Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Because of caring people and a caring company, a terminally ill little Green Forest girl was flown home Friday by air ambulance from M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, so she can spend her last days surrounded by the people who love her most.
Jada Harper, who turned seven on Sept. 1, has an inoperable malignant tumor in her brain and is in a coma with a ventilator doing her breathing for her. She has been at the famous cancer center in Houston since July, but her situation is now at the point not much else can be done to help her.
Friday afternoon, Jada was flown home to the Ozarks — on a gurney, attached to the machine that breathes for her. FedEx Freight paid the $11,000 bill for the special medical flight her family was unable to afford.
I really can't add much to this.
As a parent, I can appreciate the gesture Fed-Ex did here. To have your child dying is a horror in itself. To be away from family and friends during the ordeal only adds to it. The expense of this trip is something most working families could not afford, we wouldn't be able to.
So hat's off to Fed-Ex
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
How much have you heard about the riots, er, I mean political demonstrations in Pittsburgh this last weekend?
The city police had to battle with leftist anarchists smashing windows and creating general mayhem.
This is a story largely ignored by the media yet put a grandmother or a soccer mom at a health care town rally and have them say they think socialized medicine is a bad idea and the media has a story to fill the summer.
See any disparity here?
Finally, where is Nancy Pelosi, or Steny Hoyer, or Harry Reid, or David Axelrod, or Rahm Emanuel, or Barack Obama, or Robert Gibbs, or...you get the point. Having Grandpa stand up and express concern about losing his health insurance and Grandpa is un-American but none of these people had a problem with bored little rich liberals trashing a beautiful city.
Just more evidence that liberals and their PR wing the main stream media are all mentally ill.
Monday, September 28, 2009
The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a "poll" posted on Facebook that asked users the most unsocial, unspeakable question: Should President Obama be assassinated?
Edwin Donovan, a spokesman for the Secret Service, said the agency will take "appropriate investigative steps" in connection to the survey, which was posted on Saturday and was quickly removed when Facebook employees were alerted to its existence.
"We are continuing our investigation," Donovan told FOXNews.com, declining further comment.
The poll asked respondents: "Should Obama be killed?"
The possible answers were "no," "maybe," yes," and "yes if he cuts my health care."
I would like to hope no one agrees with the poll. We can dislike the man, we can think what we want about him, but wishing a US President dead is going too far.
My questions are:
-What are the limits on free speech?
-Should they be limited on a privately owned network like this?
-How much damage does this do to the conservative cause?
-What are the odds this is a liberal or Democratic operative trying to make conservatives look bad?
Finally there is this:
Bob Beckel, a Democratic Party strategist and FOX News contributor, said the individual responsible for the poll should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
"This is the kind of garbage that's generated from the extreme right against Obama, and it's going way over the line," Beckel told FOXNews.com. "It's got to be stopped. Find him, prosecute him and put him in jail."
Now, Bob Beckel's an idiot. With that said, I have to agree that the person needs to be investigated and prosecuted if warranted. I do have one more question though:
-Will Bob Beckel make just as public a demand for prosecution 'to the furthest extent of the law' if it turns out it is a Dem causing trouble?
Fearful that they're losing ground on immigration and health care, a group of House Democrats is pushing back and arguing that any health care bill should extend to all legal immigrants and allow illegal immigrants some access, The Washington Times reported on Monday.
The Democrats, trying to stiffen their party's spines on the contentious issue, say it's unfair to bar illegal immigrants from paying their own way in a government-sponsored exchange. Legal immigrants, they say, regardless of how long they've been in the United States, should be able to get government-subsidized health care if they meet the other eligibility requirements.
"Legal permanent residents should be able to purchase their plans, and they should also be eligible for subsidies if they need it. Undocumented, if they can afford it, should be able to buy their own private plans. It keeps them out of the emergency room," said Rep. Michael M. Honda, California Democrat and chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.
Honda was joined by more than 20 of his colleagues in two letters laying out the demands.
Coverage for immigrants is one of the thorniest issues in the health care debate, and one many Democratic leaders would like to avoid. But immigrant rights groups and the Democrats who sent the letters say they have to take a stand now.
The emphasised part is my favorite. Now I'm not as smart as some fancy Congressman but I have to wonder, isn't keeping illegals out of the country the best way to keep them out of the ER?
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Barack Obama, 9/20/09
Okay, now let me put the comment into context. This is the section of the interview with George Stephanopoulus that contains the quote.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You were against the individual mandate...
STEPHANOPOULOS: ...during the campaign. Under this mandate, the government is forcing people to spend money, fining you if you don’t. How is that not a tax?
OBAMA: Well, hold on a second, George. Here -- here's what's happening. You and I are both paying $900, on average -- our families -- in higher premiums because of uncompensated care. Now what I've said is that if you can't afford health insurance, you certainly shouldn't be punished for that. That's just piling on. If, on the other hand, we're giving tax credits, we've set up an exchange, you are now part of a big pool, we've driven down the costs, we've done everything we can and you actually can afford health insurance, but you've just decided, you know what, I want to take my chances. And then you get hit by a bus and you and I have to pay for the emergency room care, that's...
STEPHANOPOULOS: That may be, but it's still a tax increase.
OBAMA: No. That's not true, George. The -- for us to say that you've got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase. What it's saying is, is that we're not going to have other people carrying your burdens for you anymore than the fact that right now everybody in America, just about, has to get auto insurance. Nobody considers that a tax increase. People say to themselves, that is a fair way to make sure that if you hit my car, that I'm not covering all the costs.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But it may be fair, it may be good public policy...
OBAMA: No, but -- but, George, you -- you can't just make up that language and decide that that's called a tax increase. Any...
STEPHANOPOULOS: Here’s the...
OBAMA: What -- what -- if I -- if I say that right now your premiums are going to be going up by 5 or 8 or 10 percent next year and you say well, that's not a tax increase; but, on the other hand, if I say that I don't want to have to pay for you not carrying coverage even after I give you tax credits that make it affordable, then...
STEPHANOPOULOS: I -- I don't think I'm making it up. Merriam Webster's Dictionary: Tax -- "a charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes."
OBAMA: George, the fact that you looked up Merriam's Dictionary, the definition of tax increase, indicates to me that you're stretching a little bit right now. Otherwise, you wouldn't have gone to the dictionary to check on the definition. I mean what...
First, the administration calls anyone opposing his views as crazy, hysterical, wrong, far-right. Supporters of the administration accuse any opponents as racist. Now Obama accuses George Stephanopoulos, who is about as far left as you can get, as "stretching" when he confronts him with the actual definition of a tax.
It has gotten to where there is not a debate. There is only opposition to Obama and Obama ignoring the opposition and doing whatever in the Hell he feels like doing. If confronted about this, he simply gives whoever it is the finger and goes about his business. The arrogance is getting old real fast.
The one bright spot from all of this is that the honeymoon between him and the media may be ending as evidenced by this exchange. As I said, it's hard to get left of Stphanopoulos. I think the fringe media is getting just as tired of the arrogance and "go to Hell" attitude of this administration as the rest of us.
As an aside, I was watching Fox News Monday morning and there was a debate over this exchange and whether it is a tax increase. Bob Beckel, liberal Fox analyst and Obama apologist, was arguing that Stephanopoulos was wrong and this was not a tax increase. Once he ran out of arguments for how this was not an increase in costs to tax payers, he resorted to making fun of Stephanopoulos' name. Considering that Stephanopoulos is Greek, how is this not racist?
Saturday, September 26, 2009
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
Read the rest of the article, it's quite enlightening. I thought this paragraph said it all though.
Friday, September 25, 2009
I did a scan of the web sites of ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Yahoo, and Google News as of this writing and this is how the story of the school kids in New Jersey singing the praises of Obama is being covered by these news organizations.
Elementary School Students Taught Pro-Obama Songs
They did not have this as any kind of headline. It was, ironically, on the sidebar in the "Most Popular" list of stories. This is how they covered it though:
A video showing elementary school students learning songs praising Barack Obama for his "great accomplishments" and efforts to "make this country's economy No. 1 again" is generating anger from conservatives today.
I have seen several parents interviewed on Fox at this point and they have not actually given any real indication of what their political leanings are. In fact the latest woman I saw interviewed said it was inappropriate to do this with any President.
Well, that's it. At this point in time this is the only article I found.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
G-20 opponents, police clash on Pittsburgh streets
PITTSBURGH – Police fired canisters of pepper spray and smoke at marchers protesting the Group of 20 summit Thursday after anarchists responded to calls to disperse by rolling trash bins and throwing rocks.
The marchers did not have a permit and, after a few blocks, police declared it an unlawful assembly. They played an announcement over a loudspeaker telling people to leave or face arrest and then police in riot gear moved in to break it up.
Protesters split into smaller groups. Some rolled large metal trash bins toward police, and a man in a black hooded sweat shirt threw rocks at a police car, breaking the front windshield. Protesters broke windows in a few businesses, including a bank branch and a Boston Market restaurant.
The sad thing is that as far as these economic conference protests go, this appeared fairly peaceful.
The question is, how long are we going to continue tolerating this behavior before putting an end to it?
The police are told to stand aside and let these people run wild. It's the same in riots. We don't want any innocent protesters injured, do we?
I think this is nonsense. We need to take a tough stance on any of these types of violent outbursts. These people, as are rioters, are terrorists and need to be treated as such.
I have a simple solution.
-Set aside a high school gymnasium as a processing center for arrests
-Bring in the National Guard
-Cordon off the area
-Announce that all who are there are there illegally and give them a set amount of time, maybe 10 - 15 minutes to peacefully leave the area
-After this time has expired send in the National Guard to arrest anyone left in the area. If the protesters get hurt, it was their decision.
I know some will say, but what about the tea partiers or health care reform protesters? The difference is in the violence. I view all people who commit violence as a form of protest the same. If tea partiers start burning cars, throwing rocks at police, smashing windows, then treat them the same.
More importantly though, have we seen any of these groups doing this? Anyone else noting that it is only the libs acting like animals like this?
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Conservatives are up in arms about the appointment of Kevin Jennings, Obama's director of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, saying he is too radical for the job.
This man is the director of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools. He has:
-Written about his past drug use, without any appearance of remorse
"I got stoned more often and went out to the beach at Bellows, overlooking Honolulu Harbor and the lights of the city, to drink with my buddies on Friday and Saturday nights, spending hours watching the planes take off and land at the airport, which is actually quite fascinating when you are drunk and stoned."
-Had an underage student tell him he is having sex with an adult male and did not report it
"Out spilled a story about his involvement with an older man he had met in Boston. I listened, sympathized, and offered advice. He left my office with a smile on his face that I would see every time I saw him on the campus for the next two years, until he graduated."
(Note that he said "for the next two years" which means not only was the kid underaged, he was likely only 15 or 16 years old at the time)
What the Hell in these two things qualifies this man to be the director of either safe or drug free schools?
I just don't know what to think anymore. Every time we think we have heard about idiocy from this administration they go out and outdo themselves. The question has to be asked, just how damned stupid can this administration get? Is there a bottom for them?
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Well, this is going to make David Paterson a lot of friends in the White House, as he tries to put himself in the president's shoes:
"If you look at it from their perspective, they haven’t exactly been able to govern in the first year of their administration in the way that other administrations have, where you would have, theoretically, a period in which the new administration is allowed to pass the needed pieces of legislation."
One of the things that has made the White House angriest at Paterson is his linking his woes to the president's. The last time was about race, of course, which made it worse
Quite frankly I think Governor Paterson is a nut. With that said, this is an interesting comment.
Will the Dems run against, or at least from, Obama next year if the economy remains weak and his numbers continue sliding? Stay tuned.
A school bus carrying a Texas high school swim team slid off a road and into a pond on Monday.
The swim team coach, eighteen students and the driver were able to get out of the bus and swim to safety.
The driver and five students were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries
My kids ride the bus so a bus accident is a scary thought for me. With that said, this is just too ironic to have a swim team be the ones who have their bus go into the water. My bet is that once they got over the scare of sliding in the bus, this will be something to laugh about later.
I hope none of these kids are truly injured and I hope they get back into the water soon.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Barack Obama on the ACORN controversy
This would be entirely believable except...
Mr. Obama took great pains to act as if he barely knew about Acorn. In fact, his association goes back almost 20 years. In 1991, he took time off from his law firm to run a voter-registration drive for Project Vote, an Acorn partner that was soon fully absorbed under the Acorn umbrella.
The drive registered 135,000 voters and was considered a major factor in the upset victory of Democrat Carol Moseley Braun over incumbent Democratic Senator Alan Dixon in the 1992 Democratic Senate primary.
Mr. Obama's success made him a hot commodity on the community organizing circuit. He became a top trainer at Acorn's Chicago conferences. In 1995, he became Acorn's attorney, participating in a landmark case to force the state of Illinois to implement the federal Motor Voter Law. That law's loose voter registration requirements would later be exploited by Acorn employees in an effort to flood voter rolls with fake names.
Anyone else think the fecal matter is going to hit the oscillating device on this?
The president said he is "happy to look at" bills before Congress that would give struggling news organizations tax breaks if they were to restructure as nonprofit businesses.
"I haven't seen detailed proposals yet, but I'll be happy to look at them," Obama told the editors of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Toledo Blade in an interview.
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has introduced S. 673, the so-called "Newspaper Revitalization Act," that would give outlets tax deals if they were to restructure as 501(c)(3) corporations. That bill has so far attracted one cosponsor, Cardin's Maryland colleague Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D).
One of the reasons he cited for bailing out the news media is because of concern over the rising influence of the blogosphere:
"I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, that what you will end up getting is people shouting at each other across the void but not a lot of mutual understanding,"
You can't make this up, he is concerned about "all opinions, with no serious fact checking and putting stories in context"...
So what do you think about this? Is there a concern with the federal government having control over the media by controlling it's tax-exempt status? Is this nothing more than a step towards state-run media? Is this Obama trying to control the message by supporting media friendly to him and working towards shutting down dissent on blogs?
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga, member of Congressional Black Caucus
"Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it."
“The fact that Joe Wilson is from South Carolina...it strikes a lot of people as awfully close to the idea that maybe there was some sort of racist or bigoted element there.”
David Shuster, MSNBC
"Do you think this is a race thing...I mean was it a racial thing on the part of Wilson? Was he expressing contempt for Barack Obama because of his heritage?"
Chris Matthews, MSNBC
“some of the right-wingers are always dropping subliminally racist messages.”
"Rep. Wilson's remarks were racist, disrespectful, and a disingenuous violation -- not only of President Obama -- but to the institution of the presidency..."
Danny J Bakewell Sr, Chairman, National Newspaper Publishers Association
"I think it's based on racism,"..."There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president."
This all just in the last week or so. We have now reached a point in which anything negative said about Obama, irregardless of how far from race it is about, is called racist. I have said for a year now, and believe it more than ever, that Obama and his supporters are going to damage race relations in the US.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
This article is fairly interesting but what is most interesting is what the article is not saying. Looking beyond the numbers we see correlation that could be troublesome for the Democrats.
The states that are listed in the article as having high unemployment problems are also states with Democratic Senators who's chances for re-election are a little questionable.
California, Barbara Boxer is facing a tough re-election fight.
Nevada, Harry Reid is losing by double digits.
Connecticut, Christopher Dodd has the double whammy of high unemployment and a long list of ethics problems.
New York, Kristen Gillibrand is a first termer that has had many missteps, infighting among NY Democratic party officials, and a possible nasty primary fight.
Also of special note is Indiana, while Evan Bayh is fairly popular, the voters of the state are not overwhelmingly Democratic and may be suffering buyers remorse over voting for Obama.
By my own suspicion, the Dems hold at best 2 of these 5 seats. If the GOP can get themselves together, they could retake the Senate. At the very least, the filibuster-proof majority is gone.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Fox News Ad Draws Protests
A provocative full-page newspaper ad from Fox News drew heated reactions from its rivals today and one demand that The Washington Post apologize for running it.
Over photos of protesters gathering for an "anti-tax" rally in Washington last Saturday, the ad asked: "How Did ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and CNN Miss This Story?"
ABC spokesman Jeffrey Schneider described the ad as "outrageous and false." NBC spokeswoman Lauren Kapp said that "the facts . . . prove it wrong." CNN spokeswoman Edie Emery called the ad "blatantly false."
Fox's view is that the ad refers to the other networks' missing the larger story, not failing to cover the demonstration itself -- although the photos suggest that the headline refers to the protest. "Generally speaking," Michael Tammero, Fox News's vice president of marketing, said in a statement, "it's fair to say that from the tea party movement . . . to ACORN . . . to the march on 9/12, the networks either ignored the story, marginalized it or misrepresented the significance of it altogether."
It's about time the fringe media has a spotlight shone on them.
This is actually going to be a study in irony though. Fox will get attacked by the media and the rest of the left for being misleading and false but the discussion will turn to the fact that the media are shills for the Obama and the left. The best defense of this for the rest of the media would be to leave it alone but they won't. This my friends is called arrogance and it is what will bring the fringe media down.
President Obama said this week that his health care plan won't cover illegal immigrants, but argued that's all the more reason to legalize them and ensure they eventually do get coverage
He also staked out a position that anyone in the country legally should be covered - a major break with the 1996 welfare reform bill, which limited most federal public assistance programs only to citizens and longtime immigrants
It's brilliant. To keep from insuring illegals, we will give them citizenship. See, Obama didn't lie in his speech to Congress when he said he would not insure illegals. In his country there will be no illegal aliens.
This passage explains it all for you:
On Wednesday, hours before Mr. Obama's speech, the NCLR (National Council of La Raza) had given the administration a public scolding, demanding that Mr. Obama needed to make "a public commitment ... to ensure that those who are here legally are covered."
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Look at these passages:
The House ethics committee announced Wednesday that it is extending probes into two lawmakers -- Democrat Maxine Waters of California and Republican Sam Graves of Missouri -- in unrelated cases while it deferred investigation into a case involving Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
In a news release the panel said the committee extended the probe into Graves for 45 days even though the Office of Congressional Ethics did not find a "substantial reason to believe" that the lawmaker was guilty of any misconduct and had found information "that may contain exculpatory evidence" which was never provided to Graves.
A statement by the panel on Waters gave no indication what the probe was covering, but it is possible that Waters is under investigation for her role in the decision to provide $12 million in federal bailout funds to OneUnited Bank, where her husband, Sidney Williams, had served on the board and owned a minimum of $500,000 in stock in 2007
So, they extended a probe against Waters who appears to have broken laws and at the same time extended one against Graves even though it appears he is innocent?
Anyone else think this stinks?
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
"This is about the rules of this House and reprehensible conduct."
House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C.
Just to be clear, he was talking about reprimanding Joe Wilson (R, SC) for having the poor taste of pointing out that President Obama was being less than truthful in his speech last Wednesday night.
Now you can all sleep tight knowing that the Democrats in the House are looking out for the integrity of our federal government and keeping men like Joe Wilson under tight wraps.
It is nice to see that we have such ethical people looking out for us
I didn't like all of Patrick Swayze's movies, some were a little too much fluff for me. I always liked him though and thought he seemed like a good man.
He leaves behind a wife of 34 years. The fact that they were married for so long is a feat almost unheard of in Hollywood.
More than anything though, I thought he handled his cancer diagnosis with a lot of bravery and class, at least publicly. I developed a considerable amount of respect for him on how he carried himself at the end.
May his family find some peace eventually.
Monday, September 14, 2009
This is a video of CNN trying to cover the Tea Partiers in DC. The crowd gave them a nice piece of their mind, chanting "Tell the truth". Watch the video first please.
So, the question is simple this week.
One gets the impression watching the video that the on air people in this video really don't get it. They seem to not be able to see that their coverage of the news is incredibly slanted and that the issue is actually with these far right nuts who are not seeing the truth.
So: Are they really that stupid? Do they really believe that they are a fair network? Or, is this just on air posturing? What do you think?
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Joe Wilson (R-SC)
By now it is unlikely that anyone reading this post has not heard about the quote.
For the record, I do not think he should have done it in the House. It may be true but there should be a sense of decorum. I don't think Obama has much respect for the office of the Presidency but the rest of us should maintain it.
With this said, let me address a few points:
-The House of Representatives wants to censor him.
This is laughable considering top leadership Nancy Hoyer and Steny Hoyer wrote an op-ed, under their official name, calling American citizens un-American for exercising their freedom of speech rights.
-This is major news story
The media did not talk about the contradictions in Obama's speech, they did not talk about the lack of details, they did not talk about the fact that the bill actually did allow for covering illegals, they talked about 2 little words. Why, because it was a distraction. They are emotionally unable to criticize Obama so this gave them an out
-The truth is in, well...the truth
Breaking decorum or not Obama has been lying when he has said that illegals will not be covered, they were. Look no further than this:
White House Stiffens Against Illegal Immigrants
While letting Democrats in the House of Representatives attack Wilson and threaten to punish him, the White House quietly announced that Obama would insist on prohibiting illegals from receiving the health benefits.
So, let's recap:
-Obama was saying that illegals would not be covered in the health care reform
-Rep Wilson called him a liar
-Obama is insisting it was the truth when he said illegals would not be covered
-Obama says he will now insist illegals are not covered
Doesn't this mean Obama was lying?
Rep Wilson clearly needs to be punished.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Extinct eagle may have eaten humans
BANGKOK - Sophisticated computer scans of fossils have helped solve a mystery over the nature of a giant, ancient raptor known as the Haast's eagle which became extinct about 500 years ago, researchers said Friday.
The researchers say they have determined that the eagle — which lived in the mountains of New Zealand and weighed about 40 pounds — was a predator and not a mere scavenger as many thought.
Much larger than modern eagles, Haast's eagle would have swooped to prey on flightless birds — and possibly even the rare unlucky human.
Now, I have two thoughts on this:
-While it may be selfish, I'm glad this bird is gone. I personally would rather not be eaten by a bird.
-How did these animals become extinct before we started pouring green house gases into the atmosphere and cutting down their habitats? Aren't these the reasons animals go extinct?
Friday, September 11, 2009
I visited Shanksville, PA with my wife and kids this summer on a trip to Pittsburgh. I wrote a brief blog about it and said I would write another one later. I have not.
The main reason for this is that it was an experience that was quite emotional and personal for me and I do not feel like sharing it. So I have not written on it since.
I still do not want to talk about the thoughts and feelings I had that day but today's anniversary of the tragedy obviously took me back to Shanksville.
Standing at the temporary exhibit and looking out over the field where the plane crashed is almost overwhelming.
People leave momentos, cards, etc to share their thoughts. My daughter was moved by this and wanted to leave something. An adult may look at her leaving a handwritten note as a simple gesture but I believe for her it was from the heart and helped her deal with the tragedy that took place there. As adults we are able to deal with these events, maybe not understand them but deal with them. Children look at this differently and are unable to put this into terms that they can understand. Leaving the note was her way of helping the victims and herself and was one of the most emotional parts of the visit.
I do recommend any that make into the area to stop and visit. It is not a joyful or pleasant visit but it does help a little with coming to grips with what happened, at least it did for me.
Never forget the events of that day and never forget the innocent lives that were taken by these monsters. May the families of the victims find peace eventually and may the bastards that did this rot in Hell forever.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
The Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility has begun an inquiry into the dismissal in May of a civil complaint against the New Black Panther Party and two of its members who disrupted a Philadelphia polling place during last year's presidential elections.
The inquiry was disclosed in an Aug. 28 letter to Rep. Lamar Smith, ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee who first raised questions about the case's dismissal and asked Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., to make available the head of the department's Voting Section for a closed-door briefing about the decision.
In the letter, Mary Patrice Brown, acting counsel, told the Texas congressman that the Office of Professional Responsibility had "initiated an inquiry into the matter" and would "contact you with the results of our inquiry once it is completed." A copy of the letter was obtained by The Washington Times
I guess we see now if the Justice Department under Obama is truly independent as he claims...
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
It sounds as if he told the kids to stay in school, etc. It sounds like he inserted a little politics in the speech. Okay, not likely anything more than what the kids hear from their teachers on a daily basis.
My issue all along was the study guide they were including. I thought that was too close to indoctrination. I also find it likely he changed the speech due to all of the controversy. Again, not real excited.
I'm not saying I was a fan or agreed with it, I'm just saying he's done worse in the last 7 months.
I do have one major issue with the whole thing though:
George H.W. Bush's Speech to Students Drew Democratic Probe
Much has been made about the criticism surrounding President Obama's Tuesday speech to the nation's schoolchildren.
But when President George H.W. Bush delivered a similar speech in October 1991 to students at a junior high school in Washington, D.C., Democratic critics went much further and investigated the event, Washington Examiner columnist Byron York reported Tuesday.
Democrats, who controlled Congress at the time, ordered the General Accounting Office to probe the production of the speech and later summoned top Bush administration officials to Capitol Hill for a hearing, York wrote.
The Bush speech at Alice Deal Junior High School cost $26,750 -- an expenditure paid by the Department of Education -- and drew fire from Rep. William Ford, then chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, who ordered the probe.
"As the chairman of the committee charged with the authorization and implementation of education programs, I am very much interested in the justification, rationale for giving the White House scarce education funds to produce a media event."
The GAO found no wrongdoing on the part of the Bush administration
But after Bush spoke, The Washington Post implied in a front-page story that the speech was staged for the president's political benefit, and Democratic allies continued to pounce on Bush for the cost of the event.
So, my only questions are:
How much did taxpayers spend on this?
Will the GAO investigate?
Will top Obama administration officials be summoned to Capitol Hill?
When do the Congressional hearings begin?
What was the Washington Post's stance on this today?
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Mount Bosavi volcano in Papua New Guinea
Black and yellow noctuid caterpillars
A lost world populated by fanged frogs, grunting fish and tiny bear-like creatures has been discovered in a remote volcanic crater on the Pacific island of Papua New Guinea.
A team of scientists from Britain, America, Hawaii and Papua New Guinea found more than 40 previously unidentified species when they climbed into the kilometre-deep crater of Mount Bosavi and explored a pristine jungle habitat teeming with life that has evolved in isolation since the volcano last erupted 200,000 years ago. In a remarkably rich haul from just five weeks of exploration, the biologists discovered 16 frogs which have never before been recorded by science, at least three new fish, a new bat and a giant rat, which may turn out to be the biggest in the world.
Source (read the article, the animals they found are pretty cool)
I find it humbling that there is so little we know about the planet Earth. From what lies beneath the ice of Antarctica, to the deep jungles of the world, to the ocean floor, there is still so much we do not know.
These discoveries drive home just how massive the planet is and how small and insignificant humans are to it.
The fascinating thing is that a far-left envirowhacko will look at this discovery and wail about the advance of humans and their destructive behavior.
I do agree that we should control pollution and limit the wanton uncontrolled overuse of the resources. I have always been a proponent of responsible management of resources, planting new trees in areas where we cut lumber as an example.
I think this discovery argues for a different side of the debate though, one that we do not have the ability to truly destroy the planet. Rather as individuals or collectively, we are insignificant when taken in the context of the entire planet.
We can destroy an area or a region, we could destroy the entire planet and ourselves with it if it were possible, the Earth would not be impressed. The Earth would continue on without us eventually forgetting that we were even here.
I end with a quote I have used previously from Michael Crichton:
You think man can destroy the planet? What intoxicating vanity.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Foxnews.com had the headline: Who's Next? over a picture of Van Jones, Obama's recently departed Green Jobs czar. The obvious inference being who will the GOP and conservatives target in the Obama White House next?
Interestingly, right below they had a link for another article in which Obama is appointing a czar of manufacturing today.
So, what do you think about this?
What are your thoughts on the czars? Will we start seeing pressure being put on the Democratic controlled Congress to start holding Obama to account for this power grab? Will we see Congress accusing Obama of violating the Constitutional balance of powers like they did Bush? We have already seen Sen Byrd say as much.
Is attacking Obama a good or bad strategy for the GOP?
Can the GOP go too far and appear to be mean-spirited and obstructionists instead of doing their job as opposition?
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Van Jones "Green Jobs Czar" on his resignation.
I'm not going to spend a lot of time on why he resigned, I think anyone reading this knows what has transpired.
The reason I posted it is because of his sheer gall to downplay his far-left, American-hating, racist comments in the past and try to make them a right-wing conspiracy.
If anyone is confused as to why he is saying this, go read the way the story is being reported on CBS, ABC, MSNBC, and even in the AP article on Fox. All of these sites are playing directly into his storyline that it is a conspiracy to derail Obama. The best one being this opening line from CBS' story:
Van Jones took a bullet for his boss.
This would be stunning if not for one thing. Reread the paragraph above and see what is missing. As of this writing, to my knowledge, CNN has not reported on this story at all. I have been visiting their site off and on since Friday and have not seen anything about it. They are not even reporting on the resignation of a White House advisor. Completely ignoring it.
Bottom line, we won on this one but it was a hollow victory. Because of the reporting on this there is a sizable portion of the country that believes this man was trying to do good work for Obama on the environment and the damned Republicans are up to their usual tricks and making him a scapegoat to get Obama.
On a lighter note, I included this final quote by him.
(I have been) "inundated with calls from across the political spectrum urging me to stay and fight."
I have yet to hear who on the right is calling for him to stay, my suspicion is that CNN will post an article on the 3 Republicans in the country who asked Jones to stay and were drowned out by the far right terrorists.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Rumor is that some team called Notre Dame (I didn't even know women played college football) won too but I have been unable to substantiate this. We have them next week.
Spring has sprung here.
Friday, September 4, 2009
By: Byron York
Chief Political Correspondent
09/04/09 11:30 AM EDT
From a Nexis search a few moments ago:
Total words about the Van Jones controversy in the New York Times: 0.
Total words about the Van Jones controversy in the Washington Post: 0.
Total words about the Van Jones controversy on NBC Nightly News: 0.
Total words about the Van Jones controversy on ABC World News: 0.
Total words about the Van Jones controversy on CBS Evening News: 0.
If you were to receive all your news from any one of these outlets, or even all of them together, and you heard about some sort of controversy involving President Obama's Special Adviser for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, your response would be, "Huh?" If you heard that that adviser, Van Jones, had apologized for a number of remarks and positions in the recent past, your response would be, "What?" And if you were in the Obama White House monitoring the Jones situation, you would be hoping that the news organizations listed above continue to hold the line -- otherwise, Jones, who is quite well thought of in Obama circles, would be history.
Bottom line, the media covers for Obama. There is no twisted logic that can say this is not a newsworthy story. Further, if a Bush administration advisor had done anything close to this, these networks would be demanding answers from the White House.
If there are any of you reading this that still watches any of these networks, stop. The only way we will stop this nonsense is to not support it.
There have been complaints that buying oil supports terrorism. It is hard to call this anything less than terrorism against the ideals of the American public. A full frontal assault on the right of the American people to know the truth. So I say stop supporting this terrorism, turn of any of these networks, stop buying their papers, let's make the country safe for the truth again.
I decided, since this review was done yesterday morning, to recheck to see what CBS, ABC, NBC (MSNBC), and CNN were reporting on their site today.
ABC mentioned the controversy in a blog, no news story. The blog primarily spent it's space explaining away the remarks by Jones
CBS ran an actual news story, about the fact that he is under fire
CNN and MSNBC still have not reported on the story.
It should be noted that everyone of these sites ran a story on the Bush administration which ended over 7 months ago including CNN's probing question:
Could George W. Bush end up behind bars?
Thursday, September 3, 2009
The AFL-CIO reportedly is promoting a proposal to tax every single stock transaction, and it's gained some support among Democrats.
According to The Hill, the tiny tax would be about a tenth of a percent -- but it could mean a lot of money for companies, like Goldman Sachs, that are making billions and conducting a high volume of trades.
Union policy director Thea Lee told the newspaper that the tax could raise between $50 billion and $100 billion annually for the federal government, but also serve to discourage "speculative financial activity." In other words, the kind of lightning-fast trading conducted by mega-firms which critics say leads to volatility.
So, these geniuses think the best way to stimulate the economy and create more jobs (supposedly a goal for unions) is to take $100 billion away from people that invest in the economy?
Please tell me; is it me that is stupid here or them? I'm starting to have trouble deciding.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
I'll let you read the article, the title pretty much says it all. I do want to highlight one ironic part of it. (these passages are taken from separate parts of the article for fluidity, emphasis mine)
"We had a student who said, in an ancient Greece class, Professor William O'Neal claimed that America did not liberate Europe in World War II. However; it was freed by Charles De Gaulle and the free French, not U.S. Soldiers," Rubin said.
O'Neal, chair and professor of history at UT denied ever making the comment.
O'Neal said although there may be some professors who let their political preferences affect the way they treat their students, it is not something he has witnessed as a common denominator at UT.
"We're all human and there are some people who are totally committed to their own view points with very strong personalities, so I'm sure in our imperfect world this does exist," he said. "But I do not know of anyone in this department who will base grades on hair color, eye color or political aspirations, and I have been the chair of the history department for three years and have been teaching here for 40 years."
UT has an abundance of resources available to students to help them if they experience this sort of bias, O'Neal said.
"If the student feels abused, they should talk to their professor. If that doesn't solve the problem, they should go to the department chair. If there is still a problem, they can even go to the dean or the Vice President [for] Student Affairs. There are so many places to go to avoid this type of thing," he said.
So, there you go. If you have a problem, go to the department chair. Unless, of course, if the department chair is the problem.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
There is an ongoing court case in Florida, where the girl ran to, to allow her to remain away from her family. The obvious fear is that she will be the victim of an honor killing. For those who remember the story, the mother has made statements about the father that legitimize the girls fears.
There is new information out today.
Attorney Targets Alleged Terror Ties in Case of Runaway Girl
A 17-year-old girl who fled to Florida after converting from Islam to Christianity will be in "clear and present danger" if returned to Ohio due to her parent's affiliation with an Islamic cultural center, her attorney claims.
In a 35-page memorandum filed Monday in Orange County family court, attorney John Stemberger claims Fathima Rifqa Bary, who will remain in foster care in Florida at least until a hearing on Thursday, should not be returned to the custody of her parents, Mohamed and Aysha Bary, because of their connection to the Noor Islamic Cultural Center near Columbus, Ohio.
"The leader of the mosque, Dr. Hany Saqr, was previously an imam for another area mosque at the same time the largest known Al Qaeda cell in the U.S. since 9/11 was operating out of the mosque," the document read. "Additionally, Dr. Saqr was identified in exhibits submitted by the Department of Justice in a recent terrorism finance trial in Texas as being one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in North America — an international organization responsible for birthing virtually every Islamic terrorist organization in the world, including Al Qaeda."
The center also is affiliated with Dr. Salah Sultan, a "cleric alleged photographed with terrorist leaders designated as such by the U.S. government," according to the document, and frequently hosts "extremist speakers" who have allegedly made statements supporting violence and terrorism.
Stemberger also claims the Noor Center has been "directly tied" to an ongoing probe into Somali-American youths who fled the U.S. to train in terror camps operated by the Al Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab terror organization.
While we do have to be careful calling the father a terrorist, we do not have that evidence as of yet, he has at the very least given the appearance of associating with people with terroristic ties.
Bottom line terrorist or not the man has a clear link, according to this article, to extremist Islamic figures.
As I said in my original post, how much more evidence does the judge in this case need?