Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Obamacare's unbridled bullying power must end | #teaparty

Obamacare's unbridled bullying power must end | Washington Examiner: "In his recent decision in Virginia v. Sebelius declaring the linchpin of Obamacare -- the individual mandate -- unconstitutional, Judge Henry Hudson wrote, 'The unchecked expansion of congressional power to the limits suggested by [the individual mandate provision] would invite unbridled exercise of federal police powers.'"

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Power Line - A Phase in the Crowd #teaparty

Power Line - A Phase in the Crowd: "The Obama administration thus brings us a nightmare slightly beyond even the heated imagination of Budd Schulberg. Obama brings us the cornpone demagogy of Lonesome Rhodes yoked to the power of the executive branch of the United States government."

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Say, About That Old 'Bush Lied' Trope, Looks Like Wikileaks Proved Obama Repeatedly Lied About Middle East Policy

Say, About That Old 'Bush Lied' Trope, Looks Like Wikileaks Proved Obama Repeatedly Lied About Middle East Policy: "But -- as the Wikileaks disclosures make clear -- Israeli concessions have (and had) nothing at all to do with stopping Iran. Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries wanted Iran crushed -- as King Abdullah put it, 'cut off the head of the snake' -- period.

Let me repeat: Obama knew all along that Israeli concessions had nothing to do with stopping Iran's march to nuclear weapons. Yet he persisted in linking the two, even though it raised the risk of an atomic conflagration that could engulf the world."

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Iranian Bomb, Yawn . . . - By Jay Nordlinger - The Corner - National Review Online

The Iranian Bomb, Yawn . . . - By Jay Nordlinger - The Corner - National Review Online: "The Iranian Bomb, Yawn . . .
November 7, 2010 4:10 P.M.
By�Jay Nordlinger����
Over at Power Line, that bright, knowledgeable blog, Scott Johnson has an item about a conversation we had last night. Early last year, I interviewed John Negroponte, the longtime American diplomat who was director of national intelligence in the previous administration. (He held other posts in that administration too.) I asked him about Iran and nuclear weapons. Here’s what he said: “I think that’s what they want, I think that’s what they’re headed towards, I think that’s what they’re going to get.”"

American Thinker: The Keynesians Get Their Wish # teaparty

American Thinker: The Keynesians Get Their Wish: "The Keynesians finally got their wish. The Federal Reserve plans to inject $600 billion of the most caustic debt imaginable into the economy. This is the Agent Orange of monetary policies that has the potential to wreak financial havoc."

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

� November 30th Could Be the Day the Government Seizes Control of the Internet - Big Government

� November 30th Could Be the Day the Government Seizes Control of the Internet - Big Government: "November 30th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) could potentially engage in one of the largest federal power grabs we have ever seen."

Green Global Dictatorship: Regional Governance, UN Agenda 21, Sustainable Development, and the Wildlands Project >> Four Winds 10 - fourwinds10.com

Green Global Dictatorship: Regional Governance, UN Agenda 21, Sustainable Development, and the Wildlands Project >> Four Winds 10 - fourwinds10.com: "At first blush, Agenda 21 sounds good to many well-meaning people.� However, Spingola ('U.S. Military Targets Southeast Colorado (Part 3 of 3) (http://www.renewamerica.us/columns/spingola/080525) notes:� “Agenda 21 is a very well-organized plan to reinvent and regionalize government beginning with the 'rural cleansing' of America and those referred to by the elite ruling class as resource-draining, expendable, “useless eaters.”� Because Agenda 21 provides guidelines for local, regional, national, as well as global governance, it is radically transforming the entire world."

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Treasury hiring FOIA officers #teaparty

Treasury hiring FOIA officers 'to withhold information from release to public' | Washington Examiner: "Officials at the Treasury Department’s Office of Financial Stability contracted with a small consulting firm that has given nearly $25,000 to Democratic candidates since 2005 (and no money to Republicans) to hire “Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Analysts to support the Disclosure Services, Privacy and Treasury Records.” The firm is currently advertising a job opening for a FOIA analyst with experience in the “Use of FOIA/PA exemptions to withhold information from release to the public” (emphasis mine, and if that link goes down, The Examiner has kept a copy for its records)."

Treasury Shields Citigroup #teaparty

Treasury Shields Citigroup as Deletions Undercut Disclosure - Bloomberg: "The late Bloomberg News reporter Mark Pittman asked the U.S. Treasury in January 2009 to identify $301 billion of securities owned by Citigroup Inc. that the government had agreed to guarantee. He made the request on the grounds that taxpayers ought to know how their money was being used."

Friday, September 24, 2010

Tom Fitton: Government Motors is filling campaign coffers | #teaparty

Tom Fitton: Government Motors is filling campaign coffers | Washington Examiner: "Now it should go without saying that a company that is owned and operated by the government has no business making campaign contributions to members of Congress, no matter how the company tries to spin it. But this is exactly the kind of suspicious, shady and corrupt arrangement we can expect now that the government has decided to meddle so obtrusively into the private sector."

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Knowledge Is Power #teaparty

Knowledge Is Power: "President Barack Obama is asking religious leaders to help him sell the public on health care reform....
~ * ~

The debate in Washington is over, the Affordable Care Act is now law. ...I think all of you can be really important validators and trusted resources for friends and neighbors, to help explain what’s now available to them.”
~

“Get the word out there, get information out there. Make use of the resources described on this call: the website, door hangers, one pagers and so forth. We’ve got work to do.”…"

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Townhall - Bonfire of the Insanities #teaparty

Townhall - Bonfire of the Insanities: "The reason not to burn Qurans is that it's unkind -- not to jihadists, but to Muslims who mean us no harm. The same goes for building a mosque at ground zero -- in both cases, it's not a question of anyone's 'rights,' it's just a nasty thing to do."

Thursday, September 2, 2010

� Who is Dismantling America? #teaparty

� Who is Dismantling America? Dr. Thomas Sowell Takes the Pulse - Big Government: "Always a popular guest, Dr. Thomas Sowell returns to the show to discuss his latest book, Dismantling America.� The book’s focus is wide ranging, as is the discussion.� To take one example, Dr. Sowell questions whether most people understand what is meant by President Obama’s background as a “community organizer.”� A community organizer isn’t a friendly local expert doling out advice on better living, but is rather someone who mobilizes resentment at the behest of third party interests to put the public into battle on their behalf."


Friday, August 27, 2010

� Public Sector Pensions: The Real Bailout Bomb is Still Midflight - #teaparty

� Public Sector Pensions: The Real Bailout Bomb is Still Midflight - Big Government: "“The proposal ultimately makes the taxpayers liable for paying the benefits of the partitioned plan.� Currently, no other benefit obligations assumed by the PBGC are subject to the full faith and credit of the U.S. government.”"

VENABLE: Texas fights global-warming power grab- #teaparty

VENABLE: Texas fights global-warming power grab - Washington Times: "The EPA, determined to move forward anyway, is attempting to rewrite the Clean Air Act administratively via a 'tailoring rule,' which would reduce the number of regulated sources. The problem with that approach? It's illegal. The EPA has no authority to rewrite the law. To pull it off, the EPA needs every state with a State Implementation Plan to rewrite all of its statutory thresholds as well."

Friday, August 20, 2010

Power Line - Target of the Left # teaparty

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Power Line - Target of the Left: "Ironically, Mark Dayton's family owned the predecessor to Target Corporation. He is immensely rich. His increased taxes on 'the rich'--that is, you and me--won't touch his vast trust funds. Other than himself, his principal financial supporter is his ex-wife, the former Alida Rockefeller. There is a very real possibility that Dayton, a mentally troubled person at best who has never earned an honest day's wage in his life, may succeed in buying the election."

Friday, August 13, 2010

Obama's GM rescue helped only his friends- #teaparty

Obama's GM rescue helped only his friends--Mark Modica - NYPOST.com: "Bondholders -- investors ranging from large institutions to retirees just scraping by, who loaned GM a total of $27 billion -- received just 10 percent of the company. By contrast, the government's $50 billion gave it about 61 percent.

And the union -- in return for the $20 billion that GM owed its health trust -- got a remarkable 17.5 percent of the stock plus $2.5 billion in cash plus $6.5 billion in preferred stock carrying a dividend of about 9 percent.

In other words, the UAW got three to four times as much as the bondholders for a smaller claim on GM's assets. The union even boasted to its members in May 2009 that it had made no concessions on pay, health care or pensions in the restructuring."

Obama's GM rescue helped only his friends- #teaparty

Obama's GM rescue helped only his friends--Mark Modica - NYPOST.com: "Bondholders -- investors ranging from large institutions to retirees just scraping by, who loaned GM a total of $27 billion -- received just 10 percent of the company. By contrast, the government's $50 billion gave it about 61 percent.

And the union -- in return for the $20 billion that GM owed its health trust -- got a remarkable 17.5 percent of the stock plus $2.5 billion in cash plus $6.5 billion in preferred stock carrying a dividend of about 9 percent.

In other words, the UAW got three to four times as much as the bondholders for a smaller claim on GM's assets. The union even boasted to its members in May 2009 that it had made no concessions on pay, health care or pensions in the restructuring."

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Justice: Sanctuary cities safe from law - #teaparty

Justice: Sanctuary cities safe from law - Washington Times: "A week after suing Arizona and arguing that the state's immigration law creates a patchwork of rules, the Obama administration said it will not go after so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with the federal government on immigration enforcement, on the grounds that they are not as bad as a state that 'actively interferes.'"

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Watchdog: Feds Were Asleep at the Switch When Minnesota Felons Went to the Polls #teaparty

FOXNews.com - Watchdog: Feds Were Asleep at the Switch When Minnesota Felons Went to the Polls: "The federal government is required under the Civil Rights Act and the Help America Vote Act to make sure that states purge their voter rolls of ineligible voters — the dead, those who have moved, felons, undocumented immigrants, etc. — and to ensure that elections are administered and conducted fairly, said Dan McGrath, executive director of Minnesota Majority.�"

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Power Line - Government debt in human terms #teaparty

Power Line - Government debt in human terms
Ken posits a family of four living in Richmond and making $125,000, which he says is the median income for an American two-income professional couple. This hypothetical (I assume) family owns a home worth $450,000 on which it owes $266,000. It also owes $34,000 in loans on two cars. The cars and its other personal property are worth $45,00. Finally, the couple has savings and investments that add up to $76,000.

The young couple believes its net worth to be about $270,000, the amount by which its assets exceeds its liabilities -- the debt on the house and the cars. But this calculation fails to consider the household's portion of federal, local, and state debt and unfunded government financial commitments.

That amount, according to Ken, is $1,069,100. If it's considered a liability, the family is suddenly almost $800,000 in the hole.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Obama's ShoreBank: #teaparty

Obama's ShoreBank: Jeremiah Wright's $10 Million Cash Machine: "Scum is too kind a word to use to describe the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright. Here is a man who lives in the lap of luxury, surrounded by the very white people he claims to despise. A man who hypocritically uses a lily-white firm to shelter and protect his own millions, though he preaches a poisonous form of Marxism and wealth redistribution for others."

Friday, June 25, 2010

The Reason Why Dems Amnesty Want for Illegals #teaparty

Loosened fed policy to help Iraqi refugees | #teaparty

Loosened fed policy to help Iraqi refugees | detnews.com | The Detroit News: "Refugees from Iraq can again settle in southeastern Michigan, provided they have relatives or at least friends in the area.
A federal policy change, effective immediately, loosens two-year-old guidelines limiting refugees from moving here except in 'family reunion' cases where they have close relatives in the region.
'This placement restriction is modified to allow the placement of any refugees in the Detroit metro region who have ties there,' Terry Rusch, director of the Office of Admissions Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, wrote in a memo to local state department agencies."

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Even His Supporters Are Noticing: Obama Never Fails To Disappoint - #teaparty

Even His Supporters Are Noticing: Obama Never Fails To Disappoint - IBD - Investors.com: "Back then, this administration was supposed to be the new technocracy — cool, calm and credentialed chaps who would sit down, use their mighty intellects to provide a rigorous, post-partisan, forensic analysis of the problem, and then break for their Vanity Fair photo shoot."

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Power Line - A Reader Does the Math

Power Line - A Reader Does the Math: "Modern politics consists largely of promoting the interests of those who are aware they are getting money, in opposition to those who don't realize they are paying it. Here, I am not sure how the 40% was calculated, but it is likely that most of those who have a stake in BP don't even know it, because it is part of a mutual fund or pension fund. So the administration can take credit for 'creating' the $20 billion fund without worrying about which Americans contributed to it." #teaparty

Monday, June 14, 2010

U.S. pays $400M in bonuses to federal employees in 2009 | dailyrecord.com | Daily Record

U.S. pays $400M in bonuses to federal employees in 2009 | dailyrecord.com | Daily Record: "The Obama Administration handed out more than $400 million in awards to federal employees last year, up by more than $80 million from the prior year, according to new government data." #teaparty

FOXNews.com - Pelosi's New District Office Costs $18,736 a Month

FOXNews.com - Pelosi's New District Office Costs $18,736 a Month: "The House Speaker's district office in the new federal building in San Francisco costs a whopping $18,736 a month -- the highest rental paid by any member of the House -- or, more precisely, the highest rental paid by taxpayers on behalf of a member of the House. The rental price was reported by Roll Call on Monday."

Friday, June 11, 2010

Dorothy Rabinowitz: The Alien in the White House - WSJ.com

Dorothy Rabinowitz: The Alien in the White House - WSJ.com: "A great part of America now understands that this president's sense of identification lies elsewhere, and is in profound ways unlike theirs. He is hard put to sound convincingly like the leader of the nation, because he is, at heart and by instinct, the voice mainly of his ideological class. He is the alien in the White House, a matter having nothing to do with delusions about his birthplace cherished by the demented fringe."

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Welcome to Venezuela: FTC Proposes Federalizing Newspapers, and Killing off Blogs

Welcome to Venezuela: FTC Proposes Federalizing Newspapers, and Killing off Blogs: "Writing at Business Insider, Jeff Jarvis describes the next stage of the administration's systematic obliteration of the Constitution: federalizing newspapers and killing blogs. The Federal Trade Commission has posted its 'potential policy recommendations to support the reinvention of journalism', which is not only an unprecedented federal overreach, but truly a repudiation of the First Amendment itself."

Power Line - The Asher doctrine applied

Power Line - The Asher doctrine applied: "1. 'Guam is sinking.' Rep. Hank Johnson (D., Ga.) said it, that's good enough for me.

2. 'Aliens visit earth, stalk Denis Kucinich.' After all, Rep. Denis Kucinich (D., Ohio) says it's true.

3. 'Robert Mugabe is blameless in Zimbabwe's collapse.' Nothing to see here: Forget the famine, forget the thuggery, forget the hyperinflation. Mugabe was just righting wrongs. After all, Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D., Ga.) said so.

4. 'Television broadcasts began years earlier than we realized.' After all, Joe Biden said Franklin D. Roosevelt got on TV to explain the stock market crash in 1929, even though commercial broadcasts only began the next decade."

Monday, May 24, 2010

� President Obama Deeply Connected To Organizers Of Recent Angry Street Mob Actions - Big Government

� President Obama Deeply Connected To Organizers Of Recent Angry Street Mob Actions - Big Government: "President Obama has long standing and deep relationships with these people, who organize law breaking mob actions on the streets of America.
More than one of these groups and their organizers have visited the Obama White House more than once, begging the question regarding these protest “actions”- what did the President know and when did he know it?
If the President of the United States is using the powers of the Executive Branch of government to help coordinate/facilitate mob actions against American citizens, would that be an impeachable offense? Would it at least warrant a couple of questions from the alleged White House Press Corps?"

� Financial Regulatory Reform: Missing an Obvious Target - Big Government

� Financial Regulatory Reform: Missing an Obvious Target - Big Government: "Of all of the bailouts handed over to private banks, investment firms, automobile companies and insurance companies, none have been more outrageous than the bailouts provided to Fannie Mae and it’s first cousin, Freddie Mac.� Although the government very belatedly seized these GSEs, taxpayer money continues to be provided to these hybrid public‑private creations right under our collective noses each and every day.� The Congressional pontificators have focused attention on every miscreant except the one they (or their predecessors) created and which they continue to feed."

No more police escorts for union thugs | Washington Examiner

No more police escorts for union thugs | Washington Examiner: "As the noise levels rise and demonstrators start banging on your front door, you begin to fear that something very bad is about to happen. Then you spot the police cars, and relief floods over you. 'At least the cops will keep things under control,' you tell yourself. But your relief is shattered when you realize the cops you thought were there to protect you are actually from another jurisdiction and they are there because they escorted the mob to your address."

Teachers Seek $23b- Lifeline or Bailout? � Liveshots

Teachers Seek $23b- Lifeline or Bailout? � Liveshots: "The Keep Our Educators Working Act has garnered support from some predictable quarters – and opposition from some surprising ones.� Interviewed in Minneapolis during a nationwide tour of beleaguered local school districts, many of which are already laying off teachers and closing down vital programs, Randi Weingarten, herself a former teacher and now president of the 1.4 million-member American Federation of Teachers, told Fox News the $23 billion is urgently needed to avert further “draconian” measures."

Friday, May 21, 2010

Chicago Boyz #teaparty The trend to cash medical practice

Chicago Boyz � Blog Archive � The trend to cash medical practice: "The reason why I believe this trend is growing rapidly is that some states, like Massachusetts, plan to pass laws requiring doctors to accept Medicare as a condition of licensure. If they were not worried, why write a law about it ? Medicare has a provision that they determine the price and there are no extra charges allowed."

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Crony Capitalism -- Statistical Evidence that the Government and the Investment Banks Have Rigged the Stock Market

Crony Capitalism -- Statistical Evidence that the Government and the Investment Banks Have Rigged the Stock Market: "Earlier this week, financial news junkies heard that investment banking giants Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan achieved improbable proprietary trading performances this past quarter. Each had a record number of profitable, prop-trading days: all of them."

Monday, May 10, 2010

Fannie Lost $13.1 Billion In 1Q, Needs Another $8.4 Billion Infusion - FOXBusiness.com

Fannie Lost $13.1 Billion In 1Q, Needs Another $8.4 Billion Infusion - FOXBusiness.com: "Mortgage giant Fannie Mae (FNM: 1.06, 0.04, 3.92%) bled another $13.1 billion during the first quarter, prompting the U.S.-owned company to request another $8.4 billion cash infusion from the Treasury Department."

Thursday, May 6, 2010

U.S. taxpayers are helping finance Greek bailout | The Daily Caller - Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment

U.S. taxpayers are helping finance Greek bailout | The Daily Caller - Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment: "Congress didn’t learn their lesson after the $700 billion failed bank bailout and let world leaders shake down U.S taxpayers for international bailout money at the G-20 conference in April 2009. G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors asked the United States, the IMF’s largest contributor, for a whopping $108 billion to rescue bankers around the world and the Obama Administration quickly obliged."

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Google Reader (1000 )

Google Reader (1000 ):#teaparty "It seems Big Labor’s glory days have passed them by and that’s fueling their effort to pass state laws, such as in Wisconsin, ordering the teaching of “the history of organized labor in America and the collective bargaining process,” according to the bill recently signed by Gov. Jim Doyle."

Hedge funds donate big to Democrats - The Hill's On The Money

Hedge funds donate big to Democrats - The Hill's On The Money: "The top 10 highest-paid hedge fund managers in 2009 have dished out campaign contributions almost only to Democrats.

Over their lifetimes, those managers have given almost $33 million in campaign contributions to Democrats, according to research by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and that is based on data maintained by the nonpartisan CQMoneyline."

Sunday, May 2, 2010

You Can Feed the Crocodile... - Mark Steyn - #teaparty

You Can Feed the Crocodile... - Mark Steyn - The Corner on National Review Online: "The dark green Nissan Pathfinder with tinted windows was parked near the junction of 45th Street and Broadway.

The location is also adjacent to the Viacom building, fuelling speculation that it might be linked to the company's controversial South Park cartoon which recently depicted Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit."

Fair Game - At G.M., Repaying Taxpayers With Their Own Cash - NYTimes.com

Fair Game - At G.M., Repaying Taxpayers With Their Own Cash - NYTimes.com: "Truth seekers the nation over, therefore, are indebted to Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, who in recent days uncovered what he called a government-enabled “TARP money shuffle.” It relates to General Motors, which on April 21 paid the balance of its $6.7 billion loan under the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

G.M. trumpeted its escape from the program as evidence that it had turned the corner in its operations. “G.M. is able to repay the taxpayers in full, with interest, ahead of schedule, because more customers are buying vehicles like the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse,” boasted Edward E. Whitacre Jr., its chief executive."

Power Line - Investigate this

Power Line - Investigate this: "GM's fraudulent public relations blitz took place with the support of the Obama administration, up to and including Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner. Geithner's participation makes his tax cheating and related testimony pale in comparison.

In retrospect, it is obvious that GM undertook the blitz at the behest of the Obama administration. It is symptomatic of the era of national socialism in which we find ourselves, and for which GM is a leading indicator."

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Grateful for ObamaCare, drug lobby goes to bat for Harry Reid | Washington Examiner

Grateful for ObamaCare, drug lobby goes to bat for Harry Reid | Washington Examiner: "You catch that part at the end, where the ad for Harry Reid, facing the toughest reelection of his life, was paid for by PhRMA — the drug lobby. And check these numbers from 2009, showing that PhRMA spent more than any single-industry lobby — or the numbers from 2010’s first quarter showing the same thing."

Thursday, April 29, 2010

� Dodd Talks Transparency, Dwells in Secrecy - Big Government

� Dodd Talks Transparency, Dwells in Secrecy - Big Government: "That lucrative 2002 transaction came the year after Dodd wangled a full presidential pardon from Bill Clinton on his last day in office for Dodd’s friend and Kessinger’s business partner, New York boulevardier and convicted inside trader Edward Downe.� Downe had introduced Dodd and Kessinger, and served as a witness on the deed conveying Kessinger’s 2/3 interest to Dodd for far less than its value. In the 1980s, Downe subsidized and c0-owned a Washington condominium with Dodd until the investigation of Downe’s insider trading began to get hot."

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Power Line - Investigate this

Power Line - Investigate this: "Whitacre omitted two facts that rendered his column highly misleading. They are the kind of omissions that constitute securities fraud when made by a company in connection with the purchase or sale of a security or when a company reports its financial results"

House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans Press Release :: Documents Show Companies See Incentive in Dropping Health Coverage

House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans Press Release :: Documents Show Companies See Incentive in Dropping Health Coverage: "“Turns out ObamaCare means if you like your health plan you can lose it. The president didn’t have to actually strong-arm companies into dumping their employee health insurance because his bill carried financial incentives to virtually guarantee that result,” Barton said. “But something’s very wrong when, like AT&T found out, paying $600 million in penalties will allow you to stop paying $2.4 billion for insurance, leaving both workers and taxpayers stuck. I suppose we can’t know for some years how many thousands, hundreds of thousands or even millions of workers will lose their company insurance because of health care reform, but I know that it will be a breach of faith for most of them and a tragedy for some.”"

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Power Line - Demonizing Goldman Sachs

Power Line - Demonizing Goldman Sachs: "I'm not a particular fan of either Goldman Sachs or Congress, but today's hearing confirms that, given a choice, I'd rather have Goldman Sachs regulating Congress than Congress regulating Goldman Sachs. Goldman's employees are much smarter, considerably more honest, and far more likely to have my interests at heart."

Monday, April 26, 2010

EDITORIAL: Government Motors repayment fraud - Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Government Motors repayment fraud - Washington Times: "General Motors lost $3.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2009 and is still struggling to reorganize so the company can try to eke out a profit. This grim reality didn't stop GM from making hay last week for supposedly paying back a $6.7 billion government loan five years ahead of schedule. What was left unsaid was that the automaker used another kitty of taxpayer cash to pay off the earlier government loan. This is an accounting shell game, not progress."

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Counter Revolution

Counter Revolution: "No federal government has damaged the American free market more than this one. No federal government has stolen more employment, more freedom, more private property -- from this and future generations -- than this one. No government has created more regulations, more unconstitutional dictates, more -- dare I say it -- slavery than this one."

Thursday, April 22, 2010

What the Goldman, Sachs scandal is about � Spengler | A First Things Blog

What the Goldman, Sachs scandal is about � Spengler | A First Things Blog: "Now, let me see–do I have enough fingers and toes to work this one out?–the governments are issuing gigantic amounts of debt to bail out the banks. The banks are making money levering up this debt, so it looks like there’s no more problem in the financial system. So to reduce the debt of governments, we should tax the banks’ balance sheet, which have ballooned as the banks bought government debt with zero-interest financing from the government, and made lots of profits…"

Earth Day Philly Style - The Philadelphia Bulletin Archives

Earth Day Philly Style - The Philadelphia Bulletin Archives: "Ira Einhorn was arrested for murder March 28, 1979, the day the Three Mile Island nuclear plant accident occurred. Ira Einhorn, environmentalist, was charged with murder during the same period as one of the greatest environmental accidents in United States history.

But the real irony is that more people died in the apartment of Ira Einhorn, co-founder of Earth Day than at Three Mile Island. The environmentalist killed more people than the so-called environmental disaster.

Happy Earth Day."

Sunday, April 18, 2010

American Power: Obama's Socialism in America: UPDATED!!


American Power: Obama's Socialism in America: UPDATED!!: "If the left understands anything, it is that in order for their ideology and its promised utopia to be born, they must thoroughly destroy America and undermine everything America stands for in the world. Once that has been accomplished, then their way is clear. Of course, they truly believe they will be able to control the Islamist genie they have encouraged, appeased and enabled along the way. That's why they are so nonchalant about terrorism and the threat of Islamic jihad. First, they see themselves on the same side politically; and second, they believe they won't have any trouble stopping the Jihad once they are in power. What's the big deal? They also intend to roll back the rising seas, stop global warming, and heal the planet, after all."


Another screw-up heard from: DemCare Bill forgot to include a religious exemption clause

Another screw-up heard from: DemCare Bill forgot to include a religious exemption clause: "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as DemCare, has all sorts of hidden secrets. The immense and hastily drafted law, passed through the Senate on Christmas Eve with bribes aplenty, has hundreds of new mandates and some accidental omissions."

Monday, April 12, 2010

SEIU invested tens of millions on Obama and DemCare in order to replenish its woefully underfunded pensions -- on your dime

SEIU invested tens of millions on Obama and DemCare in order to replenish its woefully underfunded pensions -- on your dime: "The SEIU spent $85 million on Barack Obama's campaign and millions more on pushing for DemCare. Among its biggest rewards will be millions of medical civil servants -- and millions of new, dues-paying members. The Wall Street Journal's September 10, 2009 op-ed ('Read the Union Health-Care Label -- Get ready for Detroit-style labor relations in our hospitals'), describes state-run health care as opening 'the door to implement forced unionization schemes' by reclassifying in-home health-care (and child-care) contractors as union members."

Federal Eye - GAO: Postal Service business 'not viable'

Federal Eye - GAO: Postal Service business 'not viable': "Potter and his colleagues estimate the Postal Service will lose a record $7 billion in the fiscal year that ends in September and could lose at least $238 billion in the next decade if Congress fails to act."

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Lori Swanson: Bush vs. the American citizen | StarTribune.com

Lori Swanson: Bush vs. the American citizen | StarTribune.com: "Last week the Bush administration prescribed a bad dose of medicine: the creation of new federal agencies that would diminish the ability of state governments to protect their citizens."

Guess what? Lori supports Obamacare now!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Congratulations, Taxpayer! You Own a Volt! - Henry Payne - Planet Gore on National Review Online

Congratulations, Taxpayer! You Own a Volt! - Henry Payne - Planet Gore on National Review Online: "As part of his oil drilling scheme Wednesday, President Obama also announced that Washington will “purchase the first 100 plug-in electric vehicles to roll off an American assembly line.” The only model that fits that description is the Chevy Volt. At $40,000 a pop, that’s another $4 million out of the taxpayer’s wallet."

Thursday, April 1, 2010

American Thinker: Cloward-Piven Government

American Thinker: Cloward-Piven Government: "Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven were two lifelong members of Democratic Socialists of America who taught sociology at Columbia University (Piven later went on to City University of New York). In a May 1966 Nation magazine article titled 'The Weight of the Poor,' they outlined their strategy, proposing to use grassroots radical organizations to push ever more strident demands for public services at all levels of government."

Institute for Energy Research

Institute for Energy Research :Obama Energy Announcement: More Imported Oil, Less Domestic Production, Fewer Jobs: "Washington, DC – Earlier this morning, President Obama delivered remarks at Andrews Air Force Base on offshore energy exploration and production, and what a scene it was. While many newspapers and cable news pundits cheered the announcement as a positive development, we at the Institute for Energy Research caution lawmakers, the media, and the American people from rushing to conclusions until all the facts are on the table. This is a huge step backward for America’s energy security."

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Government Pay Boom - WSJ.com

The Government Pay Boom - WSJ.com: "It turns out there really is growing inequality in America. It's the 45% premium in pay and benefits that government workers receive over the poor saps who create wealth in the private economy.

And the gap is growing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), from 1998 to 2008 public employee compensation grew by 28.6%, compared with 19.3% for private workers. In the recession year of 2009, with almost no inflation and record budget deficits, more than half the states awarded pay raises to their employees."

NASA snacks cost sky-high $66 per person - Business - SunHerald.com

NASA snacks cost sky-high $66 per person - Business - SunHerald.com: "During the three-day conference, the 317 attendees snacked on “light refreshments” of soda, coffee, fruit, bagels and cookies at a cost of $62,611, according to a NASA Inspector General report. That’s $66 a day per person"

Mike rips pay-to-play amid push for probe - NYPOST.com

Mike rips pay-to-play amid push for probe - NYPOST.com: "ALBANY -- Mayor Bloomberg yesterday branded efforts by state Senate Democrats to extract $50,000 campaign contributions from union leaders 'the ultimate pay to play,' as outraged good-government groups urged a criminal probe of the blatant fund-raising demand.

'Pay to play is just something we shouldn't have,' declared Bloomberg."

Saturday, March 27, 2010

FOXNews.com - Democratic Senator: Health Care Law to Address 'Mal-Distribution of Income'

FOXNews.com - Democratic Senator: Health Care Law to Address 'Mal-Distribution of Income': "As Democrats tout the moral underpinnings of the federal health care system overhaul -- ensuring health care coverage for nearly all Americans -- one senator appeared to go off message when he said the legislation would address the 'mal-distribution of income in America.'"

Friday, March 26, 2010

AT&T sees US$1-billion health-care hit

AT&T sees US$1-billion health-care hit: "NEW YORK -- AT&T Inc said on Friday it would record a US$1- billion non-cash charge for the current quarter related to the new U.S. health care reform law, as lawmakers called on the company and three other large employers to testify about expected cost hikes."

Thursday, March 25, 2010

� 2010: A Race Odyssey — Disproving a Negative for Cash Prizes or, How the Civil Rights Movement Jumped the Shark - Big Government

� 2010: A Race Odyssey — Disproving a Negative for Cash Prizes or, How the Civil Rights Movement Jumped the Shark - Big Government: "And when they didn’t get it, they did what they always do: they lied.
Alinsky taught them well: the ends justify the means. And that’s how the Democrats play. They love using black people as symbols of oppression. They love to use them for staged rallies, staged walks and staged protests. It’s why they fought so hard to keep the heavily minority ACORN alive. They were the portable army that would cry racism in front of your place of business until the company paid them off to go away."

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Stupid

SteynOnline - Steynposts

SteynOnline - Steynposts: "Ah, that famous Canadian hospitality. One Franois Houle, Provost of the University of Ottawa, writes to warn a forthcoming visitor to the campus, Miss Ann Coulter, that Canadians enjoy only the right to government-regulated 'free speech' and that therefore she may be liable to criminal prosecution:"

Dear Ms. Coulter,

I understand that you have been invited by University of Ottawa Campus Conservatives to speak at the University of Ottawa this coming Tuesday. We are, of course, always delighted to welcome speakers on our campus and hope that they will contribute positively to the meaningful exchange of ideas that is the hallmark of a great university campus. We have a great respect for freedom of expression in Canada, as well as on our campus, and view it as a fundamental freedom, as recognized by our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I would, however, like to inform you, or perhaps remind you, that our domestic laws, both provincial and federal, delineate freedom of expression (or “free speech”) in a manner that is somewhat different than the approach taken in the United States. I therefore encourage you to educate yourself, if need be, as to what is acceptable in Canada and to do so before your planned visit here. You will realize that Canadian law puts reasonable limits on the freedom of expression. For example, promoting hatred against any identifiable group would not only be considered inappropriate, but could in fact lead to criminal charges. Outside of the criminal realm, Canadian defamation laws also limit freedom of expression and may differ somewhat from those to which you are accustomed. I therefore ask you, while you are a guest on our campus, to weigh your words with respect and civility in mind. There is a strong tradition in Canada, including at this University, of restraint, respect and consideration in expressing even provocative and controversial opinions and urge you to respect that Canadian tradition while on our campus. Hopefully, you will understand and agree that what may, at first glance, seem like unnecessary restrictions to freedom of expression do, in fact, lead not only to a more civilized discussion, but to a more meaningful, reasoned and intelligent one as well.

I hope you will enjoy your stay in our beautiful country, city and campus.

Sincerely,

François Houle
Vice-recteur aux études / Vice-President Academic and Provost
Université d’Ottawa / University of Ottawa
550, rue Cumberland Street
Ottawa (ON) K1N 6N5
téléphone / telephone : 613 562-5737
télécopieur / fax : 613 562-5103

Friday, March 19, 2010

American Thinker: Breaking the Obama Code: The Green Money Machine

American Thinker: Breaking the Obama Code: The Green Money Machine: "As a few dozen�dot-com billionaires gathered in a Palo Alto living�room�one evening in early 2007, then-Senator Obama rallied potential new donors over the speakerphone. After the call, host John Roos, a prominent lawyer, emphasized what most of his guests already knew. The clean-energy revolution was gaining momentum. The election in 2008 would be the critical moment. The ethics-based green revolution could be passed into law, and Obama was their guy. Roos raised much�money and opened many doors for Obama that evening. �In May 2009, despite initial�criticism from Japan,�Roos was given the plum appointment of U.S. Ambassador."

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Michael W. McConnell: The House Health-Care Vote and the Constitution - WSJ.com

Michael W. McConnell: The House Health-Care Vote and the Constitution - WSJ.com: "Democratic congressional leaders have floated a plan to enact health-care reform by a procedure dubbed 'the Slaughter solution.' It is named not for the political carnage that it might inflict on their members, but for Rep. Louise Slaughter (D., N.Y.), chair of the powerful House Rules Committee, who proposed it. Under her proposal, Democrats would pass a rule that deems the Senate's health-care bill to have passed the House, without the House actually voting on the bill. This would enable Congress to vote on legislation that fixes flaws in the Senate health-care bill without facing a Senate filibuster, and without ..."

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Power Line - A "proud tradition" Eric Holder did not take pride in

Power Line - A "proud tradition" Eric Holder did not take pride in: "Holder apparently failed to disclose his involvement in this brief when he was up for confirmation early last year, even though the Senate questionnaire he was required to fill out specifically requested such information and directed him to provide to the Senate Judiciary Committee copies of any briefs filed with the Supreme Court. He disclosed three amicus briefs but made no mention of this one -- or another one renewing his support for Padilla when the case returned to the Supreme Court again in late 2005. . . .Had Holder disclosed these briefs to the Senate Judiciary Committee, no doubt he would have been extensively questioned about the views expressed in them. It is disappointing, and perhaps troubling, that he did not."

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Detroit looks at downsizing to save city - Washington Times

Detroit looks at downsizing to save city - Washington Times: "The current plan would demolish about 10,000 houses and empty buildings in three years and pump new investment into stronger neighborhoods. In the neighborhoods that would be cleared, the city would offer to relocate residents or buy them out. The city could use tax foreclosure to claim abandoned property and invoke eminent domain for those who refuse to leave, much as cities now do for freeway projects."

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Organizing for America | The Talk

Organizing for America | The Talk: "Approaching your parents about who they are voting for can be intimidating if you’ve never talked about politics with them before. But this campaign has been built by supporters sharing their stories about what inspires them and why they want to see change in this country. Here are some ideas for ways you can talk to your parents about why you support Barack:"

Baucus targeted in rum dispute

Baucus targeted in rum dispute: "“This issue is about one point — the appropriate use of approximately 2.7 billion dollars in taxpayer money. This isn’t about where Diageo receives a free distillery, but about the proper use of federal tax dollars. Diageo has some explaining to do to the U.S. Congress and American people,” said Patricia M. Neal, on behalf of Bacardi Corporation."

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Ruth Marcus: The ethics watchdog is still sleeping � Redding Record Searchlight

Ruth Marcus: The ethics watchdog is still sleeping � Redding Record Searchlight: "Rangel was wrist-slapped because the committee determined that he should have known the Caribbean jaunts he went on with other members of the Congressional Black Caucus were underwritten by corporations, in violation of House rules. The New York Democrat's most serious ethics problems, trifles such as failing to declare income on taxes and financial disclosure forms, are still - what a surprise! - under review by the ethics committee."

Friday, February 26, 2010

FOXNews.com - $150M Anthrax Vaccine Contract Goes to Firm With Close Dem Party Ties

FOXNews.com - $150M Anthrax Vaccine Contract Goes to Firm With Close Dem Party Ties: "The Obama administration has steered up to $150 million in federal funding for the development and production of an anthrax vaccine to a bio-defense firm with strong Democratic Party ties, Fox News has learned.�"

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The American Spectator : White House Accused of Federal Crime in Specter, Bennet Races

The American Spectator : White House Accused of Federal Crime in Specter, Bennet Races: "Whoever solicits or receives … any….thing of value, in consideration of the promise of support or use of influence in obtaining for any person any appointive office or place under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.'�-- 18 USC Sec. 211 -- Bribery, Graft and Conflicts of Interest: Acceptance or solicitation to obtain appointive public office"

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Investors.com - Class Warfare's Next Target: 401(k) Savings

Investors.com - Class Warfare's Next Target: 401(k) Savings: "You did the responsible thing. You saved in your IRA or 401(k) to support your retirement, when you could have spent that money on another vacation, or an upscale car, or fancier clothes and jewelry. But now Washington is developing plans for your retirement savings.

BusinessWeek reports that the Treasury and Labor departments are asking for public comment on 'the conversion of 401(k) savings and Individual Retirement Accounts into annuities or other steady payment streams.'"

Top 100 Teacher Salaries For 2009 Average $160,000 | Chicago Daily Observer

Top 100 Teacher Salaries For 2009 Average $160,000 | Chicago Daily Observer: "Music Teacher Pulls Down $189,434.


Number of $100,000 School Salaries Up 10% To 12,438 In 2009.


As Illinois citizens struggle with the severe economic downturn plaguing the state, Illinois public school employees enjoy another record year of salaries, fringe benefits and pensions. See “Top 100 Teachers Salaries.”"

Power Line - Entitlements


Power Line - Entitlements: "Entitlements--Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, the creation of 'rights' without limits--are the worst idea that Congress ever came up with. Worse than the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Worse than the Smoot-Hawley tariff. Worse, even, than the NIRA. Pretty much everyone understands that entitlements are destroying the federal budget and will soon lead to the collapse of the dollar and perhaps the end of our republic. Still, hardly anyone seems willing to do anything serious to stop the runaway train. Or, in Ramirez's version, car."

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

� Teachers Unions Spends Dues on Left-Wing Causes AND Ally of Robert Mugabe - Big Government

� Teachers Unions Spends Dues on Left-Wing Causes AND Ally of Robert Mugabe - Big Government: "A recent study of contributions made by the nation’s two largest teachers unions reveals that both shelled out millions in 2008-09, with a good chunk going to radical and scandal-ridden organizations."

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The New Math: Union Pensionomics Levies Crushing Debt on State and Local Governments

The New Math: Union Pensionomics Levies Crushing Debt on State and Local Governments: "You pay a total of $124,000 into your pension plan and, upon retiring at age 49, you receive $3.3 million in pension payments and $500,000 in health care benefits. You receive $3.8 million in total on a $124,000 investment"

Friday, February 12, 2010

Big Government's Cronies by John Stossel on Creators.com - A Syndicate Of Talent

Big Government's Cronies by John Stossel on Creators.com - A Syndicate Of Talent: "Department of Energy. Standing front and center was Cathy Zoi, who oversees $16.8 billion in stimulus funds, much of it for weatherization programs that benefit Serious.
The interesting twist is that Zoi happens to be the wife of Robin Roy, who happens to be vice president of 'policy' at Serious Windows."

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Nancy Pelosi's Guest List for the State of the Union

Nancy Pelosi's Guest List for the State of the Union: "Front row of the Speaker's box.
Paul Pelosi, Jr. (Speaker's son)
Thomas D'Alesandro (Speaker's brother)
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley
Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty
Ted Kennedy, Jr.
Ophelia Dahl, Exec. Dir., Partners In Health
Barry Rand, CEO, AARP
Janet Murguia, Pres. and CEO, La Raza
Ben Jealous, Pres. and CEO, NAACP

Other guests in the Speaker's box will include:
Ambassador Elizabeth Bagley
Anna Burger, SEIU
Richard Trumka, Pres., AFL-CIO
Jim Guest, Pres. and CEO, Consumers Union

Other guests of the Speaker in the Chamber will include:
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Tom Foley"

Monday, February 1, 2010

FOXNews.com - States' Secretaries of State Are Tipping Balance of Power

FOXNews.com - States' Secretaries of State Are Tipping Balance of Power: "Since 2006 the Democracy Alliance, a left leaning influence group funded by George Soros among others, has had remarkable success in targeting and claiming Secretary of State's offices in 11 of 13 critical states they targeted, including Ohio, Minnesota and Iowa.

Called the Secretary of State Project (SOSP) its aim is to target and capture the obscure, often overlooked office and implement election rules changes that give democrats a better chance of winning a plurality. Among those changes that SOSP calls 'election protection,' are a loosening of voter registration requirements and a lessening of efforts to prevent fraudulent voting, according to Matthew Vadum, a political analyst with the Capitol Research Center."

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Gore-Backed Car Firm Gets Large U.S. Loan - WSJ.com

Gore-Backed Car Firm Gets Large U.S. Loan - WSJ.com: "WASHINGTON -- A tiny car company backed by former Vice President Al Gore has just gotten a $529 million U.S. government loan to help build a hybrid sports car in Finland that will sell for about $89,000."

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Tesla pulls in $465 million government loan to build Model S electric sedan -- Engadget

Tesla pulls in $465 million government loan to build Model S electric sedan -- Engadget: "The Detroit News is reporting that Tesla has closed on a $465 million low-cost loans from the Energy Department to work on its next electric vehicle, the Model S sedan.The funds will apparently be used by the company to build manufacturing plants in California."

Most Union Members Now Work for Government - NYTimes.com

Most Union Members Now Work for Government - NYTimes.com: "For the first time in American history, a majority of union members are government workers rather than private-sector employees, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced on Friday."

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2009 | Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2009 | Judicial Watch: "Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released its 2009 list of Washington's 'Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.' The list, in alphabetical order, includes:"

Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT)

Senator John Ensign (R-NV)

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)

Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner

Attorney General Eric Holder

Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)/ Senator Roland Burris (D-IL)

President Barack Obama

New york Times Calls Kettle Black

John Edwards Admits Fathered Mistress' Child - NYTimes.com: "His personal and political fortunes changed after the tabloid newspaper National Enquirer began reporting on his affair with Hunter, a campaign videographer in 2007."

They failed to mention the NY Times did not report n Edwards' deceitful ways.

John Edwards Admits Fathered Mistress' Child - NYTimes.com

John Edwards Admits Fathered Mistress' Child - NYTimes.com: "Media reports have said Edwards is facing a federal grand jury investigation into whether he misused campaign money in an attempt to keep Hunter and word of their affair quiet"

Friday, January 15, 2010

Unions nab sweetheart health-care deal - NYPOST.com

Unions nab sweetheart health-care deal - NYPOST.com: "Big Labor got some big love from President Obama and congressional Democrats yesterday after they agreed to exempt union workers from the whopping “Cadillac tax” on high-cost health-care plans until 2018.

The sweetheart deal, hammered out behind closed doors, will save union employees at least $60 billion over the years involved, while others won't be as lucky -- they'll have to cough up almost $90 billion."

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Michael J. Boskin: Don't Like the Numbers? Change 'Em - WSJ.com

Michael J. Boskin: Don't Like the Numbers? Change 'Em - WSJ.com: "Politicians and scientists who don't like what their data show lately have simply taken to changing the numbers. They believe that their end—socialism, global climate regulation, health-care legislation, repudiating debt commitments, la gloire fran�aise—justifies throwing out even minimum standards of accuracy. It appears that no numbers are immune: not GDP, not inflation, not budget, not job or cost estimates, and certainly not temperature. A CEO or CFO issuing such massaged numbers would land in jail."

Economic Stimulus Funds Went to Climategate Scientist

Economic Stimulus Funds Went to Climategate Scientist: "Washington, DC - In the face of rising unemployment and record-breaking deficits, policy experts at the National Center for Public Policy Research are criticizing the Obama Administration for awarding a half million dollar grant from the economic stimulus package to Penn State Professor Michael Mann, a key figure in the Climategate controversy."

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Illegal To Defend Yourself in Britain?

Myleene Klass warned by police after scaring off intruders with knife - Telegraph: "Miss Klass, 31, who was alone in her house in Potters Bar, Herts, with her two-year-old daughter, Ava, called the police. When they arrived at her house they informed her that she should not have used a knife to scare off the youths because carrying an 'offensive weapon' – even in her own home – was illegal."

Friday, January 1, 2010

How Much Of This PC Are We Going To Take?

Ann Coulter : Ivana Trump Escorted Off Plane: Napolitano Declares 'The System Worked' - Townhall.com: "Since Muslims took down Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, every attack on a commercial airliner has been committed by foreign-born Muslim men with the same hair color, eye color and skin color. Half of them have been named Mohammed.

An alien from the planet 'Not Politically Correct' would have surveyed the situation after 9/11 and said: 'You are at war with an enemy without uniforms, without morals, without a country and without a leader -- but the one advantage you have is they all look alike. ... What? ... What did I say?'"