Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Be Back Posting Tomorrow

Did a lot of work and traveling for my Dad today, not enough time to do this blog. Be back and posting tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

WTF Is The President Talking About?

I love this piece from America! Oh How We'll Miss You!'s blog. Also another version on The Universal Seduction and My Right Winged Dad. Check out this story and their response to him. What the hell is the President talking about??

Via UK Telegraph:

Barack OBAMA, during his Cairo speech, said: "I know, too, that Islam has always been a part of America's story."


Dear Mr. Obama:

Were those Muslims that were in America when the Pilgrims first landed? Funny, I thought they were Native American Indians. Were those Muslims that celebrated the first Thanksgiving day? Sorry again, those were Pilgrims and Native American Indians.

Can you show me one Muslim signature on the United States Constitution?
Declaration of Independence ?

Bill of Rights?

Didn't think so.

Did Muslims fight for this country's freedom from England? No.

Did Muslims fight during the Civil War to free the slaves in America? No, they did not. In fact, Muslims to this day are still the largest traffickers in human slavery. Your own half brother, a devout Muslim, still advocates slavery himself, even though Muslims of Arabic descent refer to black Muslims as "pug nosed slaves." Says a lot of what the Muslim world really thinks of your family's "rich Islamic heritage," doesn't it Mr. Obama?

Where were Muslims during the Civil Rights era of this country? Not present. There are no pictures or media accounts of Muslims walking side by side with Martin Luther King, Jr. or helping to advance the cause of Civil Rights.

Where were Muslims during this country's Woman's Suffrage era? Again, not present. In fact, devout Muslims demand that women are subservient to men in the Islamic culture. So much so, that often they are beaten for not wearing the 'hajib' or for talking to a man who is not a direct family member or their husband. Yep, the Muslims are all for women's rights, aren't they?

Where were Muslims during World War II? They were aligned with Adolf Hitler. The Muslim grand mufti himself met with Adolf Hitler, reviewed the troops and accepted support from the Nazi's in killing Jews.

Finally, Mr. Obama, where were Muslims on Sept. 11th, 2001? If they weren't flying planes into the World Trade Center , the Pentagon or a field in Pennsylvania killing nearly 3,000 people on our own soil, they were rejoicing in the Middle East . No one can dispute the pictures shown from all parts of the Muslim world celebrating on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and other cable news networks that day. Strangely, the very "moderate" Muslims who's asses you bent over backwards to kiss in Cairo , Egypt on June 4th were stone cold silent post 9-11. To many Americans, their silence has meant approval for the acts of that day.

And THAT, Mr. Obama, is the "rich heritage" Muslims have here in America .

Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot to mention the Barbary Pirates. They were Muslim.

And now we can add November 5, 2009 - the slaughter of American soldiers at Fort Hood by a Muslim major who is a doctor and a psychiatrist who was supposed to be counseling soldiers returning from battle in Iraq and Afghanistan .

That, Mr. Obama is the "Muslim heritage" in America.

Obama Enlists Radical Groups, SEIU, Labor Unions To Push For Amnesty

Looks like the President has just enlisted his radical leftist groups, the SEIU and labor unions to push for amnesty this year. He is putting his "community organizer" skills and "Chicago Style Politics" into this now.

AP: President Barack Obama is enlisting activists and labor leaders in a push for comprehensive immigration legislation that will showcase Republican opposition and include a speech by the president.

The strategy was discussed during a meeting Monday by a range of prominent labor leaders and activist groups. Participants said Obama reiterated his support for immigration legislation but noted the political realities that have stalled it in Congress.

Latino leaders say they will work in coming months to pressure Republicans to give way and support an immigration bill — and make opponents pay at the ballot box if they don’t.

“We’re going to make absolutely crystal clear who’s at fault here,” said Eliseo Medina, a leader of the Service Employees International Union.

Prospects for passage of comprehensive immigration legislation look bleak this election year, and even many Democrats are wary of wading into the hot-button issue. But Obama, who pledged as a candidate to make immigration reform a top priority during his first year in office, faces pressure from the Hispanic community to act — or at least to try.

Gen. McChrystal To Retire

Well it looks like General McChrystal will be retiring now from the military. What will he do? Write a book? Become a political activist? Run for office? As a "McChrystal Meth Head", I hope he runs for office. Some of our best people in office have had military backgrounds which I think helps especially in time of a crisis.

Fox News: Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was fired last week as the top U.S. general in the stalemated Afghanistan war, told the Army on Monday that he will retire.

Army spokesman Col. Tom Collins tells Fox News that McChrystal has informed the office that handles retirements for the Army, which is the General Officer Management Office, that he intends to retire.

The Army has not received McChrystal’s official paperwork. In that, he will include a date by which he would like to retire. Then he will go through a formal process leading to retirement.

New Report Shows Tea Party Members Have Better Understanding Of The Issues Than Congress Does

Check out this article from Rasmussen Reports. It states that in recent polls and reports, that Tea Partiers have a better understanding of the issues than Congress does. This really doesn't surprise me. Most average everyday Americans know this country and what is happening. Like most rich people in society, Congress believes that nothing is bad and that they know everything and that everything they do "for the people" is in our best interest and that we should trust them. Congress has lost touch with Americans and they better start listening. Check these numbers:

52% of U.S. voters believe the average member of the Tea Party movement has a better understanding of the issues facing America today than the average member of Congress. Only 30% believe that those in Congress have a better understanding of the key issues facing the nation.

When it comes to those issues, 47% think that their own political views are closer to those of the average Tea Party member than to the views of the average member of Congress. On this point, 26% feel closer to Congress.

Finally, 46% of voters say that the average Tea Party member is more ethical than the average member of Congress. Twenty-seven percent (27%) say that the average member of Congress is more ethical.

Read more on Rasmussen

Senator Robert "KKK" Byrd Passed Away

Well this guy finally kicked the bucked. Another racist Democrat is gone. He was the longest serving Senator and was also a reformed KKK member who was also called the "Conscience of the Senate which is hard to take in. Below are some stories about him and also some personal quotes of his as well. I used to like listening to Hannity's radio show and he always played the funniest Byrd radio quips. Enjoy those.


"Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds." -- Former Klansman and current US Senator Robert Byrd, a man who is referred to by many Democrats as the "conscience of the Senate", in a letter written in 1944, after he quit the KKK.

"I am a former kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan in Raleigh County and the adjoining counties of the state .... The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia .... It is necessary that the order be promoted immediately and in every state of the Union. Will you please inform me as to the possibilities of rebuilding the Klan in the Realm of W. Va .... I hope that you will find it convenient to answer my letter in regards to future possibilities." -- Former Klansman and current US Senator Robert Byrd, a man who is referred to by many Democrats as the "conscience of the Senate", in a letter written in 1946, after he quit the KKK.

The media seems to be having some difficulty with Byrd’s Klan history.

Newsbusters: When Republican Sen. Strom Thurmond died, the Mainstream Media was quick to stress his segregationist past. The New York Times ran the headlineStrom Thurmond, Foe of Integration, Dies at 100,” leaving readers to imagine the South Carolinian had remained an advocate of segregation. The very first line of USA Today’s story described Thurmond as “the nation’s most prominent segregationist.”

Strange how the Mainstream Media can suddenly become reticent about mentioning someone’s segregationist past when the late politician in question is a Democrat. On Morning Joe today, Mark Halperin and Mike Barnicle used elliptical language worthy of a State Department dispatch to avoid mentioning that Byrd had been a member and leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

In the opening paragraph of this blog item, the NY Times’ headline on the death of Strom Thurmond was noted: “Strom Thurmond, Foe of Integration, Dies at 100“.

The Grey Lady’s headline today? Robert Byrd, Respected Voice of the Senate, Dies at 92

Via WSJ:

Robert Byrd, the 92-year-old West Virginia Democrat who served in the U.S. Senate for 51 years, died Monday.

A spokesman for the family, Jesse Jacobs, said Mr. Byrd died peacefully at about 3 a.m. at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Va. His health had been failing for several years.

A master of Senate procedures and orator whose Stentorian tones aimed to evoke the roots of the republic (if not Rome), Senator Byrd served longer, voted more frequently, and probably used the arcane Senate rules to more effect any previous denizen of the nation's senior legislative house. Robert Byrd inhabited numerous roles in a life that took him from a childhood in the coalfields of West Virginia to Senate Majority Leader.

In his early years, he was a gas station attendant, a welder, and self-taught butcher, then a West Virginia state legislator. After he was elected to the House of Representatives in 1952, his political positions veered widely between the now almost extinct Southern conservative Democrats of mid-century to that of the more conventional liberal of today. But his reputation never rested on ideology, but rather on his persuasiveness, his sheer effort, and, occasionally, his willingness to filibuster.

Most salient were the twin images of a Washington stalwart. First was the self-appointed champion of the Constitution, brandishing his breast-pocket copy of the government's foundational document on the Senate floor while inveighing against usurpation of the Senate's powers by the Executive branch.

Second was the crafty legislative pro with one hand in the pork barrel, the Democratic majority leader and Appropriations committee chair who managed to slip into legislation so many programs benefiting his state that more than 30 Federally-funded buildings were named after him.

A Senator starting in 1959, Mr. Byrd at first voted the conservative southern Democratic line. He strongly opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He likened antipoverty measures to rent supplements, and voted in favor of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution that set the stage for U.S. military involvement in Vietnam....

Robert Byrd fostered a reputation for legislative persistence and knowledge of Senate rules. In a closely fought 1971 race, he beat Sen. Edward Kennedy for the position of Majority Whip. He became Majority Leader in 1977, and helped push through President Carter's energy package, overcoming a two-week filibuster over gas-price regulations.

Senator Byrd frankly acknowledged his love of the Senate's intricate guidelines. "Nobody has ever used the rules of the Senate more than I have," he once said. In 1960 he set a record for the longest filibuster with a speech that stretched 21 hours and 8 minutes and dwelled at length on one of his favorite foods... the raisin.

Via: Reaganite Republican
Via: Memeorandum
Via: The New York Times
Via: Newsbusters
Via: Another Black Conservative
Via: Nickie Goomba

Monday, June 28, 2010

Monday Funnies!

Danger Signs For The US Economy

Via Yahoo! Finance: Monday's weak consumer spending data is the latest in a string of reports that has many Americans worried about a "double-dip" recession.

Then again, considering the unemployment rate has remained elevated, many Americans would be forgiven for thinking the recession that began in December 2007 still hasn't ended. Notably, that's the view of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the nation's official arbiter of economic expansion and contraction.

Among the signs suggesting the NBER is right to hold off in declaring the recession over:

Housing Rolling Over: Last week's housing numbers were horrific, especially the steep drop in new home sales. Still, Coldwell Banker CEO Jim Gillespie tried to put some lipstick on the proverbial pig on Tech Ticker last week.

Jobs Still Hard to Come By: Despite signs of recent progress, "there's no possibility to restore 8 million jobs lost in the Great Recession," a notably candid Vice President Joe Biden said Monday. Friday's jobs report is expected to show overall payrolls declined by 115,000 in June.

'Hair-Shirts' in Fashion, Worldwide: As discussed here, this weekend's G20 meeting shows that policymakers believe the time for fiscal austerity is at hand. From an economic point of view, the G20 confirms that the appeal of government spending (i.e. Keynesian economics) to combat the downturn is on the wane, replaced by a view that it's better to take the pain now and cut spending (i.e. Austrian economics).

Financial Market Distress: While the stock market's recent struggles grab most of the headlines, the real pain of late has been felt in the bond market. Excluding the panic levels of late 2008, the yield on the 10-year Treasury hit its lowest levels since 1962, last week. Meanwhile, the price of default insurance for Greece and other sovereign credits spiked higher and Bloomberg reports the percentage of corporate bonds considered in distress is at the highest in six months.

The Downside of Falling Rates

Of course, the market is not always right but the bond market is signaling that policymakers like Ben Bernanke are right to be much more worried about deflation and economic slowdown vs. inflation and the economy overheating.

A big concern for many is that the economy is sputtering despite the Fed's historically easy policies and the government's huge spending binge. The idea we've spent all this money with little (or nothing) to show for it has some observers worried America is heading down the same path as Japan, which is about to complete its second-straight "lost decade."

Of course, it was unrealistic to expect the economy to indefinitely continue its V-shaped rise from the depths of last year. Most recoveries are uneven so it's premature to say what's happening lately is proof positive the economy is rolling over, as Henry and I discuss in the accompanying video

10 Alleged Russian Secret Agents Arrested In US

Wow this is scary. Read this one.

The FBI has arrested 10 people who allegedly spied for Russia for up to a decade — posing as innocent civilians while trying to infiltrate U.S. policymaking circles and learn about U.S. weapons, diplomatic strategy and political developments.

An 11th defendant — a man accused of delivering money to the agents — remains at large.

Read more here

Supreme Court Upholds 2nd Admendment In Chicago Gun Ban Case

Of course the liberal judges on the bench ruled against it, but at least the law and the Constitution was upheld in this case.

The Wall Street Journal: The Supreme Court ruled for the first time that gun possession is fundamental to American freedom, giving federal judges the power to strike down state and local weapons laws for violating the Second Amendment.

In a 5-4 ruling, the court held that the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right that binds states.

“Self defense is a basic right, recognized by many legal systems from ancient times to the present day,” wrote Justice Samuel Alito. He was joined in reaching the result by Chief Justice John Roberts and justices Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.

In 2008, the Supreme Court struck down a handgun ban in the District of Columbia, a federal enclave. Justice Alito’s opinion said that ruling “unmistakably” required the court likewise to overturn laws in Chicago and its suburb of Oak Park, Ill., that limited handgun possession.

Justice Thomas agreed with the majority on the result but wrote a concurrence offering different constitutional logic for viewing the right to bear arms as a fundamental right.

As it did in 2008, the court’s majority cautioned that the right to keep and bear arms is not “a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.”

Justice Alito wrote that despite “doomsday proclamations,” the ruling “does not imperil every law regulating firearms.”

The text of the ruling can be found here.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Pictures From Camping In The Trinity Alps This Past Weekend

Nothing is complete until you see a snake

Darn Blue Jay kept stealing the peanuts

In the shade:

GOP Filibuster Of Kagen "Conceivable".

Via Freedom's Lighthouse

Here is video of GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions saying a Republican filibuster of Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination is “conceivable,” based on her slim legal record, and her radical political leanings. Sessions said the fact she has never been a judge, has little track record of practicing law, AND has been extremely political in the past, is a very bad combination. Sessions said it will be important to assess whether she is capable of respecting the law as set forth in the U.S. Constitution and be willing to put aside her political bias.

Obama Can Shut Down Internet For 4 Months Under New Emergency Powers

This is scary. As also stated in the article, The real agenda behind government control of the Internet has always been to strangle and suffocate independent media outlets who are now competing with and even displacing establishment press organs, with websites like the Drudge Report now attracting more traffic than many large newspapers combined. As part of this war against independent media, the FTC recently proposing a “Drudge Tax” that would force independent media organizations to pay fees that would be used to fund mainstream newspapers. I really hope this doesn't happen.

President Obama will be handed the power to shut down the Internet for at least four months without Congressional oversight if the Senate votes for the infamous Internet ‘kill switch’ bill, which was approved by a key Senate committee yesterday and now moves to the floor.

The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, which is being pushed hard by Senator Joe Lieberman, would hand absolute power to the federal government to close down networks, and block incoming Internet traffic from certain countries under a declared national emergency.

Despite the Center for Democracy and Technology and 23 other privacy and technology organizations sending letters to Lieberman and other backers of the bill expressing concerns that the legislation could be used to stifle free speech, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed in the bill in advance of a vote on the Senate floor.

In response to widespread criticism of the bill, language was added that would force the government to seek congressional approval to extend emergency measures beyond 120 days. Still, this would hand Obama the authority to shut down the Internet on a whim without Congressional oversight or approval for a period of no less than four months.

The Senators pushing the bill rejected the claim that the bill was a ‘kill switch’ for the Internet, not by denying that Obama would be given the authority to shut down the Internet as part of this legislation, but by arguing that he already had the power to do so.

Read more on Prison Planet

Book I Think I Might Buy

It's called "Back To Basics For The Republican Party". Check it out here on Amazon

New Mexico Governor Urges Obama To Fight Arizona Law

I'm surprised to hear this because Bil Richardson is as liberal as they come. He says "It's not President Obama's fault, it's congress' fault." He still urges the President to fight the law though. Watch the video

Via CNN:

Paul McCartney Talks About Politics Again. Says That Global Warming "Deniers" Are Equivalent To Holocaust Deniers

What an idiot. Again, celebrities and the Hollywood elite have no idea about the real world or even politics. I wish they'd shut up. Paul McCartney says global warming deniers are the same as holocaust deniers.

Fox News: Sir Paul McCartney just can't let it be.

The former Beatle predicted in an interview that the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico might expedite a move to cleaner, renewable energy sources in the world.

Sir Paul could have stopped while he was ahead, but McCartney went on to compare people who don't believe in global warming to "those who don't believe there was a Holocaust."

"Sadly we need disasters like this to show people," McCartney said in an exclusive interview with The Sun. "Some people don't believe in climate warning -- like those who don't believe there was a Holocaust."

McCartney continued, "But the facts indicate that there's something going on and we've got to be aware of it if we want our kids to inherit a decent world, not a complete nightmare of a planet -- clean, renewable energy is for starters."

McCartney also defended President Obama's handling of the two-month-old crisis.

"I don't accept the criticism of Barack over the oil spill," said McCartney, who met the president for the first time earlier this month.

"I think he's been great. It's tough if we Brits whinge that he's whingeing at us. Tough, then don't spill oil."

A representative for McCartney in London said the singer would have no further comment.

Chris Horner, a senior fellow at Competitive Enterprise Institute and author of two books on environmental policy, blasted McCartney's comments.

"Was Posh Spice unavailable? I've seen quite a few reasons to look elsewhere than actors and crooners for deep thoughts on weighty policy matters," Horner wrote in an e-mail to "And this is certainly one of them."

Horner's message continued: "They've got computer model projections, Leonardo [DiCaprio] and the Cute Beatle. In the other corner are observations proving the models wrong, ClimateGate, NASA-Gate and the host of IPCC-Gates.

"I'm comfortable with the balance of authorities here."

Read This Piece About The Left And Right And The Violence That Was Caused At The G-20 Summit In Toronto

Read this piece and look at the pictures from Vocal Minority. It is on the difference between the protests/demonstrations that the Tea Party and people on the left had over the weekend. Especially at the G-20 summit in Toronto. Again, who is the party of hate and who has the peaceful protests again? Unbelievable.

Vocal Minority

Big Government's Endless Spending

Via Weekly Standard:

Americans are infuriated by their sense that Washington lives by a different set of fiscal rules than the rest of us. And nothing could help illustrate this much better than the Democratic Congress's recent announcement that it has no intention of passing a budget. American families have budgets, American businesses have budgets, and -- until now, or at least since the Nixon administration -- the House of Representatives has had a budget. One sometimes wonders whether the Democrats merely enjoy taunting the voters and inviting their wrath.

With no congressional budget forthcoming, we can now safely assume that President Obama's budget is the one that Congress will (sort of) be using. Therefore, we can now say with even greater certainty than before that the deficits run up by this Congress will surpass the cumulative deficits of the past four Congresses combined, which is extraordinary even by the usual standards of recent Democratic Congresses. And we can now say with equal certainty that President Obama's deficit spending for his first two years will exceed President Bush's deficit spending for his entire 8-year presidency.

President Bush was the previous record-holder for highest cumulative deficits, so President Obama will now move into first place -- with at least two more years to go to really put that mark out of reach. By the time he's done, Obama's record may look as untouchable as a 70-68 fifth set at Wimbledon.

VP Joe Biden Is A Smartass

Joe is at it again. Watch this video and his response to a civilian when asked about getting lower taxes. Smartass...

Via Real Clear Politics

Also read this version on Right Pundits

VP Biden Says We Won't Recover The People Lost To Unemployment

So just a little bit ago, a few months ago really, VP Biden says that we actually created or saved 4 million jobs, etc. Now this. He says we won't recover the money or the 8 million jobs we've lost since 2008 and again, he went on the blame game and said that they "inherited" this mess. Actually buddy, you've made it worse since you took office. Anyways, read below.

CBS News
: Vice President Joe Biden gave a stark assessment of the economy today, telling an audience of supporters, "there's no possibility to restore 8 million jobs lost in the Great Recession."

Appearing at a fundraiser with Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) in Milwaukee, the vice president remarked that by the time he and President Obama took office in 2008, the gross domestic product had shrunk and hundreds of thousands of jobs had been lost.

"We inherited a godawful mess," he said, adding there was "no way to regenerate $3 trillion that was lost. Not misplaced, lost."

Claims for jobless benefits fell by the largest number in two months last week, but were still high enough to signal weak job growth. Meanwhile, the Senate on Thursday failed to pass an extension of unemployment benefits.

Biden said today the economy is improving and noted that in the past four quarters, there has been 4 percent growth in the economy. Over the last five months, more than 500,000 private sector jobs were created.

"We know that's not enough," the vice president said.

Last week the White House put out a Recovery and Reinvestment Act update claiming that between 2.2 million and 2.8 million jobs were either saved or created because of the stimulus as of March 2010. In signing the Recovery Act into law on Feb 17, 2009, Mr. Obama said the measure "will create or save 3-and-a-half million jobs over the next two years."

Head Of Joint Chiefs Says Our National Debt Is The Biggest National Security Threat

Watch this video. Crazy

Glenn Beck Video On The History Of Communism In The United States

Glenn Beck provided a little history lesson on how the communists have infiltrated our country. Make sure you watch until the end. He went into the 1963 list of goals of the communists. Sound familiar?

Via Chicago Ray

Friday, June 25, 2010

Flashback Friday! The Michael Jackson 1 Year Of His Passing - Post

This is in honor of Michael Jackson. It was one year ago today that he passed away. enjoy these videos. I'm out for the weekend camping!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

CA Welfare Cards Being Used In Casinos

It was only a matter of time, but we really need to revamp the system. This is a bunch of crap. My tax dollars paying for drunk drug addicts mooching off the system and gambling. Read below.

LA Times: California welfare recipients are able to use state-issued debit cards to withdraw cash on gaming floors in more than half of the casinos in the state, a Los Angeles Times review of records found.

The cards, provided by the Department of Social Services to help recipients feed and clothe their families, work in automated teller machines at 32 of 58 tribal casinos and 47 of 90 state-licensed poker rooms, the review found.

State officials said Wednesday they were working to determine how much money had been withdrawn from casino ATMs by people using the welfare debit cards.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who learned of the issue when asked to comment for this story, promised to take immediate action.

"We have instructed our vendors to prohibit these cards from being accepted at ATMs located in casinos and card rooms," Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said Wednesday. "It is reprehensible that anyone would use taxpayer money for anything other than its intended purpose."

Administration officials said the social services agency contracts with a private ATM network to handle the electronic transfer of benefits to people on welfare, and hadn't noticed that the taxpayer money was being withdrawn at gambling establishments.

McLear said the system of paying out welfare benefits via bank cards was created under Schwarzenegger's predecessor, Democrat Gray Davis. Since the late 1990s most states have adopted this system, which is a viewed as a more efficient way of distributing and tracking government aid.

Schwarzenegger has been wrangling with lawmakers over other efforts to combat waste and fraud in the state's social services programs. He fought back a legislative effort to discontinue fingerprinting of food stamp recipients, a system designed to prevent double-dipping and other abuses.

Casino ATMs account for a handful of the thousands of machines in the contractor's network, and the amount withdrawn from them by welfare recipients almost certainly would comprise a tiny fraction of the state's multibillion-dollar welfare spending. But the issue is likely to come up as lawmakers fight over how best to close their historic budget deficit.

Schwarzenegger had already threatened to eliminate the state welfare program in his May budget proposal, and that was before he and his Republican allies in the Legislature knew that the cash could be accessed by people strolling from poker games to blackjack tables.

"In a time when we have a $19-billion deficit, and we're taking a serious look at the future of many safety-net programs, it's appalling to think that welfare beneficiaries can use their cards in a casino," said Seth Unger, spokesman for the Assembly Republican Caucus.

Democratic leaders, who have vowed to protect the state's fraying social safety net, also began calling for reform Wednesday.

"In these tough times, when so many children and vulnerable families depend on the safety net, we have to make sure food stamps and other services are being used the way the people of California intended them to be," said Shannon Murphy, spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker John A. PĂ©rez (D- Los Angeles). "Other states have closed this loophole, and the Assembly will work with the Schwarzenegger administration to make that happen."

The casinos are listed on a Department of Social Services website that allows welfare recipients to search for addresses of ATMs where they can withdraw cash provided under the Temporary Aid for Needy Families program. The monthly grant ranges up to $694; most of the ATMs impose a withdrawal limit of about $300 per day.

The Times compared the addresses on that website with lists of tribal casinos and state-licensed poker rooms published on the California Gambling Control Commission's website.

It's not clear which casinos are most frequently patronized by welfare recipients because social services officials denied a January request from The Times for data showing transaction information from all of the ATMs in their network. Department lawyers argued that federal law prohibits the state from releasing financial information about merchants who accept cards issued to welfare recipients.

Those cards, known as Electronic Benefit Transfer cards, look and work just like ordinary debit cards. They allow welfare recipients to access two accounts: the cash offered so needy parents can provide a home for their children while they train for better jobs, and an electronic version of food stamps that comes with rules governing where and how the benefits can be spent.

The cash benefits, however, can be withdrawn and spent just about anywhere.

The Capitol Casino, which occupies a pair of small rooms a few blocks from the legislative chambers in Sacramento, appears on the social services website showing where clients can get money. Each room has an ATM: one is so close to a poker table that a player with long arms could lean back and withdraw cash without leaving his chair; the other is a few steps from the blackjack table.

At the Casino Royale on the outskirts of Sacramento, the first thing patrons pass as they walk to the gaming floor is the ATM with a sign next to it saying, "Exceed your ATM daily limit here!!"

Faye Stearns, a part-owner of Casino Royale, said she had no idea people on welfare could withdraw taxpayer dollars from the machine, and would not oppose a measure to prohibit it.

"I'm sure we wouldn't want to be taking money from children," Stearns said. "The adults? Hey, that's their problem. But kids? No."

The cash portion of California's welfare benefits comes from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Each year, California gets $3.7 billion from the federal government for the program, while state and local governments kick in an additional $2.9 billion.

The state of New Mexico and at least one company that supplies ATMs to the gaming industry have already taken steps to make sure their machines in casinos reject welfare benefits cards.

"I think it makes social sense," said John Monforte, executive director of the New Mexico Gaming Control Board. "There's a balance with gaming. There are wonderful things [casinos] do for tribal governments, but the reality is there are also negative social impacts."

Global Cash Access, a Las Vegas firm that provides ATMs and other equipment for more than 1,000 casinos in the United States, started programming their machines to reject welfare cards more than a decade ago.

"Unless a state tells us to allow access to their EBT cards, we will continue to block these cards from being accepted at our devices," said Katie Lever, the firm's general counsel. "It's really easy to do."

Safety First? Check Out These Pictures

I was scratching my head on some of these pictures. People are insane sometimes. Check out the rest of the post on The Chive. Here's a preview picture.

Demotivational Poster Time

Obama To Sign Executive Order For Amnesty To Illegals?

There is a rumor going around that the President is planning on signing an executive order granting amnesty to illegals. These Republican Senators have gotten together to send the President a letter asking him to clear up these rumors and to give clarity into the matter. Let's see if he does it. Read below.

Here is a copy of the letter:

Dear President Obama:

We understand that there’s a push for your Administration to develop a plan to unilaterally extend either deferred action or parole to millions of illegal aliens in the United States. We understand that the Administration may include aliens who have willfully overstayed their visas or filed for benefits knowing that they will not be eligible for a status for years to come. We understand that deferred action and parole are discretionary actions reserved for individual cases that present unusual, emergent or humanitarian circumstances. Deferred action and parole were not intended to be used to confer a status or offer protection to large groups of illegal aliens, even if the agency claims that they look at each case on a “case-by-case” basis.

While we agree our immigration laws need to be fixed, we are deeply concerned about the potential expansion of deferred action or parole for a large illegal alien population. While deferred action and parole are Executive Branch authorities, they should not be used to circumvent Congress’ constitutional authority to legislate immigration policy, particularly as it relates to the illegal population in the United States.

The Administration would be wise to abandon any plans for deferred action or parole for the illegal population. Such a move would further erode the American public’s confidence in the federal government and its commitment to securing the borders and enforcing the laws already on the books.

We would appreciate receiving a commitment that the Administration has no plans to use either authority to change the current position of a large group of illegal aliens already in the United States, and ask that you respond to us about this matter as soon as possible.

The letter is signed by Sens. Grassley, Hatch (R-Utah), Vitter (R-La.), Bunning (R-Ky.), Chambliss (R-Ga.), Isakson (R-Ga.), Inhofe (R-Okla.), and Cochran (R-Miss.).

h/t Another Black Conservative
Via: Memeorandum
Via: Numbers USA

Feds Getting Involved In Boycotting Arizona. Canceled 2 Conferences That Were To Be Held There Because Of The Immigration Law.

What a bunch of crock. The Feds are now canceling conferences in Arizona and adding more fuel to the fire over their assessment and belief that the new immigration law (that has yet to go into effect) is wrong. Though this Democratic congresswoman doesn't necessarily agree with the law that was passed, she doesn't believe that the Feds should be doing this or boycotting her state. And she even voiced frustrating and even said that the Feds haven't done their job securing the border. It's just amazing the level this government has gotten to be now the last couple of years. As I have said a few times already on this blog of mine, read the darn law before you criticize it. Read my post from yesterday where you can actually read the full bill. Compare it the federal law that I have linked on previous posts and then read how Mexico treats illegals. You tell me who is wrong or tougher.

Fox News: Two federal agencies have joined the "boycott Arizona" trend and nixed conferences there out of concern over the state's immigration law, a Democratic Arizona congresswoman said, calling the development "very troubling."

The cancellations by the Department of Education and the U.S. Border Patrol may have been more out of a desire to steer clear of controversy than outright protest of the law. But Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who has written to dozens of cities and groups in a campaign to persuade them to end their boycotts, said it was disturbing to learn that the federal government would withdraw from the state over the issue.

"It is very troubling when the federal government becomes involved in a boycott against our state," Giffords said in a written statement. "Although I personally disagree with the immigration law, it came about because of growing frustration over the federal government's unwillingness to secure the border. The federal government's participation in this boycott only adds to that frustration." is awaiting response from both agencies. Giffords' office said the cancellations were confirmed by the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association.

According to Giffords, the Education Department canceled a convention set for October at a Tucson resort after the Mexican government said it would not send any representatives to the meeting. The department then moved the event to Minnesota.

Further, her office said the Border Patrol canceled a conference set for May at a resort in Prescott after an official asked that it be moved out of concern over the immigration law debate. The Border Patrol -- which has more than 4,000 agents in Arizona, representing nearly a quarter of its force -- had booked 40 rooms for the event before canceling.

Giffords is among a number of Arizona officials who argue that the boycotts imposed by cities across the country do nothing to change the law and only punish workers and businesses there. The boycotts would hit the hospitality industry, which is made up in large part of Hispanic workers, particularly hard.

In the letter she has been sending to cities and groups that have imposed boycotts, Giffords wrote that the punitive measures have "unfairly targeted" her state's businesses.

The Obama administration is planning to file suit against the Arizona law, citing its sustained concern about the move to subject some residents to routine checks on their immigration status.

So far, a couple of cities have written Giffords back defending their actions against her state.

El Paso Mayor John Cook wrote in a letter to the congresswoman June 10 that his city was not "condoning" illegal immigration by passing a resolution that prohibits city officials from attending conferences in Arizona. He said his city's measure, though not a full-fledged boycott, emphasizes the importance of passing a comprehensive immigration overhaul and "expresses our concerns with the possibility of law enforcement racially profiling people."

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell also wrote this month that its ban on employee travel to the state -- and a reconsideration of city contracts there -- was imposed out of concern for racial profiling.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Political Funnies!

Nurse From Famous WWII Picture Passes Away

In one of the greatest pictures of all time, taken at the end of WWII, the woman who is this picture, passed away. Read more about her below. God Bless

PBPulse: For millions of Americans, it was, perhaps, the most famous kiss in history. And a tantalizing mystery.

A Life magazine photo taken in New York during street celebrations of the Japanese surrender Aug. 14, 1945, shows a tall, dark-haired sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square.

The sailor has the nurse bent backwards, as if in some sweeping dance step, as he kisses her. The nurse has one foot lifted lightly off the ground.

Alfred Einsentaedt’s photo expressed the unbounded joy and relief that Americans felt that day, the end of World War II.

The nurse, then 27, was identified by Life in August 1980 as Edith Shain, of Santa Monica, Calif.

Shain died at the age of 91, her family said Tuesday.

The sailor’s identity was unknown for many years, but it was Carl Muscarello, a former New York City police detective and Plantation retiree who says he was the one – and Shain agreed.

Muscarello worked on a submarine tender during the war. Shain was a civilian nurse who had been selected for the Army nursing corps and was to leave the following year.

Shain remembered: “He wasn’t groping and making it obscene. He was a gentleman. It was thrilling. Then he was gone.”

Shain, who died at her home in Los Angeles on Sunday, leaves behind three sons, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Mexico Joins Federal Government In Lawsuit Against Arizona Over Illegal Immigration

What a crock. Arizona should be suing the Feds and Mexico over illegal immigration. How can Mexico sue us anyways? That doesn't make sense. Oh, and if anyone needs a refresher course on how Holier Than Thou Mexico treat illegals in their country, read this on Michelle Malkin's site. And here is the link to Arizona's immigration bill that has everyone in such an uproar. Not hard to figure out and read people!

MSNBC: The government of Mexico today formally joined a lawsuit in federal court challenging Arizona's new immigration law, saying that the highest levels of the Mexican government have grave concerns about it.

"Each day, approximately 65,000 Mexicans are admitted into Arizona; and each day they spend an average of $7.35 million in its stores, restaurants, and other businesses," says a friend-of-court brief filed by Mexico. But if the new law takes effect, "Mexican citizens will be afraid to visit Arizona for work or pleasure out of concern that they will be subject to unlawful police scrutiny and detention," the brief says.

The law creates "an imminent threat of state-sanctioned bias or discrimination, resulting not only in individual injury but also in broader social and economic harms to its citizens."

"Given the public rhetoric by the Arizona Governor and other state officials," the brief says, "Mexico is rightfully concerned for the civil rights of its citizens in Arizona." The law gives local police officers "carte blanche authority to stereotype and to rely on the popular perception that appearances and foreign-ness" are justifiable reasons to treat members of a targeted group differently, it says.

Mexico also argues that its relations with the United States on immigration, trade, and security depend on a consistent foreign policy, something that would be frustrated if states "establish their own requirements that conflict not only with each other but also with the efforts, priorities and commitments of the US federal government."

Mexico's friend-of-court brief is part of the lawsuit filed against the state by a coalition of civil rights and service organizations.

Obama Interview From 2004 About Trading Border Security For Amnesty

Looks like Sen Kyl was right. Just watch this video


Federal Gov't Halts Sand Berm Dredging

Big Government does it again. This time they are shutting down the efforts of Sand Berm Dredging. Every time these people try to clean up the oil mess, the feds come right in and shut them down. Come on! This area and region needs help and fast. The federal government has shut down the dredging that was being done to create protective sand berms in the Gulf of Mexico.

The berms are meant to protect the Louisiana coastline from oil. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department has concerns about where the dredging is being done. The department says one area where sand is being dredged is a sensitive section of the Chandeleur Islands, and the state failed to meet an extended deadline to install pipe that would draw sand from a less-endangered area.

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, who was one of the most vocal advocates of the dredging plan, has sent a letter to President Barack Obama, pleading for the work to continue.

Nungesser said the government has asked crews to move the dredging site two more miles farther off the coastline.

"Once again, our government resource agencies, which are intended to protect us, are now leaving us vulnerable to the destruction of our coastline and marshes by the impending oil," Nungesser wrote to Obama. "Furthermore, with the threat of hurricanes or tropical storms, we are being put at an increased risk for devastation to our area from the intrusion of oil.

Nungesser has asked for the dredging to continue for the next seven days, the amount of time it would take to move the dredging operations two miles and out resume work. Gov. Bobby Jindal on Wednesday also joined Nungesser in asking for an extension.

Work halted at midnight Wednesday.

The California dredge located off the Chandelier Islands has pumped more than 50,000 cubic yards of material daily to create a sand berm, according to Plaquemines Parish officials.

Nungesser's letter includes an emotional plea to the president.

"Please don't let them shut this dredge down," he wrote. "This requires your immediate attention!"

Gen. McChrystal Out, Gen. Petraeus In.

I don't think McChrystal should had necessarily been replaced, but the President has to do what he has to do. And I stated yesterday when I posted that his job maybe in jeopardy, that especially in military command, you need to listen and show respect to you superiors. From what it sounds like, is that most his advisors and aides made almost all of those comments to Rolling Stone, but ultimately, McChrystal is in charge of them, so he gets the boot. But since he is being replaced, none better than General Petraeus. This guy has done and awesome job in Iraq, knows and has worked with the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan, has respect from top to bottom and mainly, knows how to deal with the media and keeps people on both sides of the fence happy. But overall, support America, her troops and defeat these bastards who do us harm. God Bless.

Yahoo!/AP: President Barack Obama says he has accepted the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal with regret, but is certain that it is the right decision for the country's national security and the future of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.

Speaking in the Rose Garden, Obama says McChrystal's biting comments about the president and his aides in a magazine article did not meet the standards of conduct for a commanding general.

Obama named Gen. David Petraeus to assume McChrystal's role as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. He says the move will allow the U.S. to maintain leadership and momentum in the war.

Obama made the announcement following a private meeting with McChrystal and a separate meeting of his national security staff.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama ousted Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Wednesday, choosing the embattled general's direct boss — Gen. David Petraeus — to take over the troubled 9-year-old war, a source told The Associated Press.

McChrystal was summoned to Washington from Kabul to explain scathing, mocking remarks about administration officials, including Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, by him and his team in a magazine article. But the morning showdown with Obama in the Oval Office was not enough to save his job.

McChrystal offered his resignation and Obama accepted it, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the president's decision was not yet made public.

Obama planned to speak at 1:30 p.m. EDT from the Rose Garden, accompanied by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, about the controversy.

Petraeus, who attended a formal Afghanistan war meeting at the White House Wednesday, now oversees the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq as head of U.S. Central Command.

By pairing the decision on McChrystal's departure with the name of his replacement, Obama is seeking to move on as quickly as possible from the firestorm surrounding the Rolling Stone magazine story and the renewed debate over his Afghanistan policy that it provoked.

With Washington abuzz about this controversy, there was an almost complete lockdown on information about the morning's developments. It was not even known where McChrystal went after his half-hour meeting with Obama at the White House, which came not long after his early morning arrival from Afghanistan.

Petraeus is the nation's best-known military man, having risen to prominence as the commander who turned around the Iraq war in 2007. The Afghanistan job is actually a step down from his current post.

Petraeus has a reputation for rigorous discipline and careful attention to his image. He keeps a punishing pace — spending more than 300 days on the road last year.

Petraeus briefly collapsed during Senate testimony last week, apparently from dehydration. It was a rare glimpse of weakness for a man known as among the military's most driven.

He is also among the brightest, and rose to command through a mix of brains and now has been adapted for Afghanistan.

Petraeus has repeatedly denied that he plans to run for president in 2012, and is said to want only one job: chairman of the joint Chiefs of Staff.

In the hearing last week, Petraeus told Congress he would recommend delaying the pullout of U.S. forces from Afghanistan beginning in July 2011 if need be, saying security and political conditions in Afghanistan must be ready to handle a U.S. drawdown.

That does not mean Petraeus is opposed to bringing some troops home, and he said repeatedly that he supports the new Afghanistan strategy that Obama announced in December. Petraeus' caution is rooted in the fact that the uniformed military — and counterinsurgency specialists in particular — have always been uncomfortable with fixed parameters.