Selected News For The Week Apr 30 – May 6

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Elder Obama, Bigamist Non-PhD (Part Two)

And there’s more. From, of all places, the Boston Globe:

Elder Obama denied Harvard PhD

Documents reveal university’s role in president’s father’s life

By Sally Jacobs
Globe Staff / April 29, 2011

Throughout a tumultuous career as an economist in Nairobi in the 1960s, Barack Hussein Obama, President Obama’s father, claimed to have earned a PhD from Harvard University. But according to federal immigration records, Obama was forced to leave the school by administrators alarmed at his freewheeling personal life and financial difficulties.

And by "freewheeling personal life" Ms. Jacobs means he was a bigamist and notorious philanderer.

In a May 1964 memo contained in the elder Obama’s Immigration and Naturalization Service file, an immigration inspector noted that Obama had passed his exams and was entitled to stay and complete the requirements for a PhD in economics.



Obama’s Father Was A Bigamist, Non-PhD

From the Arizona Independent:

Dad’s Immigration File Offers More Evidence Of Obama’s Birthplace

By Heather Smathers – Independent Staff Writer
April 27, 2011

– Documents obtained from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service through a Freedom of Information Act request offer evidence that President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii.

A memo dated Aug. 31, 1961 from William Wood of Immigration and Naturalization Services indicates that Barack Obama, Sr., was attending the University of Hawaii on a student visa and that a son, Barack Obama, II, was born in Honolulu on Aug, 4, 1961.

The memo refers to Obama Sr.’s plans to attend the University of Hawaii for one more year to obtain his bachelor’s degree in economics, and that his spouse, a United States citizen, plans to work at the university.



Obama Posts ‘Long Form’ Birth Certificate

From the White House:

President Obama’s Long Form Birth Certificate

Posted by Dan Pfeiffer on April 27, 2011

In 2008, in response to media inquiries, the President’s campaign requested his birth certificate from the state of Hawaii. The state sent the campaign the President’s birth certificate, the same legal documentation provided to all Hawaiians as proof of birth in state, and the campaign immediately posted it on the internet. That birth certificate can be seen here (PDF).

When any citizen born in Hawaii requests their birth certificate, they receive exactly what the President received. In fact, the document posted on the campaign website is what Hawaiians use to get a driver’s license from the state and the document recognized by the Federal Government and the courts for all legal purposes.



Poll: Most Not Sure Trump Was Born In US

From USA Today:

Poll: What kind of president would Donald Trump make?

By Susan Page, USA TODAY
April 26, 2011

WASHINGTON — Republicans may be ready for a fling with Donald Trump, but a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows they have reservations about installing him in the White House.

The real estate developer and reality TV star, who scores at the top in polls of the GOP field these days, falls to fourth when Republicans are asked to rate who among the contenders would be a “good” or “great” president in office.

Fifty percent of Americans, including 31% of Republicans, say Trump would make a “poor” or “terrible” president.

His possible bid faces broad resistance: 63% of Americans, including 46% of Republicans, say they definitely will not vote for Trump for president.



A 3 Inch Lizard Could Shut Down Texas Oil

From the Texas Midland Reporter-Telegram:

Could a three-inch lizard collapse the West Texas oil industry?

Mella McEwen, Midland Reporter-Telegram
Saturday, April 23, 2011

A three-inch lizard that thrives in desert conditions could shut down oil and gas operations in portions of Southeast New Mexico and in West Texas, including the state’s top two oil producing counties.

Called the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard, it is being considered for inclusion on the federal Endangered Species listing by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A public rally to oppose this move is being sponsored by the Permian Basin Petroleum Association on Tuesday, April 26 at Midland Center beginning at 5 p.m. Congressman Mike Conaway will speak, as will Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson; other public officials have been invited.

"We are very concerned about the Fish and Wildlife Service listing," said Ben Shepperd, president of the PBPA, noting the service also has proposed listing the Lesser Prairie Chicken next year.



Obama Wants Increased Foreign Oil Output

From a logic-free Reuters:

Obama urges oil producers to increase output

By Alister Bull And David Alexander Tue Apr 26, 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged world oil producers to lift crude output, as he sought to deflect public anger over high gasoline prices that has hurt his popularity among voters.

U.S. motor fuel prices have become a heated political issue after pushing toward $4 a gallon. Gasoline futures hit 33-month highs on Tuesday.

You see, it’s not a real life problem. Something that is going to cause the cost of everything to skyrocket. It’s just a "political issue." Something the Republicans are just trying to use against our beloved leader.

The rising prices at the pump are fueling voter discontent with Obama’s leadership, opinion polls show, and could harm his re-election chances in 2012.



Oil Prices Cause US Airlines $1B In Losses

From a remarkably unconcerned Associated Press:

Biggest US airlines have combined 1Q loss over $1B

By Joshua Freed And David Koenig, AP Airlines Writers [sic] Tue Apr 26, 2011

With fresh red ink at Delta and US Airways, the five biggest U.S. airlines showed a combined loss of more than $1 billion for the first quarter. Soaring jet fuel prices are the big culprit.

The total loss was only about $100 million larger than a year ago, even though jet fuel spending jumped by 28 percent, nearly $1.9 billion. Airlines were able to narrow the difference in fuel spending with a 12 percent increase in revenue.

Translation: everything is okay because the airlines were able to pass on the increased cost of fuel by jacking up their ticket prices by 12 percent.



US Divided Over Ryan/Obama Deficit Plans

From Gallup:

Americans Divided Over Ryan vs. Obama Deficit Plans

Favor congressional Republicans over Democrats on federal budget, generally

by Lydia Saad
April 27, 2011

PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. adults are evenly split in their reactions to the major deficit-reduction plans being debated in Washington. Forty-four percent prefer the Democratic plan proposed by President Barack Obama, while 43% say Republican Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan is better.

Which is pretty amazing, given that Mr. Obama and the Democrats really have not proposed a plan. At least nothing beyond the most contradictory generalities.

Ryan’s plan includes a complete restructuring of Medicare for people younger than 55. Pluralities of middle-aged Americans as well as those 65 and older prefer Ryan’s plan to Obama’s, while adults 18 to 29 show more support for Obama’s, 53% to 30%.



Politico: Ryan Plan Puts Senior Vote In Play

From an ever so subtle Politico:

Ryan plan puts elderly vote in play

By: Glenn Thrush and Abby Phillip
April 27, 2011

Democrats still smarting from their 2010 mid-term defeat see Republican Rep. Paul Ryan’s controversial plan to overhaul Medicare as political aspirin, a cure for just about everything that ails them.

But for Barack Obama it’s more like Geritol — a targeted treatment for his chronic aches and pains with older voters…

What ageism!

Over-65 voters have given Obama the lowest marks of any age cohort in every weekly Gallup presidential approval survey taken since Obama took office. Last week, only 36 percent of seniors approved of his performance, seven points less than Obama’s overall approval rating and 12 points lower than his positive rating among 18-to-24 year-olds.



Lefty Talk Show Host Arrested At Town Hall

From the CBS affiliate in Miami, WFOR-TV:

Radio Talk Show Host Arrested At GOP Town Hall Meeting

April 26, 2011

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – Former radio talk show host Nicole Sandler was arrested Tuesday night after a raucous South Florida GOP town hall meeting.

The meeting, held that the Calvary Chapel on West Crypress [sic] Creek Road, got off to a rocky start when a handful of protestors heckled speaker U.S. Rep. Allen West over Medicare and his requirement that questions had to submitted in writing before he would answer them.

Soon after police escorted them out Sandler, an outspoken liberal who hosted a talk show for several years on the now defunct Air America Network, peppered West with questions as he tried to explain the Republican position on Medicare.  When she refused to stop to talking Fort Lauderdale Police spokesperson Travis Mandell said she was taken away in handcuffs for being disruptive.



Here Comes Quantitative Easing – Part 3?

From a trusting Agence France-Presse:

Fed approaches crossroads as growth slows

By Andrew Beatty
April 26, 2011

The Federal Reserve’s top policy panel will on Tuesday begin a two-day meeting in Washington, where it will weigh whether the recovery can make do with less central bank stimulus.

The seven men and three women who vote on the Fed’s rate-setting panel will decide whether or not to extend a $600 billion stimulus plan that is scheduled to end in June.

Until recently the choice had appeared straightforward. Growth was picking up nicely and the recovery was, in the Fed’s own words, "on a firmer footing."

But amid higher oil prices and government spending cuts, the economy now appears to be slowing.

The Federal Open Market Committee itself is expected to lower its growth forecasts during the meeting.



MO College Teaches Violent Union Tactics

From Breitbart’s Big Government site:

Union Official, Professor Teach How-to College Course in Violent Union Tactics

by Publius
April 25, 2011

… Recently, the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) sponsored two college courses: Introduction to Labor Studies and Labor Politics and Society, to be taught simultaneously through a video conference between to two campuses.

The Professors are Judy Ancel, Director of Labor Studies at UMKC and  Don Giljum, business manager for the International Union of Operating Engineers at Ameren UE in St. Louis. (Bonus: he is a member of the Communist Party.)

In the class, the Professors not only advocate the occasional need for violence and industrial sabotage, they outline specific tactics that can be used. As one of our colleagues pointed out, its the matter-of-factness of it all that is so disturbing.



Bell, CA Had $4.5M ‘Secret’ Pension Fund

From the (local) budget hawks at the Los Angeles Times:

Bell seeks $4.5 million in former officials’ pensions to ease city’s budget problems

Grand jury transcripts reveal funds that were placed in secret plan for former Bell City Administrator Robert Rizzo and chief deputy, Angela Spaccia.

By Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times
April 26, 2011

A special pension fund set up by former Bell City Administrator Robert Rizzo and his top aide to boost the already generous compensation paid to city employees contains $4.5 million, according to grand jury transcripts obtained by The Times, providing a potential lifeline to a city on the brink of insolvency.

According to grand jury testimony, Rizzo established two pension plans designed to provide retirement income — above the level he and other employees would receive from the state pension system.



Government Dependence Hits Record High

From USA Today:

Americans depend more on federal aid than ever

By Dennis Cauchon, USA TODAY
April 26, 2011

Americans depended more on government assistance in 2010 than at any other time in the nation’s history, a USA TODAY analysis of federal data finds. The trend shows few signs of easing, even though the economic recovery is nearly 2 years old.

A record 18.3% of the nation’s total personal income was a payment from the government for Social Security, Medicare, food stamps, unemployment benefits and other programs in 2010. Wages accounted for the lowest share of income — 51.0% — since the government began keeping track in 1929

From 1980 to 2000, government aid was roughly constant at 12.5%. The sharp increase since then — especially since the start of 2008 — reflects several changes: the expansion of health care and federal programs generally, the aging population and lingering economic problems.


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