Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Law Abiding Mexicans Cling Bitterly To Illegal Guns

Where guns are outlawed, only the outlaws have guns. Like Mexico. How's that been working out?
The cold-blooded murders of Benjamin LeBaron and Luis Widmar galvanized the community, Julian LeBaron says. It prompted them to take a stance that is familiar to Second Amendment advocates in the U.S., but one that is taboo in Mexico.

"I think there would be less violence if there were more guns, in the sense that I could barge in here and do whatever I want, knowing that this guy doesn't have a gun," says Jose Widmar, the brother of slain Luis.

Today, if the gangsters return, the LeBaron colony is locked and loaded.

They have an advocate in their cousin Alex LeBaron, a 31-year-old Chihuahua state deputy with national aspirations. He's a burly, baby-faced politician who attended college in New Mexico and served in the U.S. Navy. His own father was killed in a carjacking.

If Alex LeBaron makes it into the federal congress, his most passionate issue will be changing Mexico's convoluted gun laws.

"We're Mexican citizens 100 percent, and we have the right to bear arms, and we're going to keep fighting for that right as long as it takes," he says.
If only Obama's Department of Justice were as helpful arming the law abiding as it has been arming the bad guys.

The Path To Prosperity In Obama's America

Get a job with the federal government, make too much money and make everyone else's life miserable.
Buoyed by generous benefit packages, federal workers earn significantly better compensation than similarly educated workers in the private sector, according to a report released Monday from Congress‘ chief scorekeeper that threatens to reignite at the national level last year’s state battles over public-employee rights.

Overall, federal workers earn 16 percent more in total compensation — including wages and benefits — than comparable private-sector employees, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Only private-sector workers with the highest levels of education, such as doctors and lawyers, earn more than their public counterparts.

The finding is incendiary at a time when Republicans in Congress are fighting for a freeze on federal worker salaries and the Obama administration is balking, arguing that after two years of freezes, it’s time to ramp up pay.
This isn't trickle down economics. It's trickle on economics.

Fourth Quarter Growth Numbers Suck

The mainstream news media have been trying to spin last quarter's 2.8% growth rate as some sort of good news. It wasn't. It stunk.
[T]hat meager 2.8 percent annual growth really isn’t what it seems to be. 

That’s because 75 percent of that 2.8 percent growth involved businesses restocking inventories. Who says? The Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, which released this data. 

So people like you and me weren’t really buying all that stuff in the last months of 2011. It was businesses buying stuff and putting it on their shelves in hopes that people would soon come along and buy it from them.

Inventories will only build up so much before companies say “no more.” So these restockings are not considered a particularly good thing when the ultimate buyer — the consumer — is still uncooperative. 

But that wasn’t the only scary thing in the GDP report. In fact, it wasn’t even the most important thing. 

In order to get to that 2.8 percent growth the Commerce Department used a very unrealistic level of inflation in its calculations. 

Let me explain: The government comes up with a figure on how much it thinks the economy grew, or shrunk. Friday’s figure was a first estimate for the fourth quarter, so most of the numbers used in the calculation are only guesstimates anyway. (But that’s for a different story.) 

The government then takes that growth figure, subtracts the rate of inflation and comes up with the real growth it reports in its press release. 

So, in other words, if inflation is rising it reduces the rate of actual, after inflation, growth — which is the figure that Washington reports. 

In Friday’s number the government used 0.4 percent as the rate of inflation. Zero. Point. Four. Percent. 

In which country is inflation that low? Certainly not in America. Absolutely not in the last four months of 2011. 

The consumer price index, which is put out by the US Census Bureau, had prices up 3 percent for the year. 

And the rate of inflation used in calculating the third-quarter 2011 GDP was 2.6 percent; in the first and second quarters, combined, the rate was 2.5 percent; it was 1.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010.
Just for comparison, last year's fourth quarter GDP, which was also inflated was over six percent.

Obama Finds Family Disaster "Interesting"

This proves that he isn't Spock after all. Spock would have said "fascinating."
During his Google+ hangout Pres. Obama tells a woman that her husband shouldn't be unemployed from the growth he has seen in the economy. Obama said he finds it "interesting" because he is getting "the word" that someone in her husband's job field "should be able to find something right away."
I wonder if he'll have more luck than Bill Clinton did when he was trying to find work for Monica Lewinsky.

How Many Navy Seals Is Obama's Reelection Worth

We know that Obama is prepared to raise and spend a billion dollars on his reelection. The real question is, how many Navy Seal lives will he spend?
America's premier Special Operations force is once again in the headlines after a team of Navy SEALs rescued two hostages from captivity in Somalia last week. Elite U.S. forces have carried out such operations periodically over the past decade, always with skill and bravery. The difference in recent months is that the details of their work haven't remained secret. On the contrary, government officials have revealed them for political gain—endangering our forces in the process.

Self Guiding Bullet

Now this is cool.
Designed with the military, law enforcement, and recreational shooters as potential customers, the bullet is four inches long and has an optical sensor embedded in its nose for the detection of a laser on its target, Sandia said in a release today. The bullet also has built-in guidance and control electronics that receive data from the optical sensor and then manipulate the electromagnetic actuators. And the actuators use that data to steer small fins in order to direct the bullet directly to its target.

Sigh. Another Obama Green Failure

Will liberals even consider the possibility that Obama either has no idea what he's doing or, that he's just plain crooked? I vote for all of the above.
Some of President Barack Obama’s top donors and fundraising bundlers are partners in Amonix Inc., the latest Solyndra-like corporate crash. The company has announced a layoff of 200 workers — two-thirds of its workforce — despite a federal green-technology tax credit of $5.9 million in 2010.

The investors include John Doerr’s venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Daniel Weiss’ Angeleno Group LLC and Steve Westly’s eponymous Westly Group, according to Amonix’s website.

These three investors have also invested heavily in Obama and other Democrats — and the president’s aides are now trying to minimize the political damage.

Eric Holder's Bodyguard Of Lies Starting To Crumble

Holder wants Americans to believe an obvious fantasy, namely that he didn't know about Fast and Furious until witch-hunting House Republicans made it a highly charged partisan issue a few months ago. But after reviewing new emails made public by the Justice Department last Friday, it seems clear that accepting Holder's claim at face value would be credulous in the extreme.
He is scheduled to appear Thursday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The first question for Holder will concern a series of emails sent in the immediate aftermath of the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry on Dec. 15, 2010. The emails make clear that Monty Wilkinson, then Holder's deputy chief of staff, was informed by U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke of Terry's death, and that weapons found on the scene were bought in Phoenix and were among those in "the investigation we were going to talk about."

Other documents obtained by the committee make clear that the investigation in question was Fast and Furious. The emails also establish that Wilkinson and other senior Justice Department officials in Washington were briefed on the program shortly after Terry's murder. In other words, within days, if not hours, of Terry's death, it was known at the highest levels of the Justice Department that he was killed by guns sold with the full knowledge of federal officials who then lost track of them.

It is simply inconceivable that Wilkinson did not inform others in the Justice Department, including Holder, about these facts. Regardless of the political damage that such a scandal would cause, Wilkinson should have made informing Holder a top priority. Doing anything less was at the least gross negligence. This is even more the point with Holder: Either he actually knew about Fast and Furious months before he told Congress he did, or he didn't know when he should have. No wonder nearly 100 House members have signed a resolution of no confidence in Holder.

Investor's Business Daily says that it's time for impeachment hearings.
For incompetence alone, Attorney General Eric Holder should resign in the wake of the illegal "Fast and Furious" gunrunning scandal. But fresh news that he knew of it and is covering it up warrants impeachment.

In the latest Friday night document dump — news released as to minimize its scandalous impact on the White House — congressional investigators learned that Attorney General Holder knew all along that a gun his Justice Department intentionally let fall into the hands of Mexico's cartels was used to murder U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry on Dec. 15, 2010.

Holder must have known right away because his Deputy Chief of Staff Monty Wilkinson received an email from then-Arizona U.S. Attorney General Dennis Burke telling him just that: "The guns found in the desert near the murder(ed) BP officer connect back to the investigation we were going to talk about — they were AK-47s purchased at a Phoenix gun store."

According to the Daily Caller, the emails also showed that Wilkinson then "alerted" Holder about the killing of the U.S. agent.

Another Obama Green Failure

Obama green jobs training program was supposed to turn out 80,000 jobs. So far, it has placed 8,000. That's ten percent for those of you who have received your education from Obama.
President Obama has made green jobs a cornerstone of his economic agenda. In his first 2012 campaign ad this month, he said clean energy industries created 2.7 million jobs and were "expanding rapidly." But Republicans have pounced on failures, such as the bankruptcy of Solyndra, a solar panel maker backed with a Department of Energy loan guarantee.

Citing what he calls "abysmal results" in the job training program, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is demanding answers about how the Department of Labor awarded the grants, which were funded out of the 2009 stimulus bill.
If you're snarkily guessing that the Obamatons are blaming Bush, you're right.
"This grant came just as the recession heightened."
But, wasn't this supposed to fix everything? But the real tragedy isn't the waste of money. It's the waste of lives. These people have been trained for jobs that will never exist except in liberal fantasies. They might as well have been trained as unicorn herdsmen.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Obama Destroys 25 Million Jobs

Considering that there are 3 million fewer jobs than when he took office, his claim to have created 22 million jobs, his record must contain this disclaimer.

A New Definition Of Lying

From his perch at the National Press Club, where Janet Napolitano was speaking earlier today, The Washington Examiner’s Charlie Spiering brought readers a disgruntling, callous quote from the Department of Homeland Security secretary. A reporter asked her how the United States has or will work with Mexico to suppress Mexican drug cartels. Napolitano responded with this:
“Obviously I think if the question is referring to things like Fast and Furious, I think everyone has acknowledged that mistakes, serious mistakes, were made there,” Napolitano replied, “The key question [is] to make sure that those mistakes, from my standpoint, are never again repeated.”
Mistakes? To suggest that Fast and Furious was not a program that was intentionally designed to funnel firearms to straw purchasers is disingenuous and to use the mild word “mistake” to color over a program that led to the death of a U.S. border patrol agent and more than 200 Mexicans is irresponsible. While it’s encouraging that Napolitano wants to ensure that administration officials never design such a foolish and lethal program again, her language seems too calculated to also create the impression that administration officials have no possible culpability here. In her mind, it was all just a series of “mistakes” from which to learn and move forward — but, again, even if the operation was intended to lead to a different ending — to the prosecution of the biggest fish within Mexican drug cartels — the sale of the weapons to straw purchasers in the first place was not a mistake. It was that tactic that was and is and will continue to be controversial — and Napolitano’s comments should reflect that the tactic should never have been used in the first place.

How Elizabeth Warren Became A One Percenter

By screwing the little guy. She has already denied being wealthy, despite having over $10 million in assets.
One of the Harvard professor’s many well-com-pensated part-time gigs included consulting for Travelers Insurance. I know that it is hard to believe that on one hand, Democrats would be bashing an industry, and on the other hand they are making money from it. To be a Democrat is to be a hypocrite.

What did Lizzy do to earn $44,000 in compensation from the insurance company? She made it harder for claimants to collect. Warren helped establish the bankruptcy strategy for companies to avoid crushing lawsuits. In short, go bankrupt to avoid paying victims.

In court briefings, she supported the effort to protect Travelers Insurance from future lawsuits after agreeing to a $500 million settlement with asbestos plaintiffs.

That sort of destroys her image as consumer advocate, doesn’t it?

It is too bad that Brown and Warren signed the pact banning third-party television commercials, because I’m sure the nonpartisan League of Women Vultures has been gearing up to run ads showing asbestos victims complaining about Lizzy. Yeah, right. Well, maybe they could at least issue an apology to Brown for the nasty ads they ran last summer against him on clean air.

Michelle Obama Blows 50 Grand On Luxury Shopping Spree

The First Lady – better known for shopping at more modestly-priced High Street stores – along with the Queen of Qatar, Sheikha Mozah, closed off part of Madison Avenue to spend time in the luxury lingerie shop. Their purchases contributed to a market-spanking 12.5pc lift in sales. 
Agent Provocateur, which is styled on vintage Hollywood glamour, sells handmade Calais lace corsets that sell for up to £900, which could ruffle the feathers of more than just President Barack Obama in an election year. 
Better known for shopping at more modestly priced stores? Is that where one purchases $500 sneakers? Or $2400 cocktail dresses?

Eric Holder Caught In Another Bald-Faced Lie

The perfect poster boy for the Obama Regime.
Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice dumped documents related to Operation Fast and Furious on congressional officials late Friday night. Central to this document dump is a series of emails showing Holder was informed of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s murder on the day it happened – December 15, 2010.

An email from one official, whose name has been redacted from the document, to now-former Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke reads: “On December 14, 2010, a BORTAC agent working in the Nogales, AZ AOR was shot. The agent was conducting Border Patrol operations 18 miles north of the international boundary when he encountered [redacted word] unidentified subjects. Shots were exchanged resulting in the agent being shot. At this time, the agent is being transported to an area where he can be air lifted to an emergency medical center.”

That email was sent at 2:31 a.m. on the day Terry was shot. One hour later, a follow-up email read: “Our agent has passed away.”

Burke forwarded those two emails to Holder’s then-deputy chief of staff Monty Wilkinson later that morning, adding that the incident was “not good” because it happened “18 miles w/in” the border.
Wilkinson responded to Burke shortly thereafter and said the incident was “tragic.” “I’ve alerted the AG [Holder], the Acting DAG, Lisa, etc.”

Then, later that day, Burke followed up with Wilkinson after Burke discovered from officials whose names are redacted that the guns used to kill Terry were from Fast and Furious. “The guns found in the desert near the murder BP officer connect back to the investigation we were going to talk about – they were AK-47s purchased at a Phoenix gun store,” Burke wrote to Wilkinson.

“I’ll call tomorrow,” Wilkinson responded.
And let's be clear. This is a scandal for the mainstream news media. Why is the New York Times ignoring this? And CNN? And ABC, NBC, CBS, the Washington Post, etc.?

The Politics Of Envy And Revenge

Barack Hussein Obama's entire adult life has been motivated by a desire to exact revenge upon those who out perform him. Now he's acting on it.
There are 1.1 million more unemployed Americans today than when President Obama was sworn into office in 2009. The number of Americans in poverty has risen by 6.4 million.

Unemployment is up 9 percent, the number of food stamp recipients is up 45 percent, and home values are down 13 percent. If Obama were to seek re-election based on his economic record, he would surely lose.

That is why Obama and his political advisers have determined that income inequality, or "fairness" as they call it, is the defining issue of our time.

"In the last few decades, the average income of the top 1 percent has gone up by more than 250 percent to $1.2 million per year," Obama recently said in Osawatomie, Kan.

"Now, this kind of inequality -- a level that we haven't seen since the Great Depression -- hurts us all."
And how does Obama propose to reverse this income inequality? Through something he calls "the Buffett Rule," which would force all Americans making more than $1 million a year to pay at least 30 percent of their income in taxes.
Now isn't this just perfect liberalism? Don't try to improve the condition of people at the bottom. Pull the successful people down. Liberals hate success more than they hate poverty.

New York Times Lied

General Electric did pay taxes in 2010. The Times originally claimed that GE paid no taxes that year.
Contrary to multiple news reports in 2011 that fingered General Electric as an income tax dodger during 2010, a GE representative told The Daily Caller the company did in fact pay more than $1 billion in U.S. taxes that year. Additionally, a document GE provided to TheDC establishes that the company paid $2.671 billion globally in income tax in 2010.

The document, a two-page chart from GE’s audited financial statements, turns on its head a strange corporate-accountability episode that began with an erroneous New York Times story.

The Times’ David Kocieniewski reported on March 24, 2011 that the company’s ”American tax bill” was “None. In fact, G.E. claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion.”

College Presidents Prepare To Get Screwed

By Obama. But they'll still all vote for him in November.

This is rich. College costs have been driven skyward by liberal Democrat schemes and subsidies and now the most liberal Democrat of all, who probably supported every one of those schemes and was disappointed that more wasn't done is now criticizing the results his party imposed.
Fuzzy math, Illinois State University's president called it. "Political theater of the worst sort," said the University of Washington's head. 

President Obama's new plan to force colleges and universities to contain tuition or face losing federal dollars is raising alarm among education leaders who worry about the threat of government overreach. Particularly sharp words came from the presidents of public universities; they're already frustrated by increasing state budget cuts. 

To be honest, if I were in charge, college would cost a lot less, because I'd get rid of all the politically correct department, relieve most professors of their research appointments (most are incapable of producing any scholarship of lasting value) and I'd hire more teaching faculty with Master's degrees or even Bachelor's if they have good experience. 
Tenure would be a thing of the past. Higher education has grown to become a bloated, top heavy, lactating sow that exists for liberals to suckle from. A lot of people earning six figure salaries at colleges and universities are less capable than the guy who flips your burger at McDonald's.

He's Proud To Be Screwing You

A real teachers union hero. Just what teachers unions are all about. This is a win for them too.
Hell no, he won’t go.

In a defiant raspberry to the city Department of Education — and taxpayers — disgraced teacher Alan Rosenfeld, 66, won’t retire.

Deemed a danger to kids, the typing teacher with a $10 million real estate portfolio hasn’t been allowed in a classroom for more than a decade, but still collects $100,049 a year in city salary — plus health benefits, a growing pension nest egg, vacation and sick pay.

Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Cuomo can call for better teacher evaluations until they’re blue-faced, but Rosenfeld and six peers with similar gigs costing about $650,000 a year in total salaries are untouchable. Under a system shackled by protections for tenured teachers, they can’t be fired, the DOE says.
“It’s an F-U,” a friend of Rosenfeld said of his refusal to quit. 

“He’s happy about it, and very proud that he beat the system. This is a great show-up-but-don’t-do-anything job.”

Sunday, January 29, 2012

So When Will The Elites Start Lecturing Us About Hate Crimes Against Jews?

Because Jews aren't fashionable victims. Muslims are.
  • Incidents of anti-Islamic hate crime in 2010 accounted for only 12.1% of those motivated by religion and just 2.4% overall.
  • Jews remain the faith group most likely to be targeted in hate crimes. There were 887 anti-Jewish incidents in 2010, comprising 67.1% of those linked to religion. This is 5.5 times the number of anti-Islamic incidents, despite the fact that the Jewish population is no more than two and a half times as large as the Muslim population in the U.S.
  • Last year saw more anti-black (2,201), anti-white (575), anti-Hispanic (534), and anti-homosexual (1,230) incidents than anti-Islamic ones. Based on population data, the per-capita rate for blacks was similar to that for Muslims; the rate for gays was higher.
  • Once again, no Muslim was killed for being Muslim. Fifteen years (1996-2010) of online FBI reports tabulate 149 deaths (“murder and nonnegligent manslaughter”) due to hate crimes, but the records show zero anti-Islamic fatalities during this period.

Jesse Jackson Claims That Jan Brewer's Confrontation With Obama Was Racist - yawn.

I'm certain that Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann (whoever that is), Bill Maher and Ed Schultz will soon say the same thing. Or already have. In the future, everyone will be a racist. And as long as these charlatans are around, the future is now.

And, to be honest, have we ever had a president who wags his finger in our face more than Obama? If finger wagging is disrespectful, then...

Why Does Obama Mention Bin Laden At Every Opportunity?

Freshman Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) panned President Obama’s State of the Union speech during the weekly Republican address, saying the president largely ignored his own record because he has made the economy worse during three years in office.

“It was an opportunity for the president to talk about his accomplishments over the last three years and to lay out his plans for the year ahead. And he missed on both counts,” Rubio said. “You didn’t hear much talk about the success of his administration—and that’s because there isn’t much.”

Spike Lee - Older And Wiser?

Has Spike Lee been listening to Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter? I wonder if saying this sort of thing will cost Lee his street creds?
Lee blamed the influence that crack cocaine has had in poor neighborhoods and the influence that media have had in glorifying drugs and gangsters, whom he said are primarily portrayed by Black actors.
“I am from the pre-crack generation. When I was growing up, we never, ever, never ridiculed someone because they were a good student,” he said.
“Your generation, they now equate intelligence with acting White and ignorance with acting Black, and they wear it like a badge of honor. They say, ‘I’m ghetto. I’m gangster.’ What they are is ignorant.”

When Hell Freezes Over

Or the Thames. According to NASA scientists, we have far more to fear from a new Ice Age than we have from global warming fantasies.
The supposed ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming is facing an inconvenient challenge after the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years.

The figures suggest that we could even be heading for a mini ice age to rival the 70-year temperature drop that saw frost fairs held on the Thames in the 17th Century.
Based on readings from more than 30,000 measuring stations, the data was issued last week without fanfare by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit. It confirms that the rising trend in world temperatures ended in 1997.
Hide the decline...

...According to a paper issued last week by the Met Office, there is a  92 per cent chance that both Cycle 25 and those taking place in the following decades will be as weak as, or weaker than, the ‘Dalton minimum’ of 1790 to 1830. In this period, named after the meteorologist John Dalton, average temperatures in parts of Europe fell by 2C.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Greening His Campaign While Browning America

In Barack Obama’s America, the path to prosperity passes through his campaign coffers.

The conventional wisdom surrounding Obama’s denial of a construction permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada assumes that he is once again postponing a critical judgment until after the general election, because a decision either way will anger one of his core constituencies, either the elitist, leisure class environmentalists or the labor unions.

Certainly, evading the electoral consequences of a difficult decision was his original goal, when he cynically announced that he would not decide until after the election. His hand was forced by Republicans who inserted language into the payroll tax relief bill passed just before Christmas that required him to make a decision.

His response was to deny the application, then invite a re-application, once again permitting him to evade the consequences of exercising either courage or leadership.

But the likely truth is that Obama does not want the pipeline – period.

One of the funniest moments of the 2004 presidential campaign involved the Democratic candidate John Kerry explaining how George W. Bush deceived the Senate by being truthful with them. According to the highly-nuanced, French-looking senior senator from Massachusetts, that’s not how business is done in the world of politics. Obama seems to have fooled a great many in Washington using the same ploy, by telling everyone exactly what he intends and permitting the deep thinkers to stroke their beards and ponder what he really meant.

Early in 2008, Obama told the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle that part of his economic plan was to bankrupt energy companies that used fossil fuels. The Chronicle did not find this information newsworthy, an opinion shared by most of the mainstream news media. If it were ever broadcast on ABC, CBS, NBC or CNN, most of the world would hear it for the first time. This is likely the first time you’ve heard of it.

After his election, he explained to ABC News that higher gasoline prices were another of his economic goals. The few who tuned in to watch the interview probably remember it, but again, Obama’s Praetorian Guard Press managed to limit its dissemination.

So when Barack Obama denied the application for the Keystone XL oil pipeline that would have brought ethical oil from Canada and created tens, if not hundreds of thousands of jobs, the mainstream news media assumed that Obama was just playing politics and not pursuing his ideology.

No, he meant it. He does not want that oil passing through that pipeline.

First of all, Obama has promised us a magical “green economy.” And even though he has thrown billions of dollars at alternative energy companies owned by some of his biggest fundraisers, these companies have failed because energy from fossil fuels is far cheaper, sometimes by an order of magnitude.

The only way to make his green cronies competitive is to use the authority of his office to drive the competition from the field.

So far, his Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the shutdown of 25 gigawatts of electrical generating capacity based upon some fanciful projections that failing to do so will cause Americans to fall dead by the thousands.

And now Obama is obstructing the importation of oil from neighbors to the north, who have made it clear that if the United States doesn’t want the oil, then China’s next on the list. If this were about saving the planet, then burning the oil in the United States with our air pollution controls makes far more environmental sense than sending it up China’s filthy smokestacks.

There’s another angle to consider as well. Denying that construction permit won’t keep the oil out. It will just have to enter the US and travel to the refineries by a less efficient means - the railroads. And if you guessed that another of Obama’s filthy rich political allies will get richer as a result, then you’re absolutely right.

According to a Bloomberg News Agency story published Tuesday, Warren Buffet will be the prime beneficiary of Obama’s obstructionism. He owns Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, and is ideally positioned to haul the oil southward.

When asked about the prospect of hauling Canadian oil, Krista York-Wooley, a spokeswoman for Burlington Northern happily declared that if the Keystone XL pipeline "doesn't happen, we're here to haul!"

It pays to have friends in high places. And renting Obama’s friendship is beyond the working man’s means.

Update: Another "green" Obama proposal will fatten the wallet of George Soros.

Democrats Want To Monitor Your Internet Use

Its House of Representatives has scheduled a hearing this morning on a new bill (PDF) requiring the creation of virtual dossiers on state residents. The measure, H.B. 2288, says "Internet destination history information" and "subscriber's information" such as name and address must be saved for two years. 

H.B. 2288, which was introduced Friday, says the dossiers must include a list of Internet Protocol addresses and domain names visited. Democratic Rep. John Mizuno of Oahu is the lead sponsor; Mizuno also introduced H.B. 2287, a computer crime bill, at the same time last week.

Leon Panetta Going Rogue?

First, Leon Panetta speaks out about how Obama's military budget cuts are harming the nation's ability to defend itself. Now he speaks the unspeakable: Pakistan had to know about Bin Laden.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says he believes government authorities in Pakistan knew about the whereabouts of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

"I personally have always felt that somebody must have had some sense of what was happening at this compound," said Panetta about the fugitive's hideout in an interview to air Sunday on CBS's 60 Minutes.
Well, considering that the Pakistanis were up to their necks in the Mumbai massacre, at some point we're going to have to pull our heads out and admit that Pakistan is a state sponsor of terrorism.

Eric Holder To Crack Down On Mortgage Fraud

Considering that the most prominent fraudsters were huge Democrat donors and politicians, and with the Department of Justice itself clogged with these criminals, it will be interesting to see how honestly the most politicized Justice Department in history will handle this. I have a feeling that this is all a charade that will do nothing until after the election, after which, it will all go away.
"On Tuesday night, the President referenced this initiative, asking us to, 'hold accountable those who broke the law, speed assistance to homeowners, and help turn the page on an era of recklessness that hurt so many Americans,'" Attorney General Eric Holder said this morning. "That is precisely what we intend to do."

In addition to "illegal" activity, Holder indicated that he will try to punish "unethical" financial industry practicies. "We also have learned that behavior that is unethical or reckless may not necessarily be criminal," the attorney general said.  "When we find evidence of criminal wrongdoing, we bring criminal prosecutions.  When we don’t, we endeavor to use other tools available to us – such as civil sanctions – to seek justice."

Obama's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Shaun Donovan, added, during the same press conference, that "We still have unfinished business with those responsible for this crisis."

Obama Thin Skinned

When the press reports on his thin skin.
President Barack Obama’s three-day trip won’t be remembered for his talk here on rising college tuition costs. Or for his flogging of clean energy proposals in Nevada and manufacturing tax breaks in Iowa.

No, the enduring image of his tour through five key states this week will be Obama confronting Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer over months-old insults from her book, his dismissive mien facing down her French-manicured fingertip.

Democrats Bash "Secret" Campaign Cash

While raising gazillions of their own secret money.
In recent days, Obama released an ad blasting “secretive oil billionaires” for attacks on him, Nancy Pelosi unveiled a campaign slogan calling for “a new politics free of special interest influence,” and the Democratic National Committee released a web ad accusing Mitt Romney of lying about his ties to a super PAC that’s spent millions supporting him.

Maybe that would have sounded better in 2008, when Obama put the kibosh on the Democratic outside money infrastructure — or even in 2010, when Obama led a chorus of Democrats assailing Republicans’ outside spending.

But this year, Democrats are playing the same game. Obama’s team has blessed a network of super PACs trying to raise the same seven-figure checks as Romney’s. And Obama’s allies have gone even further than Romney’s, setting up non-profit groups that do not disclose their donors at all.

In fact, top Democrats are so ardent about the need to raise unlimited — and sometimes secret — cash this year that some operatives aren’t pleased about the recent attacks, grumbling that it makes it a whole lot tougher to get wealthy liberals to fork over mega-checks when the politicians who’d benefit are ripping Republicans for taking the same types of contributions.

Reuter Confesses To Left Wing Hit Piece

"Fiasco." "Disgrace." But the writers still have jobs.
After Daily Caller blogger Matt Lewis eviscerated a harsh Reuters story on Florida senator Marco Rubio, the wire service was forced to make five corrections.

Now Reuters is attempting damage control and conceding the story is regrettable:

From Politico.
Reuters is still kicking itself over an article about Republican golden boy Senator Marco Rubio that yielded five corrections yesterday and may have warranted more.

One senior staffer at Reuters described the episode to me as a "fiasco," another as a "disgrace."  
It was so bad, in fact, that the editors and writer involved have been asked not to talk about it. (I reached out to editors David Lindsey and Eric Walsh, but have not heard back.)

The article, by David Adams, had intended to detail why Rubio was an unlikely pick for Vice President: "Rubio may not be as coveted as Gingrich or Romney would have it appear as they press for votes in Florida, where more than 450,000 Hispanics identify themselves as Republicans," Reuters David Adams wrote. "Despite his reputation as a watchdog over federal spending, Rubio, 40, has had significant financial problems that could keep him from passing any vetting process as a potential vice presidential choice, Republican and Democratic strategists say."

But after pressure from the Rubio staff, Reuters was forced to issue corrections that quickly became a larger talking point than the article itself. 

Rubio's staff reached out to the editors and the writer early yesterday, prompting Reuters to issue two corrections. But the Daily Caller's Matt Lewis, who spoke with Rubio's staff as well, wrote an item suggesting that there were at least seven errors or exaggerations that warranted mention, and Reuters ultimately issued three more.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Global Cooling

David Archibald, polymath, makes a bold prediction that temperatures are about to dive sharply (in the decadal sense). He took the  forgotten correlation that as solar cycles lengthen and weaken, the world gets cooler. He refined it into a predictive tool, tested it and published in 2007. His paper has been expanded on recently by Prof Solheim in Norway, who predicts a 1.5°C drop in Central Norway over the next ten years.

Our knowledge of they solar dynamo is improving, and David adds the predicted solar activity ’til 2040 to the analysis. Normal solar cycles are 11 years long, but the current one (cycle 24) is shaping up to be 17 years (unusually long), and using historical data from the US, David predicts  a 2.1°C decline over Solar Cycle 24 followed by a further 2.8°C over Solar Cycle 25. That adds up to a whopping 4.9°C fall in temperate latitudes over the next 20 years. We can only hope he’s wrong. As David says ” The center of the Corn Belt, now in Iowa, will move south to Kansas.”

He also predicts continuing drought in Africa for another 14 years, with droughts likely in South America too.

If he’s right, it’s awful and excellent at the same time. Cold hurts, but wouldn’t it be something if we understood our climate well enough to plan ahead?
I fear global cooling far more than global warming.

Obama Proposal To Make George Soros Even Richer

George Soros knows that the best return on an investment is into Democratic Party campaign coffers.
One company that stands to benefit handsomely from the president’s proposal is Westport Innovations. The company converts diesel engines to be fueled by natural gas. Wall Street analysts predicted a boom for the company if the NAT GAS Act were passed. CNBC analyst Jim Cramer said he “expects shares to absolutely explode” in the event the legislation were to pass.
Jim Cramer made positive mention of Westport, calling it a solid play on natural gas should Congress pass its pending Natural Gas Act. Westport converts diesel engines (i.e. – those found in semi trailers) into ones that run on natural gas.
Benefiting Westport is that it’s: A) basically first to the market, at least in terms of mass production, and B) high barriers of entry for competition because of the complex technology involved in the transformations.
If Westport reaps the predicted windfall, one of the chief beneficiaries will be George Soros, a major Obama donor and supporter. Soros’s hedge fund holds 3,160,063 company shares (as of its last SEC filing).

Soros has given $384,090 to the Democratic Party, Democratic PACs, and Democratic Candidates in the three election cycles beginning in 2008, including $4,400 to Obama himself, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. He describes himself as “an early supporter of Barack Obama, first in his Senate campaign in Illinois and later when he ran for President. Soros supported Obama in his presidential bid because he believed he could provide the transformational leadership the country needed.”

Obama's Pathetic Economic Record

Just 1.7% real GDP for all of last year. Economy expected to slow down.

And here are Obama deep economic insights.
"On Tuesday at the State of the Union, I laid out my vision for how we move forward," President Obama said at a campaign event in Las Vegas, Nevada. "I laid out a blueprint for an economy that's built to last, that has a firm foundation. Where we're making stuff and selling stuff and moving it around and UPS drivers are dropping things off everywhere."

"That's the economy we want. An economy built on American manufacturing, with more good jobs and more products made here in the United States of America," he also said.
Maybe food stamps and unemployment checks aren't the best economic stimulus we have at our disposal after all.

Of course, the best first step in accomplishing that is a new president and a new majority in the Senate.

To Democrats, Creating Jobs Equals Terrorism

A senior Democratic congressman likened Republican lawmakers to terrorists on Thursday for their insistence on tying approval of construction of a new oil pipeline to must-pass legislation.

California Rep. Henry Waxman, the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the coauthor of the 2009 cap-and-trade climate change bill, decried efforts by the GOP to force the Obama administration into approving a permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline.

"They want to use legislation as a way to act like terrorists. They hold things as hostage," Waxman said. "We almost couldn't fund the government because Republicans wanted to hold that idea hostage, we almost couldn't pay our debts because the Republicans wanted to hold that legislation hostage to their extreme agenda, and I wouldn't be surprised if they scuttled this conference by trying to hold us hostage."
Once again proving that all the civility bullshit was about shutting down one side of the debate.

Obama Lies, CNN Buys

For most of his life, Barack Hussein Obama has been a committed socialist. Now, he claims he isn't and never was. Of course, rather than investigate, CNN just takes his word for it.
Journalism at CNN: As the president launches his re-election bid by striking a more centrist tone, the partisan press is helping him whitewash his radical past. Teamwork or not, it'll be hard to bleach.

Exhibit A is CNN's Soledad O'Brien. Earlier this week, she hosted a segment that tried to de-link Obama from Chicago socialist Saul Alinsky. The late Alinsky is the father of community organizing and the author of the far-left bible "Rules for Radicals."

O'Brien opened her piece by scolding GOP front-runner Newt Gingrich for warning Obama "will represent Saul Alinsky (and) European socialism" in a second term. "President Obama has never said that he was influenced by Alinsky," O'Brien insisted.

Of course he hasn't. He's not stupid enough to publicly link himself to a socialist. But the record is clear that he was in fact influenced by Alinsky, if only CNN's "journalists" would do their homework. Allow us to do it for them:

• Obama first learned Alinsky's rules in the 1980s, when Alinskyite radicals with the Chicago-based Alinsky group Gamaliel Foundation recruited, hired, trained and paid him as a community organizer in South Side Chicago. (Gamaliel's website expressly states it grew out of the Alinsky movement.)

• In 1988, Obama even wrote a chapter for the book "After Alinsky: Community Organizing in Illinois," in which he lamented organizers' "lack of power" in implementing change.

• Gamaliel board member John McKnight, a hard-core student of Alinsky, penned a letter for Obama to help him get into Harvard Law School.

• Obama took a break from his Harvard studies to travel to Los Angeles for eight days of intense training at Alinsky's Industrial Areas Foundation, a station of the cross for acolytes.

• In turn, he trained other community organizers in Alinsky agitation tactics.

• Obama also taught Alinsky's "Power Analysis" methods at the University of Chicago.

Stop The USS John Murtha

The last of the so-called Haditha marines has been exonerated. John Murtha smeared them on national television as cold-blooded killers. And he deserves to have a ship named after him?
Now there is a movement to stop the US Navy from honoring this antiwar Democrat with a ship in his name.

No Murtha Ship! has been created by concerned Navy veterans and their supporters who believe that politicians like John Murtha should be indicted, not celebrated. We are led by Larry Bailey, a retired Navy Captain who spent 27 years as a Navy SEAL. 

Larry announced the launch of No Murtha Ship this week after the 8th and final Haditha Marine was exonerated.
Folks, this is the official launch of our effort to convince the Secretary of the Navy that LPD-26, the ship that is to be launched next year, should be named after either a great American city (like her sister LPD, the USS San Antonio) or a true American hero.

Here is our brand-new website: http://www.nomurthaship.com Take a look. Scott Swett did a great job of putting it up, and Linda Eddy did a great job of designing our logo.

We intend to serve notice on Navy Secretary Ray Mabus that it is intolerable to name this fine vessel after John P. Murtha, arguably (and demonstrably) one of the most corrupt politicians ever to sit in Congress.
It should be made clear that we are not connected to any political party or movement; we just want our Navy’s ships to be named appropriately.

Pass the word, please, to your mailing lists. And tell recipients that any money raised over what our actual costs are (website management, advertisements, etc.) will be donated to a worthy military charity. Nobody is on salary, but contributions will be required to keep us up and running.

You will note that checks must be made out to “Larry Bailey/Sink Murtha.” That is because my bank (USAA Bank) would not allow me to open an account under an organizational name. We also have a PayPal account, as you’ll see on the website.

You have my permission to simply forward this e-mail. However you pass the word is all right with me; just get the message out there that we will not allow a corrupt congressman to be honored by the US Navy!

Many thanks to you all!
 Larry Bailey

If Romney's 14% Tax Rate Is Too Low...

...Then what does Harry Reid think about General Electric's zero percent tax rate.

Actually, Romney's effective tax rate is closer to 45%.

No Need For Global Warming Panic

According to sixteen climate scientists who can't be bought or bullied.
A candidate for public office in any contemporary democracy may have to consider what, if anything, to do about "global warming." Candidates should understand that the oft-repeated claim that nearly all scientists demand that something dramatic be done to stop global warming is not true. In fact, a large and growing number of distinguished scientists and engineers do not agree that drastic actions on global warming are needed.

In September, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Ivar Giaever, a supporter of President Obama in the last election, publicly resigned from the American Physical Society (APS) with a letter that begins: "I did not renew [my membership] because I cannot live with the [APS policy] statement: 'The evidence is incontrovertible: Global warming is occurring. If no mitigating actions are taken, significant disruptions in the Earth's physical and ecological systems, social systems, security and human health are likely to occur. We must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases beginning now.' In the APS it is OK to discuss whether the mass of the proton changes over time and how a multi-universe behaves, but the evidence of global warming is incontrovertible?"

In spite of a multidecade international campaign to enforce the message that increasing amounts of the "pollutant" carbon dioxide will destroy civilization, large numbers of scientists, many very prominent, share the opinions of Dr. Giaever. And the number of scientific "heretics" is growing with each passing year. The reason is a collection of stubborn scientific facts.

Check Your Brain At The Door Before Working For The Washington Post

Josh White is clueless when it comes to fathoming the motives of a jihadi.
Would someone please buy the Washington Post's Josh White a clue? He can't seem to get a handle on the "motive" for the actions of Yonathan Melaku (actually, I think White is pretending).

Melaku has just pleaded guilty and will be sentenced to 25 years in jail. Authorities say he vandalized military grave markers, shot at the Pentagon and military museums, and was working on an improvised explosive device. But the headline to White's story (HT Atlas Shrugs) and the reporter's content act as if no one has the foggiest idea what drop Melaku to do what he did.

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tom-blumer/2012/01/27/wapos-josh-white-cant-figure-out-motive-jihadist-military-site-vandalize#ixzz1kfK8ALiT

More Money Down The Shit Hole

More green economics. If this shakes out as other green subsidies have, we'll learn that your green goes into the pockets of Obama political allies and working people lose their jobs.
Ener1 subsidiary EnerDel received a $118 million stimulus grant from the Energy Department in 2009, and Vice President Joe Biden visited the company's new battery plant in Indiana last year.

Ener1 is the third company to seek bankruptcy protection after receiving assistance from the Energy Department under the economic stimulus law. California solar panel maker Solyndra Inc. and Beacon Power, a Massachusetts energy-storage firm, declared bankruptcy last year. Solyndra received a $528 million federal loan, while Beacon Power got a $43 million loan guarantee.

Solyndra, of Fremont, Calif., was the first renewable-energy company to receive a loan guarantee under the 2009 stimulus law, and the Obama administration frequently touted it as a model for its clean energy program.

Since then, the company's implosion and revelations that the administration hurried a review of the loan in time for a 2009 groundbreaking has become an embarrassment for President Barack Obama and a rallying cry for GOP critics of the administration's green energy program.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Visit France!

Americans Banned From Escaping Egypt

How's that Arab Spring going? About as well as smart diplomacy I'd say.
Six Americans working for publicly funded U.S. organizations promoting democracy in Egypt have been barred from leaving the country, provoking angry demands in Washington that Cairo's new military rulers stop "endangering American lives".

Among those hit by travel bans - one of those targeted called it "de facto detention" - is a son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, as well as other foreign staffers of the International Republican Institute and National Democratic Institute, officials at the two organizations said.

The United States said Egypt should reverse them: "We are urging the government of Egypt to lift these restrictions immediately and allow these folks to come home as soon as possible," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

"We are trying to get them free to travel as soon as possible, and we're hopeful that we can resolve this in coming days," she said.

A month after police raided the Cairo offices of the IRI, NDI and eight other non-governmental organizations, it raises the stakes for Washington, which had already indicated it may review the $1.3 billion it gives the Egyptian military each year if the probe into alleged breaches of local regulations went on.

Some see it as a poor omen for Egypt's fledgling democracy following last year's overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.
Ya think? Reuters is really sticking its neck out on that one.

You Open The State Of The Union With, "I Got Bin Laden?"

Even Jon Stewart is tiring of Obama's schtick. In Obama's defense, what else does he have?

Congress Resists Obeying The Law

Immunity from insider trading provides Congressmen with a route to "legal" bribery. And bribery is the primary revenue stream for most of these scum. And they don't want to turn that money spigot off.
President Obama’s plea to ban Congressional insider trading may poll well and have bipartisan support, but it’s already facing stiff resistance from lawmakers the morning after his State of the Union address.

On Tuesday night, the president spoke in no uncertain terms: “Send me a bill that bans insider trading by Members of Congress, and I will sign it tomorrow,” he said. “Let’s limit any elected official from owning stock in industries they impact.” The remarks were cause for celebration for Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer, who authored a 2011 book exposing Congressional insider trading, and 60 Minutes, which ran a widely-viewed segment based on his book (CBS quicklyuploaded the portion of the speech last night). But early reactions from Congress (Republicans and Democrats) shouldn’t encourage much optimism.

The Tim Geithner Precedent

Thirty six Obama staffers owe $833,000 in back taxes.
A new report just out from the Internal Revenue Service reveals that 36 of President Obama's executive office staff owe the country $833,970 in back taxes. These people working for Mr. Fair Share apparently haven't paid any share, let alone their fair share.

Previous reports have shown how well-paid Obama's White House staff is, with 457 aides pulling down more than $37 million last year. That's up seven workers and nearly $4 million from the Bush administration's last year.

Nearly one-third of Obama's aides make more than $100,000 with 21 being paid the top White House salary of $172,200, each. 

The IRS' 2010 delinquent tax revelations come as part of a required annual agency report on federal employees' tax compliance. Turns out, an awful lot of folks being paid by taxpayers are not paying their own income taxes.

President Thin Skin

Worship Him or feel his wrath.

The Purpose Of Public Schools Is To Fatten Unions

And not the education of children. According to the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Watch the video and see the sparks fly.  Note in particular how Dean, trying to make the case that teacher unions support reform, cites a charter school in NYC established by a teachers union.  Scarborough pounces, essentially calling the school a Potemkin  village designed to give the unions cover and provide talking points to their defenders like Dean. 

What The US Can Learn From Canada

If Canada’s “green” media — especially in the Parliamentary Press Gallery — demanded the same standards of accountability of themselves as they do of politicians, they would be killing entire forests right now apologizing to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Why? Because in sidestepping the economically suicidal stampede onto the green energy bandwagon which they relentlessly shilled for, Harper was right and they — along with the Liberals, NDP, Bloc and Greens — were wrong.

Today, so-called “green” energy is in retreat all over the developed world, as taxpayers and consumers in countries that blindly raced into it are in open revolt against paying exorbitant, ever-rising prices for unreliable, inefficient power sources that don’t lower carbon dioxide emissions.

Germany is poised to slash public subsidies for solar energy — which sent shares in solar companies crashing world-wide — because it can’t afford the grossly inflated, 20-year feed-in-tariffs it has been paying for energy that’s so unreliable. It has had to import nuclear power from France and the Czech Republic this winter to avoid blackouts, plus restart an old, oil-fired electricity plant in Austria.

As Germany’s Spiegel Online reported: “Solar energy has gone from being the great white hope to an impediment to a reliable energy supply.”

In the U.K., an all-party alliance of MPs has been formed to fight the proliferation of wind turbines, amidst public fury over higher energy prices, unreliability and the problems it has caused for the nation’s electricity grid. Even world-famous U.K. environmentalist James Lovelock, who supports nuclear power, has described wind turbines as useless and growing blights on the landscape.

It’s the same story across Europe, whose seven-year-old cap-and-trade carbon market, the Emissions Trading Scheme, is in disarray, with electricity and consumer prices rising, multi-billion-dollar frauds and no reduction in emissions. In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, Barack Obama ignored the growing list of alternative energy fiascos in the U.S., including taxpayers losing $535 million in the bankruptcy of Solyndra, the California solar company that was his poster-child for green energy.

Instead, showing incredible hypocrisy, given his cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline, Obama bragged about having opened “millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration” in the U.S. and “directing my administration to open more than 75% of our potential offshore oil and gas resources.”
I really don't understand why the Toronto Sun finds Obama's hypocrisy "incredible."  I would startled if he ever exhibited authenticity.