Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Cease and Desist...Impeach !!!

July 30, 2012, 4:17 p.m.

WASHINGTON -- Republican congressional investigators have concluded that five senior ATF officials -- from the special agent-in-charge of the Phoenix field office to the top man in the bureau’s Washington headquarters -- are collectively responsible for the failed Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation that was “marred by missteps, poor judgments and inherently reckless strategy.”

The investigators, in a final report likely to be released later this week, also unearthed new evidence that agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Phoenix initially sought to hide from the Mexican government the crucial information that two Fast and Furious firearms were recovered after the brother of a Mexican state attorney general was killed there.

According to a copy of the report obtained Monday by The Times, the investigators said their findings are “the best information available as of now” about the flawed gun operation that last month led to Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. being found in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over subpoenaed documents.

Two more final reports, they said, will deal with “the devastating failure of supervision and leadership” at the Department of Justice and an “unprecedented obstruction of the [congressional] investigation by the highest levels of the Justice Department, including the attorney general himself.”...Read More

H/T to Scotty Starnes

Read more news from the border below...

Our Dear Leader Marches On

Obama's List of Abuses Keeps Growing

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column detailing Barack Obama's egregious abuses of the office of president. The column received a lot of social media attention, and we heard from many Patriot Voices members voicing their outrage after they read each abuse. The outrage you felt toward President Obama's offenses - from not enforcing immigration laws to thinking he can change our laws simply by giving a speech -- was palpable.

I wanted to alert you to what President Obama has now done regarding the DREAM Act. Earlier this summer, President Obama delivered a speech saying that his administration would now follow the DREAM Act, and instructed his Department of Homeland Security to no longer deport young illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria he set - all of this despite the fact that Congress has never passed the DREAM Act.

Well last week, a report surfaced stating that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are now required to take illegal immigrants at their word if they claim that they qualify for the DREAM Act. No proof, no evidence. Just their word.

Really? How does this happen? Perhaps what is most scary is that these types of things - where President Obama believes that just because he is President, he can decide which legislation our country will follow and how - are happening more regularly and with more frequency. We have to fight to stop him -- that's why I'm supporting Mitt Romney and encourage you to do so too.

We also need to make sure we send strong conservative leaders like Ted Cruz and Richard Mourdock to the senate.

-Rick Santorum

Monday, July 30, 2012

Give Dem Boyz A Break Huh

Who could have imagined Obama would bring affirmative action to school detention?  Via Daily Caller:
President Barack Obama is backing a controversial campaign by progressives to regulate schools’ disciplinary actions so that members of major racial and ethnic groups are penalized at equal rates, regardless of individuals’ behavior.

His July 26 executive order established a government panel to promote “a positive school climate that does not rely on methods that result in disparate use of disciplinary tools.”

“African Americans lack equal access to highly effective teachers and principals, safe schools, and challenging college-preparatory classes, and they disproportionately experience school discipline,” said the order, titled “White House Initiative On Educational Excellence.”

Because of those causes, the report suggests, “over a third of African American students do not graduate from high school on time with a regular high school diploma, and only four percent of African American high school graduates interested in college are college-ready across a range of subjects.”

“What this means is that whites and Asians will get suspended for things that blacks don’t get suspended for,” because school officials will try to level punishments despite groups’ different infraction rates, predicted Hans Bader, a counsel at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Bader is a former official in the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, and has sued and represented school districts and colleges in civil-rights cases.

“It is too bad that the president has chosen to set up a new bureaucracy with a focus on one particular racial group, to the exclusion of all others,” said Roger Clegg, the president of the Center for Equal Opportunity.

Keep Reading 

H/T to Zip

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Great Leftist Depression Sets In

As the fall elections draw near, will we see more Libs seeking psychiatric care, anger management, depression, and substance abuse counseling?
Considering the proclivities of the Left, and their intolerance for opposing views; especially when they lose; I expect the waiting rooms of high end clinics to swell dramatically with the ranks of failed Democrats and their minions this year.
Perhaps they should take a pass on those Obamacare waivers and let the taxpayer pay for it all...or not.

The son of famed race hustler the Rev. Jesse Jackson is being treated for depression. 
 Jesse Jackson Jr. is also currently under ethics investigation by the House and published reports linked him with a sexy D.C. area restaurant hostess

  Add to this the man is from Chicago and it might be enough reason to be depressed.

The Hill reports Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who has been absent from Capitol Hill since mid-June, is receiving treatment for depression.

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota said the Illinois lawmaker had arrived at the healthcare center for "extensive inpatient evaluation for depression and gastrointestinal issues," in a statement from the congressman, released late Friday by the clinic.

"Further information will be released as Congressman Jackson’s evaluation proceeds," the statement continued. "Congressman Jackson and his family are grateful for the outpouring of support and prayers that have been received throughout his care."

More here
I just love this video..."Young people just don't bounce back" says young Jesse's mother...

Friday, July 27, 2012

It's The Chicago Way For You

If it weren’t for rap music, President Obama wouldn’t be in the White House, according to Ice-T.

"[Rap] put Barack Obama in the presidency,” the hip-hop star and actor said on the “Today” show.  “If it wasn't for rap, white people wouldn't have been so open to vote for somebody like Barack Obama.”

Listen to a clip on the "Murder Capital", Chicago violence, and Hip Hop...Chicagoist

It seems that in the mind of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, some religions are more equal and deserving of First Amendment protection than others.

After supporting a call to block Chick-fil-A over the religious views of its management, the Chicago mayor welcomed an army of men dispatched to his streets by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, the Chicago Sun Times reported Wednesday.

The Times said that while doing so, Emmanuel ignored "Farrakhan’s history of anti-Semitic remarks."

Fran Spielman wrote:
Ald. Debra Silverstein (50th), an Orthodox Jew, has said it’s good that Farrakhan is “helping” in the fight against crime, “but it doesn’t eradicate the comments that he’s made about the Jewish community.”
Emanuel offered no such caveat. Although Farrakhan has a history of making anti-Semitic statements, Chicago’s first Jewish mayor has no interest in revisiting that controversy.
According to the Times, Emmanuel is concerned about the "40 percent surge in Chicago homicides."

“People of faith have a role to play and community leaders have a role to play in helping to protect our neighborhoods and our citizens. You cannot get there on just one piece of an anti-crime strategy,” the mayor said.

But as Newsbusters' Matthew Sheffield reported, the Chicago mayor had a different tune when it came to the religious views of Chick-fil-A.

“Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values,” he said. “They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents. This would be a bad investment, since it would be empty.”

"Can there be any greater example of liberal hypocrisy than this? It's tough to think of one, particularly considering that Farrakhan also has a history of making statements against homosexuals, the very group to which Emanuel and Moreno are trying to pander," Sheffield added.

"Good thing Calypso Louie isn't trying to open a Chick-Fil-A. He'd really be in a world of hurt," commenter "otto2" wrote at the Sun-Times.

"So, let’s make sure we have this correct. A business owned by a devout Christian family that does not engage in any kind of discrimination has no place in Emanuel’s 'Chicago values,' but Emanuel rolls out the red carpet for perhaps the most well-known anti-Semite in the nation?" asked Hot Air's Ed Morrissey.

"That’s the Chicago way," he added.

The Blaze...Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan took to the streets of Chicago this week to help reach the troubled inner-city youth in an anti-violence march. He and his followers went door-to-door in a Southside neighborhood. But before you think it was just an innocent march, consider what they were handing out: a sermon by the controversial leader titled,

                                   "Justifiable Homicide: Youth in Peril"

CBS2 Chicago reported:
They call themselves the “Fruit of Islam.” Men from the Nation of Islam met at the Mosque on South Stony Island and boarded buses to the South Shore.

They handed out flyers, newspapers and DVDs entitled “Justifiable Homicide: Youth in Peril.”

Farrakhan led more than 500 men door to door. One local, Tone-Tone, as he wanted to be called, talked with Farrakhan face to face.

“It’s an honor to be that close to him,” he said.

Residents said they hope the visit makes a difference. They said it was a nice surprise.
Despite Farrakhan’s past antisemitic remarks, Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement in support of the Nation of Islam’s efforts.“They have decided, the Nation of Islam, to help protect [the] community and that’s an important ingredient like all the other aspects of protecting a neighborhood,” said the mayor, who recently made a mockery of himself by telling “gang-bangers“ they can ”go to the alley” to perform their crimes, but they should “stay away from the kids.”

Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that most reports coming out of Chicago don’t provide any details on the materials being distributed titled: “Justifiable Homicide: Black Youth in Peril.”
A quick Google search reveals a number of clips from the related film, and an article penned by Farrakhan with the same title. In fact, it’s an article we first covered on TheBlaze back in March.
Here is an excerpt from the article on the Nation of Islam website (emphasis added):
The present-day lynch mobs

I want Black youth to hear this message, because police authorities are the same today as they were during slavery. In fact, this is how policing began.

Police were formed to catch runaway slaves, bring them back to their masters and make examples of them to throw fear into other slaves. It’s the same today. Police authorities are trained to kill, as well as to protect. But where Black people are concerned, police legitimize their mob attacks under the name of “back up.”Police back up is often no different than the lynch mobs 100 years ago. The killing of our people, shooting them with many bullets when one would have done the job. And then, that deliberative body which is to discuss the brutal murder of our people by looking into the facts, comes away calling it justifiable homicide.

In Chicago recently, a young, Black Brother was shot down by the police and the parents are aggrieved. The police said the young Brother was running and he had something in his hands, but the witnesses will tell you, “He didn’t have anything in his hands; he was just shot down.” And the body of persons in a deliberative process to determine the facts that is supposed to address this … But when they look into it, the verdict comes back as “Another dead Negro—justifiable homicide.” [Emphasis added]
A YouTube clip featuring Farrakhan, with the same title, offers a continuation of that idea. In it, Farrakhan puts forth the assertion that the intention is to “kill…off” all blacks by the end of the century.

“See this is not [an] accident…These young black men are not involved in shooting and drugging and killing as an accident. This has been socially engineered!” he claims. After noting how many black people are in jail in America, Farrakhan declares: “Somebody’s working!”
So the Nation of Islam and the Fruit of Islam may say they are trying to prevent violence in Chicago by going door-to-door and distributing works featuring the minister, but this excerpt from the related article sums it up pretty clearly:
“I do not want you to think that I am trying to teach hatred; that is beneath the dignity of a Muslim, or a Christian or a believer in God. But to teach the truth that might produce hatred, that is not my fault. If the truth of something makes you dislike it, then that is not ‘teaching hate’—that is teaching truth.”

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Leftist Tort Raiders Kill Another Industry

WSJ...Like 19th century marauders, the trial bar attacks any business it thinks will cough up money in its raids. The latest victims are the people who make those red plastic gasoline cans.

Until recently, Blitz USA—the nation's No. 1 consumer gasoline-can producer, based in Miami, Oklahoma—was doing fine. It's a commoditized, low-margin business, but it's steady. Sales normally pick up when hurricane season begins and people start storing fuel for back-up generators and the like.

Blitz USA has controlled some 75% of the U.S. market for plastic gas cans, employing 117 people in that business, and had revenues of $60 million in 2011. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has never deemed Blitz's products unsafe.

Then the trial attorneys hit on an idea with trial-lawyer logic: They could sue Blitz when someone poured gas on a fire (for instance, to rekindle the flame) and the can exploded, alleging that the explosion is the result of defects in the can's design as opposed to simple misuse of the product. Plaintiffs were burned, and in some cases people died.

Blitz's insurance company would estimate the cost of years of legal battles and more often than not settle the case, sometimes for millions of dollars. But the lawsuits started flooding in last year after a few big payouts. Blitz paid around $30 million to defend itself, a substantial sum for a small company. Of course, Blitz's product liability insurance costs spiked.

In June, Blitz filed for bankruptcy. All 117 employees will lose their jobs and the company—one of the town's biggest employers—will shutter its doors. Small business owners have been peppering the local chamber of commerce with questions about the secondary impact on their livelihoods.

The tort-lawsuit riders leading the assault on Blitz included attorneys Hank Anderson of Wichita Falls, Texas; Diane Breneman of Kansas City, Missouri; and Terry Richardson of Barnwell, South Carolina. All told, they've been involved in more than 30 lawsuits against Blitz in recent years.

The rest of the plastic-can industry can't be far behind, so long as there's any cash flow available. The American Association for Justice's (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) annual conference in Chicago this month will feature, with a straight face, a meeting of the "gas cans litigation group."

The Atlantic hurricane season started June 1, and Blitz estimates that demand for plastic gas cans rises 30% about then. If consumers can't find the familiar red plastic can, fuel will have to be carried around in heavy metal containers or ad-hoc in dangerous alternatives, such as coolers.

Trial lawyers remain a primary funding source for the Democratic Party, but stories like this cry out for a bipartisan counter-offensive against these destructive raids that loot law-abiding companies merely because our insane tort laws make them vulnerable.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Obama...The Security Risk Grows Daily

Back in March 2008, the State Department launched an investigation of improper computer access to the passport records of Barack Hussein Obama, and days later those of Hillary Clinton and John McCain.

The investigation centered on one employee: a contract worker for a company that was headed by John O. Brennan, a key Obama campaign adviser who later became assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.

Then, a month later, the key witness in this case was murdered. Lt. Quarles Harris, Jr., 24, was shot in the head in his car, in front of his church.

During the 2008 presidential election, I ran a number of stories at my website, AtlasShrugs.com, on the breach of Obama's passport. 

Fast-forward to four years later, and there is no new information. Why is this murder case not being pursued? Who at the State Department is covering up Obama's passport breach? 

Lt. Harris told federal investigators before he was murdered that he received "passport information from a co-conspirator who works for the U.S. Department of State." What became of the "co-conspirator"? Why wasn't he/she brought to trial?

See...Joyce Kaufman interview with Pamela Geller on muslim infiltration in the federal government

There is no way to tell what might have been done to Obama's passport records by those who accessed them. Key information could have been altered or destroyed. On April 8, 2008, after the breach became public, Obama confessed to having taken a trip to Pakistan in 1981. The then-candidate said: "I traveled to Pakistan when I was in college." Journalist Jake Tapper was surprised and said: "This last part -- a college trip to Pakistan -- was news to many of us who have been following the race closely. And it was odd that we hadn't hear about it before, given all the talk of Pakistan during this campaign."

Did Obama confess to this trip, which he doesn't mention in either of his autobiographies, because of the passport breach? While the oft-repeated charge that Americans were forbidden to travel to Pakistan in 1981 appears to be false, questions remain about why Obama took the trip at all, and what he did there. Indian counterterrorism expert Bahukutumbi Raman asked pointed questions about this trip:
Why did he keep mum on his visit to Pakistan till this question was raised? Has he disclosed all the details regarding his Pakistan visit? Was it as innocuous as made out by him -- to respond to the invitation of a Pakistani friend or was there something more to it? As I read about Obama's visit to Pakistan in the 1980s, I could not help thinking of dozens of things. Of the Afghan jihad against communism. Of the fascination of many Afro-Americans for the jihad. Of the visits of a stream of Afro-Americans to Pakistan to feel the greatness of the jihad. Of their fascination for Abdullah Azzam[.]
It bears noting that John Brennan has made some incredible pro-terror remarks -- some in Arabic no less -- about the beauty of jihad.
Read more: American Thinker

Breitbart...The State Department official is accused of being connected to a vast foreign conspiracy, hostile to America. The official denies it, as the Establishment rallies around the accused official. Indeed, Establishmentarians not only dismiss any possibility of the official’s guilt or complicity, but they also ferociously denounce those who raise the possibility. After all, the official is a part of the in-group; it just isn’t possible to think that the official could do anything wrong. The Establishment is thus united around the proposition that the accused official is a good person, and that the accusers are bad people. And anyone who deviates from that orthodoxy risks being thrown out of the Georgetown-to-Manhattan golden circle of status and respectability.


Am I describing the case of Huma Abedin, the aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton? No, I am describing the case of Alger Hiss, back in the 1940s. Hiss, who spent a decade working in the State Department, was accused of being a Soviet spy by Whittaker Chambers in 1948. And Chambers’ charges were brought before the Congress by a young House freshman, Richard Nixon.

Read More on this attack on Michele Bachmann, and the national security risks perpetrated by the Obama regime.

Now to the risks concerning "Leakgate"...

Perhaps the RINOs and other GOP brass could redirect their attacks away from Congresswoman Bachmann and to where they belong -- the White House.

I am no fan of uber-left Dianne Feinstein, but if she is saying it, you know it is bad. Really bad. The bottom line is that the Obama administration is at war with America.
"Feinstein: National Security Leaks Coming from White House 'Ranks'" Breitbart
Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Monday said the White House appears to be responsible for leaking classified national security information.
‘‘I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks,’’ Feinstein said at a World Affairs Council forum, according to the Associated Press (AP).

Republicans, such as Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), have accused the Obama administration of leaking national security information to win votes. Specifically, McCain mentioned the computer virus program that disabled some of Iran’s nuclear facilities -- and other sensitive national security matters.

The uproar intensified when the The New York Times ran a story titled, “Obama order sped up wave of cyberattacks against Iran.” The Times has also published stories on Obama’s “kill lists” with sources that were all affiliated with the Obama administration. TheTimes has denied that the Obama administration leaked information to them.

Democrat Pat Caddell has pointed the finger at National Security Adviser Tom Donilon as the primary leaker of sensitive national security information.
Much thanks to Pamela Geller 


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

God, Not Government, Helped Me Succeed, Mr. President

By Charlie Daniels
July 20, 2012 CNS News

Here's my open letter To Barack Hussein Obama:

Mr. Obama,

You recently made a statement to the effect that, ”If you have a business you didn't build it, you had help," implying that the federal government helped build our businesses by virtue of paving roads and building bridges and keeping the nation safe from foreign invasion.

First of all, Mr. Obama, if I'm going to take advice about business it will not be from somebody who has had absolutely no business experience like yourself.

Secondly, Mr. Obama, I vehemently disagree with your premise.

Where was your government when I spent as much as 16 weeks away from my wife and infant son to get a business started?

Where were you on those cold winter nights when my old bus broke down in the middle of nowhere and we had to scramble to make the next show, nobody from the government came along to give us a ride?

Where was your government when I had to borrow money from a bank to make my payroll?

Where was your government while I was digging out of a two million dollar debt, playing every smoky beer joint I could to keep from losing everything I owned?

Mr. Obama, I want to make you aware of a fact. It is the federal government's responsibility to build roads and bridges and keep the nation safe. That's what the federal government is supposed to do, not create an entitlement society that is totally unsustainable and pile up debt that we can't pay.

And who do you think paid for those roads and bridges in the first place, and have been doing it for 200 years before you were even born?

The citizens of this nation do not need to pay more taxes, the federal government needs to stop spending money it doesn't have and has to borrow. Because the truth of the matter is that no matter how much taxes the government collects, things are only going to get worse because you'll only spend it and demand even more.

Mr. Obama you have divided this nation by making the have-nots believe that anybody who has been successful has done so at their expense, that anything they've accumulated has been stolen, not earned. That hard work and risk had nothing to do with their success, because they’ve just been lucky and should give a big part of what they earn to the government to pass on to those who don't even try to be successful.

Look at what’s going on with the African-Americans who put their hopes and complete confidence in you and voted overwhelmingly for you. The unemployment rate is 14% and the unemployment among young African Americans is something like 40%

Is that what hope and change is all about?

Look at what's happening in your hometown of Chicago where the murder rate is through the roof.

Do you think your baseless rhetoric about the unfairness of the successful in America is going to help soothe the situation?

Have you ever considered reaching out to them, instead of fanning the flames?

Mr. Obama I don't think you like America very much. I think you'd like to redesign it from the ground up, to turn it into a lazy, unproductive, secular, socialist society.

Well, that just wont flush in a lot of ways, the most prominent being that when all the productive people have given up and stopped trying, when all the investors stop investing, when 80% of the population is living on government hand outs, your government is going to run out of money and this nation will sink into chaos.

But Mr. Obama, I’m beginning to think that's what you want.

My help cometh from the Lord who made Heaven and Earth - not the government who made debt and class envy.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops, and for our country.

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Dying Media...Big Bro Style

by Joseph FarahEmail | Archive

Joseph Farah is founder, editor and CEO of WND and a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate. He is the author or co-author of 13 books, including his latest, "The Tea Party Manifesto," and his classic, "Taking America Back," now in its third edition and 14th printing. Farah is the former editor of the legendary Sacramento Union and other major-market dailies.More ↓

There was a rather low-key confession made in the New York Times last week that deserves to be blared throughout this country so that every American understands what they are reading in the establishment’s ultra-controlled, government-managed “press” – and I use that last word loosely indeed.

The admission came in the form of a story by Jeremy Peters on the politics page of the Times July 16. I’ve been waiting for others to point it out, discuss it, debate it, express shock and exasperation over it. But I’ve waited for naught.

What this shocking story reveals is that even I – one of the kingpins of the new media and a refugee from the state-controlled spin machine – underestimated the utter and total corruption of the euphemistically called “mainstream press.”

It shows that most – not some – members of the print media establishment with access to the White House submit their copy to government officials for review, “correction” and approval before it reaches the American people!

Even “progressive” WND columnist Ellen Ratner agrees – media under ...
Here are some key excerpts from the piece, if you think I’m exaggerating:
  • “The quotations come back redacted, stripped of colorful metaphors, colloquial language and anything even mildly provocative.”
  • “They are sent by e-mail from the Obama headquarters in Chicago to reporters who have interviewed campaign officials under one major condition: the press office has veto power over what statements can be quoted and attributed by name.”
  • “Most reporters, desperate to pick the brains of the president’s top strategists, grudgingly agree. After the interviews, they review their notes, check their tape recorders and send in the juiciest sound bites for review. The verdict from the campaign – an operation that prides itself on staying consistently on script – is often no, Barack Obama does not approve this message.”
  • “Now, with a millisecond Twitter news cycle and an unforgiving, gaffe-obsessed media culture, politicians and their advisers are routinely demanding that reporters allow them final editing power over any published quotations.”
  • “Quote approval is standard practice for the Obama campaign, used by many top strategists and almost all mid-level aides in Chicago and at the White House – almost anyone other than spokesmen who are paid to be quoted. (And sometimes it applies even to them.) It is also commonplace throughout Washington and on the campaign trail.”
  • “Many journalists spoke about the editing only if granted anonymity, an irony that did not escape them.
  • “From Capitol Hill to the Treasury Department, interviews granted only with quote approval have become the default position. Those officials who dare to speak out of school, but fearful of making the slightest off-message remark, shroud even the most innocuous and anodyne quotations in anonymity by insisting they be referred to as a ‘top Democrat’ or a ‘Republican strategist.’”
  • “Those [reporters] who did speak on the record said the restrictions seem only to be growing. ‘It’s not something I’m particularly proud of because there’s a part of me that says, Don’t do it, don’t agree to their terms,’ said Major Garrett, a correspondent for The National Journal.”
  • “It was difficult to find a news outlet that had not agreed to quote approval, albeit reluctantly. Organizations like Bloomberg, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Reuters and The New York Times have all consented to interviews under such terms.”
I could go on and on. I urge you to read the entire story. This may be the most important story broken by the New York Times in years.

What it means is this: When Americans read these reports – whether in newspapers, wire services or on the Internet – they are not really reading news stories at all. They are reading approved, pre-packaged press releases from the government and politicians. But, even worse, they are not labeled as such. They are labeled as actual news.

That’s how low the national press establishment has descended. And, when you read the story in its full context, you will understand that the concerns expressed about this practice by those submitting themselves to it are not ethical concerns. They are not concerns for the truth. They are concerns about their own convenience and for the loss of “color” in their stories.

Let me state what I hope is obvious to all reading this column: This sort of willing capitulation to government censorship was not the norm five years ago, 10 years ago, 20 years ago or 30 years ago. This is a new phenomenon – chilling and alarming to an old-timer like me who would never agree to submit his copy for approval to politicians.

These so-called journalists are selling their ethical and moral souls for access to politicians. And this practice raises expectations by politicians that they can routinely manipulate the press to their advantage. That makes the job of real journalists – independent reporters faithful to their craft – even more difficult, because they will be shut out from access.

It reminds me of the fact that, just last week, WND was denied credentials to cover the Democratic National Convention. Why do you suppose what has become one of the largest and most influential news agencies in the country would be denied access to the convention floor? Simply because the Democrats know we won’t play by their rules of control like the members of the establishment press club.

All I can say about these people I once considered “colleagues” is that I am so ashamed of them. I am mortified. They are humiliating themselves and a vital institution for any free society.
It seems the biggest threat to the American tradition of a free and independent press is not government coercion. It’s the willing submission of the press to being handled and managed by government and politicians.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

We Want Stubbs!

As you can see in this interview on WPIX Sir Stubbs is no pushover for the press. He growls this reporter down in an instant.
He is definately pro-business. He spends most of his days in the local general store where he brings in business and helps sell local property.
And he does it without any help from the government!
He built this HIMSELF!
Perhaps Mitt Romney should be vetting this respected, and long standing public servant for the number two spot.
This is no average "taxocat".
He clearly has grown "a set".
I wouldn't want to come between him and his afternoon catnip cocktail!

                                                                 H/T to Mark Scott

Here is a banner for you kitteh people like me.

Four Stages of Islamic Conquest

Friday, July 20, 2012

Obama's Teacher Indoctrination Slush Fund

I see this as just another payoff to the teacher's unions for their continued "progressive" indoctrination of America's children and a payback for massive donations to the Demoncats this fall. 

Personally I feel the Dept. of Education is much too involved in the brainwashing of our children now. The teacher's unions are vastly more powerful than ever before.

The almost totally federally run student loan program is intrusive and destructive at it's core.

The last thing we need now is an Obama run program to melt down our educational system even further.

"I'm running to make sure that America has the best education system on earth, from pre-K all the way to post-graduate," Obama said. "And that means hiring new teachers, especially in math and science."

The administration will make $100 million available immediately out of an existing fund to incentivize top-performing teachers. Over the longer term, the White House said it plans to launch the program with $1 billion included in Obama's budget request for fiscal year 2013...WLTX

On a closely related topic, may I suggest that you read last month's issue of Imprimus where the folly and the failure of the federal student loan program is discussed. I have included two short clips below.

Federal Student Aid and the Law of Unintended Consequences 

By Richard Vetter in Imprimus, June 2012

"FEDERAL STUDENT financial assistance programs are costly, inefficient, byzantine, and fail to serve their desired objectives. In a word, they are dysfunctional, among the worst of many bad federal programs."

"If the Law of Unintended Consequences ever applied, it is in federal student financial assistance. Programs created with the noblest of intentions have failed to serve either their customers or the nation well. In the 1950s and 1960s, before these programs were large, American higher education enjoyed a Golden Age. Enrollments were rising, lower-income student access was growing, and American leadership in higher education was becoming well established. In other words, the system flourished without these programs. Subsequently, massive growth in federal spending and involvement in higher education has proved counterproductive."...Read More

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Perfect American...sic...

I normally would not devote any time to Chrissy Boy but this is just too laughable to pass up.

"He's never not only broken any law, he's never done anything wrong."

There is a disgusting disease running rampant through our media and Lil' Chrissy has entered the final stages of  this terminal ailment.

Chris Matthews goes full tingle, lauds Obama as ‘perfect American’

We’re not sure how much time Chris Matthews has been spending with the Obamas at home for him to claim that the president is the perfect father. At least he had the sense to stop at “American.”
"[Obama's] done everything right. He’s raised his family right. He’s fought his way all the way to the top of the Harvard Law Review, in a blind test becomes head of the Review, the top editor there. Everything he’s done is clean as a whistle. He’s never not only broken any law, he’s never done anything wrong. He’s the perfect father, the perfect husband, the perfect American."
Matthews certain does get rolling now and then, and we imagine he dreams of a future in which Obama’s perfection isn’t limited by silly human constructs such as national boundaries. The perfect human being? Or is he something more than that? Stay tuned.

"He’s never not only broken any law, he’s never done anything wrong? He’s the perfect father, the perfect husband, the perfect American. And all they do is trash the guy. And it’s impossible for me to believe they would have said the same things about a Walter Mondale or a Jimmy Carter or a Bill Clinton. There’s an ethnic piece to this. It’s very hard to nail it down because they always cover it in ideology. But I’ve never heard anybody in this country call its opponent regularly anti-American or non-American."

Read more and see the disgusting video at: Newsbusters

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

If He Looks Like A Crook...Let's Just Let Him Go

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Maybe you’ve seen the headlines mentioning “Libor” or Bob Diamond or the fixing of interest rates. 

Perhaps you vaguely know that banks were tinkering with the rates for their own advantage.

Big deal, you say. So what?

So, basically investors, including your mutual fund, were hosed. So, the banks essentially stacked the deck so they would be guaranteed to win.

So, it was an organized effort that included more than a dozen participants. And who orchestrated it all? The cops who were supposed to regulate them.

You should care because of all the missteps of the financial crisis, this one can’t be explained away by Wall Street’s excuses:

“We were just stupid.” “It was the borrowers’ fault.” “We misjudged the risk.” “We didn’t see it coming.”

The scandal over Libor, the London interbank-offered rate, is hard to understand. It’s difficult to follow the money, ferret out the bad and good intentions. It’s not as easy of a Wall Street scandal to digest as, say, insider trading or front-running trades or Ponzi schemes.

But like all of those things, fixing interest rates is simply a fancy way of saying the banks stole money — the money we entrusted to them.
In an effort to boil interest-rate fixing down to its simplest terms, here’s what I came up with.

1. Regulators, worried that the financial crisis was seizing up the credit markets, asked the banks to make it look as if credit was more plentiful and cheaper than it really was (something the industry may have been doing on its own prior to the request).

2. Banks fudged Libor, one of the key corporate interest rates, making the rate look lower. In reality, the banks weren’t really offering those rates, or more likely, offering credit at all.

3. Because Libor was a benchmark, the banks that colluded on the rate now had inside information on which direction the rate could go. That means they could bet on a corporate-debt derivative knowing that the underlying rate would go higher, lower or stay flat.

The upshot of all this is that as early as 2005, Libor was being set at a level that suited the banks’ interests — not the free market’s. It initially hurt consumers because it hurt what they paid for credit. Later, lower rates hurt their investments.

That’s just one scenario. Depending on where the banks set the rate, the fallout was almost infinite. From corporate borrowers to small businesses. From big investors such as Warren Buffett, to a small investor and his or her 401(k).

There was a real economic loss here. And some pension funds, including the City of Baltimore, claim to have lost millions.

Unfortunately, a real dollar amount can’t be estimated without going back and looking at every manipulation and where the interest rate should have actually been and then forensically reconstructing every trade or decision made as a result.

By David Weidner

Should we be preparing for another October surprise?

Note...The statute of limitations runs out on any federal investigations or indictments after...you guessed it...FIVE YEARS.

The latest word from the regulatory "cops on the beat" is that they are planning to CUT A DEAL with the bankers amounting to possibly 460 million in fines...(A pittance compared to what could be billions in losses incurred by investors).

It looks like business as usual on Wall St. and in Washington, as the BIGGEST DONORS to all candidates get a free ride on your cash and a get out of jail free card from the SEC and Congress.

Now look out folks, because this rip off is not over yet, only the tip of the iceberg is visible now. This type of manipulation (partially defended by Ben Bernanke) has happened before...LIKE IN 2007!

WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke defended the central bank's response to allegations that large banks manipulated a key international interest rate, but said the benchmark rate was "structurally flawed" and could not assure lawmakers that it was reliable.

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) asked Bernanke if the Fed investigated to determine if U.S. banks involved in setting the LIBOR rate were also doing the same manipulation as Barclays (since fined 460 million dollars). Bernanke said the Fed referred the issue to other U.S. authorities, which are conducting investigations.
But Bernanke said he did not know if U.S. banks, regulated by the Fed, were engaged in rate-rigging.
"If we don’t know that, it seems like somebody dropped the ball," Vitter said.
But Bernanke defended the Fed's action.
"I think the responsibility of the New York Fed was to make sure the appropriate authorities had the information, which is what they did," he said.

(LA Times) NEW YORK — Barclays' rate-fixing scandal claimed its biggest casualty so far: Chief Executive Robert E. Diamond Jr., who resigned on the eve of a new investigation into the bank's operations by a committee of the British Parliament.

After resisting pressure to leave, Diamond resigned Tuesday and left immediately, a week after the bank announced it would pay $453 million in fines to U.S. and British authorities for its attempts to manipulate key interest rates, including the London interbank offered rate, or LIBOR.

Listen to the story here on Jerry Doyle