"As the most prominent national GOP gathering until the 2012 Convention you can expect the top conservative leaders in the Country to be at the conference. All speakers are listed as invited."
Governor Rick Perry
Governor Bob Riley
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Governor Sarah Palin
Governor, Haley Barbour
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee
Governor Bobby Jindal
Here:Facebook Southern Republican Leadership Conference: "Southern Republican Leadership Conference"
and Here: http://www.srlc2010.com
Monday, November 30, 2009
"As the most prominent national GOP gathering until the 2012 Convention you can expect the top conservative leaders in the Country to be at the conference. All speakers are listed as invited."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:45 PM
"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spent $2,993 in taxpayer money on flowers
between June and October. House Majority Whip James Clyburn has a thing for
Chantilly Donuts, spending about $265 at the Virginia shop in the past quarter.
And Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), a fiscal conservative, decided to give about $2,000
in unused office funds back to the government to help reduce the deficit.
These expenditures – culled from thousands of line items released Monday by
the Chief Administrative Officer of the House – are just a fraction of the $300
million spent last quarter by House offices. But while the bulk of congressional
office spending goes to salaries and routine office expenses, some of the line
items offer a window into the personalities and priorities of each congressional
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:02 PM
From Big Hollywood:
Last Saturday night, in what was mostly a procedural vote, the Senate approved
moving forward with debate on the health-care reform bill. The vote was
60-39, the barest minimum necessary for debate to start in the Chamber. To
listen to Harry Reid and his cohorts after the vote, you would think the Senate
had just accomplished the greatest feat since the creation of man. What
they really did was nothing . . . . . yet. (I’m sorry, maybe they did do
something. It appears they bought the vote of Senator Mary Landrieu from
Louisiana with a staggering amount of pork.)
Sometime after Thanksgiving, true debate in the Senate will begin. The pros and cons of
Mr. Reid’s bill will finally be debated in front of the American public.
But, will it be a true debate at all? Or, will it just be a front in which
enough pork will be put into the bill to get the votes of Joe Lieberman, Mary
Landrieu, Blanche Lincoln, and Ben Nelson; the four Democrats who must be swayed
into Harry Reid’s pack of wolves. The same pack of wolves whose intent is
ruining America under the guise of health care reform.
Each of these four has told Mr. Reid, in no uncertain terms, they are not going to close
debate now that it has opened, unless a few specific issues in the bill are
dealt with to their satisfaction. Three of these mavericks come from right
leaning states and are, frankly, worried about their jobs. One comes from
a far left state: Lieberman, the distinguished Senator from Connecticut,
who seems to be the only Democrat left in the Senate with any balls and
brains. The Republicans are ready to make their stand in the
Senate. It seems they have been successful already in killing “Cap and
Trade” there. Now, it is up to them and any one of these four rogue
Democrats to succeed in destroying this nightmare health care legislation in the
Senate. We only need one of them. Who from these four will be the
savior of the country? I am reminded of the famous book written by John
F. Kennedy entitled “Profiles in Courage.” That book, written in the
mid-1950’s, told the story of eight senators throughout history, who defied
their party and/or public opinion, to do what was right and in the best
interests of the country. Among those stories, is that of Senator Edmund
G. Ross from Kansas who defied his party and voted for the acquittal of Andrew
Johnson in his impeachment trial thereby preserving the integrity of the
Read Here: Stopping ObamaCare: Who Has The Courage?
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 2:56 PM
From the AP:
Three boys have been arrested for investigation of bullying red-haired studentsRead Here: 3 boys arrested for Calif. 'Ginger Day' attacks
after a Facebook message promoted "Kick a Ginger Day" at a Southern California school. ...Los
Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve
Whitmore said Monday that two 12-year-olds were arrested for suspicion of
misdemeanor battery, and a 13-year-old was booked for misdemeanor cyberbullying.
They were released to their parents.
A total of eight boys are suspected in
the Nov. 20 attacks on seven students at A.E. Wright Middle School in Calabasas.
Authorities believe the shoves and kicks were prompted by a message
referring to a "South Park" episode satirizing racial prejudice.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 2:54 PM
From the Boston Globe:
The world's attention on Tuesday will be on President Obama's speech on Afghanistan. ...But in a corner of Capitol Hill, Republicans will be doing their best to keep alive the controversy over ACORN, the community advocacy group.....Republicans on the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees announced today they will host a forum at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday "examining new details that have come to light regarding the inner workings of ACORN."...Prompted mostly by Republican outrage over videos showing ACORN staffers advising how to skirt the law, Congress believed it had cut off federal funding to ACORN. But President Obama's Justice Department ruled last week that because of technicalities with the wording of the bill, ACORN would continue to be paid from existing government contracts, mostly helping low-income people find affordable housing. ...Republicans have railed against allegations of voter registration fraud by ACORN organizers during the 2008 presidential campaign. ....Now, Representative Darrell Issa, a California Republican who is the ranking Republican on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is pointing to an internal ACORN memo obtained by Politico in which officials with the group's California affiliate discuss changing their name to get past the controversy.
Read Here: http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2009/11/republicans_sta.html
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 2:43 PM
From Big Government:
An interesting document found its way to my inbox last weekend. It was a
PowerPoint presentation of an analysis done by the New Jersey Education
Association, regarding its efforts to re-elect Democratic Gov. Jon
The document can be found at NEAexposed.com....Citing “Electile Dysfunction,” meaning the
polls were telling them that voters, including teachers, weren’t as enthusiastic
about Corzine as they would like, the union’s Director of Government Relations,
Ginger Gold Schnitzer, proposed a double-dose remedy: “A robust member-to-member
campaign,” followed by “an independent communications campaign to inoculate the
The first dose of the union’s plan was to appeal to its members. The
radical community organizer Saul Alinsky taught the NEA that the trick to “organizing people is to
appeal to their self-interest.” Thus, the union promoted Corzine’s
pro-union “accomplishments,” like investing $3 billion into public pensions,
increasing school funding, increasing school construction, expanding
pre-kindergarten programs, opposing school vouchers, and providing free medical
benefits for teacher for life.
Oddly, the union didn’t cite any
accomplishment that actually helped students.
To “inoculate” the public, the
union targeted women under 45. It purchased advertising on cable channels
typically watched by women, like the Food Network, HGTV, Lifetime, TLC, Bravo
and a few others. Even though the ads were purchased by an “education”
organization, they focused completely on issues they thought would sway women to
Corzine, like health care and family leave. The ads also directed viewers to a
website operated by a group called “NJ Kids and Families.”
not to mention completely phony.
Read Here: New Jersey Teachers’ Union’s ‘Electile Dysfunction’ for Corzine Explained
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 2:36 PM
" Of paramount interest is the possible connection of Tareq Salahi to Khalidi―a connection that could have been a factor in his entry into the White House"
From Accuracy in Media:
While the major media have bought the official storyline about the so called White House gatecrashers, could there be more to this scandal? The mainstream media have ignored obvious holes in the story and important facts about the alleged gatecrashers. Not only did they pose for a previous photo with Barack Obama, one of them, Tareq Salahi, has ties to some of the same radical Arab interests that backed Obama....WorldNetDaily reports that Tareq Salahi served on the board of the American Task Force for Palestine (ATFP), where Columbia University Professor Rashid Khalidi served as vice president. Khalidi was a close friend and associate of Obama. Judi McLeod of the Canada Free Press has a Google cache identifying Tareq Salahi as a member of the ATFP....Amid all the questions about the actions of the Salahis, it must also be asked if they were waved into the event by a White House staffer aware of their connections to Obama....The last big stunt by reality-show wannabes was the "Balloon Boy" episode, a prank pulled by the Heene family to get national publicity and parlay it into a reality show. With no confirmation that it was true, the cable networks spent more than an hour following the shots of the balloon on unverified claims that a six-year-old boy was trapped inside, and then weeks of hand-wringing and covering all angles of the story, until the father, Richard Heene pleaded guilty to a felony charge and finally admitted the story was a hoax....One would think that maybe the media should avoid jumping to conclusions this time, until more is known. ...In this case, almost as soon as it was reported that there had been a security breach at the White House state dinner for the Indian Prime Minister, the media concluded that the White House and Secret Service version of this story was true. ABC News reported that "a secret service agent at the first of two checkpoints at the White House that night waved the couple in, assuming their names would be checked down the line." The official statement put out by the Secret Service said, "The preliminary findings of our internal investigation have determined established protocols were not followed at an initial checkpoint, verifying that two individuals were on the guest list."
Read Here: http://www.aim.org/aim-column/did-white-house-gatecrashers-have-ties-to-obama/
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:48 PM
The Ties Online:
Hypocrisy is the vice we find hardest to forgive, but it’s also the one we most.
enjoy discovering in others. And nothing piques our interest more than
eco-hypocrisy as practised by the “green” celebrities who have been spouting
green virtue but spewing out hundreds of tons of carbon from their private jets
or multiple holiday homes around the globe.
There was Sheryl Crow, who had
called upon the public to refrain from using more than one square of toilet
paper per visit (“except on those pesky occasions when two or three are
required”) and who was leading a Stop Global Warming concert tour across
America. It was revealed that while Crow travelled in a biodiesel tour bus, her
30-person entourage followed in a fleet of 13 gas-guzzling vehicles.
Travolta notoriously encouraged the British public to do its bit to fight global
warming — after flying into London on one of his five, yes, five private jets
(one of which is a Boeing 707). In 2006 his piloting hobby produced an estimated
800 tons of carbon emissions, more than a hundred times the output of the
average Briton, according to the Carbon Trust.
It is less well known that
Tom Cruise — who has campaigned for the LA-based environmental group Earth
Communications Office — also has an air fleet and a licence to pilot his five
planes, including a top-of-the-line customised Gulfstream jet he bought for his
wife, Katie Holmes
Read Here: Taking the private jet to Copenhagen - Times Online
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:20 PM
From THE Hill:
The Senate healthcare bill presents a tricky political challenge to Sens. Ben
Nelson (Neb.) and Arlen Specter (Pa.), the only two Democrats in the Senate to
have signed anti-tax pledges.Americans for Tax Reform, the group which persuaded
Nelson and Specter to sign the pledge, will press both lawmakers on the issue
during next month’s Senate healthcare debate, putting them in an awkward
position..."If they vote for this bill as the written it violates the pledge,”
said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, in an interview.The
$848 billion piece of legislation would extend health insurance coverage to an
additional 31 million Americans and would impose new taxes and tax increases. An
analysis by Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee estimates the bill would
raise taxes by $494 billion
Read Here: Nelson, Specter must wrestle with anti-tax pledge in health debate - TheHill.com
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:39 PM
From the Hill:
The chief architect of a bill to increase taxes to pay for the Afghanistan war
said he didn't believe adding troops would yield much benefit. "The problem
is you can have the best policy in the world but if you don't have the tools to
implement it it isn't worth a bean bag,"Rep. David Obey (D-Wisc.), the House
Appropriations Committee chairman, told CNN on Sunday. ...President Barack Obama is expected to announce on Tuesday he
will add 30,000 troops to the war effort in Afghanistan to stem the rise of
Taliban and to pursue al-Qaeda. But Obey said supporting a corrupt Afghan
government by adding troops amounted to a "fool's errand." If policymakers
believe continuing the war effort in Afghanistan was an important public policy,
Obey added, then they should be willing to pay for it by raising taxes on higher
income levels. The war would likely cost as much over the next decade as the
effort to reforming the healthcare system, Obey said.
Read Here: War tax proponent Obey calls expected troop surge a 'fool's errand' - TheHill.com
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:38 PM
From the Gaurdian:
Only the other day Barack Obama was being applauded for breaking the deadlock at the Copenhagen climate change summit. The White House confirmed last week that Obama would commit to reducing America's greenhouse gas emissions, and would drop in on the meeting on his way to Oslo where he is to receive the Nobel peace prize....There was relief around the globe. America's failure to set a target for reducing emissions had been seen as the greatest single obstacle to reaching a strong political agreement at Copenhagen. Obama's stopover in Copenhagen on December 9 was also welcomed - although the timing means the president will not join other world leaders in actually sealing a climate change agreement at the end of the two-week meeting....Even so, the White House was so pleased by the positive response to the announcement that it even interrupted the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to point reporters to press reaction...."On climate change, the president demonstrated America's commitment to global action, while at the same time convinced key countries like China and India to pledge to take mitigation actions to reduce their carbon emissions. This progress is a result of the president's recent trip to Asia, and his policy of global engagement," the release said on Saturday....But all that praise is still not enough to guarantee an actual hotel room in Copenhagen, the White House learned to its chagrin
Read Here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2009/nov/30/barack-obama-nobel-peace-prize
From the Times Dispatch:
The United States has the best health care in the world -- but because of its
inefficiencies, also the most expensive. The fundamental problem with the
2,074-page Senate health care bill (as with its 2,014 page House counterpart) is
that it wildly compounds the complexity by adding hundreds of new provisions,
regulations, mandates, committees, and other arbitrary bureaucratic
Worse, they are packed into a monstrous package without any
regard to each other. The only thing linking these changes -- such as the 118
new boards, commissions, and programs -- is political expediency. Each must be
able to garner just enough votes to pass. There is not even a pretense of a
unifying vision or conceptual harmony....The result is an overregulated,
overbureaucratized system of surpassing arbitrariness and inefficiency. Throw a
dart at the Senate tome:You'll find mandates with financial penalties -- the
amounts picked out of a hat....You'll find insurance companies (who live and die
by their actuarial skills) told exactly what weight to give risk factors, such
as age. Currently insurance premiums for 20-somethings are about one-sixth the
premiums for 60-somethings. The House bill dictates the young shall now pay at
minimum one-half; the Senate bill, one-third -- numbers picked out of a
hat....You'll find sliding scales for health insurance subsidies -- percentages
picked out of a hat -- that will radically raise marginal income tax rates for
middle-class recipients, among other crazy unintended consequences....The bill
is irredeemable. It should not only be defeated. It should be immolated, its
ashes scattered over the Senate swimming pool. Then do health care the right way
-- one reform at a time, each simple and simplifying, aimed at reducing
complexity, arbitrariness, and inefficiency....First, tort reform. This is money
-- the low-end estimate is about half a trillion per decade -- wasted in two
ways. Part is simply hemorrhaged into the legal system to benefit a few jackpot
lawsuit winners and an army of extravagantly rich malpractice lawyers such as
John Edwards....The rest is wasted within the medical system in the millions of
unnecessary tests, procedures, and referrals undertaken solely to fend off
lawsuits -- resources wasted on patients who don't need them and which could be
redirected to the uninsured who really do...In the 4,000-plus pages of the two
bills, there is no tort reform. Indeed, the House bill actually penalizes states
that dare "limit attorneys' fees or impose caps on damages." Why? Because, as
Howard Dean has openly admitted, Democrats don't want "to take on the trial
lawyers." What he didn't say --he didn't need to -- is that they give millions
to the Democrats for precisely this kind of protection.....Second, even more
simple and simplifying, abolish the prohibition against buying health insurance
across state lines.....Some states have very few health insurers. Rates are
high. So why not allow interstate competition? After all, you can buy oranges
across state lines. If you couldn't, oranges would be extremely expensive in
Wisconsin, especially in winter....And the answer to the resulting high
Wisconsin orange prices wouldn't be the establishment of a public option -- a
federally run orange-growing company in Wisconsin -- to introduce "competition."
It would be to allow Wisconsin residents to buy Florida oranges....But neither
bill lifts the prohibition on interstate competition for health insurance.
Because this would obviate the need -- the excuse -- for the public option,
which the left wing of the Democratic Party sees (correctly) as the royal road
to fully socialized medicine.
Read Here: Health Reform: Kill the bills and do it right Richmond Times-Dispatch
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:16 PM
As President Barack Obama prepares to make
the case for sending more troops to Afghanistan, some allies are urging him
to return to a line of argument little heard since the Bush years: the United
States has a moral obligation to protect the Afghan people, particularly women,
from the Taliban.
Obama ran on a promise to restore cold-eyed calculations
of national interest to American foreign policy, a reaction against President
George W. Bush’s tendency to cast a confrontational foreign policy in terms of
the freedoms it would achieve for nations that did not have them. And he has
governed without the public appeals to human rights that marked American foreign
policy ventures from Kosovo to Iraq.
But realism has proved, at times, a
hard political sell. Bloodless talk about “engagement” has left the Obama
administration without a compelling story to tell or argument to make. And its
emphasis on process has only increased the pressure for more tangible results.
Read Here: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1109/2922.html
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:09 AM
Presidential politics is about storytelling. Presented with a vivid storyline,
voters naturally tend to fit every new event or piece of information into a
picture that is already neatly framed in their minds....No one understands this
better than Barack Obama and his team, who won
the 2008 election in part because they were better storytellers than the
opposition. The pro-Obama narrative featured an almost mystically talented young
idealist who stood for change in a disciplined and thoughtful way. This easily
outpowered the anti-Obama narrative, featuring an opportunistic Chicago pol with
dubious relationships who was more liberal than he was letting on.
into his presidency, however, Obama’s gift for controlling his image shows signs
of faltering. As Washington returns to work from the Thanksgiving holiday, there
are several anti-Obama storylines gaining momentum. ...The Obama White House argues
that all of these storylines are inaccurate or unfair. In some cases these
anti-Obama narratives are fanned by Republicans, in some cases by reporters and
commentators....But they all are serious threats to Obama, if they gain enough
currency to become the dominant frame through which people interpret the
president’s actions and motives.
Read Here: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1109/29993.html
From The Gaurdian:
There is "virtually no possibility" of a few scientists biasing the advice given to governments by the UN's top global warming body, its chair said today...Rajendra Pachauri defended the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in the wake of apparent suggestions in emails between climate scientists at the University of East Anglia that they had prevented work they did not agree with from being included in the panel's fourth assessment report, which was published in 2007....The emails were made public this month after a hacker illegally obtained them from servers at the university....Pachauri said the large number of contributors and rigorous peer review mechanism adopted by the IPCC meant that any bias would be rapidly uncovered...."The processes in the IPCC are so robust, so inclusive, that even if an author or two has a particular bias it is completely unlikely that bias will find its way into the IPCC report," he said...."Every single comment that an expert reviewer provides has to be answered either by acceptance of the comment, or if it is not accepted, the reasons have to be clearly specified. So I think it is a very transparent, a very comprehensive process which insures that even if someone wants to leave out a piece of peer reviewed literature there is virtually no possibility of that happening."...The IPCC, which was set up by the UN in 1988, is the world's leading authority on climate change. It advises governments on the science behind the problem and was awarded the Nobel peace prize along with Al Gore in 2007
Raed Here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/nov/29/ipcc-climate-change-leaked-emails
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:20 AM
Sunday, November 29, 2009
From The Washington Times:
"the clash of civilizations as Barbie dons the burqa. Burkha Barbie, by Italian
designer Eliana Lorena, will be among the dolls auctioned by Sotheby's in a
benefit for the nongovernment charity Save the Children. The message to little
girls worldwide: Abandon all hope. Barbie has long been a source of controversy.
Critics have taken the iconic doll to task for implicitly promoting an
unrealistic body image among young girls. In 1992, Teen Talk Barbie was
denounced for saying, 'I love shopping!' among other things. This year's Totally
Stylin' Tattoos Barbie comes complete with a tasteless 'tramp stamp' on her
Read Here: EDITORIAL: Barbie converts to Islam - Washington Times:
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:02 PM
"The United States should be able to begin scaling back its troop presence in Afghanistan from a post-surge peak by 2013, according to an assessment by the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan.
U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal gave his assessment to a delegation of U.S. lawmakers who visited Kabul earlier this week, participants said on Saturday.
It is unclear whether President Barack Obama will spell out a schedule for a drawdown of U.S. forces when he announces a revised war strategy on Tuesday"
Read Here: U.S. eyes Afghan drawdown starting by 2013: report | Politics | Reuters:
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:15 PM
From Reuters -
The United States and Russia are unlikely to finish a pact to cut Cold War arsenals of nuclear weapons by a December 5 deadline but still aim to close the deal by year-end, Russian and U.S. sources said Friday.
Diplomats from the two biggest nuclear powers have been trying to prepare a new agreement on cutting atomic weapons before the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty expires.
The new accord will be signed 'in a European country' in December, a Kremlin source told Reuters in Minsk, where President Dmitry Medvedev was meeting regional leaders."
Read Here: Russia, U.S. likely to miss deadline on arms pact | Politics | Reuters:
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:13 PM
"Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said curbing the central bank’s authority to supervise the banking system and tampering with its independence would “seriously impair” economic stability in the U.S.
“A number of the legislative proposals being circulated would significantly reduce the capacity of the Federal Reserve to perform its core functions,” the Fed chairman said in a commentary in today’s Washington Post. The measures “would seriously impair the prospects for economic and financial stability in the U.S.”"
Read Here: Bernanke Says Limiting Fed Independence Would ‘Impair’ Economy - Bloomberg.com:
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:09 PM
Saturday, November 28, 2009
"President Barack Obama is paying a price for a recession that began before he took office, and fellow Democrats have started to balk at his legislative agenda and demand greater efforts to create jobs.
Some liberal Democrats even want Obama to replace his economic team while moderates fear his bid to overhaul healthcare and stem global warming -- two top priorities -- may mean more fiscal hard times, at least in the short term.
In one sign of the angst on Capitol Hill, a group of black Democratic lawmakers last week temporarily blocked a bill to tighten financial regulation, another Obama priority, signaling they believe more help is urgently needed for the unemployed"
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:19 AM
"South Korea has launched a dispute at the World Trade Organization against the United States over U.S. measures to raise prices on imports of steel, a South Korean embassy official said on Thursday.The move by Seoul is the latest challenge to a controversial method, known as zeroing, used by the United States to calculate duties on imports that it believes are being dumped or sold below their cost in the exporting country."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:18 AM
The world is losing patience with Iran's behavior over its nuclear program and Tehran will be responsible for the consequences if it fails to meet its obligations, the White House said on Friday.
Robert Gibbs, President Barack Obama's chief spokesman, said a vote by the U.N. nuclear watchdog to rebuke Iran illustrated the 'resolve and unity' of the international community over Iran's nuclear program"
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:17 AM
Washingtonexaminer.com | Beltway Confidential | Opinion Articles - Editorials on Top News Stories | Washington Examiner
"As you sit down for Thanksgiving with your family, be thankful for President Obama. He is such a great leader that, in his hands, just $500 is enough to create or save a job. Yes, that's right -- or at least, that's what the stimulus reports would suggest.
The Examiner has continued to study stimulus contracts, focusing this week on the ones that make outlandish claims about the number of jobs created with tiny sums of cash. Who would have thought, for example, that the Toro Company, which famously created 50 jobs by selling one lawn mower, could create yet another 50 jobs by selling a single utility truck?
And where else but on a stimulus project can a $3,000 parking lot painting contract create 7 jobs?"
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:16 AM
Washingtonexaminer.com | Beltway Confidential | Opinion Articles - Editorials on Top News Stories | Washington Examiner
Janet Foran of MDOT’s Office of Communications said “The stimulus funding calculation for jobs created is one job for each $92,000 invested, making, if the calculation is accurate, three hundred sixty-four jobs created or saved by the investment.'
stimulus money in advance as creating a certain number of jobs per dollar, then obviously you will achieve the results the Obama administration has been looking for. How many other reported stimulus jobs have been 'created or saved' through this kind of circular logic?"
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:15 AM
Washingtonexaminer.com | Beltway Confidential | Opinion Articles - Editorials on Top News Stories | Washington Examiner
"A new Rasmussen Reports survey shows that Americans have become dramatically more satisfied with the U.S. health care system, even as President Obama and Democrats in Congress run it down rhetorically.
The poll finds that 49 percent now rate American health care 'excellent' or 'good.'"
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:14 AM
One of Barack Obama's favorite lines of attack on John McCain last election was to criticize McCain for regularly voting against 'renewable energy.' If you check the 23 votes Obama's campaign cited for this criticism you'll see that largely, Obama was attacking McCain for opposing ethanol subsidies and mandates.
Indeed, Obama wanted to require all new cars made in the U.S. to run flex-fuel -- another mandate forcing ethanol on U.S."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:13 AM
"Double-digit. That hyphenated adjective has been used most often recently to describe October's 10.2 percent unemployment rate. But it can also be used to describe the federal budget deficit as a percentage of the gross domestic product. That precise number is not yet known, but it may turn out to have a more dire effect on our national life than October's unemployment rate.
In the fiscal year just ended, federal spending was nearly 25 percent of GDP while federal revenues slipped below 15 percent because of the financial crisis and recession. We have not seen a budget deficit of this magnitude since World War II, which surely was a greater challenge than recent economic troubles.
Apologists for the Obama administration argue that some 2009 spending, like that on financial bailouts, is nonrecurring. True, but as the Congressional Budget Office has reported, the trajectory of administration spending and revenue is pushing the annual deficit toward $1,000,000,000,000 -- that's $1 trillion -- for the next decade"
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:12 AM
"Cuba began its biggest military maneuvers in five years on Thursday, saying they were needed to prepare for a possible invasion by the United States.
Despite a thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations and assurances last week by President Barack Obama that the United States has no intention of invading the island 90 miles from Florida, Cuba's state-run press quoted military leaders as saying there 'exists a real possibility of a military aggression against Cuba."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:12 AM
On September 29th, when ACORN is under full public scrutiny in the aftermath of the undercover video sting, it announced with great fanfare that it was launching a thorough and independent review of its operations. It named Scott Harshbarger, former Massachusetts Attorney General, to head up this review."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:11 AM
"President Barack Obama asked for a full review of how a Virginia couple vying for a spot in the cast of a reality-TV show was able to crash Tuesday's state dinner for the prime minister of India, a White House official said Friday.
Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan issued a rare apology, saying the service took full responsibility for the episode and was 'deeply concerned and embarrassed.'
White House aides added a new wrinkle Friday, saying the couple was photographed with Mr. Obama on the receiving line. They also had their pictures taken with Vice President Joe Biden"
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:10 AM
Friday, November 27, 2009
Republican blasts ACORN reprieve - Political Intelligence - A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe - Boston.com
A top House Republican today blasted a ruling by the Justice Department that allows the Obama administration to pay ACORN for services provided under contracts signed before Congress passed a law banning the community advocacy group from receiving taxpayers money....Republicans have been on the warpath against ACORN since its voter registration efforts came under scrutiny during the 2008 presidential campaign. After conservative activists, who posed as a prostitute and pimp, released videos appearing to show ACORN staffers advising them how to skirt the law, Democrats joined in the outrage, leading to the congressional funding ban that Obama signed on Oct. 1....Since 1994, ACORN, which stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, has received about $53 million in federal aid, much of it in grants to help poor people obtain affordable housing. The Justice Department asked whether the funding ban applied to prior contracts. In a ruling first reported by the New York Times, a department lawyer said the payments under prior contracts should continue because the language of the law did not expressly wipe them out.
Read Here: Republican blasts ACORN reprieve - Political Intelligence - A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe - Boston.com:
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:24 PM
From the New York Times:
The Justice Department has concluded that the Obama administration can lawfully pay the community group Acorn for services provided under contracts signed before Congress banned the government from providing money to the group....The department’s conclusion, laid out in a recently disclosed five-page memorandum from David Barron, the acting assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel, adds a new wrinkle to a sharp political debate over the antipoverty group’s activities and recent efforts to distance the government from it....Since 1994, Acorn, which stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, has received about $53 million in federal aid, much of it grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for providing various services related to affordable housing
Read Here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/28/us/politics/28acorn.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1259355860-u1P2DRmPrdFQwFuMP5+Gww
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:23 PM
Thursday, November 26, 2009
From the LA Times:
On Thanksgiving eve, Obama issues special Hajj message to world's Muslims: Statement by the President on Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha, as provided by the White House...Michelle and I would like to send our best wishes to all those performing Hajj this year, and to Muslims in America and around the world who are celebrating Eid-ul-Adha. The rituals of Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha both serve as reminders of the shared Abrahamic roots of three of the world’s major religions.......During Hajj, the world’s largest and most diverse gathering, three million Muslims from all walks of life – including thousands of American Muslims – will stand in prayer on Mount Arafat. The following day, Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid-ul-Adha and distribute food to the less fortunate to commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son out of obedience to God. ...This year, I am pleased that the Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with the Saudi Health Ministry to prevent and limit the spread of H1N1 during Hajj. Cooperating on combating H1N1 is one of the ways we are implementing my administration's commitment to partnership in areas of mutual interest....On behalf of the American people, we would like to extend our greetings during this Hajj season – Eid Mubarak.
Read Here: On Thanksgiving eve, Obama issues special Hajj message to world's Muslims
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:14 PM
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
McPaddenFed Audit still in Jeopardy? More info (Thanks to Michael McPadden)Share
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Fed Audit in Jeopardy
Below I have listed an entry from Mish's blog about the "Audit the Fed" bill in Congress. I have always said that if the Federal Reserve gets a fair and thorough audit they would not last another three years, after the American people find out what they have done. Well democrat Mel Watt from North Carolina has made sure that the fair audit will not happen. Did you really expect that the Fed was just going to roll over on this one. It is time to make some phone calls.
This should come as no surprise but Ron Paul says Federal Reserve Policy Audit Legislation ‘Gutted’
Representative Ron Paul, the Texas Republican who has called for an end to the Federal Reserve, said legislation he introduced to audit monetary policy has been “gutted” while moving toward a possible vote in the Democratic-controlled House.
The bill, with 308 co-sponsors, has been stripped of provisions that would remove Fed exemptions from audits of transactions with foreign central banks, monetary policy deliberations, transactions made under the direction of the Federal Open Market Committee and communications between the Board, the reserve banks and staff, Paul said today.
“There’s nothing left, it’s been gutted,” he said in a telephone interview. “This is not a partisan issue. People all over the country want to know what the Fed is up to, and this legislation was supposed to help them do that.”
Paul, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, said Mel Watt, a Democrat from North Carolina, has eliminated “just about everything” while preparing the legislation for formal consideration. Watt is chairman of the panel’s domestic monetary policy and technology subcommittee.
Keith Kelly, a spokesman for Watt, declined to comment and said Watt wasn’t immediately available for an interview. Watt’s district includes Charlotte, headquarters of Bank of America Corp., the biggest U.S. lender.
Call The Capital Switchboard
Conservative For Change has this advice in Ron Paul's Audit the Fed Bill Gutted.
It is time to get on the phone with everyone in Washington...Congressman and Senators and demand action against the illegal Federal Reserve. Call the Capitol Switchboard 202-224-3121 and speak with everyone you can!
Call Democratic Central Committee
On October 8, in Audit The Fed Revisited Jacob Dreizin offered this advice.
Without a flood of citizen lobbying, they will most likely water down H.R. 1207 into something meaningless, or else ignore it altogether.
The committee Democrats' central phone number is (202) 225–4247, and the fax is (202) 225-6952. Alternately, and perhaps more effectively, you can politely email some or all of the committee's most senior Democrat staff directly, as follows:
Committee staff director and chief counsel: Jeanne.Roslanowick@mail.house.gov
Committee deputy chief counsel: Lawranne.Stewart@mail.house.gov
Committee communications director: Steven.Adamske@mail.house.gov (or possibly Steve.Adamske@mail.house.gov)
Phone Your Own Representative
For a list of phone and fax numbers for Congress please see Speak Out - Audit the Fed, Then End It!
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:07 PM
The book that started it all for me and many conservative/Libertarians Ayn Rand's classic novel "Atlas Shrugged" is becoming more fact than fiction. From the Wall Street Journal's Stephen Moore:
Some years ago when I worked at the libertarian Cato Institute, we used to label any new hire who had not yet read "Atlas Shrugged" a "virgin." Being conversant in Ayn Rand's classic novel about the economic carnage caused by big government run amok was practically a job requirement. If only "Atlas" were required reading for every member of Congress and political appointee in the Obama administration. I'm confident that we'd get out of the current financial mess a lot faster...Many of us who know Rand's work have noticed that with each passing week, and with each successive bailout plan and economic-stimulus scheme out of Washington, our current politicians are committing the very acts of economic lunacy that "Atlas Shrugged" parodied in 1957, when this 1,000-page novel was first published and became an instant hit...Rand, who had come to America from Soviet Russia with striking insights into totalitarianism and the destructiveness of socialism, was already a celebrity. The left, naturally, hated her. But as recently as 1991, a survey by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club found that readers rated "Atlas" as the second-most influential book in their lives, behind only the Bible
Read Here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123146363567166677.html
There’s a myth circulating in the blogosphere and the punditry, and it is threatening the Democrats’ majorities. It goes like this: In 1994, Democrats failed to pass a healthcare bill, and they lost their majorities. Ergo, if Democrats fail to pass a healthcare bill in 2009, they will be at serious risk of losing their majorities in 2010, so to save their majorities, they should make certain above all else to get something passed...The list of Democrats echoing this theme is lengthy. Steve Benen, Mark Kleiman, and Matt Yglesias have all made variants of this argument. The President himself reportedly argued back in July that failure to pass this bill would destroy his Presidency as it did Clinton’s (as did Republican Senator Jim DeMint)....The frustrating thing about this myth is not only that it is becoming so widespread, but also that it is so deeply misguided. The Democrats did not lose Congress in 1994 because they failed to pass health care reform. They lost Congress in 1994 because they failed to rally the public behind health care reform. Had Democrats successfully sold Clintoncare to the public and then passed it, their majorities might have been saved. But had Democrats gone ahead and passed it anyway, under the conditions that existed in summer of 1994, their losses likely would have been even greater than they ultimately experienced in November
Read Here: Voting For Obamacare Will Not Help Save Democrats' Majorities
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:31 AM
From Real Clear Politics:
It’s become something of an article of faith within the lay punditry that high unemployment and a weak recovery will seriously weigh down the Democrats’ performance in the 2010 midterm elections. People vote with their pocketbooks, the adage goes, and their pocketbooks are likely to be awfully thin in November of 2010...On the other hand, pundits technical backgrounds have noted that predictive modeling shows a weak correlation at best between almost every measure of the performance of the economy and midterm gain.
Read Here: How Unemployment Affects Midterm Elections
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:29 AM
From Real Clear Politics:
When you knowingly pay someone to lie to you, we call the deceiver an illusionist or a magician. When you unwittingly pay someone to do the same thing, I call him a politician....President Obama insists that health care "reform" not "add a dime" to the budget deficit, which daily grows to ever more frightening levels. So the House-passed bill and the one the Senate now deliberates both claim to cost less than $900 billion. Somehow "$900 billion over 10 years" has been decreed to be a magical figure that will not increase the deficit...It's amazing how precise government gets when estimating the cost of 10 years of subsidized medical care. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's bill was scored not at $850 billion, but $849 billion. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said her bill would cost $871 billion...How do they do that?...The key to magic is misdirection, fooling the audience into looking in the wrong direction
Read Here: We Pay Them to Lie to Us
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:27 AM
The United States plans to resume arms sales to Taiwan and warned of a build-up of missiles aimed at the island by China, a top U.S. diplomat said Tuesday....Washington has not struck any new arms deals with Taiwan since President Barack Obama was sworn in at the start of the year, sparking concerns in Taipei that sales had been informally suspended....Beijing opposes all U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and has called previous deals a sticking point in Sino-U.S. relations.
Read Here: http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSTRE5AN29120091124?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&rpc=22&sp=true
The Obama administration, facing criticism its economic stimulus plans are failing to halt layoffs, on Tuesday said hiring prompted by the spending would accelerate next year…..Republican lawmakers have heavily criticized the Obama plan, pushed through Congress in February, for doing little to stop the loss of 3 million jobs since February or prevent unemployment reaching 10.2 percent….At a Joint Economic Committee hearing last week, Rep. Kevin Brady, a Texas Republican, declared the stimulus a failure and asked U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to step down…Bernstein said there was "no relationship between the timing" of last week's criticism and an effort to highlight some of the stimulus act's more successful programs.
Read Here: http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSTRE5AN5GG20091124?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&rpc=22&sp=true
President Barack Obama has no plans to join a global treaty banning landmines because a policy review found the United States could not meet its security commitments without them, the State Department said on Tuesday.......This administration undertook a policy review and we decided that our land mine policy remains in effect," spokesman Ian Kelly told a briefing five days before a review conference in Cartegena, Colombia on the 10-year-old Mine Ban Treaty..."We determined that we would not be able to meet our national defense needs nor our security commitments to our friends and allies if we signed this convention," he said.
Read Here: http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSTRE5AN5HH20091125?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&rpc=22&sp=true
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 7:46 PM
Big Government » Blog Archive » ACORN Document Dump: Why Did ACORN Spend $9,000 at Fertility Clinic?
From Big Governement:
Big Government’s first post about the San Diego Document Dump showed a bank authorization to automatically pay monthly membership dues. That particular individual committed to paying ACORN $10 a month. Thousands of California residents have made similar commitments, adding up to substantial monthly revenue for ACORN. How an organization chooses to spend its members money says alot about that organization"
Read Here: Big Government » Blog Archive » ACORN Document Dump: Why Did ACORN Spend $9,000 at Fertility Clinic?: "
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 7:33 PM
From the Washington Examiner:
The simmering animosity between the House ethics committee and the newly created Office of Congressional Ethics is on full display in a seven page letter issued publicly Tuesday by the latter panel, which seems a bit on the defensive about its role in policing House lawmakers...The trouble started on October 29, when the House ethics committee, which is made up of 10 House lawmakers appointed by the Speaker and Minority Leader, leveled "six criticisms" at the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), which is made up of appointed lay people and tasked as an independent overseer of the ethics process in the House. The OCE was formed in response to public anger over corruption in Congress and a lack of action by the House ethics panel, which almost never disciplines members...The House ethics committee accused the OCE of disclosing witness names, ignoring evidence, overstepping its authority and withholding exculpatory evidence from a lawmaker under investigation, among other things...The OCE, chaired by former congressmen David Skaggs (D) and Porter Goss (R), fired back on Tuesday, telling the House ethics panel it has properly followed the rules and to essentially butt out..."In conclusion, the Board believes the interests of the House and the public will be better served if both the [House ethics committee] and the OCE each focus on their own internal rules," the OCE letter states..
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 7:29 PM
The new rebellion movement in the U.S. seems to be the re-emergence, for lack of a better work, of the defiant conservative voice into our national debate. Since the inception of this country, it has been drummed into American pop culture that the anti-establishment little man is the person we all should strive to become. The little man versus the big man is at the very core of our country and the rebel mentality part of the fiber of each and every American. With the election of Barrack Obama and the aging liberals controlling Congress this paradigm is beginning to change toward something unexpected, a conservative re-birth. With a recent Gallup poll showing self-identified conservatives hovering around 40%, it’s not so much that the belief that has changed (I always will assert that for more citizens in the U.S. are of a conservative mind than identify as such) but that the outward self-identifying has changed in reaction to the current state of Federal politics in our country. This change, as evident in the Tea party movement, is due to the rebellion factor as much as it is to the often used reasons of frustration, conviction and anger. The vocal revolt of the current administration through increased viewership of conservative leaning T.V., readership of conservative leaning articles and the listenership in conservative leaning radio is as much a reclaiming of one’s convictions as it is a response to fight against the establishment in charge. This is the problem facing a group, that has always defined themselves as “anti” establishment but have now have become the establishment in charge….how does a perceived underdog get support when they are in charge. I believe this vocal “underdog” opposition to the Obama administration by the Tea party movement and conservatives in general is the main problem the this administration and Congress will face going forward since they have rarely, if ever, have had to deal with being the “establishment.”
This rebellious attitude is almost ingrained into the DNA of every Americans since we were founded on rebellion and look to those that go against the grain as heroes and icons. Tapping into the “maverick” lexicon (whether real or implied) has made more than one persons career (Rocky, Rambo, JLK, Reagan, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood to name a few.) We are seeing it now on the right as “conservatism” seems to be becoming a four letter word in the mainstream media and as the Obama administration takes on all that oppose them in ideology and policy. From Fox News to Rush Limbaugh to Glen Beck to the Tea parties; and locally with Doc Thompson, the Lee brothers and The Contemporary Conservative, all our audiences have grown exponentially due to the fact that we are now speaking out against the “establishment”…the funny thing is the “establishment” was once the “anti-establishment” and is failing in the leadership role they have so desperately rallied against for so many years. It is easy to criticize someone else when you have nothing to loose (Monday quarterback, backseat driver, movie critic.) We all do it to a degree but once the power shifts from the person being criticized to the critic, that critic better know what needs to be done, be effective in executive and not misjudge the support that they have less they be judge by their own past words.
But I digress, the point is that as long as there is a government that seems hell bent on dictating what the citizens should do, penalizing those that disagree and defining dissension as a matter of right and wrong then we, as American citizens, will revolt because that is who we are as Americans. Right now, there is a growing revolt against the uber liberal ideas of Congress and the Obama administration, last election it was a revolt against President Bush…the one thing that America can never loose is this rebellious spirit that is what moves us forward as a country….more to come on this in the future.
-Jody L. Wilcox
From the AP:
With more Americans going hungry than ever before, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is concerned that dozens of states aren't adequately administering food stamp programs designed to provide food to low-income Americans....Several states have taken steps that have been "problematic and resulted in a more complex and difficult enrollment process," according to a letter from the USDA to state administrators, which was obtained by The Associated Press. The letter says practices in those states "have not served our clients or our taxpayers well."
Read Here: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/nov/24/usda-states-struggling-to-administer-food-stamps/
From the Telegraph:
If you own any shares in alternative energy companies I should start dumping them NOW. The conspiracy behind the Anthropogenic Global Warming myth (aka AGW; aka ManBearPig) has been suddenly, brutally and quite deliciously exposed after a hacker broke into the computers at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (aka Hadley CRU) and released 61 megabites of confidential files onto the internet. (Hat tip: Watts Up With That)...When you read some of those files – including 1079 emails and 72 documents – you realise just why the boffins at Hadley CRU might have preferred to keep them confidential. As Andrew Bolt puts it, this scandal could well be “the greatest in modern science”. These alleged emails – supposedly exchanged by some of the most prominent scientists pushing AGW theory – suggest:Conspiracy, collusion in exaggerating warming data, possibly illegal destruction of embarrassing information, organised resistance to disclosure, manipulation of data, private admissions of flaws in their public claims and much more....One of the alleged emails has a gentle gloat over the death in 2004 of John L Daly (one of the first climate change sceptics, founder of the Still Waiting For Greenhouse site), commenting:“In an odd way this is cheering news.”...But perhaps the most damaging revelations – the scientific equivalent of the Telegraph’s MPs’ expenses scandal – are those concerning the way Warmist scientists may variously have manipulated or suppressed evidence in order to support their cause.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:25 PM
From : Global
warming alarmists are scrambling to save face after hackers stole hundreds of incriminating e-mails from a British university and published them on the Internet....The messages were pirated from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia (UEA) and reveal correspondence between British and American researchers engaged in fraudulent reporting of data to favor their own climate change agenda. UEA officials confirmed one of their servers was hacked, and several of the scientists involved admitted the authenticity of the messages, according to the New York Times. The article opined, "The evidence pointing to a growing human contribution to global warming is so widely accepted that the hacked material is unlikely to erode the overall argument."...Climatologist Patrick J. Michaels challenged that position. "This is not a smoking gun, this is a mushroom cloud." The e-mails implicate scores of researchers, most of whom are associated with the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an organization many skeptics believe was created exclusively to provide evidence of anthropogenic global warming (AGW)....Among the IPCC elite embarrassingly, if not criminally, compromised is Phillip D. Jones, a Ph.D. climatologist at the University of East Anglia whose work figured prominently in the IPCC Third Assessment Report of 2001. Jones also contributed significantly to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report in 2007 (AR4), but he failed to follow through when skeptical investigators asked to review raw data associated with that report. They announced intent to use UK Freedom of Information laws to obtain the data, so Jones sent the following e-mail to one of his collaborators: "Mike, Can you delete any e-mails you may have had with Keith re AR4? Keith will do likewise.... Can you also e-mail Gene and get him to do the same?... Will be getting Caspar to do likewise." The Mike in this message is Michael Mann, professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, whose influential "hockey stick" graph warning of pending global warming eco-catastrophe was found by a congressional investigation to be fraudulent. In another correspondence about AR4 labeled HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL, Jones contacted Mann regarding research critical of their global warming platform. "I can't see either of these papers being in the next IPCC report," wrote Jones. "Kevin and I will keep them out somehow — even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!"
Read Here: http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/tech-mainmenu-30/environment/2377-ipcc-researchers-admit-global-warming-fraud
More here: Fall Of The Republic documents how an offshore corporate cartel is bankrupting the US economy by design. Leaders are now declaring that world govern... Order the DVD at: http://infowars-shop.stores...
From the Las Vegas Sun:
A former field director for the political advocacy organization ACORN was sentenced today in district court to up to three years of probation....Christopher Edwards, who in August pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit a crime of compensation for registration of voters, a gross misdemeanor, received a suspended jail sentence and a $500 fine. He has agreed to testify against ACORN and one of its former regional directors, Amy Busefink....The Nevada attorney general’s office has accused ACORN and Busefink of operating an illegal bonus system. Tying money to or setting quotas for collecting voter registration cards is illegal under Nevada law.
Read Here: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/nov/23/ex-acorn-official-gets-probation-voter-registratio/
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:35 AM
From the Washington Times:
Scientific progress depends on accurate and complete data. It also relies on replication. The past couple of days have uncovered some shocking revelations about the baloney practices that pass as sound science about climate change....It was announced Thursday afternoon that computer hackers had obtained 160 megabytes of e-mails from the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in England. Those e-mails involved communication among many scientific researchers and policy advocates with similar ideological positions all across the world. Those purported authorities were brazenly discussing the destruction and hiding of data that did not support global-warming claims....Professor Phil Jones, the head of the Climate Research Unit, and professor Michael E. Mann at Pennsylvania State University, who has been an important scientist in the climate debate, have come under particular scrutiny. Among his e-mails, Mr. Jones talked to Mr. Mann about the "trick of adding in the real temps to each series ... to hide the decline [in temperature]."
Read Here: EDITORIAL: Hiding evidence of global cooling - Washington Times
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:27 AM
Monday, November 23, 2009
From the American Spectator:
U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, delivered the following remarks last Thursday night at The American Spectator's Robert L. Bartley Dinner:
(Remarks as delivered)
I stand before you today at an historic moment for the conservative movement and for this great country. The coming weeks and months may well set the course for this nation for a generation and beyond. How we as conservatives respond could well determine whether America retains her place as a beacon of hope in the world, or whether we slip into the abyss that has swallowed much of Europe in an avalanche of Socialism.
While some are prepared to write the obituary on capitalism and conservative values, I believe we are in the midst of a great American awakening. And it is breaking out all across this land, in townhalls and tea parties, coffee shops and church halls, in New Jersey and Virginia, and in the hearts and minds of everyday Americans, who are fed up with runaway federal spending, bailouts and takeovers by both parties and are saying with one voice: enough is enough.
The American people know what makes sense and what doesn't.
On the foreign stage, the American people know that weakness arouses evil. They know that bowing and kowtowing to foreign dictators only diminishes our standing in the world. And they know that standing idly by while the Ayatollahs in Iran crush innocent civilians, clamoring for free elections, is totally inconsistent with our history of standing with those who stand for freedom around the world. Ronald Reagan didn't stand before the Brandenburg Gate and say, 'Mr. Gorbachev, that wall is none of our business.' The American cause is freedom and in that cause we must never be silent again."
Read More Here: The American Spectator : The Evening Keynote: "
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:48 PM
From the AP:
"As of Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at least 842 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to the Defense Department. The department last updated its figures Monday at 10 a.m. EST....Of those, the military reports 650 were killed by hostile action."
Read Here: TBO.com - News From AP:
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:35 PM
Several U.S. policy makers consider JPMorgan Chase & Co Chief Executive Jamie Dimon as a potential successor to U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, the New York Post said, citing sources.Dimon 'would love to serve his country,' the paper quoted people familiar with his thinking as saying."
Read Here: Dimon seen as successor to Geithner: report | Politics | Reuters: "
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:27 PM
Clinton to miss 2nd OSCE ministerial in a row: Greece | Politics | Reuters: "U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not attend an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) foreign ministers' meeting in early December in Athens, a Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman said.'Today the U.S. ambassador informed us that Secretary Clinton will not be able to attend the OSCE meeting,' spokesman Gregory Delavekouras said Monday, without giving a reason.
This will be the second time in a row that Clinton has missed a meeting of foreign ministers from the OSCE, a regional security organization that includes both the United States and Russia amongst its 56 member states...She canceled a trip to an OSCE meeting in Greece in June because of an arm injury. At that gathering, the West assessed Russia's pan-Europe security pact."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:24 PM
US Foreign Policy: Obama's Nice Guy Act Gets Him Nowhere on the World Stage - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
"When he entered office, US President Barack Obama promised to inject US foreign policy with a new tone of respect and diplomacy. His recent trip to Asia, however, showed that it's not working. A shift to Bush-style bluntness may be coming....There were only a few hours left before Air Force One was scheduled to depart for the flight home. US President Barack Obama trip through Asia had already seen him travel 24,000 kilometers, sit through a dozen state banquets, climb the Great Wall of China and shake hands with Korean children. It was high time to take stock of the trip.
Barack Obama looked tired on Thursday, as he stood in the Blue House in Seoul, the official residence of the South Korean president. He also seemed irritable and even slightly forlorn. The CNN cameras had already been set up. But then Obama decided not to play along, and not to answer the question he had already been asked several times on his trip: what did he plan to take home with him? Instead, he simply said 'thank you, guys,' and disappeared. David Axelrod, senior advisor to the president, fielded the journalists' questions in the hallway of the Blue House instead, telling them that the public's expectations had been 'too high.'"
Read HereUS Foreign Policy: Obama's Nice Guy Act Gets Him Nowhere on the World Stage - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International:
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:21 PM
"The United States government is financing its more than trillion-dollar-a-year borrowing with i.o.u.’s on terms that seem too good to be true...But that happy situation, aided by ultralow interest rates, may not last much longer....Treasury officials now face a trifecta of headaches: a mountain of new debt, a balloon of short-term borrowings that come due in the months ahead, and interest rates that are sure to climb back to normal as soon as the Federal Reserve decides that the emergency has passed.
Even as Treasury officials are racing to lock in today’s low rates by exchanging short-term borrowings for long-term bonds, the government faces a payment shock similar to those that sent legions of overstretched homeowners into default on their mortgages."
Read Here: Wave of Debt Payments Facing US Government - General * US * News * Story - CNBC.com:
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:20 PM
From the Wall Street Journal:
Sen. Joseph Lieberman, speaking in that trademark sonorous baritone, utters a simple statement that translates into real trouble for Democratic leaders: "I'm going to be stubborn on this."..Stubborn, he means, in opposing any health-care overhaul that includes a "public option," or government-run health-insurance plan, as the current bill does. His opposition is strong enough that Mr. Lieberman says he won't vote to let a bill come to a final vote if a public option is included....Probe for a catch or caveat in that opposition, and none is visible. Can he support a public option if states could opt out of the plan, as the current bill provides? "The answer is no," he says in an interview from his Senate office. "I feel very strongly about this." How about a trigger, a mechanism for including a public option along with a provision saying it won't be used unless private insurance plans aren't spreading coverage far and fast enough? No again.
Read Here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125900412679261049.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories
From Big Government:
On October 1st, 2009 California Attorney General Jerry Brown announced that an investigation had been opened into ACORN’s activities in California, resulting from undercover videos showing employees seemingly offering to assist the undercover film makers with human smuggling, child prostitution and even tax advice to boot...Although ACORN has denied any wrongdoing, some of the employees involved were terminated, and ACORN has publicly stated that they would fully cooperate with any investigations that followed.
Read Here: BREAKING: San Diego ACORN Document Dump Scandal
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:41 PM
As experts debate the potential speed of the US recovery, one figure looms large but is often overlooked: nearly 1 in 5 Americans is either out of work or under-employed....According to the government's broadest measure of unemployment, some 17.5 percent are either without a job entirely or underemployed. The so-called U-6 number is at the highest rate since becoming an official labor statistic in 1994....The number dwarfs the statistic most people pay attention to—the U-3 rate—which most recently showed unemployment at 10.2 percent for October, the highest it has been since June 1983
Read Here: http://www.cnbc.com/id/34040009
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:38 PM
Just 38% of voters now favor the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. That’s the lowest level of support measured for the plan in nearly two dozen tracking polls conducted since June...The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% now oppose the plan.
Read Here: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/september_2009/health_care_reform
Saturday, November 21, 2009
From the Washington Post:
Hackers broke into the electronic files of one of the world's foremost climate research centers this week and posted an array of e-mails in which prominent scientists engaged in a blunt discussion of global warming research and disparaged climate-change skeptics.
The skeptics have seized upon e-mails stolen from the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia in Britain as evidence that scientific data have been rigged to make it appear as if humans are causing global warming. The researchers, however, say the e-mails have been taken out of context and merely reflect an honest exchange of ideas.
University officials confirmed the data breach, which involves more than 1,000 e-mails and 3,000 documents, but said they could not say how many of the stolen items were authentic."
Read Here:Hackers steal electronic data from top climate research center: "
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:27 PM
"Higher-income Americans should be taxed to pay for more troops sent to Afghanistan and NATO should provide half of the new soldiers, said Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
An “additional income tax to the upper brackets, folks earning more than $200,000 or $250,000” a year, could fund more troops, Levin, a Michigan Democrat, said in an interview for Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital With Al Hunt,” airing this weekend."
Read Here: Upper-Bracket Tax May Be Needed for Afghan War Cost, Levin Says - Bloomberg.com:
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:26 PM
"After emerging out of nowhere over the summer as a seemingly potent and growing political force, the tea party movement has become embroiled in internal feuding over philosophy, strategy and money and is at risk of losing its momentum....The grass-roots activists driving the movement have become increasingly divided on such core questions as whether to focus their efforts on shaping policy debates or elections, work on a local, regional, state or national level or closely align themselves with the Republican Party, POLITICO found in interviews with tea party organizers in Washington and across the country....Many of these differences date to the movement’s beginnings last winter in an outpouring of anger about the huge increases in government spending enacted by President Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress. But they were overshadowed by the initial explosion of activism that culminated during the congressional town hall meetings in August...Now the disagreements and the sense of frustration they have engendered could diminish the movement’s potential influence in state and national politics"
Read Here: Tea partiers turn on each other - Kenneth P. Vogel - POLITICO.com
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:07 AM
From the AP:
"THE ISSUE: What can the government do to get doctors and hospitals to deliver cheaper medical services?
THE POLITICS: Medicare's fee-for-service structure means that doctors, hospitals and other providers have a greater financial incentive to provide large quantities of medical services than to provide high-quality medical services. Democrats and the Obama administration want to change that, and use the savings to help pay for their health overhaul legislation and bring down medical costs over the long term. One strategy they've eyed is called 'bundling.' That's where a range of services _ for example a hospital stay and post-discharge care _ are grouped together for a single reimbursement, instead of being reimbursed separately. This could give hospitals, doctors and other providers an incentive to provide more efficient care and reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions, since they won't get paid for doing more. But doctors and hospitals have concerns about how any such program would be implemented, since it could mean lower payments to them....WHAT IT MEANS: The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the federal government could save nearly $19 billion over 10 years by giving hospitals a single bundled payment covering a hospital stay and any health care service initiated within 30 days of a patient's discharge. President Barack Obama sought savings near that level in his initial list of proposed Medicare cuts meant to pay for a 10-year health care overhaul bill. But after concerns raised by hospitals and others, Congress and the White House appear to be settling for weaker measures like demonstration projects that won't yield cost savings anytime soon."
Read Here: Health care issues: Bundling payments - Friday, Nov. 20, 2009 | 7:48 a.m. - Las Vegas Sun:
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:00 AM
Levin: May be more troubling e-mails from Hasan - Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 | 1:57 a.m. - Las Vegas Sun
"There may be additional e-mails that could have tipped off law enforcement or military officials to the Fort Hood shooter before he went on his deadly rampage, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Friday.
The U.S. government intercepted at least 18 e-mails between Hasan and Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical American-born cleric. They were passed along to two Joint Terrorism Task Force cells led by the FBI, but a senior defense official said no one at the Defense Department knew about the messages until after the shootings. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss intelligence procedures.
Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said after a briefing from Pentagon and Army officials that his committee will investigate how those and other e-mails involving the alleged shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, were handled and why the U.S. military was not made aware of them before the Nov. 5 shooting."
Read Here: Levin: May be more troubling e-mails from Hasan - Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 | 1:57 a.m. - Las Vegas Sun
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:58 AM
"Gallup Daily tracking from Nov. 17-19 shows President Barack Obama’s job approval slipping to 49% for the first time in his presidency. Among post-World War II presidents, only Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton, and Ronald Reagan dropped below the symbolic majority approval level faster than Obama did."
Read Here: Gallup.Com - Daily News, Polls, Public Opinion on Government, Politics, Economics, Management
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:57 AM
"Budget shortfalls pose a direct threat to millions of U.S. jobs, many in the private sector, as state and local governments lay off workers and cut spending on contracts and other business services, a think tank said on Thursday.State and local governments will have to raise taxes and cut spending in the current and next two fiscal years to cover shortfalls totaling $469 billion, according to an Economic Policy Institute report.
The think tank -- where White House adviser Jared Bernstein spent years developing ideas found in the $787 billion economic stimulus plan he oversees -- said the U.S. government must give states and cities $150 billion in direct budget relief to save between 1.1 million and 1.4 million jobs."
Read Here State, local budget cuts a time bomb for U.S. jobs | Politics | Reuters
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:55 AM
Senate leader at risk in healthcare battle | Politics | Reuters: "Other than President Barack Obama, perhaps no one's political future is riding more on the Senate battle to revamp the healthcare system than the chamber's Democratic majority leader, Harry Reid.
With Reid already in danger of being unseated in next year's congressional election, the fight over the Democratic president's top domestic priority gives him a chance to prove his clout to voters in his home state of Nevada."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:54 AM
Top House Democrat questions 9/11 criminal trials | Politics | Reuters: "The chairman of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, Representative Ike Skelton, cast doubt on Friday about the Obama administration's decision to try the September 11, 2001, conspirators in a U.S. criminal court.Skelton, a fellow Democrat of President Barack Obama, asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Defense Secretary Robert Gates to brief the committee about the decision to use the criminal courts instead of the revamped military commissions.
'As a former prosecutor, I am not yet convinced that the right decision was made in these cases, nor that the presumption in favor of federal criminal trials over military tribunals for these detainees should continue,' Skelton said in a letter to the two officials.
Holder this week defended his decision to move the trials of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-professed mastermind of the September 11 attacks, and four other alleged conspirators to a federal criminal court in New York from military commissions."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:51 AM
Healthcare bill faces first Senate test "The U.S. Senate will cast its first crucial test vote on healthcare reform on Saturday, with Democrats close to reaching the 60 votes needed to overcome Republican opposition and open debate...Senators will vote at 8 p.m. EST on whether to start debate on Democratic leader Harry Reid's plan to overhaul the $2.5 trillion healthcare system -- the first procedural hurdle for the 2,074-page bill...Democrats need 60 votes to approve the motion in the 100-member Senate and have no margin for error -- they control exactly 60 votes and Republicans are united in opposition."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:50 AM
"The abandoned corpses, in white body bags with number tags tied to each toe, lie one above the other on steel racks inside a giant freezer in Detroit’s central mortuary, like discarded shoes in the back of a wardrobe....Some have lain here for years, but in recent months the number of unclaimed bodies has reached a record high. For in this city that once symbolised the American Dream many cannot even afford to bury their dead...“I have not seen this many unclaimed bodies in 13 years on the job,” said Albert Samuels, chief investigator at the mortuary. “It started happening when the economy went south last year. I have never seen this many people struggling to give people their last resting place.”"
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:48 AM
Read Here: California Was Among States With Record Unemployment (Update3) - Bloomberg.com: "Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) --
California, Delaware, South Carolina and Florida registered record rates of unemployment in October as weakness in the labor market stretches from coast to coast and limits the economic recovery.
Joblessness rose in 29 U.S. states last month compared with 22 in September, the Labor Department said today in Washington. Michigan had the highest jobless rate at 15.1 percent, followed by Nevada at 13 percent and Rhode Island at 12.9 percent."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:46 AM
From the Financial Times:
Germany’s new finance minister has echoed Chinese warnings about the growing threat of fresh global asset price bubbles, fuelled by low US interest rates and a weak dollar. ...Wolfgang Schäuble’s comments highlight official concern in Europe that the risk of further financial market turbulence has been exacerbated by the exceptional steps taken by central banks and governments to combat the crisis
Read Here:FT.com / Europe - Germany warns US on market bubbles: "Germany’s new finance minister has echoed Chinese warnings about the growing threat of fresh global asset price bubbles, fuelled by low US interest rates and a weak dollar.
Wolfgang Schäuble’s comments highlight official concern in Europe that the risk of further financial market turbulence has been exacerbated by the exceptional steps taken by central banks and governments to combat the crisis"
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:45 AM