Saturday, April 17, 2010

Charles Blow racist tea party article and Roland Martin "Crazy Negroes" tea party supporters.

Charles Blow puts out the typical liberal yarn about the lack of black people at tea party events or at least the one he attended.

I found the imagery surreal and a bit sad: the minorities trying desperately to prove that they were “one of the good ones”; the organizers trying desperately to resolve any racial guilt among the crowd. The message was clear: How could we be intolerant if these multicolored faces feel the same way we do?

It was a farce. This Tea Party wanted to project a mainstream image of a group that is anything but. A New York Times/CBS News poll released on Wednesday found that only 1 percent of Tea Party supporters are black and only 1 percent are Hispanic. It’s almost all white…

Thursday night I saw a political minstrel show devised for the entertainment of those on the rim of obliviousness and for those engaged in the subterfuge of intolerance. I was not amused.

So the entire premise of his article is that the tea party can't be legit if there aren't enough black people for his satisfaction. Roland Martin who is as liberal and an Obama ass kisser as Blow says that black people who do attend are crazy negroes in his commentary on Tom Joyner show.

Basically the entire liberal black group think is to use the race card as they always do to tear down something or someone they do not like rocking their worldview.

Just as an aside, Black people from this 2007 poll on the role of big government.

The public is split on whether they would rather have a smaller government providing fewer services (45%) or a bigger government providing more services (43%). However, among blacks, there is no such ambivalence: By a margin of more than three-to-one (69%-21%), blacks favor a bigger government with more services. The candidates are also on firm ground among the Democratic Party's rank-and-file, fully six-in-ten (60%) favor a bigger government compared with 28% who favor a smaller government with fewer services.

I wouldn't think tea party views would gel with most blacks or African-Americans.

MSNBC hires another white guy to their show lineup.

Failed liberal host Donny Deutsch gets another chance to fail on daytime MSNBC for some reason. I thought MSNBC was going for a more diverse lineup?

Obama lies about bailout fund in financial reform bill.

Does anyone remind Obama that just because you say it does not make it gospel fact? Honestly, this is an own goal.

The Senate is expected to vote within weeks on the reform bill, which Obama said would "hold Wall Street accountable" and put rules in place to prevent any more taxpayer-funded bailouts of companies in trouble.

"Never again will taxpayers be on the hook because a financial company is deemed 'too big to fail'," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address.

Republicans insist the Democratic bill will lead to more taxpayer-funded bailouts and say it establishes new regulatory powers that will stifle small businesses and community banks.

All 41 Republicans in the 100-seat Senate expressed their opposition to the bill in a letter on Friday but said they were willing to work with Democrats on the issue.

Obama said he still hoped to win Republican support for the bill but lashed out at Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell, accusing him of making a "cynical and deceptive assertion that reform would somehow enable future bailouts -- when he knows that it would do just the opposite."


The bill proposes setting up a $50 billion fund to pay for liquidating distressed financial firms, a measure not favored by the White House. Republicans have said the fund presents the possibility of continued bailouts.

Senate Democrats were reported to be considering dropping the controversial proposal after the main sponsor of the bill, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd disowned the fund, saying it was proposed by Republicans and community banks.

Republicans hit back at Obama's criticism of McConnell.

"It's especially disappointing for the president to attack Senator McConnell for raising concerns about the bailout loopholes in the bill when just last night the White House agreed with Senator McConnell and its own treasury secretary and asked Senate Democrats to remove the $50 billion fund," McConnell's spokesman, Don Stewart, said on Saturday.

Here is the report last night of the White House demanding Senate Dems to drop the fund. If it was a Repub idea, why would the Dems put it in there and now it takes the White House to demand it get taken out?

Anyone think the Republicans are that smart to put a funding bailout in a bill then disown it for political gain that quick? This is the GOP we are talking about here.

Per Ace of Spades, The bailout portion of the bill does give unlimited loan guarantees.

First, the bill contains a $50 billion fund for resolution of systemically risky institutions. The bill allows a 2/3 vote of the Financial Stability Oversight Council to deem any firm (financial or non-financial) as coming under its rubric and then authorizes the FDIC and Treasury Secretary to treat each of the firm's shareholders and creditors as they choose, without regard to bankruptcy law. Second, the bill gives the Treasury and the FDIC authority to grant an unlimited number of loan guarantees to systemically risky institutions. No Congressional authorization or appropriation is required. Third, the bill gives the Fed the authority to fund any "program" to assist these institutions accepting as collateral anything it deems appropriate.

CAIR gets Miami-Dade to pull Islam ads as offensive.

Interesting choice of words by the CAIR rep over this issue. The SIOA ads were a take off of ads run by CAIR in 2008

In the hopes of avoiding a local holy war, Miami-Dade Transit is stripping ads from buses that they say may be offensive to Muslims.

The ads, plastered on 10 county buses on Tuesday, urged followers to leave the Islamic faith, according to the Miami Herald.

"Fatwa on your head? Is your family or community threatening you? Leaving Islam?" the ads asked. "Got questions? Get answers!"

The ads were sponsored by Stop the Islamization of America, a New York-based religious freedom group, which said they were a response to ads which promote Islam.

"[The ads were] offered in defense of religious liberty," Robert Spencer, associate director of SIOA, told the Herald.

The response is interesting.

The South Florida Council on American-Islamic Relations agreed, claiming the ads gave false statements about Islam and promoted bigotry.

"Islam guarantees freedom to and freedom from religion...[We] reject as un-Islamic any extremist interpretation that sanctions the killing of any individual because she decided to leave Islam," said director Muhammed Malik.

Why would he automatically think this was about women in Islam?

As for Islam guarantees freedom to and from religion. That is highly nuanced...

THE Koran is contradictory on the fate of those who deny the truth of Islam.
Fourteen passages refer to apostasy and, of these, seven refer to punishment, generally to be given in the next life.

Sura 40 says that those who reject the scriptures will have iron collars and chains placed around their necks, be dragged into scalding water and burnt in the fire. Elsewhere the Koran seems to indicate a degree of tolerance. Verse 2.256 states: “There is no compulsion in religion.” Two further suras, 10 and 18, include passages indicating that people who do not wish to believe should not be forced to.

But the Hadith, or sayings of the Prophet, condemns unequivocally those who renounce their religion. One passage advises the death penalty for murder, adultery and apostasy. Another cites Muhammad as saying: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.”

Friday, April 16, 2010

Jason Levin put on paid leave while under investigation.

The Oregon teacher and anti tea party liberal being investigated to see if he violated any rules. But he got his 15 mins of fame.

An Oregon middle school teacher whose "Crash the Tea Party" Internet campaign drew national attention has been put on paid leave while school officials investigate whether he used school equipment or time to work on his Web site.

Beaverton educators were deluged with e-mails and phone messages after Jason Levin's Web page went public earlier this week. On it, Levin encouraged people to infiltrate the tea party movement to discredit the conservative activists.

The site now links to a different Web page that sells T-shirts in support of the movement. Levin didn't return calls and e-mails from The Associated Press seeking comment Thursday.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Obama's lack of vision space plans pushes America to also rans.

I approve of NASA getting an overhaul in its functions, duties and bloated bureaucracy. I approve of getting more commercial businesses into the space race because they will help to improve technology and cheaper safer ways to travel into space.

The problem here is Obama proposals lack a defined goal for NASA to improve while keeping its place as the #1 space agency in the world. Getting flights from the Russians is an embarrassment instead of keeping that function on American soil by American workers. This and other factors kept NASA on the front page in the past while being inspiring to future generations to get into space exploration.

Obama had a chance to redefine NASA as an agency looking beyond the old ways but blew it by refusing to set concrete/clear goals within a timeframe that made it possible like JFK in 61 to push us to land on the moon decade later.

Florida teachers union wins as Crist vetoes SB6.

Florida's public school system is broken and this bill while not great would have address the biggest problems especially the ability to fire crap teachers and improve the system by tightening/raising standards.

The union is not totally stupid to the reputations of the system and teachers say they want a merit based system.....

While that may yet be another epic struggle, educators think they've taught legislators a big lesson: Include teachers, parents and school officials when drafting bills that affect their futures.

"We're ready to play ball," said Robert Dow, president of the Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association. "There's no one who dislikes an ineffective teacher more than other teachers because they ruin the reputations of the teachers who struggle so hard."

Union officials in Broward and Palm Beach counties said they understand the need to discuss a merit-pay plan and changes to teacher contracts.

"The myth that teachers have a job for life is exactly that," said Broward Teachers Union spokesman John Ristow. "I don't know of a single education professional who likes to work with ‘bad employees.'"

The union says it's open to pay-for-performance as long as it is based on more than a single, high-stakes test. In addition to student test scores, merit-pay plans should include classroom observation and portfolios, the union said.

The simple translations is yes to merit pay but the union and teachers will put as many obstacles in allowing a teacher to be judged before anything happens to them. No union is going to agree to an actual honest merit pay system.

As the suck that is the Florida System lives on.

Arrogant Obama wants thanks for cutting taxes, mocks fiscal responsibility

Hot Air has the details and how much of a liar Obama is about not only cutting taxes but mocking Americans who are demanding fiscal responsiblity. When the day comes he has to raise taxes to account for his out of control spending, who is he going to mock?

Investors punish Activision over Infinity Ward defections.

If the mind numbing idiots at Activision manage to screw up Blizzard, all hell will break loose. The way they handled the IW people was amateur hour.

Activision has had some tough news of late with regard to Modern Warfare 2. On Monday, Jason West and Vince Zampella, creators of the game, announced that they had formed a new game development studio called Respawn Entertainment in partnership with Electronic Arts, Activision’s rival. The two men were top executives at Infinity Ward, the studio that created Modern Warfare 2.

Other defections have followed. Evan Wilson, an industry analyst with Pacific Crest Securities, said at least nine other employees had left Infinity Ward in the last few days, including top developers.

The defections come a little more than a month after Activision parted ways with Mr. West and Mr. Zampella, accusing them of insubordination for negotiating to work with other publishers, Mr. Wilson said. Activision and the two men are now engaged in lawsuits over, among other things, the fate of the intellectual property behind the Modern Warfare games.

At first, Mr. Wilson said, investors weren’t particularly piqued by the news. After all, developers and publishers can often have tensions over the way revenue is split, or around creative differences.

But Mr. Wilson said the continuing defections this week from Infinity Ward had given investors pause.

“Investors are starting to think Activision really ticked off a whole studio,” Mr. Wilson said.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Eric Holder still trying for a NYC terror trial.

Its over. NYC and the state do not want the trial.

WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder is still in a New York state of mind on the 9/11 trial.

But, he finally allowed Wednesday that he might shake it off soon.

Sen. Chuck Schumer begged to differ. "We know the administration is not going to hold the trial in New York. They should just say it already," Schumer said after Holder completed his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

A decision on where to hold the 9/11 trial is still "a number of weeks" away, Holder said, but he acknowledged the administration is looking to prosecute attacks mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed outside of the city.\

Defaults Rise in Obama's Loan Modification Program

The reason for this is simple. The people who are in the Mod program for the most part were already screwed financially not just from the stupid loans they took out but from various other debts in their financial lives. It would be easier to cut a check for a percentage that they owe and declare bankruptcy.

Data released Wednesday by the Treasury Department and the Housing and Urban Development Department showed that 2,879 modified loans had been ended since the program’s inception in the fall, up from 1,499 in February and 1,005 in January.

The Treasury Department said it could not explain the growing number of what it called cancellations, almost all of which were apparently prompted by the borrower’s being unable to make the new payment. A scant number — 37 — were because the loan had been paid off, presumably because the borrower sold the house.

About seven million households are behind on their mortgage payments.

The Obama administration’s modification program has been widely criticized for doing little to help them. The program received another bad review on Wednesday with the release of a report from the Congressional Oversight Panel.

The Treasury’s stated goal is for the modification program to help as many as four million households, the oversight report said, “but only some of these offers will result in temporary modifications, and only some of those modifications will convert to final, five-year status.”

The report continued: “Even among borrowers who receive five-year modifications, some will eventually fall behind on their payments and once again face foreclosure. In the final reckoning, the goal itself seems small in comparison to the magnitude of the problem.”

BBC executives looking for new jobs in America?

Yeah.. There is a whole bunch of conflicts and CYAs going on here.

Now I've learned that BBC Worldwide Productions has fired ICM after taking several meetings with other agencies -- and hired CAA. The broadcast production company had been with top unscripted agent Greg Lipstone at the William Morris Agency, then followed him to ICM.

So why CAA? Sources tell me CAA agreed to rep not just the company but also Mark Thompson, Director-General of the BBC, and John Smith, Chief Executive of BBC Worldwide, on the downlow. The reason is that both top execs are convinced they're about to lose their high-powered jobs. I'm told they want CAA to act as their personal head-hunters and find their next executive positions -- hopefully with a media company in the U.S. Of course, that's a whopping conflict of interest.

Togo student builds robot from mostly old tv parts

and is trying to achieve a highly laudable goal.

Most robots covered on this site push the envelope of technology, by working in space or eerily replicating flesh-and-blood humans. But for Sam Todo, a student in the Togolese Republic in Africa, robotics is a way to put the outdated technology found in the garbage to new, innovative uses. In this video, Todo displays a humanoid robot he created almost entirely from discarded TV parts.

For now, the robot only walks in straight lines, but Todo is working on future versions that automatically greets people and naturally avoids objects in its path. More than simply showing off his own amazing ingenuity, Todo hopes his robot serves as an inspiration to other Africans to pursue science, math, and engineering.

But, once again, don't take my word for it! In the video below, check out Todo's robot in action, and hear in his own words the inspirational power of his little bot.

Health Care Costs are high because of admin costs.

This graph from the NYTIMES points out the obvious that has been known for years. I always said you want to cut costs, slice the paper work down to next to nothing.

It shows the number of people employed in various occupations within the health care sector. The takeaway: For every doctor, there are five (!) people performing health care administrative support.

You know, in the last year or so, I have read a lot about the huge administration burden plaguing the American health care industry. But something about this chart really drove the point home.

There are two basic reasons for the absurdly large administrative employment in health care. First, our health care system — with its actuarily-focused multiple health insurers, paper-based record-keeping and multiple billing systems — is bound to create a lot of administrative work. Second, the way the payment system is structured, there is little incentive to make the system more efficient.

There is a lot of “money spent to doing things than in no other industry do we tolerate,” as Dr. Cutler explained in a Big Think video last year.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

NYTIMES: Yeah 47% don't pay federal income tax..BUT!

Nytimes to the rescue to defend the 47% who don't pay federal income taxes.

All the attention being showered on “47 percent” is ultimately a distraction from that reality.

The 47 percent number is not wrong. The stimulus programs of the last two years — the first one signed by President George W. Bush, the second and larger one by President Obama — have increased the number of households that receive enough of a tax credit to wipe out their federal income tax liability.

But the modifiers here — federal and income — are important. Income taxes aren’t the only kind of federal taxes that people pay. There are also payroll taxes and capital gains taxes, among others. And, of course, people pay state and local taxes, too.

Even if the discussion is restricted to federal taxes (for which the statistics are better), a vast majority of households end up paying federal taxes. Congressional Budget Office data suggests that, at most, about 10 percent of all households pay no net federal taxes. The number 10 is obviously a lot smaller than 47.

The reason is that poor families generally pay more in payroll taxes than they receive through benefits like the Earned Income Tax Credit. It’s not just poor families for whom the payroll tax is a big deal, either. About three-quarters of all American households pay more in payroll taxes, which go toward Medicare and Social Security, than in income taxes.

Focusing on the statistical middle class — the middle 20 percent of households, as ranked by income — underlines this point. Households in this group made $35,400 to $52,100 in 2006, the last year for which the Congressional Budget Office has released data. That would describe a household with one full-time worker earning about $17 to $25 an hour. Such hourly pay is typical for firefighters, preschool teachers, computer support specialists, farmers, members of the clergy, mail carriers, secretaries and truck drivers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Taking into account both taxes and tax credits, the average household in this group paid a total income tax rate of just 3 percent. A good number of people, in fact, paid no net income taxes. They are among the alleged free riders.

This is the advanced version of the liberal favorite child shield defense. Whenever you want to stop an argument you throw a child in the mix as the moral trump card. Leonhardt who is on the Team Obama defense force decides to throw in firefighters, teachers and clergy in there as a way to stop saying they are freeloaders.

It doesn't change the fact that they don't pay in the system and that is the entire point on this argument. You have a federal tax system where 47% don't pay into it after the credits and refund checks are given back. Regardless of the other taxes, this particularly important tax is being given a free ride and it needs to stop. I am all for you get back what you put into the system. This can't work in the long run.

Liberal blacks against Leah Ward Sears over Justice Thomas friendship.

I called it like hitting a home run derby pitch. Listen to the disgust on the Tom Joyner Show and reading this writeup on Blackamericaweb over a friendship.

Obama’s short list reportedly includes former Georgia Supreme Court Justice Leah Ward Sears, a specialist in family law and the first African-American woman to serve as a state Supreme Court chief justice. Sears was under consideration last year before Obama appointed Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

But Sears comes with baggage that could torpedo her chances to become a Supreme Court Justice: Clarence Thomas is reportedly a close friend.

Should Sears become a leading contender, Obama will have to decide whether it’s politically prudent to appoint Sears to the high court knowing she shares a friendship with Thomas – the very person who civil rights activists accuse of undermining social justice laws designed to promote racial equality for African-Americans.

Here’s the way a Washington Post article explained the relationship:

“One day in the early 1990s, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas telephoned Leah Ward Sears to introduce himself. She was a rising star in Georgia’s legal community, a relatively liberal black woman on the state’s conservative Supreme Court. Thomas had read about political attacks against Sears and called to say he didn’t like it.”

“It affected her that he would take the time to comfort her in that situation,” Bernard Taylor, an Atlanta lawyer and longtime friend of Sears, told the Post. “They’re still friends.”

And that friendship is also disturbing to some prominent civil rights leaders. Several years ago, when Sears was named to Georgia’s Supreme Court, Rev. Joseph Lowery of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference called Sears to congratulate her but immediately explained that he would not attend her swearing-in ceremony because of her alliance with Thomas.

Remind me why I should look down on Justice Thomas and look up to such self serving childish behavior by a supposed man like Lowery?

Obama says he wants to appoint someone with an independent mind who will advocate on behalf of disenfranchised Americans.

The last I checked the Supreme Court wasn't an advocacy group like the NAACP but the last word on the law of the land. If Obama wishes to push that line of argument he won't get anyone in that has that sort of history like a Deval Patrick.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Leah Ward Sears on the shortlist already has a strike against her.

The black "intelligentsia" would be in an uproar over this bit.

Former Georgia Supreme Court chief justice Leah Ward Sears is also on the short list, a senior White House official tells ABC News.‬‪

Sears, who will turn 55 in June, was the first female African-American chief justice in US history, and when nominated for the state supreme court by then-Gov. Zell Miller in 1992, she became the first woman and the youngest person to ever sit on the court.‬‪

She stepped down from the court last year and currently practices law at Schiff Hardin.‬‪

A graduate of Emory University Law School, Sears was on President Obama’s short list last year. A member of the left-leaning American Constitution Society, she is also a friend of conservative Justice Clarence Thomas.‬

She is a friend of Justice Thomas aka that house negro traitor to many liberal blacks. She must be a mole.