Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Photo by AP
Read the text here for yourself.
A print-out of the bill weighs more than 19 pounds and stands nearly nine inches tall. It's 1,990 pages long and about 400,000 words in total, and with Pelosi's estimated 10-year price tag of $894 billion, that comes out to about $2.24 million per word!
According to a preliminary Congressional Budget Office report the House Democrats' health care reform bill will actually cost taxpayers $1.055 trillion over the next decade and reduce the federal deficit overall by a mere $104 billion.
But regarding cost and savings ... it really depends who you are talking to.
When Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) released the bill to a hand-picked audience Thursday, she claimed that the bill will only cost $894 billion.
House Republicans said the $1.055 trillion cost is offset by $740 billion in new taxes and revenue and a net $426 billion in cuts in spending, largely in Medicare.
What it really amounts to is a government takeover of healthcare.
They couldn't manage Katrina.
They couldn't manage cash for clunkers.
They have destroyed the dollar.
They have chased business overseas.
This bill will bankrupt us, and our children, and we will get poorer health care overall in the end with this legislation.
Read the Bill yourself.
Better yet ... tell your Congressman to read it!
There ARE better less costly solutions.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Our Nation Is Out of Control.
Constitutionally, Economically & Ethically.
Billion dollar bailouts, federal spending into debt that enslaves our children, trillions spent on wars in places most Americans can't find on a map or tell you why we are there, the Bill of Rights -- intended to protect our God-given individual rights as a free people -- now ignored on a daily basis, have eroded our Republic.
The Next Step For A Free People Is In Your Hands.
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Monday, October 26, 2009
An article in New Scientist says that the dog (and other pets) have too big of a carbon paw-print and this is a problem regarding the sustainability of our planet.
"As well as guzzling resources, cats and dogs devastate wildlife populations, spread disease and add to pollution. It is time to take eco-stock of our pets."Apparently a SUV has a smaller carbon footprint than your average medium-sized dog, and if you have a German Shepard - well then you really are harming the Earth! Their calculations are based on how much land it takes to cultivate the food necessary to feed said animals.
"Owning a dog really is quite an extravagance, mainly because of the carbon footprint of meat...The "scientists" (and I use the term quite loosely) who did the study continue to whine about how animals create other problems like feces production, and the fact that animals kill other animals. (Now that's real news eh?)
Doing similar calculations for a variety of pets and their foods, the Vales found that cats have an eco-footprint of about 0.15 hectares (slightly less than a Volkswagen Golf), hamsters come in at 0.014 hectares apiece (buy two, and you might as well have bought a plasma TV) and canaries half that. Even a goldfish requires 0.00034 hectares (3.4 square metres) of land to sustain it, giving it an ecological fin-print equal to two cellphones."
Actually, I think these people have too much time on their hands, and to tell you the truth my cat is definitely more fun and more soulfully satisfying than a Volkswagon Golf. I honestly do not care how much "energy" my pets consume. Children consume energy too; shall we do away with them as well?
These people are also not very honest in their research either - animal food is made from people food by-products. You know, the stuff that really isn't suitable for your dinner table. We aren't spending any more land to produce animal foods then we are in producing our own food.
I believe studies like this are merely going to be used to set us all up for higher taxation.
You'll be taxed on the number of animals/pets you own - and perhaps even the number of children you have. Talk about environmental fascism!
It's all BS - and not the carbon producing kind.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
This AP news article about the swine flu emergency states:
President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency, giving his health chief the power to let hospitals move emergency rooms offsite to speed treatment and protect noninfected patients.... The national emergency declaration was the second of two steps needed to give [Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen] Sebelius extraordinary powers during a crisis.But is it really an Katrina or 9/11 national emergency?
One website says this,
According to the CDC, swine flu infections have already peaked, and the pandemic is on its way out. Peak infection time was the middle of October, where one in five U.S. children experienced the flu, says the CDC. Out of nearly 14,000 suspected flu cases tested during the week ending on October 10, 2009, 99.6% of those were influenza A, and the vast majority of those were confirmed as H1N1 swine flu infections.Lots of people have had swine flu and have lived to tell about it.
So what's the emergency?
And what exactly does Obama's emergency declaration mean?
A state of emergency is a governmental declaration that is invoked which may be used to suspend certain normal functions and policies of government. It may also be used to alert citizens to alter their normal behaviors, or to order government agencies to implement certain emergency preparedness plans. It can also be used as a rationale for suspending civil liberties.
It can also be the precursor to a situation of martial law.
Martial law is the system of rules that takes effect when the military takes control of the normal administration of justice. Martial law can be declared in cases of major natural disasters; however most countries use a different legal construct, such as a "state of emergency"... Martial law imposes particular rules, one of which is curfew.Once a National Emergency is Declared by the President, the President has full authority to supercede Congress and the US Constitution under the John Warner Act of 2007 (passed by Congress and signed into law 0ct 17, 2006). Buried in that defense authorization bill was language that expanded the power of the President during national emergencies - specifically section 1076 - that allows him to take control of state national guard units - as well as control supplies, services, and equipment. Read more here about various other laws that remove your rights and have expanded the powers of government.
Meanwhile, public hysteria is being stirred by media hype about the swine flu and are further fueled by reports of vaccine nonavailability. There is even a flu tracker website (probably more than this one). Don't forget, vaccine makers - whose lobbyists crawl all over Congressional halls - are cashing in big time.
Back in August of this year,
Georgia Congressman Paul Broun [like him or not] warned attendees of a town hall event Tuesday that the Obama administration was planning to use a pandemic or a natural disaster to implement martial law in the United States.
Speaking at the North Georgia Technical College auditorium, Broun said that the “socialistic elite,” as well as Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, were planning to exploit a crisis to create a favorable climate for their stalling political agenda.
“They’re trying to develop an environment where they can take over,” he said. “We’ve seen that historically.”
Broun’s warning arrives on the back of a letter sent by The National Governors Association to the Pentagon last week, which condemns the military’s plans to usurp domestic control of National Guard and federal forces deployed in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack.
In December 2008 it was announced that at least 20,000 more active duty soldiers will be placed inside the United States under Northcom to “help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe.”
“Domestic emergency deployment may be “just the first example of a series of expansions in presidential and military authority,” or even an increase in domestic surveillance, warned Anna Christensen of the ACLU’s National Security Project. And Cato Vice President Gene Healy warned of “a creeping militarization” of homeland security.”
Maybe as a Congressman he knows something that most people don't.
Interestingly enough, Obama's children won't be getting the swine flu vaccine....
Maybe as President, he knows something that most people don't.
I'd actually be curious to see how many in Obama's administration are getting the swine flu shot.
But I digress....
America - RELAX.
It seems we should take the common sense approach to H1N1 and any other flu strains on the loose.
Flu IS serious business; people HAVE died from it.
I think we all recognize that fact.
(CDC keeps statistics regarding child deaths in past years)
There's been much controversy over the "rushed to market" vaccines.
Certainly, there have been many stories of people being damaged by flu vaccines in the past.
People have died from those too.
I don't need to give links - you can find them all over the Internet.
More people died from the swine flu vaccine in 1976 then they did of swine flu!
The fact is, you can also protect yourself in many other ways.
Use some defensive preventative measures.
We live in a world of germs.
Do whatever you need to do to keep your immune system healthy -
These are some strategies that me and mine plan to use:
Take your vitamins.
Get some sunshine and/or Vitamin D.
Wash your hands often.
Get enough sleep.
Get some fresh air.
Stop stressing so much.
Minimize contact with people who are ill or who sneeze or cough.
I am less concerned about swine flu than I am about the Obama administration seizing an opportunity to grab more power. Afterall, Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, said, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before".
Yeah, perhaps the swine flu is the least of our worries.
Friday, October 23, 2009
I came across this article in the Hartford Advocate.
It is downright disturbing.
"A pre-schooler in the West Hartford public school system is made to wear a weight vest for being too wiggly"
A 3-year-old boy was made to wear a weight vest - sort of a smock with weights in it "to weigh him down so he can stay sitting longer."
You know, if a parent did this at home they would most likely be charged with child abuse.
It seems this 3 year old boy in this West Hartford, CT pre-school didn't want to sit still for "circle time.... He was "wiggly" and didn't "listen well" and the weight vest "helped him".
The mom said - "It was sad because [my son] was the only one who had that used on him".
She also said to the administrators,"Why didn't you just tie him to a tree? It's the same thing".
School officials declined to comment on the Rodriguezes' account of events.It is just unbelievable how children this young are expected to sit still by these school administrators and teachers. The methods and tactics used by preschools to keep "class order" and regiment these children are damaging and ridiculous. It is no wonder that kids become disturbed and suicidal after going through a system that condones this type of treatment.
Weighted vests are in fact used in therapy for autistic children, or children with sensory integration disorder - a condition that makes them uncomfortable with things like fluorescent lights, or the texture of their food - according to David Medina, spokesman for Hartford Public Schools.
Medina said the vests are used in the Hartford school system, but only with the parents' consent and only when prescribed by an occupational therapist. He said experts describe the effect of the vest, when used properly, as "like being hugged."
"It's a heavy coat with lead weights," said Medina. "It's not meant as a punishment and it's only to be applied for 15 minutes, approximately."
Susan Avena, a visiting assistant professor of psychology at Trinity College in Hartford, confirmed that the pressure of a weight vest can be soothing to children with autism or other disorders.
"Autism in general is not well understood, but think of it in terms of children not being able to filter out stimulation," said Avena. "They engage in behaviors to soothe that, repetitive behaviors like spinning the wheel of a toy truck over and over. Focusing in on one stimulus feels good to them. My understanding is that the pressure of a weight vest does the same thing, eliminating some of the stimuli."
Sandra Rodriguez says her grandson is not autistic or being treated for any other disorder. He did have speech therapy for a short time, she says, but that ended when it was decided he was simply a "very quiet little boy."
As for being wiggly, Avena says that's to be expected.
"Three-year-olds wiggle. You can't expect them to sit still all the time," said Avena. "You have to design the classroom around the idea that 3-year-olds have a short attention span and limits to the control they have over their energy. Punishment for not being able to sit still at this age is not appropriate."
By the end of the meeting that day at Aiken [school], Sandra Rodriguez says [teacher] Ann Sullivan had tears in her eyes. She says Sullivan tried to hug her, but that she turned her away.
"I said, ‘Don't touch me,' and we left," she said.
That evening, Sandra says she received a call from [Timothy] Dunn [assistant superintendent for administration], who said he was going to get to the bottom of the matter. Dunn's subsequent explanation that the vest was a "therapeutic occupational device" did little to calm Sandra's anger. But Dunn did respond quickly to the incident, and arranged for her grandson to be transferred to Whiting Lane School, where he had already attended summer school and was familiar with the teachers and other children.
"He was immobilized in front of all his peers. I can't imagine what he was thinking," Sandra said. "I keep asking him, but he doesn't know. He loves school. He probably doesn't understand what happened to him."
What is next? Shackles in school colors?
Parents should be particularly concerned and wary of what happens to their kids at school.
Detroit has been run by Democrat and Socialist politicians since 1961. 1961 was the last time they had a Republican Mayor.
Detroit has the highest poverty rate and social decay in the city is extremely evident. It is clear that Liberal Socialist Democrat ideas do not work, and Detroit is a prime example.
While one can blame the collapsed auto industry for the demise of Detroit, honestly one must also look at the reasons why businesses and families fled that city long ago. The "evidence shows that high taxes and spending are both a cause and consequence of urban decline."
The unions have also crippled business.
Enormous taxes chased out business and families.
Policies in the 1980's and 90's pushed people out of the city and into the suburbs.
Schools began to fail, producing citizens who comparatively are uneducated.
And this is what has resulted: the people are now wholly dependent on government and all they know and want is handouts.
Look at the recent response to "free money" from Obama (Rush Limbaugh aside) ....
These people think they are being helped in some way - and it is unfortunate that they do not understand that their carefully planned dependency is the reason why they are in need in the first place. They also do not see how they are being lied to and hoodwinked. They believe government will take care of their every need.
It is incredibly disturbing on so many levels.
I don't think this is the kind of thing that Dr. King had in mind for poor Americans - black or white.
Failed Socialist Democrat welfare entitlement policies have made people impoverished and ignorant and dependent. Unfortunately, these are exactly the kinds of voters that politicians, who can promise anything and everything to them, want. The problem is that this system is unsustainable, and wealth redistribution does not work - especially when those producing the wealth leave. When the "free money" is dispensed and spent - the people are still left in the same predicament that they were in before they received anything. Nothing changes.
Why the black community in particular isn't outraged at what they have been reduced to in Detroit, is beyond comprehension. Instead of demanding handouts, they ought to be voting every single politician out of office, and be shown the way to self sufficiency instead of dependency.
“Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime”
Thursday, October 22, 2009
It's called SPLASH
Once a year, MIT students (in Boston, of course) put together an awesome program of entertaining and educational courses for just $30! It is an incredible bargain and more than well worth the money for up to 20 hours of class time.
Here's their shpiel:
Do you want to take a class about...
- Design and Analysis of Roller Coasters
- Paradoxes of Democracy
- Fun with Fractals
- Aircraft Jet Engines
- How to Make a Pixar Movie
- The French Revolution
- Stage Fighting
...or any of 400 other awesome topics?
Then you should come to Splash! Splash offers a series of short classes and workshops like the ones listed above, and you can take up to 20 hours of classes.
Splash takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving (11/21-11/22) at MIT.
You can register for one Splash class at 8:00 PM on Tuesday, November 3, and for an unlimited number of classes beginning at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, November 4.
You can find out more at http://esp.mit.edu/learn/Splash/index.html, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also connect with other students who are attending by RSVPing for the Facebook event at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=153115438001
We hope to see everyone there!
Splash! 2009 Directors
If you aren't close enough to drive, then book a hotel room for the weekend and make a family getaway. If your kids can attend this (parents there are parent lounges you can hang out in) then they should do so - it's great fun and a really great experience.
My kids loved it.
S. 773 (Cyber Security Act) and S. 778 (National Cyber Security Advisor) are among the main tools for government to take control of the Internet.
Read the bills yourself.
Learn more about it.
The FCC will vote Thursday on what it calls a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Net Neutrality. If it passes, it will start a public comment period and I'll be emailing you again with instructions on how to file comments. But for the next couple days, we need to make our case against the FCC even taking that first step down the road to a Washington takeover of the Internet.
Here's what you can do to help: The FCC created a website at http://OpenInternet.gov where you can comment on government regulating the Internet under so-called net neutrality rules. Those in favor of net neutrality regulation have been flooding it with comments. Please take a moment to head over to http://OpenInternet.gov and click on "Join the Discussion" to make your voice heard for keeping the Internet in private hands.
Two more horrific bills - and another reason to speak out.
Contact the FCC and your Congressman and let them know how you feel about this nonsense.
China controls their Internet - they block many websites.
Is that where we are headed?
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
There really is no recovery.
Look at this chart:
Zerohedge has an article about the 60% recovery in perspective. Good read.
"Our stock markets are now well into 60% rally territory. Which begs the question: how does this rally stack up with previous ones based on such arcane concepts as economic fundamentals. We present some of the key criteria of how previous 60% rallies have looked like when analyzed across 10 different key economic dimensions (which are completely irrelevant now). Data courtesy of Contrary Investor.
With the exception of ISM, this 60% rally is completely nonsensical. On 9 out of the key 10 economic dimensions we are cruising purely on hope and on expectations that Uncle Sam will continue printing trillions of dollars simply to get us out of this mess. Or not even that, but merely the excess hundreds of billions in liquidity courtesy of Ben Bernanke, are following the path of least resistance straight to equities. Whatever the reason, the current rally, at least when juxtaposed with previous ones, is a complete sham. Anyone who believes there is any ounce of economic fundamental credibility to it needs to take a careful look at the data."
- Year over Year Retail Sales: 9.3% average in prior 60% rallies versus -5.3% in the current one
- Consumer Confidence: 95.5 average; 53.1 now
- Capacity Utilization: 79.9% average; 66.6% now
- Year over Year Industrial Production: 4.1% avereage; -10.7% now
- ISM: 53.9 average; 52.6 now
- Payroll employment gains over period: 2.2% average; -2.0% now
- Decline in continued unemployment claims from cycle peak: -26.3 average; -11.6% now
- Year over Year growth in total credit market debt: 9.3% average; 3.0% now
- Year over Year growth in household debt: 8.8% average; -0.1% now
- P/E Multiple: 16.8x average; 20.0x now
It would seem that the stock market is in for a doozy of a correction.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
On October 14, Lord Christopher Monckton gave a presentation in St. Paul, MN on the subject of global warming. In this 4-minute excerpt from his speech, he issues a dire warning to all Americans regarding the United Nations Climate Change Treaty that is scheduled to be signed in Copenhagen in December 2009.There are concerns that Obama will be signing this stupid treaty and thereby ceding our sovereignty away. He can sign whatever he wants - but he still needs ratification by the Senate and if they ever want to be re-elected, they better not even think about ratifying this piece of trash.
Looks like it might be time (again) to call the White House (SWITCHBOARD: 202-555-1212. FAX: 202-456-7890). We can also boycott the sponsors of the conference in Copenhagen.
The New York Sun (October 18, 2009) printed this editorial:
Apart from the question of whether President Obama deserves the Nobel Prize — a matter that we’ve suggested is the purview of the Norwegians — the newspapers are starting to crackle with the question of whether the Constitution permits Mr. Obama to accept it. The Nobel, after all, is worth more than $1 million, and Article I, Second 9 of the United States Constitution states in plain language that “No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States” and that “no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign state.”
Josh Gerstein, formerly national correspondent of the Sun, reports on Politico that the White House is rejecting as “flat out wrong” the notion that the Nobel Prize would be covered by the proscriptions in the Constitution. “The Constitution talks about kings and princes and foreign states,” Mr. Gerstein quotes a White House aide as asserting. “Here, Alfred Nobel, a private citizen, set up a private foundation — the Nobel Foundation — that awards the money.” The aide wouldn’t be named, Mr. Gerstein said, quoting him as also pointing out that Mr. Obama “has already indicated that he does not intend to keep the money.”
The anonymous comment from the White House followed the publication by the Washington Post of an op-ed article by a law professor from Chapman University, Ron Rotunda, and a fellow of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Peter Pham, arguing that the constitutional provision in Article I, Second 9 would preclude Mr. Obama accepting the prize. They argued that Congress should take Mr. Obama “at his word that the Nobel award is ‘an affirmation of American leadership’” and allow the president to accept the prize but that Congress should apply the money itself to “some worthy cause, such as reducing the deficit.”
Mr. Gerstein sprang on the issue on the day the prize was announced, as did J.P. Freire, associate commentary editor of the Washington Examiner. Mr. Freire quoted Title 5 of the United States code, under which Congress has laid down the law on gifts that can be accepted by a federal employee. It provides congressional consent to gifts in certain situations but sets a limit that, at the moment, is, according to the Justice Department Web site, $335. The law covers both the president and vice president as well as all other federal employees, including congressmen. So even were the Constitutional question to be vague, the statute seems to be clear. President Washington was such a stickler on the constitutional point that he refused to accept so much as a flag from the government of France without stating that he would announce the matter to the Congress and declaring that the colors would be placed in the national archive.
It doesn't matter that Barry O. plans to "give the money away" - Constitutionally and or legally it can be argued that he cannot accept it - or at least he can only accept $335 of it. Well sure, they may try to weasel this and say it's from a private organization... but honestly... the statute is plain in how much he can receive as a gift.
Then of course there are the tax implications of accepting this $1.4 million windfall.
Barry O. may need Turbo Tax Timmy's help in getting out of paying his share to the US Treasury. (read the comments to that link - some are pretty funny)
Then on the other hand the Nobel committee can just write the check out to ACORN and Barry can avoid the whole tax issue all together.
Hey, with the price of gold where it is - Obama can just as well cash in his Peace Medallion by sending it along to Cash4Gold.
So many options.
The Nobel Peace Prize goes to:
during the preceding year [...] shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.
Not bad for a guy who is escalating troops in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
(H/T Ricky G.)
Monday, October 19, 2009
It looks like the banks failed to inject liquidity into anything other than their own pockets. It's pretty apparent that they have used bailout money (aka Taxpayer funds) for bonuses and consolidation.
More unfortunate economic news...
Railroad Carloadings down 17.2% - with a cumulative annual decline of 18.1%
Steel production is down
Shipping is down
Capital equipment sales to steel/foundries is down approximately 70% from 2008.
Not only will this be a "jobless recovery" - apparently it will be "non-capital production recovery" as well....
Meanwhile... back in Washington... Barry O and his crew are planning another round of stimu.... uh "safety net legislation" - extension of unemployment bennies, extension of home buyer credits, etc. etc. - while deficit spending has already ballooned to a record $1.56 trillion budget deficit. (Our grandchildren will just love that!)
I wonder what Obama and his administration will do when there is no more wealth to redistribute.
Friday, October 16, 2009
For the second year in a row, liberty comes to Connecticut. The second annual Connecticut Liberty Forum will be held at the Sheraton Hotel, at the Bradley Airport, in Windsor Locks on October 17, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Liberty Forum is not about politics. It’s not about political parties. The Liberty Forum is about the Constitution. It’s about educating the public about the meaning of the Constitution, and how its provisions are being implemented in terms of the issues facing Americans today.
The theme of this year’s Liberty Forum is: “The Economy and the Constitution: How Do We Protect Our Economic Freedom in a Constitutional Manner?” The Connecticut Liberty Forum will bring together people from all walks of life, from federal, state, and local government leaders, to authors, to taxpayers, to grassroots citizens. Discussions will be held throughout the day on topics such as: the Constitutionality of federal bailouts; the role of the federal reserve; how to balance the budget and assist those in need during difficult economic downturns; what is a sound money system; and how can individuals protect and defend our economic and Constitutional freedom?
Speakers and the topics of their presentations include:
Robert Schulz, founder, We the People Foundation for Constitutional Education, “Continental Congress 2009, the Next Step for A Free People”;
Goshen First Selectman Robert Valentine, “What Effect Does the Recent Increase in Federal and State Tax and Spending Have On Local Government?”;
James Perloff, Author, “The Shadows of Power”, “American Sovereignty and the Coming World Government”;
Andrew Schiff, Investment Consultant, Euro Pacific Capital, “Constitutional Monetary Policy”;
Jim Azzola, Campaign for Liberty, “Is the Federal Reserve and Its Policies Constitutional?”;
Walter Reddy, Committees of Safety, “What is Constitutionally Sound Money?”;
Susan Kniep, President, Connecticut Federation of State Taxpayers Organizations, “What Effect Does the Recent Increase in Federal and State Tax and Spending Have on Taxpayers?”;
Joe Markley, former Connecticut State Senator, “What the Founders Meant to Preserve”
Paul Maresca - "Bringing the Power Back to the People."
Grassroots Advocacy Panel including Bob MacGuffie, Right Principles; Tanya Bachand, Connecticut Tea Party Coordinator; Estelle Stevenson, We the People Connecticut State Coordinator; Pamela Kurtz, Independence Caucus, “How Ordinary Individuals Can Make a Difference”;
Joe Stango, founder, Dora’s Hope, “Reforming Medicaid to Expand Home Care Choices”.
Attorney Michael Agranoff, "Connecticut DCF and the Waste of Taxpayer Money"
Dr. Armand Fusco, "How To Achieve Accountability, Transparency and Participation to Preserve Economic Freedom"
Online registration ($25 if you register online, $30 if you register at the door)
We hope you will join us for the informative event.
For further information, please contact:
Attorney Deborah G. Stevenson
Executive Director, National Home Education Legal Defense, LLC
Founder, Connecticut Liberty Forum
Thursday, October 15, 2009
From USA Today:
Al Gore has spoken: The world must embrace a "carbon-neutral lifestyle." To do otherwise, he says, will result in a cataclysmic catastrophe. "Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb," warns the website for his film, An Inconvenient Truth. "We have just 10 years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tailspin." ...
Public records reveal that as Gore lectures Americans on excessive consumption, he and his wife Tipper live in two properties: a 10,000-square-foot, 20-room, eight-bathroom home in Nashville, and a 4,000-square-foot home in Arlington, Va. (He also has a third home in Carthage, Tenn.) For someone rallying the planet to pursue a path of extreme personal sacrifice, Gore requires little from himself....
according to public records, there is no evidence that Gore has signed up to use green energy in either of his large residences. When contacted Wednesday, Gore's office confirmed as much but said the Gores were looking into making the switch at both homes. Talk about inconvenient truths.
Gore is not alone. Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean has said, "Global warming is happening, and it threatens our very existence." The DNC website applauds the fact that Gore has "tried to move people to act." Yet, astoundingly, Gore's persuasive powers have failed to convince his own party: The DNC has not signed up to pay an additional two pennies a kilowatt hour to go green. For that matter, neither has the Republican National Committee.
Maybe our very existence isn't threatened.
Gore has held these apocalyptic views about the environment for some time. So why, then, didn't Gore dump his family's large stock holdings in Occidental (Oxy) Petroleum? As executor of his family's trust, over the years Gore has controlled hundreds of thousands of dollars in Oxy stock. Oxy has been mired in controversy over oil drilling in ecologically sensitive areas. ...
The issue here is not simply Gore's hypocrisy; it's a question of credibility. If he genuinely believes the apocalyptic vision he has put forth and calls for radical changes in the way other people live, why hasn't he made any radical change in his life?
And no, as a proponent of free market capitalism, I don't care how he spends his money... but what I do care about is that he tells everyone else how to live while polluting the planet along with those he condemns.
Another case of Liberalism "Do as I say - Not as I do"
Hey Tipper, where shall we jet off to today?
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
For a candidate who ran on bringing troops home, have you noticed that he's quietly adding more?
Not bad for a Peace Prize winner.
This from Campaign For Liberty:
Obama Quietly Adds 15,000 More Troops to Afghan War
Washington D.C., October 13, 2009 - In an unannounced move, the Administration has authorized the deployment of 15,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. This deployment is in addition to the 21,000 troops previously announced by President Obama in March of this year. The move will bring the total amount of U.S. forces deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq to levels greater than the peak of the Iraq surge.
"Candidate Obama ran a campaign highly critical of Bush administration foreign policy and promised to bring troops home from overseas. But President Obama seems to be working from the same playbook as the Bush Administration, and his campaign promises seem to be ringing empty," said John Tate, President of Campaign for Liberty. "Instead of winding things down, this president seems intent on increasing our involvement in this and other foreign adventures."
In following a protocol similar to former President Bush's Defense department, President Obama did not mention plans to deploy the additional troops during his initial declaration of troop increases. These increases, as it turns out, are part of a larger plan to reach a 68,000 troop force by the end of the year. All this comes as the administration continues to weigh whether to deploy the 40,000 troops requested by the U.S. commander in Afghanistan.
Maybe the Nobel Peace Prize Committee didn't get the memo.
Then again - Obama can't bring the troops home - there aren't any jobs for them here.
Recruitment is up because the job market is so bad.
US Unemployment numbers are misleading...
He says Americans will face increasing unemployment, inflation, and possible bread-lines if government backed bail-outs and big government spending continues.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Now THIS is really bad news.
I am serious.
Forget Universal Healthcare.
Forget The Obama Peace Prize.
We have got a REAL crisis on our hands!
The Washington Times has reported that:
"It has been a weird weather situation," Mr. Richard said. "Usually we have no trouble at all getting brokers to bring us pumpkins. But Pennsylvania farmers are seeing yields down 50 to 70 percent. We have as many as we need to get through Columbus Day weekend, our busiest time, but we are concerned about what will happen next week. Gourds may be great for Mom and Dad, but not such a good souvenir for kids."
In Maryland, Todd Butler, manager of Butler's Orchard in Germantown, said his supply of small pumpkins may be down, but there should be enough to get through the fall. Butler's grows about 20 acres of pumpkins then brings in the rest from suppliers.
"Every year is different," he said. "We had a lot of damp weather this year."
The wet summer also has significantly affected the pumpkin supply in New England. A particularly rainy growing season in June and July caused some seedlings to wash away, some farmers say. Others say their crop is delayed, meaning pumpkins might not be big enough or orange enough by Halloween.
Dayton, Maine, grower Edward LeBlanc told the Associated Press that his 30 acres likely would have a subpar yield in 2009.
"If you saw our field, you'd say it looks beautiful," Mr. LeBlanc said. "You would say, 'Wow, look at all the pumpkins.' But we'd be saying, 'Wow, look at all the pumpkins that aren't going to quite make it,' or 'Look at all the pumpkins that aren't going to be large enough size to sell.' "
Some New England growers lost their entire crops, but others fared much better. Maine's harvest is expected to be off by about 50 percent, said Lauchlin Titus, president of the Maine Vegetable and Small Fruit Growers Association.
Nationwide, 92,955 acres were devoted to growing pumpkins in 2007, compared with 25,985 acres in 1982, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Another fall symbol, the pumpkin pie, may take a hit by Thanksgiving. Last year's weak harvest in Illinois, which leads the nation's pumpkin industry, has led to a shortage of canned pumpkin.
Shoppers reported that they could scarcely find canned pumpkin on the shelves of grocery stores in the past few months. Roz O'Hearn, a spokeswoman for Nestle SA, the parent company of canned-pumpkin leader Libby's, said help is on the way.
"If you looked [during] the last few months, canned pumpkin was not on the store shelves," Ms. O'Hearn said. "There were a lot of weather issues with last year's harvest which left us without a surplus."
Libby's has a farm with 5,000 acres of pumpkins in Morton, Ill.
"Harvest 2009 is still going on, and it was wet at the start, but we are seeing a turnaround," Ms. O'Hearn said. "I think America will be OK for Thanksgiving."
and this Iowa website has a similar report.
Less pumpkins means of course less pumpkins, but it also means higher prices on pumpkins and you may have to go home with a significantly smaller pumpkin then in previous years.
Canned pumpkin is in short supply.
Monday, October 12, 2009
But check this out from the Ridley Report via the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance:
Check this out:
The American Open Currency Standard is fast becoming the standard for honest trade. (Interesting interview with Rob Gray here)
They even offer a directory of businesses and other establishments that will do business in real money.
Why AOCS Silver and Gold?
It's Inflation Proof:
AOCS Silver and Gold is 99.9% pure crafted & redeemable silver and gold, so it protects your money from inflation.
AOCS Silver puts people first, so you get money at a discountand use it at a profit (like the banks do)
You can spend AOCS silver anywhere it is accepted, voluntarily, as a positive, proactive, and peaceful solution to inflation.
There is no law against AOCS Silver and the US Treasury has acknowledged that it is "legitimate".
It's Good for The Community:
AOCS Silver spent in the community, stays in the community!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Title 4 United States Code:
§ 8. Respect for Flag
(g) The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.
This "Obamanation" is being flown over some guy's house in Kokomo,Indiana.
However, there is no violation of the law - apparently because this is not an actual US flag. An attorney would argue that this product falls under the same heading as shirts/pants/scarves and other similar items. Even though it mimics the flag design, it is nothing more than a very tasteless novelty. Just like the fake money with O's face on it.
It just goes to prove that people can make money off of selling "kitsch" to Obamabots.
Apparently one can buy all kinds of stuff with O's face on it:
(H/T Atlas Shrugged)
and here is a bonus video from JibJab...
and of course the latest from Saturday Night Live:
Two big accomplishments... Jack .. and Squat .... LOL
Friday, October 9, 2009
As the dollar sinks it will be time for everyone holding our debt to unload it before they lose more of their money.... Unfortunately no one will want to buy it. Then guess what happens.
You are witnessing a deliberate orchestration of the destruction of our currency and of our markets in order to turn the US financial system over to the International Monetary Fund and world banksters. Umm.... I mean bankers.
Folks - we have tent cities in Seattle.
We have Detroit unable to bury their dead.
States are going bankrupt.
We have eroded our manufacturing base.
We have people flocking to get "free money" from the government.
Unemployment is over 20% in some areas, with people being out of work for over a year.
Job losses continue to mount.
Businesses are closing their doors.
Commercial real estate is teetering on collapse.
Over 100 bank failures this year alone with the FDIC broke.
Green Shoots? You gotta be kidding me.
Meanwhile, our government is spending more - and Congress looks like it is planning to sign us all up for government healthcare which our treasury cannot afford and which will be as badly run as other government programs! We are broke and printing money like maniacs.
Do you not see thew writing on the wall?
It isn't terrorists or being dependent on Saudi/Arab oil we ought to worry about - it is being dependent on China and everyone else buying our debt, and they have finally caught on that we cannot ever pay them back.
The party is quite over.
There is a reason why Gold and Silver are rising in price, and people (including the Chinese) are flocking to purchase these metals. They are dumping dollars that are losing value and buying power, and protecting their assets in the process.
Related: ZeroHedge - The Fed's 30 Minute Agency Monetization Window
Most Americans will probably have to lose some weight before they can use one of these... can you picture someone like Michael Moore riding this baby? And yes, thanks to capitalism something like this has been created.
(H/T Jeff A.)
Thursday, October 8, 2009
"Patient Dumping is the practice of dumping those that cannot afford medical services or those that would burden the system onto other medical care providers. At the University of Chicago Medical Center, patient dumping appears to be a routine practice." - Adam Bitely NetRightNation
or how to get rid of all the "riff raff" clogging the emergency rooms... so other paying customers (i.e. more lucrative sick people) could be waited on... and this scheme has Michelle Obama's fingerprints all over it. Many of the same people involved in this practice of patient dumping are now crafting the healthcare "reforms" that will be crammed down our throats from Washington DC.
Mr. Bitely reports:
In 2002, Michelle Obama became the Executive Director for Community Affairs at UCMC. Interestingly, Susan Sher, who hired Michelle for the UCMC gig, currently serves as Michelle Obama's chief of staff at the White House. Shortly after Barack Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Michelle received a promotion to become the Vice President for Community and External Affairs. Also serving on the board during this time was Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to the Obama administration.
In this new position, one of Michelle's top priorities was to solve a problem of too many poor patients or those on Medicare and Medicaid clogging the emergency room at UCMC. To deal with this problem, Michelle helped create the Southside Health Collaborative. This project served to provide a way to shuttle away patients to other medical clinics to receive care. This was blatant patient dumping.
As the program grew, Southside Health Collaborative eventually changed its name to the Urban Health Initiative. After hiring David Axelrod's public relations firm, the name was changed again.
Now we arrive in 2009. Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL) who represents the district where UCMC is located, sent a letter requesting an investigation into the apparent acts of Patient Dumping to Congressman Edolphus Towns. Mr. Towns is the Committee Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, the committee that Mr. Rush requested to look into this matter.
The letter from Mr. Rush, dated May 25, 2009, has apparently gone unanswered. We have attempted to reach Mr. Towns' office but our message has gone unanswered.
The actors in this Patient Dumping scheme are the same actors designing the new Health Care system. These types of matters must be addressed before this debate is allowed to go any further.
Malkin also reported on it.
In February 2009, outrage in the Obamas’ community exploded after a young boy covered by Medicaid was turned away from the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dontae Adams’ mother, Angela, had sought emergency treatment for him after a pit bull tore off his upper lip. Mrs. Obama’s hospital gave the boy a tetanus shot, antibiotics, and Tylenol and shoved him out the door. The mother and son took an hour-long bus ride to another hospital for surgery.
I’ll guarantee you this: You’ll never see the Adams family featured at an Obama policy summit or seated next to the First Lady at a joint session of Congress to illustrate the failures of the health care system....
Rewarding political cronies at the expense of the poor while posing as guardians of the downtrodden? Welcome to Obamacare.
Poor people being shoved out of the UCMC door.
Now that's Change you can believe in.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Hartford Business Journal reports:
Six state legislators are among tens of thousands of individuals and businesses who are at least 90 days delinquent in paying their state taxes through September, a Hartford Business Journal computer analysis of tax records has found.
The lawmakers find themselves on the list of delinquent taxpayers at a time when there has been a “measureable increase” in the number of individuals requesting more time to pay their debts because of temporary financial difficulties, state officials said.
It also comes at a time when the value of bankruptcy claims filed by the Department of Revenue Services has increased threefold, to $47.5 million in fiscal 2009, from $14.6 million in fiscal 2008.
Lawmakers on the delinquency list include a majority whip, a deputy majority whip, and an assistant minority leader. Several who owe taxes said they are aware of the debt, but are struggling to make payments because of a financial hardship. One lawmaker said she was unaware she was on the delinquency list, while another said he’s on the list because of an accounting error he made when filing his own taxes a few years ago.
Through a Freedom of Information request to the Department of Revenue Services, the Hartford Business Journal obtained a database containing the names of tens of thousands of individuals and businesses who are delinquent in paying their taxes by 90 days or more.
The database, which was updated as of Sept. 1, includes 193,245 separate entries. In some cases, businesses and individuals are listed multiple times.
The HBJ identified lawmakers in the database by matching it to a list containing the names and addresses of all 187 state senators and representatives. The HBJ computer analysis concentrated solely on those elected officials.
Sarah Kaufman, a spokeswoman for DRS, said the agency has collected $122 million in delinquent taxes in fiscal 2009, an $8.6 million increase from the previous year.
Additionally, the state’s 2009 tax-amnesty program, which was intended to reach taxpayers who evaded reporting all or some of their tax obligations, brought in $25.4 million in previously undeclared taxes.
Delinquent taxpayers on the 90-day delinquency list, however, were not eligible for that program, Kaufman said.
The total amount of taxes owed to the state for fiscal 2009 has not been finalized, but in 2008 that number totaled $571 million, Kaufman said. Overall, state tax revenues declined steeply in the last year, contributing to the $8.5 billion budget deficit.
Kaufman said DRS collection activities include notifying the taxpayer by phone or mail, offsetting debt with refunds from the IRS or other states, attaching a taxpayer’s wages or bank accounts and placing liens on property.
Among the lawmakers who owe taxes is Rep. David A. Scribner, a Republican from Brookfield, who, along with his wife Pamela, is listed as owing $2,169.16 in income taxes.
In a statement to the HBJ, Scribner, who is an assistant minority leader in the House, said the debt stems from “an honest error made a few years ago with regard to how certain income was reported on the tax returns that I complete jointly with my wife.”
He said he mistakenly reported income he earned as an independent contractor as income paid by an employer, rather than business income, which resulted in an underpayment of taxes to the state. He said at the time of the mistake he was preparing his own income tax returns and did not use a professional accountant who might have caught the mistake.
“Since being apprised of this error, I have been working with a tax professional to correct the mistakes and make payment on any taxes, penalties, and interest owed, a process that unfortunately takes some time,” said Scribner. “This was an unintentional oversight that any taxpayer in Connecticut could have made.”
Rep. Auden Grogins, a Democrat from Bridgeport, is listed in the database as owing $348.14 in income taxes.
In a Sept. 15 interview, Grogins told the HBJ that she was not aware of the remaining balance and was not informed about it either. She pledged to repay the debt and thanked the HBJ for notifying her about it.
Sen. Andrew Maynard, a Democrat from Stonington, is listed in the database as owing $4,113.84 in real estate conveyance taxes. Maynard, who is a majority whip, said he is aware of the back taxes but hasn’t paid them because he is appealing the amount owed, arguing that he was overcharged.
He said DRS overestimated the market value of a home that he was involved in selling in 2007, which inflated the real estate conveyance taxes he owed on the property.
He also said he only owned a 50 percent stake in the home, but DRS taxed him as if he owned the property in its entirety.
Maynard said he fully intends to pay the back taxes, once the matter is settled.
“The real issue is they have overestimated the value of the home,” Maynard said. “I wasn’t seeking to not pay my taxes.”
Rep. Ezequiel Santiago, a Democrat from Bridgeport, is listed in the database owing $97.21 in income taxes. Santiago, who is a member of the appropriations committee, said through his press aide that he will be taking care of the situation as soon as possible.
Rep. Terry Backer, a Democrat from Stratford, is listed as owing $1,367.60 in income taxes. Backer, who is an assistant majority whip, said he is aware of the back taxes but a financial hardship within the family has left them unable to pay off the entire balance. He said he is making payments when he has the money available and acknowledges that he is going to be paying a few hundred dollars in penalties since it’s late.
“I’m struggling like everyone else,” Backer said. “It will get paid.”
Rep. Juan Candelaria, a Democrat from New Haven, is listed in the database three times, owing $812.80, $1,327.22, and $6,065.96 in income taxes.
In a written statement to the HBJ, Candelaria, who is a deputy majority whip, said he was aware of the taxes owed and has already made payment arrangements to deal with the issue.
“Many of us, in one way or another, have been negatively impacted during this tough economic time and unfortunately, even as a legislator, I haven’t been the exception,” Candelaria said.
Kaufman said DRS has seen a measurable increase in the number of taxpayers who are requesting extra time to pay a tax debt because of temporary financial difficulties. She said if certain criteria are met DRS will set up a short-term payment plan for them.
Hey CT Legislators (especially Democrats who want to raise taxes even higher) - if YOU cannot even pay YOUR taxes - what makes you think everyone else can?
"Gee I wasn't aware of what I owed",
overestimated value of a sold property,
inability to pay and
tough economic times...
Welcome to the real world dear legislators.
Please .... so are we all.
Do yourselves, and the rest of us, a favor and stop spending so much!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
National Home Education Legal Defense just put out a new bulletin about Senate Bill 1708.
“School Attendance Success Act of 2009”
The stated purpose of the bill is “to establish a grant program to prevent truancy, and for other purposes.”
The bill authorizes federal tax dollars to be awarded to state educational agencies as grants purportedly to implement programs to prevent truancy. Some of the tax dollars would be funneled through the local educational agency to community action organizations. The bill says that the local educational agency is to use the tax dollars “to partner with a community-based organization to create programmatic initiatives aimed at keeping students in school.” There are no specifics in the bill defining what those “programmatic initiatives” would be. Also, there are not specifics about the amount of tax dollars will be appropriated for those “programmatic initiatives”.
Section 5 of the bill is even more troublesome. Its title is “National Definition of Truancy.” Apparently, the proponents of this bill seek to define truancy in a very limited fashion in order to carry out the purposes of this bill, despite the fact that truancy currently is defined in state law, and each state defines the term in its own unique way. This particular bill, which imposes a national definition of truancy, defines that term as follows:
For the purposes of collecting the information described in subparagraph (B)(i), the term `truancy' means each absence of a student who is required by State law to attend elementary school or secondary school from such school for the time period described in clause (ii) without an excuse described in clause (iii).
`(ii) TIME PERIOD- The time period referred to in clause (i) is--
`(I) 3 consecutive school days in the case of a child enrolled in elementary school; and
`(II) 3 or more class periods on each of 3 consecutive school days in the case of a child enrolled in middle or secondary school.
`(iii) EXCUSED ABSENCES- An excuse referred to in clause (i) is--
`(I) an excuse by a parent of the student that is approved by the school administrator in charge; or
`(II) permission from a teacher or administrator in charge.”
Is that definition identical to the definition of truancy in your state? If not, it is possible that one could argue that a national definition of truancy conflicts with any state’s definition of truancy such that the state’s definition of truancy becomes null and void. How will that affect parents whose children are enrolled in public schools? While the bill indicates that the funding will go to “local educational agencies”, how does your state define “local educational agencies”?
One would assume that the bill only applies to public school districts, but, assumptions are useless when an issue is brought before a judge for “interpretation”. Are private schools going to be considered “local educational agencies” for the purposes of truancy?
Many states consider children who attend private schools as subject to their state’s truancy laws. If those private schools accept a grant under this proposal, should it become law, will private school students be subject to the “national definition of truancy”?
What about the parents who homeschool their children in those states in which homeschooled students are considered “private school” students? Will this proposal, should it become law, affect them?
The answer is, it is possible that those students would be affected. This bill does not contain language that states directly that homeschooled students would be subject to the national definition of truancy, but, one day, the issue may go before a judge to decide.
Since managing education is not a power given to Congress, it seems yet again, that they are contemplating more unconstitutional legislation.
Could someone in Washington, D.C., Please explain the Constitution and the Tenth Amendment to these Congressmen and women?
Find out what China will be buying ... and buy it first.
The Market is going up because the stock prices are inflated because the dollar is going down..
The Demise of the Dollar
Hey - how's that Hope and Change working out?
Monday, October 5, 2009
August Steel Imports plunge 76%
Yet another indication of just how dismal the economy is, was the recently announced non-existent demand for raw material imports, particularly steel, which saw was a mere 775k tons in August imports, a 66.5% decline from August of 2008, or a dollar value of $758 million down 76% from the $3.2 billion imported in August 2008. After a brief "second derivative" headfake in July numbers, the August results indicate that even as economists expect a massive pick up in inventories and what not, domestically America is using raw materials at a fraction of even 2008's run rate.
How this information will affect steel makers and service centers is as of yet unknown, although with destocking already having been occurring for many months, the complete lack of any tangible desire to restock is truly surprising.
This is particularly alarming since steel is a raw material used in much of our manufacturing (or what's left of it). One commenter on this article stated that "There is no other commodity as basic as steel when it comes to manufacturing. Non ferrous metals (copper, zinc, aluminum) are dependent on steel. As steel goes, so go the others."
This is very true.
And this could be yet another indicator of where things are headed.
I think not.
Especially as steel plants may be closing or cutting back their production, creating even more unemployment in places like Illinois and Oklahoma, and less production of manufactured goods.