Saturday, February 13, 2010

Muslim groups support "fatwa" against Body Scanners.

Pretty much a bullshit ruling that would have more to do with the fact that Muslims are going to be more scrutinized at airport screenings than cries of modesty. The first explanation should be that Islamic law or any religious law does not trump the law of the country especially when it comes to airport security.

Saying that body scanners violate Islamic law, Muslim-American groups are supporting a “fatwa” – a religious ruling – that forbids Muslims from going through the scanners at airports.

The Fiqh Council of North America – a body of Islamic scholars that includes some from Michigan – issued a fatwa this week that says going through the airport scanners would violate Islamic rules on modesty.

“It is a violation of clear Islamic teachings that men or women be seen naked by other men and women,” reads the fatwa issued Tuesday. “Islam highly emphasizes haya (modesty) and considers it part of faith. The Quran has commanded the believers, both men and women, to cover their private parts.”

The decision could complicate efforts to intensify screening of potential terrorists who are Muslim. After the Christmas Day bombing attempt in Detroit by a Muslim suspect from Nigeria, some have called for the use of body scanners at airports to find explosives and other dangerous materials carried by terrorists. Some airports are now in the process of buying and using the body scanners, which show in graphic detail the outlines of a person’s body.

But Muslim groups say the scanners go against their religion. One option offered to passengers who don’t want to use the scanners would be a pat down by a security guard. The Muslim groups are urging members to undergo those instead.

Airborne Laser successful but Obama cut its budget.

Spending money on welfare system is awesome but American defense? Not so much.

laser-equipped Boeing 747 aircraft flying above the Pacific Ocean fired at two missile targets Feb. 11, downing one but failing to destroy the other, according to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and industry officials.

In its long-awaited shoot-down test, the MDA’s Airborne Laser (ABL) took off from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and engaged a short-range, liquid-fueled ballistic missile target that was launched from a mobile sea-based platform. According to a Feb. 11 MDA press release, the ABL acquired the target within seconds using its tracking laser, fired a second targeting laser that measured and adjusted for atmospheric distortion, and then fired its high-power chemical laser, which took out the missile.

The entire engagement took less than two minutes, and the target was destroyed while its rocket motors were still thrusting, the MDA said.

.....The MDA at one time had plans to field operational versions of the ABL for boost-phase missile defense, but the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama has scaled back the program. Plans now call for using the experimental ABL platform as a test bed for research on directed energy weapons. Depending on available funding, the aircraft may conduct up to two more flight tests this year, MDA Executive Director David Altwegg said Feb. 1. However, Lehner said Feb. 12 that no additional flight tests are currently scheduled. Following the flight test program, management of the ABL will be transferred from MDA to the Office of the Pentagon’s Director of Defense Research and Engineering and the High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office, MDA budget documents show. The ABL has a $182.3 million budget for this year, but the MDA did not request any money for the program in 2011.

The MDA did, however, request $98.7 million for a new funding account called directed energy research. Near-term efforts will include development of a new Diode Pumped Alkaline-gas Laser System, and a focus on scaling lasers for testing and use on “operationally viable and logistically supportable platforms,” the budget documents said.

Obama signs law raising public debt to $14.3 Trillion

Behind closed doors no less.

Behind closed doors and with no cameras present, President Obama signed into law Friday afternoon the bill raising the public debt limit from $12.394 trillion to $14.294 trillion.

The current national debt is $12.3 trillion. Check out the National Debt Clock, which tells you your share of that -- roughly $40,000 per citizen, $113,000 per taxpayer.

The bill also establishes a statutory Pay-As-You-Go procedure requiring that new non-emergency legislation affecting tax revenue or mandatory spending not increase the Federal deficit – in other words, that any new spending or tax cuts be paid for with new taxes or spending cuts.

Obama's Health summit sham gets even more shammy.

We have already established that Obama is not going to change a thing with the Dem bills already on the table, any GOP ideas that do not gel with his views on health care will not be heard and Pelosi has already settle via reconciliation to get the bills into law. On top of that, Obama is the "moderator" of this meeting which is not even disguised as a trap.

Six days after announcing a health care summit, the White House on Friday released an invite list, a letter detailing the format -- and a challenge to Republicans to present their own comprehensive reform plan.

The White House invited the Democratic and Republican leadership of both chambers, along with the chairmen and ranking members of the relevant committees. Each leader will be able to invite four more members of their choosing -- for an additional 16 members between the two chambers.

The format of the Feb. 25 summit has the feel of a quasi-debate, at least at the beginning. The president will give opening remarks, followed by remarks from a Republican leader and a Democratic leader, according to the letter.

The president will then moderate discussion on four topics: insurance reforms, cost containment, expanding coverage, and the impact health reform legislation will have on deficit reduction, the letter stated.

Most interesting is a pledge in the letter to post the Democratic health care reform package online ahead of the meeting. Obama challenged to Republicans to do the same, putting the party in a bind.

I doubt Obama will put up the entire package online and if he did it would be just a few hours before the meeting or something that will not become the final bill. This is all a scam.

George Lopez calling Sarah Palin a bitch.

Would Lopez call Hillary a bitch? Nope. But typical of liberals like Lopez if you don't share their worldview, it is green light to call someone a bitch or even worse and get away with it.

What is it with the hopelessly unfunny who share the last name Lopez?

Just a few weeks ago Jennifer Lopez tried to get her Hollywood A-Ticket out or NowheresVille punched by calling Sarah Palin a “bitch.” Which obviously makes sense on some level. The easiest way to enhance your resume with the Hollywood Frat Boys is to lash out at anything conservative — especially our favorite self-made Governor and mother of five. But look at George Lopez; he’s so desperate to be loved he’s stealing jokes from … J-Lo?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Calling Obama a Man-Child or Professor..RACIST!

Pretty soon calling him President will be considered a thinly veiled shot of racism by Obama fans.

Inside Higher Ed:

Obama Mentor sees Race at Play

Watching the “professor Obama” label bandied about again, one of the president’s longtime mentors says he doubts it will gain traction outside of Tea Party rallies. Taken to its logical conclusion, the message just doesn’t make sense, says Charles J. Ogletree, a Harvard professor who has known Obama since he was a law student there.

“I think anyone who examines it closely and carefully will see this type of criticism of Obama will ultimately be counterproductive,” Ogletree says. “Do you want to tell your children we don’t want smart people in government?”

Ogletree, founding and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, says he sees the “professor” label as a thinly veiled attack on Obama’s race. Calling Obama “the professor” walks dangerously close to labeling him “uppity,” a term with racial overtones that has surfaced in the political arena before, Ogletree said.

Describing his divisive confirmation hearings as a “circus,” Justice Clarence Thomas called the proceedings “a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas.…” It is perhaps ironic, then, that Ogletree, who represented Anita Hill when she made harassment allegations against Thomas in 1991, now sees a bit of the “uppity” label being placed on Obama.

“The idea is that he’s not one of us,” Ogletree says of the professor label. “He has these ideas that are left wing, that are socialist, that he’s palling around with terrorists -- those were buzzwords, but the reality was they were looking at this president as an African American who was out of place.”


Shameful WMAL - 2/5 - Rant. It's racially derogatory to call an African American man a "boy." So, how is it any different when Rush Limbaugh calls President Obama a "man child" - as the talk radio host did again today? If you're a DC area advertiser, do you really want your spots to be heard on a station - like DC's Citadel-owned WMAL - that broadcasts such shameless crap? WMAL and its sponsors, like the Home Depot, who should be openly condemning such garbage talk rather than supporting it with their ad dollars, should be deeply ashamed.

Atlanta's Yellow Line angers some Asian activists.

I put this up there with the moron last year who claimed black hole when describing a bad financial situation was racist . The yellow line has alway been there and its an easy way for tourists to understand the system just like they do in another heavily populated Asian area called San Francisco.

What this seems to be is a bunch of overly sensitive politically correct bunch of people getting together to push an agenda that is just stupid. Grow up and if you want to fight actually racism there are probably better examples/targets than the rail system.

Asian-American activists offended that MARTA re-named the train line into the heart of Atlanta's Asian community the "yellow line" will take their objections to the transit agency's chief on Friday.

“Yellow,” as a term for skin color, carries a generally negative, racist connotation among Asians.

MARTA officials were warned by an employee before the name change last October that Atlanta’s burgeoning Asian community would find the term for the line to Doraville offensive.

“Historically, it has had a derogatory intent,” said John Park, an attorney with the nonprofit Center for Pan Asian Community Services in Doraville, just down the hill from the Marta station. “It physically paints a very unattractive picture. I don’t consider myself ‘yellow.’”

Park and other Asian activists plan to meet Friday with MARTA CEO Beverly Scott. They hope MARTA will change the line’s name from yellow to gold.

Scott said Monday that she will go into the meeting with an open mind. "There are very few things in this life that are absolute," she said.

While Scott did not "in any way want to minimize" the concerns, she said that one MARTA employee's complaint was not indicative of everybody's feelings. She added that by the time it was raised, MARTA was ending a year-long process to implement the change. "Everything was printed, we were ready to go," she said.

EU getting ready to bailout Greece.

The rest of the PIIGS are going to be pumped because once the EU opens up this can of worms they can never undo the damage.

European Union leaders may lay the groundwork today for a precedent-setting aid package for Greece in a bid to shield the euro currency from the wrath of markets.

Germany and France set the stage for a Brussels summit by working on options such as loan guarantees as long as Prime Minister George Papandreou overcomes street protests and makes deeper cuts to the EU’s biggest budget deficit.

“I am having several discussions at the moment so that we can come up with an answer that will satisfy the markets,” Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, who heads the panel of euro-region finance chiefs, told Luxemburger Wort newspaper.

European stocks and bonds rallied along with Greek markets on expectations that EU chiefs will stand by the country, raising the risk of a selloff if the 27-nation bloc fails to send a convincing signal of support.

Now Obama Doesn’t ‘Begrudge’ Bonuses

He had been running his mouth about the evils of Wall Street and bonuses, but now he backs away.

President Barack Obama said he doesn’t “begrudge” the $17 million bonus awarded to JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon or the $9 million issued to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. CEO Lloyd Blankfein, noting that some athletes take home more pay.

The president, speaking in an interview, said in response to a question that while $17 million is “an extraordinary amount of money” for Main Street, “there are some baseball players who are making more than that and don’t get to the World Series either, so I’m shocked by that as well.”

“I know both those guys; they are very savvy businessmen,” Obama said in the interview yesterday in the Oval Office with Bloomberg BusinessWeek, which will appear on newsstands Friday. “I, like most of the American people, don’t begrudge people success or wealth. That is part of the free- market system.”

Obama sought to combat perceptions that his administration is anti-business and trumpeted the influence corporate leaders have had on his economic policies. He plans to reiterate that message when he speaks to the Business Roundtable, which represents the heads of many of the biggest U.S. companies, on Feb. 24 in Washington.

The other reason for this shift to being pro business is Wall Street is turning away from him and the Dems. After a while you get tired of being the whipping boy for a faux populist.

If the Democratic Party has a stronghold on Wall Street, it is JPMorgan Chase.

Its chief executive, Jamie Dimon, is a friend of President Obama’s from Chicago, a frequent White House guest and a big Democratic donor. Its vice chairman, William M. Daley, a former Clinton administration cabinet official and Obama transition adviser, comes from Chicago’s Democratic dynasty.

But this year Chase’s political action committee is sending the Democrats a pointed message. While it has contributed to some individual Democrats and state organizations, it has rebuffed solicitations from the national Democratic House and Senate campaign committees. Instead, it gave $30,000 to their Republican counterparts.

The shift reflects the hard political edge to the industry’s campaign to thwart Mr. Obama’s proposals for tighter financial regulations.

Just two years after Mr. Obama helped his party pull in record Wall Street contributions — $89 million from the securities and investment business, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics — some of his biggest supporters, like Mr. Dimon, have become the industry’s chief lobbyists against his regulatory agenda.

Republicans are rushing to capitalize on what they call Wall Street’s “buyer’s remorse” with the Democrats. And industry executives and lobbyists are warning Democrats that if Mr. Obama keeps attacking Wall Street “fat cats,” they may fight back by withholding their cash.

“If the president doesn’t become a little more balanced and centrist in his approach, then he will likely lose that support,” said Kelly S. King, the chairman and chief executive of BB&T. Mr. King is a board member of the Financial Services Roundtable, which lobbies for the biggest banks, and last month he helped represent the industry at a private dinner at the Treasury Department.

“I understand the public outcry,” he continued. “We have a 17 percent real unemployment rate, people are hurting, and they want to see punishment. But the political rhetoric just incites more animosity and gets people riled up.”

Obama: I'm a ‘Fierce’ Free-Market Advocate

Screwing shareholders to bailout out Chrysler and GM to give over to the unions, trying to take over the healthcare industry, taxing and regulating pay even from companies that didn't take a bailout, putting taxes on oil industries and all companies who do business overseas which would have made them unable to compete.

via Bloomberg:

President Barack Obama said he and his administration have pursued a “fundamentally business- friendly” agenda and are “fierce advocates” for the free market, rejecting corporate criticism of his policies.

“The irony is, is that on the left we are perceived as being in the pockets of big business; and then on the business side, we are perceived as being anti-business,” Obama said in a Feb. 9 interview in the Oval Office with Bloomberg BusinessWeek, which will appear on newsstands tomorrow.

“You would be hard-pressed to identify a piece of legislation that we have proposed out there that, net, is not good for businesses,” he added. He predicted that legislation he will sign this year would cut corporate taxes by about $70 billion.

....Modifying Tax Proposal

He volunteered that he had made “modifications” to his proposals on taxing multinational corporations in response to criticism. He said his plan to repeal President George W. Bush’s tax cuts for families making more than $250,000 a year isn’t “punitive” and is a means to “deal with debt and deficits in a realistic way.”

He said his economic policies had helped pull the country back from financial turmoil as he entered office and “created an environment in which businesses can be profitable.”

“We are pro-growth,” Obama said. “We are fierce advocates for a thriving, dynamic free market.”

Economic policies built on running up a bill that he can't pay down even if he raises taxes on everyone and everything at this point. He didn't save anyone he just delayed the needed correction to the financial system. Now we have ruin plus a debt . Good job.

Obama "agnostic" about raising taxes on those making $250,000 or less.

Translation: Get get screwed middle class.

President Barack Obama said he is “agnostic” about raising taxes on households making less than $250,000 as part of a broad effort to rein in the budget deficit.

Obama, in a Feb. 9 Oval Office interview, said that a presidential commission on the budget needs to consider all options for reducing the deficit, including tax increases and cuts in spending on entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare.

“The whole point of it is to make sure that all ideas are on the table,” the president said in the interview with Bloomberg BusinessWeek, which will appear on newsstands Friday. “So what I want to do is to be completely agnostic, in terms of solutions.”

Obama repeatedly vowed during the 2008 presidential election campaign that he would not raise taxes on individuals making less than $200,000 and households earning less than $250,000 a year. When senior White House economic adviser Lawrence H. Summers and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner suggested in August that the administration might be open to going back on that pledge, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs quickly reiterated the president’s promise.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Marvel responds Captain America tea party debacle.

Marvel's editor in chief Joe Quesada says the whole thing was a mistake in post editing that they missed.

"I don't know who did it, probably someone who thought it was funny," Brubaker wrote in an e-mail to Fox. "I didn't think so, personally. That's the sign being changed to something more generic for the trade reprint, because I and my editor were both shocked to see it."

A board member of the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition isn't buying Brubaker's explanation, though, and accuses the writer of "blame-shifting." Fox News reporter Joshua Rhett Miller goes so far as to quote a sampling of Brubaker's Twitter comments as evidence of his "political leanings."

But in the just-posted edition of Comic Book Resources' "Cup o' Joe," Quesada said that "There was zero discussion to include a group that looked like a Tea Party demonstration. Ed simply wrote in an anti-tax protest into his story to show one of the moods that currently exists in America. There was no thought that it represented a particular group."

Quesada goes on to explain how the slogan was included, with an editor asking a letterer to "just fudge in some quick signs" on a last-minute art correction. So the letterer searched online for slogans from actual protest placards, and ended up with the one in question.

"All that said, we caught the mistake two weeks ago, after it was printed and removed the sign from the art files so that it no longer appears in future reprints of the title or collections," he said. "So, while the crowd protesting has nothing to do with the villains in the story, we in no way meant to say they were associated with the Tea Party movement, it was a simple perfect storm of screw-ups. It happens, we’re human."

You can see his full explanation in more detail here. I am not buying the explanation since it doesn't explain away the rest of the storyline as described here.

Burnside, posing as the Captain, gathers groups of angry white truckers and returned soldiers in his compound. "Honest, hard-working Americans ... ready and able to rise up and fight back," as the strip describes. They march on downtown Boise (depicted below) and throw an African American secret agent posing as the Tax Man out of a bar, calling him Obama (with some degree of agent provocateur meddling from an undercover REAL Captain America).

They even have the real undercover Captain posing as a Tea bagger refuse free beer (no handouts, no charity, man) after throwing the faux tax collector out of the bar:

The strip acknowledges that Idaho ain't DC, but implies that the hinterlands are fraught with anti-government forces bent on insurrection. The cliffhanger ending leaves open the possibility that the real American patriot, Captain America himself, may swoop in and hand these impostor patriots a large can of whoop ass.

The signage would fit within the storyline as liberals believe that tea party members are just angry white racists. Unless the next issue does a 180, this is all just ass covering by Marvel and Brubaker.

AP: Obama's Jobs bill won't add many jobs

80 Billion dollars just so Obama can get a symbolic victory of sorts.

It's a bipartisan jobs bill that would hand President Barack Obama a badly needed political victory and placate Republicans with tax cuts at the same time. But it has a problem: It won't create many jobs.

Even the Obama administration acknowledges the legislation's centerpiece — a tax cut for businesses that hire unemployed workers — would work only on the margins.

As for the bill's effectiveness, tax experts and business leaders said companies are unlikely to hire workers just to receive a tax break. Before businesses start hiring, they need increased demand for their products, more work for their employees and more revenue to pay those workers.

"We're skeptical that it's going to be a big job creator," said Bill Rys, tax counsel for the National Federation of Independent Business. "There's certainly nothing wrong with giving a tax break to a business that's hired a new worker, especially in these tough times. But in terms of being an incentive to hire a lot of workers, we're skeptical."

NYTIMES cheers that food stamps are no longer Stigmatized

NYC has gone about making getting food stamps a civic duty and a way of life instead of being an emergency aid.

A decade ago, New York City officials were so reluctant to give out food stamps, they made people register one day and return the next just to get an application. The welfare commissioner said the program caused dependency and the poor were “better off” without it.

Now the city urges the needy to seek aid (in languages from Albanian to Yiddish). Neighborhood groups recruit clients at churches and grocery stores, with materials that all but proclaim a civic duty to apply — to “help New York farmers, grocers, and businesses.” There is even a program on Rikers Island to enroll inmates leaving the jail.

“Applying for food stamps is easier than ever,” city posters say.

The same is true nationwide. After a U-turn in the politics of poverty, food stamps, a program once scorned as “welfare,” enjoys broad new support. Following deep cuts in the 1990s, Congress reversed course to expand eligibility, cut red tape and burnish the program’s image, with a special effort to enroll the working poor. These changes, combined with soaring unemployment, have pushed enrollment to record highs, with one in eight Americans now getting aid.

“I’ve seen a remarkable shift,” said Senator Richard G. Lugar, an Indiana Republican and prominent food stamp supporter. “People now see that it’s necessary to have a strong food stamp program.”

The revival began a decade ago, after tough welfare laws chased millions of people from the cash rolls, many into low-wage jobs as fast-food workers, maids, and nursing aides. Newly sympathetic officials saw food stamps as a way to help them. For states, the program had another appeal: the benefits are federally paid.

Where do the funds for a federally paid program come from again? Oh the American taxpayer, just in case anyone forgot this isn't free money. The problem with these welfare programs is that over time it breeds dependency and expectation that your fellow taxpayers should pay for your meals all the time.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

White Stripes slams Air Force for ad with song close to their own.

Anti-War group the White Stripes is whining the Air Force used a song that sounds like their own in an ad put on during the Super Bowl. They put up the typical leftist we hate the war love support the troops but they also whine that was used in a recruiting effort which means they are full of it about supporting the troops. One thing to decry a war but another to decry simple recruitment efforts.

The White Stripes are fuming over a U.S. Air Force Reserve ad that aired during the Super Bowl, which they say used a re-recorded instrumental version of their breakout single “Fell in Love With a Girl” without permission. “The White Stripes take strong insult and objection to the Air Force Reserve presenting this advertisement with the implication that we licensed one of our songs to encourage recruitment during a war that we do not support,” the band says in a statement posted on their official site. The statement goes on to threaten “strong action to stop the ad containing this music.” As of this afternoon, the Air Force Reserve has already pulled the ad from the Web.

Air Force says sorry and the ad agency puts the blame on another musician who takes full responsibility over it.

Now a musician who worked on the ad, which has since been pulled from TV and the Web, is taking the blame — but he, too, insists any wrongdoing was unintentional. “It’s my responsibility,” Kem Kraft tells EW. “I’m the one who composed the music. And I had no idea it was like that [song].”

Kraft, 56, who earns his living in Salt Lake City composing and recording music for advertisements and films, was hired to work on the Air Force Reserve ad around last Christmas. “They said they wanted some high-energy music, and I gave them three demos, all of them a little bit different. They asked me to tweak the one that they preferred, so I beefed up the drums or whatnot, added some echo to my guitar part.”

Kraft says he was “absolutely” surprised to hear of the Stripes’ accusations this week. “I went to the website and I go, ‘Yeah, that kinda sounds close.’ [But] I don’t even listen to those guys.” Asked if he had ever heard “Fell in Love With a Girl” prior to the controversy, Kraft replies, “God, I might have somehow or somewhere. I don’t know. That’s not the kind of music I listen to.”

Muslim students disrupt Israeli Ambassador Speech.

This is the typical behavior of students against Israel at UC Irvine but the Admin does nothing about it because of political correctness and fear.

Twelve people were arrested Monday during a raucous lecture at UC Irvine, where Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren came to talk about U.S.-Israel relations.

Oren was interrupted 10 times while trying to give his speech before 500 people at the UCI Student Center, where there was heavy security. Oren took a 20-minute break after the fourth protest, asked for hospitality and resumed his speech, only to be interrupted again by young men yelling at him every few minutes. Many members of the audience also applauded Oren.

After the 10th interruption, several dozen attendees who opposed Oren's talk walked out and staged a protest outside. It is not clear whether they were members of the UCI Muslim Student Union, which issued an e-mail earlier in the day condemning Oren's appearance on campus.

Oren continued talking, completing his speech at 6:42 p.m. A question-and-answer period was canceled because of the delays.

Hours earlier, UCI's Muslim Student Union said in an e-mail that its members “condemn and oppose the presence of Michael Oren, the ambassador of Israel to the United States, on our campus today. Weresent that the Law School and the Political Science Department on our campus have agreed to co-sponsor a public figure who represents a state that continues to break international and humanitarian law and is condemned by more UN Human Rights Council resolutions than all other countries in the world combined.”

TPM: WHite House and Dems setting trap for GOP at Health Care Summit

Duh. The surprising part is how much they are telegraphing the move.

One potential, but subsidiary, worry for House Democrats? That by bringing Republicans into the room, Obama could choose, or be forced, to triangulate between the progressive position (the House bill) and the GOP's, leaving their concerns about the Senate bill unaddressed.

But at the highest echelons of the Democratic leadership structure, there's simply no concern that this is a punt or a political misstep that could weaken, or doom reform.

And that's just as the White House sees it.

According to administration officials, Obama wants to put Republicans on the spot to debate the merits of their health care proposals.

Obama will make it clear that he supports the bills passed by the House and Senate last year and won't "let this moment slip away," said one White House aide.

Yes, the GOP should show up at Obama's sham health care summit.

The pluses outweigh the negative but only if the GOP plays this smart which means from now till then they must question exactly what is objectionable in the plan, question why Obama insists on inviting them when he has made it clear the only ideas he would entertain if it meets his demands.

Mr. Obama said he "won't hesitate to embrace a good idea from my friends in the minority party." But he wants his way. He wants his energy policy enacted along with his jobs bill, his financial regulatory reform and his health care plan.

And if the opposition continues to block his objectives, he said he "won't hesitate to condemn what I consider to be obstinacy that's rooted not in substantive disagreement but in political expedience."

When a sitting president calls for bipartisanship by the opposition – he really means surrender. And if they block his proposals, its "obstinacy" and not political views they hold as strongly as he holds his.

Via Hot Air, Ed has the right idea.

Update (Ed): I agree with AP here. The GOP has two choices (at least) here — show up and be seen as willing to at least argue their points, or refuse to show up and allow Obama a photo op with a bunch of empty seats where Republicans were supposed to sit.

The public dislikes the ObamaCare bill, so why not take advantage of the media coverage Obama brings to make the same points again: too much government bureaucracy, unconstitutional mandates, and especially the lack of tort reform? If they show up and keep to their arguments, they get to air them on TV. If not, then Obama gets all of the airtime to himself.

And let’s remember one thing from the Obama meeting with the Republicans earlier — it didn’t keep Obama from sinking back to his lowest levels of approval ever. Let’s not be afraid to stand on our arguments.

It is a no win situation for the GOP because the media is chopping at the bit to declare Obama the winner from this televised sham event. The GOP has to go there prepared and ready on camera to rebut/point out the crapfest Obamacare really is to his face.

Ed Brubaker's Captain America hates tea party members.

Ed Brubaker who is the current writer on Captain America has decided to make tea party members the enemy.
In issue number 602 of Captain America, a new story line has begun called “Two Americas.” In it the current Captain (there have been a few of them, apparently) is on the trail of a faux Captain America that is mentally deranged and getting chummy with some white supremacist, anti-government, survivalists types going by the name of “the Watchdogs.” While investigating this subversive group, Captain America and his partner The Falcon — a black super hero — have decided to try and infiltrate the secretive organization.

In preparation for the infiltration, Marvel Comics depicts the two super heroes out of costume and observing from a rooftop a street filled with what can only be described as a Tea Party protest. The scene shows crowds of people in city streets carrying signs that say, “stop the socialists,” “tea bag libs before they tea bag you,” and “no to new taxes.” Naturally, the people in these crowds are depicted as being filled with nothing but white folks…

The two then discuss their plan to infiltrate the subversive group that Marvel comics seems to be linking to the Tea Party movement. This discussion culminates in The Falcon wondering how a black man would do such a thing. “I don’t exactly see a black man from Harlem fitting in with a bunch of angry white folks,” he tells the incognito Captain America.

The Captain tells him, “no it’s perfect… this all fits right into my plan.” After this we find that the Captain’s plan is to send the black man into a redneck bar to pretend to be a black man working for the IRS and to get everyone all mad… because… well, you know that every white person is a racist that hates black civil servants, right?

It is very pleasing to other liberals.

William Burnside, who in the 1950s became obsessed with the New Deal American Hero, to the point of impersonating him, returns to find his childhood home in Boise replaced by a vacant strip mall.

"And now he was finally home ... but not to a hero's welcome," the strip reads. "No, this country had turned its back on him long ago."

Burnside, posing as the Captain, gathers groups of angry white truckers and returned soldiers in his compound. "Honest, hard-working Americans ... ready and able to rise up and fight back," as the strip describes. They march on downtown Boise (depicted below) and throw an African American secret agent posing as the Tax Man out of a bar, calling him Obama (with some degree of agent provocateur meddling from an undercover REAL Captain America).

They even have the real undercover Captain posing as a Tea bagger refuse free beer (no handouts, no charity, man) after throwing the faux tax collector out of the bar:

The strip acknowledges that Idaho ain't DC, but implies that the hinterlands are fraught with anti-government forces bent on insurrection. The cliffhanger ending leaves open the possibility that the real American patriot, Captain America himself, may swoop in and hand these impostor patriots a large can of whoop ass.

I dropped out of comics back in the 90's due to overexposure and bad epic storylines like the Spidey Clone Saga turning me off from supporting it every month.

But since then there has been an overt turn lead by people like Mark Millar to use iconic characters to push their leftist/liberal agenda. This is just a further debasing by another liberal writer on one of the most pro American characters out there in Captain America to push his views. Look at the origins of the character and see how much Brubaker spits on it.

Writer Joe Simon conceived the idea for Captain America, which was refined by his partner, artist Jack Kirby, in 1941. Captain America was a consciously political creation. Simon and Kirby were morally repulsed by the actions of Nazi Germany in the years leading up to the United States' involvement in World War II and felt war was inevitable. Simon later said, "The opponents to the war were all quite well organized. We wanted to have our say too."[5]

Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941) — on sale in December 1940, a year before the bombing of Pearl Harbor but a full year into World War II, showed the protagonist punching Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in the jaw — sold nearly one million copies.[6] While most readers responded favorably to the comic, some took objection. Simon noted, "When the first issue came out we got a lot of . . . threatening letters and hate mail. Some people really opposed what Cap stood for."[5]

Monday, February 8, 2010

UAW/Teamsters goes after Toyota over plant closing.

The lying and hypocrisy of the UAW and Teamsters is typical. The plant is useless but typical of the unions, they want it kept open as some sort of expensive welfare factory covered by car buyers.

The UAW and the Teamsters union protested outside the Japanese Embassy in Washington today calling on Toyota to reverse decisions to close a California plant and hire nonunion carhaulers.

Roughly 100 supporters gathered as UAW Vice President Bob King and Teamsters President James Hoffa delivered a letter for Japan Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama calling for a meeting with Japanese officials and Toyota.

The Japanese automaker announced last year it was closing the plant in Fremont, Calif., after General Motors pulled out of the joint venture under its bankruptcy. The plant is the only Toyota plant organized by the UAW, and has about 4,700 workers.

"It's betrayal of these loyal workers in Fremont to close the plant and then announce plans to build a new plant in Mississippi," King said.

King and other union officials linked Toyota's recalls to the management decisions made to close down the California plant, saying both were examples of how Toyota had strayed from its principles.

Problem with this line is that its a lie. I wonder why they are not protesting GM, oh way, the UAW owns GM now so they fudge it.

Like a slow motion train wreck, the biggest economic shock to hit the Bay Area is approaching the point of impact as New United Motor Manufacturing prepares to shut down March 31, putting more than 4,700 United Auto Workers out of jobs and setting off a ripple effect of layoffs among supply firms.

Nummi started in 1984 as a joint venture of General Motors and Toyota. The Chronicle has covered this economic disaster since GM pulled out of the partnership last June as part of its bankruptcy, and Toyota decided in August to end production in the plant that had been its manufacturing beachhead in the United States.

A brief Chronicle story about a raucous union meeting on Sunday to deal with issues around the shutdown made reference to a video of a shouting and cursing match between union leaders and voices from the rank-and-file.

NSFW video

AP: Obama's health care summit: Just for show?

Even the AP is not buying this farce as anything more than a PR stunt for Obama.

The way the health care summit was announced struck some Republicans as suspect. Democrats say the idea came from the White House, and was first broached last Thursday when Obama met Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Hoyer, to discuss the 2010 legislative agenda.

Republicans say they were notified by the White House on Sunday, a couple of hours before a CBS News interview in which Obama floated the proposal. Usually, White House schedulers call congressional leaders well in advance of major meetings.

Democrats say they want to resolve remaining differences between the House and Senate versions of their own legislation before the meeting. That may mean Obama wants to emphasize contrasts with Republicans, not probe for common ground.

Exactly, this is a trap set up by the Dems and Obama for the GOP. Obama thinks if he can put on a show on how "reasonable" he is about health reform, he can put the GOP on the defensive and win points. The fact nothing else has been told about how and what the meeting is going to be is telling.

Via Reuters:

The summit, which Obama wants televised, would give him another chance to sway public opinion on the unpopular legislation that is critical to the president's domestic agenda.

The meeting also would answer criticism he did not engage Republicans and instead negotiated backroom deals in an effort to get it passed.

"The president is trying to turn around the sour mood on this issue and mitigate the criticism that he's ramming this bill down people's throats," said Bob Blendon, a health policy and political analyst at Harvard University.

But congressional Republicans said they were wary of Obama's intentions and were in no mood to compromise on a bill that polls show is opposed by a majority of Americans.

"Republicans welcome honest discussion, but this event reeks of political gamesmanship," said Republican Representative Tom Price. "The only constructive discussions will start with a blank sheet of paper."

The White House said the summit was not intended as a vehicle to start the healthcare debate all over again.

"The president doesn't think we should start over," White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said

So what is the damn point of this other than Obama wanting to put on a show because he doesn't believe the public is smart enough to figure out this is a sham.

Chrysler to build Fiat 500 in Mexico.

See, bailing out the car companies is paying dividends just not in America.

Mexico could produce up to 130,000 Fiat 500s a year, seen as key to the recovery of Chrysler in the United States, with a $550 million investment, Fiat Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said on Monday.

A Chrysler plant outside Mexico City will begin assembling the 500 by December for sale in U.S. and Latin American showrooms, said Marchionne, the head of Fiat SpA (FIA.MI), who also heads Chrysler.

"The 500 is just one example of how Fiat's experience in the small to medium vehicles segments and its expertise in fuel saving technologies will play a key role in Chrysler's revival," Marchionne said in the city of Toluca, where the plant will be built.

The investment by Chrysler will be mostly financed through a loan from Mexican development banks, he later told reporters in Mexico City.

"I don't think we are going to shrink American's tastes by introducing the Fiat 500. We are only looking for a particular space in the market for this car to occupy," he said.

Marchionne did not give production details but said the 130,000 cars a year was an ideal target, with sales going to both the United States and Latin America.

Fiat was given control of Chrysler by the Obama administration last June as part of a restructuring of the U.S. automaker in a government bankruptcy.

Muslim wins handshake case in Sweden

We have no established that religious convictions even those that go against common sense and the social order of a community is a-ok.

Sweden's unemployment agency has been found guilty of discrimination for expelling a Muslim man from a job training program because he refused to shake hands with a woman.

A Stockholm court Monday ordered the Public Employment Service to pay 50,000 kronor ($6,700) in damages to an immigrant from Bosnia who lost his jobless benefits when he was kicked out of the program.

Citing his faith, the man had refused to shake hands with a woman when he was interviewing for an internship. The agency said his behavior was part of the reason he didn't get the position, and decided to exclude him from the program.

The court ruled that the man was discriminated against because of his religion. It wasn't immediately clear whether the ruling would be appealed.

Female circumcision happening in Australia

Via Tim Blair comes this lesson in multiculturalism Australian style.

Health authorities in Australia say they are concerned about the growing number of women who have undergone some form of genital mutilation.

Female circumcision is illegal in Australia, but experts say there is evidence that it is being practised here.

More and more migrant women are also seeking help after having the procedure in their home countries.

But that has not stopped it happening here, according to Dr Ted Weaver from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

"There is some evidence to suggest that it does happen in certain parts of Australia," he said.

"It's hard to gauge the actual numbers because it's prohibited by legislation and it's something that is performed in an underground way.

"But certainly there have been reports of children being taken to hospital after having the procedure done with complications from that procedure."

Some people just can't condemn this awful backward practice.

Ms Mohamud is optimistic the practice will end, but she fears migrant communities or individual women will be demonised.

"Some people when they hear they say, 'how can that happen?' It's when something is cultural and the people have been doing it for so long, it's not easy to either eliminate it or to say, 'you have got a bad culture'," she said.

"You have to work with them, listen to them. You have to know where they are coming from in order to help them."

Dr Ted Weaver agrees and he says ordering people against the practice would be inappropriate.

"If we try and dictate and pontificate about this and not provide culturally appropriate care, we'll further disenfranchise those women," he said.

"Any progress will be incremental. I don't think that it's something that will stop overnight.

This is the sort of liberal bullshit that keeps this practice going and the women trapped in this type of culture. You can voice disapproval which would be a signal to women and others that this sort of procedures is not tolerated in the West. It would be okay to come forward and get protection from the authorities. Instead we get the mealy mouth approach which does nothing.

In Secret, Nations Work Toward Crackdown on Piracy

This has been going on for the last couple of years and the question remains why is America still part of these meetings that is being held in almost secret from its own citizens? It will concern us and the least you can do is make it an open process.

Behind a veil of secrecy, the United States, the European Union, Japan and other countries are forging ahead with plans to coordinate an international crackdown on illegally copied music, movies, designer bags and other goods that change hands in sidewalk souks and Internet bazaars.

Negotiators, under intense pressure from media companies, luxury brands and other corporate victims of piracy, are scrambling to complete a so-called Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement by the end of the year.

But the process is running into growing criticism from Internet campaigners, lawmakers and even some people involved in it.

After the most recent round of negotiations late last month in Guadalajara, Mexico, news of disagreements has been trickling out, despite an official vow of silence from the participants, which has itself become a main source of friction.

Greek unions vow fight against cutting Greece's debt.

Even a socialist government realizes enough is enough but the unions being the blood sucking parasites they are the world over demands the gravy train keeps on moving.

Wednesday's planned 24-hour strike comes as Prime Minister George Papandreou puts the finishing touches to details of a deficit-reduction plan, endorsed by the European Commission last week to pull Greece's finances back from the brink.

His socialist government has promised to tighten one of Europe's leakiest tax systems and freeze public sector wages in a bid to slash Greece's deficit from 12.7 percent in 2009 to below the EU's 3 percent ceiling by 2012.

The emergency tax reform and wages bills are expected to be unveiled this week and become law by the end of the month, but details revealed have angered Greece's powerful unions.

"We are fighting so that the working people don't get to pay for the crisis," public sector union ADEDY said in a statement ahead of a news conference to outline their demands. "We demand a pay increase ... a fair tax system."

Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou, who took part in an impromptu cabinet meeting on Monday, said the raft of wage cuts and revenue reforms would involve lowering the top tax rate, as the government seeks to shield the poorest Greeks.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Australia signs $60 Billion coal deal with China.

The Enviro groups are really unhappy.

An Australian firm has signed a $60bn (AUS$69bn; £38bn) deal to supply coal to Chinese power stations.

Clive Palmer, chairman of the company, Resourcehouse, said it was Australia's "biggest ever export contract".

Under the deal, the firm will build a new mining complex to give China Power International Development (CPI) 30m tonnes of coal a year for 20 years.

The plan involves building a huge new mining complex in the Australian state of Queensland, and laying 500km (311 miles) of railway line to move the coal to the coast.

Resourcehouse's executive director, Phil McNamara, said the "once-in-a-century project" would include open-cast and underground mines, with construction likely to begin later this year.

The complex in the Galilee basin, to be called China First, is expected to start coal production in 2013 and will churn out some 40 million tonnes a year.

Queensland state premier Anna Bligh anticipates the project will create tens of thousands of jobs and produce multi-million dollar royalty payments for the state government.

NAACP sues to stop the closing of god awful schools.

You wonder why I have nothing but visceral contempt for the NAACP these days. Its stupid shit like this siding with the teachers union.

The NAACP today will join a teacher's union lawsuit to block the city from closing 19 low-performing schools, claiming the action discriminates against minority and special-needs students, sources said.

"The dropout and incarceration rates are going to skyrocket," Leroy Gadsen, head of NAACP's Jamaica, Queens, chapter, said last night.

But City Hall was stunned that a civil-rights group was fighting to save the schools.

"I have no idea at all why they would want to keep open schools that are failing our kids," Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott said.

From WNYC.

Deputy Mayor for Education Dennis Walcott, who is black, said Monday that it is "mind boggling" that the NAACP is suing to keep 19 failing NYC schools open.

The Bloomberg administration recommended closing the schools because of what they call unacceptably low performance and graduation rates as low as 40%. That recommendation was approved at a vote last week.

And Walcott was defending the city against some very strong racially tinged rhetoric at a news conference to announce the lawsuit, filed Monday in Manhattan Supreme Court.

"As long as there is an NAACP there will be no segregation!" insisted Hazel Dukes, President of the NAACP NY chapter, implying that low performing students of color were being abandoned by the school system instead of given the resources they need to improve.

So whats the position on Obama's plan to close down the worst performing schools.

President Obama's Race To the Top program involves a mandate to close the lowest performing 5 percent of schools nationwide.

The NAACP also takes issue with that program.

"I disagree with the President on Race to the Top," said Dukes

So the NAACP is on record saying the lowest performing schools shouldn't be closed just keep throwing more money at it to make it work. That way hasn't done squat and its time for something new. The union is fine with the support because they are only interested in teachers getting a paycheck and not losing power with less members if they get fired.

All this talk about the schools needing more resources, I bet they have had resources thrown at them and despite all of it they are still failing. Cut them loose and start over.

Obama invities GOP leaders to his dog/pony health care show.

It is still a waste of time since this move is designed to embarrass the GOP and Obama won't agree to anything that doesn't fit into his worldview. The only way bipartisan agreement works for him is if the GOP says yes to his demands.

In the first major step to revive his health care agenda after his party's loss of a filibuster-proof Senate majority, President Barack Obama on Sunday invited Republican and Democratic leaders to discuss possible compromises in a televised gathering later this month.

Obama's move came amid widespread complaints that efforts so far by him and his Democratic allies in Congress have been too partisan and secretive.

The Feb. 25 meeting's prospects for success are far from clear. GOP leaders demanded Sunday that Democrats start from scratch, and White House aides said Obama had no plans to do so.

"If we are to reach a bipartisan consensus, the White House can start by shelving the current health spending bill," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

A White House statement Sunday said Obama repeatedly has made it clear "that he's adamant about passing comprehensive reform similar to the bills passed by the House and the Senate."
"He hopes to have Republican support in doing so, but he is going to move forward on health reform," the statement said.

Told ya, its nothing more than a show by Obama who feels he can fool the public with this fake meeting of "bipartisianship." If the GOP and the public is against Obamacare in its current form but Obama insists that something will pass similar to it, why bother having this obvious display of fakery by the White House and the Dems.

Anti-Muslim plans on facebook results in five arrests.

Arresting people for facebook posts unless its a direct threat seems to be an overreaction. I also doubt being this is the UK if it was reversed with postings by a Muslim group they would have done this much.

FIVE men have been arrested after a Facebook site was set up declaring “all Muslims should be thrown out of Wales”.

Around 150 people joined the group on the social networking site claiming they would march through the Rhondda Valleys to make their feelings known.

The proposed march has been described as “mindless bigotry” by racial equality groups.

But South Wales Police have now stepped in and arrested five men for religiously aggravated public order offences.

It is one of the first occasions people have been arrested over comments posted on Facebook.

The group has also been removed from the site.

U.S. torn over whether some Islamists offer insight or pose threat

If you have to ask the question, something is very wrong.

After the worst military base massacre in U.S. history, officials acknowledged that they failed to "connect the dots" – the shooter had been corresponding with an imam tied to al-Qaeda and had condemned the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as a war against Islam.

But Fort Hood gunman Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan wasn't the only one working on a Texas Army base the day of the shooting who had links to radical Islamists.

At Fort Bliss, an experienced military trainer was teaching soldiers about his Muslim faith. He, too, had denounced government counterterrorism efforts, and public records show he and some of his closest associates had ties to terrorism suspects.

But when The Dallas Morning News first inquired about the instructor, Louay Safi, military officials praised him. Only later did they say that Safi had been suspended from working on military bases pending a continuing criminal inquiry.

The Safi affair reveals the deep divisions within the U.S. government over how to combat terrorism and over what constitutes moderate Islam.

Safi was also named by government prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in one terrorism case in 2005. His last two employers were implicated in other government terrorism investigations while he worked for them. He was never charged, nor included among the targets of those investigations.

But Safi has called the widespread raids on Muslim organizations after 9/11 "a campaign against Islam" – a term that 9/11 Commission director Philip Zelikow says is part of "the jihadi narrative."

Yeah, that would be kinda of a code word there if you are not sure the person could pose a threat.