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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Public Employee Unions and Pension Debt

There is a movement afoot, primarily in President Barack Obama's home state, Illinois, to bail out public employee pensions, which are underwater to the tune of $167 billion. In order to sell the deal to Congress, those in favor of bailing out ailing Illinois want to bail out every public pension system in America which is in debt and unable to clear that debt.

The conservative policy group estimates the total amount of under-funded pension liabilities in all fifty states is at least $2.5 trillion, with Illinois leading the nation. 
The basic plan floated by Governor Quinn (D-IL) would be for the federal government to rescue the pension program through buying the state’s bonds, which critics say are too financially risky to attract investors.

Quinn said after announcing the budget that seeking the federal guarantee was only a precaution, then later called the related wording a “drafting error,” according the non-partisan Citizens Against Government Waste, which nevertheless gave the governor its September 2012 “Porker of the Month” award. (Fox News)
The logic runs this way from the Illinois perspective: The US Government can print money (technically the Federal Reserve manages this but I'm not putting too fine of a point on it) with reckless abandon to manage its debt, but states are constrained to pay their bills. To fund this shortfall, the federal government would be required to back (essentially worthless) state bonds - which means that the US Mint would roll ink on another $2.5 trillion since China isn't stupid enough to loan us money anymore.

The numbers are far from certain from a national perspective. An editorial last Tuesday in the Chicago Tribune argued that saving Illinois will “start a stampede of demands for equal treatment from other financially troubled states” with public pension debts ranging from $1 trillion to $25 trillion. So is it $1 trillion or $25 trillion? The answer is that nobody knows and nobody in the mainstream media is looking too closely because the public employee unions, including SEIU (catspaw of the Democratic Party) wants them to look the other way.

How did this happen?

Public Employee Unions use member contributions to legally contribute to the campaign of politicians who vote for their salaries. No, it's not considered a conflict of interest. Politicians enjoy the flood of money and they are voting YOUR MONEY to pay salaries, benefits and pensions, not THEIR MONEY. Politicians encumber future generations to stay in the union's pocket.


The Democratic Party's strategy for 2012 is really very easy. They simply have to put fear into the hearts of the American people that their gravy train will go off the tracks if they elect a Republican Administration that will oppose these practices. And when you look at the polling numbers, their strategy is working very well.

California Responds


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Proposition 32, the "Paycheck Protection" Initiative, is on the November 6, 2012 ballot in California as a public initiative measure.

If approved by the voting public, Proposition 32 will:
  • Ban both corporate and union contributions to state and local candidates
  • Ban contributions by government contractors to the politicians who control contracts awarded to them
  • Ban automatic deductions by corporations, unions, and government of employees’ wages to be used for politics
If Proposition 32 passes, it will gut the Union's abilities to buy their paychecks by 'legally' bribing the politicians that vote for those increases. It will not address the out-of-balance debts that previous politicians encumbered for the citizens. However, it's a step in the right direction.


Saturday, September 29, 2012

How it's Supposed to Happen

Today, I attended a T-Ball game in Temecula, CA. My grandson plays for the Diamondbacks (D-Backs).

They play at the Ronald Reagan Sports Park. It wasn't so named because Reagan bogarted the money out of the taxpayer's pocket to build it.
"There are similar stories right here in California, the folks in a rather small town, Temecula. They got together and built themselves a sports park, held fundraising barbecues and dinners. And those that didn't have money, volunteered the time and energy. And now the young people of that community have baseball diamonds for Little League and other sports events, just due to what's traditional Americanism." - Ronald Reagan, at a Luncheon Meeting of the United States Olympic Committee in Los Angeles, California March 3, 1983
It's not government's role to do it all for us. It's up to us to do for ourselves. Coincidently,  the sport's park isn't full of trash and graffiti either. I wonder why? Maybe it's because people have a stake in the outcome of what they build. After the baseball game, I saw people picking up trash that they may have or may not have been responsible for in an effort to keep the facility clean.

Alyssa standing next to a statue of President Reagan
It's the opposite from the Obama "You didn't build that" doctrine. One of the reasons that the inner city is always such an open sewer is because people don't have a stake in anything. The government "free" money is treated as an entitlement and not as something that people sweated and sacrificed for.

Building America's youth through sports and developing character
without government money or interference.
Temecula is a multi-cultural town and in that it's typical of most of Southern California. It's a melting pot of races, religions and national origins. Where it differs, particularly in this case, from many cities is that people decided to BUILD IT.






Paid SEIU hirelings in Ohio


Protesters paid $11.00 per hour to oppose Governor Mitt Romney in Ohio, courtesy of SEIU. 

I'm not suggesting that stimulus money was at the root of this particular protest, but it makes me wonder how many of the 'shovel ready' jobs that came from the $800,000,000 stimulus package were earmarked for positions designed to keep Obama in power. Or, am I a cynic?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Obama Phone

Where do free cell phones come from? How do you get your free Obama Phone?

Here is a (viral) video of an Ohio voter who is the recipient of President Obama's largess (with your tax dollars). Some people would call it buying votes. I leave it for you to decide.


The Lifeline program was established in 1984 with the best of intentions to subsidize landline telephone service for low income Americans. The government funded Lifeline by collecting telecommunication fees from consumers. If you look at your telephone bill you'll see the Lifeline excise tax. That's the money that goes to the happy Obama supporter (above) who enjoys using her free cellular telephone with free service.  

In 2008, the government expanded Lifeline to include cell phones under a fairness doctrine. The program's cost rose to $772 million in 2008 and by 2011 the excise tax for Lifeline was at $1.6 billion. It will be higher in 2012 but fear not, people like the lady in the video above thank you for the freebie. 
In some instances, the government is handing out multiple phones to the same people. And there’s no national tracking system keeping tabs on who’s enrolled—or whether participants even qualify. (Businessweek)
A 2011 audit found that 269,000 wireless Lifeline subscribers were receiving free phones and monthly service from two or more carriers. Several websites have been created to promote “free” government cell phones, including the:

Obama Cell Phone website at Obamaphone.net.

Taken from the ObamaPhone website. - Free Cell phone
and 250 minutes free air time each month. (courtesy of taxpayers)
When you visit Obamaphone.net, you'll see how easy it is to sign up and receive your free telephone courtesy of President Barack Obama (and his concern for you). You don't have to qualify, just fill out the form and your free cellular telephone is on its way to you. However to be sure to keep your free Obamaphone, you should consider voting for Barack Obama for President. If the other guy gets into power some of these free benefits provided by Barack Obama personally to you may be in jeopardy.

If somebody tells you that it's paid for through an excise tax, call them a racist. That will shut them up.





Pressure to reform the program led the FCC to announce an effort in February to “reduce the potential for fraud while cutting red tape for consumers and providers” by the end of 2013.












Ten Questions for Obama

The old traditional mainstream media isn't asking Barack anything and the ladies on "The View" simply want to bask in his aura. So I'll join the blogging community to ask what all of the adults in the room should be asking.

1. Is it true that we can no longer borrow from China and Russia to keep our economy afloat and that you've led an effort to have the Federal Reserve borrow by buying our own bonds? How do you explain a robust American stock market without explaining that we are on the brink of a financial tsunami that makes the one "you inherited" look like a ripple in a bath tub?

2. You spent $787 billion to stimulate the US Economy. Essentially, you spent the equivalent of the Korean economy (in money that we could then borrow from China who no longer lends to us). The Korean economy supports 30 million jobs. You promised 3 million jobs. You didn't produce any. Can you lay that at the feet of George W. Bush?

3. What tangible benefits to the United States has your Middle East policy produced? Has your goal of having NASA make Muslims feel good about themselves worked? 

4. What specific role will Vice President Joe Biden play in the next Obama Administration. We know that he's been the point man for job creation and for pulling American missile defense from Poland and Eastern Europe as a sop to your Russian allies. What do you have in store for him to do in the next four years?

5. Why haven't you put a single budget in place for the past three years? Do you plan to put a budget in place for the remaining five years should you win the election?

6. How do you explain your personal fortune? How did you earn it and will you make your entire trove public? We know from the convention that you're poor as a wharf rat. Who paid for your Harvard education?

Joe Biden - a heartbeat away from the presidency...
7. This week, the world's largest carmaker said electric cars are a joke, and a congressional report said federal subsidies paid for them are a waste. How do you square this with your plans to pour billions of taxpayer dollars into the development of electric cars in the form of grants, federal loans and tax credits.

8. Attorney General Eric Holder has been held in CONTEMPT of CONGRESS because he lied about his role in the Fast and Furious scandal. Do you plan to accept his resignation or to keep him in place during your next term in office? 

9. Do you have any plans to do anything to secure America's Southern Border over the next four years? If so, what and when do you plan to implement those measures?

10. Please explain SPECIFICALLY how you plan to reach across the Aisle to Republicans in the next four years to work with them to solve America's daunting challenges?


What is the chance that any of these questions will be put to President Obama by the credentialed media during the upcoming debates?



Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Vote for Roseanne instead of Barack

Referred to as the
"Red and Green" Party
On August 4th, 2011, Roseanne Barr announced her candidacy for President of the United States on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as the Green Party Candidate. She has since changed coats and is running on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket in fourteen US States. 

The Peace and Freedom Party's first presidential nominee, in 1968, was Eldridge Cleaver, the Black Panther. In 1972, Benjamin Spock, the renowned pediatrician, headed the ticket. Four years ago, the party’s presidential nominee, Ralph Nader, appeared on ballots in only two states, California and Iowa. As dismal as that sounds, Democratic Party members can still vote for Barr to make their vote count for something.


Not Radical Enough
Barr feels that Barack Obama is not socialist enough as do the coalition of fringe communist/socialist parties in the USA: Peace and Freedom Party, the Freedom Socialist Party, the American Communist Party and the Party for Socialism and Liberation. 

Roseanne Barr made her comedic career as an 'angry housewife' and it seems that she has redirected her anger into the political arena. One can only speculate that as a Jew, she might feel as if the Obama Camp is too anti semitic for her personal tastes, though she apparently hasn't made that clear in public to date.

Scandal rocked the Barr campaign as the American Communist Party broke ranks with her campaign and endorsed Barack Obama for president again, the same way that they did in 2008.

The huge voter surge in 2008 elected Barack Obama, the first African American president. In the face of non-stop opposition, he pushed through:
  • Affordable Health Care Act extends coverage to 35 million uninsured people, outlaws denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions and extends until age 26 coverage of children under their parents [sic] plans.
  • Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act for equal pay for women.
  • Stabilized the economy with $789 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that saved or created 3 million jobs. Invested billions in clean energy jobs, saved the auto industry.
  • Unemployment benefits for millions of workers despite Republican threats to shut down the government. Obama was forced to yield on Bush-era tax cuts for the rich that he wanted to terminate.
  • Appointed two women to the U.S. Supreme Court, including the first Latina woman, who support the rights of working people.
  • Established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and used a recess-appointment to name the director over Republican opposition.
  • Created a new food safety agency to protect people from food-borne illness.
  • Ended profit-grab by private banks on students [sic] loans, reestablishing Federal control on these loans and used the savings to extend loans to more students.
  • Doubled the funding for Pell Grants to $32 billion, increasing size of the grant $819 to a maximum of $5,500.
  • Ended the war in Iraq and moved toward ending the war in Afghanistan.
Dull, isn't it? It's dull because you have heard it all before. The Democratic National Convention resounded with these talking points all week long. Obama and his surrogates have recited them all for months, years. 

And from which "Obama 2012" website did I copy and paste this dreadful resume of progressive policy and executive overreach? 

Actually, I copied it from the website of the Communist Party USA. Their homepage features a headline article, "Why Vote?" This article offers the above list of Obama's achievements (h/t American Thinker)

The Democratic Party faithful have two candidates whose political philosophies are linked completely. They can choose between Roseanne Barr or the incumbent, Barack Obama, a political insider.


Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev led the Soviet Union during part of the Cold War. He served as First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1953 to 1964, and as Chairman of the Council of Ministers, or Premier, from 1958 to 1964. His most famous quote was telling the United States that "We will bury you." For the past four years, I feel as if I've been "Barry'd to death"... 





What to do with Iran?

יוֹם כִּפּוּר‎‎ Yom Kippur Blog Posting

Context and Precedence

Iran is refining uranium to construct nuclear fission bombs to detonate over Israel (and likely other places as well depending on how many bombs that they make). Iran has not been shy about declaring their intent and Israel is unambiguous about how they feel about having a nuclear bomb dropped on them.


The Obama Administration's foreign policy of appeasement of Jihadist elements within Islamic nations has been ill conceived, and their sanctions against Iran have not stopped the centrifuges from spinning 24/7/365.

What should we do?

Whoever is president next needs to work with our Israeli and Saudi allies to QUARANTINE Iran. That means no oil is pumped and exported. This would likely include bombing roads, railroads, bridges, and similar lines of communication and transportation that are or could be used to transport oil outside of Iran. Any ship violating the quarantine would be disabled (torpedo into the propellors or we could lay mines of our own). The Saudis would have to agree to make up the Iranian oil output from their massive facilities - this until the Iranians submit to on site inspection nationwide to determine that their nuclear program has been completely dismantled. If the Iranians are viewed to be at a point where they are "90%" complete in their refining efforts, we should bomb those locations used to manufacture nuclear material.

Any hostile action taken toward US/Coalition forces should be met with hostile force.

I do not advocate invading Iran. However, we need to have a coherent way to stop them from developing nuclear weapons. I see this as the only rational way to proceed. We can keep up a quarantine and no-fly zone for years. Let's see how they can make it without oil, imports or exports.

Talking and being nice doesn't work. Sanctions aren't tough enough.



Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease. 

"My position has always been, along with many other people, that any differences be resolved in a nonviolent way
--President Jimmy Carter 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Obama's Bloody Handprint Flag

Most of you have seen the new Barack Obama flag. Yes it looks a lot like a bloody handprint on the wall of the US Consulate in Benghazi where the US Ambassador was sodomized and then murdered along with two Navy SEALs who died defending him and one other as yet unnamed American who worked for the US State Department.

Photo courtesy WND
I'm sure that the mainstream media will never comment in any negative way about the flag, but it would seem that it's demise from the Obama for President website has been premature. Apparently some Americans found the flag offensive? How could that be? President Obama loves unicorns, little children and rainbows. In any event, they are no longer being offered by the Obama Campaign website.

No longer available. They're now collector's items.
The OBAMA BLOODY HANDPRINT FLAG didn't sit well with US service members or with veterans. Now there's a shocker. President Barack Obama is trying hard to win veterans, but it looks like they’d prefer a new commander in chief.

The Obama campaign had been hoping that veterans and their families — especially among the post-Sept. 11 generation that served in Iraq and Afghanistan — would be part of their path to victory: They’re a high turn-out demographic and concentrated in battleground states, with nearly 1 million each in North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia, and 1.6 million in Florida. 
He loves little children.
But recent polls make clear that the president’s campaign is losing the battle. Even as Obama leads in Colorado, Florida, Ohio and Virginia, Mitt Romney is up by double digits among veterans in those states. Nationwide, he’s got a commanding 20-percentage-point lead over Obama and has even overtaken the president with younger veterans. 
“It’s no contest,” said Maurice Tamman, a Reuters data news editor who has polled on veterans and the presidential campaign. (LINK)
As a combat veteran myself, I can't imagine how any American wouldn't feel proud to salute the bloody handprint flag because it harkens back to the day, not so long ago, when a terrorist attack on a US Consulate on September 11, eleven years after the WTC/Pentagon attack was referred to by the President of the United States as a "speed bump" on his road to appeasement of Jihadists in the Middle East. 

Yes, the Bloody Handprint Flag reminds me who the commander-in-chief is in his soul. And it helps me to understand why he needs to be replaced in good order by a new President who will understand that the whole thing isn't some big joke.

Brave men and women die because of bad decisions in high places. The Obama Bloody Handprint Flag simply takes the whole matter to an obscene level.

However, to members of the Democratic Party - fly your ObamaNation flag high, and know what it represents to the rest of us.







Update:

What did President Obama mean today when he spoke at the UN General Assembly today and said: "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam..." (The Whole Speech) - NY Times


President George Washington had a different take on the same issue:
"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."

The entire Obama Speech wasn't bad. It never is. But there is this innate pandering to Muslims that is not in keeping with what a President should be saying after attacks and demonstrations from Indonesia, where he went to the Muslim school, to Libya. It sends the WRONG message.

Another Update:


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Beach Volleyball (Rule 5)

View from the HB Pier
Instead of grieving on the state of the nation today or doing something like going to church, I went to the beach because it's hot, it's that end of summer and the Jose Cuervo Beach Volleyball Competition is underway at Huntington Beach, adjacent to the pier.

Beach volleyball is considered an important part of the local culture in many Southern California beach towns. Cities like Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Santa Barbara, and Huntington Beach maintain permanent poles and nets year-round.

In 1999, the FIVB standardized beach volleyball uniforms, with the swimsuit becoming the required uniform both for men and women. This drew the ire of some religious groups, who felt that the uniforms were more in keeping with "Rule 5" styles than general athletic uniforms.

View from the sand
According to FIVB rules, female beach volleyball players have the option of playing in shorts or a one-piece swimsuit. Most players, however, prefer the two-piece bikini.

Beach Volleyball has become one of the most popular sports at the Summer Olympics. In the past three Olympics, the American Women have taken home the gold medal. In 2012, they won gold and silver. I had hoped the superstar Olympic champs would show up at this game on Sunday, but I was told that they were here on Saturday. (I was a day late)

The weather at 10 am was a balmy 75 degrees and though it warmed up later in the day, there was a cool off-ocean breeze.

Great save


And before you condemn me for posting up a Rule 5, I did not dedicate this post to the Cuervo Girls 'riding the lime'. It could be worse. The Cuervo Girls were there, but I didn't even think of pulling my camera out and shooting the video at the time. One might say that I was somewhat preoccupied. However this is roughly what it looked like last year:



Back to this year's Beach Volleyball, because that's why you're here on the blog, right?

Position on the sand is everything


Low angle shots are standard on the beach...


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Barack Obama's Polygamous Roots

Barack Obama Sr.,
Polygamist
The President's father, Barack Hussein Obama Sr. was already married when he left Kenya to study at the University of Hawaii, where he married again. His American wife-to-be, Stanley Ann Dunham, was not yet 18 and unaware of his marital situation when she became pregnant with his namesake son in 1961.
“The line of polygamists in Obama’s family can be traced back generations in western Kenya, where it was an accepted practice within the Luo (pronounced LOO-oh) tribe.” His great-grandfather, Obama Opiyo, had five wives, including two who were sisters. His grandfather, Hussein Onyango, had at least four wives, one of whom, Akumu, gave birth to the president’s father, Barack Obama” before fleeing her abusive husband. (Washington Post)
It is also well known that Democrat Senator from New Mexico, Tom Udall, and his cousin, Senator Mark Udall (D) from Colorado, come from a long line of polygamists. But that was never an issue because they are Democrats.
In the Udall family, politics stretches back generations. Mark’s and Tom’s great-grandfather, David King Udall, was a pioneer Arizonan and a Mormon polygamist who was sent to federal prison (on testimony of an ancestor of Mitt Romney’s, family lore has it). He was pardoned by President Grover Cleveland, then tossed back in jail. This time, it was Barry Goldwater’s grandfather who got him off the hook. (Mens Journal)
Polygamy is only ever an issue if the politician is Republican. And early in the campaign, before Democrats understood President Barack Obama's profound polygamous family history, they took a number of cheap shots at Governor Mitt Romney. Romney's great grandfather, Miles Park Romney, fled to Mexico after the 1882 passing of the Edmund Act, which banned polygamy in the US. He married his fifth wife after the Mormon church formally banned the practice in 1890. The Romneys were some of the first Mormons to settle in the border state of Chihuahua When the Mexican Revolution hit Chihuahua in 1912, many of them returned to the United States.

Does a family history like Obama's, Udall's or Romney's matter? No.

Former President Bill Clinton,
not technically a polygamist
President Bill Clinton, Democratic Party icon, had literally dozens of girlfriends (sometimes four or five at the same time) while he was married to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He only got into trouble about it when he declared under oath to Congress that, "I never had sexual relations with that woman." That was before Monica Lewinski produced the now infamous blue dress, with the presidential genetic material all over it. So while President Clinton was not a polygamist in the the sense that he was married to many women at the same time, he was in every other sense.

Congressman Frank and
previous wives
Then there is Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) who was a polygamist of a different nature (sorta) until his 'wife', Jim Ready, made him an honest man earlier this year. Nobody knows if Congressman Frank will undergo gender reassignment surgery now that he's left Congress.

And with so much water under the boat these days, people are leaving polygamy out of the presidential campaign, as they should. However, I prepared this blog to put the "progressive" attack on Governor Mitt Romney's family history into perspective.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Romney's Income Tax

Mitt and Ann Romney paid an average effective federal tax rate of 20.2% and owed both state and federal income taxes every year over the 20-year period ending in 2009, the GOP presidential nominee’s campaign said on Friday in response to nagging questions about his tax returns. (SEE DETAILS HERE)
Brad Malt, the trustee of the Romneys’ blind trust, said in the post that the Romneys’ lowest annual effective federal personal tax rate was 13.66% over the 20-year period. The couple gave to charity an average of 13.45% of their adjusted gross income. 
The total federal and state taxes owed plus the total charitable donations deducted represented 38.49% of total adjusted gross income. 
Malt also said Mitt and Ann Romney paid 100% of the taxes they owed during the 20-year period covered by the PWC letter. 
The disclosure comes after the Romneys filed their 2011 tax return with the IRS on Friday morning. 
The couple paid $1,935,708 in taxes on $13,696,951 in income, which was “mostly” investment income. Their effective tax rate for last year was 14.1% and they donated $4,020,772 to charity, amounting to almost 30% of their income. (Fox News)
So much for the claims of the Obama Administration. Mitt Romney keeps bouncing back as a reasonable, smart self-made man who went to the same University that Barack Obama (a millionaire in his own right) did. They both went to Harvard.

If you listen long and hard to the Obama rhetoric and class welfare rant, you might forget that they sprang from the same Harvard branding.



Now, let's see President Obama's college records for Harvard University and Columbia College.

The MSM is not reporting on the entire Obama-transcript issue and in particular the nature of an education at Columbia College that makes transferring into the college after two years of college someplace else so incredibly difficult — and rare.
Columbia has a “core curriculum” — a set of classes that every student must take, usually in a student’s first two years. Now, because Columbia has so many required courses compared with other colleges or universities, the school actually discourages transfer students who, like the president, already have two years of college behind them:
INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER STUDENTS-
To be eligible to enroll as a transfer student at Columbia, you must have completed, or be registered for, 24 points of credit (the equivalent of one year of full-time study) at another institution. Candidates with more than four semesters of college coursework elsewhere are not encouraged to apply. Columbia’s academic requirements and institutional policies make completion of all graduation requirements in a reasonable and timely fashion unlikely. If your college or university is not in the U.S. or Canada, please consult the International Transfer Students Web page.
I predict that we'll see that Barack Hussein Obama jr. was a 'foreign student' who listed his nationality as Indonesian and his religion as Muslim. I'm not claiming that he is either Indonesian or Muslim (I'll leave that to others to discuss). What I am suggesting is that the reason that he's gone so far as to spend two million dollars to seal these records is because they'd be embarrassing. 

Will Obama make these records public?  No.




Yes, It's Propaganda


I couldn't care less if there is a can of Coke or a box of breakfast cereal incorporated into a television show or a feature film/movie. Wikipedia explains it this way: Product placement, or embedded marketing, is a form of advertisement,  where branded goods or services are placed in a context usually devoid of ads, such as movies, music videos, the story line of television shows, or news programs. Traditionally the product placement is not disclosed at the time that the good or service is featured. 

In April 2006, Broadcasting & Cable reported, "Two thirds of advertisers employ 'branded entertainment'—product placement—with the vast majority of that (80%) in commercial TV programming." The story, based on a survey by the Association of National Advertisers, said "Reasons for using in-show plugs varied from 'stronger emotional connection' to better dovetailing with relevant content, to targeting a specific group."

Product Placement becomes Propaganda

Not content to merely make it a political decision, we are moving to the realm of propaganda, trying to change the trend in America where the public views ObamaCare negatively.
California’s ObamaCare-created insurance exchange is planning to spend $900,000 in taxpayer money to a P.R. firm to help enlist Hollywood “to incorporate story lines or mentions of health care reform that would reinforce [public relations] campaign messages” on prime-time TV. 
The Hill reports that alongside a possible reality show about life without the health care law, the marketing plan incorporates “a number of popular television programs and personalities such as ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Modern Family,’ ‘The Biggest Loser,’ ‘Dr. Oz’ and others will be approached and pitched to incorporate story lines or mentions of health care reform that would reinforce campaign messages.” (Fox News)
Propaganda is a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position by presenting only one side of an argument. Propaganda is usually repeated and dispersed over a wide variety of media in order to create the chosen result in audience attitudes. 

Direct Information (not propaganda)

California, leader in all things weird, has introduced mandatory education on gay, lesbian and transgender issues in public schools. Yes, your elementary school children will be fed this information. It's not propaganda, it's overt.
The California Senate passed a bill that would require all state public schools to teach the history of the gay civil rights movement and the contributions of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community..."Educating youth about the contributions of LGBT Californians and our state's rich diversity will help foster true acceptance of LGBT students". (US News)
ObamaCare Summarized for those of us who haven't read this nearly incomprehensible tome.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Inside/Outside - Obama's getting Weird


Just when you thought that life in the ObamaNation couldn't get any stranger, now President Obama is trying to cast himself as a Washington outsider. I'm sure that the mainstream media will run with it, but of all of the possible absurdities, this takes the prize. HE IS THE PRESIDENT, the ULTIMATE INSIDER.

"The fact that we haven't been able to change the tone in Washington is disappointing," Obama said, in response to a question about his greatest failure. "The most important lesson I've learned is you can't change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside." (Fox News)
In this same Univision interview, President Obama said that the biggest regret of his presidency was not passing comprehensive immigration reform...  He never introduced a bill on comprehensive immigration reform. The DREAM Act (which didn't pass) was in no way comprehensive. It only dealt with a very few circumstances where illegal alien children grew up in the US. I know that he's only going for the vote now - more shameless pandering to Latino people, but are they so stupid as to believe him? Time will tell.

Bringing more Latinos into America will in no way reduce the unemployment rate. But still he claims to be the 'jobs president'. He can't have it both ways. You can't be President for four years, the ultimate insider, and then claim to be the outsider, here to reform government for the next four years. The only way to reform government is to toss out Obama and his cronies. Is he going to win the election and promptly resign (leaving poor old senile Joe Biden in charge)??? From January 3, 1973 – January 15, 2009 in the Senate (who can count the years? It seems like forever), Joe Biden can't be considered an outsider or a reformer either.

The only outsider is businessman Mitt Romney. 

Obama is not bowing out of the race, he's simply now changing his story and wants to be the champion of "throw the bums out", hoping that most American's don't know that he's the bum. When you look at the polls, he may be right. 

Bending to the Will of Islam

I'm not a Muslim. I've never wanted to be a Muslim. However, I'm not particularly anti-Islamic in a general sense. The closest church to my house is a mosque. When the local Christian groups protested the construction of a mosque, I opposed them. The Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of religion and that means that it applies to everybody or nobody. I go with all faiths on that one. I oppose persecution based on any system of religion.

HOWEVER

Mohammed cartoon
If I want to use a Qu-ran for kindling to light a fire, I don't think that offended Muslims in Egypt or Afghanistan have any standing to use that as a justification to riot and damage American property or murder Americans living in distant lands. Neither do I feel constrained to allow them to attack me at home because I needed to start a fire and the only thing handy was a Qu-ran. 

I am not Sharia compliant. The common law of the United States which dates back to English Common Law is not based on the Qu-ran. Freedom of religion does not mean that the law of the land needs to bend to islamic notions of justice. If American Muslims want to live under Islamic Law, they should travel to an Islamic nation. There are a lot of them.

Telling American Muslims that so-called honor killings are murder, clitoral circumcision is mayhem, and beating women (even if you don't hit them in the face and the rod is no larger than your thumb) with a rod is assault with a deadly weapon is NOT PERSECUTION. Explaining to them that those things are not tolerated is not "religious intolerance".

And if Islamic governments can't control their people and protect US citizens and American property in their countries, we need to LEAVE those countries, invite their representatives to LEAVE America and consider them pariah states. 

Governor Romney was recently criticized by the mainstream media for suggesting that Palestinians were unwilling to negotiate in good faith with Israel.  The mainstream media needs to revisit this because the government of Palestine is Hamas. Their stated policy is the absolute destruction of the State of Israel. With that policy there is no negotiation.

I have no personal beef with Islam in general. However, I don't plan to be Islamic and the whole 'convert or die' thing isn't something I plan to go along with -- without a fight.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Benghazi Attack - Revisited

Sufyan ben Qumu - Released from Gitmo
FOX News reported Wednesday night that a former Guantanamo detainee named Sufyan ben Qumu (right) has been tied to the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans. While the details of Qumu’s alleged involvement remain to be confirmed, it isn’t surprising that his name has surfaced in intelligence circles.

So, to put a finer point on it, we had this terrorist in custody and then we let him go - and while it may shock you - he planned a terrorist attack. Was this act of clemency simply part of President Obama's outreach to Islam? I don't know, but I'm very uncomfortable with this disclosure.
THE WEEKLY STANDARD (LINK) has obtained an unclassified report published in August that fingers Qumu as a key al Qaeda operative in Libya. The report (“Al Qaeda in Libya: A Profile”) was prepared by the research division of the Library of Congress (LOC) under an agreement with the Defense Department’s Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office.

The report details al Qaeda’s plans for Libya, including the growth of a clandestine terrorist network that has attempted to hide its presence. The U.S military has concluded that al Qaeda is in the final phase of a three-step process for developing a full-blown al Qaeda affiliate. 
The contents of the report are sure to raise additional questions about the Obama administration's claim that al Qaeda is near defeat, and what administration officials knew about the growing threat from al Qaeda in Libya prior to the attack on the consulate.
The two former Navy SEALs killed in last week's attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi were not part of Ambassador Chris Stevens' official security detail but took up arms in an effort to protect the facility when it was overrun by insurgents (terrorists), U.S. officials tell the Washington Guardian.
US State Department: The two ex-Seals and others engaged in a lengthy firefight with the extremists who attacked the compound", a fight that stretched from the inner area of the consulate to an outside annex and a nearby safe house -- a location that the insurgents appeared to know about, the officials said. 
The terrorists knew where the safe house was? This looks like an innocent demonstration gone wrong to me... President Obama wants to 'piss down my back and tell me that it's raining.'  Let's face it, Obama lied because that's what he does most of the time. When he's not, he's stumbling because his teleprompter broke or he is spouting Marxist dogma. His heart is bad and therefore what he does reflects that.
U.S. intelligence believes part of the motivation for launching the attack was a video from al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri that surfaced the night of Sept. 10, imploring Libyans to attack Americans in retribution for the U.S. drone strike that killed Libyan-born al-Qaida leader Abu Yahya al-Libi in June. 
U.S. intelligence had intercepted and translated Zawahiri’s message imploring Libyans to attack U.S. officials the night before the consulate attack and were still analyzing its significance when the ambassador was killed. No significant changes to security countermeasures at the diplomatic mission were taken until after the compound was overrun. (The Washington Guardian)


Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease. 

"My position has always been, along with many other people, that any differences be resolved in a nonviolent way
--President Jimmy Carter 

Fast and Furious Cover-Up

By now, many of you have heard that Attorney General Eric Holder feels vindicated by the recent DOJ Inspector General's Report.

BUT WAIT A MINUTE - Have you read the report? (LINK)

President Obama's close friend from 
Chicago, AG Eric Holder, has been 
held in contempt of Congress.
Yes, it's true that the report was damning against Assistant Attorney General Lanny Brewer, who resigned previously and  Jason Weinstein resigned today, but did the Attorney General investigation team interview anyone above Brewer's and Weinstein's rank? THAT WOULD BE A NO. Oddly, both Erick Holder and Barack Obama are also above Weinstein's rank. They weren't interviewed either. Attorney General Holder has been held in contempt of Congress on this matter and President Obama denies all knowledge, and because of that, they weren't interviewed either with the documents that Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) confronted Holder with. The report was damning against the little fish but the big fish swim away. Sound familiar?
Case in point, Chapter One of the report identifies key individuals who declined to be interviewed, significantly including “Criminal Chief [Patrick J.] Cunningham [who] declined through counsel our request for a follow-up interview…We also requested an interview with Kevin O’Reilly, a member of the White House’s National Security Staff, [who] declined our request through his personal counsel.”
Is George Soros Involved in the Cover Up? 

Billionaire Obama cronie, George
Soros - Media Matters
Soros, a former self-confessed Nazi collaborator during World War Two is one of those comic book style evil characters (no white cat and no monocle, but everything else) that has had a lot to do with the political ascendency of Barack Obama. His media giant, Media Matters turned out to be the consulting firm that acted as an intermediary for the US Department of Justice.
The Department of Justice and Media Matters corresponded and coordinated on stories about Operation Fast and Furious “gunwalking,” going so far as to disparage the citizen journalist who initially broke the story, Matthew Boyle of The Daily Caller reported today, citing emails obtained from a Freedom of Information Act request to determine the extent of cooperation between the government and the “progressive” advocacy group.
Back to the News:
"The report marked Jason Weinstein, the deputy assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division, as the highest-ranking DOJ employee in a position to stop the program. Weinstein, who disputes the findings, is resigning in the wake of the report.

Another official criticized for not asking enough questions about the Furious operation, former ATF acting director Kenneth Melson, retired after the report came down.

The nearly 500-page report was completed after investigators reviewed 100,000 documents and interviewed 130 people. (Fox News)
...Jason Weinstein told Fox News that he's resigning so as to not "distract" from the department's work...
In Other News:

Obama administration colludes with Media Matters to bury 'Gunwalker' scandal

'Furious' report slams 'disregard' for public safety as DOJ officials quit

DOJ and Media Matters coordinated Fast and Furious reports

Keep in mind why Fast and Furious is important. It was the Obama Administration's move to establish a case that American firearms were being sold across the border to drug cartels in Mexico in LARGE NUMBERS to justify a denial of YOUR Second Amendment rights.

Do firearms make their way into the hands of Mexican cartels? 

Yes.

How many by percentage?

6-8% of the total.

That wasn't a big enough number for the Obama Administration. There was going to be a heavy push back on their efforts to deprive Americans of their firearms. Thus the Fast and Furious scam was born. And the flag of the ObamaNation (below) was conceived.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Obama - Faked Poll and Twitter Results

Skewed and outright faked poll results have been stock in trade with political hijinks for at least thirty years but this year, IN AMERICA, they're downright shameless.

In the July 1, 2012 election for President of Mexico, the PRI [Party] (Partido Revolucionario Institucional) spent over three million US Dollars per week to show their candidate, Enrique Peña Nieto with a double-diget lead over the field, consisting of the PAN (Conservative National Action Party) and  PRD (Communist Party). Even though the PRI candidate, who ultimately won, was in the lead, the money was paid to create a herd instinct to vote for him - and that was worth US$3,000,000 per week. Some of the money went to the Miroslav Advertising Agency and some of it went directly to media leaders. So it must be a big advantage?

Nobody knows how much the Democratic Party is paying the mainstream media to further the lie that is the polls that they're putting out, but it has to be many times what the Mexican PRI paid to skew their polling results.
The polling game continues. The MSM keeps putting out polls showing Obama ahead nationally and in the key battleground states. Yet, as soon as you scratch the surface on these polls, it becomes obvious right away that they are skewed to result in pro-Obama outcomes. Let’s take a look at the latest and then I’ll tell you why they’re doing this. (Andrew Price)
Price continues, the emphasis added is mine: CBS/NYT shows Obama with a 3% national lead. They no longer provide their underlying data because they’ve been caught too many times now using laughably biased samples. But get this. . . Romney wins 90% of Republicans. Obama wins 92% of Democrats. So to get a 3% win for Obama, Obama must carry independents, right? No. Romney wins independents by +11%. Think about that. If they used a fair sample, then Romney and Obama should get about the same percentage of voters from their own parties. That means Romney should be winning by 11%, but he’s not. He’s losing by 3%. That tells us the sample was probably around +14% for the Democrats!! There’s also no enthusiasm gap for Obama among Democrats, which is inconsistent with all prior polling. 
Clearly, these polls are fakes, just as so many others have been in recent months. It’s becoming a worn out story how the polls are skewing sample sizes well into the double digits, well beyond the peak of Democratic turnout in 2008, to show Obama with a tiny lead. Why are they doing this?
The answer is simple: the herd instinct. 
As I’ve said many times before, humans are by instinct herd animals. Marketing people understand this, which is why so many advertisements tell you that if you want to belong, you better do what everybody else is doing and buy their product. These appeals work on the human instinct to follow the herd and do what everyone else does.
The Democratic Party is playing the same game with Obama's Twitter account (The Blaze) "The New York Times reports analysis supposedly revealing “fake” or “inactive” Twitter accounts comes from the tool Fake Follower Check, which was created by the firm StatusPeople. The Times states that if accurate, the tool shows 70 percent of Obama’s Twitter followers are fake." Don't expect the mainstream media to do much about it or discuss it on prime time. It won't be a headline in the NYT. I'm actually shocked that they did the analysis. 

Out of President Barack Obama’s nearly 19 million followers, as many as 13 million could be fake. Why would Obama's handlers fake thirteen million Twitter accounts? They want to show that a failed President is popular. To do so they need to LIE and to build momentum in the herd - with you, the American voters.
As Andrew Price explains (Op Cit), "The left is worried that if it becomes obvious that the public, i.e. the herd, is running with Romney, the rest of the herd will follow. That will create unstoppable momentum. By putting out these fake poll numbers, the MSM hopes to stop the public from realizing the direction of the herd so that Obama has a chance to win people back before the election."