Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Drawings

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day to all the troops past and present and hopefully future. Thank you for all you do to fight for our great country and our way of life and taking care and ridding the enemies who want to harm us and stopping tyranny across the world.


"Rally" In Arizona This Weekend Was Really About Socialism, Reconquista and Revolution

These kind of stunts and hateful behavior is largely ignored by the media this kind of bias needs to stop. When will the media start accurately reporting or most importantly, when will reporters start growing some "nuts" and asking people why they made the kind of signs they have and question their behavior? This is wrong in so many ways.

Story and links from The Lonely Conservative's page.

Don’t believe what the media is telling you about the immigration march in Arizona. It was an organized, politically motivated stunt that went so far as to put families at risk of heat stroke to score political points, temps were around 90 degrees.

Here’s one sign:

American Power’s Donald Douglas published the truth about the immigration rally in Phoenix this weekend. He has a lot more photos like the one above documenting the raw hatred of our country that was on display. Don’t believe what you read in the paper. This isn’t about immigration reform. This is about socialism, reconquista and revolution. But the mainstream media won’t tell you that. You won’t hear them talking about the angry extremists who descended on Arizona. No, that sort of talk is reserved for those who love this country and wish to preserve our sovereignty and freedom.

The Other McCain and News Real Blog have more on this “hate America” fest.

Via memeorandum

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Hate References At The Illigeal Immigration Rally In Arizona, But The Media Doesn't Care

This kind of stuff angers me for two reasons. One, I hate ignorance and people who use hate speech, references and symbols like these idiots used at this protest/rally over the weekend and have used towards Republicans and Tea Party people for the last year. Two, it amazes me how much the mainstream, left-winged media just ignores and goes along with it like it's ok to do. It's not! These kind of signs need to be torn apart once they are noticed. I know people have the right to free speech and expression, but come on! If a Republican or Tea Party member had any of these kind of signs up at a rally or a protest, the media would be all over it and continue to blame the right and try and pin Tea Partiers as the group/party of hate in fact, I have said many times and even linked evidence going back to the 1830's that has showed in fact, Democrats have been the party of hate and needs to push and use race in order to get votes. Just read the article below. Just stupid. People still don't get that this Arizona law is almost the same as the Federal law this is in existence?? One exception, the Arizona law says there has to be a "reasonable doubt" and "no profiling" but the Federal law doesn't have that language in it.

Read below from Newsbusters:

For over a year, America's media have been depicting Tea Partiers as homophobic racists citing inflammatory signs at rally events as evidence.

On Saturday, pro-illegal immigration supporters in Phoenix, Arizona, carried signs quite similar to what our press found repulsive and extreme when present at conservative protests.

Will swastikas and the Arizona governor being referred to as "Adolf Brewer" be equally unacceptable to America's media?

Before you answer, consider the following news segment from NBC12 in Phoenix wherein an anti-SB 1070 protester was interviewed holding a sign emblazoned with swastikas claiming "Republicans Breed Ignorance," and the reporter didn't even bat an eye (video follows with commentary and additional pictures):

As HotAirPundit reported Sunday, these were some other signs at the event:

Here's one depicting Sheriff Joe Arpaio as a Klansman:

And another one calling Arizona a Nazi state:

Will media be as offended by these signs as they were when such things showed up at Tea Party rallies?

Friday, May 28, 2010

Flashback Friday! - The Marvin Gaye Edition

Check Out These Sites

Here are two sites that offer and show the truth behind "The Religion Of Peace". The facts and stories will surprise you.

Jihad Watch

The Religion Of Peace

Counter Terror Chief And Administration Getting Soft Now. Can No Longer Call Our Emenies - The Terroists - "Jihadists".

Another reason why I hate political correctness and another reason that shows this President is not committed to defeating terrorism and extremists who want to hurt this country. Is Brennan misunderstanding who he’s facing? The guys who kill Americans and those who try to kill Americans aren’t unclear about what they are doing. They call what they are doing Jihad and they don’t mislead about what that term means to them either. Terrorists, whether they belong to al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah or any other Islamic radical organization use religious terminology when they commit their atrocities (Allah Akbar, anyone?) and when asked why they are trying to kill Americans they respond plainly, “Jihad.”Just read below and also there are links to two other news sources who have covered this and gave their take and view on it.

Jihad Watch:

Willful blindness. "Counterterror Adviser Defends Jihad as 'Legitimate Tenet of Islam,'" from, May 27 (thanks to all who sent this in):

The president's top counterterrorism adviser on Wednesday called jihad a "legitimate tenet of Islam," arguing that the term "jihadists" should not be used to describe America's enemies.

Why not? That's how they describe themselves. Wouldn't it be better to understand how they perceive themselves and what their motives and goals, rather than dismissing such study a priori?

During a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, John Brennan described violent extremists as victims of "political, economic and social forces," but said that those plotting attacks on the United States should not be described in "religious terms."

Why not? That's how they themselves describe them.

He repeated the administration argument that the enemy is not "terrorism," because terrorism is a "tactic," and not terror, because terror is a "state of mind" -- though Brennan's title, deputy national security adviser for counterterrorism and homeland security, includes the word "terrorism" in it. But then Brennan said that the word "jihad" should not be applied either.

Terrorism is indeed a tactic, not an opponent. I've been saying that for years. But then Brennan falls off the edge of sanity:

"Nor do we describe our enemy as 'jihadists' or 'Islamists' because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one's community, and there is nothing holy or legitimate or Islamic about murdering innocent men, women and children," Brennan said.

Brennan should study the Qur'an and Sunnah in order to discover just how Muslims understand what it means to purify "one's community," and what the Islamic understanding is of the term "innocent." He would find, of course, that a community that is fully purified is one in which non-Muslims live as subjugated dhimmis, and that non-Muslims are never understood in the Qur'an and Sunnah as being "innocent." But he will not undertake such a study, and will never find these things out.

The technical, broadest definition of jihad is a "struggle" in the name of Islam and the term does not connote "holy war" for all Muslims. However, jihad frequently connotes images of military combat or warfare, and some of the world's most wanted terrorists including Usama bin Laden commonly use the word to call for war against the West.

It doesn't just "connote" warfare. It juridically means warfare, according to Islamic texts and teachings. There is not a single traditional school of Islamic jurisprudence that does not teach, as part of the obligation of the Muslim community, warfare against and the subjugation of unbelievers.

Shafi'i school: A Shafi'i manual of Islamic law that was certified in 1991 by the clerics at Al-Azhar University, one of the leading authorities in the Islamic world, as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy, says that "Jihad means to war against non-Muslims" ('Umdat al-Salik, o9.0).

Hanafi school: A Hanafi manual of Islamic law emphasizes that jihad is a religious war against non-believers. It insists that people must be called to embrace Islam before being fought, "because the Prophet so instructed his commanders, directing them to call the infidels to the faith." It emphasizes that jihad must not be waged for economic gain, but solely for religious reasons: from the call to Islam "the people will hence perceive that they are attacked for the sake of religion, and not for the sake of taking their property, or making slaves of their children, and on this consideration it is possible that they may be induced to agree to the call, in order to save themselves from the troubles of war."

However, "if the infidels, upon receiving the call, neither consent to it nor agree to pay capitation tax [jizya], it is then incumbent on the Muslims to call upon God for assistance, and to make war upon them, because God is the assistant of those who serve Him, and the destroyer of His enemies, the infidels, and it is necessary to implore His aid upon every occasion; the Prophet, moreover, commands us so to do." (Al-Hidayah, II.140)

Maliki school: Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406), a pioneering historian and philosopher, was also a Maliki legal theorist. In his renowned Muqaddimah, the first work of historical theory, he notes that "in the Muslim community, the holy war [jihad] is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and (the obligation to) convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force." In Islam, the person in charge of religious affairs is concerned with "power politics," because Islam is "under obligation to gain power over other nations."

Hanbali school: The great medieval theorist of what is commonly known today as radical or fundamentalist Islam, Ibn Taymiyya (Taqi al-Din Ahmad Ibn Taymiyya, 1263-1328), was a Hanbali jurist. He directed that "since lawful warfare is essentially jihad and since its aim is that the religion is God's entirely and God's word is uppermost, therefore according to all Muslims, those who stand in the way of this aim must be fought."

But no, for Brennan it's just al-Qaeda:

Brennan defined the enemy as members of bin Laden's Al Qaeda network and "its terrorist affiliates."

But Brennan argued that it would be "counterproductive" for the United States to use the term, as it would "play into the false perception" that the "murderers" leading war against the West are doing so in the name of a "holy cause."

Al-Azhar University, Ibn Khaldun and Ibn Taymiyya: Misunderstanders of Islam.

"Moreover, describing our enemy in religious terms would lend credence to the lie propagated by Al Qaeda and its affiliates to justify terrorism -- that the United States is somehow at war against Islam," he said.

The comment comes after Brennan, in a February speech in which he described his respect for the tolerance and devotion of Middle Eastern nations, referred to Jerusalem on first reference by its Arabic name, Al-Quds.

"In all my travels the city I have come to love most is al-Quds, Jerusalem, where three great faiths come together," Brennan said at an event co-sponsored by the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Islamic Center at New York University and the Islamic Law Students Association at NYU.

Shame on Brennan for calling it "Al-Quds," the name given it by...Islamic jihadists.

More here at Fox News and NY Post

Tavis Smiley: More Christians Than Muslims Blow Up People Every Single Day

This guy is way out in "left" field. Really? More Christians blow themselves up more than Muslims? I doubt that. Remember, that since the founding of Islam, Muslims have murdered more people than any other religious group or any form of government in human history. I believe the rough estimate is around 275 million people over 2,000 years. Not to mention there have been over 15,000 deadly attacks worldwide done by Islamic terrorists/extremists since 9/11. Remember, they are the "Religion Of Peace". This guy must have learned under Jeremiah Wright. Check out this story too here. Not only does this man of the Left believe what he is saying, but he does it with passion and conviction. Smiley--a so-called Christian--is the product of a liberal education. Liberalism in America has triumphed. Its disciples use the Christian label only for leftist political means. The label is a badge of authenticity and authority in order to destroy the foundation of the structure they claim to live in.

For liberal "Christians" like Smiley, the old America was a concentration camp where blacks, Indians, women, and homosexuals were persecuted, while the America-to-come--always just a little beyond the horizon--is a Marxist paradise or multicultural university campus in which any human being's desires are satisfied regardless of the quality of those desires or his willingness to work for them.

Smiley sees the world through a left-wing lens--not a Christian one. This is the only way one can explain such idiocy. If leftists continue to succeed in maligning Christians and excusing or exalting Muslims, we can only hope that American pop culture and education will destroy the character of their people as it has done to ours.

He Was Supposed To Be Competent...

After running against McCain and saying electing him would be 4 more years of the same old Bush policies, Obama promised transparency, openness, tough on keeping us safe, bipartisanship...all the things that make a politician sound good and get elected. So far NONE of that has happened under Obama and yet going on 40 days with this oil spill, he has done very little to offer help and clean up even though yesterday he said they are in control of it and some of the blame can be put on him. Sure...

Some highlights of the article:

I don't see how the president's position and popularity can survive the oil spill. This is his third political disaster in his first 18 months in office. And they were all, as they say, unforced errors, meaning they were shaped by the president's political judgment and instincts.

There was the tearing and unnecessary war over his health-care proposal and its cost. There was his day-to-day indifference to the views and hopes of the majority of voters regarding illegal immigration. And now the past almost 40 days of dodging and dithering in the face of an environmental calamity. I don't see how you politically survive this.


This is what happened with Katrina, and Katrina did at least two big things politically. The first was draw together everything people didn't like about the Bush administration, everything it didn't like about two wars and high spending and illegal immigration, and brought those strands into a heavy knot that just sat there, soggily, and came to symbolize Bushism. The second was illustrate that even though the federal government in our time has continually taken on new missions and responsibilities, the more it took on, the less it seemed capable of performing even its most essential jobs. Conservatives got this point—they know it without being told—but liberals and progressives did not. They thought Katrina was the result only of George W. Bush's incompetence and conservatives' failure to "believe in government." But Mr. Obama was supposed to be competent.


Mr. Obama himself, when running for president, made much of Bush administration distraction and detachment during Katrina. Now the Republican Party will, understandably, go to town on Mr. Obama's having gone only once to the gulf, and the fund-raiser in San Francisco that seemed to take precedence, and the EPA chief who decided to skip a New York fund-raiser only after the press reported that she planned to attend.

Read the full thing at WSJ

Wisconsin Army Veteran Allowed To Keep Flag On Display

I am seeing this more and more from complexes, subdivisions or just places in general that have some sort of HOA or community rules in place. It is disgusting. Faced eviction over this? The flag is a symbol of this country and especially for a military veteran, it is a symbol of patriotism and what they fight for so we can live our lives daily. Places need to start eliminating those rules and allow people to fly or display the American flag on their property. I am glad that he is allowed to keep it up.

A Wisconsin Army veteran -- who faced eviction this week for flying the American flag -- will now be allowed to keep the flag up for as long as he wants.

Under mounting nationwide protest, Charlie Price, 28, of Oshkosh, Wis., and officials at Midwest Realty Management struck a "mutual agreement" that allows the veteran to continue displaying the patriotic symbol, according to a statement posted on the company's website on Thursday.

Read more at Fox News:

WH Used Former President Clinton To Get Sestak Out Of Pa. Race

Should had known a Clinton was behind this one. Not to mention Old Rahm was too. Their finds and people may say that "nothing improper" happened, but it IS against the law as I have seen on t.v. and written on here in a previous post to offer someone directly or indirectly a job to drop out of a primary. That comes with 1 year in jail, a fine or both. But since this administration seems to be getting away with a lot of things and Holder/DOJ turned down the offer to be a special prosecutor, you can be sure that nothing more will happen except a lot of chattering on the news wires.

Yahoo!/AP: The White House used former President Bill Clinton to offer an unpaid advisory position to Rep. Joe Sestak in hopes of persuading him to drop his Pennsylvania Senate primary challenge to President Barack Obama's favored candidate, according to an internal report issued Friday.

Seeking to quiet the clamor from Republicans and some Democrats over a possible quid pro quo, the White House released a report describing the offer intended to clear a path for Sen. Arlen Specter to win the Democratic nomination.

White House Counsel Robert Bauer's two-page report said there was no improper conduct. No one in the administration discussed the offer with Sestak, he said.

Instead, the report said White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel enlisted Clinton's help as a go-between with Sestak. Clinton agreed to raise the offer of a seat on a presidential advisory board or another executive board if Sestak dropped his bid, "which would avoid a divisive Senate primary," the report said.

Sestak could remain in the House while serving on a board.

Sestak declined the offer. He defeated the five-term Specter, who had switched from Republican to Democrat last year at the White House's urging, in the May 18 Democratic primary.

Emanuel and Sestak both worked in the White House when Clinton was president and both remain close with their former boss.

Bauer, in the report, argued that previous Democratic and Republican administration "motivated by the same goals — discussed alternative paths to service for qualified individuals also considering campaigns for public office." The report said such actions aren't illegal nor unethical.

For weeks, the White House had insisted officials did not behave inappropriately but declined to elaborate. But after Sestak won the nomination, Republicans renewed their questions of the administration, with some calling for Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor. The Justice Department denied those requests.

Sestak did little to quell the outcry as he continued to say he was offered a job.

Sestak's spokesman had no immediate comment on Friday.

At a White House news conference on Thursday, Obama told reporters a full accounting would be forthcoming.

"I can assure the public that nothing improper took place," he said.

Two top Democrats — party chief Tim Kaine and Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate — said during the week that the White House and Sestak needed to address the questions. So, too, did Sestak's Republican challenger in Pennsylvania, former Rep. Pat Toomey.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Check Out This Site. Pretty Funny Clips Of HOw Movies Should Had Really Ended

Check out this funny site I found randomly. Pretty funny stuff. HISHE (how it should had ended). Here's a preview of one

2 Year Old Indonesian Child A Heavy Smoker - WTF?!

This 2-year-old Indonesian boy Ardi Rizal is literally addicted to cigarettes. He is smoking more than 40 cigarettes per day. And if parents refuse him a smoke, he becomes very angry and then bangs his head against the wall.

He doesn't play with other kids ‘cause he's obese and it is hard for him to keep up with others when they run around. So he's always rolling on his toy car.

His addiction started when his father Mohammed gave him a cigarette at the age of 18 months.

Here's what this kid's father said: "He looks pretty healthy to me. I don't see the problem," and this man is 30 years old...

Don't forget to watch the video, for a two year old, he's got quite a technique to smoke.

Via: izismile

Video via the sun uk

Funny Video Of A Cat That Coughs And Farts At The Same Time

RE-CUT: The Jesse James Nightline Interview In 20 Seconds

Didn’t have time to watch the whole Jesse James Nightline interview this week, where he finally opens up about cheating on Sandra Bullock?

Here’s the entire interview, cut down to a bite-sized 20-second chunk. Get your Emmys and Pulitzers and World’s Greatest Dad mugs ready:

Via: bestweekever

Palin’s Author Neighbor Tells Reporter to “Get Off My Property”; Posts “No Trespassing” Signs – Video

This author who wants to write an unauthorized biography on Palin, is a borderline stalker. He HAD to move next door? He couldn't write the book from his place back in New York?

Here is a great video report by ABC News on Sarah Palin and the creepy new neighbor she has in Wasilla, Alaska – author Joe McGinniss who is writing a book on her. McGinniss has rented the house literally next door to the Palins.

In the report, you see the new privacy fence the Palins have built to block the view McGinniss has of their house.

Then, in a hilarious twist, ABC News reporter Neal Karlinsky goes to the house McGinniss is living in and tries to talk to him. McGinniss tells Karlinsky to “get off my property,” and threatens to call the Wasilla police! He has now even posted “No Trespassing” Signs on the property!

I think Mr. McGinniss better get out of Wasilla while the getting is good. From the sound of some of the locals in that report, he’s not going to find any sympathy from anyone there in what he is trying to do.

Via: Freedom's Lighthouse and ABC News

Hillary Clinton Says That More Wealth Distribution Is Needed

With all this wealth redistribution going around and it's supposed to be all hunkie-dorie and make us a better country, why hasn't the country gotten better and where is my trickle down check? Oh yeah, I'll say it for the hundredth time, I'm still unemployed too and unlike most people, I am actively looking for work. The Dems always want more of YOUR money, yet they aren't willing to pay more. And there are more millionaire Democrats then there are Republicans, yet the GOP is looked at as the party for the rich. Explain that one to me. Anyways, read below.

(Politico)- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a rare foray into domestic politics today, offering her view that — given America’s high unemployment — wealthy Americans don’t pay enough taxes.

“The rich are not paying their fair share in any nation that is facing the kind of employment issues [America currently does] — whether it’s individual, corporate or whatever [form of] taxation forms
,”Clinton told an audience at the Brookings Institution, where she was discussing the Administration’s new National Security Strategy.

Clinton said the comment was her personal opinion alone. “I’m not speaking for the administration, so I’ll preface that with a very clear caveat,” she said.

Clinton went on to cite Brazil as a model.

“Brazil has the highest tax-to-GDP rate in the Western Hemisphere and guess what — they’re growing like crazy,” Clinton said. “And the rich are getting richer, but they’re pulling people out of poverty.”

Via: weaselzippers

Obama's Watergate?

With all the attention on President Obama’s bungling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the news of Congressional calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate of an alleged job offer by the Obama Administration to get Congressman Joe Sestak (D-PA) out of the Pennsylvania Senate race has been pushed down the news pages. This is a serious matter and something that will not be brushed aside. Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), former Bush Administration official Karl Rove and Senate Judiciary Republicans have raised the issue that somebody in the Obama Administration may have committed a felony.

This Administration has held themselves out to be more ethical than administrations of the past. President Obama’s declared in his inaugural address on January 21, 2009 that:

What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition on the part of every American that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world; duties that we do not grudgingly accept, but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character than giving our all to a difficult task.

Read more at Red State

Woman Left On Plane After Falling Asleep Is Now Suing

You can do this? Hell people are suing for everything now. Yes, they should had woken her up, I get that, but to sue over it?

Via Yahoo!/AP:

A woman from Ferndale, Mich. is suing United Airlines after she was left alone on a plane for hours after it had landed.

Ginger McGuire was aboard a United Express flight from Washington, DC to Philadelphia. She says she fell asleep during the flight. It landed shortly after midnight Tuesday but no one woke her up until a cleaning crew found her four hours later.

United Airlines says they are working with a regional partner carrier to determine why the plane wasn't cleared upon landing.

McGuire told reporters, "I fell asleep on the plane and next thing you know I wake up, it's 4:00 in the morning. Nobody's on the plane. Nothing."

McGuire has hired Geoffrey Fieger who is filing a lawsuit for false imprisonment, emotional distress and negligence.

No One Noticed Obama's BiG Fail In His Press Conference Today

By Conservative Generation

I don't need to pontificate or prove to anyone that the MSM in this country is dedicated to carrying the water for Obama. So, it is no surprise that the press is ignoring Obama's Big Fail today in his press conference on the oil spill. Oh, it's written in all the stories, but no one in the press is daring to put their sleazy, keyboard stunted finger on it, so I'll do it for them.

Today's press conference was about displaying two things: 1. Obama cares about the spill and 2. Obama is intimately committed to the operations to resolve the situation. In fact Obama boasted that:

"My job right now is just to make sure everybody in the Gulf understands: This is what I wake up to in the morning, and this is what I go to bed at night thinking about. The spill."

Yet when pressed about the resignation of Director Elizabeth Birnbaum of Minerals Management Services, Obama said:

"I found out about her resignation today. I don't know the circumstances under which this occurred"

The statement sounds pretty disconnected by itself, but when you factor in what is rumored through White House aides, the picture becomes even more damning:

A senior administration official said that Salazar had informed the president Wednesday night that he had decided to replace Birnbaum at MMS, after Obama told the interior secretary to make sure that every person under him was capable of doing the job he had. However, Obama was not aware of how the replacement was carried out Thursday morning, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity to describe private conversations.

It certainly doesn't sound like Obama is paying attention to the management of one of the country's "worst catastrophes" of its kind, does it? A senior official is removed and he has no details? That's either a Big Fail or a Big Lie! In both cases the press should have been on it, because Lord knows he'll never give anyone the opportunity to ask him a question on it until next summer.

Excerpts above were taken from AP. Feel free to subject yourself to the mushy Obama love factory known as the NY Times, but at your own risk.

Discussion at Memeorandum via Left Coast Rebel

DOJ Lawyers Draft Challenge to AZ Law

You have got to be kidding me. Is there anyone in the Obama Justice Department who has actually read the Constitution at least once? What ARROGANT BASTARDS! They REFUSE to enforce the law and they want to prevent anyone else from doing it! Another attack on our country by Obama and his administration. A state impeding federal law for upholding Federal law. Considering that it ( AZ. Law) is a toned down version of a Federal law that is on the books, can’t wait to see the outcome of this one.

Via Fox News:

A team of Justice Department attorneys reviewing the new immigration law in Arizona has recommended that the U.S. government challenge the state law in federal court, but the recommendation faces an uncertain future and tough scrutiny from others in the Justice Department, sources with knowledge of the process tell Fox News.

Staff attorneys within the Justice Department recently sent higher-ups the recommendation. At the same time, the Justice Department's Civil Division, which oversees the majority of immigration enforcement issues for the department, has drafted a "civil complaint" that would be filed in federal court in Arizona, sources said.

The draft complaint challenges the Arizona law as unconstitutional, saying it is illegal because it impedes federal law, according to the sources, who would not offer any more details about the draft complaint or the arguments made in it.

Two weeks ago, Attorney General Eric Holder told lawmakers such an issue was being considered by Justice Department lawyers reviewing the new law, which outlines and possibly broadens the authority of police to detain those suspected of being in the country illegally.

"We are examining the [Arizona] law and trying to determine if it contravenes the federal responsibility [toward] immigration, whether or not what the Arizona legislature has tried to do is actually preempted by federal law, by federal statutes." he told the House Judiciary Committee on May 13. "The regulation of our borders and the immigration that occurs by crossing our borders is something that is inherently something I believe for the national government to take responsibility for."

He also said it would not be "an extended period of time" before his department decides whether to take action on "preemption" grounds, adding that the Justice Department's "view of the law will be expressed relatively soon."

Two sources with knowledge of the review said the draft complaint, which is now receiving input from the attorney general's office and other Justice Department offices, is not an indication that the Justice Department will ultimately file a lawsuit.

Holder told lawmakers that the Civil Rights Division will be monitoring the application of the Arizona law, set to go into effect in late July, and could take subsequent action.

"We are concerned about the potential impact that it has and whether it contravenes federal civil rights laws, potentially leading to racial profiling," he said. "We would constantly be monitoring it to see if there are civil rights violations, civil rights concerns, that are generated by the implementation of the law."

Another Sham Stimulus Bill

Given the choice between retaining power in the short term or doing what's right for America, which would you choose? Most Americans, I believe, would be willing to sacrifice a great deal for their country, and this willingness to sacrifice has always been the great pillar of American democracy. Unfortunately, there is no fondness for sacrifice in Washington these days, especially among the Democratic leadership and its supporters.

The irresponsibility of the left is on display daily as one piece of self-serving legislation follows another. The latest example comes in the form of the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010. Sponsored by Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan -- a state certainly in need of jobs, if not of loophole-closing -- the bill is one more exercise in political cynicism on the part of the most cynical Congress in history. Coming just five months before the all-important November elections, the bill is a blatant exercise in vote-buying paid for with money we don't have. But since the Democrats have added $1.75 trillion to the national debt in 2009 alone, what's another $190 billion tacked onto the national debt? Especially since its intent is to energize the liberal base (and quiet the unease of a 9.9% unemployment rate) by transferring another $2,000 to every adult Obama-supporter -- and this on top of the $787-billion stimulus of 2009 and the $410-billion omnibus spending bill that followed shortly after. Given the choice of ruinous spending versus short-term political gain, the left always chooses political gain.

Read more at American Thinker

Study Finds Increased Gov’t Spending Results In Unemployment

I have said it time and time again in private conversations I think even on here once or twice, spending your way out of a situation as bad as the one this country is in right now NEVER WORKS. The study’s authors count themselves as among the shocked:

Recent research at Harvard Business School began with the premise that as a state’s congressional delegation grew in stature and power in Washington, D.C., local businesses would benefit from the increased federal spending sure to come their way.

It turned out quite the opposite. In fact, professors Lauren Cohen, Joshua Coval, and Christopher Malloy discovered to their surprise that companies experienced lower sales and retrenched by cutting payroll, R&D, and other expenses. Indeed, in the years that followed a congressman’s ascendancy to the chairmanship of a powerful committee, the average firm in his state cut back capital expenditures by roughly 15 percent, according to their working paper, “Do Powerful Politicians Cause Corporate Downsizing?”

“It was an enormous surprise, at least to us, to learn that the average firm in the chairman’s state did not benefit at all from the unanticipated increase in spending,” Coval reports.


The average state experiences a 40 to 50 percent increase in earmark spending if its senator becomes chair of one of the top-three congressional committees. In the House, the average is around 20 percent.

For broader measures of spending, such as discretionary state-level federal transfers, the increase from being represented by a powerful senator is around 10 percent.


In the year that follows a congressman’s ascendancy, the average firm in his state cuts back capital expenditures by roughly 15 percent.

There is some evidence that firms scale back their employment and experience a decline in sales growth.

If this seems counter intuitive, it might be from marinating too long in Beltway conventional wisdom. When private entities (citizens or businesses) retain capital, it gets used in a more rational manner, mainly because the entity has competitive incentives to use capital wisely and efficiently. The private entity also has his own interests in mind, and can act quickly to use the capital to its best application. Private entities innovate and look to create and expand markets, creating more growth.

Via: Hot Air

Inside The President's Gitmo Task Force Final Report

And the President still wants to shut down Gitmo? President Obama's own task force concluded that 95 percent of the Gitmo detainees had at least some connection to the terror network! I don't want these idiots on our soil and in our prisons where they can try and spread their propaganda to our current inmates.

On January 22, President Obama’s Guantanamo Review Task Force completed its final report, which outlined the administration’s plan for the remaining detainees held at Guantanamo. The Task Force was set up as part of the president’s effort to close Gitmo.

THE WEEKLY STANDARD has obtained a copy of the report, as well as Attorney General Eric Holder’s transmittal memorandum. As explained below, the Task Force concluded that 95 percent of the detainees held at Gitmo, as of January 2009, had at least some noteworthy connection to the terrorist network.

Read more at The Weekly Standard


If you don't know who Dick Morris is, he is a former adviser to President Clinton and a very smart man when it comes to politics. He picks apart Democrats and Republicans and is usually on the money which makes him very unique. article below is from Dick Morris at

The oil spill, the Arizona law, and the fallout from the Greek crisis are a trifecta of issues that are driving Obama’s job approval ratings to an all time low. After four months of hovering between a low of 46% and a high of 49% in the daily Rasmussen polls, Obama has dropped precipitously to only a 42% approval rating.

The three issues that are depressing his ratings have a great deal in common. In each case, the president originally seized on the issue to make populist political hay. Then, when the problem wouldn’t go away, voters began to realize that Obama is, in fact, the president and, logically enough, blamed him for the three ills that beset them.

When oil started to spill into the Gulf, President Obama saw a partisan opportunity to blame Republicans who had chanted “Drill, Baby, Drill” all during the summer of 2008 as high gasoline prices gave the McCain candidacy new steam. Even though he had, with lamentable timing, conceded and allowed expanded drilling a few weeks before the rig exploded, the impetus for drilling was clearly seen as Republican and the disaster hurt Republican ratings. Obama couldn’t resist also piling populist scorn on British Petroleum, lambasting big oil for the spill.

But then the oil did not stop flowing. Now the American people are tired of hearing about BP’s faults and are demanding presidential action to stop the spill. As the oil seeps onto the beaches of Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi, it also seeps into Obama’s poll numbers and drags them down.

As soon as the Arizona law authorizing cops to pick up illegal immigrants was passed, Obama jumped on the issue and tried to use it as a way to bolster his flagging support among America’s Latinos. But polls showed that the president had shot from his hip…and missed. Voters strongly backed the Arizona law and turned against Obama’s position. Panicked, he sent 1200 National Guard troops to the border to stop the bleeding in the polls this issue has caused.

And, then there is the stock market. After the crash of 2008, Obama was quick to blame banks and other big businesses for their irresponsible behavior and then to take credit for averting a global collapse in the aftermath. So when Greece exploded due to its top-heavy debt load and dragged the stock exchange below 10,000, people wondered if Obama’s populist treatment of the financial markets and his big spending and borrowing was subjecting America to economic peril.

When Moody’s announces that it is considering downgrading the credit rating of the United States of America — the richest nation, by far, on Earth — it raises understandable alarm on the markets.

Why are Obama’s ratings important two and one half years before the presidential election? They will, of course, go up and down in the future and the 42% rating of today may just be a long forgotten blip on the radar screen. But 42% is the lowest Obama’s ratings have ever been. It is bit like witnessing where the seaweed is on the beach. The tide will come in and go out but the seaweed says it was once here and will return to this point again.

Obama got 52% of the vote in 2008. Now he has a 42% approval. So one of his voters out of every five has now turned on him. And once a Democrat who voted for Obama and, all along, says he approves of the president’s policies, now turns and says he disapproves of the job he is doing, it is a traumatic event for the voter. He may go back to approving of his president again, but it gets easier and easier to voice disapproval.

Heading into the fall Congressional elections, a low approval rating is the last thing a president needs. President Clinton lost Congress in 1994, in part, because his job rating fell by ten points in the ten days before the election (after rising earlier in October, 1994 due to his signing of a peace accord between Jordan and Israel). Obama’s dip in the polls comes at a very bad time for him.

And the oil keeps spilling. The illegal immigrants keep coming. And the market keeps tanking.

The Obama Depression

From Right Pundits

Professor Tim Congdon of International Monetary Research says, “It’s frightening”! In an interview with the UK Telegraph, Congdon reacted to the latest estimates that the M3 money supply of the Federal Reserve has dropped from $14.2 Trillion to $13.9 Trillion dollars in just three months. “The plunge in M3 has no precedent since the Great Depression.” Despite the happy-slappy statistics emanating regularly from the Obama administration, the Federal Reserve stopped publicizing their M3 numbers years ago. But by tracking various other components, including the assets and debts of major banks, a crude estimate can be derived. The bottom-line is simple, Obama’s stimulus package was a failure in correcting the financial crisis and only plunged us deeper into debt, now measuring some $13 Trillion in just ‘on budget’ National Debt. What will Obama do now? Spend more money, of course!

Last week, President Obama flaunted the passage of the Senate’s version of the financial reform bill and said that the era of bailouts is over. Yet, within a few days, new legislation has emerged to bailout private union pension funds, to the tune of about $165 Billion dollars. Add to that another ‘jobs’ bill and other programs, the Congress is set to spend another quarter of a trillion dollars that we do not have. Let’s not forget our end on the Euro Zone bailout, either! Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV) is threatening to hold the Senate in session through this weekend’s Memorial Day holiday to get these appropriations passed. It’s okay for Obama to leave town and not even preside over the official ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier so he can get in some golf rather than honor our veterans.

So, what happened to all that money that is suddenly missing from circulation? The major banks are hoarding it! A report from the Wall Street Journal yesterday states that most of the major banks are still doing the exact, same thing Lehman Brothers was, shifting debt off their books just before making their monthly public statements. So, in addition to this accounting ‘Tom-Foolery’, we have a steady siphoning of cash into the ‘red-holes’ of our major banks.

Just as in the case of Greece, hiding the true nature of their debt for years, we have to be suspicious now of every major financial institution, and every nation, that the actual debt loads being carried are far greater than those reported. The Federal Reserve has poured trillions of dollars into ‘The System’ since early in 2008. Guess-timates range from $7-9 Trillion dollars and it could very easily be much, much more. Meanwhile, there has been little relief of credit. In the past few months, assets of institutional money markets are falling at a rate of 37% per year.

The Credit Crunch is still all too real. The situation is not made any better by the Fed being the principle buyer of U. S. Treasuries. While there has been a move by others to buy our bonds since the Debt Contagion in Europe became deeper and wider, the Federal Reserve stopped reporting who was buying our bonds earlier this year. Apparently to hide the fact that they were buying them, or as Max Keiser would put it, sort of “like a dog eating it’s own vomit!”

Speaking of Max, he was recently contacted by one, Chris Berg, an alleged expert on cyber-terrorism for the Department of Homeland Security. Berg’s letter requests that Keiser speak with him about Max’s allegations that the May 6th ‘Flash-Crash’ was an act of financial terrorism. Keiser’s response to Berg was a flat NO! Since Max equates that our government and entities like Goldman Sachs are joined at the hip, any advice he might give would only allow firms like Goldman Sachs to game ‘The System’ better.

“Fiscal policy does not work. The US has just tried the biggest fiscal experiment in history and it has failed.” says Prof. Congdon. Of Obama’s economic advisors, Larry Summers, Paul Krugman and Joe Stiglitz, Congdon says they are all Keynesians who “despise traditional monetary theory and have a religious aversion to any mention of the quantity of money.” While many still see the threat of deflation as our principle enemy, the Debt Contagion is showing us all that the music is winding down and there are even fewer chairs left than thought, if any at all.

For the past 95 years, we have been plunged into the dishonest world of debt-based, fiat currency. Woodrow Wilson condemned us to the fate we are now experiencing. He thought it was a good thing, that his enlightened, ‘white-shoe’ elitists from Harvard, Yale and Princeton should be in full control of our economy, and of our lives. But that game only has so many turns of the wheel. It didn’t work for the Soviet Union. Japan is a basket-case. Europe is on the brink of defaulting with the United States next in line. If one could honesty appraise China’s books, we would most likely see the same thing. Obama’s actions last year put him in full ownership of our financial crisis. He may try to keep selling the ‘blame Bush‘ story, but, when you come right down to it, they both bought their ‘white-shoes’ from the same club. The impending crash of the Debt Contagion will be assigned by future historians to him, and be known as the ‘Obama Depression’.

The "Top Kill" On The Oil Leak Seems To Be Working So Far

Let's hope this works because people in the gulf coast need help and the clean up needs to get underway. Especially since this oil spill was now reported today as eclipsing the massive and destructive Exxon spill in 1989.

LA Times: Officials are cautionary but say drilling fluid has blocked oil and gas temporarily. Engineers plan to begin pumping in cement and then will seal the well.

Reporting from Houma, La. —

Engineers have at least temporarily stopped the flow of oil and gas into the Gulf of Mexico from a gushing BP well, the federal government's top oil-spill commander, U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, said Thursday morning.

The "top kill" effort, launched Wednesday afternoon by industry and government engineers, had pumped enough drilling fluid to block oil and gas spewing from the well, Allen said. The pressure from the well was very low, he said, but persisting. The top kill effort is not complete, officials caution.

Once engineers had reduced the well pressure to zero, they were to begin pumping cement into the hole to entomb the well. To help in that effort, he said, engineers also were pumping some debris into the blowout preventer at the top of the well.

As of early Thursday morning, neither government nor BP officials had declared the effort a success yet, pending the completion of the cementing and sealing of the well.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Joke Time!

A city slicker shoots a duck out in the country. As he's retrieving it, a farmer walks up and stops him, claiming that since the duck is on his farm, it technically belongs to him. After minutes of arguing, the farmer proposes they settle the matter "country style."

"What's country style?" asks the city boy.

"Out here in the country," the farmer says, "when two fellers have a dispute, one feller kicks the other one in the balls as hard as he can. Then that feller, why, he kicks the first one as hard as he can. And so forth. Last man standin' wins the dispute."

Warily the city boy agrees and prepares himself. The farmer hauls off and kicks him in the groin with all his might. The city boy falls to the ground in the most intense pain he's ever felt, crying like a baby and rolling around on the ground. Finally he staggers to his feet and says, "All right, n-now it's–it's m-my turn."

The farmer grins. "Forget it, you win. Keep the duck."

Wednesday Funnies

And It Begins. Big Liberal Joy From "The View" Blaming Cheney For The Gulf Oil Spill

I know it was only a matter of time before the oil spill in the gulf (that has been going on for more than a month and the Feds and BP officials have done little about to stop) would be blamed on Bush. Well in this case, close relation - Cheney. Joy Behar who is a co-host on "The View" is siting her source and sticking by it. She even said "The whole oil spill can be laid at Cheney's feet".

So it is Cheney's fault that a freak methane blast from the ocean floor (natural occurrence by the way - wikipedia) that caused the pipeline and platform to explode thus causing the oil leak?? Oh geez.

Like I've said before, figure out the full blame and all that bullshit later. This spill is destroying an economy, environment and species. It needs to be cleaned and stopped ultimately.

NewsBusters: Her source – it was an outspoken critic of the Bush administration and aid to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Lawrence Wilkerson. She says it starting at the 58 second mark on this YouTube version of the segment.


CA Democrat Wants Bottle Deposit Money And To Tax Oil More To Help Balance The Budget

Yes, just what we need here in California. More freaking taxes and of course this was brought forth by a Democrat. People need that money from deposits. My mom and brother both recycle as many do around where I live. Plus don't you know that the more you tax a product or company such as oil, that they are just going to pass that on to the consumer to make up for the loss and amount they are being taxed on?? We're strapped enough as it is, especially on gas prices.

LA Times: State Assembly Speaker John A. Perez on Tuesday outlined an alternative path to balancing California’s budget that would raise oil taxes, delay corporate tax breaks and borrow billions from the nickel-and-dime deposits consumers make on recyclable bottles — and would not require any Republican support.

At the heart of the proposal is the idea of raiding the state’s bottle deposits for the next 20 years and then getting an $8.7-billion loan from Wall Street. The programs currently funded by bottle deposits would be reimbursed by a new tax on oil production.

Perez (D-Los Angeles) called his budget plan a “unique and creative approach.”
A spokesman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called it “legal gymnastics.”

Under his plan, the speaker would cast aside almost all the budget cuts Schwarzenegger proposed earlier this month. The state would use the borrowed money from the bottle deposits to fund programs this year.

To pay back the loan in the future years, the state would then levy a nearly 10% oil severance tax.

H/T Mish Shedlock and Lonely Conservative

Great Article On Global Governance. Read It And Take It Seriously

Here's a definition of it from the Human Development Report of 1999:

The Council on Foreign Relations, and much of official Europe, are convinced that the only way the world can survive is through some form of global governance. They contend that: "Governance is not government – it is the framework of rules, institutions and practices that set limits on the behavior of individuals, organizations and companies." (U.N. Human Development Report, 1999, page 34) Any authority that can "… limit … the behavior of individuals, organizations and companies" – is a government.

Full story from WND

Here Is A Scary Video About Global Governance. Watch It And Learn

Via Google Videos

In 1966, a Georgetown University professor published a big book about the elite Network which he said controls America. His book approved of their plan for global, or world, control to supersede our self-government by "We the people." The professor had a profound effect on one of his students. In 1992, that student became President of the United States and Bill Clinton credited Professor Carroll Quigley with forming his vision for the future. In the next several years, he pushed for several United Nations treaties (including some rejected by Presidents Reagan and Bush) which are designed to control human behavior, energy consumption, private property, and natural resources. The President issued a secret order (PDD 25) to place American armed forces under foreign command and in foreign uniform, and he began using U.S. troops as global cops and social workers. His Administration is steadily putting American trade and property under the control of international organizations. "Global Governance: The Quiet War Against American Independence" contains exclusive interviews with national news makers on the front lines of the quiet war. This compelling program documents the treaties and UN conferences that are undermining American independence and paving the way for global control.

Finance Overhaul's Impact

Senate lawmakers on Thursday approved the most significant increase in the regulation of U.S. banks since the Great Depression, placing new restrictions on the nation's biggest banks, reining in the Federal Reserve and crafting a major new consumer-protection division for mortgage and credit-card products.

It would seek to prohibit big banks from making speculative investments in stocks, bonds and derivatives, limit their growth, and force big banks to divest hedge fund and private equity units. Oh yea, the Feds cashed out their stock in CitiGroup today and made around $2.6 billion.

This sounds good for most of it, and I agree with most of it as well...but ultimately, this will track people and their spending to make sure "we are buying what we are supposed to" and the new agency that is to be created with this bill, it will now give the Government control of 60% of the overall banking and spending you do. And of course to look all sweet and caring, the President wants this on his desk and ready to be passed on July 4th (puts out hands like in handcuffs). Big Bro at work.

Here's a snip-it from the NY Times below.

"Merchants might offer more discounts to people who pay cash. You could get a free credit score every time a lender or landlord penalizes you with a high interest rate or rejects your application because your score is not up to snuff. Many mortgage prepayment penalties would go away. And there will be a consumer financial protection agency, despite many efforts to kill it off".

Here's the full version here
Also more on The Hill and Market Watch

Patrick says Obama Critics Are 'Almost At The Level Of Sedition'

Notice the word "Sedition". This is a term widely used during the Progressive Moment in the early 20th Century under Woodrow Wilson who hated the founding fathers and Capitalism. Sound familiar? Anyways "Sedition" is defined as "...a term of law which refers to overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that is deemed by the legal authority as tending toward insurrection against the established order".

Also "Sedition is the stirring up of rebellion against the government in power. Treason is the violation of allegiance to one's sovereign or state, giving aid to enemies, or levying war against one's state. Sedition is encouraging one's fellow citizens to rebel against their state, whereas treason is actually betraying one's country by aiding and abetting another state. Sedition laws somewhat equate to terrorism and public order laws".

Well people are fed up with the way things have been going last few years and especially under this President. When a President and government that we currently have wants to get bigger and have more power and not be challenged, you are going to get this. We really are repeating the early 20th century right before WWI and Great Depression. I hope not in the long run.

Via Governor Deval Patrick, even as he decried partisanship in Washington, said today that Republican opposition to President Obama’s agenda has become so obstinate that it “is almost at the level of sedition.”

The Democratic governor, who is close to the president, made the comments at a forum at Suffolk Law School's Rappaport Center, where he was asked by an audience member about partisan battling in Congress.

Patrick said that even "on my worst day, when I’m most frustrated about folks who seem to rooting for failure," he doesn't face anything like the opposition faced by the president.

"It seems like child’s play compared to what is going on in Washington, where it is almost at the level of sedition, it feels to like me,” Patrick said., the dictionary site, defines sedition as "incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority.''

After the forum, Patrick explained his remarks.

“I think that the number of people in the Grand Old Party who seem to be absolutely committed to saying ‘no,' whenever he says ‘yes,’ no matter what it is, even if it’s an idea that they came up with, is just extraordinary,” the governor told reporters after the forum.

But did the opposition really border on sedition?

“That was a rhetorical flourish,” Patrick said.

In a statement released a few hours after his comments were posted on and other websites, the chairwoman of the state Republican Party criticized Patrick.

"Apparently our First Amendment rights are only guaranteed if we agree with the tax-and-spend policies of Deval Patrick and Barack Obama,'' Jennifer Nassour, chairwoman of the state GOP, said.

She added, "the governor should focus on the critical issues at hand, like (lowering) property taxes and controlling rampant spending, instead of defending his buddy President Obama."

Issa Calls For Sestak Ethics Probe

This is a great piece I found on Maggie's Notebook. I also watched this on the news earlier this morning too. Sestak was supposively offered a job in the Obama administration if he dropped out of the primary against Specter, basically so Specter can keep his job and stay with the status quo. Sestak didn't and won the primary ending Specter's career.

What people don't know is that asking a person to drop out directly or indirectly of a primary in exchange for a job, is an ethics violation and can carry 1 year in prison, a fine or both. Sestak isn't saying thing more than that he was offered a job and that's it. Well he needs to speak up because he's about to be investigated. Read more below

Attorney General Eric Holder was questioned in the U.S. House by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) last week, about Sestak's claim that someone in the White House offered Sestak a job in exchange for dropping out of his Democrat senate race against party-jumper Arlen Specter (D-PA) (who lost his primary to Sestak). Malkin says Holder told Issa he would not address "hypotheticals," and Malkin claims Holder was simply following orders from Bob Bauer, Obama's "personal lawyer and Democratic Party legal boss."

You see, on March 10, Issa also sent a letter to Bauer, the White House counsel to the president, requesting specifics: Did White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel contact Sestak? Did White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina (whom another Democrat, U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff, has accused of offering a cabinet position in exchange for his withdrawal)? How about the White House Office of Political Affairs? Any other individuals? What position(s) was/were offered in exchange for Sestak’s withdrawal? And what, if any, steps did Bauer take to investigate possible criminal activity?...

But the laws governing such public corruption are still on the books. And unlike Gibbs [Obama press secretary], the U.S. code governing bribery, graft and conflicts of interest is rather straightforward: “Whoever solicits or receives … any … thing of value, in consideration of the promise of support or use of influence in obtaining for any person any appointive office or place under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.”

Read the entire story at Michelle Malkin.

Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), once-upon-a-time furious with the White House for trying to move him out of the Senate race, told the press months ago that he was offered a job by the Obama administration. Then he clammed up and refused to tell "who" or "what," although he has not wavered sin. Problem is, he isn't saying who offered him another job, or what the job was, although there are speculations that Admiral Sestak may have been offered the Secretary of the Navy position. Now Sestak faces the possibility of a House Ethics probe because he did not report the decidedly illegal job offer to House leaders. The bottomline: Sestak is guilty either way: guilty as a member of the U.S. Congress not reporting an illegal act, or guilty of lying.

Former Clinton White House advisor, Dick Morris says this is possibly an impeachable offense.

This scandal could be enormous...It's Valerie Plame only 10 times bigger, because it's illegal and Joe Sestak is either lying or the White House committed a crime."

Obviously, the offer of a significant job in the White House could not be made unless it was by Rahm Emanue or cleared with Rahm Emanuel, [said Morris on the Sean Hannity Show]. If the job offer was high enough that it also had Obama's approval, "that is a high crime and misdemeanor."

In other words, an impeachable offense? Hannity asked. "Absolutely," said Morris

More on Sestak and a White House bribe at WorldNetDaily.

Barney Frank Wants To See Djou's Birth Certificate

This is pretty funny. Here's Barney Frank, one of the biggest idiots in American politics history and also over seer of the committee that was to control Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (who were the leaders in the real estate crash) calling for the new Republican Representative's birth certificate. This is funny because those who believe that the President was born outside the USA, still hasn't provided and proven that he was born here. Again, here is the double standard in politics. When a Democrat maybe born outside the USA like Obama may have been, it is harrisy to call for his birth certificate, but when a Republican gets elected, a Democrat like Barney wants to see it. Is it because he is of Hawaiian and Asian decent Mr. Frank? Are you a racist? Wait, most Democrats are closet racists.

The Hill: Tongue firmly in cheek, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) on Tuesday afternoon called on reporters to demand to see the birth certificate of new Rep. Charles Djou (R-Hawaii).

As Djou (pictured here) was being sworn into office, Frank walked the hallway of the Speaker's Lobby off the House floor calling on the media to "do your job" and review Djou's papers.

It was a small bit of payback for the enormous amount of attention some conservatives (and the media) paid to the is-the-president-really-from-America controversy.

But, unlike the commander-in-chief, as Frank knows, being born outside the U.S. does not preclude you from becoming a member of Congress.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Private Pay Is At An All Time Low, Government Payouts At An All Time High

I guess this is part of what the President ment by "spreading the wealth". Private wages are at an all time low while Government benefits are at an all time high. What people need to realize is that the Feds need the private wages and especially the higher paying jobs to collect the taxes that the Feds use to pay these benefits and pensions. If the jobs keep getting erased as they have been, nearly 8 million since the recession started, most of that in 2 years under Obama, it will be sustainable. Not too mention also a fact I learned today that is not in the USA Today article below or most other people's blogs, 23% of Americans are on Food Stamps and another 11% are on Welfare. And I'm still unemployed.

Here's some facts from the article:

Private wages. A record-low 41.9% of the nation's personal income came from private wages and salaries in the first quarter, down from 44.6% when the recession began in December 2007.

Government benefits. Individuals got 17.9% of their income from government programs in the first quarter, up from 14.2% when the recession started. Programs for the elderly, the poor and the unemployed all grew in cost and importance. An additional 9.8% of personal income was paid as wages to government employees.

USA Today:

Paychecks from private business shrank to their smallest share of personal income in U.S. history during the first quarter of this year, a USA TODAY analysis of government data finds.

At the same time, government-provided benefits — from Social Security, unemployment insurance, food stamps and other programs — rose to a record high during the first three months of 2010.

Those records reflect a long-term trend accelerated by the recession and the federal stimulus program to counteract the downturn. The result is a major shift in the source of personal income from private wages to government programs.

The trend is not sustainable, says University of Michigan economist Donald Grimes. Reason: The federal government depends on private wages to generate income taxes to pay for its ever-more-expensive programs. Government-generated income is taxed at lower rates or not at all, he says. "This is really important," Grimes says.

Ultra-Lib Speaker Booed During Her Commencement Lecture To University Of Arizona Students (Video & Text)

These kids were hoping to enjoy their graduation from the University of Arizona, but instead, they got one last lecture and this professor wasn't shy about it. She even later told the news that the Dean should had known that this was coming and shouldn't expect anything less from her. Basically putting the blame on him.

The speaker, Sandra Soto (what a shock) is an associate professor of gender and women’s studies. She just couldn’t put her own selfish agenda on the back burner for just one day. She had to spoil the day for these graduates.

71% of Arizona voters now support the immigration law.



It is my great pleasure and honor to be among the first to congratulate you on completing your studies at the University of Arizona, the flagship institution of our state, and -- I can say with utmost confidence -- the university with the most Facebook fans in the state.

Congratulations as well to those family members and friends who have supported and encouraged our students through the process. Graduates, I applaud you for showing up day after day, semester after semester, for opening your hearts and minds to multiple ways of seeing, representing, and analyzing the world. For some of you, a Bachelor's degree has turned out to be not enough schooling and so you are headed off to graduate school, medical school and law school. A handful of you are here today because you have finally reached the terrific milestone of completing a doctorate. But most of you are here to celebrate the momentous conclusion of your undergraduate studies.

If you entered college immediately after finishing high school, you have been a student for at least the last 17 consecutive years. 17 years. Now you will try your hand at making a life outside of the context of classes, teachers, required reading, libraries, flip-flops, office hours, deadlines, and all-nighters. That you are about to undergo a major and exciting life transition may not have fully sunk in yet. I'm guessing that you have been too busy attending to the details and whirlwind of the end of your last semester: your examinations and essay writing, your celebrating and packing. But in the upcoming months you are likely to experience a range of emotions from euphoria over what you might perceive as newfound freedom to a great sense of loss as you realize that college life simply cannot be replicated.

When finding yourself nostalgic for this stage of your life, can you remember that though you are no longer a student, you are taking your college experiences with you everywhere you go. Whichever route you take from here, it is absolutely essential that you honor and not take for granted your diplomas. Too many people in this country will never in their lifetime have the "privilege" to set foot on a research-one campus, much less hang a framed diploma on their wall. You may not have always appreciated those five-page essay assignments in which you were required to analyze and interpret a social problem or a poem or a political speech. But I hope that among the dozen or so of those essays you wrote for us, the process of brainstorming, outlining, discussing, writing, and revising at least one or two essays made you feel alive, interested, engaged, heard, smart, maybe even brilliant. Now that you won't be receiving grades and regular feedback from professors, it is crucial that you own your knowledge, that you deeply believe in yourselves as thinkers, and that you continue to hone your critical skills by being avid and sharp readers, by discussing social issues with your friends, co-workers, and family. The United Negro College Fund created a spot-on slogan when 40 years ago they said simply "A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste."

Take your powers of reasoning, evaluating, analyzing, arguing, critiquing everywhere:
from the grocery store to the voting booth; from the next episode of reality TV you watch to the controversial state bills you read; from the way you handle a painful situation in which you suspect you are being treated unfairly, to the way you respond to a situation in which you bear witness to someone else (possibly even a stranger) being treated unfairly ... whether because of the color of her skin, the accent he might have, or her country of origin.

One of my favorite classroom experiences is when a student raises her hand to say, "Professor Soto, this discussion reminds me of a book we are reading in one of my other classes." In that unique moment, this student is not only fully invested in and driving knowledge production but she wants to share her insights with me and her fellow students, asking us to consider an issue or a problem through a fresh angle, one enabled by innovative and interdisciplinary thinking.

We are counting on you to continue to make and share those inventive connections between issues that might seem separate from one another. In fact, we are dependent on you -- the next generation of leaders, teachers, journalists, and lawyers -- you will have to confront and solve such a difficult and challenging set of problems. I know that it will sound cliche for a convocation speaker to state that this particular group of graduates -- the class of fill-in-the-blank -- is at a crossroads. However, if the recent past has been any indication of what is to come, you -- the CLASS of 2010 -- will need to muster all of the tools of your education in order to negotiate and help solve a range of social problems and vexing issues that those who came before you have not managed to disentangle, from immigration reform to our ongoing war, through the economic recession. We have only to turn on the TV to see one of the wealthiest and most technologically sophisticated corporations in the world unable to stop an oil leak threatening natural and human devastation.

Who would have thought that an environmental disaster of that magnitude would be competing for national headline space with ... Arizona?

The whole nation is watching Arizona right now.

We went so quickly from a fairly typical state situation in which we were concentrating our efforts on how best to dig ourselves out of this economic hole we have been in for the last several years without compromising our public services and our public education to a crisis situation in which our public policy and social relations are incredibly strained, in which racial discord is being provoked not solved by the recent legislation that is horrifying so many of us in and outside of Arizona. Certainly, we will not all agree on how best to reform immigration. But it is our civic responsibility to have educated, well-informed, and non-hysterical debate,
and to develop solutions that are fundamentally respectful of human and civil rights.

What we so desperately need -- and yes this does put the class of 2010 at a particular crossroads -- is for you to bring every critical thinking skill at your disposal, and then some more, to bring all of the substantive knowledge of history, diverse cultures and societies, ethics and politics -- bring all of these to the table.

The new Arizona law generally known as SB 1070 is considered the strictest anti-immigrant legislation in the country and is explicitly intended to drive undocumented immigrants out of the state. One reason it has instigated a boycott is because to a whole lot of people, myself included, it appears to not only invite but require the police to engage in racial profiling. Before we had a chance to fully get our heads around the implications of either 1070 or of the subsequent boycott, our governor signed HB 2281, which is intended to eliminate any Ethnic Studies classes from public and charter schools in Arizona.

As I held hands with Middle and High School students who formed a human chain around TUSD headquarters this past Wednesday to protest this law, the children tirelessly chanted:
"Our education is under attack, what do we do? Fight Back."

As a professor, someone who has committed her life to teaching, I was moved beyond words to see those children peacefully -- in fact, beautifully -- asking only for a chance to see themselves reflected in the lessons they are taught, the lectures that they hear, the textbooks that they read.

I was there with those children for two reasons:

First, Chicano studies, the field under attack in this legislation, is my own field of research and teaching. The law suggests that it is knowledge about marginalized histories and cultures that will divide us. That is, this law tries to shoot the messenger. As the young students told reporters repeatedly Wednesday, they have a right to learn about all sorts of diverse histories and cultural expressions. The second reason I stood with those children is because their education, like your education, matters to me. If I have been saying anything to you so far, it is that education has a public value. That is, your education will not only bring you a bigger paycheck. It will enable you to be a better fellow citizen, more productive, better able to participate in solving the challenges I and my peers have not been able to conquer. So the ongoing cutbacks in public funding of education, as well as the recent devastating cuts to our own university among others, are deeply worrying to me in that they strike at both the quantity and quality of education that this state provides to its people. I do hope that you will, like the youth I stood with on Wednesday, fight for public education. Now that you have completed your own education, please remember to leave the door open behind you so that other students may enter.

On behalf of the faculty of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and of the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, I wish you the very best.