Thursday February 18th

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Pilot Crashes Into Texas Building in Apparent Anti-IRS Suicide

A pilot furious with the Internal Revenue Service crashed his small plane into an Austin, Texas, office building where nearly 200 federal tax employees work on Thursday, ignited a raging fire that sent massive plumes of thick, black smoke rising from the seven-story structure. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said the incident was a single act by a sole individual, who appeared to be the targeting federal building. He refused to classify it as terrorism. “I call it a cowardly, criminal act and there was no excuse for it,” Acevedo said at a news conference. The FBI identified the pliot as Joseph Stack, a 53-year-old software engineer. Stack was confirmed dead, but his body has not yet been revocered. [Seems this guy was pretty upset with the IRS. Read his “suicide note” here…jarg]

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, “…this president is a real slow learner!”

Las Vegas Mayor Goodman rejects Obama invitation

Mayor Oscar Goodman has refused an invitation to meet with President Obama when he arrives in town on Thursday. Mayor Goodman called President Obama a slow learner after he told Americans not to blow money on a weekend in Las Vegas if they were saving to put their kids through college. “I’ve got other things to do quite frankly for my constituents here in Las Vegas who rely on me to do the right thing as a mayor,” explained Mayor Goodman. [Judging by the poll in this article I would say the good mayor has wide support for blowing Barry off…jarg]

Only 21% Say U.S. Government Has Consent of the Governed

The founding document of the United States, the Declaration of Independence, states that governments derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Today, however, just 21% of voters nationwide believe that the federal government enjoys the consent of the governed. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 61% disagree and say the government does not have the necessary consent. Eighteen percent (18%) of voters are not sure. However, 63% of the Political Class think the government has the consent of the governed, but only six percent (6%) of those with Mainstream views agree. Seventy-one percent (71%) of all voters now view the federal government as a special interest group, and 70% believe that the government and big business typically work together in ways that hurt consumers and investors. [The Declaration of Independence also says, “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,” and “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security….jarg]

Sen. DeMint at CPAC: ‘America Is Teetering Towards Tyranny’

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) told a standing-room-only crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday that Democrats in Congress and the White House are the inspiration for a revolution that he and fellow conservatives hope is sweeping the nation ahead of the 2010 mid-term elections. “Three years of a Democrat majority and just one year of President Obama have awakened Americans and led millions to become more passionate advocates for freedom,” DeMint said. “This has created a wave of new Republicans who are embracing the energy and passion of the American people.” He also said that the direction the Democrats are trying to steer the country is being rejected by Americans. [DeMint just telling it like it is…jarg]

White House begins groundwork to avoid blame for tax increases

President Obama on Thursday indicated that tax increases on people who make less than $250,000 a year will be on the table when a deficit commission makes its recommendations later this year on how to resolve the nation’s fiscal imbalances. “Everything’s on the table. That’s how this thing is going to work,” Obama said Thursday, moments after signing an executive order creating the 18-member commission. But the White House has already begun to lay the groundwork for their argument that such a recommendation by the panel should not be blamed on the president, who vowed during his campaign not to raise taxes on Americans earning less than $250,000. “The president will not sit on the commission and the options they present will not necessarily reflect administration policy,” a White House official told The Daily Caller. [He can try and hide behind this “commission”, that he had to sign an executive order to create because Congress rejected the idea, all he wants but the voters aren’t stupid. If anyone thinks this “commission” was designed to come up with ways to fleece us then pay down the deficit I have a nice bridge to Kenya I’d like to sell ya…jarg]

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No Dysfunction

Joe Biden complains that Washington is “broken” and “dysfunctional.” In fact, Republicans blocking Democrats from further wrecking the economy is the American system at its best. Appearing on the CBS Early Show, the vice president lamented that “Washington, right now, is broken,” adding that “I don’t ever recall a time in my career where to get anything done, you needed a supermajority, 60 out of 100 senators. … I’ve never seen it this dysfunctional.” The man one heartbeat away from the presidency obviously has a conveniently short memory. [What is this idiot talking about? For a YEAR the Democrats have OWNED an unstoppable majority in Congress and they still couldn’t anything done yet this bozo is trying to make it sound like the Republicans have jacked everything up. Do liberals EVER take responsibility for their never ending string of failures?…jarg]

Dems’ filibuster days a distant memory

In the wake of Republican Scott Brown’s election to the Senate in January, Democrats and liberal-leaning pundits began to grumble, yet again, about the need to eliminate the filibuster in order to accomplish anything on Obama’s agenda. Claiming Republican obstructionism is at all-time highs and the watered-down healthcare reform bill is of historic importance, many people are calling for an end to the historic tradition of unlimited debate in the upper chamber. Those people are as idiotic as the memory-less goldfish in Little Plastic Castle, for whom the titular castle is “a surprise every time”. It wasn’t that long ago that the obstructionist shoe was on the other foot: Republicans were, rather recently, in control of both chambers of the legislature and the executive branch, and had a strong urge and a supposed public mandate to change the country in their ideological image. What stopped them from eliminating the estate tax, passing a gay marriage amendment and confirming some judicial nominees liberals deemed more likely to make decisions based on ideology than law and legal precedent (among other liberal causes)? The filibuster – and the threat thereof. [When the Democrats are in the minority they LOVE the filibuster process. Every time these children don’t get their way they want to change the rules. Bunch of damn babies I swear…jarg]

GOP ‘tsunami’ predicted for exurban, South, Mountain States

Former Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, the architect of previous Republican campaign successes, says outer-suburban voters eager to place a check on President Obama and Democrats are swinging back to the GOP and will power a Republican resurgence in New England, while aiding GOP “tsunamis” in Virginia, Colorado and Iowa. Mr. Davis, the current president of the Republican Main Street Partnership, a group of the party’s more moderate lawmakers, told reporters Wednesday that the GOP has had its best-ever year of recruiting candidates for congressional elections, which has helped put so many seats into play. He said Democrats are having a tough time reaching a balance of keeping regular voters happy while also appeasing the liberal voters who surged to the polls in the 2008 election. “Those are the problems Democrats have coming in. The surge voters right now, they’re asleep. And the outer suburbs, the South, the mountain states, I think you can look for Republican tsunamis,” Mr. Davis said. “You’re going to have big years.” [I wouldn’t go counting any chickens before they hatch but the GOP does have a good chance or wresting control of the House away from Nancy Pelosi and the cameras focusing on her haggard mug when she has the gavel and the airplane and the million dollar perks yanked out of her hand will be priceless indeed…jarg]

Bennet doesn’t get the message

Most Americans want Congress to start over on health care reform, but it seems Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet would rather jam it down our throats. Ignoring the message that voters sent in Massachusetts, and shedding any notion that he intends to be a moderate Democrat, Bennet is leading a pack of liberal senators who want to push through health-care reform using a process known as reconciliation. How is it possible that Sen. Bennet, yet to receive one vote from a Coloradan, has such a tin ear for what most Coloradans and Americans want? Under reconciliation, which does away with normal Senate procedures, health care reform needs only a simple majority vote. We editorialized last spring against using reconciliation on this issue and urged congressional leaders to come up with a bipartisan solution. Something of this magnitude, which would make generational changes to our health care system, shouldn’t be forced on Americans by one-party rule. And here’s the kicker: Bennet doesn’t even have the votes necessary to ram it through on reconciliation. [Hence the 61% of the American people who say politicians don’t govern according to the wishes and desires of the voters…jarg]

Obama Denver visit may heat up Democratic primary

n a move that could heat up the Colorado Democratic Senate primary, President Barack Obama will appear at two fundraisers in Denver Thursday to benefit Sen. Michael Bennet as he faces a challenge from former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff. The president’s move to support the incumbent has frustrated Romanoff and other Democrats, who say Obama should stay out of the primary to avoid weakening the party on a seat likely to be targeted by Republicans. “Unfortunately, the current plan of events during the President’s visit has sent a clear message: ‘Support the appointed incumbent Senator or do not be part of the President’s visit to Colorado,'” Romanoff wrote in the letter to Colorado Democratic Chair Patricia Waak. He requested Obama raise funds for the party, not only Bennet’s campaign. [Since when has a sitting president stumped for a candidate rather than the PARTY in a PRIMARY? Think this might be a little payback for Bennet’s support for ramming through ObamaCare using reconciliation? You betcha!…jarg]

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.” In plain English, the idea is for the government to take your retirement savings in return for a promise to pay you some monthly benefit in your retirement years. [Be afraid you folks who have invested in retirement accounts. Be very afraid, as this huge pool of money will prove to be too much to resist for the liberals and they WILL do whatever they can to get their hands on the funds sitting in these accounts…jarg]

When even the good news is bad news

Is the stock market setting investors up for another 2007-style ambush, or worse? Since you’ve been inundated lately with giddy talk from the folks on Wall Street and their dupes in the media, please excuse me if I take the other side of this issue (like I did in September 2007) and warn you that all isn’t right. (SNIP) Plus, regular early-morning rallies in stock index futures contracts smack of someone trying to manipulate the markets. Even Tuesday’s nice rally was suspicious since there was no real fundamental reason for it, and this is one of those options-expiration weeks when stock prices tend to experience substantial unexplained jumps. But economic weakness isn’t the only thing that could hurt the stock market. Economic strength could be even worse since it could ignite a huge increase in interest rates. This question was going around Wall Street yesterday: Did Goldman Sachs help any country besides Greece hide the true depth of its indebtedness? If Goldman pulled this trick once — and made a lot of money doing it — why not other times? [Smacks of someone trying to manipulate the markets huh? Now tell me again where TWO THIRDS of the original “stimulus bill” (that hasn’t accomplished a damn thing) has gone? WHERE is that money? If it’s still “there” WHY are the Democrats trying to push through another “stimulus” cleverly renamed a “jobs bill?”…jarg]

Planning to Fail

The economy seems to have settled in somewhat from the disaster of 2008. Every indication shows that the economy is poised for a rebound — provided the right trigger is in place. In the past, the trigger that has always got the economy back on track has been tax cuts, by Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and John Kennedy — presidents from both sides of the aisle. And just when the economy is primed for that trigger, President Obama is going in the exact opposite direction. It is as if he is sabotaging the efforts of the American people. It would be one thing if Obama were just plain incompetent, like Jimmy Carter, but the evidence says otherwise. In the same week he lectures the American people and (presumably) the American Congress, he signs into effect a $1.9-trillion increase in the national debt. (SNIP) If Obama is not incompetent, then surely somebody is trying to ruin the economy while Obama is unaware, as former Virginia Governor Wilder laments. However, somebody needs to explain plausible deniability to Obama. It means having underlings doing things while you were unaware. Sometimes it is true, sometimes a lie. But no, Obama does the lying by himself. And then there is his signature on all the bills. [If everyone ELSE had paid attention to his background and what he was saying during the campaign they’d have known who he was and what he wanted to do long before he was elected. Now that he is firmly ensconced in our White House he says one thing while doing another, stalling until his marxist regime can completely dismantle the American way of life as we have known it…jarg]

Jobless claims rise unexpectedly

he number of newly laid-off workers filing applications for unemployment benefits unexpectedly surged last week after having fallen sharply in the previous week. The gain dampened hopes about how quickly the labor market may improve this year. The Labor Department said Thursday that first-time claims for unemployment benefits rose by 31,000 to a seasonally adjusted 473,000. The increase followed a drop of 41,000 in the previous week which had raised hopes that the labor market could be improving. There have been 8.4 million jobs lost since the recession began in December 2007. Thursday’s news deflated analysts’ hopes that new claims would continue to decline. Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters had expected new claims to fall modestly. [You bet this was unexpected. Who knew we even had that many jobs left to lose in this country?…jarg]

King Had a Dream, but Blacks Now Face a Nightmare

When was the last time you heard anyone express outrage over the fact that up to half of the black kids in major cities are high school dropouts? Black America is in a state of crisis, and not only are we being ignored by those for whom we vote, but we are also being ignored by the press and the “civil rights movement”. For the last seventy years, liberals have asked blacks to elect and empower them so that they could defend us from racist conservatives who were trying to keep us down. They said that without them, we would be relegated to an inferior education, lower-paying jobs, and the sorrow of institutional racism. (And it has happened, but with a different cause.) But after all this time in power, how has liberalism benefited us? [Blacks have gone from fiercely religious and strong family people to what we have today, millions of single mothers subsisting on welfare and millions of black males in jail or unemployed thanks to liberalism and a culture of dependency. I think many of us, if we could go back in time, would be happy to have picked the damn cotton ourselves…jarg]

Homeland Security Reports Losing Guns. Some Weapons End up in Hands of Gang Members, Criminals and Drug Users

The nation’s Homeland Security officers lost nearly 200 guns in bowling alleys, public restrooms, unlocked cars and other unsecure areas, with some ending up in the hands of felons. The problem, outlined in a new federal report, has prompted disciplinary actions and extra training. Most of the misplaced weapons — including handguns, shotguns and military rifles — were never found. “Most losses occurred because officers did not properly secure firearms,” says the Homeland Security inspector general report. At least 15 of the guns ended up in the hands of gang members, criminals, drug users and teenagers, inspector general Richard Skinner found. His report documented 289 missing firearms from fiscal year 2006 through 2008, although not all were lost because of negligence. Some were lost in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and others were stolen from safes. [Can these people think of anything else to blame on Hurricane Katrina? But really, how about all of those anti gun clowns who think the only people who should be “allowed” to have guns are those who work for the government…jarg]

Lower Merion School District sued for cyber spying on students

Lower Merion School District officials brag that they give every one of their 1,800 high-schoolers laptop computers to “ensure that all students have 24/7 access to school-based resources.” Instead, they ensured they got a 24/7 sneak peek into students’ private lives by secretly monitoring webcams embedded in the laptops to spy on teens and their families at home, according to a federal, class-action lawsuit filed this week in Philadelphia. The suit alleges the remotely controlled covert cameras violate everything from the Fourth Amendment to wiretapping, electronic communications and computer fraud laws. [To hell with suing. I’d be tracking down every last one of these school district employees and get medieval on their asses…jarg]

Obama’s federal government can weatherize your home for only $57,362 each

Who could forget the $5 billion in Obama administration stimulus money that was going to rapidly create nearly 90,000 green jobs across the country in these tough economic times and make so many thousands of homes all snuggy and warm and energy-efficient these very snowy days? Well, a new report due out this morning will show the $5-billion program is so riddled with drafts that so far it’s weatherized only about 9,000 homes. Based on the initial Obama-Biden program promise that it would create 87,000 new jobs its first year, that would be about 10 jobs for each home weatherized so far. Makes for pretty crowded doorways. ABC News reports that the General Accountability Office will declare today that the Energy Department has fallen woefully behind — about 98.5% behind — the 593,000 homes it initially predicted would be weatherized in the Recovery Act’s very first, very chilly year. [Tell ya what Obama, just send me the check for 57 grand and I’ll do all the work and pay myself union wages while I’m at it…jarg]

Top U.N. Climate Official Yvo de Boer Resigning

Top U.N. climate change official Yvo de Boer told The Associated Press Thursday that he was resigning after nearly four years, a period when governments struggled without success to agree on a new global warming deal. His departure takes effect July 1, five months before 193 nations are due to reconvene in Mexico for another attempt to reach a binding worldwide accord on controlling greenhouse gases. De Boer is known to be deeply disappointed with outcome of the last summit in Copenhagen, which drew 120 world leaders but failed to reach more than a vague promise by several countries to limit carbon emissions — and even that deal fell short of consensus. But he denied to the AP that his decision to quit was a result of frustration with Copenhagen. [Another rat trying to escape the sinking global warming scam…jarg]

Defections Shake Up Climate Coalition

Three big companies quit an influential lobbying group that had focused on shaping climate-change legislation, in the latest sign that support for an ambitious bill is melting away. Oil giants BP PLC and ConocoPhillips and heavy-equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. said Tuesday they won’t renew their membership in the three-year-old U.S. Climate Action Partnership, a broad business-environmental coalition that had been instrumental in building support in Washington for capping emissions of greenhouse gases. The move comes as debate over climate change intensifies and concerns mount about the cost of capping greenhouse-gas emissions. [We need more companies to dump this stupid politically correct climate change nonsense and get back to employing people and turning profits…jarg]

528-Pound Woman Gives Birth to First Child

A 25-year-old woman weighing 528 pounds gave birth to her first baby on Thursday at a hospital equipped to treat obese people. “The baby is the fruit of the love between me and my future husband who is slimmer, weighing just 154 pounds,” said Victoria Lacatus. “I wanted this child with all my heart, whatever the sacrifice,” the Adevarul newspaper quoted her as saying. The healthy baby girl, born by Caesarean section, weighed 6.4 pounds, said Bogdan Popescu, a spokesman at Bucharest University Emergency Hospital. [Lady has a thyroid problem according to the article…ed]

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