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Selected News For The Week Apr 23 – Apr 29

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This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

55 Responses to “Selected News For The Week Apr 23 – Apr 29”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    iPhone keeps record of everywhere you go.

    ——No problem! This data could NEVER be used against you by ANYONE!———

    UPDATE: ACLU wants to know how Michigan cops use ‘data extraction devices’

    “Well well well…….it seems (after illegally extracting data from your cellphone) that you were in the area during a terrible crime Mr…..”
    Congratulations! You are now a murder suspect!

  2. proreason says:

    Don’t let the name fool you. This isn’t about the birth certificate. It’s the best short description yet seen about how the US has been infiltrated, culminating with little lenin.


    It should be required reading in every American school.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I have ordered the book, reviewed the comments at Amazon, which have swerved into a ridiculous discussion about Kerry’s “war record” (eye roll), and indeed, as a nation we have turned a page and I’m not liking this chapter so far. I just want it to be over so we can go back to the 80’s. Yes I said it and I meant it.

    • tranquil.night says:

      So it seems the intent is to present their findings in the context of a broader and more important intellectual indictment of Modern Liberalism – which is indeed an unholy coaltion of many alien ideologies with values and beliefs that are at odds and subversive to the principles of Americanism. That’s brilliant.

      “When America elects a president like this, many Americans begin wondering how it happened. There are always two answers to such difficult questions: the first is optimistically externally-oriented, while the second is realistically reflexive. It is far easier to believe that the problem of un-Americanism lies outside our borders, that within we are unified.”


      There are two key laws of Gestalt Psychology on mental behavior at work not just with Birtherism, but also in the reflexive reaction non-Birthers have to the issue:

      1. The Law of Pragnanz – We seek to organize and reduce reality to the simplest form possible.

      2. The Law of Closure
      When we see things grouped together, our brain tends to ignore whatever gaps there are between the objects and connect them together as a single whole (there’s a good illustration at the link to understand this).

      Take an Observation (O), add it to the Perceived Reality (R), and the brain will come up with whatever correlation it sees between the two itself, and that might become a firm belief depending on the emotional stigma attached to the perception, whether or not it’s based on definite fact.

      If someone’s observation is that Barack Obama hasn’t released his long-form birth certificate and their perceived reality is that he is harming this country but they don’t understand what real Liberalism is, then it’s a very natural emotional (but likely factually wrong) assumption to make.

      Edit: fixed open link and poor grammar, sorry

    • proreason says:

      Steve doesn’t like birther talk, but it occured to me today that even if it turns out the the mocha menace was born outside the US, SCOTUS would probably rule that he is a natural citizen.

      I think that they would say that the “natural born” clause in the Constitution is not a narrow geographic rule, but that the person should be born as an American and be raised as an American. Since Obamy was born to an American mother, and his father, whoever he was, never attempted to instill in him an allegiance to another country, then little lenin would meet the criteria even if he was born and spent a brief period after that outside the country. I think they would even go beyond that and say that even if a young child held a dual citizenship for a period of time, the natural born clause would still hold if after reaching an age of consent, the child explicitly or implicitly accepted American citizenship. I think the ruling would be unanimous with the possible exception of Clarence Thomas.

      I have always thought that the real issue is his hidden background, not the certificate. But I also understand that the birthers think that they can depose him on the issue. I wish it could be true, but now having thought about it in more detail than before, it seem unlikely to me for the reasons stated.

      I also have a hunch that Corsi has found something that will be mildly embarassing; for example, a series of name changes, a period of dual citizenship, that the Kenyan isn’t the real father even though his name is on the document (blood types can rule out fathers with impossible blood types), that the original certificate was deliberately destroyed, or somesuch. The reason I think this is because Trump seems to have committed himself to something “surprising”, and he wouldn’t have done so without linking up with Corsi. As I’ve said before, I also think Trump has the Moron’s grades, because he has been very outspoken that his grades were bad. Since Corsi seems to be the genius investigator, he probably got his hands on one or more of the transcripts.

    • Steve says:

      Mr. Corsi is a crank and (in my considered opinion) a thief.

      Much of his ‘research’ in the Kerry book, Unfit For Duty was lifted from yours truly.

      That is how he does all of ‘his books,’ apparently.

    • proreason says:

      Really? Did he steal that book from you, or had you done some research that he lifted?

      Maybe your S&L crew could link up with you and do the same thing and we could all get rich. He’s already #1 on Amazon. Marketing is everything, after all. There’s so much stuff about obambi on the net that it’s probably possible to write a dozen books. The Pakistan trip alone could give 200 pages. Just summarizing the interviews of past acquaintances could be longer. Here are some title ideas “Paki or Waki?”, “Friends or Freuds?”, “Why did everyone close to Bam die young or mute?”

      The hunch about Trump and Corsi isn’t just mine. I’ve heard the thought from more than one source.

    • Natural Born Citizen says:

      I understand that BHO’s eligibility is a topic “non grata” but I feel like I need to make a few comments. After running on a campaign of transparency on his first day in office he signs an executive order sealing his personal records. He has spent upwards of two million dollars of tax payer money during a severe recession to have multiple law firms pro-actively threaten anyone seeking to reveal his personal files. Unlike everyone else in America who at one time or another has had to show there LFBC he adamantly refuses to do so. A Presidential candidate is honor bound and morally obligated to prove his eligibility for POTUS. If he is eligible and he refuses to show his LFBC he is purposely dividing the country and should be held accountable and hopefully not re-elected because he should be considered as being unfit to serve.. And if he is not our Congress should have the backbone to remove him from office as a Usurper. No impeachment is necessary because he is not technically POTUS. We already know his story of his birth is full of lies, ( there is no evidence his parents lived together as a couple in Hawaii until he was 2or 3) his mom was attending classes in Washington state within a month of his birth. There is no way congress could have accurately decided he was eligible for POTUS on the COLB because it did not state who the birth parents were or what there nationality was. BHO’s personal history is so murky that for congress not to investigate him is a dereliction of duty. Our representatives are all breaking their oath to protect and defend the constitution. With Nancy Pelosi putting out two different versions of a qualifying document to the state election boards and knowing at the very least that according to BHO’s narrative he is a dual-citizen there is plenty of logical reason to believe the American people are victims of a colossal fraud. Since 1787 there have only been two POTUS’s who did not follow the classic interpretation of the NBC clause,(citizen born on US soil to two US citizen parents) Chester Arthur, and you guessed it BHO. Chester Arthur burned his personal files during his administration while there were rumors of his ineligibility. Long after his administration it was revealed his dad had not been an American citizen at his sons birth thus he truly was ineligible.I am afraid that the powers that be do not want BHO’s in-eligibility to be revealed during his administration. They are afraid of a constitutional crisis, and civil unrest. They are also afraid of how difficult it would be to reverse all of BHO’s appointments, executive orders, laws he has signed etc… I think there are plenty of reasons for the courts to stop punting on this issue claiming no standing and have SCOTUS take the case to finally clearly define the definition of what a NBC is and whether BHO is eligible. The sad fact is that our current government frequently ignores, improperly interprets, or dismisses our Constitution at our peril.

    • Steve says:

      “He has spent upwards of two million dollars of tax payer money during a severe recession to have multiple law firms pro-actively threaten anyone seeking to reveal his personal files.”

      This is why I loathe and despise these endless ‘birther’ discussions. There is no truth to this claim whatsoever. It has been debunked a hundred times.

      According to FEC records, Mr. Obama paid his 2008 campaign law firm roughly $2 million dollars for their work on his campaign, and afterward. Lawyers from that same firm have represented him in court actions in several birther suits. No matter what, if you are sued, you have to represent yourself.

      We have no idea what Obama has paid these attorneys, if anything, to defend against these absurd lawsuits. But this lie is repeated ad nausea by people who claim to be in search of the truth.

      The simple fact is Obama produced his birth certificate in the only form he is allowed by Hawaiian law to do. There is an endless supply of evidence to support that he was born in HI. Even Obama himself cannot release a copy of his ‘long form birth certificate.’ The state law is plain, and it is there for anyone to read.

      Even the Politico has finally admitted my long held contention that this entire red herring was begun by Hillary supporters. And it has been promulgated by Democrats who are 1) crazy, or 2) want to make our side look crazy.

      I am going to start banning people who insist on bringing up this damn nonsense, no matter how subtle their approach. Our country is going straight to hell in a hand basket, and we have people wasting precious bandwidth on a preposterous conspiracy theory that was concocted and promoted by Democrat flacks (cf. Larry Johnson) to hurt our cause, and which is being kept alive by hucksters (cf. Jerome Corsi) to line their pockets.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    “Maybe your S&L crew could link up with you and do the same thing and we could all get rich.”

    Heh, Pro, how about an in-depth look at your favorite point: about how in Mid-September, 2008, the MBM was in a full panic as McLame suddenly surged in the polls following the naming of Governor Palin as his running mate, and by 9/27 we were being told the world financial system was 24 hours from collapse, leading to a suspended campaign and shellackings of Republicans.

    “The Big Lie”

    That’s S&L property, for all you Corsi’s out there! (Actually the name is Rush’s, heh).

    I’ve always gotten the sense Steve is about getting the right information in the hands of those who will best serve the cause (most of whom he’s light-years ahead), at least as I’ve witnessed through S&L.

    And as far as Birtherism goes, as I’ve said, it’s my sole desire to want to diffuse this as a weapon against us. I had hopes this book might definitively serve that end, but New Facts + Perceived Reality = Ever More Cynical Blogger.

  4. canary says:

    The Canada: The Ottawa Citizen Gadhafi backed efforts against al-Qaida: DND reports

    by David Pugliese, Postmedia News
    April 23, 2011

    Gadhafi’s efforts against al-Qaida-backed forces and his co-operation with the U.S. in providing information on terrorist networks are highlighted in a number of DND reports from 2002, 2003 and 2006, and obtained by the Ottawa Citizen under the Access to Information law….

    “Libya has taken a strong stand against terrorism since 11 September,” noted one of the studies, adding that Libya provided the U.S. with intelligence on al-Qaida affiliates in the Philippines.

    The Defence Department reports pointed out that Gadhafi’s forces were successful in attacking terrorist training camps in parts of the country and seriously weakening a rebel group associated with al-Qaida. That group, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group,…

    … the U.S. State Department put the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group on its list of terrorist groups.

    A Canadian intelligence report written in late 2009 also described the anti-Gadhafi stronghold of eastern Libya an “epicentre of Islamist extremism” and said “extremist cells” operated in the region…

    DND’s report notes that in 2004 Libyan troops found a training camp in the country’s southern desert that had been used by an Algerian terrorist group that would later change its name to al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb or AQIM.

    …The Wall Street Journal reported that Sufyan Ben Qumu, a Libyan army veteran who worked for Osama bin Laden’s holding company in Sudan and later for an al-Qaida-linked charity in Afghanistan, is training rebel recruits.

    He spent six years at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay.

    Abdel Hakim al-Hasady, an influential Islamic preacher who spent five years at a training camp in eastern Afghanistan, also oversees recruitment and training for some rebels.

    (read entire article)

  5. Mithrandir says:

    Liberal Students Won’t Apply Wealth Redistribution Theory to Their Own Grades
    From Breitbart.tv: http://www.breitbart.tv/liberal-students-wont-apply-wealth-redistribution-theory-to-their-own-grades/

    Republicans COULD rein-in the liberal college campuses the same way the feds puppeteer the state governments:
    1. Support free speech or be de-funded.
    2. Support political diversity or…
    3. Take over control of campus police, not allow liberals to decide to drop charges against liberal students.
    4. Support the 2nd Amendment on campus or be de-funded.
    5. Drop Women Gay and African-American studies, as these are dividing our country, and have no legitimate purposes. Transfer these classes as general study electives.
    6. Drop affirmative action programs.
    7. Drop diversity special programs for high school kids, seminars, etc. that white kids don’t get.
    8. Make funding based on need, not race.
    9. Drop minority forgiveness loans and grants.
    10. Allow ALL military recruitment stations on campus or lose ALL state, federal funding and become a private school.

  6. Mithrandir says:

    Ads seen on Breitbart for some reason: https://safespace.glsen.org/about.cfm

    * 10 Safe Space Stickers
    a panic room not given to Christian students, Boy Scouts, Conservatives. A stigma sticker to harass non-compliant teachers…to identify those who are not totally in line with the liberal political agenda. Gays are stigmatized, but have no problem reversing it upon other people. (Hope you don’t want that contract renewed next year non-compliant teacher!)

    * 2 Posters
    2 giant posters to ‘get in the face’ of all the other students on campus, to let them know who is accepted, and who is not.

    * 42-page Guide to Being an Ally to LGBT Students that gives concrete strategies for supporting LGBT students, including how to educate about anti-LGBT bias and teaching respect for all people.
    Does anyone else have rights? Or is now hate-crimes and other special treatment spreading to our public schools?

    REMEMBER WHEN GAY PEOPLE SAID, “We just want to be left alone. What we do in the privacy of our own home is no one else’s business!
    All that ‘privacy’, how’s that working out for everyone–huh?
    –Demanding PUBLIC school teachers comply to the private needs and behavior.
    –PUBLIC marches to get in everyone’s face.
    –PUBLIC money used for prevention and cure initiatives.
    –PUBLIC laws passed specifically on their behalf.
    –PUBLIC congresspeople to pass more laws.
    –PUBLIC policy like Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. (seems reasonable, private behavior stays private)

    Bleech, time to divide the country, no question about it.

  7. proreason says:

    VDH writes the most important essay since Codevilla.


    The essay describes how the criminal administration is changing the country, totally separate from the razzle dazzle of legislation and budget debates.

    I’m hoping he will expand the few words into a more comprehensive picture of the dismantling of a great country, with a brief summary at the beginning, more examples, and a portrait of where the country will be in a few years if the essentially subterranean sabotage is not stopped in its tracks.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Must-read primer for any serious candidate.

    • proreason says:

      Don’t kid yourself tn, Beranke and the Moron are one and the same.

      And, as you already know, Qe 1, 2 or x is nothing more than running the printing presses.

      The mega inflation is about 5 months in progress already. Increase in M1 Dec 99 to Aug 2008 – 25%. Increase in M1 Aug 2008 – Mar 2011 – 34%. Annual increases of about 3% before, now about 13%. If you don’t have a salary that is guaranteed pegged to inflation, you are in for a world of hurt.

      The tragic thing is that Dubya was bamboozled by Bernankabama in September 2008.

      If it hasn’t been clear before what happened Sept 17, 2008, it sure is becoming more clear now.

      And for those of you who don’t know, if you are totally dependent on government largess, inflation is a neutral thing for you, because them gubamint benfits go up in lockstep with inflation. But if you depend on something else, like A JOB or SAVINGS, then inflation will wipe you out.

      As designed exclusively for America’s soon-to-be groveling serfs.

      But don’t worry, beaurocrats will do quite for themselves well thank yew very much.

    • Mithrandir says:

      Listen: The only way to 100% keep your rights secure, is to FORCE legislation that, A) Is Constitutionally sound B) Imprison anyone who writes, attempts to write/pass, or enforces any law that is a violation of a citizen’s concrete right. If 90% of a law is Constitutional yet 10% isn’t, you go to prison and are kicked out of Congress—period.

      Without threat of imprisonment, loss of job, monetary punishment for legislators, police, judges, Presidents etc. YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS ANYONE NEEDS TO RESPECT.

      Democrat A decides to take your gun rights away (should be imprisoned for that) Republican B decides to block the legislation, BOTH candidates get their coffers filled with donation money, the bill is dropped, they keep the money. Your rights are ‘safe’ until the next campaign cycle.
      When are you folks going to realize this perpetual scam?

  8. tranquil.night says:

    Yep, here we go – Xinhua News via Drudge:

    China should cap forex reserves at 1.3 trillion U.S. dollars: China banker

    Tang’s remarks echoed the stance of Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of China’s central bank, who said on Monday that China’s foreign exchange reserves “exceed our reasonable requirement” and that the government should upgrade and diversify its foreign exchange management using the excessive reserves.

    Meanwhile, Xia Bin, a member of the monetary policy committee of the central bank, said on Tuesday that 1 trillion U.S. dollars would be sufficient. He added that China should invest its foreign exchange reserves more strategically, using them to acquire resources and technology needed for the real economy.

    Tang also said that China should further diversify its foreign exchange holdings. He suggested five channels for using the reserves, including replenishing state-owned capital in key sectors and enterprises, purchasing strategic resources, expanding overseas investment, issuing foreign bonds and improving national welfare in areas like education and health.

    Gee, it kinda seems like we were hoping to use the money to fulfill the exact same mantra (plus more re-cycling!) Silly us.

    Don’t let the revolving door at the Federal Reserve hit your huge sacks of money as you’re leaving!

    Of course you’ll probably only be getting 50% of your value after cashing out on the first trillion, if by that point the dollar is anything more than printed artwork of men who’s legacy was pissed away, but why let that stop you?

    Soros wants a new reserve currency, the rest of the world is signed on, all sorts of meetings about it and c’mon – who’re we kidding, we know that Chairman O’s onboard – he’s just got an election and that damn Tea Party pestering him.

    Oh wait, nevermind. Lil’ Timmy Geithner says we’re okay – but my God we gotta pass that debt ceiling or look out Republicans! The world’s gonna fall apart and it’s gonna be your fault!

    Move along, nothing to see here.

  9. canary says:

    Obama’s Defense Puppet Gates says in future we “may”…just might…..finally…” turn ‘a’ corner” in the Afghanistan war. This comment, during the deadliest bloodiest year for U.S. NATO troops in Afghanistan with more blood and death approaching. And never mind the build up of Al-Qaeda in nuclear armed Pakistan. Obama is a human waste monger.

    AP: .Gates says that by end of year US and NATO may have ‘turned a corner’ in Afghan war

    By Robert Burns, AP| The Canadian Press
    21 Apr, 2011

    WASHINGTON – If hard-won security gains against the Taliban during the past year can be sustained in the peak fighting season in Afghanistan starting in a few months, the United States and its allies may find they have “turned a corner” by the end of the year, Defence Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday.

    It was one of the more optimistic comments about the war’s outlook by Gates, who has overseen an escalation of U.S. fighting this year….

    Each spring and summer the Taliban step up their attacks against Afghan government forces and the NATO-led coalition supporting them. That increased offensive is anticipated to begin next month,…

    … Gates told a Pentagon news conference. “They clearly intend to try and take that back….”

    Marine Gen. James Cartwright, appearing with Gates, said that until the Taliban have the manpower they need to launch a spring offensive, the fighting is likely to feature “individual spectacular” attacks…


  10. Petronius says:


    IMF bombshell: Age of America nears end

    China’s economy will surpass the U.S. in 2016

    by Brett Arends, 25 Apr 2011

    The International Monetary Fund has just dropped a bombshell, and nobody noticed.

    For the first time, the international organization has set a date for the moment when the “Age of America” will end and the U.S. economy will be overtaken by that of China.

    And it’s a lot closer than you may think.

    According to the latest IMF official forecasts, China’s economy will surpass that of America in real terms in 2016 — just five years from now.

    Put that in your calendar.

    It provides a painful context for the budget wrangling taking place in Washington, D.C., right now. It raises enormous questions about what the international security system is going to look like in just a handful of years. And it casts a deepening cloud over both the U.S. dollar and the giant Treasury market, which have been propped up for decades by their privileged status as the liabilities of the world’s hegemonic power.

    According to the IMF forecast, whomever is elected U.S. president next year — Obama? Mitt Romney? Donald Trump? — will be the last to preside over the world’s largest economy.

    * * *

    China artificially undervalues its currency, the renminbi, through massive intervention in the markets.

    The IMF in its analysis looks beyond exchange rates to the true, real terms picture of the economies using “purchasing power parities.” That compares what people earn and spend in real terms in their domestic economies.

    Under PPP, the Chinese economy will expand from $11.2 trillion this year to $19 trillion in 2016. Meanwhile the size of the U.S. economy will rise from $15.2 trillion to $18.8 trillion. That would take America’s share of the world output down to 17.7%, the lowest in modern times. China’s would reach 18%, and rising.

    Just 10 years ago, the U.S. economy was three times the size of China’s.

    This is more than a statistical story. It is the end of the Age of America. As a bond strategist in Europe told me two weeks ago, “We are witnessing the end of America’s economic hegemony.”

    * * * The Age of China will feel very different.

    * * * China’s neighbors in Asia are already waking up to the dangers. “The region is overwhelmingly looking to the U.S. in a way that it hasn’t done in the past,” he said. “They see the U.S. as a counterweight to China. They also see American hegemony over the last half-century as fairly benign. In China they see the rise of an economic power that is not benevolent, that can be predatory. They don’t see it as a benign hegemony.”

    The rise of China, and the relative decline of America, is the biggest story of our time. You can see its implications everywhere, from shuttered factories in the Midwest to soaring costs of oil and other commodities. Last fall, when I attended a conference in London about agricultural investment, I was struck by the number of people there who told stories about Chinese interests snapping up farmland and foodstuff supplies — from South America to China and elsewhere.

    This is the result of decades during which China has successfully pursued economic policies aimed at national expansion and power, while the U.S. has embraced either free trade or, for want of a better term, economic appeasement.

    “There are two systems in collision,” said Ralph Gomory, research professor at NYU’s Stern business school. “They have a state-guided form of capitalism, and we have a much freer former of capitalism.” What we have seen, he said, is “a massive shift in capability from the U.S. to China. What we have done is traded jobs for profit. The jobs have moved to China. The capability erodes in the U.S. and grows in China. That’s very destructive. That is a big reason why the U.S. is becoming more and more polarized between a small, very rich class and an eroding middle class. The people who get the profits are very different from the people who lost the wages.”

    * * *


    While the US government wastes our resources on redistribution schemes and waging no-win wars, China has been using its capital — capital generated in part by interest payments on the vast US government debt — to invest in countries all over the world, accumulating valuable natural resources, farms and ranches, and access to raw materials.

    Chinese engineers are drilling for oil even in Dafur.

    While the US government has been betraying its old allies, China has been building trade alliances, establishing international goodwill, and cementing new friendships.

    While the USA has grown weaker and weaker with each passing day, China has grown stronger and stronger. The power shift from West to East is the big story of our times, but it is a story that is seldom told.

  11. Natural Born Citizen says:

    These will be my last comments here on the “birther” issue. I do not wish to upset anybody or to be banned.

    “The simple fact is Obama produced his birth certificate in the only form he is allowed by Hawaiian law to do.

    This is not true. He provided a “Certification of Live Birth” which does not provide enough information to properly vet a candidate for POTUS.

    “There is an endless supply of evidence to support that he was born in HI.”

    Where he was born is not the be-all or end-all to his eligibility for POTUS. If he is not a NBC he is ineligible regardless of where he was born.

    “Even Obama himself cannot release a copy of his ‘long form birth certificate.’ The state law is plain, and it is there for anyone to read”.

    Again not completely true. He could release The “Certificate of Live Birth” which is considered the higher standard and would include enough viable data to determine eligibility for POTUS. The other problem with the “Certification of Live Birth” in Hawaii is that residents can register an overseas birth within one year as Hawaiian with basically no proof.

    I will let it go. We can agree to disagree but you may want to be on vacation when Corsi’s new book comes out because the issue will be ramped up even further.


  12. canary says:

    Huckabee said nothing when Michelle Obama told him repeatedly the government, repeatedly “congress”, would regulate what we eat. She repeatedly said yes, the government, Congress, and
    Huckabee acted honored and delighted. (I’d call her message communist)
    Also, Huckabee snarled and joked about Sarah Palin on one of his first shows.
    Also, Huckabee endorsed candidates via auto phone calls and audio commercials and with out doing his homework.
    Also Huckabee had to apologize for his religious slur against Mitt Romney, and possibly such bigotry against Beck and Palin.
    Huckabee is mean spirited and a sore loser.

    Huckabee needs to stick to his banjo playing. Huckabee is the progressive today’s Lawrence Welts (sp)

  13. BillK says:

    From Fox News, now “noting” an issue is “making charges.”

    White House Slams Rev. Franklin Graham for Comment about Issues Surrounding President Obama’s Birth

    By Kimberly Schwandt

    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said comments by Rev. Franklin Graham that there were issues surrounding President Obama’s birth were “preposterous charges.”

    Graham, who has met with Obama before, appeared on ABC’s “This Week” and was asked about people like Donald Trump bringing up questions about the president’s birth. “Well, the — the president I know has some issues to deal with here. He can solve this whole birth certificate issue pretty quickly. I don’t — I was born in a hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, and I know that my records are there,” Graham said.

    “You can probably even go and find out what room my mother was in when I was born. I don’t know why he can’t produce that. So I’m not — I don’t know. But it’s an issue that looks like he could — he could answer pretty quickly,” he added.

    Carney, in an abrupt answer, reacted and said, “It’s interesting that a minister would use Easter Sunday to make preposterous charges.”

    What charges? He said Obama could end this issue instantly… and he could by doing what Graham (and for that matter Trump) has suggested.

    Instead he continues to hem and haw.

    I don’t believe Obama was born outside the US, but he’s obviously uncomfortable with something.

  14. BillK says:

    From the Associated Press via Fox News:

    California Judge’s Partner Cited in Push to Uphold Same-Sex Marriage Ban

    SAN FRANCISCO – Proponents of California’s same-sex marriage ban filed a motion Monday seeking to vacate the historic ruling that overturned Proposition 8 because the federal judge who wrote it is in a long-term relationship with another man.

    Lawyers for the ban’s backers said in the motion in San Francisco’s U.S. District Court that Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker should have removed himself from the case, or at least disclosed his relationship status, because his “impartiality might reasonably be questioned.”

    “Only if Chief Judge Walker had unequivocally disavowed any interest in marrying his partner could the parties and the public be confident that he did not have a direct personal interest in the outcome of the case,” attorneys for the coalition of religious and conservative groups that put Proposition 8 on the November 2008 ballot wrote. Proposition 8 overturned a ruling by the California Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriages.

    They are now asking the judge who inherited the case when Walker retired at the end of February to vacate Walker’s August 2010 decision. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals already is reviewing its legal merits at the request of the voter-approved measure’s proponents.

    Walker has said that he did not consider his sexual orientation to be any more a reason for recusal than another judge’s race or gender normally would be. A spokeswoman said Monday that the judge wouldn’t comment on the motion. …


    Could you imagine any other case where an appeals court wouldn’t immediately rule a disclosure like this to be an obvious conflict of interest?

  15. BillK says:

    Why not hamper innovation in the United States (sigh…)

    From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

    Patent office reforms derailed

    By John Schmid

    Reacting to Congress’ decision to raid another $100 million from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the agency’s director has thrown the brakes on nearly every one of its planned internal reforms, triggering new warnings that the congressional action will cause a “catastrophic” setback for American innovation, competitiveness and job creation.

    “It’s a tax imposed on innovators,” said Paul Michel, recently retired chief justice of the federal court in Washington, D.C., that handles patent cases.

    Because the patent office is structured to be self-supporting by charging fees without costing taxpayers a penny, Congress effectively has helped itself to funds that belong to garage inventors, start-ups and inventors, Michel said Monday.

    “Instead of helping innovators by speeding the patent system, Congress is impeding innovators by taxing their innovations,” he said.

    As reported in a series of stories in the Journal Sentinel since 2009, the patent office has struggled for years to keep up with the burgeoning number and complexity of patent applications it receives. Crippled by the ongoing series of raids on its fees dating to the early 1990s, it has fallen desperately behind and now has a backlog of more than 1.2 million applications awaiting a final decision – nearly tripled from about 10 years ago.

    Patent office director David Kappos, a former IBM executive who was appointed less than two years ago to turn around the agency, late last week sent a memo to his examiners that “reluctantly” details how the latest congressional budget actions will cripple his efforts:

    • He indefinitely postponed a pilot program that guarantees fast-track examination of applications within a year to those who pay an additional fee. The program would have gone into effect next week.

    • For the second time since he took over, Kappos imposed a hiring freeze at the chronically understaffed agency. Since 2005, the patent office has aimed to hire 1,300 new examiners each year just to chip away at the backlog. But with deficits of nearly $1 million per working day, it hires only sporadically at best.

    • The agency suspended all overtime – halting one of the few approaches at its disposal to eat into its backlog – and slashed the training budget for new examiners, who typically need three years to gain competence.

    • Plans to open the agency’s first satellite office, in Detroit, meant to ease overcrowding at its campus outside Washington, have been “postponed until further notice.”

    • Upgrades to the agency’s antiquated and dysfunctional computer system will be cut to “mission critical” upgrades only.

    “We have not come by these decisions easily,” Kappos wrote. “I recognize that these measures will place additional burdens on your offices, your staff, and your ability to carry out the agency’s mission.”

    Legislators siphoned the funds as part of the emergency spending bill to avert a shutdown of the federal government this month.

    “I see a negative impact on pendency (the length of time required to get a patent) and backlog,” said Barry Grossman, a senior patent attorney in Milwaukee at the Foley & Lardner law firm. “The program reductions will not promote technological progress and innovation, nor will they reduce pendency, reduce the backlog or improve quality.”


    Heck, why not raid money from a self-funded organization – I mean if they’re not running a deficit they can’t be a real Government agency, right?

  16. canary says:

    Obama giving billions $ and weapons to corrupt & ghost Afghan police who can’t be counted, and possibly to insurgents.

    The Navy Times: AP: Audit: Afghans unsure how many police on rolls

    By Pauline Jelinek – Apr 25, 2011


    “That means you can have ghost employees, it means you can have AWOL employees, it means you can have individuals who are under multiple names collecting paychecks,” the inspector general, Herbert Richardson, told a Washington hearing.

    A larger program has been spending about $10 billion a year in 2010 and 2011 alone to train, equip and build infrastructure for a range of Afghan forces, including police, soldiers and an air force. That program calls for increasing the number of Afghan police to 134,000 by October from the 81,509 of two years ago. But Richardson’s audit showed Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior can neither verify how many are in the police workforce now, nor whether the payroll money is being spent correctly.

    Another problem beyond payroll is the potential loss of weapons and equipment to “ghost” employees who go AWOL. “Are they supplying insurgents?” Richardson asked. “It is a question that is evolving.”

    Associated Press writer Richard Lardner in Washington contributed to this report.

    read full article

    Karzai’s days are numbered, as there are those sucessfully killing his right hand men. One last attempt
    on one of his chiefs failed, as the bombers vest didn’t go off.

  17. canary says:

    Dept of Defense axes Alternative Electric Rolls-Royce F136 because they are a waste.

    Navy Times: Pentagon officially axes alternate JSF engine

    By Dave Majumdar – Staff writer
    Apr 25, 2011
    The Defense Department has formally terminated the General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136 alternative engine for the tri-service Joint Strike Fighter.

    Pentagon procurement czar Ashton Carter issued a stop-work order March 24 to the companies to halt their work on the alternative engine, which the Defense Department had determined is “unneeded and wasteful.”

    General Electric spokesman Rick Kennedy said in a written statement that the company was disappointed but would comply with the termination notice.

    In a letter to GE Aviation employees, Immelt vowed to continue to fight to save the engine program.


  18. canary says:

    CNN: Pakistanis protest U.S. drone action
    April 24, 2011|By the CNN Wire Staff

    Imran Khan, a famous former cricket player and the head of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, or justice movement party, made the ultimatum at the end of a two-day sit-in in Peshawar in protest of the drone strikes, which he says have killed civilians.

    If drones are not stopped, we all will move towards Islamabad,” the Pakistani capital, Khan said.

    Khan’s party, a small, right-wing group that doesn’t have any representation in parliament, is nonetheless popular among the country’s youth.

    Between 8,000 and 10,000 people attended the second day of the sit-in in Peshawar, which blocked one of the routes used by NATO to send supplies from Pakistan to Afghanistan.

    Those gathered represented several political and religious parties.

    “Practically, the protesters have stopped the supply to NATO in Afghanistan by blocking one of the two routes for (a) couple of days,” Ahmed said.


    Obama & Kerry have to take full responsibility for
    paying Pakistan billions to bombing on their side of the border. Republicans said it was a big mistake.
    Pray for our Troops.

  19. BillK says:

    Not really one of the usual topics here, but Apple has posted a press release explaining what the iPhone “tracking” really is, in a day seemingly devoted to debunking conspiracy theories:

    Apple Q&A on Location Data

    Apple would like to respond to the questions we have recently received about the gathering and use of location information by our devices.

    1. Why is Apple tracking the location of my iPhone?
    Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone. Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so.

    2. Then why is everyone so concerned about this?
    Providing mobile users with fast and accurate location information while preserving their security and privacy has raised some very complex technical issues which are hard to communicate in a soundbite. Users are confused, partly because the creators of this new technology (including Apple) have not provided enough education about these issues to date.

    3. Why is my iPhone logging my location?
    The iPhone is not logging your location. Rather, it’s maintaining a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location, some of which may be located more than one hundred miles away from your iPhone, to help your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested. Calculating a phone’s location using just GPS satellite data can take up to several minutes. iPhone can reduce this time to just a few seconds by using Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data to quickly find GPS satellites, and even triangulate its location using just Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data when GPS is not available (such as indoors or in basements). These calculations are performed live on the iPhone using a crowd-sourced database of Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data that is generated by tens of millions of iPhones sending the geo-tagged locations of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers in an anonymous and encrypted form to Apple. …


  20. proreason says:

    Paul Ryan explains his plan, easily rolling over a contentious “journalist” spouting libwit talking points.


    This guy is one sharp sharp cookie. He’s one guy besides Trump who can handle the MBM, at least in this one interview. He comes across as a nice guy too.

  21. Rusty Shackleford says:

    ElBaradei drops lots of bombs in Rose’s lap, media remains silent

    Last night, Charlie Rose interviewed ElBaradei and, to be honest, I can’t stand Charlie Rose but I was channel-surfing and stopped just to see what was up. ElBaradei was lamenting several things and what caught my attention was a couple of things. One, when he said that “The Arab world is its own worst enemy” and two, he said, “The people who should be engaged in this conflict with Libya are its neighbors”. I was impressed by both those statements but Rose, when the camera went back to him, appeared as if he just swallowed a bug or found a dead mouse in his sandwich. He was starting to stammer and couldn’t respond to those statements. The interview, curiously, is not available for viewing on his website (yet?) and I can’t find a transcript for it, though Bloomberg apparently has had access to one: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-28/elbaradei-says-egypt-s-former-president-mubarak-must-face-trial.html

    But the only thing Bloomberg seems to think is quote-worthy is that “Mubarak must face trial” and that ““somebody in the chain of command” in the U.S. and U.K. to “be held accountable” for waging what he said was “an illegal war that resulted in war crime” in Iraq.

    So, even when someone of note in that part of the world speaks the obvious, plain truth, the socialists here just stick their fingers in their ears and scream at the top of their lungs. Charlie kept asking leading questions, trying to get ElBaradei to say that there was a democracy movement in Egypt but he, instead, said to not have elections yet as the Muslim Brotherhood has too much influence and that also stymied Rose.

    I had a great time watching a confirmed socialist have his toast repeatedly land jelly-side-down on the white carpet.

    If the interview ever gets posted on the site and not edited heavily, you can watch it here: http://www.charlierose.com/schedule/

    • tranquil.night says:

      Very interesting. Mr. ElBaradei has clearly had a very sour shot of reality poured in his Savior of Egypt fantasy Tea. Sad and unnecessary irony. You’re right, in that definitely doesn’t out with the established Ruling Class narratives, and so is going to be downplayed to near non-existence in the timefog of history. What can we do but roll our eyes?

      Good catch!

    • proreason says:

      great recap Rusty. Thanks for taking the fire so the rest of us can save money on antacid medicine.

      I’m gonna have to think about getting one of them tv things some day.

    • JohnMG says:

      It is becoming rapidly apparent to the rest of the world how incoherent the foreign policy of the US really is, so is it any wonder the rest of the world is uneasy–not knowing which way to jump. The only thing that can be said about US foreign policy is that we really don’t have one.

      Sorta like Obama’s budget plan. It doesn’t exist either.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      UPDATE: The video is now available. I haven’t watched it to see if it’s complete, but it’s 33 minutes and I assume it’s unedited. It’s really worth the watch to listen to Elbaradei state plain facts and of course, to watch ol’ Charlie swallow his whole face. Almost makes me feel sorry for the guy. Almost….

  22. proreason says:

    “Obama’s Real Strategy”

    Interesting AT piece with a unique twist.


    In a nutshell, he says the strategy is “talk talk” “fight fight”. The talk is just stuff to distract the people. That is almost everything you hear about. The fight is an all-out behind-the-scenes effort to cause so much fear and dread that people will be afraid to switch horses in mid-stream in 2012. Inflation, unemployment, deficits, world affairs, dog food for granny. They intend to hold the base and convince enough independents that changing horses is too risky.

    This seems to be a variation of the chaos alinsky clowardpivens strategy of throwing up so much chaff that the system is overwhelmed. In this case, the talk overwhelms the senses and the economic fear overwhelms the emotions. At the point of making a decision, the enemy (that would be US) are frozen and can’t act.

    Makes some sense. They certainly don’t expect to win with a rational debate about the issues.

    • tranquil.night says:

      “The first step in wresting the initiative is to recognize their strategy.”

      This crystalized in ny head the reason why Conservative talk radio and the grassroots are so ahead of the professional politicians. But the squishies don’t want the initiative, that would be disrespectful to our Marxist in Chief, mhm. *sagenod*

      Gosh you can hear the fear in the voice of anyone whose life is tied to productivity and prosperity. The more you have to lose, the bigger the crosshairs.

      But yeah, what we need in a candidate is a dullard with a simple, ‘serious’ message and a ‘serious’ professional campaign. Most def.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “…the chaos alinsky clowardpivens strategy of throwing up so much…”

      Isn’t that bulemia?


  23. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Obama’s in peril due to the weather:

    From a frustrated AP:


    Gas Prices, Bad Weather Slow Economy in First Quarter

    Published April 28, 2011

    WASHINGTON — The economy slowed sharply in the first three months of the year as high gas prices cut into consumer spending, bad weather delayed construction projects and the federal government slashed defense spending by the most in six years.

    When did this defense spending get slashed? I heard nothing of it. In fact, did spending not go up due to our recent “kinetic military action” in Libya?

    The government says the economy grew at a 1.8 percent annual rate in the January-March quarter. That was weaker than the 3.1 percent growth rate for the October-December quarter and the worst showing since last spring when the European debt crisis slowed growth to a 1.7 percent pace.

    Hurray! We’re finally “just like Europe”.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and other economists say the slowdown last quarter is a temporary setback. They generally agree that gas prices will stabilize and the economy will grow at a 3 percent pace in each of the next three quarters.

    Temporary setback. I wonder what that means in socialist “newspeak”. My guess is: “Everything’s going according to plan, Komrads”

    But gas prices are still going up. The national average on Thursday was $3.88 a gallon, an increase of 30 cents from a month ago when the first quarter ended.

    Again, all according to plan.

    Rising gas prices are draining most of the extra money that Americans are receiving this year from a Social Security payroll tax cut.

    ‘Scuse, me….um……having trouble with the logic here. Can anyone ‘splain that statement (non-sequitur) to me? Social Security payroll…those who get SS checks…enjoyed a “tax cut”. Yet, SS payment increases did not happen this year due to stymied economic growth and low inflation rate, which will change soon enough…except it won’t because the cost of gas and food are no longer factored into “real inflation”. How convenient. And, yet, this statement flatly contradicts that line of thinking, if it can be called “thinking”.

    In the January-March quarter, consumers boosted spending at a 2.7 percent pace. That was down from a 4 percent pace in the prior quarter and was the weakest pace since last summer. Consumer spending is important because it accounts for roughly 70 percent of overall economic activity.

    Woah….woah….woah! So you’re telling me that it’s “consumer spending” that drives the economy? That’s not what I heard when Bush was president. All I heard was that 5% unemployment and high gas prices (due to his favoring of the oil companies) was the cause of our misery. Yet, consumer spending was much higher during the Bush presidency than it is right now…and yet….We were all “suffering” under Bush’s bad economics. I’m getting confused here.

    Pump prices were mostly blamed for the pullback, although harsh winter weather also kept people from shopping.

    Winter storms — including rare snow that blanketed the South — also forced builders to delay construction projects, a big factor holding back overall economic activity. Builders slashed spending on commercial construction, such as office buildings and factories, at a 21.7 percent annualized pace, the deepest cuts since late 2009.

    Yes, winter storms. That explains it. The slashed spending on commercial construction would have nothing to do with the fact that financial risk speculation would be negative due to the financial future looking bleaker than bleak and that major corporations desires to expand are curtailed. NooooOOoooo. Apples and oranges. It was the weather, I tells ya.

    Home building also was hurt. Builders cut spending on housing projects by a 4.1 percent annualized rate.

    Hm, we’re supposed to believe that the weather and rising gas prices caused this as well. No mention of the collapse of the democrat-engineered housing debacle that pushed millions out of their homes and forced the housing market to go submarine on us. No cause & effect there. No. Again, it was the weather. Not the democrats.

    Bernanke at a news conference on Wednesday suggested that the crippled housing market will continue to weigh on the economic recovery. He pointed out that home building and commercial construction were both “very weak” in the first quarter. Normally, construction spending is a big part of economic recoveries.

    Has anyone in the AP even ever listenedto anything chairman Obie has ever said? I seem to recall that he “didn’t believe in market-driven economic cycles” and therefore he has wished them into the cornfield.

    The housing market’s collapse thrust the economy into a deep recession, and economists say it will take years for the industry to heal. Two years after the recession has ended, the housing market remains depressed.

    The recession ended? What was the first sign? Skyrocketing gas prices or the fact that nobody can get a home loan, even with a credit score of 800?

    That’s one of the reasons why the United States is experiencing a relatively slow recovery, Bernanke explained.

    If by “slow” you mean “stopped” or “retrograde” then I agree.

    Another factor holding back the economy last quarter: Deep cuts by the federal government on military projects. That spending was cut by an annualized rate of 11.7 percent, the most since the end of 2005.

    Yes, the one thing that the government is specifically charged with in the Constitution they cut. Brilliant. And yet, we are trillions in debt. Somehow, I don’t see this as relevant.

    Meanwhile, the barometer for how well the “recovery” is going is buried way down here:

    Meanwhile, more people sought unemployment benefits last week, the second rise in three weeks, a sign the job market’s recovery is slow and uneven.

    The Labor Department says applications for unemployment benefits jumped 25,000 to a seasonally adjusted 429,000 for the week ending April 23. That’s the highest total since late January.

    Well, at least it wasn’t “unexpected”. But it has been seasonally adjusted (which smooth[e]s out fluctuations).

    The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, rose to 408,500, its third straight rise and the first time it has topped 400,000 in two months.

    Applications near 375,000 are consistent with sustained job creation.

    Except during the Bush administration when it was cause for barricading yourself in the root cellar with enough supplies to live out the coming apocalypse.

    Applications peaked during the recession at 659,000.

    Some economists predicted that auto factory shutdowns, stemming from supply disruptions in Japan, would cause applications to rise. But a Labor Department analyst said only one state reported auto-related layoffs and the increase was modest.

    “Some economists”. While those of us in the real world noted that it wouldn’t happen. And it hasn’t.

  24. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Canada Free Press tells us the truth:


    President “Necessarily Skyrocket” Obama Baffled by Rising Gas Prices

    – Fred Dardick Monday, April 25, 2011

    Obama should arrest himself since no other individual on the planet is more responsible for rising gas prices than him

    The same person who promised to bankrupt coal plants and cause electricity prices to “necessarily skyrocket” as a candidate would have us believe that he has nothing to do with Americans paying $4 or more a gallon at the gas pump now that he is President. According to Obama, it’s all a mystery to him.

    Last week Obama feigned righteous anger towards “traders and speculators” whom he called responsible for our predicament. He promised to hunt down and prosecute any “manipulation in the oil markets”. In that case I guess Obama should arrest himself since no other individual on the planet is more responsible for rising gas prices than him.

    His goal has always been to make energy less affordable. Ever since taking office Obama has worked relentlessly to demonize “dirty” fossil fuels and replace them with prohibitively expensive “green” energy. His administration has shut down oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, outer continental shelf and Western states and has given the EPA free reign to unilaterally set carbon emission limits (energy taxes) on American industries without the approval or input of Congress.

    He has perpetuated the myth that America only has less than 2% of the world’s oil reserves. In reality the United States leads the world in recoverable fossil fuel deposits and given the right political environment, we wouldn’t have to import another drop of foreign oil for the next hundred years or so, if ever.

    Obama’s latest “solutions” will only make things worse. Last week he called for transferring even more of our national wealth to the unicorns and pixie dust green energy economy and promised to eliminate “$4 billion in taxpayer subsidies we give to the oil and gas companies”, a cost that will “necessarily” be passed on to consumers.

    I don’t know how many Americans are still buying Obama’s innocent act, but I have a feeling that regardless of party affiliation many will hold him personally responsible. Until the United States adopts a sensible energy policy that taps into our vast fossil fuel resources and stops throwing away billions on failed green technologies, gas prices will continue to rise.

    Why does it take reporters outside the US to tell the truth? Even in liberal-loving Canada, they can see the writing on the wall yet our own bastions of liberty the watchdog MBM instead runs cover and all-out lies for this regime and the president.

  25. proreason says:

    Trump calls Krauthammer a sad fool.


    This makes me sad, even though CK was embossing his Ruling Class credentials by attacking the Donald.

    The video may mark the end of the Donald’s moment. CK may be ruling class, but he’s our ruling class, and his physical impairments encourage a lot of people to support him. Trump went too far. If he diesb;t apologize, he is headed downhill. Now he doesn’t look like the guy with the guts to take it to the Moron, he looks like an insensitive bully.

    • proreason says:

      I also wonder if this might not be part of an exit strategy:

      – he beat the Moron over the BC
      – he always looked like a stalking horse
      – he and Rush might have cooked all of this up
      – Rush yesterday said he had a hunch that the BC was the end of it and that Donald wasn’t running
      – it’s not like he doesn’t have other stuff to do
      – he has to know that he won’t get the Republican nomination and that the Moron would win a 3-way race
      – he has to know that he is about to be palinized

      Maybe he is going to make a few over the top comments and then announce he has realized that the country needs a more political person than himself. Then he can wait around and be a kingmaker by endorsing the person who will get the nod.

      and of course, reap the financial benefits of his billion dollars worth of publicity.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Levin’s trying his damndest not to bring up Trump tonight. Gotta smile (and remember to send in that thank you card to Trump for disarming Birtherism). To his credit, he’s favoring engagement over immediate outrage with the nutbags, and looking to reach out and teach young people more; all very laudable. In fact, I’ve noticed efforts by all of the Conservative knights to temper their analysis and calls with instruction over anger, and I already notice it’s paying dividends. Rush is right – I’d feel pretty confident about sending Elmer Fudd up against Obama with the network we’re building off the very noticeable and palpable angst he’s creating.

      But yeah, we’ll support an offensive against the goofballs of the MBM 1000%, and scrappy digs at guys like Rove for calling you a joke are amusing, but there’s a line, and Levin has noted that Donald would rather change the subject or rip his critics – even the substantive ones.

      I hope Rush does have his ear. He did abruptly leave on Birther Day ‘to figure out his place in all this’ if I recall.

      It would just be nice to get Trump to see the light on the Ryan plan before he bows out, because he’s a megaphone to people that might have similar misperceptions. It would be of political and educational benefit if this whole adventure can conclude with something of a political conversion on top of the BC victory.

    • tranquil.night says:

      So Levin links to Chumpundit who links to Beck who pours on the snark regarding Trump’s bombastic ranting. No problem with the snark, although I think Rand Paul was more clever.

      Rather, the irony that strikes me is how these three have found a common cause against Trump, and how it is so illustrative of their hypocrisy in berating those who found a common cause with Trump. Observe:

      “In fact, that’s one of my secret pleasures in watching his candidacy — observing how some ‘true conservatives’ (not all or most, but some) who’ve spent years ripping on RINOs will instantly start cooing over a tough-talking populist even though he’s betrayed every core right-wing principle in the book… Like Mark Levin, Beck’s standards are higher than that. Too bad that’s not true across the board.”

      That’s funny, because here I’ve been wondering why an over-rated moderate/centrist/morally ambiguous loudmouth capitalist smartass that’ll do anything for the greatest media traffic wasn’t right up your alley, AP. The only answer I can come up with is that Trump can get waaay more people to listen to him than some clown behind a pseudonym and a stylistic idolatry for Stewart/Colbert.

      For Levin has the name Trump the Chump, but there is no greater contendor for that title than the Chumpundit himself, and here they are together for a brief moment in time linked by common cause. Heh, by their current logic then that means I can declare the Purists are bereft of their standards and principles.

      Once again, it fell on people whose life doesn’t revolve around politics to actually accomplish anything politically effective. Next year when Obama is tanking in the polls and the MBM is desperately looking for an issue to smear his opponent, and they turn back to Birtherism only to have it be a non-issue, y’all will be grateful there were people out there with the stones to get ahead of it. And even if you hound us to the day we die for lining up with Trump briefly, we’ll still have a smile on our face, one hand pulling the lever for the Republican candidate, and the other hoisting a fat middle finger in your direction for your conceit in not even being willing to acknowledge the validity of the point whatsoever.

    • proreason says:

      Frankly, I’m getting worried that levin, who may have lost Nevada for the Republicans in 2010, might do the same thing for the presidency in 2012.

      Levin is certainly an honorable guy and probably the most principled constitutional conservative with a large following, but every election shouldn’t be about Mark Levin’s principles. Specifically, 2012 should be about expelling the marxists from the public square. If Constitutional Conservatism was 100% of that, then we need to nominate Clarence Thomas right now and be done with it.

      Levin’s stature has been significantly diminished in my eyes. I’m having a hard time listening to him now. Constrast his position on the Trump issue with Rush, Hannity and Laura. He looks like a rigid fool. Beck may be the same, but I hear his show so infrequently that I don’t have first-hand knowledge of what he has said, whereas I do about Levin.

      If Republicans must become the little tent party of Mark Levin, then we might as well reconcile ourselves to a quick descent to 3rd world status.

      There…I said it.

  26. BillK says:

    The Obama Administration has tossed a print reporter from the Presidential press pool because she dared to use a video camera.

    From the San Francisco Chronicle:

    Obama Administration punishes reporter for using multimedia

    By Phil Bronstein

    The hip, transparent and social media-loving Obama administration is showing its analog roots. And maybe even some hypocrisy highlights.

    White House officials have banished one of the best political reporters in the country from the approved pool of journalists covering presidential visits to the Bay Area for using now-standard multimedia tools to gather the news.

    The Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci – who, like many contemporary reporters, has a phone with video capabilities on her at all times – pulled out a small video camera last week and shot some protesters interrupting an Obama fundraiser at the St. Regis Hotel.

    She was part of a “print pool” – a limited number of journalists at an event who represent their bigger hoard colleagues – which White House press officials still refer to quaintly as “pen and pad” reporting.

    But that’s a pretty Flintstones concept of journalism for an administration that presents itself as the Jetsons. Video is every bit a part of any journalist’s tool kit these days as a functioning pen that doesn’t leak through your pocket.

    In fact, Carla and her reporting colleague, Joe Garofoli, founded something called “Shaky Hand Productions” – the semi-pro, sometimes vertiginous use of a Flip or phone camera by Hearst reporters to catch more impromptu or urgent moments during last year’s California gubernatorial race that might otherwise be missed by TV.

    The name has become its own brand; often politicians even ask if anyone from Shaky Hand will show at their event. For Carla, Joe and reporters at other Hearst newsrooms where Shaky Hand has taken hold, this was an appropriate dive into use of other media by traditional journalists catering to audiences who expect their news delivered in all modes and manners.

    That’s the world we live in and the President of the United States claims to be one of its biggest advocates.

    Just the day before Carla’s Stone Age infraction, Mr. Obama was at Facebook seated next to its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, and may as well have been wearing an “I’m With Mark” t-shirt for all the mutual admiration going back and forth.

    “The main reason we wanted to do this is,” Obama said of his appearance, “first of all, because more and more people, especially young people, are getting their information through different media. And historically, part of what makes for a healthy democracy, what is good politics, is when you’ve got citizens who are informed, who are engaged.”

    Informed, in other words, through social and other digital media where videos of news are posted.

    The President and his staffers deftly used social media like Twitter and Facebook in his election campaign and continue to extol the virtues and value. Except, apparently, when it comes to the press.

    So what’s up with the White House? We can’t say because neither Press Secretary Jay Carney nor anyone from his staff would speak on the record.

    Other sources confirmed that Carla was vanquished, including Chronicle editor Ward Bushee, who said he was “informed that Carla was removed as a pool reporter.” Which shouldn’t be a secret in any case because it’s a fact that affects the newsgathering of our largest regional paper (and sfgate)and how local citizens get their information.

    What’s worse: more than a few journalists familiar with this story are aware of some implied threats from the White House of additional and wider punishment if Carla’s spanking became public. Really? That’s a heavy hand usually reserved for places other than the land of the free. …


    Nice work by our “most open administration ever.”

  27. BillK says:

    This would be funny if it weren’t so sad and typical – the Government is warning that only Government workers are qualified to determine who gets Government handouts.

    From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

    Walker plan brings warning from USDA

    By Jason Stein

    Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to privatize work determining who is eligible for food assistance in the state would violate federal law and could expose the state to a loss of more than $20 million in federal money, federal officials say.

    In an April 14 letter to state Health Services Secretary Dennis Smith and Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson, Ollice Holden, a Midwest administrator for the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, warned that the work of interviewing applicants and deciding who is eligible for the Wisconsin FoodShare program needs to be done by public workers who are essentially civil servants. If not, he said, the state could lose some of the federal funds supporting FoodShare, the successor in Wisconsin to the food stamp program.

    In a statement released Thursday, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, “Recent state agency privatization initiatives in Texas and Indiana have been complete failures, marked by technical difficulties, staffing shortages, and inadequate training of private call-center staff and resulting in adverse impacts on the state and its people.

    “USDA will continue to work with Wisconsin to improve its program delivery and integrity so that the most vulnerable people in the state receive the nutrition benefits they need,” Vilsack said.

    Walker’s proposal is just the latest strain on the state’s partnership with the federal government on FoodShare. Two weeks ago, USDA officials said that state officials didn’t inform them about their discovery last fall of the alleged theft of at least $290,000 in federal FoodShare benefits by Milwaukee County workers.

    The FoodShare program in Wisconsin has more than 800,000 participants and distributes more than $1 billion a year to help low-income residents buy food. The program is largely funded by the federal government but is currently administered by the state and counties, with counties largely doing the work of interviewing applicants to see if they qualify for FoodShare and state health programs such as BadgerCare Plus. …


    So the Federal Government is saying that private industry can in no way be as efficient as the Government in these tasks and that privatizing these tasks could result in “adverse impacts.”

    Has anyone dealt with a Government agency lately?

    • Steve says:

      And what this also means is that they have to be government union employees.

    • tranquil.night says:

      “Civil servants.”

      Few rhetoricals:

      Who’s civil? Who’s the servant? And who really believes cogs of the Marxist-Statist Redistributive Machine are determining ‘necessary qualifications’ in an equitable or even quasi-legal manner?

      Fight on, Wisconsin Ranger!

  28. JohnMG says:

    ….. “Recent state agency privatization initiatives in Texas and Indiana have been complete failures, marked by technical difficulties, staffing shortages, and inadequate training of private call-center staff and resulting in adverse impacts on the state and its people…..”

    Well, shucks! There’s the answer. All of those privatization agencies modeled their initiatives after the one already in place. You know, the government one.

    And don’t you just wonder whose responsibility it was to report on the alleged theft of at least $290,000 in federal FoodShare benefits by Milwaukee County workers. Would that have been one of the vaunted unionized workers perchance? Would anyone really expect that a whistleblower’s findings handed up to an immediate supervisor would be vigorously pursued, with the possibility of someone’s cushy gig being terminated?

    All the more reason, not less, to outsource to a private concern. And this revelation is one more indicator of the blackmail issuing from the White House. Just some more pay-to-play-the-Chicago-way politics

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