Saturday, December 19, 2009

U.N. Climate Talks ‘Take Note’ of Accord Backed by U.S

Obama's last minute magic worked like a charm as he managed to tick off everyone in attendence.

With the swift bang of a gavel on Saturday morning, a prolonged fight between nations small and large over an international pact to limit climate risks that was forged the night before by the United States and four partners came to a somewhat murky end.

The chairman of the climate treaty talks declared that the parties would “take note” of the document, named the Copenhagen Accord, leaving open the question of whether this effort to curb greenhouse gases from the world’s major emitters would gain the full support of the 193 countries bound by the original, and largely failed, 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The culmination of two weeks of talks here, capping two years of negotiation, came roughly 24 hours after President Obama swept into a conference center full of exhausted negotiators in the final hours of a deadlocked effort to produce a binding agreement curbing the surging global flow of greenhouse gases.

By late Friday night, he and leaders from Brazil, India, South Africa and China produced a short, last-ditch sketch of a nonbinding emissions deal that was also aimed at aiding those most vulnerable to warming.

Other countries, including Britain, quickly sought its approval by the full assemblage of 193 countries. But after dawn on Saturday, a half dozen countries loudly intervened, challenging efforts to approve the accord. Another group, from Venezuela to Sudan, stridently fought the pact.

Robert C. Orr, the United Nations assistant secretary general for policy and planning, said the “wild roller coaster ride” through the night was partly due to the authority of more than 120 heads of state being superimposed on a process normally driven by ministers and diplomatic protocols.

The document that resulted, still being refined Saturday morning — and attacked by countries that claimed they were left out of the process — is far less than a new binding climate treaty, which was the expectation of many countries when this negotiating process began in 2007.

Congress gives more stimulus money to liberal districts.

A lot more money.

Congressional districts that elected Democrats are getting nearly twice as much federal stimulus cash as Republican ones -- and the payouts have no relation to how recession-battered an area is, a new study found.

Researchers at George Mason University's Mercatus Center discovered that since the stimulus bonanza was passed by Congress in February, the average district has gotten more than $355 million.

But Democratic districts received an average windfall of $439 million, while GOP districts got $232 million, according to their research.

The wide variation in payouts doesn't seem to have anything to do with local jobless rates or other economic factors that show how much the money is needed.

"You would think, right, that if the administration believes in its theory that the government money can create jobs, they would spend a lot of money in districts that have high unemployment," said Veronique de Rugy, co-author of the study,

But, she said, "we found absolutely no relationship."

This confirms that Obama and the Democrats created a slush fund more than anything to help the country.

Senator Nelson caves on killing unborn babies for millions.

What is the price of a man to cave on abortion which he said he wouldn't compromise on? Lots of money for one state to last a couple of years.

Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.), the final Democratic holdout on health care, was prepared to announce to his caucus Saturday morning that he would support the Senate reform bill, clearing the way for final passage by Christmas.

“We’re there,” said Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), as he headed into a special meeting to announce the deal.

Democratic leaders spent days trying to hammer out a deal with Nelson, and worked late Friday night with Nelson on abortion coverage language that had proved the major stumbling block. But Nelson also secured other favors for his home state.

Anyone holding out hope for Nelson to stick by his principles forgot that he is a Dem who can be brought off.

If you want to know why liberals are upset at the Senate bill and the Insurance industry is kinda of quiet.

The legislation would expand coverage to 30 million people now uninsured and try to curb rising health care costs. Insurance companies would be prohibited from denying coverage to people with health problems, or charging them more. All Americans would be required to have health insurance, or eventually face fines. The nearly $1 trillion, 10-year cost would be paid for mainly with Medicare cuts and new taxes on insurance companies and other parts of the health care industry.

The week saw an intraparty brawl among Democrats, with liberals seething over the compromises Reid has already made to keep the bill moving.

Gone is a government insurance plan modeled on Medicare. So is the fallback, the option of allowing aging baby boomers to buy into Medicare. The major benefits of the bill won't start for three or four years, and then they'll be delivered through private insurance companies.

Obama doesn't care what is passed as long as he can take credit for something being passed this year.

(audio) Howard Dean: Pass this bill and Dems in trouble.

Interesting conversation on the Tom Joyner Show on Friday morning with Roland Martin talking to Howard Dean about how bad the Senate bill really is and why the Dems are in trouble no matter what.

The one thing Dean seen as a positive is that all the bad stuff can be taken out in reconciliation which is why the Senate wants to push this out as fast as possible. Get it into reconciliation where the Dems can really go to town on the American health system.

Direct Link to Black America Web interview.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Obama fails as Copenhagen talks ends in failure

I said it before but this is what happens when you believe in your own bullshit. He pulled the same stunt at Olympics thinking his aura would help to create a new deal and the same result.

The UN climate summit reached a weak outline of a global agreement last night in Copenhagen, falling far short of what Britain and many poor countries were seeking and leaving months of tough negotiations to come.

After eight draft texts and all-day talks between 115 world leaders, it was left to Barack Obama and Wen Jiabao, the Chinese premier, to broker a political agreement. The so-called Copenhagen accord "recognises" the scientific case for keeping temperature rises to no more than 2C but did not contain commitments to emissions reductions to achieve that goal.

American officials spun the deal as a "meaningful agreement", but even Obama said: "This progress is not enough."

"We have come a long way, but we have much further to go," he added.

The deal was brokered between China, South Africa, India, Brazil and the US, but late last night it was still unclear whether it would be adopted by all 192 countries in the full plenary session.

China and India told Obama to screw off and to add insult, both countries and Brazil held a meeting lying to the White House causing Obama to crash the meeting. No country will act that is not beneficial to its own self-interests. I have no doubt that Obama would be the lone exception.

The point of this meeting was a shakedown by developing countries from developed countries in terms of money which they wanted given directly to them without the middleman. Developed countries publicly pledge money and action but privately making deals that wouldn't come close to what promises were made before this meeting.

It becomes a standoff and to save face they put out this tripe as something positive when everyone else is pointing out its garbage. Meantime, black jesus goes over and now has egg on his face...again.

President Barack Obama burst into a meeting of Chinese, Indian and Brazilian leaders to try and reach a climate agreement in late Friday negotiations in Copenhagen.

Chinese protocol officials objected to Obama's presence in the meeting, according to a senior administration official, who said that the president didn't want the leaders negotiating in secret.

The dramatic meeting came after a day the White House spent in a whirlwind of meetings trying to save the Copenhagen climate talks from complete meltdown.

....But by later afternoon, Singh and Wen had both left the convention center where the conference was being held —- possibly because the talks seemed to be heading towards a dead-end. Administration sources reported that they were told the Indian delegation was headed for the airport.

"Brazil tells us that they don't know if they can come because they want the Indians to come. The Indians, as I just said, were at the airport. Zuma is under the impression that everybody is coming," said the senior administration official. "Zuma at that point says, well, if they're not coming I can't do this."

But it turned out that the leaders were actually meeting together. “We're starting to get emails one by one, ‘hey Zuma is in this room, too;’ ‘hey, Singh is in this room, too,’ said the senior administration official. “So all of a sudden that's when we start to make sure we're walking up to the multilateral room.”

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hugo Chavez gets huge ovation at Copenhagen.

These are the idiots who want to save the planet when in fact its nothing more than trying to squeeze money from developed countries to keep funding their regimes.

President Chavez brought the house down.

When he said the process in Copenhagen was “not democratic, it is not inclusive, but isn’t that the reality of our world, the world is really and imperial dictatorship…down with imperial dictatorships” he got a rousing round of applause.

When he said there was a “silent and terrible ghost in the room” and that ghost was called capitalism, the applause was deafening.

But then he wound up to his grand conclusion – 20 minutes after his 5 minute speaking time was supposed to have ended and after quoting everyone from Karl Marx to Jesus Christ - “our revolution seeks to help all people…socialism, the other ghost that is probably wandering around this room, that’s the way to save the planet, capitalism is the road to hell....let’s fight against capitalism and make it obey us.” He won a standing ovation.

China: No chance of climate deal in Copenhagen

and Africa reps are lowering their goals just so everyone can claim something happened at this waste of time meeting.

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - China has told participants in the U.N. climate change talks that it sees no possibility of achieving an operational accord this week, an official involved in the Copenhagen talks said on Thursday.

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Dozens of heads of state are descending on the Danish capital to address the December 7-18 conference, and had hoped to sign on Friday a new pact to tackle global warming.

The official, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters the Chinese had instead suggested issuing "a short political declaration of some sort," but it was not clear what that would say.

The official said negotiations were continuing to try to reach a breakthrough that would still allow an operational agreement to be signed. The official said the sticking point for China appeared to be a process issue.

TIMES Online:

African nations have reduced their demands for compensation from rich countries for the impact of climate change and suggested a compromise that could lead to an historic agreement at the Copenhagen summit.

Meles Zenawi, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and spokesman for the African Union group of 52 countries, said that they would be willing to accept a global climate fund of $100 billion (£61 billion) a year by 2020. African countries had been demanding up to $400 billion in return for their signatures on a new climate change treaty.

The compromise was brokered by Lord Stern of Brentford, the leading climate change economist, who has been advising the Ethiopian and British delegations in Copenhagen. The dispute over money has overshadowed the conference and the Ethiopian proposal is the first that falls within the range likely to be acceptable to developed countries.

Gordon Brown had proposed $100 billion a year and the European Union had tabled a similar figure. President Obama is likely to confirm in his speech tomorrow that the US would pay its share.

NBC to lose $200 million on the Winter Olympics.

Usually its the idiot city/country that got the Olympics that loses a ton of money, NBC bad luck continues.

General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt said Tuesday that NBC Universal will lose an estimated $200 million on the February Olympics. GE is "counting on having tough economics around the Olympics," Immelt said.

"It's just a tough time for a big event like that," he said.

NBCU would post an operating profit increase in 2010, Immelt said, but the Winter Olympics will instead bring a decrease.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

fivethiryeight health care graph makes me more angry.

the polling blog 538 has this graph and I don't know what the hell they think people will react too because in graphical form the Senate Bill looks worse.

What is the point? The senate will subsides off the backs of middle class and up Americans to subsidies everyone else? I thought the entire drive of health care "reform" was to drive down the cost of health care not just cover everyone off the backs of others who also have to pay more for their insurace.

Its a graph showing a neat shell game.

(Spoilers) CBS's NCIS series go Anti-Christian for the holidays?

I have it on the DVR to watch but it seems the Hollywood liberalism of taking events you find more in one culture/religion and just convert it to Christians route has taken over the writers on both shows.

Now is the time of year when the network dramas are running the “Happy Holidays” message episodes. The NCIS franchise, a sort of military CSI show, ran with this message in each of last night’s episodes – with a twist. On NCIS, a young Marine is found murdered. He is found to be a recent convert to Islam (formerly a Christian), and the son of a retired Christian Marine chaplain. As the plot progresses, we find that the widow (also a Christian) has been, shall we say, unfaithful during her husband’s deployment. The father (the chaplain) has been paying his son’s unit members to harass him into quitting the Marines. And the murderer, we find, is the brother of the deceased.

Why did one brother kill the other?

Simply put, the deceased Marine had dishonored his family’s name by converting to Islam – so the Christian brother killed him for it. That’s right: NCIS featured a Christian honor-killing last night.

Next, CBS ran the Los Angeles-themed spinoff of NCIS. The plot of this episode is particularly heinous. Four wounded Marines (Explosive Ordinance Disposal technicians, essentially the bomb squad) return from Iraq. One of the four is killed by an exploding cell phone (a favored tactic of Israel’s Mossad, incidentally), and the other three appear to have been targeted by the bomber. This time, as the plot unfolds, we discover that one of the three remaining Marines appears to be the bomber – but which one could it be? The Muslim, who appears to be eluding the NCIS agents, or one of the two Christians?

In an interrogation scene with the NCIS forensic psychologist, we find out that the Muslim is innocent – and that the Bible-quoting (and distributing) Christian is actually a demented bomber, seeking absolution for the things he did in Iraq. Later, the concluding scene shows the mad bomber with an improvised suicide-bomber vest, attempting to kill himself and one of his unit members. In the end, it amounts to an insane religious fanatic, trying to gain access to paradise by killing himself and as many “infidels” as he can.

So instead of going for the all too true in the news of honor killings and suicide bombers they just go for the Hollywood cliche of the crazy disturbed evil Christians. Nice.

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 70 min Review

This is the greatest, well written sometimes disturbing take down of the Phantom Menace and how Lucas single handly tainted my love for Star Wars...until I learned to dismiss the prequels as garbage. Its 70 mins but well worth it, slightly NSFW. Watch all the parts and part 7 is well worth when you see the footage of Lucas and company realize the horror of what they created from a rough screening.

Democrats file amnesty bill in the House for illegals.

The push to give illegals amenesty is starting up and they want to get something done before mid-terms heat up.

Democratic lawmakers, led by Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., on Tuesday filed the first comprehensive immigration reform bill in the current Congress, giving renewed hope to millions of undocumented immigrants in South Florida and around the country.

But the prospects for passage remain as uncertain as ever.

``This is a great thing for everyone,'' said Walter Lara, a 23-year-old former Miami Dade College student from Argentina who almost got deported in July after immigration officers discovered he had no papers. ``If this passes, this is the type of change President Obama has been talking about. It will make the United States a more welcoming country.''

Provisions in the Gutierrez legislation -- Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 -- are somewhat similar to those in prior bills.

Undocumented immigrants in the United States prior to Dec. 15, 2009, would be encouraged to come forward and register with the government in exchange for a future path to residency and citizenship.

Certain immigrants in deportation proceedings, facing removal or ordered to depart would be able to apply for legalization under Gutierrez's bill. Applicants would pay a $500 fine -- lower than the thousands of dollars sought in prior bills -- and must have clean criminal records. If approved, applicants would receive a six-year visa, which eventually could be replaced by a green card -- the path to possible citizenship.

The bill also incorporates provisions of the DREAM Act, separate legislation filed earlier that would provide green cards to children of undocumented parents who are in high school or college and were brought to the United States as minors.

Obama's lovefest with Wall Streets and Citigroup gets off.

These two stories are going to send the left into a tizzy.

In public, President Obama is on a tear against Wall Street. In private, not so much

Over the weekend, Obama attacked fat-cat investment bankers, telling "60 Minutes" he didn't become president to aid and abet Wall Street -- which, only a year after the financial meltdown and taxpayer bailout, is now scheduled to hand out tens of billions of dollars in bonuses to its bankers and traders.

But the president's meeting yesterday with the CEOs of the largest banks was nearly a lovefest, I'm told by attendees.

Yes, White House spinmeisters advertised the gathering as a chance for Obama to channel the public's disgust over Wall Street's celebrating while Main Street still suffers 10 percent unemployment, thanks largely to Wall Street's bungling. But that's not what he did.

..So there were no surprises for the likes of Jaime Dimon of JP Morgan, Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, John Mack of Morgan Stanley or Citigroup's Richard Parsons. Said one CEO who attended: "I expected to be taken to the woodshed, but the tone was quite the opposite."

Said another senior exec with knowledge of the meeting: "The whole thing was so telegraphed that not much was accomplished, other than giving Obama a PR stunt . . . He might have sounded mean on '60 Minutes,' but during the meeting he was a hell of a lot nicer."

The Citigroup and other bailed out companies get a tax break though it may have left a ton of tax revenue to the companies instead of being collected by the government.

The federal government quietly agreed to forgo billions of dollars in potential tax payments from Citigroup as part of the deal announced this week to wean the company from the massive taxpayer bailout that helped it survive the financial crisis.

The Internal Revenue Service on Friday issued an exception to long-standing tax rules for the benefit of Citigroup and a few other companies partially owned by the government. As a result, Citigroup will be allowed to retain billions of dollars worth of tax breaks that otherwise would decline in value when the government sells its stake to private investors.

While the Obama administration has said taxpayers are likely to profit from the sale of the Citigroup shares, accounting experts said the lost tax revenue could easily outstrip those profits.

The IRS, an arm of the Treasury Department, has changed a number of rules during the financial crisis to reduce the tax burden on financial firms. The rule changed Friday also was altered last fall by the Bush administration to encourage mergers, letting Wells Fargo cut billions of dollars from its tax bill by buying the ailing Wachovia.

"The government is consciously forfeiting future tax revenues. It's another form of assistance, maybe not as obvious as direct assistance but certainly another form," said Robert Willens, an expert on tax accounting who runs a firm of the same name. "I've been doing taxes for almost 40 years, and I've never seen anything like this, where the IRS and Treasury acted unilaterally on so many fronts."

Treasury officials said the most recent change was part of a broader decision initially made last year to shelter companies that accepted federal aid under the Troubled Assets Relief Program from the normal consequences of such an investment.

Officials also said the ruling benefited taxpayers because it made shares in Citigroup more valuable and asserted that without the ruling, Citigroup could not have repaid the government at this time.

"This rule was designed to stop corporate raiders from using loss corporations to evade taxes, and was never intended to address the unprecedented situation where the government owned shares in banks," Treasury spokeswoman Nayyera Haq said. "And it was certainly not written to prevent the government from selling its shares for a profit."

How is this not market manipulation to falsely rise a company's value? What about companies that didn't take a bailout, do they get the same break?

Moving terrorists from Gitmo to Illinois is supposed to help America?

Robert Gibbs response to criticizism that moving terrorists from Gitmo to Thomson, Illinois makes no sense.

Continued Gibbs, “I will say this. I have seen some far crazier comments today -- comments from people like John Boehner. Here's what I would suggest for John Boehner. Call up Leon Panetta or Denny Blair at the CIA or the director of national intelligence. Ask them if he can come down and watch a video put out by Al Qaida senior leadership like -- the names that we recognize, (Ayman al-) Zawahiri. Thirty-two times since 2001 and four times this year alone, senior Al Qaida leadership in recruiting videos have used the prison at Guantanamo Bay as a clarion call to bring extremists from around the world to join their effort.”

Earlier today in a press release titled “How Will Importing Dangerous Terrorists Make America Safer?” Boehner said “Republicans will stand with Illinois families and seek every remedy at our disposal to stop this severely misguided plan.”

“Once again, the Obama Administration has put the interests of liberal special interest groups before the safety and security of the American people,” Boehner said. “The American people don’t want dangerous terrorists imported on to U.S. soil, and we have had bipartisan votes in both the House and Senate reaffirming this position. What’s worse, this decision is completely unnecessary considering that these terrorists were already being tried by military commissions, which were specifically designed under the law to prosecute such heinous acts.”

How can moving the terrorists from a spot in the Caribbean to Thomson, Illinois help slow down Al Qaeda recruiment? If anything this will cause a boom in terror groups because now on American soil, they would have easier access and easier call citing all of a America as a target because of the upcoming North Gitmo. Considering the worries of radicalization of young Muslims here in America, you can easily see some idiots thinking they can be heroes in attacking the prison, the area or even some place in the state to help their brothers in terror.

Dumb move. I would be less annoyed if they had several spots around the nation, instead they have made one place the focal point.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Obama wants banks to make more risky loans.

All of a sudden, Obama is now a credit report agency who deems anyone who writes him a letter asking the banks to give a loan to be good people.

Continuing with his recent populist rhetoric, President Obama today said he urged executives from the nation's largest banks to begin issuing more loans to small businesses and to support the financial reform legislation moving through Congress.

"America's banks received extraordinary assistance from American taxpayers to rebuild their industry," he said after a hosting a White House meeting today with representatives from 12 banking institutions. "And now that they're back on their feet, we expect an extraordinary commitment from them to help rebuild our economy."

The president explained that he has heard from many small businesses that they have been unable to get loans in today's economic climate. "Now no one wants banks making the kinds of risky loans that got us into this situation in the first place," he said. "But given the difficulty businesspeople are having as lending has declined, and given the exceptional assistance banks received to get them through a difficult time, we expect them to explore every responsible way to help get our economy moving again."

Obama added, "We expect some results, because I'm getting too many letters from small businesses who explain that they are credit-worthy."

Well, if they say so it must be true. This ridiculous populist nonsense Obama goes on about makes no sense to the public. Taxpayers money save the banks, demand they make no more risky loans, then demand they make more risky loans without going through a longer process of checking who is asking for loans.

Smart Power!

Monday, December 14, 2009

liberals now target Joe Lieberman’s wife playing high moral card.

What happens when the left doesn't get what it wants, they start to go after your family members for revenge.

Progressive Democrats are so angry at Sen. Joe Lieberman, they want to punish his wife, Hadassah.

Lieberman stunned and infuriated Democrats - most recently this weekend - by saying he will oppose the health care reform plan Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is currently finalizing.

The liberal activists want to see Hadassah Lieberman booted from her position as "Global Ambassador" for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

And they've called on a range of stars, including Andie MacDowell, Christie Brinkley, Cynthia Nixon and Ellen DeGeneres, to help pressure the famed breast-cancer research group.

Jane Hamsher, of the progressive Firedoglake blog, mounted her campaign Friday, writing to Komen to dump Hadassah. Hamsher cited the senator's wife's past work for pharmaceutical outfits and others.

I love the playing of the high moral ground as a reason to target a Senator's wife.

As a three time breast cancer survivor, I do not believe that those who "race for the cure" and donate their hard earned dollars think they're doing it so the money can go to Hadassah Lieberman. So today, I'm asking the celebrities who lend their names and their time to Race for the Cure like Ellen DeGeneres, James Denton and Christie Brinkley to join me in asking the Foundation to end its ties with Lieberman, whose professional agenda is antithetical to the cause they purport to advance.

I could care less about Lieberman but this is beyond pale and should be denounced in the strongest terms. They can't get at Joe so they go after his wife. Smart.

Teachers union blocks Broward School District money grab.

This is a nice example of how the unions are in it for themselves and the students are just there as pay leverage.

Broward public school administrators hope to get a much-needed boost to district coffers — about $48 million — by asking for federal money earmarked for education. But they need the help of the teacher's union.

And that's a tall order, considering the contentious relationship between the two.

"You can't expect us to be cooperative when the district is completely uncooperative in dealing with the contract settlement," union president Pat Santeramo said on Friday.

The district and the union are still negotiating the 2009-2011 teacher contract, with disagreements centered on raises, health insurance, tuition reimbursement and teacher input on school scheduling.

The federal funds sought by the district would come from the Race to the Top competition, a $4.35 billion program that would give states money to help solve such issues as producing college-ready students, teacher development and improving low-performing schools.

Florida is eligible for up to $700 million, of which Broward could receive $48 million.

Superintendent James Notter said the dollars could be used to extend school days and create teacher training programs.

The chances of receiving the federal funds improve if three people sign off on the initiative — the union president, school board chairwoman and superintendent.

So far, I haven't seen or read anything that is stopping the union from endorsing the money grab and still looking after their contract. But this is all about the union.

As part of its plan, Florida wants to tie evaluations and pay to student performance, although no specifics have been determined. Teachers, unions and administrators resisted previous statewide efforts to create a merit-based pay plan.
Santeramo said the union is not opposed to a pay-for-performance plan when more than a single standardized test determines student achievement.

"Our position is, let's look at all of the other items including the test scores. Portfolios, observations, performance of students," Santeramo said. "It's unfortunate that we appear to be in an adversarial role. It makes cooperation at any level very difficult."

Then you wonder why people don't want their kids to go to public schools and/or hate unions. I am not on the side of the Broward school district since giving money to any of the tri-county districts is like dropping resources in a neverending hold of suck. But the union shows here likes its national version that it is not about the children getting the best but the union and its members taking the most from the taxpayer.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Memo to Lumumba Di-Aping... Bite me.

From Time's quote of the day.

You approve billions of dollars in defense budgets. Can't you approve $200 billion to save the world?

* chief negotiator for China and the G-77 group of nations at the climate conference in Copenhagen, putting a rhetorical question to the U.S. Congress

Yes, because the billions of dollars go towards the United States of America Defense force and its proud serving men and women to do their duty in the interest of America and the world.

You on the other hand are looking for a welfare payment for China and the G77 in this push to have a massive wealth redistribution from American taxpayers to your groups of mostly badly govern countries.

Any question?

(Pew Survey) Most Hispanics don't care about America?

That is what I am taking from this writeup in the Washington Post. The numbers don't lie.

Hispanic young people born in the United States retain a strong identification with their immigrant parents' homelands but also remain optimistic about their future in this country despite lower- than-average levels of education and income, according to one of the most wide-ranging studies of young Latinos to date.

The report released Friday by the Pew Hispanic Center includes detailed analysis of government data on Hispanics ages 16 to 25 -- a generation often referred to as "millennials" -- as well as a survey of more than 2,000 respondents.

"If you want to understand what America will be like in the 21st century, you need to have an understanding of how today's young Latinos, most of whom are not immigrants, are growing up," said Paul Taylor, executive director of the Pew Hispanic Center.

Hispanics already make up one out of five school-age children and one out of four newborns in the nation, Taylor said. Their presence is even more pronounced in states such as New Mexico, California and Texas, where they account for 40 percent or more of millennials. (In Maryland, Virginia and the District they represent between 7 and 8 percent.)

"Never before in this nation's history has a minority ethnic group made up such a large share of the youngest Americans," Taylor said. "Their importance derives from their sheer numbers."

While the report found that Hispanic millennials born abroad were the least likely to consider themselves American, even among the second generation only 41 percent said that "American" was the first term they generally use to describe themselves. Twenty-one percent preferred the terms "Hispanic" or "Latino," while one-third referred to their family's country of origin, calling themselves "Mexican" or "Salvadoran," for instance.

One reason might be that their parents tend to emphasize the importance of maintaining links with the home country: 42 percent of Hispanic millennials surveyed said their parents have often spoken to them of pride in their family's country of origin, compared with 29 percent whose parents spoke of their pride in being American. Similarly, 60 percent said their parents encouraged them to speak Spanish, compared with 22 percent whose parents stressed the need to speak English.

Nonetheless, the study also confirmed earlier findings that by the second generation practically all Hispanics speak English fluently.

Nonetheless my tuckus. So almost 70% have little pride in being American, they encourage their children to look at America as most would look at the downtown area of a region. Nice to place to work but your home is elsewhere. Their parents are encouraging their children to be less American.

In the NYTIMES writeup they have this little tidbit.

But the findings suggest, as the report states, “The melting pot is dead. Long live the salad bowl,” when it comes to how young Latinos and others perceive their place in America.

“Generally, among young Hispanics, their parents are more likely to talk of pride in being from a specific country of origin and encourage them to speak Spanish,” Mr. Lopez said. “There is a strong emphasis on Hispanic cultural identity.”

The melting pot is what helped to make America great, it encouraged people to come and add to America's culture, everything blended in but you still saw the original influence. This is a pathetic indictment saying one segment of the population have a sizable amount who don't give a damn about America.

CBC gets $6 Billion to shut their mouths.

How much does it take to get the Congressional Black Caucus to shut up and get back in line? $6 Billion.

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., this week inserted $3 billion to the legislation to provide low-interest loans to unemployed homeowners in danger of foreclosure. He added $1 billion for neighborhood revitalization programs.

The money would come out of the $700 billion financial rescue fund.

"For those of us who walked out, it was absolutely essential that we have parts of that legislation directed toward helping people who have been left out of all of these bailouts," Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., one of 10 black caucus members in the Financial Services Committee, said.

The proposed jobs bill targets $1 billion from infrastructure spending for public housing repairs. It also provides $1 billion for an affordable housing trust fund.

This is money America doesn't have and added to the debt hike rate from the post below. Most of these make no sense like giving $3 Billion in low interest loans to people in danger of foreclosure. If they are in danger of foreclosure already, do you think a low interest loan is going to save them? It is delaying the inevitable.

Plus anyone want to point out how utterly racist and probably illegal some of their demands were in the first place?

"Since last September, we have continuously voted for bailout and reform for the very institutions that created this devastation, without properly protecting the African-American community or small business," Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said on the day of the boycott. "That stops today."

Among the caucus' demands were greater assistance for minority-owned auto dealerships and banks that lend in African-American communities and more government advertising in minority-owned media.

The American taxpayer is going to help pay for ads on the Tom Joyner show and subsidies dealerships who should be out of business? Wonderful. Eventually someone is going to figure out this is costing America's future but for the CBC they don't give a damn

Democrats $2 trillion debt limit hike

Lets get the spending and debt out of the way now so maybe the public will forget come mid-terms 2010. Classy.

Democrats plan to allow the government's debt to swell by nearly $2 trillion as part of a bill next week to pay for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The amount pretty much equals the total of a year-end spending spree by lawmakers and is big enough to ensure that Congress doesn't have to vote again on going further into debt until after the 2010 elections.

The move has anxious moderate Democrats maneuvering to win new deficit-cutting tools as the price for their votes, igniting battles between the House and the Senate and with powerful interest groups on both the right and the left.

The record increase in the so-called debt limit - the legal cap on the amount of money the government can borrow - is likely to be in the neighborhood of $1.8 trillion to $1.9 trillion, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Friday.

That eye-popping figure is making Democrats woozy but is what is needed to make sure they don't have to vote again before next year's midterm elections. The government's total debt has nearly doubled in the past seven years and is expected to exceed the current ceiling of $12.1 trillion before Jan. 1.

World of Warcraft 3.3 patch Frame Rate Issues solved(kinda)

For anyone playing world of warcraft who had their framerate drop by a lot after the new 3.3 patch. Check you add ons list because one of them may be screwing around with your FPS. Just disable all on the log on screen, if your framerate goes back to 60, you know its the problem. Then you have to enable them one by one till you find the culprit.

Just a FYI! Now back to some horde killing.