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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Obamacare Architect | Health Care Premium Increases | Gruber | The Daily Caller

Obamacare Architect | Health Care Premium Increases | Gruber | The Daily Caller: Medical insurance premiums in the United States are on the rise, the chief architect of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul has told The Daily Caller.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Jonathan Gruber, who also devised former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s statewide health care reforms, is backtracking on an analysis he provided the White House in support of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, informing officials in three states that the price of insurance premiums will dramatically increase under the reforms.

In an email to The Daily Caller, Gruber framed this new reality in terms of the same human self-interest that some conservatives had warned in 2010 would ultimately rule the marketplace.

3 Absurd Reasons for Banning Drugs | LearnLiberty

3 Absurd Reasons for Banning Drugs | LearnLiberty

Tax-Happy Patrick Pushes Rate Hikes Even Massachusetts Dems Oppose

Tax-Happy Patrick Pushes Rate Hikes Even Massachusetts Dems Oppose

Obama’s 2013 budget proposal launches election-year debate - The Washington Post

Obama’s 2013 budget proposal launches election-year debate - The Washington Post: The president’s blueprint calls for reductions in spending on federal health programs and the military, a small raise for federal workers and more than $1.5 trillion in new taxes on corporations, hedge-fund managers and the wealthy, in part through the expiration of the George W. Bush-era tax cuts on annual incomes of more than $250,000.

Obama also has called for changes to the tax code that would require households earning more than $1 million a year to pay at least 30 percent of their income in federal taxes, but senior administration officials said Friday that the blueprint will provide no additional details on how such a levy would be structured.

Obama Proposes Budget So Irresponsible It's Offensive - Barack Obama - Fox Nation

Obama Proposes Budget So Irresponsible It's Offensive - Barack Obama - Fox Nation: By Lori Montgomery, Published: February 10

President Obama will send Congress a 2013 spending plan that would raise taxes on the rich and pump nearly $500 billion into new transportation projects over the next decade, launching an election-year debate over the budget that promises starkly different visions for managing government debt and the sluggish economy.

As they prepare to face voters in November, neither the president nor congressional Republicans are expected to roll out many new or potentially painful prescriptions for slowing the rise of the $15 trillion national debt. After failing repeatedly last year to forge a bipartisan consensus, few in either party see much point in trying again now.

Full Speech: Daniel Hannan at CPAC 2012 » The Right Scoop -

Full Speech: Daniel Hannan at CPAC 2012 » The Right Scoop -: If you want to hear from someone who unmistakably understands the profound impact of America’s founding and believes there is still time for its citizens to take hold of its bureaucratic laden government and return it back to the will of it’s founding, then you must hear this speech from Daniel Hannan. You’ll appreciate America all the more afterwards, I assure you.

CPAC 2012 » European Parliament Member Daniel Hannan Urges America To Turn Back From Following EU’s Disastrous Path

CPAC 2012 » European Parliament Member Daniel Hannan Urges America To Turn Back From Following EU’s Disastrous Path“Europe sees you in the rearview mirror,” European Parliament member Daniel Hannan in his address to CPAC today warning that America is headed down the same disastrous road as the European Union.However, Hannan said, “there is still time to turn aside.”
Hannan spoke of the unique and special nature of America’s constitutional order and the prosperity it has created, and that American principles are what makes America exceptional. If America was to adopt European style policies we would become less prosperous and less free.

Hannan said, “To see what makes the US constitution special just look at the others.”

Hannan said that the UK has ceased to be a democracy and ceded its sovereignty to the EU. He noted the similarities of Thomas Jefferson’s grievances to King George in the Declaration of the Independence to the criticisms of the EU.

“If you repeat our mistakes” Hannan said, “we know exactly what lies in store for you. “

“If you go down the road and reverse the constitutional principles, you’ll see Americans start acting like Frenchman.”

Hannan said CPAC is focused on the positives and how to get things right. “It is when we are optimistic when we win,” he said.

theydontgetows | Tumblr

theydontgetows | Tumblr: How about we organize an army of unemployed activists to protest legal, job producing corporations going bankrupt because of the incompetent, socialist president our angry liberal mob elected!

Kenyan Anti-Colonial Thinking: The Movie

Kenyan Anti-Colonial Thinking: The Movie: If you blinked at CPAC, you missed it. (If your iPhone's camera doesn't bother to save everything, you also missed it. Ask me how I know.) Right after Marco Rubio concluded speaking, the voice of Barack Obama boomed over the ballroom audio, over images of poor Africans at work. It was Obama's voice from the audio book of Dreams From My Father.

"My questions were my brother's questions," said the future president, as the screen played African women washing clothes. "The struggle, my birthright."

Flashed onscreen: A map of the world, a circle around Kenya. Then the map spun over to America and Obama writing his memoir, then to images of Africans rioting.

"Obama has a dream," said a new voice. "A dream from his father, that the sins of colonialism be set right, and that America be downsized."

Then a cover of a book, Dinesh D'Souza's The Roots of Obama's Rage. Ah -- that was probably the voice we'd heard. This was a trailer for "2016: The Movie," produced by "Gerald Molen, the producer of Schindler's List," arriving some time in 2012.

At the OccupyDC Camp

At the OccupyDC Camp

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OCCCPY WALLSTREET T SHIRTS from Zazzle.com

OCCCPY WALLSTREET T SHIRTS from Zazzle.com

Urban Dictionary: occutard

Urban Dictionary: occutard: Spoiled brats that blame hard-working, successful people for magically causing the failures of their own lives. Occutards have been coddled by their parents from birth and given everything they want without being expected to work for it. Now grown, they expect the government to arrive in place of their parents and provide everything their hearts desire for free. Furthermore, they believe that camping out in front of a random bank/government office will accomplish this goal. Can be heard regurgitating Marxist slogans, demonizing "the rich", whining about the inequities of life and condemning "evil corporations" for destroying their "fair chance". Occutard camps allow them to return to their natural state of not bathing, defecating/fornicating in public and participating in drum circles. Their ultimate goal is to create the occutard utopia in which the nanny-state plunders money from the productive members of society and "redistributes" it to them, removing any necessity to ever work.
"I tried to go to City Hall today but couldn't make it past the stench of the occutard camp! Haven't those people ever heard of a toilet?" -Productive Citizen

"When will these occutards go away? They're scaring away all my customers!" -Respectable Local Business Owner

Right-Wing Blog Mogul Andrew Breitbart Flips Out at Occupy D.C. Outside CPAC: DCist

Right-Wing Blog Mogul Andrew Breitbart Flips Out at Occupy D.C. Outside CPAC: DCist: Breitbart was "gently encouraged by security guards to go back inside," Crockett says.

Friday, February 10, 2012

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Report: Obama Will Tweak His Mandate on Abortion Drug and Contraception, But Won't Compromise | The Weekly Standard

Report: Obama Will Tweak His Mandate on Abortion Drug and Contraception, But Won't Compromise | The Weekly Standard: So is this a "compromise" as many news outlets have reported? Not at all--a compromise requires finding something acceptable to all parties involved. "The move, based on state models, will almost certainly not satisfy bishops and other religious leaders since it will preserve the goal of women employees having their birth control fully covered by health insurance," Tapper reports. "White House officials have discussed the state law in Hawaii, where religious groups are allowed to opt out of coverage that includes birth control, as long as employees are given information whether such coverage can be obtained. But this accommodation would not go that far."

Mortgage-Relief Scheme Finalized | The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty

Mortgage-Relief Scheme Finalized | The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty

“As state and federal authorities announced the details of their $26 billion mortgage settlement with big banks on Thursday, millions of American homeowners were hoping that this time they would finally get relief.” (New York Times)

In fact the program is a favor to banks that should have gone bankrupt.

FEE Timely Classic
“Wall Street Couldn’t Have Done It Alone” by Sheldon Richman

Father Shoots Daughter's Computer For Disrespectful Facebook Post - wtvr

Father Shoots Daughter's Computer For Disrespectful Facebook Post - wtvr

Blog - Dems Wish Upon Rising Gas Prices

Blog - Dems Wish Upon Rising Gas Prices

As Gas Prices Reach New Record Highs, Let's Remember That Top Dems Have Been Pushing to Raise Gas Prices for Years
  • On top of the financial pressures they're already facing, American families can expect to see yet another steep increase in gas prices in the months ahead. Some reports see prices going far above $4 dollars a gallon.

  • The lack of a national energy infrastructure has played a large role in Americans' susceptibility to these price shocks in the past, but apparently Democrats remain unconcerned about the risk, as evidence in President Obama's decision to sabotage the Keystone XL pipeline.

  • If this decision to sabotage 20,000 shovel-ready American jobs while increasing American energy independence seems puzzling, consider statements from President Obama and his now-Energy Secretary Stephen Chu calling for higher gas and energy prices just a few years ago.

On top of the financial pressures they're already facing, American families can expect to see yet another steep increase in gas prices in the months ahead. Some reports see prices going far above $4 dollars a gallon:

$4 A GALLON GAS ON THE HORIZON: "Get ready for another round of pain at the pump: $4 (or higher) gasoline." (Gary Strauss, "Gas Prices Could Spike 60 Cents or More by May," USA Today, 2/9/2012)

GAS PRICES NEARLY A DOLLAR HIGHER THAN TWO FEBRUARIES AGO: "After rising 19 cents a gallon in the past four weeks, regular unleaded gasoline now averages $3.48 a gallon, vs. $3.12 a year ago and $2.67 in February 2010." (Gary Strauss, "Gas Prices Could Spike 60 Cents or More by May," USA Today, 2/9/2012)

"AVERAGE U.S. GAS PRICES HOVER AT RECORD-HIGH LEVELS": (Ronald White, "Average U.S. Gas Prices Hover at Record-High Levels," Los Angeles Times, 2/7/2012)

GAS PRICES BEGIN UNEXPECTED RISE THIS JANUARY: "January is typically a month of falling gasoline prices because fuel demand falters in the slower travel weeks that follow the year-end holidays.

"Not so this year." (Ronald White, "Average U.S. Gas Prices Hover at Record-High Levels," Los Angeles Times, 2/7/2012)

The lack of a national energy infrastructure has played a large role in Americans' susceptibility to these price shocks in the past, but apparently Democrats remain unconcerned about the risk, as evidence in President Obama's decision to sabotage the Keystone XL pipeline:

NATIONAL JOURNAL ANALYSIS: "U.S. ECONOMY MISSED OUT ON CREATING UP TO A QUARTER-MILLION JOBS" IN 2011 BECAUSE IT "LACKED [ENERGY] INFRASTRUCTURE": "The U.S. economy missed out on creating up to a quarter-million jobs this year because it lacked the infrastructure to capitalize on a rare divergence in global oil prices, a National Journal analysis shows." (Jim Tankersley, "A Crude Hit to the Recovery," National Journal, 11/29/2011)

INCREASING ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE THROUGH KEYSTONE XL WOULD LIMIT PRICE SPIKES IN FUTURE: "There's no evidence that the oil industry manipulated the price spread to boost refining profits; the companies just appear to be benefiting from the nation's inability to move cheaper oil around freely. Energy industry groups say expanding America's pipeline infrastructure – including potential Obama administration approval of the Keystone XL pipeline to carry oil south from Canada – would minimize the odds of another wide price split in the future." (Jim Tankersley, "A Crude Hit to the Recovery," National Journal, 11/29/2011)

KEYSTONE PROJECT PROJECTED TO CREATE MORE THAN 20,000 "SHOVEL-READY" JOBS: (Editorial, "Keystone Cop-Out," The Wall Street Journal, 11/11/2011)

A SLAP IN THE FACE TO OBAMA'S JOBS COUNCIL: REJECTION COMES AFTER JOBS COUNCIL PLEAD FOR MORE AMERICAN ENERGY PROJECTS: "‘[W]e should allow more access to oil, natural gas and coal opportunities on federal lands,' states the year-end report released Tuesday by the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness… " (Andrew Restuccia, "Obama's jobs council report says ‘Drill,'" The Hill's E2 Wire Blog, 1/17/2012)

GREEN GROUPS THREATENED TO ABANDON OBAMA IF HE APPROVED KEYSTONE: "Environmental groups have been protesting the pipeline that would run from Alberta oil sands to Texas refineries, and there have been rumblings that greens would abandon Obama next fall if he approved it." (Dan Berman and Darren Goode, "Obama Punts Keystone XL Pipeline," Politico, 11/10/2011)

If this decision to sabotage 20,000 shovel-ready American jobs while increasing American energy independence seems puzzling, consider statements from President Obama and his now-Energy Secretary Stephen Chu calling for higher gas and energy prices just a few years ago:

ENERGY SECRETARY STEPHEN CHU IN SEPTEMBER 2008: "SOMEHOW WE HAVE TO FIGURE HOW TO BOOST THE PRICE OF GASOLINE TO THE LEVELS IN EUROPE": "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,' Mr. Chu, who directs the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal in September."(Neil King, Jr. and Stephen Power, "Times Tough for Energy Overhaul," The Wall Street Journal, 12/12/2008)

OBAMA WANTED ENERGY PRICES TO "NECESSARILY SKYROCKET" UNDER HIS CAP-AND-TRADE PLAN: " ‘Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket,' Obama told the Chronicle. ‘Coal-powered plans, you know, natural gas, you name it, whatever the plans were, whatever the industry was, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers." (Catherine Richert, "Pence Claims that Obama said Energy Costs Will Skyrocket with a Cap-and-Trade Plan," PolitiFact.com, 6/11/2009)

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U.S. Trade Gap Widens More Than Expected | Fox Business

U.S. Trade Gap Widens More Than Expected | Fox Business: The trade deficit widened slightly more than expected in December, and the bilateral trade deficit with China last year soared to a record high $295.5 billion.

» California’s New Frisbee Law Just Latest Attempt to Raise Cash - Big Government

» California’s New Frisbee Law Just Latest Attempt to Raise Cash - Big Government: This week, Los Angeles County okayed a new regulation banning the throwing of Frisbees or footballs on the beaches – which, of course, destroys the purpose of living in Southern California in the first place. The first offense will earn you a hefty $100 fine; the second, $200; the third and beyond, $500. You can, of course, apply for a permit. For parents with industrious children, holes deeper than 18 inches are also banned – so get your kids the cheap plastic shovels or pay a fine.

Fed Plays Wall Street Favorites in Secret Deals - Bloomberg

Fed Plays Wall Street Favorites in Secret Deals - Bloomberg: The Federal Reserve secretly selected a handful of banks to bid for debt securities acquired by taxpayers in the U.S. bailout of American International Group Inc., and the rest of Wall Street is wondering what happened to the transparency the central bank said it was committed to upholding.

“The exclusivity by which the process has shut out smaller dealers is a little un-American,” said David Castillo, head of sales and trading at broker Further Lane Securities LP in San Francisco, who said he would have liked to participate. “It seems odd that if you want to get the best possible price that it wouldn’t be open to anyone who wants to put in the most competitive bid.”

Armenian Genocide by Turkish Muslims

Armenian Genocide by Turkish Muslims: But by the 1800s the once powerful Ottoman Empire was in serious decline. For centuries, it had spurned technological and economic progress, while the nations of Europe had embraced innovation and became industrial giants. Turkish armies had once been virtually invincible. Now, they lost battle after battle to modern European armies.

Armenian Genocide by Turkish Muslims

Armenian Genocide by Turkish Muslims: Before the Nazi's slaughtered 6 million Jews, before the Khmer Rouge killed 1.7 million of their fellow Cambodians, before Rwandan Hutus killed 800,000 ethnic Tutsis, the Armenians of Turkey endured mass slaughter at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. The centuries of Turkish rule reduced Asia Minor, the epicenter of western civilization and Christendom, into a bloody Islamic cesspool which culminated in a genocide by Turks against Armenian and Greek Christian populations.

The Armenian Genocide, occurred when 2 million Armenians living in Turkey were eliminated from their historic homeland through forced deportation and massacres by the Turks. As Turkish authorities forced them out of eastern Turkey, Armenians say they lost 1.5 million people in 1915-23, during and after World War I. Turkey says the death count is inflated and that the deaths were a result of civil unrest. To this day Turkey denies the Armenian genocide, but history cannot be hidden or rewritten.

Even Adolf Hitler cited the killing of the Armenians as a precedent for his own slaughter of the Jews two decades later.

"Kill without mercy!" the Nazi leader told his military on the eve of the Holocaust. "Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?" See reference for this statement by Hitler at the very bottom.

Armenian Genocide by Turkish Muslims

Armenian Genocide by Turkish Muslims: Armenia was the very first Christian country. So it should be no shock or surprise that satanic forces (Muslims) tried to brutally "snuff it out"... /s/ Steve @ BibleProbe.com . During this same period, Greek Christians suffered just as badly from Ottoman Turks bent on eradicating Christianity from Greece also.

This bitter dispute is rooted in a violent period of world history, as Europe and much of the Middle East was torn apart by World War I, in the declining years of the Ottoman Empire.

This era of atrocities continues to be referred to as "The Armenian Genocide", but in reality the Turks targeted all minority groups which were Christian, and killed or displaced millions of Armenians, Ionian and Pontic Greeks as well as Christian Assyrians.

The Pontic Greeks were driven on the same death marches by the Turks, along with the Assyrians, as they lived in more inland areas. The Ionians had the best chance for escape, as they lived on the western coastal region, though many were still slaughtered - even into the 1920s (most notably at the burning/massacre of Smyrna (Izmir to the Turks) in 1922.

Freakonomics » The Statistical Significance of Beer

Freakonomics » The Statistical Significance of Beer: According to a new paper by Stephen T. Ziliak, it was a brewer at the famed Guinness beer company, William Sealy Gosset, who first began to explore the concept of statistical significance:

Gosset (1876–1937) aka “Student” – he of Student’s t-table and test of statistical significance – rejected artificial rules about sample size, experimental design, and the level of significance, and took instead an economic approach to the logic of decisions made under uncertainty. In his job as Apprentice Brewer, Head Experimental Brewer, and finally Head Brewer of Guinness, Student produced small samples of experimental barley, malt, and hops, seeking guidance for industrial quality control and maximum expected profit at the large-scale brewery. In the process Student invented or inspired half of modern statistics.

Report: Government Dependency Increases 23 Percent Under Obama

Report: Government Dependency Increases 23 Percent Under Obama

Deuteronomy 1:41 MSG - You spoke up Weve sinned against God - Bible Gateway

Deuteronomy 1:41 MSG - You spoke up Weve sinned against God - Bible Gateway: You spoke up, "We've sinned against God. We'll go up and fight, following all the orders that God, our God, has commanded." You took your weapons and dressed for battle—you thought it would be so easy going into those hills!

Seduced by corruption | DailyTidings.com

Seduced by corruption | DailyTidings.com: By Roberta Kent
for Revels
Posted: 8:31 AM February 09, 2012

Does power inevitably corrupt? Do the ends justify the means? Does idealistic populism inevitably mask an urge to egocentric demagoguery?

Shakespeare examined these issues in plays such as "Julius Caesar" and "Coriolanus." Today's headlines reflect their relevance now. Playwright Adrian Hall, in adapting Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1946 novel, "All the King's Men," looks at them in the context of America's Depression era. Camelot Theatre Company has chosen the play to kick off its 2012 election year America-themed season.

Iran: More Jew-Annihilationist Jihad Rhetoric (and Jihad Taqiyya)

Iran: More Jew-Annihilationist Jihad Rhetoric (and Jihad Taqiyya)

Reza Khalili reports the latest (ad nauseum) re-statement of the Iranian Shiite theocracy’s Jew-annihilationist jihadism (see my three-part series, “Jihad and Genocidal Islamic Antisemitism in Shiite Iran” [here, here, and here], and much more extensive material included in “The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism”)—putatively (and perversely) a “response” to Israel’s own planned efforts to thwart Iran’s longstanding, expressed genocidal desire to destroy the Jewish State and Zionists (i.e., non-dhimmi Jews) in general.

The Enemy Is Us - Ronald Brownstein - NationalJournal.com

The Enemy Is Us - Ronald Brownstein - NationalJournal.com: Republicans increasingly question government entitlements for the poor, but the big costs remain with the middle class.

The Contraception Coverage Debate Isn't Just About the Bishops - Amy Sullivan - Politics - The Atlantic

The Contraception Coverage Debate Isn't Just About the Bishops - Amy Sullivan - Politics - The Atlantic: Obama should do right by the progressive Catholics who made his health reforms possible and expand the religious exemption to the new contraceptive mandate in the law.

Prayer of the Woods

Prayer of the Woods

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Socialism-Communism-Democratism – What's the difference? Part II

Socialism-Communism-Democratism – What's the difference? Part II

No Child Left Behind - What Teachers, Principals and Administrators Need to Know About NCLB by Suzanne Whitney - Wrightslaw

No Child Left Behind - What Teachers, Principals and Administrators Need to Know About NCLB by Suzanne Whitney - Wrightslaw: Did you know that 68 percent of fourth graders cannot read proficiently at grade level?[1] Did you know that 83 percent of twelfth graders are not proficient in math [2] and that 82 percent of twelfth graders are not proficient in science [3]? These statistics have held steady for years, leading to an increased emphasis on accountability in the No Child Left Behind Act.

Obama: ‘No Child Left Behind’ Changes Will Allow States to Meet Higher Standards - ABC News

Obama: ‘No Child Left Behind’ Changes Will Allow States to Meet Higher Standards - ABC News: The sweeping changes to the nation’s education system will effectively end the accountability measures at the heart of the Bush-era education law and allow states to opt out of the 2014 deadline to prove students are proficient in math and reading.

Wirearchy - Wirearchy Blog - The Movie "Us Now" ... Can We Govern Ourselves Collectively ?

Wirearchy - Wirearchy Blog - The Movie "Us Now" ... Can We Govern Ourselves Collectively ?: “And then, probably within ten years or so, running a business with (short-term) "shareholder value" as its first -- if not its only -- goal and justification will have become counterproductive.

Increasingly, performance in these new knowledge-based industries will come to depend on running the institution so as to attract, hold, and motivate knowledge workers. When this can no longer be done by satisfying knowledge workers' greed, as we are now trying to do, it will have to be done by satisfying their values, and by giving them social recognition and social power.

It will have to be done by turning them from subordinates into fellow executives, and from employees, however well paid, into partners..


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That was then, this is now. Watch Clay Shirky, Don Tapscott and others discuss the societal impacts we have experienced from connecting with each other and sharing and distributing information.

Remember, technology without trust is just traffic.

The movie Us Now speaks to me of "wirearchy" - a dynamic two -way flow of power and authority, based on knowledge, trust, credibility and a focus on results, enabled by interconnected people and technology.

Watch it here ...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Jacque Fresco Interview on Russia Today

Santorum Stands for Big Government because He Stands for Collectivism

Santorum Stands for Big Government because He Stands for Collectivism: Santorum’s commitment to government controls is well-documented. Conservative Erick Erickson of Red State points out that, while in Congress, Santorum supported steel tariffs, more federal control of education, the welfare-ballooning prescription drug benefit, the ludicrous Bridge to Nowhere boondoggle, milk subsidies, and job-killing wage controls. As David Boaz summarizes, Santorum “wanted to be known as a porker, an earmarker, and Senator Pothole.” The Huffington Post reports that Santorum thinks states have the right to ban birth control. In a 2005 article, Jonathan Rauch quotes Santorum: “Some will reject what I have to say as a kind of ‘Big Government’ conservatism.” Let us hope so.

Recess picks taint NLRB, says GOP - Washington Times

Recess picks taint NLRB, says GOP - Washington Times: President Obama’s recess appointments to fill the National Labor Relations Board are operating on “shaky ground” and any rulings they participate in will be “tainted,” a key House Republican warned Tuesday.

House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline, Minnesota Republican, said Mr. Obama’s decision to name three NLRB members last month as recess appointments created a “constitutional crisis” because the Senate was in pro forma session at the time.

Turkey replaces Iran as Hamas sugar daddy « Money Jihad

Turkey replaces Iran as Hamas sugar daddy « Money Jihad: Hamas, one of the five wealthiest terrorist organizations on earth, isn’t getting as much money from Iran as it once was. Shia Iran, which funded Hamas partly to prove its anti-Israel credentials to the Sunni world, may now be eclipsed by Turkey, which has its own inferiority complex to overcome. Recep Erdogan never loses an opportunity to demonstrate Turkish relevance in a predominantly Arab Middle East.

Acts 4 And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them,

Acts 4 And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them,

Isaiah 58 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

Isaiah 58 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

Titus 1:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.

Titus 1:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.

Titus 1:11 They must be stopped. Their mouths must be shut up, for they subvert entire households. They teach things that should not be taught, for the sake of dishonest gain.

Titus 1:11 They must be stopped. Their mouths must be shut up, for they subvert entire households. They teach things that should not be taught, for the sake of dishonest gain.: They must be stopped. Their mouths must be shut up, for they subvert entire households. They teach things that should not be taught, for the sake of dishonest gain.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

DEFTONES bassist emerging from coma | Roar Rock

DEFTONES bassist emerging from coma | Roar Rock: After four years in a coma, DEFTONES bassist Chi Cheng is now beginning to emerge from an unconscious to partially conscious state.

Cheng is now able to move his leg when commanded but is still otherwise unable to move or speak.

Rush Limbaugh Says Real Target of Obama Administration Birth Control Mandate is the Constitution | TheBlaze.com

Rush Limbaugh Says Real Target of Obama Administration Birth Control Mandate is the Constitution | TheBlaze.com: “It‘s not the government’s business to make any church or any religion ‘modernize’ …there is no permissible way the government can do this, according to our Constitution,” Rush Limbaugh said during his Tuesday radio broadcast.

Limbaugh, who believes the real target of the Obama administrations contraceptives mandate is in fact, the U.S. Constitution, “pure and simple.”

The Catholic Church, according to Limbaugh, “is just the latest springboard.”

“But the Constitution doesn’t matter here, which is really what this is all about,” he added.

“The Constitution doesn’t matter to the [Obama] regime. The regime is simply saying,’To hell with the Constitution. We’re gonna implement this regardless what the Constitution says!‘ But if you don’t like the Catholic Church view on abortion, if you don’t like their view on contraception, don’t be Catholic. If you don‘t like what the Methodist Church says or if you don’t like what you hear in synagogue, don’t go. It’s as simple as that.”

Berlin police arrest two alleged spies for Syria | Germany | DW.DE | 07.02.2012

Berlin police arrest two alleged spies for Syria | Germany | DW.DE | 07.02.2012: Police in Berlin have arrested two men suspected of spying for a Syrian intelligence agency. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has told the Syrian ambassador to Berlin that such activities were unacceptable.

The two men, a 47-year-old with dual German-Syrian citizenship and a 34-year-old from Lebanon, were arrested on suspicion of having monitored Syrian opposition figures living in Germany for years, federal prosecutors said on Tuesday.

The arrests of two men identified only as Akram O., and Mahmoud El A., were the result of an "extensive" investigation by Germany's domestic intelligence service, prosecutors added.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle responded Tuesday by summoning the Syrian ambassador to Berlin. The foreign minister said he insisted that Germany would not tolerate such activities against "Syrian opposition figures." He declined to give any further comment on the ongoing case.

Obama Amnesty: Deportations At Record Low | Judicial Watch

Obama Amnesty: Deportations At Record Low | Judicial Watch

M-BS-NBC: Martin Bashir Falsely Claims Obama Created 3 Million Private Sector Jobs | NewsBusters.org

M-BS-NBC: Martin Bashir Falsely Claims Obama Created 3 Million Private Sector Jobs | NewsBusters.org

Bernanke Inflation Denial Burns Brightly - Forbes

Bernanke Inflation Denial Burns Brightly - Forbes: “The Federal Reserve believes that a strong and stable dollar is both in the American interests and in the interest of the global economy,” he also said. At that moment, the dollar index reached a new post-2008 low.

1980s history including Popular Culture, Prices, Events, Technology and Inventions

1980s history including Popular Culture, Prices, Events, Technology and Inventions: Money and Inflation 1980's
To provide an estimate of inflation we have given a guide to the value of $100 US Dollars for the first year in the decade to the equivalent in today's money
If you have $100 Converted from 1980 to 2005 it would be equivalent to $243.45 today

United States Economy - Monetary and Fiscal Policy

United States Economy - Monetary and Fiscal Policy: Inflation, however, has proven more intractable. Prices were remarkably stable prior to World War II; the consumer price level in 1940, for instance, was no higher than the price level in 1778. But 40 years later, in 1980, the price level was 400 percent above the 1940 level.
In part, the government's relatively poor record on inflation reflects the fact that it put more stress on fighting recessions (and resulting increases in unemployment) during much of the early post-war period. Beginning in 1979, however, the government began paying more attention to inflation, and its record on that score has improved markedly. By the late 1990s, the nation was experiencing a gratifying combination of strong growth, low unemployment, and slow inflation. But while policy-makers were generally optimistic about the future, they admitted to some uncertainties about what the new century would bring.

Honest Money

Honest Money: Henry Ford once said, “It is well that the people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”

Are you confused by all the talk about monetary policy, fiat money and inflation? You’re not alone. Bankers and politicians have worked hand in hand for many decades to obscure their activities from the public. They hide behind elaborate structures designed to inflate the money supply while creating the false impression that they are looking out for our best interests.

Inflation is a very simple concept to understand: More money = less value. It may seem contradictory but it’s very straightforward.

For illustration purposes, join me on a brief journey of the imagination. One beautiful morning, you wake up and realize that you own twice as much cash as you had just last night. Magic money elves entered your home and bank account and simply doubled your entire cash assets. You’re now twice as wealthy (or half as poor as the case may be).

Repost: The Federal Reserve's Plan To Destroy the Dollar--Mission Accomplished | Black Swan Insights

Repost: The Federal Reserve's Plan To Destroy the Dollar--Mission Accomplished | Black Swan Insights: "OCTOBER: This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The other are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February."--- Mark Twain

The Federal Reserve's Explicit Goal: Devalue The Dollar 33% - Forbes

The Federal Reserve's Explicit Goal: Devalue The Dollar 33% - Forbes: The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) has made it official: After its latest two day meeting, it announced its goal to devalue the dollar by 33% over the next 20 years. The debauch of the dollar will be even greater if the Fed exceeds its goal of a 2 percent per year increase in the price level.

An increase in the price level of 2% in any one year is barely noticeable. Under a gold standard, such an increase was uncommon, but not unknown. The difference is that when the dollar was as good as gold, the years of modest inflation would be followed, in time, by declining prices. As a consequence, over longer periods of time, the price level was unchanged. A dollar 20 years hence was still worth a dollar.

Opposing view: Obama's housing plan more of the same – USATODAY.com

Opposing view: Obama's housing plan more of the same – USATODAY.com: ust as President Obama's economic policies have failed to help the economy, his mortgage plans have failed to help struggling homeowners. Whether it's HAMP, HARP or other refinance programs that already exist, none has worked and all are expensive.

1,000 Days Without A Budget

Many Faiths Unite in Opposition to Obama Attack on Religious Liberty

Many Faiths Unite in Opposition to Obama Attack on Religious Liberty

Santorum Demands Obama Apology for Leaking Israeli Attack Plans - Rick Santorum - Fox Nation

Santorum Demands Obama Apology for Leaking Israeli Attack Plans - Rick Santorum - Fox Nation: President Obama should apologize to the American people for revealing that Israel is planning an attack on Iran’s nuclear capability this spring, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum declared Friday in Fulton.

In a campaign rally appearance that attracted about 800 at William Woods University, Santorum drew loud applause from supporters in the nearly full Cutlip Auditorium when he declared President Obama “is the most anti-Israel and anti-Western president when it comes to the Middle East of any president in the history of our country.”

“What President Obama did is most reprehensible,” Santorum said. “He should apologize to the people in this room. He should apologize to the American people for the comments he made. He should be saying, ‘We will stand with you Israel. We will make sure that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon, which is by the way the policy of this country, and we will work with you to make sure that this happens.’

Obama Stiffs Springfield for $55K - President Obama - Fox Nation

Obama Stiffs Springfield for $55K - President Obama - Fox Nation: The event went off without a hitch. Obama moved on to Denver, got his party’s nomination and ultimately a history-making general election victory.

But back in Springfield there remains one piece of unfinished business: an unpaid bill for $55,480.

“What they refused to pay was the $55,000 associated with police overtime for extra security,” said city Budget Director William McCarty.

Afghan Police Get Inspected - War On Terror News

Afghan Police Get Inspected - War On Terror News: However, conducting a PAI in Afghanistan does come with one unique challenge. Afghan names and family structures are not a viable option for tracking personnel by first and last name as it’s done in some of the coalition forces. Ball said to overcome the shortfall, personnel are tracked instead by their Afghan National Police identification number – a process which must be handled with extreme care.

“This one piece of information is the central point that all three systems [personnel, finance and biometrics] use to identify each record, therefore proper data entry of this number is paramount,” he said.

The Evil 1% by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

The Evil 1% by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.: The "occupy" protest movement is thriving off the claim that the 99% are being exploited by the 1%, and there is truth in what they say. But they have the identities of the groups wrong. They imagine that it is the 1% of highest wealth holders who are the problem. In fact, that 1% includes some of the smartest, most innovative people in the country – the people who invent, market, and distribute material blessings to the whole population. They also own the capital that sustains productivity and growth.

The American Spectator : Keystone and the Unions

The American Spectator : Keystone and the Unions: Mark H. Ayers, president of the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO has publicly hammered the jobs issue. In a January 18th press release, Ayers voiced the frustration of many union workers, saying "…with a national unemployment rate in construction at 16 percent nationally, it is beyond disappointing that President Obama placed a higher priority on politics rather than our nation's number one challenge: jobs."

The American Spectator : Beware the Election Year Populist

The American Spectator : Beware the Election Year Populist: Seeing pictures of Mitt Romney doing his laundry reminded me why I am not a populist. If I were a populist, I'd actually care if a presidential candidate did his own laundry. Though I want my president to have a strong grasp of how an economy operates, I'm really not that concerned whether he knows how to get out those really tough stains, or knows the proper way to fold a shirt. To be honest, I really don't spend much time considering if the multi-millionaire former venture capitalist and governor is more "in touch" with the average American than is the multi-millionaire consultant and former congressman, or how either one of them stacks up in this regard with the multi-millionaire Harvard-educated lawyer who has never attempted to make a living outside of government.

President of the Continental Congress - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

President of the Continental Congress - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The President of the Continental Congress (Inclusive of the First, Second and Confederation Congresses) was the presiding officer of the Continental Congress, the convention of delegates that emerged as the first national government of the United States during the American Revolution. The president was a member of Congress elected by the other delegates to serve as an impartial moderator during meetings of Congress.

George Washington referred to the office as "the most important seat in the United States".

National Prayer Breakfast: Obama’s worst presentation ever » The Right Scoop -

National Prayer Breakfast: Obama’s worst presentation ever » The Right Scoop -: I have never seen Obama give a speech so poorly as the one from this morning at the National Prayer Breakfast. It’s clear that his heart wasn’t in this speech and every time he mentioned something specific to Christianity he would equivocate to other religions like Islam.

Townhall is writing about how he misused the Bible in this speech to promote his tax agenda. But honestly, I’m much more struck by how uninterested it seems he is in giving this speech at all:

The poor pay the price for Obama’s political calculation - The Washington Post

The poor pay the price for Obama’s political calculation - The Washington Post: Some issues fade; others fester. The Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate for religious charities, hospitals and universities is the festering kind.

The initial reaction concerned the rights of institutions. Catholic organizations naturally resent being forced to buy health insurance that covers sterilization, contraceptives and drugs that can end a pregnancy soon after conception. The Obama administration seems to have calculated that, since contraceptives are popular and the Catholic Church is not, the outcry would be isolated.

DA: Black Teens Won’t Face Hate Crime Charges | FOX News & Commentary: Todd Starnes

DA: Black Teens Won’t Face Hate Crime Charges | FOX News & Commentary: Todd Starnes: The Philadelphia District Attorney’s office said three black teenagers accused of brutally beating a white taxi cab driver and his white passenger will not be charged with committing hate crimes.

The attack happened last weekend in Center City when a group of 10 teenagers swarmed the cab as it was stopped at a traffic light.

Barack Obama’s Divisive Theology « Commentary Magazine

Barack Obama’s Divisive Theology « Commentary Magazine: At his National Prayer Breakfast address yesterday, President Obama declared, “Now, we can earnestly seek to see these values lived out in our politics and our policies, and we can earnestly disagree on the best way to achieve these values. In the words of C.S. Lewis, ‘Christianity has not, and does not profess to have a detailed political program. It is meant for all men at all times, and the particular program which suited one place or time would not suit another.’ Our goal should not be to declare our policies as biblical.”

Pat Quinn (politician) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pat Quinn (politician) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: With the state budget deficit projected to hit $15 billion in 2011, and debt continuing to grow, the Democrats who control the Legislature in early 2011 raised the personal income tax from 3% to 5%, and the corporation profits tax 4.8% to 7%. Governor Quinn's office projected the new taxes will generate $6.8 billion a year, enough to balance the annual budget and begin reducing the state's backlog of about $8.5 billion in unpaid bills.[40] Despite the tax increase, a report from the Civic Federation in September 2011 projected a $8.3 billion deficit to end the budget year.

Why Old Keynesianism is looking worse these days, and other thoughts — Marginal Revolution

Why Old Keynesianism is looking worse these days, and other thoughts — Marginal Revolution: I am happy to report that I heard another Paul Krugman talk a few nights ago. Krugman had just flown in from Moscow, switching in Houston to a flight to Austin, with little time to spare. Presumably he was very tired, he had a bad cold, he had to speak in a loud barbecue joint and bar, and yet he was entirely lucid and he charmed and instructed the crowd. He even had praise for MarginalRevolution. It was better and better received than if he had given a more traditional lecture.

The same Krugman has a recent blog post, or two, in which he is unhappy with me. I will put some thoughts on that under the fold…

Pro-Democracy Movement of Iran Calls Out Alaska World Affairs Council - Atlas Shrugs

Pro-Democracy Movement of Iran Calls Out Alaska World Affairs Council - Atlas Shrugs: Dear World Affairs Council Board of Directors and Staff,

We, the undersigned, express grave concern regarding the Alaska World Affairs Council’s hosting of Trita Parsi to speak on "The Obama Administration's Iran Policy." While we appreciate the Council’s efforts to promote greater understanding of world issues by organizing various events, the Iranian- American community considers Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) an intellectually dishonest regime apologist and lobbyist that serves as the mouth piece for the mullahs. Parsi contributes to the regime’s agenda and serves the interests of those in power in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

DEBKAfile, Political Analysis, Espionage, Terrorism, Security

DEBKAfile, Political Analysis, Espionage, Terrorism, Security: Iran has completed the development of a nuclear weapon and awaits nothing more than a sign from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to start assembling its first nuclear bomb, said Israeli Military Intelligence Chief Major General Aviv Kochavi on Thursday, February 2. Assembling a bomb would take up to a year, Kochavi estimated. With 100 kilograms of uranium enriched to 20 percent grade and another 4 tons of uranium enriched to 3.5 percent already in stock, Iran would need another two years to make four nuclear bombs.
Therefore, by the end of 2012 or early 2013 Iran may have a single nuclear bomb, but by 2015 the figure would jump to four or five.

What a difference three years makes: Weary Obama looks shell-shocked compared with same interview in 2009 | Mail Online

What a difference three years makes: Weary Obama looks shell-shocked compared with same interview in 2009 when he was face of hope (and is that the same shirt Mr President?) | Mail Online

Capitol Assets: Public projects, private interests

Capitol Assets: Public projects, private interests

Fight Him “In The Streets”: Catholic Church First Major American Institution Brave Enough To Declare War On Obama at Pat Dollard

Fight Him “In The Streets”: Catholic Church First Major American Institution Brave Enough To Declare War On Obama at Pat Dollard: Catholic leaders upped the ante Monday, threatening to challenge the Obama administration over a provision of the new health care law that would require all employers, including religious institutions, to pay for birth control.

Obama: I Get Better As Time Goes On - Katie Pavlich

Obama: I Get Better As Time Goes On - Katie Pavlich: And then there's those pesky Founding Fathers:

"What's frustrated people is that I've not been able to implement every aspect of what I said in 2008. Well, it turns out our Founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change than I would like sometimes. But what we have been able to do is move in the right direction."

Sybreed - Lucifer Effect Lyrics

Sybreed - Lucifer Effect Lyrics

Disillusioned yet fascinated
With bitter cruelty you deny the sanctity of flesh
Urging me to destroy
You say it's not a question of trust, the strongest don't lie
No matter if I have to bleed my own kind, it's all right

Like Lucifer rising from the ashes of grace
The downfall of the sun
My heart is frozen
Like Lucifer rising from the ashes of grace
The downfall of the sun
My wings are burning down

Oh doppelganger, I hear you in my head whispering
"What a joke! Their so-called faith and beliefs are but filth
Give up all tolerance
They loath lust and depravity but ignore their own sins
When zeitgeist extols raw pandemonium
Bring them hell"

Like Lucifer rising from the ashes of grace
The downfall of the sun
My heart is frozen
Like Lucifer rising from the ashes of grace
The downfall of the sun
My wings are burning down

"Prepare yourself to be deceived
By those you entrust your very dreams or darkest fears
To be double crossed"

There is no place for hope in you world
You love to deride my sustained endeavour to find a way
To stand still

Like Lucifer rising from the ashes of grace
The downfall of the sun
My heart is frozen
Like Lucifer rising from the ashes of grace
The downfall of the sun
My wings are burning down

Fight Him “In The Streets”: Catholic Church First Major American Institution Brave Enough To Declare War On Obama at Pat Dollard

Fight Him “In The Streets”: Catholic Church First Major American Institution Brave Enough To Declare War On Obama at Pat Dollard: Obama has left the church no choice. It is literally impossible for them to distribute birth control under church doctrine. Perhaps Obama understands this, and if so, what is his aim? To cause the church to finally break a doctrine at government insistence, thereby gaining him a beach-head to begin rolling back all church doctrine, one piece at a time, until the church doesn’t exist in America anymore?

When Will The West Act Against Persecution Of Christians In The Middle East? | Fox News

When Will The West Act Against Persecution Of Christians In The Middle East? | Fox News

Monday, February 6, 2012

Ron Paul's Performance to Date: The Importance of Voting | Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign Committee

Ron Paul's Performance to Date: The Importance of Voting | Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign Committee

Food stamp use continues to rise - CSMonitor.com

Food stamp use continues to rise - CSMonitor.com

Editorial: Contraception mandate violates religious freedom – USATODAY.com

Editorial: Contraception mandate violates religious freedom – USATODAY.com: Few Americans of any political stripe would disagree with the simple proposition that the government should steer away from meddling in church affairs. Certainly, it should never try to force a religiously affiliated institution to violate a central tenet of its faith.

Voters are leaving main parties in droves – USATODAY.com

Voters are leaving main parties in droves – USATODAY.com: Registered Democrats still dominate the political playing field with more than 42 million voters, compared to 30 million Republicans and 24 million independents. But Democrats have lost the most — 1.7 million, or 3.9%, from 2008.

Democratic registration has fared worse than Republicans in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina and Pennsylvania — the eight swing states with party registration. Republican losses are biggest in Nevada, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.

Voters are leaving main parties in droves – USATODAY.com

Voters are leaving main parties in droves – USATODAY.com: A USA TODAY analysis of state voter registration statistics shows registered Democrats declined in 25 of the 28 states that register voters by party. Republicans dipped in 21 states, while independents increased in 18 states.

The trend is acute in states that are key to next year's presidential race. In the eight swing states that register voters by party, Democrats' registration is down by 800,000 and Republicans' by 350,000. Independents have gained 325,000.

Big Year for Tech Mergers - Businessweek

Big Year for Tech Mergers - Businessweek: Cisco Systems Inc., the world’s largest maker of networking equipment, estimates that by 2015 the data equivalent of all movies ever made will cross Internet networks every five minutes. How to manage all that data is what will be driving technology mergers and acquisitions in 2012.

In a bid to transform that torrent into profits, a cash rich industry is poised to surpass 2011′s almost $200 billion volume of announced mergers and acquisitions as companies such as Cisco and International Business Machines Corp. search for deals that will boost their capacity to provide new storage, analytics and security services to enterprise customers.

Occupy mudbowl: What's left of McPherson Square | Campaign 2012 | Washington Examiner

Occupy mudbowl: What's left of McPherson Square | Campaign 2012 | Washington Examiner: With the partial eviction of Occupiers over the weekend, McPherson Square is no longer full to the point that the local community cannot enjoy it. Instead, it is a mud-bowl that no one can really enjoy. Occupiers managed to undo most of a $400,000 park renovation that was completed last year with stimulus funding.

Minimum Wage in Southern Africa Results in Apartheid, Blood Diamonds, War

Minimum Wage in Southern Africa Results in Apartheid, Blood Diamonds, War


The orthodox view holds that apartheid was created at the behest of business for the exploitation of native labor. What a surprise, then, to find not only that apartheid flies in the face of capitalist principles but also that socialists and Communists enthusiastically helped to create it. Moreover, most white businessmen oppose apartheid and always did. This is the fascinating story Walter E. Williams tells in South Africa’s War Against Capitalism (Praeger, $37.95). Williams, an economics professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, shows that apartheid was designed in part to protect white workers from competition with blacks.
Writes Williams: ”Apartheid is the result of anticapitalistic or socialistic efforts to subvert the operation of market (capitalistic) forces. Indeed, it is the free play of market forces . . . that has always been seen as the enemy of white privilege and that apartheid ideology has always sought to defeat.” An important step toward what later became codified as apartheid came in 1911 when South Africa’s government, caving in to pressure from white labor unions, passed the Mines and Works Act. The first of a series of laws known as the color bar, this act required mine workers to obtain work certificates. Though rationalized on the ground of employee safety, these certificates were used to exclude black workers from the skilled mining occupations and even to limit the number of blacks allowed in unskilled mining jobs. Think of it as affirmative action for whites. According to Williams, the color bar broke down when many white miners went off to fight in World War I. On their return they found that the color-blind capitalist mine owners, trying to reduce their costs, had replaced them with lower-wage black workers. The whites demanded that blacks be once more excluded from skilled jobs.

In 1922, after the mine owners refused to meet the whites’ demands, 20,000 ; white miners, led by Communists and socialists, went on strike. Some strikers made violent, unprovoked attacks on blacks. Williams points out that one of the strike’s leaders was W. H. ”Comrade Bill” Andrews, later to become secretary of the South African Communist Party [formed by the Soviet Comintern in 1921]. Marching through the streets of Johannesburg waving red flags, the strikers chanted, ”Workers of the world, fight and unite for a white South Africa.” Lester Maddox, meet Karl Marx.
Although crushed by the government, the strike cemented the alliance between white labor unionists, white socialists, and white nationalists. In 1923 this alliance was formalized by the union of the Nationalist and socialist Labour parties, which went on to win the 1924 elections, then proceeded quickly to set minimum wages and to reestablish occupational licensing of the skilled and semiskilled trades. The purpose of the minimum wages: to price blacks out of the labor market. Williams quotes the white Mine Workers Union’s statement that because minimum wages would make black labor more expensive, ”most of the difficulties in regard to the coloured question ((that is, competition from black labor)) will automatically drop out.” But as economist Thomas W. Hazlett has pointed out, continuing economic development constantly threatened to undermine the government’s artificial restrictions on competition between employees: Employers, mainly white, could still cut costs by hiring equally qualified blacks at lower wages than whites. Whites tolerated this competition during the economic expansion that got rolling in 1940. But when the economic pie ceased to grow, whites in 1948 elected the white supremacist National Party. As Hazlett notes, the party and those who voted for it believed, probably correctly, that the only way to maintain separate labor markets was to maintain spatial and social separation of the races. Thus was born apartheid (the term did not appear until 1943), the policy of explicit racial separation. Under apartheid, South Africa’s government classifies all people according to race. It also forbids marriages between whites and coloreds, and it segregates urban areas into sections for whites, coloreds, Indians, and blacks. This last law in particular — dictating to people where they can buy or rent housing — is of course an attack on people’s right to engage in voluntary exchange with others, just as the restrictive labor laws are. In Williams’s words: ”The whole ugly history of apartheid has been an attack on free markets and the rights of individuals, and a glorification of centralized government power.”
Edward Jay Epstein’s book The Rise and Fall of Diamonds: The Shattering of a Brilliant Illusion (1982) lays out what happened next:
When the Cold War began … the Soviet Union had no secure source of industrial diamonds. It was entirely dependent on the De Beers cartel [a South African diamond monopoly] for the diamond drilling stones it needed in order to explore for oil and gas, the diamond die stones it needed to produce precision parts and draw out fine wire, and the diamond abrasives it needed to grind machine tools and armaments. Without a continuous supply of these industrial diamonds, it would be impossible for it to rebuild its war-wrecked economy-or to effectively rearm its military machine. Stalin, fully realizing that his crucial supply of diamonds could be cut off at any moment by an embargo, demanded that Russian geologists and scientists develop a more dependable source of diamonds. Since no diamond mines had ever been found in the Soviet Union, there were only two possible ways of satisfying Stalin’s order: either pipe mines had to be uncovered in the unexplored regions of the Soviet Union through a vast program of systematic prospecting, or industrial diamonds had to be manufactured through a laboratory procedure.
The search for diamonds focused on the Siberian plateau in Yakutia province that lay between the Lena and Yenisei rivers, which Russian geologists concluded resembled geologically the ’shield’ of South Africa. … In the spring, of 1955, another young geologist, Yuri Khabardin, came across a fox’s hole in a ravine with blue earth. He found that it had high diamond content, and excitedly began sending a message over his shortwave radio. It said cryptically, ‘I am smoking the pipe of peace.’ In Moscow, the prearranged code was immediately understood to mean that the geologist had discovered and tested a kimberlite pipe.
Epstein continues:
Just as diamonds began to flow out of Siberia, Russian scientists in a laboratory in Kiev reported that they had found a commercial process for synthesizing minute diamonds that could be used as abrasive grit. The process, though similar to the one that General Electric had developed in the United States, was based on Russian research in high-pressure physics.
As a result:
In the Siberian diamond mine, the gem diamonds, which had first been mined as a by-product of industrial diamonds, could now be sold abroad. In early 1962, the Soviet Union agreed to sell virtually all of its uncut gem diamonds to De Beers. Within a few years, diamond production was nearly ten million carats a year, and the Soviet Union exported some two million carats as gems. Diamonds became the leading Soviet cash export to the West. In 1968, Viktor 1. Tikhonov, the head of the Mirny Diamond Administration, said, “We call ourselves the country’s foreign exchange department.”
On December 4, 1978, Epstein interviewed De Beers head Harry Frederick Oppenheimer:
Oppenheimer explained that it was no secret that De Beers acquired through subsidiaries all the uncut diamonds that the Soviet Union wanted to sell on the open market. “We have of course no reason for concealing this arrangement other than the Russians prefer not to receive any public attention for obvious reasons,” he said almost apologetically. The “obvious reasons” for obscuring the arrangement with De Beers were that the Soviet Union had for some fifteen years called for a total boycott of South Africa and South African businesses, and its dealings with De Beers, if made public, might prove embarrassing.
So, the Soviets were being haunted by Apartheid, the Pandora’s box they themselves had opened. But how long could such an unholy alliance last? The Soviet Union apparently had ambitions of its own in southern Africa, and at some point geopolitical considerations might take precedence over business considerations. I asked how he could be sure that the Soviets would renew the deal.
The answer:
“We paid the Soviet Union more than half a billion dollars last year,” he answered. “This is not a sum it can easily replace, and I can see no conceivable reason why it would want to abandon such a profitable arrangement.” His logic was brutally direct: De Beers provided the Soviet Union with its single largest source of hard currency (only petroleum was a more important export for Soviet trade in 1977)If the Soviet Union withdrew its diamonds from De Beers, it would have to find other outlets to sell its uncut diamonds. And if it precariously dumped these diamonds on the market, the price would collapse, and the Soviet Union would lose an important source of foreign exchange. “What could the Russians possibly gain by competing with us?” he asked rhetorically.
Epstein then makes a critical point:
The Soviet Union also had considerable influence in other diamond producing areas in Black Africa, such as Angola. I wondered if the logic of the arrangement between De Beers and the Soviets required the Soviets to use their power in those countries to help De Beers retain its control over diamond mines there. “You will have to address that question to the Africans concerned,” he replied abruptly. The tone in his voice made it clear that there were aspects to the Soviet arrangement that he decidedly did not want to discuss.
In his book, Epstein recounts that “The Soviet-backed MPLA faction seized Luanda in July [1975], initiating a full-scale civil war… With the assistance of Soviet rockets and Cuban troops, the MPLA forces quickly routed the other two rival factions (despite aid to them from the CIA). By the year’s end, the MPLA was in almost complete control of Angola.” In early 1976, Albert Jolis, “a resourceful American, who had served in the OSS during World War II” and who went on to become head of “an international diamond firm called Diamond Distributors, Inc., or DDI” – a potential competitor to De Beers – “learned that his diamond concession had been canceled by the new MPLA regime.”
[Jolis] arranged for someone in Angola with connections to the MPLA to investigate the loss of this concession. In Luanda, his intermediary made inquiries at the Ministry of Natural Resources and eventually obtained an internal staff report that cleared up the mystery. According to this document, the Soviet Union had specifically instructed its MPLA allies to cancel all agreements and negotiations with Jolis’s Diamond Distributors, Inc. Adding insult to injury, the Soviets had further advised the Angolans that Diamond Distributors, Inc., was an established front for De Beers. Since the MPLA had strictly forbidden Angolans from trading with South African companies, this piece of misinformation linking Diamond Distributors, Inc., to De Beers effectively precluded the former from doing any business in Angola. …
Under Soviet guidance, the MPLA arranged to sell the entire production of its diamond fields to a supposedly independent firm in London named the Diamond Development Corporation. The Angolan diamonds actually went to the offices of the Diamond Development Corporation in Chichester House, near Holbein Circus on the fringes of London’s financial district. The Diamond Development Corporation, putatively in the business of sorting and selling African diamonds, was in turn owned by the Chichester Corporation, which itself is controlled by subsidiaries of De Beers. Both corporations were established by De Beers to provide a double-cover for its dealing with African nationalists. As one former De Beers executive explained, ‘If the Angolans ever demanded an interest in the Diamond Development Corporation, the assets and profits could be shifted to Chichester.’ The shipments of Angolan diamonds were driven around Holbein Circus to Number 2 Charterhouse Street, headquarters of the Diamond Trading Company. Through this circuitous route Angola’s diamonds again entered the De Beers stockpile. Then, with the assistance of Cuban troops, the Angolans also managed to close down the smuggling routes between the diamond fields and the Congo border.
This continued well into the 1980s. So, while the KGB, Che and the rest of their Cuban and East German puppets were running around Southern Africa starting wars and taking over newly independent countries (everywhere that just happens to have diamond mines) — it turns out that it was the Soviets who were cutting special deals with the apartheid regime’s moneyman. This could explain why the forces of SACP/ANC/MK under the command of Soviet agent Joe Slovo (KGB files and Slovo’s daughter confirm Slovo’s command of those organizations) spent so much time fighting the MPLA’s rivals in Angola (thus ensuring the Soviet Union’s control of Angola and it’s diamond mines – which also paid for Apartheid) rather then fighting in South Africa itself. The sanctions on South Africa that the Soviets demanded were also a deception – while it would weaken the Apartheid regime’s capacity to end the stalemate, it would not cripple the regime because, as Harry Oppenheimer told Epstein, “I can think of no commodity less susceptible to dangers from UN sanctions than diamonds”.
The stage was set for an endless war, which would have served the Soviets’ interest perfectly. Had Reagan not won the Cold War – and had Reagan’s ambassador to South Africa, Edward Perkins, not help undo the Anti-Capitalist Apartheid system – then perpetual war might well have happened.
All of this trouble in Southern Africa can be traced back to one terrible idea – a federal Minimum Wage.
It didn’t do them any good – and it doesn’t do us any good either.

Austin LifeCare v. City of Austin resource page - Alliance Defense Fund

Austin LifeCare v. City of Austin resource page - Alliance Defense Fund: AUSTIN, Texas — The city of Austin has exchanged one constitutionally problematic sign law that affects pro-life centers with another, prompting the Alliance Defense Fund and two pro-life organizations to seek a new emergency order against the law in federal court Tuesday. In November of last year, the city agreed to take a closer look at its law in the wake of a lawsuit filed on behalf of Austin LifeCare, a pregnancy resource center, but ADF attorneys explain that the new law is as bad as the one it replaced.

“Pregnancy centers, which offer real help and hope to women, shouldn’t be punished by political allies of the abortion industry,” said ADF Legal Counsel Matt Bowman. “The city should recognize that using a sleight-of-hand to force pro-life centers to post the message the city wants does not solve the First Amendment problems with the law. Courts around the country have been striking these types of laws down.”

Obama Pulls Combat Pay for U.S. Troops | The Shark Tank

Obama Pulls Combat Pay for U.S. Troops | The Shark Tank

Jobless Figures Cut Two Ways for Obama - WSJ.com

Jobless Figures Cut Two Ways for Obama - WSJ.com

Young America's Foundation

Young America's Foundation: President Obama is making a big push to recover his lost popularity with youth — but his promises don’t address the real needs of the under-30 crowd.

Since Inauguration Day, the president’s approval rating with the 18-to-29 crowd set a record for the most precipitous drop in Gallup Poll history, from 77 percent approval to 48 percent.

The Youth Misery Index (which combines youth unemployment, average graduating college debt and the national debt) is at an all-time high, and Millennials are taking an economic shellacking.

America’s youth want careers — not more college debt and internships. But that’s all Obama’s new programs offer.

Full Article: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/bam_bogus_youth_agenda_07ICdDsA52A3LjF6fV1X5H#ixzz1lZoMBzfl

Email feedback to Ron at rmeyer@yaf.org.

Religious conservatives play culture war defense | Washington Examiner

Religious conservatives play culture war defense | Washington Examiner: The battleground is this: The Secular Left is on the offensive, while the oft-demonized Religious Right is mostly playing defense, trying to preserve the liberty of religious adherents to conduct their lives according to their own consciences.

Blog: Will Obama Cave to BP to Avoid Trial?

Blog: Will Obama Cave to BP to Avoid Trial?

Blog: Self-defense report cheered by Second Amendment advocates

Blog: Self-defense report cheered by Second Amendment advocates: While the Obama administration has been working fast, furiously, and surreptitiously to limit Second Amendment rights, Americans have been busy exercising those rights in record numbers. In 2011 the FBI ran 16,454,951 firearm background checks, an increase of over 2 million, or 14.2%, versus 2010 (and 29.5% more than in 2008). The number of such checks in the month of December 2011 alone, 1,862,327, was 22% higher than the next highest month on record.

The trend appears to be holding. In January 2012, FBI firearm background checks totaled 1,377,301 -- more than any previous January on record. During the past ten years, the Bureau has conducted 114.8 million firearm background checks.

Articles: If Fox Fails Us

Articles: If Fox Fails Us

Articles: Americans Are Better Than Who Obama Thinks We Are

Articles: Americans Are Better Than Who Obama Thinks We Are: Half the country -- yes, I said half -- do not pay taxes at all. Zero! The majority of federal income taxes (70%) are paid by the top 10 percent of income-earners. As for Obama's claim that we can solve America's financial problems by forcing the rich to pay more, it is despicable, manipulative, and hate-inspiring nonsense. There are only 8,000 Americans who earn over 10 million dollars per year. If Obama confiscated all their money, it would finance our government for only 24 days.

Articles: Americans Are Better Than Who Obama Thinks We Are

Articles: Americans Are Better Than Who Obama Thinks We Are: It is extremely disheartening that the president of the United States believes he can win the votes of a majority of Americans by exploiting the sin of covetousness and hatred for the rich. In every speech, Obama claims that the rich are not paying their fair share. Please excuse my frankness, but Obama is lying.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Catholic Democrats betrayed by President Obama - San Antonio Express-News

Catholic Democrats betrayed by President Obama - San Antonio Express-News: As Catholics, we believe that drugs and procedures that induce abortion are evil. There is no middle ground here. This goes directly against our faith and God’s law — “You shall not kill!” Yet, even if there is theological disagreement on this issue, most Americans would surely agree that this mandate is an alarming intrusion of government on how religious bodies practice their faith. It is not only bad policy but also a violation of the first amendment of our constitution and of the more recent federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. Similarly, Catholics and most people of faith would be equally concerned if the federal government required employers — including religious organizations — to restrict their charitable services of feeding and housing the poor to legal immigrants and citizens only. The right of conscience has always been of paramount importance in the American tradition. It was Thomas Jefferson who in 1809 said that “No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of civil authorities.”

Catholic Democrats betrayed by President Obama - San Antonio Express-News

Catholic Democrats betrayed by President Obama - San Antonio Express-News: I have great respect for the President and supported many of his efforts to enact health care reform. The sad reality of millions of people in our country without access to basic medical care is nothing to be proud of and is not worthy of our great nation. I believed in the President’s vision to right this wrong and make America a better place to live for all. Tragically, however, the trajectory of this reform has led to an undeniable assault on the most treasured American principle for people of faith—the right to religious freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment.

What a piece of work is a man - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

What a piece of work is a man - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: What a piece of work is a man, How noble in
Reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving
how express and admirable, In action how like an Angel!
in apprehension how like a god, the beauty of the
world, the paragon of animals. and yet to me, what is
this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me; no,
nor Woman neither; though by your smiling you seeme
to say so

German Exploitation of Arab Nationalist Movements in World War II by Hellmuth Felmy and Walter Warlimont

German Exploitation of Arab Nationalist Movements in World War II by Hellmuth Felmy and Walter Warlimont: German exploitation of the Arab nationalist movements in World War II extended from the field of strategic planning at the highest levels of command to the military measures actually taken. General der Flieger Helmut Felmy has presented an account of the military measures taken by Germany. Under the terms of Hitler's Directive No. 30 of 23 May 1941, and the "Service Regulations for Special Staff F" of 21 June 1941, General Felmy was appointed as the central authority for all Arab affairs concerning the Wehrmacht. Of all contemporary authorities on the subject still available, he therefore has the most thorough knowledge of the military steps actually taken on the German side. Unfortunately, the men who were his most able and experienced assistants at the time were later killed in action. Thus, consultations held to verify existing documentary evidence were restricted to junior officers, some of them of Arab origin, whose experience was naturally limited.

British Imperial Connexions to the Arab National Movement - World War I Document Archive

British Imperial Connexions to the Arab National Movement - World War I Document Archive: Arab Secret Societies.

[ED. NOTE.-- ) Renewed activity, on a much larger scale, manifested itself in the years following the promulgation of the Ottoman Constitution in 1908. Arab literary societies, political clubs and other organisations for the promotion of racial interests were formed in various centres in the years 1909 to 1914. The majority of these were established in Constantinople, but they had branches in Cairo, Beyrouth, Damascus and (in some cases) Bagdad and Basra. A good many of them were secret societies in the sense that the members, while carrying on patriotic activities openly) were pledged never to disclose the existence of the organisation which directed their activities.

The group composed principally of Druse and Muslims of the Lebanon and of Damascus, who since the massacres of 1860 had looked to Great Britain as their protector, approached the British Consul General in Beyrouth with the request that the British Government should assist the Arabs in their struggle against the Turks.(l) A delegation of Syrian Muslim notables also visited Lord Kitchener, High Commissioner in Egypt, petitioning Great Britain to annex Syria to Egypt and to give Syria an independent administration.(2)

SCENE VII. The forest.

SCENE VII. The forest.: Most mischievous foul sin, in chiding sin:
For thou thyself hast been a libertine,
As sensual as the brutish sting itself;
And all the embossed sores and headed evils,
That thou with licence of free foot hast caught,
Wouldst thou disgorge into the general world.

SCENE VII. The forest.

SCENE VII. The forest.: It is my only suit;
Provided that you weed your better judgments
Of all opinion that grows rank in them
That I am wise. I must have liberty
Withal, as large a charter as the wind,
To blow on whom I please; for so fools have;
And they that are most galled with my folly,
They most must laugh. And why, sir, must they so?
The 'why' is plain as way to parish church:
He that a fool doth very wisely hit
Doth very foolishly, although he smart,
Not to seem senseless of the bob: if not,
The wise man's folly is anatomized
Even by the squandering glances of the fool.
Invest me in my motley; give me leave
To speak my mind, and I will through and through
Cleanse the foul body of the infected world,
If they will patiently receive my medicine.

Share-level security Definition from PC Magazine Encyclopedia

Share-level security Definition from PC Magazine Encyclopedia

Welcome to World Book Night

Welcome to World Book Night

Afghan Soldiers Already Selling Weapons and Vehicles To Taliban - Afghanistan - Fox Nation

Afghan Soldiers Already Selling Weapons and Vehicles To Taliban - Afghanistan - Fox Nation: Afghan soldiers are selling their weapons and vehicles to the Taliban, sharing intelligence with them and signing covert ceasefires as they pre-pare for NATO forces to with-draw, according to a classified military report.

Despite billions of dollars spent by western allies on training and equipping Afghanistan’s security forces, they are ceding territory without a fight or even joining forces with the insurgents in some cases.

Government Debt and Deficits: The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics | Library of Economics and Liberty

Government Debt and Deficits: The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics | Library of Economics and Liberty: The size of the outstanding government debt is a topic of perennial interest. The obvious measurement of the debt’s size is the sum of all the individual outstanding government securities. That number often is reported in newspaper accounts and political debates, but, to be useful, it must be adjusted.

How the U.S. National Debt Affects You

How the U.S. National Debt Affects You

How the U.S. National Debt Affects You

About Debt:

Nearly every day, the average American listens insouciantly to new reports of the skyrocketing national debt and dismisses the news as irrelevant. It’s tempting to think of the national debt as an abstract concept with little personal application, especially when Americans have debts of their own to worry about. In reality, the magnitude of the national debt has very real and very powerful effects on Americans’ personal finances. Tax rates, interest rates, and inflation are just a few of the areas affected by the national debt that impact Americans on a personal level. Read on to learn more about the national debt, what it means for you, and why you should care.

Facts about the National Debt

To give you a better understanding of a mind-boggling concept, we’ll provide a few brief facts about the national debt. As of August 2009, the national debt amounted to just under $11.7 trillion, a figure that rises at an average of $3.8 billion per day. This makes the United States’ national debt the 22nd-largest in the world as a percentage of gross domestic product. Economists of all kinds have admonished government officials that the national debt will be the next great economic crisis if the government does not commit itself to long-term fiscal sustainability.

Why You Should Care

The national debt isn’t just the government’s problem. When the government goes into the red, they use your money, taxpayers’ money, to handle the mounting costs, which are already prohibitive. Currently, the government spends $452 billion annually on debt interest payments, and that money came or will soon come directly out of your pocket. The national debt also has a devastating ripple effect on the economy. Here are a few examples of how the national debt could impact you dramatically as an individual:

  • Higher taxes. The government simply cannot sustain the current disparity between how much it is spending and how much it is taking in with tax revenue. In other words, to avoid going completely broke, the government will have no choice but to raise taxes or drastically reduce spending. If past performance is any indication, the former is far more likely, which means you’ll be paying higher taxes for a long, long time.

  • Reduced benefits/programs. If the government decides to attack the national debt by curtailing spending, government benefits (e.g., Social Security) may be reduced significantly. Programs will also be cut, which could affect anything from federal student financial aid to Medicare.

  • Higher interest rates. Rising national debt will eventually result in the reluctance of investors and foreign governments to purchase Treasury bonds, thereby forcing interest rates to rise. That means that you will pay more for your auto loan, home loan, credit cards, and all other lending products.

  • A weak dollar. When the government gets frantic to pay off national debt, it tends to allow the value of the dollar plummet so it can repay its debt in cheaper dollars. This is bad news for consumers, as a weak dollar commonly results in rampant inflation.

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