Pelosi Profiting from OWSFrom the Washington Post:
For weeks now, Republicans have attacked Democrats for voicing support for the Occupy Wall Street protesters, in particular faulting the DCCC for standing up for them. And the incidents of violence and excess have led some neutral commentators to predict that Dems will pay a political price if they align themselves with the movement.
So it’s interesting to see that the DCCC is sticking by Occupy Wall Street. Indeed, the DCCC is now raising money off that recent report of a GOP-connected corporate lobbying firm’s proposed smear campaign against the movement. Nancy Pelosi has authored a DCCC fundraising email that presents this as proof that Republicans are on the side of Wall Street and against Dems and the protesters...
There’s a fair argument to be had over whether it’s helpful to try to channel the movement’s energy — which was born of a critique of both parties — to target one party, on behalf of the other.
But the bottom line here is that national Dems are not flinching from defending the protests, and are clearly aligning themselves with its overall critique and its goals, despite conventional wisdom holding that doing this risks immediate political self-immolation.
The Road in Iowa Just Got Harder for Herman CainThe Family Leader, a social conservative group, has still yet to back any one candidate in for the Iowa Caucuses. But, today they have let it be known that Herman Cain will not be getting the nod. Saying in part he didn't have the proper qualifications and was lacking:
"clarity on the key issues of life, marriage, foreign policy, and presidential readiness,"Herman Cain had refused to sign their pledge. Which early on had included wording about how black children were more likely to born to two parents under slavery then they are today. That language had been removed, but Cain had elected not to sign on to the pledge. The pledge also included language on staying true to your spouse and many other push button issues for conservatives:
“all forms of pornography and prostitution, infanticide, abortion and other types of coercion or stolen innocence”I personally found this part of the pledge to be infuriating. I am not for pornography in any way shape or form, but it is constitutionally protected. As such signing this pledge the candidates are saying they are willing to ignore the constitution, which is unacceptable. So I say good for Herman Cain for not signing this pledge.
The unfortunate part is that he now loses a grassroots organization that helped Huckabee win Iowa in 08. His campaign has not as of yet gotten a solid ground game in Iowa, so losing this grassroots support will hurt him with a good showing.
Left: Super Committee Failed Because of... Bush!They really hate that man, don't they:
A long-running war between Democrats and Republicans over Bush-era tax cuts doomed the debt supercommittee's chances of reaching a deal. Efforts to overhaul the tax code may await the same fate as both parties gear up to make taxes a central issue in the 2012 elections.Please bookmark!
Republicans insisted during the supercommittee negotiations that curbing tax breaks to raise revenues be coupled with guarantees that all the Bush tax cuts would continue beyond 2012. The tax cuts, which affect families at every income level, were enacted under President George W. Bush and were extended through 2012 under President Barack Obama.
Republicans for years have bashed Democrats as eager to raise taxes — a theme they will employ often in next year's elections — so they weren't about to agree to a tax hike unless they also could take credit for preventing a huge tax increase scheduled to take effect in 2013.
Democrats countered that the supercommittee was created to reduce the budget deficit, not add to it by extending tax cuts. Most Democrats, including Obama, want to extend the Bush tax cuts only to individuals making less than $200,000 a year and married couples making less than $250,000.
Erdogan: It's Time for Assad to LeaveTurkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has now thrown down the gauntlet over Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's massacres. Assad has killed nearly 4,000 people since the (at first) peaceful protests began in the country earlier this year. Turkey has been a harsh critic, including sheltering defectors from the Syrian military.
Now, Turkey has decided to call for Assad to step aside. This is beyond its previous comments.
But Mr. Erdogan’s comments were notable nonetheless for his explicit language; he likened Mr. Assad to the self-delusional dictators of history who have met violent and messy ends, most recently Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya.This is a big step diplomatically, and Turkey is also pressuring its allies to isolate Assad. Whether this will come to anything is still in doubt.
“Just remove yourself from that seat before shedding more blood, before torturing more and for the welfare of your country as well as the region,” Mr. Erdogan said of Mr. Assad in a televised statement at his party meeting in Ankara.
Tony Rezko Sentence: 10 1/2 YearsFormer Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's advisor, Tony Rezko, was sentenced today. Rezko, the former Obama confidante, was charged with extorting millions of dollars. This comes as Rezko was already waiting in prison. He will be sentenced to 10 1/2 years in jail, with time served.
His family still supports him:
Several family members called out 'we love you" to Rezko as he was led away.
"That's what an honest man deserves in this country!" one relative shouted outside the courtroom.
When others tried to quiet her, she said: "I don't care, put me in with him!"
But it looks like he deserved it:
Rezko was convicted by a federal jury of extorting millions of dollars from firms seeking state business or regulatory approval while he was a Blagojevich confidant. More than two years later, in October 2010, he pleaded guilty to wire fraud over the bogus sale of his pizza restaurants. He still faces sentencing for that conviction as well.
Rezko's lawyers have argued that the harsh conditions he endured since his incarceration have been unprecedented for a white-collar defendant and are a key reason why he should not spend any more time behind bars. While at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago and a jail in Dodge County, Wis., Rezko was often allowed just one hour a day outside his cell, had meals pushed through a slot and was not able to breathe fresh air or see sunlight, they have said.
Glad to see justice done.
OWS: Those Who Don't Support Us are "Retards"It never amazes me what the Occupy Wall Street crowd claims on a daily basis. We've covered claims that the clearing of Zuccotti Park was a "genocide," that protesters were being sent to concentration camps, and that the terrorist attacks of September 11 was an "inside job." And today, OWS members are declaring those against their movement "retarded."
Here are just a few examples from Twitter and the Occupy Wall Street Website.
Those poor laptops (which the corporaaaaations made):
Spelling is not their strong suit:
his ego will never recover:
Spelling is not their strong suit, part two:
the Occupy Wall Street website:
And please, please do not insult my or anyone's intelligence, OWS, by saying that this is just a few crazy people. We have covered example, after example, after example, after example, after example, after example, after example, after example, after example, after example, after example, after example, after example, after example, after example, after example, after example of absolutely insane actions by Occupy Wall Street.
Keep it Classy Hollywood - Lyin' Ass Bitch Played as Bachmann Enters StageThe Roots, the band at the Jimmy Fallon Show, played the song Lyin' Ass Bitch as Michele Bachmann walked on the stage for her interview.
To add insult to injury this is how the AP reported this:
The song itself, about a relationship gone wrong, isn't political.But I guess I shouldn't expect much better from NBC or the AP for that matter.
Q3 GDP Revised Down 20%ObamaNomics:
Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- increased at an annual rate of 2.0 percent in the third quarter of 2011 (that is, from the second quarter to the third quarter) according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 1.3 percent.
The GDP estimates released today are based on more complete source data than were available for the "advance" estimate issued last month. In the advance estimate, the increase in real GDP was 2.5 percent (see "Revisions" on page 3).
The increase in real GDP in the third quarter primarily reflected positive contributions from
personal consumption expenditures (PCE), nonresidential fixed investment, exports, and federal government spending that were partly offset by negative contributions from private inventory investment and state and local government spending. Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, increased.
The acceleration in real GDP in the third quarter primarily reflected accelerations in PCE and in nonresidential fixed investment, a smaller decrease in state and local government spending, a deceleration in imports, and an acceleration in exports that were partly offset by a larger decrease in private inventory investment.
Congress Didn't Declare Pizza a Vegetable, ApparentlyFrom the Washington Post:
There are many ways for Congress to frustrate the American people. A high-profile failure to cut $1.2 trillion from the deficit, for example. But declaring pizza sauce a vegetable? That, it turns out, might work even better.Please bookmark!
Congress passed a revised agriculture appropriations bill last week, essentially making it easier to count pizza sauce as a serving of vegetables. The move has drawn widespread outrage from consumer advocates and pundits, who see “pizza is a vegetable.” as outlandish.
There’s just one little misperception: Congress didn’t declare pizza to be a vegetable. And, from a strictly nutritional standpoint, there’s decent evidence that lawmakers didn’t exactly bungle this decision.
Let’s revisit the facts: Despite what one might expect from the headlines, if you scour the agriculture appropriations bill, referenced in numerous stories, you won’t find a single mention of the word “pizza,” or even “vegetable,” for that matter.
This is not a fight over pizza. It is, instead, a fight about tomato paste. Specifically, it’s a fight about how much of the product counts as one serving of vegetables.
Right now, tomato paste gets a sort of special treatment under school lunch regulations. Just “an eighth of a cup of tomato paste is credited with as much nutritional value as half a cup of vegetables,” my colleague Dina ElBoghdady explained last week.
The Obama administration guidelines, outlined in January, would have nixed tomato paste’s extra credit, counting a half cup as a half cup.
Corzine May Have Stolen $1.2 Billion from MF GlobalIf Corzine was a Republican, he would be behind bars instead of running around:
Former Governor Jon S. Corzine (D-NJ) might have outsmarted himself as head of MF Global. A bankruptcy trustee today said that as much as $1.2 billion in customers' funds is missing.
Jon Corzine took over as head of MF Global shortly after he stepped down as Governor of New Jersey. During that time, he bet heavily on European sovereign debt. As those debts started to go bad, he co-mingled customers' settlement cash with the firm's own cash.
On October 29, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Inc.) reported that the New York subsidiary of MF Global was short $600 million in customers' accounts. Two days later, the entire firm declared bankruptcy. Four days after that, Corzine resigned. And today, three weeks after the initial bankruptcy, the bankruptcy trustee reported that the shortfall was double what he had thought. (See also here.)
Where's the money? Does Jon Corzine have it?
Where's the money? The bankruptcy trustee is trying to find that out. But even a week ago, the Associated Press pointed out that the bankrupt firm might sue Corzine to "claw back" the salary and bonuses it paid him during his tenure as its CEO.
Did he out-and-out steal that money? Ann Barnhardt, of Barnhardt Capital Management, thinks so. (She has ceased operations now, saying that the entire commodity futures-and-options market is worse than a gambling casino. "Russian Roulette" is the metaphor she chose.) The FBI is now looking into possible criminal charges. That might be why Fox News Channel said today that Corzine could be in "Bernie Madoff-style trouble."
|Here's looking at you, Scumbag!|
Here We Go Again: Trump Still Mulling 2012 RunI don't hate the man, but either do it or not:
In his new book, "Time To Get Tough" - Donald Trump does one of the things critics said he would never do in his flirting with running for president -- and that is disclose his financial statement.
Trump also says he hasn't ruled getting into the race later, and recently added especially if Republicans choose the "wrong candidate."
Fox News obtained a copy of the book, and in the Afterword section, Trump writes on his finances:
"I was so close (to running) that I had already prepared the Public Financial Disclosure Report required of a presidential candidate. That's a big deal because the Trump Organization is a private company, and people don't know what I'm really worth. So, I had the independent firm Predictive, which is used by government agencies and top companies like GM, Visa, Pfizer, and others, prepare valuations on branding, and we filled out the other areas of the long and complex presidential Public Financial Disclosure Report."
Occupy London Now Defecating in St. Paul's CathedralFrom the Daily Mail:
The 'Occupy' camp at the Cathedral is part of a series of protests in cities across the globe which aim to highlight the inequalities caused by mismanagement of the economy.
Demonstrators have been camped outside St Paul’s since October 15 after an attempt to occupy the nearby London Stock Exchange failed.
Since then the camp has become littered with human waste and graffiti, while alcohol and drug use are rife, according to the 88-page report.
Parts of the dossier come from registrar of St Paul’s, Nicholas Cottam, who wrote to a Corporation official outlining the disruptions faced by the cathedral.
Mr Cottam wrote: ‘Desecration: - graffiti have been scratched and painted on to the great west doors of the cathedral, the chapter house door and most notably a sacrilegious message painted on the restored pillars of the west portico.
‘Human defecation has occurred in the west portico entrance and inside the cathedral on several occasions.’
|To OWS, this is a bathroom|
Gingrich to OWS: "Take a Bath" (Video)
Israel: "Time has Come" to Act on IranFrom Yahoo:
The "time has come" to deal with Iran, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Sunday, refusing to rule out military action to curb the Islamic republic's nuclear ambitions.Please bookmark!
Barak, speaking on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS program, indicated that Israel's patience was wearing thin -- and provided an ominous response when asked about the growing speculation of an Israeli military strike.
"I don't think that that is a subject for public discussion," he said. "But I can tell you that the IAEA report has a sobering impact on many in the world, leaders as well as the publics, and people understand that the time has come."
The International Atomic Energy Agency published a report on November 8 saying there was "credible" information that Iran was carrying out "activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device."
On Friday the IAEA's board passed a resolution condemning Iran's nuclear activities, but stopped short of reporting Tehran to the United Nations and issuing no deadline for compliance.
OWS: Protesters are Being Sent to "Concentration Camps"Concentration camps were abhorrent places where people are sent to work and die. The Nazis used them in World War II, genocidally killing six million Jews and millions of others that they considered "lesser" races. Those in the camps were barely fed, worked upwards of sixteen hours a day doing back-breaking slave labor, and were shot on the whims of their Nazi captors. Disease was rampant, people were caked in mud, and the only "showers" were where the S.S. sent people to be gassed.
And, according to Occupy Wall Street, being arrested by the police is the equivalent of being sent to a Concentration Camp. It is useless to say this, because it is already readily apparent, but those at OWS have no perspective of the past, no understanding of history, and no knowledge of the world around them.
Here are just a few disgusting examples of their horrifying stupidity.
concentration camps (this was scrubbed by the Occupy Wall Street website, but unfortunately for them Google has a cache system):
[Any President] knows that he'll be able to keep office even if he keeps our concentration camps open and habeas corpus shut down.And some dumbass agrees:
the concentration camps have already been built:"
Give them a reason and an excuse. The concentration camps have already been built in the USA. Give them a reason and an excuse.And a good dose of paranoia and calling the police Nazis from these posts:
example, after example, after example, after example, after example, after example, after example, after example, after example, after example, after example, after example, after example, after example, after example, after example, after example of absolutely insane actions by Occupy Wall Street.
MLB Outfielder Greg Halman Stabbed to Death in NetherlandsHorrible:
Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was killed in a stabbing in Rotterdam, a Dutch TV station reported Monday.
NOS-TV said Halman's family had confirmed his death.
The 24-year-old Halman hit .230 with 2 home runs and 6 RBIs in 35 games last season.
NYPD Thwarts Terrorist Within Hour of Building BombHT: New York Daily News
The big news today is the NYPD thwarting a lone-wolf jihadist in the process of building a pipe bomb at his Washington Heights apartment, which according to what he told police would have been done within one hour if they didn't stop him this afternoon.
Jose Pimentel, who is an U.S. citizen born in the Dominican Republic, wanted to attack soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, various government buildings, including a police station, and apparently test his bombs in mail boxes through the city. He was motivated by Anwar al-Awlaki, the al-Qaida traitor we neutralized last month in Yemen.
I don't think it needs to be said, but the NYPD deserves major credit for stopping this, and other plots, in this post-9/11 world we live in. And I also hope this wakes people up to the fact that, yes, we're still at war - and will be for a very long, because the evil that drives our enemies will not die until they do...
What say you?
Michael Bloomberg News ConferenceNew York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is slated to have a press conference on an alleged terror plot. Now, it appears that the reason behind it has been found.
Officials declined to elaborate, but the New York Times said the case involved the arrest of a man planning to build and detonate a bomb in New York with government workers as the target.
More details are emerging:
The person told The Associated Press that the 27-year-old man was acting as a lone wolf and was taken into custody Saturday. He allegedly was inspired by al-Qaida, although his citizenship was not immediately known.
A news conference by the mayor, police commissioner, and Manhattan district attorney was scheduled for Sunday evening.
Video of Michelle Obama Booed at Nascar EventFirst Lady Michelle Obama and Joe Biden's wife Jill Biden attended a NASCAR event recently. They were there on behalf of a group supporting veterans. While there, the First Lady received a not-so-warm welcome:
Advice to the Republican PartyI'm writing this from a little resort town in Arkansas called Fairfield Bay. A little north and east of Little Rock, it's a little resort town that seems to have retirees as its main population. Close by, there are a number of small Arkansas towns like Clinton and Shirley, full of ordinary Americans.
The door that leads outside has a tiny little porch with two chairs on it. The room itself overlooks what looks to be a park of some kind, perhaps even a golf course. The trees have seen the last of their green foliage turn rusty red, dull yellow, and burnt orange in anticipation of winter's arrival. There's a definite chill in the air.
But here in my room, it's warm, almost hot. I've got a stack of books that I've started reading but haven't finished, due to this or that reason. There's no Internet here, and the TV has only a few channels that it can get. So what am I doing? Yes, trying to pound out another column for you guys.
The sacrifices I make.
Anyway, I can't really bring any new insight to what is in the news right now. I've realized that I'm not really somebody who has original thoughts, such as my favorite blogger Morgan Freeberg. I don't know how Morgan and other bloggers do it, but they are able to look at a situation and put their own stamp on it.
Then there are people who are able to summarize a situation in a sentence or two that makes you think and then links to an article that explains the situation more deeply. Here, I'm thinking of Instapundit, but his style has been copied by countless others.
Although one of the things that I do well is fisking, my favorite target Gene Lyons' weekly column has been removed from the only state-wide newspaper in Arkansas to make some room for John Brummett. As much as I'd like to fisk Brummett's columns, he doesn't seem to be as insane and deeply partisan as Lyons' columns usually were. Plus, I want to give him the benefit of the doubt for a little while longer. Being as liberal as Brummett is, though, I'm sure the insanity and partisanship will start popping up before the Presidential election is over.
And this brings me (finally!) to the subject of this column. One of the books that I am reading right now is J. Christian Adams' book INJUSTICE. Adams is a former lawyer in the Voting Rights Section of the Department of Justice who took part in the lawsuit of voter intimidation against two members of the New Black Panther Party. Adams reveals in his book how the Department of Justice had already won the case when they were told to drop it entirely.
If you are shaking your head in amazement at that last sentence, you are not alone.
Adams also writes about a prior case that happened in the early 2000's that involved voter fraud. Or perhaps that is vote fraud. Let me sidetrack here for a second to explain that last comment. A letter that ran in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette was from a booger-eating mohron who was ranting that the only reason Republicans wanted a law that made it mandatory to show photo ID at the voting booth was to prevent minorities from voting. Apparently, minorities don't carry identification. This must explain why they keep winding up in prison.
This booger-eating mohron stated that there is no instances of voter fraud, then states that there are some examples of vote fraud. I think the distinction he was making is that there is not an effort made by individual people to commit fraud in the voting booth, but there is an effort by groups to commit fraud by stuffing ballot boxes and other fraudulent practices. I'll give you three guesses as who he most likely thinks is most responsible for this kind of vote fraud, and the first two don't count.
Anyway, the instances of vote fraud that Adams documents in his book are disgusting to read about. The short version is that people of a certain political party were showing up at people's houses and helped them fill out their ballot, or showed up at the voting places and helped people fill out their ballots. Or perhaps I should say, 'helped' them fill out their ballots, if you catch my drift.
Now, you would think that the Department of Justice would come down hard on that kind of practice, and the DOJ under the Bush Administration did. The DOJ under Attorney General Eric Holder, however, has not.
Oh! Did I forget to mention that in the instances that Adams documents, the racial majority is black and the racial minority is whites? The reasoning that was given to Adams is that blacks cannot discriminate against whites, and the DOJ is not interested in pursuing cases of voter fraud against a population minority of whites.
Adams further documents how the Voting Rights Section is made up almost entirely of people who have been hired because of their activist background. Many have been hired directly from their work in the NAA(L)CP, the SEIU, the AFSCME, or other liberal activist groups. Thus, the Voting Rights Section's agenda is not to make sure that everyone has an equal opportunity to vote, but that certain sections of the population are given more of a opportunity to vote than others.
Does Attorney General Eric Holder know this? Where do you think their agenda came from? What about President Obama, does the Most Transparent Administration Ever know about this kind of advocacy? Not only knows about it, but condones it.
So what are the implications of all of this? Quite simply, I am very concerned about the upcoming 2012 Presidential election. I suspected in 2008 that there was some vote fraud, but our candidate was so weak that there really was no need to look into such charges. Sarah Palin's involvement was the only reason I myself voted.
So, if we don't want another Obama term, we need to energize the conservative base. Just because Obama has low poll numbers now, doesn't mean that he will come Election Day. Even if Obama has low poll numbers on Election Day, that still doesn't mean that he will lose. We can't take anything for granted. The national Republican Party needs to put the pedal to the metal starting now and not let up until the day after Election Day.
We need to make sure that this race isn't even close, that there is no question who the victor is. We need to select not only the most conservative candidate, but also the candidate that can reach across and forge an alliance with the middle, just like Reagan did in 1980. We can do this by selecting the most conservative candidate who will remain conservative.
That, I think, is the key. To not just be seen as conservative, but to actually BE conservative. Someone who will stand for their principles, but is not unreasonable. That their principles are who they are, not who they are perceived to be. The middle will respect that, the conservatives in the country will love it, and the liberals... well, who cares what the liberals do?
We do this, and we will win. We don't, and all of America loses.
November 20, 2011 Madrid Election Results (Resultados Elecciones de Madrid)With the election results in Spain coming in, we now focus on the largest city in Spain, the capital of Madrid.
We have some partial results coming in, with almost 12% counted as of 3:20 EST.
Below is some of the info:
Votes by party in Madrid
GAME SEATS VOTES
PP 19 184031 48.57%
PSOE 11 106563 28.12%
UPyD 3 37294 9.84%
IU 3 32586 8.6%
EQUO 0 7106 1.87%
States Rights and Child AbuseI have spoken out about Coach Joe Pa's and Mike McQueary's lack of morality by not contacting the police themselves about Coach Sandusky's depravity towards children. I feel that it should be felony to not report someone you witness abusing a child. Apparently in most states it is a misdemeanor, including in Pennsylvania. That is something that is tragic. People should be writing letters to the state legislators and pushing them to make the laws against this stronger. So in walks Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey. He is introducing legislation in the U.S. Senate to require all states to beef up their laws and make the failure to report a felony. One may say that is a good thing. But it isn't.
This is yet one more example of the federal government usurping the rights of states. Child abuse is not a federal issue. This is an issue that is better dealt with on the local and state levels. No where in the constitution does the federal government have the right to dictate to states what type of punishments they should be doling out for criminal acts. The law will be forced on the states. How do they get around the lack of jurisdiction? They do it with money. The legislation will hold back social services money that is granted to the states by the federal government. Another words Medicaid and schip payments. All the little things that the federal government pass laws and force the states to give it's citizens without any regards to the budgets of the states. In order to help states pay for these little goodies that they force upon them, they give them federal tax dollars to help offset the costs.
The federal government forced the drinking age to be raised in this same fashion. They had no constitutional ability to mandate a federal drinking age, but they forced the states to raise the age by holding back money if they didn't comply. In the mid 80's every state across the country raised their legal drinking age to 21. It didn't matter that states may have felt that 18, 19, or 20 was something that was good for their citizens.
It does not matter that the law may be a good thing. It is the way that the federal government is bribing states with large amounts of money to force their will upon them. Write a letter to your Senators and explain to them being against this bill doesn't make you pro child abuse. It makes you pro tenth amendment.
Stand up to the likes of Senator Menedez and his belief that the federal government has the right to bribe states into following their will. This isn't about child abuse or drunk driving. This is about rights of the states. The federal government has no place in state laws. If you feel that your state should make the failure to report a felony, contact your governor and state senator.
OWS Officially Declares 9/11 an "Inside Job" (With Video)If you needed any more evidence that Occupy Wall Street was a bunch of scumbags, here it is. Yesterday, OWS held a "September 11th Truth March," dedicated to forcing the government to investigate the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
I will not dignify these conspiracy theorists with a long response. Thousands of witnesses, thousands of experts, and hundreds of scientific articles all speak for themselves. The fact of the matter is that this impossibly stupid march once again shows OWS to be a group of delusional weirdos.
You can watch the video below and both see and listen a fair-sized group of OWS nuts screaming, "9/11 was an inside job!"
This was an OWS-sanctioned march which (guess what) makes this imbecilic stance an official platform of the "Occupiers." More than just this, however, are the hundreds of comments on Twitter of the insane conspiracy. Here are just a few:
Explain something that has been explained hundreds of times:
Stil ten years:"
Occupy Wall Street Protesters Stay at $700-a-Night HotelI'm shocked, shocked to find out gambling is going on:
A key Occupy Wall Street leader and another protester who leads a double life as a businessman ditched fetid tents and church basements for rooms at a luxurious hotel that promises guests can “unleash [their] inner Gordon Gekko,” The Post has learned.
The $700-per-night W Hotel Downtown last week hosted both Peter Dutro, one of a select few OWS members on the powerful finance committee, and Brad Spitzer, a California-based analyst who not only secretly took part in protests during a week-long business trip but offered shelter to protesters in his swanky platinum-card room.
“Tents are not for me,” he confessed, when confronted in the sleek black lobby of the Washington Street hotel where sources described him as a “repeat” guest.
Spitzer, 24, an associate at financial-services giant Deloitte, which netted $29 billion in revenue last year, admitted he joined the protest at Zuccotti Park several times.
“I’m staying here for work,” said Spitzer, dressed down in a company T-shirt and holding a backpack and his suitcase. “I do finance, but I support it still.”
|They "Occupy" a Plush Bed|
OWS Places Entire NYPD Under "Citizen's Arrest"Occupy Wall Street has declared that they are placing the entirety of New York City's police department under citizen's arrest, demanding that police agree to be imprisoned and stop arresting protesters. The citizen's arrest has come from dozens of OWS supporters, who have declared that the police are part of the "1%" and that following laws is illegal.
I have a strong feeling, however, that the NYPD will not allow themselves to be cuffed by a bunch of protesters. Despite this, however, OWS is not backing down from their citizen's arrest.
Here are several examples from Twitter.
Arrest them all:
Arrest the NYPD:
Not knowing when to use apostrophes:
Technically then, across the country couldn't us as citizens arrest individual officers who are so blatantly disrupting the peace and brutalizing the people?And (using Wikipedia as a reference):
So, I'm wondering if it might be possible to perform a citizen's arrest if these kind of events happen in the future.Unfortunately for OWS, but as expected, the facts do not back them up. In particular, in Hudson v. Commonwealth, it was decided that the definition of a citizen's arrest is as follows:
Some quick research on Wiki says that any citizen (in most states) can arrest someone for committing a felony.
Is a felony occurring during these break ups? How do we enforce or leverage a citizen's arrest?
[A]n arrest of a private person by another private person on grounds that a public offense was committed in the arrester's presence.In other words, an average person can arrest another average person, but they cannot arrest a police officer.
November 20, 2011 Spain Election Results (Resultados Elecciones Generales de Espana)The Spanish election results are streaming in, with Socialist Prime Minister Zapatero in big trouble. Zapatero took office in 2004 after taking advantage of the Mardrid train bombings. Now, with unemployment at 20% and a soaring debt, the Spanish people are looking for new leadership.
The right-of-center People's Party is on track to win a massive victory:
Opposition Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy has a lead of about 15 percentage points, latest polls showed, sufficient to secure an absolute majority in parliament and a free hand to reform.For more coverage, here is El Pais's coverage.
Spain would thus become the last of the so-called periphery eurozone nations to ditch its government after the debt storm toppled rulers of Ireland, Portugal, Greece and Italy.
Update- Exit polls suggest such a landslide victory for the conservative People's party that they will likely have the absolute majority.
Here are some partial results from Madrid.
Congress partial results from across the country with 30% in:
PARTIDOS VOTOS ESCAÑOS
PP 3.052.426 175 154
PSOE 2.114.097 110 169
CiU 316.363 16 10
IU 499.028 12 2
AMAIUR 213.884 7
PNV 218.806 5 6
UPyD 304.991 4 1
ERC 81.205 2 3
BNG 37.049 2 2
Brazen Rocket Attack in DamascusAt least two rockets appeared to strike the Ba'ath Party Headquarters in Damascus. Apparently, this was the first attack in the Syrian capital since the protests began earlier this year. It also shows the expanding violence in the country.
At least two rocket-propelled grenades have hit the building of Syria's governing Baath Party in the capital Damascus, residents and activists say.Very interesting....
One witness said security forces had blocked off the square where the office is located, while smoke was seen rising from the building.
EU Officials: Water Does NOT Hydrate PeopleImpossibly stupid:
EU officials concluded that, following a three-year investigation, there was no evidence to prove the previously undisputed fact.Please bookmark!
Producers of bottled water are now forbidden by law from making the claim and will face a two-year jail sentence if they defy the edict, which comes into force in the UK next month.
Last night, critics claimed the EU was at odds with both science and common sense. Conservative MEP Roger Helmer said: “This is stupidity writ large.
“The euro is burning, the EU is falling apart and yet here they are: highly-paid, highly-pensioned officials worrying about the obvious qualities of water and trying to deny us the right to say what is patently true.
“If ever there were an episode which demonstrates the folly of the great European project then this is it.”
NHS health guidelines state clearly that drinking water helps avoid dehydration, and that Britons should drink at least 1.2 litres per day.
Republican Debate Live Video StreamingUPDATE:
The November 22nd debate: http://www.punditpress.com/2011/11/november-22-2011-republican-debate-live.html
Starting at 5pm EST:
Audio of Christopher Walken Impersonator Speaking about Natalie Wood CaseWeird:
Supercommittee Failure could Trigger Another US Credit DowngradeObamanomics:
Economists are warning of dire consequences if US politicians fail to make progress this weekend in tense talks aimed at reducing America's massive deficit ahead of a Wednesday deadline.Please bookmark!
The bi-partisan congressional super-committee is charged with drawing up plans for a $1.2tn reduction in the nation's deficit by the middle of next week. Failure to do so will trigger an automatic "sequester" that will make cuts of that size to defence and social welfare programmes starting in 2013. But the two sides seem far from finding a solution after clashing over tax revenues.
While Wednesday is the official deadline for the supercommittee to report back, it has until Monday to tell the Congressional Budget Office about the impact any plan they send to Congress will have on the budget.
"Time is running out. What I can say is we are leaving no stone unturned, negotiations continue and we are looking to find a way. We recognise what's at stake and we're hoping to reach an agreement," Democrat committee member Chris Van Hollen told CNN Friday.
Failure to reach an agreement on what is essentially a small reduction on the deficit – just 0.7% of gross domestic product in 2013 – could trigger another rating's agency downgrade, warned economists including Paul Ashworth, chief North American economist at Capital Economics.
"With all this pressure to reach an agreement, it really doesn't look good if they can't find a solution," said Ashworth.
Video: Israel's Economy Booming
Video- OWS Protester Punches Police Horse in FaceI don't know why, but something tells me that it's not a smart thing to punch a police horse in the face in front of several officers. Just a thought.
The punch comes at :33 in the video. Watch the man with the blue coat and the red beanie. All of a sudden you'll see his arm come sideways and the horse's head jerk backwards:
At the beginning of the video you can see other protesters either yelling at the officers or yelling at the horses. Protesters then rush at the officers, but pretend that they're not doing anything wrong by putting their hands in the air like imbeciles. At :26 you can see one such moron take a Pau Gasol-esque flop.
|That's right, genius. Rush into a crowd of officers and then raise your hands|
But, you know, they're so peaceful.
Hilarious- Vast Majority of Occupy Toronto Tents are Empty (With Video)Façade:
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi Captured in LibyaFrom the Guardian:
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the fugitive son of Libya's deceased former dictator, has been arrested in southern Libya, according to offcials from the country's new government.
Muammar Gaddafi's second and highest-profile son was captured along with several bodyguards by fighters near the town of Obari in Libya's southern desert , said the interim justice minister and other officials.
Saif was said to be in good health, said the justice minister Mohammed al-Alagy, although there were unconfirmed reports that he was wounded and is recovering in hospital.
"We have arrested Saif al-Islam Gaddafi in [the] Obari area," the minister told Reuters.
He was captured near the southern city of Sabha with two aides trying to smuggle him out to neighbouring Niger, militia commander Bashir al-Tayeleb said.
OWS: If a Cop Tries to Arrest You, Kill HimEvery single day that passes, Occupy Wall Street becomes more violent and more desperate. After over 4,000 arrests, dozens of rapes, hundreds of thefts, and multiple murders, it is exceedingly evident that OWS is an anarchistic group of morons with no apparent purpose.
The only rallying cry they see to have is, "We are the 99%," a lie that spits in the face of the facts. However, it appears that OWS has a new cry: kill the police. Occupy Wall Street is now advising people to resist arrest. And they do not mean peacefully existing arrest. No, instead OWS suggests that, if a police officer tries to arrest you, you have the right to murder him on the spot:
Just some examples of their insanity. After an OWSer rushed police and was hit over the head, another protester took exception and screamed, "SOMEBODY KILL THESE COPS:"
states of insanity:
Goodbye life and freedom. License to kill is here. James Bond and Darth Vader is in your nabourhood."
The post is as crazy as you might think, as it claims that OWS must go out and kill, "secret spies" are everywhere, and that chips are being implanted in our brains:
Technology is used to control you from the invention of TV to the atom bomb and the next invention to be used is the smartphone. Next invention will be the chipimplant which will promiss a life of heavensand without it you are lost.You would think that an absolutely insane post like this would be lambasted or, at least, laughed at. Nope. In fact, OWS is in complete agreement with this nutjob with comments such as:
Al-Sadr: Assad Must StayIraqi fundamentalist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has again made foolish statements that are not surprising. Al-Sadr, the former head of the Mahdi Army (Jaish al-Mahdi) in Iraq, was a major obstacle in the path of a modern Iraq. He led an uprising in 2004 against American forces and battled the Iraqi government in 2008 across the southern half of the country.
Now, he's backing Saddam Hussein's Ba'athist counterpart in Syria, Bashar al-Assad. Assad appears to be running out of options, with the Arab League preparing sanctions and even Iran meeting with the opposition.
Likely parroting Iran's official line, al-Sadr seemed to have no problem with the dictator slaughtering thousands of civilians:
"One of the reasons behind this difference is that Bashar al-Assad is against the American and Israeli presence and his attitudes are clear, not like those who collapsed before him, or will collapse," said the statement released by his office in the city of Najaf, reiterating points Sadr made in August.
"Some of your lands are still occupied," Sadr said, referring to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, which the Jewish state seized from Syria in 1967.
Hopefully Assad and al-Sadr will be out of the picture soon.
Joe Paterno Has Lung CancerFrom ESPN:
Days after losing the job he held for nearly a half century, former Penn State coach Joe Paterno was diagnosed with a treatable form of lung cancer.Please bookmark!
Scott Paterno, the Hall of Fame coach's son, said in a statement provided Friday to The Associated Press that his father's doctors are optimistic the 84-year-old Paterno will make a full recovery.
The news came shortly after Penn State said the NCAA would look into the school's handling of a child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Paterno was fired by the board of trustees Nov. 9 for failing to do more about an abuse allegation against Sandusky than report it to his superiors.
"Last weekend, my father was diagnosed with a treatable form of lung cancer during a follow-up visit for a bronchial illness," Scott Paterno said in the brief statement. The doctor's visit came the same weekend the school played its first game since the 1960s without Paterno leading the Nittany Lions. Penn State lost, 17-14 to Nebraska.
"As everyone can appreciate, this is a deeply personal matter for my parents, and we simply ask that his privacy be respected as he proceeds with treatment," Scott Paterno said.
Earlier Friday, The Citizens Voice of Wilkes-Barre reported that Paterno had been seen Wednesday visiting the Mount Nittany Medical Center and was treated for an undisclosed ailment and released.
Obama Campaign Sends Mass Email Asking for People to... Sign Joe Biden's Birthday CardIf the Barack Obama campaign has somehow gotten their hands on your email address, then you should expect to be mercilessly spammed by email after email. Normally, the campaign's messages are desperate-sounding money grabs or denouncements of Republicans. Today, however, they sent out a new spam email like no other before. It was entitled, "Sign Joe's Card."
Yes, like a parent who goes around school with a card for an unpopular kid, the Obama campaign is asking random people to sign an online birthday card in order to make ol' Joe feel like a special little guy. The email is supposedly from Jill Biden, Mr. Biden's wife, and begins:
I know I don't usually send you emails, but Joe has a birthday coming up this Sunday, and I'm trying something new.She then fails to explain why anyone should care about a e-card that is clearly just campaign spam. However, she does make it abundantly clear the the Obama Campaign is desperate.
The First Family and I are putting together a special card for him, and we'd like as many supporters of this campaign as possible to add their names and messages for Joe.
|Joe Biden: Birthday Boy|
From: Jill Biden (email@example.com)Thanks Jill. (Click. Delete).
Subject: Sign Joe's card
To: "XXXXXXX XXXXXX" (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Friday, November 18, 2011, 4:04 PM
I know I don't usually send you emails, but Joe has a birthday coming up this Sunday, and I'm trying something new.
The First Family and I are putting together a special card for him, and we'd like as many supporters of this campaign as possible to add their names and messages for Joe.
Because the year ahead is going to be a big one -- not just for Joe and me, but for all of us. We've all got some work to do.
So help us make this birthday a memorable one for Joe. Add your names, and, if you like, your own notes and well-wishes for the year ahead:
House Rejects Balanced Budget ProposalFrom the AP:
The House has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have forced Congress to balance its budget every year as a way to reverse years of deficit spending.Please bookmark!
A majority of House members supported the balanced budget measure, but supporters fell short of achieving the two-thirds majority needed to amend the Constitution.
Republicans who backed the amendment said it was the only way to get Congress to put its fiscal house in order. Democratic critics said a balanced budget requirement would result in drastic cuts in Medicare and other social programs when economic downturns put the budget out of balance.
OWS Protester Assaults Man with Hammer, Striking Him in HeadA man was rushed to Maine Medical Center's emergency room early Friday morning after an Occupy Wall Street protester struck him in the head with a hammer. The victim was in the hospital for several hours, was treated, and then released.
According to police, the assault happened after the victim was playing drums loudly at Occupy Maine. Chris Schisler, 34, took exception to the drums, approached the man, and, after a brief argument, hit him in the head with a hammer.
Schisler was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. His bail is set at $10,000.
Breaking: Mine Collapse At "Lucky Friday" MineThere has been a mine collapse at the "Lucky Friday" Mine in Idaho. Details are scarce, but we will bring them to you once we have them.
Update from KTVB:
One person is in critical condition after an accident at the Lucky Friday Mine in northern Idaho...Please bookmark!
Mike Dexter, a community relations employee in Wallace who is speaking on behalf of the mine, says there was an accident in the number four shaft during the construction of a new shaft.
Dexter says he cannot comment on what happened. He does say that a contracted employee working in the mine was hospitalized after the incident, and is listed in critical condition. The employee’s name has not been released. The employee works for Cementation USA, which contracts engineers and contractors.
Video- Occupy New York Follows, Screams at Elementary School Children
Tragedy: Oklahoma State Coach, Assistant Die In Plane CrashFrom ESPN:
Oklahoma State women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna have died in a plane crash along with two others, just 10 months after the school commemorated the 10th anniversary of a crash that killed 10 men associated with the men's program.Please bookmark!
The plane went down Thursday night in Perry County, Ark., killing the pilot and another individual not affiliated with the university, the school said in a news release. There were no survivors.
Budke, 50, had opened his seventh season as the Cowgirls' coach on Sunday with a 96-60 win over Rice in Stillwater.
"The Oklahoma State family is devastated by this tragedy," OSU president Burns Hargis said Friday in the statement. "Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of Kurt Budke, Miranda Serna and the other victims."
The school canceled the team's games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday against Grambling State and Texas-Arlington. The Cowboys' second-ranked college football team plays Friday night at Iowa State.
Panetta: India a "Threat" to the United StatesAnd these are the people running our country:
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, in remarks Thursday, ranked U.S. ally India with China as a rising threat to the U.S. in Asia. The Pentagon quickly sought to roll back the remarks.
“We face the threats from rising powers — China, India, others — that we have to always have sufficient force protection out there in the Pacific to make sure they know we’re never going anywhere,” Mr. Panetta said during a visit to a shipyard in Groton, Conn., where he toured a submarine, the Mississippi, in the final stages of construction.
Pentagon spokesman Capt. John Kirby later sought to clarify Mr. Panetta’s comments. He said Mr. Panetta did not intend to suggest that India and China were military threats to the U.S. and that he believed it was important to forge closer military relations with both countries.
GM Head: Public is Past Anger Over BailoutSeriously, he said this:
The American public has gotten past its animosity toward General Motors for taking a government bailout in 2009, the company's top executive said Thursday.Please bookmark!
Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson said a poll taken last summer for GM by Washington public opinion firm Peter Hart Research Associates shows that more than 70 percent of Americans have a positive opinion of the company. When the same poll was taken in July of 2009, more than 70 percent had a negative opinion, Akerson said.
"I think America loves a competitor. I think General Motors, Chevrolet in particular, is part of Americana," Akerson said during an appearance at the Detroit Economic Club.
In 2009, GM, saddled with high debt and expensive labor costs, needed $49.5 billion in government loans to survive a trip through bankruptcy court. The U.S. government got a stake in the restructured company, part of which was sold in an initial public stock offering about one year ago on Nov. 18, 2010.
The government's remaining 500 million shares would have to sell for around $53 per share for the U.S. to break even. Such a sale probably won't come anytime soon. GM shares are trading around one-third less than the $33 IPO price. The summer before the IPO, then-GM Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre said government ownership was hurting the company's sales.
Whitacre said GM didn't want to be known as "Government Motors." But Akerson said on Thursday that the new GM is now making money and has passed that stage.
In the topsey turvey world of 21st century America those who live by the kindness of strangers wish to dictate how much kindness they deserve changing the strangers from benefactors to victims. We have reached a point where our national motto should be “Stand and Deliver” as a runaway government devours everything in sight in an effort to satisfy the growing demands of their pre-programmed supporters.
America has taken such a bizarre turn that oxymorons are the only things that make sense any more. Organized anarchy has exploited militant apathy to create regulated liberty so that producers must provide for slackers and the informed must follow the dictates of the willfully ignorant. You can’t fix stupid but there is a cure for ignorance. If we could just get these products of public education and sports hypnosis to take off the blinders long enough to understand the meaning behind the matrix perhaps we could garner one more electoral victory to stop us before we step off the cliff. Except of course the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media are working as hard as they can to make sure our choice comes down to Tweedle De and Tweedle Dum.
Our Progressive era seeks to change the old adage, “Those who refuse to learn from History are doomed to repeat it” to “Those who refuse to learn from History doom the rest of us to repeat it.” The patients have seized control of the asylum. The land of the free and the home of the brave is transforming into the land of the free lunch and the home of the knaves. Symbiosis is the living together in more or less intimate association or close union of two dissimilar organisms as in parasitism. What we are witnessing today is symbiosis on steroids wherein the parasite isn’t merely along for the ride but instead demands the driver’s seat.
Looking at the almost bewildering explosion of reality we call today our minds behold the organized anarchy of the occupy everywhere movement that is spreading around the world. We are now witnessing a government supported revolution akin to Mao’s Cultural Revolution. This isn’t a revolt of the 99% seeking to devour the 1% it is the 46% that pay no federal taxes seeking to increase the production from their 54% milk cows. To call forcing one segment of the population to work to support another segment of the population paying your fair share makes theft a contribution and bondage a responsibility.
The people involved express a variety of causes. They want a bailout for home owners who are upside down or in foreclosure. At the same time they want those who accepted the bailout on Wall Street prosecuted. They want student loans forgiven, wars stopped, big corporations downsized, and an end to capitalism. Many politicians and their major media publicity machine have embraced the movement labeling it the Progressive version of the Ta Party. This is a window on the future. Showing the silent majority what is to come: a shabby world where the Lilliputians have not only bound Gulliver they have harnessed him to the cart and forced him to be their beast of burden.
By seeking the destruction of capitalism instead of seeking to break the umbilical cord between the crony capitalists and their bought and paid for politicians what they really seek is to force us to worship the myth of free enterprise as we sacrifice the energy and inventiveness of the productive on the altar of the indolent.
It is time to lay our cards on the table. It is time to call a spade a spade. Capitalism is an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined by competition in a free market. Socialism is an economic characterized by collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods. Fascism is an economic system that exalts the nation above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government with severe economic regimentation. Essentially fascism is socialism pretending to be capitalism since private ownership exists in a government straightjacket.
Which of these systems do we have? Which of these systems is staring us in the face every day?
I challenge anyone and everyone to take this test. Watch the stock market for one month. Watch its ups and downs. What you will see is that the market does not move because of innovation or production it moves in response to government actions, statements, and policies. While we still have private ownership the government is increasingly regulating and controlling the economy. Take the test. Review the definitions above and you decide. Which of these systems do we have? Or does it have us?
America has never experienced a truly capitalistic system. We were born under mercantilism. We grew to power under Henry Clay’s American System of nationalistic paternalism. We have flirted with socialism in a mixed system since FDR reshuffled the deck and institutionalized the New Deal. And now we struggle to maintain some visage of freedom at the edge of a crony capitalism whose Progressive public-private security blanket has become the pillow that smothers all incentive. We have morphed from a representative republic operating on democratic principles into a state wholly owned by a good old boy coalition composed of the perpetually re-elected, the unions, and the crony capitalists: the Outfit.
The over educated under informed lemmings that call themselves the 99% are being duped by the Outfit. They are a collective battering ram assailing the last remnants of American individualism. They are using the threat of social unrest to demand the final triumph of “I want what I want” over “I get what I earn.”
What’s the cure for the Great Recession? Is it more government spending and more government control as the Outfit and their 99% fellow-travelers tell us? Is it “Drill baby drill” and a return to a golden-age of pure capitalism that never really existed?
First we must understand our situation. What is the cause of the chronic state of our anemic recovery? Is it as our president tells us and the world: Americans are soft, arrogant and lazy? Or have we finally reached the tipping point? Have we finally reached the point where all the Peters being robbed to pay for Paul’s vacation have decided to change their name to Paul? Is this a recession or is it a strike? The central planners look at the wreckage of a once great economy that their programs have gutted and say, “You can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs.” They should be asking “How many omelets can they make if the goose doesn’t lay any more golden eggs?”
Which leads to one last question: “Who is John Galt?”