Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Wikileak's Julian Assange does irreparable damage to US, Keith Olbermann names Bristol Palin worst person in world
Whodathunkit! Liberals in the media have analyzed MSNBC and FOX News and found MSNBC is less liberal than FOX is conservative.
Those who cover media and follow television news contend that Fox News has a clearer political bent than MSNBC, strong ties to the Republican party, and a clear conflict with the paid employment of at least five potential GOP presidential candidates...
"Intellectually, are they more honest than Fox, I think they are," Eric Deggans, media critic for the St. Petersburg Times, said of MSNBC. "I saw that Fox was more consistent in reflecting a right wing tilt than MSNBC was in reflecting a liberal tilt. I think Fox is much more evolved in what it does than MSNBC does, in reflecting a political bent, it being right-wing."
The use of the term "Intellectually Honest" in a sentence about MSNBC is absolutely astounding. I doubt the liberals making this analysis have ever turned FOX News on.
GOP Rep. Steve Buyer to stonewalling Demo: "This is why the American people have thrown you out of power."
"This is why," Buyer declared, "the American people have thrown you out of power."
The arrogance of Democrats is astounding.
DETROIT (WJBK) – The son of Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., says items were stolen out of the government vehicle he was driving last Wednesday in downtown Detroit, FOX 2’s Simon Shaykhet reports.
John Conyers III, 20, told police two Apple MacBooks, valued at $1,100 apiece, and more than $27,000 worth of concert tickets to the Fillmore were stolen out of a burgundy 2010 Cadillac Escalade registered to the 14th Congressional District.
Apparently, what Steven Chu perceives as 80% certainty is good enough to spend trillions and shackle the U.S. economy.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu had a message for climate change skeptics during his speech at the National Press Club on Monday saying the U.S. does not need “100 percent certainty” in order to act on climate change...
“I maintain, you don’t need 100% certainty. You know, 80, 90 percent, and maybe if half the bad things that happen with 80 or 90 percent certainty is enough to say, ‘Okay, how do you want to plan your personal life?’”
Well, infants and children can't vote and blacks are a very important Democratic Party demographic...
The Pigford II settlement is rife with fraud. There are more people claiming discrimination that there are black farmers.
USDA employees and FBI officials estimate that the number of fraudulent claims range from 50 percent to 95 percent.
(Big Gov’t)- Congress is rushing through its lame duck session to finally appropriate funds to pay out claims from the Pigford II settlement. The settlement is meant to clear up claims from black farmers who claim discrimination from USDA and also missed out on the first settlement.
The legislation sets aside $1.5 billion to pay these claims. The legislation also makes cuts in other federal programs to “pay for” the new spending. Among the cuts are $500 million for nutrition programs for women, infants and children.
From the Senate language:
Subtitle E–Rescission of Funds From WIC Program
SEC. 841. RESCISSION OF FUNDS FROM WIC PROGRAM.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, of the amounts made available in appropriations Acts to provide grants to States under the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children established by section 17 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1786), $562,000,000 is rescinded.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Appearing on Fox News's "O'Reilly Factor," Goldberg admitted not knowing what a madrasa is, said it wasn't the Japanese that attacked America at Pearl Harbor, and claimed Muslims in America are more persecuted than Jews
From the annals of political correctness gone wild...
FOX Nation reported:
A school in Florida has not only banned Christmas – but everything associated with the Christian holiday.
Teachers at Heathrow Elementary School have been ordered to banish images of Santa Claus from classrooms – along with traditional Christmas colors like red and green.
“You can’t use red and green,” one outraged parent told WESH. “It’s ridiculous.”
The parent, who serves as a volunteer room mother, said she was recently given a list of guidelines that listed the holiday restrictions.
She said the basic theme of the letter was, “We don’t want to offend anyone who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus or the Christian beliefs.”
President Obama's federal employee pay freeze doesn't include the legislative branch? They are one of the reasons we are in this deficit mess. Via ABC News’ Jake Tapper.
Regime change in North Korea isn't likely to happen without military force. Their "Dear Leader" and "General" is revered as a "god." Here is an English subtitled propaganda film to give you an idea of the brainwashing North Koreans have been subjected too.
Those opposed to Obamacare have received a little justice. The SEIU spent millions helping President Obama pass the democrat's health care reform bill. Now, the law they forced down Americans throats is biting back. Due to changes in state rules and the new Obamacare requirement to keep children on health insurance until they are 26, the large SEIU affiliated health-insurance fund in New York is dropping coverage for members' children.
(WSJ)- One of the largest union-administered health-insurance funds in New York is dropping coverage for the children of more than 30,000 low-wage home attendants, union officials said. The union blamed financial problems it said were caused by the state’s health department and new national health-insurance requirements...
“In addition, new federal health-care reform legislation requires plans with dependent coverage to expand that coverage up to age 26,” Behroozi wrote in a letter to members Oct. 22. “Our limited resources are already stretched as far as possible, and meeting this new requirement would be financially impossible.”
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Rep. Ben Chandler barely won re-election. Perhaps this scare has knocked some common sense into him. Chandler previously voted with Pelosi on the Stimulus and Cap-and-Trade, but he broke rank and voted against Obamacare. That vote probably saved his job. It looks like he isn't a Pelosi fan anymore.
(The Hill)- Rep. Ben Chandler (Ky.), who won reelection by only 648 votes, said in a recent interview that he blames outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for Democrats’ deep defeats in the midterms.
Chandler said that the fault also belongs to President Obama, whom he endorsed in 2008...“It baffles me that you can suffer the largest defeat since 1938 and still maintain the leadership of your caucus,” Chandler said of Pelosi.
Mohamed Osman Mohamud
Portland, Oregon voters need to wake up and clean house of the left-wing leaders they have given control of their city too. The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force that their leaders wouldn't allow local police to cooperate with has saved possibly hundreds of their lives.
The Washington Examiner reported:
In 2005, leaders in Portland, Oregon, angry at the Bush administration’s conduct of the war on terror, voted not to allow city law enforcement officers to participate in a key anti-terror initiative, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. On Friday, that task force helped prevent what could have been a horrific terrorist attack in Portland. Now city officials say they might re-think their participation in the task force — because Barack Obama is in the White House.
Reading the FBI affidavit describing Islamist terror suspect Mohamed Osman Mohamud’s plan to bomb a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square is a chilling experience. Mohamud, a Somali-born naturalized U.S. citizen who attended Oregon State University, told undercover FBI agents he dreamed of performing acts of jihad in which hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Americans would die. “Do you remember when 9/11 happened when those people were jumping from skyscrapers?” Mohamud asked the agents, according to the affidavit. “I thought that was awesome.”
We have come to expect betrayal from the people running Wikileaks. Sadly, the New York Times is helping them put the knife in our back.
From Gateway Pundit:
The New York Times, Le Monde, Speigel, the Guardian and El Pais will publish the information tonight anyway.
Our government must be run by the insane. They have seized dozens of domain names recently for copyright and other violations. What do they do to a site leaking state secrets and jeopardizing American lives? They send them a nice letter asking them to stop.
Dear Ms. Robinson and Mr. Assange:
I am writing in response to your 26 November 2010 letter to U.S. Ambassador Louis B. Susman regarding your intention to again publish on your WikiLeaks site what you claim to be classified U.S. Government documents.
As you know, if any of the materials you intend to publish were provided by any government officials, or any intermediary without proper authorization, they were provided in violation of U.S. law and without regard for the grave consequences of this action. As long as WikiLeaks holds such material, the violation of the law is ongoing.
It is our understanding from conversations with representatives from The New York Times, The Guardian and Der Spiegel, that WikiLeaks also has provided approximately 250,000 documents to each of them for publication, furthering the illegal dissemination of classified documents.
Publication of documents of this nature at a minimum would:
* Place at risk the lives of countless innocent individuals — from journalists to human rights activists and bloggers to soldiers to individuals providing information to further peace and security;
* Place at risk on-going military operations, including operations to stop terrorists, traffickers in human beings and illicit arms, violent criminal enterprises and other actors that threaten global security; and,
*Place at risk on-going cooperation between countries – partners, allies and common stakeholders — to confront common challenges from terrorism to pandemic diseases to nuclear proliferation that threaten global stability.
In your letter, you say you want — consistent with your goal of “maximum disclosure” — information regarding individuals who may be “at significant risk of harm” because of your actions.
Despite your stated desire to protect those lives, you have done the opposite and endangered the lives of countless individuals. You have undermined your stated objective by disseminating this material widely, without redaction, and without regard to the security and sanctity of the lives your actions endanger. We will not engage in a negotiation regarding the further release or dissemination of illegally obtained U.S. Government classified materials. If you are genuinely interested in seeking to stop the damage from your actions, you should: 1) ensure WikiLeaks ceases publishing any and all such materials; 2) ensure WikiLeaks returns any and all classified U.S. Government material in its possession; and 3) remove and destroy all records of this material from WikiLeaks’ databases.
(The letter is signed by Harold Hongju Koh, legal adviser to the State Department)
Here is another shameful episode brought to you by Janet Napolitano and the perverts working at TSA. A woman was singled out for a very invasive search after her pantyliner obscured the image screeners view of her genitals.
"This email isn't going to be as polished as I would normally send, but I'm upset and I don't want what happened to me to happen to anyone else (if I can stop it). I recently traveled via air, and was subjected to that new scanning device. "No problem," I thought. I was wearing jeans and a linen tanktop, bra, panties, and one camoflauge pantyliner. I'm a rule follower, so I never have any problems at the airport. Not this time. I was stopped, and then held for 15 mintues while they tried to find a female supervisor. I couldn't get to my bag, my shawl or my shoes; just standing there while the TSA agents kept me in one place. Now, I don't want this to be about bad TSA agents; they were doing their job, they were as delicate as they could be, etc., etc. But what ultimately happened is that I was subjected to search so invasive that I was left crying and dealing with memories that I thought had been dealt with years ago of prior sexual assualts. Why? Because of my flannel panty-liner.
Leave the pantyliners at home ladies.
Two of the most prominent critics of anthropogenic global warming, Dr. Roy Spencer and Lord Christopher Monckton, will be in Cancun next week for the COP16
From PR Newswire
CANCUN, Mexico, Nov. 24, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — CFACT, the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, will feature two prominent experts on climate science and policy at COP 16, the UN conference on climate change which convenes next week in Cancun.
Lord Christopher Monckton will be in Cancun December 1 – 10.
Dr. Roy Spencer will be in Cancun December 6 – 10.
Both will be available (allowing for travel) before and after Cancun.
Last year COP 15 in Copenhagen ended without serious progress on a successor treaty to the Kyoto protocol. A series of meetings in Germany and China were likewise inconclusive. The UNFCCC is under severe pressure to jump start the treaty process in Mexico, however, public doubts about climate science and policy coupled with an inability of developed and developing nations to find common ground leave the UNFCCC with a daunting task ahead.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Bluegrass Pundit has no affiliation with the site selling these items.
The manifest error of Obamacare unintended consequences continue. Rationing is being implemented by market forces.
From The Washington Post:
Want an appointment with kidney specialist Adam Weinstein of Easton, Md.? If you’re a senior covered by Medicare, the wait is eight weeks.
How about a checkup from geriatric specialist Michael Trahos? Expect to see him every six months: The Alexandria-based doctor has been limiting most of his Medicare patients to twice yearly rather than the quarterly checkups he considers ideal for the elderly. Still, at least he’ll see you. Top-ranked primary care doctor Linda Yau is one of three physicians with the District’s Foxhall Internists group who recently announced they will no longer be accepting Medicare patients.
“It’s not easy. But you realize you either do this or you don’t stay in business,” she said.
In 2006, a federal appeals court ruled airport security was constitutional. The ruling referred to metal detectors and pat downs for those alarms the machines. What Janet Napolitano's has the TSA doing now goes far beyond that ruling. The 2006 ruling said searches had to be "minimally intrusive." Making fliers virtually naked and groping their "junk" hardly meets that test.
The Washington Post:
In a 2006 opinion for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, then-Judge Samuel Alito stressed that screening procedures must be both "minimally intrusive" and "effective" - in other words, they must be "well-tailored to protect personal privacy," and they must deliver on their promise of discovering serious threats. Alito upheld the practices at an airport checkpoint where passengers were first screened with walk-through magnetometers and then, if they set off an alarm, with hand-held wands. He wrote that airport searches are reasonable if they escalate "in invasiveness only after a lower level of screening disclose[s] a reason to conduct a more probing search."
As currently used in U.S. airports, the new full-body scanners fail all of Alito's tests.
He failed because the FBI supplied him a fake bomb.
FOX News reported:
PORTLAND, Ore. – A Somali-born teenager plotted to carry out a car bomb attack at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in downtown Portland on Friday, but the bomb turned out to be a dud supplied by undercover agents as part of a sting, federal prosecutors said.
Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, was arrested at 5:40 p.m. just after he dialed a cell phone that he thought would blow up a van laden with explosives but instead brought federal agents and Portland police swooping in to take him into custody.
Mohamud yelled “Allahu Akhkbar” and tried to kick agents and police as the arrest came, according to prosecutors.
H/T Weasel Zippers.
Friday, November 26, 2010
AP reported in 2008 Obama's grandmother was christian. She went to Mecca and prayed for his conversion to Islam this year.
Back in March of 2008, during the early heat of the Democratic Presidential primary, AP ran a story debunking the rumor Barack Obama is a Muslim. As part of that story. AP claimed President Obama's paternal grandmother, "Sarah" was a christian.
Obama's grandfather had converted to Islam from Roman Catholicism and taken the name Hussein, Sarah Obama said, but his children had inherited only the name, not the religion. Each person should be able to choose how they worshipped, she said.President Obama's paternal grandmother attended Hajj in Mecca this year and prayed for his conversion to Islam.
"In the world of today, children have different religions from their parents," she said. She, too, is a Christian.
U.S. President Barack Obama's Kenyan grandmother says she prayed during a hajj pilgrimage to Mecca for the American leader to convert to Islam.
'I prayed for my grandson Barack to convert to Islam,' said Sarah Omar, 88, in an interview with Al-Watan Saudi daily held in Jeddah after she had performed hajj.
The paper said that Omar was in Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage along with her son, Obama's uncle Saeed Hussein Obama, and four of her grandchildren.
Omar told the newspaper that she could only discuss hajj matters and would not comment on Obama's politics.
This is just another example of the lies and deceptions the mainstream media disseminated in order to get Barack Obama elected President.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
The Nancy Pelosi legacy continues to haunt Democrats in Congress. Only 16% want Democratic congressional leaders to have the major voice in new policy. Surprisingly, almost as many Americans want the Tea Party to take the lead as want Prescient Obama to lead. These results are from a recent USA Today/Gallop poll.
In a survey taken Friday through Sunday, 28% say Obama should have the most influence on government policy next year while 27% say the Tea Party standard-bearers should. GOP congressional leaders are chosen by 23%, Democratic congressional leaders by 16%.
The results reflect the strength of the Tea Party movement as the GOP prepares to take control of the House of Representatives in January.
Sarah Palin isn't one to back down when she is attacked. This is true even if the attack comes in an offhanded way from former first lady Barbara Bush. Barbara Bush said of Palin on a recent episode of CNN's Larry King Live,
“I think she's very happy in Alaska and I hope she'll stay there.”
Palin has now responded.
Sarah Palin on Wednesday dismissed the criticism of former First Lady Barbara Bush, who recently suggested that Palin stay in Alaska rather than run for president, referring to the Bush family as “blue-bloods.”
Speaking on Laura Ingraham’s talk radio show, Palin warned that critics like Bush “don’t understand competition is good.”
"I think the majority of Americans don't want to put up with the blue bloods -- and I say it with all due respect because I love the Bushes -- but the blue bloods who want to pick and choose their winners instead of allowing competition to pick and choose the winners,” Palin said.
Follow Up: Video of what happened before Lauren Valle allegedly got her head stomped at Rand Paul debate
The real story of Thanksgiving was of the triumph of capitalism over communism.
The Real Story Behind Thanksgiving
Did you know that the first [Plymouth Colony Pilgrim's] Thanksgiving was a celebration of the triumph of private property and individual initiative?
William Bradford was the governor of the original Pilgrim colony, founded at Plymouth in 1621. The colony was first organized on a communal basis, as their financiers required. Land was owned in common. The Pilgrims farmed communally, too, following the "from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs" precept.
The results were disastrous. Communism didn't work any better 400 years ago than it does today. By 1623, the colony had suffered serious losses. Starvation was imminent.
Bradford realized that the communal system encouraged and rewarded waste and laziness and inefficiency, and destroyed individual initiative. Desperate, he abolished it. He distributed private plots of land among the surviving Pilgrims, encouraging them to plant early and farm as individuals, not collectively.
The results:...Read more here.
That Crazed Tea Partier who sent a threatening email that led to a Florida school shutdown is really a lefty
Right-wing talker, and former Allen West Chief-of-Staff, Joyce Kaufman made a provocative statement at a July tea party rally,
”if ballots don’t work, bullets will."That statement was followed by a threatening email and phone call from someone claiming to agree with Kaufman. The threats led to a 300 Florida schools being locked down and caused Kaufman to resign as Allen West's Chief-of-Staff. The woman making the threats has now been identified. She is no Tea Partier at all. She is a lefty member of the Green Part trying to get Kaufman in trouble.
(Palm Beach New Times)- The woman charged by the FBI with making a threat that led to the lockdown of more than 300 Broward County schools after hearing the words of right-wing talker Joyce Kaufman isn’t a member of the Tea Party — she’s a member of the Green Party.Over at the liberal Huffington Post, they reported an AP version of the arrest that never mentioned the woman was a lefty Green Party member faking agreement with Kaufman.
Ellisa Martinez was arrested yesterday for making an emailed threat and a phone call to Kaufman’s radio station, 850-AM, on November 10. In the email, Martinez feigned agreement with the fiery arch-conservative rhetoric of Kaufman and Sarah Palin, but she’s she’s officially on the other side of the ledger. According to the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Office, Martinez is a member of the Green Party, a progressive left-wing group focused on environmental issues....
The threatening email was sent to Kaufman at the radio station, and Kaufman, a former liberal, has hinted repeatedly that the email was a hoax from a left-wing activist, not a declaration of war from one of her Tea Party adherents.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Report: Internal memo from DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano labels opt-out fliers as “domestic extremists”
Northeast Intelligence Network is reporting DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has issued a memo labeling fliers who opt-out of naked scanners as “domestic extremists.”
The memo, which actually takes the form of an administrative directive, appears to be the product of undated but recent high level meetings between Napolitano, John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA),and one or more of Obama’s national security advisors. This document officially addresses those who are opposed to, or engaged in the disruption of the implementation of the enhanced airport screening procedures as “domestic extremists.”
The introductory paragraph of the multipage document states that it is issued “in response to the growing public backlash against enhanced TSA security screening procedures and the agents conducting the screening process.” Implicit within the same section is that the recently enhanced security screening procedures implemented at U.S. airports, and the measures to be taken in response to the negative public backlash as detailed [in this directive], have the full support of the President.
It figures. California Nurses Association union was behind the maids attack on failed GOP California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported:
One of the most tantalizing mysteries in California’s 2010 gubernatorial election involved the connection between one of the state’s poorest women and one of its wealthiest.
How did an undocumented, Mexican-born housekeeper, Nicandra Diaz Santillan, end up in the national spotlight, boldly confronting her former boss, billionaire GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman?
The short answer: with the help of a union.
The longer answer is that at the height of the gubernatorial race, as campaign ads blared on Spanish-language television, the aggrieved housekeeper was determined to tell Californians her story of being abruptly fired by Whitman after nearly a decade on the job.
In early September, Diaz turned to a friend who knew a member of the powerful, Oakland-based California Nurses Association, The Chronicle has learned.
The union called in two lawyers for Diaz: Marc Van Der Hout, a longtime immigration attorney in San Francisco, and celebrity feminist attorney Gloria Allred, a fierce workplace rights litigator who arranged for Diaz to tell her story in a live-webcast news conference.
Asked to confirm her organization’s role in Diaz’s case, Rose Ann DeMoro, the nurses union executive director, said Monday, “I won’t deny it, but I prefer not to comment directly on the case.
Dan Cleary reported:
While November’s election brought a tsunami of change to Michigan policies, some incumbents are untouchable. So untouchable, apparently, that they openly read girlie magazines on their trips to and from Washington. Detroit Congressman John Conyers was caught on camera in a late July flight to DC this summer ogling a Playboy magazine.Here is the video proof.
The video and pictures – first posted by ex-Detroit News reporter and New York Times Pulitzer Prize winner Charlie LeDuff on his Facebook page – were taken by an anonymous passenger seated in the same row as the 81-year old congressman. Conyers – in his aisle seat – is shown flipping though pages showing two nude gal pals in the August issue of Playboy. And he also apparently reads Hefner’s product for the articles! He appears to linger on an
Healthy food promoter, Michelle Obama, says it is OK to eat pie on Thanksgiving. Happy days are here again.
FOX Nation reported.
Michelle Obama said it’s fine to eat what you want on Thanksgiving.
“Don’t worry about how much you eat. Just enjoy it,” she said. “This is the time. Have pie.”
Image from Gizmodo.
It seems TSA has a plan to thwart the flier protest (opt-out day) against naked scanners and groping pat downs. They turned the machines off and did normal pat downs in many airports. This is conclusive proof the new security techniques are for security theater and/or the enrichment of favored government contractors who are selling the new equipment. If they were really necessary to keep fliers safe, they would have been in high gear on the busiest travel day of the year. You can bet they will be back to full speed with the new machines and procedures tomorrow.
China’s chief negotiator admits China is world's largest CO2 producer and says they are going to keep increasing
Everyone blames the U.S. for rising global CO2 emissions, but the truth is China surpassed the U.S. three or four years ago and became the world's largest greenhouse gas producer. China has now admitted this truth and they have a message for those who want them to cut back. It's "go pound sand.' They are going to keep increasing their emissions.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China acknowledged on Tuesday it is the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases stoking global warming, confirming what scientists have said for years but defending its right to keep growing emissions.
China’s chief negotiator in international climate change talks, Xie Zhenhua, made the comment while spelling out his government’s position ahead of negotiations in Cancun, Mexico, from November 29 over a new global pact to fight global warming.Scientists and overseas bodies have said that since 2006-2007, China’s greenhouse gas pollution has surpassed the United States’, the world’s top emitter for the 20th century.
If you object to being groped at the airport, MSNBC's Ed Schultz thinks it's because you are a racist (video)
From the video:
“They’re using this to push racial profiling, I can’t believe the American people are buying this garbage. Why do all of us have such a problem with skin color? Racial profiling, it doesn’t work”
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Image credit The People's Cube.
The public is having a bad reaction to TSA employees naked scanning and genital groping, but Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano really appreciates it. Of course, the chance of anybody wanting to see her naked or grope her 'junk' anywhere but at the airport is slim and none.
The Hill reported:
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano thanked TSA workers for their vigilance and hard work on Tuesday afternoon.
From the November 23 edition of Fox News' Glenn Beck:
Even communist dictators are on to Obama now. In Castro's mind, Obama has gone from 'intelligent and sincere' to 'the best snake charmer' ever.
The United States is "going through a difficult phase as the result of its war exploits" and using its "enormous media resources to maintain, dupe and confuse world public opinion," Castro said.
"Obama already admitted that his promise to withdraw US soldiers from Afghanistan may be postponed ... After the Nobel Prize, we would have to award him with the prize for 'the best snake charmer' that has ever existed."
For ordinary taxpayers, interest is waning.
FOX Nation reported:
President Barack Obama’s administration has bought almost a fourth of the Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. hybrid vehicles sold since he took office, accelerating federal purchases as consumer demand wanes.
The U.S. General Services Administration, which runs the government fleet, bought at least 14,584 hybrid vehicles in the past two fiscal years, or about 10 percent of 145,473 vehicles the agency purchased in that period, according to sales data obtained by Bloomberg under a Freedom of Information Act request. In fiscal 2008, hybrids accounted for less than 1 percent of government purchases, the data showed.
How low can President Obama's job approval go? A new Zogby poll has found President Obama's approval under 40% for the first time.
UTICA, New York – President Barack Obama’s job approval rating has dropped to the lowest point of his Presidency at 39%, and in potential match-ups with Republicans in 2012, he trails Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and Newt Gingrich and is just one point ahead of Sarah Palin.
The percentage of likely voters saying the U.S. is on the wrong track is now the highest since Obama took office at 69%.Read more here.
Incompetence. And we gave him a lot of money...
(NY Times) — For months, the secret talks unfolding between Taliban and Afghan leaders to end the war appeared to be showing promise, if only because of the repeated appearance of a certain insurgent leader at one end of the table: Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, one of the most senior commanders in the Taliban movement.
But now, it turns out, Mr. Mansour was apparently not Mr. Mansour at all. In an episode that could have been lifted from a spy novel, United States and Afghan officials now say the Afghan man was an impostor, and high-level discussions conducted with the assistance of NATO appear to have achieved little.
“It’s not him,” said a Western diplomat in Kabul intimately involved in the discussions. “And we gave him a lot of money.”
Monday, November 22, 2010
He traveled with President Obama on his recent trip to India.
Public Intelligence.net reported, via The Daily Paul:
“OSI Systems is the owner of Rapiscan Systems which manufactures the Secure 1000, one of the most commonly used backscatter x-ray machines. And, no it is not the Deepak Chopra you’re thinking of.
OSI Systems Chief Executive Officer Joins US Presidential Visit to India
HAWTHORNE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– OSI Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: OSIS), a vertically-integrated provider of specialized electronic products for critical applications in the Security and Healthcare industries, today announced that Deepak Chopra, Chairman and CEO, was selected to accompany US President, Barack Obama, to Mumbai and attended the US India Business Entrepreneurship meeting, which was held by the US India Business Council (US IBC). The goal of the meeting was to promote further trade between US and India….”
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) isn't fond of Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg and he isn't afraid to say it.
The Hill reported:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is not particularly fond of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), saying in a recent interview that he is full of “hot air.”
The new governor said he did not appreciate Lautenberg’s criticism of his decision to cancel an $8.7. billion rail tunnel project that has been planned for more than a decade.
“All he knows how to do is blow hot air,” Christie said in a profile published in New York Magazine. “So I don’t really care what Frank Lautenberg has to say about much of anything.”
Terrorism against Jews applauded at the UN
He approved a union contract for some state employees without even negotiating. Gov. Culver accepted the first offer from the AFSCME. Culver lost by 10% November 2nd to former Republican Governor Terry Branstad. Gov. Culver's payback will cost Iowans over $100 million in the first year.
13WHOTV-Iowa union workers will see multiple pay raises over the next two years under a contract proposal approved by Governor Culver.
In a rare move Governor Culver accepted AFSCME's contract proposal as submitted and with no negotiation.
You can see some video of the new rifle in action here. It allows soldiers to shoot and kill combatants hiding behind objects. this could be a real game-changer.
(CNN)- Some U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan are using a “smart weapon” rifle that the Army hopes will be a “gamechanger” on the battlefield.
About the size of a regular rifle, the XM25 Counter Defilade Targeting Engagement System has the potential to neutralize an enemy, even when the enemy is hidden behind buildings or other barriers, said Lt. Col. Christopher Lehner, project manager for the XM25 with Program Executive Office Soldier.
The weapon can be set so that bullets will explode either on impact, in front or behind an object, depending on the way the weapon is programmed, said Lehner.
A soldier can use it to target and kill an enemy hiding behind walls, in a home, or other barrier from nearly 2,300 feet away, he said.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Update: The video got pulled. Here is the audio.
Update: I found another location for the video.
Sam Wolanyk stripped to his underwear after being told to undergo a pat down. In spite of the fact nothing could be hidden in his Calvin Klein bike's, TSA insisted on groping him. He refused and was arrested and paraded through the airport in his underwear. He was charged with failing to complete the security process and recording the San Diego Airport Authority on his iPhone. The TSA is sexually assaulting people and arresting people who try to film it? We are now officially living in a fascist state.
The Examiner reported:
In what can only be described as TSA handlers gone wild, the San Diego Harbor Police arrested an area resident for refusal to complete the screening/security process yesterday. This is the same airport that created the TSA security catch phrase “don’t touch my junk.” John Kliner of San Diego started the airport screening firestorm last week as Americans head into the busiest travel week of the year in the United States.
This time the defendant, Sam Wolanyk says he was asked to pass through the 3-D x-ray machine. When Wolanyk refused, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel told him he would have to be patted down before he could pass through and board his airplane.
Wolanyk said he knew what was coming and took off his pants and shirt, leaving him in Calvin Klein bike undergarments.
“It was obvious that my underwear left nothing to the imagination,” he explained. “But that wasn’t enough for the TSA supervisor who was called to the scene and asked me to put my clothes on so I could be properly patted down.”...
There is little wonder so many Afghans think the U.S. is in their country to destroy Islam or occupy them. According to a new poll, 92% have never heard of the 9/11 attack launched by Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda against the U.S. The survey was of men only and taken in two of the most war-torn provinces. As sheltered as women are in Afghanistan, it is hard to imagine they would be any better informed. However, the populace around the capitol might be better educated.
(Raw Story)- Fewer than one in 10 Afghans are aware of the 9/11 attacks and their precipitation of the war in Afghanistan, says a study from an international think tank.
A report (PDF) from the International Council on Security and Development (ICOS) shows that 92 percent of those surveyed had never heard of the coordinated multiple attacks on US soil on September 11, 2001. It also shows that four in 10 Afghans believe the US is on their soil in order to “destroy Islam or occupy Afghanistan.”
A Swedish model honeymooning in South Africa wanted to see how 'real Africans' live. Her new husband had a taxi take them through a township. They were carjacked and she was shot three times and killed. Her new husband denies they were being reckless...
The Sidney Morning Herald reported:
Shrien Dewani, 31, and his Swedish wife Anni, 28, were carjacked by two men wielding guns while riding in a taxi through Gugulethu township near Cape Town on Saturday.
Mr Dewani was thrown out of the car shortly after, but Mrs Dewani remained with the kidnappers and was found dead in the back seat with three bullet wounds in her chest the next morning.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
But...but...Feeling up Mexicans "junk" as they cross the border illegally would be a violation of their rights. We are only allowed to do that to law-abiding citizens.
The Hill reported:
The incoming chairman of the Republican Governors Association suggested Friday that TSA screeners would be more help securing the nation’s border with Mexico.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday on Fox Business Network that states need to “push Washington back into that box that we call the United States constitution,” but said the federal government needs to follow through on its responsibility of securing the U.S. border.
“Just in the last two weeks, I’ve had five of my citizens who’ve lost their lives on that border with Mexico, and that is an irresponsible lack of focus by our federal government,” Perry said, calling the federal security an “abject failure.”
When asked if, in the wake of the TSA invasive pat-down controversy, he’d replace TSA screeners as states are allowed under federal law, Perry had an idea.
Unbelievable. President Obama has resorted to quoting Ronald Reagan to try garner support for his START Treaty. There is a huge difference between Reagan and Obama. Americans trusted former President Ronald Reagan.
The Hill reported:
“To ensure that our national security is protected, the United States has an interest in tracking Russia’s nuclear arsenal through a verification effort that puts U.S. inspectors on the ground. As President Reagan said when he signed a nuclear arms treaty with the Soviet Union in 1987, ‘Trust, but verify,’” Obama said.
Liar-in-Chief Calls TSA Airport Fondling "One of the most frustrating aspects of this fight against terrorism"
Of course, President Obama is President of the United States of America. He waltzes through security and doesn't have to submit to being naked scanned or groped at an airport. Perhaps the fact he hasn't been groped lately explains his "frustration."
USA Today reported:
"One of the most frustrating aspects of this fight against terrorism is that it has created a whole security apparatus around us that causes a huge inconvenience for all of us," Obama said.
Obama cited the attempted airplane attack by the so-called underwear bomber last Christmas as justification for aggressive security measures.
Airport Security TSA - Longest line ever
U.S. homebuilders battered by the worst summer for home sales in a decade are already looking ahead to spring, saying they feel somewhat more optimistic about the prospect for an uptick in sales.Here is a table of the Housing Market Index (HMI) for the last 25 years.
The National Association of Home Builders said Tuesday its monthly index of builders' sentiment edged up in November to 16, the highest reading since June.
How anyone can look at that chart and feel in anyway optimistic the housing market has entered an upturn is beyond me.
Tom Blumer over at NewsBusters opined:
TSA Doubles-Down and Threatens $11,000 Fine and Possible Arrest if Fliers Refuse Naked Scanners and Groping
Sun Sentinel reported:
If you don't want to pass through an airport scanner that allows security agents to see an image of your naked body or to undergo the alternative, a thorough manual search, you may have to find another way to travel this holiday season.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is warning that any would-be commercial airline passenger who enters an airport checkpoint and then refuses to undergo the method of inspection designated by TSA will not be allowed to fly and also will not be permitted to simply leave the airport.
That person will have to remain on the premises to be questioned by the TSA and possibly by local law enforcement. Anyone refusing faces fines up to $11,000 and possible arrest.
Here are your choices according to TSA.
Get naked at the airport.
Get an intimate fondling at the airport.
The friendly skies have gotten a little too friendly.
Nancy Pelosi is smart enough to know Democrats took a shellacking November 2nd. Of course, she has no regrets. On the other hand, President Obama is either delusional or disingenuous. He told midterm volunteers "You turned ‘Yes We Can’ into ‘Yes We Did.’” Yes we did what? Democrats lost 64 seats in the House. This is the largest party affiliation swing since 1948. Republicans also gained 6 Senate seats and 6 Governorships. Gains in other state and local races followed these results. The Midterms were a complete disaster for Democrats.
(ABC News)- Members of Organizing for America – the president’s former campaign committee – received a text message today asking them to call 888-206-1431 “to hear a special message from President Obama.”
In the recorded message, the president says, “Thank you for the tireless work, you guys organized the single largest midterm election effort in this history of our party…You turned ‘Yes We Can’ into ‘Yes We Did.’”
Friday, November 19, 2010
If President Obama is so brilliant, why won't he agree to release his college records?
(Daily Caller)- The vice president is a talker, and then some. But in a new interview with GQ, he managed some gems, even for Joe Biden.
For instance, reporter Lisa DePaulo pressed Biden repeatedly on why President Obama isn’t connecting with the American public and is instead viewed as professorial and aloof. “So what is it?” asked DePaulo.
“I think what it is, is he’s so brilliant. He is an intellectual,” Biden said.
Ron Paul on the TSA: "Enough Is Enough!"
Here are some of Rep. Paul's comments.
It’s very simple, it’s one paragraph long. It removes the immunity from anybody in the federal government that does anything that you or I can’t do. If you can’t grope another person and if you can’t x-ray people and endanger them with possible x-rays, you can’t take nude photographs of individuals, why do we allow the government to do it? We would go to jail. He’d be immediately arrested if an individual citizen went out and did these things, and yet we just sit there calmly and say, “Oh, they’re making us safe”.
This is madness. Did they really think she was a Nigerian terrorist prepared to blow her 'boobs' off?
A flight attendant and cancer survivor has revealed her horror at being forced to show her prosthetic breast to a security agent during a pat-down at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Cathy Bossi from South Charlotte has been a flight attendant for over 30 years and has worked for U.S. Airways for the past 28 years...
Ms Bossi said: 'She put her full hand on my breast and said, 'What is this?'. And I said, 'It's my prosthesis because I've had breast cancer.' And she said, 'Well, you'll need to show me that'.
Obama Declared April Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Janet Napolitano Has TSA Start Fondling Air Travelers.
Every day, women, men, and children across America suffer the pain and trauma of sexual assault. From verbal harassment and intimidation to molestation and rape, this crime occurs far too frequently, goes unreported far too often, and leaves long-lasting physical and emotional scars. During National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we recommit ourselves not only to lifting the veil of secrecy and shame surrounding sexual violence, but also to raising awareness, expanding support for victims, and strengthening our response.
Meanwhile, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has TSA fondling air travelers; including sticking their hands down peoples pants.
TSA's official blogger denies the invasive searches are sexual assault. (accent is mine)
Blogger Bob said...Here is how USDOJ Ofice of Violence Against Women Director Susan B. Carbon defined sexual assault at this year's Sexual Assault Awareness Month Event. (Small pdf) (accent is mine)
There is no fondling, squeezing, groping, jabbing, or any sort of sexual assault taking place at airports. You have a professional workforce carrying out procedures they were trained to perform to keep aviation security safe.Blogger Bob
TSA Blog Team
Sexual assault can be defined as any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under this definition are forced sexual intercourse, sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape.