Saturday, November 7, 2009

Pelosi Health Care Bill Passes, America doomed.

The 2000 page nightmare has passed and the Dems are happy. Planned Parenthood is outraged about the abortion amendment but that will killed off quickly. Now is the time to have the Dems to own this bill and stop it from passing the Senate. Attack this bill from every angle.

BTW, I hope all those seniors like their medicare cuts.

Democrats were forced to make major concessions on insurance coverage for abortions to attract the final votes to secure passage, a wrenching compromise for the numerous abortion-rights advocates in their ranks. They hope to make changes to that amendment during negotiations with the Senate, which will now become the main battleground in the health care fight as Democrats there ready their own bill for what is likely to be extensive floor debate.

Democrats say the measure — paid for through new fees and taxes, along with cuts in Medicare — would extend coverage to 36 million people now without insurance and would create a government health insurance program. It would end insurance company practices like not covering pre-existing conditions or dropping people when they become ill.

As for employers and especially small businesses, the Dems basically made you whores for their welfare segment of the country..

The House legislation, running almost 2,000 pages, would require most Americans to obtain health insurance or face penalties — an approach Republicans compared to government oppression.

Most employers would have to provide coverage or pay a tax penalty of up to 8 percent of their payroll. The bill would significantly expand Medicaid and would offer subsidies to help moderate-income people buy insurance from private companies or from a new government insurance plan. It would also set up a national insurance exchange where people could shop for coverage.

That means the middle class and up will now pay more to cover an ever larger welfare state.

Stupak Amendment doesn't mean anything for abortion.

The point of this amendment is to give cover to blue dog dems, just because it passed now means it will die a vicious death in conference. You think for one second that a pro abortion President and his supporters wouldn't be a little bit more up in arms about it? I will even give you the scare that it will be in the final bill signed by the President and then the courts get a hold of it.

This is an amendment to give cover, don't believe the blue dogs will fight to keep it in at a later date like the GOP leadership.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH), House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) and House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-IN) issued the following statement in support of an amendment offered by Representatives Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Joseph Pitts (R-PA) that would prohibit federal funding of abortions under the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) health care plan:

“We believe in the sanctity of life, and the Stupak-Pitts Amendment addresses a moral issue of the utmost concern. It will limit abortion in the United States. Because of this, while we strongly and deeply oppose the underlying bill, we decided to stand with Life and support Stupak-Pitts.

“The danger of this bill passing without critical pro-life language was too great a risk to do otherwise. Indeed, a number of Democrat supporters of Stupak-Pitts had privately indicated to many of our colleagues that all they needed for “cover” was a vote, and they would support final passage even if the amendment failed.

“To be clear, the Stupak-Pitts Amendment's passage is the right thing to do. We believe you just don’t play politics with life.

“When this bill is conferenced with the Senate, the pro-life majority in the House of Representatives must ensure that this important amendment is in the final legislation. If it does not, this same strong majority must defeat the bill.”

Enough with the bogus McVeigh and Nidal Hasan talk.

This old trick has come up anytime some Muslim extremist commits an act of terrorism or even arrested to disrupt a plan.

Local Arab-Americans, Muslims fear backlash from massacre : "Unfortunately this is reality, although it has nothing to do with Muslims and Arabs. It's just an American who went wacko, for lack of a better word. He's another Timothy McVeigh," Mahmoud said. McVeigh destroyed a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995, killing 168 people.

"When Timothy McVeigh did that, I don't think anybody brought up his roots or where his family came from," Mahmoud said

Another attack leaves US Muslims fearing backlash: U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, an Indiana Democrat who is one of two Muslims serving in Congress, cautioned against focusing on the alleged shooter's religion and instead said the discussion should be about mental health issues.

"This is no way a reflection of Islam any more than Timothy McVeigh's actions are a reflection of Christianity," said Carson, who supervised an anti-terrorism unit in Indiana's Department of Homeland Security and comes from a family of Marines.

Local Muslims defend faith in wake of Ft. Hood shooting : “It seems like there’s a lot of anger in the world right now and we want to blame,” said David Leslie with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. He said it’s dangerous to condemn all based on the actions of one. Think about Timothy McVeigh, he said. He was Catholic but that was never mentioned.“Does that mean then that McVeigh, because he blew up the Murrow building, does that make him and all Catholics terrorists? No.” Leslie said.

Its a stupid sleight of hand because McVeigh was not some Catholic holy warrior who was spewing out bible quotes and bombing because of God. But you can go to every continent except Antarctica and South America to point out examples of Islamic terrorism especially in the last 10 years where Islam was the basis of their actions.

There is a sizable amount of people in the Muslim world for lack of a better term that adhere to a strict interpretation of Islam that carry out terrorist acts. Trying to play that down because you have some warped sense of self-righteous justice to not "inflame" the issue by pointing that out only makes matters worse for Muslims in general.

NYTIMES running sympathy angle on Malik Hasan.

Its near the end of the piece here.

It was Major Hasan, though, who increasingly felt let down by the military, and deeply conflicted by his religion, said those who knew him through the mosque. Duane Reasoner Jr., an 18-year-old substitute teacher whose parents worked at Fort Hood, said Major Hassan was told he would be sent to Afghanistan on Nov. 28, and he did not like it.

“He said he should quit the Army,” Mr. Reasoner said. “In the Koran, you’re not supposed to have alliances with Jews or Christian or others, and if you are killed in the military fighting against Muslims, you will go to hell.”

Mr. Benjamin, who worked as a private contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan after leaving the Army in 2000, said the military should have let Major Hassan resign. “They should take more consideration of the human beings in the uniform,” he said, “rather than simply say, ‘We invested our money in you and need to get our money’s worth.’ ”

Still, Mr. Benjamin added, Major Hassan had overlooked an important, and peaceable, tenet of Islam. “We do have the right to retaliate,” he said, “but he who does not is twice blessed.”

Charlotte Observer as well with a tweak.
The Muslim Public Affairs Council, the Islamic Society of North America Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances and the American Muslim Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Council released a joint statement to "denounce this barbaric act of violence."

Following the prayer service at the Charlotte mosque, Inayat von Briesen, 40, said it's a "dark day" for Muslims.

He said Islam does not allow the killing of innocent people. He said the government needs to look into Hasan's actions, but people also need to consider the actions of the U.S. government and its participation in what he called an "ambiguous" war.

"If he killed a lot of people, he was wrong," the information technology specialist said. "But we've been responsible for the killings of many thousands of innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan also."

The next angles to this terrorist act is Hasan was a victim and America needs to look at its wars more closely. This would be the same sort of angle pushed a couple of years back by various Muslim groups in the UK after 7/7 that implied if foreign affairs weren't changed to their liking more Muslims would become radicalized.

Media spinning Nidal Malik Hasan as PTSD is shameful.

Newsweek and Time Magazine is leading the charge to let Hasan off the hook expanding the definition of post traumatic stress disorder beyond its breaking point. It is insulting to veterans coming back from the war who do suffer from it.

TIME: Stresses at Fort Hood Were Likely Intense for Hasan

TIME: Hasan's Therapy: Could "Secondary Trauma" Have Driven Him to Shooting?

Newsweek: Is Fort Hood a Harbinger? Nidal Malik Hasan May Be a Symptom of a Military on the Brink.

MSNBC's Chris Matthews: We may never know if religion was a factor at Fort Hood.

and on it goes. They are skirting around it being someone who became radicalized and went on a killing spree. NPR is going a good job filling in the gaps and it doesn't show any PTSD and the wire services all point to a radicalized Muslim.

Classmate: Hasan said terror fight a war on Islam

Fort Hood suspect said his goodbyes before rampage

Details emerge about Fort Hood suspect's history

The media is burying itself trying not to talk about radical islamists and all this other talk to shy away from it is gatekeeper journalism because they think they would inflame the "uneducated masses."

The other angle that is legit is why did the Military keep this guy and promote him thru the ranks when it was obvious some major red flags kept popping up?

Friday, November 6, 2009

Royal Mail kept Benny Hill off their stamps due to PCness.

Not shocking given the politically correct mentality over there but has Benny Hill ever gotten the proper respect at this level? He was basically booted off television because he was too "sexist" and his shows to quote his biographer are "taboo." That is just pathetic.

He famously ended his shows chasing after scantily-clad women.

But that running gag has cost Benny Hill his place in history.

Documents yesterday revealed how the comic was dumped from appearing on a set of stamps to commemorate 50 years of ITV because of concerns about his saucy style.

Royal Mail deemed that his jokes were 'in direct opposition to the company's policies on harassment in the work place'.

The editing was performed by a committee that meets a number of times every year to discuss what should and shouldn't be on the nation's stamps.

Minutes show the experts had the Benny Hill Show, Spitting Image, the Kenny Everett Video Show and Rising Damp as possibles for the comedy show stamp and plumped for a picture of a front door to illustrate Rising Damp.

UK: Obama's 'dithering' hurts Afghan mission

People are calling this dithering but I keep saying this is part of the plan. Keep putting it off till the public supports drops to a low enough level that it doesn't politically hurt him. That is all he cares about anyway.

The Daily Telegraph has learned that there is growing frustration in Whitehall at the US president’s prolonged deliberations over Afghanistan.

Since early September, Mr Obama has been considering a review of Afghan strategy by General Stanley McChrystal, who has advised the president to send an extra 40,000 US troops to Afghanistan.

As well as troop numbers, Mr Obama and his advisers are also considering the fundamental Western strategy in Afghanistan, trying to decide how much emphasis to put on counter-insurgency operations against the Taliban and how much to put on hunting down al-Qaeda terrorists.

The president’s long decision-making process has led to accusations of “dithering” by his Republican opponents. The White House says the decision is too important to hurry, but the wait is causing growing exasperation in London and other European capitals.

One British source said that the absence of a clear strategy from the US, the largest troop contributor in Afghanistan, is hampering the British Government’s attempts to maintain public support for an increasingly unpopular conflict.

Wash Post: How McDonnell overcame thesis paper.

Not much on the role of the Washington Post macacaing the hell out of the guy while trying to drag Deeds to the finish line.

The Washington Post learned of the thesis in a mid-August interview with McDonnell and obtained a copy from Regent's library, where it is publicly available. The Post planned to publish a story on the thesis Sunday, Aug. 30. On Thursday, Aug. 27, the paper provided a copy of the thesis to the McDonnell campaign and asked for comment.

"I won't forget that day for the rest of my life," said McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin.

At least four McDonnell advisers hunkered down that Thursday night and all of Friday, Saturday and Sunday to deal with potential problems: Cox; Martin; Jasen Eige, the research director; and Ed Gillespie, the campaign chairman. Eige took a first pass through the document with a highlight pen and orange index stickers. Then the group divided the paper into sections, scouring them for potentially damaging passages.

"There were certainly a lot of problem areas," Cox said with a laugh. "We were reading the footnotes to try to determine how it was framed. It was such a big document that it took some time. We said, 'Look, we are going to have to deal with this.' We recognized immediately that it was going to be a part of the campaign from that day through to Election Day."

At the top of the campaign's concerns was what McDonnell wrote about working women, who were a crucial part of McDonnell's strategy to appeal not only to exurban independents but also to Northern Virginia moderates.

At the same time, McDonnell enjoyed deep support among conservatives outside of Northern Virginia. The trick was to disavow the more problematic parts of the thesis without alienating that base. That predicament encapsulated a central tension of McDonnell's campaign: how to attract crucial votes from the middle without alienating conservatives who had backed him for years.

"Bob was in a box," said a Republican strategist from Northern Virginia who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. "The thesis was solely an inside-the-Beltway issue. He couldn't disavow the thing because the right would have abandoned him. They would have said, 'What do you mean you don't support these things?' "

McDonnell decided to disavow anything that suggested opposition to women entering the workplace. He emphasized a pledge to hire and fire only on the basis of merit and not gender or sexual orientation. And he planned to make clear that he still believed many of the ideas in the thesis, notably that family is the "bedrock" of society and that government cannot step in and do what is rightfully the role of families.

NZ Mayor: Pay problem parents not to breed

It is eugenics (kinda) but it is a tempting proposal considering some of the wretched spawns out there in the world. As long as its voluntary, try it.

AN outspoken Kiwi politician has proposed a new solution to the country's child abuse problem - pay the "appalling underclass" not to breed.

Michael Laws - who stirred up controversy by calling the late Tongan King a "bloated brown slug'' - has again hit the headlines.

"That there is a group within our society who give their children no hope nor opportunity from the moment that they are born," the regional mayor wrote on the New Zealand radio website where he broadcasts as a talkback DJ.

"That these ‘parents’ are known to authorities ... and yet the authorities can only intervene after children have been harmed."

Mr Laws goes on to write: "it would be far better for this appalling underclass to be offered financial inducements not to have children, given the toxic environment that they would provide for any child in their care."

The mayor believes "the consequent financial and social savings to our community would be considerable.

"There are too many people who should not have children."

Mr Laws said a report in New Zealand's Dominion-Post newspaper yesterday had incorrectly attributed the view to him that all those who got welfare should be sterilised.

Mr Laws wrote on the website "that most welfare beneficiaries are good parents" but it was the problem ones who should be offered money not to breed.

Yesterday's Dominion-Post newspaper quotes him as saying: "If we gave $10,000 to certain people and said 'we'll voluntarily sterilise you' then all of society would be better off,'' he told the .

"There'd be less dead children and less social problems.''

Pelosi's Health Care Bill costs: $1.8 Trillion dollars.

Yeah, Pelosi lied. I am shocked and surprised.

Don't buy the claim that the Sen ate health-care bill is substantially more moderate than the House measure. While Speaker Nancy Pelosi's legislation is even more onerous than the package created by Sen. Max Baucus and now championed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the larger story is how similar the two Democratic bills are.

First, we need to get past the misleading accounting games. Each bill is routinely "scored" for its 10-year costs from 2010-19. Yet this includes several years when the spending wouldn't yet have kicked in. According to the Congressional Budget Office, fully 99.9 percent of the Pelosi bill's costs would hit from 2013 onward. Similarly, 98.3 percent of Reid's spending would come after 2014.

If you start the tally when the bills' spending would actually start (in 2013 for the House bill and 2014 for the Senate bill), then the bills' real 10-year costs become clear -- and are remarkably similar.

The CBO reports that, in their true first 10 years, the House bill would cost $1.8 trillion, and the Senate bill would cost $1.7 trillion. Pelosi would raise Americans' taxes by $1.1 trillion over that period, while Reid would hike them by $1 trillion.

And the House bill would siphon about $800 billion from Medicare to spend it elsewhere, while the Senate bill would suck out about $900 billion.

So the financial bottom lines are almost the same.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

666: Pelosi's Health Care Bill does pay for abortions.

Anyone who thought the Dems wouldn't use taxpayers money to fund abortions is not paying attention. Nice touch with the post number being "666."

Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi’s 2,032-page government takeover of health care does just that. On line 17, p. 110, section 222 under “Abortions for which Public Funding is Allowed” the Health and Human Services Secretary is given the authority to determine when abortion is allowed under the government-run plan. The Speaker’s plan also requires that at least one insurance plan offered in the Exchange covers abortions.

What is even more alarming is that a monthly abortion premium will be charged of all enrollees in the government-run plan. It’s right there on line 16, page 96, section 213, under “Insurance Rating Rules.” The premium will be paid into a U.S. Treasury account - and these federal funds will be used to pay for the abortion services.

Section 213 describes the process in which the Health Benefits Commissioner is to assess the monthly premiums that will be used to pay for elective abortions under the government-run plan. The Commissioner must charge at a minimum $1 per enrollee per month.

Obama's shout out was disrespectful and stupid.

Mind blowing ridiculous behavior from the President of the United States. Do your little shout out and addressing this group after your say about the terrorist act at Fort Hood. It was disrespectful and glib. Even when he was addressing the shooting he seemed disinterested and dispassionate.

AARP to back Dem's House Healthcare Bill.

No surprise as back in the summer during the townhalls the AARP leadership made it clear they don't give a damn if their members tell them not to back it. But the AARP is ready to support a bill that cuts Medicare benefits and raise taxes? Good luck.

WASHINGTON – In a coup for House Democrats, AARP will endorse sweeping health care overhaul legislation headed for a history-making floor vote, officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

An endorsement from the seniors' lobby was critical when then-President George W. Bush pushed the Medicare prescription drug benefit through a closely divided Congress in 2003. House Democratic leaders are hoping it will work the same political magic for them as they strive to deliver on President Barack Obama's signature issue.

...The House bill is estimated to expand coverage to about 96 percent of eligible Americans. Beginning in 2013, it would provide government subsidies to extend coverage to tens of millions who now lack it, and ban insurance company practices such as denying coverage to people with pre-existing medical problems.

For the three years before the federal aid starts flowing, the bill would set up a temporary "high-risk pool" through which people who have been denied coverage because of poor health could obtain a government-subsidized policy.

The bill would set up health insurance "exchanges" through which self-employed people and small businesses could buy coverage, either from a private insurer or a new government plan that would compete. All the plans sold through the exchange would have to follow basic consumer protection rules, making it easier to shop and compare among them.

The majority of middle-class Americans covered under big employer plans would not see dramatic changes. But coverage for the poor through Medicaid would be significantly expanded.

Seniors in traditional Medicare would get improved preventive benefits. Also, the prescription coverage gap known as the "doughnut hole" would be gradually closed. However, seniors signed up for private insurance plans through Medicare could lose some benefits, as the bill scales back extra payments that the plans have been getting.

In addition to raising money by cutting payments to hospitals and other medical providers, the House bill boosts taxes on upper-income earners. Democrats also moved Tuesday to close a biofuel tax credit loophole, raising about $23 billion to help pay for the legislation.

Cowboy Cheerleader "blackface" uproar is stupid.

Take it from this colored guy right here, this is not blackface and when did Deadspin become the moralizing sports blog? Its like Rick Reilly without the bloated salary tut tuting everyone else.

When are people going to learn that you cannot upload photos to your Facebook page if you don't want them to get out? What we have here (allegedly) is a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader dressed as Lil' Wayne. In blackface.

The cheerleader in question. according to the Facebook screenshots, appears to be 21-year-old Whitney Isleib, who I assume is dressing up for Halloween as Lil Wayne. According to her profile page on, her hobbies include "dancing, sleeping, eating, and watching movies" and her favorites books are "mysteries." An anonymous tipster made us aware of these photos on her Facebook page.

Enjoy the carnage.

There is no carnage, actually makes a good Lil Wayne. Now if she worn a jail suit then she should win first prize. I am more offended by the Twilight guy just on general good taste and principle.

Emmerich doesn't destroy Islamic symbol in 2012.

Emmerich is a religious bigot so he took glee in destroying various religious symbols in his new disaster movie except for one which he was talked out of for fear of their lives.

For his latest disaster movie, 2012, the 53-year-old director had wanted to demolish the Kaaba, the iconic cube-shaped structure in the Grand Mosque in Mecca that Muslims the world over turn towards every day when they pray and which they circle seven times during the hajj pilgrimage.

But after some consideration, he decided it might not be such a smart idea, after all.

"I wanted to do that, I have to admit," Emmerich told "But my co-writer Harald [Kloser] said I will not have a fatwa on my head because of a movie. And he was right.

"We have to all, in the western world, think about this. You can actually let Christian symbols fall apart, but if you would do this with [an] Arab symbol, you would have ... a fatwa, and that sounds a little bit like what the state of this world is.

"So it's just something which I kind of didn't [think] was [an] important element, anyway, in the film, so I kind of left it out."

But Emmerich acolytes need not fear that the film-maker is pulling his punches on 2012, which arrives in UK cinemas on 13 November. The movie depicts a global doomsday event supposedly predicted by the Mayans more than a thousand years ago – in order to highlight his opposition to organised religion, the director decided to use CGI to destroy the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro instead. For good measure, he also blew up the Sistine chapel and St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, plus, on a secular note, the White House (again).

The lesson here is Christians and Catholics need to step up the violence then Hollywood types will shine away from mocking your faith.

(Audio) Roland Martin, Rev Al blasts black voters for not showing up.

Audio segments from the Tom Joyner show where Roland Martin was irate about the black and youth vote not showing up, calling the Obama movement the Obama moment and saying this is now Obama's economy and war.

Rev. Al Sharpton came on later and said the same thing.

Tom Joyner now knows how it feels to incur the wrath of Obama fanatics as he makes a valid point about Obama not really reaching out to the black voters and some of his audience blasted him. One text came in calling him "Uncle Tom"

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Dems: Obama Won't Get Health Care Bill in 2009

Time keeps on slipping slipping slipping into the future. Yep its 2 in the morning and quoting song lyrics.

Senior Congressional Democrats told ABC News today it is highly unlikely that a health care reform bill will be completed this year, just a week after President Barack Obama declared he was "absolutely confident" he'll be able to sign one by then.

"Getting this done by the by the end of the year is a no-go," a senior Democratic leadership aide told ABC News. Two other key Congressional Democrats also told ABC News the same thing.

This may come as an unwelcome surprise for the White House, where officials from the president on down have repeatedly said the health care bill would be signed into law by the end of the year.

"I am absolutely confident that we are going to get health care done by the end of this year, and Nancy Pelosi is just as confident," Obama said Oct. 27 at a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi may still be confident -- and her spokesman Brendan Daly said today, "We are going to get our part done" -- but the reason for the delay can be found in the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has yet to release the bill he eventually plans to bring to the Senate floor. Reid is still waiting for the Congressional Budget Office to come up with an estimated cost of several possible variations of his bill before deciding which one to introduce in the Senate.

That cost estimate, Democrats tell ABC News, is not expected until next week.

Considering Pelosi's version costs over 1.2 Trillion dollars, I see no hope for Reid's version coming in cheaper. This bill is dead for the rest of the year and in an election year, all these bills are going on hiatus.

Saudi Arabia to behead and crucify sex offender.

Since it involved children I have zero problem with this though more pain should be given before the beheading.

A man in Saudi Arabia is to be beheaded and crucified after he raped five children and left one of them, a three-year-old boy, to die in the desert.

An appeal court in the capital Riyadh approved the death sentence handed down in June by judges in the northwestern oasis city of Hail where the convicted 22-year-old man carried out his crimes.

The rapist - who was not named - was arrested several weeks ago as he tried to seize another boy after offering him a ride home from school.

The seven-year-old - who escaped unharmed - helped identify the culprit.
The man’s victims were aged between three and seven. He was said to have lured them into his car as they left school at midday and then drove them to remote desert locations to rape them.

An investigation was launched after a 25-year-old father reported that his three-year-old son was missing and that he suspected the kidnapper to be a male driver of a white four-wheel drive vehicle.

The infant was later found under a scorching sun in the desert where he had died of thirst.

A panel of three judges in Hail sentenced the rapist to death for “abhorrent” crimes which they said had terrorised the community.

Gordon Brown's horrible GQ photo is horrible.

This is when you demand a do over.

His brow deeply furrowed, with a lattice of lines around his temples and dark, heavy bags under his eyes, Gordon Brown seems to have the strain of running the country etched on to his face.
This extraordinary portrait is a stark illustration of the toll the long hours and lack of sleep at No 10 can take.

The MiddleMan or how I am pissed I missed this show.

Thread off of Neogaf was talking about the FBI agent played by Natalie Morales on the show White Collar and references to The Middleman. I never heard of it and I checked it out.

How the hell did miss this show. Its funny, well-written, pop culture refernces, comic book geekiness and quick paced dialogue. Any show that has a plot involving Luchadoers is instant awesomeness. Then I am kinda bummed to find out it was on ABC Family for only 12 episodes before being cancelled, it probably fit better on Sci Fi Channel.

Check it out on DVD or er...other ways. Good show.

Maine voters repeal gay-marriage law

Gay Marriage supporters were sure this would be one state they could not lost on this issue.

Maine voters have torpedoed a state law that would have allowed gay couples to marry.

With 84 percent of the precincts reporting, gay-marriage foes had 53 percent of the vote Tuesday.

The outcome amounts to a heartbreaking defeat for the gay rights movement — particularly since it occurred in New England, the corner of the country most supportive of gay marriage.

At issue was a law passed by the Maine Legislature last spring that would have legalized same-sex marriage. The law was put on hold after conservatives launched a petition drive to repeal it in a referendum.

Gay marriage has now lost in every single state — 31 in all — in which it has been put to a popular vote. Gay-rights activists had hoped to buck that trend in Maine.

Ex-moderate Muslim to form 'anti-Zionist' party in Sweden.

I doubt this will fly though it is Sweden which seems to be on a anti Jew kick of late.

A once moderate Muslim spokesperson who last year came out as an Islamist radical has announced plans to start a political party uniting all of Sweden’s anti-Zionists.

According to Mohamed Omar, a 34-year-old author and commentator born in Uppsala in eastern Sweden, he is prepared to welcome all political stripes into his new party – from the radical left and Islamic extremists to neo-Nazis and right-wing extremists – as long as they subscribe to the party’s core principles.

“We’re going to focus not on Islamic questions, but solely on anti-Zionism in order to reach out to as many as possible,” Omar told the Sveriges Radio (SR) documentary programme Kaliber.

On his website, Omar denies that the Holocaust happened and refers to Judaism as "a parasitic culture of greed".

Runoff in Atlanta's Mayor Race on December 2nd

Someone is going to goof and make this whole thing overtly racial.

Atlanta has one more month and one more election to go before it chooses the city's next mayor: Councilwoman Mary Norwood and former state Sen. Kasim Reed will face each other in a runoff Dec. 1.

With 100 percent of the vote counted, Norwood led the race with 45 percent. She maintained a comfortable margin throughout the vote counting Tuesday night but was unable to muster the 50 percent required to put the race away. Reed finished a strong second, with 37 percent, and City Council President Lisa Borders faded to a distant third with 14 percent in the eight-way race.

History of Race and run off elections.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Boys who burned Deerfield teen could be released .

I don't see the state prosecutors not charging them as adults one it would make no sense for such a heinous crime and the uproar it would cause if they were released with just juvenile status.

The teenagers accused of surrounding Michael Brewer and setting him on fire will have to be released from custody after Nov. 12 unless prosecutors charge them as adults, officials said today.

Judges on Monday granted a nine-day extension for the Broward State Attorney's Office to file formal criminal charges against five of Brewer's schoolmates, who were arrested within a day of the attack at a Deerfield Beach apartment complex.

Prosecutors are still hoping for a firsthand account from the 15-year-old victim, who remains in critical condition in the Burn Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Because of tubes, Brewer is unable to speak, doctors and family members said. Family members were relieved late last week when Brewer was able to open his eyes for the first time, but Sunday night was one of his more difficult since the Oct. 12 attack.

The court's nine-day extension gives prosecutors until Nov. 12 to decide what charges each defendant will face, and whether they will stand trial as adults or juveniles.

If charged as juveniles, all five will be released in compliance with state law, said Assistant State Attorney Maria Schneider. If charged as adults, they would be subject to a bond hearing.

Judge Robert H. Newman scheduled the next hearing at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 12 for Denver Jarvis, and co-defendants Matthew Bent, 15, and Steven Shelton, 16. Bent is accused of orchestrating the attack, and Jarvis is accused of pouring rubbing alcohol on Brewer.

Important wins so far for the GOP around the country.

Republican Joan Orie Melvin has been elected to Pennsylvania's highest court. The best part is

Melvin had hit Panella hard throughout the campaign for deriving most of his campaign funds from trial lawyers and labor unions.

She also criticized Panella for not reacting quickly enough as a member of the state's Judicial Conduct Board, to complaints filed about corruption in Luzerne County courts, where two judges have since been charged with accepting cash payments for steering juvenile delinquents to certain youth detention centers

She overcame Philly and Pittsburgh which are always Dem cities and hammered him on union ties? Nice.

Republicans win back a seat in Meeeeechigan that rode the wave of Obama mania.

With 87% of the precincts counted, Republican Mike Nofs of Battle Creek had 61% to Democratic state Rep. Marty Griffin's 35%. The victory increases the Republican margin in the Senate to 22-16.

Some pundits had suggested the outcome would be a bellwether leading into the 2010 election when Michiganders will elect a new governor and all 38 Senate and 110 House seats.

The 19th Senate district covers Calhoun and most of Jackson counties and is considered marginally Democratic. Schauer knocked off incumbent Republican Tim Walberg to take the congressional seat in 2008 Democratic groundswell led by President Barack Obama.

“What can I say? It’s a Republican year. The Obama euphoria is over,” said Griffin, who was at a Jackson restaurant with subdued supporters.

Another fiscal message that got to the voters.

The biggest defeat for RINOs in New York wasn't the pre-election collapse of Dede Scozzafava in the 23rd CD. It was tonight's stunning victory by conservative Republican Rob Astorino in the race for County Executive of Westchester County—the affluent and heavily taxed suburb just north of NYC, which has been solidly Democratic for more than a decade.

....Voters rejected the Democratic incumbent’s bid for a fourth term, opting instead for a candidate who pledged to downsize government and cut the highest county taxes in the nation.

“It’s far surpassing anything we expected,” Astorino said after taking Spano’s concession call at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. “But I think the message resonated. People wanted change and they are going to get it starting in January.”

Astorino’s victory came despite Democrats’ 2-1 margin over Republicans among Westchester’s 538,822 registered voters.

With 87 percent of the votes in, Astorino had 58 percent, Spano 42 percent, according to the unofficial results.

Big night for the GOP as McDonnell and Christie win

The NY-23 race is surprisingly leaning towards the Dem Owen over Hoffman while scozzafava is pulling in 5% of the rest which may be enough to keep Hoffman from winning.

But the bigger news in the grand scheme of things is the Republicans big night in Virginia and New Jersey.

McDonnell blew out Deeds by 18 points and leading a GOP sweep also with Lt.Gov and AG. The biggest loser in all of this has to be the Washington Post who basically handpicked Deeds and tried to drag him across the finish line by trying to "macca" McDonnell over a college thesis.

The biggest surprise and the one that pleases me the most is Corzine losing in New Jersey. I was sure he would win by about 1-2 points but it seems NJ people had enough and the independents broke hard for Christie.

The biggest loser here is Obama, he practically lived in the state for Corzine, the White House started to run Corzine's campaign and still a loss.

The other angle is what does this do for conservative and moderate Dems? Do they go all in with Obama's big government spending now? GOP has momentum coming out of this and in the next couple of days I hope the GOP leadership has enough sense to recognize the message.

This point on the lesson for the GOP is the independents are out there who were once GOPers and those who are receptive to a fiscal conservative message. Say what you mean and actually do as you say. What people are going to look for in 2010 is competency and at least feel you are not blowing smoke up their behinds for votes.

I will say this about Hoffman who will lose this race to Owens. He pulled off a remarkable feat going against the establishment and putting out Favva who was nothing more than a Dem in Republican clothing. Now the GOP leadership has a decision to make, you want to make the mistake like Favva who would have been the congressional Arlen Specter or you are going to make sure that Hoffman or a competent challenger is ready for Owens in 2010?


Update# from NBC's Chuck Todd.

In NJ, more folks said they were "Republican" (31%) than "conservative" (30%). In VA, slightly tilted the other way with Consver # higher
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House GOP leadership sweating bullets over Hoffman race; A loss in NY 23 coupled with a close CA 10 race will drive grassroots nuts.
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Grassroots will kick everyone of the House/GOP leadership out because up till a week ago, they were going after Hoffman like he stole something. If Favva hadn't turned around after she dropped out and backstabbed the party, I don't see the anger being that huge. Even if she didn't endorse anyone, but now forget it.

So I am not one for moral losses but the other results more than make up for this race.

Update: Lessons to learned not from New Jersey but Virginia.

A Republican Strategist's Take [Ramesh Ponnuru]

I just spoke to a smart one. He argues that the Virginia governor's race offers more lessons for Republicans than either the New Jersey race (because there was an incumbent on whom it was a referendum) or the New York congressional race (because its circumstances were too odd). One of the lessons he draws is that Republican candidates have to "finish the sentence." Instead of just saying that we have to keep taxes and spending low, and thus pleasing conservatives, he said, McDonnell explain how these policies would create jobs and "plug the hole in Richmond." Too many Republican candidates, he says, forget to do that.

He pours cold water on the idea that the elections were a referendum on Obama. "Obama's numbers in Virginia are not that bad. He's not upside-down, that's for sure." (That is, more people rate him favorably than unfavorably.) "I guarantee you that McDonnell got a lot of votes from people who approve of [the job Obama is doing]." He takes the vote to be a rejection of many of Obama's policies. But he adds, "I don't think that Republicans should come away from this and think that all that we have to do in 2010 is run against Obama. McDonnell had a very vigorous policy agenda."

I think McDonnell's campaign is a nice blueprint to start off for any GOP candidate next year. Concise and substative and run against the policies of Obama and the Dems. Not Obama personally because that will be seen as weak. Attack the policies.

30 Rock Scores Zero Rating in Germany.

NBC international programming department may have dropped the ball on this sale.

In its debut on German television Sunday night, Emmy-winning comedy “30 Rock” scored a 0.0 rating, meaning fewer than 5,000 viewers tuned in.

Clinton eases up on Israel praise for Arabs.

We are still the USA right? Diplomacy is one thing, ass kissing is another and the bigger problem is Clinton can't do either right.

Trying to mute Arab criticism that the Obama administration had retreated from its tough stance on Israeli settlements, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday softened her praise for Israel's offer to restrain new housing in Palestinian areas.

While Israel was moving in the right direction in its offer to restrict but not stop the settlements, Clinton said, its offer "falls far short" of U.S. expectations.

Clinton said her earlier praise of Israel's offer, during a stop in Jerusalem, had been intended as "positive reinforcement." But her comment drew widespread criticism from Persian Gulf ministers who interpreted it as a U.S drawback on settlements, which have been the main obstacle to a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Most of the $81 Billion dollars given to UAW and Auto Makers gone.

This needed its own post.

A report by the Government Accountability Office released on Monday said that the federal government was unlikely to recover much of the $81 billion that was invested in G.M. and Chrysler, their suppliers and related financing companies.

Ford posts $997 million profit, Union wants more.

Ford doesn't take a bailout, gets its finances in order and the bloodsucking union comes along demanding more. Meantime, the union who owns GM and Chrysler refuses to let Ford stay competitive with those entities. So in about a year, Ford is going to be choked off because of the unions.

While its crosstown rivals stumbled through bankruptcy this summer, the Ford Motor Company pressed its advantage, and delivered surprising news on Monday that its cost-cutting efforts and improving sales helped it earn nearly $1 billion in the third quarter.

But now it faces new challenges in maintaining that lead. Both General Motors and Chrysler, with the stigma of their bankruptcies receding, are moving ahead with their own comeback plans.

Under prodding from a new board, G.M. is aggressively marketing a 60-day money-back guarantee on its vehicles that most likely will result in market share gains to be announced on Tuesday.

And Chrysler and its new partner, Fiat, on Wednesday will disclose an ambitious five-year plan to streamline its product lineup and introduce more fuel-efficient models.

Ford is also running into resistance from its unionized work force as it tries to cut costs further.

Its improving fortunes were the main reason cited by the United Automobile Workers on Monday for rejecting another round of labor concessions that would have roughly matched concessions that workers at Chrysler and General Motors approved in the spring.

The U.A.W.’s president, Ron Gettelfinger, and its vice president in charge of the Ford unit, Bob King, said in a statement that the carmaker’s third-quarter profit was “evidence of the contributions that Ford workers have made.”

Ford, which earned $997 million in the third quarter and made money in North America for the first time since 2005, has turned itself around largely by cutting costs and introducing cars that consumers want to buy, rather than resorting to deep discounts to lure shoppers into showrooms.

Kentucky's governor Holiday tree causes uproar.

Hot damn, just a couple of days into November and already the war between politically correct nimrods and their holiday tree nonsense has started in earnest.

The giant evergreen that will brighten the Capitol lawn later this year won't be called a Christmas tree. Instead, the Beshear administration has dubbed it a “holiday tree.”

And some people aren’t happy about that.

The Rev. Jeff Fugate, pastor of Clays Mill Baptist Church in Lexington, said Christians find the change troubling.

“If you call it a holiday tree,” Fugate asked, “which holiday are you talking about? We don't put up a holiday tree for Easter or New Year's or Thanksgiving. We put a tree up for Christmas.”

Cindy Lanham, a spokeswoman for Gov. Steve Beshear, said the tree will be in celebration of a variety of winter holidays, including Christmas and Hanukkah.
“This is a special time of the year for many Kentuckians,” she said.

The spat is only the latest chapter in a continuing Christmas debate. Some retailers, including Wal-Mart, have returned to greeting customers with “Merry Christmas” after coming under attack for directing employees to say “Happy Holidays.”

In Kentucky, political foes are using the issue to bash Beshear, a Democrat, and his administration.

“Steve Beshear in his continued swing to the left shows that political correctness is more important than Kentucky values,” said Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville. “It is difficult to see how anyone could take offense at the cherished tradition of Christmas at the Kentucky Capitol.”

Public plan will only get 2% of Americans if passed.

Not when the businesses realize its cheaper to dump their employees off their insurance and make them go on Obamacare. Don't look at this as the final stage, this is the first stage that if it gets passed will never go away and over the years more and more will be added to make sure it destroys private care.

The latest look at the public option comes from the Congressional Budget Office, the nonpartisan economic analysts for lawmakers.

It found that the scaled back government plan in the House bill wouldn't overtake private health insurance. To the contrary, it might help the insurers a little.

The budget office estimated that about 6 million people would sign up for the public option in 2019, when the House bill is fully phased in. That represents about 2% of a total of 282 million Americans under age 65. (Older people are covered through Medicare.)

The overwhelming majority of the population would remain in private health insurance plans sponsored by employers. Others, mainly low-income people, would be covered through an expanded Medicaid program.

To be fair, most people would not have access to the new public plan. Under the House bill, it would be offered through new insurance exchanges open only to those who buy coverage on their own or work for small companies. Yet even within that pool of 30 million people, only 1-in-5 would take the public option.

....Insurers aren't buying the budget office analysis. Asked if it might soften that opposition, industry spokesman Robert Zirkelbach of America's Health Insurance Plans responded with a curt "No."

While a government plan might start out modestly, insurers fear that Congress could change the rules later, opening it up to all people and setting take-it-or-leave payments for hospitals and medical providers, instead of negotiating, as the House bill calls for.
For the same reason, employer groups also remain wary. Big companies don't want to lose control of their health care budgets and instead have the government send them a tax bill.

"That cost is going to come back to you one way or another ... and it's coming back in the way of taxes and liabilities," said Eastman Kodak's chief executive, Antonio M. Perez, speaking for the Business Roundtable. "We just don't believe that there are miracles out there."

Government makes the rules and they will change it in favor of themselves.

Race card thrown out in Richmond gang rape case.

Playing the race card in this case is dumb dumb dumb.

Security was unusually tight Thursday as four young men made their first court appearance in last weekend's gang rape at Richmond High School, a crime that brought anguish to students and leaders in the city and sent shock waves throughout the nation.

Later Thursday, police arrested a sixth suspect in the case. A fifth suspect was arrested earlier but has not been charged.

Three defendants, all of them juveniles charged as adults, were wearing bulletproof vests when they were led into Superior Court by a corps of Contra Costa County sheriff's deputies. The three - one of whom had a black eye - looked morose and said nothing as relatives wept in the gallery.

Peter's cousin Monquasha Peter of Richmond burst into tears upon seeing him, and her mother, Monica Peter, dabbed her eyes.

Peter's family accused prosecutors of having racial motives. Peter is the only black suspect named in the case. Smith is white, and the other suspects are Latino.

Peter "didn't have anything to do with this," his aunt said. "He said everyone was just walking past, and he just kept moving when he saw something was going on.

"He's a good kid with no criminal record who likes to play soccer," she said. "I am going to prove his innocence.

"My nephew is scared," she added. "He is the one they've arrested who is black, and if they give my nephew a life sentence, I will sue Richmond. There is no way in hell I will see my nephew blamed in this because he is black."

Scozzafava did get help from White House to endorse Owens

Basically the entire Dem party courted her and since she has no values or morals she is happily stabbing the GOP establishment in the back. The grassroots warned them so their problem.

“She basically put aside any pretensions and threw in with the Democrats,” said Dick Armey, the former Republican House leader, who was among an ever-growing group of conservative leaders opposed to Ms. Scozzafava’s place on the Republican ticket. Those leaders embraced Douglas L. Hoffman, the candidate on the Conservative Party line.

The White House helped engineer Ms. Scozzafava’s turnabout, sensing an opportunity to turn the rift that has emerged between moderate and conservative Republicans to its advantage. Members of New York’s Democratic Congressional delegation also reached out to Ms. Scozzafava over the weekend and encouraged her to back the Democrat, Bill Owens, a lawyer from Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Adding to the intense pressure she faced, Senator Charles E. Schumer, Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo and the Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, also placed calls to Ms. Scozzafava.

The NYTIMES wants to show this as some sort of surprise but it wasn't because it just confirmed what everyone said long before this happened.

Chrysler offers buyout to 23,000 workers

Chrysler is a zombie company being propped up by taxpayer billions given to them and the unions by Obama. Enough already. Just end this company.

Days before unveiling its latest recovery plan, Chrysler Group has extended a buyout program to 23,000 U.S. workers in an effort to further trim its workforce.

In a statement, Chrysler said workers have until Nov. 13 to accept the proposal, and that the company would determine who qualifies for it depending on operational needs. The company said termination dates would be at its discretion.

The automaker said special programs were being offered at facilities that are being forced to close as a result of the bankruptcy process that occurred earlier this year. The deadline for accepting those programs depends on the facility, Chrysler said.

Chrysler emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June, saying it would close some of its U.S. plants as part of the reorganization. Its ownership is a group that includes the Italian automaker Fiat, the U.S. government, the United Auto Workers union's retiree trust and the Canadian and Ontario governments.

UAW workers stick it to Ford over changes.

Ford can't sustain itself if everyone else in the UAW system gets concessions and cuts. Ford's only crime here is they did not take a bailout.

—Ford Motor Co. will continue to seek changes to union work rules and consider changing plans to build certain models in union plants in the U.S. after the United Auto Workers union rejected contract changes that would have lowered the company's labor costs, people familiar with the company's thinking said.

The auto maker will continue talks with the union to find ways to cut costs, and may look at moving some production to lower-cost locations if it can't remain competitive in the U.S., these people said.

The changes would have given Ford virtually the same concessions that the union has extended to General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC, and had been approved by the union's leadership. But they were defeated in ratification votes by the rank and file.

Although some locals were still voting Sunday, the UAW leaders have accepted the defeat, according to three union officials who asked not to be identified since they don't officially speak for the UAW.

The rejection is a setback for Ford. Although the company is expected to report relatively strong third-quarter earnings on Monday, it and other auto makers are still struggling with depressed levels of sales in the U.S., Europe and other key regions of the world.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Boeing to South Carolina, Bloodsucking Unions whine.

After years of dealing with a union who thinks they can keep squeezing Boeing in a highly competitive aircraft industry, Boeing said F it and moved some of its Dreamliner production to a right to work state.

Boeing's decision to open a second assembly line for its 787 jetliner in South Carolina is another blow for organized labor, experts say, signaling that major manufacturers are increasingly willing to look for non-union workforces during a time of economic stress.

Chicago-based Boeing said Wednesday that it had picked North Charleston over Everett, Wash., the home of Boeing's commercial aircraft division, because it best fit its production plans for the 787 Dreamliner. Full production of the jet has been much anticipated because it has more than 800 orders and is designed to carry up to 250 passengers. But the Dreamliner, which is assembled from parts made by suppliers around the globe, is two years behind schedule. It has been plagued by production problems and delays, including strikes by union machinists in Everett and other sites in Washington state that forced the company to take costly write-downs as it closed commercial aircraft operations last year for eight weeks.

Boeing's move comes at an especially tough time for organized labor in the United States. The car industry is struggling to survive and is wringing historic concessions from its unions. Steel and other industries have restructured their deals with unions, as more manufacturing heads overseas or to "right-to-work" states in the South.

"This is the escape from collective bargaining," said Gary Chaison, a labor expert at Clark University. "Boeing is creating its own trend in heavy manufacturing, and more and more manufacturing is going to move south."

Unions spitting mad.

Boeing Co. “blew a wonderful opportunity” for a no-strike guarantee of more than 10 years when it chose South Carolina over its Washington manufacturing hub for a new Dreamliner assembly line, the lead negotiator for the machinists union said.

The union was willing to extend its current four-year contract by another eight years, ensuring no strikes through at least 2020, to secure the 787 work, Rich Michalski said. Instead, Boeing shut down talks two days before its Oct. 26 board meeting and announced Oct. 28 that it would open a plant in the southeastern U.S. state, the first time it has built a commercial-aircraft assembly line outside the Seattle area.

“They won’t ever get us to commit like that again,” Michalski said in an interview last night. “That’s over.”

Now considering this little factoid.

Boeing and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers sent contradictory e-mails to employees yesterday, and interviews with negotiators for the two yielded conflicting accounts about the talks. The relationship has faltered in the past 20 years, with four strikes delaying hundreds of deliveries and costing the company billions.

The current contract with the machinists, agreed to after a two-month strike last year that cut Boeing profit by about $10.3 million a day, expires in September 2012. That’s about six months after the first delivery is due from the non-union plant in South Carolina.

....China, Canada, Japan, Russia and Brazil are in various stages of plans to enter the commercial-jet market. Boeing, which began in Seattle in 1916, and larger commercial rival Airbus SAS, have held a duopoly on jetliners until now.

Instead of setting up for the future, the unions is looking for revenge while new rivals are coming together. Then they wonder why the public hates the unions. This is the last major public business sector the unions haven't helped destroy and they seem to be making up for lost time.

They are being warned.

On Wednesday, the union was dealt a crushing blow when Boeing decided to open its new 787 line with nonunion workers in South Carolina and not the Seattle suburbs where it has had a presence for generations.

It is another sign that it may be time for the Machinists union to reevaluate its relationship with Boeing, even as the union argues that its workers offer the best value for the company and that it is committed to making sure future work lands in Washington state.

"This looks very much like a company that's tired of dealing with this union, and they've found a way out," said Richard Aboulafia, an analyst with Teal Group. "The union needs to put aside the concept of who's right and who's wrong, and look at who's winning and who's losing. This is not going well from their perspective."

In the next three to five years, Boeing is expected to decide on replacement planes for its best-selling 737 and 777 models and where they will be built. It's also trying to land a contract to build a 767 tanker for the Air Force. Unless the relationship with organized labor improves, those jobs could wind up out of state — and out of union — too, analysts said.

Machinists District 751 President Tom Wroblewski said Thursday that since last fall's strike, the union has made efforts to improve the relationship, such as by softening the tone of its newsletter. Picking South Carolina for the second 787 line continues a failed policy of sending work away from its base of skilled workers, he said.

Boeing could have labor peace if it would just stop trying to reduce workers' benefits, he said.

"They rile the members up so bad you can't control it," Wroblewski said.

Then the union members better get their heads out of their asses and look around at the reality. Work with the company or become the auto industry.

Undecideds Choosing McDonnell In Final Days

Virginia Undecided voters breaking for Bob McDonnell.

With two days to go in the state's gubernatorial race, Virginia voters are coming home to GOP nominee Bob McDonnell. That's according to numbers from an important new poll published in state newspapers today.

McDonnell has led Democratic nominee Creigh Deeds since June, a lead that has extended to double digits in recent days. But polls also showed many were still undecided in the race, giving Democrats hope for Deeds upset Tuesday. The new numbers show those undecided voters have made up their minds -- and they've decided to vote for McDonnell.

McDonnell's lead has grown with the new support. He now dominates Deeds in the Mason-Dixon Poll, 53-41.

Senator Boxer says no more troops for Afghanistan.

I guess that is that.

Southwest kicks mom, cranky kid off plane

As if Southwest wasn't popular enough they pull this off. Bravo. Your kid is cranky? Benadryl them first.

Kids will be kids, but one cranky 2-year-old was acting too much his age for a Southwest Airlines flight crew who kicked him off a plane getting ready to leave for San Jose.

Pamela Root says she was confident her son Adam's screams of "Go! Plane! Go!" and "I want Daddy!" would subside once the plane took off Monday in Amarillo, Texas.

But she says the plane taxied back to the gate and the pair was escorted off.

The 38-year-old stay-at-home mom wants an apology and compensation for the portable crib and diapers she had to buy for the extra night away from home.

Southwest spokeswoman Marilee McInnis says removing a crying child from a flight is unusual, but crews have leeway to resolve situations.

San Francisco's new sanctuary law for illegals to be ignored.

Showing how out of touch officials in San Francisco are with the the rest of America we have a debate on when illegals should be reported.

At issue is legislation, written by Supervisor David Campos, requiring that undocumented youth be reported to federal immigration officials for possible deportation after they're convicted of a felony, not when they're first arrested, as is the current policy.
Newsom, has said the legislation must be ignored because it violates federal law.

"The sanctuary ordinance as originally conceived and adopted was designed to protect those residents of our city who are law-abiding," Newsom wrote. "It was never meant to serve as a shield for people accused of committing serious crimes."

Newsom's letter also quotes a memorandum from the city attorney's office advising that "there is a serious risk" that if the matter is brought to court, a judge would strike down not only the Campos legislation but "possibly the entire sanctuary city ordinance."

Mexico telling Mexicans take part in U.S. Census Count

Example of America as the world social program.

The 2010 Census count has yet to begin and there are already efforts in place on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border to influence those residing in America illegally to participate in the population count.

Mexican Consulates in Los Angeles and Miami have began pointing out that Mexicans residing stateside will be fundamentally responsible for the more than $300 billion set aside in America annually for social programs in the next 10 years.

The Mexican government explained in a report that the 2010 Census will be crucial to how federal and state funds are allocated as well as how they will be applied toward Mexican nationals.

They specifically note the U.S. government will be spending money in the following areas; transportation, health care, education and other infrastructure and assistance to help vulnerable populations, included those who do not speak the language.

In past census counts about a third of the Mexican population living in the U.S. did not participate in the process because they were afraid of being deported.

GA Dems comes out against Atlanta's white mayorial candidate.

What is the vile insult? This woman is a closet Republican!

The whole Keep it Black campaign the Dems are trying to use against her should backfire as its half assed at best and only the most dim-witted would not be insulted by it.

The final days of a suddenly compelling race for mayor of Atlanta have been dominated by the two actors with the most cash on hand.

One is Mary Norwood, the councilwoman from Buckhead who — according to a last round of polling — could become the first white mayor of Atlanta since 1974. The other is the Democratic Party of Georgia.

Norwood’s presence isn’t hard to fathom. Her campaign is tightly knit, and she’s been on citywide ballots twice before. Perhaps most important, Norwood saved up her nickels and dimes for an October blitz of TV ads that her rivals haven’t been able to match.

But the unusual decision by the Democratic Party to enter the nonpartisan contest on behalf of former state Sen. Kasim Reed and Atlanta City Council President Lisa Borders is more complicated.

Even those who support the decision by the state party’s chairwoman, Jane Kidd, concede that it could risk the longtime — and mutually beneficial — relationship between the party and the city of Atlanta.

Kidd’s explanation is simple. Norwood, she said, is a closet Republican — and as such shouldn’t be the mayor of a Democratic town.

“As far as we’re concerned, Mary Norwood’s a Republican. She’s been trying to dodge the issue of her partisan allegiance,” Kidd said. “We’re concerned that she’s not being truthful about her party affiliation. We think that she should be called out on that.”

But the real reason is race.

So, while Kidd and other Democratic officials say that their participation in the city contest was based on principle alone, it is fair to assume that the purpose of the party’s entry into the race was to keep Norwood under 50 percent on election night — and give one of two African-American candidates in the race a chance to regroup.

This is where the gamble is, say ranking members of the Democratic Party.

The argument in favor: To African-Americans, the mayor’s office remains a highly prized symbol. Maynard Jackson’s legacy is closely tied to that of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement.

Set aside, at least for a moment, the bare-knuckled issue of race. The loss of the mayor’s office to someone considered a less-than-authentic Democrat is certain to discourage the all-important African-American vote in 2010.

Groups forcing Section 8 people onto Sunnyvale, Texas.

I missed the ruling that any area that has expensive housing must be forced to build places for section 8/low income people to move in because that is the fair thing to do.

The Inclusive Communities Project, a Dallas fair housing agency, filed court documents against the town of Sunnyvale on Monday, citing a failure to live up to a 2005 agreement and discriminatory practices the plaintiffs say date to the town's incorporation.

Monday's filing was triggered after the town denied a multifamily development on ICP property, the third low-income housing development attempted unsuccessfully in Sunnyvale since 2008.

There are no apartments and no Section 8 residents in Sunnyvale, where the average home has a market value of $274,081.

"This was an opportunity to see if they would do the right thing," said Betsy Julian, ICP president.

Plaintiff's attorney Mike Daniel, who has been working to add such housing to Sunnyvale since 1985, said he does not know how long it will take to get a ruling or even which judge will hear the case.

...Sunnyvale has dealt with questions of discrimination dating back to its creation in 1953.

Each time multifamily zoning has become an issue in the town, residents have spoken against it and the Town Council has backed that sentiment.

The response over the years, Julian said, is like an advertisement that Sunnyvale is not inclusive.

"To keep fighting, those folks are all but putting up a barricade at the city limits," she said. "The notion of exclusionary housing practices is not unique to Sunnyvale, but what sets it apart is the history of their resistance."

Are we talking about discimination based only on race or not? Just because a place is expensive should not be a trigger to demand low income housing or Section 8 "inclusiveness." So far all I have read is they are refusing to enable places and policies that would force them to have people who income wise couldn't live in the area anyway. That is vastly different than saying no black people allowed.

I have said it before but I have yet to see a low income/Section 8 setup that hasn't dragged down an area and forced people to move out. If I lived in a high end area I wouldn't want it.