Saturday, March 27, 2010

Conservatives better pay attention to liberal black radio.

Newsbusters or BigJournalism are missing great material to showcase and mock here.

If you think there is hysterical race baiting going on with white liberals like Frank Rich or the entire MSNBC lineup, pay attention to liberal black radio and black websites who are really pushing it.

I am going to use the Tom Joyner show as the prime example as its the #1 black radio show in America, nationwide audience, feverent Obama backer have double down along with Roland Martin of CNN who does morning commentary that almost anyone against Obama is because he is black, tea party and conservatives are racists and the best agenda is only a black agenda.

Listen to various commentaries during this last week to get a taste.

03/22/2010: ROLAND MARTIN talks with Congressman Jim Clyburn about health care


03/24/2010: ROLAND MARTIN to Ray Lahood... (a report on how federal funds will be steered toward minority businesses which doesn't seem all that legal or ethical) But halfway thru it a tea party question is raised.

03/25/2010: ROLAND MARTIN talks about health care with one of the few black pollsters in Washington, Cornell Belcher (All tea party hate and mocking if they had jobs because they seem to protest so much which seems to be a new theme by liberals like the NYTIMES to explain them away.

03/25/2010: Sybil Wilkes with a news break which they ask BlackAmericaweb visitors about the reason why they are tea party protestors.(The first 2 mins of the news break.)

That is just a sampling. It is entertaining radio but when they get "serious" the tone gets unsettling especially when it comes to politics. The two biggest right now that steers the ship are Tom Joyner and Michael Baisden who delivered this disgusting diatribe against Sarah Palin back in 2008 election where he said white women against abortion would be for the option if their daughter got raped by Latino or Black man.



If Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck is somehow incitement radio, then this also falls into that same category. Keep an eye on it especially as we get close to the election this year.

Obama admin to favor bikes over motorized vehicles.

Amazing, I have nothing against bikes but to put policies in place to favor them over motorized vehicles shows the mind of a dunce.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced a “major policy revision” that aims to give bicycling and walking the same policy and economic consideration as driving.

“Today I want to announce a sea change,” he wrote on his blog last week. “This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of nonmotorized.”

The new policy, which was introduced a few days after Mr. LaHood gave a well-received speech from atop a table at the National Bike Summit, is said to reflect the Transportation Department’s support for the development of fully integrated transportation networks.

....Mr. LaHood also indicated the department is discouraging “transportation investments that negatively affect cyclists and pedestrians.”


So any investments that would ease the transportation of people and goods in this country will now be hampered by bicycle welfare laws. That is just progress.

Obamacare! States faces huge financial burden for uninsured.

This is not a bug of Obamacare but a major feature, get the states dependent on the federal government which in turn will have to tax the hell out of the population to fund Obamacare which can't be funded into the black.

Because of the new health care law, Arizona lawmakers must now find a way to maintain insurance coverage for 350,000 children and adults that they slashed just last week to help close a $2.6 billion budget deficit.

Louisiana officials say a reduction in federal money to hospitals that treat the uninsured under the bill could be a death knell for their state-run charity hospital system.

In California, policymakers estimate they will have to come up with an additional $500 million a year to make necessary increases in payments to Medicaid providers.

Across the country, state officials are wading through the minutiae of the health care overhaul to understand just how their governments will be affected. Even with much still to be digested, it is clear the law may be as much of a burden to some state budgets as it is a boon to uninsured consumers.

States with the largest uninsured populations, like Texas and California, might be considered by its backers the biggest winners to emerge from the law, because so many additional residents will have access to health insurance. But because those states are being required to significantly expand their Medicaid programs, they are precisely the ones that will face the biggest financial strains, in many cases magnified by existing budget shortfalls.

“The federal government has to account for states’ inability to sustain our current programs, much less expand,” said Kim Belshé, secretary of California’s Health and Human Services Agency.

In contrast, states like Massachusetts and Wisconsin, which already have extensive health care safety nets, do not expect to spend much more money, while still taking in billions in federal grants.

3M says Obamacare could halt their medical devices.

Obamacare strikes again.

The loss of the tax deduction isn't the only impact 3M is expecting from the health care overhaul. The company also said this week it may face higher costs because of a medical-device tax contained in the legislation. A variety of 3M products -- including dental and orthodontic appliances, skin- and wound-care products and surgical drapes -- could be subject to the tax.

3M spokeswoman Jacqueline Berry said the annual tax could total $25 million to $50 million. She said it could prompt the company to stop making certain devices or pass the tax on to patients or providers in the form of higher prices.


Exactly, all the taxing by Obamacare is either going to stop progress just spread the bill to everyone else.

Obamacare! AT&T and others take $1 Billion charge, retirees to get slammed

The effects of Obamacare is truly happening as companies may have to kick off retired workers off of their plans because Obamacare raised taxes on them.

AT&T Inc. will take a $1 billion non-cash accounting charge in the first quarter because of the health care overhaul and may cut benefits it offers to current and retired workers.

The charge is the largest disclosed so far. Earlier this week, AK Steel Corp., Caterpillar Inc., Deere & Co. and Valero Energy announced similar accounting charges, saying the health care law that President Barack Obama signed Tuesday will raise their expenses. On Friday, 3M Co. said it will also take a charge of $85 million to $90 million.

All five are smaller than AT&T, and their combined charges are less than half of the $1 billion that AT&T is planning. The $1 billion is a third of AT&T's most recent quarterly earnings. In the fourth quarter of 2009, the company earned $3 billion on revenue of $30.9 billion.

AT&T said Friday that the charge reflects changes to how Medicare subsidies are taxed. Companies say the health care overhaul will require them to start paying taxes next year on a subsidy they receive for retiree drug coverage.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Thursday that the tax law closed a loophole.

Under the 2003 Medicare prescription drug program, companies that provide prescription drug benefits for retirees have been able to receive subsidies covering 28 percent of eligible costs. But they could deduct the entire amount they spent on these drug benefits — including the subsidies — from their taxable income.

The new law allows companies to only deduct the 72 percent they spent.

AT&T also said Friday that it is looking into changing the health care benefits it offers because of the new law. Analysts say retirees could lose the prescription drug coverage provided by their former employers as a result of the overhaul.


This is a feature not a bug because Obama wants people to go on government health care like Medicare. But some retirees may want to talk to the AARP about what the hell happened here.

Friday, March 26, 2010

JaMarcus Russell tipping the scales at 290 pounds.

It is unthinkable but Russell makes Ryan Leaf look good.

Two people reported that Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell returned to Oakland and tipped the scales at 290 pounds. At least he was under 3 bills.

Netanyahu asks Obama where is the pressure on the Palestinians?

Silly man, Obama does not think the Palestinians are the problem here. He has never put ANY pressure on the Palestinians.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who accompanied Netanyahu on the trip, told the Americans – who reportedly had asked for an Israeli commitment to extend the housing start moratorium – that he was “disappointed” by the reaction to the original moratorium decision. He said he thought this would garner more positive reactions from around the world, as well as bring the Palestinians to the negotiating table. Instead, he said, the move made the Palestinians believe that if they held out, they could get even more.

Netanyahu, during his talks in the White House, asked the Obama administration why it was not placing the same kind of pressure on the Palestinians as it was placing on Israel, and asked where the “reciprocity” was. Netanyahu, according to senior officials, said that while the US held him responsible for the timing of the announcement to build 1,600 units in Ramat Shlomo, rather than holding Interior Minister Eli Yishai responsible, Abbas was not held responsible when it came to the PA – which recently presided over the naming of a square in Ramallah for the terrorist responsible for the Coastal Road massacre.

Meanwhile, the PA’s chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said that Israel was “damaging its credibility as a serious peace partner” by refusing to stop construction in east Jerusalem and West Bank settlements.

$32 million to Navajo Nation for high speed internet.

In a place where most don't have power, phone service or running water, this is a waste of resources. How about hooking them with the basic necessities beforehand.

The Navajo Nation will be the beneficiary of $32 million in federal stimulus money for a high-speed Internet network that will cover 15,000 square miles in New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. The boost hopes to help Navajo residents gain access to high-tech jobs and training which could help eradicate crushing unemployment--jobless rates hover at about 40% on the reservation.


As Cordelia Newlin de Rojas wrote in a post for FastCompany.com, the team members noted that most residents, like Clay Bigman, above, lack not only phone service, but also are without power or running water: "With extremely limited economic opportunities, people--particularly elders--continue to live on their families' lands, grazing sheep and horses in order to survive.

Muslim students in London demand Muslim only prayer room

At least they are being honest about their intentions in demanding special privileges. The attacks are wrong and there may be an overreaction on security but the response by the students are way off the mark.

Muslim students are demanding their embassies lobby City University to overturn a ban on them using their prayer room.

The University, which has students from Muslim countries including Bangladesh, Iran and Pakistan, padlocked the prayer room on Whiskin Street because of security concerns after six Muslim students were attacked in November.

Hundreds of male members of the Islamic Society (ISoc) have been gathering twice a day to pray in Northampton Square in protest. Up to 400 students have been attending sermons in the square during Friday prayers.

The University have offered the students space in a multi-faith prayer room, but the students say they cannot use a space that is shared by all faiths


The Islamic Society is a pretty moderate student group.

Relations between the City University Islamic Society members and other student groups have been strained since last year, when the society invited cleric Abu Usamah to a fundraising event.

The preacher featured in a Channel 4 documentary, Undercover Mosque, in 2007, in which he said homosexuals should be “thrown off a mountain” and labelled women intellectually deficient.

The Inquirer ran an article and editorial criticising the society for inviting Mr Usamah.

In its response, also published by the paper, the society warns The Inquirer and City staff to “submit to Allah” or face “severe and painful punishment” in the “next life”.

A second response, from anonymous Muslim students at City, points out that “male chauvinists are everywhere” and asks non-Muslims to “take a critical look at the myriad media reports of angry Muslims shouting ‘death to the infidels’. There are approximately 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, and if Islam advocated violence and sexism, the whole world would be up in flames by now,” they write.

City’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Society also demanded an apology from Julius Weinberg, acting vice-chancellor, for allowing Mr Usamah on to campus.


Okay, maybe not. But they are not doing themselves any favors.

Obama orders banks to cut mortgage payments for unemployed.

Yet another government intervenetion into the housing market that should have long ago go thru a proper pricing correction but instead is being held up by Obama throwing taxpayers money in it.

The Obama administration plans to overhaul how it is tackling the foreclosure crisis, in part by requiring lenders to temporarily slash or eliminate monthly mortgage payments for many borrowers who are unemployed, senior officials said Thursday.

Banks and other lenders would have to reduce the payments to no more than 31 percent of a borrower's income, which would typically be the amount of unemployment insurance, for three to six months. In some cases, administration officials said, a lender could allow a borrower to skip payments altogether.

The new push, which the White House is scheduled to announce Friday, takes direct aim at the major cause of the current wave of foreclosures: the spike in unemployment. While the initial mortgage crisis that erupted three years ago resulted from millions of risky home loans that went bad, more-recent defaults reflect the country's economic downturn and the inability of jobless borrowers to keep paying.

The administration's new push also seeks to more aggressively help borrowers who owe more on their mortgages than their properties are worth, offering financial incentives for the first time to lenders to cut the loan balances of such distressed homeowners. Those who are still current on their mortgages could get the chance to refinance on better terms into loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration.

The problem of "underwater" borrowers has bedeviled earlier administration efforts to address the mortgage crisis as home prices plunged.


I feel for people who are unemployed but most who are behind or defaulting due to trying to flip, buying with loans they knew they couldn't afford, underwater or second mortage because they thought their houses were ATM machines.

Screw them.

The housing market should have settled by now but all of these Obama orders are screwing up the economy in general because banks and customers are unsure what is going on. It would be cheaper to look at these people and say "Look here is $100,000 and a mark on your credit score, have a nice day"

If Obama can force creditors to take pennies on the dollar for the auto industry, do it for the housing market.

Of course Fidel Castro cheers on the passing of Obamacare.

Bird of a feather flock together on common causes.

t perhaps was not the endorsement President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress were looking for.

Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Thursday declared passage of American health care reform "a miracle" and a major victory for Obama's presidency, but couldn't help chide the United States for taking so long to enact what communist Cuba achieved decades ago.

"We consider health reform to have been an important battle and a success of his (Obama's) government," Castro wrote in an essay published in state media, adding that it would strengthen the president's hand against lobbyists and "mercenaries."

But the Cuban leader also used the lengthy piece to criticize the American president for his lack of leadership on climate change and immigration reform, and for his decision to send more troops to Afghanistan, among many other things.

Miami being taken over by Wild Chickens.

Video here and yes except for the reporter no one else spoke English in the piece.

The fact a major city actually had a chicken buster position is ridiculous. That is third world nonsense.

Ever since the city of Miami cut funding to a popular chicken chaser, the chickens have been running wild in the inner city.


The chickens, hens and roosters who have taken over public streets can also be a public health hazard and are annoying an entire community.

It was such a problem that the city of Miami hired a full time "Chicken Catcher" but budget cuts forced them slash his services.

That cut has been mostly good news for the feathery fowl that now roam free.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

NPR changes stance to fully endorse abortion advocates.

My tax dollars at work

Last week, I wrote a post about how NPR identifies people who support or oppose abortion. It engendered a lively debate inside and outside NPR. Today, some top editors got together to review the 2005 policy and decided to no longer use "pro-choice" or "pro-life."

Here's the memo that was just distributed to all NPR staff:

"NPR News is revising the terms we use to describe people and groups involved in the abortion debate.

This updated policy is aimed at ensuring the words we speak and write are as clear, consistent and neutral as possible. This is important given that written text is such an integral part of our work.

On the air, we should use "abortion rights supporter(s)/advocate(s)" and "abortion rights opponent(s)" or derivations thereof (for example: "advocates of abortion rights"). It is acceptable to use the phrase "anti-abortion", but do not use the term "pro-abortion rights".

Digital News will continue to use the AP style book for online content, which mirrors the revised NPR policy.

Do not use "pro-life" and "pro-choice" in copy except when used in the name of a group. Of course, when the terms are used in an actuality they should remain." [An actuality is a clip of tape of someone talking. So if a source uses those terms, NPR will not edit them out.]

Thanks
David

David Sweeney
Managing Editor


So anti-abortion is good but pro abortion rights which is the same as abortion rights supporter or advocates of abortion rights is bad since it conveys they are abortion rights supporters... Okay then. Its a slick move that is not neutral at all and satisfies the liberal agenda fixing the terms to their advantage.

Attack the smears by Dems against tea partiers and conservatives.

Instapundit is covering the MSM and lefty blogger reaction to Dem congress critters in fear of their lives or something but this is just a coordinated attack on Tea Party supporters and Conservatives to create another narrative to smear everyone. One incident about a coffin was untrue and in the coming days I expect a lot of these incidents to be false or flat out too stupid.

I would more inclined to give a damn if the MSM carried the same urgency when conservatives like Senator Bunning getting death threats are under threats but now this just is political theater to boost up Democrats.

Don't just fight but attack back. The era of conservatives just taking it is over.

The magic spit that destroyed Rep Emanuel Cleaver

Except that it wasn't and its nothing more than a typical say don't spray it deal that turned into the biggest racial incident since John Lewis claimed someone called him a nigger except that isn't heard on the tape. Considering they had someone with a freaking camera on them as they walked about you would think it would be all over the news.

So far this racial incident by John Lewis and Cleaver is just made up BS by two members of the Congressional Black Caucas looking to lead the smear against the tea party and conservatives.

Obama wimps out on Iran Sanctions due to China and Russia.

China and Russia are never going to agree to any sanctions worth a damn against Iran put forth by America because they are being put forth by America. Unless Iran does something to either country, this is nothing more than Obama being a wuss.

The U.S. has backed away from pursuing a number of tough measures against Iran in order to win support from Russia and China for a new United Nations Security Council resolution on sanctions, according to people familiar with the matter.

Among provisions removed from the original draft resolution the U.S. sent to key allies last month were sanctions aimed at choking off Tehran's access to international banking services and capital markets, and closing international airspace and waters to Iran's national air cargo and shipping lines, according to the people.

The U.S. and allies are trying to force Iran to rein in a nuclear program that they worry is aimed at developing atomic weapons. Tehran says its nuclear activities are peaceful. The U.K. and Germany, concerned that Russia and China would reject the resolution outright and preferring to turn up pressure on Iran gradually, persuaded U.S. officials to drop or soften several elements, including some of the document's harshest provisions, the people said.

Classless Obama humiliates Israel again for regime change.

There are a couple of things at work here.



For a head of government to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of. Yet that is how Binyamin Netanyahu was treated by President Obama on Tuesday night, according to Israeli reports on a trip viewed in Jerusalem as a humiliation.

After failing to extract a written promise of concessions on settlements, Mr Obama walked out of his meeting with Mr Netanyahu but invited him to stay at the White House, consult with advisers and “let me know if there is anything new”, a US congressman, who spoke to the Prime Minister, said.

“It was awful,” the congressman said. One Israeli newspaper called the meeting “a hazing in stages”, poisoned by such mistrust that the Israeli delegation eventually left rather than risk being eavesdropped on a White House telephone line. Another said that the Prime Minister had received “the treatment reserved for the President of Equatorial Guinea”


1) Obama is a vindictive prick who strikes out at anyone who dares make him look bad in his mind.

2) He is hellbent on getting middle east approval from Israel's enemies that he would lash out in such a way. He would get his way with a more dovish government willing to give up everything to achieve some peace agreement with Israel's enemies who are just paying lip service to peace anyway.

3) This continues a pattern where Obama treats traditional allies like shit(Canada, UK, Honduras, Colombia, Eastern Europe..) while kissing up to America's enemies. This is a man who made the Dalai Lama walk out a side door pass garbage bags to appease China.

4) The reports on how he treated Bibi is beyond astonishing but not surprising. Leftists such as him don't care for Israel. The actions and words are of someone who believes Israel is the only problem to middle east peace not the victim or part of the solution.

Obamacare on small business has some quirky results.

Via CBSNEWS, Obamacare has the effect of either firing your 25th employee to get some tax credit or just dump your employees off your health plan and pay a fine per head. That is a feature not a bug of Obamacare.

Last year, Allentown, Pa., businessman Dick Bus saw his health insurance costs spike 33 percent - a trend that will quickly make providing coverage unaffordable.

The new law seeks to limit those kinds of increases, while giving businesses incentives to cover more workers.

Here's how:

• Businesses with fewer than 25 employees that pay an average of no more than $40,000 will get a tax credit - up to 35 percent of the company's share of their total health care premium.

• Companies with 26-49 workers are unaffected.

• Businesses with 50 or more workers must offer coverage or pay $750 per worker. That penalty applies for every employee if even one signs up for government-subsidized insurance.

But there are potential problems. Case in point: It would be much cheaper for Dick Bus to drop the generous coverage he now offers and take the hit at $750 a head for his 120 workers. The penalty would be $90,000 a year. He's currently spending $480,000.

Bus would save $390,000, but canceling his plan would force his workers to the health plan exchange and could cost more than they're paying now. The Senate is considering an increase in the $750 penalty to prevent that scenario.

Walking Away from Mortages has consequences.

Now the people who are walking away on purpose because they got duped and overpaid. Scum. Their credit scores should reflect it and they have to pay a price since it hurts the responsible owners overall.

More homeowners are walking away from their mortgages, even if they can keep up the payments. Falling into foreclosure — voluntarily or not — has become less taboo for many people as they have watched their house values tumble far below the amount they owe, putting them "underwater."

Purposely defaulting on a mortgage, often called "strategic default," may be a very rational personal finance decision, but it's not without major consequences. And it's not necessarily the best option for anyone underwater who can afford to make monthly mortgage payments but who does not want to wait up to 10 years for the housing market to turn around.

WSJ - Europe's Choice: Growth or Safety Net

Look at the future of America where the welfare mentality has taken control in Europe that the necessary change to shake off stagnant growth will never happen making matters worse.

At Thursday's summit, leaders from the 27-nation European Union—of which the euro zone is the financial core—are gathering to discuss the continent's broad economic goals for the next 10 years. Their plan for looking past a possible Greek default has global ramifications. The euro zone is the world's largest unified economy after the U.S., and a major source of world demand for goods and services. A sluggish Europe makes it harder for the world economy to find more balanced and sustainable growth.

But the appetite for structural overhaul is low among Europeans, who have long believed that capitalism should be tempered by generous state benefits and strong labor protections.

Even in the best of times, Europeans are loath to move toward a U.S.-style economic model, which they criticize for leaving citizens to sink or swim. In bad times, voters tend to demand economic security over change. French conservatives' stinging defeat in regional elections over the weekend was a warning that many people voters have soured on President Nicolas Sarkozy's bid to make France more business friendly and reduce some welfare benefits.

Under government pressure, Bank of America to Cut Mortgage Debt

Typical nonsense, I am for helping those who got into bad luck but the segment of those people underwater who tried to flip, overpaid or took out stupid loans and overpaid. Screw them.

The plan is one of the boldest moves yet to address the plight of millions of U.S. homeowners who are "under water," owing more on their homes than they're worth. It could make it easier for the Obama administration to move in a similar direction with its existing loan-modification program, although senior government officials and many bankers remain very wary of offering to cut loan balances as the main way of helping distressed borrowers.

So far, most modifications, including those under the government-subsidized Home Affordable Modification Program, involve reducing interest rates. Some also extend terms to 40 years, to shrink monthly payments.

But banks are finding that some borrowers aren't willing to keep making even reduced payments, believing they have little hope of ever having equity in their homes and might be better off renting, and perhaps buying a less-expensive home later.

"Severely under-water homeowners are reluctant to accept a solution that does not offer some reduction in principal," said Barbara Desoer, president of Bank of America Home Loans. "The whole purpose of the program is to get more customers to return phone calls" and make payments for trial modifications so workouts can be made permanent, she added.

Tiger to hold first press conference at Masters

If you think the Masters fans and other golfers were irritated at Tiger using the Masters as his comeback, this will not thrill them at all.

Tiger Woods will speak before he plays in the Masters.

Woods is scheduled to hold his first press conference in nearly five months at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 5, according to a tentative interview schedule that Augusta National released Wednesday.

It will be his first press conference in nearly five months, and his first time facing a room full of reporters since he crashed his SUV into a tree on Nov. 27, setting off shocking revelations of rampant infidelity.

The Masters only recently began conducting a press conference on Monday of tournament week, usually a player with only moderate news interest because most of the media isn't there yet.

Woods is the only player scheduled for an interview that day. Given the sensational nature of his downfall, what he says could trump the NCAA basketball championship game held later that night.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Woman allegedly tosses baby into SUV to block repo

The argument for licenses to have a baby gains another example. Tossing your kid like a nerf ball to save your SUV is just wrong.


DALLAS (AP) - A woman is accused of throwing her year-old son into her SUV in a failed attempt to stop the vehicle from being repossessed in Dallas. Krystal Gardner of Tool was jailed Wednesday on bail of nearly $3,800 on charges including child endangerment related to abandonment, no driver's license and no insurance. Electronic records at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center did not list an attorney for the 28-year-old mother, who was booked Monday.

Recovery agent Luke Ross told KTVT-TV that he was in the Ford Expedition when he saw Gardner toss the baby through an open window. He said the baby landed on the seat "like a kid bouncing on a bed."

Texas law bans a vehicle from being repossessed if a person is inside.

Dutch Immigrants Feel There are Too Many Immigrants

These immigrants are racist against immigrants.

Many immigrants themselves consider there are too many immigrants in the Netherlands. Turks are even more negative than the 'indigenous' Dutch, according to a survey by the Socio-Cultural Planning Bureau (SCP) commissioned by the integration ministry.

Among Turks, 58 percent feel there are too many immigrants in the Netherlands, compared with 44 percent among the 'indigenous' (white) Dutch population. This view is also ascribed to around one-third of the Moroccan, Surinamese and Antillean Dutch.

About one-third of the Turks (35 percent) and Moroccans (29 percent) in the Netherlands have no contact with white Dutch people in their free time. Among the Surinamese, the figure is 14 percent and among the Antilleans, 17 percent. The other way round, 52 percent of the Dutch have no contact with non-Western immigrants in their free time.

The ethnic composition of the neighbourhood influences the degree of inter-ethnic contact. Migrants who live in overwhelmingly 'black' districts have contact less often with white Dutch than migrants living in mostly 'white' districts, the SCP concludes.

The white Dutch assess Moroccans most negatively. On an assessment scale of 0 to 100, the Moroccan group comes bottom with 45 points, followed closely by the Antillean group (48 percent). The Turkish group gets 55 points and the Surinamese, 58 points.

Obamacare Signals US Empire Decline?

Via CNBC and there is a lot of truth to it.

The passage of the health care law shows that the US empire is declining because it illustrates the fact that people expect the state to take care of them, David Murrin, the co-founder of Emergent Asset Management hedge fund manager, told CNBC.

On Tuesday, US President Barack Obama signed into law health care legislation that expands health coverage for the poor, imposes new taxes on the rich and forbids insurance practices such as refusing coverage to those with pre-existing conditions.

In their expansionary phase, empires force people to go out, seek risks and fend for themselves, Murrin said, reminding of the dismantling of the British empire after the war, when the National Health Service, which ensures universal health coverage in Britain, was created.

"This (empire decline) is actually a dead-set course that societies get into and it will happen very quickly I'm afraid," he told "Squawk Box Europe."


The main problem are more and more of the population are lazy leeches that expect mommy and daddy government to take care of them from cradle to grave. The American ideal of the rugged individual is being decimated for the new ideal of the riskless help me individual.

Ghanaian immigrant names son Silvio Berlusconi

This kid is going places.

A Ghanaian immigrant to Italy has named his son after Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, despite his government's tough policy on immigration.

Anthony Boahene told an Italian newspaper: "I like the way Berlusconi talks, the way he moves."

Asked about Mr Berlusconi's tough stance on immigration, he said: "It's fine, laws need to be observed."

Mr Boahene said he would like his son Silvio to study politics and to become president of Ghana or Italy.


BOSS!

Obama Loan Program May Extend Foreclosure Crisis

Really? There is a shocker.

March 24 (Bloomberg) -- The Obama administration’s main foreclosure-prevention program risks helping few borrowers and may do more harm than good by “merely spreading out the foreclosure crisis” over several years, federal investigators said.

“A year into the program, although more than a million trial modifications have been initiated, the number of permanent modifications thus far, 168,708, has been, even according to Treasury, ‘disappointing,’” according to a report by a government watchdog obtained by Bloomberg News. “The program will not be a long-term success if large amounts of borrowers simply re-default and end up facing foreclosure anyway.”

While Treasury officials still publicly proclaim the Home Affordable Modification Program, or HAMP, will help 3 million to 4 million borrowers, internally they project that about half that number will receive permanent alterations to their loan terms, the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program wrote in the report. The findings are scheduled to be released at a March 25 hearing before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.


This program was always intended to give the illusion of help for political purposes. If someone is close to defaulting, a loan modification short of just paying it off is going to fail. Now the result of this false prop up is the pain is now spread out over years which is how long it will take to correct itself.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Canadian leftists threatened to lynch Ann Coulter?

Via Drudgereport.
FLASH: Ann Coulter Ottawa speech shut down... 2000 protesters surrounding building with rocks and sticks -- pulled fire alarm in building. Cops shut it down! Blogs calling for Coulter to be hurt. MPs were banned from going, Coulter denounced by an MP in the Parliement.

As you can see the tolerance for other views are celebrated in Canadian places of higher learning. Got the Arafat scarf on the left and black people embarrassing us for the cameras.

Sweden: Why they fear confronting extreme Islam.

What happens when a country is totally politically correct? You get Sweden.

According to Aied Fayoumi, the government takes a very hands-on role in dealing with any religious or ethnic tensions. Fayoumi, a Palestinian immigrant who works as a teacher in Malmo, says that if he met Vilks he would want to sit with him and ask him why he made the drawing.

"We should make dialogue; we should listen to each other," he says.

Fayoumi has been in Sweden for 22 years. He says the Swedish government has emphasized dialogue and consultation in a much more conciliatory way than the government of neighboring Denmark.

Sweden also has a generous welfare system, free health care and an ever-open door that keeps Muslims, and others, coming from abroad.


"It's like paradise," says Fayoumi. "If you want to write, if you want to go to a demonstration, it's OK. If you want to say your opinion, it's very OK. ... It is true paradise."


Tyranny Of 'Halal Hippies'

If the angry Muslim protesters have not materialized, neither have the angry Swedes protesting about the sanctity of free speech.

Pernilla Ouis at the University of Malmo says the deafening silence from most Swedes regarding the Vilks case goes to the heart of the Swedish self-image.

"If we take a strong stance for freedom of expression then we ... could be accused of being racist," says Ouis, who teaches social workers how to work in cross-cultural situations. "We want to protect ourselves, [show] that we are good people, we are not racist, so we don't take that position. So we sacrifice Vilks' freedom of expression for that."


Ouis says that Swedes are very nice people, but also that they are painfully politically correct. She says the PC brigade has acquired a new nickname — "halal hippies" — and she says it applies to almost all Swedish politicians, who tend to have a blind spot to the problems of Islam.

She says halal hippies are critical of one's own society — in her words, have "the white man's guilt" — and they embrace and defend "the Other" so much that they can't see that the other community has oppressive structures of its own.

DeCarlo Flythe: "It's just going to be like Christmas,"

Between this idiot who clearly doesn't have any concept of economics who think that Santa Obama just gave him free healthcare and the first guy who racked up $100,000 in ER bills, the culture of dependency just accelerated into warp drive.

Just remember all of this when you pay your taxes.

Enraging video here.

Uninsured Triangle residents said Monday that they eagerly await the overhaul of the nation's health care system.

"It's just going to be like Christmas," said DeCarlo Flythe, who lost health coverage for his family when he was laid off almost three years ago. "It's going to be great. You know, no worries (about) the bills. We are going to go ahead and pay our co-pay and be alright."

.....Norman Rucker said he hasn't had health insurance in almost 10 years because his employers haven't offered it.

"I'm not a person who gets sick a lot, so I didn't think I'd need any medicine," said Rucker, who racked up about $100,000 in hospital bills over that period by going to the emergency room whenever he needed care. "I'm trying to pay them off. Collection agencies call me all the time."

Rucker's wife has insurance, but the couple couldn't afford to put him on the policy. Now, he's excited he may also have coverage because of health care reform.

"It'll make the world better. It'll make us all better, actually," he said.

Unfit Goodwin Liu favors racist social policies

I can see why Obama would favor Goodwin Liu, the guy is less of a legal mind and more of nutjob social engineer. Via Verum Serum.



So what I would do is I think I would draw a distinction between a concept of guilt, which locates accountability in a sort of limited set of wrongdoers, and on the other hand a concept of responsibility. Which I think is a more broad suggestion that all of us – whatever our lineage, whatever our ancestry, whatever our complicity – still have a moral duty to…make things right. And that’s a moral duty that’s incumbent on everybody who inherits this nation regardless of whatever the history is.

And I think to add one more point on top of that, the exercise of that responsibility…necessarily requires the answer to the question, “what are we willing to give up to make things right?”. Because it’s going to require us to give up something. Whether it is the seat at Harvard, the seat at Princeton…or is it going to require us to give up our segregated neighborhoods, our segregated schools. Is it going to require us to give up our…money? It’s going to require giving up something.


What Liu is saying no matter who came afterwards you have to pay a price until you reach some arbitrary goal that everything is right. The problem for liberals is its never right or at the very least punish those who they think are the beneficiaries forever.

This is the extreme version of racist discrimination including racial quotas. The idea that the concept of responsibility is a perpetual engine is ridiculous, expensive and harmful to society as a whole. How many hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent to failure in trying to buy poor people out of poverty till someone says enough.

Liu is fit to be a professor at Berkley, he is no way fit enough to have the power of a 9th circuit appeal judge where he is eager not to follow the law but change American society to his warped ideals.

Frum's acquiescing conservatism is just a loser.

Frum is taking potshots at everyone else who didn't listen to his grand plan of going along with Obamacare.

Could a deal have been reached? Who knows? But we do know that the gap between this plan and traditional Republican ideas is not very big. The Obama plan has a broad family resemblance to Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts plan. It builds on ideas developed at the Heritage Foundation in the early 1990s that formed the basis for Republican counter-proposals to Clintoncare in 1993-1994.

Barack Obama badly wanted Republican votes for his plan. Could we have leveraged his desire to align the plan more closely with conservative views? To finance it without redistributive taxes on productive enterprise – without weighing so heavily on small business – without expanding Medicaid? Too late now. They are all the law.


Romney plan in Massey is going bankrupt so not a good comparison. As for leveraging his desire to be more in align with conservative views shows a lack of seriousness or complete stupidity on Frum's part. Obama would have lost the left if he went towards the Republicans, he has no serious desire since he started on his health plan drive to even entertain Republican ideas at any point in time.

Obama would only agree with a Republican as long as the Republican agreed with him first. The scenarios laid out by Frum is basically conservative surrendering their principles to Obama's whim to show Frum's idea of bipartisanship. If Frum was looking to demoralize voters who would vote GOP, then his way is the right method.

White House claims stimulus plan boosts tax refunds

The Stimulus plan is funded by taxpayers who are "allegedly" getting a boost in their tax refunds which adds to the deficit and technically will have to be paid back anyway. Okay then.

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Doug Schulman said the federal government had paid out some $175 billion in refunds through March 12 with the average refund coming in at $3,036.

"For many taxpayers, this will be the biggest check that they see all year," Schulman told reporters.

The event, which was also attended Vice President Joe Biden and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, is the first of a series by administration officials stressing the benefits of the Recovery Act stimulus plan before the April 15 tax filing deadline.

The plan included tax relief for middle class citizens.

"A major factor in these larger refund numbers has been the Recovery Act," Schulman said.

Airlines pouring into Growing African Market.

It shows stability, maturity and a growing sense that at least some areas in Africa are worth investing the money in to tap into a growing market.

Airlines world-wide have been slashing flights to match dropping demand amid the economic crisis, but one unlikely region is bucking the trend: Africa.

Long the aviation industry's forgotten continent, Africa has recently posted a significant increase in the list of destinations served by foreign and local carriers. Routes are traveled more frequently, and the number of nonstop overseas connections is rising.


In the past two years, as airlines globally cut flights by 3.2% during the worst of the industry's troubles, nonstop frequencies between Africa and major overseas markets jumped 11.4%, according to Innovata LLC, an aviation consulting firm in London.

The growth comes off a low base—Africa accounts for less than 5% of global air traffic—but that is part of the appeal.

Investors, drug companies pleased with health bill.

Oh this won't make the left happy considering the drive for single payer.

Costly health care reform was supposed to kill the Wall Street bull market. But there were more winners than losers on the first trading day after the House passed the landmark bill. The initial takeaway from investors is that President Obama's 10-year, $940 billion plan will not act as a profit-killing drug for the hospitals, insurers, pharmaceutical companies and medical device makers affected by the changes.

As Wall Street sees it, the bill, which will provide health insurance to an additional 32 million Americans, will result in greater demand for prescription drug purchases and medical care at doctors' offices from a new customer base with the ability to pay for their care. That revenue will offset the tens of billions in fees and taxes health care firms will pay to subsidize the plan.

"The more people insured, the greater demand there is for health care and more customers that can pay," says Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Harris Private Bank.

While the longer-term impact of the bill might not be known for years, given that many key provisions don't take effect until 2014, investors reacted positively Monday. The Dow Jones industrials rose 44 points to 10,786, and the S&P Health Care index rose 0.6%.


As I said down below, this bill is like a Komodo Dragon bite, you think its a small bite but the poison is still flowing thru the industry's body.

$2.5 Billion to historically black colleges from student loan overhaul.

Now will people shut up about Obama not having a black agenda though all of this is money we don't have and can never pay back. But whatever, party!

Under the proposal, private lenders would no longer make federally subsidized student loans. Instead, the government would make all such loans itself, instead of only some as it does now.

Eliminating the middleman would save the government an estimated $61 billion over the next decade. About $36 billion of that would be used to increase so-called Pell grants for lower-income students. The legislation also allocates $2.5 billion to historically black colleges, $2 billion to community colleges and at least $10 billion to reduce the federal deficit.

The Senate is expected to take up the measure as early as this week.

Monday, March 22, 2010

UK: State Spending makes up 52% of the GDP.

Once ruled the world and now nothing more than a welfare state.

We report today a statistic that should make the Government blush with shame. Remember the competitive, entrepreneurial Britain of which Cabinet members boasted for so long? State spending now accounts for more than half of Britain's economy, for the first time since OECD records began. Money from Whitehall and town halls made up 52 per cent of Gross Domestic Product last year, and the proportion is certain to rise. If Tony Benn had been Prime Minister in the 1970s, even he would have been hard pressed to engineer this intensity of state dependency – though he would have been delighted if he had.

When Labour came to power in 1997, government spending accounted for 40 per cent of GDP. That was a respectable figure, comparable to that of the United States. Now Britain has overtaken most European countries in state spending. Admittedly, the recession accounts for the big jump from 47.5 per cent a year ago. But the long-term trend has been shaped by Labour's eye-watering spending increases over a decade, cynically designed to build up and reward a public-sector workforce that could be relied upon to return the favour at election times.

Powerline points out Alcee Hastings for being Alcee Hastings.

Via Powerlineblog and Instapundit.
Alcee Hastings, a disgraced criminal who escaped prison by trading on his privileged status as a Presidential appointee: a perfect representative of today's Democratic Party. We are being ruled by people who should be behind bars.


Don't forget about the whole paying his girlfriend on the taxpayer's dime.

Sun Sentinel:"....Job losses, home foreclosures and the worst economy in decades have forced many Americans to cut back or do without.

But not members of Congress, who voted themselves a 5 percent increase in their own budgets for staff salaries, office expenses and perks last year.

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Miramar Democrat, paid two staffers about $160,000 apiece — and one of them was his longtime girlfriend.

...In the U.S. House, members are limited to 18 permanent employees and four others, such as part-timers or interns. Pay is determined by the lawmaker, but is not to exceed a set amount — $168,000 last year.

Most Florida representatives employed one high-earning staffer. But Hastings had two near the top of the pay scale: Chief of Staff Arthur Kennedy and Deputy District Director Patricia Williams, the congressman's girlfriend of many years.

The House nepotism rule prevents lawmakers from hiring relatives, including spouses, in-laws, aunts, uncles and even cousins. But it does not exclude significant unmarried others.

Williams began working for the representative after he was first elected in 1992. She's a disbarred lawyer who represented Hastings in the 1980s, when he was tried and acquitted of accepting bribes as a federal judge and subsequently impeached and removed from the bench.

Williams' pay has gone up more than 30 percent since 2002, according to LegiStorm, a nonpartisan group that tracks congressional salaries.

Hastings' office did not respond to several e-mails or phone messages seeking comment.


He only got off from trial because the co-defendent refused to testify against him and as for the astonishinment that he keeps getting relected. Hasting's district is rigged for it

Seriously look at how the shape and tell me its not rigged. Black people will keep voting for him till he dies or retires.

Reuters - Obamacare rollout plan till 2018.

Its sorta like a Komodo Dragon attack on the health care industry. First year delivers the poison bite and every year after slowly kills it but you don't realize it till the end.



Here is what to expect if the bill becomes law:

WITHIN THE FIRST YEAR OF ENACTMENT

*Insurance companies will be barred from dropping people from coverage when they get sick. Lifetime coverage limits will be eliminated and annual limits are to be restricted.

*Insurers will be barred from excluding children for coverage because of pre-existing conditions.

*Young adults will be able to stay on their parents' health plans until the age of 26. Many health plans currently drop dependents from coverage when they turn 19 or finish college.

*Uninsured adults with a pre-existing conditions will be able to obtain health coverage through a new program that will expire once new insurance exchanges begin operating in 2014.

*A temporary reinsurance program is created to help companies maintain health coverage for early retirees between the ages of 55 and 64. This also expires in 2014.

*Medicare drug beneficiaries who fall into the "doughnut hole" coverage gap will get a $250 rebate. The bill eventually closes that gap which currently begins after $2,700 is spent on drugs. Coverage starts again after $6,154 is spent.

*A tax credit becomes available for some small businesses to help provide coverage for workers.

*A 10 percent tax on indoor tanning services that use ultraviolet lamps goes into effect on July 1.

WHAT HAPPENS IN 2011
.......


Read it. This doesn't include any clauses that haven't been publicized yet.

Graphs/Table of Obamacare and how it affects your insurance.

BUMPED TO THE TOP!

Tribune Papers actually have a great setup of the health care bill and what is in it in their Sunday edition but I can't find it anywhere online as separate picture. Keep in mind this is before any amendments and other mischief the Dems can put it in tonight and later this week.






(Twitter) IRS ready for the 16000 agents jobs in April?

Via their twitter jobs page.

# knows you want to know: "Yes, you have to re-apply to be considered for the new Internal Revenue Agent #jobs in April.....no exceptions!" 4:09 AM Mar 18th via web
# wants you to re-tweet the news about the upcoming entry-level Internal Revenue Agent vacancy openings on USAJOBS in April. Thanks 4:48 AM Mar 18th via web

Get to work people, Millions on Obamacare depending on you.

and welfare and food stamps and section 8 housing. No time to feel down and out!

As a friend emailed last night, you still realize illegals still get free healthcare from ER visits.

Have a good morning.

Macmillan’s CEO: Ebooks and libraries..show me the money!!!

This is the same company that fell into bed with Apple to raise the prices on ebooks in general, so why not complain about the lack of revenue from people getting a ebook from libraries.

Instead, Sargent decided to take advantage of Apple's announced entrance into the ebook distribution game to force a change of Macmillan's business relationship with Amazon. Instead of using the same discount model for both ebooks and print books, Macmillan wanted Amazon to change to a "agency model" where pricing would be controlled by Macmillan and Amazon would take a percentage. Amazon (which is Macmillan's 2nd largest customer) balked, and stopped selling Macmillan books entirely. But two days later, Amazon gave in. As a result, Sargent has been called publishing's "new hero".

....When my turn came to ask a question, I asked Sargent if he had thought about the role of libraries, and particularly public libraries, in ebook distribution. His answer indicated that just as he was not afraid of changing the relationship with Amazon, Sargent is not afraid of changing the publisher's relationship with libraries. In fact, change may well be required.


"That is a very thorny problem", said Sargent. In the past, getting a book from libraries has had a tremendous amount of friction. You have to go to the library, maybe the book has been checked out and you have to come back another time. If it's a popular book, maybe it gets lent ten times, there's a lot of wear and tear, and the library will then put in a reorder. With ebooks, you sit on your couch in your living room and go to the library website, see if the library has it, maybe you check libraries in three other states. You get the book, read it, return it and get another, all without paying a thing. "It's like Netflix, but you don't pay for it. How is that a good model for us?"

"If there's a model where the publisher gets a piece of the action every time the book is borrowed, that's an interesting model."


Note to this guy from a mere reader outside the publishing industry. I understand about worrying about royalty checks but trying to do a money grab from public libraries is rarely good PR. This ain't Amazon.

(WSJ) Al Sharpton: Obama's ambassador to the Black Community.

The underlining motive for Tavis Smiley and other black "leaders" talking smack about Sharpton is that they are jealous of the fact Sharpton seems to have become Obama's go to guy as a messenger.

President Barack Obama has turned to Mr. Sharpton in recent weeks to answer increasingly public criticism in the black community over his economic policy. Some black leaders are charging that the nation's first African-American president has failed to help black communities hit hard by the downturn, leaving party strategists worried that black Democrats will become dispirited and skip November's congressional elections.

Mr. Sharpton has emerged as an important part of the White House response. On his national radio program, he is directly rebutting the president's critics, arguing that Mr. Obama is right to craft policies aimed at lifting all Americans rather than specifically targeting blacks. One recent on-air fight with Tavis Smiley, a prominent talk show host and Obama critic, grew so heated that it has created a small sensation among black leaders.

"The president does not need to get out there and do what we should be doing," Mr. Sharpton told Mr. Smiley during the testy exchange. He argued that expecting Mr. Obama to become a "black exponent of black views" was "just stupid," because it would create fodder for conservatives looking to defeat legislation that could ultimately help blacks.

In an interview, Mr. Sharpton added that it was a "double standard" for Mr. Smiley and other critics to expect more from a black president than they would demand of a white Democratic president.

Catch and Wreck: The New Philadelphia Game

I don't know know what to say but lock them up and leave them to rot. These kids are the result of their environment and their parents. It is unconscionable that teens are beating up old people for fun and games.

Two residents of Southwest Philadelphia were injured - one of them seriously - in separate, recent attacks by youth engaging in a violent game they have dubbed "Catch and Wreck," police said tonight.

Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives said tonight a 12-year-old girl has been charged with aggravated assault and related offenses in connection with an attack on a 42-year-old woman Friday night, and additional arrests are expected.

In the game, a group of children between the ages of nine and 15 congregating at the Finnegan Playground at 69th Street and Grovers Avenue beat, strike and stomp adults they believe may be homeless, Walker said. He said neither victim in the two attacks was homeless.

Vincent Poppa, 73, remains hospitalized at Methodist Hospital a full week after he was hit in the back of the head with a gun, knocked unconscious and stomped by a group of four or five male youths near the playground around 9 p.m. March 13.

Poppa, who suffered a heart attack either during or shortly after the beating, was on a ventilator until Friday afternoon, Walker said.

Chavez to punish companies for using too much power.

Nothing says you are a master of industry like cutting off power to companies that help your own economy. But someone has to punished for Chavez being an inept leader.

Venezuela announced on Sunday 24-hour power cutoffs for dozens of companies that have failed to reduce usage in the first punitive measures of a nationwide drive to save energy amid an electricity crisis.

Restaurants, liquor stores, hotels, gyms, car dealerships and a yacht club were on the list of 80 firms in the capital Caracas due to have their power cut on Monday for failing to bring consumption down 20 percent, the state utility said.

The local unit of Japanese firm Sony Corp (6758.T) will also be among those sanctioned.

President Hugo Chavez's government has introduced rationing, and demanded power cuts across the South American OPEC member, to cope with an electricity shortage that is jeopardizing Venezuela's ability to pull out of a recession.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Oh yeah, Obama took over the student loan program.

In case anyone has forgotten.

“It will force governors to cut higher education funding, and raise taxes and tuition to pay for new Medicaid costs. In Tennessee, the governor says the cost will be $1.1 billion or more over five years.

“And the last-minute Washington takeover of the student loan program will add a half trillion more to the debt and overcharge 19 million student loans to help pay for health care.”


Well if its the same idiot students that voted for Obama, screw them because they deserve it. But if my loan repayment somehow goes higher then we got bigger problems.

Obama planning 8 month media blitz for Obamacare.

This is the next big fight because Obama will have the media on his side touting the awesomeness of his health care bill. Conservatives and the GOP and everyone who is against this must keep up the fight for the November election. We must use the Rules for Radicals method on Obama and the Dems.


President Obama is set to begin an immediate public relations blitz aimed at turning around Americans' opinion of the health-care bill.

Planning inside the West Wing for the post-vote period has proceeded quietly, even as the president and his allies on Capitol Hill were fighting for the measure's passage.

Reshaping the legislation's image will take place in three phases, White House aides said: the immediate aftermath; the seven months until the November midterm elections; and the several years that follow, during which many provisions in the measure will gradually take effect.

Driving the message during those periods is the belief among Obama's top advisers that Republicans have boxed themselves into a corner with unanimous opposition to the legislation and talk of a repeal.

"The Republicans have way overshot the runway in their criticism of health reform," said White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer.


The easy way to fight that is to say tout their own plan that does the same thing but cuts costs and keeps the freedom of choice and innovation alive in the medical field. I am not saying they are smart enough to do that so it falls to the ground troops to fight Obama and his charm offensive starting now.

Obama wins. Bloody Sunday as America died around 10:50 PM.

Well America had a good run as with the impeding government controlled health industry is now here. We have now put America on course for a downward slide into a permanent culture of dependency where people will look to the government to be there mommy and daddy.

All due to President Barack Obama. Congrats and good night.

MEGAN MCARDLE:

Regardless of what you think about health care, tomorrow we wake up in a different political world. . . .

Republicans and other opponents of the bill did their job on this; they persuaded the country that they didn’t want this bill. And that mattered basically not at all.

If you don’t find that terrifying, let me suggest that you are a Democrat who has not yet contemplated what Republicans might do under similar circumstances. Farewell, social security! Au revoir, Medicare! The reason entitlements are hard to repeal is that the Republicans care about getting re-elected.

If they didn’t–if they were willing to undertake this sort of suicide mission–then the legislative lock-in you’re counting on wouldn’t exist. . . . If the GOP takes the legislative innovations of the Democrats and decides to use them, please don’t complain that it’s not fair. Someone could get seriously hurt, laughing that hard.


If? They damn well better use as they take back Congress and just put the screws to Obamacare.

Oh. Eric Holder future looks uncertain now.

Well this will go a long way to ease some of my bitterness on this Bloody Sunday.

US Attorney General Eric Holder took office pledging a sharp shift away from the last administration's policies, but an apparent change of heart in the White House could see the top lawyer leave his job.

Holder, 59, is the first African-American to hold the top legal post, and was generally regarded with bipartisan respect when he took office.

But a series of gaffes, fights with both Republicans and Democrats, and apparent disagreements between him and the White House have left Holder looking increasingly embattled.

He came under renewed fire when he told lawmakers Tuesday that Osama bin Laden would not be captured alive, and that US officials would read legal rights to the Al-Qaeda leader's corpse.

But the ridicule and attacks that followed are only the latest blows Holder has faced in the 14 months since he took office pledging to reverse the worst "war on terror" legal abuses sanctioned by former president George W. Bush's administration.


He is not fit for the job and his Jack Bauer persona at the last hearing was an embarrassment.

Airports in Stupak's district gets $726,409 in grants.

Yeah....Suspicious blogger is suspicious.

Warren Buffer safer than Obama as bonds losing AAA status.

But we all have health care now so who cares right?

The bond market is saying that it’s safer to lend to Warren Buffett than Barack Obama.

Two-year notes sold by the billionaire’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. in February yield 3.5 basis points less than Treasuries of similar maturity, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Procter & Gamble Co., Johnson & Johnson and Lowe’s Cos. debt also traded at lower yields in recent weeks, a situation former Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. chief fixed-income strategist Jack Malvey calls an “exceedingly rare” event in the history of the bond market.

The $2.59 trillion of Treasury Department sales since the start of 2009 have created a glut as the budget deficit swelled to a post-World War II-record 10 percent of the economy and raised concerns whether the U.S. deserves its AAA credit rating. The increased borrowing may also undermine the first-quarter rally in Treasuries as the economy improves.

“It’s a slap upside the head of the government,” said Mitchell Stapley, the chief fixed-income officer in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at Fifth Third Asset Management, which oversees $22 billion. “It could be the moment where hopefully you realize that risk is beginning to creep into your credit profile and the costs associated with that can be pretty scary.”

Trinidad PM digs dirt on protestor who "touched" him.

Ah, news from the homeland. The gist of Trinidad politics is if you did a criminal investigation into the politicians down there most of them would be in jail. Sad that Trinidad has become a cesspool of criminality and incompetent politics that can't fix it.

The man who famously blanked Prime Minister Patrick Manning during a People’s National Movement (PNM) walkabout last Monday said yesterday that he is a resident of Trinidad and Tobago and not an annual visitor, as the PM has suggested.

Percy Villafana has become a bit of a celebrity after his actions outside his home on Real Street, San Juan, when he refused to allow Manning to step through his ’gap’ and greet the relatives therein.

’I was born right here, on this spot, grew up here and I live here,’ he said.

’I am a proud father of four with five grandchildren and all my children live in various parts of Canada-including Winnipeg-so I am always visiting them. I travel a lot, as is my right.’

Manning made the allegations on Friday after being heckled about the incident by Oropouche East MP, Roodal Moonilal.

Retrieving a slip of paper from his back pocket, Manning announced: ’It turns out, Madam Deputy Speaker, that the 81-year-old gentleman is a resident of Winnipeg, Canada.’

Chided by Moonilal for taking the time to stake out the man’s business, Manning replied, ’I just have to use the machinery of the People’s National Movement.’


The old man is lucky, usually the machinery of the PNM movement involves physical violence at times.

Wry Baby Trashed At Prom 2 Piece outfit for trashy parents.

This is making the Viral rounds and you can imagine the gutter trash parent that would put this on their baby.

(Video) Tiger Wood's first interview with ESPN.

Quick five minute interview where he talks but doesn't get in depth on much of anything.

Niceeeee.... CIA not on a leash under Panetta's watch.

This is upsetting liberals and antiwar types because they thought Panetta the outsider would rein in the CIA. It looks like they enfused the kick their ass spirit in him instead.

Apart from a brief stint as a military intelligence officer in the 1960s, little in Panetta's résumé appeared to merit his nomination to become the 19th director of the CIA, but his willingness to use force has won over skeptics inside the agency and on Capitol Hill. Said one former senior intelligence official: "I've never sensed him shirking from it."

The stepped-up drone strikes, Panetta's opposition to the release of information about CIA interrogation practices, and his resistance to greater oversight of the agency by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) have prompted criticism that he is a thrall of the agency's old guard. In the meantime, the strikes have begun to draw greater scrutiny, with watchdog groups demanding to know more about how they are carried out and the legal reasoning behind the killings.

In an interview Wednesday at CIA headquarters, Panetta refused to directly address the matter of Predator strikes, in keeping with the agency's long-standing practice of shielding its actions in Pakistan from public view. But he said that U.S. counterterrorism policies in the country are legal and highly effective, and that he is acutely aware of the gravity of some of the decisions thrust upon him.

"Any time you make decisions on life and death, I don't take that lightly. That's a serious decision," he said. "And yet, I also feel very comfortable with making those decisions because I know I'm dealing with people who threaten the safety of this country and are prepared to attack us at any moment."

Mehsud's followers and their al-Qaeda allies vowed to avenge his death, and within months they put into motion a plan that culminated in a Dec. 30 suicide bombing that killed seven CIA officers and contractors at a base in eastern Afghanistan.

On the Monday after the bombing, the regular 8:30 a.m. meeting of senior staff members at CIA began with a minute of silence. Then the director spoke.

"We're in a war," Panetta said, according to one participant. "We cannot afford to be hesitant. . . . The fact is we're doing the right thing. My approach is going to be to work that much harder . . . that we beat these sons of bitches."


I was against his appointment because I thought he was just Obama's luggage boy to keep an eye on the CIA. But instead he has turned out to be the exact opposite so far.

Another former senior intelligence official, who served under Bush, commends Panetta for his aggression but noted that the current successes are built upon agreements made with Pakistan in the final year of the previous administration. The Obama administration has "been operating along the same continuum," the former official said

Expectations were low when Panetta arrived at CIA headquarters in February 2009. One recently retired officer recalled that some of his colleagues were initially angered by the appointment of a liberal politician who lacked extensive experience in the intelligence world and had publicly equated waterboarding with torture.

But almost from the first week, Panetta positioned himself as a strong advocate for the CIA, even when it put him at odds with the White House and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Panetta lobbied fiercely against the release of Justice Department memos that spelled out how the Bush administration had authorized the use of waterboarding and other coercive interrogation measures. He famously unleashed an epithet-laden tirade at a White House meeting over Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s decision to investigate CIA officers who participated in the interrogations.

Panetta has refused to yield to the ODNI over the CIA's independence and preeminence in overseas intelligence-gathering. The long-simmering conflict came to a head last spring when Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair asserted that his agency should directly oversee the CIA's covert operations, while also deciding who would serve as the chief U.S. intelligence officer in overseas locations. Traditionally, the top CIA officer in each country automatically assumed that title.

Vice President Biden, Panetta's longtime friend, was summoned to referee the dispute, which was resolved mostly in the CIA's favor: The CIA station chief would continue to be the top intelligence officer, and the agency would be required only to consult with the ODNI about its covert missions.

"Panetta was not only standing up for the agency, but he was seen as a guy who could just go and talk to the president," the recently retired officer said. "He doesn't have to bow 18 times. It's really valuable for the CIA to have someone who can do that."

Obama releases video comment to illegal immigrant activists.

Who are marching in Washington now demanding Amnesty.

President Barack Obama is reassuring immigration reform advocates that he is committed to working with Congress on a comprehensive bill to fix a "broken immigration system."

In a videotaped message presented on giant screens to thousands marching on the National Mall, Obama warned of the cost of inaction. He said problems with today's immigration system include families being torn apart, employers gaming the system and police officers struggling to keep communities safe.

Obama said he would do everything in his power to forge a bipartisan consensus on immigration reform this year.

Activists have been frustrated about the pace of that reform.

Obama's taped comments were released just as he worked to get last-minute votes on a health care overhaul.

Stupak gets his cover to vote yes for Obamacare.

Its not even a well written cover because the Executive order can't override anything already in the bill or any agency. That is why I said there is no such thing as pro life Democrat.

Idiot Republican leaders denouce alleged racial slurs.

I say alleged because only one CNN reporter and a couple of congress critters(John Lewis) who drop the race card when suited reported it and just like sheep the GOP leadership has to grovel over a non issue. Any wonder why the GOP leadership is not respected? The Dems ring the race bell and they bark.

As others have pointed out and looking at this video posted here



You can clearly see someone with a flipcam with Lewis's entourage and everyone these days have camera phones, so where is the evidence. Also you know damn well the CBC walked through the crowd hoping to get racist names called at them.

Mediaite slanders Boehner over Alcee Hasting's quote.

They claim that Hastings was selectively quoted but then do the same to try and defend his remarks.

The full quote is:

“I wish that I had been there when Thomas Edison made the remark that I think applies here. ‘They ain’t no rules around here, we’re trying to accomplish something.’ And therefore, when the deal goes down, all of this talk about rules – we make ‘em up as we go along. And I’m here now 18 years and a significant time under the leadership of the Republicans, who at no time, even when they claim all they did for the prescription drugs, they left that big old donut hole in. And they never talk about that they did not pay for it, while they are here now claiming that they are fiscal conservatives.

One of the brightest minds in this country is Paul Ryan, for whom I have great respect. I think Paul is onto something that may be beneficial for us at some time, but then I want to clear up one thing. And that is this business of bipartisanship. Its as if you were all not in Mr. Miller’s Education and Labor committee. Or, that you were not in the commerce committee. Or that you were not in the Ways and Means committee. Or the budget committee. All of those committees have had umpty-umpty hearings on this matter, and many Republican measures were passed on voice vote, cause how “the American people” that you all are so wont to talk about, understand were passed on voice vote, and some were voted on!


There is plenty of stuff in Hasting’s quote with which one can take issue, but the pull quote of “when the deal goes down, all of this talk about rules – we make ‘em up as we go along” doesn’t truly represent the larger soundbite. And, the fact that the office of the minority leader was responsible for the disingenuous propagation of this half-truth, says a lot about the current political climate, and perhaps even more indicting, the office of John Boehner.


The Palm Beach Post pointed out the part Mediaite left out.

South Florida’s own U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, is taking heat in the conservative blogosphere today for remarks at a Rules Committee hearing in which he defended a controversial “deem and pass” strategy for approving health care overhaul that Democratic leaders ended up abandoning.

(Click here to see Hastings’ entire statement, which begins at 4:44 on the C-SPAN video.)

Hastings said Republicans often used the same tactic when they were in charge of the House from 1995 to 2007. Hastings said it was time to “stop all of the rhetoric and get to the business of what’s at hand. The fact of the matter is that a lot of our fellow Americans are hurting and they don’t have affordable health care and for the life of me I cannot understand why we all should not be willing to share in order to help the least of them.”

Hastings then added:

“I wish that I had been there when Thomas Edison made the remark that I think applies here: ‘There ain’t no rules around here — we’re trying to accomplish something.’ And therefore, when the deal goes down, all this talk about rules, we make ‘em up as we go along, and I’m here now 18 years, and a significant amount of that time here on this committee under the leadership of the Republicans…”
Edison is widely quoted as saying “Hell, there are no rules here—we’re trying to accomplish something.”

Took Consumerist off the blog roll, nothing but cheerleaders.

Ever since Consumer Reports bought them, the editorial tone of the site has gotten more radically to the left. They have been huge supporters of Obamacare to the point they have become almost Daily Kos in their support.

What is strange is they were much better under the Gawker Media than under the allegedly neutral advocate Consumer Union.

Demonzie Obamacare and its supporters till November elections.

Conservatives have learned since Obama who is a huge Saul Alinsky fan the tactics he made famous. Now that Obamacare seems ready to pass and put a burden on America like nothing else, it is no time to feel defeated but get angry and stay angry over this debacle come the November election.

1) Target all Blue Dog and "Pro-Life" Democrats. This has been proven a lie as they have fallen to the side once enough pressure has been applied to drop their professed principles especially on abortion. Both kinds of Dems have shown their stances are all lies when given the incentive to sell out especially Pro Life Dems.

2) Obamacare opponents day after day must point out those people and organizations who feel entitled to "free healthcare." Make them the poster child for the higher taxes and mandate that everyone has to get insurance or the IRS will be on their doorstep. Use the tactics of Dems to put a face to Obamacare


3) Obamacare opponents must point out to a different solution to Obamacare. Face it after a while the populance is going to resign itself to higher taxes and lack of choice. Point out the alternative and why Obama did not care for it because it lacked government control.

4) Hammer the point home that the government is not only controlling the healthcare industry but making decisions for you, higher taxes are now going to be applied to those who Obama feels can spread the wealth.

5) The most important Rules for Radicals must be followed to win big in November.

RULE 4: "Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules."

RULE 8: "Keep the pressure on. Never let up."

RULE 11: "The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative."

RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it."


6) Demonize the mainstream media. They must be targeted and put down harder including such liberal supporters like the NYTIMES and Washington Post.

They will be crowing the rest of the week how feeble but as Instapundt points out. If there is any conservative left in this country that thinks the media can be reasoned and objective as they claimed then you are living in a fantasy world.

IT AIN’T OVER ‘TIL IT’S OVER, and the ObamaCare bill is clearly wildly unpopular. But if it does pass, the media message will be that the whole Tea Party movement has been a waste — when, in fact, without it this would have been passed nearly a year ago, and with far less political cost.

And political cost is the key. If this bill passes, there will be a brutal political cost, as spelled out in the sign below: You Vote for ObamaCare, We Vote For Your Opponent.


After this vote, Obama and his supporters will want healthcare talk to go away and move on to giving Amnesty. Do not let them off the hook. This was supposed to pass last August and this fight to the end has exposed Obama, the Democrats, their supporters and the MSM for everyone to see. Stay mad and stay active towards November.

After this vote, no such thing as a pro life or Blue Dog Dem.

If nothing else is learned from Obama taking over America's health care industry is that Dem who profess to be pro life are liars. This executive order by Obama is useless in stopping federally funded abortions. If it was something useful no way would the pro abortion Dem members vote for this bill. Stupak is looking for a way out and this is it to get some cover.

As for Blue Dogs, all this talk about being fiscally responsible is just that.. talk.

12,000+ illegal immigrants in Texas Colleges

Paying in-state tutition that wouldn't be afforded to citizens or legal residents out of state.

More than 12,000 illegal immigrants paid in-state tuition or received financial aid at public colleges across Texas last year -- that's more than ever before.

Figures from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board show about one percent of all students were illegals - something that American born perspective students don't like to hear. It is all because of a recent Texas law that lets illegals qualify if they meet certain requirements.

They have to attend school in the state for at least three years before graduation from a Texas high school. Students also must file an affidavit saying they plan to seek permanent residency.


Obama's amnesty plan would have even less requirements...half joking..

UK council stops kid's art club for being too white.

A classic UK cockup of diversity being more important than common sense.

Just last week Schools Secretary Ed Balls defended Sure Start, claiming that the
Conservatives planned to slash £200million from the service, and declared that the scheme meant that ‘every parent of a young child will get help and advice on parenting, childcare, health and employment’.

However the education department of Labour-controlled Hackney Council in East London – known as The Learning Trust – was concerned the Paint Pots Art Club was not being used by enough poor people and pulled the plug on it.

The area covered by Paint Pots is one of the most diverse in the country, including deprived council estates and houses worth £1million.

Paint Pots director Ella Ritches said the Learning Trust, which runs 19 childcare centres on behalf of the Government, ordered her to target more deprived families in 2008.

She and her co-director leafleted nearby estates and organised numerous meetings with leaders in the local Turkish and Kurdish communities to try to spark interest.

But in January this year, Mrs Ritches was called to a meeting with officials from the Ann Tayler Children’s Centre, a larger Sure Start programme which the Learning Trust used to fund Paint Pots.

She discovered that the Learning Trust had scanned the postcodes of all parents using the centre and decided the home addresses indicated users were not sufficiently ‘vulnerable’.

She said: ‘Sure Start services are supposed to be available to everyone. Middle-class mothers struggle with work, sleep deprivation and post-natal depression just like any other mother.

'But the Learning Trust officials concluded that 68 per cent of all users were white. I told them that just because they are white does not mean they are middle-class. But they said you could work out their properties’ value from the postcodes.’