Archive for May, 2011

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 :: In Politics ::

Rather than answer the question, “Was it your weiner?” he calls CNN producer a “jackass.”

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Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 :: In Politics ::

Was it really necessary for Texas to pass a law requiring people to show photo IDs before voting?

Before answering, consider this:

The Threat of Non-Citizen Voting
Published on July 10, 2008 by Hans von Spakovsky

In 2005, the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that up to 3 percent of the 30,000 individuals called for jury duty from voter registration rolls over a two-year period in just one U.S. district court were not U.S. citizens. While that may not seem like many, just 3 percent of registered voters would have been more than enough to provide the winning presidential vote margin in Florida [= abt 12 million] in 2000 [Bush vs Gore]. Indeed, the Census Bureau estimates that there are over a million illegal aliens in Florida, and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has prosecuted more non-citizen voting cases in Florida than in any other state.

Florida is not unique. Thousands of non-citizens are registered to vote in some states, and tens if not hundreds of thousands in total may be present on the voter rolls nationwide. These numbers are significant: Local elections are often decided by only a handful of votes, and even national elections have likely been within the margin of the number of non-citizens illegally registered to vote.

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How can illegal aliens get on voter rolls so easily?

Consider the flagrant big lies used by Democrats in Congress and Bill Clinton to pass the law. The “big lies” are included at Wikipedia:

The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), also known as The Motor Voter Act, was signed into effect by United States President Bill Clinton on May 20, 1993, however, compliance did not become mandatory until 1995. The legislation required state governments to allow for registration when a qualifying voter applied for or renewed their driver’s license or applied for social services.

The legislation was initially designed to reduce costs of voting registration by accumulating individual data when applying for a drivers license and or receiving social assistance. The “motor voter” nickname came from the idea that most of the NVRA data was accumulated from applicants renewing or obtaining driver’s licenses. Individuals who applied for “agency based” needs such as food stamps, disability services and other social services were eligible for the NVRA program. The intention of the legislation was to encourage greater access to voter registration for the citizens who needed further assistance registering to vote. Also, NVRA allowed for more accessible voter registration through mail-in and individual voter registration drives. [The big lies are in bold, which was added. -- Ed.]

Bull crap! The sole intent (IMHO) of the whole enchilada was to create a confusing morass of registration processes so cheaters could more easily cheat.

Consider the obvious lies: Who actually believes that in 1993 Bill Clinton and Democrats in Congress had so much idle time on their hands that they decided to implement a new system to save work for county employees across America? After Clinton took office on Jan. 20, 1993, the legislation was immediately dusted off and rushed through both Democrat controlled Houses even though no one was complaining about over-work from voter registration.

Additionally, if efficiency was a primal motivation, why throw in registration by mail that, by nature, requires extra diligence of BOE staff to double-check addresses, ages, felony records, actual IDs, etc.? Also prior to NVRA — (and here) — large numbers of registrations and changes were handled by public libraries and other trusted county offices that had plenty of time for that kind of work. With NVRA, the work moved to over-worked state DMVs and always-busy federal “agency based” offices.

DMVs and federal agencies have no intrinsic interest and no accountability for eligibility and qualifications of potential voters.

Then throw in NVRA’s authorization to set up individual voter registration drives. Guess how that works: In addition to a few symbolic “town hall” meetings to register the poor and disadvantaged, door-to-door drives are conducted by ACORN, Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition, NAACP, La Raza and other unscrupulous outfits — all unelected and without official appointment. They all use paid workers (George Soros’ money?) and operate outside the prying eyes of legitimate public officials and the press.

During Election 2008 it was discovered that some ACORN workers were being paid incentives based on the number of registrants they turned in. — Shades of Venezuela, Bolivia and Russia.

Does anybody with a smidgen of brains really think those orgs are verifying voter eligibility? Does anybody with an IQ higher than their age believe the scumbags will be prosecuted for signing up ineligible voters? The answer to both questions is no. If caught, they’ll do what all good ACORN workers do: claim that the BOE is supposed to check for eligibility.

Another thing: where is the best source for voters they want? Wouldn’t that be ghettos and barrios? Hell, I’ve seen them going door-to-door dropping registration kits that indeed have the documents mandated by NVRA, but also with flowery partisan agitprop added.

Somebody said we get the government we deserve; I guess that’s true. Even as they show dedication to overthrow capitalism and democracy, we continue to allow Democrats control of Washington. As I speak, Americans are watching idly as socialists steal our country and convert it to a Marxist state — without firing a shot.

Gee, isn’t that what the Soviet Union promised during the Cold War?

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Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 :: In Politics ::

Last Tuesday I wrote a sarcastic blurb (“Just What California Deserves”) after SCOTUS ordered the state to release thousands of felons from its prisons because over-crowding throughout the system was inflicting “cruel and unusual punishment.”

Others believe as I do that the state’s financial problems are embedded in a mordant culture between voters, unions and governance.

John C. Eastman at City Journal:

Largely ignored by the Court was the real source of the problem: the exorbitant cost of running California’s prisons. Taxpayers spend about $48,000 per prisoner — nearly double what other states, such as Texas, or the federal government spends. Those costs are driven into the stratosphere by the political power of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, which routinely contributes millions of dollars to candidates for public office, who then gratefully respond by approving lucrative employment contracts that have made California’s prison guards among the highest-paid in the nation. They enjoy lucrative health, dental, and vision benefits; unlimited accrual of vacation time, which can provide hundreds of thousands of dollars as a retirement bonus; more than eight weeks of paid vacation every year; overtime that can easily push the already high base salaries into annual pay in excess of $200,000; “fitness” bonuses that are now paid for simply getting an annual physical; pay for “walk time” — the time it takes to walk from your car to your duty station; and a pension system that locks in up to 90 percent of the final year’s pay, bolstered by whatever overtime can be accrued, into a lifelong income worth millions in retirement. [Bold added.]

Read the whole thing….

Related:
California’s Secret Government

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Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 :: In Politics ::

Michael Barone at Rasmussen Reports:

Unexpectedly!

As megablogger Glenn Reynolds, aka Instapundit, has noted with amusement, the word “unexpectedly” or variants thereon keep cropping up in mainstream media stories about the economy.

“New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly climbed,” reported cnbc.com May 25.

“Personal consumption fell,” Business Insider reported the same day, “when it was expected to rise.”

“Durable goods declined 3.6 percent last month,” Reuters reported May 25, “worse than economists’ expectations.”

“Previously owned home sales unexpectedly fall,” headlined Bloomberg News May 19.

“U.S. home construction fell unexpectedly in April,” wrote The Wall Street Journal May 18.

Those examples are all from the last two weeks. Reynolds has been linking to similar items since October 2009.

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Monday, May 30th, 2011 :: In Politics ::

Update, HotAir has: “Honor Flight”. — Well worth a visit.

Memorial Day Poppies
We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies

. . . . . Moina Michael (1869-1944)

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Monday, May 30th, 2011 :: In Politics ::

Dear reader: That is not a typo. The dude was going 128 mph (that’s one-hundred twenty-eight mph) in a 45 mph zone!

TROUTMAN, N.C. — Kyle Busch qualified for this past weekend’s All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway [There is no such place; It is   "Lowe's Motor Speedway " and it is located 15 miles NE of Charlotte in Concord, NC. -- Ed]. Traveling 135 mph got him the pole. That’s about as fast as he was driving Tuesday, but it wasn’t on a race track.

Busch admitted he got a little carried away. Iredell County authorities say they clocked him driving 128 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Hundreds lined up at a Walmart in Concord for his autograph Tuesday night, just hours after he was pulled over by police.

The NASCAR star was test-driving a Lexus LFA sports car on Perth Road south of Troutman. The Charlotte Observer reports his wife, Samantha, was a passenger. He was pulled over around 2 p.m. Tuesday after being clocked driving 128 mph in a 45 mph zone.

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Sunday, May 29th, 2011 :: In Politics ::

Technorati:

Governor Rick Perry of Texas today signed into law “voter ID” legislation which requires polling places within the state to verify the identity of potential voters with a photo identification card. Voter ID laws are designed primarily to address voter fraud and prevent ineligible citizens, or non-citizens, such as criminal aliens, from participating in elections. Twelve states, including Texas, now have voter ID laws which require photo identification. Seventeen additional states have similar laws which require a form of identification, but not a photo.

Electoral numbers are central to the voter ID issue. Liberals and Democrats have opposed voter ID legislation because, they say, it intimidates and discriminates against certain minorities and socioeconomic groups. Conservatives and Republicans claim that it is simply common sense to require that anyone wanting to vote in a public election show a picture ID to prove their eligibility. Democrats gain voters in the absence of voter ID laws because those who are ineligible to vote, such as illegal aliens and felons, tend to vote Democrat.

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Sunday, May 29th, 2011 :: In Politics ::

You know what would happen if the wheels came off your car at 100 mph but when the same phenomenon happens in the human brain the results are less predictable.

Apparently the brain-wheels came off some dunderheads in San Diego. They’re pushing for ballot initiatives in San Francisco and Santa Monica, called MGM (for “male genital mutilation”) Bill, that would outlaw circumcision of males under 18.

Orange County Register:

A San Diego-based group managed to get an initiative on the November ballot in San Francisco to ban circumcision for males under age 18. Fair enough. Not the first time that city has pushed the envelope with a public-health issue.

But Santa Monica?

The group, MGM (which stands for “male genital mutilation”) Bill, is hoping to put the same kind of initiative to a vote in Santa Monica. It would punish circumcision of young males with a fine of up to $1,000 and a year in jail. It makes no exception for religious reasons, which is why Jewish and Muslim leaders are adamantly opposed to the measures; leaders claim they would violate their First Amendment protections regarding freedom of religion.

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Sunday, May 29th, 2011 :: In Politics ::

First they suspend first-graders for bringing Cub Scout eating utensils to school.

Now they’re suspending HS seniors for wearing WHITE t-shirts!

Whatever the problem, it’s a serious matter; Teachers can’t teach the 3-Rs and administrators have no common sense – pretty sad.

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Sunday, May 29th, 2011 :: In Politics ::

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Three mornings a week, when Becky Leung gets ready for work, her boyfriend is just getting home from his overnight job. When her mother drops hints about her twin sister’s marriage, she laughs it off. And when she thinks about getting married herself, she worries first about her career.

Leung, 27, cohabits in a Portland, Ore., townhome with her boyfriend but has no plans yet to wed, a reflection of the broader cultural shift in the U.S. away from the traditional definition of what it means to be a household.

Data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows married couples have found themselves in a new position: They’re no longer the majority.

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There’s now the potential that more than half the children in America will grow up without the stability of a two-parent home. Pretty sad.

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Saturday, May 28th, 2011 :: In Politics ::

Update, A better explanation from airline captain Tom Bunn LCSW:
Black Boxes Tell What Happened. — Except Capt. Bunn says the plane hit the water belly-first. However, as I read it, the tech report from BEA (see link at bottom of post) clearly says that impact pressure (up to 36Gs) was from the tail of the plane upward toward the front AND, the FDR (black box) shows the plane was descending with the nose up and there was no change in the plane’s attitude prior to the end of the recording.

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Chicago Tribune:

PARIS (AP) — Confronted with faulty instrument readings and alarms going off in the cockpit, the pilots of an Air France jetliner struggled to tame the aircraft as it went into an aerodynamic stall, rolled, and finally plunged 38,000 feet into the Atlantic Ocean in just 3½ minutes.

But the passengers on that doomed Rio de Janeiro-to-Paris flight were probably asleep or nodding off and didn’t realize what was going on as the aircraft fell nose-up toward the sea, the director of the French accident investigating bureau said after releasing preliminary black-box data on the June 1, 2009, disaster.

All 228 people aboard the Airbus A330 died.

The brief, highly technical report by the BEA contains only selective remarks from the cockpit recorder, offers no analysis and assigns no blame. It also does not answer the key question: What caused the crash?

But several experts familiar with the report said the co-pilot at the controls, at 32 the youngest of the three-man cockpit crew, Cedric Bonin, may have responded incorrectly to the emergency by pointing the nose upward, perhaps because he was confused by the incorrect readings.

The plane’s external speed sensors, called Pitot tubes, have long been considered a likely culprit in the disaster, with experts suggesting they may have been iced over. And the BEA investigators found that two sets of instruments on the plane gave different speed readings, with the discrepancies lasting less than a minute.

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Pitot tubes AGAIN?! (Seems to be a chronic problem on Airbuses).

Plane went into a sudden stall and pilot pointed the nose UP?! Plane fell 38,000 feet and hit the water tail first?!

Flight instruction 101: “In the event of a stall, point nose of plane DOWN to regain speed!”

Technical report: AV Herald, “Crash: Air France A332 over Atlantic June 1, 2009″

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Saturday, May 28th, 2011 :: In Politics ::

Seattle Times:

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the longest serving chief executive in the state’s history and a politician who has never lost an election, said Friday he will consider seeking the Republican nomination for president.

The outspoken conservative, who for months said he wasn’t interesting in running for the White House, said he will consider entering the race after the Texas Legislature adjourns Monday.

“I’m going to think about it,” Perry said. “I think about a lot of things.”

It was a stark reversal from his previous insistence that he would not seek the presidency, and one that could shake-up the GOP race. Perry would enter with unquestioned conservative bona fides and a proven fundraising record, adding a fresh voice to field narrowed by the decisions of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels not to run.

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Friday, May 27th, 2011 :: In Politics ::

From over the transom….

Forwarded from a friend:

Dear Abby,

My husband has a long history of money problems. He runs up huge credit card bills and at the end of the month, if I try to pay them down, he shouts at me, saying I am stealing his money. He tells me to just pay the minimum and let our kids worry about the rest, but already we can hardly keep up with just the mounting interest expense. Also, he has been so arrogant and abusive toward our neighbors that most of them no longer will speak to us. Besides, the few that do are an odd bunch and he keeps giving them expensive gifts, running up our credit card balances even more. Worse, he even had the audacity to tell a few of our neighbors recently, who owe us considerable sums of money, that he is forgiving their debts! The gall of the man! And in the midst of all of this (it’s thoroughly baffling), he has suddenly gotten religious. One week I see him hanging out with Catholics, and the next with people who say the Pope is the Anti-Christ; and then the following week, he’ll be out sucking up to Muslims, saying he’s not a Christian at all. Finally, and this has got to be the last straw: instead of working hard to get us through this crisis, he’s always wanting to be away from home, acting like he’s royalty or something. It’s just all so creepy! Please, can you help me?

Signed,

Lost in DC
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Dear Lost in DC:

Stop your whining, Michelle. You and your mother are getting to live in the White House for free, travel the world, and have others pay for everything the two of you do. After all, you can divorce the jerk any time you want. The rest of us are stuck with the son________ for another year!

Signed,

Abby

If this yours and you want credit and/or link, let know.

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Friday, May 27th, 2011 :: In Politics ::

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) wrote an op-ed for Thursday’s Miami Herald called “Looking for Medicare solutions, not politics as usual.” He also made a video about Medicare’s impending bankruptcy.

Democrats are jumping with joy over the situation. All they have to do is let Medicare go broke and the GOP will get the blame because Republicans are dumb enough to propose solutions.

In the op-ed and in the video, Rubio makes these points:

[...]

Either show us how Medicare survives without any changes or show us what changes you propose we make. Anyone who supports doing nothing is a supporter of bankrupting Medicare.

Where is the House Democrat plan to save Medicare?

Where is the Senate Democrat plan to save Medicare?

Where is President Obama’s plan to save Medicare?

They have no plan to save it, and they do not plan to offer one. They have decided that winning their next election is more important than saving Medicare for my mother and retirees like her.

[...]

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Thursday, May 26th, 2011 :: In Politics ::

The Washington Times:

Appearing in Washington for the first time since announcing his presidential bid, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said salaries of federal employees should be frozen temporarily until they fall in line with the earning levels of their private sector counterparts.

Speaking at the Libertarian-leaning Cato Institute on Wednesday, the Republican said that “we unquestionably know” in many cases that public employees receive higher salaries and better benefits than workers in the private sector and that “is just not fair.”

“We can’t have the people getting paid by the taxpayers getting a better deal than the taxpayers themselves,” said Mr. Pawlenty, adding that public employee pensions should move away from defined benefit plans toward defined contribution plans. [Bold added.]

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FYI, via Wikipedia:

In economics, a defined benefit pension plan is a type of pension plan in which an employer promises a specified monthly benefit on retirement that is predetermined by a formula based on the employee’s earnings history, tenure of service and age, rather than depending on investment returns. It is ‘defined’ in the sense that the formula for computing the employer’s contribution is known in advance.
In the United States, 26 U.S.C. § 414(j) specifies a defined benefit plan to be any pension plan that is not a defined contribution plan where a defined contribution plan is any plan with individual accounts. …

Wonder why the Pentagon is going broke? Well, a prime example could be the defined benefit retirement plan offered U.S. military personnel. They are promised retirement pay as defined percentages of their salaries plus semi-free healthcare for life if they give 20 or more years of service. Of course the concept is stupidity on steroids. The Pentagon should pay an equivalent amount into the service member’s account with the understanding that on retirement the member can draw an annuity from the account based on the value of the account, whatever that might be.

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