Saturday, March 20, 2010

James Clyburn again drops the race card after CNN report.

Typical, he pulled the same crap last year when the townhall meetings were happening and after a dubious report by a CNN reporter he does it again.

Obama is the reverse JFK giving pep speech to Dems

Think about this quote he gives before the bloody sunday vote.

Because somewhere deep in your heart you said to yourself, I believe in an America in which we don’t just look out for ourselves, that we don’t just tell people you’re on your own, that we are proud of our individualism, we are proud of our liberty, but we also have a sense of neighborliness and a sense of community -- (applause)....

Ask not what you can do for your country but what your country can give to you.

A sense of neighborliness and community doesn't include raising taxes and taking over 1/6 of America's economy Obama.

Matt Damon's Green Zone continues to bomb.

A 66% drop from last week for his anti-American film.

6. Green Zone (Universal) Week 2 [3,004 Theaters]
Friday $1.7M (-66%), Estimated Weekend $5M, Estimated Cume $23.8M

Blackamericaweb: How Dare Fox News not kiss Obama's ass!

I expect no less from this site but the frothing at the mouth over Bret Baier not kissing up to Obama like say Roland Martin is entertaining.

Let’s get real: Did anyone at the White House truly expect the interview with President Barack Obama and Fox News to go well?

I certainly didn’t.

From the outset, the 19-minute interview on Wednesday was a rude, disrespectful exchange with America's first black president.

It was actually more like an ambush.

Monday, Obama agreed to an interview with “Special Report" anchor Bret Baier in a rare sit-down with Fox News help to bolster public support for his $1 trillion health care reform bill that Congress is considering this week.

On several occasions, Obama chided Baier for cutting him off before he was able to complete his sentences. And for much of the interview, Baier talked over Obama in what became a sudden blur of words. In fact, Obama was interrupted a total of 16 times during the contentious on-air interrogation.

That is because he kept trying the same old talking points and Baier tried to keep him on track. Just because he is black doesn't mean he is treated like a god. He is the President of the United States of America and he should be held accountable over his massive government takeover of health care.

Alicee Hastings: We make up the rules as we go along.

I am sorry on behalf of what is left of the South Florida population that does not have its head stuck up its ass over this moron.

Hillary gleeful over putting the screws to Israel.

Yeah, I think we can put to rest the rumor of if Obama wants a regime change and an Israeli leader who is willing to give up everything for peace on his terms.

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday that the Obama administration's decision to ramp up pressure on Israel over construction of Jewish homes in East Jerusalem was bringing results.

In an interview with BBC television, Clinton was asked whether escalating the tone with Israel had paid off.

She said: "I think we're going to see the resumption of the negotiation track and that means that it is paying off because that's our goal."

NARAL proves Obamacare funds abortions on demand.

If it did not why would they be ticked off at Stupak?

From the abortion lobby .... NARAL president issues the following statement:

Pro-choice Americans stand strongly alongside our allies in Congress who are resisting Mr. Stupak's outrageous last-minute attempts to hijack health-reform legislation. The public has grown tired of this unnecessary drama and wants to see Congress move forward with a bill that is not tainted with Stupak-like provisions. Negotiations with Mr. Stupak are a non-starter for NARAL Pro-Choice America and pro-choice women and men across this country.

BTW, anyone depending on Dems to hold the line on abortion is fooling themselves. The Democrats are the party of and for abortion. This is just a matter of degrees with Stupak and Pelosi.

WSJ: ObamaCare Crossroads aka America dies on March 21st.

This covers a long post I was going to make about how this is pretty much the end of America as a world power under Obama presidency.

With the House's climactic vote on ObamaCare tomorrow, Democrats are on the cusp of a profound and historic mistake, comparable in our view to the Smoot-Hawley tariff and FDR's National Industrial Recovery Act. Everyone is preoccupied now with the politics, but ultimately at stake on Sunday is the kind of country America will be.

The consequences of this bill will not only be destructive for the health-care system and the country's fiscal condition, though those will be bad enough. Inextricably bound up in a plan as far-reaching and ambitious as ObamaCare are also larger questions about the role of government, the dynamism of American enterprise and the nature of a free society. Above anything else, this explains why Democrats have had such trouble convincing the public, let alone their own Members.

The worst part.

As in the Western European and Canadian welfare states, doctors, hospitals and insurance companies will over time become public utilities. Government will set the cost-minded priorities and determine what kinds of treatment options patients are allowed to receive. Medicare's price controls will be exported to the remnants of the private sector.
All bureaucratized systems also restrict access to specialists and surgeries, leading to shortages and delays of months or years. This will be especially the case for the elderly and grievously ill, and for innovation in procedures, technologies and pharmaceuticals.

Eventually, quality and choice—the best attributes of American medicine in spite of its dysfunctions—will severely decline.

My disdain and contempt for the welfare system and those who extols its greatness come Monday is going to skyrocket. America as a country that rewarded and celebrated individuality and the pursuit of making yourself better comes to a halt. We will change to a country that has a populance already sizable that demands their entitlements given to them by the government and paid for by those they feel are doing better than them.

In short, Welcome to the United States of Welfare America.

Overreaction: Arrest Made in Wal-Mart paging Case

Seriously, the person made a smartass remark over a paging system and this ignites boycotts and possible hate crime?

A man has been arrested for allegedly announcing a hateful message over a South Jersey Wal-Mart's intercom, police tell NBC Philadelphia.

The unidentified man, who is from Atlantic County, N.J., was taken into custody Friday evening, police said.

Officials are staying tight-lipped on the arrest, but more details are expected to be released at a press conference Saturday.

Several shoppers have been boycotting the retailer since last Sunday when a man accessed the Washington Township, N.J. store's public address system and announced: "Attention Wal-Mart customers: All black people leave the store now."

A fine and community service and on his way. The fact people are boycotting based on this prank is pathetic. How thin-skinned have we become to allow this to be upsetting? Grow up.

Homeowners shocked credit scores go down after getting loan help

Speaking of entitlement.

Some homeowners who sign up for the government's mortgage assistance program are getting a nasty surprise: Lower credit scores.

For borrowers who are making their payments on time but are on the verge of default, the Obama administration's loan modification program can reduce their credit score as much as 100 points. That makes it harder to get a loan and can present a problem when applying for a new job.

Housing counselors say it's unfair, especially because the news often comes as a surprise to homeowners.

"Why should people's credit be hurt even worse when they're trying to do the right thing?" said Eileen Anderson, senior vice president at Community Development Corp. of Long Island, a housing counseling group in New York.

And many homeowners are angry that a program designed to help carries such a penalty, said Kathy Conley, a housing counselor with GreenPath Inc., a nonprofit group in Farmington Hills, Mich.

"It's a feeling of being duped," she said.

Where does any homeowner get off bitching about their credit scores are going south over this issue? Regardless of why you are in trouble paying for your home, you are in trouble, you went for government help which means you don't have the means to be a reliable payer when it comes to getting more money.

Why shouldn't your credit score dropped? The entire point of this awful loan modification plan is to keep you in your home. Its not to make your credit score to stay neutral because it is showing your current financial state. You then have to work it back up to show you are an alright financial risk to lenders.

This is yet again another example of the feeling of entitlement a large segment of the population that is ruining the overal character of America. People used to be embarrass about making a complaint, now its about throwing a temper tantrum.

Nawar Shora fights for Arab and Muslim rights inside the TSA

Wonderful, when there should be a drive to make TSA better in terms of performance, we now have to deal with political correctness.

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Nawar Shora, the legal director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, has sparred with the federal government over what he saw as security abuses against minorities. Now, he is joining the Transportation Security Administration as a senior adviser for its office of civil rights and liberties.

Shora, 33, said the move next month to the Department of Homeland Security will back up what he has been telling summer interns for a decade as he urged them to enter federal service.

"I'm finally practicing what I preach," said Shora, a self-described "Arab country boy" who was born in Syria and raised in Huntington, W.Va. "It's about time I cross over to the government and start working within the system. That's the beauty of our society: Anybody can work with the government."

The move by Shora, who started with the ADC as an intern in 1999 after graduating from Marshall University and the West Virginia University College of Law, comes at a challenging time for the TSA and other security agencies.

U.S. law enforcement agencies have confronted a growing number of incidents since 2009 involving violent "homegrown" extremists and cases in which overseas terrorist groups have recruited and trained Americans. Separately, vulnerabilities in international aviation security were exposed in the case of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, an alleged al-Qaeda operative from Nigeria charged with trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day.

In January, the TSA heightened security measures for travelers who are from -- or traveling through -- 13 predominantly Muslim countries, plus Cuba. Those procedures drew criticism from Arab, Muslim and South Asian civil liberties groups, which said the measures were too broad.

"Complaints are going to come in fast and furious" from Americans visiting those countries during the upcoming peak summer travel months, said James Zogby, founder of the Arab-American Institute and a longtime Washington civil rights advocate. "I know no one better equipped to handle them than Nawar."

"All of a sudden, people are labeled as being related to terrorism just because of the nation they are from," Shora said this winter, calling the TSA move "extreme and very dangerous."

Look, here are the countries on the list.

The countries of interest are: Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen, according to two administration officials briefed on the new rules. They did not want to be indentified because they were not authorized to discuss details publicly. The State Department lists four countries that sponsor terrorism: Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria.

You think not paying closer attention to these countries that have sponsored, supported or become bases for terrorist attacks to occur is wrong, you don't need to be in a position to run interference. If Shora mindset is to lessen the regulations and standards that would identify Islamic terrorism he is needs to go now.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Dutch Mayor Warns of No-go Areas

First in France and now the Netherlands are getting their own no-go areas.

Mayor Ties Elzenga of Veenendaal has advised his residents to avoid certain areas in the town due to a series of violent muggings. Although he says the ethnic background of the perpetrators is not yet clear, he has already made contact with the Moroccan community.

At least three violent robberies took place last weekend along a bicycle route from the centre to the south of Veenendaal, a small town near Utrecht. The victims were stripped and assaulted. Police are speaking of a new form of violence. "A combination of robbery and brutal humiliation," said a spokesman.

Mayor Elzenga has advised all residents to avoid the cycle route along which the offences occurred. "Do not go there if you are alone, and especially not in the dark."

The Christian democrat (CDA) mayor and social workers held talks Wednesday evening with the Moroccan community. "It was agreed that the Imam will pay attention to it in Friday's prayers," said the mayor's spokesman. The local Muslim leader "will call for any information about the muggings to be reported".

Little fanfare for 7th anniversary of war in Iraq

Well yeah, there is no George W. Bush to attack so why bother. The media attention span to Iraq is connected to whoever is in office.

It was a day like any other day — except that it was the seventh anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. And, for the most part, that was forgotten.

"Honestly, with everything that's going on in my personal life, it slipped my mind," said Chris Skidmore, 39, as he sipped a drink on the artificial lawn at Raleigh's North Hills Mall. "I've been out of work since August of last year."

It's not that the average American isn't aware that we still have tens of thousands or troops in Iraq, or that nearly 4,400 U.S. military personnel have died there since the war began. Scattered demonstrations were scheduled around the country to call for the troops' swift return.

But with so much else going on — a torpid economy, a climactic debate over health care reform, a mounting conflict in Afghanistan — it's easy to lose sight of the fact that Americans are still fighting and dying in Iraq.

Caterpillar: Obamacare would cost it $100M

So? You are an evil corporation, pay the cost and revel in Obamacare greatness.

Caterpillar, the world's largest construction machinery manufacturer by sales, said it's particularly opposed to provisions in the bill that would expand Medicare taxes and mandate insurance coverage. The legislation would require nearly all companies to provide health insurance for their employees or face large fines.

The Peoria-based company said these provisions would increase its insurance costs by at least 20 percent, or more than $100 million, just in the first year of the health-care overhaul program.

"We can ill-afford cost increases that place us at a disadvantage versus our global competitors," said the letter signed by Gregory Folley, vice president and chief human resources officer of Caterpillar. "We are disappointed that efforts at reform have not addressed the cost concerns we've raised throughout the year."

Business executives have long complained that the options offered for covering 32 million uninsured Americans would result in higher insurance costs for those employers that already provide coverage. Opponents have stepped up their attacks in recent days as the House moves closer toward a vote on the Senate version of the health-care legislation.

Thats a feature not an error. Drive the costs up so much the government has to come in with single payer.

Harry Reid says Public Option vote sometime this year.

HUffy Post. You knew this was coming.

Hoping to assuage progressive Democrats who remain disappointed with the content of the health care reform bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) committed on Friday to holding a separate vote on a public option in the coming months.

In a letter to two of his more progressive colleagues in the Senate -- Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Bernie Sanders of Vermont -- the Nevada Democrat implicitly apologized for his inability to get a government-run insurance plan into the final piece of health care legislation and promised to keep working to get the policy into law.

Breaking, Dems seem to reach magic 216 votes.

Welcome to United States of Welfare America.

BREAKING: Dems appear to reach magic 216 vote number, putting them in position to pass health care bill

Obama blocking Israel's requests for any weapons.

To Obama, Israel is not part of the solution to peace but an obstacle.

Officials said the U.S. military was ordered to divert a shipment of smart bunker-buster bombs from Israel to a military base in Diego Garcia. They said the shipment of 387 smart munitions had been slated to join pre-positioned U.S. military equipment in Israel Air Force bases.

"This was a political decision," an official said.

In 2008, the United States approved an Israeli request for bunker-busters capable of destroying underground facilities, including Iranian nuclear weapons sites. Officials said delivery of the weapons was held up by the administration of President Barack Obama.

Since taking office, Obama has refused to approve any major Israeli requests for U.S. weapons platforms or advanced systems. Officials said this included proposed Israeli procurement of AH-64D Apache attack helicopters, refueling systems, advanced munitions and data on a stealth variant of the F-15E.

"All signs indicate that this will continue in 2010," a congressional source familiar with the Israeli military requests said. "This is really an embargo, but nobody talks about it publicly."

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Germany to Greece: Second thought.. DROP DEAD.

COnsidering the spending spree that is going on here in the states by Obama, I admire Germany not bailing out Greece.

After weeks of backing a European rescue for the financially troubled Greece, Germany shifted course on Thursday, signaling that help should come from the International Monetary Fund rather than Greece’s neighbors.

Turning to the I.M.F. would represent a new and potentially humiliating twist in Greece’s financial drama, which was set off by doubts about Athens’s ability to borrow 53 billion euros this year to finance a yawning budget deficit and refinance waves of debt coming due.

Worries that investors would shun Greek bonds and force a default shook markets worldwide last month but eased recently after Germany and other members of the European Union signaled they would come to Greece’s aid if necessary. The Greek government, in turn, unveiled a long-awaited package of budget cuts.

But prospects for both European aid and domestic spending cuts seemed to fade Thursday with Berlin’s about-face, as well as a warning from Greece’s prime minister that the promised budget cuts might not be enacted unless the country could borrow at lower interest rates.

“We will make it, provided that our country can borrow on reasonable terms,” Prime Minister George A. Papandreou said in a cabinet meeting that was broadcast in Greece. “Based on those conditions, our country is not seeking and will not seek financial aid, either from our European partners or from the I.M.F., which would be our last resort.”

Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.) vote for plum appointment at NASA?

I am pretty sure buying votes is still illegal in America maybe the Obama admin does not see it that way but if anyone can do some investigating it would be helpful.

but for NASA?’
Most interesting rumor from the Hill yesterday: Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.) who announced his retirement from Congress has been promised the job of NASA administrator in exchange for his vote, and Rep. John Tanner (D-Tenn.), another retiring Democrat, has been promised an appointment as U.S. Ambassador to NATO in exchange for his vote.

Really? Wal-Mart Paging Victims upset and disgusted

I hate to go on another rant about being overly sensitive and making a mountain out of a dirt pile. But on the list of things that would offend me as a black person this paging incident pretty much not on it.

Two South Jersey Wal-Mart customers who heard a racist message broadcast over the store's public address system say the whole ordeal is no laughing matter.

Sheila Ellington and Virginia Tinsley were shopping inside the Washington Township Wal-Mart along Rt. 42 in Turnersville, N.J. just before 5 p.m. on Sunday when they say a man came over the PA system and said: "Attention Wal-Mart customers: All black people leave the store now."

"It was a disgusting comment," Ellington said. "Once I heard that, I was absolutely shocked and appalled."

Tavis Smiley: Black politicians being targeted by powerful forces.

Via godawful

TR: What is the importance of the event?

TS: It is clear black folk are getting crushed, economically and politically. We see black folk high up in office being run [out], from Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) to pressure on Gov. David Paterson (D-N.Y.). While we celebrate a black man being in the White House, there are a number of other major African American figures who are being targeted in some pretty significant ways by some pretty powerful forces. There has not been any real drill-down from the media on that issue.

Silly me, I thought black politicians are getting in trouble because they actually did something wrong to bring attention to themselves. Its all a plot by DA MAN!

Monster Squad Remake! Wolfman to have nards in 3D?

Michael Bay is in the mix and its the perfect movie for a 3d version.

aramount Pictures is remaking the 1987 film The Monster Squad. Rob Cohen, who produced the original, hopes to direct the remake. Cohen will produce with Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, and they’re meeting with writers.

A group of kids who worship the classic monsters suddenly discover that Dracula is in town, and he’s got his pals Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Gill Man and The Mummy with him. The kids must stop their efforts to find an amulet that will give the creatures control of the world. Sounds a bit cheesy, but the film is beloved by fanboys.

The script was written by Fred Dekker and Shane Black before Lethal Weapon made the latter Hollywood's highest paid writer of the 1990s. Cohen was one of the producers on that film and many others before he transitioned to the director's chair. The film is at Paramount after Platinum Dunes moved there last fall.

Panamanian murderer caught in D.C living off welfare.

Via Instapundit.

A Panamanian murderer who escaped a prison in the Central American country has been captured in the District, where authorities say he used a fake Social Security card to obtain federally subsidized housing and cruised around town in three luxury cars.

The FBI was led to 36-year-old Juan Barrera by an anonymous caller who claimed Barrera was planning to fire a rocket launcher at a Metro train, according to an affidavit recently filed in Greenbelt's federal court.

Federal agents have executed search warrants on Barrera's apartment and his Hyattsville Bank of America safety deposit box, an FBI spokeswoman confirmed.

The returned warrants show that Barrera kept $21,200 in cash at the bank along with a Panamanian birth certificate issued for Barrera's alias, Antonio Armando Acuna. They also found a fake Social Security card in that name and a D.C. driver's license.

Barrera reportedly told authorities he used the bogus Social Security card to get the driver's license and secure his U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development subsidized apartment, court documents said. A property manager for Brookland Manor Apartments told authorities Barrera paid his rent for one year in advance.

Just a stab in the dark but if someone is on Sec.8 housing but pays his rent a year in advance, maybe a bit more investigation is in order.

Florida's Wasserman Schultz demands quota system at CBO.

Another one of these life long Dems who will never get voted out is now demanding quota hiring of minorities and women at the CBO. If they are not qualified, hire them anyway.

During a pitch to a House Appropriations subcommittee this week to add new staff, CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf was ordered to hire more women and minorities by the congresswoman who allocates its funding. Florida Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz instructed Elmendorf, who is appointed by the Speaker of the House and the President pro tempore of the Senate, to essentially create a quota system at the CBO.

The CBO director said he’s tried hiring more minorities by recruiting at historically black colleges and universities but claims there aren’t many women and minorities who qualify to work at the agency, which requires candidates to be U.S. citizens due to the delicate nature of the work. Not many U.S.-citizen women or minorities are earning doctoral degrees in economics, which makes the hiring pool small, Elmendorf told Wasserman Schultz.

The notoriously liberal lawmaker from south Florida insisted, telling the CBO director that he’s “got to reach down much further” by taking a “leadership role” in raising awareness of math and economics as careers for women and minorities. She also told Elmendorf that he needs to start a program to get children well before college because by that age women and minorities have already decided against math and economics.

Obama's health care adds 3.8% Tax on Investment Income

Well lets kill off the investment market while we're at it then.

Democratic congressional leaders would raise to 3.8 percent the Obama administration’s proposed new Medicare tax on investment income to generate an estimated $210 billion to help fund a health-care overhaul plan.

The rate is higher than the 2.9 percent President Barack Obama proposed in February. The new tax would apply to income from interest, dividends, annuities, royalties, capital gains and rents for individuals who earn more than $200,000 annually and joint filers reporting more than $250,000, according to the legislation.

“It’s a big deal,” said Clint Stretch, a tax analyst for the consulting firm Deloitte Tax LLC. “It extends dramatically the reach of the Medicare hospital insurance tax.”

The first-time Medicare tax on investment income would start in 2013. It would push tax rates on capital gains and dividends that year to 23.8 percent for high-income people if Congress goes along with Obama’s proposal to let those rates rise to 20 percent in 2011 from the current 15 percent. It would be the highest rate for long-term capital gains since 1997.

Obama's health care bill uses IRS agents as enforcers.

You will pay for health insurance and like it Americans.

***Highlights of New IRS Authority***

IRS agents verify if you have “acceptable” health care

IRS has the authority to fine you up to $2,250 or 2 percent
of your income (whichever is greater) for failure to prove
that you have purchased “minimum essential coverage”

IRS can confiscate your tax refund

IRS audits are likely to increase

IRS will need up to $10 billion to administer the new health
care program this decade

IRS may need to hire as many as 16,500 additional
auditors, agents and other employees to investigate and
collect billions in new taxes from Americans

Nearly half of all these new individual mandate taxes will
be paid by Americans earning less than 300 percent of
poverty ($66,150 for a family of four)


Democrats prohibit the IRS from imposing these taxes and
penalties on illegal immigrants

America dies on Bloody Sunday vote if Obamacare passes

The slide that Obama will unleash if the House passes this shell bill towards becoming a welfare state will go to warp speed. Onward to single payer because everything is designed to destroy the private sector.

The measure would provide coverage to more than 30 million people now uninsured through a combination of tax credits for middle class households and an expansion of the Medicaid program for low income people.

The release of the legislation later Thusday sets the stage for a House vote on Sunday It would restructure one-sixth of the U.S. economy in the biggest expansion of the social safety net since Medicare was created in 1965. It would also mpose new obligations on individuals and businesses, requiring for the first time that most Americans carry health insurance and penalizing medium-sized and large companies that don't provide coverage for their workers

Hospitals and doctors, drug companies and insurers would gain millions of new paying customers, but they would also have to adjust to major changes. Medicare cuts would force hospitals to operate more efficiently or risk going out of business. Insurance companies would face unprecendented federal regulation. Health care industries would be hit with new federal taxes, as would upper-income households

UCSD faculty make cell phone app for illegals crossing the border.

Nothing like liberal professors helping anyway they can illegals crossing the border.

The Transborder Immigrant Tool (TBT), the brainchild of three faculty members at the University of California-San Diego and a colleague at the University of Michigan, is a software application that can be installed into a GPS-enabled cell phone. In addition to helping immigrants locate water and landmarks, it also could alert them to Border Patrol checkpoints. And to make the trek a little less arduous, it also plays recorded poetry.

“I don’t think it’s an appropriate use of technology,” U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., told “If other governments did this and tried to tell people ways to sneak into the U.S., I’m sure the Department of Defense would take issue with that. But because American universities are doing it, there’s not a whole lot of outcry about it.”

Hunter said he found the project to be a poor use of taxpayer money, particularly doing a recession.

Joe Kasper, Hunter’s spokesman, accused the universities of “functioning as a platform” for a system that could potentially help human smugglers and illegal immigrants enter the United States.

“It’s amazing to think that university professors, whose salaries are funded by taxpayers, are actually designing a GPS application intended to facilitate illegal entry across the U.S.-Mexico border,” Kasper said in a statement to “In this case, the university is functioning as a platform for a system that would ultimately help smugglers, other criminals and illegal immigrants navigate the border.”

The faculty members behind the project — UCSD’s Micha Cardenas, Ricardo Dominguez and Brett Stalbaum and the University of Michigan’s Amy Sara Carroll — declined comment for this story.

“As a collective, we have decided that we would prefer not to be interviewed by Fox News,” Carroll wrote in an e-mail. “Our aesthetic diverges so much from your network's that we question the possibility of genuine dialogue in an exchange with you.”

Obama doesn't care about stinking rules, just pass Obamacare.

The arrogant Obama was out today doing an interview with Fox News when he came up with this observation about Congressional rules.

“I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about what the procedural rules are in the House or Senate,” Obama said. “What I can tell you is that the vote that’s taken in the House will be a vote for health care reform. And if people vote yes, whatever form that takes, that is going to be a vote for health care reform. And I don’t think we should pretend otherwise. And if they don’t, if they vote against it, then they’re going to be voting against health care reform and they’re going to be voting in favor of the status quo.

“So Washington gets very concerned with these procedures in Congress, whether Republicans are in charge or Democrats are in charge,” he said.

He doesn't care just pass his bill for Obamacare so he can start the takeover of the health industry and move towards a single payer program. The absolute arrogance of Obama is astounding but I can see him frustrated that there is opposition to his ideas. How can you oppose Obama people? He is just here to save you all.

Finally, Businesses pushes Fort Lauderdale cut down on panhandlers.

Downtown Fort Lauderdale is not safe to drive or walk about because of the number of aggressive panhandlers/homeless people in the area. Just walking to the library feels unsafe. The city officials and the police have done little in the last couple of years to crackdown.

Every day in downtown Fort Lauderdale, wherever the crowds are — the drivers, employees, residents or tourists — someone is there with a hand out, begging for money.

Aggressive panhandlers stand in the roadways, approach drivers' windows, walk up to diners at outdoor restaurant tables and hit up patrons in parks. They want money, and some of them don't take rejection well.

Downtown business owners want the in-your-face panhandling stopped.

Members of Fort Lauderdale's Downtown Development Authority say they'll push City Hall to rid downtown of the scourge. They suggest officials follow the lead of other Florida cities and get tough, enforcing existing laws or entertain new ones. One possibility: mimicking a successful law passed years ago at Fort Lauderdale beach regulating where panhandlers can beg.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Turkey's PM demands German turks not assimilate into society.

Basically be Turks and get politically active for Turkish interests only.

At the meeting last month, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turks living in foreign countries to take out citizenship of the new homelands – not to integrate, but rather to become more politically active, according to the website of news magazine Der Spiegel.

Ali Ertan Toprak, deputy chairman of the Alevi community in Germany, told the magazine government representatives had said: “We have to inject European culture with Turkish.”

Erdogan told the meeting countries that did not allow dual citizenship violated basic rights and also likened Islamophobia to anti-Semitism.

Participants told Spiegel that Erdogan repeated elements of his widely criticised speech in Cologne in 2008 in which he said: “Assimilation is a crime against humanity.”

Jedi Believer wins apology for being kicked out for wearing hoodie.

Remember when the UK ruled the world and the sun never set on the British Empire yaadda yadda yadda. How far have they fallen? This far.

When benefits claimant Chris Jarvis was asked to put down his hood in a Jobcentre, he said he was entitled to wear it because of his Jedi 'faith'.
When he continued to wear the cowl despite repeated warnings, he was escorted from the premises by security guards.

Yet in a case which sums up the march of political correctness in the public sector, he has now received a grovelling apology saying that the government agency 'embraces diversity and respects a customer's religion'. 'Jediism' was made up for the Star Wars films.

The father of three now plans to sue Jobcentre Plus in Southend for discrimination, despite admitting he took up the 'faith' last year only as an excuse to wear hooded tops.

'I am a Star Wars follower. It means following the way of the Jedi,' he said yesterday. 'The main reason is I want to wear my hood up and I have got a religion which allows me to do that.

'Someone with their own religious views is allowed to wear what their religion says - the Sikhs are able to carry a great big dagger. My religion allows me to wear my hood.'

Eric Holders goes all Jack Bauer at hearing.

You think the PR people at the White House are not in his ear telling himto keep his peacenik side out of sight in public. But he screwed up the tough talk.

Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress on Tuesday that Osama bin Laden will never face trial in the United States because he will not be captured alive.

In testy exchanges with House Republicans, the attorney general compared terrorists to mass murderer Charles Manson and predicted that events would ensure "we will be reading Miranda rights to the corpse of Osama bin Laden" not to the al-Qaida leader as a captive.

Holder sternly rejected criticism from GOP members of a House Appropriations subcommittee, who contend it is too dangerous to put terror suspects on trial in federal civilian courts as Holder has proposed.

The attorney general said it infuriates him to hear conservative critics complain that terrorists would get too many rights in the court system.

Terrorists in court "have the same rights that Charles Manson would have, any other kind of mass murderer," the attorney general said. "It doesn't mean that they're going to be coddled, it doesn't mean that they're going to be treated with kid gloves."

The comparison to convicted killer Manson angered Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, who said it showed the Obama administration doesn't understand the American public's desire to treat terrorists as wartime enemies, not criminal defendants.

"My constituents and I just have a deep-seated and profound philosophical difference with the Obama administration," Culberson said.

Holder, his voice rising, charged that Culberson's arguments ignored basic facts about the law and the fight against terrorists.

"Let's deal with reality," Holder said. "The reality is that we will be reading Miranda rights to the corpse of Osama bin Laden. He will never appear in an American courtroom."

Pressed further on that point, Holder said: "The possibility of catching him alive is infinitesimal. He will be killed by us or he will be killed by his own people so he can't be captured by us."

Holder tries to connect two very different views. He compares Islamic terrorists to Manson a crazed murderer. One is at war with Western nations and the other is a horrible criminal. You can't treat them as the same in terms of their actions and the intent behind those actions.

Contemptible hipsters happily on food stamps

I have a deep loathing of hipsters to begin with and having an article describing able bodied young "artists" and part time bloggers sucking on food stamps to keep up with their whole foods fetish irritates me to the core. I am against the welfare state in general but for the people in this article who seems to be happy sucking on the taxpayers, I get just a little pissed off. A last stop program being used to keep having a lifestyle you can't afford which is funded by those who are productive members of society is unacceptable.

"....Young urbanites with a taste for ciabatta may legitimately be among the new poor, but their participation in the program is far from universally accepted. A New York Times story in late November about the program's explosive growth generated a storm of comments online, with many readers lobbing familiar accusations of laziness and irresponsibility.

But there seems to be a special strain of ire reserved for those like the self-described "30-something, unemployed, ex-fashionista, EBT armed, post-hipster, downtown mom" from New York who, in January, drew nearly 500 comments on the Web site, many seething with fury at her for trying to maintain the trappings of a materialistic, cosmopolitan life while using an Electronic Benefit Transfer card -- food stamps -- to feed her family. (Her blog is now password-protected.)

"You're hosting dinner parties and buying cases of wine -- on taxpayers' money!" one person wrote. "Your attitude is so objectionable that you're like a trainwreck; it's hard to look away." (One cannot, in fact, buy wine with food stamps, though dinner party ingredients are fair game.)

And on the blog Stuff Unemployed People Like, along with "not showering regularly" and "sleeping in while your significant other goes to work," a post last year touted "buying Perrier with food stamps" and sarcastically claimed that "the fancier the food, the more glee there is in knowing the government has once again helped in enabling a lavish lifestyle." Of the reader responses that poured in, many were food stamp users who defended their shopping choices (including, yes, Perrier) while others attacked them.

"While one person works their butt off," one wrote, "another is just waiting in line so they can recieve [sic] their 'luxury' food stamps and recieve [sic] basically whatever they want."

Monday, March 15, 2010

AP: Why are Europeans provoking Muslims????

The way this piece starts off irritates as being just an apology piece on why those nasty Euros are picking on Muslims instead of being a serious article on why Muslim immigrants and some parts of Europe are surrending to hardline Muslim beliefs.

With the West locked in conflicts across the Muslim world, why would anyone throw fuel on the fire?

A small group of Europeans have been doing just that — provoking death plots and at least one murder by turning out art that derides the Prophet Muhammad and the Quran in the name of Western values.

Behind the scenes is something bigger: a rising European unease with a rapidly growing Muslim minority, and the spreading sense that the continent has become a front in a clash of civilizations.

Recent events — including surprising electoral success by an anti-Islamic Dutch party, moves to ban veils in France and minarets in Switzerland, and arrests in Ireland and the U.S. this week in an alleged plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist — are signs of the rising tensions.

Swedish artist Lars Vilks says he was defending freedom of speech when he produced a crude black-and-white drawing of Muhammad with a dog's body in 2007. Authorities say that set him in the crosshairs of an assassination plot by extremists including Colleen LaRose, a 46-year-old Muslim convert from Pennsylvania who dubbed herself "Jihad Jane."

Vilks said in a recent interview with The Associated Press that he wasn't interested in offending Muslims as an end in itself, but wanted to show that he could make provocative art about any topic he chose. "There is nothing so holy you can't offend it," he said.

BBC boss praises herself hiring young black woman.

Just to underscore the political correctness at BBC.

BBC1 controller Jay Hunt has defended axing Arlene Phillips from Strictly Come Dancing by saying it enabled a 'young, black, woman presenter' to replace her.

The 43-year-old appeared to suggest the decision last year to axe Miss Phillips, which sparked scores of complaints about ageism and sexism, was offset by bringing in a presenter from an ethnic minority: Alesha Dixon.

But her claims will do little to little to quell criticism that the former Hot Gossip choreographer, 66, was forced to make way for 31-year-old Miss Dixon because of her age and has now sparked new claims of political correctness.

Here is the quote.

Hunt explains that she also needs to develop a new group of presenters with credibility and expertise who, in five years' time, can front big factual series on BBC1, and who are successors to David Dimbleby, David Attenborough, etc. "We still want older women on BBC1 in every guise. Alongside that we want authoritative figures for the future."

The news presenters Fiona Bruce and Sophie Raworth, for instance. Hunt adds: "Yes, a lot of people were upset about Arlene but the flip side is, in Alesha, we have a young, black, woman presenter, at the heart of the Saturday night BBC1 schedule. Anyway, Arlene is part of the latest returning hit, So You Think You Can Dance?."

So congrats to Alesha, you got hired for being black! Diversity without merit is garbage.

Obama’s womanly attitude to leadership praised.

If Obama attitude to leadership is a womanly one and he acted like Thatcher I wouldn't have a problem with most of his agenda. But in this case it means acquiescing to other people's demand.

Chaudhury: The criticism of the Obama administration seems to be particularly “male,” you know? When you say ‘why aren’t you fighting back, why aren’t you policing?’ I think we’ve been talking about having women in leadership positions, and Obama’s attitude to leadership is really a very womanly one, you know, which is consensual, which is thought through, which calms the temperature down of the world, and it’s very important to remember that, you know.

Jarrett: Thank you.

Chaudhury: Yesterday, Barbara Walters kept asking, ‘Should we police the world? You know, are we doing this? Should America fix it?’ And, I think, you know, I’m from India, and we really respect, uh, the Obama administration, purely for changing the way people speak, for changing the discourse of the world, and for bringing the temperature down, you know. This is a womanly leadership.”

Jarrett: Thank you. I’m going to tell him you said that. I think he’ll be very pleased to hear that that’s how you describe it. And I think I’m going to use that in terms of taking the temperature down. Because it has to come down if you are actually going to listen to one another, you have to take a lot of the heat out of the discourse. I think he’s very good at doing that, thank you.

Prius driver's speeding out of control questioned by Feds.

I started doubting his story when he said his Prius was going more than 90 miles per hour on its own.

The driver, James Sikes, called 911 and told the operator his Prius had sped up to more than 90 miles per hour on its own, on Interstate 8 near San Diego. During and after the incident, 61-year-old Sikes told authorities he had used heavy pressure on his brake pedal at high speeds, the WSJ site said.

"But the investigation of the vehicle, carried out jointly by safety officials ... didn't find signs the brake had been applied at full force at high speeds over a sustained period of time," the Journal said, citing three people familiar with the investigation.

UK- Black fathers urged to be fathers to their kids.

Its not just a disturbing trend in America.

Black fathers need to become more involved with their children to help tackle social problems among young people, a government minister will say.

Prominent black MP David Lammy will tell the Runnymede race think tank that fathers must take more responsibility.

In a speech on Monday, he will say this would address issues such as education underachievement and high crime rates.

The higher education minister will also praise women in families where fathers are either absent or uninvolved.

In the event to link in with Mothering Sunday, he will say: "What many women want for Mothers' Day can't be given by their children - it is more engaged fathers."

'Emotional bond'

Mr Lammy will touch on figures that suggest 59% of black Caribbean and 44% of black African children grow up in single-parent families.

"The mark of a man is not how many children he spawns but how he matches up as a father," he will say.

The problem is in some areas that is the mark of a man including how much prison time.

If the minister can't point out the obvious to wayward men, learn from Don Vito Corleone.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Detroit city employees discouraged from wearing strong scents

What is going to happen is someone is going to complain about a scent and the person wearing it will counter-sue. I understand if you are one person with some sort of problem but that doesn't mean I think its going overboard not to wear something with a scent. How are you going to judge it if the complaint is reasonable?

City employees with a strong aroma of perfume, cologne or any scented products will soon be in for a warning.

Detroit officials have plans to place placards in three city buildings detailing scented products to avoid due to a settlement in a widely publicized federal lawsuit filed by a city planner in 2008 and settled last month.

The employee, Susan McBride, was awarded $100,000 in the federal case because of her breathing sensitivity to chemical products -- but she has yet to receive her money.

McBride, who filed her lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act, complained that a co-worker's perfume made it challenging for her to breathe and do her job. The city initially fought it on the grounds that there was no medical diagnosis of her condition and that she is not disabled.

"It's unique. I think it should be used as a model for other people who are having similar problems," said Ann Curry Thompson, McBride's attorney.

The placards will be placed in the Cadillac Square Building, Coleman A. Young Municipal Center and First National Building. They ask employees to refrain from "wearing scented products, including ... colognes, aftershave lotions, perfumes, deodorants, body/face lotions ... (and) the use of scented candles, perfume samples from magazines, spray or solid air fresheners ..."

America and UK closer to losing AAA credit rating.

Thanks Obama.

-- The U.S. and the U.K. have moved “substantially” closer to losing their AAA credit ratings as the cost of servicing their debt rose, according to Moody’s Investors Service.

The governments of the two economies must balance bringing down their debt burdens without damaging growth by removing fiscal stimulus too quickly, Pierre Cailleteau, managing director of sovereign risk at Moody’s in London, said in a telephone interview.

Under the ratings company’s baseline scenario the U.S. will spend more on debt service as a percentage of revenue this year than any other top-rated country except the U.K., and will be the biggest spender from 2011 to 2013, Moody’s said today in a report.

“We expect the situation to further deteriorate in terms of the key ratings metrics before they start stabilizing,” Cailleteau said. “This story is not going to stop at the end of the year. There is inertia in the deterioration of credit metrics.”

ADL's Abe Foxman is shocked at Obama's dressing down Israel.

Anyone who has followed Foxman's career at the ADL as its director realizes that this is a Renault moment for him.

Jewish-American groups that support Israel are also joining the war of words.

"We are shocked and stunned at the Administration's tone and public dressing down of Israel," Anti-Defamation League director Abraham Foxman said in a statement. "We cannot remember an instance when such harsh language was directed at a friend and ally of the United States."

Jews who support Israel and inexplicably Obama should be shocked because your ignorance of the Dem party cutting down of Israel in the last decade has it moves more to the left has been building to this moment.

Perhaps this will move Foxman to actually open his eyes beyond the evil of Evan. Christians and more to the bigger threat of Israel's enemies including Islamic terrorists that are surrounding them in the Middle East and here at home among the party he personally supports.

Obama admin whines Israel's new plans are an insult and affront.

It looks like someone is astonished that someone else is not impressed with hope and change.

The White House is raising the stakes with Israel, calling it an "insult" and an "affront" that the Jewish nation would continue plans to build 1,600 new apartments during a construction freeze aimed at re-igniting peace talks with Palestinians.

Palestinians have not sought as part of their capital the area of northeast Jerusalem where the Jewish settlement of Ramat Shlomo resides, but the decision to announce construction plans just as Vice President Joe Biden was visiting the region led to strained meetings that continues past his return.

Biden expressed his displeasure by showing up late to a dinner with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in order to issue a statement of condemnation.

Matt Damon's Green Zone bombs, Universal puzzled

You can make an Iraq war movie but when you come in with an obvious liberal agenda then you are going to waste $100 million.

If Matt Damon can't sell an Iraq war film, perhaps this is a lost cause for Hollywood.

One week after the tiny war drama The Hurt Locker claimed the best-picture Oscar, Damon and Paul Greengrass— who directed the last two Bourne films — were expected to bring the Iraq war feature into the mainstream.

Instead, Green Zone put up little resistance to the competition this week, mustering just $14.5 million, according to studio estimates from

The debut was $4 million less than the modest expectations for the $100 million film, which was second to the 3-D fairy tale Alice inWonderland, which did $62 million in its second weekend. After 10 days, Wonderland has made $208 million.

While no one expected Zone to challenge Wonderland, even Universal Pictures, which distributed the film, expected it to debut in the high teens.

"We're disappointed," says Nikki Rocco, Universal's head of distribution. "And to tell you the truth, I'm puzzled. You've got the same great director and actor, in same style of film they did in the Bourne movies, just in a different place."

Goodwin Liu, Obama's radical nominee for the 9th Circuit bench

Elections has consequences and Obama is looking to stack the courts with very liberal nominees who are extremely hostile to the Constitution and think the bench is to used to lord over the public.

Liu has also aligned himself with progressive legal groups, including the American Constitution Society, where he is chairman of the board of directors. That's prompting opponents to argue that Liu is "too far outside the mainstream" to take a seat on a court just one step below the Supreme Court of the United States.

"He believes the Constitution is something judges can manipulate to have it say what they think culture or evolving standards of decency requires of it in a given day," said the Senate Judiciary Committee's top Republican Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.

Ed Whelan, a one-time clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia and now president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, echoed those concerns.

"Liu believes that judges have the authority to impose their views ... using clever verbal camouflage to disguise what they're doing."

Liu opponents point to a number of his writings, including a book he co-authored in 2009 called "Keeping Faith with the Constitution," in which the authors opine about their concept of judicial interpretation.

"Applications of constitutional text and principles must be open to adaptation and change ... as the conditions and norms of our society become ever more distant from those of the Founding generation."

That theme -- that the Constitution's text and principles must be adapted to changes in the world -- repeats throughout the book and raises eyebrows among conservatives.

What kind of changes does Mr. Liu believe the American public should follow?

Liu defined "welfare rights" as right to "education, shelter, subsistence, health care and the like, or to the money those things cost." In the article cited by the Times, Liu wrote: "I use the term 'welfare right' to mean an affirmative constitutional right to particular social goods such as 'education, shelter, subsistence, health care and the like, or to the money these things cost.' "

More excerpts here. That is the type of nominee that Obama loves, one who pushes "social justice" on the wallets of the public.