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Selected News For The Week Oct 15 – Oct 21

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This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, October 15th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “Selected News For The Week Oct 15 – Oct 21”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    900 Days Since Senate Democrats Offered Budget Plan Is National Disgrace
    By Jeff Sessions & Paul Ryan
    October 14, 2011
    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/280136/900-days-senate-democrats-offered-budget-plan-national-disgrace-jeff-sessions

    Next time you hear Reid or Pelosi complain about Republicans in any way, remember they ignored the constitutional duties for 900 days.

    1. If you don’t have jail, fines, firings, or other punishments for public officials, there is no law or personal right they need to respect. EX: Gov. Rick Scott of Florida passed a law that city and county officials who adopt stricter gun or ammunition laws than the state can be fined $5000 and removed from office. Before, they would enact a new ordinance, let it wind it’s way through the courts for 3-4 years, be over turned, but then just enact a new one. Now they can’t.

    2. This just goes to show we desperately need Term Limits to automatically get rid of people the voters are too stupid to vote out. And a Balanced Budget Amendment to force these people to live within their means, and govern our finances correctly.

    These 3 things would greatly reduce tyranny, and add accountability to our humble public servants.

  2. Laree says:

    I have been reading more about the Solyndra loan.

    From NRO

    “On top of everything, the White House has released its list of major campaign bundlers for the third quarter of the year.

    One name in particular warrants a mention.

    Steve Spinner, who served as a Obama fundraiser in 2008, was also an adviser for the Department of Energy loans program responsible for the Solyndra debacle. As it turns out, he was also married to a partner at the law firm representing Solyndra during its loan application.

    But despite signing an ethics agreement in which he pledged not to involve himself in any negotiations regarding the Solyndra loan, a series of e-mails reveal that Spinner was rather intimately involved in the negotiations and was advocating on behalf of the company.”

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/280224/cronyism-you-cant-script-andrew-stiles

  3. Laree says:

    Rick Perry, Hint’s Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid. Rick Perry dons the Christian Conservative mantel. Onward Christian Solider.

    http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/2011/10/governor-rick-perry-onward-christian.html

  4. Melly says:

    Occupy L.A. flea bagger: Run the Jews Out of This Country

    Here’s an OWS flea bagger in Los Angeles. She identifies herself as Patricia McAllister an employee of LA Unified School District.

    “I think that the Zionist Jews, who are running these big banks and our Federal Reserve, which is not run by the federal government… they need to be run out of this country,” she said.

    http://youtu.be/IMjm4LxFa1c

    You heard her right. No, she didn’t say “designer shoes.”

  5. Mithrandir says:

    U.S. Troops Hit the Ground in Uganda
    By FoxNews: http://video.foxnews.com/v/1218963633001/us-troops-hit-ground-in-uganda
    Oct 15, 2011

    Honestly, this is barely a low-grade fever of a conflict. Uganda L.R.A. = 24 years with 12,000 fatalities = 500/year. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ongoing_military_conflicts
    Look at the C.I.A. website for Disputes-International: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2070.html
    How about floods and earthquakes? Aren’t they important as well? Relief-International: http://reliefweb.int/

    Several thoughts:
    1. How can you possibly pick and choose one conflict over another? Isn’t the Mexican drug cartels on our very own border, smuggling people / drugs / firearms a greater priority? Why not get involved with every single African ethnic / border / religious dispute? -every skirmish –every disease –every disaster –every war?

    2. When is the U.S. going to catch-on that the world feigns incompetence just so the U.S. will do their dirty-work for them, spend their own money and soldiers lives, eliminate their political rivals, only to have the same problem crop up again in a few years, or even a new crisis?

    3. If it was George Bush doing this, the liberals would be screaming it was all about oil: http://www.economist.com/node/15825780

    4. Where is the U.N. to put out this fire? Why do countries ALWAYS bypass the U.N., and come begging straight to us? It’s almost as if the U.N. is worthless or something. (and again, the richest 9 nations pay about 75% of the total budget)

    5. Is it true that Republicans can’t keep their nose out of the Mid-East, and Democrats can’t keep their nose out of Africa?

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “It’s almost as if the U.N. is worthless or something.”

      Like there’s ever been a question?

      Mith, we’re dealing with a now-desperate administration. They cannot admit they don’t have the tools to recognize legitimate pools of potential value to the US nor can they implement the military effectively. This is because they do not understand, nor can they accept the military. They are certifiably ignorant about all things military.

      As to the desperation: This clown posse is now seeing that everything they’ve touched has turned to crap. This may be by design, but regardless, they keep finding new things to booger up along the way, perhaps hoping it will turn out and make them somehow look good.

      One would think the offing of terrorist leaders with drone attacks would have accomplished that…but not even a dead-cat-bounce in the polls. Gee, is it possible that the people are now aware that this contradictory, lying, conniving, scheming administration is the democrat version of the Nixon administration, only 1000 times worse?

      They are desperate. They want something to happen or make something happen that will make Captain Zero look good in his pink tights again. So, let’s go into Uganda. This is like a guy who’s too drunk at the blackjack table getting dealt 18 and hitting it. Sure, it’s a crap deal….and, in this case, one of their own making…but now they want to see just how bad they can make it, it would appear.

      They are arrogant, obnoxious louts who’s only goal, from the beginning was to keep Captain Zero in office. They cannot believe that the people of the US are disagreeing with everything they’re doing. They can’t get the UE numbers to down-tick, they can’t seem to find anything good to have Bambie do and every time he opens his mouth, it gets worse. Their self-annointed “one we’ve been waiting for” is all a load of crap. The real joke is that they bought into it themselves. It’s like a pimp who likes sampling his “product” and not realizing the diseases he’ll catch. But that’s where I just laugh and walk away.

    • sticks says:

      So they are advisors with a “limited mission”, hmm, seems like we’ve been down this road and it never works out too well. There’s nothing like putting our troops in danger and then tying their hands. As for the bloody brutality of these people it happens all the time in this world and always has. It happened constantly in Viet Nam (anybody ever heard of Hue? Not the media apparently), yet when Nixon was president the Democrates couldn’t get us out of there fast enough. We never hear the whole story and I trust these Democrates about as much as I would Joseph Goebblels (not to mention their media lap dogs)

    • Mithrandir says:

      You know, when I look up leadership quotes online, almost NONE of them reflect Obama. http://www.legacee.com/Info/Leadership/Quotes.html

      It’s both frustrating and sad, he got to sit in the captain’s chair, and just doesn’t seem to have any idea what he’s doing. Just think of how advanced the U.S. could be if it did a few things:

      1. Removed regulations, and promoted business and inventions.
      2. The feds were referees and judges of our Constitutional Rights, instead of abusers of them.
      3. Were fiscally responsible.
      4. Avoided wars.
      5. Had controls and punishments for our public servants run amok.
      6. Capped lawsuit pay-outs.

      ~just wishful thinking I guess……

  6. Curiosity says:

    BBC and AP would like us to think of the children. That is, ways to prevent having more, or ways to give the state more power in their lives.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15193530

    BBC opines that the source of the problem is lack of government:
    “Part of the answer is that teen pregnancy, high-school dropout, violent crime, imprisonment, and poverty – factors associated with abuse and neglect – are generally much higher in the US.” They quote an ‘expert’ beating the same drum: “The sharp differences between the states raises the question of an expanded federal role”

    The BBC article goes on to expound the virtues of government involvement. It uses Texas as its main negative example while extolling the taxes and Big Brotherly presence of Vermont. But the article doesn’t make any speculation on the impact of anything else, such as illegal immigration. The image gallery half of the article notes that in 2001 UNICEF placed the US equal to Mexico. It would be interesting to see the proportion of these deaths that occur in illegal immigrant homes.

    Globally, AP wants to push for more abortion and wealth re-distribution: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/S/SEVEN_BILLION_PEOPLE?SITE=OKPON&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT


    The executive director of the U.N. Population Fund, former Nigerian health minister Babatunde Osotimehin, describes the 7 billion milestone as a call to action – especially in the realm of enabling adolescent girls to stay in school and empowering women to control the number of children they have.

    “It’s an opportunity to bring the issues of population, women’s rights and family planning back to center stage,” he said in an interview. “There are 215 million women worldwide who need family planning and don’t get it. If we can change that, and these women can take charge of their lives, we’ll have a better world.”

    Only a few positive statements are made about children, and usually then only to motivate more invasive government: “More than half of India’s population is under 25, and some policy planners say this so-called “youth dividend” could fuel a productive surge over the next few decades. But population experts caution that the dividend could prove to be a liability without vast social investments.”

  7. Curiosity says:

    An introductory article on Herman Cain from the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15294177

    “He’s a man with no electoral experience and a CV which includes Baptist minister, mathematician, a director of the Federal Reserve Bank and radio talk show host.”

    It’s nice to see someone that isn’t a career politician running, and one with an education in mathematical and technical fields, to boot.

    The last third of the article goes into as many reasons as the BBC can muster as to how they expect to help Cain lose.

    Reuters has a similar piece, a bit more positive:
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/17/us-usa-campaign-cain-idUSTRE79E1V220111017

  8. Melly says:

    Polling the Occupy Wall Street Crowd
    In interviews, protesters show that they are leftists out of step with most American voters. Yet Democrats are embracing them anyway.
    By DOUGLAS SCHOEN
    10/18/11

    President Obama and the Democratic leadership are making a critical error in embracing the Occupy Wall Street movement—and it may cost them the 2012 election.

    Last week, senior White House adviser David Plouffe said that “the protests you’re seeing are the same conversations people are having in living rooms and kitchens all across America. . . . People are frustrated by an economy that does not reward hard work and responsibility, where Wall Street and Main Street don’t seem to play by the same set of rules.” Nancy Pelosi and others have echoed the message.

    Yet the Occupy Wall Street movement reflects values that are dangerously out of touch with the broad mass of the American people—and particularly with swing voters who are largely independent and have been trending away from the president since the debate over health-care reform.

    The protesters have a distinct ideology and are bound by a deep commitment to radical left-wing policies. On Oct. 10 and 11, Arielle Alter Confino, a senior researcher at my polling firm, interviewed nearly 200 protesters in New York’s Zuccotti Park. Our findings probably represent the first systematic random sample of Occupy Wall Street opinion.

    Our research shows clearly that the movement doesn’t represent unemployed America and is not ideologically diverse. Rather, it comprises an unrepresentative segment of the electorate that believes in radical redistribution of wealth, civil disobedience and, in some instances, violence. Half (52%) have participated in a political movement before, virtually all (98%) say they would support civil disobedience to achieve their goals, and nearly one-third (31%) would support violence to advance their agenda.

    The vast majority of demonstrators are actually employed, and the proportion of protesters unemployed (15%) is within single digits of the national unemployment rate (9.1%).

    An overwhelming majority of demonstrators supported Barack Obama in 2008. Now 51% disapprove of the president while 44% approve, and only 48% say they will vote to re-elect him in 2012, while at least a quarter won’t vote.

    Fewer than one in three (32%) call themselves Democrats, while roughly the same proportion (33%) say they aren’t represented by any political party.

    What binds a large majority of the protesters together—regardless of age, socioeconomic status or education—is a deep commitment to left-wing policies: opposition to free-market capitalism and support for radical redistribution of wealth, intense regulation of the private sector, and protectionist policies to keep American jobs from going overseas.

    Sixty-five percent say that government has a moral responsibility to guarantee all citizens access to affordable health care, a college education, and a secure retirement—no matter the cost. By a large margin (77%-22%), they support raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans, but 58% oppose raising taxes for everybody, with only 36% in favor. And by a close margin, protesters are divided on whether the bank bailouts were necessary (49%) or unnecessary (51%). …

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204479504576637082965745362.html

  9. Chase says:

    One has to wonder what critical effect this will have on the day’s campaigning…

    Obama’s teleprompter, podium stolen in Va.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44943479/ns/local_news-washington_dc/

    And if they found a brain, or other links to who is pulling the strings and feeding the machine….

  10. Melly says:

    Surviving Zuccotti Park: How the Protesters Stay Warm, Fed, and Cheery

    This weekend, after nearly a month of following Occupy Wall Street from a laptop in the bourgeois comfort of my rent-stabilized Lower East Side studio, I decided to forsake the plush extravagance of a clean, warm, Pillow Pet–filled office cubicle to live with the protesters for a day and find out how they have been able to thrive without shelter or running water. Herewith, the secrets of survival in Zuccotti Park.

    1. They don’t need any money. Many kids told me they spent their last dollars getting to New York, but since then, they haven’t had to spend a cent to eat well or acquire basics like a sleeping bag, warm clothes, clean socks and underwear, primary medical care, and even the occasional shower and good night’s sleep indoors……

    2. Bedbugs are not a problem, but trench foot might be. My biggest fear going down to Zuccotti was bedbugs — all those unwashed people and communal fabrics huddled together in such a small space. But the folks in the Health Care Station, such as flight nurse Aaron Highfill, said they have not seen the classic sign of “three-in-a-row” bedbug bites. …

    3. Sleep is possible, but not easy. I wondered how the kids were managing to sleep amid the cold (the weather’s been mild, but it gets chilly at night), intermittent rain, crowds, and noise. Well, they aren’t, at least not much — anything between a half-hour catnap and a “good night’s sleep” of five or six hours between, say, midnight and 7 a.m. There is actually a cozy hush that settles on the park after dark …

    4. The food really is good. The protesters eat delicious, healthy, and above all free food, thanks to the well-oiled volunteer machine that runs the kitchen — ferrying uncooked donations into the park, to a nearby church to cook it all up, then back into the park to be served around lunch and dinner. …

    5.No fighting Every night at 7 p.m., at the east end next to Mark di Suvero’s towering, red-beamed Joie de Vivre statue, there is a General Assembly meeting that hashes out the business of the day …

    6. There is Wi-Fi. There is a special cell- and laptop-charging area with two power strips that run on a generator that is shared by the Media Center, where you can borrow a laptop to go online and check your e-mail, etc. …

    7. Cigarettes are free. One of the mini-legends in the impromptu village of Occupied Zuccotti is Nick Long, 22, from White Plains, who is known by all as “Nick at Night.” …

    http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/10/surviving_zuccotti_park_how_th.html

    ___________________________________________________________________________________________

    A dream vacation spot for any marxist anarchist.

    • JohnMG says:

      Where are the terrorists who are anxious to set off a bomb when you need them?

      I think the whole article is summed up in the “free” everything these nincompoops are enjoying because ‘someone’ cares enough to see they don’t suffer any real discomfort. They would be content if everybody else saw to their needs at no expense to themselves. That is their utopia. I use this example as proof they haven’t a clue about anything. If it weren’t for free enterprise providing the means for free handouts (and cigarettes?) to these idiots they would starve in their self-imposed slum-cum-commune.

      What a bunch of cry-baby douche bags. I care not if they all contract social diseases, suffer frost bite, develop sleep apnea, catch pneumonia, and die of food poisoning. Not to mention have their access to all social media and elecctronic communication denied. I do not owe these assholes anything. Nothing! They are a pox on the earth that I’m being forced to subsidize (directly or otherwise) with my tax dollars.

      They remind me of the despicable human garbage I had to endure forty-two years ago upon returning from Viet Nam. I would have stomped their sorry asses then, and would cheerfully do so now, for they have no appreciation for the wealth of opportunity they are born into, and which they would so eagerly and willfully squander.

      I’ve spent a lifetime teaching my sons and daughters not to hate, since I consider it a destructive emotion. Sadly, I find myself passionately hating a boatload of strangers, not for who they are, but for what they represent. If they want to send themselves to hell, have at it. Just don’t drag me along for the ride, and don’t expect me to go silently into the night.

      Since we all must die sometime, when their time comes, may they all go horridly into the great beyond. If I had my way, they wouldn’t need sweaters at their next destination.

  11. BillK says:

    Colorado business has problems finding workers, people on unemployment say the wage is “too low.”

    From Denver’s KUSA Television:

    Local company’s open job offers raise lots of emotions

    LITTLETON – There’s been an emotional reaction to a story about a Littleton business that’s having a tough time finding assembly line workers for $7.50 an hour. Hundreds of viewers have joined the debate on the 9NEWS Facebook page, or emailed and called us with feedback.

    The business owner was shocked by the response. She says while she received hundreds of interested applicants, she was also surprised by the overwhelming negative comments over the pay for the job.

    PowerBridge CEO Sara Sabalka needs the new employees because she recently signed a contract with Best Buy for a locally-made in-wall power extension kit that allows people to hang their flat-screen TVs on the wall without seeing dangling cords. Her company started making the kits four years ago in a basement.

    I understand that people think $7.50 or $8.50 is too low and too difficult to live off that. We totally understand that, but our skill-set we’re hiring for now is at that level,” she said. Many people on 9NEWS’ Facebook page though that pay was too low. Others said it was better than nothing.

    Sabalka says she was surprised that some of the comments criticized her for offering a wage which is just above minimum wage.

    “A lot of people think that being able to start somebody at such a low rate is not good for our economy,” she said.

    Sabalka also says before our story was published, she received hundreds of resumes, but when she set up interviews with qualified applicants, no one showed up.

    She thinks it’s because people would rather collect unemployment than take a $7.50 an hour job. She believed people were only sending out resumes as part of their requirements to collect unemployment checks.

    http://www.9news.com/news/article/225518/188/Local-companys-open-job-offers-raise-lots-of-emotions

    This is (not) amazing – the station’s Facebook site is filled with posts from people who say they would refuse to even apply for this job if they were receiving unemployment as the pay is “too low.”

    Thus revealing the very problem with “unemployment insurance.”

    Then people wonder why manufacturing jobs like this are outsourced to other countries.

    • BillK says:

      Typical comments from posters on Facebook:

      Every time she gets on TV its like scrapping your finger nails on a chalk board. Do they even have chalk boards? Her comment about ‘the skill level’ meaning its a no brainer job and should be paid lower than livable wages. She still has no respect for the production worker. I would hope Best Buy gets a hint and maybe changes their mind about buying her product. Or maybe she could outsource. And then there’s unemployment. It doesn’t last forever and neither will this job so get off the unemployment kick. The only way people would get caught not showing up is if employers like Ms. Sabalka would turn them in. THAT I believe she would be capable of doing.

      also:

      i can relate to this story. I was on unemp for 2 yrs. I REFUSED to take a job that paid me LESS than i was making on unemp….its pointless. Esp for those of us w families. If u take something less u still have to consider gas & daycare. And what if the job is temp & doesnt last long enough to re apply…then people are REALLY screwed! I say…ride unemp until u find a job that pays more than unemp is. And lady….really $7.50 an hr? Only high schoolers will work for that…and even they complain….think about it

      and:

      What is her profit margin? She is complaining about no one wanting to work for 7.50 an hour, why doesn’t she take a pay cut to get the economy out of the gutter. Same ol same ol rich get richer and the poor get screwed. Working class keeps America going, why do we get bad mouthed for wanting a fare wage. If you are collecting U/E obviously you had a job for more than 6 mo. That is why employers pay into a fund RIGHT??????????

  12. BillK says:

    From, of all people, ABC News:

    Car Company Gets U.S. Loan, Builds Cars In Finland

    By Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross and Ronnie Greene

    With the approval of the Obama administration, an electric car company that received a $529 million federal government loan guarantee is assembling its first line of cars in Finland, saying it could not find a facility in the United States capable of doing the work.

    Vice President Joseph Biden heralded the Energy Department’s $529 million loan to the start-up electric car company called Fisker as a bright new path to thousands of American manufacturing jobs. But two years after the loan was announced, the job of assembling the flashy electric Fisker Karma sports car has been outsourced to Finland.

    There was no contract manufacturer in the U.S. that could actually produce our vehicle,” the car company’s founder and namesake told ABC News. “They don’t exist here.

    Henrik Fisker said the U.S. money so far has been spent on engineering and design work that stayed in the U.S., not on the 500 manufacturing jobs that went to a rural Finnish firm, Valmet Automotive.

    We’re not in the business of failing; we’re in the business of winning. So we make the right decision for the business,” Fisker said. “That’s why we went to Finland.” …

    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/car-company-us-loan-builds-cars-finland/story?id=14770875

    I have no issues with Fisker using Valmet – they’re an excellent manufacturer – but I wonder what Mr. Obama’s friends in the UAW think of this.


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