ACORN and Baton Rouge Police Trample First Amendment Rights!

Baton Rouge police censoring citizens at ACORN’s request (video)

Everyone in America needs to see this video. The police in Baton Rouge trample on American’s free speech rights at the direction of Acorn. Is this the change people were expecting when they voted for Obama?

Obamacare – ACORN

Since when is it illegal for the two opposing sides of HEALTH CARE to talk? One other point I am not certain who the biggest thugs are, the Baton Rouge Police or the ACORN thugs! The Baton Rouge police need to go back to school and relearn the US Constitution and stop trampling First Amendment Rights!

ObamaCare Is Death Care

Obamacare should be renamed Obamadeathcare because it really is. Not only will I have to get counseling every five years to instruct me on ways to end my life, people with special needs may not be enrolled in health care. I assert that this government run death care will not only end the life of the elderly, the disabled and now special needs people like children of veterans who have spina bifida. It is right in the House Death Care bill;

Family Security Matters has summarized a good portion of the 1000 page death care package.

Look Here to See What’s in the Health Care Bill: CHILLING!

Take a look at what actually is in the Health Care bill. Obama makes disingenuous comments like “You’ll still keep your doctor” or “You’ll keep your existing health care.” He is either lying to us or he has no idea what is in it. Take a peek at the full report, or look at some of the highlights here:

Pg 22 of the HC Bill mandates the Government will audit books of all employers that self insure. Can you imagine what that will do to small businesses? Every one will abandon “self insurance” and go on Government insurance. So when Obama says that there will still be private health care, it’s simply a lie: this mandate will force employers to abandon their private plans.

Pg 30 Sec 123 of HC bill – a Government committee (good luck with that!) will decide what treatments/benefits a person may receive.

Pg 29 lines 4-16 in the HC bill – YOUR HEALTHCARE WILL BE RATIONED! (We all knew this, because health care is rationed in Canada and Britain, but Obama kept saying it would not be).

Pg 42 of HC Bill – The Health Choices Commissioner will choose your HC Benefits for you. You will have no choice!

PG 50 Section 152 in HC bill – HC will be provided to ALL non US citizens, illegal or otherwise.

Pg 58 HC Bill – Government will have real-time access to individual’s finances and a National ID Healthcard will be issued!

Pg 59 HC Bill lines 21-24 Government will have direct access to your bank accts for election funds transfer

PG 65 Sec 164 is a payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families in Unions & community organizations (read: ACORN).

Pg 72 Lines 8-14 Government will create an HC Exchange to bring private HC plans under Government control.

PG 84 Sec 203 HC bill – Government mandates ALL benefit packages for private HC plans in the Exchange.

PG 85 Line 7 HC Bill – Specifics of Benefit Levels for Plans = The Government will ration your Healthcare!

PG 91 Lines 4-7 HC Bill – Government mandates linguistic appropriate services. Example – Translation for illegal aliens.

Pg 95 HC Bill Lines 8-18 The Government will use groups, i.e. ACORN & Americorps, to sign up individuals for Government HC plan.

PG 85 Line 7 HC Bill – Specifics of Benefit Levels for Plans. AARP members – your Health care WILL be rationed.

-PG 102 Lines 12-18 HC Bill – Medicaid Eligible Individuals will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid. No choice.

pg 124 lines 24-25 HC No company can sue Government on price fixing. No “judicial review” against Government Monopoly.

pg 127 Lines 1-16 HC Bill – Doctors/ AMA – The Government will tell YOU what you can earn.

Pg 145 Line 15-17 An Employer MUST auto enroll employees into public option plan. NO CHOICE.

Pg 126 Lines 22-25 Employers MUST pay for HC for part time employees AND their families.

Pg 149 Lines 16-24 ANY Employer with payroll $400k & above who does not provide public option pays 8% tax on all payroll.

pg 150 Lines 9-13 Businesses with payroll between $251k & $400k who don’t provide public option pay 2-6% tax on all payroll.

Pg 167 Lines 18-23 ANY individual who doesn’t have acceptable HC according to Government will be taxed 2.5% of income.

Pg 170 Lines 1-3 HC Bill Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from individual taxes. (Americans will pay.)

Pg 195 HC Bill -officers & employees of HC Admin (the GOVERNMENT) will have access to ALL Americans’ finances and personal records.

PG 203 Line 14-15 HC – “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax” Yes, it says that.

Pg 239 Line 14-24 HC Bill Government will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors, low income, poor affected.

Pg 241 Line 6-8 HC Bill – Doctors – doesn’t matter what specialty – will all be paid the same.

PG 253 Line 10-18 Government sets value of Doctor’s time, professional judgment, etc. Literally, value of humans.

PG 265 Sec 1131Government mandates & controls productivity for private HC industries.

PG 268 Sec 1141 Federal Government regulates rental & purchase of power driven wheelchairs.

PG 272 SEC. 1145. TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS – Cancer patients – welcome to rationing!

Page 280 Sec 1151 The Government will penalize hospitals for what Government deems preventable readmissions.

Pg 298 Lines 9-11 Doctors who treat a patient during initial admission that results in a readmission – Government will penalize you.

Pg 317 L 13-20 OMG!! PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. Government tells Doctors what/how much they can own.

Pg 317-318 lines 21-25,1-3 PROHIBITION on expansion – Government will mandate hospitals cannot expand.

pg 321 2-13 Hospitals have opportunity to apply for exception BUT community input required. Can u say ACORN?!

Pg335 L 16-25 Pg 336-339 – Government mandates establishment of outcome-based measures which of course forces health care rationing.

Pg 341 Lines 3-9 Government has authority to disqualify Medicare Adv Plans, HMOs, etc., forcing people into Government plan.

Pg 354 Sec 1177 – Government will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs people!

Pg 379 Sec 1191 Government creates more bureaucracy – Telehealth Advisory Committee. HC by phone.

PG 425 Lines 4-12 Government mandates Advance Care Planning Consultations. Think Senior Citizens end of life prodding.

Pg 425 Lines 17-19 Government will instruct & consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney. Mandatory!

PG 425 Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3 Government provides approved list of end of life resources, guiding you in how to die.

PG 427 Lines 15-24 Government mandates program for orders for end of life. The Government has a say in how your life ends.

Pg 429 Lines 1-9 An “advanced care planning consultant” will be used frequently as patients’ health deteriorates.

PG 429 Lines 10-12 “advanced care consultation” may include an ORDER for end of life plans. AN ORDER from the Government to end a life!

Pg 429 Lines 13-25 – The Government will specify which Doctors can write an end of life order.

PG 430 Lines 11-15 The Government will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life.

Pg 469 – Community Based Home Medical Services/Non profit orgs. (ACORN Medical Services here?)

Page 472 Lines 14-17 PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATION. 1 monthly payment to a community-based organization. (Like ACORN?)

PG 489 Sec 1308 The Government will cover Marriage & Family therapy. Which means they will insert Government into our marriages.

Pg 494-498 Government will cover Mental Health Services including defining, creating, rationing those services. You’d better speak up now before you are on the “advanced care consultation” list.

This death care bill gives the government the right to decide when your life begins (they are trying to make provisions for abortion coverage) and mandate when and how your life will end. Better start saying goodbye to your folks, grandparents and even young (not even 50) people like me.

While most Americans remain comfortably ensconced on their sofas in front of their wall mounted flat screen televisions, there are some American Patriots who are hitting the streets. Their actions are stopping ACORN and Obama’s Organize for America:

The Conservative & Libertarian groups as well as Gathering of Eagle members were there to protest against healthcare reform. They pushed back and took “direct action” against ACORN affiliates: Organize For America, ACT-Now, & USA-CAN who were pushing blank petitions upon shoppers at a mall with no explanation.

One of the participants reported on the “direct action” in Long Island:

ACORN and their new front group Act Now were pwned by Tea Party Patriots again on Long Island!

When they couldn’t win their arguments with facts, the ACORN employees tried to intimidate the Tea Party folks. No way that could work with dedicated Patriots! So ACORN cut and run when the going got tough, and repeated that sorry performance twice in one day.

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I’m no reporter so bear with me. Today I felt the same pride inside me matching the feeling I get whenever I read of our Founding Fathers’ activism. It might sound over exaggerated, but it doesn’t change how I feel. Today we scored a victory some may see as trivial, I see as momentous. Either way as a patriot it is overwhelming. Today I witnessed and participated in seeing ‘grass-roots folk’ come together in an instant and square off with, as of yesterday, an unchallenged foe in our cause-ACORN. We arrived at King Kullen this morning in Commack and as planned found ACORN petitioners signing up unaware patrons of the shopping center coming and going. They were asking people to sign a petition favoring Obama’s Health Care plan. We were there to give the other side and people listened.

ACORN produced four ‘workers’ we amassed 40 patriots complete with signs, banners, flyers, stickers, posters and a few loud voices.

ACORN 4 – Patriots 40.

I was told they were ‘workers’ for the organization We-Can(?) We were the people on the street giving up a beautiful warm Saturday morning to be heard.

I once read that 1 man defending his home is worth 20 paid mercenaries sent to destroy it. Believe it.

ACORN being outnumbered, out voiced and literally out debated left the area in a hurry. We followed.

After receiving communication that they fled to Stop and Shop in Bohemia 40+ patriots showed up and overwhelmed them there too. What a sight. Again ACORN took flight. They didn’t know how to react other then demanding we leave. We demanded an equal moment of time to discuss the meat and potatoes of the Obama health Care plan, they refused and retreated. I witnessed many passersby refusing to sign their petition; one even scratched their name off the list after we spoke to them. Almost every person I encountered was interested and I was relieved as almost all agreed with us. There was a little drama when a passerby vehemently argued for the plan, it was contentious but that’s liberty and democracy at work.

The only news agency seen was a local group from Alternative News based here on LI. The police were on scene, but remained out of the way as we did our own policing and respecting of the peace.

Score this a huge victory. I hope this inspires everyone to get up and get off the side-lines. You want change, than be silent no more! Silence is another form of consent, don’t be silent-don’t consent.

Known organizations present and represented: Campaign for Liberty, CSA, 9/12 Glenn Beck group, and resistnet.com by me. Others were ordinary people who heard last night and dropped their plans and showed up. What a moment.

Obamadeathcare is no better than assisted suicide! Get off your couches, turn off the televisions—GETUP! ACT UP! SPEAK UP! Stop this obamination of a death care bill. Stop Congress from trampling on your health care or _______ finish the sentence yourself!

Check out Gateway Pundit there are some great comments at his site.

House of Representatives Releases Congressional ACORN Report

I have completed reading the 88 page House of Representatives’ ACORN report. There is one paragraph that stands out from all other parts of the report. Here is that paragraph (and what I uncovered in August, 2008):

More factually, former Oklahoma Congresswoman Cleta Mitchell was concerned about ACORN violating the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971:

A not-for-profit corporation is treated no differently from a for-profit corporation for purposes of the federal campaign finance laws, which absolutely prohibit corporate contributions to campaigns of federal candidates and / or corporate expenditures to support or oppose a federal candidate. The FECA further prohibit expenditures by non-profit corporations such as ACORN and Project Vote which are made in coordination with, at the request, behest, suggestion or with the material involvement of a federal campaign (such as the Obama presidential campaign). The solicitation of funds by an organization for purposes of engaging in partisan campaign activities or to support or assist a federal campaign and/or candidate convert the organization into a Section 527 political organization and further [instantiate] a federal political committee required to register with the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”). Contributions to such an organization are limited to $5,000 per calendar year and may not be received / accepted from corporations. Further, expenditures made by an organization in coordination with a candidate or political committee are considered contributions to that committee and are subject to the $5,000 per election limit.

On August 15, 2008, I uncovered $832,000 in payments from Obama for America to Citizens Services Inc., a part of the ACORN family of criminal enterprise. Apparently these payments were outright violations of election laws.

If I am analyzing this part of the FECA laws correctly not only did ACORN violate laws so did Obama for America. This means that President Obama knows he violated the law but started the whole Professor Gates/Cambridge Police “race riot” during Wednesday nights “Death Care” press conference to hide the truth hidden in the Congressional report.

Logistics Monster has more on the Professor Gates-gate:

Many of us have known for a very long time that nothing, and I mean NOTHING is done by accident with this administration. Y’all have realized by now that every single event surrounding this “residency” is planned, orchestrated, rehearsed, and every possible contingency is taken into account before the event is allowed to happen. You know this, right?

At least five times today I stated that the ‘the police acted stupidly’ comment made by Bambi on Wednesday night was so over the top that it had to be an actual planned event with the distinct possibility that it was a distract and deflect measure. That may not be the only reason, but it is the usual one with the Bambi think tank inside the WH. He knew exactly what he was going to say if he had to walk it back, and he gets an “F” for his apology. He never meant to apologize. Put this whole situation into perspective; how long did it take Barack Obama to make mention of the killing of Private William Long by the islamic jihadist?

Wake up people! It is time that the media and Americans stop watching what Obama is doing in front of the cameras, always check out what is going on in the background. Have you heard any real coverage of this report except on Fox, which they gave all of five minutes.

Rush Limbaugh agrees that Obama is all about subterfuge…distract and deflect at all costs even if it means insulting the Cambridge Police.

Obama’s apology was no apology just more subterfuge so even Fox News dropped the story on the House of Representatives’ Congressional ACORN report like a “hot potato.”

The House Health Care Bill Says I Have To Learn To Kill Myself!

I know the the title is shocking but it is true. According to the House Health Care bill as a Medicare recipient I will have to undergo mandatory counseling every five years to discuss the end of life. That counseling is okay but not when the government mandates it.

The counseling has one very disturbing aspect to it. I will be counseled on how to end my life. I am not even 50 years old yet. But the government is going to ration my health care on two fronts now through Medicare and through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Listen to The Fred Thompson Show here.

Betsy McCaughey is a private citizen who has actually read the House Health Care bill. The things it contains are not just an assault on the elderly but anyone else who is currently on Medicare.

Here is what she had to say in her Op-Ed piece in the Wall Street Journal.

The assault against seniors began with the stimulus package in February. Slipped into the bill was substantial funding for comparative effectiveness research, which is generally code for limiting care based on the patient’s age. Economists are familiar with the formula, where the cost of a treatment is divided by the number of years (called QALYs, or quality-adjusted life years) that the patient is likely to benefit. In Britain, the formula leads to denying treatments for older patients who have fewer years to benefit from care than younger patients.

When comparative effectiveness research appeared in the stimulus bill, Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., (R., La.) a heart surgeon, warned that it would lead to “denying seniors and the disabled lifesaving care.” He and Sen. Jon Kyl (R., Ariz.) proposed amendments to no avail that would have barred the federal government from using the research to eliminate treatments for the elderly or deny care based on age.

In a letter this week to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, White House budget chief Peter Orszag urged Congress to delegate its authority over Medicare to a newly created body within the executive branch. This measure is designed to circumvent the democratic process and avoid accountability to the public for cuts in benefits.

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While the House bill being pushed by the president reduces access to such cures and specialists, it ensures that seniors are counseled on end-of-life options (Author’s Note: This means I will be counseled every five years on “how to kill myself.” I can tell this is unacceptable to me and my family. Why you might ask? Because in 2000 I tried to commit suicide because of ineffective care at a Vet Center, part of the VA system.), including refusing nutrition where state law allows it (pp. 425-446). In Oregon, some cancer patients are being denied care by the state that could extend their lives and instead are afforded the benefit of physician-assisted suicide instead.

What is costly is when seniors become disabled. In a 2007 Health Affairs article, researchers reported that surgeries to unclog arteries and replace worn out hips and knees have had a major impact on steadily reducing disability rates. And nondisabled seniors use only one-seventh as much health care as disabled seniors. As a result, the annual increase in per capita health spending on the elderly is less than for the rest of the population.

Nevertheless, Medicare is running out of money. The problem is the number of seniors compared with the smaller number of workers supporting the system with payroll taxes. To remedy the problem, the Congressional Budget Office has suggested inching up the eligibility age one month per year until it reaches age 70 in 2043, or asking wealthy seniors to pay more.

These are reasonable solutions—reducing access to treatments and counseling seniors about cutting life short are not. Medicare has made living to a ripe old age a good value. ObamaCare will undo that.

If you think I am the only fairly young person who will be affected you are wrong. There are other veterans who are disabled and receive services under Medicare and receive Social Security payments that are facing an assault. Not only is Obamacare wrong for Seniors but it is wrong for many veterans. This is a total assault on all Americans.

Ted Nugent On Obama Spirit of 76

H/T to Right Truth.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Ted Nugent, it is a sad day for you then. Nugent is more than just a rocker, he is an American Patriot. He took time out of his busy schedule on 4/15/09 to attend the Alamo Tea Party.

It seems that Ted Nugent has some things to say about Barry O. In Ted’s own words:

Do not forget, Barry O is supposed to single-handedly repair America’s international image. Write this down: by the time we toss him out of the office he was hopelessly ill-equipped to fill, Barry O will have damaged our international image far worse than what the peanut head from Plains, Georgia had done. And we must not forget that President Carter has never met a terrorist regime he did not admire.

Imagine for a moment if you were the president of a country that is a strong ally of America. Ask yourself this question: With Barry O as president of the United States, can I really trust America to be there if I need them? Case closed. Never trust a president who, as Charles Krauthammer recently wrote, finds himself on the side of Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega and the Castro twins as Barry O has done in support of the ousted socialist Honduran President Zelaya. My dear old US Army drill sergeant dad told me repeatedly, “tell me who you go with and I’ll tell you what you are.” Now I get it.

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Barry O gave an anti-American speech to a bunch of Christian-hating Muslims in Cairo where he was given a lukewarm reception even though he did not utter the very appropriate word “terrorist.” What a pathetic joke to not have the moxie to even say the word. Instead, Barry O has the audacity of ignorance or hate of all things American because he apologizes for America at every opportunity, which, in my opinion, is the ultimate sin against America.

You will note that Barry O has yet to give a rousing, pro-America, pro-freedom, pro-free market speech to our closest allies or even to America. Reason: Barry O does not believe that individual freedom, capitalism, and American prominence are something to be exalted and admired.(read on my friends)

Make certain that you read all of Ted Nugent’s excellent opinion piece.

Military Tapping Foreign Nationals With Green Cards For Service

One complaint that is talked about in the hallways of the Veterans Administration by veterans in the language barrier between doctors and veterans. It becomes a very emotional issue for many veterans who served in the first Gulf War. It can at times make a visit to the VA like a day on the battlefield.

Now the military is tapping these same foreign nationals to meet shortages of doctors and other health care professionals. It may meet the needs of the military but it may not meet the needs of those on the battlefields in Iraq and other places. Is this the answer to filling the military’s needs? In my opinion, it isn’t.

Yahoo News has the story via AP. And I truly believe this story somehow went mainly unnoticed by the remainder of the media. It must be highlighted because it is time we start asking questions. From the story:

The Pentagon plans to recruit more foreigners in a fresh effort to make up for chronic shortages of doctors, nurses and linguists available for wartime duty.

The Defense Department already draws from aliens living in the United States on green cards and seeking permanent residency. But under a trial program, it will now look to also recruit from pools of foreigners who’ve been living in the states on student and work visas, with refugee or political asylum status and other temporary visas.

Who is responsible? Gates, the man who doesn’t cause waves or change policies. Hmmm… not quite true. More from the article:

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has authorized the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps to recruit certain legal residents whose critical medical and language skills are “vital to the national interest,” officials said, using for the first time a law passed three years ago.

Gates’ action enables the services to start a one-year pilot program to find up to 1,000 foreigners who have lived in the states legally for at least two years. The new recruits into the armed forces would get accelerated treatment in the process toward becoming U.S. citizens in return for military service in the United States or abroad.

“The services are doing a tremendous job of recruiting quality personnel to meet our various missions,” sometimes with bonus pay and tuition for medical school, said Bill Carr, deputy undersecretary of defense for military personnel policy. But they haven’t been able to fill their need for 24,000 doctors, dentists and nurses in the Defense Department.

The Pentagon’s doctor and nurse corps remain 1,000 short of the numbers needed to treat all the military’s patients, and Carr said he hoped the program would fill the gaps.

The military’s most pressing need is for neurosurgeons and dermatologists to treat troops coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan with brain and burn injuries.

The force also lacks nurses with a broad range of specialties, Carr said.

I am certain the reason they can’t recruit the needed numbers because of the pay differential between the civilian wolrd and the military. This still doesn’t excuse the military expanding by fast tracking foreign nationals for citizenship. What kind of vetting does the military do to ensure these aren’t sleeper terrorists?

More:

At the same time, the U.S. Special Operations Command needs more people with special language and cultural skills for a war on terrorism that has taken the armed forces to more remote places across the globe.

Though the military has been looking for more Arabic speakers and others to help with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the new program looks to recruit those proficient in some three dozen languages, including Albanian, Korean, Punjabi, Somali, Turkish, Burmese, Chinese, Czech, Malay and Swahili

There are now 29,000 non-citizens in uniform today, Carr said, with about 8,000 more enlisting every year.

He expects that among those who will be interested in the new effort are doctors with work visas who are employed at hospitals around the country, a program aimed at tackling shortages among U.S. medical professionals.

I am very uncomfortable with this “new policy”. I guess I am uncomfortable with this trend because these foreign nationals may not have the same loyalty to our country and fellow military members. How do we measure their loyalty toward our country? I don’t have the answer but remain uncomfortable with Gates policy changes.

Mr. Obama: Don’t Miss This Week’s Chicago Tribune From We The People

We The People Foundation just unveiled their full page ad that includes the text of an open letter to The One. Here is more on that ad that will be featured in the Chicago Tribune next week:

Our full-page Open Letter to Mr. Obama will be published in the Chicago Tribune on both Monday, December 1, 2008 and Wednesday, December 3, 2008. It will appear in the main news section. Click here to view a copy of the final ad.

Chicago is Mr. Obama’s hometown. His transition team is operating out of the Kluczynski Federal Building in downtown Chicago. He is known to be a regular reader of the Tribune, Chicago’s principal newspaper, with a daily circulation of over a half-million readers.

The Open Letter to Mr. Obama is a formal Petition for a Redress (Remedy) for the alleged violation of the “natural born citizen” clause of the Constitution of the United States of America.
Mr. Obama is respectfully requested to direct the Hawaiian officials to provide access to his original birth certificate on December 5-7 by our team of forensic scientists, and to provide additional documentary evidence establishing his citizenship status prior to our Washington, D.C. press conference on December 8.

A First Amendment Petition to any official of the Government for Redress of a violation of the Constitution is substantially different from the garden-variety political petitions frequently received by government officials. This Petition demands it be given the highest priority for an expedited review and official Response by Mr. Obama.

As a formal “Notice of a Constitutional Violation,” the Petition naturally includes the People’s inherent Right to an official Response. As a time-sensitive, election related Petition involving the Office of the President, failure to Respond as requested would constitute an egregious breach of the public trust and confirm the certainty of a Constitutional crisis.

For the D.C. press conference the WTP Foundation has reserved the Edward R. Murrow Room at the National Press Club from 1-4 pm on Monday, December 8, 2008. We are hopeful that C-SPAN may cover what could be a pivotal, historic event.

The Petition for Redress/Open Letter to Mr. Obama is also expected to have a significant impact on the deliberations of the Electoral College as it proceeds toward selection of the U.S. President as provided for by the Constitution.

Many, many thanks to the many individuals who donated the money needed to cover the costs of publishing the Open Letter and conducting the Washington press conference.

We are now in the process of selecting the forensic scientists who would travel to Hawaii to examine Mr. Obama’s original birth certificate (assuming he responds to the Petition for Redress by directing the Hawaiian officials to provide access to the birth certificate). The budget for this task is currently estimated at $20,000. We need to raise the money quickly. Unfortunately, we are starting from zero and we have but one week before the scientists would need to be in Hawaii.

Okay folks. I know you have heard this before…give, give, give…go sofa diving (they are always good for change), break open your piggy banks and check the stash in your cookie jar (if you have one), send it to We The People Foundation so they may send scientists to examine The One’s birth certificate providing he answers the petition (personally I think he believes in that wretched narcissistic mind of his, he is above releasing any and all information about himself. The only information he wants us to read is the largely fictional “autobiography” or “autobiographies” he “wrote” and were subsequently published).

Here is the final copy of the ad:

An Open Letter
to Barack Obama:
Are you a Natural Born
Citizen of the U.S.?
Are you legally eligible to
hold the Office of President?
We The People Foundation
For Constitutional Education, Inc.
http://www.WeThePeopleFoundation.org
2458 Ridge Road Queensbury, NY 12804
info@GiveMeLiberty.org

December 1, 2008
Mr. Barack Obama
Barack Obama Transition Office
Kluczynski Federal Building
230 So. Dearborn St.
Chicago, Illinois 60604

Dear Mr. Obama:

Representing thousands of responsible American citizens who have also
taken an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States of America,
I am duty bound to call on you to remedy an apparent violation of the
Constitution.

Compelling evidence supports the claim that you are barred from holding
the Office of President by the “natural born citizen” clause of the U.S.
Constitution.

For instance:
• You have posted on the Internet an unsigned, forged and thoroughly
discredited, computer-generated birth form created in 2007, a form
that lacks vital information found on any original, hand signed
Certificate of Live Birth, such as hospital address, signature of
attending physician and age of mother.
• Hawaii Dept of Health will not confirm your assertion that you were born
in Hawaii.
• Legal affidavits state you were born in Kenya.
• Your grandmother is recorded on tape saying she attended your birth
in Kenya.
• U.S. Law in effect in 1961 denied U.S. citizenship to any child born
in Kenya if the father was Kenyan and the mother was not yet 19
years of age.
• In 1965, your mother legally relinquished whatever Kenyan or U.S.
citizenship she and you had by marrying an Indonesian and becoming
a naturalized Indonesian citizen.

You have repeatedly refused to provide evidence of your eligibility when
challenged to do so in a number of recent lawsuits. Instead, you have
been successful in having judges declare that they are powerless to order
you to prove your eligibility to assume the Office of President.
Incredibly, the judge in Hawaii actually said it would be an invasion of
your privacy for him to order access to your original birth certificate in
order to prove your eligibility to hold the Office of President.
Before you can legitimately exercise any of the powers of the President
you must meet all the criteria for eligibility established by the Constitution.
You are under a moral, legal, and fiduciary duty to proffer such evidence.
Should you assume the office as anyone but a bona fide natural born
citizen of the United States who has not relinquished that citizenship, you
would be inviting a national crisis that would undermine the domestic
peace and stability of the Nation. For example:

• You would always be viewed by many Americans as a
poseur – a usurper .
• As a usurper , you would be unable to take the required “Oath or
Affirmation” on January 20 without committing the crime of perjury or
false swearing, for being ineligible you cannot faithfully execute the
Office of the President of the United States.
• You would be entitled to no allegiance, obedience or support from
the People.
• The Armed Forces would be under no legal obligation to remain
obedient to you.
• No civilian in the Executive Branch would be required to obey any of
your proclamations, Executive Orders or directives, as such orders
would be legally void.
• Your appointments of Judges to the Supreme Court would be void.
• Congress would not be able to pass any needed legislation because
it would not be able to acquire the signature of a bona fide President.
• Congress would be unable to remove you, a usurper , from the Office
of the President on Impeachment, inviting certain political chaos
including a potential for armed conflicts within the General
Government or among the States and the People to effect the
removal of such a usurper .

In consideration of the escalating constitutional crisis brought on by the
total lack of evidence needed to conclusively establish your eligibility,
I am compelled to serve you with this First Amendment Petition for a
Redress of this violation of the Constitution.

With all due respect, I ask that you immediately direct the appropriate
Hawaiian officials to allow access to the vault copy of your birth
certificate by our forensic scientists on Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
December 5, 6 and 7, 2008.

In addition, I ask that you deliver the following documentary evidence to
the National Press Club in Washington DC by 10 am on December 8, 2008,
marked for my attention:

• A certified copy of your original, signed “vault” birth certificate.
• Certified copies of your reissued and sealed birth certificates in the
names Barack Hussein Obama, Barry Soetoro, Barry Obama, Barack
Dunham and Barry Dunham.
• A certified copy of your Certification of Citizenship.
• A certified copy of your Oath of Allegiance taken upon age of maturity.
• Certified copies of your admission forms for Occidental College,
Columbia University and Harvard Law School.
• Certified copies of any legal documents changing your name.

Each member of the Electoral College, who is committed to casting a vote
on December 15, 2008, has a constitutional duty to make certain you are
a natural-born citizen. As of today, there is no evidence in the public
record (nor have you provided any) that defeats the claim that you are
barred by law from assuming the Office of President because you fail the
Constitution’s eligibility requirements.

All state Electors are now on Notice that unless you provide documentary
evidence before December 15, that conclusively establishes your eligibility,
they cannot cast a vote for you without committing treason to the Constitution.
“In a government of laws, the existence of the government will be imperiled
if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent,
the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people
by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a
lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become
a law unto himself; it invites anarchy .” Olmstead v. U.S., 277 U.S. 438
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this urgent matter.

Sincerely,
Robert L. Schulz
Chairman

Here!Here! I certainly hope the one responds before he takes the oath of office, for he will certainly be viewed as a poseur. While we are at it, let’s send The One a dictionary so he can learn the true meaning of transparency, a word heard oft repeated throughout the election. Mr Obama here is the definition for your perusal:

Transparency, as used in the humanities (government as well, my emphasis), when used in a social context, implies openness, communication, and accountability. It is a metaphorical extension of the meaning a “transparent” object is one that can be seen through. Transparent procedures include open meetings, financial disclosure statements, the freedom of information legislation, budgetary review, audits, etc.

Defense Secretary Gates To Stay On And That Is Worrisome! (Update)

I was reading a story about Gates from a blogger who has followed his long career. His perceptions of Gates are off. Here is an example of Mike Ruppert’s insights:

From the federal bench to the FBI to CIA. He’s a manager and an order executor, a very good one. He is not a policy architect and has no aspirations in that arena. He was a judge. His life is following rules, written and unwritten. Under him, I would know that the Chain of Command was functioning effectively to all parts of the military.

“He is not a policy architect and has no aspirations in that arena.”, is patently wrong. It is quite black and white with no thought to the following information:

Gates: Active force, reserves must integrate…

Integrating active duty forces with reserve forces will require policy changes not seen in the military in recent times, if ever. The change will require major overhaul and could cost jobs. More from the article:

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates took a giant step Monday toward more tightly blending the active-duty military and reserve components into an “integrated total force,” calling for wide-ranging personnel policy changes, codifying the reserves’ homeland defense role and adequately funding oft-overlooked reserve equipment requirements.

I see only one and only one bright spot, that is the increased funding of reserve equipment. Personnel policy changes unless done correctly could cost positions as well as chaos. I have worries about the reserves’ role in homeland security. It is very important that we get answers to that role. It leaves questions. Can martial law be invoked? Will the reserves be able to hold citizens without due process?
Will they be allowed to carry guns within the borders?

What policy needs to be changed by Gates to extend the reserves role in homeland security?

The Posse Comitatus Act and the Insurrection Act substantially limit the powers of the federal government to use the military for law enforcement.

The Posse Comitatus Act is a United States federal law (18 U.S.C. § 1385) passed on June 16, 1878 after the end of Reconstruction. The Act prohibits most members of the federal uniformed services (the Army, Air Force, and State National Guard forces when such are called into federal service) from exercising nominally state law enforcement, police, or peace officer powers that maintain “law and order” on non-federal property (states and their counties and municipal divisions) in the former Confederate states.

The statute generally prohibits federal military personnel and units of the National Guard under federal authority from acting in a law enforcement capacity within the United States, except where expressly authorized by the Constitution or Congress. The Coast Guard is exempt from the Act.

Is this one of the policies Gates is changing? He can’t change it without complicity from our Congress. They will have to vote to change the law.

More from on Gates actions:

(Author’s Note: The citizens of the United States must demand answers from Congress and the Department of Defense. We need to know if the Posse Comitatus Act is or has been changed. I can’t emphasize this enough.)

In a Monday memo sent to every senior uniformed and civilian Pentagon leader and copied to three other cabinet secretaries, Gates directed the development of a new Total Force Integration Policy that recognizes the “cultural divide that exists” between the active and reserve components. “All vestiges of the cultural prejudice” that remain in law “should be removed” by Congress, he wrote.

Gates also called upon Congress to “mandate that the National Guard and Reserves have the lead role in and form the backbone of DoD operations in the homeland.”

I am repeating myself by choice. We need an accounting for these changes. We need to thoroughly research any vote concerning the Posse Comitatus Act. The president though he is the Commander In Chief can not simply change the role of the military at will. The role must be changed by Congress. Does this mean Congress has already voted on changes to the above named act?

Am I concerned? You bet I am. I spent thirteen years in the Navy, I understand the military echelon. Do I think it is a good idea to keep Gates? I can’t answer that. I am only left with questions about the status of the military and homeland defense.

Update:

Is Posse Comitatus dead? You tell me.

In a barely noticed development, a US Army unit is now training for domestic operations under the control of US Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command. An initial news report in the Army Times newspaper last month noted that in addition to emergency response the force “may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control.” The military has since claimed the force will not be used for civil unrest, but questions remain.

Read about the unit, United States Northern Command here.

Here are a few excerpts:

U.S. Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, and Canadian Air Force Lt.-Gen. Marc Dumais, commander of Canada Command, have signed a Civil Assistance Plan that allows the military from one nation to support the armed forces of the other nation during a civil emergency.

“This document is a unique, bilateral military plan to align our respective national military plans to respond quickly to the other nation’s requests for military support of civil authorities,” Renuart said. “Unity of effort during bilateral support for civil support operations such as floods, forest fires, hurricanes, earthquakes and effects of a terrorist attack, in order to save lives, prevent human suffering and mitigate damage to property, is of the highest importance, and we need to be able to have forces that are flexible and adaptive to support rapid decision-making in a collaborative environment.”

“The signing of this plan is an important symbol of the already strong working relationship between Canada Command and U.S. Northern Command,” Dumais said. “Our commands were created by our respective governments to respond to the defense and security challenges of the twenty-first century, and we both realize that these and other challenges are best met through cooperation between friends.”

The plan recognizes the role of each nation’s lead federal agency for emergency preparedness, which in the United States is the Department of Homeland Security and in Canada is Public Safety Canada. The plan facilitates the military-to-military support of civil authorities once government authorities have agreed on an appropriate response.

Assistance to civil authorities such as law enforcement is expressly forbidden by the Posse Comitatus Act. This leaves one question, what is their actual role during civil unrest?

The Lesson We Learned From This Election: Cheating Is Okay! And Yet We Seem To Forget

One issue we voters have forgotten about already is it was okay to cheat in the elections of 2008 in any way possible. The faux president elect, The One, The Obamessiah did it all. He cheated through thuggery, outright intimidation, and name calling throughout 2008. He was aided by the likes of the various state Democratic Parties, the Reid, Pelosi and Democratic congressional cabal and of course ACORN.

Speaking of ACORN, what has happened to all the “investigations? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. The embezzlement case hasn’t even gone very, remaining embroiled in a bitter fight in court.

The midterm elections are in two years. We will start seeing campaign activities in the next year and they will be brutal. Why? Because the politicians running for these seats know that it is okay to cheat.

They know it is okay to cheat in elections because the president-elect, The One “leads” by example.

If you think that elections will get better from here on out, you are delusional. There will be no change, only chaos in future elections. There will be rampant cheating beating the record in the 2008 elections because The One says it is “okay”, I did and now I am living in government housing, Our White House!

So “we the voters” need to be reminded that election reform including primary and caucus reform. Caucuses must go away. It only encourages cheating as The One showed us in so many states. Some of his infractions include busing illegal voters to other states like Iowa, busing illegal voters to different precincts within states and allowing underage high school students to “sign” up to vote even though would not be “18” by November.

There should no longer be one state favored over another when it comes to who votes first. But much of this reform will require reform within the Democratic Party because they set these arbitrary dates and give amnesty for setting the primary early to different states on a whim.

Here is a video clip of the cheating in the primaries so we remember and never forget. We must unite as one under the name Jeffersonian Coalition and take back out rights as voters and citizens of the United States.

We Will Not Be Silenced.

Obama Not So Transparent After All!

Recently I received notice of a new PUMA video titled, “Transparency: An Open Letter To Barack Obama” produced by Annie Sweetie Oakley. While I haven’t covered much PUMA news lately I do believe this video is worthy of spreading around. It does discuss many of the things that Obama has never released such as a “valid” long form birth certificate, his Harvard grades, and other things he simply refuses to show the American people. Obama is definitely far from transparent despite the many months of telling us he is….

Transparency and Accountability in government? Trust? From Obama hardly!

Commercial Mortgage Meltdown Has Just Begun (Update)

According to the AP, there is another mortgage crisis looming. That mortgage crisis involves commercial real estate including malls from Georgia to Michigan. The crisis doesn’t end there though. The meltdown is happening in hotels in Tucson, Ariz., and Hilton Head, S.C., also about to default on their mortgages.

More from the AP:

That pace is expected to quicken. The number of late payments and defaults will double, if not triple, by the end of next year, according to analysts from Fitch Ratings Ltd., which evaluates companies’ credit.

“We’re probably in the first inning of the commercial mortgage problem,” said Scott Tross, a real estate lawyer with Herrick Feinstein in New Jersey.

That’s bad news for more than just property owners. When businesses go dark, employees lose jobs. Towns lose tax revenue. School budgets and social services feel the pinch.

More commercial foreclosures, more unemployment. With the loss of tax income cities and schools will run into deeper budget deficits. Nevada is one state who is counting on more tax revenue from the 200 more hotel rooms being built there. This information regarding commercial foreclosure doesn’t bode well for Nevada.

More from the story:

Companies have survived plenty of downturns, but economists see this one playing out like never before. In the past, when businesses hit rough patches, owners negotiated with banks or refinanced their loans.

But many banks no longer hold the loans they made. Over the past decade, banks have increasingly bundled mortgages and sold them to investors. Pension funds, insurance companies, and hedge funds bought the seemingly safe securities and are now bracing for losses that could ripple through the financial system.

“It’s a toxic drug and nobody knows how bad it’s going to be,” said Paul Miller, an analyst with Friedman, Billings, Ramsey, who was among the first to sound alarm bells in the residential market.

Unlike home mortgages, businesses don’t pay their loans over 30 years. Commercial mortgages are usually written for five, seven or 10 years with big payments due at the end. About $20 billion will be due next year, covering everything from office and condo complexes to hotels and malls.

Other things are happening in the consumer markets. There is a downturn in consumer spending, with no guarantee this holiday season will make it any better. With unemployment increasing and those losing their unemployment benefits, more than likely spending will show a real downturn.

Retail store closings are increasing as well.

The retail outlook is particularly bad. Circuit City and Linens ‘n Things have sought bankruptcy protection. Home Depot, Sears, Ann Taylor and Foot Locker are closing stores.

Malls are losing rental income with store closings which they depend on to pay their mortgages. Now there is a question whether malls will be able to make their payments. With many commercial mortgages coming due in the next couple of years, owners may not have the money to cover these payments.

Those retailers typically were paying rent that was expected to cover mortgage payments. When those $20 billion in mortgages come due next year _ 2010 and 2011 totals are projected to be even higher _ many property owners won’t have the money.

Some will survive, but those property owners whose loans required little money up front will have less incentive to weather the storm.

Refinancing formerly was an option, but many properties are worth less than when they were purchased. And since investors no longer want to buy commercial mortgages, banks are reluctant to write new loans to refinance those facing foreclosure.

California, New York, Texas and Florida _ states with a high concentration of mortgages in the securities market, according to Fitch _ are particularly vulnerable. Texas and Florida are already seeing increased delinquencies and defaults, as are Michigan, Tennessee and Georgia.

None of this is good news. It is another indicator. It is showing the affects of the recessionary economy on commercial real estate. Here is “the worst case scenario”:

And it goes something like this:

With banks unwilling to refinance, a shopping center goes into foreclosure. Nobody can buy the mall because banks won’t write mortgages as long as investors won’t purchase them.

“Credit markets have seized up,” corporate securities lawyer Michael Gambro said. “People are not willing to take risks. They’re not buying anything.”

That drives down investments already on the books. Insurance companies are seeing their stock prices fall on fears they are too invested in commercial mortgages.

“The system has never been tested for a deep recession,” said Ken Rosen, a real estate hedge fund manager and University of California at Berkeley professor of real estate economics.

One hope was that the U.S. would use some of the $700 billion financial bailout to buy shaky investments from banks and insurance companies. That was the original plan. But Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has issued a stunning turnabout, saying the U.S. no longer planned to buy troubled securities. For those watching the wave of commercial defaults about to crest, the announcement was poorly received.

“He’s created havoc in the marketplace by changing the rules,” Rosen said. “It was the stupidest statement on Earth.”

It seems King Henry has really thrown a monkey wrench into the economy. And there really is only one for the bleeding to stop, and that is stabilization of the economy.

The Securities and Exchange Commission is considering another option that might ease the crisis, one that would change accounting rules so banks don’t have to declare huge losses whenever the market declines.

But the only surefire remedy is for the economy to stabilize, for businesses to start expanding and for investors to trust the market again. Until then, Tross said, “There’s going to be a lot of pain going forward.”

Obviously, “King” Henry Paulson has done some good but much left undone will cause more downturn in the economy. However we know that “King Henry” seems to change his mind every other day. There is no way to know what he will do next week, nor who he has given money to.

Update: Fears Were Founded

The commercial real estate meltdown didn’t just begin today, the warning came in August of this year. The New York Times covered the story in its August 21st issue. The story was titled, “Some Fear Commercial Property Loans Will Be Next Stage in Downturn”. It began with a warning that a Harlem high rise may not be able to make its payments.

Here is more from the story:

As the value of home mortgages crumbles by the day, Wall Street has hoped that commercial real estate loans would stay clear of the storm.

But bankers believe the headwinds may be shifting after a large apartment complex in Harlem warned last week that it might not be able to make good on a $225 million mortgage payment by September.

A default by the complex, the rent-regulated Riverton Apartments, a 12-building residential development constructed after World War II, would be New York’s largest in the current housing crisis. For Wall Street banks, which hold about $100 billion of commercial mortgage-backed securities, the prospect has fanned new worries that a deterioration of the overall commercial property market could prompt more write-downs in the coming quarter, on top of losses already expected from their distressed mortgage securities holdings.

“The fear is the next shoe to drop may be commercial real estate,” said Jeffrey Harte, a banking analyst at Sandler O’Neil. “When consumer credit goes south, commercial will follow.”

At the end of the second quarter, Deutsche Bank held $23 billion worth of commercial mortgage backed securities. Morgan Stanley held $22.1 billion and Citigroup had $19.1 billion.

There will be no commercial refinancing with the tightening of the credit markets. Nothing “King” Henry has done to this point has thawed that freeze.

Banks are scrambling to dispose of these loans, typically made to hotels, office developers and retail strips, before problems arrive.

Broader real estate indexes are already showing signs of trouble. Moody’s/REAL Commercial Property Price Index has dropped nearly 12 percent since its peak last October. A more conservative index by the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries shows growth slowing to one-half of a percent in the second quarter, from upward of 4 percent a quarter.

Loans made for commercial real estate are typically among the safest, because a building can be used as collateral and big property developers generate income from the investment, raising the likelihood they will repay their loans.

But cracks began to emerge late last year, when Morgan Stanley reported write-downs of $400 million in commercial mortgage losses. In the first quarter, Wachovia, which had transformed itself into a leading lender in the nation’s commercial real estate market, said it would take write-downs of more than $1 billion for commercial loans for the second half of 2007. Investors had already begun balking at buying securities backed by these bonds, so banks like Wachovia were stuck with loans of diminished value.

By the way these commercial loans were bundled in much the same way as home loans, simply because of greed.

Before the credit squeeze, financial companies bundled commercial mortgages into securities in much the same way they packaged home loans and private equity debt. Riverton’s mortgage was one of the last ones to be wrapped into a commercial mortgage-backed security in the spring of 2007; it was then cut up and sold as bonds.

And we now know the outcome of companies like Wachovia, Lehman Brothers, and now Citibank. Yes, Virginia, commercial real estate is going down and it will happen a couple of months from now when mortgage payments will no longer be met since there are so many stores closing.

More from the story:

Still, many analysts say a lengthy downturn in the economy would probably lead many commercial property owners to struggle with their mortgage bills. And pricing in commercial real estate is starting to reflect a tightening in commercial lending, they said.

“The risk here in commercial real estate is, What happens when those loans mature in two, three, four, five years?” said Nick Levidy, a managing director at Moody’s Investors Service. “When these loans come up for refinancing, unless the credit markets improve significantly, the terms will be quite different.”

It is important to take a look at the financial institutes who created the trust that Riverton Apartments fall under. Citigroup is now whining for a bailout.

Citigroup and Deutsche Bank created the commercial mortgage trust that included Riverton’s mortgage in March 2007. Riverton’s loan is the seventh-largest in the $6.6 billion trust, according to Fitch Ratings. After the deal closed, only three other commercial mortgage trusts of comparable size were created before the market collapsed, according to Dealogic, a financial information service.

Losses are rising in this sort of trust. Fitch reported last week that delinquencies rose at the end of July to 0.43 percent, from 0.41 percent at the start of the month, a pace of deterioration that has been steady since the winter. Since February, delinquencies on commercial mortgage-backed securities have increased 43 percent.

At the same time, investors are also expecting further trouble in commercial real estate bonds. The top-rated part of the index that includes the Riverton Apartments, for instance, indicates that the risk of those securities has increased by 44 percent in the past month, according to Markit, a financial services company.

“The housing market’s weak, so market perception is that commercial real estate fundamentals will follow,” said Steve Gordon, managing director of MKP Capital Management, a hedge fund that manages $4 billion.

I don’t believe the people who were interviewed realized they were looking in a crystal ball. There warnings are not warnings any longer. Commercial real estate is now following the trend of the residential home mortgages.

Spungen Family, Owners Of A Ball Bearings Company In Waukegan, Ill, Reward Workers With Five Figure Bonuses

This is a truly heartfelt story a company in Il and a family named Spungen. They promised a reward to their workers when they recently sold the company to a Swedish company for an undisclosed amount.

From MSNBC:

With $100 million in sales last year, Peer recently was acquired by a Swedish company for an undisclosed amount. Danny Spungen, whose grandfather founded the company in 1941, said it was a unanimous family decision to thank employees with the bonuses.

Laurence and Florence Spungen and their four children decided on a bonus formula a year before the sale closed to SKF Group, “a gamble that we would come out OK as well,” Danny Spungen said.

He and other family members signed, by hand, two thank-you cards to each employee, one in Spanish and one in English. Each card was printed with all the workers’ names and the years they were hired. The text expressed gratitude for “the loyalty and hard work of our employees over the years.”

It certainly is good to hear a story that warms the heart. It shows the Spungen family isn’t greedy. They shared their new found wealth since the sale of their company with its workers. This is the sort of kindness that needs to be initiated in companies particulary those that are being bailed out.

More from the article:

The new owners intend to operate Peer as a wholly owned subsidiary. Workers have been told that most will keep their jobs, and life at the company hasn’t changed much since the party in mid-September when the bonuses were distributed.

Incongruously, the bonuses coincided with the U.S. economic meltdown. While neighbors and friends faced new financial strains, the Peer employees could breathe easier.

“I know people who work for corporate America are not going to get treated like that. And most of the family owned businesses are not going to treat you like that,” Tiderman said. “This is something that just really doesn’t happen.”

This almost never happens in corporate America. The Spungen family should be held up as heroes of Corporate America. They lead by example. Wall Street and other companies should heed their example. My gratitude goes out to the Spungem family. May other company owners follow your lead.

Four Economic Reports Reveal Recessionary Economy

According to Armstrong MyWire business report, four new reports recently released by the federal government show an economy deep in grips of a recession. Here is the story:

The government released a quartet of reports Wednesday that paint a bleak picture of the nation’s economy: Jobless claims remain at recessionary levels, Americans cut back on their spending by the largest amount since the 2001 terrorist attacks, orders to U.S. factories plummeted and homes sales fell to the lowest level in nearly 18 years.

Unemployment:

The Labor Department reported that initial requests for unemployment benefits fell to a seasonally adjusted 529,000 from the previous week’s upwardly revised figure of 543,000. But claims remain at recessionary levels. The four-week average, which smooths out fluctuations, rose to 518,000, its highest level since January 1983, when the economy was emerging from a steep recession.

One minor bright spot showed the number of people continuing to claim unemployment insurance dropped unexpectedly to 3.96 million, from the previous week’s 4.02 million, which was the highest level in 25 years. The labor market has grown by about half since 1983. (The number of people claiming unemployment benefits is more than likely not a bright spot. It more than likely indicates that unemployment benefits have run out for those people. If there is any question on my analysis, there shouldn’t be. I was employed by the Department of Labor in Georgia. I am quite aware of what these change in numbers really indicate.)

Spending:

The Commerce Department reported that consumer spending plunged by 1 percent in October, even worse than the 0.9 percent decline that had been expected. Consumer spending accounts for two-thirds of total economic activity.

U.S. Factory Orders:

Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods also plunged last month by the largest amount in two years. Orders for durable goods dropped by 6.2 percent, more than double the decline economists expected. The Commerce Department report showed widespread declines throughout manufacturing led by decreases in autos and airplanes.

(Orders of aircraft have declined to the point that Cessna Aircraft is readying for layoffs despite cutting cost by reducing independent contractors and other ways of cost cutting. Hawker-Beechcraft has already laid off 500 workers, with the possibility of more layoffs. And of course recently Boeing announced there are possible layoffs coming in 2009 because of the tanker morass. The problem with these aircraft layoffs they affect many other small businesses in Kansas as well as other states that provide parts for these companies.)

Housing Prices and Sales:

The department also reported that new home sales decreased 5.3 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual sales pace of 433,000 homes, the lowest level since January 1991, another period when the country was undergoing a steep housing downturn.

The median price of a new home sold in October fell to $218,000, down 7 percent from a year ago, and the lowest since September 2004.

This comment from an economist does not paint a bright picture. He is however more realistic in his views of the recession than most economists.

Nariman Behravesh, an economist at IHS Global Insight, said he was expecting GDP to shrink at a 4 percent rate in the current quarter, reflecting the battering consumers are taking from the worst financial crisis since the 1930s. He predicted that the economy would remain in recession through the first half of next year.

“We are in the early stages of one of the worst recessions in the postwar period, even factoring in a massive stimulus program,” Behravesh.

Here is the worst news of the recessionary economy, the amount of money the government will spend to attempt to stall the bleeding economy.

To revive the economy, President-elect Barack Obama has said a top priority will be working with Congress to enact a stimulus package with the goal of creating 2.5 million new jobs over the next two years. Analysts believe such an effort will require spending between $500 billion to $700 billion, a figure that would be on top of all the money being spent to stabilize the financial system.

In the latest efforts to stabilize the financial system, the Federal Reserve announced Tuesday that it will buy $200 billion in securities backed by different types of debt including credit card loans, auto loans, student loans and loans to small businesses. That market essentially froze in October. These types of loans as a result have become harder to obtain and have carried higher interest rates

The Fed also announced that it will spend $500 billion to buy mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and another $100 billion to directly purchase mortgages held by Fannie, Freddie and the Federal Home Loan Banks.

This would greatly expand an initial modest effort announced in September with the goal of creating increased demand for mortgage-related assets. The hope is that this will drive down the price of mortgages and make home loans more available.

Analysts predict the Fed program could send mortgage rates down by as much as one-half to a full percentage point in coming months, helping to spur demand in the beleaguered housing market, which is suffering its worst downturn in decades.

The latest federal moves raised U.S. commitments to contain the financial crisis to nearly $7 trillion — though no one thinks the government will actually spend anything like that figure.

In the case of the Federal Reserve, the amount covers huge loans that financial institutions will have to pay back. In the case of the Treasury rescue effort, the government will at some point sell the stock it owns back to the banks, presumably when the banking system is doing better and the stock will be worth more.

I do believe we will spend the more than $7 trillion dollars trying to provide “damage control” to the banks and big businesses that show more stress and possibility of failure. One of the latest is Citigroup.

I do believe this money would be better spent giving “grants” to all American citizens. They would provide the necessary consumer buying to “stimulate” the economy. The money they would receive maybe sizable enough that they would buy cars, houses and other consumer items.

By the way I don’t think Obama has a clue because he is all for increasing the budget deficit by continuing Bush’s spending spree by rescuing all these big businesses. He believes the deficit doesn’t matter as much as saving our economy. It is a never ending tale.

Don’t blame me. I didn’t vote for Obama.

How’s that going for you now?

Local Florida Councilman Proud He Helped Decide the Democratic Nomination at The Rules and By Laws Committee Meeting In May

Allan Katz is very proud of the part he played in getting the nomination for Obama rather than Hillary Clinton. He just beams with the part he played at the “faux” Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaw Meeting in May to knock Hillary Clinton out of nomination for the presidency. Wow! Nothing else to be proud of in his whole life. Good example for his kids, grandkids or what ever he has…right!

From the Tallahasee Democrat:

An autographed picture with the president-elect — “Thanks for your friendship,” says the scrawl — decorates Katz’s office on the 12th floor of a downtown office tower overlooking the Florida Capitol. He downplays the significance of his two-year involvement in the campaign, but fellow Obama insiders consider Katz one of the new team’s most influential Florida contacts.

“Allan was a key, pivotal player in getting Obama the nomination,” said Jon Ausman, a fellow DNC member and 30-year veteran of state party intrigue. “He was Obama’s representative on the Rules and Bylaws Committee and he whipped the living daylights out of Harold Ickes, and that’s what decided the nomination.”

Ickes was Sen. Hillary Clinton’s point man in the long-running fight over seating Florida and Michigan delegations to the Democratic National Convention.

This guy must not have much of a life. Just had to make sure the meeting was anything but transparent. So much manipulation of the committee members was worked behind the scenes. The RBC meeting was nothing but smoke and mirrors.

More from this scuzzy guy:

“This was the best thing I’ve ever done in my entire life,” Katz told about 100 campaign volunteers and donors at a reception Thursday night. “I’ve told my children that except for them, this is the thing I’m most proud of.”

And get a load of the rest of what he did. It was a done deal. The roll call vote was a farce too:

Although Katz jetted around the country and attended the most high-level finance and strategy meetings, even attending to such convention details as how Clinton’s name would be placed in nomination and then withdrawn to make the roll call unanimous, Katz said the campaign topsiders were disciplined but not dictatorial.

The whole stupid nomination was done with smoke and mirrors as well as the roll call vote. This guy and what he is proud of makes me want to throw up. I think I just did.

Governor Sarah Palin To Campaign In Georgia For Chambliss

Sarah Palin once again reminds us that she isn’t in politics for herself. She is traveling to Georgia on Sunday to campaign for Senator Saxby Chambliss. This is good news fo Chambliss. Sarah Palin will be able to reach out to people in Geirgia. They will be curious but truly enjoy that she is just one of the folks.

More from CNN:

Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will make multiple campaign appearances on behalf of Sen. Saxby Chambliss next week in Georgia, serving as the political closer for the GOP senator who is battling to win a second term.

This is Palin’s first campaign appearance on behalf of another Republican candidate since losing her bid to become the nation’s first woman to serve as vice president.

Palin will attend a fundraiser on Sunday night, then appear at multiple campaign stops on Monday in an effort to rally the GOP base to turn out to vote for Chambliss. The incumbent Republican is facing a strong challenge from Democrat Jim Martin. A runoff is scheduled for next Tuesday, after neither candidate received the 50 percent plus one vote needed to win on Election Day.

Governor Sarah Palin is using her star power to attempt to keep Chambliss’ seat from the hands of Martin, a Democrat. The Georgia seat must be retained so the Democrats are stopped from a solid 60 seat lead in the US Senate:

Nick Ayers, executive director of the Republican Governors Association, said that it made sense for Palin to help Chambliss in the days leading into the run-off because he noted that GOP governors are “still very popular in the party.”

“She is going to bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to this run-off,” said Ayers, a close Palin confidante. “She is widely popular in Georgia, and I could not envision a stronger closer for Saxby in this election.”

More on Palin’s schedule from the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Palin, who drew large crowds while running for vice president with Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. John McCain, will appear at four Chambliss rallies Monday, the day before the Dec. 2 senate runoff between Chambliss and Democrat Jim Martin.

Scheduled times and locations are 8:30 a.m. in Augusta, 11 a.m. in Savannah, 1:30 p.m. in Perry, and 4 p.m. in north metro Atlanta.

The founding fathers meant for there to be checks and balances within the three branches of the government which means Saxby retaining his seat is very important to that system. Since we now have a Democratic president elect and a strong Democratic presence in Congress we the Senate must not be allowed to be filibuster proof.

The Democrats in Congress forget one thing, it requires 60 votes to prevent a filibuster not 60 Democrats. Not all members of a party will vote their party’s way. What the Democrats who are touting there solid 60 seats forget is there is a caucus in Congress, the Blue Dog Coalition, and currently have 49 members, all fiscal conservatives.

Despite the Blue Dog Coalition, it is still important to hold down the power of the Democrats so some amount of checks and balances remain in the three branches of government. For this reason it is important that Governor Sarah Palin complete with her “star power”, lend a hand to Senator Saxby Chambliss so he retains his seat.

The Faux President On Cuts And Sacrifices

The faux president is now calling “for “cuts and sacrifices” the nation will need to make in the days ahead.” But from whom I must ask?

Not Your Sweetie had this to say:

And it’s strange because the very rich were just reassured that they won’t have to give up anything any time soon – so who will make the sacrifices? The speech is vague enough and sounds more like PR effort to look better than W

Watch out middle class, bend over and be prepared to be thrown under the bus. More on this story:

Obama, trying to set realistic expectations as he prepares to take office in 57 days, warned in his prepared remarks that the “economy is trapped in a vicious cycle: the turmoil on Wall Street means a new round of belt-tightening for families and businesses on Main Street – and as folks produce less and consume less, that just deepens the problems in our financial markets.”

“There are no shortcuts or quick fixes to this crisis, which has been many years in the making – and the economy is likely to get worse before it gets better,” Obama said. “Full recovery won’t happen immediately. And to make the investments we need, we’ll have to scour our federal budget, line-by-line, and make meaningful cuts and sacrifices as well – something I’ll be discussing further tomorrow.”

His remarks served as a reminder to supporters that he may not be able to grant all their wishes right away. Already, he has said that he may have to delay the full scope of some of his promises, although he has said he will make a start on all his priorities, including health care, energy and the economy.

We know that the cuts and sacrifices will come from the middle class as they did during the Clinton Administration. What will the “cuts and sacrifices entail?

More from I’m Not Your Sweetie:

Politico helps:

His remarks served as a reminder to supporters that he may not be able to grant all their wishes right away.

So, while the Bush base, the haves and the haves more has been reassured in advance that their wealth won’t be redistributed, Obama’s supporters are being told to wait. And it’s not anything new.

Will he be at odds with W besides the change of rhetoric on “sacrifices”? Not likely.

Obama made it clear he will not undo any of the Bush administration’s bailouts. “These extraordinary stresses on our financial system require extraordinary policy responses. And my Administration will honor the public commitments made by the current Administration to address this crisis,” he said.

It is interesting to note that the article about “cuts and sacrifices” ends with “I spoke with Bush this morning”.

How’s that going for you now?

Obama’s Faux Economic Team!!!!

Obama’s economic team has never worked in the private sector, yet he has tapped them for job creation. It appears to be a recipe for disaster. Here is a list of his economic team beginning with Geithner, a government bureaucrat. These are probably nice people, at least I assume so. But actual expertise with capital markets and creating jobs. ZERO!! Take a close look at the resumes and curriculum vitae of these so-called “Economic” brainiacs. Two government bureaucrats, one so-so academician, and one hill staffer. There are none that have even created one job. Not one. Here they are:

Timothy F. Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury

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Timothy Geithner currently serves as president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he has played a key role in formulating the nation’s monetary policy. He joined the Department of the Treasury in 1988 and has served three presidents. From 1999 to 2001, he served as Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs. Following that post he served as director of the Policy Development and Review Department at the International Monetary Fund until 2003. Geithner is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. (Typical Bureaucrat!)

Lawrence Summers, Director of the National Economic Council

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Lawrence Summers is currently the Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University. Summers served as 71st Secretary of the Treasury from 1999 to 2001 and as president of Harvard from 2001 to 2006. Before being appointed Secretary, Summers served as Deputy and Under Secretary of the Treasury and as the World Bank’s top economist. Summers has taught economics at Harvard and MIT, and is a recipient of the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded to the American economist under 40 judged to have made the most significant contribution to economics. Summers played a key advisory role during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Christina D. Romer, Director of the Council of Economic Advisors

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Christina Romer is the Class of 1957 Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, where she has taught and researched since 1988. Prior to joining the faculty at Berkeley, Romer was an assistant professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Romer is co-director of the Program in Monetary Economics at the National Bureau of Economic Research and has been a visiting scholar at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

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Melody C. Barnes, Director of the Domestic Policy Council

Melody Barnes is co-director of the Agency Review Working Group for the Obama-Biden Transition Team, and served as the Senior Domestic Policy Advisor to Obama for America. Barnes previously served as Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress and as chief counsel to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee from December 1995 until March 2003.

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Heather A. Higginbottom, Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council

Heather Higginbottom served as Policy Director for Obama for America, overseeing all aspects of policy development. From 1999 to 2007, Higginbottom served as Senator John Kerry’s Legislative Director. She also served as the Deputy National Policy Director for the Kerry-Edwards Presidential Campaign for the primary and general elections. After the 2004 election, Higginbottom founded and served as Executive Director of the American Security Project, a national security think tank. She started her career as an advocate at the national non-profit organization Communities in Schools.

How do people who have never, ever worked in the private sector qualify to create 2.5 million new jobs? These are intelligent people, but the reality is that they have spent most of their lives as academics or government bureaucrats (in a cocoon so to speak, far from the everyday worker and business. Book knowledge not actual street cred.) If their job is to create more government or university positions they are certainly qualified. But as far as the rest of the economy is concerned, ah!, not so much.

Geithner, Treasury Pick Is A Protectionist

“Obama Picks Protectionist for Treasury Secretary” is the title of the latest from Dean Baker who is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. He is a frequent guest on National Public Radio, Marketplace, CNN, CNBC and other news programs. He is the author of several books, including The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer and The United States Since 1980. He received his Ph.D in economics from the University of Michigan.

Despite the protectionism of Geithner there is some bright news.

Assuming he is nominated Mr Geithner brings two crucial qualities. First, he represents continuity. From the first days of the crisis last year, he has worked hand in glove with Ben Bernanke, the Fed chairman, and Mr Paulson. He can continue to do so while awaiting confirmation. If Citigroup, for example, needs federal help, Mr Geithner will be involved. An unknown when he joined the New York Fed in 2003, he is now a familiar face to the most senior executives on Wall Street and to central bankers and finance ministers overseas.

Second, he represents competence. He has spent more time on financial crises, from Mexico and Thailand to Brazil and Argentina, than probably any other policymaker in office today. Mr Geithner understands better than almost anyone that in crises you throw out the forecast and focus on avoiding low probability events with catastrophic consequences. Such judgments are excruciating: do too little, and you undermine confidence and generate a bigger crisis that needs even bigger policy action. Do too much, and you look panicked and invite blowback from Wall Street, Congress and the press. At times during the crisis Mr Geithner would counsel Mr Bernanke on the importance of the right “ratio of drama to effectiveness”.

While competence is good, continuity smacks of more of the same. Since he is such a clost advisor to Bernanke, I see more of the same from the Federal Reserve and Treasury. Here is the problem with Geithner he is a protectionist. His economic beliefs do not bode well for the United States. What is protectionism?

Protectionism is the economic policy of restraining trade between nations, through methods such as tariffs on imported goods, restrictive quotas, and a variety of other restrictive government regulations designed to discourage imports, and prevent foreign take-over of local markets and companies. This policy is closely aligned with anti-globalization, and contrasts with free trade, where government barriers to trade are kept to a minimum. The term is mostly used in the context of economics, where protectionism refers to policies or doctrines which “protect” businesses and “living wages” within a country by restricting or regulating trade between foreign nations.

Obama has said he has appointed “free traders” to his economic team. This simply isn’t true. Geithner isn’t for free trade at. As you can see by the definition above he is against “free trade”, a necessity in this era of globalization.

From Dean Baker:

Both the Post and Times told readers that President Obama picked an economic team committed to “free trade.” This is not true.

The top members of President Obama’s team, and certainly his Treasury Secretary designate Timothy Geithner, supported the use of federal funds to bail out the banks. Giving $350 billion in loans at below market rates (coupled with government guarantees for deposits) was a massive subsidy to U.S. banks that give them an enormous advantage in international competition. Such subsidies are a clear form of protectionism.

While these officials may want to call themselves “free traders,” it is not an accurate description of their approach to economic policy and the media should not use it except in a quotation.

Here is pro article for free trade:

Free Trade as the “Pragmatically Optimal” Policy Choice

In summary, the economic argument in support of free trade is a sophisticated argument that is based on the interpretation of results from the full collection of trade theories developed over the past two or three centuries. These theories, taken as a group, do not show that free trade is the best policy for every individual in all situations. Instead theory shows that there are valid arguments supporting both free trade and protectionism. To choose between the two requires a careful assessment of the pros and cons of each policy regime.

The argument for free trade presented here accepts the notion that free trade may not always be optimal in terms of maximizing economic efficiency. The argument also accepts that free trade may not generate the most preferred distribution of income. In theory, there are numerous cases in which selected protectionism can improve aggregate welfare or could establish a more equal distribution of income. Nevertheless, despite these theoretical possibilities, it remains unclear and perhaps unlikely that selected protectionism could achieve the intended results. In the first place, in many instances trade policy is not the best way to achieve the intended improvement in economic efficiency, nor is it likely to be the most efficient way to achieve a more satisfactory distribution of income. Instead, purely domestic tax and subsidy policies dominate. Secondly, even when trade policy is the best policy choice, the possibility of retaliations and the likelihood of informational deficiencies or distortions caused by the lobbying process are sufficiently large as to make the intended outcomes unknowable.

In addition the process of information collection, lobbying, and policy implementation is a costly economic activity. Labor and capital resources are allocated by interest groups attempting to affect policies favorable to them. The government also must also expend resources to gather information, to implement and administer policies, and to monitor the effectiveness of these policies. In the US the following agencies and groups devote at least some of their time to trade policy implementation: the US Trade Representative’s office, the International Trade Commission, the Department of Commerce, the Federal Trade Commission, the Justice Department, the Congress and the President, among others. One must wonder whether the cost of this bureaucracy, together with the cost to the private sector to influence the decisions of the government are worth it, especially when the outcomes are virtually unknowable.

Thus, the conclusion reached by many economists is that while free trade may not be “technically optimal”, it remains “pragmatically optimal”. That is, given our informational deficiencies and the other problems inherent with any system of selected protectionism, free trade remains the policy most likely to produce the highest level of economic efficiency attainable.

After much research, it is my learned opinion that protectionism is not the answer. It is important that we remain proponents of free trade. Geithner is not the man to do this. His protectionism runs counter to Bush’s promise to the G20.

Time’s Mark Halperin Admits The MSM At Large Was In The Tank For Obama

Mark Halperin must think the American voter is pretty blind. Well not all of us are. We saw Halperin for what he was, just another biased “reporter”. He was definitely not an “investigative reporter”. He reported what he wanted us to hear, never what we needed to know. Halperin was as bad as the rest of them including the likes of Alan”The Crypt Keeper” Colmes, Chris “Tweety” Matthews and Keith “Blubberman” Olbermann….just to mention a few.

The only one of the four mentioned here we will finally see very little of is Alan Colmes. Yes there will be life AC for Sean Hannity. Anyone will be better then the AC.

Now if we could only wipe the news organizations clear of the other three, maybe we could have some unbiased reporting…

More on Halperin from Liberal Rapture (they cover it better than I do!):

“MORE MEDIA TYPES ADMIT TO PRO OBAMA CIRCLE JERK” (Emphasis is all mine! So are the capital letters!)

Since we knew the media’s pro Obama bias was overwhelming and since we knew the media would admit they went to far AFTER the fact…

(This is their pattern and their plan. Admitting that they went to far after the election is over, or the invasion has begun, or the impeachment has occurred, is the last part of the game – in this way they attempt to absolve themselves, and restore some credibility, while hoping we forget the pattern in time for the next propaganda push.)

…I am not sure why stuff like what is linked below makes me so furious. It’s not like I did not see this round of media confession coming. Usually, I love being proven right. But I’m sick of being one of the damn confessors for these jackasses. We are forced to watch them behave like frothy tin foil hat nuts for a season and THEN we are forced to hear their round of confession.

I, for one, DO NOT FORGIVE the media’s sins. (Emphasis is all mine again!)

Halperin even goes so far as to compare the Obama asskissing in 2008, to the pro Iraq invasion propaganda the media overwhelmed us with in 02 and 03.

Duh.

How many times will the media get away with this pattern?
A. Take up a cause.
B. Browbeat us with their “cause” while insisting they are balanced.
C. Admit after the fact that they “were out of line” during the selling/forcing of their cause.
D. Make no effort to change, learn, grow. Merely hope we forget or do not care the next time they sell us on the unsellable.

“It’s the most disgusting failure of people in our business since the Iraq war,” Halperin said at a panel of media analysts. “It was extreme bias, extreme pro-Obama coverage.”

Ya THINK????

No Cracks In The Glass Ceiling (Update)

Marie Cocco wrote an interesting piece yesterday, titled “The Glass Ceiling Holds Strong” and her premise correct. I was recently introduced to Christal Phillips, she had something to add to Marie’s post. Here it is:

In her op-ed, The Glass Ceiling Holds Strong, Marie Cocco of The Washington Post rightly tells women to stop kidding ourselves. The glass ceiling remains uncracked and possibly even thicker than ever before because male candidates now know that they can use misogyny to the extreme and get away with it without even a blink of an eye from the media or even feminist groups. We need to stop believing that there are “18 million cracks” in the glass ceiling. I see it more as 18 million voices – many of them women and Americans within the lower income bracket – stifled and disenfranchised by the DNC and the media. It can also be said that powerful women such as Nancy Pelosi and Arianna Huffington continue to pander to male opinions without giving other women the chance to be heard.

Here is the entire text of the piece:

WASHINGTON — It is time to stop kidding ourselves. This wasn’t a breakthrough year for American women in politics. It was a brutal one.

The glass ceiling remains firmly in place — not cracked, as Hillary Clinton insisted as she tried to claim rhetorical victory after her defeat in the Democratic nominating contest. It wasn’t even scratched with the candidacy of Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential nominee — unless you consider becoming an object of national ridicule to be a symbol of advancement. As divergent as these two women are ideologically and temperamentally, as different as are their resumes, they both banged their heads — hard — against the ceiling. Both were bruised. So was the goal of advancing women in political leadership.

Even if President-elect Barack Obama chooses Clinton as secretary of state, no ground will be broken. Clinton would be the third woman to hold the post. And there is no longer anything extraordinary in a president naming women to his Cabinet. Franklin D. Roosevelt did it first, when he appointed Frances Perkins as labor secretary in 1933. Since then, every president but Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy has named women to the Cabinet or to Cabinet-level posts, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. Bill Clinton holds the record: He appointed 16 women overall, and at one point about half of those serving in Clinton’s Cabinet were female.

But, we are invariably told, surely there are enough women moving through the “pipeline” of lower offices so that someday, some woman from somewhere will win the presidency or the vice presidency. Well, here is how things stand: Eight women will serve as governors in 2009, the same as this year. The proportion of women serving in statewide elective office actually has dropped since it reached a high of about 28 percent in 2000; it is now about 24 percent, according to the center.

The Senate will add one woman next year, bringing the number of female senators to 17. Ten newly elected House members are female. This means that as the class of 2008 enters the Capitol’s marble halls, it will include less than half the number of women who first won office in 1992 — the so-called “year of the woman.”

Including incumbents and newcomers, a record number of women will be serving in Congress, but still only 17 percent of its members will be female. This is where that record places us: on a par with the legislative representation women have achieved in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. The United Nations, which tracks women’s global political advancement, says that at this rate, it will take women in the developing world 40 years to reach parity with men.

How long will it take us? We already are well into the fourth decade since the contemporary women’s movement of the 1970s spawned a generation that sought to claim an equal place in the halls of power.

Those who watched the media’s sexist hazing of both Clinton and Palin often rationalize this treatment as the result of these two candidates’ particular personalities and the legitimacy — or presumed illegitimacy — of their campaigns. But Barbara Lee, whose Boston-based family foundation has conducted extensive research of gubernatorial races involving women, routinely identifies the same undercurrents in state campaigns. Voters demand more experience of a woman candidate, and judge her competence separately from whether she is sufficiently “likable.” Male candidates typically must clear only the competence bar to be judged — as Obama indelicately put it during a primary debate — “likable enough.”

“We heard that over and over again — that no woman is ever right,” Lee says of her focus groups. “They like the concept of it but when it comes to a real, live, breathing candidate, they don’t.”

Lee summarizes the disparate assessment this way: “There are no female Arnold Schwarzeneggers.” That is, no woman will ever burst into politics, capture the voters’ imagination and be catapulted into high public office without a lick of experience.

Yet American women are a majority of the population and a majority of the electorate. They earn more than half the bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a level of educational achievement far exceeding that of women in developing countries. There must be some reason we don’t do any better than women in impoverished, rural regions of the world where cultural norms oppress women.

Maybe it is because our culture isn’t so different after all.

Marie Cocco is correct, our culture is no different than other cultures. Women are still considered second class citizens in the USA. The sad thing it is mostly women who treat us this way. Women are their own worst enemies.

I had an interesting conversation here in Kansas with one woman who said I vote the way my husband tells me to! And this is just a small part of the problem.

More On 401ks…Keep Investing!

Quite a while back I wrote a piece on 401ks, one which has been viewed by thousands of people. It is time to talk about 401ks again and address the 401k nervousness that is appearing in the investment markets. Stop being nervous. Keep investing. (Author’s Note: I am not an economic guru. I am giving advice and opinion based on my own experience. I make the investment decisions in my husband’s 401k).

We have experienced losses this year as most have that invest in 401ks, but we continue to invest because we are looking to the future, not today. We are not only investing in our future but the future of business. Once more I will repeat myself, please keep investing. Stop being nervous. If your company has changed the amount of income they match then decrease your investment down to match that percentage until things begin to recover.

The worst thing you can do at this time is to stop investing. The next thing that is truly a bad mistake is to withdraw your 401k in its entirety because you face stiff penalties including a 10% tax hit immediately. If you must use your 401k, take a loan….loans pay you back with interest. Be wary of the loan amount because it must be paid back. The payback will be through automatic withdrawal from your paycheck. The frequency of payments depends on the frequency of your pay.

If you don’t need to take a loan but are worried about the losses in your 401k, find “a port in the storm”. What is a port in the storm you ask?

Open your 401k statement and look at the funds that are listed. See if you can find a fund or two that are not losing money and transfer your investment to that fund(s) as well as the balance of your fund. It may not earn you a lot right now, but that isn’t what you are trying to accomplish. You are trying to stop the “bleeding” from your 401k account.

In our 401k plan which is managed by Charles Schwab, I found two ports in the storm, one is the money market account and another is a real estate fund. Their earnings aren’t fantastic but they will stop the bleeding from our account. I am going to transfer all investments to those accounts as well as transfer our balance into those funds. I will leave our funds in those areas until such a time the market stops its fluctuations.

Remember your 401k is about the future. Keep looking at the light at the end of the tunnel…that will be the time your 401k will be the most helpful. Social Security is not the answer and neither is the government. If the government gets their way your pre-tax contribution will be a post-tax contribution. As an investor in your own future you must stop the government from doing this to our 401k.

I feel the only way to do this is to join a growing movement, The Jeffersonian Coalition. Go to the previous link and read about the growing movement. It is time to stop Obama and his congressional cabal dead in their footsteps. Let’s stop the government from taking our 401ks and our “wealth”, what little we have left.

Our “Faux” President Obama’s Job Creation Is Based On What? Fixing Roads and Schools

Leading economists say it will be at least 12 months before the economy is no longer flagging…with little chance of job creation. The net loss of jobs this year has been more than 2 million and likely to climb in the year to come. Massive layoffs have been announced across all industries but none more than the flagging financial industry. And these layoffs are not likely to stop anytime soon.

Here are a list of some companies that have announced layoffs: American Express, Hawker-Beechcraft, Cessna, ArcelorMittal (steel company), Boeing (2009), University of Texas Medical Branch and 10,000 Google jobs….and the list just keeps on growing. As I said the layoffs are growing and across all types of industry.

As Boeing discusses layoffs beginning in 2009, this undermines Obama’s ability to create 2.5 million jobs. There is no way he will be able to create jobs at the rate jobs are being lost. Boeing is the first of the companies that will be announcing layoffs in 2009.

What is amazing to me is Obama intends to cover the job losses with non-skilled jobs! I believe Obama will find few takers for the non-skilled jobs after all this isn’t 1929 and we are not starving yet. His job creation in the school sector will require increased millage rates increasing taxes on homeowners, which few will be able to afford. School overhauls would more than likely include passage of bond referendums to find the money to create the jobs. Few people will stand by for more bond referendums (if past referendums have not been retired) or any kind of tax increases.

What about jobs fixing roads? When states receive the transportation funding from the federal government it can take up to a year or more before the actual road is started and can take many more years before it is complete. Then of course there are states like Nevada with shortfall in highway construction funds, currently theirs is $3.8 billion dollars. Rather then increase taxes, Nevada will use money from increased room tax revenue and the possible sale of water rights. Not all states have that option.

Some questions remain. Where will the road construction fund come from? Where will states get the money to cover budget shortfalls? Where will cities get the money to overhaul schools when they should be overhauling “No Child Left Behind”? (By the way this author is certain Obama doesn’t understand “No Child Left Behind” because his kids have never attended a public school. And they will be attending a private school while ensconced in our White House.) Where will the US government find the workers to cover these “created” jobs, most non-skilled positions?

The real hope of economic recovery doesn’t rest in job creation but in recovery in one of three markets, housing, auto or labor markets stabilize. Since the auto and labor markets aren’t liable to stabilize anytime soon “the recovery rests on real estate” according to Contrarian Profits. I don’t want to be a doomsayer but I wouldn’t count on the housing market either. This recessionary economy is not likely to recover anytime soon.

Basically I think Obama is living in a world where there is a never empty well of money, I’m not certain what world that is. He shows he cares little for the mounting deficit, saying that “aiding economy trumps deficit”. Well the US taxpayer doesn’t think so. They elected The One on changes to the economy. There won’t be any changes, just more spending much in the same ilk as the current George Bush, with deficits too large for the imagination.

Hillary As Secretary of State (SOS)

I wasn’t sure if I would write about this because her acceptance of the SOS position is abominable. I’m certain she will be a good SOS but doing Obama’s bidding, and that won’t be good. Will Hillary meet unconditionally with the Castro Brothers? Or maybe it will be Adminjehad? Or how about Medvedev and Putin? Or even Chavez? She will not be able to set her own agenda, it will be The One’s agenda. Remember Hillary’s word about The One’s thin resume.

Hillary lost me with the rumor she is taking the job. Her acceptance is nothing more than acquiescence to The One. And with that I have lost all respect for Hillary. I always thought she was her own woman. She is not. She is willing to fall in line with The One and “thumb her nose” at all her supporters.And Hillary seems all too willing to make her name internationally on the back of a man’s administration. She has left this feminist behind.

I am sorry but Hillary is proving she is nothing more than a politician who cares nothing for her supporters. Hillary’s failed presidential bid did not crack any glass ceiling I have seen lately. Everyone I have looked up at is totally intact. Her words are just that and nothing more. I even have to wonder if there was any sincerity in her words at all. I heard her words in Dallas and Billings, MT.

Hillary’s “mandated universal health care” plan is taking shape. Some of the healthcare trade companies are now discussing universal health care. Where is Hillary? Hillary is running as far away as she can … to do The One’s bidding. Could it be Hillary isn’t willing to face her last dismal try at universal healthcare? Could it be she is a coward and afraid she may fail again?

I don’t know what Hillary’s reason is for accepting the job as SOS. And frankly at this point in time I don’t care. I just know this, taking the job tells me she doesn’t really care about people, only about her own future. Those 18 million people that voted for her have now been thrown under the bus. Thanks a lot Hillary!

There is only one bright spot in this spectacle, the Obots heads are going to explode. There isn’t a Whole Foods bot that doesn’t suffer from Clinton Derangement Syndrome. Must be an epidemic or something. Sorry no cure! We non-Whole Food types can have a big chuckle at those arugula eating, latte drinking Whole Food types expense. The One is throwing them under the bus. I wonder how that’s setting with the Whole Food types.

I am not the only having a good laugh at their expense. Here is an excerpt from Liberal Rapture:

A few times in the past 4 months I’ve stated that the Obama Pods would be the first thrown under the bus by the Dear Leader.

So far. So good.

Hillary will be Secretary of State. This has the Obamamedia and the Obamablog kidz cringing.
Screw ‘em. Their hatred for the Clintons knows no bounds and has no rational underpinning anyway. The deluded have to wake up about Obama eventually. It may as well be now. Obama is reconstructing the Clinton White House – with some Bushies in tow for good measure.

Definitely a Clinton Third Term about to take over this country. While Clinton’s first two terms were good, The One hasn’t got a chance. This is a truism… Wait until the bots are done with him.

More Liberal Rapture (love the irony in this post, not to mention the sarcasm.):

See the incoming CIA chief:
If Brennan emerges as the pick,…will have to oppose him strenuously in the nomination process. We will, in fact, have to go to war with Obama before he even takes office.And if Obama doubts our seriousness, I have three words for him. Yes we can.

That is a quote from the nation’s preeminent hypocrite and barebacker in waiting: Andrew Sullivan. They may have to “go to war” – My God, the inflated self importance still astounds. When the Clinton announcement is formalized by Obama everyone should grab a tarp. Micheal Moore may well explode, raining lard and invective far and wide.

Brennan is a Bushie at heart. A Clinton at State and a Bushie at the C.I.A…

ha.
ha.
ha.

Obama is setting himself up an administration of D.C. insiders. This should surprise no one. The fact that there is much gnashing of teeth in Podville is testimony to the level of delusion and self importance still rampant with Kos and rest of the “Yes We Can” twits.

So far we have Clinton at State, Brennen at the C.I.A., Richardson at Commerce, Daschle at H.U.D., and Rahm the Impaler as White House gatekeeper. Except Brennen – all are Bill Clinton bred insiders. (Brennen is a Cheney/Bush “apologist” according to Sullivan.) Conservative anti-choice Republican Chuck Hagel will show up somewhere on Obama’s roster soon. And Lieberman got the thumbs up from Obama – and therefore the Senate Democratic Caucus – so he can stay. Cue Kos teeth gnashing.

We told the kos kidz Obama was not who he seemed. Maybe Howard Dean will launch an insurgent presidential campaign from the Left in 2012 to give those idiots something to do.

The Whole Foods liberals are being left at the alter – and I am glad to be a witness.

I must agree with LR about the Whole Food Liberals but I disagree about Hillary. The worst thing she has ever done is agree to take the job as SOS. The gnashing of the teeth on both sides will be quite loud.

Letterman Violates CBS’ “Program Practices” In Comment Made About Gov Sarah Palin

Two nights ago, David Letterman, in interviewing Katie Couric, described Gov. Palin as “the first vice presidential candidate that I found myself being aroused about.”

It is ghastly that this kind of discourteous, indecent talk should pass for conversational fodder — even on late night TV.

This violates CBS’s own “Program Practices” specifically states that: “The Program Practices editors review material for excessive or gratuitous violence, sexuality, nudity and inappropriate language. They ensure that character portrayals are sensitive to current ethnic, religious, sexual and other significant social concerns.” Read about CBS’ program practices at CBS Press Express.

A violation? What do *you* think?

Well, don’t just think it! Make your voice heard.

Email the Federal Communications Commission!

Email fccinfo@fcc.gov, tell them your name, where you are from, and EXACTLY how you feel about Letterman taking indecent liberties with a dignified lady, mom, and governor on his show!

It is time for this brand of disgusting language toward all women to stop. Frankly I am tired of the “he man women haters club”. It is long past time for this group to disband. If they won’t disband themselves, then it is time for real women and feminists to stand up. Let your voices be heard by contacting the FCC with a complaint towards David Letterman.

Now I know why I have stopped watching any late night TV.

Search On Joe The Plumber Not Politically Motivated? Not Hardly

Well the final report is in on the “illegal” records search on Samuel “Joe The Plumber” Wurzelbacher and you guessed it there was no legitimate reason for the searches. The investigators were careful to note that they couldn’t find a political motivation for the searches.

“All these searches were done in the midst of a national political campaign,” the report said. “But we did not find any evidence that shows the data was accessed or information released in response to media requests in an effort to support any political activity or agenda.”

(Author’s Note: Damn right these checks were politically motivated. They were meant to demean and smear Joe….)

In most state agencies searching public information for other than professional reasons is justification for firing. And all Governor Ted Strickland does is suspend her for a month without pay. Unfortunately that certainly wasn’t punishment enough because she had already received warning for using state property for other dubious purposes.

Earlier this month, Strickland placed Jones-Kelley on paid leave over separate allegations that a state computer or e-mail account was used to assist in political fundraising for Democrat Barack Obama’s campaign.

The inspector general’s report concluded that she improperly used state e-mail to engage in political activity.

The use of state computers to fund raise for Obama should have resulted in her firing. And that strike should have been her undoing leaving her unemployed (something that happened to Joe). After realizing she used state computers to fund raise for Obama, I am quite certain Jones check was politically motivated. Shame on Jones-Kelley but more so for Governor Ted Strickland for showing his political bias as well.

Who Is Gerald Celente? A Financial Psychic

Gerald Celente is a financial psychic who is paid to spot trends. And his predictions are generally spot on. He correctly predicted the stock market crash of 1987 and the fall of the Soviet Union. He says within four years there will be widespread food riots and tax rebellions in the US. His major message is that we are on the path to becoming the world’s biggest undeveloped nation.

He predicts that Christmas will return to non-retail Christmases. There will be more worry about putting food on the table by 2012. There will be more hand-crafted items as gifts, more family time. That is happening right here in our own house. Next spring we are starting a new “community” garden for friends and family. Good thing I know how to raise cattle and can home grown vegetables and fruits. Others will wonder how to get along but I won’t. And our 5 acres will come in very handy.

Watch the video:

Gerald Celente, the CEO of Trends Research Institute, is renowned for his accuracy in predicting future world and economic events, which will send a chill down your spine considering what he told Fox News this week.

Celente says that by 2012 America will become an undeveloped nation, that there will be a revolution marked by food riots, squatter rebellions, tax revolts and job marches, and that holidays will be more about obtaining food, not gifts.

“We’re going to see the end of the retail Christmas….we’re going to see a fundamental shift take place….putting food on the table is going to be more important that putting gifts under the Christmas tree,” said Celente, adding that the situation would be “worse than the great depression”.

“America’s going to go through a transition the likes of which no one is prepared for,” said Celente, noting that people’s refusal to acknowledge that America was even in a recession highlights how big a problem denial is in being ready for the true scale of the crisis.

I am prepared for this possibility. We own 5 acres as I said and the option to use another five. We intend to raise our own cattle next spring beyong the community garden. I am open to give lessons on canning your own food. I embrace the old ways but with modern conveniences such as an electronic sewing machine. I can sew and quilt. I am even an artist, often giving my paintings as gifts for Christmas. Celente’s predictions have already been discussed in our house.

More from Infowars.com:

The consequence of what we have seen unfold this year would lead to a lowering in living standards, Celente predicted a year ago, which is also being borne out by plummeting retail sales figures.

… The George Washington blog has compiled a list of quotes attesting to Celente’s accuracy as a trend forecaster.

“When CNN wants to know about the Top Trends, we ask Gerald Celente.”
— CNN Headline News

“A network of 25 experts whose range of specialties would rival many university faculties.”
— The Economist

“Gerald Celente has a knack for getting the zeitgeist right.”
— USA Today

“There’s not a better trend forecaster than Gerald Celente. The man knows what he’s talking about.”
– CNBC

“Those who take their predictions seriously … consider the Trends Research Institute.”
— The Wall Street Journal

“Gerald Celente is always ahead of the curve on trends and uncannily on the mark … he’s one of the most accurate forecasters around.”
— The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Mr. Celente tracks the world’s social, economic and business trends for corporate clients.”
— The New York Times

“Mr. Celente is a very intelligent guy. We are able to learn about trends from an authority.”
— 48 Hours, CBS News

“Gerald Celente has a solid track record. He has predicted everything from the 1987 stock market crash and the demise of the Soviet Union to green marketing and corporate downsizing.”
— The Detroit News

“Gerald Celente forecast the 1987 stock market crash, ‘green marketing,’ and the boom in gourmet coffees.”
— Chicago Tribune

“The Trends Research Institute is the Standard and Poors of Popular Culture.”
— The Los Angeles Times

“If Nostradamus were alive today, he’d have a hard time keeping up with Gerald Celente.”
— New York Post

So there you have it – hardly a nutjob conspiracy theorist blowhard now is he? The price of not heeding his warnings will be far greater than the cost of preparing for the future now. Storable food and gold are two good places to make a start.

The scary thing is this is Gerald Celente. He is hired by large businesses to spot trends. His Trends Research Institute consults for many of the Fortune 100. Just Google him and you see for yourself. He doesn’t have a crystal ball in some gypsy tavern somewhere yet his predictions are dead on.

The thing about his interview that I find most relevant is that he points out the number of cities and states that will be raising taxes just to sustain their current level of services. One of those states and cities most in the news lately, Chicago and Illinois they both have huge deficits. Massachusetts is finding it difficult to sustain their mandatory insurance program and requesting help from the federal government to fill their shortfall. Hawaii has huge budget shortfalls requiring them to shutdown their “universal” childrens healthcare program after 7 months. It seems with dire situations like this tax increases will be the only answer to budget shortfalls nationwide.

Here in Kansas, we already know that more children went hungry in 2007 and those numbers are expected to climb. They will with the layoffs coming in the aircraft industry. Hawker Beechcraft laid off 500 people, rumors are rampant suggesting Cessna and Boeing will be the next to layoff workers. Bombardier is holsing their own as they have many programs that are in the works now.

I agree with Gerald Celente on his predictions. It was just two weeks ago my husband and I were discussing our community garden, one we know will be sorely needed. Our discussion expanded to raising our own chickens again for food and eggs. Then the we discussed leasing land from our next door neighbor that is never mowed to raise to head of cattle on to butcher for our freezer. I am happy about one thing, the three years we spent running our own farm isn’t going to waste.

Are you feeling optimistic yet?

Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano Tapped For Department of Homeland Security

What will Napolitano bring to the table as Department of Homeland Security? Michelle Malkin answers that question for us. From Malkin’s blog:

The buzz has Barack Obama tapping Arizona Democrat Gov. Janet Napolitano for DHS Secretary.

On the surface, it may seem a promising pick. Napolitano made a few pro-immigration enforcement moves in her state — including declaring a border security emergency and backing some employer sanctions. She riled the open-borders lobby by signing a bill banning public funding of day labor centers.

But Napolitano’s heart lies with the shamnesty crowd. She vetoed a bill cracking down on phony matricula consular cards for illegal aliens and rejected efforts allowing more cooperation between local law enforcement and the feds. She opposes assimilationist measures on English language and ID requirements to prevent voter fraud; she supports in-state tuition discounts for illegal aliens.

In short, she’s a double-talker and double-doer who will ensure the immigration chaos status quo.

My guess is she won’t be any help on cracking down on illegal immigration any time soon. And I for one want illegal immigrants gone. I don’t support any type of amnesty for them or any road to citizenship. My friends who were “legal immigrants” went as family and became citizens.

My biased opinion comes from the area of Massachusetts I grew up in. It had a very large Portuguese population and they were all legal. And that is how my family arrived in this country. All people should arrive that way.

Health Care Reform And It Is Hillary’s Plan, Not Obama’s

Health Care reform is being marshaled by two healthcare groups. “In separate actions, the two trade groups, America’s Health Insurance Plans and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, announced their support for guaranteed coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions, in conjunction with an enforceable mandate for individual coverage”, according to The New York Times (NYT).

The healthcare groups have some requirements so this plan will be allowed to go anywhere. Read the following statement, you will realize it is Hillary Clinton’s plan, not Obama’s plan which only includes insuring children. Read on:

The health insurance industry said Wednesday that it would support a health care overhaul requiring insurers to accept all customers, regardless of illness or disability. But in return, the industry said, Congress should require all Americans to have coverage.

The healthcare insurance industry wants mandates. That means insurance for all people regardless os pre-existing conditions.

Here are excerots from Senator Hillary Clinton’s healthcare plan:

The centerpiece of Clinton’s plan is the so-called “individual mandate,” requiring everyone to have health insurance – just as most states require drivers to purchase auto insurance.

Obama only mandates health insurance for children but not parents. If the parents have no health care and get ill, who is left to care for the “healthy children”?

More from the article:

The new position taken by the insurance industry — the industry that helped sink President Bill Clinton’s plan for universal health coverage in 1994 — could ease the way for passage of such legislation.

But the industry’s position differs from that of Mr. Obama in one significant respect. Insurers want the government to require everyone to have and maintain insurance. By contrast, Mr. Obama would, at least initially, apply the requirement only to children.

In the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, that was a major point of contention between Mr. Obama and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York. Mrs. Clinton said that everyone should be required to have coverage. Mr. Obama said he wanted to be certain that insurance was affordable and available to all before considering such a broad requirement.

Asked on Wednesday for reaction to the insurance industry’s proposals, Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for the Obama transition team, said, “We are declining comment.” Mr. Vietor cited Mr. Obama’s view that “we have only one president at a time.”

That is right absolutely no response from Obama. And that leads me to a question. Will Obama mandate health care for all or just mandate insurance for children?

More from NYT:

Donald G. Hamm Jr., president of Assurant Health, explained why the industry thought an individual mandate must be coupled with any ban on such underwriting practices.

“In the individual market, people can choose whether or not to apply for coverage,” Mr. Hamm said in an interview. “If they know they can obtain coverage at any time, many will wait until they get sick to apply for it. That increases the price for everyone.”

Insurers say that is just what happened in several states that prohibited insurers from turning down applicants on the basis of their health status.

The new policy statements are silent on two important issues: how to enforce an individual mandate and how to regulate insurance prices, or premiums.

While insurers would be required to sell insurance to any applicant, nothing would guarantee that consumers could afford it. Rate regulation promises to be a highly contentious issue, since it pits the financial interests of insurers against those of consumers.

Problems still remain with the mandates. Who enforces the mandate? How to regulate insurance prices and premiums? And the last of the problems is going to be the biggest obstacle and may be the deal breaker. What kind of premiums will the insurance industry want?

At present, insurance premiums are generally regulated by the states and often vary according to a person’s age, sex, medical history and place of residence within a state. In the individual market in most states, a person with a history of serious or chronic illness can be charged much more than a healthy person of the same age and sex.

Mr. Hamm, a member of the board of America’s Health Insurance Plans, said the group might offer recommendations to define “a fair and appropriate rating structure.”

Alissa Fox, a vice president of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, said the individual mandate was an indispensable corollary of any approach forbidding insurers to reject applicants because of health status.

“Insurance works best when everyone is in the pool,” Ms. Fox said. “You need healthy people in the insurance pool to help pay for sicker individuals who are much more motivated to buy coverage.”

Insurers did not say how the government should enforce an individual mandate: whether through fines, tax penalties or other means. Politicians have also been reluctant to specify details of enforcement, which could prove highly unpopular.

Neither the government nor the insurance industry have a plan or even the outline of a plan. This is in itself a very large problem. The cost of insurance premiums will have to be wrestled from the hands of the states. In Kansas the insurance rates are outrageous for people with pre-existing conditions. For a woman, aged 53, $1000/month and for a 26 year old woman $650, both with pre-existing conditions. Neither can afford those premiums and rely on so-called “free-clinics or income adjusted payments”.

The only answer I see is mandated insurance. I seriously have my doubts about the plan. Why? Because it will be left up to the federal government to track these mandates. And the feds and Congress aren’t too good at overseeing “new programs”.

The Supreme Court Is Pushing The Envelope, OR, Are We Pissed Off Enough Yet?

Reprinted from Logistics Monster.

This issue has gone from being silly to tinfoil hat to making me arch an eyebrow and wonder about the Media Blackout of the subject. I think we officially have a smoldering fire that is ready to hit flashpoint with a little help from the American public that is finally so pissed off that they are not going to take it anymore and will stand up and fight for our Constitution and the American Way! Are you sick of corrupt politicians and biased media? I know I am!

To refresh everyone’s memory, on Oct 12th, I wrote Where There Is Smoke, There Is Fire:

When I first heard about the Philip Berg case against Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee, I did not write anything about it because I felt that it possibly was a tinfoil hat crusade in hopes something would finally stick to Barack Obama and bring his campaign for permanent detrimental change for America to a halt. Philip Berg’s website for this case is ObamaCrimes. If you do not know the details of the cases, it boils down to this. Philip Berg wants Barack Obama to produce a vaulted birth certificate proving that he is constitutionally eligible to run for the Office of the Presidency. There seems to be some evidence, and more coming out now, that Barack was born in Kenya.

Then I read that Barack Obama had hired a team of lawyers to throw the case out, and that his legal team has unsavory associations just like Barack himself. The details of this story are at Yid With Lid.

Currently, Donofrio’s case is up for consideration of the Supreme Court who will be holding a conference on December 5th to decide whether or not to hear it – just 10 days before the electoral college meets. It was initially denied by Justice Souter and resubmitted to Justice Thomas. According to World Net Daily: (thanks to That’s Me On The Left for the tip).

A case that challenges President-elect Barack Obama’s name on the 2008 election ballot citing questions over his citizenship has been scheduled for a “conference” at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Conferences are private meetings of the justices at which they review cases and decide which ones to accept for formal review. This case is set for a conference Dec. 5, just 10 days before the Electoral College is scheduled to meet to make formal the election of Obama as the nation’s next president.

….

Former presidential candidate Alan Keyes and others filed a court petition in California asking the secretary of state to refuse to allow the state’s 55 Electoral College votes to be cast in the 2008 presidential election until Obama verifies his eligibility to hold the office.

….

Obama’s half-sister, Maya Soetoro, has named two different Hawaii hospitals where Obama could have been born. There have been other allegations that Obama actually was born in Kenya during a time when his father was a British subject. (My understanding of this statement is that The One stated one hospital and Maya stated another.)

The California action was filed by Gary Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation on behalf of Keyes, the presidential candidate of the American Independent Party, along with Wiley S. Drake and Markham Robinson, both California electors.

“Should Senator Obama be discovered, after he takes office, to be ineligible for the Office of President of the United States of America and, thereby, his election declared void, Petitioners, as well as other Americans, will suffer irreparable harm in that (a) usurper will be sitting as the President of the United States, and none of the treaties, laws, or executive orders signed by him will be valid or legal,” the action challenges.

The case also raises the circumstances of Obama’s time during his youth in Indonesia, where he was listed as having Indonesian citizenship. Indonesia does not allow dual citizenship, raising the possibility of Obama’s mother having given up his U.S. citizenship.

Any subsequent U.S. citizenship then, the case claims, would be “naturalized,” not “natural-born.”

These are the nuts and bolts of Phil Berg and Alan Keyes cases, and the current situation begs a question or two and a statement of what we should do as American citizens to protect our Constitution.

Why isn’t the citizenship of a Presidential Candidate important enough to be heard by Justice Souter? Is not the Supreme Court the highest authority in the land on THE CONSTITUTION? Am I wrong about that? Should not there be a process where any presidential candidate must submit certain documents to each and every state Secretary for review before being added to a ballot?

How is is possible that the President Elect has been able to REFUSE to show his vaulted birth certificate and not ONE of our leaders has had the courage to question it? I forgot….you know how it is possible….

Reread this:

“Should Senator Obama be discovered, after he takes office, to be ineligible for the Office of President of the United States of America and, thereby, his election declared void, Petitioners, as well as other Americans, will suffer irreparable harm in that (a) usurper will be sitting as the President of the United States, and none of the treaties, laws, or executive orders signed by him will be valid or legal,” the action challenges.

Doesn’t the Supreme Court think that this may actually be an important issue to consider? How are we as Americans going to feel when we find out that our president is Kenyan? I personally believe his paternal grandmother who has stated on tape that she was at his birth in Kenya. Why else would Jerome Corsi be detained in Kenya and then deported?

Given all that, it seems that this little smoldering fire is actually starting to catch and American citizens are getting involved with petitioning the Supreme Court and the Electors from each state. I know that most of my readers are just as pissed off about this issue as I am. Let’s see, we have to produce a birth certificate to obtain a passport or any other important document, yet The One can just say “no”? How does that work?

I want to thank LadyHawkke for this comment:

If you want to help, go here: http://www.democratic-disaster.com/index.php
Very organized website and thousands of certified letters have gone out to electors in most states. Now, people are being encouraged to seek out an elector and reach out to them personally. First call them and visit them if you most. The radius is 50 miles. The goal is to get them to join in a class action law suit to stop Obama from being inaugurated until he provides his BC.

We also have Obama Crimes; Phil Berg’s site and People’s Passions.org, (they make it easy to get involved.) If you want to join and help fight to preserve our Constitution, follow the links below, and also at Democratic Disaster. Both sites are very well organized and detailed.

URGENT Call for Action by Citizens to work with Electors! (What can I do?)

URGENT Call for Action by Citizens to Petition Congress! (What can I do?)

URGENT Call for Action by Electors ONLY to Petition Congress!

URGENT Call for Action by Citizens to Write the Supreme Court Demanding a Full Review!

And just for more information and light listening, Political Pistachio. Listen here.

And from Living On Planet Z:

Born In Kenya, Parts I & II

P.S. While you are over at People’s Passion, make sure to sign up at Grassfire.org – PUMAs and Conservatives together – remember?

Many thanks to Logistics Monster for doing this research and gathering of all the information.

Even More Obama Cronyism….Penny Pritzker for Commerce (Update)

Update is at bottom of post in italics.

Penny Pritzker for Commerce is a bad choice in my opinion and certainly more of Obama’s Chicago cronyism. Is this really a message of hopey-changey? It was Pritzker’s bank, Superior in Chicago that went belly up first because of the sub-prime mortgage failure. She maybe a hotel mogul and certainly Obama’s most successful campaign finance chair but it was her bank that hung more than 1400 families out to dry when the bank closed. Is this really who we want running our Commerce Department?

Here’s more from the Washington Post:

Hotel heiress Penny Pritzker, who commanded Barack Obama’s record-shattering fundraising operation, has run into business obstacles that will likely prevent her from becoming Commerce secretary, sources close to the president-elect said.

“The issue is whether she ultimately wants to do this, and it may be – and probably will be – possible that for business reasons, she probably can’t do it,” said a Democratic source familiar with Obama’s Cabinet selection process.

The early favorite for the job, Pritzker may take herself out of the running soon, sources said. Pritzker was the first campaign insider and “Friend of Barack” to surface as a possible Cabinet pick. (Author’s Note: “Friend of Obama”? Call it what it is—cronyism. Paybacks and nothing more!)

Pritzker had started a review of her vast financial holdings, weighing whether she could disentangle herself to the extent necessary to meet Obama’s strict standards for service in his administration. Assuming she could, and wanted to, Obama sources said, the job would be hers.

She was an early Obama supporter who applied exacting standards to his finance team, but as a 49-year-old billionaire, Pritzker hardly broke the “business as usual” mold, as Obama pledged during his campaign. Most Commerce secretaries in recent decades were major donors for the presidents they served. (Author’s Note:Applied exacting standards as finance chair? Does that include illegal donations and removing security programs from the online donation site for Team Obama? Who approved it?)

But Pritzker allies also were confident that Pritzker herself would quickly depart from tradition by applying to Commerce the tough oversight and bristling energy that made her the most successful finance chair in campaign history.

Is she fit for the job? You decide. Be informed about Commerce Secretary. Here is the Commerce Secretary’s job description:

The Office of the Secretary is the general management arm of the Department and provides the principal support to the Secretary in formulating policy and in providing advice to the President. It provides program leadership for the Department’s functions and exercises general supervision over the operating units. It also directly carries out program functions as may be assigned by the Secretary, and provides, as determined to be more economic or efficient, administrative and other support services for designated operating units. The Office of the Secretary consists of the Secretary, certain Secretarial Officers, designated staff immediately serving those officials, and a number of “Departmental offices” which have Department-wide functions or perform special program functions directly on behalf of the Secretary.

Here is a list of the bureaus within the Commerce Department:

Bureau of Industry and Security
Economics and Statistics Administration
Bureau of the Census
Bureau of Economic Analysis
Economic Development Administration
International Trade Administration
Minority Business Development Agency
National Institute of Standards and Technology
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
National Technical Information Service
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Patent and Trademark Office

I am certain I don’t want a person who destroyed a bank and was fined by the government for its failure running any part of our government. Here is a history of Pritzker and her bank:

One of the banks that went under after making a lot of subprime loans — leaving 1,400 of its customers without part of their savings — was Chicago’s Superior Bank.

At the helm of Superior Bank at least some of the time was Obama’s national finance chairwoman, Penny Pritzker, an heiress to the Pritzker fortune.

Obama’s campaign notes that Pritzker stepped down as chairwoman of the bank’s board in 1994, seven years before it failed. She then went on the board of the bank’s holding company.

But a letter obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times shows that until the end, Pritzker appeared to be taking a leadership role in trying to revive the bank with an expanded push into subprime loans.

Pritzker wrote in May 2001 that her family was recapitalizing the bank, and she pledged to “once again restore Superior’s leadership position in subprime lending.” The bank shut down in July 2001.

What was left in the wake of the bank closing is really a financial mess not for the bank but for the 1400 people who are still owed money. More on that:

But at least some of the 1,400 victims who are still owed money seven years after the bank failed say Pritzker is the wrong person for Obama to put in charge of the campaign’s finances when part of his campaign is about reforming the banking industry.

“They still owe me $113,000,” said Fran Sweet, 63, of Downers Grove, who deposited her $480,000 retirement account at Superior a month before it collapsed. “To the Pritzkers, this is nothing. They probably think, ‘Why pay her back?’ That’s nothing. But we’re all upset that someone who made these decisions could be in that position.”

The Pritzker’s definitely have the money to pay these people back but have not even made an effort to do that. What they owe these people is a mere pittance considering they have billions of dollars. Read on:

The Pritzker family bought the former Lyons Savings and Loan with partner Alan Dworman in 1988. Lyons had failed, and federal regulators asked the Pritzkers to take it over. Crain’s Chicago Business reported that the FDIC gave the Pritzkers “cash, tax incentives and promissory notes” worth $645 million to take Lyons.

Critics, including private bank watchdogs Bert Ely of Virginia and Tim Anderson of Chicago, say it was a “sweetheart deal” for the Pritzkers in which they pledged far more money than they put up. The thrift was renamed Superior.

For just $15 million, the Pritzkers could pay back the 1,400 customers still owed money, Ely and Anderson said.

The Pritzkers put up $460 million, which federal regulators said absolved them of any further liability in the collapse.

That’s less than the $645 million the Pritzkers got to take the thrift, Ely and Anderson note.

Don’t you just love it when the federal government absolves a bank from any liability and screws the American taxpayer, voter and citizen! If Obama really intends to “reform” the banking industry then why tap Penny Pritzker for Commerce Secretary? I forgot he owed her for all her fund raising….more cronyism…no hope or change!

How’s that working out for ya’?

Update: Penny Pritzker turns down Commerce Secretary. Why? Here is the story from Politico:

Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker, national campaign finance chairwoman for the Obama campaign, has taken herself out of the running to be secretary of Commerce, a Democratic official said.

“She fears problems with her confirmation based on past business dealings,” the official said.

Pritzker was featured in a flurry of news reports as a likely secretary of commerce. But senior officials repeatedly — and correctly — told Politico that was not true.

Pritzker is a billionaire heiress to the Hyatt hotel fortune.

Officials said she was not vetted.

She should fear being confirmed for the post because of her banking failure. Remember Obama campaigned on banking reform….I’m not buying anything he said during the campaign because it is all falsehoods and tripe. Soory folks but Washington DC is awash with banking money, so I wouldn’t expect much reform!

Lobbyists Will Have A Place At The Table In The Obama Administration (Update From Insight Analytical)

A year or so ago Obama said he was running to end the lobby influence in Washington, DC. He even said he was a new kind of candidate, one who would not accept the influence of that same group. Here is what he said according to CNNPolitics.com:

“I am running to tell the lobbyists in Washington that their days of setting the agenda are over. They have not funded my campaign. They won’t work in my White House.”

There is no truth to that last statement at all. Not only is Biden hiring lobbyists but so is Obama. And this is what Obama says about lobbyists now:

And the Obama folks concede that eliminating anyone in Washington who had ever lobbied Congress or who has a family member who lobbied Congress would be foolish.

And it’s true, you could argue the reality of Washington and our government is that lobbyists are often the most informed people on a given issue.

It’s okay to have lobbyists at the table now because they know more than The One does. And of course The One and Gaffe-O-Matic Biden himself needs them too! And I am not the only one who sees the conflict of interest. Just look at Biden’s Chief of Staff (and no it wasn’t Patty Solis Doyle who got the job, though that is what she was hired for by the Obama campaign or was she?), Ronald Klain.

Mr. Klain is a former lobbyist at the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers, where he lobbied for clients including the failed mortgage giant Fannie Mae; an industry group seeking help with asbestos lawsuits; a drug maker under federal investigation; the cable and media giant Time Warner; and an airline. I guess the President-elect feels that SOME lobbyists are OK.

A bit disingenuous, don’t you think? I am not the only one who is criticizing Biden and Obama’s choice of insiders but the New York Times(NYT) is quite critical as well. (Yes. Can you believe the NYT is turning on The One?)

Here are some excerpts from the NYT:

Mr. Klain, who was chief of staff to former Vice President Al Gore, is an executive at Revolution, the investment company of the AOL founder Steve Case. He worked until 2005 as a lobbyist at the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers, where he lobbied for clients including the failed mortgage giant Fannie Mae; an industry group seeking help with asbestos lawsuits; a drug maker under federal investigation; the cable and media giant Time Warner; and an airline.

Mr. Obama’s ethics rules, however, do not bar former lobbyists. The rules prohibit officials like Mr. Klain from working on any matter directly related to their employers over the previous two years, so Mr. Klain would be required to recuse himself from issues involving Mr. Case’s firm Revolution.

… The Obama transition also named Philip Schiliro as its liaison to Congress. Mr. Schiliro is a former chief of staff to Representative Henry A. Waxman, the California Democrat. Mr. Waxman is chairman of the House committee on government oversight and reform, which watches and sometimes investigates the White House.

Mr. Schiliro worked for Mr. Obama’s presidential campaign and had previously worked on Capitol Hill for 25 years. His jobs there have included a stint as an aide to former Senator Tom Daschle, adding to a growing roster of former Daschle aides in the Obama administration.

And finally let’s add another crony with lobbying ties to that list, former Senator Tom Daschle who has been tapped for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources. He was employed by the law firm Alston & Bird as special policy adviser in their legislative and public policy group. Here is the NPR interview with Tom Daschle as he discusses his new position with the law firm.

Daschle has other lobbying problems. Here is a sample:

He serves on the boards of Prime BioSolutions and the Mayo Clinic, among others, and his law firm lobbies for a number of industry clients, including CVS Caremark, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, Abbott Laboratories and HealthSouth. Daschle does not lobby himself, but his law firm has a lobbying arm.

His connections to Caremark (my prescription company) and Abbott Laboratories explains why The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) have applauded the selection of Tom Daschle as HHS Secretary. President and CEO Billy Tauzin issued the following statement today on Tom Daschle’s selection as incoming HHS Secretary:

“Tom Daschle is a wise choice to guide the President-elect on shaping healthcare reform. Sen. Daschle has what it takes to do the job: Smarts, toughness and a strong understanding of the healthcare challenges that face our nation in these tough economic times.

“As our nation’s leaders look ahead and begin to shape their agendas for next year, America’s pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies – which lead the world in discovering new cures and treatments for patients – welcome the opportunity to help address the difficult healthcare challenges facing America.

“PhRMA is committed to working with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and will continue to support policies that encourage and strengthen innovation, improve patient access to medicines and expand healthcare coverage for all Americans.”

Now let’s complicate matters a bit more. Daschle’s wife, Linda Hall Daschle is currently a lobbyist too according to the Washington Post. More on Linda Daschle:

Daschle’s new position might be complicated by his wife, Linda Hall Daschle, who is a registered lobbyist with the Washington firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. (Roll Call and The Post are reporting that Linda Daschle is set to leave the firm and open her own shop focusing on transportation in January. “Although she does not have health care industry clients, the company does represent numerous health interests,” The Post reports, referring to Baker, Donelson.)

Here is a list of her clients:

At her current firm, she counts American Airlines, Boeing, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Lockheed Martin and L3 Communications among her clients. She has represented pharmaceutical company Amgen Inc. and cigarette makers Lorillard Tobacco and Philip Morris Cos. in 1999.

I find it very disturbing that she is described as a “major lobbying force”.

She has been called a “major lobbying force” by associates, according to The Hill, and The New York Times said she is one of the “most influential professional lobbyists in the capital.”

Remember what Obama said:

“I am running to tell the lobbyists in Washington that their days of setting the agenda are over. They have not funded my campaign. They won’t work in my White House.”

It seems Obama may have told a big white lie! Lobbyists of all kinds are coming to the table in the Obama administration. And they will have his ear. Since Obama will lose his Blackberry and laptop, the little people will be forgotten, the people who were negligent in their duties as voters.

How’s that going to work out for you now?

Update Via Insight Analytical:


Daschle lost in 2004, and this information apparently turned off enough voters to “make it so.” This and that big house that’s pictured on the blog and his declaration as D.C. as his place of residence (dubbed “Mansiongate”)…and the lie about Thune’s lobbying. That latter point alone qualifies him for a job with the Obama camp….

According to OpenSecrets.org, Ms. Daschle has apparently continued her relationship with Baker, Donelson et al. If you want to see a boatload of connections, however, check out Muckety’s extensive relationship maps. (Play around with these and be sure to pass the mouse over the wheel of connections to get the full information. Click on Baker, Donelson, then at the bottom click on “47 lobby firm”). And, yes, you’ll see hospitals and health outfits galore, Howard Baker, Lamar Alexander, etc. etc.–it’s so jam-packed you can’t even see all of them…until you click on individual firm names and you see even more! It’s very interesting!

This info isn’t the most up-to-date and I couldn’t find anything about Ms. Daschle’s recent activities.

But the point is, even if nothing happened with the Daschles and Senate business, there should be scrutiny. And, if there is scrutiny, there might be a bit of unpleasantness for the newly-minted “ethical” standards of the Obama crowd. Of course, Ms. Daschle is leaving her current firm to create her own public policy outfit now. Are you reassured yet? And all those contacts of Tom’s and his new post gives me such a warm and fuzzy feeling!

Where The Republican Party Failed

This morning I was reading a Washington Times interview with Michael Steele who is currently a candidate for Republican National Committee (RNC) chair when a statement he made jumped out at me. What was that statement?

Here it is:

“The problem is that within the operations of the RNC, they don’t give a damn. It’s all about outreach … and outreach means let’s throw a cocktail party, find some black folks and Hispanics and women, wrap our arms around them – ‘See, look at us,’ ” he said.

Mr. Steele is correct. McCain’s campaign backed by the RNC held a mixer (lots of liquor and food) in Denver during the activities of the Democratic National Convention. There appeared to be a line drawn in the sand at that mixer. The Republican volunteers present didn’t embrace the PUMAs present and the PUMAs did their part in remaining aloof.

A few of the PUMAs and Democrats present at that mixer did interact with the Republicans present but that was because a handful of Democrats embraced the Republicans present. And that was the saddest part of the event.

From “McCainiacs Party With The PUMAs”:

While Michelle Obama (re-)introduced herself to America and Senator Edward M. Kennedy electrified the Pepsi Center, a mile or so away at the Paramount Cafe, a loud rock-and-roll bar in a rehabbed 1920s movie theater, college Republicans talked over chips and beer with the disaffected Democrats who call themselves PUMAs (for either Party Unity My A– or People United Means Action.)

This was the latest attempt by the GOP to call attention to, and if possible exacerbate, the divisions within the Democratic Party; earlier Monday, John McCain’s campaign released a TV ad featuring a former Clinton delegate talking about how she’d decided to vote Republican, “a first for me.”

Over the deafening music and chatter in the packed bar, the clusters of clean-cut college kids, exhausted from a long day door-knocking and sign waving, did not, in truth, do much mixing with the PUMA crowd, many of whom were old enough to be the young conservatives’ mothers.

But a few did.

We did enjoy chatting about the reality of the election year and how we would support McCain in November. Read on:

… two young women and a young man from the College Republicans stood next to a couple of middle-aged women from Wichita. The Democrats were doing most of the talking.

“I know he’s a maverick,” Nancy Armstrong, a 48-year-old retired Navy veteran, was saying to the young Republicans, who nodded politely. “I know he works across the aisle, and I particularly liked his immigration bill.”

“We may not agree on everything, But John McCain is a man of integrity, and I can’t say that about Barack Obama,” said her friend, Shannon Scholler, 53, who works for a social service referral agency.

They posed for a picture with the young Republican man, who was not allowed to give his name to the press. He gave Armstrong a warm hug.

Armstrong suggested they open a McCain office in Wichita. One of the young women checked her Blackberry to see if they needed one there.

Asked if he would vote for Hillary Clinton if his primary candidate had not won, the young man considered.

“You have to vote your conscience,” he offered.

A few seemed capable of appreciating the irony of the spectacle, considering that the GOP spent most of the 1990s villifying the Clintons and that many conservatives wanted nothing more than to run against her this fall.

Jessi Cleaver, a 35-year-old software tester and Clinton supporter from New York City, said it just shows how furious Clintonites are about how the Democrats and Obama handled the primary.

“You know what?” she said. “The one who should be throwing the party is Obama.”

I appreciated the irony of the situation even though I did not support or vote for President Bill Clinton when he was running for the presidency. Why? Frankly it was because of his policies towards the military.

The irony really rang home with me because I supported his wife for her bid for the presidency.

Michael Steele and the Republican party will still need the many disaffected Democrats, many who are now independents to alter the landscape of Congress in 2010. The Democrats are giving him a helping as we speak because now they are attempting to lay the blame for the problems with Bernanke and Paulson, but the Democratic-led Congress also has responsibility for the incompetent handling of the bailout money. The less the Democrats get accomplished in the next year, the more certain I am that the landscape of Congress will change.

More Obama Cronyism: Picks Slum-Lord For Senior Advisor

Obama is truly nothing more than a typical politician. He rewards crinyism with senior advisor posts. The problem with this senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, she is a Chicago slum-lord. UGH! I thought Obama was all about hopey-changey, instead he is more of the samey old politician. Not that I expected anything different from him.

Here is the story:

President-elect Barack Obama is naming his longtime friend and supporter Valerie Jarrett to be his White House senior adviser. Jarrett, who hired Michelle Obama for a job in the Chicago mayor’s office years ago, is one of the president-elect’s closest friends and advisers. Her name has been floated for several top administration jobs. But Obama settled on the senior adviser role, said a person close to the president-elect and willing to speak only on background because the decision has not been officially announced. (Source)

It is the rest of the story that is interesting. Here is that part of the story:

There is part of the story that the Media Forgot to cover. You see, Getting the other half of his back yard for less than market price wasn’t the only Obama Rezko real estate dealing. As a state Senator, Obama pushed through a housing development deal in his district. Tony Rezko and Six of his real estate partners were involved, they all provided tons of cash to Obama’s campaign fund. That deal turned out to be horrible for the low income families that ended up living there. They received much less than what they paid for. Guess who managed the Obama-Rezko tenement, that’s right Valerie Jarrett his new Senior Adviser. Her company managed the property as its moved from a low-income housing project to a hell-hole.

The Boston Globe broke the story of the land deal and Jarret’s involvement with it back in June. It follows below:

Grim proving ground for Obama’s housing policy
By Binyamin Appelbaum, Globe Staff

CHICAGO – The squat brick buildings of Grove Parc Plaza, in a dense neighborhood that Barack Obama represented for eight years as a state senator, hold 504 apartments subsidized by the federal government for people who can’t afford to live anywhere else.

But it’s not safe to live here.

About 99 of the units are vacant, many rendered uninhabitable by unfixed problems, such as collapsed roofs and fire damage. Mice scamper through the halls. Battered mailboxes hang open. Sewage backs up into kitchen sinks. In 2006, federal inspectors graded the condition of the complex an 11 on a 100-point scale – a score so bad the buildings now face demolition.

Grove Parc has become a symbol for some in Chicago of the broader failures of giving public subsidies to private companies to build and manage affordable housing – an approach strongly backed by Obama as the best replacement for public housing.

As a state senator, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee coauthored an Illinois law creating a new pool of tax credits for developers. As a US senator, he pressed for increased federal subsidies. And as a presidential candidate, he has campaigned on a promise to create an Affordable Housing Trust Fund that could give developers an estimated $500 million a year.

Of course there is more evidence that Obama’s cronies have mismanaged many public housing unit and apartments. More on those issues:

But a Globe review found that thousands of apartments across Chicago that had been built with local, state, and federal subsidies – including several hundred in Obama’s former district – deteriorated so completely that they were no longer habitable.

Grove Parc and several other prominent failures were developed and managed by Obama’s close friends and political supporters. Those people profited from the subsidies even as many of Obama’s constituents suffered. Tenants lost their homes; surrounding neighborhoods were blighted.

Some of the residents of Grove Parc say they are angry that Obama did not notice their plight. The development straddles the boundary of Obama’s state Senate district. Many of the tenants have been his constituents for more than a decade.

“No one should have to live like this, and no one did anything about it,” said Cynthia Ashley, who has lived at Grove Parc since 1994.

Obama’s campaign, in a written response to Globe questions, affirmed the candidate’s support of public-private partnerships as an alternative to public housing, saying that Obama has “consistently fought to make livable, affordable housing in mixed-income neighborhoods available to all.”

The campaign did not respond to questions about whether Obama was aware of the problems with buildings in his district during his time as a state senator, nor did it comment on the roles played by people connected to the senator.

Who are some of these people personally known to Obama? It is quite a list of who’s who in Chicago and their crooked way of doing business:

Among those tied to Obama politically, personally, or professionally are:

Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Obama’s presidential campaign and a member of his finance committee. Jarrett is the chief executive of Habitat Co., which managed Grove Parc Plaza from 2001 until this winter and co-managed an even larger subsidized complex in Chicago that was seized by the federal government in 2006, after city inspectors found widespread problems.

Allison Davis, a major fund-raiser for Obama’s US Senate campaign and a former lead partner at Obama’s former law firm. Davis, a developer, was involved in the creation of Grove Parc and has used government subsidies to rehabilitate more than 1,500 units in Chicago, including a North Side building cited by city inspectors last year after chronic plumbing failures resulted in raw sewage spilling into several apartments.

Antoin “Tony” Rezko, perhaps the most important fund-raiser for Obama’s early political campaigns and a friend who helped the Obamas buy a home in 2005. Rezko’s company used subsidies to rehabilitate more than 1,000 apartments, mostly in and around Obama’s district, then refused to manage the units, leaving the buildings to decay to the point where many no longer were habitable.

Campaign finance records show that six prominent developers – including Jarrett, Davis, and Rezko – collectively contributed more than $175,000 to Obama’s campaigns over the last decade and raised hundreds of thousands more from other donors. Rezko alone raised at least $200,000, by Obama’s own accounting.

One of those contributors, Cecil Butler, controlled Lawndale Restoration, the largest subsidized complex in Chicago, which was seized by the government in 2006 after city inspectors found more than 1,800 code violations.

Butler and Davis did not respond to messages. Rezko is in prison; his lawyer did not respond to inquiries.

Jarrett, a powerful figure in the Chicago development community, agreed to be interviewed but declined to answer questions about Grove Parc, citing what she called a continuing duty to Habitat’s former business partners. She did, however, defend Obama’s position that public-private partnerships are superior to public housing.

“Government is just not as good at owning and managing as the private sector because the incentives are not there,” said Jarrett, whose company manages more than 23,000 apartments. “I would argue that someone living in a poor neighborhood that isn’t 100 percent public housing is by definition better off.”

When Daley was elected in 1989, he developed a new approach to management and redevelopment of housing facilities. He chose to turn control over to private companies owned by the above mention Obama cronies. Obama agreed with Dale, saying if management and redevelopment was hanfled by private firms it would be better for the city. Of course the opposite is the truth. Read on:

Chicago chose a more dramatic approach. Under Mayor Richard M. Daley, who was elected in 1989, the city launched a massive plan to let private companies tear down the projects and build mixed-income communities on the same land.

The city also hired private companies to manage the remaining public housing. And it subsidized private companies to create and manage new affordable housing, some of which was used to accommodate tenants displaced from public housing.

Chicago’s plans drew critics from the start. They asked why the government should pay developers to perform a basic public service – one successfully performed by governments in other cities. And they noted that privately managed projects had a history of deteriorating because guaranteed government rent subsidies left companies with little incentive to spend money on maintenance.

Most of all, they alleged that Chicago was interested primarily in redeveloping projects close to the Loop, the downtown area that was seeing a surge of private development activity, shunting poor families to neighborhoods farther from the city center. Only about one in three residents was able to return to the redeveloped projects.

“They are rapidly displacing poor people, and these companies are profiting from this displacement,” said Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle of Southside Together Organizing for Power, a community group that seeks to help tenants stay in the same neighborhoods.

“The same exact people who ran these places into the ground,” the private companies paid to build and manage the city’s affordable housing, “now are profiting by redeveloping them.”

Barack Obama was among the many Chicago residents who shared Daley’s conviction that private companies would make better landlords than the Chicago Housing Authority.

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Our Country Is Worth Fighting For…..

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Battle Hymn Of The Republic

Get a load of these high school kids. At the conclusion listen to the high notes on the trumpet, played by a high school kid! One of the fathers recorded it, added some graphic enhancements to the recording, and posted it on the web.

The song, of course, is the ‘Battle Hymn Of The Republic.’
Be prepared….It will definitely send a few shivers up your spine…

Click here to experience the most incredible rendition of the ‘Battle Hymn of The Republic’….

If this doesn’t make you want to fight for our country… then YOU are in the wrong country!!!

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Does Our Constitution Matter Anymore?Commentary On Obama’s Birth Certificate (Update)

It is my opinion that the Constitution is being undermined today. Why? Because Obama hasn’t addressed his birth certificate yet. He went to Hawaii to visit his sick grandmother and subsequently access to Obama’s birth certificate was sealed by the Hawaiian governor, Linda Lingle.

Every time a person or persons files a law suit to make Obama present the vault copy of his birth certificate it is thrown out of court. And the courts doing this at some times are partisan judges which makes their decisions suspicious.

Very little time is left to vet Obama and make certain he is a legitimate president-elect under the Constitution. Here are the three unanswered questions for Obama:

Was Barack Obama Born in Kenya?
Is He Really a Citizen of Indonesia?
Does the Constitution still Matter?

(One more question from me: Why hasn’t Obama answered then yet?)

…less than month before the Electoral College meets. They meet on December 15th. More on this subject:

Former Deputy Attorney General Philip Berg filed a lawsuit addressing the citizenship status of Barack Obama before the Democratic National Convention and copied Democratic Chairman Howard Dean. It should have alerted them that there was a possible problem before they selected their nominee. But that problem was ignored. Other lawsuits filed before Nov. 4 were also ignored, placing us in what could be a constitutional crisis.

The good news is the real election hasn’t taken place yet. The Electoral College doesn’t meet until Dec. 15. That gives us less than a month to find the answers to the looming questions regarding whether Barack Obama meets the constitutional requirements for the office of president.

The courts don’t seem to be in any hurry to take up their responsibility as guardians of the Constitution, so now Congress must step in. You see, members of Congress are sworn to uphold the Constitution, and when they vote in January to confirm (or reject) the vote of the Electoral College, they can’t very well do that unless they know for certain that the basic constitutional requirements for office have been met.

An ad running this week in the Washington Times Weekly asks three questions America needs to know: “Was Barack Obama really born in Kenya?” “Is he really a citizen of Indonesia?” And, “Does the Constitution still matter?”

As I wrote about last week, there are many reasons to doubt whether Barack Obama meets the requirements for the office of president. First, there’s that pesky tape from Sarah Obama, Barack’s grandmother, where she says, “I was in the delivery room in (Mombosa) Kenya when he was born Aug. 4, 1961.” Secondly, there’s the matter of U.S. law. If only one parent was an American citizen, as in Obama’s case, the law at the time of Obama’s birth required one parent to have been an American citizen for at least 10 years – five of which had to have happened after the age of 14. Since Obama’s mother was only 18 at the time of Obama’s birth, he would not qualify as an American citizen if his grandmother is right about him being born abroad.

Thirdly, there’s no original birth certificate – just a “certification of live birth” posted on a website experts say is forged and altered. Fourthly, there’s the issue of Indonesian citizenship, which is a prerequisite to attending school there. Add to that the fact that Obama’s stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, is listed as his father on his Indonesian school records. If he had U.S. citizenship, according to Indonesian law, he would have lost it when he attended school there or if he was adopted by his stepfather as his records indicate. Continue reading

What The Heck Is Wrong With The MSM? LA Times Just Now Notices Obama Has A Thin Resume

I have been exposing MSM for their absolute biased reporting since the start of the election season, now the LA Times is waking up from their koolaid-swill reporting. The MSM bias has resulted in voters who were ill-informed. According to a Zogby poll Obama supporters couldn’t even answer simple questions about the election. When Obama and Biden had said something specific and questioned about it, the voters almost unanimously gave Sarah Palin credit for it. Of course most people know Obama said that during a campaign stop in Oregon.

The most amazing thing is all the voters knew everything about Sarah Palin. Asked where they got their information, their answers included media outlets such as The New York Times, MSNBC, CNN, NPR and even PBS. All these media outlets were or remain in the tank for Obama. Chris Matthews and MSNBC are one example of a media outlet that remains in the tank for Obama.

See the video here.

NewsBusters has the story on the LA Times:

Dan Morain of the L.A. Times has just discovered that Barack Obama has a pretty thin resume prior to being elevated to the presidency. Between 1993 and ’96, Obama, the much-ballyhooed “Constitutional scholar,” had only an unusually low 3,723 billable hours of legal work accrued over a four-year stint with his law firm employer Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Gallard. Further, he seems to have worked on but few cases and made little impact commensurate with his reputation. The question I have, of course, is why is the L.A. Times only NOW interested that Obama was “involved in relatively few cases before entering politics”? Where was this investigating before the election?

This is really bizarre in light of the fact that this information has been in the public eye for more than a year. LA Times, you should be ashamed!

Read on, there is more:

Here’s how Morain sums up Obama’s paper trail:

30: The approximate number of legal cases Obama was involved in:

4: The number of years Obama was a full-time lawyer

70%: The amount of time Obama spent on voting rights, civil rights and employment, generally as a junior associate. (The rest of his time was spent on matters related to real-estate transactions, filing incorporation papers and defending clients against minor lawsuits.)

3,723: The number of billable hours Obama accrued while working at Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Gallard.

According to Morain, some of Obama’s “big” cases were the case of a shortchanged babysitter, the case of a cold building tenant, and a lawsuit against a corporation that owned low-income housing on behalf of a guy that slipped and fell down. Additionally, Obama was involved in the enforcement of the federal Motor Voter law in Illinois — at lest that one being a higher profile case.

So, it appears Obama has less

So, it appears Obama has less billable hours during those four years than most young lawyers are expected to accrue (which is up to 2,000 hours a year according to some estimates), worked on but few cases, and only on one notable one. On top of that, he was rarely more than a “junior associate” the whole time.

This is the man that was praised for his extensive legal career? A slighted babysitter and a guy that fell down are the amazing legal challenges he faced as a young lawyer?

Of course, the biggest question is, why are we only now seeing this report in the L.A. Times? Where was this report two months ago or more?

Need I even ask?

Never mind wondering where this investigative reporting was two months ago! Where was it two years ago? And why is Obama with so few billable hours as a former lawyer, a former Senator and now president elect? Shame on the media. Go back to journalism school and learn how to do real investigative research that is truly unbiased because you have honestly forgotten that is part of your job.

How Obama Got Elected (2nd Update)

OMG! Wait until you watch this video. The Obama believers are truly sheeples. They can’t tell you who is in “charge” of Congress. Most don’t know who Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are! Unbelievably they do know everything about Governor Sarah Palin….

And these people voted for Obama….

And we allow these people to vote. I think it is time for all voters to take a multiple question examination about their candidate before they enter a polling site.

For more information on How Obama Got Elected visit here!

Let’s start with Zogby’s numbers from Ed Morrisey at Hot Air. The poll surveyed over 500 self-professed Obama voters and has an MOE of 4.4%, with 55% having a college degree and over 90% having a high-school diploma. It asked 12 multiple-choice questions; only 2.4% got at least 11 correct. Only .5% got all them correct.

57.4 could NOT correctly say which party controls congress (50/50 shot just by guessing)

81.8 could NOT correctly say Joe Biden quit a previous campaign because of plagiarism (25% chance by guessing)

82.6 could NOT correctly say that Obama won his first election by getting opponents kicked off the ballot (25% chance by guessing)

88.4% could NOT correctly say that Obama said his policies would likely bankrupt the coal industry and make energy rates skyrocket (25% chance by guessing)

56.1 % could NOT correctly say Obama started his political career at the home of two former members of the Weather Underground (25% chance by guessing).And yet…..

Only 13.7% failed to identify Palin as the person their party spent $150,000 in clothes on

Only 6.2% failed to identify Palin as the one with a pregnant teenage daughter

And 86.9 % thought that Palin said that she could see Russia from her “house,” even though that was Tina Fey who said that!!

On the last point, though, Palin was the only candidate from Alaska. Palin did state that one could see Russia from the state as an answer to an interview question about her foreign-policy credentials. I don’t believe that the survey gave Fey as a choice, so Palin would have been the obvious answer from those provided.

(Honestly I missed the point of this video. It isn’t an indictment of voters but an indictment of MSM. It isn’t just an indictment of MSM, but an indictment of their bias for Obama.)

However, the rest of these results show the abysmal state of media coverage of Barack Obama. It’s not that the voters couldn’t absorb data provided to them by the Tanning Bed Media; these voters quite obviously learned plenty about Sarah Palin. In the video, the subjects demonstrate that by assigning every stupid thing said on the campaign trail to Palin whether she said it or not. Meanwhile, no one can figure out what Barack Obama said, how he conducted his campaign, or his political history.

More on this video and poll from Zogby International:

Zogby confirms Ziegler’s numbers, and barks back at accusations of push-polling:
“We stand by the results our survey work on behalf of John Ziegler, as we stand by all of our work. We reject the notion that this was a push poll because it very simply wasn’t. It was a legitimate effort to test the knowledge of voters who cast ballots for Barack Obama in the Nov. 4 election. Push polls are a malicious effort to sway public opinion one way or the other, while message and knowledge testing is quite another effort of public opinion research that is legitimate inquiry and has value in the public square. In this case, the respondents were given a full range of responses and were not pressured or influenced to respond in one way or another. This poll was not designed to hurt anyone, which is obvious as it was conducted after the election. The client is free to draw his own conclusions about the research, as are bloggers and other members of society. But Zogby International is a neutral party in this matter. We were hired to test public opinion on a particular subject and with no ax to grind, that’s exactly what we did. We don’t have to agree or disagree with the questions, we simply ask them and provide the client with a fair and accurate set of data reflecting public opinion.” – John Zogby

I still think voters were ill informed showing their lack of independent research, instead relying on a very biased media. Sad! because this was the case for the last two years. As a result of the media bias we are now stuck with an Obama administration.

Peter Schiff On The Recession Two Years Ago

Two years ago Peter Schiff talked about the economy and the coming recession. Nobody was listening and others thought he was quite off on the issue. It turns out Schiff was correct. Listen to the video:

Mr. Schiff was absolutely correct. Our Democratic led Congress was absent on the subject. They did nothing about the housing/subprime mess. And now today we are stuck with a very non-transparent $700 billion dollar bailout with $290 billion dollars already paid out with just $60 billion dollars left to spend. There is no oversight. And the American taxpayer has no idea where the money has been spent!

SEC Charges Mark Cuban With Insider Trading

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a statement concerning the insider trading charges against Mark Cuban. Here is their statement:

SEC Files Insider Trading Charges Against Mark Cuban
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Washington, D.C., Nov. 17, 2008 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Dallas entrepreneur Mark Cuban with insider trading for selling 600,000 shares of the stock of an Internet search engine company on the basis of material, non-public information concerning an impending stock offering.
Additional Materials

* Litigation Release No. 20810
* SEC Complaint

The Commission’s complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, alleges that in June 2004, Mamma.com Inc. invited Cuban to participate in the stock offering after he agreed to keep the information confidential. The complaint further alleges that Cuban knew that the offering would be conducted at a discount to the prevailing market price and that it would be dilutive to existing shareholders.

Within hours of receiving this information, according to the complaint, Cuban called his broker and instructed him to sell Cuban’s entire position in the company. When the offering was publicly announced, Mamma.com’s stock price opened at $11.89, down $1.215 or 9.3 percent from the prior day’s closing price of $13.105. According to the complaint, Cuban avoided losses in excess of $750,000 by selling his stock prior to the public announcement of the offering.

“Insider trading cases are a high priority for the Commission. This case demonstrates yet again that the Commission will aggressively pursue illegal insider trading whenever it occurs,” said Linda Chatman Thomsen, Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement.

Scott W. Friestad, Deputy Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, said, “As we allege in the complaint, Mamma.com entrusted Mr. Cuban with nonpublic information after he promised to keep the information confidential. Less than four hours later, Mr. Cuban betrayed that trust by placing an order to sell all of his shares. It is fundamentally unfair for someone to use access to nonpublic information to improperly gain an edge on the market.”

The complaint alleges that Cuban violated Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 thereunder. The Commission’s complaint seeks to permanently enjoin Cuban from future violations of the federal securities laws, disgorgement (with prejudgment interest), and a financial penalty.

This complaint leads me to ask some questions especially when I consider the penalty awarded Martha Stewart after her insider trading trial. Will Mark Cuban go to jail? Will he be awarded a fine commensurate with his losses? What does “permanently enjoin” mean and what kind of penalty does it award, if any?

Grassfire.Org

I recently became aware of this group, Grassfire.Org. It is a conservative force which is building a grassroots movement to counter the Obama leftist regime. I wholeheartedly support their efforts because things are already out of control in the Obama cabal. He is filling the White House with former Clintonistas, many of them with the same leftist regime in mind.

The Socialistic policies they espouse are not doing anything positive for this country. We had 50% or more than 600,000 more hungry children in 2007, with that number expected to rise dramatically by year’s end. These hungry children are not being helped by the bailout. Amd they are not likely to be helped by any policies put forth by Obama’s new policies.

I think Grassfire.org is the wave of the future. They have amassed more than 100,000 members to date. I sent out e-mails to all my contacts so they can have a part in taking back our country. Here is the e-mail I received from the movement:

+ + Obama Resistance Update
Grassfire.org

Nancy,

In the 72 hours since you’ve joined Grassfire’s “Resistance”
against Barack Obama and his leftist agenda, fantastic things
are happening!

Already, more than 147,803 freedom-filled citizens have
responded to the call, with thousands more joining the Resistance
every hour-and it couldn’t happen fast enough.

Nancy, we’ve learned that Obama has already set an
extremely aggressive agenda immediately upon taking office that
includes shutting down oil and gas exploration, advancing radical
global warming policies, and further expansion of the federal
government!

++ Personal Action Is Paramount

If we are to succeed at arresting Obama’s radical plans for our
nation, it is imperative that citizens take immediate action in
helping us build a mighty coalition of at least ONE MILLION
grassroots resistors!

Simply stated, I’m calling on you, Nancy to help me reach 100
citizens with our “Resistance” message.

That’s right. I need you to help me rally 100 citizens to our cause
by forwarding this and other critical updates to your friends,
family, co-workers, urging them to take IMMEDIATE ACTION by clicking here:

http://www.grassfire.net/r.asp?u=13299&PID=18811338

Because time is so critical, it’s simply not enough to just forward
a message or two of your friends. Nancy, we are talking about
our nation, the loss of our rights and freedoms, and a radical socialist
agenda that may take generations to recover from…

I need you to take action right now!

I need your to literally talk your friends through the petition
signing process. If you have to, stand over their shoulder until
the process is complete!

Yes, it is that important, and I’m counting on you to take full advantage
of the time remaining until Inauguration Day (Jan. 20) by leading an
additional 100 citizens or more to The Resistance!

Thank you for your commitment to our cause!

Steve Elliott, President
Grassfire.org

P.S: If you would like a more detailed breakdown of Grassfire’s
“Resistance”
strategy, please go here:

http://www.grassfire.net/r.asp?U=13297&CID=111&RID=18811338

Get involved! Stop talking about all the same old things. Take back our country. Remember it is Country First….

Democracy Is Undermined By Media

Wow! Can you believe this? Media has undermined democracy. Their bias was intended to get Obama elected. On top of that Chris “Tweety” Matthews of MSNBC has now promised he will make it his singular job to ensure the Obama presidency is a success. And what does General Electric and MSNBC get for their media bias, a huge chunk of change in the bailout.

Watch the video:

Let me know what you think. Do you think media bias played a part in the death of democracy? Did media bias knock Hillary out in the primaries? Did media bias give us an ill prepared president elect who doesn’t know if there are 50 states or 57 states?

Did journalism die this year?

Is It The NBA or The NFL?

Is It NBA Or NFL?

36
have been accused of spousal abuse

7
have been arrested for fraud

19
have been accused of writing bad checks

117
have directly or indirectly
bankrupted at least 2 businesses

3
have done time for assault

71,
repeat

71 cannot
get a credit card due to bad credit

14
have been arrested on drug-related charges

8
have been arrested for shoplifting

21
currently are defendants in lawsuits, and

84
have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year

Can you guess which organization this is?

congress

Neither, it’s the 435 members of the United States Congress!

The same group of Idiots that crank out
hundreds of new laws each year
designed to keep the rest of us in line.

You gotta pass this one on!

More Violence By Illegal Aliens

I am firmly against sanctuary cities for illegal aliens for the very reason stated above. The violence and deaths at the hands of illegal aliens is over the top. It is time in my opinion to kick these people to the curb. The USA needs to send them home if they aren’t going to send them to jail. I am afraid this won’t happen in an Obama administration. Despite his words about his aunt who is here illegally, he will allow them to stay. And Obama will seek permanent citizenship for them. And this scares me and should scare you.

Here are excerpts from the latest article on the inmates that admit they’re in the U.S. illegally. Even those convicted of violent crimes are often released right back onto Houston’s streets. This is happening in other cities nationwide. From the article:

Federal immigration officials allowed scores of violent criminals — some ordered deported decades ago — to walk away from Harris County Jail despite the inmates’ admission to local authorities that they were in the country illegally, a Houston Chronicle investigation found.

A review of thousands of criminal and immigration records shows that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials didn’t file the paperwork to detain roughly 75 percent of the more than 3,500 inmates who told jailers during the booking process that they were in the U.S. illegally.

Although most of the inmates released from custody were accused of minor crimes, hundreds of convicted felons — including child molesters, rapists and drug dealers — also managed to avoid deportation after serving time in Harris County’s jails, according to the Chronicle review, which was based on documents filed over a period of eight months starting in June 2007, the earliest immigration records available.

This has to stop before anymore American citizens are killed by these illegals. What the hell is wrong with our legislators? Why won’t they enact laws that will send these people back home?

More from the research:

Other key findings in the investigation include:

•In 177 cases reviewed by the Chronicle, inmates who were released from jail after admitting to being in the country illegally later were charged with additional crimes. More than half of those charges were felonies, including aggravated sexual assault of a child and capital murder.

•About 11 percent of the 3,500 inmates in the review had three or more prior convictions in Harris County. Many had repeatedly cycled through the system despite a history of violence and, in some cases, outstanding deportation orders.

The investigation found that the federal government’s system to identify and deport illegal immigrants in Harris County Jail is overwhelmed and understaffed. Gaps in the system have allowed some convicted criminals to avoid detection by immigration officials despite being previously deported. The problems are national in scope, fueled by a shortage of money and manpower.

In reaction to the Chronicle’s findings, U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble, said ICE needs more resources to target immigrants convicted of crimes.

“There’s no question about it,” Poe said. “Criminals from foreign countries who get caught after committing a crime and prosecuted should go to the top of the list of people we deport.”

Absolutely. The criminals need to go back home. They need to be identified by some sorrt of recognition system so they aren’t allowed back in our country for safety sake.

ICE officials estimated that between 300,000 and 450,000 inmates incarcerated in the U.S. are eligible for deportation each year.

Though ICE has improved screening in federal and state prisons in recent years, the agency estimates it screens inmates in only about 10 percent of the nation’s jails.

This spring, ICE officials announced a plan to identify and deport the most serious offenders in the nation’s prisons and jails, estimating it would cost between $930 million and $1 billion and take about 3 1/2 years.

Congress is pressuring ICE to move faster…

… “The highest priority for ICE should be deporting people who have proven their ability and their willingness to do us harm. Immigration is a very, very contentious issue, but this seems to be one thing almost everyone agrees is a priority.”

Yet, the Chronicle’s review found hundreds of missed opportunities to deport convicted criminals, perpetuating a cycle of crime and violence.

•Armando De La Cruz, a Mexican national, told jailers on two occasions in 2007 that he was undocumented. Both times, he was convicted of assaulting his wife and released after serving his jail time. De La Cruz is now back in Harris County Jail, charged with raping a woman at knife point behind a southeast Houston apartment complex in July, and attempting to rape another woman less than a week later. His defense attorney, Ricardo Gonzalez, did not return phone calls.

•Pedro Alvarez, a convicted sex offender from El Salvador who was first deported in 1991, racked up eight convictions in Harris County over a span of two decades and was allowed to walk free from jail multiple times — as recently as the spring of 2007. Immigration officials finally charged him with re-entry after deportation in February. Sandra Zamora Zayas, the attorney who represented Alvarez in federal court in South Texas, did not return phone messages.

“It’s just amazing how long it took them to catch up with him,” the mother of a 5-year-old girl Alvarez sexually assaulted in 1988 said in an interview with the Chronicle, after learning about Alvarez’s extended criminal history.

It isn’t amazing how long it took to catch the criminal above and the list of crimes he was responsible for. There appears to be no way to stop these criminals from re-entering the country, leaving the USA at the mercy of people like Alavarez.

Here are some examples of the crimes committed by illegals. It will disgust you. My hope by shocking you, you will take action and write your federal legislators.

Miguel Mejia Rodriguez, 36, is locked up on the fifth floor of the San Jacinto Jail downtown, accused of raping and sodomizing a second-grader.

It is the fourth time in 12 years that Rodriguez, an unemployed drifter from Zacatecas, Mexico, has landed in Harris County Jail. Over the years, Rodriguez has served time for drug possession, theft, trespassing and indecent exposure. He told jailers he was in the country illegally in December 2006, after a security guard caught him touching himself in an apartment complex parking lot, records show.

Katherine Anne Bridges, deaf and mute, was just 19 in the fall of 2004 when she told Harris County authorities that Jeremias Fuentes, her boyfriend, tried to grab their 6-month-old baby boy from her arms and kicked her in the face. He hid her emergency phone so she couldn’t call for help. Fuentes was sentenced to 20 days in jail.

Nearly three years later, in August 2007, Fuentes was arrested again, suspected of interfering with case workers trying to interview Bridges about abuse allegations. Fuentes, 36, told jailers he was an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, records show. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail. He was released after ICE didn’t file paperwork to detain him.

On the morning of Nov. 26, 2007, a medical examiner puzzled over the writing scrawled on Bridges’ palm. It read in part: “Payback because … help me.”

The evening before, Bridges’ body had been found facedown in the bedroom closet of her southwest Houston apartment complex. She had blood in her brown hair and a dozen stab wounds on her face, neck, chest and back. A knife rested on the baby crib.

… Detectives questioned Fuentes, who admitted he stabbed Bridges, but he said it was self-defense. In December, immigration officials filed the paperwork to detain Fuentes, who declined a request for a jail interview. He is scheduled for trial in February.

The response from the ACLU is laughable at best. Basically they are saying that as long as the illegal immigrant hasn’t committed any crimes, it is okay for them to stay.

“Many people see it as a profound insult when someone who is here without permission commits a heinous crime,” said Rebecca Bernhardt, director of policy development for the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. “To be outraged at the individual who committed that crime is an appropriate response. But to be angry at everybody who is just here trying to work to support their family and comes from the same background as that defendant is a mistake.”

Frankly I don’t care why they are here any longer, I want the illegals gone.

”In a perfect world, I’d like to see our borders secured to where we have someone we find to be here illegally, we turn them over to ICE and have them deported,” Thomas said. ”But that’s not something that’s happening at this day and time.”

It is time our borders are secure. I don’t want to read one more report that another illegal has killed one of us. I find the lack of oversight as heinous a crime as the crimes illegals like Alvarez are committing. It is time we stand up and make our government do their job. Send the illegals home.

Gulf War I Illnesses Linked to Pesticides and Pyridostigmine Bromide (PB) Pills

Veterans of past wars have almost been forgotten. Vietnam Veterans suffered poisoning from Agent Orange but not just from service in Vietnam. Exposure to Agent Orange is linked to service in places like Thailand, Korea and Ft McClellan, AL for at least one Vietnam Era female captain. They are largely forgotten today.

Vietnam veterans are not the only ones who are forgotten since we went to Iraq and Afghanistan, the veterans of the first Gulf War have been forgotten. It is time we stop forgetting our veterans who suffer from chronic illnesses due to their service to our country.

With that in mind I wanted to share my experience with the first Gulf War veterans. In 2001, I was asked to speak to two legislative committees concerning Gulf War illness. I worked directly with the group in Kansas that was responsible for research on Gulf War illness at the request of Dan Thimesch, a former state senator. I spoke about the illnesses Gulf War veterans were experiencing. The Veterans Administration and their doctors thought the illnesses were all in the “heads” of the veterans. As a lay person I knew veterans were sick with real illnesses.

Today a report was released to the Veterans Administration about these illnesses and to no one’s surprise there is a real cause and effect between pesticides and PB pills. Here is more information from the article:

For much of the past 17 years, government officials have maintained that these veterans — more than 175,000 out of about 697,000 deployed — are merely suffering the effects of wartime stress, even as more have come forward recently with severe ailments.

“The extensive body of scientific research now available consistently indicates that ’Gulf War illness’ is real, that it is the result of neurotoxic exposures during Gulf War deployment, and that few veterans have recovered or substantially improved with time,” said the report, being released Monday by a panel of scientists and veterans.

This research proves what I always asserted after discussions with a Kansas epidemiologist, that Gulf War illness was real. It was real to the Gulf War veterans I know even today. Kevin, a real Gulf War veteran, I worked with this year lives in a wheelchair with “fibromyalgia”. His days are spent living on pain medication. It is long past time for the VA to admit they were wrong, the illnesses are real.

More from the story:

Gulf War illness is typically characterized by a combination of memory and concentration problems, persistent headaches, unexplained fatigue and widespread pain. It may also include chronic digestive problems, respiratory symptoms and skin rashes.

Two things the military provided to troops in large quantities to protect them — pesticides and pyridostigmine bromide (PB), aimed at thwarting the effects of nerve gas — are the most likely culprits, the panel found.

Here are more highlights from the story. These highlights are critical of studies and the VA and Department of Defense (DOD):

In a 2004 draft report to Congress, the panel said that many Gulf veterans were suffering from neurological damage caused by exposure to toxic chemicals.

The new report goes further by pinpointing known causes and it criticizes past U.S. studies, which have cost more than $340 million, as “overly simplistic and compartmentalized.”

It recommends that the Department of Veterans Affairs order a re-do of past Gulf War and Health reports, calling them “skewed” because they did not include evaluations of toxic exposure studies in lab animals, as Congress had requested.

The panel examined such tests and noted that recent ones — unethical to carry out on humans – have identified biological effects from Gulf War exposures that were previously unknown.

While it called some new VA and DOD programs promising, it noted that overall federal funding for Gulf War research has dropped sharply in recent years. Those studies that have been funded, it said, “have little or no relevance to the health of Gulf War veterans, and for research on stress and psychiatric illness.”

“Veterans of the 1990-1991 Gulf War had the distinction of serving their country in a military operation that was a tremendous success, achieved in short order. But many had the misfortune of developing lasting health consequences that were poorly understood and, for too long, denied or trivialized,” the committee’s report says.

The report also faults the Pentagon, saying it clearly recognized scientific evidence substantiating Gulf War illness in 2001 but did not acknowledge it publicly.

It is important that we recognize the contribution of these ill veterans. They did have the distinction of completing a military operation with great success, something this country hasn’t been known to do.

More from Rome News-Tribune:

The panel focused its research on comparing the brain and nervous system of healthy adults with those of sick Gulf War vets, as well as analyzing changes to the neuroendocrine and immune systems.

It found that in terms of brain function, exposure to pesticides and the PB pills hurts people’s memory, attention and mood. Some people, it notes, are genetically more susceptible to exposures than others.

About half of Gulf War personnel are believed to have taken PB tablets during deployment, with the greatest use among ground troops and those in forward positions.

Here are some quotes directly from Gulf War I veterans:

“Many of us got sick from the pills,” said retired Staff Sgt. Anthony Hardie, a Wisconsin native who was with a multinational unit that crossed from Saudi Arabia into Kuwait and then Iraq.

Fly strips that smelled toxic hung “everywhere,” especially near food. “The pesticide use was far and away (more) than what you’d see in daily life,” he said.

Several soldiers interviewed said they were ordered to dunk their uniforms in the pesticide DEET and to spray pesticide routinely on exposed skin and in their boots to ward off scorpions. Others wore pet flea collars around their ankles.

Rather scary. Forced medications not even approved by the FDA…once more veterans were used as human guinea pigs. The saddest thing is the scope of illnesses in these veterans.

The federal panel added that it also could not rule out an association between Gulf War illness and the prolonged exposure to oil fires, as well as low-level exposures to nerve agents, injections of many vaccines and combinations of neurotoxic exposures.

Hardie, a panel member, is convinced that he was later exposed to the chemical warfare agent Lewisite in a freshly abandoned Iraqi bunker; he noted its signature strong geranium smell.

He said he and others in his unit who ran miles a day past burning oil wells later hacked up black chunks of mucus and what he says his doctors think were pieces of his lung tissue. He said civilian doctors have diagnosed him with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, dizziness, confusion, acid reflux disease and chronic sinusitis.

He was not among the 100,000 U.S. troops who were potentially exposed to low-levels of Sarin gas, a nerve agent, as a result of large-scale U.S. demolitions of Iraqi munitions near Khamisiyah, Iraq, in 1991.

Troops who were downwind from the demolitions have died from brain cancer at twice the rate of other Gulf War veterans, the report stated.

A panel member, Dr. Roberta White, chair of environmental health at the Boston University School of Public Health, found evidence last year linking low-level exposure to nerve gas among in Persian Gulf troops with lasting brain deficits.

The extent of the deficits – less brain “white matter” and reduced cognitive function — corresponded to the extent of the exposure.

In addition, the panel said, Gulf War veterans have significantly higher rates of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) than other veterans.

I still believe the VA and DOD have absolutely no defense. It is time that they believe what the veterans are telling them. According to Title 38 which is the bible on disabilities and decisions says the “benefit is given to the veteran”, nothing is farther from the truth.

The fact that veterans repeatedly still find that their complaints are met with cynicism, she said, “upsets me as a scientist, as someone who cares about veterans.”

Hardie said the Gulf War veterans have felt profound frustration that the health community as a whole has only been treating affected veterans’ symptoms.

“If you have MS – ’here’s some Motrin.’ How long can you take nasal steroids without getting at root cause — the brain damage?” he said. “The sad thing is scientists are saying in more precise terms what veterans were saying all along: We are sick, sickened by Gulf War service, and we need health care to help us.”

Hardie is correct. The VA meets the complaints of the Gulf War 1 veterans with cynicism and disdain. I know this for a fact because I assisted Kevin mentioned in this blog with service at the Bob Dole Medical Center in Wichita, KS.

Some questions remain, why did it take 17 years to finally compile the 450 page report and release? How is it going to help veterans? Will the VA ever give veterans the “benefit of the doubt”?

Republican Governor’s Association (RGA) Thumbs Nose At Palin

We may finally have an idea where the GOP smears came from. Maybe it was right from the RGA themselves. Palin is selected to run as VP on the McCain ticket but these Republican governors thumb their nose at her. As VP pick she should have her choice of leadership positions. Her approval ratings as governor are way up there despite losing the election.

What are these governors thinking? What is motivating them? Jealousy, Greed, Politics, Envy…. What is their problem? Maybe she doesn’t talk like them, so they don’t like her. Whatever their reason for doing this, I think the Republicans have lost their collective minds.

From Think Progessive:

In the wake of the Republican Governors Association (RGA) convention this week in Miami, many GOP governors were reluctant to embrace Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) as the party’s leader or presidential candidate for 2012. Today, the RGA made that sentiment official, by not voting her in to any of the organization’s leadership positions:

The Republican Governors Association announced its new leadership lineup today after their annual meeting concluded Thursday in Miami.

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford was voted RGA chairman, taking over the top job from Texas Gov. Rick Perry who will now serve as finance chairman. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is vice-chairman, while Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will serve as chair for the annual RGA gala, and Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue will head up the recruitment effort.

Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle, Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will also sit on the RGA’s executive committee. […]

Not on the list? Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who also attended the Miami meeting.

I think the Republican Governors Association is trying to do some sort of character assassination on Palin. The Gop is attempting to diminish her star appeal, the same way the Democratic Party tried to destroy Hillary. Envy, baby, Envy that is what these governors are suffering from.

Oh! And by the way governors, Sarah Palin is not going away but many of you are!

Good News For The RNC, Steele To Run For Chair

For many months now I have listened to Michael Steele as contributor on Fox News and have come to like him. He has new ideas and will bring a strong voice to the GOP. The current chair needs to be ousted after two dismal election cycles under his belt. If you haven’t caught him on Fox News, you really need to. He announced his candidacy on The Hannity and Colmes Show last evening.

More from the story:

Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele has decided to run for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee, a move sure to shake up the evolving race for control of a party demoralized by broad losses at the ballot box earlier this month.

Steele confirmed his candidacy in an interview today with The Fix and announced it formally during an interview on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity & Colmes” show this evening.

“After two devastating election cycles, the party has reached a crossroads,” said Steele comparing the Republican party to someone who has “hunkered down” in a corner with no idea what to do next. “I think I may have some keys to open the door, some juice to turn on the lights,” Steele explained.

I have listened to him and watched him enough to know he will be a strong opponent for anyone else interested in running for chair. He will be a fresh voice with new ideas, but with a strong conservative message.

Read on:

Steele seems virtually certain to be one of the frontrunners for the post no matter who else joins the race given his resume and his profile. Following a stint as chairman of the Maryland Republican Party, Steele was elected lieutenant governor of Maryland in 2002. In 2006, he embarked on a Senate bid for the seat vacated by Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D). Despite massive spending on his behalf by the national party, Steele came up short to now Sen. Ben Cardin.

Since that loss, Steele has remained in the party mix as chairman of GOPAC, a national conservative organization designed to elect Republicans at the state and local level. He is also a frequent television presence as a contributor on Fox News Channel and the author of the now famous (infamous?) “Drill Baby Drill” line at the Republican National Convention.

Steele is also African American, a potentially powerful distinction in a party struggling for leaders that break out of the “old white guy” mold and badly in need of ways to broaden their coalition in future national elections.

For his part, Steele rejected the idea that the color of his skin had anything to do with his chances at becoming RNC chair. “I am a Republican who happens to be African American,” he said.

Steele added that over the past few days he has been reaching out via phone to as many of the committee members as possible to make sure they know how important they are in this process. The people he has spoken with are “appreciative” of his candidacy, Steele said; “Even for those who have already committed to someone else they have been very enthusiastic,” he noted.

In the interview Steele also made clear that in the current debate over whether the party should move to the middle or reaffirm its conservatives roots he falls clearly in the latter category.

“The core values of our party should not change,” Steele said. “We are the conservative voice in America.

On November 29th OPEC meets again, most likely to cut production which will cause the price of gas to increase once more. The Republicans have a strong friend in Michael Steele…he is the one who coined the phrase, “Drill, Baby, Drill….

Old Grumpy Guy Does It Again

Here is a new video by Old Grumpy Guy, “The most terrible danger of a personality cult” and it is quite good. It also addresses many fear I have heard voiced in the last week or so.

Watch:

Let me know what you think. And let me know your fears. Good place to air them. No judgment here!

Jobless Claims Surge While Budget Hits Record Deficit

Just what we needed to hear that jobless claims increased, while trade deficits declined and budeget hits record deficit in October. Jobless claims increased 32,000 last week to a total of 516,000, the highest in 7 years. These numbers are much worse than originally projected. Ya’ think.

Get this though even imports are declining, showing that foreign countries are feeling the pinch too:

Meanwhile, the Commerce Department said the trade deficit declined by a bigger-than-expected amount in September, falling by 4.4 percent to $56.5 billion as imports experienced a record plunge.

The import decline was led by a huge fall in imported oil as the average price for crude dropped by a record $12.41 per barrel and the volume of shipments fell to the lowest level in five years. But demand for other types of imports also fell, with imported cars and car parts dropping to the lowest level in more than five years, an indication that foreign automakers are feeling the pinch hitting U.S. consumers.

And now the leading economists and even the federal government are saying the “R” word. OMG! They are repeating now over and over again, “we are in a recession”. Of course no one is really doing anything about the job losses. Even Obama say I will make the economy the No. 1 priority. Don’t hold him to that though because closing Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo to us old Navy types) is now a priority!

On top of these disturbing numbers, the country now faces the a huge October budget deficit, to the tune of a record $237.2B. The worst thing about this number, the government is just beginning its new fiscal year.

Here are some other excerpts from the article:

The federal government began the new budget year with a record deficit of $237.2 billion, reflecting the billions of dollars the government has started to pay out to rescue the financial system.

The Treasury Department said Thursday that the deficit for the first month in the new budget year was the highest monthly imbalance on record. It was far bigger than analysts expected, over four times larger than the October 2007 deficit of $56.8 billion, and more than half the total for all of last year.

The big surge reflected the government spending $115 billion to buy stock in the nation’s largest banks. Those were the first payments made from the $700 billion government rescue program passed by Congress to deal with the most severe financial crisis to hit the country since the 1930s.

… For the 2007 budget year, which ended on Sept. 30, the deficit totaled a record $454.8 billion, reflecting the impact of the weak economy on revenues and a $168 billion stimulus program which sent stimulus payments to millions of Americans during the spring and early summer.

The Bush administration in July estimated that the deficit for the current budget year could hit $482 billion, but that projection was made before the administration got Congress to pass a $700 billion rescue program on Oct. 3.

And of course Obama said it is my first priority. Don’t hold him to that though because he has been more concerned about a hypoallergenic dog for his daughters.

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, A True Leader

It is rather sad that the only Senator showing real leadership in this time of economic despair is once again Senator Hillary Clinton. And it gives me pause to think about what could have been. As I read this release once more I felt that hole that exists in my own life because she is not our president. Please read her statement. She is as ever for the people.

This was a statement and release from the office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton:

Senator Clinton Calls for New Stimulus to Boost Economy and Help Those Hardest Hit by Recession, Calls for Investments in Infrastructure, Green Jobs, Mortgage Relief, Aid to Cities and States, and Extending Unemployment Insurance.

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today called for a comprehensive new stimulus package to jump start the ailing economy. In a letter to President Bush and Senate leaders, Senator Clinton outlined a series of measures that would protect those Americans hit hardest by the recession and put the nation on the road to recovery.

The text of her letter to the President follows:

November 11, 2008

The Honorable George W. Bush
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

Our economy has lost more than one million jobs this year alone. The scope and scale of the economic challenges facing the American people are vast. Businesses, large and small, are struggling to secure financing to survive. Families cannot find affordable mortgages and consumer loans. The housing crisis, which has already wiped out hundreds of billions of dollars in home equity and even more in investment losses, grows deeper every day, with another wave of foreclosures looming.

The State of New York is the epicenter of this crisis. New York projects that more than 160,000 New Yorkers will lose their jobs as a result of the economic downturn. A recent analysis estimates that New York City will lose almost 30,000 construction jobs by 2010, in addition to the tens of thousands of jobs already lost to turmoil on Wall Street.

We are in a recession which demands decisive action. I believe that in order to stimulate this economy, we need to get people working, earning, and building – not just spending. We have borrowed hundreds of billions that have gone to banks and financial institutions and borrowed tens of billions more to energize the economy, yet the economic downturn has continued and the financial turmoil has worsened. What is clear is that any action we take – especially as we borrow more money to do so – must pay off in the near and long term. That is what America does best: we can address this crisis while preparing for our future.

However, we do have immediate needs that cannot wait between now and when the next Congress and the next President takes office. And although your Administration has voiced skepticism about the need for a stimulus bill, I believe that the current conditions call for a coordinated response now.

The most recent jobs report, indicating another 240,000 jobs lost last month and the worst unemployment rate in 14 years, shows that steps need to be taken to shore up the safety net as millions of Americans continue the search for work. Expanding Unemployment Insurance and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would not only provide relief to those hit hardest by our economic downturn, it would also spur economic activity as this money is immediately spent. New York alone has hundreds of thousands of people who will face the unemployment line and the loss of their food assistance during this economic downturn.

In the midst of one of the greatest fiscal crises to hit our states, an increase in the Medicaid FMAP rate would help prevent further and deeper cuts to health care and other essential services like education, child care and public safety. Rising demand for health insurance coverage through Medicaid due to increasing job loss is straining state budgets, and the federal government should act to help ease this growing burden on our states.

It is also increasingly clear that we need to take steps now that not only mitigate the fallout, but also begin putting the nation on the path towards recovery. That is why I believe the stimulus we pursue should focus on rebuilding our infrastructure and building a new, clean energy economy. Stimulus should focus on putting people back to work by investing in infrastructure and green jobs. That is how we can restore our prosperity today and ensure it in the future.

So I am proposing, among other steps, that we speed investments in infrastructure, including $410 million in New York roads, bridges, and transit systems, as well as training for new jobs in the clean energy economy, or “green collar jobs.” A federal investment in our infrastructure serves the dual purpose of modernizing our country’s deteriorating roads, bridges, and transit systems while stimulating the economy. Investing in these projects will create tens of thousands of good paying jobs. More than 40 highway, transit and rail projects are “shovel-ready” in New York alone.

I am also proposing an investment in training programs to prepare a new green workforce for the clean energy jobs of the future. I believe we can create at least five million green collar jobs – and we can speed the creation of those jobs while also training displaced workers to fill them in the very short term.

The next wave of foreclosures looms, and we should address it immediately. It is critical that we modify unworkable mortgages into clear and stable terms if we are to prevent the bottom of the housing market from falling even further. I have proposed HOME, the Home Owners Mortgage Enterprise, based on the successful program enacted during the New Deal which not only saved one million homes but also turned a profit for the Treasury. We should continue focusing on initiatives large and bold enough to meet the scale of the challenges presented by the faltering housing market.

The road to recovery will be difficult. But it is imperative that we take these urgent and important steps to kick-start the economy and hasten a return to prosperity that is shared and strengthens the middle class. I ask that you work with congressional leaders in developing a comprehensive stimulus package that the Congress can pass next week to reach your desk immediately thereafter.

Sincerely,

Hillary Rodham Clinton

cc: Majority Leader Harry Reid
Senator Robert C. Byrd
Senator Daniel Inouye

I have been angry with Senator Clinton for campaigning for Barack Obama. But I am finally past it now that I have had a week to get over it. What is done is done. But before I start any Hillary bashing, I realize Hillary has been fighting for the Democratic Party for over 35 years. Hillary did tell us that she would go out and fight for the Democratic nominee. She kept her word and for that we do owe her some respect. She is a woman of her words.

Unfortunately Hillary had to help the nominee for anything less would have been political suicide, ending her career before she was done with her work for this country.

I will not second guess her. I am certain Hillary is out there doing her job still, but with little power in the Senate. We can thank Pelosi, Reid, Obama and the rest of the cabal for that. They tried to throw Hillary “under the bus” but she wouldn’t have any part of the bus crowd.

Maybe she will survive to fight another day. Maybe she won’t. I stop to ponder the thought “maybe she won’t” because I am not sure Pelosi and Reid will allow her to do another term in Congress. The Dean cabal above all wanted to cut Hillary off at the knees.

For now Hillary is fighting. Her letter tells us she is. She is asking that immediate action be taken, not two months from now when Obama takes office. Obama on the other hand can’t decide if the economy is priority or shutting down Gitmo is priority. And his bailout gurus are the worst of the worst because they are all connected to companies or banks that have been seized by the government or given large handouts with no oversight.

People are hurting. We are experiencing the hurt right here in The Sunflower State, Kansas. Hawker Beechcraft just announced a layoff of 500 people right before the holidays. And Cessna may be heading in that direction too. I don’t care who gets the credit, let’s get the job done. Helping the citizens of the US is not about glory, it is not about the “gold star” stuck to the top of your paper, it is about kindness and compassion, not politics. Hillary gets this.

Thanks so much Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Dean, Senator Reid, Senators Byrd, Kerry, Kennedy, McCaskill, Rockefeller, Governor Sebelius, Governor Judas Richardson and the rest of the cabal for throwing this good lady under the bus and instead, leaving us with The One with the Dopey Hopey Changey message who seems to think it’s more important he choose a hypoallergenic puppy for his daughters right now.

No guts no glory!

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