Sunday, October 30, 2011

It Begins

We all knew that the left was going to give Herman Cain the Clarence Thomas treatment.
During Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, multiple sources confirm to POLITICO.

The women complained of sexually suggestive behavior by Cain that made them angry and uncomfortable, the sources said, and they signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them financial payouts to leave the association. The agreements also included language that bars the women from talking about their departures.

Climategate II

Scientist who said climate change sceptics had been proved wrong accused of hiding truth by colleague.
Professor Richard Muller, of Berkeley University in California, and his colleagues from the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperatures project team (BEST) claimed to have shown that the planet has warmed by almost a degree centigrade since 1950 and is warming continually.
Published last week ahead of a major United Nations climate summit in Durban, South Africa, next month, their work was cited around the world as irrefutable evidence that only the most stringent measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions can save civilisation as we know it.
It was cited uncritically by, among others, reporters and commentators from the BBC, The Independent, The Guardian, The Economist and numerous media outlets in America.
The Washington Post said the BEST study had ‘settled the climate change debate’ and showed that anyone who remained a sceptic was committing a ‘cynical fraud’.
But today The Mail on Sunday can reveal that a leading member of Prof Muller’s team has accused him of trying to mislead the public by hiding the fact that BEST’s research shows global warming has stopped.
Prof Judith Curry, who chairs the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at America’s prestigious Georgia Institute of Technology, said that Prof Muller’s claim that he has proven global warming sceptics wrong was also a ‘huge mistake’, with no scientific basis
Prof Curry is a distinguished climate researcher with more than 30 years experience and the second named co-author of the BEST project’s four research papers.
Her comments, in an exclusive interview with The Mail on Sunday, seem certain to ignite a furious academic row. She said this affair had to be compared to the notorious ‘Climategate’ scandal two years ago.
In fact, Prof Curry said, the project’s research data show there has been no increase in world temperatures since the end of the Nineties – a fact confirmed by a new analysis that The Mail on Sunday has obtained.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Libya Lays Claim To Libya

If there were questions about al-Qaida’s role in post-Gadhafi Libya, VICE reporter Sherif Elhelwa provides some answers in a new story with eyewitness descriptions.

Al-Qaida flags, Elhelwa reports, are popping up around Benghazi. At the city courthouse, which played a prominent role in the Libyan revolution, residents are flying the late terrorist’s Osama bin Laden’s colors.

Similarly, Elhelwa recounts a regular evening sight: “Islamists driving brand-new SUVs and waving the black al Qaeda flag drive the city’s streets at night.”

Armed guards walk the streets, he reports, inspiring fear. Friendly civilians hurriedly warn Elhelwa that he is being watched by the Islamists. “I recommend that you leave now,” he is told.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Yes On Initiative 1183

The core question in the debate over Initiative 1183 in Washington is simple: Does the government have any business selling liquor? And that answer is “no.”

Considering the simplicity of the question and the obviousness of the answer, it’s hardly surprising that the opponents of Initiative 1183 should try to steer the debate into distracting and even imaginary side issues.

As the old lawyer’s proverb states: “If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the facts and the law are against you, jump up and down and scream like hell!”

 Opponents of Initiative 1183 have argued that passage would result in a thousand convenience stores and gas stations selling hard liquor to minors. How they arrived at that number is unclear to say the least. An investigation by the Seattle Times found that outcome highly unlikely.

For one thing, private sales of liquor would be limited to stores with at least 10,000 square feet of retail space. That’s a lot bigger than any gas station or convenience store that I typically do business with.

While it is true that smaller stores in areas lacking a 10,000 square foot store could apply for a liquor license exemption, there is no reason to believe that every convenience store would do so. In addition, 1183 significantly stiffens penalties for selling liquor to underaged purchasers.

Opponents point to data accumulated during a sting operation that found that one in five bars and restaurants tested sold alcohol to underaged customers, while 90 percent of state liquor stores passed the exam. From this data, they extrapolate that similar results should be expected from all private sellers were the initiative to pass.

As a resident of a college town, I can reliably report that underaged drinkers are having no difficulty gaining access to alcohol under the current system. And to claim that only state employees are sufficiently uncorruptible to sell liquor is, on its face, absurd. Using that reasoning, we should permit tobacco sales only by the state. Only state employed physicians should be permitted to write prescriptions.

And the last time I checked, nearly every drunk driver was issued a driver’s license by the state.

And, as a scientist, I’m skeptical of any study that is so obviously self-serving. The compliance officers are employees of the Washington Liquor Control Board, the same agency that now sells liquor and has a vested interest in preserving the status quo. We should no more believe their data than we should believe a cigarette maker’s assurances on the safety of tobacco, or a failed presidential candidate/carbon credit snake oil salesman pushing global warmism.

Initiative 1183 opponents also argue that the initiative has no money specifically designated for funding fire departments. My guess is no funds are designated for widows and orphans or interstellar travel either. Such arguments are rhetorical tricks meant to leave the impression that fire departments will somehow lose funding, which is pure, undiluted nonsense. Privatizing liquor sales will not deprive fire departments of a single penny. It may in the long run improve funding if local jurisdictions are permitted to tax liquor sales.

If those expensively produced television spots you’ve probably seen suggest to you that the opposition to I-1183 is well funded, that’s because it is.

The money behind the No on I-1183 comes, not from firemen or widows and orphans, or the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, but from the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, Inc, who stand to see their profits shrink if they lose their monopoly on whiskey sales in Washington. According to the Tacoma News-Tribune, the liquor wholesalers are spending $10 million to defeat I-1183.

Does anybody really believe that the very people who now market alcohol to Washingtonians are suddenly concerned that Washingtonians will drink too much?

To them, this is about profit margins. Privatized liquor sales will drive prices down as competitive markets always do. That’s why they’re willing to spend so much money in an attempt to preserve their monopoly. To them, it’s an investment or perhaps a gamble, because they expect to lose far more than $10 million should I-1183 pass.

The Washington Liquor Control Board has a history of wasting the taxpayers’ money through shoddy management. It’s well past time for Washington to stop doing something that it does poorly anyway.

I ask again: Does the state have any business selling liquor?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Do You Remember When Barack Obama Pledged Not To Accept Contributions From Lobbyist?

Despite a pledge not to take money from lobbyists, President Obama has relied on prominent supporters who are active in the lobbying industry to raise millions of dollars for his re-election bid. 

At least 15 of Mr. Obama’s “bundlers” — supporters who contribute their own money to his campaign and solicit it from others — are involved in lobbying for Washington consulting shops or private companies. They have raised more than $5 million so far for the campaign. 
This shouldn't surprise anyone. Barack Hussein Obama also pledged in 2008 to accept federal matching funds and abide by spending limits. He ignored that one too.
One year ago, he made a promise. He pledged to accept public financing and to work with the Republican nominee to ensure that they both operated within those limits.

Then it became clear to Sen. Obama and his campaign that he was going to be able to raise on his own far more cash than he would get with public financing. So Obama went back on his word.

They're Coming For Your Bacon And Eggs

For now, it's just Denmark. Can Michelle Obama or Michael Bloomberg be far behind?
Denmark, on October 1, put a $1.29-per-pound tax on all foods that hit 2.3 percent in saturated fats. That's on top of a 25 percent surcharge imposed last year by Denmark's food police on all ice cream, candy, sugar, soft drinks and chocolate.

So now it's cupcakes being added to Denmark's targets for hiked taxes, plus bacon, whole milk, shortening, avocados, whipped cream, sausages, sardine oil, nuts, egg yolks, meat drippings, hydrogenated oils, seeds, cheese, dried coconut, cod-liver oil and skin-on ducks.

And they're not even that fat in Denmark. The obesity rate in Denmark is 13.4 percent, lower than the European average of 15.5 percent, and way lower than the obesity rate in United States — 33.8 percent for adults and 17.5 percent for children and adolescents aged 2 through 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Today, more than half the residents of New York City and nearly 40 percent of our public school students are overweight, many of them seriously so," reports

Gun Controllers Erode Black Civil Rights

Boxer had this to say:
This debate is not about the right to own a gun. That has been settled by the Supreme Court in the Heller case. It is about allowing States to determine their own laws. And I totally get why some more rural States with fewer people would have different laws on conceal and carry than a State of 38 million people, my home State of California. Leave us alone. Leave us alone. You want to have conceal and carry with very few requirements, fine.

Allah Not Much Help For The Ground Zero Mosque

Prospects for the Ground Zero Mosque are heading downhill.
Park51’s Ground Zero Mosque project has been struck with three more blows over the past two weeks. First, it is being threatened with eviction from part of its property. Then, developer Sharif el-Gamal was caught giving faulty receipts to reporters. And just now, it’s been exposed that al-Gamal is in violation of a court order and owes New York City tens of thousands of dollars. Victory can’t be declared yet, but this has been a very bad couple of months for Park51.

Part of the land slated to become the Ground Zero Mosque is a former substation owned by Con Ed, which Park51 is leasing. The two parties agreed to have the property appraised and rent raised, since the $2,750 Park51 was paying was set in 1972. The property was appraised at $10.7 million, so Con Ed raised the rent to $47,437 a month, requiring retroactive payment back to July 31, 2008. Con Ed told Park51 it must pay $1.7 million in back rent by October 4 or face eviction.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sheriff Joe Biden Wants Protection For Difficult Questions

As the vice president left the Russell caucus room, Mattera weaved his way through the entourage, shook Biden’s hand and asked him to pose for a photo. While shaking Biden’s hand, Matter asked him if he felt “regret using a rape reference to describe Republican opposition to the president’s bill.”

Biden looked momentarily frozen as what he thought was a friendly gesture turned into a pointed line of tough questions from a conservative interlocutor. Biden had just signed an autograph for an admirer and still had the pen in his hand, according to a source familiar with the incident.

“I didn’t use — no, no, no,” Biden said, furrowing his brow and shaking his finger at the reporter. “What I said — let’s get it straight, guy, don’t screw around with me. Let’s get it straight.

“I said rape was up three times in Flint, [Mich.]. There are the numbers. Go look at the numbers. Murder’s up, rape is up and burglary’s up. That’s exactly what I said,” Biden added. 

After initially balking at the questions, Biden stood by his argument that if Republicans continue to block the Democratic jobs bill, “murder will continue to rise, rape will continue to rise, all crimes will continue to rise.”

Institutionalized Lying

A proposed revision to Freedom of Information Act rules would allow federal agencies to lie to citizens and reporters seeking certain records, telling them the records don’t exist.

The Justice Department has proposed the change as part of a large revision of FOIA rules for federal agencies. Specifically, the rule would direct government agencies who are denying a request under an established FOIA exemption to “respond to the request as if the excluded records did not exist,” rather than citing the relevant exemption.

The proposed rule has alarmed government transparency advocates across the political spectrum, who’ve called it “Orwellian” and say it will “twist” public access to government.

In a public comment regarding the rule change, the ACLU, along with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and, said the move “will dramatically undermine government integrity by allowing a law designed to provide public access to government information to be twisted to permit federal law enforcement agencies to actively lie to the American people.”

Teach One Get, Get $100,000 Per Year For Life

Union goonery and public payoffs. Of course, it's in Illinois. This is what Obama's "stimulus" pays for.
WHO: Illinois Federation of Teachers lobbyists Steve Preckwinkle and David Piccoli.
WHAT: Despite having no teaching experience whatsoever, each of the two men will receive a full teacher's pension -- potentially worth over $100,000 per year -- after substitute teaching for a single day in 2007. Preckwinkle had in fact lobbied for the state law that made this system-gaming possible.

WHY IT'S AN OUTRAGE: Didn't we just spend billions of federal dollars bailing out cash-strapped school districts?

How Many Rapes Can We Blame On Joe Biden?

How many cops could we have hired with the $400,000 Joe Biden wasted on this stimulus project?
Just months after obtaining more than $400,000 in federal stimulus funds, TR Auto Truck Plaza off Interstate 40 sits idle.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) handed out the $424,000 Environmental Protection Agency stimulus grant for electrical hookups so that truckers wouldn't have to burn diesel fuel while resting. Both the state and EPA were apparently unaware that owner Rick Lewis had a history of legal and financial problems and had filed for bankruptcy.

What was originally lauded as Tennessee's first electrified truck terminal is now boarded up.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Obama's Iraq Disaster

Withdrawal now is a mistake. A big, big mistake.
“I think it’s an absolute disaster,” said Gen. Keane, who advised Gen. David H. Petraeus when he was top Iraq commander. “We won the war in Iraq, and we’re now losing the peace.”

U.S. troops will be vacating Iraq at a time when neither Baghdad’s counterterrorism skills nor its abilities to protect against invasion are at levels needed to fully protect the country, say analysts long involved in the nearly nine-year war.

“Forty-four hundred lives lost,” Gen. Keane said. “Tens of thousands of troops wounded. Over a couple hundred thousand Iraqis killed. We liberated 25 million people. There is only one Arab Muslim country that elects its own government, and that is Iraq.

“We should be staying there to strengthen that democracy, to let them get the kind of political gains they need to get and keep the Iranians away from strangling that country. That should be our objective, and we are walking away from that objective.”

Solyndra Still Paying Off For Obama

Campaign contributions. The only stimulus that really matters to Obama.
The Los Angeles Times scoops today that Steven Spinner, a former Energy Department official linked to Solyndra helped plan Obama's San Francisco fundraiser that he will attend on Tuesday.

Steven Spinner, who remains in the top tier of Obama fundraisers, took part in a conference call in recent weeks devoted to planning the event at the W Hotel. He also has joined other Obama fundraising calls, according to a person familiar with Spinner's participation who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment publicly.

An Obama campaign official said Sunday that Spinner did not raise funds for the San Francisco event but is an "active fundraiser for the campaign." He declined to comment on whether Spinner took part in conference calls about the luncheon.

Dream Land

Joe Biden won't give up on his claim that Republicans will cause rapes to increase. Oh yeah! And he still wants to be president too.
Vice President Joe Biden’s statement last week that the GOP’s reluctance to pass the White House’s jobs bill would lead to an increase in rapes and murders was considered outrageous by many — though some found his comments spot on.

Biden didn’t back away from his words on Sunday’s broadcast of CNN’s “State of the Union.” According to the vice president, it’s an issue of simple math.

“Here’s what my point is — it is a fact, ever since I wrote the crime bill 20 years ago, we’ve put to rest the notion that if you have more cops, there’s less crime,” Biden said. “When you drastically cut the number of police in cities, which is happening all across America, crime goes up. That is a fact. Now, they either are going to figure out how to help those cities the way we want to help them, or some other way. But if they don’t get help, crime is going to continue go up. It’s that simple. It’s not an ideological point — it’s not a political point, it’s just a physical reality.”

Supercommittee Cashing In?

Lobbyists have been swarming the Supercommittee, trying to keep the taxpayer's money flowing into their pockets. And it has been a gold mine for the Supercommittee members.
In just six weeks, nearly 200 companies and special interests have reported that they’re lobbying the 12-member supercommittee.

It’s a stunning ratio of lobbyists to lawmakers but makes sense when you consider the high stakes faced by interests ranging from the health care industry to Native American tribes. The groups fear the supercommittee will find $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction before Thanksgiving by cutting their funding or raising their taxes.
And it's paying off big time for the Supercommittee.
Lawmakers serving on the "supercommittee" charged with reducing the deficit "have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from special-interest groups, including a significant chunk from healthcare interests that want the panel to fail," reports The Hill.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Responsible Government Doesn't Pay

Democrats are beating the Republicans at fundraising, because lobbyists reward federal earmarks.
The new House GOP majority stormed Capitol Hill with the single-minded goal of slashing federal spending.

But they’ve had a rude awakening: cuts to federal spending are a hindrance to healthy fundraising - especially when it comes to picking the pockets of the K Street donors and interest groups who depend on federal dollars.

Members of Congress and fundraisers say the choke on spending hasn’t helped with fundraising, and acknowledge that it’s an increasing concern for the GOP as it begins mapping out its 2012 blueprint.
“The House Republicans have come in with an austerity agenda,” said former Pennsylvania Rep. Phil English, now a GOP lobbyist who is active in fundraising circles. “The disadvantage is that it’s hard to make some people happy.”
I'm sure that the New York Times and the Washington Post will do an investigative story any day now on how corrupt Democrats are in the pockets of lobbyists. 
You can stop laughing now.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Obama Botched Iraq Negotiations

Not even the New York Times is willing to cover for Obama.

Obama's Watergate?

I'm not so sure. In Watergate, the cover up was worse than the crime. Obama has a body count to deal with.
Given all the politics and the cover up that even the former ATF director says has occurred, could operation Fast and Furious have been about anything other than pushing for new gun-control laws? And given all of this obfuscation from the Obama administration, isn’t this scandal comparable to the cover up that surrounded Watergate? After all, both administrations forgot that America is a country that reveres its freedom of the press and that in America officers speak out when misguided policies get cops killed. Here mothers testify before Congress when they find out a secret government program, and a stupid one at that, got their son killed.

Not that morality ends at the American border. To stress this point, Rep. Issa held a conference call with journalists on September 21 in which he said Marisela Morales, Mexico’s attorney general, is reporting that at least 200 Mexican deaths can now be traced to weapons from the Fast and Furious program.
And so the investigation and the bloody aftermath continue….

Bureaucrats Gone Wild

Obama snarkily asked, “The answer we’re getting right now is: Well, we’re going to roll back all these Obama regulations… Does anybody really think that that is going to create jobs right now and meet the challenges of a global economy?”

Yes! And here's an example of another Obama agency enthusiastically destroying jobs with ridiculous interpretations of the law. 
Known as the "General Duty Clause," this provision requires employers to keep their workplaces "free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm" to employees.

Congress intended for this clause to be used only as a temporary measure, until OSHA could draft rules regarding specific hazards that had the agency had not yet addressed. It was not intended to be used as a means for OSHA to issue citations for anything under the sun.

Yet in the past several years, OSHA has used the General Duty Clause to cite companies for issues as varied as crowd control, heat stress, and even the use of killer whales in SeaWorld shows.

Now, OSHA seeks to take the General Duty Clause one step further, and to use it to hold employers liable for actions taken by people who are not their employees. This is troublesome for two reasons.

First, it is incredible to hold companies liable for the actions of the general public. By that standard, every time an unruly bar patron takes a swing at a bouncer, or every time a criminal holds up a convenience store, it's the employer's fault for placing employees in that situation.

Indeed, employees in the security industry by definition place themselves at risk of assault by the general public. What is to become of them?

Second, the directive provides employers no clue about what to do to avoid a citation. Will a grocery store or bank be liable if employees are shot during a robbery? OSHA's answer to this question is an emphatic "maybe," and depends in part on what measures a security expert may recommend to the employer. But employers should not have to hire an expert to find out what the law requires.

Gregoire Place Pragmatism Above Ideology. Obama, NO

Way back in early 2009, when Barack Obama was assembling his cabinet, Washington governor Christine Gregoire was rumored to be on his short list for Commerce Secretary. It’s too bad that didn’t work out. She probably could have explained a couple of things to him about how commerce works.

While Obama has clung bitterly to his philosophy of throwing billions of dollars at the feet of public employee unions, he has simultaneously enacted mountains of oppressive regulations that have made the conduct of commerce nearly impossible.

Governor Gregoire has taken a very different path. She recently extended her “non-critical rule making” moratorium through next year. She adheres to the novel concept that restrictive, expensive regulation stifles the conduct of business. She understands that business creates wealth. Businesses employ people. And businesses generate that precious tax revenue that politicians love to spend.

Agencies may only generate rules, “that protect Washingtonians from significant risks to public health, safety or welfare, or by request of local governments, businesses or entities the state regulates.”

This has upset some powerful Democrat constituencies, such as the environmentalist wackos and all others who believe that Washington is a seriously under-regulated state. But surely Governor Gregoire understands as well as they do that they have nowhere else to go. The lefties are not going to throw their support behind Rob McKenna, the presumptive Republican gubernatorial candidate regardless of how much Gregoire disappoints them. So for a change she’s going to do what’s best for the state.

Barack Obama has a very different idea. He mocks the idea that lifting his boot from the neck of business will do anything to help the economy. To those who think otherwise, he recently snarked: “The answer we’re getting right now is: Well, we’re going to roll back all these Obama regulations… Does anybody really think that that is going to create jobs right now and meet the challenges of a global economy?”

Well, yes. A lot of us think so. Including Washington’s governor it seems.

Obama ally Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota) explains how Obamanomics works. Imposing regulations force businesses to hire people to comply with the new laws.

"I believe if the government says, look, we have got to reduce our carbon footprint, you will kick into gear a whole number of people that know how to do that or have ideas about that, and that will be a job engine. I understand what you mean, because if anything adds a cost to a business, you could assume that that will diminish that business's ability to hire. But I don't think that's actually right. I think what businesses want is customers and what -- if they are selling product, if they have a product to sell they will do well even if they have some new regulations to meet.”

So how’s that been working out so far?

One of Obama’s favorite targets is the electricity generating industry. According to the Institute for Energy Research, new pollution control regulations promulgated by Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency will shut down 28 gigawatts of electrical generating capacity by next year.

Don’t people work at those plants? How does this help them? The price of electricity will skyrocket, something Obama promised during his presidential campaign. That will create additional hardship on the middle class and force more people out of work. 

The EPA claims that shuttering these plants will reduce toxic emissions and save thousands of lives. But if that were true, then wouldn’t these plants already be killing thousands of people now? It’s hard to imagine that thousands of people dropping dead from exposure to power plant emissions could have gone unnoticed all this time.

Had we been without that electrical generating capacity last summer during the southern plains heat wave, there would have been blackouts and counting the dead killed by heat exhaustion would have been very easy. Unless Obama sees the error of his ways, we’ll probably get the chance next summer.

But don’t expect Obama to change course. Despite all of the job losses that have come as a direct result of his policies, he says that, “I believe all the choices we've made have been the right ones.”

Governor Gregoire, for all her myriad deficiencies, at least possesses enough pragmatism to step back from her ideology when it clearly does more harm than good. We’d probably be in better shape today had she experienced this epiphany sooner.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Joe Biden Earns The Coveted Fourth Pinocchio!

[T]he vice president should know better than to spout off half-baked facts in service of a dubious argument. Even if one believes there is a link between crime and the number of police—which is debatable and subject to many caveats—there is no excuse to make the dramatic claim that more people will die or be raped without additional funds for police. When making such a breathtaking charge, you had better have your facts straight. 
"The vice president should know better..."

Yeah, a lot of people have been saying that - about this particular vice president.

The Moment of Ghadafi's Capture

Obama's Wall Street Two Step

The Politico finds Obama's Wall Street flip flops puzzling. They actually make sense when you realize that he's running a protection racket on the bankers.
First, the White House signaled it would make anger toward Wall Street central to President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign. But then, Obama warned against demonizing all of Wall Street — only a few days before he sympathized with the Occupy Wall Street protesters who do exactly that.

And that’s just what the president and his team have said since Saturday.
The White House’s Wall Street whiplash stretches to the earliest days of the administration, with Obama conciliatory one minute and confrontational the next.

His zigzags between embracing the business community and vilifying it have shadowed his presidency, exposing him to charges from Wall Street that he’s out to get them and from liberals that he coddles Big Business. Based on his own statements, Obama himself can appear undecided about which way to go — an incoherence that has left both sides dissatisfied as he seeks reelection.

Bipartisan Rejection of Stimulus Jr.

President Obama is an increasingly unpopular president whom the American people trust less and less on economic matters, and his repeated failure to secure Senate Democrat votes for his American Jobs Act is only showcasing this fact.

Last night, the Senate voted 50-50 to not end debate on a portion of Obama’s plan that would have given billions to states for government employee compensation. Every Republican, two Democrats, and Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., voted against Obama’s bill. In addition to the two Democrats who voted not to end debate, Sens. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., and Mark Pryor, D-Ark., two other Democrats Sens., Joe Manchin, D-W.V., and Jon Tester, D-Mont., both said they objected to the bill and would have voted no on final passage. That means a clear bipartisan majority of the Senate firmly rejects Obama’s spending agenda.
It certainly doesn't help when the guy shepherding this scam is so publicly idiotic.

Obama Ignores The Elephant In The Room

Or in the suicide vest if you prefer. 
 Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole confirmed on Wednesday that the Obama administration was pulling back all training materials used for the law enforcement and national security communities, in order to eliminate all references to Islam that some Muslim groups have claimed are offensive.

“I recently directed all components of the Department of Justice to re-evaluate their training efforts in a range of areas, from community outreach to national security,” Cole told a panel at the George Washington University law school.

The move comes after complaints from advocacy organizations including the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and others identified as Muslim Brotherhood front groups in the 2004 Holy Land Foundation terror fundraising trial.
This is like trying to make terrorism go away by calling it "man-caused disasters."

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Obama Gives Another Half Billion To Campaign Bundlers

So they can build cars in Finland. Quick, somebody ask Joe Biden how many rapes we could have prevented by using that money to hire cops!
With the approval of the Obama administration, an electric car company that received a $529 million federal government loan guarantee is assembling its first line of cars in Finland, saying it could not find a facility in the United States capable of doing the work. 

Vice President Joseph Biden heralded the Energy Department's $529 million loan to the start-up electric car company called Fisker as a bright new path to thousands of American manufacturing jobs. But two years after the loan was announced, the job of assembling the flashy electric Fisker Karma sports car has been outsourced to Finland. 

"There was no contract manufacturer in the U.S. that could actually produce our vehicle," the car company's founder and namesake told ABC News. "They don't exist here." 

Henrik Fisker said the U.S. money so far has been spent on engineering and design work that stayed in the U.S., not on the 500 manufacturing jobs that went to a rural Finnish firm, Valmet Automotive. 
 And yes, Obama campaign bundlers are profiting again.
Doerr and Kleiner Perkins executives have contributed more than $1 million to federal political causes and campaigns over the last two decades, primarily supporting Democrats. Doerr serves on Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Doerr has not replied to interview requests since March.

John Kerry Asks For Regulatory Relief From Obama Regime.

U.S. Sen. John Kerry is asking the nation's ocean chief to support a federal disaster declaration for New England's fishing industry...

...Some local fishermen say the new management system unfairly doled out the fish catch and is killing traditional fishing communities by forcing small boat fishermen out of business.
Of course you all recall when John Kerry sought relief for Alaskan when the Polar Bear was declared a threatened species. Neither do I.

Ghadaffi: The End

Ghadaffi: The End

The Most Opaque Administration In History

The Obama Administration actually held training sessions for its employees to help them obstruct FOIA requests.

The Employee Rights Act

Because you should be free to decide if want Richard Trumpka and Jimmy Hoffa speaking for you.
Here's something to think about: Since passage in 1935 of the National Labor Relations Act, federal law has required recognition of every worker's right to decide whether to join a union. Yet an estimated 90 percent of the members of unions today never had a say in the matter because current law only requires unions to win one election to gain representation rights forever. Most Americans would likely agree that the law should be updated to better reflect the realities of the 21st century workplace, while preserving the fundamental principle that employees should not be compelled to join a union as a condition of keeping their jobs.

A Record 26 Million Americans Underemployed

More Obama change.
While the number of unemployed workers has held steady at around 14 million in recent months, another telling measure of frustration in the labor market—the number of underemployed individuals—rose for a third consecutive month in September, by almost a half of a million people.

Almost 9.3 million Americans are considered underemployed, defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as working part-time for economic reasons, such as unfavorable business conditions or seasonal declines in demand.

That's up from just over 8 million in July, but down from a peak of about 9.5 million in September 2010. In addition, about 2.5 million individuals are considered "marginally attached to the labor force," meaning they were not in the labor force, wanted and were available for work, and looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. (They are not counted as unemployed because they had not looked for a job in the past four weeks prior to the survey.)
In other words, they had given up hope.

Not Getting Worse As Fast As It Was...

....Represents the new "improvement."
New claims for unemployment benefits fell last week and a gauge of labor market trends hit a six-month low, a government report showed on Thursday, pointing to an improvement in the jobs market.
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