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The FBI is pressing Internet service providers to record which Web sites customers visit and retain those logs for two years, a requirement that law enforcement believes could help it in investigations of child pornography and other serious crimes. FBI Director Robert Mueller supports storing Internet users’ “origin and destination information,” a bureau attorney said at a federal task force meeting on Thursday. As far back as a 2006 speech, Mueller had called for data retention on the part of Internet providers, and emphasized the point two years later when explicitly asking Congress to enact a law making it mandatory. But it had not been clear before that the FBI was asking companies to begin to keep logs of what Web sites are visited, which few if any currently do. [Understand the government wants to force your ISP to record and store every website you visit from now on, forever, whether you are suspected of a crime or not. This is insanity and a blatant violation of the fourth amendment. The whole idea of our Constitution is to LIMIT the power of government over the people not “grant” us the rights the government thinks we can be trusted with…ed]
On the same day Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn officially claimed the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, he found out that his newly-minted running mate has a rap sheet that includes alleged domestic battery and tax evasion. The revelation has shocked Democrats, leading to worries that his presence could taint the entire statewide ticket. According to court records obtained by the Chicago Tribune, Scott Lee Cohen, a millionaire pawnbroker who prevailed with a narrow plurality in the crowded primary for lieutenant governor, was accused by his ex-girlfriend, a prostitute, of holding a knife to her neck in a 2005 domestic dispute. [Democrats sure don’t vet their politicians coming out of Illinois very well do they?…ed]
The Obama White House likes to say that the theories of John Maynard Keynes form the foundation for its fiscal policies. Most notably, it draws upon the legendary British economist’s idea of spending big to pull out of a recession. But one economist says the administration has gotten Keynes only half right. (SNIP) While the Obama team is laying out huge sums of money, Meltzer says it’s neglecting a key part of Keynes’ plan: You can’t run up a debt without a way to cover it. [Great read. You see Obama and his gang THOUGHT they would be able to cover their huge spending sprees via the immediate revenue streams from the cap and tax and ObamaCare legislation, both of which have now collapsed. The American people figured out what was really going on with these two Democrat created plans which was to raise taxes in the name of “going green” and “universal healthcare.” Both of these bills would have begun collecting taxes almost immediately after being signed into law while most of the supposed benefits wouldn’t kick in for years…ed]
In 2007, the most comprehensive report to date on global warming, issued by the respected United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, made a shocking claim: The Himalayan glaciers could melt away as soon as 2035. These glaciers provide the headwaters for Asia’s nine largest rivers and lifelines for the more than one billion people who live downstream. Melting ice and snow would create mass flooding, followed by mass drought. The glacier story was reported around the world. (SNIP) But the claim was rubbish, and the world’s top glaciologists knew it. It was based not on rigorously peer-reviewed science but on an anecdotal report by the WWF itself. When its background came to light on the eve of Copenhagen, Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the IPCC, shrugged it off. But now, even leading scientists and environmental groups admit the IPCC is facing a crisis of credibility that makes the Climategate affair look like small change. “The global warming movement as we have known it is dead,” the brilliant analyst Walter Russell Mead says in his blog on The American Interest. It was done in by a combination of bad science and bad politics. [And there went Obama’s revenue stream down the drain. Roto-Rooter…ed]
The Indian government has established its own body to monitor the effects of global warming because it “cannot rely” on the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the group headed by its own leading scientist Dr R.K Pachauri. The move is a significant snub to both the IPCC and Dr Pachauri as he battles to defend his reputation following the revelation that his most recent climate change report included false claims that most of the Himalayan glaciers would melt away by 2035. Scientists believe it could take more than 300 years for the glaciers to disappear. The body and its chairman have faced growing criticism ever since as questions have been raised on the credibility of their work and the rigour with which climate change claims are assessed. [India’s economy is booming and they aren’t about to get roped into any binding global warming rules imposed on their country based on all the bogus climate science exposed over the last few months. Smart move…ed]
Remember the “Drill More, Drill Now” flap in the summer of 2007 over the expiration of legislative and executive branch bans on off-shore drilling for oil in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)? Gas was selling at $4 and more per gallon across the country and big majorities of the public were demanding that the government get out of the way of producing more energy supplies from America’s vast untapped domestic natural resources like the OCS. (SNIP) But the Obama administration opposes allowing more drilling in the OCS, or anywhere else in America, according to many critics in the energy industry, so the delay in moving the proposed rule forward creates a substantial political problem for Salazar and the White House. [Need more proof Obama and his administration could care less about what the American people have to say about how they want their government to function?…ed]
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In the history of the United States, Congress has never forced individual Americans to buy any good or service. That would change if the health care bills approved by either the House or Senate ever became law. Each would require individuals to buy a health insurance plan approved by the government. Since Congress started debating these bills, CNSNews.com has been asking members of Congress: Where does the Constitution authorize Congress to force individuals to buy health insurance? The legislators have given a variety of answers. Some could give no answer at all. The video embedded here puts their answers back-to-back. [Your Democrat Congressional representatives telling you that you don’t have the right to question what they do TO YOU…ed]
Former US president Bill Clinton pledged to try to get aid flowing as he was met by angry Haitians protesting the slow arrival of help since last month’s quake. Clinton said he was sorry that the aid efforts had been so slow, adding he also wanted to understand why more than three weeks after the January 12 quake supplies were still not getting through to desperate Haitians. “I’m sorry it’s taken this long,” Clinton said, adding he and other relief workers were working hard to ease the suffering. “I’m trying to get to what the bottlenecks are, part of it is just shipping the volume of food in here that is necessary,” Clinton told reporters as he visited a clinic in the ruined capital of Port-au-Prince. [I recall Obama’s stiff jawed promise to the Haitian people that he would see to it that they were taken care of right after that massive earthquake hit the nation three weeks ago. The relief effort almost instantly became a classic Charlie Foxtrot and he hasn’t been heard from since yet there has been zero criticism from the media such as there was, endlessly, for Bush after Katrina…ed]
A federal U.S. judge ordered jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney to halt its plans to move 1,000 jobs out of Connecticut and to Japan, Singapore and the state of Georgia. U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport issued a permanent injunction, stopping the company’s plans to shift the jobs. The judge strongly criticized the subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., saying it evaded the spirit of its union contract requiring it to make every effort to keep the jobs in the state. The union, which represents about 3,700 workers, hailed the decision. In its lawsuit, the union accused Pratt & Whitney of failing to comply with the contract that required it to do everything possible to preserve the jobs. “This is a full win for the union,” said James Parent, chief negotiator for the Machinists local. [Another example of how unions have long outlived their usefulness except for their financial contributions to Democrats. The contract is up in December so the company will simply wait then just shut the place down permanently. Nice work union bosses, more giant empty buildings littering the landscape…ed]
The Obama administration is considering a proposal that would heavily favor government contractors that implement policies designed by organized labor. The “High Road Contracting Policy” would give preference to companies that adopt practices above and beyond existing labor laws. Multiple sources have confirmed the discussions, which are part of the White House’s attempt to spur economic growth through procurement reform and are driven by the Center for American Progress and the Service Employees International Union. The proposal would advantage contractors that provide hourly workers with a “living wage”, health insurance, an employer-funded retirement plan and paid sick days. Contracting officers would weigh a company’s labor policies as a criteria for awarding the contract, along with the standard metrics: price, past performance and the ability to meet the contract’s requirements. [This is not about companies doing right for their employees, this is about trying to convert as many private sector companies as possible to a unionized workforce. It’s not about labor practices, or providing an excellent product/service at a reasonable price for the taxpayers. It’s about lining the pockets of socialist politicians through union dues extracted, often unwillingly, from employees…ed]
Senate Democrats are working hard behind the scenes to draw Republican support for their first official jobs bill — a struggle forced upon Democrats by the GOP upset in Massachusetts this month that snatched away their filibuster-proof majority. Negotiations have been ongoing for weeks, as Democrats try to incorporate GOP ideas, like a popular package of tax extenders. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., while not expected to tackle any legislation in his own committee, has been working to get the support of his committee’s top Republican, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, as well as other committee Republicans, like Orrin Hatch of Utah. Hatch has joined fellow committee Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York in offering a jobs tax credit that is likely to be included in the bill, according to leadership sources. [This is NOT a “jobs bill” it is nothing more than stimulus II even though 500 billion dollars from Obama’s stimulus I hasn’t even been spent yet! Republicans would be well advised to stay the hell away from this lipstick wearing pig…ed]
A recently erected statue of President Obama as a 10-year-old boy will be removed from a public park here, city officials said Friday, bowing to vociferous criticism on Facebook just a month before Mr. Obama is scheduled to visit Indonesia. The statue will be relocated as soon as possible to an elementary school that Mr. Obama attended during the four years he spent here, the governor of Jakarta, Fauzi Bowo, told reporters. (SNIP) But the statue of Mr. Obama — who successfully exploited the potential of social networking sites during the 2008 presidential campaign — soon became the target of intense ire of critics who said that Mr. Obama had done nothing for Indonesia and that the park should be reserved to honor an Indonesian. [I just hope all the schools in this country that tripped all over themselves renaming buildings after Obama used velcro on the back of the signs. It will cost the taxpayers a lot less money replacing them in a few years…ed]
An 11-year-old girl in the Northeast recently gave birth to a baby boy, the girl’s family told Fox News. “My daughter and (her) baby are fine, and the baby is absolutely beautiful,” said the mother of the 11-year-old girl. The girl and her family are not being named in order to protect the new parent’s privacy. According to Dr. Manny Alvarez, managing health editor of FoxNews.com, the girl’s age places her in significant danger. [No word about the “father” anywhere in the article…ed]
A 12-year-old Queens girl was hauled out of school in handcuffs for an artless offense – doodling her name on her desk in erasable marker, the Daily News has learned. Alexa Gonzalez was scribbling a few words on her desk Monday while waiting for her Spanish teacher to pass out homework at Junior High School 190 in Forest Hills, she said. “I love my friends Abby and Faith,” the girl wrote, adding the phrases “Lex was here. 2/1/10” and a smiley face. [Gosh, I wonder what would have happened had this young lady been black?…ed]
The next Tiger Woods? The next Lebron James? Everyone is always looking for the next phenom. And that’s why you might want to learn the name David Sills. He is a seventh grader who just gave a verbal commitment to the University of Southern California to be their quarterback – in 2015. The six-foot-tall 13-year-old is a wunderkind in the eyes of his personal coach Steve Clarkson, who has mentored top college quarterbacks Jimmy Clausen and current USC star Matt Barkley. The shocking commitment of such a young player is more common in sports that are less physically demanding than football. [This kid is too damn young to deal with the pressures of five more years of this USC commitment hanging over his head for him to not be a basketcase by the time he graduates high school. This is nuts…ed]
Quote of the day.
Our most urgent task is job creation — that was our number one priority last year, it’s our number one priority this year.
-Barack Obama 2-4-10.
[Does this guy EVER tell the truth? Everyone with more than three firing neurons in their brain knows he has spent his first year trying to ram a government run healthcare and a bogus climate change agenda down the throats of Americans while his policies were COSTING this country nearly four million jobs!…ed]