Archive for October, 2011
Ok, just going to go with some easy news and commentary since I’m not in the mood to write out a lot of thoughts. Enjoy!
1. State Department spends $70,000 on President Obama’s first book. Seriously, during a debt crisis, this is nothing more than money laundering. We take taxpayer money and buy the President’s first book. A portion then goes to the President. Is it right? Ethical? Hell no. I don’t care who is holding the Presidency, it is WRONG!
2. If at first you win but then lose reelection, sue somebody. Democrat Steve Driehaus got voted out of Ohio’s 1st District and is suing for loss of livelihood. Wahhhhhhhh. Of course, an Obama appointee has let the suit go forward. Please, oh someone please explain this one to me. The case centers around the Susan B. Anthony List and their calling out those in Congress who are pro-life but still supported the health-care-reform-bill without any pro-life stipulations, including the Stupak Amendment. Funny that the U.S. District Judge, Timothy S. Black, hasn’t recused himself since he is the former president and director of the Planned Parenthood Association of Cincinnati.
3. I’ve made no apologies for saying I support Herman Cain at this point, now it seems like it is becoming either fashionable or people are really looking at his plans and like the fact that someone who isn’t a politician and isn’t afraid to say what’s on his mind is actually a viable candidate. He’s leading in the polls now but at this point in 2007 I think it was Giuliani and Thompson leading in the polls. I don’t count Perry out yet, but I have to say that when “who?” has a higher poll number, it’s time to hang it up. (Sorry Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and John Huntsman).
4. Another reason not to negotiate with terrorists. Since Israel decided to free a bunch of terrorist prisoners in exchange for one soldier, allegedly famous Muslim cleric, Dr. Awad al-Qarni has offered $100,000 to anyone who kidnaps an Israeli soldier. Blech, what a doof. Whatever. Go to hell.
5. Michelle Obama says that if a Republican wins the White House that freedom of religion and speech will be curbed. Once again, fear mongering rules the day. The last time I checked, the Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of laws and precedence is strongly taken. Yet this is Mrs. Obama, a lawyer, who says to the uneducated masses that Republicans are the ones who want to restrict speech and religion. This is while her husband, who instead of appointing strict constitutionalists, would rather appoint activists to the highest court in the land and would rather have the “fairness doctrine” reinstated along with the oddly named “net neutrality”. Ya, nice story.
6. Hot Air is reporting that a flier is being passed around Occupy Phoenix titled “When should you shoot a cop?” Obviously, these people didn’t get the memo about being civil after Rep. Gifford’s shooting. So much for “peaceful” protests.
On another note, Occupy San Fran seems to be full of crap, or at least producing massive amounts of it. Health inspectors are making moves to shut it down.
Weather might be a factor in the north east. Let’s see how dedicated the protesters/occupiers are.
7. Here’s some pics of Libya. How’s that arab spring working out?
8. Apparently, Herman Cain is definitely the one to fear. The smear machine is out in full force to destroy him with some crap about sexual harassment. Of course, the report from politico has absolutely no sourcing. Let’s face it, if this was a story about PresBO, this would be shot down by every person in the media. The accusers would be hunted down and labeled as racist, money hungry tramps who are being used by the right and Republicans to just bring down the President because they are racist.
Of course, let’s not forget what some people are saying. He’s just being used by the white Republican establishment to make white voters feel less racist. Wait a sec, isn’t that what Al Sharpton said about PreBO during the 2008 campaign?
1. Continuing on with the Wall Street occupation/protests I’ve been told that it is peaceful and everyone is singing kumbayah and playing bongo drums, but I tend to think that there is more going on that isn’t being shown on TV. Thankfully we have youtube.
And, of course, protesters don’t want to leave their “campsite” so the park can be cleaned even though they would be allowed back.
Why isn’t this being reported more? Some protester goes on a rant saying that Jews control Wall Street. If this was said at a Tea Party event, it would be widely reported and covered. Maybe it is because the more of this that goes on, the more Democrats who support the protests, the more it will reflect on them.
Or how about the guy who is saying that Ghandi is responsible for 600 million people living in poverty and the French revolution was more successful.
How about the protesters defecating on the U.S. flag? Just google it if you have to see it. Somehow it is freedom of speech though.
What about the guy who says Who hates hate speech, but only if it’s against his movement?
Screw it, 99%, meet the 53%.
2. The ever eloquent Joe Biden decides to open his mouth and and tell Americans that if the President’s jobs bill isn’t passed that there will be more rapes and murders. Isn’t this the guy who said Republicans are those who do all the fear-mongering? Hypocrite.
3. Applications for unemployment barely changed. Economy keeps going down the crapper and people are protesting the job creators. Two thumbs up people.
4. Funny how even though Herman Cain is now the Republican presidential front-runner, President Obama has decided to play the race card(or so it seems) while speaking to a forum on American Latino Heritage he made this statement:
I ran for President for the same reason many people came to this country in the first place: Because I believe America should be a place where you can always make it if you try; a place where every child, no matter what they look like, where they come from, should have a chance to succeed.
I still believe in that America. I believe we can be that America again. The truth is, the problems we face today were a long time coming and solving them will take time. In a global economy, it will require us to have the best-educated workforce, the strongest commitment to research and innovation, the most reliable communications and transportation networks.
But with so many people hurting today, there are things we can do right now to make a difference. There are things we should do right now to put more people back to work and to restore a sense of security and fairness that’s been missing for too long.
So that’s why I put forward the American Jobs Act. That’s why I sent Congress a jobs bill made up of the kinds of proposals that, traditionally, Democrats and Republicans have supported. Independent economists who do this for a living have said the American Jobs Act would lead to more growth and nearly 2 million jobs next year. No other jobs plan has that kind of support from actual economists — no plan from Congress, no plan from anybody.
But apparently, none of this matters to Republicans in the Senate.
5. Senate Republicans offered up their own jobs bill. Of course this has about as much chance of succeeding as PresBO’s, but it seems like the “party of no ideas” label can’t be used.
6. Interesting that a terror plot was uncovered by the Justice Department that involves Iran and the Mexican drug cartels at the time when Attorney General Eric Holder is subpoenaed by Congress for his false or inaccurate statements about what he knew and when about the “Fast and Furious” operation. Watch, he’ll say he had to deny knowing anything at the time because of the operational secrets of uncovering the plot. This story is so full of holes that it is pathetic. It sounds more like “Wag the Dog” than anything else. This is pure speculation, I don’t have the evidence that the feds have, but dog gone it, it sure is fishy.
7. Hotair.com reports that the Obama regime is doing away with jobs saved or created and is now using the term “supported”. In other words it is subsidizing jobs. Of course this is par for the course. Subsidize these jobs, the funding only lasts one year and then the states are on the hook for the funding. These are temporary measures that offer would only temporary job growth. Sure, it would make him look good for a while and boost his re-election chances, but then we’re in the same cycle of crap we’re in now. Maybe the goons in Washington and liberals will fall for this, but maybe someone will see the game that is being played like I have and call them out on it. Some other conservatives think that Presbo’s bill was meant to fail from the start, and I can understand their rationale for that as well, but that would be to paint conservatives as just opposed to anything the regime puts forward. I say to that, “put something forward worth passing then”.
After discussing some of the issues with one of the readers, I have to make this post. I’m not sure why it is that people think that all change is good, but apparently the current mood of many of the Wall Street protesters is that there needs to be change. The problem is that the last person who promised change ended up spending more money in 2.5 years than his predecessor did in 8.
So here is the chance for any and all of you protesters or occupants or whatever you want to be called to post here what you want to see change. I don’t want general answers though. I would like specific things you want to see change. I would also like to see why you want them change, what to and how you would do it.
Without a plan to transition from one thing to another, it will never happen. Let’s get it all out here.
I’m not going to be gentle in this post. I’m tired of hearing about how the “occupy wall street” protests are so similar to the Tea Party. This is nothing but an attempt to minimize the efforts to make the bloated Federal Government smaller and return the power to the states where politicians can be held more accountable. So I’m going to do some comparisons between the two.
1. How many people have you heard of being arrested at a Tea Party rally? None. These are like minded people coming peacefully together to hold signs and learn more about how the federal government is encroaching more and more into the private lives of individuals and let the government know they stand as one against it.
In contrast, the occupy Wall Street protests have had more than 700 arrests. One person has even been reported to have defecated on a police car. Lawlessness vs. law abiding citizens.
2. The New York City park where the protesters have gathered has not been cleaned in weeks. There is trash everywhere, portapotties are overflowing and protesters are not seeming to care.
At Tea Party rallies, those who gather actually pick up after themselves.
3. The Tea Parties are people gathering who don’t need to be paid to protest. They don’t have the backing of organizations that have received millions of dollars in funding from a billionaire hedge fund manager, nor do they have unions who heavily support the politicians who created the banking mess backing them up. This, Representative Pelosi, is what you call “astroturf”.
The Wall Street protests are backed by move on dot org which received millions of dollars in start up funding from billionaire hedge fund manager, and convicted inside trader, George Soros.
4. The Tea Party protests against the federal government, higher taxes and policies that make it harder for job creators to do just that; create jobs.
The Wall Street protesters are protesting against other citizens. Instead of protesting the policies that created the current problems, the protesters are taking their cue right out of the Saul Alinsky playbook. The country is being divided by the President and other left wing politicians. Instead of being a uniter, President Obama plays the class envy card and libtards feed on it. The lies that are being fed to them from the DNC and White House are driving them into anger.
5. Not all, but some protesters are spouting off anti-Semitic chants, slogans and rhetoric. There are vast crowds of white people, but where is the racial diversity?
I have been to Tea Party rallies and I have yet to see the vast number of racist signs, slogans and rhetoric that is photochopped into the left wing liberal media reports.
6. While there are some Wall Street protesters there who can speak intelligently about their views, many of them don’t even know what they are protesting. Some have legitimate concerns about the monetary system, the federal reserve’s printing of money, the manipulation and hidden tax in the form of inflation and the massive inside trading that many politicians utilize by enacting more regulations. These people are few and far between though. Some have admitted being paid to be there and people are making money off of donations that aren’t reaching the protesters.
The Tea Party rallies are not money making opportunities. Those I have been to have guest speakers who speak for free, people who hand out informational brochures and it is just to get their point of view out there. Some have merit from my perspective, others don’t but that doesn’t mean that they get in your face. They welcome questions, even if it invalidates their point of view. People are happy to peacefully debate their views and are open to other people’s opinions as opposed to shouting down those who don’t share their misguided beliefs.
Being loud doesn’t make a point of view correct, nor does having dirty money to back you. Wake up, people. This is a way for the President and his left wing followers to distract you from the policies they have put in place to keep the recovery from happening. They want to spend more money to keep more people on welfare so the people will continue to vote for them. Look at the rhetoric from the bully pulpit already. “The Tea Party is racist”, “They want to take away your social security”, “They want old people to eat dog food”, “They want to take away your healthcare” and “They want people with Down’s Syndrome to…” blah blah blah. It is not uniting us as Americans, it is dividing us.
I challenge any of the so called “leaders” of the Wall Street protests to dispute any of these points. Debate me and defend your positions. Prove me wrong. Defend how you fund your protests, show me how right you are and how you are not using class warfare. Show me how your protests are improving the U.S. Show me how your protests are helping people to escape poverty.
I am not holding my breath.
Reuters is reporting that a subset of the White House’s National Security Council can put Americans on a kill list. There is no public record of the decisions or operations of this panel, but they do report to the President. If he says “no”, the person is not placed on the list and operations against that person do not proceed.
This should be a huge concern for everyone. This means that un-elected bureaucrats who report only to the President can arbitrarily decide to put a citizen of our country on a list to be killed. The person has no right to due-process, doesn’t have to be convicted by a jury of their peers or sentenced. There is no legal basis for this. Where in the Constitution does it give this power to the Executive Branch? If it is un-constitutional, can he be held accountable? We have already seen this in action with the killing of al-Awlaki.
Even more ironic is that President Obama lambasted former President Bush for rendition, detaining enemy combatants, waterboarding and other forms of enhanced interrogation but will use a secret panel to decide if a citizen of the country he leads should die without being convicted of a crime. Where are all the liberal voices crying out in shock? Our rights are being eroded but since he has a “D” in his party affiliation it makes it ok and the press won’t bother to cover it.
So I ask you, is this constitutional? Should there be an investigation? Is it possible grounds for impeachment?
Sarah Palin just announced that she will not seek the GOP nomination for President. With the field essentially set, who do you want to get the nomination and who do you think will actually get it?
Debbie Wasserman Schultz interviewed with http://cnsnews.com and somehow came up with the idea that the economy is improving.
“Well, what President Obama said was that certainly since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, that Americans are not better off,” Wasserman Schultz told CNSNews.com. “That was specifically the president’s comment. I thought. And I think anyone who looks at the economy knows we have come a long way.
“We are certainly no longer dropping like a rock like we were in the months leading up to President Obama taking office,” Wasserman Schultz continued. “And now we’ve begun to turn the corner.”
Sure, let’s believe her instead of believing that companies laid off 115,730 people last month. Source.
Ever the optimist, I suppose. Isn’t she one of those who said we were in a recession back in 03 and 04? Hell, she is the person who said in an interview in August 2010 that “the recession is over”. Tell that to the millions of unemployed who can’t find a job. Repeating lies doesn’t make it any more true. Is this what the DNC sends out to the press? Of course there is no scrutiny, just read the talking points. Does the press have no shame?
There are a lot of protesters on Wall Street protesting something, probably just pissed off because they won’t work hard enough to make money like the people they are supposedly protest against. These protesters don’t bother to go get licensed by the SEC or learn how the markets work. Let’s face it though, these people are paid differently based upon the company they work for and/or the types of products they sell.
The protesters apparently don’t have jobs or they wouldn’t be there 24/7. Hygiene doesn’t seem to be a concern either. On another note, I wonder how they would feel if people came and protested their jobs(if they had one) and pay? I’m sure we could find a LOT of unemployed people to do that.
I think it is a bit misguided though. Sure, the NYSE is the major spot where stocks are traded, but is it where all the decisions are made? No. They are protesting nameless individuals who they don’t know anything about. If they have a problem with the company, they should do some research and see why they have an issue with it. That would be too difficult though. MSNBC said it best in an article named “Wall Street Rallies could be left’s Tea Party.” If you happen to take the time to go to a Tea Party rally, you will find some of the most politically informed people. If you don’t know something, you can ask and most people at a Tea Party rally can intelligently discuss any issue. Try that at a Wall Street protest. In the article, the libs are fired up and hoping to make these protests turn into something similar. It’s not going to happen and here’s why.
- While the Tea Party started out as protests, theirs was against the growing government intrusion into the private sector. The Wall Street protests are against other citizens.
- While the Tea Party has no clear and defined leader, Van Jones and a bunch of other left wing people who have power are trying to push forward their agenda to continue transforming America into what their idea of paradise is.
- While the Tea Party naturally finds people who step up and people support, the left already has its leadership and wants to continue to hold on to that power.
- The more government intrusion into the private sector and the more freedoms and liberties that are taken from the citizens, the more the Tea Party will grow. With this economy and administration, do you think that the protesters are going to have much to protest before long?
The left always seems to want to protest against people succeeding in life, especially in a financial way. They don’t understand that these are the people who hire others. These are the people who have worked long hours to build their businesses. These are the people who have taken risks. These are the people who have taken second mortgages out on their homes to raise capital to fund their businesses. Yet these are also the people who are protested against because they may be starting to reap the fruits of their labor.
The uninformed may be loud on Wall Street and there is no debate. They will not listen to logic and hear the truth. The truth is that the President is a divider. He is always talking about how the rich don’t pay their “fair share” while citing vague stories. His rich supporters aren’t protested against, neither is he, even though he has made millions by “authoring” two books. They also seem to forget that there is a line on the IRS1040 tax form to pay more. Let those people who say they aren’t taxed enough write down however much they want to donate in addition to their tax liability. When was the last time they protested the richest person funding all the left wing websites and groups, George Soros? Because they don’t bite the hand that feeds. Wait a sec, where did he make his money? Hedge funds. Hedge funds is a dirty word for the left, correct? Those eeeeeeeeevil hedge fund managers. Hypocrites.
Simply put, class envy would not carry the day if the Dems weren’t using their bully pulpit to tell people that being rich is a bad thing. Those of you who disagree can post when the last time you got a job from a poor person was.
So many things to cover today and don’t think anyone wants to pour over about 20 posts, so I’ll put it all in one spot.
1. Today Governor Chris Christie announced(again) that he isn’t running for president. Not a big surprise, really. I can’t imagine another candidate entering the race at this point with the primaries beginning in January. That leaves less than 100 days to prep for a primary against the top dogs Perry and Romney and a surging Cain. Of course, with Perry now dropping in the polls and Romney stuck at 25%, it keeps voters from turning away from supporting Cain to another candidate.
2. This is a good one though. Dick Durbin got on the Senate floor telling Bank of America customers to find a different bank that won’t charge a $5 per month fee to have a debit card. Is this the new standard? It seems to be that the left likes to pick winners and losers, even though they caused this problem with the Dodd/Frank law. A business has to be able to pay its liabilities, employees and still make a profit. Dodd/Frank imposed severe limitations on the ways to make a profit and this fee is a way to ensure that it does and that those who invest in the bank are paid as well. Whatever though. More regulation imposes more costs on businesses which are always passed on to the consumer.
3. Fed Chair Ben Bernanke says that the economic recovery is close to faltering. To that I have to say, “What recovery?” Unemployment has been over 9% for how long now? That’t not even counting the U6 numbers.
4. Congress is calling for a special investigator to investigate Attorney General Eric Holder and his claim that he didn’t know about the Fast and Furious scandal until April of 2011. Link He testified before congress on May third and when asked when he knew about the operation, he said a few weeks prior to that day. Full story and video. Of course, now he is saying he misunderstood the question, like “When did you know about it?” is a difficult and can have different meanings.
5. President Obama’s tax, oh, I mean JOBS bill is stuck in the Senate, and it’s not the Republicans blocking it. Senator Harry Reid blocked a vote on the bill saying that there were other matters that take priority. If the jobs bill is so good, what is of a higher priority than creating jobs? But hey, if you listen to the dems yap about it, it’s the GOP’s fault. Of course, Reid is know for blocking bills. He did block the bill to repeal ObamaCare.
6. Another terrorist is dead, this time Anwar al-Awlaki. Of course, he is the American born citizen who is able to get people behind him to commit acts of terror. Ron Paul asks the constitutional question of the day, though. What right does the government have to kill an American citizen without a trial? Even then, would the death penalty be applicable if he was convicted? Does this make the current administration any better than any of the dictators who had killed their own people? Rep. Paul believes that impeachment is possible for this single act. I’m not so sure, but I don’t believe it is right for the government to be the judge, jury and executioner when it comes to any U.S. citizen.
7. Apparently, Vice President Biden doesn’t know who Van Jones is. Van Jones was the “Green Jobs Czar” and Politico reports that Jones was vetted by Biden himself. This comes as no surprise, considering the gaffes committed by Biden in the past.
8. There’s a bill being debated that would punish China for keeping its currency undervalued. Instead of playing the same game, we decide to head straight for a trade war. Let’s face it, our most popular electronics are made overseas, but if made here, they would cost thousands of dollars more. If we want to see prices on everything rise dramatically, go ahead and pass the bill and let the president sign it into law.
9. Of course, when First Lady Michelle Obama travels to Africa and spends nearly $500k to do it, why not list your daughters as senior staff?
10. Last, but certainly not least, there is trouble brewing for the administration in terms of funding “green jobs” companies. If the company can’t make it on its own, it should fail. Propping up these companies in the name of saving the environment, with taxpayer money, is at the very least irresponsible. Solyndra was the most high profile company, but the National Renewable Energy Lab is laying off about 10% of its workforce. Why is this happening? Because they are not competitive and no one wants to spend a fortune on their products. How much more money is going to be wasted?