Monday, July 18, 2011
AL East: New York Yankees
AL Central: Detroit Tigers
AL West: Texas Rangers
AL Wild Card: Boston Red Sox
NL East: Philadelphia Phillies
NL Central: Milwaukee Brewers
NL West: San Francisco Giants
NL Wild Card: Atlanta Braves
Daniel Fiol lodged a written complaint at the International Criminal Court accusing the US president of breaching the Geneva Convention.
Navy Seals acting on Mr Obama's orders shot the al-Qaeda leader dead on May 2 after storming his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
In his written complaint, the Majorca-based lawyer said bin Laden should have been "pursued, arrested, tried and convicted" on behalf of "the victims of some terrible and appalling atrocities". The killing of bin Laden was even worse as it took place in foreign territory, Pakistan, without the permission of that government, he said.
"I am not being paid by al-Qaeda," Mr Fiol joked.
Former prime minister Tony Blair has said he would not have hesitated to order the assassination of bin Laden if the decision had been his.
The man entered Mr. Boswell's rural home at about 10:45 p.m. and attacked his daughter - demanding money. Mr. Boswell heard his daughter's screams and rushed into the room attempting to disarm the intruder.
While the two of them struggled, the Congressman's grandson retrieved the family shotgun and pointed it at the intruder, which resulted in the coward running off and the situation normalizing.
Wow. Just wow.
Congressman Boswell and his grandson should be commended for bravery.
What say you?
P.S. - Congressman Boswell is "A rated" by the NRA and always endorsed.
Thus, it is another day closer to the United States' possible default and another threat (or bluff) from the President that was simply and utterly ignored. More, it wasn't just Republicans who did not bother with Mr. Obama's deadline, but Democrats as well.
The lack of leadership that is evident from this is staggering. The President set an arbitrary date for the deal to get done, clearly not knowing or not understanding that the two sides are far apart and that he has no authority to set such a deadline.
Further, Mr. Obama declared Sunday's deadline but did not offer any constructive advice or help. He simply demanded an agreement without any proposals of his own what-so-ever. Once again, he failed to do anything.
However, during the weekend he did have time to tweet about women's soccer and take a clearly staged photo:
|The President at Work|
Obama: "If Somebody Wants to Build a Coal Power Plant, They Can. It's Just That, It Will Bankrupt Them"
Sunday, July 17, 2011
The Federalist Papers
The Federalist Papers are a collection of eighty five essays published in
Just as in every state, the debate over the ratification of the Constitution was intensely followed by the public in
As one of the leading designers and loudest proponents of the Constitution Alexander Hamilton worried that the document might fail to be ratified in his home state of
James Madison, as a delegate from
John Jay of
"Publius" wrote All eighty five essays that were written and published between October 1787 and August 1788, in newspapers of the state of
The Federalist essays, also known as the Federalist Papers, have served two distinct purposes in American history. Primarily the essays helped persuade the delegates to the New York Ratification Convention to vote for the Constitution. In later years, The Federalist Papers have helped scholars and other interested people understand what the writers and original supporters of the Constitution sought to establish when they initially drafted and campaigned for ratification.
Knowing that the Federalist Papers were written by such luminaries as Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury; James Madison, the fourth President of the United States; and John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the question asked is, who were these Anti-Federalists who dared speak against the founding of the greatest nation that has ever existed: Some fringe people who didn’t want the blessing of truth, justice, and the American way?!
The Anti-Federalist Papers
The list of Anti-Federalist leaders included: George Mason, Edmund Randolph, Elbridge Gerry, Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, Richard Henry Lee, and even though he was not in the country at the time, Thomas Jefferson.
There is one major difference between the Federalist Papers and the Anti-Federalist Papers: the former are compact and relatively unified the latter are not really a single series of articles written by a united group with a single purpose as the Federalist Papers were. Instead there were many different authors and they were published all over the country in pamphlets and flyers as well as in newspapers. Among the many the most important are: John DeWitt- Essays I-III, The Federal Farmer- Letters I and II, Brutus Essays I-XVI, Cato, Letters V and VII.
The first of the Anti-federalist essays was published on October 5, 1787 in the Philadelphia Independent Gazetteer. This was followed by many more published throughout the country which charged that any new government formed under the auspices of the Constitution would:
The Federalists had the momentum from the beginning. They were wise enough to appropriate the name Federalist, since federalism was a popular and well understood concept among the general public even though their position was the opposite of what the name implied. They also had the support of most of the major newspapers and a majority of the leading men of wealth if not of all the original revolutionary patriots. They also used a tactic of trying to rush the process as much as possible calling for conventions and votes with all dispatch. And in the end these tactics combined with the great persuasion of the Federalist Letters and the prestige of General Washington carried the day. The Constitution was ratified on June 21, 1788.
Although the anti-Federalists lost their struggle against the ratification of the Constitution their spirited defense of individual rights, personal liberty, and their deep-rooted suspicion of a central governmental power became and remain at the core American political values. Their insistence upon the absolute necessity of the promise of enumerated rights as a prerequisite for ratification established the Bill of Rights as the lasting memorial to their work.
Cenk Uygur was thrust onto the MSNBC schedule in January, when Keith Olbermann‘s departure set in motion several host changes on the progressive channel’s lineup.
Now TVNewser hears Uygur may be moved out of the 6pm hour, possibly to be replaced by Al Sharpton. When the host changes happened earlier this year, the 6pm hour was simply known as “MSNBC Live,” a telling sign that MSNBC was trying out Uygur.
Sharpton has hosted the 6pm show for the last two weeks. This past week, the hour was second, to Fox News, in A25-54 viewers Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Insiders tell us that Uygur will remain a part of MSNBC in some capacity. His site, The Young Turks, says Uygur has been on vacation and will return Monday.
NATO and Afghan security forces engaged thirteen Islamic insurgents in the Nangarhar Province while targeting a local Taliban leader. The coalition killed most of the Taliban on ground, but called in an airstrike that finished them off - along with the school they were hiding in, which was vacant for summer break.
There has been no word if they succeeded in their original mission.
Thankfully, no civilians or coalition forces were killed during the engagement, which lasted several hours through out the night.
Coalition forces are continuing the good fight against the Taliban, even though their governments are pulling the rug out from under them before their mission is complete and the enemy is defeated.
What say you?
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Evidently not all weapons being smuggled into Mexico are coming from the ATF and its infamous Gunrunner program.
The former mayor of a New Mexico border town pleaded guilty to gun smuggling charges four months after he was arrested in a federal sting.
On Tuesday, Eddie Espinoza, 51, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, three counts of making false statements, and three counts of smuggling firearms from the United States.
Turns out, this guilty plea could land the former mayor in federal prison for up to 50 years. Also implicated in the crime is the Chief of Police and the Village Trustee.
Federal documents state the group smuggled more than 200 guns from New Mexico to the streets of Cíudad Juárez and Palomas, Chihuahua. The documents further state that at times the group used unmarked police cars registered to Columbus to smuggle the guns across the border. Agents had been following the illegal operation for more than a year.
Federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm and Explosives connected some of the guns to at least eight murders in those cities.
Odd that the ATF would be so interested in assisting in the prosecution of individuals making false statements, smuggling firearms from the United States and conspiracy, when the Bureau has been actively engaging in this type of stuff for quite some time.
The question that remains unanswered, well many questions remain unanswered, is who came up with the bright idea to smuggle weapons into Mexico in the first place, how many federal agencies are involved, who will be the fall guy and will any end up in prison for facilitating the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and ICE Agent Jamie Zapata along with many innocent Mexican civilians.
Bob Owens, blogging at Confederate Yankee calls it "Watergate, with a body count". Others have described it as Iran/Contra, redux and it is already reaching the upper echelon of the Department of Justice and potentially the White House.
Eric Holder has already lied to Congress, that seems equal parts cover up and CYA, when in May of this year he state that he "probably" learned about his agencies involvement in gun running only "in the last few months". This statement however, is preceded with a speech Mr. Holder gave in Mexico where he referenced the program by name. "My department is committing 100 new ATF personnel to the Southwest border in the next 10o days to supplement our ongoing Project Gunrunner, DEA is adding 16 new positions on the border, as well as mobile enforcement teams, and the FBI is creating a new intelligence group focusing on kidnapping and extortion. DHS is making similar commitments, as Secretary Napolitano will detail."
Statements like that would seem to implicate all sorts of departments and their leadership, including Janet Napolitano, the head of Homeland Security and previous Governor of Arizona.
President Obama, for his part, told Univision that his administration had nothing to do with distributing arms to Mexican cartels.
"I did not authorize it; Eric Holder, the attorney general, did not authorize it. He's been very clear that our policy is to catch gun-runners and put them into jail," Obama said.Obama said that he would hold someone responsible if, indeed, a mistake was made."We have to make sure that we're enforcing the kinds of measures that will stop the flow of guns and cash down south that is helping to fuel these transnational drug cartels," he said."There may be a situation here in which a serious mistake was made," he said. "If that's the case, then we'll find out and we''ll hold someone accountable."
That's all well and good, but it is hard then to justify funding of the program to the tune of $10 million dollars allocated in the President's stimulus bill. Or the $12 million the White House has requested to fund the program for fiscal year 2011.
That kind of cash will buy a lot of guns!
This week Investors Business Daily published an editorial adding an additional White House connection.
A 2-year-old video shows a high Justice official saying "the president has directed us," including the attorney general, to speed up Project Gunrunner and the offshoot that got a border agent killed.
This tape has no 18-minute gap, and while it does not feature the president himself, the March 24, 2009, video may rival the tape that turned a "third-rate burglary" into a presidential resignation. No one died at Watergate. Agent Brian Terry lost his life in the administration's obsessive pursuit of gun control.
The 43rd US President visited the town, which lies close to Mother Teresa International Airport, to discuss a US-funded microloan programme with a baker, a barber, a tailor and a shepherd.
The 2.85-meter statue of Bush was unveiled on Wednesday, his 65 birthday, in a ceremony attended by Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha and US embassy officials.
“Albanians and the citizens of Fushe Kruja welcomed President Bush as the leader of a country that we are more connected to than any other place in the planet,” said Berisha in a speech in front of a cheering crowd of locals gathered in the town square festooned with Albanian and American flags.
“Albanians are proud of their pro-Americanism and always will be,” Berisha added.
Bush was the first US President to visit Albania, and received a warm welcome. He is credited with sponsoring Albania’s successful bid to join NATO in 2009, and unequivocally supporting Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia one year earlier.
Friday, July 15, 2011
In just one example, Jennifer Psaki, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Communications Director, complained to Jake Seiwert, Press Secretary under President Clinton and current adviser to Timothy Geithner, about Fox News (click for better quality):
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He's doing much more important things, like tweeting about re-election and updating his twitter picture:
President Barack Obama on Thursday gave congressional leaders a weekend deadline to find a way to raise the U.S. debt ceiling, but a divide over spending and taxes remained a huge hurdle to a deficit-cutting deal.
Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's added pressure to the debate, warning the risk that the United States would lose its top-notch credit rating in the next three months had risen considerably, even if lawmakers reach an agreement to raise the ceiling on borrowing later this month.
S&P's warning came after China, the United States' biggest foreign creditor with more than $1 trillion in Treasury debt, pressed Washington to adopt responsible policies to protect investor interests.
Against that backdrop, Obama and lawmakers held their fifth set of talks this week without significant progress.
Republicans continued to reject tax hikes, even when Obama offered to pair them with the extension of a payroll tax cut to boost the struggling economy.
Time is running short for a deal.
Should cats be treated like dogs, when it comes to licensing and immunization requirements?
The San Diego city auditor's office recommends doing just that -- for the sake of health, safety and "cost recovery" for taxpayers.
According to formulas used by the Humane Society of the United States, there are an estimated 373,000 cats in San Diego.
If just 5 percent had been registered at $25 a head, the auditor's office says the city could have saved $536,000 over the past three fiscal years.
Cat owners say the idea defies logic and accounting principles.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Pundit Press has just learned from a high-ranking source within the New York State Republican Party that former Governor George Pataki will announce his campaign for the 2012 Republican nomination next month in South Carolina.
Our source shared a dinner with the former three-term Governor only days before meeting with us last night at a political event in Upstate, New York. He indicated that Governor Pataki will raise money with his new No American Debt organization for the primaries, which will be his "pot of gold."
The source added that Pataki looked significantly aged from the time he left office in 2007. Pataki has had contact with the official over the years.
Governor Pataki's presidential chances are undoubtedly low, but so were his odds in 1994 of defeating New York political powerhouse and then three-term governor Andrew Cuomo straight from the State Senate. He won by only 100,000 votes out of over five million cast.
Although his planned platform isn't yet known, the source said that it would be based around repealing President Obama's health care law and stopping the ever-growing mountain of debt that is drowning America's economy in uncertainty.
Pataki's statements come as former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani hinted at a possible run himself.
Just about an hour before our story broke, we have some apparent waves coming from the Washington Times that match up with a run. Pataki is concerned about the current field's "electability" and shifts towards a move himself:
“I think it’s very important not just that we choose a nominee who has the right vision but choose a nominee who has the ability to win the election,” Mr. Pataki said. “It’s wonderful to make a philosophical statement, but our country is at the point where we need a real change in direction and that’s what it comes down to.”
Referring to his three gubernatorial wins in strongly Democratic New York, he said, “I look back with pride on my ability to get conservatives, Republicans, independents and enlightened Democrats to vote for me.”
“I don’t have a deadline, but obviously there isn’t a great deal of additional time,” he said. “My family and I are doing a personal assessment as to the best way to change this country for the better, and we’ll make that decision sometime in the near future.
“I certainly don’t intend to just enjoy the private-sector life and not be involved in some capacity.”
Mr. Pataki said he would be speaking at several venues in Iowa Thursday and Friday next week. Meanwhile, his nonprofit outfit, “No American Debt,” has been airing a television ad in New Hampshire, the other early nomination battleground state.
U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton scolded prosecutors for twice violating his orders not to reveal certain evidence to the jury and said it could put the whole case at risk. He took a recess Thursday morning to consider how to rule on a motion for a mistrial from Clemens' attorney Rusty Hardin.Please bookmark!
Prosecutors suggested the problem could be fixed with an instruction to the jury to disregard the evidence, but Walton seemed skeptical. He said he could never know what impact the evidence would have during the jury's deliberations "when we've got a man's liberty at interest."
"I don't see how I un-ring the bell," he said
Walton interrupted the prosecution's playing of a video from Clemens' 2008 testimony before Congress and had the jury removed from the courtroom. Clemens is accused of lying during that testimony when he said he never used performance-enhancing drugs during his 24-season career in the major leagues.
One of the chief pieces of evidence against Clemens is testimony from his former teammate and close friend, Andy Pettitte, who says Clemens told him in 1999 or 2000 that he used human growth hormone. Clemens has said that Pettitte misheard him. Pettitte also also says he told his wife, Laura, about the conversation the same day it happened.
Democrats: The debt situation in America has reached critical mass, which is why we must cut trillions from our federal budget and work towards balancing our budget before we out spend our ability to pay said debt off. Look at Greece, Ireland and Portugal for our future if circumstances do not change.
Republicans: The debt situation in America has reached critical mass, which is why we cannot allow August to roll around without raising the debt ceiling. We cannot prioritize spending when we would have to cut 40% of government spending in just one month. That approach is absolutely impossible.
This debate is bigger than politics; its simple economics.
When one has massive debts - caused by unsustainable spending - one usually cuts back on the root problem; not look for new income to justify their lavish lifestyle. The federal government should, and honestly, must do the same.
What say you?
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
As Joseph Goebbels said “ If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it”. Lies about Israel certainly fall into this category. They are repeated often, and by persons who should know better, so that even the most fervent advocates of Israel begin to wonder whether there may not be some truth to it.
Recently one of my readers expressed annoyance with my criticism of President Obama for his recommendation that Israel begin negotiations by returning to the 1949 cease fire lines. His email to me read “Nothing so far has worked. Obama is trying something new. You could at least give him credit for that. Since you are critical of him, what are your alternative suggestions?”
Sounds reasonable, except that it is based on a false premise and lack of understanding of what is required to achieve peace in that conflict.
First, this is not “something new”. In fact, Obama’s suggestion means returning to the status quo that existed from 1949 to 1967. At that time the Jewish quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem was in Arab hands. The Western Wall was off limits to Jews. But most importantly, there was no occupation that the Palestinians could point to. There were no Jewish settlements serving as “an impediment” to peace. And yet, for some reason, there was no peace.
The cease fire lines of 1949 set up suicidal and indefensible borders. Terrorists continually crossed these lines to kill Israelis. Syrians shot down on the farming communities of the Galilee from the Golan heights. , And Israel’s neighbors were emboldened to make war, with the single goal of extirpating the Jewish state. Is this what our President expects Israel to go back to?
Secondly, with respect to alternative recommendations. It is never possible to resolve a dispute between two parties if one of them does not want it resolved. The Palestinian Arabs have come up with a never-ending series of excuses to avoid a peace deal. They have made it clear that the only thing that will satisfy them will be a complete disappearance of the Jewish state. The only thing negotiable is whether this happens all at once or in stages.
Let’s look at the record. Attempts at peace have been made repeatedly. Recently Flame published an article outlining the many failed attempts to make peace, and outlining why intransigence by the Arabs has made peace impossible.
Even before the modern state of Israel was born, in 1947 the United Nations proposed a two state solution. The Jews accepted it, while the Arabs rejected it and started a war that resulted in the deaths of one of every 100 Israelis.
From 1949 to 1967, Egypt and Jordan controlled Gaza and the West Bank. There was absolutely no talk of a Palestinians state at that time, though the Palestine Liberation Organization came into being during this time.. (What were they planning to liberate?)
After Israel’s victory in the Six Day War of 1967, Israel offered peace to her neighbors. The Arabs responded; “No Peace, No Negotiation, and No Recognition of Israel”. Under the direction of President Bill Clinton, a series of negotiations occurred in 2000, in which Israel offered to withdraw from 97% of the West Bank and all of Gaza. Yassir Arafat turned this down, did not offer a counter proposal, but started a war. Further peace offers were made by Prime Ministers Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert, and in 2005, Israel withdrew from Gaza, turning it over to the Palestinians.
None of this led to peace. Why? Because the Arabs have stated repeatedly, right up to the present, that they will never accept a Jewish state in the Middle East. They fully expect to be able to destroy the existing “Zionist entity”, and will not enter an agreement that will forgo the possibility of continuing the conflict.
Over the last two year, matters have gotten worse. The Palestinians, encouraged by the behavior of the Obama administration, are demanding that the US force Israel into an untenable situation which they are hoping will lead to the destruction of the Jewish state. Unfortunately President Obama has obliged them, making demands on Israel, some of which are simply suicidal, while demanding nothing of the other side. This a formula that tells the Arabs they need not negotiate, the US will do it for them. In other words, no negotiated settlement can ever happen
Many well-meaning people have asked why Israel does not simply end the occupation, and remove the settlements as a way to achieve peace. Again, this has been tried.
First, in 2000 Israeli forces vacated their buffer zone in South Lebanon with the express purpose of ending any conflict with Hezbollah; six years later, they got a war with Hezbollah anyway, a war in which thousands of missiles were fired into Israel. And now Hezbollah, massively armed, controls all of Lebanon, and threatens Israel with another war.
Secondly, in 2005, hoping again for peace, Israel pulled all its forces and settlements out of Gaza, to allow the Palestinians to develop their own autonomous state. What was the result? A major war with Hamas in 2008-9. The kidnapping Of Gilad Shalit, held for over 5 years with no Red Cross visits in violation of international law. Numerous cross border raids., Thousands of rockets and mortars that have killed and maimed civilians. Recently an anti-tank missile was fired at a school bus killing a child. This is not the hoped for peace.
Not long ago, Israel had planned to vacate the West Bank. Now that it has seen Gaza and South Lebanon turned into heavily armed staging areas, filled with terrorists dedicated to killing Jews, withdrawal from the West Bank does not seem like a wise move.
So what should Israel do? Israel cannot bring about a solution of the conflict unless the other side wants it. Hopefully, over time, a new generation of Palestinian Arabs, exposed to the internet, well- educated, and economically advanced, will see the enormous advantages of peace with Israel. Until then, Israel must remain strong, must ignore those who tell her what she must do “for her own good”, and must not bend to the whims of the New York Times or Barack Obama, would-be experts who have no idea about the historic and current realities in that part of the world.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Here are the official final results:
Hahn (D) - 41,585 - 54.6%
Huey (R) - 34,636 - 45.4%
This is the closest election result in this district in decades. Good job by Craig Huey - you made what should have been a Democratic walk - a real choice.
--UPDATE (11:44 PM):
California's website hasn't updated the results for almost twenty minutes and I'm growing restless because I have work tomorrow morning.
So here is the official 36th district results page.
--UPDATE (11:16 PM):
Hahn (D) - 21,365 - 54.2%
Huey (R) - 18,025 - 45.8%
2.7% of precincts reporting.
The special election in California's 36th district between Democrat Janice Hahn and Republican Craig Huey is complete. Stay tuned for results.
On the positive side, the state of Arkansas has agreed to do so-- and this will likely mean that Muhammad will face the death penalty for the fatal shooting.
Muhammad is an American convert whose middle name even means 'one that fights jihad.' In 2009 he opened fire on a military recruiting center, killing one. This comes after he spent time in a Yemeni jail and possibly underwent terror training there.
Muhammad, born Carlos Bledsoe, has not been ambiguous about his role:
Muhammad, who says he is affiliated with several terrorist organizations, has written jailhouse letters to Pulaski County Judge Herbert Wright demanding a federal trial. "In my eyes it's a sham trial [in Little Rock] set up only to make sure I'm handed down a death sentence," he wrote May 10.
Ten days later, he wrote again: "The facility where the shooting took place was a federal building. The army recruiters outside that federal building were federal employees. I was under federal investigation at the time of the shooting by the FBI. Why then is this a state case in state court, which the state seeks my execution? Injustice!"
Muhammad's 'defense' is similar to other Islamic terrorists-- that the United States is truly the cause of their heinous actions:
Police said he told them he was "mad at the U.S. military because of what they had done to Muslims in the past." He said his "intent was to kill as many people in the Army as he could."
Still, the FBI and the DOJ refused to bring up the case in federal court. Perhaps this was to prevent embarrassment or perhaps to allow Arkansas to bring Muhammad up on charges. This would increase the chances that Muhammad would be executed for his attack. But it still doesn't sit well for the Feds:
"That's unquestionably embarrassing for the FBI," said Brian Gallini, a University of Arkansas criminal law professor. "I can't come up with a comparable example of a mistake the feds would want to admit to."
Still, I can't complain too much if Arkansas puts him in the chair.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy made a surprise visit to Afghanistan today and announced that the country would take out 1,000 troops out of the approximately 4,000 present. This comes after the United States announced its own withdrawal plan.
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said France's withdrawal would be limited to the Surobi region, east of Kabul. "We believe this region is now secure and the time has come to pass the baton to the Afghan troops," he told France Info radio.
Sarkozy's visit followed a trip by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at the weekend and came two days before France's "Bastille Day" national day, which marks the start of the 1789 revolution and will this year honor troops on foreign missions.
Too bad-- it's coming at a time when al Qaeda and the Taliban is hard hit.
President Obama on Tuesday said he cannot guarantee that retirees will receive their Social Security checks August 3 if Democrats and Republicans in Washington do not reach an agreement on reducing the deficit in the coming weeks.By the way, I was being sarcastic.
"I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven't resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it," Mr. Obama said in an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, according to excerpts released by CBS News.
The Obama administration and many economists have warned of economic catastrophe if the United States does not raise the amount it is legally allowed to borrow by August 2.
Lawmakers from both parties want to use the threat of that deadline to work out a broader package on long-term deficit reduction, with Republicans looking to cut trillions of dollars in federal spending, while Democrats are pushing for a more "balanced approach," which would include both spending cuts and increased revenue through taxes.
Democratic L.A. Councilwoman Janice Hahn and Republican businessman Craig Huey have engaged in one of the nastiest congressional special elections I have seen in my life, but voters have not shifted to one side or the other with only one hour until the election is held, which is interesting since voters usually break by now.
So who will win?
Political analysts naturally predict Ms. Hahn will win, due to the 36th district's Democrat leanings, but early voting has the two candidates nearly tied and late polling has Ms. Hahn leading by a thin margin. This is her election to lose.
I personally believe Mr. Huey's pro-national defense and pro-Israel stances, which are similar to Harman's foreign policy viewpoints, will bode well for him in the military minded district.
We shall see what happens.
What say you?
The U.S. labor market could stay sluggish for a while, with small-business executives reluctant to hire amid the murky economic outlook.
Almost two-thirds—64%—of small-business executives surveyed said they weren't expecting to add to their payrolls in the next year and another 12% planned to cut jobs, according to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce report to be released Monday. Just 19% said they would expand their work forces.
This comes after a Labor Department report Friday showed employers added few jobs in June, and unemployment rose to 9.2%. The bleak figures joined other data showing the recovery losing momentum in recent months, which has caused many analysts and policy makers to lower their forecasts for economic growth in the second half of the year.
The Small Business Administration says small businesses, defined as companies with fewer than 500 workers, employ about half of the workers in the private sector. In the Chamber's survey of 1,409 executives, conducted by Harris Interactive, small businesses were defined as firms with revenue of $25 million or less.
More than half of the small-business executives in the June 27-30 survey cited economic uncertainty as the main reason for holding back on hiring. About a third blamed lack of sales, while just 7% pointed to problems getting credit.
Monday, July 11, 2011
America needs Conservative decision makers; not liberal politicians.
Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm local time and Pundit Press will follow the election results tomorrow night until someone is declared the victor.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters think President Obama is more liberal than they are. In early June, 54% felt the president was more liberal than they are. Prior to the latest survey, the number of voters who feel this way has ranged from 54% to 61%.
Just 15% feel the president is politically more conservative than they are, the highest level measured to date. Twenty-six percent (26%) believe the president’s ideology is about the same as their own.
Eighty-three percent (83%) of Republicans think the president is more liberal than they are. Among Democrats, a plurality (49%) say they share a similar ideology to the president, 26% say he is more conservative than they are, and 20% say he is more liberal. A majority (55%) of voters not affiliated with either major political party believe the president is more liberal than they are.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 5, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Sixty-two percent (62%) of Political Class voters say they share the same ideology as President Obama, while 60% of mainstream voters say he is more liberal than they are.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Geithner on Economy: It will Feel "Harder than Anything" People Have "Experienced in their Lifetime"
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (GYT'-nur) says many Americans will face hard times for a long time to come.
He says President Barack Obama rescued the United States from a second Great Depression and will keep working to strengthen the economy. But Geithner says will be some time before many people feel like the country is recovering.
Geithner tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that it's a very tough economy. He says that for a lot of people "it's going to feel very hard, harder than anything they've experienced in their lifetime now, for a long time to come."
Speaker John A. Boehner told President Obama on Saturday night he will not agree to the president’s most ambitious plan for deficit reduction, citing the administration’s pursuit of tax increases as one of the main hurdles.
“The White House will not pursue a bigger debt reduction agreement without tax hikes,” the Ohio Republican said in a statement released Saturday night. “I believe the best approach may be to focus on producing a smaller measure, based on the cuts identified in the Biden-led negotiations, that still meets our call for spending reforms and cuts greater than the amount of any debt limit increase.”
White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer issued a statement later Saturday night repeating the president’s call for a “balanced approach” on deficit reduction and urging congressional leaders to keep negotiating with the administration on the largest possible deal.
“To back off now will not only fail to solve our fiscal challenge, it will confirm the cynicism people have about politics in Washington,” Mr. Pfeiffer said. “The President believes that now is the moment to rise above that cynicism and show the American people that we can still do big things.”
Mr. Boehner still will attend a negotiating session at the White House set for 6 p.m. Sunday, but his declaration appears to shatter Mr. Obama’s effort to pursue the largest possible deficit reduction deal of $4 trillion over 10 years by including tax hikes. Earlier talks led by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. had reached consensus on about $2 trillion in deficit reduction through spending cuts.
Conservative House Republican leaders have been wary that the administration’s pursuit of the goal of $4 trillion could include as much as $1 trillion in tax hikes by closing loopholes and other changes in the tax code.
Whether it be his "bump in the road," or "Allentown" advertisements that have made their rounds on both the Internet and television, his economic messaging has impressed me greatly, and has separated his voice strongly from the rest.
I think the reason for his advertising success, besides his gigantic war chest, is the fact everyone knows about Mitt Romney's background - CEO of the Winter Olympic games in 2002 and Governor of Massachusetts - so he doesn't have to introduce himself to voters like Bachmann and Pawlenty have to. Allowing him plenty of early time to focus on his economic strengths.
Regardless of how Romney's fundraising hauls go, if his team continues to design and release advertisements that dominate the airwaves and impact primary voters, his road to the nomination might be eaiser than previously thought.
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Saturday, July 09, 2011
But let’s be frank. It’s getting harder and harder to trust Mr. Obama’s motives in the budget fight, given the way his economic rhetoric has veered to the right. In fact, if all you did was listen to his speeches, you might conclude that he basically shares the G.O.P.’s diagnosis of what ails our economy and what should be done to fix it. And maybe that’s not a false impression; maybe it’s the simple truth.
One striking example of this rightward shift came in last weekend’s presidential address, in which Mr. Obama had this to say about the economics of the budget: “Government has to start living within its means, just like families do. We have to cut the spending we can’t afford so we can put the economy on sounder footing, and give our businesses the confidence they need to grow and create jobs.”
That’s three of the right’s favorite economic fallacies in just two sentences. No, the government shouldn’t budget the way families do; on the contrary, trying to balance the budget in times of economic distress is a recipe for deepening the slump. Spending cuts right now wouldn’t “put the economy on sounder footing.” They would reduce growth and raise unemployment. And last but not least, businesses aren’t holding back because they lack confidence in government policies; they’re holding back because they don’t have enough customers — a problem that would be made worse, not better, by short-term spending cuts.
In his brief remarks after Thursday’s meeting, by the way, Mr. Obama seemed to reiterate the Herbert Hooveresque view that deficit reduction is what we need to “grow the economy.”
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Even though I am not a fan of the Yankees, I have always admired Jeter's great athletic ability - and now millions of future baseball fans will when they see his amazing stats, or his plaque at the Baseball Hall-of-Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
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From the Daily Caller:
The 2010 Wiretap Report said federal and state courts approved 3,194 orders for intercepting wire, oral or electronic communications. That was up from the 2,376 intercepts approved in 2009.
Here’s some more fun facts from the report:
Of all the applications for wiretap intercepts, 84 percent (2,675) cited illegal drugs as the most serious offense under investigation. The top three state wiretaps resulting in the most arrests were all narcotics related.
The average cost of a wiretap was $50,085, down 4 percent from 2009.
The average number of persons whose communications were intercepted rose from 113 per wiretap order in 2009 to 118 per wiretap order in 2010.
Only 26 percent of intercepted communications in 2010 were incriminating. Only one request for authorization was denied.
The top three states with approved wiretap applications were California, New York and New Jersey.
An Iraq war veteran who lost both his legs to an IED attack has died after being flung from a roller coaster.
Sergeant James Hackemer, 29, died after falling from the Ride of Steel roller coaster at Darien Lake Theme Park, Syracuse, New York.
He was visiting the park with his daughters, sisters and other members of the family. He was on the ride with his nephew, Ashton, a sophomore at the University at Buffalo, when the tragic accident happened.
According to park officials, Mr Hackemer was travelling at 50 mph in the front row of the roller coaster when he was ejected.
Investigators say nothing mechanical was wrong with the ride and both the safety harness and restraining bar were working.
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Friday, July 08, 2011
Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) warned Friday that President Obama faces turmoil in the Senate and in his reelection campaign if he includes Social Security cuts in any debt-ceiling deal.
The senators said the White House has not communicated effectively to Senate Democrats and they and their rank-and-file colleagues are being frozen out of the process.
“I have talked to some of my colleagues, including some that you might not expect, who say if [White House officials] bring to the Senate a piece of crap that comes down heavy on working families and children and the elderly and they expect me to matter-of-factly vote for it, they'll have another thing coming,” Sanders said. He added that he would filibuster such a deal.
“I do worry that the White House is misreading the Senate and taking things for granted,” Whitehouse said. “There has not been enough communication to alleviate that potential misreading.”
Sanders wants Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to rule out any benefit cuts, as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has done.
Whitehouse noted that Democrats can support a $4 trillion deficit-reduction package without touching Social Security. He noted the so-far secret Senate Budget Committee plan has more deficit reduction than the House-passed budget without doing so.
Both men said they have only heard of potential cuts to Social Security through newspaper accounts and they do not know what is on the table.
The Convention had been authorized by Congress merely to draft proposals for amendments to the Articles of Confederation. However, as soon as it convened they decided on their own to throw the Articles aside and instead create a completely new form of government.
Was the writing of the Constitution legal? Who gave the Federal Convention authority to discard the Articles of Confederation which had been duly ratified by all thirteen States? Was this a counterrevolution?
The answers to these questions have been debated by historians and constitutional scholars for hundreds of years, but in reality the answers are moot. Whether the Federal Convention had any legal sanction to do what they did doesn’t matter. The action was eventually accepted by the Congress, the ratification conventions were held in the various States, and eventually it was ratified becoming the supreme law of the land.
Now we are ready to look at the Great Debate between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists.
First, what about the terms, “Federalist” and “Anti-Federalist” how appropriate were they during the debate?
New Speak is nothing new in politics, and the concept of words having power to shape reality was not invented by George Orwell. Look at the original debate of the ratification of the Constitution, and as a consequence how we have studied, learned, and even shaped the debate in this lecture concerning the ratification of the Constitution.
Think about the central term itself. Federalism refers to decentralized government. Those who supported the Constitution, who advocated that it replace the Articles of Confederation, which if nothing else established a decentralized system of government, called themselves "Federalists," even though they wanted a more centralized government. This left the supporters of the Articles, who wanted a decentralized government, to be known then and forever as the "Anti-Federalists," when in fact they were the true Federalists.
So much for the straight forward clarity of Historical fact, everything must be examined and everything interpreted.
In the study of the debate for the ratification of the Constitution a common mistake made is the shallowness of the study. In a good school the average student will be exposed to perhaps two of the Federalist Letters and none of the Anti-Federalist Letters, which is like trying to understand an answer without knowing what the question was. In this abbreviated look at the subject we will look at both sides in general seeking instead an overview of the topic leaving the specifics to a personal study, which will without a doubt enrich the understanding of any who find the motivation for such an endeavor.
The Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers were actually published as newspaper articles for the general public. This in itself tells us much about the comparative state of public education and awareness between the American general public in the late Eighteenth Century and the early Twenty-first. When we examine the two sets of papers and dwell upon the vocabulary and the breadth and depth of the philosophical, political, and economical ideas expressed we are immediately struck by the fact that the average person in
Next week we will look deeper into these two sets of documents that have had such a profound effect upon America and find out exactly who the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists were and why does it matter to us today?
However, six Representatives had the gall to stand against our greatest ally, and with international recognition of terrorist backed territories yesterday. Three members of each party are guilty, but none of the names should surprise anyone at this point. Thirteen Democratic Representatives also voted 'present' for some unknown reason.
The six nay votes:
Representative Justin Amash (R-MI 3)
Representative Walter Jones (R-NC 3)
Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH 10)
Representative Earl Blumenaur (D-OR 3)
Representative Ron Paul (R-TX 14)
Representative Nick Rahall (D-WV 3)
Constituents in all six of these districts should replace these congressional disgraces with real men. Men who support the interests of our country and our allies, while working to oppose the interests of meddling liberal multilateralists at the U.N. and islamic jihadists on the battlefield.
I salute the House for passing this very important resolution in support of our Jewish friends.
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Thursday, July 07, 2011
Texas executed a Mexican citizen Thursday for the rape-slaying of a teenager after he and the White House pleaded in vain for a Supreme Court stay, saying he was denied help from his home country that could have helped him avoid the death penalty.
In his last minutes, Humberto Leal repeatedly said he was sorry and accepted responsibility.
"I have hurt a lot of people. ... I take full blame for everything. I am sorry for what I did," he said in the death chamber.
"One more thing," he said as the drugs began taking effect. Then he shouted twice, "Viva Mexico!"