Friday, June 4, 2010

Muslim praise for Obama dries up at Cario Speech Anniversary

Not enough sucking up and actions that favor the Muslim Street has made his fans disillusioned.
A year ago Friday, President Barack Obama stood in Cairo and vowed "a new beginning" in a speech about how he'd change U.S. relations with the Muslim world. Egyptian vendors sold T-shirts portraying Obama in King Tut regalia, and Muslims throughout the region thrilled at his middle name: Hussein.

Now, many Muslims in Egypt and the rest of the Middle East say they're dismayed that the promise of the speech has fizzled into U.S. policy-as-usual toward the region: civilian deaths in Afghanistan, an unstable Iraq, no pressure for reforms on Washington-friendly autocrats, no resolution for Guantanamo prisoners and no end in sight for the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Obama expands special forces war even greater than Bush?

If he is then good for him, now get rid of the chain of command that may delay the special forces from acting too late.
Beneath its commitment to soft-spoken diplomacy and beyond the combat zones of Afghanistan and Iraq, the Obama administration has significantly expanded a largely secret U.S. war against al-Qaeda and other radical groups, according to senior military and administration officials.

Special Operations forces have grown both in number and budget, and are deployed in 75 countries, compared with about 60 at the beginning of last year. In addition to units that have spent years in the Philippines and Colombia, teams are operating in Yemen and elsewhere in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia.

Commanders are developing plans for increasing the use of such forces in Somalia, where a Special Operations raid last year killed the alleged head of al-Qaeda in East Africa. Plans exist for preemptive or retaliatory strikes in numerous places around the world, meant to be put into action when a plot has been identified, or after an attack linked to a specific group.

The surge in Special Operations deployments, along with intensified CIA drone attacks in western Pakistan, is the other side of the national security doctrine of global engagement and domestic values President Obama released last week.

One advantage of using "secret" forces for such missions is that they rarely discuss their operations in public. For a Democratic president such as Obama, who is criticized from either side of the political spectrum for too much or too little aggression, the unacknowledged CIA drone attacks in Pakistan, along with unilateral U.S. raids in Somalia and joint operations in Yemen, provide politically useful tools.

Obama, one senior military official said, has allowed "things that the previous administration did not."

Thursday, June 3, 2010

NAACP morons says Hallmark graduation card racist. Concept of Black Holes eludes them.

This is what happens when ignorance overtakes an organization, the stupidity comes out in full force. Listen to the voices and realize this is FRICKING HALLMARK which is why the racist meme doesn't make sense. Clean out your ears and try to make yourselves useful in modern society.

A graduation card sold at local stores has been pulled from shelves after a civil rights group raised concerns about the content. The group claims the card's micro-speaker plays a greeting that's racist.

It is a graduation greeting from Hallmark that says, "Hey world, we are officially putting you on notice."

Members of the Los Angeles NAACP did take notice. As characters known as "Hoops" and "Yoyo" banter on, African American leaders hear offensive language.

"And you black holes, you are so ominous. Watch your back," the card vocalizes.

"That was very demeaning to African American women. When it made reference to African American women as whores and at the end, it says 'watch your back,'" said Leon Jenkins of the Los Angeles NAACP.

When Hallmark was reached by phone, they said the card is all a misunderstanding. The card's theme is the solar system and emphasizes the power of the grad to take over the universe, even energy-absorbing black holes.

The card company says the card speaks about the power the grad will wield.

"The intent here is to say that this graduate is not afraid of anything," explained Hallmark spokesman Steve Doyal.

But that's not what some people heard.

"You hear the 'r' in there. 'Whores,' not, 'holes.' The 'r' is in there," said Minnie Hatley of the Los Angeles NAACP.

Hallmark sent Eyewitness News a transcript of what the card says, but Hatley says that the actual audio raises questions.

"It sounds like a group of children laughing and joking about blackness, again," said another NAACP member.

NAACP is an ongoing embarrassment to black people at this point.

Teachers walk in and out of school board meeting over pay

Another teachers union who act like they walk on water and don't have to be bothered by fiscal problems.
Several hundred Neshaminy teachers Tuesday night walked into the school board meeting together. After several parents, and even a few bus drivers spoke, two union leaders spoke to thunderous applause and a standing ovation from their membership. And then, even though more residents were signed up to speak and the board still had to attend to its business agenda, the educators left the same way they came – as a group.

Louise Boyd, president of the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers, told the board she was looking forward to Thursday's bargaining session.

As the teachers walked out, many parents yelled that the educators were being disrespectful and childish. Middletown resident Steve Rodos, whose son teaches in the district, described the teachers actions as “less than a class act. Obviously they care about their own input and, unfortunately, take the opinion of no one else.”

Outside the meeting, Boyd would say only that she was “consistently impressed with the membership.” Back inside the meeting, dozens of parents upset by the teachers doing only what's required by their contract in the classroom, were wearing red shirts that said “proud parent of a Neshaminy student.” Feasterville mom Cyndie Bowman said she's appalled and has had enough and both sides should be embarrassed by their behavior.

"Win a soccer game by more than five points and you lose"

The pussification of the children of today continues in Canada.
In yet another nod to the protection of fledgling self-esteem, an Ottawa children’s soccer league has introduced a rule that says any team that wins a game by more than five points will lose by default.

The Gloucester Dragons Recreational Soccer league’s newly implemented edict is intended to dissuade a runaway game in favour of sportsmanship. The rule replaces its five-point mercy regulation, whereby any points scored beyond a five-point differential would not be registered.

Kevin Cappon said he first heard about the rule on May 20 — right after he had scored his team’s last allowable goal. His team then tossed the ball around for fear of losing the game.

He said if anything, the league’s new rule will coddle sore losers.

“They should be saying anything is possible. If we can get five goals really fast, well, so can the other team,” said Kevin, 17, who has played in the league for five years. “People grow in adversity, they don’t really get worse…. I think you’ll see more leadership skills being used if a losing team tries to recuperate than if they never got into that situation at all.”

Kevin’s father, Bruce Cappon, called the rule ludicrous.

“I couldn’t find anywhere in the world, even in a communist country, where that rule is enforced,” he said.

Dumbasses. Black lawmakers want to restrict power of Ethics Office.

Once again, members of the CBC show their collective worthlessness, stupidity and worse the attitude that congress is somehow above the law. The fact the caucus leader Barbara Lee is endorsing this stupid resolution which makes them look like people with something to hide and without being held accountability is mind-boggling.

Can someone in the CBC have the smarts to realize that power moves like this only hurts your credibility?
Stung by a series of inquiries, nearly half the members of the Congressional Black Caucus want to scale back the aggressive ethics procedures that Democrats trumpeted after gaining control of Congress.

Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, and 19 fellow black lawmakers in the all-Democratic caucus quietly introduced a resolution last week that would restrict the powers of the new independent Office of Congressional Ethics. The office, formed by Congress in 2008, is run by a panel of private citizens.

Black caucus Chairwoman Barbara Lee, D-Calif., is among the sponsors, but the full 42-member caucus did not endorse the measure. Lee declined comment through a spokesman.

The absence of support from top Democratic leaders for Fudge's proposal - including from House Whip Jim Clyburn, a black caucus member from South Carolina - suggests that it isn't going anywhere. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered no immediate comment.

....Fudge's proposal would remove that power, and allow lawmakers on the standards committee to seal from public view the ethics office's findings on matters deemed meritless.

The resolution also would make it harder for the ethics office to initiate investigations, requiring a sworn complaint from a citizen claiming personal knowledge of an alleged violation. That could prevent complaints from watchdog groups, for example.

It would prevent the standards committee from taking a referral from the ethics office within 60 days before an election in which the subject of the case is a candidate.

UN official urges America to stop CIA drone attacks on Al-Qaeda and Taliban.

The official wants explanations and following UN rules that would render the entire program useless letting terrorist walk free.
A senior U.N. official said Wednesday that the United States should halt the CIA's drone campaign against al-Qaeda and Taliban forces in Pakistan, charging that the secrecy surrounding the strikes violates the legal principle of international accountability.

But a report by Philip Alston, the United Nations' special rapporteur for extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions, stopped short of declaring the CIA program illegal.

He presented a 29-page report to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday that focused on "targeted killings" by countries such as Russia and Israel as well as the United States.

"It is an essential requirement of international law that States using targeted killings demonstrate that they are complying with the various rules governing their use in situations of armed conflict," Alston said in a news release. "The greatest challenge to this principle today comes from the program operated by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. . . . The international community does not know when and where the CIA is authorized to kill, the criteria for individuals who may be killed, how it ensures killings are legal, and what follow-up there is when civilians are illegally killed."

Alston said some commentators have argued that CIA personnel involved in drone killings are committing war crimes because, unlike the military, they are "unlawful combatants." But, he said, "this argument is not supported" by international humanitarian law.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

M.T.A.’s 8,000 Six-Figure Workers, 60% of the budget goes for compensation.

Taxpayers are being bleed dry by public sector workers example #1221221.
In an era of generous municipal salaries and union-friendly overtime rules, it may not come as a complete shock that there are thousands of Metropolitan Transportation Authority employees — 8,074, to be precise — who made $100,000 or more last year.

The usual top-level managers are included in that list, but so are dozens of lower-level employees, including conductors, police officers and engineers, many of whom pulled in six figures in overtime and retirement benefits alone.

One of those workers, a Long Island Rail Road conductor who retired in April, made $239,148, about $4,000 more than the authority’s chief financial officer, according to payroll data released on Wednesday.

In fact, more than a quarter of the Long Island Rail Road’s 7,000 employees earned more than $100,000 last year, including the conductor, Thomas J. Redmond, and two locomotive engineers — who were among the top 25 earners in the entire transportation authority.

The authority is readying service cuts to close a budget shortfall of $400 million, and its chairman, Jay H. Walder, has said he plans to reel in runaway overtime costs, which pile up to $560 million annually.

But the authority, which employs about 70,000 workers over all, cannot significantly reduce its labor costs without concessions from its unions, which say their workers deserve their compensation for difficult and sometimes dangerous jobs.

....Helena E. Williams, the president of the L.I.R.R., was the authority’s highest-paid employee last year, earning $286,872. (Ms. Williams briefly served as chief executive of the transportation authority last year.)

Mr. Walder, who began in October, now earns $350,000 a year as chairman, as well as a $3,500 monthly housing allowance.

Over all, the authority workers’ average pay rose about 2.4 percent last year. Management salaries were frozen.

Around 60 percent of the authority’s current budget — about $7 billion — is used to pay labor costs including payroll, pensions, and overtime.

White House offered three jobs to Colo. candidate Romanoff

The candidate flat out lied about this when asked months ago and now he names people, releasing emails to put the White House in a corner because this is the second job offering given to a candidate.
One of President Barack Obama's top advisers suggested to a Colorado Democrat that he forgo a primary challenge to Sen. Michael Bennet and instead apply for one of three international development jobs.

The disclosure came just days after the White House admitted orchestrating a job offer in the Pennsylvania Senate race with the similar goal of avoiding a messy or divisive Democratic primary.

The back-room deals - former President Bill Clinton led the Pennsylvania effort and White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina worked with former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff - called into question Obama's repeated promises to run an open government.

Romanoff said in a statement Wednesday night that he was contacted by Messina last fall and told that the White House would support Bennet in the primary. When he said he would seek the nomination anyway, Messina "suggested three positions that might be available to me were I not pursuing the Senate race," Romanoff said. "He added that he could not guarantee my appointment to any of these positions."

California may bar city bankruptcies to protect public sector workers.

Unions don't care, all they care about is draining the cities and taxpayers dry before its too late.
A bill that clamps down on municipal bankruptcy filings is headed for Gov. Schwarzenegger's desk, which is bad news for Los Angeles and other cash-strapped California cities.

It the governor signs Assembly Bill 155, it would place a hurdle in the path of filing for Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy. The bill stipulates that a city may only file for bankruptcy with the approval of the California Debt Investment Advisory Commission, which provides information on debt to public agencies.

"California's taxpayers who rely on public safety, senior, park and library services, as well as those who own and operate businesses in our communities, deserve every effort that state and local government can make to avoid the long-term devastation of bankruptcy," the bill says.

In particular, the bill says it intends to protect retirement pensions and health benefits for public employees, which would be disrupted and renegotiated in the wake of bankruptcy.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Soaring costs force Canada to reassess health model

Didn't Obama tout Canada as some sort of model system. Good one.

Pressured by an aging population and the need to rein in budget deficits, Canada's provinces are taking tough measures to curb healthcare costs, a trend that could erode the principles of the popular state-funded system.

Ontario, Canada's most populous province, kicked off a fierce battle with drug companies and pharmacies when it said earlier this year it would halve generic drug prices and eliminate "incentive fees" to generic drug manufacturers.

British Columbia is replacing block grants to hospitals with fee-for-procedure payments and Quebec has a new flat health tax and a proposal for payments on each medical visit -- an idea that critics say is an illegal user fee.

And a few provinces are also experimenting with private funding for procedures such as hip, knee and cataract surgery.

It's likely just a start as the provinces, responsible for delivering healthcare, cope with the demands of a retiring baby-boom generation. Official figures show that senior citizens will make up 25 percent of the population by 2036.

"There's got to be some change to the status quo whether it happens in three years or 10 years," said Derek Burleton, senior economist at Toronto-Dominion Bank.

"We can't continually see health spending growing above and beyond the growth rate in the economy because, at some point, it means crowding out of all the other government services.

"At some stage we're going to hit a breaking point."

Only 25 shot in Chicago over the weekend.

Summer has officially started in Chi-town.
It has been a violent weekend in Chicago: in a 30 hour period, 25 people were shot, and one man died from his injuries.

The fatal shooting happened early Sunday in the 5100-block of S. Laflin.

Darius Murphy, 19, died after he was shot in the head.

Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis said nearly half of the shootings appear to be gang-related.

He said there are no suspects in any of the cases.

Fewer arrests in Miami Beach for Urban Beach Week.

Its all in the context.

Another holiday weekend is winding down on South Beach, and police say this year's party was a little calmer than last year.

Monday is Memorial Day and the final day of Urban Beach Week on Miami Beach. Thousands of people descended on Miami to party in clubs and hotels and on the beaches. Authorities pledged to crack down on noise violations, littering and public drinking.

According to Miami Beach police, they made 341 arrests from Thursday to Sunday. That's down from 454 arrests in 2009. Police say most of the arrests were misdemeanors.

It appears one of the biggest issues of the party weekend was the parking. The City of Miami Beach towed more than 450 vehicles.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Boondocks: Get familiar with "Nigga Synthesis"

You will see these moments in everyday life, please be aware of it. (NSFW)

Intermarriage Slows Among Hispanics, Asians.. lack of assimilation to blame?

Just another sign in some groups, the need for assimilation which means also marrying out of your group for some is going in reverse.
Every one of the six Gerardo sisters, Mexican-Americans who grew up in California, married non-Hispanic white men.

"We just assimilated," says Vivian Gerardo Doolan, 58-years-old, who married a high-school sweetheart and was the only Hispanic on her high-school's cheerleading squad. "My parents raised us with the thought that when you're living here you embrace this culture and not the culture you descended from."

For years, that was also the path followed by successive generations of immigrants and children of immigrants in the U.S., including Hispanics and Asians. But new data indicate that the age-old notion of assimilation in America is slowing.

.....But new research concludes that intermarriage rates between Hispanics and nonhispanic whites and between Asians and whites have declined or stagnated over the past two decades, due in part to a surge in immigration that has expanded the pool of people of marrying age in those groups. Scholars call the phenomenon a "retreat from intermarriage."

.....Among second-generation Hispanic women, who are the children of immigrants, the proportion who married outside their ethnicity—mainly to whites—fell to 16% in the 2000 period compared to 22% in the 1990s. The decrease in marriage to whites can be attributed mainly to a significant increase in the share of the second-generation Hispanic women who married Hispanics: 84% in the 2000 period compared with 78% in the 1990s.

"The massive influx of new immigrants from Latin America and Asia has not only fueled the opportunity to marry one's co-ethnics, but also revitalized ancestral and cultural identity," says Dr.Lichter.

The trend raises questions about whether assimilation among Hispanics and Asians in the U.S. is slowing as they reconnect to their ancestral culture through marriage.

Take Daisie Cristobal Sanchez, 31. The U.S.-born daughter of Cuban-Americans residing in Whittier, Calif., recently married a Nicaraguan immigrant. "I was a broad-spectrum dater," she says. "But deep down inside I wanted to marry a Latino." What's more, she says, it's "cool and back in style" to assert your roots. Most of her friends are fellow Hispanics, she says.

This is the result of attacking assimilation aka "Americanization" as an evil process that makes people lose their cultural identity and now for some groups, its is causing a regression to being more insular and will not be a positive for America in the future if everyone is becoming more tribal in their outlook.

Assimilation is vital for America to continue to flourish and it is time that people start to hit back hard against those who are against it.

Facebook removes Everybody draws Mohammed page, sucks up to Pakistan.

I think its time that Christians and Catholics start threatening violence to get the same sort of groveling going with companies in the West. It works for Muslims.

Pakistan lifted a ban on Facebook on Monday after officials from the social networking site apologized for a page deemed offensive to Muslims and removed its contents, a top information technology official said.

The move came almost two weeks after Pakistan imposed the ban amid anger over a page that encouraged users to post images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad. Many Muslims regard depictions of the prophet, even favorable ones, as blasphemous.

"In response to our protest, Facebook has tendered their apology and informed us that all the sacrilegious material has been removed from the URL," said Najibullah Malik, secretary of Pakistan's information technology ministry, referring to the technical term for a Web page.

Facebook assured the Pakistani government that "nothing of this sort will happen in the future," Malik said.

Officials from the website could not immediately be reached for comment. They said earlier the contents of the "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!" page did not violate Facebook's terms.

The page encouraged users to post images of the prophet to protest threats made by a radical Muslim group against the creators of the American TV series "South Park" for depicting Muhammad in a bear suit during an episode earlier this year.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Bill Maher's racist Obama take on not being a " real" black President.

If Glenn Beck had said something like this all hell would break loose. But since a white liberal said it, pass.
HBO's Bill Maher: "I thought when we elected a black president, we were going to get a black president. You know, this [BP oil spill] is where I want a real black president. I want him in a meeting with the BP CEOs, you know, where he lifts up his shirt where you can see the gun in his pants. That's -- (in black man voice) we've got a 'motherfu**ing problem here?' Shoot somebody in the foot."