Saturday, April 24, 2010
A clutch of polls showed the Conservatives extending their lead in the race for the May 6 General Election, but not making the breakthrough needed to secure an outright majority.
One survey - by Ipsos Mori for the News of the World - suggested that the surge in support for the Liberal Democrats sparked by Nick Clegg's strong showing in the TV debates may have melted away, leaving the party back where it was at the start of the campaign.
But others portrayed the contest as a genuine three-horse race likely to result in a hung Parliament, with the Tories the largest single party.
In the first survey to ask postal voters who they will back, in the Mail on Sunday, BPIX found that 34% said they will back the Conservatives, with the Liberal Democrats on 30% and Labour trailing on 27%.
The millions of postal voters are a "wild card" in this year's election, as many are expected to send their ballot papers off over the next few days, denying the parties the chance to influence them in the final TV debate on Thursday or the remaining days of campaigning.
The BPIX poll found that overall the Tories were on 34% (up three points since last week), the Lib Dems on 30% (down two) and Labour on 26% (down two).
A YouGov survey in the Sunday Times put Tories on 35% (up two), with the Lib Dems down one on 28% and Labour down three on 27%. In the Sunday Telegraph, ICM had Tories on 35% (up one), Lib Dems on 31% (up two) and Labour on 26% (down one).
THIS LEAD WILL GROW IF CAMERON STARTS POUNDING ON THIS:
IT'S EITHER CHANGE WITH HIM
OR A HUNG PARLIAMENT WITH LABOUR.
THIS WILL BOTH DEPRESS LIB-DEM VOTING AND GET SOME TO VOTE TORY.
The Foreign Office was last night forced to issue a public apology after an official document suggested Britain should mark the Pope's visit this year by asking him to open an abortion clinic, bless a gay marriage and launch a range of Benedict-branded condoms.
In a note, the official responsible for sending out the memo – a junior civil servant in his 20s – said: "Please protect; these should not be shared externally. The 'ideal visit' paper in particular was the product of a brainstorm which took into account even the most far-fetched of ideas."
Foreign secretary David Miliband was said to be "appalled", and Britain's ambassador to the Vatican, Francis Campbell, has met Holy See officials to voice the government's regret.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: "This is clearly a foolish document that does not in any way reflect UK government or Foreign Office policy or views. Many of the ideas in the document are clearly ill-judged, naive and disrespectful. The text was not cleared or shown to ministers or senior officials before circulation. As soon as senior officials became aware of the document, it was withdrawn."
THE MEMO CLEARLY REFLECTS THE OPINIONS OF THE LIFE-TIME CIVIL SERVANTS IN THE FOREIGN OFFICE, A NEST OF LEFTISTS AND ANTI-SEMITES - MUCH LIKE OUR OWN STATE DEPARTMENT.
Iran knows that Obama won't attack without first getting "stiff" UNSC sanctions and giving them time to work.
And Iran also knows that Obama would then want a UNSC Resolution authorizing the use of force before getting one from Congress.
So, Iran knows that it can play the same games that Saddam played ONLY MORE SO, because although Blix and el Baradei found that Iraq was in violation of the UNSCR's which comprised the armistice for the Gulf War, no WMD were found IN IRAQ. This has made the CIA's and the USA's assessment of Iran's nuke program suspect.
This has effectively raised the bar on the anti-Iran nations and has made it easier for Iran to operate with even greater disregard for the UN and the USA and the "international community".
Ahmadinejad can be openly defiant and fear nothing.
THANKS TO YOU LEFTISTS! THANKS TO YOU TOO, UN!
THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS YESTERDAY.
HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.
IN FACT; IT HAPPENS SO OFTEN THAT THIS WHOLE TYPE OF POST WILL NOW BE CALLED "THE OBLIGATORY SCOOP" POST IN HONOR OF ALLAHPUNDIT AND HOT AIR.
Friday, April 23, 2010
This is the height of hypocrisy and total bullshit.
Those who make this accusation are idiots. And these idiots are projecting.
In a paragraph imagining how an utterly crisis-ridden USA might lead to a primary challenger for Obama, the NPR columnist wrote:
And every news home page looks like the Drudge Report.Er, um... since DRUDGE is merely an aggregator of leading headlines from leading news services and newspaper from around the nation (and world), this is already the case nearly every day.
The left thinks DRUDGE is some right-wing propagandist when all he really is is the number one referrer for most major news organizations and stories. Because DRUDGE broke the Lewinsky story the left has pigeonholed him as a right-winger. It's a lie that reveals the leftist elite is ignorant. It's the same crap they spew about FOXNEWS.
They think they know everything, but they really don't know shit.
Or as Reagan said; it's not that they don't know anything; it's that everything they know is wrong.
Federal regulators shut down the bank owned by Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias' family on Friday, setting up an expected but daunting challenge in his bid to keep President Barack Obama's old Senate seat in Democratic hands.
Broadway Bank, which was heavy into real estate loans and lost $75 million last year, had been given until Monday to raise about $85 million in new capital, but the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. announced at the close of business Friday that Broadway was among four banks, all in Illinois, that had failed.
Giannoulias, 34, worked at the bank as a senior loan officer until he ran for treasurer four years ago. He has tried to take some of the political and public relations sting out of a collapse, acknowledging the bank is likely to fail but blaming the bad economy. He also said it was financially healthy when he left four years ago.
But his Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, has made the bank's finances a central issue in their Senate race and will continue to focus on Giannoulias' ''reckless decision-making'' at Broadway, Kirk spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski has said.
REZKO. BLAGO. ALEX. ALL CROOKS. ALL OBAMA CRONIES.
I THINK ILLINOISANS ARE TIRED OF THIS CRAP AND WILL ELECT KIRK.
so a slight movement back towards the Conservatives, but nothing that couldn’t just be sample variation.
...The fieldwork was conducted “Thursday night and today”, so is presumably mostly or entirely after the second debate.
THE BRITS WILL NOW BEGIN TO REALIZE THE CHOICE IS NO LONGER BETWEEN CLEGG, BROWN AND CAMERON, BUT BETWEEN THE TORIES AND A HUNG PARLIAMENT RUN BY CLEGG AND BROWN.
I THINK THIS MEANS THAT VOTERS WILL BEGIN TO BREAK BIGTIME FOR THE TORIES.
THEY WANT CHANGE, BUT THEY WANT TO REMAIN BRITISH - AND NOT E.U.ROPEAN.
CAMERON MUST NOW MAKE THIS THE CENTER OF HIS CAMPAIGN: IT'S HIM OR A HUNG PARLIAMENT.
PREDICTION: TORIES WIN A MAJORITY IN PARLIAMENT.
WHY DAVID FRUM, DAVID BROOKS, AND JIM MANZI ARE WRONG TO ATTACK SARAH PALIN, RUSH LIMBAUGH AND MARK LEVIN
These attacks are bad and wrong.
The Right needs all types of voices - and non-PhD's like Rush and Levin and Hannity do a great job of countering "progressives" while speaking plain English. Palin does, too.
In the academic world, using the vernacular and sounding blunt and a bit "crude" counts against you, but in the political world it can be absolutely necessary if your trying to build a national movement which can appeal to all classes, creeds and races.
In other words, for the GOP to become a "big tent" and a majority, the GOP needs communicators like Jefferson and Lincoln, like Patrick Henry and Sam Adams and like Reagan and Palin. One group of communicators will inspire some people with their elegant rhetoric; other communicators will inspire other people with their gutsy plain-talking. Since we need to reach everyone, there's a place for both types of communicators - and more!
Frum's and Brooks's and Manzi's attack on what they feel is the coarse & extremist right-wing is therefore misguided: we will not make the USA more conservative by making the GOP less conservative.
REPEAT: we will not make the USA more conservative by making the GOP less conservative.
And we will not draw more people into the conservative movement by having self-appointed gatekeepers like Frum and Brooks and Manzi attack other conservatives whose style seems beneath them.
Reagan called it the 11th Commandment: Thou Shalt not attack your fellow Republicans.
I wouldn't go that far all the time. Debate within the right is fine.
But when the attack isn't based on substance, but chiefly on style - and when the style attacked is attacked because it's populist and mass media oriented and the critic is an elitist, well then it only serves the enemy.
It's not unlike when THEE-ATER people criticized the nickelodeon, or when Hollywood attacked the boob-tube.
The attacks were bad anbd wron and served no one and advanced nothing.
Neither movies or television made storytelling or drama - or theater - less... er um well less anything. They were additional venues for actors and writers, new venues which brought storytelling and drama to millions and millions and millions more people - people who might not have otherwise seen anything at all.
Therefore was a GAIN for culture, and not a detriment to culture.
Rush and Palin and Levin might not make great graduate school teachers but they are great mass communicators.
We need them to build the movement more than we need Brooks or Frum or Manzi.
And maybe that's what's really bugging Brooks and Frum and Manzi: they are probably venting their own anger at being less popular than people they think are less deserving of adulation than themselves.
I think they should grow up and get over it.
AS RUSSIA BECOMES MORE CAPITALIST, OBAMA WANTS US TO BECOME MORE SOCIALIST. IT MAKES NO SENSE.
Gazprom overtook ExxonMobil as the most profitable company in the world, according to Forbes magazine's list of the 2,000 largest companies published Thursday (see below), but it lost ground on other metrics, leaving it at 16th place, down from 13th last year.
Gazprom raked in $24.33 billion according to this year's ranking, overtaking ExxonMobil, which reported profits of $19.28 billion.
NOW THE LONG KNIVES NEED TO COME OUT AND CAMERON HAS TO TACK RIGHT...
There are five debate polls now out, each published on the basis of the responses of those watching the debate, who were asked in one form or another which candidate had performed best. Two of the polls have David Cameron and Nick Clegg split at the top of the pack by just one percentage point, while one has the Liberal Democrat leader three and another four points clear of both the Labour and Tory leaders. The brightest spot for David Cameron was the poll issued first, by YouGov for the Sun, which put him four points clear. Two of the polls see Brown and Cameron level pegging in second place.
Election debate polls
Angus Reid/PB: Clegg, 33, Cameron 32, Brown 23
ComRes/ITV News: Clegg 33, Brown 30, Cameron 30
ICM/Guardian: Clegg 33, Brown 29, Cameron 29
Populus/Times: Cameron 37, Clegg 36, Brown 27
YouGov/Sun: Cameron 36, Clegg 33, Brown 23
Thursday, April 22, 2010
One senior attorney at SEC headquarters in Washington spent up to eight hours a day accessing Internet porn. When he filled all the space on his government computer with pornographic images, he downloaded more to CDs and DVDs that accumulated in boxes in his offices.MORE HERE.
An SEC accountant attempted to access porn websites 1,800 times in a two-week period and had 600 pornographic images on her computer hard drive.
Another SEC accountant attempted to access porn sites 16,000 times in a single month
- THIS IS PROBABLY GOING ON IN EVERY PART OF THE GOVERNMENT.
- IT'S ANOTHER REASON WE NEED LIMITED GOVERNMENT;
- WHY SHOULD WE PAY FOR BUREAUCRATS WHO SURF PORN ALL DAY!?
NANOTECHNOLOGY: Attacking acne with gold nano-bombs.THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS 5 DAYS AGO:
WE REPORT; YOU DECIDE:
BREAST MILK CURES ACNETELEGRAPH:A face cream that is made from breast milk and coconut oil could cure teenage acne, a study has claimed.WHERE DO YOU APPLY A JOB AS AN BREAST INSPECTOR OR MILK EXTRACTOR?
WE SHALL STAY TUNED - OR SHOULD I SAY KEEP ABREAST OF THE SITUATION?
BLAGO : OBAMA :: LEWINSKY : CLINTON.
HERE'S WHY: CHICAGO SUN TIMES:
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s lawyers asked a federal judge today to force President Obama to testify at Blagojevich’s upcoming corruption trial, asserting that Obama played more of a role in the process of selecting someone to replace him in the U.S. Senate than Obama has acknowledged.
On the day before he was elected president, then-Sen. Obama personally called a union official about his desire for Blagojevich to appoint Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to replace him in the Senate, according to Blagojevich’s defense filing in U.S. District Court in Chicago…
The statements by the union official to the FBI — as relayed through Blagojevich’s lawyers — had never been made public before now.
THE TRIAL WILL UNFOLD THIS SUMMER, AS THE MID-TERM CAMPAIGN BEGINS IN EARNEST.
IT'S CERTAINLY BIGGER THAN FOLEYGATE OR MACACCAGATE,
AND SO HAS POTENTIAL TO BLOCK OUT ANY GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE ECONOMY - OR ANYTHING ELSE.OF COURSE: WE CAN'T COUNT ON THE MSM TO DO ANY OF THE HEAVY-LIFTING.
THAT'S OKAY: THAT'S WHY GOD INVENTED THE BLOGOSPHERE!
Via Hot Air.
AND VIA MEMEORANDUM - IT GETS WORSE! (THANK GOD!):
Former governor Rod Blagojevich's defense team asked Thursday to issue a trial subpoena to the President of the United States of America.
The motion, intended to be heavily redacted, was improperly edited -- the full document was easily viewable if the text is copied and pasted to another document (an error first revealed on Capitol Fax).
Below, the six revelations the redacted portions were meant to conceal.
1. Obama may have lied about conversations with convicted fraudster Tony Rezko...RTWT!!!!!!!
2. Obama may have overtly recommended Valerie Jarret for his Senate seat...
3. A supporter of President Obama may have offered quid pro quo on a Jarrett senate appointment..
4. Obama maintained a list of good Senate candidates...
5. Rahm Emanuel allegedly floated Cheryl Jackson's name for the Senate seat...
6. Obama had a secret phone call with Blagojevich...
OBAMA WILL EITHER LOSE BOTH BODIES OF CONGRESS AND BE NEUTERED FOR HIS LAST 2 YEARS - OR HE WILL LOSE BOTH BODIES OF CONGRESS AND BE IMPEACHED AND CONVICTED!
YUP: UNLIKE CLINTON, OBAMA MAY VERY WELL BE CONVICTED!
Obama to Wall St.: ‘Join Us, Instead of Fighting Us’OBAMA'S RHETORIC REVEALS BOTH A FUNDAMENTAL MISUNDERSTANDING OF CAPITALISM AND THE FREE MARKET AND AN ANTIPATHY TOWARD IT.
By PETER BAKER 3:09 PM ET
Pushing an overhaul plan for financial regulation on Thursday, the president said, “Unless your business model depends on bilking people, there is little to fear from these new rules.”
- IOW: HE'S BASICALLY AS SOCIALISTIC AS SEGOLENE ROYAL AND JOSE LUIS ZAPATERO (ONLY THEY ADMIT IT!); OBAMA KNOWS IF HE ADMITS IT, HE WOULD GO DOWN IN FLAMES.
- THE GOOD THING IS: OBAMA'S POLICIES REVEL WHO HE REALLY IS AND WHAT HE'S REALLY ABOUT
- THAT'S WHY THE DEMOCRATS ARE FACING THE BIGGEST MID-TERM LOSS IN US HISTORY THIS NOVEMBER.
- AND THAT'S WHY OBAMA AND HIS COMRADES ARE RUSHING TO RAM THROUGH AS MUCH SOCIALISM NOW AS THEY CAN.
- IT'S INSANE TO MAKE THE USA MORE SOCIALIST NOW - 20 YEARS AFTER THE WALL FELL AND THE USSR COLLAPSED, AND AS OUR OWN AND EUROPE'S WELFARE STATE BREAK UNDER DEMOGRAPHIC PRESSURES.
- EUROPE IS MOVING RIGHT - IN GERMANY UNDER MERKEL AND IN FRANCE UNDER SARKOZY AND IN ITALY UNDER BERLUSCONI AND IN SWEDEN AND IN DENMARK AND SOON, MOST LIKELY, IN BRITAIN TOO.
- CALIFORNIA AND NEW JERSEY AND MICHIGAN AND ILLINOIS AND NEW YORK ARE ALL CRIPPLED BY HIGH TAXES AND BIG DEFICITS AND BURGEONING UNDER-FUNDED MANDATES AND PENSIONS.
IF WE MOVE FURTHER LEFT, THE WILL BRING A GREATER CALAMITY THAN ANY WE'VE YET SUFFERED - WORSE THAN EITHER THE GREAT DEPRESSION OR THE GREAT RECENT RECESSION.
REMINDER: THE RECENT RECESSION WAS LARGELY A RESULT OF THE HOUSING BUBBLE WHICH WAS THE RESULT OF TOO MUCH SOCIALISM:
IOW: THE REMEDY IS NOT MORE OF WHAT GOT US INTO TROUBLE IN THE FIRST PLACE!
Republican operatives from Washington said the president was playing politics and ignoring what they said were some of the real culprits, the government-backed mortgage housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, accusing Democrats of blocking reforms that would have prevented problems.
“How many times will President Barack Obama mention Fannie/Freddie in his speech on ‘reform’?” Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for Representative Eric I. Cantor of Virginia, the House Republican whip, said in an e-mail message to reporters. “Zero. Not once. Guess it remains the Democrats’ dirty little secret.”
- THIS IS A BIG VICTORY AGAINST GLOBAL JIHAD.
- ISLAM ONLY KEEPS ADHERENTS THROUGH INTIMIDATION AND COERCION. WE NEED TO HELP MUSLIMS WHO SEE THE LIGHT LEAVE ISLAM.
- A LOT DO. MORE WOULD - ESPECIALLY WOMEN LIKE WAFA SULTAN AND AYAAN HIRSI ALI; THERE ARE MILLIONS OF WOMEN LIKE THEM ALL OVER THE WORLD - WOMEN WHO WANT AND NEED TO LIBERATED!
... the governments are issuing gigantic amounts of debt to bail out the banks.
The banks are making money levering up this debt, so it looks like there’s no more problem in the financial system.
So to reduce the debt of governments, we should tax the banks’ balance sheet, which have ballooned as the banks bought government debt with zero-interest financing from the government, and made lots of profits…
Seems a cumbersome way to proceed.
Why pay all these people to sit on a trading floor?
It would be simpler to have the Treasury and Fed buy government securities back and forth from each other at higher prices each time, booking a profit on the trade at each turn.
In a few months, they would have so much profits that they could pay back the whole federal debt!
IT'S ANOTHER HOUSE OF CARDS. A POTEMKIN HOUSE OF CARDS - IF I CAN MIX METAPHORS!
It doesn’t require a conspiratorial inclination to wonder if it was a coincidence that so-called “earth day” shared the date with Vladimir Lenin’s day of birth. But here we are, despite the dire predictions of doom, having fared better than Lenin.
Our gift to you on this the 40th anniversary of the movement devoted to completely distorting environmental and ecological reality are these books, one of which (the first) is officially released today.
... a call to action, warning Americans that their future is being undermined by a phony pseudo-science aimed at altering and dominating every aspect of life in the United States and the world.
... It’s as seamy as what happened on Wall Street.
... the definitive expose...
...exposes errors of global warming advocates. It uses satellite global temperature measurements to show that the “late twentieth century warming” simply did not exist....
Ian Wishart’s international #1 climate bestseller, updated with full analysis of the Climategate scandal...
THE BIGGEST LIE OF THE 20TH CENTURY WAS MARXIST-LENINISM.
THE BIGGEST LIE OF THE 21ST IS ANTHROPOGENIC CLIMATE CHANGE.
BOTH LEFTIST/SOCIALIST LIES ARE HARMFUL TO PROSPERITY.
AS WE HAVE LONG SAID:
IF YOU WANT TO MAKE POVERTY HISTORY, THEN YOU HAVE TO MAKE LEFTISM HISTORY.
The passionately pro-Europe Mr Clegg revealed his views on World War II in an article for the Guardian newspaper in 2002.
‘Watching Germany rise from its knees after the war and become a vastly more prosperous nation has not been easy on the febrile British psyche,’ Mr Clegg wrote, before attacking Britain’s approach to the war.
‘All nations have a cross to bear, and none more so than Germany with its memories of Nazism. But the British cross is more insidious still.
‘A misplaced sense of superiority, sustained by delusions of grandeur and a tenacious obsession with the last war, is much harder to shake off. We need to be put back in our place.’
THE MAJORITY OF BRITS WILL NOT VOTE FOR AN ANTI-BRITISH DEMAGOGUE.
LEFTY-LOONS MIGHT - BUT THEY ARE NOT IN THE MAJORITY, AND THEY WILL PARTLY VOTE FOR LABOUR.
CAMERON HAS JUST BECOME PM.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Or Ashual, a 17-year-old student at the Kfar Saba Amana girls’ school, became the 2010 winner of the World Bible Quiz competition on Tuesday, which took place on Israel’s 62nd Independence Day at the Jerusalem Center for the Performing Arts.That's right, even the PM's own son was a contestant here. This was quite an amazing contest this year.
The first runner-up was Elad Nachshon of the De Shalit high school in Rehovot, while third place went to Avner Netanyahu, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s 15-year-old son, who is a ninth-grader at a school in the capital. The younger Netanyahu was also the winner of last month’s National Bible Quiz.
Ashual bested 15 other finalists from all over the world, including the Americas and Australia.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
- WE WILL NOT FORGET.
- WE WILL NOT FORGIVE.
IOW: WE ARE GOING TO REPEAL YOU DEMOCRATS AND REPLACE YOU DEMOCRATS AND REPLACE YOU WITH SENSIBLE REPUBLICANS...
AND THEN WE'RE GONNA REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMACARE WITH SENSIBLE REFORM.
only a quarter of those questioned said the president should nominate a liberal, with 37 percent saying they want Obama to name a moderate and 36 percent pulling for a conservative candidate.THAT'S A WHOPPING 73% IN FAVOR OF A MODERATE OR CONSERVATIVE.
AWESOME: A LIBERAL NOMINEE WILL BE AS POPULAR AS OBAMACARE.
AND PROBABLY HELP KEEP US TEA PARTIERS MOTIVATED.
IT'S ANOTHER WIN-WIN FOR THE RIGHT:
- IF OBAMA NOMINATES A LIB, THEN HE UPSETS 73% AND WE WIN!
- IF HE NOMINATES A CONSERVATIVE HE PISSES OFF HIS BASE AND ... ER, UM... WE WIN!
...in the White House ... there are only two types of decisions -- bad and worse...YES: OBAMA ONLY MAKES BAD OR WORSE DECISIONS.
- THE MWP WAS AT FIRST POO-POOHED AS MERELY ANECDOTAL BY THE ALARMISTS, THEN THEY TRIED TO HIDE IT AND THEN THEY ARGUED IT WAS LOCAL.
- BUT THERE'S NOW EVEN MORE EVIDENCE THAT IT WAS GLOBAL.
- THIS WOULD MEAN THAT THE RECENT WARMING IS ENTIRELY WITHIN NATURAL RANGES OF THE LAST 500 YEARS.
THEY HAVE TRIED SO HARD TO IGNORE, CONTAIN, ERASE AND LOCALIZE IT BECAUSE IT DESTROYS THEIR ENTIRE ARGUMENT.
THEY HAVE FAILED; THE TRUTH HAS PREVAILED.
NOW WE HAVE TO GET THE AGW-ALARMISTS AND PROFITEERS AND THEIR POLITICAL STOOGES TO STFU.
Update: and what on earth is National Review doing posting an invitation he wrote to one of the meetings he was managing? No wonder I don't particularly care to read their site now.
William Mann of Pittsburgh earns just enough to get by. He is 46, doesn’t own a car, hasn’t taken a vacation in three years and hasn’t had health insurance for most of his adult life.NOW THEY TELL US!??!?!?!
He is just the kind of person who should benefit from the health care overhaul, and he is, in fact, eligible for heavily subsidized insurance that will cost him an estimated $1,845 a year, while the government contributes about $2,756.
But Mr. Mann says he still can’t afford it. He lives too close to the edge, and won’t be buying insurance, even though he will face a fine under a provision called the individual mandate, which penalizes most Americans who don’t buy coverage starting in 2014. The requirement is one of the most controversial aspects of the overhaul.
“I just can’t put that kind of money out for a ‘maybe’ — maybe I’ll get sick and use it,” said Mr. Mann, who makes just over $25,000 a year as an administrative assistant at a small wine distribution company. “That’s a lot of money.”
“The people who make all these decisions don’t live like the way I do,” Mr. Mann added, echoing other uninsured people in his income group. “They don’t live like the rest of us.”
WELL, ER ... UM. IN ALL FAIRNESS: THE NYTIMES IS PROBABLY JUST FINDING THIS OUT, TOO: THEY PROBABLY DIDN'T READ THE BILL EITHER!!!!!!!
OBAMACARE IS AWFUL.
MAYBE THE WORST PIECE OF LEGISLATION EVER PASSED.
REPEAL AND REPLACE THE BILL - AND THE DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS!
The head of the Catholic Church in Cuba says it is in one of its worst crises in recent times and people are openly criticising the socialist system.CUBA MAY BE REACHING THE TIPPING POINT...
Cardinal Jaime Ortega told a local Catholic newsletter that there was a national consensus that the government make the necessary changes "quickly".
He also urged the Communist authorities to free all political prisoners.
Cuba is suffering its worst economic hardship since the slump that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The global economic crisis, the continued US trade embargo, and recent hurricanes have all had an impact on the state-run economy.
... The 73-year-old prelate said that people were openly talking about the deficiencies in Cuba's socialist system, calling it a Stalinist-style bureaucracy producing apathetic workers and low productivity. ... "Our country is in a very difficult situation," he warned. "Certainly the most difficult we have lived in this 21st Century."... "I think this feeling has become a form of national consensus, and its delay is producing impatience and unease among the people."
He also referred to the recent death of a dissident hunger-striker in jail and the growing harassment of the "Ladies in White" - the wives and mothers of political prisoners - actions he called "distressing".
Monday, April 19, 2010
The court ruled there was a "real and substantial risk" they would be forced to marry.
The girls, now aged 12 and 14, became wards of court in 2007 after their parents made plans to send them to Pakistan.
Two of their older brothers had been forced into marriage there in 2005.
THERE SHOULD BE NO PLACE WITHIN CIVILIZED HUMANITY FOR AN IDEOLOGY WHICH TEACHES THAT IT'S FINE FOR PARENTS TO FORCE DAUGHTERS INTO MARRIAGE AT AGE 9, AND WHICH ENCOURAGES PARENTS TO TEACH THEIR SONS THAT MURDERING SISTERS CAN RESTORE FAMILY HONOR.
SUCH AN IDEOLOGY SHOULD BE ERASED FROM THE FACE OF TH EARTH - AS SLAVERY WAS.
THE DEMOCRATS CYNICALLY USE THE RACISM CHARGE TO HOLD ON TO THE BLACK VOTE: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS SCOOPS TARANTO/WSJ AND INSTAPUNDIT BY 3 WEEKS
WELL THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS POSTED THIS THREE WEEKS AGO:
JAMES TARANTO: Why The Left Needs Racism: It Serves A Political Purpose.The political left claims to love racial diversity, but it bitterly opposes such diversity on the political right.
This is an obvious matter of political self-interest: Since 1964, blacks have voted overwhelmingly Democratic. If Republicans were able to attract black votes, the result would be catastrophic for the Democratic Party.
Even in 2008, the Democrats’ best presidential year since ‘64, if the black vote had been evenly split between the parties (and holding the nonblack vote constant), Barack Obama would have gotten about 48% of the vote and John McCain would be president.
WE EVEN UPDATED THIS ANGLE A FEW DAYS AGO.
FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM AGAINST TEA PARTIERS IS A DELIBERATE STRATEGY OF THE DEMOCRATS BECAUSE THEY ARE CYNICALLY TRYING TO MOTIVATE THEIR BLACK BASEUPDATED: SCROLL DOWN!
WHEN DEMOCRAT POLITICIANS - LIKE CROOKED CHARLIE RANGEL -AND THEIR WATER-CARRIERS CALL US TEA PARTIERS "RACIST" THEY ARE MERELY BEING DIVISIVE CYNICS AND MENDACIOUS PURVEYORS OF HATE:
The real reason the Democrats are making a CONCERTED effort to smear the Tea Party as racist is to motivate their BLACK BASE top vote in large numbers/high % this November.
One of the MAJOR reasons Obama beat McCain was the black turnout; they need to repeat this to have any chance of holding the House and the Senate.
Here's the back-story:THE MARGIN OF VICTORY FOR OBAMA WAS THE BLACK VOTE;
In last year’s presidential election, younger blacks voted in greater proportions than whites for the first time and black women turned out at a higher rate than any other racial, ethnic and gender group, a census analysis released Monday confirmed.
As a result, in the election that produced the nation’s first black president, the historic gap between black and white voter participation rates over all virtually evaporated.
Total turnout in 2008 was about the same as it was in 2004, about 64 percent of voting age citizens.
But with Barack Obama on the ballot, the makeup of the 131 million who voted last year was markedly different.
While the number of non-Hispanic white voters remained roughly the same, 2 million more blacks, 2 million more Latinos and 600,000 more Asians turned out.
Compared with 2004, the voting rate for black, Asian and Hispanic voters increased by about four percentage points.
The rate for whites declined by one percentage point.
REPEAT: THE MARGIN OF VICTORY FOR OBAMA WAS THE BLACK VOTE.
AND IT WASN'T AN ACCIDENT; POLITICO - 10/6/08, JUST A MONTH BEFORE THE ELECTION:IN 2008, THE LEFT HAD A BLACK MAN ON THE TOP OF THE TICKET, AND TOOK ADVANTAGE OF IT. (THEY ALSO LIED, AND TOLD THE ELECTORATE THAT OBAMA - THE MOST LEFTIST CANDIDATE EVER NOMINATED - WAS A CENTRIST.)
As Barack Obama trekked through the Philadelphia suburbs, Northern Virginia and Greensboro, N.C., in recent days, his campaign was ramping up a massive parallel effort in big cities like Detroit, Cleveland and Miami.
In the largely black precincts of those metropolises, radio broadcasts blast constant reminders to vote for Obama, field organizers swarm, and megastars including Jay-Z, Russell Simmons and LeBron James have led massive rallies, working to reach not just the substantial portion of the black community who regularly come out to vote but also the younger people and others who have never before cast a ballot.
Though the rallies are publicized, much of the advertising directed at black voters isn't. Get-out-the-vote ads on radio and television aren't released to the media, and the number of new voters Obama has registered is a closely held secret. He is, however, leaving no stone unturned when it comes to registering African-American voters. The campaign has, for example, a major initiative aimed at turning barbershops and beauty parlors into voter registration offices. This week, Kimora Lee Simmons' E! Network reality show, "Life in the Fab Lane," carried a campaign ad at the bottom of the screen reminding citizens to register to vote.
Monday morning, the deadline for registration in several key states, Obama appeared on two of the most widely heard African-American radio programs, where hosts implored listeners to register to vote and Obama directed them to his campaign's registration website.
"The African-American vote can be a game-changer in all sorts of states," Obama told host Steve Harvey. "In Florida, in Indiana, in North Carolina, in Ohio. I just want people to look at the numbers."
Little of this targeted outreach has produced images of Obama addressing black crowds or mingling with black officials, and most has gone unnoticed by the broader electorate.
"If you didn't notice it, then you probably weren't the target," said Obama spokesman Corey Ealons of the targeted advertising. He described the campaign's general voter registration drive — which has focused heavily on young voters, as well as African-Americans — as "a very extensive effort and that's been one of the highlights and major focuses of the campaign."
IN 2010, THEY DON'T HAVE A BLACK ON TOP OF THE TICKET, AND SO ARE RESORTING TO RACIST SMEARS.
IT'S A DELIBERATE AND COORDINATED STRATEGY:
Obama and Axelrod and Jarret and Rahm and Rangel know that key reason Obama won was because of a high black turnout and they need blacks to vote in order to have any shot at holding the House and even maybe the Senate.
This is why they have cynically decided to LIE and SMEAR the Tea Party as racist.
It's a lie.
It will not stand.
The Tea Party is basically devoted to LIMITED GOVERNMENT: race is absolutely NOT AN ISSUE for us.
- The ONLY people making an issue out if race are the DEMOCRATS.
Don't be duped by the race-baiting Democrats.
- The Democrats under Obama are NOT a "post-racial" party; they are RACE-BAITING DEMAGOGUES.
Vote GOP in 2010.
REGULAR READERS KNOW THAT WE SCOOP THE BIGGIES ALL THE TIME.
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD, BLOGROLL US, BOOKMARK US, FOLLOW US.
10.You should vote Democrat if you believe oil companies' profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn't.
9. You should vote Democrat if you believe the government will do a better job of spending the money you earn than you would.
8. You should vote Democrat if you believe Freedom of speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.
7. You should vote Democrat if you believe you're way too irresponsible to own a gun, and feel that you need to be safe are the local cops to protect you from murderers and thieves and terrorists.
6. You should vote Democrat if you believe that people who can't tell us if it will rain on Friday can tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if everyone doesn't start driving a Prius.
5. You should vote Democrat if you believe the slaughter of millions of babies through abortion is okay, but that we should keep all death row inmates alive.
4. You should vote Democrat if you believe illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education, and Social Security benefits.
3. You should vote Democrat if you believe that businesses should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They just need to break even and should give the rest away to the government for redistribution as the Democrats see fit.
2. You should vote Democrat if you believe liberal judges need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters.
1. You should vote Democrat if your head is so firmly planted up your ass it's unlikely that you'll ever have another point of view.
MORE PROOF THAT IT'S TIME THAT ALL AMERICAN JEWS WOKE UP: ISRAEL IS TWICE AS POPULAR IN THE GOP THAN IN THE DEMOCRAT PARTY
In a recent Gallup poll, 85 percent of Republicans and only 48 percent of Democrats supported Israel rather that the Palestinians.THINK ABOUT IT MY FELLOW JEWS: LESS THAN HALF OF YOUR COMRADES IN THE DEMOCRAT PARTY SUPPORT ISRAEL.
LESS THAN HALF.
SUBTRACT THE JEWS AND IT'S PROBABLY ONLY A THIRD,
AND THEY'RE ALL PROBABLY OVER 50!
FACE IT, MY FELLOW JEWS: YOU NO LONGER HAVE A HOME IN THE DEMOCRAT PARTY.
IT'S TIME TO JOIN THE GOP, AND VOTE FOR THOSE WHO WOULD STAND WITH YOU - SHOULDER TO SHOULDER, AND NOT THOSE WHO THINK ISRAELI OBSTINACY IS THE REAL PROBLEM.
Latest poll (Sun/YouGov) Labour 68 seats short of a majority
The Conservatives have regained their lead over the Liberal Democrats, according to a new opinion poll which puts the Tories two points ahead of Nick Clegg's party.
Five new polls out, all of them confirming that the Lib Dem surge is being sustained.STILL TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT, AND NOT ENOUGH FOR AN OUTRIGHT TORY WIN.
- Angus Reid/PoliticalBetting has the Tories on 32 per cent (-6), Labour on 24 per cent (-4) and the Lib Dems on 32 per cent (+10);
- ITV/Independent/ComRes has the Conservatives on 32 per cent (+1), Labour on 28 per cent (+1) and the Lib Dems on 28 per cent (-1);
- The Daily Express/Opinium has the Tories on 32 per cent (-5), Labour on 26 per cent (nc) and the Lib Dems on 29 per cent (+12);
- the latest Sun/YouGov poll has the Conservatives on 33 per cent (+1), Labour on 27 per cent (+1) and the Lib Dems on 31 per cent (-2);
- and The Guardian/ICM has the Tories on 33 per cent (-4), Labour on 28 per cent (-3) and the Lib Dems on 30 per cent (+10).
CAMERON NEEDS TO DO WHAT MCCAIN IS DOING: TACK RIGHT!
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen told a forum at Columbia University yesterday, "Iran getting a nuclear weapon would be incredibly destabilizing. Attacking them would also create the same kind of outcome...In an area that's so unstable right now, we just don't need more of that."THE ONLY WAY TO GUARANTEE A DELAY OF AN IRANIAN NUKES IS TO ATTACK THEM - AND THE SOONER THE BETTER.
But Mullen's formulation of geostrategic equivalance ignores a massive difference between the two outcomes: Even assuming the degree and kind of "destabilization" would be the same in both the cases of attack and appeasement (which I don't think would be so), one scenario--attack--leaves Iran without nuclear weapons, at least for now; the other--appeasement--means Iran would have nuclear weapons going forward.
Which unstable outcome is less damaging to U.S. interests?
I think the answer is pretty clear: An attacked Iran that does not have nukes.
- THE LOWER OBAMA IS IN THE POLLS, THE MORE LIKELY OBAMA IS TO DO WHAT MUST BE DONE, (THOUGH HE WILL ONLY DO IT TO HELP HIMSELF AND THE DEMOCRATS IN THE POLLS/ELECTION).
- IT'S THEREFORE A 3-WAY GAME OF CHICKEN BETWEEN IRAN, ISRAEL AND OBAMA.
- OBAMA WOULD LIKE ISRAEL TO DO IT ASAP, SO HE COULD HAVE HIS CAKE AND EAT IT TOO: BY PRIVATELY APPLAUDING ISRAEL AND PUBLICLY SCOLDING THEM AND SIDING ONCE AGAIN WITH THE MUSLIMS.
OBAMA PREFERS BEING COZY WITH THE CURRENT REGIME AND AN IMAGINARY "STABILITY" HE THINKS HE CAN ACHIEVE VIA DIPLOMACY - A STABILITY HE THINKS CAN BE ATTAINED BY SCREWING ISRAEL.
YES: OBAMA IS A WALT-MEARSHEIMERIST THROUGH AND THROUGH:
- LIKE ALL ANTI-ZIONISTS AND ALL LEFTISTS, OBAMA THINKS WW4 IS CHIEFLY A RESULT OF THE ISRAELI-ARAB CONFLICT,
- AND HE THINKS THE CONFLICT COULD BE EASILY ENDED IF ONLY ISRAEL WOULD MAKE MORE CONCESSIONS.
- THE GAZA WITHDRAWAL
- THE PHILIPPINES
- TO THAILAND
- AND AFGHANISTAN
- AND ALGERIA
- AND MOROCCO
- AND NIGERIA
- AND A SCORE OF OTHER PLACES WHERE THERE ARE
- NO F*CKING JEWS
- AND NO F*CKING ZIONISTS
- AND NO F*CKING ISRAELIS
- AND NO F*CKING REPUBLICANS
- AND NO F*CKING NEO-CONS
- AND NO F*CKING RACIST TEABAGGERS.
THAT'S WHY NOTHING GOOD CAN COME OF IT.
THERE'S A SOLUTION: VOTE GOP THIS NOVEMBER.
WE CAN SUFFOCATE OBAMA'S IDIOTIC AND DANGEROUS ADMINISTRATION RIGHT THEN AND THERE.
- RELIGION IS THE OPIATE OF THE MASSES.
- ANTHROPOGENIC CO2 IS CAUSING UNPRECEDENTED AND SOON TO BE CATASTROPHIC GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE.
- PEAK OIL WILL DESTROY THE GLOBAL ECONOMY; THEREFORE WE MUST FORCE PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES AND ECONOMIES TO SWITCH ENERGY SOURCES NOW - AND HIGHER TAXES WILL HELP.
- THE PROFIT SYSTEM AND PRIVATE ENTERPRISE ARE BASED ON GREED AND ARE INEFFICIENT AND IMMORAL.
- WE CAN REDISTRIBUTE WEALTH AND ELIMINATE POVERTY.
- MEDICARE AND MEDICAID WORK BETTER THAN PRIVATE INSURANCE.
- DISARMAMENT AND APPEASEMENT AND AN EMPHASIS ON DIPLOMACY AND MULTILATERALISM WILL DIMINISH INTERNATIONAL HOSTILITY AND INCREASE THE PEACE.
So... looking back over this short list, what do we see?
WE SEE THAT THE ENTIRE LEFTIST PLATFORM IS A MISH-MASH OF FALSEHOODS, VESTIGIAL PROPAGANDA, POOR ANALYSIS AND INEFFECTIVE POLICIES.
IN A JUST AND SANE WORLD LEFTISM WOULD HAVE BEEN LONG AGO CONSIGNED TO THE DUSTBIN OF HISTORY AND NOW SOLELY BE THE OBJECT OF SHAME AND RIDICULE.
WE CAN TAKE A MAJOR STEP IN THAT SANE AND JUST DIRECTION THIS NOVEMBER:
THEY TROTTED OUT THE BLACK CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS IN A PREMEDITATED ATTEMPT TO PAINT US AS RACISTS.
THEY'RE TROTTING OUT BILL CLINTON NOW.
WHAT'S NEXT, JIMMY CARTER?
AND WHEN HE FLOPS, THEN WHO WILL THEY TURN TO?
THEY'VE GOT NOTHING. NO ONE. NOBODY. THEY'RE KAPUT.
What Z has to say about what she learned with regard to how our national security is being jeopardized by BHO is a must-read!
[Debra Burlingame] met with Obama regarding Gitmo and she reminded him how he'd once said how safe and good for prisoners it was there and she added that it would help if he'd elaborate on that and remind Americans of that fact. She said he simply "shrugged" and took the next question....
Debra Burlingame flashed on a screen a flier Gitmo detainees got for months....it was in Arabic and told how CRUEL and INHUMAN their treatment was there and gave ways to get out of having to answer interrogators, lies to use, etc etc. This was published by American attorneys....
WE ARE LESS SAFE NOW THAN UNDER BUSH.
The data under discussion are records associated with various kinds of communication, but not their content. Examples of this "metadata" include the origin, destination and path of an e-mail; the phone numbers called from a particular telephone; and the Internet address of someone making an Internet phone call. It was not clear what kind of data had provoked the court's concern.
Some House Republicans have argued that the suspension of collection creates an intelligence gap that undermines the government's ability to track and identify terrorist networks, according to officials familiar with the matter. Frustrated about waiting for a remedy, these Republicans say the gap can be closed with a technical fix to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the officials said.
"This is a basic tool we used to have, and it's now gone," said one intelligence official familiar with the impasse. "Every day, every week that goes by, there's just one more week of information that we're not collecting. You sit there and say, 'This is unbelievable that we have this gap.' "The data could be used to help analysts learn whom a suspect was working and communicating with, and to "detect and anticipate" a plot, the official said. "It's not a concern over what was being collected," he said. "It's just a question about whether the law was written in a way that allowed the information to be collected in a way that they were collecting it."
... The NSA voluntarily stopped gathering the data in December or January rather than wait to be told to do so, the officials said. The agency had been collecting it with court permission for several years, officials said.
- BECAUSE UNDER OBAMA WE ARE COLLECTING LESS DATA.
- BECAUSE UNDER OBAMA WE ARE GIVING THE CAPTURED ENEMY MORE RIGHTS AND GETTING LESS INTEL' FROM THEM AS A RESULT.
- BECAUSE UNDER OBAMA WE ARE CAPTURING LESS OF THE ENEMY.
- BECAUSE UNDER OBAMA WE WON'T EVEN CALL THE ENEMY WHAT THEY ARE ANYMORE.
IT'S AVOIDABLE - AND IF WE HAD A PRESIDENT WHO FELT HIS MOST IMPORTANT JOB WAS DEFENDING US AND NOT APOLOGIZING FOR US WE WOULD AVOID IT.
In October, 2003 – 11 years after the confession, just after his probation sentence ended – Sypnieski was brought into the Church School’s thrift shop as a volunteer by Allen-Faiella. Allen-Faiella admitted “I was made aware of his record on the sixteenth of December [a Tuesday in 2003],” but because the Christmas break was to begin Friday, she stated that “I intended to take care of the situation as soon as we got back. In fact I put it on the calendar for January 7 to talk with my priest assistant how we were going to handle the matter.” According to the Miami New Times, “When parents discovered the man’s criminal record, Allen-Faiella failed to take immediate action, so the school’s principal, Carol Shabe, forcefully confronted the pastor, demanding that the man’s school access be revoked at once….” According to the report, the school principal had to ask Allen-Faiella two more times to take Sypnieski’s keys away from him before Allen-Faiella would take action. Parents and donors withdrew support for the school in reaction to the pastor’s behavior; and Pastor Allen-Faiella fired the school principal Carol Shabe later that year for “divisiveness.”So on the one hand, Allen-Faiella initially refused to get rid of the lubricant, until the parental withdrawal of donations probably forced her to. On the other hand, she fired the principal, who was much more responsible, possibly in revenge. Just what kind of pastor is this who refuses to take responsibility? A disgusting person like that should have her own degree as a pastor revoked.
As for CAIR, it's worth noting, besides the fact that they have recruited a most utterly reprehensible person for their smear campaign, and have been most obnoxious in their assaults on free speech, that they are an unregistered foreign agent, and have not reported what they're doing to the Foreign Agents Registration Act. And that, as Savit says, is breaking the law.
Savit and company have sent a letter to Allen-Faiella about this, but I won't be surprised if she ignores their arguments just as much. Anyone who could put up with a child rapist as much as she has cannot be expected to understand the seriousness of the subject of Islamofascism and terrorism either.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak has vowed to respond "resolutely" to the sinking of a warship last month near the sea border with the North.
The North has denied causing the explosion near the disputed border which sank with the loss of 40 sailors.
In an emotional speech, the president wiped away tears as he recited the names of the dead and missing sailors.
WHAT WILL OBAMA DO!?
PROBABLY SEND CARTER, BJ CLINTON AND MADELINE ALLBRIGHT TO NORTH KOREA WITH GIFTS AND TO OFFER AN APOLOGY FOR LEE MYUNG-BAK'S OVERLY PASSIONATE AND THOUGHTLESSLY AGGRESSIVE WORDS.
When President Obama took the stage in Cairo last June, promising a new relationship with the Islamic world, Muslims in America wondered only half-jokingly whether the overture included them. After all, Mr. Obama had kept his distance during the campaign, never visiting an American mosque and describing the false claim that he was Muslim as a “smear” on his Web site.
Rashad Hussain, 31, a White House lawyer, was appointed to become the United State’s special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference.
Tariq Ramadan, who was barred from the United States under President George W. Bush, spoke to a New York audience in April.
Nearly a year later, Mr. Obama has yet to set foot in an American mosque. And he still has not met with Muslim and Arab-American leaders. But less publicly, his administration has reached out to this politically isolated constituency in a sustained and widening effort that has left even skeptics surprised.
Muslim and Arab-American advocates have participated in policy discussions and received briefings from top White House aides and other officials on health care legislation, foreign policy, the economy, immigration and national security. They have met privately with a senior White House adviser, Valerie Jarrett, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to discuss civil liberties concerns and counterterrorism strategy.
The impact of this continuing dialogue is difficult to measure, but White House officials cited several recent government actions that were influenced, in part, by the discussions. The meeting with Ms. Napolitano was among many factors that contributed to the government’s decision this month to end a policy subjecting passengers from 14 countries, most of them Muslim, to additional scrutiny at airports, the officials said.
That emergency directive, enacted after a failed Dec. 25 bombing plot, has been replaced with a new set of intelligence-based protocols that law enforcement officials consider more effective.
Also this month, Tariq Ramadan, a prominent Muslim academic, visited the United States for the first time in six years after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reversed a decision by the Bush administration, which had barred Mr. Ramadan from entering the country, initially citing the U.S.A. Patriot Act. Mrs. Clinton also cleared the way for another well-known Muslim professor, Adam Habib, who had been denied entry under similar circumstances.
IF OBAMA REALLY WAS A CRYPTO-MUSLIM, THEN WOULD HE BE DOING ANYTHING DIFFERENTLY?
JEWS WHO SUPPORT OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS MIGHT AS WELL BE SUPPORTING CAIR AND FATAH AND HAMAS AND HIZBALLAH.
JEWS WHO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS ARE JUDENRATE.
JEWS WHO VOTED FOR OBAMA IN 2008 CAN REDEEM THEMSELVES BY VOTING GOP THIS NOVEMBER.
THEN NOTHING WILL!
(NOT AVAILABLE AT HOT AIR.)
ALLEN WEST: THE US CONSTITUTION SAYS "TO PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE" NOT TO PROVIDE THE GENERAL WELFARE
SUPPORT THIS MAN!
[OBAMA'S AND THE DEMOCRATS PLAN] undermines the very foundation of our economic system when the government decides that a financial institution is too big or too powerful to fail.RTWT.
The big banks and investment companies hold a significant advantage in the competition for funds (for example, from depositors and bond holders), because creditors know that they will be bailed out when a crisis occurs.
This advantage has systematically undermined the competitive position of every smaller bank, and has enabled the largest banking organizations to more than double their share of industry assets since the 1990s.
These trends serve neither the national economy nor communities like Santa Fe.
And in the end, they are a burden on taxpayers.
Unfortunately, the proposal for regulatory reform now before the Senate does not eliminate the concept of too-big-to-fail, and it deliberately narrows the central bank’s focus to Wall Street alone.
... The flawed logic of this proposed change is that only the biggest firms are systemically important; that only they require the contingency lending that the Fed provides at its discount window; that only they will be involved in future crises; and that overseeing these firms is sufficient to provide the “macro-prudential supervision” the central bank’s charter requires. By this reasoning, the 6,700 other banks and the communities they serve are of no immediate consequence to the mission of the Federal Reserve. Who outside of Wall Street can legitimately support such thinking?
... Because the Federal Reserve supervises banks and bank holding companies of all sizes, it is able to address regional as well as national banking problems when they erupt. In addition, I and other Fed presidents can take information about regional financial and economic conditions into monetary policy discussions.
Without the Fed seeing the view from every corner of America, without every bank knowing it will be treated the same, the Federal Reserve cannot do its job and direct the same attention to the smallest firms as the largest. It cannot serve Main Street.
Thomas Hoenig is the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
A YouGov poll for Monday's Sun has put the Liberal Democrats in first place – the second time in as many days that they have been placed in the lead.
The Lib Dems are on 33%, ahead of the Conservatives on 32%.
The gain appears to have come predominantly at the expense of Labour, which polled just 26%. Other parties polled at 8%.
JUST LIKE HERE: The people are rightly fed up with both major parties.
if the results were repeated at the election it would mean that Labour would mean that the Tories would have the most seats, with 244.
Despite being six points behind the Tories and seven behind the Liberal Democrats, Labour would have 243 seats.
The Lib Dems would get just 134, leaving them the powerbrokers in a hung parliament.
MY PREFERENCE WOULD BE FOR THE TORIES AND UKIP TO FORM A COALITION.
RIGHT NOW THE MOST LIKELY THING IS THE WORST: A LABOUR/LIB-DEM COALITION. MAYBE EVEN WITH CLEGG AS PM IF THE LIB-DEMS GET THE OVERALL POPULAR VOTE!
STAY TUNED OLD CHAP...
- ON ONE SIDE ARE FOLKS WHO WANT TO RE-INFLATE THE WELFARE STATE.
- ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE PEOPLE WHO VALUE THEIR INDEPENDENCE AND SELF-RELIANCE.
WE CANNOT BE BOUGHT.
UPDATE: And now a few words from Ralph Waldo Emerson:
There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better for worse as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on the plot of ground which is given him to till.
... Whoso would be a man, must be a non-conformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
... A man is to carry himself in the presence of all opposition as if every thing were titular and ephemeral but he.
... o not tell me, as a good man did today, of my obligation to put all poor men in good situations. Are they my poor? I tell thee thou foolish philanthropist that I grudge the dollar, the dime, the cent I give to such men as do not belong to me and to whom I do not belong. There is a class of persons to whom by all spiritual affinity I am bought and sold; for them I will go to prison if need be; but your miscellaneous popular charities; the education at the college of fools; the building of meeting-houses to the vain end to which many now stand; alms to sots, and the thousandfold Relief Societies; though I confess with shame I sometimes succumb and give the dollar, it is a wicked dollar, which by-and-by I shall have the manhood to withhold.
... Few and mean as my gifts may be, I actually am, and do not need for my own assurance or the assurance of my fellows any secondary testimony.
What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
The objection to conforming to usages that have become dead to you is that it scatters your force. It loses your time and blurs the impression of your character. If you maintain a dead church, contribute to a dead Bible-Society, vote with a great party either for the Government or against it, spread your table like base housekeepers, — under all these screens I have difficulty to detect the precise man you are. And of course so much force is withdrawn from your proper life. But do your thing, and I shall know you. Do your work, and you shall reinforce yourself.
... Why then do we prate of self-reliance? Inasmuch as the soul is present there will be power not confident but agent. To talk of reliance is a poor external way of speaking. Speak rather of that which relies because it works and is. Who has more soul than I masters me, though he should not raise his finger. Round him I must revolve by the gravitation of spirits.
... It is easy to see that a greater self-reliance — a new respect for the divinity in man — must work a revolution in all the offices and relations of men; in their religion; in their education; in their pursuits; their modes of living; their association; in their property; in their speculative views.
... nsist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession. That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him. No man yet knows what it is, nor can, till that person has exhibited it. Where is the master who could have taught Shakespeare? Where is the master who could have instructed Franklin, or Washington, or Bacon, or Newton? Every great man is an unique.
... Do that which is assigned thee and thou canst not hope too much or dare too much.
... And so the reliance on Property, including the reliance on governments which protect it, is the want of self-reliance.
... The political parties meet in numerous conventions; the greater the concourse and with each new uproar of announcement, The delegation from Essex! The Democrats from New Hampshire! The Whigs of Maine! the young patriot feels himself stronger than before by a new thousand of eyes and arms. In like manner the reformers summon conventions and vote and resolve in multitude. But not so, O friends! will the God deign to enter and inhabit you, but by a method presently the reverse. It is only as a man puts off from himself all external support and stands alone that I see him to be strong and to prevail. He is weaker by every recruit to his banner. Is not a man better than a town? Ask nothing of men, and, in the endless mutation, thou only firm column must presently appear the upholder of all that surrounds thee. He who knows that power is in the soul, that he is weak only because he has looked for good out of him and elsewhere, and, so perceiving, throws himself unhesitatingly on his thought, instantly rights himself, stands in the erect position, commands his limbs, works miracles; just as a man who stands on his feet is stronger than a man who stands on his head.
... Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.
THE TEA PARTY IS NOT AN INCORPORATED FACTION MEANT TO PERSIST WITH CONVENTIONS AND PATRONAGE.
THE TEA PARTY IS AN EMERSONIAN ARMY; IT IS AN ARMY OF DAVIDS.
READY TO FIGHT AND WIN. AND THEN GO HOME TILL WE MUST FIGHT AGAIN ---
--- LIKE CINCINNATUS - AND LIKE THE AMERICAN CINCINNATUS, GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON.
UPDATE: SCOOPED GLENN BY 4 HOURS.