth - any kind of settlement activity."

Insurgents recruit teens at sports clubs, schools in Southeast Asia.

Via Reuters.

Unbeknown to 12-year-old Andika Bayu Pamungkas and his friends, the seemingly innocuous martial arts sessions in their Indonesian village were actually the first steps toward being turned into suicide bombers and militants.

Recruitment efforts of young, malleable boys such as Andika at schools and sports clubs is a routine method used by militants in Southeast Asia to cultivate the next generation of suicide bombers and separatist rebels.

Andika and his friends discovered the real purpose of their martial arts classes when their instructor, Susilo alias Adib, was unmasked as an associate of Noordin Mohammad Top, the mastermind behind a string of suicide bombings. Malaysian-born Noordin was being harbored in Susilo's house.

"Susilo told my friends and I to stay back at the house after all the other students had gone home and the four of us would learn martial arts. He was afraid of other people finding out," Andika told Reuters. "He told us, 'This is our secret. Don't tell your friends or your parents, OK?.'"

Imam in terror probe double crossed Police

Next time don't assume the Imam is going to be on your side.

A decision to enlist a Queens imam in an effort to develop information about the man at the center of a long-running cross-country terrorism investigation backfired earlier this month.

In fact, federal prosecutors have now charged the imam, a onetime source of information for the New York Police Department, contending that he betrayed the police by warning the suspect and then lied about it, and maybe even coached him on what to say if he was questioned.

Several law enforcement officials have said the imam’s disclosures went a long way toward forcing their hand in an extremely sensitive investigation of a possible Qaeda plot. The situation left them scrambling to conduct raids and arrest the suspect sooner than they might have otherwise, a development that they said could make it harder to identify others involved and develop evidence against them.

Several officials — all of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity because much of the investigation is classified — have said that the inquiry, which had been under way for months, could well have continued, tracking the communications, meetings, plans and associates of the suspect, Najibullah Zazi, 24.

And one official said that the public nature of the new phase of the inquiry would probably require more work and more resources to accomplish its goal: to determine whether a bomb plot was far along and to identify its target and the operatives involved.

McChrystal's report divides military and civilian policymakers

Of course the civilian policymakers ideas make zero sense.

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal's grim assessment of the Afghanistan war has opened a divide between the military, which is pushing for an early decision to send more troops, and civilian policymakers who are increasingly doubtful of an escalating nation-building effort.

Senior military officials emphasized Monday that McChrystal's conclusion that the U.S. effort in Afghanistan "will likely result in failure" without an urgent infusion of troops has been endorsed by the uniformed leadership. That includes Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen and Gen. David H. Petraeus, the head of U.S. Central Command and architect of the troop "surge" strategy widely seen as helping U.S. forces turn the corner in Iraq.

But before any decision is made, some of President Obama's civilian advisers have proposed looking at other, less costly options to address his primary goal of preventing al-Qaeda from reestablishing itself in Afghanistan. Those options include a redirection of U.S. efforts -- away from protecting the Afghan population and building the Afghan state and toward persuading the Taliban to stop fighting -- as well as an escalation of targeted attacks against al-Qaeda itself in Pakistan and elsewhere.

....This military official and others cautioned that any strategy revision that resulted in a pullback by U.S. and NATO forces would leave Taliban forces in uncontested control of territory and could lead to a return of civil war in Afghanistan, opening the door to reestablishment of al-Qaeda sanctuaries there.

But some civilian officials believe that such a scenario is based on possibly faulty assumptions about who the Taliban insurgents are, what their aims may be, and whether some can be co-opted. If Obama's core objective is to prevent al-Qaeda from returning to Afghanistan, this reasoning goes, it may not depend on defeating the Taliban. An equally viable policy, they argue, could include stepped-up, targeted attacks on al-Qaeda's sanctuaries in Pakistan and convincing amenable Taliban fighters that it is in their best interests to keep al-Qaeda out of Afghanistan.


Anyone remember that Al-Qaeda were honored guests in Afghanistan when the Taliban were in full power? The only reason for any Taliban or radical faction fights Al Qaeda is when Al Qaeda overstep their guest priviliges and try to dominant an area.

Any Taliban faction leader who turns to our side will be killed along with anyone following him since the mass majority of Taliban fighters will not turn. How are you going to find "amenable" Taliban?

That idea is just a rehash of Obama's lame idea back in April that was ridicule.

President Barack Obama's proposal to reach out to moderate Taliban will fail to end the Afghan insurgency as it is inflexible Taliban leaders who are orchestrating the war, not moderates, analysts said.

Obama, in an interview with the New York Times newspaper published on its website on Saturday, expressed an openness to adapting tactics in Afghanistan that had been used in Iraq to reach out to moderate elements there.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai welcomed Obama's proposal but analysts were doubtful.

"Obama's comment resemble a dream more than reality," said Waheed Mozhdah, an analyst who has written a book on the Taliban.

"Where are the so-called moderate Taliban? Who are the moderate Taliban?" asked Mozhdah, who was an official in both the Taliban and the Karzai governments.

Karzai's pro-Western administration and the growing number of foreign forces in Afghanistan have increasingly come under attack from a resurgent Taliban, with Obama now describing Afghanistan as a top foreign policy priority for his new administration.

"'Moderate Taliban' is like 'moderate killer'. Is there such a thing?," asked writer and analyst Qaseem Akhgar.

Steven Chu sees Americans as unruly teenagers who need to be taught.

A slip in the mask reveals the contempt liberals have for everyone else. They see the rest of the country as being lower lifeforms that must be trained and taught in the ways of enlightened liberals.

When it comes to greenhouse-gas emissions, Energy Secretary Steven Chu sees Americans as unruly teenagers and the Administration as the parent that will have to teach them a few lessons.

Speaking on the sidelines of a smart grid conference in Washington, Dr. Chu said he didn’t think average folks had the know-how or will to to change their behavior enough to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

“The American public…just like your teenage kids, aren’t acting in a way that they should act,” Dr. Chu said. “The American public has to really understand in their core how important this issue is.” (In that case, the Energy Department has a few renegade teens of its own.)

The administration aims to teach them—literally. The Environmental Protection Agency is focusing on real children. Partnering with the Parent Teacher Organization, the agency earlier this month launched a cross-country tour of 6,000 schools to teach students about climate change and energy efficiency.


The damage control doesn't make a whole lot of sense at the end.

An update: Energy Department spokesman Dan Leistikow added: “Secretary Chu was not comparing the public to teenagers. He was saying that we need to educate teenagers about ways to save energy. He also recognized the need to educate the broader public about how important clean energy industries are to our competitive position in the global economy. He believes public officials do have an obligation to make their case to the American people on major legislation, and that’s what he’s doing.”

Budget chief contradicts Obama on Medicare cuts and costs.

Obama.... YOU LIE!

Congress' chief budget officer is contradicting President Barack Obama's oft-stated claim that seniors wouldn't see their Medicare benefits cut under a health care overhaul.

The head of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, Douglas Elmendorf, told senators Tuesday that seniors in Medicare's managed care plans would see reduced benefits under a bill in the Finance Committee.

The bill would cut payments to the Medicare Advantage plans by more than $100 billion over 10 years.

Elmendorf said the changes would reduce the extra benefits that would be made available to beneficiaries.

Critics say the plans are overpaid, while supporters say they work well.

Obama says cuts to Medicare providers won't reduce seniors' benefits.


Obama's arrogance is getting the better of him again. No one with common sense thinks you can reduce the costs of health care but keep the same benefits in this case for Medicare at the same level. It is not financially possible.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Jay Leno's ratings craters on first night of first runs.

These are the ratings for Leno's show thru this monday against the first night of original programming.



Other hand it could fall some more and still make some good money for NBC.


With just a 1.5 rating, "The Jay Leno Show" could make $300 million a year for NBC -- and probably spark other networks to follow suit.

That was the judgment of WME head of nonscripted John Ferriter, speaking Tuesday on a Producers Caucus panel at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Other panelists, including USA Networks' Jeff Wachtel and Lionsgate's Kevin Beggs, concurred that NBC's move was gutsy and that in any case the Peacock almost certainly would continue to declare victory -- often and loudly -- with regard to replacing five scripted hours a week with "Leno."

As for what the intrusion of a talk show into network primetime means for television during the next two years, most opined that the proportions of scripted and nonscripted likely won't shift dramatically overall. But they noted that cablers are likely to play a bigger role with dramas and comedies and that broadcasters would have further reduced their reliance on scripted, especially high-end, dramas.

Los Angeles passes law limiting roosters to 1 per household

When a major metropolitan city has to pass a law to limit the farm animals you can keep in a household which BTW no way in hell they will be able to enforce it, you have reached rock bottom. This would be a fine example of multiculturalism.

The chickens have come home to roost for Los Angeles city dwellers who keep roosters.

The City Council on Tuesday passed an ordinance that—with few exceptions—allows only one rooster per property. It was spurred by complaints over noise and hygiene and concerns over illegal cockfighting.

Janice Hahn, who authored the bill, says it will give residents of her district some peace and quiet.

Neighborhoods from the harbor to the San Fernando Valley are sometimes annoyed by concerts from crowing roosters. Real estate developer Michael Mekeel says tenants of his Panorama City development have had to turn up their TVs and wear earplugs.

The law takes effect in November and carries fines of up to $250.

Obama and Webb give Burmese Junta a diplomatic win.

As the Obama sucking up to every despot while spitting on Allies tour continues with Senator Jim Webb as the opening act.

Granting a waiver for Nyan Win to visit Washington is a diplomatic coup for a regime that is continuing, as this is being written, a military offensive against ethnic groups that has already resulted in more than one million internally displaced refugees and tens of thousands more pouring over the border into China, Thailand, India and Bangladesh; more than 3,200 villages burned, and most heinous -- the use of rape as an instrument of war against women. The regime is actively engaged in war crimes. This is in addition to the oppression of Burma's democratic freedom fighters and the everyday killings and murders that are standard regime fare. If a Burmese official of comparable rank has visited Washington in the last 20 years, no one I talked to can remember it.

Clearly, Nyan Win is a guy that has blood on his hands. He is a Major General in the Burmese Army. He has participated in meetings where junta plans were discussed and approved -- including those dealing with suppression of democratic rights and the plotting of violence against ethnic groups the regime considers hostile. He designed the diplomatic blueprint for convincing the international community to swallow the regime's campaign of terror. He is Burma's von Ribbentrop.

....The carefully worded State disclaimer that Nyan Win "did not meet with any government official," would not apply to Webb. In fact, Nyan Win had barely dropped his bags at the Burmese embassy when Webb was banging on the door to meet over the weekend. Webb spent considerable time with Nyan Win during his August tour of Burma -- a visit that will be most remembered for the blunt criticism it prompted from those fighting for freedom in Burma.

Webb has now handed the junta yet another diplomatic victory and delivered a blow to that country's democratic opposition by facilitating Nyan Win's trip to Washington. With the regime's horrific record of abuse and military cooperation with North Korea that could very well involve missile and nuclear proliferation--what is driving Webb to provide moral and political support to the vicious thugs running Burma? Why his highhanded treatment of a democracy movement that continues a battle that should be an inspiration for everyone living in freedom?

One final thought: the Obama administration is issuing visas for members of the Burmese junta while revoking visas for members of the democratic government in Honduras. I challenge any Democrat to defend that double standard.

Monday, September 21, 2009

(Wash Post) Obama not even listening to the military?

Interesting tidbit at the bottom of the article concerning new plans for Afghanistan.

Among the key players shaping Obama's thinking on Afghanistan is Gates. The defense secretary has repeatedly expressed concern about the size of the military's footprint in Afghanistan even as he has acknowledged that McChrystal's plans have eased that anxiety.

Some officials charge that the military has been trying to push Obama into a corner with public statements such as those by Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that the situation in Afghanistan is "serious and deteriorating" and "probably needs more forces." One official questioned whether McChrystal had already gone beyond his writ with public statements describing the protection of the Afghan population as more important than killing Taliban fighters.

When Obama announced his strategy in March, there were few specifics fleshing out his broad goals, and the military was left to interpret how to implement them. As they struggle over how to adjust to changing reality on the ground, some in the administration have begun to fault McChrystal for taking the policy beyond where Obama intended, with no easy exit.
But Obama's deliberative pace -- he has held only one meeting of his top national security advisers to discuss McChrystal's report so far -- is a source of growing consternation within the military. "Either accept the assessment or correct it, or let's have a discussion," one Pentagon official said. "Will you read it and tell us what you think?" Within the military, this official said, "there is a frustration. A significant frustration. A serious frustration."


Obama never gave a damn about Iraq or Afghanistan, but how low is the war on his list if he is not listening to the people on the front lines where their main concern are the troops themselves. It is becoming clear that McChrystal was set out there to give Obama an assessment closer to his own views and he didn't get it to use it as an excuse to pull troops fast.

Now the military officials are realizing Obama just doesn't give a damn.

Dolphins deserved to lose that game against the Colts.

The love of all that is holy, I have never seen worst clock management, innane play calling and pathetic play execution in the last 3 mins of a game, not to mention the Defense giving up a TD before that in 32 seconds on a 80 yard drive. Someone head needs to be on a platter.

You realize the Limbaugh Segregated Buses bit was a bit right?

You would have to be thick headed even when he hearing it live to think it was real given.... oh the Southern Poverty Law Center is whining about it. No wonder.

(Economist) Obama's Economic vandalism.

Man, when you lose the economist you have problems.

YOU can be fairly sure that when a government slips an announcement out at nine o’clock on a Friday night, it is not proud of what it is doing.

That is one of the only things that makes sense about Barack Obama’s decision to break a commitment he, along with other G20 leaders, reaffirmed last April: to avoid protectionist measures at a time of great economic peril. In every other way the president’s decision to slap a 35% tariff on imported Chinese tyres looks like a colossal blunder, confirming his critics’ worst fears about the president’s inability to stand up to his party’s special interests and stick to the centre ground he promised to occupy in office.

This newspaper endorsed Mr Obama at last year’s election (see article) in part because he had surrounded himself with enough intelligent centrists. We also said that the eventual success of his presidency would be based on two things: resuscitating the world economy; and bringing the new emerging powers into the Western order. He has now hurt both objectives.

Miami Dolphins' celeb-heavy strategy bring back the fans?

No. Here is what will bring more fans back. Winning. No one cares about celebs at the games except the shallow owner the team has now.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Obama demands Pentagon slash nuclear weapons

I always thought they were America's weapons at the disposal of the President if needed.

Barack Obama has demanded the Pentagon conduct a radical review of US nuclear weapons doctrine to prepare the way for deep cuts in the country's arsenal, the Guardian can reveal.

Obama has rejected the Pentagon's first draft of the "nuclear posture review" as being too timid, and has called for a range of more far-reaching options consistent with his goal of eventually abolishing nuclear weapons altogether, according to European officials.

Those options include:

• Reconfiguring the US nuclear force to allow for an arsenal measured in hundreds rather than thousands of deployed strategic warheads.

• Redrafting nuclear doctrine to narrow the range of conditions under which the US would use nuclear weapons.

• Exploring ways of guaranteeing the future reliability of nuclear weapons without testing or producing a new generation of warheads.

The review is due to be completed by the end of this year, and European officials say the outcome is not yet clear. But one official said: "Obama is now driving this process. He is saying these are the president's weapons, and he wants to look again at the doctrine and their role."


The story so far doesn't make much sense, why bother with an option for new generation of warheads or future reliability when Obama's naive view is just get rid of it and the rest of the world will follow. How are the rest of the countries who he thinks will follow his lead for a nuke free world?

According to a final draft of the resolution due to be passed on Thursday, however, the UN security council will not wholeheartedly embrace the US and Britain's call for eventual abolition of nuclear weapons. Largely on French insistence, the council will endorse the vaguer aim of seeking "to create the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons".


Thus Obama puts America in a corner...again.

Michael Steele Alinskyes Obama over Patterson

Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals #4: "Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules."

Michael Steele said it was “curious” on why the White House would ask New York Gov. David Paterson (D) not to run for reelection in 2010.

“I found that to be stunning, that the White House would send word to one of only two black governors in the country not to run for reelection,” Steele, the chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), said on CBS’s Face The Nation.

Steele was commenting on a report in The New York Times that said an intermediary of President Barack Obama sent word to Paterson that he should not run, considering his low approval ratings. Asked by host Bob Schieffer if race played a role in the White House’s decision to ask Paterson to back off from campaigning, Steele said he didn’t think so.

“It raises a curious point for me. I think Gov. Paterson’s numbers are about the same as Gov. Corzine’s. The president is with Gov. Corzine,” Steele said. The RNC chairman was referring to Gov. Jon Corzine, the Democratic New Jersey governor who is facing a tough reelection bid this year.

Steele also said he would be interested in black leaders’ response to the White House request.


Nicely played.

Obama refuses to nix CIA interrogation probe

He continues to sidestep and refusing to take responsiblity for this witchhunt he and Holder made up to destroy the intelligence agency.

Obama: Fining Americans up to $3,800 not a tax increase.

HE really did bring in the stupid car insurance analogy.

Also, Obama promised he would not break his campaign pledge of no tax increase for the middle class and rejected the notion that a requirement that all Americans own insurance – and would fine them up to $3,800 per family if they do not — amounts to a backdoor tax increase.





“For us to say that you've got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase,” Obama said on ABC’s “This Week.” “What it’s saying is that we’re not going to have other people carrying your burdens for you any more than the fact that right now everybody in America, just about, has to get auto insurance. Nobody considers that a tax increase.”

Critics of Obama’s proposals say that taxes and higher fees on insurance companies, drug makers and other industries would simply be passed on to consumers – also amounting to a hidden cost in the plan.

After he was pressed on it some more, in a testy exchange where Stephanopoulos at one point read the definition of “tax” from Merriam Webster's Dictionary, Obama held firm.

“My critics say everything is a tax increase. My critics say that I'm taking over every sector of the economy. You know that,” Obama said.


Car insurance is something choosen by someone when they decide to buy a car, it is not forced on them by the Federal Government if they buy a car or not. There is a big difference between that and forcing tax increases by Obama thru the backdoor.

Obama admits he doesn't care about Afghanistan

It took him long enough but he never cared about the war on terror or America winning in Iraq or Afghanistan. Remember he was willing to let genocide happen in Iraq. Obama has already decided to abandon Afghanistan and letting our military twist in the wind to the point where he announces it to the public.

President Barack Obama is warning U.S. commanders that he’s “skeptical” about whether more troops will make a difference in Afghanistan, saying he’ll approve an upcoming request only if the forces fit into a strategy to beat back al-Qaida and protect the United States.


“Until I'm satisfied that we've got the right strategy I'm not gonna be sending some young man or woman over there — beyond what we already have,” Obama said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I'm not interested in just being in Afghanistan for the sake of being in Afghanistan or saving face or, in some way – you know, sending a message that America is here for the duration.”


U.S. generals are preparing to seek as many as tens of thousands additional troops for the increasingly unpopular conflict, but in several of his five Sunday talk show interviews, Obama made clear that he’s far from convinced about the need for a massive infusion of troops and won’t be rushed on the decision.


“We’re going to test whatever resources we have against our strategy, which is, if by sending young men and women into harm’s way, we are defeating al Qaeda–and that can be shown to a skeptical audience, namely me, somebody who is always asking hard questions about deploying troops— then we will do what’s required to keep the American people safe,” Obama said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

Obama asks Paterson to get out of NY Gov race.

I object this a lot because Obama is injecting himself into a state race. Paterson is going to get beat by Cuomo in a primary race, there was no need for Obama to go Big Boss on him.

In a stunning request, the Obama administration has made it clear to poll-challenged Gov. Paterson that the White House would prefer he not seek election to a full four-year term next year.

The Obama administration sent the message through White House political affairs director Patrick Gaspard, who met with the governor at his campaign headquarters for nearly two hours last Monday, according to a source with knowledge of the conversation.

"They expressed concern about his chances about being reelected and the likelihood his presence in the race made it more likely that Rudy Giuliani would enter the contest," the source said. "The preference is that he not run. That message was conveyed directly."

The bombshell meeting between Paterson and Gaspard occurred the same day President Obama was in New York City to deliver a Wall Street address - a speech Paterson was not invited to, according to several sources.

Sen. Robert Menendez wants illegals covered in health reform.

As pointed out by other people it is strange that Menendez who is a strident illegals proponent kept his mouth shut until Joe Wilson screamed you lie at Obama, who then inserted tougher requirements which Menendez is now objecting too.

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) is putting Democrats in a bind by seeking to let illegal immigrants benefit from the healthcare overhaul.

Menendez, the only Hispanic senator, has considerable leverage with Democrats because he may represent the deciding vote on the Senate Finance Committee set to mark up the legislation next week. He’s also the party’s campaign committee chairman, giving him added influence.

....The Senate Finance Committee bill, drafted by centrist Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), does not allow illegal immigrants to purchase health coverage over an exchange set up to create competition within the insurance industry and reduce costs.

Menendez is troubled by that language and has joined Hispanic advocacy groups in criticizing the bill for placing too heavy a burden on legal and illegal immigrants.

Immigrants are not required to show proof of citizenship or legal residency to buy health insurance. If they were prohibited from participating in an insurance exchange, they would be forced to buy coverage at a significantly higher cost than legal residents.


...One Democratic aide said it would be difficult for Menendez to win the inclusion of illegal immigrants into the insurance exchange. But Menendez may have more success increasing subsidies for those mixed families that include illegal immigrants.
Under Baucus’s plan, a family that includes illegal immigrants would receive lower subsidies than those without but earning the same income.

Christian hoteliers charged with insulting Muslim guest

Honestly, I can't of any place in the western world where you have nonsense like this happening on a weekly basis.

Ben and Sharon Vogelenzang are charged with breaching Section 5 of the Public Order Act – causing harassment, alarm or distress. If convicted, they face fines of £2,500 each and a criminal record.

The Muslim woman was staying at the Bounty House Hotel in Liverpool, which is run by the Vogelenzangs, when a conversation arose between the hoteliers and their guest about her faith.

It is understood that among the topics debated was whether Jesus was a minor prophet, as Islam teaches, or whether he was the Son of God, as Christianity teaches.

Among the things Mr Vogelenzang, 53, is alleged to have said is that Mohammad was a warlord. His wife, 54, is said to have stated that Muslim dress is a form of bondage for women.

The conversation, on March 20, was reported by the woman to Merseyside Police. Officers told the couple that they wanted to interview them over the incident.

After being questioned on April 20, they were interrogated again three months later before being charged on July 29 with a religiously-aggravated public order offence. They appeared in court on August 14 and are now awaiting trial.

Obama to get warm welcome at the United Nations.

When the US president gets a warm welcome from the UN, that is not a good sign for America since the UN is a body that is opposed to America being America.

U.S. President Barack Obama's popularity may be slipping at home, but he remains the uncontested favorite on a small patch of land in midtown Manhattan where U.N. member states will gather next week.

Obama's global popularity, diplomats say, may earn him a standing ovation when he addresses leaders, ministers and delegates from the 192 U.N. member nations, who begin gathering on Wednesday for the General Assembly's annual meeting.

....Peter Yeo, vice president for public policy of the United Nations Foundation, a charity that promotes U.N. causes, noted the new U.S. government already has taken steps to strengthen the United Nations, an organization Washington helped establish over 60 years ago.

"One, we paid nearly $1 billion in U.S. arrears with no conditions," Yeo said. "Secondly, the fact that we reversed course, ran for and won a seat on the Human Rights Council."

The Bush administration had considered the Geneva-based rights body as anti-Israeli and boycotted it. Obama's government agreed the Human Rights Council has had an anti-Israeli bent but has vowed to change it from within.

Yeo also pointed to the U.S. decision to sign a U.N. disabilities convention. The Bush administration made no attempt to hide its distaste for U.N. treaties and multilateral agreements.