Archive for September, 2011

WORD AROUND THE NET

September 30, 2011

“I’ve got my badge on.”
-Vice President Biden

President Obama was recently praised and thanked by the Republican Party – except Ron Paul, of course. What happened? President Obama didn’t shut down a drone hit on Anwar al-Awlaki, terrorist leader, US Traitor, and al`Qaeda leader. Both he and American born editor of the terrorist magazine Inspire were killed.

Demias Jimerson is eleven years old, and when he gets a football in his hands, he scores. He’s just that good, that advanced physically, and that dominant. There have been players like this in the past, and Jimerson looks to be the newest phenomenon. His predecessor Madre Hill was the origin of a rule that has just been invoked against Jimerson: if his team scores 14 points, then he’s banned from scoring any more. His opponents can’t beat him, but Political Correctness can. You know, there is a practical limit to how often a kid can score – you get tired running all those plays and yards, and there are only so many minutes in a game.

President Obama has a scheme he calls the “Buffett Rule” which he claims is based on Warren Buffett’s calling for higher taxes on himself. The Buffett rule basically raises taxes on anyone making $1 million a year or more. Now, Warren Buffett isn’t paying the taxes he owes right now, but that’s beside the point; on CNBC he stated he didn’t agree with the rule President Obama named after him. Overcharge!

Longshoremen have been particularly brutal, lawbreaking, and thuggish in Washington state in their strike. They’ve defied cops (even attacking them) ignored court orders, and generally beaten and attacked everyone who dares question or disagree with them. A Washington judge recently fined the Longshoreman’s Union $250,000 in probably the only language they understand: money. But will they pay up or just say “@(*# you!” like they have everyone else?

The ATF recently released a memo claiming that it violates federal law for anyone who owns marijuana to own a firearm or any ammunition. The same memo makes it illegal to sell guns or ammo to anyone possessing pot. Montana recently passed a “medical” marijuana law which basically legalizes pot to anyone who can find a friendly doctor, and the Montana lawmakers are not happy with this ATF memo. Now, I think smoking pot is idiotic and “medical” marijuana laws are a blatant attempt to back door legalized weed, but this is just wrong. You can’t strip people of their 2nd amendment rights simply because they have some chemical or plant you don’t want them to.

Sarah Palin is a hot topic, and you’d think any book about her would sell like crazy (hers did, after all). But… the recent “tell all” Joe McGinnis book The Rogue sold just 6,000 copies in the first week – usually the best selling week. Given that most copies in the first shipment go to libraries and so on, that’s pretty awful. But then, who am I to talk? I wrote two books and haven’t sold sixty total in 2 years.

California, the golden state. A teacher in usually more conservative Norther California has begun a policy of lowering the grades of his students if they say “bless you” after someone sneezes. The teacher – Steve Cuckovich claims the practice is “disruptive” and “disrespectful.” Vacaville parents complained, so he stopped the grade reduction but states he’ll find another way to punish students for doing it. His reason?

“When you sneezed in the old days, they thought you were dispelling evil spirits out of your body,” Cuckovich said. “So they were saying, ‘God bless you’ for getting rid of evil spirits. But today, I said what you’re doing doesn’t really make any sense anymore.”

That’s all true, but it doesn’t justify his actions nor does it make the practice disruptive or disrespectful. Punishing students for courtesy and belief, however now that’s disrespectful.

Venture Socialism, that’s what Senator DeMint (R-SC) calls the Solyndra deal that cost Americans nearly a billion dollars as President Obama rammed through loan deals and “stimulus” funds to the failed, bankrupt company. That hasn’t stopped the Obama administration, though. President Obama personally just signed over another billion dollars in loan guarantees to two more solar energy companies.

Oh, and one of those companies? The number 2 guy at PCG is House Minority Leader Pelosi’s (D-CA) brother in law.

Joe Biden explained very well why Solyndra and other companies keep getting this money. Ace of Spades links the video and provides a few excerpts of the speech he gave when the money Solyndra got was announced:

Part of our plan is to make sure that as we create these jobs we create jobs in the future like the ones you’re creating, jobs you can raise a family on, green jobs, jobs that will serve as a foundation for a stronger American economy. Which is why it’s so important we invest in Solyndra and invest in what Solyndra is doing.

I’m really happy, along with the Secretary, to announce today that we’ve closed a $535 million loan guarantee for Solyndra, more than half a billion dollars. This is the first in what the Secretary is going to be announcing the Department of Energy will be making available for more than $30 billion in loan guarantees the Recovery Act is providing and will provide to American companies that are leading the way to a new, clean energy future.

The loan to Solyndra will allow you to build a new manufacturing facility and with it almost immediately generate 3000 new well paying construction jobs. And once your facility opens, there will be about 1000 permanent new jobs here at Solyndra and in the surrounding business community and hundreds more to install your growing output of solar panels throughout the country.

out there at Solyndra, you guys have figured it out. You’ve figured out how to harness the sun’s power for a better, more efficient, more prosperous future for all of America and in the process you’re creating more jobs.

Yeah, that worked out real well. See, they think that solar energy isn’t just a neat idea, but the future of America, the way to build jobs and an economy based on new technology. The fact that its not sufficient to the task, failing, and the companies are moving to more business-friendly China doesn’t matter. This is their story and they’re sticking to it.

Oregon has done good in the welfare dependency machine. My state has added so many new people to the food stamp rolls that the president has authorized a five million dollar bonus of welfare funds to Oregon. This is the fifth year in a row that this incentive program has sent money to the state – under Bush and Obama – to reward states who get lots of folks signed up.

Twenty-eight. That’s how many birds have died from oil drilling and processing, according to the US Fish and Wildlife department. As a result, the Obama administration is fining an oil company for their deaths as violations of the Migratory Birds Act. As Junk Science asks, what about those wind generators that mince birds up?

Readers of my Global Warming essay series may remember this part:

Scientists estimate that humanity produces 12,127,700,000 metric tons of CO2 a year at present, compared to an estimated 1,190,480,000 metric tons a year in past centuries. Scientists also believe that each acre of forest can absorb and eliminate 1.6 metric tons of CO2 per year. Given that there are an estimated 9,884,215,240 acres of forest on the planet, that means 15,814,744,384 metric tons are absorbed by forests alone. Add to that the approximately 50,000,000,000 metric tons of CO2 the plankton absorb and the rest of the plant matter on earth (moss, grass, shrubs, bushes, flowers etc) and you have over 70 billion tons of the earth’s CO2 being absorbed of 12 billion humans produce.

In other words, the earth’s plant matter comfortably and easily absorbs the total of human emissions and have plenty to spare.

It turns out I might have been wrong in my math, according to a study reported in Nature Magazine. Plants may be able to absorb 45% more CO2 than scientists previously believed. So you can add a good 30% to that maximum absorption level.

Attorney General Eric Holder’s buddies in the New Black Panthers are busy again. This time one of them threatened to “exercise his second amendment rights” if conservatives At University of Minnesota – Duluth didn’t stop handing out copies of the US Constitution on Constitution day.

Doug Ross collected a lot of historical “firsts” of the Obama administration, including these:

  • First President to Preside Over a Cut to the Credit Rating of the United States Government
  • First President to be Held in Contempt of Court for Illegally Obstructing Oil Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico
  • First President to Orchestrate the Sale of Murder Weapons to Mexican Drug Cartels
  • First President to Require All Americans to Purchase a Product From a Third Party
  • First President to Spend a Trillion Dollars on ‘Shovel-Ready’ Jobs — and Later Admit There Was No Such Thing as Shovel-Ready Jobs
  • First President to Threaten Insurance Companies After They Publicly Spoke out on How Obamacare Helped Cause their Rate Increases
  • First President to Tell a Major Manufacturing Company In Which State They Are Allowed to Locate a Factory
There are many more, all with links. I’d add “first president to sue states for trying to enforce federal law.”

The US Census Bureau – and I know this will shock you – has admitted that it doctored some of the numbers it gathered. In question is the number of “same sex” couples that the census reported. Apparently the count is 40% higher than the amount they counted. These are the same guys that tried to count the Florida 2000 ballots as Gore votes if there was any indication that someone may have tried to vote for Gore, no matter how the ballots were punched out.

One of the sectors of the US economy that exploded when President Obama took office was gun sales. People were concerned that the massive Democrat majority in both houses of congress and a president eager to rubber stamp gun legislation was in power, so they wanted to get guns while they could. At the same time, however, gun crime in the US has diminished. After all, people are more careful when they think their victims might be armed.

Related is this story out of Oregon, where a judge ruled that public universities and campuses cannot ban handguns on campus because it simply lacks the legal authority to do so. Imagine what could have happened to these college shooters recently if someone was armed and able to shoot back? Maybe they wouldn’t have even tried to shoot up the school if they had a reasonable expectation that at least one of their victims was armed.

Secretary of State Clinton has not proved to be very capable or effective, but she has proved to be a good leftist soldier. In the past, Hillary Clinton has been a big defender of Israel and the idea of Jerusalem as its capitol. But now, reversing her previous positions, she has warned that any action, even symbolic, recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol, will not be tolerated. Why? because she claims it will endanger the peace process. Hey, you know what guarantees peace? Surrendering to any aggressor instantly. After all the French saved Paris that way.

Andrew Bolt wrote an article for the Sydney Herald Sun about how two clearly white men got awards that were supposed to be limited to only Aborigines. One of them even won a war restricted to Aboriginal women. He mocked that and the men who did this… and a judge ruled that his column was hate speech and could not be published; that Bolt would be punished. Apparently even white dudes are protected by political correctness if they claim to be black.

Thermometers. They’re useful for measuring temperature, and climate alarmists have claimed that readings prove their case of dangerous global warming. Yet the manufacturer of the thermometers they used have stated that they don’t work that way. Greg Pillowitz at National Review Online writes:

An independent climate science think tank produces evidence from a leading infrared thermometer manufacturer proving that climatologists were mistakenly taking incorrect readings of atmospheric temperatures. Latest findings are set to trigger a paradigm shift in climate science.

Researchers from Canada, USA, Mexico and Britain this week announce a startling discovery that destroys 20 years’ of thinking among government climatologists.

Now a world-leading manufacturer of these high-tech instruments, Mikron Instrument Company Inc., has confirmed that IRT’s are deliberately set to AVOID registering any feedback from greenhouse gases. Thus climate scientists were measuring everything but the energy emitted by carbon dioxide and water vapor.

Oops. Add this to the “weather stations next to heat exhausts” and other data and there’s a serious problem with the data. No wonder the ACU destroyed (oh, excuse me “lost”) so much of it rather than let it fall into the hands of anyone who’d question them.

Trading or buying stocks based on insider information not generally available to the public is illegal – unless you’re a congressmen, according to the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission). I’ve reported on this before, congressmen see absurdly high rates of return on investments and that was investigated by the SEC. However, according to their report, it seems that the laws regarding insider trading do not apply to Congressmen. I wonder how that came about? Likely an oversight on the part of congressmen. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

Government Motors (GM) has discovered a way to get the Chevy Volt to actually sell: pay China to build and buy them.

According to a UN NGO, almost 100,000 Coptic Christians have fled Egypt since Democracy and freedom erupted in the state. Oh I’m sorry, that should read “Islamic anti-Israeli and anti-Christian brutality.” I had the keyboard set on Idealist Leftist mode. Arab Spring isn’t turning out so well for liberty.

And finally, in England, a cafe had a video screen which would display various Bible verses. The Lancashire Police acted swiftly, and ordered the cafe to shut that down. Why? Ross Slater and Jonathan Petre report at the Daily Mail:

Lancashire Police said they had received a complaint on Saturday afternoon from a female customer who was ‘deeply offended’ by the words she had seen on the screen.

A spokesman said they were ‘duty bound’ to respond to the complaint and had concluded the cafe could be in breach of Section 29E of the Public Order Act, which warns that people who play images or sounds that stir up hatred against homosexuals could be guilty of an offence.

However, it also says criticism of sexual conduct ‘shall not be taken of itself to be threatening or intended to stir up hatred’.

All the video did was show a scrolling text of the entire New Testament. The Salt & Light Cafe had it on as part of their Christian themed cafe. “If you broadcast material that causes offence under the Public Order Act then we will have to take matters further. You cannot break the law,” the owner was told when he asked if he was under arrest for showing text from the Bible. Of course, that’s what most of the gay agenda is: make sure the world stops making them feel guilty. But what if that feeling doesn’t come from outside?

And that’s the Word Around the Net for September 30, 2011.

CONNECTING THE DOTS

September 30, 2011

“he was a lone wolf in the operation — they wouldn’t give him any help for 24-hour surveillance.”
Deaths

Briefly, Operation Gunwalker is an expansion of an existing Bush-era ATF program which attempted to track guns that ended up in the hands of narco gangs in Mexico. The Obama administration stepped this up to actually putting guns in the hands of these criminals, resulting in literally hundreds – as in more than 200 – deaths, including US police officers, citizens, and federal agents.

So far this isn’t getting much attention in the news, but its a far more horrific scandal than Watergate, Iran Contra, and Solyndra combined. The Obama administration has been stonewalling investigators and trying to portray this as an isolated state attorney general’s actions.

However, finally, Fox News did cover the story with a pretty devastating lead in:

Not only did U.S. officials approve, allow and assist in the sale of more than 2,000 guns to the Sinaloa cartel — the federal government used taxpayer money to buy semi-automatic weapons, sold them to criminals and then watched as the guns disappeared.

Will this gain any traction? Not if the legacy media can help it. Federal agents were literally ordered to not follow the guns up. Why on earth do this?

Well, a few years ago President Obama stood up and made a speech. Gateway Pundit reminded us all of this speech, with the full video and this excerpt:

“This war is being waged with guns purchased not here but in the United States… more than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States, many from gun shops that lay in our shared border. So we have responsibilities as well.”

Now, usually the Democrat line is 80% but President Obama took it a bit further for effect. Where does that number come from? A statement by the Mexican government, without any statistical or supporting data, just an assertion:

In May 2010, for example, the Mexican government, which has received training from ATF to better identify firearms, said that of the 75,000 firearms it seized in the last three years about 80 percent, or 60,000 firearms, came from the United States.

In reality, only around 17% of the guns used in violent crime in Mexico come from the US. Until Operation Fast and Furious/Gunwalker. They shipped more than two thousand guns across the border deliberately to violent drug cartels.

Remember this little bit from President Obama not long ago? It was reported in May of this year in a profile piece in the Washington Post:

On March 30, the 30th anniversary of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, Jim Brady, who sustained a debilitating head wound in the attack, and his wife, Sarah, came to Capitol Hill to push for a ban on the controversial “large magazines.” Brady, for whom the law requiring background checks on handgun purchasers is named, then met with White House press secretary Jay Carney. During the meeting, President Obama dropped in and, according to Sarah Brady, brought up the issue of gun control, “to fill us in that it was very much on his agenda,” she said.

“I just want you to know that we are working on it,” Brady recalled the president telling them. “We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.”

Already there were rumors of Gunwalker out, and rapidly the story exploded as frustrated ATF and Justice Department whistleblowers went to congress and the press.

Now put that all together with this recent piece by Michael Wash in the New York Post:

After months of pretending that “Fast and Furious” was a botched surveillance operation of illegal gun-running spearheaded by the ATF and the US attorney’s office in Phoenix, it turns out that the government itself was selling guns to the bad guys.

Agent John Dodson was ordered to buy four Draco pistols for cash and even got a letter from his supervisor, David Voth, authorizing a federally licensed gun dealer to sell him the guns without bothering about the necessary paperwork.

“Please accept this letter in lieu of completing an ATF Form 4473 for the purchase of four (4) CAI, Model Draco, 7.62×39 mm pistols, by Special Agent John Dodson,” read the June 1, 2010, letter. “These aforementioned pistols will be used by Special Agent Dodson in furtherance of performance of his official duties.”

On orders, Dodson then sold the guns to known criminals, who first stashed them away and then — deliberately unhindered by the ATF or any other agency — whisked them off to Mexico.

The point wasn’t to track guns because the agents were told not to do so. The point wasn’t to find crooked gun dealers because the agents were working through the dealers. The point wasn’t to stop gun violence because the US government was selling guns to crooks. The point wasn’t to track down the money trail, because agents were ordered not to do so. This wasn’t isolated to one state or one attorney general, and it wasn’t even isolated to just Mexican drug cartels.

What possible purpose could Operation Gunwalker have had? Connect the dots, because no daring investigative reporter at the Washington Post or New York Times is going to do it for you. They’re trying desperately to look the other way.

THE DUTY OF GOVERNMENT

September 30, 2011
“Governments at all levels must make healthy solutions the default social option. That is ultimately government’s highest duty.”
Mayor Bloomberg (D-NYC)

“The point of government is to give people a livelihood so they can provide for their families”
Senior Obama Advisor Valerie Jarrett

And here all this time I thought that governments existed to protect free expression of inherent rights such as life, liberty, and property. At least, that’s what the Founding Fathers of the United States argued. It turns out that taking away liberty is the job of government, to the left.

Or, as Patrick Henry put it:

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.”

I don’t so much blame these people for having crazy ideas, that’s why we have freedom of speech. I blame the American people for giving these people the power to implement their crazy ideas.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

September 30, 2011

Norman Rockwell lives

Rockwell Baseball Image

This is Nick Swisher of the New York Yankees climbing a wall to get the ball in the 2009 world series. An amazing image, swiped from American Digest.

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