Saturday February 13th

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New terror threat…booby bombs!

The Washington, D.C., Disconnect

The disconnect between Washington and the rest of the country has never been greater. Why can’t the political class in D.C. produce a fiscal product that voters, taxpayers, and investors are willing to consume? According to the Washington Post, voters want smaller government and fewer government services by a large 58 to 38 percent margin. Pollster Scott Rasmussen reveals that 61 percent of voters believe tax cuts help the economy, that 59 percent think tax cuts are a better job-creation tool than increased government spending, and that another 59 percent believe higher deficits hurt the economy. Rasmussen also reports that a full 83 percent of Americans blame the deficit on the unwillingness of politicians to cut government spending. And get this: In a whopper of a poll result, the New York Times reports that 75 percent of Americans dislike Congress. [Larry Kudlow for U.S. Senate replacing that idiot Chuck Schumer. Spread the word…ed]

Who’s to Blame?

In Federalist Paper 45, James Madison, the father of our Constitution, explains, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the Federal Government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State Governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will for the most part be connected.” Other founders gave similar assurances about the limitations that the constitution set on the federal government. If our founders could see today’s federal government, it would be unrecognizable to their vision. In fact, their vision has been turned upon its head, so that the powers of the state governments are “few and defined” and those of the federal government “are numerous and indefinite.” [Brilliant article from the esteemed Walter E. Williams. A must read…ed]

President Obama Signs Law Raising Public Debt Limit from $12.4 Trillion to $14.3 Trillion

Behind closed doors and with no cameras present, President Obama signed into law Friday afternoon the bill raising the public debt limit from $12.394 trillion to $14.294 trillion. The current national debt is $12.3 trillion. Check out the National Debt Clock, which tells you your share of that — roughly $40,000 per citizen, $113,000 per taxpayer. [Behind closed doors with no television cameras around Obama just slapped an extra 1.9 trillion dollars on the backs of future generations…ed]

Obama’s National Defence Review ignores Iran and Islam in favour of… climate change!

Under American law, every four years the US Defence Department must present to Congress a comprehensive review of the security threats and challenges to America. The security picture presented in the review provides the justification for planning and creating the appropriate military forces and capabilities. The Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) is supposed to be a non-partisan and objective strategic document – free of partisan politics. After all, the duty to protect the nation and its citizens is supposed to take a higher priority than subsidies to labour unions, or hand-outs to party loyalists. (SNIP) However, it’s not what is in the document that surprises the reader – it’s what was left out. There presence of two elephants in their living room apparently escaped the notice of American’s top civilian and military leaders. Islamic radicalism does not receive any mention whatsoever in the American Defence Review and the threat posed by a nuclear Iran is mentioned in only one general sentence at the end of a document (page 101). To put this lack of discussion in proportion, contrast this non-discussion with other security issues mentioned in the document. For example, the security effects of climate change are highlighted and discussed in depth in eight pages of the document. [Nothing like having our priorities straight…ed]

Obama’s Own Begin to Turn on Him

When a presidency and an agenda are collapsing at the rate that President Obama’s are, it isn’t long before his party begins to distance itself from him. We’ve seen plenty of signs of this lately. Politico.com has a story today titled “Family feud: Nancy Pelosi at odds with President Obama.” According to the story: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s increasingly public disagreements with President Barack Obama are a reflection of something deeper: the seething resentment some Democrats feel over what they see as cavalier treatment from a wounded White House. Then there are the comments by Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, who said, “He [Obama] says ‘I’m for clean coal,’ and then he says it in his speeches, but he doesn’t say it in here. And he doesn’t say it in the minds of my own people. And he’s beginning to not be believable to me.” [Now that Obama’s own party is starting to turn on him he is like a cornered animal which makes him even more dangerous especially knowing what’s coming in November. There can be no question he is scheming as we speak to go around Congress and attempt to ram his agenda down our throats via UNCONSTITUTIONAL executive orders…ed]

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Obama’s chance to be next FDR or Reagan fading fast

President Barack Obama’s dream of being a historically transformational figure like Franklin D. Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan may be slipping from his grasp. To be sure, he’s already made one lasting mark that changed the country’s course — his election as the first African-American president broke a centuries-old racial barrier. He also could break through with bold new initiatives that change the course of history, as Richard Nixon did late in his first term when he opened U.S. relations with communist China. However, Obama’s quest to usher in a new liberal era — one with major new policies and a growing Democratic voter majority punctuating a shift away from the conservative era that Reagan ushered in — is in trouble and may be disintegrating. (SNIP) Said Shenkman: “If I were making bets at this point, aside from his election, I would very much doubt that he’s going to be much of a transformative figure.” [LOL, the McClatchy people still holding onto that thin thread of hope in their articles. Obama like FDR or Reagan? More like Carter -10…ed]

Obama Making Plans to Use Executive Power

With much of his legislative agenda stalled in Congress, President Obama and his team are preparing an array of actions using his executive power to advance energy, environmental, fiscal and other domestic policy priorities. Mr. Obama has not given up hope of progress on Capitol Hill, aides said, and has scheduled a session with Republican leaders on health care later this month. But in the aftermath of a special election in Massachusetts that cost Democrats unilateral control of the Senate, the White House is getting ready to act on its own in the face of partisan gridlock heading into the midterm campaign. “We are reviewing a list of presidential executive orders and directives to get the job done across a front of issues,” said Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff. [After a long bloody war against a tyrannical ruler our founding fathers had NO intention of allowing a president of this country to have anywhere near this kind of power to go around Congress and the will of the American people. Obama didn’t bring all those far left lunatics in as his czars for nothing and I suspect this program has been worked on from the moment this cretin invaded our White House. If he goes through with the plan look out. There are millions of people in this country that are all full up of these out of control leftists trying to bring our country down from the inside…ed]

Bipartisanship Equals Single-Payer-ship

t’s not a good idea for Republicans to accept President Barack Obama’s invitation to a “bipartisan” health care summit, because it would not advance acceptable health care reform. The only thing it likely would advance would be Obama’s propaganda message — and, thus, his socialist agenda. Everyone knows Obama wouldn’t be considering such a move if the American people had not so resoundingly rejected Obamacare. From the very beginning, he has approached this issue more as a dictator than one interested in hearing genuine input from the other side. Nor has he shown good faith, having broken his cynical promise to televise the debates on C-SPAN and having misrepresented his plan in a number of particulars. [I’d say the description of Obama approaching issues as a dictator is spot on…ed]

Obamacare vs. the U.S. Constitution

Public support for Obamacare is dismal. According to a February 2–3 Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll, among the 900 registered voters surveyed, only 23 percent wanted it enacted. Fully 70 percent disagreed. Among them, 47 percent would start over, and 23 percent would do nothing. (Margin of error: ±3 percent.) Nonetheless, Obamacare is like a quietly rumbling volcano — dormant, but not yet dead. President Obama and Washington Democrats oscillate between tears over their stalled pet project and cheers that “we’re moving forward,” as Obama recently chirped. The White House’s February 25 bipartisan health-care summit is a sulfurous puff of smoke that should worry Obamacare opponents. Consequently, those who want to stop this ruinous measure should keep highlighting its shortcomings until this initiative is extinct. [Obama and his fellow “progressives” see our Constitution as an obstacle that simply needs to be overcome not as the cornerstone of liberty that made this country great…ed]

Patrick Kennedy’s choice could start Dems’ exodus

U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s abrupt announcement that he’s not seeking re-election to Congress has gleeful Republicans eyeing incumbent New England Democrats and asking, “Who’s next?” “Long-term incumbents who don’t have a fire in their belly are in trouble,” said GOP consultant Ron Kaufman, in response to news the Rhode Island congressman is stepping aside. “There’s an anti-incumbent fever, and that helps Republicans.” In Massachusetts, the National Republican Congressional Committee – tasting victory after the come-from-behind Senate win of Scott Brown last month – has targeted U.S. Rep. William Delahunt and U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas – both from districts where Brown won the majority of communities. [Hook your political wagon to the back bumpers of radicals like Pelosi, Reid and Obama and it won’t take long for the American people to boot your ass from office…ed]

Which airport is Al Gore stranded at?

Information on the street has it that Al Gore is stuck in an airport, trying to charter a private airplane to take him back to Norway, where naïve-but-friendly natives thoughtlessly awarded him a Nobel Peace Prize for propagandizing the remote, but politically pregnant, possibility that our climate is getting dangerously warmer because we’re eating too much meat, using old-fashioned light bulbs and driving cars not running on recycled garbage. Poor Al is simply trying to redeem what little self-esteem he has left, after accepting that obviously misdirected and undeserved Peace Prize. Trouble is: Old Al can’t find a charter flight out (not even one of those pedestrian commercial flights) because the U.S. of A. is suffering one of the coldest winters in recorded history. [Time for both Al and Obama to give back their “peace” prizes. They’ve both been debunked big time…ed]

Judge’s ruling ends Seattle’s gun ban

A King County Superior Court judge ruled that the city of Seattle ban on guns on city property is illegal, effectively ending the ban. “It shows how strong our case was,” said Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation. “Politicians in Seattle have to get over their anti-gun bigotry and realize that we have certain laws and protections and freedoms in this country, and they need to stand up and protect them, not attack them.” The Second Amendment Foundation, the National Rifle Association, and several individuals, including a gay rights activist and a Department of Corrections worker, sued the City of Seattle and former Mayor Greg Nickels in October. They demanded the city repeal a controversial ban on guns in places like parks and community centers. The individual plaintiffs say they’re suing not just on principal, but because they now “fear for their safety”, according to their lawsuit. [A little Constitutional sanity in that insanely left wing state…ed]

Census 2010: Up to 800 Canvassers With Criminal Records

Despite reports last fall that the Census Bureau had severed ties with community-organizing group known as ACORN, Americans might want to think twice before opening their doors to canvassers for the 2010 Census after reading what I discovered this morning. According to a report issued by the Government Accountability Office Oct. 7, approximately 785 employees with disqualifying criminal records could still end up working for the Census Bureau this year. Excerpts (below) show the exact wording of the agency’s frightening information about the people who go door to door conducting interviews and collecting information for the 2010 Census: [You can reduce your odds of having a census worker with a criminal background knocking on your door by answering the basic questions on the census form mailed to your house. Whether you choose to answer them honestly is entirely up to each individual…ed]

Professor Amy Bishop charged with capital murder after 3 shot, killed at University of Alabama

A biology professor went on a bloody rampage after being denied tenure Friday, gunning down three colleagues and wounding three others during a faculty meeting, police said. “I heard three shots and screaming,” said Melanie Gates, an engineering student at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. A Harvard University-trained neuroscientist, Amy Bishop, was charged with one count of capital murder, which means she could face the death penalty if convicted. As she was taken in handcuffs from a police precinct to the county jail she screamed, “It didn’t happen. There’s no way … they are still alive.” [Typical liberal entitlement attitude results in three unarmed people being slaughtered inside a one of those silly stupid “gun free zones”…ed]

Professor accused in Ala. slayings shot her brother in Mass. 24 years ago

The University of Alabama biology professor accused of slaying three of her colleagues fatally shot her brother in Massachusetts more than two decades ago, a local police chief said today, while at the same time raising troubling questions about how the long-ago incident was handled. The Boston Globe reported at the time that Amy Bishop had accidentally shot her 18-year-old brother, Seth M. Bishop, an accomplished violinist who had won a number of science awards, in Braintree. Braintree Police Chief Paul Frazier confirmed today at a news conference that Amy Bishop had fatally shot her brother. But Frazier offered a different account of the shooting, saying Bishop had shot her brother during an argument and was being booked by police when the police chief at the time ordered the booking process stopped and Bishop released her to her mother. [After reading the story it sounds like this loon never should have had the opportunity to kill the three people in Alabama…ed]

Americans Raise Half Billion Dollars for Haiti

Since the devastating earthquake in Haiti Jan. 12, Americans have donated nearly half a billion dollars to 23 U.S. charities for relief efforts, but most of the money hasn’t been spent yet, according to numbers reported this week. Eighteen percent of that $500 million is being spent on food and water, 11 percent is going toward medical supplies and clinics, six percent on housing, and two percent on operations, an ABC News investigation found. But 69 percent of the total donations — about $325 million — is in the bank, to be used for food and water, medical care, shelter and operational costs over the long term. [Us evil uncaring worthless Americans hand over $500,000,000 dollars to one of the poorest nations on earth after a devastating natural disaster. I wonder how much the kind, benevolent, all caring and charitable Europeans who despise us so much forked over?…ed]

Berkeley’s ardent recycling is costing the city money

Berkeley’s environmentally conscious citizens who reduce, reuse and recycle are behind a $4 million budget deficit in the city’s refuse department. The amount of trash being picked up curbside and the amount of construction trash going in to the city’s transfer station have fallen drastically in the past year, along with revenue the city collects from them. Leaders are considering serious measures, including reducing trash pickup to every other week, a second rate increase in a year, or both. The refuse department’s deficit is the largest part of a $14 million shortfall in the city as a whole for the fiscal year that ends in June. “Interesting issue is an understatement,” said city Budget Manager Tracy Vesely. “Someone else already said it, but it’s true: We’re a victim of our own success.” [Berkeley’s loony leftists can’t quite figure out what to do here. Perhaps it may dawn on them some day that reducing the size of the refuse department, yes that means government workers will have to be let go, is the simple answer to their conundrum…ed]

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