Friday, August 27, 2010
Actually, he’s wrong on all counts. Small businesses are not hiring because they don’t know whether people making over $2,000,000/year will be able to keep their tax cuts. I heard Boehner, or McConnell, or one of those other economic genii (Yay, Shakespeare!) say so.
On a slightly less snotty note, why is there no pressure brought to bear on the banks? They got their bonuses then closed their wallets. Is it because the poor banks were so brutally victimized by poor people that they are gun-shy, now? I mean, it’s time to let go, BigBanks. The people with no money and no power can’t hurt you anymore. At least until your next shady business practice blows up in your faces, that is.
And why are the Republicans, despite all of their best non-efforts to keep our economy in the tank until (and likely after) election day, reasonably expecting to be rewarded for their treacheries? Is it because, “Shut up, Obama’s a socialist, that’s why?”
This point about “uncertainty” is nothing more than another right-wing talking point. Or, to be more precise, the issue is not that “uncertainty” (also known as risk) is not a cost, but that there is an awful lot of selectivity about when those with right-wing inclinations decide that “uncertainty” is THE problem of the day. For more, see this excellent post on this topic by Brad DeLong here.
Right-wingers are kind of like used car salesmen. They will say anything to make the sale.
Anyone else amused about how right-wingers are so selective in invoking certain ideas? Anyone else amused how the right-wingers always invent a new talking point of the day (now it is uncertainty) that somehow always leads to the same preordained conclusions? Buy this lemon!
Nobody here is actually explaining how current Congressional actions are preventing them from hiring. Instead we get “well it makes absolutely no sense to hire in this economic environment, and I think Republicans are more favorable to small business owners on issues of taxes and regulation.” But I could have told you that and I’m merely somebody who works at a large company.
Here is an explanation of how the actions of obama and the democrats are causing small business to not hire.
Small business not expanding or hiring is basic economic self preservation in the face of tremendous uncertainty regarding government regulatory and tax policy.
The negative impact of obama and the democrat’s actions ripples through the economy. The guy below is not spending money because of uncertainty which means his vendors will have less money to spend on employees or expansion.
I understand that uncertainty makes life harder for people managing a business. This makes perfect sense. And in a competitive market profit margins are often quite small and very sensitive to changes in the prices of inputs and outputs. Yes yes.
What I don’t see in these testimonies is an honest consideration of the baseline. Life is always uncertain, there is always government regulation, there are always taxes, and profit margins are rarely that large.
I also don’t see much consideration of the fact that if you are affected by new taxes and regulation, it is very likely that your competitors are also affected by them.
I wish there was a pithy ending to this, but there's not. People talking past each other. Both side agreeing that small business isn't hiring but the ones wearing Team Obama colors think that small business owners are either stupid or part of a broad Republican conspiracy. Business owners trying to give reasons why they're not hiring because not only is business bad but they don't know what costs the government is going to impose on them next.
From the Weekly StandardSome Republicans seem to only want to talk about the economy, which should obviously be the focus of their messaging, but perhaps not their only message. There are wildly unpopular Democratic positions on foreign policy (constitutional rights for foreign terrorists) and social policy (taxpayer-funding of abortion) that Republicans could effectively highlight. In 2006, the Democrats hammered Republicans on Iraq first and foremost, but that didn't stop them from talking about stem-cells and corruption.
The NRA-PVF also operates under a long-standing policy that gives preference to incumbent candidates who have voted with the NRA on key issues, which is explained in more detail here.
The U.S. Senate recently considered a number of issues important to NRA members, including the confirmation of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Out of respect for the confirmation process, the NRA did not announce its position on Ms. Kagan's confirmation until the conclusion of her testimony before the Senate Judiciary committee. Her evasive testimony exacerbated grave concerns we had about her long-standing hostility towards the Second Amendment. As a result, the NRA strongly opposed her confirmation and made it clear at the time that we would be scoring this important vote.
The vote on Elena Kagan's confirmation to the Court, along with the previous year's confirmation vote on Sonia Sotomayor, are critical for the future of the Second Amendment. After careful consideration, the NRA-PVF announced today that it will not be endorsing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for re-election in the 2010 U.S. Senate race in Nevada.
This is actually kind of news — Reid’s been pretty good on gun stuff by Dem standards, and lots of people expected NRA to back him. In fact, this represents a change. In normal elections, the back-incumbents-who-have-been-pretty-good-regardless-of-party approach makes sense. But this isn’t a normal election, and I think the NRA has figured this out.
Reason.tv on “Wheat, Weed, and ObamaCare: How the Commerce Clause Made Congress All-Powerful”
In the video, Erwin Chemerinsky, defends the right of congress to literally do anything, pass any law or regulate any activity based on the commerce clause of the constitution. He states that the Constitution is no protection against tyranny; and approves.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
"Oh yeah, that would be a great spot for a mosque"
Labels: Ground Zero mosque
Labels: Ground Zero mosque
Republicans may not be able to cure us but they sure as Hell are going to stop hurting us.I think a reason Republicans are going to do really well in November is that while when Obama was elected people had a hope of him making things better, people absolutely know for certain that Republicans will make things better.
Look at this way: In 2008, America was feeling really sick and crummy. And then comes along Dr. Obama who said, “I can make you all feel better!” And everyone was really hopeful that was true — despite a few suspicions since Dr. Obama didn’t have any diplomas hanging on the wall. So America hired Obama… who then started to hit us repeatedly in the crotch. And we were all like, “Ow! Stop that! Stop that now!” And Dr. Obama said, “Shut up, stupid! I don’t have to listen to you!” And then Dr. Obama’s Democrat congress assistants held us down so he can punch us even easier.
So now it’s 2010 and people are looking to Dr. GOP. And given Dr. GOP’s record, they’re not very hopeful he’ll actually be able to cure what originally was ailing America. But there is one thing America knows for certain: The GOP will be able to get Obama to stop hitting us repeatedly in the crotch, making us all feel a ton better. And guaranteed results like that is a powerful thing.
Republican vs. Democrat: the polls say it's a clean sweep.
The Defense Industry
MSNBC's Monday programming was dedicated to denouncing Sen. Mitch McConnell's response to a question about whether Obama is a Muslim.
What McConnell actually said in response to the Muslim question was: "The president says he's a Christian. I take him at his word. I don't think that's in dispute."
Over at MSNBC, that's Republican code for: "He's a Muslim!"
North Korean TV's Ed Schultz hysterically babbled: "McConnell gave cover. That's what he did. He gave cover to all those low information voters out there who still believe this garbage about President Obama being a Muslim. ... The Republican leadership just loves to feed the fire."
Chris Matthews was so impressed with Schultz's nonsensical argument that he spent the entire hour on NKTV's "Hardball" making the same one: McConnell had expressed insufficient fervor when he said he believed Obama was a Christian! (Perhaps if McConnell had added something about a thrill running up his leg ...)
The statement "I take him at his word," Matthews said, was a "pitch-perfect dog whistle to the haters." He continued: "Yes, sure, whatever he says. Right. This is not about belief. It's an accusation that President Obama is not one of us. The right wing's attempt to de-Americanize the president."
Instead, feel sorry for the families of those working in a dying industry. This is as good as it gets for them.“It’s just a shame the media won’t report this” is a lame plaint. You’re the media; you’re reporting it. Approval and validation by Pretty Perky Katie Couric and her ilk is less than meaningless at this point, and the diminishing portion of the population which still gets its news that way won’t recognize the truth anyhow.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
This is how it is going to have to be: First of all, all of the school board members here have to be run against, and run hard against, and ejected from office. And then the principal needs to be fired, and every administrator along the way.
Second: Conservatives must begin, immediately, to get liberals fired from their jobs for any political expression. Any. Political. Expression.
We have tried to reason to them that this fascism is unfair. They don't care, they don't get it. All they see is the upside of fascism, the "good" side, the happy side, the I-get-to-coerce-my-opponents-and-hold-them-in-terror side.
They haven't been held in terror themselves, worried that any stray comment they make may cause them to lose their livelihood (in the worst recession since the depression, no less). They do not "behave" as conservatives are forced to stay in line because they haven't experienced the terror of of a hostile political bloc which has seized control of all the apparatuses of government.
They must be made to be afraid. And when a certain number of them have experienced the bad side of fascism, perhaps then they will be amenable to reason.
But they won't be until then. It's time to start using their despicable tactics against them. Not out of vengeance -- but as a teachable moment.
For this she get $16 million a year?The network newscast ratings for last week are in and "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric" tied its all-time low in total viewers with an average of 4.89 million tuning in during the five days.
Are Professors Beyond the Reach of the Law?
Is there more than one Jihad?
Monday, August 23, 2010
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf: "We tend to forget, in the West, that the United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than al Qaida has on its hands of innocent non Muslims. You may remember that the US-led sanctions against Iraq led to the death of over half a million Iraqi children. This has been documented by the United Nations. And when Madeleine Albright, who has become a friend of mine over the last couple of years, when she was Secretary of State and was asked whether this was worth it, said it was worth it.
No mention of the 270 million victims of over a millennium of jihadi wars, land appropriations, cultural annihilation and enslavement. No mention of the recent slaughter by Muslims of Christians, Hindus, Jews, non-believers in Indonesia, Thailand, Ethiopia, Somalia, Philippines, Lebanon, Israel, Russia, China................ no candor, no criticism of Islam.
Imam Feisal: "The West needs to begin to see themselves through the eyes of the Arab and Muslim world, and when you do you will see the predicament that exists within the Muslim community."
On the question of reforming Islam and expunging the texts of the threat doctrine and mandated violence and conquest:
Imam Feisal: On the issue of the reformation, in terms of what is again intended by it, Islam does not need a reformation.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
At RFK, the features include fine art murals and a marble memorial depicting the complex's namesake, a manicured public park, a state-of-the-art swimming pool and preservation of pieces of the original hotel.
On being a 20-something
Saturday, August 21, 2010
"When the going gets tough, the tough get" .... oh forget it, it's time for my sixth vacation this year. And this is how it's presented by the MFM, kneepads in place:
"Oil spill plugged and Iraq combat over, Obama takes break."
We don't know enough to even guess yet, so perhaps we should just contemplate the fate of someone who proved himself a publicity whore and may have gotten burned for it.
U.S. anti-Islam protest seen as lift for extremistsExperts: Rhetoric over planned Islamic center near ground zero feeds anti-U.S. sentimentFree speech is not valued when it conflicts with multiculturalism at the NY Slimes
Friday, August 20, 2010
The Imam Speaks
The definition of insanity
A great illustration is found by Patterico:
It is Accepted Wisdom™ that:The Muslims who bought the property apparently though it was very important to be as close to Ground Zero as possible. So even as the AP tells its editors to avoid the term "Ground Zero Mosque," the people who wnat to build the mosque are all over the designation.
It is not the Ground Zero mosque. It’s not at Ground Zero and it’s not a mosque.
And at the same time:
Having the mosque at Ground Zero is a testament to our religious tolerance.
# A December 8th, 2009, New York Times article stated, “The location [next to Ground Zero] was precisely a key selling point for the group of Muslims,” and quoted Rauf as noting that they got a property “where a piece of the [9/11] wreckage fell.” ASMA then touted the piece in its 2009 Year End Report.
# A simple Google search of the Cordoba Initiative’s website reveals the phrase “Ground Zero” to be seeded throughout as a rather inept 1999-era SEO tactic to bring people looking for information about Ground Zero to the mosque promoters’ website.
# On May 5th and 6th, ASMA’s Daisy Khan was on her Twitter account, boasting first that the “new muslim center near ground zero gets unaminous vote of approval from community board one in downtown nyc,” and then that she had a “Media blitz day for ASMA / Cordoba [on the] muslim commuity center near ground zero.”
# On June 15th, Daisy Khan told the Washington Post’s Sally Quinn that “a divine hand” led to the Ground Zero proximity.
As Obama said, his grandfather was a Muslim. His father was raised a Muslim before becoming, by Obama’s account, “a confirmed atheist.” Obama’s stepfather was a Muslim. His half-sister Maya told the New York Times that her “whole family was Muslim.”
Obama spent two years in a Muslim school in Indonesia and later, in a conversation with the Times’ Nicholas Kristof, described the Arabic call to prayer, the beginning of which he recited by heart, as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.”
UPDATE: The Daily Caller
And:Here’s the lede of WaPo’s take on the “You Are Too Dumb to Appreciate Obama” story:
The number of Americans who believe — wrongly — that President Obama is a Muslim has increased significantly since his inauguration and now account for nearly 20 percent of the nation’s population.
The key there is the “wrongly.” Gotta set it apart with em dashes, even! You can almost taste the indignation. I’m surprised they didn’t use bold, italics, and all caps as well. “WRONGLY!!”
After the 2004 election, some lefties branded the U.S. “Jesusland.” Now they’re scrambling to deny rumors that Obama doesn’t love Jesus. Odd, yes?
How dare we not worship "Him."
UPDATE 2: From NBC News, hammering home the
The results from a new Pew make you want to shake your head about, well, the entire media landscape of the 21st century. Per the survey, only 34% believe -- correctly -- that President Obama is a Christian (down 17 points since 2008); 18% think he’s a Muslim (up six points since ’08); and 43% say they don’t know his religion (up 11 points). Inside the numbers: “The belief that Obama is a Muslim has increased most sharply among Republicans (up 14 points since 2009), especially conservative Republicans (up 16 points),” the poll’s press release says. “But the number of independents who say Obama is a Muslim has also increased significantly (up eight points).” These results don’t many anyone look good -- Obama’s political opponents (who have helped spread false information about the president’s religion and birthplace), the press (which obviously hasn’t done its job here, thanks to some outlets even serving as a megaphone by running false equivalency debates), and the American populace (which should be embarrassed).
The irony here: The big irony of this story: President Obama is more religious than Reagan or H.W. Bush ever was; in fact, he gets Bible verses sent to his blackberry EVERY DAY.The ACLU should sue him for failing to separate Church and State. The man is a walking, talking Bible.
Rauf on the Road
For someone raising $100 million building cultural bridges, the Imama is remarkably silent....the State Department, after two weeks of hemming and hawing, finally confirming on Wednesday the bare-bones dates of his taxpayer-funded travels to Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.
But I can report a recent sighting, of sorts. Not a sighting of Rauf himself, mind you. Nor the sound of his voice. But late Thursday night, New York time — Thursday morning in the Middle East — I phoned the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain, the first stop on Rauf’s “public diplomacy” tour.
Asked if the imam had arrived in Bahrain, an embassy official told me: “Yes, that’s correct.”
And that, folks, is the sum total right now of the information available to the American public about the taxpayer-funded public outreach activities these next few days of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf in Bahrain.
From Rosett's August 16th report:
By now, there is information in Rauf’s silence. He launched his Ground Zero mosque and Islamic center project in the name of “dialogue,” “outreach” and “bridge-building” in lower Manhattan. In doing so, he trampled on raw feelings, and set off a divisive debate. Rauf’s apparent dismissal of public questions as not worth his time, while he travels to the Middle East on U.S. taxpayer money, suggests enormous contempt for the American public.
I would say that goes double for the Ruling Class heading the US Government.
NY Times: "Obama the Apostate"
So according to Islamic law Barack Hussein Obama should be ....?Senator Obama is half African by birth and Africans can understandably identify with him. In Islam, however, there is no such thing as a half-Muslim. Like all monotheistic religions, Islam is an exclusive faith.
As the son of the Muslim father, Senator Obama was born a Muslim under Muslim law as it is universally understood. It makes no difference that, as Senator Obama has written, his father said he renounced his religion. Likewise, under Muslim law based on the Koran his mother’s Christian background is irrelevant.
Of course, as most Americans understand it, Senator Obama is not a Muslim. He chose to become a Christian, and indeed has written convincingly to explain how he arrived at his choice and how important his Christian faith is to him.
His conversion, however, was a crime in Muslim eyes; it is “irtidad” or “ridda,” usually translated from the Arabic as “apostasy,” but with connotations of rebellion and treason. Indeed, it is the worst of all crimes that a Muslim can commit, worse than murder (which the victim’s family may choose to forgive).
With few exceptions, the jurists of all Sunni and Shiite schools prescribe execution for all adults who leave the faith not under duress; the recommended punishment is beheading at the hands of a cleric, although in recent years there have been both stonings and hangings. (Some may point to cases in which lesser punishments were ordered — as with some Egyptian intellectuals who have been punished for writings that were construed as apostasy — but those were really instances of supposed heresy, not explicitly declared apostasy as in Senator Obama’s case.)
Forget Bush. Obama now blames poor job situation on Congress...
From the Columbus Dispatch:
A local project that President Barack Obama cited during a visit Wednesday to Columbus as an example of how the federal stimulus package has worked isn't actually being funded with stimulus dollars.
When called on it, a White House spokesman blamed Congressional Republicans.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
When giving a BJ, get a room
He is so supremely confident in his intellect that he forgets, on his way to the correct decision, to slow down and pick up not-so-gifted stragglers.Gag me with a spoon. Monica Lewinski had a better excuse.
"A substantial and growing number of Americans say that Barack Obama is a Muslim," not that there's anything wrong with that
"A substantial and growing number of Americans say that Barack Obama is a Muslim," not that there's anything wrong with that, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. Eighteen percent of those polled think the president is a Muslim, up from 12% in October 2008. The Ground Zero mosque doesn't explain this shift, as the poll was conducted before he stepped into that controversy.
Who's the Extremist?
Who is - and who is not - a "Moderate Muslim"
Items of interest in the news media's coverage of "moderate Muslims":So how "moderate" were these Muslims?
• The New York Times, Oct. 19, 2001: "Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki, spiritual leader at the Dar al-Hijra mosque in Virginia, one of the nation's largest. . . . is held up as a new generation of Muslim leader capable of merging East and West."
• NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Dec. 9, 2004: "It's the TV industry's newest experiment, 'Bridges TV,' billing itself the 'American-Muslim lifestyle network,' featuring movies, documentaries, cartoons. . . . It's the brainchild of Aasiya Hassan, an architect, and her husband, Muzzamil Hassan, a banker, who are disturbed that negative images of Muslims seem to dominate TV, especially since 9/11."
• Boston Globe editorial, Aug. 4, 2010: "The simple fact is there's nothing threatening about the proposed Islamic center, which is being spearheaded by Feisal Abdul Rauf, one of the most respected moderate Muslim leaders in the country."
Most readers probably know of Awlaki as the U.S.-born imam who presided over the mosque attended by two of the 9/11 hijackers. Awlaki also served as theological mentor to Fort Hood killer Nidal Malik Hassan, would-be Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, and Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad. President Obama has authorized the military to assassinate Awlaki, now thought to be living in Yemen.
My own view, which I’ve stated in this space before, is that Islam is fundamentally incompatible with “foundational Western values like free speech, the separation of church and state, and equality under the law. Such things are not simply missing from Islam: they are positively repudiated by Islam.”
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
His ‘official father’ was a 10 year old Kenyan at the end of WWII.
Who’s he talking about?
Remember when Timothy Geitner was the ONLY ONE who could get us out of the financial crisis?
If your memory doesn't go back that far, a Google search came up with an interesting summary of Liberal opinion by the invaluable Rush Limbaugh:
RUSH: Here's Andrea Mitchell with Mika Brzezinski today on Scarborough's show on MSNBC. Mika Brzezinski says, "Tim Geithner, is this a big problem, some tax issue for the guy?"
ANDREA MITCHELL: He is hugely smart, they need him right away on the job, I think both senators in the -- Democrats and Republicans from the finance committee say that they need him right away to get confirmed. He did his own taxes, by the way, which is -- and then he got an accountant who didn't tell him all the back taxes that he needed to pay.
HARRY REID: Timothy Geithner is a person that is extremely well-qualified to be one of the finest secretaries of Treasury this country's ever had. And there is a few little hiccups, but that's basically what they are. I am not concerned at all.
In the immediate aftermath of Obama’s election, network journalists covering Obama’s possible picks for key economic positions touted Geithner as “highly regarded,” “brainy,” “well-thought-of,” “much-admired” and deserving “tremendous respect.” Of 56 stories mentioning Geithner between Nov. 3 and the official announcement of his selection Nov. 24, 34 portrayed him in a positive light while 22 were neutral or balanced. There were no negative stories about his appointment.
The reaction to his failure to pay income tax?
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010
(more here)... a waiter at Sarafina Restaurant (NY) in 2002 and worked as an apartment rental agent on commission only, yet this Muslim man managed to save up enough cash to purchase a little piece of Islamic Paradise right in the heart of downtown New York City. I guess Allah is Akbar after all!
The property was bought for cash(according to the video)so that means a waiter made over $5 million since 2002. I would like to see the tax records of Sharif El-Gamal, the "developer" from Soho Properties.
Follow the money.
More on God's Creation
Obama is a much more ardent defender of the Muslim faith than of the United States.
Here is what President Obama said Friday night at the White House iftar dinner in front of a room full of Muslims regarding the Ground Zero Megamosque (GZM):
Recently, attention has been focused on the construction of mosques in certain communities - particularly in New York. Now, we must all recognize and respect the sensitivities surrounding the development of lower Manhattan. The 9/11 attacks were a deeply traumatic event for our country. The pain and suffering experienced by those who lost loved ones is unimaginable. So I understand the emotions that this issue engenders. Ground Zero is, indeed, hallowed ground.
But let me be clear: as a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country, and will not be treated differently by their government, is essential to who we are. The writ of our Founders must endure.Obama carefully read his speech, including this statement. When he got to this passage, he spoke slowly, with some vehemence and condescension. Regarding these remarks, as the late, great William Buckley used to say, a few observations.
1. Obama's tone was not one calculated to persuade. He both hectored and belittled those who oppose the GZM. If you respectfully beg to differ with Obama, it is hard to like the persona Obama had on display Friday night.
10. With great reliability Obama stands athwart the feelings of ordinary Americans. Indeed, he is a much more ardent defender of the faith of Musims than he is of the United States, of its history or of its people. Although Obama framed his GZM remarks as a citizen and President of the United States, he seems to think of himself less as a citizen of the United States than as a citizen of the world and less as president than as philosopher king.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Here’s a pic of our illustrious First Lady visiting royalty in Spain. You’ll have to guess which one is Michelle Antoinette."
UPDATE: It's a photoshopped image.
Always Look on the Bright Side of LifeFrom the Boston Globe:
It's happening in offices across the country. Employees leave, and their vacant cubicles remain.Rather than let this "empty-desk syndrome'' serve as a daily reminder of laid-off colleagues and days of bigger profits gone by, some companies are getting creative. They're putting up walls and subletting part of their space to another firm, or moving in with another company and sharing a receptionist.Others have found ways to capitalize on the extra space, ripping out vacant cubicles to set up new meeting areas, or adding new facets to their business. A few are doing away with their offices altogether.The headline: "With Layoffs, Room for Creativity." We have to say, when the Democrats are no longer in power, we're going to miss these cheery stories about the dismal economy.
This can't be good for Knoller's career.More than any other issue, he has used the phrase "top priority" about digging the economy out of the recession and creating jobs. And on this issue, he drew a distinction between "a" top priority and "the" top priority.
"Creating jobs in the United States and ensuring a return to sustainable economic growth is the top priority for my Administration," he said in an Executive Order last March on his National Export Initiative.
Early in his administration, Mr. Obama also assigned the "top priority" label to his campaign promise to overhaul America's health care system. But a check of his speeches since taking office, reflect a bevy of other "top priorities:"
FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS: "...that's something that's going to be a top priority." (4/27/10)
ENERGY SECURITY: "And that's why my energy security plan has been one of the top priorities of my Administration since the day I took office." (4/28/10)
EDUCATION REFORM: "To train our workers for the jobs of tomorrow, we've made education reform a top priority in this Administration." (2/24/10)
STUDENT LOAN REFORM: "This is something that I've made a top priority." (2/1/10)
EXPORTS BY SMALL BUSINESSES: "This is going to be a top priority." (12/3/09)
HEALTH ASSISTANCE TO 9/11 FIRST RESPONDERS: "I'm not just talking the talk, we've been budgeting this as a top priority for this Administration." (2/3/10)
END HOMELESSNESS AMONG VETERANS: "I've also directed (Veterans Affairs) Secretary Shinseki to focus on a top priority: reducing homeless among veterans." (8/17/09)
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS: "Our top priority is ensuring the public safety. That means appropriate sheltering in place or if necessary, getting as many people as possible out of harm's way prior to landfall." (5/29/09)
H1N1 FLU VACCINATIONS: "And throughout this process, my top priority has been the health and the safety of the American people." (5/1/09)
SUPPORT FOR MILITARY FAMILIES: "These military families are heroes too. And they are a top priority of Michelle and me. And they will always have our support." (5/30/09)
STRENTHENING TIES WITH CANADA AND MEXICO: "We're going to make this a top priority..." (10/16/09)
CONSUMER PROTECTION: "During these challenging times, the needs of American consumers are a top priority of my Administration." (2/11/09)
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION: "So this is going to be a top priority generally improving our environmental quality." (11/5/09)
The dictionary defines "top" as a singular entity: "the part of anything that is first or foremost."
By designating a multitude of "top priorities," Mr. Obama can be seen trying to score political points with the constituencies for all of these issues.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
But for those who care to follow the twists and turns of this saga, click on the link to her latest article and the saga of the disappearing website.
And while he’s on these travels, what’s going on with the web site of his Cordoba Initiative? Last week, after someone in his Malaysia office referred all questions back to his office in New York, the phone number and address of his office in Malaysia quietly vanished from the Cordoba web site. Roughly around the same time, as Anne Bayefsky noticed and explained in a Pajamas Media post this week, Rauf’s Cordoba Initiative web site also erased a photo showing Rauf meeting in Malaysia a while back with an Iranian official, Mohammad Javad Larijani — who, as Bayefsky explained, “was the Iranian official who defended Iran’s abysmal human rights record before the UN Human Rights Council in February and June of this year.”
Friday evening, after Obama gave his de facto endorsement to Rauf’s Cordoba/Park 51 Ground Zero mosque and Islamic center project, I took another look at the morphing Cordoba Initiative web site, and discovered it now has a note on the main page saying “Website is currently under construction.” (Grab your screenshots now — parts of this site are already sliding down the Memory Hole).
What’s going on? Why the vanishings of the Malaysian address, the Rauf-Larijani Iranian connection photo, and the elusive Imam Feisal himself? Have either Obama or Bloomberg made even the smallest effort to inquire about what use will be made, or by whom, of these de facto endorsements they are handing out?
- Obama job approval hits new low: 43%
- Back to School:$62 average daily spending points to sluggish sales
- In U.S., Confidence in Newspapers, TV News Remains a Rarity
- US Workforce underemployed 18.6%
- Economic Confidence Index -34
- Americans' Confidence in the Medical System on the Rebound
Saturday, August 14, 2010
"If we don't let Jihadis build a victory monument at Ground Zero the terrorists will have won."
UPDATE: Via Flag_This at FreeRepublic
From Sarah Palin:
Mr. President, should they or should they not build a mosque steps away from where radical Islamists killed 3000 people? Please tell us your position. We all know that they have the right to do it, but should they? And, no, this is not above your pay grade. If those who wish to build this Ground Zero mosque are sincerely interested in encouraging positive "cross-cultural engagement" and dialogue to show a moderate and tolerant face of Islam, then why haven't they recognized that the decision to build a mosque at this particular location is doing just the opposite? Mr. President, why aren't you encouraging the mosque developers to accept Governor Paterson's generous offer of assistance in finding a new location for the mosque on state land if they move it away from Ground Zero? Why haven't they jumped at this offer? Why are they apparently so set on building a mosque steps from what you have described, in agreement with me, as "hallowed ground"? I believe these are legitimate questions to ask.
Do you trust the news? You are part of a small minority.
In 1990 about 39% of the American people trusted newspapers. That has fallen by over one-third. In other terms, in 1990 about 117 million people trusted newspapers, today only 75 million do. That still represents lots of gullible people, but the number of the gullible are dropping. That's why newspapers are losing readers, losing money and losing the race to survive.The findings are from Gallup's annual Confidence in Institutions survey, which found the military faring best and Congress faring worst of 16 institutions tested. Americans' confidence in newspapers and television news is on par with Americans' lackluster confidence in banks and slightly better than their dismal rating of Health Management Organizations and big business.
It's worth 5 minutes of your time. A teaser for the documentary coming in 2011.
As Jerry Brown grabbed the spotlight with his criticism of Bell city officials and their outrageous pensions, The Watchdog got to wondering: How much will the Democrat for Governor make in retirement?
That, as it turns out, is a very difficult question to answer. After more than a month of investigation, the Watchdog can only say for certain that Brown and a handful of other top officials are eligible for generous benefits under a special pension fund so obscure that few people in government know how it works and many thought it had been eliminated 20 years ago by outraged voters.
Under the law, Brown should have accrued, at most, 16 years of service credit in this special fund, known as the Legislators’ Retirement System, or LRS. Actuarial statements produced by LRS, however, indicate that an unnamed person of Brown’s age and earning Brown’s exact salary has been credited with 25 to 29 years of service. The difference would mean tens of thousands of dollars in additional pension payments for Brown each year.
Brown’s campaign staff acknowledge the unnamed person sure looks like the gubernatorial candidate but have been unable to explain the discrepancy over service. ...As best as we can tell, Brown would be eligible for an annual LRS pension of $73,720 if he has 16 years of service. If, somehow, he has 25 or more years, it would be $110,580.
In fact, Obama does not really like America. But we knew that before the election, didn't we.10. Obama doesn’t believe in American greatness
Barack Obama has made it clear that he doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism, and has made apologising for his country into an art form. In a speech to the United Nations last September he stated that “no one nation can or should try to dominate another nation. No world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will succeed. No balance of power among nations will hold.” It is difficult to see how a US president who holds these views and does not even accept America’s greatness in history can actually lead the world’s only superpower with force and conviction.
There is a distinctly Titanic-like feel to the Obama presidency and it’s not hard to see why. The most left-wing president in modern American history has tried to force a highly interventionist, government-driven agenda that runs counter to the principles of free enterprise, individual freedom, and limited government that have made the United States the greatest power in the world, and the freest nation on earth.
This, combined with weak leadership both at home and abroad against the backdrop of tremendous economic uncertainty in an increasingly dangerous world, has contributed to a spectacular political collapse for a president once thought to be invincible. America at its core remains a deeply conservative nation, which cherishes its traditions and founding principles. President Obama is increasingly out of step with the American people, by advancing policies that undermine the United States as a global power, while undercutting America’s deep-seated love for freedom.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Is there any question that Iran would love to see this mosque constructed here? I sthere any question that the connections are there?More questions have arisen about the attempt to build a mosque adjacent to Ground Zero, as part of the so-called Cordoba Initiative. In particular, why has the Cordoba website just removed a photograph of Iranian Mohammad Javad Larijani, secretary-general of the High Council for Human Rights in Iran? Is the move an attempted cover-up of their Iranian connections?
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Kaplan, which boasts that “We build futures,” is in trouble as a result of the scandal and the high-flying unit is therefore threatening the viability of the Post newspaper, leading possibly to layoffs or firings of news personnel.
Kaplan has been the largest and fastest-growing division of the Post Company.
On August 4, the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions held a hearing featuring Gregory Kutz, Managing Director, Office of Forensic Audits and Special Investigations of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO found that “Undercover tests at 15 for-profit colleges found that 4 colleges encouraged fraudulent practices and that all 15 made deceptive or otherwise questionable statements to GAO’s undercover applicants.” Kaplan was one of the guilty parties.
Kendall Law Group, a national securities firm led by a former federal judge with attorneys that include a former U.S. Attorney, is investigating The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO - News) for shareholders. The investigation concerns potential breaches of fiduciary duties by the board of directors and other company executives in connection to alleged fraudulent, deceptive, or otherwise questionable marketing practices. ... Kaplan College in Florida, a Washington Post school, was named by Kutz as one of the schools that provided “deceptive and questionable” information.