Friday, January 15, 2010

South Florida schools prepare for Haitian influx

Remember when people got upset in Houston and other places when Katrina victims came to their town. This is going to make things really uncomfortable in South Florida because whatever plans they have will either fall apart or get screwed up. The comment section is already lighting up.

The reality is going to be in fine South Florida fashion are thousands of tramautized Haitian children are going to dumped into the school system with mininal support and 5-7 years down the road people are going to ask WTF happened.

Schools across South Florida soon could be enrolling thousands of Haitian children who suddenly became orphans after the devastating earthquake.

The superintendents of Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade schools are looking at preparing classroom space and education programs to accommodate new students, though it is still unclear how many will come.

"We will be ready to receive students if and when they show up," said Nat Harrington, an administrator directing the efforts for the Palm Beach County School District, which now has about 13,500 students of Haitian heritage in kindergarten to 12th grade. "It's going to be a challenge to meet their needs."

Superintendent Art Johnson said the impact will hinge on how the federal government coordinates the immigration of displaced Haitian children and adults. South Florida may be a destination for many because of its proximity to Haiti.

"We're not doing this independently," Johnson said, comparing the situation to emergency action after hurricanes that involves various county, state and federal agencies.

Broward Schools Superintendent James Notter said administrators are watching to see whether groups such as Catholic Charities follow through with announced plans to bring thousands of orphaned children from Haiti to the area.

The district already has examined enrollment figures to identify schools with large numbers of Haitian students, in case earthquake victims come to live with relatives in Broward, Notter said.

Palm school officials are using a similar strategy, said Facilities Management Chief Joseph Sanches.

"We expect them to go to areas where there is a large Haitian population," Sanches said. Several schools' Haitian enrollment tops 30 percent.

Students would be allowed to enroll in schools immediately, even if they don't have the documents typically required, such as previous school records, medical records or proof of residency. That's the procedure outlined under the McKinney-Vento Act for Homeless Students.

Officials are also preparing social workers, psychologists and Haitian Creole translators to dispatch to schools, Notter said. The district has about 6,300 students who were born in Haiti.

Notter said his district would seek federal money to help pay for any sudden increase in student population.

"Funding, right now, for me, is secondary," Notter said. "Get the kids stable, love them and welcome them."

The other angle is that all three school districts have had to cut back on their budget so they see this as a way of getting money.

South Florida family fights to keep chickens as pets.

You want chickens then go move to a more rural area and the cultural norm somewhere doesn't mean it applies in America.

In May a city magistrate told the Kohn family of Emerald Hills their chickens violate a city code that prohibits keeping poultry. The magistrate threatened fines of $250 a day.

The Kohns appealed the decision, and last week Broward Circuit Judge John Bowman upheld it, saying there is no evidence "that a chicken should be defined as a domestic animal."

Steve and Renee Kohn, who are representing themselves, said pet chickens are just like cats and dogs because none of them are eaten. They also argue it's a cultural dispute -- in many countries, chickens are common, loving gifts to children. Although both were born in America, Renee Kohn's family hails from Morocco, and her husband's family is from Syria.

Martha Coakley: Curt Schilling: 'Another Yankee fan'

I'm not that big of a baseball fan but even I know that politicians cracking jokes on the Red Sox Nation is a bad idea.

Tom Joyner and Rev.Al says America cursed Haiti.

Between 7:45 and 8 AM this morning, Al Sharpton and Joyner did some America bashing while talking about Pat Robertson's comments saying Haiti is cursed. They both claimed it was America that cursed Haiti with its foreign policy.

Stephanie Robinson bizarre anti-military rant on Tom Joyner Show.

Stephanie Robinson is a weekly commentator on the liberal Tom Joyner Show who offered up this stupid anti-military rant on Thursday Joyner show.

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Non - direct. Commentator STEPHANIE ROBINSON talks about Haitian crisis...

She starts out with the guns and butter theory and says America spends too much on guns and not enough on butter. According to the latest budget and you can check back decades, it is simply not true.

The good stuff starts at the 3:39 mark where she gets things so wrong it hurts my head that a lot of other listeners will believe the garbage she is spewing.

1) She claims people especially people of color are turned away from emergency rooms when its against the law. Anyone who shows up even illegal aliens are treated.

2) She says MLK would be against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. True but then she goes on saying the troops on the ground are represented disproportionately by people of color. Heritage Foundation did a study and pointed out this is a lie.

By sheer numbers, her claim is a lie and the difference between population and enlisted are too small to be of any significance.

3) She goes on about the wars are being fought driven by corporate interests and the "military industrial complex" which clues you in that she is into conspiracies. She goes on that MLK would say study war no more and focus on the people.

The problem with the overall premise is if not for the "evil military industrial complex" and the spending on the military, the people of Haiti would never get this awesome display of Guns.

The United States was sending 3,500 soldiers, 300 medical personnel, several ships and 2,200 Marines.

I was livid to hear the twit Sybil Wilkes and Tom Joyner cheering her on at the end because she was spewing out leftist talking points that had no basis in reality. How can you disparage the American military and the money spent on it but at the same time demanding that America has to help Haiti. Well, guess which segment of America has the logistical capability and expertise in carrying out that sort of operation and is continuously called upon by the world to do so all the time?

America has spent more than enough money on the butter side of things in an ineffective manner but every year that piece of the pie keeps growing. Perhaps Stephanie would do well to study up on the billions spent and wasted trying to help those who are disenfranchised instead of spitting on the last great America institution the American military.

Chrysler running Super Bowl Ad. Who is paying for it?


Chrysler Group said it is returning to the Super Bowl after a six-year-hiatus.

The car maker, which is now managed by Fiat SpA of Italy, will air a 60-second commercial during Super Bowl XLIV that will plug its Dodge brand. Marketers are paying between $2.5 million and $2.9 million for 30 seconds of Super Bowl ad time, according to media buyers.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Obama's bailout tax doesn't cover Fannie, Freddie, GM and Chrysler.

I wonder why Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac who got unlimited access to taxpayers money over the holidays and UAW owned GM and Chrysler are not covered by this bailout tax....wait.

President Obama on Thursday called on Congress to tax the largest banks to ensure that U.S. taxpayers don't lose a penny from the federal bailout of the financial, auto and insurance industries over the past year.

The "financial crisis responsibility fee" would target major institutions. It would be levied on those that were the main contributors to the financial crisis and the most significant beneficiaries of the extraordinary actions taken by the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department.

Firms could be subject to the fee even if they never took TARP funds or if they took TARP funds but repaid them. That's because all major financial institutions benefited directly and indirectly from the efforts to stabilize the financial system, according to the administration.

If the fee ends up raising more money than is needed to fully repay the bailout money, the additional funds would be used to help improve the U.S. fiscal position, which was worsened by the crisis, the senior administration official said.

If firms who never took TARP or repaid their share are taxed, then the money is going to come from those firms customers and American taxpayers. This is just another way of Obama to screw with the American financial sector and in the process will hurt all players with this stupid tax.

Some major beneficiaries of the financial bailout will not be subject to the fee - namely, mortgage giants Fannie Mae (FNM, Fortune 500) and Freddie Mac (FRE, Fortune 500) and automakers GM and Chrysler.

In those cases, the administration didn't think the fee would be workable both because of the structure of those companies' assets and because of their current condition, the senior administration official said

Well two are owned by the unions and Fannie and Freddie are government agencies at this point buying up still risky loans on the taxpayers dime. That's why they are not subject to this disastrous law.

James Cameron: Yeah Avatar is political, open your eyes.

Nothing surprising but Cameron the genius falls into the corporate military industrial complex sends out troops under false pretenses that is the rage of anti-military Hollywood. But he is using his talents to explain it to the little people.

Speaking at a private industry screening of the film, the director with his star Zoe Saldana said that "Avatar" -- with its depiction of mineral exploitation on a distant planet and a cadre of trigger-happy mercenaries charged with instituting a scorched earth policy -- is very much a political film.

But he rejected comments by critics that the film is un-American even if it is an allegory for American military forays.

"I've heard people say this film is un-American, while part of being an American is having the freedom to have dissenting ideas," Cameron said, prompting loud applause from a capacity crowd at the ArcLight Hollywood.

"This movie reflects that we are living through war," Cameron added. "There are boots on the ground, troops who I personally believe were sent there under false pretenses, so I hope this will be part of opening our eyes."

Conservative commentators such as John Podhoretz and John Nolte have blasted the film in recent weeks. In "The Weekly Standard," for instance, Podhoretz wrote, "The conclusion does ask the audience to root for the defeat of American soldiers at the hands of an insurgency. So it is a deep expression of anti-Americanism-- kind of."

If Cameron wants to stick to that explanation why do people like Gregg Easterbrook no conservative have this angle on Avatar?

If I were a military man or woman, I would find “Avatar” insulting. With one exception, the helicopter pilot played by Michelle Rodriguez — her character is twice referred to as a Marine, suggesting the military personnel are regular military, not mercenaries — all the people in fatigues are brainless sadists. They want to kill, kill, kill the innocent.

They can’t wait to begin the next atrocity. It’s true that the U.S. military has conducted atrocities, in Vietnam and during the Plains Indians wars. But slaughter of the innocent is rare in U.S. military annals. In “Avatar,” it’s the norm. The bloodthirsty military personnel readily comply with the colonel’s orders to gun down natives. No one questions him — though in martial law, a soldier not only may but must refuse an illegal order. Plus the military personnel are depicted as such utter morons — not a brain in any of their heads — that none notice the TOTALLY OBVIOUS detail that Pandora’s unusual biology will be worth more than its minerals. Yes, movies traffic in absurd super-simplifications. But we’re supposed to accept that of the deployment of several hundred, every soldier save one is a low-IQ cold-blooded murderer.

What does “Avatar” build up to? Watching the invading soldiers — most of whom happen to be former American military personnel — die is the big cathartic ending of the flick. Extended sequences show Americans being graphically slaughtered in the natives’ counterattack. The deaths of aliens are depicted as heartbreaking tragedies, while the deaths of American security forces are depicted as a whooping good time.

In Cameron’s “Aliens,” “The Abyss” and his television show “Dark Angel,” U.S. military personnel are either the bad guys or complete idiots, often shown graphically slaughtered. Cameron is hardly the only commercial-film director to present watching evil U.S. soldiers slaughtered as popcorn-chomping suburban shopping mall fun: in the second “X-Men” flick, U.S. soldiers are the bad guys and graphically killed off. Films that criticize the military for its faults are one thing: When did watching depictions of U.S. soldiers dying become a form of fun?

Obama gives Unions pass on paying taxes for Obamacare.

Told ya so. Obama was not going to anger the unions, so they are not exempt from paying taxes that are being forced by Obama on the rest of the American people.

Union leaders, the White House and congressional Democrats have agreed to limit the reach of a tax on high-end health insurance plans that would help pay for a proposed overhaul of the U.S. health care system, union leaders involved in the talks said Thursday.

The proposed thresholds for taxing health plans will be raised from $23,000 to $24,000 for families and from $8,500 to $8,900 for individuals, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told reporters. Dental and vision benefits won't be counted toward that amount after 2014, he said.

Health plans covered by union contracts would not be subject to the 40 percent tax until 2018 -- a transition period union leaders said is comparable to those offered to other private insurers. The threshold for taxing other plans will be adjusted by 1 percent above the annual rate of inflation, and plans involving large numbers of women or the elderly will get breaks as well, Trumka said.

The changes will reduce the $150 billion expected to be raised over 10 years by about $60 billion, he said. And union plans would be able to enter the health care exchanges set up under the bill in 2017, he said.

Jon Stewart says sorry for being outclassed by John Yoo.

This is what happens when you have a comedian and his team of earnest liberal Manhattan writers go up against someone way out of their weight class.

December budget deficit sets record: $1.4 Trillion.

Obama's stimulus to bankrupt America is going nicely.

The federal budget deficit hit an all-time high for the month of December, and the red ink for the first three months of the current budget year is rising at a more rapid pace than last year's record clip.

The massive tide of red ink, reflecting the continued fallout from a deep recession and a severe financial crisis, highlights the challenge facing President Barack Obama as he pledges to get control of runaway deficits.

The Treasury Department said Wednesday that the deficit last month totaled $91.85 billion, the largest December deficit on record. The figure was in line with economists' expectations.

For the first three months of the current budget year, which began on Oct. 1, the deficit totaled $388.51 billion, 16.8 percent higher than the $332.49 billion imbalance recorded during the same period a year ago.

Last year's deficit surged to $1.42 trillion, more than three times the record of the previous year, an imbalance of $454.8 billion set in 2008.

The Obama administration is projecting that this year's deficit will climb even higher to $1.5 trillion, which would be 5.6 percent higher than the 2009 deficit. That figure will be revised when the president sends his new budget to Congress in early February.

The red ink is being caused by the impact a severe recession has had on government revenues and the billions of dollars being spent to stimulate the economy and stabilize the financial system.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Venezuela plans blackouts in Caracas, oil town

The socialist revolution will not be televised or have sufficient lighting.

Venezuela will switch off lights for hours at a time in Caracas and other cities such as oil town Maracaibo in planned blackouts to tackle power shortages that threaten President Hugo Chavez's support.


Officials announced the nationwide electricity rationing lasting at least until May on Tuesday and said even schools and small health clinics would be hit in South America's top oil exporter.

Venezuela mostly depends on hydroelectricity for its power and has been hard hit by a drought Chavez blames on the El Nino weather phenomenon.

"The rationing is at a national level and is for four hours every 48 hours," said Javier Alvarado, president of the Caracas Electricity corporation, which was nationalized in 2007 and previously belonged to U.S. company AES.

...Venezuelans are already suffering widespread water rationing and increased power cuts and could punish the socialist president for the problems in September elections for lawmakers.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Employer health mandate may be dropped from Obamacare.

Obama is reaching the point where he is trying to past something that has Health Care Reform typed on the front cover. This also helps keep the unions happy.

House and Senate negotiators working on President Barack Obama's health overhaul bill appear likely to drop a proposed income tax increase on high-wage earners and possibly jettison a requirement for large businesses to offer coverage to their employees, Democratic officials said Tuesday.

Negotiators are considering extending the Medicare payroll tax, which now applies only to income from wages, to cover some of the investment earnings of couples making more than $250,000 a year, and individuals earning above $200,000. That could make up lost revenue from dropping the high-wage income tax and scaling back a proposed tax on high-value insurance plans, which is strongly opposed by organized labor and House Democrats.

On another high-profile issue, the negotiators are discussing a hybrid of a proposed national insurance exchange contained in the House bill and the state-by-state approach favored by the Senate. House Democrats are pressing for a national system to apply pressure to the insurance industry after their proposal for a new government-run insurance option was ruled out due to opposition from Senate moderates.

Health Insurance Industry comes to Martha Coakley Aid.

Now if you are one of those leftist hating insurance companies voters, you would wonder why would they come to the rescue of the Democrat.

As first reported by Timothy Carney of the Washington Examiner, the host committee for the fundraiser at Pennsylvania Avenue's Sonoma Restaurant includes lobbyists for Pfizer, Merck, Eli Lilly, Novartis and sundry other drug companies that have been among the biggest of ObamaCare's corporate sponsors. Other hosts—who have raised at least $10,000 for Ms. Coakley—include representatives from UnitedHealthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana and other insurers. As far as we can tell, the insurance industry claims to oppose ObamaCare's current incarnation.

Naturally, lobbyists from America's Health Insurance Plans and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the major trade groups, were on hand too. Money follows power in Washington, obviously, though this example seems especially inexplicable given that Ms. Coakley's GOP opponent, state senator Scott Brown, may be the last chance to defuse the health-care doomsday machine. But maybe someone in the press corps will bother to mention this episode the next time President Obama takes aim at the "special interests" he claims are opposing his agenda.

Against overwhelming public opposition, the only things keeping ObamaCare alive at this point are power politics and the misguided corporate cease-fire that Democrats have either coerced or bought—or is homegrown at companies like Pfizer that are deeply invested in more government control of the economy. Ms. Coakley's election would make that outcome a certainty.

My prediction is Coakley wins because I can't see the big government loving people of this state not voting for the Dem under any circumstances.

Obama catching special kind of hell 'cause he is black.

This deserves its own post. From Tom Joyner's blog and I urge everyone to watch the Chris Matthews/Tom Joyner special on MSNBC on Jan 18th, it has the makings of a classic whine fest.

It's tough out here for everybody - the war, the economy, foreclosures. Any candidate who would have inherited the mess left by the last administration would be having a tough time. But I believe that this president, because he is a black man, is catching a special kind of hell. That's actually sort of a no-brainer. The question is do we stick with President Obama unconditionally, or can we support him and honestly call him on issues that we don't agree with. We are all charting new territory here: He, as the first black president and us, having one.

White House changes how stimulus jobs are counted

When one way makes it clear how much of a failure the stimulus bill has become just change it some other way to obscure the facts.

Now we'll never know just how many jobs were funded by the $787 billion stimulus program.

Until a policy change last month, Obama administration officials had said they would keep a running count of the number of jobs created or saved by the massive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Going forward, the White House will only tally jobs one quarter at a time and not attempt to determine a total.

On top of that, the administration has directed Recovery Act recipients to report all jobs funded with stimulus money - regardless of whether they were new jobs or existing ones. That change gets rid of the controversial "jobs saved" designation, which asked recipients to determine which positions would have been eliminated were it not for stimulus.

The change did not garner much attention until Monday, when Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., criticized it, saying the new policy disguises stimulus' failure.

How much of a suckfest will the Chris Matthews/Tom Joyner be

Talked about this Christ Matthews/Tom Joyner MLK special on MSNBC earlier and how much of an Obama is great piece it will be for the audience. Yesterday morning around 7:30 AM, Joyner talked about the show and how will it be framed?

"Is Obama catching hell because of what he inherited or because he is black."

Yep, this is going to be an objective talk about Obama and issues in this country.

Monday, January 11, 2010

"Flexibility" seen on taxing high-cost health plans

Meaning here comes the exemptions for any union based job.

White House economist Christina Romer is indicating a readiness to negotiate a proposed tax on high-cost health plans as a means of financing a health care overhaul.

President Barack Obama supports the Senate approach to those "Cadillac" health insurance plans. The House measure would impose income taxes on high wage-earners.

Obama's supporters in organized labor say taxing the health insurance plans would hit them hardest and is unfair. Obama is meeting with union leaders on Monday.

You really thought Obama would stand up to the unions? The ones who are his biggest supporters? Come on people, lets think for once.

Harry Reid and the Negro episode plays out in typical fashion.

Dem politicians says something racially insensitive and stupid that would run a Republican out of town.

Minority "leaders" like Al Sharpton come out to say they are disappointed but since he is one of their political friends, all is forgiven.

Whine about being attacked by the opposition.

Nothing much to add but just point out the blantant hypocrisy again and again.

Update: The drive to excuse Harry Reid reaches new heights with James Clyburn.

JAMES CLYBURN: I don't know why people are making such a fuss about this. What is the big fuss about the word "Negro"? I support the United Negro College Fund. I support the National Council of Negro Women. We still use those two terms because they have been a part of our history for a long time. So I don't know what all this fuss is about.

Far leftist Eric Dyson who I have zero use for points out the bleeding obvious.

MICHAEL ERIC DYSON, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR: I think the Democrats here are morally weak, they are noxious to me, because on the one hand, you don't have to play into the Trent Lott versus Harry Reid thing because you can see a bunch of differences there. The reality is this, though. We have a President who is loathe to speak about race. He would rather talk about anything but race. And I think his personal discomfort should not be stand-in for his bully pulpit use here to say, "Look, I can accept Harry Reid's apology. But let's explore what Harry Reid said." [...]

To be honest, the Republicans are given a high hand here because our side refuses to say anything that is even intelligible or coherent about the issue of race and to sweep it under the carpet as if it makes no difference. If a white Republican had said this, this would be huge news. They would be making hay out of it, calling for his resignation. I think we're hypocrites and we're morally weak here. [...]

Here's the problem though: [Obama's] personal discomfort with race must not absolve him of responsibility as an American president. We don't expect you as a black president to deal with race. We expect you as the President of the United States to address this. And I think that he's being shown short here. He's shown that he's not really capable.

Let me point this out, change negro to something else like street dialect or "really black" dialect, Harry Reid is pointing out the political truth. If Obama was more Rev. Jackson he would have never gotten past the Dem primaries.

then-candidate Barack Obama during the presidential campaign as a black candidate who could be successful thanks in part to his “light-skinned” appearance and speaking patterns "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."

The real story is the shameful way so called black leaders and politicians are quick to forgive because he is on their side of the ideological line. As long as Reid is of some use, knock yourself out with insensitive racial remarks.

The New Ford Focus is pretty damn good looking.

They are finally bringing over the style and workmanship of their Euro models and it is looking really good. This coming from a Ford hater.