Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Guardian puts down God, respects Mohammed

Its usually a sign of respect, sincere or not that when you speak about God, you cap the "G" unless you are the London Guardian, then in some cases you do not. But you search for the Prophet Mohammed or any of its spellings and so far, the "M" is capped.

Other than that this is an interesting article.

According to newly translated instructions inscribed in ancient Babylonian on a clay tablet telling the story of the ark, the vessel that saved one virtuous man, his family and the animals from god's watery wrath was not the pointy-prowed craft of popular imagination but rather a giant circular reed raft.

...In his translation, the god who has decided to spare one just man speaks to Atram-Hasis, a Sumerian king who lived before the flood and who is the Noah figure in earlier versions of the ark story.

Not that it couldn't be an honest mistake because I know if I did a search here I would find the same sort of disrespect but I am simple blogger ;)

New Doctor Who preview and best moment from End of Time.

Here is the new preview from the 11th Doctor played by Matt Smith.

This is what I consider the best part of the End of Time and best of the whole Tennant run of the Doctor Series where he revists everyone he cares about before he regenerates.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton have a nigga moment.

Seriously, how stupid are these two multimillionaires?

NBA all-star Gilbert Arenas and his Washing ton Wizards teammate Javaris Crittenton drew guns on each other in the team's locker room during a Christmas Eve dispute over a gambling debt, The Post has learned.

League sources say the pistol-packing point guards had heat ers at the ready inside the Verizon Center, the Washington, DC, home of the Wizards -- whose name was changed from the Bullets over gun- violence concerns.

It was the three- time all-star Arenas, 27, who went for his gun first, sources said, draw ing on the 22-year-old Crit tenton, who quickly brandished a firearm as well.

$400 billion taxpayer loss for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

Happy New Year, Taxpayers!

Taxpayer losses from supporting Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will top $400 billion, according to Peter Wallison, a former general counsel at the Treasury who is now a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

“The situation is they are losing gobs of money, up to $400 billion in mortgages,” Wallison said in a Bloomberg Television interview. The Treasury Department recognized last week that losses will be more than $400 billion when it raised its limit on federal support for the two government-sponsored enterprises, he said.

The Treasury said on Dec. 24 it would provide an unlimited amount of assistance to the companies as needed for the next three years to alleviate market concern that the government lifeline for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the largest source of money for U.S. home loans, could lapse or be exhausted.

But there is an upside!

The continued government support of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac makes buying their debt a good investment, Wallison said.

“It was always safe to buy these notes,” he said. The U.S. government was always going to stand behind them. They’re as good as Treasury notes.”

Obama ready for amnesty bill for illegals this spring.

Why now in the midst of a recession and high unemployment? Pretty simple politics, it gets Hispanics who want amnesty for illegals excited for the 2010 mid-terms and if he gets it passed you have a ready supply of Obama voters for 2012 general election. As soon as he acknowledges it in public, watch for a bigger surge of illegals crossing the border.

The punishing battle over healthcare is still unresolved, but the Obama administration is quietly laying plans to take up another issue that could generate even more controversy and political division--a major overhaul of the nation's immigration system.

Already, senior White House aides have privately assured Latino activists that the president will back legislation in 2010 to provide a road to citizenship for the estimated 12 million undocumented workers now living in the United States.

In a conference call with proponents, White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina, political director Patrick Gaspard and others recently delivered the message that the White House is committed to seeing a substantial immigration bill pass and wants to make sure allies are prepared for the fight.

Leach Sounds Off On James, Firing - ESPN Video

TSA nominee Southers lied to congress about accessing confidential records

This is the guy the Dems want to fast track as the head of the TSA, good timing.

The White House nominee to lead the Transportation Security Administration gave Congress misleading information about incidents in which he inappropriately accessed a federal database, possibly in violation of privacy laws, documents obtained by The Washington Post show.

The disclosure comes as pressure builds from Democrats on Capitol Hill for quick January confirmation of Erroll Southers, whose nomination has been held up by GOP opponents. In the aftermath of an attempted airline bombing on Christmas Day, calls have intensified for lawmakers to install permanent leadership at the TSA, a critical agency in enforcing airline security.

Southers, a former FBI agent, has described inconsistencies in his accounts to Congress as "inadvertent" and the result of poor memory of an incident that dates back 20 years. He said in a Nov. 20 letter to key senators obtained by The Post that he had accepted full responsibility long ago for a "grave error in judgment" in accessing confidential criminal records about his then-estranged wife's new boyfriend.

His letter to Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.), chairman of the Senate homeland security committee, and Susan Collins (Maine), the ranking Republican on the panel, attempts to correct statements about the episode that were made in a sworn affidavit on Oct. 22 and have been reported.

Southers did not respond to a request for an interview.

Put it this way, if this was a regular guy/gal trying to get a federal job in a key department or agency, this would red flag us from it.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Haloscan out, Blogger comment back in

bear with me as I figure out how to un haloscan myself since they are moving that service to some paid comment deal that is just making things worse. For now I am using the default.

4 Trillion Gift From Barney Frank to bankers

What? Did you think these reforms were actual reforms? Come on.

Hunkering down by the fire, I snuggled up with H.R. 4173, the financial-reform legislation passed earlier this month by the House of Representatives. The Senate has yet to pass its own reform plan. The baby of Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, the House bill is meant to address everything from too-big-to-fail banks to asleep-at-the-switch credit-ratings companies to the protection of consumers from greedy lenders.

If you’re a banker, the bill is tastier. While banks opposed the legislation, they should cheer for its passage by the full Congress in the New Year: There are huge giveaways insuring the government will again rescue banks and Wall Street if the need arises.

The best ones.

Instead, it supports the biggest banks. It authorizes Federal Reserve banks to provide as much as $4 trillion in emergency funding the next time Wall Street crashes. So much for “no-more-bailouts” talk. That is more than twice what the Fed pumped into markets this time around. The size of the fund makes the bribes in the Senate’s health-care bill look minuscule.

- Best of all, the bill contains a provision that, in the event of another government request for emergency aid to prop up the financial system, debate in Congress be limited to just 10 hours. Anything that can get Congress to shut up can’t be all bad.

The bill also allows the government, in a crisis, to back financial firms’ debts. Bondholders can sleep easy -- there are more bailouts to come.

-- The legislation does create a council of regulators to spot risks to the financial system and big financial firms. Unfortunately this group is made up of folks who missed the problems that led to the current crisis.

-- Since Congress isn’t cutting jobs, why not add a few more. The bill calls for more than a dozen agencies to create a position called “Director of Minority and Women Inclusion.” People in these new posts will be presidential appointees. I thought too-big-to-fail banks were the pressing issue. Turns out it’s diversity, and patronage.

What does this have to do with regulating financial firms? It looks like creating jobs for the sake of diversity without merit. But Happy New Year People

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Rush Limbaugh taken to hospital, liberals get giddy.

The cesspool of the political web that is the Democratic Underground and some of its members are jumping for joy hoping he is going to die. TMZ commentators are very happy as well.

Lots of Twitters are over the moon happy that Limbaugh might die. None of this is a surprise to me as the liberals and leftists in this country have no problem wishing death on those who they don't like for whatever reason. Their "superior" moral compass makes it alright.

Add Gawker to the list of happy liberals waiting to party on his grave.

Americablog waiting to party on his grave as well.

Conservative radio talk host Rush Limbaugh was rushed to a Honolulu hospital on Wednesday afternoon with chest pains, sources told KITV.

Paramedics responded to the call at 2:41 p.m. at the Kahala Hotel and Resort.

Limbaugh suffered from chest pains, sources said. Paramedics treated him and took him to Queen's Medical Center in serious condition.

He was seen golfing at Waialae Country Club earlier this week. The country club is next to the Kahala Hotel and Resort.

The radio show host had been in the islands during the holidays. Coincidentally, his visit comes at a time when two of the nation's most powerful Democrats, President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, are also staying in Hawaii.

Top 10 Conservatives Film of the Decade.

I love Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World so I have no problem with it being number 1, but #2 is something of a happy accident by Ridley Scott which shows the bravery of American troops under fire. Scott made this movie with the hopes it would hurt the American military. From Macleans May 2005 issue.

Q: Doesn't war always represent that frontier for young men with nowhere to go -- like American kids who end up in Iraq?

RS: Yeah. I'd hoped Black Hawk Down would put recruiting to rest.

Q: Is Kingdom of Heaven an anti-war film?

RS: Whenever you're doing it with research and accuracy, it's got to be an anti-war movie.

Q: How do you reconcile that with an audience looking for bloody adventure?

RS: I tried to make Black Hawk not like Rambo.

Are you celebrating Kwanzaa? I am not.

I find the concept of Kwanzaa to be irritating and patronizing to black people who feel the must have their own ritual to "connect" with the motherland. Instead of following the marxist ideals of a convicted felon because he tortured some women, someone actually go to Africa if you have the urge to connect and bring back a traditional African practice to be adapted and adopted here.

Mike Leach gets support from former players/Coaches

This drama with Texas Tech coach Mike Leach and ESPN analyst Craig James, Adam James(Son) and The Texas Tech Admin body is getting good.

Leach was suspended by Texas Tech Monday while the school investigates a complaint filed by receiver Adam James and his family.

James is the son of Craig James, former star at Stratford High School and currently a college football analyst for ESPN.

The Associated Press reports a person close to James with direct knowledge of the situation contends the player was twice forced to stand in a small, dark place while the team practiced.

Lets talk about this small dark place which wasn't small and was the team's equipment room. Texas Monthly says this is what happened.

As far as anyone can tell, here is what happened. On December 16, Adam James suffered a mild concussion. Since he could therefore not participate in contact drills, the coaches had him walking the track. The next day he showed up wearing sunglasses, explaining that the doctor said this would help him recover. Leach, apparently thinking that James was exaggerating his injury—though this is not entirely clear—sent him to the team's equipment room to stand in the darkness. (In some accounts this has been described as a “shed” or a “closet.” I have been there and seen it, and it is a normal equipment room.) According to the James family’s allegations, Adam was forced to do this for the next two days.

This is where things get a bit fuzzy. Leach later told Tech officials that he thought James was a slacker. I can confirm that Leach and his coaches thought this about James as far back as March. In one of the coaches meetings that I attended, James and one other player were specifically discussed. Without saying why, Leach told his coaches they needed to get tougher on those players since they obviously felt they were not giving 100 percent.

There seemed to be general agreement on this. According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Leach also told officials that Craig James had behaved like a Little League dad, constantly calling and complaining. At issue apparently was Adam’s playing time. He was not getting a lot of it, was unhappy about that, and according to several reports is already planning to transfer to SMU.

What happened next was that Craig James took his complaints to Tech officials, saying that his son was being mistreated. Tech then asked Leach to apologize formally to Adam by Monday. Leach outright refused to do that, insisting that he had done nothing wrong, and Tech suspended him, which meant that Leach could not coach in this Saturday’s Alamo Bowl against Michigan State.

The suspension reminded me of the bitter feud that erupted between Leach and athletic director Myers this spring. After a season when Leach’s football team went 11-2, after which he won several major coach-of-the-year awards, the Tech community was stunned to see headlines suggesting not only that Leach would not receive a raise but that he might be fired. Things got so bad that Chancellor Hance had to intervene personally. He and Leach worked out a salary package that made him the third highest paid coach in the Big 12. The feud with Myers was no longer in the headlines, but it simmered on.

Former players and coaches come out in support of Leach.

Dozens of Red Raider fans are expressing their opinions about the football team's coaching shake up, but it's former players who Mike Leach coached that are providing some inside the locker room perspective. NewsChannel 11's Ann Wyatt Little spoke with two former players.

Linebacker and former Baltimore Raven Mike Smith and receiver Mickey Peters both played at Texas Tech under Coach Mike Leach and say they completely stand behind Leach.

"I bleed Red and Black and bleed Mike Leach," says Peters who played under Leach. He suffered a concussion during the 2002 Texas A & M game and says Coach Leach's primary concern was his health and wellness. "I'll never forget that. I didn't practice nor did I play the next game. I even tried to beg them and they said no we need you for the long haul and not right now," says Peters about the way the staff handled his injury.

Former Red Raider and NFL player Mike Smith says the team doesn't deserve this.

"This is terrible. There's more than Mike Leach there is also a team and that's what I don't think people at Tech understand," adds Smith who says this entire situation is ridiculous.

"When I first heard about a kid in a shed and he had a trainer, if you understood Leach's policy about being at practice you would understand the situation," says Smith in a phone interview Tuesday. Both Smith and Peters say that policy still holds true for the current team and that given James had a mild concussion the situation was not out of the ordinary.

"This is my experience with Mike Leach. He has a thing if you are injured you are still going to be a part of the team. You're still going to be at practice and you will be doing something," says Smith about the policy.

Former Tech Offensive Coordinator destroys Adam James as a whiny lazy sack of nothing.
Holgorsen worked for Leach at Texas Tech for eight years, the last three as offensive coordinator.

FOX 26 Sports has obtained a copy of the e-mail written by Holgorsen.

"I am writing this letter on behalf of Mike Leach in regards to the Adam James situation," Holgorsen writes in his e-mail. "I was the inside receiver coach at Texas Tech when we made the decision (to) sign Adam James in January of 2007. Adam had no offers to play NCAA D1 football during and after his senior year. After a conversation between Coach Leach and Adam's father Craig, Coach Leach acquired a brief highlight tape of Adam and made the decision to take him as a scholarship student athlete.

"I was opposed to doing so in (the) belief he was not a D1 football player," Holgorsen writes in his e-mail. "Coach Leach overrode my opinion and Adam became a Red Raider. During the rest of my time at Texas Tech I was Adam's position coach where I always remained critical of Adam's ability to play at this level due to being lazy in not only the classroom but also in the offseason and during practice.

"Coach Leach was the one who kept saying he believed Adam would eventually contribute. Adam's teammates believed he was selfish and were constantly getting on him for lack of effort as they sensed entitlement on his part due to his father being a very good football player. Adam eventually ended up playing a little after I left due to his body type being able to do some TE (tight end) sets which consists of around 5-10 plays a game.

"Adam should be thankful for the opportunity to play at Texas Tech and for Mike Leach, who gave him the opportunity," Holgorsen writes. "In my opinion playing 5-10 plays a game in an outstanding offense is more than he would get at any other school in NCAA D1 football."

Hearing is scheduled for 10 AM their time in court to see of Leach can coach their bowl game.

GMAC to get another $3.5B bailout.


GMAC Financial Services is expected to receive $3.5 billion more in federal aid to further stabilize the automotive lender, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
The announcement is expected within days and would coincide with GMAC taking more steps to absorb losses related to its mortgage operations, the newspaper reported, citing people familiar with the situation.

GMAC, which is based in Detroit, has received $12.5 billion in taxpayer money and is 35 percent owned by the federal government. Results of the federal government's "stress tests" earlier this year demanded that GMAC raise an $11.5 billion capital cushion to help it weather further economic decline. GMAC was unable to raise the funds privately.

GMAC spokeswoman Gina Proia declined comment on the newspaper report but said the company "has been conducting a strategic review of its business and evaluating options to address the challenges in its mortgage operation."

Proia said GMAC was trying to position itself to improve its financial performance and repay the U.S. government.

Try harder and no I doubt the taxpayers will see any of this money back.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Awful Miami game vs Wisconsin tonight.

Wisconsin showed up and Miami didn't at all. The score was not indictive of how Wisconsin manhandled with ease at times the U. Their offensive scheme was simple and Miami Defense did enough to bend not break but the offense was horrible as was Jacory Harris who was godawful playing with happy feet and making horrible throws.

Next year is Coach Shannon make or break, its a BCS bowl and a team that doesn't seem to play great one week and garbage the next with sustained greatness on both sides of the ball.

Obama tries damage control, CIA defends itself.

Put it this way, if this was President Bush, the press would be screaming bloody murder that he didn't come out within the hour of the news of a failed terrorist act to talk to the press and public. Obama now has to fight the looming charge that he is way too distance and "uncaring" when certain issues come up.

For Bush, the "heckuva job" comment more than four years into his presidency fit into an already well-developed critical narrative, that he was loyal to lieutenants to a fault, hands-off on even important matters and uninterested in detail.

For Obama, still short of one year in office, his narrative, critical or otherwise, isn't set yet.

Nonetheless, rumblings keep resurfacing about emotional distance, even coldness. Whether it's Wall Street bonuses or terrorist near-disaster, people wonder whether he feels as they do or ever acts out of passion.

And the comment isn't the only part of Obama's response that is drawing questions.

Until Monday, the president had not been heard from publicly since the Christmas Day scare. He was ordering stepped-up security measures and after-action reviews behind the scenes, but also enjoying his Hawaiian vacation with games of golf, basketball and tennis and trips to the beach.

He drew questions about his level of involvement by not getting his first briefing on the incident until two hours after it was all over - and then only for 15 minutes, when he departed for the gym.

Aides defended the low-key approach as purposeful, designed to not glorify the attempted attack with undue presidential attention and perhaps encourage other terrorists.

Regardless, on Monday, the White House shifted strategy.

Napolitano was sent out to clarify the Sunday comments.

And Obama - still the administration's best, some say only, fixer - decided to talk to the public himself.

Benefiting from not being the one who made the initial remarks, he added his own words, mixing calm with urgency and resolve.

That wasn't good enough because he came out with a second statement today. At least they are not that tone deaf to realize between Napolitano and Obama's first response they didn't bring their B+ game.

The CIA now is taking heat and fighting backing over warning missed about the Nigerian bomber.

The CIA received a vague warning four months ago about the Nigerian suspect in the Christmas Day bombing attempt, although officers did not learn his name until last month, administration officials said Tuesday night.

The revelation, first reported by CBS News, increases the footprint of data about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab that is known to have existed within the U.S. government before he attempted to blow an Airbus 330 out of the sky using a bomb stitched into his underwear.

The CIA learned the man’s name in November, when his father came to the U.S. embassy in Nigeria and sought help in finding him, officials said.

A U.S. intelligence official defended the agency’s handling of the elliptical information, telling POLITICO: “Abdulmutallab’s father didn’t say his son was a terrorist, let alone planning an attack. Not at all. I’m not aware of some magic piece of intelligence that suddenly would have flagged this guy — whose name nobody even had until November — as a killer en route to America, let alone something that anybody withheld.”

President Barack Obama said in a statement to reporters Tuesday in Hawaii: “[T]here were bits of information available within the intelligence community that could have and should have been pieced together.”

Armen Keteyian, CBS News’ chief investigative correspondent, reported on the “CBS Evening News” that the Central Intelligence Agency had received information in August about a person of interest dubbed “The Nigerian,” suspected of meeting with terrorist elements in Yemen.

Dailybeast talks to Phantom Menace Review creator.

We can thank Mike Stoklasa for creating the best takedown review seen so far of a movie that deserved all the hate that it gets for pretty much ruining people's childhood memories and revealing that George Lucas is a hack.

After some Internet sleuthing, The Daily Beast tracked down the culprit: 31-year old Milwaukee filmmaker Mike Stoklasa.

“I'm aware of the ridiculousness of it,” Stoklasa said, “Most rational adults would say 'It's just a movie, it's just a stupid Star Wars movie, get a life.'”

.....“I don't want to use the cliché that George Lucas ruined my childhood, because I don't care about it that much, but it is that sort of thing,” Stoklasa said.

His video arguments against Phantom Menace are expertly prosecuted like a seasoned district attorney who is laying out a capital case before a jury, leaping from seasoned film-school critiques (Stoklasa is a graduate) to fanboy attacks on inconsistencies.

In one particularly memorable sequence designed to demonstrate The Phantom Menace's bland protagonist, the narrator challenges several friends to describe the lead characters of the original Star Wars without referring to their clothing or profession. Asked about Harrison Ford's Han Solo, the subjects easily rattle off a list of adjectives as the film's iconic main theme swells in the background—“womanizer,” “rogue,” “dashing.” Then the narrator asks about Liam Neeson's Qui-Gon Jin, the Phantom Menace's monotonous hero. Silence—then laughter—ensues.

The video review and its hundreds of rapid cuts took eight to 10 days to produce, a project interrupted by successive bouts of flu, bronchitis, and pneumonia (he was still coughing during the interview).

“Basically, it ended up being 70 minutes because the movie was that bad,” he said. “There were things that I cut out—it could have easily been 80 or 90 minutes.”

Memphis man threatening jihad now held with $50,000 bond.

A followup to this story broke over the holiday where there was confusion on why someone threatening several businesses was released on $100 bail. He was actually arrested twice.

According to court records, Ibrahim went to at least seven businesses where he threatened to blow them up if they didn't close. Eddie Adieh manages one of those businesses, a gas station located in the 3600 block of Summer Avenue. "He was trying to threaten us," says Adieh. "That was the stupidest, lowest thing anybody could do."

Adieh says Ibrahim was irate that the store sells liquor and cigarettes. "He said he's from Jihad," says Adieh. He says he convinced Ibrahim to leave, and then called police.

Police arrested Ibrahim on December 23rd just before midnight. They found him in the 4200 block of Summer as he was walking toward his car. Ibrahim was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. He posted a $100 bond and was released on December 24th.

He was arrested again on Christmas Day, after witnesses reported a man threatening to blow up the BP Gas Station across the street from the Shelby County Jail on Poplar Avenue around 2:00 p.m. Friday.

After police arrested Ibrahim on the 25th, an FBI agent made the scene and collected three Islamic cassette tapes, a GPS system and several papers.

Ibrahim's wife tells WREG News Channel 3, her husband is not a terrorist. She says he is Bi-Polar and has been off his medications.

Ibrahim is now charged with Commission Act of Terrorism, Disorderly Conduct and False Offense Report. He has not posted his $50,000 bond, and remains behind bars. He's scheduled to appear in court on January 11th.

At least the story makes more sense though the first time he should have been held on more than $100 bond.

Cardiologists sue Sebelius over Medicare fee cuts

Thats what you get for investing in the latest medical technology to make sure your patients are healthy.

Heart specialists on Monday filed suit against Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius in an effort to stave off steep Medicare fee cuts for routine office-based procedures such as nuclear stress tests and echocardiograms

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, charges that the government's planned cutbacks will deal a major blow to medical care in the USA, forcing thousands of cardiologists to shutter their offices, sell diagnostic equipment and work for hospitals, which charge more for the same procedures.

"What they've done is basically killed the private practice of cardiology," says Jack Lewin, CEO of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), which represents 90% of the roughly 40,000 heart specialists in the USA.

Thats the plan all along Jack. Get with it, this is an admin that advocates more government involvement not less.

The Boondocks To Return After 2 Year Hiatus

Via tvbythenumbers.

The Boondocks To Return After 2 Year Hiatus
Posted on 28 December 2009 by Robert Seidman

According to a Christmas Eve tweet from Aaron McGruder, new episodes of The Boondocks are in production will return (presumably to Adult Swim) sometime within the next few months or so. The last new episode aired on Adult Swim aired in February 2008.

New Images have been posted on the Boondocks facebook fan page

We need a good mix of Uncle Ruckus and Colonel Stinkmeaner!

Monday, December 28, 2009

U.S. loans to build more nuclear plants soon.

Finally something I can get behind as a good use of taxpayers money.

Congress authorized $18.5 billion for nuclear loan guarantees in 2005, hoping to revive development of the carbon-free source of energy. Investments in nuclear power has dried up on soaring costs following the 1979 accident at Three Mile Island.

But earlier this year, the U.S. Energy Department signaled it was keen to aid the industry and narrowed the list of those likely to receive loan guarantees to four: Southern Co, Constellation Energy, NRG Energy and SCANA Corp.

"When DOE issues their first loan guarantee, that's going to send an important signal to private-sector financing, and Wall Street in particular," said John Keeley, a spokesman for the Nuclear Energy Institute.

Southern, which wants to build two reactors at the Vogtle plant in Georgia, is expected to be awarded the first loan guarantee.

Energy Department officials would not give a specific date on when the details will be announced but said they were committed to restarting the nuclear industry.

"We are on track to announce the first loan guarantee soon," said Stephanie Mueller, a department spokeswoman.

AT&T suspends online sales of iPhone in New York City.

Right now somewhere there are ad agencies for Verizon and Tmobile working non-stop to get ads out by Monday morning to bury AT&T.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Dems can win on praising Obamacare for the midterms.

Anyone who thinks the Dems can't win on running with Obamacare as they plan to do in the midterms understand the reasoning.

“History will judge harshly those who have chosen the simple path of obstruction over the hard work of making change. It always does,” said Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), an architect on the senate financial reform bill.

“I think it’s a good argument for the Democrats. I just don’t think it will work,” said Stu Rothenberg of the non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report. “It is a good message if the fundamentals change. …The problem is, if the economy is not in good shape and people still don’t feel [a recovery], it’s going to be about Obama and about the Democrats. With Democrats controlling everything, and how active the administration has been on all these fronts, I just don’t think the Democrats are going to make it about the Republicans.”

The three factors are if the economy gets better people tend to overlook government spending because they are feeling better about themselves and the country. The Dems plus their MSM friends will be touting and praising Obama like hell to make sure he doesn't lose the house to the GOP. He will get all the credit and none of the blame.

The second fact is pretty simple, do you trust the GOP leadership and RNC not to screw up the message or attack their own likely voters to be seen as friendly to the middle and the media? I didn't think so.

The third and biggest factor are the Democrats biggest voting block I would call the parasites. They sit around waiting for "free" money and services from mommy and daddy government. The Dems can scream just like they do when trying to fix social security and medicare the Republicans are trying to take away what you are entitled too.

This health care reform is another entitlement that a lot of people in America will feel they are entitled to get and they don't know or care how it is paid for or how it is carried out. All they have to hear are the evil conservatives are trying to take it away and they will start to whine.

This unfortunately sizable segment of the American population votes exclusively Democrats because the Dems like any other leftist group understand the more people you get dependent on the government they more loyal they are to vote for you again and again.

This has become a battle of two Americas, not the haves and have-nots. But those who believe in self sufficiency with a can do attitude and those who believe in government being their caretakers for various aspects of their lives. Those are the people who cheer on class warfare and think its okay for those higher up the income ladder to pay for them.

That is why it is a good strategy for the Dems to run on Obamacare because it is yet another welfare entitlement program for people to suck up.

Fannie and Freddie get unlimited money from Treasury.

No reason at all they made this announcement on Christmas Eve.

The U.S. Treasury said it would provide capital as needed to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the next three years, effectively opening its checkbook to the government-controlled companies in a bid to reassure investors in their debt.

Treasury also will end its purchases of the companies' mortgage-backed securities and terminate a never-used short-term liquidity facility set up for the firms and the Federal Home Loan Banks.

And it moved to allow the companies to shrink their giant portfolios of mortgage securities more slowly, though it said it was still "committed to the principle" of reducing the portfolios.

Treasury announced the moves in a Christmas Eve press release, a week before its authority to change the terms of its agreements with the companies was set to expire. After Dec. 31, Treasury would need the consent of Congress to make such changes.

So far, the government has pumped $60 billion into Fannie Mae and $51 billion into Freddie Mac to keep each company solvent since it seized the firms in September 2008 under a legal authority known as "conservatorship." The companies, threatened by mounting mortgage defaults, were headed toward collapse.

Congress lifts debt ceiling to $12.4 Trillion

This is just to get America thru the month of December because its going to get higher when they come back from break.

The Senate voted Thursday to raise the ceiling on the government debt to $12.4 trillion, a massive increase over the current limit and a political problem that President Barack Obama has promised to address next year.

The Senate's rare Christmas Eve vote, 60-39, follows House passage last week and raises the debt ceiling by $290 billion. The vote split mainly down party lines, with Democrats voting to raise the limit and Republicans voting against doing so. There was one defection on each side, by senators whose seats will be on the ballot next year: GOP Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio and Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana. Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., did not vote.

"I would not support raising the debt ceiling because Congress has not adopted a credible process to restrain spending and eliminate red ink," Bayh said a statement after the vote.

The bill permits the Treasury Department to issue enough bonds to fund the government's operations and programs until mid-February. The Senate will vote again on the issue Jan. 20.

Obama must sign the measure into law to prevent a market-rattling, first-ever default on U.S. obligations. The government piled up a record $1.4 trillion deficit in 2009 to counter a meltdown in financial markets and help bring the nation out of its worst recession in seven decades.

The early-morning vote followed the Senate's passage of a landmark bill to overhaul the nation's health care system. They were the Senate's last votes of the year.

Man threatens jihad in Memphis, released on $100 bail.

$100 for threatening jihad in Memphis seems a bit cheap. The judge better have a good reason for not locking this guy up.

A Memphis man was arrested Friday after he walked into seven local businesses and announced that he would bomb them if they didn't close, according to a police affidavit.

The report states that Mohamed Ibrahim, 35, threatened businesses on Poplar Avenue, Summer Avenue, Mendenhall, Perkins and Danny Thomas Boulevard.

"If you don't close this place up, I'm going to blow it to pieces," Ibrahim told customers at the BP Gas Station on the 300 block of Poplar, according to the report.

A police officer pulled over the suspect's black PT Cruiser on Poplar and arrested Ibrahim, who was "very nervous" and appeared as if "he was trying to hide something," the report stated.

The suspect tried to kick out the windows of a patrol car during the arrest and police said they had to use pepper spray to subdue him.

The FBI found three Islamic cassette tapes and miscellaneous papers in the suspect's car, which were removed for additional study, according to the affidavit. Police charged Ibrahim with commission of an act of terrorism, filing false reports and disorderly conduct. He posted $100 bond and was released, pending his court date on Monday.

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Court records show Ibrahim was also telling people he was Muslim, and wanted to start a jihad, or holy war, in Memphis.

Police say when they arrested him, he had a butcher knife hidden in one of his jacket sleeves.