Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Wal-Mart Caves On Federal Mandates

Wal-Mart has allowed itself to be bullied once again into supporting another plank in the leftist agenda.

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest private employer, announced in a letter to President Obama today that it will support a requirement that all businesses provide health insurance coverage as part of sweeping health reform legislation.

The endorsement of the so-called employer mandate represents a dramatic reversal for the retailing giant and a boost for the White House as it tries to inject momentum into its top domestic priority.

“We are for shared responsibility,” Wal-Mart President and CEO Mike Duke wrote. “Not every business can make the same contributions, but everyone must make some contribution.”

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A Very Cool Photo Of A Stingray Escaping An Orca

A very cool photo from Yahoo!

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California Speaker Envies The Mullahs

There's too much free speech going on out there.

California’s Speaker of the Assembly, Karen Bass: "The Republicans were essentially threatened and terrorized against voting for revenue. Now [some] are facing recalls. They operate under a terrorist threat: “You vote for revenue and your career is over.” I don’t know why we allow that kind of terrorism to exist. I guess it’s about free speech, but it’s extremely unfair."

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Chuckie Schumer Can Read Polls, Obama Can't

While Chuckie Schumer says that he wants to get tough on illegal immigration, Barack Hussein Obama still hides behind weasel words. Schumer calls them illegal immigrants and says that words like "undocumented," "convey a message to the American people that their government is not serious about combating illegal immigration, which the American people overwhelmingly oppose."

Schumer can read the polls as well as anybody. He knows he can't spout a bunch of pro-amnesty euphemisms and satisfy the voters' desire for strict controls on illegal immigration. That means he has to at least adopt the language of toughness. So out goes that word cherished among many Democrats: "undocumented."

Except not everyone got the message. The very next day, Schumer and other lawmakers met with President Barack Obama to discuss immigration. And guess what the president said? Not once, not twice, but three times:

» "We need a effective way to recognize and legalize the status of undocumented workers who are here."

» "[The American people are] concerned that any immigration reform simply will be a short-term legalization of undocumented workers with no long-term solution."

» "The 12 million or so undocumented workers are here [are a] group that we have to deal with in a practical, common-sense way."

And not only that, just a few days earlier, at a prayer breakfast with a Hispanic group, Obama said we cannot "tolerate employers who exploit undocumented workers in order to drive down wages."

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Monday, June 29, 2009

When Obama Lies, It's Only With Only The Best Intentions

Obama lies. He lies a lot. Does he know that he's lying, or is he just ignorant? Victor David Hansen believes that Obama knows that he is lying, but also believes that it's for the greater good.

In his Republic, Plato outlined an elaborate, ranked utopia, a good city (“Kallipolis”) run by a sort of benign natural selection. The philosopher-kings sat atop hierarchies in which occupations were assigned for the citizenry. To justify arbitrary selections, the rulers would make up “noble lies” about divine edicts, making clear that the occupations chosen for lesser folk were god-given.

Once the inferiors understood that there were divine sanctions behind their lot in life, they would feel happier. And society at large would benefit by each worker’s having the proper aptitude for his occupation. The larger point Plato was making was simply that sometimes an all-knowing elite must hedge on the truth to convince the ignorant public what is good for it.

Other Greek authors likewise were willing to give an educated elite wide latitude. Many aristocrats, such as the historian Thucydides, felt that religion was a sort of superstition of the ignorant masses. But he tolerated it as something deserving support by rational leaders, inasmuch as it provided a valuable bridle on the dangerous appetites of the mob. Some of our own Founding Fathers were deists — rationalists who may have believed in a creator, but believed even more that adherence to religious ritual among the more ignorant and potentially dangerous classes was critical for a good society.

And he's not just a liar, but a hypocrite as well.

Obama as a Platonic philosopher-king advocates all sorts of exalted aims that he himself will probably never fulfill. That he is hypocritical matters little, given the fact that his bromides are unquestionably for the public good. Obama apparently speaks no foreign language, yet he deplores the lack of foreign-language fluency on the part of less sophisticated Americans. He is unable to quit smoking entirely, but emphasizes the role of preventive medicine and healthy lifestyles in his radical health-care reform initiatives.

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Obama Changes The Definition of Success

When your program is a demonstrable failure, what to do? How about grade inflation?

With public confidence in the stimulus package showing signs of ebbing, the Obama administration is continuing to sell its impact with nation-wide events and press appearances.

Today brings this explanation, from Christina Romer, the chairman of the president’s Council on Economic Advisers: Stimulus spending, Romer told the Financial Times, is “going to ramp up strongly through the summer and the fall.”

“We always knew we were not going to get all that much fiscal impact during the first five to six months. The big impact starts to hit from about now onwards,” Romer said.

We’ve known for some time that the money takes a while to get out the door.

But top Obama advisers haven’t always been so cautious in predicting how the long the stimulus would take to be felt.

Back in February, with Congress moving swiftly to approve President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus package, White House budget director Peter Orszag said the benefits of the stimulus would be “take weeks to months” to be felt.

Larry Summers, director of the National Economic Council, was even more optimistic: “You'll see the effects begin almost immediately,” Summers told CNN in February.

I guess this means that they're going to stop boasting that they've already "saved or created" 150,000 jobs.

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Supreme Court Smacks Down Sotomayor

I still find it amazing that the court's liberals voted unanimously for racism.

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Court rules for white firefighters over promotions

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Why Cash For Clunkers Won't Work

If Congress understood the real world, they would have known this.

On the bright side, the cost to taxpayers will be minimal when no one actually participates.

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Moscow Knows What's Best For You

I’m not sure what business it is for the city of Moscow, or any other government entity for that matter, to dictate what legal activities are permissible on private property. But that instinctive respect for the appropriate limits of power rarely comes naturally to those who feel themselves called to rule over their fellow man. That’s why this nation’s founders gave us a constitution that imposes strict limits on the powers that government may exercise over its people. Thomas Jefferson and his brethren correctly anticipated that people who are so convinced of their own perfect wisdom would find the lure of government irresistible and would consider their natural place in the universe as dictating to everyone else the proper way to live.

The compassion fascists that have held so much sway over Moscow’s city council over the years are a perfect example of this human imperfection. Compassion fascists are not evil in the manner of Hitler or Stalin. But they are just so sure that they know what’s best for you that they believe that they should impose their enlightenment upon you, for your own sake.

Take the example of Moscow’s administrative committee. These kindhearted, well-meaning clerks have forwarded to the city council a recommendation asking that smoking be prohibited in taverns. Taverns are private property. Cigarettes are legal. It’s true, they’re also unhealthy, but so are pastries, bacon and promiscuous sex. As many people die prematurely in this country from diseases related to obesity as die of diseases linked to cigarettes. But Moscow would never try to govern what goes on in the dining room or the bedroom. So, why single out cigarettes?

As one would predict, Moscow’s tavern owners are no more pleased about this trickle of despotism than Starbuck’s or Denny’s would be if the nutrition Nazis, food fascists were as powerful as certain other lifestyle despots. And we know how excited people get when the bedroom police get involved in other peoples’ private lives.

The owner of CJ’s Bar, Phil Roderick, pointed out that the seasonal nature of the local economy already makes Moscow a hard place to do business: “Our economy here is only a six-month economy, and we can't afford any more erosion ..., and you want us to all go bankrupt?”

But what does Phil Roderick know about operating a tavern? His only qualification is that he’s the owner and manager of a tavern. As we have learned with government intervention into the auto industry, health care and the banking industry, desk bound clerks, bureaucrats, and career politicians who have never met payroll in their lives know far more about running a business than any businessman.

To wit: “I'm actually one who believes business will improve if there is a ban,” said Bill Lambert, one of the administrative committee members who recommended the ban. “But I'm not a bar owner.”

If Lambert’s understanding of the tavern business were true, then by now at least one tavern owner would have instituted a smoking ban on his own property and his establishment would have become a haven to all those who prefer quaffing their brews and playing pool in a smoke-free environment. And once the other taverns saw how successful this strategy was, then most would follow suit.

Smoking is now and will always be legal. Governments, especially state governments, can’t afford to ban it. Governments are far more addicted to tobacco taxes than any smoker is to nicotine. For all the sanctimonious demonization so fashionable among the governing classes, the various levels of governments are, by far, the biggest profiteers from smoking. And as we all well know, government can never have too much money. States are more likely to decriminalize and tax marijuana than ban cigarettes.

An interesting statistic I came across this last week was that, between 2002 and 2007, income to state treasuries increased by 86%. Even if their revenues have tailed off a bit in the last year, they would be awash in a sea of greenbacks had they followed the advice of Joseph and behaved responsibly during the fat years. And even so, nearly all states are pleading poverty. Do you really believe that such insatiably needy governments are going to sever one of their richest veins of income? Neither do I.

But this greed will not prevent individual politicians from engaging the sort of moral grandstanding Moscow is now considering.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

George Bush Sure Is Getting Smart!

Washington Post headline: White House Drafts Executive Order to Allow Indefinite Detention of Terror Suspects

Such an order would embrace claims by former president George W. Bush that certain people can be detained without trial for long periods under the laws of war.

Obama seems to be learning that running his mouth as a candidate was a lot easier than running the country.

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Beat It!!!!!!!!

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Obama Following A Failed Model

The path that Obama proposes to lead the nation down is not the path less traveled. In fact, it's the path followed by California, New York and New Jersey. So, how's it working out for those states?

Formerly rich states, they are now known for job losses, booming deficits and debt, wage stagnation, out-migration and laughing-stock legislatures. At least Americans have the ability to flee these ill-governed states for places that still welcome wealth creators. The debate in Washington now is whether to spread this antigrowth model across the entire country.

Yep, that's just what we want for the whole country.

Of course, making all those mistakes isn't enough for Obama. He wants to make all that much worse with his idiotic carbon cap and trade fiasco.

The 1,000-plus-page American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454) is being rushed to a vote by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before anyone can seriously object to this economic suicide pact.

It's as though the Democrats don't want anybody to know what they're up to.

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Making Matters Worse

No one will be surprised to learn that since Barack Hussein Obama was inaugurated, the government's balance sheet has gotten worse. However, it has gotten much, much, much worse.

But of course, the Washington Post has managed to find a way to blame Bush.

The nation's long-term budget outlook has darkened considerably over the past six months, and President Obama's plan to extend an array of tax cuts and other policies adopted during the Bush administration has the potential to "create an explosive fiscal situation," congressional budget analysts reported yesterday.

In a new report, the Congressional Budget Office found that extending the Bush administration tax cuts, reining in the alternative minimum tax and canceling a scheduled reduction in payments to Medicare doctors would dramatically slash tax collections at a time when federal spending would be "sharply rising." The resulting budget gap would drive the nation's debt over 100 percent of gross domestic product by 2023, the report says, and past 200 percent of GDP by the late 2030s.

It has nothing to do with a 787 billion dollar porkulus bill. It has nothing to do with a bloated budget with a nearly two trillion shortfall. No, it's Bush's budget deficit.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Obamacare: It's Good Enough For You

But it's not good enough for me.

Dr. Orrin Devinsky, a neurologist and researcher at the New York University Langone Medical Center, said that elites often propose health care solutions that limit options for the general public, secure in the knowledge that if they or their loves ones get sick, they will be able to afford the best care available, even if it's not provided by insurance.

Devinsky asked the president pointedly if he would be willing to promise that he wouldn't seek such extraordinary help for his wife or daughters if they became sick and the public plan he's proposing limited the tests or treatment they can get.

The president refused to make such a pledge...

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Cap and Trade: Too Expensive For The Democrats?

CNN says that Nancy Pelosi and her goons are uncertain that their crappy cap and trade bill will pass. And so, it's turning into another porkfest.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi conceded Wednesday evening that there were not enough votes to pass the bill, but that meetings with Democrats and Republicans were ongoing. Many Democrats from rural districts are concerned about the bill's effect on the manufacturing of ethanol and other biofuels, while Republicans have questioned the overall price tag to Americans.

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I Guess Mahmoud's Really Pissed About Missing Out On Those Hot Dogs

Ahmadinejad blasts Obama - compares him to Bush.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused Barack Obama on Thursday of behaving like his predecessor toward Iran and said there was not much point in talking to Washington unless the U.S. president apologized.

Obama said on Tuesday he was "appalled and outraged" by a post-election crackdown and Washington withdrew invitations to Iranian diplomats to attend Independence Day celebrations on July 4 -- stalling efforts to improve ties with Tehran.

"Mr Obama made a mistake to say those things ... our question is why he fell into this trap and said things that previously (former president George W.) Bush used to say," the semi-official Fars News Agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.

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Obama Finally Gets Tough With The Mullahs

No hot dogs for you!

The Obama administration has rescinded an offer for Iranian envoys to attend U.S. embassy Fourth of July parties as the violent crackdown in Tehran continues.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday notified diplomats and other department employees overseas that her earlier invitations had been withdrawn.

The mullahs are quaking in their sandals.

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Science Takes A Back Seat To Politics

EPA suppresses a global warming study that contradicts Obama's agenda.

“This suppression of valid science for political reasons is beyond belief,” said CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman. “EPA’s conduct is even more outlandish because it flies in the face of the president’s widely-touted claim that ‘the days of science taking a back seat to ideology are over.’”
The agency has never made the study public or included it in official reference materials, according to CEI. As part of a recently concluded EPA public comment period on a proposed rule, CEI submitted a set four EPA emails, dated March 12-17, 2009, as evidence that the suppressed study included a critique of the agency’s global warming position.
CEI has asked EPA to make the study public and to allow public comments on it. CEI has also asked that EPA to prevent any reprisals against the study’s author who has been employed with the agency for 35 years.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Obama Saves The World From Cheerios

Yes, it's true. Obama's light hand becomes a clenched fist and pounds down Cheerios.

Two claims on the Cheerios cereal box upset the FDA: "Cheerios is clinically proven to reduce cholesterol 4 percent in 6 weeks" and, "Cheerios can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, by lowering the 'bad' cholesterol."

Susan Cruzan of the FDA's press office told The Washington Times the FDA is not objecting to the fact that clinical studies do, in fact, find that Cheerios do what General Mills claims. What concerns the FDA, according to Ms. Cruzan, is, "This is a food product, and they do have a health claim." Specifically, the agency objects to the preciseness of the claims, which she says would make the product classified as a drug. General Mills "could say 'heart disease,' but they are being specific and saying 'coronary heart disease,' " she explains.

I feel so much safer.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Reagan Versus Obama

The media continues to compare Obama to Reagan. That comparison makes Obama look even worse.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

We Don't Have To Worry About ACORN Anymore

And if you do, they're going to sue you.

Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN) leaders are using the threat of a law suit to silence and intimidate critics, according to current and former members of the liberal activist group.
In a letter dated June 11 an attorney for ACORN advised top whistleblowers that their unauthorized use of the organization’s name could make them liable for monetary damages and injunctive relief.
ACORN executives have also changed their organization’s name, which was tarnished by investigations in at least 14 states of allegations of voter registration fraud during the 2008 presidential campaign, and charges by current and former members of financial mismanagement and misrepresentation.

That's Community Organizations International to you bub!

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Barack Obama And Hugo Chavez Link Arms On Iran

I am not surprised.

Chavez indicated that he had spoken to Ahmadinejad during the week to congratulate him. Another report in Cyberpresse mentioned that Venezuela's Foreign Policy Minister had strong words of condemnation for the 'ferocious and unfounded campaign of discredit that was activated by foreign powers against Iranian institutions'.

Ironically, he also lauded President Obama for his restraint regarding the outcome of the Iranian election, and gave him a further compliment for having lashed out at FOX News during his interview with MSNBC's John Harwood. The President mentioned during that interview that he had one television station entirely devoted to attacking his administration.

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First Day of Summer, And The Heat Is On

No! Really. The heat is on. It was so cold this morning, on the first full day of summer, that I had to turn the heat on this morning. Global warming my ass.

Update: According to the National Weather Service, yesterday was the coldest June 21st in Spokane's recorded history.

126 AM PDT MON JUN 22 2009


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The Times Can Keep Secrets, When It Suits The Times

The New York Times never hesitated to compromise national secrets, even when revealing those secrets endangered US troops. But, they can keep a secret, when one of their own is at risk.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Obama's Inspirational Timidity

The New York Times turns itself into a pretzel trying to convince its readers that voting "present" is the right thing to do as regards Iran.

Here we have a chance to drain the world's worst terrorist swamp, overturn a fascist dictatorship with nuclear designs and an expressed desire to finish Hitler's work, turn off the tap that feeds Hamas and Hezbollah, and Barack Hussein Obama is sitting on the sidelines because he still harbors the vain fantasy that his oratory can convince these maniacs to behave themselves.

It's too bad that the New York Times can't find a single example of timidity moving the world in a positive direction.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Christopher Dodd: How To Launder A Bribe

There may be an innocent explanation for Christopher Dodd's Irish "cottage." But Occam's Razor indicates a bribe.

Irish property prices have plummeted since 2002. But a "cottage" in County Galway owned by Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd has tripled in value during the same period, according to a financial disclosure form filed by the Senator this month.

There are two possible explanations for this remarkable turn of fortune. Maybe Mr. Dodd is luckier than a leprechaun. Or could it be that he paid well below the market price when he bought out a co-owner in 2002 and had undervalued the property accordingly? If it's the latter, then Mr. Dodd received a "gift," in IRS parlance, and should have declared it on his financial disclosure form that year. He did not. Oh, and by the way, the seller at that low, low price has been the business partner of a man for whom Mr. Dodd lobbied to receive a Presidential pardon.

There aren't that many $660,000 cottages around. It's no wonder that Dodd has insisted upon calling it a "cottage" all these years.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Impeached Texas Judge Burnishing His Credentials To Run For Congress?

The United States House of Representatives voted to impeach U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent of Texas. The last judge to be impeached, convicted and removed from the bench was Alcee Hastings, who is now a prominent Democrats in the House of Representatives.

Alcee Hastings is held in such high regard by his Democratic comrades that Nancy Pelosi tried to make him chairmen of the House Intelligence Committee, but was convinced by her less tone deaf colleagues not to make the appointment.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: There Will Be Blood

Iran's dictator tells the people to shut up or else.

Sharply increasing the level of confrontation, he said that opposition leaders would be “responsible for bloodshed and chaos” if they did not stop further rallies in protest of last week’s disputed presidential election.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama continues to vote "present."

Even those neocons at The Nation have had enough.

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PETA Speak Truth To Power, About Flies

Some people just can’t be satisfied. In only the second competent exercise of force by a Democratic president in my lifetime, President Barack Obama swatted a fly on national television. The only other occasion that I can think of was Jimmy Carter engaging a killer rabbit in mortal combat armed with nothing more than a canoe paddle. And while Obama’s act of aggression impressed many, networks replayed it frequently and it became a YouTube hit, one group was predictably unhappy – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

“We support compassion even for the most curious, smallest and least sympathetic animals,” said PETA spokesman Bruce Friedrich. “We believe that people, where they can be compassionate, should be, for all animals.”

Would Bruce Friedrich sit quietly and allow a mosquito to take its sustenance from him? Undoubtedly he would if he knew a camera was on him. But when sitting alone in his back yard, you know as well as I do that he would reflexively swat the nuisance as soon as it alighted on his arm.

But PETA’s condemnation of Obama’s fly swatting accomplished its goal, which is to gain news coverage. After all, PETA’s greatest benefactors are Hollywood’s beautiful people, that collection of shallow simpletons, for whom moral posturing is just another form of the exhibitionism that feeds their egos. Donating to PETA or posing for a PETA poster allows them to claim moral superiority without real sacrifice.

I would like to propose that animal rights activists demonstrate their intellectual honesty by accepting their moral obligation to host in their bodies at least one species of Plasmodia. Plasmodia are the parasites responsible for malaria. Humans are an obligatory host for Plasmodia and Plasmodia cannot complete their life cycle without inflicting malaria upon a human being. As such, every member of PETA should accept that responsibility. At the very least, they should offer their intestines as a home to a tapeworm.

PETA has also been making news in the Northwest’s version of Hollywood – Seattle. PETA affected an apoplectic fit after learning that an upcoming convention of veterinarians would highlight a team building exercise that featured Pike Street Market fishmongers performing their famous fish throwing. PETA does not approve of Pike Street’s fish throwers and wonders why the world does not see this in the same way that they do. How is it different from throwing dead kittens, they ask.

So? A fish is equivalent to a kitten? Well this fits with PETA president Ingrid Newkirk’s distillation of her organization’s core philosophy with her assertion that: “I don't believe that people have the right to life, that’s a supremacist perversion. A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.” So, to PETA, there is no substantive difference between a human and a rat.

And now that PETA has stretched this philosophy to include insects I have to wonder how PETA would have me react to splattering a grasshopper on my windshield. Should I stop and call the police to report the event as I would if I had struck a boy with my car? Or, if I hit a boy with my car, should I just shrug it off and keep driving as I now do when I hit a grasshopper? Call me Pamela Anderson. I need to know.

Obama may have made enemies at PETA for reacting as any normal person would have, by swatting that fly, but he should get some credit with PETA for doing something no normal person would even consider. As part of the economic stimulus package he rammed through Congress immediately upon taking office, the federal government is constructing a turtle tunnel under a Florida highway so that the aquatic reptiles can migrate between lakes without getting flattened.

Davis, California, where I resided for six years, once tried something similar. The Western Toad, of which there are approximately 6 trillion examples, occasionally suffer the fate of Florida turtles when they cross one of Davis’s busier streets. Davis decided to build a toad tunnel to accommodate their nocturnal wanderings. It didn’t work because toads failed to appreciate the city’s good intentions and persisted in crossing the road above ground. I don’t recall whether Davis’s economy was stimulated or not. But I suspect that it had the same effect on the California economy that Obama’s stimulus has had on the US economy.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

New Tech Could Make Nuclear the Best Weapon Against Climate Change

New Tech Could Make Nuclear the Best Weapon Against Climate Change

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DOJ Corruption Unit In Disarray

Hope and Change!

Two months after prosecutors abandoned the criminal conviction of former senator Ted Stevens, the Justice Department unit that polices public corruption remains in chaos, coping with newly discovered evidence that threatens to undermine other cases while department leaders struggle to reshuffle the ranks.

William Welch and Brenda Morris, senior managers in the department's Public Integrity Section who supervised the case against the Alaska Republican, have been moved into other roles following the transfer this month of two of their subordinates, who worked on lengthy investigations of Alaskan influence peddling, according to four sources.

At the same time, document-sharing lapses that provoked the Stevens turnaround are also affecting other bribery prosecutions in the state, prompting authorities to take the extraordinary step of releasing two Alaska lawmakers from prison late last week. A new team of government lawyers and FBI agents is reviewing thousands of pages of evidence, trying to assuage the concerns of judges and fielding complaints from defense attorneys.

The developments represent a continuing distraction inside the Justice Department, where new leaders had vowed to restore morale in the career ranks after allegations of political interference during the Bush era, according to the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

How convenient for Christopher Dodd, Charlie Rangel, Jack Murtha, Peter Visclosky, Jim Moran, Roland Burris, .......

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Obama's War On Independent Oversight

It isn't just Gerald Walpin. Anybody who crosses Obama gets canned.

The firing of Gerald Walpin as Inspector General was not an isolated incident, as the Chicago Tribune reports today. Two more IGs have been dismissed in the past two weeks, and Senator Charles Grassley has started demanding answers. The sudden push to rid the government of independent watchdogs appears to coincide with Barack Obama’s plans to use government spending to get control over more aspects of American life, such as with stimulus spending, the financial sector, and volunteer organizations.

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Pay No Attention To That Lobbyist Behind The Curtain

Democrats, with the eager cooperation of the state run media, are happy to reap the PR from shunning dirty lobbyist money, but they aren't about to forgo the cash. They'll just take it through the back door, knowing full well that the media will avert their eyes. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

“Please note that the Friday Issues Conference is NOT subject to lobbyist restrictions, though the event is intended for personal contributions only,” a finance official from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee wrote in an e-mail sent to lobbyists Tuesday and obtained by POLITICO, bolding the entire sentence to underscore the clarification. “The Issues Conference is separate from the DSCC/DCCC events with President Obama.”

One prominent Democratic lobbyist unhappy with the situation described it vividly: “It’s almost like the ugly girl that you want to call late at night — but don’t want to be seen with on a date.”

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Gerald Walpin? Who's That?

After a week long news blackout, The New York Times finally let it readers learn about Barack Obama's illegal firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin. And of course, they highlight Obama's claim that Walpin is senile.

Glenn Beck did something that would never occur to the Times. He gave Walpin the officially approved senility test.

Link: Walpin

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

This Is How Suspense Films Should End

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Obama: Small Government Advocate?

Who knew? America's first dictator aspires to govern with a "light hand."

"I think the irony … is that I actually would like to see a relatively light touch when it comes to the government," Obama said.

Yeah! Right!

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New York Times Keeps Inspector General Scandal From Its Readers

I don't have to try hard to imagine how the New York Times would have reacted had George Bush, or any other Republican president illegally fired an Inspector General to benefit a friend and political ally. Unfortunately, I don't have to imagine how the Times would behave in the current case of Barack Obama doing just that.
The answer is nothing.

The New York Times has not yet published a single word about Barack Obama's illegal dismissal of Gerald Walpin.

This is, unfortunately, par for the course. The New York Times spiked the Obama/ACORN illegal campaign coordination story just as it was about to climax with revelations that might have cost Obama votes. New Yorkers who rely exclusively on the Times for their news still have no idea that their senior senator was involved in a politically motivated, illegal identity theft scandal.

I guess this latest story hasn't seen the light of day because it hasn't been spoon fed by Obama to the Times.

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When You Work For A Nutcase, Sanity Is Not Required

If you ever call Baghdad Jim McDermott's office and talk to his scheduler, just remember: Her name is Elizabeth, not Liz. She really, really, really hates the name Liz.

Read all the way to the end. It's a laugh (or more) per paragraph.

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Barney Frank Is Still An Asshole

And Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead. Some things never change.

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The Gerald Walpin/Kevin Johnson/Barack Obama Scandal Widens

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The FBI's Sacramento division is investigating a former St. HOPE executive's allegations of obstruction of justice, Acting U.S. Attorney Lawrence G. Brown confirmed Tuesday.

The news fuels the controversy that has followed Mayor Kevin Johnson since 2008, when his brainchild St. HOPE Academy first was investigated for misuse of public funds.

That investigation appeared to end in April when Brown's office announced a settlement with Johnson, St. HOPE and former executive director Dana Gonzalez.

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Obstruction of Justice In St. Hope Scandal?

Getting rid of Inspector General Gerald Walpin didn't get rid of Kevin Johnson's problems. It seems that there's an obstruction of justice investigation going on now.

The FBI's Sacramento division is investigating a former St. HOPE executive's allegations of obstruction of justice, Acting U.S. Attorney Lawrence G. Brown confirmed Tuesday.

The news fuels the controversy that has followed Mayor Kevin Johnson since 2008, when his brainchild St. HOPE Academy first was investigated for misuse of public funds.

That investigation appeared to end in April when Brown's office announced a settlement with Johnson, St. HOPE and former executive director Dana Gonzalez.

Kevin Johnson probably doesn't have anything to worry about. After all, if the Black Panthers can get away with threatening voters with clubs, then Obama's Justice Department isn't likely to press the issue of a few deleted e-mails.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

And This Week's Sergeant Schultz Award Goes Too - Kevin Johnsoe

I knew nothingk, nothingk.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said today he never asked the Obama administration to fire the federal inspector general who investigated him and his nonprofit St. HOPE organization.

Speaking at a morning press conference, Johnson said the decision to remove Gerald Walpin from his post as the inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service was "100 percent within the purview of the (Obama) administration."

"Obviously, I was not consulted in that decision," Johnson said. "This issue (the settlement of the case against Johnson) was resolved in full public disclosure, and I really don't have much more of a comment."


Thinking Seriously About Warp Drive

It may be closer than you think.

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The New York Times Safely In Obama's Pocket

I did a quick search of the New York Times and found nothing. I was looking for one mention of the fact that Barack Hussein Obama illegally fired an Inspector General for political reasons.

Not that the Times needed any encouragement to do the Democrats' bidding, but just to be safe, Obama has made a point of hand feeding the Times.

Good doggy!

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Obama Fears His Own Military

How did I miss this?

"Graduating midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis are being told in writing to leave at home or in their vehicles all "ceremonial swords" and anything else "that might be considered a weapon or a threat by screeners" for Friday's outdoor commencement ceremonies featuring an address by President Barack Obama.

Inside the Beltway has obtained the academy's list of prohibited items for this year's graduation exercises, which, besides ceremonial swords, includes umbrellas."

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Truth Hurts

Lobbyists tells the truth - Dianne Feinstein runs for cover.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, abruptly canceled a campaign fundraising lunch scheduled for Wednesday after the Washington lobbyist helping to organize the event suggested in an invitation that the committee's work would be served as the "first course."

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Barack Obama Plots Knife Control

This used to be a joke.

On May 21, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) proposed the revocation of four previous Ruling Letters; the effect would be a drastic expansion of the definition of non-importable knives. The organization KnifeRights warns that revocations would outlaw approximately 80 percent of the current market in knives

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